NEW YORK, N.Y. – A New York judge has ruled that an aspiring actress can sue Harvey Weinstein for violating sex trafficking laws because the proverbial casting couch, in which women are asked to trade sex for Hollywood opportunities, could be considered a “commercial sex act.”U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet said the lawsuit filed by Kadian Noble last fall was fairly brought under sex trafficking laws Congress passed that had an “expansive” definition of what could be considered a commercial sex act. His ruling, dated Monday, was filed publicly Tuesday.He rejected arguments by Weinstein’s lawyers that nothing of value was exchanged between Noble and Weinstein in 2014 when they watched her demo reel in a Cannes, France, hotel room before Weinstein allegedly molested her and forced her into a bathroom to watch him masturbate.Weinstein denies wrongdoing. His lawyer, Phyllis Kupferstein, said she planned to ask for an immediate appeal if the judge will allow it.“It doesn’t resemble at all what we consider sex trafficking,” Kupferstein said. “We don’t read the statute and the case law the same way he does.”The lawsuit’s claims, she said, were “light years away” from what the sex trafficking law was intended to outlaw, such as when predators are “going after underage girls on the promise of a green card and locking them up in a basement and making them have sex with people.”In ruling, Sweet wrote: “For an aspiring actress, meeting a world-renowned film producer carries value, in and of itself. The opportunity, moreover, for the actress to sit down with that producer in a private meeting to review her film reel and discuss a promised film role carries value that is career-making and life-changing.“The contention, therefore, that Noble was given nothing of value — that the expectation of a film role, of a modeling meeting, of ‘his people’ being ‘in touch with her’ had no value — does not reflect modern reality,” the judge continued.He included a footnote at the word “reality,” citing sources that explain that the concept of the casting couch — in which aspiring actors and actresses are promised valuable professional opportunities in exchange for sexual favours — “has been in the American lexicon for nearly a century.”Weinstein claimed through his lawyers that letting the lawsuit proceed to trial means sex trafficking laws now cover all sexual activity between adults when one person holds power and influence over the other.Sweet said that even if the prospect of a film role, a modeling meeting or a continued professional relationship with Weinstein were not enough to constitute “things of value” necessary under the sex trafficking statute, then her “reasonable expectation of receiving those things in the future, based on Harvey’s repeated representations that she would, is sufficient.”Sweet also dismissed Weinstein’s brother from the lawsuit.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Firefighters were called to a brush fire that turned out to be a child’s wagon set on fire.Monday, September 30th, 2019 at 11:34 pm the Fort St. John attended a call and extinguished a child’s wagon that was set on fire on 93rd Street. The image was posted to a local FB group, showing the Fire Department on the scene with the wagon extinguished.To view the post; CLICK HERE
Rabat – On the 19th anniversary of King Mohammed VI’s accession to the throne, Moroccan and foreign celebrities—singers, actors, television host and comedians—have shared congratulation messages, expressing their love for the King. The celebrities and friends of the King have once again shown their patriotism and dedication to their country on social media. Singer Dounia Batma, producer RedOne, singer Hatim Ammor, model Leila Hadioui, football coach Hervé Renard, and footballer Mehdi Benatia all remembered the special day for Moroccans. “On the occasion of the Throne Day, the 19th anniversary of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God bless him and grant him peace on the throne of his blessed ancestors, I would like to extend a greeting, all of which is love, appreciation and respect for our leader and our beloved King. May God bless you and grant you lasting health,” said Moroccan singer Dounia Batma. Having lived in Morocco for over 2 years and taken the Atlas Lions to the 2018 World Cup as coach of the national football team, Frenchman Hervé Renard wanted to express his congratulations to the King. “I wanted to convey my most sincere congratulations to His Majesty King Mohamed VI on the occasion of the 19th anniversary of the accession to the throne. Best wishes for health and happiness. Long live the King, long live Morocco Dima Dima Maghrib [Morocco forever],” he proudly wrote. The Congolese rapper Maitre Gims, who lives in Marrakech, also has a special friendship with the King. “On the occasion of the 19th anniversary of the accession to the throne by His Majesty the King, I send him my most sincere congratulations and best wishes for health and happiness. Long live the king,” he tweeted to his 2.6 million followers.
