Former Quebec premier Bernard Landry lifelong soldier for sovereignty dies at 81

first_imgMONTREAL – Former Quebec premier and longtime Parti Quebecois stalwart Bernard Landry died today at the age of 81.Landry, an ardent Quebec sovereigntist, died without seeing his vision of an independent Quebec fulfilled.Before becoming premier in 2001, he held many prominent government posts with the Parti Quebecois, including deputy premier and finance minister.Landry replaced Lucien Bouchard as premier after Bouchard resigned.He was defeated in the April 2003 election by the Liberals under the leadership of Jean Charest.The news of his death was confirmed to The Canadian Press by his personal assistant, Odette Morin.last_img read more

Aritzia Q3 net income jumps 16 per cent amid 17th quarter of

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:ATZ)The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Aritzia Inc. says its net income increased by more than 16 per cent in the third quarter as the womenswear retailer experienced its 17th quarter of growth in comparable store sales.The Vancouver-based brand says its net income for the period ending Nov. 25 reached $32.6 million, up from $28.1 million the year before.Aritzia says comparable sales growth jumped by 12.9 per cent as it focused on its e-commerce offerings and explored marketing with social media influencers.It says its net revenue climbed by 18.8 per cent to $242.9 million from $204.4 million in the third quarter the year before.The company says 40 per cent of its revenue growth in the quarter is attributable to its U.S. business.Aritzia says 2019 will bring a handful of new boutiques and expansions, but 2020 will be its biggest year yet for U.S. expansion because the brand will open six boutiques in the country that fiscal year. last_img read more

Agriculture key to Africas development stresses UNAfrican Union report

28 May 2009African nations will be hit hard by the global economic crisis during the course of 2009, the United Nations and the African Union (AU) say in a new report, which stresses the need to focus on agriculture, the mainstay of economies on the continent. “Modernising agriculture is crucial to development and industrialisation in Africa, to food security, sustained poverty reduction and integration of Africa in the global economy,” says this year’s Economic Report on Africa.The report, an annual publication of the AU Commission and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), calls for special attention to agriculture, since Africa is heavily dependent on this sector for providing employment, generating economic growth, foreign exchange earnings and tax revenue. “Agriculture is still the mainstay of economic development and yet a very neglected sector for decades in Africa,” Rob Vos, Director of the Development Policy and Analysis Division at the Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), told reporters as he launched the report.He noted that Africa, which has the largest agricultural potential per hectare and per capita, is still a net food importer. “What Africa needs is a long-term focus on agricultural development and a transformation that would help further economic diversification, job creation and, through that, poverty reduction,” he said.The report, entitled “Developing African Agriculture through Regional Value Chains,” highlights the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), adopted by the AU in 2003. In the framework of the CAADP, it points to a strategy that creates regional value chains that link agriculture to other sectors of the economy as the best way to initiate and sustain development in Africa.These value chains will include forward and backward linkages, from agribusinesses, agro-processing, ethanol production, other industrial processes to soil management, high-yielding seed varieties and fertiliser production, according to the report. Lila Hanitra Ratsifandrihamanana of the AU noted that the theme of this year’s report not only tackles a major sector of the African economy, but is also relevant to the theme of the AU summit to be held in July in Sirte, Libya, which is investing in agriculture for economic growth and food security. The report adds that the impact of the global financial crisis has already resulted in lower demand for Africa’s export and a sharp decline in commodity prices. At the same time, it says that sustained economic reforms, exchange rate adjustment, easing of inflation and efforts to revive domestic demand will contribute to low but still positive growth rates in some African countries in 2009. read more

Fresh expressions of interests for IndoLanka ferry service

The Government is to call for fresh Expressions Of Interests (EOIS) to resume the ferry service between India and Sri Lanka, Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told the Colombo Gazette.Expressions of interests had been called for earlier but a positive response had not been received. The Indo-Lanka ferry service was suspended in 2012. In 2015 India said it was prepared to resume the operation of a ferry service between Colombo and Tuticorin and it was up to the Sri Lankan Government to take a final decision in this connection.Recently Tamil Nadu made fresh efforts to re-establish sea links with Sri Lanka. The state government wrote to the ministry of external affairs in India to take steps to resume the ferry service between both countries. As a result a proposal made by Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe to cancel the current procurement 17 process and to recall EOIS, has been approved by the cabinet. The British began the first ferry service between Sri Lanka and India in 1914.  The route was patronised by both Indian and Lankan traders and tourists. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN labour agency discusses repression in Myanmar China Colombia Venezuela

