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DCPCR writes to DGHS for childfriendly room in hospital

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) has written to Directorate General of Health Services (Delhi Government) related to starting a pilot project on a child-friendly room in one of the city hospitals.The letter was written by DCPCR official Rita Singh. “Being a monitoring agency in the field of child rights, a large number of cases of children in distress are being reported in DCPCR from different parts of the city. In some cases, difficulties being faced by such children rescued from different situations have been brought to the notice of the Commission,” reads the letter. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarIt further reads,” A sizable number of grievances of children are related to treatment being meted out to them in the environment in the hospital where they are taken to the examination daily in attending to them by the hospital authorities is very common.” The commission would, therefore, suggest that for providing child-friendly environment to such children, a room dedicated to the children by designed where the rescued children and the team escorting to them to the hospital can stay. Such an arrangement would go a long way in ensuring the safety and security of the rescued children besides providing them with an environment in the hospital where he/she can feel comfortable, reads the letter. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”On the pilot basis, the scheme of designing a designated room for rescued children and the team escorting them can be started in Rohini based hospital,” added the letter. Rita Singh stated that they have chosen the area where crime against children is regularly reported. Earlier DCPCR said that it studied the situation of crimes against children in Delhi and identified over 25 areas. A comprehensive study was conducted by the child rights body from 2015 to 2017 and found that Ranhola, Narela, Samaypur Badli, Shahbad Dairy, Jaitpur, Neb Sarai, Khajuri Khas, Sagarpur, Jahangirpuri, Bhalswa Dairy, and Mehrauli were among the 20 areas prone to missing children cases. Whereas areas like Aman Vihar, Nihal Vihar, Mangolpuri, Begumpur, Kalyanpuri, Narela, Anand Parbat, New Ashok Nagar, Malviya Nagar and Ghazipur are among the 20 places where child abuse cases are high.last_img read more


Grief over deadly Toronto van attack sinks in days after rampage

first_imgTORONTO – Grief over the deadly van attack that took place on the streets of Toronto is truly sinking in as the public learns more about the 10 people killed in the rampage, mourners said Thursday.Three days after a van careened down a stretch of Yonge Street, striking pedestrians in its path, city residents were still gathering at the site to lay flowers, shed tears and pay tribute.One of them was Kristi Wing, who works in the area and had seen paramedics treating patients and covering those who were beyond help in the moments after Monday’s incident. The tragedy feels more real now that victims’ personal stories are coming to light, she said.“I saw bodies and now there are names and faces to them,” she said.The makeshift memorial to those who lost their lives in the incident continued to grow Thursday as bouquets, candles and written notes were added. The messages, written in numerous languages, included the sentiments “rest in peace” and “spread love, not hate.”Nil Adjei, another visitor to the memorial, said he used to live in the area years ago and was drawn to the site after the attack.“I felt it’s my duty to come over and pay tribute,” he said.Authorities have not named any of those killed, saying identifying the victims will take time given the size of the crime scene and the scope of the probe.But other sources have identified some of the dead. They ranged in age from their 20s to their 90s, hailed from as far away as Jordan and South Korea, and are remembered for everything from their passion for cooking to their devotion to their young children.Social media posts from various co-workers identified one of the victims as Chulmin (Eddie) Kang, a chef at a downtown Toronto steakhouse.“It hurts knowing I won’t be able to see your bright smile every weekend, or hear you say ‘Hi’ to everyone in your energetic voice,” coworker Mailee Ly wrote in a Facebook post.“I don’t think you knew the touch and influence you had on everyone … simply because of your kind nature and passion for cooking. Times like this, it goes to show that by simply being a kind person, you can have a further reach than you ever know.”On Thursday evening, the University of Toronto confirmed one of its students was among the deceased, though it did not release a name.“We are deeply saddened that a member of our community has died as a result of this terrible incident,” university president Meric Gertler said in a written statement. “We mourn the loss of our student and want those affected to know that they have the support of the university.”Others killed include Renuka Amarasingha, a Toronto school board employee who was the sole caregiver for her seven-year-old child, and Betty Forsyth, believed to be in her 90s, who was described as a lively person who loved to feed animals on her walks through the neighbourhood around the scene of the attack.The victims also include Jordanian citizen Munir Alnajjar, who had recently travelled to the city to visit his son; Anne Marie D’Amico, an investment company worker with a love of volunteering; and Dorothy Sewell, an 80-year-old grandmother who was passionate about local sports.Two unidentified Korean nationals and an unnamed student from Seneca College were also killed.At least one not-for-profit group said it’s mobilizing to meet the diverse needs of mourners with direct ties to Monday’s attack.Victim Services Toronto offers emotional and social supports to those impacted by crimes or other tragedies, according to Executive Director Bonnie Levine.She said establishing a sense of community around a person in mourning is a critical first step.“One of the things that we really want to do very quickly is to mobilize the person’s natural support system,” she said. “So we’ll say, ‘Is there family or friends or neighbours that we can call for you? Is there anything that we can do?’”The organization’s volunteers speak 35 languages between them, she said, ensuring supports are available to immigrants or visitors from outside the country if necessary.In addition to the 10 people who died, police say 14 others were injured in the attack allegedly carried out by 25-year-old Alek Minassian of Richmond Hill, Ont.Minassian has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder, with police anticipating a 14th count in the coming days.Toronto police did not provide updates Thursday on the ongoing investigation into Minassian’s activities, though Chief Mark Saunders issued a statement lauding the force’s response to the attack.Monday’s events have prompted unprecedented interest from international law enforcement agencies, he said.“I am contacted almost daily from other police executives from around the world as they express interest in what is happening here,” Saunders said. “This week, record numbers of calls have been pouring in to offer support, express condolences and compliment the actions of all emergency service personnel.”A city fundraiser dubbed TorontoStrong had raised more than $893,000 to support the victims and their families by Thursday evening.last_img read more


