CPWD to rebuild Women Police Training Centre in Myanmar

first_imgNew Delhi: The CPWD, the prime construction agency of the Indian government, will reconstruct the Women Police Training Centre in Myanmar’s Yamethin at a cost of Rs 280 crore, an official aware of the matter has said.According to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), a team of engineers recently visited Yamethin for site inspection. The official said the agency had prepared a detailed project report (DPR), which had been submitted to the Centre. The existing building of the Women Police Training Centre in Yamethin was built long ago, he added. “The CPWD will reconstruct the Women Police Training Centre with all modern facilities. The project will be executed at a cost of Rs 280 crore. It is expected to be completed in 36 months,” the official said. The new building will have the capacity to simultaneously impart training to five batches of 200 women personnel each, he added. “The project will be executed in two phases. The DPR has been submitted to the Ministry of External Affairs,” the official said. The CPWD is the biggest construction agency of the Indian government and it looks after the maintenance of central government buildings and erecting of fences on the country’s international borders, among others. It also carries out projects in foreign countries as part of friendship programmes with India.last_img read more

Read More →

Ontario First Nation communities to get power they own

first_imgAPTN National NewsA one of a kind project has been given the green light that will see 20 First Nation communities in northwestern Ontario connected to the power grid.But as APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports, what makes this project unique is – for the first time – these communities will also own the system they are connected to.last_img

Read More →

The Latest Brexit Belgium warns about nodeal scenario

first_imgBRUSSELS — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):10:20 a.m.Belgium’s prime minister says European Union leaders aren’t convinced that Britain can respect their Brexit agreement and they are planning for a potentially catastrophic “no-deal” scenario.Charles Michel said Friday that “very objectively, the signals that we heard yesterday are not especially reassuring about the capacity in Britain to be able to honour the engagement that was undertaken.”Referring to what he called a “gigantic doubt” that British Prime Minister Theresa May can get the deal through the U.K. Parliament, Michel added: “we are going to be sure to prepare for all hypotheses, including the hypothesis of a ‘no deal.’”___10 a.m.Croatia’s prime minister says European Union leaders could meet in January for a new Brexit summit once Britain clarifies exactly what help it needs to pass the deal in the U.K. Parliament.Andrej Plenkovic said Friday that “if there is a need we can always convene, but nothing in that respect was concluded yesterday” during Brexit talks in Brussels.British Prime Minister Theresa May cancelled a vote in Parliament this week after it became clear the assembly would reject the Brexit deal she concluded with the EU.EU leaders refuse outright to re-open the deal, but in a statement they did offer assurances about how it would work.Plenkovic says that “text is a solid signal, first of all to the prime minister, but also to the U.K. Parliament.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Read More →

Tangier Court Sentences Husband to 2 Years for Raping Wife

Rabat – The Tangier Court of Appeals has sentenced a husband to two years in jail for raping his wife. The court also ordered the man to pay an MAD 2,000 fine and MAD 30,000 in compensation to the victim.The convicted 25-year-old husband from Larache, a town near Tangier, had violently forced his wife to engage in sexual intercouse, reported Al Ahdath al Maghribiya on Saturday. The woman suffers from severe depression.Read Also: Mra Hachak: Moroccan Denounces Sexual Harassment, Assault of WomenThe court’s decision was based on Articles 485 and 400 of the penal code. Article 400 states: “Any act of violence or assault, even if it caused no disability or illness is punishable by imprisonment from one month to one year in addition to a fine of MAD 200 to 500.” The wife’s lawyer reported that her medical certificate verified serious indications of physical violence. The lawyer noted that the woman already suffers from depression, and the rape could induce her to become suicidal.Law 103-13 to eliminate violence against women, sexual harassment, and gender-based discrimination, which took effect in September, does not list marital rape as a punishable crime. read more

