Judge denies Hawaii’s move to get Airbnb host records

HONOLULU — A judge on Thursday denied Hawaii’s move to compel Airbnb to hand over a decade of vacation rental receipts as the state examines whether hosts have been paying the equivalent of hotel and sales taxes.Hawaii First Circuit Court Judge James Ashford said the state did not sufficiently show that Airbnb users may have failed to comply with tax laws.In addition, the state did not establish that the information wasn’t available from other sources, he said. Hawaii wants the records to find out which hosts have not been paying taxes involving their vacation rental and bed-and-breakfast listings.Many Hawaii vacation rentals are operated illegally, making tax collection more challenging. In Hawaii, the necessary permits for short-term rentals are issued by counties which have varying regulations. Honolulu, the most populous county, has not issued new permits since 1989. It’s estimated to have 800 legal vacation rental and bed-and-breakfast units and about 10 times as many illegal ones.Airbnb has argued the subpoena amounts to an unprecedented, “massive intrusion” into the private data of 16,000 hosts. Subpoenaing the records would violate state and federal law, the company said.Hawaii is the latest state to tangle with Airbnb. In New York City, a U.S. judge last month shelved a city law that would have required home-sharing platforms to reveal hosts’ names and other information.New York City adopted the law so it could crack down on illegal listings and impose fines.In that case, a U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer ruled that forcing home-sharing platforms to reveal a “breathtaking” amount of information about their businesses seemed unconstitutional. He issued a preliminary injunction halting implementation of the law.Hawaii said in court filings that Airbnb acknowledged in the past its hosts have not all paid taxes. It pointed to legislation Airbnb proposed in previous years that would have allowed it to register as a Hawaii tax collection agent to ensure its hosts do pay their taxes. A court filing from Hawaii’s attorney general said such legislation would not be necessary if hosts were tax compliant.But Ashford said he did not see where Airbnb had made such an admission. He told the state to be careful with the language it uses and “do not exaggerate.”He said the state successfully established that some Airbnb hosts might have violated tax laws, but the question was how many.Kristen Sakamoto, state deputy attorney general, told Ashford that not all hosts would need to have violated tax laws for the state to subpoena the records.Jacob Sommer, Airbnb’s attorney, countered that the standard must be higher.“If you’ve going to ask for 16,000 people’s records, I think you’ve got to show that most have violated the law,” he said.Sakamoto told Ashford the state attempted to narrow its subpoena by talking with Airbnb but found the company unco-operative. She said the state did not know how many hosts the company had in Hawaii until last week when Airbnb filed a response to its subpoena request.“It’s a bit unfair that they hold all the information and are unwilling to work with (the state Department of Taxation) in trying to find a subpoena with a scope that would address the issue of identifying the unknown taxpayers,” she said.Hawaii wants to ensure owners pay transient accommodation taxes imposed on rooms or homes rented for less than six months. It also wants to collect the general excise tax — a levy similar to a sales tax — from rental operators.The state needed the court’s permission to serve the subpoena because its investigation targets a group of taxpayers and not specific individuals.The Honolulu City Council and mayor have been unable to agree on more effective regulations despite several attempts over the years.Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press read more

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Annan hails launch of new publication series on UNs intellectual history

“With the publication of this first volume in the United Nations Intellectual History Project, a significant gap in 20th century scholarship begins to be filled,” the Secretary-General said on Thursday evening at the launch of Ahead of the Curve? UN Ideas and Global Challenges. Urging others to emulate the example of the project’s organizers, Mr. Annan expressed hope that the series “will help raise public awareness about the work of the United Nations.” According to its web page, the project aims to analyze the evolution of key concepts about international economic and social development born or nurtured under UN auspices. The motivations behind these ideas as well as their relevance, influence, and impact will be assessed against the backdrop of the socio-economic situations of individual countries, the global economy, and major international developments. The project is supported by the Governments of Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It has also received contributions from the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations as well as the Carnegie Corporation of New York. read more

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More than half of Yemens population now food insecure – UN

The latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis confirms that over half the country’s population is living in ‘emergency’ or ‘crisis’ levels of food insecurity, with some governorates seeing as much as 70 per cent of their population struggling to feed themselves.At least seven million people, a quarter of the population, are living under ‘emergency’ levels of food insecurity, or ‘phase 4’ on the five-tier IPC scale. This reflects a 15-per cent increase since June 2015. Another 7.1 million people are in a state of ‘crisis,’ or ‘phase 3.’“The IPC results clearly show the huge magnitude of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” said Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. “This is one of the worst crises in the world and is continuing to get worse.”Drivers of food insecurityFuel shortages and import restrictions have reduced availability of essential food commodities in the country, which imports some 90 per cent of its staple foods. Food and fuel imports in March 2016 were the lowest since October 2015. Fuel imports satisfied only 12 per cent of the country’s needs.Shortages of seeds and fertilizers have crippled crop production across Yemen, where around 50 per cent of the labour force earns their living from the agriculture sector and related activities.Two cyclones in November 2015, plus flash floods and locust swarms in April 2016 further plagued already struggling communities, limiting their ability to produce and access food. Food distribution in Yemen. Photo: WFP “Ongoing conflict, displacement and limited access to farmland and fishing sites continue to cause significant losses to agriculture and threaten farmers’ livelihoods,” said Salah El Hajj Hassan, Yemen Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), stressing that it is now essential to help communities feed themselves through back-yard farming and small poultry production, among other interventions.“With the fluidity of the situation and until a political solution is in place, we will continue to see an increase in the number of people struggling to feed themselves and their families and further deterioration in food security across Yemen,” said Purnima Kashyap, Country Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), urging parties to ensure unrestricted access for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to affected people. MalnutritionSome three million children under the age of five, and pregnant or nursing women, require services to treat or prevent acute malnutrition, the report said, citing data from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) is at an alarming stage in most of the country’s governorates, reaching levels of 25.1 per cent in Taiz Lowland and 21.7 in Al Hodeidah.The same areas have seen a significant decrease in traditional fishing – by about 75 per cent in Taiz and Al Hodeidah. In other governorates fishing operations have halved compared with 2014.Under these circumstances, both food and agricultural assistance are critical to saving lives and livelihoods across Yemen.“From January to 30 April 2016, about 3.6 million people received emergency food assistance, but the overall response is significantly underfunded,” said Mr. McGoldrick, urging donors to increase humanitarian funding. read more

