Danica Patrick took to the track for this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, race fans noticed her blue-and-white No. 10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS looked a little different than usual. That’s because in honor of our nation’s veterans, Patrick’s car featured the names of more than 2,200 veterans who were “saluted” earlier this year by Americans across the country on Aspen Dental’s Facebook page.The team from Aspen Dental gave back to the veteran community by presenting leading veteran organization, Got Your 6, with a check for $75,000 to help veterans continue their service back home.The social media campaign was designed to honor their contributions to our country and bring attention to the fact that many veterans do not receive the dental care they desperately need.“I’m proud to be racing with the names of so many of our nation’s veterans on my car,” said Patrick. “Aspen Dental dentists have made a real difference in the lives of many veterans by providing free care through the Healthy Mouth Movement and I’m honored to continue to support this initiative.”From left: NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, veteran Randall Murray, veteran Stephen Leon, Aspen Dental dentist Dr. Jere Gillan, veteran Robert L. Gordon, president of Got Your 6’s parent organization Be The Change, Inc, and veteran Peter Bouley.Four of the 2,200 veterans featured on the special paint scheme of Patrick’s Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS attended the race as guests of Aspen Dental practices. They were among more than 250 veterans to receive free, comprehensive dentistry as part of Aspen Dental’s “A Smile for Your Service” effort. Stephen Leon, an Army Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient from Boston; Randall Murray, a former B-52 bomber tail gunner hailing from Jonesboro, Arkansas; Peter Bouley, a former Marine who served on the front lines during the Tet Offensive from Providence, Rhode Island; and Justin Bodine, a recently-returned Iraqi War veteran from Springfield, Illinois, all received thousands of dollars worth of dental work from the Aspen Dental practices in their communities.These veterans were invited to the race to see their names featured on the No. 10 Chevrolet SS and to help Aspen Dental further give back to the veteran community by presenting leading veteran organization and partner, Got Your 6, with a check for $75,000.“We’re incredibly thankful for Aspen Dental’s partnership with us and we’re honored to continue to help them raise awareness for dental care for our military’s veterans,” said Rob Gordon, president of Be The Change, who oversees Got Your 6 operations. “Improving a veteran’s smile can make a big difference in their lives and can lead to restoring confidence and contribute to tackling some of life’s challenges.”For many veterans, maintaining their oral health is a luxury instead of a necessity. Veterans cannot receive any dental care needed from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) unless they are classified as 100 percent disabled, have a service-connected dental condition, or have a service-oriented medical condition that is affected by their mouth – conditions that many veterans do not meet.That is why this year, Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement, a community-giving initiative, is highlighting the lack of dental care for veterans and is expected to help 5,000 veterans across 300 Aspen Dental offices around the country and provide more than $3 million in donated dentistry.“As an Air Force veteran myself, I know firsthand the challenges that many veterans face upon returning to civilian life and this initiative holds special significance to me,” said Jere Gillan, Doctor of Medicine and Dentistry, an Aspen Dental dentist and practice owner in Florida who has helped lead the Healthy Mouth Movement. “I feel a great sense of pride that my fellow dentists and I have been able to help make a positive impact on these patients’ lives.”The lack of oral healthcare for veterans is part of a larger oral health issue in America as there are 155 million American adults who did not go to the dentist last year and nearly half of people over the age of 30 suffer from some form of gum disease.Cost and access to dental care are big contributors to this problem. According to a study by a leading polling firm, two in five Americans have limited, or will delay, dental care because of their financial situation. This is despite the fact that 80 percent of them know that delaying routine visits will cost them more money in the long run.
The remaining suspect in the Lasantha Wickramatunga murder trial was freed by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate today.The suspect, a soldier, was freed by Magistrate Ranga Wimalasena, when the case was taken up for hearing today. A lawyer appearing in the case told the Colombo Gazette that the suspect was freed on the advice of the Attorney General. Wickrematunga was assassinated on 9 January 2009 while he was on his way to his Ratmalana office.Another suspect who had been arrested over the murder of the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader, had died in prison in October 2011. (Colombo Gazette) The suspect had earlier told open court that he was forced to admit to the murder of Wickrematunga.
