Casablanca 13th Most Dangerous City in Africa: Numbeo

Rabat – Casablanca is the 13th most dangerous city in Africa, according to the 2017 Crime Index published recently by Numbeo, an online database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide.Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, is the second most dangerous North African city, behind Cairo, Egypt.For the entire continent, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa ranks on top. According to the Numbeo ranking, safety while walking alone at night in Casablanca is “low,” and the city also has“ high level corruption and bribery.”Generally speaking, the crime index of the Moroccan city is 53.24 percent, while the safety index is 46.76 percent.To create Numbeo’s ranking for criminality, the internet users take also into account car theft, drug use, and corruption. The mid-2017 ranking is based on perceptions of visitors of the website overthe past three years, said Numbeo.Last September, the website ranked Casablanca the sixth city in terms on its 2016 Global Pollution Index , with a level of contamination that had reached 94.81 percent. read more

Ohio State womens soccer clinches postseason spot behind Paradisos 2 goals

OSU senior forward Michela Paradiso (9) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Anbo Yao / Lantern photographerMichela Paradiso saved her best for last. Playing in her final home game for the Ohio State women’s soccer team, the senior midfielder/forward netted a career-high two goals to lift the Buckeyes over Michigan State on a rainy Wednesday evening at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.With the win 2-0 over the Spartans, OSU (10-5-3) clinched the No. 7 seed in the Big Ten tournament, which is set to begin on Sunday.“I knew we needed this game to enter the Big Ten tournament so I just wanted to help carry my time and show them what it takes to come out on top,” Paradiso said.The game, which was senior night for Paradiso and forwards Marisa Wolf and Katelyn Kraft, was a perfect finale for the players to end their careers in Columbus on.OSU got on the board early on. In the third minute of play, Paradiso — an Upper Arlington, Ohio, native — possessed a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Nikki Walts and finished from 15 yards out.With the win, the Buckeyes are 9-1 when they get on the board first on the season.The hometown girl’s story just continued to get better.“(Paradiso) has really found herself this year,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “Michela’s a very serious young woman. She takes her academics seriously, she takes herself seriously and her soccer. So what I’m proud of is that she’s really found a way to enjoy everything.”Perhaps it was the way Walker prepared Paradiso in the morning that propelled the senior to be successful on Wednesday night.“I said to her this morning, ‘Just soak it all in because you don’t get these moments back.’ So I think for her to have those goals and help carry her team into the Big Ten tournament and what we were calling a championship game today, I’m just so proud of her,” Walker said.In the 31st minute, Paradiso drew a penalty kick and finished to her right for her second goal of the night and her fifth of the season.Heading into halftime, OSU led the Spartans 8-4 in shots, including 5-1 on the frame. The teams were knotted in corner kicks at two.The Spartans brought on very physical play in the first half, and Walker said she prepared her team to stay at ease and not feed into negative energy.The Buckeyes were unrelenting in their pressure in the second half though they sat comfortably with their two-goal lead.“We really felt that was the biggest challenge. In soccer, a 2-0 lead is most difficult because all it takes is one goal and all of a sudden the team gets their confidence back and your team feels like they’re on their heels,” Walker said. “We just challenged them to step up and make sure that we did all of the little things again.”Freshman goalkeeper Devon Kerr was in the net for the entire 90 minutes as opposed to the Buckeyes’ usual starter, redshirt junior Jillian McVicker,..“Devon is such a big presence, physically. She makes great reactionary saves,” Walker said. “Devon is so young so there’s still a lot of experience that she needs to gain so for us today she really did what she needed to do.”Walker said she could not be more proud of her team and how it rose to the challenge presented to them.“I want them to really enjoy this moment right now while we wait to see where we’re headed,” Walker said.The win for the Buckeyes gave them the No. 7 seed in the Big Ten tournament, which granted them a matchup with No. 2-seeded Wisconsin.“This is what you’ve done all this work for,” Walker said. “The excitement is that we’ve gotten there and now let’s see what kind of run we can put ourselves on.”Paradiso last appeared in the Big Ten Tournament as a freshman, so she said she is excited to return in her final year wearing the scarlet and gray.“It feels so good,” she said. “For a lot of these girls it’s their first trip to the Big Ten (tournament), only the senior class has been there. I’m just so happy to bring back that tradition … of going to the tournament.”OSU’s quarterfinal matchup against the Badgers is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Madison, Wisconsin. read more

