Edmonton police lay 460 charges against 34 teens after violent crime wave

first_imgEDMONTON – Edmonton police have laid 460 charges against 34 teens following a wave of violent crimes at transit stations, malls and recreation centres.In one case, police released video images of a teen kicking a woman down a flight of stairs who suffered severe internal injuries.Investigators say in another case, some teens used social media to create a flash mob in a swarming attack on two teen boys.The 34 accused range in age from 13 to 18 and the alleged crimes go back to January 2017.The charges include aggravated assault, assault, robbery, weapons offences, theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property and other offences.Supt. Tom Pallas says the suspects have left a path of victims across the city.“Officers have responded to close to 90 criminal events involving 66 complainants, some of whom are now dealing with very serious internal and facial injuries,” he said Wednesday in a release.He said investigators believe 12 of the 34 suspects were involved in most of the crimes.“Many of these individuals have been arrested, gone through the court system and rearrested by our officers, after being released on bail, in some cases within hours.”None of the accused can be named because they are either under 18 or were under 18 when the alleged crimes were committed.last_img read more

Black Panther blows away box office with 192M weekend

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed “Black Panther” to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theatres, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark.The Marvel film from the Walt Disney Co. blew past expectations to become the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, not adjusting for inflation, following only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” ”Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” ”Jurassic World” and “The Avengers.”In estimates Sunday, Disney predicted a four-day holiday weekend of $218 million domestically and a global debut of $361 million.Though the film’s international footprint doesn’t include several of the largest markets — China, Russia and Japan — it still ranks among the top 15 global debuts ever. It’s also the highest-grossing February opening weekend.“All hail the King of Wakanda!” Disney declared, referring to the movie’s mythical and highly advanced African nation.Ryan Coogler’s film, which cost about $200 million to make, is the most expensive movie with a largely black ensemble and among the few to be centred on a black superhero. The strong opening suggests “Black Panther” will easily set a box-office record for films directed by a black filmmaker.The previous best is Sidney Poitier’s 1980 comedy “Stir Crazy,” which took in $322 million domestically, when inflation is calculated.“Black Panther” set pre-sale records and saw lines around theatres over the weekend, including some who came costumed for the event.“This is the very definition of a blockbuster: People lining up around the block to see a great movie,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. “A movie like ‘Black Panther’ is a cultural event that nothing on the small screen can really match in that way.”Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa/Black Panther in the first stand-alone film for the superhero created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966. The cast also features Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya and Letitia Wright.The movie has been hugely acclaimed, with a 97 per cent fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences agreed, giving it an A-plus CinemaScore. The film especially resonated among African-Americans, who made up 37 per cent of moviegoers, according to comScore.Dave Hollis, distribution chief for Disney, called the film’s success “a real source of pride” for Disney.“Inclusion and representation matters,” Hollis said. “We know that great stories can come from anywhere, and our goal is to make films that reflect the wonderful diversity of our world and resonate with audiences everywhere — no matter who they are, no matter where they come from.”Coming at one of the slower periods of the year, “Black Panther” benefited from little competition, and it can be expected to dominate the marketplace for weeks.Last week’s top film, the erotic romance sequel “Fifty Shades Freed,” slid to third place, with $16.9 million in its second week for Universal. Sony’s children’s book adaptation “Peter Rabbit” held much stronger, taking the No. 2 spot with $17.3 million in its second week.But moviegoers — and Hollywood — were focused on “Black Panther,” including how it would fare overseas. Though considered by most to be an outdated myth, some have claimed that foreign audiences have less appetite for films with largely black casts.“Black Panther” vanquished those notions with $169 million in ticket sales. It was No. 1 in most international markets, though “Fifty Shades Freed” bested it in Germany.Its release in China will come later. This weekend, the Chinese New Year holiday, local productions led by “Detective Chinatown 2” and “Monster Hunt 2” dominated Chinese theatres, with more than $140 million in ticket sales each.“Black Panther” also performed especially well on large-format screens. Imax reported $30 million in ticket sales for the three-day weekend.“There was a groundswell of wanting this movie to work, and then when it actually did as a film, itself, it just kicked it up a notch to a level no one could have ever predicted,” said Greg Foster, Imax Entertainment’s chief executive. “That makes me feel really good about the movie business.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday also are included. Final four-day domestic figures will be released Tuesday.1. “Black Panther,” $192 million ($169 million international).2. “Peter Rabbit,” $17.3 million.3. “Fifty Shades Freed,” $16.9 million ($47.7 million international).4. “Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle,” $7.9 million ($4.8 million international).5. “The 15:17 to Paris,” $7.7 million ($2.8 million international).6. “The Greatest Showman,” $5.1 million ($9.6 million international).7. “Early Man,” $3.2 million ($3.7 million international).8. “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” $2.5 million ($11 million international).9. “Winchester,” $2.2 million.10. “Samson,” $2 million.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Black Panther,” $169 million.2. “Detective Chinatown 2,” $155 million.3. “Monster Hunt 2,” $141 million.4. “Operation Red Sea,” $70.3 million.5. “The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women,” $52.3 million.6. “Fifty Shades Freed,” $47.7 million.7. “Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink,” $32.6 million.8. “The Shape of Water,” $12.3 million.9. “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” $11 million.10. “The Greatest Showman,” $9.6 million.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPlast_img read more

