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TSX little changed amid heavy slate of corporate earnings economic dataTSX little changed amid heavy slate of corporate earnings economic data

Canadian stocks were little changed Thursday as disappointing earnings reports outnumbered positives and traders took in tepid manufacturing data from China.The S&P/TSX composite index edged up two points to 14,653.87. The Canadian dollar was down 0.17 of a cent to 91.07 cents US.U.S. indexes were mainly lower amid mixed economic data.Consumer spending rose 0.9 per cent during March, the largest monthly gain since April 2009. The U.S. Commerce department also revised up its estimate of the spending increase in February to 0.5 per cent from 0.3 per cent.But other data showed that the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose 14,000 to 344,000 last week, the highest level since February.That was unwelcome news a day before the U.S. government releases its non-farm payrolls report for April.The Dow Jones industrials were down 38.46 points to 16,542.38, the Nasdaq dropped 5.13 points to 4,109.42 and the S&P 500 index declined 4.51 points sat 1,879.44.Transportation company Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) posted first-quarter net income of US$115 million, or earnings per share of six cents, compared with $148 million, or eight cents, in the same period of 2013. Ex-items, earnings were eight cents a share, which was in line with expectations and its shares fell 35 cents or 7.94 per cent to $4.06.Manulife Financial’s (TSX:MFC) first-quarter net profit jumped 50 per cent to $818 million, or 42 cents per share. Core earnings, excluding one-time items, were up at $719 million, or 37 cents, compared with $619 million, or 32 cents, year-over-year. Analysts had expected 39 cents a share but its shares ticked 32 cents higher to $20.90.Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO) lost 55 cents to $52.97 as the energy company earned a first-quarter net profit of $946 million, or $1.11 per share, up 19 per cent from $798 million, or 94 cents per share, in the same quarter in 2013. Revenue and other income increased to $9.22 billion compared with $8.01 billion year-over-year.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) earned US$98 million or 12 cents a share in its latest quarter as increased gold sales offset lower prices. That’s down from $309 million or 33 cents per share a year ago. Ex-items, profit was $209 million or 26 cents per share, compared with an adjusted profit of $253 million or 31 cents per share in the first quarter of 2013 and its shares added one cent to $27.08.Shares in Catamaran Corp. (TSX:CCT) surged 13.9 per cent to $47.43 as the provider of pharmacy benefit management services and technology said quarterly revenue increased 53 per cent to $4.9 billion. Net income increased 23 per cent to $63.4 million.Commodity prices were lower while a survey of Chinese manufacturers shows activity grew weakly in April.The government-sanctioned China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said Thursday its monthly purchasing managers index stood at 50.4 points, up marginally from March’s 50.3 points. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.The showing comes as investors wonder if China can maintain growth at the official target of 7.5 per cent.July copper edged a penny lower to US$3.02 a pound and the base metals sector rose 0.8 per cent.The June crude contract in New York fell 70 cents to US$99.04 a barrel and the energy sector drifted 0.43 per cent lower.The gold sector fell 0.7 per cent while June bullion fell $13.50 to US$1,282.40 an ounce. read more

Pakistan Lanka to sign deal to counter terrorism financingPakistan Lanka to sign deal to counter terrorism financing

The Pakistan High Commission said that several bilateral instruments in the areas of Health, Science and Technology, Trade, Statistics, Gem and Jewellery, Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing, and Culture are envisaged to be signed during the visit. Many business MoUs including deep sea fishing, cement, power, education and food will also be signed.The Sri Lankan President will lead the Official Bilateral discussions with the visiting Prime Minister on 5th January 2016. The delegation for the talks will include Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Cabinet Ministers and Senior Government officials. On the invitation of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS), Prime Minister Sharif will deliver a special lecture at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel. At the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka along with a high powered delegation from 4 to 6 January 2016. During his stay in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Sharif will also visit the historic city of Kandy. He will visit Sri Dalada Maligawa Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic, International Buddhist Museum and Jinnah Hall in Kandy. The Prime Minister will also visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and will plant a “Karanda” tree (Pongamia pinnata) to commemorate his visit to Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Sharif and Begum Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif will be welcomed on their arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.The official welcome ceremony presided by President Sirisena will be held on 5th January 2016, at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. The visiting Prime Minister will be accorded a ceremonial welcome including a Gun Salute and Guard of honour.Sirisena will host a State Banquet while Wickremesinghe will host a lunch in honour of the visiting Prime Minister. Sri Lanka and Pakistan are to sign an agreement on countering money laundering and terrorism financing, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said today.The agreement will be signed during the visit to Sri Lanka by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. The Federal Minister for Commerce Pakistan Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussain, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, National Security Advisor Lt Gen (R) Nasir Khan Janjua and senior Government Officials will be accompanying the Prime Minister. read more

Domestic violence group No Mores ad featuring 911 call grabbing attention aroundDomestic violence group No Mores ad featuring 911 call grabbing attention around