Avant-Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi and the former Chairman of Rakna Lanka, Major General Palitha Fernando have been indicted in a bribery case.Senadhipathi and Major General Palitha Fernando have been indicted in a Rs. 35.5 million bribery case. (Colombo Gazette)
OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific expects to haul less freight in the second half of the year than it previously predicted, which isn’t a good sign for the economy.The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad said Wednesday that the volume of cars, construction materials, grain and imported goods it will haul in the second half of the year will likely be down by about 5%.Union Pacific said in July it expected to haul about 2% less freight during the second half of the year.The volume of freight Union Pacific and other railroads haul hints at the health of the overall economy.“We have seen some general slowing in the economy, and we’re seeing some volume declines here,” Edward Jones analyst Jeff Windau said.Earlier this week, a survey of manufacturing leaders slipped into negative territory, offering another indication that slower global growth and the U.S.-China trade dispute are weighing on the overall economy. The survey by the Institute of Supply Management showed that factory production fell last month.Union Pacific’s figures showing declines in all but one of its major shipping categories in the third quarter only add to the concern about the economy.“It’s consistent with the global economic slowdown and the tariffs, which are really putting a pinch on imports and exports,” Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said.Windau said the trade dispute is hurting railroad shipments because imports and exports are down. Railroads haul many of those goods to and from ports in intermodal shipping containers.Union Pacific said its intermodal shipments are down 10% so far in the third quarter, and total volume in the quarter is down 7% to date.The analysts surveyed by FactSet predicted Union Pacific’s volume will fall 3.8% in the third quarter.Union Pacific has been working to streamline operations and reduce costs, so it should be able to at least partly offset the decline.The railroad has been cutting costs by running trains on a tighter schedule so it can use fewer locomotives, cars and employees to move the same freight. The company operates 32,000 miles of track in 23 Western states.Josh Funk, The Associated Press
To make the most of their abilities, young tennis players need training, coaching and good health. Then there’s another factor, also important and beyond their control: the luck of the draw.The careers of young Americans Ryan Harrison and Christina McHale show what a difference luck can make. When Harrison has been lucky in Grand Slam tournaments, he has been very good. But he’s usually been unlucky, drawing one of the tournament’s top players in the first round and losing. The latest Harrison conqueror was Grigor Dimitrov, the No. 13 player in the world, who straight-setted Harrison out of Wimbledon on opening day Monday in London. Harrison’s frequent early exits from Grand Slams have contributed to his fall out of the top 100.McHale, meanwhile, has been much more fortunate. She opens her Wimbledon campaign Tuesday against the 97th-ranked player in the world, Chanelle Scheepers. In the 17 Grand Slam tournaments where McHale could have faced a seeded player in the first round, she has done so just three times — and never had an opponent in the top 20.Along with the intended intrigue and variety, the random draw at tennis tournaments creates inequity. For the 128-player Grand Slam singles draws, this is, roughly, how the draw works: The best 25 percent of players are given seeds, and each of the 32 seeded players is slotted in a four-player pod in which the other three players are unseeded (kind of like our Burrito Bracket). In the first round, the seeded player plays one of the unseeded players in the same pod, and the other two unseeded players play each other. Drawing players randomly into these pods, rather than seeding all 128 of them, helps keep things interesting, creating tough sections of the draw and openings elsewhere.Every unseeded player has a one-third chance of drawing a seeded opponent in the first round, which is, generally, an unlucky draw. That’s not always the case: Sometimes the seeded opponent isn’t as tough as rankings suggest, because of weakness on the tournament’s surface or a recent injury. Drawing a weak seed near the bottom of the top 32 players can open up a player’s draw, since the next opponent wouldn’t be seeded.All else equal, though, if you’re unseeded, you don’t want to match up against a seeded player in the first round. Yet Harrison seems to be drawn inexorably toward seeded opponents by some as yet undiscovered magnetic field. In the 16 majors he’s entered as an unseeded player, he’s drawn seeded opponents nine times. By chance alone, he could have expected just five such tough matches. More than 98 percent of players with 16 opportunities to draw a seed in the first round should do so eight times or fewer, according to the binomial distribution. Harrison is in the unlucky 1 percent.Not so with McHale. About 13 percent of players who have played 17 majors as an unseeded entry, as she has, could expect to get three or fewer seeded opponents. She has also never drawn a top 10 