FSJ RCMP attend annual hockey tournament raising funds for kids

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Several officers of the RCMP detachment attended an annual hockey tournament in Merritt raising over $23,000 for BC Children’s Hospital.Five RCMP members and one Fireman from Fort St. John attended the BC Children’s Hospital fundraising tournament from Feb 22 – Feb 24.The RCMP shared they made it to the tournament because of the generosity of Driving Force FSJ and Northern Auto Electric  sponsoring the group with a vehicle and gas, which enabled the officers to attend the annual hockey tournament.last_img read more

Health unit rescinds heat advisory

The hottest, most uncomfortable weather of the summer could be behind us.Last week’s heat wave broke on the weekend, prompting the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit to lift its latest heat advisory.“Current outdoor temperatures and those forecasted by Environment Canada are below the threshold used by the health unit to continue a heat warning,” Norfolk County said in a news release Sunday.Environment Canada is predicting a pleasant week ahead. Following cloudy spells and showers Monday morning skies will clear and temperatures will be seasonal through the weekend.Forecast high temperatures in Norfolk this week will range between  23 and 28 degrees C. Lows overnight will range between 13 and 19 degree C.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Italian MajorGeneral named new UN Chief Military Observer in IndiaPakistan

The 60-year old Major-General’s extensive military career includes experience in South Asia, where he attended the Artillery Officers School and Command and Staff Colleges in Quetta, Pakistan. He subsequently served as Assistant Military Attaché in New Delhi, where he had the opportunity to meet UN observers stationed in Srinagar, where UNMOGIP is deployed.He has held staff and command appointments up to the regiment level. Over the past decade, he has worked with NATO, where he was Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations in 1999 and Deputy Assistant Director of the Cooperation and Regional Security Division from 1999-2002.UNMOGIP was deployed in January 1949 to supervise the ceasefire between India and Pakistan in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Since renewed hostilities in 1971, the mission monitors the ceasefire called for by the Security Council. read more

EUCanada trade talks hit snag on wording of human rights clause

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EU-Canada trade talks hit snag on wording of human rights clause by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 8, 2013 6:05 pm MDT OTTAWA – There’s a new pothole on the long, bumpy road towards a Canada-Europe free trade deal: whether human rights and weapons of mass destruction should be addressed in a side agreement to the overall pact.Diplomats from the European Union say that Canada is balking at the inclusion of language in a final text that would speak to the importance of affirming human rights and non-proliferation efforts.The clauses would not appear in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement but in a separate so-called Strategic Partnership Agreement.The EU’s new ambassador to Canada, Marie-Anne Coninsx, said Tuesday the two pacts are linked and there won’t be a deal on one without the other.However, the spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said that’s not the case.“We have been very clear, the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) is completely separate from the CETA,” spokesman Rick Roth said in an emailed statement.“There is no legal impediment to concluding the CETA while SPA negotiations are ongoing.”The long-stalled free trade talks have been a work in progress since 2009, while negotiations on the partnership agreement started in 2011.Coninsx said she knows Canada and the EU agree completely on the importance of human rights, but if it’s not included in the agreement, that could affect the bloc’s future treaty negotiations.“If we would say ‘OK’ with all agreements in the world, but not Canada, we send out a wrong signal with other countries,” she said.Manfred Auster, head of the EU’s political section, said the EU insists that all major agreements it negotiates contain language that promotes human rights and fights the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.“We think Canada is fighting against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction globally. We are completely sure that Canada, like ourselves, is promoting human rights,” Auster said.But he said leaving it out of the current negotiations would set “a kind of negative precedent” in the EU’s future treaty talks.Auster suggested that could give other countries, perhaps those with less stellar human rights records, some wiggle room to keep those two issues out of their agreements with the EU.“We think because we share these rights, we want to demonstrate to a third country that we do share them, and not create a precedent,” he said.“That’s why we’re discussing them in the context of both the agreements.”Roth said Canada is committed to strengthening its co-operation with the EU in the two areas, but he did not comment in detail about the negotiations because they are ongoing.“The SPA represents an extension of our ongoing co-operation with the EU in these areas. The SPA is a platform from which we can strengthen our partnership through enhanced dialogue, in areas beyond trade and investment.”Roth also noted that the negotiations of the final text of the SPA were “well advanced” when the EU’s former chief negotiator on the file retired this past February.Coninsx moved to play down the issue, saying it could be solved.“It’s just a question of finding a right wording.”Overall, the envoy said the free trade talks have “intensified over the last weeks,” and “there is very good progress which has been made.”Coninsx appeared to be moving to dial down some of the heated rhetoric between both sides that has emerged in recent months as the free trade talks have dragged on.The European side has said an agreement could have been reached as early as this past February; Canada has shot back, saying it won’t sign a deal that is bad for the country.Beef and pork had been among the biggest obstacles to a deal, but the two sides recently reached a tentative settlement.In a meeting with reporters, Coninsx declined to be drawn into any discussion on the specifics of the trade talks. read more

