Alaska Airlines flights back in the air after power outage

first_imgSEATTLE — Alaska Airlines flights are back in the air after a nationwide ground stop that was apparently caused by a power outage.The airline says all its flights were grounded between about 4:20 a.m. and 5:15 a.m. after a power outage in the Seattle area, where the airline’s operations are based.Airline spokeswoman Oriana Branon says the power went out around 3:30 a.m. and came back on about an hour and a half later.She says 27 flights were delayed and five were cancelled.She says inconvenienced customers are being offered compensation on a case by case basis.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Udayanga insists property in Sri Lanka legally purchased

In a media statement today, Weeratunga said the property had been purchased using funds he had collected legally and saved in bank accounts in Sri Lanka. He said that in 2015 the Central Bank had frozen his accounts in Sri Lanka without any valid reasons or prior notification. A warrant was issued on Udayanga Weeratunga last year over ongoing investigations into the controversial MiG deal.Udayanga Weeratunga claims he is in Ukraine and has refused to support any investigations against him. Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga insists property owned by him in Sri Lanka had been legally purchased.The Fort Magistrate had yesterday issued an order against the sale or transfer of any land belonging to Weeratunga. He says the Government is using him now to win votes at the Local Government elections. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Serge Ibaka Points Out Bias Against African Players In

Serge Ibaka has been dealing with questions about his age for his entire career. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)Toronto Raptors power forward Serge Ibaka doesn’t seem happy about the rumors that he’s older than 27 and wants the media to take responsibility for spreading them.“I am very disappointed with the small part of society that spreads rumors and creates news based on stereotypes and without any proof,” Ibaka, who recently re-signed to a 3-year deal with the Raptors, wrote in a Friday, July 1 memo seeming to respond to the claims. “I’m sad that to this day there are still prejudices based on your origin and, as Africans, sometimes we need to take a stand. … I know we live in a fast news world, where rumors and scoops rule, but I think media should take their responsibility seriously when talking about important matters that can hurt people. I know who I am and [where] I come from, and so do the people that really know me.”— Serge Ibaka (@sergeibaka_7) July 1, 2017Rumors about Ibaka’s age, which have followed him throughout his career, surfaced again when ESPN writer Zach Lowe appeared on the podcast “The Full 48” last week.“Look, as uncomfortable as it is to say that, the league, not the league office, teams believe that [Ibaka] is older than his listed age,” Lowe said Tuesday, June 27. “So whether he is or not, or what are the ethical issues of saying that, I don’t know. But it affects the free-agency market for him.”The Congolese-Spanish star isn’t the only one who has dealt with this, as rumors have plagued other African athletes, too. Local bloggers claimed Nigerian former soccer player Taribo West, who is 43, is in his late 50s, according to The Guardian, and Jay-Jay Okocha, who is also Nigerian and a former soccer player, was supposedly a decade older than 43. read more

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Womens lacrosse continues to ALC Tournament semifinals with win against Vanderbilt

