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Global Genes StarStudded 6th Annual RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope and


first_imgGlobal Genes hosted the highly anticipated and globally-recognized 6th Annual RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope Awards and RARE Patient Advocacy Summit on September 14-16.The weekend-long festivities culminated Saturday at the Tribute award program hosted at the City National Grove of Anaheim, where more than 700 patients, celebrities, advocacy leaders, biotech and pharmaceutical executives, healthcare professionals, philanthropists, and scientists came together to support the fight against rare disease. The heartfelt awards, presentations, and performances raised over $1.75 million for rare disease education, awareness, advocacy, and patient scholarships to access programs. Of the total funds raised, more than $75,000 was donated through an on-stage ask at the Saturday evening event in direct support for the Global Genes RARE Patient Impact Grant Program.The weekend celebrations were a star-studded affair with celebrity award presenters and guests in attendance including Jim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation), Madison McLaughlin (Supernatural, Arrow), Jillian Rose Reed (MTV’s Awkward), Shaka Smith (Fit Club Host), Maria Quiban (Good Day L.A. Meteorologist), and star from the 2017 hit film Everything Everything, Danube Hermosillo. Jillian Escoto, co-host of Valentine in the Morning on radio 104.3 MYfm hosted the Tribute program and shared personal stories of her ongoing battle with the rare disease, multiple sclerosis.As the Saturday evening program began, Nicole Boice, Founder and CEO of Global Genes, welcomed guests with the toast, quoting a rare disease pioneer Henri Termeer: “Rare Disease is not easy, but if we stay committed, and see it through, we can change the world for patients and families everywhere. We need to stay the course.” Boice then invited 8-year-old Gavin Stevens (NBC’s Little Big Shots) to the stage to kick-off the event by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Gavin was born with Leber congenital amaurosis, a rare genetic retina condition that has rendered him blind.Champion of Hope award recipient Sparsh Shah (NBC’s Little Big Shots and YouTube sensation) delivered the second performance of the night with his impressive cover of Eminem’s 2010 hit “Not Afraid”, which has over 8 million views on YouTube. Emmy nominated singer-songwriter, Andrew McMahon, performed multiple hits including “Cecilia and the Satellite” and shared his own personal journey with leukemia. Season 12 contestant from NBC’s The Voice, Stephanie Rice, closed out the night with her powerful vocals and heart-felt lyrics.The three standout honors presented during the evening were RARE Champion of Hope – Medical Care and Treatment: Antonie Kline, M.D., Medical Director, CdLS Foundation and Director of Pediatric Genetics, Greater Baltimore Medical Center; RARE Champion of Hope – Advocacy: Sparsh Shah; and RARE Champions of Hope – Advocacy: Kevan Chandler, Ben Duvall, Philip Keller, Tom Troyer, and Luke Thompson of “We Carry Kevan”.At the Tribute, Global Genes announced that next year’s 7th Annual RARE Tribute to Champions of Hope and Patient Advocacy Summit will take place October 4-6, 2018.last_img read more


International Polar Year spurs critical research on global warming – UN agency


“The International Polar Year 2007 – 2008 came at a crossroads for the planet’s future” said Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which today released a study entitled “The State of Polar Research” jointly with the International Council for Science (ICSU).“The new evidence resulting from polar research will strengthen the scientific basis on which we build future actions,” Mr. Jarraud added.A joint project of WMO and the ICSU, the International Polar Year (IPY) garnered international funding support of about $1.2 billion over the two-year period aimed at a better understanding of the Arctic and Antarctic regions.More than 160 multi-disciplinary research projects, developed by scientists of more than 60 countries, have been carried out over the two-year period that will end in March 2009. The new research shows that the warming of the Antarctic is much more widespread than previously known, and it now appears that the rate of ice loss from Greenland is increasing. A freshening of the bottom water near Antarctica is consistent with increased ice melt from that continent and could affect ocean circulation, the research finds.The report also identified large pools of carbon stored as methane in permafrost which, if thawed, threatens to become another massive source of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.In addition to lending insight into climate change, the new research has aided our understanding of pollutant transport, species’ evolution, and storm formation, among many other areas, WMO said. According to the agency, the Year will leave a legacy of enhanced observational capacity, stronger links across disciplines and communities, and an energized new generation of polar researchers. “The work begun by IPY must continue” said Mr. Jarraud. “Internationally coordinated action related to the polar regions will still be needed in the next decades,” he said, adding that a major IPY science conference will take place in Oslo in June 2010. 25 February 2009Research produced during the International Polar Year 2007-2008 shows clearly that the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctic are losing mass, providing a critical boost to knowledge of global warming, the United Nations’ climate agency said today. read more


