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ICE Futures Canada Friday morning Canola prices higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Friday:Canola: July ’17 unchanged $573.30; Nov. ’17 $0.20 higher $518.60; Jan. ’18 $0.10 higher $522.40; March ’18 $1.50 higher $527.80; May ’18 $2.00 higher $530.00; July ’18 $2.40 higher $531.50; Nov. ’18 unchanged $487.70; Jan. ’19 unchanged $488.40; March ’19 unchanged $488.40; May ’19 unchanged $488.40; July ’19 unchanged $488.40.Barley (Western): July ’17 unchanged $138.00; Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00. read more

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Rimowa lays off 149 workers at Cambridge plant calls decision critical

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — A luxury luggage manufacturer is laying off 149 workers at its plant in Cambridge, Ont.Rimowa, a German-based luggage maker, says the decision to cut the jobs was made to ensure the plant remains profitable.The company says it regrets the impact the layoffs will have on Cambridge residents.The Cambridge plant, established in 2008, was Rimowa’s first facility in North America.Rimowa said at the time that setting up shop in Canada was due to the skill of Canadian workers.Rimowa, which has production facilities in Germany, Czech Republic, Brazil and Canada, is known for its distinctive case shell luggage with shiny grooved sides. read more

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No 19 Arizona St routs Southern Illinois 8238 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Reili Richardson made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points and No. 19 Arizona State rolled to an 82-38 victory over Southern Illinois on Saturday in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.Kianna Ibis and Robbi Ryan added 10 points apiece for the Sun Devils (3-2), who rebounded from a two-point loss to No. 5 Louisville on Friday. Iris Mbulito added 10 points and Sophia Elenga tossed in nine points with a game-high nine rebounds off the bench.Arizona State shot 56 per cent (28 of 50) from the field and was 9 of 17 (53 per cent) from beyond the arc.Abby Brockmeyer scored nine points and Makenzie Silvey had eight for Southern Illinois (3-3), which was 13-of-50 shooting (26 per cent) and committed 20 turnovers.Ibis was 4 of 4 from the field and Richardson hit two 3s in the first half as Arizona State built a 41-25 lead. The Sun Devils outscored the Salukis 41-13 in the second half.The Associated Press read more

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Mens basketball Dane Goodwin Ohio States lone 2018 commit to meet with

Upper Arlington four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin goes up for a shot against Westerville South on Jan. 24, 2017. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing EditorThe transition of leadership in the Ohio State men’s basketball program has begun.Chris Holtmann, the former Butler head coach, was officially announced Friday as the 14th head coach in program history following Thad Matta’s ouster Monday. OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith put an emphasis on finding a coach who was well-versed in recruiting the state of Ohio and the Midwest areas during his joint press conference Monday with Matta. In one of Holtmann’s first moves in his new role, he made a call to 2018 four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin. “We’re meeting with (Holtmann) early next week,” Damon Goodwin, Dane’s father, told The Lantern a phone interview Saturday.Ohio State 2018 commit Dane Goodwin and his family are meeting with Chris Holtmann early next week— Jacob Myers (@Jacob_Myers_25) June 10, 2017Damon said Holtmann’s call to Dane on Friday was a brief introduction to OSU’s lone class of 2018 commit. Prior to Holtmann’s hiring, Damon told The Lantern Dane was still committed to OSU but who OSU hired to replace Matta would determine whether Dane would maintain his pledge. Damon, the head coach at Capital University, added that he has never met Holtmann, but knows Ryan Pedon, one of Holtmann’s assistants at Butler, because Pedon lives in Bexley, Ohio, which is where Capital is located.David Woods of the Indianapolis Star reported Friday that Holtmann wishes to bring his entire Butler staff to OSU if Butler does not promote an assistant with the program to head coach.Holtmann has recruited significantly in Ohio, including OSU 2018 targets Dwayne Cohill, Jerome Hunter and 2019 targets Jeremiah Francis and Jeremiah Keene.OSU targets that Chris Holtmann offered at Butler: Tim Finke, Musa Jallow, Jeremiah Francis, Dwayne Cohill, Jerome Hunter, Robby Carmody— Zach Fleer (@ZachFleer270) June 9, 2017The Goodwins’ meeting with Holtmann next week highlights the early push on the 2018 class — a class that has five Ohio recruits in the top 100 recruits nationally — in an effort to immediately turn around a Buckeye program that was 17-15 in 2016-17 and has missed two straight NCAA Tournaments. read more

