Hong Kong celebrates record Sevens series audience

first_img FIJI WON the on-field plaudits by sneaking past first-time Cup finalists Wales 26-19, to successfully defend their HSBC Sevens title. In a thrilling final, the South Sea Islanders scored four unopposed second-half tries to come back from a half-time deficit of 19-0. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS – / 12Credits: Rugby WorldmoreShowing image 1 of 12 Check out the final day’s highlights below, or click here for the highlights from the rest of the weekend… However, the entertainment wasn’t just limited to the field of play, the fans made sure they got noticed in a fancy-dress extravaganza, even attempting a record Harlem Shake…did we mention, hangover?last_img

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Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

first_imgTuesday Oct 25, 2011 Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more In the aftermath of the All Blacks victory over France in the Rugby World Cup final there have been many different theories and allegations, some within reason, others perhaps not. Today we attempt to provide more clarity on all the incidents. One thing that’s clear is that everyone has an opinion. If you’re French, you’re more than likely going to be quite vocal at this time, but that’s understandable – your team lost and you’re unhappy. We sympathise with you. Everyone goes through it from time to time. Just ask Wales. For the neutrals, some of what has gone on has left this RWC with quite a quite sour aftertaste. The tournament that has been litterered with controversy, and be handled badly at times. Here’s a look at three of the incidents from the final though, and a few thoughts on each. The Stephen Donald penalty kick There have been numerous site comments, emails, tweets, etc all saying that this penalty kick from Stephen Donald actually missed. It didn’t. Having studied it in good quality, slowed it down, and having used a bit of common sense, you can clearly see that the camera is moving from left to right, creating an illusion of it having slipped wide and to the right of the post.The ball ends up on that side because he’s kicked it in the form of an in-ducker, which is basically when the ball goes from left to right from a right-footed kicker after he’s stabbed at it. It’s almost like a slice, or the same direction you’d expect a slice to go anyway.That’s certainly not conclusive proof, but just look at the reactions of the touch judges (flags up straight away), the crowd, the French players, and Donald himself. It might have looked like it missed when watching on tv, but there’s no conspiracy here. Hopefully we can put this one to rest. The Richie McCaw knee on Morgan ParraEarly on in the game French number ten Parra took a bad knock to the head from All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw as he attempted to clear out Thierry Dusautoir. Parra had to leave the field. He returned but didn’t last long, and left again. You can see in the above picture that the knock was a fairly hefty one, and the video replay showed that McCaw’s knee (and hand, depending on how you want to view it) made contact with his cheek. It’s also possible that part of the knock came from the initial burst by Ma’a Nonu. Was there anything intentional there from McCaw? This is another one for you to decide on, depending which side of the fence you sit. As a neutral, you would think no, it was not intentional. While the super-slowmo shows us a knee hitting a face, every other angle indicates that he was doing what every loose forward does in every game of rugby on the planet – attempting to clear out a player and compete for the ball. If anything it was clumsy, as his eyes were on Dusautoir the whole time, but perhaps at a stretch one could say that he could have been more aware of Parra on the floor. Aurelien Rougerie eye-gouge on Richie McCawDuring the game it was clear to see that something had happened to McCaw on the floor. His reaction to the ref, and the redness in the eye, and eye area, showed that something must have taken place. TV show Reunion in New Zealand have now released a video of it, following strong allegations by commentator Keith Quinn.“It was clearly seen on TV,” said Quinn. “McCaw needed attention from medical staff.”A source within the New Zealand camp confirmed it, but the video wasn’t clear, which is why Reunion have released the below footage. You can decide for yourself what takes place. The citing period for the match has passed, so it’s possible that Rougerie may not face any punishment. The IRB usually take quite a strong standpoint on such offences though, so we’ll need to wait and see what happens. McCaw himself hasn’t complained formerly, but did say that he felt something around his eye but didn’t know what it was. He also said he wasn’t sure if it was intentional or not. Other controversiesThe refereeing of Craig Joubert had been praised for most of the tournament, but in the final game the 50/50 calls seemed to go New Zealand’s way, particularly in the first half. Was there an agenda? One would like to think not, but stranger