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Rally at Herrera Beutlers Vancouver office draws crowd

first_imgAcross the nation, Republicans returning home from Congress are facing angry constituents demanding answers on a range of issues from the future of health care to what’s happening at the Environmental Protection Agency.On a rainy Tuesday afternoon, well over a hundred people gathered outside of U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Vancouver office. Some were hoping the congresswoman would emerge and address their questions directly. Others arrived knowing it was unlikely they would see Herrera Beutler.Several people carried a cardboard sign picturing the congresswoman sporting a “Where’s Waldo?” striped shirt and hat with the words, “Where’s Jaime?”Locally, the pressure on Herrera Beutler to host more town hall-style meetings has increased in the past couple of weeks.Herrera Beutler doesn’t have any town halls scheduled during the congressional recess. She has speeches planned in Skamania County on economic development and a handful of meetings, according to her spokeswoman. Last month she hosted a town hall meeting in Vancouver that was punctuated with people interrupting and shouting over the congresswoman.Kathy Funk, 64, of Hockinson, held a sign at the protest reading, “Have you seen Jaime? Please let her know that her constituents miss her and want to meet with her at her earliest convenience. Preferably before the 2018 mid-term election.”last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Aug 22 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowSunday killing marks 2 dozen Anchorage homicides in 2017Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAnchorage police say the city has had its 24th homicide of the year, after a suspicious death Sunday.Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority moves to clear Juneau homeless campJacob Resneck. KTOO – JuneauResidents in a homeless encampment in Juneau are facing a new deadline to vacate a downtown property.Mental Health Trust leaders resign while organization undergoes special auditAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIn the past month, the three top leaders at the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority submitted letters of resignation.New Pebble advisory committee meets indoors, while mine protesters gather outsideDaysha Eaton, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageOn Monday, a new advisory committee on the proposed Pebble Mine met in-person for the first time. It happened while simultaneously a protest against the project was staged in downtown Anchorage.Feds review annual whaling quotas for Alaska Native huntersAssociated PressFederal officials are reviewing annual quotas for 11 Alaska Native villages whose subsistence hunters are authorized to harvest bowhead whales.How oyster milkshakes and teamwork are getting Alaska’s shellfish safely to marketElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThere was an uptick in paralytic shellfish poisoning this summer. But scientists think the future of oyster farming in Alaska still looks bright.Ketchikan floods cause some damage, have fish swimming on roadsLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanIt’s rained enough in Ketchikan the past couple of days that fish are swimming across the road.Scientists look into declining Steller sea lion numbersBerett Wilber, KUCB – UnalaskaScientists have finished another research season without solving the 40-year-old mystery — of the Steller sea lion decline in the Aleutian Islands. But — this summer, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration may have found a new clue.Another mine opens close to the Alaska borderEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauA new gold mine has gone into production near British Columbia’s border with Southeast Alaska, one of several prospects under exploration near creeks or rivers that flow into the region.How could getting rid of for-profit medical insurance save the country money?Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageCongress has so far been unsuccessful in attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. There’s a lot of debate about how to best contain spiraling health care costs and some Americans say it’s time for a national health care plan.last_img read more

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Amit Shah may hoist national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on

first_imgVery high threat perceptionThe Home Minister usually travels by a Border Security Force aircraft and his itinerary is shared with coordinating government agencies at the last moment, including Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) which guards airports in the country. Shah, who also heads BJP as its national President, has a very high threat perception, according to latest intelligence inputs.For Home Minister Amit Shah and his mentor Prime Minister Narendra Modi, unfurling the national Tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar has been a nostalgic event in their political career.In 1992, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, accompanied by Modi, had unfurled the Tricolour at Lal Chowk, despite grave threat from various Pakistan-based terror organisations.Lal Chowk, the main commercial centre in downtown Srinagar, came into significance when India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the national flag here in 1948. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/7:41Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-7:40?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Revocation of Article 370 Amit ShahReutersIn what could be yet another historical move, Union Home Minister Amit Shah might airdash to Srinagar to unfurl the Tricolour at Lal Chowk on Independence Day, August 15.In a closely guarded secret, high-security measures are being ensured for Shah’s Srinagar visit on Thursday.For Home Minister Amit Shah and his mentor Prime Minister Narendra Modi, unfurling the national Tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar has been a nostalgic event in their political career.However, officials at Jammu and Kashmir police headquarters have not yet confirmed Shah’s much-awaited first visit after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two separate Union Territories. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, currently monitoring the situation in the Valley, might also be present at Lal Chowk on Independence Day, sources said.In New Delhi, sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs said Shah’s visit to the Valley is expected, but exact dates cannot be shared with the media at the moment.”It’s a security concern. Amid escalating tension between the two countries (India-Pakistan), the Home Minister’s visit cannot be revealed in advance,” an officer told IANS. People thronged the market places in the Kashmir Valley during the relaxation provided for purchases before Eid-al-Adha also known as Bakr Eid.Reuters | Representationallast_img read more

