In the news today July 19

first_imgSix stories in the news for Thursday, July 19———PREMIERS SET TO OPEN TWO DAYS OF MEETINGSThe federal carbon pricing policy is expected to be a key topic as the premiers open two days of talks today in St. Andrews, N.B. Ontario is scrapping its cap-and-trade program and Saskatchewan has mounted a legal challenge against the carbon price. Inter-provincial trade, the U.S. trade dispute, health care and the Alberta-B.C. skirmish over the Trans Mountain pipeline project are other key items on the agenda.———LIBERALS TO TOUT CHILD BENEFIT BOOSTThousands of Indigenous families living on-reserve will miss out on a boost to the federal child benefit that MPs plan to tout at dozens of events today. Almost every Canadian family receives the monthly benefit, but take-up rates for families on-reserve has consistently lagged behind the wider population — largely chalked up to lower tax filing rates among Indigenous families.———TRUDEAU SHUFFLES CABINET AHEAD OF 2019 ELECTIONJustin Trudeau has unveiled his pre-election cabinet in a shuffle designed to showcase new faces and address increasingly troublesome files — from border security, to trade promotion, to the potential for scraps with the provinces. In Wednesday’s shuffle, the prime minister gave new portfolios to six ministers and expanded his cabinet by promoting five other MPs to his front benches as the Liberals get in position for next year’s federal election.———ANTI-PIPELINE PROTESTERS BEING EVICTEDBurnaby, B.C. is evicting protesters from a make-shift camp set up outside one of Kinder Morgan’s terminals, citing fire safety and health concerns. City manager Lambert Chu says the city is worried about how the footprint of the site, dubbed Camp Cloud, has grown to include a two-level wood structure, additional tents and even shower facilities. The Metro Vancouver city issued a 72-hour eviction notice on Wednesday.———VERDICT EXPECTED IN MONTREAL BOY’S DEATHA verdict is expected today in the case of a Montreal-area police officer charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a five-year-old boy in 2014. Nicholas Thorne-Belance was in his father’s car when it was struck by an unmarked police cruiser allegedly driven by Patrick Ouellet in Longueuil, south of Montreal. His trial last month heard the car was travelling at more than 120 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.———CANADA COULD BE CAUGHT UP IN U.S. URANIUM PROBECanada could get caught in the crossfire after the U.S. Department of Commerce launched another national security investigation, this time by looking into uranium imports. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says U.S. production of uranium for military and electric power has decreased to five per cent of its consumption from 49 per cent in 1987. Canada is not the target, although all countries are potentially subject to the investigation.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit the Tim Horton Memorial Camp in McDougall, Ont.— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna will announce federal funding to protect and restore freshwater resources.— A verdict is possible today in the judge-alone first-degree murder trial of Dellen Millard, alleged to have killed his father.— Court appearance for former Burns Lake, B.C. mayor Luke Strimbold on 24 sex-related charges.— Statistics Canada will release the employment insurance figures for May.last_img read more

Growing push for federal ban on conversion therapy for LGBTQ2 youth

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – An online petition is gaining strength in its call to ban the practice of conversion therapy on LGBTQ2+ minors.The petition is posted on the House of Commons website and received thousands of signatures in its first couple of weeks.“What we’re campaigning about is protecting minors,” said Devon Hargreaves, an advocate from Alberta who started the petition calling for the ban on the practice that attempts to change the sexual orientation of a young person.He said it’s emotionally, psychologically and, in extreme cases, physically damaging.“It does cause damage, during a time when young individuals are developing and coming to terms with their identity and who they are.”Hargreaves points out he isn’t looking for a complete ban.“If you’re over 18 and you want to subject yourself to conversion therapy — as long as you aren’t doing any harm to anyone else, that’s fine.”Hargreaves says the practice is often done in private, but happens more than people think.Provinces like Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia have already moved to ban it, but Hargreaves says this is an issue that needs federal action. He has been in talks with the prime minister’s adviser on LGBTQ issues, but has not received any commitments yet.The petition will be on the House of Commons website until Jan. 18, 2019.last_img read more

