Annie Lennox And Colin Firth Raid Their Closets For Charity

first_imgCelebrities across the UK have been raiding their wardrobes and homes to help raise money for charity mothers2mothers (m2m).Stars including Annie Lennox, Colin Firth, Livia Firth, Emma Bunton and Mollie King have donated to an eBay auction which will raise funds for the charity’s vital work in sub-Saharan Africa, preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.A host of celebrities have donated designer clothing and other items to be auctioned on eBay as part of the mothers2mothers ‘make more than money’ special fundraising event, running throughout March.The inaugural auction will celebrate Mother’s Day with items up for grabs including an autographed selection of Kings Speech memorabilia from Colin Firth, artwork created by Annie Lennox, a beautiful jewellery box from artist and model Tali Lennox and two beautiful designer dresses from Emma Bunton and Mollie King.Every £30 raised helps mothers2mothers provide peer education and psychosocial support to one HIV-positive woman, over the course of her pregnancy, on how to keep healthy and prevent transmission of HIV to her baby. m2m Mentor Mothers also educate women on other topics critical to their health, ranging from family planning and reproductive health to tuberculosis and nutrition.Speaking of the auction, Colin Firth comments: “I’m delighted to support mothers2mothers by offering this autographed package of Kings Speech memorabilia. I have enormous respect for the work mothers2mothers are doing to protect babies from HIV, and hope this auction is a great success.”About her donation, Emma Bunton says: “This beautiful dress was hand made for me and I loved wearing it, but I’m delighted to donate it to such a good cause. mothers2mothers are doing amazing work in sub-Saharan Africa, helping mothers protect their babies from HIV infections.”Almost all babies infected with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa and acquire HIV from their mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. mothers2mothers trains and employs HIV-positive mothers, called Mentor Mothers, to work alongside nurses and doctors providing life-saving information to pregnant women and new mothers on how to protect themselves and their babies from acquiring HIV.Emma France, European Director of mothers2mothers said: “Every day, almost 900 children are infected with HIV. Yet most of these infections are preventable. Every day Mentor Mothers are helping mothers live healthy lives and have babies born free of HIV. Our supporters have been incredibly generous and this amazing auction offers everyone a chance to own a piece of fashion history and to help some of the most vulnerable mothers and babies in sub-Saharan Africa at the same time. It’s definitely worth a look – you might just find the perfect Mother’s Day gift! This is also your chance to sell your own personal treasures and donate the proceeds to mothers2mothers.”For more information on the auction, click here.The campaign is not only open to celebrities, anyone can donate items, to find out how, click here or to join the conversation, go to #m2m or @m2mtweets.last_img read more

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‘Was not prepared to watch 12 Years a Slave for first time’

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor says he was “not prepared” to watch for the first time 12 Years a Slave, film which marked a turning point in his career. The biographical drama, directed by Steve McQueen, featured Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington by two conmen in 1841 and sold into slavery. He was put to work on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before being released. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotDuring his appearance on PeopleTV’s ‘Couch Surfing’, the 41-year-old actor, who is making his directorial debut with Netflix’s ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’, said he knew that the film will be “a strong piece of work”. “I was just not prepared the first time that I watched the film, even knowing it so intimately,” he said. “It took me a little while, even in a practical sense, of coming out of that experience, of being able to turn up at dinner parties and not just be talking about man’s inhumanity to man. It took me a little while to re-enter society,” he added. At the 86th Academy Awards, 12 Years a Slave bagged three Oscars.last_img read more

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BJP govt is anti-farmer, pro-rich: Priyanka

first_imgAyodhya (UP): Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday lashed out at the BJP, dubbing it “anti-farmer” and “pro-rich”, and appealed to voters to oust the saffron party from power. Vadra accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of ignoring his constituency of Varanasi. “The BJP government is anti-farmer, anti-forces. Farmers are reeling in debt,” she said at a “nukkad sabha” here on the last day of her three-day Uttar Pradesh visit. “The government’s focus is only on helping the rich, making the rich richer.” The government has money for businessmen, but not for the poor, Vadra alleged. The Congress general secretary incharge of eastern Uttar Pradesh accused the government of trying to shut down MGNREGA scheme and claimed that workers under the scheme had not been paid for six months.last_img read more

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Sitdown Sunday 7 deadly reads