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As More Texas Women Seek SecondTrimester Abortions State Bans Most Common Type

first_imgMartin Do Nascimento/KUTPlanned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights are suing over Texas’ new ban on dilation and extraction abortions.The state’s new ban on dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion procedures leaves doctors and patients with few options, says one of the state’s few full-time abortion providers.“We know that about 95 percent of abortions in the second trimester are performed using the D&E procedures,” Dr. Bhavik Kumar with Whole Woman’s Health says. “So, the alternatives are not really real alternatives.”State lawmakers outlawed D&Es during the regular legislative session. Two weeks ago, abortion providers filed a lawsuit – landing the state back in court over an abortion restriction.“Ultimately what this is doing is really restricting us to options that are less safe and options that a lot of doctors aren’t trained in,” Kumar says.He says all the second-trimester abortions he performs are done using D&Es. The ban, which hasn’t been enforced yet, will leave his patients in a tough spot.“Obviously, it would be a conversation that I would need to have with my patients,” he says. “We’d have to assess what the options are, be real about what we know and don’t know, and help my patients make the best decisions for them.”Another concern for Kumar is what this means for him as a medical provider, having to perform less common and safe procedures.“It would be difficult to practice substandard medicine out of fear from persecution from the state,” he says.Kumar says if the ban goes into effect there could be a spike in medical complications.The ban comes as women in Texas are having more second-trimester abortions.“What we know in terms of second-trimester abortions in Texas is that there was a big jump … in procedures between 2013 and 2014,” says Dr. Daniel Grossman, an investigator with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project.He says there was a roughly 27 percent increase in second-trimester abortions in 2014. That was the first full year House Bill 2 was in effect. The Supreme Court struck down parts of the sweeping abortion bill last year.When the law went into effect, though, many abortion providers were forced to close in Texas.Grossman says it’s hard to prove a causal link, but the women he spoke to about the clinic closures did provide some insight.“We heard from them about how it took time to even find which clinics were open,” he says. “It took time to get money together to pay for transportation, to find someone who could drive them, to get time off from work, to arrange childcare. And all of those things ended up creating delays. And some women then were pushed even into the second trimester.”Grossman says wait times at the clinics that were still open also got longer. In some cases, he says, wait times were weeks long, which could also push a woman into a second-trimester abortion.The number of second trimester abortions aren’t steadily climbing anymore, but Grossman says the numbers have stayed pretty high.The ban has been a longtime priority for anti-abortion groups in Texas who say the method of abortion is gruesome. Courts have overturned similar attempts by other states to outlaw D&Es. Sharelast_img read more

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This Miniature Ryuk and L from Death Note Slayed Halloween

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeJump Force is a Fighting Game With Favorite Shonen Action Heroes center_img If you thought you saw some totally adorable Halloween costumes this year, you’ve not seen anything yet. A little girl named Momo, a 2-year-old from Kaoisung, Taiwan, wore a costume featuring No Face from Spirited Away just last year. It ended up freaking her classmates out, but since Momo’s awesome and capable of pulling off some hardcore cosplay lewks, she became an internet sensation.それか明日これやってくださいwwwwww去年保育園でカオナシのコスした子が今年はリュークだっていやほんとお母さんのセンスでしょ pic.twitter.com/QMrLvONIGJ— Yuka (@daehyun1004bap) October 28, 2017This year, her Halloween costume stayed once more, though her little sister Miemie got in on the action too, dressing up as Ryuk and L from Death Note. Momo rocked the goth-feathered leather outfit at Ryuk, carrying an apple and her own little miniature version of a Death Note, and Miemie nailed the L “squat” pose, as the two took a photo of their Halloween costumes, which beats out a good portion of cosplay you see plastered online. Seriously, it’s pretty great.Miemie and Momo’s mom even dressed up as L to complete the whole “mini me” illusion, and kids were mostly loving it, but also pretty terrified. As you should be. If you ran into Ryuk in real life, you’d be terrified too. As expected, the internet absolutely loved what they saw, which they very well should have. These kids’ costumes eclipsed even adult cosplays, and absolutely slayed the holiday. And most importantly, they could probably have done a better job re-enacting Death Note than the Netflix live-action film. Don’t @ us on this.What other kids have you seen totally killing the cosplay and costume game this Halloween? The season may have come and gone, but the spirit of awesome anime costumes lives on in all of us. Post your favorite costumes and let us know about some of the best you’ve seen out there. Don’t forget to be creepy!last_img read more

