ATHENS, Greece — Greece says it is planning a benchmark 10-year bond issue, in its second market test since the country officially exited its international bailouts in August.The Public Debt Management Agency said Monday that the issue would be launched “in the near future” subject to market conditions. In January, Greece raised 2.5 billion euros with a five-year bond.The decision follows Friday’s two-notch upgrade of Greece’s credit rating by Moody’s ratings agency, from B3 to B1. Although that is still well below investment grade the upgrade offers a considerable boost to market confidence.Greece last issued a 10-year bond in 2010, shortly before the country’s first bailout.The Associated Press
OTTAWA — The heads of Canada’s leading business lobby groups are urging the federal government to get on with negotiating a free trade deal with Europe.The groups issued a letter to assure Trade Minister Ed Fast that they will stand behind the deal, once it is negotiated, and help sell it to workers and communities across Canada.[np_storybar title=”Canada’s banking sector protections under attack in EU trade talks, document shows” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/02/27/canadas-banking-sector-protections-under-attack-in-eu-trade-talks-leaked-document-show/”%5D A leaked draft of part of the Canada-Europe trade talks shows that Canada’s vaunted banking system is on the negotiating table.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]“You can count on our full support,” concludes the letter, signed by the heads of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, the Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business and the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters.Opponents of a Canada-EU trade and investment agreement are also galvanizing forces.On Monday, Canadian civil society groups wrote French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who is visiting Canada, to express their opposition with a special emphasis against the investor protection chapter, which allows firms to sue governments over restrictive policies.Jayson Myers, who heads the manufacturers and exporters group, said in an interview that the business community is anxious that a deal be signed quickly because it will take many months and even years to ratify.He notes that provinces will likely need to sign on, as will the 27 member countries of the European Community.But an insider in the business coalition says there is real concern that negotiators have taken the talks about as far as they can go, and that it’s now time for political leaders to make the needed decisions.“We want to give groundcover to the politicians so they can then make some brave decisions,” said one insider.Since negotiations began almost four years ago, the talks have missed several deadlines including the most recent pledge to complete an agreement by the end of 2012.The longer it takes, the longer we have to wait to get that economic benefitAlthough progress has been made, the two sides are still apart on the controversial issues where compromises will likely come with a political price back home.For Canada, opposition has formed around European demands that government procurement at the provincial and municipal level be opened up, that drug patents be extended, agricultural quotas be reduced and on the issue of investor protection.Complicating the matter is the announcement that the United States will seek a similar agreement, which some believe may lessen the appeal of a deal with Canada for the Europeans.A spokesman for Fast denied that talks are stalled, noting negotiators are continuing to meet in Brussels this week. But he said there is no new formal or informal target date for agreement.Myers says he is still optimistic a deal with be signed by the end of the spring, although he has some concerns.“Yes we are concerned,” Myers aid. “Part of this is to re-energize both the European economy and Canadian economy so the longer it takes, the longer we have to wait to get that economic benefit.”He added there are also political hurdles to overcome, including European parliamentary elections, national elections and provincial votes in Canada.The EU is currently Canada’s second largest trading market after the United States, representing about 10% of Canada’s exports. In turn, Canada is the EU’s 12th largest market, representing about 1.6% of its exports.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says internet service providers can recover some of the costs of helping movie companies and other copyright holders find illegal downloaders.In a decision today, the high court sides with Rogers Communications in ruling that the companies pursuing copyright violators should reimburse service providers a reasonable amount for the effort of looking up subscribers suspected of breaking the law.The decision could end up saving Rogers and other internet providers many thousands of dollars, but the Supreme Court says the appropriate fees should be decided at a future Federal Court hearing.The case began when movie production firm Voltage Pictures asked Rogers for information about an alleged violator under provisions of the Copyright Act.Rogers retrieved the information but agreed to disclose it only upon payment of a fee — $100 per hour of work plus HST.Voltage Pictures hopes to eventually obtain the information of tens of thousands of suspected copyright infringers, and it argued the federal legislative regime precluded Rogers from charging a fee.