things have happened at this tournament. There is a video doing the rounds that includes two pundits from an Ireland television station analysing the breakdown. You can view that here and make your own mind up. One thing is certain, Joubert is not a popular man in France right now. Haka fine for FranceAs you will have heard by now, France have reportedly been fined for part of their response to the Haka just before kick off. The fine, reportedly amounting to £2500, is not actually for responding, but is specifically because they crossed the halfway line, which is against the regulations and agreements in place for ‘cultural challenges.’This crazy thing is that technically some of the New Zealand players also crossed their ‘border’, as you can see at the end of the France challenge the Haka video that was posted here earlier in the week. We are however yet to see official written confirmation of the fine. ImpartialityLastly, accusations of bias and a lack of impartiality on Rugbydump are completely unfounded, and to be totally honest, fairly narrow minded and insulting. If you’ve visited the site for the past five years you will know the site’s intentions. Nothing has suddenly changed, and why would it? Please take a moment to think things through before posting unwarranted abuse. Here’s looking forward to the rest of the season. Cheers. Follow RD on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with latest news, clips, and moreADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Rugby World Cup Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO If you can get your head around it, these… 47 WEEKS AGO You’ve never seen any Rugby World Cup drop… 49 WEEKS AGO TOP 10: Rugby World Cup 2015 was filled with… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. 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En el ‘Día D’ los camiones no pudieron entrar

first_imgUreña, Táchira, Venezuela – El 23 de febrero, día de la anunciada entrada de la ayuda humanitaria a Venezuela llegó, y terminó. Los pronósticos apocalípticos no tuvieron lugar, no cayó Nicolás Maduro, Juan Guaidó se quedó en Cúcuta, el país no entró en una confrontación cinematográfica.¿Alta tensión? Mucha, en particular en la zona de frontera que separa los dos países a través de tres puentes sobre un río casi seco: Simón Bolívar, Tienditas, y Santander. De un lado Táchira, las ciudades de San Antonio y Ureña, del otro Norte de Santander, con la ciudad de Cúcuta.La jornada empezó temprano con lo que se esperaba, una presión frontal con fuerza mediática en los puentes. Las acciones tuvieron momentos de euforia, debido por ejemplo a que un puñado de integrantes de la Guardia Nacional Bolivariana (GNB) decidieron sumarse a las filas de Trump-Rubio-Duque-Guaidó. La euforia bajó y con el pasar de las horas se formó la certeza de que no pasarían para el otro lado ni la gente ni los camiones.Esa situación se tradujo en dos elementos centrales. Por un lado, el despliegue de una confrontación permanente en los puentes Bolívar y Santander, a la cual se sumó un intento de ocupar el aeropuerto de San Antonio que fue desactivado, y por el otro la utilización de los camiones con la ayuda humanitaria.La confrontación recordó las estrategias callejeras violentas desplegadas durante el 2014 y 2017 por la derecha en varias ciudades del país, conocidas como guarimbas. Con la diferencia de estar concentradas en puentes internacionales, y contar con el apoyo explícito de los cuerpos de seguridad del Estado colombiano. El ciclo fue repetido: avanzar hacia el lado venezolano, retroceder, intentar pasar por debajo del puente en el caso del Simón Bolívar. ¿Qué debería hacer un gobierno ante un intento de invasión guarimbera financiada internacionalmente?Generar un falso positivoLa utilización de los camiones tuvo tres momentos centrales. El primero el de mostrar unas caravanas en camino hacia los puentes y explotar mediáticamente las imágenes, el segundo el de mentir al afirmar que habían ingresado a Venezuela –como lo hizo el cantante venezolano Nacho al dar por terminada la jornada– y el tercero generar un falso positivo, como fue la quema de dos gandolas. La matriz fue la de acusar a la GNB, cuando quedó filmado cómo fueron jóvenes de primera línea de confrontación.El incendio de las gandolas parece haber sido planificado, y se tradujo en la acusación a Nicolás Maduro de haber cometido un crimen de lesa humanidad, la escalada de amenazas internacionales, como la que también twitteó el senador norteamericano Marco Rubio, quien afirmó que Venezuela había disparado en territorio colombiano, y que Estados Unidos defendería a Colombia en caso de agresión.Lo cierto es que, por fuera de esos episodios, no ocurrió lo que habían anunciado. No ingresó la ayuda humanitaria a Venezuela por ningún punto, ni por Colombia, ni por Brasil ni por el mar, no se produjo un quiebre de la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana, los puentes se parecieron a las imágenes ya conocidas en la estrategia violenta de la derecha, ahora en un marco más complejo. Si era el día final no lo fue, si era el punto de quiebre tampoco parece haberlo sido en la dimensión