A SECOND MAN has been charged this evening in connection with the discovery of €1 million worth of cannabis plants in Tralee, Co Kerry, earlier this week.On Monday, gardaí seized over 1,000 plants with a street value in excess of €1 million following planned searches in Clash, Tralee. Two men were arrested at the scene and one man in his late 20s was charged the following day.The second man, a 29-year-old, will appear at Dingle District Court tomorrow at 10.30am in connection with the seizure.Related: Court appearance for man over drugs seizure>Read: Man jumps from roof to escape as gardaí uncover cannabis operation>
Zynga s’offre l’éditeur OMGPOPDans sa stratégie d’émancipation vis-à-vis de Facebook, l’éditeur de jeux sociaux a acquis l’étonnant OMGPOP, qui cartonne en ce moment avec le jeu Draw Something.Zynga n’est pas resté insensible au succès de Draw Something, une sorte de Pictionary interactif de l’éditeur OMGPOP. Le créateur des fameux Angry Birds aurait ainsi mis 210 millions de dollars pour racheter ce nouveau venu dans la hiérarchie des jeux sociaux, idéal pour ne plus faire cavalier seul dans son entreprise d’émancipation vis-à-vis de Facebook, explique IT Espresso. Il faut dire qu’en un mois et demi, Draw Something a séduit plus de 35 millions d’utilisateurs, dont 15 millions qui ont téléchargé les clients mobiles pour iOS et Android, versions gratuite et payante confondues.Résultat, Draw Something a relégué des valeurs sûres du secteurs tels que CityVille et CastleVille ou encore Words With Friends, dont l’éditeur est un certain… Zynga ! Zynga s’est donc offert un joli cadeau qui lui permet d’étoffer son portefeuille de services, via notamment l’ajout d’une plateforme destinée aux développeurs, pour la création de nouveaux jeux. Reste que selon nombre d’analystes, OMGPOP aurait pu très bien se débrouiller seul et tirer de substantiels bénéfices de son jeu, notamment en terme de produits dérivés. Le 24 mars 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHands-On: ‘Sparklite’ Is a Fun Zelda-Inspired Roguelike When’s the last time Rare made a video game? If you don’t know about the British developer’s illustrious 30-year legacy, track down the excellent historical compilation Rare Replay and check out classics like Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Piñata, Perfect Dark, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. But ever since jumping ship from Nintendo to Microsoft, the studio has seen somewhat of a decline. The house the Stamper Brothers built has been trapped in Kinect Hell while other teams managed to spin their questionable fighting game Killer Instinct into actual gold (even while featuring questionable Rare characters like the Battletoads).From any studio, Sea of Thieves would seem ambitious. It’s an open world online adventure about plundering and socializing out on the ocean with your pirate friends. But as the most substantial game Rare has put out in years, the stakes are that much higher. Fortunately, after a lengthy play session with the upcoming Xbox/PC game at a recent Microsoft event, I think Rare knew this was the time to prove what they are still capable of.With little more than the wind at our backs and a handful of vague treasure maps, me and three others set sail for some general piracy. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag breathed new life into that series with its liberating pirate mechanics, so much so that Ubisoft is basically spinning it off into its own game next year with Skull and Bones. And Sea of Thieves can’t help but feel somewhat familiar if you’ve played those games, or even the similarly stylized The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, due to the shared nautical subject matter.However, what struck me most about Sea of Thieves was how it eschews crafted content like scripted set pieces content in favor of the emergent joy that can come from a handful of lunatics together on a boat. It’s very anti-AAA. The game purposefully has a more cartoony look to allow for wackier antics that might seem off-putting if done more realistically. It’s pretty much an immersive sim like Deus Ex or System Shock but with a more spread out world and the added multiplayer elements.For example, before even raising the anchor or angling the sails, we spent a few minutes playing our instruments and drinking so much we couldn’t walk straight. Rare has always had a cheeky English sense of humor, and that tone fits so well with pirates that it makes you wonder why it took them so long to get here (outside