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U2 Honored With Palm Springs International Film Festivals Visionary Award

first_imgBono and The Edge accepted the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Visionary Award recently on behalf of U2 with a speech on the power of activism and American bipartisan leadership in delivering more antiretroviral treatment to AIDS patients.This is the first time the award was given to someone other than a filmmaker, and Bono took the opportunity to speak about his band’s advocacy work. The following is a transcript of his entire speech, which Bono delivered at the awards gala on Saturday night.“I guess this is an award for not shutting up and sticking to what you’re good at. This is kind of an award for being a pain in the arse, isn’t it? That’s what this is. And we do understand that people find it insufferable when artists stray out of their box, but for a lot of us in this room, that is the definition being an artist, straying out of your box.“It is worth mentioning that more people live off their imaginations in California than any other place in the world. No other geography comes close. People around here like to ask questions about the real as well as the imaginary world, and this, of course, is the start of being annoying. Demanding answers is when you upgrade to the proper pain in the arse status of the activist, although some people here have managed to do the activist thing without being annoying.“I am of course thinking of Jane Fonda. How could you not? I’m thinking of Meryl Streep in “Sophie’s Choice.” Steve McQueen has challenged intolerance his entire career. Idris Elba, Naomie Harris were activists long before they took on the giant lives of the Mandelas. Julia Roberts, before she took on “Erin Brockovich,” she was an activist and is an activist, and an extraordinary movie star, the definition of, I would say. And we’d like to pause for a minute to consider our Chairman, Tom Hanks, and his stigma-defying, game-changing role in “Philadelphia.” And what Matthew McConaughey has done again now in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Extraordinary performances.“HIV/AIDS has stolen so many lives in this country. 650,000 to be exact, and 23 million lives outside of this country. What people like Harvey Weinstein and groups like amfAR did for the domestic AIDS problem, ONE and (RED) and many others are trying to do for the global AIDS crisis. Our one simple belief is that where you live should not decide whether you live.“Now our leader in this campaign lost a son to the disease. His name was Nelson Mandela, the greatest activist of them all. His genius was a refusal to hate, not because he hadn’t experienced rage, but because he thought love would do a better job. His cleverness was to put aside tribalism and partisanship, the kind of partisanship, I think you’ll agree, that has betrayed this great nation and the great American idea at the heart of it, even in the last couple of years.“It’s ironic that by following an African’s example, American and European AIDS activists like ONE were successful in encouraging Democrats and Republicans here in the US to put aside their differences and work together on what is turning out to be the largest health intervention in the history of medicine. Thank you, America.“You probably don’t know this, but there are now 10 million lives in the developing world saved by antiretroviral therapy, and American taxpayers have paid for about three quarters of them. Thank you, America. 7.8 million sentient souls are alive because of AIDS drugs that the United States of America paid for, and they are not just alive, but allowed to thrive, to have healthy kids, to be alive to raise those kids, to work, to contribute to their economies. And we’re at the tipping point — amazing to be able to say this — we are actually at the tipping point if we keep up the pressure.“We are within reach of declaring the first AIDS-free generation. What a thought. What a thought for this community. And it’s down to the activism of this generation, actors, directors, producers, musicians, but also students, doctors, nurses, priests, NASCAR drivers, soccer moms, CEOs, NGOs, politicians, people who just don’t normally hang out together not just hanging out together but working together. And that’s what it takes.“Edge and myself have had our mind and our values shaped by some important books and scribes, but for us, in truth, it was movies and music that kindled that fire and put our imaginations on a course to meet you tonight. So thank you to the visionaries in this room, and you all know that a vision without a promise is just a fantasy, and we’re not interested in that. Thank you and good night.”Source:ONE.orglast_img read more

Group on healing walk across Manitoba motivated by personal tragedies

first_imgMatt Thordarson APTN National NewsA group of walkers from Northern Manitoba has arrived in Winnipeg.They started their 760 km trek on July 3 in the town of Thompson.The aim is to raise awareness about missing and murdered people, both women and men, in the province’s north.The walkers brought with them their personal stories about loved ones who are lost, but not forgotten.last_img

