Musk promises to let Michigan students tour rocket factory

FLINT, Mich. — Tech billionaire Elon Musk surprised students by showing up at a school assembly in Flint, Michigan, and promising to take some of them for a tour of his Space X rocket factory in California.Musk and Flint Community Schools Superintendent Derrick Lopez also told the crowd of sixth- and seventh-graders Friday that they’d all be getting free laptops.The Elon Musk Foundation announced in December it was giving about $424,000 to help provide laptops as the city recovers from a crisis with lead-tainted water . The schools were also using a separate Musk grant of $480,000 to for water filtration.The assembly was held at Doyle Ryder Elementary but included students from several Flint schools. Musk is the CEO of Tesla Motors and the head of SpaceX.The Associated Press read more

Western provinces have a pressing need for temporary foreign workers premiers say

IQALUIT, Nunavut — Western provinces have a genuine, pressing need for skilled labour and the federal government’s recent overhaul of its temporary foreign worker program goes too far, the interim Alberta premier said Thursday.“All of us agree that the changes are detrimental to our jurisdictions,” Dave Hancock said at the end of a brief western premiers’ conference hosted in Iqaluit, in the eastern Arctic, by Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna.All of us agree that the changes are detrimental to our jurisdictions“We will continue to talk to federal government about that. But we also want to talk more broadly with the federal government … on immigration policy, on labour market policy.”In the communique released at the end of their meeting, the western leaders chastised Ottawa on temporary workers.“Limiting the ability to hire foreign workers to address critical labour shortages will unduly punish responsible employers in Western Canada, particularly those in smaller and remote communities where Canadian workers are not readily available,” they said.They added that the government’s overhaul of its immigration system must be “responsive to the diverse needs of western Canadian jurisdictions.”The premiers also urged residents in their rural and remote communities to prepare to take advantage of increasing job opportunities from the ongoing energy boom.They emphasized, however, “the shared role of employers, industry and government in skills development and on-the-job training to build capacity at the local level, particularly in aboriginal and northern communities.”In Nunavut, however, such talk makes the Inuit uneasy.The traditionally nomadic Inuit are struggling to cope with Arctic development, fearing a loss of their way of life. They’re grappling with high levels of suicide and substance abuse.Late last month, the National Energy Board approved energy exploration, including seismic testing, in offshore Arctic waters despite protests from Inuit communities. They worry about the risks posed to whales, walruses, seals and other wildlife.The hamlet of Clyde River, on the northern reaches of Baffin Island, also recently said no to cruise ships that had hoped to drop anchor in the community. The hamlet council raised concerns that the presence of ocean liners would disrupt wildlife and pollute the environment.Not everyone is opposed. At Nunavut Day festivities on Wednesday, young people expressed optimism about Arctic development.“I believe it’s good because it can boost our economy,” said Joseph, a 14-year-old Inuit boy wearing a pro-seal hunt T-shirt.Hancock, Pasloski and N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod travelled to Iqaluit, a Baffin Island boom town, to participate in Thursday’s meeting. Flooding kept Manitoba’s Greg Selinger and Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall away, while B.C. Premier Christy Clark had a scheduling conflict.Selinger and Wall dialed in to the meeting and the subsequent news conference. The leaders covered a number of issues.The premiers said provincial and territorial officials should work with the federal government to “consider ways to reduce the number of aboriginal children taken into care by child welfare authorities and to improve the quality of care.”They also urged the federal government to “broaden the definition of a ’disaster event’ to include multiple, smaller events that have large, cumulative impacts” and to increase federal disaster relief funds.They went over the need to improve domestic trade among provinces and territories and increase labour mobility, so that those seeking work can easily travel to regions of the country that have labour shortages. read more

