VShips Leisure Gets Deal for Worlds 1st Discovery Yacht

first_imgzoom V.Ships Leisure, part of V.Group, has been awarded a contract by Scenic for the technical and hotel operation management for the world’s first discovery yacht, Scenic Eclipse.Scheduled to be delivered in August 2018, the expedition vessel is under construction at the Uljanik Shipyard in Croatia. It is the first ocean vessel for Scenic which operates 22 river cruise ships globally.Technical management for the vessel will be provided by V.Ships Leisure in Monaco and on board will be 50 deck and engine crew along with 106 hotel crew.In addition, V.Ships Leisure will provide itinerary planning and port operation with hotel operation services to be provided by V.Group’s Oceanic Catering business.“We are delighted to be able to bring our … experience with start-ups, expedition vessels and the ultra-luxury market to support Scenic in their newest venture,” Per Bjornsen, V.Ships Leisure Director, said.Designed for only 228 guests, only 200 in the Arctic and Antarctica, Scenic Eclipse is expected to embark on its maiden voyage throughout the fourth quarter of 2018.last_img read more

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Newfoundland and Labrador government to cover abortion pill as of Sept 1

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Newfoundland and Labrador government says it will cover the abortion pill as of Sept. 1, putting it in line with six other Canadian provinces that already provide the medication free-of-charge.The province announced in a statement Wednesday that it will provide universal coverage for Mifegymiso, an alternative to surgically induced abortions, to residents holding a valid health card.“Individuals in this province are entitled to abortion, which is a legal, medical service,” said John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services, in a news release.“Universally covering the cost of this alternative to surgical abortion will ensure people continue to have safe and unimpeded access to this health service.”The two-drug combination terminates pregnancies of up to nine weeks and will have to be prescribed by a health-care professional. As well, the release said an ultrasound will have to be performed, in order to confirm the gestation period, before Mifegymiso is prescribed.The announcement came as welcome news to Frederique Chabot, director of health promotion with Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a national organization aiming to advance sexual and reproductive rights in Canada.“To continue to see provinces taking leadership and addressing historical gaps in access for their residents is absolutely great news,” said Chabot in a phone interview from Ottawa.She said since the drug was rolled out in 2017, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have already committed to universal coverage for Mifegymiso for their residents. Up until Wednesday’s announcement, Newfoundland and Labrador was the only province that did not at least provide partial coverage of the pill.Although abortion in Canada was decriminalized decades ago, Chabot said access to services have been distributed unevenly across the country, with some rural communities — like much of Newfoundland and Labrador — left behind.“So in Toronto, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art care, you’ll have access to multiple options, to clinics, to hospital care,” she said.“But in rural or remote areas anywhere in the country, access is very poor and absent.”She said people in areas where abortion services are inaccessible may have to pay out of pocket to travel to places where they can get the services they need, taking them away from their communities and support systems.“Depending on your postal code or what’s in your bank account, you either had access to health care or you didn’t,” said Chabot.Chabot said Mifegymiso is as safe as a surgical abortion and is the World Health Organization’s gold standard for medical abortion, so access to the pill helps fill some of the gaps left by spotty access to abortion in rural communities.The announcement came two months after medical students and practitioners in the province wrote an open letter to the premier and Health Department asking for universal Mifegymiso coverage, as well as supportive resources for physicians prescribing the drug.In a release, students who worked on the letter applauded the announcement.“Removing the cost barrier to medical abortion in primary care will ensure that persons living in rural and remote communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador have more equitable access to an essential medical service,” said Maggie O’Dea and Chris Vizena of the Memorial University Medical Students’ Society.“This announcement represents a true advancement of reproductive rights to which we are proud to have contributed.”Prince Edward Island is now the only Atlantic Canadian province without universal Mifegymiso coverage, although the drug is covered under both the UPEI and Holland College student health-care plans.— By Alex Cooke in Halifaxlast_img read more

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Congress holds voter outreach programmes in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: With less than two weeks left before the national capital goes to the polls, Congress candidates on Sunday held voter outreach programmes in their constituencies. Former Union Minister and Congress leader Ajay Maken, contesting from the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency, started his campaign from Panchsheel in south Delhi where he interacted with people at a park while on his morning walk. He then visited Greater Kailash 1 and met the residents and later kicked off a ‘padyatra’ from Balmiki Basti, covering areas like Gandhi Sadan and Andh Mahavidyalaya. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victims Boxer-turned-politician Vijender Singh, fielded by the Congress from south Delhi Lok Sabha seat, began the day by offering prayers at the Dada Devi temple in Bijwasan area. He then visited the Dada Dev boxing Academy in Palam village. Singh is pitted in a triangular contest against Bharatiya Janata Party candidate and sitting Lok Sabha member Ramesh Bidhuri and Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghav Chadha. Arvinder Singh Lovely, who is pitted against AAP’s Atishi and BJP’s candidate Gautam Gambhir from east Delhi seat, started his ‘padyatra’ from Bhairav temple at Janta camp. Congress’ J.P. Agarwal also took part in several voter outreach programme in Chandni Chowk constituency. Elections in the national capital are to be held on May 12. All seven Lok Sabha in Delhi were won by the BJP in 2014 when the Congress finished second in six seats and third in one seat.last_img read more

