MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Uruguay’s President José Mujica said Thursday that his country had agreed to receive detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, calling the decision a matter of human rights.U.S. President Barack Obama is struggling to fulfill his five-year-old promise to close the controversial jail, and countries have been slow to come forward and agree to accept transferred inmates.Uruguay would be the first country in South America to do so.It was “a question of human rights,” Mujica later told reporters, without giving the number of prisoners to be accepted.The prisoners “haven’t seen a judge, haven’t seen a prosecutor, and the president of the United States wants to resolve this problem as well,” he added. “They asked a lot of countries if they could give shelter, and I said yes.”A high-level government source told AFP that Uruguay would host five former inmates for at least two years, confirming a report first published in the weekly Búsqueda newspaper.In Washington, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale said only: “The United States has engaged the government of Uruguay to discuss the issue of closing the detention facility at Guantanamo.”Búsqueda said Obama had raised the issue with Mujica in recent weeks through “emissaries.”Mujica had discussed the issue with Cuban President Raúl Castro, who supported the idea, during a visit in January, the paper added.It said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry thanked Mujica on Monday and confirmed Obama would receive him in the White House before the end of June.State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed only that Kerry and Mujica had spoken on Monday.An official visit by Mujica to the United States had been planned for last year but was postponed due to scheduling issues.Transfers out of Guantanamo have increased recently, the latest taking place this month when an Algerian was repatriated against his will because he feared abuse in his homeland.Some 154 inmates remain at the prison, erected at a U.S. Naval base in Cuba by former president George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. Most have never been charged or tried.Obama has said the prison has damaged the U.S.’ standing in the world, but his plan to shutter the facility has been thwarted in part by Congress, which has banned transferring inmates to U.S. soil.Human Rights First called the move a “step in the right direction” towards closing the prison. Facebook Comments Related posts:6 Guantanamo detainees turned over to Uruguay US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo Mujica: US admits former Guantanamo prisoners in Uruguay had no ties to terrorism White House finalizing plan to close Guantanamo prison
Share Blue Water Financial Technologies Hires Travis LaMar January 18, 2019 607 Views in Featured, Headlines, News Blue Water Financial Technologies (BWFT) announced it has added to its growing executive team and hired Travis LaMar as Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets.As Managing Director, LaMar joins a strong data science and analytics team and brings 20 years of experience in mortgage secondary and capital markets to BWFT. LaMar will work out of BWFT’s headquarters in Minneapolis where he will focus on MSR brokerage, structuring solutions for MSR, and hedging solutions.Prior to joining Blue Water, LaMar ran Mortgage Secondary Markets for Bank of Oklahoma following his role as a Managing Director at Incenter, where he was responsible for all aspects of pricing, hedging and loan, MBS and MSR sales. Earlier in his career, LaMar held Senior Trading roles at US Bank and GMAC-RFC, where he hedged a large MSR portfolio and ran a non-agency ARM desk, respectively.“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to join Blue Water, as it is a homecoming on two fronts; a return to Minnesota and the chance to be reunited with Al and a core group of individuals with whom I have worked over a number of years,” LaMar said. “At Blue Water, we are committed to capital markets and technology innovation and with my years of secondary marketing and mortgage servicing experience, I’m confident I can help deliver better outcomes, deeper insights and greater efficiencies to our customers as we expand our capital markets capabilities,” he added.LaMar graduated from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management where he double majored and obtained bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Accounting.“Travis has much of the same founding DNA in his past experience as well as a familiar approach to tackling many of the issues our clients rely heavily on us to solve for them day in and day out. I’m delighted to have Travis on board. His experience as an MSR hedger, deep knowledge of Secondary Mortgage Markets and keen desire to solve for and deliver the best client outcomes set him apart,” said Al Qureshi, Managing Partner at BWFT.BWFT is a provider of asset valuation, MSR distribution, MSR hedging and electronic solutions to mortgage lenders. Its mission is to offer extensive modeling capabilities and tighter attribution through conservative risk management and intense regulatory insight. Al Qureshi Blue Water Financial Technologies Travis LaMar 2019-01-18 Donna Joseph
