a month agoWest Ham reviving interest in Man Utd target Mandzukic

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham reviving interest in Man Utd target Mandzukicby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are reviving their interest in Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.TuttoJuve says Manchester United were keen on signing Mandzukic as well as his Juventus team-mate Paulo Dybala during the summer transfer window but the double deal broke down at the eleventh hour. Mandzukic has since negotiated with Qatari side Al-Rayyan but the veteran forward has rejected a £7million-a-year deal as he has hopes of moving to the Premier League. West Ham have shown an interest in Mandzukic and are willing to guarantee the Juventus man regular playing time. The Hammers had originally made enquiries after the veteran in January. last_img read more

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Seajacks Installers Race Towards Finish Line (Germany)

first_imgSeajacks, November 12, 2013 zoom Seajacks will soon be adding Meerwind Offshore Wind Park, a 288MW wind farm development located in the Exclusive Economic Zone region of the German North Sea, to an impressive tally of successful offshore wind farm installation projects.Seajacks vessels and crews are working their way through the remaining turbines, with Zaratan installing five and Leviathan two sets of turbine components in each cycle. On completion of the 80th turbine, which is currently expected to occur in February 2014, Seajacks will have installed 310 turbines Siemens 3.6MW turbines since 2010. Blair Ainslie, CEO at Seajacks UK, said “I am very proud of what has been achieved at Meerwind on this pioneering project for Seajacks and WindMW. It should serve as a positive blueprint for future projects and demonstrates how costs can be reduced and delays minimised when an experienced contractor and the right equipment is selected to execute this work. Our success on this project stems right back to the on-time delivery of newbuild vessel Seajacks Zaratan, which enabled us to mobilize to Cuxhaven ready to install the first monopiles as per original schedule in October 2013. We made good progress during the winter months and now, just 12 months on, all foundations are now in place and all 80 turbines will soon be erected.” 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Closelast_img read more

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Diana Fixes Capesize Newbuilding and Panamax

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk ship owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva, for a Capesize newbuilding currently under construction at China’s Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding.The gross charter rate for the 180,000 dwt bulker, to be named New Orleans, is USD 11,650 per day minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum eleven months to about fifteen months. The charter is expected to start in November 2015, upon delivery of the vessel.Diana has also entered into a time charter contract with Nidera S.P.A., Roma, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the 2005-built m/v Melia. The gross charter rate for the 76,225 bulker is USD 7,200 per day minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum thirteen months to maximum sixteen months. The charter is expected to start by the end of October, 2015.The employments of New Orleans and Melia are anticipated to generate approximately USD 6.65 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.last_img read more

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WB Yeats Finally Delivered

first_imgAfter several delays, the Irish Continental Group has taken delivery of the cruise ferry W.B.Yeats from the German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft.The EUR 144 million-worth (USD 163 million) W.B.Yeats boast accommodation capacity for 1,800 passengers and 2,800 lane metres of freight (165 freight vehicles) plus an additional dedicated car deck with capacity for 300 passenger cars.The cruise ferry has been fitted with scrubbers to meet the new sulphur cap regulations as well as ballast water systems.The Irish Continental Group said that W.B.Yeats will also adhere to Ice Class specification which will allow for a wide geographic area of operation should opportunities arise.The newbuilding was scheduled to commence sailings between Ireland and France from July 30. However, Irish Ferries was forced to cancel July sailings for the ferry when they were informed in April by FSG, of the initial delay. A subsequent delay to the delivery was announced in November.The vessel will now undergo commissioning with Irish Ferries and is expected to commence services initially on the Dublin to Holyhead route in early January 2019 before switching to Dublin to France route in March 2019.“This is the first of two new builds commissioned by ICG with a total contracted investment of EUR 315 million. The second vessel is expected to be delivered during 2020. This investment will increase the tourism and freight capacity on the seamless connections from Ireland to the UK and Continent which are a vital part of Ireland’s tourism access and logistical chain,” Eamonn Rothwell, Chief Executive Officer, said.The second cruise ferry will be able to accommodate 1,800 passengers and crew, with capacity for 5,610 freight lane meters.  Upon completion, it will be the largest cruise ferry in the world in terms of vehicle capacity, according to ICG.Image Courtesy: Irish Continental Grouplast_img read more