Jana talking to Canadian Agrium shareholders said to have critical mass

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Jana Partners LLC is meeting with Agrium Inc.’s (TSX:AGU) Canadian shareholders in an effort to persuade them big changes are needed at the fertilizer giant.The New York activist hedge fund has categorized its unresolved issues into what it calls the “Five Cs” — cost management, controls, capital allocation, conglomerate structure and corporate governance.Jana, Agrium’s largest shareholder with a six per cent stake, believes it is gaining “critical mass” when it comes to support from other shareholders.The investment firm’s proposal that has garnered the most attention is the notion of breaking up Agrium into two different companies — one focused on producing fertilizer and the other on selling it to farmers at retail outlets.But the fund also wants Agrium to cut costs, allocate capital better and disclose more detailed information about its retail business.In a presentation to Canadian investors, Jana also goes into greater detail about some of its concerns.For instance, it says 73 per cent of Agrium’s U.S. retail locations are within 40 kilometres of another outlet, leading to redundancies in staff, facilities, maintenance and insurance and making oversight more complicated.Jana says there’s potential savings of more than $200 million.In November, Jana announced it wants five of its nominees to join Agrium’s board. Its slate includes Jana managing partner Barry Rosenstein, former Liberal agriculture minister Lyle Vanclief and three men with the executive experience in distribution that the fund says is lacking on Agrium’s board.While historically Jana has preferred to settle matters directly with a company’s management, it’s possible this battle could come down to a shareholder vote. Agrium normally holds its annual general meeting in May.“Agrium’s board has been living in an alternate universe where shareholders have no desire to explore the many ways we’ve identified to unlock value,” Rosenstein said in a release.“All along we have been speaking to shareholders and seeing a much different picture, with just about every shareholder we speak to wanting to see a serious discussion of these issues and a large and growing number who support enhancing the board so Agrium can reach its full potential.”For its part, Agrium has stuck by its strategy and said a corporate split would expose shareholders to too much risk. It has, however, bought back stock, raised its dividend and improved retail disclosure.Agrium management is slated to discuss its strategy with analysts in New York next week. Jana talking to Canadian Agrium shareholders, said to have ‘critical mass’ by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 23, 2013 4:45 pm MDT read more

West Africa on brink of major food crisis in wake of Ebola

“While the countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis struggle to contain the devastating virus, they now face a new challenge with experts predicting that over a million people in the region need food aid to allay shortages,” Ms. Hilal Elver said in a statement. Agriculture, the main economic activity in West Africa with two thirds of the population dependent on farming, has taken a severe toll since the Ebola outbreak hit earlier this year. The closure of border and sea crossings, a reduction in regional trade, along with a decline in foreign investment has left regional countries in a precarious food situation and farmers in disarray.“Farmers in West Africa have been severely affected by this crisis, with fear and panic resulting in many having abandoned their farms, this in turn has led to a disruption in food production and a soaring rise in food prices,” Ms. Elver noted. Staple crops such as rice and maize will reportedly be scaled back due to shortages in farm labour with potential “catastrophic” effect on food security, she added.Ms. Elver also expressed her deep concern at reports suggesting that, in some cases, communities are facing food shortages due to poor road accessibility, while others have been threatening to evade quarantine because of lack of food supplies. “In situations where Governments have imposed quarantine on communities or requested for self-quarantine, access to food should be strictly ensured,” urged the human rights expert. The Special Rapporteur called on the international community to do everything in its power to ensure that the already existing food shortages in these countries, are mitigated, adding that immediate measures must be taken to ensure food security to stricken communities.Ms. Elver, a Research Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was appointed Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food by the Human Rights Council in 2014. Special Rapporteurs are part of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system. They are not UN staff, do not receive a salary for their work and are independent from any government or organization. read more

Buckeyes move to 20 North Carolina up next

Center Dallas Lauderdale saw his first action of the season when he entered the game midway through the first half, and made his presence felt immediately with a thunderous two-handed dunk. He followed it up with a blocked shot moments later to the applause of the Buckeye faithful who were happy to have him back. After an impressive performance in their first regular-season game, the Buckeyes allowed the JMU Dukes to keep the score close throughout the first half of their second-round matchup in the 2K Sports Classic tournament, before pulling away in the second act. Turner, fresh off of his triple-double performance against Alcorn State, had another huge night. He finished with 24 points and 17 rebounds and showed once again why he was chosen to the Preseason All-Big Ten team. David Lighty also contributed with 14 points, two of which came on an acrobatic reverse lay-up in which he was fouled hard. Next up for the Buckeyes are the defending national champion North Carolina Tar Heels Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Back-to-back three-point shots by Jon Diebler and David Lighty with just over two minutes gone in the second half injected life into the Buckeyes and they never looked back. Evan Turner continued to dominate as the Ohio State men’s basketball team rolled to a 72-44 victory over James Madison University Thursday night. read more

