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Security Council mission to Great Lakes region meets with President of Angola

Addressing the press following the hour-long meeting, Ambassador Jean-David Levitte of France, who is leading the 15-member delegation, said the exchange had been “very positive” on the three main aspects of the formal talks between the parties to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: continuation of negotiations between the parties to the conflict; withdrawal of foreign troops and demobilization of combatants.”What the Security Council wanted to hear from President dos Santos we did: he will use his influence in the region to try and make sure that the final part of the agreement that is being built will be achieved,” Ambassador Levitte said.Prior to meeting with President dos Santos, the delegation had met with the facilitator for the inter-Congolese dialogue, Sir Ketumile Masire. In the afternoon, the team’s agenda includes a joint meeting with the Political Committee of the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement. Tomorrow the delegation is scheduled to travel to Kampala, Uganda, where it will meet with President Yoweri Museveni.Yesterday, the delegation travelled to Kisangani, as part of its visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. read more

US productivity increases at 2 per cent rate in second quarter while

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Nov 6, 2014 6:47 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. workers’ productivity increased in the July-September period at a slower pace than in the previous quarter. Labor costs accelerated but still remained at an extremely low level.Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, rose at a 2 per cent annual rate in the third quarter after a 2.9 per cent gain in the second quarter, the Labor Department reported Thursday.Labour costs rose at a slight 0.3 per cent rate in the third quarter after having fallen at a 0.5 per cent rate in the second quarter.Greater productivity is the key factor determining rising living standards. It enables companies to pay their workers more without having to increase prices. Even with the small acceleration in labour costs, they remain far below levels that would raise concerns about inflation.Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said that the main message from the report was that productivity is accelerating while labour costs remain under control.He said that productivity numbers have shown gains above 2 per cent in four of the past five quarters with the first quarter’s sharp decline a result of the severe winter weather that sent the economy into reverse in the first three months of this year.Discounting that drop, Shepherson said, the economy is seeing “a notable pick-up in productivity growth.”The overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at an annual rate of 3.5 per cent in the third quarter, a solid performance that followed a 4.6 per cent surge in the second quarter.The GDP is the economy’s total output of goods and services. Since output growth slowed in the third quarter, productivity slowed as well.Over the past year, labour costs have risen 2.4 per cent, a modest increase that is below the long-run average of 2.8 per cent annual gains. That suggests that wages and salaries are not rising fast enough to spur inflation.The Federal Reserve keeps a close watch on productivity and labour costs for any signs that inflation may be accelerating.Over the past year, productivity has increased by a modest 0.9 per cent, well below the long-run average of 2.2 per cent.Productivity surged in 2009 and 2010 in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Companies cut jobs faster than their output was falling. driving productivity higher as fewer workers did more. Productivity grew 3.2 per cent in 2009 and 3.3 per cent in 2010.But in the past three years, productivity growth has averaged just 1 per cent per year as hiring has picked up. Economists are uncertain whether this is just a temporary slowdown or a new normal for the economy. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US productivity increases at 2 per cent rate in second quarter while labour costs up slightly read more