Bill OReilly dropped by literary agency

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Bill O’Reilly has been dropped by his literary agency.“We no longer represent Bill O’Reilly for future deals,” William Morris Entertainment announced Thursday. “It is our fiduciary responsibility to service the existing deals we have under contract, but we will not be working with him moving forward.”O’Reilly spokesman Mark Fabiani said there was no comment “at the moment.” O’Reilly’s publisher, Henry Holt & Company, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. O’Reilly is under a multi-book contract with publisher Holt, including for at least one more “Killing” book. In May, Holt president and publisher Stephen Rubin told The Associated Press that he was “totally committed to Bill, long-term.”“We have created the most successful adult nonfiction franchise in recent publishing history and we are thrilled to continue it,” Rubin said at the time.According to Holt, more than 17 million copies of O’Reilly’s “Killing” series are in print. The historical books, co-written by Martin Dugard, include “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Lincoln.” The most recent book, “Killing England,” was published last month and quickly topped the nonfiction bestseller list of The New York Times, although sales have been lower than with his previous works. “Killing England” was the first O’Reilly book to come out since he was forced out of Fox in April amid numerous allegations of sexual harassment.More recently, The New York Times reported that O’Reilly paid $32 million to a Fox legal analyst to settle a harassment claim. The conservative commentator has denied any wrongdoing, telling the AP in May that he was the victim of false and ideologically driven attacks.last_img read more


