Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Jennifer Critch hopes to spend Christmas morning watching her two young daughters play with a brand new train table.But the southwestern Ontario mom is getting anxious the toy won’t be delivered in time by Canada Post, which says it is trying to clear an unprecedented backlog following a weeks-long labour disruption.Canada Post’s woes, plus Greyhound’s exit from Western Canada in October, are creating headaches for many Canadians ahead of the holiday season.Critch’s daughters, who are three and 18 months, are transfixed by the train set at their local library every time they visit and she wanted to get them something similar for home.“It was going to be their big Christmas gift this year,” she said. “I was hoping to set it up and have them wake up to it Christmas morning.”Critch doesn’t drive and lives in a rural area, so online shopping seemed like a stress-free option. But the estimated delivery date keeps slipping while the package sits in a warehouse an hour away in Mississauga, Ont.“I’m OK if I get it Christmas Eve,” she said. “I just want it before Christmas.”The federal government forced members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers back to their jobs late last month after five weeks of rotating strikes over pay equity, safety and other concerns.Canada Post is dealing with a parcel volume two to three times higher than normal for this time of year, said spokesman Jon Hamilton. The backlog of six million packages is concentrated in major processing centres such as Toronto and Vancouver.Guarantees that a parcel will be delivered within a specific window have been suspended until further notice.“We’re doing everything possible to deliver as much as possible, but the backlogs and the unevenness mean delivery is going to be very unpredictable,” said Hamilton. “We will deliver a lot before Christmas, but we’re continuing to monitor to see what we might not get to before Christmas.”The Crown corporation has rented 1,400 additional vehicles for deliveries and 500 more for moving items between facilities. It has also added 4,000 seasonal employees.But protests at Canada Post facilities and the prospect of nasty winter weather mean there’s no telling when it will be back to business as usual.Union national president Mike Palecek disputes the rotating strikes caused any backlogs.“They wanted to develop a line to create a sense of urgency around back-to-work legislation, which has always been Canada Post’s only game at the bargaining table,” he said.On the delivery delays, Palecek said: “This sounds to me like an issue of poor management.”Another popular shipping mode — Greyhound — is no longer an option west of Thunder Bay, Ont. Its passenger buses would often tow cargo trailers to small towns, but the carrier abandoned all but one route in Western Canada in October. Only the U.S.-run Vancouver-Seattle route remains.Greyhound’s move has driven up costs for Custom Woolen Mills, which processes wool harvested from farms around the country into blankets, socks and other goods in a rural area north of Calgary. It’s the busiest time of year for the family-run business.“Wool’s got a lot of volume. You can’t squish it down. It’s not like sending a pound of butter. A pound of wool is pretty big,” said manager Maddy Purves-Smith.She figures the mill is spending 30 per cent to 40 per cent more on shipping by courier and truck now that Greyhound is out of the picture.“Greyhound had pretty great rates and they also went all over the country. A big challenge that we’re having now with them gone is that there aren’t a ton of couriers that will service rural areas and places that are a little further off the beaten track.”