LNH Aix win in Montpellier

The team led by legendary French player Jerome Fernandez, now in coaching role, made French Championship much more interesting by winning in Montpellier 23:22 against the leading team of the competition.This chance took Paris Saint Germain to come closer on two points with an easy victory against Ivry 31:24.Results:St. Raphael 32 – 28 TremblayIvry 24 – 31 Paris SGNantes 32 – 28 ToulouseCesson Rennes-Metropole 28 – 23 Massy EssonneDunkerque 28 – 22 SaranMontpellier 22 – 23 AixNimes 25 – 31 Chambery SavoieSTANDINGS:1. Montpellier 19 16 1 2 547:461 332. Paris SG 19 15 1 3 573:489 313. Nantes 19 13 2 4 591:520 284. St. Raphael 19 11 2 6 529:510 245. Aix 19 11 2 6 536:507 246. Nimes 19 10 2 7 517:503 227. Dunkerque 19 10 2 7 497:503 228. Toulouse 19 9 1 9 555:555 199. Chambery Savoie 19 7 3 9 521:533 1710. Cesson Rennes-Metropole 19 4 4 11 491:518 1211. Ivry 19 5 2 12 477:543 1212. Tremblay 19 4 2 13 530:559 1013. Massy Essonne 19 2 2 15 433:518 614. Saran 19 3 0 16 539:617 6 ← Previous Story BUGOJNO 2018: Croatia and Germany book semi-final tickets Next Story → BUGOJNO 2018: Croatia and Slovenia win groups read more

Planète la sixième extinction de masse serait en marche

first_imgPlanète : la sixième extinction de masse serait en marchePubliée prochainement dans la revue Nature, une étude américaine, extrapolant sur l’avenir les données actuelles concernant les espèces animales menacées, estime que, faute d’interventions décisives, la sixième extinction de masse de l’histoire de la Terre est en marche.”Si vous ne considérez, par exemple, que les mammifères en danger critique (…) et si vous supposez qu’ils auront disparu d’ici 1.000 ans, et bien ceci nous place clairement en dehors de toute norme, et nous indique que nous entrons dans le domaine de l’extinction de masse. Si les espèces actuellement menacées s’éteignaient réellement, et si ce taux d’extinction se poursuivait, alors la 6e extinction de masse pourrait survenir dans aussi peu de temps que 3 à 22 siècles”, résume le Pr Anthony Barnosky, de l’Université de Californie.Les biologistes estiment que, durant les 500 dernières années, au moins 80 espèces de mammifères ont disparu, sur un total de départ de 5.570. Néanmoins, le professeur Barnosky pense qu’il n’est pas trop tard pour sauver ces mammifères en danger critique, ainsi que d’autres espèces,  et s’arrêter en deçà du point de basculement, en luttant contre la fragmentation des habitats, les espèces envahissantes, les maladies et le réchauffement climatique. “Nous avons encore beaucoup de biotopes terrestres à sauver”, conclut-il. Le 3 mars 2011 à 16:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Ban Kimoon plaide pour une énergie propre mondiale

