Indias first voter Shyam Saran Negi casts his vote

first_imgShimla: Notwithstanding his failing vision and aching knees, India’s “first” voter Shyam Saran Negi Sunday reached his polling booth in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district to exercise his franchise.The 102-year-old was given a warm welcome by election staff at the Kalpa booth in Mandi Lok Sabha constituency, which went to polls in the last and seventh phase of the general elections. “A resident of Himachal Pradesh’s tribal district Kinnaur, Shyam Sharan Negi is India’s first voter and very important for the state election department,” Kinnaur District Election Officer Gopal Chand said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkNegi, a retired school teacher was born on July 1, 1917, as per his official records. The centenarian still vividly remembers how he became India’s first voter. “India’s first election was held in February 1952, but the voting for remote, tribal areas in Himachal Pradesh was held five months in advance on October 23, 1951, owing to fears of inclement weather rendering the exercise impossible here during winter,” Negi said. “I was a school teacher then and had been put on election duty. Due to it, I reached my polling booth at Kalpa primary school in Kinnaur at 7 am to cast my vote. I was the first one to reach there and cast my vote,” he said. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports”Later, I was told I was the first to cast my vote anywhere in the area,” he said with a glint in his eyes and added that he proceeded to join his election duty after voting. Negi, who also made a special appearance in Hindi film “Sanam Re”, said he never missed casting his vote ever since then whether it be a panchayat election or the Lok Sabha polls. He on Saturday had appealed to people to elect “honest” candidates for all the four Lok Sabha seats in the state. “Elect honest and active candidates for your parliamentary seats instead of voting for particular parties,” Negi appealed. “It’s my last wish to vote again. But I have got immobile legs and aching knees now, besides failing vision and hearing,” he had said. The Shimla (SC), Hamirpur, Kangra and Mandi seats went to polls on Sunday along with 55 other Lok Sabha constituencies in the country.( With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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UN envoy urges Kosovars to work together towards fair society for all

“Kosovo is not an island in the ocean,” said Michael Steiner, the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK) and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Kosovo, in a televised address. “It can only prosper if the neighbourhood prospers. It is time to talk to Skopje and Tirana but particularly to Belgrade.” Speaking for the first time to the people of Kosovo since assuming his post last week, Mr. Steiner also noted that international support and European integration did not come for free. “There are conditions that must be fulfilled: full respect for the rule of law, functioning institutions, a democratic political culture, a free press and sound economic practices,” he said. The Special Representative pointed out three key challenges ahead: laying the foundations for economic success; beating crime and violence; and creating a fair society and a safe home for all. On the economy, Mr. Steiner said the private sector would be the primary motor for creating jobs and income, although it needed “fresh ideas, technical expertise and skilled managers.” He added that despite many legal obstacles, he would present a plan to the UN in New York on how to tackle property reform and privatization. As for controlling crime and violence, Mr. Steiner urged the people of Kosovo to support the UNMIK police and the Kosovo Police Service to uphold the standards of justice. And as the current trial of Slobodan Milosevic showed, no one was above the law. “Guilt or innocence can only be decided in a court of law, not on the streets,” he stressed. The Special Representative also said that he expected the elected representatives of Kosovo to rise to the challenge of creating a fair society, emphasizing that the province would be judged by how it treats the non-Albanian communities, particularly the Serbs. “A precondition for discussions about Kosovo’s future status will be a fair and just society, with dignity for all,” he said. Mr. Steiner announced the next municipal elections would be held 21 September, but emphasized that such a ballot would be only possible if the elected leaders formed a new government very soon. Acknowledging the difficulties ahead, Mr. Steiner said: “But I also know it is possible to solve the political stalemate. If your leaders have the courage to overcome narrow party interests. And if they show the political will to act in the interest of Kosovo. Then I can help.” read more

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Security Council urges political solution to GuineaBissau crisis

Yesterday, the 15-member body heard from Modibo Touré, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), who warned that the longer the country’s political crisis continues, the more likely the country could see setbacks to its development and economic gains. In a press statement released today, the members of the Council commended the security forces of Guinea-Bissau for their “non-interference in the political situation and the restraint shown in this regard,” and reminded the security and defense services of the need to continue abiding by civilian control. Expressing serious concern over the latest political developments, the Council also commended the peaceful way in which Guinea-Bissau’s population is following the political situation in the country. In its statement, the Council welcomed the decision taken by the 49th Ordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government held in Dakar to designate a presidential mission comprising the Heads of State of Guinea, Senegal and Sierra Leone to meet and conduct discussions with those involved in the political crisis in Guinea-Bissau. The Council encouraged those regional leaders to further engage in addressing the country’s current political situation. They also welcomed the decision to extend for one year the mandate of the ECOWAS security mission in Guinea-Bissau and, in that respect, commended the decision of the European Union (EU) to provide financial support to the mission. The members of the Council also encouraged ECOWAS to continue extending its political support to the authorities and political leaders of Guinea-Bissau through the use of good offices and mediation. Stressing the importance of national reconciliation, inclusive dialogue and good governance, the Council highlighted the need for the Government of Guinea-Bissau to continue to take concrete steps towards peace, security and stability in the country, by effectively reforming the security sector and tackling corruption. They urged relevant Bissau-Guinean actors to “uphold and proceed with continuous and constructive dialogue, within the established constitutional parameters and with respect for the separation of powers, in order to strengthen democratic governance and work towards consensus on key political issues, particularly with regards to the urgent implementation of necessary reforms,” according to the statement. The members of the Council recalled their full commitment to support the consolidation of peace and stability Guinea-Bissau and noted that the pledges made at the Brussels International Donor Conference of March 2015 required a stable political environment in order to materialize. Further, the Council noted that “courageous and inclusive political steps are needed to help fulfil these pledged commitments, in the best interests of all the people of Guinea-Bissau,” the statement said. In addition, the members of the Council welcomed the joint efforts by international partners, in particular the UN, African Union (AU), ECOWAS, EU and the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP), to enhance cooperation in support of the Government in Guinea-Bissau. The Council encouraged them to continue to work together towards the country’s stabilization in accordance with the key structural reforms established by the Government. Moreover, the Council encouraged ECOWAS and the CPLP to take the necessary steps towards organizing a meeting of the international contact Group on Guinea-Bissau, in consultation with the UN, EU and all concerned stakeholders. read more

