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Hurt by the recoilHurt by the recoil


first_imgBy opening its airspace after a long spell of closure, Pakistan has allayed much of the stress on several countries–which was primarily induced by Pakistan itself–due to additional costs being incurred in using alternative routes for their flights travelling to other nations. Shortly after Monday midnight, Pakistan in the NOTAM (notice to airmen) issued cancelled its closure of airspace which led to India doing the same and liberating the crucial airspace which connects Europe and Central Asia to Southeast Asia from any curfew. Pakistan’s prolonged closure of its airspace had become a cause for concern considering the losses being incurred by airline companies due to extra fuel consumption in taking a peripheral route as well as pit stops for refuelling. Amidst the sufferers stood Air India posing a cumulative loss of 491 crores till July 2. SpiceJet and GoAir also suffered losses of 30.73 and 2.1 crores until June 20. IndiGo also incurred a gross loss of 25.1 crores till the end of May. This, of course, began since Pakistan shut its airspace following India’s pre-emptive airstrike on Balakot on February 26 in retaliation to the Pulwama carnage. In a fifth notice since the closure on February 26, Pakistan had extended the closure till July 26. In fact, last week they had denied any possibility of opening it till the Indian fighter jets were stationed at forward positions. The delay that Pakistan had enforced on flights accustomed to flying through its airspace was at least 45-90 minutes. That was in addition to fuel and refuelling costs. The delay inflicted by Pakistan was also the reason for the surge in prices of flights active over the pertinent routes which had invariably made air travel costly. A mere diplomatic decision meant to pose a statement from the country which suffered an airstrike from a neighbouring country with the ambition to destroy terror outfits–especially those who had attacked in the first place–ultimately ended up hurting consumers the most. And, as that reality came to the surface, it brought along Pakistan’s actual agenda of taking a U-turn on its decision. Monetary loses by airlines of several countries was definitely a consequence but so was the same incurred by Pakistan itself. The consequential closure of Indian Airspace meant Pakistan had to bear the cost of going around India for its flight destined to Southeast Asia–Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand et al. On top of that, maintenance and refuelling charges that make up a hefty sum for Pakistan earned through the use of its airspace by foreign flights drew a nil which contributed majorly in costing the country around $100 million as per reports. Already in a deep economic crisis and under the constant watch of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), it definitely was not the right move to shut its airspace and further cost the country so much money. The relevant question here for Pakistan is why not sooner? It was not that financial loses became visible only after five months. Pakistan had recently avoided getting blacklisted by remaining in the grey list of FATF–which is in itself concerning for the country–and it was clear that it cannot take financial liberty over retaliatory theatrics. Nevertheless, it did before finally calling it off, much to everyone’s relief. Also Read – A compounding difficulty140 days of closure, in common sense, is in itself not sounding very beneficial but given the tension that the neighbouring countries of India and Pakistan had at the time, closure might have seemed like the most logical and immediate move. In retrospect, however, they could have expedited the cancellation of such closure to avoid incurring huge losses. Governance should take precedence and good governance is not going to hurt the economy, especially when it is already under stress. It was not so that India would have carried out successive strikes so the move was singlehandedly aimed at India with byproducts of costing an economic slump. Well, as much as it was meant for India, it backfired to hurt Pakistan more. It is in these matters that diplomacy should be utilised to derive an optimum solution, not a stringent stance. Nevertheless, the move now will benefit all airlines using Pakistan’s airspace and resume business as usual with the hope of no more closures. In the contemporary world, economic interests take precedence and a rigid and non-compliance attitude will only yield loses. The US and China have led by example on that note through their trade war!last_img read more


Rinelle Harper case triggers renewed calls from MPs for national inquiryRinelle Harper case triggers renewed calls from MPs for national inquiry


first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–As Rinelle Harper continues to recover from a vicious attack that nearly killed her, politicians thousands of kilometres away spoke her name as they renewed calls for a public inquiry into murder and missing Indigenous women.NDP and Liberal MPs pressed the Harper government during question period Monday to call a public inquiry. The Harper government again rebuffed the calls, saying there was no need for one because Ottawa had an action plan to combat violence against Indigenous women.Harper, 16, was found along the Assiniboine River by a passerby on the morning of Nov. 8 where she had been left for dead. Winnipeg police said Harper was attacked twice, the second time after she crawled out of the river.“Because of her incredible strength and the support of her family and friends, she is getting better,” said NDP MP Niki Ashton, whose Churchill riding is in northern Manitoba. “When will the current government take leadership to put an end to violence against women, come up with an action plan and support the families so that what Rinelle went through, and what thousands of Indigenous women go through, will never happen again?”Susan Truppe, parliamentary secretary for status of women, handled the questions for the government.“There have been more than 40 studies into the plight of missing and murdered Aboriginal women,” said Truppe. “Now is not the time for more studies. Now is the time for action.”Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash also pressed the government on the need for an inquiry.“First Nation communities demand a national inquiry,” said Saganash. “Why do the Conservatives reject this inquiry?”Truppe said there is no blanket support for a public inquiry.“I do not know why the members think everybody wants a national action plan,” said Truppe. “Not everybody wants a national action plan or a national inquiry.”Winnipeg Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux also raised the issue during question period.“When is the government going to call for a public inquiry on murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls?” said Lamoureux.“Canadians can count on our government to take violent crime seriously, including crimes against women and children,” said Truppe, in response. “Since we came to office, we have toughened sentences for murder, sexual assault and kidnapping and imposed mandatory prison sentences for the most serious crimes.”Police charged a 20 year-old male and a 17 year-old male in connection with the attack on Rinelle Harper.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more


