Despite the backlash among the assembly, Mayor Pierce believes “this is a his poll is excellent and has been very well received.” Mayor Pierce took to Facebook to post an online poll for members of the Borough to weigh in on the proposed budget, but some members of the assembly have voiced their apprehension to how accurate the poll might be. KPB Mayor Pierce and his administration presented the FY2019 budget to the borough assembly at their meeting on May 15. According to a post on social media, Mayor Pierce feels like his “plan was initially shot down, and feels it is critical to listen to the people that he was elected to serve.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Budget talks are looming all over the Kenai Peninsula, and Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce has taken to social media in an attempt to hear from the local residents regarding his recent FY2019 budget proposal. Assemblyman Willy Dunne: “It is difficult to fully understand all of the fiscal and economic implications of the choices presented in this simplistic and biased poll.” Of the nearly 400 borough residents that have taken the time to fill out the poll, the results are pretty evenly split, with the property tax option getting the least support. Assemblywoman Kelly Cooper commented: “This poll isn’t very clear so results will be skewed. This is messaging & not fair to our constituents. They’re savvy & will understand it. As presented, it’s simply a poll weighted to get the results you want.” A vote on the finalized budget for the FY2019 will go before the assembly on June 5.
Like most other printers over the last five years, RR Donnelley had been aggressively diversifying its services into other markets to bolster its more traditional print business. The spinoffs are expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and existing RR Donnelley shareholders will end up owning shares in all three companies. Management teams and branding are still being developed, the company says. The custom marketing communications company will be the largest, which under RR Donnelley’s current structure accounted for 12-month net sales of $7 billion. The traditional printing services operation made $3.5 million in revenue and the financial communications business brought in $1 billion in the last year. The theory goes that by separating the three units, they’ll be able to focus on their own unique strategies and independently execute on them. RR Donnelley plans to separate into a financial communications services business, a custom marketing communications operation and a printing services company. RR Donnelley announced this week that it intends to split itself into three publicly traded companies—a process that has gained steam in the media market as companies that previously combined ancillary businesses with their core “traditional” media have started to spin off the components to try and unlock more value. Not all of RR Donnelley’s acquisitions were from new markets—the company spent $620 million on Chicago-based printer Consolidated Graphics in late 2013 and beat out Quad/Graphics to acquire book manufacturer Courier Corp. earlier this year. Among RR Donnelley’s more recent acquisitions were digital replica producer LibreDigital and paywall provider Press+ in 2011. The company bought Bowne Financial in 2010 and EDGAR Online in 2012. Those two formed the foundation for the financial communications business. “We see significant opportunity to unlock value by allowing these three businesses to pursue their own strategies and invest according to the unique dynamics of their respective industries,” says RR Donnelley president and CEO Thomas J. Quinlan III in a statement. “Each company will have the strategic focus, management resources and capital structure to enable it to strengthen its market position and pursue its growth opportunities, enhancing long-term value for stakeholders.” Crain’s Chicago Business reports that RR Donnelley may be separating the units for an easier path to divestment. Of particular interest would be the financial and marketing communication segments. Decoupling the higher growth businesses from the traditional printing operation makes them more convenient targets, says the report. Printers have already gone through significant consolidation and have been buying up or partnering with ancillary services, like digital magazine producers, e-commerce solutions and the like, to drive top-line growth.
