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The coming August 21 total solar eclipse is a much rarer and special event than you might have realized. It is literally a once-in-a-lifetime event. Here are 5 things you might want to know about it, where and how to enjoy it. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply A rare, once-in-a-lifetime event is coming next month You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Previous articleRain brings drought relief, yet rainfall deficit persistsNext articleDonna’s Deals: 8 Secrets to Shopping at IKEA Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 1. First Eclipse Here in 500 YearsAll of the country will see a partial eclipse. But a southeastern diagonal stretch across the country about 70-miles wide from Portland, Oregon to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina are the only places in the world that will see the moon totally eclipse the sun. The point where the eclipse will last the longest is from the northwestern corner of Missouri to the southeastern corner of Tennessee– it will last about two minutes and forty seconds there, starting at about 1:15 central time.The last time a total eclipse occurred in this area was more than 500 years ago in 1478. The Shawnee, Yuchi and Cherokee Native Americans who populated the area than would have been the people to see it last. The next time one will occur in the same place is in 2566.2. When it Will OccurThe eclipse will be: Monday, August 21, 2017Partial eclipse begins: 11:58 a.m. CDTStart of totality: 1:27 p.m. CDTTotal eclipse duration: 1 minute 55 secondsEnd of totality: 1:29 p.m. CDTPartial eclipse ends: 2:54 p.m. CDTWe should see a partial eclipse from about noon to 3 p.m. There are 35 counties in Tennessee that will see a total eclipse. Unfortunately, it will not last long in Williamson County, about one or two seconds. The path goes north of us. Check this link from NASA to see exactly where and how long and when the eclipse will be.3. Places to Watch itFrom Tennessee State Parks to downtown Nashville watch-parties, here is a list of places to view the eclipse.Total Eclipse in the Park – Tennessee State Parks in the line of the eclipse have events and watch parties planned.Best Place Tennessee – Trip Advisor started a helpful forum to discuss the best places to watch the eclipse.Cheekwood Viewing Party – Typically closed to the public on Mondays, Cheekwood will open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. to host the event and will offer half-price admission. The viewing party will feature special programming and featured entertainment, including food trucks, cash bars, and live music. Cheekwood will also be offering protective eyewear for guests’ viewing. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, TN 37205.First Tennessee Viewing Party – First Tennessee Park,19 Junior Gilliam Way, is welcoming people to view the eclipse.4. How to Safely View the EclipseDon’t look directly at it, seriously. Your third-grade teacher was right, it is very bad for your eyes. The safest and best way to view an eclipse is to build a camera obscura, which is easy.A camera obscura works on the same principle as a camera, and you can build one with cardboard. Here is a great instructional video from NASA.5. Educational Tools to Prepare You for the EclipseThe Adventure Science Center is hosting pre-eclipse educational events. There will be a special session on July 22, with daily programming in the Planetarium called The Sun Revealed.Eclipse2017– This website has devoted itself to everything eclipse.NASA’s official eclipse page. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.,The coming August 21 total solar eclipse is a much rarer and special event than you might have realized. It is literally a once-in-a-lifetime event. Here are 5 things you might want to know about it, where and how to enjoy it. 1. First Eclipse Here in 500 YearsAll of the country will see a partial eclipse. But a southeastern diagonal stretch across the country about 70-miles wide from Portland, Oregon to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina are the only places in the world that will see the moon totally eclipse the sun. The point where the eclipse will last the longest is from the northwestern corner of Missouri to the southeastern corner of Tennessee– it will last about two minutes and forty seconds there, starting at about 1:15 central time.The last time a total eclipse occurred in this area was more than 500 years ago in 1478. The Shawnee, Yuchi and Cherokee Native Americans who populated the area than would have been the people to see it last. The next time one will occur in the same place is in 2566.2. When it Will OccurThe eclipse will be: Monday, August 21, 2017Partial eclipse begins: 11:58 a.m. CDTStart of totality: 1:27 p.m. CDTTotal eclipse duration: 1 minute 55 secondsEnd of totality: 1:29 p.m. CDTPartial eclipse ends: 2:54 p.m. CDTWe should see a partial eclipse from about noon to 3 p.m. There are 35 counties in Tennessee that will see a total eclipse. Unfortunately, it will not last long in Williamson County, about one or two seconds. The path goes north of us. Check this link from NASA to see exactly where and how long and when the eclipse will be.3. Places to Watch itFrom Tennessee State Parks to downtown Nashville watch-parties, here is a list of places to view the eclipse.Total Eclipse in the Park – Tennessee State Parks in the line of the eclipse have events and watch parties planned.Best Place Tennessee – Trip Advisor started a helpful forum to discuss the best places to watch the eclipse.Cheekwood Viewing Party – Typically closed to the public on Mondays, Cheekwood will open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. to host the event and will offer half-price admission. The viewing party will feature special programming and featured entertainment, including food trucks, cash bars, and live music. Cheekwood will also be offering protective eyewear for guests’ viewing. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, TN 37205.First Tennessee Viewing Party – First Tennessee Park,19 Junior Gilliam Way, is welcoming people to view the eclipse.4. How to Safely View the EclipseDon’t look directly at it, seriously. Your third-grade teacher was right, it is very bad for your eyes. The safest and best way to view an eclipse is to build a camera obscura, which is easy.A camera obscura works on the same principle as a camera, and you can build one with cardboard. Here is a great instructional video from NASA.5. Educational Tools to Prepare You for the EclipseThe Adventure Science Center is hosting pre-eclipse educational events. There will be a special session on July 22, with daily programming in the Planetarium called The Sun Revealed.Eclipse2017– This website has devoted itself to everything eclipse.NASA’s official eclipse page.
Simon Rydings is the new managing director of Face2Face Fundraising UK, the street fundraising organisation that is part of the Dialog Group.Simon, who has over 10 years’ experience in the charity sector, has joined the Bristol-based company from Push, where he had been working since 1998, latterly as chief executive. He also worked for three years at Pell & Bales, where he focused on telephone fundraising and call centre management.Face2Face Fundraising UK works with a number of charities, including Save the Children, ActionAid, Amnesty International, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and RNID. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New Managing Director at Face2Face Fundraising UK Howard Lake | 15 April 2005 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 35 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Young communists in Kiev carry photos of Komsomol resistance fighters executed by Nazis in occupied Ukraine 71 years before, on Feb. 8, 1943.The following is a summary of highlights from a talk on the Ukraine crisis by Fred Goldstein to a Workers World Party meeting in New York on Feb. 28.As internationalists living in the most powerful imperialist country in the world, it is incumbent upon us to always pay attention to the international situation. If you don’t pay attention to it, it can overwhelm you. The present crisis in Ukraine is a case in point.Tonight President Obama came on the 6 o’clock news and told Russia to refrain from intervention in Ukraine or there would be “consequences.” After Obama, militarist hawk John McCain spoke for almost five minutes, followed by Gen. Wesley Clark, the former commander of NATO who orchestrated the bombing and destruction of Yugoslavia.Both of them spoke with aggressive, red-baiting belligerence. Their argument was that Putin wants to restore the “Soviet empire.” McCain and Clark represent the most aggressive elements within the Pentagon. Our party must take notice of this.In 2012, at a human rights conference in Dublin, Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, said the identical thing in attacking the Russian-sponsored Customs Union and Putin’s proposal for a wider economic region, the Eurasian Union. “Call it what you want,” said Clinton, “call it Customs Union, call it Eurasian Union, Putin wants to ‘re-Sovietize’ the region.“ Clinton was an ally of McCain and went to Afghanistan with him to bolster the U.S. war there.Right now the crisis is over the Russians sending troops to the Crimea. The Crimea is a peninsula that was part of the Russian republic during the Soviet era. In 1954 USSR Premier Nikita Khrushchev transferred the Crimea from Russia to the Soviet Republic of the Ukraine. It is where the Russian navy has a vital military base in Sebastopol on the Black Sea.NATO’s drive to the eastNow, we must look at things from the perspective of Moscow and Putin. The U.S. and the European imperialists have just seized Ukraine. They do not have it consolidated, but they have the commanding heights. They have Kiev and other places in the western part of the country. They have a puppet government that will dance to their tune.To appreciate the view from Russia, we must look at what has happened over the past 20 years since the collapse of the USSR. NATO, the military organization of Western imperialism, has advanced steadily to the east, swallowing up a dozen former Soviet republics and former socialist allies of the USSR in Eastern Europe. NATO has put anti-missile systems in the Czech Republic and is planning them for Poland.NATO has advanced to the northern and eastern borders of Russia. If it can consolidate its victory in Ukraine, it will be on Russia’s southeastern border, in a very important and strategic country. Ukraine has the most fertile soil in Europe, heavy industry, a scientific establishment and mineral resources.From the perspective of Moscow, this is a dangerous leap toward the encirclement of Russia. Let’s go over how this happened.EU offers loan — with austerityThe Yanukovich government, with all its numerous defects and all that it has done against the working class, was nevertheless the legally elected government of Ukraine.In November of last year the European Union called a meeting to gather a number of