Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) HY2009 Interim Report

first_imgGolden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2009 interim results for the half year.For more information about Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh)  2009 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileGolden Star Resources Limited is a gold mining and exploration company which owns and operates the Wassa open-pit gold mine and Wassa underground mine in Ghana as well as a carbon-in-leach processing plant located near Tarkwa, Ghana. The gold mining company also has interests in the Bogoso gold mining and processing operation, Prestea open-pit mining operations and the Prestea underground development project located near Prestea, Ghana. Golden Star Resources Limited holds and manages interests in various gold exploration properties in Ghana and Brazil. Its headquarters are in Toronto, Canada. Golden Star Resources Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Manu Tuilagi to miss Rugby World Cup

first_imgAfter pleading guilty to the assault of a police officer, Manu Tuilagi was told by Stuart Lancaster he would not feature in the 2015 Rugby World Cup England centre Manu Tuilagi has been omitted from England’s World Cup squad after being convicted on three charges of assault and one of criminal damage. There are reports he assaulted a police officer. He was also fined £6,205 in fines compensation, charges and costs.The Leicester Tigers centre, who has not played for England since June 2014, after a succession of injuries, was told by England coach Stuart Lancaster that he would miss the showpiece event due to his latest indiscretion.Tuilagi’s absence will be seen as a huge blow to England, although his absence has allowed Bath’s Jonathan Joseph the opportunity to showcase his skills on the international stage. Having been used to coping without Tuilagi, Lancaster will now have to plot his England midfield make-up without the destructive Leicester Tiger.Hard line: Stuart Lancaster has taken firm action over Tuilagi’s off-the-field indiscretionsIndeed, Stuart Lancaster bemoaned the loss of Tuilagi to injury in the wake of the Six Nations, after England narrowly lost out on points difference to Ireland. Tuilagi pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates earlier this week leading England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster to inform him that his behaviour and subsequent conviction, that he will not be considered for England selection until January 2016. A similar tough stance was taken with Danny Care in 2012, after the Harleqins No. 9 had a number of brushes with the law and it seemed to have the desired effect who captains Harlequins this evening.Lancaster said: “As role models and ambassadors for the game, the highest standards of behaviour are expected from every England player both on and off the field. Having spoken to Manu, he understands and accepts both the seriousness of the offences to which he has pleaded guilty and the consequences of his behaviour to his club, country and the game as a whole. England will continue to liaise with Leicester Tigers and have every confidence that the club will continue to support Manu in the right way.” TAGS: HighlightLeicester Tigers Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill said: “Manu knows and accepts his responsibilities and has received a significant punishment in being excluded from the England squad and the club will also take internal disciplinary action. While we do not in any way condone his actions in this case, Manu is a young man who has grown up in the public eye and he is a good professional in a top-level environment. He always gives his time very generously to supporters, particularly young ones, wherever he goes, and fully understands the role that the fans have played in his career. We will continue to work closely with him on his return to full fitness and look forward to his return to the field in due course.”In Tigers hands: Richard Cockerill will now have a man-management job to help Tuilagi rehabilitateManu Tuilagi commented: “I take full responsibility for my actions and unreservedly apologise to all those involved in the incident, Leicester Tigers and England. It is something I deeply regret and I totally accept the sentence given by the court. The club and Stuart have been very supportive and I understand their sanctions too. I know as an England player the need to conduct myself as a good role model for the game. I am very disappointed because my actions have let so many people down and I can only hope for a future chance to prove myself again.” In trouble: Manu Tuilagi has been suspended from England service until January 2016 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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British & Irish Lions fans on tour – Scrum Safari

first_imgSaturday Jun 27, 2009 British & Irish Lions fans on tour – Scrum Safari An estimated 30 000 British & Irish Lions fans will squeeze into Loftus Versfeld this afternoon for the second Test against the hosts, the Springboks. While it’s predominantly a rugby tour, for those fans, it’s been a holiday like no other.Touring South Africa is a great experience, with or without rugby. Obviously going with a whole hoard of rugby supporters, all following the same side, makes it that much more enjoyable.Fancy dress has been rife, as the red tide of Lions supporters washed into Durban last week dressed in all sorts of atire. From full military uniforms with white pith helmets, to super hero get-up, they’ve made an effort to have a laugh and keep the spirits high. Some have even taken to wearing the local Zulu outfits, complete with shields.A bottle of beer was never far off either, often shared with South African fans while standing around a braai (barbecue).The atmosphere has been great, with the experience of being on a Lions tour being second to none. No matter what’s happened on the pitch, these men and ladies have enjoyed every minute of their time in the country.This great feature from the BBC shows us the side of a rugby tour that we dont often get to see, as they show us what goes on behind the scenes with the fans as they move around the country. Time: 06:14 Note: Thanks to the BBC.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Shock result: Crusaders left to rue costly errors with win over Rebels not enough for final guarantee In a shock result, the Crusaders have failed to record the requisite winning margin needed over the Rebels to book themselves a spot in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final and are now reliant on the Blues dropping the ball against the Force. ‘I deliberately haven’t mentioned it too much this week’: Tim Sampson keeping mum ahead of Blues battle The Western Force aim to play the role of party poopers on Saturday when they take on the ladder-leading Blues at a venue that shall not be named. 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‘We will protest until oppression ends’

