WatchBank of Canada defends itself for staying silent before interest rate hike

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is defending itself amid questions about its public silence ahead of an interest-rate hike last week that caught many analysts by surprise.BMO chief economist Doug Porter is taking issue with the lack of public remarks by the central bank in the eight weeks before a rate increase that he says caused a fairly violent market reaction.In a note Friday to clients, Porter wrote that while he thought the case for a rate increase was strong, he felt the Bank of Canada’s silent summer created a great deal of uncertainty for markets ahead of the decision.Bank of Canada faces delicate balancing act on its next movesAfter rate hikes, housing braces for ‘biggest rule change of all time’David Rosenberg: In defence of the Bank of Canada’s rate hike volleyPorter argues that the rate hike caught many analysts off guard — and he points to one survey that found only six of 33 forecasters had anticipated the increase.But a Bank of Canada spokesman says market data before the hike showed roughly 50-50 odds of an increase — revealing that a much greater percentage of traders were correctly interpreting the bank’s most-recent messaging from early July.In response to Porter’s criticisms, Jeremy Harrison also says key figures showing surprisingly strong second-quarter growth were released less than a week before the rate announcement — during the bank’s pre-decision blackout period.He says the communications approach was not unusual because in three of the last four years the bank didn’t make any public remarks between the scheduled rate announcements in July and September. read more

Fresh appeal for Caroline Graham who went missing 23 years ago

first_imgPSNI ARE APPEALING again for urgent information about the disappearance and murder of teenager, Caroline Graham and want to speak to anyone who lived near her at the time of her disappearance 23 years ago.Police are specifically looking for people who lived in Carlton Street, Hanover Street or Church Street in Portadown in 1989 and can remember details about buildings which were either under construction or being renovated at that time.The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Crawford, said: We are making progress in terms of eliminating possible deposition sites but we need more assistance from people who lived here or worked here in 1989.I would ask anyone who thinks they can help to come and speak to search teams in Carleton Street as soon as they can or contact us on 075 85 22 82 83. Members of the public have come forward with information but we need more assistance if we are going to be able to return Caroline’s remains to her family after all these years and progress the investigation. Caroline was 19-years-old and was living with her boyfriend in nearby Hanover Street at the time of her disappearance but was originally from Newry. It’s understood she had been living in the Portadown area for around two years before her disappearance.Police search an area of waste ground in Portadown, Co Armagh, for the remains of Caroline Graham. Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images.Nobody has ever been charged in connection with her disappearance and the case was reopened in August when the PSNI said it had received new information, including a possible location of her remains.Read: 23 years on: search for Caroline Graham continues>last_img read more

Poll Should the cause of death be on every death certificate

first_img No (869) TÁNAISTE JOAN BURTON has said regulations are being drafted for a short death certificate which would omit the cause of death.She said she hoped this would give some comfort to families which could find the details upsetting, while not affecting the Register of Deaths or impacting on vital statistics as the cause of death would still be recorded.A Kerry coroner, however, has harshly criticised this move, saying that suicide should not be hidden and this would be a step backwards in terms of removing the stigma from mental health issues.We want to know what you think: Should the cause of death be on every death certificate? YesNoI’m not sureVote Poll Results:center_img Yes (4740) I’m not sure (425)last_img

Meath greatgrandparents €100k richer after two Lotto wins in three days

first_img Tuesday 2 May 2017, 3:16 PM Meath great-grandparents €100k richer after two Lotto wins in three days The couple say they “won’t be going mad”. 28,164 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email1 16 Comments TWO CO MEATH great-grandparents won over €100,000 from the National Lottery after they had two separate wins in three days.The lucky couple won €10,000 on a Telly Bingo ticket bought last Thursday before winning €92,652  on Saturday’s main Lotto draw.The incredible double-win comes after the retired husband matched five numbers plus the bonus number on a ticket bought in Eurospar in Duleek.Two days earlier, the man’s wife purchased a Telly Bingo ticket in the same shop that yielded the first five-figure win.Speaking at the National Lottery’s headquarters today, the couple said the Telly Bingo ticket was purchased on the anniversary of the death of their son.Saturday’s Lotto win was on the day of the anniversary of his funeral, the great-grandmother added:We really believe he was up there looking after us. It is such a coincidence that our wins came at this time. On the day of Telly Bingo I had gone to my son’s grave to clean it up and say a prayer.Due to the bank holiday weekend, the couple had to wait an extra day before they could collect their winnings. The husband said he was worried about keeping the winning ticket safe until now.“The safest place I could think of was the attic. That’s where the ticket has been for the last few days. I didn’t sleep a wink last night with excitement and worry,” he said.Asked what they will do with the money, the couple said they “won’t be going mad”.“We have a few Holy Communions in the family this month so this will certainly help towards that. And we will do a few jobs on the house also.”Read: Someone’s million euro Lotto ticket has just become a useless piece of paper >Read: Owner of €1 million lotto ticket has until 5pm tomorrow to claim their cash >center_img May 2nd 2017, 3:16 PM They win on Telly Bingo and the main draw. Image: Shutterstock/HBRH Short URL By Rónán Duffy They win on Telly Bingo and the main draw. Image: Shutterstock/HBRHlast_img read more