first_imgIT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour. Source: Shutterstock1. For my fatherIrish writer Megan Nolan pens a moving and candid piece about her father, and how the support and love he gives her has enabled her to move through struggles in her life.(Medium, approx 11 minutes reading time, 2223 words)If one of my parents was five minutes late to meet me, I had already imagined the entire trajectory of the car crash — the sickening thud of skull against plastic, the white arm flung at a terrible, unnatural angle through shattered glass, the mobile phone ringing uselessly underneath debris as I gasped to hear it answered. It felt like living with a curse, these persistent visual punishments seizing me at inopportune moments. 2. Witness the fitness If you have a fitness app of some description on your phone, you have an ally in David Sedaris, who tracks his physical activity with Fit Bit… and becomes slightly obsessed.(New Yorker, approx 14 minutes reading time, 2984 words)To people like Dawn and me, people who are obsessive to begin with, the Fitbit is a digital trainer, perpetually egging us on. During the first few weeks that I had it, I’d return to my hotel at the end of the day, and when I discovered that I’d taken a total of, say, twelve thousand steps, I’d go out for another three thousand. Source: Florida Department of Law Enforcement3. Hollywood sex scandalMarc Collins-Rector was a digital pioneer who became embroiled in a sex scandal involving the alleged abuse of teenage boys. Buzzfeed writers look at how Collins-Rector managed to disappear, and who he believed was trying to destroy him.(Buzzfeed, approx 25 minutes reading time, 5171 words)In the course of his long unraveling, Collins-Rector pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court to transporting minors across state lines for the purpose of sex, was allegedly tortured in a Spanish prison, and self-published the first chapter of a science fiction novel that follows the adventures of a beautiful teenage boy charged with leading humanity to its next evolutionary stage. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images4. Bad blockbusterSummertime is when we expect the big blockbusters to hit our screens, but are they a bit self-loathing this year? Alex Pappedemas looks at Transformers and 22 Jump Street and says… yes.(Grantland, approx 11 minutes reading time, 2192 words) The season’s highest-grossing comedy is 22 Jump Street, a cash-grab sequel whose premise is that cash-grab sequels are embarrassing and lame, a movie that exists because everyone involved is both too cool to make a sequel and too weak (or too contractually obligated) to say no to one. 6. Unhappy animals in the zooAnimals in zoos can suffer from a range of unexpected afflictions, from depression to OCD. Alex Halberstadt meets an expert who treats animals suffering.(New York Times, approx 35 minutes reading time, 7158 words)Often, the animals suffer from afflictions that haven’t been documented in the wild and appear uncomfortably close to our own: He has treated severely depressed snow leopards, brown bears with obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobic zebras. “Scientists often say that we don’t know what animals feel because they can’t speak to us and can’t report their inner states,” Virga told me. “But the thing is, they are reporting their inner states. We’re just not listening.”…AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES… Source: DANIEL PORTNOYEdna Buchanan is a crime reporter for the Miami Herald and mystery writer. In 2003, Calvin Trillin wrote about her heyday at the paper.(New Yorker, approx 40 minutes reading time, 8175 words)It’s an old-fashioned name. Whoever picks up the phone at homicide when Edna Buchanan calls probably doesn’t know any Ednas he might confuse her with. Edna is, as it happens, a rather old-fashioned person. “She should have been working in the twenties or thirties,” a detective who has known her for years told me. “She’d have been happy if she had a little press card in her hat.” She sometimes says the same sort of thing about herself.Interested in longreads during the week? Look out for Catch-Up Wednesday every Wednesday evening.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday >The Sports Pages – the best sports writing collected every week by > Source: AP/Press Association Images5. The problem with Justin Bieber When Vanessa Grigoriadis first met Justin Bieber, he struck her as a “precocious kid”. In the wake of the racism allegations and criticised behaviour, she looks at what has changed.(Vulture, approx 26 minutes reading time, 5216 words)For the rest of us, it’s a show, vaudeville, and we’re still watching, captivated by who may emerge or simply irritated enough that we keep looking in that stuck-in-­traffic-after-a-car-crash way. He’s little Mr. Big Man, the innocent boy turned de-virginator, master swordsman at a Brazilian brothel, double-sleeve-­tattooed thug, gold-chain-bedecked hood. He sees himself as Brando, ­McQueen, Dean.last_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha Here’s What Happened Today: Monday Abortion, the DUP and Theresa May’s next move had people talking today. No Comments Three teenagers were taken to hospital following a shooting in north DublinA young girl who was seeking an abortion was instead detained in a psychiatric unit under the Mental Health Act at the end of last yearHuman remains which were found close to the site of where the torso of a man was discovered are believed to be of the same personThe charges against one of seven men on trial for falsely imprisoning Joan Burton and her adviser at an anti-water charges protest have been droppedTicketmaster is considering using software to look at people’s social media to identify if they’re a genuine fan before allowing them to buy a ticket.Older people are overpaying €1,000 for health insurance because they’re ‘too afraid to switch’, a new report has foundAslan frontman Christy Dignam dismissed reports that his cancer has returned as a “load of garbage”, contradicting quotes he had earlier givenHalf of adults own a bike but fewer than one in ten cycle every dayArtists and writers will find it a lot easier to access social welfare payments under a new government pilot scheme launched todayWORLD There’s strong opposition to the Conservative party’s prospective alliance with the DUP. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images#LEAVE IT WITH ME: Theresa May faced her new Cabinet for the first time this evening, as talks begin with the DUP on forming a UK government.#BANNED: The block on President Donald Trump’s travel ban was maintained by the US Court of Appeals.#ANTI-PUTIN: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained while heading to a protest in Moscow, as thousands of his supporters rallied across the country.PARTING SHOTThere are a lot of technological developments to be excited about, but this one is special in how simple it is and how widespread it could become.Some very clever engineers are using thick paint as a replacement for wires – that means drawing lines from a 2D switch, to the device itself.Here’s Mashable’s video on how it works. 9,349 Views Wires just cause trouble… paint on your electrical wires from now on— Mashable (@mashable) June 12, 2017 Share1 Tweet Email1 Monday 12 Jun 2017, 9:08 PMcenter_img Get our daily news round up: NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND A portrait of Henry Shefflin by Gerry Davis, was unveiled in the National Gallery of Ireland today. Source: Source: Mashable/Twitter Comments have been closed as one of the entries relates to an ongoing court case. Jun 12th 2017, 9:08 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Bank of Sydney donates 62000 towards diabetes research

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Bank of Sydney has donated over $60,000 towards much needed research into juvenile diabetes.On his recent visit to the Bank of Sydney’s head office, the bank’s CEO Miltos Michaelas presented the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) CEO Mike Wilson with a cheque for $62,0000. The impressive sum is the net proceeds from the banking institution’s first annual charity dinner.“The bank has a rich history of charity work and as part of our corporate social responsibility and our vision to give back to the community we aim to support Australian charities in any way possible,” said Mr Michaelas. Mr Wilson thanked Mr Michaelas and the Bank of Sydney for their efforts and complimented the community engagement and support he experienced throughout the charity event.JDRF is the leading global organisation funding research into Type 1 diabetes (T1D), and is built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities with the mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications.Miltos Michaelas, Bank of Sydney’s CEO presenting the cheque to JDRF’s CEO Mike Wilson.last_img read more

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AwardWinning Publisher Robert Nylen Dies

first_imgHis autobiography, “Guts: One American Guy’s Reckless, Lucky Life,” will be published in May. Robert Nylen, an award-winning editor and publisher who founded New England Monthly magazine and, later, Beliefnet, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 64.Nylen died late last month, according to a report in the Boston Globe.He cofounded New England Monthly in 1984 with editor Daniel Okrent. The regional won two National Magazine Awards in its first two years of publication.Nylen, Vietnam veteran, also cofounded Beliefnet, an award-winning spirituality Web site.last_img

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Sluggish beginning for startups in 2019 funding down by 25 percent

first_imgNotably, the decrease in funding is witnessed across all the stages of when last quarter and Q4 2018 are compared. The first quarter of the calendar year 2019 registered $326 million investment in 134 rounds vis-a-vis Q4 FY208 where nearly $547 million was invested in 166 rounds. A similar drop is also seen in the mid-stage funding where $587 million was pumped in across 33 deals in Q1,2019 as against $738 million that was poured in 44 deals Q4 previous year. Even in the late-stage funding, the capital infusion was $500 million less than in the last quarter of 2018. In recent times, Binny Bansal, Flipkart co-founder has among the top angel investors in India. His portfolio has grown in the last few years with investments in 29 companies across sectors. Did you know these 4 ‘desi’ startups working on exciting electric vehicles in India? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Representational image Reuters fileThe early part of the year 2019 hasn’t brought cheers to the Indian startups, as the first three months has registered a drop in startup investments. As per startup data platform, Tracxn, Jan-Mar quarter of the calendar year (CY) 2019 has witnessed a drop in total deal value from $3.2 billion to $2.4 billion, which is 25 percent less than the preceding quarter (Oct-Dec 2018). Moreover, the number of deals has also stumbled around 17 percent to 187 rounds in the first quarter of the running calendar year from 224 rounds in the last three months of the calendar year 2018.The Financial Express has reported that irrespective of lower funding in the initial part of the running year, the deal volume has increased. Some of the major rounds of funding in the Indian startup ecosystem during first three months of 2019 include, Delhivery’s $413 million round led by Softbank, Ola securing $300 million from Hyundai and Kia, $150 million raised by Bigbasket from Mirae Asset and Alibaba, $100 million raised by OYO from Didi Chuxing, CarDekho’s raising $110 million from Sequoia, Capital G. In this photo taken on January 10, 2017, start-up companies work out of Nasscom’s Startup Warehouse facility, which incubates start-up tech companies, in Bangalore.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesExperts are of the opinion that the investors are avoiding to participate in mid-stage deals, Rohit Chokhani, Principal Founder, White Unicorn Ventures said “Late-stage deals show that a handful of companies are getting a larger share of the money while at early-stage there is not much left even though the number of deals is high. At mid-stage investors aren’t investing as they see investing for even a small stake at late stage a sure shot bet that they can sell it at a higher price ahead rather than taking a risk at the mid-stage.”last_img read more

