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first_img FOR BROADCAST USE Nova Scotians are being encouraged to honour women who have made a difference in their lives during Women’s History Month in October. The theme this year is “Her Story, Our Story: Celebrating Canadian Women.” Each Friday during October, a remarkable Nova Scotia woman will be celebrated. People will be invited to share stories about female mentors, leaders, and volunteers who have made a difference in their lives. Stories can be shared through the Status of Women Twitter feed or by emailing women-at-novascotia-dot-ca . Some stories will be featured on the Status of Women website during future Women’s History Months. -30- Nova Scotians are being encouraged to honour women who have made a difference in their lives during Women’s History Month in October. The theme this year is “Her Story, Our Story: Celebrating Canadian Women.” Each Friday during October, a remarkable Nova Scotia woman will be celebrated. People will be invited to share stories about female mentors, leaders and volunteers who have made a difference in their lives. “I have been lucky enough to have had many women in my life who have had an influence on me becoming the person I am today,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “It’s vital that we celebrate the lives and contributions of Nova Scotia women during Women’s History Month.” There will be a municipal campaign school for women, and activities to mark the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child on Oct. 11 and Persons Day Oct. 18. “We will be asking all Nova Scotians to share their stories of women who have made a difference in their lives through our Twitter account and website,” said Stephanie MacInnis-Langley, executive director of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “I encourage everyone to tell us how a woman has inspired them.” Stories can be shared through @StatusofWomenNS or by emailing women@novascotia.ca . Some stories will be featured on the Status of Women website during future Women’s History Months.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is describing a face-to-face meeting with her Chinese counterpart as a positive step in a complicated relationship between the two countries.Freeland says she met with Wang Yi during a summit of Southeast Asian nations this week in Bangkok, Thailand.She had previously been rebuffed in her attempts to talk with Weng about Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who are being detained in China in apparent retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou at the behest of the United States.During a conference call this morning, Freeland says she believes the meeting was a positive step towards getting the two Canadians released.She says Weng “expressed concerns” about Meng’s extradition process to the United States, but she refused to elaborate.When the meeting was over, she says the two agreed they would keep the lines of communication open.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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21 December 2007Poland has witnessed a sharp rise in the number of asylum seekers in the latter part of this year, particularly Chechens and Ingush from Russia, owing to fears that the country’s accession to the European border-free zone today will lead to stricter controls, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Poland has witnessed a sharp rise in the number of asylum seekers in the latter part of this year, particularly Chechens and Ingush from Russia, owing to fears that the country’s accession to the European border-free zone today will lead to stricter controls, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “There are reports that smugglers have been intentionally spreading rumours among potential asylum seekers that their access to Polish territory would be hampered after 21 December, thus encouraging more people to go to Poland before today’s deadline,” UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler told reporters in Geneva. In addition, “some asylum seekers erroneously hoped that, once in Poland, they would be able to move freely throughout the Schengen Zone,” he stated. The agency reported that in the first 11 months of this year, there were 4,931 new applications for asylum in Poland, of which 3,555 – roughly 70 percent – were lodged after June. While the monthly average of new applications during the first half of this year was 250, figures increased to 335 in July, reaching 1,148 in November. The surge has led to overcrowding in Polish reception centres and forced the Government to increase the number of facilities to accommodate all the new arrivals, the agency said. read more

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The protest, which was against the fuel price hike, was dispersed by the police on the basis that the crowd was obstructing traffic. The UNP filed the FR against the decision by the police to use tear-gas and water cannons on a UNP protest staged in Fort recently. The opposition United National Party (UNP) filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition against the police and the Attorney General (AG) today.UNP MP Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena and Akila Viraj filed the petition in court today which also cited the Inspector General of Police. However in the FR petition the UNP said it had every right to stage a peaceful protest but the police had violated that right.UNP MP Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena was injured in the incident. read more

