Grande Prairie RCMP Seek Assistance in Locating Missing Person

first_imgUPDATE – Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise that Harmony Hoy has been located.  She is safe and unharmed. RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 25-year-old Harmony Hoy.According to RCMP, Hoy was last seen in the Grande Prairie area in late March and was reported missing on April 3, 2019. Hoy is described as:CaucasianMixed coloured hair, possibly green and purpleHazel eyes5’5″/ 126lbsThere is a concern for her well being.The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.If you have any information on Hoy’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Morocco’s Houria Esslami Appointed Chair-Rapporteur of UN’s Body on Enforced or…

Rabat – Morocco’s Houria Esslami has been elected chair-rapporteur of the United Nations’ Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.Esslami, 47, has become the first woman in the history of the WGEID to be elected chair of the UN’s Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances since its inception 35 years ago.The Oujda-born Moroccan was Executive Director of Driss Benzekri Foundation for Human Rights and Democracy and a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Families of the Disappeared and Victims of Enforced Disappearance in Morocco. Esslami is a founding member of the Moroccan Forum for Truth and Justice and worked for the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).She is also member of the National Human Rights Council of Morocco (CNDH) and chairperson of its Working Group on Development Partnerships and Cooperation. A graduate of King Fahd School of Translation in Tangier, Esslami coordinated the elaboration of the Report on the Situation of Enforced Disappearances, submitted in 2012 as part of the UPR-Morocco.The Working Group was established by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1980 to assist families in determining the fate and whereabouts of disappeared relatives.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

UPS: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

ATLANTA (AP) _ United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $453 million.On a per-share basis, the Atlanta-based company said it had net income of 52 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $1.94 per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.91 per share.The package delivery service posted revenue of $19.85 billion in the period, which did not meet Street forecasts. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $19.92 billion.UPS expects full-year earnings in the range of $7.45 to $7.75 per share.UPS shares have risen almost 4 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen roughly 7 per cent. The stock has decreased 21 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on UPS at https://www.zacks.com/ap/UPSThe Associated Press read more

UN agency urges action to prevent further spread of deadly pig disease

“African Swine Fever is fast becoming a global issue,” Juan Lubroth, FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer, states in a news release issued by the Rome-based agency. “It now poses an immediate threat to Europe and beyond. Countries need to be on the alert and to strengthen their preparedness and contingency plans,” he added. There is currently no vaccine for African Swine Fever (ASF), which is very often lethal to pigs but is not harmful to humans, according to FAO. The disease was introduced into Georgia from southern Africa in late 2006, entering through the Black Sea port of Poti, where garbage from a ship was taken to a dump where pigs came to feed.FAO says the disease is now spreading northwards at the rate of roughly 350 kilometres a year. Outbreaks are distinctly seasonal, with the highest number of cases registered in the summer and autumn. But the agency warns that as the disease wave travels northwards a separate phenomenon, long-distance “jumps,” is also occurring.“ASF long-distance jumps are food-borne, with virus surviving in pig meat products taken by travellers. At the destination, food scraps may be fed to pigs, setting off a new outbreak,” notes FAO. “The frequency of such jumps is increasing as the originally-infected territory enlarges. The ASF virus strain now spreading is a very aggressive one.”The disease is now considered as being established in Georgia, Armenia and the southern part of Russia. Countries are encouraged to carry out risk analyses to evaluate the situation and assess potential consequences. “Such analyses should pave the way for fully-fledged contingency plans and provide the rationale for selecting disease-control strategies,” states FAO.Preventive strategies include quarantine, on-farm security and other measures aimed at minimizing the risk of the disease being introduced and becoming established. Early-warning contingency plans include epidemiological information-gathering, training and awareness campaigns. 26 May 2011The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for stepping up measures to prevent the further spread of a deadly pig disease that is already present in the Caucasus region and Russia and is likely to spread in the coming months. read more