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Brocks early application numbers cause for cautious optimism

Early indicators of potential applicants for Ontario universities this fall are showing some strong signals for Brock.It will be months before universities have a clear expectation of September enrolment, but the first round of data shows Brock’s numbers up by more than five per cent over 2017 in terms of Ontario Grade 12 students putting Brock among their top choices of universities to attend this fall.Figures released Monday, Jan. 22 by the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) show the number of Ontario Secondary School applications to Brock is currently 15,534, an increase of 773 from a year ago.The OUAC report shows Brock gained 5.2 per cent more applications from Ontario Secondary School students, and a 1.4 per cent increase in the volume of Ontario Secondary students selecting Brock as their first choice institution  — an increase in Brock’s marketshare.The OUAC report does not include applications from outside Canada, outside Ontario, nor students transferring to Brock from other institutions.Overall, Brock has received 17,768 applications to date, an increase of 1,290 (7.8 per cent) over the same time last cycle, providing a strong indicator that Brock is a top choice in a fiercely competitive market.This year’s early indicators for Brock are particularly strong for the Faculty of Mathematics and Science, the Faculty of Social Science and the Goodman School of Business.Jamie Mandigo, Brock’s Vice-Provost for Enrolment Management and International, acknowledged the new numbers are a very early report in what is a lengthy admission cycle for universities, but nonetheless welcomed the indicators for what they are.“Our main student recruitment area is the most fiercely competitive region in Canada, in terms of post-secondary choices,” said Mandigo.“This week’s data, along with the growing volume of positive comments we receive from potential students and their families during campus visits, suggests the word is spreading about Brock’s academic and research excellence, its terrific experiential learning initiatives and the great life experience that students get when they come here.”University Registrar Geraldine Jones said officials will continue to carefully track the application trends in the coming months.“A lot of people put a lot of hard work into marketing Brock and recruiting students into our wide range of academic programs,” she said. “We know Brock is an excellent destination, but we also know that people have many choices, so the work never ends in terms of telling our story and demonstrating that people who come Brock are able to access a fabulous education that leads to strong career opportunities.” read more

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Ohio State baseball advances to Big Ten Championship against Iowa

Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson (4) takes a swing during a game against Bethune-Cookman.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterIn a winner-take-all semifinal game on Sunday morning, the Ohio State baseball team came up with the necessary hits to beat Michigan State for a second straight day and punch its ticket to the Big Ten championship game against the Iowa Hawkeyes.The Buckeyes came right out of the gate swinging the bat, reaching base with their first three batters of the game to load the bases with no outs. After a fielder’s choice gave OSU an early 1-0 lead, junior center fielder Troy Montgomery laid down a perfect squeeze bunt that extended the lead to 2-0.The third inning was filled with plenty of run scoring for both teams. In the top half of the third, Montgomery drove in his second run of the day with an RBI single to center field. But after falling behind 3-0 to the Buckeyes, the Spartans bounced back quickly.MSU junior second baseman Dan Durkin drove a double to right field to bring the score to 3-2. He was able to score and knot the game up at three after redshirt freshman right fielder Dan Chmielewski singled to center field.Started on a double steal attempt in the top of the sixth inning, OSU capitalized on some Spartan miscues. A throwing error by the Spartans’ catcher allowed sophomore right fielder Tre’ Gantt to score and reclaim the lead for the Buckeyes. Then in the seventh, an errant throw on a sacrifice bunt attempt and a wild pitch to the next batter allowed a fifth and sixth Buckeye run to score. A three-run seventh inning by The Scarlet and Gray jumped the lead to 7-3 and gave its bullpen the run protection it needed.After plaguing the Buckeyes in the second round against Iowa, the OSU bullpen was rock-solid for them against MSU. First, redshirt sophomore Kyle Michalik came into the game, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings while allowing just four hits and striking out one. Sophomore Seth Kinker was the second and final arm out of the bullpen, delivering 3.2 scoreless innings of his own, allowing no hits and striking out two to earn the save and send the Buckeyes on to the Big Ten Championship.In a rematch of the second round of the Big Ten tournament, OSU will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes with the Big Ten Championship on the line. That game will begin at 2:20 p.m. with redshirt sophomore right-hander Adam Niemeyer set to toe the rubber for the Buckeyes. read more

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Explainer Why do they keep saying My Lady at the Oscar Pistorius

