Visiting UN official pledges continued humanitarian support for Sri Lanka

21 January 2011Senior United Nations relief official Catherine Bragg today stressed the world body’s continued commitment to helping Sri Lanka tackle its growing humanitarian needs, as she wrapped up her three-day visit to the South Asian nation. “We need to continue our humanitarian work and are committed to remaining here and providing humanitarian assistance to all those in need, wherever they are,” said Ms. Bragg, who serves as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator.“It’s my observation that there are significant and immediate humanitarian needs resulting from the recent flooding in the east, as well as the ongoing needs in the former conflict areas of the north,” she stated.During her visit, the UN official travelled to the north, where she spoke with people who have recently returned home since being released from Government-run camps set up in 2009 at the end of the decades-long conflict between the Government and Tamil rebels.“Most of the returnees currently have limited access to basic services such as shelter, water and sanitation and health care. These communities remain extremely vulnerable and have critical humanitarian needs that we must address immediately.”In her meetings with government ministers, Ms. Bragg reaffirmed the commitment of the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to remaining in Sri Lanka to help the Government, especially in rebuilding the north. Ms. Bragg also visited the worst flood-affected areas in the east of the country and launched a flash appeal to raise $51 million in emergency funds for the one million people who are now in need of assistance. The flooding – which reached an almost 100 year high – has driven more than 360,000 people from their homes, killed 43 people, and totally destroyed some 6,000 homes. People are now returning to their homes, but 10,000 people still remain displaced in temporary relocation centres.Ms. Bragg had noted during her visit that the floods are “an enormous and tragic setback” for a community that is slowly rebuilding their lives following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and recovering from the decades-long conflict. read more

Toronto stock market up slightly after economic worries inflict sharp losses

The Toronto stock market was up slightly Monday with traders not inclined to do much after worries about the pace of economic growth erased all the TSX’s gains since the beginning of the year.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 17.75 points to 12,349.6 at mid-morning following five losing sessions. The index is down from where it ended 2012 at about 12,433.The Canadian dollar was down 0.23 of a cent to 98.13 cents US.U.S. markets were lower as traders looked ahead to quarterly earnings from resource giant Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) after the close. The release of Alcoa’s earnings is regarded as the start to the quarterly earnings season while the aluminum company itself is regarded as an important gauge of economic growth as its products are used in everything from appliances to vehicles to aircraft.Analysts expect Alcoa to post earnings of eight cents per share, two cents less than a year ago, reflecting aluminum prices that are at five month lows. Its shares inched up two cents to $8.26.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 58.59 points to 14,506.66, the Nasdaq composite index was 6.33 points lower at 3,197.53 and the S&P 500 index was down 3.91 points at 1,549.37.The TSX found relief from a 0.5 per cent rise in the telecom sector as BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) rose 33 cents to $46.53.Commodity prices were generally higher after losing ground last week.The gold sector was ahead 0.4 per cent after falling more than seven per cent last week amid lower prices for bullion and gold stocks under pressure because of rising costs. June bullion in New York slipped 20 cents to US$1,575.70 an ounce. Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM) was up 25 cents to C$38.95.The base metals component was down slightly while May copper gained two cents to US$3.37 a pound after miners in Chile, the world’s biggest producer, said they would announce a nationwide strike on Monday. Economic worries sent copper to eight month lows last week and the mining sector down almost three per cent. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gave back 23 cents to C$19.06.The energy sector was ahead 0.37 per cent while the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 42 cents to US$93.12 a barrel. Prices fell almost five per cent after data late last week showed that crude in storage in the U.S. was at its highest level since 1990 even though refiners had begun to ramp up gasoline production to get ready for the summer driving season. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) climbed seven cents to C$30.42.Consumer staples led decliners with food company Saputo (TSX:SAP) down 80 cents to $49.26.The Toronto stock market lost 3.25 per cent last week in the wake of purchasing managers data from China that missed expectations and disappointing reads on the American manufacturing and service sectors.The week was capped off by jobs data from Canada and the U.S. that widely missed expectations, raising doubts about the pace of economic growth and putting fresh pressure on resource stocks.New York markets on the other hand have managed to hold on to the strong gains netted so far this year amid a resurgent housing market and continued stimulus measures from the U.S. Federal Reserve.The Dow ended last week flat but is still up 11 per cent year to date.As well as a run of earnings this week, investors hope to get a better idea from the U.S. Federal Reserve about whether the central bank plans to withdraw some of its monetary stimulus. Minutes to the last policy meeting of the Fed are due to be published Wednesday.European markets advanced amid signs that Europe’s largest economy is stabilizing after a contraction in the fourth quarter. German industrial output rose 0.5 per cent in February from January, when it contracted 0.6 per cent. That reading was higher than the 0.3 per cent gain economists had expected.London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.35 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.13 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 advanced 0.27 per cent.Earlier in Asia, the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo shot up 2.8 per cent to close at 13,192.59, its highest close since August 2008.Elsewhere, South Korea’s Kospi lost 0.4 per cent to close at lowest level since November 2012 as tensions between the two Koreas remained elevated. North Korea has for weeks been threatening military or other action to punish South Korea and the U.S. for holding joint military drills.On the corporate front, General Electric Co. has agreed to buy the oilfield equipment maker Lufkin Industries Inc. for $3.1 billion, furthering an effort by GE to grow its oil and gas operations. The companies valued the deal at $3.3 billion, which includes $200 million in debt to be assumed by GE. GE shares were off three cents to US$22.89.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) and a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles have teamed up to buy the Blackspring Ridge wind generation project near Lethbridge, Alta., on a 50-50 basis from Greengate Power Corp. Financial details of the transactions weren’t disclosed in Monday’s announcement. When completed, the Blackspring project will have 166 turbines, making it the biggest wind power project in Western Canada. Enbridge shares edged up 31 cents to $45.61. read more