UN rights forum asks parties to Iraq conflict to follow humanitarian law


Earlier Friday, on the final morning of its 2003 session, the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights also adopted measures on the situations in Haiti and Colombia as well as lengthy resolutions on the state of affairs in Afghanistan, Somalia, Cambodia and Sierra Leone.The Commission also approved brief measures on providing technical assistance and advisory services to Chad and appointed an independent expert in Liberia for an initial period of three years to facilitate cooperation between the Government and the Office of the High Commissioner.Through its resolution on Iraq, the Commission called on the international community to address the major humanitarian needs of the people, and called on it to assist in the development of free and democratic institutions in the country. The 53-member body also extended for one year the mandate of its Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iraq.Under the Chairperson’s statement on Haiti, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was asked to expand its activities in that country by setting up an office. Expressing the deep concern of Chairperson Najat Al-Hajjaji of Liberia at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Haiti, the statement urged the Government to continue to step up its efforts to combat impunity for human rights violations, to strengthen the rule of law, and to ensure the independence of the judiciary and to protect political leaders, journalists, trade union activists and human rights defenders.The statement on Colombia, meanwhile, noted the Government’s effort to increase human rights training, but expressed concern at continued reports of human rights abuses attributed to the armed and security forces. The Commission also firmly condemned all acts of terrorism and other criminal acts, the recruitment of a large number of children by illegal armed groups, the practice of kidnapping and all threats, attacks and assassinations by paramilitary or other illegal armed groups against persons who carried out peaceful political activities.The resolution on Afghanistan noted with concern reports of violence perpetrated by Afghan elements against certain ethnic groups, internally displaced persons and refugees who had returned, as well as cases of arbitrary arrest and detention and attacks against women and girls. It also requested Secretary-General Kofi Annan to appoint an independent expert to aid and advise the country’s Transitional Authority on human rights matters.By the text on assistance to Somalia, the Commission expressed deep concern at reported cases of rape, arbitrary and summary executions, torture and violence, in particular against women and children, and at the absence of an effective judicial system. It also condemned ongoing widespread violations and abuses of human rights and humanitarian law, and called on all States not to interfere in the internal affairs of Somalia. The Commission extended the mandate of the independent expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia for a further year.The text on the situation of human rights in Cambodia cited progress made in a number of human rights matters but noted with concern continued problems related to the rule of law and the functioning of the judiciary. read more


Oil rebounds from below US90 as Iran rejects Wests nuclear program controls


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted May 24, 2012 4:13 pm MDT Oil rebounds from below US$90 as Iran rejects West’s nuclear program controls NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil bounced back Thursday, a day after falling below US$90 per barrel for the first time in months.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude rose 76 cents to $90.66 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price international oil varieties, gained 99 cents to US$106.55 a barrel in London.Oil has fallen about $15 a barrel since May 1 and on Wednesday dropped below $90 for the first time since Oct. 21. That attracted some bargain hunters, analysts said, despite lingering uncertainty over future demand as China’s economy slows and Europe’s economy remains unsettled.European leaders concluded a summit early Thursday with little agreement on how to fix the region’s financial problems. Seven countries that use the euro are in recession, including Italy and Spain. Greece holds an election next month that could determine if that country drops out of the eurozone, a development many analysts feel will further destabilize Europe’s economy.Traders also kept watch on talks in Baghdad over Iran’s nuclear program. Representatives of six countries, including the U.S., met with Iranian negotiators on Wednesday and Thursday. The talks ended Thursday with a plan to meet next month for another round of talks but agreement on little else.Tensions between Iran and the West pushed up the price of oil near $110 per barrel earlier this year. Iran is the world’s third-largest oil exporter, so there were concerns about supply disruptions from the Middle East.Efforts by the United States, Europe and other countries to inhibit Iran’s oil trade forced Iran to the negotiating table. Saudi Arabia, Libya and Iraq have delivered more oil to world markets to cover the potential loss of Iranian oil. That eased concerns about a shortage of supply and contributed to the drop in oil.In other trading, natural gas prices fell after the U.S. government said inventories continued to build last week. The supplies are about 38 per cent above the five-year average while demand remains weak.Natural gas dropped nine cents, or three per cent, to US$2.65 per 1,000 cubic feet. Natural gas is still up 75 cents from a 10-year low reached in April, although it’s still down $1.70 from a year earlier.Heating oil rose one cent to US$2.82 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and gasoline futures rose less than a penny to US$2.88 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more


African island nations at UN spotlight blue economy oceans transformative power as


“The survival, the economic growth and development of our countries depends on the oceans, to which we are inextricably connected,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communities of Cabo Verde, Luis Filipe Tavares, told the Assembly’s annual debate. “The ocean-based economy is therefore of fundamental importance for the development that we want to be sustainable.”For this reason, Cabo Verde, a country off the northwest coast of Africa, calls for a robust and transparent international legal framework as a sine qua non condition for the preservation and sustained use of marine resources, he explained.He also said that the challenge facing a small and vulnerable country like his “goes beyond” national capacity to handle and calls for a more coordinated and predictable support from the international community, in particular the UN system.“For us, the fulfilment of the [2030] Agenda for Sustainable Development implies enhancing the means of implementation, particularly financing, technology transfer, capacity building, and participation in international trade,” he said.“Furthermore, we will need to develop the capacity to follow up and implement a system to monitor national and regional policies, of which the United Nations System cannot be unaware,” he added.In their development process, SIDS face significant environmental, economic, and social vulnerabilities, including the huge costs of modernizing and transforming and their limited capacity to attract foreign direct investments, he said. Marie-Louise Potter, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Seychelles to the United Nations, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Also addressing the Assembly was Marie-Louise Potter, Seychelles’ Permanent Representative to the UN, who stressed the pertinent role Sustainable Development Goal 14 plays in people’s lives. “As a champion of the blue economy initiative, which is directed at reinforcing marine related activities for sustainability purposes, Seychelles recognizes that our oceans present an abundance of untapped opportunities for sustainable growth,” she said.“It is therefore imperative to highlight that the blue economy, are synonymous with the global action to harness the power of the oceans as a tool for transformation,” she added.Seychelles, located off Africa’s east coast, contributes to this discourse through the “blue bonds” initiative and “debt-swap agreement.” read more


