Dartmouth Harbourwalk Trail Closed for Upgrades

first_imgThe Dartmouth Harbourwalk trail will be temporarily closed for two construction projects. The first project is the reinstatement of the trail in the vicinity of the road to the new sewage treatment plant. The second project is the installation of a storm water pipe from the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) property to the harbour. Signs are posted indicating that the trail will be closed until Dec. 19. If the work is completed early, the trail will be reopen sooner. Waterfront Development Corporation Limited is a provincial Crown corporation that plans, co-ordinates, promotes and develops properties, events and activities on designated waterfronts around Halifax Harbour. -30-last_img

NSBI Board Welcomes New and Returning Members

first_img Sheila Brown, former president and vice-chancellor, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax Jim Eisenhauer, president, ABCO Group Limited, Lunenburg James Gogan, former president and CEO, Empire Company Limited, Stellarton Paul Kent, chief operating officer, xwave, and, senior vice-president, enterprise and business solutions, Aliant, Halifax James MacConnell, former president and CEO, Scotsburn Co-operative Services Ltd., Scotsburn Paul Taylor, CEO, Office of Economic Development, Halifax Nancy Tower, chief financial officer, Emera Inc., Halifax A well-known Nova Scotia business man, a leader in the franchise industry, and the president of one of Cape Breton’s largest contracting firms have been appointed to the board of Nova Scotia Business Inc (NSBI). Bill Black, former president and CEO of Maritime Life in Halifax, David Arenburg, president of Adcor Group of Companies in Yarmouth, and James Kehoe, president of Joneljim Group of Companies in Sydney, were recently appointed to NSBI’s board. “These new members bring the drive and the enthusiasm that is needed to stimulate business growth in Nova Scotia,” said Tom Stanfield, chair of the board. “I look forward to their contributions as I approach the end of my term as chair.” The board has also re-appointed Lawrence Evans, partner, Evans MacIsaac MacMillan in Port Hawkesbury, and Doug Hall, former managing director, RBC Dominion Securities in Halifax. Mr. Hall, former vice-chair of NSBI’s board, has been appointed as the new board chair and will begin his term in January 2007. “I am delighted to be voted the new chair for NSBI’s board and am looking forward to beginning my term in January,” said Mr. Hall. “During his term, Mr. Stanfield was dedicated to generating significant business growth for our province and I will work hard to demonstrate the same level of commitment and leadership.” “We have a very strong group of business leaders representing our board,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “I am looking forward to working with our new members to uncover even more business opportunities for our province. I would also like to thank those members whose terms have ended. Their hard work over the past few years has been invaluable and I wish them the very best for the future.” Alastair MacLeod, president, Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce in Sydney, Thomas Rose, chair and CEO, TAR Investments Ltd. in Halifax, and Maurice Guitton, president EADS Composites Atlantic Ltd. in Lunenburg, recently ended their terms and have retired from the NSBI board. Thirteen proven and committed businessmen and women lead NSBI as its board of directors. Board members come from communities across the province and represent various industry sectors. NSBI board members may serve up to four years per term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. Other members of the board of directors of NSBI include:last_img read more

Oil and gas sector cautious as clock ticks down to Trans Mountain

first_imgThe company counts Imperial Oil Ltd. and Cenovus Energy Inc. among its customers, both of whom have delayed building or completing steam-driven oilsands projects because of uncertainty about how they will get the oil to market.Analyst Samir Kayande, a director with RS Energy Group, says the expansion to triple capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline will help with market access when it comes on stream but that likely won’t happen until 2022 and could be held up by more legal challenges.He says the pipeline isn’t big enough to fix Western Canada’s oil transportation woes on its own, nor does it address the general downturn in energy investing in North America and the lower quality of Canada’s resources compared to premier U.S. oil and gas basins.“Even though it’s positive and it’s important, the impact on the investment climate will probably be a little bit muted at least until you can actually start construction,” said Kayande.“It really depends on what the next round of legal challenges looks like.” CALGARY, A.B. – Observers on the front lines of Western Canada’s oil and gas sector are looking forward to what’s widely expected to be approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Tuesday while acknowledging the decision by Ottawa won’t solve all problems.CEO Clayton Byrt of Pimee Well Servicing LP, a service rig company owned by six northern Alberta First Nations, says approval of the pipeline is a “big deal” because it will encourage investment by the oilsands producers he counts as customers.He says more activity will support Pimee’s ability to retain its 140 employees, almost all Indigenous, and eventually grow the company to continue to offer good jobs to First Nations members.last_img read more