first_imgCatch up on the trial here.Got more questions? Read on…Why is Pistorius on trial since he has admitted to shooting Reeva?The State has accused the Olympian of pre-meditated murder, something he denies.He says that he shot the 30-year-old model after mistaking her for an intruder, in a moment of paranoia.So can he be convicted of a lesser crime?Yes, the court may find him guilty of lesser charges, such as culpable homicide. Incidentally, Pistorius’s brother was acquitted of just that charge last year.Pre-meditated murder carries a sentence of life in prison (without parole for at least 25 years). Culpable homicide could see him go to jail for up to 15 years.Will we hear from Pistorius?The accused will appear before the court as a defence witness after the State has closed its case. He will be subjected to a cross-examination by the State prosecutor.When does it end?The trial was due to run until 20 March, but there are now plans for a two-week extension.How come we haven’t seen a jury?There are no juries in South African court rooms. They were abolished in 1969 under apartheid laws. Despite the repeal of these rules, the judicial system remains unchanged in terms of juries.The 66-year-old former crime reporter will deliver a verdict by herself. South Africans seem to have much faith in her that, because of her experience, she will come to an unbiased decision, unfazed by the celebrity and attention on the proceedings.What have we heard this week?The evidence has jumped to a number of factors this week, including the devastation that the bullets used can cause to the human body; the marks on the bathroom door made by the cricket bat used by the defendant to break the lock; and the food found in Steenkamp’s stomach.This food suggests she ate within two hours of her death. This appears to contradict the athlete’s version that the couple went to bed around 10pm the previous evening. However, his legal team claimed that there could not be certainty to the doctor’s claim.Judge Masipa banned all live media coverage of Saayman’s testimony on the autopsy report, including live posts on Twitter and blogs.Anything else?The hearing so far has been dotted with bizarre events, and not just Pistorius’s retching.During one neighbour’s testimony, Roux read the witness’s telephone number to the court. Obviously, he started to receive calls and texts from members of the public who were watching.Another blunder on Thursday led to a photograph of Steenkamp’s body being shown in court by accident. The accused got sick again.The trial continues.Read: Friend says Pistorius fired gun out of car sunroof after fight with policemanMore: Oscar Pistorius vomits in court as details of Reeva Steenkamp’s autopsy are given ALTHOUGH MANY OF us would not like to admit it, the Oscar Pistorius murder trial is captivating viewing.Even when those in the witness box decline to be filmed, the camera turns to the accused. A kind of twisted OscarCam that makes for compelling viewing. The 27-year-old, who shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013, sometimes sits with his head in his hands, seemingly inconsolable.At other stages, he is quite animated, writing notes and passing them to his legal team, or fiddling with his phone.He was physically sick as details of the victim’s post-mortem were given earlier this week. Reporters in the courtroom said the stench reached them on the benches.For those watching from Ireland, the judicial system is noticeably different. For one, they are actually able to watch it live — there is even a 24-hour news channel dedicated to it called The Oscar Pistorius Trial.However, this is unusual for South Africa as well.Judge Thokozile Masipa made a landmark ruling ahead of the trial, allowing media access to tape the testimony. There have been some restrictions put in place, but hours of footage have been shown each day of the past two weeks.During those hours, viewers will have heard the words “My Lady” said more than anything else.It can be quite jarring at first to take this in as they are said in response to the questions of two male lawyers — Larry Roux for the defence and Gerrie Nel for the State.However, there’s a simple explanation.When witnesses take the stand, they are talking to the court (not to the lawyers). The head of the court is the judge, and in this case the judge is female. Hence, “My Lady”.If the judge was male, the words would be My Lord or My Lordship.last_img read more

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This is what the proposed new €100m Horizon Mall in Limerick will

first_imgUpdated 10.05 am Artist’s impressions of the proposed Horizon Mall. Source: Casey CommunicationsA REVAMP OF the Parkway Valley shopping centre site in Limerick, which was mothballed after the property crash of 2007, is set to undergo a €100 million redevelopment which investors say could create up to 2,000 jobs.The site is located on the main Dublin to Limerick road and is only partially completed. Proposals now submitted to Limerick City and County Council by Northern Ireland-based developer Suneil Sharma seeks to resurrect the project under the name Horizon Mall.The plan reduces the scale of the the original redevelopment with Sharma saying that Marks and Spencer has already agreed to come on board to take 100,000 sq.ft of retail space and create their largest store outside of Dublin.“We are involved in very positive discussions with other major retail brands and will be making further announcements about this in the weeks and months ahead,” he said.Sharma is a property developer who is managing director of management, development and investment company of Varsity Estates limited. He was also heavily involved in lobbying for the Race Relations Act into Northern Ireland. The existing unfinished Parkway site.The new Horizon Mall will also comprise 1,575 car parking spaces, a crèche and a playground on lands adjoining the project.Planners estimate that Horizon Mall will generate in excess of €35 million of net disposal income into the city and local economy.It is envisaged that the shopping centre will specifically support local jobs by way of an employment scheme similar to that trialled by FÁS prior to the establishment of Mahon Point Shopping Centre in Corlwhich targeted the long-term unemployed. General location of the development before the original unfinished construction took place. Source: Google mapsRead: NAMA to sell major site next to half-built former Anglo headquarters >Read: NAMA has raised €16.5 billion since 2010 >last_img read more

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GAA issues new hurling league fixture plan after 3 games rained off

first_img Páirc Uí Rinn was declared unplayable before throw-in yesterday. Image: INPHO By Fintan O’Toole 23 Comments Monday 4 Mar 2019, 2:11 PM AFTER RAIN CAUSED chaos with the hurling league fixture list yesterday, the GAA have announced today that the postponed games have been re-fixed for next Sunday afternoon.Three clashes in Round 5 were postponed due to waterlogged pitches at Páirc Uí Rinn, Walsh Park and Innovate Wexford Park. Next Sunday will see Cork entertain Tipperary, Waterford host Galway and Wexford at home to Kilkenny with a throw-in time of 2pm for all matches.On Saturday night the first Division 1 quarter-final will take place with Limerick away to Laois in O’Moore Park in Portlaoise at 7pm.Yesterday’s postponements will have a knock-on impact for the remainder of the 2019 hurling league with the GAA revealing a new fixtures plan after today’s meeting of the CCCC. https://the42.ie/4522996 GAA issues new hurling league fixture plan after 3 games rained off yesterday The final is now set to take place on the weekend of 30-31 March. 23,728 Views Image: INPHO Páirc Uí Rinn was declared unplayable before throw-in yesterday. There was no action in Innovate Wexford Park yesterday. Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHOFull details around timings and venues for the games will follow but there is a possibility of quarter-final ties on Bank Holiday Monday 18 March with the Sunday preserved for the All-Ireland club finals in Croke Park and a full round of football league fixtures pencilled in for Saturday 16 March.The hurling league final will now be on the same weekend as the football equivalents. The GAA stated today ‘the main aim of the CCCC when considering these rearrangements was to minimise disruption to the scheduling of club games in April and May’.Details were also confirmed for the knockout stage games in the lower tiers, here’s the full list of what is in store next weekend in the hurling league:Saturday 9 MarchDivision 1 quarter-finalLaois v Limerick, Portlaoise, 7pmDivision 2B relegation play-offDonegal v Warwickshire, TBCSunday 10 MarchDivision 1ACork v Tipperary, Páirc Uí Rinn, 2pm, (TG4 Live)Wexford v Kilkenny, Innovate Wexford Park, 2pm, (TG4 Deferred)Division 1BWaterford v Galway, Walsh Park, 2pm, (TG4 Deferred)Offaly v Carlow, Tullamore, 2pm, (Relegation play-off)Division 2AWestmeath v Kerry, Cusack Park, Ennis, 2pm, (Final)London v Mayo, Ruislip, 1pm, (Re-fixture)Division 2B finalDerry v Wicklow, Inniskeen, 2pmDivision 3A finalArmagh v Roscommon, TBCDivision 3B finalSligo v Longford, Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence, Bekan, 2.30pmSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Subscribe Short URL Quarter-finals: St Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekendSemi-finals: 23/24 MarchFinal: 30/31 March Share41 Tweet Email3 Mar 4th 2019, 2:11 PM last_img read more

