Morocco plays important stabilizing role in Maghreb Polish FM

Warsaw  –  Morocco, which undertook political and social reforms, plays an important stabilizing role in the Maghreb, said Polish foreign minister Grzegorz Schetyna.Schetyna, who received on Tuesday in Warsaw Poland’s new ambassador to Morocco Marek Ziolkowski, said that his country wishes to share its experience with Morocco in the political and economic fields. “Deepening our cooperation in this area could positively impact the security situation north of Africa,” he said. During this meeting, which took place at the foreign affairs ministry in Warsaw, Ziolkowski was given his credentials to replace Witold Spirydowicz.  In a recent statement to MAP, Marek Ziolkowski said that King Mohammed VI turned Morocco into a model in the southern shore of the Mediterranean, a region rocked by unrest caused by the Arab spring. Morocco did not wait for this Arab spring to implement, under the King’s leadership, an ambitious reform process in a climate of stability, he said. read more

Four Individuals Arrested for Drug Trafficking

Rabat – Morocco’s judicial police arrested, on Tuesday, four individuals for their alleged involvement in the traffic of 2000 psychotropic tablets. The accused were apprehended in the northern city of Tangier after investigations revealed their involvement in the trafficking of psychotropic tablets in many Moroccan cities, said a statement by the national police (DGSN).The suspects were remanded in custody for an in-depth investigation led under the supervision of the public prosecutor, added the statement. With MAP read more

Indian FM here next month for key talks

Ahead of her visit, Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar is expected to visit Sri Lanka this week for talks. Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is expected to visit Sri Lanka early next month for key talks.Foreign Ministry sources said Swaraj will be in Sri Lanka for discussions on the Indo-Lanka joint commission. She will also have talks with the Government on the fishermen issue and political developments in the country. Sources said the date for the visit is not confirmed, but he may arrive before January 15.Jaishankar is expected to have brief talks with the Government and also set the groundwork for the Indian Foreign Minister’s visit to Sri Lanka next month. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Three wheelers to be replaced with electric cars

The Government is looking at replacing three wheelers with electric cars.Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that Sri Lanka has nearly 1.3 million three wheelers operating on the road and they are the most vulnerable to accidents. “As such, to improve safety of the drivers as well as passengers, I encourage the replacement of three wheelers with electric cars,” he said. As an initial step, the Government will within the Colombo district, extend its support by introducing a loan scheme to purchase 1,000 such electric cars, through banks, where the Government will bear 50 percent of the interest cost. Karunanayake, during the 2017 budget speech, proposed that Rs. 200 million be allocated for this purpose. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Wellmanaged natural resources can transform African economies Ugandan President says

With its own income flow from the exploitation of oil and gas resources, Uganda is now able to transform itself into a modern, sustainable economy, the President of the country told the high-level debate of the United Nations General Assembly today.“With the resources from oil and gas, we shall be able to fund all our infrastructure needs,” Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said in his presentation on the first day of the Assembly’s annual General Debate. “The future is bright and our forward movement is irreversible,” he added.Outlining Uganda’s struggle for socio-economic transformation, he said, “our biggest problem was funding; the small colonial modern economy was destroyed by Idi Amin.”Before the large-scale exploitation of miners, he said, the country had to depend on international funding for development. “Although useful, this external funding was limited, slow in coming, not always focused and erratic.”Global partnership is still critical for his country, he said, and assistance could still prove useful. First and foremost, he stressed, partnerships should begin by working for economic and political integration of Africa and for market access to the rest of the world.In that vein, he emphasized African anger regarding “actors who are beginning to make it a habit to ignore African Union positions on African matters.” A case in point, he said, was the actions of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in relation to the elected leaders of Kenya. “The ICC, in a shallow, biased way has continued to mishandle complex African issues,” he stated. “The ICC should stop…Kenya is recovering. Let her recover.”Despite of some mistakes by some actors, however, his country had been able to achieve many of the Millennium Development goals, he said, concluding that, “Without any doubt, Uganda and much of Africa are moving forward robustly.” He is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. read more

