Metro Vancouver home sales and prices down to more historical levels board

VANCOUVER — Both sales and prices for Metro Vancouver homes have dropped in what the head of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says is a return to historical demand levels.Board president Phil Moore says homebuyers have been taking a wait-and-see approach for most of 2018 and the slower activity has prompted home prices to edge downward across all property types.The board reports just over 1,600 residential home were sold in the region in November, a 42.5 per cent drop from the same month last year and a 34.7 per cent decrease in the 10-year average.Condo flipping was never the culprit behind Vancouver and Toronto’s home price spikesVancouver home sales plunge to 18-year low, but prices barely budgeIt’s not just sky-high home prices that make Vancouver so unaffordable — it’s paltry wages, tooMoore says home prices have dipped four to seven per cent over the past six months depending on the property type, and the board will watch conditions in the first quarter of 2019 to see if buyer demand picks up ahead of the usually active spring market.The benchmark price for detached homes is just over $1.5 million, while the average price of a condo is $667,800, a 2.3 per cent price decrease from November 2017.The Greater Vancouver Real Estate board includes properties from Whistler and the Sunshine Coast in the north to Richmond, South Delta and Maple Ridge in the south. read more

East Timor UN hails smooth presidential vote as ballot counting begins

The post-polling process has so far been problem-free, the UN Transitional Administration’s (UNTAET) chief electoral officer said, after an estimated 86.3 per cent of East Timor’s 439,000 eligible people cast their votes Sunday. UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello called the vote “a truly historic moment” and congratulated the East Timorese for the high turnout.”At this point, the electoral process is continuing as scheduled without any problems,” Carlos Valenzuela, the head of UNTAET’s Independent Electoral Commission, told a press conference this afternoon in the capital, Dili. “Parties were to file any complaints regarding polling by noon today. We so far have no word of any party complaints having been filed by the deadline.”All 13 district counting centres opened this morning and began the first phase of the counting process, ensuring that the number of ballots issued at each polling station matched the number found in that station’s ballot box.Four ballot boxes out of 933 were found to have broken seals when they arrived at the counting centres, Mr. Valenzuela said. Each seal was believed to have inadvertently broken during transport, and foul play was not suspected.Many districts were expected to begin sorting and counting the ballots by the end of the day. Counting is scheduled to continue tomorrow, and some districts were expected to declare preliminary results ahead of the expected announcement of the final tally on Wednesday.An estimated 379,116 people turned out on Sunday to choose between Legislative Assembly Vice President Francisco Xavier do Amaral and independence leader Xanana Gusmão in yesterday’s election, the third and final vote run by the United Nations as it helps the former Portuguese colony in its transition to independence.The two candidates voted together at a polling centre in Dili. After casting their ballots, the two shook hands and waved to a crowd of local and international media.The president is the last fundamental piece of the East Timor government to put in place before UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan declares the territory independent during a ceremony in Dili on 20 May.”The East Timorese have shown their enthusiasm for the democratic process that has taken root here,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said after the close of polling. “That comes as no surprise to me. Like last year, the East Timorese have again proved to the world that maturity, security and tolerance is the ‘Timorese way’ of participating in elections.” read more

UNs top rights official condemns death squad activity in Côte dIvoire

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, reminded all concerned that grave human rights violations are punishable as international crimes and declared his readiness to advise UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to seize the Security Council of such crimes if needed. Backing the Council’s call last Wednesday, he urged the country’s authorities and rebel movements to take all necessary measures to put an end to the violence and punish those responsible. The Commissioner also underlined the essential role of an independent and impartial media in national reconciliation, as set out in the Programme of Government and National Reconciliation of the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement of last month, and in the recommendations of the recent UN human rights mission to Côte d’Ivoire. Meanwhile, Carolyn McAskie, the Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy for the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, has just completed visits to Ghana, Burkina Faso, Liberia, and Guinea, where she got a first-hand look at the effects of the crisis on neighbouring countries. “There is a lot that needs to be done by the international community to help. I think we should be generous at this time,” she said in Abidjan, urging donors to address the crisis. The United Nations has issued a Flash Appeal for $22 million to meet humanitarian needs, but only 11 per cent of funds requested have been received. In New York, the Secretary-General today appointed Albert Tevoedjre as his Special Envoy for Côte d’Ivoire. A national of Benin, Mr. Tevoedjre was a former Member of Parliament and Minister. He also served as Deputy Director General of the International Labour Organization. Mr. Tevoedjre will leave New York for the region this weekend and is expected to arrive in Côte d’Ivoire on Tuesday. read more