The cabinet has been informed that 59,160 vehicles belong to Ministries, Departments and Government Institutions. Details of the vehicles was presented to the cabinet by the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake, the Government said today. Cabinet was told that a considerable number of these vehicles are still being used by Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Parliamentarians and those who functioned in various positions of the former government but are not functioning in such positions at present. The cabinet has decided to instruct the secretaries to the Ministries to take necessary steps to re-acquire these vehicles being used by persons who do not hold official positions, without further delay. (Colombo Gazette)
United Auto Workers President Bob King speaks to the media after workers at a Volkswagen factory voted against union representation in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Friday, Feb. 14, 2104. The 712 to 626 vote is a devastating blow to the union and its efforts to organize other Southern plants run by foreign automakers. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Just 87 votes at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee separated the United Auto Workers union from what would have been its first successful organization of workers at a foreign automaker in the South.Instead of celebrating a potential watershed moment for labour politics in the region, UAW supporters were left crestfallen by the 712-626 vote against union representation in the election that ended Friday night.The result stunned many labour experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga factory to make sales pitches.The loss is a major setback for the UAW’s effort to make inroads in the growing South, where foreign automakers have 14 assembly plants, eight built in the past decade, said Kristin Dziczek, director of the labour and industry group at the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think-tank in Michigan.“If this was going to work anywhere, this is where it was going to work,” she said of the Volkswagen vote.Organizing a Southern plant is so crucial to the union that UAW President Bob King told workers in a speech that the union has no long-term future without it. The loss means the union remains largely quarantined with the Detroit Three in the Midwest and Northeast.Many viewed VW as the union’s best chance to gain a crucial foothold in the South because other automakers have not been as welcoming as Volkswagen. Labor interests make up half of the supervisory board at VW in Germany, and they questioned why the Chattanooga plant is the company’s only major factory worldwide without formal worker representation.VW wanted a German-style “works council” in Chattanooga to give employees a say over working conditions. The company says U.S. law won’t allow it without an independent union.In Chattanooga, the union faced stern opposition from Republican politicians who warned that a UAW victory would chase away other automakers who might come to the region.Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was the most vocal opponent, saying that he was told that VW would soon announce plans to build a new SUV in Chattanooga if workers rejected the union. That was later denied by a VW executive, who said the union vote had no bearing on expansion decisions. Other state politicians threatened to cut off state incentives for the plant to expand if the union was approved.After 53 per cent of the workers voted against his union, King said he was outraged at what he called “outside interference” in the election. He wouldn’t rule out challenging the outcome with the National Labor Relations Board.“It’s never happened in this country before that the U.S. senator, the governor, the leader of the House, the legislature here, threatened the company with no incentives, threatened workers with a loss of product,” King said. “We’ll look at all our options in the next few days.”The union could contend that Corker and other local politicians were in collusion with VW and tried to frighten workers into thinking the SUV would be built in Mexico if they voted for the union, said Gary Chaison, a labour relations professor at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.But Chaison said it will be difficult to tie the politicians to the company, which remained neutral throughout the voting process.“It’s the employer that has real power,” he said.The loss put a spotlight on the union’s major difficulty in the South: signing up people who have no history with organized labour and are fearful of being the first in the area to join, Chaison said.Dziczek said the union may have to change its tactics in future organizing efforts, because King’s strategy of the union and company working together to help each other did not work.Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said through a spokesman that he was pleased with the vote and “looks forward to working with the company on future growth in Tennessee.”Corker echoed that sentiment in a release issued after the vote.