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Airbus to stop making struggling A380 superjumbo in 2021

TOULOUSE, France — European aviation giant Airbus says it will stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 after struggling to sell the world’s biggest passenger jet.Airbus said in a statement Thursday that Emirates is cutting back its orders for the plane and as a result “we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production.”The decision is a boon for rival Boeing and a blow for Airbus. Airbus had hoped the A380 would squeeze out Boeing’s 747 and revolutionize air travel as more people take to the skies.Instead, airlines have been cautious about committing to the costly plane, so huge that airports had to build new runways and modify terminals to accommodate it. The double-decker planes started flying in 2008 and seat more than 500 passengers.The Associated Press read more

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Operations at US Embassy in Colombo back to normal

Operations at the US Embassy in Colombo are back to normal, the US Embassy in Colombo said. However with the shutdown ending, operations at the Embassy are now back to normal. US President Donald Trump signed a major budget deal into law hours after Congress voted to end a brief Government shutdown overnight.The House of Representatives voted 240-186. The GOP-controlled chamber needed help from House Democrats to clear the bill, and 73 Democratic members gave it. Sixty-seven House Republicans voted against the plan. (Colombo Gazette) The American Center in Colombo had earlier been closed as the US Government shut down for the second time this year. read more

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Turkmenistan reaches goal of universal salt iodization UNICEF says

UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe Maria Callvis gave an award to the Turkmen Government for reaching the universal salt iodization (USI) goal already reached by Bhutan, the former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia and Panama.”USI is the most effective way to protect children from iodine deficiency – the world’s leading cause of preventable mental retardation and brain damage. So this award is a major milestone for Turkmenistan. This is the first country in Central Asia – and only the fourth country worldwide – to reach this target,” Ms. Callvis said.UNICEF provided technical support to the programme for about 10 years and the United States donated $200,000, UNICEF said. read more

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Developing countries help to spur rising global investment – UN report

Total FDI soared by 29 per cent last year to $916 billion, the second consecutive rise, and the highest since the record year of 2000, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in World Investment Report 2006. A jump in cross-border mergers and acquisitions was largely responsible as many companies enjoyed stronger profits and more buoyant stock markets.Developed countries still attracted the majority of FDI ($542 billion), but developing nations now account for a record $334 billion and some of the highest rates of growth were recorded in West Asia (85 per cent) and Africa (78 per cent). South, East and South-East Asia also registered hefty increases. FDI out of developing or transition economies also rose by 5 per cent to $133 billion.Anne Miroux, head of the UNCTAD team that produced the report, said after its release that developing economies had strengthened their global position last year.“A number of TNCs (transnational corporations) from developing countries are emerging as major players on the world stage – and they are here to stay,” she said. “This represents a profound change in the global economy and will have substantial consequences for international economic and political relations.”The report’s authors said they expect the trend of rising investment to continue in developing countries rich in natural resources because of higher prices for many commodities.Banking, telecommunications, real estate and other services drew the greatest investment, but the natural resources sector – especially petroleum – experienced the highest rise.Introducing the report, UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi said the current growth is notable for being so broad-based, with investment inflows increasing in 126 economies.The United Kingdom was the overall largest recipient country, thanks to the merger of Royal Dutch Shell of the Netherlands and Shell Transport and Trading Company of the UK last year. The United States was second and China placed third. read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball pushes No 5 Washington to 5 sets but

