Sheriff returns posts injunction notice at Attawapiskat diamond mine ice road blockade

first_img(Attawapiskat resident Rebecca Iahtail reacts after seeing injunction notice posted at ice road blockade. APTN/Photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National News ATTAWAPISKAT–A sheriff posted an injunction notice at the site of a week-long blockade on a diamond mine ice road a little over four hours after he was turned away from the Attawapiskat airport.The sheriff appears to have flown to the airport at the De Beers Victor mine and from there drove the 90 kilometres to the blockade site, arriving sometime between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The ice road from the mine does not cross through reserve land, though the area is Attawapiskat’s claimed traditional territory.Accompanied by two OPP officers, the sheriff read the injunction to a handful of Attawapiskat residents who were still at the site.He then stuck the notice, which was attached to a stick, in the snow outside a canvas tent pitched next to the blockade.Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence appeared at the site shortly after the notice was posted and said she was glad no one was arrested.Spence, along with Rebecca Iahtail, who has seen people rally around her decision to hold out on the blockade, then searched the community for the OPP officers.At one point, they met up with a Nishnawbe-Aski police SUV and searched several streets.Some people at the site expressed anger at the move and warned it could escalate the situation.It was unclear, however, how the move would impact a planned meeting with De Beers later Sunday which was expected to bring an end to the blockade.Just a few hours earlier, backed by a number of community members, Spence turned away the sheriff at the Attawapiskat airport. She handed a letter to the sheriff forbidding him from entering the community.De Beers obtained the injunction from an Ontario judge on Friday.After conferring with two OPP officers who awaited his arrival, the sheriff returned to his airplane and flew away.Attawapiskat residents arrived in about a dozen vehicles to greet the sheriff. They waved goodbye as the sheriff left.De Beers claims the blockade is threatening its operations for the rest of the year.The mine ships up about 11 million litres of fuel up the winter road every year, along with machinery and parts too heavy to fly into the mine’s airport.The mine also uses the winter road to truck-up hazardous substances like ammonia nitrate and truck out “hazardous waste material” that can’t be flown out of the read more

Morocco’s Fez, world’s sixth most romantic city

first_imgFez, Morocco – Fez, Morocco’s spiritual capital and third largest city has been selected by the world’s sixth most romantic city. “It’s easy to be seduced by a place as beautiful and exotic as Fez. The ancient fortress city is famous for exquisite tea gardens and gorgeous tiled mosques, sensuous spices and stunning sights,” said report.“It’s the perfect background for a romantic retreat. The Sofitel Palais Jamai has one of the most breathtaking views, and is tailored toward romantic getaways,” it added. This is not the first time that Morocco’s most ancient city is selected in top ten of the world’s most romantic cities.In 2012, it was selected the world’s fifth most romantic city by the’s Venice top list of the world’s most romantic cities, followed by Barcelona and Florence.The top ten list of the world’s most romantic cities is a follows:Venice: ItalyBarcelona: SpainFlorence: ItalyKyoto: JapanBruges: BelgiumFez: MoroccoJaipur: IndiaLisbon: Portugal Monte Carlo : MonacoParis : France.Last May, Two New York Times’ journalist, made a four-day trip to Fez. The newspaper’s journalists were astonished by the city’s architecture, culture and warm welcome.“Once the capital of Morocco, Fez remains a cultural and spiritual locus; the medina, named a Unesco World Heritage site in 1981, is said to be one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world,” they said.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

