Province Invests to Grow the Economy Enhance Community Supports

first_imgNova Scotians in all areas of the province will benefit from projects that will have a lasting impact over the next ten years. More than $120 million in one-time funding, generated from offshore revenues, will help expand and improve high-speed internet service to homes and businesses. An additional $40 million will fund projects that drive research and innovation, including money for post-secondary research in oceans, clean energy, health and other key sectors. Investments will also be made in sport, recreation and events that contribute to our communities. More than $16 million will help support Nova Scotians who need specific supports, including funding for job coaching for people with autism spectrum disorder, needle exchange programs and assistance for low-income Nova Scotians to make their homes more energy efficient. “We are laying the foundation for a brighter future and a stronger economy that more Nova Scotians can participate in,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We are making the most of this opportunity to give Nova Scotians the tools they need to succeed, make the most of the ideas that come from our brightest minds and help Nova Scotians in need.” In total, the province will invest about $244 million in new projects by the end of 2017-18. “These are opportunities we may not have been able to support without this one-time revenue, and without already having a solid fiscal plan that is working,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister and Deputy Premier Karen Casey. “Even with these investments, we expect to end 2017-18 with a balanced budget.” Following are the investments made possible by offshore revenue. High-speed internet: $120 million to connect more homes and businesses, and enhance service for under-served communities. International Air Service Investment: $11.1 million to improve connections to key markets in Asia, Europe and the northeastern and central United States and help continue to increase trade, tourism and immigration. Homewarming: $12.2 million to help low-income Nova Scotians in non-electrically heated homes with energy assessments and free home upgrades. Opioid Use and Overdose Framework: $1.6 million to stabilize needle distribution and exchange programs delivered throughout Nova Scotia and to ensure police and corrections continue to carry naloxone. Employment coaching for people with autism spectrum disorder: $1.4 million to help Nova Scotians with the disorder better move into the workforce and stay employed. Shelter Nova Scotia: $1.2 million to help the organization hire more staff, replace mattresses and provide breakfast to Nova Scotians in need. Workplace health and safety for health-care workers: $520,000 to fund training to help staff in home care and long-term care facilities to safely lift and move patients. Research Nova Scotia Trust: $20 million to fund post-secondary research related to oceans and oceans technologies, life sciences, health and wellness, ICT, clean technologies, social innovation and resource sectors. Offshore Growth Strategy: $11.8 million to extend offshore work in petroleum geoscience for another four years. Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship, Discovery and Innovation Hub: $11 million to create a physical location that will advance creativity, innovation and commercialization and connect students and faculty with entrepreneurs, businesses and the external community. DeepSense: $5 million to help support the creation of a world-class ocean data analytics platform to help grow the regional ocean economy. Innovation team: $1.5 million to support a new round of projects that help post-secondary institutions grow the provincial economy, attract students and expand research and development opportunities. Sandboxes: $850,000 to create a ninth sandbox for southwest Nova Scotia, to bring together Nova Scotia Community College and Université Sainte-Anne students, mentors and external advisors in spaces where students can explore entrepreneurship and take business and social enterprise concepts from ideas to execution. Rugby Nova Scotia: $200,000 to support the international rugby series hosted by Rugby Nova Scotia between June and August. Atlantic Division- Canoe/Kayak Canada – Pan Am Games: $320,000 to support hosting the 2018 Pan American Canoe Sprint Championships in September. Communities, Culture and Heritage will provide an additional $200,000 for a total of $520,000. Sherbrooke Restoration Commission: $246,000 to support the transition of the Sherbrooke pension plan to the Public Service Superannuation Plan. Several projects remain under negotiation. They will be announced in the coming weeks as agreements are completed. For more information, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/finance .last_img read more

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DR of Congo UN continues aid effort for victims of volcanic eruption