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Adults will be able to view computer-generated child abuse images online because of a loophole in new laws barring under-18s from porn sites, the Government has been warned.Baroness Howe, a former chairman of the Broadcasting Standards Commission, is leading a campaign for ministers to rethink the legislation, which she says “leaves the door wide open” for adults to view online violent porn and child abuse images that would be illegal to possess.Writing in today’s Daily Telegraph, she says it is an “extraordinary consequence” of the under-aged crackdown that such “incredibly lifelike computer-generated” child abuse images should be accessible online to adults.This is because only “extreme porn” is explicitly banned to over-18s in the Digital Economy Act, which introduces new age verification checks for porn sites. Anything computer-generated or violent, including sexual violence against women, that would normally be banned from R18 videos would be exempt for viewers online under the Act as long as they had passed the new 18-plus age verification checks, says Baroness Howe.It might not even stop children viewing the material. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which will police age verification for porn sites, has warned some “tech savvy” teenagers are likely to find ways around them. A survey shows 71 per cent of MPs opposed making non-photographic child sex abuse images available online to adults Baroness Howe A survey shows 71 per cent of MPs opposed making non-photographic child sex abuse images available online to adultsCredit: Andrew Brookes “We should no more accommodate these [animated child abuse] images online than offline,” says Baroness Howe. “Giving the impression that viewing them is in some ways acceptable will not address in any way the steep curve in offences of possession of these images.” Baroness Howe has been backed by Lord Butler Sloss, the first female lord justice of appeal, ex-lord chancellor Lord Mackay of Clashfern, ex-Tory treasurer Lord Farmer, the Bishop of Leeds and film producer Baroness Kidron, a campaigner for children’s online rights.She is also supported by MPs. A ComRes poll for the charity Care showed 71 per cent of MPs and 76 per cent of women MPs from all parties opposed making non-photographic child sex abuse images available online to adults. Only 5 per cent of the 155 MPs surveyed disagreed. However, Care spokesman James Mildred said: “If this kind of material is still allowed on the internet, what’s to stop children and young people from being exposed to it as well?”The Telegraph is campaigning for a statutory duty of care to be imposed on social media and gaming firms to protect children from online harms such as porn. Baroness Howe is urging MPs to back her private member’s Bill, which would close the loophole by reinstating the Government’s initial ban on such pornographic material.The Government changed its position and introduced amendments restricting access to “extreme porn” and allowing violent porn because it said an Act aimed at barring children from porn websites was not the appropriate vehicle to set thresholds for what adults could watch. It said other bodies would continue to police “illegal” material and it did not want the BBFC “treading on the toes” of authorities doing this. “We have always been clear that what is illegal offline is illegal online. This applies equally in relation to pornography that is already illegal offline, including non-photographic images of child abuse,” said a government spokesman. Baroness HoweCredit:Max Mumby/Getty 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

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first_imgToronto was once now as a progressively green city, but under new mayor Rob Ford that appears to be changing. For the worse. Ford’s most recent move is to reconsider the five cent fee on plastic bags, which is aimed at curbing wastage and is being adopted by cities across the globe. Italy recently decided to ban plastic bags all together.“All of a sudden the five cents is really becoming a sticking point with people and it wasn’t really before, so I want to get rid of it,” Ford told the National Post. “I’m going to change how it’s being implemented right now, put it that way. How we’re going to do it, I’m not quite sure, but we’re definitely going to review it. Because spending five cents and just putting it in the pocket of businesses doesn’t make any sense to me.”But this seems to ignore the main point of the fee, which is to reduce waste, discouraging shoppers from using bags in the first place. Understandably, not everyone agrees with Ford. “We think anything that reduces plastic use is a good thing,” Franz Hartmann, executive director of the Toronto Environmental Alliance, said.last_img read more