opponent in the first round, something just 15 percent of players in her shoes could say.Against unseeded first-round opponents at majors, Harrison is a dominant force: He’s 5-2, including wins in his past five matches. Against seeded opponents, he’s 1-7; Harrison’s loss to Dimitrov Monday was his seventh straight against seeded opponents. All those first-round losses have contributed to Harrison’s drop in the rankings to 150 from 43 two years ago.Luck of the draw matters for non-Americans, too. I studied 18 young men and women at Wimbledon who have entered at least five majors without a seed. Together they have won half of first-round matches against unseeded opponents, but fewer than one-third of matches against seeded players.As hard as Harrison’s had it, he’s been blessed to avoid the fate of David Goffin. The 23-year-old Belgian has entered nine majors unseeded. Seven times he has drawn a seed in the first round, including four top 10 seeds. Of 1,000 players with his Grand Slam history, 999 could expect to have drawn fewer seeded first-round opponents, and fewer top 10 seeds.Goffin hasn’t won a Grand Slam match in two years, and his ranking fate has resembled Harrison’s: He’s dropped from No. 42 in the world to No. 105. His latest rough draw came against defending champion Andy Murray, the No. 3 seed at Wimbeldon. Murray dispatched Goffin in straight sets on Monday.
THE GOVERNMENT has announced a series of proposed changes to Dáil procedures which will be implemented if the Seanad is scrapped.The proposals were announced as the Government published the legislation behind the referendum to abolish the upper house of the Oireachtas, which is intended to be held in early October.The changes would beef up the role of the Dáil, including changes to the system in how laws are made – with all non-emergency legislation sent to a Dáil committee first, so that the committee could consider the draft edition of each bill before the final one is published.When the final version has been published, and gone through the usual Dáil procedure for approval, it would go back to the appropriate committee for a “pre-enactment” stage before being enacted into law.Long working week for TDsThe Dáil’s working week would be extended, going from the routine three-day week to a four-day week to take care of the extra workload that TDs would face – as well as making time for a British-style procedure where ten-minute sessions are held to debate legislation put forward by backbench and opposition TDs.The committee setup would also be changed, with 14 committees claiming an equal membership of 12 TDs – meaning that each of the 158 TDs, excluding ministers, junior ministers and the Ceann Comhairle, would sit on an average of 1.32 committees.The chairmanships of the committees would be distributed to parties or Dáil groupings on the basis of the D’Hondt system, which is already used in Northern Ireland to assign seats within the Northern Ireland Executive.If this system had been in place at the time of the last election, Fine Gael would claim seven of the 14 committee chairmanships, while Labour would hold three, Fianna Fáil two, Sinn Féin one, and the independent benches one.Elsewhere, the majority of TDs needed to impeach judges or the Comptroller and Auditor General will be increased to two-thirds, while four-fifths of TDs would need to support any proposal to impeach the President.The Leas Ceann Comhairle will be put into the Presidential Commission to replace the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, ensuring that the membership of that body remains at three so that there is no prospect of a deadlock.Though the referendum will be held this year, the current Seanad will remain in existence until after the next general election – with the chamber only ceasing to exist the night before the Dáil elects the Taoiseach after the next general election.‘A real republic would need real political change’Launching the legislation, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the government would “take the necessary decisions to achieve economic recovery” – but that “to rebuild a solid economy, a real republic would need real political change”.“If approved by the people, I’m convinced that we can and we will create a better, fairer, more accountable and more transparent system,” Kenny said, criticising the “elitist composition” of the Seanad.“We have to question the very relevance of a second chamber… modern Ireland cannot be governed effectively by a political system designed for 19th century Britain.”He said many other countries had proved it was possible to have an effective system of checks and balances without the need for a second full house of parliament.The Taoiseach said the referendum on setting up a new court of appeal, as a buffer between the High Court and the Supreme Court, would be held on the same day this autumn, and claimed that the abolition of the Seanad would save about €20 million a year.Both Kenny and the Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, added that members of the government parties – including those in the current Seanad – would be expected to vote in favour of the legislation to abolish the Seanad.The ‘Democracy Matters’ group, which has been set up to oppose the abolition of the Seanad, described the plans as “constitutional vandalism, and a cynical power grab dressed up as reform”.One of its members, independent Seanad nominee Katherine Zappone, said the proposal “solves none of the problems of the broken system which gave us our current crisis, but instead makes our broken system, more centralised, more whipped and more controlled by government and less accountable.”Read: A new Vice President, and other things that may happen if the Seanad is scrappedColumn: Seanad reform suggestions are practical but limit real bicameral change