Hardik Patel moves SC challenging Guj HC order rejecting to stay his

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Hardik Patel Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Gujarat High Court order rejecting his plea to stay his conviction in the 2015 Vispur rioting case. His petition is likely to be mentioned Tuesday for urgent hearing and his lawyers would seek stay of the March 29 order of the High Court which is coming in the way of his contesting the Lok Sabha election. Patel, 25, had started preparations to contest from Jamnagar on a Congress ticket after joining the party on March 12 and the last date for filing of nominations is April 4. Polling for 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat will be held on April 23. The Sessions Court at Visnagar in Mehsana district sentenced Patel to two years’ imprisonment last July for rioting and arson in Visnagar town in 2015 during the Patidar quota stir which he led. The high court in August 2018 suspended the sentence but not the conviction. Under the Election Law — Representation of the People Act and a related Supreme Court ruling — a convict facing a jail term of two years or more cannot stand for election unless the conviction is stayed. In the high court, the state government had submitted that there were 17 FIRs including two sedition complaints against Patel who is known for making inflammatory speeches. The high court had declined the contention of Patel’s lawyers that if the conviction was not stayed, it will cause “irreparable damage” as he intended to contest the Lok Sabha election. In the order, the high court noted that a conviction can be stayed only in rare and exceptional cases, and the case did not fall into that category.last_img read more

Man dupes museum suspects

According to investigations the man had approached a son of one suspect in Orugodawatte and asked for Rs. 50,000 to secure the release of his father. However following a police complaint being lodged the man was arrested by the CID and remanded after being produced before a Magistrate.The CID is conducting further investigations. (Colombo Gazette) A man had duped three suspects who are in prison over the Colombo National museum theft and got Rs. 50,000 from a family member claiming he can secure their freedom.The man had pretended to be an officer from the Attorney General’s department and had informed the suspects that in order for them to be set free they need to pay the Attorney General’s department and the police Criminal Investigations Department. The son had made the payment but when his father was not freed he had asked the man what happened and the man had then said that another Rs. 80,000 would be required. read more

Education Ministry to decide on tuition classes

The Ministry of Education will decide in future if it will allow tuition classes to operate during school hours.Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that it has become a norm now by teachers and private institutions to have tuition classes during school hours. “We will decide if tuition classes can operate from 7.30am to 1.30pm,” the Minister said. He said that discussions will be held with the relevant officials soon to decide on the future of tuition classes which operate during school hours. He said that discussions will also be held on various other aspects of the education sector which require urgent attention. (Colombo Gazette) read more