former Soviet republics into an association with European capitalism. Key to the success of this plan was to get Ukraine on board. The EU offered very little to the economically distressed Ukraine: a few billion dollars in loans and the right to trade with the EU, but of course tied that to the right of the EU to carry on its exploitation in Ukraine.A little-known part of the deal, in small print, was that Ukraine would be part of military coordination with Western military organizations — i.e., NATO.Ukraine was also supposed to reduce its gas subsidies to the population, devalue its currency and suffer other austerity measures like those imposed by the IMF in other economically distressed countries around the world.Russia’s counteroffer enrages imperialistsWhen the time came for the Yanukovich government to make a decision and sign, Russia and Putin stepped in. They offered a $15 billion loan, a one-third reduction in the price of Russian-supplied gas (55 percent of the gas consumed in Ukraine) and favorable trade treaties, reducing or eliminating tariffs.Of course, the Yanukovich government rejected the EU deal and signed for the Russian aid package, which the imperialists interpreted as a prelude to Ukraine becoming part of the Russian-sponsored Customs Union, together with Byelarus and Kazakhstan.The imperialists were outraged. That is when demonstrations began in Kiev demanding union with Europe. The demonstrations were similar to ones staged in 2004, during the so-called Orange Revolution, when a variety of nongovernmental organizations worked to get Ukraine aligned with European imperialism.The current demonstrations began in late November 2013 and lasted for three months. They crescendoed at the height of the Olympic Games in Sochi. The demonstrations got more and more aggressive until finally, in February the Yanukovich government entered into negotiations with the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland, with a Russian observer present.The negotiations lasted 30 hours. A bad agreement was finally arrived at, as the EU leaders tried to finesse a smooth takeover. Among the elements of the deal were a change in the Ukrainian Constitution reducing the powers of the president (Yanukovich) and elevating the Parliament. Elections were moved back a year and set for December 2014. And a “national unity” government was to be formed, including Yanukovich and the opposition factions.Relations between EU and U.S.But the European Union and U.S. imperialism were on different pages. Pro-U.S. forces from the Fatherland Party in the Parliament called a rump session when around 100 members of the Party of the Regions, Yanukovich’s party, were absent.With Right Front fascists armed and threatening violence outside in Maidan Square, the Parliament pulled the police off the street and forbid the army from interfering. Thus, the stage was set for an offensive by the fascists to terrorize and intimidate the Yanukovich government, ultimately driving him out.It is a matter of debate whether he should have stayed and tried to fight them off. But that is another matter. The main point is that the legally elected government was driven out by a combination of subversion by a pro-U.S. rump Parliament and fascist storm troopers on the streets.It is important to go back to the tape-recorded phone conversation between Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. Nuland’s infamous “F… the EU” comment was part of the conversation. But the plotting between them about how to arrive at a government is more important, especially in light of the unfolding events.Yanukovich was still in office, but they were discussing the next government. After rejecting Vitali Klitschko, the person Germany wanted, and others, they declared that “Yats” should be the head of the government.When the smoke cleared on the Maidan and the Yanukovich regime was driven out, who emerged as the prime minister? Arseniy Yatseniuk, “Yats,” the head of the Fatherland Party. The acting president is Oleksander Turchinov, also of the Fatherland Party, in line with the U.S./Nuland conspiracy.How could Russia sit by and allow the European Union and especially the U.S. imperialists to seize this strategic country and turn it into a weapon against Russia and, we might add, against the Ukrainian masses?Imperialists allow fascists to surfaceThe atmosphere in Kiev is saturated with right-wing and fascist political yearnings. To be sure, not all western Ukranians are fascist or right wing. Many Ukrainians died in World War II in the struggle against the Nazis. But right now the fascist right wing has the upper hand.This past January there was a demonstration of 15,000 in Kiev celebrating Stephan Bandera. Who was he? A notorious Nazi collaborator and ultra-Ukrainian nationalist whose group, the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, participated in the extermination of Jews, Poles and other nationalities during the Nazi occupation. Bandera helped to train Nazi battalions at the end of World War II.Right now, monuments to the victory over the Nazis in cities like Kiev and Lviv are being desecrated because the Soviet Red Army defeated the Nazis. In other words, the fascists and the right wing are outraged because their side lost.Such an atmosphere is fully understood in Moscow. Anything can happen under these circumstances, and we as a party must be ready for all eventualities.The Russians may very well invade as a last resort if they do not find any other way to get the imperialists to back away from this takeover. We are not advocating it or