by Teresa M. Walker, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2015 2:38 pm MDT Domestic violence group No More’s ad featuring 911 call grabbing attention around Super Bowl AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email No celebrities or NFL players facing the camera, saying “No more.” This ad simply depicts a 911 call of a woman pretending to order a pizza while calling police with her attacker still in the house.The Super Bowl commercial by No More, the group trying to end domestic violence and sexual assault, is a stark contrast to ads in recent months bringing attention to the issue that has become central for the NFL since Ray Rice was suspended for punching his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.The new ad has become a topic for discussion around the Super Bowl.American Idol winner Jordan Sparks, daughter of former NFL player Phillippi Sparks, said what the NFL has gone through with domestic violence has helped publicize where women can call for help or find a safe haven. Sparks said it’s great that people aren’t being silent about domestic violence anymore.“So it’s unfortunate all the way around for whomever is involved in those sorts of things and for the teams having to deal with the media and all of those different things,” Sparks said. “But at the same time for other domestic violence victims to know they can speak up that’s all that’s important, that’s all that matters.”In the ad, the 911 call is a reenactment inspired by true stories of women using the tactic of disguising their calls while reaching out for help. No actors are seen in the stark ad; video shows only a house where a hole has been smashed in a wall, with books and photos knocked to the floor.The ad concludes with the phrase: “When it’s hard to talk, it’s up to us to listen.” It had already more than 482,000 views on YouTube by Wednesday.The ad will air Sunday just after the second quarter between Seattle and New England. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said it can only help by bringing more attention to the issue.“I think anytime you talk about domestic violence it is going to have a meaningful effect, you want to eliminate that as part of society,” Sherman said.Seattle linebacker Heath Farwell said the ad is key to better communication.“Guys realizing this (is) an issue, and you know it’s not just football, it’s across this county, these are the issues we have to address and to get better at,” Farwell said.Domestic violence has been a critical issue for the NFL for nearly a year since Ray Rice was arrested Feb. 15 over an altercation at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino. The Baltimore running back initially was suspended two games, then indefinitely after video from inside an elevator surfaced showing him hitting his now wife, Janay.An arbitrator threw out the indefinite suspension in December. He was released by the Ravens and has not signed with another team.NFL players have been featured in ads from No More since October airing weekly.Patriots coach Bill Belichick said New England supports the league’s efforts against domestic violence. Belichick said it has been a priority for New England owner Robert Kraft since he was hired. The Patriots gave up their draft rights to defensive tackle Christian Peter a week after taking him in the fifth round in 1996 because of questions about his history with women.“So it’s always been that way for us, for our organization, and obviously we support everything in that area,” Belichick said. “But what the league decides to do relative to things like that, you know, it’s not really my pay grade.”___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLNo More website: www.nomore.org read more

UN sets up childfriendly space at migrant rest area near former YugoslavUN sets up childfriendly space at migrant rest area near former Yugoslav

“The space is providing a safe place for children to rest and play while families complete registration procedures. In addition, the mobile team is screening, identifying and referring children in need of specialized protection services,” UNICEF said in a press release.Set up within the compounds of a migrant rest area established by the Office if the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a mobile team from the local non-governmental organization LaStrada is helping to reunite children with their families and provide psychosocial support and early childhood development services. UNICEF has procured art, play and educational materials for some 50 children at a time.According to UNICEF, over the last month, the rate of migrants transiting through the country has increased to 1,500 to 2,000 per day – approximately 30 per cent of whom are women and children. Many are escaping conflict in their home countries of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Children are being shuttled from one authority to another, shunted and risked falling through gaps in laws, policies and practices in transit and host countries – particularly migrant children travelling alone, without parents or adult family members.“They face a future without education, and limited access to justice and health care. At times, they have been subjected to detention and border control practices that endanger their lives,” UNICEF said.The agency is urging authorities to recognize and treat all migrant children – regardless of their legal status, religion or affiliation – first and foremost as children with rights, as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is continuing to monitor the situation on the ground and working with local authorities to ensure their safety. “Children must receive special care and attention as well as non-discriminatory and consistent protection,” UNICEF emphasized. read more

Ohio State mens soccer advances to Sweet 16 after moving past DaytonOhio State mens soccer advances to Sweet 16 after moving past Dayton

OSU junior forward Danny Jensen (9) during a game against Cleveland State on Oct. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State men’s soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16 in front of a home crowd at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon after defeating Dayton 4-3 in penalty kicks following a 1-1 double-overtime draw.“Sweet 16 sounds a lot better than round three,” OSU junior forward Danny Jensen said, referring to the round the Buckeyes are now advancing to. “I just hope we could keep this going whether it’s a trip to California or playing at the Jesse.”The Buckeyes moved to 13-6-3 after the game, while the Flyers ended their season 13-5-5.Jensen and senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer played the role of hero in Sunday’s match.With the Buckeyes down a point, Jensen scored in the 72nd  minute to keep the home team’s hopes and dreams alive.“I was hoping we wouldn’t go down a goal because our record of being down a goal is not very good this year,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “We were able to manage because of a very nice goal by Danny to get back into the game.”The Buckeyes and the Flyers were forced into penalty kicks when the game remained at a 1-1 tie after a pair of overtime periods.Once there, Froschauer led the Scarlet and Gray to the victory with a total of two saves in the five-round penalty kick session.“You get to penalty kicks and you don’t know what’s going to happen,” Bluem said. “But we have a lot of faith and confidence in (Froschauer) that he’s going to come up with a save, and he did.”Despite advancing, the Buckeyes did not play at its best as Dayton took full advantage of OSU’s deficiencies.The Buckeyes and the Flyers battled it out in the first half, but neither team managed to score.The best looks of the half came from the Scarlet and Gray, with several different opportunities.Senior defender Liam Doyle took a penalty kick after freshman forward Abdi Mohamed was fouled in the box during the 6th minute, but Dayton junior goalkeeper Justin Saliba saved his shot.In the 30th minute, sophomore forward Marcus McCrary sent in a shot after Jensen forced a turnover but his ensuing shot was saved.In the second half, the Flyers came close to scoring a goal right out of the gate, but Froschauer came up with a save.However, just five minutes later Dayton senior defender/midfielder Alex Amankwah sent in a header to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead early in the second half.OSU kept a level head despite being down a point.Jensen scored his sixth goal of the season after getting loose with the ball and going into attack mode, sending in a shot from far out and tying the game to keep the Buckeyes’ hopes alive.“Something happened in the middle and fortunately the ball bounced over one of their last defender and I ran out at kind of an awkward angle,” Jensen said describing the goal. “But I actually had it in line because I was the opposition and I took it off my chest, and I knew if I hit a good shot and kept it below the crossbar it would probably go in.”Neither team scored for the rest of the second half, forcing the game to head into the extra sessions.In the second overtime, Dayton came close to scoring, but the ball hit of the crossbar and was cleared safely.Despite the look, both Dayton and OSU did not score, leading the game into penalty kicks with each team’s season hanging in the balance.Bluem said, given the competitive nature of the tournament, he had his team work on penalty kicks in the days leading up to the game in case it came down to that. OSU is no stranger to that situation, as last year it advanced past Akron in the first round of the tournament after a 15-round affair.“We practiced penalty kicks every day for the past week or so and we became a little bit more serious as we got closer and closer to this game,” Bluem said. “The five guys that stepped up today all had very good shots.”In the fifth round of penalty kicks, Froschauer made his second save of the shootout to seal the victory.“It honestly helped that (Dayton) went into (penalty kicks) Thursday night, so we knew where they were going with their first two shooters, but it went the opposite way,” Froschauer said. “From there I just tried to read the shooter more and go from there.”Overall, shots were 17-12 in favor of Dayton, while the Flyers also held a 7-6 lead in corner kicks.Froschauer ended with a total of seven saves against his former team, plus the two key stops in the third and fifth rounds of the penalty kicks.The Buckeyes are set to travel to Palo Alto, California, to take on eighth-seeded Stanford (15-2-2) after the Cardinal defeated Santa Clara 3-1 on Sunday. The third-round matchup is scheduled to take place on either Nov. 28 or Nov. 29. Kickoff time has yet to be announced. Update, Nov. 22, 10:15 p.m – This post has been updated to reflect the outcome of the second-round game between Stanford and Santa Clara. read more