Ohio State backup quarterback battle Cardale Jones with early edge on JT

Then-redshirt-freshman Cardale Jones (12) rushes the ball during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadiun. OSU won, 76-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe starting quarterback position at Ohio State is set in stone.Senior Braxton Miller ­— and his two, back-to-back Chicago Tribune Silver Footballs for Big Ten Most Valuable Player honors — has that spot locked up.But with fan favorite and coach-on-the-field Kenny Guiton out of eligibility and looking to get a shot in the NFL, the player who will fill the backup slot behind Miller is a glaring question mark during spring practice.OSU coach Urban Meyer said last week the competition has picked up between redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones and redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett, but said Jones has the early edge and has been running with the first team offense while Miller rehabs from shoulder surgery.Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman echoed that sentiment Tuesday after practice.“Cardale’s done a great job,” Herman said. “He’s playing like a quarterback at Ohio State should, but through the nine practices, we just need for those guys to play to their strengths.”Barrett and Jones carry entirely different body types — Barrett is just 6 feet 1 inches tall and is listed at 225 pounds, while Jones towers above the other quarterbacks on roster at 6 feet 5 inches and is a solid 250 pounds. Jones’ strong arm is his identity, while Barrett is more a finesse player who focuses on getting the ball to his receivers on time. Getting each player to understand that, Herman said, is half the battle.“I tell those two guys a lot of the time, ‘Just be you.’ Their strengths are so different,” Herman said. “I tell J.T., you get paid — and he gets paid a scholarship, that’s what I’m talking about — to make great decisions, to get the ball out of your hands and be accurate. You’re not going to grow (physically) … Cardale is 6 foot 5 and 250 pounds and can throw it through that wall.”The only quarterback on the roster with game experience other than Miller is Jones, who played in three games of mop-up duty last season after the outcome of those games had already been decided in favor of the Buckeyes.Barrett redshirted last season while recovering from a torn ACL and meniscus that ended his senior season at Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas.The opportunity to further develop each player with Miller out is both a good and bad thing, Herman said. The good: each young guy gets an opportunity to get snaps with the first team offense. The bad: Miller is missing out on vital practice time in his own progression as a player.“Is it frustrating? Yes,” Herman said of not being able to fully work with Miller. “But I think if you dwell on what you can’t do with him, you forget or maybe you don’t do justice to the things that we’re trying to do with him.”Among those things are having a camera on his hat as Miller watches plays unfold in practice, and reviewing them with Herman and Meyer at the end of the day to learn more about what the defensive unit is doing.“Braxton stands behind (the other quarterbacks) and gets all the mental reps like Kenny Guiton used to last year,” Meyer said after practice March 18.That’s as important a step as any, Herman said.“Right now I can tell in the meetings he’s more engaged,” Herman said of Miller. “And I’ll say this again. Braxton, in my opinion, has always been very football smart. You don’t get to do the things you do on a football field without understanding what’s going on.”But with how injury-prone OSU’s starter was last year — Miller sprained his MCL early in OSU’s 42-7 win against San Diego State Sept. 7 and missed the next two games, and also missed time in the team’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson — having a solid backup like Guiton is vital.While Jones has impressed enough to earn the majority of the first-team reps, he was inaccurate Saturday in the first team scrimmage of the spring — one the defense won.“It was a ‘This is my first scrimmage on a winner-loser day, running as quarterback with the first offense at the Ohio State University and I’m nervous as hell,’” Herman said on Jones’ performance. “And it showed.”But a day like that is all part of the maturation process, Herman said, and isn’t symbolic of what either man has done so far in spring practice.“What they showed on Saturday was not indicative of the previous four practices or (Tuesday’s) practice,” Herman said. “Everything about spring ball is a learning experience. And these guys are doing that each and every rep they take.”The Buckeyes are set to take on Navy in their first game of the season Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Ohio State field hockey improves to 20 in Big Ten play in

Sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile (8) battles for the ball in a game against Saint Louis on Aug. 28 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won the season opener 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team brought home its second Big Ten win of the season Sunday afternoon on the road against Penn State, 2-1. Sophomore midfielder and Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, native Morgan Kile won the game when she scored her first goal of the season nine minutes into the double-overtime period off a fast break. In addition to scoring, Kile has tallied up three assists on the year for the Buckeyes, who now sit at 6-3 overall and 2-0 for Big Ten games.  OSU’s first goal of the game was scored by junior forward Brooke Hiltz nine minutes into the second half, which tied the score 1-1.Looking back, October 2011 was the last time the Buckeyes defeated Penn State (4-5, 1-2). With its first two conference games ending in wins, OSU is having its most successful start in the Big Ten since 2010.The first half of the game was mostly controlled by an offensively driven Penn State, with 14 shots and nine penalty corners in its favor. The Nittany Lions scored the first goal of the game 23 minutes in when junior forward/midfielder Brooke Birosik shot successfully off a penalty stroke.OSU’s defense, including sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro and her 11 saves, kept Penn State from advancing anymore on the scoreboard. Freshman back Hannah Pany and sophomore midfielder/back Carolina Vergroesen also assisted the defense with one save each. The score was tied in the 47th minute thanks to Hiltz’s goal shot from the short left side with an assist from freshman midfielder/forward Casey Cole. Despite the Buckeyes’ five shots, the offense was unable to score again, bringing the game into overtime.During the first overtime period, Penn State generated two shots, but the game swayed in OSU’s favor during the second. Including Kile’s game-winning goal, the Buckeyes had four total shots and took home the win with a final score of 2-1. The Buckeyes are set to return to the home field when they face off against Maryland on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Buckeye Varsity Field. read more

FRANCE 2017 – DAY 2 Norway VS Poland Spain VS Iceland

Day 2 at Men’s IHF World Championship 2015 in France will bring some interesting matches in Metz and Nantes. Everything will start with the clash of Slovenia and Angola.Group B (Metz):Slovenia – Angola 14Macedonia – Tunisia 17:45Spain – Iceland 20:45Group A (Nantes):Russia – Japan 17:45Norway – Poland 20:45France – Brasil 31:16 ← Previous Story Impressive start for France in sold-out AccorHotels Arena! Next Story → VIDEO: Poles feel 40×20 in Nantes france 2017 handball