que lo anunciaron. Otra vez se generó la desilusión de la base social de la oposición, confrontada a la distancia entre las promesas de sus dirigentes –que ahora son internacionales– y las correlaciones reales de fuerza.El chavismo, por su parte, movilizó en Caracas, fue su quinta movilización consecutiva en cinco días. En ese contexto el gobierno anunció la ruptura de relaciones con el gobierno colombiano como medida central, que se suma a las decisiones tomadas en días anteriores de cerrar las fronteras con Brasil, Colombia, y las islas de Aruba, Bonaire y Curazao.El resultado al finalizar el 23 fue de una gran ofensiva que planteaba ser la final y no logró sus objetivos, y un gobierno venezolano que se mantuvo de pie ante la embestida que, como se sabía, golpeó en simultáneo sobre varios flancos: armados, mediáticos, psicológicos, diplomáticos, territoriales. Ese saldo final era el esperable según las fuerzas reales –sin efecto inflado por redes sociales– y sin la aparición de una carta nueva por parte de Elliot Abrams, Iván Duque o Marco Rubio.Existe otro saldo, que es la cantidad de noticias falsas, construcciones de rumores, de datos sin comprobar, sin fuentes creíbles. Forma parte de la avalancha, el aturdimiento, la justificación de nuevas posibles acciones. El caso de los camiones quemados fue la más clara el 23. La dificultad reside muchas veces en confirmar fuentes, números, veracidad de los hechos, algo que suele quedar barrido en las lógicas de guerra que tienen a la operación comunicacional como columna vertebral. Nadie puede sorprenderse de una mentira norteamericana dentro de un asalto, el derecho a la inocencia está prohibido, la necesidad de la sospecha es permanente.¿Qué pasará el 24 o 25? Resulta temprano saberlo, pareciera, por cómo se han dado los acontecimientos, que seguirán las presiones en los puentes sin capacidad real de ingresar a Venezuela, irán en ascenso las amenazas y reuniones internacionales, y tal vez se de un falso positivo de alta envergadura. Ya la anunció Rubio la noche del 22 al 23 cuando escribió acerca de la posibilidad de que el Ejército de Liberación Nacional, de Colombia, asesine civiles. Anunció lo que ellos mismos parecen dispuestos a hacer, cómo disfrazarlo, y a partir de allí justificar nuevas acciones, y pasar de la forma “ayuda humanitaria” a un nuevo esquema.La frontera termina en una noche tensa, como si algo pudiera ocurrir en cualquier momento. Estamos en horas y días complejos, donde uno de los objetivos centrales del gobierno de Venezuela, del chavismo, es el de prevenir las acciones-trampas, las imágenes de violencia, la violencia misma, que dejó 42 heridos del lado venezolano el día 23. Una idea del clima social en la noche del sábado la da la tendencia del Twitter, donde cinco de las etiquetas más posicionadas son para pedir la intervención internacional. La certeza de que no lograrán derrocar a Nicolás Maduro, democráticamente electo, por fuerza propia, parece ser mayoritaria.Original: pagina12.com.ar, 23 de febreroFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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HAT commentary: The Fly Over States

first_imgby Gary Truitt Previous articleEPA Withdraws Farm Database ProposalNext articleHouse Farm Bill Faces Difficult Road to Passage Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Jul 16, 2012 SHARE Home Commentary HAT commentary: The Fly Over States The Fly Over States is a hit country song by Jason Aldean that sings the praises of the Midwestern farming states which are often overlooked and considered states that folks from the east and west coasts simply fly over. The on-line Urban Dictionary describes them as, “Any boring and unremarkable state that has to be flown over to get to interesting states such as California and New York.” But now the term “fly over states” may have a new meaning. It may refer to states where the federal government is engaging in aerial surveillance of livestock operations. Sound like the plot of a conspiracy theory movie? The problem is, it is true and has become an issue in the Farm Bill debate.The Environmental Protection Agency has been using Military aircraft to do aerial recognizance over Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). On July 2, EPA Region 7 staff hosted an informational meeting in Lexington, NE for livestock producers about the agency’s inspection program for CAFOs. Federal officials say the inspections are part of an increased national emphasis on ending harmful discharges of pollutants from CAFOs into rivers and streams. This meeting came only after Nebraska Senator and former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns tried to attach an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill that would have halted the flights. The amendment was defeated due to strong opposition by Calfornia Senator Barbara Boxer who said the CAFOs represented a public health threat and needed to be monitored. Johanns’ amendment only required the EPA to halt the flights until they explained to farmers why they were doing the flights and what they were looking for. According to Johanns, the EPA has refused to