promoting it. But it may very well happen and we must be prepared.In an attempt to block the imperialist takeover of Ukraine, whether we agree with how they are doing it or not, we must take sides and demand that the imperialists get out. We must be able to explain to the masses of workers how the Russians were provoked by U.S. and European subversion and takeover by fascist methods.We are opposed to the capitalist government of Putin, which sits astride a government of oligarchs who got rich on the basis of breaking up and dividing among themselves the dismembered components of the socialist economy of the Soviet Union.But as Marxists, we must see where the interests of the masses lie in this situation. The worst thing that could happen would be for U.S. imperialism to expand its empire by taking over Ukraine and the rest of the former Soviet republics and weaken and eventually dominate Russia itself.This would immeasurably strengthen Wall Street and the Pentagon in their struggle to subjugate the world. And it would strengthen their oppression and exploitation of the masses at home. In this crisis, our party will find a way to take an independent anti-imperialist position and do all it can to stop our enemy — the one right here at home.A final point: The European imperialists are promising their puppets in Ukraine, which is facing bankruptcy, tens of billions of dollars in assistance. But talk is cheap. These bankers in Berlin and Paris are spending billions to bail out governments in Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy. They tell the workers in those countries that they have to sacrifice and endure austerity. How are these bankers going to turn around and tell the masses of Europe that they now have tens of billions of euros for the counterrevolutionaries in Kiev?The imperialists have only hardship to offer to the masses in Ukraine. This may eventually help the workers in all the Ukraine to wake up to what has just gone down. It could eventually rekindle the class struggle there and allow the workers of Ukraine to throw out all the rascals and take the country back for themselves.Points raised during question-and-answer periodThe political problems involved in explaining our position in the present crisis are greater than in recent crises, such as in Libya, Syria, Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. When a great imperialist power attacks an oppressed country, there should be absolutely no question about opposing imperialism.But in this crisis, the situation is more complicated. It is not like Syria or Libya. An attack on Russia by U.S. imperialism is not a case of an attack on an oppressed country. Russia is not an oppressed country. If anything, it carries on its own oppression in some areas.It has a mighty industrial establishment, rich banks, a strong military and nuclear weapons. This is what makes it different from Syria and Libya. This is what requires a more thoughtful elucidation of our position in order to help people take the correct side in the present struggle.We must explain that Washington wants to weaken Russia geopolitically, militarily and economically. The U.S. government and ruling class want to undermine Russia, foment a right wing that is pro-imperialist and reduce it to a colony — which is where it was headed during the period of Boris Yeltsin, right after the collapse of the USSR.This struggle is illuminated by the remarks that both McCain and Gen. Clark made about how the Russians interfered with their opportunity to bomb Syria. In their view, Russia’s proposal to remove Syria’s chemical weapons gave Obama an alternative to bombing the country.Of course, Washington doesn’t want the Russians to have a naval base in Syria on the Mediterranean, and they don’t want Russia to interfere with their votes against Iran in the Security Council or to help undermine the effectiveness of the economic blockade of Iran.This is a struggle of a great reactionary, decadent, Western imperialist power against a lesser power in the East. Washington hovers over the countries of the East the way the tsarist empire hovered over eastern, central and southern Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. Marx wanted a war against tsarism because it fostered European reaction everywhere.Wall Street and the Pentagon are the tsars of the 21st century, hovering and waiting for an opportunity to promote reaction and expand their empire to the East.Historically, in the struggle between the West and the East in Europe, whenever the relationship of forces has changed against the East, in this case Russia, in favor of Western capitalism and imperialism — including the U.S. — the West has moved aggressively toward conquest. This is what big wars are made of. That is what is going on today; only today it is U.S. imperialism that is the driving force toward war.Following the collapse of the USSR and the Eastern Bloc, Germany and then the U.S. destroyed and swallowed Yugoslavia. They could never have done this during the era of the USSR. The destruction of Yugoslavia was the beginning of the eastward march toward Russia, which continues to this day.I think we need to stress the expansionary and adventurist nature of U.S. imperialism. We need to show the similarities between Nazi imperialism and Japanese imperialism, both of which were adventurist and aggressive, and U.S. imperialism.The expansionist nature of Wall Street is driven by the continuous development of the more and more powerful productive forces. Germany and Japan were capitalist powers with strong industrial