Russie la canicule responsable de 55000 décès

first_imgRussie : la canicule responsable de 55.000 décès Russie – Frappée cet été par une canicule historique, la Russie a enregistré près de 56.000 décès supplémentaires en juillet et août derniers, par rapport à la même période l’année précédente.Si les autorités russes n’ont encore publié aucun bilan officiel de cette canicule sans précédent, des statistiques publiées par l’institut Rosstat font état de 191.951 décès en août, soit 41.262 de plus que l’année précédente. En juillet ce sont 14.474 morts supplémentaires qui ont été recensées.À lire aussiLa tragique histoire de l’homme évacué d’un avion à cause de son odeurLa canicule qui s’est abattue sur la Russie pendant l’été peut ainsi être tenue pour responsable de plus de 55.736 morts en deux mois, durant lesquels le pays a dû lutter contre des feux de forêt et de tourbière dont les fumées ont empoisonné l’atmosphère de Moscou et ses environs.La capitale russe a été extrêmement touchée et a connu une mortalité en hausse de 68,6% en août, et de 50,7% en juillet. Mais c’est la région de Volgograd, dans le sud-ouest de la Russie, qui a enregistré la hausse la plus forte de la mortalité avec un bond de 75% en août.Le 8 octobre 2010 à 11:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les sénateurs désapprouvent les lois antipiratage Sopa et Pipa

first_imgLes sénateurs désapprouvent les lois anti-piratage Sopa et Pipa La grève numérique entreprise mercredi par de nombreux sites Internet a permis le retrait de deux textes de lois portant sur les droits d’auteur. Une première. La grève numérique réalisée par des centaines de sites web mercredi 18 janvier (dont la célèbre plateforme de blogs WordPress ou encore la version anglaise de Wikipedia) a été bénéfique. A la suite de celle-ci, une vingtaine de parlementaires américains se sont résolus à retirer leur soutien à deux propositions très médiatisées et controversées : la Sopa (Stop online piracy act), présentée devant la Chambre des représentants, et la Pipa (Protect intellectual property act), exposée au Sénat. Mercredi 18 janvier, Wikipedia a affiché un message invitant à l’abandon des deux textes de loi sur son site anglais. Le géant de l’Internet, Google avait de même instauré une page spéciale expliquant sa position face à cette loi. Enfin, le réseau social Facebook avait demandé à ses utilisateurs de contacter leurs élus afin de leur demander de s’opposer à des lois “contraires à l’intérêt de l’Internet”. Les grands acteurs du Web semblent donc avoir aujourd’hui autant de poids que les lobbys traditionnels. Tim Wu, l’auteur de L’ascension et le déclin des empires de l’information a confié au New York Times : “le fait que les acteurs de l’Internet réussissent à s’opposer à l’un des plus puissants lobby des États-Unis est vraiment une première”. Le 20 janvier 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jadon Sancho is already leading Borussia Dortmund