Kendall Jenner was recently spotted with a giant hickey after partying with Anwar Hadid at Fashion Week in Paris.Sean Zanni/Getty ImagesKendall Jenner was spotted in a green tank top heading for a taping of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The reality star went bra free and looked casual in her ensemble.Kendall Jenner accessorized her look with oversized jeans, sneakers and a Louis Vuitton purse. She was joined by Scott Disick. The sighting comes on the heels of Kendall signing with oral care brand Moon. The model has been using her social media to promote the brand. She posted shots of herself in undress to promote Moon.The reality TV show shot the Kardashian family to fame and seems to be the flagship business of the family. It has been previously reported that Kendall can charge upwards of $500,000 per social post to her 108 million followers, her price is jacked up when promoting ‘pharmaceutical products or something that you’re going to drink, ingest, or put on your body,’ according to momager Kris Jenner. Kendall JennerGetty ImagesThe reality star may be taking a page from her sister Kylie’s playbook branching into oral care. Kylie Jenner did make a huge chunk of her fortune thanks to the profits from her lip-kits. Starting with Kim Kardashian who has many business ventures including a highly profitable mobile game that earned her a pretty penny, to Kourtney and Khloe who apart from their television appearance, have quite a few social media businesses as well.Kendall Jenner is one of the most successful and highly paid models in the world, and she has to thank her Kardashian fame for at least a part of her success. You can check out the pics here:
By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterIt maybe wasn’t the sort of place you’d expect heated debate. But during “Triggered: The Power of Guns, Law & Politics” the third annual C. Clyde Ferguson Jr. Symposium at Howard University School of Law, audience and panelists alike argued firmly their beliefs and asked hard questions during the event.This conversation, formerly known as the Ferguson Lecture, was established in part ot honor the legacy of Clarence Clyde Ferguson Jr., former Dean of Howard University School of Law and alum (LL.B cum Laude, 1951).Panelists at “Triggered: The Power of Guns, Law & Politics,” part of the third annual C. Clyde Ferguson Jr. Symposium at Howard University School of Law. (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)It was presented by the Howard University School of Law, Human & Civil Rights Law Review. The topics were important. “This year, our Lecture addresses the critical issue of gun violence in America. From police brutality, suicide and mass shootings, gun violence impact the daily lives of people throughout the country. Gun laws and legislation play a pivotal role in both the perception and the impact of guns in our society,” wrote Elijah B. Porter II Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.The event was jam packed with two panels, one dealing with high school shootings, and the other on health and public safety issues that gun violence causes. The keynote address was delivered by Congresswoman Robin Kelly, representing the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois. Noted hip-hop artist Rah Digga also moderated a panel.Definitions of the types of gun violence vary, but the impact is devastating no matter how you look at the issue.The Washington Post created a data that tracked about 1,148 deaths due to mass shootings from 1966 until January 2019. That’s 161 shootings in which four or more people are killed. Of those killed 189 were children and teenagers, the report stated.When you take in the larger issue of gun related deaths, the numbers skyrocket. According to the GunViolenceArchieve.org there were 14,645 deaths related to gun violence in 2018 alone.Aalayah Eastmond, a teen student activist and panelist at the event, participated because she wanted to keep the conversations around gun violence going in all spaces. During the panel she held her own on many topics including mass shootings, racism, bullying and even about the idea of giving teachers guns.At one point Eastmond said, “I barely trust people with my grades, I’m not going to trust them with guns.” She went on to urge policy makers to provide teachers with more resources and supplies rather than weapons.Eastmond is a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, the same school where a gunman killed 17 students and staff. She has continued her mission of speaking out against gun violence at several rallies, and sees the work that needs to be done with talking about these issues.“It’s important we have these conversation in our schools and communities anywhere possible because it’s not happening enough,” Eastmond said. “People are still talking about Parkland and Columbine but no one is talking about Chicago and Detroit.”Eastmond has toured extensively and knows firsthand how conversations about gun violence differ depending on location and demographics.“When you go into predominantly White areas to talk about gun violence they don’t really understand how prevalent it is in our communities,” Eastmond said. “They only see what they see on the news and that’s mass shooting.”“And when they do show shootings in urban communities its ‘he’s a monster.’ I always have to break it down to them, that in our communities it’s systematic.”Harold McDougall, a panelist during the event and author and professor, was excited by the enthusiasm of panelists and the audience alike.“I don’t think anybody was prepared for how powerful this conversation was,” MacDougall said. “But this is Howard’s brand. They are invested in social justice.”Amos Jackson, a senior at Howard University, studying Political Science and African-American Studies, was on the panel. He urged people to not just think of the individual when thinking about gun violence and how to address these issues.“If people have never experienced it’s one thing to say ‘oh it’s not that big of a deal,” Jackson said. “We have to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. How would you want this to be debated and legislated if we remove ourselves from the situation and look at the greater society as a whole.”