No monkeying around San Francisco warns Monkey app to stop auctioning off

No monkeying around: San Francisco warns Monkey app to stop auctioning off city parking spots SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction public parking spaces that they’re using to other nearby drivers.In a letter to Paolo Dobrowolny, the CEO of the Rome, Italy-based tech startup, city attorney Dennis Herrera cited a provision in San Francisco’s police code that prohibits people and companies from buying, selling or leasing public on-street parking and mandates fees of up to $300 for drivers who violate the law.Herrera’s warning to Monkey Parking is the latest attempt by city government officials and state lawmakers nationwide trying to figure out how to regulate Web-based businesses that offer shared parking, transportation and housing services using mobile applications. Among the more popular ridesharing services are Uber and Lyft, and popular housing apps include Airbnb.The Monkey Parking app allows drivers to get an often elusive parking spot and sell it for $5, $10, even $20, and then wait until the buyer arrives to take their place.Herrera has given its creators until July 11 to shut down operations in San Francisco or possibly face a lawsuit under California’s Unfair Competition Law. Herrera added that besides the violations, Monkey Parking’s app encourages drivers to unsafely use their mobile devices and engage in online parking bidding wars while behind the wheel.Dobrowolny said in an email Monday that he is talking with his legal staff and didn’t immediately have a specific comment about the letter.“As a general principle, we believe that a new company providing value to people should be regulated and not banned,” Dobrowolny wrote. “This applies also to companies like Airbnb, Uber and Lyft that are continuously facing difficulties while delivering something that makes users happy. Regulation is fundamental in driving innovation, while banning is just stopping it.”The city attorney’s warning to Monkey Parking comes about a month after his office started investigating the startup, which began its San Francisco operations in April.“Technology has given rise to many laudable innovations in how we live and work — and Monkey Parking is not one of them. It’s illegal, it puts drivers on the hook for $300 fines, and it creates a predatory private market for public parking spaces that San Franciscans will not tolerate,” Herrera said in a written statement. “People are free to rent out their own private driveways and garage spaces should they choose to do so. But we will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit.”Parking in San Francisco has long been known as a driver’s worst nightmare. A recent San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency parking census reported that the city has 440,000 parking spots available — but only 275,000 of those are street parking.Herrera’s letter to Monkey Parking also asked Apple Inc. to immediately remove Monkey Parking from its app store. Apple did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.San Francisco-based technology expert Charles Belle, who runs the Startup Policy Lab, whose objective is to connect the startup community with policymakers and government, believes the issue between Monkey Parking and the city attorney is a great example of the need to create more forums for the two entities to engage.“Companies need to be familiar with local laws, but threatened legal actions, such as cease-and-desist letters, only divert attention away from the opportunity to rethink how the community can use technology to improve government services,” said Belle, who’s a former executive director the Privacy and Technology Project at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.Two other tech companies, Sweetch and ParkModo, which Herrera said also violates city and state laws, will receive similar cease-and-desist warnings later this week. Sweetch co-founder Hamza Ouazzani Chahdi, whose $5-per-parking-spot swapping app was also warned to cease and desist, said Monday the goal is just to reduce congestion, which creates pollution and other problems.“We don’t understand why they want to shut us down. We are trying to solve the huge parking problem, which is not only bad for drivers but for all the city,” he said.ParkModo did not immediately respond to requests for comment. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Terry Collins, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2014 11:45 am MDT read more

Derry streets evacuated after bomb warning

first_imgTWO STREETS IN Derry have been closed, as well as a number of premises evacuated, after a bomb warning.Shipquay Street and Shipquay Place  have been closed by police following a telephone warning of a bomb.Officers are conducting a search and have evacuated a number of premises in the busy area.Motorists are advised to avoid the area and police have asked anyone noticing any suspicious objects to contact them immediately in Strand Road on 0845 600 8000.Read: Derry bus driver showed ‘immense courage’ to stop bomb attacklast_img read more

New trial considered in Ephrata teen murder

first_imgEPHRATA — The re-trial of a man convicted as a teenager of killing a playmate in 2003 will stay in Grant County, a judge ruled Friday, tabling for now a request to move one of the most high-profile cases in the region in years.However, visiting Judge John Hotchkiss of Douglas County left open the possibility of moving the trial, tentatively scheduled for this fall, at a later date if warranted. Evan Savoie was sentenced as an adult to 26 years in prison for the death of 13-year-old Craig Sorger, who had been beaten and stabbed repeatedly at a recreational vehicle park. The state Court of Appeals threw out Savoie’s murder conviction in 2011 over a judge’s error. Grant County is a medium-sized county at most, with about 36,000 registered voters and potential jurors, argued defense attorney Mike Felice. The inflammatory publicity of the case — including the nature of the crime and the ages of Savoie and the victim — ensure that prospective jurors will have heard about the case and formed opinions, he said.“There seems to be an amount of animosity generated toward Mr. Savoie,” Felice said.Grant County Deputy Prosecutor Ed Owens called the request premature, saying a change of venue request should be filed once it’s known “what a juror has seen or heard.”last_img read more

