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October 16, 2019
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The Smashing Pediatric Cancer Challenge

first_imgLexi Manzo, a student at Fordham University and daughter to TV personality Dina Manzo, created the Smashing Pediatric Cancer Challenge to spread awareness for pediatric cancer.September was childhood cancer awareness month, and pediatric cancer is a disease that is often underfunded and in need of more awareness. As the founder of Project Ladybug’s daughter, this is a cause that has always been near and dear to her heart.Over the course of the month of September the Smashing Pediatric Cancer Challenge surpassed 1 million views on the internet. Hundreds of people, including celebrities and sports figures participated in the challenge and the featured hashtags have been used on nearly all social platforms. John Sterling the voice of the NY Yankees announced the challenge at every Sept game!When you chose to participate in the Cupcakes For Cancer Challenge you contribute by raising awareness for those children who battle and suffer from cancer every single day. With your help, every child’s fight can be given a voice, every research project will be supported, and strides to curing the epidemic of pediatric cancer will be made. Your choice to participate and share with those around you – whether it be via social media or word of mouth – will give the millions of kids fighting for their life everyday the voice they deserve. Because kids can’t fight cancer alone.What To Do: Share via your social media pages a video of someone or yourself shoving a cupcake in your face with the hashtags #smashingpediatriccancer & #cupcakesforcancer. In your post nominate 3 others to participate in the challenge or to donate to a pediatric cancer charity of their choice. Feel free to do this in honor of a child who has been touched by cancer. Find out more here.last_img read more

October 12, 2019
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Petition Launched to Increase Moroccos Education Budget

Rabat – After the parliament rejected a proposal to increase Morocco’s budget for education, activists have launched an online petition to reverse the decision.Two Federation of the Democratic Left (FGD) MPs, Omar Balafrej and Mustapha Chennaoui, presented to the House of Representatives a set of nine amendments to the 2017 Finance Bill which would devote 4 percent of the national budget to education. They were the only ones who raised their hands in approval.“The proposal was categorically rejected by the parliament. [However,] we must restart the debate on the budget of education, each Moroccan loves his/her country should adheres to the educational reform project,” wrote Soulaiman B., the creator of the petition. To date, 3,769 have signed the petition.After a photo of the two FDG members raising their hands was shared widely on social media platforms, Moroccans have started taking photos with the same pose as a show of support to the campaign.“Reality is, education in Morocco suffers from many deficiencies,” Belafrej had told Morocco World News previously. “The program the FDG proposed is, indeed, true to the federation’s principles, but it is also reasonable and applicable.” The MP then asked campaign supporters to remain loyal to the FGD during the next elections. read more

October 12, 2019
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Khalil Rguibi Father of Former Polisario Chief Dies in Morocco

Rabat – The father of former Polisario Front leader Mohamed Abdelaziz died on Saturday in Inzegane, southern Morocco.Khalil Rguibi died at the military hospital of Inzegane following a long period of illness, Moroccan media reported. Rguibi was more than 100 years old.On Thursday, the former soldier was taken to a hospital in the city amid a “gastric complication” for which he had been receiving medical treatments. Rguibi outlived his son, who died in May 2016 after three decades at the top of Polisario leadership.Moroccan Father, Separatist SonUnlike his son, who took up arms against his home country, Rguibi was a former soldier in the anti-colonial Army of Liberation during the French and Spanish colonialism and then the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces.The father and son parted ways in 1972 when Abdelaziz decided to join the movement of Sahrawi students that would become the Polisario Front.Rguibi said in an interview with pan-Arabist London-based newspaper Ashraq Al Awsat in 2002 that his son was studying at the University Mohammed V in Rabat at the time.“He didn’t tell me about his decision,” said Rguibi, who was at the time serving in Moroccan army near the borders with Western Sahara, which was still under Spanish occupation.Rguibi said he spent many years in the small city of Kasba Tadla where he had been transferred, not knowing whether his son was alive or dead.It was only 11 years later when he heard the late King Hassan II say in a speech that the Polisario chief is the son of a Moroccan father who still lives not far from the city of Marrakech. Since then, Abdelaziz came to be known locally in Morocco as “Abdelaziz Al Marrakchi.”A Tough LifeRguibi’s life had not been easy. The former Moroccan soldier saw members of his family, including women, arrested by Moroccan authorities in the early 1970s. Back then, the uncontrolled activities of his son Mohamed Abdelaziz and other Sahrawi young men in the Sahrawi city of Tantan, over which Morocco regained control a few years after independence from the French occupation in 1956, made Moroccan authorties suspicious.Morocco feared those activities would undermine its endeavors to regain control over Western Sahara from the Spanish colonizer.When he was transferred to Kasba Tadla in the 1970s, he said he was thankful to God that he was spared the turmoil that Western Sahara saw at the time.Rguibi said he was the victim of “marginalization” by the Moroccan state, as he didn’t receive a pension other than his retirement allowance of MAD 1100, a meager sum with which he was unable to provide for his 14 family members.Nonetheless, since his military service came to an end in 1980, he maintained that he was a Moroccan, criticizing those who took arms against the state, whether during Spanish control of Western Sahara or afterwards when some former members of Polisario came back to Morocco.Yet, Rguibi saw that he was partly blamed for the action of his son who he had not seen since he left to join the separatist organization.“I was threatened from all sides. I was told, ‘Look what your son did,’ or ‘This is because of your son,’ and I used to respond he was no longer my son since he left me. My son is he who is still under my custody. But he who is no longer under my custody has become free in what he thinks,” the former soldier said.In 2005, some Morocco civil society activists tried to organize a trip for Rguibi to meet with his son, but the plans did not materialize.When reporters from Moroccan news daily Al Massae approached Rguibi’s entourage four years later to learn why the meeting did not happen, they were told the old Sahrawi man did not have the inclination to travel.Further, Rguibi wanted “to embrace his son in his home in his country, Morocco, not in some foreign land.” read more

