Annette Francis APTN National NewsJeff Beaver is a traditional ricer who has been harvesting wild rice every year for the past 27 seasons.Since the end of August, Beaver has been out on the water gathering grain from rice beds around the lakes.It’s an old tradition, and an important staple for the Anishnaabe that dates back thousands of years.This year he’s been trying to pass along the tradition.
“A peacekeeping mission that is under-resourced can imperil the initial benefits gained through its deployment, and can raise expectations without providing the means of fulfilling them,” he told the Security Council.The 15-member body met today to discuss how to bolster the UN-AU relationship and on how better to support the peacekeeping capacity of the AU, which has troops in areas such as Somalia.The Council was also briefed by former Italian President Romano Prodi, who heads a panel to support AU peacekeeping operations established under a UN mandate.Mr. Prodi presented a report which offered recommendations on how to boost the AU’s “ability to respond to crises and in its need for a capacity that is capable of promoting long-term stability on the continent.”The publication further stressed the need for a “more effective strategic relationship” between the Security Council and the AU Peace and Security Council, as well as between the UN Secretariat and the AU Commission.“A shared strategic vision is essential if the United Nations and the African Union are to exercise their respective advantages: the African Union’s ability to provide a rapid response and the United Nations capacity for sustained operations,” the report said.The ties between the UN and the AU have been expanded but have “yet to develop the responsiveness that will enable us to work together and to prevent conflicts rather than only respond to crises,” the Secretary-General said at today’s meeting, which will hear from dozens of speakers.The suggestions provided by the panel headed by Mr. Prodi are a first step, Mr. Ban said, towards developing a more effective partnership – which “has the potential to affect millions of people on the African continent” – between the two organizations.In a presidential statement issued at the end of the day-long meeting, Council members welcomed the ongoing AU efforts to settle conflicts in Africa, expressing its support for the organization’s peace initiatives.It also emphasized the importance of establishing a stronger UN-AU relationship, encouraging “further joint efforts in this direction focusing on issues of mutual interest.” 18 March 2009Difficulties in securing necessary funding are impeding the ability of the African Union (AU) to maintain and expand its peacekeeping capacities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cautioned today.
14 November 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed deep concern about the escalating tensions between neighbouring Sudan and South Sudan, especially recent incursions into each other’s territory and cross-border support of rebel groups. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban condemned Thursday’s aerial bombardment by the Sudanese military against the Yida area of South Sudan’s Unity state, and its impact on civilian lives.Mr. Ban also condemned the reported establishment of a new military alliance between some rebel movements in the Darfur region and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) that has called for the use of force against the Sudanese Government.“The Secretary-General calls on all parties to refrain from the use of force and reaffirms that conflict can only be resolved through political dialogue,” the statement stressed.“He calls on the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to exercise restraint in managing border tensions and to recommit to a negotiated settlement of outstanding post-CPA [2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement] issues.”The internationally-brokered CPA ended the long-running north-south Sudanese civil war and led to the holding of a referendum in January this year that paved the way for the secession of South Sudan in July.Today’s statement follows calls from senior UN officials for an investigation into the Yida bombing, which struck a refugee camp, and warnings to the Security Council on Friday of rising tensions in the region.
On March 28, she took to Facebook to thank her supporters and announce that she had taken a vacation, got some much needed rest and spent time with her family.“I am now back home in Scarborough and ready to figure out and work toward the next step,” she wrote. No matter what, I will always love and work for the betterment of our communities, province, country and global society.” She is seeking a seat in an upcoming byelection in Scarborough–Rouge River, vacant since longtime MPP Bas Balkissoon’s surprising resignation last month. The riding has been Liberal since its creation in 1999. Sri Lankan born Canadian politician Rathika Sitsabaiesan is to contest the Canadian elections for the Ontario Liberal Party.Sitsabaiesan, the former NDP MP for the Toronto-area riding of Scarborough–Rouge River submitted her nomination papers to the Ontario Liberal Party this week, The Huffington Post reported. Her page makes no mention of running for Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals; it features mostly election-style posts urging people to vote for the federal NDP. (Colombo Gazette) Sitsabaiesan was defeated in the October 19 federal election when the NDP was completely wiped out in Toronto. She came in third with 22 per cent support, 10,000 votes behind her Liberal rival, Shaun Chen, who won 48 per cent of the vote. The Conservative, Ravinder Malhi, came in second with 27 per cent.The 34-year-old was only elected in 2011 under then NDP leader Jack Layton’s wave, winning what had originally been thought of as a safe Liberal seat. Born in Sri Lanka, Sitsabaiesan became the first parliamentarian of Tamil descent. She immigrated to Canada when she was five.