first_imgElder Bert Waters reading Leonard Peltier’s statement at the 2017 National Day of Mourning, flanked by his grandsons.This talk was delivered at the National Day of Mourning on Nov. 23 at Cole’s Hill in Plymouth, Mass. James is co-chair of United American Indians of New England. Once again on the fourth Thursday in November, United American Indians of New England and our supporters are gathered on this hill to observe National Day of Mourning. Today marks the 48th time we have come here in all kinds of weather to mourn our ancestors and speak the truth about our history. It has been too long a time to have to speak about the same things — to speak about racism. I dedicate this Day of Mourning to our brother, Horace Seldon, a true warrior against racism.Those who started National Day of Mourning could not have envisioned that generations would still be here year after year carrying on this tradition. Many elders who stood on this hill and organized that first Day of Mourning are no longer with us, but we feel their spirits guiding us today.The National Day of Mourning should always have been part of the history of this country. Forty-seven years ago, my father, an Aquinnah Wampanoag man named Wamsutta Frank James, was invited to address a gathering of so-called “dignitaries” celebrating the 350th anniversary of the pilgrims’ stumbling ashore. When asked by the dinner’s organizers to provide an advance copy of the speech he planned to deliver, Wamsutta agreed.Within days, Wamsutta was told his words were not acceptable. Fearing the truth, the gathering’s planners told him he could speak only if he was willing to speak false words in praise of the white man. The organizers were even willing to write a speech for him. They said, “[T]he theme of the celebration is brotherhood and anything inflammatory would be out of place.”1970: First National Day of Mourning Wamsutta refused to have words put into his mouth. National Day of Mourning came into being as a result of his refusal to speak untrue words. Instead of speaking at the banquet, he and hundreds of Indigenous People from throughout the Americas gathered here, on Cole’s Hill and observed the first National Day of Mourning in 1970.What was it that upset those state officials? As a basis for his remarks, Wamsutta used one of their own history books, “Mourt’s Relation,” an account by pilgrims of their first year on Indigenous land.What really happened at the first “thanksgiving” — or what some of us call the first “thanks-taking”? According to popular myth, the Indians (us) and the white folks (them) sat down and had a wonderful dinner. Everyone lived happily ever after. The end.Plymouth is planning to celebrate 400 years of the same myth in 2020. I don’t think that anyone from UAINE, myself included, is going to be invited to address that banquet! Rest assured that no advance copy of our remarks will be sent.Here is the truth: The first thanksgiving did not take place in 1621 when the pilgrim survivors of the first winter sat down to dinner with their Indigenous friends. The first official day of thanksgiving feasting in Massachusetts was proclaimed by Gov. John Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637. He did this to give thanks for the safe return of men from the colony who had gone to what is now Mystic, Conn., to participate in the massacre of over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Nation.The only true thing is that these pitiful European strangers would not have survived their first several years in “New England” were it not for the aid of the Wampanoag people. What Indigenous People got in return for this help was genocide, the theft of our lands and never-ending repression.Another truth: The reason that the mythmakers prefer to talk about the pilgrims and not the earlier English-speaking colony in Jamestown is that there the circumstances were  too ugly to hold up as a national myth. For example, the white settlers in Jamestown turned to cannibalism to survive. Not a very nice story to tell the kids in school.The pilgrims did not find an empty Iand any more than Columbus “discovered” anything. Every inch of this land is Indigenous. The pilgrims who called themselves “Saints” did not come here seeking religious freedom; they already had that in Holland. They came here as part of a commercial venture.‘We buried Plymouth Rock twice!’The Mayflower Compact was nothing more than a group of men sticking together to ensure that they would get a return on their investment. They introduced sexism, racism and a class system to the shores. And guess what? They did not even land at the sacred shrine down the hill called Plymouth Rock — a monument to racism and oppression which we are proud to say we buried, not once, but twice — in 1970 and in 1995.Upon arriving, the pilgrims opened my ancestors’ graves and took funeral objects. They also took as much as they could carry of our corn and bean supplies. Massasoit, the great sachem of the Wampanoag, knew of this.  Yet he and the Wampanoag people welcomed and befriended the settlers, saving them from extinction, not knowing how many Wampanoag and other Indigenous People would be killed by their guns or die from their diseases.Later, from the very harbor we can see from here in Plymouth, the pious pilgrims sold my ancestors as slaves for 220 shillings each. In today’s money, that would be $33, give or take.Some would ask what we have gained by observing National Day of Mourning since 1970. The very fact that you are here is perhaps our greatest gain. People from the four directions, having seen through the pilgrim myth, join us every year in the struggle to destroy that mythology.There are also two plaques erected by Plymouth, one on Cole’s Hill to honor Day of Mourning, and another to honor Metacom or King Philip in Post Office Square. This was part of an agreement we signed with Plymouth in 1998. Those of us who were here in 1997 will never forget what happened [when police arrested 25 peaceful protesters]. After a powerful show of unity demanding all charges be dropped, Plymouth was forced to drop the charges and erect the plaques.  