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Senior Bangladeshi diplomat named UN envoy for poorest nations

Senior Bangladeshi diplomat named UN envoy for poorest nations

Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, who until recently served as Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, was named the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, the spokesman said. The UN currently designates 49 nations as so-called LDCs, or Least Developed Countries, which account for 610.5 million people – equivalent to 10.5 per cent of world population. These States receive special attention from UN programmes dealing with development. read more

On Safer Internet Day UN joins global call to boost online safety

On Safer Internet Day UN joins global call to boost online safety

“Child online safety is now much higher on the political agenda of many countries, and has become a top priority for a wide variety of stakeholders, including businesses and financial institutions,” said Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in a message on Safe Internet Day. “I warmly encourage all of you to join us today in promoting the increasingly vital need to keep everyone, and especially our young people, safe online,” Mr. Zhao said.According to ITU, in 2013, 30 per cent of the world’s youth were “digital natives” – defined as 15-24 years old with five or more years of experience online. And by 2018, this is expected to double in the developing world, growing from 22.8 per cent to 53 per cent of young Internet users. “Creating a better Internet together” is this year’s theme,” the ITU Secretary-General said. “The word ‘together’ is the key. It’s a word we hear very often. But in reality, in the online world global collaboration is not so easily implemented.”He went on to say: “Safer Internet Day is a great example of how the international community can start to collaborate in a harmonized way to create a better environment for all.”Meanwhile, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais; the Special Rapporteur on sale and sexual exploitation of children, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio; and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, called on States and the IT industry to tackle head on online child sexual abuse and exploitation, while protecting the right to freedom of expression of both children and adults.In a joint statement, the experts said that “openness and accessibility are fundamental aspects of the Internet – but therein also lie some of the greatest risks.”“New technologies are easing the production and proliferation of child abuse material, with new exploitative activities appearing such as the live streaming of child sexual abuse on demand,” according to their statement. “The quantification and identification of cases are made difficult by the possibility of concealing illegal activities on the Internet. The harm caused to child victims is amplified when images of abuse and exploitation go viral.”The statement went on to note that: considerable progress has been made in recent years in addressing risks and harms while maximizing opportunities offered by new technologies to prevent online abuse and empower children, but “it is high time to scale up these efforts by connecting through a truly global alliance to develop an empowering, safe and inclusive digital agenda for children.”“We need an empowering, inclusive and safe Internet for all children, wherever they are,” it said. “Let us all connect safely to make it happen!”Safer Internet Day is marked on 10 February globally to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and explore the role that all stakeholders can play in helping to create a better internet and safer online community. read more

Urban Meyer praises Larry Johnson hire breaks down keys to Penn State

Urban Meyer praises Larry Johnson hire breaks down keys to Penn State

Four days before the Buckeyes are scheduled to take the field against Penn State, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer took to the Big Ten teleconference to discuss a quality coaching addition, keys to the Penn State matchup and the development of some young Buckeyes.OSU (5-1, 2-0) is set to take on the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2) after beating Rutgers, 56-17, last weekend.Meyer said losing Mike Vrabel to the NFL was like losing a key player. “You can’t replace him with a lesser quality coach.” He added that he “pinpointed” Larry Johnson when he first got to OSU, and brought him in after Vrabel left. “He’s done a great job for us.”Meyer said he talked to Johnson about Penn State junior defensive lineman Anthony Zettel. He said Zettel is “a great inside player, pass rusher, spins on contact. He’s an athletic guy playing inside.”He said redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall wasn’t a good practice player last season, and was lazy in the classroom. Meyer said he’s now one of the Buckeyes’ “better practice players” and added that he “does well in school.”More on Marshall: “A gentleman, a guy who represents Ohio State the right way.”Meyer on redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett: “He’s saved our bacon a few times” with his scrambling ability.He said quarterbacks need to have escapability, but don’t need to have world-class speed. “We cannot not have that kind of player again,” he said.Meyer said “everything starts” with the matchup in the trenches. He had specific praise for sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa.He said there are “a bunch” of guys on the defensive line who need to earn more playing time. “It’s time for them to start contributing more,” he said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face-off with Penn State on Saturday in State College, Pa. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Settlement Talks Begin With Jerry Sandusky Victims

