RBIs unconventional 35 BPS rate cut to boost growth Experts

first_imgNew Delhi: Terming the RBI’s decision to reduce repo rate by 35 basis points unconventional, banking and financial experts on Wednesday said the intent is to support growth while keeping inflation at sub-4 per cent level. They also pointed out that further initiatives are needed to boost consumption and investment to stimulate economic growth.SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar said the RBI’s decision to cut repo rate by an unconventional 35 basis points is perhaps a recognition that the monetary policy works best with unanticipated surprises to the market. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The RBI has unveiled a host of bazooka measures to arrest the recent growth pangs even as it has marginally lowered its growth forecast for FY20. On the development and regulatory front, the decision to make available the NEFT platform on 24/7 basis, coupled with on-tap authorisation will add depth to retail payments (currently around 85 lakh transactions on a daily basis),” Kumar said. Yes Bank Chief Economist Shubhada Rao said that growth concerns “beget unconventional monetary easing”. “In a departure from usual convention of changing benchmark rates by 25 bps (or multiples thereof), the repo rate was reduced by 35 bps to 5.40 per cent (the lowest since Jul-10).” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWhile the RBI expects risk on inflation forecasts to be evenly balanced, it anticipates some downside risks to its FY20 growth estimate, she said. “The departure from taking conventional steps towards changes in the benchmark policy rate potentially opens the door for a future encore,” Rao said further. Kotak Mahindra Bank, President – Consumer Banking, Shanti Ekambaram said the monetary policy committee has ensured an all-round accommodative framework to support growth. “This is against the backdrop of global interest rates easing, slowing global growth amidst rising trade wars, benign domestic inflation, a fall in imports and exports, and slowing urban and rural consumption demand in India … the central bank has provided adequate measures through the monetary policy,” Ekambaram said. What is required now are further initiatives to boost consumption and investment to stimulate economic growth, she added. ICRA said the unconventional 35 bps rate cut is a clear signal that the increasing evidence of a pervasive slowdown in economic growth has emerged as the MPC’s chief concern, given that it expects inflation to remain under its medium-term target. “The focus will now shift to improving transmission to bank lending rates, with the systemic liquidity surplus in excess of 1 per cent of net demand and time liabilities (NDTL),” said Aditi Nayar, Principal economist, ICRA. George Alexander Muthoot, MD – Muthoot Finance said RBI’s mandate to open up lending to NBFC sector will boost the consumer spending like auto sales, real estate and others. “We expect the rate cuts to encourage the banks for a faster transmission thereby providing much needed relief to the cost of funds. The policy clearly focuses on managing inflation and reviving the economy. The overall investment demand and the credit environment of the economy will pick up,” Muthoot said. Reliance Home Finance ED & CEO Ravindra Sudhalkar said RBI’s decision to cut rates by 35 basis point is a positive decision. The move to allow banks to lend to priority sectors, including to housing sector of up to Rs 20 lakh loans, through NBFC arms will kickstart credit flow especially to affordable housing sector, he said. Measures to improve credit flow to NBFCs, unsecured borrowers and priority sectors with lowering of risk weight will complement the overall stance of adequate liquidity and lower rates, said R K Gurumurthy, Head – Treasury, Lakshmi Vilas Bank. Rate transmission is expected to improve significantly in the coming days. Deposit rates should continue to drift lower, he said. Kotak Institutional Equities said the RBI continued with the rate cut cycle but in a surprise change to the quantum,however, transmission to lending rates will likely remain weak unless there is a clear visibility of adequate liquidity sustaining over the medium term. “The MPC remains sanguine on inflation with projections up to Q1 FY2021 remaining well under 4 per cent….Steps to enhance the credit flows to NBFCs and classification of certain sectors to the priority sector lending through NBFC on-lending are also welcome,” said B Prasanna, Head Global Markets group, ICICI Bank. Reduction in risk weightage for consumer credit will free up capital from the banking sector for productive use. Similarly, permitting Banks to on-lend through NBFCs will facilitate credit flow to priority sectors, the SBI chairman noted. None of the macro-indicators have been promising since the past many months-plunging auto sales which hit a 20-year low in July, plummeting IIP growth which hit a 57-month low in June, falling exports and the continuing bloodbath in the markets, coupled with trade wars and increasing challenges to global economy all point to the gathering clouds. Speaking to reporters here last week, L&T chairman Naik had said we should consider ourselves “lucky” if growth touches 6.5 percent in FY20. It can be noted that the March quarter GDP printed at a five-year low of 5.8 per cent.last_img read more