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first_imgLe Japon compte lancer de nouveaux satellites de géolocalisationAfin d’être moins dépendant du système GPS américain, et d’améliorer la précision de celui-ci, le Japon pourrait lancer jusqu’à six satellites de géolocalisation supplémentaires.Comme le rapporte le quotidien Yomiuri Shimbun, le gouvernement japonais envisage de lancer six satellites pour compléter voire suppléer au système GPS américain. Pour des raisons militaires, ce système peut voir la qualité de son signal délivré aux tiers volontairement dégradé par les Etats-Unis. Il s’agit aujourd’hui pour le Japon “de disposer d’un dispositif propre au lieu d’être totalement dépendant du système américain”, a souligné un responsable du gouvernement.À lire aussiAmazonie, Russie et imprimante 3D, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 23 aoûtEn septembre dernier, le pays a placé en orbite un satellite surnommé Michibiki. Celui-ci offre des données de localisation géographique de meilleure qualité que celles du GPS, la précision théorique de ce système étant difficilement atteignable dans l’archipel au terrain accidenté où s’élèvent tant de gratte-ciel. Mais au moins deux autres satellites du même type seraient nécessaires pour obtenir la précision requise 24 heures sur 24. En outre, une meilleure densité d’informations pourrait permettre le développement de nouveaux services de géolocalisation, destinés aux services publics, aux particuliers ou aux professionnels.Le gouvernement nippon envisage de financer ce projet via une association avec le secteur privé. L’investissement est évalué à 200 milliards de yens environ, soit 1,8 milliard d’euros.Le 6 janvier 2011 à 10:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgAfter selling off some assets and making recent acquisitions, Vancouver-based Northwest Pipe Co. said Thursday it’s poised to improve its financial results in the months ahead.Still, it’s not getting there without some turbulence first.The company, which manufactures steel pipe primarily for drinking water systems, recorded a net loss of $9.9 million in the first quarter. That compares with a profit of $9.5 million in the January-to-March period in 2013.During its earnings conference call Thursday, Northwest Pipe also said it posted net sales of $82.6 million, a year-over-year decrease of 23 percent.“Our first quarter was significantly affected by a series of charges related to our recent acquisitions, divestitures and scheduled downtime,” Scott Montross, president and CEO of Northwest Pipe, said. “We believe the second quarter of 2014 will improve.”His optimism is based, in part, on the company’s expectation that its water transmission division — which builds pipeline systems for use in water and energy systems — will soon experience higher net sales. In fact, the company anticipates launching production on a project to supply 81,958 feet of 108-inch diameter welded pipe to boost the volume of water delivered from East Texas lakes to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.Northwest Pipe will supply the material to Kansas City, Mo.-based Garney Construction. Work on the Integrated Pipeline Project, Montross said, will begin in the second quarter and is expected to “run through the fourth quarter” of this year.last_img read more

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first_imgThat analysis consisted of market research as well as reviews of taxonomies and workflows for the company’s editors, Rowlands says. The first sites to feature the new designs—which were accomplished in collaboration with digital design and tech company HUGE—are Delta Farm Press, Southeast Farm Press, Southwest Farm Press and Western Farm Press. National Hog Farmer, Beef magazine, Corn and Soybean Digest, Hay and Forage Grower and Farm Industry News will relaunch over the next few weeks. The sites will feature new search tools and streamlined navigation in addition to blogs, video and Webinars.“We updated both the technology and the content, and we are writing content in a way that will increase its effectiveness to the user,” says Rowlands. “The Web framework is component based, so the designs will have one framework and one platform, but each group will have its own taxonomy that is determined by the individual markets.”Rowlands says Penton will be able to monetize the project by leveraging the market research along with the editorial enhancements. “We are testing several new products in the market that will better align the marketers’objectives with our new content modules,” she says. “In addition, you will see enhanced educational components and modules that will be introduced throughout the next year as well as enhanced distribution channels for the user. Our content will be fresh and stay current for our readers and will help ensure the branding efforts of our customers are sticking even as the user makes deeper dives into the sites.”With the Web-first approach, content online will largely be expanded and/or embellished in print, which still remains a “very important” medium, Rowlands says. Penton will continue to roll out more redesigned sites over the rest of the year but the majority will be unveiled throughout 2011. In an expansive effort that will eventually see the majority of the company’s more than 100 Web sites relaunched, Penton Media is unveiling a re-engineering of its nine Agricultural Group sites. According to CEO Sharon Rowlands, the project will move Penton’s Web sites away from simply being companions to its magazines to full-fledged Web-first products.“We have changed the way that we think about digital content creation and the market,” Rowlands tells FOLIO:. “The year-long analysis [Penton conducted] was very insightful and provided us with a real understanding of the consumption habits in the market. Traditionally, individual markets relaunched Web sites based on their perceptions and not what the market wanted and needed. Now, the market will provide us with ongoing feedback on our products and will shape the progression of the sites going forward.”last_img read more