The Raptors Are One Win Away From Ending The Warriors Dynasty

The Raptors Are One Win Away From Ending The Warriors Dynasty

After a stunning, thrilling, come-from-behind 105-92 win in what may have been the last-ever game at the famed Oracle Arena,1Which erupted into thunderous “Let’s go Raptors!” chants late in the fourth quarter, by the way. the Toronto Raptors are one win away from capturing the first NBA title in franchise history. By definition, their opponents, the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, are one loss away from elimination.Given the intense, yearlong speculation surrounding the free agency future of multiple Warriors stars — and the accompanying speculation that important longtime contributors like Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala could retire at the end of the year — this might also mean that the Warriors’ dynasty is one loss away from coming to a close.Golden State is one of just nine teams since the ABA-NBA merger to win the title in at least two consecutive years. Among that group, the Warriors are one of just five teams to win three titles in four or fewer years.2Counting the two Chicago Bulls’ runs in the 1990s as separate dynasties. With this era of dominance potentially ending as soon as Monday, it feels like a good time to check in on how the previous NBA dynasties and mini-dynasties ended.All but one of those teams saw its run come to an end with a loss against an opponent that either played in or won the NBA Finals that year.The mid-to-late 1980s Lakers were swept by the Bad Boys Detroit Pistons in the 1989 finals. Two years later, the Pistons were swept out of the playoffs by the eventual three-peat champion Chicago Bulls, who saw their own title run end with a second-round loss to the eventual Eastern Conference champion New York Knicks in 1994 after Michael Jordan retired to go play baseball. The Houston Rockets won both titles during Jordan’s absence, then lost to the eventual Western Conference champion Seattle SuperSonics in 1996. Those Sonics were the first victim of the Bulls’ second three-peat, which ended when Jordan retired again after the 1998 season. The early 2000s Lakers were dethroned by the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs in 2003. The late 2000s Lakers were knocked off by the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks in 2011.But the best parallel to this current series came in 2014 when the LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh-led Miami Heat were blown off the floor by the San Antonio Spurs. The 2014 finals marked the Heat’s fourth consecutive trip to the championship round — this is Golden State’s fifth consecutive trip — and the series played out in a manner that should sound eerily similar: San Antonio took Game 1 handily, then lost a close Game 2 at home. The Spurs then waxed the Heat in consecutive games on the road to take a 3-1 lead, before ultimately closing the series out at home.That’s exactly how the current finals series has played out, which is fitting because the 2014 finals MVP was Kawhi Leonard, who now leads this Toronto team. It was Leonard who led the Raptors on Friday to the monster third quarter that ultimately gave them control of Game 4 for good. Leonard scored 17 points in the quarter, shooting 5 of 8 from the field, 2 of 2 from three and 5 of 5 from the line.3Kawhi finished with 36 points and 12 rebounds, making this his 14th 30-point outing of the postseason. That ties him with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James for the most in the past decade. And after he had to single-handedly keep Toronto in the game while his teammates were busy shooting a combined 0 of 12 from beyond the arc before halftime, Leonard finally got a little help from his friends as the other Raptors hit 3 of 5 triples — and clamped down defensively — during the third period.Toronto’s 37 third-quarter points came on only 23 possessions, making it the most efficient quarter either team has had all series. The outburst also highlighted the issue that has defined this finals: Golden State’s defense has simply not been good enough. The Raptors’ first-half offensive rating was a scant 85.7 — but that was largely due to players missing the same kind of open looks they had been making earlier in the series. The shots started falling again after the break, and the Raptors lit up the Warriors to the tune of 140.0 points per 100 possessions.It’s not all that difficult to find reasons for the Raptors’ scoring success: The Warriors are incredibly banged up. (And this year’s defense was not quite as good as it was in previous years to begin with.) Kevin Durant has not played a second in the series. Klay Thompson was clearly hobbled by his balky hamstring throughout this game. Kevon Looney — somehow playing through a fractured collarbone — looked like he could barely move. DeMarcus Cousins is still not 100 percent after tearing his quadricep earlier in the postseason. Livingston is slowing down. Quinn Cook is a subpar defender. Alfonzo McKinnie can only occasionally be trusted. Jonas Jerebko and Jordan Bell seemingly cannot be trusted at all. And Stephen Curry is not the world’s best defender when he’s carrying his usual offensive burden. His shot-creation workload has necessarily limited him even more than usual on defense, and he has compounded those limits by taking silly and often unnecessary risks away from the ball.Toronto’s offensive rating for the series now stands at 115.1, per, better than any mark the Cavaliers posted against the Warriors during their four consecutive finals clashes. This is also not the only series this postseason in which Golden State’s defense has struggled.4The Warriors had a defensive rating of 111.5 during their first-round series against the Clippers and a 112.1 defensive rating during their second-round series against the Rockets. Their defensive rating for the postseason overall is no longer even in the top 10 among the 16 teams that made the tournament. That is a major departure from their previous four trips to this round, when they ranked first, seventh, second and first among playoff teams in defensive rating.This Warriors team has overcome a whole lot during its time together. They have even overcome a 3-1 lead against an elite team. But no team in Golden State’s current position — down 3-1 and having lost both games at home — has ever come back to win a playoff series played under the current 2-2-1-1-1 format. That’s a lot of bad history to be working against.It would be one thing if the Warriors were playing things close and just coming up short, but that’s not really been the case. The Raptors have won the scoring battle in 13 of the 16 quarters played in this series. What the Warriors appear to need right now is a miracle comeback. With doubts about Durant’s ability to return to the floor — and with the Warriors having already lost a game during this series where Steph went supernova — it’s difficult to fathom that miracle materializing.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Ohio State mens soccer defender David Tiemstra wont let anybody beat him

Near the end of Thursday’s soccer practice, Ohio State senior defender and team captain David Tiemstra stood with his hands on his knees, trying to catch his breath. His gray practice shirt was soaked with sweat. As associate head coach Frank Speth yelled out instructions for the next conditioning drill, a still winded, Tiemstra stepped up to the line with three of his teammates and begins his sprint: running about 10 yards, stopping on a dime to change direction and then 10 yards back. He crossed the finish line a step ahead of the others. Success hasn’t come easily for the senior. He’s worked toward being a great soccer player since his playing days began between the ages of 5 and 6. “It’s the only thing I’ve done my whole life,” Tiemstra said. “As long as I can remember I’ve been playing soccer and it’s what everything has been centered around.” As a senior at Hinsdale Central High School of Illinois, Tiemstra was named an All-American and all-state twice. Tiemstra said he credits his father for teaching him humility and not letting the accolades go to his head. “(My father) always made sure that I wasn’t getting cocky or anything,” Tiemstra said, laughing. “When I’d talk about upcoming things, he’s always talk to me about how nothing is certain.” Tiemstra’s father seemed prophetic as few Division I schools expressed interest in his son. The decision came down to two schools: Ohio State and Michigan. After a visit to OSU, Tiemstra said the Michigan coach dismissed him from consideration, making the choice a simple one. Coach John Bluem said that Speth, a Chicago native, had been aware of Tiemstra and thought to recruit him. “He came in right from the beginning and played centrally on our defense,” Bluem said. “We knew we were getting a good athlete.” Tiemstra has started all 77 games in his career as a Buckeye. Though a defender by trade, Bluem said Tiemstra’s athleticism has shown in the unlikely form of offense. “He has scored some very timely goals for the program,” Bluem said. “He was a big part of the 2009 regular season and tournament championship for us.” Near the end of his sophomore year in 2009, Tiemstra was able to get some revenge against the coach and team who had snubbed him. On Nov. 7, 2009, Tiemstra fielded a corner kick inside the box and scored with two seconds remaining in the first half to give OSU a 1-0 lead against rival Michigan. That is all the Buckeyes needed as they won the game by the same score and earned the Big Ten regular season championship. “There was definitely some added motivation,” Tiemstra said, smiling. “I think scoring that goal on Michigan to win the Big Ten really was a highlight for me.” Then on Nov. 15, Tiemstra scored in the final minute of the contest on a throw-in to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 victory against Penn State for the Big Ten tournament championship. There were no heroics from Tiemstra on Saturday as the Buckeyes fell to conference foe Indiana in a game that could have locked up a regular season championship for the Buckeyes, but the senior helped hold the Hoosiers to a single goal, fewer than Indiana had scored in its previous five contests. Junior defender Chris Gomez said he benefitted from playing with Tiemstra. “I like to attack a lot, so when I go up I know he’s on my side and he’ll defend for me,” Gomez said. “And just watching him defend one-on-one, I try to see what he does so I can put that in my game too.” “Every time I come out I work my hardest and the guys see that,” Tiemstra said. “I hope they take that away from my game.” As conditioning concluded during Thursday, Tiemstra, visibly tired with his hands on his hips, smiled and put his hand on fellow senior Nick Galiardi’s shoulder. Tiemstra had just bested Galiardi in the last sprint of practice. Coach Bluem smiled too. “He’s not gonna let anybody beat him,” Bluem said. read more