King K. Rool in Donkey Kong Country or the abandoned Project Dream).But eventually we decided we should actually go out and get some treasure. Sea of Thieves gives you maps, but rarely are the maps detailed enough to point you exactly where you need to go. Like honest no-good pirates, you have to rely on your compass and your crew, calling out what direction to go in and when to avoid incoming obstacles. Port! Starboard! Storm up ahead! Don’t crash into that rock!This focus on true navigation continued once we got to an island, or rather, shot ourselves out of our cannon onto an island. We knew generally where treasure was, but to find the right spot to start digging, we needed to pay attention to landmarks or follows specific clues like “walk seven paces from the mournful turtle.” Meanwhile, enemy skeletons would rise out of the ground for us to fend off with swords or guns that kind of sucked but in a way that felt appropriate.Skeletons aren’t the only foes to worry about though. Once we loaded our ship with treasure and headed toward the nearest port to cash in, a rival boat full of other real players started tailing us. We frantically fought back, some of us angling the ship in the right direction, others loading and shooting and cannonballs. Some of us even patched up holes in the hull while scooping up excess water with a bucket and shoving scurvy-fighting bananas in our mouths for health.Once the ships got closer things got even more out of control. Enemies boarded our ship and vice versa. If you die, you enter Davy Jones’s locker for a little bit before returning to the frenzy. I learned this after one enemy got the jump on me during the big fight because I prematurely started playing my victory accordion. And if your ship sinks, you’re thrown into the ocean full of hungry sharks until you find a friendly mermaid who gives you a new vessel.Fortunately, for us it didn’t come to that. The other ship’s captain ran off with our most valuable treasure. But that chest was also cursed and simulated the effects of drunkenness as long as anyone held it. Wobbling, he fell off the side into the water and I jumped in after him. A wasted sitting duck, he was no match for my pistol. At this point, we were at the beach of the port island, so I grabbed the treasure and woozily swam toward the merchant to finally reap the reward.It was an awesome unexpected sequence that came about solely from us as players interacting with the game’s presented systems. Sea of Thieves does have crafted content. The three treasure maps we completed made up a voyage quest. But Rare really just wants to provide players with new and evolving ways to stumble into their own pirate adventures. The emphasis on socializing should also make the game a great fit for the faster, more social, more customizable dashboard I checked out coming to Xbox in time for the Xbox One X launch this holiday.If this 90-minute play sessions was any indication, Sea of Thieves is shaping up to be a delightful watery sandbox as well as a welcome return to form from a beloved developer. As someone who typically plays games alone, I don’t expect its charms to hold up as well for me if I play with strangers online as opposed to helpful guiding developers. But if you want to hang out with friends on the virtual high seas, keep your non-eyepatch eye out for Sea of Thieves coming to Xbox One and PC in early 2018.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A man was arrested last Monday after molesting a young girl and prosecutors are worried there may be other victims.A girl came forward and said she was molested by a medical assistant when she was under 11 years old.Her mother filed a police report on Oct. 17, telling police the attacks took place when her daughter was between the ages of 8 and 11 years old.Police began investigating the situation and arrested Mauricio Bautista, a former medical assistant at the Endocrinology Medical Service.Investigators said Bautista admitted to the crimes and currently faces charges.There is a fear that there may be more victims, said Doral Police Capt. Carlos Arango. “If there are any other victims out here from this individual who went through the same experience, they can step up,” said Arango. “You can come to our office. This is all done in private. This is all done very discretely. We hope that nobody went through this experience.”As police believe there may be other victims, they ask anyone who may have had a similar experience with Bautista to contact the Doral Police Department at (305) 593-6699.