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first_imgUnprecedented waves of migration are affecting the world today with record numbers of people escaping war-torn regions, poverty, persecution and natural disasters.One of the latest migrant crises is from Myanmar, where nearly 520,000 Muslim Rohingyas have fled an army crackdown in Rakhine state since late August and entered Bangladesh.That influx of people is just a fraction of the record 65.6 million people who were either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced around the world by the end of 2016, according to the UN refugee agency.The growth was driven mainly by the war in Syria along with other conflicts in the region, as well as in sub-Saharan Africa including Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and South Sudan.Here are some of the other mass migrations since World War II.1947: India and Pakistan -The end of British rule in the India sub-continent in 1947 results in the creation of two independent states: mainly Hindu India and Muslim-majority Pakistan.The partition is painful and violent, leading to one of the biggest mass migrations of all time as Muslims flee India for Pakistan and Hindus quit Pakistan for India.Nearly 15 million people cross borders and at least one million die along the way.1948: Palestinian exodus of Israel -The nation of Israel is created within Palestine in May 1948. More than 760,000 Palestinians are expelled from their homes or flee.Including their descendants, the number of displaced Palestinians is estimated to have reached five million, most of them in countries in the region.1962: Algerian settlers -After the seven-year French-Algerian war ends in March 1962, around one million settlers of French origin move to France as do about 60,000 Muslim Algerians who served in the French forces.1971: Bangladesh independence -Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan, is created after nine months of war in which India sides with independence fighters against Pakistan. Around 10 million people flee to India.1975: Southeast Asia’s ‘boat people’ -The 1975 victory of communist regimes in the former French colonies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam leads more than three million people to quit their countries over the next two decades.Many are forced to flee on often overcrowded boats to reach neighbouring countries and beyond.1979: Afghan exodus -Afghanistan, which has suffered decades of war, accounts for around 2.5 million of the world’s refugees today, the second largest group behind those from Syria, according to the UN refugee agency.During the 10 years of the Soviet occupation from 1979, about six million Afghans flee, most of them across the border to Pakistan and Iran. A repatriation programme between 2001 and 2012 sees about 5.7 million return.1992: Bosnian conflict -The war between Bosnia’s Croat, Muslim and Serb population claims around 100,000 lives. By the time it ends in 1995, at least 2.5 million people have fled.1994: Rwanda genocide -Around 800,000 people, most of them from the Tutsi minority, are massacred between April and July 1994. About 1.7 million ethnic Hutus flee for fear of reprisals.From 2011: Syrian crisis -The Syrian conflict has killed more than 320,000 people and also forced more than half of the population to leave their homes.While about 6.3 million are internally displaced, around 5.5 million are refugees in nearby countries. They account for the world’s largest group of refugees, according to the UNHCR. Nearly one million Syrians have applied for asylum in Europe.South Sudan, war from 2013 -The civil war in South Sudan has already left tens of thousands of people dead and more than 3.7 million displaced, many of them women and children.More than two million are refugees and asylum seekers, according to the UNHCR, with around a million in Uganda and more than 430,000 in Sudan.last_img read more

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first_imgFelix Contreras is, by definition, a dreamer.Not the kind the government categorizes as an undocumented immigrant whose parents illegally brought him to the United States. Contreras is a dreamer in the classic sense, defined by Merriam-Webster as one envisioning “ideas or conceives projects regarded as impractical.”What else can you call a Black Hispanic kid from the Dominican Republic who almost flunked out of high school and whose best friend died of a heroin overdose—yet he’s determined to become a doctor?Growing up in New Jersey’s Atlantic City area, where he settled with his family in 1996, Contreras was the smartest in his social circle, with an aptitude for math and chemistry. Yet he did poorly in school, a casualty of the high stress and low expectations that were the norm for his impoverished neighborhood.“I knew there were really smart, motivated Black and Hispanic people in the world,” he says. “I just hadn’t met any.”That changed in the summer of 2012, after Contreras applied and was accepted to the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) on the Yale University campus. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SMDEP is a free, six-week academic enrichment program that equips college freshman and sophomores from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in medicine or dentistry.