Leica enhances Locata mine GPS partnership with Jigsaw Positioning System

first_imgLeica Geosystems Mining has announced an exclusive industry partnership with Locata Corp to provide the mining industry with the world’s only high precision radio positioning system that is not reliant on GPS. The new GPS system is known as the Leica Jigsaw Positioning System (Jps). Leica Geosystems Mining will provide this new technology as a part of their Jigsaw product suite.Leica Jps is described as providing “an unprecedented level of reliability for high precision positioning by deploying ground-based LocataLite transmitters which augment conventional GPS systems.” The LocataLites work without needing the additional corrections, communication or other assistance normally used for GPS high precision systems. A high precision positioning network utilising GPS alone requires a good view of the sky with sufficient geometry. In a mine, if a significant number of the satellites are blocked, the positioning fails. This is a common occurrence in deep pits and against high walls. With mine production efficiency being increasingly reliant on GPS positioning, this type of system failure is a major issue. LocataLites are placed in any mining area requiring additional coverage. They can be permanently positioned on site or moved at will (or any combination thereof) ensuring the mine’s Leica Jps network is set up exactly where and when needed.The issue has been overcome by Locata technology. Leica Jps, powered by Locata, provides the LocataLites as “a new constellation of ground-based satellites” or alternative points of reference. These additional points of reference can be used in conjunction with, or completely independent of, the GPS satellite network. The mine, instead of relying solely on GPS satellites to provide high precision positioning, can maintain availability and accuracy by using the Leica Jps alternative reference points in combination with any available GPS satellites. For example, three GPS satellites can be used in combination with two LocataLites to still provide a high precision position – something which would not normally be possible.Leica Jps can augment the Jps LocataLite signals with the GPS signals to give uninterrupted operation, thereby solving the problem of blocked satellite signals and resultant downtime.  A Leica Jps network has been successfully deployed and used in Western Australia at the Boddington gold mine in exactly this manner, supporting their High Precision guidance systems as a part of the product development process.One of the fundamental requirements for GPS-style positioning is that all of the transmitters are synchronised to each other. Atomic clocks are used in all of the GPS satellites to achieve this. In a ground-breaking technical advance, however, the LocataLite transmitters can achieve this extremely high level of synchronisation without using any atomic clocks. Within minutes of being turned on, the LocataLites generate an autonomous, nanosecond-accurate positioning network through a new synchronization process called “TimeLoc”. In this manner, each LocataLite unit becomes the functional equivalent of a $100 million GPS satellite and so creates an alternative point of reference for the HP positioning network.last_img read more

How was it for you Our Readers Panel react Part Two

first_imgIT HAS BEEN CALLED a number of things by a number of politicians and interest groups, but how was the Budget for real people?We asked. You responded. And here’s how our panel reacted.In the second of our readers’ panels, we  get the views of:A pensionerA studentA recent emigrantA single working person 1. Mary is a retired nurse who lives in a rural community in Westmeath. She lives with her husband who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and believes that elderly people are being forced into isolation by ongoing cuts to services.I suppose it is tough on the over 70s and those who are used to having a medical card. There is nothing new there for us because my husband can’t get a medical card anyway.We still pay into the Drug Purchase Scheme, but my VHI will go up.For me, personally, there’s no big changes. The prescription charges will hit a lot of people around here.I’m open to see how things pan out next January. 2.David is a full time mature student in University College Dublin. He works one day a week and is trying to receive more hours in order to pay his way through college. He receives a grant, but feels that the system is growing increasingly unfair.It was a good enough day for students, but less so for people my age with the cuts to jobseeker’s allowance.The cuts to medical cards annoyed me the most and I thought that the €150 million levy on the banks wasn’t enough. The increases in excises on alcohol and tobacco will affect me personally, as well as the cuts to the third-level sector.3. Matthew Kavanagh emigrated to Hong Kong in 2012, when faced with the cost of mounting loans to pay for education. Studying to be a secondary school teacher, he felt a job would too hard to find after college, and if he did, it would be poorly paid.There wasn’t anything in the Budget that would bring me home in the short-term.I was happy that there will be capital investment and that they took measures to grow the economy. That will have a knock-on effect. If the economy starts to grow, everything else will.It seems to be that where they’re cutting puts more pressure on people that are already under pressure.For me, it’s at least another year in Hong Kong. I know that there was a move to recruit more primary school teachers, but they want to do it while spending the same amount, which says to me the newer people will be on lower wages.From what I’ve seen, there’s nothing that would sway me to come back any time soon.4. Lynne is an optician who lives in County Meath. She works in Dublin’s city centre and feels like she pays a lot of tax for very little return.I was happy with the fact that there was no rise in VAT, USC or income tax.If the rate of excise on petrol had gone up, I would have been hit a lot, so I’m very happy that it hasn’t. Not driving to work or getting work closer to home aren’t options for me so it would have hurt me.I know there are affected and won’t be happy, but personally I haven’t been affected and am pretty happy with it.Here is Part One of our readers’ reactionslast_img read more