attractionsHollywoodWarner Bros. Studio Tour Visitors will now have the chance to experience the original costumes and props used by the cast on the film set of Justice League, as part of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood expanded DC Universe: The Exhibit.For the first time, fans are able to unite with their favourite League members through this new exhibit, which joins the tour’s popular Wonder Woman exhibition currently on display. The Justice League addition is offered exclusively to tour guests.“Get up close and personal with your favourite Justice League character including: Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash. See the unique Mother Boxes that were used on the film set and designed to reflect the individual styles of the guardians that protected them.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Daryl Dragon, of ‘The Captain and Tennille,’ dead at 76 by The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2019 1:48 pm PDT NEW YORK — Daryl Dragon, the “Captain” of “The Captain and Tennille,” has died.Dragon died early Wednesday at a hospice in Prescott, Arizona. Spokesman Harlan Boll said he was 76 and died of renal failure. His former wife and musical partner, Toni Tennille, was by his side.The Captain and Tennille had a run of easy listening hits in the 1970s, notably the chart-topping “Love Will Keep Us Together.” Their other songs included “Muskrat Love,” ”Shop Around” and “Do That to Me One More Time.”The couple separated in 2013 and divorced the following year. But they remained close, according to Boll, and Tennille even moved to Arizona to help care for Dragon.A classically trained pianist, Dragon performed at times with the Beach Boys before meeting Tennille in the early 1970s.The Associated Press
More concrete is moved up to the foundry level by wheel barrow … [workshopper Eric Halbach and planning intern Chad Phelan] [Photo & text: sa] … transferred into buckets and poured into place … [workshoppers Margot Bos-Ham, Ryan McTigue and Joshua Kunsting]. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa] December 11, 2004 The old concrete truck still works, currently maintenained by long-time resident Dave Tollas. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa] During this pour the new ramp up to the foundry is extended. Delivery of bronze ingots will be able to unload right next to the furnace. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa] … to widen the east walkway to the new extension deck in front of the foundry. Foundry employee Bruno Larios and workshopper Eric Halbach. [Photo & text: sa]
By Peter StevensonSMALL businesses are closing down one after the other and any delay in reducing rents would be criminal, the small shopkeepers’ union POVEK said yesterday.AKEL’s proposed bill to reduce both residential and industrial rent by 25 per cent in rent controlled areas is due to be voted on at the House plenary tomorrow and head of POVEK, Andreas Dalitis has said the bill needs to be approved.Dalitis said there is currently a huge problem with rent prices and small businesses, among others, are suffering the consequences.“We can no longer sit idly by and accept the situation as it is, and we call on MPs to resist efforts from outside forces and pass the bill to reduce rent,” he said.There are currently around 165,000 small businesses operating on the island and POVEK’s general-secretary Stefanos Koursaris feels they could all be in danger of going out of business if rent is not reduced.“During this financial crisis, rent has risen and created a bubble, debilitating many small businesses, leading them towards closure,” Koursaris said.He added that POVEK’s proposal to reduce rent has received support from President Nicos Anastasiades during his proposals earlier this month to kick-start the economy, when he had said he would ask that rent be reduced by 30 per cent. Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou also released a statement, calling on property owners to make cuts on the rent they charge.“Interior Minister, Socrates Hasikos has refused to reduce the rent on property that belongs to him and his family which is giving us mixed messages right now,” Dalitis said.There have been three House Finance Committee meetings to discuss AKEL’s proposal and POVEK hopes on Thursday the bill will be voted in.“We believe that reducing rent by 25 per cent is a big compromise on our behalf and expect MPs to pass the bill on Thursday despite certain pressure which has been put on them from property owners to reject it,” Koursaris said.The general-secretary labelled suggestions by an unnamed MP to increase rent on property that has not had an increase in the last 18 months as absurd.“A small segment of property owners have complained that they will have trouble making their loan payments if rent is reduced which is nothing more than a superficial and immature approach to the problem,” he said.“We are a step away from the edge of the cliff and a complete financial collapse as we have been destroyed by our politicians wrong estimations, by the bankers who have stolen from us and the stranglehold placed upon us by the Troika,” he added.Koursaris believes that since 2008 both employees and businesses in the private sector have paid the price for the financial crisis with many of them unable to cope with the situation.“All of those who have fought tooth and nail to keep their businesses afloat are running out of patience and demand the state gives them the chance to survive and help save the economy,” he said.Koursaris warned that that any delay in reducing rent would have incalculable consequences and would be criminal. He added that the union will await Thursday’s parliamentary decision before making any decisions on whether to organise a protest.Asked by reporters whether the church has proceeded in reducing rents in any of the buildings it owns, Koursaris revealed that on the contrary, certain Metropolis’ have even asked for increases.“The Metropolis’ of Faneromeni and Kiti have both asked for rent increases which is very confusing given the statements made by the Archbishop recently that he wants to help out during the crisis,” he concluded.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