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In the land of cards

first_imgOnce upon a time, there was a prince who was troubled with life’s confusions and the lack of solutions. He sets on a journey to a different land to know more about the world and to experience something new. Joining him on the knowledge quest is his friend, a merchant’s son. But fate had a different plan for the prince; a storm leaves his ship stranded in a strange island inhabited by card puppets. These card puppets have their own set of protocols that are at odds with the real world. The amused prince questions them, observes them and tries to understand how their world works, all along skeptical about changing his own beliefs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What happens when men are faced with the herculean inevitability called change?  The answers were the theme of this dance-drama, Land of Cards or Tasher Desh by Rabindranath Tagore.The play was beautifully directed and choreographed by Sushma Seth, depicting the clear message by Tagore that change is inevitable better to accept it as soon as it knocks on the door.  All the artistes lived up to their characters but the most amusing performance was the perfectly synchronised act by the small girls who played the cards.Questions and fears that infects a person’s mind were answered by lyrical dialogues of the play. It was amusing to see how each character perfectly portrayed the confusions and emotional turmoil that many of us go through, while accepting something new.The ending song of the dance drama was a joyous urge to dissolve all rules and formalities – like breaking a dam to usher in water, in this case, to you usher in freedom and new culture.last_img read more

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Lathe Machines Market – Industry Insights By Growth Emerging Trends And

first_imgThe global lathe machines market is segmented based on type, mode of operation, end-user industry, and geography. By type, the lathe machine is classified into horizontal lathes and vertical lathes. The horizontal lathes segment was the most dominant type in 2015, and is estimated to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. Horizontal lathes are machine tools used for glass working, metal working & spinning, and wood turning. The demand for these machines has increased considerably over the years owing to their ability to deform metal for a wide range of materials and constant advancements in technology.Lathe machines are one of the most important machine tools used in the metal-working industry and are considered as powerful metal shaping machine tools.  They transform the unfinished metal sheet into a variety of finished metal products, precise machine components, automotive spares, and body parts. Lathe machines include metal cutting tools that create desired product from metal sheets by scraping the unwanted metal.Request for Sample Report@ on the mode of operation, the global lathe machines market is segmented into conventional or manually operated lathes and CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) lathes. CNC lathes dominated the market in 2015 accounting for $8,121 million in 2015. CNC lathes have steadily replaced previous production lathes as they are simple to set up and operate, and require minimal supervisionThe global lathe machines market based on end-user industry is classified into automotive, general machinery, transport, and others. The automotive segment dominated the market in 2015, accounting for $3,809 million. The lathe machines market for automotive segment is driven by the improvement in the economic conditions and the rise in consumer confidence, which have resulted in higher demand for new, fuel-efficient, and technologically advanced cars equipped with more safety features. This in turn has enhanced production rates for the industry, causing upsurge in demand for lathe machines.Geographically, the market is studied across four regions, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. Asia-Pacificwas the most dominant geographical market in 2015, and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3.2% owing to the emergence of Asian countries as global economic powers and their increase in interest in the development of their local manufacturing base.Key findings of the studyCNC lathe machines market accounted for $8,121 million in 2015, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.4% during the forecast period.Lathe machines market for general machinery industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.8%.Horizontal lathe machines market was valued at $8,367 million in 2015.Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing regional market, with a CAGR of 3.2%.For Purchase Enquiry@ key players in the lathe machines market focus on collaborations, partnerships, and product developments to remain competitive in the market. Some of the key players in the lathe machines market include Dalian Machine Tool Group Corporation, DMG Mori Co., Ltd, Doosan Machine Tools, Haas Automation Inc., Hardinge Inc., HMT Machine Tools, JTEJT Corporation, Okuma Corporation, Samsung Machine Tools, and Yamazaki Mazak Corporation.About us-Allied Market Research is a global market research and business consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions”. AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Our market research department starts with the research task considering specific concerns and ambitions of the client. We understand that every market is driven by certain key factors locally as well as globally. Our analysts dig out those factors, helping clients understand the importance and impact of every such driving force. Moreover, possible restraints of the market are discovered and suggestions to tackle those restraints are formulated after extensive research and analysis of the overall market conditions. Making an even deeper insight, we analyze the market trend including both qualitative and quantitative present market scenario in every geographical region segmented as per the business domain concerned and overall performance in different regions throughout the globe.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1-855-550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Sharjah Art Foundation installs nonstop rain room

first_imgRain Room is a place where you can see the rain, feel the rain but you won’t get wet. Located in the Sharjah Art Foundation, Rain Room is a permanent art installation where motion sensors on the ceiling prevent the water droplets from falling on you, clearing a sort of path, roughly six foot in radius.When visitors enter the room, they are directed to navigate intuitively and carefully through the dark underground space in order to protect themselves from the downpour. As visitors walk through the room, which uses 1,200 litres of self-cleaning, recycled water, their movements trigger motion sensors that pauses the rainfall when detecting movement.Founded in 2005, Random International is a London-based collaborative studio for experimental and digital practice within contemporary art. Their work, which includes sculpture, performance and large-scale architectural installations, reflects the relationship between man and machine and centres on audience interaction.Sharjah Art Foundation is an advocate, catalyst and producer of contemporary art. Through the Sharjah Biennial, the annual March Meeting, year-round exhibitions, education and community outreach programmes, grants, residencies, commissions and publications, the foundation encourages a shared understanding of the transformational role of art.The Rain Room building in Sharjah has been designed by Sharjah Art Foundation and the UAE-based SpaceContinuum Design Studio in collaboration with Shape Architecture Practice + Research, Sharjah.The tickets for Rain Room are sold online and at the venue, and the timings are Saturday-Thursday from 9 am-9 pm and Friday, 4 pm-11 pm.last_img read more

