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Spanish Court Sentences Farmer for Exploiting Moroccan Farmhand

Rabat – Spanish news outlet La Voz de Galicia reported that the employer, who owns a farm in northeast Spain near A Pastoriza also paid a fine of €1,500 for exploiting his workers.The employer has been convicted of exploiting the Moroccan national between 2015 and 2016, paying the farmhand less than the agreed upon salary.The court convicted the farmer of not respecting the contract he agreed on with the Moroccan worker. The news outlet added that the Moroccan worker had an “oral work contract.” Read Also: Long-Stranded Moroccan Fishermen Call for Help in Algerian WatersMoroccan seasonal workers in Spain, especially women, complained of bad working conditions on Spanish farms throughout the 2018 summer.Several Moroccan seasonal workers said that they were sexually harassed and assaulted by Spanish managers in the strawberry producing region of Huelva.Despite the allegations, Morocco and Spain are working to recruit more Moroccans for next year’s harvest season in Huelva. read more

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China investigates FedEx for Huawei cargo error

BEIJING — China’s state media says the country is investigating FedEx after it diverted packages sent by Chinese tech giant Huawei.The official Xinhua news agency reported Saturday that China has opened an investigation into FedEx’s actions.Xinhua says FedEx “severely harmed clients’ legitimate rights and interests and violated China’s delivery industry regulations.”Four packages containing paperwork sent out by Huawei were found to have been diverted to FedEx headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, instead of being delivered to Huawei offices in Asia.FedEx apologized and said the packages were misrouted accidentally. It added the company wasn’t told by anyone to divert the packages.The missed deliveries drew unusual attention because of speculation that they’re related to rising U.S.-China trade tensions and U.S. sanctions on Huawei.The Associated Press read more

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Rising organized crime in GuineaBissau alarms Security Council

10 July 2007Voicing concern about the “alarming increase in organized crime, drug trafficking and the proliferation of illicit small arms in Guinea-Bissau,” the Security Council today called on the international community to step up its efforts to bolster the security institutions of the small African country. In a statement read to reporters by Ambassador Wang Guangya of China, which this month holds the Council’s revolving presidency, the 15-member body said it was disturbed by the continuing deterioration of Guinea-Bissau’s socio-economic and financial situation.The press statement comes as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his most recent report on the activities of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS), described organized crime, particularly drug trafficking, as presenting “a new and growing” problem in the country.“The use of Guinea-Bissau as a transit point for illegal drugs from Latin America bound for Europe remains an issue of major concern to the authorities and international partners,” Mr. Ban wrote.His report, made public yesterday, cites the interception in April, of 635 kg of cocaine in a vehicle carrying two military personnel and one civilian. The military personnel were handed over to the military authorities, and an investigation was initiated. However, the two officers were later released.The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will post a senior law enforcement specialist to the capital, Bissau, to assist in the development of a country strategy to combat drug trafficking. The specialist, whose assignment will be funded by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will operate under the overall supervision of UNOGBIS.But today’s Council statement – which followed a briefing by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Shola Omoregie – also welcomed the creation of a new Government, which it hoped would spur a “genuinely inclusive reconciliation process, thereby strengthening political, parliamentary and government stability.”Additionally, the Council “encouraged the Government to implement its commitments to ensure discipline and transparency in fiscal management and pursue a permanent and constructive dialogue with all sectors of society, in order to create a politically conducive climate for free, fair and transparent legislative elections next year.”The upcoming elections follow the conclusion of a national political stability pact this March by the three main political parties in Guinea-Bissau – the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde and Guinea, the Social Renewal Party and the United Social Democratic Party. The agreement led to the swearing-in on 17 April of the Government of Prime Minister Martinho Dafa Cabi.UNOGBIS was established in 1999 to help Guinea-Bissau, one of the poorest nations in the world, emerge from the devastation of a civil war and various coups in which thousands of people were killed, wounded or forced from their homes. read more

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Ethiopian and UN officials devise plan to boost maternal and newborn health

United Nations agencies and Ethiopian health officials have developed a comprehensive two-year work plan to boost maternal and newborn health and survival in the Horn of Africa nation, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced.The work plan focuses on both immediate and long-term interventions and involves increasing demand, access and utilization of quality maternal and newborn health services, as well as improving the quality of these services.In addition, it focuses on strengthening monitoring and evaluation of these services, and improving managerial and institutional capacity, advocacy and partnerships to encourage increased political and financial commitment. The plan was developed during last month’s visit to Ethiopia of UN Health 4 (H4), a joint effort by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank to support countries in improving maternal and newborn health and saving the lives of mothers and babies. “There is a demonstrated link between a mother’s health and the health and welfare of her children, particularly newborns,” UNICEF stated in a news release. “Lowering a mother’s risk of mortality directly improves her baby’s prospects for survival.” Recent estimates indicate that that Ethiopia has a lifetime maternal mortality risk of 1 in 27 and an under-5 mortality risk of more than 1 in 10.UNICEF also noted that about half of all global maternal deaths annually occur in sub-Saharan Africa, as do deaths among children under five. Since 1990, the number of estimated annual global maternal deaths has remained around 500,000, while the absolute number of child deaths in 2008 declined to an estimated 8.8 million from 12.5 million in 1990, the base line year for the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDG 5 target is to reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio, while the MDG 4 target is to reduce by two thirds the under-five mortality rate. 6 January 2010United Nations agencies and Ethiopian health officials have developed a comprehensive two-year work plan to boost maternal and newborn health and survival in the Horn of Africa nation, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced. read more

