Obama to bring civic leaders to Chicago for October summit

•September 19, 2017 • 2 Comments

http://onlineathens.com/national-news/2017-09-13/obama-bring-civic-leaders-chicago-october-summit

Former President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he plans to invite civic leaders to Chicago next month to exchange ideas and plan ways to solve some of the world’s common problems.

The inaugural Obama Foundation leadership summit “will be a place to gather and learn from one another, and then go back to your communities to lead others in the hard work of change,” Obama said in a video and email released to supporters.

The former president said he expects the summit, which will be Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, to bring hundreds of leaders from around the world.

The summit will be the beginning of several activities the foundation is planning, Obama said. “In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll be kicking off more initiatives and opportunities for people like you to get involved with the Obama Foundation’s mission,” he said. “That mission is simple: We want to inspire and empower people to change the world.”

One of the new projects is an Obama Foundation fellowship “to support and elevate outstanding civic innovators – individuals from around the world who are working with their fellow citizens to tackle big challenges,” Obama said in the email. Another project will be “training days,” which he said will “teach young people how to put civics into action where they live.”

Other projects are in the works, including the merging of Obama’s signature My Brother’s Keeper Alliance program fully into the Obama Foundation.

“This is only the beginning. Our programs will grow as we continue to listen and learn,” said David Simas, the foundation’s CEO.

While staying out of the public’s eye for much of his post-presidency, Obama has re-emerged in the last few days. He surprised students at a Washington, D.C. high school on Friday, and will attend a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee on Sept. 27, only the second time he’s publicly raised money for his party since leaving the White House.

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why?

your not president mate..

“One of the new projects is an Obama Foundation fellowship “to support and elevate outstanding civic innovators – individuals from around the world who are working with their fellow citizens to tackle big challenges,” Obama said in the email. Another project will be “training days,” which he said will “teach young people how to put civics into action where they live.”

read between the lines..and it starts on halloween..

“The former president said he expects the summit, which will be Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, to bring hundreds of leaders from around the world.”

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Pound at highest since Brexit as Bank of England signals rate hike

•September 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment

https://www.rt.com/business/403461-pound-highest-since-brexit/

On Friday the British pound soared to its highest post-EU referendum level against the US dollar after a strong hint from the Bank of England (BOE) of a possible rates rise in the coming months. It could be the first interest rate rise since July 2007.

Sterling touched $1.36 against the greenback – the highest since last July, was trading at $1.35 as of 14:47pm GMT. It was up almost one percent against the euro, at €1.13.

Dragged down by the pound’s gains, the benchmark index FTSE 100 slid 1.06 percent to 7,218.39. A higher UK currency tends to slam the blue-chip index lower, as it impacts the earnings of the multinational companies that make the bulk of their money overseas.

BOE policymaker Gertjan Vlieghe, who has previously argued against a rate rise, said in a speech the “moment is approaching” when interest rates might need to go up.

“Until recently, I thought the appropriate response of monetary policy was to be patient, given modest growth and subdued underlying inflationary pressure. But the evolution of the data is increasingly suggesting we are approaching the moment when bank rate may need to rise,” said Vlieghe.

He pointed to the country’s economy picking up, saying unemployment is falling to record lows, households are spending more and wages are rising in the private sector.

“If these data trends of reducing slack, rising pay pressure, strengthening household spending and robust global growth continue, the appropriate time for a rise in bank rate might be as early as in the coming months,” he said.

Analysts say the BOE could lift interest rates back to 0.5 percent, the level they were before the Brexit vote, as early as November.

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“a strong hint from the Bank of England (BOE) of a possible rates rise in the coming months. It could be the first interest rate rise since July 2007.”

seeing rumours now from the major centres of finance..rates about to turn..when they do..sell your properties or at least think about it..this rise might be one for the ages..

usa next?

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Hamas and Fatah kiss and make up?