At least, there are now two rocks in Plymouth that speak the truth.‘We will protest until oppression ends’The placement of these plaques does not end the need for us to continue to come to Plymouth and speak the truth. We will do so as long as sports teams and schools continue to use racist team names and mascots.  We will continue to gather on this hill until the U.S. military and U.S. corporations stop polluting our mother, the Earth. We will continue to stand here and protest until racism is made illegal.We will not stop until the oppression of our Two-Spirited sisters and brothers is a thing of the past, when the homeless have homes, and when people from Mexico and Central and South America are no longer targeted. And when no person goes hungry or is left to die because they have little or no access to quality health care. Also, when union busting is a thing of the past. Until then the struggle will continue.That first Day of Mourning in 1970 was a powerful demonstration of Native unity. Today the observance is a powerful demonstration of not only Indigenous unity, but the unity of all people who want to speak truth to power — people who want the truth to be told and want to see an end to the oppressive system brought to these shores by the pilgrim invaders.Sadly, the conditions which prevailed in Indian Country in 1970 still prevail today. In 1970, we demanded an end to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It is still a demand today. Native nations do not need federal oversight to govern ourselves. Why has no one ever been prosecuted for the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ outright theft of billions of dollars in trust money? Why hasn’t the stolen money been turned over to our Native nations?Those who started Day of Mourning spoke of terrible racism and poverty. Now more than ever, we all know that racism is alive and well. Not only Indigenous People, but many people from the four directions are mired in the deepest poverty. Every winter, millions of people are forced to make a bitter choice between heating and eating.Our youth suicide and school dropout rates and our rates of alcoholism continue to be the highest in the nation. We mourn the loss of millions of our ancestors and the devastation of our beautiful land, water and air, as we did in 1970.What are we leaving to our children and their children? “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” I wish I could take credit for that statement. Those were the words of Sitting Bull.  We also pray for our people who have died during this past year and over the past 525 years since Columbus showed up.Stop U.S./European wars!I hope that you will join me in grieving, too, for our sisters and brothers in all countries — human beings, who are referred to by this government as “collateral damage.” Keep in mind that for centuries people throughout the Americas have been the collateral damage of the European invasion. Remember, too, the hundreds of millions of people who are hungry today, no matter where they live.We condemn all acts of violence and terrorism perpetrated by all governments and organizations against innocent people worldwide. Since the invasion of Columbus and the rest of the Europeans, Native people have been non-stop victims of terrorism. We remember the slaughter of the Pequots at Mystic, Conn., in 1637 and the U.S. military massacres of peaceful Native people at Wounded Knee and Sand Creek, and at so many other places. The very foundations of this powerful and wealthy country are the theft of our lands, the slaughter of Native peoples, and the kidnapping and enslavement of our African sisters and brothers.Today, on liberated territory, we will correct some history and do so in a country that continues to glorify butchers, such as Christopher Columbus, that glorifies slave-owning presidents, such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson — and even carves their faces into the sacred Black Hills of the Lakota.Native speakers will be our only speakers today. This is one day when we speak for ourselves without non-Native people, so-called “experts,” intervening to interpret and speak for us. Our very presence frees this land from the lies of the history books, the profiteers and the mythmakers.Free Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal!We will remember and honor all of our ancestors in struggle who went before us. We will speak truth to power.  We will remember all of our sisters and brothers, including, Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal, who are still caged in iron houses.In 1970, very few people would have thought about the fact that the Indigenous People of this hemisphere do not look upon the arrival of the European invaders as a reason to give thanks. Today, thousands stand with us in spirit as we commemorate the 48th National Day of Mourning.To our beautiful Native youth, I say learn about and remember what your ancestors went through to bring you here. We are like the dirt, the sand and the tides. We shall endure. In the spirit of Crazy Horse, in the spirit of Metacom, in the spirit of Geronimo, and above all —  to all people who fight and struggle for real justice, we are not vanishing. We are not conquered. We are as strong as ever.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Pasadena-based Alexandria Real Estate Equities Buys Culver City Office Campus