first_imgBan Ki-moon plaide pour une énergie propre mondialeLe secrétaire général de l’Onu, Ban Ki-moon, a plaidé lundi pour l’accès universel à une énergie propre. Il précise que plus de la moitié de la population mondiale en est aujourd’hui encore privée.Sur sept milliards de personnes dans le monde, plus de 1,3 milliard n’ont aucun accès à l’énergie aujourd’hui, et 2,7 milliards sont réduites à utiliser des sources d’énergie “sales” (charbon de bois, bois) pour leurs besoins domestiques. C’est ce que révèle une récente étude menée par l’Agence internationale de l’Energie (AIE) qui estime ainsi qu’il faudrait 48 milliards de dollars par an pour garantir l’accès de tous à des services énergétiques modernes à l’horizon 2030, soit un peu plus de cinq fois les montants actuellement consacrés. “C’est vraiment une somme modique”, a souligné Fatih Birol, l’économiste en chef de l’AIE qui précise que “c’est seulement 3% de l’enveloppe globale consacrée aux investissements dans l’énergie”.C’est ainsi qu’au cours d’une conférence à Oslo, consacrée au financement de l’énergie propre pour tous et rassemblant plus de 70 pays, le secrétaire général de l’ONU, Ban Ki-moon, a déclaré que la planète avait besoin “d’une révolution énergétique”. Il a précisé que “nous avons non seulement besoin d’une énergie qui soit universelle, mais il faut aussi qu’elle soit propre et durable”. Il milite d’autant plus pour cela qu’il a lui-même dû étudier à la lumière “très faible” de bougies dans sa jeunesse, dans une Corée qui “a dû traverser la guerre [1950-1953] et une pauvreté abjecte”, a-t-il indiqué. “C’est comme cela que j’ai grandi en Corée. J’étudiais à la lumière de chandelle. A chaque fois que j’avais un examen, j’achetais des bougies”, a-t-il ajouté. “Les réfrigérateurs, l’air conditionné ou même un simple ventilateur étaient un luxe lointain”, a confié Ban Ki-Moon.La deuxième cause de mortalité précoceÀ lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéSelon le secrétaire général, l’accès universel à une énergie propre est la clé pour répondre à “tous les défis globaux” : la pauvreté, le changement climatique, la rareté de l’eau, la santé, la crise alimentaire ou encore l’accès des femmes aux responsabilités, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. L’Onu s’est ainsi fixé trois “objectifs interconnectés” à atteindre d’ici 2030, a rappelé Ban Ki-moon : l’accès de tous à des services énergétiques modernes, l’amélioration à hauteur de 40% de l’efficacité énergétique, et le doublement de la part des énergies renouvelables dans le bouquet énergétique mondial.D’après l’étude de l’AIE, la pollution domestique générée par l’emploi de sources d’énergie sales pour la préparation des repas est la deuxième cause de mortalité précoce, derrière le SIDA, provoquant la mort de 1,5 million de femmes et d’enfants chaque année. “Si l’on ne trouve pas de solution à ce problème, ce sera très bientôt la première cause de mortalité prématurée dans le monde, [ … ] ce qui est inacceptable”, a souligné l’économiste de l’AIE.Le 11 octobre 2011 à 15:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

200 Police are medaled by Governor General

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 16, 2017 – Nassau – Two hundred officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force yesterday received medals at Government House.   Dame Marguerite Pindling bestowed medals of gallantry: a show of great courage in extreme danger; meritorious medals for exceptional ability, merit and conduct and devotion to duty and long service medals for 18 years of unblemished service to the Force.#MagneticMediaNews#DameMargueritePindling#200RBPFofficersmedaled#GovernorGeneralmedalofficers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#200RBPFofficersmedaled, #DameMargueritePindling, #GovernorGeneralmedalofficers, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Hunting Regulations Available For 201819

first_imgAlaska has a very public process of setting hunting regulations. The Board of Game determines the hunting regulations and meets at least twice a year to establish the regulations. DF&G reminds hunters that if an Alaska Wildlife Trooper, Alaska State Trooper, police officer, or authorized Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) employee asks to see your license, locking-tags, harvest tickets, permits, game, or any equipment used to take game, you must show any or all of these items. Governor Bill Walker: “Wildlife is a draw that brings thousands of visitors to Alaska every year, and many come to enjoy hunting opportunities. More than 100,000 people buy Alaska hunting licenses every year. The proceeds from license sales, as well as firearms and ammunition, support wildlife research, management, hunter education programs, and outreach. This promotes sustainable wildlife populations, hunting opportunities, and safe hunters. Wildlife viewers and photographers also benefit, as does Alaska’s economy. More than 27,000 jobs are supported by the billions of dollars spent by hunters and wildlife viewers each year in Alaska.” Moose antlers are required to be sealed in Homer, Soldotna, or Anchorage ADF&G offices within ten days of take. Wildlife trooper offices on the Kenai Peninsula can also seal antlers by appointment.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the hunting regulations from the 2018-19 season, effective July 1 – June 30, 2019. All moose hunters must successfully complete the Moose Hunter Orientation prior to hunting moose in Units 7 and 15 (the Kenai Peninsula). The orientation is available online at http://hunt.alaska.govlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For April 17 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, April 17, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A slight chance of showers after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Southwest wind 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.At Town Hall: The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm.At The Library: Ed Morgan Toddler Singalong at 10am. Family Cookie Decorating at 6pm (PreK-5) and 7pm (6-12). [Learn more and register HERE.] … The Wilmington Board of Library Trustees meets at 7pm in the library’s Banda Room. Read the agenda HERE.At The Senior Center: Computer at 9am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Mah Johg at 1pm. Tai Chi Class at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open today from 10am to 2pm.At Wilmington Public Schools: NO SCHOOL due to April vacationGo Wildcats!: No WHS games are scheduled today.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Khaledas bail order decision tomorrow