Tim Hortons and Burger King promise to serve cagefree eggs by 2025

Tim Hortons and Burger King promise to serve cage-free eggs by 2025 Signs for Burger King and Tim Hortons locations in Ottawa are shown in this Aug. 25, 2014, file photo. The parent company of Tim Hortons and Burger King is committing to serving cage-free eggs at all Canadian, American and Mexican locations by 2025. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 1, 2016 8:25 am MDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The parent company of Tim Hortons and Burger King announced Monday it is committed to serving cage-free eggs at all locations in Canada, the United States and Mexico by 2025.Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR) joins a growing list of restaurants that have promised to dish up eggs only from hens that have not been confined to cages as pressure from customers for ethically-sourced food ramps up.“Canadians and consumers around the world aren’t OK with hens being crammed into tiny cages for their entire lives,” said Sayara Thurston, campaign manager with the Canadian wing of Humane Society International.“A flood of companies” are wanting to serve more cage-free eggs, she said, adding that Humane Society International has worked with dozens of brands to help them create similar goals.Denny’s, for example, has promised its U.S. restaurants will serve only cage-free eggs by 2026, McDonald’s has committed to doing the same at its Canadian and American locations by 2025, and Starbucks plans to meet that goal by 2020.Thurston said it takes so long to meet these targets because the farmers who supply the eggs need time to implement cage-free systems.“We understand that change can’t happen overnight,” she said.Enough farmers have to shift to the more animal-friendly practice to supply the roughly 4,800 Tim Hortons locations in Canada and the U.S., and the roughly 7,800 Burger King stores in those countries and Mexico.Millions of egg-laying hens, which in Canada are nearly all kept in small cages, will eventually be able to walk more than a few steps and flap their wings as the industry adapts, said Thurston.The company’s move may even prompt the National Farm Animal Care Council, which is currently updating its code of practice for poultry layers, to make cage-free egg production the new standard in Canada, she said.Despite the nine-year timeline, Humane Society International hopes Tim Hortons and Burger King will be able to achieve their goal before 2025, Thurston said.But already, Burger King is poised to miss one of its previous goals. The fast-food chain announced in 2012 that it would be using only cage-free eggs in the United States by 2017. That goal has now been extended to 2025, said Thurston, lumped in with the company’s Canadian and Mexican locations.“We understand it takes longer to turn a regional commitment for one brand into a global commitment across all brands,” she said.RBI also plans to eventually move all its restaurants in other countries outside of North America to cage-free eggs, but it did not provide a timeline.RBI said it will release a new sustainability framework later this year. It declined to comment further on its cage-free eggs initiative.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

UN rights chief calls for probe into attacks against Rohingya says genocide

Rohingyas have faced decades of statelessness, policies of dehumanizing discrimination and segregation, and the horrific violence and abuse, along with the forced displacement and systematic destruction of villages, homes, property and livelihoods, said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.“Given all of this, can anyone rule out that elements of genocide may be present?” he told the Human Rights Council in Geneva in a special session convened in response to the ongoing exodus of Rohingyas from Myanmar to Bangladesh.“Ultimately, this is a legal determination only a competent court can make. But the concerns are extremely serious, and clearly call for access to be immediately granted for further verification,” he added. The High Commissioner urged the Council to consider making a recommendation to the UN General Assembly that it establish a new impartial and independent mechanism, complementary to the work of the fact-finding mission into the latest wave of violence and abuses, to assist individual criminal investigations of those responsible. VIDEO: UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein calls for international criminal investigation into attacks against the Rohingya in Myanmar.By 2 December, an estimated 626,000 refugees – or more than half the estimated number of Rohingya living in Rakhine state – had fled to Bangladesh since October 2016, and particularly since August 2017. The Myanmar Government has said its latest campaign in northern Rakhine was in response to attacks by insurgents.The High Commissioner reported that his Office (OHCHR) had sent three teams to Bangladesh this year to monitor the situation and interview refugees. He said witnesses reported acts of appalling barbarity committed against the Rohingya, including deliberately burning people to death inside their homes; murders of children and adults; indiscriminate shooting of fleeing civilians; widespread rapes of women and girls; and the burning and destruction of houses, schools, markets and mosques. Mr. Zeid said he had reported to both the Human Rights Council and the UN Security Council about the persistent allegations of serious human rights violations by security forces. Yet, he added, prosecutions for alleged acts of violence against them, including sexual violence – whether committed by security forces or civilians – appeared to be extremely rare. Refusal by international as well as local actors to even name the Rohingyas as Rohingyas – to recognize them as a community and respect their right to self-identification – is yet another humiliation, and it creates a shameful paradox: they are denied a name, while being targeted for being who they are,” he added. “The world cannot countenance a hasty window-dressing of these shocking atrocities, bundling people back to conditions of severe discrimination and latent violence which seem certain to lead in the future to further suffering, and more movements of people,” Mr. Zeid said. read more