Valeant shares get a lift after sale of female libido drug to

first_imgMONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. shares got a lift Monday after it announced a deal to unload its US$1 billion female sexual dysfunction drug to the company’s former owners for next to nothing.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Valeant’s shares closed up 4.75 per cent to C$15.43 in Monday trading.Under the deal, Valeant will receive a six per cent royalty on sales of Addyi starting 18 months from the signing of the sale agreement. The company declined to estimate how much it expects to realize.The agreement also ends a legal dispute between Valeant and the former owners of Sprout Pharmaceuticals.“Returning Sprout to its former owners will enable us to further streamline our portfolio and reduce complexity in our business,” Valeant chairman and CEO Joseph Papa stated in a news release issued a day before releases its third-quarter results.He said the company’s turnaround efforts are focused on its core businesses, including eye health, gastroenterology and dermatology.Valeant (TSX:VRX, NYSE:VRX) bought Sprout in 2015 for US$1 billion in cash, plus a share of future profits.Addyi is used by premenopausal women to enhance their libidos and improve their sex lives. It comes with a hefty sales price of US$800 per month.In connection with the sale, Valeant will provide a US$25-million loan to fund initial operating expenses. The sale is expected to close before the end of the year.Douglas Miehm of RBC Capital Markets said the transaction isn’t overly surprising given the disappointing sales of Addyi since its launch in October 2015.He estimates sales this year would be less than US$10 million, far less than Valeant’s earlier forecast of up to US$150 million that last year it said it couldn’t achieve.“However, the company will need to write off a large part of the US$836MM in intangible asset value plus contingent consideration associated with the drug, making the optics particularly poor,” he wrote in a report.Valeant shares have plunged since questions about its business model first emerged two years ago, when they traded for more than $300 per share.The company has since faced a string of lawsuits, including one from its former chief executive, as well as swelling debt levels, losses of more than US$2.4 billion and scrutiny over its drug pricing practices.With its recently announced US$125 million debt repayment, Valeant has reached its goal of repaying US$5 billion of debt about four months ahead of its February 2018 target, wrote Neil Maruoka of Canaccord Genuity.last_img read more


Rob Ford in Los Angeles

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is getting the celebrity treatment on a surprise trip to Los Angeles, but it’s still not clear if he is attending tonight’s Academy Awards.Ford touched down in L.A. yesterday where he was greeted by late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel wore a chauffeur’s cap and held a sign reading “ford.”Ford’s brother, Doug, is also in Hollywood, and says the two will likely attend Kimmel’s Oscars party tonight.The embattled mayor will appear on Kimmel’s show tomorrow night. The show has repeatedly poked fun at the mayor for his admitted drug use. read more


Three charged in suspected fentanyl investigation

Three people are facing charges following a drug trafficking investigation in Welland. The Niagara Regional Police Service launched an investigation earlier this month into the alleged sale of fentanyl from a home on Ontario Rd.The investigation was focused on a man who was recently released on bail for several drug and property charges.On Friday, Adam Fougere, 33, Timothy Viletel, 30, and Elisabeth Fougere, 29, were arrested and charged with drug-trafficking offences. Police also seized roughly $1,000 worth of suspected fentanyl. read more


UK engine production up 76 in August

UK engine manufacturing rises 7.6% in August following summer shutdown shift.Demand from home and international markets grows 10.9% and 5.8% respectively, but YTD volumes remain down.Almost two-thirds of output shipped overseas this year, highlighting importance of frictionless trade. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,This month’s figures are welcome news, however the impact of keeping some production lines rolling throughout August when they would traditionally be shut down cannot be discounted. Securing a Brexit deal that maintains frictionless trade with our key export markets, therefore, remains vital to ensure the future competitiveness and success of this vital sector.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Entire contents of hotel where Late Late stars stayed to be auctioned

first_imgTHE ENTIRE CONTENTS of a south Dublin hotel where film legends such as Maureen O’Hara, Peter O’Toole and Richard Burton stayed is to be auctioned off this weekend.Over 3,500 lots will be sold in a one day auction at The Montrose Hotel on the Stillorgan dual carriageway Donnybrook this Saturday with public viewings at the 158-bedroom hotel starting today.The Montrose was built in 1964 by PV Doyle, a renowned hotelier and later chairman of Bord Fáilte, and was used by stars such as Maureen O’Hara, Liza Minelli, Jack Doyle, Peter Ustinov, Richard Burton, and Peter O’Toole when they appeared on RTÉ’s Late Late Show.Gaelic football teams, Ireland’s international soccer and rugby sides also frequented there and will have used some of the items that will be auctioned off this Saturday.These include thee large Waterford Crystal chandeliers, two large Empire style chandeliers, over a hundred table lamps, a dozen leather settees, over a hundred double beds and hundreds of more items.last_img read more