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Dont use cab rank system for burials coroners to be told

Coroners across the country are to be formally instructed to take into account the religious requirements of families when deciding whether to prioritise the burial of their dead, in the wake of a High Court ruling.The Chief Coroner is drawing up new guidance after two judges ruled that a “cab rank” queuing system for burials adopted by a coroner in London was unlawful.The document, which will be issued by the end of this month, is intended to act as a set of guidelines for all coroners, as well as to specifically inform a new policy which will then be drafted by Mary Hassell, the senior coroner for inner north London, whose refusal to prioritise the bodies Muslim and Jewish deceased was set aside by the High Court last month.Muslim and Jewish families had said Ms Hassell’s existing policy ignored “deeply held beliefs” that require their dead to be buried as soon as possible. The High Court ruled that her stance was unlawful.A spokesman for the Chief Coroner said: “The Chief Coroner is aiming to produce some guidance by the end of this month. When he does so it will be issued to coroners and published on his guidance page [online].”A spokesman for Ms Hassell said: “The Senior Coroner looks forward to the Chief Coroner’s new guidance … She will then undertake a consultation process with stakeholders, before producing her own policy. This will take into account all relevant considerations including the special needs of each individual family, in accordance with the High Court judgment.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Guyanese athlete busted in the US trying to smuggle cocaine

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyanese couple to be arraigned in NY following cocaine bustOctober 2, 2018In “Crime”Women busted at CJIA with cocaineSeptember 16, 2018In “Crime”Probe launched into Guyanese busted in Barbados with 16kg of cocaineFebruary 6, 2018In “Crime” One of Guyana’s best swimmers was on Sunday last taken into police custody in the United States of America after he managed to smuggle cocaine from Guyana.The man has been identified as 28-year-old Earlando McRae.Earlando McRaeAccording to information received, upon arriving at the John F Kennedy Airport in the US on the day in question, he presented a suitcase to the Border Patrol Agents and during a search it was discovered that it had false walls. The secret compartment reportedly contained over 2Kg of cocaine.McRae, who has been representing Guyana at the Regional and International Levels, was arrested and subsequently charged.He was remanded to the New York Detention Centre until November 21.This publication was informed that a probe was launched by the Customs Anti-Narcotics (CANU) Unit in Guyana to determine how the illegal substance was not detected at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport despite the rigorous security screening. read more

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New low maintenance HIMINOSA gas generator

first_imgHIMOINSA has presented the new HGY-25 gas generator which only requires two services in its whole service life. Its design, featuring unique parts and incorporating a Yanmar engine with patented technology, means it can work continuously 24/7 for 14 months, making it the “perfect model” for remote locations such as early stage minesites.HIMOINSA has developed a new gas-powered generator set with maintenance periods that stretch for up to 10,000 hours, or 14 months of continuous work. The generator’s estimated service life of 30,000 hours until overhaul is much longer than the average life of equipment of the same size. This means that it only requires two services throughout its entire working life.The new HGY-25, available in 50 Hz and 60 Hz, is powered by natural gas, delivering 28 kVA of continuous operation power. Its maintenance intervals, up to 40 times longer than a gas generator set of the same size, make it a suitable model for isolated and difficult-to-reach areas that require a continuous supply of clean power, such as remote mining operations.The generator has a Yanmar engine that incorporates patented, cutting-edge technology to extend the working life of the spark plugs to up to 10,000 hours. Likewise, to guarantee the maintenance intervals, HIMOINSA’s Engineering team optimised the design of the generator set, eliminating moving parts,  enlarging  the filters and increasing oil and coolant storage capacity.The long running time of the new HGY-25 gas generator set is especially attractive for mining. Mines are usually in remote locations, making regular maintenance every 250-500 hours difficult. The option to extend maintenance intervals to over one year of continuous work is a significant added value for companies in the industry, as it dramatically cuts the OPEX of their equipment.last_img read more