UN envoy travels to Ghana to assess regional impact of Côte dIvoire

Carolyn McAskie, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Humanitarian Envoy for the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire travelled to Accra, Ghana, where she met with Ghanaian authorities, including the Vice-President, Minster for Foreign Affairs, representatives of the UN country team and representatives of humanitarian organizations.Ms. McAskie discussed with them the extent of the impact of the Côte d’Ivoire crisis on Ghana, the ongoing measures to address the humanitarian situation, and emergency preparedness measures currently in place, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). From Ghana, Ms. McAskie plans to visit Burkina Faso tomorrow and then travel to Guinea, Liberia and Mali.Prior to leaving Côte d’Ivoire, Ms. McAskie discussed with President Laurent Gbagbo the destruction of shantytowns by Ivoirian security forces, and visited this past weekend the “Washington” community, where she heard eyewitness accounts of brutality there.According to OCHA, residents of Washington later reported that on Tuesday night, their community was again visited by armed men in uniform who accused them of speaking to the press, set fire to nine homes, brutalized residents and detained seven young men.A similar incident occurred on Monday night in “Abdoulaye Diallo,” another shantytown, where 50 homes were burned, OCHA reported. The agency has called on local and national authorities as well as all security forces in Abidjan to respect national and international laws, particularly those that apply to the protection of civilians in armed conflict. read more

Africa moves a step closer to polio eradication but more work to

Observing yesterday the one year mark since the last case of wild polio was confirmed on the African continent, the world body has recalled that despite such laudatory progress, the milestone could not yet be considered “official” by the Organization’s strict standards. Nigeria, the last endemic country in the African region, marked one year without a case of wild polio on 24 July 2015. If continued lab results in the coming weeks confirm no new cases in Nigeria, and if the UN World Health Organization (WHO) African Region then goes two more years without a case of wild polio in the face of strong surveillance, it could be certified polio-free by the Africa Regional Certification Commission. Similarly, transmission in Kenya and Ethiopia has also been interrupted. “Globally, we are on the verge of totally eradicating a disease for only the second time in history,” remarked Peter Crowley, the head of the UN Children Fund’s (UNICEF) Polio unit, on his blog. “As we approach the General Assembly’s endorsement of the Sustainable Development Goals, what a wonderful time to be able to encourage the global community to set ambitious goals and to know that such goals can be met – if we believe.”According to the UN, African leadership has been instrumental in reaching the milestone and pushing towards wider eradication through the African “Kick Polio out of Africa” campaign. Likewise, the support of the international community has also been key to success and continued support remains essential to achieve a polio-free Africa through improved vaccination campaign quality and surveillance, particularly in the Horn and Central Africa.“With Africa now on track, we are left with only two countries where polio transmission has never been interrupted: Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Mr. Crowley continued. “Here too, despite enormous challenges, communities, governments and partners are working with courage and determination to end polio once and for all.”Polio is a virus transmitted by person-to-person contact and spread mainly through the faecal-oral route or, less frequently, by a common vehicle (e.g. contaminated water or food) and multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system and can cause paralysis.Initial symptoms of polio include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. In a small proportion of cases, the disease causes paralysis, which is often permanent. There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented by immunization.If eradication in Africa is achieved, there would be only two countries where polio transmission has never been interrupted: Pakistan and Afghanistan. read more