Read More →

Visiting warravaged Misrata UN envoy in Libya salutes courage of residents

“I came to present my deepest respect to the people of Misrata for their heroic struggle and to convey my condolences to the families of martyrs and to the injured,” said Ian Martin, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya.“I have seen myself the evidence here of war crimes by the Qadhafi regime,” he said, referring to the now ousted government of Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi, which battled armed opposition forces for months this year.“And I have come to hear the expectations of the people of Misrata for the support of the UN, as we now help Libya build a democratic state based on respect for human rights and rule of law.”Misrata experienced some of the heaviest fighting during the Libyan conflict as it was besieged by pro-Qadhafi forces for weeks, with supplies of running water and other basic amenities cut off. As many as 1,500 people were killed in the city, according to local council officials.Visiting the city today, Mr. Martin found Tripoli Street, once a bustling central thoroughfare lined with residential and office blocks, shops and a major hospital, to be the scene of twisted metal, shattered concrete, and bullet holes in every building. The hospital was destroyed and then used for military purposes by forces loyal to Colonel Qadhafi.The Special Representative was greeted by representatives of the forces who liberated Misrata and met with the local council and representatives from civil society, including women and youth. He briefed them on UNSMIL’s mandate, focusing on UN support in the security sector, elections, human rights and rule of law.Discussions covered the reintegration and rehabilitation of fighters and the treatment of those traumatized by the violence. Other topics raised by residents included the need for training in leadership skills, transparency and accountability.They also discussed the issues of transitional justice and reconciliation, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the provision of medical care for the war wounded.Mr. Martin’s deputy, Georg Charpentier, who is also the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, is due to lead a joint assessment of the humanitarian needs in the Sirte area tomorrow. 3 October 2011The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) today visited war-ravaged Misrata, reporting widespread destruction in the city, paying his respects to those who lost their lives during the protracted fighting earlier this year and hailing the spirit of the people. read more

Read More →

Deadly ambush prompts dispatch of extra police to northern Afghanistan UN

UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told a press briefing yesterday in Kabul that the delegation confirmed that four Jamiat commanders were ambushed and killed and eight Jumbesh commanders have been identified as suspects.Afghanistan’s Security Commission, which travelled to the area with UNAMA representatives, decided to arrest the suspects and transfer them to Jumbesh, a move approved by the Jumbesh leader General Dostum.Fifteen Kabul police have been sent to Sar-i-Mang, where the incident occurred, to help their counterparts there. Officials from the Security Commission of the North and the National Security Directorate, as well as lawyers, will also be deployed to provide help in restoring peace.Soldiers from the United Kingdom’s Provisional Reconstruction Team are also patrolling the area around Sar-i-Mang until the tension subsides.Meanwhile, the number of voters registering for Afghanistan’s national presidential and parliamentary elections, scheduled to be held later this year, has reached 1.067 million. About 26 per cent of people registering are women.UNAMA estimates 10.5 million Afghans are eligible to vote, and registration is so far confined to sites in the country’s eight largest cities. Registration will be conducted across the rest of the country starting in May. read more

Read More →

Kentucky releases new school accountability report

The accountability report was released Tuesday by Kentucky education officials.The report classifies an additional 50 schools as being in need of improvement.The assessment results show wide achievement gaps in reading and math among white and black students in elementary schools.Kentucky’s new rating program is the result of a requirement that states update their school accountability systems as a result of a federal education law passed by Congress in 2015. FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s new school accountability system has awarded the highest five-star rating to 56 schools, while 89 schools lag at the other end of the scale with the lowest score.The vast majority of public schools fall into the mid-range, three-star category.- Advertisement –

Read More →

Kevin Durants SeasonEnding Injury Means OKCs Championship Hopes End

Before the season, Oklahoma City was a prime candidate to challenge for the NBA champion, what with reigning league MVP Kevin Durant and this year’s MVP candidate Russell Westbrook. But prospects in sports can change at the snap of a foot.In this case, that’s exactly what happened to the Thunders’ title aspirations. Durant, who has been in and out of the lineup much of the season, will be out until the start of next season, meaning that’s about the time OKC can start dreaming of a championship again.Durant, it was announced Friday, will have bone graft surgery on his ailing right foot and will miss the remainder of the season, Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti announced. No, he was not crying when he did so. Not on the outside, at least.The procedure, to be done next week, will sideline the 6-foot-11 scoring juggernaut for up to six months.“With the focus of this process being aimed entirely on Kevin’s long-term health and stability, it was the consensus of the specialists team, in addition to a collective decision by Kevin, his representation and the Thunder, that to address the setback of the fracture site, a bone graft procedure would be the most proactive and recommended approach,” Presti said in a statement. “The bone graft is the standard procedure for the five to eight percent of Jones fracture surgeries that do not initially have success or experience setbacks sometime within the recovery period.”Historically, the Jones fracture has never limited or altered a player’s ability to return to play. The bone graft is the next step in resolving the injury for the rare cases that don’t experience a full recovery with an inserted screw (92 to 95 percent of initial Jones fracture surgeries are successful).“While everyone is disappointed that Kevin falls into that group, we are encouraged that the bone graft procedure has historically demonstrated long-term health and stability,” Presti said.Durant underwent surgery Feb. 23 to attempt to alleviate soreness and discomfort in his right foot that was being caused by a screw inserted in October during a procedure to repair the Jones fracture. After the second procedure, Durant was re-evaluated after a week, then re-evaluated again after another week, at which point coach Scott Brooks updated the player’s timetable to a “week or two.”Durant had intensified his on-court workouts before being removed from basketball activities last week, even returning to participate in parts of practice, including some 3-on-3. But the soreness persisted. He played in only 27 games this season, averaging 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists.Westbrook, who has been amazing in Durant’s absence and has had his own health concerns, would need Durant to make a serious run at the title. Without the duo, OKC’s shots are all but gone. read more