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FHA Unveils Blueprint to Loosen Credit Access Lower Risk

first_img Share FHA Unveils Blueprint to Loosen Credit Access, Lower Risk American Enterprise Institute Credit Availability FHA HUD Urban Institute 2014-05-13 Colin Robins The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued its “Blueprint for Access,” which aims to expand credit access for underserved borrowers by utilizing housing counseling as a means to reduce the possibility of loans becoming seriously delinquent. The announcement highlights a new pilot program, Homeowners Armed with Knowledge (HAWK), which incorporates housing counseling into the homebuying process for borrowers using FHA-insured financing.The agency cited a study from the Urban Institute that notes that the average loan from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae has a borrower’s credit score of 752, leaving 13 million borrowers with credit scores between 580-680 at a significant disadvantage when attempting to secure loans.Under the new pilot, homebuyers will qualify for savings on their FHA-insured loans by completing housing counseling through independent, non-profit organizations. The counseling is intended to improve buyer’s budgeting skills and housing decisions.According to the FHA, housing counseling lowers the rate of seriously delinquent loans in first-time buyers by 29 percent. Overall, housing counseling lowers delinquency rates by 15 percent.”This is a win for families, FHA, lenders, Realtors and the overall market, which is why we are very excited about its potential impact,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “We want to create an environment that encourages responsible behavior and provides clear rules of the road so lenders can originate loans without fear of unanticipated consequences. We want lenders to be able focus on the quality of their processes and lend to all qualified borrowers.”Under the four-year HAWK pilot program, homebuyers who commit to housing counseling will qualify for savings on their FHA-insured loans. The average buyer would save roughly $325 a year, or almost $9,800 over the life of the loan, according to FHA.The FHA proposes that homeowners who complete housing counseling before signing a contract to purchase a home and who complete additional pre-closing counseling will receive a 50 basis point reduction in the upfront FHA mortgage insurance premium (MIP) and a 10 basis point reduction in the annual FHA MIP. Homeowners, if current after two years with no serious delinquencies, will receive an additional 15 basis point reduction in the annual MIP through HAWK.However, not everyone believes that the FHA’s efforts are necessarily in the best interest of homeowners.Edward Pinto, resident fellow and co-director of the American Enterprise Institute’s International Center on Housing Risk, thinks the recent moves by the FHA could create more problems in the future.”FHA has not stood for sustainable homeownership for at least five decades. It has failed in that regard. As evidenced from 1977 to 2012, one in eight FHA families ended up having a claim for insurance due to foreclosure or insurance from events that left the family’s dreams shattered,” Pinto said.He continued, “The direction that both FHA and FHFA are going, based on their announcements, is to move the mortgage market down the slope of greater risk, with more unsustainable loans.”Furthermore, Pinto believes that the last time underwriting standards created a safe and stable lending environment were in the early 1990’s.”Qualified borrowers are underserved, yet the FHA qualified mortgage rules are extremely broad and deep. Much of that credit box the FHA falsely describes as credit worthy, given their underwriting standards, are putting borrowers in harm’s way by putting them in unsustainable loans,” Pinto said.Carole Galante, FHA commissioner, thinks the new programs can be transformative for homebuyers across the entire range of credit scores.”FHA’s mission is to make sure that there is access to affordable mortgage credit for underserved borrowers and communities,” Galante said. “Our blueprint to expand credit access outlines the steps we are taking over the next few months to make that happen. These programs transform the way we do business, make us a better partner, and help reduce risk across the market.”center_img May 13, 2014 622 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Originationlast_img read more

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Lawyer Andreas Georghadji ditches Andreas Vgenopoulos

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesLawyer Andreas Georghadji, estranged husband of embattled Central Bank of Cyprus’s governor Chrystalla Georghadji, said he will no longer represent Andreas Vgenopoulos’s interests.The lawyer who was commenting in an interview to state radio CyBC today, said that president Nicos Anastasiades may have been aware ahead of Georghadji’s appointment as head of the central bank that her estranged husband was representing Vgenopoulos, widely considered responsible for the collapse of defunct Cyprus Popular Bank, also known as Laiki.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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during an dea Excha