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 12 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribecenter_img Pasadena-based Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. has purchased Bristol 61, a four-building creative office campus in Culver City for $39.15 million, according to the “L.A. Business Journal.”The Culver City office campus was reportedly purchased from Boston-based Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation and The Swig Company of San Francisco.The two companies announced the sale Feb. 11, according to the Feb. 12 account.The campus, at 6100 to 6160 Bristol Parkway, is a 75,941-square-foot campus. Built in 1979, it was formerly known as Fox Hills Business Park.The property last changed hands in 2014, for $20.2 million, according to CoStar data.According to the Swig Company’s website, the campus was rebranded in 2015 with redesigned drought-tolerant landscaping and a property identity program. It is currently fully leased to tech/lab tenants and to the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office.Tomas Schoenberg, The Swig Company’s executive vice president of investments, said property potentially offers a lower-cost alternative to smaller companies wanting the same creative campus atmosphere popular in the area.“We believed, and ultimately proved, that a well-conceived creative makeover of Bristol 61 with its convenient location, ease of access to major freeways, ample parking and open, voluminous creative interiors would appeal to creative and life-science companies doing business with the large tech content and life science companies in Playa Vista and the greater Westside,” Schoenberg said in a statement.Kevin Shannon, Rob Hannan, Laura Stumm, Ken White and Mike Moll of Newmark Knight Frank Capital Markets brokered the sale. Andrea Salvi of Bradley and Associates P.C. represented the sellers in the transaction, according to the report. http://www.are.com/ First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Make a comment Commercial Real Estate News Pasadena-based Alexandria Real Estate Equities Buys Culver City Office Campus By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 5:03 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Things You’ve Always Wanted To Know About RihannaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Quickening Mortgage Innovation in an Industry Slow to Change