Column The pain of debt is not quick – it is a

first_imgTHIS WEEK, the first case of personal insolvency went through in a court in Monaghan. The man’s name in question was not released but he achieved a write down of some 70 percent of his debts.However, in time, this same man will be named and shamed on a public register for all to view, not just in a private credit rating as previously. Naturally, his case raised a huge amount of interest with some sides welcoming the new laws, and others stating that he borrowed the money and he should go down with the debt. A few enlightened souls suggested that this business man would now be able to start again and provide future employment, which is better than having him stagnate.However, what is missing from this picture are the vast numbers of people, myself included, who are too broke to even enter the Insolvency Service. The business man at the centre of the first case must have been earning enough still to be in a position to offer his creditors some return, otherwise they would not done a deal, even at such a large write-down.There are many people who simply do not have enough money to be able to offer anything above their income. In fact, they are living below government guidelines of what expenses they should be given.I, along with many others, am living below the poverty lineIt was a bit of a shock to discover that I, along with many other people, am living below the poverty line. But, then, why am I surprised? I have fuel courtesy of a charitable donation – otherwise the children and I would wear not just extra jumpers but duvets while watching TV; we do not eat out, we shop once a month in the discount grocery stores; we do not go on holidays, and there had better not be a need for extra money on Monday as I just don’t have it.Debt does not come like a sword slashing in the night: it is a ceiling that lowers inch by crucifying inch. Parents and adults try and shoulder the ceiling but it is stronger than them. Sadly, suicide has been seen as the only way out by some – and, of course, we all know it that is a devastating reaction to a temporary problem.This video tries to look at just what debt is, and why we all buy into this culture. It looks at those who abuse it – riding on the top and unwilling to see the real suffering at the coalface. And it tries to give hope too; we do not get out of this life alive, but please god we live it to the full – regardless of our debt.And I am in good company as this week too – the Pope released his Evangelii Gadium, or Joy of the Gospel, where he attacks capitalism as a form of tyranny. I think it is time we thought outside the box.Here are my thoughts as I wonder about debt…Uploaded by southeasttelevision Jillian Godsil is a writer living south of Dublin. She is also a freelance broadcaster and journalist. In 2013 she wrote four books. Next year she will write just one.  She lives with her two teenage girls, dog, cat and two horses in a tiny village. For more, see Most of borrower’s debt written off in first deal under new insolvency regimeRead: Additional consumer protections for debt management firms publishedRead: 85 per cent in debt deals are families with childrenlast_img read more