Newmont sold 53 Moz of gold in 2007 and expects comparable sales

first_imgFor the year ended December 31, 2007, Newmont Mining reported equity gold sales of 5.3 Moz at costs applicable to sales of $406/oz. Richard O’Brien, President and CEO, said, “We are pleased with our operating results from the fourth quarter, resulting in gold sales performance consistent with our original expectations for the year. We expect our 2008 gold sales performance to be comparable with our 2007 results, with equity gold sales expected to be between 5.1 and 5.4 Moz at costs applicable to sales of between $425 and $450/oz. Building on our strong operating performance from the third and fourth quarters of 2007, as well as the momentum we established with the completion of our Miramar acquisition and the sale of our royalty assets and certain other equity interests in December, we have embarked on 2008 with a renewed focus on operational and project execution as well as financial performance.” The Company reported year end 2007 proven and probable reserves of 86.5 Moz equity ounces compared with 93.9 Moz at the end of 2006. During 2007 the company added 4.2 Moz of gold reserves due to margin changes and additional drilling. The gold price basis for the reserve calculations increased to $575/oz in 2007 from $500/oz in 2006. Gold reserves were revised down at Ahafo in Ghana by 2.4 Moz due to increasing operating and capital costs, by 0.8 Moz at Nevada due to geotechnical and metallurgical changes, as well as higher operating costs, and by 0.2 Moz at various locations due to operating cost inflation. Gold reserves were also impacted by 0.9 Moz as a result of the previously announced reduction of the company’s economic ownership at Batu Hijau in Indonesia and by the sale of Pajingo in Australia.For 2007, the reserve additions from exploration of roughly 3.5 Moz were primarily due to further extension drilling at Boddington, Jundee and Tanami in Australia, with 2.5 Moz added to reserves in 2007, and the remaining additions coming from Batu Hijau, several open pit and underground sites in Nevada, and La Herradura in Mexico.last_img read more

Amazing fans support to their teams Metalurg Wisla Plock and Pick Szeged

Great, amazing support got the EHF Champions League Wild Card candidates in our Poll, where we wanted to hear handball fans all around about their favorites before EHF take decision on Friday, June 21 about three teams who will get that chance. Thanks to our visitors, Handball-Planet.com almost went offline after 14.000 visits last Tuesday, but nevermind, the only what is important is passion for handball.Over 9.000 fans took a chance to vote for their teams. Beside HSV Handball who got the opportunity to play at Wild Card tournament as the EHF CL winner, three teams who deserved to play on that tournament are Macedonian vice-champion RK Metalurg, Polish vice-champion, Orlen Wisla Plock and Hungarian, Pick Szeged as well.Significant support got also other teams – candidates for Wild Card tournament -Danish Skjern Handball, Swedish IFK Kristianstad, German Fuchse Berlin and French Montpellier. Swiss second team Kadetten Schaffhausen’ fans weren’t enthusiastic to support their team in this way…Who has to get invitation for Wild Card Tournament? HC Metalurg (69%, 6,276 Votes)SPR Wisla Plock S.A (11%, 973 Votes)Pick Szeged (10%, 895 Votes)Skjern Handball (4%, 390 Votes)IFK Kristianstad (3%, 260 Votes)Füchse Berlin (2%, 139 Votes)Montpellier (1%, 133 Votes)Kadetten Schaffhausen (0%, 14 Votes)Total Voters: 9,080 ← Previous Story German teams refused Qatari investments – Berlin defends Sigurdsson! Next Story → HC Metalurg, Wisla Plock, Pick Szeged and Montpellier got Wild Card read more

Guinness pulls out of sponsorship of NYC Patricks Day parade at the

first_imgGUINNESS HAS WITHDRAWN its sponsorship of the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York city in protest at the treatment of LGBT groups.Just hours before the event was due to begin, Guinness said that it was unhappy at the ban on people from holding signs on LGBT issues in the parade.“We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade,” Guinness said in a statement.As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy.Heineken had already cancelled its sponsorship of the parade, while American brewer Sam Adams pulled out from the Boston parade on Friday.The sponsorship cancellation comes after New York City mayor Bill de Blasio became the first mayor in 20 years to refuse to take part in the parade over the same issue. De Blasio said that he disagreed with the organisers over the exclusion of some groups.Boston’s Irish-American mayor Marty Walsh also skipped his city’s parade yesterday after agreement could not be reached on a deal to allow gay and lesbian activists to march openly.Taoiseach Enda Kenny is due to take part in the New York City parade later today, after repeatedly defending his attendance at the event. The Taoiseach told the Dáil that the parade is about “our Irishness and not about our sexuality”.Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton will also be in New York today but said she will not be attending the parade.The organisers of the New York parade say the event is about tradition and that there is a ban on all posters and banners not explicitly to do with the parade.Read: 500,000 people, 1 event… It’s the St Patrick’s Day parade in numbers > Watch: Timelapse video shows Chicago turning the river green >last_img read more