ISIL moving trucks full of abducted civilians to Mosul as shields against

The UN human rights wing raised concerns about air strikes against civilians, which reportedly killed four women and 17 other civilians in the al-Qudus neighbourhood in eastern Mosul on Wednesday evening.“We remind the Government and its allies that all military operations, as well as security screening of people, must be carried out in full compliance with international humanitarian law, and that they must strictly abide by the principles of humanity, distinction, proportionality, necessity and precautions to minimize loss of civilian life,” said OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani. Meanwhile, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) today recorded a total of 22,224 individuals displaced by fighting in the Mosul region that began on October 17.The largest number of these internally displaced people (IDPs) is in Ninewa governorate, where 3,577 families, or 21,462 individuals. have been recorded, (about 97 percent of the total displaced by the current Mosul emergency). Others have been displaced to Anbar and Erbil governorates.According to the agency, since the beginning of the Mosul operations, the cumulative number of IDPs reached 4,182 families, corresponding to 25,092 individuals (from 17/10–3/11). The 22,224 individuals reported today (04/11) are those still in displacement. An estimated 3,300 recent IDPs returned to their communities between 18 October and 3 November.On Wednesday, IOM Iraq released its Mosul Crisis Response Revised Funding Gap report, which outlines the revised needs and estimated funding gaps for shelter support, including establishment of emergency sites; provision of non-food relief items; emergency health services; delivery of psychosocial services; emergency livelihoods and social cohesion activities.“IOM has had to redirect the funding for its humanitarian response to the establishment of emergency sites,” explained IOM Iraq Chief Mission Thomas Lothar Weiss. “Redirecting funds, coupled with the increased needs in some sectors, means widening the funding gaps for the provision of humanitarian life-saving assistance to the affected population.” IOM distributes non-food items to internally displaced people in Qayyara, near Mosul, Iraq. Photo: IOM Further reports stated that 180 people were killed on Wednesday in the town of Kokja in eastern Mosul and potentially an additional 200 in Mosul. OHCHR is working to verify the details. ISIL has taken “trucks full of abducted civilians” from Hamam al-Alil to Tal Afar city. Some of the families were told that they would be going to Syria.On Wednesday, 150 families were moved from Hamam al-Alil to Mosul. ISIL used loudspeakers to order residents of the villages of Lazagha and Arij (5 kilometres from the centre of Hamam al-Alil) to either leave their homes or be severely punished.Since 17 October, ISIL militants have been forcibly recruiting children as young as nine and 10 to fight in Mosul.Meanwhile, the OHCHR continues to receive reports of mass killings, including a report on Monday that ISIL killed 50 of its own militants in the Ghazlani military base in Mosul for alleged desertion. read more

UK truck market remains strong as demand grows in 2016

Download the HGV registrations press release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Registrations of new heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) rose 5.3% to 46,231 units in 2016, according to figures released by SMMT, marking the sector’s third consecutive year of growth. The year ended on a positive note, with 13,555 new HGVs registered in Q4 – a 2.3% improvement on the same period in 2015.Rigid vehicles continued to fuel the market throughout 2016, with both the >6-16T and >16T segments experiencing double-digit growth – up 21.6% and 14.5% respectively. The artics segment, meanwhile, ended the year down by -7.5%, but in the fourth quarter bucked the downward trend set earlier in the year, rising by 0.7% as an uplift in demand for 3+ axle artics compensated for a decline in 2 axle vehicles.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Another year of growth for the HGV market in 2016 is a positive sign for the sector, particularly as it follows such an exceptionally strong 2015. HGVs are essential for transporting vital goods around the country and their demand provides a barometer for the UK economy, so these results are certainly welcome. Looking ahead, we must ensure business uncertainty is minimised so that this success continues. HGV registrations increase in 2016, up 5.3% to 46,231 units.Demand for rigid vehicles drives growth, up 17.0% compared with 2015.2016 ends on a positive, with steady 2.3% rise in Q4. read more