first_imgEngland sensation Jadon Sancho, was one of the biggest attractions in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 victory against Freiburg this Saturday.Maybe you still had doubts about this amazing player whom everybody is talking about, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is the Bundesliga’s best player at the moment and the most exciting young talent in the world alongside Kylian Mbappé.There is no escaping Sancho’s unique talents, us at, have been following his footsteps pretty much from the moment he started playing for the German club and we haven’t been able to look away ever since.When it’s not a great goal or an assist, the lad amazes all of us with an insane set of skills that get applause from the fans at Signal Iduna Park.England really does have the best talent since Wayne Rooney appeared as a youngster, Harry Kane doesn’t count in this equation because the Tottenham Hotspur’s player is a late bloomer and Sancho is already on that level while still a teenager.The man was the biggest headache for Freiburg’s defense this Saturday, he was taken down inside the box as he completed another one of his already famous dribbles and the awarded penalty was transformed into a goal by Marco Reus.Jadon Sancho 🔝— Hassan khalife (@khalifehassan) December 1, 2018After the break with Borussia Dortmund clearly dominating the match, we were still in for a treat that came straight from Jadon Sancho’s feet.The English lad took a ball behind midfield and charged against three defenders, he pulled off a set of skill that was very reminiscent of Zinedine Zidane.The characteristic ‘roulette’ was performed twice in the same moment by the winger, that was more than enough for him to get away with it and keep going on the attack after getting past three opponents.Sancho was the player who orchestrated the second goal that Spaniard Paco Alcacer completed, Jadon is having the time of his life in the Bundesliga and it pretty much seems like a one-sided competition with Bayern München trailing with 9 points behind the club that is filled with young talents just like Sancho.The Manchester City product is actually at the top of the assist table with 6 interventions that have ended in goals from his teammates, he shares the top spot with Haller and Neuhaus but there is no question that he is the top player in the competition right now.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.👋 Guten Morgen, Borussen!— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) December 2, 2018If he keeps it up like this, there is no telling what Jadon Sancho will be able to do throughout his career but we can already tell that he is in for a wild ride.The transition that Sancho has gone through is truly unheard of for a teenager in the Bundesliga, as he started the season on the bench and he managed to convince the manager that he was a key part of the club’s success.In 13 matches he’s played for Dortmund so far, Sancho has already started in seven of them after coming in from the bench during the first six.The constant development this player has gone through in the last six months has also been helpful in his career as an international, Gareth Southgate was quick to realize what a talented player they have and he called the lad for the very last international break of 2018.Although he may have not participated too much in both matches they played, the youngster made his minutes count and left a very positive impression on the technical staff.We can certainly expect Sancho to become a regular in all the England lineups from 2019 going forward.Well done boys! Nice win for the weekend. Thank you to our fans for keeping us going! 🤩 Unbeaten run continues! @BVB #JS7— Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) December 1, 2018How far can Jadon Sancho take Borussia Dortmund this season in all competitions? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Burn ban lifts Tuesday afternoon

first_imgA county-wide burn ban will be lifted at 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Southwest Clean Air Agency has announced. The stage one ban — prohibiting outdoor burning and the use of uncertified wood stoves and inserts — had been in place for more than a week due to stubbornly stagnant air patterns.Residents this afternoon will be allowed to use all wood stoves and fireplaces, but the agency urged people to burn as cleanly as possible. Burning adds to air pollution levels, which can create health risks in stagnant weather patterns like the region has seen for much of this month.Rain and showers are likely through the rest of Tuesday and Tuesday night, but wind will remain calm, according to the national weather service. Cold, foggy conditions are expected to return Wednesday and Thursday.last_img

Seven Communities Private Entities Honored for Partnering with Local Army Installations

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A computer-aided dispatch system, an installation’s use of federal inmate labor, and two partnerships between the National Guard and the private sector are among the projects selected for the 2018 Army Community Partnership Awards. The competition covers memorandums of understanding, memorandums of agreement, cooperative agreements, educational agreements, leases or licenses, mutual aid agreements and intergovernmental support agreements signed during fiscal 2016-2018. The seven winners include:Fort Carson and El Paso County, Colo., who partnered to build the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex Trap and Skeet Range; the range covers its costs through fees paid by military and civilian users.Fort Detrick and Frederick County, Md., who partnered on a computer-aided dispatch system to create interoperability and system synchronization; the post also joined the county’s solid waste management plan, enabling the Army to reduce installation emissions and landfill use requirements.Fort Polk partnered with Vernon Parish Police Jury, La., for solid waste management, which enables the sorting of field waste associated with the rotational unit training mission; in a second partnership, the installation relies on the city of Leesville to handle vegetation control, grounds maintenance and tree-removal services; in a third partnership, the post is obtaining custodial services from the town of Rosepine.Fort Riley partnered with Manhattan, Kan., on bulk purchasing of road salt.Parks Reserve Forces Training Area partnered with the federal correctional institution at Dublin, Calif., to provide federal inmate labor for the installation’s public works projects.The South Carolina Army National Guard partnered with SCANA Corp. on several initiatives intended to enhance defense capabilities in the cyber environment.The Wisconsin National Guard and Department of Military Affairs partnered with multiple electric utilities in a collaboration intended to mitigate risk to the utilities, identify opportunities to improve incident recovery and develop practices that demonstrate an “all hazards” approach to cooperation between the government and private utilities.Criteria for selection include the degree to which the partnership improves or enhances readiness; supports reform initiatives; modernizes a service, system or process; expands capability; and improves family life or community relations. The Army Community Partnership Recognition Ceremony will be held Dec. 4.Army photo by Mark Cleghornlast_img read more

