Italy and Sweden both concerned about confidentiality of Acta

first_img WikiLeaks has released two US embassy cables revealing doubts expressed by Italy and Sweden on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta).A cable from the US embassy in Rome on 5 November 2008 quoted Fabrizio Mazza, head of the intellectual property rights office at the foreign ministry, as saying perspicaciously that European countries would try to slow down negotiations, particularly because of the level of confidentiality of the talks. A cable from the Stockholm embassy on 24 November 2009, reported comments from negotiator Stefan Johansson, representing the EU during the Swedish EU presidency, to the effect that the secrecy issue was proving very damaging to the negotiating climate in Sweden. While these two cables date respectively from 2008 and 2009, it was only in April 2010 that a first official project was unveiled to the public. Read the cables:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-embassy-cables-documents/176810http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-embassy-cables-documents/236363 RSF_en Help by sharing this information December 23, 2010 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Italy and Sweden both concerned about confidentiality of Actacenter_img News Organisation last_img read more

The Best is Yet to Come

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Featured, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Market Studies Redfin Home / Featured / The Best is Yet to Come Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Mirasha Brown Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe The new year is expected to deliver the “fastest growing housing market on record,” according to Redfin. Home price growth and demand will contribute to the expanding housing market, despite rising affordability concerns. Median home sale prices are expected to increase 5.3 percent year over year compared to the estimated 5.5 percent in 2016. Existing-home sales are predicted to increase 2.8 percent in 2017, compared to the estimated 3.4 percent increase this year. Due to strong homebuyer demand and steady price increases, the housing market will see an increase in home sales, Redfin reported.Affordable homes on the median income in the nation’s largest cities will continue to decrease in 2017, making affordability a deciding factor in whether buyers should sell their homes to refinance for a higher mortgage or keep their current mortgage rate. The report predicts that rising mortgage rates will act as an incentive for people to stay in their homes and hold onto a low mortgage payment, or rent their homes out instead of selling to make a profit. This will result in a “permanent shortage of starter homes for sale, even as the inventory for expensive homes improves next year,” according to Redfin. A Redfin spokesperson told DS News that homeowners will be hesitant in purchasing a new home due to rising mortgage rates. “Many homeowners who may have considered purchasing a move-up home will hold back because they’re locked into their current mortgage rate below 4 percent. We think that this will lead to a shortage of starter homes for sale, which will make the search for first-time homebuyers on the lower end of the price spectrum increasingly competitive. For buyers on the high end of the market, competition will be cooler as inventory in that sector continues to increase. Unfortunately for first-time buyers without the capital yet to reach that end of the market, they’ll have a small number of homes to choose from within their price range.” A lack of housing inventory hindered first-time buyers from purchasing homes in 2016. The report indicates that housing inventory will increase approximately 1.7 percent year over year in 2017. Home sales would have been stronger if there was more inventory available to meet the demand of homebuying millennials. Redfin predicts that a shortage of supply will keep sales growth weak in 2017.Nela Richardson, Chief Economist at Redfin, expects the incoming administration to stimulate growth and positive change in the economy. “Next year, the new administration will lead a shifting U.S. economy,” she said. “Baby boomers will become less economically relevant as millennials continue to come of home-buying age. Superstar cities will create much of the job growth, pushing wages in those cities up. Yet the percentage of homes in America’s largest cities that are affordable on the median income has declined the past two years and will continue to fall in 2017. Sales would be even stronger if there were more starter homes on the market to meet demand from millennial homebuyers. We expect to see more homes built in second-tier cities and more millennial homebuyers moving from the coasts to smaller and inland markets where they can find affordable starter homes.”To view the full report, click here. December 13, 2016 1,353 Views Previous: Winner Announced for HUD Vacant Loan Sale Next: Had Enough? Stage is Set for Foreclosure Declines Market Studies Redfin 2016-12-13 Kendall Baer Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best is Yet to Come Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Mirasha Brown is a graduate of Florida A&M University and is pursuing a masters degree at Syracuse University. Born and raised in Florida, she has contributed to public relations and marketing campaigns for Rent The Runway and Billboard. She is a communications specialist with The Five Star and a contributing writer to DS News and the MReport. last_img read more