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Leaders from the entertainment, business and philanthropic communities attended Oceana’s Partners Award Gala on Wednesday, October 30th at the Beverly Hills Wilshire to support Oceana’s efforts to protect the world’s oceans.Hillary Clinton at 2013 Oceana Partners Awards GalaCredit/Copyright: Oceana/Tom VickersFormer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and HBO CEO Richard Plepler were the night’s special guests and spoke about the importance of Oceana’s work and ocean conservation.Carly Simon, Jane Fonda and Melanie Griffith at Oceana Partners Awards GalaCredit/Copyright: Oceana/Tom Vickers“More and more people appreciate what the oceans mean to them” said Clinton. “As Secretary of State, I had the great privilege of working on behalf of all of you to try and bring international agreements to the forefront, and Oceana helps to focus the mind on what needs to be done. We know what can work, and Oceana works to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to health.”Kate Walsh and Kristin DavisCredit/Copyright: Oceana/Tom Vickers“HBO has a long history of using our voice to illuminate issues and challenges that face our planet. So it’s our honor to support the remarkable work of Oceana” remarked Plepler.Natasha Bedingfield and Carly SimonCredit/Copyright: Oceana/Tom VickersKeith Addis, Oceana’s President of the Board and event chairman said, “All the support received tonight will directly benefit Oceana and help to make sure that the world’s oceans are filled with life and can provide food to billions of people and employment to hundreds of millions of workers around the world.”Celebrity attendees included Oceana board member Ted Danson and wife Mary Steenburgen, Diane Lane, Jane Fonda, Kate Walsh, Kristin Davis, Sam Trammell, Maria Menounos, Cobie Smulders, Constance Zimmer, Sam Waterston, Melanie Griffith, Seth MacFarlane, Laura Dern, Harvey Weinstein, Ed Begley Jr., Dean Norris, Angela Kinsey, Austin Nichols, Dennis Haysbert, Emily Osment and more.“I’ve been doing this for 25 years, and I’ve never been more excited than I am right now” commented actor and Oceana Board of Directors member, Ted Danson. “The prospects of having a vibrant ocean with sustainable fisheries are near.”In addition to inspiring remarks by Hillary Rodham Clinton, guests were treated to a live musical performance from award winning recording artists Carly Simon and Natasha Bedingfield, along with Ben Taylor, the son of Carly Simon and James Taylor, and the Hamilton High School Choir.The Partners Award Gala would not have been possible without the generous help from the event chairs and hosts, including Keri Selig & Keith Addis, Heather Thomas & Skip Brittenham, Mary Steenburgen & Ted Danson , Calista Flockhart Ford & Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Brian Grazer, Dee & Tommy Hilfiger, Cheryl & Ron Howard, Lyn & Norman Lear, Sonny Ward & Michael Lombardo, Kelly & Ron Meyer, Trudie Styler & Sting, Sandy & Kevin Tsujihara, Joyce & John Varvatos, Lynn & Sam Waterston, and Noelle & Dick Wolf.Leading online charity auction site, CharityBuzz is hosting a companion digital auction for the event at www.charitybuzz.com/oceana. The auction will be live until November 6th and includes auction lots such as a 7 Day Yacht Charter to the Pacific in 2014 Aboard the Luxurious Expedition Vessel, Plan B; visits to the sets of exciting television shows CSI and Under the Dome and lunch with stars Ted Danson and Dean Norris; seven incredible adventures provided by The Magnificent 7 – Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada; Corum timepieces, tickets to see Jeff Goldblum in DOMESTICATED and coffee with the star, stunning artwork courtesy of Peter Lik, Christopher Leidy, Peter Tunney and much more. Please visit www.charitybuzz.com/oceana to place your bid in support of Oceana and the Partners Award Gala today.
Residents of Southern Ontario woke up Monday to a scene from a Christmas card. The snow fell through the morning, forcing drivers to find their brushes to wipe off their cars and homeowners were shoveling their sidewalks.The November day looked more like a January day. And the winter wonderland is not over yet. Forecasters say the south end of Niagara will be in the bull’s-eye of a lake effect blast.The winds began to pick up before the dinner hour. It began snowing more heavily. Forecasters are telling people here to brace themselves for blizzard-like conditions.This is what’s heading our way — bone chilling temperatures, gusty winds, and enough lake effect snow to make travelling treacherous.Niagara region has brined 1,700 kilometres of roadways.Now comes the salt.Dave MacLeod, Niagara region: “We’re looking at continually going for the next two and a half days, in advance of the storm, right around the clock? You bet ya!”By the time it’s over they’ll have put down about four-thousand tons of salt.It was slippery this morning. A man was rushed to hospital with a broken leg and lacerations to his face when his car plowed into a city transit bus on the Glenridge Hill near Brock University. By noon, Niagara police had already dealt with about 20 collisions.It rained in Fort Erie in the afternoon, but the forecasters are predicting that by Tuesday night, the shoreline of Lake Erie will see more than 30 centimetres of snow.“Snowblower’s ready. Shovels are ready.”Some people are refusing to believe it.“Can’t you tell?. I’m still in my summer shoes.”Forecasters are saying that the morning commute will be dicey on Tuesday morning.