October 6, 2019
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Annan welcomes agreement on Cyprus meeting

“The Secretary-General is pleased that the Greek Cypriot leader, His Excellency Mr. Glafcos Clerides, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, His Excellency Mr. Rauf Denktash, have now agreed to meet in Cyprus on 4 December 2001,” said his spokesman in a written statement. “The Secretary-General hopes this meeting will move the process forward.”The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, will be present at the meeting, according to the statement.

October 6, 2019
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Many states want UN umbrella for Iraq but new resolution not imminent

“Most of the governments are saying that they would want to see the effort internationalized, but not only with regard to political and economic reconstruction and institution building,” Mr. Annan told his semi-annual news conference at UN Headquarters in New York. “They would also be prepared to consider expansion in the security area. If it were a United Nations-mandated force and there was an international effort to pacify Iraq, they would all feel more comfortable contributing to it,” he added. Under the most recent resolution on Iraq, the UN is ascribed a wide-ranging role on political, economic and humanitarian matters, but the United States-led administration was recognized as the interim governing authority. On the issue of contributing to Iraq’s reconstruction, Mr. Annan said some governments “would want to give it to a United Nations or other international body, and not necessarily pay into the United States-United Kingdom fund.” But he added: “I am not sure we are anywhere near a second resolution yet. But the discussions are ongoing.” A UN umbrella was important not only for Europe or India, he said, but also for Arab states in the region who would feel more comfortable contributing to stabilizing Iraq under an international banner. “So, whatever we need to do to move forward, we should not hesitate to do it,” he declared. “If it does take a second resolution to get everyone to pull together to get it done, let us do it.” Video of the news conference read more

October 2, 2019
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UN chief welcomes new peace deal between Colombian Government and FARCEP

“[The Secretary-General] commends the parties for their determination to bring this long-standing conflict to an end. He congratulates all who participated constructively in the dialogue that led to the new agreement,” said a statement issued this evening by a UN spokesperson, which noted that the new deal had been reached following broad consultations with political and social sectors.Voters rejected the previous accord through a referendum in early October.The Secretary-General believes it is essential to move now to implementation, the statement continued, noting that the violent incidents that have taken place recently in conflict-affected areas underscore the relevance of many of the commitments contained in the agreement and the urgency of putting them into effect.Expressing hopes that Colombians will come together at this time to move the peace process forward, Mr. Ban, through the statement, reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to provide all necessary support, both through the United Nations Mission in Colombia and through the relevant UN agencies, funds and programmes.In early October, Colombian voters narrowly rejected the historic peace accord between the Government and the FARC-EP, the main opposition group, meant to end the Western Hemisphere’s longest running conflict. That deal was the culmination of four years of talks hosted in Havana, Cuba, between the two sides, and which led to a cessation of hostilities and agreements on key issues such as political participation, land rights, illicit drugs and victims’ rights and transitional justice.The two sides vowed to press ahead on a deal, and on 1 November, the UN Security Council sent a letter to the Secretary General authorizing the UN Mission in Colombia to verify the ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, following a request from the Government and FARC-EP.Other functions include organizing operational aspects of the joint ceasefire Monitoring and Verification Mechanism, formed by the Government of Colombia, FARC-EP and coordinated by the UN Mission. It also entails visiting FARC-EP camps and Public Force units to ensure compliance with the ceasefire and cessation of hostilities. The UN Mission will also liaise with local populations to ensure that their rights are being respected. read more