UAE’s ‘Sustainable City’ provides green oasis in the desert

first_imgUAE’s ‘Sustainable City’ provides green oasis in the desert FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters Foundation News:DUBAI, Oct 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Fenced off by a wall of trees, about 20 km from the high rises towering over Dubai’s city centre, there lies a small solar-powered settlement aiming to become a green oasis in the desert.Renowned for its glitzy skyscrapers, air-conditioning-blasting shopping malls and indoor skiing facilities, the emirate of Dubai has long been the antithesis of sustainability to environmentalists.But the United Arab Emirates (UAE) plans to change that reputation, with a range of projects aimed at having more than 40% of the country’s energy come from renewable sources and cutting consumption by the same margin by 2050.Opened to the first residents in 2016 and to be fully completed next year, the initiative dubbed Sustainable City is a private settlement on the outskirts of Dubai designed to use as little energy and water as possible.Comprising 500 low-lying villas that are home to nearly 3,000 people, as well as commercial spaces and a mosque, the city aims to be a “net-zero” settlement, producing all the energy it needs from renewable sources on site.“The Sustainable City is a living laboratory for testing future technologies and solutions,” said Karim El-Jisr, head of SEE Institute, the research arm of the city’s developer, Diamond Developers.When the project started six years ago, building a zero-energy development “seemed a bit like a dream”, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.“Today it is not difficult anymore, tomorrow everybody will have to do it,” he added.More: ‘Living laboratory’: New Dubai city pushes for green revolution in the desertlast_img read more

Jones looking for 1st personal title

first_imgGarrett Jones is not only a great golfer and a great student, but he is also a relatively down-to-earth guy who is enjoying his time at the University of Wisconsin.Jones led the Wisconsin men’s golf team to its second straight tournament victory Sunday at the Wolverine Invitational at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. Jones shot a 210 over the weekend en route to a three-under-par finish, good for third place overall.Jones, a senior from Rewey, Wis., said he is looking forward to more successful tournaments as the season progresses.”With the additions this year, it has given us a lot more depth and a lot more talent,” Jones said. “So we can be looking to win pretty much every tournament we go into.”In terms of upcoming tournaments for the Badgers, Jones said he is most looking forward to the Big Ten/Pac-10 Triangular in Bandon, Ore., during the third weekend in October.”It will be a really big tournament out in Oregon where five teams from the Pac-10 play and five teams from the Big Ten play. The field [of players] is going to be really strong and the course is really phenomenal out in Oregon called Bandon Dunes,” Jones said. “It should really bring out the best players, and the best team. I don’t see why we shouldn’t be regarded as one of the top teams there and [we] might be able to win that thing.”Despite all the success that Jones has experienced on the course in his last three seasons, he is far from content, hoping to expand on his previous accomplishments.”[I am] still looking for an individual win,” Jones said. “I’ve had a number of close calls; top-three finishes and a bunch of runners-up in my previous three years. I have gotten to the point where I have proven myself as a player, I just need to start winning.”Jones, who started playing golf at the age of 12, became passionate about the sport in high school.”[High school golf] was a lot of fun, I had a lot of friends on the team and I still actually talk to a bunch of them … a few of my past teammates have caddied for me and have been to a few tournaments,” Jones said.When Jones isn’t practicing or playing in tournaments, he is quite busy academically. He is majoring in finance in the School of Business and says that juggling the heavy curriculum of the Business School and being a student athlete is no easy task.”It’s not the easiest thing,” Jones said. “But it should pay off in the end.”After college, Jones has decided to turn pro, though he is not exactly sure when. “I will try to make a living at something that I really like to do,” Jones said. “I’m confident that it should work out. I have got to obviously get better in every aspect of my game and then everything should work out.”Jones, like most UW students, is enjoying the time he spends in the city of Madison. When Jones is not playing golf, and is not at the library, he can be found pursuing new hobbies.”I am trying to learn how to play the guitar,” Jones said. “It’s going to take some time … it should be fun, there is a freshman on the team [who] can play pretty well, so I am trying to learn some things from him.”Jones stands out as a person who is constantly trying to learn new things. Whether he is on the golf course or in the classroom, Jones shows that he is thirsty for knowledge. When asked what his favorite part of UW golf was, Jones attributed his learning experiences gained from Badgers head coach Jim Schuman and assistant coach B.J. Endicott.”I’ve learned a lot technically from Coach Schuman and Coach Endicott, and a lot off the golf course as well.”last_img read more