Death of the church organist as worshippers sing along to tapes

first_imgThe Church is facing a shortage of new organists, with less than 4 per cent of respondents saying their church had an organist aged 30 or under. Richard Hubbard, St Edmundsbury & Ipswich’s music development director and the report’s author, said that in some cases… The organist has been a staple of Church of England services for hundreds of years. But a survey has revealed that in almost one in three churches, congregations are singing along to recorded organ music – even if they have an organ in the church. Almost half of churches said their organist was older than 70. However, 96 per cent of the churches that took part in the survey said they had an organ, with almost all in a good condition.last_img read more

Uwe Gensheimer about EHF EURO 2012 for HP This is frustrating…

← Previous Story Stefan Lovgren for HP: “Swedish problem is self-confidence” Next Story → Enid Tahirovic is on the End of career: “Last games against Germany” Uwe Gensheimer From the Team, two guys deserved the nickname „Cat“ – Serbian goalkeeper and new World Star, Darko Stanic and fantastic German left wing, Uwe Gensheimer. With Uwe we talked after his team missed the chance to qualify for the Semifinal in Belgrade and also, Olympic qualification. Germany took 7th place on the End.– I am very dissapointed with the fact that we couldn’t take two chances to go to the semifinal.  I don’t have to much to say….Missing of Olympic Games is the big loss for German Handball as the leader of European Team Handball…– That is another fact. It wasn’t just about semifinal, but also about Olympic qualification place. That was make it more difficult for us, that we lost…You came to Serbia without such a big ambition as the medal battles. After preparation period, nobody expected that you will be with „one leg“ in the semifinals…– That is true. After defeat against Czech Republic, everybody thoughts that we won’t see even a Main Round in Belgrade.  We made a great results in Nis, with four points began in the Main Round, took fifth point against Serbia. That is frustrating… read more

En 2050 la population mondiale atteindra 10 milliards de personnes

first_imgEn 2050, la population mondiale atteindra 10 milliards de personnesSelon une étude de l’Institut national d’études démographiques (INED), la population mondiale atteindra près de 10 milliards d’individus en 2050.D’ici 40 ans, nous serons bien plus nombreux sur Terre. C’est ce que révèle l’étude dévoilée mardi par l’Institut national d’études démographiques (INED). Selon celle-ci, la Terre devrait compter en 2050 pas moins de 9,731 milliards d’habitants. Un chiffre qui dépasse les estimations réalisées jusqu’ici. Depuis 1999, la Terre compte plus de six milliards d’hommes. En 2013, 12 ans plus tard, nous sommes plus d’un milliard de plus, la population mondiale étant actuellement de 7,141 milliards.Or, selon l’INED, on compte au niveau mondial un taux de fécondité de 2,5 enfants par femme en 2013 contre le double en 1950. Néanmoins, ce chiffre est une moyenne qui ne tient pas compte de très importantes variations en fonction des régions étudiées. Ainsi, pour n’évoquer que les deux extrêmes, on compte 7,6 enfants par femme au Niger mais 1,2 seulement en Bosnie-Herzégovine. L’étude estime également qu’avec un indice de fécondité de 1,6 enfant par femme, en 2050, l’Europe continentale sera la seule zone à connaître un recul de sa population.Une population doublée en Afrique La population européenne devrait ainsi passer de 740 millions actuellement à 726 millions d’habitants. En revanche, l’Amérique franchira le cap du milliard d’habitants, passant de 958 millions à 1,228 milliard en 2050 (les États-Unis et le Brésil en comptent aujourd’hui respectivement 316,2 millions et 95,5 millions). Quant à l’Asie, elle passera de 4,305 milliards d’habitants en 2013, à 5,284 milliards en 2050. L’Océanie progressera de 38 à 58 millions, prévoit l’INED. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Enfin, l’Afrique concentrera près de 25% de la population mondiale avec 2,435 milliards de personnes (soit une population plus que doublée par rapport au 1,1 milliard enregistré cette année). Avec 1,65 milliard d’habitants, l’Inde sera le pays le plus peuplé juste devant la Chine avec 1,314 milliard (respectivement 1,276 milliard et 1,36 milliard aujourd’hui). 11 milliards en 2100 En juin dernier, l’Organisation des Nations Unies avaient remis un rapport semblable sur la population mondiale qui estimait à 10,9 milliards le nombre d’habitants sur Terre en 2100. Un document qui revoyait déjà à la hausse les chiffres estimés en 2010, au vu de la vitesse à laquelle a grandi la population mondiale ces dernières années.  Comme celui de l’INED, ce rapport estime que la population de l’Inde devrait progressivement dépasser celle de la Chine tandis que la population d’Afrique grandira bien davantage que celles des autres continents. Toutefois, la hausse globale sera en partie due à une augmentation de l’espérance de vie créant ainsi un vieillissement de la population. D’ici 2100, les 60 ans et plus tripleront passant de 841 aujourd’hui à 2 milliards en 2050 et 3 milliards en 2100, d’après l’ONU.Le 2 octobre 2013 à 12:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