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Bureaucracy cleanup Kejriwal meets LG asks ministers to prepare list of corrupt

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday discussed the issue of compulsory retirement of corrupt officials with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and later directed his cabinet ministers to prepare a list of such officials. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accompanied Kejriwal to the meeting. Kejriwal also discussed this issue in detail with Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev. After the discussions, the chief minister directed all the cabinet ministers to prepare a list of such officials in their respective departments so that they can be made to retire compulsorily. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items Baijal had earlier written to Dev, asking him to adopt a compulsory retirement policy for tainted officials. The move is in line with the central government’s initiative to retire such officials in a bid to weed out corruption from bureaucracy. Kejriwal said his government has a zero tolerance policy against corruption. During his first stint as the chief minister in 2013-14, he had ordered a crackdown against corrupt officials. “During the last four and a half years, the Delhi government has come across officials who opposed public welfare policies for extraneous considerations and harmed the interests of Delhi,” a statement said. However, due to lack of agencies like Anti-Corruption Bureau, the Delhi government has only been able to raise the issue of corruption with the LG, since it cannot take any direct action, it said.last_img read more

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Aboriginal Affairs cant produce data for onreserve First Nation student spending

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The department of Aboriginal Affairs can’t say how much it spends per-student for on-reserve First Nation education.A department official told APTN National News the department didn’t have the data readily available showing how much the department spends on First Nations students attending schools on-reserve.APTN requested the information Wednesday.Earlier this week, in an effort to undercut First Nations leaders’ demand for more education funding, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan released a series of numbers he said showed Ottawa gave more per-student for First Nations education than the provinces. Despite the government research, officials don’t have information on the amount of money spent on reserve students alone.Without that data, the numbers are misleading because they include how much Aboriginal Affairs spends on putting First Nations students into the provincial system, according to the Assembly of First Nation.  And that inclusion would inflate the department’s $13, 542 per-student figure because about 36 per cent of First Nations students attend provincial schools, said the AFN.The Assembly of First Nations says the department only spends $7,101 per student for on-reserve education.Statistics Canada says the average Canadian student receives $10, 439.The AFN claims there is an about $3 billion funding gap between on-reserve education and the rest of the country.A department and AFN commissioned blue-ribbon panel found that at least 100 on-reserve schools provided unhealthy learning environments for students.First Nations leaders gathered this week at an education summit in Gatineau, Que., across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill. Chiefs rejected the Harper government’s plan to introduce legislation on First Nations education and are now mulling a plan of action that could include blockades or an occupation of Parliament Hill.last_img read more

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US hedge fund reports owning more than a 5 stake in Obsidian

first_imgCALGARY – Activist investor FrontFour Capital says it will attempt to influence decisions at Calgary-based Obsidian Energy Ltd. (TSX:OBE) after accumulating more than 27 million shares.The Greenwich, Conn.-based hedge fund says in a declaration filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it has a 5.5 per cent stake in the oil and gas company formerly known as Penn West Petroleum. The filing is required if any entity owns more than five per cent of a publicly traded company.The filing says that the shares were purchased because they are undervalued and therefore represent an attractive investment opportunity.FrontFour says it has been in touch with company directors to discuss its strategy and board composition and says it intends to continue the communication, without being specific.FrontFour’s principal owner is listed as Zachary George, the son of former Obsidian chairman Rick George, who died in August.Obsidian shares gained six per cent or 10 cents Tuesday to close at $1.70.last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,095.02, up 218.02 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Up 13 cents, or 6.1 per cent, to $2.26 on 28 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 22 cents, or 2.74 per cent, to $8.25 on 11 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up 11 cents, or 4.66 per cent, to $2.47 on 7.5 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up four cents, or 0.88 per cent, to $4.60 on 6.5 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 12 cents, or 0.56 per cent, to $21.42 on 6.4 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Energy. Up $1.52, or 3.54 per cent, to $44.50 on 5.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU). Up $1.31 or 3.1 per cent to $44.13. The grocery chain’s sales grew more than 15 per cent in its first full quarter since acquiring the Jean Coutu Group pharmacy chain. The acquisition helped boost Metro’s sales by 15.7 per cent to $3.74 billion for its fourth quarter, a 12-week period ending Sept. 29, compared to the same quarter the previous year, which lasted 13 weeks. Sales rose 2.5 per cent excluding Jean Coutu and the extra week. Food same-store sales, a key retail metric, increased 2.1 per cent, while pharmacy same-store sales advanced 1.8 per cent.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Up $2.12, or five per cent to $44.64. Alberta’s cannabis Crown corporation has stopped issuing any new pot retail licences after only receiving 20 per cent of the stock it ordered amid a Canada-wide supply shortage. The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission had ordered enough cannabis product to stock up to 250 recreational pot shops for the first six months of legalization. The commission has also contacted all cannabis growers with federal licences to sell cannabis but has had “no success” due to the shortage.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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La Mamounia of Marrakech Ranks the Worlds Best Hotel