Read More →

Indias MineTECH 07 successfully concluded

first_imgTechnical papers authored by experts from coal, non-coal, research organisations, educational institutions and manufacturers were discussed in five technical sessions.   In the inaugural function five young achievers were congratulated. They include M.P.Dixit, Director(Technical) of South Eastern Coalfields for his outstanding contributions to underground coal mining, N.K.Khareda, Director of Mines Safety for his contributions to safety in mines administration, Avijit Ghosh Senior General Manager of Jindal Steel for his involvement in non-coal mining, Saurabh R. Sahay of Deepak fertilisers (the only and leading manufacturer of prilled grade Ammonium Nitrate in India) for his skills in marketing, and Dr Nabiullah of Central Institute of Mining & Fuel Research-Dhanbad for his long research association in explosive use and application areas. MineTECH’07, India’s national seminar on Mining Technology – Past and Future, was held September 21-22 at Hotel Swosti Plaza, Bhubaneswar (in the eastof the state of Orissa). The two day seminar deliberated on 40 technical papers. The main them of the seminar was presented through Key Note Addresses by G.S.Khuntia, Editor-in-Chief of The IME Journal on the Indian iron ore and steel scenario. He presented the various new mining ventures in the iron ore sector in India with FDI from POSCO, MITTAL and other big players. The former Director General of Mines Safety of India, S.N.Padhi, dealt with technological advances vis-a-vis safety measures. Prof S.P.Mathur a leading underground coal mining expert wanted the Indian coal sector to lay emphasis on opening new coal mines to meet the growing demand of coal. Prof B.P.Khare dealt with developments made in opencast mining in India. He laid stress on continuous surface miners and also highwall mining technology application for difficult coal mining applications. Former Director of Central Mining Research Institute laid stress on the environmental issues of the Indian mining sector. Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Andhra Pradesh Mineral development Corp dealt with waste management and laid emphasis on using waste generated in mining for better use through technological innovations and ipgradation of mineral engineering facilities. Organised by India’s leading monthly Journal The Indian Mining & Engineering Journal, over 60 delegates from 20 leading organisations attended the program.last_img read more

Read More →

Bank of Ireland Fomo loans for students branded as irresponsible

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Bilanol By Aoife Barry 26,011 Views Feb 20th 2017, 11:01 PM http://jrnl.ie/3250066 In a statement from Bank of Ireland, a spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that the bank was “running a mobile technology trial with customers in DCU, a non-interest bearing loan with a maximum draw-down limit of €100″.There was a full and rigorous pre-registration process in the DCU branch to ensure that no student with financial difficulty could register for the trial. The maximum amount a registered participant has access to is €100 and customers can only avail of one fund at a time. 35 people have used the service over the last 6 weeks, with no defaults to date.“The trial group consists of 250 customers,” said the spokesperson. “There are currently no plans to extend the trial to other campus locations.”Read: Bank of Ireland says ‘vulnerable and elderly customers’ won’t be affected by latest changes> ‘FOMO’ LOANS OFFERED to Dublin City University students have been branded as “irresponsible” by Labour’s Joan Burton.Burton, who is Labour spokesperson on Finance and Education, has called on the Governor of the Central Bank to investigate the FOMO – or ‘Fear of Missing Out’ – loans, which were advertised by Bank of Ireland in Dublin City University.“These FOMO loans by Bank of Ireland are completely irresponsible,” said Burton. “The messaging behind these loans send the wrong message to students who may never have taken out a loan before and don’t understand the weight of these consequences.”These loans are encouraging students to take out €100 loans through text message so they can attend social events. While attending college and the social events that come with it are exciting, banks such as BOI should know better and they shouldn’t be taking advantage of the exuberance of youth. Monday 20 Feb 2017, 11:01 PM Share8 Tweet Email1 Source: Anthony Staines/Twitter Bank of Ireland ‘Fomo’ loans for students branded as ‘irresponsible’ The loans were only offered to a select number of students at Dublin City University. Image: Shutterstock/Bilanol Deputy Burton has contacted the Governor of the Central Bank to ask him to investigate these loans. Short URL Well, @bankofireland is now pushing #FOMO loans to students – hard to credit, but it’s true. Is the @centralbank_ie listening? pic.twitter.com/Prr73a6rFG— Anthony Staines (@astaines) February 3, 2017 44 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Read More →