OSU junior defensive specialist Valeria León (3) during a game against Robert Morris in the NCAA tournament on Dec. 4 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-0. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorFor the first time in 14 matches, the No. 5-seeded Washington women’s volleyball team was on the verge of losing, as No. 12 Ohio State forced a fifth set.Despite a gritty effort, however, the Buckeyes couldn’t pull off the upset, falling in the back-and-forth Sweet 16 matchup (23-25, 25-20, 25-18, 12-25, 15-8) in Lexington, Kentucky.The Huskies extended their winning streak to 14 and will advance to the Elite Eight to face fourth-seeded Nebraska on Saturday.Against a Washington squad that leads the country in hitting percentage, OSU was able to turn the match into a defensive battle. Even in defeat, the Buckeyes outhit the Huskies, .179-.154, and out-dug them 75-60.“It was the kind of match we wanted,” coach Geoff Carlston said. “We really wanted a brawl. It was a defensive battle. I was really, super proud of our team.”Freshman setter Taylor Hughes and junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe led the effort on defense. Hughes added to her 44 assists with a career-high 22 digs and five blocks, while Sandbothe had eight blocks despite battling an illness that clearly took its toll.OSU held senior middle blocker Lianna Sybeldon — the nation’s leader in hitting percentage — to a .206 clip, though she still led Washington in kills with 14. Sybeldon added six blocks to give her a team-high 17 points.Senior middle blocker Melanie Wade was the Huskers’ most efficient hitter, posting a .406 hitting percentage with 10 kills and only one error.For OSU, Elizabeth Campbell was the driving force on offense, leading all players with 24 kills — including 18 over the final three sets. The senior outside hitter finished one away from her career-best mark of 25, which she set during her time at Duke.In the first set, the Scarlet and Gray hit only .070 and had five service errors but held the proficient Washington offense to a minus-.024 hitting percentage behind seven blocks, including five from Sandbothe.“The first set was indicative of what the match was going to be,” Carlston said. “It was pretty obvious it wasn’t going to be an easy match by anybody.”Neither team led by more than three points in the opening frame, but OSU was able to fend off the Huskies, giving them only their fifth loss in a set during their winning streak.But Washington got back on track in the second and third sets, shooting a combined .277 as the Buckeyes could muster only one block after their big performance in the opening frame.Faced with defeat in fourth, OSU buckled down and handed Washington its worst loss in a set this season. Once again, the Huskies had a negative hitting percentage (minus-.059) as the Buckeyes registered four more blocks.Although it had lost its momentum, Washington couldn’t be stopped in the fifth set. The Huskies didn’t make a single error, hitting .571 to end OSU’s upset bid.“Congrats to Washington,” Carlston said. “They made great plays, especially (in) the fifth set. We just weren’t able to get a rally going.”Aside from Campbell, three other seniors played in their final collegiate game. Middle blocker Tyler Richardson had six kills and four blocks (three solo), outside hitter Katie Mitchell sent home seven kills and setter Emily Ruetter picked up six assists. Middle blocker Andrea Kacsits did not appear in the contest.“As far as our four or five years are concerned, we have had memory after memory and it’s because of awesome people that we were surrounded by,” Kacsits said.OSU finished the season with a 25-10 record, tying its best mark under Carlston during his eight years in Columbus.“So thankful for this group and the opportunity to be here,” Carlston said. “It hurts, but in the locker room I told our team the feelings we have and the emotions in that room was a really unique experience. I wanted them to take a moment and get some perspective on it because it’s pretty cool.” read more

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Radical genome recoding paves way for new era in the manipulation of

first_imgThere’s a lot of hyperbole in science journalism, or at least a tendency to state every finding in its most extreme possible form, so let’s be clear: the following story is incredible, a fundamental step forward for the human animal and its ability to control the environment in which it lives.This isn’t an over-blown test tube victory unlikely to generalize to humans; this is a proof of concept for a whole new era in the manipulation of life. In two concurrent studies published last week in the journal Science, researchers recoded the genomes of e. coli colonies to begin to use building blocks never before seen by living things.Proteins, the main functional units of the cell, are made of up of various combinations of 20 basic amino acids. Since DNA uses a four-letter system to code for these amino acids, basic math can show us why life was forced to use DNA words (or “codons”) three letters in length: One letter can code for four different states, two letters for (4*4 = 16) different states, and three letters for (4*4*4 = 64) different states. Two letters isn’t quite enough, but three provides many more possible words than the 20 we technically require.The genetic code. Notice how many amino acids can arise from more than one 3-letter codon.As a result the body has what are called “degenerate codons,” meaning that two different codons could both lead to the same final amino acid. In the first of these two studies, researchers replaced the codon UAG, which normally acts as a “STOP” signal that marks the end of protein synthesis, with the codon UAA. UAA serves the same STOP function as UAG, which basically means that the researchers can remove the STOP functionality from UAG codons without harming the cell. They have freed up one out of the cell’s 64 words with little or no impact on that cell’s ability to survive.These genetically recoded organisms (or GROs) now have a word free — but there’s no need to stop at just one. The second of the two studies looked to test the bacteria’s ability to soak up multiple recodings, choosing 13 different codons to replace with degenerate versions. The results were incredible, as even with 24% of the relevant DNA replaced, the proteins of interest were still made without trouble. That’s a full fifth of the protein vocabulary now open for some alternate use, and the possibilities are nearly endless.Non-Standard Amino Acids (NSAAs) can now be incorporated into proteins by inserting new instances of the hijacked codons. In the first study, any time the researchers inserted the former STOP codon UAG, the cell incorporated their new UAG NSAA into the growing strand. This means they’ve expanded the protein alphabet from 20 amino acids to 21. Beyond any possible uses for this extra building block, it turns out that such changes to biochemistry can have benefits in and of themselves.Radical recoding boiled down to its bare essentials.Even just a single codon replacement made the colony of the first study much more resistant to viral infection. Viruses generally work by hijacking a cell’s machinery to make more copies of the virus, and so their life cycle depends on finding predictable genetic mechanisms with which to work. Changing the meaning of codons and substituting NSAAs fundamentally hampers the main mechanism of viral replication. This could make industrial bacterial colonies, which will only become more important as time goes on, all but invulnerable to the sorts of catastrophic viral invasions that currently keep industrial biologists awake at night.The NSAAs themselves could allow amazing new advances, as well. More durable versions of amino acids, or novel stabilizing molecules, could lead to drugs that survive longer in the body, or which have much longer expiration dates than today’s versions. Totally new lock-and-key molecules could be added to make sure a drug can’t be delivered to the wrong part of the body. Stretches of a suicide molecule could let scientists destroy just a single type of engineered protein at will.This is the first time we have managed to successfully monkey with the genetic code itself, completely redefine a DNA word across an entire genome. It’s an important step forward for synthetic biology, and a powerful research method that is certain to prompt many a Geek article still to come.last_img read more