De Sciglio is happy after todays win

first_imgThe Juventus footballer believes the team is achieving all the targets they have set for themselves in the 2018-2019 seasonMattia De Sciglio has been with Juventus since 2017, and in his second year with the club, he’s very happy.To him, the Bianconeri are achieving all the objectives they are setting for themselves in the Italian Lega Serie A.“We’ve achieved the target we set ourselves after the Atalanta game – to end the year with a win,” said the defender according to the club’s official website.“All the hard work we’ve put in since the start of the season has been well worth it.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Samp are very well organized. They’re good at playing between the lines and we had a few problems when we got a bit stretched,” he added.“But when we pulled tighter together again – with a little luck too – we managed to secure the win.”“With the players, we have up front we know we can score at any moment so it’s very important for us to be strong defensively,” he commented.“The better we move as a unit, the better results we get. Having the best defense is another achievement for us and something we want to repeat in the second half of the season.”last_img read more

Jewish network hosts gala for Ukrainian orphanage

first_imgWhen the Good Family Orphanage in Odessa, Ukraine, reached out to the Jewish Business Network of Clark County for help with dental care, committed JBN member Lynn Miller knew just whom to call.Dentist Constant Lu flew with Miller to Odessa on Jan. 24. Many of the children in the orphanage had never seen a dentist before, and were in dire need.Lu is back now, but two Israeli students who assisted him want to provide follow-up treatment through a university dental school nearby. Lu wants to establish a regular program there to provide for the children.The Jewish Business Network is hosting a gala and raffle called “A Day of Hope” to benefit the orphanage, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Dinner, drinks and entertainment by magician and mentalist Oz Pearlman and cellist Gideon Freudmann are on tap. Tickets are $75.last_img read more

Mans sliced body parts found in Buriganaga

first_imgPolice recovered sliced body parts of a man from the Buriganga River in Keraniganj upazila of Dhaka on Friday night.The body parts were found in a sack floating in the river.Local people spotted the sack floating in the river in Kholamora Gazirghat area of the upazila around 7:00pm and informed police, said Keraniganj model police station sub-inspector Mansur Ali.Later, a team of police retrieved two legs and two hands of a man’s body wrapped with polythene, reports UNB.Mansur said they sent the sliced body parts to Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.last_img read more

ShakibMashrafe to collect AL nomination form Sunday

first_imgMashrafe bin Mortaza and Shakib Al HasanCricketers Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe bin Mortaza will collect nomination papers of ruling Awami League on Sunday for contesting the upcoming 11th parliamentary election, reports UNB.The duo would collect nomination form AL’s Dhanmondi office on 10:30am.They confirmed the matter to Awami League secretary general and also road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader at 12:00pm over phone, said Md Abu Naser, senior information officer of the Ministry.Shakib and Mashrafe are likely to contest from their home district Magura and Narail respectively. Earlier in May, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal informed that two cricket stars will contest the election.last_img read more