The inside of an Amiibo card is hugely disappointing

first_imgThe gaming world is in a bit of a collecting frenzy at the moment, but the desirable physical products disappearing off store shelves are not actually games, they are figures. Amiibo figures to be precise. Nintendo’s profits have been bolstered significantly by sales of over 15 million Amiibo figures, and there isn’t any signs of this craze slowing down.Nintendo has decided Amiibo figures alone aren’t enough, though, and has decided to try and re-establish the glory days of high-profit Pokemon trading cards by introducing Amiibo cards. Their first outing is for the game Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, which uses the cards to unlock the ability to design homes for major characters in the universe not otherwise available.The Amiibo figures are highly collectible simply because of the character designs on offer. The cards, of which there are over a hundred, also have the potential to capture the attention of collectors and in so doing earn Nintendo a lot more cash. The cards sell in packs of 3 or 6 for around $9 for a pack of 6, or between $27-$50 for a collected set of 5 packs, which is 15 cards (please don’t pay $50 for 15 cards).Jenni Lada at Michibiku wrote up a review of the cards concluding that they are of a high quality, but there really isn’t much to them. When Lada ripped apart a duplicate card she had, all she found was a very tiny NFC chip embedded in the card as you can see above. There’s no magic here, no interesting inner-card design, just glue and a tiny chip. Considering Nintendo is charging well over a dollar per card when you break it down, you can see how profitable they are.If you do intend on collecting Amiibo cards, then some kind of storage box or binder is recommended. While sturdy, it won’t take long for the corners of a card to bend and start to come apart, at which point it will easily split in two revealing the embedded chip. The chip will continue to work of course, but the card will be ruined.last_img read more

Jairo Mora murder informant leaves witness protection program

first_imgAn informant in the investigation of the murder of sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora has left the witness protection program,Channel 7’s Álvaro Sánchez reported Thursday.Mora was murdered on May 31 on the Caribbean’s Moín Beach after a night patrolling the beach to save turtle eggs. He was captured along with four foreign women who were volunteers. The women escaped unharmed. Six suspects are currently in preventative detention awaiting trial for the murder.The informant, known by the pseudonym “El Prieto,” had been a member of the same criminal gang as the murder suspects. He said the detainees had confessed the crime to him and now they want to kill him.“I know every single one of the members of the gang,” he told Teletica, “One of them told me everything that happened.”El Prieto said after he was called in for questioning by the Judicial Investigation Police he became an informant and was moved out of the Caribbean for his safety. Though police promised to help him make a new life, the informant said he was only given ₡23,000 a month ($46) for food.For more details about the murder, see The Tico Times’ in-depth report on the case: Why Jairo died. Facebook Comments Related posts:Why Jairo died Conservation group delivers $14,000 check to family of slain turtle protector Jairo Mora Costa Rica environmental groups still raising questions in Jairo Mora case Jairo Mora honored at 50th anniversary of Costa Rica’s National Park Systemlast_img read more

Guam becomes first US territory to recognize gay marriage

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Guam Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson directed officials in April to process gay couples’ marriage license applications based on the 9th Circuit decision, but they refused with support from the governor.She appointed an attorney to represent Calvo and the Office of Vital Statistics registrar because they didn’t agree on the lawsuit.“Equality under our Constitution prevailed today,” Barrett-Anderson said after the ruling.Attorney Michael Phillips, who represented Calvo and Territorial Registrar Carolyn Garrido, said the officials are going to comply with the ruling.“It’s probably the only case in history where you have a decision one way or another and then a final decision coming within weeks — literally within weeks,” Phillips said, referring to the expected Supreme Court ruling.Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron said in a statement that the change “is not only a defeat for Christian principles, but a defeat for our island and the whole of humanity.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A federal judge’s ruling has made Guam the first U.S. territory to recognize gay marriage, leading the governor who opposed the weddings to declare that the island will accept marriage license applications from same-sex couples.U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood issued the decision to a packed courtroom after a hearing Friday local time, saying the territory’s ban violated a gay couple’s constitutional rights to equal protection under the law. The ruling goes into effect Tuesday morning, when same-sex couples can begin applying for marriage licenses.Gov. Eddie Calvo previously said a decision was impractical when the Supreme Court was expected to rule on the issue this month. But he said after the District Court ruling that “I have a solemn duty to uphold the law.”“To the proponents and opponents alike, I ask that we all come together despite our differences of opinion, united in our common love of Guam and of each other,” Calvo said in a news release.The ruling came after Loretta M. Pangelinan and Kathleen M. Aguero sued in April after they were denied a marriage license.“We are delighted with the news,” Aguero said in a news release. “Actually, we’ve been waiting for nearly eight years to marry. We’re so happy that the time has finally come.”The women plan to wed June 20, said their attorney, R. Todd Thompson.They based their lawsuit on a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision last year in favor of same-sex marriage. The U.S. District Court of Guam falls under the 9th Circuit.Attorneys for the Guam plaintiffs had argued the territory must fall in line with the 9th Circuit decision and accept marriage license applications unless the U.S. Supreme Court rules otherwise. Currently, gay couples can marry in 36 states, the District of Columbia and now, Guam. Sponsored Stories ErrorOK ErrorOK FILE – This April 8, 2015 file photo Loretta M. Pangelinan, 28, right, holds the application for a marriage license that she and her fiancee, Kathleen M. Aguero, 28, will turn in at the Office of Vital Statistics in the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services. A federal judge in Guam is scheduled to hear arguments Friday, June 5, 2015 in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. territory’s same-sex marriage ban. If Guam allows gay marriage, it would be the first U.S. territory to do so. Pangelinan and Aguero filed the lawsuit in April after the women were denied a marriage license. (AP Photo/Grace O. Garces Bordallo, File) Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Fannie Mae Significant Opportunity Lies in Mobile Technology