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Branding Push Client Needs Spawn New 1105 Media Division

first_imgThe marketing services niche in the B2B publishing world continues to develop its own distinct identity. The latest evidence is 1105 Media, Inc.’s decision to consolidate those services under a separate business unit. “We decided to formalize our marketing services effort under the 05 Group umbrella for both branding purposes and to recognize the type of work we do outside of traditional media and events,” says Allain, who is heading the group until a general manager can be hired. A newly created division of the Chatsworth, Calif., company—The 05 Group—will now shoulder the responsibility of delivering an expanding menu of  customized marketing-related services to 1105 Media clients in technology, government, education, security and healthcare markets. That work has been handled by individual 1105 Media brands, which will still be involved in a supporting role. But growing demand for custom services, combined with the company’s deep knowledge of the markets it serves and its push to position itself as a leader in technology-enabled solutions, created the right conditions for breaking out that part of the business now, says Henry Allain, 1105’s COO. But Allain notes that the organizational retooling also stands to deliver numerous practical advantages to clients. With a dedicated staff, which is now being assembled alongside existing media teams ramping up the services, The 05 Group will be able to thoughtfully craft the kind of targeted and specialized solutions 1105 clients increasingly demand, he says. Multi-functional teams will be deployed to deliver services spanning content creation, event management and design services, to research, branding and custom publications, the company says. “Our efforts are really around what our core clients are telling us they need to achieve internal marketing goals,” says Allain. “And since our markets and our clients’ markets are so niche they need our expertise to quickly resolve problems and challenges. Agencies with limited knowledge of our markets aren’t a very effective choice.”last_img read more

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First Step for Budget Negotiations is Identifying Offsets

first_imgOne of the first goals of ongoing budget talks among congressional leaders and the White House aimed at raising the discretionary caps for defense and non-defense spending is to agree on offsets for the extra spending.The discussions are closely guarded and it’s not clear whether any progress has been achieved over the past couple of weeks. One approach under consideration, though, could make negotiators’ work much easier. The two sides could agree to raise both spending caps, but only offset the increase in domestic spending, reported CQ Roll Call.The fiscal 2016 budget framework established by congressional Republicans already calls for stashing $38 billion in extra funds in DOD’s overseas contingency operations account without offsetting the extra spending, so raising the Budget Control Act ceiling for defense by the same amount without finding a corresponding offset would hardly constitute a stretch.No agreement on has been reached to adopt that approach, however. The two sides have agreed to drop discussions about using the chained consumer price index (CPI) to offset higher spending. That approach, which has been discussed previously, would use lower inflation rates to calculate growth in entitlement programs and, as a result, reduce government spending.Adoption of the chained CPI appeals to Republicans but many Democrats and groups that represent senior citizens vehemently oppose switching methods to measure inflation. With the chained CPI on the cutting room floor, budget negotiators will need to rely on less sweeping measures to offset higher spending, according to the story. And it’s still not clear whether the talks will focus on a one- or two-year deal to raise the spending caps. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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The 10 biggest edgelords in video games

first_imgWe all remember what it was like to be a grumpy teenager. Many of us still are, either literally or in spirit. But once you get past the phase where, for example, early ’90s Image comics were amazing, you can look at how silly all of that edginess is. Of course, some people still cling to that edginess, or are simply young enough to think it sounds cool. Thanks to the wonderful language creator that is the internet, those people have a name: edgelords.Edgelords are shocking, extreme, dark, brooding, and generally ridiculous people. They’re super serious about how nothing matters and everything sucks. But they’re kidding. But they’re not. It’s just so edgy that you don’t get it. Basically, edgelords are 14-year-old Reaper players in Overwatch. And, yes, this was inspired partly by the fantastic @ReaperNames Twitter feed. If you think being a skull-masked murder-terrorist-assassin who uses dual pump-action shotguns (and reloads by throwing those shotguns away and taking out more shotguns) is cooler than it is stupid, you might be an edgelord.These are 10 of the biggest edgelords in video games. Reaper is just the tip of the edginess iceberg. It doesn’t matter how old, young, or legitimately aggrieved (or even what species) you are. You can still be an edgelord if you’re a brainless jerk about it. Reaper1/10Reaper looks like more of an edgelord than he is. Yes, he’s a skull-masked badass who uses dual shotguns, and he reloads by throwing away his shotguns and pulling out more shotguns. He’s already a parody by design. As a character, though, not much is clear. He’s just a bad guy, a terrorist and assassin in the world of Overwatch, which doesn’t actually have any kind of in-game story to follow. What makes Reaper a super edgelord, though, is who plays him. So, I will direct you to @ReaperNames, which compiles some of the best names of Reaper players seen in Overwatch. And they are amazing. <><>last_img read more

