City selects realtor to sell former fire hall

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City has selected a realtor to sell the former Fort St. John Fire Hall at the corner of 100th Ave. and 94th St.At Monday’s meeting, Council reviewed a report from Strategic Services Director Moira Green on the topic of the Brokerage Selection for the sale of the former fire hall, located at 9407 100th Ave. Prior to reviewing the report, Councillor Trevor Bolin was given permission to leave the chamber, saying that his voting on the report’s recommendation made for a potential conflict of interest. Bolin himself is a licensed realtor, but did not submit a bid during the city’s request for proposals process.Green recommended that the City award the contract to realtor Ron Rogers of NorthEast BC Realty Ltd., as he was the proponent with the highest score. The two other bids submitted were from Kathy Miller of ReMax and Kevin Pearson with Century 21. The lot, which is located at the corner of 100th Ave. and 94th St. was most recently assessed by BC Assessment in 2016 with a value of $610,000. Rogers’ commission for the lot’s sale is set at five percent on the first $1 million and three percent thereafter, as per City Council Policy 134/17 – Sale of Strategic Lands.According to Green, the draft 2017 Official Community Plan designates the 100th Ave. corridor as a Major Corridor Development Permit Area. “Objectives for developments within this area are to enhance appearance through landscaping, prioritizing pedestrians and encourage high quality design,” said she in the report.last_img read more

Meeting HIVpositive UN staff Ban Kimoon vows to fight stigma

Mr. Ban said he was touched by the courage shown by the members of UN+, a group of staff living with HIV from across regions and UN agencies, as well as the directness with which they spoke about their lives.“I felt ashamed on their behalf,” Mr. Ban said later, referring to the discrimination that people living with HIV often face around the world, including in Asia and his own country, the Republic of Korea.The Secretary-General said that on his next trip to Asia he would visit an AIDS clinic or similar facility as part of efforts to speak up on behalf of those living with HIV and to help in the fight against the stigma.Mr. Ban’s meeting took place the same day the General Assembly began a session reviewing implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS, reached by UN Member States in June 2001.Assembly members concluded their discussion today, adopting a decision welcoming the Secretary-General’s recommendations – contained in his most recent report charting progress towards the Declaration – for setting national targets for achieving universal access to HIV prevention programmes, treatment, care and support.Since the pandemic emerged at the start of the 1980s, HIV has infected 65 million people around the world and claimed an estimated 25 million lives.In a related development, the UN-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced today that by mid-2007 more than one million people worldwide will be reached with antiretroviral (ARV) treatment under programmes it supports. This represents a dramatic rise on the estimated 544,000 who received ARV treatment in mid-2006.The Fund also announced that the number of insecticide-treated nets distributed to families facing the threat of malaria is expected to rise from 11.3 million last year to 30 million by next month.The number of tuberculosis cases treated under DOTS (directly observed treatment, short course) programmes is forecast to double to 2.8 million by the middle of this year. 22 May 2007Describing his meeting with HIV-positive United Nations staff yesterday as one of the most moving experiences of his life, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has vowed to step up efforts to eliminate the stigma that still surrounds AIDS sufferers in so many countries. read more

TSX closes lower in shortened trading session on stalled fiscal talks

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended lower on Monday as concerns about stalled talks over the U.S. federal budget dominated attention ahead of the Christmas holiday break.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 14.90 points to 12,370.80, in a shortened trading session that ended at 1 p.m. ET. The TSX Venture Exchange rose 7.89 points to 1,185.60.The Canadian dollar was at 100.88 cents US, up 0.22 of a cent.Attention was focused on a deadline for U.S. politicians to avoid a combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that will go into effect in the New Year. There’s a fear that the U.S. economy could be pushed into a recession of it goes over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”The Republican-dominated House has been at odds with the Democrat controlled White House and Senate over the best way to deal with the U.S. government’s huge deficits. The two sides have been unable to find a workable compromise.“People are just waiting to see what happens,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada.“Nobody really wants to go out and rock the boat at this point.”In commodities, the January crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange slid nine cents to US$88.57 a barrel.March copper was down 1.8 cents at US$3.55 a pound. February gold bullion dropped 40 cents to US$1,659.70 an ounce.On Wall Street, where markets also closed early, investors appeared to be staying cautious as the budget deadline nears.The Dow Jones industrials dropping 51.76 points to 13,139.08, the Nasdaq fell 8.41 points to 3,012.60 and the S&P 500 index was off 3.49 points at 1,426.66.North American markets will be closed for the Christmas Day holiday, and the TSX will also be closed on Wednesday for Boxing Day.Key U.S. lawmakers are already predicting that much of their holiday season will be spent in Washington. Many believe that the most that will be achieved is a stop-gap measure to avoid the federal spending cuts and broad tax hikes that would take effect Jan. 1 if no budget deal is reached.President Barack Obama said Friday that he is “ready and willing” to get a big package done to deal with the fiscal cliff, adding there’s no reason not to protect middle-class Americans from tax increases.Obama said spoke Friday with House Speaker John Boehner and met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He says Congress should pass a plan to extend tax breaks for the middle class and extend unemployment benefits.Senator Joe Lieberman said Sunday that it “It’s the first time that I feel it’s more likely we’ll go over the cliff than not,” following the collapse late Thursday of House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to allow tax rates to rise on million-dollar-plus incomes. Wyoming Senator Jon Barrasso, a member of the Republican leadership, predicted the new year would come without an agreement.In corporate developments, Chevron Canada Ltd. moved to acquire a 50% stake in a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal near Kitimat, B.C., in a series of deals that will Encana and EOG Resources, Inc. sell their parts in the project.The Chevron Corp. subsidiary and Apache Corp. (NYSE:APA) will share the project 50-50.Encana shares were down 47 cents at $19.66 in Toronto. In New York, Chevron slid 98 cents to US$108.63, EOG slipped 80 cents to US$122.77 and Apache dropped $1.32 to $78.68.Shares of Sears Canada Inc. were up 17 cents to $10.83 after the retailer said chief financial officer Sharon Driscoll, who has held the post since December 2010, will leave the company on Jan. 4 to pursue other interests.Most markets across Europe were only open for half a day and will only re-open again on Thursday. German markets, and others, were closed for Christmas Eve.Among those that were open, Britain’s FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed up 0.2% at 5,954.18 while the CAC-40 in France was down an equivalent rate at 3,652.61.Earlier in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng, closed up 0.1% at 22,531.51 while South Korea’s Kospi rose less than 0.1% to 1,981.82. Japanese markets were closed for the Emperor’s birthday holiday.The Canadian Press read more

