Serbia says Kosovo wants war as neighbors row over Serb nationalist train | Reuters

BELGRADE Serbia’s president said on Sunday that Kosovo had shown it wanted war with after it deployed special forces to prevent a train painted with Serbia’s national colors and the words “Kosovo is Serbia” from entering its territory.

President Tomislav Nikolic said the neighbors had been “on the brink of conflict” on Saturday, while Kosovo’s prime minister told reporters the train, a project of the Serbian government, sent “a message of occupation.”

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but Serbia still considers it part of its territory and supports a Serb minority there. NATO air strikes on Serbia forced Belgrade to withdraw its troops in 1999, having killed 10,000 Albanian civilians there. NATO still has around 5,000 troops stationed in Kosovo to keep the fragile peace.

The train left Belgrade for Kosovo’s northern town of Mitrovica on Saturday, but stopped while still in Serbia after Pristina said it had deployed special forces to prevent the train from crossing its border. [nL5N1F40GU]

Following a specially convened National Security Council’s session, Nikolic said that by sending special police forces “Albanians showed they want the war.”

“We were on the brink of the conflict yesterday,” Nikolic said.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Isa Mustafa said the move had been an act of protecting Kosovo’s sovereignty.

“The institutions of the Republic of Kosovo will always undertake such actions to protect the country’s sovereignty and not allow machines that will provoke with a message of occupation,” Mustafa told reporters outside Pristina.

Relations between Belgrade and Pristina came under renewed strain on Jan. 4 when former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj was arrested in France on a warrant from Serbia which accuses him of war crimes. [nL5N1EU4GB]

Kosovo Albanians make up more than 90 percent of Kosovo’s 1.8 million population. Northern Kosovo, where Mitrovica is situated, is home to a Serb minority of around 40,000 to 50,000 people who do not see Pristina as their capital.

Normalizing relations between Kosovo and Serbia is key condition for both countries to progress towards membership in the European Union both governments are aiming for.

In 2013 Belgrade and Pristina opened an EU-mediated dialogue to normalize relations, but Serbia is still blocking Kosovo’s membership in international organizations including the United Nations.

(Reporting by Ivana Sekularac; Additional reporting by Fatos Bytyci in PRISTINA; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-serbia-kosovo-idUSKBN14Z0NS

Neighbor Shame – A Funny Look at Bad Neighbors : Neighbor Shame

01.19.

Shared-Misery

“You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch.

Our neighbour and I put up on our shared property a similar snow globe as the one in the picture last year without any problem… This year when he came home he decided to pull the pegs out on his side.

I’ve put up with a lot from him. His blasting of Bob Marley, the stealing of my plants and him putting them in the compost…. But this takes the cake.

I’m fantasizing one day of buying an inflatable grinch to put up on my side with an arrow pointing to him. Talk about no Christmas spirit.

I hope you move!” – Alison

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01.18.

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“While these neighbors may not be trashy, they are annoying as heck. Our neighborhood is very peacful and secluded…or was peaceful until these people moved in.

Their property is right on the very tippy toppy end of our property line. They have an infuriating brood of kids who literally scream everything they say at the top of their lungs, and the parents don’t seem to mind. The father is this giant glob of lard who rides around everyone else’s property on his 4-wheeler (sometimes letting the young children drive!)and seems to have an auto-repair shop in their backyard.

He revs these disgusting cars’ engines all day, and sometimes at 12:00 AM! Rain or shine, the only time he’s not out there grinding these car intestines is when they’re not home It’s a shame they never leave their house.

Many times all I’ve wanted to do is go outside and enjoy nature, but I can’t because these slobs ruin the peace. Not horrific enough for a shame notice, but definitely enough for a call to the police station to complain about noise control (or lack of it).

Did I mention there were two police cars with their lights flashing at this house late one evening 2 weeks ago? Don’t know if I should be humored or fearful…” – Anonymous in Catoosa, GA

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“Oh look it’s the rotten neighbor who leaves her cat out in the snow and cold!”

From Twitter follower @spudgrrl2014

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Some Angry, Some Nice – All awesome neighbor notes!