Settlement Talks Begin With Jerry Sandusky Victims

Jerry Sandusky victims could soon be getting paid for the anguish the convicted child molester inflicted on them. Mediators appointed by Penn State have begun settlement discussions with at least 20 men who accused Sandusky of sexual abuse, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.The accusers involved in the talks include eight who were named in the state prosecutors’ case against Sandusky, four who filed lawsuits or alleged molestation via the media, and at least eight others who have not made their allegations public.“All of these claims will be very different from one another factually and potentially legally,” negotiator Michael K. Rozen told the Inquirer. “We’re having lots of discussions so far about how to go about evaluating them.”Rozen and law partner Kenneth R. Feinberg handled the compensation for the Sept. 11 victims fund and victims of the 2010 BP Gulf oil spill, and Penn State hired them to handle negotiations for settlements with Sandusky’s alleged victims.“Right now, we’re trying to think through how we transparently – both to the claimants and the university – put the claims into some sort of hierarchy,” Rozen said. “Because there’s so much attention being paid to this, we don’t think we can have 20 separate negotiations and 20 separate resolutions.”No one has publicly provided an estimate of how much the university may be willing to pay in settlements to Sandusky’s victims.At 68, the sentence by judge John Cleland means Sandusky will likely die in prison, which is what many of the jurors said he deserved for manipulating youths he preyed on in his charity organization, Second Mile.Legendary coach Joe Paterno was fired in the aftermath of Sandusky’s arrest and later died from complications of cancer.Penn State president Rodney Erickson issued a statement that read, in part: “While today’s sentence cannot erase what has happened, hopefully it can provide comfort to those effected by those horrible events.”Sandusky maintains his innocence and plans to appeal, a process his lawyer, Joe Amedola, has said will probably begin in the coming weeks. read more

2014 Big Ten Media Days Urban Meyer has worries about College Football

2014 Big Ten Media Days Urban Meyer has worries about College Football

OSU football coach Urban Meyer answers questions from the media at the 2014 Big Ten Media Days July 29 in Chicago.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorCHICAGO –– Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer expressed his concerns with the new College Football Playoff system during day two of the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.Meyer said Tuesday that while he believes the new system will be “great,” he worries about “fan fatigue, student-athlete fatigue and student-athlete family fatigue.”“We were talking about that at dinner last night,” Meyer said. “If I am (OSU senior defensive lineman) Michael Bennett’s family, and we go on a nice run, you can plan on spending $20,000 going to the Big Ten Championship Game, going to the semi-final game and going to the championship game.”Meyer said he was worried about his players’ families’ ability to watch their sons play and said he believes something needs to be done.“I think the NCAA — that needs to be addressed,” Meyer said. “How is that family going to not go watch their kid play? If I was on that committee I would have addressed that first.”Meyer went as far to say that be believes the players should be involved.“I think the student-athlete should have a say-so in that,” Meyer said. “It is not just a commissioner’s role. I got a feeling their families will go for free to the national championship game but my starting centers can’t? That’s not right.”Bennett said he thinks the playoff will be fun, but had not yet thought about the cost of travel for families.“That is three big vacation trips in about a month,” Bennett said. “That would be something that families have got to save up for and a lot of families won’t be able to afford.”College Football Playoff Chief Operating Officer Michael Kelly said he was excited about the playoff process, and said that the semi-final and national championship festivities will be similar to those in years past.“We’re going to take the former template of the BCS National Championship game week and transfer that into the College Football Playoff semifinal week,” Kelly said. “And by that they’ll be in town for six nights, but the first half of the event and activities in the community will be front loaded. They’ll have a great time. They’ll enjoy that.”Meyer said he is not so sure.“The kids get to go but the parents have to pay,” Meyer said. “They (parents) drive in the day of the game and they watch the game, and they go home.”Meyer said he believes that a “very small percentage” of his players’ families would be able to afford to travel to the bowl games and “do it the right way.”Bennett said he believes some money could be given to players’ families so that they could attend their sons’ games.“I think that would be nice, and not too much to ask for,” Bennett said of possible funding for the families. “It is not like they need anything extravagant, but to be able to see their children play in big time games instead of having to pick and choose. You don’t want to watch the Big Ten Championship and not have money to watch the national championship.”Meyer said he is not sure if the issue has been addressed yet, but believes it needs to be.“Doesn’t it have to?” Meyer said. “It might have been already discussed. I am hoping it has been. I have not sat in those meetings.”Meyer’s Buckeyes are scheduled to begin the 2014 season at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., against Navy Aug. 30. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Doctors sent home sepsis sufferer who told them he felt like he