Whittington leads Kent State past Norfolk State 7867

KENT, Ohio — Philip Whittington scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Kent State surged to a double-digit lead in the first half and maintained it for a 78-67 win over Norfolk State on Saturday afternoon.Kent State now has won five straight and is 3-0 all-time against the Spartans.Whittington has led the Golden Flashes in rebounding in seven of the last eight games and came in averaging just under eight boards.Whittington converted a layup with 9:49 left to give Kent State (7-1) a 20-10 lead, but Norfolk State rallied to halve the deficit. Kent State pushed it back into double digits and led 30-21 at intermission.Jaylin Walker had 15 points off the bench and Antonio Williams added 14 points and collected three steals for the Golden Flashes.Alex Long had 24 points for Norfolk State (4-6).The Associated Press read more

UK warship HMS Diamond to target people smugglers in Libya mission

first_img 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. A British warship will arrive off the Libyan coast in the next few days in an attempt to intercept and arrest people smugglers.HMS Diamond, a Type-45 destroyer equipped with missiles and a fast-firing cannon, will join EU flotilla, Operation Sophia, tasked with catching smugglers at sea.Formal authorisation for the mission was given by Brussels in June.The intervention comes as the flow of migrants trying to cross the Meditteranean for Italy reached record levels.Last week, smugglers sent record numbers of migrants to sea, with more than 13,000 people being picked up by rescue boats and the Italian coastguard.The plan to deploy HMS Diamond was met with disapproval by the head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Crispin Blunt. He told the Observer: “The smugglers are taking advantage of the fact there is no coherent government in Libya.“Until there is a political settlement in Libya that encourages a Libyan government to accept assistance in its territorial waters, I fail to see how this can be effective.”HMS Diamond joins HMS Enterprise, which last week rescued 700 migrants off Libya, and more than a dozen EU vessels.last_img read more

Salles de shoot Matignon dit non

first_imgSalles de shoot : Matignon dit nonFrance – Le débat sur l’ouverture de “salles de shoot” sur le territoire français est lancé. Le Premier ministre François Fillon est pour sa part défavorable à ces centres d’injection supervisés. Entre une opinion publique qui se prononçait contre et des associations qui se disaient pour, l’Inserm avait tranché en rendant son propre rapport sur les centres de consommation de drogues supervisés. D’après l’étude menée par l’institut, ces derniers permettraient un meilleur accompagnement médical des toxicomanes marginalisés et diminueraient les troubles à l’ordre public. Roselyne Bachelot, ministre de la Santé, s’était donc prononcée en faveur d’une expérimentation et avait lancé le débat lors de la conférence internationale sur le sida à Vienne, en juillet dernier. À lire aussiEn donnant de l’ecstasy à des pieuvres, des scientifiques découvrent un lien évolutif avec l’HommeLe Premier ministre a pour sa part répliqué que “ces salles ne sont ni utiles, ni souhaitables” et que “la priorité de Matignon est de réduire la consommation de drogues, non de l’accompagner, voire de l’organiser”.Avec une gauche favorable et une droite divisée, le débat politique autour de cet enjeu sanitaire promet d’être intense. Le 12 août 2010 à 10:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Tuberculose un test de détection en 100 minutes