According to the report, the seizures of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) over the last decade have risen tenfold, to almost 40 tons in 2000-2001 from about 4 tons in 1990-1991. Meanwhile, estimated production has reached more than 500 tons a year, and abuse is spreading at an alarming rate, with more than 40 million people having used them over the past 12 months.”ATS are emerging as a ‘public enemy number one’ among illicit drugs,” Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in presenting the “Ecstasy and Amphetamines Global Survey 2003″ at a press conference in Rome.”Neglected by societies as an almost acceptable feature of the ‘let’s-have-fun’ culture in clubs and dance settings, synthetic drugs abuse begins with experimental use among mostly young people. Gradually, it may lead to dangerous polydrug use and addiction, with severe health consequences,” he added.The UNODC survey documents the alarming increase in the number and size of manufacturing sites, in more and more countries. Law enforcement agencies have dismantled a record number of “kitchen labs,” but there is evidence of sophisticated clandestine operations with 100-kilogram capacities per week, an equivalent to 1 million Ecstasy pills, or 4 per cent of the estimated global weekly demand.In addition, ATS abuse is spreading in geographical, age and income terms. In the past year, 34 million people worldwide have abused amphetamine and methamphetamine, and 8 million abused Ecstasy, exceeding the number of cocaine and heroin abusers combined. Abuse is highest in East and South-East Asia, followed by Europe, Australia and the United States.
“This result is all the more noteworthy given pressures faced by the Turkish Cypriots to support the status quo,” Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria, which currently holds the Council’s rotation Presidency, said in a statement to the press. “The members hope that all parties in northern Cyprus and all other concerned parties will honour the desire of the majority of Turkish Cypriots as soon as possible.”Ambassador Tafrov added that Council members “continue to believe that securing a comprehensive settlement negotiated on the basis of the detailed proposals” of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and accession to the EU “by a reunited Cyprus” would be in the interests of all Cypriots.Members also reiterated their full support for the good offices of the Secretary-General as entrusted to him in Security Council resolution 1250. “They urge the Turkish Cypriot leadership and all parties concerned to strongly support the Secretary-General’s efforts and, in this context, call for an immediate resumption of the talks on the basis of his proposals,” Ambassador Tafrov said.The members reaffirmed the Council’s previous resolutions and statements on Cyprus, including resolutions 541, 550 and 1475.
RECENTLY I WAS asked at a seminar to describe the most remarkable person that I have encountered throughout my research in Irish politics. My answer is always the same: TK Whitaker.When I conducted interviews with him for my research I could not help but be impressed as he regaled me with the many significant events in Irish history which he had a direct hand in. Events that I had only read about suddenly came to life as he recalled important moments such as the ground-breaking summit between Seán Lemass and Terence O’Neill in 1965.Yet how much does the general public really know about this man who, as Secretary of the Department of Finance, ushered in huge changes in the economy and relations with Northern Ireland?Born in Rostrevor, Co Down, in 1916, TK Whitaker moved to the town of Drogheda just after partition. While completing a scholarship exam for UCD in 1934, Whitaker would make a fateful decision by opting to enter the civil service instead. He quickly rose up the ranks entering the Department of Finance in 1938 as an administrative officer, eventually becoming the department secretary in 1956.The situation was grimThe situation that greeted Whitaker as he took on his new role was grim. Between 1951 and 1961 over 400,000 people had left the country bringing the population of the state down to just 3 million. Combined with rising unemployment and low growth this brought the viability of the Irish state as an independent entity into question. Whitaker argued forcefully in memos to the Minister for Finance, Jim Ryan, that if the economic situation was not corrected quickly that the government should consider reincorporation to the United Kingdom.Motivated by a cartoon in the satirical magazine Dublin Opinion which characterized Ireland as a beggar asking a fortune teller “have I a future?”, Whitaker set to work producing an economic plan that argued for a fundamental shift in Ireland’s economic policies. Protectionism was to be phased out and foreign investment encouraged. What was most remarkable about this task was that it was not encouraged or had any massive involvement from the government of the day.Whitaker was successful in winning over Seán Lemass to the concept of free trade and facing down the more conservative elements within the Irish civil service who were skeptical about ending free trade.So