Rabat – Morocco’s national football team manager, Hervé Renard, contacted the Moroccan-Senegalese professional footballer Issa Diop.of the Toulouse FC requesting Pre-World Cup friendlies with the Atlas Lions scheduled for next month.In this season, the Moroccan-Senegalese central defender participated in 20 matches and scored two goals for Toulouse FC, which is ranked 15th in League 1. The 21-year-old started his career with SC Balma in 2004, and after two years, his hometown football club spotted him andhe moved to Toulouse FC.Diop won the Euro in 2016 with the France’s Under-19 team. He also earned 38 appearances with France at the youth level.In addition, Diop’s grandfather Labysse Diop was the first Senegalese footballer in League 1.The Moroccan national football team is set to play friendly games before heading to Russia for the 2018 World Cup.The Atlas Lions will play a friendly against Argentina on March 17, Serbia on March 23 in London, and against Uzbekistan in Casablanca on March 27.his participation in friendlies? or friendlies against Toulouse?
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses restocked their shelves and warehouses in July at the fastest pace since January as their sales rose, a hopeful sign for economic growth.Business stockpiles increased 0.4 per cent in July from June, the Commerce Department said Friday, after ticking up just 0.1 per cent the previous month. Total business sales rose 0.6 per cent in July, up from just 0.2 per cent in June.Rising stockpiles can be a good sign for the economy because they suggest companies expect greater sales. Greater inventory building also means businesses ordered more goods, boosting factory production and economic growth. And higher sales mean that companies are less likely to be stuck with excess goods.Business stockpiles in July stood at a seasonally adjusted $1.66 trillion, 3.2 per cent higher than a year ago.Retail stockpiles grew 0.8 per cent, manufacturers increased theirs 0.2 per cent and wholesalers added just 0.1 per cent. Manufacturers account for about 40 per cent of business inventories, retailers about one-third and wholesalers the rest.A separate report Friday showed that retail sales grew 0.2 per cent in August, the slowest pace in four months. Still, July’s sales were revised higher to 0.4 per cent from 0.2 per cent. The figures suggested that consumer spending is growing at a steady but modest pace.Faster restocking contributed nearly 0.6 percentage points to economic growth in the April-June quarter. The economy expanded 2.5 per cent at an annual pace in that period.Still, economists forecast that growth will likely slow in the current July-September quarter to an annual rate of 2 per cent or less. Consumers remain cautious and businesses have cut back on their spending on industrial machinery and other factory goods. US businesses step up restocking in July as sales rise, a positive sign for economic growth by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 13, 2013 10:06 am MDT
“UNICEF condemns yesterday’s shelling of a school near Damascus that killed a number of students and a teacher,” said the agency’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Director, Maria Calivis, in a statement.“Since the violence in Syria began, schools have been looted, vandalized and burned,” Ms. Calivis added. “This is unacceptable. Schools are, and must remain, zones of peace.”Violence has gripped Syria since protests that began against the President Bashar al-Assad 21 month ago turned into a revolt amid a government crackdown. Civilians make up the vast majority of the at least 20,000 people killed in the conflict, while 2.5 million Syrians need humanitarian assistance, and another 475,000 have fled the country and have either registered, or are registering, as refugees, according to UN estimates.In its statement, UNICEF reiterated earlier demands it has made for children to be spared the violence.“UNICEF renews its call for all parties to the conflict in Syria to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law and to ensure that all children are protected at all times,” Ms. Calivis said.According to media reports, at least 28 students and a teacher were killed when a mortar hit the Batiha school in al-Wafidin camp, a community 20 kilometres northeast of the capital that is home to about 25,000 people displaced when Israel captured the Golan Heights during the 1967 war.The reports said Syria’s official Sana news agency accused Syrian rebel forces of the attack, while rebel forces blamed Government forces.