Doctors sent home sepsis sufferer who told them he felt like he

Senior coroner Roger Hatch said doctors should have checked him for sepsis Senior coroner Roger Hatch said doctors should have checked him for sepsisCredit:PA Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has accepted liability and admitted breaching a duty of care by discharging Mr Mason with such symptoms.Mr Mason died after his organs began to fail and he had a cardiac arrest while in an induced coma.His mother, Fiona Mason, said she hoped these issues would be “acted on with all seriousness” as she remembered her son as a popular man who was looking forward to his career and going travelling.She said: “Our house used to be full of laughter and life. It is now quiet and we are all struggling.”If changes are made that result in lives being saved, that will be of some small comfort.” “This should have occurred when he attended the hospital six hours earlier on March 16 when he first presented.”However, the initial failures to correctly diagnose and treat Mr Mason did not amount to neglect, the coroner said. A student was failed by doctors who didn’t spot he had sepsis, a coroner ruled at his inquest after medics sent him home despite him telling them he “felt like he was dying”.Tim Mason, 21, had flu-like symptoms but was discharged just after 8am on March 16 without further treatment, an inquest in Maidstone, Kent, heard.But hours later the Sussex Downs College student, who was training to be an electrical engineer, was rushed back into Tunbridge Wells Hospital’s accident and emergency department for the second time that day. He was appropriately treated, but died hours later.Senior coroner Roger Hatch, delivering a narrative inquest verdict, said that given the results of his blood test, temperature and heart rate, Mr Mason should have received a sepsis screening and been reviewed by a senior doctor when he was first at hospital.The coroner said: “Had he been correctly diagnosed it is most likely he would have been prescribed intravenous antibiotics and he would not have died. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Khaleda faces further trials at makeshift court

Khaleda faces further trials at makeshift court

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoA total of 14 cases against Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia were shifted to the makeshift court set up at Dhaka Alia Madrasha field.An official order in this regard was issued on Thursday.Trial of two other cases against the BNP chief — Zia Charitable Trust graft case and Zia Orphanage Trust case — is also going on in the same court.Court sources said among the 14 cases, trial of nine case are going on at Dhaka metropolitan sessions court, three are under trial at special judges’ court, and two are under Dhaka chief metropolitan magistrate court.Among the cases, three were filed during the army-backed caretaker government tenure, 10 filed in 2015, and one in 2016.Speaking with Prothom Alo, Mahbub Uddin said, “Law is equal for all. However, cases against Khaleda Zia are being treated differently.”He also said government is doing this to harass the BNP chief, to humiliate her and to keep her away from the politics.Public prosecutor of the Dhaka metropolitan sessions judges court Abdullah Abu meanwhile denied the transfer of the cases to be politically motivated.The cases were transferred keeping the security issue of the BNP chief in mind, he said.The BNP chief placed her arguments in self-defence before the court in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The date of the verdict on Zia charitable trust case will be fixed after the argument in the case takes place on 9 and 10 January.According to the court documents, Khaleda Zia has five graft cases against her and a total of 32 cases in different courts of the country including sedition, murder (accused of aiding and abating) distorting history, commentary on Bangabandhu, celebrating false birthday.Deputy commissioner (crime information and prosecution department) Anisur Rahman said the law, judiciary and parliament related ministry issued the official order on 4 January by the order of president.According to the order, the judges of the related court will hold the proceedings at the makeshift court premises.Cases filed against Khaleda ZiaBarapukuria graft case: ACC filed the case with Shahbag police station in 2006 against Khaleda Zia for corruption in Barapukuria coalmining, maintenance and management. The case is under trial in Dhaka special judges court-2.Gatco case: Global Agro Trade (Pvt) Co Ltd (GATCO) graft case has been filed by ACC against Khaleda Zia including 12 others with Tejgaon police station in 2007. The case is under trial in Dhaka special judges court-3.Niko graft case: The trial of Niko corruption case is proceeding under Dhaka special judges court-9. Anti Corruption Commission filed the case against Khaleda Zia and 11 others over charges that they abused power to award a deal to Canadian company Niko causing a loss of TK. 137.77 billion.Besides, chargesheets of nine cases against khaleda Zia accused of aiding and abetting distortion of history and instigation violence during Hartal (general strike) and blockade and defamation have been submitted.Zainul Abedin, Khaleda Zia’s lawyer told Prothom Alo, these cases are being shifted to the makeshift court on safety grounds. Ruling party is doing this to keep Khaleda Zia away from the election.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Saimul Huda and Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