La PS Vita est sortie au Japon

first_imgLa PS Vita est sortie au JaponDepuis le 17 décembre, la nouvelle console portable de Sony est disponible au pays du soleil levant. Comme toujours, la sortie d’une nouvelle console nippone est un véritable évènement pour les jeunes japonais.De longues files d’attentes devant les boutiques. Voilà comment caractériser cette journée. La PS Vita débute en fanfare. Sony aurait même délivré 700.000 exemplaires de sa PlayStation Vita, pour éviter la rupture de stock. À lire aussiDyslexie : les jeux vidéo, une méthode efficace pour aider les dyslexiques ?Même si aucun chiffre concernant les ventes n’a pu filtrer pour le moment, on suppose tout de même un petit succès pour Sony, étant donné que les pré-commandes étaient déjà complètes. Pour le coup, le géant japonais a rectifié ses erreurs du passé en proposant un catalogue de sorties pour le moins alléchant: Uncharted Golden Abyss, Little Big Planet, Fifa ou encore Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3. Un line-up qui annonce du lourd.Cependant, Sony regrettera peut-être le décalage de la sortie sur les autres territoires du monde. En effet, la PS Vita ne sera disponible en Europe et aux Etats-Unis que le 22 février 2012. Or, c’est laisser Noël aux mains de Nintendo et de sa 3DS. Les acheteurs auront peut-être plus de mal a investir les 249 euros (minimum pour le modèle Wi-Fi, 299 euros pour celui en 3G) en février alors qu’ils viennent déjà de dépenser pour les fêtes…L’avenir nous le dira.Le 19 décembre 2011 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Read More →

Silva believes Everton must have the right attitude against City

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva believes the team must be perfectly organized and must possess the right attitude if they’re to pick up anything against Manchester City.Speaking to Everton tv on the eve of the Toffees trio to the Etihad Stadium to face the Premier League champions, Silva promised his side would play with ambition against Pep Guardiola’s side.The enormity of Everton’s task is underlined by the fact the Citizens have lost only one Premier League game on home soil in the last two years.City were beaten for the first time in the league this season at Chelsea last week, with Blues defender David Luiz confessing his team needed to be perfect in every area of the game to earn their victory.Silva insists Everton must reach a level of perfection if they’re to pick up all three points which would see them climb above Manchester United into sixth.The Toffees have won five and lost only two of their past 10 league outings. They arrive at the Etihad five days after a pulsating 2-2 draw with Watford on Monday night, with summer signing Richarlison impressing once again.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Richarlison is improving every time; playing left-wing, as a striker, he is scoring goals – and goals are really important for all the strikers,” said Silva.“In my opinion we will play against the best Premier League team [in City]. High, high quality, with a lot of solutions in their style, in their game. With a very good manager.”“If we have perfect organisation and a really fantastic attitude and tactical behaviour, we can compete with them.”“We have to be almost perfect and challenge them and try to achieve a good result for us.”last_img read more