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40 ans dinnovations au CES

first_img40 ans d’innovations au CESQue peuvent bien avoir en commun un Commodore 64, un DVD, le WiFi et Tetris ? À première vue rien, sauf qu’ils ont tous été présentés en tant qu’innovations techniques lors d’un des Consumer Electronics Show. New York, Chicago, Las Vegas…Trois villes mythiques, pour un grand rendez-vous de Technologie : le CES, ou Consumer Electronics Show. Il a débuté en 1967 et est devenu, au fil des années, le grand rendez-vous des technophiles au niveau mondial. À l’occasion de son édition de 2012, qui se déroulera du 10 au 13 janvier, retrouvez 40 ans d’innovations présentées au CES, en images sur Maxisciences. Le 5 janvier 2012 à 18:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Sunny Isles Beach Marshalls evacuated after reports of armed man

first_imgSUNNY ISLES BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Reports of an armed man inside the Marshalls in Sunny Isles Beach prompted an evacuation of the store.Sunny Isles Beach Police units responded to the store near Sunny Isles Beach Boulevard and Collins Avenue, at around 8:40 p.m., Sunday.Officers evacuated the store and surrounded the building. A Miami-Dade Police chopper and K-9 units assisted in the search.A witness who identified himself as Alex described the tense moments.“There was some banging, but I don’t know what it was. It was probably a shot. I don’t know,” he said.Police said they did not find an armed subject in the store. They said he may have left before they got there.“It’s a crazy day. Nothing like it, you know. This is typical in Florida, always happens,” said Alex. “I heard last time it was over here, in the other building but nothing major. You just gotta be protected at all times. That’s it.” No one was taken into custody.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Critics Question Sealaska Ballot

first_imgFour Sealaska board of directors candidates say the regional Native corporation’s balloting process violates a recent court ruling.Sealaska says it’s not a problem.Sealaska Plaza, the corporation’s headquarters.The Alaska Supreme Court decision came in a case involving CIRI, the regional Native corporation for the Cook Inlet area.The group 4 Shareholders for Sealaska says Native corporations must now disclose how discretionary votes will be counted in board elections.Discretionary votes are turned over to the board, which casts them for its slate. Shareholders authorize such voting by checking a box on their ballots, also called proxies.Randy Wanamaker is spokesman for the 4 Shareholders group.“Sealaska’s proxy does not contain that language. They have some language in their proxy booklet, but not on the proxy itself. And the state Supreme Court said you must put it on the proxy,” Wanamaker says.Sealaska officials say election attorneys have reviewed the issue.Corporate Secretary Nicole Hallingstad says the ballots are legal, as-is.“The outside group misinterprets the CIRI case and is designed to confuse shareholders. Sealaska’s proxy statement, proxy card and bylaws all state clearly that discretionary votes will be allocated to elect the board slate candidates,” Hallingstad says.Thirteen people are seeking four seats on the regional Native corporation’s board. There are three incumbents, the four-shareholders slate and six independents.This year’s proxy also includes a resolution to limit discretionary voting.Balloting is underway and winners will be announced at the June 28th annual meeting near Seattle.Sealaska is the regional Native corporation for Tlingits, Haidas and Tsimshians with roots in Southeast Alaska. More than half its almost 22,000 shareholders live outside the region.The 4 Shareholders candidates are Karen Taug, Ross Soboleff, Carlton Smith and Margaret Nelson.The independent candidates are Myrna Gardner, Mick Beasley, Michelle McConkey, Will Micklin, Edward Sarabia Jr. and Ralph Wolfe.The board incumbents are Sidney Edenshaw, Ed Thomas and Rosita Worl. Incumbent Bryon Mallott is not seeking re-election so he can focus on running for governor.Sealaska4′s press release:Based on a recent Alaska Supreme Court decision, the four independent candidates for the Sealaska board – Karen Taug, Ross Soboleff, Carlton Smith, and Margaret Nelson — are questioning the rules governing Sealaska’s annual meeting voting process.“It appears Sealaska failed to make changes to this year’s corporate ballot as required by a recent Alaska Supreme Court decision,” said the group’s spokesman, Randy Wanamaker. “On the advice of counsel, the Sealaska4 sent letters on May 22 to Sealaska’s corporate secretary and the independent inspector of elections. The correspondence pointed out Sealaska’s failure to properly disclose how discretionary votes will be distributed.”Two weeks later, the Sealaska4 candidates have not received a response nor has Sealaska issued a corrected ballot. With only three weeks to go before the regional corporation’s annual meeting on June 28, the Sealaska4 candidates are pressing Sealaska for a response.The Alaska Supreme Court’s decision in Rude v. CIRI now requires Alaska Native corporations to disclose on proxy ballots how discretionary votes will be allocated. Wanamaker says that Sealaska’s proxy ballot does not include the necessary explanation.“It appears that Sealaska’s ballot advisors failed to adequately consider the new voting rules,” said Wanamaker. “The result may be that Sealaska will have to assign discretionary votes equally to its board slate candidates.”According to Wanamaker, discretionary voting is a controversial practice long used by Sealaska to distribute votes in unequal amounts to elect as many of the board slate candidates as possible. “This practice often results in the election of incumbent directors who may have weak shareholder support,”Wanamaker said.A shareholder petition forced the question of discretionary voting practice onto the 2014 Sealaska ballot. If shareholders support the initiative, discretionary voting will not be allowed in subsequent elections. Wanamaker said that considering the new court decision, and Sealaska’s apparent failure to incorporate and disclose the required discretionary voting instructions on the ballot, the corporate bylaws are open for challenge. Sealaska’s press release:“The press release by the outside group misinterprets the CIRI case and is designed to confuse shareholders. Sealaska’s proxy statement, proxy card, and bylaws all state clearly that discretionary votes will be allocated to elect the board slate candidates. It is the duty of the Independent Inspectors of Election and Voting to determine the effect of each proxy. The Inspectors of Election has independent legal counsel, and verbally advised Sealaska that the proxies are valid as written. We expect written confirmation of this conclusion. Any Sealaska shareholder voting on Sealaska’s blue proxy can be assured their votes will be counted.The press release issued by the outside group further confuses shareholders by wrongly representing the shareholder resolution. It is a resolution to reduce the use of discretionary voting on the Sealaska proxy unless an independent slate is present and also using discretionary voting. To claim that support of the initiative would disallow discretionary voting in all subsequent elections is simply not true.”last_img read more

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Booted From The Alamo The Daughters Of The Republic Of Texas Kept

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneLeslie Stapleton has managed the Daughters of the Republic of Texas archives for 16 years, and welcomes visitors to its new location in the Bexar County Archives Building on Nov. 21, 2017.When the state fired the Daughters of the Republic of Texas as caretakers of the Alamo in 2015, the women’s group fought — and won — the right to keep a piece of the shrine that they considered sacred: an archive collection of 38,000 photographs, artworks, maps and manuscripts prized by Texas historians.Now, after keeping the archives in storage for a year, the Daughters have settled their library into a new home just as San Antonio prepares to highlight the city’s history for its 300th anniversary in 2018. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library — which now lives at the Presidio Gallery in the Bexar County Archives Building downtown — includes everything from a map of the Austin colony hand-drawn by Stephen F. Austin to family documents and architectural blueprints about San Antonio’s people and buildings.“It brings San Antonio back to what it used to be, what it used to look like, how it used to feel, almost what it used to smell like, there’s so much personality,” Barbara Stevens, the organization’s president, said. “When you look at the archives, it tells the story of early Texas, which is our mission and goal in life as the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.”To become a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, women must prove they had ancestors in Texas prior to its annexation by the United States in 1845. Since the founding of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in 1891, it has grown to include 7,000 members and 106 chapters in Texas and across the country.The state granted the Daughters custodianship of the Alamo in 1905 after they advocated for the rescue of the decaying site, and its members developed the mission into a tourist site. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, whose agency was given Alamo custodianship in 2011, took away the Daughters’ caretaker role after the state attorney general’s office found in an investigation that the group neglected maintenance at the mission and misused funds. (The Daughters called the report “outrageously inaccurate” and successfully sued the state for ownership rights of the archive.)Brittany Eck, a spokeswoman for Bush, said she hopes the Alamo museum and the Daughters’ new library could collaborate on future exhibits.“The new library is almost three times the size that was available to them on the Alamo complex, and I think many people are happy that it’s in a much larger space, particularly because of its magnitude of 38,000 items,” Eck said.The new space in the Presidio Gallery of the Bexar County Archives Building was secured in a partnership with Bexar County and Texas A&M University-San Antonio. The building already houses county and university archives. The Daughters’ collection — which is managed by a longtime employee of the group, Leslie Stapleton, shares a floor with the county archives and also includes a basement vault. Stevens said the Daughters hope San Antonio’s tricentennial celebration will bring new interest to the collection, which includes Samuel Maverick’s copy of the signed Texas Declaration of Independence and paintings by Theodore Gentilz. The San Antonio artist is known for capturing the lives of Mexican San Antonians in the 1800s with depictions of their homes and parties. Stevens said the archive’s rare artwork, the letters between family members and lovers, and the architectural papers paint a clear picture of the lives that used to make up San Antonio.“The collection would have fit in at any of the universities,” Stapleton said. “It needed to stay in San Antonio and not go to Austin because it’s so San Antonio strong.”Erika Arredondo-Haskins, a historian and member of the Daughters, can trace her family back to Domingo Bustillo, an early San Antonio mayor and a prominent political and military figure toward the end of Spanish rule and through the Republic of Texas.Arredondo-Haskins, executive director of the Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas, said the Daughters’ collection has records of the Tejano families, such as her own, who have had major roles in state and local history. In her research, she seeks to highlight “untold contributions” of individuals who’ve had roles in developing San Antonio into what it is today.“When a student or person, such as myself, finds out about our ancestors that have accomplished such and such, it instills such a sense of pride,” Arredondo-Haskins said.Aside from her work writing the story of her Bustillo family ancestry, she’s researched Esther Perez Carvajal, after whom San Antonio’s Carvajal Early Childhood Education Center is named. Carvajal, a descendent of one of the original Spanish colonizers in San Antonio, advanced bilingual education in the early 1900s, authoring the first bilingual textbooks used at San Antonio ISD, where she led the Spanish department.  “I could not believe how forgotten this woman was,” Arredondo-Haskins said.Mapping San Antonio historyIn San Antonio, the names of many streets — and schools, parks and buildings — have histories that can be traced back to sources in the Daughters’ collection.Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff has had an interest in restoring San Antonio history since his time as mayor in the 1990s, when the city restored San Antonio City Hall. “People will have access to a lot of history, research and documents in close proximity and we’re very happy to have them there,” Wolff said.Projects such as historic building restorations often bring architects to the Daughters’ library, Stapleton said. An architect recently came in to look at photos of an old home before planning repairs.Maria Pfeiffer has used the Daughters’ collection extensively during her career as a researcher and consultant for the city of San Antonio, the San Antonio Conservation Society and other organizations. Her consulting work often involves researching San Antonio-area buildings and neighborhoods.“For every project I work on, DRT is certainly one source that I always go to,” Pfeiffer said of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.For example, she has found essential records about the Alamo Plaza as well as documents about her own ancestry.A new partnershipCynthia Matson, president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio, said having the Daughters’ collection downtown is important to the public and will also be a key source for historians at the university, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2019.“This particular partnership and arrangement with Presidio Gallery downtown is part of our evolution and growth, and adds significantly to our academic presence and research capacity, capabilities in the city of San Antonio and in the great state of Texas,” Matson said.By collaborating with the county and A&M, the Daughters hope to create opportunities for students to develop an interest in history. For example, Stapleton said students have been fascinated by the library’s display of dance cards — party song lists — from San Antonio balls in the 1880s. Boys would sign next to a song on a girl’s card to request a dance.The Daughters’ hope is that the larger San Antonio and Texas communities take interest in the untold stories hidden in the files at the library. Back when the collection was at the Alamo, Stapleton said, visitors in town for a convention would wander over to the Alamo and ask to find out more about their family history. She hopes visitors to downtown San Antonio will wander to the collection at Presidio Gallery for the same reason.“We’d narrow it down for them and help them figure it out, and if they found out they were related to one of the defenders then all of a sudden they were all about Texas history,” Stapleton said. “If you can make it real for them, the history comes alive.” Sharelast_img read more

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VIDEO CP3 and LeBron team up to take on Steph Curry led

first_imgOne of the testaments to LeBron’s longevity in the league is how many current NBA stars have attended his Skills Academy Camp throughout the years.The 2008 college participants featured a host of current NBA players, including future All-Stars James Harden and Steph Curry. In one clip from the camp, LeBron and CP3 take on the Curry led college squad.Curry looks right at home burying threes against a duo he could see a lot more of if LeBron jumps to Houston in the offseason. Harden doesn’t appear in the clip, but was in attendance according to Slam.It’s an inauspicious start to what would develop into a fierce rivalry between Curry and James. Paul and Steph will do battle for Western Conference supremacy in Game 3 of conference finals, tonight. Time flies.last_img read more

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Hammerhouse Expands North Carolina Office Adds to Staff

first_imgHammerhouse Expands North Carolina Office, Adds to Staff in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share “”Hammerhouse LLC””:http://www.teamhammerhouse.com/ announced it has expanded its Eastern U.S. headquarters and brought on additional staff in order to meet the increased demands of its growing client base.[IMAGE]Hammerhouse, an expanding national recruiting and strategic growth firm for the financial service industry with mortgage sales and leadership placement at its core, has doubled the size of its office in Hickory, North Carolina.””The need to expand our Hickory, North Carolina office is a direct result of the increased demand from our Mortgage Banking clients for experienced retail and wholesale production professionals that focus on purchase business and have transferable relationships from referral partners and past customers,”” said Eric Levin, managing partner at Hammerhouse and head of the Eastern U.S.In addition, the company hired Lisa Medeiros and Brandi Floyd to support and service clients’ strategic initiatives for production growth.Medeiros, brought on as a recruiter and strategic growth partner, comes to Hammerhouse with more than 25 of experience in executive recruiting and sales. Previously, she was an executive recruiter for a firm that focused on sourcing mortgage banking professionals, and before that, she held various sales positions in financial services and other industries. In her new role at Hammerhouse, Medeiros will partner with clients to support their production platforms’ growth in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern markets.Floyd brings with her a strong background in inside/outside sales support, marketing, and public relations. In her role as recruiting coordinator, she will support Hammerhouse’s Eastern U.S. recruiting team and will assist clients in the day-to-day management of all sales support and marketing activities.The expansion of Hammerhouse’s office and staff will help the company prepare to launch its operations talent recruiting division, named Tactical Ops Recruiting Quality–or TORQ. “”The hiring of both Lisa and Brandi will ensure we are positioned to offer our clients the service and support they need to find model-matched origination to grow their production channels, and in the not too distant future, experienced operational professionals through our new division TORQ,”” Levin said.center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-31 Tory Barringer October 31, 2012 482 Views last_img read more

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Tackling Restricted Credit Availability

first_img Buyers Lenders 2018-09-17 Seth Welborn Tackling Restricted Credit Availability September 17, 2018 581 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Newscenter_img There are many things to like about the current real estate market, including broadly rising home prices and interest rates that remain well below 5 percent; but in many ways challenges remain.For many potential buyers the attractions of homeownership are simply off limits. According to the Urban Institute, “the mortgage market operated under reasonable standards in 2001. Using the standards from that year for comparison, we know that the increased reluctance to lend to borrowers with less-than-perfect credit killed about 6.3 million mortgages between 2009 and 2015.”Restricted credit availability is the central challenge facing the lending community. No doubt there should be solid underwriting standards, but is it really possible that more than six million people with historically-good credit levels can’t get a mortgage?A significant number of worthy borrowers are being left out, and they’re effectively being denied access to the American Dream. Our solution is to speak with borrowers, to listen, to seek out the underserved and to see if there’s a particular QM or non-QM option for each borrower that makes financial sense. Today, many solid, responsible borrowers don’t have 740 credit scores, but they make a point of paying their mortgage on time and in full. Should lenders automatically turn away such prospects? Certainly not.We are now seeing more borrowers with higher credit scores. What’s happened is that the borrowers are the same, and although their financial habits are generally unchanged, their credit scores have improved because of needed reforms in the credit system. Things like credit dings for traffic tickets and unreturned library books are gone. There’s now a 180-day “waiting period” that gives time for consumers and insurance companies to straighten out medical bills. Tax liens and judgments with insufficient documentation no longer appear on credit reports.In practical terms, many potential borrowers who were once “off-limits” now deserve a second look.According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, between June 2017 and June 2018, “the number of individuals with a collections account on their credit report fell from 33 million down to 25 million. The number of collections accounts reported also dropped substantially, from more than 66 million collections accounts at the end of the second quarter of 2017 to about 47 million appearing on credit reports in the second quarter of 2018.”Not all of the consumers with improved credit scores now qualify for mortgage financing, but the important point is that some do. The New York Fed estimates that “20 percent of the individuals with scores under 620 saw enough of an increase to lift them above the 620 mark.”We cannot ignore these new prospects.A second industry challenge involves the slowing market. With fixed costs, tight margins, rising rates, and less refinancing, the result is smaller volumes, fewer offices and lower profits per loan. But now is not the time to retreat. A tighter market means reducing redundancy, increasing productivity, and focusing on the right production mix.If you’re in the mortgage business now is the time to stand up, stand out and create a better experience for your customers. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgBy Elias HazouMEDICINE importers warn that manufacturers may soon stop supplying the Cyprus market with a number of products due to successive price reductions imposed by the government.The Cyprus Pharmaceutical Association (CPA) says manufacturers abroad are already mulling pulling out because an anticipated further fall in meds prices will make them unprofitable.“This is not an idle threat or a bluff on our part,” CPA head Avgoustinos Potamitis told the Cyprus Mail.So far, he said, stocks have run out on about only three to four brand products, but the situation could fast worsen should the government press ahead with a second price cut.Back in January, the health ministry slashed the price of almost 2,000 medicines by around 15.5 per cent on average, but in some cases the reductions were as high as 80 per cent.Health minister Philippos Patsalis said at the time that further reductions of eight to ten per cent would be put in place in March, and even more when the national health scheme came into effect.Patsalis subsequently announced that the second slated price cut was being temporarily put on ice.But about a fortnight ago, the minister issued a decree, under which the prices of all meds – except those under €10 – are to be slashed by 8.5 per cent as of June 29 this year.Importers call this policy haphazard and dangerous, adding that it will backfire both on businesses as well as patients.The CPA, which represents about 50 medicine importers, has written to the House ethics committee to complain about the health minister’s arbitrary actions.“We are still waiting for the committee’s response,” said Potamitis.Medicine prices – including for the private sector – are updated once every year based on a formula devised by the government.The prices were last revised in January. But soon after, explained Potamitis, the health minister issued a decree, which froze those prices that were to be raised according to the updated price list.“So the prices which were to go down, did go down, whereas the prices that were to go up remained the same.”Potamitis also pointed to comments made by the health minister, who recently said that if the importers stop bringing medicines, the state would take over.“Is this what we want, to go back to past practices and corruption? We all remember what happened when the state Pharmaceutical Services procured drugs from what turned out to be ghost companies. This was documented in the Auditor-general’s report in 2005.”Last year’s World Health Organisation (WHO) report on medicine prices in Cyprus said they were among the most expensive in the world.But the WHO also cautioned that a high price decline “may have adverse consequences… in terms of availability, and therefore needs to be studied carefully before being implemented”.“The price cut should not be too substantial in order to ensure the continued supply of product on the Cypriot market and/or the discounts received in the public sector for these products,” the report said.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Pay hikes and fancy cars at legacyLaiki subsidiary

first_imgBy Staff ReporterTOP honchos at the Investment Bank of Greece (IBG), a subsidiary of legacy Laiki, are wasting bailed-in depositors money by handing themselves pay hikes and buying fancy cars, DIKO MP Nicholas Papadopoulos alleged on Monday.Citing his own information concerning alleged mismanagement of funds at IBG, Papadopoulos called on the Central Bank of Cyprus to investigate.“Our own information reveals that directors at IBG have decided on their own to give pay rises to members of the board, while some managers decided to buy brand-new Lexus cars, all this with the money of Cypriot depositors [in Laiki bank] who were bailed-in in March 2013,” Papadopoulos said after a session of the House finance committee.The central bank acts as the sole bank resolution authority on the island. Legacy Laiki is currently undergoing resolution, and its administrator is appointed by, and answerable to, the central bank.The administrator has been tasked with selling off whatever assets the folded bank has; any proceeds would presumably go toward compensating the failed lender’s unsecured depositors, who received nominal equity for bailing-in the bank with their cash in 2013.IBG, based in Athens, is an investment and brokerage services firm. It is not clear whether IBG, in which legacy Laiki is the majority shareholder, will likewise be wound down and sold off along with Laiki’s other assets.According to recent reports, legacy Laiki’s administrator is close to launching a call for tender where interested investors would bid for the lender’s remaining assets and operations (in Malta, Serbia, Greece).IBG is engaged in the process, offering investment and financial advice to the central bank regarding the prospective sale of legacy Laiki’s assets.DIKO’s Papadopoulos seemed to be hinting that IBG’s bankers were cleaning up before legacy Laiki’s assets are sold off.His claims drew an indignant response from Chris Pavlou, the administrator of legacy Laiki, and non-executive board chairman at IBG.Pavlou took umbrage at the allegations of mismanagement, which he called completely unfounded.Hitting back, he in turn revealed to Kathimerini that in the past he had sacked top IBG officers who were demanding “millions” to stay with the bank.These are the same persons who today are circulating salacious rumours, he added.IBG itself released a statement later in the day, likewise denying the allegations of funny business.Countering, the firm attributed ulterior motives to Papadopoulos’ claims. It said such allegations were evidently intended to hurt the firm’s credibility and goodwill value, “quite possibly so that the company can be sold fast and on the cheap.”In the interests of disclosure, the bank said, last August the legacy Laiki administrator approved a €100 salary increase for the firm’s three non-executive directors as they attended several board committees.The board chairman’s salary was the same since he took the job, while the CEO’s salary came to €8,750 gross a month.The bank said it had purchased a single Lexus in 2013. The six-year-old second-hand car was bought from a wholly-owned subsidiary of legacy Laiki for €25,000.The transaction actually generated savings for IBG, since previously the company had been using another car, on a €10,000 lease per year on a five-year contract.The Central Bank of Cyprus had been furnished with all this information, IBG said. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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