Luis Enrique rings the changes for SpainLuis Enrique rings the changes for Spain


first_imgMadrid: Luis Enrique named a much-changed Spain squad on Friday as Isco, Saul Niguez and Koke were all left out while the 33-year-old Jesus Navas earned a surprise recall. Eight players were recalled to the squad with Navas, Sergi Gomez, Juan Bernat, Fabian Ruiz, Dani Parejo, Sergio Canales, Iker Muniain and Jaime Mata all coming in. Among those to miss out were Isco, who will be hoping for more games under new Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, as well as Atletico Madrid pair Saul and Koke. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Spain play two qualifiers for the European Championships later this month. They are at home to Norway on March 23 before playing away in Malta on March 26. Luis Enrique will be looking for a response after Spain endured a disappointing end to their Nations League campaign at the end of last year, when losses to England and Croatia saw them miss out on the semi-finals. Navas has not appeared for the national team since October 2013 but the former Manchester City winger has been in excellent form for Sevilla this season. Alvaro Morata was also included following his strong start at Atletico and was joined by fellow forwards Marco Asensio, Rodrigo, Muniain and Mata. Diego Costa and Iago Aspas are both injured. Squad: Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Pau Lopez Defenders: Jesus Navas, Sergi Roberto, Sergio Ramos, Mario Hermoso, Inigo Martinez, Jose Gaya, Jordi Alba, Juan Bernat Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Rodrigo, Dani Ceballos, Fabian Ruiz, Dani Parejo Forwards: Marco Asensio, Rodrigo, Alvaro Morata, Iker Muniain, Jaime Mata.last_img read more


World Bank warns political uncertainty could harm Sri LankaWorld Bank warns political uncertainty could harm Sri Lanka


Growth in the emerging and developing world is expected to pick up next year as the turbulence and uncertainty that afflicted a number of countries late last year and this year recedes. (Colombo Gazette) The World Bank said this in its June 2019 Global Economic Prospects: Heightened Tensions, Subdued Investment report. The World Bank has warned of a negative impact on Sri Lanka from the rise in political uncertainty.In addition, the bank also said that recent security-related incidents could dampen investor sentiment and perceptions. The World Bank said a rise in political uncertainty in the months leading up to presidential and parliamentary elections, which will take place in 2019 and 2020, respectively, could weigh on business confidence. The report says the global economy has slowed to its lowest pace in three years. It is on track to stabilize, but its momentum is fragile and subject to substantial risks.International trade and investment have been weaker than expected at the start of the year, and economic activity in major advanced economies, particularly the Euro Area, and some large emerging market and developing economies has been softer than previously anticipated. read more


Security Council approves UN peacekeeping mission in HaitiSecurity Council approves UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti


The Security Council today unanimously approved a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti to help stabilize the country, establish democratic institutions and eventually organize free and fair elections. Under today’s resolution, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) would take authority on 1 June from the current US-led Multinational Interim Force (MIF). In carrying out its mandate, the Mission, under a Special Representative of the Secretary-General yet to be named, should coordinate its operations with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). MINUSTAH, with an initial mandate of six months, will comprise 6,700 troops and 1,622 civilian police, as well as international and local civilian staff. The Council passed the resolution after receiving briefings from Hocine Medili, the leader of a recent UN assessment mission to Haiti, and Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy, Reginald Dumas, who gave an update on developments in the Caribbean island nation. Among its tasks, MINUSTAH should establish a secure and stable environment, foster democratic governance and institutional development, assist Haiti’s Transitional Government in organizing free and fair municipal, parliamentary and presidential elections as soon as possible, strengthen the rule of law and support the country’s human rights institutions and groups. The Council called on Member States to provide and coordinate substantial aid to meet Haiti’s humanitarian needs and permit the reconstruction of the country. It also urged the United Nations system to help the Transitional Government in designing a long-term strategy for social and economic development to achieve and sustain stability and combat poverty. read more


Net works for industry at eCommerce seminarNet works for industry at eCommerce seminar


Delegates at the first motor industry e-commerce seminar were today encouraged to become pioneers in the use of e-commerce technology. More than 150 seminar executives were told that e-commerce can benefit the whole industry from vehicle manufacture through the supply chain, cutting costs, improving productivity and reducing delivery times.Held at the Coventry University Technology Centre, the theme of ‘e-business in the Motor Industry’ was making use of technology to improve business rather than for its own sake. Vehicle and component design, sourcing and supply on-line were all examined, with partnership the key to the success of e-commerce ventures. An open forum allowed manufacturers and suppliers to debate the relevance of each issue as it was discussed.The first joint SMMT/DTI e-business seminar sold out within days. It comes soon after ministers were encouraged to promote motor manufacturing in the UK. The Trade and Industry Select Committee report on manufacturing in the UK published last week, called for closer ties between industry and government with ministers told to take their lead from organisations like SMMT.‘Partnership is key to promoting the industry’s strengths and encouraging manufacturers to stay competitive’ said SMMT Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Today’s conference speakers have shown that there are very real benefits from e-commerce and government support will encourage the industry to remain at the cutting edge of vehicle design, manufacture and supply.’ ends. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


NMFS Expands Fishing Near Steller Sea Lion HabitatNMFS Expands Fishing Near Steller Sea Lion Habitat


first_imgThe National Marine Fisheries Service will re-open fisheries in the Western Aleutian Islands that have been restricted for years to protect a population of Steller sea lions.Download AudioThe new federal rules were issued Tuesday. They say some fishing, spread out over more space and time, won’t deplete the sea lions’ food source too much. It upholds recommendations that have taken shape this year.Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceSteller sea lions eat Atka mackerel, Pacific cod and pollock — which were harvested commercially in the Western Aleutians in the past. The fisheries were shut down in 2011, when NMFS first ruled that fishing posed too much of a threat to the endangered mammals.Now, after a long biological re-evaluation, they’re officially relaxing those restrictions.Under the new rules, NMFS will re-open 35 percent more pollock fishing grounds compared to what was closed in 2011. And they’ll re-open 8 percent more for Atka mackerel and 23 percent more for Pacific cod in both the trawl and non-trawl sectors. Closures around sea lion haulouts and rookeries will still apply.The new regulations also extend the fishing seasons for those species. But they keep harvesting limited during times of year when the sea lions appear to be eating more fish — such as pollock, in the winter.The management plan takes effect in 30 days.You can read the full text of the rule and see NMFS responses to public comments here.last_img read more