Final plat for Oak Tree Inn approved; company hopes to have hotel completed by Thanksgiving

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council approved the final plat of the new Oak Tree Inn being built at the corner of Woodlawn Ave. and U.S. 160 in the Penny’s Diner parking lot.With the excavation nearly complete of the old Warner Plaza lot, the construction of the new 110-room Oak Tree Inn is about to begin. The new hotel will be open by Christmas 2014 with the goal of opening before Thanksgiving, said Roy Riggs of T.R. Lodging Enterprises – owner of the Oak Tree Inn/Penny Diner.The existing 80-room Oak Tree Inn will remain open but be renamed Green Country Inn.Tuesday’s motion, unanimously passed by the city council with member John Tracy being absent, was more or less a technicality – giving T.R. Lodging final approval of four lot plat. The Wellington City Planning Commission recommended its approval two weeks earlier.Three of the lots are owned by T.R. Lodging, with the exception of one lot on the northeast corner being owned by Fugate Enterprises, a Wichita development group that owns several Pizza Huts/Taco Bells in south-central Kansas. The new hotel is being constructed to accommodate an influx of Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad business traffic in Wellington.” Riggs, who said he grew up in Wellington, told the council the company hopes to be digging the basement soon in what will be a two-story lodging complex.Contrary to rumors, Penny’s Diner will remain as is and will not be expanded or moved. It will receive some landscaping around the area, Riggs said.‘I want to give you a great big thank you for what you are doing for the community,” said Jim Valentine, Wellington City Council member.Wellington City Manager Gus Collins asked if there will be improvements to the older facility. Riggs said the company will be doing so. The original intent is to have railroaders use the new facility and the older facility will accommodate overflow traffic and the public at large.There will be no indoor pool for the new facility, Riggs said.———In other council business:The council approved the purchase of seven new golf carts for the Wellington Golf Club at $25,000 from Kansas Golf and Turf of Wichita. The City of Wellington saved money by bidding out the old 2004 golf carts being replaced at public auction and raising $5,000. Wellington Golf Club Director Derek Harrison reported that family membership is up at the golf course and a lot of young people are starting to golf.Unfortunately, the overall age of the Wellington golf community is getting older as it has for several years. Inevitably that has decreased overall attendance, Harrison said. The weather has not been conducive to a lot of golf traffic thus far, but Harrison is anticipating the busy start of the season is starting about now.•Kim Woodward, a former city council member and private resident, addressed the council asking for permission to start a community garden. He and the city staff were looking at developing city-owned property on C Street just east of the Wellington Housing Authority apartment complex. Woodrow estimated that this garden would be more than an acre.Local people would then grow various vegetables. Some that will be sold at the community Farmer’s Market in downtown Wellington in the summer. Sumner Newscow will provide more details of the proposed project at a later date provided we remember to do so.•The council approved the Special Alcohol and Drug Fund allocations recommended by the SADA board. The allocation of $13,250 is as follows: Big Brother/Big Sisters – $1,500; Project Prom $2,000; P.S. Club $1,000, Mirror, Inc. $2,500, Red Ribbon Committee $1,250, Sumner County Community Drug Action Team $1,500, Sumner County Community Drug Action Team $1,500, Sumner Mental Health Center $2,000, and Wellington Recreation Commission $1,500.last_img read more