Oil Gas Active pursuit of transparency paramount Canada MissionOil Gas Active pursuit of transparency paramount Canada Mission

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMore oil experts share their knowledge with GuyanaSeptember 12, 2017In “latest news”Canadian firms establish local partnershipsOctober 19, 2018In “latest news”Oil & Gas: Private sector delegation to go on fact-finding mission in CanadaNovember 13, 2017In “Business” By Lakhram BhagiratIt is important for all oil and gas companies to actively pursue transparency. This is to ensure that the integrity of the sector is kept intact, the environment is preserved, and future generations are provided for.Michael Critch, Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries AssociationMichael Critch, Treasurer of the Broad of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association (NOIA), and a team of Canadians are in Guyana at the instance of the Canadian High Commission to share on Canada’s oil and gas experience.He made this observation during a public presentation at the Umana Yana on Wednesday. He was speaking at a five-day consultative and partnership workshop collaboratively sponsored by the Government of Guyana, the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), and the Canadian High Commission. That workshop ended on Thursday.Over the past months, Guyanese from all sections of society have been calling for transparency in the local dealings concerning the emerging oil and gas sector. The call for the release of the contract entered into between the Government of Guyana and ExxonMobil have intensified over the weeks, but Government remains adamant that if the document were shared it would compromise security.However, Commissioner of Information, Charles Ramson Snr, has promised access to the document. He said the non-disclosure of the details of the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) between Exxon and the Government does not prevent any citizen from getting details from the Commissioner of Information. He added that if a formal application is made, the information could become available.Ramson Snr has said it is his objective to inform citizens of their right to access information not readily available, and the process through which they can so do.The agreement, signed earlier this year, will see Guyana receiving 50 per cent of the profits along with two per cent royalties following the commencement of production in 2020.Guyana has its own draft Local Content Policy, which was formulated by the Natural Resources Ministry and seen by this publication. According to that Policy, local businesses would be provided with assistance to build capacity.The document sets out that a well-funded and resourced regulatory institution would enforce the policy. A multi-stakeholder group representing local bodies that are involved in the sector would in turn oversee the regulator.The agency’s duties would include monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on the licensing and registration process for all suppliers. It will also be in charge of creating databases for suppliers, local professionals and technicians, as well as projects. It is proposed that the body will also set targets for these projects.In relation to royalties, Critch said the issue is complex and is formulated by various governments, depending on their interests.“The royalties and taxation is a complex scheme formulated by Government. Even in Canada, even in Newfoundland and Labrador, it is not the same…it is not always easy for the Government to formulate, because there are differences.Based on the resources out there, you cannot compare one oilfield to the next, because each oilfield needs to be negotiated in its own,” he said.He noted that, in his jurisdiction, the percentage of royalties is changed from time to time, depending on various factors. He added that, in some cases, Government would have to take royalty cuts to ensure that more jobs are being provided for its citizens and better investments are made in the forms of infrastructural and educational development.He said Government needs to take an active role to support the development of a local supply and service industry, along with the education and skills’ training, to ensure that citizens are prepared and can be a part of the industry.Critch said Guyana should have been engaging international bodies a while now to have citizens trained and knowledge shared to ensure readiness when production commences.With production expecting to commence in 2020, Critch said, Guyana should start seeing an influx of revenue immediately following the commencement of production, but he noted that profit-sharing payments would depend on the agreement between Government and the drilling company.The overall estimation of oil already discovered in Guyana is now between 2.25 billion and 2.75 billion oil equivalent barrels. This represents oil bearing rocks found in Liza One, Two, Three and Four wells, Liza Deep, Payara and Snoek.However, oil was not found in commercial quantities at the SkipJack well.About 120 barrels of oil will be produced a day for the first 20 years in Guyana. read more

