• A pro-government group threats to murder all of the president’s opponents

    first_img Help by sharing this information A pro-government group called the “Yemen and President Saleh Revenge Brigades” posted a statement online threatening to murder all of the president’s opponents and to attack pro-opposition newspapers and websites. June 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A pro-government group threats to murder all of the president’s opponents RSF_en center_img Organisation Newslast_img read more

  • DS News Webcast: Monday 9/29/2014

    first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Jordan Funderburk in Featured, Media, Webcasts Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Monday 9/29/2014 More than 91 percent of borrowers nationwide who received mortgage loan modifications in the second quarter of 2014 had their monthly principal and interest payments reduced, while 56.1 percent of borrowers lowered their monthly payments by 20 percent or more, according to a report released earlier this week by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency regarding first-lien mortgages at large national and federal savings banks. The OCC Mortgage Metrics Report, Second Quarter 2014 found that borrowers had their monthly mortgage payments reduced by an average of $252.From January 1, 2008, to March 31, 2014, servicers implemented more than 3.5 million loan modifications. About 59 percent of those loan modifications, or 2.1 million, were active at the end of the second quarter in 2014. The remaining 41 percent were no longer in the portfolios of their respective lenders due to having paid their mortgage in full, having been involuntarily liquidated, or having their loans transferred to non-reporting institutions. OCC reported that about 69 percent of the nearly 2.1 million loan modifications that were active at the end of Q2 were performing, while 25 percent were delinquent and 6 percent were in the process of foreclosure.The newest revised estimate from the Commerce Department shows economic growth expanded even more than previously thought in the second quarter, reflecting a sharp turnaround from the year’s opening months. In its third estimate, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Friday that gross domestic product increased at an annualized rate of 4.6 percent in the second quarter. The figure marks a step up from the bureau’s last estimate of 4.2 percent growth, which in turn was up from an advance guess of 4.0 percent. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 2014-09-28 Jordan Funderburk The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Report: Distressed Property Valuations No Longer Driven By Foreclosures, REOs Next: September Consumer Confidence Rises to Highest Post-Recession Level The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articlescenter_img  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago September 28, 2014 677 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago DS News Webcast: Monday 9/29/2014 Subscribelast_img read more

  • Derry councillor wants A5 money diverted to the Buncrana Road

    first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Facebook Pinterest Previous articleLifford water story to hit the national headlines – Deputy to raise the issue with Phil HoganNext articleParts of Donegal included in new Eircom high speed network News Highland Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers News Twitter Pinterest Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme By News Highland – May 16, 2013 center_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Derry councillor wants A5 money diverted to the Buncrana Road RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Google+ Facebook A Derry Councillor says some of the money set aside for the A5 should be spent upgrading the Buncrana Road in Derry.Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hassan says an upgrade plan has been delayed for several years, and it is becoming more necessary given the extent of growth in that part of the city.Cllr Hasson says as a major arterial route connecting Derry with Donegal the Buncrana Road is not capable of taking the volume of traffic that use it on a daily basis……….[podcast][/podcast] HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week last_img read more

  • Vertical resolution of upward-looking atmospheric remote sensors—I. Performance of hypothetical instruments with well-behaved input kernels

    first_imgIn a new program which performs a Backus-Gilbert analysis of the output kernels from the input kernels of any hypothetical remote sensor, Conrath’s method for calculating trade-off curves has been shortened and the problem of normalization of truncated input kernels has been addressed. When evaluating the performance of remote sensors at the design stage, it is useful to transform the units of the input kernels into those of the output, and a method for treating this transformation has been formalized. We also show that when output kernels are selected for maximum signal-to-noise ratio and the input kernels have a limited vertical range, the output kernels move towards the centre of the input range. This conclusion is not a property of the sensor being analysed.last_img read more