A military exercise will be carried out in the British bases from Sunday until March 22, the British forces announced on Friday.According to the announcement, the exercise in the Akrotiri area is necessary to conduct essential operational military training.“The training may include the movement of troops and vehicles, boats and helicopters and there may be some disturbance during these times. A number of the scenarios will include the use of training ammunition,” the forces announced.The public should not be concerned if explosions are heard in the area, something which occasionally happens when certain atmospheric conditions prevail.As with previous exercises, some of the scenarios will be performed outside the bases area with the support of the Cyprus government.“British forces Cyprus remains committed to restricting the impact of military training to a minimum where possible and with due regard for the environment and habitat,” the statement concluded.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
State Rep. Tom Barrett’s legislation giving farmers the flexibility to move portable toilet facilities around their fields for farm workers was approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives.Barrett, of Potterville, said farms use portable bathrooms to comply with requirements that field workers have access to toilet facilities within a quarter mile of where they are working.“It’s not uncommon for workers to be harvesting crops in one area and then move to a field down the street,” Barrett said. “To comply with current law, farmers would have to halt operations and wait for a contractor to move the portable toilets before farm operations can resume.”Barrett’s bill would allow farmers to transport portable sanitation facilities without becoming licensed septage haulers if they meet specific criteria.“It’s ridiculous to force people to hire contractors to perform tasks they’re capable of performing themselves,” Barrett said. “Allowing farmers to move these facilities from field to field will increase efficiency and prevent farm activities from coming to a standstill while waiting on a company to perform the routine service.”House Bill 4438 now moves to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Barrett News 20Jun Rep. Barrett bill increases efficiency, flexibility on farms
14Mar Allor helps House approve statewide grant for veteran services Categories: Allor News Lawmaker cosponsors bill providing counties with grant for veteran services State Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine today joined her colleagues in the House in passing legislation providing Michigan counties grants to establish and maintain veteran service offices.Under the legislation Allor is co-sponsoring, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements will receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in that county. To continue receiving the grant, an established county veteran services department must meet benchmarks for staff performance and reporting while maintaining the previous year’s funding level.“With my father having served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II before eventually needing benefits and assisted living, I have seen firsthand the integral work that accredited Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) perform,” Allor said. “Ensuring that these services are readily available for our veterans statewide is the very least we can do to show our deep appreciation.”Lack of funding and sparse access to services has led to inadequate coverage for portions of the state. Depending on the county, a VSO may only be available for a few hours each month at a single location. Only 72 out of Michigan’s 83 counties currently have a county veteran services department.House Bill 5536 now advances to the Senate for further consideration.#####
08May Rep. Frederick invites residents to May office hours No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend, but would still like to speak with the representative, may contact his Lansing office at (517) 373-0841 or BenFrederick@house.mi.gov.### State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso will hold local office hours for the month of May.“Office hours present an opportunity for residents to meet with me and ask questions, offer ideas or share thoughts regarding state government,” Frederick said.The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, May 14Shiawassee County: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Owosso City Hall, 301 W. Main St. in Owosso; andSaginaw County: 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Marion Township Hall, 10925 S. Merrill Road in Brant. Categories: Frederick News
01Mar Rep. Kahle welcomes St. Stephen students to Capitol Categories: Kahle News,Kahle Photos State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian was joined by students from St. Stephen Lutheran School in Adrian at the state Capitol today.“Everyone was engaged and interested in learning more about their state government,” Rep. Kahle said. “It was a pleasure to meet with them and I’m excited to see the great things they will accomplish in the future.”The students toured the Capitol for an up-close look at state government while legislators conducted business throughout the building.