New surveillance camera system provides text feed

first_img Seeing things: Researchers teach computers to recognize objects Two major tasks of the I2T framework: (a) image parsing and (b) text description. Image credit: Benjamin Yao. More information: — Technical description of I2T: Image Parsing to Text Generation –– Research paper: Benjamin Yao, et al. I2T: Image Parsing to Text Description, Proceedings of IEEE [pdf]. ( — Scientists at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a prototype surveillance camera and computer system to analyze the camera images and deliver a text feed describing what the camera is seeing. The new system aims to make searching vast amounts of video much more efficient. © 2010 Explore further The system also uses algorithms describing the movement of objects from one frame to another and can generate text describing motions, such as “boat 3 approaches maritime marker at 40:01.” It can also sometimes match objects that have left and then re-entered a scene, and can describe events such as a car running a stop sign.Professor Zhu said at the moment almost all searches for images within video is done using surrounding text, but the new system directly generates text from the images. He also added that the existence of YouTube and other video collections, and the expanding use of surveillance cameras everywhere show that being unable to efficiently search video is a major problem. The I2T system is not yet advanced enough to recognize a large number of images instantly and is not ready yet for commercialization, but the researchers say it is close and needs only “minor tweaks.” The scientists also say they may be able to feed the text into a vocal synthesizer to increase its usefulness.You can now listen to all podcasts at Citation: New surveillance camera system provides text feed (2010, June 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Diagram of the I2T framework. Image credit: Benjamin Yao. The system was developed by Professor Song-Chun Zhu and colleagues Haifeng Gong and Benjamin Yao, in collaboration with the company ObjectVideo, of Reston Virginia in the US. Dubbed I2T for Image to Text, the system runs video frames through a series of vision algorithms to produce a textual summary of the contents of the frames. The text can then be indexed and stored in a database that can be searched using a simple text search. The system has been successfully demonstrated on surveillance footage.The I2T system draws on a database of over two million images containing identified objects in over 500 classifications. The database was collected by Zhu starting in 2005 in Ezhou, China, with support from the Chinese government, but is still not large enough to allow the system to assess a dynamic situation correctly.The first process in I2T is an image parser that analyzes an image and removes the background and identifies the shapes in the picture. The second part of the process determines the meanings of the shapes by referring to the image database. Zhu said that once the image is parsed transcribing the results into natural language “is not too hard.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers claim to have found possible example of sympatric speciation