first_img Mobile technology has become increasingly popular with homebuyers, according to a survey conducted by Fannie Mae found that demand for and usage of mobile mortgage products has almost doubled over the past 12 months.The survey covered 1,200 low- to moderate-income homebuyers who have bought homes in the last year and have a mortgage guaranteed by Fannie Mae.“This is a startlingly large increase reflecting the pervasive and growing use of mobile technology among consumers at all income levels,” wrote Steve Deggendorf, Director, Market Insights Research, Fannie Mae. “Although this research focused on low- and moderate-income homebuyers, our prior research suggests the results would be even larger for mobile usage and interest among higher-income consumers.”Fannie Mae suggests, based on research, that interest in these products will only increase among consumers in the coming year, particularly among first-time buyers and younger consumers with a college education. Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey, covering the third quarter of 2016, noted the growing number of lenders that were making mobile apps part of the process. Deggendorf said there is “significant opportunity” for lenders to meet demand in this space because future interest in conducting mortgage activity via a mobile device is much higher than current interest.“Though some lenders have begun building out the mobile experience for consumers, all lenders should evolve their online and mobile capabilities to address the rapidly changing consumer demand as well as the potential for competitive shifts,” Deggendorf wrote. “The potential for the competitive repositioning in the broader mortgage market value chain is high, maybe much higher than in many years, as next-generation technologies and providers focus on offering exciting mobile opportunities to improve the consumer experience through digitization and by removing inefficient manual processes.”Regulators have taken notice of the way the mortgage industry has come to more fully embrace mobile technology in the last year as the needs of consumers have changed. Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry, in a speech last week in which he announced that qualifying financial technology (FinTech) companies that offer banking products could choose to receive a special purpose national bank charter if they wish, noted that consumers want better, faster, more accessible products and services, and they are willing to switch providers or use multiple providers to get what they want. These consumers expect to be able to transact basic banking and financial business anywhere, anytime, from the palm of their hands.”To illustrate just how lenders are embracing a more technology-based approach to meet changing needs and demands of consumers, look no further than Quicken Loans. Last year, the Detroit-based lender created a “Rocket Mortgage” program, which the company bills as a “a fast, powerful, and completely online way to get a mortgage” with a slogan that says simply, “Push button. Get mortgage.” A commercial for this program which aired during the Super Bowl in February generated considerable controversy on social media but was also widely praised. Fannie Mae Mobile Technology 2016-12-05 Seth Welborn December 5, 2016 688 Views Fannie Mae: ‘Significant Opportunity’ Lies in Mobile Technologycenter_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Technology Sharelast_img read more