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), general distribution of food aid was scheduled to conclude on Monday, while certain non-food items, such as blankets and soap, will continue to be given out to the residents of the eastern town of Goma for sanitary reasons. Meanwhile a more formal registration process has taken place to identify the most vulnerable groups for targeted food and non-food distributions due to begin by the end of the week.In addition, an assessment mission is under way on the island of Idjwi, on Lake Kivu – where some 1,000 people from the Goma region sought refuge following the volcano’s eruption on 17 January – as part of a continuing effort to identify persons in need. OCHA also announced that it would provide financial support to the Goma Observatory to strengthen volcanic and seismic surveillance.For its part, the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC is continuing its support of the relief effort in the region by flying in supplies from Kinshasa to Kigali, where they are then trucked in. read more

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Girl offers piggybank to masked gunmen to try and make them leave

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Detective Chief Inspector White said: “A 45-year-old man was shot in both arms and legs after a number of masked men broke into his home just before 10.30pm on Saturday night. They also beat him with a bat or metal bar.“The man’s teenage daughter, who was also in the house at the time of the shooting and beating, was threatened to be shot by one of the violent perpetrators before her mobile phone was taken to prevent her calling for help. An attempt was also made to set fire to items in the house.“The injured man is currently in hospital receiving treatment for the gunshot wounds and head injuries from being beaten.“This a sickeningly vicious shooting and beating which has left this man with serious and potentially life changing injuries, and a young girl severely traumatised.” A teenage girl offered masked gunmen her piggy bank in order to protect her father, a local police force has revealed.Despite her efforts, thugs shot her father through his arms and legs, and beat him up in a “paramilitary-style attack” at the family home in Garvagh, Northern Ireland.He was beaten with a metal bar on Sunday night, and his daughter was also threatened, with the criminals pointing a gun at her and taking her mobile phone so she could not call for help.The local police force revealed that she offered the gunmen her piggybank so they would leave.PSNI Limavady posted on Facebook: “I don’t care what you think about the rights and wrongs of vigilante criminal thugs in OUR streets shooting people, but what about this innocent young teenage girl?”What this article doesn’t tell you is that the thug chased the young girl upstairs and threatened her when she hid. She came out petrified with her Piggy Bank, HER PIGGY BANK! hoping that the men would take it and leave her Dad alone.”Instead they stole her phone and shot her Dad. My heart is broken for this girl 💔 it makes me feel physically sick and enraged to my core. Way to go fella.” read more

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LNH Chambery Savoie and HBC Nantes dont plan to stop

HBC Nantes and Chambery Savoie are two teams which have no plan to stop after Round 5 of the French Lidl Starligue. Both teams stayed on 100% after five matches of the national championship. Chambery who had tough last season, extended impressive winning run with 34:21 win over newcomer in the league – Istres.HBC Nantes celebrated as visitors in Tremblay 32:28.RESULTS:Aix  – Toulouse 26:24Chambery Savoie – Istres 34:21Ivry  – Nimes 29:34Montpellier  – Dunkerque 25:24Paris SG  – Pontault 38:25Tremblay – Nantes  28:32STANDINGS: ← Previous Story Sporting take revenge on Benfica Next Story → Pick Szeged beat Tatabanya in small “Hungarian derby” 7.Aix5203134:1354 13.Istres5014121:1511 4.Nimes5410143:1289 2.Chambery Savoie5500145:12410 6.Tremblay5302151:1486 Chambery SavoieFrench handball leagueHBC Nantes 9.Cesson Rennes-Metropole4112104:1093 10.St. Raphael4103123:1172 1.Nantes5500147:12110 3.Paris SG5410167:1279 12.Toulouse5014141:1551 5.Montpellier5401146:1348 8.Dunkerque5113114:1143 11.Ivry5104124:1512 14.Pontault5005124:1700 read more

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This Brian Boru crown was made with unwanted gold and silver and