first_img Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Quickening Mortgage Innovation in an Industry Slow to Change The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago February 13, 2018 2,609 Views Previous: Early-Stage Mortgage Delinquencies Dropped in Q4 2017 Next: Fed’s Kashkari on Interest Rates and Cryptocurrencies The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: blockchain data Machine Learning Quicken Loans Social Media Stacey Caster Technology Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago blockchain data Machine Learning Quicken Loans Social Media Stacey Caster Technology 2018-02-13 David Wharton in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Technology Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Quickening Mortgage Innovation in an Industry Slow to Change Share Save Stacey Caster is VP, Technology Communications at Quicken Loans, where she previously worked as Director of Telecommunications. Prior to joining Quicken Loans, Caster was Director of Infrastructure Operations at DTE Energy, working to oversee back-end infrastructure for over 10,000 employees serving 3.1 million customers in southeastern Michigan. DS News recently spoke to Caster about her role at Quicken, incorporating technology to streamline and improve processes, and whether blockchain is poised to come into its own.Tell me briefly, what does a typical day look like for you as VP, Technology Communications for Quicken?I have all the telephony and the communications. I have half of an infrastructure team and half of a software engineering team. It’s an interesting mix, so a typical day can be not typical. We have major projects. It could be development projects that we’re working on. We’re doing a lot of research, a lot of R and D, a lot of proof in technologies. We have teams that work with the businesses to understand their business, to make sure we’re bringing the right technology to them to make them better.Is there anything you’re working on, researching or developing, that you’re particularly excited about right now?We’re trying to look at our whole communications platform and say, “How can we make this better?” Not only for our team members but for our clients. It’s all about the client experience. It’s like when you talk to your family, you’re talking over text. You’re not necessarily doing phone calls anymore. We want our clients to be able to communicate to us in the way that they do naturally, how they do with their friends and family. That’s something that we’re working on.What are the challenges you’re seeing towards realizing those goals?I think that the shift changes quickly with clients. Think of social media, for example, people used to use Facebook all the time, and now they’re using Snapchat all the time. What’s coming next? By the time you catch up, they’re on to the next thing.Let’s take Snapchat, for example. They only want the consumer. They don’t care about businesses. They don’t want to work with businesses. So, when you want to try to communicate to clients via the way that they communicate all the time, you’re very limited on an option like that, and how to integrate it into your own enterprise applications and how you run your business.Are there any particular technologies that you guys are seeing that you think is really going to have an impact on the mortgage industry, such as blockchain or cryptocurrencies?Somebody said to me the other day, “Blockchain is a solution that’s trying to find a problem.” If you think about it, simple innovation is that way, right? If you think about microwave technology, that was there a long time before they thought of the microwave. Or the glue for Post-it Notes. I think blockchain is that way. Eventually, we’ll find the right thing for it, but they haven’t yet. I think it’s a little ways off, till we find what that problem that we’re trying to solve.Machine learning is obviously a big, big piece, which is part of the whole IOT, with the internet of things. When you think about the Alexas of the world and the Google Homes of the world, that’s big. It’s all about automation, and how do we make things better. Again, going back to the client. What are they using? Alexas aren’t that prominent, but they’re growing.It’s become part of the cultural lexicon at this point.Right. And when you talk about the mortgage industry in itself, if you think about when you get your mortgages—it’s very traditional, and it’s been the same way for many years. The way your parents got a mortgage is the same way we get a mortgage. If you think of any other industry, it’s not like that. So that’s where machine learning and automating is going to be a huge thing for the mortgage industry.What do you think has made the mortgage industry resistant to evolution?Obviously, you have regulatory. That’s a big piece. It’s not easy to turn that boat. But also, it’s working. It’s been working. If you don’t have somebody saying, “Well, change it,” [it’s hard to make change happen.]What are the challenges of working in such a heavily regulated industry?You just do it. Now obviously, as a business, it’s best if you have those relationships with Fannie and Freddie so you can have those conversations, if they’re the ones helping with those regulations. Having those relationships as a business and working with them is going to be extremely important. You make it work. You do it.Now, the way you do it, and how you do it—as long as you’re following to the guidelines, that can be very different. That’s where you can be successful or fail.What are the ways that you guys are trying to simplify or streamline your own processes or make customer interactions easier?Automate. Automate. Automate.It all comes down to that?It doesn’t all come down to that, but that is the biggest piece, absolutely. Automate where we can. Make it as easy and natural for the client as we can. That is absolutely the biggest thing. Is that challenging to deal with the fact that so much of our lives have conveniences such as the ease of text messaging, which we take for granted? Is there a level of customer expectation where people don’t realize how much work goes into making all those “easy” little things?Yes, there’s some of that. A real easy example is, real estate agents—they text. That’s how they do their business, because of the way their business is. They would just be texting people assuming that their phone number is textable. But what if it’s a business line that might not be textable? We learned about this and we corrected it. But, like you said, it’s part of the way that they do business. They just made assumptions. You could be losing because you don’t realize that they’re trying to connect to you this way, and they can’t. So they move to somebody else. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