Earthquake hits Athens

first_imgAn earthquake has shaken central Greece early on Tuesday and was felt as far away as its capital city but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, Greek police and firebrigade officials said.The quake of 5.2 magnitude occurred at 1:05am local time, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said on its website. It struck near the city of Chalkida on the island of Evia, and its epicentre was at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).Greece is often rattled by earthquakes, most causing no serious damage. Greeks still have fresh memories of a 5.9 magnitude quake in 1999, which killed 143 people.Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Gnabry wants to earn a spot in the starting eleven

first_imgThe German footballer is working hard to be considered for the first-team tomorrow against Russia, but he knows he’s contending with othersGermany national team international Serge Gnabry hopes he can make it into the starting eleven tomorrow against Russia.“I wouldn’t have any problems with that. I would be excited to play for Germany again. We played well against France and are doing everything we can to be dangerous and to play attacking football,” he told the nations’ official website.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“The atmosphere in the team is very upbeat. I feel very happy and am having fun here. There are a few us who played together for the U21s and this makes it easier to settle into the senior team.”“I have my anatomy to thank for why I can run so fast. However, as a footballer, you constantly have to work hard on your strengths,” he explained.“Timo Werner is also a fast player and pace is a strength for anyone. I always try to give my best on the pitch. I hope my performances contribute to me playing an important role for club and country.”last_img read more

UPDATED One Dead After Falling From Girdwood Hand Tram

first_imgAdditional details will be posted as soon as they are made available. The department made a Facebook post about the death around 8 p.m., on Saturday. A sign has been posted at the head of the trail stating that it is closed until further notice. The name of the deceased has not been released while next of kin is being notified. Original Post: The Girdwood Fire Department posted on social media on Saturday announcing that one person has died after falling from the hand tram at Winner Creek Trail Saturday afternoon. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated: A man has died after falling from a platform on an Alaska hiking trail, officials said.On Sunday, 57-year-old Jeffrey Hummel of Anchorage was killed in the accident Saturday at a hand tram in Girdwood.The Girdwood Fire Department and Whittier Police Department responded to the Winner Creek Trail at 3:40 p.m.“Due to the severity of the fall, Jeffery Hummel was pronounced dead at the scene,” police said in a report.Hummel was assisting hikers crossing in the hand tram, a basket cage enabling people to cross a deep gorge in the town 39 miles (63 kilometers) southeast of Anchorage, Whittier police said.Hummel missed the safety netting and fell 50 feet (15 meters) after apparently losing his footing on the platform, authorities said.Volunteers helped emergency personnel lift Hummel to the top of the trail.The Girdwood Fire Department posted a message on social media Saturday night acknowledging those who assisted with the rescue effort, including Alyesksa Resort Mountain Patrol, LifeMed Alaska, the Anchorage Fire Department, Whittier police, and off-duty medical professionals and other bystanders.The hand tram was closed Sunday.last_img read more


Barge brings tsunami other marine debris to Seattle

first_imgA barge carrying hundreds of tons of marine debris collected on shorelines in Alaska and British Columbia has arrived in Seattle for sorting and recycling.Volunteers are being organized to help sort, a process that could take weeks. Whatever can’t be recycled will be taken by train for disposal in Oregon.Despite the mass of debris collected, the president of the cleanup organization coordinating the project says it represents a small percentage of the cleanup work that remains.Some of the debris collected likely was swept to sea by the 2011 tsunami in Japan.But marine debris in general, including rubbish like plastics and fishing nets, is an ongoing environmental problem.last_img read more