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Professors argue flattening oil production should trump environment as reason to move

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com Are some governments taking ‘peak oil’ seriously? The problem they point out, is not so much that oil production has hit a cap, but that governments have been far too slow in dealing with such an obvious problem; one that could very well lead to serious economic repercussions and possible collapse if something isn’t done immediately.All agree, they say, that there will come a time when there won’t be enough oil to meet our needs and if other alternatives aren’t found, we’ll eventually find ourselves having to do without altogether. This is not in dispute. What is up for debate however is whether the world really has hit a cap, which is where production is continually being outpaced by demand.Some have argued that because the overall amount of oil extracted from the Earth continues to grow, it’s wrong to argue that we’ve hit the cap. Others, such as the two professors in their opinion piece, point out that it isn’t the amount of oil that is produced that determines the cap, but the amount that is produced in relation to the amount that can be had in an economical manner. By that standard, they say, we hit a cap back in 2005, the last year that production was able to keep ahead of demand. The biggest indicator of this, they argue, is the fact that oil prices have risen consistently at roughly fifteen percent per year since then, rather than stabilizing, which is what normally occurs when demand is met.Because of this, they say that governments should refocus their efforts; moving from arguments about moving off oil because of environmental concerns to much larger concerns about the future fragility of the global oil supply. Failure to do so, they argue, could result in wild swings in oil prices adversely impacting world economies and the hardships that could occur as a result. More information: Climate policy: Oil’s tipping point has passed, Nature 481, 433–435 (26 January 2012) doi:10.1038/481433aThe economic pain of a flattening supply will trump the environment as a reason to curb the use of fossil fuels, say James Murray and David King. (PhysOrg.com) — Two university professors, one from the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington in Seattle, the other from Oxford, have published an opinion piece in the journal Nature, where they argue that governments aren’t doing enough to wean modern societies off of oil and onto more sustainable and stable sources, including atomic energy. James Murray, who is also the founding director of the University of Washington’s Program on Climate Change and David King, Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford as well as senior science adviser to the bank UBS also has served as chief scientific adviser to the British government back in 2000-07; together write that because global oil production hit a cap in 2005, small disruptions in supply have led to large disruptions in economic systems and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. A pumpjack in Texas. Image: Wikipedia.center_img Explore further Journal information: Nature Citation: Professors argue flattening oil production should trump environment as reason to move to alternative sources (2012, January 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-professors-flattening-oil-production-trump.html 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.last_img read more

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Teleflex Acquires Nostix for Catheter Tip Placement Solutions

first_imgTechnology | Interventional Radiology | January 15, 2016 Teleflex Acquires Nostix for Catheter Tip Placement Solutions Acquisition includes ECG-only technology for the elimination of chest X-ray; alternative system with novel navigation capability is under development Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more January 15, 2016 — Teleflex Inc. has acquired privately held Nostix LLC, developer of innovative tip confirmation systems that are used to increase the accuracy of vascular access device placement.Currently, Nostix’s electrocardiogram (ECG)-only system is being marketed in the United States for use in placement of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) and is used as an alternative to X-ray confirmation in adult patients.Teleflex Chairman, President and CEO Benson Smith said the ECG-only system and other navigation technologies in development will complement Teleflex’s Arrow VPS G4 system. The acquisition will also support Teleflex’s future expansion into tip confirmation for central venous catheters, chronic hemodialysis catheters and ports.The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.For more information: www.teleflex.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. 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Brightwater… read more center_img VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology ProceduresKevin Seals, M.D., is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:47Loaded: 3.40%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Myanmar pays price for lost generation of educated