Can Tuukka Rask Sustain His MVPCaliber Postseason

If you listen to Boston sports talk radio, you might be convinced that Tuukka Rask is among the worst goaltenders in NHL history, especially when it comes to playoff performance. Never mind the fact that Rask is tied for the third-best career regular-season save percentage1The NHL started recording the stat in 1955-56. in league history; never mind the fact that Rask is tied for the fifth-best playoff save percentage in league history. Rask was at the helm of an epic collapse in his first postseason — as a rookie — and a certain cadre of loudmouths have never shut up about it.2In the 2009-10 playoffs, with Rask between the pipes, the Bruins surrendered a 3-0 series lead — and a 3-0 lead in Game 7 on home ice — to the Philadelphia Flyers en route to one of the worst playoff collapses in NHL history.Fortunately for the Bruins, Tuukka — with two Us and two Ks — is actually very good at keeping pucks out of the net. That’s been especially true in these playoffs: Through the conference finals round, Rask ranks first in save percentage, first in goals against average and second in quality start percentage.3To earn a quality start, a goalie must post a league-average save percentage or better; if a goalie faces 20 or fewer shots in a game, he can earn a quality start with a save percentage of .885. In fact, his quality start percentage is better than all but two of those recorded by Stanley Cup-winning teams. Rask is also one of just three goaltenders to reach the Stanley Cup Final since the 2007-08 season without having recorded a Really Bad Start (RBS)4Really Bad Starts was developed by Hockey Abstract’s Robert Vollman and indicates that a goalie saved less than 85 percent of shots faced in a given game. When a goalie records a Really Bad Start, his team has just a 10 percent chance of winning. during that season’s playoffs.By any measure, Rask is delivering one of the greatest all-time playoff goaltending performances, far outpacing his opposing goalie in this final, St. Louis Blues rookie Jordan Binnington. We’ve written (here and here and here and here) about the importance of quality goaltending in the NHL playoffs — if a team wants to win the Stanley Cup, it helps to have that season’s hot playoff goaltender because save percentage accounts for a higher proportion of a team’s success than any other factor. It’s fair to say the Bruins have that goaltender in Rask.Indeed, Rask has been so exceptional this postseason that among teams that have made it to the Stanley Cup Final in the history of the NHL, only two have gotten better playoff performances from their goaltenders in terms of save percentage than Rask’s .942: Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who posted a .946 save percentage in 2003 with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, and Jonathan Quick, who posted a .946 save percentage in 2012 with the Los Angeles Kings.Unfortunately for the Ducks, Giguere’s brilliance transformed into mediocrity in the final. After posting a save percentage of .960 in the first three rounds, he saved just .910 of the shots he faced in the finals against the New Jersey Devils. Not awful, and still good enough to be named playoff MVP, but not good enough to lift the Cup. Quick’s story had a happier ending. He entered the final — also against the Devils — with a save percentage of .946, and he posted a rate of .947 in the final. Quick, who was consistent wire to wire, won the Conn Smythe Trophy, and the Kings lifted the first Cup in franchise history.Though disappointing for Ducks fans, Giguere’s regression wasn’t an anomaly: For qualified Stanley Cup Final goalies since 1995 who had at least a .930 save percentage in the playoffs before the finals, their save percentage dropped by an average of 24 points in the final itself, from an average of .940 to .916. It’s hard to tell exactly why save percentages fall off a cliff in the Stanley Cup Final — a cocktail of fatigue and better competition surely plays a role — but even the hottest goalies are bound to regress. Who regresses less sharply — Rask or Binnington — might determine which team lifts the Cup.The postseason heroics of Giguere and Quick indicate that Rask is probably primed to receive some sort of silverware in June. If things go the way they did for Giguere, it’s hard to imagine Rask getting the credit he deserves. But if the Bruins prevail and Rask gets a Quick-like ending, even the Boston sports media will have to acknowledge his accomplishments.Neil Paine contributed research. read more