  • Mandatory three-year tenancies questioned by leading lettings agent

    first_imgThe UK’s largest lettings agency Belvoir has set itself against all the mainstream political party manifestos and the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) by questioning the need for mandatory three-year tenancies.The Conservative Party seeks to “encourage landlords to offer longer tenancies as standard” while Labour goes much further, saying it will “make three-year tenancies the norm with an inflation cap on rent rises”.The Liberal Democrats advocate “longer tenancies of three years or more with an inflation-linked annual rent increase built in to give tenants security”.But Belvoir’s latest lettings index shows that 43% of tenants who rent through its branches stay for between 13-18 months, 29% for between 19-24 months and only 18.2% for more than two years.‘Question the need’“Looking at the manifestos of all political parties it would seem that all are looking to introduce three-year mandatory tenancy agreements although [our] figures question the need for this as our tenants can already rent with confidence, and most opt to leave when they wish to do so,” Belvoir says.But not all landlords agree with Belvoir’s point of view. As we reported last week, one of London’s largest Build to Rent landlords recently scrapped deposits for its 3,000 tenants as well as offering three-year tenancies.And leading Liverpool agent Helen Griffin-Booth of Bluerow Homes (pictured, left), last week said the three political parties’ adoption of longer and more secure tenancies was “promising”.“The manifestos also give leverage to the hope that the next five years will spell a continued increase in standards across the sector, and removing rogue landlords and agents from the market will play a key role in this,” she told a local newspaper.“To achieve these standards, it is essential that landlords are offered support from the government in providing quality, affordable housing stock for PRS. This will not only benefit landlords and tenants, but will help to stabilise the property market as a whole, and offer a much-needed boost to the wider economy.”Her view is also echoed by ARLA, whose MD David Cox (pictured, right) said earlier this year following the White Paper: “ARLA welcomes any attempt to improve stability in the housing market, and it is important that tenants feel that they are secure in their homes and are able to plan for the future.“We welcome the Government’s approach to this, and have been working closely with the Department for Communities and Local Government on proposals for incentivising longer-term tenancies; after all, it is in the best interests of landlords, tenants and agents to have long, well maintained tenancies. It is a fallacy that a regular churn of tenants benefits anyone.”Helen Griffin-Booth Belvoir Bluerow Homes June 5, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Mandatory three-year tenancies questioned by leading lettings agent previous nextRegulation & LawMandatory three-year tenancies questioned by leading lettings agentBelvoir reveals that just 18% of its tenants stay for more than two years, and wonders if more secure tenancies are really needed.Nigel Lewis5th June 20170727 Viewslast_img read more

  • Gallery of Hurricane Edouard Surf in Ocean City

    first_imgThe Atlantic Ocean’s first Category 3 hurricane since Sandy in 2012, Edouard maxed out with sustained winds of 115 mph on Wednesday, but the storm is headed for its demise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.As of Thursday afternoon, Edouard had winds of 80 mph  and was in the center of the Atlantic Ocean headed east toward Europe and Africa.The storm never posed a threat to Ocean City or the East Coast of the U.S., but it did send some great surf to Ocean City on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.Surfers awoke Thursday morning to sets of head-high waves groomed by light offshore winds. All of Ocean City’s breaks were crowded through the day with the water temperature still in the low 70s.The swell is not expected to be significant on Friday.The gallery above includes images from early Thursday morning in Ocean City. Feel free to add you own images by using the upload buttons below:[ngg_uploader id=33]__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • A Snowy Day at the Beach…

    first_imgIt was a rare quiet Saturday downtown. Too quiet, unfortunately for many of the business owners.  You could bowl on the Avenue in the afternoon and never hit a car.Snow days do not happen often here and our kids prefer that they happen on weekdays. That said, they somehow managed to have fun.Over the years, I have been asked by my second homeowner friends: What do your kids do when it snows here?  It is so flat.Well, the answer is simple:  We get creative and find the nearest ramps to have fun.Sledding on Mt. Oves on 4th Street. The boardwalk ramps make for ideal fun for the little ones.As the kids get older, they try to be more creative.   Staircases become slopes and other unconventional contraptions come into play.OK, so we will never be the Poconos or a snow resort.  That is just fine with us because in a number short months, everyone will want to be back here.In the mean time, we will skate, surf, shop, eat, and enjoy all the other aspects that we love so much about Ocean City.   We are America’s Greatest Family Resort 365 days a year.The 3rd Street rocks and beach looked awfully chilly today. It will not be long before the area is full of activity.Please share with us how you spent your snow day.  Our facebook page is always available for your pictures and videos.last_img read more