Read More →

DWP consults on autoenrolment measures for DB schemes and offshore staff

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a consultation into whether auto-enrolment regulations relating to the quality of defined benefit (DB) schemes used for auto-enrolment purposes, and occupational pension provision for seafarers and offshore staff is working as intended.The consultation, which will run until 30 August 2017, will form part of the DWP’s statutory review on automatic-enrolment. It will focus on reviewing the operation of two specific regulations under the 2008 Pensions Act to ensure the measures are working in practice and are not creating unintended consequences.The consultation will look to gather insight on whether simplified tests introduced to measure the quality of DB pension schemes used to meet auto-enrolment duties are operating correctly and continue to deliver efficiencies for both employers and schemes. This includes reviewing tests established to ensure DB schemes used for auto-enrolment meet the minimum quality requirements set out in law. These comprise: a cost of accruals test, which is based on the cost to the scheme of the future accrual of active members’ benefits, and a test which enables certain hybrid schemes to use the money purchase quality requirements, based on a minimum contribution equivalent to 8% of qualifying earnings.The simplified tests were introduced in April 2015 as a result of consultations carried out in 2013 and 2014. Previously, the minimum quality requirements were tested by virtue of a DB scheme being contracted out of the State Second Pension (Additional State Pension), or by meeting the test scheme standards which compares an existing DB scheme to a hypothetical DB scheme.The consultation will also review whether secondary legislation that includes offshore employees and seafarers who are ordinarily based in the UK in an employer’s auto-enrolment duties is operating as intended. Regulations in the Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 and The Automatic Enrolment (Offshore Employment) Order 2012 require the government to review and publish a report on the effectiveness of this legislation by 1 July 2018 to establish whether the order should be allowed to expire, be revoked early or continue past the order’s expiry date of 1 July 2020.The order currently states that seafarers and offshore employees who work, or ordinarily work, in the UK should be treated in the same way as land-based employees. This means they will be auto-enrolled into an occupational pension scheme if they meet the age and earnings criteria, or they will be offered the opportunity to join a workplace pension scheme if they do not meet automatic-enrolment criteria.The call for evidence is looking to collect feedback from employers, employee representatives, pension industry professionals, actuaries, independent financial advisers, and employee benefits consultants.last_img read more

Read More →

FBI releases pictures of SW MiamiDade bank robber

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The FBI has released surveillance pictures of a thief who robbed a Citi Bank in Southwest Miami-Dade, Thursday.According to police, the thief walked into a City Bank, located along Kendall Drive and Lindgren Road,  wearing a red shirt and a white hat.He then demanded money from an employee.If you have any information on this bank robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Read More →

AK Kicking the sky with your feet four teams compete in Bethels

first_imgGoodnews Bay eighth grader Tucker Evans leaps in the air during the One-Foot High Kick. He says that his cast throws off his balance but increases his momentum.(Greg Lincoln / Delta Discovery)Only three of the six teams were able to make the trip due to poor weather, but Bethel’s Native Youth Olympic Invitational went on as scheduled. Teams arrived by boat and small planes through thick fog to compete in the traditional games of strength and endurance at Bethel’s Gladys Jung Elementary School.Listen nowA ball hangs in midair: an orb of turquoise blue and spotted seal fur, suspended on a string and connected to a tall, wooden tripod.Bethel Gladys Jung sixth-grader Jordan Klejka approaches. She runs her fingers down the twine, steadying the ball. It hangs just below her bright blue eyes, 49 inches from the ground.Klejka steps back. Pauses. Then, in a sudden motion, she jackknifes her body, lifting both feet and kicking the ball. The ball soars in a wide arc and Klejka lands on her red sneakers, winning the Junior High School Girls’ Two-Foot High Kick.“It feels really fun and amazing when you’re about to kick it,” Klejka said. “It feels like you can kick the sky with your feet.”Oscarville takes second place. NYO is the small school’s only sport. With about a dozen students, Oscarville doesn’t have a gym. Instead, chaperone Eliza Joekay said that the students practice in classrooms. That can be challenging.“One time they did seal hop, and they went inside the school, but they had to make sure the doors were open wide so they could turn,” Joekay said.During the seal hop this weekend, eleventh grader Brenda Mark from Goodnews Bay takes the lead. She bounces her body in a push-up position across the floor. Arms straight, hands flat, toes pointed; her chipped purple nail polish sparkles against the blond wood floor. Three-quarters of the way across, she collapses and holds her position. Another athlete runs the tape measure from the starting line to Mark’s fingertips.“72 feet, 5 inches, for Brenda Mark,” the judge announced.After others fail to match or exceed her, Mark receives a blue ribbon for first place. She says that taking up yoga helped her increase her distance.“It’s from practicing breathing, and there’s lot of different types of breathing,” Mark said. “It depends on how you’re moving. You have to try to control it.”Fletcher Hughes, Mark’s coach at Goodnews Bay, moved from Pennsylvania last year and began learning how to coach a sport unique to Alaska.“The One-Foot and Two-Foot were the biggest learning curve,” Hughes said, “because I’d never taught anything remotely close to that.”Hughes had coached baseball, basketball and soccer in the past. To learn these new sports, he began watching NYO videos online.“Had a couple of young men from last year increase their kick by 12 and 14 inches, so I felt like I was doing alright with it,” Hughes said, smiling.NYO events prepare athletes for subsistence activities. High kicks were used to signal a successful hunt. The seal hop builds stamina and trains hunters to sneak up on seals. The wrist carry, where athletes hang from a wooden pole by one wrist, tests strength and endurance while respectfully emulating an animal giving itself.Oscarville eleventh grader Trevor Mesak said that the training also works in reverse. Subsistence prepares athletes for sports.“Especially the seal, and carrying the moose always helps because it gets you stronger and more stamina,”  Mesak said.As the coaches calculate the scores, the students go for the hoops. This basketballgame is more than just a friendly match. For the teams traveling to Bethel, it’s one ofthe rare times they get to run the length of a full court. Then Bethel’s Gladys Jung coach Tommy Bayayok wheels out a cart piled with brightly colored ribbons. One by one, he calls out the top scores and the athletes’ names.And one by one, students walk up and collect their awards, leaving the tournament with fistfuls of silky ribbons.last_img read more