SNCLavalin and McConnell Dowell joint venture wins Rolleston Coal EPC

first_imgSNC-Lavalin Australia, in joint venture with McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust), has been awarded a project by Rolleston Coal to provide EPC services for the Rolleston 5th Coal Valve Project located in the Bowen Basin, 275 km west of Gladstone, Australia. The EPC contract includes the installation of a fifth coal valve in the product stockpile, lengthening of a reclaim tunnel and associated reclaim conveyor, as well as extending product stacker rails and minor upgrades to power and water services.“We and our joint-venture partner, McConnell Dowell, are delighted to have been entrusted with this mandate by Rolleston, and to be able to provide a real alternative for EPC contracting in the coal industry,” said Marius van Tonder, Senior Vice-President and Regional Manager, Asia-Pacific, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.The strategic partnership between SNC-Lavalin and McConnell Dowell brings together engineering and construction expertise to provide an alternative project delivery solution, including EPC and lump sum turnkey projects, in the mining and resource sectors.Rolleston is an open-pit thermal coal mine, with current approved production levels of up to 14 Mt/y. Rolleston Coal is a joint venture managed by Glencore. It is now seeking approval to extend the life of the existing Rolleston Coal mine by approximately 30 years and this involves extracting coal from leases adjacent to the current mining operations.The majority of the coal is exported and the mine provides some product to the domestic markets.With its joint venture partners Sumisho Coal Australia and ICRA Rolleston the proposal is to expand  operations and Rolleston is in the process of seeking the required environmental approvals.The project area covers 12,758 ha of land. However, mining is not proposed within the full project area with direct impacts (disturbance of the ground for construction and mining) limited to a smaller area of 5,649 ha. The project site covers a small portion of the existing mining lease ML70307 and three additional Mining Lease Application areas, MLA70415, MLA 70416 and MLA70458.The picture shows Stage7 (closure).last_img read more

Marcus Rashford says Cardiff Victory was just the start of a

first_imgManchester United forward Marcus Rashford says new interim United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is raising a positive team with Saturday’s victory against Cardiff a pointer to that factSolskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as head coach of the Red Devils until the end of the season, and the former centre-forward made the perfect start to his reign with a thumping win over Cardiff.Rashford who opened the scoring in the 5-1 victory over Cardiff said that was just the start. Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He wants us to be positive on the ball and always look for the gaps. That was just the start. We’re going to improve and get better at it,” Rashford, who now has four Premier League goals for the season, told BT Sport via Sportsmole. “The Christmas period is very busy so it is about recovering and making sure we’re ready for the next games. We have to keep improving and go up another level.”last_img read more

Rihanna To Beyoncé Scholarships For School

first_img Twitter Rihanna To Beyoncé: Scholarships For School Facebook Email GRAMMY Winners Offer Scholarships rihanna-beyonc%C3%A9-scholarships-school News GRAMMY winners are giving back through scholarships to help students around the world complete their educationsRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 3, 2017 – 9:27 am GRAMMY.comIt’s nearly back-to-school time, which makes it the right time to talk about scholarships.For GRAMMY winner Rihanna, this meant announcing on Aug. 1 that her Clara Lionel Foundation will partner with the bike sharing company Ofo to fund scholarships for girls in the southeast African country of Malawi.The initiative, called 1 KM Action, will help Malawian students complete secondary school, as well as provide them with bicycles through Ofo to get to and from school, removing two crucial barriers to educational access, especially for girls. Rihanna was inspired to take action after her January 2017 trip to the impoverished country in conjunction with Global Citizen and the Global Partnership for Education.While Rihanna chose to go international, if you’re a U.S.-based student looking for your own scholarship closer to home, don’t worry, there’s also GRAMMY winners for that! Because who doesn’t need some extra money for school?In April, Beyoncé announced her Formation Scholars program, which will award four scholarships to “female incoming, current or graduate students pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies” at one of four schools: Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College.Beyoncé Establishes Formation Scholars For Female StudentsSimilarly, Jay Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation offers scholarships to underserved youth and young adults to remove the barriers of entry for college. The program is unique because it requires selected scholars to give back to the foundation by performing community service and serving as mentors to younger potential scholarship recipients.GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys’ Open Door Scholarship also asks scholarship recipients to give back through community service and by publicly representing the organization at their schools. Started in 2007 in conjunction with her road manager D.J. Walton’s nonprofit Frum Tha Ground Up, scholarships are awarded to students in need in Jacksonville, Fla., New Orleans, Atlanta, and New York City’s Harlem neighborhoods.GRAMMY-winning artist/producer has also gotten in on the action with his scholarship, which has been awarded since 2009 to college students in need.”I know my purpose is to continue to inspire young people because it’s just going to keep inspiring me back,” said “I want to do my part. I want to invest in America’s future and I want to send you to college. here to let you know that you can be anything you want to be. You are the future of the world.”In partnership with the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, artists such as Enrique Iglesias and Juan Luis Guerra have provided scholarships for Berklee College of Music students pursuing Latin music. Like, Guerra wants to help students build their personal futures while also strengthening our culture at large.”In addition to the financial support that the scholarship represents, it’s about the opportunity to develop the talent of a Latino student to the fullest,” Guerra said. “That will enormously benefit our culture and our music.”So if any of these scholarships sound like you, an application is only a click away. We can’t wait to see what big things you do next.More Education: GRAMMY Winners Spark Inspiration For College CoursesRead morelast_img read more