Grey matters most to UK car buyers as black loses number one

The top three colours maintained a strong grip on the chart – 59% of new cars registered in the UK in 2018 were grey, black or white. It’s been nine years since a primary colour last sat in the top three¹, but blue maintained its solid fourth position, while red knocked silver down a place to introduce more colour to the top five.Cream saw the biggest overall percentage drop, with just 559 drivers opting for the colour during 2018, down -34%. Meanwhile, although nearly 7,000 motorists tried to bring a bit of sunshine to UK roads, demand for yellow cars also fell by a third (-34%). White has been the biggest loser in recent years, with more than 132,000 fewer cars registered in white last year than in 2015 when it reached its peak.Scots bucked the national trend, putting white on top, but in Northern Ireland and Wales the grey mood was prevalent. Blue made a podium appearance in all three countries as buyers opted for a splash of colour. Meanwhile English drivers made the most of the 118 different colours available on the market, registering 116 of them in 2018, while just 53 different colours were registered in Northern Ireland.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,There are more opportunities than ever to personalise your new car to your exact taste, and UK motorists have approached the challenge with gusto in 2018.With around 80 new or upgraded models coming to market in 2019 equipped with the latest low and zero-emission powertrains, advanced safety tech and exciting comfort and convenience features, it’s great that buyers have so much to choose from.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Grey becomes UK’s favourite new car colour for first time since records began, with nearly half a million registered in 2018. 59% of new cars registered in black, grey or white – with a primary colour not making the top three for eight years.Once the nation’s long-standing favourite, silver falls out of top five with its lowest popularity rating since late 1990s.Grey overtook black as the UK’s favourite new car colour in 2018, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Registrations of both colours were down on 2017 numbers, but grey’s -1.1% drop to 495,127 was enough to see it topple black from the top spot as the colour fell -7.3% to 478,154. Just over one in five of 2018’s 2.4 million new car registrations were painted grey.In line with the new car market’s performance in 2018, demand for most colours in the top 10 was down year on year, apart from orange and beige, which saw significant increases of +37% and +28%. Orange jumped up to seventh place, while beige made its first appearance in the top 10 since 2014 as a number of new and upgraded models had the colour as an option. read more

Preconcentration and agglomeration to enhance nickel laterite heap leaching

first_imgAn Opportunity Analysis has indicated that A$190 billion worth of nickel in lower-grade Australian nickel laterite deposits could be recovered using effective new technologies. Heap leaching is a promising next-generation technology for treating nickel laterite deposits. It offers a potentially simpler and less costly processing alternative. However, significant technical challenges remain with heap leaching which are preventing its adoption, including issues such as excessive acid consumption (caused by parasitic side reactions), and maintaining high permeability within the heaps.A research initiative is looking to overcome these hurdles through the development of radically new and improved pretreatment and agglomeration methods. In this cluster, the universities of South Australia (through the Ian Wark Research Institute), Queensland, Melbourne and British Columbia will collaborate with CSIRO. The Ian Wark Research Institute is the lead party and Laureate Professor John Ralston, Director of the Institute, is the Cluster Leader.The majority of Australia’s nickel resources occur as nickel laterite deposits which tend to be lower-grade and are exceptionally complex and expensive to treat using conventional methods. This is evidenced by the difficulties experienced by all four nickel laterite operations that have started up in Western Australia in the past 15 years. Only one is still operating.last_img read more