Morocco Participates in Cairo in Arab Armies Chiefs of Staff Meeting

Cairo – Morocco participates in the Arab armies Chiefs of Staff meeting, which is held in Cairo this weekend.Major General El Houcine Benmimoune on Saturday took part in the second meeting of the Chiefs of staff of Arab armies, to discuss the formation of a joint Arab military force in implementation of the relevant resolution of the Arab Summit hosted by Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh last March.The chiefs of staff are discussing the initial project of protocol to form the force and a memo related to the implementation of the resolution in this regard. They are also considering the measures, and technical and financial mechanisms for this force.They had held their first meeting in Cairo on April 22 during which they stressed the necessity of joint collective action to find solutions to the issues of the Arab region and enable Arab countries to deal effectively with the current challenges.Besides Major General El Houcine Benmimoune, the Moroccan delegation participating in this meeting, is made up of Mohamed Saad Alami, Morocco’s ambassador to Egypt, Permanent Representative of the kingdom to the Arab League, Ahmed Tazi, Director of Mashreq, Gulf and Arab and Islamic Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Colonel Staff Mohamed Lkouti and Colonel Jamal Dridegh. read more

Heatwave to Hit Morocco with Temperatures Set to Reach 45C

Rabat – The National Meteorological Directorate (DMN) is forecasting a heatwave from Sunday June 30 to Tuesday July 2 in several regions across Morocco.DMN reported in a statement that temperatures will range between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius.The heatwave, according to DMN, will especially affect the regions of Errachidia, Zagora, Tata, Assa-Zag, Aousserd and Oued Eddahab in southern Morocco. Morocco is not the only country to suffer from a heatwave as scourging temperatures have been sweeping others continents, especially Europe.A statement from Meteo France announced on  Friday that it is the first time that France has  experienced a scourging heat exceeding 45 degrees Celsius.The statement was also echoed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).“For the first time on record, France sees a temperature above 45°C. Gallargues-le-Montueux recorded 45,9 °C, and Villevieille 45.1°C this afternoon. In France. in June,” said WMO.For the first time on record, #France sees a temperature above 45°C. Gallargues-le-Montueux recorded 45,9 °C, and Villevieille 45.1°C this afternoon. In France. in June. @meteofrance #heatwave #climatechange— WMO | OMM (@WMO) June 28, 2019Vox reported that Italy, Switzerland, and Belgium have all issued public health warnings calling on their people to take precautions against this unprecedented heatwave. Health organizations and experts usually advise people to keep themselves hydrated  by drinking a glass of water every 20 miniatures. Limiting exposure to heat, especially for children, an effective precaution to reduce health risks during the heatwave. read more

Global youth unemployment rate at alltime high UN labour agency reports

11 August 2010The global youth unemployment rate is at a record high and is expected to climb even higher as the year progresses, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) announced today. The global youth unemployment rate is at a record high and is expected to climb even higher as the year progresses, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) announced today.According to a new report, of the world’s 620 million economically active youth between the ages of 15 and 24, 81 million were out of work at the end of 2009, the highest number ever.The youth unemployment rate climbed from 11.9 per cent in 2007 to 13 per cent in 2009.Such trends, the report noted, will have “significant consequences for young people as upcoming cohorts of new entrants join the ranks of the already unemployed.”ILO warned of a possible ‘lost generation’ of young people dropping out of the labour market, “having lost all hope of being able to work for a decent living.”The agency forecasts that the youth unemployment will reach 13.1 per cent this year before declining to 12.7 per cent, cautioning that youth unemployment rates have been more sensitive to the global economic downturn than those of adults.Further, it said, the recovery of the job market for young men and women will probably lag behind that of adults.In developing economies, home to 90 per cent of the world’s young people, youth are more vulnerable to unemployment and poverty. In 2008, nearly 30 per cent of all of the world’s young workers were employed but remained mired in extreme poverty in households surviving on less than $1.25 per day.“In developing economies, crisis pervades the daily life of the poor,” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia. “The effects of the economic and financial crisis threaten to exacerbate the pre-existing decent work deficits among youth,” he added. “The result is that the number of young people stuck in working poverty grows and the cycle of working poverty persists through at least another generation.”The new report found that unemployment, underemployment and discouragement can have a negative impact on young people in the long-term, compromising their future work prospects.The cost of idleness among youth, it said, is that societies lost their investment in the education of young people, while governments receive fewer contributions to social security systems and must boost spending on remedial services.“Young people are the drivers of economic development,” Mr. Somavia stressed. “Forgoing this potential is an economic waste and can undermine social stability.”The current recession, he said, provides an opportunity to reconsider how to tackle the serious obstacles young people face when they enter the labour market. “It is important to focus on comprehensive and integrated strategies that combine education and training policies with targeted employment policies for youth.”The report was launched to coincide with the start of the UN International Year of Youth, under the theme “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding.” The Year seeks to further the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and solidarity across generations, cultures, religions and civilizations. read more