what was the result of the Whitaker plan? Over time it yielded a growth rate of 4 per cent per annum, a steady fall in emigration and even managed to gain so much international attention that it led to Seán Lemass becoming the first Taoiseach to be profiled on the front cover of TIME magazine in July 1963, lauding Ireland’s economic revival. Not only had Whitaker succeeded in getting Ireland’s economy back on track, he put an end to the notion that Ireland couldn’t function as an independent entity.Building good relations in Northern IrelandWhat is most remarkable about Whitaker was that he was not content just focusing on solving Ireland’s economic problems. Throughout his time in the civil service Whitaker had sought to build up good relations with his counterparts in Northern Ireland. While he would attend meetings of the IMF he would become friendly with the Unionist minister and later Prime Minister Terence O’Neill.Using his relationship with O’Neill, Whitaker conveyed Lemass’s strong desire to hold a meeting with him. We have to remember that while a meeting like this would be trivial by today’s standards, in the early ’60s a near cold war atmosphere existed between the two Irish states. For the Irish government, Northern Ireland was an illegitimate entity and for Unionists, the southern government could not be dealt with so long as it pursued a policy of Irish unity.All that changed on 14th January 1965, when Lemass and Whitaker travelled to Belfast to meet O’Neill. This summit ushered in a new period of economic co-operation between the two states as joint initiatives in electricity, tourism and transport were launched. Whitaker helped make all of this happen through his quiet and determined work behind the scenes. But his most important role in helping draft Northern Ireland policy was still to come.The TroublesIn August 1969, the outbreak of the Troubles sent the Irish government into a state of panic with daily crisis meetings and division over how best to respond to the sectarian violence. The Taoiseach, Jack Lynch, faced some of his most prominent ministers advocating armed intervention in Northern Ireland, while others wanted to pursue the matter with the British government and the United Nations.Isolated and unsure of his position Lynch turned to Whitaker for advice on what to do. Whitaker advised Lynch not to ‘cash in on political emotionalism’ at a time of crisis. He believed that a moderate approach should be followed that could demonstrate to Northern Unionists that they had nothing to fear from a united Ireland. These words of caution were exactly what Lynch wanted and needed to hear. Whitaker helped reinforce Lynch’s moderate instincts as he faced an increasingly fractious cabinet.Throughout his entire time as a civil servant, Whitaker did not just pass through; he made a real difference from the economy to Northern Ireland. He was dynamic in an institution that is typically conservative in thinking. As officials today attempt to tackle similar problems they could do well to look at TK Whitaker’s approach to public service and perhaps realise that thinking outside the box is not always a bad thing.David McCann is a PhD researcher in Irish politics at the University of Ulster. To read more articles by David for TheJournal.ie click here.
Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 8:15 AM By AFP Image: Rajanish Kakade Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3226611 7,496 Views Share1 Tweet Email 5 Comments Akshay Kumar, who stars in the film. Image: Rajanish Kakade Akshay Kumar, who stars in the film. Feb 12th 2017, 8:15 AM AN INDIAN COURT has ordered filmmakers to cut four scenes from a forthcoming Bollywood movie after ruling that they show lawyers in a bad light.India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had cleared comedy-drama Jolly LLB 2, which stars Akshay Kumar, for release but the Bombay High Court intervened, the Press Trust of India reported.The case is an unusual twist on censorship in the country, where courts have instructed India’s censorship board to reinstate scenes that it has deleted — not the other way round.“We had no objection with the film and gave it a certificate. It’s a movie for entertainment and is fiction,” CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani told AFP, adding that he was waiting to receive the court’s order.Jolly LLB 2 tells the story of an awkward lawyer played by Kumar, who takes on a high-profile case in a satirical look at India’s legal system.Four cutsAdvocate Ajay Kumar Waghmare filed a petition claiming that certain shots mocked lawyers and disrespected India’s judicial system. He called for them to be cut and for “LLB” (a legal degree) to be dropped from the movie’s title.The Press Trust of India reported that Mumbai’s top court had agreed with the petition and ruled that the film, due for release last Friday, could only be screened if four cuts were made.Newspapers said these included one showing a scared judge hiding behind a chair and another in which Kumar’s character is seen jumping on a dais as he instructs his client to throw a shoe at the judge.The movie also apparently shows lawyers playing cards and dancing in court, according to The Hindu newspaper.The Bombay High Court’s stance is a far cry from its ruling of June last year when it overturned 12 cuts that the CBFC had made to Udta Punjab, a film depicting drug addiction. It told the film board not to be “over-sensitive”.India’s censors have a long history of barring movies and cutting scenes, including those deemed too racy or capable of causing religious offence, and filmmakers accuse them of intolerance.In 2015 the CBFC blocked the release of a toned-down version of Fifty Shades of Grey and deemed two James Bond kissing scenes unsuitable for an Indian audience.