CAROLINA (6-5) at TAMPA BAY (4-7)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE – Panthers by 4RECORD VS. SPREAD – Carolina 5-6, Tampa Bay 4-6-1SERIES RECORD – Carolina leads 23-13LAST MEETING – Panthers beat Buccaneers 42-28, Nov. 4LAST WEEK – Panthers lost to Seahawks 30-27; Buccaneers beat 49ers 27-9AP PRO32 RANKING – Panthers No. 14, Buccaneers No. 26PANTHERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (13), RUSH (3), PASS (22).PANTHERS Defence – OVERALL (14), RUSH (6), PASS (22).BUCCANEERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (1), RUSH (26), PASS (1).BUCCANEERS Defence – OVERALL (27), RUSH (18), PASS (27).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Panthers have lost three straight. … Cam Newton completed 19 of 25 for 247 yards with two touchdowns vs. zero interceptions in last meeting between NFC South rivals. … In two division games, Newton has thrown for 582 yards, five TDs vs. one interception. … RB Christian McCaffrey had 125 yards rushing, 112 receiving for club-record 237 scrimmage yards and two TDs last week, becoming fifth player since 2000 with 100-plus rushing yards, 100-plus receiving yards, a rushing TD and TD reception in same game. … Panthers rookie WR D.J. Moore has 17 receptions for 248 yards in past two games. … DE Mario Addison had career-high three sacks against Bucs on Nov. 4. He has six in past four outings vs. Tampa Bay. … Bucs QB Jameis Winston sparkled against 49ers last week in first start in month. Completed 29 of 38 passes for 312 yards and two TDs with no turnovers. … Bucs RB Peyton Barber has rushing TDs past two weeks. … Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans has six 100-yard games this season. He had six catches for 116 yards last week, joining Hall of Famer Randy Moss and A.J. Green as only players in NFL history to begin career with five consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. … Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul has 10 1/2 sacks. He’s first Bucs player with double-digit sacks since Simeon Rice (14) in 2005. … Fantasy tip: Panthers scored TDs on five consecutive possessions, building 35-7 lead before holding off Bucs’ second-half rally in earlier meeting. Winston did not play that game.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press
Ohio State women’s basketball coach Jim Foster hasn’t quite embraced the idea of social media. “I mean really, tweeting?” Foster said. “Who cares what you think at the moment, you’re going to change your mind in five.” He might not tweet about his 760 career wins, a Final Four appearance or being 12th on the all-time NCAA wins list, but he’s not afraid to share one aspect of his career: getting all his players to earn degrees. Before coming to OSU in 2002, he coached at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa. At each school, every player he has coached has graduated. “I don’t think you ever start out to do anything like that,” Foster said. “It just sort of happened.” Many student-athletes perform a delicate balancing act when it comes to studies and sports. Foster said he understands the difficulties students face, but his past experiences have shaped the standard he holds for his players. After his enlistment in the Army, which included a tour in Vietnam, Foster attended junior college before enrolling at Temple University in Philadelphia. While at Temple, he coached boys and girls basketball at a high school in Wyncote, Pa. In 1978, the Temple undergraduate was named women’s coach at nearby St. Joseph’s University. “For the last two years I was coaching college players while pursuing my degree at Temple,” Foster said. That’s not all he was doing. On top of being a full-time student and an NCAA coach, Foster ran a group home for neglected boys while also bartending. It all totaled for an 80-hour workweek. “I never quite understood the difficulty in managing your schedule,” he said. Foster’s message of hard work on the court and in the classroom is evident in his former student-athletes. “There was not ‘athlete’ in the word — you were a student first,” said Emily Beth Howe, a former Buckeye who played under Foster. Howe graduated OSU in 2005 with a business degree before attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., where she earned her master’s in sports management. She now works in sales at the OSU athletic department and said she still remembers what Foster expected from his players. “He didn’t care if you scored two points or 20 points,” Howe said. “The importance was academics.” Even when a player transferred from the team, Foster said he kept tabs on their progress. The scholarships Foster has given student-athletes afforded some an opportunity to attend college when they otherwise might not have. That opportunity creates a positive ripple effect for the coming generations, Foster said. “Now their children are getting ready for college,” Foster said. “And if they hadn’t been given the opportunity, the next generation probably wouldn’t be in the position they’re in.” In an era where some student-athletes are blinded by short-term success, rather than long-term goals, Foster has a message. “The more you discipline yourself now, the more opportunity for success you’re going to have later,” he said. Although the younger generation might forget in five minutes, that message might be a thought worth tweeting about. Ohio