development, but they came late on the scene of imperialism. They were shut out of the colonial areas dominated by Britain, France and the U.S. and needed desperately to seek outlets for the export of their capital, markets for the excess commodities and wage slaves to super exploit.So it is with Wall Street now. It is finance capital that compels the expansionist aims of the White House and the Pentagon. It is not just a subjective drive for profits; it is a law of the system.The ever-slowing rate of growth of capitalism, along with the rapidly growing development of productivity, technology and capacity to produce, is strangling the system. They cannot get out of the unemployment crisis, the revenue crisis, the budget crisis, and they cannot garner the massive profits they seek by expanding production. The capitalist productive forces are rapidly outgrowing the markets.Only socialism can allow the mighty productive forces in the U.S. and Europe to flourish and expand. Only when production is geared to creating use values to enhance human life, instead of creating commodities for sale to enhance corporate profits, can the drive to war be stopped.Imperialism was contracting for 74 years, from 1917 to 1991. In 1917 the imperialists lost Russia with its 11 time zones and one-sixth of the earth’s surface. In 1949 they lost China, one quarter of humanity. They then lost north Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Laos, Cambodia, Angola and Ethiopia. Their power was diminished in numerous formerly oppressed countries during the anti-colonial revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s.The imperialists are bent on pushing back any revolutionary developments, particularly in Central and Latin America in the more recent period, with their dirty wars against Nicaragua, El Salvador and now attempts at destabilization in Venezuela.Today, the imperialists want to take back all those territories that they lost. For this, they must turn to an era of imperialist expansion. They must expand or die.It is important not to fall into the trap of branding nationalities or regions as this or that politically. Much of that is being done in the present crisis. It is important to remember that while there was collaboration with Hitler in the Ukraine, 150,000 Ukrainian partisans fought against the Nazis.The fascists have the upper hand now, but they do not represent the working class of Ukraine. Let us stick to a class point of view. Statues of Lenin are being toppled in Kiev and Lviv. But that raises the question of what the statues are doing there in the first place? Those statues represent the progressive sentiments left over from the Soviet era. The Ukrainian Communist Party is reported to have 115,000 members, a significant number considering that the USSR was overthrown more than 20 years ago.These are the sentiments that can resurface in the struggle and can turn the tables on imperialism.Goldstein is the author of “Low-Wage Capitalism” and “Capitalism at a Dead End,” which has been translated into Spanish as “El capitalismo en un callejón sin salida.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Receive email alerts March 18, 2020 Egypt withdraws British reporter’s press credentials for questioning official coronavirus figures EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Help by sharing this information Egyptian reporters are also being prevented from covering the coronavirus epidemic properly. The Supreme Council for Media Regulation suspended news websites and webpages for six months for “spreading false news” and brought charges against their owners. It also published a hotline that can be called to report Internet content “liable to cause public anxiety.” News Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News Agence France-Presse quoted the Guardian as responding that Michaelson had simply reported the scientific findings of credible infectious disease specialists and had given the Egyptian authorities the opportunity to comment. RSF_en Guardian correspondent Ruth Michaelson’s press credentials were withdrawn on 16 March for allegedly quoting “exaggerated” estimates of the number of cases. In an article, she quoted Canadian medical researchers who said Egypt probably had more than 19,000 cases, about 15 times the official figure. Follow the news on Egypt to go further Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution January 22, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms News February 6, 2021 Find out more Organisation February 1, 2021 Find out more News “This sanction is disproportionate,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “By taking advantage of the coronavirus-related information crisis, the authorities are abusing their prerogatives and are trying to use their regulators, the State Information Service and the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, to control what journalists report.” Egypt is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. The State Information Service (SIS), the government agency that issues press accreditation, demanded a formal apology from the Guardian, saying in a statement that Michaelson’s story constituted a “violation of all the laws on journalistic work recognized in Egypt and internationally” and a “deliberate deception on a serious subject.” Last September, the Supreme Council for Media Regulation blocked the websites of the BBC and the US government-funded TV channel Alhurra for “publishing false information” about anti-government protests that were quickly stifled. The SIS also said on 16 March that it had issued a warning to Declan Walsh, an Irish journalist who is the New York Times Cairo bureau chief, because of a tweet quoting the findings of the same Canadian specialists as those cited by Michaelson. Walsh subsequently deleted the tweet. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) accuses the Egyptian authorities of reacting disproportionately and abusing their powers by withdrawing a Guardian reporter’s press credentials and issuing a warning to a New York Times reporter for questioning the official figures for coronavirus cases in Egypt. Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff
Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Featured / Citadel Introduces Program Enhancements for Non-Prime Credit Borrowers in Featured, Headlines, Journal, News, Servicing California-based non-prime wholesale residential lender Citadel Servicing Corporation (CSC) has announced a major update to their product platform. Effective immediately, CSC will begin offering a 5/1 Hybrid Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) and 5/25 Interest Only (IO) term. This now allows borrowers to qualify on the IO program without as big of a recast, which normally would increase the DTI that is used to qualify.CSC has also introduced their easiest qualification program for full doc income to date by allowing a single year’s Returns or W-2 as documentation. This will allow brokers and borrowers to move faster through the process. The company has also expanded their 12-month bank statement program to 90 percent loan-to-value (LTV) with no mortgage insurance requirement. CSC has eliminated the need for 24 months of bank statements on the Maggi program, again adding speed and efficiency to the process. The lender fee on the Maggi (Alt-A) product has been decreased from $1,195 to $995. Furthermore, all rates on all products have been decreased by as much as .25 percent.“We believe the time is right for these product updates, and considering our last five years of loan performance, these changes warrant incorporation”, said Will Fisher, SVP of Sales and Marketing for CSC.Citadel Servicing Corporation, the first Lender to reenter the mortgage lending space formally known as subprime, and now renamed by CSC as “non-prime,” provides financing for both owner occupied and non-owner occupied residential properties. Established in 2004, Citadel Servicing Corporation provides an array of non-traditional financial lending products for borrowers with inconsistent past credit histories and allows for alternative sources of income documentation. CSC services all loans originated by its efforts and currently works with Mortgage Professionals exclusively via a wholesale or correspondent relationship. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Citadel Citadel Servicing Corporation Company News 2018-03-11 David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Prober & Raphael President Dean Prober Passes Away Next: PennyMac Selects Nordis Technologies as Print/Mail Partner Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago March 11, 2018 1,478 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Citadel Introduces Program Enhancements for Non-Prime Credit Borrowers Print This Post Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Citadel Citadel Servicing Corporation Company News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago
Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Former soldier charged in connection with Mc Anespie killing Previous article10 people awaiting admission to LUH this morningNext articleDonegal man handed suspended sentence for assaulting former footballer News Highland WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Homepage BannerNews A British soldier has been charged over the death of a Catholic man near an army checkpoint in Co Tyrone 30 years ago.23 year old Aidan McAnespie was hit by one of three bullets fired from a machine gun in Aughnacloy in February 1988.He had been on his way to a Gaelic football match.The soldier who fired the shots was charged with manslaughter, but the case was dropped in 1990.Prosecutors have now reviewed the decision and Mr McAnespie’s family has been informed. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – June 19, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
Miami-Dade Police Department(MIAMI) — Detectives are seeking answers after a teenage girl was killed by a stray bullet when gunfire erupted outside a Florida restaurant on Sunday.Ana Alvarez-Hernandez, 16, was shot while standing in the parking lot of a restaurant in Miami early Sunday morning, around 2:45 a.m. local time, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.Two groups of people were having an argument in the parking lot at the time when at least one individual went to a vehicle, grabbed a gun and opened fired, Miami-Dade Police Department Detective Chris Thomas told ABC Miami affiliate WPLG-TV.Alvarez-Hernandez was among those who ran for cover, but she was struck. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to Thomas.The Miami-Dade Police Department is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information leading to an arrest.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Miami-Dade Police Department Homicide Bureau at 305-471-2400, or Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS to remain anonymous.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