There is no time to waste Ban says as Paris climate accord

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today that more than 55 countries have formally joined the Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April, officially crossing one of the two thresholds required to bring into force the landmark pact that seeks to put the world on a path towards low-carbon growth and a more sustainable future. “I am confident that, by the time I leave office, the Paris Agreement will have entered into force,” the UN chief said in remarks following a high-level event on the Agreement’s entry into force at UN Headquarters in New York this morning. “This will be a major achievement for multilateralism.” At the meeting, 31 additional countries deposited their instruments of ratification for the Agreement, bringing the total to 60 countries that together represent more than 47.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Adopted in Paris by the 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at a conference known as COP21 this past December, the Agreement calls on countries to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low-carbon future, and to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change. Specifically, it seeks to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius. The pact – which was signed in New York on 22 April by 175 countries at the largest, single-day signing ceremony in history – will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification. Following today’s meeting, formal approval from countries representing 7.5 per cent in global emissions is still needed. In early September, the world’s two largest emitters, China and the United States, joined the Agreement.Noting that he is heartened by the “tremendous support” for bringing the Agreement into force in 2016, the Secretary-General said that a “diverse group” of world leaders have committed to ratify and deposit their legal instruments this year. That group includes Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, the European Union, France, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Poland and the Republic of Korea. “Now, this means we will cross the final barrier for entry into force of the Paris Agreement,” Mr. Ban stressed, appealing to all leaders to accelerate their domestic procedures to join the Agreement this year. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses confidence that the Paris Agreement will enter into force before he leaves office at the end of the year. Credit: UN News Centre“When this year ends, I hope we can all look back with pride, knowing that, together, we seized the opportunity to act for the common good, for a sustainable future and the protection of our common home,” he added. Nine months since the Paris climate conference At the start of today’s meeting, the Secretary-General also praised the 29 countries – accounting for 40 per cent of global emissions – that had previously formally joined the Agreement since the signing ceremony, congratulating them for their continued efforts to push forward the pact’s entry into force. Today will take us one step closer to bringing the Paris Agreement into force this year “There is no time to waste. Today will take us one step closer to bringing the Paris Agreement into force this year,” the UN chief stressed. Hailing the unprecedented and continued global momentum behind the Agreement, Mr. Ban called on world leaders to capitalize on that momentum to ensure the pact’s entry into force and limit climate risks for a healthy planet. “The remarkable support for this Agreement reflects the urgency and magnitude of the challenge. Emissions continue to rise. So does the global thermostat – and the risks,” the UN chief said. Paris Agreement on climate change United States Secretary of State John Kerry (foreground) addresses the High-level Event on the Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement, convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the margins of the General Assembly’s general debate. UN Photo/Cia Pak Paris Agreement on climate change Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulates Xu Shaoshi, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China, for the ratification of the Paris Agreement since its opening for signature on 22 April 2016.High-level Event on the Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Paris Agreement on climate change Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) speaks to journalists, following the High-level Event on the Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on climate change. At his side is Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). UN Photo/JC McIlwaine ‹ › “Climate impacts are increasing. No nation or community is immune, but the vulnerable are feeling the effects first and worst,” he added. He also thanked the countries that deposited their instruments of ratification today, as well as those world leaders who have submitted recorded video messages committing to join the Agreement before the end of the year. “I commend this collective display of leadership. Only through such solidarity can we limit climate risks and build a world of peace, dignity and prosperity for all on a healthy planet,” Mr. Ban said. In remarks to the media following the high-level meeting this morning, the UN chief highlighted that just nine months have passed since the Paris climate conference. “This is testament to the urgency of the crisis we have,” Mr. Ban reiterated, adding that, with the Paris Agreement, “we have a real chance to reduce global emissions and build climate resilience.” read more

Opinion Michael Sam is ready for NFL but media are not

Then-New Orleans Saints tackle Thomas Welch (60) works against then-St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam (96) in the first quarter during exhibition action on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. The Saints won, 26-24.Credit: Courtesy of MCTMichael Sam has made it perfectly clear that he just wants to be treated like any other football player. He likely felt the world was ready to have an openly gay player in the NFL, so he made his huge announcement.I agree that most of the world is ready.Unfortunately, national sports media outlets such as ESPN are part of that world and they are not ready.First of all, let me clearly state that I am not writing to say anything bad about Sam. I think it was incredibly brave of him to be a pioneer for more athletes — and people anywhere — to feel comfortable and be true to themselves. He has handled the vast amount of attention an announcement like that is sure to get in this day and age extremely well from day one.But with that sort of attention comes page views and television ratings, and that’s where the national media start to lose their heads.In July, former NFL coach Tony Dungy told The Tampa Tribune he would have steered clear of Sam in the NFL Draft.“I wouldn’t have taken him,” Dungy said. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.”The national media exploded, with articles brandishing Dungy as homophobic and calling him intolerant for not wanting the “distraction” of having Sam on his team.The thing is, though, those articles bashing Dungy’s comments completely validated them.See, Dungy was not saying that he wouldn’t want Sam on his team because of his sexual orientation. In fact, he made it clear that he was not saying that.Dungy wanted to avoid the media circus that surrounds a player who is prevalent in the public image, especially one who was only a seventh-round pick and didn’t make the St. Louis Rams’ final roster.You know, the kind of media circus that leads to someone’s comments being taken completely out of context and causing that person to be branded a homophobe. The same kind of media circus that had Sam’s NFL future in doubt until it was reported on Tuesday that he would undergo a medical and sign with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday. Even if Sam does make the Dallas practice squad — which ESPN reported is the Cowboys’ plan — there is no guarantee he will play a down in the NFL.The way ESPN and other outlets have covered Sam since he publicly announced he is gay does make me question how ready for this day they really were.For Sam to be just another football player, as I certainly hope he can and will be, more has to happen than just him being able to comfortably take a shower with his teammates.To be just another football player, ESPN has to not feel the desire to publish a story about Sam’s post-practice cleaning.Numerous football players get cut during and at the conclusion of training camp and the preseason. Can you guess which player’s release ESPN sent out a breaking news alert about? And then another about how he cleared waivers?It really doesn’t matter if Sam is a benchwarmer, a star or never gets to play a snap in the NFL.He came out, handled it with bravery and class, and showed that a man who has a boyfriend can still line up across from the offense just the same as a straight man can.What the media have shown are that they are determined to work so hard to convince everyone that a gay man can be “just another player” that they are turning him into a sort of sideshow attraction. If he were just another player, each preseason sack he registers wouldn’t be a breaking news story.I am positive the world is ready for openly gay athletes.I’m just not sure the media are. read more

