zoom US-based Chevron Shipping Company (CSC) has awarded the GAC Group a global three-year ship agency contract for both crude and LNG vessels.As informed, operations will be overseen by GAC Hub Agency offices in Dubai, Houston and Singapore with support from GAC’s network of offices and approved agents worldwide.GAC said that the new agreement secures its status as Chevron’s exclusive global agent in a partnership that spans more than 20 years.“This contract represents an important milestone for GAC as it solidifies our affiliation with CSC and allows us to further strengthen our service offerings and long-term relationship with them,” Lars Heisselberg, GAC’s Advanced Supplier Relationship Sponsor for CSC and GAC’s Group Vice President – Americas, commented.Chevron Shipping, part of Chevron Corporation, operates a fleet of approximately 30 ships.
Nawada (Bihar): Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday defended Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan’s remarks against BJP MP Rama Devi in Lok Sabha, saying they were not taken in the right spirit.”When brothers and sisters, mothers and sons meet and plant a kiss by way of affection, the gesture is not seen as having sexual overtones. Azam Khan’s words are not being taken in the right spirit,” Manjhi told reporters. The Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leader said Azam need not resign but should tender an apology to put an end to the matter.
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TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index soared as the loonie fell after the governor of the Bank of Canada signalled in a speech it would be taking a more cautious approach on any future rate hikes.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index climbed 135.54 points to 15,609.66 on the strength of broad-based gain that saw all major sectors, excluding gold, push ahead.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80.57 cents US, down 0.27 of a cent.Central bank governor Stephen Poloz stressed Wednesday there’s no prearranged route for further interest rate hikes after the sizzling national economy motivated him to raise the rate once in July and again earlier this month.The speech marked the first public comments by Poloz since the bank drew criticism for its communications approach ahead of the September hike, which caught many forecasters off guard.“So the major changes in his tone were that he’s going to monitor very closely movements in the long-term rates,” said Macan Nia, a senior investment strategist at Manulife Investments.“And I think the one line that really stuck out for market participants was that he said there’s no predetermined path for interest rates. As a result you saw the Canadian dollar sell off and you saw the TSX rally.”Nia said Poloz’s announcement was a primary driver for financials in particular. Also helping the TSX, he added, was the continuation of positive news about oil markets and a “bullish oil sentiment” over the past couple of weeks.The November crude contract was up 26 cents to US$52.14 per barrel.On the corporate front, Bombardier Inc.’s (TSX:BBD.B) shares lost more than seven per cent to close at $2.10 as investors weighed the prospect of a 220 per cent duty on U.S. sales of its flagship CSeries passenger jets and the European merger of two railway rivals.South of the border, New York stock indices jumped after a U.S. Labor Department report showed business investment rose in August for the second month in a row. Investors hope that means U.S. manufacturing is getting stronger as the global economy continues to improve.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 56.39 points to 22,340.71. The S&P 500 index added 10.20 points to 2,507.04 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 73.10 points to 6,453.26.Investors also eyed a proposed tax plan by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans that cuts tax rates for individuals and corporations, reduces the number of personal tax brackets, and nearly doubles the standard deduction used by most Americans. They propose to cut the top corporate tax rate to 25 per cent from its current 35 per cent.However, with months of negotiations likely ahead and many key details missing, it’s not clear what kind of plan might ultimately pass.“With the long-anticipated Trump tax reform package, you saw markets didn’t react either way immediately,” said Nia. “It’s short on details.”Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract was down $13.90 to US$1,287.80 an ounce.The November natural gas contract gained six cents to US$3.06 per mmBTU and the December copper contract edged up a penny at US$2.93 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