McMaster may play role in Pan Am Games

Hamilton may be playing a bigger role in the 2015 Pan Am Games.McMaster University has confirmed that they are in talks with organizers of next year’s games to house some of the athletes who will be playing in Hamilton.Tim Hortons Field, which is still under construction, will host Pan Am soccer during the two-week period.The current plans have the 400 members of the 16 soccer teams commuting to and from the athletes village in Toronto, an estimated travel time of 90 minutes each way.This morning, Gord Arbeau, who is the director of public relations at McMaster, confirmed that games organizers contacted the university. Arbeau added that the university is absolutely open to hosting the athletes and their support staff but at this time the talks are preliminary.It’s believed that Pan Am officials have also been in touch with Mohawk College about using their facilities but Mohawk has not yet confirmed they too are in discussions to be part of next year’s games. read more

Professor to receive the Order of Canada

Dorothy Griffiths is receiving the Order of Canada.A Brock professor who has devoted her career to people with intellectual disabilities is receiving the Order of Canada.Dorothy Griffiths, a Child and Youth Studies and Applied Disabilities Studies professor, will receive the country’s highest honour at a ceremony later this year.Griffiths has spent years working to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, particularly those with mental health issues. But it never occurred to her that she’d be honoured at this level.“This award is shared with a lot of other people,” she said.Much of Griffiths’ work has helped Ontarians with intellectual disabilities return to the community after living in institutions. Her passion for the cause stems back to the late 1970s when, while working at a community living organization in southern Ontario, she visited an institution. She saw larger children in cribs. One was sitting in feces. They sat bored, catatonic and unengaged.“It was abysmal,” said Griffiths, who received the Order of Ontario in 2006. “I thought they should be living in the community, in homes just like ours.Slowly, the province has caught up with Griffiths’ vision. Over the past 30 years, the focus has shifted from institutional settings to a community living, where people with intellectual disabilities live in and contribute to their communities. The transition was complete in 2009, when Ontario’s last three institutions closed.Griffiths has made numerous contributions to the movement as a researcher and consultant. She is currently three years into a four-year research project initiated by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services that evaluates how reintegration has impacted the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. She is doing the research with Rosemary Condillac, Frances Owen, Jan Frijters and Maurice Feldman.Having people in the community, rather than in institutions, makes everyone’s lives richer, Griffiths said.“We’re all unique and we each have our own special gifts and weaknesses,” she said. “Why wouldn’t we want these citizens to be involved and contributing in our communities? It is all about rights.”Griffiths was a driving force behind the creation of Brock’s Centre for Applied Disability Studies. Before academia, she was director of the York Behaviour Management Program at York Central Hospital, where she developed an intervention model for people with intellectual disabilities who have challenging behaviours. She also developed treatments for people who engage in sexually inappropriate behaviours.She has represented Canada for 15 years on NADD (Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Challenges — North America) and is a founding member of NADD’s Ontario chapter.“Dorothy is an internationally recognized expert who has devoted more than 30 years to advancing services for and recognition of the rights of people with disabilities,” said Thomas Dunk, Dean, Faculty of social Sciences. “We are extremely proud and grateful to have her as a colleague.”Griffiths is among 50 new appointees to the Order of Canada. Others include Olympic gold medallist and hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser, author Malcolm Gladwell, and Samantha Nutt, co-founder of War Child Canada, who also holds an honorary doctorate from Brock. read more

VIDEO Ilija thank you for all – Emotional moment in Skopje

Ilija Abutovic ← Previous Story EHF CL: Pick Szeged still on 100%! Next Story → EHF CL: RK Vardar, PSG Handball and Pick Szeged are still unbeatable It was emotional and very nice when RK Vardar Skopje captain Stojance Stoilov gave T-shirt with sing “Ilija, thank you for all” to his ex-team-mate Ilija Abutovic before clash of his team with Rhein Neckar Lowen last night at Jane Sandanski.Abutovic took jersey with tears in his eyes as he was seven years a part of Macedonian handball project which brought RK Vardar at the TOP of Europe in summer 2017.Take a look…WATCH: Ilija Abutovic is back at @HCVardar tonight playing against his old teammates – but he still got a red and black shirt! #VARRNL #MOTW pic.twitter.com/3AllJ2XZEf— EHF Champions League (@ehfcl) October 6, 2018RK Vardar beat Rhein Neckar Lowen 29:27. There have been a lot of after-game reactions… read more

NEW FACE OF VESZPREM Mikler show in SAP Arena

4.Telekom Veszprem9504263:25510 1.Barcelona8701268:21514 3.Rhein-Neckar9504280:26710 Telekom Veszprém: Mikler, Sterbik – Manaskov 1, Ilic, Tonnesen 4, Gajic 2, Nilsson 3, Nagy 2, Marguc 1, Strlek 2, Terzic, Blagotinsek 1, Nenadic 4, Mahé 6 (4), Mackovsek 3, Lékai 2.Vive Kielce8602251:23312 7.Montpellier8116216:2393 ← Previous Story NBSC WORLD HANDBALL GOALKEEPER 2018? Next Story → NBSC WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2018: French-Spanish and PSG Handball domination Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Palicka, Appelgren – Schmid 1, Lipovina, Sigurdsson 1, Radivojevic 3, Tollbring 5, Abutovic, Mensah 6, Fath, Taleski 1, Guardiola 1, Petersson 1, Nielsen 1, Ganz, Kohlbacher 5 PHOTO: Voros David 6.Meshkov Brest8206214:2434 Roland Mikler showed tremendeous performance at SAP Arena, where host Rhein Neckar Lowen weren’t able to suffer third defeat in a row in seven days. Telekom Veszprem goalkeeper had 22 saves in important win of his team 29:25 (14:13).This is the second win in a row of Hungarian vice-champions at VELUX EHF Champions League. Now, Veszprem are again in the race for TOP 4 teams at the end of Preliminary Round.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – Telekom Veszprém 25:29 (13:14) Roland MiklerTelekom Veszprem STANDING: 5.Vardar8503225:21910 8.Kristianstad8116226:2723 read more