YKHC dedicates hospital expansion project to late Toksook Bay Elder

first_imgAttendees of the YKHC dedication sign a drywall panel which will be incorporated into the construction of the Paul John Memorial expansion. The dedication took place on April 5, 2017.(Katie Basile, KYUK – Bethel)The late Paul John of Toksook Bay is remembered as one of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s most respected leaders. Last week, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation honored his legacy and his decades of service as a board member by dedicating its new hospital expansion to the late elder. More than 100 people wrote on a piece of drywall.Listen now“Best wishes,” Jennifer Uruvak Stevens of St. Mary’s wrote on the panel.“God bless,” Michael Jimmy of Chuloonawick scribbled.“I’m saying ‘good job’ to those people who made the YKHC hospital,” Bernadette Lewis of Chefornak said as she uncapped a Sharpie.Over 100 people attended the YKHC dedication to celebrate the hospital expansion which will greatly increase health care access for people of the region. (Photo: Katie Basile / KYUK)The drywall panel will be placed somewhere in the new hospital building, and most likely painted over. But the messages, written in black marker by the dedication crowd, will live within it.YKHC President and CEO Dan Winkelman, with the help of his team, raised $300 million for the hospital project from various federal, state, and private funders. More than half of the funds came from the largest Community Facility Loan ever given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The project includes building a new primary care facility, renovating the existing hospital, and adding 54 units of staff housing.It’s the largest construction project in the region, and when it’s done, patients won’t have to cross the highway to get dental or optometry care. The added space and funding means more staff to tend to more patients at the hospital and to travel to villages to provide care.YKHC Board Chair, Esai Twitchell, addresses the crowd at the YKHC expansion dedication on April 5, 2017. YKHC CEO and President Dan Winkelman (left) and his team raised $300 million to fund the project. (Katie Basile / KYUK)The entire hospital project is dedicated to Paul John, the respected Toksook Bay elder, who died in 2015 after serving on YKHC’s board since the hospital’s incorporation in 1969. Gloria Simeon is a current board member who served with Paul John for years.“He would stress that we needed to go back to our teachings and apply them to today, because those teachings are the backbone of who we are as Native people,” Simeon said. “It’s the backbone of our culture and those teachings should always, always be kept in the forefront of our brains.”The hospital project is expected to be completed in 2021.last_img read more

Dana meets JNTU professors on water logging issue

first_imgHyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner M Dana Kishore on Tuesday held meeting with professors of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad (JNTU-H) on actions being taken to clear some 160 water logging places in the city.The commissioner held meeting with professors of Centre of Excellency Disaster Management Department and Centre for Water Resource Department separately. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us He also held meeting with prof Lakshman Rao and prof Giridhar. Speaking in the meeting, Dana Kishore said that they have identified around 160 water logging places in the city, where the traffic becomes a huge problem in the rainy season. “We have requested the JNTU professors to give a solution to get rid of the water logging problem in the city, he said. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us The commissioner said two professors from the department would examine the water logging spots in the city on Wednesday and Thursday and give a solution to get rid of the water logging in those places. Around 30 water logging spots have been identified as most critical spots and the professors will chalk out a solution to repair these critical water logging spots in the city, Commissioner said.last_img read more

AP Deputy CM released water to KC canal

first_imgKadapa: Deputy Chief Minister Amzadh Basha SB has released water from Adinimmayapalle Anecut to Kurnool-Cuddapah canal(KC) for agriculture operations in the current Kharif season. This water release would be continued in various stages up to till the conclusion of Kharif season in the district. Farmers are growing crops around 2.25 lakh acres under KC canal in Kharif apart from paddy is in 1.25 lakh acres being grown in the manuals like Duvvuru, Chapadu, Khajipet, Mydukuru, Kamalapuram in Mydukuru, Kamalapuram constituencies. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us This time farmers who proposed to grown paddy in a big way disappointed a lot following poor rainfall recorded in June, and July months. But wide rains which are occurring in Telangana, North Andhra, East, West Godavari districts for the last couple of weeks brought cheers on the faces of farmers as there was sufficient Krishna water is being available in Srisailam Dam helps farmers irrigating crops under KC canal. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us According to the sources presently government is proposed to release 10,000 cusecs of water from Srisailam Reservoir to KC canal every day. If the same flood situation continued for some more there will be a possibility of releasing water to Subsidy Reservoir-1, Subsidy Reservoir-2, of Brahmam Sagar, through Velugodu reservation reservoir, and also Right and Left canals of Gandikota Lift Irrigation Scheme. Advertise With Us “We disappointed a lot as there was no sufficient rainfall recorded in the current Kharif. But unexpected rains occurring other places in the state turned boon for us as we are high hopes of securing good profits in cultivation”. said R. Rama Krishna Reddy of Duvvuru Mandal. Joint Director of Agriculture J. Murali Krishna said agriculture operations are being conducted in 2.25 lakh acres against total 3.5lakh Hector’s crop area during Kharif under KC canal in the district. Apart from paddy is largely being grown around 1.25 lakh acres in Mydukuru, Kamalapuram, Kadapa constituencies in the district. He said three was no problem in supplying water for agriculture operations.last_img read more