With rainy weather in the forecast, the decision has been made to move Brock’s Mental Health Week barbecue, and possibly the related Wellness Walk, indoors.The events are set to close a week of activities held on campus to mark Mental Health Week.Anyone wishing to participate in the Wellness Walk is asked to meet in the lobby of Schmon Tower on Friday, May 5 at 11:15 a.m.It will be decided on the day of the walk whether participants will stroll outside or indoors around campus.The fundraising barbecue, which supports the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Niagara chapter, will take place from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Market Hall.The barbecue will include your choice of hamburger, hotdog or veggie burger, served with kettle chips and pop or water for $10. The combo includes a $3 donation to CMHA Niagara to help enhance local resources. Additional donations are also welcome.People are asked to wear green on Friday in support of mental health awareness.For more information on Brock’s involvement in Mental Health Week, read the recent Brock News article.
With only eight days remaining in the 2014-15 regular season, it’s time to check in on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. If you’re wondering how these numbers work, the short version is that all 30 NBA teams are ranked according to a projection of their true talent over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on the methodology,1This week, we tweaked the simulation methodology to include the NBA’s official tie-breaking procedures. Before this week, we had been approximating tie breakers. see our introductory rankings post.The Eastern Conference playoff plot continues to thicken. Last Monday in this space, our model listed the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers with playoff probabilities of 76 percent and 50 percent, respectively, with the Brooklyn Nets (38 percent) and Boston Celtics (25 percent) likely to be on the outside looking in.Now, the tables have turned.The Celtics, aided by a 3-1 record over the past week (and an improved power rating), now sport a 57 percent playoff probability and more expected end-of-season wins than either Miami or Indiana. Likewise, the Nets leapfrogged the Pacers and Heat by an even greater margin after going 4-1 over the past week-plus. Brooklyn’s chances of making the playoffs are now nearly 77 percent, a radical departure from its 17 percent postseason probability of two weeks prior.And if Brooklyn and Boston are now in the driver’s seats for the final pair of Eastern Conference playoff berths, that means the Heat and Pacers are currently both underdogs to make the postseason. Miami has lost four straight games, and its power rating is down because several of its good RPM players (such as Luol Deng, Hassan Whiteside and Chris Andersen) are listed as day-to-day with injuries. And for its part, Indiana went 2-2 on the week-plus, but even at .500, the Pacers lost ground to the surging Celtics and Nets.The Heat have things a bit better than the Pacers. They face an easier remaining schedule, and the league’s tie-breakers favor them in the event of a tie with Boston and/or Brooklyn, which accounts for Miami’s superior playoff odds despite a projected win tally identical to that of Indiana. But for each team, it’s a big reversal from where they stood just a week ago.So while there’s little time left in the schedule, the Eastern Conference playoff picture is no clearer than it’s been the past few weeks — the front-runners to get in are just different.