“Needless to say, I am thrilled for the employees at Volkswagen and for our community and its future,” he said.In Toronto, Unifor National President Jerry Dias lamented the news from Chattanooga.“Volkswagen plants all over Europe are unionized. There is no good reason for American workers not to have the right to a union and all the benefits unions bring,” he said in a statement issued late Friday night.“This is a very sad story — republicans and well-funded conservative groups have convinced workers to vote against their own best interest,” Dias said.“In Canada, we don’t face the same pressures, but still the legislative climate favours big business over workers’ right to choose,” he added.The UAW is a sister union to Unifor, which was formed last year by merging the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions.____With files from The Canadian Press by Erik Schelzig And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2014 12:52 am MDT In Volkswagen union vote, United Auto Workers fall 87 votes short of key victory in South AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
MONTREAL – Ottawa says it has completed a multi-year restructuring of Canada’s nuclear operations with the selection of a preferred bidder to operate a nuclear laboratory in eastern Ontario that is one of the world’s largest producers of medical isotopes.Canadian National Energy Alliance was chosen Friday over three other engineering groups to manage and operate Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), a subsidiary of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.The consortium includes SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC), CH2M HILL Canada Ltd., Fluor Government Group Canada Inc., EnergySolutions Canada Group Ltd. and Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear Canada Ltd.“Today’s announcement marks the conclusion of a six-year process enhancing the efficiency and prosperity of the Canadian nuclear industry,” Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford said in a statement.The government and CNEA are expected to finalize a contract in two months followed by a six-month transition.Department spokeswoman Jacinthe Perras said the selection process included the use of third-party nuclear, financial and legal advisers and an independent fairness monitor. All bidders also had to comply with the government’s integrity framework.The winning consortium said it will bring “private sector rigour and efficiency” to Canada Nuclear Laboratories while reducing risks and containing costs for taxpayers.“There is a real interest to improve the facilities at the site, to expand our mission areas, to increase the capabilities here and polish the jewel that we have here of the Canadian nuclear laboratories,” CEO Mark Lesinski said in an interview.CNL employs about 3,300 people, mostly at the Chalk River Laboratories whose nuclear reactor, which has been in operation since 1957, is slated to be decommissioned in 2018.However, the government said the site has “an enduring science and technology mission.”Lesinski said there are no current plans for job cuts.“There is growth and we’ll probably need resources down the road at some point, but I’m not sure when that will be,” he added.CNL will focus on managing radioactive waste and decommissioning, performing science and technology activities and supporting Canada’s nuclear industry through access to science, technology facilities and expertise.In 2011, the government sold the AECL division that produces Candu nuclear power plants to SNC-Lavalin for $15 million plus royalties.In addition to AECL’s restructuring, the government said it has spent $325 million on research infrastructure at CNL, updated Canada’s nuclear liability legislation and opened trade opportunities in growing energy markets such as China and India.Nuclear power generates nearly 15 per cent of Canada’s electricity, including more than half the electricity supply in Ontario.Associations that work with Canada’s nuclear industry welcomed the announcement.“This will allow Canada’s nuclear industry and the Chalk River site to be on a more stable footing for the 21st century and allow a new nuclear energy policy to emerge,” said John Barrett, president of the Canadian Nuclear Association, whose members include the winning partners.The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries, which employs more than 12,000 specialized engineers, technologists and tradespeople, said its member companies want to work closely with CNEA.The idea is to convert science and technology innovations at the Chalk River laboratories into “successful commercial nuclear products and services that benefit utility customers and create high-quality jobs in the communities across Canada in which OCI companies operate.”— Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter SNC-Lavalin consortium selected as preferred bidder for Atomic Energy subsidiary by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2015 9:03 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2015 at 3:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2017 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy got off to a lacklustre start during the first three months of 2017, though it enjoyed more momentum than earlier estimates indicated.The Commerce Department said Thursday that gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, grew at an annual rate of 1.4 per cent in the first quarter — better than a previous estimate of 1.2 per cent and double the initial estimate of 0.7 per cent. The upgrade reflects new-found strength in consumer spending and exports.The result is weaker than 2.1 per cent growth in the fourth quarter and matches the growth rate recorded the second quarter of 2016. It is still well below President Donald Trump’s ambitious growth targets of the economy growing at more than 3 per cent.Analysts expect growth to accelerate in the second quarter, fueled by solid hiring and an uptick in consumer spending. Estimates from the Atlanta Federal Reserve expect that the economy expanded at an annual pace of 2.9 per cent during the April-June quarter.Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services, said the slow growth at the start of 2017 “will prove temporary.” Faucher expects the economy to expand at a 2.2 per cent pace for the entire year.“The economy is expanding at a solid, if unspectacular, pace,” Faucher said.During the first quarter of the year, consumer spending grew at faster pace than earlier GDP estimates suggested. Spending on housing, health care and financial services, including insurance, rose much higher in the third estimate than the prior estimate. Consumer spending accounts for roughly 70 per cent of all economic activity.“Consumer spending still looks very soft early on this year, but the figures are not as weak as the earlier readings,” said Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan Chase.The May report on consumer spending will be released Friday morning, providing a fuller sense of how consumers are faring in the current quarter.The exports of U.S. goods also improved more than previously reported, contributing to the slightly faster growth.Not all of the report was positive. Private investment in buildings and equipment slipped in the latest first-quarter estimate. US economic growth in Q1 upgraded to 1.4 per cent In this Thursday, May 4, 2017, photo, construction workers work on site of an apartment high rise in Miami. On Thursday, June 29, 2017, the Commerce Department issues the final estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the January-March quarter. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
This time last year, I was sitting in front of my TV, wondering why Ohio State’s special teams play was terrible. Today, I’m sitting in the press box wondering the same thing. In the off-season, coach Luke Fickell assigned special teams coaching duties to coach Dick Tressel. Last year, the team was without a special teams coordinator. Last year, OSU kept teams in games because of special teams mistakes on several occasions.. This year seems to be no exception. In the first half of Saturday’s game against Toledo, OSU had a punt blocked that was returned inside the 1-yard-line. That folly led to an 8-7 Toledo lead. The woes didn’t end with the punting game. Sophomore kicker Drew Basil has now missed both of his field goal attempts on the season. Each kick was in the 40-50 yard range. OSU did have some special teams successes on the day, including one that ultimately kept it in the game. Wide receiver and third punt returner Chris Fields took a line drive punt from Toledo’s Vince Penza to the end zone to put OSU up, 21-15. In the third quarter, defensive back Vincent Petrella tackled Toledo’s holder for a loss after a bobbled snap on a 50-yard field goal attempt, giving the Buckeyes great field position. The ensuing drive led to a TD by running back sophomore Carlos Hyde. With wide receiver and special teams specialist Eric Page creating almost all of Toledo’s offense on the day, I’m more than a little surprised he did not return a kickoff for a touchdown. Page did, however, give the Rockets great field position with almost every kick return, either because of his effectiveness or the fear of kicking to him. Basil deliberately kicked short, line drives on kickoffs to the Rockets to keep the ball out of Page’s hands. Special teams needs to become a priority for the Buckeyes. The touchdown resulting from the blocked punt sparked the Toledo offense and gave them the passion they needed to keep the game interesting. The Rockets were one score away from handing Ohio State a big loss early in the season. Last year the kickoff coverage was the problem for the Buckeyes. This year it seems the entire special teams unit could use an overhaul.