•September 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment

http://www.newsweek.com/what-does-hamas-want-islamist-olive-branch-could-be-thorn-side-mahmoud-abbas-666560

Ever since it seized the Gaza Strip from rivals Fatah in 2007, Palestinian militant group Hamas has been anything but predictable.

In April 2014, it had looked as if Hamas was finally ready to come in from the cold in a short-lived unity deal with Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah. But only a few weeks later Hamas picked a fight with Israel that descended into a third bloody conflict with the Israelis since 2008, leaving 2,100 Palestinians and 73 Israelis dead—and effectively torpedoing any deal with Fatah.

Then in May 2017, Hamas again surprised with a pledge to alter its charter and accept in principle a deal with Israel based on 1967 borders, effectively abandoning its commitment to Israel’s destruction and paving the way for peace talks. But less than a month later, it appointed Yahya Sinwar as its new leader—an individual so extreme that he had opposed his own release from Israeli jail in a prisoner swap.

On Sunday, Hamas threw another curveball, announcing that it was dissolving its administration in Gaza and would agree to a general election that would end its decade-long feud with Abbas and Fatah. Fatah officials have cautiously welcomed the announcement, coming as it does just two days before Abbas is due to head to New York for what could well be the 82-year-old president’s final United Nations visit.

Whether Abbas takes the bait—and the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) re-enters the strip from which it has been absent since 2007—remains to be seen. Abbas is 13 years into what was supposed to be a four-year term, and last time he called parliamentary elections in the Palestinian Territories (in 2006), Hamas not only took Gaza but won significant majorities in Nablus, Hebron and even Ramallah, a Fatah stronghold.

The reason for that defeat was not only Hamas’s popularity (although that was a significant factor). Fatah botched the election campaign, managing to anger its base to the extent that many of its members ran as independents, splitting the vote and handing an easy majority to Hamas. Abbas, who had won presidential elections a year earlier, initially tried to work with a Hamas-dominated parliament, but within a year Fatah had been violently ousted from the strip and Hamas all but banned in the West Bank.

Since then, Gaza has been sealed on three sides by Israel and on its southern border by Egypt. Hamas has had various suitors—including Egypt under Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar—but three wars and an ongoing blockade has made life all but impossible. Since early 2017, the P.A. has refused to pay Gaza’s electricity bills, making life even more difficult for 1.4 million Palestinians in the strip.

Meanwhile, Hamas has found itself challenged not only by Israel, Egypt and Fatah but by religious fanatics inside the strip inspired by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). These militants, buoyed by an ISIS-inspired militancy in Sinai, have launched rockets into Israel, for which Hamas is usually blamed.

As life has gotten worse in Gaza, Hamas leader Sinwar has struck a more conciliatory pose with regard to Ramallah. Speaking earlier this year, he described the split between the West Bank and Gaza as “suicide for the Palestinian national liberation project” and signaled that Hamas was ready to disband its executive committee—a promise that Sinwar made good on this Sunday.

The ball is very much in Abbas’s court ahead of next week’s U.N. meeting, but re-engaging in Gaza is by no means simple. If Abbas consents to elections, Fatah could lose, provoking not only a political crisis for his party but for the Palestinian Territories as a whole. Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S., which may slash funding to the P.A. should the Islamists join a Palestinian government.

But there are personal reasons too. Commentators such as Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab, writing in al-Jazeera, pointed out that at the forefront of negotiations in Cairo between Hamas and Egypt that preempted the September 17 statement was Mohammed Dahlan, the former Fatah leader in Gaza and arch nemesis of Abbas since both men vied for influence under the late Yasser Arafat.

Dahlan, 55, is a favorite within the international community as successor to Abbas, particularly with Cairo and with the deep-pocketed United Arab Emirates (UAE). Although Dahlan is very much a persona non grata in Gaza since the 2007 war—when his Fatah militia was renowned for its violence towards Hamas rivals—the Islamists may be willing to overlook his role in a deal that helped boost its coffers with UAE funds.