September 25, 2019
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Over £100000 of taxpayers money spent on dispute over Afghan boy 7

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It is hard to imagine a greater suffering and torment than that which that mother must daily go throughMr Justice Holman Mr Justice Holman dismissed her application.The judge analysed the contempt allegations at a public hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.He has named Mr and Mrs Hashimi in his ruling but has not said where they live.”The fact is that within about a month of the birth of the child, the mother and the father did both travel to England leaving the child at that stage in the care of the uncle. It is the case of the mother that she understood that the child would follow fairly soon to England, once his capacity to enter the United Kingdom had been established,” said Mr Justice Holman.”The mother has never seen that child again. For at least six years she has not had the slightest idea where her child is. She does not know whether he is still in Afghanistan and, quite frankly, in view of the strife within that country in recent years, she cannot even reliably know whether her child is still alive.”He added: “It is hard to imagine a greater suffering and torment than that which that mother must daily go through.”But he said there had to be “some limits” to the litigation, which the woman had launched nearly six years ago. “Over £100,000 of public money has already been expended on litigation in relation to the whereabouts of this child, who has in fact never, ever set foot in the United Kingdom,” said Mr Justice Holman.”At some point a judge will have to grapple with the overriding objective and considerations of cost and proportionality.”Detail of the case emerged in May, in a ruling by another judge. Mr Justice Peter Jackson concluded that the father knew where the boy was, and ordered him to provide information about the youngster’s whereabouts.Lawyers representing the man said the “investigation” into the boy’s “situation” was in the hands of Afghan authorities and they said a judge in England should not “seek to take over”.Mr Justice Jackson said the case was “highly unusual” and described the order he made as unprecedented.But he said the answer lay in England – because the father lived in England.center_img More than £100,000 of British taxpayers’ money has been spent on a family court dispute centred on a seven-year-old boy who was born in Afghanistan and has never set foot in the UK, a judge has revealed.The boy’s parents left him with an uncle in Afghanistan when he was a month old, judges in London have heard.They then travelled to England and subsequently separated.The boy’s mother, Hadiah Hashimi, says she has not seen her son since she left Afghanistan and wants him brought to England.She says her estranged husband, Sayed Hashimi, knows where he is and she has taken legal action.Mr Justice Holman says both parents are getting legal aid. The judge has told how the boy’s mother has run up more than £60,000 in lawyers’ bills and his father more than £40,000.He has revealed figures in a written ruling on the latest round of litigation.Mr Justice Holman says at some stage a judge will have to balance the overriding objective of the litigation against the cost. Earlier this year another judge had concluded that Mr Hashimi knew where the boy was, and ordered him to provide information about the youngster’s whereabouts.Mrs Hashimi claimed that Mr Hashimi had not told the truth and had breached that order. She asked Mr Justice Holman to rule that Mr Hashimi was in contempt of court and to jail him.last_img read more

September 19, 2019
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Serena Deeb has joined WWE NXT as the newest coach at the

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions 1 COMMENT Seth Rollins Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Cesaro Kurt Angle Videos Articles Serena Deeb In an interview posted on WWE.com Thursday, former WWE Superstar Serena Deeb revealed that she has joined the WWE as a coach at the Performance Center.Deeb last appeared in the WWE as a competitor in the Mae Young Classic Tournament last year. Deeb had last competed in the WWE back in 2010.Deeb talked in the interview about how the opportunity to be a coach at the Performance Center came about in full detail.“The offer presented itself initially almost a year ago. It was pre-Mae Young Classic. I knew of the tournament and was aware of it, and then I was contacted by the company to see if I had any interest in being one of the talent in the tournament, but it was also coupled with the idea of potentially coming in as a coach following the tournament. The tournament was the first stop on the tracks, and following that, I came back in a week in the fall for an official coaching tryout, and following that, it was pretty quickly offered.”Deeb will be working with Sara Amato in training the female talent at the Performance Center. She is not sure if she will be working more with the new recruits or the more experienced talent. Deeb did say she was excited about possibly working with the newer recruits. It’s also expected that Deeb will be teaching her own class down the line.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles February 8, 2018 at 4:51 pm Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next I was hoping she’d come back as a wrestler. Kevin Lowery RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Roman Reigns is in Remission Pinterest WhatsApp Cameron Huff Videos Articles Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Comments are closed.last_img read more