At least 37 killed as suicide attacker targets Afghan school

At least 37 killed as suicide attacker targets Afghan school

first_imgAfghan volunteers carry an injured youth on a stretcher to a hospital following a suicide attack in Kabul on 15 August 2018. At least 37 people, the majority of them students, were killed when a suicide blast ripped through a school in a Shiite area of Kabul on 15 August, officials said, the latest assault on Afghanistan`s war-weary capital. Photo: AFPAt least 37 people, the majority of them students, were killed when a suicide blast ripped through a school in a Shiite area of Kabul Wednesday, officials said, the latest assault on Afghanistan’s war-weary capital.Around a dozen ambulances rushed to the Mawoud education centre in the western part of the city, where students and relatives described pulling bloodied victims from the rubble of a classroom that had been crowded with teenagers preparing to go to university.”At around 4:00pm this afternoon, a suicide attacker who had strapped explosives to his body detonated himself inside the Mawoud education centre,” police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said.”In the explosion 37 people were killed, more than 40 injured,” he said, adding that the “absolute majority” of them had been students.He warned the toll could rise. Other officials have put it at as high as 48 people killed, with scores more injured.It was not clear how many students were at the centre at the time of the attack.One witness, another student named Ali Ahmad, said as many as 100 students may have been inside when the bomber struck, but officials have not yet confirmed the figure.”My brother has been injured, possibly killed, because he wasn’t breathing when I took his bloodied body out of the bloody, burning classroom,” one man, who gave his name as Assadullah, said.He had been nearby when he heard the blast, and ran to the centre, he told AFP.His brother, Nusratullah, was around 17 years old, he said, sobbing over the phone.”He was a smart and energetic boy, top of his class,” Assadullah said. “Now… I am not sure he will survive.”There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which was swiftly condemned by president Ashraf Ghani in a statement.Both the Taliban and the Islamic State group (IS) have carried out devastating, high-profile attacks in Kabul in recent months, but the Taliban quickly denied they were involved.- Grinding conflict -The assault underscores the price that ordinary Afghans have paid in the grinding conflict as the country reels from a recent upsurge in militant violence, including a massive, days-long Taliban onslaught on the eastern city of Ghazni.Afghan forces appeared to have finally pushed Taliban fighters from the strategic provincial capital on Wednesday, as shopkeepers and residents warily returned to the streets after days of intense ground fighting and US airstrikes.Security forces were on patrol and no militants were in sight in the centre of the shattered city, with fighting which began late Thursday seeming to have finally ceased.But analysts said the Taliban had scored a military and psychological victory against Kabul in Ghazni, proving they have the strength to strike a strategically vital city near the capital at will and remain entrenched there for days.The fall of a northern base this week, with at least 17 soldiers killed, was a further blow to Afghan security forces, already demoralised by staggering casualties.”What we’ve seen over the last few days is a microcosm of the war in Afghanistan — overmatched Afghan troops, emboldened Taliban fighters, and American forces that eventually come in to help bail the Afghans out,” analyst Michael Kugelman of the Wilson Center in Washington told AFP.”What’s crystal clear is that nearly four years after the Afghan security forces took over the war efforts, they’re still woefully unprepared for the task — despite very real improvements in capacities in recent years.”That gives the government a strong incentive to build on recent, tentative signs that diplomatic efforts to kick-start peace negotiations are starting to bear fruit, he said.But for the insurgents, Ghazni in particular was being seen as a show of strength. “For the insurgents, the thinking is, ‘why quit when we’re ahead’?” Kugelman said.At least 100 security forces were killed in the fight for Ghazni, officials have said, with unconfirmed fears that at least as many civilians died.The surge in violence comes weeks after Afghans marked an unprecedented country-wide ceasefire between the Taliban and government forces in June, giving some relief to war-weary civilians.It also comes as US and Afghan forces intensify ground and air offensives against the Islamic State (IS), and the Taliban step up their turf war with the group.The Taliban have not claimed a major assault in Kabul for weeks.IS, however, has carried out multiple attacks in the eastern city of Jalalabad and the capital in recent months, and has increasingly targeted the Shiite minority.Earlier this month, IS claimed responsiblity for twin blasts at a mosque in the eastern city of Gardez that killed at least 35 people.last_img
UPDATE College Student From Houston Among Dozens Injured In Charlottesville