provide an explanation of their actions.Flyover inspections of feedlots began in Nebraska in 2011, according to an article in the Omaha World Herald. It stated that the area around Lexington has one of the highest concentrations of livestock feed yards in Nebraska and that EPA officials claim that the central part has a higher concentration of polluted rivers and streams than the rest of the state. Yet, Nebraska state officials are upset over the EPA actions. Nebraska Agriculture Director Greg Ibach told me EPA had contracted with Nebraska agencies to regulate and monitor CAFOs but now they were going around state officials by dong their own surveillance. Farmers in the area are not happy with the fly overs. “For me, it just creeps into the `Big Brother is watching you’ area, to where the government just feels like it’s getting more and more intrusive,” Buck Wehrbein, who manages a cattle feeding operation in Mead, NE told the Associated Press. The flights are being done in small planes filled with EPA staffers. The staffers take photographs as they seek evidence of illegal animal waste running off into rivers and streams. Farmers are upset that these flights are being done when there is no evidence of regulations being violated and that some of the flights are taking place over farms that are not even regulated under EPA standards.This is just the latest in a long list of aggressive actions being taken by the federal government targeted toward agriculture. This is particularly ironic since the farm economy is about the only sector of the economy that has been doing well. Yet, these regulations will hurt the productivity and profitability of US farmers. We are already seeing this happen in other sectors of the economy. Inside Indiana Business reported recently that small business owners had less optimism about the future because of the increasing number of regulations and taxes being implemented. According to the report, there are over 400 new regulations set to be implemented and massive tax hikes that could go into effect at the end of the year. This has kept many businesses, large and small, from hiring new workers and expanding operations. Is it any wonder our economy continues to sputter?As I write, I have just returned from spending time at one of Northeast Indiana’s finest county fairs. Here I saw multi-generation farm families showing livestock and working to improve their operations. The last thing they need is the heavy hand of government telling them what to do or spying on them from above. The vast majority of farmers do things right and respect and protect the environment. Over the past 8 years, the state of Indiana has proven that a pro-growth approach to agriculture can improve farm production and income without an adverse impact on the environment and without the need for punitive and burdensome regulations.As Jason Aldean sings, the bureaucrats in Washington “…never drove through Indiana, Met the men who plowed that earth, Planted that seed, busted his ass for you and me.” We need to send a strong message to Washington that the overregulation of American agriculture and American business needs to stop.center_img SHARE Facebook Twitter HAT commentary: The Fly Over States Facebook Twitterlast_img
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TCU closes campus Monday, moves classes online as winter weather continues

first_img + posts Linkedin TCU’s campus saw snow on Sunday. (Esau Rodriguez Olvera/ Staff Photographer) Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution printTCU is moving classes online Monday to avoid making up instruction time with weekend classes. The university announced Sunday that campus will be closed Monday as snow continues to fall in Fort Worth. The area is under a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. Monday and is expected to receive between three and six inches of snow. A release from the university said that all in-person classes that can go online will do so on Monday. Provost Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg wrote in an email to faculty that TCU does not have inclement weather makeup days built into its compressed semester schedule made for the pandemic.If they were to cancel all classes, the makeup would occur either during the March Spring Refresh or on a weekend. Faculty have the option to deliver their lectures either at usual class time or at another time that they determine appropriate. Classes will also be recorded for students who are not able to attend.Other local universities, including Texas Wesleyan and University of Texas at Arlington, have also closed campuses and switched to virtual learning for Monday.The TCU men’s basketball scheduled home game against Texas Tech University Monday is being rescheduled. Student petition to cancel classes gains over 3500 signatures Browne’s petition is nearing 4,000 signatures online. One TCU student’s petition for the university to cancel both in-person and virtual classes Monday has gained over 3500 signatures so far. Richard Browne, a junior finance major, said he decided to start the petition after hearing complaints from his fraternity brothers about WiFi and power outage issues during the storm. “Obviously when it started snowing and everything that’s when everything hit the fan,” he said. “I know people [that] not just their WiFi but their power went out.”Browne added that if these outages continue during online learning, students could suffer academically. “I know people have tests this week and everything and people are just worried about if their network goes down, are they going to be able to make it up or get a bad grade or something like that,” he said. In his petition, Browne wrote that the focus should not be on attending virtual classes when some people are struggling to stay warm and out of danger. Superfrog checks out the snow Sunday.