“It was the first time in my life I was surrounded by brilliant African-American and Hispanic men and women,” he explains. Over the course of that summer, he began to understand that socioeconomic and environmental factors played a role in the conditions back home. “People’s environment affects how they think, their health. If you don’t have the basic things satisfied, there’s no way to reach your potential.”Even now, his family is at risk of losing their home—a circumstance he attributes to Atlantic City’s persistent economic stagnation. “It’s falling apart. All the casinos are closing down. We have 7,000 people unemployed,” he explains. “My dad works in a casino. My mom is a cosmetologist, and her income comes from the people who work in the casinos. If the people who work in the casinos can barely afford food, they’re not going to be worrying about their hair.”“When I tell people about my plans, they say, ‘You know that’s hard, right?’” he says, then laughs. “Yeah, I know it’s hard. That’s why I’m in it!”He acknowledges that, on paper, his future may seem precarious. “The statistics don’t lie. I’m an immigrant. First generation. Minority. English is my second language. I did terrible in high school. Started in community college. And live in a medium-low-income family.”“When you look at all that, the odds of making it, of even graduating with a bachelor’s degree, are low. So low.”Yet that’s exactly where Contreras is headed now that he’s completed his associate’s degree in biology, sociology, and health services. He’s currently preparing to enroll in Amherst College on a full scholarship, with an eye toward medical school and, eventually, a career in public health.Thanks to his six weeks at SMDEP, he feels equipped to face down the obstacles he’s bound to confront. “The thought of trying to become a physician, especially coming from my background…it was scary,” he muses. “But that summer made me feel proud that I’m Hispanic, proud that I am Black.”SMDEP is currently recruiting for its 2015 summer program through March 1 at 12 sites across the country, including Case Western Reserve University, Columbia University, Duke University, Howard University, Rutgers University, University of Texas, UCLA, University of Louisville, University of Nebraska, University of Virginia, University of Washington, and Yale University.For more information, visit http://smdep.org/apply-to-smdep/.last_img read more

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first_imgYesterday, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the popular social media platform might eliminate its heart-shaped like button, according to The Telegraph. The Twitter communications team further clarified in a tweet, “eliminating the like button is a ‘commitment to healthy conversation,’ it was ‘rethinking everything about the service,’  including the like button”. At the Wired25 summit held on the 15th of October, Dorsey made an onstage remark questioning the “like” button’s worth in facilitating meaningful communication. He said, “Is that the right thing? Versus contributing to the public conversation or a healthy conversation? How do we incentivize healthy conversation?” Twitter has also vowed to “increase the collective health, openness, and civility of the dialogue on our service”, in their blog post in July. Prior to this, the company had also introduced ‘Bookmarks’, an easy way to save Tweets for quick access later without having to like them. Ben Grosser, an artist, and professor at University of Illinois, says “I fear that if they remove the Like button the fact that there are other indicators that include metrics will just compel users to use those other indicators.” A Twitter spokesperson told the Telegraph, “At this point, there is no specific timeline for changes or particular planned changes to discuss”. He added, “We’re experimenting and considering numerous possible changes, all with an eye toward ensuring we’re incentivizing the right behaviors to drive a healthy conversation.” Should Retweet be eliminated instead? The Atlantic speculates that “If Twitter really wants to control the out-of-control rewards mechanisms it has created, the retweet button should be the first to go.” Retweets and not likes are Twitter’s most powerful method of reward, according to The Atlantic. More the retweets for the post, more it is likely to get viral on social media. According to MIT research, Twitter users retweet fake news almost twice as much as real news. Other Twitter users, desperate for validation, endlessly retweet their own tweets, spamming followers with duplicate information. Twitter introduced retweets to ensure that the most interesting and engaging content would show up in the feed and keep users entertained. The tweets shown on the platform are a result of an algorithmic accounting of exactly what the most interesting and engaging content is. In April, Alexis Madrigal wrote about how he used a script to eliminate retweets from his timeline and how it transformed his experience for the better. “Retweets make up more than a quarter of all tweets. When they disappeared, my feed had less punch-the-button outrage,” he wrote. “Fewer mean screenshots of somebody saying precisely the wrong thing. Less repetition of big, big news. Fewer memes I’d already seen a hundred times. Less breathlessness. And more of what the people I follow were actually thinking about, reading, and doing. It’s still not perfect, but it’s much better.” This week, Alexis along with Darshil Patel and Maas Lalani, two 18-year-old college