September 19, 2019
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September 10, 2019
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Audi Q4 ETron concept brings electric coupeover style to Geneva

first_img Tags Audi Q4 E-Tron concept: A small EV that’s big on range Audi Q4 E-Tron is destined for production by 2020 Geneva Motor Show 2019 2018 Audi Q7: Rockin’ the suburbs Post a comment Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Now playing: Watch this: 70 Photos 1:50 • 0 No need to rely on the rumor mill any longer — Audi’s got an electric crossover “coupe” concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and it’s headed for production.Audi on Tuesday unveiled the Q4 E-Tron four-door SUV concept here in Switzerland. It’s just a concept for now, but Audi says the production version should make an appearance in the second half of 2020, with an on-sale date likely for 2021. Share your voice See All Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Geneva Motor Show 2019 Audi As with Audi’s other electric vehicles, concepts or otherwise, the Q4 E-Tron rides atop Volkswagen Group’s uber-flexible MEB electric vehicle platform. Two electric motors, one at each axle, provide approximately 301 horsepower. It’ll scoot from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds and continue on to an electronically limited 112 miles per hour. Its 82-kWh battery should be good for about 280 miles by European WLTP standards — expect a slightly lower figure by US EPA measurements. The Q4 E-Tron isn’t just a carbon copy of the E-Tron SUV already destined for sale. Its look is a little tighter and more futuristic. The headlights are slimmer, and the whole front end is a bit more aggressive, separating itself from Audi’s current design language, which is better reflected in the production E-Tron. Out back, there’s a slight taper to the roof that gives the Q4 some familial relation to the Q8 that recently launched. Crossover “coupes” are here to stay, folks.Enlarge ImageIf you’re wondering where Audi’s styling is headed next, this is a good idea of what to expect. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow The interior represents an even more dramatic departure from the first E-Tron SUV. Gone is any semblance of connection to current Audi productions. The main infotainment screen flows into a glass-look trim that covers the top of the dashboard. The climate-control screen has been pared down in a big way, resting above a push-button shifter and even more glass. There’s a new steering wheel design in front of a gauge cluster screen, with some properly wild vents flanking it.When it makes its debut in 2020, the Q4 E-Tron will be the fifth production Audi EV. The E-Tron SUV is already on sale, and it’ll be followed by the Q2L, a long-wheelbase electric Q2 for China. After that is a production version of the E-Tron GT four-door “coupe,” and the Q4 E-Tron will debut at the same time. Now, I know what you’re thinking: That’s four cars, not five. Either Audi’s really bad at counting or there’s a surprise yet to be revealed. Either way, 2020 is just around the corner, so we’ll find out soon. 2018 Audi S4: The sweet spot sport sedan More about 2019 Audi E-Tron Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s More From Roadshow Electric Cars Concept Cars SUVs reading • Audi Q4 E-Tron concept brings electric coupe-over style to Geneva Audi Volkswagenlast_img read more

September 9, 2019
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Impacts of Land into Trust on Alaska tribes

first_imgFor the first time, Alaska tribes have the right to ask the federal government to put tribal lands into trust status, just like tribes in the Lower 48. What would this legal designation, known as Indian Country, mean for tribes and for the state? What are the potential benefits and what are the restrictions?Download AudioHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Lloyd Miller, tribal issues attorneyParticipate:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

September 9, 2019
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Ending patterns of abuse

first_img(Graphic courtesy of STAR)For too long Alaska has been near or at the top in the nation for violence against women and sexual assault. Recent harassment and rape allegations against powerful people in Hollywood and in media have elevated the problem. But will that attention help change behavior?Listen HereHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Suzi Pearson – A.W.A.I.C (Abused Women’s Aid In Crisis)Julie Dale – STAR (Standing Together Against Rape)Statewide callers Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