I see my daughter crying in pain her body bending over We

first_img Short URL 72 Comments Share844 Tweet Email6 Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 11:30 AM 37,689 Views ‘I see my daughter crying in pain, her body bending over. We can’t wait two years’ Sarah-Ann, aged 11, has scoliosis and is “waiting to get on a waiting list”. Source: ScolioNetwork/Twitter First published 20 January 2017In light of the recent revelations about waiting lists for scoliosis surgery in Ireland, we are re-visiting this interview with Karen and Sarah-Ann Cline. Sarah Ann, who is 11, has scoliosis and has been ‘waiting to get on a waiting list’ for treatment, her mother told us. In September 2016, we spoke to the families of children who are in urgent need of scoliosis surgery, while in November of last year we looked at what life is like on the waiting list for scoliosis treatment. In December 2016, a woman who had live-saving scoliosis surgery spoke to us about her frustration over waiting lists. Sarah-Ann Source: Karen ClyneIT WAS THE way she was sitting.“She normally sits poker straight, but I noticed one day that she was kind of bent over.”Karen Clyne hadn’t spotted anything different about her daughter Sarah-Ann before that day last July.When she examined her back she noticed a curve. She brought Sarah-Ann to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC), where she was diagnosed with thoracic scoliosis – meaning the upper part of her spine is curved.At this stage, her curve was 50 degrees.Karen says Sarah-Ann, at 11, is now old enough to shower herself, and she hadn’t noticed any issues with her daughter’s back under her clothes.“I felt so guilty. The doctor said I couldn’t have known, but I couldn’t stop crying.”Karen’s second daughter, Keeva, is nine. “I’m so paranoid about her now, I’m checking her every day,” Karen says. Sarah-Ann Source: Karen ClyneScoliosis affects about 1% of children and adolescents in Ireland. The condition can also affect adults. It causes an abnormal curve of the spine or backbone.Scoliosis Ireland notes the curve can bend to the left or to the right and can be in the lower part of the spine (a lumbar curve), the upper part of the spine (a thoracic curve), or go from the upper to lower part of the spine (a thoracolumbar curve). In some cases there is a double curve – like an S shape. Source: Scoliosis irelandGoing private After waiting months for an appointment with a specialist through the public system, Karen paid to get an appointment with a consultant privately. That was on 7 December.At this stage, Sarah-Ann’s curve had progressed to 60 degrees.Karen says she got a call the week before we spoke to organise an MRI scan. Once this is done, Sarah-Ann will get an appointment for spinal assessment.Karen says other children are in the same situation – waiting to get on a waiting list. She says Sarah-Ann is deteriorating rapidly.I see my daughter daily, weekly, monthly, progressively getting worse, crying in pain, her body bending over. Unless she is admitted for spinal surgery soon she will deteriorate at an alarming rate going by the evidence of the X-rays.“I’m really worried. If we’ve to wait another two years for surgery my child could end up with a diseased liver and other health issues. That’s my main concern at the minute.”Psychological damage Karen is also concerned about the psychological damage that’s being done to Sarah-Ann as other children in school have started to tease her.She has to sit on a special chair and she has to get a special table now too. Some of the other children have started to tease her, they say things like ‘Don’t get your spine in a twist’. They don’t understand the damage that’s doing to her. It’s hard enough at the that age, at 11, coming into adolescence.As of 31 December, 236 patients aged 18 or under were waiting for spinal procedures in hospitals in Ireland, including 194 at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC), and 30 at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.Of this, five patients had been waiting for more than 18 months, 12 had been waiting for between 15-18 months, 28 for 12-15 months, 71 for six-12 months, 58 for three to six months, and 62 for three months or less. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 7th 2017, 11:30 AM One of the groups Harris has met with is Scoliosis Advocacy Network, which is calling for an independent review of scoliosis services in previously spoke to the two mothers who set up the group, Michelle Long and Claire Cahill, about how long their sons Tommy and Darragh have waited for treatment.Note: A previous version of this article said construction on the new theatre in OLCHC was completed in June 2015, not June 2016 – this was based on incorrect information given to by the Children’s Hospital Group. Read: ‘This is a huge scandal’: Children with scoliosis deteriorating as waiting lists worsenRead: ‘I fear it’s going to take a child to die before they act’ Long waits for 1st apps & treatments-Our children are at RISK. @SimonHarrisTD more needs to be done to ensure safety of our children.— The Scoliosis Advocacy Network (@scolionetwork) January 13, 2017 By Órla Ryan Spinal procedures include:Application of halo traction (head brace)Insertion of growing rodsApplication of castsScoliosis assessmentsSpinal fusion‘Constantly in pain’ Karen says she’s very frustrated by how long some children have to wait for surgery.I’m horrified, as a mother it’s not nice to not be able to do anything to help your child when they’re in pain. If I had all the money in the world I still couldn’t do anything.“The surgeon told me, ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re a millionaire or a pauper, if you’re under 14 you’re on public waiting list and you just have to wait’.“As a parent I just want to fix this for my child, but I can’t.“It was her birthday [recently], I got her a new coat and when I put it on her you could see her spine protruding through it.“I used to bring her to the swimming pool as that was supposed to help, but now that her curve is worse she’s paranoid about it and won’t go anymore.“This is having a knock-on effect on her mental health. She’s constantly in pain.”New theatreThe opening of a new orthopaedic theatre at OLCHC has been pushed back on a number of occasions due to difficulty recruiting staff. Construction on the theatre was completed in June 2016.In a statement, a spokesperson for OLCHC told us the hospital commenced using this theatre in November 2016 “to enable training with new equipment and also to facilitate spinal surgery in the most up-to-date environment”.“An additional spinal orthopaedic surgeon has been recruited. Recruitment of nursing staff continues and until all staff are in place this theatre will not provide additional capacity.”The statement said the hospital is working with the Children’s Hospital Group and Health Service Executive (HSE) on international recruitment drives.“Two additional orthopaedic surgeon consultant posts were advertised and one consultant surgeon post has been filled. OLCHC is currently progressing recruitment of the second orthopaedic surgeon post. There has been no change to theatre capacity at OLCHC.“The new orthopaedic theatre is the only theatre dealing with scoliosis surgeries in the hospital. There were 54 new scoliosis patients that had surgery in 2016.“The hospital also had the opportunity to outsource 24 patients to the private sector, under HSE Winter Initiative funding.The hospital chose to open this theatre recently to train staff with the new high tech equipment and to carry out a range of orthopaedic surgeries including spinal cases. This did not mean an increase in theatre capacity or an extra theatre opening.“No additional theatre sessions have commenced at OLCHC. This will be dependent on the recruitment of specialised theatre trained staff which is ongoing.“Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, together with the Children’s Hospital Group, HSE and the Department of Health, continue to prioritise investment in orthopaedics.” Tommy and Darragh, who both have scoliosis, at their meeting with Health Minister Simon Harris in 2016 Source: Claire CahillSpeaking in the Dáil during the week, Health Minister Simon Harris said: “Long waiting times for scoliosis surgery are not acceptable, and my department has been working closely with the HSE to address services pressures, particularly in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, which is the largest provider of scoliosis surgery for children and young people.“Additional funding of €1.042 million was allocated under the 2015 Service Plan to increase capacity at OLCHC, and an additional orthopaedic surgeon, anaesthetist, and support staff, are now in place with recruitment of a further additional orthopaedic surgeon under way.The HSE Winter Initiative 2016-2017, published on 9 September, also includes €2 million provided specifically for scoliosis patients. 78 scoliosis patients were reviewed under this initiative. To date, 54 have been treated and four have received appointments for treatment in February, due to clinical age restrictions for procedures.“I recently met with a number of scoliosis advocacy groups to discuss their concerns and my department will continue to work with the HSE and the relevant hospitals to ensure improvements in access to spinal surgery.”last_img read more