first_imgATTENDEES OF THE Dublin Horse Show will this week have a chance to visit a specially-commissioned Brian Boru crown.The crown, which was commissioned by Jewels for Cures (JFC), an Irish non-profit organisation raising funds for cancer research, will be displayed in the library of the RDS from Wednesday.The crown was made from discarded gold and silver and was crafted by Sé O’Donoghue and Da Capo Goldsmiths, based on the design of Brian Boru’s crown.The inspiration for the crown came when Alison McCormick, founder and Director of JFC, overcame her own battle with breast cancer. It was made with gold and silver donated by the Irish people and dignitaries including The Rt. Hon. the Lord Inchiquin O’Briain, descendant of Brian Boru, Sir Michael Smurfit and His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco.A Descendancy Scroll will accompany the Crown as it travels around the world allowing visitors to add their name to the scroll and becoming a part of history while making a donation. This vellum scroll will be kept forever as a memorial for our descendants. For a minimum of €100, a person’s name will be added to the Descendancy Scroll and they will be asked to email an A4 biography to be kept with the historic scroll as a legacy for their descendants.Speaking to TheJournal.ie today, Alison says that she hopes to raise €100,000 for cancer research by touring with the crown.“Some people thought it would be awful and full of rubbishy jewellery, but it looks great and the feedback to it has been incredible.“It is due to go to America after the Horse Show, then it is being donated to Irish people, but I want to take it around Ireland for a year before that.“I was surprised by how good the reaction was. You have that bit of stress. But everyone who has seen it loves it.“It will be an important 21st century historical piece.”Read: Poignant 1914 newspaper turns Irish clocks back to WWIlast_img read more

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VIP segment leading stronger than expected performance for SKYCITY

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage SkyCity sees 900 New Zealand casino workers strike for second straight weekend RelatedPosts Load More New Zealand-based gaming operator SKYCITY Entertainment Group says it expects to record better than expected revenue in the six months to 31 December 2018 due to strong growth in its International VIP segment and improved performance at flagship property SKYCITY Auckland.The company will announce its final results on 13 February 2019. In a filing to the Australian Securities Exchange early Tuesday, SKYCITY said it expects to record normalized EBITDA growth of around 10% to NZ$189 million and normalized profit after tax of NZ$97 million, up 11% over the same period in 2017.However, it warned that actual results would be down on normalized increases due to a low win rate in VIP of just 0.98% – well below the expected win rate of 1.35% and the 1.70% win rate it achieved in the prior year period.SKYCITY previously reported a 10.4% rise in net profit to NZ$169.9 million in the year ended 30 June 2018 on the back of a rapid recovery of the company’s VIP sector following the arrests of 19 Crown Resorts employees in mainland China in late 2016.last_img read more

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AP Assembly BAC meeting to held today

first_imgAmaravati: AP Assembly BAC Meeting chaired by Speaker Tammineni Sitaram will be held on Wednesday. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy and Leader of Opposition and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu will be attending this meeting. In the meeting, the leaders will be discussing how many numbers of days to run the House.last_img

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HC asks EC to accept Hero Alams nomination

first_imgHero Alom file photoThe High Court has cleared the way for independent candidate Hero Alam to take part in the 30 December national election, reports UNB.The bench of justice Sheikh Hassan Arifand justice Razik-Al-Jalil issued the order on Monday after hearing separate appeal petitions filed by the actor.Ashraful Alam, popularly known as Hero Alam, moved the court on Sunday challenging the EC’s decision to cancel his nomination to contest the upcoming polls from the Bogura-4 constituency.The returning officer rejected his nomination on 2 December as he could not submit the signatures of one per cent voters of his constituency.Alam filed nomination as an independent candidate.last_img

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Will the vAMP replace the CD

first_img Citation: Will the vAMP replace the CD? (2008, January 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-01-vamp-cd.html The vAMP MP3 player by MediaStreet. The new device, called the vAMP (virtual album MP3 player), is like a cross between a CD and MP3. Technically, it´s an MP3 player, but it comes pre-loaded with a particular album, and you buy it in stores. The vAMP doesn´t have a screen, but it has a front sticker containing album art and a back sticker containing the track listing and liner notes. MediaStreet claims that it´s the smallest (0.7 ounces) and thinnest (3 mm) fully functional MP3 player.The vAMP has 1 GB of space, so consumers can add additional songs to the device, as well as transfer the vAMP´s pre-loaded songs to a computer. Consumers will also have access to Beyond.FM and MyDigitialContent.com to download songs.The vAMP has a suggested retail price of $27.99 each (or you can buy a blank vAMP for $19.99). It may be about the cheapest MP3 player you can get, but it´s still quite a bit pricier than a single CD or downloading individual songs. Nevertheless, MediaStreet and the music stores are hoping that the vAMP and a compelling marketing campaign will lure music fans back into stores. Certainly, the device provides a more tangible collectible item than single MP3s. But whether people who already own iPods will be interested remains to be seen.via: ChipChick While some people might argue that the CD has already been replaced by the MP3, music stores want to think otherwise. The digital device manufacturer MediaStreet has recently announced a product that it hopes will replace the CD and get music fans back in stores. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Elderly woman dies after being hit by karate trainer