Bird flu Annan seeks affordable drugs for poor States meets pharmaceutical CEO

Mr. Annan, who two months ago appointed a UN system coordinator for a possible pandemic amid concern that the H5N1 virus could mutate into a deadly strain that spreads easily from person to person, met with Roche Chairman and CEO Franz Humer yesterday and congratulated him on his firm’s responsiveness to the threat so far. Mr. Annan “reiterated the importance of ensuring access of preferentially priced treatment for Avian Flu to the poorest and neediest countries,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said today.The Secretary-General also repeated his standing position that “the best way to protect the intellectual property rights was to make sure that the poorest and neediest countries get the medicines they need at a preferential price,” Mr. Dujarric said, adding that the two men agreed to keep their channels of communications open.At the end of September, Mr. Annan appointed David Nabarro, a senior public health expert in the UN World Health Organization (WHO), to ensure coordinated UN support for effective local, national, regional and global preparations for a potential pandemic, underlining even stronger involvement by the world body in the fight against the disease.Ever since the first human case of H5N1, linked to widespread poultry outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand, was reported in January last year, UN health officials have warned that the virus could evolve into a human pandemic if it mutates into a form which could transmit easily between people. Cases so far have been traced to infection directly from diseased birds.The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide. Overall, there have been 132 reported human H5N1 cases, 68 of them fatal, all in South-East and East Asia. Some 150 million domestic birds have died or been culled in an effort to curb its spread. read more

Mark Osiecki out as Ohio State mens hockey coach

Mark Osiecki is out as the Ohio State men’s hockey coach. OSU announced Monday morning that Osiecki would not return to his position after three years in Columbus. “We are making a change in our head hockey coaching position,” said OSU athletic director Gene Smith. “There was a difference of opinion over the management of the program that could not be resolved.” Osiecki guided the Buckeyes to a 16-17-7 overall record and 13-10-5 mark in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play before losing to Notre Dame in conference tournament’s semifinals. Osiecki compiled a 46-50-16 record at OSU. According to OSU, associate head hockey coach Steve Rohlik “will be the primary point person for the program, student-athletes and recruits.” Osiecki did not immediately return The Lantern‘s request for comment. read more

DNI Metals aims at strategic acquisition of established laboratory and technology facility

first_imgDNI Metals has signed a non-binding Letter of Intent, to purchase a company that vertically integrates DNI’s developing graphite business. This acquisition when completed, DNI’s graphite trading business, and a gold royalty will give DNI three sources of cashflow. This cashflow will assist DNI in developing its fully permitted Madagascar graphite project, and other potential projects.More than 62 Canadian and US patents and technologies have been developed at this facility. With this acquisition DNI will own a number of these patents and technologies. All the equipment needed to operate Pilot Plants and Laboratories, that are used to complete metallurgical, clean technology, and environmental testing will now be owned by DNI upon completion of the transaction.The facility and equipment will allow DNI to drive multiple revenue streams:1.DNI will continue to develop technologies2.DNI plans to increase the revenue from the labs and the pilot plants3.DNI can use this fully permitted facility to develop and implement various technologies to upgrade graphite, thus increasing the sale value of every tonne of graphite being sold.Developing a large-flake graphite project, requires a significant amount of money being spent at laboratories. Drilling assays, and pilot plant/metallurgical work must be done. Having its own lab will allow DNI to fast track the development of its fully permitted graphite project and potentially save DNI and its shareholders thousands of dollars.Every producing graphite mine must certify its products for carbon content, ash content, moisture content, particle size, and impurities. Having its own Laboratory, experts and training facility, allows DNI to provide its graphite buyers with a secure, reliable, and consistent supply of graphite.last_img read more