http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Animal-Industry/Consumer-Resources/Reportable-Animal-Diseases/New-World-ScrewwormCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Surveillance is also being used to check vehicles traveling north from the Keys to the mainlands. “Now we have opened up a second front in this war where we are actively engaged in surveillance and sterile fly release here in the Homestead area,” Putnam said.Over 100 Key deer have been killed due to screwworms near Big Pine Key since late September.The swift deaths gained the attention of local, state and federal officials who then began to fight the spread aggressively.This brings on a new fear for pet owners in the area considering that the New World screwworm flies lay their eggs in the wounds of warm blooded animals before feeding on their flesh. The larvae can kill the host animal in a matter of days.As Putnam mentioned during a press conference, the invasive screwworm can impact South Florida wildlife, including the Florida panther, which lives in the Everglades.Officials are warning pet owners to be on the lookout for any suspicious wounds to prevent the fatal infestation.For more information on screwworms and the eradication process, follow this link: HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida agricultural officials addressed the public, Thursday, after a dog was found in Homestead with screwworms.According to the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam, the stray dog was found with screwworms in Homestead in December. The dog was found with open wounds.“The New World screwworm is a significant threat not only to Florida’s agricultural livestock economy but to our precious wildlife resources and potentially to pets,” said Putnam.This is the first time in 50 years that this fly larva has made its way to mainland Florida. Previously, the screwworm was only found in the Florida Keys. “Flies in general come in by the thousands, and you have a whole bunch of livestock here in Florida. A lot meat markets can be affected as well as the economy itself,” said Quinton Glenn, manager of Everglades Outpost Inc.The Florida Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture set up a temporary headquarters in nearby Florida City to fight screwworms in the area. Officials added that they discovered a male fly in the Homestead area.In order to eradicate the dangerous flies, a sterile group of 300,000 flies were released within a 10 mile radius. The method, which costs nearly a half million dollars per month, has been proven to break the life cycle of the screwworm.Another release is planned for Friday.
There was a time when page flipping digital editions were all the rage. I remember getting my first look at one of these content carriers while I was in my graduate studies at the University of Colorado. It felt cool and comfortable. I loved that animations and video were built in to make the content come to life. Furthermore, the UI was intuitive because it spoke to something I already understood, turning a page.Today, page flipping technology still has relevance and many of our clients here at Nxtbook Media continue to use it to drive their brands and content forward. Additionally, we’ve been able to enhance our page turning platform to a customization level that makes it suitable for many types of content. Through enhancements from our design team and custom development solutions, we now work on catalogs, journals, education materials, publications, and marketing collateral, among other pieces. Here you will find an example of our page turning solution for a nationally recognized construction company. The platform, as you see, helps to tell a directed brand story that is difficult to replicate through a website.In regards to the readership for curated platforms, Pew Research Center recently completed a study which demonstrates trends for one form of page-based digital content, e-books. As you can see in the graph below, expansion of the market has been robust over the past five years.Furthermore, German media research giant Gfk just recently published a study showing a 27% increase in digital edition magazine readership from 2015 to 2016, with similar gains expected from 2016 to 2017 once the numbers are in. On top of this, Nikolay Malyarov, Chief Content Officer for Press Reader, stated in a recent article through FIPP that digital editions are still a very relevant part of a diverse, robust strategy for many publishers. In fact, he goes on to state the following as the top monetization strategy in his article:“Know your audience to grow your audience through smart data. Digital editions are not dead. Many readers still enjoy them, expect them as part of every publishers’ content offering, and are willing to pay for them.”Many of our clients who simply post links to their digital edition on social media channels see sizeable bumps in their readership. We have seen it truly doesn’t take much from an advertising perspective, as an audience simply needs to be met where they are and at the right time with a digital