Like the strings of a guitar, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team was plucked and pulled, but would not snap as it held off host Vanderbilt, 14-13, in the quarterfinals of the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. It is the Buckeyes’ first conference tournament win in the five-year history of the tournament, and their second one-goal victory against the Commodores this season. OSU defeated Vanderbilt, 17-16, in their April 10 regular-season matchup in Columbus. Senior attacker Brittney Zerhusen led the Buckeyes with seven points, netting five goals and assisting on two others. Annie Carruthers refused to relinquish the lead, as the senior goalie recorded 15 saves, including a clutch stop on a shot from Vanderbilt junior Courtney Kirk with 16 seconds remaining in the contest. Carruthers said the defensive plan set out during a timeout shortly before that play worked perfectly as the Buckeye defense forced Kirk to take a tough shot. “I had a good idea of where she was going to shoot,” Carruthers said. OSU coach Alexis Venechanos commended Carruthers’ play. “Annie came up huge this game,” Venechanos said. “She is definitely a leader for this team.” OSU led, 9-4, at halftime, but a 5-0 Commodores run tied the score just minutes into the second half. The Buckeyes regained the lead shortly thereafter, never allowing Vanderbilt to level the score for the remainder of the game. “I was very proud the way we were able to close the game out,” Venchanos said. “It showed a lot of character.” The fourth-seeded Buckeyes will play top-seeded Florida in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday. The Gators are ranked fourth in the latest Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll, while the Buckeyes are ranked 18th. Florida topped OSU, 10-8, when the teams met for their regular-season contest in Gainesville, Fla., on March 26. During that game, the Buckeyes trailed, 7-0, before fighting back to lose by just two goals. Venechanos said the team adjusted and handled Florida’s speed well during its comeback attempt in that game and that it is better prepared to face the Gators this time around. “We’re excited to move on, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to play a great Florida team,” she said. Carruthers said the previous game with the Gators sparked a “passion” in the team and that it is looking forward to the rematch. “We definitely had a chance in that (March 26) game,” she said. “From that point on we have been wanting to play them again.” In the other half of the ALC Tournament bracket, third-seeded Penn State knocked off fifth seed Johns Hopkins. The Nittany Lions will square off against second-seeded Northwestern in the semifinals Friday. read more

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TT trade union calls on govt to rescind decision to shut

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPETROTRIN confirms all workers will be sent home from state-owned refinerySeptember 18, 2018In “Regional”T&T: Billion-dollar payout for Petrotrin refinery workersAugust 31, 2018In “latest news”Fmr T&T PM touts refining Guyana’s oil to save Petrotrin, jobsSeptember 3, 2018In “Business” PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Federation of Independent Trade Unions and Non-Governmental Organisations (FITUN) Wednesday demanded that the Trinidad and Tobago government rescind a decision to shut down the refinery at the state-owned oil company, PETROTRIN.“FITUN, demands that the Prime Minister and his government immediately rescind their ill-advised and hastily taken decision to shut down the oil refinery at PETROTRIN. From all reports emanating so far, it is clear that the government has abandoned their publicly stated position of consultation and engagement with the recognised majority union at PETROTRIN, the OWTU (Oilfield Workers trade Union) and has engaged in “One Manism and Governance by Arrogance,” FITUN said in a statement.PETROTRIN, Tuesday defended the decision to end the company’s oil-refining operations, saying that it is undertaking a restructuring exercise aimed at curtailing the billions of dollars (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) in losses.PETROTRIN chairman, Wilfred Espinet, in a statement following a meeting with the OWTU, said the company was now redesigning entirely its exploration and production business.“The restructuring exercise is geared to curtail losses at the state owned oil company and get it on a path to sustainable profitability. Approximately 2,600 permanent jobs will be affected – the redesigned exploration and production business will have approximately 800 workers and all 1,700 jobs in refining will be terminated,” he said.Espinet said that PETROTRIN is committed to cushioning the effects of any fallout that occurs from the planned changes and that Tuesday’s announcement follows months of careful review and analysis by the board of directors, appointed last September to identify the problems at company and take the steps necessary to make it self-sustainable and profitable.“PETROTRIN has lost a total of about TT$8 billion in the last five years; is TT$12 billion in debt; and owes the government of Trinidad and Tobago more than three billion (TT) in taxes and royalties,’ Espinet said, adding that the company currently requires a cash injection of TT$25 billion to stay alive “ to refresh its infrastructure, and to repay its debt and even with that, if left as is, it is projected to continue losing about TT$2 billion a year”.But in its statement, FITUN said the decision to shut down the refinery “is not backed by any sound and cogent financial, economical and social analysis and arguments.“How can a government in a sovereign nation that is on the eve of celebrating 56 years as an Independent nation, take such an unpatriotic decision based on the advice of a foreign consultancy firm. This seems to have placed us right back to the days when our energy sector was in the hands of the colonial masters,” said FITUN.The umbrella trade union organisation said that it is urging the country to “step back and take note of some of the reasons for the current state of PETROTRIN,” adding it recalls the union raising concerns with respect to several financial issues by previous governments.“FITUN would like to reiterate that we duly believe that the OWTU has proffered very reliable and meaningful recommendations on the restructuring of PETROTRIN, which would have seen the maintenance of the refinery operations in a restructured and reengineered company, which would have been viable and sustainable.”The union grouping is calling on Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to instruct the company’s board of directors to “put an immediate hold on this ill-timed and ill-advised decision and follow the principles of good and proper industrial relations practices and engage the OWTU in meaningful discussions aimed at resolving this very critical socio-economic issue.”It warned that the fallout from the decision to close down the refinery coupled with other similar actions in the private and public sectors “can only add fuel to the already toxic and rampant social decay and the attendant rampant crime situation.“A word to the wise is sufficient,” it added.Meanwhile, the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) is due to meet later on Wednesday to discuss the closure of the refinery. read more

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Bridgestone Americas unveiled various mining solutions at MINExpo

first_imgBridgestone Commercial Solutions (BCS), a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, now offers a suite of products and services designed to increase a mine’s productivity, and reduce costs with a constant regard to safety. Bridgestone Mining Solutions (BMS) combines tyre sales and repair with tyre management and retreading to address every phase of a mine’s tyre-related needs. “In talking to our mining customers, they told us what they need most is support in keeping their people and their work environment safe, help with increasing productivity, and assistance in driving costs out of their operations,” said Kurt Danielson, President, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions. “Although tyres are our main product, we realise that service is key to increasing our customers’ uptime. BMS is a response to what our customers wanted and needed: a total solution that speaks to each phase of tire life, helping them save money and increase productivity.”Bridgestone Mining Solutions include:Offering tyres with proven performance using the latest technologyConsultation and support-offering a range of services in North America, assisting with everything from strategic planning to technical supportRepairs-seven repair centres are located throughout North AmericaRims & Wheels-offering a number of rims and wheels, in addition to the line of underground mining wheelsTyre Management- Tracking tyres, rims, retreads, repairs – its whole suite of solutions – to provide best-in-class reportingRetreading & Sustainability- Environmental responsibility is a fundamental part of our business model. It offers retreading as a recycling solution and hopes to announce further innovations in the near futureB-TAG- the newest solution- a tyre temperature and pressure monitoring system that helps automate a mine’s tyre maintenance practices.Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations also announced during a press conference at MINExpo in Las Vegas that it will make an additional investment of $27.3 million for a second expansion project at its Bloomington, Illinois off-the-road (OTR) tyre plant.Most of the investment will go toward new machinery for the production of giant loader tires (GLT). The Bloomington plant currently specialises in GLT bias production, making it the ideal location to increase production of these tires. The expansion will create approximately 47 new jobs.“The strong demand for giant loader tyres is currently exceeding supply,” said Ken Weaver, President, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales Division, Bridgestone Americas. “This additional expansion will better position us to respond to the continued market demand we expect to see, and to meet global growth in the mining sector.”This announcement follows news in April of a $19.5 million investment in the plant to increase production of tyres used in heavy industry. Most of that investment will also go toward new machinery, is expected to be completed in mid-2013, and will result in at least 40 new jobs.“Both of these announcements help further establish our commitment to this industry and serving the needs of our customers,” said Kurt Danielson, President, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions. “We want to confirm our position as a leader in this market, and these expansions are just one step in that process.”The Bridgestone Americas plant in Bloomington, which has been operated by the company since 1994, produces off-the-road tyres.last_img read more