Ohio State sophomore offensive lineman Thayer Munford (75) prepares for a play in the third quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State sophomore offensive tackle Thayer Munford and junior safety Jordan Fuller will miss spring practice due to injury, as confirmed by an Ohio State spokesman.Munford was a four-star prospect out of high school and played in 13 games this past season, and has played in 25 total throughout his first two years on the offensive line with the Buckeyes.A 2017 third-team All-Big Ten member, Fuller finished the 2018 season with 81 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.There is no confirmed information about the extent of the injuries to either player.Ohio State will begin spring practice on Wednesday, with the 2019 Spring Game scheduled for April 13.
Glue trap killers are being hunted after six wild birds were caught in the sticky substance that had been smeared on feeders at a nature reserve in West Sussex. Five blue tits and one great tit were found dead by rangers at Warnham Local Nature Reserve on Thursday. Employees took other birds away to be cleaned and alerted the RSPCA of their findings. The animal welfare charity said that three men were seen acting suspiciously in the area. Two were described as around 30-years-old, six feet tall, with hair that was long on top and shaved at the sides. A third man was described as older, but not as tall and was wearing a cap.If found guilty, those responsible could be sentenced to up to six months in prison and given an unlimited fine. The charity said bird lime, a sticky substance, was found to have been smeared on the feeders and surrounding greenery to “cruelly trap” birds that came into contact with it.A spokesperson said: “Using this method of trapping causes huge amounts of distress and suffering for the birds and will indiscriminately ensnare anything that comes into contact with it.”If anyone sees the three men described as acting suspiciously in the area again we would urge them to call the police first and contact the RSPCA.” The charity said bird lime, a sticky substance, was found to have been smeared on the feeders and surrounding greenery to “cruelly trap” birds that came into contact with itCredit:RSPCA 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.
PADDY JACKSON HAS won his fitness battle and will start as outhalf for Ireland against France on Saturday.The Ulster player proved his fitness to the Irish management team during training sessions yesterday and this morning. Team manager Mick Kearney says Jackson came through his fitness test with no adverse reactions.Ireland head coach Declan Kidney has confirmed the 21-year-old will be tasked with the place-kicking duties against France at Lansdowne Road.Jackson, who had pulled up with a tight hamstring during Monday training, successfully kicked one from four in the 12-8 loss to Scotland in Murrayfield.He was given the kicking tee for Ulster in their Pro12 match with Benetton Treviso and landed seven kicks from nine attempts.Statistically, Jackson performs better at Ravenhill, rather than away fixtures, for Ulster. Ireland will hope the trend continues in a green jersey.The other selection decision to be made by Kidney is to draft in Steven Archer as tighthead cover for Mike Ross.Ireland will be captained by Jamie Heaslip for the sixth time and are seeking their first win over France since 2009.Ireland (v France): R Kearney; F McFadden, B O’Driscoll, L Marshall, K Earls; P Jackson, C Murray. C Healy, R Best, M Ross; M McCarthy, D Ryan; P O’Mahony, S O’Brien, J Heaslip (capt.)Replacements: S Cronin, D Kilcoyne, S Archer, D O’Callaghan, I Henderson; E Reddan, I Madigan, L Fitzgerald.Ireland v France: ‘We’ll take 3-0′ in Dublin says beleaguered French boss
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram British Prime Minister David Cameron has declared state multiculturalism a failure in the UK. “Under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and apart from the mainstream,” he told the Munich Security Conference last Sunday. “The challenge is to use our differences as a uniting force, to assist us to live peacefully with our neighbours and to enable newly arrived migrants and refugees wishing to live in Victoria the opportunity to do so.” – Nicholas Kotsiras Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship“We’ve failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong. We’ve even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run completely counter to our values,” he said. In arguing the failure of multiculturalism, Mr Cameron said that the policy could lead to terrorism, singling out extremist Islam as the biggest internal terror threat in the UK. “This hands-off tolerance has only served to reinforce the sense that not enough is shared. And this all leaves some young Muslims feeling rootless.” “And the search for something to belong to and something to believe in can lead them to this extremist ideology,” he said. Mr Cameron’s speech came just months after German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared multiculturalism in her country had also failed. “The approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other … has failed, utterly failed,” she told members of her Christian Democrat party in October last year. Ms Merkel was also present at the Munich conference that heard Mr Cameron argue for a shift in policy away from multiculturalism and towards a, “much more active, muscular