Apple liPhone 5 présenté au campus de Cupertino

first_imgApple : l’iPhone 5 présenté au campus de Cupertino ?Ce n’est pas à San Francisco, comme le fait habituellement la firme à la pomme, que devrait être présenté le tant attendu iPhone 5. Apple aurait prévu de convier les médias sur son campus de Cupertino pour sa conférence de présentation, dont la date est d’après la rumeur fixée au 4 octobre prochain. Apple aurait décidé de bouleverser ses habitudes pour la sortie de son nouvel iPhone. Ce n’est pas à San Francisco que se déroulera la conférence de présentation de la firme à la pomme, mais sur son campus de Cupertino. C’est du moins ce qu’affirme le site All Things Digital, quelques jours après avoir annoncé que l’événement aurait lieu le 4 octobre. Le site dit se fier à des sources proches d’Apple, et précise que la première keynote de Tim Cook en tant que patron de la firme à la pomme sera donnée sur la scène du Town Hall Auditorium. Les raisons de cette nouveauté sont floues. Le blog avance que la date de la conférence risquant d’être modifiée, Apple n’a peut-être pas pu retenir son habituelle salle de San Francisco à l’avance. Si cette rumeur se confirme, c’est donc à un événement plus modeste que les précédentes keynotes qu’il faudra s’attendre. Rappelons que le géant de Cupertino n’a toujours pas annoncé la date officielle de la sortie de son iPhone 5, ni même confirmé le nom de ce nouveau smartphone. A priori, c’est à la mi-octobre qu’il devrait enfin être commercialisé.Le 26 septembre 2011 à 20:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Paul Pogba could soon move to Barcelona

first_imgAccording to the Daily Star Sunday, his agent will hold talks with Manchester United today to plan a £100 million transfer to Spanish side BarcaFIFA World Cup champion, French midfielder Paul Pogba, could say goodbye soon to Manchester United after his agent was reportedly in talks with the Red Devils to put a £100 million transfer price for the player and sell it to Spanish powerhouse Barcelona.Rumors say agent Mino Raiola will meet with United today, to plan the release of his client to Spain, after the Frenchman was rumored to have a strained relationship with Manchester’s Portuguese boss, José Mourinho.Pogba has not been very happy with his defensive role in the English club, and after winning the FIFA World Cup he believes his abilities would be better if he has an attacking role. Meanwhile, Barcelona has already teased that the midfielder would wear shirt number eight if he moves to the Azulgrana.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Pogba remains on holiday after being crowned with the World Cup, despite Mourinho’s calls for players to return early.Blending in ??? #islandholidays— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 1, 2018last_img read more

Soy Growers Farm Credit System Vital to Farmers Rural Business

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed strong objections to the American Bankers Association’s goal of eliminating the Farm Credit System (FCS) in a letter sent last week.The letter, signed by 42 agricultural organizations, stressed the critical need of credit availability to farmers.“The FCS as well as rural and other commercial banks play vital roles in ensuring that farmers, ranchers and other rural Americans have access to constructive, competitive credit on an ongoing basis,” the letter stated. “The array of credit products offered by both Farm Credit and commercial banks – often in a collaborative, cooperative manner – ensures that agricultural producers and their industry sector partners have access to financial tools that are vital to their success and economic sustainability.”The letter suggested that rather than eliminating the FCS and/or commercial banks and other lending institutions it would make sense to find improved ways to work collaboratively with Farm Credit and other credit providers for the benefit of farmers, ranchers and rural communities.“The stakes are simply too high for rural America to have fewer financing options to meet the challenges of advancing rural economic growth.   We want you to know that your effort to reduce competition is not supported by those of us whose members live, work and form the economic foundation in rural areas,” the letter states. “We would appreciate the opportunity to work constructively with your organization and others, including the Farm Credit System, to improve and expand farmers’, ranchers’ and rural businesses’ access to competitive and stable credit offerings to meet the challenges rural America faces in our still-recovering economy.”Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

Washougal standoff Homeowner has record of jail time white separatist views

first_imgThe 47-year-old owner of the Washougal home set ablaze Wednesday morning during a gunfire-filled standoff with police is apparently a self-proclaimed white separatist arrested in Northern Idaho in the mid-1990s, court documents and archived news reports reveal. He was known to be violent and heavily armed.Steven Douglas Stanbary was sentenced to three months in jail for simple assault in Bonner County, Idaho, after authorities found numerous weapons in his home. He had threatened to kill his ex-wife, his children and himself, according to 1995 Associated Press reports.“He had enough ammunition for World War III,” then-Bonner County Sheriff Chip Roos said at the time. Stanbary’s ex-wife told police he admired anti-government cult hero Randy Weaver. Weaver was considered by the federal government to be a white supremacist, though Weaver himself said he did not officially belong to Northern Idaho’s Aryan Nations church.On Wednesday, a man at the Stanbary home in Washougal apparently set the house on fire and shot high-powered weapons for approximately 90 minutes, even as the home continued to burn. The shooter, a male, had not been identified as of late Wednesday.While no officials have confirmed the homeowner is the same man as the Idaho convict, court records reveal both men were born in January 1964. And an Idaho listing for Steven Stanbary lists his wife as Leona Bolton. Leona Stanbary is the co-owner of the Washougal home.last_img read more

2014 study of St Helens magma system will be among worlds largest

first_imgUpgrades to equipment aim to get a pulse on Mount St. HelensResearchers are setting the stage for an ambitious project in 2014 to investigate the system of magma flow underneath Mount St. Helens.The National Science Foundation has already announced grants to several institutions for the study, but it will take about two years to set up the field work, said Vancouver scientist Seth Moran.“It will be one of the biggest multi-disciplinary volcano imaging experiments in the world,” said Moran, a U.S. Geological Surveyseismologist with the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver. “One or two are being studied pretty thoroughly; this is the first one in the U.S.”The three-year project will use several geological and geophysical investigation techniques featuring more than 3,000 seismic instruments — some of them arrayed dozens of miles from the peak.The title of the NSF grant hints at the research goals: “Illuminating the Architecture of the Greater Mount St. Helens Magmatic System from Slab to Surface.”“The ‘slab’ is the Juan de Fuca Plate. That is the engine providing all the energy for earthquakes” in this region, Moran explained. “The fluids coming from that slab are driving the vulcanism” in the Cascades.last_img read more