The United Nations labour agency has called on the Government of Myanmar to release three people who were convicted for high treason for contacts with the agency’s representatives. The 289th session of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Governing Body, ending last Thursday, also strengthened anti-terrorist security measures by adopting new identification procedures for more than a million seafarers. In Myanmar, two of the three prisoners in Yangon’s Insein Prison, identified as Min Kyi, also known as Nai Min Kyi, and Aye Myint, alias Myint Aye Maung, were interviewed for about two hours each by ILO representative ad interim Richard Horsey and ILO Facilitator Lèon de Riedmatten. The prisoners said they had been beaten and deprived of food, water and sleep during several days of interrogation by military intelligence, ILO said. Its representatives “consider they have been condemned on unsound grounds and thus should be released.” The ILO team asked for a meeting with a third prisoner, Shwe Mahn, alias Zaya Oo, and was told that the request would go to the appropriate government minister. The Governing Body examined its projected joint Plan of Action against the use of forced labour , which has been suspended since the end of May but has been approved by Myanmar’s opposition leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The ILO Committee on Freedom of Association said Myanmar’s legal basis for freedom of association was absent and workers were alleged to suffer repression for any trade union activity or any complaint about a labour grievance. The Committee noted last week that its call for a review of the cases and the release of workers’ leaders in China had not been acted on. The number of labour union activists reported killed in Colombia in 2003 now totalled 70, it said, urging the government to punish all those responsible. In Venezuela, 19,000 workers had been dismissed for trade union activities and one member of the Federation of Construction Workers had been murdered. The ILO Committee called on the government to institute an independent investigation into allegations of detention and torture. With regard to the new identification document allowing 1.2 million seafaring workers to go ashore in ports where their vessels berth, ILO said the workers’ governments must make sure the documents are “designed in a simple manner, be made of durable material, with special regard to conditions at sea and be machine-readable.” The document materials used should prevent tampering and falsification, as far as possible, and enable easy detection of alterations, it said. read more

Gallery Ohio State Wrestling vs NC State

#2 Joey McKenna attempts to finish a single leg takedown on North Carolina State University’s Jamal Morris in the 141-pound bout of the Ohio State vs. NCSU dual meet at St. John Arena. McKenna won the bout by major decision, 10-2. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The Lantern The Ohio State Wrestling team took on North Carolina State on Jan. 6. in St. John Arena and won 26-10. The Buckeyes improved their record to 5-0. Photos by Sal Marandino.

An Electronic Cane for the Blind

first_imgWe see so many shiny new gadgets at ces every year, but unfortunately, not too many of them really have the power to, you know, help people. That’s why it’s always nice to spot a product like iSonic, an electronic cane for the visually impaired.I got a chance to take it for a spin, and I’ve got to say, it’s pretty neat. Click it on and put it on the ground, and it will begin to vibrate when your path isn’t clear. The iSonic can detect obstructions up to two meters away. It works 55 degrees vertically and 25 degrees horizontally. The vibration intensity increases or decreases, based on how far away an object is.Also neat: The wand of the device can identity colors–a built-in voice will alert your when something is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, or black, when waved over it. It also tells you how dark it is outside. AdChoices广告last_img read more

