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Prince Harry Takes INSTI HIV Test Live On Social Media To Reduce

first_imgbioLytical Laboratories Inc., a world leader in rapid infectious disease tests and developer of the 60 second INSTI HIV test, commends Prince Harry for drawing attention to the fight against HIV.Prince Harry Raises Awareness of HIV with bioLytical’s INSTI Prince Harry took the INSTI HIV-1/HIV-2 Antibody Test at Guy and St. Thomas’ Hospital in London live on The Royal Family’s Facebook page to help raise awareness of HIV and AIDS amongst the younger generation. People all over the world watched Harry get his finger pricked by Lead Advisor and Specialist Psychotherapist Robert Palmer at the Burrell Street Sexual Health Center in South London.“It’s amazing how quick it is,” said Harry about the test; his results were negative. INSTI is the world’s fastest HIV test providing instant results compared to other rapid point-of-care tests where individuals have to wait 15 to 20 minutes (after the test is conducted) for a result to be produced or several weeks in the case of laboratory tests. With just one drop of blood, INSTI is simple to conduct and yields greater than 99% accuracy.“Once you get people through the door, that’s the hardest bit out of the way,” Harry said to Palmer, who administered the INSTI test. Getting tested for HIV is the first step in taking control of one’s health and preventing transmission to others, and it is a step that can be the hardest to take. “Accessibility, inconvenience, anxiety, lack of awareness, stigma and discrimination are some of the reasons why a person may hesitate to take an HIV test,” said Rick Galli, Chief Technical Officer of bioLytical Laboratories, “and this is exactly why we commend Prince Harry’s efforts towards the cause.”A statement from Kensington Palace released after the event said, “Prince Harry believes until everyone feels relaxed about taking HIV tests – whether from high risk groups or not – then tackling the stigma and fear surrounding HIV testing will continue to allow the virus to win.”“It’s better that everyone goes and gets tested. Why wouldn’t you?”, said Prince Harry “Whether you’re a man, woman, gay, straight, black, white, whatever, even ginger, why wouldn’t you come and have a test?”.Kensington Palace stated that one of the reasons HIV rates in the UK continue to rise is that up to 17% of HIV-positive patients are unaware of their status and therefore could unintentionally pass on the virus to partners. The point-of-care INSTI HIV-1/HIV-2 test is a market leader in both the UK and France. Additionally, starting in the fourth quarter this year, the INSTI HIV Self Test will be available online and in retail locations to the many consumers who wish to test themselves in the privacy of their own home without the anxiety of waiting to learn their status.Prince Harry co-founded Sentebale, a charity to assist the most vulnerable children in Lesotho affected by extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS. Prince Harry will take his campaign and Sentebale’s mission to Durban, South Africa this week when he speaks at the 2016 International AIDS Society conference and shares a stage with his late mother’s friend, anti-AIDS activist and rock star Sir Elton John. The conference runs from July 18 through July 22 where Mr. Rick Galli and others from bioLytical will participate in roundtable discussions, workshops and conference sessions to further expand HIV testing to help end the epidemic.last_img read more

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India Pak hold cordial meeting on Kartarpur corridor

first_imgAttari/New Delhi: In the shadow of escalating tension in their ties, India and Pakistan Thursday held in a “cordial environment” their first meeting to finalise the modalities for a corridor linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistani town of Kartarpur with Gurdaspur district in Punjab. A joint statement issued after the talks said both sides held detailed and constructive discussions on various aspects and provisions of the project and agreed to work towards expeditiously operationalising the Kartapur Sahib Corridor (KSC). Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The meeting took place on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border. “The first meeting to discuss the modalities and the draft agreement for facilitation of pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the Kartarpur corridor was held today at Attari, India, in a cordial environment,” it said. The meeting took place amid heightened tensions between the two neighbours following India’s air strike on a terrorist training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed and Pakistan’s subsequent retaliation. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty It was agreed to hold the next meeting at Wagah on April 2 and it will be preceded by a meeting of the technical experts on March 19 at the proposed zero points to finalise the alignment of the corridor, according to the statement. Last November, India and Pakistan agreed to set up the border crossing linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur – the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev – to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district. Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four km from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. The Indian delegation at the meeting was led by SCL Das, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs while the Pakistani team was headed by Dr Mohammad Faisal, DG (South Asia and SAARC) of Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Both sides held detailed and constructive discussions on various aspects and provisions of the proposed agreement and agreed to work towards expeditiously operationalising the Kartapur Sahib Corridor,” the statement said. It said the two sides also held expert-level discussions between the technical experts on the alignment and other details of the proposed corridor. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on November 26 last year laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district. Two days later, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Narowal, 125 km from Lahore.last_img read more

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Singapore PM says call to curb online violence effective

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a global call to curb the spread of hate and extremism on internet platforms is an “effective” response to the New Zealand mosque attacks, but stopped short of endorsing it.The “Christchurch Call” set of guidelines for world leaders and tech companies was drafted by France and New Zealand.It is named after the New Zealand city where 51 people were killed in a March attack on mosques. The attack was broadcast live on Facebook, fueling calls to regulate social media.On Friday, Lee said Singapore takes this problem “very seriously.” He also thanked New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who is on an official visit to Singapore, for “rallying an effective international response to this serious issue.”The Associated Press read more

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Authorities raid 247 Colorado homes growing black market pot

DENVER — Authorities say they broke up hundreds of black market marijuana growing operations in Colorado that flouted the state’s cannabis law by raising tens of thousands of plants in Denver-area homes.State and federal prosecutors said Friday that investigators seized more than 80,000 plants and 4,500 pounds (2,040 kilograms) of harvested marijuana from 247 homes and eight businesses in Denver and seven nearby counties. Officers arrested 42 people.State law allows up to 12 marijuana plants per residence for personal use, but authorities say some of the homes had more than 1,000.Colorado and nine other states have broadly legalized marijuana use but it remains illegal under federal law.U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn said the investigation shows Colorado has become the “epicenter” of the national black market for the drug.The Associated Press read more