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Canada loses to New Zealand misses out on bronze at FIFA U17

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Canada, victimized by two early goals, had to settle for fourth place at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup after a 2-1 loss to New Zealand on Saturday.The Canadian women found themselves down just 15 seconds after the opening kickoff with New Zealand’s Grace Wisnewski erasing the tournament record of 22 seconds for fastest goal, set by Nigeria’s Soo Adekwagh in 2008.Wisnewski also scored in the 13th minute as the Canadians dug themselves a deep hole.Lara Kazandjian threw Canada a lifeline in the 64th minute with a sweet left-footed strike from outside the penalty box after New Zealand failed to clear its lines.Canada kept pressing for the equalizer but New Zealand held tight through five minutes of extra time.Still, the fourth-place finish was Canada’s best ever at the U-17 world championship. Canada’s previous best was seventh in 2008 and 2012.And it ranks as Canada’s second-best showing at a FIFA championship, matching the fourth place that U-17 coach Rhian Wilkinson was part of as a player at the 2003 Women’s World Cup.The only Canadian team to do better — male or female — is the 2002 squad, featuring a 19-year-old Christine Sinclair, that finished runner-up to the U.S. at the U-19 Women’s World Championship on Canadian soil.New Zealand also finished a record high, having previously never made it past the U-17 group phase.Spain played Mexico for the championship game later Saturday at Estadio Charrua with both teams looking to join France, Japan, South Korea and North Korea (twice) on the list of under-17 world champions.  The Canadian Press read more

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Mens Soccer Ohio State falls to No 8 Michigan State 21 on

Ohio State redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried saves a shot attempt in Friday’s game against No. 8 Michigan State. Ohio State lost to No. 8 Michigan State X-X. Credit: Colin Gay | Sports EditorOhio State thought it had secured overtime against No, 8 Michigan State. With a 1-0 deficit heading into the 87th minute, redshirt freshman Devyn Etling scored his third goal of the season, a goal assisted by redshirt senior defender Brady Blackwell, who, along with midfielder Michael Prosuk, defender Michael Dichlan and midfielder Alex Nichols, had been celebrating a senior day. However, as Ohio State prepared for overtime, Michigan State showed why it was ranked as a Top 10 team. The Spartans moved quickly down the field, getting a shot off as time ticked down, something the team had done all day against the Ohio State offense, recording 16 shots, including seven on goal. After the initial miss and save by Ohio State redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried, Michigan State junior defender nailed a header off the Siegfried deflection in the 89th minute to seal Ohio State’s (1-10-2, 0-4-1 Big Ten) 2-1 loss to No. 8 Michigan State (10-2-2, 4-1 Big Ten)Head coach Brian Maisonneuve said the Michigan State score was due to the slow transition of the offense to defense, especially as regulation was close to complete. “You would hope to lock it down with two-and-a-half minutes to go, but I mean it’s one of those instances where we might have gotten caught up in the moment a little bit and they put their foot on the petal,” Maisonneuve said. “They didn’t quit.”  The Spartans “put their foot on the pedal” all day offensively. Michigan State junior forward Giuseppe Barone connected on the first goal of the game in the 36th minute, landing in the top left corner of the goal past Ohio State redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried after he had three saves to start the game. Siegfried ended the game with five saves on the seven shots on goal. While the Spartans shined offensively, putting the team in good positions throughout the game, Ohio State struggled, continuing its stagnant offensive performances the team had had in the last two losses to Cleveland State and Syracuse.  In the first half, the Buckeyes recorded only one shot against the Spartans, with one corner kick attempt in the first 45 minutes. Ohio State ended the day with two shots, only one of which were on goal. “We definitely took a step forward in our effort. We never gave up and that was fantastic. I thought our soccer was just OK today,” Maisonneuve said. “We have played three games in a week, so our legs are heavy and it showed in our quality and execution, but the effort was there.” In the 44th minute, Ohio State junior defender Osman Fofanah collided with Barone for a foul. As Barone stayed on the ground, Fofanah was pushed down by Michigan State senior forward Hunter Barone. Both Hunter Barone and Fofanah were given red cards and left the game. While the referee saw Fofanah’s tackle as a two-foot tackle where the defender came in cleats up and missed the ball, Maisonneuve said he saw something different. “It looked like a good hard tackle, but I will see it on video. It’s hard to tell, I didn’t see it live,” Maisonneuve said. “If he saw it right, it’s a red card, but I’m curious because I saw it differently.” Ohio State will finish its two-game homestand Tuesday when the Buckeyes face No. 5 Kentucky at 7 p.m. read more