Un adolescent russe invente une brosse à dents pour les cosmonautes de

first_imgUn adolescent russe invente une brosse à dents pour les cosmonautes de l’ISSAidé de chercheurs de l’Université d’Etat médico-stomatologique de Moscou, un jeune adolescent moscovite a créé une brosse à dent destinée aux cosmonautes, afin que ces derniers puissent avoir une bonne hygiène bucco-dentaire malgré le peu d’eau dont ils disposent à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).Cette invention, Dmitri Reznikov l’a dévoilée lors des lectures académiques sur l’astronautique, organisées l’Université technique d’Etat Bauman, rapporte l’agence RIA Novosti. “Comme il y a très peu d’eau à bord de la Station spéciale internationale, notre but était d’élaborer une brosse à dent qui fonctionne sans eau. Visuellement elle ressemble à une brosse à dent électrique”, a expliqué le jeune homme, qui rendra grâce à son ingéniosité, un grand service aux astronautes.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALa brosse à dents créée pour les cosmonautes de l’ISS est dotée de trois boutons. Le premier permet de faire sortir le dentifrice directement intégré à l’objet. Le deuxième met en marche un microprocesseur qui expulse de l’air à travers la soie de la brosse à dents. Enfin, grâce au dernier bouton, le compresseur aspire le dentifrice utilisé vers un petit réservoir.L’invention est en cours de brevetage. Reste à savoir si des exemplaires seront prochainement envoyés vers l’ISS.Le 28 janvier 2011 à 15:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

BenQ présente son moniteur haut de gamme

first_imgBenQ présente son moniteur haut de gammeLa firme taïwanaise BenQ vient de présenter un nouveau moniteur haut de gamme à la presse française. Le XL2420T, destiné aux joueurs, allie performance et ergonomie avec un affichage 3D et 2D.Le fabricant taïwanais BenQ fait son retour en France avec un nouveau moniteur haut de gamme pour les joueurs. Testé par le site 01net, qui salue son ergonomie et ses performances,le XL2420T, grand de 24 pouces (60 cm), est équipé d’une dalle TN Full HD fonctionnant à 120 Hz. Il offre un affichage 3D et 2D et son pied réglable en hauteur permet de le placer en mode portrait. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’écran dispose de trois ports USB et d’une petite télécommande, baptisée S Switch, pouvant être raccordée au moniteur. Elle possède 3 touches pour accéder à des réglages pré-enregistrés, mais aussi pour modifier la luminosité de l’écran. Dotée d’un bouton de défilement, elle permet de naviguer et changer rapidement les réglages.Le moniteur n’est malheureusement pas livré avec une paire de lunettes 3D, malgré sa compatibilité avec la 3D Vision 2 du constructeur Nvidia qui, avec la technologie LightBoost, peut doubler la luminosité d’origine. En outre, il est incompatible avec les sources 3D HDMI 1.4, et est également dépourvu de hauts-parleurs.Vendu 499 euros, le XL2420T devrait, malgré son prix élevé, séduire nombre de joueurs adeptes de la 2D ou 3D active.Le 28 mars 2012 à 09:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Reporter would like to talk with women who had kids later not

first_imgThe average age for when Clark County women give birth has steadily risen over the last two decades.Reporter Patty Hastings would like to talk with local women who’ve chosen to have children at age 29 or older, or opted to not have any children.Contact Hastings at or 360-735-4513.last_img

TCIG makes new senior appointment within the civil service

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Photo credit and press release: TCIG Press Office#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 25, 2017 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has announced the appointment of Mrs. Bridgette Newman to the post of Deputy Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication.   Mrs. Newman, a self-described well-rounded and intrinsically motivated individual, has over twenty years of experience within the public service.   She began as a teacher at the Ona Glinton Primary School in September 1992 after studying at Mico Teachers’ College now Mico University College, in Kingston, Jamaica.After spending ten years as an educator, Mrs. Newman was appointed Chief Information Officer, within the Ministry of Communications, Works and Utilities.  Shortly after, she became the Under Secretary within that same Ministry and two years later was transferred to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration and Labour.In 2011, she was appointed Cabinet Secretary and during the Interim Administration, Secretary to the Advisory Council. Mrs. Newman has a  Masters’ Degree in Educational Leadership with merit from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom; she re-joined the civil service in October 2015 as Head of Secretariat, within the Ministry of Home Affairs.Deputy Governor, Hon. Anya Williams stated; “Congratulations and best wishes is extended to Mrs. Bridgette Newman on her recent appointment as Deputy Secretary within the Ministry of Home Affairs.  Mrs. Newman is a career civil servant having previously dedicated over twenty years of service to the Turks and Caicos Islands and having formerly served in various fields as a Teacher, GIS Officer, Under Secretary and former Cabinet Secretary. “Since her return in 2015 she has arduously worked to assist in advancing several programs and initiatives in the Ministry of Home Affairs.  I am fully confident in her ability to once again serve in this senior capacity and look forward to working more directly with her.”Mrs. Newman added; “I would first like to give thanks to God and my immediate family for their constant support and encouragement.  My motto is ‘To whom much is given, much is required’ and I am indeed humbled to have been given another opportunity to serve my country and stand ready to rise to this new challenge as I believe I have much to contribute.  I look forward to working with my colleagues not only in the Ministry of Home Affairs but throughout the Service as we continue to build our “Beautiful by Nature” Turks & Caicos Islands.”center_img Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