first_imgKolkata: An elderly woman was killed after being hit by a karate trainer following an altercation between children from both of their families. The incident took place at Ekbalpore on Monday.The police said the victim was the karate trainer’s neighbour. Initially, an altercation broke out between children from their families over some issue. The victim, Mina Devi Sharma, intervened to settle it. Later, the karate trainer, Dipak Rajbangshi, also got involved in it. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe situation took an ugly turn when an argument broke out between the victim and Rajbangshi. Some residents came forward to settle the matter but in vain. The victim was allegedly hit by Rajbangshi on her chest. She fell unconscious and was declared brought dead when rushed to the hospital. The body was sent for an autopsy. The victim’s family members alleged that Rajbangshi was well versed with various techniques of karate and knew that if they were applied on somebody’s chest, it would lead to death. A case has been initiated and the police are probing the incident. Police have arrested Rajbangshi and two others in this connection.last_img read more

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Micron Decides to Kill Lexar Brand

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Lexar is a name that’s always been associated with USB flash drives and memory cards. It’s a brand that’s been around for over two decades and always appears in search results when looking for portable storage. But it won’t for much longer as parent company Micron is killing the brand.Lexar started life in 1996 when it was spun off from Cirrus Logic and is based in Milipitas, a city in Santa Clara County, Calif. As well as the Lexar name itself being well-known, the company owns the very popular JumpDrive trademark associated with its USB flash drives.A year before being acquired by Micron Technology in 2006, Lexar won a lawsuit against Toshiba who had copied its flash memory technology. Compensation from that case amounted to $380 million. Do a search for Lexar today and you’ll still find a wide-range of flash drives, SD cards and CompactFlash cards. Many of these are now presented under the Lexar Professional name.As to why Micron decided to kill the brand, Jay Hawkins, consumer products group vice president at Micron Technology, explains in a blog post that, “The decision was made as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to focus on its increasing opportunities in higher value markets and channels.”Existing Lexar customer will continue to receive support for the products they have purchased, but we shoudln’t expect to see any new Lexar products appearing or new stock of existing lines shipped. However, this may not be the end of the Lexar name. Micron is making it clear they are open to selling all or part of the Lexar business. June 28, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 2 min readlast_img read more

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Here are the 10 best photos from Australias first vogue ball

first_imgThese Australian LGBTI short films will get you ready for Mardi GrasSam Smith celebrates gay ballroom culture in new music videoCher just announced an Australian tour and people aren’t copingRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/here-are-the-best-photos-from-australias-first-vogue-ball-sissy-ball/ GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Australia’s first vogue ball, Sissy Ball. | Photo: Instagram/@kenleanfore Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… 4.Photo: Instagram/byaaronharvey5.@sydneymardigras #sissyball #madisgras40 pic.twitter.com/80SzCoBwFh— S.M.M (@seannmileymoore) February 24, 20186.Voguing comes to Sydney at #sissyball. Good one @sydneymardigras #mardigras18 pic.twitter.com/zkZzLQRphM— Penny Sharpe (@PennySharpemlc) February 24, 20187.Photo: Instagram/@kailkail_8.Photo: Instagram/@patistyrrell9.Photo: Instagram/@pacificclimatewarrior10.Photo: Instagram/Stylebydeni Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Those at the sold out event were transported to a living history of New York’s underground Ballroom scene. It was one of many events in the month-long Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.Sissy Ball was dominated by queer people of color from the South Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Indigenous Australians who battled it out in multiple categories.Local club icon Bhenji Ra curated the event and explained why he chose the name Sissy Ball.‘The term ‘sissy’ is used amongst Asian and Pacific queer communities as a term of endearment and sisterhood,’ Ra said.‘The reason why I chose this is because it’s definitely a term widely used amongst the younger generation of a queer people of color and there’s a global understanding of reclaiming it as a positive affirmation opposed to its slur history.’Competing houses were Slé from Australia, FafSwag and House of Envy – both from New Zealand.Voguers competed in categories such as; Face, Hand Performance, Sex Siren – Body on Show, National Costume on the runway, and Vogue Fem – Shine Supreme.1.Congrats to everyone involved in making #SissyBall such a success. That was stunning. #MardiGras40pic.twitter.com/2pgatRC3G1— Adrian (@the_iphoon) February 24, 20182.Hi I’d just like to say that I’m so grateful and blessed to be the witness at this #SissyBall thank you thank you thank you pic.twitter.com/nKsV17OGEv— Ruby Miles (@rubyrosepeel) February 24, 20183.Sissy Ball. | Photo: Instagram/@kenleanfore In what was hailed as one of the best Mardi Gras events in years, Australia’s first vogue ball was a sickening display of talent.last_img read more