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How British junior Aidan McHugh helped reigning champion Andy Murray prepare for

first_imgOne is a two-time Wimbledon champion, the other a 16-year-old making his debut at the All England Club.But the friendship between Andy Murray and rising talent Aidan McHugh has had surprising benefits for both players during the tournament.The 16-year-old began his Wimbledon career  on Saturday with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 win against American Gianni Ross in the first round of the Wimbledon Junior championships. “The dream is one day playing in – and hopefully winning – Wimbledon. Who knows if I’ll achieve that dream but I’m having a great time trying and I’ll always be grateful to have a school and family that supports me in that.” Andy Murray (centre) chatting to Aidan McHugh (right) at Wimbledon's Aorangi practice courts on Thursday Andy Murray stands from his seat in the Royal Box on Centre Court on the sixth day of the 2017 Wimbledon ChampionshipsCredit:Oli Scarff/AFP The teenager is hoping to make a success of the Wimbledon Junior championships after being entered into the first round on a wildcard, but his family said his training had to take a bit of a backseat until he completed his Scottish higher exams on June 1.Aidan has credited his school, St Aloysius College, with helping him juggle his tennis training with his studies.Writing a blog on his school website, he said: “I think because the school encourages you to make the most of your talents it’s easier for me to dedicate time to my tennis. But I understand the importance of doing well at school. The teachers realise what it means to me and they help me fit my school work in around my training rather than the other way around. Aidan McHugh beat Gianni Ross in three sets in the first round of the Boys Singles, on Day Six of Wimbledon He went on to win a grade two tournament in Spain last year as well as making it to the semi-finals of a grade one competition in Germany earlier this year. Andy Murray (centre) chatting to Aidan McHugh (right) at Wimbledon’s Aorangi practice courts on ThursdayCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley/The Telegraph Andy Murray stands from his seat in the Royal Box on Centre Court on the sixth day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships Aidan McHugh beat Gianni Ross in three sets in the first round of the Boys Singles, on Day Six of WimbledonCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley/The Telegraph Even before his victory the rising star from Glasgow had caught the attention of the world number one, who trained with the teenager three times on the Wimbledon practice courts this week.Murray has taken it upon himself to be a role model to the next generation, but the practice sessions also helped improve his own fitness as he tried to recover from the hip injury he suffered before the start of this year’s championships.Aidan began playing at the age of five at his local club in Glasgow, Dowanhill Tennis Club, where he became involved in team matches along with his older brother.His parents Chris, a GP, and Heather, a consultant geriatrician, took the family to Brant Lake Camp, New York, a seven-week long sports camp where Aidan spent his summers from the age of five to thirteen. Aidan has attracted the attention of both Jamie and Andy Murray, and has even spent time training with Jamie in Miami and Monte Carlo.“It’s been great being around Jamie and Andy and seeing how they do it and how they speak [in public],” said his father Chris. “They’ve been very nice to him – very friendly and very helpful”.He added: “The best advice he’s had is to keep working every day. To do the simple things better so improve his skill level and game at the same time… to keep mentally level as well.”Murray’s spokesman said: “Andy always takes an interest in up and coming British players. He was hitting with Aidan on the Aorangi practice courts earlier this week.”Murray, who received a rapturous welcome as he made a surprise appearance on Centre Court on Saturday, has made a special effort to engage with the next generation of tennis players after rising star Dan Evans tested positive for cocaine earlier this year, leading him to say the British number three had “blown” his career and let down those around him..Murray said at the time: “With guys like Aidan [McHugh] and Cameron [Norrie, the British No 5], I practise with them whenever I get the chance. If I can help them a little bit, that’s great.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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LETTER Prison Service staff and Joint Services must be commended for

Dear Editor,Safely relocating just over 1000 prisoners during the raging inferno that reduced the central prison on Camp Street, in Georgetown, to cinder borders on the miraculous. While a final accounting for all prisoners awaits a search of the cooling compound, the Prison Service staff and the Joint Services who worked with them along with inmates, deserve the highest commendation.This commendation is additionally merited, in light of the provocation of the prison officers club being set alight allegedly by some inmates while being held there as a temporary measure. Statements from President David Granger and Public Security e Minister Khemraj Ramjattan indicate an intention that these levels of humanitarian concern will carry over to the make-shift accommodation in Lusignan, on the East Coast of Demerara, especially given the current heavy rains.Judging from their performance last night (Sunday), lessons have been learnt by the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) and the Joint Services from last year’s fire in which 17 prisoners perished.The spotlight needs to move fairly quickly to an assessment of other aspects of this tragedy. Last year’s Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report, asked three questions: what happened? What happened that should not have happened, and what did not happen that ought to have happened.The first section dealt with the facts: who did what and to whom and what were the consequences. The second part encompassed Standing Orders, their adequacy and other aspects of the general administration of the prison. The third part: ‘What did not happen that ought to have happened’ looked at the role of supporting agencies – the most vital of which is the Judiciary, which controls how many prisoners are sent to Camp Street prison.The prison population as of yesterday (Sunday), according to Prison Director (ag) Gladwin Samuels stood at 1018 in a prison built originally to accommodate 300-400 inmates. The prison has to take all who are sent by the courts. The central complaint leading to last year’s fire came from remand prisoners who spend long periods awaiting trial. The Minister of Public Security reported last night that this figure still constitutes half of all inmates – some 500 men who are still to be convicted or released as innocent.The CoI Report alluded to the following causes of overcrowding which one way or another fall within the purview of the administration of justice. They include refusal of bail in bailable cases, inability to pay bail, a dearth of Magistrates, slowness of the High Court, lack of alternative sentences and absence of a sentencing policy leading to bizarre discrepancies in sentences.Following a temporary introduction of night courts and appeals to Magistrates to use their common sense and be even-handed in bail matters, over-crowding has assumed a lower profile. An initiative to develop alternative penalties has reportedly been developed but its effects are not yet evident in the courts.Equally disturbing is the lack of sustained interest from the legal profession in bringing pressure to keep prison reform front and centre of public concern. Similarly, the other key institution nominally responsible for the welfare and safety of prisoners, namely the Parole Board, has powers to ensure that time spent productively while in prison will result in positive and timely recommendations for parole. It is the safety valve all prisons require to incentivise good behaviour. More attention to the role of the Guyana Parole Board is needed to ensure public accountability and greater vitality.By contrast, the GPS has shown imagination and leadership on over-crowding by rewarding prisoners who work without compensation in the prisons. Acting Prison Director Samuels is reported as stating that “It’s a form of reward for daily contribution to the prisons. They work in the tailor shops, farms, kitchens, clean the yards, transport self-support meals. At the end of the month, we calculate the value of that labour. So, as a form of compensation, they receive Special Remission, which is reduced time on their sentences. Last year a total of 8743 days were taken off from the sentences. In the past, it was seven to 28 days, but this time we started from 14 to 21, to 28 days. Many of them are well behaved and go beyond the call of duty of what is required. Some 486 prisoners have benefited from this scheme to date.”Sincerely,Guyana Human Rights Association Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEXPLOSIVE TESTIMONY: Prisoner claims he saw ‘headless’ body of inmate after deadly Camp Street fireMarch 22, 2016In “latest news””We felt threatened…situation was chaotic” – Fire Service Operations Officer testifiesApril 11, 2016In “latest news”Republican Boxing (prison) gym receives boxing equipmentDecember 28, 2017In “Sports” read more