TSX advances amid improving earnings

The Toronto stock market advanced Thursday after four losing sessions amid higher commodities, positive earnings news and data showing Britain’s economy is growing again.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 103.84 points at 12,298.86 as “a lot of the numbers that came out of Canada were reasonably in-line and positive and that’s certainly helping things,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada. “So far, so good for Canada.”The TSX Venture Exchange gained 14.4 points to 1,303.15.The Canadian dollar was well off early highs, edging up 0.08 of a cent to 100.59 cents US as markets also got a boost from data that showed Britain’s economy emerged from recession in the July-to-September quarter after a nine-month downturn.U.S. indexes were also higher with the Dow Jones industrials ahead 36.45 points to 13,113.79, the Nasdaq advancing 10.65 points to 2,992.35 and the S&P 500 index up 5.18 points to 1,413.93.Markets have lost ground over the last few days as results from big American multinationals such as McDonald’s, DuPont chemical and conglomerates General Electric and 3M Inc. disappointed and reminded investors about how fragile economic conditions are overseas, particularly in Europe.Analysts also see traders getting more cautious ahead of the U.S. election on Nov. 6 which is seen as too close to call.Traders were relieved Thursday to see strong reports from German industrial conglomerate BASF, consumer products company Unilever and Swiss bank Credit Suisse.And U.S. multinational consumer products giant Procter & Gamble said quarterly net income fell seven per cent to $2.81 billion, or 96 cents per share, down from $3.02 billion, or $1.03 per share, last year. Adjusted results of $1.06 a share beat expectations by a dime, however, and the world’s largest consumer products maker reiterated its annual guidance, sending its shares up 3.8 per cent to US$70.68.In Canada, Potash Corp. says its third-quarter profit fell 22 per cent from a year ago to US$645 million or 74 cents per share. Revenue was $2.14 billion, down from $2.32 billion in the third quarter of 2011. The revenue was in line with analyst estimates but profit was below expectations by two to three cents per share, depending on adjustments. Its shares dipped four cents to $40.25.Elsewhere in the resource sector, oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) said its net income fell to $59 million, or 11 cents per share in the third quarter from $200 million, or 38 cents per share a year ago due to lower cash flow and the impact of several non-recurring items. Nexen also said it expected the $15.1-billion deal that would see it acquired by China National Offshore Oil Co. to be completed by the end of this year. Its shares climbed 22 cents to $23.85.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) says its net income fell by 43 per cent from a year ago to $289 million or 38 cents per share before adjustments, missing analyst estimates by a wide margin. But Cenovus’s cash flow, a more closely watched metric in the energy sector, rose by 41 per cent to $1.12 billion or $1.47 per share, 25 cents better than estimates. Its shares lost early momentum and declined four cents to $33.95.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD) shares dipped five cents to $7.47 as it saw its third-quarter profit drop 53 per cent to $39 million or 14 cents a share in the last quarter, which was five cents short of expectations. Revenue slipped 1.7 per cent to $484.8 million against expectations of $497.9 million.The TSX energy sector was up 0.65 per cent as oil prices strengthened after five days of losses, including a drop of almost $1 on Wednesday in the wake of data showing a much larger increase in crude inventories last week than had been expected. The December contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange added one cent to US$85.74 a barrel.The gold sector rose 2.85 per cent as December bullion gained $14.90 to US$1,716.50 an ounce and Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) handed in a strong earnings report. Goldcorp posted a third-quarter profit of US$498 million or 61 cents a share, helped by improvements at its Red Lake and Penasquito mines. Adjusted for one-time items, Goldcorp’s earnings were 54 cents per share, six cents better than estimates and its shares rose $2.27 to $43.06.Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. (TSX:AEM) bounded ahead $3.46 to $54.84 as it increased its production guidance for the year and it reported a better than expected third-quarter profit of US$106.3 million.The metals and mining sector was flat as copper gave up an early modest gain and moved down a penny to US$3.56 a pound. Copper closed unchanged Wednesday but prices for the metal, which is viewed as an economic barometer, saw a slide of 18 cents in the previous four sessions. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) climbed 37 cents to $31.76.Elsewhere on the earnings front, Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) gained 45 cents to $20.94 as it reported quarterly net income from continuing operations of $133 million, or 28 cents per diluted share, for down from $167 million or 37 cents per share in the same period last year. Revenue, however, was up 2.5 per cent to $1.21 billion for the quarter compared to $1.81 billion year over year.European bourses were mixed as London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.1 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX gained 0.41 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 was off 0.18 per cent. read more