On Nov. 12, 1991, Theodore Dill Donahue decided it was time to clean out his apartment.Earlier that day, a tersely written news item had appeared at the bottom of the 14th page of the metro edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, noting that a woman’s body had been found in the woods outside the city, where it had been abandoned weeks earlier. Authorities hadn’t yet identified the woman as Denise Sharon Kulb, but Donahue, who had been dating the 27-year-old before her death, apparently felt it was time to get rid of the belongings that she had left behind before moving out. He showed up at Kulb’s mother’s house on the opposite side of Philadelphia later that day, handing over a pile of clothing.But there was one thing that he didn’t bring with him: a long, ribbed yellow sock.“He decided to keep that, for some reason,” Anthony Voci, the supervisor of the homicide unit for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, said at a Tuesday news conference.Now that missing sock has emerged as a crucial piece of evidence, although it’s not clear whether Donahue intended to keep it or simply forgot about it. On Tuesday, nearly 28 years after Kulb’s body was found, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and Pennsylvania State Police announced that her former boyfriend had been charged with murder. Reopening the cold case had been complicated by a lack of DNA evidence, so detectives instead revisited clues gathered nearly three decades ago, including the yellow sock. That led them to Donahue, who had chosen “TedBundy1967″as his email handle, combining the serial killer’s name with his own birth year, prosecutors said.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Authorities walking Theodore Dill Donahue now in front of @PAStatePolice Troop K barracks. He is accused of the 1991 murder of Denise Sharon Kulb. They were living together at the time on Salaignac St. in Wissahickon section of Philly. pic.twitter.com/icesbqxWwU— Mike D’Onofrio (@MikeDonofrio_) September 3, 2019The 52-year-old, who is being held without bond, also faces charges of evidence tampering, abuse of a corpse, obstruction of justice and making false reports to police. His attorney, R. Emmett Madden, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Donahue maintains he is innocent.“He denies the charges and we will dispute it in court,” Madden said.At the time of Kulb’s death, she was described in the Inquirer as a “streets girl” whose wild, free-spirited nature led her to drop out of high school and, ultimately, into a devastating heroin addiction. As her drug problem worsened, she began working as a prostitute, lost two children to foster care, handed two others over to their grandparents and ran into trouble with the law.A neighbour told the Inquirer that she was “always in trouble with drugs and alcohol and men,” which worried her mother and sisters. But her older sister, Debra Kulb, who worked at a bar under the elevated train tracks in their working-class neighbourhood, recalled how Denise had always walked in singing and dancing, making it impossible not to like her.“She always wanted everybody to love her,” she said. “She just looked for love in the wrong way.”It’s unclear how the outgoing mother of four met Donahue, who has worked as a pizza delivery man in Philadelphia for the better part of three decades, according to authorities. Officials say that she moved into his apartment on a sloping street lined with row-houses at the start of October 1991. To her family, it had seemed like things were looking up: Debra Kulb told the Inquirer that after Denise moved in with her boyfriend, she seemed to get her addiction under control, and they started letting her spend time with her oldest daughter on weekends again.“You could see that her confidence was up,” Kulb told the paper. “She was going to job interviews, she was glowing.”Sometimes cases get better with time, just like wine doesBut she moved out of Donahue’s apartment after only two weeks. Then Denise’s family learned that she had returned to sex work. When they gathered for a funeral on Oct. 19, 1991, they angrily confronted her about it.“I beat her up,” Debra Kulb told the Inquirer. “That was the last time I ever saw her.”That same day, family members told police, Denise got into a fight with Donahue outside the bar where her sister worked. She had moved out of his apartment just days earlier, according to investigators, and it was the last time anyone would see her alive. No one reported her missing, and nearly a month passed before police got a call about an unsettling discovery roughly 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia near the Delaware state line.That November, a resident of Chadds Ford Township, Pa., noticed that something seemed to be buried under the foliage near a secluded and undeveloped cul-de-sac. It was Denise Kulb’s body, which was so badly decomposed that it took the coroner’s office days to figure out who she was and to rule her death a homicide.Donahue was “obviously a person of interest” from the start, Voci said Tuesday. A friend told police that the pizza delivery