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What exactly can you call homeland

first_imgOne of Britain’s most talked about showcases of contemporary art, Homelands — that explores the relationship between the self and the place in a world of short-lived identities and contested geographies — will tour India from 22 January during the fifth India Art Fair in the Capital.The exhibition will be brought to India by the British Council, partnered by the India Art Fair, Kotak Mahindra and London-based auction house Christie’s, the auction house said Tuesday in a communique. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It will open at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Arts (IGNCA) 22 January. The artworks, collected from British Council’s art repository, throw fresh light on contemporary British art by studying the idea of new Homelands that is made of conflicting histories of alienation, memory, adopted nations and migrations.Curated by Indian art historian Latika Gupta, it will host 80 works of 28 modern and contemporary artists.Of the 28 artists, eight are Turner Prize winners and nominees. They include George Shaw (nominee in 2011), Tim Hetherington was the winner of World Press Photo competition in 2007. Jeremy Deller (winner in 2004), Langlands and Bell (nominee in 2004), Grayson Perry (winner in 2003), Cornelia Parker (nominee in 1997), Gillian Wearing (winner in 1997), Mona Hatoum (nominee in 1995), Richard Long (winner in 1989). Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHomelands will roll out a multi-layered programme to include public exhibitions in four major metros — artist talks, seminars, curator-led walks, outreach activities and workshops.The outreach programme will allow local partnerships by encouraging dialogue and collaboration between Indian and Britain institutions.Explaining the essence of the exhibition, curator Latika Gupta said: ‘Today, many of us move across national boundaries. We are born in one country, we make another our home. In the criss-crossing of political, social and cultural borders, we live our lives through hyphenated identities belonging here and there; inhabiting multiple places — both physical and metaphorical. ‘Geographies that can be mapped as international boundaries and as places conjured through remembering and imagining,’ she said. Gupta said the art works will try to question issues about ‘what constitutes a homeland’.‘Is it ethnicity, language, religion, customs and beliefs. Are homelands those in which our ancestors were born? What of outsiders who live and make other lands their homes? Where do we really belong? Where is it that we hope to one day return?’ Gupta asked. According to Gupta, the project was ‘exciting because it would introduce 28 emerging British artists to India and connect to tens of thousands of people, especially young people with the best contemporary art’.A spokesperson for British Council said the exhibition demonstrated the inter-cultural connection and the value of international collaboration with an Indian curator. It asks about the identity crisis that for so many of us that constitutes modern life, director of British Council-India, Rob Lynes said.last_img read more

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Reexploring cultural heritage

first_imgThe Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presented the 59th edition of the spectacular “Ramlila” which is a beautiful amalgamation of reality and idealism. It is about magnificent costumes, masterful lighting, perfect choreography and music. The Ramlila was inaugurated by Kathak Samrat Pandit Birju Maharaj (Padma Vibhushan) on Tuesday.Shobha Deepak Singh’s in-depth, meticulous research on the Ramayan stands reflected in the ‘Ramlila’, which portrays familiar and endearing incidents from the epic Ramayana including the banvas of the revered ‘Ram’, Sita’s unwavering love and faith in the face of several personal predicaments, Ravana’s crafty strategies, Ram’s unquestioning obedience to his father, his graceful acceptance and addressing of adversities of daily existence, his ability to transcend barriers of caste and creed through acceptance of Shabri’s fruits and Hanuman’s gigantic effort in getting the Sanjivani booti.Shobha Deepak Singh said, “As in previous years, this year’s show is also thoroughly researched. The performance has grown in production value such as charisma and authenticity of the costumes, choreography, music, lights and sets. The show is therefore endearing. In Sita’s portrayal there is power to the woman, in her graceful coming in to her own, in the face of trials and tribulations. There is a change in the cast of the lead characters. Also there are new dancers, playing some of the lead roles for the first time.”Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s “Ramlila” has enjoyed the presence of eminent individuals in the audience including Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Late Zail Singh, Late Indira Gandhi, Late Dr Radhakrishnan, Late Lal Bahadur Shastri, Atal Behari Vajpayee, Late Rajiv Gandhi, Late Fakruddin Ali Ahmed, Late Dr. Zakir Hussain, Shri Sanjiva Reddy and several others.Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s 59th edition of “Ramlila” urges self reflection, guiding aspirations, to embrace and integrate the order of existence with a relevant, modern perspective.last_img read more

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Sarah Jessica Parker speaks after Kim Cattralls social media slam

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall in Sex and the City 2 | Photo: Sex and the City 2 Talk of a decades-old feud between the pair was initially reignited last year. This followed Kim saying she would not be joining Sarah and their Sex and the City costars Kristen Davis and Cynthia Nixon for a third movie version of the hit show.When Sarah Jessica reached out publicly following the death of Kim’s sister, Kim replied ‘You are not my friend.’Sarah Jessica Parker wants Ellen DeGeneres to play Samantha in Sex and the City 3She furthermore added: ‘I’m writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your “nice girl” persona.’Speaking about the situation, Sarah said: ‘She needed to say what she needed to say, and that is her privilege.’‘I never responded to the conversation Kim had with Piers Morgan’She added: ‘I never talked about it, except [to say] that some of us were disappointed [about the movie not happening].’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Speaking to People she furthermore continued: ‘I never responded to the conversation Kim had with Piers Morgan [on ITV show Piers Morgan’s Life Stories], where she said things that were really hurtful about me. We had this experience and it was amazing, and nothing will ever be like it.’Andy Cohen weighs in on Kim Cattrall’s feud with Sarah Jessica ParkerShe also said: ‘We had a connection with an audience. And we had a connection with the city and with this crew. And we got to tell these crazy stories with each other. So I don’t want to mess with that. I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing that part.’The star added that reports of a ‘fight’ between herself and Cattrall were ‘completely fabricated, because I actually never responded.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Sarah Jessica Parker has responded after she was blasted by Kim Cattrall on Instagram for offering condolences following the death of Kim’s brother. GAYSTARNEWS- Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sarah-jessica-parker-responds-kim-cattralls-social-media-slam/last_img read more