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Court of Appeal defers decision on constitutionality of GECOM Chairmans appointment

File photo: President David Granger presents the Instrument of Appointment as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to Justice Patterson at State HouseThe Appeal Court ruling on the constitutionality of President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has been deferred after Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards asked that the parties make submissions on four specific areas of law before the decision is handed down.The matter will be called again next Tuesday when the parties are expected to deliver their written submissions, as well as oral if necessary.The appeal was filed by the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP/C) Executive Secretary Zulifar Mustapha, following the decision by Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George-Wiltshire’s who deemed that Patterson was fit for the post of GECOM Chairman. Mustapha, through his team of lawyers, is appealing for the entire decision by the Chief Justice to be scrapped and for President David Granger to choose a Chairman from the 18 nominees which the Opposition Leader had proposed.According to Attoreny-at-Law Anil Nandlall, who is leading the Opposition’s legal team, the Chief Justice erred in her decision as she failed to question Granger’s selection.In a bried comment today, he said that the Court was aware that either side would go to the CCJ (Caribbean Court of Justice) if they feel aggrieved by the decision, “they want their ruling to cover what they consider to be all the relevant aspects”. The legal teams are expected to respond next week Tuesday. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCCJ fixes case management hearing in challenge of GECOM Chairman’s appointmentMarch 23, 2019In “latest news”CJ’s ruling on GECOM paves way for more unilateral appointments- PPPJune 8, 2018In “Court”GECOM Chair still unwell, medical leave extended- PROJanuary 8, 2019In “latest news” read more

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Irelands incredible journey from Roman ruins to Six Nations champions