Image: Shutterstock/Ilya Andriyanov JOHN* SAID HIS life was relatively normal until first class, when his father became violent.“He would beat up my mam and when my older brother and I would try to protect her, we would take a beating for getting in the way.”Speaking to a crowded room in Dublin during the week, John calmly outlined the abuse he received at the hands of his father and brother throughout his childhood.“Over time [my father] grew to dislike us and would beat us up every day.“When I wasn’t taking a beating from my old man, I was taking a beating from my brother and I was always put down with no chance for recovery. In other words I was strongly against being given a mentor, I thought it would have been more beneficial at a younger age.However, after meeting Mick – his Le Chéile mentor – and learning that he was doing the work on voluntary basis, John warmed to him.“It was nice to be able to speak to someone in higher position without being looked down upon,” he said.“I was able to run things by Mick such as everyday troubles, hassles and stress and we were able to laugh things over.As a result we became good friends. As time passed I found it to be a nice break from the stress caused by everyday life, such as work and college.John recently dropped out of a college course and has plans to travel and work abroad in the future.He said the Le Chéile service had helped him by bringing a positive adult role model into his life for the first time.“I never had a role model in my life as my old man left when I was young and my older brother was in and out of foster care,” said John.Mick my mentor was influential and a true leader and the best role model and easy to get along with.Read: ‘They made me realise that… I’m not worth nothing’: The positive effects of mentoring at-risk youthsRead: More parents are using children to shoplift for them, according to retailers Once my older brother reached 12 he was put into foster care. I was left to fend for myself. I still tried to protect my mam but the beatings got worse. I lived in constant fear until I reached the age of 12 when my old man left.Soon after John’s father left the home, his brother returned.Soon after my brother moved back home and he would beat me up every day. That was my childhood.Le ChéileJohn was speaking at the head office of the probation services in Dublin on Thursday morning, at the launch of a report on Le Chéile.Le Chéile is a community-based volunteer mentoring and family support service. It works with young people who have committed crimes of are at risk of offending.The charity works by way of referrals by the courts to the probation service. The charity then supplies the at-risk young person – aged between 12 and 21 – with a voluntary mentor in their community who works and meets with them.John had gone through a lot of different social workers and had spent a long time within the court system before he was linked up with Le Chéile at age 18.Facing extreme abuse in his home, John left and started to stay at friends’ houses. He began to drink alcohol and use drugs.“When I started secondary school I wanted to be just like my older brother, so I started drinking and smoking and getting into scraps. Even still he would beat me up. I felt like I couldn’t do anything right,” he said.“I spent most of my time at my friend’s place getting drunk or high for about a year, then I progressed onto heavier drugs.Until one night, I accidentally overdosed and was found laying dead on the street.John was rushed to hospital and was “very lucky to survive”. He went into a treatment centre, but when he left treatment he fell into the same old habits.He completed his Leaving Certificate when he was 17. Since then, John has completed a psychology and social sciences course; he has also undertaken a number of community-based psychoanalysis, counselling and psychotherapy courses.Community mentorInitially, John wasn’t happy with being assigned a volunteer mentor by the probation service.“I was 18 at the time and felt I had my life in order,” he said.“At this point I was in court since age of 14 on a monthly basis. So the idea of a further year’s probation really got on my nerves.Then to be given a mentor on top of already going through after care and having a probation officer, a social worker, counsellor, career advisor… Image: Shutterstock/Ilya Andriyanov Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3315316 8 Comments By Cormac Fitzgerald Apr 3rd 2017, 6:05 AM ‘When I wasn’t taking a beating from my old man, I was taking a beating from my brother’ At a recent launch a young man spoke about growing up with abuse. 21,916 Views Share34 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 3 Apr 2017, 6:05 AM
Etude : la dépression entraîne bel et bien une prise de poidsGrande-Bretagne – Une étude de l’université d’Alabama l’a confirmé : une dépression peut entraîner une prise de poids, et notamment mener à une obésité abdominale. L’étude, publiée dans l’American Journal of Public Health, a porté sur les données récoltées dans le cadre de l’enquête Cardya (Coronary artery risk development in young adults). Cette étude basée sur l’observation de 5.115 hommes et femmes de 18 à 30 ans a permis d’identifier quelques facteurs menant à l’obésité. La professeure Belinda Needham a ensuite réussi à déterminer un lien entre dépression et obésité, notamment l’obésité abdominale.En effet, durant une période de 15 ans, les adultes suivis ayant subi divers épisodes dépressifs ont pris du poids bien plus vite que les autres. En revanche, ceux qui avaient commencé à grossir n’ont pas subi de dépression. C’est donc bien la dépression qui entraîne la prise de poids et non l’inverse.L’obésité abdominale est liée à des risques accrus de développer un cancer, ainsi qu’à une augmentation de l’occurrence des maladies cardiovasculaires. Le 19 juin 2010 à 09:22 • Emmanuel Perrin