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Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the Best Bootleg Mario Game

first_imgStay on target I’ve spent the past week playing the final version of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. I still love the game’s inexplicable franchise mash-up inside an X-COM-style strategy game, but I don’t have too much more to say about its excellent tactics mechanics I didn’t already say in my lengthy preview. It’s just nice to confirm the gameplay still holds up and in fact gets deeper as you invest more hours into it. I even came around on the block-pushing puzzles since they require the same strategic positioning thinking as the turn-based combat.So instead I wanted to talk about about another aspect of this, my favorite new Nintendo Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda. This is an aspect that has only become more apparent the more I play. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, the final form of Nintendo and Ubisoft’s long-standing video game publisher corporate bromance, is the best bootleg Mario Game.Mario games are really, really weird. They’ve always been, we’ve just gotten used to it, and they always should be. But even as Mario heads off into New Donk City with its realistic human beings, there’s a familiar consistency to his weirdness that Nintendo can’t help but provide. There’s a sense that this strangeness is still canon or “on-model.” The closest the comes to breaking is when other 2nd party studios develop Mario games, like the weirdly violent Super Mario Strikers, but even there Nintendo is still a guiding hand keeping things on the rails.However, any time you see Mario and Mario-related iconography and merchandise from sources other than Nintendo, the results tend to be uncanny dreams and nightmares. Nintendo’s Mario is so specific that even a mild alteration breaks the spell and reminds us of how unsettling this cartoon but fully grown adult Italian-American hairy man and his mushroom universe is. Just check out the Twitter feed Shitty Mario to understand what I’m talking about.pic.twitter.com/VRoGeX49le— Shitty Mario (@ShittyMario) August 18, 2017Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is absolutely dripping with this bootleg Mario aesthetic. It’s totally the video equivalent of this knock-off Mario fidget spinner. And it’s not just because of the presence of the Raving Rabbids, although an uncomfortably aggressive and masculine Rabbid dressed as Mario or a selfie-obsessed smartphone Rabbid in Princess Peach drag have bootleg quotients that are off the scale.If anything the Rabbids and their contemporary slapstick sense of humor feel more like extended guest stars in Ubisoft’s attempt to make a classic comedy Mario spin-off in the vein of Super Mario RPG (a Square Enix game which itself was a bit of a bootleg Mario at the time). It’s just that the game is full of these tiny little deviations from what an internally produced Mario game would ever be.Not to spoil too much, but even from the first frame the game is on some buckwild business that feels super foreign for a Mario game. There’s this whole framing device, a voiced pre-rendered cinematic with the kind of Western AAA production value Nintendo usually avoids, about hip technological teenagers in the real-world accidentally merging the fictional Mario and Rabbids worlds or something?The Rabbids show up in their time-traveling washing machine, making this canon with other Rabbids games. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if the whole story tied into the Assassin’s Creed (and now Final Fantasy XV) universe by the end, that the whole time you’ve been reliving Mario’s genetic memories in the Animus fighting Templar Rabbids. After all, arguably the best Assassin’s Creed game starred an Italian who loved to jump.The game itself, while gorgeous despite occasional technical hiccups, also doesn’t quite look like a Nintendo Mario game. There’s a plastic, toyish quality to the visuals, almost like the old Donkey Kong Country but with much higher fidelity. It adds to the sense that this is a very shiny and lovely fake, like those Hollywood-aping 1970s grindhouse movies shot throughout pastoral Europe. The most memorable music is loving orchestral covers of classic Mario tracks, exquisite but imitations.The generic text boxes might not look as lovely. They almost seem like unfinished placeholders. But the words within them are chef’s kiss sublime in how bizarre they are in a Mario context. After you get past the initial shock of reading light cursing in a Mario game (ah, the French) you’ll begin to notice the deeper shock of how weirdly heightened and dramatic the dialogue is. Bowser Jr. threatens you with oblivion as your robot helper companion Beep-0 compares you to the Greek sex god Aphrodite. And that’s before the fully sung Italian opera boss fight.Oh, and don’t forget that this is the Mario game where all the cartoon kids mascots have guns, which is the most fever dream bootleg Mario thing of all. Just watch this trailer (with it’s bootleg AC/DC muzak) again.More cynically, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle‘s non-Nintendo status can also be seen in its business model. While Nintendo has dabbled with season passes in huge games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, extra DLC after the fact is Ubisoft’s bread and butter. So of course this game is already preparing to sell you more content going into 2018, content I’m already willing to begrudgingly purchase because I like the game so much.Ubisoft should be shocked and grateful this game has any good will at all thanks to surprisingly fantastic showings after weeks of eyebrow-raising and expectation-lowering rumors and leaks. I hope they don’t greedily squander it with typical big video game publisher BS. At preview events Nintendo reps would always stress how this is a Ubisoft game and now I get why.Regardless, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is an incredible, beautiful tactics game that’s accessible without sacrificing unique strategic depth. But it’s also a fascinating example of what happens when the zany but conservative Nintendo opens up its world-famous franchises to someone else’s interpretation. It’s like those guest animator openings on recent Simpsons episodes. We’ll be getting a proper official weird Mario on Nintendo Switch later this year with Super Mario Odyssey, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a great bootleg Mario, too.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/61. Mario and the Raving Rabbids have joined forces to make a promising video game.2. Rabbid bosses put weird spins on classic Mario iconography.3. This turn-based strategy game resembles classics like X-COM.4. I’m very excited for this game.5. The surprisingly vast amount of movement and combat options really lets you plan out elaborate strategies. 6. Bizarre premise aside, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is shaping up to be a fun, deep, beautiful tactics game for Nintendo Switch.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch last_img read more

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Family escapes from burning Fort Lauderdale home