Greek citizenship and … a prior divorce

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of people of Greek descent from all over the world wish to obtain the Greek citizenship and passport. Some of them base their claim to the Greek citizenship on one or both of their parents, who were born in Greece as Greek citizens. In other cases, the ancestor born in Greece is not a parent, but a grandparent of the present applicant. And there are cases where the applicant has a great-grandparent born in Greece. In all these cases, the starting point for every application is the search for the birth record or birth certificate of the ancestor who was born in Greece. The person who is going to make the search in Greece, preferably a specialised lawyer, or someone else who has experience in cases of Greek citizenship, will need the basic data of the ancestor who was born in Greece, which are their first name, last name (maiden name for a woman), father’s first name, place of birth in Greece as close as possible and year of birth, as accurate as possible. If the birth record or birth certificate of the ancestor born in Greece is located, either at the municipality registry (Demotologion, for men and women), or at the male registry (Mitroo Arrenon, for men only, connected to the army), the case will look promising. The next documents required are the marriage certificate of the Greek ancestor who was born in Greece, and then the birth certificate of his child, until we reach the birth certificate of the present applicant. One common problem is the modification of the name of a person in the family tree. In other words, if the same person appears in more than one certificate (birth or marriage) with different names, the dossier of the citizenship application will have to be enriched with evidence that name A and name B belong to the same person. Another question which must be asked at the beginning of the process of the citizenship application is whether the Greek parent or grandparent of the applicant had a prior marriage and a prior divorce. For example, we take the imaginary case of the present applicant who is named James Panegyris, who was born in the USA, where he lives now. His father, Apostolos Panegyris, was born in Greece, as a Greek citizen. He moved to the USA and married there his non-Greek wife. After their marriage, James (the present applicant for the citizenship) was born. James’ father, Apostolos, did not have any prior marriage. In that case we move forward, since the case seems to be straightforward. If, however, in another hypothetical scenario, James’ father, Apostolos, was initially married to another woman, then he got divorced and then he married for the second time, to the mother of James, who is now interested in the Greek citizenship, we will need additional documents. And apart from additional documents, the citizenship case will take more time and it will require more expense. This is because under Greek law, we must first register in Greece the first marriage of James’ father, Apostolos. Then, we must find his divorce decree, or court decision, in its detailed form, which we will present to the Greek court in order to have it recognised in the Greek legal order. Once the Greek court issues its decision, recognising the US divorce decree or decision, we will register the divorce in Greece, and then we will register the second marriage of Apostolos, from which James was born. That is why we have to ask the potential applicant for the Greek citizenship, among other questions, whether his or her Greek ancestor had a prior marriage and divorce, before he/she was married for a second (or even third) time, to the mother or father of the present applicant for the Greek citizenship. * Christos Iliopoulos is an attorney at the Supreme Court of Greece, LL.M. For more information, contact www.greekadvocate.eu or email ktimatologiolaw@yahoo.gr and bm-bioxoi@otenet.grlast_img read more

Dummett positive ahead of United clash

first_imgNewcastle United left-back Paul Dummett was gutted to concede a late goal at Watford in their 1-1 draw but says he’s optimistic of facing United in the next game.Newcastle United were well on their way to their third away victory in the Premier League this season after Rondon Salomon gave them the lead in the 29th minute.But eight minutes from time, substitute Abdoulaye Doucouré scored to salvage a point for Watford.The Magpies face Manchester United next on Wednesday, and Dummett fancies their chances against the Red Devils as they look to put the disappointment of the Watford game behind them.“After leading for so much of the game, working hard as a team and defending well, for them to score in the 82nd minute is really disappointing,” Dummett told nufc.co.uk.“The manager said before that every game is a cup final – we wanted three points, but every point we take is another point on the board.“They had a lot of the ball in the first half before we scored our goal. They had a lot of possession in the second half, as well, but they didn’t really cause us much of a threat until their man got free in the box and they scored.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It’s disappointing not to hold out and pick up the three points, but we have to be positive and move on to the next game.“Last season, we beat Manchester United and went on a bit of a run after that, and hopefully we can achieve the same as that this season.“They’ve got a new manager and they’ve won a few games, so their confidence will be high coming to play against us.“But, I think Manchester United have always found it hard playing at St. James’ Park against us.“We’ll be doing our best to try and take points off them – hopefully three – and hopefully kick on the same as we did last season.”last_img read more