These glowing tropical sea creatures have started to bloom north of their

first_img Share14 Tweet Email1 46-year-old kicker Adam Vinatieri appears to tease an imminent retirement after missing 2 extra points on Sunday 13,649 Views Jun 22nd 2017, 3:06 PM Typically found in the tropics, we’re seeing huge numbers of #pyrosomes in the eastern Pacific. Read more https://t.co/pZ8aQHhc2A #ONCabyss pic.twitter.com/18RnlIJWmW— Ocean Networks 🇨🇦 (@Ocean_Networks) June 14, 2017 One of many Pyrosoma atlanticum. Image: NWFC Source: New Scientist/YouTube“We have a lot of questions and not many answers,” Ric Brodeur of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center’s research station in Newport, Oregon explained in a post on the centre’s site.We’re trying to collect as much information as we can to try to understand what is happening, and why.Pyrosomes can grow to massive sizes, potentially to more than 60 feet long, though the ones currently flooding the seas off the coast of British Columbia and Alaska are more cucumber-sized.It’s the numbers that are troubling. Salmon and halibut fishermen haven’t been able to access their normal catch, with long lines catching pyrosomes instead of fish on basically every hook, according to reports by the CBC and National Geographic. One of many Pyrosoma atlanticum. http://jrnl.ie/3458232 These glowing tropical sea creatures have started to ‘bloom’ north of their habitat, way way north They’re appearing in the US and Canada’s pacific northwest. Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 3:06 PM Attack that wiped out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production came from Iran, US official says center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Trump says US is ‘locked and loaded’ in response to attack on Saudi oil supply MILLIONS OF STRANGE-LOOKING glowing sea creatures called pyrosomes have started to “bloom” off the coast of the Pacific Northwest of the US and Canada.The creatures are filling up fishing nets, clogging hooks and research gear and befuddling scientists who have no idea why populations of the tube-like organisms are exploding.“Call it the invasion of the pyrosomes,” writes Michael Milstein in a post on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Northwest Fisheries Science Center website.They started to show up in the spring and in the past month or two, swarms of the animals been spotted all over the region.Pyrosomes are odd creatures — they’re technically tunicates, colonies of individual organisms known as zooids that feed off of plankton and other small organisms.They have little bumps, are about as firm as a cucumber or pickle, and are gelatinous like jellyfish.They’re translucent and bioluminescent, which gives them a glow (the word pyrosome means “fire body”).And while they can occasionally be found further north, they typically inhabit tropical waters, which makes the appearance of these massive quantities strange and disturbing to fishermen who worry that they could devastate a fragile food network. By Business Insider Image: NWFC ‘He’s a businessman’: One of Hong Kong’s most prominent activists is urging Trump to back the pro-democracy movement and prevent a ‘nightmare’ for the world economy Source: Ocean Networks 🇨🇦/Twitter One five-minute trawl of a research net off the coast of Oregon dragged in about 60,000 of the creatures. Researchers from Ocean Networks Canada at the University of Victoria released a video showing just how thick the water was with these cucumber-like bodies.Some think that these populations might come from an anomalous huge “blob” of warm water that hovered in the Pacific from 2014 to 2016, though that warm mass has dissipated.“It’s really weird,” Jennifer Fisher, a faculty research assistant with Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, told National Geographic.“I’ve never seen anything like it.”- By Business Insider/KevinLoriaRead: ‘It could have been a little nipper’ – Shark snatches dog from Sydney beach >Read: Welcome to Zealandia: Scientists reveal ‘Earth’s hidden continent’ > Short URL 15 Comments last_img read more

Schools to foot bill for learning aids

first_imgSchools may have to prepare for growing bills, following the discontinuation of funding to learning aids announced earlier this year by Education Minister Martin Dixon. Schools may have to make sacrifices to be able to afford ultranet coaches and literacy experts, who visit schools to help students in years 3 to 8 who have fallen behind in reading and writing. Meanwhile, ultranet coaches train teachers to use ultranet, an online portal which allows parents to track their children’s school progress and attendance. In a memo to principals sent out by the Education Department, the funding model suggested that “schools would contribute $15 per student enrolment for 2012”. Education Department regional director, Ron Lake, said discussions with schools in the Loddon Mallee region had been positive and covered the possibility of retaining ultranet coaches and literacy specialists in 2012 if schools contributed to half the cost. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Border Patrol temporarily halts criminal prosecution referrals

first_img Updated: 7:53 PM June 25, 2018 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) – Border Patrol agents have reportedly stopped criminal prosecution referrals for adults who cross the border illegally with children. According to the Associated Press, the head of US Customs and Border Protection ended the referrals on a temporary basis within hours of President Trump’s executive order last week.The zero tolerance policy reportedly remains in effect, but cases cannot be prosecuted because parents cannot be separated from their children. According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, those who illegally cross the border will still be prosecuted. RELATED STORY: EXCLUSIVE: What happens to kids already separated from parents at borderImmigration Attorney Esther Valdes was in studio with the latest on the immigration crisis. Her full interview can be seen below. KUSI Newsroom, Sandra Maas, Allen Denton, Border Patrol temporarily halts criminal prosecution referrals KUSI Newsroom, Sandra Maas, Allen Denton center_img Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Esther Valdes 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 Settings Posted: June 25, 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