Kolkata: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT) is coming up with its third campus in Darjeeling with a focus on employable courses.The state Higher Education department has already written to the District Magistrate of Darjeeling for earmarking a 7 acre land in the Hills in which MAKAUT, formerly known as West Bengal University of Technology, plans to set up its new campus. “We have already made a detailed planning of what we actually want to do in the new campus and have submitted a proposal to the Higher Education department. We will be introducing courses based on the employability in the Hills so that students get jobs after completion of the courses,” Saikat Maitra, Vice-Chancellor of MAKAUT, said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePresently, Makaut has two campuses — one at Salt Lake and another at Haringhata in Nadia district. The technology university presently has around 90 engineering colleges and 110 professional colleges across the state affiliated to it. A senior academic official of the university said courses on media science, hospitality management, travel and tourism with focus on the tea industry, food processing and its packaging are on the radar. “Landslides are quite common in the Hills and so courses on disaster management are also in our plan,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe proposed new campus will have facilities for small business clusters, training facilities and state-of-the-art infrastructural facilities. “The scenic beauty of the Hills has always encouraged filmmakers from both Hollywood and Tollywood. So, Darjeeling has enormous potential to be developed as a film hub. If we can churn in professionals of media science, the idea can well be a reality,” the official maintained. “We are constantly upgrading our existing curriculum according to the demands of the industry to ensure employability for the students. All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has urged all universities across the country to frame its curriculum in a manner so that it keeps pace with the changing times and we are leaving no stones unturned. More than 20 new courses have been introduced from this academic year,” Maitra said. The new professional courses have been designed in consultation with the Chambers of Commerce based nationally as well as at the state level.
Johnson also does something admirable, bold, and refreshing with Alex. He makes him a protagonist that is not always easy to root for.Alex makes some terrible decisions in the film, and says things that will make you clench your fists and gasps. Johnson never uses Alex’s struggle with his sexuality as an excuse for his mistakes. When he hurts people, it’s entirely on Alex being an imperfect person.The process of coming out and figuring out one’s identity is treated with empathy, but Johnson doesn’t fall into the trap of making Alex perfect because it might be viewed that coming out is enough of a struggle and journey for a character. Instead, Alex has multitudes and flaws and ambitions beyond his sexuality.Holding backBecause the movie is semi-autobiographical, it’s somewhat limited in what it can do with its story.Alex at first ponders the idea that he could be bisexual, but this is quickly dismissed, both by characters and the move itself. At one point I even wonderered whether Alex would determine he falls somewhere on the asexual spectrum, as an oft-overlooked identity in media.Daniel Doheny in Alex Strangelove | Photo: YouTube/NetflixGay white men are the most represented in movies and there was an opportunity here to broaden the visibility of other identities.It becomes clearer with a reveal in the third act. This reveal, though, comes seemingly out of nowhere and a little too late. It acts something like an anvil and brings a weight suddenly down on things that was never hinted at before.There are many real moments throughout Alex’s journey — coming out can absolutely be this confusing and scary, something you oppress and hide — but its constraining too, and not always accessible.As wildly manufactured as the movie gets at times (there’s a ridiculous bit with a hallucinogenic frog and sour gummy worms), it’s a fun reminder that there are so many different experiences out there, each one as real as the last. It may not have been my experience, but it will be other people’s, and it’s enjoyable to the end, even with its missteps.Alex’s story is a good one to tell and watch, and hopefully it helps kick open the door in Hollywood to more diverse and inclusive narratives.Alex Strangelove arrives on Netflix tomorrow, 8 June.