Legalmarijuana trend spreads in West as more states weigh votes

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Voter support for legal marijuana in Washington and Colorado is spurring similar campaigns in California and three other states that together may bring pot within lawful reach of nearly one in five Americans.Advocates are seeking the signatures of registered voters in California, Arizona, Oregon and Alaska, with a combined population of 49 million, to put the question on ballots in 2014. Colorado and Washington last year legalized marijuana for 12.1 million people.“Because of Colorado and Washington, it’s created a cannabis tidal wave across the country,” Mike Jolson, 45, a legalization activist in Santa Cruz, said by telephone. “We want to capitalize on this wave.”Washington and Colorado became the first U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana through referendums last November, defying federal law that has prohibited pot since the 1930s. In August, the U.S. Justice Department said it wouldn’t challenge the states, opening the door for others.In Washington state, regulators are finalizing rules for growing, processing and selling marijuana ahead of a Dec. 1 deadline to begin issuing licenses. In Colorado, which has finished setting its rules, voters will decide next month whether to tax retail sales at rates of as much as 25 percent.last_img read more

Lost Mick Jagger And Carly Simon Duet Fragile Surfaces

first_img Facebook As Jagger shared on his Instagram last weekend, the Stones are still hard at work. Their 2016 album Blue & Lonesome won Best Traditional Blues Album at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. Fans can’t help but hope the 45-year-old duet comes out soon.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Lost Mick Jagger And Carly Simon Duet “Fragile” Surfaces News From deep in the vault, a hidden gem is extracted but still being kept secretPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 22, 2018 – 3:21 pm A long-lost, unreleased duet from Mick Jagger and Carly Simon has been uncovered by a collector of memorabilia from the Rolling Stones, Matt Lee. The fan community is convinced the song is titled “Fragile” and was recorded in 1972. The GRAMMY-winning friends have collaborated before, when Jagger’s uncredited vocals appeared harmonizing the chorus on Simon’s signature tune, the GRAMMY-nominated “You’re So Vain.”The newly discovered love ballad seems to have emerged from an hour the two spent with Simon on the piano. Its lyric shares that it’s “Funny, funny, funny, funny, funny how love can make you change,” with Jagger singing lead. Lee said he sent a copy to Rolling Stone magazine hoping they would pass it on to Simon, who seems to have referenced it in a 2016 interview. Email Mick Jagger And Carly Simon’s Lost Duet “Fragile” lost-mick-jagger-and-carly-simon-duet-fragile-surfaces https://www.instagram.com/p/BmqOBHfnyFx/?taken-by=mickjagger Twitter last_img read more

Turner Prepares To Cut Budget For Third Straight Year

first_imgPhoto: Andrew Schneider | Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester TurnerHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city is nearly out of room to cut spending. The warning comes as Turner prepares to submit his budget for Fiscal Year 2019 to Houston City Council next week. 00:00 /00:49 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Mayor Turner’s plans to cut spending to all city departments with the exception of the Houston Police Department. This year will mark the third in a row Houston has cut the budget on his watch.“The previous mayor made department reductions as well,” said Turner. “So if you go back and take a look at what was done under Mayor Parker’s administration and then take a look at what I’ve done, we’re cutting these departments pretty much to the bone.”Since last July, the city has eliminated virtually every job that has fallen vacant.Turner notes that his last budget cut $20 million from HPD, and he said he won’t cut police funding any further. During his State of the City address earlier this week, Turner said he wants voters to lift the revenue cap, so that Houston can raise the funds needed to hire more police. Sharelast_img read more