2BHK houses will be completed Talasani

first_imgSecunderabad Cantonment: Minister for Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Talasani Srinivas Yadav said that the double-bedroom houses in West Marredpally would be completed soon, after inspecting the work along with Cantonment MLA G Sayanna here on Monday. Yadav made enquiries with local residents regarding the progress of the construction works. Addressing a gathering, the Minister said that justice would be done to all beneficiaries. He warned that the State government would not tolerate ‘gundaism’ against the beneficiaries. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us He said that the beneficiaries should not be harmed by anti-social elements. Yadav recalled that hut dwellings built by the Housing Board in the past at the site were in poor condition. Hence the government was building two-bedroom houses for the benefit of the poor after the work was taken over by the Revenue department. The credit for providing houses for the poor should go to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the minister and the MLA stated, while conveying their greetings to the poor for getting two-bedroom houses in West Marredpally. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us The minister suggested to the beneficiaries to form a committee to solve the problems of the local residents. He said if four or five families sought to approach a court, it should be brought to the notice of Revenue Department so that the problem could be solved. The Minister said that 1,400 double-bedroom houses, the highest in the Cantonment constituency, were being built. The houses would be completed shortly and the pattas would handed over to the poor beneficiaries, he added.last_img read more

Sony patent proposes camera button to send vitalsigns info

first_img The patent application filed last November and made known earlier this week is from Sony Mobile Communications in Lund, Sweden. The patent application describes a mobile device camera sensor that records the stats of the photo taker, information including skin conductance, body temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rate, pulse rate, and blood oxygen level. That information would be recorded into memory and tagged to a specific photo, a new twist in metadata for digital photos. But who would use this and why? You won’t get many answers from the patent application, which descries the sensors but does not specify which application areas could result. Here’s at least a possible clue, though. “At Sony, we are targeting the medical business for mid- to long-term growth,” the Sony President and CEO, Kazuo Hirai, has said. As a major exporter of consumer electronics, they have not lost sight of the opportunity their technology presents for health products. “We can leverage our technology base in image-capturing sensors, lenses, 3-D technology, image processing, to mention just a few areas,” Hirai said in an interview in Tokyo last year.The technology in the patent application possibly, as a guess, may be used as part of a patient’s dealings with doctor’s offices and hospitals. The patient could possibly take a photo and attach vital signs without having to be hooked up to medical equipment. The patent application makes the following point. “Usually when measuring vital signs, sensors, connected by wires to bulky measuring equipment, have to be placed or used on the person’s body. However, in this case the measuring of vital signs has to be done in another way since using cumbersome sensors and measuring equipment is not a viable option.”According to the application, the “first aspect of the present invention relates to a method for tagging a recorded image in a mobile communication device, wherein said recorded image is recorded by a camera unit in said mobile communication device, the method comprising the steps monitoring, using at least one sensor in said mobile communication device, a user’s vital signs, recording sensor information relating to said user’s vital signs when said user operates said camera unit in said mobile communication device and is in contact with at least one of said at least one sensors in said mobile communication device, recording an image from said camera unit when said user operates said camera unit in said mobile communication device, determining a tag based on said recorded sensor information, assigning said tag to said recorded image and storing and organizing said recorded image in a memory in said mobile communication device based on said tag.” The sensor information, it added, may comprise information regarding any of the following user’s vital signs: body temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, blood oxygen level and skin conductance. The application mentioned a sensor integrated in a camera button in the mobile communication device, “wherein said sensor and camera button may be operated when said user operates said camera unit for recording an image.” The inventor named in the patent application is Gunnar Klinghult. LG Electronics HMD patent sets sights on video viewing This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Phys.org Sony has filed a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a way for smartphone users to tag the photos they take with their vital signs. The patent proposes a “camera button with integrated sensors,” where the user can tag photos with vital sign information such as blood pressure and body temperature. It’s all about integrated sensors.center_img More information: via Engadget Explore further Citation: Sony patent proposes camera button to send vital-signs info (2013, July 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-sony-patent-camera-button-vital-signs.htmllast_img read more