man, who was 24 at the time, had previously made alarming comments about how Kulb was “not coming back.” Although Donahue denied any involvement, he did admit that his nickname was “Ted Bundy,” and he repeatedly called police in the days after his interview to ask about the autopsy results, authorities said. He also offered to help out with the investigation, in what detectives described as a “nervous manner.”But police didn’t feel that they had enough evidence to arrest the slain woman’s former boyfriend. By the time the 10th anniversary of Kulb’s death came in 2001, the case had gone cold. Authorities offered a $2,000 cash reward for any tips, but another decade passed with no arrests. Then, in 2015, the Pennsylvania State Police decided to revisit the investigation. When they returned to Donahue, they found that his story had changed.When initially questioned by police, Donahue said that he had last seen Kulb on Oct. 18, 1991, one day before her family remembered the two of them fighting outside a bar. He claimed that after buying and using crack together, they had been robbed at knifepoint, and she had run off to get help. Interviewed again in 2015, Donahue took back that story, saying that he had actually last seen Kulb outside a bar that day. He “admitted he had lied” in his original telling, Voci said, but didn’t admit to any involvement in her death.For the next few years, police worked their way through Donahue’s circle of acquaintances. They learned that, over the years, he had recounted details of Kulb’s death that only a perpetrator or eyewitness would know, such as how she had been found face-down in the woods after being strangled. He also told a friend that she had been found dead at his apartment in Philadelphia, Voci said.Then there were the yellow socks. When Kulb’s body was discovered, she was clad in only a sweater, according to authorities. But other clothing was piled on top of her — two pairs of pants, a T-shirt, a jacket and one pale-yellow knee sock. While searching Donahue’s apartment back in 1991, police found an identical sock, along with a job application with Kulb’s name on it.After reopening the case in 2015, detectives set out to confirm that the yellow socks were a pair, using photo-enhancing technology. They relied on assistance from Temple University’s photography department, which “dropped everything” to help, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Tuesday. What they saw confirmed their theory: The two socks matched.Authorities said Tuesday that the separated socks are “a key piece of evidence” bolstering their case against Donahue, but wouldn’t speculate on why police hadn’t felt that way when they made the discovery nearly three decades ago. “I can’t speak for what the investigators understood or believed at that point and time,” Voci said.Asked if the long delay between Kulb’s death and Donahue’s arrest had harmed the case, the prosecutor replied that the opposite was true. The passage of time, he said, allowed investigators to see how Donahue’s story had changed over the years.“Sometimes cases get better with time, just like wine does,” he said.
In a report to the Security Council issued today, Mr. Annan says his Personal Envoy, James Baker, recommended that the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) be extended to allow him to consult more with Rabat.”I concur with this view and hope that he will be receiving Morocco’s final reply before the end of April 2004,” Mr. Annan says.The peace plan, submitted by Mr. Baker last year, calls for a referendum on the status of Western Sahara. It was accepted by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro, known as Frente POLISARIO, in July.In his regular report, Mr. Annan says the recent round of confidence-building measures – telephone calls between Western Sahara and refugee camps in neighbouring Algeria resumed last week – mean the UN’s refugee agency thinks an exchange of family visits could begin next month.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) submitted a detailed plan in November on how the exchange of family visits between the refugee camps in Tindouf and Western Sahara could work.But Mr. Annan also warns that more relief aid is needed to ensure Western Saharan refugees do not succumb to acute and chronic malnutrition.”Without significant donor contributions, the Western Saharan refugee assistance programme may face a critical situation in the coming months.”
EHFhandball kosovohandball serbiakosovo ← Previous Story Poland to host European Championship 2016! Next Story → Tahirovic accepts HSV Hamburg offer, signs 1-year deal! The European Handball Federation (EHF) has rejected Kosovo’s bid for full membership, at the Saturday Congress in Monaco. Kosovo has been so far with the status “associate member”, a status that has been given to them in 2004 by the EHF, with a condition that the team does not wear any national symbols on their shirts.