Womens Soccer No 15 Ohio State beats Michigan 10 and extends shutout


Ohio State senior forward Sammy Edwards surveys the field during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 7-0 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 15 Ohio State women’s soccer team (11-2-1, 6-1-0 Big Ten) extended its unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-0 win over Michigan (5-4-6, 2-3-3 Big Ten) Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Senior forward Sammy Edwards led the way for the Buckeyes with five shots and a goal. The Buckeyes had their breakthrough in the 81st minute as senior forward Eleanor Gabriel tore down the right side of the field and crossed the ball in through the penalty area to a streaking Edwards, where the ball was one timed into the back of the net, the lone goal of the game.The rivalry with Michigan delivered another intense game, as physical play dominated the matchup and it was clear neither team would allow any easy goals. “Just knowing it’s Michigan I think everyone is a little more hype,” Edwards said. “I definitely come into this game very pumped up and I know it’s across the board.”Ohio State outshot Michigan 17-4, and Kerr needed to make only one save. The shutout marks Ohio State’s fifth consecutive clean sheet, the longest streak since 2012. The first half provided a slow, tactical pace from both teams, neither giving the other strong chances at the goal. Most of the half was played around the midfield area as both teams battled back and forth with strong defensive plays. “It’s definitely a mental battle,” Edwards said. “A win on a Sunday can be hard. We sometimes come out slow just from having dead legs but instead of coming out slow we came out fast and set the tone for the game.”Possession favored the Buckeyes in the first half, but both teams spent most of the half measuring the defensive style of the other. Ohio State outshot the Wolverines 6-1, despite neither team finding any strong offensive footing. Michigan’s only shot in the first half came close to finding the back of the net as midfielder Sara Stratigakis sliced into the penalty area and fired a strong shot on goal, which was saved by Ohio State goalkeeper Devon Kerr. The best chance of the half for the Buckeyes came in the 33rd minute on a corner from midfielder Nikki Walts. The ball slipped out of the pack of players to Edwards, who connected with a shot that sailed just above the crossbar. The second half began with a much more frantic pace, with Ohio State leading several quick offensive attacks, which resulted in three shots.Michigan’s best opportunity of the half came on a loose ball play in the 61st minute as a defensive error led to an open lane for midfielder Katie Foug, whose close-range shot flew just over the goal. The Buckeyes had a prime chance to score in the 74th minute as a grounded cross rolled through the box to Edwards, whose shot hit the left post. Michigan goalkeeper Sarah Jackson dove for the ball and missed as it rebounded off the post right on the goal line, but all Ohio State players could do was watch as the ball was cleared by a Michigan defender. “We rely on each other,” Edwards said. “You turn to your teammates and realize that you’re not the only tired one, and you’re not alone when you hit the post. We just look to each other when someone messes up, and I think that contributes to our success a lot.”Ohio State maintained an aggressive play style for the rest of the game, not letting Michigan create many attacks and pelting the Michigan keeper with more shots. Michigan continued trying to apply pressure and equalize, but the patient attack and rigid defense of Ohio State proved too much for the Wolverines. Ohio State’s next game is Thursday against Big Ten opponent Maryland. read more