first_img 0 Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Associated PressYANGON, Myanmar (AP) – The dormitories are empty, the once charming bungalows of professors overgrown with vines and weeds. Only grass grows where the Student Union building stood before soldiers obliterated it with dynamite.This is Yangon University, once one of Asia’s finest and a poignant symbol of an education system crippled by Myanmar’s half a century of military rule. Only graduate students are still allowed to study here. Fearful of student-led uprisings, the regime has periodically shut down this and other campuses and dispersed students to remote areas with few facilities. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Myanmar is saddled with two generations of chemistry professors who have never conducted a proper laboratory experiment and mechanical engineers yet to handle hands-on equipment, says Moe Kyaw, a prominent businessman involved with education issues.From MBAs to lawyers and accountants, shortages abound. Of particular concern, Moe Kyaw says, is the lack of skilled technicians and workers, who will be sorely needed if an investment boom does come. Government officials at a recent conference on the future of Yangon, the largest city, said the country has only about 50 urban planners but needs 500.“You could say Myanmar might be exploited, but they will also lose out on lucrative job opportunities because if locals aren’t qualified to fill positions the foreigners will bring in their own,” says Sardar Umar Alam, a UNESCO education expert.Although the government boasts 160 institutions of higher learning, many graduates scoff at their own degrees, often saying they are “not worth the paper they’re printed on.”Many also lament the loss of English skills in this former British colony since xenophobic former leader Gen. Ne Win banned its teaching at lower school levels in the mid-1960s. Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “We had to learn a lot in the streets, not in the classrooms,” recalls Phone Win, who took 10 years to finish his medical degree because the faculty was closed for three of them.His generation, people now mostly in their 40s, should be moving into senior positions in government and business. Those who have are shortchanged by their schooling, while others, disillusioned, slumped into jobs well below their potential or joined an exodus to foreign countries.Throughout the years of authoritarian rule, the education system spiraled downwards. Cheating on exams became widespread. Poverty induced a staggering dropout rate: some 70 percent at one time did not finish their primary schooling. University standards plummeted.“In Myanmar, professors don’t need to research, write papers or attend conferences. On Friday you apply to the government and on Monday you can be a professor,” says Phone Win.With the recent easing of military rule, the public is venting its anger. On one popular blog, Ministry of Education officials are accused of being ignorant military officers using their positions to get rich.But the government appears to be trying to improve the lot of the country’s 9 million students. “I have a very capable woman staffer in Mandalay with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, but she can’t even spell the word in English,” says Moe Kya, the British-educated head of Myanmar Marketing Research Development Company.The opening salvo in what many here call “a war on education” came when troops blew up Yangon University’s Student Union, regarded as a hotbed of dissent, after the military seized power in 1962.But probably the darkest days followed a failed 1988 pro-democracy uprising, led by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with students as the driving force. The regime began shutting down universities and sending students to the countryside to prevent more anti-government protests.“University life has been shattered because of a perceived need to keep students in order,” Suu Kyi said in a recent speech before the British Parliament.The education system is “desperately weak,” she added in another speech at Oxford University. “Reform is needed, not just of schools and curriculum, and the training of teachers, but also of our attitude to education, which at present is too narrow and rigid.”Even attendance at the rural campuses was discouraged in favor of distance education, still the road to a degree for some 70 percent of students. Typically, they are given audio cassettes and a few simple take-home assignments and only need to attend classes for 10 days or less each year. Now, as the nation also known as Burma opens its doors to the outside world, it is paying a heavy price. The crackdown on universities has spawned a lost generation. The pace of development will be slowed and Burmese exploited, educators say, as the poorly schooled populace deals with an expected influx of foreign investors and aid donors, along with profiteers looking for a quick dollar.“To catch up with the rest of the world we will need at least ten years. We have to change our entire education culture, and that will be very difficult,” says Dr. Phone Win, a physician who heads Mingalar Myanmar, a group promoting education.Initial steps are being taken. President Thein Sein, a former general who has loosened the military’s vise on power through unprecedented reforms, pledged in his inauguration speech last year to improve education and seek foreign expertise to lift standards to international levels.The education budget, though still dwarfed by military spending and widely criticized as inadequate, was increased in April from $340 million to $740 million. For years, about 25 percent of the budget went to the armed forces, compared to 1.3 percent for education. Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Men’s health affects baby’s health too Salaries of teachers, while still at the poverty level, have been raised to $30 a month, with those in rural areas receiving double that.Long-severed links with foreign universities are being re-established. America’s John Hopkins University plans to set up a Center of Excellence at Yangon University focusing on graduate students and teacher training.“The president is really pushing for educational reform. But it’s top-down and often stops at the director-general level,” says Thaw Kaung, former chief librarian at Yangon University and one of the country’s most respected scholars. “The government is also listening to the MPs and they are asking some hard questions that the ministers have to answer.”Many educated Burmese are eagerly waiting for the leadership to respond to a passionate open letter this month from U Myint, a presidential adviser who urged that Yangon University be reopened to undergraduates and the Student Union rebuilt through public donations. He described the university as “an important landmark in national reconciliation and a memorable way to start a new chapter in our history.”The outcome could prove a key test of the seriousness of the regime’s intent _ and whether it has shed its fear of student power. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homelast_img read more