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Vince Camuto, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Camuto Group to be Honored as 2014 “Father of the Year”

NEW YORK–()–The National Father’s Day Council announced today that Vince Camuto, CEO

and Chief Creative Officer of Camuto Group, has been named a 2014

“Father of the Year” Honoree. The award will be presented at the 73rd

Annual Father of the Year Awards luncheon in New York City on Wednesday,

June 4, 2014, with proceeds benefitting Save the Children’s U.S.

Programs. For tickets and sponsorship information, please contact the

Council office at 212-594-5977 or www.fathersdaycouncil.org.

Mr. Camuto founded Camuto Group in 2001 and launched his eponymous

footwear line in 2005. Today, the namesake brand includes 30 sportswear

and lifestyle categories including dresses, handbags, jewelry, swimwear,

fragrance and menswear. Camuto Group also owns the master license for

the Jessica Simpson brand, which is now a billion-dollar business

globally. In 2006, Camuto Group partnered with Tory Burch to launch her

footwear collection. Additional key partners include Sanctuary Clothing,

Lucky Brand Jeans and BCBG.

In 2012, Mr. Camuto launched VC Signature Vince Camuto, an accessible

luxury collection of classic shoes and handbags, and Two By Vince

Camuto, an elevated take on laid-back dressing. In 2013, the company

debuted Vince Camuto Men, a men’s lifestyle brand, and Louise et Cie, an

accessories collection designed by Louise Camuto.

As the first ever footwear Business Service Network (BSN) Corporate

Affiliate Member to partner with the Council of Fashion Designers of

America (CFDA), Camuto Group helped mentor CFDA members and aided them

in the creation of strategic alliances with high profile businesses. In

2012, Mr. Camuto was inducted into the CFDA, and received the ACE

“Visionary” Award. The following year he was recognized by Nordstrom as

a “Partner in Excellence”, and received the prestigious Footwear News

Lifetime Achievement Award.

An avid believer in philanthropy, Mr. Camuto concentrates his efforts on

charities that benefit children and families, including Ronald McDonald

House, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Leukemia Society of America and The

Domestic Abuse Awareness Foundation. Additionally, he supports breast

cancer research through FFANY Shoes on Sale and serves on the board of

Wish-And-A-Smile.

Mr. Camuto has five children and lives in Connecticut with his youngest

son and wife, Louise Camuto, Creative Director of the Vince Camuto brand.

“Vince is a true retail icon who serves as an inspiration and role model

for balancing his outstanding career, commitment to philanthropy and

devotion to family,” said Dan Orwig, President of The National Father’s

Day/Mother’s Day Council, and VP, Group Director Men’s Division Itochu

Prominent. “We are thrilled to honor Vince as a 2014 ‘Father of the

Year’.”

The 2014 Father of the Year Awards luncheon will take place at the New

York Hilton Hotel, June 4th at 12:00 p.m.

As part of its commitment to support meaningful philanthropies dealing

with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, the National

Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated more than $33

million to date to meaningful charities nationwide.

About The National Father’s Day Council

The National Father’s Day Committee is part of the Father’s Day/Mother’s

Day Council, Inc., a non-profit association that has as its mission the

recognition and awarding of honors to role model contemporary Fathers

and Mothers, while at the same time contributing to issues affecting the

life and well-being of men, women and families. Past honorees have

included Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Ronald

Reagan, Generals Douglas MacArthur, Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf,

sports notables Shaquille O’Neal, George Forman and Steve Young, and

communications leaders Tim Russert and Brian Williams. To learn more

about The National Father’s Day Council, visit our website at www.fathersdaycouncil.org.

About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs

Save the Children’s U.S. Programs works to break the cycle of poverty

and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources

they need – like access to a quality education, healthy foods and

opportunities to learn and grow in a nurturing environment. Save the

Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and

nutrition and emergency response programs reached more than 240,000

children in the United States last year alone. For more information

visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140324005861/en/Vince-Camuto-CEO-Chief-Creative-Officer-Camuto

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Prosper Marketplace and HomeAdvisor Partner to Bring Home Improvement Financing to Millions

SAN FRANCISCO & GOLDEN, Colo.–()–Prosper Marketplace, which operates a leading online marketplace that

connects borrowers and investors, and HomeAdvisor, a leading nationwide

home services digital marketplace, announced today the launch of an

exclusive partnership. Under this multi-year agreement, Prosper

Marketplace will be HomeAdvisor’s exclusive partner for providing

homeowners access to home improvement financing through the HomeAdvisor

website. The partnership also provides the home professionals in

HomeAdvisor’s prescreened network the ability to offer their customers a

consumer financing option at the point of sale, making this a first for

the industry.