first_imgTuberculose : un test de détection en 100 minutesL’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a déclaré avoir lancé cette semaine un nouveau test de dépistage de la tuberculose, maladie qui touche un tiers de la population, permettant d’obtenir des résultats en 100 minutes.La tuberculose est une maladie infectieuse qui se traduit physiquement par une fièvre, de la toux, et une perte de poids importante. La maladie affecte notamment les poumons, et alors qu’elle était en baisse dans le monde durant un moment, l’apparition de plusieurs formes résistantes fait qu’un tiers de la population mondiale en serait atteinte. Ainsi 9,4 millions de nouveaux cas auraient été diagnostiqués en 2009 tandis qu’1,7 million d’individus en décédaient. Aujourd’hui, l’OMS a annoncé le lancement d’un nouveau test de dépistage.Ce dernier est révolutionnaire du fait qu’il permet de diagnostiquer un individu en 100 minutes, soit 1h40, alors que les tests actuels requièrent actuellement jusqu’à trois mois. Ainsi, Mario Raviglione, un des responsables de l’OMS, explique à l’AFP : “Ce test va transformer et révolutionner la façon dont nous gérons le traitement et le contrôle de la tuberculose”. L’outil de détection se présente sous la forme d’un important ordinateur qui est capable de détecter les formes de tuberculoses mêmes les plus complexes et résistantes. Cela pourrait permettre aux personnes touchées par la maladie de connaître leur situation plus rapidement et ainsi d’avoir accès à un traitement adapté dans de meilleurs délais.Le 9 décembre 2010 à 16:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

One dies in Nassau accident speed and no seat belt

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Speed was certainly a factor, but the men were also said to not be wearing their seat belts.  #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianewscenter_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 13, 2017 – Severe head trauma is what police say likely killed the passenger in that Saturday early evening accident at the JFK and Westridge round about in Nassau.  Two were in the 1997 Geo Tracker, a lone car crash where officers investigating believe the driver for some reason plowed through the roundabout and slammed into two signs  that did major damage to the car, caused the driver to be ejected from the car and saw his passenger pronounced dead on the scene.  The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly March 14 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioAhtna Proposes New Game Management PlanLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCAlaska tribes and rural hunters have long complained that the dual federal-state game management system is hard to live by and doesn’t give subsistence users their due. Today, Ahtna Inc., the smallest of Alaska’s Regional Native Corporations, presented a proposal for co-management of game to a U.S. House panel. It’s a pilot project and it’s sure to be controversial.VPSOs Prepare For Possibility Of Being Armed Ben Matheson, KYUK – BethelThe effort to allow VPSOs to carry guns cleared a major hurdle this week when the Alaska house unanimously passed the bill that does just that. The decision is in the hands of legislators in Juneau now, and while the bill passed 38-0, the issue on the ground is more nuanced. Several Y-K Delta VPSOs were in Bethel for training last week and spoke to KYUK’s Ben Matheson about the prospect of being armed.Senate Education Moves Governor’s Education Bill The Associated PressThe Alaska Senate Education Committee moved Governor Sean Parnell’s omnibus education bill Friday after rejecting amendments offered by the committee’s lone Democrat.Legislature Rejects Pay Raises For Top Officials The Associated PressThe legislature has rejected proposed pay increases for the governor, lieutenant governor and main department heads.Geoduck Dive Fishery Opens; Market Found Leila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanSoutheast Alaska divers were out fishing for geoducks on Thursday, for the first time in about two months. Processors found a market for the clams outside of China, which still has not lifted its ban on West Coast shellfish.Juneau School Board Unmoved By Travel Ban Task Force, Public Testimony Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauThe Juneau School Board will not reconsider the ban on middle school sports travel, at least for the rest of the school year.AK: Machine ShopRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaManufacturing – like everything else – is becoming more computerized. But instead of replacing craftsmanship, digital technology is opening up possibilities for students to create things in ways that simply weren’t practical a decade ago.Three kids at Sitka High School are building a tool — really just a customized piece of metal — to do an unsung, but important, job in the community. And their collaboration points toward a future where we’ll make stuff differently.300 Villages: HoonahThis week we’re heading to Hoonah, a small community on Chichagof Island in Southeast. Chris Erikson runs a guiding business in Hoonah.last_img read more