Share20TweetShare2Email22 SharesBluIz60 / Shutterstock.comNovember 28, 2015; National Public Radio, “nprEd”With Congress poised to pass the Every Child Achieves Act, defining our national educational strategy, Anya Kamenetz, NPR’s lead education blogger, asks an important question, “Is Bigger Always Better?”Kamenetz observes:Anytime there’s an innovation in education, often the first question anyone asks is, “Will it scale?” Sure, you’ve managed to improve learning outcomes for one classroom, one school, one district. But if you can’t reach 50,000—or 5 million—students, the thinking goes, then it’s not real or worthy.Both the Bush and the Obama administrations, convinced that traditional public education was incapable of meeting their expectations for educational performance, implemented large-scale reforms they believed would work on a national basis. Major foundations and individual philanthropists have both made major investments in large-scale educational change. But maybe the struggles we are now seeing to make these changes work are indicators of the problem of being too big too fast?Kamenetz suggests we consider the work of educational reformer Matt Candler, the founder of New Orleans–based 4.0 Schools, who has observed:When it comes to investing in the future of school, we’re doing it wrong. We’re too focused on scaling things that have already been built and not focused enough on new ideas and the people who have them. […] We too often bless something that’s worked once and lavish upon it tons of money in the name of “scaling what works.” […] We get drunk on scale, quickly forgetting that all big ideas were once small.”Rather than looking for a big, top-down solution, Candler’s organization is taking a different path.Our mission is to create a community where educators, families and students work on the future of school together, not in isolation. We’ve seen, after five years at this, that the best new ideas don’t come from a guy in a garage, but from a small community of people giving hard-hitting feedback to a gutsy entrepreneur or school founder who’s really listening to them.The approach Candler recommends for educational innovation, making many small, local investments in new efforts, was “inspired by…the food industry, where…pop-up restaurants and food trucks are not just…cool ways to dine, but faster, cheaper ways for chefs to test new ideas in intimate, rapidly deployable experiences with their diners. Tiny Schools do for aspiring school founders what food trucks do for aspiring restaurateurs—it gives them a cheaper, faster way to test their ideas in the real world, with the people they want to serve.”Candler sees another benefit to smaller, more locally focused efforts: they “allow resources to flow to a more diverse group of leaders: perhaps people with on-the-ground experience and roots in the communities they serve.” He calls supporting small and local efforts in their early stages “one of the most effective ways to diversify the people and ideas we’re investing in. If we continue to expect people to get their start on their own, we’re doomed to perpetuate the out-of-balance system of privilege and access that keeps too many people of color and women out of leadership.”And perhaps our national leaders are actually listening. The ECAA as currently drafted “requires community-based needs assessments to better target funding” and “requires school districts to consult with parents, teachers, school leaders, specialized instructional support staff, and other community and local government stakeholders in the planning and implementation of comprehensive programs.” If money and patience follow these words, then local communities can reclaim responsibility for guiding their children’s education.—Martin LevineShare20TweetShare2Email22 Shares
Canal Plus Afrique, the African arm of the French pay TV operator, is launching a new service enabling subscribers to pay using their mobile phones.The operator has teamed with Orange to enable mobile customers to pay for Canal Plus and Canalsat services using the Orange Money service. It will launch initially in Madagascar in June, before rolling out to other African markets by the end of the year.Canal Plus Afrique operates in over 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, providing its subscribers with various TV channel packages that can either be prepaid or paid via direct debit. The majority of users opt for the prepaid option, according to the operator, which means going to a retailer to renew their subscription. Orange Money will provide a way for them to pay their bills anytime. Guy Lafarge, president of Canal Plus Overseas, said: “We are very pleased with this partnership with Orange on mobile payment. With Orange Money, we will provide our subscribers with an innovative and simple means of payment which is both quick and secure.”
Spanish free-to-air broadcaster TV3 – Televisió de Catalunya has launched a service on Google TV, making it available to users of Google’s smart TV application. Viewers can download an app and access a range of TV3 content on-demand as well as a live feed of the channel via Google TV. The broadcaster said that the launch on Google’s interactive TV service coincides with its channel no longer being distributed by satellite.
SES has announced that it will launch its satellite broadband service, SES Broadband, in Ka-band in November.The new service will offer download speeds of up to 20Mbps and upload speeds of up to 2Mbps. It will be marketed via SES’ partners NordNet, Vivéole and Wibox to end-consumers in France.SES Broadband in Ka-band will be available pending the launch and beginning of operations of SES’ Astra 2F satellite. The satellite is currently scheduled for launch on September 21 and will be located at the orbital position 28.2 degrees East.”We are very pleased that the Ka-band ground infrastructure is now fully operational, with a new generation of end-user terminals from Gilat Satellite Technologies and Newtec soon to be available to our customers,” said Patrick Biewer, managing director of SES Broadband Services. “With Astra 2F and the subsequent launches of Astra 2E, Astra 5B and Astra 2G in 2013 and 2014, we will be able to further expand our satellite broadband service in Europe with the additional Ka-band capacity on our fleet.”