DETECTIVES IN NEWTOWNABBEY are appealing for information following the attempted hijacking of a bus in the Carnmoney Road area of Glengormley yesterday evening at approximately 8.10pm.A crowd surrounded the bus and two masked me approached it and told the driver to park the vehicle across the road.However, police were quickly on the scene, the crowd dispersed and the bus driver drove his vehicle off. There was slight damage caused to the vehicle. It is not believed at this stage that anyone was injured during this incident.Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact them at Newtownabbey on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.
WARNING: This article contains an image of a graphic nature. AS NIGERIA CONFIRMED five more Ebola cases today and a second death from the virus, Ireland has pledged a further €120,000 in funding to help fight the spread of the disease.Minister of State Sean Sherlock expressed his concern that the virus was continuing to spread, saying today it was “extremely worrying and is having a devastating impact on already vulnerable communities”.The additional funding from Ireland brings our total to €350,000. It will be used to help raise awareness of transmission and prevention of the disease and to assist its containment.“I call on the international community to further support these efforts in a coordinated manner through the allocation of more human and financial resources to support these countries,” Sherlock said today. The lifeless body of a man lays unattended in the street as locals suspect him of dying from the deadly Ebola virus. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesSince breaking out earlier this year, the tropical virus has claimed almost 900 lives and infected more than 1,603 people across west Africa. The other cases have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.Reuters reported today that relative of victims have defied government orders and dumped infected bodies in the streets as authorities struggle to enforce tough measures to curb the outbreak.They did this to avoid facing quarantine, according to officials. Source: David GoldmanSpain’s government said today that it was sending an air force plane to Liberia to fly an elderly missionary infected with Ebola back home for treatment. A US aid worker has also been flown home.British Airways has now suspended all flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of August over the virus outbreak.- With additional reporting from AFP.Read: “He’s in good spirits” – New York hospital waits for test results on possible Ebola victim>More: Here’s everything we know about the ‘secret serum’ used to treat an American with Ebola>
The message to Mervin Vavasour and Henry Warre in 1845 might have gone like this:“Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to determine whether Hudson’s Bay forts in Oregon Territory might be overrun by Americans.”Their secret mission brought the undercover British army officers to Fort Vancouver, where its future as a British bastion was very much in question.The United States and Great Britain were engaged in a tug of war over the Pacific Northwest. Under a joint occupation treaty, it was a destination for American settlers and the hub of a British trading operation.An observer noted that British subjects “had great difficulty in protecting their lands and possessions from the desperate characters, chiefly the refuse of the Western States.”That dispute is the theme of Saturday’s Campfires & Candlelight living-history event at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. It was inspired by the journal of Thomas Lowe, a Hudson’s Bay Company clerk, assistant curator Meagan Huff said.
Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez, visited the wake of Josep Lluis Nuñez, the former Barcelona president who passed away last Monday.Florentino Perez is widely considered as one of the best football club presidents in recent history, but he just revealed that he followed the footsteps of the late Josep Lluis Nuñez who passed away this Monday at the age of 87 years old.The man who completely modernized FC Barcelona as a club, will forever be considered as one of the best presidents in the Catalan club’s history and is one of Florentino Perez’s biggest examples to follow as a chairman.Nuñez was the one who had the brilliant idea of bringing the late great Johan Cruyff back to Barcelona as the manager in 1988, he also supported the idea of giving an opportunity to the club’s football academy and completely revolutionized the club’s philosophy from the core out.The sadness that Nuñez’s passing has brought to all the Spanish football community is unmeasurable, people from every club have expressed their sympathy to his family and talked about the impact he had in modern football with his innovative ideas.The Josep Lluís Núñez memorial at Camp Nou opens on Tuesday at 10.00am CET. pic.twitter.com/yxrKhut5ry— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 3, 2018For the Real Madrid president who is considered a visionary for the way he leads Los Blancos, Nuñez represents everything he has ever aspired to become and attended the wake ceremony at the Espai Memorial at 18:30 alongside Emilio Butragueño.Perez spoke about the former president in front of the people who also attended the ceremony, to reveal how much admiration he has for the recently deceased man.“I would like to manifest my deepest condolences to Josep Lluis Nuñez’s family, to Barcelona and all the fans; I would also like to express my acknowledgment and respect for a great president, who is one of the greatest football club presidents in the world,” said Florentino via Diario AS.“Everybody has already praised his career in the last few days. Nobody doubts that there was a before and after his presidency at Barcelona.”“He was a key figure in the club’s modernization, professionalization, and internationalization that elevated the sport to a whole new category.”“All the other presidents who came after him, have to be grateful that he showed us the path with his energy.”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“It is thanks to things of this nature and presidents like him, that Real Madrid and Barcelona are the two best clubs in the world. This is my opinion,” he concluded.Members of the Board of Directors, personalities, members and supporters of Barça begin to pay tribute to Josep Lluís Núñez at the Camp Nou Memorial Space pic.twitter.com/zw9Id460tg— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 4, 2018Butragueño also spoke to Barça TV about the late former president’s term at the club, which lasted from 1978 until the year 2000.“It was a very long period, the longest that Barcelona has experienced with a president. His arrival brought a new chapter within the world of club management; he helped transform Barcelona into a professional football club,” said Butragueño on Barça TV.“He also brought one of the best players in the world to the club (Brazilian Ronaldo), he always saw the bigger picture and I believe he was an extraordinary president.”“He was obviously our rival, because he made things very difficult for us every year but we always had the utmost respect for his work for a long time.”“I never spoke directly to him because he didn’t really attend any sports ceremony or gala, the one who went was Nicilau Casaus.”“We barely crossed paths, that is the truth. But nobody can deny that his mark will remain in the heart of every Barcelona supporter for a long time,” he concluded.El ex presidente de la Generalitat Artur Mas, el ex presidente del Barça Enric Reyna, el presidente del Real Madrid Florentino Pérez, y el presidente del Espanyol Chen Yansheng, entre las personalidades que han visitado el Espacio Memorial de Josep Lluís Núñez pic.twitter.com/IGX2L5h7lU— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) December 4, 2018Who is the most spectacular transfer that Josep Lluis Nuñez brought to FC Barcelona during his presidency? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
o What: Pancake breakfast to benefit the North County Community Food Bank’s Christmas food basket program.o When: 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday.o Where: Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St.o Cost: Cash donations. Donations to the Christmas basket fund can also be made in Battle Ground at the Food Bank, 17 N.E. Third Ave., or at the Riverview Bank. To volunteer to sort and distribute baskets, call John Idsinga, 360-852-4960.The seven members of the Battle Ground City Council will take a break from establishing city policies to don aprons and flip pancakes Saturday morning.The event will raise money for the North County Community Food Bank’s Christmas food basket program, which provides fixin’s for Christmas meals to families in need.Last year, the food bank prepared boxes for about 260 families. In addition, local organizations adopted more than 100 families, purchasing gifts and meals for each family. In total, the food bank helped about 400 families in the Battle Ground area, which includes Amboy, Yacolt, Brush Prairie and Hockinson. This year, the food bank anticipates the number to be closer to 450.“Every year I tell people the need is greater this year than last,” said basket organizer John Idsinga. “I wish I didn’t have to say that, but it’s the truth.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A rift between the White House and the Senate over language in a manager’s amendment to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill reversing the administration’s agreement to end sanctions on Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE likely will complicate the measure’s path to enactment, but House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) on Wednesday said he is confident the issue will not block the defense policy bill from becoming law. “Our job is to try to do the best we can for the country, we obviously want to see a bill signed into law,” Thornberry said, reported CQ. “We will see what the administration’s positions are as we work our way through this, and either adjust or not adjust depending on what we think about it.”The Senate amendment is not yet part of the underlying measure but will be voted on as part of a package of 45 amendments that have been attached to the text of the bill. The provision, which appears to have strong support within the chamber, would reinstate a seven-year ban on U.S. export sales to the company — dubbed the death penalty for ZTE — for violating U.S. law by selling equipment to Iran and North Korea. Assuming the language is included in the Senate version of the defense bill, it likely would face skepticism from at least some House lawmakers in conference. And if it survives the conference committee, the next step would be a showdown with President Trump over whether he would veto the bill over the provision.On Wednesday, the Senate voted down proposals to scuttle two contentious amendments to the authorization bill — one would require new or modified nuclear weapons, such as a proposed low-yield warhead, to be authorized by Congress; and the other would bar the indefinite detention without trial of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent U.S. residents.