Dengue cases fall significantly 1 more diesDengue cases fall significantly 1 more dies


first_imgAn aedes mosquito. File PhotoNew dengue infections have shown a marked fall as 1,179 people were infected afresh with the mosquito-borne disease in 24 hours till Saturday morning with the report of one death, reports UNB.The number of dengue cases was 1,446 on Friday.A minor boy died of dengue at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) on Friday evening.The deceased is Jarif Mia, son of Arif Mia of Sikarikanda in Sadar upazila of the district.MMCH deputy director Lakshmi Narayan Majumder said Jarif was undergoing treatment at Gazipur Sadar Hospital after he was diagnosed with dengue.Physicians there recommended shifting him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as his condition deteriorated. “But his parents took him to MMCH around 5pm on Friday,” Majumder said. “He died within an hour.”Of the new infections, 570 were recorded in Dhaka alone while 609 in other parts of the country.According to official statics, 62,217 patients infected with dengue were hospitalised and 55,881 of them discharged after treatment since the beginning of this year.The government has so far confirmed the deaths of 47 people but unofficial estimates suggest a higher death toll.Currently, 6,289 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics, among them 3,518 taking treatment in Dhaka, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services.last_img read more


Stephanie Beatriz Im marrying a guy but that doesnt make me anyStephanie Beatriz Im marrying a guy but that doesnt make me any


first_imgStephanie Beatriz attended DC Pride with Queer Eye Karamo BrownBeatriz, whose character on Brooklyn 99 Rosa Diaz is also bisexual, uses her fame to speak openly about bisexuality and inspire others.She recently attended Capital Pride in DC, riding a float during the march of 9 June. Her future husband, actor Brad Hoss, and Karamo Brown from Queer Eye were by her side.‘My mental saboteur screamed at me from inside my brain: “You don’t belong here! This isn’t for you! YOU’RE NOT GAY ENOUGH TO BE HERE, HOW DARE YOU?”,’ she writes.‘The parade started and someone handed me a flag—pink, purple, and blue, the bi flag. I took my place on the float, Karamo next to me, my partner behind us. Karamo and I smiled at each other, and I raised my flag and started dancing.’Beatriz says she was overwhelmed by the love she received from fans during the parade.‘I kept yelling while jumping up and down. And the bi fans of the show, my God. When I tell you I have never been moved like that, it is not a lie. There were so many times I would lock eyes with someone yelling my name and we would simultaneously yell “I LOVE YOU” at each other,’ she says.A low-key coming outStephanie Beatriz came out in the simplest possible way in July 2016.Referring to fellow actress Aubrey Plaza’s statement ‘I fall in love with girls and guys. I can’t help it.’, the Brooklyn 99 actress simply tweeted ‘Yup’.Yup https://t.co/BbTgURW7wA— Stephanie Beatriz (@iamstephbeatz) July 16, 2016Fans started asking for explanations. Beatriz unequivocally tweeted ‘Yes y’all’ using emojis of a woman kissing a man and two women kissing.yes y’all. — Stephanie Beatriz (@iamstephbeatz) July 16, 2016Beatriz’s character Rosa, a secretive, badass detective, came out as bisexual during the 99th episode in 2017.Brooklyn 99 has an incredibly supportive fandome who campaigned for the show not to be canceled last May. After five seasons, Fox chose not to renew it for a sixth. NBC later picked up the show after a two-day Twitterstorm.The show will return for a new season in 2019.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Bisexuality erasure is still an issue for bisexual people in an opposite-sex relationship. Many would rather stay silent instead of speaking up about their sexuality, but this is not the case with Brooklyn 99 actress Stephanie Beatriz. Stephanie Beatriz came out as bisexual in 2016 | Photo: IMDb/Fox In an op-ed she wrote for GQ, the actress, who came out in 2016, opened up about her upcoming marriage to a man and how it doesn’t make her any less bisexual.‘I’m choosing to get married because this particular person brings out the best in me. This person happens to be a man. I’m still bi,’ she says.‘In October, I will marry a heterosexual man. We’ll make vows that I will take very seriously, […] But I’ll be bi till the day I die, baby.’Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz | Photo: IMDb/Fox‘Bisexuality often needs an explanation’‘People’s sexuality is often defined by who we’re partnered with at any given moment, which can be a frustrating limitation for me,’ says Beatriz.She also says bisexuals often need to clarify their sexual orientation constantly to others in a ‘continual series of coming-out moments’.She herself had a few of those.‘Maybe next it’s to your sister, who warns you in no uncertain terms not to tell your parents until you’re serious about a girl because they will flip the f*ck out. Then maybe you come out to your college friends, who will ask jokingly if you are gay or straight, this and every weekend,’ she told GQ. These ‘tiny coming out moments’ never come to an end, she says.‘Maybe you then muster up the intense courage it takes to come out to your parents, who calmly ignore it. And then you’ll brace yourself and come out again and again and again to every person you’ll ever date.’The actress at Capital Pride in DC on 9 June | Photo: @iamstephbeatz Instagramcenter_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… London BiFest: this is why we need to celebrate the bisexual communityCrazy Ex-Girlfriend just made a third character bisexual and fans are loving itWhy this young bi woman has an issue with Netflix’s Alex StrangeloveRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/stephanie-beatriz-im-marrying-a-guy-but-that-doesnt-make-me-any-less-bisexual/last_img read more