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QantasLink SydneyGladstone expand regional operations

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T QantasLink will begin flying direct between Sydney and Gladstone, Queensland from March 2013 and plan to increase their regional NSW services.The new route will operate eight return flights per week – including twice daily on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays – providing an additional 1,200 seats per week.Qantas Domestic chief executive Lyell Strambi said the new route has been added in support of the growing corporate consumer market.“QantasLink will now service six ports directly from Gladstone – Sydney, Brisbane, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns,” Mr Strambi said.Qantas’ regional carrier also highlighted an expansion of its NSW services.QantasLink’s Dubbo route will upgrade to a larger aircraft, adding 384 extra seats each week.The airline’s Port Macquarie, Albury and Wagga Wagga service will also receive upgrades and additional capacity.last_img read more

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REO Update RESNET Launches Asset Strategy Tools

first_img Share REO Update: RES.NET Launches Asset Strategy Tools September 19, 2017 534 Views dRES.NET, a leading company within the mortgage industry connecting all facets, from vendors to consumers, announced the availability of a new suite of asset strategy tools designed to maximize return on investment through the analysis of each asset. The first phase of its new tools was launched and announced Monday during the opening day of the 2017 Five Star Conference and Expo, held in Dallas, Texas.“We understand how critical it is to identify the right liquidation strategy in order to maximize the return on every REO asset,” said Keith Guenther, CEO of RES.NET. “Working closely with our clients and taking their input into consideration, we identified two powerful ‘Plugins’ that integrate directly with our REO portal, providing real-time geographical MLS, repair and comparable data. This data enables decision makers to perform analysis on each asset, determining maximum return on investment, and in turn, decide on the the best liquidation strategy to maximize recovery.”Currently, the best liquidation strategy for assets is determined through a real estate agent, bulk sales, or rental. The new tools consist of two modules: a MLS and Images Plugin, and Repair Management Plugin. Phase two of the Asset Strategy Tool aims to provide an integration and single sign on with direct access to repair estimates and a comprehensive MLS report that includes listing and sold comps, all without ever leaving the RES.NET portal.The Repair Management module is multi-faceted, including: a cost estimation tool with an extensive pricing library, a workflow management tool, a forms builder for customizable inspection forms, and additional products providing property analytics from aerial imagery and remote-sensing data.With the MLS and Images Plugin, users have the option to best determine liquidation strategy adjustments, as well access MLS listed and sold comps, automated confidence scoring and view configurable AVMs, historical subject, and interior comp photos.center_img Servicing technology Tools 2017-09-19 Joey Pizzolato in Data, Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more

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A Harvard Look at Homeownership Trends