New Super Mario Bros 2 Coin Rush DLC detailedNew Super Mario Bros 2 Coin Rush DLC detailed

first_imgApparently over 100 billion coins have been collected worldwide by players of New Super Mario Bros. 2 and this number is set to increase in a couple of days time as Coin Rush DLC will be hitting the Nintendo eShop for 3DS on October 4.Three new packs will be added to the already available Coin Rush mode. The current Coin Rush mode allows players to play three different levels at random and collect as many coins as they can, going as fast as they can. Passing checkpoints gives you more time and however you choose to collect the coins is up to you. It’s basically a great way to bring in some competition into New Super Mario Bros. 2.The DLC will offer brand new levels, but will play the same three levels in the same order every time so you know what’s coming, allowing you to get even bigger and better scores as well as making the competition between players much more balanced.The three DLC packs launching in two days time include the Gold Rush Pack which includes some new courses, the Coin Challenge Pack A which sees the New Super Mario Bros. 2 website track rankings on this particular pack so players from all over the world can see how good, or bad, you are at Coin Rush. Finally, the Nerve-Wrack Pack will contain more difficult courses for veteran players of Super Mario, providing new challenges for players who think they’ve done it all.At $2.50 each, the add-on packs are pretty reasonable and there will be more of them coming at the end of October and November. So plenty of reasons to keep playing, then.last_img read more

A single tomato plant can produce 200 tomatoes in a season heresA single tomato plant can produce 200 tomatoes in a season heres

first_imgA single tomato plant can produce 200 tomatoes in a season, here’s how to sow them There is simply nothing like a home-grown tomato, writes GIY guru Michael Kelly. By Michael Kelly AND SO THE great tomato adventure starts all over again. A 10-month odyssey begins with the sowing of seeds in a cold potting shed with child number two chatting incessantly in my ear.Growing tomatoes is a labour of love. Unlike, say, herbs or salads which are quick and easy to grow, tomatoes take time and plenty of work. But my, oh my, is it worth it. The variety, the flavour, the utter deliciousness. There is simply nothing like a home-grown tomato.As always with tomatoes, you are balancing the need to get started (they need a long growing season) with the reality that they like a Mediterranean climate (and 18-20 degrees to germinate) which is sadly lacking in Ireland in February. This week I decided that spring had sprung and I got stuck in.Now I am hearing ominous portends of a cold spell coming next week from Siberia (the “Beast from the East’ they’re already calling it on Twitter). Never mind. The tomatoes are on a heated bench in the potting shed (a sunny windowsill inside the house will do just as well) and I have a fleece at the ready for chilly night times.Packing up flavour for the futureRegular readers (hi you two) will know that I am somewhat obsessed with tomatoes. For years I’ve grown around 20 plants in the polytunnel in the garden, but about two years ago I bought a commercial-sized tunnel just so I could grow more tomatoes.For the last two seasons I’ve grown around 70 plants, and my summers have become a never-ending scramble to keep up with the abundance of tomatoes flowing from the garden. To put it in context – a single tomato plant could produce up to 200 tomatoes in a season. No family of four could keep up with this level of fresh tomatoes.Instead it’s about processing them immediately into a sauce for the freezer, effectively packing up some flavour for the future. This year I put around 50 bags of tomato sauce in the freezer and they’ve provided a delicious base for many a pizza, pasta, soup and stew this winter.As always I am aiming for a good mix of shapes, sizes, colours and flavours. There are some old reliables and new experiments; some new purchases and seeds found down the bottom of the seed box.Oddly, given how much I rave about the variety Sungold, I somehow didn’t grow them last year and I missed them intensely. I have a feeling they were out of stock when I went to buy the seeds last year. I will be remedying that in a big way this year. I am also growing: Golden Sunrise, Sweet Million, Beefsteak, Sweet Aperitif, Gardeners Delight, Tigerella, Black Krim, Alicante and Moneymaker. Whatever you decide to grow, enjoy the ride!The Basics – Sowing Tomatoes Feb 24th 2018, 12:30 PM 51,021 Views Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 12:30 PM Grower https://jrnl.ie/3864153 200g butternut squash4tbsp olive oil150g bulgur wheat1 vegetable stock cube50g rocket50g walnuts, roughly chopped60g goat’s cheese, crumbled1 clove garlic, minced1tbsp balsamic vinegarInstructionsPeel the squash and chop it into 1cm dice. Toss it in 1tbsp of the olive oil, and roast for 20-30 minutes at 200°C (Gas Mark 6 / 400°F), until it is soft and just beginning to crisp up.Meanwhile, boil a panful of water and dissolve the stock cube. Add the bulgur wheat, and turn off the heat. Cover the pan, and leave the bulgur to soak for around 20 minutes, or until soft.Drain any remaining liquid, and immediately stir half of the rocket into the bulgur to wilt it.In a small bowl or mug, combine the balsamic vinegar, the remaining 3tbsp of olive oil, and the minced garlic, and stir this dressing through the bulgur.Serve the warm bulgur wheat with the roasted squash, the chopped walnuts, the crumbled goat’s cheese and the remaining rocket.Michael Kelly is founder of GIY and GROW HQ.Click here for more GIY tips and recipes. I generally start tomatoes in small pots of seed compost (10cm), sowing roughly 8-10 seeds per pot. Once they germinate (it takes two weeks) I carefully take out each little seedling and plant it in to an individual module in a module tray, using good quality potting compost. Alternatively, you can sow the seeds directly in the module tray using potting compost.When the seedlings outgrow the module tray I move them on in to their own 10cm pot, before finally planting out in to the polytunnel in May or so. If you don’t have a polytunnel or greenhouse, you can grow them indoors in a growbag or large pot (it would need to be 40cm deep at least), being sure to keep them well watered and fed regularly with a good organic liquid tomato feed.Recipe of the Week – Bulgar Wheat Salad with Butternut SquashThanks to last year’s growing, we still have a few squashes left on top of the dresser in the kitchen but it’s time to start using them up before they rot. Thanks to their hard skins, squashes will generally store for five months or so.This is a delicious salad – the flavour of the squash really is superb, bringing an incredible sweetness to any dish it graces and I love the crunchy nuttiness of bulgar wheat.Ingredients: Share168 Tweet Email27 Short URL Michael Kelly 22 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Spring Branch Residents Concerned After 4 Alarm Warehouse FireSpring Branch Residents Concerned After 4 Alarm Warehouse Fire