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Motorcyclist seriously injured after accident on major StokeonTrent road

first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman “We are not able to serve the stops on Bucknall Road at the junction of Leek Road. “Customers on route 5 in Abbey Hulton, please wait on the opposite side of the road to normal for buses into Hanley.” One member of the public who contacted StokeonTrentLive reports long delays on surrounding roads, with Dividy Road reported to be almost at a standstill. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .center_img Punter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo people have been taken to hospital after an accident on a major Stoke-on-Trent road this morning involving a car and a motorbike. Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to Bucknall New Road/Werrington Road, near the New Finney Gardens pub at around 6.30am today (Monday February 11). The male motorcyclist was taken to hospital with serious injuries while the female car driver, who was cut free from her vehicle by firefighters, was also taken to hospital. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they had been called to the scene at 6.30am. She added: “We were called to reports of a car and a motorcycle in a collision.  We sent four ambulances, a paramedic officer and two BASICs doctors. “The motorcyclist, a man, sustained serious injuries.  He was given advanced trauma care on scene before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital on blue lights. “The female driver of the car was extricated by the fire service and taken to the same hospital.” The road remains closed as a police investigation takes place, with delays to bus services and other traffic as a result. Read MoreTeenagers found cycling on M6 in Staffordshire   A Staffordshire Police spokesman said;  “Staffordshire Police was called to a report of a serious road traffic collision on the Bucknall New Road near the New Finney Gardens at around 6:30am this morning (11 February). “The collision involved a Fiat 500 and a Suzuki GSF 600 motorcycle. The motorcyclist has serious injuries and the car driver has minor injuries. Both have been taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital. “The road has been closed whilst the Collision Investigation Unit investigates the incident. Please avoid the area where possible.” Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed they were called to the scene at around 7am this morning. A spokesman said:  “We have removed one female from a free.  She is now in the care of the ambulance service. “We had the call at 7am this morning from Staffordshire Police to reports of one small car vs one motorbike. “One person was trapped in the car and we carried out an extrication.” Read MoreFirefighters tackle blaze at this North Staffordshire school   First Potteries say a number of bus services are disrupted as a result of the road closure. A spokesman said:  “Due to a serious accident at Trent Bridge Bucknall Road both sides have been closed and is affecting services 5,11,12,12A and 32. “Due to a traffic incident, Werrington Road at Bucknall is closed. We are experiencing severe delays of up to one hour on routes 5, 11/12, 32. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

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Malaysia court Give Iranian bomb suspect to Thais