BUP students death restarts safe road movement

first_imgUniversity students and locals of Pragati Sarani area block road in front of Jamuna Future Park to protest against the death of a BUP student in a road crash on 19 March, 2019. Photo: Abdus SalamStudents of various institutions and local people have blocked the road in front of Jamuna Future Park to protest against the death of a student of Bangladesh University of Professionals in a road accident.The victim, Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, 20, son of Arif Ahmed Chowdhury, was run over by a ‘Suprobhat Paribahan’ bus around 7:30am on Tuesday, said police.Angered by the accident, the students from BUP, North South University, Independent University of Bangladesh, American International University of Bangladesh and others blocked the road demanding safe roads and justice for Abrar.A student holds a placard protesting at the death of a BUP student in a road crash in front of Jamuna Future Park on 19 March, 2019. Photo: Abdus SalamThey chanted slogans for implementation of their eight-point demand. Their demands included the punishment of the bus driver, enforcing stringent criteria for bus driver licences, use of zebra crossings, and installing closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in front of the road crossings, and setting up a foot overbridges in front of Pragati Sarani.Dhaka North City Corporation’s (DNCC) mayor Atiqul Islam went to the area and talked to the protesting students around 11:00am. He requested the demonstrators to withdraw their blockade.”We’ll take every action. Withdraw the road blockade,” he said.The demonstrators, however, did not pay any heed to his request. Instead, they asked him why Jebel-e-Noor Paribahan buses still ply on Dhaka roads.A bus of Jebel-e-Noor Paribahan ran over and killed two college students, sparking off the hard-hitting student movement for safe roads in 2018.last_img read more

App Takes Controversy Out Of Redesigning The Alamo

first_imgTEXAS PUBLIC RADIOSince last May, Alamo Plaza has been embroiled in debate over how the site will be redesigned.Organizers hope the plan will return Alamo Plaza to its former grandeur. It may include moving the 1936 Cenotaph and the Alamo Defenders to a nearby park, where historians believe the soldiers’ bodies were burned.But moving the 60-foot monument to that site doesn’t sit right with many Texans.“We’re American. We’re Texans,” shouted Ray Myers in front of the Cenotaph last October.Protesters ranged from at least one Alamo historian to the This is Texas Freedom Force, an organization that spent last year fighting the removal of Confederate monuments, including the one in Travis Park downtown.CREDIT PAUL FLAHIVE | TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOStephen L. Hardin consulted on the creation of the Alamo Reality App. He also protested against removing the Cenotaph.“Whoever controls the past, controls the future,” Myers yelled to dozens of people protesting the removal of the memorial.The stakes of changing a cultural touchstone are always high. But designers of the newly launched Alamo Reality app haven’t drawn any public ire for removing the cenotaph, changing the Alamo chapel facade or other restorations. That’s because they rebuilt the former site, which stretched across today’s streets and into buildings, in the digital world.With the app at the site, you can hold up your phone or tablet and see the Alamo at different points in history and scenes from the 1836 battle play out — all of it designed and launched without the bureaucratic headaches or noisy protests of the real world.“The city owns part of it, the General Land Office owns part of it, private interest owns part of it.” said Alamo Reality co-founder Michael McGar, standing outside the Alamo last month. “It’s just really difficult given the circumstances to be able to tell the narrative any other way.”They consulted prominent historians and others to make sure they got everything right within the app, from the texture of the wood in their digital recreations to the location of the 18-pound cannon, McGar said.They avoided more red tape by placing their geo-located scenes outside the current historical site’s walls, which was easy since it’s a fraction of its original size.Much of the action took place outside of the current footprint.“There tends to be Raspas on ever historic location,” Mcgar joked.CREDIT PAUL FLAHIVE | TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOMichael McGar looks through app to see room Jim Bowie died in.Even things like the spot Alamo defender Jim Bowie died sits on an unmarked spot near a tree.He looks on as two young girls run across the spot.“Not saying anything bad about the Alamo, but they have a signboard there but it doesn’t say ‘Jim Bowie died here,’ and I would think most people coming out here would want to know that,” he said.The Alamo Reality app is available in the iTunes store. It will be released in the Google Play store next month.McGar and his partners now plan to take on Gettysburg in a self-funded, multi-million dollar production.At least they only have one property owner, McGar said.Paul Flahive can be reached at paul@tpr.org or on Twitter @paulflahive Sharelast_img read more