Mobile Ad Network InMobi Enters the U.S. Market

first_imgfrederic lardinois Tags:#advertising#mobile#news#web Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The company’s U.S. team is currently compromised of roughly 80 people. InMobi targets brand advertisers and also offers a self-serve tools for smaller advertisers. The company offers services for advertising on feature phones and on modern smartphone platforms. When we talked to Ann Frisbie, InMobi’s , VP and managing director for North America last week, she argued that so far, most players in the U.S. market treated the mobile Web as just an extension of the desktop Web. The company hopes to be able to differentiate itself from other players in the U.S., as its international experience has already taught the company where mobile advertising is heading in the near future. Abroad, Friebie said, the mobile phone was always seen more as an entertainment device, while users in the U.S. are only now starting to regard their phones in the same way (in no small part thanks to the iPhone). We should note, however, that AdMob also has a major global presence, and that it will likely profit from Google’s own international expertise as well. InMobi also hopes to differentiate itself through its analytics tools and its adROIt product, which allows advertisers to track and optimize their buys in real time. InMobi, one of the world’s largest independent mobile ad networks, just announced that plans to enter the U.S. advertising market. The company – which already has offices in San Francisco and has currently served about 2 billion ad impressions in the U.S. following a soft launch in January – is currently one of the strongest mobile advertising players in the Asia Pacific market and also has a strong presence in Africa and Western Europe. In the U.S., InMobi will go up against entrenched players like AdMob, which was recently acquired by Google, and relative newcomers like Apple’s iAd and Quattro Wireless.InMobi started its business in Asia, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that this is also the strongest region in the company’s portfolio. Looking across the other regions where InMobi is currently active, the company announced that it managed to double its inventory of available impressions from 7.5 billion to 16.7 billion worldwide over the last six months. Looking at InMobi’s current numbers in the U.S., it is worth noting that – without trying too hard – the company currently serves more ads in the U.S. than AdMob did two years ago (though arguably, the mobile advertising market itself has also grown exponentially since then). What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Utility Buys Champion Decathlon House

first_imgLast summer, as the 2011 Solar Decathlon team representing University of Maryland toiled away at its contest entry, a 920-sq.-ft. one-bedroom consisting of two “shed” modules arranged in a staggered, split-butterfly configuration, the hope was that the building would eventually be sold to a couple whose annual income was in the $75,000-to-$115,000 range.The house, known as WaterShed, has since acquired high-tech celebrity as the overall winner of the Decathlon and very recently attracted a buyer, energy company Pepco, whose annual income falls well above the recommended range.As University of Maryland announced this week, WaterShed will be moved to one of Pepco’s facilities in Maryland’s Montgomery County, where it will serve as both an educational showcase and research tool. The university will partner with the utility on the building’s operation and help monitor its performance.A living laboratoryIn its “Where We Live” blog, the Washington Post noted that the home sold for $200,000. The purchase agreement calls for assistance from the WaterShed team in transporting the house to the Montgomery County site, although Pepco will pay disassembly, transport, reassembly, and site costs. Team members also will serve as docents at the house once it opens for public display.The house features 2×10 solid and 9.25-in. engineered wood for the floor framing, 1-1/8-in. tongue-and-groove Avantech floor sheathing, and 6 in. of Demilec Heatlok Soy closed-cell spray foam, bringing the system to R-39. Exterior walls are built with a hybrid system of standard stick framing and heavy timber framing, two layers of 2-in. extruded polystyrene over 2×6 tongue-and-groove sheathing, and 5.5 in. of Demilec Sealection in the stud bays, bringing the entire wall system to R-44.5. The roofs for both modules are insulated with 3.5 in. of Demilec Heatlok Soy and 4 in. of polyisocyanurate on the exterior, bringing them to R-57.26. Thermo-treated wood is used for the siding and decking.Once the Solar Decathlon began last fall in Washington, WaterShed led the competition most of the way, scoring more than 90 points out of a possible 100 in eight of the contest’s 10 competition categories.last_img read more