Is a bank run in the making

first_img Close BIGGEST BANK FRAUDS IN 2018 A man inserts his card to withdraw money from a mobile bank ATM machine in New Delhi on November 15, 2016.CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty ImagesAndhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka have been witnessing an acute cash shortage in banks and ATMs. In many places in Telangana and Andhra people turned up in large numbers to close their fixed deposits as well. While some observers say it’s a bank run in the making, others brush aside such fears.Whether Indian banks are so fragile already and are waiting for the proverbial last straw on their back is a different question. Technically, a run on bank can gain kinetic momentum. When that happens, the government underwriting may not eventually save them.The faith in the banking system is at an all-time low. Three factors are cited as the reasons for this — the ballooning NPAs, the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill and the rising incidences of bank fraud.If panicked depositors are scurrying for cover, they can’t be blamed. Let’s stitch together the spooky bank story in a chronological and causative way in order to understand it better.Non-performing assetsThe amount of non-performing assets or bad loans in India is currently about nine lakh crore, 90 percent of which is in the government-owned banks. This is projected to swell further. These are loans that are unlikely to be repaid either because the debtors have gone belly up or are wilful defaulters.Write-offsBanks write off the NPA to clear their balance sheets if they think there is little chance of these getting repaid. In India in the last four years, nearly Rs 3 lakh crore have been written off. This means the banks take a 100 percent provisioning in the absence of any chance of the loans turning productive again. Banks have the last resort of selling the confiscated assets of the defaulters to recoup the lost money.Statistics for the last four years has shown that only about 10 percent of the Rs 3 lakh crore was recouped by the banks. In plainspeak, swindlers and failed businesses have robbed Indian banks of more than 2.5 lakh crore in the last four years alone. And more loans that have turned sour are waiting to take this route.Bank fraudsThere has been a steady, crippling string of bank frauds in recent years. Vijay Mallya siphoned Rs 6,000 crore from banks to shell companies, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi duped Punjab National Banks to the tune of Rs 14,000 crore, an ex-director of Andhra Bank was arrested in a Rs 5,000-crore bank fraud and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) found top officials at SBI Capital Markets and Ambit guilty of fraud. Most lately, the CBI slapped charges on a Gujarati firm in a case of fraud involving Rs 2,654 crore.center_img The private sector has been less tainted in comparison with the public sector banks, but of late that has changed too, with the head honchos at ICICI and Axis Bank coming under the lens for shady loan deals.Fear factorA bad loan running into several hundred crores is seldom an accident. It’s the product of bad judgment, lack of accountability and corruption. The bad loans that go into bogus businesses, the cronies and the insiders are ultimately the good money of the depositors and savers. After a laughable cycle of NPAs-writeoffs-recovery, pretty little of the funds come back to the banks.Bank recapitalisationWhen these losses accumulate the banks need the lifeline. And the government can ill afford to let a bank run or a bank failure happen. And so recapitalisation becomes the only option. The government announced a public sector recapitalisation program that set aside Rs 2.11 lakh crore last year. And that’s tax payers’ money, again. However, no government can endlessly recapitalise a failing bank. Government sources have indicated this as well.FRDI bill and the bail-in clauseIf banks are vulnerable because of chronic mismanagement, is the money safe there? How far will the government go to protect the depositor’s wealth in the event of a bank failure? Will the deposit insurance be enough to protect the savings? These fears worsened when the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) bill was proposed last year.The ‘bail-in’ clause in the draft legislation provides for the modification of the nature of the deposits in the event of a bank failure. To put it bluntly, if a large bank with bulging deposits fails it can decide to turn a part of the deposits on its book into equity. And that can happen without seeking the consent of the depositors. Seeing your cash deposits abruptly turning into equity shares of a failing or already failed company isn’t a pretty sight after all.This is how NPAs, write-offs, bank recapitalisation and the bail-in clause are all connected. This is why depositors are fast losing trust in the system. And this explains why people are withdrawing their deposits and running the ATMs dry. Studied optimists believe the government will never allow a bank to resort to the bail-in clause, that 100 percent of the deposits will be protected and that bank frauds and NPAs will progressively decline.However, we often forget that stampedes are not created by those who live by hope but by the poor, spooked souls rushing to the exits.last_img read more