Randgold Resources’ Tongon gold mine in Côte d’Ivoire is continuing to make headway in its drive to overcome the technical issues that have impacted its performance, CEO Mark Bristow reports. He said this year’s planned ramp-up in production had not been achieved due to the need to expand the flotation circuit and the mechanical failure of the recently installed Vibrocone crushers, intended to improve the recovery and throughput rate.Expansion of the flotation circuit was now underway and the crusher supplier, Sandvik, had agreed to replace the Vibrocone crushers with conventional cone crushers and combine them with an upgraded flowsheet, including additional equipment and circuits. He noted that the first two new crushers were already on site, along with most of the other equipment, and the Sandvik team was working hard in support of the mine team to ensure that the project would be completed early in the fourth quarter.Bristow said this exercise should increase mill throughput to its design capacity and improve the quality of the crushed product. Tongon’s performance was therefore expected to show a steady improvement in the second half of the year. However, because of the ground that had already been lost and the inevitable operational impact associated with the commissioning of new equipment, completion of the flotation expansion was only expected by year end and Tongon’s 2014 production was likely to fall within 10% short of its original guidance of 260,000 oz. “Considering the challenges Tongon has had to deal with, this is a creditable performance and a tribute to the team and the ongoing support from Sandvik,” he said.In the meantime, Randgold’s exploration team is continuing its work to extend Tongon’s life by drilling below the Southern and Northern Zone pits and evaluating adjacent satellite deposits. Four targets close to the mine have already been identified.On the wider issue of gold mining in Côte d’Ivoire, Bristow said the country’s new mining code, which the government had developed in close consultation with the industry, was a model for other African countries. It was to be hoped that the current process of finalising the associated regulations would be conducted in the same spirit, and that the issuing of licences, in particular, would be accelerated“Randgold is very positive about Côte d’Ivoire’s potential and we’re keen to expand our presence here. However, for that to happen, we need a constant supply of the permits and targets that will deliver our next new discovery. We’ve had two new permits granted but we still have ten applications that are outstanding,” Bristow said.“While we’re waiting for those, we’re carrying out aggressive exploration programmes across our existing Ivorian permit portfolio, including drilling over 15 000 m on the Mankono and Fapoha permits, and our geologists have identified multiple soil anomalies in favourable geological and structural settings for further testing. We’ve also increased our exploration budget and recruited more Ivorian personnel to support our extensive exploration programs.”
Men’s World Championships in Spain began with an strong performance of home team in win over Algeria 27:14 (14:5). Since the first minute of the match, Valero Rivera’s team showed seriousity and willing to beat the rival and invite more fans in the “Caja Magica”.STATISTICSPHOTO: IHF ← Previous Story The Faker’s Guide to the World Men’s Handball Championship 2013 Next Story → All set in Sevilla for the group phase! (PHOTO)
Andrew Burns was shot ten years ago today. Image: Garda Press Office Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share2 Tweet Email Feb 12th 2018, 1:35 PM http://jrnl.ie/3847274 GARDAI INVESTIGATING the murder of a man in Donegal 10 years ago are making a fresh appeal for information.Andrew Burns was shot and killed on the evening of 12 February 2008 after receiving a number of gunshot wounds in a murder that is believed to be linked to dissident republicanism.One man was convicted of the murder following a trial at the Special Criminal Court but gardaí have said they believe a number of people were involved.The murder happened just after 7pm on the night in question with gardaí outlining that a number of young people heard the gunshots that killed the victim.The witnesses were walking from the Tyrone border village of Clady to the village of Donnyloop, Castlefin in Donegal when they heard the gunshots.Moments after the gunshots they saw Andrew Burns staggering in the middle of the road before he collapsed onto the ground. The witnesses attempted to help him and he was also attended to by a number of other passers-by but was pronounced dead just before 8pm.After the witnesses spotted the injured Burns, they also observed a man running towards a nearby church carpark and then two cars leaving the village of Donnyloop and back towards Northern Ireland.“One of these vehicles is described as a black car or a really dark red car, while the second is described as a silver coloured car,” gardaí have said on the 10th anniversary of the murder.The appeal comes ten years after the killing but also a month after dissident group Óglaigh na hÉireann declared an end to its armed actions.Gardaí have said they believe there are individuals who have information that may assist the investigation.Anyone with any detail at all that may help gardaí are asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-916-7100 or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800-666-111 .Read: People ‘on outer ring’ of republican group may know who killed Andrew Allen >Read: Families say they will leave Tory Island if 42-year-old ferry comes into service > Andrew Burns was shot ten years ago today. It’s ten years since a dissident republican murder near a Donegal church Andrew Burns was found by some passers-by after being fatally wounded. Short URL Image: Garda Press Office 2 Comments By Rónán Duffy 10,973 Views Monday 12 Feb 2018, 1:35 PM