UPDATE College Student From Houston Among Dozens Injured In Charlottesville

first_img Share Twitter account @MCorreaKHOUNatalie Romero was protesting against the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville when a car plowed into a protest group. According to Go Fund Me, Romero’s mother Erica Chaves said the 20 year old was hit by the car.A picture on her  page shows bloody face bandages and the extent of her injuries. Romero graduated from Bellaire High School in 2016 and is studying on scholarship at University of Virginia.While Romero is recovering in hospital, the fund has raised more than $100,000 by Monday August 14th at 3:30.Another counter protester was killed in the crash.last_img read more

I Guess Thats Why They Call It The Blues

I Guess Thats Why They Call It The Blues

first_imgWorry not! Try BluedYes, I know. When I feel down, I also frequently check the apps to see who might be lurking nearby, hoping there will be some cute young guys interested in meeting up with an older foreigner. Hasn’t it always been this way since the dawn of the internet age?Popular Gay AppsFor me, the first gay social networking sites I recall were gay.com, gaydar, a Thai site whose name I have long forgotten, and then eventually gay romeo. Gay.com was the most productive until I started a bit of travelling around Asia. It was then that gaydar seemed to come into its own. I have many fond memories of encounters over several years in Taiwan and Japan exclusively from these two sites.Cum and Check Out the Apps – tumblr.comNow gay.com is dead and gaydar, at least in Asia, has lost much of its lustre. With the advent of smartphones and Pads, the scene has changed dramatically. I can think of few gays who do not have Jack’d, Grindr and Hornet on their apps list.One Asian site founded in 2001 that provided a fantastic entry into the Chinese diaspora was fridae.com, somewhat surprisingly run out of gay-unfriendly Singapore. fridae eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) You can read full article here: http://www.asiaguys.net/i-guess-thats-why-they-call-it-the-blues/ SAWASDEE: Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Tom Daley poses nude for David Hockney – and reacts to drawing