It’s no secret that Bram Cohen thinks that most peoples’ perception of BitTorrent is far too narrow. He’s got to be thrilled, then, about the fact that his company’s new peer-to-peer live streaming app is now ready to show the world the kind of content delivery torrent technology is really capable of handling.After a four-month closed testing period with several key partners (like the Internet Archive), the BitTorrent Live open beta was announced this week at SXSW. It works how you’d expect torrent-based broadcasting to work. One person (the broadcaster) puts up the initial stream. As additional viewers join in, they become seeds and help distribute the load across the network.For smaller broadcasters looking for a way to reach a bigger audience without impacting their in-house bandwidth too much, BT Live may be a good alternative to other streaming options. Perhaps not so much for individuals who can live stream with apps like uStream and YouTube, but certainly for indie broadcasters that might otherwise have considered using something like Brightcove’s cloud service.That could well be the crowd that BitTorrent is targeting with BT Live, and it has the potential to generate a solid revenue stream for Cohen’s company. Gone are the days where everything BitTorrent offered up was free, but Cohen’s platform has matured and evolved since the early days of uTorrent. It’s much more than a way to swap files with the crowd in 2013. It’s now a full-fledged distributed content delivery platform, and it’s capable of competing with the big boys.
The government is going ahead with the complete deregulation of the public transport sector, but is also taking measures to prevent monopolies. Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Yiannis Ragousis made the announcement during a briefing to the members of the PASOK Party’s Parliamentary Work Sector on the terms of the new bill being promoted regarding the deregulation of the taxi profession. Ragousis told PASOK’s members that in the bill being promoted there will also be terms concerning trucks, stressing that “the opening [of the profession] will be complete, integrated, immediate and with rules that will not allow the creation of cartels.” With this move the three-year transitional period for the deregulation of trucks and public use water trucks is in essence coming to an end. Meanwhile, thousands of striking taxi drivers, who are up in arms over plans to liberalise their sector, rallied outside Parliament on Tuesday evening in a protest marred by occasional scuffles with police. The cabbies returned to work on Wednesday after a 48-hour strike, but according to Thimios Liberopoulos, the president of the taxi drivers union (SATA), new strike action will take place this coming week. During his speech at the rally Liberopoulos threatened those MPs who intend to vote for the deregulation of the sector, adding that their treatment will be similar to that of Minister Yiannis Ragousis. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Alongside 20 other award- winning museums from around the world, Melbourne’s Hellenic Museum has been chosen to take part in the acclaimed international conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia, this September.The Hellenic Museum received an official invitation to take part in The Best in Heritage conference, an international, annual survey of award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects, which has been running for the last 15 years.Projects from around the world, proclaimed the best in the previous year on national or international level, are invited to the conference to present their success stories. From 22 to 24 of September, CEO John Tatoulis will travel to Croatia to tell the story of the Hellenic Museum. Humbled, he tells Neos Kosmos the invitation to present among the leaders in their field came as a complete surprise.The invitation comes one year after the Hellenic Museum won the Victorian Museum Award 2015 for the Best Exhibition in the category of medium-size museums.“The Best in Heritage was specifically established to introduce projects of significance from heritage and cultural organisations around the world to peers,” says Mr Tatoulis.“For the Hellenic Museum, this is a recognition of the hard work that has been put into it. Particularly over the last few years, the museum has taken a slightly different direction, it has been quite adventurous in the way in which it has re-established and positioned itself so that it can grow into the future,” he continues.In Dubrovnik, the Hellenic Museum will present its work and cultural initiatives, including the relationship with Athens’ Benaki Museum and the awarded exhibition ‘Gods, Myths and Mortals’. The exhibition, Mr Tatoulis says, was integral to the museum’s recent successes.