Grippe : l’épidémie démarre en France métropolitaineSelon le réseau Sentinelles-Inserm, la grippe a franchi le seuil épidémique la semaine dernière en France métropolitaine. Le nombre de cas devrait continuer d’augmenter au cours des prochains jours marquant le début de l’épidémie de grippe hivernale.La grippe n’a pas attendu 2013 pour arriver en force sur l’Hexagone. Alors que la maladie était restée discrète jusqu’ici, ne montrant qu’une activité faible, elle est aujourd’hui en pleine recrudescence. C’est ce qu’a annoncé dans son dernier bulletin le réseau Sentinelles-Inserm indiquant que la grippe a franchi le seuil épidémique en France métropolitaine.En effet, le réseau a indiqué mercredi avoir enregistré la première semaine de grippe au-dessus du seuil épidémique, avec 130.000 nouveaux cas. La semaine dernière, les nouveaux cas de syndromes grippaux vus en consultation de médecine générale ont été estimés à 204 cas pour 100.000 habitants, soit un niveau au-dessus du seuil épidémique situé à 174 cas pour 100.000 habitants, note-t-il cité par l’AFP. Plus en détail, cinq régions ont montré des incidences plus élevées : la Champagne-Ardenne où 682 cas pour 100.000 habitants ont été identifiés, le Nord-Pas-de-Calais (475), le Poitou-Charentes (347), l’Aquitaine (298) et la Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur (190). L’âge médian des personnes concernées était de 26 ans : les plus jeunes avaient neuf mois et les plus âgés 79 ans. À lire aussiDes amibes dévoreuses de cerveau seraient en train de se répandre aux États-UnisCette augmentation traduit, selon le réseau Sentinelles, le démarrage de l’épidémie hivernale de grippe. Ainsi, en se basant sur le modèle de prévision basé sur les données historiques, le niveau d’activité des syndromes grippaux (fièvre supérieure à 39°C, d’apparition brutale, accompagnée de myalgies et de signes respiratoires) devrait continuer d’augmenter cette semaine, explique t-il. Pour tout savoir sur la grippe, consultez notre dossier. Le 26 décembre 2012 à 11:35 • Maxime Lambert
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. EA Is Taking Another Crack at Single-Player Star Wars, Battlefront II6 Awesome Star Wars Video Games in Humble Bundle’s Huge May the 4th Sale Stay on target Over the weekend, EA took to Reddit and attempted to justify the high price of heroes in Star Wars: Battlefront II. This didn’t go over well with gamers, who made the thread the most downvoted in Reddit history. After things reached a boiling point (more on that later), EA has taken measures to save face with fans.“Making games great comes from regular tuning. As one example, today we’re making a substantial change based on what we’ve seen during the Play First trial,” said EA on their official website. “There’s been a lot of discussion around a number of in-game credits (and time) it takes to unlock some of our heroes, especially Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Unlocking a hero is a great accomplishment in the game, something we want players to have fun earning. We used data from the beta to help set those levels, but it’s clear that more changes were needed.“So, we’re reducing the amount of credits needed to unlock the top heroes by 75%. Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader will now be available for 15,000 credits; Emperor Palpatine, Chewbacca, and Leia Organa for 10,000 credits; and Iden at 5,000 credits. Based on what we’ve seen in the trial, this amount will make earning these heroes an achievement, but one that will be accessible for all players.“It’s a big change, and it’s one we can make quickly. It will be live today, with an update that is getting loaded into the game.”While it’s great EA decided to change how Battlefront II‘s microtransactions work, it’s a shame things got so toxic. These days, it’s not enough for people to respectfully express their grievances with corporate entities. Instead, some think it’s perfectly acceptable to harass or even threaten the lives of developers. I’m obviously not going to defend EA’s monetization methods, but I can’t defend the actions of my fellow gamers either. This is unacceptable behavior.With this debacle out of the way, perhaps we can talk about what Star Wars: Battlefront II has to offer.
Some voters in Broward said they waited for about two hours to cast their ballots. One of them told 7News the wait felt lengthy. “It was long. If I didn’t have a friend with me, it would have been worse. It was long,” she said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – As early voting came to an end across Florida, Sunday night, one polling location in Miami remained open two additional hours after the state’s Democratic Party filed a lawsuit over road closures.Miami-Dade Elections Deputy Supervisor Carolina Lopez said the department received the order for the Lemon City Branch Library, located at 430 N.E. 61st St., to stay open until 9 p.m.The Miami Herald reported that Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William Thomas granted the Florida Democrats’ emergency request.The article stated, “Democrats cited road closings due to a race – the iRace 5K/10K – and a nearby, unrelated car accident for keeping voters from the polls.”The article, however, also stated turnout was not unusually high at the Lemon City location on Sunday.RELATED: Florida: 6 million votes cast amid a push for moreMeanwhile, in Broward County, several polling spots were extended due to the long lines. 7News cameras captured about 100 people in line at the West Regional Library in Plantation.Even though voting across Florida closed at 7 p.m., people already in line at that time were allowed to stay.