CES 2019 Mycrofts privacyminded smart speaker wants to be your Alexa alternative

first_img All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Mycroft is an open-source alternative to Alexa with a… Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voice 0 Mycroft started as an open-source, AI-powered smart home platform with Raspberry Pi 2 and Arduino controllers at its core. Its first device looked a little like an alarm clock with an 8-bit smile plotted across its face. Like that gadget, the Mark II will work with the open-source Home Assistant smart home platform to offer control of popular smart home gadgets from names like Philips Hue, WeMo and Wink, and it’ll sync up with music services like Pandora to stream music as well. Barring something completely unforeseen, Mycroft isn’t likely ever to be as fully featured as Alexa or the Google Assistant, but the open-source approach and the focus on user privacy might be enough for some folks to accept the limitations. If all you want is a basic smart speaker that can turn your lights on and off, play some music, show you a weather forecast, answer general knowledge questions, set kitchen timers… …you know, maybe this thing isn’t really so basic. Those “limited” features would cover about 97 percent of my own smart assistant needs. At any rate, the Mark II is still in the prototype phase, and seeking crowdfunding dollars on Indiegogo to help get it across the finish line within the next few months. I’m encouraged by the fact that the product has raised more than half a million dollars in less than a year, and that Mycroft AI delivered its first crowdfunded speaker back in 2017. Still, you should still be aware of the risks when backing a crowdfunded gadget. CNET isn’t endorsing this thing — we haven’t tested it, it isn’t finalized yet, and there’s no guarantee that it ever will be. Know the refund policy (or the lack of one) before you put your money down, and don’t be surprised if things get delayed. All of that said, Mycroft might be a name worth remembering, particularly as smart home privacy concerns continue to linger. CES 2019 CNET Smart Home 85 Photos CES 2019: Every story so far: It’s the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Smart Home 1:37 Post a comment Chris Monroe/CNET Alexa and the Google Assistant have taken the mainstream by storm — but some find the idea of sharing their in-home audio data a little unnerving. Enter Mycroft, an alternative smart assistant that promises never to collect or store any of your data, not even anonymously. It’s a smart assistant without a search history. And now, here at CES 2019, we’re getting an early look at the upcoming Mycroft Mark II smart speaker that the virtual assistant will soon call home. The asking price: $189. CES Products Alexa Philipslast_img read more

High court to hear plea against demolition of Errum Manzil

first_imgHyderabad: The Division Bench of the Telangana High court comprising Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Shameem Akhtar on Wednesday heard arguments in a petition filed by Lubna Sharwath against the construction of new Assembly and Council buildings at Errum Manzil and demolition of heritage structures at Errum Manzil. Counsel Rachna Reddy, representing the petitioner, told the bench that the State government had removed the Errum Manzil building from the list of protected monuments to enable it to construct new Assembly building. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Rachna Reddy further contended that the State government had not paid due compensation to the Nawabs for 12 acres of the 98 acres of land acquired by it. She urged the court to issue directions to the State government to pay compensation to the Nawabs and stop the demolition of the buildings till the payment was made. It may be recalled that, the State Government has filed its counter affidavit in the case before the High Court on Tuesday in which it apprised the High court that the Errum Manzil heritage building did not find any mention in the Telangana Heritage (Protection, preservation and conservation and maintenance) Act-2017.last_img read more