Sega confirms Dreamcast Collection for PS3360

first_imgThe other assumption we have to make is that these games will be in their original form, and not updated in any way. That’s because Sega is also selecting key titles and doing a HD update for re-release as a digital download on PSN and XBLA.Read more at GameInformer.comMatthew’s OpinionSega certainly has a lot of titles to choose from, but there’s quite a few that either aren’t popular or released just for the Japanese market. Still, if they put all those titles listed above on a disc it would certainly sell.I actually hope Sega don’t try and update the games included in this collection and just let us play them as they were originally created. I also hope that we aren’t limited to 3 or 4 games, and that this turns out to be a healthy selection of games. GameStop didn’t have a “Volume One” listed after the title, so I’m hopeful. Last month a new game listing appeared and quickly disappeared from GameStop’s website. The title of the game was Dreamcast Collection and it was being compiled/published by Sega. There were no details of what the collection would contain, but we know it is priced at $29.99.This week the Dreamcast Collection has been confirmed as real by Sega. Alan Pritchard, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Sega, referred to the collection as compiling some of the most popular games from the Dreamcast era.Unfortunately that’s all he said:The titles are still to be announced. The Ultimate Genesis Collection did huge numbers on PS3 and 360, so it’s an important part of our business. So we still don’t know what the games are, and whether it will only contain titles from Sega. We have to assume there won’t be any third-party games included, but that still gives the potential for a set of quality titles.Checking down the list of Dreamcast games on Wikipedia, we find 96 titles developed/produced by Sega. These include such classics as:SeamanSega GTSpace Channel 5Virtua Tennis 1/2Daytona USA 2001F355 Challenge: Passione RossaFighting Vipers 2Shenmue I/IIVirtua Cop 2Virtua Fighter 4Jet Grind Radiolast_img read more

Csection rates are on the rise in Ireland but age is a

first_img Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 6:03 AM Ireland’s c-section rate is average-to-high within the OECD, where countries like the Netherlands have rates almost 50% lower than Ireland. Italy has the highest rates of c-section in EuropeThe average age of mothers has increased from 30 in 1999 to 32 in 2014.The proportion of births-to-women aged 35 plus has increased from 20% in 1999 to 33% in 2014, a 65% increaseThe proportion of first births in the total decreased from 41% in 1999 to 39% in 2014The proportion of mothers with high blood pressure (including pre-existing) increased from 3.7% in 2005 to 4.4% in 2014The proportion of mothers with gestational diabetes increased from 1.3% in 2005 to 5.5% in 2014Use of vaginal birth after c-section has fallen significantly over time. C-section rates are on the rise in Ireland – but age is a considerable risk factor, says study The study investigated the factors driving the increasing use of CS using data on births recorded in the 19 Irish maternity units over the last 17 years. Oct 25th 2016, 6:03 AM 18 Comments Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3043517 Image: Shutterstock/UzFoto If we wish to maintain this record, we will need to invest to take account of adverse trends whilst constantly striving to coordinate and improve practice in Irish maternity services.The study’s findings were based on data on births recorded in the 19 Irish maternity units over the last 17 years.A conference taking place at the ESRI today will bring together leading researchers and practitioners in the field of maternal health to discuss the increasing use of caesarean section in Ireland and the associated risks for mothers and infants.The conference will discuss this recently published and ongoing research from a collaboration between researchers from the ESRI, the Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin and the UCD Centre of Human Reproduction at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital.Read: Midlands children in foster care can go months without seeing their siblings or birth familiesRead: Is sexual education in Ireland out of date?center_img 16,183 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/UzFoto A STUDY HAS found that the number of births delivered by caesarean section (c-section), has increased fourfold in the past 30 years.The study conducted by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), UCD and Trinity College Dublin, found that births by c-section has increased from 7% in 1984 to 13% in 1993 and 30% by 2014 (the latest year available).The increase in c-sections is a major reason why deaths among mothers and children in childbirth are a fraction of what they were in the past, as similar increases are evident across other OECD countries.ConcernsBut there are now concerns that the benefits of c-section may be outweighed by the increased clinical risks and economic costs that it carries.The primary reason why use of c-section has increased over time is that medical advances have made the operation much safer for the mother.But the research also shows that factors like the increasing average age of mothers, particularly first-time mothers and the clinical risks that this brings are crucial. Source: Shutterstock/Aliaksei SmalenskiOther research findings from the joint research initiative include: Policy Implications Source: Shutterstock/Africa StudioThe number of births in Irish maternity units increased from 54,000 in 1999 to over 76,000 in 2009 before falling to 68,000 in 2014 – a 26% increase.The average level of risk associated with mothers giving birth in Irish hospitals is increasing.However, funding and staffing levels in maternity services has not kept pace with either the number of births or the risk profile.Prof Michael Turner  from the UCD Centre for Human Reproduction said that:“Irish maternity units continue to deliver results which are among the best in the world. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share83 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