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Regulators Close Down Illinois Bank

first_imgRegulators Close Down Illinois Bank in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Share Only a week after the latest collapse, federal regulators announced the closure of yet another government-insured bank, bringing the year-to-date tally to 16.The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced Friday the shuttering of the National Republic Bank of Chicago, appointing FDIC as receiver.As of the end of Q2, National Republic Bank had approximately $915.3 million in total deposits and $954.4 million in assets. To protect depositors, FDIC arranged a purchase and assumption agreement with the Dallas-based State Bank of Texas, which has taken on all of National Republic Bank’s deposits and nearly two-thirds of its assets. FDIC will retain the remaining assets for disposition in the future.The shutdown comes months after the agency ordered the bank to dismiss both its chairman/CEO and president as it slipped into an undercapitalized position. OCC also directed National Republic Bank to cooperate with regulators and make preparations to minimize the hit to FDIC’s insurance fund in the event of its closure.FDIC estimates the cost of the collapse to its Deposit Insurance Fund will be $111.6 million.National Republic Bank marks Illinois’ fifth bank failure so far this year, making the state by far the most active. Three of those closings were in the Chicago area, including the last one in July.center_img Bank Failure FDIC OCC 2014-10-27 Tory Barringer October 27, 2014 450 Views last_img read more

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Tech Veteran Joins LenderLive as CIO

first_img in Headlines, News, Technology January 6, 2015 474 Views Tech Veteran Joins LenderLive as CIO Sharecenter_img LenderLive Network Movers & Shakers 2015-01-06 Tory Barringer LenderLive Network, an end-to-end mortgage services provider with headquarters in Denver, announced the hiring of Lorie Helms as chief information officer (CIO).A seasoned technology management veteran, Helms brings more than 17 years of experience to her new post at LenderLive. Before joining the company, she served as chief technology officer for Stewart Lender Services, where her responsibilities included oversight of application development, reporting and analytics, project management, deal implementation, infrastructure, and the firm’s help desk.Prior to that, she worked as VP of information development at Avelo Mortgage and as director of development at Optum, Inc.For her work in information and technology, Helms was named as a finalist for the Denver Business Journal’s 2013 CIO of the Year Award.At LenderLive, she will take charge in leading and managing the company’s IT infrastructure, network, and data security. She will also provide oversight for corporate and divisional application development.”Because technology is the backbone of everything LenderLive does, it is essential that our platform remains robust, secure and state-of-the-art,” said LenderLive CEO Rick Seehausen. “Lorie’s experience will enable us to enhance our IT architecture, infrastructure and security—improving processes, productivity and the client experience.”last_img read more