during an Idea Exchange with The Indian Express. 2012 1:27 am Related News Was given up at Matugna mahilashram when she was two days old The Bombay High Court has directed the state government to trace the biological mother of Swedish national Rebecka Saudamini Arnes, We are all here to act and the better the actor, "In spite of the differences (over the number of seats) my party has come to the conclusion that to keep communal and fascist forces away it has to move ahead by accomodating others, download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Arushi Jain | New Delhi | Published: May 27, The Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had plans to dredge up nearly 300 kms from Adi Badri to Sirsa in Haryana. said Assistant Inspector I V Vishwakarma. clocked 9 minutes,” International cricket has not been played in Pakistan since an attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009. and surprising resurgence this year, Moeen Ali gives?it is very rare for? Even as we entered the Olympic season, he could play.on the clothes of the victims and then sent for forensic examination, the Delhi Police inspector said The witness said he had not given any status report to the High Court relating to this case When the counsel for accused Mukeshlawyer V K Anandasked him if there were any directions from the HC to file a reply to any noticethe court disallowed the question as irrelevant. For all the latest Entertainment News, The match will be streamed online on Hotstar. They are not Sachin Tendulkar, This might be a surprising claim to make about Kejriwal. creating an opportunity for livelihoods in Kerala.s inability to snap up the six remaining Hyderabad wickets ensured that both teams were awarded a point each.who was recently reported to have landed in a rehab clinic following an emotional breakdown, The duo found Dastagir waiting for his fiancee in her car near Dev Arc Mall and decided to grab it. He added that the duo forced Dastagir at gunpoint to drive outside Ahmedabad They killed him midway They wanted to loot a shop in Rajkot but did not want to drive further with a dead body So they dumped the body and the car on the Multhava road near Than district and fled? as an additional ground for divorce.E?60 per cent working women wanted caesarean deliveries and 70 per cent wanted a single child. Kolkata in November 1996 and Virender? # Blackwood is the third West Indian number five batsman? AP Sutton saw off second-tier Leeds United last weekend and will now welcome the Gunners to their 5. faced?is a story that I am familiar with,” Sakshi said,” Day’s playing competitors Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson did not fare as well.Twice PGA winner McIlroy struggled with his putting and shot a four-over 74 without a single birdie Phil Mickelson who won the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol was also four-over after a bogey on his 11th hole but revived with three birdies in a five-hole stretch from his 12th to card a 71 “To come out and hit shots like I hit those first 11 holes was very disappointing” said the American who waged a sensational duel with Stenson at Royal Troon shooting 65 in finishing runner-up at the Open “However I’m proud that I hung in there fought and got three back coming in If I go out tomorrow and just play a good round I think I can shoot mid-60s and get back in it” Stenson’s playing competitors — the season’s other major winners — had mixed results Masters champion Danny Willett birdied the last for 71 while US Open winner Dustin Johnson stumbled to four bogeys and a pair of double bogeys in his 77 Thirty-five players broke par but nobody in the group of Jordan Spieth (70) Bubba Watson (71) and Sergio Garcia (71) For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published: October 19 2015 9:57 am Related News In August this year when UT Advisor Vijay Kumar Dev along with Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal visited the Government Medical College and Hospital Sector 32 to inaugurate projects he issued several directions to the hospital administration The Adviser had instructed the hospital administration to open a new chemist shop in the C block of the hospital which is yet to come up The Adviser had also asked the administration to speed up work in the E block of the hospital where the hospital is constructing new buildings Director and Principal of GMCH -32 Atul Sachdeva said “The chemist shop will be opened shortly The work in E block is going on in full swing It will be completed in the next financial year The Adviser had asked for additional lights and fans in the hospital which was done immediately” At the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital Sector 16 he had ordered constitution of a committee comprising home secretary financial secretary and health experts The aim was to ensure quick disposal of the projects When contacted Director Health Services Dr V K Gagneja said the committee was soon constituted For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsDubai: "Bowlers are pretty much second-class citizens in white-ball cricket" says former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond who feels odds are stacked heavily against them in the limited-overs format Writing for the International Cricket Council (ICC) ahead of the upcoming Champions Trophy in England starting 1 June Bond said limited-overs cricket is "a batsman’s game" "And it isn’t merely the fast bowlers who have their task cut out The change in fielding restrictions in the last 10 overs of a one-day international has eased the pressure on the bowlers a little bit but only a little bit" he said File photo of New Zealand pacer Shane Bond Getty Images ".But for the most part the bowlers are pretty much second-class citizens in white-ball cricket" he added Bond said it is this imbalance which has led to spinners using negative tactics "The slow bowlers specifically are resorting to a more negative line of bowling not because they want to but because they have to" he said "In an era gone by the pattern was to tee-off in the first 15 overs build through the middle of the innings and then launch a final onslaught That philosophy has now gone out the window" he explained Bond said bowlers cannot do without variety in the current scenario where every alternate game ends up being a run-feast "The yorker is not just one of the most difficult balls to bowl the margin for error is also extremely small Therefore it becomes vital to use that weapon judiciously "You must have the ability to change the length —bowl the yorker yes but also use the bouncer the slower ball the length ball" he opined "You don’t bowl the full ball to certain batsmen you don’t bang it in to certain others All of it is very much opposition ground conditions and batter-dependent If you are off even marginally the yorker is probably the easiest ball to hit for a four or a six You have to weigh up risk against reward" he said Bond said bowlers in modern cricket should mix it up to make it difficult for the batsman to settle down "As a bowler you must be prepared to bowl different lengths at the death so that when you do bowl the yorker it must come as a little bit of a surprise "I keep telling the bowlers to not be shy of bowling a bouncer to have a field that creates doubt At the end of the day it not so much about the outcome; it is important to see how the bowlers have got their wickets at the death" he said "What do you do when a David Warner or a Virat Kohli comes hard at you"Bond said while signing off By: IANS | Chennai | Published: December 23 2016 4:22 pm Related News Ram Gopal Varma’s latest Telugu crime drama Vangaveeti hit the screens on Friday The concept that films are made for entertainment is outdated says filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma “The primary job of any filmmaker is to entertain I don’t believe in this concept because it’s outdated and I think even a tweet can entertain audiences nowadays Sometimes an idea of working on a story can be more entertaining than the film itself” Varma told IANS The Satya filmmaker last week announced his next movie titled Shashikala and had said it is the story of a “dearest closest friend of a politician” “The idea to make a film on Shashikala is entertainment by itself and it doesn’t matter whether it’s filmy enough or not I plan to start working on the project next year” he said without divulging more information about the project More from the world of Entertainment: Varma’s latest Telugu crime drama Vangaveeti hit the screens on Friday He calls it his career’s most violent film yet “It was during the sound mixing process that I realized it’s my most violent film There’s a 15-minute sequence involving the murder of an important character Everything that goes into the scene – from planning to execution – will strike fear in the hearts of the audience” he said Based on the lives of politician Vangaveeti Radha and his brother Mohana Ranga the film is set against the backdrop of gang war in Vijayawada of the 1980s Also read |Vangaveeti movie review: Ram Gopal Varma fails to capture the real on reel Although he never planned on making the film Varma said it was after he met a person over a year ago who gave a graphic account of violence in Vijayawada that he saw the potential in the story He admits it was very tough to acquire accurate information “Even though I met so many people while developing the story each gave me a different version of an incident It was really tough to stay loyal to the original story without getting the facts right Nevertheless I had to take a decision on what is believable” he said The film features newcomers Sandeep Kumar Vamsi Nakkanti Vamsi Chaganti and Naina Ganguly For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Noida | Published: February 3 2017 6:19 am Top News The father of a seven-year-old girl — who died Tuesday allegedly following a martial arts competition at her school DPS World School Noida Extension — has accused school authorities of negligence and filed a police complaint against them Gazhal Yadav a Class II student was rushed to a private hospital from school where she died on Tuesday afternoon While her father Lal Chand Yadav alleged she was injured during a Taekwondo competition at school on Tuesday school authorities said Gazhal was taken to the hospital as she was complaining of headaches In an official statement the school said: “Gazhal complained of a headache at 1250 pm Her mother was informed about it at 1253 pm She was immediately taken to Kailash Hospital in Greater Noida” The parents reached the hospital at 120 pm “Despite repeated attempts by doctors she did not to respond to the treatment and passed away at 141pm Her father present at the hospital decided to not have a post-mortem examination conducted The allegation that the student met with an accident during Karate training — which was imparted with written consent from her parents and conducted by certified professionals — is far from reality This has been verified with documentary evidence and camera recordings… The fact that there was no external injury on the body can also be confirmed from the hospital’s records” said Jyoti Arora the principal of the school in a statement Lal Chand Yadav however said: “The teachers are lying to us They said Gazhal died due to natural causes How can a seven-year-old die of natural causes especially when she has no history of any serious illness” Some reports have stated that the girl died after sustaining head injuries during a martial arts competition in school Police have not registered an FIR yet and are waiting for her medical reports “An inquiry will be conducted” said Rakesh Kumar Yadav CO Greater Noida 3 For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: April 13 2017 3:02 am Top News A dock worker was arrested from Reay Road while allegedly selling 105 gm of mephedrone on Tuesday The Anti Narcotics Cell laid a trap at a bus stop and caught 22-year-old Jahangir Shaikh a Govandi resident who works as a loader at the docks in Mumbai “We have custody of the accused until April 15 and have also identified the persons he supplied mephedrone to” said Shivdeep Lande Deputy Commissioner of Police ANC For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Coomi Kapoor | Published: September 8 2013 2:59 am Related News Three hats Gurdeep Singh Sappalthe OSD to the Rajya Sabha chairpersonwas active in informing the media that the speech of the Leader of the Opposition in the HouseArun Jaitleyduring the debate on the economyas well as certain comments of Prime Minister Manmohan Singhshould be expunged Because expunging of remarks is normally done on the floor of the House by the chairpersonthe Opposition questioned Sappals role Sappal is accused of wearing three hatscausing a conflict of interest Sappalwho was Vice-President Hamid Ansaris election agentis the OSD to him in the latters capacity as chairperson of the Rajya Sabha Sappal is also the CEO of the Rajya Sabha TV channel The Opposition claims that he performs a third role as adviser to the Congress and is seen with the powers that be Incidentallyexpunction of remarks in a parliamentary debate has in any case become redundantsince in the days of 24X7 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according to advocate Wajid Khan, Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), As they approached Singhpura chowk, will you queue up outside the ILO?.when you’re hungry will you go to the FAO..This is the only bank you have…the Singapore government…I tell this…class of intelligentsia those who read all these magazines and newspapers: who wrote it What is his stake and interest in your future before you believe him . But you know Amnesty International and all these human rights guys say hanging is wrong It might be very hard for the post-colonial generations in former colonized nations to understand what they see as paranoia about allowing Western intervention on their soil in the name of human rights aid etc But both Indira Gandhi and Lee Kuan Yew belonged to a generation that had lived the horrors of Western colonialism and were justifiably wary Put another way it must never be forgotten that the freedom struggle was fundamentally fought to achieve two ends: to drive out the oppressive alien occupier and to unite India as one nation a unity that should remain non-negotiable Jammu and Kashmir included And unless this fundamental integral premise is not forgotten it will become clear that the protracted violence and sloganeering that continues in the name of the so-called azadi for Kashmiri Muslims is not a debate much less “a point of view” Kashmiri rapper Roshan Ellahi also known as MC Kash centre is confronted by Indian police at an event organised by Amnesty International in Bengaluru AP And this is precisely what vast sections of our academia media intelligentsia and policy wonks want us to forget when they cynically throw around diversionary labels like “human rights” “hypernationalism” and so on This is the context in which we need to examine the ongoing fracas that Amnesty International India instigated in Bengaluru under the garb of human rights abuses by the Indian army against Kashmiri Muslims I don’t wish to dwell at length on the ongoing issue because it’s merely the latest manifestation of a rot whose roots go much farther back in time Suffice to ask a few questions to Amnesty: Why hasn’t it interviewed even one Kashmir Pandit over more than two decades after lakhs of them were forced out of the Valley by the selfsame Azadi torchbearers And why hasn’t Amnesty shown the sorry plight of the families of the slain Indian soldiers fighting to protect our borders More importantly why hasn’t it interviewed the perpetrators of the worst human rights abuses the Jihadi groups and their enablers who violently execute this noble task of ‘Azadi’ And what was the crying need for Amnesty to organise an event of such a nature — knowing well that it would lead to controversy — in the first place Equally the timing of the event also arouses a doubt: is it to keep the flames of sympathy for the slain terrorist Burhan Wani still burning The answers will become evident the moment we hold the mirror to Amnesty International specifically and to the entire West-and-Church-funded Human Rights cottage industry Human Rights as an interventionist model The Western Human Rights cottage industry follows the historical colonial model of saving souls and the white man’s burden repackaged to fit contemporary times Its core doctrine is dictated by interference in the affairs of independent nations using whatever tools are deemed fit including think tanks bureaucracy local advocacy groups universities and the media We can turn to Lee Kuan Yew again: …nail your colours to the mast defend it and say “This is my flag this is what I believe in I believe in open debate arguments persuasion I hope to win by votes” But start manipulating innocent professional groups cultural groups and make them support political causes whether its freedom of the foreign press or whatever then I say you are looking for unpleasant linkages with what has happened in the past” [Emphasis added] And more crucially “We allow American journalists in Singapore in order to report Singapore to their fellow countrymen…But we cannot allow them to assume a role in Singapore that the American media play in America that is that of invigilator adversary and inquisitor of the administration” Now apply this to the Indian situation and notice how dangerously true this has turned out From Amnesty International to the clutch of foreign media houses with a single-minded agenda of demonising and pressuring the Narendra Modi government on mostly phony grounds and causing mini-conflicts at regular intervals Would the US or UK allow say a desi version of Amnesty International to pry into its racism police brutality illegal detentions and spying on private citizens in the name of homeland security It’s a beautiful model though: first identify a target country for intervention and concoct a random narrative of human rights abuses there and when that country’s government protests portray such protest as a proof of the poor human rights record of the country It is nobody’s claim that there are no human rights abuses in India or anywhere else the world The point is that every country has its own ways of dealing with it and no external agency should be accorded permission to interfere in the internal affairs of independent nations Would the US or UK allow say a desi version of Amnesty International to pry into its racism police brutality illegal detentions and spying on private citizens in the name of homeland security Amnesty International India is thus precisely a case in point The slogan shouters its volunteers its donors and supporters are all mostly Indian citizens participating in alien agendas that include abusing and demoralising the Indian armed forces and escalating social and gender tensions among others Revisiting Amnesty International in India It might come as a surprise but Amnesty International was allowed to open shop in India only as late as in 2012 However a short trip to the past reveals this interventionist agenda it has always had for Kashmir and Punjab to begin with We can examine excerpts from just three Congressional records: The Congressional House Record of 10 June 1991 Placed by Rep Dan Burton here’s how it reads: “…the President shall report to the Congress whether the Government of India is implementing a policy which prevents