Fannie Mae Education Homeownership Linked

first_img March 30, 2017 586 Views Fannie Mae: Education & Homeownership Linked in Daily Dose, Government, News, Origination Young adults are 3.5 percent less likely to own a home now than they were before the Great Recession, according to a working paper released by Fannie Mae on Thursday. Additionally, the homeownership rate among this demographic has dropped from 45 percent to 35 percent.The paper, titled “The Shifting Determinants of Young-Adult Homeownership Before and After the Great Recession,” analyzed factors like race, income, education and more on the homeownership rates of young adults aged 25 to 34, as well as trends among the age group.According to the paper, “more than half of the decline in homeownership among young adults can be explained by individual, parental, and regional characteristics.”But while overall homeownership rates are lower with young adults today, the paper found there are factors that increase a person’s likelihood to buy. Education, in particular, is a positive influencer.“Having a bachelor’s degree or higher is associated with a 6 percentage point increase in the likelihood of homeownership, compared with someone who lacks a high school diploma,” the report stated.But this wasn’t the case before the Great Recession. This may be, the paper posited, because education is a proxy for permanent income or financial literacy.“Education might also proxy for financial literacy, which could help young households navigate the home purchase and mortgage finance processes,” the paper reported.According to the paper, educational attainment improves the likelihood of homeownership rates across all races, but particularly blacks and non-Hispanic whites.“Compared to non-Hispanic white households with less than a high school diploma, the likelihood of homeownership increases by 10.3 percentage points for non-Hispanic whites with a high school diploma, 15.3 percentage points for those with at least some college, and 12.4 percentage points for those with at least a bachelor’s degree,” the report stated. “Black households experience a stepwise increase in the probability of homeownership at each level of education, culminating in a 11.1 percentage point higher likelihood of being a homeowner for black households headed by a college graduate compared with blacks who have less than a high school diploma.”Overall, the paper found that non-Hispanic whites are more likely to own a home than blacks. Those in married households and households with children are also more likely to own. Income and wealth were also positive influencers.View the whole paper at FannieMae.com.center_img Fannie Mae Homeownership 2017-03-30 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Your browser does not support the audio element. From the moment he stepped on to football field in an Arizona Cardinals uniform, wide receiver John Brown made quite an impact.In fact, he scored the game-winning touchdown in his first pro contest — an 18-17 Monday Night Football win over the San Diego Chargers last September at University of Phoenix Stadium.With one season in the league under his belt, Brown continues to improve in all areas. Maybe the most noticeable difference in the 2015 version of the man they call “Smoke,” is his confidence. He displayed that while talking to Burns and Gambo Wednesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Receiver John Brown makes a catch on the sideline at University of Phoenix Stadium Friday, August 7, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Comments   Share   When asked if any cornerback in the league could cover him one-on-one, Brown had a simple answer.“No, I don’t think anyone can cover me in the league,” he said. “Patrick Peterson, he gives me a lot of trouble (in practice). We go back-and-forth. I would like to face Darrelle Revis — he’s a great corner and he does a lot of great things.“Going against those guys, I think I’ll develop my game to another level.”In a follow-up question, Brown was asked specifically if Seattle All-Pro corner Richard Sherman could blanket him.“No, I don’t think he could cover me one-on-one,” he said.What makes Brown so hard for anyone to cover is his blazing speed. The former Pittsburg State standout was on of the fastest players available in the 2014 draft. Interestingly enough, that wasn’t always the case.“I was running like a 4.8 (40-yard dash) in the 11th grade,” Brown said, explaining why the big schools in his native Florida didn’t recruit him. “Going into my 12th-grade year, I went from a 4.8 to a 4.3.”By the time Brown shaved five-tenths of a second off his 40 time, he had already been passed over by most Division I schools. But how exactly does a player get that much faster in the span of one year?center_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: John Brown, Cardinals wide receiver “I was small, so I got in the weight room, I did extra work — I did things that other guys wouldn’t do,” Brown said. “Like stay after practice, work on my routes, work on my stance and starts and then out of nowhere, I just became fast.“So when you saw me from my 11th-grade year to my 12th-grade year, I was much faster.”Brown used that speed to his advantage in 2014 when he caught 48 passes for 696 yards and five touchdowns — four of which turned out to be game-winners for the Cardinals, who won 11 contests and made the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season.Aside from increased confidence, Brown has also changed the way he eats. The second-year player admitted he ate a lot of fast food during his rookie campaign, which may have had an effect on his production.He admitted he missed McDonald’s the most.“Four times a week,” Brown said about how many meals he was eating there.Brown and the Cardinals open their 2015 preseason schedule Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs at University of Phoenix Stadium. – / 23 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 28, 2016, file photo, Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) warms up prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans in Houston. Johnson was on his way to his seventh 1,000-yard season in eight years before getting hurt last season. He ran for 814 yards in 11 games. His injury gave David Johnson an opportunity to play more and he was dynamic. The Cardinals are good hands with either Johnson, but expect David to get the ball more than Chris. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) Top Stories As the Arizona Cardinals wrap up mandatory mini-camp — the last team activity until the start of training camp — general manager Steve Keim feels pretty good about his roster.But, since he became the team’s GM before the 2013 season, Keim has become known for late signings of veteran players that have come in and made an impact for the team. Keim added tackle Eric Winston and outside linebacker John Abraham right before training camp in 2013. The next year, defensive lineman Tommy Kelly was brought into the fold. In 2014, tight end Jermaine Gresham and running back Chris Johnson signed late and made contributions. Your browser does not support the audio element. So, is there another “Keim sign” on the horizon?“I won’t get into any specific names, but Michael (Bidwill) and I talked about six-to-eight players who are guys that are still out on the street, who could come in and potentially help us at a number of different positions,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Thursday on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station.“As we know from the past, it’s not all about just whether that player fits schematically. It’s when does his value come down, when do we feel comfortable about making the addition. But we’ll continue to be aggressive — we’ll leave no stone unturned. Our pro department does a phenomenal job, led by Quentin Harris and Terry McDonough. Those guys are as good as it gets in the business, in my opinion.”There is speculation that the Cardinals could be in the market for a backup to star running back David Johnson. Of the few names out there, one makes sense: Chris Johnson. Johnson has spent two injury-riddled seasons in Arizona after joining the team during training camp in 2015. He said earlier this week that he believes he’ll be on a roster before training camp.The veteran would help give depth to a position that currently has Andre Ellington, Kerwynn Williams, Elijah Penny and rookie T.J. Logan on the roster. LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals general manager – / 12center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