UN development agency renews agreement to provide loans to poor in Nicaragua

The goal of the initiative run by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), in cooperation with the Financieras Nicaraguense de Inversiones (FNI), is to alleviate poverty by providing access to financial services for poor communities in the Departments of Jinotega, Nueva Segovia, Estalí, Matacalpa and Madriz, UNDP said in a statement issued today in New York. During the first phase, the project allocated 20 loans totalling $3.1 million to nine local micro-credit institutions in the region, which provided services for 4,380 people. Women accounted for nearly 60 per cent of the total number of borrowers. Three-quarters of the loans are for less than $500, an indication that the project is reaching borrowers who are poor, UNDP said. The project also aims to help the local credit institutions become self-sustaining, with four out of five institutions supported by the project having achieved that goal so far. “The easy availability of loans without any conditions is an obstacle to the adoption of better financial practices,” said Carmelo Angulo Barturén, UNDP Resident Representative. “The criteria for eligibility for loans should be based on objective factors, geared to the circumstances and needs of the target groups and a commitment to promoting sustainability.” According to Mr. Barturén, loans provided at subsidized rates are not a guarantee of success in providing support for micro and small businesses. Priority should be given to providing access to credit, which he said could only be assured if the credit institutions were sustainable. The project’s most significant achievement has been to change the outlook local institutions from an aid-oriented to an entrepreneurial approach, he added.In other news from UNDP, the agency reported today that it was joining forces with an organization called the Open Society Fund to rehabilitate rural schools in Lithuania through a $140,000 project. Lithuanian Vice Minister of Education Vaiva Vebraite, who signed the project agreement, emphasized the importance of the project as a model for the country. read more

South Sudan Horrific acts by government may constitute war crimes says UN

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, issued a report on Tuesday, noting the “deliberate…and brutally violent” targeting of civilians, particularly women and children, in April and May.According to the report, at least 120 women and girls were raped and those unable to flee were killed as part of a deliberate “scorched earth” policy that has displaced thousands of people.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called on the Government to halt all attacks against civilians, launch investigations and hold the perpetrators accountable, including those who bear the responsibility of commanding fighters.“The perpetrators of these revolting acts against defenceless civilians, including those bearing command responsibility, must not be allowed to get away with it,” High Commissioner Zeid said.OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told journalists in Geneva that at least 232 people were killed in the attacks on villages in opposition-controlled areas, in Mayendit and Leer.The perpetrators of these revolting acts against defenceless civilians…must not be allowed to get away with it,” – UN Human Rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al HusseinAdditionally, the report highlighted that opposition armed groups also carried out retaliatory attacks on civilians; its findings coming amid reported progress in peace talks between rival factions in the country, who have been embroiled in brutal civil conflict since late 2013.The elderly, people with disabilities and very young children, were killed in horrific acts of violence – some hung from trees and others burned alive in their homes, the investigation found. “There must be consequences for the men who reportedly gang-raped a six-year-old child, who slit the throats of elderly villagers, who hanged women for resisting looting, and shot fleeing civilians in the swamps where they hid,” Zeid said.“Those who ordered and facilitated these horrific crimes must be brought to account. The Government of South Sudan and the international community have the obligation to ensure justice,” he added.Ms. Shamdasani said that the investigation had identified three individuals with the “greatest responsibility” for the violence.Zeid called on the Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan and the African Union to move quickly towards establishing the proposed Hybrid Court for South Sudan, to ensure accountability for gross human rights violations.The UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, and humanitarian actors have stepped up action, such as increasing the presence of peacekeepers; providing aid to those in need; continuing to monitor and report on rights violations; and engaging with Government officials, commanders of both forces, as well as civil society. read more

Back to the future with Foresight Vehicle

The first day will deal with advanced and conventional batteries and alternative forms of storage. A second seminar addressing how different power systems are deployed in low carbon vehicles will be held on the following day. Products to be discussed will include those from major vehicle manufacturers, converters and niche suppliers. The afternoon workshops on both days will encourage networking opportunities and generate research proposals. The objective is to stimulate research and innovation in the field of energy storage for a variety of low-carbon vehicle types. Low carbon research seminar in January SMMT Foresight Vehicle is organising a two-day seminar entitled “Low Carbon Vehicle Power Systems” to be held on 14 and 15 January at the MIRA engineering centre in Nuneaton. The event will be supported by the Technology Strategy Board and hosted on behalf of the Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Knowledge Transfer Network. For more information, please contact Lorna Courts at lorna@smmtforesightvehicle.org.uk. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