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . First there was the safe, saccharine, and genuinely charming Love, Simon. Now comes Simon’s edgier cousin, Alex Strangelove. The new Netflix movie about a high school student questioning his sexuality is fun and raw, but all at once it holds back and tries too hard, and that’s to its detriment.Director Craig Johnson set out to make a semi-autobiographical story, reflecting on his own life and the messy, complicted relationships between people. Alex Strangelove is about a high school senior, Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny), who has it all. He’s class president, he has a wonderful girlfriend (Claire, played by Madeline Weinstein), and he’s ready to have sex. Or so he thinks.When he meets Elliott (Antonio Marizale), an out gay teen, Alex suddenly has to confront who he might be.A different high school experienceJust as the diluted nature of Love, Simon may have felt somewhat inauthentic through its Hollywood lens, so too does Alex Strangelove’s edge at times. Granted, this is also because of everyone’s wildly different experiences in high school.Sex is almost as big a character as our three leads in the film.The society Alex navigates consists of sexually active friends or those that judge him for his lack of it. This may feel relatable to some viewers, and entirely foreign to others. The obsessive nature may not be the most progressive way to approach sex — especially in a country that gives consensual sex a higher movie rating than explicit violence — but it does try its hand at showing the spectrum of mindsets.When Alex and Claire want to have sex for the first time, they run into a problem. Where to do it with total privacy? They get a friend’s older sister to book them a hotel room as neither are 18 yet.This totally made-up Hollywood scenario in my head is actually pulled straight out of Johnson’s real life. That’s half the fun of the movie — seeing just how chaotic, sloppy, and understandably self-centered teens can be, while still evoking empathy for them.Antonio Marizale in Alex Strangelove | Photo: YouTube/NetflixSweet, sweet chemistryThe sweet spot of the film is its cast, all delivering their performances with 110% charisma and talent.Its script borders on feeling authentic and a manufactured being spit out of Hollywood. The teens curse and speak caustically and without thinking and that is all very real. But its quippiness pushes the envelope of trying too hard and not every line delivers with the same genuine landing.All three leads’ performances, however, are a sight to behold. Each one is endlessly watchable and slip so easily into their characters and this story.Doheny and Marizale, specifically, have chemistry that is off the charts. Every time they share the screen, a palpable feeling of tension and desire and those butterflies in your stomach arrive. The movie is at its best when it explores Alex and Elliott’s relationship and it evokes the most outward emotions. 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The board of the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) on Thursday night suspended a reduction in the per-liter prices of gasoline and diesel, pending the resolution of an appeal filed by a gas station owner.The decrease of ₡5 for super and plus gasoline, and of ₡6 for diesel, was approved Monday and would enter into force once published Friday in the official newspaper La Gaceta. Chamber of Fuel Businesses President Antonio Galva said they suspended a strike called for next week, which would have affected thousands of travelers expected to take advantage of the Easter Holy Week holiday.He added that “we are open to negotiate with ARESEP, and to provide all required information for making the calculations for setting the appropriate prices.”ARESEP had set the decrease after ruling the profit margin of gas station owners was too high. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Cameron Matthews Source = Spicers Retreats Hotels & Lodges STR Restaurant Head Chef Daniel Jarrett Luxury hotel group Spicers Retreats Hotels & Lodges has again been recognised for culinary excellence, walking away with four accolades in the Queensland Good Food Guide awards.The Long Apron restaurant at Spicers Clovelly Estate in Montville was awarded Two Hats as well as the Regional Restaurant of the Year in the prestigious awards which were announced last night.The restaurants at Spicers Peak Lodge in the Scenic Rim and Spicers Tamarind Retreat in Maleny were also each awarded One Hat.Headed by acclaimed chef Cameron Matthews, The Long Apron was the only regional restaurant to be hatted twice – with a total of 42 Queensland restaurants wining one hat, four winning two hats and one winning three hats. “Despite the luxury country house feel, The Long Apron’s menu is totally contemporary,” the judges said. “Using both the prodigious local produce and his classical training, Cameron Matthews creates a whimsical degustation menu that will put a smile on the face of even the most jaded diner. Five star service and stunning views complete the picture.”The Long Apron specialises in personalised service with an innovative European-inspired degustation menu paired with a selective wine list. The restaurant’s award-winning menu includes innovative creations such as their signature Hervey Bay Scallops with local fresh scallops, Kenilworth yoghurt, Maleny cream, Mooloolaba squid and herbs from the restaurant’s kitchen garden. “At the Long Apron we love using fresh, local produce and unusual ingredients to deliver a deconstructed degustation menu,” Cameron Matthews said.