first_img“A BIT OF a mixed bag,” was how captain Jamie Heaslip reflected on a disastrous 2013 Six Nations campaign that saw Ireland win one game and finish fifth.The Leinster forward tried to focus on the positives but they were few and fair between. A flying start against Wales was rendered meaningless by defeats to England and Scotland. France snatched a draw in Dublin and Brian O’Driscoll was sent off in what many supporters figured would be his last game, against Italy, in Rome.“I don’t know whether this is the end for him or not; you’d have to ask Brian,” replied Ireland coach Declan Kidney when asked about his talisman. “He’s earned the time and space to be given that to make up his own mind. Players are the only ones that know when the time is.”Two weeks after making that statement, Kidney was gone. The Six Nations came on the back of a free-flowing win over Argentina, a tough loss to South Africa and a record 60-0 defeat to New Zealand in Hamilton. Ireland’s injury crisis — described by team manager Mick Kearney as grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented — crippled Kidney’s plans and left him with flanker Peter O’Mahony playing a half as a left winger. Brian O’Driscoll, who thankfully heeded the ‘one more year’ calls, reflects on his yellow card. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThe resounding call, after a brief flirtation with Ewen ‘Link; McKenzie, was for Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt to take the reins. Once the New Zealander declared his interest, the job was as good as his. Les Kiss took the summer touring squad to North America but Schmidt was soon on the scene; formulating a game-plan and identifying players that would make an impact in the November internationals and Six Nations.Surplus to Kidney’s requirements for the final years of his tenure, Andrew Trimble toured North America and scored a try against Canada. Peter O’Mahony captained the side while Ian Madigan proved his out-half credentials. By the time Schmidt stepped into the full-time coaching role, Leinster reliables Dave Kearney, Devin Toner, Jack McGrath and Marty Moore came into the mix.Samoa proved push-overs but Australia ran Ireland ragged. Of Schmidt’s three defeats since taking over from Kidney, the humbling at the hands of the Wallabies sticks in his craw. The less said about the 24-22 defeat to the All Blacks — bar that it was heroic and heartbreaking — the better. Post-match, Sean O’Brien declared, “I think it’s time lads grew up and know what’s expected when they put on an Irish jersey. That performance today, we can be proud, but it still wasn’t good enough.”The flanker added, “If we bring that intensity and work-rate that we had at the start of the game into the Six Nations, then we’ll be in a good place.”O’Brien [dislocated shoulder] would not be around for the start of the Six Nations, nor would Lions Tommy Bowe, Keith Earls or, as it turned out, Luke Fitzgerald. Simon Zebo was left to score tries for fun in the Pro12. Schmidt had settled into his roll and he had plans for each team his side met. Andrew Trimble dots down against the Scots. Source: Colm O’Neill/INPHOScotland were mauled to death and their pack was dismantled. Wales got the mauling treatment with Ireland’s back three winning the aerial battle and the Welsh backline rendered useless by Ireland’s pressing and defensive rick disruption. Italy tackled themselves into stumps as O’Driscoll’s magic and Irish subs made the difference. One-off runners inside the French 22, support runners and quick, attacking incisions off scrums delivered victory — just about — in France.Did Ireland do anything different at Stade de France that they failed to do against the All Blacks? “The key in the All Black game is that we missed a kick,” said Schmidt. “The key in this game is that France missed a kick. That’s how narrow the margins are.As for the “slugfest” loss to England, it is a game the Kiwi is likely to dwell on during his extensive end of tournament reviews. ”[If I could do one thinking different], beating England would have been good,” he said. “It would have been good to not go to France and have to win to get the Six Nations. That is a game that got away on us. As I said at the time, they are a team that could get away on anybody. They are going to get better. They have a lot of youth but there is a lot of experience coming back into [the squad]. I know Ben Foden has had a couple of games back now. Manu Tuilagi, well, he walk through a couple of tackles to score. He is an incredibly powerful individual. So is Billy Vunipola, those sort of guys.“The other teams are going to get better so, for us in this week, we have a lot of work to get through and see what we did feel we are doing really well and not doing well. That might give us some direction for what we’re going to do in Argentina and the Guinness Series that follows it.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Hart: ‘I never spoke with Matt O’Connor about Leinster switch when I was home’All about Joe Schmidt’s ‘Killer drill’ and the tactics that delivered a Six Nationslast_img read more

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Australie la mer de corail bientôt sanctuarisée

first_imgAustralie : la mer de corail bientôt sanctuarisée ?Vendredi, le gouvernement australien a annoncé qu’il souhaitait sanctuariser une grande partie de la mer de corail, située au large de l’Australie. Cette zone est l’un des derniers refuges pour les grands prédateurs marins et de nombreuses espèces menacées.Quelque 341 espèces considérées par l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN) comme particulièrement importantes à conserver sont présentes dans la mer de Corail. Selon une récente étude, 52 espèces de requins d’eau profonde, des raies et des chimères hanteraient ainsi ces eaux, mais 18 de celles-ci n’auraient été vu nulle part ailleurs. Ajouté à cela, l’endroit serait aussi le seul refuge connu au monde pour le frai des marlins noirs. Sans oublié que la zone constitue également un passage d’importance pour les espèces migrantes, comme les baleines à bosses, les carets ou les anguilles d’eau douce.À lire aussiRoi de l’imitation, cet oiseau-lyre peut reproduire le son d’un pistolet-laserAu vu de telles ressources et d’une biodiversité si riche, le gouvernement australien a annoncé vendredi son intention de sanctuariser une partie importante de la mer de corail localisée au large de la côte nord-est de l’Australie. Plus précisément, la zone concernée s’étend sur près de 972.000 kilomètres carrés à l’intérieur de la zone d’exclusion économique australienne, depuis la grande barrière de corail jusqu’aux eaux des îles Salomon et de la Nouvelle-Calédonie.Si l’Australie poursuit son projet, la région deviendrait alors la plus grande réserve marine du monde. “Les océans sont une ressource économique et un espace de loisirs fondamentaux pour les Australiens, mais nous ne pouvons pas nous permettre d’être complaisants”, a commenté le ministre australien de l’Environnement, Tony Burke.Le 25 novembre 2011 à 20:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Chinas Uber announces selfdrivingcar pilot program

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 71 Photos Dream Uber rides: The 10 best cars to pick you up at the curb 68 Photos More From Roadshow Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 0 More From Roadshow Toyota e-Palette is its vision for a multifunctional… 69 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 52 Photos GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 3:28 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura Review • 2018 Cadillac CT6 Review: We go hands-off with Super Cruise 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 18 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Car Industry 10 Photos Tags Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 12 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 3 26 Photos 81 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 30 Photos Tags Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model More about 2018 Cadillac CT6 These guys will be wandering Shanghai roads. Didi China is on a mission to become the world leader in artificial intelligence by the end of the next decade, and the country’s leading ride-sharing firm has announced its first self-driving ride-sharing program to contribute to said goal.Didi Chuxing, a Chinese company similar to Uber, said on Friday it will launch self-driving vehicles to act as ride-sharing vehicles in Shanghai. CNBC reported 30 cars will start in the pilot program with Level 4 self-driving capability. On the SAE scale of autonomy, Level 4 self-driving cars do not need to hand controls back to a human should something go wrong, but autonomy remains limited to certain modes or locations. These cars are considered highly autonomous, but not fully autonomous. That’d be a Level 5 self-driving car, which is the top of the scale.Vehicles with humans behind the wheel will also be a part of the program but the finer details are unknown. Didi also did not provide a timeframe for when the self-driving cars will actually hit the streets.Meanwhile in the US, automakers and technology companies are urging the federal government to move expediently on overhauling regulations for autonomous vehicles. Not only do domestic companies want to keep pace with technology, there’s a desire to cement themselves are frontrunners in the budding self-driving car sector. Today, any self-driving car must still have manual controls, per federal regulations.Waymo, General Motors, Ford and other companies are all in the process of testing self-driving cars and developing the future technology. Share your voice Comments 49 Photos Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama.last_img read more