September 5, 2019
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SpiceJet gets approval to raise Rs 5000 crore

first_imgBudget airline SpiceJet on Tuesday said that it has got shareholders’ nod to raise funds worth nearly Rs 5,000 crore.At the company’s 31st annual general meeting, on 28 December, the shareholders also gave their consent to the appointment of promoter Ajay Singh and his wife Shivani Singh as directors, according to a regulatory filing by the company.Also, the shareholders have approved the appointment of R Sasiprabhu as an independent director, PTI reported.India’s second-biggest budget airline by market share was on the verge of collapse late last year, before an ownership change in January this year that saw Ajay Singh acquiring the entire 58.4% stake held by the Marans.Following the infusion of funds by Singh to restructure the loss-making airline, SpiceJet returned to making profits in the January-March quarter this year, earning Rs 22.5 crore. The airline also posted profits in the following two quarters, supported by a fall in fuel prices and increased passenger traffic on its flights. The turnaround has led to over 260% increase in its shares so far this year.SpiceJet recorded a passenger load factor (PLF) of 92% in October and its market share increased to 12.8% in the month. It saw passenger traffic of 8.99 lakh during the month, according to a data from Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).In November, the airline had said that it was in talks with aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus to expand its fleet by more than 150 planes. Currently, the carrier has a fleet of 41 planes and Singh plans to “more than quadruple” it.Led by a turnaround, SpiceJet saw its share prices rise by nearly 300% so far this on the stock exchanges.last_img read more

September 1, 2019
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Humanitarian and Visionary Receives Honorary Degree

first_imgDr. Reneé Allen (Courtesy Photo)Dr. Reneé Allen received a honorary degree from Global Oved Dei Seminary and University in July. She is a humanitarian, visionary and a U.S. Navy veteran, serving as member of the Presidential METU Team at Bethesda Naval Hospital (Walter reed Medical Center). Allen is also passionate about youth leadership and development, she has dedicated more than 36 years to youth advocacy.last_img

August 30, 2019
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Instagram Adds New Features to Direct Messaging

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget September 1, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free A couple of years ago, Instagram launched Instagram Direct, a built-in messaging system that lets users share photos or videos with each other — either one-on-one or in groups of up to 15 people. Now, with over 85 million monthly users, it’s time for Instagram Direct to get an update. That’s finally happening today with a few new features, which include threaded messaging and a way to share Instagram content as Direct messages.Threaded messaging is fairly self-explanatory — instead of having to start a new message every time you want to send a photo or video to someone, you can go ahead and send them right in an existing conversation. You can also now snap a quick response photo in the thread itself and name your messaging groups if you want to differentiate one Direct message group from another.As for the kinds of photos and videos you can send, that previously only included your own content. Now, however, you can also share pretty much anything you see on Instagram — perhaps a funny picture your friend took at a party or a video of cute kitten — as a Direct message. You can do so by tapping a curved arrow (it’s located right next to the heart and comment icons) underneath the Instagram post. This will prompt open a Direct message window. Simply enter in who you want to get the message, hit send, and away you go. On the recipients end, when they see the sent image, they can tap it to view the original post. Aside from individual Instagram posts, you can share hashtag and location pages too.And don’t worry about people sharing any of your private photos — your privacy settings will remain intact. Only those who are permitted to see the image will be able to see it, regardless of who the sender shared it with.So if you’re one of the 85 million people who are into Instagram Direct — or maybe you want to try it out now that you know its new features — the latest Instagram update will be available on both Android and iOS starting today. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min readlast_img read more

August 19, 2019
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Strong holiday bookings for the Caribbean with sellouts

first_img Share Travelweek Group Friday, December 22, 2017 Strong holiday bookings for the Caribbean, with sell-outs MIAMI — Hotels in Caribbean destinations spared by this year’s hurricanes are reporting holiday season occupancies in excess of 90%.More than 70% of the Caribbean was not impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria, notes Frank Comito, CEO and Director General of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).CHTA says it canvassed a number of Caribbean destinations this week to see how they are faring for the holidays and into the first quarter of 2018.The results are encouraging, says Comito, with a surge in holiday bookings, and forward bookings into the first quarter of 2018 that are keeping pace with or surpassing 2017.Several destinations reported that a number of their hotels are anticipating sell-outs over the Christmas and New Year’s period. Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Cancun, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and The Bahamas all reported strong bookings, and Comito says he expects that most of the other destinations which were unaffected by the storms are experiencing similar booking levels.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaTurks and Caicos Islands, which was one of the first hurricane-impacted destinations to rebound, fully recovering and opening within weeks following the storms, is reporting occupancies in excess of 90% over the holidays and strong first quarter bookings.Puerto Rico announced last week that it is open for business, with many of the hotels in the popular coastal stretch in and around San Juan up and running and thousands of restaurants now operating.CHTA is bringing Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the region’s largest B2B marketing event, to Puerto Rico from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2018.Travellers are encouraged to visit www.caribbeantravelupdate.com for information about those destinations and hotels which are welcoming visitors.“Now is a perfect time to visit and support the Caribbean and to see how the resilience of our people offers travelers from around the world an exceptional experience – especially during this winter season and beyond,” he said.center_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Caribbean, Trend Watchlast_img read more