Brazilian player leaves pitch in tears after racial abuse

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share48 Tweet Email Monday 20 Feb 2017, 5:00 PM By The42 Team Brazilian player leaves pitch in tears after racial abuse Everton Luiz suffered abuse during the match in Serbia and grew emotional after confronting Rad supporters. 40 Comments Feb 20th 2017, 5:00 PM Follow us: the42.ie Everton Luiz reacts after being racially abused.center_img PARTIZAN MIDFIELDER EVERTON Luiz left the field in tears Sunday after suffering racist abuse during his team’s 1-0 victory over Rad in Belgrade, Serbia.Fans persisted in the abuse despite warnings from the referee and public address announcer, at one point unveiling a banner with a racial message that was removed by stewards.After the conclusion of the 90 minutes, Everton Luiz showed the Rad supporters the middle finger and pointed to the Partizan badge, sparking a shoving match between players from both teams as the referee tried to restore order. http://the42.ie/3248729 Source: SD Partizan/YouTubeEventually, Everton Luiz left the field, wiping away tears as he was hugged by teammates, including goalkeeper Filip Kljajic.I’ve been suffering racist abuse during the entire 90 minutes and also was upset by the home players, who supported that. They were all attacking me,” the midfielder told reporters after the match. “I want to forget this as soon as possible. I love Serbia and the people here, that is why I cried. But please say NO to racism!”Everton Luiz has played in Serbia since joining from the Swiss league in January 2016.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 47,620 Views Short URL Everton Luiz reacts after being racially abused. Former Norwich defender planning to follow Seamus Coleman’s path>‘Chelsea are already Premier League champions’>last_img read more

Record drop in house prices in Greece

first_imgThe Greek housing market posted the second-worst performance among European Union (EU) countries in the third quarter of 2013, as according to Bank of Greece data prices fell at an annual rate of 9.2 per cent following five years of decline. Eurostat announced this week that Greece was only second to new EU member Croatia in terms of the drop in house prices. At the same time a slowdown was observed in the rate of decline across the eurozone, with the average fall coming to just 1.3 per cent in Q3 compared to an annual slide of 2.4 per cent in the second quarter. Across the EU the drop amounted to no more than 0.5 per cent. The Greek property market picture is unlikely to change in the next few months, even though the total price decrease has reached 32 per cent across the country since the start of the financial crisis. Bank of Greece data published in a recent report points to an average waiting time of 12 months from when properties are put on the market to the actual sale, compared with just five months in 2009. The situation in the market is rapidly deteriorating, as it was only two months earlier that the country’s central bank had estimated the average waiting period before a house is sold at 10 months. Similarly, on average, buyers are able to negotiate 21.5 per cent off the asking price, while in early 2009 the difference was just 12.6 per cent. The Bank of Greece noted that the market continues to be dominated by excessive supply and a considerable decline in demand, which should be attributed to the major increase in unemployment and the reduction in households’ disposable incomes, the rise in property taxes, the instability of the tax framework and the lack of cash flow given banks’ very strict loan terms. Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le fastfood pourrait augmenter le risque dasthme et dallergie chez lenfant