Hindi language entertainment channel Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) has launched on the Freeview TV platform in the Greater Manchester area of the UK.The launch means SEN is for the first time available to TV viewers without a satellite, cable or IPTV connection.Shalin Patel, head of marketing and distribution for SEN Europe, said, “It is a historical time for the UK television industry as a whole. For the last 15 years, South Asian language channels were only available on what some describe as ‘secondary’ services such as satellite and cable. With the launch on digital terrestrial in the Manchester region, our viewers can access the channel wherever they are in their home with only the most basic equipment required. This is just another step re-enforcing Sony Entertainment Networks commitment to breaking barriers with true progression.”
Russian state-owned broadcasting organisation RTRS is to pilot HbbTV services in three Russian cities, according to deputy CEO Viktor Pinchuk.Speaking at the CSTB 2013 event in Moscow, Pinchuk reportedly said that RTRS was currently testing HbbTV-based hybrid broadcast broadband services using technology from three international providers. It would then move to a pilot phase in three cities with populations over one million, using set-top boxes that also supported DVB-T2 broadcasts, he said.
US online video site and web series specialist Blip is looking to make a UK hire as it aims to expand its business into Europe. Speaking to DTVE, Blip CEO Kelly Day said it was looking to hire someone in the UK to focus on “producer relationships,” tapping into new video creator talent on this side of the Atlantic.“It’s the beginning of having more of a foundation in London, Day said, adding that London would also serve as a jumping-off point for other major European markets. The firm interviewed candidates for the role earlier this month.In terms of further expansion plans, Day said: “We are looking at some of the non-European countries as interesting markets and thinking about strategies there – Latin America is interesting and we’re looking at more Spanish-language content. India is very interesting, and [we are also] looking at potential partners in India.”Blip is home to original web series from professional and up-and-coming producers and airs dramas, comedies and other categories of online video for free.It has also started developing partnerships with some of the bigger YouTube channels to create vertical branded destination sites. It recently signed a deal with FremantleMedia North America to develop a new pet-related entertainment destination on Blip, with the content to also be available across the web. Fremantle originally launched its Pet Collective channel on YouTube as part of the latter’s original channels initiative, but the channel no longer being funded by YouTube.
Sky Deutschland has today launched an Android version of its Snap OTT service for Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The online media expansion makes the store available on the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4 smartphones and the Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Tab 3 tablets, with the app available to download on these devices free of charge from the Google Play store until the end of the month.Sky launched Snap at the end of last year, offering thousands of titles – including TV season box-sets, HBO library content, movies and children’s programmes – to existing Sky Deutschland customers as well as non-subscribers.Non-Sky subscribers pay €9.90 per month with only a month-to-month commitment, while existing Sky customers can also access the service for an additional €4.90 per-month, acting as a compliment to Sky Deutschland’s existing Sky Go and Sky Anytime VOD offerings.“It is our goal to offer Snap to an audience as big as possible and give our customers more and more possibilities to watch programmes they love on their favourite devices. That’s why we are excited to cooperate with Samsung making Snap available on their most popular smartphones and tablets,” said Alice Mascia, vice president of strategy at Sky Deutschland.Sky initially rolled out Snap via the web, iPad and Samsung Smart TVs.
BBC Worldwide has upped executive producer Julie Swanston to vice-president of commissioning in Worldwide’s channels content team.Swanston will focus on commissioning original content for BBC Brit and BBC Earth – two of three new global BBC genre brands that are due to roll out on a market-by-market basis later this year and in 2015. The third of these brands, BBC First, will be overseen by Liam Keelan.For BBC Brit, Swanston will seek out male-skewing factual entertainment, including programmes covering areas like cars, engineering, “buddy trips” and popular science. BBC Earth will centre on “new adventure heroes” and will also cover “passion projects”, extreme earth and extreme survival.Swanston will work closely with the BBC’s broader international channels network and will also maintain close links with BBC America and BBC in the UK.She replaces Tracy Forsyth, with her appointment coming a week after Forsyth and Mark Reynolds were announced as genre directors for factual entertainment and entertainment, and genre director for factual.Worldwide said news of Swanston, Forsyth and Reynolds’ promotions “further underpins the business’ ambition to focus on premium content, backed by an increase in content spend to over £200m annually.”Swanston said: “I am delighted to take on this creative position, starting my search immediately for prime-time, talent- led original content for BBC Earth and BBC Brit. I’m looking to commission ambitious series that will cut through on a global scale and shine a light on BBC Worldwide’s brand new genre brands.”Prior to her new role, Swanston was an executive producer at BBC Worldwide, working across new factual entertainment programmes like Almost Royal. Before joining Worldwide, she worked at UKTV as a commissioning editor across the channels Dave, Watch and Gold.