• Brookfield to invest 750 million in TransAltas hydro business

    CALGARY — TransAlta Corp. says Brookfield Renewable Partners and its institutional partners have signed a $750-million deal to invest in the company’s hydro assets.Under the terms of the agreement, Brookfield will acquire exchangeable securities, which will be convertible into an equity ownership interest in TransAlta’s Alberta hydro assets.Brookfield will also purchase TransAlta common shares on the open market to increase its share ownership stake to nine per cent.TransAlta says it will include two Brookfield nominees, Harry Goldgut and Richard Legault, on its slate of directors for election at the upcoming 2019 annual shareholders’ meeting.It says it will use $350 million of the investment to speed the company’s coal-to-gas transition strategy and up to $250 million to buy back shares over three years.The remainder of the investment will be used to advance the development of existing and new growth projects, and for general corporate purposes. read more

  • Feds say Justice coal cos owe 46M in fines

    by Michael Virtanen, The Associated Press Posted Jan 27, 2017 8:23 am MDT Last Updated Jan 27, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Feds say Justice coal cos. owe $4.6M in fines MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Mining operations controlled by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice haven’t paid $4.6 million in safety fines and penalties, according to federal authorities.The Mine Safety and Health Administration said that was the unpaid balance as of Wednesday. Most of it is at the Treasury Department for collection.Some operations have an installment agreement with the federal agency that covers $571,000 of the debt and paid $975,000 previously, according to the federal office.Justice listed 50 companies involved in mining in his financial disclosure last year at the state ethics commission. He has said he’ll put his businesses now run by his children in a blind trust while governor. The ethics commission hasn’t approved such a trust.The governor’s office didn’t immediately reply to requests Friday for comment.Southern Coal Corp., a Justice-owned holding company, said recently in response to an Associated Press query about unpaid taxes that it will meet every obligation owed. The company didn’t immediately reply Friday to a query about safety fines and penalties.The unpaid safety penalties and tax debts owed by Justice-owned coal companies were first reported in October by National Public Radio and The Associated Press.Justice, while campaigning, made no apologies for the debt owed by some of his coal companies, saying he is doing everything he can to keep his businesses running and workers employed while other companies go under.He told the AP in November, following his election, that he didn’t know how much the West Virginia tax liens were but “anything that’s owed to the state will absolutely be paid and cleaned up,” depending on whether payment plans are already in place.He pointed out that he’s paid many tax debts owed by his companies’ former owners. Last year when he completed a $5 million buyback of Mechel Bluestone Inc. from Russian company Mechel OAO, there were outstanding delinquent taxes of $2.5 million each to McDowell and Wyoming counties.“The Russians would have never paid them, and I paid them in full,” Justice said.Justice has been reported to be the richest man in West Virginia, with a fortune estimated at $1.56 billion by Forbes magazine and a profusion of coal and agricultural interests. He is forgoing the governor’s $150,000 annual salary and has emphasized that he personally wants nothing from the office and is focused on governing for the sake of the state’s 1.8 million people.He was elected at age 65 as a Democrat in his first run for statewide office in a largely self-funded campaign. read more

  • IKEA Building Wind Farm To Power Swedish Stores

    first_imgSwedish retail giant IKEA has an ambitious goal: to have all of the stores in its home country run off of renewable energy sources. To that end, the company has announced it’s building its very own wind farm.Due to be completed in 2012, the Dalarna County, Sweden-based wind farm is expected to provide enough energy to power the equivalent of 17 IKEA stores. Which, according to its website, is the exact number of stores based in Sweden.Currently the company owns a total of 52 wind turbines, across around nine farms, that help provide about 10 percent of the retailer’s total energy use.Via CNetlast_img