Lower court order in Pehlu Khan case surprising Priyanka Gandh

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday described the lower court order in Pehlu Khan mob lynching case as “surprising” saying there should be no place for an inhuman act in our country and the Rajasthan government’s decision to bring a law on mob lynching is a welcome decision. “The lower court decision in the Pehlu Khan case is surprising. There is no place for inhuman act and killing of a man by the mob in our country,” she said in a series of tweets on Friday. Also Read – Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, drones in focus of Modi govt for better e-governance Advertise With Us “Law being brought by the Rajasthan government against mob lynching is a welcome decision. Hope that Rajasthan government will provide justice to Pehlu Khan and give a good example,” she said in another tweet. Her remarks came two days after a lower court in Alwar acquitted all the six accused in Pehlu Khan death case. Pehlu Khan was beaten by a mob of cow vigilantes on April 1, 2017 on the suspicion of cattle smuggling.last_img read more

Road crash kills college student among 3 in Msingh

first_imgMap of MymensinghThree people, including a college student, were killed and 40 others injured in a road accident in front of Bhaluka Degree College in Bhaluka upazila on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway on Monday night, reports UNB.One of the deceased is Atiqul Haque, an HSC second year student of Bhaluka Degree College. Sayed Nurul Islam, superintendent of Mymensingh district police, said a Dhaka-bound Shyamoli Bangla Paribahan bus from Haluaghat hit a trolley at around 7:00pm and it turned turtle, leaving one killed on the spot and 42 others injured. Locals rescued the injured and sent them to Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital (MMCH). Two pedestrians who sustained injuries died on way to hospital.Police recovered the bodies and sent them to hospital morgue for autopsy. Some 20 injured were admitted to MMCH, the SP added.last_img read more

Barack Obamas Book Not Expected to be Released in 2019

first_imgBy JULIE PACE AP Washington Bureau ChiefWASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama’s post-White House memoir isn’t expected to be released this year, setting up the likelihood that the highly anticipated book will drop during the 2020 campaign.Publisher Penguin Random House started alerting foreign partners and others about the status of Obama’s book on Tuesday. The former president has been writing the book himself, handwriting a first draft on legal pads, the same technique he used for numerous White House speeches and his first best-seller, “Dreams from My Father.”This Feb. 19, 2019, file photo shows former President Barack Obama speaking at the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Summit in Oakland, Calif. Obama’s post-White House memoir isn’t expected to be released this year, setting up the likelihood that the highly anticipated book will drop in the midst of the 2020 campaign. Publisher Penguin Random House started alerting foreign partners and others about the status of Obama’s book on Tuesday, May 7,. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)The former president and his wife, Michelle Obama, signed lucrative book deals in 2017. Mrs. Obama’s book was released last year and quickly became one of the most popular political memoirs in history, with more than 10 million copies sold worldwide.The timing of the former president’s book release is trickier. A 2020 book launch could thrust Obama back into the spotlight just as Democratic voters are choosing a presidential nominee, prompting fresh discussion of his legacy and putting him on the spot about the candidates hoping to build on it.That would be a particularly delicate dance given that Obama has made clear he has no plans to play a role in the Democratic presidential primary, including declining to endorse his vice president, Joe Biden, or any other candidate. But as the most popular Democrat in the country, even more than three years after leaving office, Obama’s every word about the campaign will be scrutinized for signs of which candidates he favors.The publisher did not give its partners any updates on a launch date, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.The Obamas signed with Penguin Random House in 2017. While the financial terms of the agreement were not released, the former president’s book was expected to garner the largest advance for any ex-president. The previous record is believed to be $15 million for Bill Clinton’s “My Life.”___AP National Writer Hillel Italie in New York contributed to this report.last_img read more