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Fort Lauderdale family was able to to escape to safety after a fire broke out inside their home.Fire and smoke billowed out of the house along Northwest 17th Street near 11th Avenue, Friday. They have since been receiving help from the American Red Cross.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire is under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. This afternoon FLFR crews responded to a working fire in a single story, single family home. 3 adults were displaced and being helped by Red Cross no injuries. @FTLCityNews pic.twitter.com/TzLBSM3str— FLFR PIO (@FLFR411) March 30, 2019Buddy Freeman, one of the family members inside the home, described how the family was able to escape from the flames.“We heard some popping, ‘Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop.’ We didn’t know what was going on,” he said. “It kept on getting louder and louder, and so me and him started out the side door, open that door and saw what it was — a fire showering down on us. I jump back and come out the front door.”The blaze badly damaged the home and displaced the family. last_img read more

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LightSail 2 mission declares success as it sets sail on sunlight

first_img 0 MISSION SUCCESS! We just raised our orbit around Earth using sunlight alone, something that’s never been done before.#LightSail2 is now the highest performing solar sail to date and it’s 100% crowdfunded by our members and backers! pic.twitter.com/9bLxTNgbJs— Planetary Society (@exploreplanets) July 31, 2019 LightSail 2 raised its orbital high point by about 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) over the last four days. The demonstration marks the completion of the spacecraft’s primary goal. The Planetary Society wants to show that solar sailing is a viable means of propulsion for CubeSats. CubeSats are small, low-cost satellites that can be used to explore space and conduct science in orbit. NASA notably sent two CubeSats along on its InSight mission to Mars in 2018, the first time this small type of spacecraft had been on a deep-space mission. Solar sailing could potentially be used to propel vehicles all the way to other solar systems. Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects Share your voice Solar sailor Tags See Bill Nye’s super shiny LightSail 2 solar sail stretch out in space SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s first night flight to carry Bill Nye’s solar sailcenter_img 27 Photos Post a comment This image shows the LightSail 2 with its sail deployed. The Planetary Society It’s always sunny if you’re a solar sailor.The experimental LightSail 2 spacecraft has lifted its orbit using just the power of sunlight. The Planetary Society and its CEO, science celebrity Bill Nye, hosted a press conference on Wednesday to make the milestone announcement.LightSail 2 acts a bit like a sailboat, except it’s pushed by photon particles from the sun hitting the reflective surface of its large, shiny Mylar sail. LightSail 2 launched into space in June with an assist from SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket and unfurled its sail last week.”We just raised our orbit around Earth using sunlight alone, something that’s never been done before,” The Planetary Society live-tweeted during the press conference as it declared “Mission success!” Part of the funding for LightSail 2 came from a Kickstarter campaign led by Nye and fellow science star Neil DeGrasse Tyson, which brought in over $1.2 million.The Planetary Society will continue to raise the spacecraft’s orbit over the next month. LightSail 2 is destined to eventually re-enter Earth’s atmosphere in about a year, but it will have made its point: Solar sailing works and it could become a key new technology in spacecraft propulsion. Sci-Tech Spacelast_img read more

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Skoda Rapid Ultima Launched in India Price Specification Details

first_imgSkoda Auto India pulled the wraps off its Rapid Ultima special edition in India with a price tag ranging from ₹8.3 – ₹9.97 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi).The sedan Rapid Ultima will be available in the market only in limited numbers and the company will offer the vehicle in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol version of the car comes with 1.6-litre petrol engine, which can churn out a power of 105PS and a peak torque of 153Nm. The diesel variant also packs the same capacity motor which can generate 250Nm of peak torque.While the Skoda Rapid Ultima diesel offers ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 20.5kmpl, the petrol model comes with 14.3kmpl.The new avatar of the fast moving Rapid, Rapid Ultima offers a slew of changes both inside and outside. It comes with parking sensors with a rear view camera, Garmin and Tom Tom navigation devices, projector headlamps, multi-functional steering wheel, audio player with Aux-in & USB input and new seven spoke alloy wheels.The company which sell six models- Superb, Octavia, Laura, Fabia, Yeti and Rapid currently in the domestic market also offers upto 100 percent finance for the new Skoda Rapid Ultima with low EMI of ₹9999 and insurance at ₹ 1. The company is also offering an Exchange Bonus of ₹15,000 and a Corporate Benefit of ₹10,000.Recently at the Delhi Auto Expo, Czech auto-maker Skoda introduced its new Skoda Superb with a price tag of ₹18.87 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). It comes with both petrol and diesel options. The petrol version of the car packs 1.8-litre, direct injection, turbocharged motor, which can churn out a power of 158bhp and torque of 250Nm.The diesel version of Superb comes with 2.0-litre TDI diesel, which can generate a power output of 140PS and a torque of 320Nm.last_img read more

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Trump Said Mental Illness Leads To Gun Violence Heres Why Doctors Disagree