first_img Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – A Malaysian court ruled Monday that an Iranian man accused of plotting to attack Israeli targets in Bangkok must be extradited to Thailand.Masoud Sedaghatzadeh said he planned to appeal the decision. He is not expected to be immediately deported.Sedaghatzadeh was arrested at a Malaysian airport soon after an apparently accidental explosion rocked a Bangkok neighborhood Feb. 14.Bombs were found at the house were the explosion occurred, and Thai police say Sedaghatzadeh and two other Iranian men now in Thai custody had been seen leaving the house. 0 Comments   Share   Thai officials have said Israeli diplomats may have been the target of the alleged plot.A Kuala Lumpur district court on Monday ruled in favor of the Malaysian government’s bid to deport Sedaghatzadeh to the Thai capital.Sedaghatzadeh, 31, insists he visited Thailand for a vacation and came to Malaysia to buy automobile parts for his business in Tehran.“I do not belong to any terrorist organization either in Iran or outside Iran,” he said in court documents filed Monday by his Malaysian lawyer.Judge Komathy Suppiah ruled there was sufficient evidence that Sedaghatzadeh was a fugitive who could be handed over into Thai custody.Sedaghatzadeh has 15 days to file an appeal, said his lawyer, Nashir Hussin.Malaysian prosecutors have said the Iranian was wanted by Thailand on suspicion of “taking part in making and possessing an explosive device” as well as causing an explosion that led to human injuries and property damage. He faces life in prison if convicted in Thailand.Israel has blamed Iran for the explosions, which wounded five including one of the alleged bombers, as well as two incidents the day before: a bombing in India that wounded an Israeli diplomat’s wife and driver, and an attempted bombing in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Iran has denied involvement. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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Malaysia to repeal sedition law ahead of polls

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – Malaysia’s leader has announced plans to repeal a colonial-era law curbing free speech in the latest political reform ahead of general elections, but critics warned Thursday that his reform efforts so far have not improved the country’s human rights record.Prime Minister Najib Razak said late Wednesday that the Sedition Act represented a “bygone era” and will be replaced with a new law to prevent incitement of religious or racial hatred. It will be the latest repressive law to be annulled as part of his pledge to protect civil liberties. Opposition leaders claim the reforms are a ploy to gain public support ahead of polls that must be called next year at the latest. “We mark another step forward in Malaysia’s development. The new National Harmony Act will balance the right of freedom of expression as enshrined in the constitution, while at the same time ensuring that all races and religions are protected,” Najib said.The government earlier this year revoked a draconian security law allowing detention without trial and eased public assembly rules in a massive overhaul of strict security laws. Critics said the reforms were a sham as the laws were replaced with legislation that is just as repressive.“The replacement legislation has been as bad or worse from a rights perspective,” said Phil Robertson, Asia deputy director for Human Rights Watch. “The government should realize that change for change’s sake is not enough.”Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of opposition-ruled Penang state, said the sedition law has long been used as a convenient political tool to silence opposition voices. Lim himself was jailed for 18 months under the law in 1998 for allegedly making seditious remarks in his defense of a rape victim.Lim urged Najib to withdraw current sedition charges against opposition leaders to prove his move is genuine. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Najib’s coalition has led Malaysia since independence in 1957 but suffered its worst electoral performance ever in 2008. It now has slightly less than a two-thirds majority in Parliament and is working hard to claw back support.Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has said he is confident his three-party alliance can win a comfortable majority in upcoming polls amid widespread public unhappiness over the government’s handling of corruption and racial discrimination.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Men’s health affects baby’s health toolast_img read more

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November ExistingHome Sales Jump to 3Year High