“Home improvement projects are a great way to increase the value of a

home, but not all homeowners have access to home equity lines of credit

as a financing option,” said Aaron Vermut, CEO, Prosper Marketplace.

“Prosper offers people the opportunity to borrow money at rates that are

typically lower than credit cards – it’s a smart financing option that

can help homeowners improve their property while staying in financial

control.”

Prosper saw home improvement loans double in 2015 as marketplace lending

gains popularity. This partnership will help increase awareness of

Prosper’s consumer-friendly fixed-term, fixed-rate loan product to the

millions of people who use the HomeAdvisor website. As part of the

partnership, homeowners will be able to research project costs using

HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide, as well as calculate their estimated

monthly loan payments when financing their project through Prosper.

“We’re at the kickoff of home improvement season when homeowners submit

more planning and budgeting requests for kitchen and bathroom remodeling

projects than any other time of year,” said Chris Terrill, HomeAdvisor’s

CEO. “Offering Prosper’s smart financing option strengthens

HomeAdvisor’s commitment to helping homeowners achieve their home

improvement goals.”

As a leading digital home services marketplace, HomeAdvisor has

connected more than 35 million homeowners to the company’s growing

network of prescreened home service professionals. Additionally,

HomeAdvisor provides homeowners with information on local and national

project costs, design inspiration, and other tools and resources for

completing home projects. Service professionals in HomeAdvisor’s network

undergo a criminal and financial background check prior to joining the

network and are customer-rated and reviewed.

About HomeAdvisor

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is a nationwide digital home services marketplace providing homeowners

the tools and resources for home repair, maintenance, and improvement

projects. HomeAdvisor’s marketplace lets homeowners view average project

costs coast-to-coast using True Cost Guide, find local prescreened home

professionals, and instantly book appointments online or through

HomeAdvisor’s award-winning iOS and Android mobile apps. Access to all

of HomeAdvisor’s resources is free for homeowners, with no membership or

fees required. HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, Colo., and is an

operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IAC).

About Prosper

Since its launch in 2006 as the first marketplace lender in the U.S.,

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top of their finances. Through Prosper’s flagship loan product,

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penalties and investors can earn great returns through the platform’s

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people stay on top of their money, credit and identity. Prosper

Marketplace is headquartered in San Francisco with offices across the

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This Is Why Dave Franco’s Character Is Now Gay In ‘Neighbors 2’

Director Nicholas Stoller said a reporter’s inquiry prompted his decision to have the character of Pete Regazolli (Dave Franco) come out as gay in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.” 

Stoller told Yahoo! News that at a press junket for 2014’s “Neighbors,” the reporter, whom he did not name, asked him why he’s never included a gay character in any of his films, which include “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “The Five-Year Engagement.” 

“I was like, ‘I don’t know why. I literally don’t know. I have no good answer for that,'” he said. “So this seemed like an organic way to have that happen.”

The idea was supported by the rest of the creative team, too. The original “Neighbors,” Stoller said, played up the “homoerotic tension” between Pete and Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron), so it was “kind of all of us coming to the same conclusion” when the film’s co-writer Evan Goldberg suggested making Franco’s character a gay man. 

Although Efron has long been a favorite in the LGBT community, the team never considered making his character, Teddy, gay. 

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Much like his older brother, James, Franco has never shied away from gay themes, teasing fans with homoerotic “Funny or Die” videos, including one in which he told “Superbad” actor Chris Mintz-Plasse that he was going to “eat his a**hole.” 

Franco says he hopes his gay turn in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” will be “very memorable.” 

“Of course I was excited to try something new with the character while still maintaining his essence,” the actor told Yahoo! News.