Rabat – La Mamounia of Marrakech was ranked the world’s best hotel in the UK travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller’s annual reader poll.The Readers’ Travel Awards 2015 questionnaire was posted at www.cntraveller.com from 5 March to 4 May. Readers were asked to choose and rate the best that the travel world has to offer. The readers chose La Mamounia of Marrakech from 100 hotels all over the world, scoring 93.76.In the poll, Italy was chosen by readers as their favorite country to visit, while choosing Paris as their preferred overseas city. Since its founding in 1923, La Mamounia, which is very close to the famous Jamaa El Fna Square, has collected a number of international recognition and awards.It was named the world’s best hotel spa by the same magazine in 2011, hotel of the year in 2010 by Tatler Travel Guide, and Best Resort in 2010 by Travel and Leisure.Displaying Moroccan style, complete with intricate patterns and arabesques based on Berber and Arab-Andalusian architecture, La Mamounia hotel is set in royal gardens, styled with Moorish opulence, with 209 rooms (including 71 suites), gardens, a spa with hammams (Moroccan traditional bath), and three Riads. read more

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Security Council extends mandate of UN political mission in Burundi

In a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member Council authorized the mandate of the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB) – which succeeded a prior UN mission at the start of this year – to be extended through 15 February 2013.The resolution stressed that the Government of the small African Great Lakes country must continue its efforts to consolidate peace, noting the progress that has been made after years of war or unrest.The text cited “democratic governance, the fight against corruption, security sector reform, civilian protection, justice and the promotion and protection of human rights, with a special focus on the rights of women and children as well as marginalized and vulnerable minorities,” as among the most pressing challenges facing Burundi.It called on both the Government and the international community to focus on improving the country’s socio-economic development, especially regarding the segments of the population affected by previous conflict.Council members also emphasized that more action is needed on human rights, with violations continuing, including politically-motivated extrajudicial killings and acts of torture, as well as restrictions on the media, civil society and opposition political parties.The resolution calls for a “thorough, credible, impartial and transparent investigation of serious crimes” and urges authorities to support the newly established National Independent Human Rights Commission and the Office of the Ombudsman.Earlier this month, Karin Landgren, the head of BNUB and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Burundi, told the Council in a briefing that the trial of 21 people over the massacre in September of 39 people in a bar in the capital, Bujumbura, “will be a litmus test for the independence and impartiality of the court system in Burundi.”But she added that the killings were an isolated incident and that the country had made headway in easing domestic political tensions, such as by moving to normalize relations between the Government and extra-parliamentary political parties. 20 December 2011The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations political mission in Burundi, stressing that the country must continue to make progress on protecting human rights, fighting corruption, reforming its security sector and boosting economic development. read more

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Canada urged to get act together as national debt to hit 600billion

The economy bounced back and … we’re going to be paying those stimulus dollars 20, 30 years from now if we don’t get our act togetherOTTAWA — The country is about to pass a red ink milestone that the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says is completely unnecessary.The national debt is set to reach $600-billion just seconds before 11:19 p.m. ET Saturday, says the federation, which has set up a “debt clock” to let everyone view the event online.That works out to nearly $17,200 for each person in the country.It should never have reached that level, said federation director Gregory Thomas, who blamed the Harper government’s economic stimulus and other spending for the historic debt level.The stimulus spending was unnecessary, Thomas told a Friday news conference.CLICK TO ENLARGE “The economy bounced back and … we’re going to be paying those stimulus dollars 20, 30 years from now if we don’t get our act together.”At the current rate, Canada’s national debt is rising by $74.6-million a day, or $863.27 every second.The government says the spending under its so-called economic action plan was necessary to maintain and create jobs during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.But much of it was wasteful, said Thomas, who took particular aim at the government’s advertising spending.“You can’t sit through a football game without seeing all this propaganda about what a terrific job the government’s doing,” he said.“They’re borrowing money to sell Canadians on themselves.”And the debt will keep climbing as long as the Harper government keeps spending beyond its means, the federation said.The federation did applaud Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s commitment to balance the budget before the next election.Still, Flaherty acknowledged last month that the fallout from the recession will prevent Ottawa from erasing the debt by 2021.The minister said the government continues to search for ways to cut spending as he prepares a 2013 budget. But as with previous budgets, Flaherty has ruled out both tax increases and cuts to provincial transfers.The Canadian Press read more

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Womens Basketball Ohio States losing streak extends to three games with 10389

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell controls the ball during the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Idaho on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 12 Ohio State women’s basketball team’s disastrous stretch continued Thursday night with a third straight defeat. Iowa held off the Buckeyes, defeating them 103-89 in Iowa City, Iowa. This is Ohio State’s first three-game losing streak since the 2013-14 season. The team has more losses in the past three games than in the opening 18 games of the year. The loss dropped Ohio State, the preseason conference favorite, to fifth in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes had no answer for junior forward Megan Gustafson. The Big Ten Player of the Year candidate dropped 29 points on 9-of-14 shooting, adding 11 points from free throws. Sophomore guard Kathleen Doyle added 25 points, making 4-of-8 3-pointers. She led the game with 11 assists.While Ohio State had just five assists, Iowa assisted on 26 of its 37 made shots. Ohio State struggled mightily inside with foul trouble while attempting to guard Gustafson. Redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who picked up three first-half fouls, fouled out with 7:38 remaining in the game. Redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman fouled out with seven minutes to go. Forwards Alexa Hart also fouled out with 21 seconds to go in the game. The Hawkeyes took advantage, hitting 20-of-24 free throws. The Buckeyes also did damage from the charity stripe, going 14 for 17 from the free-throw line.Ohio State got off to a poor start and fell behind 14 points in the first quarter. But Mitchell began to heat up, scoring six points in the final 1:06 of the quarter, and the Buckeyes pulled back within five points by the end of it. But Iowa regained the momentum and entered halftime with a nine-point lead. The Buckeyes made a third-quarter run, pulling within two points, but Iowa rode its shooting touch and retained its lead for the remainder of the game.Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell led Ohio State with 27 points, making 10-of-26 shots. Mavunga had 15 points and 10 rebounds before her night ended early. Redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper scored 17 points and grabbed 12 boards.The Hawkeyes made 54 percent of their shots and drilled 9-of-17 triples. Ohio State hit just 41 percent of its shots and went 5 for 23 from behind the 3-point line. The Buckeyes grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and held a 19-10 advantage in second-chance points. Gustafson and Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun collided heads with 2:23 left in the game. Both players returned to action before the game ended.During the three-game losing streak, Ohio State has given up at least 84 points in each game.The Buckeyes have one off day before getting back to action at home against Michigan State at noon Saturday. read more

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The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_img Share Tweet Email EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #JOB LOSSES: Bus Éireann’s CEO warned an Oireachtas committee that the entire company will be insolvent by the end of the year if drastic action is not taken.2. #APPEAL: Gardaí have renewed their appeal for information on the death of Garda Adrian Donohoe on the 4-year anniversary of his death.3. #BUILD THAT WALL: Donald Trump will take a first step toward enacting his pledge to “build a wall” on the Mexican border by issuing an executive decree today.4. #ADULT CHAT: Minister Michael Ring will not be meeting with models from Babestation TV when they come to Co Mayo this Thursday.5. #RADIO STAR: Comedian Al Porter is Today FM’s new lunchtime presenter. Jan 25th 2017, 4:51 PM http://jrnl.ie/3204835 Image: Shutterstock/bikeriderlondon Image: Shutterstock/bikeriderlondon 3 Comments The 5 at 5: Wednesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… 7,091 Views Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 4:51 PM Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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SPOILERS: 8/15 NXT TV Tapings from Full Sail University to air on WWE Network

first_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Google+ Brexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. Economy The following was taped on Thursday at Full Sail University.This is the fall out from NXT Takeover: Toronto8/15 NXT TV Tapings:The tapings opened with an in-ring segment with Undisputed Era.  NXT Champion Adam Cole said if there was a Mount Rushmore of NXT, it wouldn’t include Johnny Gargano or any past champions – it would be his face four times.Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish showed a video about how the illegal man was pinned in their Tag Team title match against The Street Profits at TakeOver: Toronto.Jordan Myles them met Undisputed Era on the ramp and was holding his title match contract. Undisputed Era told him to challenge Shayna Baszler, a UK talent, or someone from 205 Live instead of Cole. Myles dropped the contract and smiled at them. – Damian Priest defeated Mansoor with his Roll of the Dice finisher.– Mia Yim defeated Vanessa Borne (w/ Aliyah).Quick match before NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler’s music hit. The other Horsewomen crept to the far side of the ring. Baszler offered Yim a spot with them, but Yim took a swing at Jessamyn Duke. Baszler and Marina Shafir jumped in and gave Yim a beat down.A video package was shown for Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic.– Shane Thorne defeated Bronson Reed with a running knee.There was a segment on the stage where North American Champion Velveteen Dream told Roderick Strong to be ready.– Killian Dain defeated Matt Riddle after three Vader Bombs.After the match Riddle chased down Dain and they broke through the back. It was shown on the video screen that Dain attacked Riddle with a ladder.– Io Shirai defeated Cami Fields (Holidead).Shirai had her way with Fields, which led to Candice LeRae running Shirai off with a kendo stick.– Dominik Dijakovic defeated Keith Lee with his Feast Your Eyes finisher. There was a standing ovation after the match.An in-ring segment with Baszler was interrupted by Rhea Ripley, who got a huge reaction. Before Baszler could talk, Ripley took the mic and said “I already know what you’re going to say, that you’ve beaten everyone here, but you haven’t beaten me, bitch!” The crowd loved this and Ripley felt like a star.– Breezango (Tyler Breeze & Fandango) defeated Chase Parker & Matt Martel.Breezango had new music for this match against the former Team 3.0.– Bianca Belair defeated Taynara with KoD.– NXT Champion Adam Cole defeated Jordan Myles to retain the NXT Championship. Myles was applauded off as he left. – Damian Priest defeated Boa.Johnny Gargano did an in-ring interview where he was about let the crowd know about his future, but he was interrupted by Shane Thorne.  They went back and forth before Gargano put Thorne down with a superkick.  Gargano then declared that he’s staying in NXT.– NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream defeated Kona Reeves.On the video screen, Roderick Strong was shown setting Dream’s couch on fire.– Pete Dunne defeated Angel Garza by submission.– Cameron Grimes defeated Raul Mendoza with a running double foot stop.– NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler defeated Rhea Ripley via disqualification.Shafir and Duke brought a chair to the ring, with Ripley using it before Baszler could. The Horsewomen backed away after the match.– The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish) defeated The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) to win the NXT Tag Team Championships.O’Reilly & Fish hit Total Elimination to win the titles. The crowd celebrated with them and then chanted ‘Thank you Profits’ and wished them well if this is it for them in NXT.Source: F4WOnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. EconomyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:00/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 55.27%0:03Remaining Time -2:58 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Houston Sports Franchises On Top Over The Weekend

first_img 00:00 /07:09 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Elaine Thompson, Eric Christian Smith/APThe Astros won their ninth game in a row over the weekend, while the Rockets trounced the Jazz in Game 1 of their playoff series. Xcenter_img Share Listen The talk of the sports world over the weekend might’ve been Tiger Woods winning The Masters. But, here in Houston, there’s plenty of other stories to be excited about.From the Astros continuing their torrid streak — winning nine games in a row — to the Rockets trouncing the Utah Jazz in the first game of their playoff series, to a win by the Dynamo over San Jose, to the Dash kicking off their season with a 1-1 draw, Houston sports fans had plenty to be excited about in recent days.In the above, sportswriter Jeff Balke updates us on those stories and more. He writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine.last_img read more

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Freddie Mac Announces SmallPool Pilot With EarnUp

first_img Danny Gardner EarnUp financial health Freddie Mac GreenPath Financial Wellness HomeFree-USA homeowners InCharge Debt Solutions Income loan payments low Matthew Cooper moderate VP 2017-10-13 Dean Terrell Freddie Mac Announces Small-Pool Pilot With EarnUp October 13, 2017 605 Views in Headlines, journal, Technologycenter_img Freddie Mac is announcing a 12-month long pilot with EarnUp, a financial technology company that helps consumers make timely loan payments and manage their financial health.  FreddieMac is encouraging low and moderate income earners to participate in the program by doing it through three non-profit financial counseling organizations: HomeFree-USA, GreenPath Financial Wellness, and InCharge Debt Solutions.  According to Matthew Cooper, co-founder and CEO of EarnUp, “People are more likely to stay current on their loan payments if we make it quick and easy for them to do so. EarnUp is proud to be working with Freddie Mac to provide technology solutions that can help consumers.” EarnUp will also help customers improve their credit score and overall financial health, Cooper said. The collaboration also allows a limited number of customers to use EarnUp for free during the pilot. “Experimenting on a relatively small scale allows us to easily evaluate results” said Danny Gardner, VP of affordable lending and access to credit in Freddie Mac’s Single-Family Business. “We believe EarnUp’s online platform is an innovative and convenient approach that may help the next generation of potential homebuyers meet their future goals” Gardner said.    HomeFree and InCharge are currently part of Freddie Mac’s Borrower Help Network and intend to support prospective buyers for sustainable homeownership, including buyers with pre-existing Freddie Mac-owned mortgages. According to the New York Fed’s Quarterly Report on Household Debt And Credit, aggregate household debt experienced its 11th consecutive increase in the first quarter of 2017. In contrast, U.S. homeownership in the second quarter of 2017 has risen to 63.7 percent, up from 62.9 percent during the same period last year.Twenty-two percent of adults claim their monthly income varies occasionally while 10 percent say their income varies often from month to month based on a May report from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System this year. Ninety percent of EarnUp’s customers are considered to be either low- or moderate-income earners and 86 percent who join EarnUp are doing so for the first time, based on internal data from EarnUp.The full press release can be found on Freddie Mac’s website here. Sharelast_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Our fans should be proud of how this guy has played for us — for all of us,” he said. “He puts it on each and every week, plays hard, has done anything and everything I’ve asked him to do; has been a good leader for us, on our defense, as a team.“Something’s coming for Calais. Hope it’s back here, but whatever it is, I always will love Calais and respect him for how hard and what he’s done for me, speaking personal-wise.”As for Jones, Bettcher said Arians declaring that the team would use the franchise tag on him if necessary to keep him was “like Christmas.”“You love hearing that, especially as a coordinator,” he said. “A guy like that, that’s young, that’s talented, that I still think is going to keep getting better as a player — and that’s kind of scary, isn’t it — because of the things he’s able to do already. He’s going to keep getting better.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Bettcher, who recently completed his second season in charge of Arizona’s defense, said during the season there is a lot of self-scouting while trying to adjust in an effort to win the next game. But now that there are no games for a while, he will take a deeper look at things, with an emphasis on how the team played on third downs inside the red zone.“I think up the field, non-red zone third downs, when you take out the red zone, we were really good on third down,” he said. “But once we were in the red zone, we weren’t efficient enough. And I’ll tell you what, it was a multitude of things it was.“It might have been penalties, it might have been mental mistakes. Heck, it might have been a bad stinking call. I evaluate myself first, I ain’t afraid of that. I ain’t afraid to run to it now.”In 2016, the Cardinals were 13th in third-down defense, allowing opponents to convert on just 38.8 percent of their attempts. The year before, they were eighth at 35.7 percent.Bettcher added the next month and a half will be dedicated to trying to ascertain what went wrong for his unit and how it can be fixed. He will study other top defenses who have similar schemes or personnel and see if there is something they do that the Cardinals should bring into the fold. “Quite honestly, Steve Keim and our personnel department and coach have done an amazing job over the course of the last four years putting together a defensive roster,” he said. “I am not in the least worried about what we will look like when we come back because those guys will put it together.“The proof is in who’s been playing for us. That’s the proof in what they’ve done.”In fact, Bettcher said he is excited to see what happens this offseason, while understanding that all the free agents will have opportunities, and some may end up back in Arizona.“We’ll see how that plays out, and that will lead to what our needs are in the draft, and that leads to kind of maybe how we need to evolve defensively and schematically and some of that stuff based on who’s back,” he said. “But the true identity of who we are, that’s the culture that Coach Arians has created, and that’s not going to change.”That’s not to say Bettcher is without feelings on some of his players.With regards to Campbell, who has been with the Cardinals since he was a second-round pick in the 2008 draft, the defensive coordinator offered nothing but praise. Your browser does not support the audio element. For Bettcher, the process of producing another sturdy defense should be made easier by the fact that he has a pretty talented group of players on the roster. Returners include cornerback Patrick Peterson and a healthy Tyrann Mathieu, along with linebacker Markus Golden, who led the team with 12.5 sacks in just his second season. Dollar linebacker Deone Bucannon who, like Mathieu, dealt with injuries in 2016, should also return to form when he takes the field again.Because of their talent, Bettcher had an opportunity to deploy his personnel in many different ways, which is part of what made the Cardinals so difficult to game plan for.But as everyone knows, this offseason could take a toll on the players Bettcher has at his disposal.Of the Cardinals’ 20-plus free agents, a handful of them are from the defensive side of the ball, including key contributors in Chandler Jones, Calais Campbell, Marcus Cooper, Tony Jefferson, D.J. 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first_imgEast Meadow, NY — In September and October Lufthansa is inviting its First and Business Class passengers on a culinary journey through the realm of haute cuisine. For eight weeks, Lufthansa Star Chef Alfred Friedrich will be offering passengers on long-haul flights from Germany a modern take on French-Mediterranean delicacies. His creations for First Class include terrine of braised Provençal vegetables with tapenade and fillet of pike perch wrapped in Savoy cabbage on celery puree with apple jus. In Business Class, passengers will be offered a range of specialties, including fillet of smoked salmon with artichokes in pine nut vinaigrette and braised halibut in tarragon stock with root vegetables.Alfred Friedrich originally hails from Austria. After a period as chef de cuisine at the Residenz Heinz Winkler restaurant in Aschau in the Chiemgau region of Upper Bavaria, he moved to Frankfurt, becoming chef de cuisine at Zarges, a gourmet establishment in the famous, restaurant-lined street known as “in der Fressgass”. Initially founded in 1959 as a butcher’s shop, Zarges is still run as a family business. The gourmet restaurant, bistro, bar, café and butcher’s shop, all in the French 18th-century style, now extend over three floors. Alfred Friedrich is an advocate of creativity and “down-to-earth” cooking. He places importance on precise cooking times, only uses the best basic ingredients possible and always strives for culinary perfection. The Gault Millau Guide awarded him 18 out of a possible 20 points, making him one of the best chefs in Germany.New menu creations on routes from the United States to Germany:From September to February, Karlheinz Hauser will ensure the culinary well-being of First and Business Class passengers on routes from the United States to Germany. Sesame and pepper-coated tuna fish on a bed of radish, avocado and soya and Hamburg-style fried fish served with mushrooms, roast potatoes and mustard sauce are only two examples of his delicious creations. Hauser discovered his love for cooking at the age of six. Ultimately, his hobby became a vocation, and his culinary skills have been duly recognized. He has won the highest awards, including eight Five Star Diamond Awards. Until 2002, Hauser was chef de cuisine at Berlin’s renowned Hotel Adlon. Since then he has been chef de cuisine at the Süllberg in Hamburg, which also houses the Seven Seas gourmet restaurant. The Süllberg was established around 1900. Even back then, its stunning location with views of the River Elbe made it a popular destination for day-trippers and proved an inspiration for many a poet and painter.Lufthansa Star Chef programSince January 2000, Lufthansa has taken its First and Business Class passengers to new culinary heights. Imaginative menus, created by top chefs from all over the world, make a Lufthansa flight a truly heavenly experience. To date, such international celebrities as Harald Wohlfahrt (Baiersbronn), Dieter Müller (Bergisch Gladbach), Frank Zlomke (Paarl, South Africa), Daniel Boulud (New York) and Paul Bocuse (Lyon) have been engaged as Lufthansa “Star Chefs”. In addition, since the beginning of 2005, internationally renowned chefs have created special menus on selected long-haul routes from Germany to reflect the culinary tastes and traditions of the respective destination.last_img read more

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