Scotland lunarcalendar find sparks Stone Age rethink

first_img Explore further More information: Citation: Scotland lunar-calendar find sparks Stone Age rethink (2013, July 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The beginning of time? World’s oldest ‘calendar’ discovered Scientists are now calling this discovery in Scotland that seems to mimic the phases of the moon to track lunar months the world’s oldest known calendar.”What we are looking at here is a very important step in humanity’s earliest formal construction of time, even the start of history itself,” said Vincent Gaffney, professor of landscape archaeology at Birmingham University, who led the team who analyzed the pits and their functions.Also referred to as the “Warren Field calendar,” referring to the land area in Aberdeenshire where the calendar was found, the discovery consists of an array of 12 pits and arc. They appear to represent the phases of the moon, going from waxing and waning to central arc, corresponding to the lunar months of the year. However, said Prof. Gaffney, because the lunar year does not correspond to the natural year, the sequence had to be calibrated annually, and the site seems to align along the midwinter solstice, indicating that each year it was calibrated, and kept good time.The experts believe the site dates back to around 8000 BC. Gaffney and team in their paper on the subject observed that the site “also aligns on the south east horizon and a prominent topographic point associated with sunrise on the midwinter solstice. In doing so the monument anticipates problems associated with simple lunar calendars by providing an annual astronomic correction in order to maintain the link between the passage of time indicated by the Moon, the asynchronous solar year, and the associated seasons.”Although previously excavated back in 2005, geophysical survey teams from several universities have been working to map the sites again and to look for further features. The Warren Field site was first discovered as unusual crop marks spotted from the air by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).The pit-creators are identified as a Mesolithic group, referring to a group of cultures between Paleolithic and the Neolithic. The three “lithics” belong to the Stone Age, and the Mesolithic were a transition group who succeeded in adapting to a collecting and fishing as well as hunting economy The question remains, why did these hunter gatherers track the phases of the moon? For hunting purposes? To explore celestial bodies? One theory comes from project member, Dr Christopher Gaffney, Archeological Science at the University of Bradford: “For pre-historic hunter-gatherer communities, knowing what food resources were available at different times of the year was crucial to survival. These communities relied on hunting migrating animals and the consequences of missing these events were potential starvation. They needed to carefully note the seasons to be prepared for when that food resource passed through, so from this perspective, our interpretation of this site as a seasonal calendar makes sense.”center_img © 2013 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Archeologists have discovered a lunar calendar in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, that is nearly ten thousand years old. Their findings show that the calendar makers (1) thought about time and (2) figured out a means to follow it at a period in history that was still in the Stone Age. The discovery is considered both surprising and important because it now places a calendar nearly five thousand years before what was previously considered as the first formal calendar, created in Mesopotamia 5,000 years ago. But here, a discovery has been made of a calendar construct appearing to track the phases of the moon nearly 10,000 years ago.last_img read more