Costa Rican students to hold protest against police brutality

first_imgWho is responsible for the violence at the recent Caja demonstration?  Police. They used excessive force to remove protesters excercising their rights.  Protesters. A small group of antagonists is instigating violence.  Both. Police used excessive force and protesters failed to cooperate peacefully. Riots during recent protests Facebook Comments No related posts. San José will be the site of yet another protest Thursday as disgruntled citizens plan a response to recentpolice actions during a demonstration last week at San José’s Social Security System facilities, known locally as the Caja.The event’s Facebook page states that the demonstration is against the repression of social movements and a new law, known as the Ley Mordaza, which detractors say limits press freedom. The objective of the march is the resignation of Public Security Minister Mario Zamora and the head of the National Police, Raúl Rivera.Citizen Action Party presidential candidate and political scientist Luis Guillermo Solís came out in support of the protest posting a plea on Facebook urging organizers to have clear objectives and avoid provoking the police.“More than anything the march needs to have a large number of participants representative of society,” he said. “People cannot fall into temptation or be provoked by the media, the government or its allies; they need to give them a lesson in calmness, firmness and patriotic values.”  Solís also encouraged protest organizers to ask participants not to cover their faces, a tactic used by some participants in past protests that turned violent, including one outside the Legislative Assembly recently.The march is a response to what some are calling police brutality at a demonstration last Thursday at the Caja that led to the arrest of 36 protesters and the injury of two lawmakers. President Laura Chinchilla defended the police action, saying it was necessary in order to keep the streets open.The march, organized by university students, will take place at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, starting in Parque de la Merced. Protesters will then continue to the Health Ministry and eventually end at the main Caja building on Avenida 2, where a vigil will be held. Attendees are requested to wear black.Additionally, students at the University of Costa Rica are holding a strike through Wednesday in order to pass out leaflets and inform the public about the protest.last_img read more