The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: the42.ie Claressa Shields (file pic). Image: John Locher 17-year-old Canadian tennis star ‘blacked out’ after hitting umpire with a ball>America is freaking out over the high-school basketball player who scored 92 points> 54,642 Views Katie Taylor beaten to the punch as top US Olympic star handed historic opportunity Rio gold medallist Claressa Shields will become the first woman to headline a premium cable card. Image: John Locher Short URL https://the42.ie/3229638 Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 9:31 PM Share2 Tweet Email1 By Paul Fennessy 20 Comments Feb 8th 2017, 9:31 PM Claressa Shields (file pic). WHILE MANY PEOPLE have recently suggested that Ireland’s Katie Taylor can take women’s professional boxing to the next level, she is by no means the only star involved in the sport.Like Taylor, US boxer Claressa Shields similarly decided to turn pro after Rio.The double Olympic gold medallist, who was also trained by Taylor’s former coach Billy Walsh in the lead up to the 2016 Games, is set for a historic night.It’s been confirmed that Shields will be involved in the first women’s boxing match to achieve main-event status on premium TV (i.e. channels such as Showtime, which require viewers to pay an additional fee on top of what is already being paid for cable) in the US.Shields — who had a famously fiery but ultimately successful working relationship with Walsh — faces Hungary’s Szilvia Szabados at Detroit’s MGM Grand on 10 March.It is quite an achievement for the 21-year-old from Flint, Michigan, in what is only her second fight as a pro.Following the news, Shields said via her Instagram: “The NABF (North American Boxing Federation) was one of the first titles that the great Muhammad Ali fought for and won after his 1960 win at the Olympic Games!!!! To be given the opportunity to follow in his footsteps is an honour! And I’ll continue to carry his legacy!”In addition, just under a month after Shields’ landmark evening, Taylor is set for the third fight of her pro career on the David Haye-Tony Bellew undercard on 4 March. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
24 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Spanish election: PM’s party stays in power as far-right wins seats for first time since Franco’s death The Socialist Party fell short of an absolute majority, but increased its share of seats since the last election in 2016. Apr 29th 2019, 7:17 AM Monday 29 Apr 2019, 7:17 AM Share Tweet Email1 Supporters of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) celebrate victory at its headquarters in Madrid. 12,020 Views Short URL Supporters of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) celebrate victory at its headquarters in Madrid. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4610562 SPANISH PRIME MINISTER Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists have won snap elections without the necessary majority to govern solo in a fragmented political landscape marked by the far-right’s entry into parliament.The results raise the spectre of another period of instability for Spain, with Sanchez depending on alliances with hostile rivals in an environment that has soured since Catalonia’s failed secession bid in 2017.A significant development was the rise of the ultra-nationalist Vox party, which garnered just over 10% of the vote in a country that has had no far-right party to speak of since the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.Sanchez’s Socialist Party (PSOE) got 123 lawmakers out of 350, or close to 29% of votes – short of an absolute majority but much better than the 85 seats it got in 2016.“The Socialists have won the general election and with it the future has won and the past has lost,” he told cheering supporters from the balcony of the party’s headquarters in Madrid, claiming victory late last night.The big loser was the conservative Popular Party, which bagged 66 seats compared to 137 in the previous election that saw it govern Spain with a minority government.Possible alliancesSanchez, who came to power in June after ousting conservative prime minister Mariano Rajoy in a no-confidence vote, could seek to forge alliances with far-left Podemos and smaller groupings like Catalan separatist parties, as he had done over the past 10 months. Leader of Podemos and candidate for general elections Pablo Iglesias casts his vote. Source: AlterPhotos/ABACAHe could also try to cosy up to centre-right Ciudadanos, which won 57 seats. Together, they would form an absolute majority but voters from both parties would likely frown on such a move.“I hope Sanchez won’t reach an agreement with Ciudadanos, I want a left-wing government,” 51-year-old Esther Lopez, said at the Socialist Party headquarters, wearing earrings marked “PSOE.”Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera, built his campaign on disparaging Sanchez, criticising his attempts to negotiate with Catalan separatist parties in a bid to ease a secession crisis in the northeastern region.In an editorial, Madrid daily El Mundo called on Sanchez to “reach out to Rivera and consider forming a moderate government – which would undoubtedly go down well in Europe – to ensure the stability” of the country.Far-right emergence Spanish far-right VOX party leader and candidate for prime minister Santiago Abascal. Source: Alconada/AlterPhotos/ABACA USAThe crisis in Catalonia was what fuelled Vox’s meteoric rise from the outer margins of politics to the national scene, after gaining nearly 11% of votes in December regional polls in southern Andalusia.Founded by Santiago Abascal, a disgruntled former PP member, it will now take 24 seats in the national parliament.This is less than what opinion polls had predicted.“I thought Vox would get way more votes, with this result Vox won’t have any weight in parliament as no one supports them. We needed more seats,” said Maria Bonilla Ortega, a 22-year-old philosophy student in central Madrid, a Spanish flag draped around her shoulders.Abascal was more optimistic: “We can tell Spain with complete calm that Vox has come to stay,” he told cheering supporters.After a tense campaign, voter turnout was high at 75.76%, up from 66.48% in 2016, election authorities said.Catalonia shadowWith a strong stance against feminism and illegal immigration, Vox stood out with ultra-nationalist rhetoric advocating the “defence of the Spanish nation to the end” and a hard line against separatists in Catalonia.The region in northeastern Spain was the scene of a secession attempt in 2017 that sparked the country’s biggest political crisis in decades and caused major concern in Europe.The issue has continued to cast a pall over Spanish politics.Sanchez was forced to call Sunday’s elections after Catalan pro-independence lawmakers in the national parliament, angered at the trial of their leaders in Madrid, refused to give him the support he needed for his 2019 budget.Right-wing parties for their part lambasted Sanchez, at the head of a minority government, for talking with separatists who still govern the region, accusing him of cosying up to those who tried to break up Spain.That controversy is likely to continue as two Catalan separatist parties gained even more lawmakers in the national parliament than they did in 2016 – up to 22 from 17.The five separatists elected are in jail and currently being tried at Spain’s Supreme Court.In a sign of the impact the crisis had on voters, Dolores Palomo, a 48-year-old domestic worker, said she had always voted for the socialists but cast her ballot for Ciudadanos this time at a polling station in Hospitalet de Llobregat, near Barcelona.The reason? Sanchez “is a puppet of the separatists,” she said. – © AFP 2019 By AFP Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It was a case of art imitating life for a Melbourne priest and funeral directors last week when they took part in filming funeral scenes for the ABC mini-series The Slap. Father Ioannis of St George’s church in Thornbury joined Maria Stamelos and Craig Broderick, of Victoria Funerals in Brunswick, acting as extras in scenes for the series based on Christos Tsiolkas’ award-winning novel, which is currently being filmed across Victoria. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Mrs Stamelos said her husband Chris Stamelos had organised for herself and Funeral Director’s Assistant Craig Broderick to attend the filming as consultants.“I went along to take photos and ended up replacing the actor Funeral Director, so the fact that they sent me to hair and makeup and added me as an extra caught me by surprise,” Mrs Stamelos said. “It was an absolutely different day in the office but a good experience.” The directors and film crew were very specific about having every detail accurate in reenacting a traditional Greek Orthodox funeral, Mrs Stamelos said. “They were very good with attention to detail, right down to the bottle of oil and wine and bowl of wheat,” she said. “They kept checking details with us and wanted to get everything absolutely right.” St George’s Church in St David St, Thornbury, was chosen specifically as a filming location due to its recognition within the Greek community. “We conduct many funerals at St George’s and the producer did want to portray someone who specialises in Greek Orthodox funerals and of course that would be Chris Stamelos’ company Victoria Funerals,” Mrs Stamelos said. Victoria Funerals, the only Greek independently owned Funeral Company in Victoria with its own premises, previously had its chapel used during the filming of SBS television series Carla Cametti. While it was a long day of filming, Mrs Stamelos said she has more appreciation for the process after seeing it firsthand. “You see how much work and how many people are involved,” she said. Although the acting roles may not have been a huge stretch of the imagination, Mrs Stamelos said it was a lot more light-hearted than business as usual. “It was nothing different to what we do every day just repeating the same thing over, but the positive thing was there was no real funeral so the depth of emotion was not there. We may be in this industry, but we still get affected, so it was a more lighthearted day because it was all pretend.” The funeral director said she is eagerly awaiting the final product. “We’re all excited to see the footage that may show us for a couple of seconds as a result of filming for a whole day.”