WHS SOFTBALL Wildcats Defeat Lowell Catholic Under The Lights

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (9-7) defeated Lowell Catholic by a score of 4-1 on Thursday, May 17 in Wilmington.The Wildcats played another complete game with great pitching, hitting and defense.Lowell Catholic scored its one run in the fourth inning after three seeing eye or bloop singles.In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Wildcats scored two of their own.  Antonia Kieran reached on a walk, which was followed by back-to-back doubles by Liz Gordon (plating Kieran) and Ryan Bailey (plating Gordon).In the fifth inning, the designated player led off the inning with a walk.  She was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Kayla Bourrell. Dana Goulet then had a long at bat (fouling off many pitches) and finally ripped a double to center field, scoring Wright. Ally Moran then had an RBI double in that inning, scoring Goulet.Pitcher Ally Moran had another great day on the mound with 14 strikeouts.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Winchester, Lose To Arlington In Close GamesIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Winchester (9-3) & Arlington (5-2) To Improve To 7-2In “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Beat Wakefield As Offense Explodes For 12 RunsIn “Sports”last_img read more

Facts to know before you lock your life insurance cover

first_imgFacts to know before you lock your life insurance coverpolicybazaar.comLife insurance is a contract between the insurer and the policyholder. The insurance company will pay the designated sum for the money paid by the policyholder. The payment will be made upon the death of the person or other conditions as mentioned in the policy document. You should understand important facts about the life insurance policy so that you will settle for one of the best life insurance plans without any issues. There are many interesting life insurance facts which will be an eye-opener for a novice as well as the experienced customer.Insurance requirements If you are the sole breadwinner of your family, you should go for a comprehensive life insurance policy so that the beneficiary (spouse or children) will get a lump sum amount. The financial void will be filled by the insurance policy. Hence, you should buy an appropriate insurance policy as per your family needs.Types of policies There are two types of insurance policies. You can buy a term policy or money-back policy as per your convenience.Term policyIf you go for a term plan, the policy benefit will end by the end of the term. It is the cheapest form of insurance. If there is a risk to your life, the ‘sum assured’ will be paid to the beneficiary. The policy will be closed after returning the proceeds.Money-back policy The money-back policy will let you enjoy financial benefits even though you do not go through the event. You will get a certain lump sum amount based on the premium and bonus announced by the insurance company on annual basis. You will also be able to get money at regular intervals as per the terms and conditions stipulated in the insurance policy.PremiumThe amount that you pay towards the coverage of risk is called ‘premium’. The premium can be paid monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually as per your convenience.The premium amount will be low when you sign up for the insurance policy at an early age. As you grow old, the risk factors will increase and there will be an additional burden on the insurance company. Hence, the insurance company will charge a higher premium for older people.The duration of the policy The duration of the policy will be 15 years or more as per your needs. It can be chosen as per the policy entry age. If you buy an insurance policy at the age of 25, you can go for 20 years term so that the coverage will be up to 20 years. The policy benefits will be paid at regular intervals or at the end of the term as per the policy wordings.ULIP In order to deliver high yield, you can consider ULIP (Unit Linked Insurance Plans). The insurance company will invest your money in the stock market by buying shares in profit-making companies. The risk will be borne by the customer. As long as the market fares well, you will make good gains through the ULIP. You will get life cover as well as financial gains with the insurance plan.Policy coverage You should choose the policy coverage as per your financial needs. You should be able to pay the insurance premium without financial burden. Hence, the premium should be in proportion to your earnings. If the premium is very high, you will find it difficult to manage your monthly expenses. On the other hand, you will not get sufficient financial benefits when you go for a low premium. Hence, a fine balance should be done by considering your monthly income as well as the needs of your family.Purpose of the insurance policy The insurance policy will deliver income protection. It should not be considered as a pure financial investment. The product is designed to cover the risk to your life. There are various risk factors that arise due to health, accident and occupation.The insurance policy will also help you pay your loans from financial institutions in the event of your death. As there are various kinds of life insurance products in the market, you should go through the interesting life insurance factsto settle for the best life insurance policy.Get quotes You should get life insurance quotes from two or more insurance companies so that your needs will be aware of various features. A customized policy can be chosen by including useful features and avoiding unnecessary features.When you study insurance quotes, you will save a lot of money and it is possible to buy the most appropriate insurance policy.A final wordThe life insurance company should offer the best service and support so that the very purpose of the life insurance policy will be fulfilled. You should buy an insurance product from a reputed company and should go for the appropriate policy as per your earnings and age.last_img read more