first_imgLe fast-food pourrait augmenter le risque d’asthme et d’allergie chez l’enfantSelon une étude parue lundi, les enfants et les adolescents qui consomment plus de 3 fois par semaine de la nourriture de fast-food présentent un risque accru de souffrir d’asthme sévère, de rhinite allergique et d’eczéma.Alors que le fast-food est déjà accusé de favoriser plusieurs problèmes de santé, c’est un nouveau méfait que vient de dévoiler une étude parue dans la revue Thorax du British Medical Journal (BMJ). Menée auprès de 319.000 adolescents âgés de 13 à 14 ans et de 181.000 enfants âgés de 6 à 7 ans, elle révèle qu’en consommant plus de 3 fois par semaine de la nourriture de fast-food, ces enfants s’exposeraient à des risques d’allergies graves.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ? L’étude internationale sur l’asthme et les allergies pendant l’enfance (ISAAC) a débuté en 1991 et a impliqué, en tout, une centaine de pays. Il ressort de celle-ci que le fast-food est le seul type de nourriture associé à une aggravation des symptômes respiratoires dans les deux groupes d’enfants et quel que soit le pays, le niveau social ou le sexe. Ainsi, trois repas ou plus de junk-food par semaine augmenteraient le risque d’avoir un asthme sévère de 39% chez les adolescents et de 27% chez les enfants de 6 à 7 ans. Les risques d’avoir une rhinite allergique ou un eczéma graves seraient aussi augmentés.En parallèle, l’étude souligne l’effet protecteur que semble conférer la consommation de fruits au moins trois fois par semaine. D’après les résultats obtenus, on observe avec une telle alimentation une réduction de la gravité des symptômes de 11% chez les adolescents et de 14% chez les enfants. Les chercheurs précisent toutefois qu’il ne s’agit pas d’un lien de cause à effet entre le fast-food et le risque de développer de l’asthme, mais d’une association statistique qui doit faire l’objet de travaux supplémentaires. “Si cette association [ … ] était prouvée, elle aurait une signification majeure en termes de santé publique alors que la consommation de fast-food continue à augmenter au niveau mondial”, concluent ainsi les chercheurs.Le 15 janvier 2013 à 18:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This is what Kapil Sharma Kiku Sharda Archana Puran Singh feel about

first_imgKapil Sharma, Kiku Sharda, Archana Puran Singh share views on ouster of Sunil Grover from TKSS.TwitterKapil Sharma Show that currently has Kiku Sharda as one of the star performers apart from Kapil Sharma himself, and Archana Puran Singh as the special guest, has been doing pretty well these days. However, Sunil Grover’s presence is still missed by a lot of fans, and probably by the makers of the show as well.In a recent interview with Pinkvilla, Kiku, Kapil and Archana shared their views on Sunil, previous guest Navjot Singh Sidhu, and some others’ ouster from Kapil Sharma Show.While neither of them said that they miss Sunil or any of the people who were once a part of the show, all of them asserted that the “changes” helped them and the show grow. Kapil specifically pointed out that he has learned a lot from his past mistakes, and he has become a more mature person.”I truly believe life goes on. And the kind of positivity the show brings to so many around the world, you can’t sit and pick one incident or one person, you need to see the totality, and make people laugh,” said Kiku.Expressing her views on the same question, Archana said, “Life means growth, and without change, there cannot be any growth. And that changes happen only when some ups and downs come. The show is touching heights because it underwent some changes. Some changes were good, some were bad, but as artists, we need to make a good show out of what we have. We cannot keep regretting things, as the show must go one”.When Kapil was asked to share his views, Kapil simply said he holds the same views as that of Archana. Talking about the bad phase he had faced when the show was at a setback, Kapil said that problems come in everyone’s life, but all need to learn from the mistakes, and not repeat those.He further said that earlier he used to reach instantly to certain situations, but now he has become mature enough to analyse things first, and then react accordingly.Watch the interview below:last_img read more