Read More →

2 killed in alleged gunfight with police

first_img.Two persons were killed in a reported gunfight with police in Sabrang of Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar early Thursday, reports news agency UNB.Deceased Abdul Rashid, 47, son of a certain Enam Sharif and Abul Kalam, 35, son of Abdur Rahman of the upazila were drug traders, claimed the law enforcement.Tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 2:00am, said Pradeep Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station.Sensing presence of the law enforcement, the criminals opened fire on them, prompting them to fire back in ‘self-defence’.At one stage, Rashid and Kalam caught in the line of fire and died on the spot.Three policemen including sub-inspector Borhan Uddin were injured in the incident, OC Pradip claimed.The law enforcement’s version of the incident, however, could not be verified independently as no versions of the incident were available immediately either from any witness or from the victim’s family.last_img read more

Read More →

DCs Crime Victim Hotline

first_imgThe D.C. Victim Hotline officially launched on April 13 during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.The District officially launched a D.C. Victims Hotline April 13 to help residents who have been victimized by crime receive support services. The line is open 24 hours a day seven days a week.“I am proud to announce the official launch of the D.C, Victim Hotline, which will provide free, confidential, around-the-clock information and referrals for victims of all crimes in the District of Columbia,” Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) said in a press release.The National Center for Victims of Crime, headquartered in D.C., unofficially launched the hotline in October of 2015, but the official launch was scheduled during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 10-16). According to the center’s website, the hotline is funded through a grant from the D.C. Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, Executive Office of the Mayor. News reports said the hotline has received 125 calls so far.The center also provides other online services such as a chat, blog, and downloadable materials to assist victims seeking help.  The online chat feature is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at DCvictim.org/Chat.According to data from the Metropolitan Police Department, as of April 19, violent crimes have increased by 14 percent from 1,457 to 1,661. So far this year, there have been 31 homicides, 87 sex abuse cases, 643 assaults with a dangerous weapon and 900 robberies.“It’s the environment they’re in,” said Southeast D.C. resident Milton Jones. “People don’t have jobs, which results in a lot of robberies. I have friends who can’t get a job. And a buddy of mine was shot last Thursday.”To reach the Victim’s Hotline, residents can call 1-844-4HELPDC or 1-844-443-5732, or visit DCvictim.org.last_img read more