Share Tweet Email By Órla Ryan Monday 19 Jun 2017, 8:06 AM Jun 19th 2017, 8:06 AM Man released after gun seized in Dublin city, second man remains in custody The firearm was found in a car on Friday night. No Comments A MAN HAS been released without charge following the seizure of a handgun in Dublin city on Friday night.Gardaí arrested two men in their 20s after the gun was seized. One man was released without charge last night, while the second man remains in custody.At around 10pm on Friday, gardaí were carrying out a routine traffic stop at North Strand in central Dublin.They became suspicious of a second car in the area which was subsequently stopped and searched. In a follow-up operation, a third car was searched nearby and a handgun was recovered.A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.Read: Two men arrested and handgun seized in Dublin city centre File photo Image: Shutterstock/Lane V Erickson http://jrnl.ie/3451362 File photo Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Lane V Erickson 10,703 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Virgil van Dijk scored his first Premier League goal for Liverpool to see the Reds beat Wolverhampton 2-0 with another goal from Mohamed Salah.Liverpool’s Van Dijk admitted to playing through a cold on Friday’s head-to-head with the Wolves, but that didn’t stop him from scoring his first ever goal for the club. The defender spoke to Sky Sports and revealed that the game was difficult, calling the Wolves “Dangerous.”“It was a tough day for me as I had a bit of a cold and wasn’t 100 percent,” he told Sky Sports, according to FourFourTwo.“These nights are very important for us. We won here and that is a big step for us. The win was very important.“Wolves are very good, which they have shown all season. We lost the ball too easily a couple of times in the first half and they did well.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Credit to them but we won the game and that’s always the most important thing.“Teams are getting dangerous but it’s how we react. There were a couple of moments where Wolves were dangerous, but we dealt with them well.“All my [defensive] partners are very good and it is a joy to play with all of them. I’m enjoying every minute of it and have been all season.“We’ve got Joe and Joel out for now, but Dejan [Lovren] is doing fantastically and has been since I came here anyway.”
Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez revealed his admiration for the “versatile” Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich, who he believes could even eclipse him as a playerThe Germany international first rose to prominence under Pep Guardiola at Bayern in the 2015/16 season before the Catalan coach left for Manchester City.While his normal position is at right-back, Kimmich’s versatility has won him many admirers with the 23-year-old being deployed in a central midfield role at Bayern this season.Due to this, Xavi is convinced Kimmich would be a great coup for Barcelona.“I spoke to Pep Guardiola, my ex-coach from Barcelona, about him,” Xavi told Bild at Bayern’s training camp in Doha, Qatar, alongside Kimmich.“Pep said: ‘I have a player in the team who can play in every position!’“I asked, ‘Who is the boy?’ He told me something about a man named ‘Kimmitsch’, whom I honestly had never heard of before.“Since that day, when I talked to Pep, I have followed your career. After all, Pep says that for a reason.“I knew right away, when I saw you playing, that you could become a great player. And that’s you today!“Joshua is the present and future of FC Bayern and the German national team. And you really can play in any position.”He added: “You would be the perfect player for FC Barcelona!Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“In my career, I have always kept my eyes open to find players who would suit Barca well.“As previously with Philipp Lahm, Joshua Kimmich could without any problems play at Barcelona. That would fit well.“But Bayern Munich play on the same level as Barca, and you can achieve a lot there.”Before joining Doha-based club Al Sadd in 2015, Xavi was regarded as one of the planet’s greatest playmakers after managing 85 goals and 181 assists in a staggering 769 games for Barcelona.The former Spain international has won many honours throughout his career, which includes a World Cup, two European titles, four Champions Leagues and eight La Liga crowns.But the 38-year-old, who could retire from playing football this year, reckons Kimmich’s versatility could make him an even greater asset for Barcelona than what he used to be.“I thought before I met Joshua that he wanted to be a defender,” said Xavi.“But he already told me that he has another big wish. Joshua can play perfectly in midfield as a number six.“Definitely [he can be the next Xavi]. He can make the difference.“He can be one of the best players in world football in several positions, maybe he already is.“That distinguishes him from me: I could play in one position, he is versatile.”
Anyone remember Johnny Cash singing, “I’ve been everywhere, man”?I’ve been to: Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota,Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota,Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma,Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma …This story is about scams targeting Clark County residents — not music — but after 26 years, we at The Columbian could offer our own modest version of that great old song written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959:I’ve covered sweepstakes, bad checks, secret shoppers, death threats,Phishing, smishing, “Grandpa I been in a wreck,”IRS, FBI, PUD, U.S. grants,Nigerian, Canadian, Craigslist work-at-home tricks …One case came to light last week when Sgt. Troy Price, a Vancouver police detective, called The Columbian. He’s worked with the FBI on this area’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and now does recruiting and background checks on folks who want to get hired as officers.Price also worked with former VPD detective Ed Hewitt, whose passion about fighting scammers was contagious. The high-profile Hewitt loved to warn the community through public speaking and giving news interviews.‘89 and very sharp’Late last month, a Vancouver man named Gyle Halverson dropped by police headquarters near Officers Row to give them some mail that scammers sent him.“They didn’t realize they were coming up against a guy who was 89 and very sharp,” Price said. “He recognized the scam right away. He said he didn’t want anyone to be fooled by it.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The success of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base would not be possible without the contribution of the defense industry — including the small business community — and academic partners in western Ohio, AFRL Commander Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello said at the Dayton Development Coalition’s annual meeting earlier this week.“I don’t know if it’s in the water here, but there’s something special that you have here,” Masiello told attendees.AFRL outsources about 75 percent of its annual $4 billion budget to industry, universities and global allies, reported the Dayton Daily News. About half of AFRL’s 10,000 workers and five of its technology directorates are housed at the base located outside of Dayton.“Your DNA is all about innovation, which really helps our mission,” Masiello said.Of course, the link between the lab and its industry partners is not just a one-way street; the Dayton region has benefitted tremendously from the work at Wright-Patterson.AFRL and its partners generated $569 million in new capital investment last year in a 12-county region in western Ohio, according to the Dayton Development Coalition. That investment created 3,136 jobs and retained 11,131 existing jobs. New payroll reached $139 million.Coalition President and CEO Jeff Hoagland, meanwhile, warned the audience that the Dayton community shouldn’t get complacent about the oversized role Wright-Patterson plays in the region, according to the story.“Please do not forget the word BRAC,” he said. “I know people do not like that word. But it’s the truth,” said Hoagland, who predicted a new round would go ahead at some point.