Malaysian officials quit as new government cleans house

first_imgMalaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. ReutersMalaysia’s top two judges and its election chief are resigning, officials said Wednesday, the latest senior public servants to leave their posts since the former government lost power.Chief justice Raus Sharif and appeals court president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin are to step down on 31 July, while election chief Mohamad Hashim Abdullah will end his service on 1 July, government statements said.They are the latest senior officials to quit or be forced out of office since prime minister Mahathir Mohamad won a shock election victory last month on a pledge to clean up a government beset by scandal and other abuses.The attorney-general and central bank governor have both left their jobs after allegations related to a scandal surrounding sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.Ousted former prime minister Najib Razak, his family and cronies were accused of plundering billions of dollars from the fund in a sophisticated fraud.Najib, who has been questioned by anti-graft investigators twice over the controversy since losing power, and 1MDB deny any wrongdoing.A judiciary statement said the judges’ resignations were approved by the king on 8 June, as is required by law for such senior legal posts.The judges had their terms extended last year despite exceeding the legal retirement age of 66 for their posts, in a move that sparked protests from Mahathir — then in opposition — and the legal community.Critics say the independence of Malaysia’s judiciary has been eroded steadily over the years.Mahathir, who is 92 and serving as premier for the second time, is himself accused of starting the process of weakening the courts in the 1980s during his first period in office.Meanwhile, an election commission statement said Mohamad Hashim, who became the body’s chairman in January 2016, would see his service period “shortened” to 1 July.Mahathir has previously accused Najib of rigging elections and alleged the commission held back official results as votes were being counted on polling day.last_img read more

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first_imgCase Study | October 21, 2012 | Ascendian Healthcare Consulting Centura Health Evaluates VNA to Master Clinical Data 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 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 Related Content 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 Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Centura Health is the largest healthcare network in Colorado. Dedicated to delivering advanced care to more than a half million people, Centura strives for the highest quality and continuous innovation. To accomplish this, the organization needed to address its transformation and connectivity efforts across patient, people, processes and technologies — the essential ingredients when optimizing clinical performance.Centura understands that by mastering clinical image data across its care network it will enable clinical improvements, optimize electronic medical record (EMR) investments and drive the organization’s interoperability strategy. The key requirements necessary for Centura to adequately consider a VNA solution:- A roadmap for the single/unified environment to store and disseminate image data while addressing the legacy individual cardiology systems currently in operation at the 13 hospital locations- Recommendations to enhance interoperability and operational efficiencies of imaging beyond radiology and cardiology for referring physicians across all enterprise departments- Best Practices to harness and streamline clinical image data to improve clinical decision support and clinical cost-effectivenessThe roadmap and recommendations will allow Centura to unify cardiology and other clinical systems to the overarching IT strategy of connectivity and interoperability. In addition, the organization is developing a Cardiovascular Information System (CVIS) initiative, to consolidate the multiple siloed systems supporting the cardiology services lines. Ultimately, Centura is building a healthcare architecture for the future financial and operational health of the organization. With the help of Ascendian’s expertise, Centura is equipped with the required information that will ensure the best possible solution is delivered.For more information: 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Australian minister warns of Republican crazies