“Our relationship with Benaki Museum was crucial, as well as the way in which we were able to present the collection within the new environment, and the way in which we were able to leverage from that collection in terms of tapping into it to tell other stories, and to broaden its appeal.”Having initiated the partnership with Benaki Museum, Mr Tatoulis says the exhibition would never have happened if it wasn’t for the good faith of an adventurous board of directors, and the financial support from major benefactors and Greek and Victorian government. “Everyone has taken a big leap of faith in terms of programming and the initiatives that have been taken. Also we needed the support and acknowledgment of the government – the Greek government were guarded but also adventurous, as something like this has never happened before,” Mr Tatoulis says. The exhibition ‘Gods, Myths and Mortals’, which the Hellenic Museum secured from the Benaki Museum as a 10-year loan, still attracts numerous visitors. A snapshot of Greek art over 8,000 years, the exhibition has now become a platform from which other works of art have been born. The installation ‘ONEIROI’, a new series of photographs incorporating Greek artefacts by internationally-acclaimed photographer Bill Henson, was recently commissioned as a permanent installation at the Hellenic Museum. “We’ve had museums and galleries from as far as South Africa, New York and Chicago all requesting that the Henson collection travels there. This is a very specific concept, as the Greek government has never really allowed antiquities and treasures under its auspices to be incorporated in the new art. In my opinion, the Henson exhibition is probably one of the most culturally significant art installations in Australia in the past 12 months at least.”A second collection, on loan for six months from the Benaki Museum, ‘The Art of Adornment: Greek Jewellery from the 17th to 19th Centuries’ was opened at the Hellenic Museum on Wednesday, and will be on display till 29 January 2017. This collection features more than 90 pieces of intricate and exquisite jewellery from the 17th to the 19th century.It was this partnership with the Benaki Museum, Mr Tatoulis says, that put the Hellenic Museum on the wider Australian map.“The Benaki Museum is very forward thinking and believes that museums and cultural institutions shouldn’t simply be buildings that house collections and wait for people to walk into them, but that they should take us and culture to the world in different ways. “The combination of the relationship with the Benaki, the way we formed it and the variety of programming that the museum has engaged in, have put us on the Australian map, and now with the Henson collection – on the international map.”From The Best in Heritage conference in Croatia, the benefits will be many, Mr Tatoulis is convinced. “To be recognised by your international peers is fulfilling. We’ve already learned a lot from other ideas that will be presented there, and we’ll make great contact with other institutions – we have already started engaging with some of the other participating museums. “It will also allow the international museums and cultural institutions community to see the work that the small but dynamic museum – that is punching way above its weight – is doing here in Australia. “We’ll be presenting our roadmap to the future and it’s going to be interesting to see what feedback we get from our international peers.”
Viticulture : en Champagne, on trouble sexuellement les papillons pour éviter les pesticidesFrance – La Cochylis (Eupoecilia ambiguella) est un papillon ravageur de la vigne. Afin de limiter sa reproduction, tout en évitant de recourir aux pesticides, les viticulteurs de la “côte des blancs” de Champagne ont lancé une vaste opération de confusion sexuelle.Cette technique consiste en la diffusion de phéromones proches de celles émises par les femelles des papillons pour attirer les mâles. Ces derniers, perturbés par tous les messages qu’ils reçoivent, deviennent incapables de localiser les femelles à féconder.À lire aussiPourquoi le champagne fait-il des bulles ? Découvrez les secrets du breuvageAutorisée par le cahier des charges de l’agriculture biologique, la confusion sexuelle permet de limiter sensiblement la reproduction des papillons et donc, la naissance des larves baptisées “vers de la grappe”. Ces dernières se logent dans les grains du raisin et engendrent des pourritures qui peuvent s’étendre aux autres grappes.Ce sont quelque 550 capsules à l’hectare, sur une surface de près de 800 hectares, qui seront déposées autour de Vertus, dans la “côte des blancs”. “C’est la plus grande opération de confusion sur un même secteur, nous avons réussi à convaincre près de 90% des viticulteurs des alentours”, se félicite Pierre Larmandier, du Syndicat général des vignerons (SGV). Et de souligner : “Par cette méthode naturelle, on limite