Découverte dune nouvelle population dune espèce rarissime de caméléon

first_imgDécouverte d’une nouvelle population d’une espèce rarissime de caméléonDes naturalistes britanniques ont découvert, dans le sud de Madagascar, une population du très rare Furcifer belalandaensis, un caméléon endémique de l’île, menacé par la perte progressive de son habitat.Auparavant recensé dans quelques arbres de deux petits villages seulement, le caméléon de Belalanda, l’une des 75 espèces de caméléons endémiques de Madagascar, vient de voir ses effectifs augmenter grâce à une nouvelle population, découverte dans un troisième village du sud de l’île principale.À lire aussiAssistez à la naissance fantastique d’un petit caméléonHeureux écho à une conférence internationale à Antananarivo, la capitale du pays, organisée du 24 au 28 janvier pour évaluer l’état de conservation des reptiles de Madagascar, très prisés dans le commerce des ‘animaux de compagnie’, cette découverte concerne une des 3 espèces de reptiles malgaches considérées comme très proches de l’extinction et classées en ‘danger critique’.”La perte et la dégradation des habitats sont la principale menace pour les caméléons et pour la biodiversité en général dans l’île de Madagascar. Nos équipes travaillent en étroite collaboration avec les communautés locales et nos partenaires pour sensibiliser au sort de ces créatures étonnantes”, explique Richard Griffiths, chef d’équipe du Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), un projet de conservation de ces animaux lancé par le gouvernement du Royaume-Uni, la Société herpétologique britannique et l’ONG locale Madagasikara Voakajy. Le 5 mars 2011 à 12:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Cigarette électronique du succès auprès des fumeurs mais un impact qui fait

first_imgCigarette électronique : du succès auprès des fumeurs mais un impact qui fait débatLa cigarette électronique trouve de plus en plus d’adeptes auprès des fumeurs. Elle est en effet moins onéreuse et moins nocive que le tabac, ce qui séduit un grand nombre de personnes.C’est en 2005 en Chine que la cigarette électronique a fait sa première apparition. Les premiers modèles étaient alors en mesure de délivrer des doses de nicotine supérieures à une vraie cigarette. Mais le système a été révisé pour convenir aux fumeurs souhaitant réduire ou cesser leur consommation de tabac. Après cela, les clients ne se sont pas fait attendre et ont testé en masse ce nouveau système de sevrage tabagique. Ainsi, les utilisateurs seraient aujourd’hui un demi-million en France, d’après les fabricants mais une grande part des ventes se font sur internet et auprès de fournisseurs étrangers (les pharmacies n’en ont officiellement pas le droit). Certains ont même obtenu de très bons résultats. Une femme témoigne : “J’ai trouvé que la cigarette électronique était un bon compromis. Elle contient de la nicotine mais sans tous les autres produits nocifs [qu’on retrouve dans les patchs par exemple]. Et le geste de la cigarette reste là”. La “e-cigarette”, sans odeur ni feu remplace la fumée par une vapeur d’eau et l’incandescence de la cigarette par une diode rouge. Seule chose à acheter une fois le tube en sa possession : des recharges liquides. Autre avantage, fumer une e-cigarette (ou “vapoter”) dans les endroits publics n’a rien d’illicite. “Pour l’instant rien n’interdit à un prof de fumer sa cigarette électronique en classe, ou un chirurgien dans une salle d’opération”, indique Bertrand Dautzenberg, pneumologue à l’hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière. Trop peu de données sur l’impact à court et long terme “En tant que médecin je ne peux pas recommander la cigarette électronique. Mais je laisserais faire un gros fumeur qui veut s’y mettre. Avec la cigarette, c’est 50% de chances de se tuer. Avec la cigarette électronique, on ne sait pas trop mais a priori c’est moins”, estime-t-il cité par l’AFP. En tout cas, “aucune donnée ne fait penser qu’elle puisse arriver à la cheville de la cigarette en terme de toxicité”, indique le Pr Dautzenberg.De son côté, la tabacologue Nadia Lahlou a choisi de ne pas la recommander à ses patients estimant que “nous avons très peu de données sur son impact sur la santé à court, moyen et long terme”. Un avis partagé par l’Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament (ANSM) qui recommande pour le moment “de ne pas consommer ce produit” pouvant “induire une dépendance”, selon elle. En effet, bien qu’elle paraisse moins nocive, l’e-cigarette qui contient de la nicotine ne supprime en rien la possibilité de dépendance. À lire aussiPourquoi prend-on du poids quand on arrête de fumer ?Or, une étude réalisée à Paris auprès de 3.400 collégiens et lycéens montre que 12% des 15-16 ans l’ont déjà expérimentée (19% pour les 17 ans), dont une part importante qui n’avaient jamais fumé auparavant. Aujourd’hui, l’un des leaders du marché en France, Clopinette, dispose de 20 boutiques et prévoit 15 ouvertures d’ici avril en France, Italie et Espagne. “Sur un an, nous avons vendus plus de 100.000 coffrets [de e-cigarettes] et le double de flacons”, indique ainsi Karin Warin, co-fondatrice de la marque toujours citée par l’AFP.Une aide pour 75% des “vapoteurs”Selon elle, cela s’explique par le fait que “le prix de la cigarette est élevé et les composants de la cigarette font peur aux consommateurs qui cherchent une alternative”. Pour Benjamin Cohen, responsable d’une boutique spécialisée à Paris, l’e-cigarette est ainsi “clairement une aide au sevrage”. Selon lui, “au moins 75% des “vapoteurs” arrêtent totalement ou réduise des trois quarts leur consommation de tabac”. Une affirmation que confirme Michaël Amar, 35 ans : “Il m’arrive de fumer encore, une ou deux cigarettes dans des occasions, mais je n’en achète plus et j’économise 150 à 200 euros par mois”.De même, une étude citée par Clopinette indique que lors d’un essai de cigarette électronique réalisé en Dordogne sur des fumeurs ne souhaitant pas arrêter le tabac, 72% ont réussi sur trois mois à diminuer “fortement” leur consommation et 11% à arrêter totalement. Reste que selon le Pr Dautzenberg, ces produits souffrent d’une claire absence d’encadrement : pour l’heure, ils ne sont taxés qu’à seulement 19,6% contre 80% pour le tabac et risquent de devenir un “produit d’initiation au tabac” pour les jeunes.Le 4 février 2013 à 18:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Spring Cloud App Broker V1 Eases Development of Managed Services