August 15, 2019
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FHFA Shifts Goals to Support LowIncome Borrowers

first_img Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac 2014-09-02 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market September 2, 2014 450 Views Sharecenter_img FHFA Shifts Goals to Support Low-Income Borrowers The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) proposed last week a rule to establish new housing goals for 2015 through 2017 for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.The FHFA is required by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act to establish new housing goals annually for the GSEs, and the current rule expires at the end of 2014.For single-family housing goals for 2015 through 2017, FHFA requests comment on three alternative approaches. The first alternative involves using Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data to calculate both a prospective benchmark level and a retrospective market measure; the second alternative involves setting only benchmark levels; and the third involves setting only the retrospective market level measure.Under the first alternative, prospective benchmarks for the percentage of all single-family purchases would remain at their current levels of 23 percent for low-income families and 7 percent for very low-income families for 2015 through 2017, encouraging the GSEs to promote more “safe and sound lending” to low-income borrowers, according to FHFA.Under the second alternative, single-family benchmark levels would be lower than the levels that have been proposed; and under the third alternative, prospective benchmark levels would not be set.For multifamily housing, a subgoal would be established in an effort to make it easier for low-income families to afford smaller properties (those with five to 50 units).Under the proposed rule, Fannie Mae’s benchmark levels for the number of multifamily housing units will remain at their current levels of 250,000 units for low-income families and at 60,000 for very low-income families through 2017. For Freddie Mac, benchmark levels for low-income families would move upward from the current number of 200,000 units up to 210,000 for 2015; 220,000 for 2016; and 230,000 for 2017.For very low-income families, those levels would increase from their current level of 40,000 up to 43,000 for 2015; 46,000 for 2016; and 60,000 for 2017. The benchmark levels proposed by FHFA would require the GSEs to continue supporting affordable multifamily housing even though  market share in multifamily housing will decrease for the GSEs due to the private sector’s increased participation in multifamily housing.FHFA invites interested parties to comment by October 28, 2014.last_img read more

August 10, 2019
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Paris France – Reported by Elite Traveler the pr

first_imgParis, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe buzz of Paris, with its art galleries, shops, gardens and breathtaking buildings, is a pull for children and adults alike. With this in mind, Mandarin Oriental, Paris has come up with the Mandarin Oriental Family Travel package (from $1,830), which offers one night in a spacious luxury suite with an adjoining child-friendly guest room that comes complete with a popcorn machine, chocolate lollipops, and mini bathrobes and slippers. Plus, there’s a treat for little ones at check-in and daily breakfast for the whole family.To really embrace the Gallic joie de vivre, and a chance for toute la famille to brush up on their French language skills, the hotel’s bespoke J’aime Paris en Famille activity is the perfect add-on ($614 for a family of two adults and two children). This will include a guided trip through the city, taking in the sights and history, and the favorite spots of many Parisians, such as the Tuileries Garden, the Louvre, the River Seine, the Jardin d’Acclimatation (a beautiful park with play areas for children) and the Jardin des Plantes and Ménagerie (a botanical garden and the oldest civil zoological garden in the world, which once housed the royal menagerie).Children will also be entertained with fascinating facts and stories about Paris and will learn about Parisian family life. At the end of the day of exploration it’s back to the hotel to the Cake Shop at the Camélia restaurant, where young ones can sample the goûter, a snack that French children traditionally have at 4pm. Not to be left out, parents can relax with a well-earned glass of champagne.www.mandarinoriental.com/parislast_img read more

August 10, 2019
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NEW YORK — Joe Perry is feeling the love from fans

first_img NEW YORK — Joe Perry is feeling the love from fans after he was hospitalized with breathing problems that began after a guest performance with Billy Joel in New York.The Aerosmith guitarist on Tuesday tweeted: “Doing well, thanks for the love and support.”Perry’s publicists said in a statement that the 68-year-old felt short of breath after the Saturday performance at Madison Square Garden. Paramedics backstage gave Perry oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to the hospital.The statement said Perry is expected to return to the road this month.Perry had joined the 69-year-old Joel on stage for a rendition of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.”The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Nov 14, 2018 10:55 am PDT Aerosmith’s Perry tweets ‘doing well’ after hospitalizationcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

February 28, 2019
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