Aurora Cannabis buying greenhouse designer Larssen to push pot partnership plans

Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it intends to use its ownership of greenhouse design firm Larssen Ltd. to pressure other cannabis producers to enter partnerships that will further its aggressive growth plans.In a news release, the Alberta-based cannabis producer said Larssen is involved with more than 15 cannabis industry clients globally, including five Canadian licensed producers, but the Canadian deals will be reassessed once the buyout announced Thursday is completed.“We’re going to certainly encourage those to proceed but we’re going to require some level of partnership, whether that be an equity stake or a supply agreement or other things,” said Aurora  executive vice-president Cam Battley. “We’re open to various formulae.”Consolidation fever intensifies in Canada’s cannabis sectorAurora Cannabis’s battle for CanniMed turns hostileHe wouldn’t name the five companies but said they don’t include CanniMed Therapeutics Inc., against which it is pursuing an all-stock hostile takeover bid, or Newstrike Resources Ltd., a company CanniMed is attempting to buy.According to its website, cannabis producer The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. is working with Larssen to build a large greenhouse in Quebec. It did not immediately return a request for comment Thursday.Financial terms of the Larssen deal were not disclosed, but Aurora said they include performance-based milestone payments.Larssen, which has offices in Denmark and Burlington, Ont., is designing, engineering and overseeing construction of the half-built Aurora Sky cannabis greenhouse near the Edmonton International Airport, a facility it says will have capacity to produce 100,000 kilograms of cannabis per year.“It’s like nothing the world has yet seen in cannabis production,” said Battley.He said the facility will be a closed system hybrid greenhouse capable of precise control of light, heat, humidity and nutrients to produce “ultra low cost” cannabis. To ensure no contaminants enter the system, the air system is designed to be overpressured and overhead robotic cranes will help to replace humans in the growing areas.Thomas Larssen, principal owner of Larssen Ltd., is to head up a new subsidiary called Aurora Larssen Projects Ltd.“Joining the company will allow us to leverage the incredible brand recognition Aurora enjoys, both within and outside of the cannabis sector,” he said in a statement.“I believe that the resources, infrastructure and strategic support available at Aurora will help establish ALPS as the world’s leading horticultural engineering venture.”Aurora said Larssen is on pace to generate about $6 million in revenues in the next 12 months.Aurora shares gained 33 cents or 5.14 per cent to trade at $6.75 at noon ET. read more

Woman sentenced for crosscountry crime spree

SIMCOE A 25-year-old woman who took part in a cross-country crime spree with her boyfriend that ended in Simcoe last year has been sentenced to jail.For sentencing In Ontario Court last month, Justice Gethin Edward divided Elizabeth Marie Tait’s crimes into three segments, dealing with those from Northern Ontario, the Norfolk County area and the offences involving an accident last March 15 in Simcoe that led to her arrest.Tait pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and stolen items that included a licence plate, identification documents, a computer, a camping trailer and mail. She also pleaded guilty to being in a vehicle with a prohibited weapon after her boyfriend, Steven Cameron Sears, took responsibility for having firearms in the vehicle.Regarding the accident, Tait pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and breaching her recognizance.Edward sentenced Tait to almost 13 months of time already served plus another six months in jail.Tait moved to Airdrie, Alta., where she met Sears, who was born in Nova Scotia, and they both became addicted to crystal methamphetamine.“There’s something about the west that has attracted people for years,” said the judge. “Unfortunately, Elizabeth Tait went out west and it led to a crime spree with Mr. Sears.”Tait expressed her longing to return to her Norfolk home and Cameron – despite a lack of money and being on probation to remain under curfew in Airdrie – promised to help get her there.Last year, the two stole an Audi Q5 in Alberta, a Kia Sorento in Cochrane, Ont., and two fully-loaded Ford F250 pickup trucks at other spots along the way. They broke a coin machine at a car wash near Hearst, Ont., and, in Temiskaming, Ont., broke into a garage and took helmets, a motocross bike and fuel.Once in Norfolk, the couple moved into the Windham Road home of Tait’s unsuspecting mother and stepfather and continued committing crimes to pay for their drug habits.The spree came to an end on March 15 when a tip led the Norfolk OPP to the Windham Road home, where they saw a stolen Ford F250 leaving the driveway.Tait, alone in the truck, sped away when the officers tried to stop the vehicle. She caused a serious accident with a van on Queensway West in Simcoe.The woman ran from the accident scene, jumping fences, ditching her purse in a garbage can and racing through yards. She was finally arrested at Queensway business.Sears was arrested shortly thereafter.Police found numerous stolen items at the Windham Road home that were turned over by Tait’s parents, including five stolen guns, two of which had been taken, along with a computer, from the Two Hills RCMP detachment in Alberta.Sears pleaded guilty to 24 charges. Last November, he was sentenced to three years in prison plus a year of time already served. Sears begged the judge to allow him visits from Tait once she has served her sentence because they love each other.He still faces outstanding charges in Alberta and British Columbia, including ones for sexual assault and sexual interference.Tait’s also faces a two-year probation, during which she is to get help for substance abuse, is not allowed to drive and must have no contact with Sears.“The expectation of the court is that you begin to work on the things you need to work on and return to be a productive member of society,” Edward told TaitSGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

Annan expresses sympathy for Hurricane Katrina victims

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General said he is deeply saddened by the loss of life and large-scale destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina along the US Gulf Coast. He also extended condolences to all the victims and their families, it added. “I hope, in the coming weeks, all will be done to provide support for those who need it,” Mr. Annan said later at a press briefing. “There has to be effective coordination in these efforts. And I think efforts are being made to ensure that assets are in place and effective coordination is organized because without that, it is going to be very, very difficult to get urgent help to all those who need it, and to help them rebuild,” he said in response to a question.Earlier this week Sálvano Briceño, Director of the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), called for more systematic prevention and mitigation measures, noting that the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina and recent deadly floods in Central Europe and Switzerland prove that anyone can be affected, any day, anywhere by natural disaster.He also said that recent weather-rated catastrophes provide an opportune moment for the media to pass the message that it is important for all to be prepared in the future. read more

West Indies bowlers strike after DowrichHolder stand

File photo: Jason Holder (on the right with the bat in his hand)BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder both scored centuries before the West Indies bowlers struck four times to strengthen their grip on the second Test against Zimbabwe on Wednesday.After Dowrich and Holder shared a record 212-run stand for the eighth wicket to carry the West Indies to a first-innings total of 448 all out on the fourth morning, fast bowler Kemar Roach picked up two wickets before lunch.Pacer Shannon Gabriel and legspinner Devendra Bishoo followed up with a wicket apiece in the second session before Peter Moor and Sikandar Raza steadied the innings to take Zimbabwe to tea on 66 for four, still trailing the West Indies by 56 runs.Zimbabwe’s chances of ending an 11-match losing streak in Tests had looked good when Raza’s maiden five-wicket haul reduced West Indies to 230 for seven on the third afternoon at Queens Sports Club.But Dowrich and Holder constructed the West Indies’ highest eighth-wicket partnership in history, guiding the visitors to stumps on 374 for seven before continuing their assault on Wednesday morning.Holder enjoyed some fortune on 78 when he was dropped by wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva off the bowling of Graeme Cremer, and made the most of it as he went on to score 110.Dowrich brought up his maiden Test hundred with a towering six off Cremer, but the partnership was finally ended in the following over when the wicketkeeper-batsman was trapped lbw for 103 by Tendai Chisoro.Having gained his maiden Test wicket, Chisoro went on to bowl Holder in his next over before wrapping up the innings when he trapped Roach lbw.The left-arm spinner thus finished with figures of 3 for 113, while Raza ended with 5 for 99.Needing to bat big in their second innings if they wanted to win the match and earn a share of the two-match series, Zimbabwe made a horrific start when Roach dismissed the two openers in consecutive overs.Craig Ervine and Brendan Taylor attempted to resurrect the innings after lunch with a patient stand, but Taylor was trapped lbw by Gabriel before Ervine was bowled by Bishoo for 22. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWI v Zimbabwe: Hope, Chase, Brathwaite tune up with fiftiesOctober 16, 2017In “Sports”WI v Zimbabwe: Cremer, Chakabva keep hopes of draw aliveNovember 2, 2017In “Sports”Update: Kemar Roach claims five wickets as West Indies pace attack devastates EnglandJanuary 24, 2019In “latest news” read more

Western Areas options acquisition of Bioheap leaching technology for Forrestania

first_imgWestern Areas has executed a Heads of Agreement to acquire the BioHeap sulphide leaching technology from Pacific Ore. The agreement provides Western Areas with an option period of up to six months to conduct due diligence on the BioHeap process, assess the global patents and licences and conduct test work on a range of low grade sulphide ores from the Forrestania nickel project in Western Australia. BioHeap is a bacterial heap leaching technology developed to leach low grade sulphide ores to produce intermediate products which can be sold directly to nickel refineries. A large amount of test work has been carried out on a range of nickel and copper deposits around the world and the technology has been successfully applied at the Radio Hill nickel mine.Western Areas will pay Pacific Ore A$100,000 per month during the option period and can elect to acquire the asset at any time after three months by committing to pay a 2% net refinery royalty on any future commercial application of the technology. Western Areas can buy back the royalty interest from Pacific Ore at any time in the future on payment of A$5 million. The agreement is subject to approval by Pacific Ore shareholders.In addition to high grade ores planned to be mined at Forrestania and treated through the Cosmic Boy nickel concentrator, there are about 128,600 t of nickel in low grade mineral resources. These are located above Flying Fox, Lounge Lizard, Diggers South, and New Morning deposits and at Purple Haze and Beautiful Sunday. There are also wide zones up to 1% Ni at shallow depth at Liquid Acrobat prospect.Western Areas Managing Director, Julian Hanna said, “BioHeap offers potential to unlock significant value from the large volume of lower grade mineralisation already outlined adjacent to our existing and planned mines at Forrestania, at relatively low cost. BioHeap also provides an opportunity to increase production above currently announced targets of between 20,000 t nickel in calendar year 2010 and 35,000 t nickel in 2012. These targets are based only on ore which is planned to be treated through the Cosmic Boy nickel concentrator.”“If we proceed with the acquisition, we will be bringing to the company a valuable asset which has been developed over many years to the stage of potential commercial production,” Hanna added. “The intention is to use the existing, highly skilled BioHeap staff to conduct the test work so this does not detract in any way from our current operations at Forrestania.” www.westernareas.com.aulast_img read more

Majda Mehmedovic to miss WCh 2017

The first choice of Montenegro on left wing position, Majda Mehmedovic won’t be able to help her compatriots in the battles at World Championship 2017 in Germany.The member of Romanian CSM Bucharest has problem with arm and need to rest during winter break in order to finish season in her club.“Unfortunately, I have to rest, and if things doesn’t go better, consider an option of surgery at the end of season”, said Mehmedovic to Montenegrian newspaper Pobjeda.Montenegro will play in Group C with Japan, Brazil, Tunisia, Russia and Denmark. Majda Mehmedović ← Previous Story Duenas takes Brazilian girls to WCh 2017 Next Story → PORTUGAL: Four teams on four points read more

Apple iCloud service to have 25 annual subscription fee

first_imgA late-day rumor mill has sprung with news of Apple signing its last of four deals with major music labels. Universal Music has joined Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and EMI Music as the last major label needed to launch Apple’s iCloud service. Agreements from publishers are said to come on Friday, according to the LA Times blog.The LA Times blog also claims that “sources familiar with the negotiations” say that Apple will charge a $25 annual subscription fee, though we have yet to hear any confirmation from Apple. iCloud is said to be free, initially, for customers who purchase music from the iTunes Store but a payment will be required later on. For that money users will be able to upload their tunes to Apple’s servers and will then be able to play them from any Apple device connected to the Internet or from the web.AdChoices广告Apple will be sharing its revenue with both music publishers and the record labels. The article notes that Apple will keep 58 percent for itself and give the labels 30 percent, whereas CNET says Apple will take 30 percent and give the labels 58 percent. The sources agree that the publishers will receive the other 12 percent.We won’t know for sure who’s making what until things become official next week at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference. The keynote is Monday, June 6, which is when Steven Jobs is expected to give us the whole rundown, or at least the high-level information after which the details will quickly be revealed.Read more at the LA Times Bloglast_img read more

Publishers PressPublishers Printing Compnay LabelPak Division Receives Flexographic Technical Associations Gold Award

first_imgPublishers Press/Publishers Printing Company Label-Pak Division has been awarded the Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) Gold Award, as well as the Best of Show Award for Narrow Web Publication for Alpinist Magazine’s “Autumn 2010” cover.The Label-Pak Division was awarded one of six Best of Show Awards given annually. Over 900 submissions were entered for consideration.Other Narrow Web Gold Publication winners include MPI Label Systems’ Bushdoctor Microbe Brew (label) and Labeltronix’s NLN Chocolate Banana Lean Pro Matrix and Eagle Castle 2009 Chardonnay (both labels).The 145-year-old Publishers Press/Publishers Printing Company is based in Louisville, Kentucky. The company currently offers magazine, catalogue and full service commercial printing, distribution, email marketing and label printing.last_img read more

Video Artifacts unearthed during TAPS construction remain relevant

first_imgUnderneath the Museum of the North in Fairbanks are rows upon rows of artifacts from across the state. One group of items, unearthed during the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, still have a role to play in Alaska’s modern development process. Scott Shirar, Archeology Collection Manager, offers a behind the scenes look at the artifacts, while Assistant Field Manager Bill Hedman (Bureau of Land Management) discusses the challenge of organizing data that is over 40 years old.Video: Eric KetoMusic: Garrett BevinsAdditional Footage: Alaska Film Archives, USGSListen Nowlast_img read more

Security tightened in Taj city ahead of Independence Day

first_imgAgra, Aug 8 (IANS) District authorities have made elaborate security arrangements at the historical monuments and several hot spots in the city, ahead of Independence Day, August 15. So far, there has been no effort to instigate or mobilise support against the Union government’s decision to restructure Jammu and Kashmir but intelligence inputs have alerted the CISF, which looks after internal security in the Taj Mahal and other monuments in Agra. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us District Magistrate N.G. Ravi Kumar said appropriate steps have been taken to tighten security within the city, including regular patrolling by the police. The tourist season is about to start in a few weeks. The local hoteliers expect a big rush this year. The Taj Mahal is visited by 25,000-30,000 tourists everyday. On public holidays the number goes upto 50,000. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us Additional police forces are being deployed at the Taj Mahal to ensure smooth movement of tourists. A number of CCTV cameras have been installed to keep a watch on people. Authorities said special orders have been given to ensure safety and security of Kashmiri students in Agra. Meanwhile, the Agra Municipal Corporation has begun testing its central monitoring command system. A control room with 30 computers and dozens of CCTV cameras at vantage points in the city will keep a continuous vigil and monitor mobility within the city. This is a unique experiment that authorities are hoping will bring about drastic changes in the civic life of Agra.last_img read more

Rupee Tumbles Short of Psychological 55 at Record Low of 5499 to

first_imgIndian currency took another beating on Monday, sinking to a record low of 54.99 against the US dollar in the late afternoon trade session. The rupee stood at 54.96/97 to the dollar at 4:26 p.m. (1056 GMT), and had earlier plunged to the key psychological level of 55 to the dollar, Reuters said. High dollar demand, negative global cues and heavy foreign fund outflow were amongst the factors for further weakening of the Indian currency.The fall to 54.99 is the rupee’s fourth consecutive low recorded, and is a drop of over one percent from 54.42/44 close on Friday.There has been no intervention from the Reserve Bank of India in the recent session, traders said according to the news service. Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said that the government is keeping a close watch on the depreciating value of the currency and that the government “is not sitting idle”, reports said. Meanwhile, the BSE bench mark reached 16183.26, up 30.51 points, while the Nifty benchmark gained 14.60 points to 4,906.05.last_img read more

SelfDriving Boat Can Self Assemble Into Larger Floating Structures

first_img ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. “In Amsterdam, canals were once used for transportation and other things the roads are now used for. Roads near canals are now very congested — and have noise and pollution — so the city wants to add more functionality back to the canals,” explained Luis Mateos, a researcher at MIT’s Senseable City Lab. “Self-driving technologies can save time, costs and energy, and improve the city moving forward.”Autonomous Robotic Boats That Connect To Each OtherEach roboat has a ball-and-socket latching mechanism at its front, back, and sides. The socket has a wide funnel that guides the ball into a receptor, a laser beam that detects the ball, and a mechanism with three arms that captures the ball. The roboats are also equipped with their own cameras and a LIDAR system that enables it to autonomously navigate the canals. The docking station, meanwhile, uses a sheet of paper that has an augmented reality tag called AprilTag. This enables the roboats to detect and compute their position then reorient themselves if needed. The researchers already tested the latching mechanism in a swimming pool at MIT and at the Charles River. They reported that the roboats were able to connect within 10 seconds starting from around 1 meter away. The roboats also experienced a few failed attempts, but latched on successfully later on. “The new latching mechanism is very important for creating pop-up structures,” explained Daniela Rus, director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory or SAIL. “Roboat does not need latching for autonomous transporation on water, but you need the latching to create any structure, whether it’s mobile or fixed.”Roboats In AmsterdamThe researchers envision the roboats to one day be deployed and act as mini-barges that collect garbage across the city overnight. They can latch on to platforms holding trash containers and then deliver them to collection facilities. In the long-term, a fleet of roboats could join up and create larger urban infrastructure, including stages for concerts and outdoor markets, as needed. The researchers are already on the process of designing new roboats that are roughly four times bigger than the current iterations. TAG Self-Driving, Autonomous, roboats, MIT All Ads by Amazon AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Ads by Amazon Search DEAL OF THE DAY Close Researchers at MIT have created a prototype of an autonomous robotic boats that can target and connect to each other, like Voltron.At the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the team presented a paper describing the technology they called “roboats.” It uses control algorithms that guides a roboat toward the target and automatically connect to a latching mechanism with precision. If the roboat notices missed connectiion, it can back up and try again.Roboat is the product of the collaboration between MIT and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolita Solutions of AMS Institute. The goal is to create a fleet of autonomous robotic boats that will one day cruise the many canals in the city of Amsterdam. Bestseller ENDS IN last_img read more

8 Pitfalls to the FHFAs URLA Changes

first_img Several trade groups and organizations focused on the banking and mortgage industries recently wrote a letter to  Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt, concerning a potential last-minute addition to the new Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA).The groups, including the American Bankers Association, Consumer Bankers Association, Consumer Mortgage Coalition, Credit Union National Association, Housing Policy Council, Independent Community Bankers of America, Mortgage Bankers Association, and National Association of Federal Credit Unions, noted their concerns over a particular part of the application that asks borrowers to indicate their language preference. The groups pointed out that the inclusion of the question raises serious compliance and legal concerns.The new changes to the URLA form are expected to go into effect later this month.”While we support a range of efforts to ensure that borrowers are well informed during the mortgage process, the inclusion of such a question on the redesigned form raises several serious compliance and legal concerns that strongly weigh against including it on the form or, at the very least, warrant a full vetting through a notice and comment process before its inclusion,” the letter said.According to the banking groups, a question on language preference on the URLA would come with eight consequences:Require lenders to ask borrowers sensitive questions before the interactions and implications of other rules are understood and addressed.Create expectations among consumers that can’t be met.Provide an inferior means of obtaining and analyzing data.Detract from other more promising avenues.Potentially expose lenders to liability.Open both lenders and borrowers to considerable origination costs.Open servicers to new obligations and increase borrowers’ servicing costs.Require translation services without accompanying government or GSE materials.”At this point, the inclusion of the subject question would only create confusion, uncertainty and potential liability. Given the implications across federal agencies, we urge the FHFA to abandon this proposal or, at the very least, seek broader interagency and stakeholder input before proceeding further with this addition to the URLA,” the group wrote in the letter.Click here to view a copy of the letter. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Origination June 13, 2016 698 Views 8 Pitfalls to the FHFA’s URLA Changescenter_img Share Banking Trade Groups FHFA Uniform Residential Loan Application 2016-06-13 Staff Writerlast_img read more

Parliament delegation heads to Iran for APA meeting

first_imgA delegation of the Parliament will travel to Isfahan, Iran, on Monday, to participate in the meeting of the Standing Committee on Political Affairs, of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly from 25 until 28 June.The agenda of the meeting includes issues related to good governance, good parliamentary practices, rule of law and judicial empowerment and cooperation between Asian parliaments and governments for prosperity, a press release of the Parliament said on Sunday.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Bad debts will fall to single digits finance minister predicts

first_imgThe government aims to reduce bad debts to single digits, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Wednesday, as the cabinet approved the strategic fiscal policy framework for the next three years.Speaking after the cabinet meeting, Georgiades said he had presented the framework for 2020 to 2022, which is based on three key objectives.The ministry has also set a spending ceiling for next year at €6.55bn on which next year’s budget will be based. Next year’s budget will also generate a surplus, expected to be around 2.5 per cent of GDP.Georgiades said the ministry’s aim in the next 12 months was to reduce non-performing loans (NPLs) to single digits.At their peak, NPLs reached some €29bn and have since dropped to around €10bn, or 30.3 per cent.A number of NPLs will be dealt with by Estia, a government debt relief scheme for vulnerable homeowners.Cyprus has recorded 3.5 per cent growth in the first quarter of the year, higher than the eurozone average, and confirmation that the economy remained on a course of robust and stable growth, the minister said.“We must not forget where we started from and where we are today,” Georgiades said, adding that growth was expected to continue at the same rate throughout the year.“To us, growth is the main pursuit of economic policy, the government’s policy, and I want to repeat our commitment to policies, moves, that will maintain this growth course, that will ensure continuance and stability.”Georgiades said another key objective was to achieve full employment conditions by 2020. Unemployment peaked at 17 per cent between 2013 and 2014, and currently stood at 7 per cent.He also said he expected the public debt to fall under 100 per cent inside the year and under 90 per cent in 2020.Georgiades, who has announced he was leaving office by the end of the year, said he wanted to prepare the 2020 budget before his departure.“At any moment after the cabinet’s approval of the budget … my mission could be considered complete,” he said.Georgiades, who was lauded for successfully taking the island through its bailout programme, has been heavily criticised for his handling of the co-op bank, which buckled under the weight of some €7bn in NPLs and was sold to Hellenic.A subsequent probe into its demise held Georgiades mainly responsible but he has resisted calls to resign with the backing of the president. He eventually announced his departure by the end of the year but said it has nothing to do with the co-op findings. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?UndoTales from the Coffeeshop: Lies, lies and holy revelationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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