- © AFP, 2017Read: Bollywood producers arrive, hoping to repeat success of ‘Luas fight’ blockbuster> Filmmakers order to cut Bollywood scenes that poked fun at lawyers The ruling was over the comedy-drama JollyLLB 2. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Tuberculose multirésistante : l’OMS lance un plan d’action pour l’EuropeMercredi, l’Organisation mondiale de la santé a alerté de la progression inquiétante du nombre de cas de tuberculose multirésistante en Europe. Elle propose un plan d’actions sur quatre ans pour éviter un nombre estimé de 263.000 cas. L’Europe n’est pas épargnée par la tuberculose multirésistante et sa progression est même inquiétante. C’est ce qu’a révélé mercredi l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) qui a décidé de lancer un plan d’action afin d’enrayer la diffusion de cette maladie résistante aux traitements. Spécifique à l’Europe, ce plan prévu pour quatre ans et au coût évalué à cinq milliards de dollars, vise à éviter 263.000 cas de tuberculose résistante et multirésistante, mais aussi à empêcher 120.000 décès. La tuberculose multirésistante est une forme de tuberculose particulièrement dangereuse et qui provoque de nombreux décès. En effet, les bacilles responsables de la maladie présentent une résistance à l’isionazide et à la rifampicine, qui sont normalement les deux antituberculeux les plus efficaces. D’où une grande difficulté à traiter la maladie. Le développement de ces micro-organismes est favorisé par une hygiène mal contrôlée en milieu hospitalier ou par le fait que des patients ne suivent pas correctement leur traitement jusqu’à terme, autorisant les bacilles à acquérir cette résistance. Les personnes atteintes doivent alors subir une chimiothérapie d’une durée de deux ans qui occasionne aussi des frais exorbitants : plus de 100 fois le coût du traitement classique.Près de 20% de cas de tuberculose multirésistante surviennent en EuropeSelon l’OMS, sur les 440.000 cas de tuberculose multirésistante évalués dans le monde, 81.000, soit 18% du total, se produisent en Europe, surtout dans les pays d’Europe de l’Est et de l’ex-Union soviétique. Néanmoins, l’Europe occidentale est également touchée. Londres, qui accueille de nombreux immigrés de pays pauvres, affiche le taux le plus important de tuberculose parmi les capitales ouest-européennes : 3.500 cas par an avec une augmentation de 30% ces dix dernières années et un doublement des cas de maladie multirésistante entre 2005 et 2009. À lire aussiEléphantes tuberculeuses : François Hollande refuse de gracier les animauxC’est donc en améliorant la prévention, le dépistage et les traitements, que le plan compte enrayer la tuberculose en Europe d’ici à 2050, l’objectif étant d’atteindre un taux de moins d’un cas par million d’habitant. “Pour réussir, nous avons besoin de l’engagement de tous les partenaires, et spécialement de la société civile”, a souligné dans le communiqué le Dr Lucica Ditiu, une des responsables du partenariat “Stop TB”, qui associe plus de 100 pays, centres de recherche, ONG et communautés locales. En l’absence de traitement, une personne atteinte de tuberculose évolutive peut infecter en moyenne 10 à 15 autres personnes en une année. Le VIH sida et la tuberculose accélèrent mutuellement leur progression. Le sida est ainsi en partie responsable du regain de tuberculose dans le monde, rappelle l’AFP.Le 15 septembre 2011 à 09:38 • Maxime Lambert
Les pharmacies pourront vendre des médicaments en ligneComme le prévoit une directive européenne de 2011, la France va autoriser les pharmacies à vendre en ligne les médicaments qui n’ont pas besoin d’être délivrés sur ordonnance. L’ordre des pharmaciens s’oppose à la mesure et met en avant les risques de fraudes et de contre-indications. L’ordonnance a été présentée mercredi au conseil des ministres mais n’a pas encore été publiée au Journal Officiel.On peut décidément tout acheter sur internet. Une ordonnance a été déposée mercredi au conseil des ministres pour autoriser la vente sur le net des médicaments en libre accès, ceux qui ne nécessitent donc pas une prescription. Le décret d’application n’a pas encore été publié au Journal Officiel mais la France est tenue de mettre le dispositif en place avant le 2 janvier. À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?C’est en effet cette date qui était fixée par une directive européenne de 2011 pour la légalisation des pharmacies en ligne. Celles-ci doivent cependant dépendre d’une officine physique tenue par un vrai pharmacien qui ne peut pas y vendre de médicaments sur ordonnance. Elles doivent également être validées par l’autorité régionale de