“Our whole team is extremely passionate about creating a unique gourmet experience for our guests,” Matthews said. “As a result, we’re finding that The Long Apron restaurant and Spicers Clovelly Estate is becoming a gourmet destination for foodies from around Australia.”Awarded a star in Gourmet Traveller’s 2011 Restaurant Guide and votedBest Prestige Restaurant at the 2011 Queensland Hotels Association Awards and Best New Tourism Development at the 2010 Queensland Tourism Awards, Spicers Clovelly Estate in the Sunshine Coast hinterland is fast becoming a worst-kept secret amongst foodies. Budding chefs can also learn the restaurant’s award-winning culinary secrets with French, Italian and market food-themed cooking classes on offer each month.Spicers’ other award-winning restaurant, The Tamarind at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, also in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, is headed by executive chef Daniel Jarrett and brings a taste of Thailand to the foothills of Maleny.Specialising in innovative Modern Asian cuisine, The Tamarind has cemented its reputation as an iconic south-east Queensland restaurant, with numerous accolades including Best New Restaurant on the Sunshine Coast in the 2011 HOSTPLUS Restaurant & Catering Awards.Spicers Peak Lodge Restaurant, at Spicers Peak Lodge two hours’ drive south west of Brisbane, also offers an award-winning degustation menu based on locally-sourced ingredients, grown in the rich Scenic Rim soil, as well as internationally-sourced delicacies. With head chef Ashley Martin at the helm, the restaurant team provides an unforgettable dining experience and, as the highest non-alpine lodge in Australia, the Peak Lodge dining room boasts spectacular views over Main Range National Park.The restaurant has received numerous awards including two stars in the Queensland Food and Wine Guide 2010 and Best Fine Dining Restaurant Brisbane region in the 2011 Restaurant & Catering Awards.Spicers Retreats Hotels & Lodges co-owner Jude Turner said the awards were an honour for all three properties and the Spicers group.“We’re so thrilled to receive these prestigious awards and so proud of our chefs and restaurant teams,” Ms Turner said. “Great food and wine is definitely at the heart of the Spicers experience and these achievements reinforce the high standards we set for ourselves.Spicers is also a strong supporter of regional and national culinary events. Cameron Matthews and Daniel Jarrett will showcase their talents at the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival later this month, and Spicers’ chefs will also appear at the Regional Flavours food festival at Brisbane’s South Bank in July.
Source = Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre Oman secures international medical congressOman secures international medical congressThe Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman has announced it will host the 2019 SICOT (International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology) Orthopaedic World Congress in association with the Pan Arab Orthopaedic Society (PAOS).The SICOT World Congress is held annually and attracts up to 3000 delegates including leading surgeons, clinicians and researchers from all over the world. Since its inception in 1929, the SICOT World Congress has organised 37 international congresses across the world. Oman successfully competed against Budapest, Brussels and Belgrade at a bid presentation during this year’s congress in Rome.The bid presentation was presented by Dr. Mohammed Darwish from Oman and was supported by the Ministry of Health with a video interview by the Minister of Health, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Saidi.Dr. Mohammed Darwish, President of the Pan Arab Orthopaedic Association said: “We are honoured that Oman has been chosen to host the 2019 World Congress of the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery. We look forward to warmly welcoming our international colleagues from around the world, showcasing our recent regional research developments and industry insights within orthopaedics and traumatology. We’re excited to meet with medical stakeholders to exchange valuable ideas and strengthen our scientific skills and knowledge. Oman’s submission through the Pan Arab Orthopaedic Society’s collaboration with OCEC provides a truly unique offering for what will be an exceptional 2019 World Congress.”Professor Jochen Eulert, SICOT Secretary General, commented: “On behalf of the 2019 World Congress of the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery, I welcome Oman’s submission, which is the first time the Sultanate has placed a bid to host our annual congress. I personally visited Oman during the bid process and believe the delegates will enjoy experiencing the rich authentic heritage and culture that Oman has to offer.”Trevor McCartney, General Manager, OCEC added: “We are delighted that SICOT has chosen Oman and OCEC as the host venue for the 2019 World Congress. With OCEC, Oman has a contemporary venue that provides an array of meeting and exhibition possibilities, which surpass the needs and demands of the world’s biggest and most prestigious events – all framed within Omani culture and traditions. OCEC is part of the new Madinat al Irfan urban centre in Muscat, which is a mixed-use development owned by Omran, Oman’s master developer in the tourism sector.”Upcoming congresses leading up to the 2019 edition in Oman are in Cape Town (2017) and Montreal (2018). The previous congresses took place in Rome (2016) and Guangzhou, China (2015).