first_img Share – / 5Anxious parents were relieved after picking up their children at the school district’s athletic complex.That’s where 650 students were evacuated to Thursday morning when a four-alarm fire broke at a nearby warehouse.Blanca Molina’s two daughters go to that school. She says her seven-year-old was aware of the seriousness of the incident.“La más grandecita, la más grandecita, sí. Que se preocupó y lloró mucho, y que muchos bomberos muchas sirenas.” Molina said. (Translated version: “The eldest. She was very worried and cried a lot… Many firefighters and many sirens).”Officials with the Houston Fire Department believe the fire started at an auto repair shop adjacent to a home.From there, it spread to a warehouse that stores pesticides and fuel additives.Eyewitness Sasha Martinez says she heard several explosions.“It was like bombs in the air, “Martinez said. “They were just throwing bombs in the air. It was really bad.”At one point, 175  firefighters fought the flames.Lidany Gonzalez has lived on the same street where the warehouse is located for thirty years.He thinks the incident should be a wake-up call.“There shouldn’t be a huge amount of concentration of any kind of chemicals close to either residential area or a… a school,” Gonzalez said.The Houston Fire Department recommends avoiding water run-off in areas close to where the fire occurred.last_img read more

Hurricane Maria Caused 2975 Deaths in Puerto Rico Independent Study EstimatesHurricane Maria Caused 2975 Deaths in Puerto Rico Independent Study Estimates

first_imgRicardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images/Via NPRA woman lights a candle inside a pair of shoes that were among hundreds displayed in memory of those killed by Hurricane Maria in front of the Puerto Rican Capitol, in San Juan in June.Updated at 1:10 p.m. ETIndependent researchers from the George Washington University have estimated that Hurricane Maria caused 2,975 deaths in Puerto Rico in the six months following the storm.The researchers’ findings had been long-awaited. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello commissioned the independent study in February, after months of public pressure over his administration’s failure to adequately count the number of hurricane dead. At the time, he said the research team would have the Puerto Rican government’s full cooperation, including access to all mortality data.The new number represents a 22 percent increase over the number of deaths Puerto Rico would have expected during that six-month period had a hurricane not struck, researchers found. They also said those most at risk for death were poor people, and the elderly.“The results of our epidemiological study suggest that, tragically, Hurricane Maria led to a large number of excess deaths throughout the island,” Carlos Santos-Burgoa, the study’s lead researcher, said in a statement. “We hope this report and its recommendations will help build the island’s resilience and pave the way toward a plan that will protect all sectors of society in times of natural disasters.”Since December, the government’s official hurricane death toll has been stuck at 64, though the government has acknowledged that number was likely far too low and would be adjusted once the researchers had completed their study.It was unclear whether the island’s government would adopt the researchers’ estimate as its official toll. A spokesman for Gov. Rossello said the governor would speak at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.In addition to their new death count estimate, the researchers found that the Puerto Rican government did a poor job communicating with the public about the death count, and more broadly did not have an adequate disaster communications plan in place, which the researchers said contributed to public confusion.According to interviews that researchers said they conducted with health and forensics officials on the island, many were also uninformed about how to document hurricane-related deaths.In the absence of a rigorous effort by Puerto Rico’s government to count its dead, several media outlets and outside researchers worked to arrive at their own figures. Most recently, Harvard University researchers published a study that estimated the number of hurricane-related deaths likely ranged from about 800 to 8,000.That study had a wide margin of error because it was based on household surveys. The George Washington researchers said their findings are more accurate because they are based on access to government mortality data and death certificates, and account for variables including the number of people believed to have left Puerto Rico after the hurricane.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Kolkata turns new leaf as it becomes third city in India toKolkata turns new leaf as it becomes third city in India to

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to ensure an environment friendly transport system in Bengal, the state Transport department is giving all support for the promotion of electric vehicles.Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport and Environment minister, on Wednesday flagged off Mahindra’s all-electric smart city car the e2O Plus, that one can take on rent through the Zoomcar platform for self-drive.While addressing the gathering at the programme, Adhikari said: “We are assuring all support for promotion of the electric vehicles. I heard that Kolkata is the third city after Mysore and Hyderabad, where the facility of taking e-cars on rent for self-drive purpose has been launched.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe further said that the state government will be introducing 80 electric buses in August, following the directoion of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.The minister has assured that the officials will be taking necessary steps to ensure that clearances for permits of these vehicles are given within 5 working days, after it is applied for.At the same time, he has announced that owners of electric vehicles will also be allowed to recharge their vehicles at the charging points where the electric buses of the West Bengal Transport Corporation get recharged. They will be charged just the electricity cost under the “no gain no loss” policy. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAlapan Bandyopadhyay, Additional Chief Secretary of the state Transport department, Mahesh Babu, CEO of Mahindra Electric and Greg Moran, Co-Founder and CEO of Zoomcar, were also present in the programme.Bandyopadhyay said that pollution is a cause of concern all across the globe. “Promotion of electric buses is being done to check pollution and it will be promoted all across the state and the city,” he said.Moran said that his vision is to expand his business in Bengal and he expects a ten fold growth in his business in the next 12 months. An electric car can be taken on rent at a rate of Rs 9,999 per month. One can also take it on rent for some hours. In that case, the person has to pay Rs 20 per hour.Babu said that Mahindra has been associated with Bengal for the past few years. He appreciated the move of the state government in encouraging the electric vehicles and assured that they are committed to work together with the state government.Adhikari also distributed sanction letters of Gatidhara scheme among its beneficiaries. On Wednesday, around 700 people received the sanction letters of the scheme.It may be mentioned that in 2017-18 fiscal, the target of the state Transport department was to give Gatidhara sanction to 10,000 people. But surprisingly, the department has managed to give the same to 10,553 people.last_img read more