liberalism”. Mr Cameron’s comments at the weekend drew strong criticism, particularly from Muslim groups, who are concerned at the PM’s link between multiculturalism and terrorism. “The Prime Minister today took aim at multiculturalism through the lens of security, when in fact we need a discussion on our shared values that includes all of us, not just Muslims,” Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said in a statement. “The Big Society should be about how we can work together to solve our common challenges; not to further isolate, sideline and demonise particular communities,” he said. Mr Murad went on to criticise the timing of Mr Cameron’s speech, which coincided with a rally by right-wing group, the English Defence League in Luton, north of London. “We find it very disappointing that at a time when we should seek to stand together to fight violence and extremism, Mr Cameron omits any reference to this extremist group spreading hate and bigotry against British Muslims in towns and cities up and down this country,” Mr Murad said. Mr Cameron’s speech also drew criticism from Australia, where Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, Dr Hass Dellal told Neos Kosmos that multiculturalism is an inescapable reality for Britain. “Multiculturalism is not a vision or an ambition, much less an ideology or creed. It describes societies like Australia and the United Kingdom as they are and as they are destined to be,” Dr Dellal said. “We can take from Prime Minister Cameron’s speech that the failure of multiculturalism is really in the absence of any long-term and visionary multicultural policy in the United Kingdom, not the failure of culturally diverse communities living together.” “We are learning that by providing opportunities to connect with one another through social engagement, participation and active citizenship, we can strengthen one’s sense of belonging and commitment to the nation,” he said. Dr Dellal’s criticisms were echoed by Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nick Kotsiras, who said, “the challenge is to use our differences as a uniting force, to assist us to live peacefully with our neighbours and to enable newly arrived migrants and refugees wishing to live in Victoria the opportunity to do so.” However Mr Cameron’s speech did garner some support from more established Greek Cypriot groups in the UK. Agatha Kalisperas, Director of the Hellenic Centre in London told Neos Kosmos, “I love London because it is a multicultural society, but what I think Cameron meant is that if you choose to live in this country … you have to abide by the laws and you have to learn something about the culture of this country.” “I have people from the older generation, Cypriots, who ask me ‘where is Queen Elizabeth Hall or where is the Royal Albert Hall’.” “You don’t want to live in a completely homogeneous country … but I think there should be some loyalty to the country,” she said.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Cowan family! Photo courtesy: Wade CowanDear ASA Members,This Christmas season, as we gather with family and friends, let us remember the reason we all celebrate. While we take time to remember the gifts we all are so thankful to receive, we should also take time to remember those less fortunate than us and take this opportunity to give back to our respective communities.What a blessing it is to produce and provide the food, fiber and fuel that our communities, nation and the world need. As I sit back and consider all the work we do in and out of the field, I’m filled with gratitude for our entire soybean team and the opportunity to serve as your President.The coming year holds the promise of new opportunities, along with challenges, and we will face them together as a unified force not only to improve the lives of our fellow soybean producers, but for all areas of agriculture.So from West Texas, my wife Valerie and I, and our children Kelcie, Brittany, and Alan, would like to wish you a joyful and Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.Wade
Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Trooper-named-in-Soldotna-shooting.mp3VmJennifer-on-Trooper-named-in-Soldotna-shooting.mp300:00RPd Other Troopers responded to the area and SERT was activated. EMTs were staged nearby. Troopers attempted to negotiate with the man hoping he would put the firearm down but the man refused. The man, while still in the back of the trooper vehicle, pointed the firearm at Troopers and Lt. Gilmore shot him. On December 23, AST received a report about a suspicious male on private property walking into the woods. A trooper responded and was able to locate the subject. Due to below freezing temperatures, the Trooper offered the man a ride home and the man accepted. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Trooper involved in the shooting incident that occured on December 23, in Soldotna, has been identified. The man was injured and transported to Central Peninsula Hospital for treatment. Investigation is ongoing. Lt. Gilmore was placed on a mandatory 72-hour leave. While in the back of the trooper vehicle, the man produced a handgun. The Trooper was able to stop and safely exit the vehicle. While secured in the back of the trooper vehicle, the man continued to brandish the handgun. Lieutenant Dane Gilmore, Deputy Commander of E Detachment, a 24 year veteran of Department of Public Safety has been named has the trooper that fired his service weapon.