santé et être déclarées à l’ordre des pharmaciens.L’ordre des pharmaciens protesteCe dernier s’oppose d’ailleurs vivement à cette mesure déposée par Marisol Touraine, ministre des affaires sociales et de la santé. Si les sites de vente en ligne devront bien être identifiés par un logo et seront listés, “rien ne remplace le face-à-face pour donner des conseils lors de la délivrance de médicaments, a déploré au Monde Isabelle Adenot, présidente de l’ordre des pharmaciens. Le risque de la vente à grande échelle sur Internet est de banaliser le médicament, qui n’est pas un produit de consommation courante.” Outre les problèmes liés aux données et au respect des règles en matière d’ordonnance, la vente en ligne ne permet pas aux clients d’utiliser leur carte vitale. Or c’est là que se trouve leur dossier médical qui renferme les contre-indications auxquelles le pharmacien a besoin d’avoir accès. La question de la prudence reste centrale, surtout que certaines pharmacies savaient que la France était obligée d’appliquer la directive européenne et n’ont donc pas attendu le dernier conseil des ministres pour ouvrir leur boutique en ligne. Comme le souligne un sondage IFOP pour l’Institut de recherche anti-contrefaçons de médicaments, cité par le Monde, 9% des français ont déjà acheté des médicaments sur internet et 26% pensent s’y mettre.Le 22 décembre 2012 à 14:28 • Maxime Lambert
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Rumors earlier this week said T-Mobile and Sprint are nearing a $6 billion payday for their assets, including wireless spectrum and the Boost Mobile prepaid wireless service, in a move to gain regulatory approval for the merger, with satellite TV provider Dish Network reportedly the buyer.T-Mobile and Sprint are the third- and fourth-largest carriers behind Verizon and AT&T. Should they merge, Legere would remain in his role. 13 Photos $499 “It’s so important to deliver 5G across the entire country,” Legere said in the post. “There are brilliant people in every corner of the US, from small towns to big cities, and we’ll only benefit from their ideas if they have access to the right tools.”Nationwide 5G will come only via the merger, he said, because T-Mobile has high-band spectrum and low-band spectrum, while Sprint has midband spectrum. He said that by combining this spectrum — the radio airwaves that make the wireless system work — the combined company would have full coverage unlike its rivals.”The New T-Mobile … will ensure that 5G reaches people across the entire country,” the chief executive said.This spectrum argument isn’t bulletproof though. The FCC’s Pai said earlier this week that he’s now pushing to auction off midband spectrum for 5G to all carriers, and the Justice Department is reportedly considering requiring T-Mobile and Sprint to divest their wireless spectrum as well as other parts of their businesses. T-Mobile, Sprint make $26B deal to merge Walmart 4 1:38 5G phones are here: Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, LG V50, Moto Z4 and more 5G phones and your health: What you need to know $499 Legere also hinted Thursday that a new T-Mobile would have lower-price offerings so consumers of all economic backgrounds could afford it.T-Mobile’s 5G made an early appearance in New York in May after being delayed in February to the second half of 2019. T-Mobile and Sprint merger: Here’s what you need to know $499 Mobile Tech Industry Internet Phones The T-Mobile/Sprint merger Motorola Moto Z4 See it 5G coverage on CNET Tags See It T-Mobile and Sprint are pushing their $26.5 billion merger. Josh Miller/CNET T-Mobile CEO John Legere is stumping for his company’s merger with Sprint again, arguing that the combined entity would be the only carrier to bring 5G nationwide, because rivals AT&T and Verizon are “locked in a meaningless race just to claim they’re first.” In a blog post Thursday, Legere said the new T-Mobile would “fix the broken, arrogant wireless industry.” 5G, already launched in the US by Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, is the next-generation network being used by smartphones to provide faster speeds and more capacity.With 5G currently available only in select areas of some cities, building it in rural areas was one of the conditions that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai placed on T-Mobile and Sprint when he OK’d the $26.5 billion merger in May. The deal still needs to get the thumbs-up from the US Department of Justice. Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: 5G AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Review • Motorola Moto Z4 review: The cheapest 5G phone you can buy but shouldn’t Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Motorola Moto Z4 Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Comments See It