Le Pens personal assistant charged in fake jobs scandal

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Marine Le Pen Image: Hussein Malla Short URL FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Emmanuel Macron won the support of a key centrist today, hailing it as a turning point in his campaign, as an aide to his far-right rival Marine Le Pen was charged in a fake jobs scandal.With two months to go before France’s increasingly unpredictable election, centrist veteran Francois Bayrou announced an alliance with Macron to counter the “major threat” posed by the far-right.Bayrou had hinted for months at his own presidential run but ended the suspense by saying he would not mount a rival bid, to avoid splitting the votes of moderates to the benefit of Le Pen.His announcement came as a boost to centrist ex-economy minister Macron, who saw his ratings rise in recent weeks after conservative challenger Francois Fillon was hit by damaging corruption allegations but has slipped behind him again in the latest poll.Breach of trust probeLe Pen, meanwhile, suffered a blow today when her personal assistant Catherine Griset was charged with breach of trust in a probe into allegations the candidate’s National Front (FN) party defrauded the European Parliament of about €340,000.The legislature accuses Le Pen, an MEP, of using parliamentary funds to pay Griset as well as bodyguard Thierry Legier while they worked for her party in France rather than at the parliament. Le Pen has furiously denied the allegations.“I formally contest the allegations,” Le Pen said on television today.She said justice should not be used to interfere in the 23 May presidential election as “this is an important democratic moment” and “fundamental” for France.“It is surprising that two months before the presidential election, there is this great judicial activity,” she told the TF1 channel.She questioned the “impartiality and independence” of “the administration of justice.”The scandal comes as Fillon battles his own investigation into claims his British-born wife Penelope was paid around 700,000 over 15 years as a parliamentary assistant, despite little evidence that she did any work.But while Fillon’s ratings took a dive after “Penelopegate”, opinion polls currently show Le Pen winning the first round of the election in 23 April, although she is forecast to lose in the runoff on 7 May.Le Pen ‘is threat to France’ Bayrou, who ran three times for president and came third in 2007 with more than 18% of the vote, told a press conference he was backing Macron to fight the “major and immediate threat for our country and Europe” posed by Le Pen.Macron, a 39-year-old former investment banker, is campaigning as a pro-Europe progressive and says he is “neither of the left nor the right”.He told AFP he had accepted Bayrou’s offer to join forces, hailing it as a “turning point” in his campaign and for French political life.Bayrou, who has a reputation for probity, condemned the corruption scandals that have embroiled both Fillon and Le Pen.“What is most shocking is the tacit and nearly unanimous acceptance of these abuses,” he said.Once a key force in French politics, Bayrou’s support has shrunk in recent years.Supporters had already defected to the Macron camp before Bayrou’s announcement Wednesday.Bayrou described Macron as a “brilliant” individual and said he hoped that together they could finally bridge France’s entrenched left-right divide.Le Pen surgesLe Pen, who has vowed to call a referendum on France’s membership of the European Union if elected, has blasted the allegations of misusing EU money, describing the investigation as a vendetta.“The French people are well aware of the difference between genuine cases and political intrigues,” she told reporters at a campaign event earlier today.While pollsters believe the 48-year-old trained lawyer will fail to garner the 50% needed for victory in the final run-off, she is closing the gap with both Fillon and Macron in hypothetical second-round match-ups.A poll in early January by Ifop gave Le Pen 36% to 64% for Fillon in the second round, a 28-point gap.She narrowed that to 12 points in an Elabe survey published yesterday that showed her losing by 44 to 56%.Her numbers are similar in a theoretical duel with Macron, at 42 to 58%.Comments are closed as a person has been charged. – © AFP, 2017Read: Le Pen sparks controversy by refusing to wear veil in Lebanon> Image: Hussein Malla Feb 22nd 2017, 11:04 PM Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 11:04 PMcenter_img No Comments Share1 Tweet Email1 Marine Le Pen 15,116 Views By AFP Le Pen’s personal assistant charged in ‘fake jobs’ scandal Meanwhile, Emmanuel Macron won the support of a key centrist.last_img read more

Kittens cats wait for forever families

first_imgThe West Columbia Gorge Humane Society cat shelter in Washougal currently has a selection of kittens for adoption as well as more than 30 cats.The no-kill shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and hosts monthly adoption events at east Vancouver pet supply stores.last_img

Callum Paterson wants more advanced position with Scotland

Callum Paterson wants more advanced position with Scotland

first_imgScotland international Callum Paterson reveals he wants a more attacking role with the national team.The former Hearts man who was played as right back during Scotland’s 4-0 win over Albania revealed he would prefer to be deployed in a more advanced position for Scotland in future.Paterson has been playing in attack for his club Cardiff City in England this season and was moved into defence after the withdrawal of both Stephen O’Donnell and Kieran Tierney due to injury.Paterson said, according to Evening Times:“It’s not my favourite position. I like to attack. I was a bit exposed on Satur-day night. It’s not the best for me, but I’d do whatever is asked for me for the country.”Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“It’s a massive thing to get called up for your country and even bigger to play. I’ll always be happy to pull on that jersey. I’ve loved being back. I hated being out in the international wilderness.”“But I’m an attacking player. I love going forward and scoring goals. I got 10 goals last year and only started playing just before Christmas.”“I’m not blowing my own trumpet, but it shows I can get in the box and cause problems. That’s me scored three goals in four games in the Premier League.”“Having said that, it’s massive for the manager to trust me and know I am capable of doing that. I had it mentioned a few times. I am a Jack of all trades, master of none. It’s not great to hear, but hopefully I can nail down a place in the future.”“I haven’t quite done it for Cardiff yet, but I am getting there and I’d love to do it for Scotland as well. But I know when it comes to international football it’s sometimes a case of needs must.”last_img read more