Budget cuts hurt but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes #tcibudgetdebate2018  #hurricaneirma  #hurricanemaria  #seanastwood Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands – February 7, 2018 – Budget cuts to accommodate new spending demands were painful as government projects and departments had to fiscally re-calibrate in order to accommodate important costs associated with repatriation of illegal migrants and the September 2017 hurricanes.Deputy Premier, Hon Sean Astwood aimed to roll back the curtain on what was happening behind the scenes as the PDM Administration led the re-organization of the already passed 2017-2018 National Budget.The Government has been heavily criticized as having had a slow response to reconstruction in the aftermath of the ferocious storms.  However, the Deputy Premier, also the Border Control Minister disagrees with that characterization.“We have heard how this country has bounced back to our new normalcy in record time, and we have also heard how many – not just the political opposite – but many have tried to discredit the works of this Government and our direct involvement in making sure that persons who can now sit at home in the comforts of air condition, who can now pick up their mobile cell phones and WhatsApp any derogatory criticism or comment that they may decide to make – I would like for all of them to stop for just one second Mr.  Speaker and take a full assessment of what it took to restore such comforts back to them.”Almost four months to the day of the dismal encounter all of the Turks and Caicos Islands with Hurricane Irma, the Border Control Minister during House of Assembly debate on the changes to the budget, shared his experience while visiting another territory smashed by Irma:  Antigua and Barbuda.  Barbuda was so badly damaged in the historic hurricane, which measured well above 200 mph wind speeds, that it remains evacuated, completely inhabitable.“Two weeks ago I went to Antigua and Barbuda for a Summit on 21st Century Governance.  Mr. Speaker the island of Barbuda is still a disaster zone. One cannot enter the island without direct government permission because of the current state of that island.  Yet we here in the Turks and Caicos, we moan and we groan when the wind don’t blow, when the sun is too hot, when it rains the extra day, when the phone calls drop for a second, Mr. Speaker, we ought to be careful.  This supplementary is a response to all that I have just mentioned, it is a response of this Government to set new priorities to deal with the new realities.”Hon Astwood said the Supplementary, which includes a $600,000 increase to his Ministry for illegal migrant repatriation expenditure is a response to the needs of the country, evidence that the PDM Administration is paying attention and rightly responding to hurricane reconstruction and border protection.“My same ministry would have gotten cuts in other areas and it hurts… to lose even a dollar we don’t want to lose it but we understand the needs and overall objective of the Ministry of Finance.  We know they did not just sit down and arbitrarily decide to get rid of a project, to cut spending by ‘x’ percentage that is not an easy decision to make.  I don’t think that the Premier, her PS or anybody, the Budget Director – anyone sits down having a good time in that exercise.  So for persons to characterize this as some simple exercise, some ‘willy-nilly’ approach to governance where decisions are being made that affects the lives of our people, Mr. Speaker I don’t understand how anyone could think that’s a trivial matter that somehow the politics of things is more important than the lives of our people….  Mr. Speaker this supplementary is no politics.”The Deputy further exposed that there were professional rows between ministers, permanent secretaries and departments as the country re-prioritised spending to pay for three exceptional areas of expense, namely:  hurricane Irma and Maria clean up, overage in health care abroad costs and the budget busting repatriation of illegal migrants.“I am sure the Permanent Secretary of Finance was hearing from other PSes that, ‘you can’t so that, you can’t take this from me!’ because that is what Ministers were saying to the Premier, you can’t take this from me, I need that.  But collectively Mr. Speaker, with prudent leadership and a focus on where this country is now and where it needs to go we are here today in full support of the premier and her ministry of this Supplementary.”Deputy Premier Astwood wrapped up his contribution on with a declaration of support of the proposed budgetary changes, making the statement that the PDM Administration is not only working hard, but producing.“This supplementary is a short term measure to get us through the rest of this financial year and I commend the Premier and her staff for doing a good job.”The Budget Supplementary passed through the Turks and Caicos House of Assembly on Tuesday February 6, 2018 on the eve of the four month anniversary of Hurricane Irma.center_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, house of assembly, Pdm, sean astwood TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s whylast_img read more


Elite team of US Navy SEALS ordered home from ISIS fight due


first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 9:55 PM Posted: July 24, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An elite team of Navy Seals was ordered an early redeployment after “a perceived deterioration of good order and discipline” that made the military Commander lose “confidence in the team’s ability to accomplish the mission.”“The commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (in Iraq) ordered the early redeployment of a SEAL Team platoon to San Diego due to a perceived deterioration of good order and discipline within the team during non-operational periods,” US Special Operations Command said in a statement Wednesday.A US Defense Department official close to the situation noted the rare case of early redeployment for a SEAL Team platoon, is due to allegations regarding consumption of alcohol during downtime. Consumption of alcohol is a violation of general orders given to troops in overseas campaigns. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Elite team of US Navy SEALS ordered home from ISIS fight due to alleged misbehavior July 24, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


Stolen car on fire in Bonita neighborhood


first_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A car fire in the Lynwood Hills neighborhood in Bonita prompted first responders to the scene shortly after noon near the corner of Lynwood Drive and Lynnwood Lane.  According to the Deputy Sheriff, the car was reported stolen and no driver could be found at the scene.Story updated at 10:18 p.m. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: August 24, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img Updated: 10:19 PM August 24, 2019 Stolen car on fire in Bonita neighborhoodlast_img read more


Miranda Seath Employees need to recognise the importance of seeking financial guidance