Fusion scientist revives magnetic mirror machine with cool new idea

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Fusion scientist revives magnetic mirror machine with cool new idea (2006, December 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from In the cooling scheme, Fisch uses one-meter-long radio frequency waves to control nuclear fusion by cooling the alpha particle byproduct of fusion. This cooling wave resonates with specific alpha particles, cooling them and reducing their energy so that they diffuse to the periphery and quickly exit the machine. The alphas’ lost energy could possibly even heat the remaining hydrogen ions to repeat the process.Fisch’s magnetic mirror idea would allow the alpha particles to travel both perpendicular and parallel to field lines due to the open geometry of mirror machines. Torus-shaped tokamaks, on the other hand, bend the magnetic field lines back on themselves for confinement, prohibiting axial movement of particles.Fisch explains that implementing alpha particle channeling would require two conditions. Because not all particles will be affected by the radio wave (only those with identical resonances), a connection must exist between high energy particles in the center and low energy particles near the periphery so that the center particles have a path of escape. Second, too much energy gain could cause energy losses (e.g. from collisions), but since high energy particles are pulled to the magnetic axis, a particle’s distance to the axis would limit its energy gain. Fisch also predicts that, by arranging for several regions of radio waves at different frequencies, a full range of particles can be cooled and ushered to exit. He estimates that quickening this ash removal process could increase fusion reactivity in certain designs by almost three times by making more room for hydrogen fuel ions. “Right now what we have is not quite a full-fledged concept, but it is certainly an idea for a concept,” he says. “I like this cooling effect, simply because it is a ‘cool’ effect. It is just very interesting, either for tokamaks or for mirrors, or even more generally than that.” To take the next step and use these ideas in a mirror machine applicable for confining fusion, Fisch cautions that, while there is the potential to improve efficiency using these ideas, the appropriate waves need to be identified in detail. “We’re still a long way from application,” he says. “The largest challenges in controlled fusion will be to make a device that has engineering simplicity, which is where the open confinement concepts have the advantage. The open confinement concepts need to work better as confinement devices, though.”Citation: Fisch, N.J. “Alpha Channeling in Mirror Machines.” Physical Review Letters 97, 225001 (2006).By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 Explore further “Now that we know that we can get to the high temperatures need for fusion, we are more concerned with the next engineering steps, like shoveling fuel in and taking the ash and heat out of the machines,” Fisch explains to “In the long run, I would not be surprised if people eventually came back to improved open system concepts for economical fusion energy such as the mirror.”In fusion, light particles (often hydrogen nuclei) fuse into heavier ions (such as helium nuclei, or alpha particles) and release their excess mass as energy. In order to fuse, the particles must reach a very high temperature (e.g. tens of millions of degrees), transforming into the highly conductive plasma phase. Without any control of the energy being produced, though, continuous chain reactions would result in a massive explosion like the hydrogen bomb. Popular in the ‘70s but in little use today, magnetic mirror machines consist of a magnetic field with high strength at the magnetic axis in the center and low strength on the periphery. This set-up enables confinement of charged particles—and now, as Fisch finds, can allow an efficient method for cooling, which is important for controlled fusion. Fisch explains that his cooling method—called an alpha-channeling effect—is similar to an effect that he and his colleague Professor Jean Marcel Rax predicted in 1992 for use in tokamaks, which are arguably the most popular candidate for producing fusion energy today. Like magnetic mirrors, tokamaks also employ magnetic fields to confine the hot plasmas required for fusion.“In the 1980s, there was a big shoot-out between tokamaks and mirrors,” Fisch explains. “The tokamak concept won out because it simply confined heat better, and now the mirror concept is practically gone within the US. But in the 1980s people just wanted to resolve the ‘proof-of-concept’—whether or not you could bring plasma up to thermonuclear temperatures. The tokamak simply had a better shot at this because it had the better seal on heat and particles. “Now that we know that we can get to those temperatures, we are more concerned with the next engineering steps, like shoveling fuel in and taking the ash out,” Fisch continues. “But that means opening up that seal on the tokamak to accomplish these goals. The mirror machine is already ‘open’—that was its problem—so these tasks are easy. In a way, the development path for the mirror was unfortunate, since the problems it solved easily were the engineering issues which were not at the top of the then-list.”center_img Best of Last Week: A loose thread in string theory, e-cigarettes harm brain stem, and diet’s role in obesity pandemic Since the development of the hydrogen bomb in the ‘50s, scientists have speculated that the power of fusion might serve as a renewable energy resource. Research has revealed the challenges of this goal, and although nothing close to such an application exists, recently, Professor Nathaniel Fisch from Princeton University has come up with a new idea for efficient fusion energy production based on the old concept of magnetic mirror machines. The GAMMA 10 tandem mirror at the University of Tsukuba in Japan is the world’s largest tandem-mirror plasma-confinement experimental device. In the future, such a device may use the cooling concept presented in this study by Nathaniel Fisch. Image credit: Teruji Cho, University of Tsukuba Plasma Research Center.last_img read more