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia being taken to jail. File PhotoThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court will deliver its judgment tomorrow, Monday, on leave to appeal petitions challenging Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail that the High Court granted her in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.A four-member appellate bench led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain set the date concluding its hearing on two petitions filed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the state, and another filed by Khaleda Zia seeking withdrawal of stay on bail order, according to UNB.Lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan moved the ACC while attorney general Mahbubey Alam for the state and lawyers AJ Mohammad Ali and Khandaker Mahbub Hossain for Khaleda Zia.Earlier on 15 March, the ACC and the state filed two leave to appeal petitions before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail that the High Court granted her in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Khurshid Alam said in the petition ACC sought continuation of the stay order on a High Court bail order until the leave to appeal is disposed of.Lawyer of Khaleda Zia filed a petition to the apex court seeking withdrawal of its stay order hours after issuance of it.Earlier on 14 March, the Supreme Court stayed until Sunday (today) a High Court order granting a four-month interim bail to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The apex court also asked the petitioners to file regular leave to appeal petition by Sunday.Earlier on Tuesday, Appellate Division chamber judge Justice Hasan Foez Siddique sent the two petitions to the full bench of the division without passing any order.Advocate Sufia Khatun filed a petition on behalf of the state while lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan lodged another one on behalf of the Anti-Corruption Commission.On Monday last, the High Court granted the interim bail to Khaleda Zia.On February 22 last, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed a petition with the High Court seeking bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. On the day, the HC asked the lower court to submit all the relevant documents within 15 days.On February 25, Khaleda Zia failed to secure bail in the case as the High Court said it would pass an order on her bail petition upon receiving all the documents relating to the judgment from the lower court.On February 8 last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.last_img read more

Anchor Who Called Trump a White Supremacist Leaving ESPN

first_imgBy PAT EATON-ROBB, AP Sports WriterBRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Outspoken ESPN personality Jemele Hill announced Friday that she is leaving the company after 12 years as a commentator, anchor, reporter and writer.Hill attracted attention last year and was briefly suspended for opinionated messages on social media, including a tweet that referenced President Donald Trump as a “White supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other White supremacists.”In this is a Feb. 3, 2017, file photo Jemele Hill attends ESPN: The Party 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)She also targeted Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after he stated that players who disrespect the flag would not play for his team. Her suspension came after she tweeted that fans who disagree with Jones should target the team’s advertisers and not buy the team’s merchandise.Hill posted on social media that Friday would be her last day at ESPN.“This was the place where I became the best version of myself, both personally and professionally,” she wrote. “However, the time has come for me to begin a new chapter in my life.”Hill became a rising star at ESPN while hosting the opinion-based talk show “His & Hers” with Michael Smith.Smith and Hill were later tapped to host a personality-driven 6 p.m. edition of the network’s signature “SportsCenter” program.She left that role in January and went to work primarily for The Undefeated, a company website that concentrates on issues of sports, race and culture.Connor Schell, ESPN’s executive vice president for content, issued a statement praising Hill as “an exceptionally talented writer, storyteller host and commentator whose unique voice has made ESPN’s many platforms better over the last 12 years.”“As she moves forward into the next phase of her career, with the desire to produce content outside of sports, we wish her the best and thank her for her work,” he said.Hill has not announced her post-ESPN plans.last_img read more