If scenes like this are any indication, “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” will offer plenty of beefcake for everyone. Bring it on! 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dave-franco-neighbors-2_us_5730b276e4b0bc9cb0476a54

Vince Camuto, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Camuto Group to be Honored as 2014 “Father of the Year”

NEW YORK–()–The National Father’s Day Council announced today that Vince Camuto, CEO

and Chief Creative Officer of Camuto Group, has been named a 2014

“Father of the Year” Honoree. The award will be presented at the 73rd

Annual Father of the Year Awards luncheon in New York City on Wednesday,

June 4, 2014, with proceeds benefitting Save the Children’s U.S.

Programs. For tickets and sponsorship information, please contact the

Council office at 212-594-5977 or www.fathersdaycouncil.org.

Mr. Camuto founded Camuto Group in 2001 and launched his eponymous

footwear line in 2005. Today, the namesake brand includes 30 sportswear

and lifestyle categories including dresses, handbags, jewelry, swimwear,

fragrance and menswear. Camuto Group also owns the master license for

the Jessica Simpson brand, which is now a billion-dollar business

globally. In 2006, Camuto Group partnered with Tory Burch to launch her

footwear collection. Additional key partners include Sanctuary Clothing,

Lucky Brand Jeans and BCBG.

In 2012, Mr. Camuto launched VC Signature Vince Camuto, an accessible

luxury collection of classic shoes and handbags, and Two By Vince

Camuto, an elevated take on laid-back dressing. In 2013, the company

debuted Vince Camuto Men, a men’s lifestyle brand, and Louise et Cie, an

accessories collection designed by Louise Camuto.

As the first ever footwear Business Service Network (BSN) Corporate

Affiliate Member to partner with the Council of Fashion Designers of

America (CFDA), Camuto Group helped mentor CFDA members and aided them

in the creation of strategic alliances with high profile businesses. In

2012, Mr. Camuto was inducted into the CFDA, and received the ACE

“Visionary” Award. The following year he was recognized by Nordstrom as

a “Partner in Excellence”, and received the prestigious Footwear News

Lifetime Achievement Award.

An avid believer in philanthropy, Mr. Camuto concentrates his efforts on

charities that benefit children and families, including Ronald McDonald

House, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Leukemia Society of America and The

Domestic Abuse Awareness Foundation. Additionally, he supports breast

cancer research through FFANY Shoes on Sale and serves on the board of

Wish-And-A-Smile.

Mr. Camuto has five children and lives in Connecticut with his youngest

son and wife, Louise Camuto, Creative Director of the Vince Camuto brand.

“Vince is a true retail icon who serves as an inspiration and role model

for balancing his outstanding career, commitment to philanthropy and

devotion to family,” said Dan Orwig, President of The National Father’s

Day/Mother’s Day Council, and VP, Group Director Men’s Division Itochu

Prominent. “We are thrilled to honor Vince as a 2014 ‘Father of the

Year’.”

The 2014 Father of the Year Awards luncheon will take place at the New

York Hilton Hotel, June 4th at 12:00 p.m.

As part of its commitment to support meaningful philanthropies dealing

with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, the National

Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated more than $33

million to date to meaningful charities nationwide.

About The National Father’s Day Council

The National Father’s Day Committee is part of the Father’s Day/Mother’s

Day Council, Inc., a non-profit association that has as its mission the

recognition and awarding of honors to role model contemporary Fathers

and Mothers, while at the same time contributing to issues affecting the

life and well-being of men, women and families. Past honorees have

included Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Ronald

Reagan, Generals Douglas MacArthur, Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf,

sports notables Shaquille O’Neal, George Forman and Steve Young, and

communications leaders Tim Russert and Brian Williams. To learn more

about The National Father’s Day Council, visit our website at www.fathersdaycouncil.org.

About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs

Save the Children’s U.S. Programs works to break the cycle of poverty

and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources

they need – like access to a quality education, healthy foods and

opportunities to learn and grow in a nurturing environment. Save the

Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and

nutrition and emergency response programs reached more than 240,000

children in the United States last year alone. For more information

visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140324005861/en/Vince-Camuto-CEO-Chief-Creative-Officer-Camuto

Country music stars Maddie & Tae rally behind dead Texas duck hunters’ families

CALHOUN COUNTY, Texas – The tragic story of three young men who went out duck hunting in south Texas on Friday and never came home has inspired a community that knew them to rally and help their families recover.

Their story has even caught the attention of strangers, like country music duo Maddie & Tae, stars in the industry best known for their hit singles “Girl in a Country Song” and “Fun.”