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TMobile aims to redefine its broken stupid industry with Uncarrier 20

first_img“We are going to redefine a stupid, broken, arrogant industry.”Apparently the big waves that T-Mobile made earlier this year with their contract-free plans weren’t quite UnCarrier enough, so CEO John Legere took to the stage today to announce some new changes to their plans. According to Legere, their whole philosophy right now is to just do what the customers want, and making changes based on user feedback. According to Legere, the initial changes have seen great results from the no contract plans and the bring your own device plans. Their next wave of changes are here, branded as UnCarrier 2.0.The big news for smartphones is JUMP, a lease-like service that allows users to pay a monthly fee to trade up to a new phone twice every 12 months after they have been in the program for 6 months. You pay $10 per month on top of the price for the phone as though you were paying for it through the Equipment Installment Program (EIP). This means you pay the $100 up front for the iPhone 5, for example, and the EIP monthly rate until you trade up for a new phone. If you decide to upgrade then you trade in your old phone when you get the new one, but as long as you are a T-Mobile customer you’ll have access to this service.T-Mobile is also launching a new family plans with no credit checks. Users can now get four Simple Choice Plan lines with unlimited talk, text and 500MB of data for $100 per month. This is a huge deal for users that are routinely slammed with multiple $200 deposits on family plans, and will be available starting July 14.CTO Neville Ray took to the stage as well to announce LTE for 157 million people in 116 metropolitan areas, blowing past their initial goal of reaching 100 million people by the middle of this year. These networks include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, and Miami to name a few, and are available starting today. The stopped to make sure that everyone knew that the company has blown past Sprint for total LTE in the US, and that they have accomplished this in a few short months.last_img read more

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TCI Passport process changing temporary freeze in effect

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Jun 2015 – Summer is coming and so are vacations but the Turks and Caicos passport process is halted – at least temporarily. Government yesterday announced that there is a freeze on acceptance of applications for new TCI passports and that if your passport is expired, no extension will be granted. A series of announcements come as the new passport application process is soon to be instituted. Reprieve comes though for those who need to travel urgently and whose passports are near expiration or are still good for the next five months. Individuals in this category can get extensions. There is also a notice to those who have already applied and were required to bring additional documents – you must do so by this coming Friday, June 12 or you will have to start your process from scratch and resubmit in the new system. Your drop off is at the One Stop Shop in Grand Turk or Provo. Add to this, there is no more fast tracking of passports available. That new passport process comes into effect June 29 and even as far out as nine months, it is advised that you make application for your Turks and Caicos passport once the new process is in effect. Related Items:freeze, tci passport Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Freeze proposed on new security firms New Passport process ready says Govt Use TCI passport June to bring changes for TCI Passports, UK to take over printinglast_img read more

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POLICE LOG for June 12 Man Woman Arrested After Crash Needle Found

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, June 12, 2019:Police responded to a jeep vs. tractor trailer crash on Ballardvale Street. Jeffrey M. Doherty (31, Woburn) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License; Carrying A Dangerous Weapon; Marked Lanes Violation; Negligent Operation Of Motor Vehicle; Outstanding Warrant; and Being A Fugitive From Justice On A Court Warrant. (5:40am)Rachel M. Adams (33, Cambridge) was arrested on a warrant. Adams was a party involved in the crash above. Animal Control Officer retrieved a dog from the jeep and dropped it off to the owner’s brother in Woburn. (5:40am)A needle was found on Burlington Avenue. Police retrieved the item and brought it back to the station for proper disposal. (9:19am)Police reported debris on the inbound tracks near the bridge on Richmond Street. Keolis notified. DPW removed “a child-sized BMW car.” (11:04am)Police requested the Water Department after Verizon struck a water main with a drill on Chestnut Street. (11:17am)A 911 caller reported someone keeps cutting roses from her Westdale Avenue front yard. (5:30pm)A caller reported a gold sedan with several occupants parked for an extended period of time on Kilmarnock Street. Police responded. A small amount of Class D was confiscated for destruction. (6:41pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Google Assistant comes to Waze for easier reporting less distraction

first_img Neighborhoods are fighting Waze, GPS apps from ruining… Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 2:21 More From Roadshow reading • Google Assistant comes to Waze for easier reporting, less distraction Car Games and Apps Auto Tech Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All Enlarge ImageTrying to report everything while driving can be a monumentally distracting task. Waze Google Assistant is a great way to cut down on distraction behind the wheel by letting its voice recognition take care of certain tasks. It’s already been around on Google Maps, helping people get where they’re going, and now it’ll head to Waze.Google announced on Monday that it will start rolling out Google Assistant integration on Waze. It’s only available in the US and in English for now, and it’s unclear if Google aims to expand its availability in future updates. It’s also limited to Android phones, so iOS Waze users are out of luck here.Part of the update will allow Waze users to give Google Assistant specific commands. People can say “Hey Google, report traffic” or “Hey Google, avoid tolls,” and it’ll act just as if you tapped your way to the same conclusion on the screen. This way, hands stay on the wheel, but Waze’s renowned crowdsourced information will be as fleshed out as ever.Google Assistant will also help people get other tasks done without having to leave Waze’s app. Commands such as making phone calls or playing certain songs can be done just as easily by calling out “Hey, Google.” This will be a huge benefit for those who regularly use Waze while driving. But if you’re not one of the lucky few to be part of this very specific rollout, there are other ways to minimize distraction behind the wheel. Android Auto is available on both certain head units and Android phones without a head unit, running a simplified layout that focuses on accomplishing tasks quickly and easily. iOS users can still run Waze in Apple CarPlay, too.center_img Tags 2018 Audi Q7: Rockin’ the suburbs 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof Share your voice • Apple Comment Now playing: Watch this: 1 Google Assistant Google Applelast_img read more

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Xiaomi Set to Sell Smartphones Offline Partners with Redington

first_imgChinese smartphone marker Xiaomi, which currently sells handsets in India only through online portals, will soon make them available in stores. The company is partnering with Redington (India) Ltd to distribute mobile phones “across organised and unorganised channels in the country,” said Manu Jain, India operations head at Xiaomi.In the beginning, the company plans to sell smartphones through 1,000-1,500 stores across 15 south Indian cities. Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mysore and Visakhapatnam are some of the cities in which Xiaomi’s mobiles will be available in stores.Without giving further details on the new strategy, the company said that it would conduct offline sales on a “commission-based model.” “We are experimenting with a new sales channel and getting into general trade to increase our reach and to make our products available more easily,” Jain told Mint.Xiaomi will implement the offline sales strategy in phases, with the first phase being expected to happen in the coming 45-60 days. The company aims to have a pan-India offline presence by 2016.Since its entry into the Indian market last year, the company has been selling smartphones through online marketplace Flikpart and later launched its own online portal,, foraying into offline sales is expected to pressurise profit margins. “The cost of doing offline business is of course higher… the margins will be affected but not much,” Jain said.The company said that the latest move to sell smartphones offline will not have an effect on “Xiaomi’s pricing in India.” “We will not pass on the cost to consumers. We determine our product’s prices by keeping the online sales channel in mind,” Jain said.The company is expected to see offline sales in India accounting for 25-30 percent of its total sales.last_img read more

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As Big Freeway Projects Move Forward What Lessons Were Learned from Harveys

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00:00 /03:49 X Share center_img – / 8One year ago this week was the event we now just call “Harvey.” The storm’s record-breaking rainfall highlighted any and all weak spots.One of those spots is Houston’s freeways. They can flood even during a big thunderstorm, but should they be getting that much water?I looked at one trouble spot, next to where TxDOT is planning a major redesign of I-45. That’s Historic Hollywood Cemetery, a sprawling 55-acre property close to where 45 meets Main Street. I climbed into a golf cart with cemetery manager Tom Snyder.“Well, we’ve been here since 1895,” said Snyder. “And during that time this was probably a pretty far stretch from downtown Houston.”Curving roads take visitors through wooded glens and rolling hills, past well-tended grave sites that bear the names of generations of Houstonians.At the back of the cemetery there’s Little White Oak Bayou. On this day it was meandering peacefully behind a bank of trees. But Snyder said it can make a mess when it comes out of its banks.“And it is not uncommon, when there are significant floods, that this entire area will be flooded, so that everything is totally under water,” explained Snyder.And that flooding also includes nearby I-45.As part of the North Houston Highway Improvement Project, TxDOT wants to put a cap over a below-grade section near Main Street and place frontage roads on top. They also want to do the same thing with a portion that will go below ground near the George R. Brown Convention Center.But after what we saw during Harvey, how will TxDOT keep the roadway dry, in particular the below-grade segments? We went to talk to District Engineer Quincy Allen.“Especially with Harvey we have such a vivid memory of what a 500-plus year event can do to an area,” said Allen. And even lesser storms can cause a lot of flooding. Allen said they’re considering several options.“The things that we’re looking at are detention ponds, bigger and better than we’ve had before,” said Allen. “A detention pond helps us gather the water and hold it in a location that keeps from overwhelming the stream.”But what about parts of the freeway that will go underground? Allen says they’ll have to use pumps.“And we’re going to add a few on this project,” added Allen. “It’ll help us move the water out of areas like that and get them up in either detention ponds or headed downstream.”For a project of this magnitude planners need to worry about more than just the freeways. And that’s where the Harris County Flood Control District comes in. Director of Operations Matthew Zeve said they’re partnering in the work.“We’re trying to make sure that whatever project gets built has flood damage reduction benefits outside of the highway itself and helps other people with drainage issues as well,” Zeve told News 88.7.But with rainfall sometimes hard to predict, Zeve added you really can’t guarantee there won’t be any flooding at all in the future.“The level of service that TxDOT would like to provide for these main lanes, is the one percent storm or the 100-year rainfall level of service, to keep those main lanes functioning during a storm of that magnitude,” said Zeve.Meanwhile back at Hollywood Cemetery, Tom Snyder said one thing that might help in the short term is some cleanup work on Little White Oak Bayou. That would help the water flow better on so it won’t flood the freeway.“There’s too much vegetation, there’s too much trash,” said Snyder. “There’s any number of issues that could be addressed that would improve the flow of water in that bayou area.”Construction on the downtown portion of the freeway project is expected to start around 2021. The section north of downtown hasn’t been funded yet and it doesn’t have a start date. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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Mortgage App Volumes Down Another 12

first_img March 19, 2014 439 Views Share in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Purchase Loans Refinance 2014-03-19 Tory Barringercenter_img Last week saw another tumble in mortgage applications despite a slight fallback in interest rates, according to weekly data from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).MBA’s Market Composite Index, a measure of loan application volume, fell 1.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis for the week ending March 14. On an unadjusted basis, the index dropped 1 percent compared to the previous week.In refinances, volume was down 1 percent week-over-week, representing 56.5 percent of total application numbers, a decline from 57 percent. It was the sixth straight week in which the refinance share of mortgage activity fell, MBA reported.The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index was also down, decreasing 1 percent week-over-week. Unadjusted, the index was flat compared to the previous week but down 15 percent against the same week last year.With refinance numbers fizzling, market watchers have been anxiously waiting for purchase loans to fill the growing gap in the market, an occurrence that has yet to happen—leaving applications down by more than half year-on-year.In other news, the MBA’s measure for the average 30-year fixed rate fell slightly to 4.50 percent last week, with points decreasing to 0.26 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value loans. The group’s metric stands in contrast with other interest rate reports for the week, which showed average rates climbing following the government’s report on February job numbers. Mortgage App Volumes Down Another 1.2%last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter End of the world cru

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter‘End of the world’ cruise line, Australis, is offering a night of free accommodation in the Patagonian city of Punta Arenas before or after 14 cruises next summer to Cape Horn and the spectacular glaciers and fjords of southern Chile and Argentina.The special offer is valid for bookings made by 31 July 2016, on the selected three- or four-night itineraries aboard the 200-passenger expedition ship, Stella Australia, between September 2016 and March 2017.The cruises – ideal add-ons to a South American holiday – sail between Punta Arenas in Chile and Ushuaia in Argentina – the two southern-most towns in the world.  Routes include the mountain and glacier-lined fjords of Tierra del Fuego, the Magellan Strait and Beagle Channel and zodiac excursions ashore to legend-imbued places like Cape Horn, named 400 years ago this year by Dutch explorers, as well as remote Wulaia Bay and massive Pia Glacier. An average of seven tidewater glaciers can be seen on most Australis sailings while wildlife along the way includes elephant seals, sea lions and colonies of up to 120,000 Magellanic penguins.Australis is the only operator to offer regular cruises through the wild and pristine region at the southern-most tip of South America, with the family-owned Chilean cruise line also offering more opportunities for travellers to step ashore on fabled Cape Horn than any other line.Stella Australis offer lounges, gym facilities and cabins with extra-large panoramic windows – almost floor to ceiling – to take in the majestic wilderness bathed in extended summer daylight. All guests enjoy complimentary, guided excursions and nature lectures as well as a free open bar. Cuisine aboard includes local dishes as well as Chilean and Argentine wines. English and Spanish are spoken onboard.Until 31 July 2016, a free night of accommodation is available in Punta Arenas before or after 14 of Australis’ three- or four-night sailings between the Chilean city and Ushuaia, with departures from 28 September 2016, and 8 March 2017. Sailings include a special Christmas Eve departure and New Year’s Eve sailing. Three-night cruises are available from US$1595 per person, twin-share, or from US$2393 for solo travellers.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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InJet One saw record usage at the end of 2009 and

first_imgInJet One saw record usage at the end of 2009, and the numbers are expected to fly high in 2010.“Executives all over the country continue to keep a keen eye on their budgets, and are turning to InJet One for their business travel needs in increasing numbers,” InJet’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing Anthony Johns said. “The biggest reason is cost efficiency. Aircraft and fractional share owners costs have literally sky rocketed over the past year, while on-demand charter remains based on value and ROI.” InJet offers a no-strings-attached, pay-as-you-go InJet One option for on-demand jet charter needs.The service is available without blackout periods – 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.It’s the perfect option for:-Aircraft owners looking for a supplemental lift due to maintenance or mission profile -Fractional owners looking for less expensive flight solutions without blackout periods -Travelers with jet membership programs that are not fitting their travel profiles -Travelers looking for a charter company with an operational read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 4, 2019 12:41 pm PDT WARSAW, Poland — Officials in Poland say five teenage girls have been killed and one man hurt in a fire that broke out at an “Escape Room” game location in northern Poland.Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said the victims were 15-year-old girls.A police spokeswoman in the city of Koszalin, Monika Kosiec, said Friday the victims were probably celebrating one of their birthdays. A 25-year-old man has been hospitalized with burns and could not be immediately questioned by investigators.Kosiec said the bodies were found after firefighters put out a fire that broke out around 5 p.m. at the location.In an “Escape Room” game, the players are locked inside a room or building and must find clues that help them to leave it.The Associated Presscenter_img Police: 5 teenage girls killed in Poland “Escape Room” firelast_img read more

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Fox draws nearly 26 million viewers for Sanders t

first_imgFox draws nearly 2.6 million viewers for Sanders town hall by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2019 12:34 pm PDT NEW YORK — Sen. Bernie Sanders took heat from some Democrats for holding a town hall meeting on Fox News Channel. But it turned out to be the most-watched town hall of the campaign season so far.The Nielsen company estimated that 2.55 million people watched the Sanders event on Monday. That nearly doubled the number of viewers Sanders had for a town hall on CNN in February.The previous high for the campaign season was when Sen. Kamala Harris drew just under two million viewers for a CNN appearance in January.One viewer was President Donald Trump, who tweeted Tuesday that it was weird to see “crazy Bernie” on Fox.David Bauder, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a Fox News town-hall style event Monday April 15, 2019 in Bethlehem, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) last_img read more

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