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Wii U sales so poor retailers considering scaling back support

first_imgWe’ve known for months now that sales of the Wii U have been pretty terrible. Figures for US sales in January totaled just 59,000 units. February saw that figure improve only slightly to 64,000 units. That’s in stark contrast to the launch in November and subsequent sales of 890,000 consoles before the end of 2012.Since then retailers have been grumbling that the Wii U just isn’t selling. In the UK, several retailers even implemented an unofficial price cut. But not even that has worked, and now Nintendo has been put on the defensive.Game retailers are currently considering scaling back support for the Wii U, which would translate to giving it less shelf space in stores and less promotion both online and through in-store advertising. If that happened it would come as a major blow to Nintendo turning things around before the launch of the PS4 and Xbox 720 later this year.In order to stop that happening, Nintendo has agreed to meet with all retailers to convince them to carry on their support and “excite” them about the platform. The key point Nintendo intends to make is a strong line-up of games coming later this year will bring a boost. However, that won’t help retailers in the short term, with some suggesting Nintendo has another GameCube on its hands.With sales remaining low everywhere the Wii U is available, not just the UK, it seems likely Nintendo will have to repeat these meetings in all territories. What they will be met with is frustrated retailers wanting a major price cut in order to get stock moving. Will Nintendo oblige? It seems unlikely as they are convinced new games will draw people to the platform.The question is, does Nintendo actually have games in the pipeline that can shift the Wii U off shelves? Many desirable games have been announced as not coming to the Wii U, including Crysis 3, Castlevania, Saints Row 4, and Dead Island: Riptide. What Wii U does have is Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate that just released, Resident Evil: Revelations out in May, and Pokemon Rumble U with its novel NFC figures coming soon. There’s also a Mario Kart, Yoshi game, Super Smash Bros, and a Fire Emblem/Shin Megami Tensei crossover coming down the line. But it’s telling that Amazon’s coming soon list for Wii U games only contains 3 titles, and a new Zelda game won’t arrive until 2014.I think Nintendo has to be hoping Monster Hunter 3 starts shifting consoles and that its PR department can put on a good show for retailers. If that doesn’t work, a major price cut for the hardware looks like the only option left, and that might not even work based on retailer’s own experiments.last_img read more

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NGMAs Nandlal treasures at Venice Biennale

first_imgDirector General of NGMA Adwaita Gadanayak is upbeat about India’s participation at the Venice Biennale. Along with the ministry of Culture, National Gallery Of Modern Art celebrates 150 years of Gandhi in the exposition of the Haripura Posters created by famed artist Nandlal Bose, belonging to the NGMA’s own collections which are indeed National Treasures .In August 2017, NGMA celebrated 70 years of Independence, by hosting an exhibition to awaken our political consciousness which included the historic Haripura Posters that awakened political consciousness at large. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNationalist spirit and fervour was the signature of Nandlal’s Haripura posters. They also reflect his acute sensitivity to the landscape and village folk around him. Each poster is a validation of vitality and liveliness for more than 70 years after they were created. “Nandalal and his associates produced around 400 posters for the Congress convention at Haripura, held in February 1938,” reflects the Director General. “These posters were all produced on handmade paper with pigments made from local earth and stones, and mounted on straw boards; none were printed or mass-produced,” he affirms. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSharing the history – “To imagine that they were executed in 1937; commissioned by Gandhi for the Indian National Congress Party meeting in 1938, at Haripura – these are benchmarks in Indian history.” Nandalal Bose looked at cultural idioms and the fabric of the common man when he created images of musicians, iron smith, tailors, even a monk creating pottery, an esraj player, a veena player, or just women doing their chores. One of the finest among these posters is the Bull Fighter. In that poster, the vigour and tenacity of the man and bull are shown through strong, gestural lines and swaths of bright, bold colours. Bull Fighter was prominently displayed at the conference grounds at Haripura. Deceptively simple in appearance and invoking flavour of folk painting the Haripura Posters are amalgamation of the decorative and the calligraphic art with a rare ingenuity as well as personal insignia. “At the Venice Biennale we will display them as independent works of art but history says they were done in order to decorate a temporary township built for the annual session of the Indian National Congress in the remote village of Haripura in early 1938,” adds Gadanayak. According to historical notes by art historian R Siva Kumar, the township was built of local materials and in harmony with the rural surroundings. The decorations were conceived, both in style and idiom, following the same aesthetics and were designed to complement the temporary structures. Sivakumar wrote in an essay that they have to be imagined in their original context as part of a broader design to be fully appreciated. The posters also evoke Gandhian ethics and creativity. Gadanayak as Commissioner of India Pavilion, is proud to be part of the Venice Biennale 2019, one of the finest expositions in the world of contemporary and avant garde art.last_img read more