Passengers leg crushed under rear wheels

first_imgKolkata: A passenger who was trying to board a bus near College More in Sector V on Saturday afternoon had his leg crushed under the wheels of the vehicle as it sped up. Police have arrested the bus driver so far in connection with the incident which triggered tension in the area. According to the police, a middle-aged man whose identity is yet to be ascertained was trying to get into a state-owned bus when the driver suddenly sped up the vehicle. As a result, the victim fell on the road and the rear wheels of the bus went over his leg. The locals rushed him to Bidhannagar Sub-divisional Hospital. The incident occurred at around 3 pm. The bus driver fled the spot along with the vehicle. The Bidhannagar police swung into action and arrested him later in the day. According to the hospital sources, the injuries are serious in nature. Police have started a probe and the bus driver is being interrogated. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn another incident, a cyclist was killed after being hit by a speeding truck. The incident took place at Matigara area on Phholbari-Ghoshpukur Road on Saturday morning. The locals told the police that the victim, Sambhu Bhagat, was cycling along the road when the speeding truck knocked him down. According to eyewitness, as the vehicle was running at high speed, the driver could not control it. He fled the spot along with the vehicle immediately after the accident.The locals rushed the victim to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. Police are conducting raids to nab the truck driver who has at been large since the accident took place.last_img read more

Heres who really planned rainbow light show at Harry Styles concert last

first_imgHarry Styles | Photo: Sign of the Times video GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Harry Styles knew nothing about the rainbow light display that went off at his O2 Arena concert in London last night. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img — Katie Baillie (@Katielbee) April 12, 2018‘We counted how many seats there are in each row in each block so everyone would get a colour. I have personally done 14,000 of those small instructions with colours.‘The whole preparation took us three months. Last night our small project team walked around the arena and gave the colours to the audience.’They furthermore added that Harry had ‘no idea it was coming.’Exactly two weeks left! Getting ready for the project— Rainbow London Project (@RainbowHProject) March 28, 2018The Sign of the Times singer commonly displays rainbow flags on stage at his concerts.Earlier this year, he released a song that alluded to bisexuality.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The former One Direction star was performing at the iconic gig venue when fans’ phone lights suddenly changed color to create a massive rainbow pattern.However, two fans named Ksenia and Luna have now come forward to take responsibility for the moment, which involved placing transparent pieces of paper over phone lights.‘The whole preparation took us three months’Saying the light display was part of the Rainbow London Project, the gig-goers told Metro: ‘In October 2017 we suggested we do a project for Harry during the London shows and we came up with an idea of creating a massive pride flag.Absolutely loved @Harry_Styles’ LGBT tribute last night during Sweet Creature. Still not sure how he did it Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Ruling partys Johnny Araya restarts presidential campaign with Catholic leaders

first_imgAfter days of private meetings with National Liberation Party (PLN) mandarins, presidential candidate Johnny Araya re-emerged to restart his campaign Wednesday in a meeting with Costa Rica’s Catholic bishops.The first campaign events from both Araya and opposition candidate Luis Guillermo Solís of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) spoke to their perceived weaknesses and possible strategies for the upcoming second round.Before meeting with several bishops at the Central Seminary in Paso Ancho, San José, Araya reiterated his anti-abortion stance and said that he supports shared property rights for same-sex couples, albeit without modifying the country’s Family Code, according to the daily La Nación.During the final debates in January, the PLN candidate tacked toward more conservative voters as he emphasized his stance against abortion compared to the then-dark horse candidate Solís. The PAC candidate had to walk a fine line between his personal position in favor of abortion rights in cases of rape while stressing that it is not necessarily the policy of his political party.Hours after the meeting with church leaders Wednesday, Araya’s campaign took to social media with an anti-abortion Facebook message, “Yes to life!”Solís, meanwhile, has already started meeting with outside groups. The PAC candidate lunched with the Union of Private-Sector Chambers and Associations (UCCAEP) on Feb. 5, when the business group expressed its misgivings about a PAC presidency’s economic policies.UCCAEP members were only able to extract a small concession from Solís on the subject of greater private sector participation in electricity generation. The former historian said he would be open to a “bit” more private participation.The business alliance also expressed their discomfort with a pending labor reform bill that was already vetoed by President Laura Chinchilla, specifically regarding the need to regulate protests by essential service workers.Araya and Solís face off at the polls again on April 6. Facebook Comments Related posts:3 things that happened this week in Costa Rica’s runoff race Abortion and politics on the campaign trail The real communist threat in Costa Rica Non-career politician Luis Guillermo Solís wins Costa Rica presidential runoff in a landslidelast_img read more