first_imgMiddle East Blind Mole Rat or Palestine Mole Rat (Nannospalax ehrenbergi or Spalax ehrenbergi). Credit: Wikipedia. Citation: Researchers claim to have found possible example of sympatric speciation (2013, January 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (—A research team working in Israel has found what might possibly be an example of evolutionary divergence in action – and it’s not due to a natural barrier. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe how blind mole rats living nearly side-by-side in the Upper Galilee Mountains, have been found to possess a difference in their mitochondrial DNA, of up to 40 percent. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Possible incipient sympatric ecological speciation in blind mole rats (Spalax), PNAS, Published online before print January 28, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1222588110AbstractSympatric speciation has been controversial since it was first proposed as a mode of speciation. Subterranean blind mole rats (Spalacidae) are considered to speciate allopatrically or peripatrically. Here, we report a possible incipient sympatric adaptive ecological speciation in Spalax galili (2n = 52). The study microsite (0.04 km2) is sharply subdivided geologically, edaphically, and ecologically into abutting barrier-free ecologies divergent in rock, soil, and vegetation types. The Pleistocene Alma basalt abuts the Cretaceous Senonian Kerem Ben Zimra chalk. Only 28% of 112 plant species were shared between the soils. We examined mitochondrial DNA in the control region and ATP6 in 28 mole rats from basalt and in 14 from chalk habitats. We also sequenced the complete mtDNA (16,423 bp) of four animals, two from each soil type. Remarkably, the frequency of all major haplotype clusters (HC) was highly soil-biased. HCI and HCII are chalk biased. HC-III was abundant in basalt (36%) but absent in chalk; HC-IV was prevalent in basalt (46.5%) but was low (20%) in chalk. Up to 40% of the mtDNA diversity was edaphically dependent, suggesting constrained gene flow. We identified a homologous recombinant mtDNA in the basalt/chalk studied area. Phenotypically significant divergences differentiate the two populations, inhabiting different soils, in adaptive oxygen consumption and in the amount of outside-nest activity. This identification of a possible incipient sympatric adaptive ecological speciation caused by natural selection indirectly refutes the allopatric alternative. Sympatric ecological speciation may be more prevalent in nature because of abundant and sharply abutting divergent ecologies.center_img © 2013 Sympatric speciation contributes to island biodiversity Explore further Evolutionary science suggests that new species develop when a natural barrier arises between groups of the same species – water levels rising, for example, causing islands to develop and subsequent divergence of the animal populations. This is known as allopatric speciation. But there’s another way for a new species to develop, some scientists claim, and it has nothing to do with a natural barrier. They suggest that some species diverge even when there is no natural barrier between them. This is known as sympatric speciation, and the researchers in Israel believe they have found an example of it.One part of the Upper Galilee Mountains has a very unique structure – igneous basalt rock has been pushed, via natural forces, up against chalk bedrock. The result is a very clear geographical dividing line with different kinds of plants growing in different soil types on either side of the line where the two meet. The researchers have found two groups of blind mole rats – one group lives on and above the basalt, while the other the chalk, that don’t appear to comingle. Despite being the same species, the two groups appear to have stopped mating with one another at some point in the past, leading to differences in their DNA. And this, the team suggests, might be an example of the birth of a new species.There are some obvious holes in the theory, of course. The team isn’t able to prove that the moles weren’t separated physically somehow in the past, nor can they say for sure that over time, the moles on either side of the line will eventually be unable to mate and reproduce with each other – a necessity for describing them as being of two different species. Still, the research has sparked renewed interest in the idea of sympatric speciation, and that will likely lead to more research being conducted in areas with similar geographic dividing lines.last_img read more

State to set up 10MW solar power plant at Salboni

first_imgKOLKATA: In a bid to ensure sufficient supply of non-conventional form of energy, the state government has taken steps to set up a 10MW solar power generation plant.The solar power plant will come up at Salboni in West Midnapore. On Monday, the state Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee decided to give the necessary land to set up the plant. The state government will be giving a vested land of 41.11-acre of to West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company for the same. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeChandrima Bhattacharya, Minister of State for Health, said after the cabinet meeting at Nabanna on Monday: “It has been decided to give around 41.11-acre of vested land to WBSEDCL at Salboni to set up a 10-MW solar power plant.” This comes at a time when the state government has set a target of developing infrastructure for generating 300MW solar power by the end of 2019. It is learnt that the work to set up the solar power generation plant will begin as early as possible and steps will also be taken to complete the same within a particular time period. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe setting up of the plant is another step ahead of the state government to ensure more use of non-conventional form of energy. It may be mentioned that the state government has taken several steps to promote the use of solar power in the past seven years. The state Power department has also planned to create infrastructure for floating solar power project. The initiative has been taken up to set up the same at different power plants. The idea has been mooted as there are large water reservoirs in most of the power plants and it include Bakreswar thermal power plant. There are many government offices including districts where solar power generating panels were installed on the terraces of buildings. There are many school buildings as well where solar power generation plants have been installed. Solar trees have also been installed to ensure more generation by creating infrastructure even in a small area. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has named the project of setting up of solar trees as Sourashree. Interestingly, the solar trees need minimum maintenance and it is not that expensive to set up the same. With the state government creating awareness about the use of solar power, many Durga Puja committees have opted for the same this year.last_img read more