first_imgSpring Cloud has introduced a new framework called Spring Cloud App Broker that aims to ease the development of Spring Boot applications that implement the Open Service Broker API, and the provisioning of those applications as managed services.The Open Service Broker API enables developers to provide “backing services” to applications running on cloud native platforms like Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry. The key component of this API is the Service Broker. A Service Broker manages the lifecycle of services, and the broker provides commands to fetch the catalog of services that it offers, provision and de-provision instances of the services, and bind and unbind applications to the service instances. Cloud native platforms can interact with the Service Broker to provision and gain access to the managed services offered by a Service Broker. For those familiar with OSGI, the Open Service Broker API is similar in spirit to the OSGI services, service references and service registry.Spring Cloud App Broker is an abstraction layer on top of Spring Cloud Open Service Broker and provides opinionated implementations of the corresponding interfaces. The Spring Cloud Open Service Broker is itself a framework used to create Service Brokers and manage services on platforms that support the Open Service Broker API.Spring Cloud App Broker can be used to quickly create Service Brokers using externalized configurations specified through YAML or Java Properties files. To get started, create a Spring Boot application and include the App Broker dependency to the project’s build file. For projects that use Gradle as the build tool, the following dependency should be added:dependencies { api ‘’}For illustration, say you want to define and advertise a service that provides Natural Language Understanding (NLU) features like intent classification and entity extraction, you would include the configuration using properties under as shown in this snippet:spring: cloud: openservicebroker: catalog: services: – name: mynlu id: abcdef-12345 description: A NLU service bindable: true tags: – nlu plans: – name: standard id: ghijk-678910 description: A standard plan free: trueInclude the Spring Cloud App Broker configuration using properties under as shown in this snippet:spring: cloud: appbroker: services: – service-name: mynlu plan-name: standard apps: – name: nlu-service path: classpath:mynlu.jar deployer: cloudfoundry: api-host: api-port: 443 default-org: test default-space: developmentUtilizing these configurations, Spring Cloud App Broker will take care of advertising the NLU service, and it will manage the provisioning and binding of the service.The project’s documentation describes the various service configuration options, customizations and deployment options. Note that as of now, Spring Cloud App Broker supports only Cloud Foundry as a deployment platform.last_img read more

Thin Reads Launches to Track EBook Singles Market

first_imgA new web-based e-book singles aggregator launched this week. Called Thin Reads and started by Howard Polskin, who left his executive vice president post at the MPA in December, it’s a consumer-facing database of e-book singles available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBookstore.E-book singles, defined as works of short fiction or non-fiction that are between 5,000 and 25,000 words long, have been a burgeoning market, one that has its fingers in magazine publishing as well. The Atlantic just formed a partnership with Longreads—and Hearst, Rodale and Condé Nast, among others, have all been selling e-books and e-singles for the last couple years. So far, Thin Reads has a database of more than 700 e-book singles dating back to 2010, from more than 150 publishers. Polskin is segmenting out data including title, pub date, publisher, author, description, length and retail platform.Early findings note that 54 percent of e-singles available in the Thin Reads database are “original” works, meaning they were created originally for the electronic platform.Conversely, Thin Reads data reveals that 12 percent of e-singles are “encore” works, meaning they’ve appeared previously in another format.last_img read more