edition. Interestingly, Malyarov goes on to mention in the FIPP article, “The lack of marketing of digital editions is also not helping publishers grow digital revenues.” On our side, we have seen content creators simply put their digital edition on a website and hope for the best, similar to putting a magazine on a print newsstand. In our crowded digital content market, this won’t work unless the developer of content has a strong brand that is constantly drawing large audiences to their website. All this said, the stats still point to solid growth in the electronic curated content market and a strong opportunity for monetization and engagement through simple advertising.I know overall I am painting a rosy picture for the industry. Honestly, I would be remiss to not mention that the buzz has dulled a bit in regards to page-turning digital editions. Buzz, we have found, tends primarily to follow monetization of a content platform. We can put the blame on what seems to be a “laissez-faire” approach to marketing, but that may not be the full picture. We know page-flipping technology has become “old hat” to some content creators, as well as some audiences. Websites have continued to evolve and carried with them the latest of design and custom development innovations, such as parallax scrolling, full-screen video, ad serving and impressive interactivity. Page flip technology will always be limited design and functionality wise by what many consider its greatest strength, page turning.Furthermore, as the Pew Research study demonstrates, curated electronic content consumption growth over the past five years has primarily been through mobile devices. Most page flip technologies present a somewhat stodgy pinch-to-zoom smartphone experience. Responsive websites have helped content creators to publish an easy to read experience across all devices.Still, at the heart of it, we see the stats and hear the desire for a deep storytelling, curated experience from current and potential clients. With this in mind, as well as the aforementioned concerns, we’ve stepped into the realm of responsive digital editions. This type of curated content has the flexibility, in regards to design and all-device functionality, of a website while still holding the curation of a page flipping digital edition. You can see an example of it here. Of course, these enhancements in design and functionality have not only been attractive to content creators but also readers. On average we’ve seen growth of 25% in unique readership when a client has transitioned from our page-flipping digital edition solution to this new platform. Through our talks with past clients, trade show attendees, potential clients, and current clients we have seen a good bit of the buzz return with this new platform.Of course, no content platform is without its holes, but the data seems to speak to great opportunity in digital editions because readers continue to value the platform. Additionally, the statistics coming from a transition to responsive digital editions show there is a possibility of more expansive growth than we are currently seeing in the market.Sponsored by Nxtbook Media: Nxtbook Media focuses on giving publishers and content marketers the tools they need to deeply engage with their audiences through innovative digital publishing solutions. Feel free to read more about their one of a kind responsive solution at www.nxtbookmedia.com/pageraft.
Best all‑around smart display • Angela Lang/CNET Post a comment Nest Google Assistant Amazon Best Buy Facebook Google Lenovo Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Read Google Home Hub review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Amazon Echo Show 5 Better for video chat reading • Amazon Echo Show 5 vs Google Nest Hub Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) CNET Smart Home $100 at Best Buy Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Smart displays have become the latest battleground for virtual assistant products, bringing the voice-activated smarts of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to countertop-sized touchscreens equipped with a microphone, speakers and, in many cases, a video camera for chatting with friends and relatives. The category launched with 10-inch models that usually sold for $200 or more. A second wave of products brought smaller screens, lower prices and more popularity. Here’s a look at some of the best sub-$150 smart displays you can choose from. CNET editors pick the products and services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission. 