Family members blame private hospital for death of 10monthold

first_imgKolkata: Chaos erupted at Good Samaritan Hospital on Friday morning, after the family members of a 10-month-old girl who died due to alleged medical negligence, staged a protest demonstration.They alleged that the patient, Rishani Giri, was declared dead by the hospital authorities in the morning, following which the trouble broke out. The family members of the girl said that she was taken to the hospital after she complained of fever and respiratory distress. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe patient was admitted to the hospital after a primary check-up. As her health condition later deteriorated, she had been kept under ventilation for the past few days. The family members of the victim alleged that no specialist doctors had attended to the patient during the entire period of treatment. After being informed, police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. They have sought all the documents relating to the treatment of the girl. The family members of Giri have also lodged a complaint with the local police station, accusing the private hospital authorities for the incident. The private hospital authorities have, however, denied the allegation of medical negligence. The family members of the girl lifted the agitation after the police assured them that the matter would be looked into.last_img read more

I wore rainbows to see Liam Payne in Dubai despite the risk

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . So making the decision to wear a rainbow, to celebrate your LGBTI identity is a bold move. Especially for a woman.‘I’m bisexual and that can be really difficult in this part of the world. Most people are forced to stay closeted so you feel very alone. Homosexuality is super illegal here, if you are LGBTI you can get arrested or deported.’We’ve protected her identity, we’ll call her Nadine, but she is a member of Rainbow Direction – the One Direction pride group. Nadine tells GSN why she wore rainbow accessories to see Liam Payne play in Dubai anyway:‘Rainbow Direction played a huge role in allowing me to feel a sense of community and belonging.They are a global group of One Direction fans whose rainbow activism have been taking the headlines by storm.Most recently they turned the entire audience, at a Harry Styles concert, into a rainbow by coordinating thousands of fans to hold up their smartphones at the same time.So for Digital Pride, at Gay Star News have been speaking to the group about creating a community of LGBTI people – connected entirely digitally, before they meet up IRL.Rainbow Direction walk in the Berlin Pride parade 2016 | Photo: @smallinfinityxx TwitterConnecting One Direction LGBTI fans and allies all around the worldThe group’s power goes beyond turning up at concerts with rainbow flags. Their actions send messages of pride to places where its difficult to be openly LGBTI.‘Rainbow Direction played a huge role in allowing me to feel a sense of community and belonging,’ Nadine tells GSN.‘Even though I wasn’t actually at any of these concerts, seeing so many people display support for LGBTI people made me feel really connected.’Unable to take part in rainbow activities during the One Direction ‘On the Road Again Tour’ in 2015, she was determined to do something when one of the boys returned.‘I was adamant that I want to definitely take some element of pride with me but I also knew if I showed up with a flag no matter how small, I’d definitely get in trouble’‘I felt if I wore this rainbow as a bracelet, that’s definitely a pride statement. But at the same time I can play it off as just part of my outfit so I didn’t get into any trouble.’Harry Styles posted this picture to his Instagram at his Paris gig in October 2017 | Photo: @harrystyles InstagramFive years of the Tumblr blog that started Rainbow DirectionToday marks the fifth anniversary of the ‘takemehomefromnarnia’ Tumblr blog that started the global movement.Katryn Lewis, who founded the blog, tells us the whole point of Rainbow Direction is to increase the visibility of LGBTQ+ people in the One Direction fandom.‘It began with a group of LGBTQ+ fans that had been fighting homophobia under the name “Takemehomefromnarnia.”Though it was originally tied to One Direction, they now run it for all of the band’s (former) members. Their first action was for IDAHOT in 2013. It was so successful when 1D’s Where We Are tour came around with sexuality rumors in the press, they had even more reason to take action: Being bisexual in Dubai is difficult. Sodomy is punishable by up to ten years in prison in the country. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘Gay rumors surrounding some of the band members had been met with an attitude that it was “only normal to defend X or Y against the accusations;” As if being gay was something bad and shameful. This was hurting LGBTQ+ fans, like me.’And so the group began to make the fandom more LGBTI inclusive. Whilst also sending a message to the 1D boys; no matter what they’d be accepted for whoever they are.[embedded content]Thousands have taken part in Rainbow Direction’s actionsRachael Skidmore has been taking part in rainbow actions since One Direction’s last tour. Most recently she used her own money to buy rainbow flags, which she gave out to other fans at a Harry Styles concert:‘I ended up ordering 500 miniature rainbow flags on Amazon, but that was all I could personally afford. I did it completely on my own. But I wanted to to be a surprise to both the fans, the crowd, and Harry. So I assembled the flags, put the labels on them, and brought them to the show to distribute myself.And since the group began, thousands have taken part in their actions.To give you a sense of the size of support the group has from One Direction fans, for Harry Styles most recent tour, over 1500 fans took part. And that’s just the ones they know about.And the boys, though they have never spoken about the group, are definitely noticing.Styles in particular who is known for his remarks about his sexuality, where gender is ‘not that important’ to him and he has ‘never felt the need to label it.’And in Helsinki, Katryn says he told the audience: ‘You are looking very colorful tonight. And for a lot of you, I know why, and it’s great.’Rainbow Direction action at Harry Style’s London 02 gig | Photo: @@eleanor17247129 TwitterEven Harry has been waving the rainbow flagsStyles has also been waving rainbow and bisexual flags thrown up to him for years. And after he teased the song ‘Medicine,’ which didn’t make it onto his first solo album, with lyrics the internet went into a ‘is this about being bisexual storm’ – so perhaps more is to come from the singer.However, Rainbow Direction founder Katryn doesn’t see it as a coming out song. But she is happy to have a song that expresses her own identity as a queer person:‘I’d hate to think it didn’t make it onto the album because of the “less than straight lyrics.” But I’m so happy we’re blessed with it now.‘Everything considered, it seems likely that he does not identify as straight. But no matter how he does identify its for him to know and for us to support – if and when he decides to share.’Harry Styles is waving pride flags on tour and Twitter loves itMore from Digital Pride:Tchaikovsky’s secret gay history that Russia doesn’t want you to knowcenter_img This Digital Pride call for LGBTI equality is being shown in Times Square GAYSTARNEWS- Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram under fire for banning rainbow flags at concertUganda’s LGBTI people are putting up a fight for their right to a safe placeWATCH: Why this gay, Swedish dance producer went to Uganda to work with LGBTI music makersRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Meet the One Direction fans who have been turning concerts into rainbows for five years now | Photo: Liam Payne/Harry Styles Instagramlast_img read more