Forest fire season starts for Quintana Roo

first_imgRiviera Maya, Q.R. — Forest fire season for the state of Quintana Roo has begun with brigades and equipment being tested. Alfredo Arellano Guillermo, the secretary of Ecology and Environment, says that the federal government values the riches of the Quintana Roo rainforests and its proper management and recognizes the environmental services provided by our forests worldwide. The Comité Estatal de Prevención, Control y Combate de Incendios Forestales 2019 en Quintana Roo has started operations in Quintana Roo with the administration of equipment tools for the 26 rural forestry brigades. He reports that last year, the state combated 35 forest fires that left an affected area of just over 6,800 hectares. They also reported 13 flyovers to help support firefighters on the ground. 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) The forest fire committee, which is responsible for the entire state, is composed of the National Forestry Commission, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection, the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas and the National Water Commission.center_img They say that they want to reduce the number of incidents this season, encouraging citizens to report fires to 911. Javier May, head of protection for the National Forestry Commission, explained that in Quintana Roo there are 137 official fire fighters and 260 rural brigadistas from the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment. “Without conservation, we are destined to fail and that is why we promote public policies for its preservation,” said Governor Carlos Joaquín. last_img read more

Comptroller Discusses Fading Threats to Secondary Market

first_imgComptroller Discusses Fading Threats to Secondary Market Conditions in the housing sector may have finally improved enough to bring life back to the securitization market, “”Comptroller of the Currency””: Thomas Curry said in remarks at the “”American Securitization Forum””:[IMAGE]Curry noted that the credit market has shifted dramatically in its efforts to prevent the practices that paved the way for the financial meltdown but has gone too far–an expected reaction, he said. However, as the market stabilizes, it will become important for lenders to adjust appropriately and find a balance.””The credit-availability pendulum has swung, as it was bound to do, in reaction to poor performance of the underlying assets, home price instability, and a lack of investor demand for anything other than a government guaranteed product,”” Curry said. “”As these factors abate, underwriting standards will need to find a new equilibrium of risk and reward for a sustainable mortgage market.””One of the most critical components in turning the picture around, he said, is “”[g]etting the securitization pipeline flowing again.”” There are two key prerequisites to achieve that: “”clear evidence of stability in the value of the underlying asset””–in other words, evidence that prices won’t drop out again–and a resolution of “”the legal and regulatory uncertainties that have kept many investors on the sidelines.””””We are starting to see signs of stabilization, with modest price increases in some markets and slowdown in foreclosures and defaults,”” Curry said of the first issue. “”Housing today is lending strength to the economic recovery, rather than sapping it.””As far as regulatory uncertainties go, the comptroller said clarity and predictability about regulatory policy “”is an area in which I believe we have made significant progress,”” pointing to the recent issuance of the long-anticipated “”qualified mortgage”” rule and the imminent release of release of the “”qualified residential mortgage”” (QRM) definition that will establish guidelines for safer asset-backed securities.Curry concluded by offering his assurance that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the other regulatory agencies involved in the formulation of the QRM definition are working hard to achieve their objectives: “”encouraging the availability of consumer credit on reasonable terms, facilitated by the secondary mortgage market, on the one hand, and sound credit market practices and investor protection on the other.”” in Data, Origination, Secondary Market January 29, 2013 830 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage-Backed Securities OCC Regulation Service Providers Sustainability 2013-01-29 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It’s now the second-longest running plot line in Arizona sports — the Cardinals and their search for a quarterback to at least somewhat capably fill the shoes of Kurt Warner.It’s been three seasons since Warner retired from the NFL, and though they’ve tried six different players in the role, most believe the Cardinals are still looking that guy.The 2013 NFL Draft is deep with names, but probably lacks a franchise-type quarterback that can fill the position for years to come. LISTEN: John Clayton, NFL Insider “Knowing that the 49ers probably don’t want (Smith to go to a division foe), the best thing to do is hang on to him and see if you can trade him to an AFC team, maybe the Cleveland Browns — I think the Browns would be the most interested,” Clayton said. 0 Comments   Share   That leaves free agency as the number-one option for the Cardinals in their search this offseason.One of the more intriguing players who could become available is San Francisco’s Alex Smith. The seven-year veteran lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick, who helped lead the 49ers to their first Super Bowl appearance in 18 years and is clearly the quarterback of the future for their franchise. San Francisco has said they’ll try to trade Smith rather than just release him and his $7.5 million salary (and $9.75 million cap hit) for 2013. They’ve also stated that if they can’t trade Smith, they’ll simply keep him — which most believe is just posturing.ESPN NFL insider John Clayton joined Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 620 Thursday, and said he believes the 49ers have a plan in place for Smith.“Oh, they’re bluffing in that way because they’re trying to get trade value and in some ways, they need to get trade value because I would have to think that if he’s released, he’ll make a beeline to Arizona and compete against the 49ers two times a year for the next several years,” Clayton said.Smith was the first overall pick of the 2005 draft by the 49ers, and struggled for his first five years in the league. But under the tutelage of head coach Jim Harbaugh, who took over the Niners in 2011, Smith has improved greatly. The former Utah QB has thrown for 4,881 yards and 30 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions over the last two years while racking up a 19-5-1 record as a starter. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter For more details on the promotion, click here. Qantas Frequent Flyer has formed a new partnership with TerryWhite Chemmart, enabling customers to earn Qantas Points under the pharmacist’s own loyalty scheme, REWARDS.The arrangement will see frequent flyers earn two Qantas Points per dollar when shopping at TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacies, along with bonus points incentives and special offers across product ranges.Existing Qantas Frequent Flyers who join the TerryWhite Chemmart REWARDS program will receive 1,000 Bonus Qantas Points when they spend $30 or more in one transaction on qualifying purchases at participating pharmacies within 90 days of joining.The new partnership stands to provide significant growth opportunities for the pharmacy business with close to 13 million frequent flyers chasing Qantas Points as part of the national carrier’s loyalty program.Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn Qantas Points on eligible purchases across the TerryWhite Chemmart network of pharmacies from Tuesday 30 August, 2019. Go back to the e-newsletter Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry.last_img read more