(WSVN) – Dash cam video captured a shocking wreck Monday in Missouri involving a Lowe’s delivery truck.The video shows the truck approaching the intersection on the opposite side of the road.The truck reportedly ran a red light, causing a red vehicle to plow into it in the intersection. The crash sends the truck onto its side, hitting vehicles waiting for the light on the opposite side.The two men in the Lowe’s truck were not injured, but the woman driving the vehicle that hit the truck was taken by ambulance to the hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
State services like the pioneers’ home, the aerospace corporation and the agriculture division should be Alaska’s lowest priorities, according to participants in a budget conference held by Gov. Bill Walker.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that those three services were the only ones identified as low priorities Saturday during the three-day conference at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.Participants were asked to rank operations as critical, medium or low and review their current funding levels.Nearly every other state service was considered critical by the groups at Saturday’s sessions. Conversations considered how the state could afford to continue to offer services after oil revenue took a free fall.Department of Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck says the exercise resulted in about $20 million worth of cuts.
Alaska banned texting while driving in 2008. The maximum penalty for a first time offense is $10,000, the highest in the country. And in Sitka, the Assembly cracked down on the issue even further. On Tuesday night, the group passed a law that would fine those caught with a phone in their hand while driving. The policy intends to reduce distracted driving, but it’s rules are of deep concern to some local taxi drivers.Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Sitka Assembly passed a law that would fine those using their phone while driving. Exceptions are made for hands-free use. (Photo courtesy of Her Campus Media)See Sitka’s new Distracted Driving law here: Ord 2016-05 AMENDEDAnyone caught holding a phone while talking, text messaging, browsing the internet, playing a game, listening to music, or using GPS technology will be fined. And these rules apply even when the vehicle is stopped at a sign or a traffic light. Drivers can, however, legally use a phone hands-free – with voice or Bluetooth technology.Can you answer the phone and drive a car at the same time?Siggurd Rutter says yes. He manages 738-Taxi, a small cab company in Sitka. “I may be getting a phone call in the middle of this testimony just to show you that I can answer the phone without taking my eyes off the road,” he said while addressing the Assembly during public testimony.The ordinance to regulate cell phone use in vehicles originally exempted commercial drivers like Rutter – those who operate cabs, delivery trucks, emergency response vehicles, and other commercial drivers – from this law entirely.But at their last meeting, the Assembly voted to remove that exemption, making Sitka’s cell phone laws stricter than the state of Alaska’s.Rutter pointed out that the state’s anti-texting ban pardons commercial drivers and allows for flip phones. “These old style phones have features that allow them to be operated. I can feel the raised buttons. I can re-dial my dispatcher,” Rutter said. “These are kind of the Helen Keller model as opposed to the featureless smart phones that require so much attention to answer.”At one point, Rutter’s got a call. And with the flick of a wrist, Star Trek communicator style, he flipped open his black mobile. Does that maneuver compromise your driving ability?You may not think so, but Doug Osborne, chair of the Health and Human Services Commission, cites data saying otherwise. Addressing the Assembly, he said, “Multi-tasking is a myth because the brain cannot do two things at once. It just bounces back and forth between the two tasks. That isn’t an opinion. That’s research. And I stand by every single thing I’ve shared in those last six months in terms of where those numbers have come from.”One number? Cell phones were responsible for 1.6 million crashes in 2008. That’saccording to the National Safety Council.With a clipboard in hand and figures like these at the tip of his tongue, Osborne has been marshaling support for this ordinance for over a year. And in that year, over two dozen Sitkans were treated at Sitka Community Hospital, where Osborne works, for accident-related injuries.Osborne said, “Every community has two choices. We could do nothing and just chalk them up as accidents. Or we could do the best practice. And the best practice is education, you pass a policy, and you enforce it.”Enforcement, however, is difficult. Assembly member Aaron Swanson asked Sitka Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt how many people were pulled over for texting while driving. Schmitt said it’s rare and that, “Generally speaking, texting while driving is an add-on after an accident happened.”Swanson also wondered whether police would have a right to examine a phone for evidence of use. Schmitt felt that wouldn’t come to pass and because the violation is a primary offense, citations would be issued at the discretion of police officers. “Cop stops them and says, ‘It appeared you would be talking on your phone.’ And if they say no, I think they’ll just write them a ticket. That’s what I would do,” Schmitt said.While the ordinance does not specify what the fines will be, Schmitt anticipated it would fall within the neighborhood of $25.Mayor Mim McConnell said her office got a lot of e-mails in support of the policy and that swayed both her vote and her habits. “Even though I have tried in the past to not answer the phone when I’m driving, there’s times when I have. But I want to make sure that I’m doing it right all the time. So I’m going to be using a speakerphone device that uses Bluetooth. Whether or not this passes, I’m going to change my behavior,” McConnell said.Pass it did, on third and final reading by a vote of 5-2, with Aaron Swanson and Steven Eisenbeisz voting against. The new policy will go into effect in 30 days. During first reading, the Assembly directed the Sitka Police Department to allow those fined to donate their payments to Sitka’s EMS services.