0 $65 at Amazon Amazon introduced the smart display category in clunky fashion with the original, sharp-angled Echo Show. A refined update to that 10-inch screen improved matters, but it might be the 5-inch Echo Show 5 that helps Alexa-based smart displays really take off. Among sub-$150 smart displays, the Echo Show 5 sits in the middle of the category in terms of screen size, without sacrificing its capability. It’s larger than the 4-inch Lenovo Smart Clock, but unlike Lenovo’s bedside display, the Echo Show 5 can show pictures from an Amazon or Facebook photo library, it can serve up a control screen for any Alexa-connected smart home devices and, unique to the lower-end displays, it also has a video camera. Amazon hopes a physical shutter you can slide over the lens will mitigate any camera-related privacy concerns. A feature that lets you slap the top of the Echo Show 5 to snooze any alarms is also a nice touch. The Echo Show 5 looks diminutive next to the 7-inch Google Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub). It’s easier to read the Nest Hub’s screen from across your kitchen. On the other hand, the Echo Show 5 takes up a few square inches’ less counter space. That might not matter in a suburban household, but every inch matters in the tiny kitchen of a city apartment. The biggest difference beyond screen size is the fact that the Echo Show 5 has a video camera built into it. The idea is that you will use the camera to conduct video chats with family members and friends who also own an Echo Show device. That sounds harmless enough, but Amazon has come under scrutiny for its privacy policies and its intentions for camera-based facial recognition technology. If the camera makes you feel uncomfortable, a physical shutter built into the Echo Show 5 can obscure the camera lens. That might not be enough to make everyone happy with the idea of the Echo Show 5 as a bedside alarm clock, though, which Amazon clearly has in mind. Lenovo Smart Clock While it’s not as fully featured as either the Amazon or the Nest displays, Lenovo’s $50 Smart Clock is still worth a mention. It doesn’t have a video camera and the display won’t even show photos. Instead, the Smart Clock is designed to sit on your nightstand and give you just the right amount of information to start your day, either through the screen or via Google Assistant. The screen can show you the time, the weather and your personal calendar. You can even give it a whack to put it into snooze mode once the alarm goes off, and it also has a sunrise mode that gradually dials up the brightness on the display. It can show you live video from a Nest Cam if you have one and you can assign smart home scenes to a few programmable buttons, but there’s no smart home control screen like there is with the Google Nest Hub. The Lenovo Smart Clock tries to find the right balance between contemporary features and pared-down bedside tech. It mostly hits the mark, but your phone makes a lot of its features redundant. It’s a good fit if you rely on Google Assistant, but you also want to minimize the presence of screens in your bedroom. Tags Google Nest Hub When it debuted as the Google Home Hub in October 2018, this 7-inch device invigorated the nascent smart display category for two major reasons. First, its $150 price tag came in $80 under Amazon’s $230 Echo Show. Secondly, Google read the room early in terms of consumers’ suspicion about smart home gadgets and left off the video camera that seemed so key to the smart display concept, at least as defined by Amazon. (Although it had previously allowed third-party, camera-equipped smart displays using Google Assistant to come to market.) With no camera, Google’s smart display can’t rely on the emotional lure of easy video chatting with friends and family to succeed. Yes, it supports a photo feed and it’s hard to resist that steady drip of kid pictures, but this is more than just a digital photo frame. Now called the Google Nest Hub after a rebrand this spring, this 7-inch display isn’t shy about putting forward its interface and the superiority of Google Assistant to win you over. The differences between those core features of the Google and Amazon displays are subtle, but the more you use them the more you notice them. Among other things, the way the Nest Hub can walk you through a recipe and remember the steps you’re on, even when you shift to another task halfway through, is particularly useful. A very well organized control screen for any smart home devices also makes the Nest Hub an accessible, but unobtrusive smart home control center. Amazon’s equivalent page doesn’t have the same depth of options, like organizing your devices by room. Google also introduced a welcome quality of life feature to Google Assistant this spring. When an alarm goes off, you can simply say “Stop,” instead of “Hey Google, stop.” It’s a user-friendly nod to expediency and getting out of its own way that anyone can appreciate.Compared with the Echo Show 5, the Google Nest Hub is too large for most people to accept it as an alarm clock. If you really want a stationary little screen to facilitate video chatting, the Echo Show 5 is also the obvious alternative among the sub $100 screens. Google isn’t ceding video chats entirely to Amazon. The $230 Nest Hub Max comes out in just a few weeks. I’ve found my phone more convenient than digital displays for talking with relatives face-to-digital-face, so I don’t take too many points away for the fact that the Nest Hub lacks a camera. The most important feature for these smart displays, which promise a light-touch way to organize