first_img Affordability Economy Household 2019-06-26 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Household growth has returned to a normal pace, according to the State of the Nation’s Housing report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The study found that the economy is “finally back on track” after the weak household growth and sluggish construction recovery following the Recession.Household growth picked up to 1.2 million a year in 2016–2018, but new construction was still depressed relative to demand, with additions to supply just keeping pace with the number of new households. Homeownership is picking up as well, as the the US homeownership rate edged up in both 2017 and 2018, to 64.4%. According to the study, this translates into a 1.6 million jump in the number of homeownersNationally, affordability has picked up, but depending on the market, some potential homeowners may find that the price-to-income ratio is near peak levels. Price-to-income ratios are highest on the West Coast, where many metroes experience DTIs of 6.0 or higher.  Additionally, a rise in interest rates and home prices plus a tightening of credit, on top of the limited supply of entry-level housing, could put homeownership out of reach for many more households. The rental market, meanwhile, is on solid footing. According to the study, all rents rose at a 3.6% annual rate in early 2019, or twice the pace of overall inflation. Most of the declines were at the single-family rental level, and Harvard’s study notes that  even if homeownership rates continue to increase, low vacancy rates and shifts in the existing stock are likely to prevent a significant softening of rental markets.“In fact, weaker overall rental demand could help to ease conditions at the low end,” the study says. “With most new construction targeting the high end of the market, there has been some potential for excess supply to filter down to lower rent levels.” June 26, 2019 364 Views center_img A Harvard Look at Homeownership Trends Sharelast_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Some rookies often take time to adapt to the NFL level, but Johnson said he already feels like he’s part of the team. “I just showed that I was part of the team and that I was picking up the offense really well,” Johnson told Doug & Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday. “I proved to the veterans and the coaches that I’m able to play right away. I’m able to perform and do my job.”Johnson said his best football skill comes between the ears, not between the white lines.“(The mental aspect) definitely is (a strength in my game),” Johnson said. “I think it’s become even easier as I get older, I get wiser. It’s never been too hard to learn the plays. I usually have a little technique to help me learn them.”Johnson’s technique is an unorthodox one, often relying on technology and phone applications to learn the playbook.“Using a notepad that I have and just writing down the plays or using one of the apps that I have called ‘Quizlet,’ actually,” Johnson said. “I use it to memorize the play calls and the audibles…I used it like flash cards where you put a word on one side and you flip it over and tyry to remember that word or remember plays.” The dream, just like Warner’s doesn’t quite feel real yet, Johnson said.“It’s definitely still kind of a dream,” Johnson said. “Seeing Larry (Fitzgerald) and Carson (Palmer) has made me have to sit back and realize where I’m at…I’m still living in the moment and I don’t think it’ll really hit me until I have that full uniform on for a preseason game.“Walking out in front of the crowd, everyone screaming. Watching everyone and getting hyped up, I think that kind of the moment I’ll really have to sit back and realize where I’m at.” LISTEN: David Johnson, Cardinals running back The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It’s safe to say that things worked out pretty well the last time the Arizona Cardinals gambled on a Northern Iowa product. Arizona’s third-round draft selection, David Johnson, has yet to play a down in a Cardinals uniform but has already drawn rave reviews from coaches for his work ethic and mental acumen. Just like former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner.While comparisons between the two are unfair beyond their school and intangibles, Johnson could embody the blue-collar mentality that made Warner beloved at University of Phoenix Stadium.last_img read more

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Recognized as one of the worlds most beautiful be