Still Time to Nominate Small Business Persons for 2015 Awards

first_img(Image Courtesy of Facebook)The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Baltimore District Office is accepting nominations for the successful small business person who might become Maryland’s “Small Business Person of the Year” for 2015 and compete for the national title during National Small Business Week, May 4-8, 2015. Nominees are also being sought for Small Business Champion and Special Award categories. The deadline for nomination submissions is Jan. 5, 2015.This is an excellent opportunity to promote your own business, a client or even an employee. It’s your chance to be recognized for all of your hard work and entrepreneurial spirit. Both the nominator and nominee receive recognition through this awards program. Who can’t use some free publicity these days?Small Business Person of the Year nominees will be judged on a variety of criteria, including staying power, growth in employment and sales, innovation of product or service and evidence of contributions to the community.Small Business Champion awards are presented to persons who have used their professional or personal talents to further the public’s understanding and awareness of small business. Candidates must have taken an active role in creating opportunities to promote the interests of small business.Champion award categories include: Financial Services, Home-Based Business, Accountant, Attorney, Insurance, Minority, Veteran and Women. Special award categories include: Family-Owned Small Business, Entrepreneurial Success, Small Business Exporter and Young Entrepreneur.Nominations can be made by an individual or an organization. The Maryland program accepts nominations for individuals or businesses operating within the City of Baltimore and all Maryland counties except Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.To obtain nomination criteria and submission guidelines, visit  www.sba.gov/md or contact Rachel Howard at (410) 244-3337 or by email at rachel.howard@sba.govlast_img read more

Roads to be shut for 18 days for Severn Trent work

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo roads are set to be closed in a Staffordshire Moorlands village while Severn Trent carry out work in the area next month. Staffordshire County Council have announced the closures in Cheddleton – which will begin on Monday February 4 and should be lifted by Friday February 22. Hollow Lane will be closed from the junction with Ostlers Lane to the junction with Park Lane. Ostlers Lane will be shut from the junction with Dalehouse Road to the junction with Hollow Lane In their closure notice, Staffordshire County Council said the only vehicles allowed through were those being used in the work and emergency vehicles. They added: “Pedestrian access will be available.” Signs will be in place diverting traffic, according to the Staffordshire County Council closure notice. Severn Trent are carrying out the work to replace water mains in the area. Read MoreDelays expected due to roadworks on busy Staffordshire Moorlands road   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

Intrepid to donate 10 of bookings launches agent fam contest

first_img Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Posted by Michael Smith TORONTO — In celebration of Giving Tuesday today, Intrepid Travel is donating 10% of all tour bookings to help aid four community projects around the world. Running through Dec. 20, the campaign applies to bookings on over 1,000 of the company’s small-group tours.According to the company, this is the first time it has taken this type of philanthropic approach to discounting, a concept that aligns with the brand’s mission to help consumers see the world through “real, immersive experiences while leaving the destinations they visit in a better position than it was found.”The four projects are currently supported through Intrepid Group’s not-for-profit, ‘The Intrepid Foundation’, and represent a mix of initiatives that the foundation supports through over 50 projects around the world.The projects that will benefit from the campaign include: Kusimayo (Peru), which works to improve the living conditions of children and adults affected by poverty in Puno; Blue Dragon (Vietnam), which provides vocational training and educational support to the impoverished; Pollinate Energy (India), a social enterprise that provides access to sustainable and affordable energy for India’s urban poor; and Friends of the Asian Elephant (Thailand), the FAE hospital that helps rehabilitate elephants once used in tourism entertainment venues.“The holiday season is a time of reflection and giving back,” said Leigh Barnes, North America Director for Intrepid Travel. “While we remain committed to supporting local communities throughout the year, this campaign allows our travellers to help create meaningful impact in the destinations we visit.”Globally recognized as a leader in responsible travel, Intrepid has been carbon-neutral since 2010 and has donated over $5 million through its foundation since 2002. Intrepid Travel hopes to donate $150,000 through the Travel for Good campaign, making it the largest fundraising initiative for The Intrepid Foundation in North America.Canadian agents can experience an Intrepid tour first-hand and win a spot on an upcoming fam. To find out more details, watch Travelweek’s latest video with Leigh Barnes.For more information on Intrepid Travel and the Travel for Good campaign, please visit: intrepidtravel.com/us/travel-for-good. Tags: Intrepid Travelcenter_img Intrepid to donate 10% of bookings, launches agent fam contest Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