USA Today Power Rankings – Week 8 Cardinals rank

first_imgUSA Today Power Rankings – Week 8Cardinals rank: #27 (▼7)Let’s hope Carson Palmer returns this year – if not to save Arizona’s season, then to at least potentially finish his career between lines. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Yuck!That’s the best way to describe an Arizona Cardinals performance so bad, it made people hold their noses on two different continents.The Cardinals sleep-walked through a 60-minute affair in London against the Rams and came close to scoring points exactly once in a 33-0 loss. It was the second-worst loss of the Bruce Arians era; only their 34-point blowout loss to Carolina in the 2015 NFC Championship Game was worse. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Eagles No. 1, Patriots creep upCardinals rank: #24 (▼6) A sorry day in London town laid the Cardinals low and has the Valley down. — Craig Morgan Week Seven power rankingsCardinals rank: #29 (▼7)When Drew Stanton‘s career highlight is a celebration on the sideline, it hasn’t been a very memorable career. Cardinals rank: #26 (–)The season, which looked promising when the Cardinals were a viable 3-3 after Adrian Peterson rumbled for over 100 yards last week, fell apart Sunday. Starting quarterback Carson Palmer will be out at least eight weeks with a broken arm. Meanwhile, the way the offensive line was manhandled, the Cardinals wouldn’t have been able to run even if they’d had Earl Campbell in the backfield. Now it’s up to Drew Stanton, who is 6-3 as a starter filling in for Palmer. Sorry, but those Cardinal teams Stanton relief-pitched for were much stronger than this 2017 unit. The group still misses David Johnson. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) is sacked during the first half of an NFL football game against Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) NFL Power Rankings: Eagles No. 1, but here come Patriots, Steelers, SeahawksCardinals rank: #25 (▼4) With Carson Palmer out for possibly the rest of the season with a broken arm, they are done. The question now is whether Palmer could be done for good. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires NFL Power Rankings Poll, Week 8: Patriots Back on Top in a Good Week for Iconic QBsCardinals rank: #27 (▼5)And as for the Arizona Cardinals (22nd to 27th), you would think the Carson Palmer injury dashes their playoff hopes. But on the bright side . . . well, it’s a lovely area of the country and the Arizona Fall League baseball season is really kicking into gear right now (don’t sleep on Ryan Mountcastle!).center_img NFL Week 8 Power Rankings: Eagles slide into first with easeNFLCardinals rank: #25 (▼4)Losing a starting ace like Carson Palmer puts a bigger damper on a season that already was lost when clean-up man David Johnson went down. NFL Power Rankings, Week 8: Philadelphia Eagles hit No. 1 spot NFL Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Stand Heading into Week 8?Cardinals rank: #28 (▼4)The Arizona Cardinals are all over the place, and I don’t know what else to say about them. I thought they’d have more success running the ball against a questionable Los Angeles Rams defense, but it wasn’t to be.Carson Palmer made more bad decisions; so did Drew Stanton. There were 10 penalties. Phil Dawson missed a field goal. There’s nothing consistent with this Cardinals team—and now Palmer is out for at least two months with a broken arm.There’s no getting around the fact this isn’t a good football team. Yes, Arizona is 3-4, but the Cardinals have beaten the Colts, the 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And when the Cardinals lose, they lose big. With Palmer now out, it’s impossible to see this team staying relevant. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Week 8 NFL Power Rankings: How every division is stacking upCardinals rank: #28 (▼9) Carson Palmer is out. David Johnson is out. (Someone please hide Larry Fitzgerald.) Arizona was showing signs of life, but with Drew Stanton now helming the offense and Arizona already several games behind, the Cardinals’ chances to win the division are down to a minuscule 0.4 percent. Top Stories 5 Comments   Share   And, they lost quarterback Carson Palmer to a broken arm for anywhere from four weeks to eight weeks to the rest of his career, depending on who you believe.Predictably, the Cardinals fell in every single one of the 10 NFL Power Rankings we track, and are now keeping company with the Colts, Browns, Giants and 49ers — not the neighborhood any team wants to be in.Each week in The Consensus, we’ll give you a look at where national outlets (and we here at ArizonaSports.com) are placing the Cardinals in their league pecking order. NFL Power Rankings: Blame John Elway for Broncos’ offensive woes, tooCardinals rank: #28 (▼3)Let’s assume this season isn’t going anywhere without Carson Palmer. Will he be back next season? If not, what will the Cardinals do? All the years of putting off investing in Palmer’s replacement are catching up to them now.last_img read more