first_imgAssociated PressCANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia’s deputy prime minister warned Friday that the greatest threat to the U.S. economy are the “cranks and crazies” in the Republican Party, a rare foray into American domestic politics that was blasted by the opposition.Wayne Swan, who also serves as treasurer and is his center-left Labor Party government’s ranking finance minister, took aim at the Tea Party during a speech to a business forum, breaking a convention among Australia’s major parties to steer clear of U.S. domestic political debates. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories “What happens in the U.S. economy matters to the world economy and it matters to us,” she told reporters. “Wayne Swan was making that very common sense point today.”Adam Lockyer, a lecturer at Sydney University’s U.S. Studies Center, described Swan’s speech as “a clumsy political move” that left him open to attack from his political enemies.Lockyer said Swan might have been attempting to link the Tea Party to the obstructionism of the Australian opposition, which has thwarted Labor’s legislative agenda in a finely-balanced Parliament.Australia has long maintained that its close relationship with Washington, and its 61-year-old defense alliance, remains strong regardless of who is in the White House.Former conservative Prime Minister John Howard was widely criticized in 2007 when he claimed Obama, then a Democratic presidential nominee, represented al-Qaida’s interests.Howard, a staunch U.S. ally in the Iraq war who lost elections later that year after 11 years in power, created one of the first controversies of Obama’s presidential campaign by attacking his plan to withdraw troops.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   “Let’s be blunt and acknowledge the biggest threat to the world’s biggest economy are the cranks and crazies that have taken over a part of the Republican Party,” Swan said.He said “the extreme right Tea Party wing” of the Republican Party had held the national interest hostage during last year’s debate over the U.S. borrowing limit despite President Barack Obama’s “goodwill and strong efforts.”He said it was imperative that Congress reach an agreement to support growth and avoid a “fiscal cliff” of deep government spending cuts and higher taxes in January, which he said could push the U.S. economy back into recession.The conservative opposition said Swan’s speech betrayed his “hatred” of Republicans.“The Labor Party is peddling hatred and they’re got to stop,” opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey told reporters. “They hate the Republican Party. I’d like Wayne Swan to say something positive about someone somewhere.”Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who travels to New York next week to address the United Nations General Assembly, defended her deputy’s comments as “appropriate.” How men can have a healthy 2019 Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

Three Trends That Will Shape the Mortgage Market

first_img March 28, 2019 1,621 Views Three Trends That Will Shape the Mortgage Market Credit Availability Fannie Mae FHA FHFA fico scores Freddie Mac high-risk mortgage Housing Supply Inventory MBS UMBS Urban Institute 2019-03-28 Radhika Ojha The government-sponsored enterprises’ (GSEs’) move towards single security, the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA’s) credit box changes, and the supply of homes available for sale are three trends that will likely shape the mortgage market in 2019 and beyond, according to the Urban Institute’s latest Monthly Chartbook.The GSEs’ Move Towards UMBSWhile the nonagency share of mortgage securitizations has increased gradually over the years, from 1.8 percent in 2016 to 4.4 percent in 2018, it has seen an uptick since February 2019, inching upwards to 7.15 percent, the report revealed. Nonagency securitization volume totaled $95.2 billion for 2018, a 41 percent increase over 2017.The report said that the Urban Institute would monitor the GSEs’ move towards single security after the Federal Housing Finance Agency recently issued the final rule on this move. This move is likely to have a far-reaching impact on the mortgage market in 2019 and beyond, the report indicated.This initiative will unify Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s currently separate mortgage-backed securities (MBS) into a single, comingled security, called unified mortgage-backed security (UMBS). The final rule requires the GSEs to align their policies, programs, and practices that can impact cash-flows to holders of to-be-announced TBA-eligible MBS. “The market had anticipated these actions, and the price differential between Fannie and Freddie securities had converged some time ago; prior to discussions on the UMBS, Freddie Mac needed to subsidize its security to the detriment of taxpayers,” the report stated. How these UMBS, which go live on June 3, trade, will shape the MBS market.The Chartbook also indicated that the volume of Alt-A and subprime securitization showed the largest growth within the private label securitization (PLS) market with subprime securitizations more than doubling and Alt-A securitizations more than quadrupling from 2017 to 2018. This indicated a distinct “change in the mix” of PLS, the report indicated.FHA’s Credit Box AnnouncementThe second factor that is likely to impact borrowers and lenders is the FHA’s changes to its credit box. The recent announcement is aimed at mitigating FHA’s concerns about endorsing mortgages with higher risk characteristics.One of the key changes announced by the FHA is to refer certain higher-risk mortgages for manual underwriting, which is more labor intensive and costly for lenders. According to the report, while it is too early to tell whether this will discourage lenders from originating the affected mortgages and to what degree, the Urban Institute will be “monitoring the credit characteristics of new FHA originations to identify the impact of this change to credit availability.”The Issue With Housing SupplyFinally, even as the first lien origination volume for the full year of 2018 finished at $1.63 trillion, down from $1.81 trillion in 2017, a recent pullback in rates, the start of the homebuying season, and a continued strong economy are likely to see the demand for homes to pick up again. However, the report indicated that housing supply has been trending downwards throughout 2018 and though it increased month over month in February, inventory was still lower than the previous years. It, therefore, remains to be seen “whether months supply will continue its downward trend in 2019” and how that would impact the demand for homes.Click here to read the full chartbook.center_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Originationlast_img read more

