China Gambias Most Important Partner

first_imgBy Kebba JeffangThe Chinese news agency, Xinhua has quoted President Barrow as saying that China is Gambia’s most important partner. According to Xinhua, during talks with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Banjul on Saturday 5 January, 2018, President Barrow remarked: “Gambia has the strong political will to promote cooperation with China, which is the country’s most important partner.”President Barrow has also laid emphasis on Gambia’s adherence to the one-China policy, according to the Chinese news agency, Xinhua. “Gambia will adhere to the one-China policy and firmly support China’s rightful stance in the United Nations and on other multilateral occasions,” he said.President Barrow is also quoted as saying, “the first visit by a Chinese foreign minister to Gambia showed China’s good faith in strengthening bilateral relations, and recalled his two visits to China within nine months, which showed he and the Gambian government attach great importance to and have confidence in closer ties with China.”According to Xinhua, the Chinese foreign minister said China appreciates Gambia’s reaffirmed stance on the one-China policy, and is willing to build mutual trust with the west African country.Meanwhile, a foreign ministry press release reported that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Dr Mamadou Tangara on Saturday 5th January 2019, also received the State Councillor and Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, H.E Wang Yi.The Minister also laid emphasis on the one-China policy. According to the release, “Honourable Tangara thanked China through the visiting Foreign Minister and assured him of Gambia’s recognition of the One-China policy.”last_img read more

Hyundai is bringing a refreshed Ioniq Hybrid and PHEV to Europe this

first_imgThe exterior of the new Ioniq isn’t wildy different but we’re digging the more aggressive front end. Hyundai Fans of budget-friendly efficient transportation have reason to be excited because Hyundai announced on Thursday that updated versions of its Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-In cars are destined for the European market for the 2019 model year.What’s new for 2019? Kind of a lot, actually. Hyundai’s started by updating the styling, though the changes here are more evolutionary than revolutionary with an updated grille and lighting. Inside the changes are more pronounced with a new infotainment and climate control set-up that replaces the previous Ioniq’s dull sea of black. The new system features an option 10.25-inch touchscreen display that can receive over-the-air updates and uses voice recognition alongside Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.The new Ioniq has some exciting tech under its skin too including a new “Green Zone Drive Mode” that can utilize more power from the electric part of its drivetrain in designated geographical areas. It also uses the Kona’s one-pedal driving system with advanced regenerative braking.While Hyundai hasn’t yet confirmed to us when the new Ioniq is destined to hit US shores, we do know that it will be available in European showrooms starting in the second half of biggest change to the new Ioniq’s interior is the addition of an optional 10.25-inch touchscreen that really lifts the interior of the car. Hyundai More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comment 1 Hybrids Car Industry 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img Hyundai Hyundai Tags Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuelast_img read more

Habitat for threatened polar bears found to be legal in federal court

first_imgDownload AudioA federal appeals court says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service followed the law when it designated more than 187,000 square miles as critical habitat for threatened polar bears.The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a 2013 lower court decision that the designation of the coastal area larger than California was too extensive and not specific.A three-judge panel of appeals court said the Fish and Wildlife Service followed the law and the lower court’s call for more specificity in designating habitat was not required by the Endangered Species Act.Attorney Brendan Cummings of the Center for Biological Diversity hailed the decision, saying polar bears will get the full protection of the habitat they need.last_img read more