Trumps exaggerations about Russia probe

Trumps exaggerations about Russia probe

first_imgDonald Trump. File PhotoPresident Donald Trump is taking his interpretation of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation well beyond the facts.|He says he’s been fully exonerated based on a four-page summary of Mueller’s nearly 400-page report and is casting himself as a victim of illegal practices by the FBI because the agency investigated him in the first place.But Trump is overstating his case. The FBI has legal grounds to open a probe if investigators have information they believe could lead them to a crime, even if one is not ultimately found. And the summary released by Attorney General William Barr says Mueller did not reach a conclusion about whether Trump obstructed justice.Nor was the Russia probe hatched by Democrats, as Trump asserts. He often cites a so-called dossier funded by the Democratic Party, but the probe’s origins in fact were based on other evidence.Trump’s claims came in a week of plentiful exaggerations and misstatements, seen most prominently in a speech to Michigan supporters in which he sought credit for all manner of things, including money to clean up the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative actually was already getting that money ; Trump had proposed slashing it.Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke misstated the length of US involvement in the Iraq war.A look at the political rhetoric and the facts:Russia InvestigationTRUMP: “People were hurt so badly, so badly. Their lives have been ruined and over — you know, over something that should have never taken place, an investigation that should have never happened. There was no crime, as you know. You’re only allowed to do this legally if there is a crime. There was no crime.” — Fox News interview Wednesday.THE FACTS: Trump is wrong to suggest that the FBI acted illegally by investigating him. The FBI does not need to know if, or have evidence that, a crime occurred before it begins an investigation.In fact, many investigations that are properly conducted ultimately don’t find evidence of any crime. The FBI is empowered to open an investigation if there’s information it has received or uncovered that leads the bureau to think it might encounter a crime. Apart from that, the investigation into the Trump campaign was initially a counterintelligence investigation rather than a strictly criminal one, as agents sought to understand whether and why Russia was meddling in the 2016 election.TRUMP: “The Russia witch hunt was a plan by those who lost the election to try and illegally regain power by framing innocent Americans. Many of them, they suffered, with an elaborate hoax.” — rally Thursday in Grand Rapids, Michigan.THE FACTS: He falsely suggests that the Russia investigation was started by Democrats after losing the 2016 election.Trump typically points to a dossier of anti-Trump research financed by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, which he incorrectly claims was the basis for the Russia probe. The research that was ultimately compiled into the dossier was initially financed by anti-Trump conservatives, and later by the Democrats.The FBI’s investigation actually began months before it received the dossier.Last year, the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee found the Russia investigation was initiated after the FBI received information related to Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, not the dossier. Trump praised the committee’s final report at the time.TRUMP: “Everybody is asking how the phony and fraudulent investigation of the No Collusion, No Obstruction Trump Campaign began.” — tweet Sunday.TRUMP: “After three years of lies and smears and slander, the Russia hoax is finally dead. The collusion delusion is over. The special counsel completed its report and found no collusion and no obstruction. …Total exoneration, complete vindication.” — Michigan rally.THE FACTS: Mueller did not vindicate Trump in “total” in the Russia probe, explicitly declining to clear him of obstruction.Mueller’s exact words in the report, as quoted by Barr, say: “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”The summary of principal conclusions by Barr notes Mueller did not “draw a conclusion — one way or the other — as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction,” but rather set out evidence for both sides, leaving the question unanswered of whether Trump obstructed justice. Barr wrote in the summary that ultimately he decided as attorney general that the evidence developed by Mueller was “not sufficient” to establish, for the purposes of prosecution, that Trump committed obstruction.Barr’s summary also notes that Mueller did not find that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 presidential election in Trump’s favor. To establish a crime, Mueller must generally meet a standard of proving an offense beyond a reasonable doubt. The summary did not clear the president of improper behavior regarding Russia but did not establish that “he was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference,” Mueller said in a passage from the report quoted by Barr.The summary signed by Barr gave the bottom line only as he and his deputy saw it. Democrats are pushing for release of Mueller’s full report. Barr is expected to release a public version of the document in the coming weeks.TRUMP, speaking about allegations in a so-called dossier about contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election: “It came out after the election and everybody had a big fat yawn. …All of the sudden I hear, ‘Were you involved with Russia? I say, ‘Russia? What the hell does Russia have to do with my campaign?'” — Michigan rally.THE FACTS: Russia actually had plenty to do with Trump’s campaign.According to US intelligence agencies and lengthy indictments brought by Mueller’s team, Russia orchestrated a multipart influence campaign aimed at hurting Clinton’s candidacy, undermining American democracy and helping Trump get elected.That effort included the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, Clinton’s campaign and other Democratic groups. Russian intelligence officers then coordinated the release of stolen emails and internal documents.There were also plenty of people around Trump receptive to Russia’s help, though Mueller’s report ultimately did not find that those contacts amounted to a criminal conspiracy, according to Barr’s summary.In the middle of the campaign, Donald Trump Jr. met at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer thinking he would be getting “dirt” on Clinton. Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting, which included Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, despite it being described to him as part of a Russian government effort to help his father.TRUMP: “You look at all of the different things, Russia would’ve much rather had Hillary than Donald Trump. I can tell you that right now.” — Fox News interview Wednesday.THE FACTS: Not according to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Asked at a news conference with Trump in July whether he wanted Trump to win the 2016 election, Putin responded, “Yes, I did.” Putin said he favored Trump “because he talked about bringing the US-Russia relationship back to normal.”Migrant ChildrenTRUMP, on the care of migrant children apprehended at the border and the Dec. 8 death of Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7, of Guatemala: “I think that it’s been very well stated that we’ve done a fantastic job. … The father gave the child no water for a long period of time – he actually admitted blame.” — to reporters Friday.THE FACTS: That’s a misrepresentation of the circumstances behind the girl’s death as Trump seeks to steer any potential blame for it away from his administration.An autopsy report released Friday found she died of a bacterial infection just more than a day after being apprehended by the US Border Patrol. The El Paso County Medical Examiner’s office said Jakelin experienced a “rapidly progressive infection” that led to the failure of multiple organs.Neither the autopsy report, nor accounts at the time by Customs and Border Protection , spoke of dehydration. The Border Protection timeline on her case said she was checked for medical problems upon her apprehension and: “The initial screening revealed no evidence of health issues.” And through family lawyers, Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz said after his daughter’s death that he had made sure she had food and water as they traveled through Mexico. He did not say her death was his fault.Iraq WarO’ROURKE: “We will ensure that this country does not start yet another war before every peaceful, diplomatic, nonviolent alternative is explored and pursued, and those wars that we ask our fellow Americans, these service members, to fight on our behalf, 17 years and counting in Afghanistan, 27 years and counting in Iraq, let’s bring these wars to a close.” — remarks Saturday in El Paso.THE FACTS: The US has not been fighting in a military conflict in Iraq for “27 years and counting.” The Iraq war started 16 years ago.By O’Rourke’s count, US involvement would date back to 1992, in an apparent reference to Operation Desert Storm, which ended in February 1991. President George H.W. Bush launched that operation in response to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Bush declared a ceasefire in 1991.There was no ongoing military conflict after 1991. In 2003, President George W. Bush, the elder Bush’s son, authorized the invasion of Iraq by a US-led coalition that toppled Saddam’s government. Later known as the “Iraq War,” that conflict was part of what the younger Bush described as a US war against terrorism following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.Great LakesTRUMP: “I support the Great Lakes. Always have. They are beautiful. They are