(Esau Rodriguez Olvera/ Staff Photographer)The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said that they are experiencing record-breaking electric demand across the state as temperatures continue to drop. “We are experiencing record-breaking electric demand due to the extreme cold temperatures that have gripped Texas,” said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness in a release. “At the same time, we are dealing with higher-than-normal generation outages due to frozen wind turbines and limited natural gas supplies available to generating units. We are asking Texans to take some simple, safe steps to lower their energy use during this time.”The high demand could lead to rolling power blackouts early this week. Facebook Benton McDonald Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Twitter Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Previous articleFort Worth Botanic Garden postpones ‘Valentine’s in the garden’ eventNext articleReservations at TCU Recreation Center in high demand due to pandemic guidelines Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williamscenter_img Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ ReddIt Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit ReddIt Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases ERCOT is asking Texas residents to reduce their electricity use through things like unplugging non-essential appliances and turning thermostats to 68 degrees. Browne said that he didn’t expect the petition to gain so many signatures and hopes that it is seen as more than a request for an off-day. “It’s not about ‘Oh let’s just have some extra days off’ – there’s actually major concerns with people’s grades and everything,” he said. “I’m just trying to make sure the whole system is correct.” Shortly after he spoke with TCU360, the university announced that classes would be virtual Monday. He plans to email his professor to ensure he doesn’t get logged out of an online test due to outages Monday. Snowfall expected to continue through the night Students check out the snow at the TCU Campus Commons. Haeven Gibbons/TCU360Wind chill numbers are expected to fall into the negatives Sunday night as a major winter storm makes its way through DFW. TCU students woke up to snow on the ground Sunday morning and it continued for most of the day. There is none in the forecast for Monday, but the high temperature is projected to be just 19 degrees. Read more: Icy conditions cause havoc in the MetroplexAnother snow is projected for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and below freezing temperatures are looking likely until Friday. Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Linkedin Facebook Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/last_img read more

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Coronavirus Slows Pace of Robocalls Across United States

first_imgHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Coronavirus Slows Pace of Robocalls Across United States CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 11:29 am Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Among the many changes to Americans’ daily lives during the coronavirus pandemic is one that most people probably don’t mind: fewer robocalls.The amount of these automated sales pitches declined 15.7% in March from the previous month, and 20% over January’s numbers, according to YouMail, an Irvine-based telecommunication company that offers a free robocall blocking app for mobile phones.“While March’s decline provides welcome relief to beleaguered consumers, it’s unlikely to last given the decline appears to be driven by the impact of COVID-19 social distancing restrictions on call centers,” YouMail CEO Alex Quilici said. “It’s a shame it has taken a global pandemic to make a real dent in the robocall epidemic.”According to the company, Americans received just under 4.1 billion robocalls in March, or more than 132 million calls per day. A deeper breakdown shows that payment reminders decrease by 31% and spam calls decrease by 17%, both most likely due to the unavailability of call centers.Telemarketing calls and alerts and reminders were both relatively flat.March saw a big increase in medical scams, but a big decrease in government imposter and interest rate scams, many of which are known to originate outside the United States, according to YouMail.A full ranking of cities, states and area codes, as well as details on the behavior of robocallers in each area code, can be found at http://robocallindex.comcenter_img Top of the News Subscribe Community News More Cool Stuff 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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. Business News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Limerick handyman defrauded pensioner of her ‘nest egg’