Analysts Rising Rates Contributing to Housings Slowdown

first_imgAnalysts: Rising Rates Contributing to Housing’s Slowdown Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-10-22 Tory Barringer While maintaining that tight credit conditions and rapid price gains present the greatest threats to the housing recovery, “”Capital Economics””: is ready to acknowledge that rising mortgage rates may provide more drag than the firm’s analysts first thought.[IMAGE]Tracking mortgage applications (as reported by the Mortgage Bankers Association) from May through September, Capital Economics determined that refinancing activity has taken the biggest hit from the 120-basis point climb in rates with a decline of 70 percent.While the decrease in refinance activity isn’t necessarily reflective of changes in housing market demand, the 17 percent drop in purchase applications over the same period is another story.””[T]hat was enough to undo all of the improvement in home purchase applications that previously appeared to be underway,”” property economist Paul Diggle wrote in the [COLUMN_BREAK]company’s latest _US Housing Market Focus_. “”This has put a dent in hopes that mortgage-dependent buyers are playing a bigger role in the housing recovery.””Tracking sales, Diggle noted numbers were up initially–an expected result as buyers rushed to avoid further hikes–and then down as the pipeline cleared. The most recent data has been more encouraging, though he says those improvements have largely been driven by investors and cash buyers, groups that are immune to higher mortgage interest rates.As far as prices are concerned, the lag between sales and price changes makes it hard to tell what the effects have been. However, “”[p]rice gains appear to be slowing anyway and, in time, the rise in mortgage interest rates may, at the margins, add to this slowdown.””There is some good news, though. Heightened rates will raise lenders’ return on new loans, helping to fill the gap left by the decline in refinancing and potentially leading to looser credit conditions.””The bottom line is that, three years after activity began picking up and two years into the upturn in house prices, the US housing recovery still faces a number of hurdles,”” Diggle concluded. “”But to our minds, tight credit conditions, an over-reliance on investment buyers and overly-rapid price gains are all potentially more serious challenges than higher mortgage interest rates.””Nevertheless, the steady rise in rates to date, and the likelihood that rates will rise further still, is another reason to expect the pace of the US housing recovery to slow from here.”” October 22, 2013 405 Views center_img in Data, Origination Sharelast_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this March 31, 2018, file photo, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir perform during the twice-annual conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Salt Lake City. The well-known Mormon Tabernacle Choir was renamed Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, to strip out the word Mormon in a move showing the faith’s new president is serious about ending shorthand names for the religion that have been used for generations by church members and previously promoted by the church. The gospel singing group will now be called “The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Mormon no more: Tabernacle Choir renamed in big church shift SALT LAKE CITY – The world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be singing the same tune but under a new name.The choir was renamed Friday to strip out the word Mormon in a move aimed at ending shorthand names for the religion that have been used for generations by church members and others.The singers will now be called the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement . It’s a nod to the home of the choir for the last 150 years, the Tabernacle, located on church grounds known as Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City.The group had been known as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir since 1929, when it began broadcasting a weekly radio program to a wide audience.Church President Russell M. Nelson announced guidelines in August requesting that people stop using “Mormon” or “LDS” as substitutes for the church’s full name. He said “Latter-day Saints” was acceptable shorthand.The faith holds that the full church name was given by revelation from God to founder Joseph Smith in 1838.The term Mormon comes from the church’s signature scripture, the Book of Mormon, which followers believe is based on the record keeping of an ancient prophet named Mormon.A church webpage that was up before Nelson’s announcement described the term Mormon as an “unofficial but inoffensive nickname for members.”But Nelson in his August statement urged people not to use Mormon or LDS. The “Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name he has revealed for his church,” he said.Speaking later in Canada, Nelson acknowledged that it would be a “challenge to undo tradition of more than 100 years” but said the name of the faith is “not negotiable,” according to a video posted on a church website. He said church members need to use the proper name if they want outsiders to use it.