your day, is how much information they can put forward and how easily. Thanks to its overall polish, and the robustness of Google Assistant, the Google Nest Hub is the better device. $100 at Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET Worth considering $50 at Best Buy Lenovo Smart Clock CNET Smart Home $50 at Best Buy Amazon Echo Show 5 In terms of the next steps for smart displays, most imminent is the $230 Google Nest Hub Max, a higher-end model due out Sept. 9 with a 10-inch screen, a 4K video camera that works as a Nest Cam and can track whoever’s on screen (sounds creepy, but it was cool when we saw a similar feature on the Facebook Portal display) and speakers tuned for better audio output. The rumor mill hasn’t produced much concrete information about what’s next for lower end smart displays. We saw a prototype of a 3-inch E Ink display at CES 2019 built around Google Assistant Connect, a product development program Google is working on that it hopes will add lots of new, simple satellite products to the Google Assistant family. The E Ink display we saw was more of a tricked out Post-It note than anything else, since it lacked a microphone and speakers, and required another Google Assistant device nearby to feed it the time, weather, and other information for easy viewing. Perhaps we’ll see its next iteration, or something similar from Amazon by way of its own Alexa Gadgets Toolkit, at CES 2020. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Worth considering Tyler Lizenby/CNET Read Echo Show 5 review $65 at Amazon Google Nest Hub Smart Home Share your voice See All Better for video chat Best all-around smart display
The U.S. Department of Commerce is expected this week to lift export curbs it imposed on Chinese telecom equipment and smart phone maker ZTE Corp for alleged Iran sanctions violations.”The relief would be temporary in nature and would be maintained only if ZTE is abiding by its commitments to the U.S. Government,” according to a senior official at the agency.The Commerce Department restrictions imposed earlier this month made it difficult for ZTE to acquire U.S. components by requiring its suppliers to apply for an export license before shipping any American-made equipment or parts to ZTE.The department had said the license applications generally would be denied.Shenzhen-based ZTE has been “in active, constructive discussions” with the Commerce Department for the past week, according to a senior official at the agency.”As part of the effort to resolve the matter, and based upon binding commitments that ZTE has made to the U.S. government, Commerce expects this week to be able to provide temporary relief from some licensing requirements,” the official said.The details of the commitments are expected to be published this week in the U.S. Federal Register.ZTE was not immediately available for comment outside regular office hours.BIG HITZTE is among the largest companies that the Commerce Department has hit with a near-total export ban, according to public records.It is the No. 4 smart phone vendor in the United States, with a 7 percent market share, behind Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics Co and LG Electronics Inc, according to research firm IDC. It sells handset devices to three of the four largest U.S. mobile carriers: AT&T, T-Mobile US and Sprint CorpThe export restrictions have drawn protests from the Chinese government and rocked ZTE’s business.Its shares have not traded on the Hong Kong stock exchange for the past two weeks. The company also said last week it was delaying the publication of its annual results while it assesses the impact of Washington’s action.ZTE also said it would postpone its board meeting. Its shares last closed at HK$14.16, prior to a trading suspension on March 7.Goldman Sachs suspended its coverage on ZTE, saying there was not enough information to determine an investment rating, price target and earnings estimates for the company.Since coming under fire in 2012 for alleged deals with sanctions-hit Iran and possible links to the Chinese government and military, ZTE has ramped up its spending on Washington lobbyists.It spent $5.1 million in the last four years, up from $2,12,000 in 2011, as it sought to assuage national security concerns, according to publicly available lobbying records maintained by Congress.The Commerce Department investigated ZTE for alleged export-control violations following Reuters reports in 2012 that the company had signed contracts to ship millions of dollars worth of American-made hardware and software to Iran’s largest telecoms carrier.
Map of DhakaPolice have arrested five people in connection with a rape and murder in the capital city’s Kadamtali area.The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) said this in an SMS sent to media houses on Thursday morning.According to the text message, members of the Kadamtali police station arrested the five men on Wednesday night.The police did not unveil details of the arrestees.The text message read that the DMP will hold a media briefing over the matter at 11:00am.