Les Terriens une fois de plus à découvert écologiqueUne organisation américaine a fixé au 27 septembre la date symbolique à laquelle les Terriens auront consommé l’équivalent des ressources naturelles que peut générer la Terre en un an sans compromettre leur renouvellement. Après cette date, l’humanité puisera dans les stocks et appauvrira la planète.Le “think tank” Global Footprint Network est une organisation américaine qui s’est spécialisée dans le calcul de l'”empreinte écologique” de l’humanité. Il s’agit de la comparer avec ce que la Terre est en capacité de générer comme ressources renouvelables et d’absorber comme déchets sans puiser dans ses réserves. En arrêtant chaque année une date symbolique à laquelle les Terriens commencent à puiser dans les stocks, le Global Footprint Network cherche à faire prendre conscience de cet écart grandissant. L’organisation précise toutefois qu’”il n’est pas possible, bien sûr, de déterminer avec une précision absolue le moment exact où nous dépassons notre budget”, mais une chose et sûre, la tendance reste la même avec un épuisement croissant des ressources.1,5 Terre pour assumer les besoins actuels Résultat : si la Terre a été pendant très longtemps à même de répondre aux besoins des hommes sans s’épuiser, on a franchi un seuil “critique” au cours des années 70. Ainsi, depuis plus de 30 ans, l’humanité vit au-dessus de ses moyens et il faudrait l’équivalent de 1,2 à 1,5 Terre pour assumer aujourd’hui les besoins de l’humanité toute entière. Un rapport qui reste à mettre en perspective car, selon un rapport de WWF datant de 2010, les habitants de la Terre consomment 4,5 planètes et demie s’ils vivent aux Etats-Unis ou aux Emirats arabes unis mais moins d’une moitié s’ils vivent en Inde.À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airCette année, la date est fixée au 27 septembre alors qu’elle était fixée à début novembre en 2000. Ainsi, à partir de mardi prochain, l’humanité finira l’année écologiquement à “découvert” et devra puiser dans des stocks chaque année plus maigres. Concrètement, la pêche fera diminuer le nombre de poissons dans les océans, la déforestation sera supérieure au reboisement et les rejets de CO2 supérieurs à ce que la Terre peut absorber.Une réduction de notre dépendance aux ressources “Alors que nous cherchons à reconstruire nos économies, c’est le moment de se présenter avec des solutions qui resteront opérationnelles et pertinentes dans le futur”, souligne le président de Global Footprint Network, Mathis Wackernagel. “Une reconstruction à long terme ne peut réussir que si elle est conduite avec une réduction systématique à notre dépendance aux ressources”.Car comme il l’explique, à l’heure actuelle, nous fonctionnons comme si nous avions dépensé notre “salaire annuel trois mois avant la fin de l’année, et [que nous grignotions nos] économies année après année”. Une vie “à découvert” que les bientôt sept milliards de Terriens (d’ici fin octobre selon l’ONU) débutent chaque année un peu plus tôt.Le 21 septembre 2011 à 18:11 • Maxime Lambert
MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida museum marked a milestone, and to help mark the occasion, the venue invited young Florida Keys residents whose homes were affected during Hurricane Irma.The Miami Children’s Museum threw a big bash to celebrate its 14th birthday, Saturday.Among the hundreds of people invited to the party were children from the Keys who are still displaced after the hurricane blew through the Sunshine State, last weekend.Attendees got to enjoy balloon animals, face painting, a mariachi band and tons of tasty treats.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
“Some of the symptoms may slowly decrease, but often they are permanent or there is residual permanent damage,” Dr. Jose Irazuzta with Wolfson Children’s Hospital told Action News Jax.The CDC said previous spikes in cases happened in 2014 and 2016, noting it appears to be following an every-other-year pattern. About 120 confirmed cases were reported in 2014. Another 149 were reported in 2016. In 2015 and 2017, the counts of reported illnesses were far lower.The Associated Press contributed to this report.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WSVN) — A toddler in north Florida is fighting a rare polio-like virus, which has spread to 22 states in the past few months.Three-year-old Aamira Faircloth is currently being treated in the ICU at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville for what doctors are calling acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there are 62 confirmed cases nationwide, with another 65 illnesses still being investigated. AFM affects the nervous system and causes weakness and even paralysis, with some children needing to be put on ventilators.About 90 percent of the cases are children who have suffered muscle weakness or paralysis, including in the face, neck, back or limbs. The symptoms tend to occur about a week after they had a fever and respiratory illness.“It’s nerve wracking. It’s stressful. She can’t understand. She can’t get out of bed and do things for herself,” Aamira’s mother, Reba Faircloth, told Action News Jax.Faircloth said her daughter’s symptoms progressed rapidly, with the toddler first showing signs of an illness last Thursday. By Sunday, little Aamira could no longer walk.Doctors told the family their little girl could be in the hospital for up to three weeks to treat her symptoms, but there is no cure for AFM.