representatives of Amnesty International…from visiting India in order to monitor human rights conditions…” And if India still disallowed entry to Amnesty “all development assistance for India shall be terminated” And on Kashmir “the Congress…demands that the Government of India open the borders of…Jammu and Kashmir to Amnesty International…to permit an accurate assessment of of the human rights situation…” This is the same Dan Burton who later was part of the team of US politicians who participated in denying the Visa to Narendra Modi The Congressional (House) Record of 10 May 2000 (Extensions of Remarks) Tabled by Rep Edolphus Towns cities an Amnesty International report that falsely blamed the then NDA government as responsible for the killing of 36 Sikhs at Chithi Singhpora More tellingly Towns says America “should also support…plebiscites in Kashmir in Christian Nagaland and throughout India This is the way to bring real freedom peace prosperity and stability to South Asia” [Emphasis added] The Congressional (House) Record of 1 June 2004 (Extensions of Remarks) Tabled yet again by Rep Edolphus Towns makes Punjab a part of “Khalistan” It’s instructive to read this record at some length: "Mr Speaker on 12 May the Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness conducted a hearing into human-rights violations in Kashmir and in Punjab Khalistan…Witnesses travelled from Kashmir…to testify Those testifying included… Mr T Kumar Advocacy Director—Asia Amnesty International…Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai… India claims to be democratic but it is really a brutal tyranny… Amnesty International hasnot been allowed into Punjab since 1978…" [Emphasis added] What does this tell India about Amnesty’s alarming reach in the highest corridors of the US government Given this it’s hard not to appreciate the farsightedness of past Indian governments which had accurately assessed its true character and kept it out of India The role of Amnesty in India can also be examined in tandem in light of its aggressive campaign against denying the US visa to Narendra Modi and its nexus with the global Human Rights Award industry with generous backing of Evangelists of all hues We can turn to the meticulously researched work NGOs Activists and Foreign Funds by Vigil Chennai first published in 2006: "No Indian government will allow Amnesty International …to set foot inside this country… Amnesty International …will ask neither the Indian government for the truth facts and figures…[but] will ask the likes of Teesta Setalvad Harsh Mander and Kathy Sreedhar…" (Page 251) The book informs us how in the year 2000 a certain Martin Macwan a Christian from Gujarat received these awards: the Magsaysay and the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award And one William Schulz former Executive Director of Amnesty International Smita Narula of Human Rights Watch and Kathy Sreedhar of the Holdeen India Fund recommended Macwan’s name to the judges Now Schulz is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and served as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association And Amnesty’s deep links with the Evangelicals show up more distinctively in its campaign to deny Modi the US visa Here’s Zahir Janmohamed former Amnesty employee: "In March 2005 the United States denied a visa to Gujarat’s chief minister Narendra Modi…it came about from a highly unusual coalition made up of Indian-born activists evangelical Christians Jewish leaders and Republican members of Congress…I had a front-row seat to these events as they unfolded I worked in Washington DC from 2003 to 2011 mostly at Amnesty International and in the United States Congress and I was a part of the campaign to deny Mr Modi a visa…" And how Amnesty bullied talk show host Chris Mathews by writing a letter “to American Express asking it to withdraw its sponsorship of the conference” with Narendra Modi Of course the conference never happened because Modi’s visa was denied Funding Sources Conflicts of Interest Indeed if Amnesty International operates with seeming impunity on this scale it is also because of its funding and its labyrinthine web of relationships which continue to cause controversy Founded in 1961 by the Catholic lawyer Peter Beneson Amnesty International was infiltrated early on by the UK Intelligence The book Like Water on Stone: The Story of Amnesty International says: "Beneson’s suspicious about Amnesty’s collusion with the [UK] Foreign Office continued to fester in his mind…the Labour Party [Government’s] obvious embarrassment over the Aden issue deepened his suspicions that someone was working to keep the matter quiet And top of his list of suspects was Robert Swann…[who] had worked for the British Foreign Office in Bangkok…Beneson began to suspect that Swann and…his colleagues were part of a British Intelligence conspiracy to subvert Amnesty… He contacted Sean MacBride [founding member of Amnesty and former Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army]… another bombshell exploded An American source disclosed that CIA money was going to a US organization of jurists which in turn contributed funds to the International Commission of Jurists of which Sean MacBride was secretary…Beneson became convinced that MacBride was tied up in a CIA network" (Pages 127-128) This co-founder of Amnesty International Sean MacBride went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize Subsequently a Sean MacBride Peace Prize was instituted in his honour In 2000 the Communist journalist and author Praful Bidwai and Delhi University Professor Achin Vanaik were awarded the MacBride Peace Prize The NGO watchdog website NGO Monitor has this to say about Amnesty’s funding: "Although AI claims that it does not “accept any funds for human rights research from governments or political parties from governments or political parties” it has received governmental funding including from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) the European Commission the Netherlands the United States and Norway" NGO Monitor has also published a monograph titled Amnesty International: Failed Methodology Corruption and Anti-Israel Bias in which it details the various irregularities committed by Amnesty As corroboration we can also look at the International Business Times which published a report on Amnesty’s funding anomalies: …the messy and somewhat mysterious departure of Shetty’s predecessor Irene Khan cast a harsh glare on Amnesty’s internal strife and financial issues Khan who had led the organization since 2001 was given a severance pay package of more than 533000 ($760000 in 2012 currency) while her deputy Kate Gilmore received a hefty 325244 ($493000) payout… An Australian blogger thundered: “I am not sure about an international organisation that collects donations and then pays the leaving secretary- general 533103 or 4 times her yearly wage. That is a lot of money and I am sure [it] could have been used much better to champion fight for human rights that Amnesty International go on about” In 2007 the Catholic Church a long-time supporter of Amnesty withdrew donations owing to the group’s pro-abortion stance… NGO-Monitor noted in 2008 the campaigners received a four-year grant from the British government’s Department for International Development (DFID in excess 3 million including more than 840000 in 2011 alone… Amnesty has also received funds from the European Commission as well as from the government of Netherlands the US and Norway In 2009 NGO-Monitor cites Amnesty received 25 million (approximately 1 percent of its donations) from government entities The British government was the third largest donor (at 800000) Amnesty also received government funding in 2008 (1million) 2007 (1 million) and 2006 (2 million) There’s just no other way of saying this: we slept our political class fought internally our governments became alphabet soups of warring political factions even as the likes of Amnesty International made slow steady but sure inroads The report also mentions the name of Amnesty International’s Secretary-General Salil Shetty who “earns nearly 200000 ($305000) a year” Salil Shetty is the son of the Bengaluru-based VT Rajashekhar publisher of the notorious journal Dalit Voice which Arun Shourie characterized as a “venomous rag” And that brings us to the question of conflicts of interests which are aplenty and the nexus deadly to say the least Here are a few names: Aakar Patel currently India head of Amnesty International has a lengthy record of baiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in racist language and generally building a casteist narrative of Hindu society His wife Tushita Aakar Patel is/was the political secretary of disgraced business tycoon Vijay Mallya whose foray in the media business is shown by his connection to NDTV Salil Shetty was previously Chief Executive of ActionAid and Director United Nations Millennium Campaign Sonia Gandhi’s confidant Harsh Mander had once been the head of ActionAid Suzanne Nossel Executive Director of Amnesty International USA was drawn directly from the US State Department again utterly contradicting Amnesty’s claims of being "independent" of governments and corporate interests George Macfarlane formerly with Greenpeace International and Oxfam Minar Pimple Senior Director of Global Operations at Amnesty International was Regional Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign and Oxfam India Divya Iyer now Research Manager at Amnesty International India was with NDTV AajTak and CNN-IBN Carolyn Hardy now a co-opted member of Amnesty was with United Nations and UNICEF Anantapadmanabhan now Executive Director at Amnesty International India was formerly Executive Director Greenpeace India I’m sure one can uncover more such relationships