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Labour leader congratulates McBrearty on election performance

first_imgNews Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny WhatsApp Facebook 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Labour party leader Eamon Gilmore has congratulated Cllr. Frank McBrearty on his ‘ very encouraging performance in the Donegal South West By Election’.He said Frank has more than trebled the Labour Party share of the vote over the general election in a constituency where the Labour Party has not been traditionally strong. In 2007 we did not have a single councillor in the County and got less than 3% of the vote in Donegal South West. Now we (Labour) have three County Councillors and a candidate in a position to fight for a seat in the general election.Deputy Gilmore added ‘The most significant aspect of this election is the collapse in support for Fianna Fail which has seen its vote fall from 50% to just over 20%.  If this pattern were to be repeated in a general election, Fianna Fail would face political wipe-out.’ Labour leader congratulates McBrearty on election performance Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ By News Highland – November 27, 2010 Google+ Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter Previous articlePensioner held at gun point in DerryNext articleSnowy and icy conditions across Donegal News Highland last_img read more

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Coronavirus updates: US reaches 100,000 deaths

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 352,000 people worldwide.Over 5.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 1.6 million diagnosed cases and at least 99,674 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:6:46 p.m.: Maryland to resume outdoor dining on FridayStarting Friday at 5 p.m., Maryland restaurants can reopen for outdoor dining, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday.Patrons must wear masks and restaurants must do staff temperature checks, as well as follow other sanitizing and social distancing measures.Outdoor activities like youth sports and day camps, outdoor pools at 25% capacity and drive-in movie theaters can also resume starting Friday, Hogan said.The state has completed the first phase of its COVID-19 recovery plan, based on contact tracing capacity and rates for positivity, hospitalization and mortality, the governor said Wednesday. If statistics continue to show progress, more nonessential businesses may be able to reopen next week, he said.Maryland has 48,423 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 736 from the day before, and 2,270 deaths, according to the state’s health department.5:52 p.m.: 100,000 lives lost to pandemic in USFour months after the U.S. suffered its first COVID-19 death, the U.S. death toll from the pandemic has passed the 100,000 mark.By March 27, the coronavirus had claimed the lives of 2,300 Americans, according to Johns Hopkins University.On April 27, the death toll had ballooned to 50,400. Now, a month later, the death toll has doubled to reach six figures.The U.S. has by far the most deaths from the virus. The United Kingdom has the second-most deaths with over 37,500, while Italy has 33,000.3:48 p.m.: Louisiana hospitalizations drop below 800 for 1st time in 2 monthsThe number of COVID-19 patients in Louisiana hospitals has now dropped below 800 for the first time in two months, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday.Over 38,000 people in Louisiana have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. At least 2,617 people have died.Louisiana has 13 confirmed cases and one death connected to Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a dangerous coronavirus-related illness in children that’s being reported in many states and countries.The 13 young people range in age from 0 to 19, with a median age of 11, the governor said.Eight have been discharged from hospitals, he said.MIS-C has features like Kawasaki disease and Toxic-Shock Syndrome. Common symptoms include persistent fever, irritability or sluggishness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, conjunctivitis, enlarged lymph node on one side of the neck, red cracked lips or red tongue, swollen hands and feet.1:54 p.m.: Amtrak is preparing to cut its workforce by up to 20%Amtrak is preparing to reduce its workforce by up to 20%, citing the effects of the pandemic.“Our ridership and revenue levels have been down 95% or more year-over-year since the pandemic began,” CEO Bill Flynn wrote in a memo to employees.The railroad company is projecting ridership levels in 2021 will be 50% of what it was in 2019.Amtrak said the reduction is necessary to ensure they can “continue to make critical investments in our core and long-term growth strategies, while also keeping safety as our top priority.”“We are currently working to finalize a plan for achieving these workforce reductions in FY 2021 and have started the process of designing our go-forward structure,” Flynn wrote.“As we look ahead to FY 2021, it is clear we have no choice but to reduce our overhead structure to better align our costs with our revenues,” Flynn wrote.In a letter to Congress, Amtrak said it needs $1.4 billion in supplemental funding for the next fiscal year — in addition to the $2.040 billion annual grant request the company submitted to Congress earlier this year. Amtrak received $1 billion through the CARES Act and the company has taken numerous cost-cutting measures to help offset revenue losses caused by the pandemic, including reducing schedules across its system.12:22 p.m.: Data breach scam delays unemployment checksAt a time of record layoffs, a nationwide scam involving stolen personal information is delaying the payment of unemployment claims, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said Wednesday.“Criminal enterprises” are using personal identification information stolen in prior data breaches to file “large amounts” of illegitimate claims through the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance, the office said.The fraud has forced the Department of Unemployment Assistance to implement additional identify verification that will delay the payment for “many” unemployment claims in the state.“Protecting the integrity of the unemployment system and ensuring benefits are going only to valid claimants is a top priority of the Department of Unemployment Assistance,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta. “While the program integrity measures we are taking will unfortunately mean that some claimants will experience temporary delays in payment, we believe these steps are necessary to respond to this unemployment scam.”11:40 a.m.: Disney World’s phased reopening to begin with Magic and Animal Kingdom on July 11Disney World’s phased reopening will begin with Magic and Animal Kingdom on July 11 and Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15, said Jim McPhee, senior VP of operations at Disney.Before July 11, there will be a soft opening for “select” guests as a way to test out the safety protocols.Guests will also have to reserve their park tickets in advance.Among the safety protocols in place are: temperature screenings; face covering requirements; limiting the number of people to improve physical distancing; and more plexiglass barriers where physical distancing cannot be maintained.Disney is the parent company of ABC News. 11 a.m.: Fauci says ‘good chance’ vaccine may ‘be deployable by the end of the year’Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Wednesday morning that he thinks “we have a good chance — if all the things fall in the right place — that we might have a vaccine that would be deployable by the end of the year.”Fauci underscored that the process to develop a vaccine is not a smooth one.