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first_img In this Wednesday, May 16, 2018, photo, retired plumber Barney Smith, 96, walks through his Toilet Seat Art Museum in Alamo Heights, Texas. Smith, called “King of the Commode,” began his commode art work in 1992 and is looking for a buyer who will preserve his collection intact. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ALAMO HEIGHTS, Texas – FOR SALE: One tiny kingdom, with many thrones. But it doesn’t come with a hereditary title.That belongs, in perpetuity, to Barney Smith — the undisputed “King of the Commode.”“There’s a lot of me in there,” he says, sitting in front of the corrugated metal garage he’s dubbed his Toilet Seat Art Museum.There’s a lot of, well, everything in there.Smith has one seat decorated with a chunk of the Berlin Wall and another with a piece of insulation from the doomed Shuttle Challenger. There are lids festooned with flint arrowheads, Civil War Minie balls, Amtrak train keys, Pez dispensers — even $1 million in shredded greenbacks from the Federal Reserve Bank in San Antonio.Every inch of door, wall and ceiling space is covered.The sign out front — a commode lid, of course — says Smith’s art is “NOT FOR SALE.” But after five decades and countless offers, the king says everything must go.“At 96, I come out here with a cane. I’ve gotta hold onto everything to walk,” says Smith, who is bent with arthritis and struggles to swing the creaking metal doors open for visitors. “I’m beginning to feel like that I’d rather be in an air-conditioned home in a chair, looking at a good program.”Still, walking away will be hard.“This is my life’s history here,” he says.It started more than 50 years ago, as a way to display hunting trophies.Smith says his father would spend hours cutting out, sanding and varnishing wooden shields to mount his antlers. The son figured a toilet seat lid would do just fine.“Well, I’m a master plumber, retired,” he says. “I thought I ought to stick with my trade.”Smith had promised his wife, Louise, that he’d stop at 500. That was 850 toilet seats ago.“If I would have just read my Bible as many hours as I spent on my toilet seats, I’d be a better man,” he says with a twinkle in his eye.Smith’s workshop is stacked floor to ceiling with cardboard boxes filled with odds and ends. He engraves his works with cast-off drills donated by a local dentist.Smith readily admits that he’s no Jasper Johns.“The abstract artist would take it and he would spray a little paint over here and a little bit of paint here and say, ‘This is the Alamo,’” Smith says with disgust. “I do detail.”Smith toiled in obscurity until an artist who’d come by to see some of his oil paintings caught a glimpse of his garage and told a local TV station.“They twisted my arm so until I said to come on,” Smith says.The piece aired on a Friday. The following Monday, two other stations came calling. Then came the tourists.“And so I just slung the door open,” he says.Smith officially opened as a museum in 1992. Since then, visitors from every state and 83 foreign countries have made their way to this little municipality completely surrounded by the city of San Antonio.He asks that visitors make an appointment. But he doesn’t turn anyone away.Smith uses his walking stick to point out his favourites. Like a lavatory seat from the airplane that carried billionaire Aristotle Onassis’s body home to Greece. Or the piece of one of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s “thrones.”He regales tourists with the tale of “Old Rip,” the “horny toad” who emerged alive after 31 years entombed in the courthouse cornerstone in his hometown of Eastland, Texas. He also treats each to a recitation of “When Earth’s Last Picture is Painted” — a Rudyard Kipling poem he was assigned to learn in fifth grade.No one leaves without signing his guestbook — and a toilet seat.Smith is currently working on a seat commemorating the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. He suspects that will be his last.In 2014, he lost Louise, his wife of 74 years. A few months ago, he fell and broke two ribs.Daughter Julia Murders says they’ve had offers. A man from India, who wanted to buy the collection for his daughter, offered $20,000 — about $15 per seat.“We discussed it and we said, ‘Daddy, you know, you’ve been doing this your whole life. The last few years of your life, you’ve done nothing BUT this,’” says Murders, 69, who lives nearby.People have told Smith that he’s sitting on a pot of gold. But Smith isn’t looking to cash in.“I want all 1,350 to be intact in another museum somewhere,” he says. “It’s not the highest bidder. It’s not being raffled off.”Austin writer and publisher Daedelus Hoffman says Smith and his collection are priceless. And he wants to help preserve that legacy.His Cattywampus Press raised more than $30,000 to produce a full-colour, cloth-bound book about Smith. “King of the Commode: Barney Smith & His Toilet Seat Art Museum” is being released Saturday, just in time for Smith’s 97th birthday.Hoffman hopes the book will help Smith attract a suitable buyer. If nothing else, he wanted to at least “document this piece of Americana.”“For me, Barney’s story is about the innate human desire to create and communicate,” Hoffman says. “He is a folk artist. And his story and his life work merits preservation.”Smith would love for the collection to remain where it is. But if it must move to remain intact, so be it.“I’m ready to give it up and let it go to London,” he says.The Loovre, perhaps? The ‘King of the Commode’ seeks an heir to his thronescenter_img by Allen G. 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Armenia diaspora minister on threeday official visit

first_imgArmenia’s Diaspora Minister Mkhitar Hayrapetyan arrived in Cyprus on Tuesday for a three-day official visit to meet the local Armenian community and attend the conference for overseas Cypriots that starts on Wednesday.Invited by Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Overseas Cypriots Fotis Fotiou, the Armenian minister will join Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Terence Quick and the Egyptian Minister of Immigration and Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram for discussions on mutual cooperation, while all four will discuss diaspora issues with President Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday.Anastasiades will address the opening ceremony of the ninth World Conference for Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) and the meeting of the Executive Council of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots – International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (POMAK-PSEKA), at the Filoxenia Conference Centre on Wednesday.On the sidelines of the conference, the officials from Cyprus, Greece and Armenia will also conduct their third trilateral meeting in Nicosia.On Wednesday morning Hayrapetyan, the youngest member of cabinet of the new Armenian government that came to power earlier this year after massive popular unrest, will visit the military cemetery at Makedonitissa after which he will meet Vazken Yacoubian, the head of the AGMU Middle East and Armenian projects and former AGBU Central Board member Benon Sevan to review the current status of the Melkonian school that was shut down in 2005.The issue was raised by House President Demetris Syllouris when he visited Armenia on May 23 and met with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who promised to explore prospects for reopening the school.On Thursday afternoon, Hayrapetyan will meet with Armenian Representative Vartkes Mahdessian and other community leaders at the Armenian Prelature in Nicosia, and later attend a farewell reception at the presidential palace for the delegates of the overseas Cypriots’ conference.   You May LikeStuff AnsweredNeed A Laptop? Here Are The Top 5 Of 2018Stuff AnsweredUndoList Nebula8 Cutest Exotic Dog BreedsList NebulaUndoWalk In Tubs | Search AdsThe Best Walk In Tubs of 2018Walk In Tubs | Search AdsUndo Four dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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