DocMagic BeSmartee Aim for Millennialstyle Speed

first_imgDocMagic, BeSmartee Aim for Millennial-style Speed BeSmartee DocMagic eMortgage eMortgages Millennial Homebuyers Mortgage Loan Applications Mortgage Loan Disclosures 2017-05-11 Krista Franks Brock DocMagic, Inc., and BeSmartee are working together to accelerate the mortgage loan origination process, delivering speed and accuracy BeSmartee CEO Tim Nguyen says millennials expect.Based in Torrance, California, DocMagic offers document production and eMortgage services, while Huntington Beach, California-based BeSmartee is a loan origination software provider.Together the two companies are allowing borrowers to complete loan applications and receive disclosures online within minutes instead of the days or weeks it previously took with a paper process.“Together, we’re delivering the type of speed and service that Millennials have come to expect, which is key to securing new business from this coveted group of borrowers,” Nguyen said.According to Nguyen, the integration offers “a level of speed that the industry hasn’t experienced before but that, as more lenders discover its impact on sales and operations, more borrowers will come to expect.”Dominic Iannitti, CEO of DocMagic, said the integration allows the two technologies “to operate at their peak collaborative performance.”Borrowers complete their online application, and then receive disclosures automatically, which they can sign electronically—all without any action by the lender.BeSmartee offers an auto-population feature that helps shorten the time it takes to complete a loan application, and then it connects lenders with providers that validate borrower information instantly.DocMagic then offers compliant electronic disclosures based on the application within minutes.“A true eMortgage uses no paper at all. It’s a start-to-finish electronic process that requires collaboration among certain technology providers,” Iannitti said.He also explained that eMortgages offer several benefits, including “better speeds, security, quality and accuracy, which translate to a better borrower experience and more efficient economical operations for the lender.”He continued: “DocMagic is proud to be the solution that connects not only those technologies, but also all of the entities that use them, to enable a truly electronic process. It’s great to partner with progressive companies like BeSmartee who are helping to make eMortgages possible.” May 11, 2017 660 Views center_img in Headlines, News, Technology Sharelast_img read more

BERLIN – The German foundation that coordinates r

first_img BERLIN – The German foundation that co-ordinates research into the origin of Nazi-confiscated property says it will also start looking into cultural objects collected during Germany’s colonial past.The German Lost Art Foundation said Tuesday it will begin developing guidelines for project funding that will include provenance research in museums, collections and basic research.It says it will work closely with the German Museums Association and experts.Founded by the government in 2015, the foundation’s main job is help identify property confiscated from Jewish owners during the Nazi era from 1933-1945 to facilitate its return or compensation, and cultural assets lost under the Soviet occupation and in communist East Germany.German colonies included territories in what is today Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Mozambique in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. German foundation examining origin of colonial-era goods by The Associated Press Posted May 22, 2018 10:23 am PDT Last Updated May 22, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_imgEuropean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker mentioned the non-resolution of the Cyprus issue as “one of his regrets” concerning his tenure on the helm of the executive branch of the EU.Juncker said in a televised interview with Politico Brussels, that he regrets not concluding a deal between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot community.He was asked “what is your biggest regret of the past five years?”.Juncker answered: “There are many. You should ask what my successes are, then I would be unstoppable. I have some regrets, smaller but important ones. I am sad, although I was spending a lot of efforts in that direction, that I was not able to bring the Cypriot question to a good end. I started there, I visited Cyprus different times, the Republic of Cyprus also the Turkish community. We were very close and then it evaporated.”Juncker was in Cyprus in July 2015 to help the two leaders reach an understanding in connection with the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) application for halloumi/hellim.The victory was short-lived and the PDO has not yet been registered, four years on.The delay is due to disagreements between the government and the European Commission after Nicosia raised certain objections to parts of the ‘2015 deal’. Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis earlier this year blamed the lack of progress on political reasons, adding that the application had been linked with the Green Line Regulation and the Cyprus problem.A Commission spokesman said the case was at the stage of examining objections but he could not say whether procedures would be expedited.You May LikeCity BeautyLift Sagging Skin And Jowls Without Surgery (Do This)City BeautyUndoGundry MD | SupplementsTop Cardiologist: It’s Like Giving Your Body A New “Battery”Gundry MD | SupplementsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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