A New App Lets Mobile Users Make and Send PDFs

first_imgNovember 2, 2011 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story appears in the November 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Easy to use: Createpdf converts files automatically.Adobe’s PDF files are pretty much the small-business standard when it comes to reading and sharing documents in their original form. With a slew of PDF-friendly mobile apps out there, it’s easier than ever to review documents on the go. But creating and sending PDFs on the road has been a trickier step.A new app from Adobe aims to solve that. The tool gives users the ability to create and send PDFs from files on a tablet or other mobile device. Adobe announced in August that its CreatePDF app is available on iPhone and iPad–before it was only available on Android devices–and it’s a welcome addition.Just remember, this is Adobe. Nothing is free. The app costs a steep $9.99 as a download from the iTunes Store and can be used on both iPad and iPhone.What it is: CreatePDF lets users convert e-mail attachments or files stored in the cloud on any application into PDF files. The new files can then be e-mailed directly. The process is straightforward: When looking at a document, select “Open in CreatePDF” from the document menu and the app does the rest automatically. Converted PDFs can then be viewed and stored on your device.What you might like: Overall, it’s easy to use. Converting and e-mailing is simple, and the app can convert a wide variety of file formats, including Microsoft Word and other text documents, multiple kinds of image files such as JPGs and GIFs, PowerPoint presentations and files from Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.What you might not like: The app is surprisingly bare-bones for the cost. Files are organized chronologically by the date they were converted, which can be a pain to manage. It’s probably a good idea to e-mail or move converted PDFs to applications such as Dropbox or PDF Reader as soon as possible to avoid losing track of them.Bottom line: If you send and receive a lot of PDFs outside the office, this is a handy tool to have in your kit. If you don’t, stick with a basic PDF reader on the go and wait to do your conversions back at your desk, which is both cheaper and simpler.  2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Paraguay 17 killed in violent land dispute

first_imgAssociated PressASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) – Paraguay deployed its army Friday to resolve a violent land dispute in a remote northern forest reserve after 17 people were killed in gunbattles between police and landless farmers.The clash prompted President Fernando Lugo to accept the resignations of his interior minister and his chief of police.The violence broke out as police tried to evict about 150 farmers from the reserve, which is part of a huge estate owned by a Colorado Party politician opposed to Lugo, who was a Catholic bishop before renouncing the priesthood to run for president. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   4 must play golf courses in Arizona Among the seven officers killed was the brother of Lugo’s chief of military security. Ten farmers also were killed, and 27 other officers were injured as police kept up the firefights in the forest, some 150 miles north of the capital Asuncion.After firefights that lasted about eight hours, the farmers dispersed into the jungle and police took control of the reserve, said Gregorio Almada, security vice minister for the Interior Ministry.Lugo suspended his agenda and called a Cabinet meeting. He said the army has his support to put an end to the violence and ruled out any connections to the Paraguayan People’s Army, a small leftist guerrilla group that has attacked rural police posts in the northern part of the country.“I extend my sorrow and repudiation of the actions that led to the killing of these people,” Lugo told reporters.Lugo didn’t explain why he accepted the resignations of Interior Minister Carlos Filizzola or Police Chief Paulino Rojas. The presidency didn’t say whether he had approved the eviction, or was even aware of it.The 4,900-acre (2,000)-hectare reserve is part of a vast ranch owned Blas Riquelme.“Twenty years ago we declared this a forest reserve but farmers have wanted to occupy it since last year,” said Jose Riquelme, the owner’s son. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Activists for poor farmers, however, say Riquelme used his political influence to get the land from the state decades ago and that it should have been put it to use for land reform.Paraguay is the world’s fourth-largest supplier of soybeans and land disputes have risen in recent years as farmers seek more land to grow the country’s top export earner.Lugo won election in 2008 promising farmland for 87,000 landless families. But with few allies in Paraguay’s government, he has failed to deliver, and the problems are more vexing than ever.“Lugo can’t fix a grave social problem: the recovery of state lands seized decades ago by people like Riquelme who were not subject to land reform,” said Jose Rodriguez, an adviser for the landless rights groups.“We’re living a serious situation and it will just worsen because the poor need a piece of land,” Rodriguez said. “Our people resisting the police attack only have .22-caliber rifles; they don’t have army training or weapons to wage a war.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