Beige Book Again Sees Modest to Moderate Growth

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Ben S. Bernanke Consumer spending Credit Standards Delinquency Demand Federal Reserve Home Sales Homebuilders Housing Supply Investment Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Residential Construction Service Providers 2013-07-17 Mark Lieberman Fed,Beige Book Again Sees Modest to Moderate Growth Citing improvements in manufacturing, tourism, commercial and residential real estate and in the financial sector, the Federal Reserve Wednesday said the nation’s economy “”continued to increase at a modest to moderate pace”” from late May through early July. The assessment in the periodic “”Beige Book””: was tempered by “”mixed”” conditions in the agricultural sector and the absence of improvement in labor markets. “”Hiring,”” the Beige Book said, “”held steady or increased at a measured pace.””[IMAGE]While manufacturing was a bright spot in the economy, reported to be on the rise in all 12 Federal Reserve districts except Kansas City, “”persistent drought conditions”” affected farm output in regions from Kansas City to San Francisco and Dallas. On the other hand, “”extremely wet conditions delayed planting and even resulted in some farmers in the Richmond and Minneapolis Districts planting soybeans instead of corn,”” and “”excessive rains in the Richmond District also damaged the wheat crop in some areas.The Beige Book, formally the “”Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District,”” is issued eight times a year, about two weeks before each meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Federal Reserve’s policy setting arm. The FOMC’s next meeting is scheduled for July 30-31.Residential real estate activity, according to the Beige Book, “”increased at a moderate to strong pace in most Districts”” and “”most Districts reported increases in home sales.””Home prices, the Beige Book said, “”increased throughout the majority of the reporting Districts,”” with Boston, New York, Richmond, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Dallas noting “”low or declining home inventories and upward pressures on home prices in some areas.”” Residential construction activity, the Beige Book said, “”also improved moderately across the Districts.””The report said “”commercial real estate market conditions continued to improve across most Districts with “”modest to moderate improvements in non-residential real estate activity in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and San Francisco. Dallas, the Beige Book said, “”reported strong growth in leasing activity for office and industrial space,”” and “”Boston and Richmond reported that commercial real estate conditions were holding steady or improving.””Banking conditions were also said to have improved during the report period, and the Beige Book said, “”some bankers in the Cleveland, Chicago, and Dallas Districts noted competitive pressures to reduce loan pricing.”” According to the report, “”bankers in the Philadelphia, Richmond, Cleveland, Atlanta, and Chicago Districts noted a shift toward new home mortgages and away from refinancing (which was led, in part, by increases in interest rates).””Here’s a brief district-by-district recap of the Wednesday’s Beige Book:Boston: “”Economic activity in the First [Boston] District continues to expand at a moderate pace … retailers, tourism contacts, manufacturers and consulting and advertising contacts all report modest increases in sales … most businesses├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ªContacts generally expect the recent trend of moderate growth to continue.””New York: “”Economic activity in the Second [New York] District … continued to expand moderately … Manufacturers indicate that input price pressures have abated … whereas service sector contacts report that they remain fairly widespread … labor market conditions continue to improve [COLUMN_BREAK]gradually├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ªcommercial and residential real estate markets have continued to firm throughout the region … bankers report mixed but generally steady loan demand … further declines in delinquency rates.””Philadelphia: Aggregate business activity in the Third [Philadelphia] District maintained an overall moderate pace of growth … auto sales accelerated to a strong rate of growth, lending firmed up to a modest rate of growth, and manufacturing activity appear to have grown slightly … growth rate of residential construction, existing home sales, and general services continued at a moderate pace.””Cleveland: The economy in the Fourth [Cleveland] District expanded at a moderate pace … manufacturing orders and production were steady or higher … the momentum … in residential construction since the beginning of the year has slowed, but activity remains above year-ago levels … hiring picked up in manufacturing and residential construction … wage pressures remain contained.”” Richmond: “”[Richmond] District economic activity strengthened moderately … manufacturing shipments and new orders increased … consumer spending firmed … demand rose for new residential mortgage lending … residential real estate sales and construction increased, with speculative building returning to some areas the effect of continued heavy rainfall on agriculture was mixed, slowing planting or damaging some crops while bolstering others.”” Atlanta: “”Reports from Sixth [Atlanta] District business contacts indicated that economic activity expanded at a modest pace … the outlook for the rest of the year remains optimistic … hospitality sector continued to experience strong demand … brokers and homebuilders reported increases in sales and prices, and declining home inventories … loan demand remained stable for residential real estate.””Chicago: “”Economic activity in the Seventh [Chicago] District expanded at a moderate pace … contacts remained cautiously optimistic … manufacturing production increased as did construction, led by continued improvement in the residential sector … credit conditions tightened moderately.””St. Louis: “”The economy of the Eighth [St. Louis] District has expanded at a moderate pace … residential real estate market conditions have continued to improve, and commercial real estate markets have also improved … total lending at a sample of small and midsized District banks increased from mid-March to mid-June.””Minneapolis: “”Ninth [Minneapolis] District economy showed signs of moderate growth … increased activity was noted in consumer spending, professional services, manufacturing and energy. Tourism-related activities slowed in May … commercial construction and real estate grew moderately fast, while residential construction and real estate grew at a robust pace.””Kansas City: “”Tenth [Kansas City] District economy grew modestly in June … expectations for future activity improved slightly … tourism and restaurant sales edged up, while retail and automobile sales were steady … manufacturers reported slowdowns in production and shipments … residential real estate activity continued to be strong, while commercial real estate activity marginally increased.””Dallas: “”Eleventh [Dallas] District economy generally expanded at a slightly stronger pace├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ªmanufacturing activity increased somewhat overall, with stronger reports from metals and petrochemical producers … retail sales were flat after rising in the previous six weeks … nonfinancial services firms noted a continued … housing sector continued to improve … drought continued to dampen the agricultural sector.””San Francisco: “”Economic activity in the Twelfth [San Francisco] District expanded at a modest pace … inflation was minimal … wage pressures were mostly muted … retail sales overall grew modestly … although demand for business and consumer services was mixed … demand for housing strengthened, and commercial real estate activity trended up further.””_Hear Mark Lieberman this Friday on P.O.T.U.S. Radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Eastern._ Sharecenter_img in Data, Government July 17, 2013 476 Views last_img read more