first_imgChancellor Philip Hammond avoided throwing any deliberate hand grenades at pensions policy in the Autumn Statement 2016. There was no tinkering with the triple lock or pensions tax relief despite speculation from some commentators that there might be. Although the triple lock looks to be under threat after 2020, Hammond passed the buck to a future chancellor. Instead, Hammond majored on salary sacrifice and launching a new corporate savings bond.Some might say that ‘spreadsheet Phil’ was right to resist tinkering with a pension system that has witnessed seismic shifts in recent years. First came auto-enrolment, bringing millions of virgin pension savers into the fold. Then the pension freedoms followed, breathing some life into a moribund retirement income market.Both auto-enrolment and the pension freedoms have brought much needed reform. The UK now has millions more working adults saving into pensions and a more flexible, albeit complex, retirement income market. But we have not quite cracked engagement.Platforum surveyed a nationally representative sample of UK working adults aged between 22 and 64 for our Consumer insights – facing an uncertain retirement research published in September 2016. We wanted to better understand attitudes and behaviours towards pension saving and sources of income in retirement.On the one hand, there is a clear understanding among UK working adults that the workplace pension will form an important source of retirement income. Nearly one third (30%) expect workplace pensions to provide the greatest share of their retirement income. This compares with 17% who expect that the state pension will make up the greatest share of income in retirement. A far lower percentage (4%) expect that property will make up the greatest share of income.On the other hand, when we probed our survey respondents more closely about workplace pensions we found significant gaps in their knowledge. Very few working adults know the charges associated with their pensions or which funds their pensions are invested in. And only a quarter (25%) of working adults know the value of the contribution their employer makes to their pension.When we asked our survey sample what action they would take after receiving a pension statement, we found that 59% read the statement and took no further action. Perhaps the fact that they read the statement at all can be counted as a minor victory.Savers are still facing an uncertain retirement. In part, this is because UK adults are not taking action about pension contribution levels, fund choices or how to take retirement income at the appropriate time. In some cases, workers are not making any decisions at all, either unwilling or simply unequipped to be proactive.Some UK pension savers are undoubtedly apathetic. But many are also uncertain about whom to go to for advice or guidance. When we asked working-age British adults whom they would approach for advice on retirement planning, the highest percentage, 44%, told us that they would approach friends and family, 30% would go to a financial adviser, and only 14% would seek advice from the pension provider or from their employer.The relatively high percentage of working adults who would choose to see a financial adviser to help plan their retirement is encouraging. It reflects a recognition that professional advice is important when faced with a pivotal financial decision such as retirement.Initial indications from Platforum’s annual survey of employers and advisers on workplace savings, Workplace savings guide, due to be published in January 2017, suggests that just over half of employee benefits consultants and financial advisers advising employers are also offering advice to individual scheme members through the workplace. Of these advisers, two-thirds tell us that the proportion of revenue from individual advice through the workplace is increasing. This result indicates that advisers do see an opportunity to deliver individual advice to employees. When we conducted this research last year, advisers still had a wait-and-see attitude towards offering individual advice in the workplace. This initial result suggests that one year later, they are more optimistic about the opportunity.There is clearly still a challenge in broadening access to advice for employees. Financial advisers would typically expect to receive around £1,000 for offering initial financial advice. The new pensions advice allowance, that will come into force in April next year, allows savers under 55 to take an extra £500 tax free from defined contribution (DC) pensions to cover the cost of retirement advice. This is an important step but £500 falls short of many advisers’ initial fees. However, online or phone-based advice is bringing individual advice to employees at a far lower price point of as little as £100. At this price point, employers may be more willing to cover the cost of advice as an additional employee benefit.Our research with employers indicates that they feel a burden of responsibility to help their employees prepare for and save for retirement. Platforum’s survey of working adults, however, puts very little responsibility on the shoulders of employers. The burden of engagement and education need not fall to employers. Advisers appear ready to embrace this opportunity.Miranda Seath is senior researcher at Platforumlast_img read more


Two DC Schools Win 5000 in National Verizon App Contest


first_imgTwo schools in the District of Columbia are $5,000 richer and even more money may be forthcoming. Verizon named Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science and the School Without Walls winners of the ‘Best in State’ in the telecom company’s Innovative Learning App Challenge. The schools could win another $15,000 and partner with MIT Media Lab experts to make their app a reality — if they secure the company’s Fan Favorite award. Public voting began Jan. 23 and ends Valentine’s Day. Verizon will announce the winners Feb. 15. Each student will also receive a tablet.The contest involved six teams of middle- and high-school students being tasked with creating an idea for an app centered on resolving a community issue. Howard’s DriveSafe app would use a cell phone’s Bluetooth connectivity to cut off its texting and application capabilities when its user is driving more than 15 miles per hour.  Meanwhile, the School Without Walls drew up plans for an intercom app that would list key school notifications, reserve a place for school news and add a menu with morning announcements, club information, an events list and Metro delays. Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon’s education arm, launched the annual challenge with the MIT Media Lab and Technology Student Association to spur interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Verizon selected the winners out of more than 1,800 entries nationwide. To vote for your favorite, text the code next to the team’s entry at www.verizon.com/appchallenge/vote and text it to 22333.last_img read more


Ouya moves into development switches to Android Jelly Bean


first_imgIt’s been a while since we’ve heard about the Ouya console. After raising $8.59 million on Kickstarter the team set to work finalizing the design of the machine and the software development kit (SDK) required to produce games and apps for it. Yesterday was a big milestone though, as Ouya came out of its design phase and has gone into development.What that actually means is the Ouya team is now having hardware made and the first Tegra 3-powered PCBs have been manufactured. The image below, with the first Ouya PCB sitting next to a Coke can, shows you some idea of just how small the final unit is going to be. That board is basically a complete Ouya minus its casing and storage.Ouya is currently in the engineering validation test (EVT) phase, which is when engineering prototypes are created to test performance and ensure the system works. Anyone who pledged $699 for the Developer Special or $1,337 for the Elite Developer Special should be very interested in EVT boards because these prototypes are the hardware that will be delivered to you in December along with an early access SDK. Each one is set to be unique, so they are certainly collector’s items.Developers and users will also be happy to hear Ouya is moving Android versions to remain up-to-date. Ouya was originally expected to ship with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but that has been replaced with Jelly Bean.Everything seems to be on track for the Ouya team to hit the target dates they outlined as part of the Kickstarter pledges. The first developer kits will ship in December and then the first shipments of actual Ouya consoles will start shipping in March. Developers can also expect to get their hands on the SDK and access to the developer portal before the end of the year.More at the Ouya bloglast_img read more