  • Watch Prince Define Funk In This Outrageous 1987 Concert Film

    first_imgSign “” The Times – It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Night Posted by This Is Not Music – This Is A Trip on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Back in 1987, Prince put together a concert film to follow his tour entitled Sign ” ” the Times, the symbol of peace being a dedication of hope to the depressing state of the world. Originally intended to use footage from a live concert in the Netherlands, the quality was deemed unsatisfactory by Prince and therefore was entirely reshot at his own Paisley Park Studios.The album’s music draws on funk, soul, psychedelic pop, and rock music and features keyboardist Boni Boyer, bassist Levi Seacer, Jr., guitarist Miko Weaver, drummer Sheila E., dancer Cat Glover,  and former member of The Revolution keyboardist Dr. Fink.Check out the video for “It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night,” featuring an epic drum break and some incomparable dance moves from Prince himself, as well as some astonishing performances from his stellar band:last_img read more

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  • Going greener

    first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaThe green, or plant, industry can do many things to be both environmentally friendly and more profitable, say University of Georgia experts. Things as simple as changing light bulbs or as advanced as generating electricity or using better financial analysis can cut costs.A one-hour session introduced four years ago on how the green industry in Georgia could grow greener has now blossomed into nation-wide workshops, said Paul Thomas, a UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturalist.“The thing that amazed growers around the country most was showing them how something as simple as changing out their light bulbs could save them so much money,” he said. “For example, in one acre of lighted cut-flower production, a grower could save between $25,000 and $30,000 annually.”Switching from incandescent to compact fluorescent bulbs can save growers $700 per greenhouse each year. Diode array light bulbs can save even more, he said. Heat curtains and drip irrigation can add to even more savings.Alternative energyThe industry can also make its own electricity and “keep the meter from flying off the wall” in the process, said UGA Extension economist Forrest Stegelin.Typically, greenhouses use propane to keep plants warm in winter. Traditionally, electricity has been too expensive. In the fall of 2004 when gas prices spiked by as much as 30 percent, many growers hit hard times fast, said Thomas.“Growers were literally going out of business before they sold their crops because they could not effectively manage their fuel costs,” he said. “The profit margin had disappeared seemingly overnight.”Interest in alternative energy started growing in response to high fuel costs. Stegelin says Georgia growers interested in it are mostly focusing on solar power, which works best in south Georgia, or wind power, which does best above the gnat line.Some growers would like to generate electricity from nearby streams, called hydroelectric power. In Helen, Ga., a nursery and a winery are doing this.Biomass burning, which uses wood or corn stalks to heat greenhouses and produce electricity, is another option. So is anaerobic digestion which captures methane created by landfills or animal waste lagoons.“Three years ago, it was like you must be a tree hugger of sorts to use alternative fuels,” Stegelin said. Alternative energy now is a viable option for those who invest in it. In fact, if growers generate more electricity than they need, they can make money by selling their excess back to the grid.Considering the costsIn the late 1990s, Stegelin suggested growers use financial benchmarks, a tool other industries use regularly, to figure out where their money is going.Based on Stegelin’s writings, Texas A&M professor Charlie Hall developed software that growers can use to track how sales, labor, plant loss, material costs and investment returns relate to each other. The software also shows how a grower’s operation compares to national standards and can help answer “What if?” Thomas said. It can spell out to any grower how one decision – like changing the light bulbs – will make more money. It can show how different decision might lose money, too.“By using benchmark analysis, we can get a very close and accurate estimate of how a small change can affect profit,” Thomas said.When things went bust in 2008, for example, and sales went down, many growers didn’t adjust fast enough, Thomas said.“They did not know what to do or when. Had they been doing benchmark analysis, it would have helped. Those who did had a six-month window to make important adjustments,” he said.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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