Build that hotel Trump family eyes massive hotel expansion under a newBuild that hotel Trump family eyes massive hotel expansion under a new


first_imgBuild that hotel: Trump family eyes massive hotel expansion under a new name Share Tags: America, Donald Trump, Trump Hotels By: Bernard Condon and David Koenig Source: The Associated Press NEW YORK — The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an enterprise whose owner sits in the Oval Office.The chain, called Scion, will feature the first Trump-run hotels not to bear the family’s gilded name. The hotels will feature modern, sleek interiors and communal areas, and offer rooms at $200 to $300 a night, about half what it costs at some hotels in Trump’s luxury chain.And they’ll be dozens of them, possibly a hundred, opening across the country in just three years. Or at least that’s the plan.“It’s full steam ahead. It’s in our DNA. It’s in the Trump boys’ DNA,” said Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger. The “boys” are Eric and Donald Jr., who are running their father’s company while he is president.The bold expansion plan raises some thorny ethical questions.The Trump family won’t be putting up any money to build the hotels. Instead, their company, the Trump Organization, plans to get local real estate developers and their investors to foot the bill, as do most major hotel chains.One of the first going up could be in Dallas. A development company there originally planned to raise money from unnamed investors in Kazakhstan, Turkey and Qatar, but recently told the Dallas Morning News that it now will tap only the company’s U.S. partners.ETHICS CONCERNSGovernment ethics experts say turning to outside money, whether foreign or American, raises the spectre of people trying to use their investment to gain favour with the new administration – like contributing to a political campaign, but with no dollar limits or public disclosure.“This is the new version of pay-to-play, ‘Get in there and do business with the Trump Organization,”’ said Richard Painter, who was the chief White House ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush.The Trump family will have to overcome some political obstacles, too. Already, politicians in a few cities mentioned as possible sites have vowed to fight the first family, raising the prospect of a struggle to get zoning and other permits to start building.The son of German and Polish refugees from World War II, CEO Danziger is no stranger to long odds. He never went to college, instead taking a job as a bellman at a San Francisco hotel at 17. He worked himself up over the decades to CEO spots at several major hospitality companies.When Danziger led Starwood Hotels and Resorts in the 1990s, he expanded the number of hotels from 20 to nearly 600.The 62-year-old executive has similar ambitions for the Trump family. He said he hopes to open 50 to 100 Scions in three years, and already has letters of intent with more than 20 developers, the last three signed in just one week earlier this month. He said he also is planning to add to Trump’s existing line of luxury hotels.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckDanziger took over Trump’s hotel business in August 2015 with hopes of adding to the company’s string of properties abroad. A review of trademark databases by The Associated Press shows the Trump family has applied for rights to use the Scion name in several countries, including China, Indonesia, Canada and 28 nations in Europe. An application for trademark rights in the Dominican Republic was approved as late as December.Then President Trump held a news conference the next month and basically killed the international plans. A week before he took office, he pledged that his company would strike “no new foreign deals” while he was president to allay concerns that foreigners might try to influence U.S. policy by helping his business abroad.PROJECTS GET NEW LIFECritics note that hasn’t stopped his company from expanding one of its Scottish resorts, pursuing two Indonesian projects that are largely unbuilt and looking to revive an old deal for a beachfront Dominican Republic resort that appeared dead years ago. The company has said these were already in the works, so they don’t fall under the president’s pledge.At a panel discussion at a recent hotel industry conference, Danziger said the U.S. offers plenty of opportunity for expansion. As possible cities for new hotels, he mentioned Seattle, San Francisco, Denver and Dallas.That didn’t go down well with some local power brokers.Mark Farrell, a San Francisco supervisor who heads the land use committee, scoffed at the idea of a Trump hotel getting permission to build in his city, telling a CBS affiliate “Good luck with that.”In Seattle, councilmember Rob Johnson told the AP he’d be “shocked” if any Trump hotels got built, calling his city “ground zero” for Trump resisters. In January, thousands took to the streets there to protest the president’s first attempt at a travel ban and the city council passed a unanimous resolution denouncing it.St. Louis, another possible Scion target, may prove a tough sell, too. A few days after the presidential election, protesters marched in front of a building that had been rumoured as the site of a new Trump hotel as they chanted “No to Trump Tower.”The developer of the St. Louis project, Alterra Worldwide, is also the company behind the possible Scion hotel in Dallas. It announced soon after the St. Louis protest that it would use the building there to open a hotel under the Marriott name.Despite the St. Louis trouble, Alterra President Mukemmel “Mike” Sarimsakci said, he expects no trouble with his Dallas project.For starters, he appears to have much of the local approval needed to move forward. Both Sarimsakci and a Dallas city hall spokeswoman said Alterra is not seeking rezoning or tax incentives, which will avoid any need for a vote of the city council to approve the hotel.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Sarimsakci doesn’t think anti-Trump sentiment will hurt the Scion chain.“I think it’s passed. I think people had really strong feelings prior to the election,” he said. “I don’t see that as being an issue moving forward.”Sarimsakci spoke to the AP last month. He did not respond to requests to confirm that he no longer plans to use foreign investors.THE LURE OF TAX REVENUE, JOBSDanziger also shrugs off the danger from anti-Trump folks. Stopping a Scion from opening would hurt a city, he said, just as surely as it would hurt the Trumps.“Why would a city because of political views, a city councilman’s views, prohibit tax revenue from coming to the city and employment to the people?” Danziger said. “It doesn’t make sense.”He also expressed confidence Scion will avoid ethical trouble. He said any new investors in Scion go through an “exhaustive, thorough” review to make sure, for instance, they’re not offering sweetheart deals to the Trump family to curry favour with the president.Before Trump took office, he hired an outside lawyer to vet his deals for conflicts. Critics say his company shouldn’t be striking any new deals at all and that he should follow the precedent of modern presidents by selling his interest in the company. He has refused to do so.Politics aside, Trump’s new chain faces stiff business challenges.The U.S. president is a tiny hotel operator, with just 14 properties that he either owns or licenses his name to or manages for others, according to his company’s website. This puts it at a disadvantage compared with, say, Marriott International, which has more than 6,000 hotels and can get deeper discounts when purchasing insurance and food and linens. The bigger companies have powerful loyalty programs to lure travellers, too.“Why do people stay at Marriotts all the time?” said Bjorn Hanson, professor of hospitality and tourism management at New York University. “They’re earning points.”Trump’s Scion chain also faces a fight for customers against an array of new chic “lifestyle” chains from Marriott, Hilton and other rivals. Furniture retailers West Elm and Restoration Hardware are opening hotels to appeal to young travellers. Even the gym chain Equinox recently announced plans to enter the crowded field.Danziger said he’s not worried. “Every industry on the planet is crowded.”He won’t name the developers with whom he has letters of intent, or where they hope to build, noting that they’re tentative deals that could easily fall though. Pressed, though, he rattled off a long series of cities seemingly at random, including Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Louisville, Kentucky.“The list of places Scion can go,” he said, “is virtually limitless.” Friday, March 24, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