Actors Vanessa Lock left as Betsy DeVos Cole Si

first_img Actors Vanessa Lock, left, as Betsy DeVos, Cole Sitilides, center, and Jenny Waxman perform in the play “The Confirmation Hearing for the Secretary of Education” in Washington’s Arena Stage theater on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. In the play, about a dozen student actors from local high schools posed as frustrated Democrats and friendly Republicans to grill DeVos on the merits of public education, the role of the federal government in civil rights, and her family wealth. (AP Photo/Maria Danilova) DeVos play not meant as ‘cartoon or lampoon,’ producer says by Maria Danilova, The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2018 10:18 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 18, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img WASHINGTON – Guns in schools to protect students from grizzly bears? Betsy DeVos endured yet another rocky confirmation hearing in the Senate to become education secretary — this time on a theatre stage.In a play performed on Monday at Washington’s Arena Stage theatre, about a dozen student actors from local high schools posed as frustrated Democrats and friendly Republicans to grill DeVos on the merits of public education, the role of the federal government in civil rights, and her family wealth.“We are living in a time when people think they are looking for truth, but are being told there are alternative facts and, frankly, we are just trying to show facts,” Chris Burney, a co-producer of the show, said in an interview before the performance. “This is what was spoken, these are the words that were spoken, now that you know what the facts are, how do you engage with them?”The play, titled simply “The Confirmation Hearing for the Secretary of Education,” was part of “American Scorecard,” a series of dramatic readings of congressional transcripts by actors. Other shows in the series have been devoted to banking, the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election, and the confirmation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who later resigned.DeVos’ less-than-smooth performance at her confirmation hearing generated satire on television and social media and marked the start of her rocky tenure. After the hearing, two Republican senators joined the Democratic half of the Senate in voting against DeVos and it was only Vice-President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote that secured DeVos the job.Putting prominent public figures on the stage as part of documentary theatre is not new, said Jodi Kanter, a theatre professor at George Washington University. For instance, Anita Hill’s powerful testimony at the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991 also inspired a play.“It can be extremely valuable to people who are trying to make sense of the current political actors and how they got to where they are and what they are up to,” Kanter said.DeVos’ 3 1/2-hour hearing was condensed to under an hour, with roughly the same time given to Republican and Democratic senators. The play ended with excerpts from a speech DeVos went on to give as education secretary.DeVos was played by a professional actress while students, selected from educational theatre programs, were cast for their roles irrespective of age, gender and race of the character they were playing. Burney said that was meant to symbolize diversity and to amplify what was being said rather than who was saying it.The play contained some of the most awkward and contentious moments of the hearing, such as DeVos suggesting that guns may help protect rural schools from grizzly bears, and her struggle to distinguish between proficiency and growth when accessing student achievement.But the producers insist that their aim was not to criticize or ridicule, but to encourage dialogue and understanding.“We work really hard to make it so it’s not a cartoon or lampoon, but so that everyone who’s involved and every voice that’s heard is respected, so hopefully then people can find what do we share in common,” said Burney.“We personally did not try to paint DeVos any way, whether it’s a good or bad character,” said Henry Nieopoetter, a high school senior from Maryland. “Whatever the audience thinks they can now decide ’cause they are now knowledgeable.”Frank Kirmser, the Broadway producer who conceived the series, said American society has become deeply polarized. In New York, Kirmser said, she has heard people scream “Not my president” in reference to Donald Trump, “but the fact of the matter is, this is our president.”“So I think we all really need to listen and learn and move forward accordingly,” Kirmser said.The Education Department did not provide a comment for this story.last_img read more