big, very deep, record deepness, right? And I’m going to get, in honor of my friends, full funding of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which you have been trying to get for over 30 years. So we will get it done.” — Michigan rally.THE FACTS: Trump’s recent budget proposal sought to cut federal financing of that program by 90 percent. His comment actually meant that his administration would — presumably — give up its efforts over the last few years to cut the program, which has been receiving about $300 million a year since 2010.His assertion that this money has eluded supporters of the lakes for three decades is wrong.The program is popular with lawmakers from both parties and it was unlikely that the Trump cut would prevail.Also, the Great Lakes are not the world’s deepest, or even among the 20 deepest .Special OlympicsTRUMP: “I have overridden my people. We’re funding the Special Olympics.” — remarks to reporters Thursday.THE FACTS: In this instance, unlike in the Great Lakes matter, Trump is acknowledging that it was his administration that had proposed to cut the money, though by blaming “my people” he did not take direct responsibility.In any event, spending is up to Congress, not him. What he means is that the White House is dropping its budget proposal to deny federal money for the games.Health CareTRUMP: “We will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions, always.” — Michigan rally.THE FACTS: He’s not protecting health coverage for patients with pre-existing medical conditions. In fact, the Trump administration is pressing in court for full repeal of the Affordable Care Act — including provisions that protect people with pre-existing conditions from health insurance discrimination.Trump and other Republicans say they’ll have a plan to preserve those safeguards, but the White House has provided no details. And it’s a stretch to think they could get a Republicans-only plan passed through Congress with the House under Democratic control.President Barack Obama’s health care law requires insurers to take all applicants, regardless of medical history, and patients with health problems pay the same standard premiums as healthy ones. Bills supported in 2017 by Trump and congressional Republicans to repeal the law could have pushed up costs for people with pre-existing conditions.TRUMP: “The Republican Party will become the party of great health care. … Republicans want you to have an affordable plan that’s just right for you.” — Michigan rally.TRUMP: “If the Supreme Court rules that Obamacare is out, we will have a plan that’s far better than Obamacare.” — remarks Wednesday to reporters.THE FACTS: Republicans may aspire to great health care but they don’t have a comprehensive plan for it. And there’s no indication that the White House, executive branch agencies like Health and Human Services, and Republicans in Congress are working on one.Trump’s recent budget called for repealing “Obamacare” and setting hard limits on federal spending for Medicaid, which covers low-income people. Some Republicans argue that would be better, because the federal government would create a new program of health care grants to states. But when the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analyzed similar proposals a couple of years ago, it estimated such changes would result in deep coverage losses, not to mention weaker insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions.Trump’s budget also called for hundreds of billions of dollars in Medicare cuts to hospitals and other service providers, a nonstarter with lawmakers in Congress worried about re-election next year.The Supreme Court has upheld the health care law twice in previous challenges. The five justices who first upheld it in 2012 are still on the court.Congressional Republicans are generally trying to steer away from Obamacare spats. Some are trying to focus on areas where they might find common ground with Democrats and the president, such as reducing prescription drug costs.AutosTRUMP: “We are bringing a lot of those car companies back. … They are pouring back in.” —Michigan rally.TRUMP: “We’re opening up car plants in Michigan again for the first time in decades. They’re coming in, really pouring in. … And this has been happening pretty much since I’ve been president. It’s really amazing what’s going on … We’ve brought back so much industry, so many car companies to Michigan, so we’re very happy.” — remarks Thursday while departing for Michigan.THE FACTS: There is very little truth in those remarks.The only automaker announcing plans to reopen a plant in Michigan is Fiat Chrysler, which is restarting an old engine plant to build three-row SUVs. It’s been planning to do so since before Trump was elected. GM is even closing two Detroit-area factories: one that builds cars and another that builds transmissions.Automakers have made announcements about new models being built in the state, but no other factories have been reopened. Ford stopped building the Focus compact car in the Detroit suburb of Wayne last year, but it’s being replaced by the manufacture of a small pickup and a new SUV. That announcement was made in December 2016, before Trump took office.GM, meantime, is closing factories in Ohio and Maryland.Trump can plausibly claim that his policies have encouraged some activity in the domestic auto industry. Corporate tax cuts freed more money for investment, and potential tariff increases on imported vehicles are an incentive to build in the US.But automakers have not been “pouring in” at all, as he persistently claims, and when expansion does happen, it’s not all because of him.Fiat Chrysler has been planning the SUVs for several years and has been looking at expansion in the Detroit area, where it has unused building space and an abundant, trainable automotive labor force.Normally it takes at least three years for an automaker to plan a new vehicle, which is the case with the three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee and the larger Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs that will fill the restarting Detroit-area plant and an existing one. Several years ago then-CEO Sergio Marchionne said the Wagoneer would be built in the Detroit area.Detroit automakers usually build larger vehicles in the US because the profit margins are high enough to cover the higher wages paid there versus Mexico or another lower-cost country.ImmigrationTRUMP, on diversity visas: “They are giving us their worst people.” — Michigan rally.THE FACTS: That’s false.The diversity visa lottery program is run by the US government, not foreign governments. Other countries do not get to sort through their populations looking for bad apples to put in for export to the US Citizens of qualifying countries are the ones who decide to bid for visas under the program. Trump routinely blames foreign states.The program requires applicants to have completed a high school education or have at least two years of experience in the last five years in a selection of fields. Out of that pool of people from certain countries who meet those conditions, the State Department randomly selects a much smaller pool of winners. Not all winners will have visas ultimately approved, because they still must compete for a smaller number of slots by getting their applications in quickly. Those who are ultimately offered visas still need to go through background checks, like other immigrants.The lottery is extended to citizens of most countries, except about 20. The primary goal is to diversify the immigrant population by creating slots for underrepresented parts of the world.JobsTRUMP: “We have created, since my election, 5.5 million new jobs. Nobody would have believed that was possible.” — Michigan rally.THE FACTS: His number is about right, but he’s counting jobs created before he became president. And the progress does not defy belief. The economy created about 6 million jobs in the roughly two years before the election, then again in the roughly two years after.VeteransTRUMP: “They’ve been trying to get VA Choice for over 40 years. Couldn’t do it. I got it. We signed it six months ago.” — Michigan rally.THE FACTS: Not true. He’s not the first president in 40 years to get Congress to pass a private-sector health program for veterans; he expanded it. Congress first approved the program in 2014 during the Obama administration. The program currently allows veterans to see doctors outside the VA system if they must wait more than 30 days for an appointment or drive more than 40 miles (65 kilometers) to a VA facility.Now, starting in June, they are to have that option for a private doctor if their VA wait is only 20 days (28 for specialty care) or their drive is only 30 minutes.TRUMP: “Instead of waiting online for one day, one week, two months …now they go outside, they see a private doctor, we pay the bill, they get better quickly.” — Michigan rally.THE FACTS: Also not right. Veterans still must wait for weeks before they can get private care outside the VA system.And the expanded Choice eligibility may do little to provide immediate help. That’s because veterans often must wait even longer for an appointment in the private sector. Last year, then-Secretary David Shulkin said VA care is “often 40 percent better in terms of wait times” compared with the private sector. In 2018, 34 percent of all VA appointments were with outside physicians, down from 36 percent in 2017.At a hearing Tuesday, the top health official at VA, Richard Stone, described the start of the expanded Choice program to “almost be a non-event,” in part because wait times in the private sector are typically longer than at VA.The VA also must resolve long-term financing because of congressional budget caps after the White House opposed new money to pay for the program. As a result, lawmakers could be forced later this year to limit the program or slash core VA or other domestic programs.last_img read more