DUTen students of Muktijodha Ziaur Rahman Hall were napping in the guestroom of Surja Sen Hall, several students said.After spending time at various points on Dhaka University campus, they finally arrived at Surja Sen Hall around 2am. Senior students of Chhatra League at Ziaur Rahman Hall had asked them to stay outside for a night.Two of the students who had been called out on Thursday night, said on condition of anonymity, that first of all one of their friends, instructed by these senior ‘brothers’, had asked them to get up at 4:20am. After spending most of the night away from their hall, finally they were asked to return. The outing for the night is complete, they were informed. They, however, declined to reveal the identity of the ‘ big brother’.First year students of different departments stay at the ‘gono room’ of Ziaur Rahman Hall. They were called to the guest room on Thursday night. As per the instructions, they left the hall to spend the night outside.Students of first and second year do not get seats due to the accommodation crisis. They have to stay at the ‘gono room’ at the mercy of student organisations affiliated to the ruling party.The ‘guest room’ evokes feelings of panic among the general students.The students are mentally tortured at the guest rooms in the name of ‘teaching manners’. It is called ‘guest room’ as the guest rooms of the halls are used for this purpose. But such things can happen in the room of a leader or in an open field. The students of first year have to undergo the torture of ‘guest room’. BCL top leaders, however, claim that this is just a friendly get-together of senior and junior students.Ruling Awami League student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) pledged to solve the accommodation crisis before the hall unions and DUCSU elections in March. BCL leaders also pledged that they would take initiatives to stop torture in the guest rooms in the name of teaching manners. But the common students claim the situation has not improved.While talking to Prothom Alo, Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) assistant general secretary Saddam Hossain admitted the culture of guest room could not be stopped fully. But BCL is working to stop it, he said, adding it will be stopped naturally if the accommodation crisis is solved.
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Doubles Fair Value Gains Fannie Mae Net Income 2015-08-06 Seth Welborn Fannie Mae’s Net Income More Than Doubles for Q2; Pace Slowed From Last Year Fair value gains were the primary driver as Fannie Mae’s net income more than doubled from the first quarter to the second quarter, according to an announcement from Fannie Mae on Thursday.The GSE’s net income for Q2 was $4.6 billion, compared to $1.9 billion in the first quarter, totaling $6.5 billion for the year. Despite the substantial quarter-over-quarter increase in net income, Fannie Mae is still slightly behind last year’s pace, when the GSE reported a net income of $14.2 billion for all of 2014. Fannie Mae’s net income in 2013 was $84 billion.The quarter-over-quarter increase in net income for Q2 2015 was largely driven by fair value gains, offset by credit-related expense that was negatively affected by an increase in interest rates. Fannie Mae’s net fair value gains in Q2 totaled $2.6 billion, compared with losses of $1.9 billion in Q1. Increases in longer term interest rates that positively impacted the value of Fannie Mae’s risk management derivatives were largely responsible for the fair value gains in Q2.Fannie Mae’s provision for federal income taxes for Q2 was $2.2 billion, reflecting an effective tax rate of 32 percent. The Enterprise’s comprehensive income for Q2 was $4.4 billion, compared to $1.8 billion for the previous quarter and $14.7 billion for all of 2014.”We reported another strong quarter of financial performance with solid revenues and an impressive book of business that only continues to improve. We have reduced the risk of our business and have made great strides in transferring credit risk to private capital to better protect taxpayers,” said Timothy J. Mayopoulos, president and chief executive officer. “We are committed to serving our customers and the market with solutions that promote simplicity and certainty. We are creating revolutionary new tools, products, and solutions – and enhancing our existing foundational resources – to support our lenders. We continue to make changes throughout our company that improve the way we work and increase the value we provide to the housing finance system.”Fannie Mae also announced it will pay a dividend of $4.4 billion to the Department of Treasury in September 2015, bringing the total dividend payment to Treasury of $142.5 billion – about $26.4 billion more than Fannie Mae received in the 2008 bailout from Treasury ($116.1 billion).The Enterprise provided about $144 billion in liquidity to the mortgage market in Q2, which enabled families to buy, refinance, or rent homes. Fannie Mae also helped 34,000 distressed families avoid foreclosure or retain their homes through loan workouts during Q2, using both Fannie Mae’s proprietary programs and other government-sponsored programs such as the Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP).Q2 marked the 21st consecutive quarter of declines for the single-family serious delinquency rate in Fannie Mae’s book of business. The rate was reported at 1.66 percent in Q2 and has declined every quarter since Q1 2010, when it was reported at 5.47 percent.”This decrease is primarily the result of home retention solutions, foreclosure alternatives and completed foreclosures, improved