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Konica Minolta Announces New Tools in Exa Enterprise Imaging Platform

first_imgNews | Enterprise Imaging | November 14, 2018 Konica Minolta Announces New Tools in Exa Enterprise Imaging Platform Tools including improved voice recognition, chat and peer review designed to increase clinical productivity and enhance communication Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Related Content Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more November 14, 2018 — Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. will showcase new features and tools for the Exa Enterprise Imaging platform at the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Nov. 25-30 in Chicago. Exa is comprised of multiple modules, including a picture archiving and communication system (PACS), radiology information system (RIS), billing and specialty viewers, across a single, shared database that can be used individually or together for a complete enterprise imaging experience.The new features include:Exa Voice Recognition transforms the user interface of Exa transcription into a more customized and user-based reporting experience that allows each radiologist to report in their most efficient manner. The company said Exa Voice Recognition is truly zero footprint (ZFP), as there is nothing to install on workstations. Voice recognition and dialect detection used in the application have been dramatically improved to more accurately capture dictation and support more languages;Exa Chat is an easy-to-use system that lets users communicate one-on-one or with entire departments. It allows radiologists to quickly and securely discuss and share patients, studies, approved reports and more. This helps improve communication within and between the outpatient imaging center and hospital radiology department, with the assurance that patient health information is being communicated in a secure manner;Exa Peer Review is embedded into the radiologists’ workflow to quickly share and reference specific patients, studies, approved reports and more. Exa Peer Review has customizable criteria including percentage of studies, total number of studies, relative value unit (RVU)-based or value-based on modality and/or exam and timeframe per criteria. Exa Peer Review is built into the Exa Platform, eliminating the need for managing third-party peer review systems;Exa Patient Kiosk is a self-service tool that allows patients to easily check-in virtually or on-site for appointments, update demographic and insurance information, and complete and sign electronic forms. It is available online through the Patient Portal and on-site via tablets with touchscreen capabilities. This new feature will ease bottlenecks in the front office, decrease patient wait times and improve the overall registration process, leading to a better patient experience; andAn improved Study Form Template helps the department move to a paperless workflow with an easy-to-use form builder to create forms more quickly and easily than ever before in Exa. The user-friendly form builder interface delivers greater flexibility and customization options than previously available.For more information: www.konicaminolta.com/medicalusa News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more last_img read more

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Subprime Lending is Making its Way Back to the Mortgage Market

first_imgSubprime Lending is Making its Way Back to the Mortgage Market in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination Credit Score Equifax Housing Market Mortgage Industry Subprime Lending 2016-01-29 Staff Writer An uptick in housing demand is being met with mortgage originations for borrowers with less than perfect credit scores, but not without caution.Equifax’s National Consumer Credit Trends Report, which provides population-level debt and lending insights from more than 210 million consumers, found that from January to October 2015, first mortgage originations for subprime borrowers, or those with an Equifax Risk Score of 620 or less, have increased significantly since crisis-times.For the first 10 months of 2015, new mortgage origination volume totaled 312,000, bringing the value of these loans to $50.7 billion. This represents an increase of 28 percent in number of first mortgage originations and a 45 percent increase in the total balances compared to last year.Equifax Chief Economist Amy Crews Cutts told MReport that although subprime mortgages are rising, lenders are not originating loans without considering if the borrower will be able to repay the loan.”There is no lender who will do a loan that doesn’t carefully consider the ability to the borrower to carry the debt,” Cutts stated. “Adjustable-rate loans are still around, but they no longer feature the negative amortization feature and interest-only loans are rare. Moreover the capacity underwriting is at the fully amortizing payment and at the maximum rate rather than the teaser rate. One can get a low down payment loan, but the money must come at least in part from borrower assets, not another mortgage loan.”She continued, “While there are many characteristics that define a subprime loan, such as the specific terms of the loan and the lender who issues it, credit standards are becoming more accommodating to meet market demand. At the same time, lenders are focusing more attention on evaluating consumers’ ability to repay. This has led to a much larger reliance on third-party data verifications that enable lenders to more accurately vet subprime borrowers much earlier in the origination process.”The home equity market also experienced an increase in subprime lending, Equifax noted. Subprime home equity installment loans value rose 32.7 percent year-over-year to over $1.4 billion in 2015, while the total credit limits on home equity lines of credit (HELOCS) rose 6.8 percent to a value of $608 billion in 2015.”Home equity installment loans are often more suitable for consumers with credit issues, but the regulatory costs and underwriting burdens have typically made them very expensive for lenders to originate,” Cutts explained. “Conversely, HELOCs are generally more popular among consumers, but less accessible to subprime borrowers. Mortgage insurance is a viable alternative for home equity loans that might be used as piggy-back financing for part of the down payment on the first mortgage and may explain why we are not seeing similar proportionate increases in subprime home equity loans.”Fortunately, if subprime lending continues in the mortgage market, there are provisions in place to prevent substandard loan underwriting.”The unregulated Wild-West atmosphere that came to dominate mortgage lending is long gone. Consumer protections are in place to ensure that borrowers only get approved for mortgages that they can reasonably afford, new licensing requirements exist for mortgage brokers, credit risk cannot be off-loaded onto investors unless the loan meets the Qualified Mortgage requirements, and many other changes affect the lending landscape today,” Cutts noted. “It’s not to say that another financial crisis couldn’t erupt at a future time but the current environment is not conducive to speculative investing and reckless lending like we saw prior to 2008.”Cutts concluded, “Subprime loans fulfill an important niche in our lending markets–whether enabling a refinance that might allow a family to keep the home they have or allowing a family that is finally seeing brighter days reach their dream of homeownership. They are the second-chance loans, but not all borrowers with credit problems should be homeowners at this moment, and good subprime underwriting, like good prime-credit underwriting, should have ensure that borrowers have a high chance of success.”Click here to view the full report.center_img January 29, 2016 629 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Scenic has launched its 20172018 South East Asia