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Senior UN envoy helps probe into TimorLeste violence

“As the Head of the United Nations here, I felt very strongly that that incident has to be investigated immediately,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Sukehiro Hasegawa told reporters after the meeting, referring to the most deadly attack, on 25 May, when 10 unarmed National Police officers were killed and 20 other people wounded, including two UN police advisors.A UN team is scheduled to visit the country shortly to assess a possibly robust increase in the residual UN presence still remaining there following a Security Council meeting yesterday on the violence which erupted after the dismissal of nearly 600 soldiers, a third of the armed forces in April.“It is obvious that the UN will have to go back to Timor-Leste in a much larger form than we are at the moment,” Mr. Annan said after the meeting.At present an international force including Australia, New Zealand Malaysia and Portugal, which ceded colonial control of Timor-Leste in 1974, is helping to restore order at the Government’s request. The UN presence has been drawn down since the original UN Transitional Administration (UNTAET) was set up in 1999 after the country voted for independence from Indonesia, which took over after Portugal’s withdrawal.Once independence was attained in 2002, that mission was replaced with a downsized operation, the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), which in turn was succeeded by the current, even smaller UN office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL). Mr. Hasegawa said his meeting with the international prosecutors came in response to a request from Timor-Leste’s Foreign Ministry on enabling the Prosecutor General’s office to investigate the incidents, which also included the shooting deaths of five demonstrators in late April.At least 37 people were killed in the wave of violence, according to UNOTIL’s Human Rights Unit. More than 130,000 people fled their homes, over a tenth of the total population, and are now being cared for in makeshift camps with the help of UN agencies. The prosecutors, who work in the Timorese Prosecutor General’s office, are recruited by UNOTIL and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). read more

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International Mining Project News issue 251 – great project leads to follow