Madison “Maddie” Marlow told CBS Houston affiliate KHOUthe story of the young men touched her personally.

“Me and my dad, we went duck hunting in that area on Christmas Eve,” said Maddie. “It could have been anyone of us.”  

She told the station she is seeking to help raise money for the families by auctioning off signed guitars and tickets to their Houston concert. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with Marlow’s effort in raising money for the family. 

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Spencer Hall, 19, from Mont Belvieu, Starett Burk, 25, from Wallisville, and Christian Ruckman, 18, from Dayton, Texas.

CBS affiliate KHOU

The three men — 19-year-old Spencer Hall, 25-year-old Starett Burk, and 18-year-old Christian Ruckman — set off in the wee hours of Friday morning to go duck hunting in their 17-foot green, flat-bottom boat near Texas’ Carancahua Bay. They were supposed to return that same morning, but when they hadn’t returned by the evening, a girlfriend of one of the men contacted authorities and a search was launched.

Their bodies were found Saturday afternoon, along with their boat. Officials said that so far they have not discovered any signs of foul play. The case is still under investigation. 

© 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/maddie-tae-rally-texas-duck-hunters-families-spencer-hall-starett-burk-christian-ruckman/

Texas Baptist seminary offers homemaking course | Reuters

By Ed Stoddard

| FORT WORTH, Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas New course offering: a BA in humanities with a concentration in homemaking. Strictly for women only.

The Bachelor of Arts degree program starts this month at a Baptist university in Fort Worth, which says such courses are needed to arrest the collapse of the American family and society — a view held by many conservative Christians in America.

It is sure to invite criticism from many quarters and could be a potential flashpoint in America’s on-going “culture wars” between religious conservatives and those with a secular bent.

Evangelical Christians number about 60 million in America and many see the country’s social ills as stemming from the decline of the traditional family with the mother at home and the dad at work — a family they see as Biblically sanctioned.

Critics see such views as part of a backlash to advances in the rights of women and gays, and question why many such evangelicals are also ardent supporters of the Republican Party, which is seen supporting pro-business economic policies that make it necessary for many families to have two incomes.

Dr. Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, spoke to Reuters about the course.

Q: What are the reasons for offering it and what are the needs for it now?

A: “Frankly, I find it mystifying that anyone would have a problem with it. One of the amazing things to me is that somebody would have an objection to providing all the education that we possibly could provide and certainly that is true of anything as vital as the home.

“It is the basic unit to all social order … It is a course of study whereby a woman can prepare herself intellectually and in her basic skills to be a better homemaker.”

Q: This brings us back to why you see the need for it.

A: “We have rampant divorce in our society, literally hundreds of thousands of children who are bereft of one of their parents. We have abusive situations … We have women who are trying to make homes without the basic skills they need. We have young women who are going to the ends of the Earth (on foreign missions) for Christ and the church and find themselves in situations where the ability to be a good homemaker is a survival technique.”

Q: What would the curriculum involve?

A: “It’s a … four-year program. Two years of classical Latin, two years of classical Greek. It requires them to read almost all of the great books of the Western world. In addition to that they have 23 hours that is directly associated with homemaking enterprise … this requires a three-hour course in general homemaking.

“In that we are primarily talking about the Biblical backgrounds for the making of a home. We are talking about relationships to husbands and to children. And then there is a three-hour course in clothing design and apparel … there is a personal family management course which includes how to make and maintain a successful budget.”

Q: Your view is that it’s best that women should stay home when they have children?

A: “I am wary of the crusade against mothers … who choose not to have a career but to devote themselves entirely to their homes. That’s noble and our society is worse for not maintaining it as a noble cause.”

Q: Many people would say that in this day and age the economic reality is that two incomes are needed especially for blue collar households.

A: “Well, I’m sorry to say this but people who say that are ignorant. The fact is that we have discovered that those two income households actually have a harder time by the time they pay child support and by the time they pay for wardrobes for work and the extra automobile and the time they spend eating out … once your get through all of that our argument is nine times out of 10 that you don’t come out any better … One of the things we are doing in the course is helping people find out how they can survive and survive very well on a single income.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-religion-course-homemaking-idUSN1443091920070820