Evolution of Bapus KhadiEvolution of Bapus Khadi

first_imgFashion has always been an ever changing phenomenon as designers have tried to enhance beautiful outfits form various materials. And this time Khadi has come to the centre stage of fashion. YES Institute organised a seminal panel discussion under its ‘Craft in India’ series, ‘The Poetics of Khadi: Cutting across Time and Space’ recently at Bikaner House, New Delhi. The discussion was devoted to the idea of “Swadharma towards the country” and philosophy of ‘Gandhi’s khadi’ traversing human lives and humanity in the 21st century.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe story of Khadi still resonates from the perspective to create better and alternative societies. Lok Sabha MP, Meenakshi Lekhi, fashion designer Ritu Beri, granddaughter of Mahatama Gandhi, Geeta Goradia, Textile/Visual artist Shelly Jyoti and renowned Gandhian thinker Varsha Das attended the event as panelists.Geeta Goradia, grand niece of Maganlal Gandhi, nephew of Mahatma Gandhi shared her experience of living with Khadi as the mainstay fabric of the Gandhi family, resonating with the low carbon footprint values. She stressed that continuous innovation is need of the time and suggested that KVIC should replicate Amul cooperative movement in the Khadi sector. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMeenakshi Lekhi, spoke about Khadi being transformed into a fashion fabric through efforts of KVIC and Ritu Beri’s ‘Vichar Vastra’. She discussed about the need to bring a change in the value system of the society so that Khadi is no longer fabric of the politicians and rural India, but a fabric of the urban youth. Inspired from Gandhi’s thought she said, “Khadi vastra nahi vichar hai”. She also said, “One needs to sell the idea of participating in the Khadi movement as the idea of nation building to change the perception. We need to support the Khadi village industry. It should be about my country, my values. We must believe in executing Swadharma”.  Ritu Beri illustrated the journey of her creations in Khadi, ‘Vichar Vastra’ available at affordable prices at Khadi Gram Udyog, Connaught Place. “Khadi is an intellectual fabric, the thought of Bapu as he envisioned a great nation. Khadi is a social equalizer. When the crushed look of linen can be promoted so can the crushed look of Khadi. I believe that India is the connoisseur of luxury but sadly has no mention in the global market. I have set up Luxury League to promote the idea of Indian connoisseurship and India’s heritage.”last_img read more

Cruise company interested in building another dock at CozumelCruise company interested in building another dock at Cozumel

first_imgCozumel, Q.R. — A study is being conducted for the possible addition of another ship dock at Cozumel due to the continued increase in cruise passengers.According to statistics from the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo, more than 3.1 million cruise ship passengers have arrived on the island already this year.For this reason, representatives of two environmental organizations have been asked to analyze the possible construction of a fourth cruise terminal regarding the environmental impact for the island in its marine and terrestrial zones.Both Noemí Guadalupe Martín Cab head of the Conservation, Research and Environmental Management of Cozumel and Guadalupe Álvarez Chulim de Azueta of Cielo, Tierra y Mar, highlighted their concern about the possibility of approving construction for a new port terminal.Both agreed that the population should be consulted and made aware of the characteristics of the project, the economic, social and environmental impacts as well as the generation of waste, mobility, transportation and the provision of public services.Guadalupe Alvarez said that although the economic flow is good, it is very minimal if one takes into account that the real economic benefits are in the hands of a small group of entrepreneurs and the boat companies themselves.Noemí Martín raised the fact that so far what is known is that the Disney Cruise Line is the one that is interested in building the dock, but adds that there are very few days in a year that cruise ships cannot dock due to the terminals being filled.In June of 2016, the plan to construct a forth cruise ship dock was rejected by local residents after a public consultation.  The dock was to be located in front of the Marina Banco Playa (Puerto de Abrigo) on the north side of the island.At the time, Cozumel residents said they did not need the fourth dock, considering it unnecessary.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img Related Content November 20, 2013 — Medic Vision Imaging Solutions Ltd. and Brit Systems Inc. jointly announced that they have teamed up to offer a new cloud-based service supporting low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening. The service allows any radiology department/practice to perform LDCT lung screening and obtain diagnostic-quality images without having to purchase and implement new iterative reconstruction technology at their site. Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. “With cloud-based SafeCT, hospitals and imaging centers can take advantage of cost-effective pay-per-scan, remote, albeit real-time, SafeCT service,” said Eyal Aharon, CEO, Medic Vision. “While LDCT lung screening is a hot application, many hospitals and private practices are hesitant, or in some cases unable, to make the capital investment required to purchase SafeCT. The new service allows any radiology practice to offer the up-and-coming LDCT lung screening service without having to invest in image enhancement solutions.”   Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The add-on SafeCT is in routine clinical use at major hospitals and imaging centers nationwide, supporting CT scanner systems from all manufacturers including GE, Philips, Siemens and Toshiba. Brit’s Roentgen Cloud provides user-managed, virtual DICOM servers to individuals/organizations, enabling users to securely upload, store, share and view studies via any HTML-5 compliant browser.  Studies may also be viewed on mobile devices. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more The new service is based on Medic Vision’s SafeCT Iterative Image Reconstruction system and Brit’s Roentgen Cloud. With this service, LDCT lung images are securely forwarded via https (no virtual private network [VPN] required) to remote cloud-based SafeCT servers for immediate transformation into diagnostic-quality images. Processed images are immediately sent back to the customer’s network via the secure link and forwarded to the customer’s picture archiving and communication system (PACS).  The processed images remain accessible via Roentgen Cloud to the provider and, optionally, to the patient. The service is available at a pay-per-scan fee for CT scanners of all major vendors.  Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. LDCT has recently garnered support from many major medical societies as the modality of choice for screening heavy smokers for lung cancer. Several important studies indicate that the implementation of LDCT for lung cancer screening can save as many as 20,000 lives each year. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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For more information: www.medicvision.com. www.brit.com, www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. “We routinely perform  low-dose CT lung cancer screening procedures at all of our 10 imaging sites in the San Diego area using SafeCT to ensure consistent high-quality diagnostic images for confident reading,” said Jon Robins, M.D., chairman and CEO, Imaging Healthcare Specialists, San Diego. “We are extremely satisfied with SafeCT’s performance and strongly recommend the use of this new service.” Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Technology | November 20, 2013 Medic Vision, Brit Launch Iterative Image Reconstruction Service for Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read morelast_img read more