Whether Abbas—whose hatred for Dahlan is vitriolic even by the standards of Palestinian politics—is willing to forgive and forget remains to be seen.

And then, of course, there is Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Abbas in April 2014 for his efforts towards reconciliation with Hamas, accusing him of preferring peace with a terrorist group over Israel. Indeed, the inclusion of Hamas at any senior level within a Palestinian negotiation team would likely be resisted by Tel Aviv—let alone by the U.S.

Whatever happens, Abbas and Netanyahu—whose performances in recent years at the U.N. have tended to be rather predictable and anti-climatic—have gone from optional viewing to must-sees at next week’s summit in New York.

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something is going on..

“Hamas threw another curveball, announcing that it was dissolving its administration in Gaza and would agree to a general election that would end its decade-long feud with Abbas and Fatah. Fatah officials have cautiously welcomed the announcement, coming as it does just two days before Abbas is due to head to New York for what could well be the 82-year-old president’s final United Nations visit.”

thoughts?

“If Abbas consents to elections, Fatah could lose, provoking not only a political crisis for his party but for the Palestinian Territories as a whole. Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S., which may slash funding to the P.A. should the Islamists join a Palestinian government.”

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Army chief calls for unity over Rohingya

•September 19, 2017 • 1 Comment

http://www.9news.com.au/world/2017/09/18/07/38/myanmar-army-chief-calls-for-unity-over-rohingyas

Myanmar’s army chief has urged the country to unite over the “issue” of the Rohingya, a Muslim group he says has no roots in the country, and which his troops are accused of systematically purging.

The military says its “clearance operations” in northern Rakhine state are aimed at flushing out Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25.

But the violence has engulfed the border region and triggered an exodus of more than 400,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh, where they have told of soldiers slaughtering civilians and burning down entire villages.

UN leaders have described the campaign as having all the hallmarks of “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya, a stateless group that has endured years of persecution and repression.

The status of the Muslim minority has long been a explosive topic in Myanmar.

Many in the Buddhist majority view the group as foreign interlopers from Bangladesh and deny the existence of a Rohingya ethnicity, insisting they be called “Bengalis”.

General Min Aung Hiaing, Myanmar’s globe-trotting army chief, trumpeted that view in comments posted on his official Facebook page Saturday.

“They have demanded recognition as Rohingya, which has never been an ethnic group in Myanmar. (The) Bengali issue is a national cause and we need to be united in establishing the truth,” the post said.

The defence of his army’s operations comes amid strident global condemnation of the violence, which has strapped Bangladesh with the overwhelming task of providing shelter and food to a rising tide of desperate refugees.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41300247

Myanmar’s top general has blamed Rohingya people for the crisis that has led to hundreds of thousands crossing into Bangladesh.

Gen Min Aung Hlaing said the Rohingya “has never been an ethnic group”, and accused “extremists” of trying to form a stronghold in northern Rakhine state.

His army is accused of targeting civilians in an offensive there, forcing Rohingya to flee.

Myanmar denies this, and says it is responding to deadly militant attacks.

The UN has warned that offensive against the Rohingya – most of whom are Muslims, while Myanmar is 90% Buddhist – could amount to ethnic cleansing.

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muslims in myanmar seem to be more important than muslims in yemen..as per the UN..

“UN leaders have described the campaign as having all the hallmarks of “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya, a stateless group that has endured years of persecution and repression.”

step up aung..

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Alphabet is reportedly mulling a $1B investment in Lyft

•September 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Alphabet is reportedly mulling a $1B investment in Lyft

It’s about as good a timing as any for Lyft to capitalize on the tidal wave of negative publicity that Uber is facing right now, and it looks like it might end up with a significant investment from Alphabet in the middle of that train wreck, according to a report by Axios.

That’s not to say that this is directly related to Uber, which has a new CEO and is trying to move on from the disaster of the past few months. Still, Alphabet appears to be discussing a $1 billion investment in Lyft in an effort led by CEO Larry Page, according to the report. Lyft last raised $600 million at a $7.5 billion valuation in April.