first_imgNotable news includes Kamoa project’s exploration team has initiated a 25,000-m, in-fill and exploration drilling program, using up to nine drill rigs, at the Kakula discovery on the Kamoa Copper Mining Licence Area. The Kamoa project, in the DRC’s Lualaba Province is a joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines and Zijin Mining. Simfer has submitted the mine and infrastructure bankable feasibility studies for the Simandou South iron ore project in Guinea. The BFS outline “the details around the development of both the worldclass iron ore mine and the multi-user and multi-usage infrastructure project. They are based on comprehensive analysis carried out over the past two years by Simfer, China Harbour Engineering Co (CHEC), China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC) and other international mining and construction contractors.”Hecla Mining and Mines Management have announced a merger agreement with Hecla acquiring Mines Management. Following closing of the merger, Hecla intends to advance the evaluation program of Montanore. Located in northwest Montana, Montanore is considered one of the largest undeveloped silver and copper deposits in North America. The project is some 16 km from Hecla’s Rock Creek project and 80 km north of Hecla’s Lucky Friday Mine in Idaho.MMC Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest refined nickel and palladium producer, has hosted its annual strategy day. The management reported the main results of the completed strategies of 2013-2015 and set key goals and priorities for the next strategy cycle of 2016-2018.The ‘Golden Triangle’ of northwest BC hosts multiple large and high-grade past-producing mines and deposits, several of which are approaching potential development. High-grade past-producing gold-silver mines include the Premier, Eskay Creek and Snip operations. Seabridge’s KSM project and Pretivm’s Valley of the Kings deposit host very large previous metal deposits in the same belt of rocks as Red Mountain.Much more information is available in the issue – contact emma@im-mining.com for subscription details.Prefeasibility studies include Rogue Resources Silicon Ridge project; Canadian Zinc Corp’s Prairie Creek lead, zinc, silver mine in the Northwest Territories, Canada and Metminco’s Miraflores gold project. International coal developer Balamara Resources is on track to publish an upgraded JORC Mineral Resource estimate for its flagship Sawin coal project in southeast Poland. There is Texas Mineral Resources’ polymetallic Round Top long-life deposit; Newmarket Gold’s Maud Creek gold project in the Northern Territory, Australia and NovaCopper’s Bornite project, Northwest Alaska. Focus Ventures has results for its NI 43-101 Updated PFS for its 70%-owned Bayovar 12 phosphate project in northern Peru. Condor Gold has completed a PFS and two PEAs on La India project in Nicaragua. Brazil Resources has the results of an NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate for the Raintree West deposit, one of several porphyry centres identified on the Whistler project, Alaska.Santacruz Silver Mining has filed for the Veta Grande project located in Zacatecas, Mexico. FinnAust Mining has received initial analytical results of the ilmenite separated from the heavy mineral concentrate from the Pituffik titanium project in Greenland.Still in the PFS section, Gold Standard Ventures Corp reports that reverse circulation (RC) and core drilling have begun on the Pinion and North Bullion deposits at its 100%-owned/controlled Railroad-Pinion project in Nevada’s Carlin Trend. Era Resources’ 2016 infill drilling campaign and a scoping study are underway at the company’s Yandera project in PNG. Bluebird Merchant Ventures announces an update on the Batangas gold project. In Russia, Highland Gold Mining has results from a JORC (2012) compliant mineral resource and ore reserve estimate for the Kekura project. Nevada Energy Metals has acquired 160 placer claims, with an area of 1,295 ha, located in northern Big Smokey Valley, Nye County, Nevada. In Indonesia, Asiamet Resources has filed a technical report supporting the independently prepared PEA study of the Beruang Kanan Main Zone. Sarama Resources has entered into an agreement with Orezone Gold Corp to acquire its Bondi gold deposit in Burkina Faso.Centrex Metals has appointed Swiss based licensor and engineering firm Casale to complete a feasibility study for ammonia and nitric acid plants based at its Oxley potassium project (“Oxley”), located 125, km southeast of the Port of Geraldton in Western Australia. Cypress Development Corp has received assay results showing the feasibility of extracting lithium directly from the surface claystones without the need for roasting or other costly and complex treatments at the company’s Clayton Valley project located in Esmeralda County, State of Nevada, USA. Sulliden Mining Capital has a mineral resource estimate for the past-producing Troilus mine, located in the Abitibi mining region of Quebec, Canada.Moving on to the feasibility stage, Crusader Resources has completed an internal optimisation review into a 2 Mt/y development for Stage 1 of the Borborema gold project. Pilbara Minerals advises that ongoing resource drilling being conducted along the Central and Western pegmatites at its 100%-owned Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum project near Port Hedland in Western Australia is continuing to deliver impressive results. Amur Minerals Corp, a nickel-copper sulphide mineral exploration and resource development company focused on the far east of Russia, reports on progress in working with Russia’s Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund. Peak Resources announces the successful commissioning of the leach recovery pilot plant at ANSTO’s Lucas Heights piloting facility for rare earths near Sydney. There is Euromax Resources’ Ilovica project in Macedonia.Bacanora, the lithium company which is developing the Sonora lithium project in northern Mexico, has raised £7,702,500 for one of the larger lithium resources in the world. In Colmbia, Continental Gold is focused on advancing its high–grade Buriticá gold project to production. A new solar salt project is set to create jobs and stimulate local business in the Pilbara. K+S Group has announced initial plans to develop the Ashburton salt project, 40 km southwest of Onslow, Western Australia. Energia Minerals provides an update on its 100%-owned Gorno zinc project in northern Italy, where exploration continues to expand the potential of the flagship Colonna Zorzone deposit as well as the broader Gorno region.Magnetite Mines has signed a non-exclusive Introduction and Consulting Agreement with MDS Financing Consultancy, working with its team based in Dalian, China for the purposes of expanding the company’s funding capabilities in China. Blackham Resources has gained a number of approvals for the Matilda gold project. KEFI Minerals, the gold exploration and development company with projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, has received formal confirmation from the Government of Ethiopia of its commitment to invest $20 million for equity in the Tulu Kapi gold project. Encanto Potash Corp announces a non-brokered private placement consisting of a non flow through and flow through financing, of up to C$2,700,000 for development of Encanto’s Muskowekwan property in Saskatchewan.The Tulsequah project is a construction ready, permitted, high grade, polymetallic project with one of the lowest operating costs and camp scale exploration potential. Gold Road Resources is pioneering development of Australia’s newest found goldfield, the Yamarna Belt located 200 km east of Laverton in Western Australia. It holds interests in tenements covering approximately 5,000 km2 in the region, which is historically underexplored and highly prospective for gold mineralisation.Orezone Gold Corp has received the formal and final approval by the Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change for the Resettlement Action Plan and the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment with respect to its ongoing mining permit application for its wholly owned Bomboré gold project in Burkina Faso.Seabridge Gold discusses the 2016 exploration program at the KSM project and, subject to completion of the company’s acquisition of SnipGold Corp, the Iskut Property of SnipGold in northwest British Columbia, Canada.Carpathian Gold is focused on advancing its exploration and development plans on its 100% owned Rovina Valley Au-Cu project located in Romania. Altech Chemicals Ltd’s kaolin mining lease (ML) application M70/1334 at Meckering, Western Australia has been granted. Lupaka Gold Corp with Pandion Mine Finance has progressed to the preparation of definitive documentation phase for funding the Invicta gold project. Arafura Resources has submitted the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Nolans rare earths project.Archer’s Leigh Creek project is located approximately 10 km northwest of the Leigh Creek Coalfield and the company is considering both rail and road transport solutions for the transport of magnesite ore from Leigh Creek. Patagonia Gold plans to construct a new mine at Cap-Oeste this year to replace production from Lomada, which has reached the end of its life. Ormonde Mining reports the results of the recently completed drilling program at the Barruecopardo tungsten project in Salamanca, Spain.Ucore Rare Metals updates on the continuing performance of the SuperLig®-One rare earth element (REE) separation pilot plant. Pregnant leach solution (PLS) derived from the company’s Bokan-Dotson Ridge project in Alaska has been treated by the SuperLig-One Molecular Recognition Technology (MRT) plant, at the IBC Advanced Technologies, Utah facility, to separate the scandium (Sc) contained therein from the group of REE previously separated from the impurity metals in the PLS.Coro Mining Corp is well funded to continue the development of its exciting Marimaca project, and the growth of the SCM Berta operations. Diamcor Mining reports the advancement of the Krone-Endora at Venetia diamond project is progressing as planned. In Russia, Eurasia Mining (PGM and gold) has executed an agreement with a Russian company, OOO SK Region-Story (SKRS), under which SKRS will commence contract mining at Eurasia’s West Kytlim alluvial platinum deposit in the Urals. In Senegal Avenira reports good progress at the Baobab phosphate project which remains on schedule for second half production.Roxgold has poured first gold at the Yaramoko gold project located in the Houndé greenstone region of Burkina Faso. CuDeco Ltd reports on commissioning activities at its flagship Rocklands Group copper project in Cloncurry, northwest Queensland. Premier African Minerals provides an update on progress at RHA tungsten project.Galaxy Resources reports activity at Mt Cattlin continues to progress with first tantalum production achieved on 16 May 2016, fed from existing crushed ore stockpiles. Bayhorse Silver has reached an Agreement with GreenHawk™ Global Corp to install a closed-loop mine water treatment pilot plant using the patented SOLO™ processing system at the Bayhorse silver mine near Ontario, Oregon, where underground work is ongoing.Lucapa Diamond Co will invest A$7 million in the coming months to upgrade its Lulo diamond mine in Angola, which has yielded major gems in the past six months. Lulo is located 150 km from Alrosa’s Catoca mine, the world’s fourth largest diamond mine and about 700 km east of the capital Luanda. Dominion Diamond Corp reports that the Minister of Lands of the Government of the Northwest Territories has accepted the recommendations of the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board, that the Jay project be approved.James McDonald, President and CEO, has sent a letter to Kootenay Silver shareholders updating them on two recent milestone developments “that have ushered in an exciting new era of silver consolidation in Mexico and potential future mining development for Kootenay Silver.Goldgroup Mining has consented to the restructuring and sale by Monarch Gold Corp of substantially all of its assets and operations to Cascadia Goldfields Co in Mexico. Northern Vertex Mining and Patriot Gold Corp have signed a binding agreement whereby Northern Vertex will purchase Patriot Gold’s remaining 30% working interest in the Moss gold/silver mine.GoviEx Uranium and Denison Mines Corp provide an update on the status of the previously announced transaction whereby GoviEx will acquire Denison’s wholly owned subsidiary, Rockgate Capital Corp, which holds all of Denison’s Africa-based uranium interests.In China, Eldorado Gold Corp has reached an agreement to sell its interest in the Jinfeng mine, and has reached an agreement to sell its respective interest in the White Mountain and Tanjianshan mines and the Eastern Dragon development project. Silver Standard Resources and Claude Resources have received the required shareholder approvals for the previously announced Plan of Arrangement.Kodal Minerals has completed its acquisition of 100% of International Goldfields (Bermuda) Ltd (IGS), which controls a portfolio of highly prospective gold properties in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. Indico Resources has entered into a letter of intent with Aruntani S.A.C. pursuant to which it will sell to Aruntani all of the shares of Indico Peru, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company, which has an irrevocable option to acquire all of the shares in the capital of Inversiones Minerales, an entity holding a series of concessions in Peru.IMX Resources Ltd advises that the full A$7 million under the Graphex Mining Ltd IPO has been received. The IPO was managed jointly by Palladion Partners and RM Corporate Finance.Kincora Copper Ltd has reached agreement providing for the merger of two Kincora subsidiaries with Ibex Land Mongolia and Ibex Mongolia, entities indirectly controlled by High Power Exploration (HPX). The transaction will result in a consolidated landholding of over 1,500 km2, the majority of the prospective exploration licenses which dominate a key geological trend between and along strike from the Oyu Tolgoi and Tsagaan Suvarga copper mines, supporting an industry leading proposition of copper/gold and gold targets.Rye Patch Gold is acquiring 100% ownership of the Florida Canyon gold mine (with the Standard gold mine) located in Pershing County, Nevada.last_img read more