Patton International Limited – A government recognised export house, manufacturer and star exporter of steel conduit fittings, electrical hardware and EMT fittings serving the electrical trade needs of major OEM’s, has made inroads into the Mexican markets with its range of engineering products. The company has joined hands with Eaton Crouse Hinds – Mexico for supplying engineering products from its five sophisticated states of the art multi-locational plants in West Bengal. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEaton Crouse Hinds group is ‘Fortune world’s most admired companies 2018′ recognised business conglomerate with interests in electrical sector, industrial sector comprising of aerospace, hydraulics, filtration etc.”This is a great leap forward for Patton,” says Sanjay Budhia, Managing Director who is just back from Mexico. Mexico is fast emerging as a major trade partner for India. Indo-Mexican trade of $5.82 billion in 2016 is reported 20 percent jump to $7.7 billion in FY18 and can touch $10 billion easily. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”In the international market, JIT/ETA/OTD – Just in Time, Expected Time of Arrival and On-time Delivery is name of the game. It is imperative that quality products are delivered at a competitive cost and on the right time. Zero deviation from specifications is the norm of the day. Nowadays It is not customers’ expectations but mere requirements that one cannot supply even two days earlier or a day later than the precise and specified date of deliveries. To sustain and meet these challenges, it has become necessary for us to have our own full proof and fault-free backup supply chain logistic system in place. I am glad that they are satisfied with our capabilities and credibilities and considered Patton as their long-term trusted partner,” said Sanjay Budhia. Patton has rapidly increased its product portfolio with a diverse range of products for the electrical market in Canada, Germany, the US, and Middle East countries. The products are retail packaged with customer logo and made ready for the shelf. Patton products are certified to global standards such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Canadian Standard Association (CSA). Factories are regularly audited by renowned agencies like Intertek for workplace health and safety and are also CTPAT compliant. This company currently employs around 2500 employees and has not lost a single man-day in strikes or Lockouts. PATTON group is the consecutive winner of Productivity Awards, FIE Award, recipient of National Export Excellence Awards.
India’s iconic dairy brand, Keventers, is all set to expand its product portfolio with the introduction of Sundaes to beat the winter blues. With this expansion, the parent company aims to diversify its business into complimentary verticals that are in line with its identity.Speaking about the expansion, Tarun Bhasin, Chief Executive Officer said, “Guest experience is our obsession and we pledge to delight the guest at every moment of truth. We are constantly trying to innovate and create new products and flavours for our guest’s palate. Keventers is thrilled to add this new range of Sundaes to our product portfolio and are confident that our loyalists will love these as much as our shakes”. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis newly added range of deliciously sinful sundaes are available in all outlets across India adding four distinct combinations that Keventers loyalists can choose from including: Yin and Yang: Find your inner zen with this simple yet timeless combination that brings together the goodness of chocolate cake, a scoop of meticulously churned vanilla ice cream topped with some chocolate sauce and chips to tingle your taste buds. Guilty Pleasure: Indulge your senses in this sinful treat and dig into this treat that combines chocolate crumble and chocolate ice cream with mocha syrup a dollop of chocolate sauce. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveForbidden Forest: Prepare to be tempted with this luxurious treat with delectable chocolate cake and vanilla ice-cream bathed in the chocolate sauce along with a swirl of whipped cream and some fresh cherries on top to seal the deal. The Dark Conspiracy: A chocolate lover’s dream come true – this indulgent combination brings together chocolate cookies and chocolate wafers, in cahoots with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Priced between Rs. 199 – 249 (exclusive of taxes), this specially curated range of Sundaes flavors will be served in reusable glass bowls which one can easily take home. Make every day a Sundae, and devour into the wholesome goodness of Keventers Sundaes to embrace winters differently.