This would be an interesting move for Google, which invested in Uber early in its life through its investment arm GV. We’d heard some murmurs of something brewing between Alphabet and Lyft for a few weeks, but it was unclear what was actually outcome would be. Bloomberg also reported the news this afternoon. In the end, it appears that Lyft may get a big infusion of cash to fuel its efforts to pick away at Uber — especially as it appears primed to begin its move internationally, according to a report from The Information.

A big financing round like this would go a long way for Lyft, which can use the capital to provide aggressive driver and rider benefits through promotions. Lyft may have an opportunity to snag momentum away from Uber in key cities by ramping up in marketing and discounts. That is an expensive proposition, to be sure, but Lyft also has the benefit of the wave of troubles Uber has had recently. Such a large investment would also help Lyft remain independent.

Alphabet’s self-driving division, Waymo, has been fighting with Uber in court over allegations of theft of files. Earlier this week, a judge ruled that Uber had to turn over the due diligence report for its acquisition of Otto to Waymo.

Lyft announced that it had begun self-driving car development in earnest in July, saying it would ramp up hiring and had signed a lease for a big Palo Alto facility.

Representatives from Google and Lyft have not yet responded to requests for comment.

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“Lyft may have an opportunity to snag momentum away from Uber in key cities by ramping up in marketing and discounts. That is an expensive proposition, to be sure, but Lyft also has the benefit of the wave of troubles Uber has had recently. Such a large investment would also help Lyft remain independent.”

independent..really?

“Alphabet’s self-driving division, Waymo, has been fighting with Uber in court over allegations of theft of files.”

oic..

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Images 17/9/17

•September 18, 2017 • 23 Comments

pope copped a blackeye when his head the pope mobile..possibly deserved it..

he almost has horns..

about right..the money tree grows well at elons house..

see the unicorn?..this painting is from the 15th century..

kim channeling jackie..

and more..not sure jackie had dogs like that though..

truth burp from shia..

heh..

prophetic time cover from 1997..

the new taylor..badder than the old one..lady in red..snakes..the clip has it all..

nearly all mainstream media is fake..left or right..this is how it works on the left..

natalie portman..(((actress)))..

cheers hunter..

thou shalt not one star review HRC..amazon just changes it anyway..from 1 to 5..in the blink of an eye..trust nothing and believe nobody..

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Bitcoin crashes as Beijing orders cryptocurrency exchange shutdown

•September 18, 2017 • 2 Comments

https://www.rt.com/business/403328-china-bitcoin-exchanges-shutdown/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

The price of bitcoin plunged on Thursday after Chinese authorities crack down on cryptocurrencies, with the country’s biggest exchange announcing the suspension of operations.

The virtual currency fell more than 11 percent, trading at $3,544.14 as of 14:00pm GMT. This is far below the all-time high of $5,013.91 set earlier this month.

According to China Business News, regulators in Shanghai and the country’s financial center gave verbal instructions to exchange operators to end services. The exchanges will reportedly shut down at the end of September.

BTC China, one of the country’s top three exchanges, tweeted on Thursday it will close down operations by September 30.

Last week, China banned initial coin offerings (ICOs), referring to them as an unauthorized fundraising tool that may involve financial scams. The Chinese central bank said those who have already raised money should pay it back.

China accounts for about 90 percent of all bitcoin trading on exchanges, and demand for the virtual currency was on the rise.

Beijing has strengthened control over bitcoin trading platforms to prevent them from becoming money laundering sites. It tried to curb capital outflow following fears of continued weakness in the domestic currency.

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“China accounts for about 90 percent of all bitcoin trading on exchanges, and demand for the virtual currency was on the rise.”

and that makes china very important..

“The price of bitcoin plunged on Thursday after Chinese authorities crack down on cryptocurrencies, with the country’s biggest exchange announcing the suspension of operations.”

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