After Samjhauta Express DelhiLahore bus service cancelled

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) on Monday cancelled the Delhi-Lahore bus service as Pakistan has decided to discontinue it in the wake of India revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, said a senior official of the public transporter. On Saturday, a senior Pakistani minister has announced to suspended the friendship bus service from Monday. A Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus was scheduled to leave for Lahore on Monday 6 AM. However, it did not leave due to the Pakistan’s decision to suspend the bus service, the official said. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us “Consequent to Pakistan’s decision to suspend the Delhi-Lahore bus service, DTC is not able to send bus (from Delhi to Lahore) from August 12,” said a statement from DTC. Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) had on Saturday also telephonically informed the DTC about suspension of the service from Monday. The last bus for Lahore left Delhi on Saturday morning carrying two passengers while the return bus from the other side reached the national capital carrying 19 passengers in the evening of the same day. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The bus service did not operate on Sunday. The bus service was first started in February 1999 but suspended after the 2001 Parliament attack. It was restarted in July 2003. It had, however, continued with a depleted number of passengers even when bilateral relations between the two countries had worsened following the Pulwama terrorist attack and Balakot surgical strikes in February this year. Advertise With Us The Lahore-Delhi bus service is operated from Ambedkar Stadium terminal near Delhi Gate. DTC buses ply every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and PTDC buses every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, from Delhi to Lahore. For the return trip, DTC buses leave Lahore every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday whereas the PTDC buses are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.last_img read more

Howard University Interim President Dr Wayne AI Frederick Honored with Congressional Citation

first_imgHoward University Interim President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick.Howard University Interim President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick was recognized for his career as a surgeon, researcher and scholar with a Congressional Citation this month at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s annual Caribbean Heritage Month celebration. Frederick is a native of Trinidad who moved to the United States at the age of 16. After graduating from Howard University College of Medicine at age 22, he went on to complete his post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.As a child, Frederick struggled with sickle cell anemia. According to, that affliction sparked Fredrick’s desire to become a surgeon and one to find a cure for the genetic blood disorder.“I was humbled by the honor,” Frederick told the AFRO. “My Caribbean roots afforded me a robust early education that combined the virtues of hard work and integrity. My journey to America has seen those seeds grow from saplings into a larger tree of experiences for which I am eternally grateful to both regions.”Frederick returned to Howard University in 2006 as an associate professor in the surgery department, and was later tapped to be the provost and chief academic officer of Howard in 2012.madebola@afro.comlast_img read more

Delta Sorority Host Discussion on Police Actions

first_imgIn response to recent concerns regarding the interaction of law enforcement with the community, the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Sorority and the Alexandria-Fairfax Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is hosting a talk about actions on contact with police on May 3 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Alexandria-Fairfax Kappa Multi-Purpose Facility, 6343 S. Kings Hwy.last_img