first_img Share REUTERS/Carlos Garcia RawlinsThe bicycles that were left behind are seen at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, after the police security perimeter was removed, following a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, U.S., February 18, 2018.Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting.“The concept that mental illness is a precursor to violent behavior is nonsense,” said Dr. Louis Kraus, forensic psychiatry chief at Chicago’s Rush University Medical College. “The vast majority of gun violence is not attributable to mental illness.”Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old charged with killing 17 people on Valentine’s Day at his former high school in Parkland, Florida has been described by students as a loner with troubling behavior who had been kicked out of school. His mother recently died and Cruz had been staying with family friends.Since the shooting, his mental health has been the focus of President Donald Trump’s comments. And on a Thursday call with reporters, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the administration is committed to addressing serious mental illness and that his agency “will be laser-focused on this issue in the days, weeks, and months to come.”Mental health professionals welcome more resources and attention, but they say the administration is ignoring the real problem — easy access to guns, particularly the kind of high-powered highly lethal assault weapons used in many of the most recent mass shootings.“Even for those who manage to survive gun violence involving these weapons, the severity and lasting impact of their wounds, disabilities and treatment leads to devastating consequences,” American Medical Association President David Barbe wrote in an online column after the shooting.“We are not talking about Second Amendment rights or restricting your ability to own a firearm. We are talking about a public health crisis that our Congress has failed to address. This must end,” Barbe wrote.Better access to mental health care, including for those who might be prone to violence, is important, but “to blame this all just on mental illness is not sufficient,” he said in an interview Friday.The AMA has supported efforts to boost gun violence research, ban assault weapons and to restrict access to automatic weapons. Barbe wrote in his column that federally funded research is crucial to address an “urgent health crisis.”Under gun industry pressure, U.S. government research on firearm violence has been limited for decades.The American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and four other medical associations issued a joint statement Friday urging comprehensive action by Trump and Congress, including labeling gun violence a national public health epidemic.The groups’ recommendations include limits on high-powered, rapid-fire weapons designed to kill and funding gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.According to the CDC, there were about 38,000 U.S. gun deaths in 2016, slightly more than the number of people who died in car crashes.“The families of the victims in Parkland and all those whose lives have been impacted by daily acts of gun violence deserve more than our thoughts and prayers. They need action from the highest levels of our government to stop this epidemic of gun violence now,” the groups said in a statement.The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Osteopathic Association contributed to the statement.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Sunday that Trump is working with senators on a bill designed to improve criminal background checks. “While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system,” she said.Florida’s Republican governor, Rick Scott, a Trump ally, said he had discussed with Trump and GOP leaders how to restrict gun access to the mentally ill.Federal and state laws already attempt to do this, in many cases with a ban on gun ownership for people who have been treated in mental institutions.Kraus noted that a year ago Trump rolled back an Obama-era law that aimed to prevent certain mentally ill people from buying guns. But he suggested that is beside the point.“There’s a great naivete to what the president and the governor are proposing,” Kraus said. A history of violent behavior, alcohol and substance use, and previous criminal behavior are all more pertinent factors to consider.Dr. Garen Wintemute, director of a violence prevention research program at the University of California, Davis, said gun violence restraining order laws in California and Washington are “a much more focused approach.” The laws allow courts to keep guns out of the hands of people who pose threats to themselves or others.“Florida has no such mechanism. Could have prevented this one; there was plenty of advance notice,” Wintemute said.last_img read more

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Skyrim can now be played on a TI84 graphing calculator

first_imgSkyrim has found great success on a variety of platforms. It was a top seller on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC (where it can be purchased in box or downloaded from Steam). The latest installment of the Elder Scrolls franchise isn’t, however, stopping there. The game is now available on a mobile device — but it isn’t the Vita, 3DS, or iPhone. The latest gizmo to support Skyrim is a TI-84 graphing calculator.Of course this isn’t, by any means, an official release from Bethesda. In fact it only bears a passing resemblance to the actual Skyrim. YouTube user no9sniper has used the 2011 Game of the Year as inspiration for a version of Skyrim that is text-based with simple illustrations. The calculator game lends itself more to 80’s text-based adventures Zork and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy than it does The Elder Scrolls.That doesn’t, however, take away from what no9sniper has done. He obviously put a lot of work into his creation. You get to choose general actions by pressing a corresponding number (like 1. Fight, 2. Flee). There is a general store to shop in, a wilderness to explore, weapons and potions to buy, and hit points to upgrade. It may not resemble the actual Skyrim, but this is a full-fledged RPG that you can play on a calculator:The best part? no9sniper is giving away his work for free (that should help him to avoid receiving threatening letters from Bethesda’s lawyers). Bored high school math students can pick up the necessary 8xp files from here.via Kotakulast_img read more

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Professor predicts human time travel this century

first_imgRonald Mallett, Professor at the University of Connecticut, has used Einstein’s equations to design a time machine with circulating laser beams. While his team is still looking for funding, he hopes to build and test the device in the next 10 years. With a brilliant idea and equations based on Einstein’s relativity theories, Ronald Mallett from the University of Connecticut has devised an experiment to observe a time traveling neutron in a circulating light beam. While his team still needs funding for the project, Mallett calculates that the possibility of time travel using this method could be verified within a decade. Explore further Citation: Professor predicts human time travel this century (2006, April 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-04-professor-human-century.html Probing Question: What does the SPF rating of sunscreen mean? Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Black holes, wormholes, and cosmic strings – each of these phenomena has been proposed as a method for time travel, but none seem feasible, for (at least) one major reason. Although theoretically they could distort space-time, they all require an unthinkably gigantic amount of mass. Mallett, a U Conn Physics Professor for 30 years, considered an alternative to these time travel methods based on Einstein’s famous relativity equation: E=mc2.“Einstein showed that mass and energy are the same thing,” said Mallett, who published his first research on time travel in 2000 in Physics Letters. “The time machine we’ve designed uses light in the form of circulating lasers to warp or loop time instead of using massive objects.”• PhysOrg.com iPhone / iPad Apps• PhysOrg.com Audio Podcasts / iTunes• PhysOrg.com Android apps• PhysOrg.com Blackberry app• Join PhysOrg.com on Facebook• Follow PhysOrg.com on TwitterTo determine if time loops exist, Mallett is designing a desktop-sized device that will test his time-warping theory. By arranging mirrors, Mallett can make a circulating light beam which should warp surrounding space. Because some subatomic particles have extremely short lifetimes, Mallett hopes that he will observe these particles to exist for a longer time than expected when placed in the vicinity of the circulating light beam. A longer lifetime means that the particles must have flowed through a time loop into the future.“Say you have a cup of coffee and a spoon,” Mallett explained to PhysOrg.com. “The coffee is empty space, and the spoon is the circulating light beam. When you stir the coffee with the spoon, the coffee – or the empty space – gets twisted. Suppose you drop a sugar cube in the coffee. If empty space were twisting, you’d be able to detect it by observing a subatomic particle moving around in the space.” And according to Einstein, whenever you do something to space, you also affect time. Twisting space causes time to be twisted, meaning you could theoretically walk through time as you walk through space.“As physicists, our experiments deal with subatomic particles,” said Mallett. “How soon humans will be able to time travel depends largely on the success of these experiments, which will take the better part of a decade. And depending on breakthroughs, technology, and funding, I believe that human time travel could happen this century.”Step back a minute (sorry, only figuratively). How do we know that time is not merely a human invention, and that manipulating it just doesn’t make sense?“What is time? That is a very, very difficult question,” said Mallett. “Time is a way of separating events from each other. Even without thinking about time, we can see that things change, seasons change, people change. The fact that the world changes is an intrinsic feature of the physical world, and time is independent of whether or not we have a name for it.“To physicists, time is what’s measured by clocks. Using this definition, we can manipulate time by changing the rate of clocks, which changes the rate at which events occur. Einstein showed that time is affected by motion, and his theories have been demonstrated experimentally by comparing time on an atomic clock that has traveled around the earth on a jet. It’s slower than a clock on earth.”Although the jet-flying clock regained its normal pace when it landed, it never caught up with earth clocks – which means that we have a time traveler from the past among us already, even though it thinks it’s in the future.Some people show concern over time traveling, although Mallett – an advocate of the Parallel Universes theory – assures us that time machines will not present any danger. “The Grandfather Paradox [where you go back in time and kill your grandfather] is not an issue,” said Mallett. “In a sense, time travel means that you’re traveling both in time and into other universes. If you go back into the past, you’ll go into another universe. As soon as you arrive at the past, you’re making a choice and there’ll be a split. Our universe will not be affected by what you do in your visit to the past.”In light of this causal “safety,” it’s kind of ironic that what prompted Mallett as a child to investigate time travel was a desire to change the past in hopes of a different future. When he was 10 years old, his father died of a heart attack at age 33. After reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Mallett was determined to find a way to go back and warn his father about the dangers of smoking.This personal element fueled Mallett’s perseverance to study science, master Einstein’s equations, and build a professional career with many high notes. Since the ‘70s, his research has included quantum gravity, relativistic cosmology and gauge theories, and he plans to publish a popular science/memoir book this November 2006. With help from Bruce Henderson, the New York Times best-selling author, the book will be called Time Traveler: A Physicist’s Quest For The Ultimate Breakthrough. 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A Slice of Bengal