December 12, 2019 /Sports News – National MLB removes marijuana from drugs of abuse; will now test for opioids Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — MLB has become the first major American sports league to remove marijuana from its list of drugs abuse.The league, in association with its players union, announced the changes to its Joint Drug Program on Thursday morning. The drug will still be tested for and could result in punishment similar to its alcohol and violence policies.“Natural cannabinoids (e.g., THC, CBD, and Marijuana) will be removed from the Program’s list of Drugs of Abuse,” MLB said in its release. “Going forward, marijuana-related conduct will be treated the same as alcohol-related conduct under the Parties’ Joint Treatment Program for Alcohol-Related and Off-Field Violent Conduct, which provides mandatory evaluation, voluntary treatment and the possibility of discipline by a Player’s Club or the Commissioner’s Office in response to certain conduct involving Natural Cannabinoids.”The changes go into effect when spring training begins in 2020.Many players in other professional leagues have campaigned for similar changes in their sport. The NFL announced in May it would be working with the players association to create a Joint Pain Management Committee that would “conduct research concerning pain management and alternative therapies.”Among those alternative therapies, the NFL said, are cannabis, cannabinoids and CBD.MLB also overhauled several other aspects of its drug policy — some targeted at preventing the tragedy that befell Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Tyler Skaggs in August. The 27-year-old was found dead in his hotel room in Texas while on a road trip. His cause of death was later determined to be due to a mix of fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in his system.On Thursday, the league announced it will begin testing players for the presence of opioids, fentanyl, cocaine and synthetic THC. Players will not be suspended, however, unless they do not work with the league on a treatment plan.“Any player who tests positive for one of these Drugs of Abuse will be referred to the Parties’ Joint Treatment Board (composed of medical professionals specializing in substance abuse and representatives from the Office of the Commissioner and the Players Association) for an initial evaluation and, if appropriate, formulation of a personalized treatment plan for that Players going forward,” the league said. “Only Players who fail to cooperate with their initial evaluation or prescribed treatment plan may be subject to discipline.”All players and team personnel will also be required to attend programs outlining the dangers of using opioids for pain management during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, the league announced.“Players are overwhelmingly in favor of expanding our drug-testing regimen to include opioids, and want to take a leadership role in helping to resolve this national epidemic,” Tony Clark, executive director of the MLBPA, said in a statement.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Home » News » Associations & Bodies » RICS/Macdonald & Company Salary Survey 2019 previous nextAssociations & BodiesRICS/Macdonald & Company Salary Survey 2019Gender pay gap disappears for those starting their career in property but it’s still an issue at senior level.Sheila Manchester18th March 201901,540 Views The annual survey by RICS remains upbeat as those with formal qualifications are still ‘held in high regard in the marketplace.’Gender pay gap disappears for those starting out, still exists at more senior levelsRICS qualified professionals earn an average of 39% more than non-professionally qualified counterpartsCompanies more likely to increase hiring staff than decrease, but Brexit is more likely to decrease availability of skilled talentThe 20th RICS and Macdonald & Company Rewards and Attitudes Survey has found that property professionals are ‘mostly positive about the outlook for 2019, despite Brexit,’ with more than half expecting their companies’ revenues to increase.RICS professional qualifications were again reported to command a higher industry salary, and the gender pay gap has narrowed in some sectors, but far more needs to be done across the board with bonus payment disparity still large.Sean Tompkins, CEO RICS, said, “In recent years RICS has used our leadership role to ensure the awareness of surveying and the built environment as an aspirational career path for a diverse audience, and we’re encouraged to see progress in the gender pay gap, as well as RICS professional qualifications being held in high regard in the marketplace.”Brexit: At a company level, there is general positivity for the year ahead, as 34% of respondents expect their company is likely to increase hiring of new permanent staff (rather than decrease). However, Brexit is likely to cast a shadow over the industry as the availability of skilled talent is likely to decrease.Professional Qualifications: An RICS qualified professional earns a median salary of £48,600, compared to the median salary of a non-qualified professional of £35,000.Sean Tompkins, CEO RICS, added, “RICS Professional qualifications, with our members working to international standards, have once again been seen to command a higher salary. The Rewards and Benefits Survey 2019 shows that attaining skilled workers will likely be harder post Brexit, despite a generally positive outlook for 2019, and the standards that our professionals work to that cross markets will be key.”gender pay gap RICS RICS annual survey RICS/Macdonald Sheila Manchester March 18, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021