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing November Existing-Home Sales Jump to 3-Year High Existing-home sales rose 5.9 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million, the highest level since November 2009, the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2012/10/november-existing-home-sales-and-prices-maintain-uptrend (NAR) reported Thursday. Economist had expected the sales pace to improve to 4.9 million.[IMAGE]The median price of an existing single-family home rose to $180,600 in November, up 10.1 percent from November 2011. November was the ninth consecutive month to see year-over-year price gains, maintaining the longest streak for yearly improvements since mid-2006.The month-to-month sales improvement reflected a downward revision to October├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós sales pace to 4.76 million from the originally reported 4.79 million.According to the NAR’s data, November existing-home sales–closed transactions–were up 14.5 percent from one year earlier. The increase in sales in November was the fourth in the last six months, following a similar pattern from 2011.According to NAR, the number of homes for sale fell in November to 2.03 million, the lowest level since December 2001. The months├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ó supply of homes listed for sale dropped to 4.8 in November, the lowest since September 2005.Distressed homes (foreclosures and short sales sold at deep discounts) accounted for 22 percent of November sales (12 percent were foreclosures, and 10 percent were short sales), down from 24 percent in October and 29 percent in November 2011, NAR said. Foreclosures sold for an average discount of 20 percent below market value in November, while short sales were discounted 16 percent. In October, foreclosures sold for an average discount of 20 percent, while short sales were discounted 14 percent.Unlike the government report on new home sales which tracks contracts, the NAR report is based on closings, which means this report–though labeled ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£November├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø–actually reflects economic conditions in September, when contracts were signed.[COLUMN_BREAK]The median time on market for all homes was 70 days in November, slightly below 71 days in October but 28.6 percent below 98 days in November 2011. Thirty-two percent of homes sold in November were on the market for less than a month, while 20 percent were on the market for six months or longer; these findings are unchanged from October.First-time buyers accounted for 30 percent of purchases in November, down from 31 percent in October and 35 percent in November 2011.All-cash sales were at 30 percent of transactions in November, up slightly from 29 percent in October and 28 percent in November 2011. Investors, who account for most cash sales, purchased 19 percent of homes in November, little changed from 20 percent in October and 19 percent in November 2011.According to NAR, just under 44 percent of home sold were priced between $100,000 and $250,000.Sales may have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, which tore through the Northeast at the end of October and disrupted business activity. Closings are often bunched at the end of the month, and indeed, sales increased 6.9 percent to 620,000 in the storm-struck Northeast, up almost 15 percent from November 2011.””We expect an impact on Northeastern home sales in the coming months from a pause and delays in storm-impacted regions,”” NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said.The median price of an existing home in the Northeast was $232,900, up 1.1 percent from October but down 2.0 percent from a year ago.Existing-home sales in the Midwest increased 7.2 percent in November to a pace of 1.19 million and were 21.4 percent higher than a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $141,600, up 0.1 percent from October and 7.0 percent above November 2011. The sales pace in the Midwest was the strongest since September 2008.In the South, existing-home sales rose 7.9 percent in November to an annual pace of 2.04 million, 17.2 percent above November 2011 and the fastest pace since September 2007. The median price in the South was $157,400, up 3.6 percent from October and 10.5 percent from a year ago.Existing-home sales in the West rose 0.8 percent to 1.19 million in November, 4.4 percent higher than a year ago. The median price in the West was $248,300, up 2.1 percent month-month and up 23.9 percent since November 2011._Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:40 am and again at 9:40 eastern time._ December 20, 2012 393 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Existing-Home Sales For-Sale Homes Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2012-12-20 Mark Lieberman Sharelast_img read more

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DocMagic Grows By 42 Percent

first_imgDocMagic Grows By 42 Percent in News, Technology Share Recently, DocMagic, Inc., reported a 42 percent increase in volume for 2016. The company credits its growth to the mortgage industry’s demand for products that enable TRID compliance, eSignatures and eClosings. This is the second consecutive year that DocMagic’s volume has increased by roughly 40 percent.“Lenders have been looking for ways to assure TRID compliance since 2015, and DocMagic’s SmartCLOSE technology has become the industry’s go-to solution,” said Dominic Iannitti, President and CEO of DocMagic. “Our user base has grown quickly. A lot of existing DocMagic clients saw the value of SmartCLOSE™ immediately. It has also been an entry point for many of our new lender clients.”In the past two years, DocMagic has completed numerous key integrations between lenders using SmartCLOSE, their loan origination systems, and new settlement service provider systems. The company is developing more integrations for 2017.“The number of eSignatures completed has increased significantly since launching SmartCLOSE and Total eClose,” said Iannitti. “Lenders appreciate that they can stay compliant while gaining the speed and convenience of a digital process.”The company anticipates this growth to continue in 2017.“It’s very simple—at DocMagic, we’re dedicated to addressing the industry’s needs and demands with the very best solutions on the market,” said Iannitti. “That’s been the foundation of our business since we started, and we’re pleased to say that it remains the formula for our growth today.”center_img April 5, 2017 575 Views DocMagic 2017-04-05 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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March Sales Soared But Is It Sustainable