  • Xavier Bertrand réaffirme la limitation à lachat de tabac à létranger

    first_imgXavier Bertrand réaffirme la limitation à l’achat de tabac à l’étrangerEn sa qualité de ministre de la Santé, Xavier Bertrand veut proposer un nouveau dispositif de restriction visant à limiter l’achat du tabac dans les pays étrangers.Alors que Bruxelles demande à ce que les restrictions à l’achat du tabac à l’étranger soient levées, le ministre de la Santé Xavier Bertrand souhaite aujourd’hui mettre en place un nouveau dispositif qui se voudrait à nouveau restrictif. Aujourd’hui, la loi française prévoit que chaque particulier majeur puisse détenir deux kilos de cigarettes (soit deux cartouches) et faire circuler cinq cartouches lorsque ces cigarettes proviennent d’un pays situé hors de l’Union européenne. Mais Bruxelles n’apprécie pas ces mesures et a demandé à la France de supprimer cette limitation du Code général des Impôts, explique l’AFP, et cela dans le cadre du projet de loi de Finances rectificatives.Une mauvaise nouvelle pour le ministre de la Santé Xavier Betrand qui a fait savoir sur la chaîne France 2 : “Je pense que ça ne va pas se passer comme ça. En étant tenace, en ayant travaillé avec François Baroin sur la question, je pense qu’on va modifier ce qui était prévu, parce que le tabac n’est pas un produit comme les autres”. Et d’ajouter : “Un nouveau dispositif va être présenté qui conservera des limites et c’est une très bonne chose pour la santé publique”. Le 2 décembre 2010 à 17:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

  • A Lot of Really Silly People Want Fortnite Banned

    first_imgIf you keep up with gaming news, you know Fortnite is the hottest game out at the moment. Everyone, including famous rappers, is playing this First Person Shooter. Well, it seems some aren’t all too happy about that. A new petition was recently posted on that calls for the banning of the “addictive” Fortnite. Even in the world of video games, you can’t rise to the top without having folks wanting to tear you down.This petition was started by a girl who apparently believes Fortnite is stealing her boyfriend. The petition’s description reads: “Girls have to deal with their boyfriends playing it all day and ignoring them. Together we can stop this dumb game from existing. It’s taking over our boyfriends lives and brainwashing them.” Hey, have you ever thought about — I don’t know — actually playing with your significant other? Games are great for bringing people together, in case you hadn’t heard.Some of the other petitioner’s reasons for wanting Fortnite banned are equally as ludicrous/hilarious.“Fortnite is annoying, it is distracting when people talk about it in class,” says one petitioner. “It is lowering my friend’s grades as they are addicted to it. I don’t know what to do, she’s throwing her life away for the game.” I had to deal with kids talking about tamagotchi back in the day. I found that annoying too, but I didn’t want the damn thing banned. I do appreciate her concern for her friend, however.Another petitioner says: “Fortnite is turning into more than a game, it’s turning into an unhealthy obsession. I have heard kids saying ‘Why bother to read books or do work when I can play Fortnite?’.” Kids say stupid shit, bro. Relax.“I’m signing because Fortnite is a bad game and that people are getting in fights and hurting themselves because of this game.” Getting into fist fights over video games. This takes me back.Alright, I think you all get the point. To be honest, I can’t even get mad about this. If it were a nation’s government saying it wants to ban Fortnite, I’d be concerned. But no, it’s just a bunch of goofballs who don’t seem to want to let others have a good time. I wonder if these same folks felt this concerned during the big Pokemon Go craze. Fortnite is simply in the zeitgeist at the moment. Those who are currently “addicted” to it will soon move on to something else. This petition is ultimately pointless, but it does provide us with something amusing to talk about at least.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

  • Solskjaer wants a solid United defense

    first_imgThe Red Devils interim manager says his team needs to stop conceding goals from set pieces in order to continue growing in the English Premier League.Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took care of Manchester United, the team has gotten three consecutive wins.But the Red Devils have also conceded three goals, all of them from set pieces.“We need to keep clean sheets,” Solskjaer said to the Irish Times.“We have not done that so far so we know there are loads of things we need to work on.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“But this is the way we want to see ourselves attacking. We’ve conceded three goals from three set pieces,” he commented.“(Bournemouth’s goal) came from the one chance they had.”“We don’t concede too many chances in open play and that is great, but we have got to concentrate,” the interim coach explained.“My explanation might be, 3-0 up, game won, settle down and then a lack of concentration for one little second, and that’s enough.”last_img read more