April Jones Leading forensic psychologist now aiding search

first_imgDetective Superintendent Reg Bevan holding up a photo of the land Rover belonging to 46-year-old Mark Bridger who has been arrested following the abduction of April Jones. (Rui Vieira/PA Wire)April was last seen willingly getting into a vehicle, believed to be a Land Rover Discovery, at around 7.30pm on Monday after playing with friends at the Bryn-y-Gog estate.It is understood that police have been searching a small farmhouse in the village of Ceinws, where Bridger had been living most recently, with search teams also lifting up pavement slabs outside the property.Bridger’s dark blue Land Rover Discovery has been seized for inspection by police.Detectives have appealed to anyone with information of Bridger’s movements between 5pm on Monday and 3.30pm on Tuesday to contact them.They have stressed that members of the public should not assume that someone else had already contacted them with their information. Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan said: “Even if you feel yours is trivial, please contact us.”Readers in the UK can call 0300 2000 333 with any information. A LEADING FORENSIC psychologist has been brought in to assist the Welsh authorities in their search for missing five-year-old April Jones, as the investigation enters its fifth day.Dr Joe Sullivan is an expert in the character and behaviour of child sex offenders and previously advised British and Portuguese police in the search for Madeleine McCann.Police have until 5pm today to question a 46-year-old man about April’s disappearance, after which he must be charged or released – although they can apply for a further 24 hours warrant of detention, reports the BBC.Mark Bridger was arrested at 3.30pm on Tuesday following the five-year-old’s disappearance from the mid Wales town of Machynlleth.last_img read more

Ramos is ruthless and brutal – Klopp

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been silent concerning the challenge of Madrid’s defender Sergio Ramos on key player Mo Salah during the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.After the clash Ramos was publicly criticized after injuring Salah which forced him out of the pitch and stalled his performance for the 2018 World Cup for his national side, Egypt.However, he has finally opened up about how he felt, describing Ramos as ruthless and brutal.“If you watch it back and you are not with Real Madrid, then you think it is ruthless and brutal,” Klopp said as quoted in Sky Sports.“If you put all of the situations of Ramos together, and I have watched football since I was five years old, then you will see a lot of situations with Ramos.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“[With Salah] you don’t think ‘Wow, good challenge’. The thing is, I saw the ref taking charge of big games at the World Cup afterwards and nobody really thinks about that later.“But I think in a situation like that, somebody needs to judge it better. If VAR is coming then it is a situation where you have to look again. Not to give a red card or whatever but to look again and say ‘What is that?’“It was ruthless. I don’t think Mo would have always got injured in that situation, this time it was unlucky, but it is an experience that we cannot have.“I’m not sure if it is an experience we will have again – go there and put an elbow to the goalkeeper, put their goal scorer down like a wrestler in midfield and then you win the game.”last_img read more

Last week to vote on Columbians top stories of 2011

first_imgIn your opinion, what was the top story of 2011 in Clark County?Murder-suicides by fire: Tuan Dao kills himself and 5 children/ Washougal standoff‘Gang Green’ is biggest local drug raidAbuse cases: caged autistic kids; starved teen twinsBreaching Condit DamColumbia River Crossing design pickedLousy economy: personal poverty and unemploymentState and federal deficits mean local service cutsDavy Crockett ship clean-up on the Columbia RiverAfter a 7-month push to bring the Bears professional baseball to Vancouver, supporters struck outDowntown makeover: Burgerville demolished; new library opens; new City Hall; U.S. Army goes after 162 yearsFirst Independent Bank: another local business icon is soldOther (You decide!)Visit our online poll to vote.Maybe it was the biggest series of marijuana arrests in county history. Maybe it was a tragic fire that killed a desperate father and his children or last week’s standoff in Washougal. Or maybe it was the economic slump that continues to touch nearly everyone’s lives.It’s time to pick the top local story of 2011, and readers are invited to participate.Every year The Columbian’s news staff selects the top local news stories of the year. This year, our retrospective looking at these stories will be published Sunday, Jan. 1.Already our reporters and editors have culled nearly 30 nominees to select the 10 finalists. We’d like our readers to choose a single top story of the year by taking a survey on our website at www.columbian.com/bestof2011 or on our Facebook page, where the finalists are listed in random order. The results will be printed in the Jan. 1 newspaper and online.If you have another suggestion for a top story, please enter it in the comments box. Of course, it’s possible the biggest story of the year hasn’t happened yet. But that’s the news business.Please take the survey only one time, and do so before Monday, Dec. 19.Thank you in advance for your participation.last_img read more