first_imgStarted in 2012, Slice of Bengal is a unique venture of Olive Tree Retail Pvt. Ltd. which was initiated by Amurto and Tina Basuray.The main idea behind this concept was to promote the traditional and contemporary fashion from Bengal.The brand, which stands by the name, Slice of Bengal today, sources all its products directly from the artisans and craftsmen of rural Bengal thereby promoting their artwork to greater masses.It is an emporium of hand-crafted Bangla-origin apparels, jewellery, handbags, artefacts, sarees and dress materials which carry the pure essence and heart for Bengal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Tina Basuray is the founder director of Slice of Bengal and director at Olive Tree Retail Pvt. Ltd. which is a parent company for multiple brands in India.Olive Tree Retail also hosts their own brands like babeezworld and Slice of Bengal. Tina, who is a Political Science Graduate from Delhi University, has worked with retail brands like Adidas India.She has also been associated with World Health Organization as and Pride International, world’s largest oil exploration company in Dubai.The other founder and curator of this organisation is Amurto Basuray who is the Managing Director of Olive Tree Retail Pvt. Ltd.Amurto also promotes an ecommerce venture that deals in baby care products babeezworld.com and an concept merchandise and handicraft store Slice of Bengal.Amurto is a management graduate in International Business from IIFT New Delhi. Head over and check what they have to offer!last_img read more

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Get some sari makeover this wedding season

first_imgSari is one outfit that remains evergreen – because it is elegant, sustainable, and versatile. It can make you look vivacious and sexy, but this wedding season create a new look with this six-yard wonder by draping it differently, adding a layering or accessorising it in a new way. One of the most edgy ways to spice up your sari is by adding Capes in neutrals and black tones that are right on trend, whatever be the season. For an ultimate festive look, go for a classy golden brocade or sheer cape.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Another stylish and easy hack to amp your sari is wearing it with ethnic shrugs and jackets. After selecting the sari, team it up with an appropriate jacket blouse. From short or waistcoat-like jackets to peplum, sleeveless or collared jackets, all these work as wonderful cover-ups for both casual or heavy party look, and you can never go wrong with them. One can also add zing and royalty by wearing a long embellished velvet jacket and protect oneself from winter at the same time. An embellished collar can be adorned with a low-neckline blouse and the collar’s design elements can compensate for any kind of heavy duty neckpiece.  Add instant drama and Indo-western look by putting on a cowl accessory! For the slender bride, an embellished front cowl top could enhance the silhouette of the draped sari.last_img read more

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The Evolution of the Mortgage Servicing Industry