Read More →

Costa Rica cancels 12 billion Chinese refinery project

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica could have to pay compensation for failed oil refinery project Biofuels would be produced at Chinese refinery in Limón, says Costa Rica oil chief Venezuela’s Maduro secures another $5 billion loan from China for oil sector World Bank court orders Ecuador to pay $1.8 billion to US oil firm Oxy Costa Rica’s National Oil Refinery (RECOPE) has canceled a $1 billion-plus oil refinery project, according to astatement released Thursday afternoon.The joint venture project was supposed to be a symbol of Chinese-Costa Rican cooperation when it was first announced nine years ago, but the beleaguered project has been plagued with scandals.RECOPE President Sara Salazar told reporters that the joint Chinese-Costa Rican Reconstruction Corporation (SORESCO) cost the Costa Rican government ₡33 billion — more than $61 million — with nothing to show for the effort, according to Radio Monumental.In January 2015, the project appeared to have new life. Salazar announced there would be a new feasibility study and there was talk of refining biofuels at the facility in Moín, Limón. But both sides could not come to an agreement.President Luis Guillermo Solís said that he supported the RECOPE board of directors’ decision. Solís said that attempts to renegotiate the terms of the contract, originally agreed to by former President Laura Chinchilla’s administration (2010-2014), were unsuccessful.RECOPE and the China National Petroleum Corporation formed the 50-50 SORESCO partnership to build and finance the refinery. The Chinese Development Bank agreed to loan $900 million of the $1.2 billion to Costa Rica for the project. RECOPE was supposed to be responsible for financing the remaining $300 million.SORESCO was one of the first projects announced between the governments of Costa Rica and the People’s Republic of China after the two countries established diplomatic relations in 2007, during the administration of Óscar Arias (2006-2010).The refinery project was suspended in 2013 after a Comptroller General’s Office investigation determined that a conflict of interest in the environmental impact study violated the terms of the agreement. Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corp., the company that conducted a feasibility study of the project, was a subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Corporation.Since then, SORESCO has been a joint-venture zombie. RECOPE has not refined petroleum in Costa Rica since 2011. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Read More →

Open Mortgage LendingQB IDS Implement TRIDCompliant LOS in 50 Days

first_imgOpen Mortgage, LendingQB, & IDS Implement TRID-Compliant LOS in 50 Days International Document Services LendingQB Open Mortgage 2016-05-11 Staff Writer May 11, 2016 586 Views in Headlines, News, Technologycenter_img Open Mortgage, a nationwide mortgage lender, and partners LendingQB, and International Document Services (IDS), Inc., successfully implemented a TRID-compliant Loan Origination System (LOS) in just 50 days, exceeding their own projections.”We knew that our implementation timeline was aggressive, wanting to both implement a new LOS and prepare for TRID within 60 days,” said James Howard, CTO of Open Mortgage. “Our success was due to having clear implementation plans with our vendors and a team at Open Mortgage that was dedicated to the project. Our first production loan was entered into the new system just 50 days after our implementation kick-off meeting.”The TRID rule mandated substantial changes that disrupted the entire mortgage industry, but LendingQB and IDS helped Open Mortgage successfully manage the transition.“We were working with Open Mortgage on TRID issues before the contract was even signed,” said Binh Dang, President at LendingQB. “We knew it would be a large undertaking and require careful coordination with IDS. But what impressed us the most was how dedicated and focused the Open Mortgage staff was to the implementation project. They were an ideal client.”Mark Mackey, VP at IDS added, “Ensuring partner compatibility with the TRID-related changes we made to idsDoc was a critical component of our TRID preparation strategy. We spent months testing the changes with our partners like LendingQB to verify that everything was in alignment, compliant and ready to go live by the deadline.”New functionality provided by the LendingQB LOS allowed Open Mortgage to update and improve existing processes, and adopt LendingQB’s Lean Lending workflow best practices—one of those being a centralized Disclosure Desk. “Taking greater control of the Disclosure process was key under the new TRID rules,” said Stacy Baccus, Lending Compliance Manager at Open Mortgage during the transition. “LendingQB has automated triggers that notify us when there are change of circumstance requests, which was a challenge. The ability to respond more quickly and stay on top of disclosure issues cut our turn times in half.”The E-Sign Platform provided by IDS also allowed Open Mortgage to roll out e-sign for Initial Disclosures to all their branches.”Our Loan Officers are excited about the new, centralized e-sign system. They love being able to offer that convenience for their clients,” Baccus noted.”Since we’re in 44 states, testing initial disclosures and closing document packages for all of our products was a big task. IDS made it easy and any changes or custom documents were handled quickly,” added Howard.”We closed our first loan just 27 days after the TRID effective date,” recalls SVP of Lending Greg Block. “We would not have been able to accommodate TRID’s new rules in our legacy system, so selecting the right technology partners was key to making our transition a success. I was impressed with the plan IDS and LendingQB laid out for us and our team here executed that plan ahead of schedule. The start of TRID was a disruption for everyone, but we had a record March and April and we’re seeing efficiency increases across the board.” Sharelast_img read more

Read More →