Pizza delivery nets driver 1000 tip

first_imgSomething for the weekend…A pizza delivery driver received an unexpected bonus when she made a delivery to an Ohio church during a service.The reverend of Sycamore Creek Church in Pickerington, Columbus, invited her onstage to ask what the largest tip she had ever received was. After replying that it was around $10, the Domino’s Pizza driver was presented with a $1,000 tip from the congregation.The move was part of the reverend’s teachings about acts of generosity.We wonder how many employers in the congregation took the concept back to their workplace…last_img read more

The top 10 most read stories 1622 May 2019

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 16 and 22 May 2019 were:European court rules that member states must measure employees’ working timeJohn Lewis Partnership to close defined benefit section of workplace pension schemeBT Group adopts employee ownership model for 100,000 staffFloating bar in Caribbean Sea seeks bartender for summer workTwo-fifths are most interested in receiving paid annual leave as employee benefitDuPont launches global paid parental leave policyGoodman Masson and London City Airport shortlisted for Best financial wellbeing strategyPWC Australia to pay superannuation contributions while staff are on parental leaveDefra pilots financial education platform for 23,800 civil service employeesChiswick Park launches summer event programme for 9,000 stafflast_img read more

Ensure foolproof conduct of exams for village jobs says

first_imgOngole: Prakasam District Collector Dr Pola Bhaskara ordered the district officials to conduct the prestigious exams for recruitment of staff at village and ward secretariats scheduled from September 1 to 8, fool proof. He organised a workshop for the district level officers at district command and control room in the collectorate on Sunday and made necessary directions. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us The Collector said that the government is prestigiously organizing the exams to recruit about 1.50 lakh staff all over the state and a large number of applicants are appearing for the exam to try their chances. He said that the center superintendents, center special officers, hall superintendents, route officers, invigilators, and other involved district officers are responsible for the smooth and foolproof conduct of exams. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us He announced that criminal cases will be booked on the concerned officers if any malpractice is observed in the exam. He ordered them to shift to the exam material to police stations by August 30 in case the centers are in remote places and then distribute them according to the centers working as a team with the police department. He ordered them to arrange a cloakroom for the deposit of mobile phones and study material of the candidates for appearing the exam. He ordered to shut down any photocopy centers around the exam centers and impose 144 section around it. Advertise With Us The collector asked the district staff to organize awareness program at mandal level to the center wise officers on August 27 and 28 and utilize Anganwadi workers and VROs in making arrangements for the exam. The joint collector S Shan Mohan, DRO V Venkata Subbaiah, DEO VS Subba Rao, deputy CEO Sai Kumari, MPDOs, MEOs, and other staff also participated in the program.last_img read more

Mike Huckabee Resigns From Music Education Board After Fierce Backlash From Nashville