1 drowns while taking selfie

first_imgKolkata: In a tragic incident, a youth fell into a river while taking a selfie on his mobile phone.The incident took place in Asansol on Wednesday morning. Police said the victim, Vivek Chandra Bangshi, along with his family members, went to Ghagarburi temple to offer puja.When his family members were visiting in and around the temple, the victim went up to the river bank to capture a selfie in broad daylight. As he stood on a big stone on the bank of Nunia River to capture the selfie, he accidentally slipped and fell into the river water. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe victim was swept away by under currents immediately after he fell into the river. The family members of the victim rushed to the spot but failed to trace the victim. Police came to know after asking the family members that he did not how to know swim.Some of the locals conducted a search operation in the river but failed in their attempt. The youth was a resident of Andal area in Durgapur. After being informed, police reached the spot. Local divers were brought in. They carried out a search operation in the river as well but failed to recover the body of the victim until Wednesday evening. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMany curious onlookers gathered in the area to see the rescue operation. According to the preliminary investigation, police said the victim might have accidentally fallen into the river. The investigating officers have recovered the mobile phone of the victim from the place of the incident and started a probe. They are examining the mobile phone.Police are also probing into the irregularities behind the incident. The preliminary investigation, however, suggests that he was trying to take a selfie with the river in the background.last_img read more

Tunisia Egypt cruise itineraries cancelled

first_imgContinued anti-American protests in the Middle East have prompted cruise lines to cancel calls in Tunisia and Egypt in an exercise of caution. Silversea’s Silver Cloud has replaced a 30 September call into Tunis, Tunisia with a visit to Gozo Island in the Maltese archipelago, while Oceania Marina will now visit Antalya, Turkey and spend an additional day in Ashdod, Israel on 4 October instead of previously scheduled calls into Alexandria and Port Said, Egypt. Cruise Critic reports that Azamara Quest has cancelled their scheduled visit to La Goulette, Tunisia on 31 October with a full-day visit to Minorca, Balearic Islands on 1 November.Royal Caribbean and Cunard have also altered recent itineraries to avoid Alexandria while Holland America cancelled a call to La Goulette. Smart Traveller’s latest advice (6 September 2012) suggested that travellers to Egypt exercise a high degree of caution, while those heading to South Sinai (excluding Sharmh el Sheikh) reconsider their travel plans.A ‘do not travel’ warning is in place for the Governorate of North Sinai (including the Taba-Suez Road) however. The latest advice (17 September 2012) for Tunisia is to exercise a high degree of caution while those heading to the areas of the country bordering Libya and Algeria should reconsider their need to travel. Port of Alexandria. Picture: High Tours Egypt Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Alast_img read more

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority to tap into 7000 years old archaeological

first_imgIn the ‘land of superlatives’, the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is working on unlocking 7,000 years old archaeological sites.According to Haitham Mattar, Chief Executive Officer of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAK TDA), archaeological sites are going to be a “key differentiator and one of [the emirate’s] key offerings in the near future”.“What we’re doing now is working really closely with the archaeology team in Ras Al Khaimah to unlock the massive opportunity and potential that we have within Ras Al Khaimah, which is one of the richest, if not the richest emirate, in archaeology and historical sites. We have sites that date back 7,000 years, and we’re currently working on various restoration plans and bringing some of these sites that are low-hanging fruit to make them tourist-ready,” he said.last_img read more