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July 09 2019

first_imgJuly 09 , 2019 Although SanLucar is anticipating a successful 2018-19 campaign, with 9% forecast sales growth to about 440 million euros (about US$490 million) in sales, the multinational fruit company has decided to overhaul its organizational system.It has announced that it will be eliminating the company’s CEO position for the short- and medium-term. As a result, Michael Brinkmann, who formerly held the role, has left the corporation.Meanwhile, the two founders of SanLucar, Stephan Rötzer and Jorge Peris, will take over management again.With this change, the company says it hopes to concentrate even more on its operations, setting the course for the future.”From field to fork, our priority is to successfully perform all our value chain activities”, says Stephan Rötzer, founder and owner of the company.”That is why we have opted for a structure, in which the best experts in each part of the value chain lead the decision-making process.”He explains that this process starts with the selection of varieties, cultivation and logistics. From there, it progresses to presentation and advice at the point of sale. China imports record banana volume … You might also be interested in SanLucar to expand its specialists’ rolesBy relying on its own specialists, the company believes it’ll be able to provide superior-quality fresh fruit and vegetables.“These experts are already in our management team. And we want to expand their responsibilities to drive our continued growth”, comments Rötzer.“Thanks to their know-how in their respective areas of expertise, we will continue working to differentiate the SanLucar brand in the global fruit and vegetable market”.Though the company is moving forward in a new direction, it has voiced its gratitude for its former CEO.Rötzer says: “We are very grateful to Michael Brinkmann for his dedication and commitment over all these years.”Michael Brinkmann has made a very important contribution to the current structure and also to the positive development of the last years.”He emphasizes the reason for the company’s major revision. “We are convinced that the clear focus on operations will help us to continue to be innovative at all levels.”center_img NZ: T&G Global’s profits drop despite revenue … Agricenter S.R.L. named exclusive distributor of S … Police uncover huge Italian ‘kiwigate’ scandal … last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterIn celebration of its partnership with chic French dining phenomenon Diner en Blanc, Marriott International has introduced a new cocktail and dining series across its Sydney properties, inspired by the event’s French heritage and exclusive all-white theme.The chefs and bartenders at Marriott International’s five city properties – Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay, The Westin Sydney, Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park, and Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection – have created their very own Diner en Blanc-inspired menus, available from today in the lead-up to the white pop-up picnic, taking place on 17 November.Scallops and pork – Four Points by Sheraton Sydney Central Park“We are absolutely delighted to announce that Marriott International is the official 2018 hotel partner for Diner en Blanc in Sydney, and thrilled to present a new menu in celebration of, and inspired by, the event’s French culture and striking white aesthetic,” said Florencia Aimo, Area Director of Marketing, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Marriott International.The White Burger – Pier One Sydney Harbour Autograph Collection“Marriott International shares Diner en Blanc’s passion for extraordinary events and exceptional cuisine, and we saw this partnership as a natural extension of our food and beverage offering here in Sydney. At Marriott we appreciate how closely food and travel are entwined, and our focus is on expanding and enhancing our dining venues by working with local profiles, events and suppliers to present fresh and engaging experiences to our guests.”The Picnic in the Park – Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde ParkThe new Diner en Blanc cocktails will be available at Sydney hotels until 26 January 2019 and are designed to invoke thoughts of springtime picnics in the French countryside. Each hotel has its own guest Diner en Blanc cocktail, incorporating a signature French infusion of flavours like Lillet Blanc, Cointreau or St. Germain Elderflower eau-de-vie.Marriott International’s all-white dining menu joins the cocktail menu for a limited period, and will be available across the city until 30 November 2018.Lemon Drop by Pier One Sydney Harbour Autograph CollectionFor attendees wanting to stay at one of Marriott International’s Sydney properties following Diner en Blanc, there is also an exclusive overnight package starting from $280.Diner en Blanc has become a cultural icon since its inception 30 years ago in Paris, when founder François Pasquier invited a group of friends to an elegant picnic, asking them to dress in white. Since that first dinner, the event has grown to more than 70 cities worldwide.Participation in the Diner en Blanc event is either by personal referral or wait-list invitation only, and its exclusivity draws crowds of some 20,000 in Sydney each year. The event location changes annually, and is a closely guarded secret, to be revealed only as attendees in white descend for the city’s most anticipated and stylish pop-up picnic.For more information regarding Marriott’s Diner en Blanc cocktail and dining collection, or to book a stay, visit www.meeteatdrink.com.au/whats-on.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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first_img Rebecca Eaton, left, Kelly Macdonald and Benedict Cumberbatch (via satellite) participate in the “The Child in Time” panel during the PBS Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Benedict Cumberbatch returning as Sherlock? It’s a mystery by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2018 4:53 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2018 at 5:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img PASADENA, Calif. – Benedict Cumberbatch had a ready answer when asked when he might star in another “Sherlock” on PBS.“Goodbye,” he said, pleasantly, as he darted out of camera range during a satellite Q&A Wednesday.Cumberbatch was speaking to TV critics from London about a very different drama he stars in and produced, “The Child in Time.” The TV movie, based on Ian McEwan’s novel about a couple whose child is kidnapped, co-stars Kelly Macdonald and debuts April 1 on public television stations.Macdonald, who had flown in from her native Glasgow, Scotland, to promote the TV film, said she’d confessed to Cumberbatch that she was “a huge” fan of his modern-day Sherlock.She’s got her own connection with the fictional British sleuth: Macdonald plays Sherlock’s housekeeper, Mrs. Hughes, opposite Will Ferrell’s detective and John C. Reilly’s Dr. Watson in the big-screen comedy “Holmes and Watson,” set for release later this year.Cumberbatch was asked about how he manages a busy work schedule that includes the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War” and launching a production company.“Don’t worry, don’t worry,” he replied. “Worry’s like trying to get someone on a rocking horse. It’s a bit silly. “last_img read more

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to be held in custody the statement added The case involved promissory notes that claimed receivables worth tens of millions of euros from Markiza TV a top channel in Slovakia Rusko who was economy minister in 2003-2005 was also head and co-owner of Markiza in 1995-2000 before Nasdaq-listed CME took control of the station Rusko confirmed the charges to reporters "I have categorically rejected all charges and explained my position and arguments" he said in a video clip posted on news website http://s.wwwsmesk Kocner’s lawyer Martin Pohovej said that Kocner had filed an official complaint against the charges news website wwwwdenniknsk reported A court decision earlier this year ordered Markiza to pay Kocner 83 million euros ($97 million) in a case concerning the notes Markiza which has long alleged that the notes claiming a total of nearly 70 million euros were fraudulent has said it would appeal the decision (Reporting by Jan Lopatka; editing by David Stamp) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Melbourne:A ruthless Rafa Nadal preserved his creaky knees for tougher tests down the road by routing Dominican journeyman Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1 6-1 6-1 to sail into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday Playing his first competitive match since pulling out of the ATP Tour Finals with knee trouble in November the WorldNo 1 showed no signs of early season rust as he tore through the evening match at Rod Laver Arena in one hour and 34 minutes Rafael Nadal waves to the crowd after defeating Victor Estrella Burgos AP "Happy for the start of course" Nadal who lost last year’s final in a five-set classic to Roger Federer told reporters "It’s a positive start with a good result If I go months without playing an official match it’s always a little bit more difficult "But I started with positive feelings That’s the most important thing for me now Of course there are things to improve "But the thing that I need to improve the matches will give me those things no Victories are the most important thing now" Victory never appeared in doubt against 37-year-old Estrella Burgos who was thrilled just to win three games against the energetic Spaniard Nadal mowed through the first set in 23 minutes and appeared determined to keep the points short as he charged forward to win 21 of 24 points at the net The 31-year-old raised three match points with a huge serve and completed the rout with another that Estrella Burgos could only send long in return The 2009 champion’s bid for a second Australian Open title and 17th grand slam win will continue with a step up in class against 52nd-ranked Argentine Leonardo Mayer who gave him a four-set test in the US Open second round on the way to winning the trophy Having warmly embraced Estrella Burgos after sealing the one-sided win Nadal said he could not afford to underestimate any opponent "I believe that the doubts are good because when you have doubts it’s because you aren’t too arrogant because you have respect for your opponent because you have respect for the game and because you don’t consider yourself unbelievably good" he said said the death of a child is the saddest thing. (Additional reporting and writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Leslie Adler) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.Credit: Facebook The ink reads: "Jamie Blake, Breckenridge Brewery is one of the larger craft brands InBev has acquired.