Travel To and From Singapore Boosted by 50th Anniversary Holiday

first_imgTravel To and From Singapore Boosted by 50th Anniversary HolidayTravel to and from Singapore has seen a marked jump coinciding with the country’s 50th independence anniversary holiday on 7-10 August, according to the latest air reservation data from ForwardKeys, which monitors future travel patterns by analysing 14 million reservation transactions each day.Europe leads the way in travel to Singapore, up 9.9% in total visitor nights for the same time last year.Further analysis shows that connections through the Middle East hubs and Turkey are becoming increasingly important. Dubai is the clear leader for Europeans going to Singapore, while Doha, Abu Dhabi and Istanbul are all showing a doubling in flights compared to 2014.Visits from the Middle East are actually down compared to 2014 but this is because Ramadan was 10 days earlier this year than last.Olivier Jager, Co-founder and CEO, ForwardKeys, said: “The overall picture emerging from our data is that Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations are causing a holiday travel boom into and out of the country. Total visitor nights in Singapore projected from the international air reservations that have been made, are 3% up on the previous year, and then up 5.5% for the rest summer season, starting from the Anniversary weekend. Departure bookings are also showing an increase.”The ForwardKeys analysis shows that China leads the way in total room nights from Asia to Singapore. In the European market, France and Italy lead the increase, due in part to improved connections.The Singapore holiday has also boosted departures, peaking on 6 and 7 August. Departure bookings started growing significantly as early as March 2015.Source = ForwarsKeyslast_img read more

Rising Equity Levels are Restoring Balance

first_img November 16, 2016 514 Views Rising Equity Levels are Restoring Balance Equity Rich Home Equity Underwater Homeowners 2016-11-16 MirashaBrown The United States housing market has experienced a spike in equity rich homeowners. According to the U.S. Home Equity and Underwater report curated by ATTOM Data Solutions, over 13 million homeowners have reached equity rich status in the third quarter of 2016, which is up by 2.6 million from Q3 2015. ATTOM defines equity rich as having an LTV ratio of 50 percent or lower.The increase in equity rich homeowners has a positive impact on the housing market by bringing fluidity back into the marketplace. Daren Blomquist, SVP at ATTOM Data Solutions, told MReport, “The declining number of homeowners in negative equity means the housing market is finally getting close to digging itself out of the deep hole resulting from the housing crash. More homeowners will regain enough equity to sell, helping to loosen up the inventory logjam that has been in place over the past couple of years.”Blomquist expects the number of underwater homeowners to drop to 5 percent, which will be another step toward restoring balance between buyers and sellers and creating a healthier housing market.The U.S. Home Equity and Underwater report stated that almost one in every five homeowners with a mortgage is equity rich. This is a result of an increase in homeownership tenures and rising home prices. The average homeownership tenure has increased to almost eight years.“Median home prices increased on a year-over-year basis for the 18th consecutive quarter in Q3 2016, and homeowners who sold in the third quarter had owned their home an average of 7.94 years—a new high in our data and substantially higher than the average homeownership tenure of 4.26 years pre-recession,” Blomquist said. “As homeowners stay in their homes longer before moving up, they are amassing more equity wealth.”ATTOM’s numbers follow positive trends in the mortgage market. The number of homeowners who are seriously underwater has decreased by more than 800,000 since 2016. Approximately 6.7 million homeowners are seriously underwater, which represents 10.6 percent of U.S. homeowners with a mortgage—approximately half of the total of underwater homeowners at their peak in Q2 2012 (12.8 million). Over 20 percent of homes are underwater in cities like Las Vegas (25.0), Akron, Ohio (24.2) and Detroit (20.0).Cities with the highest share of equity rich owners include San Jose (55.7 percent), San Francisco (49.8 percent) and Honolulu (39.3 percent). Other cities on the list are Los Angeles (38.2), Pittsburgh (34.5), Portland (33.1), San Diego (33.0), Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California (32.7), Seattle (31.5) and Austin (31.0).To view the complete report, click here.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