NASAs Valkyrie Robots Set The Table For Human Life On Mars

NASAs Valkyrie Robots Set The Table For Human Life On Mars

first_img Share LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Four sister robots built by NASA could be the vanguard for the colonization of Mars by helping to set up a habitat for future human explorers.But first they’re finding new homes on Earth and engineers to hone their skills.The space agency has kept one Valkyrie robot at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. It’s loaned three others to universities in Massachusetts and Scotland so professors and students can tinker with the 6-foot-tall, 300-pound humanoids.NASANASA’s R5 robot in the team’s garage. R5 was built by engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.Holly Yanco, who directs the University of Massachusetts-Lowell’s robotics center, calls the robot Val. She’s set up a test course working in collaboration with researchers at Northeastern University. MIT is hosting a second Valkyrie.NASA spokesman Jay Bolden says the agency aims to get to Mars by 2035 and it’ll be the Valkyries or their descendants paving the way.Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Flappy Bird trained to play itself scores 150

first_imgYou can’t download the original Flappy Bird from official sources any more, but there are dozens and dozens of reinterpretations out there. One of the most popular — Flappy Bird Typing Tutor — has been hacked and trained to play itself, and it’ll put your high score to shame.So just how well can the game play itself? It can score 150 without even breaking a digital sweat. It’s obviously not a straight copy. Instead of merely tapping your screen to make the bird flutter its wings you’ve got to type words that appear at the top of the screen.Rhythm is still required, of course. You’ve got to time your key presses properly to guide the bird between the Mario-esque green pipes in developer Earle Castledine’s game.To build his autonomous game, Coder Sarvagya Vaish dug in to the open source code that powers Flappy Bird Typing Tutor and stripped it down so that it more closely resembled the original. He programmed in a learning loop that allows the game to observe the bird’s progress and then apply the knowledge it gains to perform jaw-dropping runs between the pipes.With six or seven hours worth of training, Vaish was able to reach the 150 point plateau. Vaish believes higher scores are achievable, too, and that training from skilled human players might help. Plenty of Flappy Bird players — including creator Dong Nguyen — have scored 150 or better, and their tap-timing abilities could teach Vaish’s game to shatter previous records.I’m more than happy to let the game play itself, to be perfectly honest. I could never stay interested long enough to play through more than two or three deaths. How about you?last_img read more

VIDEO SNL mocks LeBrons supporting cast in hilarious playoff promo parody featuring

VIDEO SNL mocks LeBrons supporting cast in hilarious playoff promo parody featuring

first_imgLeBron James continued his mission to singlehandedly carry the Cavs through through the NBA playoffs with another vintage buzzer beater to give Cleveland a commanding 3-0 series lead against Toronto.LeBron has been a one man wrecking crew during the postseason, and most agree that his supporting cast is one of the worst of his career. Last night, Saturday Night Live took some shots at ‘the other Cavs’ with a hilarious fake playoff promo parody. It turns out worse than you imagined.Even though his teammates can’t score ‘points’ to help the King, they’re always eagerly waiting with a congratulatory high five, or willing to hold his extra cellphones until he needs them back. Also, the Cavs starting point guard is a Roomba, their second leading scorer is a chainsmoking woman, and the starting center is a golden retriever.To be fair to the Roomba, it’s way better than Jordan Clarkson.VIDEO: SNL sketch with Charles Barkley as a Star Wars character who doesn’t understand any of the languages is funnylast_img read more

Study Trends to Guide Your Innovation Efforts

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min read Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. October 1, 2014 Each year’s end brings an onslaught of predictions for new consumer product trends and a recap of what made the biggest impact.Savvy businesses and entrepreneurs understand the importance of adapting to consumers’ ever-changing preferences to stay competitive. In today’s dog-eat-dog business environment, innovation is key to survival.While it’s easy to identify trends in consumer products, businesses and entrepreneurs must understand how current events and societal changes bring about product innovation. Identifying the underlying societal forces that catalyze consumer product trends is imperative to success. Companies that embrace and engage in proactive innovation in their strategy will thrive.Here are some social trends and current events poised to contribute to consumer product innovation:Related: The Main Reason Startups Don’t Last1. Aging baby boomers.With the largest generation of Americans in history entering retirement comes a demand for health care innovation. In 2030, 26 percent of the U.S. population will be 65 or older, compared with 17 percent today.What sets apart the boomer demographic from its predecessors is the level of expectations. Whereas health-focused devices were enough for baby boomers’ parents and grandparents, this generation will expect smarter, on-demand products and devices. This includes smart health monitoring, medication-management systems, wearable health tech devices and emotion sensor technology. With the health care crisis looming, organizations will need to develop increasingly sophisticated technology to fill the void.2. Social connectedness and technology.It’s clear social networking has affected the approach of businesses toward innovation — not to mention how they connect to their customers. With unlimited on-demand information and entertainment at consumers’ disposal, instant gratification is becoming the norm. Consumers expect more products to be “smart.”An example of a company pioneering the “smart home” movement is Lowe’s Home Improvement, among the first to target the mass market with a broad home-automation solution. Lowe’s 2014 Smart Home Survey found that 52 percent of Americans feel that having a smart home is somewhat important to them. Among the most desired smart products includes security and home monitoring systems, thermostats, lighting, and coffee pots.Related: Prod a Product Into Double-Duty (Profit and Social Good) With 3 Questions3. Sustainability.An eco-friendly lifestyle is becoming increasingly attractive and affecting buying behavior. Consumers are concerned about purchasing socially responsible brands. With more companies adopting green initiatives as the cornerstone of their business model, more alternatives are available. Expect consumers to make purchasing decisions based on a company’s eco-focused innovation, with products available such as Seventh Generation’s cleaning supplies, Bourgeois Boheme footwear or Yellow Leaf Hammocks.4. Customization and personalization.With the popularity of social media and the ease of online publishing, trends are evolving faster than ever before. Consumers don’t want generic products. They want something unique and reflective of their individuality. Retailers and manufacturers are offering more custom embellishment options and online-customization platforms, such as NikeID. Entire shops consist of designs created by other customers, such as Casetify. Mass customization lets companies differentiate their brands from the competition, increase a product’s perceived value and gain purchasing and preference insights.These societal trends are driving changes in business models, additions to product lines and approaches to innovation. Entrepreneurs and businesses that proactively seek out these trends and modify their strategies may find themselves not just successfully navigating consumer product trends but also pioneering them.Related: Underdogs Can’t Win Being Copycats Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Capital Economics Sees Improvement Ahead for Housing