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSCourtlimerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLimerick handyman defrauded pensioner of her ‘nest egg’By Staff Reporter – February 10, 2017 1425 Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin Previous articleLIT students host articulating the workspace exhibitionNext articleLimerick set to face Wexford in NHL opener Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Emailcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Circuit CourtA COUNTY Limerick handyman who stole more than €26,000 from an 87-year-old woman now living in a nursing home, has been granted additional time by a judge to get money to repay the woman.Thomas Fitzgerald (26) of Ballinvulin, Newcastle West stole two cheque books from the woman who he had been doing odd jobs for in November 2013.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Over the following five months, he cashed the cheques at shops and banks.After his signature on one of the cheques was queried, he was charged with 48 offences and pleaded guilty to 12 of them.He wrote cheques from €400 to €950 in value and stole a total of €26,480.He admitted he “frittered away” the money on cars, cigarettes and drink.In her victim impact statement, the woman, who now lives in a nursing home, said she finds it hard to trust people after her life savings “and nest egg” was taken.In the time since his arrest, Fitzgerald regained part-time employment and was saving €1,000 a month. He had managed to accumulate €11,609 to date and was making every effort to repay the balance.Defence counsel Emmett O’Brien said his client used alcohol as a crutch and had his share of difficulties in the past.However, Judge Tom O’Donnell described the thefts as a part of a “very mean spirited affair that defrauded a substantial amount of money from an elderly lady.He ordered that the money already collected was to be immediately handed over to the victim and adjourned the case until next October. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Landgraf pledges to re-file ‘Monica’s Law’ bill

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Judge Tracey Scown talks about human trafficking at the Crime Victims Rights Awareness Luncheon, at the American Legion building today. Facebook Monica Deming is the namesake for “Monica’s Law.” Deming, 32, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2015, who had two previously had two protection orders placed against him for domestic violence. Facebook During a luncheon today spreading awareness of victims’ rights, State Rep. Brooks Landgraf pledged to re-file a bill that could help prevent domestic violence and protect victims.Landgraf told the crowd the story of how he met former Odessa police officer Jon Nielsen, who told Landgraf how his daughter, 32-year-old Monica Deming, had been murdered in an act of domestic violence in 2015.Deming was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, despite him having two separate protective orders for domestic violence issued against him, which he was able to hide from Odessa police due to them being from other jurisdictions, and no database available to show Nielson’s history of protective orders due to domestic violence.With Nielson’s assistance, Landgraf was able to file a bill with Texas Congress called “Monica’s Law,” which would create an online database available to the public and law enforcement listing protective orders issued by Texas courts as a result of domestic violence. While the bill was able to be passed by the Texas House of Representatives in 2017, it was not able to be passed by the Texas Senate before the legislation period ended. Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis speaks to the Crime Victims Rights Awareness Luncheon, at the American Legion building today. Landgraf pledges to re-file ‘Monica’s Law’ bill Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis speaks to the Crime Victims Rights Awareness Luncheon, at the American Legion building today. “I stand before you here today saying that that fight is not over,” Landgraf told those in attendance. “We owe it to Monica, we owe it to Monica’s family, and the thousands of other victims and their families who are in the same or similar situation.”With that, Landgraf announced he would be re-filing “Monica’s law” during the 2019 legislative session.Without that bill creating the online database, those who have domestic violence orders filed against them may be able to hide those orders from separate jurisdictions. Landgraf said he has talked with numerous women, including a girl he went to high school with, who told him that had something like this been on the books, it may have prevented them from becoming victims of domestic violence themselves.