Selene Finance Announces New Appointments and Promotion

first_img in Headlines, News Selene Finance announced two new appointments and a promotion to further support its growing servicing portfolio and future business opportunities. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Selene uses proprietary technology combined with customer service to propose flexible and creative servicing strategies to address the different needs of nonperforming, re-performing, REO, and performing loans. Selene is able to service in all 50 states and has approval to service Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae, HUD, and Federal Home Loan Bank loans.Brenda Henry and Robert Tompkins were appointed to Selene’s client relations team. Henry was previously a director at Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing, where she was responsible for portfolio management and special servicing of clients. Before joining Selene, Tompkins was the SVP of default at RMS, Inc. and has previously held leadership positions at OneWest Bank and Litton Loan Servicing, LP. With each having over 20 years of experience, Henry and Tompkins will assist Selene in serving its growing clientele. The company also announced the promotion of Walt Kieschnick to SVP of portfolio management. Kieschnick has been with Selene since 2011 and has played an integral role in implementing key operational changes and leading process improvement initiatives.  Shane Ross, EVP at Selene, expressed that the company will continue to provide quality service as the company expands. “As Selene grows, our focus continues to be on best-in-class service to our clients,” he said. “We’re known throughout the industry for our transparency, accessibility and flexibility. These cornerstones are what make Selene a leader and will continue to set us apart from competitors.” December 16, 2016 514 Views Sharecenter_img Company News Selene Finance 2016-12-16 Staff Writer Selene Finance Announces New Appointments and Promotionlast_img read more

Deloitte Says Hack Did Not Affect GSEs

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News On September 25, Deloitte, one of the worlds largest accountancy firms, was involved in a hack that compromised confidential emails and plans of some of the company’s blue-chip clients—originally believed to be a total of six. But when news broke of the company uncovering more clients affected by the hack, housing giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were put into the mix inaccurately.According to an article by The Guardian, sources speaking under anonymity said the company red-flagged and have been reviewing emails and attachments that could have come from the GSEs and other clients such as the U.S. Departments of State, Energy, Homeland Security, and Defense as well as the U.S. Postal Service. However, Tuesday afternoon, Deloitte put an end to the suspected news.“Deloitte confirms that Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) was not impacted by the cyber incident reported in the media on 9/25/2017 and subsequently on 10/10/2017.”After further investigation, Deloitte believes the hack started in Fall of 2016 when it was moving its email from an in-house system to Microsoft’s cloud-based 365 service. Using an administrator’s account, the hackers got access to the entire email database, including staff’s correspondence with clients.Though Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said they were aware of the cybersecurity incident, neither GSE was aware of any impact to their respective companies.“We are monitoring the situation closely, and we are working with Deloitte to understand what happened and what additional safeguards it may be considering,” Freddie Mac said in a statement of similar sentiment as Fannie Mae. “We take cybersecurity seriously as it relates to every aspect of our business.” Deloitte Says Hack Did Not Affect GSEs October 10, 2017 609 Views center_img Deloitte Fannie Mae Freddie Mac 2017-10-10 Brianna Gilpin Sharelast_img read more

The 2017 Fiji Tourism Exchange FTE kicked off on

first_imgThe 2017 Fiji Tourism Exchange (FTE) kicked off on Wednesday, opening its doors this year to a record number of agents, and over 160 buyers from around the globe. With a combination of established and new operators exhibiting, this year’s FTE provides plenty of great opportunities for both buyers and sellers to engage, and learn more about the many new and unique properties and services that this fabulous Pacific Nation offers. FTE 2017 Welcome signFTE – Day 1Highlights of the dayA briefing from Jason Kruse – GM of the new Six Senses Malolo IslandThe 26 villa resort Malolo Island property, scheduled to open later in 2017, marks the first foray by Six Senses into the South Pacific, and heralds a busy three years ahead, with Six Senses opening 12 new properties including Tuscany, Ibiza, New York, Bhutan and Bali. The new luxury Fiji resort will offer all of the luxury hallmarks of the Six Senses brand, catering for all holidaymakers including families, couples and multi-gen groups.Elsa Fernicle DOSM of Sheraton and Westin Resorts Fiji focused on the recent opening of the new Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay.Momi Bay, which opened to guests last month, is the first Marriott-branded property in Fiji, and the feedback is that they have done a stellar job! The property consists of 22 overwater bures (adults only), 114 bure villas and 136 hotel rooms with interconnecting options for families. The property has three restaurants and extensive kids programs and water sports. A 27-hole golf course is planned for the property down the track.Yasawa Island Resort owner, James McCann, reports a completed refurb (just last week!) with new furnishings throughout the 18 luxury bungalows and common areas of the resort. Yasawa offers a unique experience – access to the island is via light aircraft direct to the Resort’s landing strip – including relaxing in paradise on one of the many pristine beaches with a picnic and a spectacular vista of sparkling waters as far as the eye can see!.South Sea Cruises will open Fiji’s first Beach Club Malamala Beach Club in June 2017. An island day retreat, 30 minutes from Denarau, the club is positioned as a chilled and contemporary resort for a day escape – and the perfect spot for a wedding with an onsite chapel!Fiji’s Rugby 7s Team who brought home Fiji’s first ever Olympic Gold medal!News from Tourism Fiji and from Fiji’s Minister for TourismMr Faiyaz Koya, Fiji’s Minister for Tourism, and Mr Matthew Stoeckel, CEO of Tourism Fiji, both spoke about Fiji’s very healthy 2016 stats and the forecast for 2017.Despite the damage and devastation wrought by Cyclone Winston that resulted in a number of resorts closing their doors for substantial periods, Fiji achieved a targeted growth of 5% in 2016.You have to commend the industry, and the industry body, on such an achievement in those circumstances.Mr Stoekel outlined prospects for 2017 noting that new properties rolling out this year, coupled with a tourism industry that is really working together, augur well for Fiji reaching its targets again in 2017. He also acknowledged the great partnership with Fiji Airways. The airline has opened greatly beneficial new markets, via the new Singapore route and the new codeshare agreement with American Airlines. In terms of growth, the Minister spoke of two key elements that the government is focused on to drive further tourism – sustainability and infrastructure – as reported exclusively by Travel Monitor in October 2016 Two projects on the immediate agenda include looking closely include at improving the all-important cruise port in Suva, and the possibility of a new airport in the North of Fiji.Happy Hour at the end of FTE 2017 Day 1 beckons … Day 2 just around the corner! For more Fiji news visit Tourism FijiMr Faiyaz Koya, Fiji’s Minister for Tourism, and Mr Matthew Stoeckel, CEO of Tourism Fiji at the 2017 Fiji Tourism Exchange (FTE) fijifiji airwaysFiji Tourism Exchangelast_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation While his role is still undefined, Whiz said that Taylor’s experience will work to his advantage as he prepares to join a team less than a week before the start of the regular season.“He’ll understand how to study and prepare,” Whisenhunt said.The Cardinals are hoping that Taylor will add depth to the running back slot and will also mentor some of the younger players, Whisenhunt said. 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Former Chicago Bears running back Chester Taylor should be starting practice Tuesday, but Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said he has yet to decide how he will use the veteran running back.“We’ll get him in here and figure out what his role will be, but I know as far as, whether he’s a third down back or first or second back, those are all roles that he’s done in games and done very well,” Whisenhunt said of Taylor’s flexibility. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Auditorgeneral and law commissioner cross swords

first_imgAuditor-general Odysseas Michaelides on Thursday hurled fresh allegations at Law Commissioner Leda Koursoumba, claiming her office is wasting taxpayers’ money.Keeping up the pressure on the public official, Michaelides zeroed in on the law commissioner’s apparent favouritism toward a specific lawyer.He said that, under Koursouba’s watch, her office had assigned to the same lawyer a total of 26 contracts for legal work.The total value of the contracts came to €561,000.For only three of the contracts the fees were paid to a limited liability company – owned or operated by the lawyer in question –whereas the fees for the other 23 contracts were paid to the lawyer as a private individual.This raised the possibility of tax evasion by the lawyer, Michaelides said, adding that he would be passing on the information to tax authorities.Defending her office, Koursoumba suggested the auditor-general was deliberately going after the lawyer.The lawyer had been selected to do work for the law commissioner after an open process, she added.Perhaps going for the jugular, Michaelides next reported that Koursoumba’s husband had used stationery from her office when he was writing to the Cooperative Central Bank regarding a personal loan.On December 7, 2016 the bank notified Koursoumba’s spouse that it was denying a prior request of his that part of his mortgage be written off. He was also advised to begin repaying the outstanding debt immediately.According to the auditor-general, one week after the bank sent this letter, Koursoumba’s husband addressed a letter to the financial ombudsman informing him that the bank had denied his request.The letter, sent by fax, bore the letterhead of the law commissioner’s office.Koursoumba responded that at the time in question her husband was unemployed and did not have his own office, which was why he used resources from her own office.“It was a mistake, but I was not in any way involved in my husband’s dealings with the bank or with the loan.”Michaelides then cited two more cases where Koursoumba used her office’s work vehicle for personal use.On two occasions, she had herself chauffeured to the airport, where the flights she took were on personal, not official, business.Hitting back, Koursoumba said the auditor-general, under the cover of auditing her office, was scraping the bottom of the barrel in a bid to dish dirt on her.“I have been dragged through the mud. My family and even my grandchildren feel tainted,” she told MPs.Discussion of the law commissioner’s expenses is set to continue at the House watchdog committee at a later date. You May LikeTrendsBest Small Dog BreedsTrendsUndoBigKidCeationsVandor Disney Mickey Mouse Black & White 18 oz. Tritan Water BottleBigKidCeationsUndoSivanguardia.comTruly amazing moisturizing cream usesSivanguardia.comUndo High temperatures increase risk of firesUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Fears that Anastasiades will lay down conditions for new talks