I never felt burdened by the pressure or expectation in Mayo I

first_img Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 10:00 AM Share10 Tweet Email1 Subscribe But what we did was we only got as close as that, we still didn’t manage to get over the line, but I do think the gap is closing on that. Will it be this year? Will it be 2020? Time will tell. I think there’s a number of teams that are certainly closing the gap or have the potential to do that.”With some of the best defenders in the game, Mayo were able to match-up with Dublin man-on-man all over the field in those ’16 and ’17 finals. Without giving away any state secrets, Rochford believes the day of beating Dublin with a blanket defence and swift counter-attack is long gone.“There’s a number of different facets of it, that’s maybe a bit for the GAA nerd. Dublin are so comfortable in a number of different styles, playing against or playing with themselves.“And all the details watching them, they have a kick-out strategy – and a lot of other teams will have as well – but theirs is such a winning formula based on their last four years. It becomes so much more distinct. Rochford was speaking at the launch of the AIB All-Ireland club finals. Source: Evan Logan/INPHO“So I don’t think you’ll beat Dublin – and I don’t think any team has got inside that six- or eight-point margin – by playing 13 guys behind the ball.“Because again, you’re giving quality footballers so much time on the ball that they’ll just pick you off. They’ll just isolate where the chink is.“One of the hardest things in the game is to maintain your level of concentration in those defensive situations. They just go and look to pick you off. I don’t think there is a blueprint to say, ‘This is how you beat them.’What you’re looking at is it’s a way that presents the best way to challenge them, but until somebody goes and beats them that will them become the way of doing things.”As he leans back into his chair to expand on his point, Rochford catches the eye of Cathal Cregg as the Roscommon forward walks past us down the hallway.Cregg, who works as provincial games manager for Connacht GAA, bagged a goal for Roscommon against, incidentally, the Dubs on Sunday afternoon.“Goal of the weekend!” Rochford directs at Cregg, before returning to his train of thought.“But to come back to it, Dublin have kept most teams at arm’s length in whatever style they’ve wanted to take them on. That’s how your respect for them grows in the ways they’re not fazed by it.I think the gap is certainly closing and I don’t know who that will be that’s going to be their closest competitor this year but I think that’s what makes the 2019 season fascinating.“It’s going to be historic one way or another, it’s going to be a five-in-a-row or it’s going to be the team that dethrones certainly the best team in modern football history. So everyone’s looking forward to it.”Before we look any further forward, the conversation is steered back to the past. Rochford’s tumultuous exit from the Mayo hot-seat arrived 58 days after they were dumped out of the All-Ireland qualifiers by Kildare. The Mayo squad warm-up in Newbridge. Source: James Crombie/INPHOLess than a fortnight earlier, Rochford had confirmed his intention to stay in charge for a fourth season. But on 27 August, he handed in his resignation over “a lack of support” from the board executive in relation to the new management team he’d put in place.Just like that, it was all over. Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s reign as Kerry boss ended early the same month. Following his departure and his revelations about the letters of abuse he received in the post, it sparked off a nationwide debate about the levels of scrutiny and criticism aimed at county managers.So, just how pressurised a job was being the Mayo manager?“I certainly would never have looked at it as a draining job,” says Rochford. “If that level of expectation wasn’t there what would it have actually meant in terms of where the team was at? So, with challenging at the top table comes a level of expectation, that’s just the nature of the animal. The opportunity to represent your club and your county is something that I take very, very personally and strongly. So I never felt burdened by the pressure or the expectation in Mayo. “I felt very, very honoured to be that person that represented the management. And, look, we had a number of very enjoyable days. And we had a number of days where, yeah, it was disappointing in terms of performances and some days just disappointing with the result having gotten so far. But that’s sport.“That’s why you saw Limerick absolutely overjoyed last year when they came out the right side of a one-point, close game. And I’ve no doubt that if Mayo come out that side of it or a Donegal or a Kerry in 2019 and stop Dublin getting the five-in-a-row, you’ll see unbridled joy. That’s why we’re all involved in sport. To dream of those days and to be involved in those potential days anyway.”Shortly after his resignation, Rochford appeared on Miriam O’Callaghan’s RTÉ Radio 1 programme to discuss his tenure. It led to an uncomfortable situation where O’Callaghan read out texts from listeners to Rochford.Even bringing Mayo to within touching distance of an All-Ireland title didn’t insulate him from condemnation.Many commended him on the job he’d done with Mayo, but inevitably some stinging criticism came his way too.  https://the42.ie/4527490 8 Comments 22,399 Views Mar 10th 2019, 10:01 AM center_img Short URL By Kevin O’Brien Stephen Rochford pictured at the launch of the AIB GAA Club Player Awards. Source: David Fitzgerald/SPORTSFILESaid one texter: “If he’s struggling to understand why he’s in this position now, playback this interview to him. He won nothing with Mayo, brought in no new players and brought nothing new to the table despite promising the sun, moon and stars. Cop on, Stephen.”Páidí Ó Sé’s ”the roughest type of f**king animals” comments spring to mind. “That expectation or that there’s a sort of a hysteria around it probably comes a little bit more from supporters,” says Rochford. “That’s not something we can control. “There’s a number of different elements to that. Social media now, wider media content and all of that makes the GAA just so much more…it’s a daily part of a paper or an online production or publication. So you just get on with it. The supporters are very much the fabric of what the GAA is about and I think it would be trying to dampen expectation which is a term, but I think you just sort of expect it and if you’re competing at the top table you understand that expectation is going to come with it.“Typically the culture of excellence or high performance, that’s what the players and the management or administration can look to control in that sense. At just 40, there’s no reason Rochford can’t a second-coming with Mayo similar to James Horan at some point down the line. After stepping down in 2014, Horan went away and furthered his coaching acumen.He stayed plugged into the game with his TV punditry work and undertook a Masters degree in coaching at UCC, while also studying various other sports. James Horan has returned to the role as Mayo boss. Source: Evan Logan/INPHORochford doesn’t rule out a return to the Mayo job, although it’s not something he sees happening ”in the short or medium term.”“Look, as a Mayo person I wouldn’t rule that necessarily out,” he says. “But I wouldn’t envisage it happening anytime soon.“I’m above in Donegal now and I’m really enjoying working with a really energised, ambitious, playing group with a lot of potential there along with a very seasoned and experienced management team. “It’s the Donegal job that’s my focus now, not sort of bettering myself for another coming in Mayo. It’s not something that’s on my radar in the short or medium term. “But, look, nobody knows what’s happening or what’s coming around the corner or what things may develop in ten years’ time or something like that. But I don’t see it happening any time soon.”He has watched Horan’s return to the role with interest from distance. The heavy loss to Dublin at Croke Park last month was the first time Rochford brought his son to see the county play.“It was an opportunity to bring my young lad to a Mayo game,” he says. “I haven’t had the opportunity to do that previously, funnily enough. “That was nice, but it wasn’t the result that we were looking for. I saw the game against Roscommon on TV and I watched the game, the Galway game, over the next week or so. “(I’ve seen) one or two bits on highlights. But, you know, they’ve positioned themselves in a good position. Obviously winning the first three games they had good momentum. That’s come a little bit unstuck in relation to the last two performances.“But I’ve no doubt they’ll be rallying the troops and getting themselves ready for Tralee (to play Kerry next weekend). I’d expect a higher level of performance, certainly going to Tralee. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“The last time they played in Tralee they won that game, so they’re used to going down there and giving a good, strong performance. We’ll wait and see.”Some comparisons were drawn between Mayo’s recent 1-12 to 0-7 defeat to the All-Ireland champions and the 1-16 to 0-7 beating Dublin dished out during the 2017 league during Rochford’s reign.“Certainly in 2017, we were probably only back training in January. So that’s probably why the last day’s performance is a bit more surprising on the back of having won the first three games, there was good momentum gathered. I think the guys that week would have trained in Dublin. I think they came collectively to Dublin and trained in the week coming up to it and getting a similar surface to Croke Park.“But Diarmuid (O’Connor), Chris Barrett, Cillian O’Connor – all those guys missing. All important players for that group. They’re all due to come back. Kevin McLoughlin came off the bench that night.“So they’ve a nice bit of experience and quality still to come into the team. Some of those guys may return for the Kerry game and I’d be expecting them to lift themselves and give a really strong account of themselves in Tralee.”For now, he’s very content with Donegal. It meant a return to what many consider to be Rochford’s best quality, his coaching on the training field.Within a couple of months of leaving Mayo, a phone call came from Declan Bonner to gauge his interest in joining his coaching ticket with the Ulster champions. I didn’t do it within 24 hours. I think people need to remember that it wasn’t a case that I wasn’t committed to being involved with a team. In a planning sense we’d looked that I was going to be involved with a team in 2019.“I’d said immediately afterwards that I would be involved with a team in 2019 – I didn’t whether that was going to be club or inter-county. But then when a team with the quality and potential that Donegal have and bring, that makes that decision a lot clearer.   Declan Bonner and Rochford. Source: Evan Logan/INPHO“Then it was just looking at the logistic elements of what that were, were they feasible? Plus the position as a coach, it doesn’t have the intensity of what the ask as a manager would have.“When you’re dealing with media, the county board, medical teams and players. It’s very distinct and you know very much what the expectations of your role is as the coach. In that, I was very happy to make that. Declan presented a very attractive picture and obviously the vision for his team and the potential that he’d seen close-up. He would have known a lot of these players since minor and U21.“So bringing all those bits together, probably over a three-week period, a bit of talking and sensing around the opportunity that was there, things came together and the rest is history.”He confirmed Donegal are expecting star midfielder Odhran MacNiallais back prior to the summer. After Gaoth Dobhair’s exit at the All-Ireland club semi-final stage in February, MacNiallais indicated he’d take some time out of football.His physical and emotional reserves were empty after losing close friend Micheál Roarty in the tragic Donegal road accident the previous month, but Rochford is looking forward to MacNiallais’s return at some stage over the coming months.“Himself and Declan would have spoken at the tail end of January around the start of the National League and it was a case that there was no expectation that Odhran was going to immediately return after the club.But my understanding is that we’ll be seeing him sooner rather than later. The quality player that he is we’ll look forward to having him amongst the ranks, be that for the last two National League games or else the championship preparations for Fermanagh.”It remains a distinct possibility that Donegal and Mayo will clash in the championship later this season, a prospect Rochford says he hasn’t given much thought to. “I suppose that’s something that you won’t know until it happens. I wouldn’t like it to be in the back door because I wouldn’t like to be there in the first place.“If it’s in the Super 8s or a more advanced position, so be it, it means both teams are positioning themselves well. “So, look, if that materialises, I won’t have a particular problem with it and certainly would look to embrace the opportunity or challenge that it would present at that time.”If it does transpire, he’ll take it in his stride.Just like he’s always done.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Stephen Rochford pictured before his last game in charge of Mayo. Source: James Crombie/INPHOSTEPHEN ROCHFORD CUTS a relaxed figure as he sits down for an interview in the hallway of Croke Park’s sixth floor, beside some of the busiest conference rooms at the Drumcondra venue.Rochford is in town for AIB’s All-Ireland club championships finals media day, where his former club Corofin are bidding to retain their crown against 2017 champions Dr Crokes. He’s extremely familiar with the Galway kingpins, having led the majority of the current panel to All-Ireland club success in 2015. He was just 36 when he managed Corofin to that victory and was considered one of the brightest young coaches in the game.The four years since then have passed in the blink of an eye.His three seasons in charge of Mayo included trips to the All-Ireland final in 2016 and 2017, where they came within a point of Dublin both times.It’s nearly impossible to have a conversation with a man like Rochford without the four-in-a-row champions cropping up at some point.For many pundits, those All-Ireland finals were the peak of this Mayo team. Rochford’s side were one of the very few sides who visibly grew in stature when they faced Dublin in the championship.It was the defining rivalry of this decade and only for two desperately unfortunate own goals in the drawn 2017 decider, Mayo might have delivered Sam Maguire already. It’s put to Rochford that no manager has come closer than him to beating this Dublin team since their present run began.“That’s a great label to have,” he laughs self-deprecatingly. Stephen Rochford after the All-Ireland final replay defeat to Dublin in 2017. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOHe’s since decamped to Donegal as a coach under Declan Bonner. Along with his very obvious coaching acumen, Rochford’s years of study on the champions have been added to Donegal’s repertoire. While he never managed a victory against Jim Gavin’s side, he has his thoughts on the best way to go about it.“You have to respect Dublin and the quality they have but you can’t go into your shell about it because they’ll absolutely annihilate you,” he says. “The same as with a soccer team, possession is nine-tenths of the law.“If you don’t go and look to battle for that ball as much as the opposition, you’re going to find yourself on the back foot. So what you’re really looking to play is the margin of your defeat, not necessarily going to win it. In any of those championship games we played against Dublin it was always with a view to going out and winning the game.  ‘I never felt burdened by the pressure or expectation in Mayo. I never looked at it as a draining job’ Stephen Rochford chats about the turbulent end to his job in charge of his native county and the decision to join Donegal as coach. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Friday Afternoon Update Smoke From The Swan Lake Fire Expected To Shift