Mortgage Apps Continue to Climb

first_img The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey on Wednesday, covering the week ending November 10, 2017. Mortgage applications were trending positive yet again, up 3.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis compared to the previous week. An an unadjusted basis, that number would be 2 percent week-over-week. It’s worth noting, however, that the week’s results do not include an adjustment to account for the Veterans’ Day holiday.One data point that stands out in this week’s report is that the average contract interest rate for both 15-year fixed-rate mortgages and 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) are both sitting at their highest levels since March 2017. Fifteen-year FRMs jumped from 3.51 percent to 3.54, and 5/1 ARMs increased from 3.33 percent to 3.41 percent. The average contract interest rate for 30-year FRMs, however, held fast at 4.05 percent.Here’s a look at some of the other numbers for the week.The Refinance Index increased 6 percent from the previous week, reaching its highest level since October 2017.The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 0.4 percent week-over-week.The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 3 percent. This puts it 17 percent higher than the same week one year ago.The refinance share of mortgage activity hit 51.3 percent of total applications, the highest level since September 2017. Last week it was at 49.0 percent.On the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) front, the FHA share of total applications decreased to 10.2 percent, compared to 10.6 the previous week. VA share of total applications saw a negligible bump, increasing to 10.1 percent from 10.0 percent. The USDA share of total applications held steady at 0.7 percent.The MBA’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey examines more than 75 percent of all U.S. retail residential mortgage applications, with respondents including mortgage banks, commercial banks, and thrifts. contract interest rates FHA loans Interest rates MBA mortgage survey USDA loan VA VA loan Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey 2017-11-15 David Wharton Mortgage Apps Continue to Climb Sharecenter_img November 15, 2017 664 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, journal, News, Originationlast_img read more

Agents who have been working hard on G Adventures

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