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Cork crèche closes after toddler found with a probable case of E

first_imgI have never seen anything like this before but it is becoming more common and there’s a real danger because it can be so easily passed on, especially with children who regularly pass each other toys or are in contact with each other.“We feel sorry for parents who now have to try and find other forms of childcare but we must prioritise the health of the children,” she added.Read: At least 49 cases of E.coli after outbreak at Belfast restaurant > FIRST STEPS CRECHE in Midleton, Co Cork has had to close its doors after a toddler was found to have a likely case of Verotoxigenic E.coli.The creche on Mill Road, which caters for around 85 children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years, was closed today as a precaution to prevent the spread of VTEC E. coli and reduce the risk to other children and their families.The HSE notified the crèche last Friday of the likely E. coli case and all 15 staff and children have been screened for any traces of the infection. The entire crèche will also be disinfected.A source of the infection is currently being sought but this may be difficult as there is just one case of VTEC E. coli reported so far.The crèche is likely to be closed until the end of next week or until the test results come back. “Everyone had to be screened because there was a risk to anyone who has attended the crèche, but once we get clearance the children are welcome to come back,” said Rosaleen Cotter, owner of the crèche.Ms Cotter also told TheJournal.ie that her main worry right now was to make sure that no one else has contacted the infection:last_img read more

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Man due in Omagh court over attempt to abduct child outside family

first_imgA 55-YEAR-OLD man in Tyrone is due in court today in connection with the attempted abduction of a child.The man has been charged with attempted child abduction and common assault and will appear at Omagh Magistrates Court later today.Police said the charges relate to a “suspicious approach to a child” in Coagh on Wednesday of this week. The Tyrone Times reports that the child was playing outside the family home Wednesday evening when a man got out of a car and grabbed the child’s arm.The child’s mother saw what was happening, came out of the house and the man got into his car and drove off.Police said the charges will now be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland.Read: Family of young Irish boy abducted to Egypt want help from Government>Read: Police now treating April Jones disappearance as murder investigation>last_img read more

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XMen Evolution Is the Gateway Drug of Comic Book Shows

first_img X-Men: Evolution was my first experience with what I would come to learn was called “shipping hell.” There were so many characters and so many options for romantic pairings, and at 11 years old, I didn’t know where to start.This wasn’t the most important aspect of the cartoon, which took our favorite X-Men characters and put them in a high school setting–with some of the older mutants acting as teachers and mentors–but at the time, it was the only thing I could focus on. Would Nightcrawler and Kitty Pryde get together since they seemed to be flirting a lot? Would Scott Sommers finally ask Jean Grey out? What about Rogue and Gambit? Was that a thing I should be looking out for? Is it weird because Gambit is an adult and Rogue is still in high school?The X-Men had been around for decades at that point, and these characters were all established and well known, but this was the first time I had ever encountered them. I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know that these teens would deal with a genocidal mutant, or struggle to take control over their powers or have to battle giant robots and prejudice just for the right to exist openly. I certainly didn’t see Apocalypse coming and how he would kill many of the characters outright just as the show was wrapping up.X-Men: Evolution wasn’t the first animated X-Men show on TV. That honor belonged to X-Men: The Animated Series, which ran for five seasons in the early 1990s. That one was more of a straight X-Men comics adaptation, following Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters as they fought in the most recognizable of the franchise’s story arcs, including the Dark Phoenix saga. Most of the characters were adults by the time we caught up with them, but as the show was for kids, the creators picked a young avatar in Jubilee. She was supposed to be the main character, allowing the audience to experience the world of mutants with fresh eyes. She was new to the team and as such, had a lot to learn. You can argue that she didn’t learn much, nor was she depicted in a positive manner, but the idea was there. In order to introduce those not familiar with mutants, Marvel, or X-Men, the audience needed somebody closer to their age. That was the perception anyway.Whether or not this should be the standard in how people create adaptations of niche material for a broad audience (it probably shouldn’t), it certainly helps. So when X-Men: Evolution comes along and introduces a version of the world where the bulk of the characters are teenagers, it might seem like overkill. But the X-Men has always been about a school, and it’s always built itself around the experiences of teens. For most, and as established in the comics, mutant powers emerged as a result of puberty in a very on-the-nose allegory. Over time as the mutants got older, it distanced itself from these experiences. But one of the core concepts of this band of heroes and villains has always been changing and metamorphosis, regardless of the characters’ ages. Why not put them in the middle of when those changes would be occurring?The show revels in this concept, sometimes a little too much. Season one is bland and relies too much on those teen drama/high school elements, and not nearly enough on the comic book material, it’s drawing from. It’s a lot of repetitive introductory episodes that highlight a mutant as they discover their powers and get recruited by Professor X or Mystique, who’s putting together a Brotherhood to help Magneto out. The first episode gives us Kurt Wagner or Nightcrawler. The second Kitty Pryde, and so on for about five or six episodes. We get introduced to Spyke, a mutant created specifically for the show. Most things are kept simple and formulaic: a mutant gets introduced, has to deal with their powers. Usually, Mystique shows up and secrets are kept. For those with no knowledge of the X-Men it’s not obvious, but in hindsight, you can’t really cast Magneto in shadow and act like it’s a big reveal that he’s been conjuring up evil schemes for an entire season.This shifted over time to where it seemed to find the perfect balance between the teen drama and the super heroics. There are instances where the characters have to deal with fresh teen angst, like having to go on a date at the school dance, but it’s spaced out among fantasy conflicts. Despite not being in high school, we get plenty of episodes where Wolverine has to deal with Weapon X, or the teachers (Storm, Professor X, and others) are faced with governmental threats on their being. By the end of season two, Earth knows about the existence of mutants, leading into the bigotry conversations that the X-Men franchise is known for in season three.It was in this season that the show seemed to reach equilibrium in juggling all aspects of its identity. It was all genres at once: teen romance, sci-fi action, family drama, and comedy. You can have one episode that exploits the shenanigans between Nightcrawler and Toad, but also one about mental instability in which Rogue becomes overwhelmed by all the personalities she’s absorbed. By season four, it went too far away from its light-hearted concept, relying too heavily on the source material it was adapting and not taking the time to have fun with the main cast. In its final season, the show became grim and hopeless.But this transition from high school drama to large-scale comic book event shows how X-Men: Evolution was able to blend in all parts of the X-Men franchise’s identity. This included obscure elements from the comics, such the Morlocks.–a team of disfigured, underground mutants–Bolivar Trask and the Sentinels, mutants such as Mastermind, and even the Szardos family (although they’ve been vastly changed from their magic-based comics identities). It even took liberties of its own, having been the space where X-23 (set to make her cinematic debut in Logan) was created. Its voice acting wasn’t always great, but what it did with the story was masterful.But any conversation on whether X-Men: Evolution pays tribute and respects the source material wouldn’t work if the creators hadn’t spent time crafting personal relationships between the characters. This is why when I think about the show, over 15 years later, I think about the stories that connected the characters and the events that drove them towards one person or another. I would talk about how my first fanfiction ever was written based on X-Men: Evolution, which included my first self-insert, Mary Sue OC (original character) who was the perfect mutant for Nightcrawler because she looked just like him, but I don’t think you’d want to hear that. But how other mutants treated Nightcrawler–from Kitty to Mystique to Rogue–shaped his character, turning him from the class clown into a caring, sensitive soul with a complex psychology. That’s just one example, but there’s also the will they/won’t they nature of Scott and Jean, the way Gambit treated Rogue when she felt isolated, and the star-crossed nature of the romance between Kitty and Avalanche. It’s no wonder that it’s basically Marvel shipping hell and that it’s stuck around in my mind.A lot went down in just four seasons of animated kids television. We got a teen drama and an animated comic book. We got a serious take on the consequences of bigotry on those being targeted and moments of kickass girl power. We got Magneto, the Sentinels, and Apocalypse. We got back stories on a number of X-Men characters. We got a Legion episode over a decade before most people knew who David Haller was. We got an introductory crash course on X-Men all told through the eyes of teenagers for a young audience who could relate to simply the emotions of the main characters. If you’re adopting an older, dense franchise for a younger audience, X-Men: Evolution set a template and a path. If you wanted to know more, you can always pick up the comics. Or watch the movies, or keep up with it years later. You can engross yourself in internet holes of exposition. It’s a good place to start.All four season of X-Men: Evolution currently avaiable to stream on Amazon for $14.99 per season. Stay on target Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men?SDCC 2019: Marvel’s ‘Dawn of X’ Comics Unveil Future of X-Men last_img read more

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Moussa Sissoko sidelined for two weeks

first_imgTottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko sustained a groin injury in last weekend 1-0 defeat to Manchester United and has been ruled out for two weeks.Sissoko went down clutching his groin at Wembley last Sunday and was subbed in the 43rd minute for Erik Lamela.He was initially thought to be out for a month but is now set to return the first week of February and could feature in Spurs’ last 16 Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.Spurs could be without midfielders Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama who are currently recovering from appendicitis  and knee injury respectively and doubtful for their trip to Fulham on Sunday, but Mauricio Pochettino remains positive.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“Like in life, in football, there is two options: to cry or to see a possibility for another player to play and step up and an opportunity to play in a different way,” he told Sky Sports.“I think it’s a massive challenge. Rather than sitting in my chair and crying, I’d rather find another way to challenge ourselves and to be consistent, keeping the same level as before.”last_img read more

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Indias automobile industry to bleed 1 million jobs due to persistent slowdown

first_imgEmployees work inside the newly inaugurated plant for the Tata Nano car at Sanand.REUTERS/Amit DaveNearly 10 lakh people might lose jobs due to a slowdown over the past 11 months in India’s auto industry, warned Auto Component Manufacturers of India (ACMA) on Wednesday, July 24.”Considering the auto components industry grows on the back of the vehicle industry, a current 15-20% cut in vehicle production has led to a crisis-like situation in the auto components sector. If the trend continues, an estimated 10 lakh people could be laid off,” said Ram Venkataramani, President, ACMA.The job losses are happening in the major hubs, including Gurgaon-Manesar belt of Haryana, Pune, Jharkhand’s Jamshedpur and some parts of Madhya Pradesh’s Pithampur. The auto components industry currently employs about 50 lakh people and nearly 70 percent of them are on contract.ACMA sought for immediate government intervention, such as stimulating demand by reducing the GST to a uniform 18 percent.”The industry needs urgent government intervention. There is an immediate need to stimulate vehicle demand and also sustain it post BS-VI implementation, as vehicles will become significantly expensive thereafter,” added Venkataramani.High taxation hitting auto sector?Around 70 percent of all automobile components are currently under the 18 percent GST slab, but around 30 percent remain in the 28 percent bracket. Apart from this, automobiles attract a peak GST rate of 28 percent with additional cess of 1-15 percent depending on the length, engine size and type.Leading manufacturers have shut down double digit production due to the decline in vehicle sales. Growth in revenue from exports also slowed down to 17.1 percent, Rs 1,06,048 crore, last fiscal year compared to a growth of 23.9 percent, Rs 90,571 crore, in FY18. The automotive component industry exports 26 percent of its total production. Self-driving car technology faces a crucial test in the U.S. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:47Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:45?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close According to data released by the ACMA, growth in total turnover of the component manufacturers in India came down to just 14.5 percent, Rs 3,95,902 crore, in FY19. In FY18, the revenue of the sector grew by 18.3 percent, Rs 3,45,635 crore.last_img read more

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Hiking Arenal Volcano National Park A giant tree and a new trail

first_imgRelated posts:Capture the magic: Final call for national photography contest Walking on water: The Nicoya Peninsula’s ‘Jesus Tree’ Alleged gold miners camp outside Corcovado National Park, demand compensation  President Solís tours Poás Volcano region following strong explosion ARENAL VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK —It almost seems silly, hiking several kilometers through secondary forest to see a single tree.That is, until you reach it.The highlight of Arenal Volcano National Park’s El Ceibo trail is an enormous tree thought to be at least 400 years old.Unlike most of the nearby forest, this Ceiba tree survived Arenal Volcano’s massive 1968 eruption, which killed 87 people and wiped out hundreds of kilometers of vegetation and livestock. And there it stands today, towering over its surroundings, a tree older than the country itself. The giant ceiba tree at Arenal Volcano National Park. Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico Times***Visiting Arenal Volcano is a quintessential part of any tourist trip to Costa Rica.That much is evident as you drive through the town of La Fortuna. Signs in English advertising upscale hotels, hot springs and adventure tours are almost everywhere you turn.Of course, the principal attraction is the volcano itself, the conical behemoth that dominates the landscape.Though you can see the stratovolcano from nearly everywhere in the La Fortuna district, Arenal Volcano National Park provides an up-close view at a bargain for Costa Rican citizens and permanent residents.Founded in 1991, the national park and its popular Las Coladas trail takes visitors to a lookout point atop hardened lava flows from Arenal’s past eruptions. Map of trails at Arenal Volcano National Park. Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico TimesThe park expanded its options for visitors in 2017 with the inauguration of a paved peninsula trail that also provides excellent lookouts for the volcano and Lake Arenal. (Unfortunately, clouds covered much of the volcano during a recent visit, though the sky was much clearer the following day.) Lookout point from Arenal Volcano National Park. Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico TimesAt 1.2 km (0.75 miles) one-way, the out-and-back trail can easily be completed in 90 minutes, even factoring in time for stops. And – perhaps because it’s relatively new – the hike is teeming with wildlife. Aerial view of foliage at Arenal Volcano National Park. Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico TimesA pair of toucans flew between trees near the trailhead as I approached the ranger station in my car. Toucan in the tree at Arenal Volcano National Park. Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico Times If you’re revisiting an old classic in Arenal, the El Ceibo and Peninsula trails make the national park a worthwhile stop.Arenal Volcano National Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rates are 1,000 colones (about $1.70) for nationals and permanent residents, and $15 for adult non-residents. More information at SINAC.go.cr.  Facebook Commentscenter_img In the vegetation by the road, a large golden orb spider sat motionless on its web. Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico TimesDuring the hike, I spotted great curassow birds waddling on the trail, an agouti, two coatis feasting on ants, and a group of collared peccaries that looked surprised at the disturbance and then ran into the forest. Arenal Volcano National Park’s new peninsula trail. Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico TimesThe new peninsula trail also features a tower for treetop views of Arenal and a covered structure at the water’s edge for more sights of the lake and the volcano. (Park rangers advised against swimming, citing crocodile concerns.) Lake Arenal from the National Park’s peninsula trail. Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico Timeslast_img read more

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Tennis Hall of Fame investigates abuse claim

first_img Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories The Newport, Rhode Island-based Hall said on Tuesday it had hired an attorney to investigate the allegations against Hewitt, an Australian-born former doubles champion who now lives in the southeastern South African town of Addo. The investigation could result in the first expulsion from the Hall.A man who answered Hewitt’s mobile phone Wednesday said Hewitt was unavailable for comment.Sheehan said it was difficult to speak out, but once she did, it helped her heal.“To say his name now is easy. A year ago, I couldn’t say it,” she said in an interview. “I’ve actually forgiven him. Although he has to pay for what he did.”The AP typically doesn’t identify people who say they were sexually abused, unless they agree, as Sheehan did, to be named publicly.The 72-year-old Hewitt played in the 1960s and 1970s, coached young players in South Africa in the 1980s, and was inducted into the Hall in 1992. At the time of his induction, Sheehan said Wednesday, she was trying to block out memories of abuse that started when he began coaching her when she was 9 and lasted until she was 14.But last year, she and other women who say Hewitt abused them began talking about their outrage. She said she knows of other women in South Africa, the United States and New Zealand who say they were abused by Hewitt, but she did not say how many accusers there are. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths They approached Hall of Fame officials, who told them they could do nothing because Hewitt did not face criminal charges, Sheehan said.In December, Sheehan asked South African police to open a rape investigation. Peter Van Niekerk, a South African lawyer who represents Sheehan and others, said Wednesday that a criminal investigation into the allegations against Hewitt has moved slowly. The spokesman for South Africa’s prosecuting authority did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case.Twiggy Tolken, 44, a South African now living in New Zealand, said Hewitt began abusing her when she was 12, and her family went to the police when she was 13. Her parents later dropped the case because they did not want Tolken to have to face Hewitt in court, she said. But she said she saved letters he wrote her that detailed his advances and warned her to keep quiet so that if anyone else ever came forward, she would “be able to say, `It also happened to me, and here’s the evidence.”“In all honesty, Bob Hewitt needs to go to jail,” Tolken said in a telephone interview.The Hall of Fame’s former president Tony Trabert initially promised an inquiry last year, but the Hall’s chief executive officer Mark Stenning told The Boston Globe in May that none was being conducted. Stenning told the AP on Tuesday that had changed, saying the Hall is now “doing the right thing.” Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sheehan, the South African, said the focus should be on the accused.“The message needs to go out to the coaches, and it needs to go to the people who can abuse their power,” she said. “They mustn’t think they can always get away with it.”______Associated Press Writer Erika Niedowski in Providence, Rhode Island contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) – The man she accuses of raping her when she was his 9-year-old protege has no place in the International Tennis Hall of Fame, a South African woman said Wednesday.Suellen Sheehan, now 43 and a businesswoman in Johannesburg, said it took years to overcome feelings of shame, guilt and fear she would not be believed. She and other accusers came forward last year to ask the Hall of Fame to remove Bob Hewitt from its ranks. “The Hall of Fame is where it started,” Sheehan said. “Now, I want him to be charged. And then, I’m done. Whether I’m ever going to get my day in court, I don’t know. But he needs to be charged.”Sheehan said that as a child she told her mother of the abuse, “and she dismissed it.” She counts the destruction of her relationship with her parents as part of the toll of the abuse, but said she has come to believe adults who knew or suspected something was wrong simply did not know how to respond.She was switched to another coach, a woman, when she was 14, and about two years later went to play and study in the United States. She did not pursue a professional tennis career.“I gave up tennis. As soon as I was old enough to say, `I’m not doing this anymore,’ I stopped.”Among others interviewed as part of the Hall’s inquiry is Heather Conner, of West Newbury, Massachusetts. Conner, like Sheehan, agreed to be named.Conner says she was sexually abused by Hewitt starting at age 15, when she says he forced her to have sex with him near a high school in Massachusetts. Conner is critical of the Hall for not taking action sooner and said she wants to see Hewitt expelled.last_img
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Fewer aviation accidents in 2009 but fatalities higher

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/22d4c/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=132&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a238f441″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X Despite a few major accidents in 2009, the year just passed has been one of the best in terms of safety performance, recording the second lowest accident rate in aviation history.According to the latest report from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) the 2009 accident rate was 0.71%, or one incident one accident for every 1.4 million flights.Altogether there were 90 accidents in all aircraft types, compared to 109 in 2008, and of these 18 were fatal incidents, compared to 23 in 2008.“Safety is the industry’s number one priority. Even in a decade during which airlines lost an average of US$5 billion per year, we still managed to improve our safety record. Last year, 2.3 billion people flew safely,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA Director General and CEO.“But every fatality is a human tragedy that reminds us of the ultimate goal of zero accidents and zero fatalities.”In 2009 fatalities were higher recording 685 fatalities compared to 502 in 2008.  North Asia carriers saw no accidents in Western-built aircraft this year, while North America passenger carriers recorded no fatal incidents as the only fatal incident involved a FedEx aircraft.last_img read more

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Amazing Thailand to tap Indian Wedding Segment

first_imgIn continued efforts to further promote Indian weddings to Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand-New Delhi & Tourism Authority of Thailand-Mumbai along with THAI Airways International recently took selected wedding planners to Thailand to promote it as a great destination for Indian wedding celebrations. There were about 30 top Indian wedding planners from Pan-India. TAT hosted the group in Thailand while THAI Airways International was the airline partner.The wedding planners were given a choice of 3 routes to choose from.Route 1: Koh Chang – Pattaya – BangkokRoute 2: Rayong – Pattaya – BangkokRoute 3: Hua Hin – Pattaya – BangkokAll three groups of wedding planners met at Pattaya for the Wedding Symposium, where the Thai private sector was briefed about Indian weddings and best ways to handle the celebrations and live up to expectations of the Indians. In Bangkok a table top session was organised for the group, where they got an opportunity to meet and interact with service providers of various segments in Thailand for Indian weddings.The purpose of this trip was to acquaint and familiarise the top wedding planners of India, with various hotels and facilities available in different destinations of Thailand to host grand Indian weddings and celebrations. This trip covered the inspections of a few world-class hotels and resorts as well as tourist attractions.Post the trip, all wedding planners that participated were given ‘The Thailand Specialist Wedding Planner Certificate’.last_img read more

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Maldives announces to host second Travel Trade Maldives

first_imgFollowing the success of the first Travel Trade Maldives which took place in the Male, the country’s capital, on 12 and 13 July 2017, the Maldives authority announced second Travel Trade Maldives show which is scheduled to take place over an extended three days from 1 – 3 May 2018.The inaugural Travel Trade Maldives (TTM) Tourism was an extremely important market to the Maldives and the destination continues to welcome an increasing number of tourists, including a 3.2% rise in UK visitors in June 2017, compared to last year. The Maldives government has, therefore, announced plans to develop over 50 resorts before the end of 2018, with estimations that the island nation will have over 50,000 beds available to tourists by 2020.Held at Dharubaaruge in the capital of Male, the travel trade show was the first of its kind in the country which saw over 200 tourism professionals in attendance and attendees included resort and hotel general managers, resident managers, key hotel owners, international travel trade stakeholders and other travel industry professionals. In total, over 3,000 scheduled meetings took place at the show, to discuss business contracts worth more than £776 million ($1 billion) combined.In addition, the first-ever Tourism Career Fair was also held during TTM at the National Art Gallery, with over 2,000 students and industry professionals meeting with hotels and resorts currently recruiting.last_img read more

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Ellie Mae Releases Study on Community Banks Mortgage Operations

first_img “”Ellie Mae””:http://www.elliemae.com/ has released the results from its commissioned study on community banks, and the findings reveal that smaller financial institutions fear the effect that new housing finance regulations could have on their mortgage businesses. The survey, which was conducted by “”T. Aloise & Company””:www.taloise.com/, showed that 51 percent of community bank executives listed changing compliance standards as their most significant challenge.[IMAGE]The poll by Ellie Mae focused on mortgage lending operations at 34 community banks around the U.S., and the company posed key questions about the legislative, regulatory, and competitive factors in the marketplace. Additionally, Ellie Mae examined the implementation and use of technology, as well as changes in consumer relationships, organizational structure, and integration as it relates to mortgage divisions.Ellie Mae’s statistics indicated that the smallest community banks, those with less than $500 million in assets, were specifically concerned about the staffing needs brought on by regulatory issues. Meanwhile, mid-sized community banks, those with $500 to $599 million in assets, were most concerned about the impact compliance-related legislation could have on servicing and loan approval processes.[COLUMN_BREAK]When asked about industry competition, 53 percent of the banks identified larger financial institutions as their main competitors, while 38 percent cited other community banks and 15 percent cited credit unions. Poll inquiries on technological issues showed that around 75 percent of community banks tap into third-party solutions and that the majority of survey participants stated that their mortgage systems do not interact with other core banking systems, though the larger community banks were more likely to boast better platform integration. Speaking out on customer relationships, the community banking sector was divided over the influence of online banking, with one-third of respondents stating that web-based tools have improved consumer services and one-third of participants reporting no positive impact from online solutions. However, most of the banks surveyed agreed that their relationships with customers have changed since the housing crisis, and two-thirds of Ellie Mae’s respondents noted alterations in consumer communication from 2008 to present.Community banks were aligned on operational structure for mortgage divisions as well, with two-thirds of participants stating that the company does not have a mortgage-only branch. Ellie Mae pointed out that the size of the community bank does not seem to be a factor in determining whether or not mortgage divisions are integrated into an organization’s operations.Commenting on Ellie Mae’s data, Jonathan Corr, chief operating officer for the company, said, “”Handling the regulatory, market and technology challenges is something all banks, from multinational entities to small community banks, are facing. However, gaining insight into how community banks view these challenges and how larger, mid-sized and smaller banks within this segment perceive these challenges is vital for any company that provides services to this market.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-08-20 Abby Gregory August 20, 2012 392 Views center_img Ellie Mae Releases Study on Community Banks’ Mortgage Operations Sharelast_img read more

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Survey Finds Increased Optimism over Home Values

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Equity Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-12-21 Krista Franks Brock in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Optimism among both real estate professionals and homeowners regarding home values is rising, according to a nationwide “”survey””:http://blog.homegain.com/homegain-market-data/homegain-releases-4th-quarter-2012-national-home-values-survey-results/ by “”HomeGain,””:http://blog.homegain.com/ a website that offers free, instant home values. [IMAGE]Sixty-five percent of real estate professionals say home values will increase over the next six months, according to HomeGain’s fourth-quarter survey. The third-quarter survey found 51 percent of professionals shared this optimistic view. The year-over-year increase in positive outlook was even greater. A year ago, just 15 percent of professionals responding to HomeGain’s survey said home values would rise over the following six months. Optimism is not as high among homeowners, 39 percent of whom say home values will rise over the next six months. This is up from 34 percent in the previous quarter. Eleven percent of real estate professionals believe home values will decrease, while 24 percent believe home values will stay the same over the next six months. [COLUMN_BREAK]About 26 percent of homeowners believe home values will decrease over the next six months, and the remaining 41 percent believe home values will remain unchanged. The outlook for the next two years is even more optimistic than the outlook for the next six months–both from real estate professionals and from homeowners. Seventy-nine percent of real estate professionals anticipate rising home values over the next two years, and 62 percent of homeowners agree. Only 11 percent of professionals and 17 percent of homeowners harbor a negative outlook for home values over the next two years, according to HomeGain. As is always the case, location matters for home value outlook. A full 100 percent of professional survey respondents from Idaho and Michigan say home prices will rise in the next six months. Arizona and Texas brought in an 88 percent positive outlook for the next six months from professionals, and about 80 percent of Indiana’s professional respondents shared a positive outlook. Homeowners were most optimistic in Arizona (63 percent), Nevada (54 percent), Texas (48 percent), Colorado (45 percent), and Wisconsin (44 percent). On the other hand, pessimism among real estate professionals was highest in Colorado (40 percent), North Carolina (25 percent), Indiana (20 percent), Missouri (20 percent), and Tennessee (20 percent). Homeowners were most pessimistic in Oregon (56 percent), Alabama (53 percent), New Jersey (53 percent), Georgia (49 percent), and Missouri (47 percent). Survey respondents included 200 real estate agents and brokers and over 1,500 homeowners. December 21, 2012 439 Views center_img Share price,Survey Finds Increased Optimism over Home Valueslast_img read more

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Los Cabos Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler th

first_imgLos Cabos, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineBetween January 2 and 16 of 2011, the luxurious One&Only Palmilla invites you to discover Los Cabos and the gorgeous Sea of Cortez with a special Winter Getaway package. Stay in one of the resort’s beautiful Ocean Front Superior Rooms at the starting nightly rate of $450. Guests opting to stay for four nights or more will receive a $100 resort credit.The ocean view room, perched atop a striking cliff, offers splendid sea vistas, as well as décor that blends distinctive Mexican artistry and modern luxury. The private terrace comes equipped with a daybed and personal telescope for stargazing. Guests can choose from pillow and aromatherapy turndown menus, and have their every need met by the personal, round-the-clock butler service.For more information, visit www.oneandonlypalmilla.comlast_img read more

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