During 2018 China experienced a complex economic

first_img During 2018, China experienced a complex economic scenario, with a slowdown in its growth to 6.6% – a trend expected to continue downwards during this year, said insurance company for exports Coface.This has led to companies registering a delay in their payments, it added.Coface surveyed 1,500 Chinese companies on the issue. It found that in 2018, 62% of companies in the Eastern country had a delay in their payments.According to the company, the period between payments increased to 86 days on average in 2018. This is up from the 76-day average that was reported in 2017.Louis Des Cars, CEO of Coface Chile, told PortalFrutí that the global economic scenario also shows a slowdown in the world economy, as well as international trade.”All commercial war impacts international trade that is on the downside. It is growing much less than before,” the publication quoted Des Cars as saying.What’s more, the economic outlook does not seem to be improving. He explained that 59% of Chinese companies believe that the economy will not improve during this year. This percentage is the highest since 2003.Considering its studies, Coface estimated that China’s growth this year will be 6.2%. You might also be interested in U.S., China revive trade talks ahead of Trump-Xi G … June 14 , 2019 Trump proposes buying over $15B of U.S. produce fo … center_img “It is clear that after a period of strong growth, structural obstacles are finally reaching China’s economy.”The results of our survey of 1,500 Chinese companies confirm that the payment behaviors have deteriorated with the aggravation of fierce competition that reduces profit margins, lack of liquidity and with it the payment terms.”Implications for the agrifood industryIn this context, the economic situation of China is relevant for the agro-export sector of a number of countries.Chile, for instance, was the main supplier of fresh fruit to the Chinese market during 2018.”In the client portfolio that we have in Coface Chile, we are registering defaults in China over the fresh fruit sector,” PortalFrutí quoted Des Cars saying.Coface’s research indicates that the agrifood sector has a medium risk. Yet this makes it better positioned than other industries such as automotive, construction, energy, and metals.The food sector registered an increase of four days in the delay of payments. Thus, its average increased to a 59-day delay during the past year. This makes it the industry with the shortest payment time.Along the same lines, the CEO of Coface recommended that exporters not focus on a single market.”You do not have to be obsessed with the Chinese market, because China does have risk and you have to try to diversify.”On the other hand, the publication quoted Des Cars as emphasizing: “you have to be able to manage your risks…you have to ask yourself, how can I make sure to find clients that are solvent and keep my current clients, in addition to monitoring risk”. Chile scores access to Chinese pear market … Chinese market apple shortage leads to highest pri …last_img read more