Crystal Cruises has new Crystal Getaways for 201920Crystal Cruises has new Crystal Getaways for 201920

first_img Share Friday, March 29, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Crystal Cruises, New Itineraries MIAMI — Crystal Cruises has introduced a collection of 16 new ‘Crystal Getaways’ for 2019 and 2020.Sailing aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity and spanning Central America, North America’s Pacific and Gulf coasts, Southeast Asia, China & Japan, the Mediterranean and Caribbean, the five- to eight-night voyages “pack tremendous global exploration and all-inclusive luxury into abbreviated versions of longer itineraries”, says the luxury cruise line.The newly-announced Crystal Getaways include:2019Crystal Symphony, Sept. 28, five nights in Los Angeles and MexicoCrystal Symphony, Oct. 3, eight nights from Mexico to Costa RicaCrystal Serenity, Oct. 23, five nights in Greece and ItalyCrystal Symphony, Oct. 25, six nights along the Gulf Coast and CaribbeanCrystal Serenity, Oct. 28, eight nights in Italy, Monaco, France and SpainCrystal Symphony, Oct. 31, eight nights through the CaribbeanCrystal Serenity, Nov. 24, six nights in the CaribbeanCrystal Serenity, Nov. 30, six nights in the CaribbeanMore news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoCrystal Symphony, Dec. 11, five nights in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and MexicoCrystal Symphony, Dec. 16, five nights in Mexico and San Diego2020Crystal Symphony, March 1, eight nights in Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia and VietnamCrystal Symphony, March 9, seven nights in Vietnam and Hong KongCrystal Symphony, March 16, seven nights in Taiwan and JapanCrystal Symphony, March 23, eight nights in Japan and ChinaCrystal Symphony, March 31, five nights in Hong Kong and VietnamCrystal Symphony, April 5, eight nights in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and SingaporeFares for the new Crystal Getaways start at US$1,290 per guest and are now available for booking.center_img Travelweek Group Posted by Crystal Cruises has new Crystal Getaways for 2019-20last_img read more

Grand Palace to reopen to visitors from 1 November 2016Grand Palace to reopen to visitors from 1 November 2016

first_imgSource = Tourism Authority of Thailand Grand Palace to reopen to visitors from 1 November 2016Grand Palace to reopen to visitors from 1 November 2016As this is a Royal Palace, all visitors are expected to dress respectfully, and to be aware that Thailand is currently in an official period of mourning for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.Visitors should wear sombre-coloured attire as a mark of respect during this period when visiting the Palace:Male: a shirt or T-shirt, long dark coloured trousers or jeans (without any holes), and covered footwearFemale: blouse or T-shirt that covers the shoulders, long skirt or dress, and covered footwearThe Grand Palace is open every day from 08.00 – 16.00 Hrs., Tourists can enter at the Wiset Chaisri Gate as normal, except during royal ceremonies. The entrance fee includes access to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaeo, the Royal Thai Decorations and Coins Pavilion, and the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles. Tourism Authority of Thailandfor more information, visitlast_img read more

Southwest Bank SVP Elected as SecretaryTreasurer for Texas MBASouthwest Bank SVP Elected as SecretaryTreasurer for Texas MBA

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-08-28 Tory Barringer New,Southwest Bank SVP Elected as Secretary/Treasurer for Texas MBA “”Southwest Bank’s””:https://www.southwestbank.com/ own Tom Tallent has been elected as secretary/treasurer of the “”Texas Mortgage Bankers Association””:https://www.texasmba.org/ (TMBA) for the 2013-2014 term, the company announced.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Tallent serves as SVP and credit manager for Southwest Bank’s Dallas-based Mortgage Warehouse Lending team. In that role, he manages program credit and operational risk. Prior to joining the bank, he served as VP of servicing acquisitions, escalations, and investor relations at Colonial Savings, F.A. Tallent served on TMBA’s board of directors for three years before his nomination. He is also a two-term past president of the Fort Worth Mortgage Bankers Association and is recognized by the national association as an Accredited Mortgage Professional.Outside of the industry, he is an active volunteer in his community, having served two terms on his local city council as well as on the boards of his local library and chamber of commerce.center_img Share August 28, 2013 489 Views last_img read more