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Servicing Attorney Five Star Institute Legal League 100 Servicer Spring Servicer Summit 2016-04-14 Seth Welborn Share April 14, 2016 746 Views center_img The theme ringing throughout the Five Star Institute’s 7th Annual Legal League 100 Spring Servicer Summit Thursday in Dallas, Texas, was this: The default servicing industry is rapidly changing.Several of the keynote speakers and roundtable discussions focused on the changes that have taken place in the mortgage servicing industry since the crisis, and in many cases, in the last year or two.Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado opened the event by telling the audience of default servicing attorneys, servicing providers, officials from government agencies, and mortgage servicers that the Legal League 100, which was created in April 2007 in collaboration with Five Star to provide the mortgage banking and default servicing industries with a reliable, results-driven resource, has experienced a shift in strategy. Delgado announced that the Legal League’s focus is now on advocacy and in helping default servicing law firms to be sustainable in today’s landscape, whereas in the past it has been focused on marketing.”Advocacy is supposed to influence the arc of an industry and become a powerful voice of representation for decisions,” Delgado said. “That is the primary objective of what Legal League is currently about.”The shift in strategy has resulted in a 20 percent increase in Legal League membership in the last year and representation in as many as 85 percent of states for the first time in the Legal League’s nine-year history, Delgado said.With the shift in strategy came a change in leadership. Neil Sherman, managing attorney at Detroit-based Schneiderman & Sherman, P.C., is the Legal League’s newly elected chairperson. He replaces outgoing chairperson Glen Rubin, managing partner at Rubin Lublin, LLC.Other leadership changes include Michelle Garcia Gilbert, managing partner of Gilbert Garcia Group, P.A., taking on the role of vice chairperson, and Roy Diaz, Shareholder, SHD Legal Group, P.A., and David G. Marowske, Senior Litigation Attorney, Potestivo & Associates, P.C., newly elected to Advisory Council general positions. Stephen M. Hladik
, Partner, Hladik, Onorato & Federman, LLP, was elected (uncontested) as the Government Affairs Subcommittee Chairperson.Jeffrey B. Fisher,
 EVP, BP Fisher Law Group; Erin M. Laurito
, Managing Member, Laurito & Laurito, LLC; and Richard Nielson,
 Managing Partner of Nielson & Sherry, PSC, were all re-elected to Advisory Council general positions. The newly-elected and re-elected members will join current Advisory Council members Adam Codilis, Codilis and Associates, P.C., and J. Anthony Van Ness, Van Ness Law Firm, PLC.Breakfast keynote speakers at the Summit were the Honorable Joseph J. Murin, chairman of JJAM Financial Services, co-chairman of Chrysalis Financial Holdings, and former president of Ginnie Mae, and Tod Edel, deputy general counsel and managing director, Fannie Mae.”Much harm is being done right now in the form of unintended consequences all in the name of protecting the consumer.”Joe MurinMurin told the audience that those in the mortgage industry are “fighting a negative perception that is only growing” because of their perceived role in precipitating the financial crisis. The result of this perception is a wave of new regulations to govern the mortgage industry; but this has not necessarily been a good thing. The new regulations are “efforts being made to fix the problem we are perceived to have. But as we know, the road to hell is usually paved with good intentions,” Murin said.”Much harm is being done right now in the form of unintended consequences all in the name of protecting the consumer,” Murin said. He cited as examples fewer mortgage options, slower closing, tighter credit, and higher costs to originate a mortgage.Edel spoke about the FHFA’s efforts to fight the growing number of so-called “super-priority lien” cases in which HOAs that foreclose on homes delinquent on HOA dues are attempting to extinguish mortgages owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Several states have made super-priority liens legal, notably in Nevada in 2014. Edel said a class action suit was initiated against an HOA in Massachusetts because there were so many cases it was impossible to litigate on a property-by-property basis.The afternoon keynotes included two representatives from the government: Christopher Dove, Director of Operations, Homeowners Preservation Office. U.S. Department of Treasury; and Diane Thompson, Managing Counsel, Office of Regulations, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Dove spoke about the government’s Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP), which was created in response to the crisis to help struggling borrowers avoid foreclosure. The program, which has helped 1.8 million borrowers, will expire at the end of the year. Thompson spoke about the CFPB’s history and said that from the Bureau’s inception through the present, regulating mortgage servicing to prevent predatory practices has been a top priority.The concluding lunch keynote speaker was Edward Pinto, co-director, International Center on Housing Risk, American Enterprise Institute. Pinto noted that there has been a huge shift in the market from banks to nonbanks, with nonbanks how taking 70 percent of the market. Just four years ago, banks had a 70 percnet market share. The shift from banks to nonbanks in the mortgage space has made mortgage loans considerably more risky, particularly among first-time buyers, Pinto said.The subjects of the roundtables were centered around adapting to changes in the industry. Subjects included “Letter of the Law: Using New Case Law and Legislation to Find Your Footing,” “Changing Tides: The Evolution of Foreclosure and Loss Mitigation Processes,” “Limiting Liability: The Rising Tide of Litigation in Mortgage Servicing,” “Assessing the Assessment: Charting the Path to a Successful Audit,” “Shifting Perspectives: Alternative Routes and Strategies in Bankruptcy,” “Treading Water: Assessing Law Firm Sustainability,” “Staying the Course: How Not to Run Afoul of the Most Recent Rule Changes,” and “Partners in the Journey: Creating Strong Client-Attorney Relationships.”Editor’s note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of MReport and TheMReport.com. The Evolution of the Mortgage Servicing Industrylast_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Fitzgerald recorded an NFL-leading 107 receptions during the regular season that added up to 1,023 yards and six touchdowns.The 33-year-old has maintained that there is a possibility for him to call it a career but later added that it would likely take until at least February for him to come to a decision about playing in 2017.– / 6 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Top Stories Larry Fitzgerald’s season has officially come to a close on the football field. With a Pro Bowl invite on the table, the Arizona Cardinals’ leading receiver has opted to sit out the Jan. 29 game with an undisclosed injury, according to Seahawks.com.The report surfaced as it was learned that Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin would take Fitzgerald’s spot on the Pro Bowl’s NFC roster.That leaves the Cardinals with only one Pro Bowl representative in cornerback Patrick Peterson. Fitzgerald, Peterson and running back David Johnson were all initial selections to the game in Orlando. David Johnson’s planned participation ended when he sprained an MCL in the season finale against the Los Angeles Rams. In this photo taken Dec. 4, 2016, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is hit by Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) during the first half of an NFL football game in Glendale, Ariz. Norman would really like to get some water and sports drink on the sideline, but he and the Washington Redskins’ defense keep allowing first downs. No team in the NFL is worse on third down than the Redskins, who are allowing conversions 48 percent of the time. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Anastasiades to meet Total CEO during Paris visit

first_imgPresident Anastasiades and Total CEO and chairman Patrick Pouyanné will discuss the company’s activities in Cyprus’ EEZ in Paris on Saturday evening.According to a statement from the president’s office, the two will meet at 8pm Cyprus time, and the meeting will be attended by Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis and government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou.Anastasiades was invited to Paris by French President Emmanuel Macron for a memorial celebration at the Pantheon for Simone Veil, the first female president of the European parliament.The French energy company applied for acquisition of a stake in the block 8 licence in Cyprus’ EEZ. The licence is currently owned by Italy’s ENI.Total along with ENI are partners in blocks 11 and 6. An exploratory drilling carried out in early 2017 in Calypso target revealed a “promising discovery” but no data have been disclosed yet concerning the size of the reservoir size.On Thursday and Friday, Anastasiades attended the European Council summit in Brussels, where the heads of state and government, discussed migration, security and defence, financial affairs and Brexit. You May LikeTelehealthdaveRichard Gere Drives This Car At 69TelehealthdaveUndoFood Prevent5 Foods to Lower Blood Pressure NaturallyFood PreventUndoUltra Fast WiFi BoosterPeople In United States Use New Device Tricks For Ultra Fast WiFiUltra Fast WiFi BoosterUndo Two days of music to dance toUndoLimassol police investigating attempted murderUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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