de près de 70% la population des papillons, soit autant qu’avec un traitement phytosanitaire classique”.Une fois posées, ces capsules durent toute la saison, tandis que les traitements chimiques, “nocifs pour l’environnement comme pour les vignerons”, ont besoin d’être renouvelés à plusieurs reprises. Par ailleurs, le coût d’une telle opération est identique à celui d’un traitement par produits phytosanitaires.Le 18 avril 2010 à 12:09 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews#MoodysShockedAtBahamasBudgetCommunication201718 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 7th 2017: Another credit downgrade from Moody’s could soon be ahead, as the International Credit Rating Agency is expressing alarming concern over the recent budget pronouncements with an increase in borrowing of $722M outlined. The agency says the latest budget has sparked alarm, with it forecasting debt-to-GDP will rise until 2019, peaking above 70 percent of GDP, when it had initially expected debt to stabilise this year.It also adds that it “indicates that The Bahamas’ fiscal outlook is significantly worse than what we had incorporated into our current projections”, as “Revised government estimates point to a higher deficit for fiscal 2017, and deficits (rather than surpluses) in the coming years.Last week, DPM and Finance Minister Peter Turnquest said with an ongoing Deficit of the magnitude projected for the upcoming year, the level of the Government Direct Charge is forecast to reach $6.8 billion at the end of 2017/18, or a new all-time high of 72.7 per cent of GDP Fiscal Policy beyond 2017/18.Despite this pronouncement, Moody’s commended The Bahamas government of maintaining realistic goals and targets in lowering the debt to GDP ratio by 2019.Moody’s report says, “The Budget envisions a somewhat optimistic deficit reduction path through fiscal 2020 without material changes to current policy, particularly in a still weak economic environment”.As to whether another down grading is imminent, the credit rating agency says its investment grade rating remains the same for the moment.DPM Turnquest has attributed the economic downfall to the bills government has incurred following Hurricane Matthew’s devastation last October. Related Items:
KUSI Newsroom Students win statewide engineering competition with robotic hand May 8, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three students from Fallbrook High School recently won first in place a highly competitive statewide engineering technology and design competition.Lianna Arnold, 16; Kyle Bequette, 17 and Nick Holemo, 18; created the “Handinator 3000” in their Biomedical Engineering/Advanced Engineering class.The robotic prosthetic hand, which is entirely student designed and created, has full mobility and control, as well as the ability to sense and relay pressure to its user.With the most recent win, the Fallbrook High School team is now planning a trip to compete in the national-level competition at the end of June in Louisville, Kentucky. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:20 AM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 8, 2019
Kolkata: In a major development in the investigation of the fraud case lodged at Puducherry in which the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had arrested a person on Saturday, the state investigating agency on Monday recovered two new SUVs from the city.”The two vehicles were brought to the city to carry cheated money. They have not been registered yet,” a senior CID official said.It may be mentioned that CID had arrested one Shyam Maitra from near a five-star hotel on EM Bypass on Saturday. He had posed as the AGM of SAIL on a marketing business web portal and used to ask customers to buy its products and send money to his account through RTGS. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the course of investigation, the CID sleuths have found that Maitra had impersonated Bholanath Biswas, AGM Marketing of SAIL.A complaint was lodged with the Puducherry police in this regard and following it, they called up Additional Director General (ADG) CID, seeking assistance in this regard as they learnt through their source network that Maitra had taken shelter in Kolkata.It has been learnt that M/S Pasupati Engineering of Puducherry had placed an order for 35 MT of steel, but the accused had informed them that SAIL does not supply less than 100 MT of steel. Eventually, the victim had made a payment of Rs 58,32,000 through RTGS. The case was registered in Puducherry on July 26. The complaint was lodged by Prashant Banshal, the owner of the company.The arrested person is a resident of Sukantapalli in Durgapur. He had been in the business of duping people by various means since 2014.Preliminary investigation has revealed that he had cheated a number of people to the tune of a few crores.