“There are a lot of landmines and hiccups that occur,” Fauci told CNN.He also emphasized that the rapid development of a vaccine could not come “at the expense of safety nor scientific integrity.”10:21 a.m.: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami to transform into drive-in movie theaterAs social distancing continues, Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, is transforming into a drive-in movie theater to show classic Dolphins footage and movies, as well as host events like commencement ceremonies, officials said Tuesday.The stadium can accommodate up to 230 cars.9:40 a.m.: Nevada gyms, bars, salons to reopen; casinos on track to open June 4Nevada is ready to begin “phase two” of its reopening this Friday. Public and private gatherings can increase from no more than 10 people to a maximum of 50 people, while continuing to follow social distancing, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday. Gyms can reopen but at a maximum 50% capacity. Locker rooms must be closed and equipment must be set up to ensure 6 feet of social distancing. Bars and restaurant bar areas can now open, also at 50% maximum capacity. Walk-up ordering at bars will not be allowed.Adult entertainment venues and nightclubs must remain closed. Salons can reopen but with strict guidelines, and places of worship can open their doors with a maximum 50-person capacity. Las Vegas is well known for its live performances. These events won’t be allowed to have spectators, but “certain events will be allowed under specific restrictions for the purpose of broadcasting or live streaming,” the governor said.But Las Vegas is best known for its casinos. Sisolak said he feels “confident” that casinos can reopen on his June 4 target date. The Gaming Control Board is expected to issue a notice Wednesday with gaming operation requirements for the state, he said.9:07 a.m.: No patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Zealand In New Zealand, there are no patients hospitalized with COVID-19, New Zealand’s Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield reported Wednesday. There are only 21 active cases of the coronavirus in the country. For the fifth consecutive day New Zealand has no new COVID-19 cases, with the total remaining at 1,154 diagnosed cases. New Zealand’s shops, malls, cafes, restaurants, playgrounds and gyms can reopen on Thursday.8:22 a.m.: Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre cancels season for first time in 90 yearsThe iconic Greek Theatre in Los Angeles is canceling its season for the first time in 90 years, officials there announced Tuesday.“We feel it is the right, responsible and safe thing for fans, artists, staff and our Griffith Park community to put a pause on live, large crowd events until 2021,” said AP Diaz, executive officer of the city’s Recreation and Parks department.Los Angeles County has over 47,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and at least 2,143.6:20 a.m.: Spain begins 10 days of mourning for coronavirus victimsFlags were lowered to half-mast across Spain on Wednesday as the European country began 10 days of official mourning for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic.“10 days, the longest mourning period of our democracy, in which we show all our pain and pay tribute to those who have died,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez wrote on Twitter. “Your memory will always remain with us.”Spain is one of the worst-affected countries in the pandemic, with more than 236,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with at least 27,117 deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.5:10 a.m.: South Korea reports spike in new casesSouth Korea reported 40 new infections of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, the largest daily increase in over a month.A majority of the new cases were detected in Seoul, where a cluster of infections has been recently linked to reopened bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues in the densely populated capital.The last time the country’s daily caseload was this high was April 8, when the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 53 new cases of COVID-19.South Korea now has a total of 11,265 confirmed cases with 269 deaths.The country once had the largest novel coronavirus outbreak outside China, where the virus first emerged, but appears to have brought it largely under control with an extensive “trace, test and treat” strategy. The number of new cases reported there has generally stayed low, but health authorities remain wary of cluster infections and imported cases.Starting Wednesday, South Korea is requiring airplane passengers to wear face masks on all domestic and international flights as part of efforts to slow the spread of the virus while public activities increase. People must also wear masks when using the country’s public transportation and taxis.4:28 a.m.: Global death toll crosses 350,000The worldwide number of lives lost in the coronavirus pandemic has now surpassed 350,000, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Nearly a third of those deaths have been reported in the United States, the hardest-hit country, where the toll is fast approaching 100,000.The United Kingdom has the second-highest number of fatalities from COVID-19.3:32 a.m.: COVID-19 cases among US health care workers top 62,000More than 62,000 doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in the United States have contracted the novel coronavirus and at least 291 have died, according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The true numbers may be much higher, as less than a quarter of the more than 1.3 million people whose data the CDC analyzed disclosed whether they worked in the health care industry. Moreover, out of the estimated 62,344 cases of COVID-19 among health care personnel in the country, death status was only available for about 57%.The number of reported COVID-19 cases in the profession was at 9,282 just six weeks ago. At that time, the median age of infected workers was 42 and nearly three-quarters were women.Although most weren’t hospitalized for the disease, severe outcomes — including death — were reported among all age groups. That information was not made available in the CDC’s latest report. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