US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo:AFPUS President Donald Trump shelved Washington’s years-long quest for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Wednesday, saying he would back a single state if it led to peace.The new president warmly welcomed Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House and hailed the “unbreakable” bond between their countries.And while he urged Netanyahu to “hold back” from building Jewish settlements for a “little bit,” Trump broke with international consensus insisting on a future that included a Palestinian state alongside Israel.“So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like,” he said. “I can live with either one.”Trump said he had thought a two-state solution “looked like it may be the easier of the two. But honestly, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.”This change in the US stance was calculated to please Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition.“I think the Palestinians have to get rid of some of that hate that they’re taught from a very young age,” Trump said, echoing Netanyahu’s argument that the Palestinians are not ready for peace.Netanyahu had warm words for the Israeli-US alliance, and hammered home his own prerequisites for peace.“First, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state. They have to stop calling for Israel’s destruction,” he said.“Second, in any peace agreement, Israel must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River.”This region contains the entire West Bank area that would represent the heart of any Palestinian state as conceived in all previous international agreements.Arab capitalsThe previous US administration of Barack Obama had warned Israel that if it did not reach a two-state deal with the Palestinians, it would never reach an accommodation with the Arab world.But Netanyahu insisted he was already developing closer security ties with his Sunni neighbors, who share Israel’s concerns about Iranian subversion and “radical Islam.”And he urged Trump’s administration to get on board.“For the first time in the life of my country, Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy, but increasingly as an ally,” he told Trump.“I believe that under your leadership, this change in our region creates an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen security and advance peace.”In a joint statement, the two sides proclaimed “a new day” in US-Israel relations and that there was “no daylight” between them.Whatever the view in Cairo and Riyadh, the shift in Washington’s position, which was revealed overnight by a White House official, triggered Palestinian despair and consternation in international capitals.The second-ranking official in the Palestine Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat, denounced it as an attempt to “bury the two-state solution and eliminate the state of Palestine.”And he implicitly warned Israelis that any single nation that emerged would not be specifically Jewish.“There’s only one alternative,” he told a news conference. “A single democratic state that guarantees the rights of all: Jews, Muslims and Christians.”Victory cryThe new US message deliberately echoed the long-standing Israeli position: no peace deal can be imposed from outside and the agenda for talks must reflect the reality on the ground.Naftali Bennett, the right-wing leader of the hardline Jewish Home party and an opponent of any Palestinian state, cried victory.“A new era. New ideas. No need for third Palestinian state beyond Jordan and Gaza. Big day for Israelis and reasonable Arabs,” he tweeted. “Congrats.”But Trump’s decision flew in the face of an international consensus that any final status agreement must be based on a return to Israel’s 1967 border—albeit with land swaps.Just five days before Trump’s January 20 inauguration, the United States was among 70 countries to endorse this vision at a peace conference in Paris.One month before that, Obama’s UN ambassador allowed a Security Council motion that criticized Israeli settlement building to pass without the usual US veto.Addressing a US-Israeli conference in December, the then secretary of state John Kerry called settlements a “barrier” to progress.Under Trump, that vision appears dead, and Washington has aligned itself with Netanyahu’s government and its supporters in the right-wing settler movement.After the White House talks, Netanyahu met with US congressional leaders in the US Capitol, where he addressed Trump’s call to slow settlement expansion.“I think we’ll try to find a common understanding that is consistent with the pursuit of peace and security,” he said.Speaking in Cairo after talks with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned that “everything must be done” to preserve the two-state solution.France, which organized the January peace conference, was also unimpressed.Its UN ambassador Francois Delattre told reporters “our commitment to the two-state solution is stronger than ever.”Trump has tapped son-in-law Jared Kushner and lawyer Jason Greenblatt to lead peace efforts.Netanyahu had dinner Tuesday with Kushner—a long-time family friend—and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, email@example.comOn July 6, the Prince George’s County Board of Elections released the results of the absentee and provisional ballots cast during the June 26 Democratic and Republican primaries. The races for District 7 and District 9 of the county council were the ones of most interest.The results showed Rodney Streeter, chief of staff to Prince George’s County Council member Andrea Harrison (D-District 5), had the most votes with 2,818, followed closely by Krystal Oriadha with 2,787 for the District 7 council seat. Prince George’s County Clerk of the Court Sydney Harrison squeaked past political activist Tamara Brown, with 7,125 to 7,070 for the District 9 council seat.Following the counting of absentee ballots and provisional ballots, Sydney Harrison is the council member-elect for District 9 of the Prince George’s County Council. (Courtesy Photo)Streeter will replace Prince George’s County Council member Karen Toles (D), who unsuccessfully sought an at-large council seat, while Harrison will follow Prince George’s County Council member Mel Franklin (D), who also won an at-large seat.The AFRO was unable to reach Streeter or Harrison at press time. However, on his campaign web site, Harrison posted “You elected Sydney Harrison Prince George’s County Council District 9.”Neither Streeter nor Harrison has a Republican opponent so they will be elected to their offices by default in the Nov. 6 general election.
Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News While the country’s negative equity rate has continued to improve—albeit at a slower pace in recent months—the picture looks very different for modified loans, Black Knight Financial Services says in its latest Mortgage Monitor Report.Based on mortgage performance data as of the end of April, Black Knight noted there are approximately 2 million modified mortgages due for mortgage rate resets in the coming years. With the economic recovery still hobbling along, the company estimates more than 40 percent of that group remain underwater.In addition, another 18 percent of modified borrowers have 9 percent equity or less in their homes, putting them perilously close to sinking back under and spelling potential trouble ahead, says Kostya Gradushy, Black Knight’s manager of loan data and customer analytics.”Given that the data has shown quite clearly that equity—or the lack thereof—is one of the primary drivers of mortgage defaults, these resets may indeed pose an increased risk in the years ahead,” Gradushy said.Including all borrowers, Black Knight estimates the national negative equity rate is 9.4 percent, with an additional 10 percent in ‘near negative equity,’ meaning the borrower has less than 10 percent equity in their home. Not only are those borrowers “hovering at the edges,” as Gradushy says, but with so little equity, most wouldn’t profit enough from selling their home to cover the costs of buying a new one.Among other findings, Black Knight also noted mortgage prepayment rates—which historically have served as a good indicator for refinance activity—increased for the second straight month in April as interest rates hover lower than they were at the end of 2013.Of note: Adjustable-rate mortgages with interest rates below 6 percent prepaid at greater speeds than fixed-rate mortgages, suggesting “concerns about rising interest rates persist among the borrower population, despite the recent pullback in 30-year conforming rates,” the company said. Interest rates Loan Modification Negative Equity Underwater 2014-06-02 Tory Barringer June 2, 2014 467 Views Rate Resets to Spell Trouble for Underwater Borrowers
The contracts with the company providing services to French energy giant Total, scheduled to drill for gas later this year, will be signed in July, Transport Minister Marios Demetriades said on Saturday.According to Demetriades, at the moment there is a tender competition for companies to provide services to Total, which has agreed to relocate from Larnaca to Limassol port.The government has been trying to convince the hydrocarbon companies, interested in drilling for natural gas off Cyprus, ENI, Noble and Total, to relocate to Limassol, after the Larnaca municipal council decided in February not to extend the stay of MedServ, the company providing support services to ENI and Total.The operation was opposed by residents who feared the port would be turned into an industrial hub with health and environmental risks.Demetriades told the Sunday Mail that Total has agreed to move to Limassol port, and that the contract with the company that is to provide services to the energy giant is to be signed in July.He along with Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis had met with representatives of all three hydrocarbon companies following Larnaca’s decision to oust them, in a bid to convince them to move operations to Limassol.Last month, Demetriades had said that the Limassol port had many areas which could host Italy’s ENI and American Noble Energy and a technical committee has been set up for this purpose.In March, a meeting at the Larnaca municipal council attempting to overturn the decision to evict oil companies from the town’s port, with the scheduling of another vote on the issue, resulted in a walkout by opposition party deputies.Following the incident, Demetriades had said that “companies are not ping-pong (balls) to be subjected to the changing whims and decisions of a municipal council”, and that even if the decision was reversed, there was no guarantee that the next elected municipal council would not ask the companies to leave again.Limassol is deemed the safer choice for hydrocarbon companies to set up operations, as the town’s mayor himself welcomed the idea of the port hosting them. Larnaca on the other hand, would like to focus more on tourism growth. Pressure groups have also called for the removal of Halliburton and Schlumberger, two of the world’s largest oilfield services companies, which chose Aradippou/Kalo Chorio industrial area as their base of operations for the eastern Mediterranean. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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