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The missing American teenager who willingly ran off with a married man to Cancun has been found and returned back to the United States.Authorities say that 16-year-old Amy Yu and Kevin Esterly, 45, were located in the seaside resort city of Playa del Carmen. Esterly was arrested while Yu was secured by authorities for her return home.In an interview with ABC News, Yu’s mother confirmed the news, “I’m really happy. Please let everyone know.”The pair had been gone for two weeks after her mother reported her missing March 5 after failing to return home from school. US authorities were tipped that the pair had entered Mexico.Mexico put out an Amber Alert on Yu after the pair were found to have crossed the border into the resort city of Cancun.According to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations release, the pair were found together in Playa del Carmen. In an joint effort, Mexican and US officials identified the pair and Esterly was arrested by Mexican police.Marlon Miller, special agent in charge of HSI Philadelphia reported, “HSI is happy that United States citizen, Amy Yu, a 16-year-old juvenile runaway, has been safely returned to Pennsylvania.”Allentown Police Chief Glen Dorney stated, “Amy is unharmed and in good health” adding that she will be reunited with her mother once she is back in Allentown.Both Esterly and Yu were flown to Miami where Esterly is expected to be released to the Miami Police Department. He will then likely be extradited back to Allentown, Pennsylvania where he will face a felony charge of custodial interference.Police say that Esterly signed Yu out of school while falsely claiming to be her stepfather and withdrew $4,000 cash from his wife’s bank account.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
30-year fixed mortgage APR Borrowers Borrowing Credit Scores Lenders Lending LendingTree mortgage Purchase Loans Refinance Loans 2018-05-10 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination May 10, 2018 552 Views Mortgage Costs vs. Credit Scores Borrower credit profiles continued to define their cost of getting a mortgage loan in April according to the LendingTree Monthly Mortgage Report released on Thursday. The report, which contains data from actual loan terms offered to borrowers by lenders includes average quoted Annual Percentage Rate (APR) by credit scores, together with average down payment and other metrics.According to the report, the APR for average borrowers saw an uptick in April, rising seven basis points to 4.92 percent for conforming 30-year fixed-rate loans. The month’s best offers for borrowers with excellent profiles had an average APR of 4.26 percent, a slight rise from 4.25 percent in March. However, refinance loan offers were down one basis point to 4.23 percent.For the average borrower, the report indicated, the loan note rate of 4.81 percent hit the highest mark since March 2016 and increased six basis points on a month-over-month basis.However, credit scores determined the extent of additional costs paid by borrowers while getting a mortgage.“Mortgage rates vary depending upon parameters including a borrower’s credit score, loan-to-value ratio, income, and property type,” said Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist, LendingTree. “We prefer to emphasize the APR as lenders often make changes to other fees in response to changing interest rates.”The report found that consumers with the highest credit scores (760 and more) saw offered APRs of 4.78 percent in April, versus 5.07 percent for consumers with scores of 680-719. “The APR spread of 29 basis points between these score ranges was up 2 basis points from March and the widest since this data series began in March 2016,” Kapfidze said. The spread represents almost $15,000 in additional costs for borrowers with lower credit scores over 30 years for the average purchase loan amount of $234,437 the report found, due to higher interest rates, larger fees, or a combination of both. For refinance loans also, the credit score bracket spread remained at 24 basis points amounting to nearly $13,000 in extra costs over the life of the loan for lower credit score borrowers with an average refinance loan of $239,199. Share
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke “The respect you see from other guys seeing you out there,that was great,” Rhodes said. “Once the game started I wason the sidelines and I just couldn’t take it. So I endedup leaving and watching the game on TV.”Rhodes left, he said, because watching from the sidelineleft him upset.“It gives you a whole different perspective of why peopleget upset watching the games,” Rhodes said of watching.“When you’re in the middle of it you’re trying your bestso you really don’t see it, but when you’re on the outsidelooking in and you’re not playing, you have a totallydifferent perspective.”Rhodes said it’s frustrating seeing someone not be in theright spot, something that has been an issue for theCardinals defense this season. A football player wants to be on the field. Not being out there, especially when the team isstruggling, is tough to deal with.Thus is the plight of Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes, whowatched a game from the sidelines for the first timeSunday.“It was very, very weird,” Rhodes told Arizona Sports620’s Doug and Wolf. “It was pretty difficult on Sunday.”Rhodes said he arrived at the stadium early and watchedwarmups, and players from both teams approached him andtold him to hurry up and get back on the field becausehe’s one of the best players in the league. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments Share
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