“We’re not changing names. We’re correcting a name,” Nelson said. “Some marketers change names hoping to be more successful — that’s not our point. We’re correcting an error that’s crept in over the ages.”In a different video from the trip, Nelson said, “It’s not Mormon’s church, it’s not Moses’ church, it’s the church of Jesus Christ.”The name change will be a big effort for the Utah-based faith that counts 16 million members worldwide. The renaming of the choir is the first step with many changes still to come. The church still uses Mormon in its Twitter handle.The faith’s presidents are considered prophets who lead through revelations from God. Nelson, 94, ascended to the post in January after the previous president died.The choir renaming comes a day before Nelson and other Mormon leaders are set to provide spiritual guidance and deliver church news at a twice-yearly weekend conference in Salt Lake City attended by nearly 100,000 people and watched by hundreds of thousands of others on TV and online.The choir of about 360 men and women sings at the conferences and has performed worldwide and at inaugurations of U.S. presidents, including President Donald Trump.Choir President Ron Jarrett called the name change an exciting opportunity for the choir to start a new chapter that aligns the group with Nelson’s request. He said the choir’s website and social media pages will be updated to reflect the new name.“It is a huge brand for the church. It’s been there for a long time and people recognize it,” Jarrett said.He added, “I don’t think we’ll lose people. In fact, we may even gain listeners. … It will look and feel and sound just like always, but maybe even better.”The faith previously embraced and promoted the term Mormon, including with a 2014 documentary about its members called “Meet the Mormons.” The church ran a series of “I’m a Mormon” ads on TV and billboards starting in 2010, aiming to dispel stereotypes by telling the stories of individual members.The church tried once before to insist on the use of its full name — in 2001 ahead of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The new effort says Mormon, Mormonism and LDS are not acceptable.Paula Froke, lead editor for The Associated Press Stylebook, which many news outlets follow, said the news organization is aware of the church’s guidelines. She said AP is monitoring how the names evolve in the church itself — including among members — and with the public.For now, the AP Stylebook entry about the faith remains unchanged.“Clearly, the term ‘Mormon’ is deeply engrained both in the church and in the minds of the general public,” Froke said.Nelson did not speak Friday, and the church did not provide comments from him about the choir name change.Rechristening the high-profile choir puts teeth into the effort to shed the longtime nickname and signals more changes to come, said Patrick Mason, a religion professor who studies the faith at Claremont Graduate University in California.That doesn’t mean it will be easy.“If they want to learn more about the religion, they are going to google Mormon,” he said.Many members of the church have fond childhood memories of listening to the choir, sometimes affectionately dubbed as MoTab.“There really won’t be much a difference. Same music, same beautiful sound. It’ll just look different on the brochures,” said Deborah McMullin of Stoughton, Wisconsin who visited Temple Square on Friday.Weeding out use of Mormon and LDS completely, though, is going to be difficult, said 32-year-old Chad Guertin of Magna, Utah.“You want to, you know you should, but it’s so habitual in how we’ve referred to ourselves for so long,” Guertin said. “Putting it into practice is harder because we have an awfully long name.”__Associated Press writers Lindsay Whitehurst in Salt Lake City and Regina Garcia Cano in Las Vegas contributed to this report.center_img by Brady McCombs, The Associated Press Posted Oct 5, 2018 9:13 am PDT Last Updated Oct 5, 2018 at 4:42 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img NEW YORK — Taraji P. Henson teared up as she discussed suicide rates among young black people. Gigi Hadid did the same as she spoke about the fate of the Rohingya people in refugee camps in Bangladesh.The two were among five celebrities honoured Friday for their philanthropic work at Variety’s annual Power of Women event in New York.Bette Midler spoke passionately about her restoration work cleaning up neighbourhoods in New York City through the organization she founded in 1995. Singer Kacey Musgraves talked about the importance of arts education for young people, particularly music.And journalist Christiane Amanpour evoked the grave dangers reporters around the world face on the job, and decried what she called the “untruthful trope” of the term “fake news” used as a weapon against journalists.Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2019 1:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Henson, Hadid give emotional remarks at Variety honourslast_img read more

Ten years jail for child abuser

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