“When the legislature convenes next year, this is when we will finish the fight, and it’s going to take everyone to do that,” he said. “If we all work together, we can make Monica’s Law Texas law once and for all.”Landgraf said he found it appropriate to make this announcement Wednesday at the luncheon, which was hosted by the Ector County Victims Coalition to spread awareness on victims’ rights and acknowledge members of the community who help to uphold those rights.Odessa Police Chief Mike Gerke also spoke at the event on how the very first responsibility of the Odessa Police Department is to do no harm, and said that really depends on how they treat victims of crime.“When we go to a crime, it should not be about the officers, it should be about the victim,” Gerke said. “Everything should be about the people we serve. That’s our sworn duty.”Gerke said that some of the ways they help to serve victims is by automatically filing 30-day protective orders for every victim of domestic violence, and conducting periodic checks on residents and victims with protective orders to ensure compliance, which he said has lead to several arrests for protective order violations.“You need to visit with those victims to make sure they’re okay and let them know there are options for them,” Gerke said. “There is hope. Hope is a powerful thing.”center_img Twitter Pinterest Awards wait to be presented at the Crime Victims Rights Awareness Luncheon, at the American Legion building today. Twitter By admin – April 11, 2018 Previous articleDAILY OIL PRICE: April 11Next articleGirl, 4, killed in West Odessa wreck admin Local NewsGovernment WhatsApp 1 of 6last_img read more

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Investment and the Rental Market

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Investment Rental 2019-10-09 Seth Welborn Previous: Investors Feeling Bullish on Millennial Homebuyers Next: Demand for VA Mortgages Spurs Hiring October 9, 2019 1,731 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Investment Rental Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Share Savecenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Investment and the Rental Market Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post About Author: Seth Welborn Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the September issue of DS News.Molly Boesel has more than 20 years’ experience in mortgage market analysis, model development, and risk analysis in the housing finance industry. She previously worked at both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. While at Fannie Mae, she provided the GSE’s official monthly forecast for the economy, housing market, and mortgage market stocks and flows, as well as providing analyses on trends in the mortgage market, including characteristics of borrowers, homeowners, and mortgage products.DS News spoke to Boesel on trends impacting the investment and rental market, including the ongoing trade war and the QM patch.How has the influx of single-family rentals impacted the market?The stock of single-family rentals grew during the foreclosure crisis as investors turned foreclosed homes into rentals. While there has been an influx of single-family rentals, demand for these rentals has also been high. Some of the demand has come from households displaced by foreclosure and some has come from millennial households who are looking for a single-family home but are not ready to buy. Just as the market has a low supply of for-sale housing, some markets also have a low supply of for-rent housing, which has driven rents up.Built-for-rent properties will most likely be built in areas where there is a need for more rental supply.Do recent indicators such as the inversion of the yield curve and the Fed’s lowering interest rates signal a recession on the horizon? And what would a recession mean for housing?The U.S. is currently in the longest economic expansion recorded. While economic expansions eventually end, indicators such as an inverted yield curve or monetary easing don’t always signal an impending recession. Consumers are still confident and they are still spending money. Unemployment is low, and the economy continues to grow. Whenever a recession would hit, housing will be in good shape to weather a downturn. Unlike the last recession, homeowners are in a good position. Eight-plus years of increasing home prices have resulted in record amounts of home equity. Unlike the mid-2000s, owners aren’t tapping into this equity. Delinquencies are near record-low levels. Also unlike the mid-2000s there is a shortage of for-sale housing.How is the trade war and tariffs impacting housing?We keep hearing about a shortage of for-sale housing, particularly at the lower-price points. Newly constructed homes help ease that shortage. However, tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum increased the cost of building materials, increasing the cost of new construction.What factors are keeping first-time buyers out of the market?Our research tells us that millennials, particularly the oldest ones, have a desire to become homeowners. Older