The Latest Times Square New Year a beautiful exp

first_imgThe Latest: Times Square New Year ‘a beautiful experience’ by The Associated Press Posted Dec 31, 2017 10:54 am PDT Last Updated Dec 31, 2017 at 9:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York’s Times Square (all times local):12:20 a.m.New Year’s reveler Colleen Keenan says the celebration in frigid Times Square is “a beautiful experience” and “there’s nothing like it.”Kennan and her son braved temperatures of only 10 degrees (minus 12 degrees Celsius) to ring in 2018 in Times Square.With a burst of confetti and fireworks, throngs of revelers celebrated the arrival of 2018 as the glittering crystal ball dropped.___MidnightWith a burst of confetti and fireworks, throngs of revelers have ushered in 2018 in a frigid Times Square as the glittering crystal ball dropped.It was the second-coldest on record. The temperature was only 10 degrees (minus 12 degrees Celsius) in New York City at midnight. The coldest ball drop celebration was in 1917, when it was only 1 degree (minus 17 degrees Celsius).Partygoers bundled up in extra layers, wearing warm hats and face masks, dancing and jogging in place to ward off the cold.There was also tighter security than ever after two terrorist attacks and a rampaging SUV driver who plowed into a crowd on the very spot where the party takes place. The party went off with no major problems.“Auld Lang Syne” and “New York, New York” played as the crowds cheered.___11:50 p.m.Mariah Carey has made it through her set on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” this year after bungling it last year.Carey had technical difficulties during a live performance of her hit song “Emotions” on the ABC show in Times Square last year. She stopped singing, paced the stage and told the audience to finish the lyrics for her.This year, she made it through cleanly despite frigid temperatures — and despite asking for hot tea that wasn’t there. She joked it was a “disaster.” Carey performed her hits 1990s “Vision of Love” and “Hero.”It was the second-coldest Times Square New Year’s Eve on record. The temperature was only 10 degrees (minus 12 degrees Celsius) close to midnight. The coldest ball drop celebration was in 1917, when it was only 1 degree (minus 17 degrees Celsius).___10 p.m.The metal pens holding revelers waiting for the ball drop in frigid Times Square aren’t all packed with people.It’s one of the coldest New Year’s Eves on record in Times Square, just 10 degrees (minus 12 degrees Celsius) at 10 p.m. The coldest on record was in 1917, when it was only 1 degree (minus 17 degrees Celsius) outside.People are jogging around to stay warm or bouncing and dancing in place. Others are standing and shivering.It’s New York City resident Corinne Bird’s third time in Times Square for the New Year. She’s there with a friend from North Carolina who hadn’t been before. They say they’re already cold — and they’ve been waiting only about a half-hour.When midnight hits, the glittering crystal ball will drop, confetti will rain down and fireworks will light up the sky to ring in 2018.___9:25 p.m.Ohio resident Michael Waller says he made a snap decision Saturday evening and drove overnight from Columbus to New York City so he could ring in the New Year in Times Square.Waller says he arrived at about 8 a.m. Sunday and has been standing in frigid temperatures in a metal pen with a front-row view of the glittering Waterford Crystal ball. It’s one of the coldest Times Square New Year’s Eve celebrations on record.Waller says he didn’t want to stay home. It was on his bucket list so he decided to make the trip.Waller is among thousands of people who have been waiting for hours for the midnight ball drop to usher in 2018.Mariah Carey will perform again on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” hosted by Ryan Seacrest. She bungled her performance last year.___5:30 p.m.The National Weather Service is reporting it is only 14 degrees in New York City, making the New Year’s celebration in Times Square among the coldest on record.The coldest-ever ball drop was in 1917, when it was only 1 degree outside. In 1962, it was 11 degrees. And in 2008, it was 18 degrees.Revelers were already lined up hours before the celebration Sunday, braving the cold to catch a glimpse of the glittering crystal ball that falls at midnight.Mariah Carey will perform again on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” hosted by Ryan Seacrest, after a bungled performance last year.___1:45 p.m.Several thousand revelers are already gathering in New York City’s Times Square to celebrate a frigid New Year’s Eve.People assembled at the so-called “Crossroads of the World” more than 12 hours before the midnight countdown to 2018. Security was extremely tight throughout Manhattan after a year that saw several fatal attacks on large crowds.It could be one of the coldest celebrations on record. The temperature is expected to be in the teens with wind chills dipping below zero.Mariah Carey will perform again on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” hosted by Ryan Seacrest, after a bungled performance last year.___9:30 a.m.New Yorkers, celebrity entertainers and tourists from around the world will pack into Times Square Sunday for what’s expected to be a flashy but frigid start to the new year.Revelers are expected to begin lining up in the bitter cold in the early afternoon, hours ahead of when the city will mark the start of 2018 with a glittering crystal ball drop, a burst of more than a ton of confetti and fireworks.It could be one of the coldest celebrations on record, held under tight security after a year that saw several fatal attacks on large crowds.The temperature is expected to be in the teens.Mariah Carey will perform again on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” hosted by Ryan Seacrest, after a bungled performance last year.last_img read more