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US BOEM to offer 14,594 exploration blocks in new Gulf of Mexico lease sale

first_img Nearly 78 million acres in the US Gulf of Mexico to be offered in Lease Sale 257. (Credit: wasi1370 from Pixabay) The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is planning to offer approximately 78.2 million acres in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), for oil and gas exploration and development in the next lease sale.Scheduled for March 2021, the proposed region-wide Lease Sale 257 will include approximately 14,594 unleased blocks in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.The proposed notice of sale represents the eighth offshore sale under the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, which will see 10 region-wide lease sales with two lease sales to be undertaken annually.BOEM’s previous lease sale delayed due to Covid-19 pandemicBOEM is also scheduled the Lease Sale 256 on 18 November, which was initially scheduled for August 2020.However, due to changes in the oil and gas markets amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Lease Sale 256 was postponed to undertake the additional analysis.BOEM Gulf of Mexico Region director Mike Celata said: “Despite circumstances imposed by the coronavirus, we are confident that industry remains interested in acquiring new leases to support their portfolios.“The Gulf of Mexico is a world-class resource area that serves a key role in our nation’s energy security.”Excluded from lease sale are blocks that are near or beyond the US Exclusive Economic Zone in the northern portion of the Eastern Gap.It also excludes blocks within the current boundaries of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.As per BOEM, the Gulf of Mexico OCS is estimated to hold nearly 48 billion barrels of undiscovered technically recoverable oil along with 141 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered technically recoverable gas in an area spanning nearly 160 million acres. The sale is the eighth offshore sale under the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Programlast_img read more

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USS Freedom Welcomes Deputy Prime Minister Onboard

first_img View post tag: News by topic USS Freedom Welcomes Deputy Prime Minister Onboard View post tag: welcomes View post tag: Naval View post tag: Onboard View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense View post tag: Minister July 14, 2013 View post tag: Freedomcenter_img View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: USS Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean visited USS Freedom, July 12, while the ship was moored at Changi Naval Base.Mr. Teo, a former Republic of Singapore Chief of Navy, visited the U.S. Navy’s first-of-class littoral combat ship as she prepares to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore next week – an annual bilateral exercise with the Republic of Singapore Navy in its 19th year. Mr. Teo also serves as Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs.“This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from each other,” Teo said of Freedom’s deployment to Southeast Asia and her participation in exercises and exchanges with regional navies, including the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). “I’m glad we were able to come aboard and see the ship.”The visit included a tour of Freedom’s bridge, mission control center, crew berthing spaces, mess decks, hangar, flight deck and boat ramp. Cmdr. Timothy Wilke, Freedom’s commanding officer, said the Deputy Prime Minister was impressed with Freedom’s use of space and minimal manning.“There are a lot of similarities between littoral combat ships and RSN frigates in terms of size, manning and capabilities,” Wilke said. “And as the first littoral combat ship deployed to this region, and the first to operate out of Singapore, Freedom is here to showcase its capabilities and learn from other navies that have operated comparable ships in the region.”Fast, agile, and mission-focused, LCS platforms are designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission packages that can be configured for three separate purposes: surface warfare, mine countermeasures, or anti-submarine warfare. Freedom deployed to Southeast Asia in March with an embarked MH-60R helicopter and the Surface Warfare Mission Package, which includes two 11-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB), 30mm guns, and boarding teams.“It’s always an honor to host such distinguished visitors, especially those who appreciate what we do,” said Chief Gunner’s Mate Steven Luken.Freedom is manned with a “Gold” crew of 91 Sailors, which includes mission package personnel and an aviation detachment to operate the embarked MH-60R helicopter. The ship will remain homeported in San Diego throughout this rotational deployment to Southeast Asia. Midway the deployment, a crew-swap will be conducted with her “Blue” crew.[mappress]Press Release, July 14, 2013; Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Freedom Welcomes Deputy Prime Minister Onboard Share this article View post tag: Prime View post tag: Deputylast_img read more

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