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CDC’s parent agency said in a press release issued today announcing the appointment Redfield co-founded the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology (IHV) in Baltimore Maryland which opened its doors in 1996 His most recent work has focused on helping improve HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts in both Baltimore and several sub-Saharan African countries (through funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) He previously spent 20 years in the US Army’s Medical Corps heading its department of retroviral research Although Redfield is a respected researcher he has drawn criticism for his support decades ago for mandatory HIV testing of military recruits (and a plan to bar anyone who tested positive) as well as his role in a controversial clinical trial of an AIDS treatment that took place in the 1990s Earlier this week Senator Patty Murray (WA) the top Democrat on the Senate health committee wrote to President Donald Trump to express her “concern” about Redfield “given his lack of public health credentials and history of controversial positions regarding the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS” Reaction to the pick has been mixed Redfield is an “outstanding choice” to head CDC says James Curran who headed CDC’s HIV/AIDS program in the early years of the epidemic and now is dean of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta “It’s nice to have someone competent and committed to HIV/AIDS” says Curran who stresses that a prime requirement for the CDC job is to respond to infectious diseases “Most of the bad things he was associated with were quite a while ago and unlike some of the people involved with AIDS in the beginning he’s been really really committed for a long period of time” He has a controversial past but whether that means he has a controversial future at CDC is hard to tell Gregg Gonsalves Yale Law School Robert Gallo another co-founder of IHV and the co-discoverer of HIV described Redfield as the “ideal candidate” noting that he’s “a dedicated and compassionate physician who truly cares about his patients” and “consistently demonstrates strong public health instincts that are grounded in science and clinical medicine” But many people in the public health community and within CDC had hoped that the job would go to Anne Schuchat a career CDC employee who has been serving as the acting director since Brenda Fitzgerald resigned in January after reports that she invested in tobacco companies Curran notes that with few exceptions the director has always come from the outside “It’s very important that the administration and [HHS] have its own person" Curran says Sharp criticisms of Redfield have been circulating ever since Politico first reported on 16 March that the Trump administration would likely tap the researcher for the job In her 19 March letter to Trump Murray recounted how Redfield was investigated in 1993 by the Army for allegedly misrepresenting data from a trial of an experimental AIDS vaccine meant to treat infected people Redfield had claimed supposedly promising results from a small clinical trial of the vaccine which at the time was at the center of a high-powered congressional lobbying campaign first revealed by Science that attempted to side-step peer review and fund its expanded testing The investigation cleared Redfield of scientific misconduct though it did criticize him for his “close relationship” with a group called Americans for a Sound AIDS/HIV Policy (ASAP) that was founded by evangelical Christians Sean Strub founder of POZ magazine (written for HIV-positive people) recently lambasted the idea of Redfield heading CDC in a blog post referring to ASAP’s leaders as “ultra-right conservative anti-gay activists” Peter Lurie who heads the Washington DC–based Center for Science in the Public Interest said the appointment would be “disastrous” asserting that Redfield was “a sloppy scientist” and had “supported a variety of policies related to HIV/AIDS that are anathema to the great majority of public health professionals” including quarantining HIV-positive individuals in the military Epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves of Yale Law School who was a leading AIDS activist in the early 1990s remains concerned that Redfield is on the board of an organization that grew out of ASAP the Children’s AIDS Fund International “He needs to clarify where he stands with regard to their thinking” Gonsalves says But he’s open to the idea that Redfield’s views have changed and is glad to see someone leading CDC who understands “the fault lines and politics” of infectious disease outbreaks and epidemics “I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt” Gonsalves says “He has a controversial past but whether that means he has a controversial future at CDC is hard to tell” Redfield did not respond to a request for comment His appointment does not require Senate confirmation and he could quickly be sworn in for the jobA bomb blast in a Cairo suburb wounded five people – the second attack this week after a suicide bomber killed 16 people north of the capital on Tuesday Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who led the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi in July said Egypt would be "steadfast" in the face of terrorismIn Washington US Secretary of State John Kerry called Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy and "expressed concern" about the terrorist designation of the Muslim Brotherhood and recent detentions and arrests in Egypt State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki saidKerry condemned the bomb attacks but "underscored the need for an inclusive political process across the political spectrum that respects the fundamental human rights of all Egyptians in order to achieve political stability and democratic change" Psaki saidThe Cairo bomb which blew windows out of a bus appeared to be the first aimed at civilians in a recent wave of attacks But there was no claim of responsibility to say what had been targeted A second device found nearby was defusedThe government declared Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group on Wednesday in response to the suicide attack that targeted a police station a day earlier in the city of Mansoura It accused the group of carrying out the bombing which the Brotherhood condemnedThe move gives the authorities wider scope to crack down on the movement that propelled Mursi to the presidency 18 months ago but has been driven underground