in this complex web of the NGO-Human Rights-Foreign Governments-Church universe but the worrying aspect is their former and present connections to international bodies like the UN and the US State Department And so is it any surprise that when the Modi government showed the door to Greenpeace India one of the first and most vocal critics was Amnesty Friends with Jihadis Even if we grant that Amnesty International is focused on the noble tasks in the Human Rights sphere we need to but ask a fundamental question: what is its record in adhering to the Indian national interest The evident answer: terrible Amnesty International has consistently deepened fissures in the Indian society by escalating internal fault-lines using various devices one of which is manufacturing and disseminating atrocity literature About a year ago Amnesty published a scurrilous petition about the rape of two Dalit girls in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat region which was supposedly ordered by the village’s Khap panchayat The petition generated more than 500000 signatures but the truth was revealed a few days later by this Reuters report: "…members of the village council in the Baghpat region of northern India have told Reuters they passed no such order Family members of the two sisters also told Reuters they are unsure if the ruling was made And local police deny any such directive was given" But then Amnesty’s purpose had been served: the phony petition will be another notch in Amnesty’s narrative of widespread human rights abuses that continue to occur in India Not to be left behind Amnesty too had a hand in supporting the anti-Kudankulam protests which had the covert backing of Hillary Clinton Now sample this “overview” to India on Amnesty International’s India web page: "Authorities clamped down on civil society organizations critical of official policies and increased restrictions on foreign funding Religious tensions intensified and gender- and caste-based discrimination and violence remained pervasive Censorship and attacks on freedom of expression by hardline Hindu groups grew Scores of artists writers and scientists returned national honours in protest against what they said was a climate of growing intolerance… The criminal justice system remained flawed violating fair trial rights and failing to ensure justice for abuses Extrajudicial executions and torture and other ill-treatment persisted" Gives the picture of a horrible tyranny right And the instances it gives to back up all these claims are supplied precisely by the local award wapsi brigade the intolerance bogey and the rest Never mind the fact that India allows Amnesty freedom enough to actually write all this Had Amnesty’s claims been true it would’ve received the treatment that Lee Kuan Yew gave it in the past Indeed is it narratives like this that prompts US politicians like Towns to label India as a “brutal tyranny” on the floor of the House If this is on the one side the other side is more worrying We can begin with the name of Gita Sahgal whose statement slamming Amnesty was reported by Firstpost This former Amnesty International employee was suspended in 2010 by the organization Christopher Hitchens narrates what happened in Slate: Amnesty International has just suspended one of its senior officers a woman named Gita Sahgal who until recently headed the organization’s "gender unit" It’s fairly easy to summarize her concern in her own words "To be appearing on platforms with Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban whom we treat as a human rights defender" she wrote "is a gross error of judgment" One might think that to be an uncontroversial statement but it led to her immediate suspension The most famous supporter of Taliban was Moazzem Begg who was detained at Guantanamo Bay in the wake of 9/11 He’s friends with militant groups like Hizb-ut Tahrir and extremists like Abu Hamza And Amnesty International lends its support to him And how A 2014 Wall Street Journal article on Amnesty says: is "jihad in self-defence.antithetical to human rights Our answer is no" That was how Claudio Cordone then Amnesty International’s interim secretary-general responded in February 2010 to criticism after the human-rights group made ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg its poster child… Nor was Amnesty bothered that alongside his "human-rights" work Begg was conducting fawning interviews with Al-Qaeda propagandists such as the late terrorist imam Anwar al-Awlaki… The world needs morally credible human-rights organizations Amnesty too often isn’t one of them In fact given the pattern of Amnesty’s interventions over the years it seems to be on the side of radical jihadists — early on from supporting violent extremists in Kashmir and Punjab to Taliban now But there’s more NGO Monitor’s numerous reports also show how Amnesty International has taken to supporting Palestinian terrorists and has consistently painted the state of Israel as the villain One of the reports as much as calls it “Amnesty’s war on Israel” It is worth perusing NGO Monitor’s collection of reports on Amnesty’s damning record of supporting pro-Jihadis both in the Middle East and elsewhere Rajiv Malhotra recounts in a 2004 article the words of Nobel Laureate David Trimble: “One of the great curses of this world is the human rights industry They justify terrorist acts and end up being complicit in the murder of innocent victims” His words drew an angry reaction from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch two of the world’s biggest human rights groups with more than a million members worldwide And why would it invite said angry reaction when Trimble hadn’t named anybody Guilty conscience much How did we get here As far as India is concerned Amnesty’s “human rights” work has been selective to say the least Apart from completely ignoring the plight of Kashmiri Pandits Amnesty has been mum about the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Hindus in West Bengal at the hands of both illegal Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators and local Muslim extremists It appears as though Amnesty is wilfully blind to this despite the meticulous detailed and heartrending documentation of this massacre on the Hindu Samhati Global Media website This equally applies to Hindu workers and RSS members murdered with alarming regularity in Kerala either at the hands of Communists or Muslims or both Apparently some lives deserve to be violently extinguished Given this historical pattern it goes without saying that today Kashmir’s ‘azadi’ might be Amnesty’s focus area and tomorrow it could be West Bengal: perhaps all that’s required is for that one spark of separatism to be lit How did we even get here As we’ve seen earlier Amnesty has invested in India for nearly four decades: recall the US House Representative’s claim that Amnesty was disallowed in Punjab in 1978 What does that tell us What does it say about our capabilities even our self-worth that we allow this kind of (alien) Congressional hearings about our internal matters There’s just no other way of saying this: we slept our political class fought internally our governments became alphabet soups of warring political factions even as the likes of Amnesty International made slow steady but sure inroads In Arun Shourie’s words the Indian state steadily “hollowed out” And it finally gave in during Sonia Gandhi’s decade-long NGO regime where the likes of Greenpeace and Amnesty flourished the cancer eating India’s vitals And now when the Government itself tries to mitigate the situation it has to face internal and international resistance and hostility on an epic scale Indeed it appears that we’ve remained in a civilisational inertia of meekly allowing the West to lecture us about “human rights” given how the sponsors of these human-rights-advocates continue to bomb entire countries out of existence and are on a spree of plundering the planet And so the fundamental question remains: given what these human rights worthies have done and continue to do is something like Amnesty International even required in India If the answer is yes then we might as well concede defeat and throw up our hands in helplessness at being unable to guarantee our own internal and external security and national integrity Salman Butt’s epic knock of 108 not out at the BCCI Platinum Jubilee match in 2004 which took Pakistan to a fantastic six-wicket victory against India was among the performances that firmly set him on to the road to stardom It was a path to fame that many others would have gladly taken and Salman too seemed to grab this opportunity to build his career with both hands In July 2010 when a despondent and typically unpredictable Shahid Afridi gave up captaincy of the Pakistan Test team after his side’s comprehensive defeat at the hands of Australia at Lord’s the Pakistan Cricket Board took little time in appointing the then 25-year-old Butt as the next Test captain This was no shock as many had identified Salman as one destined for this role early on However the young cricketer’s reign as Test captain was not a long one In August 2010 during the series against England the world of cricket was shocked by the emergence of the now well-known ‘spot-fixing’ scandal which saw Salman Mohammad Amir and the more experienced Mohammad Asif identified as culprits in a scheme which was to bring disrepute to the game and to Pakistan The ICC acted with resolve and banned from all forms of cricket the three players?candidates of last Assembly elections and a representative of sitting MP have been asked to give three probable names in the form given by the observer. such as working and living conditions or cheating by touts, “He is right. 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