Hearing loss may up cognitive decline with age Study


first_imgNew York: Hearing impairment is associated with accelerated cognitive decline with age, though the impact of mild hearing loss may be lessened by higher education, researchers say. The findings suggest that those with more serious hearing impairment had worse performance at the initial visit on a pair of commonly used cognitive assessment tests. However, the association of mild hearing impairment with rate of cognitive decline was modified by education, said the researchers at University of California, San Diego. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We surmise that higher education may provide sufficient cognitive reserve to counter the effects of mild hearing loss, but not enough to overcome effects of more severe hearing impairment,” said senior author Linda K McEvoy, Professor at the varsity. For the study, published in the Journal of Gerontology: Series A Medical Sciences, the research team tracked 1,164 participants with a mean age 73.5 years of whom 64 per cent were women. All had undergone assessments for hearing accuracy and cognitive function between 1992 and 1996 and had up to five subsequent cognitive assessments at approximately four-year intervals. None used a hearing aid. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey found that almost half of the participants had mild hearing impairment, with 16.8 per cent suffering moderate-to-severe hearing loss. The team said that mild hearing impairment was associated with steeper decline among study participants without a college education, but not among those with higher education. Mild hearing impairment was associated with steeper decline among study participants without a college education, but not among those with higher education. Moderate-to-severe hearing impairment was associated with steeper cognitive decline regardless of education level, the researchers said.last_img read more


Charles Dickens Pet Raven Inspired Edgar Allen Poes Most Famous Work


first_imgThe Raven is one of Edgar Allen Poe’s most impressive works, a long narrative poem centered on a talking raven that makes a nocturnal visit to a distraught lover, who is mourning the death of his beloved Lenore. Noted for its seamless weaving of popular myth, folk tales, classical imagery, and the supernatural, the poem remains a widely acclaimed and popular classic.However, Poe’s raven has a little known and significant literary heritage. Historians and literary critics have long speculated that the talking bird in his famous poem was actually inspired by Charles Dickens’ own pet raven, Grip.Illustration by Édouard Manet for a French translation by Stéphane Mallarmé of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” 1875. Digitally restored.This real-life raven was responsible for spawning not one, but two literary greats, as he was also the basis for the bird depicted in Dickens’ own novel, Barnaby Rudge.According to the BBC, Dickens was particularly fond of birds and owned several pet ravens, all affectionately named Grip.His first and favorite bird had a distinctive, imperious character, and would frequently harass Dickens’ children and other pets, nipping their ankles.Dickens in New York, 1867.Dickens was fascinated by Grip, and resolved to include him in his next novel.In 1841, he published Barnaby Rudge, and indeed, the title character was constantly accompanied by a talking pet raven, which was far more intelligent than the man himself.Dickens widely acknowledged that the character was based on his own bird, which had unfortunately died shortly before the publication of the novel.The Raven depicts a mysterious raven’s midnight visit to a mourning narrator, as illustrated by John Tenniel (1858).Dickens was deeply saddened by Grip’s death, and continued to acquire birds; first an eagle, and then two more ravens in succession, both also named Grip.The third Grip had an even more distinctive and domineering character than the first, and was even able to keep the family dog, a bullmastiff named Turk, under control.Turk would sit patiently as Grip helped himself to all of the best pieces of meat from the dog’s dinner plate.Cropped photograph of Charles Dickens.According to the BBC, it was around this time that Dickens and Poe became acquainted. Poe had written an approving review of Barnaby Rudge, and the two arranged to meet when Dickens and his wife were on tour in the United States.Reportedly, Poe saw a picture of Grip that Dickens carried with him, and was delighted to learn that the bird he had admired in Barnaby Rudge was based on a real-life animal.Portrait of Poe by William Abbot Pratt from September 1849, a month before his death.Shortly after, Poe composed his most notable work, a narrative poem with an imperious raven at its heart. The main character, a love-struck and sorrowful young man, is struck by the visitation of a raven, whose croaking refrain, “Nevermore,” simply adds to his grief.Although Poe never stated it explicitly, it is widely thought that The Raven is based on Dickens’ bird.Manet’s illustration of the raven flying through the window.The disdainful character of the bird, described as standing proudly on the window ledge, perfectly matches the raven belonging to Barnaby Rudge, and thus, to Dickens’ own bird. Poe’s raven is also seen tapping at the window, just as the raven in Barnaby Rudge had been prone to do.Soon after the poem’s publication, other readers and literary critics also noted the similarity, with some even accusing Poe of plagiarism. Always a controversial character, Poe attracted a considerable amount of criticism and ridicule from his literary peers.Original burial spot of Edgar Allan Poe in Westminster Burial Ground, Baltimore. Photo by JefferyGoldman CC BY-SA 4.0In 1848 the writer James Russell Lowell wrote, “Here comes Poe with his raven, like Barnaby Rudge / Three-fifths of him genius, two fifths sheer fudge.” Poe’s sad and untimely death just one year later cemented his legacy, and The Raven remains his best-known and most-loved work.When the original Grip died, Dickens was so upset that he had him stuffed by a taxidermist and kept him in his office, allowing him to keep watching over the family.Read another story from us: Nevermore…The Unanswered Questions Surrounding the Final Days of Edgar Allan PoeAfter Dickens’ death he was sold at auction and is now a permanent resident at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Books department. A fitting end for a bird that inspired not one, but two literary geniuses.last_img read more