Both Goldman Sachs and Citigroup reported strong first quarters though revenues were down for Citi compared to this time last year, according to statements released by the companies Thursday.Goldman reported its highest net revenues in four years, $10.62 billion, with net earnings of $2.84 billion for Q1. The earnings were driven by strong showings in the firm’s institutional client services and investment banking sectors, which produced $5.46 billion and $1.91 billion in revenues, respectively. Client services were 23 percent higher than in the first quarter of 2014 and 73 percent higher than in the fourth quarter. Investment banking was up 7 percent compared to Q1 of 2014 and 32 percent compared to Q4, the firm announced.Fixed income, currency and commodities client execution also showed impressive gains, pulling in $3.13 billion in net revenues for Q1‒‒10 percent higher than Q1 2014. This, according to the firm, was mainly due to higher net revenues in currencies and interest rate products, partially offset by significantly lower net revenues in credit products, commodities, and mortgages, Goldman announced.Goldman also ranked first in worldwide mergers and acquisitions and for worldwide equity and equity-related offerings and common stock offerings, year-to-date, according to its statement.Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein said he was pleased with the fact that “all of our major businesses contributed” to the strong first quarter. “Given more normalized markets and higher levels of client activity, we remain encouraged about the prospects for continued growth,” he said.Citigroup reported a Q1 net income of $4.8 billion, up from $3.9 billion compared to a year ago. The bank’s 2015 revenues ($19.7 billion), however, were down compared to the first quarter of 2014, when they were $20.2 billion.Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup, said the announced sale of OneMain, the largest business remaining in Citi Holdings and which the bank sold to Springleaf Holdings for $4.25 billion in March, helped make for a profitable quarter.”We had a strong quarter overall, particularly in executing against our top strategic priorities,” Corbat said, adding that the bank grew loans and deposits in its core businesses and tightly managed its expenses.Citigroup’s operating expenses were $10.9 billion in Q1, 10 percent lower than they were a year earlier. This, according to the bank, was due to lower legal expenses and repositioning costs, as well as the impact of foreign exchange translation. in Data, Featured, News Bank Profits Citi Earnings Statements Goldman Sachs 2015-04-16 Seth Welborn April 16, 2015 510 Views Goldman Sachs, Citigroup Report Strong First Quarters Share
CFPB: Service Members Prefer VA Loans March 1, 2019 971 Views Mortgages service members The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau VA Loans veterans 2019-03-01 Staff Writer The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released it’s latest quarterly consumer credit trends report on Friday, which focused on mortgages made to first-time homebuying service members. The data for the report came from the Bureau’s Consumer Credit Panel (CCP) providing a unique look at the mortgage choices and outcomes between 2006 and 2016. Overall, the report showed that service members chose more VA mortgages than conventional mortgages, and the increase was equal among those with prime or nonprime credit scores.When buying a house, service members have the option of taking out a home loan guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), or a conventional loan which is regulated by a different government agency, such as the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The two differ in many ways such as VA home loans allow a purchase with no down payment and without mortgage insurance and may provide unique loan-servicing protections. The report indicated that first-time homebuying service members using VA mortgages dramatically increased from 30 percent before 2007 to 63 percent in 2009. Among non-service member first-time homebuyers there was an equal increase in the use of FHA and USDA mortgages. However, non-service members’ reliance on FHA/USDA mortgages declined after 2009, while service members’ reliance on VA loans continued to increase up to 78 percent by 2016. Part of the reason for the shift towards VA loans was due to a widespread shift away from conventional to government-guaranteed mortgages between 2006 and 2009 for both servicemembers and non-service members. Conventional mortgages were about 60 percent of loans with first-time homebuying service members in 2006 and 2007, but declined to 13 percent by 2016, while with non-service members it fell from almost 90 percent before 2008 to 41 percent in 2009, and the combined share of FHA and USDA mortgages increased accordingly.Read the full report here in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News, Uncategorized Share