Capital Economics Sees Improvement Ahead for Housing

first_imgCapital Economics Sees Improvement Ahead for Housing Agents & Brokers Capital Economics Census Bureau Confidence FHFA Fixed-Rate Mortgage Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Prices Pending-Home Sales Processing Service Providers 2012-05-09 Krista Franks Brock Noting some recent strengthening in demand in the housing market, “”Capital Economics””: suggests housing prices “”are close to, or already through, their trough,”” and recovery will continue through the coming months. [IMAGE]While acknowledging the decline in home sales in March, Capital Economics’ analysts remain optimistic due to the recent increases in pending home sales. The “”National Association of Realtors'””: latest “”Pending Home Sales Index””: in March reached 101.4, its highest level since April 2010. “”The rise in pending home sales suggests that March’s decline in actual sales is not the start of a weaker trend,”” said Paul Diggle, property economist at Capital Economics, in a monthly report released Wednesday. Recent data on mortgage applications also point toward a strengthening market. Applications rose by 3.8 percent over the month of April, according to data cited in the report. However, with persistently tight credit conditions, Diggle reports that the increase in home sales reported in the first quarter of this year ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô 4.6 percent ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô can be attributed to cash-buyers.[COLUMN_BREAK]This also explains why while sales increased, homeownership rates have not. In fact, the “”Census Bureau””: reported the homeownership rate in March fell to a 15-year low of 65.4 percent. Affordability continues to rank high, with the National Association of Realtors calculating “”affordability””: at 206.6 in April. An affordability index score of 100 means a median-income family has exactly enough to purchase a median-priced home with a 20 percent down payment if they spend 25 percent of their income on their mortgage.Furthermore, Capital Economics insists that even with closing costs, home maintenance, and property tax, owning a home is “”likely to be cheaper than renting over a typical holding period of seven years.”” Capital Economics cites the “”S&P Case-Shiller””:–p-us—- Indices and “”FHFA’s””: home price report, which reveal that homes are undervalued. Case-Shiller suggests homes are 10 percent undervalued, while FHFA reports homes to be undervalued by 4 percent. Broader economic indicators such as GDP and employment rates have not been promising over the last month. GDP growth slowed from 3 percent in the fourth quarter of last year to 2.2 percent in the first quarter of this year, while hirings also slowed. “”Recent data have reignited fears of another sharp summer slowdown in economic growth,”” Diggle stated. “”But we think that the recovery will hold up.”” The greatest unknown right now seems to be the impending effects of the recent robo-signing settlement, which Diggle says “”is likely to prompt an increase in foreclosure activity,”” which could bring a rush of inventory to the market and upset the meager signs of recovery we are now seeing. May 9, 2012 483 Views center_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

Mortgage Demand Picks Up for Ellie Mae in May

Mortgage Demand Picks Up for Ellie Mae in May

first_img June 21, 2012 451 Views in Data, Origination, Servicing Demand for mortgages increased in May, according to a report released by “”Ellie Mae””: Wednesday.[IMAGE]The Origination Insight Report for May 2012 showed that the average loan-to-value (LTV) on closed loans jumped up above the 80 percent mark for the first time since the company began tracking in August 2011. Ellie Mae attributed the increase to an easing of LTVs on conventional refinances. The average LTV on conventional refinance in May was 72 percent, a slide up from April’s 69 percent. Closed conventional refinances with LTVs of 95 percent[COLUMN_BREAK]or higher jumped up to 11 percent in May, a large increase over 7.1 percent in April and 3.6 percent in March. An increase like that could be a sign that HARP 2.0 is helping more borrowers, said Ellie Mae COO Jonathan Corr.In order to have a meaningful view of lender “”pull-through,”” Ellie Mae reviewed a sample of loan applications initiated in February to calculate a closing rate for May. The company found that 47.2 percent of all applications closed in May, compared to April’s 48.1 percent.The percentage of purchase loans increased to 46 percent, the highest level of the year but not unexpected for the spring sales season, said Corr. Credit scores for closed loans experienced a slight decrease to 744 in May. The biggest drop was in FHA refinances, where the average credit score declined to 713 from April’s 720.The average loan in May closed in 46 days, one day longer than April. The average refinance closed in 48 days-again, one more than in April. Corr said the slight increase stems from higher interest in mortgage and refinance activity.””The combination of record-low interest rates, flexible HARP 2.0 refinances and a growing perception that housing prices finally may have bottomed are all creating increased demand-and slightly longer waits-for mortgages,”” said Corr. Mortgage Demand Picks Up for Ellie Mae in Maycenter_img Agents & Brokers HARP Housing Affordability Lenders & Servicers Loan-to-Value Ratio Processing Refinance Service Providers 2012-06-21 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgLondon, UK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineBack by popular demand, Cirque du Soleil returns to London this winter with the spectacular show TOTEM (January 5 to February 5), and a special VIP program for a completely magical evening.Fusing traditional performance and state-of-the-art technology, TOTEM traces the fascinating evolution of mankind in a colorful journey inspired by tales of creation. With Cirque du Soleil’s Tapis Rouge VIP program, you’ll take in this captivating spectacle from the best seats in the house, following an exclusive welcome in the imaginative VIP lounge, where delicious canapés, wine, beer, and soft drinks are served with traditional Cirque flair. Also included in this VIP package are a souvenir program and gift, complimentary coat check, dedicated Tapis Rouge host, and refreshments in the lounge during intermission. For parties of 20 or more, Cirque offers a Tapis Rouge private salon as read more

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