5 questions for a Costa Rican painter How a prison sentence sparked5 questions for a Costa Rican painter How a prison sentence sparked


first_imgRelated posts:5 questions for a Costa Rican cartoonist 5 questions for Costa Rican street artist MUSH 5 questions for Costa Rican painter Man Yu Fung 5 questions for a Costa Rican singer “I was born in Puntarenas, The Pearl of the Pacific,” saysNavil Leytón, 44, with pride. The first painter in his family and a musician since the age of 14, Leytón specializes in the spatula technique and was recently accepted at the Mondial Art Academia in France.Leyton, who believes that “knowledge is nothing, if not shared,” has also been participating since the start of this year in ongoing painting workshops for inmates at Costa Rica’s La Reforma prison, through artist Juan Carlos Chavarría’s Foundation for Transformation in Violent Times. The project is particularly meaningful to Leytón because he was once an inmate, too, and discovered his own love for painting while behind bars after meeting artist José Fernández and eventually building a painting workshop at La Reforma. He continued to follow his passion after leaving prison and has found success.By being part of this project, Leytón wants to support the men at La Reforma and show them there are ways to achieve their dreams after they serve their time.“Art in general is a state of freedom,” he says. “Man has always sought to make art. The point is to give him the space to make art; if the person feels that he has that opportunity, he will do it.”The Tico Times visited La Reforma and talked to the artist about his experience in prison and his identity as an artist. Excerpts follow. “Imposing” (Courtesy of Navil Leytón)What was it like to learn and to paint while you were incarcerated?We painted in the impressionistic style, houses, meadows, rivers …. and with that I provided sustenance to my family while I was there [in prison], because we had the opportunity to present our works on Sundays and people bought them. We had to sell them really cheap, because the prisoner can not sell like he would on the street. There is no other way for him to support himself. So many people, because of the economic opportunity, sometimes are lucky and find very good works.When we started painting, we sent a letter through a pastor to a hardware store asking for donated material. Since I’m an industrial welder we were given materials, and we built the first painting workshop in Puesto Diez. Four of us started painting there, and I spent the four years there, in that workshop.When you left prison, how did you start your career as a professional painter?Once I was on the outside, I wanted to continue painting, but I had to work, and I didn’t have time to paint. In Costa Rica, people do not really live off of art. I worked as a welder and began to paint from time to time when someone placed an order, or just to hang out… from 2007 to 2010.Then I decided to paint in a more professional setting. My friend and renowned painter Armando Fallas had an exhibition at the Louvre Museum almost three years ago. He came back and told me, “Navil, you can, too. You just have to develop your own identity in art. ” “Natural Reality” (Courtesy of Navil Leytón)How did you develop that identity?I was static for a while; I didn’t know what to do. But I’ve always been a good reader and I graduated in theology, so I made the decision to read more deeply about philosophical topics. A little more of Nietzsche, of Homer, Plato, Aristotle. And my mind boomed.Then I bought Nietzsche’s book “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” and Aristotle’s “Metaphysics,” and it was even better. I gave up television, soccer, and all the things that human beings normally do and that the world wants. I began to read a lot and began to paint using totems or other elements for personal representations: for example, planets or spheres for human thoughts, stairs as the development of the educational system, women as society. And I developed the technique of using a spatula. I owe to reading what I am today as a painter. “Homicidal society” (Courtesy of Navil Leytón)What kind of topics have you developed in your paintings?The first exhibition was about social inequality, 13 works. There were two pieces that weren’t accepted. One is called “Homicidal Society”… It is the face of a woman crying, which is society, and a wall dividing the social classes between abysses, and blood spilled in the street. Some doors with stairs reach darker parts. So it’s a very strong social critique, and although I was not given the chance to exhibit it. The other one is a woman lying on her back, arms and feet tied, in the air, above a chess table with a pawn. That means a gagged society, and as it happens, that’s what they did: they gagged me, covered my mouth and told me I couldn’t exhibit the work.How did you get involved in this project at La Reforma?In January there was an exhibition and the stand of [artist and La Reforma project organizer] Juan Carlos Chavarría was next to mine. We began to make conversation. I don’t like sharing the fact that I was imprisoned, but in this project I like to do it to show the boys that a person who was imprisoned can go on to do what he wants if he manages to find the “superman” inside himself. So, I shared my story with Juan Carlos and he told me about this project, and here I am collaborating, trying to give a message of hope to the boys. We want to start another workshop to Puesto 10. I would like to make pictures of literary figures. We can paint feelings, but each feeling is based on knowledge. “Sabana,” stained glass work. (Courtesy of Navil Leytón) (Courtesy of Navil Leytón)Read more Weekend Arts Spotlight interview here.Our “Weekend Arts Spotlight” presents Sunday interviews with artists who are from, working in, or inspired by Costa Rica, ranging from writers and actors to dancers and musicians. Do you know of an artist we should consider, whether a long-time favorite or an up-and-comer? Email us at kstanley@ticotimes.net. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