Bhutan’s yearly literary festival – The Mountain Echoes – returned for its tenth edition on August 23. Bollywood actress Richa Chadha was invited by the festival as a key guest.Richa will be a part of a screenwriting session called ‘From Script to Screen – films coming alive’ which will be moderated by Vani Tripathi. Her co-speaker will be none other than the acclaimed director, Abhishek Chaubey.The self-made actress, known for her acting prowess as much as for candour, has been called upon by the organisers to indulge in a detailed discussion about her well-rounded filmography. She is scheduled to do a session for the audience on bringing some of her most iconic parts alive on screen and how these went from written words to award-winning performances. Richa is looking forward to having an elaborate and engaging conversation at this prestigious platform.The actress is fresh out of completing Panga and Inside Edge’s second season. Richa will soon start shooting Inside Edge season 3. In the meantime, she has also finished her book of anecdotal essays which is expected to release later this year.Richa says, “I am ecstatic about being a part of this. I have been invited by the festival to attend this and will take this opportunity to have detailed discussions with the filmmakers attending the festival. In the discussion moderate by Vani, I am hoping that we will discuss at length, the changing design and dynamics of Hindi cinema.”Richa would soon be seen in Shakeela’s biopic. Talking about the film, Chadha had said, “When I first heard the story when Indrajit told me about the script I was amazed to know how cinematic her life is. She was an unapologetic person who never apologised for her choices. She empowered herself and did things in a business which was back then a largely male-dominated business.”
Map of GaibandhaA teenage girl has been raped at Sreerampur village in Sadullapur upazila of Gaibandha.Victim’s grandmother filed a case against Sujon Miah, 27, son of Amzad Akand of the village, with Sadullapur police station on Wednesday night over the incident, reports UNB.According to the case statement, Sujon, a neighbour, took the girl to a sugarcane field when she went there to graze her goats on Wednesday afternoon.Hearing victim’s screams, local rushed in and rescued the girl but Sujon managed to flee the scene.Later, the girl was admitted to Gaibandh Modern Sadar Hospital.