November 8 2000 At the latest quarterly all site

first_imgNovember 8, 2000 At the latest quarterly all site meeting held at the library at Arcosanti,the project activity report was made and some community issues were discussed.Photo by: Jennifer Thorntonlast_img

17 MEPs slam Cyprus over aiding Putin against Browder laundering

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesTHREE days after Interpol dismissed for the fifth time a Russian arrest warrant against Hermitage Capital founder Bill Browder, a group of European Parliament deputies urged Cyprus, the single EU state cooperating with Russia on the matter, to reconsider its cooperation and to instead clamp down on illicit Russian funds.“We write to you with grave concern about the role that corrupt Russian government officials are playing in Cyprus in relation to the laundering of massive criminal schemes coming from Russia,” the 17 MEPs said in a joint letter to President Nicos Anastasiades dated October 26. “We are equally concerned that while Cyprus is neglecting its duties under the European directives to combat money laundering, the Cypriot government is actively assisting the Russian government in furthering human rights violations through assistance with politically motivated prosecutions, in contravention of its obligations under European conventions”.The European lawmakers told Anastasiades, who completed a three-day working visit in Moscow on Tuesday and held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, that they were “surprised and disheartened” over the island’s lack of action in investigating a tax theft exposed by lawyer Sergei Magnitsky nine years ago, “despite millions of dollars of those proceeds having been laundered through Cyprus”.“Cyprus has not prosecuted those involved in the $230m (€198m) fraud and money laundering despite the evidence of them holding assets in Cyprus,” the MEPs said. “Cyprus has stalled or significantly delayed mutual legal assistance to other EU countries which have been conducting investigations into the $230 million money laundering, most significantly France where it took two years for Cyprus to respond”.“Finally, at the same time as Cyprus is neglecting its obligations to investigate this crime and money laundering, Cyprus has been actively assisting the Russian government in politically motivated proceedings against Browder, the main person who is advocating for justice for Magnitsky,” who died in a Russian prison a year later after the police officials he implicated in the case arrested him and subjected him to torture, they said.Browder filed last month an application for an emergency injunction at the Nicosia District Court in an attempt to force Cypriot authorities to stop their cooperation with Russia in a case launched against him after he successfully advocated the adoption of legislation in the US targeting Russian nationals involved in Magnitsky’s death. The next hearing is set for November 6.In 2014, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution asking member states to adopt similar legislative measures like the US Magnitsky Act of 2012, and not to cooperate with Russia’s government in its vendetta against Browder.“While every other European country, Interpol and the Council of Europe have deemed the Russian proceedings against Browder to be politically motivated, your country has taken a contrary position, and agreed to provide assistance to a Russian politically-motivated process, clearly in violation of your obligations under the rule of law,” the deputies said.They include Ana Gomes, Pier Antonio Panzeri, Marju Lauristin and Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar of the socialist faction, the conservatives Anna Fotyga and Monica Macovei, the liberals Maite Pagazaurtundua Ruiz, Petras Austrevicius and Fredrick Federley, the greens Rebecca Harms and Judith Sargentini, and Christofer Fjellner, Bendt Bendtsen, Lars Adaktusson, Laima Andrikiene, Gunnar Hokmark and Sandra Kalniete of the European Peoples Party to which Disy, Anastasiades’s party is part of.“We were appalled to learn that Cyprus agreed to cooperate with the Russian government in the case against Browder despite the evidence of the high level of political direction and the political nature of those proceedings having been recognized internationally, including by the Council of Europe,” they said. “The Magnitsky case is the most emblematic case of corruption and human rights abuse in Russian modern history. The conduct of Cyprus in this case will have implications that go far beyond this case”.Five years ago, when Cyprus was facing its worst fiscal and banking crisis in its history, euro area members declined to bail out Cypriot banks on the grounds that the banks helped Russian oligarchs launder ill-gotten gains.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more