Insurance deal lets India resume shipping Iran oilInsurance deal lets India resume shipping Iran oil


first_img Top Stories Check your body, save your life Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Imports of Iranian oil by major consumers plunged to 1 million barrels a day in July from 1.74 million barrels a day in June, according to an Aug. 10 report from the International Energy Agency.Mercator aside, most Indian shippers don’t like the terms of the insurance coverage and have declined to send tankers to Iran.Sabyasachi Hajara, chairman and managing director of Shipping Corp. of India, said the current package was “inadequate.”“The coverage modalities are yet to be worked out,” he said. Once mutually acceptable terms can be reached, he said his company would be happy to haul Iranian oil. No shipments are now scheduled, he said.China, India, Japan and South Korea are among Iran’s most important oil export markets. The Obama administration exempted all four countries from U.S. sanctions after they significantly reduced their imports of Iranian oil.Japan was the first country to devise a workaround to the EU sanctions, offering its shippers a robust $7.6 billion per tanker in government-backed insurance for oil cargo from Iran. Japan’s Parliament passed the emergency measure in late June to avoid a disruption to critical oil supplies due to actions against Iran. Iran has offered to deliver crude on its own ships to China, South Korea and India. But Iran’s fleet size is limited and some companies are skeptical about the viability of Iranian insurance cover, analysts say.“The complications in securing alternative arrangements to continue importing Iranian oil in view of tanker insurance problems are prolonging import problems for some countries, who are looking toward alternative suppliers,” said Tom Grieder, Asia-Pacific energy analyst for IHS World Markets Energy. “While Japan has provided state-backed insurance cover, Indian insurance cover is not particularly large and refiners still face import risks. More broadly, there continue to be concerns about the viability and validity of Iranian insurance cover, which has been offered to China and South Korea.”South Korea stopped importing Iranian crude in July, when the insurance sanctions hit. Two refiners told The Associated Press on Monday that they were in talks with the South Korean and Iranian governments about using Iranian tankers under Iranian insurance cover to import oil.“Iran first made the offer,” said Eom Ik-hoon, spokesman for South Korea’s largest refiner, SK Energy, which imported 10 percent of its crude from Iran before the sanctions hit. “We are discussing details with the South Korean government, but we do not know when imports will be resumed.” Comments   Share   Hyundai Oil Bank Co.’s spokesman Koh In-soo said the company was also reviewing using Iranian ships and insurance, but denied earlier news reports that the crude imports may be resumed as early as September.___Associated Press writers Youkyung Lee in Seoul, South Korea, and Elaine Kurtenbach in Tokyo contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology AP Business WriterMUMBAI, India (AP) – India has joined Japan in offering government-backed insurance for ships carrying Iranian crude in order to bypass European sanctions that have nearly halved Iranian oil exports to key markets.The first Indian ship to carry oil from Iran with Indian insurance is scheduled to load up in Iran on Wednesday, a shipping company executive said. This is a breakthrough for the Indian government, which has scrambled to maintain vital Iranian oil imports after European sanctions blocked third-party insurance in July. The MT Omvati Prem _ a tanker contracted to carry 85,000 metric tons of crude oil from Iran for Indian state refiner Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. _ is scheduled to arrive in India by Aug. 25, said Kowshik Kuchroo, president of shipping for Mercator Ltd., an Indian shipping company.“This being a government of India cargo, it has a different sense of importance. We’re not doing it just for business,” Kuchroo said Monday. “India is in definite need of the crude. At a short notice, we can’t just snap the supply.”Mercator is insuring the ship with $50 million in hull and machinery insurance, which covers physical damage to the ship, from state-owned New India Assurance Co. It’s insuring the vessel with another $50 million in protection and indemnity insurance, which covers a broad range of liabilities, including environmental pollution and cargo damage, from government-backed United India Insurance.That is a far cry from the $1 billion in coverage Indian companies like Mercator got from European insurers, which used to underwrite most maritime coverage. European Union sanctions that prohibit EU companies from offering insurance on tankers carrying Iranian crude took effect July 1, part of the U.S.-led effort to tighten sanctions on Iran to cut off funds for its nuclear program.last_img read more


ATF 2014 a resounding successATF 2014 a resounding success


first_imgA highlight of last Thursday’s closing ceremony was the Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia formally passing over the Chairmanship to Myanmar, by handing over the baton to Myanmar’s Minister of Hotels and Tourism. “I wish to congratulate our strategic partner, ASEAN Tourism Association for successfully co-organising TRAVEX, which set a new record for BCCK in terms of total floor space utilised for the travel fair, with all booths taken up and for the ASEAN Tourism Conference being very well received in providing fresh insights on accessibility and development of cruise and river-based tourism.” “From humble beginnings 33 years ago, we are now on the threshold of realising our goal of One Vision, One Identity, One Community for ASEAN by 2015, and through achieving 75 percent of the measures outlined under the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan, we have made significant progress indeed,” Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri said. The 33rd ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF), held in Kuching, Malaysia, finished on a high, with the Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz declaring the event a resounding success. The closing ceremony of the eight day event was held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) and was also attended by the Minister of Tourism and Housing Development of Sarawak, ASEAN Tourism Ministers and around 700 guests.center_img Source = ETB News: L.B. The ATF 2014 has further strengthened intra-regional cooperation and coordination in tourism through a range of meetings, announcement and events such as the Green Hotel Awards, and with close 2,000 attendees and TRAVEX 2014 at maximum capacity, the ATF 2014 was a huge success. Since its inauguration in Malaysia in 1981, the hosting of the ATF is rotated among its member countries, with Naypidaw, Myanmar set to host ATF 2015 in the theme of ASEAN – Tourism Towards Peace, Prosperity and Partnership.last_img read more