freshers, launched a browser extension that hides the number of retweets, likes, and followers on all tweets in users feed. Elimination of the native retweet buttons will definitely refrain people from quote tweeting. According to The Atlantic, “it could just send everyone back to the dark ages of the manual retweet when users physically copy-pasted text from another tweet with the letters “RT” plastered in front. But killing native retweets is certainly a step in the right direction.” For a complete coverage of this news, head over to The Telegraph. Read Next Social media platforms, Twitter and Gab.com, accused of facilitating recent domestic terrorism in the U.S. Twitter prepares for mid-term US elections, with stronger rules and enforcement approach to fight against fake accounts and other malpractices Twitter on the GDPR radar for refusing to provide a user his data due to ‘disproportionate effort’ involvedlast_img read more

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Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Existing sanctions include freezing assets of the Syrian president and military leaders and an embargo on oil and arms trade with Syria.The uprising last year has escalated to a civil war that activists say has killed 36,000 people.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories TOKYO (AP) – Japan says it will host international working-level talks in late November on sanctions imposed against Syria.Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Monday that participants would be seeking ways to isolate Syrian President Bashar Assad through wider sanctions.A coalition of 60 countries, including the U.S., the European Union and Arab League, met in September seeking fresh ways to increase pressure on the Assad government. The group was established after the U.N. Security Council failed to agree on a resolution condemning the Syrian regime, due to opposition from Russia and China. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The vital role family plays in society 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean read more

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first_imgPolice kept the estimated 10,000 protesters well away from the downtown Taipei plaza where Ma delivered an address calling for Taiwan to improve its economic performance. He shared the podium and on occasion chatted comfortably with legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng, whom Ma has attempted to oust from both his job and from the ruling Nationalist Party over allegations that Wang pressured prosecutors not to appeal the acquittal on influence peddling charges of an opposition lawmaker.But the attempts have backfired amid charges that Ma colluded with high-level judicial officials to press his case against longstanding rival Wang, and allegations have surfaced that the initial evidence against Wang was gathered by an illegal wiretap conducted by an elite prosecutorial unit.At dawn Thursday, a handful of demonstrators scaled the legislative building to replace the Taiwan flag with a banner calling on Ma to step down from the presidency. Later, demonstrators were waving banners and chanting slogans denouncing Ma’s support for the construction of Taiwan’s fourth nuclear power plant and lambasting him for backing a financial agreement with China.Many Taiwanese say the agreement opening service industries including banks and other financial institutions to the other’s territory would fell hundreds of Taiwanese companies that couldn’t compete with larger mainland institutions. But Ma says it would make the Taiwanese economy much more competitive and lead to a higher standard of living. TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered on the fringes of Taiwan’s carefully choreographed National Day celebrations Thursday, waving banners and chanting slogans denouncing the policies of President Ma Ying-jeou.The large-scale protests against his increasingly unpopular government were the first to dog the normally staid National Day observance since Ma entered office in 2008. In his second four-year term, Ma has since seen his popularity plummet amid anemic economic growth, administrative bungles and criticism that his leadership style is remote. Recent polls have put his support at 10 to 20 percent, the lowest for a Taiwanese president.Taiwan’s National Day celebrations mark the anniversary of a 1911 uprising on the Chinese mainland that led to the collapse of the nation’s longstanding imperial system. The Republic of China _ Taiwan’s official name _ retreated to the island in 1949 when Mao Zedong’s Communists took power in Beijing.Beijing continues to claim that Taiwan is part of its territory and wants to establish its control over the island. It has threatened force if Taiwanese authorities move to make their de facto independence permanent or delay unification indefinitely.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Freddie Mac Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-03-07 Tory Barringer in Origination Mortgage Rates Unchanged as Job Report Looms Sharecenter_img Mortgage rates held steady this week as markets were caught between positive housing news and mildly disappointing economic developments.[IMAGE]””Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ Primary Mortgage Market Survey indicated little to no movement in fixed rates for the week ending March 7. According to Freddie Mac’s readings, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.52 percent (0.7 point) this week, up slightly from the previous 3.51 percent average. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.88 percent.The 15-year FRM was unchanged from last week, averaging 2.76 percent (0.7 point).Adjustable rates were similarly sluggish. The 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.63 percent (0.5 point) this week, up from 2.61 percent [COLUMN_BREAK]previously. The 1-year ARM average was 2.63 percent (0.3 point), down a single basis point.””With gross domestic product growing only 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, inflation remains at bay and consequently mortgage rates low,”” said Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist at Freddie Mac. “”Moreover, these low mortgage rates are helping to revive the housing market. For instance the CoreLogic home price index rose 9.7 percent between January 2012 and 2013, marking the largest annual increase since 2006.””Meanwhile, “”Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/ reported no movement in any of its three major metrics. The 30-year fixed averaged 3.73 percent, the 15-year fixed averaged 2.96 percent, and the 5/1 ARM averaged 2.68 percent, all the same as last week.””The movement in mortgage rates was rather tame this week as the monthly look at the labor market looms,”” Bankrate said in a release. All-in-all, the economic recovery is plugging along, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting a new high, but it all boils down to jobs. Those that are working are seeing stagnant wages, so the best hope for a jump in consumer spending and a boost to the overall economy lies in adding more jobs.Nearly half of analysts surveyed by Bankrate last week had projected a decline in rates this week. “”For next week””:http://www.bankrate.com/news/rate-trends/mortgage.aspx, 58 percent forecast no change, 25 percent forecast an increase, and the remaining 17 percent predict a decline. March 7, 2013 445 Views last_img read more

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first_imgBy Kristian ChrysostomouFriday saw the first of a series of protests expected to take place in the north due to the economic crisis as Turkish Cypriots immobilised their vehicles outside ‘government’ offices, expressing their frustration over the rise in fuel prices.The demonstration was organised by drivers of taxis, buses, and private cars protesting against the effects the drop in the Turkish lira was having on their livelihoods.The call to protest went out through Facebook and was supported by the association of Turkish Cypriot drivers. It took place in front of the Turkish Cypriot’s ‘prime minister’s’ office, with reports saying demonstrators threw cucumbers at the building.Cars parked in front of the office and in the middle of the road caused a jam. The protestors shouted slogans and called for the ‘prime minister’ to “turn off the air conditioner and come outside”.A similar protest took place in Famagusta, according to Turkish Cypriot media, but drivers were given fines for obstructing traffic.Turkish Cypriot daily Kibirs reported on Friday that the economic crisis had created chaos and caused unprecedented support for the unions, which say that the measures announced by the ‘government’ are insufficient.People are furious because of the successive price increases, the paper adds, and as of Friday a series of protests and strikes would begin and continue into the coming week.On Monday the Turkish Cypriot secondary school teachers’ trade union (KTOEOS) said they would stage a protest, threatening an indefinite strike.The Trade Union Platform will meet with the ‘prime minister’ on September 4 in order to submit its economic and political proposals, and has scheduled a protest march for September 6.Another protest was announced by the union of livestock producers and breeders for September 5.Meanwhile, public sector unions in the north have lifted their work-to-rule measure after striking a deal on overtime pay.  The industrial action had caused numerous problems in recent days, especially in the health and commerce sectors.Unions had applied the measure after the administration cut overtime pay as part of an austerity drive to tackle the effects of the crisis.Reports said the two sides agreed for overtime to be restored based on pay scales but with a 15 per cent reduction across the board until the end of the year.It was not immediately known whether their scheduled demonstrations planned for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, would now go ahead.Daily Kibris also reported on Friday that freight ships remained anchored off the northern coast while trucks full of food and other items remained at Mersin, Turkey. Perishables ‘trapped’ at Kyrenia ‘customs department’ were also at risk, Kibris said.Business organisations in the north have warned that if everybody did not make the necessary sacrifices, the north would end up facing a much bigger crisis with even worse consequences. Turgay Deniz, chairman of the Turkish Cypriot chamber of commerce, expressed the hope that everybody would cooperate. You May LikeTymOut8 Signs Your Cholesterol Levels Are Too High!TymOutUndoSolar | Search AdsThinking About Solar? Switching in Rowland Heights Could Be Cheaper Than You ThinkSolar | Search AdsUndoTopsJournal.xyz10 Most Beautiful Places In IndiaTopsJournal.xyzUndo Protest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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