Leaders of different political parties join the rally of Jatiya Oikya Prokriya (National Unity Process) at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the city on Saturday. Photo: Tanvir AhmedConcerned at public response to the new opposition coalition, ruling Awami League and its allies have joined a collective campaign to stigmitise the ‘National Unity Process’, to the extent of calling the initiative a conspiracy.The ruling camp including AL president prime minister Sheikh Hasina welcomed the emergence of such opposition alliance initially when Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain was trying to tie up with former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury who then floated Jukto (United) Front to unite the opposition parties.Once the principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) formally joined the process through the Dhaka rally on Saturday, the AL-led 14-party alliance leaders said they were taken aback.Some of them admitted that the unity of the political parties and groups of left, right and centre had generated certain enthusiasm among the common people.As it created causes for concern for them, the ruling alliance leaders believe they should exert pressure on the opposition alliance from the very beginning.According to their initial calculations, these opposition parties and groups with diverse views would not be able to come under one umbrella.In hindsight, the ruling camp observes, the National Unity Process joined by the BNP has virtually emerged as an opposition alliance against the governing party at a critical pre-election juncture.So, the AL and its alliance leaders such as information minister Hasanul Haque Inu have started criticising the unity process in all manners.AL chief, premier Sheikh Hasina, too, criticised the opposition while addressing a reception in New York. She said ‘killers, money-launderers and interest-takers’ had got united against her government and she fears the country will be destroyed if they could come to power.The ruling camp still thinks, if the Unity leaders are kept under constant pressure through criticism, their unity will split.As part of their tactics, the 14-party leaders are equating the Unity leaders with collaborators of the military-controlled government of 2007-08 or as part of ‘conspiracy’ by former chief justice SK Sinha who as he alleged was formed to quit his position.The 14-party leaders have already been discussing the emergence of this new alliance and they decided to hold a series of rallies in the city and across the country shortly with the common aim to corner the National Unity leaders.Before the Unity process took its current shape, prime minister Sheikh Hasina welcomed any platform outside of the AL, addressing press conference or any forum on 30 May, 2 September and 15 September.On the ruling camp’s reaction to the Unity process, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the government fails to understand that the people of the country want to get back their right to vote. He claimed that all are united now.”The reports of the regime’s corruption, including looting banks and share markets, are being published every day. Who did these? The prime minister can try to blame others but the people won’t believe it,” he said about the prime minister’s criticism of the new opposition coalition.Spokesperson of the 14-party alliance and health minister Mohammad Nasim alleged that the opposition leaders were engaged in conspiracy. “We fear they may do something other than joining the election. We won’t tolerate that.”Unity leader and convenor of Nagorik Oikya Mahmudur Rahman Manna said the next election would be part of their movement.”The Awami League got a walkover in the 2014 ballot but this time around, it will not be allowed to do so,” he said adding that the ruling camp has found the National Unity Process as a key barrier to its design to cling on to power.
Neil ConwayFor years, Harris County was a big reason for the nation’s climbing number of criminal exonerations, due to a backlog of drug cases in which testing showed defendants were actually innocent. As the county continues sifting through cases and finding fewer wrongful convictions, the national exoneration rate has dropped as well.“We had this big surge of exonerations that was driven by [Harris County] efforts to rectify that,” said Barbara O’Brien, a Michigan State University Law Professor and editor of The National Registry of Exonerations, which on Wednesday released a report showing that Texas led the U.S. with 23 exonerees last year.In 2014, the Conviction Integrity Unit of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office called for clearing a backlog of hundreds of drug possession cases. Crime labs tested evidence from the cases and found that in many cases in which defendants had pleaded guilty, the substances seized by police weren’t illegal drugs.As a result, in 2016 Harris County exonerated 48 drug defendants; the number dropped to 10 last year, the report said. That helped push the national exoneration numbers down from 171 to 139 over the same period, the report found. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg told The Texas Tribune in 2017 the county was working to fix a system that had been unfair to many defendants. “Historically, our drug laws have been enforced unequally, and I want to stop that,” Ogg said. “Obviously that’s going to require law enforcement leadership, training and policies that affect the way our laws are enforced, but as DA I can level the playing field by offering an equal opportunity to all offenders.”The report also found that at least 96 convicted defendants in Chicago and Baltimore were declared innocent in group exonerations after evidence surfaced that police officers were systematically framing people for drug crimes.Exoneration numbers have steadily climbed over time, thanks in part to more resources being devoted to conviction integrity units and innocence organizations that work to find and assist innocent defendants. In 2017, most exonerations were produced by such full-time “professional exonerators.” But there’s still not enough resources, O’Brien said.“If we had exponentially more CIUs and more innocence organizations that had the resources to investigate inquiries that they get, we would see who knows many more exonerations we’d take,” O’Brien said. Share
Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Congestion back towards junction 12 this morning (Image: Highways England) Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA lorry driver has been taken to hospital with ‘potentially serious’ injuries after his vehicle left the M6 motorway and went down an embankment in Staffordshire today. Emergency services were called to the northbound carriageway of the carriageway near Stafford just after 6am this morning (Friday June 14). Firefighters cut the man free from the vehicle. The carriageway remains closed as of 9am – with long traffic delays reported in the area. West Midlands Ambulance Service said they had sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Cosford in a rapid response car to the scene. Read MoreMore rain on way as flood warnings put in place and events cancelled Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene of the accident on the M6 this morning (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service) A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, who was the lorry driver. “He was trapped inside the cab of his lorry as a result of the damage caused in the incident. Ambulance staff assessed the man and continually monitored him whilst working closely with the fire service to free him. “He was able to walk out of his cab himself after the fire service had cut parts of it away, before receiving treatment for potentially serious injuries and being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.” For further updates on the M6 closure, follow our dedicated live feed here. Punter found hiding in bushes
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Share Ocwen to Acquire Homeward Residential in $750M Deal Acquisitions Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Ocwen Processing Service Providers 2012-10-03 Esther Cho October 3, 2012 420 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology “”Ocwen Financial Corporation””:http://www.ocwen will purchase “”Homeward Residential Holdings, Inc.””:https://www.gohomeward.com/servicing/home.asp for $750 million, Ocwen announced Wednesday in a release. [IMAGE]Ocwen will buy the Dallas-based servicer and originator from private equity firm WL Ross & Co. The breakdown for the transaction includes $588 million in cash and $162 million in Ocwen convertible preferred stock. Atlanta-based Ocwen won’t need to raise additional equity capital to complete the transaction.According to the release, Homeward Residential services about 422,000 mortgage loans and has an aggregate unpaid principal balance of over $77 billion. Homeward’s loan origination business includes correspondent and retail lending. [COLUMN_BREAK] “”Homeward brings with it a global servicing platform as well as a growing origination business that is already operating at a $10 billion annual run-rate after launching in late 2011,”” said Ocwen’s Executive Chairman William Erbey. Homeward was organized by WL Ross & Co. in 2007 and was previously known as American Home Mortgage Servicing. In a release, Ron Faris, CEO of Ocwen said, “”Homeward has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in the mortgage industry. We are excited about the synergistic combination of the attractive servicing portfolio and platform, as well as the origination platform which will provide organic growth and will further Ocwen’s ability to work with existing borrowers on refinancing opportunities.””Dave Applegate, CEO of Homeward, added, “”We share Ocwen’s high standards and believe that our corporate culture and theirs are very compatible. We are excited to join an enterprise with such momentum.””Ocwen services residential and commercial loans and provides special servicing and asset management services. The company also has additional offices in West Palm Beach, Orlando, Houston, and Washington, D.C.Founded by Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. in 2000, WL Ross & Co. has been involved with the restructuring of more than $300 billion of troubled assets.
in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Servicing FHA’s Proposed Servicing Reforms Limit Access to Credit August 31, 2015 465 Views The Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) proposed servicing reforms are limiting credit access to borrowers by altering the time frame for filing insurance claims.The Urban Institute released a report Monday detailing how the FHA’s proposed servicing rule would implicate prospective FHA borrowers by limiting their credit access.The report’s author, Laurie Goodman, director of the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute noted that in July 2015, the FHA proposed a new rule that would affect servicing FHA loans.”The changes that the FHA has proposed both raise the cost and increase the uncertainty of servicing delinquent FHA loans, and thus may ultimately affect access to credit.”The new rule would limit the maximum period for filing insurance claims with the FHA, which would limit access to credit. In addition the rule would also change policies concerning curtailment of interest and disallowance of certain expenses incurred by servicers.”Servicers are imposing overlays on the FHA credit box partly because they are concerned about both the high costs associated with servicing delinquent FHA loans and the inability to adequately price for foreclosure-related uncertainty,” Goodman said. “The latter includes the fluctuating costs associated with long timelines, property preservation, and conveyance, as well as the unpredictability of when at what cost servicing can be transferred. The changes that the FHA has proposed both raise the cost and increase the uncertainty of servicing delinquent FHA loans, and thus may ultimately affect access to credit.”Previously, HUD did not have a specific deadline as to when a servicer must file an insurance claim and claims could be filed at any time as long as the servicer complies with all requirements. The newly proposed regulation requires servicers to file claims no more than 12 months after the “reasonable diligence time frame” (RDT) expires or the insurance will terminate automatically.Problems from the Lender or Servicer Perspective:1. First, the RTD-plus-12-month time frame to file a claim is simply unrealistic.2. Second, the proposed rule is silent on how to handle reconveyances.3. Finally, having the insurance terminate automatically and without notice will generate considerable uncertainty for lenders and servicers.The proposed rule also raises concerns for servicers, borrowers, Ginnie Mae (GNMA), and the mortgage market as a whole. The new time frame could negatively affect borrowers who may benefit from loan modifications late in the foreclosure process. Higher risk of losses could occur as GNMA bear the counterparty risk on its originators.”The proposed rule is a mixed bag, but on balance far more negative than positive,” Goodman said. “It represents a modest improvement to very harsh rules for missing established deadlines. But it imposes an unrealistic timeline for filing FHA insurance claims and an overly punitive penalty for missing that timeline. We worry that this latter change will increase the uncertainty associated with servicing delinquent loans, unnecessarily tightening access to credit and the assistance provided to some struggling borrowers.”The Urban Institute is encouraging comments on the FHA’s proposal until September 4, 2015.Click here to view the complete report Share Credit Access Federal Housing Administration HUD Servicing Reforms Urban Institute 2015-08-31 Staff Writer
Earlier this week, the Arizona Cardinals signed free agent guard Mike Iupati, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, to a five-year, $40 million contract with $22.5 million guaranteed.Locally, the deal was met with a lot of approval. After all, the Cardinals ranked 31st in the NFL in rushing in 2014, putting up a paltry 81.8 yards per game. Iupati, who was ranked as the fourth-best free agent available by NFL.com, has the reputation of being a devastating run blocker, so it makes sense, right? Not according to everyone. Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus wrote an ESPN Insider article touching on some free agent signings that made no sense, and he lists the Iupati contract prominently.There is no doubt that Mike Iupati was one of the best guards available this free agency period, if not the best, and Arizona’s play at the position last year was horrible, so on the face of it this deal makes perfect sense, right? The issue is that Iupati is a pretty one-dimensional player — strong and powerful as a run-blocker, but struggling throughout his career as a pass protector.Arizona passes far more than San Francisco does, and when they pass it tends to be a deep shot on a deep dropback — the toughest assignment for a pass protector. In 2014, the 49ers passed on 58.1 percent of their plays on offense, 25th in the league, and Iupati surrendered seven sacks, the most in the league at the position. While some of that can be explained by Iupati carrying an injury much of the season, he has never earned a positive grade at PFF over a season for pass protection, grading below average every single year as a pro. The Cardinals needed to upgrade at guard, but they have done so by bringing in one singularly unqualified to fit their offense.Yes, Iupati revealed at his introductory press conference in Tempe that he played a portion of last season with a broken foot. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Still, the 27-year-old ranked as PFF’s best run-blocking left guard. And while he did struggle in pass protection, Iupati still ranked way higher than the man he’s replacing, Ted Larsen.Iupati’s pass blocking figure was -7.5, which placed him 55th among NFL guards. Larsen’s season mark was -15.7, the third-worst mark in the league among the 78 guards the website rated.Seems like significant improvement in both areas, doesn’t it? Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact