Sci-Fi fans listen up – this one’s for you!To include the support of fans who aren’t able to make it to the New Children’s Museum for this year’s Nerd HQ, The Nerd Machine invites you to join them in supporting children’s charity Operation Smile by bidding on select memorabilia and one-of-a-kind pieces that will earn you serious bragging rights with friends, while simultaneously providing life-changing surgery for children around the world.Among the items going under the hammer are a Dr Who Lego TARDIS signed by Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat, shirts signed by Zachary Levi, Nathan Fillion and Yvonne Strahovski, items signed by Joss Whedon and Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, and a Playstation 4 signed by NerdHQ panelists including Seth Green, Dennis Haysbert, Tricia Helfer, William Shatner, M. Night Shyamalan, Christian Slater, and many many more.Operation Smile, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an international medical charity with a presence in more than 60 countries, whose global network of thousands of credentialed medical volunteers from more than 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children. Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. To build long-term sufficiency in resource poor environments, Operation Smile trains doctors and local medical professionals in its partner countries so they are empowered to treat their local communities. Operation Smile also donates medical equipment, supplies and provides year-round medical treatment through its worldwide centers.This auction ends in the next few hours – be quick and beat the Reavers by clicking here. Shiny!
Despite repeated appeals by senior UN officials for accountability for crimes being committed in Syria, the Council was unable last week to adopt a resolution referring the situation in the war-torn nation to the ICC, due to vetoes by permanent members Russia and China.The resolution, which was backed by the other 13 members of the Council, would have given the Court the mandate to investigate the horrific crimes committed during the course of the conflict in Syria, which since March 2011 has witnessed the deaths of over 150,000 civilians, the displacement of millions and widespread violations of human rights.“The double veto last week to a resolution referring the situation in Syria to the ICC is likely to expose the Syrian population to further gross human rights and humanitarian law violations,” the experts stated in a news release. “The failure to hold those responsible for the violations to account may fuel further atrocities.” The experts noted that given the absence of prosecution at the domestic level, it was the Security Council’s responsibility to refer the situation to the ICC. “Referring the situation in Syria to the ICC would have been an important and most necessary step both to protect civilians against continued and future violations by all sides to the conflict, and to curb impunity for the grave violations of human rights and humanitarian law, some amounting to crimes against humanity,” they added.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.The experts speaking out on Syria today deal with freedom of religion or belief; the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism; the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence; torture; extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; arbitrary detention; and enforced or involuntary disappearances.
To put it another way: Against average competition, Embiid rivals Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden as the most prolific scorer in basketball in terms of points per 100 possessions. But when he’s guarded by Gasol, he essentially turns into Dewayne Dedmon.At 7 feet tall and 250 pounds, Embiid can usually bully smaller defenders and tactically position himself in the post. But Gasol is too big to be pushed around, and it’s forcing Embiid out of his sweet spots. Throughout the series, Gasol has refused to cede ground to Embiid, denying the entry pass into the post and forcing Embiid to catch the ball outside of the paint. During the regular season, Embiid averaged 7.4 touches in the paint per game. Against Gasol and Toronto in the playoffs, Embiid is averaging just 4.2 touches in the paint per game.Another factor contributing to Embiid’s lack of paint touches is the crowd that’s been forming right around the basket. Fellow Sixer Ben Simmons can’t shoot outside of 10 feet and so positions himself near the rim, which brings his defender to effectively provide help defense when Embiid is in the post. That’s a problem especially when the help defender is Kawhi Leonard, the player who has guarded Simmons most of the series.To make up for his lack of paint touches, Embiid has had to rely on his jump shot to generate points. But that’s not his strong suit. In the regular season, Embiid shot 34 percent on jumpers. In this series, he’s just 10 for 37 (27 percent) on those shots. Gasol is forcing Embiid to do what he does least well, and it’s working to the Raptors’ advantage.The fact that Gasol has given Embiid trouble shouldn’t be all that surprising. Even at 34 years old, Gasol can still play like the defensive player of the year he once was. Just ask Nikola Vucevic: Gasol neutralized the All-Star center during the Raptors’ first-round series against the Magic. Vucevic scored just 17 points per 100 possessions when Gasol was the primary defender — a far cry from Vucevic’s season average of 32 points per 100 possessions.When Gasol was brought to Toronto in a midseason trade, it was reasonable to wonder whether the big Spaniard had enough in the tank to make a difference on a contending team. Those doubts have been put to rest, in part because Gasol has chiseled out a perfect role for himself. In Toronto, Gasol doesn’t need to anchor a defense while also serving as a primary scorer, like he was forced to do in Memphis. Instead, he’s able to focus on what he does best, which is lock down the opposing team’s best big man.In all fairness to Embiid, he’s reportedly battled through injury on top of illness during the playoffs. And if we’ve learned anything from his monster Game 3, it’s that a healthy Embiid can live up to his self-proclaimed title. The only question is whether he can do it consistently against an elite defensive stopper like Gasol.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Joel Embiid has described himself as the “most unstoppable player in the league” — and for good reason. When he’s at his best, like in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, he can make defenders look downright foolish as he pump-fakes his way into windmill dunks. But so far in Philadelphia’s series against Toronto, Game 3 has been the exception. The Raptors have all but shut Embiid down on the offensive end, thanks in large part to Marc Gasol — the man who has perfected the art of stopping the league’s most unstoppable player.Through five games of the series — which the Raptors lead 3-2 — Gasol has matched up with Embiid on 201 possessions, holding him to just 21 points per 100 possessions. That’s a significant dip from Embiid’s season average of 37 points per 100 possessions.If you think those numbers are obscured by Embiid’s recent upper respiratory problem, consider this: Over the past two seasons (which is as far back as the NBA’s matchup data goes), Gasol has played against Embiid on nine separate occasions (including the regular season and this year’s playoffs). During that stretch, the two have matched up on a total of 379 possessions. Embiid averages just 19 points per 100 possessions when Gasol is his primary defender, by far his lowest average against anyone who has guarded him on at least 100 possessions.
The Columbus Blue Jackets fired head coach Ken Hitchcock Wednesday in the midst of a disappointing season that has seen Columbus fall from a playoff contender to an also-ran.Hitchcock, who assumed head coaching duties mid-season in 2006, compiled a 125-123-36 record in his time with the Jackets.Addressing the media, new interim coach Claude Noel, who looked poised and eager, sat next to Jackets general manager Scott Howson, who looked very much like a man who had just fired someone.“We’re all responsible for the performance of this team,” Howson said. “It has become clear, that despite the efforts of ‘Hitch,’ the coaches and the players to find a solution, it wasn’t working. The team was not responding to the message.”When asked about the timing of the firing and whether or not it could have come earlier before the season was lost, Howson rejected the notion that he had given up on the playoffs.“We don’t consider the season lost. We’re going to play hard and see what happens,” Howson said. “We all felt that ‘Hitch’ deserved the opportunity to try and work out of this. We wanted to be patient and we kept hoping he’d find the solution.”It was clear that Hitchcock’s job security was tenuous at best for some time now. The change started to manifest itself right after Christmas, according to Howson.“That’s when I started really thinking seriously that this isn’t going to happen for us, but you keep hoping,” Howson said. “If you look at the [Los Angeles] game and you look at Wednesday night (a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche), there just wasn’t much pushback.”‘Not much pushback,’ corporate-speak for a lack of heart, nearly always falls on the coach’s shoulders.Much was made about the young players on the club and Hitchcock’s tendency to not allow them to play through mistakes. His gruff style was often at odds with a younger team supposedly finding its way.“The young players have to take some accountability,” Howson said. “Claude is going to try to get them to do that. Try to get them excited because some of them have lost confidence and the hope that they had coming into the season.”Noel has a tough job ahead of him. He has been an assistant coach with Columbus since 2007, after spending four seasons as head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League.He sounded up for the task.“At the end of the day, you want to be proud of the way of you play,” Noel said. “The players are going to want to give me their best, because I’ll be making assessments. I can’t wait for training camp, I have to look at each day who didn’t play well and who’s coming out.”
Simon Stevens has warned that the NHS trails other countries for funding Credit:PA Earlier this month Theresa May in the Commons said the NHS was not suffering from a ‘humanitarian crisis’Credit:AFP The watchdog has drawn up proposals for a “Medical Licensing Assessment” which would hold all doctors to a common standard.The Health Secretary has been summoned to give evidence today amid warnings from Dr Sarah Wollaston, select committee chairman, that Brexit poses an “exceptional challenge” to Britain’s systems of health and social care.Mr Hunt has repeatedly said that healthcare workers already working in Britain should be given assurances that they can stay, post-Brexit.But he has promised to make the NHS “self-sufficient” within a decade, by training more home grown doctors, instead of replying on those from overseas. “Any new regulatory requirements will need to balance recognising the skills and experience these nurses bring with patient safety. But with 24,000 vacant nursing posts across the UK, we and other health organisations are pressing for those currently working here to be allowed to remain.”Last week it emerged that more than 7,000 nurse posts could be axed from NHS hospitals across the country despite a mounting Accident & Emergency crisis.Every area has been ordered to draw up measures to save £22 billion and reorganise health services in order to meet rising demand from an ageing population.But the documents suggest that the proposals could result in the loss of more than 17,000 staff by 2020 – including 7,300 nurses and midwives.On Monday night senior nurses said the implications for safety were “truly frightening” with widespread shortages of staff already in overstretched hospitals. Currently, competence tests, involving practical exams, are only carried out if staff are coming to Britain from countries outside of the EU. The difference stems from an EU directive to support freedom of movement.“Under the conditions of automatic recognition enshrined in the Directive, we are required to recognise a nurse or midwife’s qualification even if they have been out of practice for a significant length of time,” the NMC’s submission to MPs states. “We believe that this poses a public protection risk.” Public safety is being put at risk because the health service is not allowed to carry out checks on soaring numbers of nurses coming to work here from EU nations, watchdogs have warned.The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) urged ministers to use Brexit to close gaping loopholes in regulation, amid a tripling in the number of nurses coming to Britain from the Continent.The plea comes ahead of a Parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday, at which Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be questioned about the impact of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.Regulators said the current system was unsafe, forcing watchdogs to automatically register nurses and midwives from Europe as safe to work, without any checks – even if they had not practised for decades.“We believe that this poses a public protection risk,” the watchdog states, in a damning submission to the Commons Health Committee. The regulator for doctors has issued a similar plea.In its submission to the inquiry, the General Medical Council (GMC) calls for rules on medics to be rewritten, to close such loopholes for doctors coming here from Europe.“We would like to be able to check that doctors coming to practise here from Europe meet the same standards as those who qualify in the UK and outside Europe,” the GMC submission states.More than 30,000 doctors working in Britain received their training in other EU countries, the submission states – around one in 10 of all medics on the register. Jackie Smith, chief executive of the NMC, said the watchdog could currently only carry out “paper based” checks on competence, such as examining the qualifications applicants claimed to hold.“What they are not exposed to, which applicants from the rest of the world are exposed to – is to a simulation – to skills-based testing. That’s the fundamental difference,” she said.Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said the current system should never have been allowed. “It is incredibly risky, and absolutely ludicrous that regulators are allowing nurses to work without carrying out checks on their safety and competence,” she said.“It’s frightening that this was ever allowed – I really hope that Brexit brings an end to this.” It is incredibly risky, and absolutely ludicrous that regulators are allowing nurses to work without carrying out checks on their safety and competenceJoyce Robins, Patient Concern The NHS is coping with an ageing population Credit:Alamy Official figures show that in 2015/16, 9,388 nurses and midwives registered to come work in the UK from other EU countries – compared with 3,137 registrations in 2011/12. In total, more than 38,000 nurses and midwives working here are estimated to have received their training elsewhere in Europe.The watchdog urged ministers to use forthcoming negotiations to address the safety risks, and ensure nurses’ skills can be tested, wherever they come from. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “The nursing workforce has taken one blow after another – under-staffing, impossible caseloads, poor pay and being forced to make life and death decisions in hospital corridors.
BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries, and Rajant, pioneer of innovative kinetic mesh technology for private wireless networks, have announced a global framework agreement “that will take BT’s global network coverage deeper into the industrial operations of customers.” This agreement will enable organisations to connect and gather data from thousands of devices such as sensors, autonomous vehicles, industrial machinery, high-definition cameras, VoIP systems and others to their corporate networks and data centres.As businesses take advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT) to deliver efficiency and automation, the importance of a secure, resilient and adaptive network with no single point of failure, especially in industrial operations, is critical – since downtime may be counted in millions of dollars an hour. “Our agreement with Rajant enables us to further extend the reach of our network deeper into our customers’ operations,” said Hubertus von Roenne, Vice President, Global Industry Practices, BT. “This means that our customers with devices located in production lines, and in remote areas, such as mines, oil rigs and other industrial sites, can bring more of their equipment and devices online and thus leverage the industrial IoT to improve performance and competitive advantage.”“We are delighted to partner with a leading, global network services company such as BT. This agreement expands Rajant’s already broad footprint in industrial applications and will accelerate our leadership position in wireless mesh networking,” said Bob Schena, CEO and Co-founder of Rajant. “This is a game-changing partnership for us, and it is a testament to the integrity of our wireless mesh technology and to the people delivering our products and services.”Rajant makes mobile, scalable and highly reliable kinetic wireless mesh network technology, which provides an always-on communications network so critical applications can be accessed in real time. BT Global Services is a leader in managed networked IT services, supporting leading global multinationals from a variety of sectors, including defense, oil and gas, mining, and manufacturing companies and public sector organisations. These customers require real-time network performance monitoring and reliable IT services. In addition to its kinetic mesh products and services, Rajant also will provide global training, joint sales and marketing initiatives, and product demonstration in this agreement.
A leak at GameStop has revealed the list of games that are going to be available at the release of the Wii U this coming holiday season. The list of launch games are as follows:Aliens: Colonial MarinesAssassin’s Creed IIIBatman: Arkham City Armored EditionBen 10: OmniverseDarksiders IIFamily Party: 30 Great Games (working title)Jett TailfinJust Dance 4Lego City: UndercoverMarvel Avengers: Battle for EarthMass Effect 3NBA 2K13New Super Marion Bros. UNinja Gaiden 3: Razor’s EdgeNintendo LandPikmin 3Project P-100 (working title)Rabbids LandRayman LegendsRise of the Guardians: The Video GameScribblenauts UnlimitedSING (working title)Sports ConnectionTANK! TANK! TANK!Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (working title)Wii Fit UWii U Panorama View (working title)Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013ZombiUNintendo have been smart this time (unlike the 3DS launch) and decided to release plenty of launch titles. This should make the Wii U a definite first day purchase for Nintendo fans.There’s also a nice mixture of first party and third party games, including many offerings that will be or already are available for the Xbox 360 and PS3 such as Mass Effect 3, Assassin’s Creed III, Batman: Arkham City and Aliens: Colonial Marines. This means Wii U gamers won’t be missing out on those highly-sought-after hardcore titles.Additionally, ZombieU, Rayman Legends and Pikmin 3 all look like great exclusive titles to pick up when the console launches hopefully we will find out when that is very soon.via DarkZero
29 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4607283 BÁN POITÍN FOUNDER Dave Mulligan is launching a new cocktail bar.Based on Green Street in central Dublin, the new venture is called Bar 1661 – a nod to the year poitín was made illegal in Ireland. According to Mulligan, it will be a cocktail-service bar serving as the “global flagship for Irish poitín” and a “destination venue” located around north Dublin’s historic food markets. Mulligan founded the poitín brand, which is produced at The Echlinville Distillery in County Down. He previously ran a pop-up bar venue in Dublin in late 2017. “We ran the pop-up for six weeks and had amazing feedback from customers. We had far more interest from the press in six weeks than I had in six years as a brand and that was a real eye opener,” he said. Despite the fact interest in the white spirit is considerably lower than other Irish spirits, with just 70,000 bottles of it sold in 2017 compared to 6.4 million bottles of whiskey, Mulligan says the pop-up bar illustrated there is a market for poitín here.The Dún Laoghaire native has raised an undisclosed sum of money to invest in the bar from within the drinks industry.“Ireland is interested in poitín, but no one has been given a platform where they could go and experience it,” he said. His bar aims to do that, with eight cocktails on the menu using the spirit. It won’t be the only drink available, however, with Mulligan adamant that it is a “cocktail bar first” and this will be reflective on the menu.There will be a hand-selected collection of Irish whiskey, gin, vodka and brandy, sitting alongside international wines and ciders.“We are trying to show diversity and support producers big and small,” Mulligan said.He plans to first establish Bar 1661 as a cocktail bar before introducing food over the next three months. Previous lessonsWith over 20 years’ experience in the drinks industry behind him, Mulligan opened a bar in London in 2012 named Shebeen that focused solely on poitín. He tells Fora he entered the project knowing it would be short-term because the building he leased was for sale.When that happened, in 2015, he started his own brand, Bán Poitín, which is produced at The Echlinville Distillery in County Down. “I made the decision that instead of opening a new bar in a new venue to start my brand and put all my time and money into that,” he said. Bán Poitín features on the drinks menu of the Savoy Hotel in London, and is stocked around the world in Paris, Japan, New Zealand, Holland and Lebanon. It has also won Best Irish Poitín at the Irish Whiskey Awards the last three years in a row. Get our NEW Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses.Written by Laura Roddy and posted on Fora.ie By Fora Staff 25,451 Views Image: Bar 1661 Sunday 28 Apr 2019, 12:00 PM Share Tweet Email9 Short URL Apr 18th 2019, 5:01 PM Image: Bar 1661 A cocktail bar focusing on Irish poitín is set to open in Dublin The founder of Bar 1661 said Irish people do like poitín but there has been no platform to experience it. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
L’œil et le cerveau : droitier ou gaucher ?Une étude scientifique a permis de mettre en évidence que l’œil et le cerveau travaillent de paire. La prédisposition à être gaucher ou droitier serait liée à la prédominance d’un œil sur l’autre et donc de l’hémisphère cérébral correspondant sur l’autre. L’étude qui vient d’être publiée dans Royal Society Biology Letters explique pourquoi différentes espèces animales sont latéralisées. En effet, l’homme n’est pas la seule espèce à être gauchère ou droitière. Les perroquets qui ont aidés à l’étude sont, par exemple, majoritairement gauchers quand les hommes sont à 90% droitiers.À lire aussiPourquoi les yeux gonflent-ils après avoir pleuré ?Les scientifiques australiens qui ont réalisé l’étude rapportée par Slate indiquent clairement que la prédisposition à être gaucher ou droitier dépend de la domination d’un œil sur l’autre. Ainsi, le cerveau traiterait en priorité les informations provenant d’un œil, l’œil directeur. L’hémisphère droit du cerveau contrôlant la partie gauche du corps et l’hémisphère gauche contrôlant la partie droite du corps, le fait d’être gaucher ou droitier révèle quelle partie du cerveau est dominante.Toutefois, ni les gauchers ni les droitiers ne se révèlent plus habiles les uns que les autres. Les chercheurs précisent bien qu’il n’y a “aucune raison de penser aujourd’hui que les animaux qui ont un cerveau droit ou un cerveau gauche plus puissant sont supérieurs ou analysent l’information différemment, il s’agit simplement d’une image miroir”.L’étude montre également que même si un hémisphère cérébral fonctionne plus qu’un autre au moment de la réception de l’information, les deux travaillent toujours simultanément. Les perroquets étudiés sont coordonnés dans tous leurs mouvements qu’ils soient gauchers ou droitiers (ce qui a été déterminé en observant la patte dont ils se servaient pour attraper des morceaux de fruits).Il en va de même chez les enfants qui vont réagir dans un premier temps instinctivement avant que l’expérience ne finisse par déterminer quel œil et quelle main sont les plus efficaces. Leur utilisation deviendra par la suite constante.Le 13 février 2011 à 15:37 • Emmanuel Perrin
In a press release from the Anchorage School District, Board President Starr Marsett said additional cuts made by the governor to homeless assistance, Medicaid and early childhood programs would further hurt low-income students and their families. The Anchorage School Board has publicly opposed Governor Mike Dunleavy’s line item budget vetoes. In a resolution passed last week, the Board wrote that the governor’s vetoes to public education funding could have “detrimental” effects on student outcomes. The resolution was approved by a 5 to 2 vote. Board member Dave Donley, who concurrently serves as the state’s deputy commissioner for the Department of Administration under Gov. Dunleavy, was one of the no votes. Alisha Hilde was the other.
A representational image. Photo: CollecedIndia’s railway ministry said Sunday a “ghastly” accident was narrowly avoided after 22 train coaches carrying some 1,000 passengers became detached from the engine and sped backwards for miles before being stopped.The runaway carriages in the eastern state of Odisha rolled for 12 kilometres (seven miles) before being brought to a shuddering halt by rocks placed on the tracks by railway staff.A spokesman for the railway ministry’s eastern division said none of about 1,000 passengers were injured in the incident Saturday night.But seven railway employees who did not follow proper procedures have been suspended and an investigation launched into how the carriages became separated during the journey from the western state of Gujarat to Odisha, said spokesman JP Mishra.Authorities believe that brakes applied when carriages are detached or attached to the engine were either incorrectly used or overlooked altogether.“Something ghastly could have happened and it was averted by alert staff. Safety cannot be compromised,” Mishra told AFP, adding “more heads are likely to roll”.“Everybody in the railways (ministry) is aghast and shocked.”Mobile footage posted on social media showed the carriages speeding past a railway platform as helpless onlookers screamed and yelled at passengers to pull the train’s emergency brake.More than 22 million passengers commute daily on some 9,000 trains across India.The incident is just latest to beset the creaking rail network, which dates back to the colonial era.Last November 13 coaches of an express train derailed in northern India, killing three and leaving nine injured.A year before that, 146 people died in a similar disaster.A 2012 government report said almost 15,000 people were killed in various ways every year on India’s railways and described the loss of life as an annual “massacre”.
Share Marjorie Kamys Cotera/Bob DaemmrichTexas Governor Greg Abbott and President Barack Obama. Marjorie Kamys Texas Governor Greg Abbott and President Barack Obama.A Texas woman has been accused of mailing homemade explosives to President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that could have maimed or killed them, according to documents filed in district court last week in Houston.Julia Poff, 46, mailed the devices in October 2016, along with a third package that she sent to the Social Security Administration, according to the indictment. Of the three packages, only Abbott opened his. It did not detonate because “he did not open it as designed,” according to court documents.Had the devices exploded, they would have caused “severe burns and death” to the politicians, who federal investigators believe Poff targeted for multiple reasons. She was known to dislike Obama, the investigators said, and was “upset with Greg Abbott” because “she had not received support from her ex-husband,” according to the documents. Poff had previously applied for Social Security benefits but was denied, the documents said.Investigators traced the devices to Poff after examining several of their components, including a cigarette box and a salad dressing cap. The cigarettes were bought at a truck stop near Poff’s home in Brookshire, Tex., 30 miles west of Houston. The salad dressing was a brand Poff was known to have bought for an “anniversary dinner,” the indictment said.Most tellingly, the court documents noted, hair belonging to one of Poff’s two cats was found under the address label of the package sent to Obama.Poff has been charged with six counts, including mailing injurious articles and transporting explosives with the intent to kill and injure. She has also been charged with defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food stamps, and falsely declaring bankruptcy — issues that came up during the course of the investigation.The charges come at a time of heightened vigilance for many politicians. In July, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson opened fire at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game, seriously injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and several others. And earlier this month, a neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) attacked him in his yard, breaking six of the senator’s ribs.According to Nathan Kalmoe, an assistant professor of political communication at Louisiana State University, who has studied political violence, an individual’s support for such acts is often influenced by both her personality and the political environment.“Many worry that political rhetoric is fueling the fire,” Kalmoe wrote in The Washington Post. “My findings suggest this concern is valid.”
FEMA/Bill Koplitz FEMA Encourages Survivors to Be Aware Of And Report Fraudulent Activities WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently became aware of potentially suspicious activity related to the recovery from hurricanes and the wildfires including fraudulent registrations. Extensive review of FEMA system security logs found no indications of compromise to the system; however, FEMA and its partners are taking necessary steps to determine impacts of the fraudulent activities and to implement long-term solutions. To address these instances, FEMA is notifying survivors, by phone or mail and is instituting additional verification and controls in cases where there was suspicious activity, to ensure that only eligible applicants receive assistance. DHS’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) aggressively investigates allegations of disaster fraud after every federally declared disaster, and works with other law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute individuals who take advantage of programs meant to help those in need.FEMA is encouraging disaster survivors from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the California Wildfires to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals attempting to defraud the government. In every disaster, it is important to provide information to the public on how to guard against fraud and report suspicious activity.FEMA remains committed to ensuring that all claims for assistance from eligible applicants are reviewed and processed appropriately. There are several options for survivors to report suspicious activity or disaster fraud. They can contact DHS OIG at 1-800-323-8603, TTY 1-844-889-4357. A fraud complaint may also be completed online at the OIG’s website, http://www.oig.dhs.gov, faxed to 202-254-4297 or mailed to: DHS Office of Inspector General; Mail Stop 0305; Department of Homeland Security; 245 Murray Drive SW; Washington DC 20528-0305. Survivors can also call FEMA’s Office of the Chief Security Officer (OCSO) Tip line at 1-866-223-0814 or email to: FEMA-OCSO-Tipline@fema.dhs.gov. If survivors discover someone is misusing their information, they should file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission through their website IdentityTheft.gov.If survivors have a question about their FEMA application, they should contact FEMA at 800-621-3362 (FEMA) or TTY 800-462-7585. ### Share The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is warning some Harvey victims of fraud. The agency is sending letters to some people that applied for assistance from FEMA letting them know that their application is being held up because of a potential link to fraud.A FEMA press release says an extensive review of system security logs found no indications of compromise to the system: A FEMA spokesperson says they’re not commenting on how many people received the letter or how victims’ information may have been compromised, but they do advise people that FEMA home inspectors NEVER need to ask for your FEMA registration number: They have it.All FEMA inspectors have an ID badge with an encryption chip, like most new credit cards.
Story Links Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s golf team fired a 6-under-par on Saturday to finish eighth at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at the Old North Slate Club in New London, N.C.After play was postponed on Friday, the teams returned to the course, and the Cardinals posted the fourth-best score on the day, but couldn’t make a big jump up the leaderboard after starting the day in 10th place. Georgia Tech won the title at 37-under-par, while Virginia was second at 22-under-par and Duke was third at 12-under-par.For the tournament, the Cardinals finished at a solid 3-under-par, shooting 286-293-282=861. It was the best finish after placing 11th at the last two championships.Devin Morley fired the lowest round of the day by carding a 5-under-par 67 to finish in a tie for 24th. Entering the final round at 4-over-par, Morley carded six birdies and just one bogey. He scored on three holes on the front and three on the back.Jiri Zuska tied for 29th place after he shot an even-par 72 on Saturday. He opened play with a 71 and 74 on Friday. John Murphy carded a 76-71-71=218 to finish at 2-over-par for the weekend.Trevor Johnson tied for 36th overall after shooting a 77-70-72=219, while Matthias Schmid, one of the top players in the league, finished at 8-over-par. He opened play with a 69 on Friday, but went 11-over-par in the next two rounds to end play in a tie for 52nd.The Cardinals await their postseason fate when the NCAA Regional pairings will be revealed on May 1. Louisville will host a regional for the first time in school history on May 13-15 at the University of Louisville Golf Club.
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2012-07-11 Esther Cho July 11, 2012 404 Views Best Markets for Buyers and Sellers: Zillow in Data, Origination San Francisco, San Jose, and Las Vegas metro areas were named as the top markets for sellers, while Chicago, Milwaukee, and Cleveland were categorized as markets where buyers have more power, according to a report released from “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/ Tuesday.[IMAGE]In the top seller’s markets, price cuts are uncommon and homes often sell for at or near asking prices. In markets where buys are favored, homes are taking longer to sell and buyers receive discounts averaging 5 percent below the asking price. Sellers’ markets were not necessarily ones where home values are rising, but places sellers are more likely to sell their home for close to asking price and where listings spend less time on the market. “”It’s refreshing to see some markets swinging back in favor of sellers, with asking prices being met and listings spending fewer days on market,”” said Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries. “”The housing recession has been long and rocky, and we’re seeing more balance during this summer selling season. Of course, many markets are still firmly in favor of buyers, and we expect that to continue until the recovery takes more of a hold nationwide.””[COLUMN_BREAK] Humphies also added that some of the best markets for sellers have seen the largest price drops since the recession, but the benefit for sellers is likely due to investors who are buying properties in bulk, which is helping to increase prices for those markets. When compiling the list, Zillow analyzed the 50 largest metros by looking at the sale-to-list price ratio, number of days listings spent on Zillow, and percent of homes on the market with a discount. Ten Best Sellers’ Market# San Jose# San Francisco# Las Vegas# Sacramento# Phoenix# Riverside# Washington, D.C.# Los Angeles# Salt Lake City# Austin Ten Best Buyers’ Markets# Chicago# Milwaukee# Cleveland# New York# Philadelphia# Jacksonville# Providence# Cincinnati# Hartford# Houston Share
in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share Aggregate Home Equity Rises by More than $2 Trillion Among U.S. Households March 14, 2016 512 Views Federal Reserve Home Equity Home Mortgage Debt Outstanding National Association of Home Builders 2016-03-14 Staff Writer Household holdings of real estate grew much faster than the aggregate amount of mortgage debt outstanding among homeowners year-over-year, ultimately causing home equity to increase.The Federal Reserve Board’s fourth quarter of 2015 release of its Financial Accounts of the United States and analysis by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) found that household holdings of real estate totaled $21.276 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of $1.562 trillion from the $23.713 trillion recorded in the fourth quarter of 2014.Over the same period, home mortgage debt outstanding increased $90.0 billion to total $9.490 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2015.The NAHB stated, “Since the total value of household-held real estate rose faster than the aggregate amount of mortgage debt outstanding, then home equity held by households grew.”According to the reports, home equity held by households rose by $1.165 trillion, or 10.2 percent, to $12.539 trillion from the fourth quarter of 2014 to the fourth quarter of 2015. In addition, household’s home equity is now 56.9 percent of household real estate.”As housing equity continues to grow, the proportion of households underwater continues to shrink. A household is considered underwater when the total value of the property is less than the total value of the debt(s) underlying that property,” the NAHB stated. “The increase in the proportion of households with positive equity will improve their ability to sell their home and purchase a new one.”Negative equity is down to 13.1 percent nationwide, but is still a nagging problem choking real growth and limiting new inventory, according to a new report by Zillow.The report found that six million homeowners were underwater in the Q4 of 2015. And while that number is still a problem, it is significantly lower than the peak 16 million underwater homeowners that existed in Q1 of 2012, and the 8 million underwater homeowners of a year ago. According to Zillow, the millions of underwater homeowners who have resurfaced over the past year have led to a $75 billion decline in negative equity, which has helped keep the U.S. housing market jogging along steadily. But while the overall picture is vastly improved from even just a year or two ago, there are still 820,000 homeowners who owe more than twice as much on their mortgages as their homes are worth.“Over time, negative equity can act as an anchor on a housing market, preventing underwater homeowners from listing their homes and reentering the market,” Gudell said. “It is more prevalent in less expensive areas that are affordable to first-time buyers. Without these homes available, many potential buyers are sidelined and unable to take advantage of mortgage rates that remain near historic lows.”
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