Rumors of the Arizona Cardinals sending Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Philadelphia in exchange for Kevin Kolb seem to have a shelf life longer than a Twinkie thanks to the lockout, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re accurate.Just a day after the rumors re-emerged, one national NFL insider is saying that draft picks — and not a player — will likely be what is dealt for Kolb. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Adam Schefter in the HERD: The Cardinals could get Kevin Kolb, but more likely done with a package of picks instead of a player.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyColin CowherdHerdOnESPNRadio When ESPN’s Adam Schefter speaks we tend to listen. He has his finger on the pulse of the NFL and the idea of the Eagles wanting multiple picks over a cornerback who struggled to make a tackles in 2010 seems to make sense.Then again, Schefter does hedge his bet in the quote by saying likely and nothing during the entire Cardinals quarterback saga and lockout has seemed to follow logic. Luckily it seems like the team, and the rest of us who have followed it, will have their answer as soon as Monday. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
Noel Edison is shown in a handout photo. Grammy-nominated conductor Noel Edison has resigned as artistic director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir after an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. In a statement, the TMC says its board of directors has received and accepted his resignation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Toronto Symphony Orchestra by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 25, 2018 7:39 am PDT Last Updated Apr 25, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Grammy-nominated conductor Noel Edison has resigned as artistic director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir after an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations.In a statement, the TMC says its board of directors has received and accepted his resignation.Last month the TMC announced it had placed Edison on a personal leave of absence while it investigated the allegations.In a joint statement with the Elora Singers choir in southwestern Ontario, the TMC said they had received letters of complaint “from third parties” regarding his behaviour.Both organizations also said they launched an independent third-party investigation.Dean Artists Management, which represents Edison, said Wednesday that it had “no comment.”Last week the Elora Festival and the Elora Singers announced that Edison’s employment as artistic director of both organizations had been terminated effective immediately.The TMC says it’s now conducting a review of its anti-harassment policies and of the chorister guidelines.Edison was nominated for a Grammy earlier this year for best choral performance with the TMC and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He was previously nominated in 2010.He was made a member of the Order of Ontario in 2009. Noel Edison resigns from Toronto Mendelssohn Choir after investigation
By Stelios OrphanidesLoan repayments fell in the first two quarters of this year compared to previous quarters mainly on falling repayments of loans, which remained in arrears for over six months, the Central Bank of Cyprus said.In April to June, bank customers paid a total of almost €1.3bn, which included €204.8m in loans in arrears for over 180 days, compared to €1.3bn and €209.8m in the first quarter respectively, the bank supervisor said in a document submitted to the Parliament, marked as confidential.In October to December of 2016 total loan repayments, which also include debt-to-asset swaps, were €1.6bn and included €417m in 180 days-past-due loans, compared to €1.5bn and €236.5m the quarter before respectively, the central bank said.In January to March last year total repayments were below €1.2bn and included €248m in loans that were in arrears for more than six months, the central bank said. In April to June loan repayments exceeded €1.4bn and included €352.6m in loans in arrears for over 180 days. In addition, the share of repayments of loans with no arrears at all rose in the second quarter to over 77 per cent of the total, from 74 per cent the quarter before, the data show. In the first quarter of 2016, the share of loan repayments with no arrears stood at 70 per cent and fell to 68 per cent in the second quarter. In the third and fourth quarter of last year the figure was 76 per cent and 65 per cent.As banks are running out of delinquent large corporate loans (they stood at merely €1.3bn in May partly on past successful restructurings and a reclassification compared to initially €4.9bn in December 2014, out of a total of €10.6bn and €13.7bn respectively), and shift their attention to delinquent credit extended to households and small and medium size enterprises (SME), the amount of restructured facilities dropped in the second quarter, the central bank document showed. Total non-performing loans stood in May at €23bn and made up more than 46 per cent of total loans in the system, according to the latest public central bank data.Total restructured facilities which stood at €10.9bn on March 31, fell to €10.7bn at the end of June, the central bank document submitted to the parliament said. The amount of restructured corporate facilities and household credit at the end of June stood at €5.1bn and €5.2bn, compared to below €5.3bn and over €5.3bn at the end of March.The above figures apply to Bank of Cyprus, Cyprus Cooperative Bank, Hellenic Bank, Cyprus Development Bank, the Cypriot units of Eurobank, National Bank of Greece and Alpha Bank, Astrobank, Societé Generale, USB Bank and the state-owned House Financing Corporation.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 AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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