first_imgScenic has launched its 2017/2018 South East Asia River Cruising programme which includes a number of new Freechoice activities and Freechoice Dining options.Guests cruising the Mekong can now enjoy two new Freechoice activities in Siem Reap: a tethered balloon ride to experience spectacular aerial views over Angkor Wat, and for the more adventurous, a vintage Vespa tour off the beaten track. In Kampong Cham, new activities include a local folklore tour with a visit to Phnom Pros, and a tour of the eco village Cheung Kok which is being supported by a French NGO to develop a community based eco-tourism project. In Champasak, Scenic is offering a coffee plantation visit to the Boloven Plateau, known as the ‘Champagne of coffee’.Scenic Freechoice Dining options now include Square One at Park Hyatt Saigon and a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night, as well as the Cargo Club in Hoi An.Adam Burke, Journey Designer Asia, commented: “The changes in the 2017/2018 program provide our guests with more opportunities to discover the fascinating destinations they are visiting throughout Indochina plus more free time on board to enjoy the luxury facilities of Scenic Spirit. The highlights for the Mekong River cruise remain attending Phare Circus, and an Angkor temple dinner in Siem Reap.”Scenic is offering fantastic earlybird offers on bookings made by 30 April 2017. Guests can fly free on any journey to Indochina for 13 days or longer, or to Myanmar for 14 days or longer – saving up to $2980 per couple. Book either the eight-day Luxury Mekong or 11-day Luxury Irrawaddy river cruises and save up to $500 per couple. Plus fly business class from $3495 per person.last_img read more

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Teachers union wants coop properties returned to them

first_imgPrimary teachers’ union Poed said on Thursday it was taking legal measures to have the real-state owned and managed by its cooperative savings fund, which fell to government hands after the demise of the Central Cooperative Bank (CCB), returned to them.The union, along with secondary teachers’ Oelmek and Oltek said this week that all assets of the primary and secondary teachers’ cooperative savings funds had been unlawfully seized by the state after the closing down of the CCB.These assets, that have been foreclosed for the past two years, are by law property of the cooperative savings funds and of their members, the unions said.Head of Poed, Fylios Phylactou told state broadcaster CyBC radio on Thursday that the union would seek legal action to regain control of its assets.He said the government ought to recognise “this fair and just demand” of the union, which is to find a way for the members of the co-op savings fund to regain control of this property.This real estate, he said, belongs to the members of the savings fund since it has been acquired through the investment of profits yielded through their contributions.“What bothers us very much is that we see this property that was snatched, to be foreclosed,” Phylactou said. “We see buildings in prime real estate areas to be foreclosed at a mere €500,000 and so forth.”He said that the assets of the primary teachers’ cooperative savings fund were worth over €30m and include plots and buildings, among them a building on Makarios Avenue in central Nicosia that used to serve as the offices of the union, which has been evaluated at €18m.The union, he said, would like to know the procedures that drove these assets right into the hands of the state.Teachers are in cooperation with civil servants’ union Pasydy and other professional groups such as police and military officers that have their own cooperative savings funds.As regards non-performing loans, he said that in the case of the teachers’ savings fund, this amounted to only one per cent and that arrangements were being made with the borrowers concerned.The three unions had said earlier in the week that the state must, without further delay, return to the members of the healthy cooperative savings funds (teachers, public servants, police, military officers, etc.) all the assets belonging to them. Their seizure by the state was not justified neither by the capital adequacy they had nor by the way they were operating as they were recording profit each year, they said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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DEFA concludes evaluation of natural gas supply bids

first_imgTHE Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) has completed its evaluation of the bids for supply of natural gas for domestic electricity generation.In a statement on Thursday, DEFA said it would relay the remaining bidders’ final financial and commercial offers to the energy minister.“DEFA is bound by confidentiality agreements and will not disclose further details at this stage,” the statement added.The DEFA tender calls for the supply of between 0.7 and 0.95 billion cubic metres of natural gas annually to the Cypriot market through two delivery routes. One route will begin supplying gas in early 2016 and the other no later than the second half of 2017.DEFA is by law the sole importer and distributor of natural gas in Cyprus. Once it concludes a deal for natural gas with a supplier, DEFA will then sell the fuel to the power company.Cyprus is reliant on heavy fuel oil imports for electricity generation, and wants to switch to the cheaper natural gas.The call for the tender was issued in January 2014. It is the second tender in a row, the first having been scrapped in October 2013.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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