millennials (those aged 30–38) are actively engaged in homebuying, with the majority of them either already purchasing homes or expecting to do so in the next year. Younger millennials are primarily renters, though roughly a quarter of the younger millennials have already purchased a home.So, the demand is there, but there are barriers to owning for these households. For those not interested in buying, most cite affordability as the primary reason—they say they can’t afford a home, they can’t find a home where they want to live, or they can’t come up with a downpayment.Are there any shifting regulatory factors to look out for in the near future?We are keeping our eye on the expiration of the QM patch—the temporary category under which loans eligible for purchase by the GSEs qualify as QM loans. While January 2021 might seem like a long way away, policy makers are discussing the patch and CoreLogic has been studying the impacts of the QM patch and the size of this market.What are some way affordability is being hindered or helped?Rapidly rising home prices, especially of lower-priced homes, has made homes unaffordable for many would-be buyers. However, while home prices have continued to increase, the rate of increase has slowed sharply. If you add to that the recent decrease in mortgage interest rates, you end up with lower mortgage payments. Payments on loans made starting this spring are lower than they were a year ago.What does your day-to-day look like at CoreLogic?On most days I am looking over research and data releases put out by the Office of the Chief Economist. Each of the data releases is accompanied by a blog, and there are always interview requests. Besides the data releases, I like to take a deeper dive into the CoreLogic property records to evaluate data quality and to find new trends. Finally, I don’t want to forget about the great team we have in the Office of the Chief Economist. Typically, you can find us sharing research results and talking over current events while we take lunch in the breakroom of our newly redesigned Vienna, Virginia, office. 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bp Ventures, Woodside Energy and Blue Ocean Monitoring back BOSS in £10m funding round

first_imgBOSS is developing an autonomous underwater vehicle to conduct offshore seismic surveys bp Ventures, Woodside Energy and Blue Ocean Monitoring back BOSS in £10m funding round. (Credit: Blue Ocean Seismic Services) Blue Ocean Seismic Services, the marine seismic survey disruptor, has secured a total of £10 million of Series A investment from a group of world-leading energy technology and investment companies: bp Ventures, Woodside Energy and Blue Ocean Monitoring.The investment will be deployed to continue the development of a fully integrated system which uses long endurance self-repositioning autonomous underwater nodes to conduct offshore seismic surveys for oil and gas exploration and reservoir optimisation, whilst also identifying and monitoring carbon storage opportunities under the seabed.The technology has been designed to be fully containerised, scalable and modular allowing fordeployment to survey locations across the globe. While collecting high quality seismic data, the vehicle is anticipated to deliver substantial cost savings and to facilitate a significant reduction in survey time, thereby enabling results to be delivered much faster and at a lower cost than is available through current technologies. In addition to these commercial benefits, BOSS’ integrated autonomous system will reduce the HSSE risks, while the reduced survey time and the use of autonomous vessels will have a range of environmental benefits such as significantly reduced carbon emissions during operations.To support the project, BOSS has appointed a highly experienced technical team, and has a number of forthcoming engineering roles providing BOSS with the in-house expertise to develop its first autonomous underwater vehicle. In line with its strategy to establish a presence in key oil and gas markets, the team has established a new corporate head office, lab and workshop facility inFarnborough, UK, adding to its existing premises in Perth, Australia. It is planning to open other offices from next year.All three investors are actively involved in developing the technology and are represented at Boardlevel.Simon Illingworth, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Blue Ocean Seismic Services said: “This significant investment marks an important milestone in the development of our revolutionary underwater vehicle and we are excited to be opening up a range of new job opportunities in Farnborough. This support from major industry innovators serves as a strong endorsement for our technology and vision as we continue our journey to disrupt the marine seismic acquisition sector. Through our technology, future customers will be able to explore the subsurface of the ocean whilst substantially reducing risk, carbon emissions, duration and cost, enabling customers to overcome a range of challenges.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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