Purchase Originations Refis in Freefall

first_img bkfs Black Knight Foreclosures HOUSING mortgage Purchase originations refiances 2017-06-05 Aly J. Yale in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Origination Purchase Originations, Refis in Freefall Both mortgage originations and foreclosures are in freefall, according to the recent Mortgage Monitor report released by Black Knight Financial Services on Monday. Overall originations dropped 34 percent over the first quarter of the year, while foreclosure starts hit a 12-year low of just 52,800.Though purchase loans and refinances took a hit during Q1, refis saw the steepest drop, falling 45 percent since the end of 2016 and 20 percent over the last year. According to Ben Graboske, EVP of Data & Analytics at Black Knight, this drop in refinances was no surprise.“As expected, the decline was most pronounced in the refinance market, which saw a 45 percent decline from Q4 2016 and were down 20 percent from last year,” Graboske said. “They also made up a smaller share of overall originations than in the past; just 45 percent of total Q1 originations were refinances vs. 54 percent in Q4 2016.”Purchase originations were down 21 percent over the quarter, though up slightly over the year, at 3 percent higher than 2016’s numbers.“Purchase lending was up year-over-year, but the 3 percent annual growth is a marked decline from Q4 2016’s 12 percent and marks the slowest growth rate Black Knight has observed in more than three years—going back to Q4 2013,” Graboske said. “At that point in time, interest rates had risen abruptly— very similarly to what we saw at the end of 2016—and originations slowed considerably. The same dynamic is at work here.”Though the decline of both numbers is worrisome, according to Graboske, it’s the lower credit scores of borrowers that should have the industry on edge.“Not only are refinances—which generally tend to outperform purchase mortgages—making up a smaller share of the market, but there’s also been a net lowering of average credit scores as well,” Graboske said. “The average Q1 2017 refinance credit score was 742, down from 751 in Q4 2016, and the lowest average credit score since Q3 2014. Both of these factors could have a dampening factor on mortgage performance, holistically speaking.”As for foreclosures, April marked the lowest month on record for first-time foreclosure starts, with just 24,200 for the month. Repeat foreclosures also dropped, hitting their lowest point since April 2008. The total delinquency rate for the month was 4.08 percent, with foreclosure pre-sale inventory dropping 3.47 percent.The states with the highest share of delinquent loans were Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, West Virginia, and Maine.center_img June 5, 2017 683 Views Sharelast_img read more

Protest planned outside Limassol zoo on Sunday

first_imgTHE Animal Party supports the protest by 269life Animal Liberation Cyprus against the incarceration of animals in zoos which will take place on Sunday in front of the Limassol zoo, the party announced on Friday.With its announcement, the party wants to add another dimension to the big issue concerning zoos, dolphinarium and any other premises which host wildlife, they said.“It is clear that we are in no way in favour of the incarceration and lifelong capture – which we consider synonymous with the abuse – of wild animals in cemented, crappy cages,” the announcement said.“Animals should be able to express normal behavior and fulfill the role that nature has entrusted them to play within natural ecosystems. The protection of a species can be effective only in their natural environment and provided it is accompanied by the protection of the entire ecosystem. It is also a myth that zoos promote environmental awareness and protect species threatened with extinction.”The Animal Party has a list of questions for all zoo managers in Cyprus, the minister of agriculture and all government departments dealing with the environment and nature on the subject.How many species of animals are housed in the zoo, the destination of the planned visit?How did these animals come to be in the zoo, and how is their origin documented?How many of the animals are included in the list of threatened species?How many births and how many deaths occurred during the last five years?What were the causes of death?What is the average age?Where are the animals taken when they get sick or when they are older and are no longer a ‘pleasant’ sight for the public?How many of the species included in the list of threatened species were born in the zoo in the last five years?How much of the zoo’s annual income is spent for the purpose of protecting natural habitats?How many representatives of threatened species born in the zoo were released into their natural habitat in the last five years?“Animals were born in the wild, that is where they belong,” the statement concludes.The protesters will meet at 3pm on Sunday at Nero Café on the Molos promenade in Limassol. From there they will march to the zoo. They will remain there until the zoo closes at 5pm. For more info see You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoA new way of doing businessUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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