first_img Share Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesMike Huckabee arrives at Trump Tower in New York on Nov. 18, 2016. Huckabee quickly resigned within 24 hours of an appointment to the Country Music Association Foundation after an outcry from the country music community.Change happens notoriously slowly in Nashville, Tenn., a town known to prize convention and tradition. But Thursday, it occurred at lightning speed: In less than 24 hours, former presidential candidate, conservative radio host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was announced as a new board member of the Country Music Association Foundation, the organization’s philanthropic arm, before being swiftly forced to resign after a chorus of dissent over the appointment erupted in Music City and beyond.“I genuinely regret that some in the industry were so outraged by my appointment that they bullied the CMA and the Foundation with economic threats and vowed to withhold support for the programs for students if I remained,” Huckabee’s letter of resignation read, which was accepted in a statement by the CMA. The organization, which produces a huge festival in Nashville each summer as well as the televised CMA Awards, has yet to offer further comment on its motivation for appointing him.The CMA Foundation, which invests in music education programs across the country, made the announcement about Huckabee’s appointment late Wednesday afternoon. Soon after, artists, CMA members and fans began voicing their outrage, most notably Jason Owen, co-president of Monument Records and owner of Sandbox Entertainment, who represents well-known clients like Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves. Owen, who is openly gay, sent a letter to CMA’s CEO, Sarah Trahern, and the director of community outreach, Tiffany Kerns, saying the decision to appoint Huckabee meant he would “no longer support the CMA Foundation in any way” and would advise his clients to follow suit.“[Huckabee] has made it clear that my family is not welcome in his America,” Owen wrote. “And the CMA has opened their arms to him, making him feel welcome and relevant. Huckabee speaks of the sort of things that would suggest my family is morally beneath his and uses language that has a profoundly negative impact upon young people all across this country. Not to mention how harmful and damaging his deep involvement with the NRA is. What a shameful choice.”Others soon joined the chorus, sending similar emails to Trahern expressing their anger over the choice of Huckabee, who has openly likened gay marriage to incest, has referred to homosexuality as a sin and once escorted former Casey County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis, who refused marriage licenses to same-sex couples, out of jail (and now one of the very men she denied, David Ermold, is running against her for the job).Whitney Pastorek, who manages Kristian Bush of the band Sugarland and is also a CMA member, was among those who addressed the organization directly.“What a terrible disappointment to see [the CMA Foundation’s] mission clouded by the decision to align with someone who so frequently engages in the language of racism, sexism, and bigotry,” Pastorek wrote, as reported by the Tennessean. Pastorek now takes some solace in the outcome and hopes that the industry can move forward in the aftermath of such controversy.“What Jason Owen and his team did was brave and inspiring, and I am grateful for every colleague and fan who spoke out alongside them to help set this right,” Pastorek tells NPR Music. The development was likewise met with nods of approval from progressive leaders, including Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin.“Mike Huckabee has staked his entire political career on undermining the rights of LGBTQ people and our families,” Griffin tells NPR Music. “His cynical political attacks and discriminatory views do not represent the diversity of country music, and we thank all of the musicians, industry leaders, and fans who spoke out against his appointment to this important role.”This isn’t the first time the CMA has had to quickly backpedal after a divisive action. In advance of this year’s awards this past November, a set of guidelines were sent to members of the media asking that questions about “gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like” be avoided on the red carpet, particularly following the shooting at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas. That action was swiftly met with outrage from artists and members of the media alike, including CMA Awards host Brad Paisley. The decision was reversed.Now, many in Nashville are hoping the controversy will lead country music to re-evaluate. “My hope is that this genre will always be moved to act based on love and inclusion,” says Pastorek, “and although it wasn’t easy, today feels like a big step in a positive direction.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Mortgage Rates Continue Steady Climb

first_imgMortgage Rates Continue Steady Climb 30-year fixed mortgage Fed Freddie Mac interest Mortgage Rates 2018-09-13 Seth Welborn Share September 13, 2018 615 Views center_img Mortgage rates have risen for the third week in a row, according to the Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac. According to the Survey, mortgage rates hit a high “not seen in over a month” last week.The 30-year fixed rate mortgage (FRM) is up from last week’s 4.54 percent, now at 4.60 percent with an average 0.5 point. This time last year, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.78 percent.15-year fixed jumped week over week as well, from 3.99 percent last week to 4.06 percent with an average 0.5 point this week. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.08 percent.According to Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater, these high mortgage rates, the highest since August 2, are due to a “one-two punch” from strong job and consumer credit growth.“Mortgage rates are currently 0.82 percent higher than a year ago, which is the biggest year-over-year increase since May 2014,” said Khater. “Looking ahead, annualized comparisons for mortgage applications may look weaker than they appear, but that’s primarily because of the large spread between mortgage rates now and last September, which was when they reached their low for the year.”Added Khater, “Overall, this spectacular stretch of solid job gains and low unemployment should help keep homebuyer interest elevated. However, mortgage rates will likely also move up, as the Federal Reserve considers short-term rate hikes this month and at future meetings.”According to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for Realtor.com, commented on Freddie mac’s data, noting that increasing rates may impact price growth.“Looking forward, increasing mortgage rates will continue to erode home buying power and will undoubtedly contribute to a further slowdown in price growth,” said Hale. “We have already seen a tapering in August which saw a 7 percent increase in median listing prices, down from 10 percent a year ago.” in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Newslast_img read more

Mortensen acknowledg

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