Colombia legalizes medical marijuana

first_imgUpdated at 1:15 p.m. on TuesdayBOGOTÁ, Colombia – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree Tuesday legalizing and regulating medical marijuana, the latest softening of the country’s hardline tactics in the war on drugs.In a nationally televised address, Santos announced it would be fully legal to grow, process, import and export cannabis and its derivatives for medical and scientific use.“This decree allows licenses to be granted for the possession of seeds, cannabis plants and marijuana,” he said from the presidential palace. “It places Colombia in the group of countries that are at the forefront … in the use of natural resources to fight disease.”He added that the measure “does not go against our international commitments on drug control.”Colombia’s government has long been a close ally of the United States in fighting international drug trafficking, using its military and billions of dollars in U.S. funding to try to shed its title as the world’s largest cocaine producer. But it has shown signs of easing its hardline stance in recent months.Santos’ announcement follows a recent decision to stop aerially spraying the herbicide glyphosate on fields of coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine.The World Health Organization warned in April that the chemical, sold by U.S. biotech company Monsanto under the brand name Roundup, is “probably carcinogenic.”Santos also announced in September that Colombia would begin giving land to farmers who stop growing coca.Medical marijuana had previously fallen into a legal gray area in Colombia. It was authorized under a 1986 law, but the lack of regulation prevented production on a national level.“The manufacture, export, sale, and medical and scientific use of this and other substances have been permitted for several decades in Colombia. However, they were never regulated. That is what we are doing today,” Santos said.Under the decree, growers will apply for licenses from the National Narcotics Council, while those seeking to manufacture cannabis-based drugs will apply for permits from the Health Ministry. The Health Ministry will also grant permits to export such drugs to countries where they are legal.“Our goal is for patients to be able to access medications made in Colombia that are safe, high-quality and accessible. It is also an opportunity to promote scientific research in our country,” Santos said.Plan ColombiaColombia decriminalized possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana in 2012, and it is legal to grow up to 20 cannabis plants. But consuming it in public and selling it are illegal.Colombia’s Congress is currently debating a separate medical marijuana bill that would define crop limits and other production details. Its sponsor, Sen. Juan Manuel Galan, told AFP he hopes to have it signed into law by June.Medical marijuana is already used in Colombia on a small scale. For example, some epileptics use cannabis extract to control their seizures. But health professionals and pharmaceutical companies say the new decree will make it much easier to buy, sell and manufacture such drugs.Illegal drugs have given rise to horrific violence by drug cartels in Colombia, and have fueled a five-decade conflict between leftist guerrillas and the Colombian government that has killed more than 220,000 people.The country has received $9 billion in U.S. funding since 1999 under Plan Colombia, a military and economic cooperation program aimed at combating drug trafficking. But it remains a top producer of illegal drugs, particularly cocaine.Coca cultivation surged by 44 percent last year, to 69,000 hectares (170,000 acres), according to the United Nations. Facebook Comments Related posts:92 percent of California patients say medical marijuana works Puerto Rico authorizes medical marijuana Medical marijuana in Costa Rica? The time has come, says La Nación Another medical use for pot: Healing broken boneslast_img read more