Tom Daley poses nude for David Hockney – and reacts to drawing

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Diving champ Tom Daley has viewed a nude portrait of himself by artist David Hockney last August. Meet the man behind some of the most stunning male art in the world Tom Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black welcomed Robbie Ray into the world last month. The Olympic medal winner explains that he was named Robbie after Daley’s late father, and that Ray is a name from Dustin’s side of the family.Visiting the museum, the family talk about the drawing, in which you can see the slightest peep of Tom’s balls. Dustin says to Daley’s mom, ‘You’ve seen those before, haven’t you?’. Tom’s mom jokes back, ‘Quite a few times. Probably more times than you, Lance!’‘Well that was definitely weird,’ Tom goes on to say. ‘My mum, and my son, seeing me naked. I know my mum’s seen me naked but I was very young when that happened.’‘It’s been a while for me, as well,’ quips Lance.‘What? Twelve hours?’ shoots back Tom.See alsoTom Daley and Dustin Lance Black announce birth of their son Daley posted a photo to his Instagram yesterday of himself standing next to the subsequent charcoal and crayon drawing.The sketch is now on show at the Los Angeles Museum of Art as part of Hockney’s show, 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life. Daley also posted a video to his youtube channel.Hockney is one of the UK’s most revered artists. He rose to prominence in the 1960s and is most famed for his late 60s swimming pool series and paintings of friends.‘When you have a Hockney nude in LACMA • We went sightseeing as a family, and my mum saw me naked…we made a funny VLOG about it. There is a link in my story or you can just find it on YouTube if you see it…Tag me in any photos you take with it ’ (Photo: @tomdaley | Instagram)In an Instagram photo taken by husband Dustin Lance Black, Daley is seen covering his crotch with his hand, mirroring the pose he strikes in the drawing.Daley posted on YouTube: ‘Taking my Mum (NANA DEBS) sightseeing in LA was so much fun, we even got to take Robbie Ray to his first art gallery! Although it was embarrassing for them to see me naked! ’[embedded content] Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Why 478,082 people queued to see this gay artist’s record-breaking exhibit Tom Daley poses next to the David Hockney drawing (Photo: @tomdaley | Instagram) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Tom Daley takes Willam diving in dragTom Daley surprises Dustin Lance Black with anniversary trip to VeniceTom Daley wears rainbow pin while accepting silver medal in RussiaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/tom-daley-nude-david-hockney/last_img read more

Electro PranaYama gets groovy at Jazz Café

Electro PranaYama gets groovy at Jazz Café

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Indonesians protest Israels Gaza offensive

Indonesians protest Israels Gaza offensive

first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Indonesian police have fired tear gas to push back nearly 200 protesters at the U.S. Embassy in the capital angry over Israel’s offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza.Members of the Islamic Student Association rallied Wednesday in front of the embassy in Jakarta, waving Palestinian flags and holding banners that read: “Save Palestine from Israel, the terrorist.” Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Jakarta police spokesman Col. Rikwanto said protesters hurled rocks and eggs outside the embassy, forcing the anti-riot squad to fire tear gas to disperse the crowd. Twelve students were detained for questioning. No injuries were reported.The weeklong Israeli offensive against militants in Gaza has killed more than 130 Palestinians. Militant rocket fire into Israel has killed five Israelis.Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, is a strong supporter of the Palestinians.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

Applications for US jobless aid remain low at 276000

Applications for US jobless aid remain low at 276000

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The small number of people seeking benefits indicates that Americans are enjoying solid job security.Most economists are hopeful that the rock-bottom level of applications is a good sign hiring will remain healthy as well.Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, forecasts that the May jobs report, to be released Friday, will show that employers added 240,000 jobs.Applications “continue to show no sign of an uptrend, consistent with a still-strong trend in employment growth,” O’Sullivan wrote in a note to clients.Analysts anticipate that the jobs report will show that employers added a solid 227,000 jobs last month, on top of the 223,000 added in April. They also forecast that the unemployment rate will remain 5.4 percent, a seven-year low.The number of Americans receiving unemployment aid fell to just below 2.2 million, the fewest since November 2000. That’s just a fraction of the 8.5 million unemployed. Some of those out of work have used up all their benefits, while others, such as recent college graduates searching for work, aren’t eligible for aid.Job growth has remained healthy even as economic growth has faltered. That’s an important sign that the slowdown hasn’t frightened employers and may be temporary. On Wednesday, payroll processor ADP said that businesses added 201,000 jobs last month, up from 165,000 in April. The ADP’s figures frequently diverge from the government’s more comprehensive report. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories center_img The economy contracted 0.7 percent in the first three months of the year, a sharp slowdown from growth of 3.6 percent in the second half of 2014. Yet most economists expect growth will recover to a 2 percent to 2.5 percent pace in the second quarter.There are some signs the economy is turning around.The trade gap tumbled 19.2 percent in April as exports rose slightly while imports fell. Imports were artificially inflated in March by the end of a labor dispute at West Coast ports, which unleashed a flood of overseas goods that had been trapped on the docks. The narrower trade gap in April should lift growth in the second quarter.Americans ramped up their car purchases in May. Sales rose 2 percent to 1.64 million cars and trucks, according to Autodata Corp., the fastest sales pace since July 2005.Still, consumers remain cautious and are reluctant to boost their spending in other areas. That has surprised economists, who expected greater hiring and lower gas prices to lift spending. Gas prices have picked up in recent months, but remain about $1 a gallon cheaper than a year ago. Tepid consumer spending is holding back growth.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign that job cuts remain low as employers are confident enough in the business outlook to hold onto their staffs.The Labor Department says applications for unemployment aid dropped 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 276,000. The four-week average, a less volatile figure, ticked up 2,750 to 274,750.Applications have been below 300,000, a historically low level, for 13 weeks. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top Stories last_img read more