first_imgOpposition Akel on Sunday questioned President Nicos Anastasiades’ commitment to a resumption of talks suggesting he would lay down conditions that would stop UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres from recommending a new round of negotiations.The comments came shortly after Anastasiades landed in New York for the UN General Assembly, and also for a meeting with Guterres on September 28. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci is due to meet the UN chief on September 29.On his arrival in the US, Anastasiades underlined his determination and willingness to work for the resumption of talks.He referred to the initiatives anticipated from Guterres if the UN chief deems the resumption of talks possible – either in the form of bicommunal talks or a new Conference on Cyprus on the basis of the report of his special envoy or the scheduled meeting between the two men next Friday.“Our position is well-known, we are determined and we also have the will in order for talks to resume – after there has been a preparation to avoid a new failure – at a new Conference from where we were left off on the basis of the Guterres framework,” said Anastasiades.Guterres is only expected to call for a resumption of talks if a report by his envoy Jane Holl Lute sees prospects for success if a new conference on Cyprus is called. The Greek Cypriot side said a new conference must be well prepared to ensure success.But in a written announcement on Sunday Akel spokesman, Stefanos Stefanou, said the party it agreed that good preparation was necessary “but we wonder what message the president’s statements about good preparation are giving to the international player when 15 months have elapsed since the UN Secretary-General asked both sides to prepare for a resumption of negotiations? In so many months, what did the President of the Republic actually do?“The statements made by the president pose a risk that the Greek Cypriot side will lay down conditions for the resumption of negotiations at the same time that the UN Secretary-General clearly asks the two sides to preserve the negotiating material and to negotiate on the basis of his framework, which – among other things – provides specific conditions for security and guarantees,” Stefanou added.He said the   statements made by the president leave the Greek Cypriot side exposed to possible accusations if the UN Secretary-General considers that there are no preconditions for resuming the negotiations “and then the negative consequences will be great”.The Akel spokesman also criticised Anastasiades for not even considering it necessary to consult with the political forces on the island prior to his departure for the US.“Obviously, he feels self-sufficient to bear the brunt of any developments and the responsibilities for any [negative] developments will be entirely his,” Stefanou added.Reports on Sunday said Turkey was making targeted attempts to change the basis of the negotiations, seeking a confederal instead of a federal solution. The Turkish Cypriots also want a fixed timetable.When the last round of talks broke down in Crans-Montana, Switzerland last year, Ankara said it was time to look outside the UN framework for a solution.The urgency of the negotiations resuming has also in part, a connection with a wider review of peacekeeping forces around the world. Unficyp’s mandate expires at the end of January 2019 and there is no guarantee it will be renewed given the lack of a settlement and the length of time the force has been in Cyprus – March 1964.Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis said earlier this month: “We have to find ways to prove the direct relation between Unficyp’s presence and the Cyprus peace effort and this calls for a hell of a lot of work in the immediate future.”Mavroyiannis referred to the necessary basis to continue, saying that everybody had to accept to work on the basis of Security Council parameters, to commit themselves to the acceptance of the good offices mission of the UNSG and to agree on the methodology and the negotiating manner.Reiterating that no strict timeframes must be set, he said progress in negotiations would dictate timeframes, acknowledging that a conference on Cyprus would last some days.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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