Transparent actor I went from homelessness to Hollywood stardom

first_imgAfter finding a community, Grey carved out a place for herself. She landed a recurring role on the Emmy-winning series Transparent and played trans icon Marsha P. Johnson on Drunk History.GSN spoke to Grey about her start, the landscape of Hollywood, and navigating Black History Month as a trans woman.‘I had nothing to lose’Grey, 27, grew up in foster care, but knew her biological family.‘My family was very much a church family,’ she explained about her gradual coming out process to them.‘But coming out to my foster family was hard as well because my foster mother was a pastor. She was okay in the beginning with me potentially being gay, but I knew it was something more [being transgender].’When she eventually did decide to transition, her foster mother had some issues.‘But at that point, I had nothing to lose,’ Grey said.So she made the move from Chicaga to LA about nine years ago, completely alone, withhout a plan or home in sight. She talked about being a shy and timid person but that drive of having nothing to lose came up again and again, so she made the leap. After all, she mentioned, it was colder without a home in Chicago than LA.‘I contacted the LGBT Center, they were the first shelter I came across. I entered their transitional living program and everything essentially happened from there.’Grey with the Transparent cast. | Photo: ProvidedTelling trans storiesBut what did happen from there? Before moving to LA, she had never met another trans person. Through the Center, however, she found a community — a mentor and groups to help her find her future.Grey studied theater at California State University Northridge, and the world of Hollywood opened up. She had minor roles in shows like Glee and Chasing Life, before landing a recurring role on Transparent.‘I think the show has been very groundbreaking,’ Grey said of the Amazon series. ‘I think it’s really given a platform for not only trans actors, but trans stories.‘What I love so much about playing Elizah is the diversity of telling a story of a trans woman of color. The reality is that there are many trans women of color who get murdered in this country every year. I want to hear our stories.’She added that she hopes the recent controversy [regarding former star Jeffrey Tambor] doesn’t prevent the show from moving forward. But she has hope Hollywood is headed in the right direction.Playing an iconGrey then got the opportunity to play trans icon and activist Marsha P. Johnson when the Comedy Central series Drunk History told the story of the Stonewall Riots. Before Alexandra Grey moved to Los Angeles from Chicago, she had never met another transgender person in her life.After coming out to her families (foster and biological), the future in LA was obscure. She was homeless, unsure, but, in her own words, she had nothing to lose. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The premise is simple: A drunk person tells a story from history and actors act it out, using the dialogue of the drunk narrator.Grey nailed the performance.‘I remember seeing the Harriet Tubman episode with Octavia Spencer and thinking, “I want to do this one day.”‘I never thought I’d get to portray this character, so when I got the opportunity, I was very overwhelmed and very happy they chose me.’Though the show is inherently comedy, Grey believes it told the story of Johnson better than most attempts. ‘They accomplished that in such a brilliant, and very thoughtful way.’She auditioned for Drunk History while shooting Dustin Lance Black’s miniseries When We Rise. It was a totally different role, dramatic rather than comedic, but it still told the history of the LGBTQ community.Grey took the roles in stride — channeling the trailblazing history of both characters — and excelled at both.Navigating a divideGrey will be back at the Center on Saturday (16 February) for the Black History Month event, The Future is Black: Reclaiming Our Power. She’ll be singing during the day’s festivities.‘It’s a celebration of Black History Month and coming together to honor our stories.’Still, she believes there’s a divide between the African-American and LGBTQ communities.Grey as Marsha P. Johnson in Drunk History. | Photo: Provided‘Homosexuality is something the black community still hasn’t come to terms with,’ she said. ‘We can stand together for Black Lives Matter, but we look around, and where are black people when a black transgender woman is murdered? We have to get to a point where we realize we’re all fighting for our rights.‘There’s no difference when they keep a trans person from using a bathroom and when they make black people use a separate entrance. We have to stand up for each other.’Despite the uncertainty and divides, Grey has hope for the future.‘I find happiness in my own damn self. I find it in my career and being a good person,’ she said, adding, ‘I still needed to do groundwork to truly love myself and believing I am okay.’She wants LGBTQ youth to feel the same way.‘Remain confident, remain positive, and know you’re not alone. You are who you are and not who other people say you are. Find a circle and know your life is worth so much. You have to be here.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Anker Wccftech Partner up for Exclusive OneofaKind Discounts on Wireless Chargers ZOLO

first_imgIt’s an honor to announce that we have partnered up with Anker to offer exclusive discounts on some of the company’s best products as a token of appreciation.Massive and Exclusive Discount on ZOLO Liberty Truly Wireless Headphones, PowerWave 7.5W Stand, PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad, PowerCore II 10000It’s no secret that we partner up with Anker on a wide variety of occasions to deliver discounts to our readers. It’s a great company to work with and they make some of the finest accessories around, including portable chargers, USB chargers, headphones and whatnot. You can learn more about the company and what they make by going to: Anker.comThe discounts on offer are typically meant for everyone out there, but Anker had something else in mind a while back. See, we’ve been working with the company for a long time now, and they felt the need to show you guys, the readers, some love by offering hefty discounts on several of their products. This includes the mighty ZOLO Liberty headphones, the PowerCore II 10000 with PowerIQ 2.0, PowerWave Stand and the PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad.ZOLO Liberty – Was $99.99, Now just $59.49The ZOLO Liberty are truly wireless headphones that offers 24 hours of playback time, features Smart AI, are completely sweat-proof and obviously sound good. If you are thinking of going completely wireless, then this is a great place to start.Buy ZOLO Liberty [Amazon link] | Use discount code WCCFANK1 at checkoutPowerCore II 10000 – Was $33.99, Now just $25.59Looking for a power bank that does everything that a power bank should but slightly better? Then look no further than the PowerCore II 10000. With exclusive PowerIQ 2.0 tech under the hood, this thing can fast charge any device at up to 18W of power when needed. Also, this thing is tiny. You can fit two of these in your pockets and still won’t feel that it’s there!Buy PowerCore II 10000 [Amazon link] | Use discount code WCCFANK2 at checkoutPowerWave 7.5 Stand – Was $49.99, Now just $36.99The PowerWave is a great little wireless charger. But when you take into account that this thing can fast charge an iPhone at full 7.5W, then things start to get better. It comes with a QC 3.0 adapter inside the box, and features a wonderful design that blends in nicely with anything around it.Buy PowerWave 7.5 Stand [Amazon link] | Use discount code WCCFANK4 at checkoutPowerPort Wireless 5 Pad – Was $12.99, Now just $10.99Need a simple yet elegant little wireless charging pad? Then the famous PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad is all you need. It might not feature fast charging speeds, but it gets the work done regardless of the device you have at hand, as long as it supports the Qi standard.Buy PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad [Amazon link] | Use discount code WCCFANK3 at checkoutApart from the discounts above, we would like to thank Anker for giving us this opportunity to work together. And don’t worry, this isn’t a one-off thing. We’ll be back with some awesome Anker discounts very, very soon, so stay tuned! Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