loan payment performance, as well as the company’s acquisition of loans with stronger credit profiles since the beginning of 2009,” Fannie Mae said in the report.Fannie Mae said despite the steadily decreasing number of single-family seriously delinquent loans in its book of business, the Enterprise expects the SF serious delinquency rate to remain above pre-2008 levels for years due to many factors, including the length of time required to complete foreclosures in some states, pace of loan modifications, timing and volume of future sales the Enterprise makes of non-performing loans, as well as changes in home prices, unemployment levels, and other macroeconomic conditions.To view Fannie Mae’s complete Q2 2015 financial results, click here. August 6, 2015 453 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Share
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Share Existing-homes sales have been up against unfavorable odds including inventory shortages, soaring home price appreciation, and stagnant household income growth. However, they defied those odds and came out on top for the second consecutive month.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported Friday that existing-home sales, which include completed buyer transactions of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops, rose 1.7 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.45 million. March’s total was revised to 5.36 million and sales are now up 6.0 percent year-over-year in April.According to NAR, single-family home sales rose 0.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.81 million in April from 4.78 million in March, and are now 6.2 percent higher than the 4.53 million pace a year ago.NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun noted that the April existing sales data “signals slowly building momentum for the housing market this spring.”Source: National Association of Home Builders”Primarily driven by a convincing jump in the Midwest, where home prices are most affordable, sales activity overall was at a healthy pace last month as very low mortgage rates and modest seasonal inventory gains encouraged more households to search for and close on a home,” he said. “Except for in the West—where supply shortages and stark price growth are hampering buyers the most—sales are meaningfully higher than a year ago in much of the country.”Realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke said that the two-month streak of increases has brought existing home sales in line with the seasonally adjusted pace of sales at the beginning of the year and 6 percent higher than last year. This shows that momentum is continuing from a strong start to the year as the peak months for sales approach.”We’ve now seen 44 straight months of tight supply. In these conditions, home values have strong support, but potential buyers will continue to face challenges finding a home for sale that meets their needs,” Smoke stated. “The biggest challenge to prospective buyers is tight supply, and that’s why we’re seeing the age of inventory drop dramatically. At the same time, we estimate that sales to first-time buyers are up 11 percent so far this year, and they comprise the largest source of this year’s growth in sales.”The data showed that the median existing-home price for all housing types in April was $232,500, up 6.3 percent from $218,700 in April 2015. This increase marks the 50th consecutive month of year-over-year gains. The median existing single-family home price was $233,700 in April, up 6.2 percent from April 2015.Inventory fared extremely well for April, rising 9.2 percent to 2.14 million existing homes available for sale, but it is still 3.6 percent lower than a year ago when inventory reached 2.22 million homes. NAR reported that unsold inventory is at a 4.7-month supply at the current sales pace, up from 4.4 months in March.More first-time buyers came into the housing market in April. The data found that the share of first-time buyers was 32 percent in April, up from 30 percent both in March and a year ago.Yun stated, “The temporary relief from mortgage rates currently near three-year lows has helped preserve housing affordability this spring, but there’s growing concern a number of buyers will be unable to find homes at affordable prices if wages don’t rise and price growth doesn’t slow.”He continued, “Looking ahead, with demand holding steady and supply levels still far from sufficient, the market for entry-level and mid-priced homes will likely continue to be the most competitive heading into the summer months.”Stephen Melman, J.D., National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Director of Economic Services said, “The Pending Home Sales Index increased 3.5 percent in February and 1.4 percent in March, so the continued upward trend in existing sales reported in April was not unexpected. Builder sentiment remains cautiously optimistic, and the tight inventory of existing homes bodes well for new single-family sales in 2016.” Existing-Home Sales Home Prices NAR National Association of Realtors 2016-05-20 Staff Writer May 20, 2016 707 Views Existing-Home Sales Emerge Triumphant
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