Share your voice The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get a new superstar. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is joining the MCU’s Phase 4 slate of films, as revealed Saturday at the Marvel Studios San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel.Newcomer Simu Liu is set to star as Shang-Chi, and will be the first Asian lead in a Marvel movie to date. Awkwafina, who we seen most recently in The Farewell will also star alongside Tony Leung. Destin Daniel Cretton is set to direct. TV and Movies Shang-Chi will be the third film for Marvel’s fourth phase, coming right after Eternals, and will see Shang-Chi facing off against the Ten Rings organisation introduced in Iron Man. 3:04 Post a comment 0 Comic-Con Tags Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings coming 2021 and Tony Leung will be playing THE REAL MANDARIN! PLUS @awkwafina IS STARRING 💥❤️ #MarvelSDCC #SDCC2019— cait petrakovitz 🦹🏽♀️➡️#SDCC (@misscp) July 21, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Marvel The Avengers
Kolkata: A writ petition was filed at Calcutta High Court on Wednesday, pointing out the errors in the Bengali translation of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) question paper this year. Apala Debnath, a medical aspirant, had filed the petition, drawing the attention of the court to the ambiguity and mistakes that had occurred in the examination. It was mentioned in the petition that there were 180 mistakes out of 180 questions in the Bengali version of the NEET question paper. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe medical aspirants who appeared for the examination with Bengali as the medium were confused by the ambiguity, meaningless and incomplete Bengali translation. Most of these students became nervous and hence could not answer the questions which were known to them.It was not possible for the Bengali version students to finish all answers within 3 hours. The petitioner had also raised questions on the role of CBSE, which conducted the examination. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe petition also stated that the students of Bengal were compelled to appear for the examination with xerox copies of question paper and OMR answer sheet. Such incidents were reported on the day of examination as well. The petitioner pointed out that such activities were the result of absolute negligence on the part of CBSE.The petitioner moved to Calcutta High Court, seeking its intervention as neither the Centre nor the CBSE took any initiatives in this regard, particularly after Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to the Union Human Resources Development Ministry, calling for a re-examination.Following the incident, the city doctors had also written to the Chief Minister and Prime Minister, seeking their intervention.
Kolkata: A gang of miscreants looted Rs 12 lakh from a petrol pump manager at Hooghly’s Balagarh when he was going to a nearby branch of a nationlised bank to deposit the amount. The incident took place on broad day light on Moday. The victim manager, Bikash Das sustained bullet injuries when he refused to let go of the bag containing cash. He has been undergoing treatment at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. His condition is stated to be serious. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice said the victim was going to deposit the amount in the bank at around 10.30 am when motorcycle borne miscreants stopped his way near Balagarh.They asked him to hand over the bag. As he refused to do so, one of the miscreants took out a gun and shot at him. The accused snatched the bag from the victim and fledthe spot.According to police, the manager was riding his motorcycle when the incident took place. Das fell on the road after receiving bullet injuries on his left hand. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA local who came to his rescue was threatened with dire consequences.The miscreants fired in the air to terrorise locals while fleeing the spot.The locals later rescued the injured person and took him to hospital. As his health condition deteriorated, Das was shifted to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital on Monday afternoon. The incident triggered tension in Balagarh area. After being informed, police reached the spot and started a probe. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the miscreants followed the manager from the petrol pump itself. Locals said a similar incident had taken place in Balagarh two years ago. Raids are being conducted to nab the culprits.
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Fannie Mae Homebuyers HOUSING real estate Renters Secondary Market Securitization 2018-10-08 Radhika Ojha October 8, 2018 818 Views Share On Monday, Fannie Mae announced the appointment of Hugh R. Frater as its Interim CEO. Frater’s appointment will be effective on October 16, 2018, subject to final FHFA approval, Fannie Mae said in a statement. He will succeed Timothy J. Mayopoulos, who announced his intention to depart in July 2018 and will leave the company on October 15, 2018.“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are excited to have an executive with such broad experience and impressive track record as our new Interim CEO,” said Egbert L.J. Perry, Chairman of Fannie Mae’s Board of Directors. “Hugh has a deep understanding of the housing and the financial services industries, and his experience on our Board makes him an ideal choice to lead Fannie Mae as the Interim CEO.”According to Fannie Mae, Frater has served on its Board since 2016. He has held a number of executive and management roles throughout his career and currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of VEREIT, Inc. and as a director of ABR Reinsurance Capital Holdings Ltd. He previously led Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC (“Berkadia”), a national commercial real estate company providing comprehensive capital solutions and investment sales advisory and research services for multifamily and commercial properties.“I have great respect for Fannie Mae and the significant role it plays in our housing system,”Frater said. “I am humbled and excited to serve at an institution that has made tremendous strides in supporting its customers and making housing more affordable for millions of Americans while reducing risk to taxpayers. I look forward to working alongside the leadership team as we continue to look for new ways to serve our customers, implement our strategy and strengthen the company.”Commenting on Frater’s appointment, Mayopoulos said that Frater would be “an excellent complement to the strong management team at Fannie Mae.”“Hugh will serve as a terrific leader who will maintain our momentum and move the company forward as it addresses the needs of both today’s and tomorrow’s homebuyers and renters, while strengthening the housing finance system,” he said.Speaking about Mayopoulos’ term at Fannie Mae, Perry said, “Under Tim’s leadership, Fannie Mae helped stabilize the housing market, while strengthening the company’s business model, returning it to profitability, and positioning it well for the future. Tim has delivered for America’s housing market and for taxpayers. Our Board of Directors is deeply grateful for Tim’s years of dedication and stewardship, and his commitment to helping to make housing finance safer and better. We will miss his remarkable presence at the helm of the company, and wish him the very best as he enters the next phase of his professional career.” in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Mayopoulos: “Hugh Will Serve as a Terrific Leader”
Employment increased by 196,000 in March, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Summary.Weighing in on the report, Doug Duncan, Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, said, “The March jobs report suggests that the labor market remains solid overall.”“We expect the Fed to remain patient given a solid labor market and little evidence of upside inflation risks,” Duncan continued. “Meanwhile, employment in the residential construction sector expanded following a decline in February. This should allow builders to continue expanding supply at a gradual pace though labor shortages across the industry remain a concern. This report is directly in alignment with our economic and housing outlook for the year.”March’s 196,000 jobs added is a jump from February’s 20,000, though unemployment remained relatively the same, at 3.8 percent. Additionally, construction showed little change, up by around 16,000, though construction has increased by 246,000 over the past 12 months.realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale commented on the job growth, noting the increase in purchasing power for homebuyers.“March’s jobs report painted a much brighter picture than a month ago, as 196,000 jobs were added, compared to February’s bleak 20,000 jobs and both January and February early reports were revised higher–meaning there were more jobs added those months than we originally believed. Job growth is slower than the average month in 2018, but appropriate since unemployment is at long-time lows,” said Hale.Hale continued, “Unemployment continued to hover at a 19-year low, at 3.8 percent, just a touch higher than the 49-year low of 3.5 percent. The combination of earnings growth of 3.2 percent and low mortgage rates has boosted home buyers’ purchasing power in the face of rising home prices, but affordability remains a challenge, especially for entry-level buyers. Still, as buyers grapple with their budgets, job and earnings growth and lower mortgage rates suggest sufficient demand for sellers this spring.”Find the report here. April 5, 2019 900 Views Construction Employment Fannie Mae HOUSING mortgage Realtor.com 2019-04-05 Seth Welborn Employment Rises—Housing and Mortgage Experts React in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Share
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Review: In ‘Parabellum,’ John Wick is on the run again This image released by Lionsgate shows Keanu Reeves in a scene from “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.” (Niko Tavernise/Lionsgate via AP) by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2019 9:03 am PDT Movies can be blessedly simple. As the first “John Wick” showed, all you really need is a car, a gun, a dead dog and Keanu Reeves. Who needs “kiss kiss” when you’ve got plenty of “bang bang”?Alas, nothing in today’s movie-land stays minor-key. Chad Stahelski’s “John Wick” has quickly spouted into a three-and-counting series, the latest of which is “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum.” What was once a taut, minimalist action movie with an appeal predicated on low-expectations and leanness has grown into a franchise with a typically overcooked subtitle and de-rigueur world-building (the film’s press notes reference “the Wickian universe”).“Parabellum” finds Stahelski, Reeves’ former stunt double who has directed all three films, moving further beyond Wick’s hardboiled origins and into a more extravagant action thriller. In its ever-expanding fictional realm, “Parabellum” isn’t so dissimilar from a superhero movie, only one with way more blood, a much higher body count and, yes, righteously better action scenes.It starts right where we left off with Reeves’ uber-hitman. He’s on the run in New York having violated the fiercely enforced rules of the High Table, an international assassin’s guild that sets combat protocol for a vast criminal netherworld, including that no “business” should be conducted in the Continental, the Manhattan hotel presided over with panache by its manager, Winston (Ian McShane).Ruthless as the world of John Wick is, it’s a rigidly ordered one, full of slavish fidelity to a warrior code that’s part samurai, part magician. There’s a $14 million bounty on Wick’s head, just posted by the High Table, which has begun a soon-to-conclude countdown to make Wick “excommunicado.” For every other bounty hunter, it’s open-season on John Wick. And in these films, one lurks down every alley; the ratio of regular person to hitman is, like, 2 to 1.From the get-go, the visual landscape of “Parabellum” — a nighttime New York downpour with dashes of neon all around — is vivid, nearly turning Time’s Square into Hong Kong. With little time to go, Wick heads to where all hitmen go in times of need: the library. Beginning with the Rose Main Reading Room at the New York Public Library (where Wick, wielding a tome pulled from the stacks, fights a giant played by 76ers backup centre Boban Marjanovic), “Parabellum” excels in its New York locations. Cinematography Dan Laustsen (“The Shape of Water”) and production designer Kevin Kavanaugh (“The Dark Knight Rises”) are the movie’s most potent weapons.With pursuers all around, Wick stealthily seeks out old associates for help, including Anjelica Huston, as a kind of ballet-and-wrestling instructor, and Halle Berry, who has a fiefdom in Casablanca and a few lethal dogs that severely test the bounds of “good boy.” He appeals to them on the basis of old bonds that, he hopes, supersede the decrees of the High Table.Along with returning co-stars Laurence Fishburne, Lance Reddick and McShane, “Parabellum” is well-stocked in top-flight character actors. No movie that includes Fishburne bellowing “I am the Bowery!” isn’t without its acting pleasures — including Reeves, himself, who has found in Wick a comfortable match for his spare style and powerfully still physical presence. Also added to the mix here is Asia Kate Dillon (“Billions”), as the Adjudicator, sent to arbitrate violators of the High Table’s code.But most come to the “John Wick” films for the hyperkinetic videogame action sequences. With a seamless mix of CGI and stunt work, Stahelski fluidly choreographs ballets of bullets and endless violent encounters across a grim cityscape. In some sequences, the action is clever, stylish and syncopated with the camera in motion. There are sleek showdowns surrounded by reflective glass; inventive weapon selections, when assailants corner Wick in a corridor of antique knives; and chases on horse, under an elevated subway, and by motorcycle, in a blur across a bridge. In one moment, a tussle plunges underwater and the action takes on a slow-motion beauty.There is no doubt that these sequences are quite easily, in form and execution, a cut above what most any other action film is currently doing. But “Parabellum” often squanders its finesse by resorting, countless times, to execution-like killings. As the body count swells, the relentless sound of gun blasts, and the occasional knife stuck in a skull, begins to pulverize. Fans will surely eat it all up, but the “John Wick” films have nothing to say about gun violence despite its absurd abundance. As laudable as the filmmaking is here, it’s an abdication — and one that’s hard to fathom, given the parade of shootings today — that sullies the whole enterprise.You could say, well, it’s just a movie. That’s true. No one would confuse “the Wickian universe” for our own. But not because of all the gunplay. Because everyone plays by the rules.“John Wick 3,” a Lionsgate release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for pervasive strong violence, and some language. Running time: 131 minutes. Three stars out of four.MPAA definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Press
By Stelios OrphanidesDelinquent loans in the Cypriot banking system fell in November by €284.2m in a month and by almost ten times as much in a year to €21.1bn or to 43.7 per cent, the lowest in almost four years, central bank said.The drop in November was mainly on a €180.5m reduction of corporate non-performing loans to €9.4bn, which included a €39.5m reduction of those of small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to €8.4bn, the Central Bank of Cyprus said in a statement on its website on Thursday. Household non-performing loans fell by €107.8m to €11.2bn. Those of other financial corporations rose by €4.5m to €488.3m.Total outstanding loans also fell in November by €278.11m to €48.3m, the bank supervisor said. The amount of loans remaining unserviced for more than 90 days fell by €130.3m to €16.5bn.Total restructured facilities, which continue to be classified as non-performing for a minimum probation period of 12 months, fell in November by €57.5m to €12.2bn, the supervisor added. The amount of restructured facilities regularly serviced by borrowers fell by €60.7m to €8.6bn. As a result, the cure ratio of loan restructurings was 70.1 per cent.Lastly, the total amount of provisions for loan impairment in the banking system fell by €131.6m to €9.9bn, it said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo 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 Taboola