How Will the End of Conservatorship Impact the GSEs

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Share June 21, 2018 734 Views How Will the End of Conservatorship Impact the GSEs?center_img On Thursday, the Executive Office of the President released its Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations, which included a proposal to “remove the Federal charter from the statute and fully privatize the GSEs.”While the 132-page document proposes changes to many different areas of the federal government, one section, in particular, will be of interest to housing and mortgage professionals, titled “Reform Federal Role in Mortgage Finance.”In outlining the reasons for this proposal, the report lists increasing competition, increasing transparency and accountability, aligning incentives and reducing overlap, and providing more assistance to those in need.The proposal calls upon policymakers to “pursue an approach that would level the playing field with the private sector to decrease the Federal subsidies supporting housing,” and states that competition to the duopolistic role held by the now privately-owned GSEs would be essential reform to decrease moral hazard and risk to taxpayers.As these systems are currently organized, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are private companies that are congressionally chartered, a status that the proposal claims has been viewed as conveying “an implicit Federal backstop,” a factor lowering the organizations’ cost of capital, as compared to “similarly-sized institutions.” This proposal aims to not only reorganize the GSEs, but to affect the operations of other Federal programs as well, such as HUD, FHA, VA, and USDA.The combination of these entities results in a “complex and overlapping network of cross-subsidization, without clear accountability as to who is paying for, and who is receiving, housing subsidies.” The reorganization proposal states that this results in distortions in home pricing that could hinder the goal of homeownership.In order to combat this, the following actions are submitted:Increase competition: By removing the Federal charter from and fully privatizing the GSEs, other private companies would be able to enter and begin competing in this market space. A Federal entity with secondary mortgage market experience would be charged with regulatory oversight, ensuring an equal playing field for all competitors.Increase transparency and accountability: This proposal would give guarantors access to “an explicit guarantee on the MBS that they issue that is only exposed in limited, exigent circumstances.” In order to ensure the continued availability of mortgage financing, regulators would set fees to create an insurance fund, resulting in reduced implicit taxpayer exposure.Align incentives and reduce overlap: Secondary market liquidity would become the focus for the GSEs to provide mortgage loans to qualified borrowers, while HUD would assume primary responsibility for affordable housing objectives. Mandates would be enacted to define appropriate lending markets served, in order to avoid cross-subsidization and open the private sector to equal opportunity for all competitors.Provide more targeted assistance to those in need. Affordable housing fees transferred to HUD would enable FHA to maintain “responsible and sustainable support for homeownership and wealth-building” while providing more targeted assistance to low- and-moderate-income homebuyers.All items listed in this proposal are noted as being “on-budget and accountable,” as well as apart from the Federal support for low- and-moderate-income homebuyers.Read similar stories here:Watt: “These Conservatorships are Unsustainable”FHFA Addresses GSEs’ SlimdownThe Housing Market: Six Months After Tax Cuts Conservatorship Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSEs Homeownership homes HOUSING Privatization 2018-06-21 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

UCY deal on sustainable energy reached as part of Qatar visit

first_imgTEXAS A&M University in Qatar has signed an agreement with the Research Centre for Sustainable Energy (FOSS) at the University of Cyprus.The agreement forms part of the official visit President Nicos Anastasiades to the State of Qatar and the Qatar-Cyprus business forum.FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy Director, Doctor George Georgiou, said, “this agreement provides a first class opportunity for the two institutions to explore synergies in fields of mutual interest such as solar energy, smart grids, distributed generation, natural gas etc.”The agreement seeks to expand research endeavours in the sustainable energy arena and was signed at the University’s Engineering building on Monday. It will encourage the enrolment of qualified students in new academic programs, explore opportunities to exchange faculty for joint teaching and research programs and explore avenues for strengthening relationship and furthering excellence in education in both Qatar and Cyprus.“This agreement to cooperate with the Research Centre for Sustainable Energy at the University of Cyprus represents an exciting opportunity for Texas A&M at Qatar to expand its international collaborations in research areas of immediate interest to the State of Qatar. We welcome this opportunity to work with our colleagues in Cyprus,” Kenneth Hall, assistant dean for Research and Graduate Studies at Texas A&M at Qatar said.Texas A&M at Qatar Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Docter Eyad Masad, said, “This agreement emphasises the strong commitment of Texas A&M in Qatar toward promoting worldwide cooperation in exploring new research opportunities important to the development of Qatar and its economy.”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 ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo 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