  • Local travelers find selves in line of fire

    first_imgThey expected to be moved and inspired, and they were. They didn’t expect the worry, warnings and a quick getaway.A big group of Clark County parishioners from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church was in Jerusalem, finishing a whirlwind 13-day tour of Israel, when rockets fired from neighboring Gaza started falling Friday.“We were there when the air raid sirens started going off,” said pastoral assistant Sue McDonald, 58. Also on the trip was their pastor, the Rev. Michael Radermacher.The group of 40 was staying at in a Rosary Sisters guest house, and hanging out on an outdoor patio, when air raid sirens wailed. A booming announcement from a loudspeaker system at the American consulate next door warned everyone to take cover immediately.“We knew it wasn’t just a drill,” McDonald said. “When they shoot off those bombs they really don’t know where they’re going to hit.”The group hustled to the Rosary Sisters’ basement cafeteria, McDonald said, and waited there with total tension. They never heard any explosion or impact, she said, but they were surrounded by gunfire — the Muslim population in the area fired angry rounds into the air, she said.The group was supposed to head for the airport later that day, she said, but at that point their bus driver and the nuns at Rosary Sisters agreed it would be best if they left immediately.last_img read more

  • All clear given at Silver Palms Elementary after temporary evacuation

    first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials have given the all clear after they evacuated Silver Palms Elementary School in Pembroke Pines due to a possible fire.Pembroke Pines Police tweeted, Friday, that the fire or electrical smell may have come from the media center. However, just before 10 a.m., officers gave the all clear. UPDATE: Silver Palms Elementary has been cleared for students & staff to re-enter. There is no active fire.— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) December 22, 2017Officers said there is no active fire, and they have allowed students and staff to re-enter the building.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

  • Is Eesha Rebba the celebrity wild card entrant in Bigg Boss 3

    first_imgTwitterIt looks like Bigg Boss Telugu season 3 is going to have one more actor as a wild card entrant. The first wild card entrant in the house was Tamanna Bharadwaj and she has been eliminated from the house after spending two weeks there. There have been a lot of controversies, disputes and arguments in the house in the presence of Tamanna. So it was expected that she would get eliminated very soon.Speculations are rife that Telugu girl Eesha Rebba will be making her entry on the show as a wild card entrant. In the first season, Navdeep entered the show as wild card entry and in season 2, Pooja Ramachandran. It is pretty common that a celebrity will be entering the house every season. Eesha Rebba has been part of a good number of films like Anthaku Mundhu Aa Taruvatha, Ami Thumi, Awe and Aravinda Sametha. She has managed to win the hearts of many with her performance and her looks. TwitterEven after being a Telugu girl, unfortunately, Eesha couldn’t bag high budget films. In other words, even after being in the industry for so long, the number of films she has in her kitty can be counted on fingers. As of now, she has three films in her kitty and they are still in production. Like other heroines whom we see on-screen regularly, we don’t get to see Eesha on a regular basis. She also doesn’t keep her fans updated about the projects she is involved with. At times when she is not having too many films, it is necessary for her to gain some publicity and the lost limelight. So being part of this show might help the actress to remind her fans and filmmakers that she is here to take up and do more number of films.last_img read more

  • Supermarket robot to help the elderly w Video

    first_img © 2009 ( — Robovie-II, a retail-assistant robot designed to help elderly and disabled people shop in supermarkets, is being tested in Kyoto, in Japan. New robot skier takes to the slopes (w/ Video) One of the approximately 20 elderly shoppers taking part in the experiments said it was fun shopping with the robot, and it reminded her of shopping with her grandchild. She said she didn’t get tired because the robot carried the shopping basketJapan has an aging population and a love of consumer culture and technology, and the retail assistant robot is expected to be well-received. ATR sells a range of robots, and according to the Director of ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, Norihiro Hagita, the company is aiming to develop robots that can serve people with special needs, such as the elderly.The system is being tested until March 2010 at the Apita-Seikadai supermarket in Kyoto. The child-sized robot was developed from an earlier version of the Robovie-II humanoid robot designed by Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), which is based in Kansai Science City, or “Keihanna Science City”. Along with other digital technologies and sensors, the company hopes the robot will make shopping easier and more entertaining for elderly people, helping them remember what is on their list, guiding them to the items, and carrying the groceries for them. Citation: Supermarket robot to help the elderly (w/ Video) (2009, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further More information: In Japanese: … 20091214_335825.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Before leaving home, a shopper enters his or her shopping list into a mobile device that displays an avatar of the robot. When the shopper arrives at the supermarket, sensors detect the mobile device and the shopping list data is transmitted wirelessly to a waiting retail-assistant robot. The robot then greets the shopper by name and says “Let’s go shopping,” and then follows them through the store, helping them find the items on the list, and carrying the goods in a shopping basket.As they travel through the supermarket the robot reminds the shopper of items on the list, and makes recommendations and suggestions of other items that would go well with items on the list (such as lettuce with other salad items), and makes comments on how delicious foodstuffs look.last_img read more

  • Telecommuters Rejoice This iOS App Finds and Reviews WiFi Cafes Near You

    first_img Telecommuters know the frustration all too well. You roll up at a cafe ready to work, fork over a small fortune for a latte and crack open your laptop. You search for Wi-Fi but no dice. It was go-time and now it’s time wasted. Time to go.It’s a fact. Reliable Wi-Fi is the lifeblood of a reliable telecommuter. Without it, we’re screwed. The Richmond, Calif.-based remotely working ramblers behind Work Hard Anywhere get that. Last week, they launched a slick app by the same name that makes it quick and easy for telecommuters to find nearby cafes and workspaces with decent Wi-Fi. Search no more, drifters.The free app, available only on iOS devices for now, plugs users in to cafes and other alternative workspaces throughout the United States and eventually, the developers hope, “in any city or any country.” Similar to review tools like Yelp, the more people use the crowdsourced data-based app, the bigger and more detailed the Work Hard Anywhere database grows, the more work-optimized spaces entrepreneurs, freelancers and indie creatives can choose from.Related: Why Google Killed a Secret Project Called ‘Google Here’By the power of GPS, Work Hard Anywhere first locates you, then the Wi-Fi-enabled cafes and workspaces around you. The remote work haunts that pop up on its robust maps are categorized via users in five helpful ways: by Wi-Fi access and power outlet, parking and seating availability and price. Notes about the food and beverages served at locations can also be shared.Poof, guesswork gone. Well, mostly. We wish additional categories like how chilly a cafe is (Starbucks is typically bone-chilling) and how crowded and noisy or not were included.While the app currently doesn’t push any ads (we downloaded it to see), it does feature a Storenvy-linked shopping section. It’s stocked with branded pocket notebooks and stickers, ranging from $4 to $50, depending on quantities ordered. However, there’s no obligation to buy. Bottom line: With Work Hard Anywhere’s always-multiplying list of great Wi-Fi workspots in the palm of their hand, telecommuters can roam free and focus on what’s really important — working hard and getting stuff done.Related: This New App Lets Everybody Edit Photos Like the Pros September 14, 2015 2 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.center_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Listen Nowlast_img read more

  • HP firmware update blocks nonHP ink cartridges

    first_imgHP firmware update blocks non-HP ink cartridges by Martin Brinkmann on September 18, 2016 in Hardware – Last Update: September 29, 2016 – 79 commentsHP released a firmware update on March 12, 2016 for several of the company’s Officejet printers that renders non-HP ink cartridges useless.HP customers began to complain about the issue on September 13, 2016 on various online forums, the official HP forum, and on community sites like Reddit.All reported that a HP Officejet printer blocked non-HP ink cartridges from working, and that the device displayed one of the following messages to the user:Cartridge Problem.The following ink cartridges appears to be missing or damages.Replace the ink cartridges to resume printing.Cartridge Problem.Until cartridges are replaced, make sure the printer is turned on to avoid damage to the printer.One or more cartridges are missing or damaged.The ink cartridge listed above is an older generation ink cartridge that does not work in your printer. It can still be used with some older printer models.If you do not own an older printer model and your ink cartridge is a genuine HP cartridge, contract HP support for more information.It appears that HP programmed the firmware update that it released in March to block non-HP ink cartridges from working starting September 13, 2016.The printers affected by the firmware upgrade are HP Officejet Pro 8610, HP Officejet Pro 8615, HP Officejet Pro 8620, HP Officejet Pro 8625, HP Officejet Pro 8630, and HP Officejet Pro 6230 ePrinter, HP Officejet Pro 6830 e-All-in-One Printer, HP Officejet Pro 6835 e-All-in-One Printer, HP Officejet 6812 e-All-in-One Printer, HP Officejet 6815 e-All-in-One Printer  according to Inkjet 411. There is obviously a chance that other models are affected as well.HP customers affected by the issue cannot do much about it it appears. The printer won’t accept non-HP ink cartridges anymore unless they are specifically designed for the new firmware.Inkjet 411 for instance asks customers to return all cartridges that stopped working to get them replaced with cartridges that work on devices running the new firmware.HP customers who don’t want to experience an issue like this again in the future may want to disable firmware updates for their printer.The easiest option to do so is to wait for the next HP Update prompt to appear.Select Settings on the prompt.On the HP Update Settings page, switch to never under “check for software updates on the web”.Also, whenever a HP Update prompt is displayed, select cancel to block the download and installation of the update.Closing WordsMost printer manufacturers sell printers at a considerably low price and make profits largely from printer ink cartridges. Some printers are cheaper than a full battery of new cartridges.While that is not the case for HP’s OfficeJet Pro product line, replacing color and black cartridges comes close to 50% of the price paid for the printer (it is about $90 when bought from HP officially.It is true for Home printers like the HP Officejet 6815 e-All-in-One Printer which retails on Amazon for $64.99 currently. Replacing all cartridges costs more than $70 if you select high yield Black ink, or more than $56 if you don’t.Now You: are you affected by the firmware update?Update: HP announced today that it will release a firmware update that will remove what the company calls a security feature from its printers. Basically, what it does is remove the restriction so that third-party ink cartridges are accepted by the printer again.The company plans to release the firmware update in about two weeks, and will announce it on the HP forum when it is ready.SummaryArticle NameHP firmware update blocks non-HP ink cartridgesDescriptionHP released a firmware update on March 12, 2016 for several of the company’s Officejet printers that renders non-HP ink cartridges useless.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Body of flash flood drowning victim recovered

    first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A body was found lower downstream in the Ingula River outside Ladysmith at about 8.30am today (Wednesday).Ladysmith K9 Search & Rescue were busy with a search of the Ingula River after reports were received that a 43-year-old man had been swept off a low bridge during a flash flood. The search began late Tuesday evening.Warrant Officer Jacques Meyer and Gessie the police dog conducted the search in the Watersmeet area.The search was initially called off due to treacherous conditions and was resumed early this morning (Wednesday). At about 8.30am, the body was found.The deceased has not yet been officially identified and police have opened an inquest docket.last_img

  • Siemens PETNET Solutions to Offer PET Prostate Tracer for Clinical Trials

    first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more June 24, 2015 – Siemens’ PETNET Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens Healthcare, announced it will provide clinical researchers in the greater New York City area with access to gallium-68-labeled prostate-specific membrane antigen (Ga-68 labeled PSMA). This investigational tracer is being studied for prostate cancer imaging using positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in clinical trials throughout the world.Prostate cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer among men in the United States. An estimated 220,000 men are expected to be diagnosed with the disease this year, with approximately 15,000 in New York state alone. Recent hypotheses regarding the variation and diversity of prostate cancer suggest that all variants should not be treated equally – underscoring a need for expanded classification of the disease through imaging and biopsy methods.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Molecular Imaging | June 24, 2015 Siemens’ PETNET Solutions to Offer PET Prostate Tracer for Clinical Trials Company will manufacture, distribute 68Ga-labelled PSMA for prostate cancer PET imaging research in greater New York City area Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read morecenter_img News | Proton Therapy | July 17, 2019 Shorter Courses of Proton Therapy Equally Effective in Treating Prostate Cancer July 17, 2019 — Treating prostate cancer read more Related Content Princess Margaret Cancer Center uses machine learning to create automated treatment plansVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:22Loaded: 4.83%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more last_img read more

  • Vegasbound husband wears instructional lanyard made by wife who does everything for

    first_img LAS VEGAS — It’s been a long-running joke that husbands, when left to their own devices, are rendered useless without help from their wives. One hapless husband in particular has proven this theory to be true while on a solo trip to Sin City.According to The Telegraph, Kim Gip made a customized lanyard for her husband Jim to wear during his weekend trip to Las Vegas without her. The lanyard provided detailed instructions to anyone who would have come across her husband “looking lost”.“My name is Jim,” the instructions read. “If I look lost, please call my wife, Kim Gip @ *******. If I am in a restaurant just staring at the menu, please order me some sort of Asian food, especially white rice.”And in case anyone would wonder why a grown man would have to wear such a lanyard, Kim ended the instructions with “I’ve never been away from my wife who does everything for me.”More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamA photo of the lanyard was posted on Twitter by the couple’s son, Brandon, and the tweet soon went viral with some 35,000 retweets.My mom made this for my dad because he’s going to Vegas this weekend without her ????— Brandon Gip (@thegip03) October 5, 2016 Posted by Tags: Las Vegas, LOL Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Kim needn’t have worried – another photo of her husband was posted of him eating dinner at a restaurant, wearing the lanyard and with plenty of white rice on his plate. Now, let’s just hope Jim didn’t want to order a steak instead. Travelweek Group center_img Share Vegas-bound husband wears instructional lanyard made by wife “who does everything for me” @thegip03 ????— dumbfoundead (@AznRichie23) October 9, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

  • FHFA Stress Tests Reveal How Low House Prices Can Go

    first_imgFHFA: Stress Tests Reveal How Low House Prices Can Go The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released a new working paper titled, “How Low Can House Prices Go? Estimating a Conservative Lower Bound,” identifying a conservative lower bound for home prices in relation to long-term trend. Contributors to the paper included Alexander Bogin, senior economist for FHFA, Stephen Bruestle, lecturer at Penn State Erie, and William Doerner, senior economist for FHFA.Both credit risk and capital are associated with mortgage assets and are usually calculated using a stress test, the authors note.  Factors that should be considered when determining the severity of credit-related losses include: how far house prices are above long-term trend and how far they are below trend. The paper describes how to determine how far homes are falling below trend.“Leveraging a model based upon consumer and investor incentives, we are able to explain the depth of housing market downturns at both the national and state level over a variety of market environments,” the authors said. “In brief, as house prices fall below trend, housing becomes an increasingly attractive investment—it’s empirically documented, mean-reverting nature may engender higher expected returns.”According to the working paper, when home prices are on a steady decline, this is an incentive that attracts investors and consumers to the market which causes a huge mass of demand that causes home prices to rebound. The same approach held true for an in-sample back-test using data from 1987 to 2001, where the authors found that their estimation approach does not understate any state-level house price declines. Their estimation approach only understates severity in three states in an out-of-sample back test using data from the most recent financial crisis.“This estimation technique could prove particularly helpful in measuring the credit risk associated with portfolios of mortgage assets as part of evaluating static stress tests or designing dynamic stress tests,” the authors said.An important determinant of how severe the stress test results will be is the price path the house is on, and this can either be static or dynamic in nature, the paper reveals. A static path means there is a fixed decline in home prices that is usually based on historical experience. A fixed decline can mean different levels of effective stress when applied at different points in the housing cycle or the depth of the house price shock relative to long-term trend. This results in an inadequate level of stress where house prices are above their long-term trend, but an improbable amount of stress when the market is downs and home prices are at or under their long-term trend.On the other hand, the paper says that fixed house price shocks have caused stress situations that are unlikely by any historical standard based on the recent crisis but applied during recovery (2012-present). Unlike a fixed house price shock, a dynamic path responds to the current market conditions and provides a precise estimate of the severity of the future of house price downfalls. This is an important part of dynamic stress testing and is used to assess how accurate the static stress test is.“Since the recent financial crisis, there has been an increasing focus on improving stress testing and thus far, the stressed housing paths have been largely static in nature, essentially ignoring current market conditions.” the authors conclude. “This area of work is particularly important for evaluating the reasonableness of static stress tests or developing dynamic stress tests that could help prepare financial institutions for low probability but high impact events such as the recent financial crisis.” Share May 14, 2015 550 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News, Origination Conservative Lower Bound Federal Housing Finance Agency Home Prices 2015-05-14 Staff Writerlast_img read more

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