Rohingya migrant crisis eases but hard questions remain

first_img___HOW MANY BOATS ARE AT SEA?This is another mystery. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak tweeted Thursday that he had ordered the navy and coast guard to comb the sea to look for stranded migrants, becoming the first country to announce it will actively search for refugees instead of waiting for them to wash up on the region’s shores. Navy chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar said it has deployed four vessels, and three helicopters and three other vessels are on standby. Thailand and Indonesia have not announced any similar operations to search their sections of the Andaman Sea. The countries have also expressed concerns that offering temporary shelter could encourage an exodus of even more refugees.___WHAT HAPPENS IN A YEAR?Malaysia and Indonesia have made clear that their offer to house migrants is temporary. Both said their hospitality expires in one year. It is unclear what happens after that. Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said his government is ready to shelter Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar, while Bangladeshis would be sent back home. “A year is (the) maximum,” he said. “There should be international cooperation.” Malaysia has set the same time limit, saying in a joint statement that the international community must take responsibility for repatriating or resettling the migrants in third countries within that period. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories Sponsored Stories ___“THE ROOT CAUSE” AND THE R-WORDSoutheast Asian governments say the key to solving the migrant crisis is addressing the “the root cause” — which is code for Myanmar. The Rohingya Muslim minority has been boarding rickety boats to escape Myanmar for years due to state-sanctioned discrimination in the predominantly Buddhist country where they are openly despised. They are denied citizenship, have limited access to education and medical care and cannot practice their religion freely. The Rohingya have faced repeated outbreaks of violence, the latest of which have been occurring since 2012, with hundreds killed and 140,000 displaced. So they try to flee abroad, most hoping to reach Muslim-majority Malaysia in search of jobs and security. Myanmar has said it does not want to be blamed for the problem but agreed Thursday to join regional talks on the crisis to be held in Bangkok next week. Observers are eager to see how the countries will discuss the issue, given the Myanmar government’s distaste for the word “Rohingya,” which is taboo in Myanmar, where they are referred to as Bengalis — migrants from neighboring Bangladesh — even though many have lived in Myanmar for generations.center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober BANGKOK (AP) — The decision by Indonesia and Malaysia to give temporary shelter to thousands of migrants stranded at sea appears to have defused a potential Southeast Asian humanitarian catastrophe, but the root causes of the crisis remain. Here’s a look at still-unanswered questions surrounding the Rohingya Muslim migrants who are persecuted at home in Myanmar and have found scant welcome anywhere else.___ Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Migrants wait to be be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on their boat on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. In a potential breakthrough in Southeast Asia’s humanitarian crisis, Indonesia and Malaysia offered Wednesday to provide temporary shelter to thousands of migrants stranded at sea after weeks of saying they weren’t welcome. But they appealed for international help, saying the crisis was a global, not a regional, problem. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas) A FIRST STEP, BUT WHAT’S NEXT?The Indonesian-Malaysian offer to shelter migrants for up to a year was hailed as a breakthrough, and marks a major reversal after navies from the two countries and Thailand pushed boatloads of desperate migrants away. But it is just the first of many steps needed to solve the crisis. Groups such as the International Organization of Migration say time is running out for vessels still at sea and call for countries to urgently launch operations to find and rescue drifting boats believed to be crammed with people in need of food, water and medical treatment.___HOW MANY MIGRANTS ARE THERE?Nobody knows, but the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR estimated as of Thursday that more than 3,000 could still be at sea.“Having said that, there could be more that we don’t know about,” Bangkok-based UNHCR spokeswoman Vivian Tan said.When the crisis first came to international attention early this month, aid agencies estimated 6,000 or more migrants were abandoned on boats after a regional crackdown on human trafficking prompted smugglers to flee. Since then more than 3,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis have landed in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.last_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones, who was acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots, speaks during a news conference Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic via AP) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling A move that has long been anticipated came to fruition Monday, as the Arizona Cardinals have placed the franchise tag on linebacker Chandler Jones. Coincidentally, it happened on Jones’ 27th birthday.The tag used is the “non-exclusive” one, which means he can receive an offer sheet from another team that the Cardinals would then have the right to match. If the Cardinals chose not to match, they would receive two first-round picks as compensation. The Cards’ tag on Jones is the first one to be filed. More to come over the next 48 hours. The linebacker tender will be at ~$14.6 million.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 27, 2017That it got to this point is really no surprise.Jones was acquired last March with the understanding that he would be in line for free agency following the season, and though they have often expressed a desire to get a multi-year deal done, everyone from president Michael Bidwill, GM Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians have said the tag would be used if necessary.The Cardinals sent guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick to New England hoping Jones would provide the kind of pass rush the team has struggled to find, and he delivered in his first season in the desert. The 26-year-old tallied 11 sacks, 14 QB pressures and 22 QB hits to go along with 57 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, three passes defensed, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In part due to Jones, as well as the emergence of fellow linebacker Markus Golden, the Cardinals finished 2016 with an NFL-leading 48 sacks a season after finishing tied for 20th with 36.This is the first time the Cardinals have used the franchise tag since 2012, when they placed it on Calais Campbell in hopes of working out a long-term deal, which they did a couple months later.