PreviousFilesRecovery restore previous file versions


first_imgPreviousFilesRecovery: restore previous file versions by Martin Brinkmann on July 14, 2016 in Software – Last Update: July 16, 2016 – 6 commentsPreviousFilesRecovery is a new portable software program for Windows by Nirsoft that displays previous file versions and lets you restore them should the need arise.It is the second program that deals with shadow copies on Windows devices after last month’s ShadowCopyView release by Nirsoft.Unlike ShadowCopyView, PreviousFilesRecovery comes with options to restore previous file versions.That is not the only difference though. Instead of displaying snapshots and associated files on start, it does not display anything on start as it requires configuration first.The first thing you need to do is select a base folder. PreviousFilesRecovery scans the folder and all of its subfolders for previous file versions to display them all in its interface afterwards.PreviousFilesRecoveryThe scan itself is reasonably fast. The selected folder, scan parameters, and the speed of the hard drive are factors that influence the scan speed.While you may leave all settings at their default values to start a scan right after selecting the base folder, it may make sense to change the configuration.Doing so may speed up the scan process, and may reduce the number of results on top of that.The following options are provided by PreviousFilesRecovery in this regard:Change the subfolder depth from unlimited to a level between 1 and 19.Use file filters to limit results to certain types of files.Select whether to “find previous versions of existing files”, “find deleted files”, and “find deleted folders”.Switch from “finding all files with different size or write times, to finding all file versions, or only the latest file version.Scans are considerably faster if you make changes to the search parameters.PreviousFilesRecovery displays all matching files and folders in a table in the lower half of the interface. Each item is listed with its name and path, type (e.g. older file version), current and previous modification date, current and previous file size, and other information.A click on a table column header sorts the listing accordingly, for instance by path or time the copy was created.You may restore any file or folder by right-clicking on it to start the process (or by using the shortcut F8). Note that you may select multiple items for recovery.PreviousFilesRecovery displays a prompt afterwards that you use to select a destination folder for the files. All selected files and folders are copied to that folder when you hit the “do it” button.The program ships with the usual reporting options. You may use them to create HTML reports, or save the data to various formats including XML and plain text.Closing WordsPreviousFilesRecovery is a handy program to restore previous versions of files. You may need to enable the feature on a Windows device before it becomes available. While useful, regular backups are usually better when it comes to backing up and restoring file copies.Still, considering that Windows may create many shadow copies of files, it may provide you with that one version of the file you are after.Summary12345 Author Rating2 based on 3 votes Software Name PreviousFilesRecoveryOperating System WindowsSoftware Category BackupLanding Page http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/previous_files_recovery.html Advertisementlast_img read more


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first_img January 30, 2012 — Capital Health and GE Healthcare announced that the first Discovery NM 750b was installed at Capital Health’s New Jersey Hopewell medical center.“This innovative technology overcomes some of the challenges we currently face with breast cancer detection, particularly in women with dense breast tissue, and allows us to offer our patients improved medical care,” said Yaakov Applbaum, M.D., medical director of the Radiology Department at Capital Health. “It will also be useful in the early detection of breast cancer in women who are at a high risk for the disease.”Breast cancer detection is sometimes difficult, as breast density in varying degrees can overlap with lesions, making them harder to find with traditional X-ray mammography; and interpretation can vary among physicians, which can lead to recommendations for additional tests.Molecular breast imaging, or MBI, is less susceptible to breast density since the method involves a radioactive tracer with a high affinity for metabolically active tumors, and two specialized detectors imaging the breast from opposing angles. MBI has been shown in clinical studies to outperform mammography for early detection, and in finding more cancers.The GE Discovery NM 750b scanner features dual detectors with CZT technology. The system’s innovative detector design facilitates increased imaging sensitivity compared with conventional nuclear medicine “gamma” cameras.   In addition, image contrast and quality represent significant improvements over conventional systems. Imaging of the breast can be performed with only light immobilization and without the need of full compression. The Discovery NM 750b is intended to become part of a comprehensive arsenal of advanced imaging technologies that includes positron emission tomography (PET), spiral computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Related Content News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | January 30, 2012 Capital Health Will be First in U.S. to Offer GE Molecular Breast Imaging News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read morelast_img read more


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first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems The panel also cautioned physicians against taking any action that could damage an intrauterine pregnancy based on a single blood test, if the ultrasound findings are inconclusive and the woman is in stable condition.Kurt T. Barnhart, M.D., MSCE, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the SRU Multispecialty Panel, added, “With improvement in ultrasound technology, we are able to detect and visualize pregnancies at a very early age. These guidelines represent a consensus that will balance the use of ultrasound and the time needed to ensure that an early pregnancy is not falsely diagnosed as nonviable. There should be no rush to diagnose a miscarriage; more time and more information will improve accuracy and hopefully eliminate misdiagnosis.”“These are critical guidelines and will help all physicians involved in the care of the emergency patient. They represent an up-to-date and accurate scientific compass for navigating the pathway between opposing forces felt by the emergency physician and his/her consultants who are concerned about the potential morbidity and mortality of an untreated ectopic pregnancy in a patient who may be lost to follow-up, but yet must ensure the safety of an unrecognized early normal pregnancy,” said Michael Blaivas, M.D., an emergency medicine physician affiliated with the University of South Carolina and one of the panelists.For more information: www.acr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Feature | October 25, 2013 Radiologists Recommend Steps to Reduce Risk of Inadvertent Harm to Potentially Normal Pregnancies New Criteria Aim to Prevent Misdiagnoses of Nonviable Pregnancies News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more center_img Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more October 25, 2013 – A panel of 15 medical experts from the fields of radiology, obstetrics-gynecology and emergency medicine, convened by the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU), has recommended new criteria for use of ultrasonography in determining when a first trimester pregnancy is nonviable (has no chance of progressing and resulting in a live-born baby). These new diagnostic thresholds, published Oct. 10 in the New England Journal of Medicine, would help to avoid the possibility of physicians causing inadvertent harm to a potentially normal pregnancy.“When a doctor tells a woman that her pregnancy has no chance of proceeding, he or she should be absolutely certain of being correct. Our recommendations are based on the latest medical knowledge with input from a variety of medical specialties. We urge providers to familiarize themselves with these recommendations and factor them into their clinical decision-making,” said Peter M. Doubilet, M.D., Ph.D., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, the report’s lead author.Among the key points made by the expert panel:Until recently, a pregnancy was diagnosed as nonviable if ultrasound showed an embryo measuring at least five millimeters without a heartbeat. The new standards raise that size to seven millimetersThe standard for nonviability based on the size of a gestational sac without an embryo should be raised from 16 to 25 millimetersThe commonly used “discriminatory level” of the pregnancy blood test is not reliable for excluding a viable pregnancy News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more read morelast_img read more