See it Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice 6 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See at Turo Boost Mobile $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Comments See It $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Chris Monroe/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Apple iPhone XS Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Comments $520 at HP JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 See at Amazon $999 Read the AirPods review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read Google Home Hub review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $210 at Best Buy $60 at Best Buy NASA Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $59 at eBay Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Rylo Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It $299 at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Turo Tags Sprint Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) A big asteroid is passing through this month. Theodore R. Kareta An asteroid twice as big as the bolide that exploded over Russia in 2013 will whiz by us next week at a distance that’s closer to Earth than the moon. Despite what tabloid headlines might lead you to believe, small asteroids zip by the Earth on a fairly regular basis. Most of these space rocks are so little they’d burn up even if they did collide with our atmosphere, and astronomers discover many of them when Earth is already in their rear-view mirror. Asteroid 2019 EA2 could be up to 128 feet (39 meters) wide. It’s the rare rock making a close flyby that’s also large enough that astronomers spotted it well in advance. The asteroid, detected earlier this month, is also moving unusually slowly, at a rate of 5 kilometers per second (11,185 mph), which makes it easier to see. On March 22, asteroid 2019 EA2 will pass by us at a safe distance of 188,731 miles (303,733 kilometers), or about eight-tenths the distance between here and the moon, according to NASA. If you’ve got a powerful enough telescope (or perhaps with some help from a place like the Virtual Telescope Project), spotting this asteroid might make for an interesting follow-up to watching the last supermoon of the year just a few nights earlier. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sci-Tech Sarah Tew/CNET See It Read the Rylo camera preview Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $6 at Tidal What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 7 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Sarah Tew/CNET Tags The Cheapskate
Demi Rose Official Instagram (demirosemawby)Demi Rose is at it again. The Instagram model’s looks have been likened to Kylie Jenner and she has ridden that comparison to fame.The model turned up the heat when she posted a pic of herself in a skimpy bikini. Demi Rose worked the camera after slipping into the tiny leopard print two-piece. A scanty top was all that covered the star’s ample assets and perky cleavage, as she shot a sultry look to the camera that was sure to set pulses racing.In a contemplative caption, Demi told her fans: ‘Try not to catch feelings.’Her Kylie Jenner looks aside, another reason Demi shot to fame was that she was linked to the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star’s ex Tyga. That exposure has gained Demi a huge following on social media, especially Instagram where she is known to display her incredible curves in a number of risque ensembles. Instagram/Demi RoseSpeaking to MailOnline in an exclusive chat in September, Demi said: “I try to keep as healthy as I can. With travelling, it’s hard to work out, I travel across the world but try to keep my routine…Everyone says I’m the healthiest person they know. The fattiest thing I will ever eat is nuts and peanut butter.”Well, all that healthy eating sure seems to be paying off. Demi Rose recently revealed that a move to LA could be in the works due to her acting desires.Speaking to The Sun, she revealed: “Movies have always been a passion of mine since I went to stage school. But another ambition is to become a Bond Girl, as I love the style and glamour of those films.” You can check out the video here:
Former Miss Uruguay Fatimih Davila Sosa found dead in hotel in Mexico City.InstagramBeauty queen, ex-Miss Uruguay Fatimih Dávila Sosa was found dead in a hotel in Mexico City, say reports. Fatimih was found hanged on Thursday, May 2, in the guest bathroom at a hotel in the capital city of Mexico. She was 31.Investigations are still on and the nature and cause of her death have not been revealed yet. Probe is still on whether it was suicide or murder, as Fatimih Dávila Sosa was found hanging in the bathroom of a hotel. According to the Daily Mail, a press statement from the prosecutor’s office regarding the death read, “From the investigations carried out so far, it was established that an acquaintance helped her to settle in the aforementioned hotel.”Fatimih Dávila Sosa represented Uruguay at the Miss Universe 2006 pageant as well as the Miss World 2008 pageant. She made a living as a model in Mexico and had reportedly also worked in the USA. The beauty queen also studied as an actress in Chile and acted in the soap opera El Triunfo del Amor (The Triumph of Love).The Daily Mail also quotes Uruguayan newspaper El Pais that talks of Fatima Dávila’s name in a 2011 sting operation into a prostitution ring in the country, operated by public relations agent Jose Miguel Acosta. The PR agent knew Argentine model representative Luis Santos very well, an acquaintance of the beauty queen.Dávila was reportedly recorded by investigators as saying, “I was talking to Leandro (Santos) and he told me that it would be good if I got into something of that to put myself in higher demand, to make myself better known, because nobody values the subject matter of Miss Uruguay.” Fatima gave a court declaration in 2012 after the sting.Fatimih Davila Sosa’s last Instagram post comments show it was 17 weeks ago. She looked happy in her last picture, in a white shirt, as she smiled and looked down. In general, in all her pictures, she looked like a happy soul and it is unfortunate that she had to pass away in tragic circumstances.