Homebuyers Get HyperCautious About Mortgage Rates

first_img January 31, 2019 1,004 Views The housing market is seeing some stability after getting a late boost towards the end of 2018 from lower mortgage rates and slowing home price growth, according to Freddie Mac’s January Forecast. Mortgage rates especially remain a focus for homebuyers.According to the Freddie Mac forecast, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages began to let up at the end of the year, after climbing for several months, averaging 4.6 percent in 2018 and dropping to a nine-month low of 4.45 percent in early January.“Despite the weakening of the housing market in 2018, early 2019 data signals a possible turnaround for the year to come,” said Sam Khater, Chief Economist, Freddie Mac. “This recent uptick in activity proves that homebuyers are very sensitive to changing interest rates and will likely respond positively if mortgage rates remain below five percent.”While rates saw a slight uptick towards the end of January, ending the month at 4.46 percent, Freddie Mac expects them to average below the 5 percent mark at 4.7 percent in 2019 before increasing to 4.9 percent in 2020.Though home sales have seen a sluggish start to the year, Freddie Mac projected them to regain momentum increasing to 6.09 million in 2019 and 6.14 million by 2020. The report indicated that the surge would mostly come from growth in existing home sales while “new home sales are expected to remain almost flat,” in 2019.Another factor that is likely to give homebuyers a reason to smile, according to Freddie Mac, is home prices. The report indicated that after increasing for years, home prices have finally begun to cool with the rate of growth slowing down. It projects home prices to increase by 4.1 percent and 2.7 percent in 2019 and 2020 respectively.Looking at the immediate spring buying season, Khater said that softening house price appreciation along with the increasing inventory of homes on the market and historically low mortgage rates “should give a boost to the spring homebuying season.”In terms of mortgage loans, the forecast said that single-family loan origination was expected to increase 2.1 percent to $1.68 trillion in 2019 with the volume remaining steady at this number in 2020.  It also revised its projections for the refinance share of originations upward to 27 percent in 2019 and 24 percent in 2020 due to the easing of mortgage rates at the end of 2018. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Freddie Mac Home HOUSING loan mortgage rate Origination Sam Khater 2019-01-31 Radhika Ojhacenter_img Homebuyers Get Hyper-Cautious About Mortgage Rates Sharelast_img read more

cruiseCunardQE2Queen Elizabeth

first_imgcruiseCunardQE2Queen Elizabeth Cunard’s luxury cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth, is honouring the cruise line’s longest serving ocean liner by celebrating the 50th anniversary of QE2 with a special 17-night sailing from Southampton in England on Friday 8 September 2017 to Venice’s iconic canals, Mount Etna in Sicily and Corfu.“This Mediterranean cruise is perfectly timed to pay tribute to QE2’s launch and naming by HRH Queen Elizabeth II 50 years ago,” said Angus Struthers, Vice President, Cunard.“When QE2 came into service in the 1960s, many critics said she wouldn’t last a decade in the age of the jet but her unique design as a dual-purpose ship meant that she was versatile enough to operate both as a transatlantic liner and a cruise ship.“Given how famous and loved she was, we felt this was a great opportunity to pay tribute to this Cunarder’s remarkable life onboard our newest ship, Queen Elizabeth; herself designed to offer a perfect luxury cruise holiday.”Celebrations focus on five special theme days, each of which will be accompanied by QE2-inspired menus, talks from special guests, historical snippets in the daily programme, past-passenger gatherings and QE2 quizzes.Themes include Moving in Royal Circles which looks back at the unique and special bond between QE2 and the Royal Family; The Falklands which acknowledges the ship’s service as a troop ship in the 1982 conflict; Triumph of a Great Tradition examining the QE2’s remarkable career achievements and the long history of Cunard ‘firsts’, and World Flagship in tribute to QE2’s 26 world cruises that made her an icon in cities across the globe.Celebrations culminate on QE2 Day – 20 September 2017 – exactly 50 years since the ship was launched by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Events will include a QE2 ball, and a historical retrospective of the ship’s service life to be hosted in Queen Elizabeth’s 850 seat Royal Court Theatre.QE2 – Credit: Chris Frame and Rachelle Crosslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAzamara Club Cruises likes to market itself as the “uncruise cruise line”: unlike other cruise brands that focus primarily on the ship in their marketing and sales messaging, Azamara focuses on the destination. The company dubs this Destination Immersion, with longer stays, more overnights and night touring options. One hundred per cent of its voyages offer an overnight or late-night stay.Azamara pioneered the concept of offering guests the opportunity to stay longer in port and define late departures as 8pm or later and during overnight stays ships remain in port until at least 6am. In many ports, Azamara has extended stays of perhaps three days and two nights, for example, in St Petersburg, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Dubai, Bordeaux and more.Azamara’s longer stays give guests more time to travel deeper into the destination so they can make authentic connections with the people, places and things in the destination. Azamara recognises that a destination comes alive at night and lives by the idea that if a guest doesn’t experience a destination by night they really haven’t truly experienced the destination.AzAmazing EveningsThis is one of the reasons why Azamara offers a complimentary AzAmazing Evenings event on all voyages of seven nights or longer. These bespoke cultural events can only be enjoyed on Azamara. To quote Larry Pimentel, President & CEO, “You can’t google these events” and the same can be said for its Nights and Cool Places and Insider Access tours.One example of an AzAmazing Evenings event is a sophisticated evening in operatic grandeur at the 18th-century Teatro Galdoni in Livorno with performances of Verdi, Puccini and other classical masterpieces. Another could be listening to the enchanting music of the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra during an exceptional evening of Russian culture. Or perhaps listening to a 12-piece string orchestra play classical music from the Odeon in Ephesus, a second-century outdoor concert hall.Insider AccessInsider Access offers guests the opportunity to go inside the homes, farms, villas and businesses of local people. Guests may visit a monastery and have conversations with the monks who live there or enjoy a visit to the Lucca family villa in Tuscany or visit a New Zealand sheep farm to name a few.Nights and Cool PlacesNights and Cool Places may find guests strolling through the sweeping vineyards of Santorini’s Sigalas Winery beneath a moonlit sky. Or they may be attending the 42nd Deauville American film festival in Honfleur, France or enjoying an evening walking through Amsterdam’s red light district.Overnight AdventurersFor guests who wish to travel even deeper into the destination, Azamara offers Overnight Adventurers which occur during the voyage, but guests stay overnight on land. These tours allow guests to travel to landmark destinations like the Taj Mahal from Indian port cities. Another adventure may find guests traversing the dunes and wadis of Oman during a two-day excursion with overnight accommodations in a luxurious tent while being hosted by the local Bedouins.World JourneyIn 2018, Azamara will offer its first World Journey, bridge to bridge Sydney to London. The cruise is 102 days in duration, visits 60 ports in 29 countries, includes 18 late-night and 12 overnight stays and offers eight AzAmazing Evening events.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