Putting capital earned from its recent initial public offering to good use, “”AG Mortgage Investment Trust””:http://angelogordon.com/index.cfm, Inc., announced that it has achieved significant deployment of its new liquidity. The company’s IPO and simultaneous private placement were concurrently completed on July 6, and by utilizing the capital gained in that transaction as well as the underwriters’ overallotment option, established and closed on July 20, AG has also been able to debut its initial portfolio.[IMAGE]AG has already acquired $1.39 billion in aggregate securities, through a combination of $880.9 million in government guaranteed, 15-year fixed-rate residential mortgage backed securities; $242.2 million in 20-year fixed-rate government-backed RMBS; $47.6 million in government-sponsored interest only strips; $45.8 million in inverse government guaranteed interest only strips; $82.3 million in non-government RMBS; $20 million in commercial mortgage-backed securities; $23.8 million in credit derivative trades; and $50 million in forward purchases of specified government-backed loan pools.[COLUMN_BREAK]Additionally, AG opted into $628 million of notional, pay-fixed, receive-LIBOR swaps that will mature between February 2012 and July 2016.The company’s various acquisitions encompass master repurchase agreements with 13 partners, with which AG has borrowed $1.03 billion; AG’s repurchase initiatives will reach maturity between August 12, 2011 and October 21, 2011.Commenting on the active capital strategy, David Roberts, AG’s CEO, said, “”We are pleased with our initial deployment of capital and our progress during the first several weeks of operation and capital investment.””Adding to Roberts’ statement, the company’s chief investment officer, Jonathan Lieberman, said, “”We believe our opportunistic capital deployment demonstrates our ability to identify, purchase, and finance attractive targeted assets. Our strategy was to initially overweight the portfolio with 15- and 20-year Agency RMBS. “”Opportunistically,”” he added, “”the investment team also added Agency RMBS derivatives, Non-Agency RMBS and CMBS assets to the portfolio. Our tepid view of the U.S. housing and jobs market has remained consistent and has been underscored by recent weak economic data. Since the completion of our IPO, we have actively managed our risk, leverage and liquidity in anticipation of higher levels of volatility and a weaker economic outlook. “”We remain highly focused upon delivering strong value for our shareholders within our risk and volatility parameters,”” he said.AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc., is managed and advised by AG REIT Management, LLC, which is a subsidiary of Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P. AG serves as a real estate investment trust that provides capital for, acquires, and manages a wide range of residential mortgage assets within its portfolio. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Share AG Activiates IPO Capital Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-08-11 Abby Gregory August 11, 2011 481 Views
January 7, 2019 824 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Servicing Doug Duncan Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index Housing Affordability Housing Market 2019-01-07 Donna Joseph The latest Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index, revealed a decrease in December, falling 2.7 points to 83.5, resuming its recent downward trend after November’s slight uptick. “Consumer attitudes regarding whether it’s a good time to buy a home worsened significantly in the last month, as well as from a year ago, to a survey low,” said Doug Duncan, senior vice president, and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae.A 12-percentage point decrease in the net share of Americans who said it is a good time to buy a home is a key factor to have contributed to this decline. However, the report indicated a 1 percentage point or 36 percent increase in the net share of Americans who said it is a good time to sell a home. This component is up 2 percentage points from the same time last year, the report stated. Among those surveyed, respondents reporting significantly higher income over the past twelve months recorded a decline by five percentage points to 19 percent, an increase of 3 percentage points from 2018.The net share of respondents who expect home prices to go up fell by 2 percentage points to 31 percent, recording a decline for the third consecutive month. The report indicated a fall in this component by 13 percentage points from the same time the previous year. There were no changes reflected in the net share who expect a fall in mortgage rates, remaining at -56 percent, a decline of 4 percentage points from the same time last year. The component highlights of the survey found a decline in homebuying sentiments from 11 percent the previous month—also a drop by 13 percentage points around the same period last year. According to the report, the net share of Americans who say they are not concerned about losing their job increased 2 percentage points to 79 percent—up 11 percentage points from the same time last year.”Although home price growth slowed in 2018, the cumulative impact of sustained, robust increases in home prices outpacing income growth likely helped drive the share of consumers citing high home prices as a primary reason for a bad time to buy a home to a survey high. Meanwhile, consumers’ views on the direction of the economy, a key support for housing market sentiment of late, has softened somewhat from its October high. Looking ahead, consumers expect the pace of home price growth to slow over the course of 2019, which may temper growing concern over housing affordability,” Duncan said. Read the full report here. Waning Home Purchase Sentiment Share