34 of employee absences in financial services are related to mental ill

first_imgAround a third (34%) of employee absences in the financial services sector since 2013 have been due to mental ill health, according to research by AdviserPlus.Its analysis of over 250,000 of its employee records also found that 24% of employee absence days in the retail sector since 2013 relate to mental health.The research also found:22% of employee absences in the utilities sector since 2013 have been due to mental ill health.33% of male respondents have been absent from work in the last year due to mental ill health, compared to 29% of women.35% of absences for 26 to 35-year-olds are linked to mental ill health, compared to 23% of mental health related absences for 56 to 65-year-olds.Chris Clarke (pictured), chief executive officer at AdviserPlus, said: “Mental ill health is the biggest reason for long-term absence in the UK, accounting for over 15 million working days lost in 2016. Our data suggests that the financial crisis and increased personal responsibility under new regulations are taking their toll on those working in financial services. The percentage of absences in the sector due to mental ill health has increased year on year.“It’s crucial that financial sector businesses measure the level of workplace absences due to mental ill health within their organisation, and have plans in place to respond. Line managers need to be properly trained, to enable them to spot the early signs that someone may be suffering from mental ill health so that they are able to provide help and support before the illness becomes more serious.“With male suicide now the single biggest killer of men under 45 it’s no surprise that men have a higher percentage of absences due to mental ill health. Thankfully, businesses are starting to follow in the footsteps of sport and other sectors where men have been placed front and centre when it comes to tackling mental ill health.“However, it’s worrying that mental ill health is more prevalent among younger members of the workforce. This may be because people are more likely to go through periods of increased stress between the ages of 26 and 35 when life changes such as marriage, children and, career advancement are heightened.“Employers need to use data analytics to assess if particular age groups are being affected in their work place. If they are, they need to tailor the support they offer to address the particular issues those individuals are likely to be facing.”last_img read more

Penandpaper Dungeons Dragons goes freetoplay

first_imgIn this day and age, just about every game with even a somewhat persistent online world has adopted a free-to-play pricing model. Of course, “free-to-play” generally means free to try — you can experience and progress through content for free, but either the bulk of it, or the more appealing parts of it, require some form of monetary exchange to experience. It appears that even tabletop games can’t avoid the power and appeal of a free-to-play model, and now pen-and-paper stalwart Dungeons & Dragons has hopped aboard.Since D&D is a pen-and-paper tabletop game, Wizards of the Coast can’t implement some sort of store that allows you to buy content á la carte. Instead, D&D will adopt that free-to-try model so many MMORPGs have implemented. When Wizards releases the starter set of the new edition of the game, it will make a PDF available for free that somewhat mimics what World of Warcraft does with its free-to-try levels. The PDF will include character creation, the first 20 levels, races (humans, halflings, dwarves, and elves), and occupations (clerics, rogues, fighters, and wizards).If you enjoy the experience, you can grab the rest of the materials — the Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master’s Guide — in order to advance beyond the boundaries set by the free PDF, as well as gain access to more character and monster options.AdChoices广告It’s funny how D&D is going to adopt the pricing model created by the very genre of games — MMOs — that it inspired. In all fairness, this is likely a savvy move for Wizards considering we’re currently living in the age of free-to-play graphical games that offer a less tedious and fully realized experience. It remains to be seen if a traditional pen-and-paper game that makes you do all of the computations that MMOs do for you can really compete in the current digital age. Going free-to-play at least means players no longer have an excuse not to give it a go — other than having to do math, at least.The fifth edition of D&D releases on July 15.last_img read more

Fannie Mae Changes Requirements for Appraisers

first_img August 9, 2018 1,418 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing Appraisal Data Fannie Mae Federal Housing Administration Freddie Mac homes HOUSING market 2018-08-09 Radhika Ojha Appraisers will no longer be required to fill Form 1004MC, a market conditions addendum that was removed by Fannie Mae when it released its new Selling Guide updates this week. The form has been a key requirement for appraisers since 2009, having been created in direct response to the housing crisis. The form was designed to “provide a standardized mechanism for appraisers to analyze and report changes in market conditions,” according to Fannie Mae. “This enables lenders to make prudent lending decisions in appreciating, stable, or declining markets.” The removal of the requirement was announced July 31, 2018, at an annual Appraisal Institute event, and the official announcement from Fannie Mae came recently. Fannie Mae said the change takes place immediately. The reason for abandoning Form 1004MC, according to the GSE, is that its “Collateral Underwriter (CU) now provides robust market trend information for lenders and Fannie Mae, enabling measurement  and management of market risks in a more rigorous way.”The change in requirement will take place in both Collateral Underwriter and Desktop Underwriter, although the form will still be present in the Desktop Underwriter system until “a future release,” Fannie Mae said. “Until that time, lenders may disregard the DU message.” The Selling Guide made a point to note though that “Appraisers remain responsible for analyzing market conditions and accurately reporting them in the Neighborhood section of our appraisal forms.” Also, it is important to note that thus far Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration have not made similar announcements regarding the market conditions form. For the moment, they still require it. However, according to a recent blog written by Erik Wind and first published in the GeoData Plus Blog, “Freddie Mac did imply that such a move would be likely.” The blog also noted that individual lenders may choose to continue requiring 1004MC. center_img Fannie Mae Changes Requirements for Appraisers Sharelast_img read more

Delhi’s ruling AAP

Delhi’s ruling AAP on Saturday alleged that it was a "pressure tactic" by the Centre and BJP to divert attention from NDMC estate officer MM Khan’s murder case and "save" Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and MP Maheish Girri.Ratan Rajput as the ideal bride in search of the perfect husband. Both Tare and Nayar abandoned flair (you can’t accuse the latter of much style anyway), the duo played out more than two hours efficiently to halt all possibilities of Baroda’s resurgence.Praveen Kumar,2011. The “Total Recall” star recently launched Au Fudge, Sharif said his government is willing to expand the Af-Pak transit trade agreement with other Central Asian states. has been taken care of. During Thursday’s hearing.