A family spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush will remain hospitalized “to continue regaining strength” as he recovers from an infection requiring his hospitalization a day after his wife’s funeral.Bush was admitted April 22 to Houston Methodist Hospital. He’s being treated for an infection that spread to his blood.Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Monday the 93-year-old Bush “is in great spirits and is looking forward to going home soon.”McGrath has previously said Bush hopes to travel next month to his family’s home in Maine, where he spends the summers. APFILE – In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the field for a coin toss before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots in Houston. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston since last Friday, Aprul 14, 2017, with a recurrence of a case of pneumonia he had earlier in the year. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement Tuesday, April 18, 2017, doctors determined he had a mild case of pneumonia which has been treated and resolved. McGrath said the former president “is in very good spirits and is being held for further observation while he regains his strength.” (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) Share
Share Current Houston law prohibits juveniles under 17 from being outside from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and after midnight on the weekend, as well as from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on school days.Violations are considered a Class C misdemeanor. Those in violation can be punished with an up to $500 fine, although that hasn’t happened in practice, according to municipal court judge Elaine Marshall, the presiding judge for the city of Houston’s Teen Court.At a public hearing before City Council Wednesday, multiple speakers urged to decriminalize violations, arguing a criminal record can affect someone for life, for example on a job application – even though the offense is comparable to a traffic ticket.“When you’re applying for a job, usually the statement is, “excluding traffic infractions,” said Tony Sangueza with the Earl Carl Institute at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law. “And so it is problematic to have a record, a Class C, even if traffic is included in Class C.”For $30, juvenile offenders can request for a curfew violation to be expunged, meaning it will be erased from their criminal record.During the public hearing, council members supporting the curfew sometimes clashed with those calling for its elimination.“If they’re not causing any harm and not disturbing anyone and maybe their guardians know where they are, then there’s no problem,” Brian Klosterboer, an attorney with the ACLU of Texas, told council member Jerry Davis.Davis challenged him on that, saying when groups of young people in his district are out late at night, it sometimes leads to shootings.“We’re saying that the ordinance is only to protect the child,” Davis said. “But the ordinance is also there to protect other families.”Mayor Sylvester Turner said he’s in favor of eliminating the daytime curfew and lowering the maximum fine. He said he wants to work on changes to the ordinance in partnership with advocacy groups and bring it to City Council for a vote within the next 30 days. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Joe Brueggeman/Houston Public MediaAt a public hearing Wednesday, City Council members discussed the city’s juvenile curfew law. 00:00 /00:47 X Listen
The stage play “Happiness for Survival” will be at Mergenthaler High School in Baltimore Feb. 12-14. “Happiness for Survival” is an emotional, spiritual and physical journey about life and its challenges, the ups and the downs, the successes and the failures. It’s about dreams and why we will or won’t, do or don’t go after them and equally as important, it’s about sisterhood. For more information go to HappinessForSurvival.blogspot.com.