January 5 2007 Wall project manager David Toll

first_imgJanuary 5, 2007 Wall project manager David Tollas and volunteer crew member Darina Trendafilova remove hard frozen earth to prepare the trench for a retaining wall. [Photos: Rafael Carvão & text: sa] The edges of the trench are carefully cleaned and leveled and lined with a wooden form. David teaches workshop participants and volunteer crew members Sung Sik Cho, John Foster, Jeffrey Meylan and Bernardo Claus. [Photos: Rafael Carvão & text: sa] Steel reinforcement bars are cut and installed. This report will continue on January 8. 2007. [Photos: Rafael Carvão & text: sa]last_img

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first_imgBorrowers with non-performing loans (NPLs) with a mortgage on their primary residence, the value of which does not exceed €350,000, should not worry about being evicted, Disy president Averof Neophytou said on Wednesday.Speaking after a meeting with the association of Cyprus Banks, Neophytou said that even if borrowers of NPLs receive an eviction notice, banks will not be moving forward with the eviction before assessing whether the borrowers fall under the terms of the Estia debt-relief scheme.Those borrowers whose primary residence is valued below €350,000 fall under the scheme’s terms, and so are exempt from bank evictions, Neophytou said.The stated purpose of Estia is to assist, support and protect vulnerable households who have mortgaged their houses for their loans.To be eligible, a household must have a declared gross income of €50,000 to be eligible, and their primary house, which is mortgaged, must have a maximum market value of €350,000.The loans will be written down to the market value of the primary residence and then the borrower will have to pay two-thirds of the rescheduled loan every month and the taxpayer (the state) is going to subsidise the one-third of the monthly instalments on that rescheduled loan.It applies to loans (mortgages) that were classed as non-performing as at September 30, 2017. Loans designated as non-performing after that date are not eligible.In January, legislators gave the nod to the release of the first €33m, earmarked for this year alone, in taxpayers’ money to fund the scheme.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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