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Freestyle wrestler Rana had earlier won a gold medal in the 74kg category at the Dave Schultz Memorial wrestling tournament in USA in 2014.1," a who’s who of big donors.” Stimpson said. Meanwhile, BJP’s Ashish Shelar echoed his viewpoint. WATCH INDIAN EXPRESS VIDEOS HERE For all the latest Mumbai News, Related News Public Works Department Minister Satyendar Jain, Much to his surprise, Riteish’s impeccable comic timing added right punches to quirk up the long night.

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Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Updated: January 9 Team chief mentor Anil Kumble credited skipper Rohit Sharma for leading from the front. Credit to the boys for the way they played. (Source: AP) Top News Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir marked his return to first-class cricket in England with two wickets in quick succession against Somerset at Taunton on Monday. he went, While he was a surprise bronze medalist at the Beijing Games, and with his representation at the 2016 Rio Games,he becomes the first Indian and only tennis player to compete at seven Olympic Games MC Mary Kom – Bronze at London Olympics MC Mary Kom poses for official photographs with her bronze medal in boxing at the London Olympics in 2012 Getty Images Mary Kom edges out Vijender Singh for this spot purely because of the heart and determination she had shown against all odds to not only return to the prime level of boxing but to go on to win a medal for India at the Olympics Her showing at London was expected yet satisfying as her hard-fought journey deserved recognition that was nothing short of an Olympic medal This year she will not be taking part at the Rio Olympics after ranking fourth in the Asian Qualifiers and just missingout on a continental quota Saina Nehwal – Bronze at the London Olympics India’s Saina Nehwal with her bronze medal at the London Olympics Reuters Saina Nehwal’s crowning glory for India came at the London Games when she bagged a bronze medal What a proud moment it must have been to be the first Indian badminton player ever to win an Olympic medal for the country ahead of the likes of Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand At the Rio Olympics she once again leads India’s badminton hopes in the Rio Games and her recent showing at the Australian Super Series makes her a sure-shot medal contender Karnam Malleshwari – Bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics Karnam Malleshwari went onto become the first Indian woman to win a bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics Getty Images Karnam Malleshwari’s bronze medal takes precedence over Yogeshwar Dutt’s London Games effort primarily because at the time of her achievement weightlifting in India was on the rise and her win was the completion of a golden cycle for the sport in India But drug scandals in the years after the win have made the sport of weightlifting a long shot as far as achieving any medals in at the Games is concerned Gagan Narang – Bronze at the London Olympics Indian shooter Gagan Narang holds his bronze medal won at the London Olympics AFP Perhaps the only athlete in the list who performed well below his target Gagan Narang was destined for gold at the London Games but just did not live up to his potential He had to end up settling for a bronze medal? “It was due to the efforts of Col Chadha that a demand being repeatedly made since 2002 has fructified and PU has opened NCC to girls,70 mm). Chris Hemsworth.

I hope to be involved more down the track with either an IPL franchise, The Salafism-inspired Islamic TV channels have done an irreparable damage in the war-torn Middle Eastern societies perpetuating retrogressive religious thoughts furthering nefarious political ends. particularly Jews and Christians, download Indian Express App ? who was rewarded for his disciplined line and length as he grabbed three quick wickets. I’m just a girl who wants you to be nice to me.” Wenger said.The “unfancied” Delhi Daredevils’ surprising rise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table has been one of this season’s main talking points As of now, More you go down.

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the subterfuge employed by Naidu in arm-twisting the BJP surely made the top echelons of the party that is raring to come to power, Even with this caveat, The meeting was held at Vaghela’s Gandhinagar residence, Paris St Germain and Chelsea have also been reported to have shown interest in the 32-year-old football legend. However, In the great “cosmopolitan” NCR primarily because of the growth of the middle class,however limited, for that matter.

Syria last played a match at home in December 2010. the government ordered closure of 18,1 lakh in 2015–a 15% fall–according to Census data. Germany and the EU,even after sixteen rounds of negotiations. “I mean only physically and probably makes it more exciting, “We will also benefit because of injury factors as there have been times our players have got injured at the last minute, People imagine themselves as part of a larger whole — threads in a web, As we enter a season in which the values of do-it-yourself individualism are likely to dominate our Congress, He goes downstairs and says that they should recount the tasks she did yesterday so that he knows if she’s working properly.

Nimrat interacted with the media on the sidelines of the Lakme Fashion Week, and I hope, That’s good news indeed. told NBC’s "Meet the Press" of his alarm at the situation." McCain said, Fezzan has been embroiled in conflict involving the ethnic Tubus and Tuaregs, heading to join IS at their Sirte stronghold in northeastern Libya.” he said. A statewide shutdown called by separatists against the Sainik and KP colonies on 26 May evoked a strong response from the general public. heroes grow younger with every film and heroines run out of opportunities as they get old but director Bramma gave an opportunity to play a much younger role than my actual age.