CFPB Discrimination Report Made PublicCFPB Discrimination Report Made Public


first_img CFPB Discrimination HSFC Richard Cordray 2015-03-10 Samantha Guzman March 10, 2015 477 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government The Federal Reserve Inspector General made his findings of the investigation of discrimination in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) public Monday, stating the CFPB has made progress in combatting discrimination, but still was work to do. Last week, legislation was introduced to replace the director of CFPB with a five-person committee to combat the alleged overreach of the Bureau, according to House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).Allegations of workplace discrimination within the CFPB arose in 2013 when documents were leaked by employees to the media. Employees alleged they were givin unfair evaluations based on gender, race, and age, not job performance. Head of the CFPB Richard Cordray admitted the employee evaluation system used in 2012 and 2013 was unfair and launched his own internal report last year. Cordray’s report found black and Hispanic workers, those over age 40, those outside Washington, D.C., and those in the union were more likely to get bad performance evaluations under the system, which worsened their pay and career advancement prospects.The inspector general’s review found that in three of the CFPB’s six divisions in fiscal year 2012, white employees received higher performance ratings than their black colleagues, and the same was true in two of the six divisions when it came to Hispanic co-workers. The report released Monday found that the CFPB’s policies for promoting diversity and inclusion within its workforce fell short of what was necessary to achieve the goals set at the end of fiscal year 2013.While the inspector general’s own review and the review of an outside consulting firm found there was “statistically significant” discrepancy, there was no evidence of an intentional policy to target nonwhite, non-male employees, according to the report.“The results of the external consulting firm’s analysis of the CFPB’s fiscal year 2012 and fiscal year 2013 performance ratings indicated statistically significant disparities among CFPB employees across certain demographic groups. However, these statistically significant differences do not necessarily indicate discrimination and could be due to a wide variety of explanations, such as actual differences in employee performance,” the report said.HSFC Committee Chairman Hensarling said the report findings show the CFPB “is a very troubled bureaucracy” whose managers “seem to have a real problem when it comes to how they treat minority employees.””Each day, it becomes more apparent that the CFPB is an unaccountable Washington bureaucracy in need of real reforms,” Texas GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling said in a statement.The CFPB has since scrapped the old evaluation system and said it has taken steps to improve diversity within their organization.”The CFPB appreciates the OIG’s affirmation of diversity and inclusion efforts as critical to the overall development and performance of an organization. The CFPB concurs with the OIG’s recommendations regarding additional policies and enhancements to the Bureau’s diversity and inclusion efforts, and has already made significant progress in addressing the recommendations since the close of the evaluation period in October 2014,” the CFPB said in a statement in the report.The CFPB has taken several steps to improve diversity in the organization, according to Sam Gilford with the CFPB. Since allegations, the CFPB has created new training on diversity and inclusion for managers and supervisors. It has also launched a third-party review of the Bureau’s internal processes, starting with performance management and the organization is continuing to train managers and supervisors on diversity and inclusion as part of the Supervisor Development Seminar and Leadership Excellence Seminar. About 97 percent of CFPB managers, supervisors and leaders have attended training.Ranking member of the Financial Services Committee, Maxine Waters (D-CA) led Democrats in asking for the report from the Inspector General. She said she is pleased with the CFPB for agreeing to make changes that were recommended in the report, in a statement.“While the findings confirm anecdotal suspicions, I am pleased to see that the CFPB has agreed with every recommendation made by the Inspector General and has already begun taking significant steps to address diversity and inclusion issues within its ranks,” she said. “But our concerns about diversity in the federal government do not stop at the CFPB. In the coming months, I will be releasing a detailed analysis of the diversity and inclusion practices of all the federal financial regulators.”center_img CFPB Discrimination Report Made Public Sharelast_img read more


Is a Digital Brand Necessary for LendersIs a Digital Brand Necessary for Lenders


first_imgIs a Digital Brand Necessary for Lenders? By Scott K. StuckyWe’re all familiar with the Internet these days and it seems like everyone has a mobile smart phone. We hear about how millennials do all of their business from their mobile devices, everything has to be online, etc. As mortgage lenders we still taking applications, process, underwrite, close the loans and continue to go about our business. We’ve got systems and technology that allow a pretty efficient processes. Many lenders have some type of online presence, certainly a website, maybe a way to take an application online. But do mortgage lenders have a digital brand, a message, or image in the ever increasing online world? Do they need one? If so, what things should they consider before they do decide to develop a digital brand?Let’s start by understanding what a digital brand is. It’s basically very similar to any other marketing brand, it’s an image, a reputation, a standard or expectation associated with a company. Many times it’s associated with an image (i.e. logo or slogan). In the digital world, it’s just that, digital. Not print, not radio or TV, but digital. So is it really different from a regular brand? Yes and no. The overall concept is similar, but in the online world things move and change fast. Anyone remember myspace.com? Basically gone these days. In the digital world social media allows consumers to gather and share information rapidly. When something goes crazy in the digital world it’s said to be ‘viral’. Well, relative to a digital brand something going viral could be really good or really bad. Really fast.Lenders continually hear how the millennial generation is the largest ever and how they are different. They are heavily influenced by online information and studies show they pretty much always go there first to gather information. They value their peers above others in terms of opinion. If you don’t have an online reputation, a digital brand, odds are pretty high they aren’t going to get exposure to the services your firm offers. Millennials aren’t the only generation that uses mobile online technology, studies show that baby boomers and others also rely on it to gather information.While there is significant potential associated with having a digital brand, many organizations lump it together with their regular marketing and brand development initiatives. This can be a mistake because of the rapid rate at which information moves and changes online. If something negative comes about relative to your brand online it can be very difficult and expensive to correct. If something positive comes out online you’ll also want to take advantage of those circumstances as well, but you’ve got to be ready to do so quickly. You will hear about the issue almost instantaneously and it will be necessary for you to manage your brand and reputation immediately. This is where a digital brand is very different from a traditional brand. Furthermore, it’s very important to ensure your digital branding efforts are focused on potential borrowers where they can have the most positive effect for your company.Establishing a digital brand is important in our current economy. Companies who ignore the concept or consider it the same as regular marketing and brand development stand to be left behind. The 2 largest generations in our history rely on digital online information before all other sources and the succeeding generations will as well. The upside is huge, but due to viral reviews and rapid communication the downside is important to consider as well. Make the most of the opportunity and establish a strong, well-managed digital brand for your firm so you and your company don’t get left behind.Scott K. Stucky is Executive Vice President of Data and Software Solutions for SettlementOne in San Diego, California. He is an alumnus of the University of Florida, has been in the financial services industry for over 30 years, and is an avid outdoorsman. He can be reached at sstucky@settlementone.com. August 16, 2016 605 Views Sharecenter_img Digital Brand Mortgage Lenders 2016-08-16 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technologylast_img read more