first_imgRecognized as one of the world’s most beautiful beach resorts offering incomparable and legendary service along with unique amenities, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea has announced the launch of a much anticipated $9 million Serenity Pool, scheduled to open on July 13, 2009. This third and most exclusive saltwater pool, located in the new 4100-square foot Serenity Pool Terrace, will be tucked alongside the southern-most oceanfront edge of the Resort in the area formerly known as Seasons Lawn.From the Serenity Pool, guests will enjoy elevated panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Island of Lanai and the West Maui Mountain range. The location offers the perfect reprieve for those in search of a quiet retreat, while still close to the main Fountain Pool and just steps away from breathtaking Wailea Beach. Thomas Steinhauer, Regional Vice President and General Manager of the Resort states, “We are very receptive to guest comments and feedback and have always anticipated their every need and desire. Based on their responses, the Serenity Pool was born. It has been thoughtfully designed for the sophisticated traveler searching for the utmost in comfort and relaxation, while being pampered in a rejuvenating oasis.”The Serenity Pool will offer the following plush amenities and services:· An “adult pool” concept (21 years or older) intended to create a quiet retreat for guests; · An underwater music system to enhance the swimming experience for guests; · Infinity-edge design showcasing panoramic Pacific Ocean views; · Shimmering glass mosaic tiles, with the pool set amid lush tropical gardens; · Six 160-square foot luxury cabanas featuring flat screen HDTVs with wireless headsets, wireless and wired internet access, ceiling fans, mini-refrigerators stocked with Evian spritz and fresh fruit, a laptop compatible safe, a choice of two magazines from the resort’s retail shops, and comfortable couches as well as over-sized chaise lounges. Each cabana may be reserved for a daily fee; · Specialty cocktails and signature Four Seasons cuisine will be served daily at a walk-up bar, as well as at the swim-up bar. All guests also will receive full service at the 60 additional poolside chaise lounges and casabellas including pampering amenities throughout the day; · Custom-tailored specialty massages and facials to relax the entire body (please see attached menu of poolside spa treatments); · Four bubble loungers within the pool for added pampering and relaxation; · Two large Jacuzzi hot tubs, which will be integrated with the pool · As with all the swimming pools at the Resort, the Serenity Pool will also be saltwater.www.fourseasons.comlast_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted May 17, 2018 9:48 am PDT Last Updated May 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Weeknd performs at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Friday, April 20, 2018, in Indio, Calif. Canadian R&B superstar the Weeknd is among the celebrities gracing the cover of Time magazine’s “Next Generation Leaders” edition. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP,Amy Harris/Invision TORONTO – Canadian R&B superstar the Weeknd is among the celebrities gracing the cover of Time magazine’s “Next Generation Leaders” edition.The singer, born Abel Tesfaye, joins a list of 10 activists, artists and athletes who the publication chose as influential cultural figures.Tesfaye shared the cover on his social media accounts, showing him posed with downcast eyes and wearing a denim jacket.He spoke with a Time journalist less than a week after his headlining spot at Coachella, saying that he felt he worked his entire life for a gig at the high-profile music festival.The performer also reflected on his recent EP, “My Dear Melancholy,” which he says was shaped after he completely abandoned a more “upbeat” album written during his relationship with Selena Gomez. That album will “never” be released, he added.Other “Next Generation Leaders” given their own Time magazine covers this year include American pop singer Ariana Grande and British fashion model Adwoa Aboah.The issue hits newsstands later this month.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.center_img The Weeknd picked for cover of Time magazine’s ‘Next Generation Leaders’last_img read more

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OEV seeks end to public sector pay rises just before elections

first_imgA moratorium on negotiating and concluding collective labour agreements in the public service six months before an election, is one of the suggestions included in a memorandum sent by leading employers to the new government, they said on Wednesday.The Employers and Industrialists federation (OEV) laid out a roadmap for the next five years and sent it to the new cabinet, the organisation’s president Christos Michaelides announced at a news conference.He said OEV representatives would have separate meetings on Thursday with a number of ministers to press home their suggestions, which the organisation believes would create more jobs and growth.These included reverting to the 10 per cent corporate tax rate from the current 12.5 per cent. It was raised during the financial crisis at the behest of the troika. Reverting, Michaelides said would encourage more investment.OEV also underlined the need for a moratorium negotiating and concluding public sector labour agreements six months before parliamentary and presidential elections because “we cannot be party to any electioneering games”.In the months leading to this year’s presidential elections, incumbent President Nicos Anastasiades agreed to a slew of pay deals with public sector unions. Michaelides said public-sector reforms also needed to go ahead to promote a rationalisation of wage costs and a culture of meritocracy.“We want less state because less state means less burden on the citizen, more growth and greater use of the private sector, which is the driving force of the economy,” he said.Another area OEV believes needs reform relates to regulating strikes in essential services to protect the economy. Also on the list is a request that the employers’ contribution to the social cohesion fund be cancelled out once they have to make payments into the new national health scheme. Employers also want to see a 50 per cent reduction in their contribution to the redundancy fund from 1.2 per cent to 0.6 per cent.With regard to attracting and encouraging investment, Michaelidis referred to the controversial citizenship for investment scheme saying: “We agree with those who have expressed the view that we need to protect this institution while not abusing it,” he said, adding that the recent publication of a list of those who benefited from the scheme, could “only be harmful”.Another way to encourage foreign investment, Michaelides said, would be to simplify procedures for the employment of foreign nationals from highly specialised third countries.  You May LikeTravel Insurance | Search AdsCost of Travel Insurance May Surprise YouTravel Insurance | Search AdsUndoJobs in USA | Search AdsInterested to Work in USA?Jobs in USA | Search AdsUndoWmnLife.com7 Warning Signs Proving That You Do not Appreciate Your LifeWmnLife.comUndo Film review: Child’s Play ***UndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more