first_imgThe portions of the fire south of Sterling Highway remain the most active. Fire is backing and flanking through heavy fuels. Fire movement is more dependent upon available fuels. Fuel loading varies across the landscape. Primarily a surface fire burning in downed fuels. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Noon Update: The Swan Lake Fire is now estimated at 144,132 acres with an increase in staff of 398 boots on the ground and crews in the air. The fire remains at 20% containment. The firefighting resources of the Swan Lake Fire were bolstered on Thursday with the addition of five hand crews.The easterly winds that were experienced on the fire Thursday will shift out of the northwest by Friday afternoon. As a result, there may be some improvements with smoke and visibility for the day towards Sterling, while Cooper Landing will likely experience heavier smoke today. “Fire managers will monitor the increase in river flows and plan firefighting activities accordingly. Safety of the public and firefighters remains the number one priority for the team”, according to the most recent fire update. The goal for Friday is for crews to minimize overall fire spread south of the Sterling Highway, southeast towards Cooper Landing, and southwest towards Sterling. Good news going into the weekend as the Sterling Highway has remained consistently open. Motorists should still expect delays between MP75 and MP53, and be prepared for sudden closures due to both smoke and fire fighting activities. Continued updates will be posted as they are made available. A total of six boats will be used to shuttle crews across the Kenai River to work in the Surprise Creek area, and crews will continue their work northeast along the Resurrection Trail. The Kenai and Russian rivers will rise over the next four days due to a jokulhaups (glacial outburst flood).last_img read more