in Daily Dose, Data, News April 21, 2017 618 Views March Sales Soared. But Is It Sustainable? Existing home sales nationally in March were up 4.4 percent over February and almost 6 percent over a year earlier, according to the National Association of Realtors. That translates to 5.71 million homes sold last month, at a pace not seen in more than 10 years. From listing to closing, NAR reported, the sales cycle was brisk all month, spurred by limited inventory and high competition in most markets.Existing sales gained most in the Northeast and Midwest. The Northeast, where the median price was $260,800, surged 10 percent to an annual rate of 760,000. That puts sales 4 percent higher than a year ago. In the Midwest, existing-home sales jumped 9.2 percent to an annual rate of 1.31 million in March, and are now 3.1 percent above a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $183,000, up 6.2 percent from a year ago.The South grew, but more slowly, seeing a 3.4 percent uptick in existing sales last month to 2.42 million.  That’s 8.5 percent above a year ago. The West, however, saw a decline in existing sales last month. Sales were down 1.6 percent.Lawrence Yun, chief economist at NAR, was bullish about what the numbers mean.“The early returns so far this spring buying season look very promising as a rising number of households dipped their toes into the market and were successfully able to close on a home last month,” he said. “Although finding available properties to buy continues to be a strenuous task for many buyers, there was enough of a monthly increase in listings in March for sales to muster a strong gain. Sales will go up as long as inventory does.”Not everyone was as enthusiastic. Tim Rood, CEO of The Collingwood Group, told Fox Business Network, “Unfortunately, This sales pace is not sustainable because inventories are actually going down. Existing homes sales will likely hit a wall over the summer unless something changes to increase inventory. Moreover, there remains too much uncertainty for current owners to know whether this is the right time to sell and whether they’ll find anything that makes economic sense and is suitable.”Redfin’s chief economist Nela Richardson, also called March’s sales numbers unsustainable.“Sales may be soaring, but inventory isn’t,” Richardson said. “Sellers are off to a slow start this year, as the number of homes newly listed in March fell 0.7 percent from last year. Redfin is just now starting to see a late-season lift in the number of homeowners interested in listing. As such, we expect sales to peak late this year–meaning a slower-than-normal June/July and a strong August/ and September.”Tight inventory is still the biggest factor in the marketplace: supply was 6.6 percent lower compared to a year ago, Rood said.“There were 1.83 million homes for sale on the last day of the month, which represented 3.8 months of supply at March’s sales pace. Properties stayed on the market for only 34 days,” he said.center_img Home Sales HOUSING NAR 2017-04-21 ScottMorgan1 Share read more

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first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1. Hiring Bruce Arians The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In this edition of “The Five,” I’ll take a look at the top five moves made under Keim’s watch in his first season as general manager. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires One year ago, the Arizona Cardinals named Steve Keim their new general manager. Promoted from the role of Vice President of Player Personnel, Keim, who was 40 at the time, became the fifth-youngest GM in the NFL. Coming off a season in which the Cardinals won just five games, he certainly had his work cut out for him. One year and 193 roster moves later, the team’s win total doubled, putting Keim in the running for Executive of the Year. last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   – / 22 Top Stories “He fits the mold of what B.A. was looking for, that’s he’s been talking to me about,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. “He’s fast, explosive and a T.Y. Hilton-type of player. He can blow the cover off the defense.”A three-year starter with the Gorillas, Brown caught led the program in catches and reception yards from 2011-13.As a senior, the wideout corralled 61 passes for 1,198 yards and 14 touchdowns. In addition, he served as Pittsburg State’s standout special teamer, collecting 653 total yards on 35 kickoff and punt returns in 2013.At the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis, Brown ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash time coming in at 4.34 seconds.“It was surprising. When I got the phone call, I was shocked,” Brown said. “I couldn’t say too much.”With that call, Brown became the first Gorilla taken in the NFL Draft since the Cardinals selected running back Ronald Moore in the fourth round back in 1993. Speed kills in the National Football League, which is why the Arizona Cardinals went out and signed Ted Ginn Jr. to a three-year deal this offseason.But as general manager Steve Keim clearly illustrated Friday night, a team can never have enough.With the No. 91 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, acquired Thursday in a deal with the New Orleans Saints, the Cardinals drafted 5-foot-11 wide receiver John Brown out of Division II Pittsburg State. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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