The 3DS will officially be a complete device when the eShop update comes next month. And Best Buy is looking to get in the game as early as possible.The #1 electronics retailer has listed $20 points cards for the upcoming digital download store, though it is not listing an exact release date.Nintendo has said the store will be coming 3DS systems next month, which will bring with it the ability to download “bite-size” 3DS games as well as classic Game Boy titles from the 1990s, many of which have never been re-released.Via Best Buy
VRC Economic Announcement – Minister for Racing, Hon Dr Denis Napthine with VRC Chairman, Mr Rod Fitzroy TWO VRC Economic Announcement – Minister for Racing, Hon Dr Denis Napthine with VRC Chairman, Mr Rod Fitzroy VRC Economic Impact AnnouncementThe 150th running of the ‘race that stops a nation™’ and the associated 2010 Melbourne Cup Carnival generated an induced economic impact of more than $182million, a figure that quantifies the money injected into the Victorian economy from out of state visitors.In addition to the induced economic impact, the 2010 Melbourne Cup Carnival was responsible for generating a gross economic benefit to Victoria of $349.4million, a 2.9 per cent increase on 2009.Further to these huge economic impacts, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) ensured that the 150th Melbourne Cup continued to attract visitors to Melbourne and delivered a legacy for all Australians with the development of the Flemington Heritage Centre, the Melbourne Cup Walk of Fame and the Flemington Heritage Trail.In releasing the Economic Impact Study for the 2010 Melbourne Cup Carnival, VRC Chairman Mr Rod Fitzroy said that it had always been the intention of the Club to build on the event’s rich heritage and to develop a legacy for future generations of racegoers. Source = Flemington
TRID Causing Widespread Closing Delays Among Credit Unions Callahan &Associates Credit Union TRID 2016-04-06 Scott_Morgan April 6, 2016 473 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News While most everyone knew the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) regulations would result in delays, not many expected those delays to be so sweeping. The results of a study released Wednesday by Washington, D.C.-based Callahan & Associates found that a whopping 96 percent of the 200-plus credit union executives the company surveyed across 46 states reported closing delays related to TRID over the past six months.Callahan found a variety of reasons at the heart of the delays. Half cited new lender workflow between title companies and members, as well as refinement of processes of procedures as the primary cause of closing delays. A quarter cited compliance issues related to settlement, systems, members, and mortgage disclosure. Sixteen percent said that their own mortgage loan origination and core processing systems were not fully equipped to handle necessary updates, while 6 percent said their members were unable to provide documentation and other information in a timely manner.Additionally, open-ended survey responses noted timing issues with disclosures, difficulties integrating mortgage origination systems with core processors, and challenges with title companies, realtors, and other settlement agents, Callahan stated.All told, more than half of the respondents said new TRID regulations have added five or more days to mortgage closing, while the average number of days to close, according to respondents is 42. The industry’s ideal average closing goal is 31 days.Despite the delays, the vast majority of respondents said closing issues were generally easy to handle. Nearly 80 percent said they are able to deliver disclosures quickly, with 20 percent saying they deliver three days before the mortgage closing, the absolute deadline for delivering disclosures.For most credit unions, the portfolio and secondary markets are significant origination factors, Callahan found. Eighty-three percent of respondents, in fact, said they originate loans to hold in their portfolio. But more two-thirds also actively originate for sale to the GSEs. A minority of respondents — 11.3 percent — said they solely originate for sales to GSEs. Share
Twenty-eight per cent of Cypriots are obese and 36 per cent are overweight, the island’s society of cardiology said on Wednesday during a news conference to mark World Heart Day 2018.The society’s chairman, Kyriacos Yiangou, said quitting smoking, reducing consumption of cholesterol-rich foods, regular blood pressure checks and engaging in daily exercise are main ways to keep heart disease at bay.World Heart Day takes place on September 29 every year and is the World Heart Federation’s largest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease and stroke.Heart-related issues and strokes are two of the major leading causes of death worldwide, with more than 17.5 million deaths annually. It is estimated that, unless significant lifestyle changes occur worldwide, the number will skyrocket to 23 million by 2030, warned Yiangou.The head of the Pancyprian Medical Association, Petros Agathangelou added that one in ten people aged 30-70 years old die prematurely from coronary heart disease and stroke but that 80 per cent of them could have been saved had they made significant lifestyle changes.Agathangelou put particular emphasis on the importance of sports, noting that sports should be part of one’s lifestyle.“Sports should be a way of life and a reflection of a healthy relationship between mind and body,” Agathengelou said.The Cyprus Sports Organisation (KOA) also provided its support. The general manager of KOA, Mary Charalambous, said that the goal of KOA is to let the public know about the many benefits of participating in sports.On Saturday, September 29, doctors and members of the cardiology society will organise a visit to Prodromos village where they will offer free services to the village community. The diagnostic tests they will perform will involve cardiograms, blood sugar tests and blood pressure checks. Prodromos village was chosen because it is one the villages that is relatively far from any health services. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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