November Survey Shows Consumer Sentiment Stabilizing

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Confidence Fannie Mae Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-12-08 Abby Gregory November Survey Shows Consumer Sentiment Stabilizing December 8, 2011 406 Views Results from “”Fannie Mae’s”” November National Housing Survey revealed that consumer sentiment is not rising alongside recent positive economic news. Fannie’s “”study””: showed that most borrowers are adopting a “”wait and see”” approach to 2012, despite accompanying findings that indicated consumers anticipate a future rise in home pricing for the first time in six months.[IMAGE]Generally, Fannie’s survey demonstrated that consumer sentiment is stabilizing, and November numbers show an incremental improvement in the strongly negative feelings on the housing market seen over the summer. Fannie considers the November results “”in line”” with its Economics & Mortgage Market Group’s forecast of temporary economic advances for the third and fourth quarters of this year, setting the scene for a slow growth pattern in 2012.Significant highlights from Fannie’s survey included respondents’ predictions on home prices, with 22 percent stating that they expect pricing to rise during the coming year. However, an equal number or participants took the opposite stance, and 22 percent of those surveyed are calling for a drop in home prices. The majority, 53 percent, anticipate no change in pricing, showing a 2 percent decline off of October’s numbers.Thirty-three percent of those responding are confident that mortgage rates will go up in 2012, representing a decline of 3 percent from October’s survey. A large portion of those polled, 68 percent, said it’s a “”good”” time to purchase property, while only 10 percent felt it’s a “”good”” time to sell; both findings are similar to numbers recorded in October.Most of those Fannie surveyed believe that rental pricing will increase by an estimated 3.2 percent during 2012, with 41 percent of respondents predicting an uptick. Only 6 percent anticipate a drop in rental prices, which reveals no change since last month.The percentage of Americans who say they will buy their next home declined by 3 percent month-to-month, with 63 percent stating a desire to purchase instead of rent. Thirty-two percent felt renting their future home was likely.When asked about the broader economic picture in the U.S., 75 percent of those surveyed feel its “”off on the wrong track,”” and another 18 percent said they expect their personal financial situation to decrease in stability during 2012. Sixty-six percent of respondents stated that their income is about the same as it was the previous months, and 54 percent reported that their household expenses remain static.Speaking out on the results from November, Fannie’s vice president and chief economist, Doug Duncan, said, “”Though their home price expectations have become slightly positive, consumers remain concerned about the direction of the economy and continue to view their household finances as being relatively flat.”” Duncan went on to note, “”Most Americans expect no improvement in their personal financial situation in the next 12 months and will likely remain wary about undertaking the significant financial obligation associated with homeownership until their view of their income, expenses, and job security heads in a more positive direction.””center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Sharelast_img read more