Huawei founder says daughters arrest was politically motivated

first_img Huawei Security Tech Industry Tags Here’s what photos from the Huawei Mate 20 Pro look like Now playing: Watch this: 1:11 Ren also dismissed allegations that his company’s products were being used to spy for China through built-in backdoors allowing intelligence agents to access data, the main reason for a US ban on Huawei networking equipment.”Absolutely not possible. And also, we never participate in espionage and we do not allow any of our employees to do any act like that,” he said. “And we absolutely never install backdoors. Even if we were required by Chinese law, we would firmly reject that.”When the interview turned to the topic of Tappy, a T-Mobile robot his company was accused of dismembering in order to steal its secrets, Ren was adamant that Huawei would “never reward any employee for improper actions.””Definitely I punish employees for improper behavior, because if you don’t do that, a company of this scale, how can we survive?” he said. “And our company highly respects intellectual property.” Share your voice FBI director slams Huawei and ZTE phones In his first-ever television interview with an American journalist, @Huawei’s CEO Ren Zhengfei tells @biannagolodryga he thinks his daughter’s arrest was “politically motivated.”Ahead on @CBSThisMorning 7-9 a.m. pic.twitter.com/1ymn83dvmj— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 20, 2019 Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s founder and president, denies allegations that his company’s products were being used to spy for China. Fabrice Coffrini / AFP/Getty Images Huawei founder and president Ren Zhengfei says that his daughter’s  December arrest was “politically motivated.” The boss of the scandal-scarred Chinese telecom company told CBS This Morning, in an interview that aired Wednesday, that he couldn’t elaborate on the contention until “after the court makes its decision,” echoing a point he made to the BBC earlier this week. (Note: CNET and CBS This Morning are both part of CBS.)Ren’s daughter, Meng Wanzhou, is Huawei’s CFO. She was arrested in Canada at the request of the US over alleged violation of Iran sanctions. A court will decide whether she can be extradited to the United States.Huawei is a leading provider of networking and telecommunications equipment, as well as the world’s second-largest phone manufacturer by volume. It has struggled to make a dent in the US, partly because of allegations by the US government that Huawei may pose an espionage threat. Those worries come at the same time that the US and China are engaged in a standoff over tariffs. Comments 41 Photos Ren downplayed his company’s importance in the trade tensions between China and the US.”I think both China and the United States are of large scale. And while those powers clash, our company is as small as a tomato,” Ren said. “We do not carry that big weight, and neither does Miss Meng Wanzhou. And I don’t think Meng Wanzhou has anything to do with the clashes between the two powers.” 3last_img read more

The Inventor of the Hololens Just Left Apple EXCLUSIVE

first_imgAR/VR pioneer and Hololens co-inventor Avi Bar-Zeev left Apple last month, Variety has learned. Bar-Zeev had been working on Apple’s augmented reality headset, which the company has been developing in secret for a possible 2020 launch.Bar-Zeev confirmed his departure when contacted by Variety, saying: “I left my full-time position at Apple in January. I had the best exit one can imagine. I have only nice things to say about Apple and won’t comment on any specific product plans.” He added that he planned to consult in the AR space while “noodling” on the next big thing.Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Bar-Zeev has been working in the AR/VR space for close to three decades. Back in the ’90s, he was part of a team at Disney that worked on some early VR experiences for the company’s theme parks, including “Aladdin’s Magic Carpet” VR ride. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img He then went on to co-found Keyhole, the company that later got acquired by Google to become the foundation of Google Maps. After a brief stint at Linden Lab, Bar-Zeev worked for four years at Microsoft.“He helped found and invent Hololens at Microsoft, assembling the very first AR prototypes, demos and UX concepts, sufficient to convince his leadership,” according to his LinkedIn bio.Bar-Zeev later recalled that in those early days, immersive computing was still a bit of a tough sell. “Needless to say, at the time, AR was a giant ball of risk. Few people understood the potential or the actual time to market,” he wrote on his blog back in 2016. “AR was not nearly at that point of confidence. Far from it, it was more likely to cost a billion than earn it anytime soon.”Bar-Zeev joined Apple in June of 2016. The company hasn’t publicly discussed its AR hardware efforts, but the AR/VR pioneer has widely been reported to be part of the company’s team to build an AR headset. On LinkedIn, he described his work at the company this way:“Lead experience prototyping (XP) team for a new effort. Developed key prototypes to rapidly prove concepts, explore, educate and build support. Developed user stories and technical requirements for the long-term roadmap, while working across design and engineering to ensure success.”Apple has been working on a headset that combines AR and VR in the same device, Cnet reported last year. The headset could ship as early as 2020, according to that report.last_img read more

Tesla Model S 70 is the first car to have premium DLC

first_imgElectric car maker Tesla is more heavily reliant on software updates than any other company in its industry. When it needed to mitigate the risk of damage to the battery while driving at highway speeds, it sent out a software update. Self-driving features? That’s a software update. However, some model S owners are being asked to pony up cash for the latest update, which unlocks extra capacity that was secretly built into their batteries. Yes, Tesla has invended car DLC. The affected consumers are those who bought a Model S 70 in the last month or so. The 70kWh batteries in their cars are actually 75kWh batteries. They’ve just been software limited to only charge to 70kWh. For the low, low price of $3,000, Tesla will send an OTA update to your vehicle that unlocks the extra 5kWh of capacity. That’s equivalent to about 19 miles of additional driving. Future purchases of the car will be able to pay $3,250 for the same upgrade. It doesn’t really seem like a substantial improvement for a few thousand dollars, especially when you paid at least $71,000 for the car in the first place. In the realm of video game DLC, this would be like paying $7.99 for content that didn’t add any new areas to the game, but instead included a few moderately interesting side-quests. Is it worth it? Eh, maybe if you really love the game. According to Tesla, the new 75kWh batteries are the only ones they’ll be producing for the S 70 variant. It’s just cheaper to make one battery and sell the OTA update to the larger capacity. The company will still make 90kWh batteries that are different on the hardware level. This is not technically the first time Tesla has sold an OTA. Owners of the old 40kWh Model S were offered the option of paying $8,500 to upgrade that cell to 60kWh. However, that only happened after the S 40 was discontinued and the range increase was substantial. This one feels more like a marketing decision.last_img read more