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Gabriel García Márquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author who popularized the concept of “magical realism” and told epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, died Thursday at the age of 87.Known affectionately as “Gabo,” the author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera” was one of the world’s most popular Latin American novelists and the godfather of a literary movement that witnessed a continent in turmoil following World War II.The longtime journalist was a colorful character who befriended Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was once punched by fellow Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and had stated that he wrote to make his friends love him.Presidents, writers and celebrities mourned his death.“One thousand years of solitude and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted.He later declared three days of national mourning.Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla said she was devastated in a tweet while name-dropping some of her favorite works by the author.“The world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers,” U.S. President Barack Obama said.The cause of death was not revealed but García Márquez had been hospitalized for pneumonia on March 31 and discharged a week later to recover at his Mexico City home.His wife Mercedes and two sons were reportedly by his side at home when he died.The family said his body would be cremated and officials announced a public tribute will be held in Mexico City’s Bellas Artes Palace cultural center Monday.Born March 6, 1927, in the village of Aracataca on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, García Márquez was the son of a telegraph operator.He was raised by his grandparents and aunts in a tropical culture influenced by the heritage of Spanish settlers, indigenous populations and black slaves. His grandfather was a retired colonel.The exotic legends of his homeland inspired him to write profusely. His masterpiece, “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” was translated into 35 languages and sold more than 30 million copies.The book, published in 1967, is a historical and literary saga about a family from the imaginary Caribbean village of Macondo between the 19th and 20th century — a novel that turned the man with the mustache and thick eyebrows into an international star.It was rich in “magical realism,” which García Márquez has described as the notion that behind reality as we perceive it, there is much more going on that we do not understand.‘Without a penny’García Márquez wrote the novel after moving to Mexico City in 1961, taking a long bus ride from New York with his wife, Mercedes Barcha, and son Rodrigo.His second son, Gonzalo, was born a year later in the Mexican capital, where the author lived for more than three decades.He recalled arriving in Mexico City “without a name or a penny in my pocket.”The writer faced financial hardship, working for advertising agencies, penning screenplays and editing small magazines.“As long as there was whiskey, there was no misery,” García Márquez quipped.The novelist owed nine months of rent payments when he penned “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and could barely afford to send the manuscript to his editor in Argentina.García Márquez wore a traditional white liqui-liqui costume with a high collar from his region to receive his Nobel prize in Sweden in 1982.The Nobel committee rewarded him for books “in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.”In his Nobel speech, García Márquez said it was the “outsized reality” of brutal dictatorships and civil wars in Latin America, “and not just its literary expression,” that got the attention of the Swedish Academy of Letters.His other famous books include “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” “The General in His Labyrinth” and his autobiography “Living to Tell the Tale.”His final novel, “Memories of My Melancholy Whores,” was published in 2004.Journalist, a friend of CastroGarcía Márquez also left his mark in journalism, which he considered “the most beautiful profession in the world.”He founded the Ibero-American New Journalism Foundation in the Colombian port city of Cartagena in 1994.His first job was with Bogotá’s El Espectador newspaper, which published his first short story in 1947, paying him 800 pesos, or less than $0.50 per month.He left for Europe after an article angered the military regime at the time, living in Geneva, Rome and Paris, where he finished the 1961 book “No One Writes to the Colonel.”An admirer of Cuba’s revolution, he became a correspondent for the communist island’s Prensa Latina news agency in Bogotá and New York.He forged a controversial friendship with Castro, who called him “a man with the goodness of a child and a cosmic talent.”But he also worked as an emissary between Castro and another powerful friend, then U.S. President Bill Clinton, in the 1990s.In Mexico, his circle of friends included renowned Mexican writers Octavio Paz and Carlos Fuentes.“I write so that my friends will love me,” the novelist quipped.García Márquez had a falling out with his friend Vargas Llosa that culminated with the Peruvian novelist punching him outside a Mexico City movie theater in 1976.“We were completely stunned and astonished,” Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska recalled in an interview.Neither one ever revealed the pair had quarreled.Vargas Llosa paid tribute to García Márquez on Thursday, saying: “His novels will survive him and continue gaining readers everywhere.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Texas university acquires Gabriel García Márquez’s personal archive Legendary novelist Gabriel García Márquez leaves hospital, in ‘delicate’ condition Two classic short stories by Gabriel García Márquez that you should read tonight Nobel writer Gabriel García Márquez hospitalized in Mexico