Green is in as city sports a fresh look

first_imgThe New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has pumped in more than Rs 10 crore to give Delhi a green makeover for the Commonwealth Games (CWG).NDMC has spent Rs 10 cr to beautify parks and public spaces. Its massive revamp effort, which started three years ago, has involved turning around 1,100 parks, 53 roundabouts, and 93 pavements, besides planting 2.5 million saplings of 100 plant varieties, worth Rs 1.23 crore, and 20,000 trees.Armed with saplings of perennial and seasonal plants, notably Hamelia, Ixora, Acalypha, Araucaria, Lavender, Kochia and Euphorbia Milii, around 1,200 men of the NDMC’s horticulture department were involved in this massive plantation exercise. And ironically, the monsoon, which had slowed down the pace of work in the CWG Village and stadia, actually gave a great last-minute boost to the greenification drive. The heavy downpours helped the horticulture department conserve the city’s dwindling water resources.Subhash Chandra, director (horticulture), NDMC, said he and his team planned the plantation strategy keeping in mind the city’s “climate, soil texture and resources in mind.” Focusing only on “doable” projects, Chandra zeroed in on roundabouts at Shanti Path, Lodi Road, Kautilya Marg, Sardar Patel Road, Niti Marg, Janpath, Pusa Road, Rani Jhansi Road, Tulsi Marg and Desh Bandhu Gupta Road to turn them around with colourful flower beds, perennial herbs, trimmed shrubs, trees and (at some places) fountains.But Chandra is proudest of the Commonwealth Games Park, which came up before the promised five-star hotel The Leela Palace, which was scheduled to open in time for the jamboree, on Africa Avenue (Chanakyapuri).advertisementThe horticulture department planned the park, spread over 2.5 acres, in a manner that would remind Delhiites of a hill station. The usual flat garden look made way for undulating hillocks with herb and flower beds, and a jogging track that winds through them. Trees mark the park’s boundary, instead of the standard cemented wall. Iron benches have made way for seating on tree stumps.”We started work on the CWG Park a year ago. The tree trunks used are of those trees that got uprooted in the rains,” said NDMC official Rajesh Kumar, who developed the park. Elsewhere, ornamental potted plants will greet you at the entrance of the NDMC-run parks. The muddy patches in various parks have been replaced by thick coats of grass and walking tracks have been laid out for visitors.Those driving on Shanti Path, Africa Avenue and Kautilya Marg will have a good reason to look out of their car windows to admire the mini lawns that have been laid out on both sides of the roads.The NDMC roped in private consultants for 10 major streetscaping projects on Park Street, Ramakrishna Ashram Marg, Udyan Marg, Aurobindo Marg and Mandir Marg, but its own teams were involved in the landscaping of parks, roundabouts and pavements, said Chandra proudly.The NDMC is ensuring that this greenification drive is not a one-time affair. “A third of the plants that we used are seasonal; two-thirds are perennial – these can last for more than five years,” Chandra said. “Our job is not over yet. Beautification requires intensive maintenance work.” That’s something the city will expect from the NDMC.last_img read more

Gov’t Tabling New, Amended Legislation this Year

first_imgStory Highlights This was disclosed by Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, as he opened the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 16. The Government will be tabling new legislation and/or amendments to laws during the 2019/20 parliamentary year.This was disclosed by Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, as he opened the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 16.“The following legislation will be tabled this year – amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), Firearms Act, Immigration Restriction (Commonwealth Citizens) Act, Aliens Act, and by the end of the year, the long-spoken-of Jamaica Constabulary Force Act will come to the House,” he stated.The Minister noted that the review of the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisations) Act, popularly referred to as “the Anti-Gang Legislation”, is under way and will continue with urgency.Dr. Chang also informed that the Government will, this year, seek to ensure the merger of the Police Civilian Oversight Authority (PCOA) and Police Service Commission (PSC), to create one oversight body mandated to monitor and evaluate Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) operations.He noted that creating a single entity will assist in modernising the JCF, through the adoption of international standards and best practices. “The following legislation will be tabled this year – amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), Firearms Act, Immigration Restriction (Commonwealth Citizens) Act, Aliens Act, and by the end of the year, the long-spoken-of Jamaica Constabulary Force Act will come to the House,” he stated. The Government will be tabling new legislation and/or amendments to laws during the 2019/20 parliamentary year.last_img read more