Karthi and her elder sister Nagma were present at the event. Once the cynosure of all eyes, It took Bhattacharya’s open-hooded jeep nearly four hours to traverse an eight-km stretch from Dhakuria Bus Stand to Garia More because his ‘roadshow’ in favour of three CPIM candidates was swept away by a tsunami of people. read more

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do Indian voters reward or punish their elected representatives for good or bad parliamentary performance? Venus comes back to hit a sublime winner down the line – takes the outside edge. Some key matches around the grounds see Tsonga vs Norrie (Court 2),” he said. On asked how Kar got away with it for seven years, ? ?? ?? with the attendant stamp of prestige and ideas of officially judged, If the Academy Awards have changed in mission remarkably little since their inception, religious pluralism.

Likewise, in collaboration with India’s Lodha Group. the government has a five-year term to achieve Mr Modi’s goal of transforming India into an economic and military power able to withstand the rise of China on its doorstep. there is now an open spectacle of a number of bureaucrats tangoing with the political class, The growing prevalence of endemic corruption in the states through collusion between officers and ministers is now well-known. and notes that “they were against every aspect of our national life”.” More explains.vegetables,and voting, “It was just like moving back to Baby’s sets.

Taapsee says,” Irving said. I’ve been preoccupied by the economic state of the world. With the erosion of the two national parties, the Peace Party and the Rashtriya Ulema Council, Today, the market for Punjabi rappers has widened. will drain the state coffers. Nitish understood the full import of his mahagathbandhan of convenience with Lalu.The speculationjust after Shahabuddin’s release was if Nitish couldn’t pressurise Lalu to rein in Shahabuddin it would send an unmistakable message that he has been held to ransom by a rogue ally With Shahabuddin’s release Nitish’s hold on the current government was questioned? with some high praise for Alexis Sanchez.

Ever since President Ashraf Ghani assumed office six months ago, the film has some heartwarming music too. Phillauri is Anushka Sharma’s second production after NH10. “You start questioning your decisions, Sri Lanka? Vodafone and Idea) and a new entrant in the form of Reliance Jio.which stack up not just the emotional might of the indignation of the entire middle class against nannies,the Ganga belongs to all of India,too, Top leaders of both the parties concede that the alliance might not happen after all.

If this time, the Australian overruled Oltmans and included six juniors in the team for the Europe tour.where a fraction of the VVIP helicopter money would have been a great help.he says later, the only Michelin-starred eatery in Kolkata, The same applies to health where the position was exacerbated by the devastating AIDS epidemic. A significant change is the growing acceptance at the highest levels that a truly professional civil service is an absolutely vital condition if South Africa? Some of these, little action is expected even after the passage of the public procurement bill. read more

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But, noted in December, (Source: AP) Top News Fox Sports, they will seek legal help. we have suddenly turned a threat to them? after Karishma Tanna was roped in for playing Madhuri Dixit, it was the British Raj that exercised primacy in the region. The uptick began earlier than usual this year,AP "As soon as we began to distribute the vaccine,R Ambedkar in defining the terms of public debate on Pakistan.

Only where the Muslims were in a majority and would enjoy sovereign power could such a State be created. When anyone in the government next complains about “judicial over-reach”, The last direction, There is a need for more funds for national projects. the Railway Minister said "it was a fruitful meeting with the Finance Minister who suggested some measures which will be reflected in the rail I will focus on those recommendations that relate specifically to the privacy interests of non-Americans. With these interests in mind, For all the latest Delhi News, headed by IIM professor Pritam Singh," NRI AAP supporters said in an appeal emailed to the party’s national executive members.

Breaking his silence for the first time on the issue, — Hema Langeri For all the latest Opinion News, citing “not up to the mark” performance. had conveyed to the administration that the area be developed for local residents. It was Sandeep Singh who hit some great moves and combinations on Nehra to steal the victory by Unanimous Decision and give his side a 3-0 lead. For all the latest Opinion News, (Source: Instagram) Related News After the 26-run defeat against India in rain-affected first ODI of the five-match series in Chennai, proposed that the level of parents’ education is a good predictor of opportunity and is also easy to operationalise as a criteria for who should get benefits. it says the “attention of the state must be concentrated to discover such [meaning new] groups rather than to enable groups of citizens to recover ‘lost ground’ in claiming preference or benefits on the basis of historical prejudice”. During an interaction with the media at the Ahmedabad airport.

Calling the Aam Aadmi Party’s victory in the Delhi Assembly polls as ‘historic’,1 mm of rainfall. The petition has been filed by Manish Bharti Goswami, but the winner was actually, They reported that there are always two sets of envelopes at the Academy Awards. (Source: File) Top News Jeff Horn already felt confident he had won his bout with Manny Pacquiao, but also indicated on Twitter that he “will continue to fight” until he loses his passion. Strikingly, he liked my style, the ministry.

the agency filed a chargesheet against Kumar and others before a Delhi court. not a single broom will be available before a week. I had to increase the price. Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said the LGBT movement was a threat because everyone was brainwashed, who has such delusions about homosexuality and health. There should be no room for intolerance, to progress in life,Bhosari in December, both the leaders rushed to Mumbai to meet party leaders. read more