Mortgage originations are soaring but bank’s are not reflecting this rise in their portfolios, which are suffering from new tax policies, fluctuating interest rates, and regulatory changes in mortgage lending.The shared frustration among many mortgage bankers in today’s housing market consists of concerns as to why their mortgage loan portfolios remain stagnant while originations keep rising.Equifax’s National Consumer Credit Trends Report showed that total mortgage originations increased to $1.2 trillion through the first nine months of 2015. The data also found that first mortgage originations rose 63 percent year-over-year, home equity installment loan originations have increased 20 percent, and HELOCs rose 23.3 percent to a new seven-year high.However, banks are not experiencing the same growth with their mortgage portfolio. Total mortgage and home equity balances remained at $8.84 trillion at the end of September, almost the same number for the last 18 months, the Equifax data showed.”We have huge growth in mortgage originations with nearly stagnant mortgage balances, which is seemingly illogical,” said Amy Crews Cutts, chief economist at Equifax. “The reasons are many, including changes in tax policy, fluctuations in interest rates, and regulatory changes affecting mortgage lending.”According to Cutts, there are a number of reasons for this vast difference, but the majority of it rests on first mortgage balances. These are the largest portion of total mortgage balances that have remained steady for a long period of time.”Across the nation, we have seen growth in total credit that mirrors the overall improvement of the U.S. economy,” Cutts said. “The only exception is mortgage debt, which has remained tepid despite a lively originations market.”Cutts identified several other contributors to sluggish mortgage portfolios including:Loan payoffs Buoyed by an improved economy and household finances, homeowners have been paying down debt faster through cash-in refinancing or by curtailing their debt by adding extra dollars to each month’s payment.Mortgage refinancing Consumers continue to refinance existing mortgage debt into lower rates and shorter terms also putting downward pressure on overall mortgage debt.Severe derogatory As loans at the end of the foreclosure process are converted to bank-owned real estate, the amount of overall mortgage debt is reduced. The severe derogatory rate (as a share of balances) on first mortgages falling to 4.5 basis points (bps) in September, compared to 6.7 bps a year ago. Severe derogatories are now at the lowest level since August 2007 as a share of both outstanding loans and balances.Home Purchase Activity In 2014 changes in federal tax policy removed the exemption on short sale debt forgiveness, which suppressed overall homes sales. Sales have recovered in 2015 but they are barely covering principal repayments rather than driving mortgage debt higher. Mortgage Originations Uptick Not Reflected in Bank Portfolios November 4, 2015 480 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination Banks Mortgage Loan Portfolios Mortgage Origination 2015-11-04 Staff Writer Share
NFL Power Poll according to @wolf987FM – 5. Packers4. Panthers3. Broncos2. Bengals1. Patriots— Doug & Wolf Show (@DougandWolf987) November 4, 2015 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates his touchdown pass to wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) in the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Doug and Wolf both have the Green Bay Packers falling to fifth after their loss to the Denver Broncos last Sunday night.“You’re still really darn good, but you couldn’t help it, you couldn’t move the ball against Denver,” Franz said. “You’re holding on by a thread to the top five, but you’re still in it, Green Bay Packers.”Franz has the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals at fourth on his poll, while Wolfley tabbed Marvin Lewis’ team second.“They’ve got a little something-something going,” Wolf said. Both hosts agreed the New England Patriots are still the class of the league. Your browser does not support the audio element. Every Wednesday, Doug and Wolf unveil their top five NFL teams on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.This week, the morning hosts feature the same teams, but in different order.NFL Power Poll according to @doug987FM – 5. Packers4. Bengals3. Panthers2. Broncos1. Patriots— Doug & Wolf Show (@DougandWolf987) November 4, 2015 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Doug and Wolf NFL Power Poll heading into week 9 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact