Quebec protest rejects gov’t austerity

first_imgThousands in protests in Montreal and Quebec City, Nov. 29, 2014.Around a thousand people protested the Quebec government’s austerity program in front of the National Assembly in Quebec City on Feb. 12, the day the parliament opened its 2015 session.The coalition, “Let’s Refuse Austerity,” is also planning major, provincewide but region-based protests on International Women’s Day, Earth Day and May 1.Back in November, the coalition had organized major protests involving tens of thousands of people in Montreal and other Quebec cities. And on Feb. 6, when Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard went to Abitibi-Témiscamingue, a small city in the western part of the province, over 200 protesters showed up in snowy, harsh cold to say that he shouldn’t cut jobs, health and other social services and education.Some 500 militants from the Federation of Health and Social Services, a component of the Confederation of National Unions (CSN), occupied the offices of 16 members of the National Assembly during the week leading up to the Feb. 12 conference and protest. [“National” in these names refers to Quebec, not to Canada.]The National Assembly is considering a law, PL10, that would drastically cut health care services. For example, the Côte-nord — the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, between Saguenay Fjord and Labrador, the second-largest region of Quebec — would be reduced to just one health center for 146,000 square miles. ( the CSN, another significant member of Let’s Refuse Austerity is the Association of Student Union Solidarity (ASSE), one of the leaders of a successful and militant student strike in 2012 that brought thousands of students into the streets for protests that lasted for months.A spokesperson for ASSE said at a press conference on Feb. 12 that the students would engage in “economic disruptions,” including blocking bridges, as they did in 2012. Camille Godbout, their spokesperson, said they would not rule out any tactic. (Huffington Post Quebec) The ASSE is also calling for actions Feb. 23-27, as well as supporting the other mobilizations.The president of the Federation of Quebec Workers (FTQ) and the president of the CSN, the two largest labor federations in Quebec, both spoke at the Feb. 12 rally.Daniel Boyer of the FTQ said the government has chosen the wrong strategy. Rather than austerity, it should look to increase revenue.He said, “The richest of our society should pay more taxes, businesses should pay more taxes. It is abnormal that over 1,000 businesses each year pay no taxes.” (La Presse, Feb. 12)Boyer charged that the government was attacking the poorest members of Quebec society and cutting social programs built up over decades. (Radio Canada, Feb. 12)Jacques Létourneau, president of the CSN, claimed that Premier Couillard was “playing with words” when he claimed that “Quebec’s government will work out a plan for economic growth in the next few weeks.”“A government which is cutting employment, which is shutting down services, in our opinion, is not a government which is pushing forward this idea of relaunching economic activity,” Létourneau concluded.The fall of oil prices has caused major economic difficulties in Canada, especially in the Western provinces. Canada’s currency has slipped by 20 percent in relation to the U.S. dollar. However, while Quebec has to pay more for imports, its exports are more valuable.Quebec in many ways is a distinct society inside Canada. A majority of Quebec’s residents speak French. The immigrants it attracts are mainly from places like Haiti and North Africa, where French is a common second language. It has a historical trajectory that is unique in Canada, going from a conquered province to a recognized part of Canada.Its union movement grew up and struggled hard not just in the major cities of Montreal and Quebec, but also in the woods and in small isolated settlements, where unions provided the only protection workers had against the Catholic Church and local banks.Relying on deep traditions of solidarity, the union movement and progressives in Quebec are trying hard to build a movement to defeat austerity. pan>FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Ranking Reverse Mortgage-Backed Securities Issuance

first_img David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Home / Daily Dose / Ranking Reverse Mortgage-Backed Securities Issuance Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago HECM HECM mortgage-backed securities HMBS home equity conversion 2018-04-05 David Wharton Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: HECM HECM mortgage-backed securities HMBS home equity conversion Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Ranking Reverse Mortgage-Backed Securities Issuance NewView Advisors, LLC, a financial services firm based in New York, has released a new look at the state of HECM mortgage-backed securities for the first quarter of 2018. HECM is the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Home Equity Conversion Mortgage reverse mortgage program, which allows homeowners to withdraw some of the equity in their home. These HECM loans can also be pooled into HECM mortgage-backed securities (HMBS) within the Ginnie Mae II MBS program.The year’s first quarter saw the issuance of $2.97 billion of HMBS, which amounts to 28 percent of calendar 2017’s entire yearly issuance. However, NewView’s report warns that this number may be misleading. “Unless highly seasoned HMBS becomes the norm,” states the report, “expect much lower volume for the remainder of 2018 due to the new PLF curves in effect since October.” HMBS issuance volume for 2017 totaled $10.5 billion. The record was set in 2010 at $10.7 billion.NewView also ranked the top 10 issuers of HMBS for Q1 2018, with Reverse Mortgage Funding (RMF) topping the list with 42 pools and an original aggregate amount of nearly $1.1 billion. That total gave RMF a 36.4 percent market share for the quarter.Coming in second was American Advisors Group’s $587.2 million and 19.8 percent market share. Finance of America Reverse held the third spot with $452.6 million and a 15.26 percent market share, followed by Ocwen Loan Servicing in fourth with $222.8 million and a 7.51 percent market share. Live Well Financial rounds out the top five with $209.4 million in issuance and a 7.06 percent market share.NewView reports that the top five HMBS issuers accounted for 86 percent of total issuance in Q1. That’s an increase of 6 percent over Q4 2017. HMBS issuance during Q4 2017 totaled nearly $3.3 billion. Previous: Houston Updates Building Codes in Floodplain Next: Fight Against Urban Blight Finds Unexpected Ally in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, News, Secondary Market Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily April 5, 2018 3,169 Views  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Use Of Banned Chinese Applications For Court Work May Invite Disciplinary Action: Delhi District Courts Instruct All Officials

first_imgNews UpdatesUse Of Banned Chinese Applications For Court Work May Invite Disciplinary Action: Delhi District Courts Instruct All Officials LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK11 Sep 2020 6:30 AMShare This – xAll the officials of the Delhi District Courts have been directed to stop the use of banned Chinese Applications, such as Cam Scanner, in official work immediately. Further, officials dealing with Website of Delhi District Court(s) have been directed to find out all such documents that are uploaded after being scanned with the help of banned Chinese Applications and to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAll the officials of the Delhi District Courts have been directed to stop the use of banned Chinese Applications, such as Cam Scanner, in official work immediately. Further, officials dealing with Website of Delhi District Court(s) have been directed to find out all such documents that are uploaded after being scanned with the help of banned Chinese Applications and to either re-upload such documents afresh or in a cropped manner. The direction has been issued by the Office of District & Sessions Judge (HQ), after it noticed that some officials were uploading/ circulating copies of Circulars/ Bail Orders/ Daily Orders etc., scanned with the help of ‘Cam Scanner’. Stating that the same is antithetical to the directions issued by the Govt. of India., the Office cautioned that any further violations shall be viewed seriously and would attract disciplinary action against the erring official. Not long ago, Special NDPS Court in Delhi had deprecated the use of a prohibited Chinese App, Cam Scanner, by a lawyer to scan the bail application presented before the Court. It had advised all Advocates to avoid the use of a banned applications in legal work in future. The mobile application Cam Scanner, alongside 58 others, was banned by the Central Government earlier this year, amid escalating tensions between India and China in the Galwan valley at Ladakh. The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology invoked its powers under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 to block these apps, citing threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order. Last week, the Government blocked 118 mobile apps, including the gaming app PUBG, citing threat to security of state. Read Order  Next Storylast_img read more

Brasenose put their trust in the bust

first_imgBrasenose JCR has passed a motion to designate the bust of Paul Gladwell as an official mascot for its University Challenge team.Ben Ralph, the team’s captain, proposed the motion, which claimed that “there is nothing more in the world that more embodies the spirit of our JCR more than the most revered Bust-of-Paul-Gladwell  (hereinafter ‘The Bust’).”It went on to request that the team should “transport The Bust to Manchester,” where the first round was held on Friday, “where it shall proudly be placed in front of our team as our mascot.”University Challenge encourages teams to bring college insignia, though typically this involves scarfs or jumpers.The bust was made two years ago in honour of former JCR President Paul Gladwell. It cost £500, prompting Gladwell to later apologise for the bust as a “poor use of JCR money and not the best of ideas.”Brasenose has not reached the televised rounds of the popular BBC show since 2003. Their first round will be televised early next month. Other team members include Josh Phillips, Turner Edwards, James Burt and Oliver Bubb-Humfryes.One Brasenose PPEist said, “The bust represents everything that is strong and noble about our small but successful college. I have no doubt that the ‘fifth man’ effect will inspire the University Challenge team to great success.”last_img read more

Why can’t the Christmas Spirit be alive throughout the year?

first_imgDear Editor:The holiday season is here! Shoppers rush from store to store, looking for the right gift for that special someone. Yuletide cheer is alive and well. Passers-by seem more friendly than usual. Strangers are willing to lend a helping hand. Peace, love, and understanding supplant anger, hate, and intolerance. Truly, the magic of Christmas brings people closer together. However, about the second week in January, dried-out Christmas trees, Yuletide decorations, and holiday gift-wrappings are thrown away. Sadly, along with those festive trimmings go our kindness. Nasty snarls and frigid looks replace cheerful holiday greetings. A helping hand from a stranger is looked upon with suspicion. Prejudices and bigotry are rekindled. Why can’t the Christmas Spirit be alive throughout the year? The Christmas season clearly demonstrates that society can set aside its differences and live in harmony. Respectfully yours,John Di Geniolast_img read more

Dance Marathon on Friday Benefits Local Children

first_imgThe first annual “Raider-thon” will be held on Friday (Jan. 23) at Ocean City High School.Similar to a dance-a-thon, the event will require students to dance and move from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. — 7 hours straight with no sitting.Students are being asked to raise a minimum of $50 as an entrance fee with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the Ocean City Education Foundation and The Sunshine Foundation, which benefits children in the local community suffering from chronic health conditions.Businesses or individuals who can help sponsor students as they raise their entry fees, can contact Mary Beth Show at [email protected]“We’re hoping that it grows,” Snow said of the inaugural event.last_img read more


first_imgThe British Baker Award for Special AchievementWINNER John Slattery16Baker of the YearWINNER Piero Scacco17The Craft Business AwardWINNER The Village Bakery (Coedpoeth)19Bakery Supplier of the YearWINNER W C Rowe20The Achievement in Bakery Training AwardWINNER Jane Hatton, Brooklands College21Plant Product of the YearWINNER Eurobuns – Skinny Baked Donut22The Organic AwardWINNER The Village Bakery, Melmerby23Celebration Cake Maker of the YearWINNER Leanne Tang, Terry Tang Designer Cakes24The Quality Product AwardWINNER Jacksons the Bakers – Traditional Steak Pie25Bakery Food Manufacturer of the YearWINNER Crantock Bakery27The In-Store Bakery AwardWINNER Tesco, Meltham Lane, Chesterfield28The Customer Focus AwardWINNER BB’s Coffee and Muffinslast_img read more

Waitrose ’pud’ cakes

first_imgWaitrose is offering Christmas pudding fairy cakes for anyone looking for an alternative to the traditional favourite.Free from sherry and raisins, the cakes are made using free-range eggs and natural colours. The sponge cakes are topped with soft chocolate icing, a handmade sugarpaste decoration and a chocolate bean.Made exclusively for Waitrose, Fiona Cairns Christmas pudding fairy cakes will be available in all branches from early November.[]last_img

New £3.6m expansion for Scottish bakers Bells

first_imgFamily-run bakers, Bells Food Group, is looking to recruit up to 30 workers as part of the expansion plan.The Shotts-based bakery is looking to take on a further 20 to 30 staff to add to its 200-strong workforce as part of the three-year investment plan.Bells is ranked fifth in the top 50 recognised food brands in Scotland, and accounts for a 58% market share of all branded pie sales nationally.The company has also developed a range of export cakes under the Kirriemuir Gingerbread brand, which sell in North America.Airdrie & Shotts MP Neil Gray said: “Bells is a huge success story for Shotts, known and respected nationwide. Having discovered the plans for the future, I can only see that success continuing.“Bells Food Group is a tremendous asset for the area and I will help and support them in any way that I can.”last_img read more

Ween Plays Full “Stallion” Suite Live For 1st Time Ever, Covers Prince & More At Stubb’s [Video]

first_imgComing off a well-received festival set at Suwannee Hulaween and a wild Halloween night show at The Bomb Factory in Dallas featuring a debut cover of The Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s “Are You Experienced?”, weirdo rocker heroes Ween continued through the Lone Star State to the beloved Stubb’s BBQ for a two-night run marking their final shows of the year. 2017 has been a big one for the band: They’ve now gotten a sizable number of shows under their belts since their reunion, and they continue to turn in consistently stellar performances. The tour-closing Stubb’s shows proved to be no different.On Thursday, the band served up several tunes that had not made appearances in their most recent Fall runs, like the opening “Marble Tulip Juicy Tree”, “She Wanted To Leave”, “Sorry Charlie”, and “Squelch The Weasel”, the last of which was performed as a duo by Gene and Dean Ween. Gener also  got a laugh from the crowd when he started singing never-before-played Ween outtake “Put Your Boobs On”, offering just one line and a brief comment (“that’s a good one, huh?”) before beginning “Boy’s Club”. So no, they still haven’t played “Put Your Boobs On”, but they definitely haven’t forgotten about it either, so hey, there’s always a chance…You can watch full-show crowd-shot video (starting 5 songs in) below thanks to YouTube user Terrence Henry:Knowing full well that this was their final chance to rock on this trip around the Sun, Ween had a few extra surprises planned when they hit the stage at Stubb’s once again on Friday night. After beginning with the first “Strap on That Jammy Pac” since early June and a tasty “Pork Roll Egg and Cheese”, the band began “Voodoo Lady”, which would transition into and back out of a cover of Prince‘s “Kiss”, marking the cover’s first appearance at a Ween show since December 2011 (57 shows).Watch a crowd-shot clip of the “Voodoo Lady”/”Kiss” segment below via YouTube user monihampton:The show continued in thrilling fashion from there, as crowd pleasing versions of “Roses Are Free”, “What Deaner Was Talkin’ About”, and “Spinal Meningitis” ensued before special guest vocalist Sarah “Tricky” Jones took the reins for “Freedom of ’76”. Watch a crowd-shot clip of the “Freedom of ’76” ft. Sarah Jones below via YouTube user monihampton:Things were only getting started from there: What happened next was something nobody expected. The 5 individual pieces of Ween’s “The Stallion” saga are fairly common in their live shows, but they are never played as a full set, aside from one in-studio performance in 2003 immortalized through the album All Request Live. According to the official FAQ page on “[All Request Live was] an album released the latter half of 2003…Ween forumers got to vote on which songs they wanted to hear, and the band performed them. It’s the only time Ween has ever performed the ‘Stallion Suite’ in which all the Stallions pt.1 through 5 were played in order and at once. It will more than likely be the only time this will ever happen.” …Well, it looks like needs to update their page: in their final show of 2017, Ween finally performed the complete Stallion Suite for their lucky Austin audience…and it was glorious, ‘mang.You can watch Ween perform “The Stallion” suite (parts 1-5) live in its entirety for the first time ever below, courtesy of YouTube user monihampton:At this point, this show was already one for this history books, and they could’ve just coasted to victory through the rest of the set, but the brownest band around had other plans. The “Your Party” that followed the “Stallion Suite” featured help from another special guest, Angelo Moore, on sax and background vocals, before the core quintet (Gene, Dean, bassist Dave Dreiwitz, drummer Claude Coleman Jr., and keyboardist Glenn McClelland) kept the party raging with fan favorite party tracks like “Bananas and Blow”, “You Were The Fool”, “Piss Up A Rope”, “I Gots A Weasel”, “Mister Would You Please Help My Pony?”, “Poopship Destroyer”, “Put The Coke On My Dick”, and a set-closing cover of Instant Death‘s The Enabler. Finally, they sent the audience home happy with a three-song encore (“Polka Dot Tail”, “Homo Rainbow”, “Someday”).You can watch Ween perform “Your Party” with Angelo Moore below via YouTube user monihampton:With two memorable Austin shows now in the rearview, the schedule is wide open for the band heading into 2018. Here’s hoping they had as much fun as we did with Ween in 2017, and have plans to keep the party going in the year to come!Until then, you can get your Ween knowledge up with the newly re-vamped (site looks great, guys!)…SETLIST: Ween | Stubb’s BBQ | Austin, TX | Friday,  11/3/17Strap on That Jammy Pac, Pork Roll Egg and Cheese, Voodoo Lady> Kiss> Voodoo Lady, Roses Are Free, What Deaner Was Talkin’ About, Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down), Freedom of ’76, I’m in the Mood to Move, Take Me Away, The Stallion pt 1, The Stallion pt 2, The Stallion pt 3, The Stallion pt 4, The Stallion pt 5, Your Party, Bananas and Blow, Awesome Sound, You Were the Fool, Piss Up a Rope, I Gots a Weasel, Mister Would You Please Help My Pony?, Waving My Dick in the Wind, Japanese Cowboy, Zoloft> Poopship Destroyer, Tender Situation, Put the Coke on My Dick, The EnablerEncore: Polka Dot Tail, Homo Rainbow, Someday– Freedom of ’76 with Sarah “Tricky” Jones on lead vocals– first complete five part Stallion played in front of a live audience at a single show– Your Party with Angelo Moore on saxophone and backing vocalsSETLIST: Ween | Stubb’s BBQ | Austin, TX | Thursday, 11/2/17Marble Tulip Juicy Tree, The HIV Song, Happy Colored Marbles, Light Me Up, She Wanted to Leave, Exactly Where I’m At, Mutilated Lips, Transdermal Celebration, Put Your Boobs On (tease), Boy’s Club, I’ll Be Your Jonny on the Spot, Seconds, Nan, Stroker Ace, Wayne’s Pet Youngin, Sweet Texas Fire, Big Jilm, Chocolate Town, The Final Alarm, The Argus, Don’t Shit Where You Eat, Frank, Ocean Man, The Grobe, Gabrielle, The MolluskEncore: Squelch the Weasel, Sorry Charlie, Buckingham Green– soundcheck: Don’t Shit Where You Eat– Gene and Dean only for Squelch the Weasel[Cover photo via YouTube user monihampton]last_img read more