Nonprime Arena Gains Another CompetitorNonprime Arena Gains Another Competitor

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination Nonprime Arena Gains Another Competitor Carrington Credit Standards FICO Subprime Wells Fargo 2014-03-24 Tory Barringer In an effort to give greater attention to what the company says is an “underserved” market, Carrington Mortgage Services announced Monday its intent to put a tighter focus on borrowers with credit scores in the sub-640 range.According to a company release, Carrington has lowered its minimum credit requirements to a FICO score of 550 and expanded its guidelines on certain loan programs under the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Veterans Affairs (VA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), extending eligibility to more property types and reducing overlays.According to the company, about one-third of consumers have a FICO score below 650, which sits just above the typical “subprime” threshold of 640. While obtaining financing is particularly difficult for this group—especially at a time when the average FHA purchase loan has a FICO score of 686, according to Ellie Mae—Carrington says it is “uniquely equipped to handle” the challenge.“Effectively meeting the needs of clients in the underserved market requires the ability to both originate qualify loans and appropriately service them after the fact,” said Ray Brousseau, EVP of Carrington Mortgage Services’ Mortgage Lending Division. “Both Carrington’s lending platform and specialty servicing business were created to serve this particular market segment. That uniquely positions us as the lender of choice for this population of borrowers, and the mortgage brokers and real estate agents who work for them.”While the lender plans to continue providing products and support to borrowers at all ranges of the credit spectrum through its retail lending division, Carrington also announced it will eliminate conventional and jumbo loans from its wholesale product line effective April 1. In addition, acceptance of wholesale submissions with FICO scores above 680 will be limited.According to the release, “The company feels strongly that this move is necessary for appropriately allocating its resources to provide optimum support to borrowers in the underserved market.”Carrington’s announcement comes at a time when lenders are exploring the idea of opening up lending to a greater spectrum of credit scores. In February, Reuters reported Wells Fargo may start working with scores as low 600; that report was followed by a caution from Moody’s Investor Service that special servicers may soon seek to augment their margins by moving into subprime territory.In a phone call, however, Brousseau said the stereotypical “subprime” characterization depicted in the media—risky, irresponsible loans with no document requirements or income verification—isn’t a fair label for Carrington’s new offerings, which will require full documentation and involve a heavy degree of quality control.“The reality is that what we’re doing here is an agency-backed loan. These are all FHA originations; they meet agency guidelines; they’re QM,” he said.The latest news hasn’t escaped the attention of commentators who maintain risky lending activity is still continuing at a dangerous pace. In a press call discussing the group’s most recent National Mortgage Risk Index, American Enterprise Institute resident fellow Edward Pinto discussed the announcement, warning that loans in the range Carrington is getting into are considered “extremely risky mortgage[s] based on past history.”“These loans, based on our risk matrix, have a greater than one in three chance of defaulting under stress,” Pinto said.Again, Brousseau argues the characterization is inaccurate.“It’s not the kind of origination that can be originated by anyone and serviced by anyone,” he said. “We’re a very diversified firm, [and] we have a specialty servicer that’s part of the organization. It’s not just about originating the loan, but it’s originating the loan and making sure that client is properly serviced. I think that’s an important characteristic.”center_img March 24, 2014 484 Views Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Mexico: Taco lovers cry foul over restaurants’ gua … From the pages of Produce Business UKCan a brash new initiative change the eating habits of young children across the UK?ITV and Veg Power are teaming up on a bold advertising campaign called Eat Them To Defeat Them that debuts tonight with a specially made spot during Coronation Street (7:30 p.m.) and News At Ten in hopes of inspiring kids to eat more healthy and tackle childhood obesity.“This campaign will reach millions of parents and children through our biggest and most popular shows, and it is unlike anything that has gone before,” says ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall. The campaign will be seen on some of its biggest programmes. “We’re proud to use the power of TV to take a new, bold and brave approach to encouraging kids to eat more vegetables.”The commercial is unique, with vegetables rising up from the ground and raining down on “grown ups.” For years, the ad says, those parents have been able to keep “the veg invasion at bay.” But needing help, adults turn to their children, who stand up and harness and eat the angry-but-healthy foods. “You’re going down peas!” one girl exclaims. “It’s crunch time!” another child says. “This campaign is brave, fun and engaging,” says Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, food writer and broadcaster said. “It will inspire kids to enjoy the huge range of tastes, textures and colors that the brilliant world of veg has to offer.”The campaign is being funded by a unique alliance of supermarkets and brands — Aldi, Asda, Birds Eye, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose — which are all coming together to help consumers live healthier lives. According to a Veg Facts study by The Food Foundation, 96 percent of teenagers and 80 percent of primary school-age children don’t eat enough vegetables. The UK ranks 21st of 28 in the European Union for fresh vegetable consumption.“With the aim of using ‘advertising for good’ and engaging and entertaining kids rather than using the well-worn health message, we can really shift the dial and hope to see long-lasting behavior change,” says Baroness Rosie Boycott, Chair of Veg Power and trustee of The Food Foundation. “Having all the major retailers will help us achieve huge reach and impact.” Veg Power is born out of the work of The Food Foundation and Peas Please. It aims to harness the creative minds of advertising and marketing to make engaging and powerful content aimed at changing our perception of vegetables in order to encourage our kids to eat more veg.In a YouGov Plc. survey done with adults in 2014, with field work undertaken earlier this month, parents admitted getting kids to eat more veg was a struggle.Nearly half of parents (48%) agree that it can be a battle to get kids to eat more veg. 51.7% of parents have to tell their kids to finish their veg. 44% of children will remove at least some, if not all, of the salad from a burger. 43% of adults say their children are fussier eaters than when they were children. The Veg Power fund hopes to use positive messages of vitality, vibrancy and taste to give vegetables a modern appeal. BayWa AG’s head of global produce to step down nex … You might also be interested incenter_img January 28 , 2019 Chile: Fruit exports contract in H1 as leading com … Leading fruit breeders form alliance to fight risi … last_img read more

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