Satellite WiFi connectivity and 3 new Europe routes for Air Canada

first_imgTags: Air Canada, Bucharest, Paris, Schedule, Zurich Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Satellite WiFi connectivity and 3 new Europe routes for Air Canada Friday, June 8, 2018 center_img Share MONTREAL — Air Canada is offering more connectivity in more ways than one, with new flights taking off to Zurich, Paris and Bucharest as well as new satellite connectivity on all international flights.The new satellite connectivity will debut on Air Canada’s international wide-body 777-300ER aircraft, making it the first Canadian airline to offer Internet services that enable customers to stream TV shows and movies on their own devices.“Air Canada customers on international wide-body flights will have access to the fastest internet service available on any Canadian carrier. Air Canada WiFi will make traveling more enjoyable whether you’re connecting with family and friends, watching a favorite movie or TV program on the Internet, or scrolling through your social media feeds,” says Benjamin Smith, Air Canada’s President, Passenger Airlines.The speed and reliability of Air Canada WiFi will also make it a boon for business travellers, he added.Air Canada Satellite WiFi is now available on the airline’s B777-300ER aircraft and on Air Canada Rouge’s narrow-body fleet. The entire Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge wide-body fleet – including the Boeing 777-200LR, 787-8/9 and Airbus 330 and Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER – is scheduled to be equipped with the system by mid-2019.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesCustomers can choose from a selection of WiFi packages to suit their needs and Air Canada is offering introductory pricing for the service starting at $5 on the airline’s B777-300ER fleet until Aug. 31. Passengers can see if a flight has WiFi available by an icon displayed at time of booking or, for upcoming flights, by checking out aircanada.com/wifi.Air Canada and Air Canada Express also offer customers WiFi connectivity through a ground-based system provided by Gogo on their narrow-body A319/320/321, Embraer 175/190 and Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft within North America.Meanwhile Air Canada’s newest routes amidst a long list of destinations launching this month include nonstops out of Vancouver to Zurich and Paris, representing Air Canada’s fourth and fifth European destinations from YVR.The Zurich flights started yesterday and the Paris flights start today, on B787 Dreamliners.To Zurich, flight AC802 departs Vancouver at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Zurich the next day at 7:55 a.m. On the way back, flight AC803 departs Zurich at 10:05 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Vancouver at 10:25 a.m.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJTo Paris, flight AC806 departs Vancouver at 12:45 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Paris the next day at 7:40 a.m. On the return leg, flight AC807 departs Paris at 9:25 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, arriving in Vancouver at 10:20 a.m.Air Canada has also launched its new Montreal-Bucharest flights. The arrival of AC1928 at Bucharest’s Henri Coanda International Airport marks the launch of the twice weekly seasonal service with Air Canada Rouge, running through Oct. 5.Flight AC1928 flies out of Montreal at 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, arriving in Bucharest the next day at 9:55 a.m. On the return, flight AC1929 leaves Bucharest at 1:45 p.m., arriving in Montreal at 4:20 p.m. Travelweek Group last_img read more

Legislative Assembly delays announcement of top candidates for Ombudsmans Office

first_imgMembers of the legislative appointments commission this week were supposed to issue a list of the three top candidates to lead Costa Rica’s Ombdusman’s Office. But the announcement of those names was pushed back to Monday because one of the top five applicants was absent.Lawmakers pared down an initial list of 98 candidates to five, most of whom were interviewed this week.The commission’s president, Ottón Solís, from the ruling Citizen Action Party, confirmed that the top five candidates are: Cristian Campos, Ericka Hernández, Yanis Quesada, Montserrat Solano and Ricardo Hernández. But Solano, a journalist who lives in the Netherlands, will arrive in Costa Rica over the weekend and will be interviewed early on Monday.Solís said commision members evaluated all 98 candidates in a detailed process.“The selection of finalists was based on evaluations to determine their leadership skills, abilities, experience in public office and thoughts on human rights and ethics, among others,” he said.The Ombudsman’s post has been vacant for over a month following the resignation of Ofelia Taitelbaum on July 7, after lawmakers and Judicial Investigation Police announced they would open an investigation into allegations that she had committed tax fraud and identity theft.In addition, Assistant Ombudsman Luis Fallas ended his term on April 28, and lawmakers have yet to appoint his replacement.The absence of top officials at the Ombudsman’s Office has led to the accumulation of 370 unresolved complaints as of this week, the agency reported on Wednesday. Facebook Comments Related posts:Lawmakers announce top three candidates to lead Ombudsman’s Office New ombudswoman will prioritize complaints against hikes in utility rates, fuel prices Naming a new ombudsman could take weeks, Costa Rica Assembly president says Lawmakers elect Montserrat Solano as Costa Rica’s new ombudswomanlast_img read more

Boulder falls on car kills 6 pilgrims in Vietnam

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Local authorities are investigating the incident.Khon said the road to the pagoda opened in 2004 and attracts thousands of visitors each year.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – An official says a boulder the size of a house has fallen from a mountain in Vietnam, smashing a car and killing six people who were on a religious pilgrimage.Village official Keo Khon says five people including the driver died at the scene Saturday in southern An Giang province. Another passenger died while being evacuated and two others remain hospitalized.Khon said Monday that the eight pilgrims were heading home after visiting mountaintop pagodas when the large boulder broke loose and tumbled toward the road. Photographs from the scene show that their silver car was utterly mangled.center_img Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