– / 11 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Should Jones not sign an offer sheet with another team or a long-term deal with the Cardinals by July 15, he will be back with in Arizona on a one-year contract for an amount that is the average of the top five salaries at his position.last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Sept. 9, 2018 photo shows Viola Davis, a cast member in the film “Widows,” posing for a portrait at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Viola Davis on ‘Widows,’ MeToo and expressing her femininity by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Nov 12, 2018 9:12 am PDT TORONTO — To Viola Davis, being naked on screen or onstage means more than having your clothes off. It means ridding yourself of self-consciousness and ego. It means exposing yourself.“Oftentimes you do see dynamic acting — there are a lot of really dynamic actors — but there is a sense of vanity,” says Davis. “I always say that when people get naked on stage it always looks like they’ve been to the gym for about five years. And we all know that’s not the case. When we get naked in life, we may have some rolls of flesh around our stomach. You may have some stretch marks. Now that’s intimate.”There was, memorably, no vanity in Davis’ Rose in “Fences,” a performance that reached its aching crescendo in her shattering, snot-dripping “18 years of my life” monologue. But in Steve McQueen’s electric Chicago underworld thriller “Widows,” Davis’ raw intimacy includes a dimension she has rarely, if ever, gotten to express in film — her sexuality.“It’s a part of the strength. It’s a part of the badass-ness. It’s a part of the vulnerability,” Davis, fighting a cold, said in an interview the morning after “Widows” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. “The first scene in the movie I’m in bed with Liam Neeson. That may seem like not a big deal to you but to me that was a big deal.”In “Widows,” McQueen’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave,” Davis stars as the wife of a veteran thief (Neeson) who dies, along with his crew, in a heist gone wrong. For their spouses, it’s almost as if their lives have also been extinguished. But with Veronica Rawlins’ leadership, they (the other women are played by Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Carrie Coon) resolve to take over their late husbands’ criminal plans and pull off what none expect them capable of.“This was a great experiment in exploring how to work out getting back your power,” says Davis. “In my life I’m still learning that.”When a reporter points out that she — one of the most movingly outspoken advocates for on-screen representation and inclusion — seems quite in control of her considerable power, Davis demurs. “Like everyone, I have my good moments and bad moments.”Davis has won an Oscar (for “Fences”), an Emmy (for “How to Get Away With Murder”) and a Tony, twice (for “Fences” and “King Hedley II”) — a trifecta that no other black actor has accomplished, and few others, for that matter. Along the way, her impassioned acceptance speeches have been some of the most potent thunderbolts of inspiration in the wider fight for diversity, beamed out to the unrepresented and the overlooked everywhere.But it’s been almost a decade since her “Doubt” co-star Meryl Streep pleaded “My God, somebody give her a movie!” at the Screen Actors Guild Awards (and later called her “possessed to the blazing, incandescent power”). Since then, Davis has been a mainstay on screens big and small, but she has seldom — except in the Shonda Rhimes ABC series and now “Widows” — been front and centre. She has even expressed some regret over 2011’s “The Help,” noting “it wasn’t the voices of the maids that were heard.” The same year, Davis formed a production company with her husband, the actor Julius Tennon, with whom she has an eight-year-old daughter.For McQueen, Davis’ lack of leading performances is one of the most glaring injustices in Hollywood.“She can only be judged by the films she gets to do. Don’t forget: she could not really make a living in film because no one was giving her any roles,” McQueen said by phone. “She was not given an opportunity to fulfil her craft. So she had to go on television. Viola’s 53 years old. She should have a vast body of work by now.”Does Davis feel the same way?“I mean, yeah,” she sighs. “I sort of feel that sometimes. But I’m honoured that I’ve gotten to this point. This is a very privileged life. I feel like if I sit here and I say, ‘I should have had more lead roles,’ some dissatisfaction with the moment — I can’t do that. I really can’t.”Davis, the fifth of their six children, grew up impoverished, in dilapidated homes in Rhode Island, the daughter of an alcoholic father who was abusive to Davis’ mother.“I became an actor because I was an observer. It’s said that actors are observers and they’re thieves. You observe life and then you steal from it,” says Davis. “The beauty of how I grew up is I saw so many horrific but glorious things happen in public. When you grow up poor, nothing is undercover. You hear everything played out because people are living in close proximity to each other. You know who the alcoholic is. You know who’s getting beaten by their husband.”Davis has said before that she’s motivated to honour the dreams of her “eight-year-old self.” ”She’s always sitting there,” says Davis. “And, really, it’s easy to make her happy, whereas it’s sort of hard to make me happy now.” And she lets out a belly laugh.That upbringing has informed how Davis has responded to the #MeToo movement: applauding it, encouraging it, but also fearing that its focus on Hollywood actresses and executives is limited. She cites her long-running involvement with Gail Abarbanel’s Rape Treatment Center at the Stuart House as the kind of place that needs support.“It’s much bigger than a hashtag,” she says.“Widows,” penned by McQueen and Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) is based on Lynda La Plante’s 1980s British series, but its tale of female empowerment has obvious connections to today. In rehearsals, McQueen would sit with Davis and the other actresses and talk through their own experiences. “All the things in our lives that we felt people didn’t see,” says Davis. “Like my femininity.”McQueen wanted to bring all of those stories to the table. Davis would have preferred to wear a wig but McQueen disagreed. He wanted Davis to look just how she is. “I know this woman,” McQueen told her. “She just hasn’t been in the American cinema. So it’s about time we introduced her.”Davis has made such introductions a regularity, bringing one African-American woman after another to a screen where they didn’t before exist.“My big thing — this is my ego — I always want people to look back at this time and I want my name to be in it. I always want to be in the conversation,” she says. “Not just in movies, just in terms of people seeing themselves differently.”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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