Major changes set for Great Barrier Reef pontoon infrastructure


first_imgCruise Whitsundays will make some major changes to its Great Barrier Reef pontoon infrastructure next month, providing new opportunities for a range of visitors to the Whitsundays to experience the famous Hardy Reef ‘River’.The 45metre/150 foot pontoon currently at Knuckle Reef will be relocated to the Hardy Reef River, to be permanently moored just over 300 metres south of the other large ‘Reefworld’ pontoon.The ‘Reefworld II’ pontoon (currently located 300m south of Reefworld) will be towed back to the mainland for a refurbishment and exciting relaunch in the new year.Cruise Whitsundays CEO Nick Hortle said the changes presented exciting opportunities for visitors to the Great Barrier Reef.“Having two large pontoons in the spectacular Hardy Reef River will mean that the demand on the infrastructure will be better managed, enhancing our guest experience,” Mr Hortle said.“Along with the relocation of the Knuckle Reef Pontoon, we will be installing 130m of new snorkel swim lines at its new site, giving guests an entirely new location to explore the Hardy Reef River coral wall.“We are also taking the opportunity to install new moorings for the relocated pontoon which are anchored only to the sea bed – not the coral wall – which will aid in further protecting the precious environment of the Great Barrier Reef.“Hardy Reef offers the best combination of reef, coral and fish life for visitors to see, and is in the best condition in living memory.“The two pontoons both have underwater viewing chambers and full facilities for guests, which will mean we can better service the combination of our guests arriving on day tours, by helicopter or by Cruise Ship.”Cruise Whitsundays is undertaking all infrastructure changes and upgrades with approval from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and above and beyond best practice environmental guidelines.The changes will occur in the first two weeks of August. Cruise WhitsundaysSource = Cruise Whitsundayslast_img read more


FHFA HARP Volume for 2012 to Total 1M


first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share FHFA: HARP Volume for 2012 to Total 1M Fannie Mae First-Lien Mortgages Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac HARP Home Equity Investors Lenders & Servicers Loan-to-Value Ratio Mortgage Debt Mortgage Rates Prepayments Refinance Service Providers 2012-10-17 Carrie Baycenter_img October 17, 2012 461 Views Nearly 99,000 homeowners refinanced their mortgages in August through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), according to a report released by the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov (FHFA) this week.[IMAGE]The federal government’s HARP initiative, which is applicable for borrowers with loans owned by “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com or “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com, has put 618,217 homeowners into new mortgages with lower interest rates since the beginning of this year, when a broader group of borrowers were made eligible for the program.According to FHFA, HARP is on target to reach a million borrowers in 2012. The agency attributes the continued[COLUMN_BREAK]high volume of HARP refinances to record-low mortgage rates and program enhancements that included the elimination of its maximum loan-to-value (LTV) ratio limit.Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans refinanced through HARP accounted for nearly one-quarter of all refinances in August, 24 percent to be exact. In states hard-hit by the housing downturn├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô-Nevada, Arizona, and Florida├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô-HARP refinances represented nearly half or more of total refis during the month.HARP refinances for borrowers with LTV ratios greater than 105 percent accounted for more than 70 percent of HARP volume in Nevada, Arizona, and Florida and more than 60 percent of the HARP refinances in Idaho and California. Nationwide, LTV ratios above 105 percent characterized more than half of new HARP loans made in August.FHFA also noted in its report that nearly 18 percent of HARP refinances for underwater borrowers were for shorter-term 15- and 20-year mortgages in August. By reducing their mortgage terms, these borrowers will be able to build equity faster.Since the program’s inception in 2009, FHFA reports, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have financed more than 1.6 million loans through HARP.last_img read more


Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa


first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TE Kory SperryDL Ronald TalleyWide receiver Brittan Golden (hamstring) is active Sunday for the first time since Week 7 in San Francisco. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories With Ellington out, the Cardinals will carry just three running backs Sunday — Rashard Mendenhall, Alfonso Smith and Stepfan Taylor.Here’s the list of the team’s other inactives:QB Ryan LindleyRB Ryan WilliamsLB Dontay MochG Earl Watford The Arizona Cardinals look to win their fifth straight game Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, but will have to do so without the services of their leading rusher, rookie Andre Ellington.Ellington, who has 73 carries for 441 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games this season, was ruled inactive for Sunday’s game due to a left knee injury. The sixth-round pick out of Clemson tweaked the knee at the end of Thursday’s practice and was held out of Friday’s session. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   last_img read more