since the army deposed him following mass protests against Brotherhood ruleNearly three years after President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a historic uprising Egypt stands more dangerously divided than at any point in its modern history with militant attacks shootings and arrests undermining hopes for democracyTensions spilled into the streets of Cairo late on Thursday when student supporters of the Brotherhood clashed with residents of an area where they were demonstrating the Interior Ministry said Birdshot gunfire was exchanged and one person died before police fired tear gas into the crowd to disperse protesters the ministry said in a statement that did not identify the person US not considering blacklisting BrotherhoodA US official said the Egyptian government was going "way too far" in the crackdown on the Brotherhood but added that the Obama administration was not planning to take any action against Cairo in responseThe US official said that the administration of President Barack Obama was not considering or even discussing the possibility of the US government designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organizationHistorically the US has placed the names of some individuals associated with the Muslim Brotherhood on US government sanctions list but has not imposed sanctions on the movement itselfThe United States decided in October to withhold some of its annual $13 billion in military aid to Egypt pending progress towards democracy after the overthrow of Mursi the country’s first freely elected head of stateThe state news agency reported that 16 of the people arrested under the terror law were accused of "promoting the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood group distributing its leaflets and inciting violence against the army and police"Security sources gave a country-wide total of at least 38 Brotherhood supporters arrested for belonging to a terrorist groupFrom now on anyone taking part in Brotherhood protests will be jailed for five years Interior Ministry spokesman Hany Abdel Latif told state TV Jail terms for those accused under the terror law stretch up to life imprisonment "The sentence could be death for those who lead this organization" he saidTerrorism charges will also apply to anyone who finances or promotes the group "verbally and in writing" Publication of the Brotherhood’s newspaper Freedom and Justice was halted in response to the decisionThe state has accused the Brotherhood of turning to violence since the army toppled Mursi Attacks on the security forces have become commonplace with about 350 soldiers and policemen killedThe Brotherhood denies using violence saying the army has mounted a bloody coup and killed hundreds of its supportersThe government says it will stick to its political transition plan that has timetabled a referendum on a new constitution for mid-January after which elections will followSisi is widely tipped to win a presidential election expected next year assuming he runsForecasts more conflictSome analysts believe the nation of 85 million people faces a protracted period of Islamist militancy with attacks spreading beyond the restive Sinai Peninsula the scene of the worst violence against the security forces to dateThe government has yet to make public any evidence to back up the charge that the Brotherhood staged the Mansoura suicide attack The public prosecutor’s office which is investigating the bombing said there would be no comment until its investigation was completeResponsibility for the attack was claimed by the Sinai-based radical Islamist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has taken responsibility for several other major bombings including a failed attempt to kill the interior minister in SeptemberThe state news agency reported that the security forces had thwarted an attempt to set off a bomb outside a police compound in Kafr el-Sheikh provinceThe Interior Ministry said it will secure polling stations for next month’s referendum by deploying secret police combat units and explosives experts according to a statementIt said it would boost security at churches before January 7 when Coptic Christians who make up about a tenth of the population celebrate ChristmasThe Interior Ministry has opened three telephone lines for citizens to report suspected terrorist activities including those by the Brotherhood an official saidThe Brotherhood’s Islamist allies responded defiantly to the cabinet decision vowing to continue protests"The putschists are a terrorist organization The Brotherhood are peaceful patriots" they said in a statementIn the weeks after Mursi’s removal the security forces killed hundreds of his supporters while dispersing their protest camps and arrested thousands more including most of the Brotherhood’s top leadershipState prosecutors last week ordered Mursi and others to stand trial on charges including terrorism and conspiring against Egypt They could face the death penalty(Additional reporting by Yasmine Saleh in Cairo and Mark Hosenball in Washington; Editing by Mark Trevelyan and Ken Wills)The president of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor has filed a suit against Lagos State Governor Mr Babatunde Fashola over alleged plans to demolition his church branch He said state government had the intention of demolishing Word of Life Bible Church situated in Plot 21E Abdulrahman Okene Close off Ligali Ayorinde Street Victoria Island Annex Joined as co-defendants in the suit are the state’s Attorney General Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Lagos state Building Control Agency Lagos State Physical Planning permit Authority and Lagos State Task force on Environmental Sanitation In the suit instituted before Justice Deborah Oluwayemi of a Lagos High Court Tafawa Balewa Square the Incorporated Trustees of Word of Life Bible Church prayed the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the state government from demolishing destroying dispossessing or forcibly ejecting the church from the property The church averred that after applying for building plan approval from the respondents and it was not forth coming within the regular period the claimants through Pastor Orisejafor made due enquires wrote several letters and held meetings with the former and present governors Bola Tinubu and Fashola respectively The claimant argued that in March last year it received a letter from the defendants directing them to submit some certain documents to facilitate the process of the approval of 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