Ellie Mae DocMagic Come to Terms on Antitrust Settlement

Ellie Mae DocMagic Come to Terms on Antitrust Settlement

first_img in Government, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Ellie Mae, DocMagic Come to Terms on Antitrust Settlement Share After a three-year battle, “”Ellie Mae””:http://www.elliemae.com/ and software developer “”DocMagic””:https://www.docmagic.com/ reached a settlement over an antitrust suit, the companies announced jointly.[IMAGE]DocMagic first filed against Ellie Mae in August 2009, alleging “”antitrust violations, intentional interference with contractual relationships, interference with prospective economic advantage, and unfair competition,”” according to a company release sent out at the time. DocMagic also claimed Ellie Mae misused its intellectual property in Ellie Mae’s own Docs system.According to DocMagic, the company’s access to the ePASS network was terminated by Ellie Mae, which then “”subsequently took drastic steps to prevent its users from accessing DocMagic products through unfair and anti-competitive behavior,”” including the transferal of DocMagic users to Ellie Mae’s own loan document service.””These kinds of actions create unnecessary problems for our industry and the flow of business which only hurts the customers we serve, and our industry’s recovery,”” DocMagic CEO Dominic Iannitti said at the time.The settlement comes after months of negotiation between the two companies and will restore their previous relationship.””This settlement ends the legal disputes and renews the former relationship between the two companies, with DocMagic agreeing to make its services available to lenders through the Ellie Mae Network,”” the companies said in a joint release. “”This agreement will enable the companies to focus resources on innovation and on enhancing the experience available to our mutual customers.””center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies DocMagic Ellie Mae Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-11 Tory Barringer October 11, 2012 427 Views last_img read more

FHFA Index Shows Mortgage Interest Rates are Down for May

FHFA Index Shows Mortgage Interest Rates are Down for May

first_img Federal Housing Finance Agency Interest rates Monthly Interest Rate Survey 2015-06-25 Staff Writer The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their Monthly Interest Rate Survey (MIRS) finding that on a national level, interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages decreased from April to May, according to several indices of new mortgage contracts.The survey found that the national average contract mortgage rate for the purchase of previously occupied homes by combined lenders index was 3.75 percent for loans closed in late May. This percentage was down three basis points from 3.78 percent in April.The average interest rate on conventional, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages of $417,000 or less was 3.90 percent, down three points from 3.93 in April, the FHFA reported.The FHFA also reported that the effective interest rate on all mortgage loans was 3.90 percent in May, down four points from 3.94 percent in April. The average loan amount for all loans was $310,900 in May, up $300 from $310,600 in April.The FHFA’s MIR Survey provides monthly information on interest rates loan terms, and house prices by property type (all, new, previously occupied), by loan type (fixed-or adjustable-rate), and by lender type (savings associations, mortgage companies, commercial banks, and savings banks), as well as information on 15-year and​​​ 30-year fixed-rate loans.  Additionally, the survey provides quarterly information on conventional loans by major metropolitan area and by Federal Home Loan Bank district.The FHFA surveyed a sample of mortgage lenders to report the terms and conditions on all single-family, fully amortized, purchase-money, nonfarm loans that they close during the last five business days of the month. The survey excludes FHA-insured and VA-guaranteed loans, multifamily loans, mobile home loans, and loans created by refinancing another mortgage.Click here to view the FHFA’s Monthly Interest Rate Survey. June 25, 2015 475 Views FHFA Index Shows Mortgage Interest Rates are Down for Maycenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

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