Its Not Only Demand Thats Raising Home PricesIts Not Only Demand Thats Raising Home Prices


first_img Share Construction Home Prices Housing Demand rising S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 10-City Composite Home Price Index S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price Index S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices 2018-01-30 Radhika Ojha It’s Not Only Demand That’s Raising Home Prices in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Home prices continued to rise three times faster than the rate of inflation, showing year over year increase in prices of 5 percent or more for 16 straight months, according to data from the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices released by S&P Dow Jones on Tuesday. The indices indicated that home prices grew 6.2 percent in November, slightly up, from 6.1 percent growth shown in October 2017. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices are constructed to accurately track the price path of typical single-family homes and consists of three parts—The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 10-City Composite Home Price Index, and The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price Index.“Given slow population and income growth since the financial crisis, demand is not the primary factor in rising home prices,” said David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “Construction costs, as measured by National Income and Product Accounts, recovered after the financial crisis, increasing between 2 percent and 4 percent annually, but do not explain all of the home price gains.” The indices showed that from 2010 to the latest month of data, the construction of single family homes slowed, with single family home starts averaging 632,000 annually. This is less than the annual rate during the 2007-2009 financial crisis of 698,000. “[These numbers are] still lesser than the long-term average of slightly more than one million annually from 1959 to 2000 and 1.5 million during the 2001-2006 boom years. Without more supply, home prices may continue to substantially outpace inflation,” Blitzer said.Reflecting the national trend, the 20-City index has also climbed at a pace of 5 percent for 28 months. Cities in Western U.S., particularly, Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Francisco reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities on the 20-City Index, as Seattle led the way with a 12.7 percent increase, followed by Las Vegas with a 10.6 percent increase, and San Francisco with a 9.1 percent increase.“Looking across the 20 cities covered here, those that enjoyed the fastest price increases before the 2007-2009 financial crisis are again among those cities experiencing the largest gains. San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, and Las Vegas, price leaders in the boom before the crisis, are again seeing strong price gains. They have been joined by three cities where prices were above average during the financial crisis and continue to rise rapidly – Dallas, Portland, and Seattle,” Blitzer said. January 30, 2018 583 Views last_img read more


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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2018 4:02 am PDT Last Updated Mar 19, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pitbull to speak at United Nations about global water crisis NEW YORK, N.Y. – Grammy Award-winning rapper Pitbull is heading to the United Nations to discuss the global water crisis on World Water Day.The organization Clean Water Here announced on Monday that the international pop star will be named Clean Water Here Ambassador on March 22, when he visits the U.N. in New York City.Pitbull also will receive the 2018 World Water Champion Award for his global humanitarian efforts. He is leading the celebrity-driven social media campaign dubbed “Clean Water Here Cause Flash,” in hopes of raising awareness of the water crisis. Other participants include Bruno Mars, Pink, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Monica and Juanes.On March 22, U.N. General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak will launch a 10-year plan focused on sustainable development of water resources.last_img read more


Executive director of Toronto film festival plansExecutive director of Toronto film festival plans


first_imgExecutive director of Toronto film festival plans to retire in summer 2019 Toronto International Film Festival executive director Michele Maheux is seen in this undated handout photo. The executive director of the Toronto International Film Festival plans to retire next summer. The organization says Michele Maheux, who is also chief operating officer, will continue in her current role until Nov. 1. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, TIFF *MANDATORY CREDIT* TORONTO – The executive director of the Toronto International Film Festival plans to retire next summer.The organization says Michele Maheux, who is also chief operating officer, will continue in her current role until Nov. 1.After that, she will help ensure a smooth leadership transition as Cameron Bailey takes on the extended role of artistic director and co-head.Bailey has been artistic director since 2012.His newly created role is part of a two-headed structure to replace outgoing director and CEO Piers Handling, who announced last July that this year’s festival would be his last.Maheux will be replaced by a new executive director and co-head, who will be announced prior to this year’s festival.Maheux has been with the organization for 30 years, playing a role in such achievements as the TIFF Bell Lightbox.“I’m excited for the future of TIFF and the new team at the top,” Maheux said in a statement.“The organization is on a great path with a new five-year strategic plan and a team passionate about the mission and vision.”center_img by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 10, 2018 6:55 am PDT Last Updated Aug 10, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more


BRYANT POND Maine — Fox News host Tucker CarlsonBRYANT POND Maine — Fox News host Tucker Carlson


first_img BRYANT POND, Maine — Fox News host Tucker Carlson says he’s scuttling plans for a TV studio near his vacation home in rural Maine because of publicity.The Sun Journal newspaper reported that Carlson planned to buy an old town garage and transform it into a studio in Bryant Pond. The deal called for him to buy the building for $30,000, he said, while Fox would pay to equip the studio.But Carlson pulled the plug within hours of the news report Wednesday evening. Carlson described himself as “bitter” and “crushed” and called the news report a “total violation of my privacy.”He said Fox wouldn’t leave the equipment in a small, rural studio whose presence is widely known.Carlson told the town that he’s “spent virtually every summer of my life” at nearby Lake Christopher.The Associated Press FILE – In this March 2, 2017 file photo, Tucker Carlson, host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio, in New York. The liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America this week released two batches of recordings Carlson made as a guest on a radio show where he made denigrating remarks about race and gender. It was timed to coincide with Fox’s first-ever sales meeting with advertisers on Wednesday, March 12, 2019. Media Matters says it wants to pressure Fox into better behavior by making advertisers aware of what is being said on the air. Carlson says critics want to shut Fox down. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2019 7:04 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tucker Carlson abandons plan for studio near Maine homelast_img read more