Housing Markets Mixed as Debt Talks Splinter

first_img Share Housing Markets Mixed as Debt Talks Splinter in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing As splintering debt-ceiling negotiations unnerved analysts and ratings agencies, Treasury yields and mortgage rates remained relatively stable over the weekend, reflecting a widespread consensus among investors and market watchers that partisan divisions would soon give way to a grand bargain between policymakers. Even so, some housing analysts warn that a default scenario would increase the debt burden for homeowners, shut down government services in the housing sector, and endanger the economy with a double-dip recession.[IMAGE]””CNN””:http://edition.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/07/26/debt.talks/ reported Sunday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) refused to agree to a set of conditions at the “”White House””:http://www.whitehouse.gov/, bringing dramatic four-month-long negotiations to a tenuous standstill.On Monday “”President Barack Obama””:http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama fired the latest salvo in the imbroglio, giving a national address that called attention to the multi-trillion-dollar national debt and laid the blame for a breakdown in talks at the feet of Republican lawmakers. If the national debt continues to rise, “”[b]usinesses will be less likely to open up shop and hire workers in a country that can’t balance its books. Interest rates could climb for everyone who borrows money ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the homeowner with a mortgage, the student with a college loan, the corner store that wants to expand,”” he said.Obama attributed the collapse in negotiations to “”a significant number of Republicans in Congress are insisting on a cuts-only approach ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô an approach that doesn’t ask the wealthiest Americans or biggest corporations to contribute anything at all.””The high-level negotiations collapsed on the heels of decisions by prominent ratings agencies “”Moody’s Investor Services””:http://www.moodys.com/ and “”Standard & Poor’s””:http://www.standardandpoors.com/home/en/us to place the U.S. AAA credit rating under review in anticipation of a default on sovereign debt come August 2.Despite the high drama, Treasury yields remained relatively stable Monday, with 30-year fixed-rate Treasuries bobbing at 4.31 percent, slightly up from 4.26 percent Friday, and five-year fixed-rate Treasuries steady at 1.55 percent, a few percentage points above 1.53 percent from last week.Why the stability in a sea of debt-ceiling uncertainty?Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/, says that stable Treasury yields shows that “”the markets don’t seem to be quite worried”” about a debt default scenario. “”Treasury yields would rise sharply if people thought there would be a default. It will all be sorted.””””Do I think the [U.S.] will default on [its] debt? No,”” writes Bob Walters, chief economist for “”Quicken Loans””:http://www.quickenloans.com/, in a recent “”Bankrate””:http://www.bankrate.com/ article. “”But if they [policymakers] don’t start making substantial progress soon we should look for interest rates to start to moving higher.””Heather Boushey, a senior economist with the “”Center for American Progress Action Fund””:http://www.americanprogressaction.org/, says differently. Giving testimony before the Congressional Democratic and Steering Committee, Boushey said that in a debt default scenario “”bondholders will likely require higher interest rates on U.S. Treasuries├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª eliminat[ing] nearly 650,000 jobs”” in the economy.Boushey said that a spike in Treasury rates by as few as 0.5 percentage points would increase the debt burden for U.S. households, send up 10-year Treasury rates by half a percentage point, and cause “”a jump in the mortgage rate equal to 0.66 percentage points, the highest levels since 2008.””Her conclusion: “”The U.S. housing market would most likely experience a severe double-dip contraction marked by much-lower home sales and depressed house prices.””Speaking to _MReport_, Boushey says that soaring interest rates would crimp credit, making it more costly for homebuyers wanting to refinance their loans or purchase new homes. She says that fewer loans and financing opportunities would freeze certain demographics out of the market. Plunging home prices would likely benefit first-time homebuyers but adversely impact sellers, she adds.[COLUMN_BREAK]””It would certainly not be a good thing for mortgage rates if we actually defaulted,”” she says.In a past interview with _MReport_, Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist at “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/, agreed that a debt default scenario “”would not be good”” for the housing recovery and mortgage markets.He said that a default would “”cause long term interest rates to move sharply higher. It would lead to a spike upward in Treasury yields, and if Treasury yields move up sharply it will cause mortgage rates and Treasury yields to move up considerably.””Somewhat reflective of stable Treasuries, the GSE recently released a report signaling a slight uptick in 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, from 4.51 percent the week before to 4.52 percent Thursday. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage hovered at 3.65 percent.””In the event of a debt default, Treasury yields would rise sharply and that would increase mortgage rates substantially,”” Dales agrees. “”That wouldn’t help the housing market because it is quite fragile at the moment.””According to some analysts, mortgage rates may not be the only figures to ride the default wave upward. David Min, associate director for financial markets policy at the left-leaning “”Center for American Progress””:http://www.americanprogress.org/, published a recent paper alleging a possible shutdown of the “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/fhahistory (FHA) as a result of the federal government’s need to prioritize essential services.The FHA is “”a key source of mortgages, particularly for first-time homebuyers and other demographic groups who are critical for restoring some equilibrium to our still-ailing housing markets,”” he wrote, adding that the FHA accounts for almost 40 percent of mortgage purchases, according to a “”HUD””:http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD report on single-family mortgage originations for the third quarter last year.””Any extended suspension of FHA lending activities due to a freeze on nonessential government services would cause the housing markets to lock up and prices to potentially free fall, particularly at the lower end of the market where younger, lower-income, and first-time homebuyers are critical,”” he added. “”It would also be devastating for those neighborhoods hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis, effectively squashing any hopes of a recovery.””Min told _MReport_ that he reached his conclusions in off-the-record conversations with undisclosed HUD employees. “”My understanding is that the folks at the FHA are expecting”” a shutdown, he said. “”This would be a White House decision at the end of the day.””A HUD spokesperson declined to comment on the potential for a shuttered FHA for a previous story.Min and Dales agreed that GSEs Freddie and “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/ would feel a nominal impact in a debt default scenario, with spikes in mortgage rates likely crimping their servicing activities.Mark Calabria, director of financial regulation studies at the conservative-leaning “”Cato Institute””:http://www.cato.org/, disagreed with Min’s assessment, claiming the government will continue to receive revenue in absence of a debt-ceiling deal.The Obama administration “”can pay the FHA or not, that’s their decision,”” he says.Calabria expresses concern over rising Treasuries. “”If the U.S. doesn’t stand by Treasuries, it’s pretty likely it won’t stand by Fannie and Freddie,”” he says. “”So go Treasury ratings, so go Fannie’s and Freddie’s, which may potentially raise rates. If there is a downgrade [by ratings agencies], since borrowing is pegged on Treasuries, mortgage rates will go up.””I expect [buyers and sellers] to avoid closing the first week of August”” if the government defaults on its debt, Calabria adds, dismissing government involvement in the mortgage markets.””I don├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ót look at the government to have a role to take from buyers and give to sellers or take from sellers and give to buyers,”” he says. “”A spike in mortgage rates will not impact home prices.””One Republican lawmaker feels comfortable with lower credit ratings for the country in the instance of a debt default.””Until we stop spending more, we should be downgraded,”” “”_The Hill_””:http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/173261-rep-issas-not-concerned-about-credit-rating reports Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) as saying.Public officials have until August 2 to raise the debt ceiling, which currently sits at $14.294 trillion. According to “”NPR””:http://www.npr.org/, lawmakers need to introduce legislation this week in order to raise the ceiling, as House and Senate debate rules require certain hours.center_img July 26, 2011 443 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Fannie Mae FHA First-Time Homebuyers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Home Prices Home Sales HUD Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Refinance Service Providers The Cato Institute 2011-07-26 Ryan Schuettelast_img read more

Interior ministry approves formation of Russian Party

first_imgThe formation of a new party named ‘I the Citizen’ (EOP) has been approved by the interior ministry and is expected to be officially unveiled next week, the Cyprus Mail has learned.Widely referred to in Greek-Cypriot media as the ‘Russian Party’, the EOP’s leader is a man named Alexei Voloboev, reportedly the owner of a restaurant in Limassol who has been granted Cypriot citizenship.The application to register a new party was filed with the ministry in May and, in the meantime, the party founders have been laying down the groundwork, including the creation of Twitter (@EOP_CYPRUS), Instagram (@eop.cyprus) and Facebook (@EOP.Cyprus) accounts.The few posts uploaded on the party’s social media so far are links to press stories about its founding and its logo.The party’s mission statement is listed on social media as ‘the unification of citizens of Cyprus with modern views into a single political party’.It is understood that the party is backed by Cyprus-based Russian businessmen, although spokesman Demetris Michalokakos has told local daily newspaper Phileleftheros that it has been embraced by ‘many Cypriots’.According to the spokesman, Cypriots and European citizens may join the party.The aim of the new party is to introduce radical improvements to the business aspects of public life, including slashing red tape, developing new technologies and e-government and re-directing the economy towards growth.At this point, the party plans to enter the elections arena in the 2019 European parliament elections.With regard to next year’s presidential election, it is ‘unlikely’ that the party will decide to back any of the existing candidates.The interior ministry’s permanent secretary Kypros Kyprianou confirmed the new party has been approved, Phileleftheros added.He said due process has been followed in full and the party was approved after all requirements were met.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo 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

Fidel Castro exhales

Fidel Castro exhales cigar smoke during an interview at his presidential palace in Havana He will take on Argentina’s 24th seed Diego Schwartzman in Sunday’s fourth round,上海龙凤419Rowan. Yeah.

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