WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on the multibillion-dollar farm bill after months of contentious talks.The tentative deal scraps a plan backed by House Republicans and President Donald Trump that would have added new work requirements for some food stamp recipients. Lawmakers expect to vote on the bill next week.Democrats and many Senate Republicans opposed the work requirements, the biggest stumbling block holding up an agreement. The impasse threatened to scuttle a bipartisan bill that sets federal agricultural and food policy for five years and provides more than $400 billion in farm subsidies, conservation programs and food aid for the poor.In a statement Thursday, House and Senate agriculture committee leaders say they have reached agreement but are working to finalize the bill’s language and costs.Matthew Daly And Juliet Linderman, The Associated Press
The press statement said that both the UN Chief and Minister Peiris exchanged views on the post-conflict situation in the Asian nation and cooperation with the United Nations. UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon has called for a political solution to the underlying factors of Sri Lanka’s past conflict.The Secretary-General said this at a meeting with the Minister for External Affairs G. L. Peiris yesterday, the UN office in New York said. Peiris told the UN General Assembly that Sri Lanka believes that in the settlement of international disputes, action must be based on the fundamental principle of sovereign equality of states, a principle firmly enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.He also said that Sri Lanka, a founding member of the NAM, firmly upholds the tenets of peaceful co-existence, mutual respect for each’ others’ sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-interference in the internal affairs of other states, and equality and mutual benefit. (Colombo Gazette) Ban noted the Sri Lankan Government’s latest efforts to implement the recommendations of its Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, as well as the steady progress and remaining tasks on resettlement efforts in the country’s north. “He also emphasised the need to find a political solution without further delay to the underlying factors of the country’s past conflict,” the UN office said.Earlier in the day Minister Peiris said that the recent tendency to selectively and arbitrarily intervene in the internal affairs of states flies in the face of the UN Charter and dilutes the confidence so carefully nurtured in the UN system.
OSU senior guard Cait Craft (13) defends a Purdue player in a game on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorAway contests for the Ohio State women’s basketball team have been problematic, as it has lost three of its five matches as the visitor this season.Now, after a convincing 90-70 victory Sunday afternoon over the Purdue Boilermakers, No. 7 OSU (13-4, 5-1) plans to carry over the energy it exposed in that game against Michigan (11-6, 3-3) Thursday evening. The Buckeyes and Wolverines are set to tip off at 6 p.m. in the Crisler Center.The main problem for the Buckeyes on the road revolves around their focus on the court. There have been times throughout the season where they haven’t honed in on what they had to do to get the job done, hurting them by the time the fourth quarter came around.“When we are not at home we have to make sure we have a lot of focus and stay together,” sophomore guard Asia Doss said. “The breakdowns mostly come on the defensive end, then (our opponents) get in transition and we don’t get back.”Doss returned to the starting lineup against Purdue, marking just her second start of the year. She contributed seven points and four assists in the 31 minutes that she saw the hardwood. Doss mentioned how it was a different experience starting rather than coming off the bench, specifically not being able to have those few minutes to analyze what is going on in the game prior to checking in.Although on paper the Scarlet and Gray have the clear advantage, the Wolverines have a roster that is littered with complete players. Despite the fact that the rivalry between OSU and Michigan is typically referred to when talking about the gridiron, there is still tension between the two regardless of what the sport may be.The last time these two faced off in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was a year ago on Jan. 11. The game extended into overtime, where the Wolverines eventually came out on top, 100-94. Just like the team that hit the century mark last year, Michigan is a high-scoring team, and the Buckeyes said they need to bring lockdown defense if they want to come out victorious.“I think our defense has to be really good,” coach Kevin McGuff said. “They really make you pay. They shoot the ball so well, and that’s what happened last year.”Scoring, contrary to focus for road games, has not been a problem for the Buckeyes, as they lead the conference in that category, dropping 86.4 points per game. Having two prolific scorers in senior guard Ameryst Alston and sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell — both ranking in the top 10 in scoring for the conference — does not hurt OSU’s chances of putting the rock in the basket.Handling Thome and ThompsonThe Buckeyes have a tough task at hand stopping the talents of junior guard Siera Thompson and freshman center Hallie Thome. Both players have different types of games but can be lethal if they are able to get the shots they are looking for.OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball in a game against Purdue on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThompson is a crafty guard who is known for her speed and getting to the basket. OSU’s backcourt will need to pressure her but also stay in front to not allow her to get penetration toward the basket. When Thompson is able to find a hole in the defense, she not only is able to create her own shots, but she can use her impressive court vision to distribute the ball to the open teammate, evident by the 4.7 assists she averages on the season.The 6-foot-5 freshman Thome is a skilled post player who originates from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, near Cleveland. In her last outing against Penn State, Thome grabbed five boards while shooting 8-of-9 from the field to finish with 18 points. Growing up nearby Buckeye Nation, one could expect Thome to bring her best play to the Crisler Center on Thursday.Switching up the starting fiveMcGuff and his coaching staff have yet to stick with one starting lineup, and it doesn’t look like there will be one solidified any time soon. With the lineup constantly changing, it could be difficult for a team to find chemistry and understand each other’s tendencies. Despite such concern, it hasn’t affected the Buckeyes quite yet, as they have been able to adjust to whatever fivesome McGuff decides to put on the floor.“Our kids have done a really good job right now, for the most part,” McGuff said about the flip-flopping of the lineups. “We are playing with different combinations and playing around with the lineup a little bit just because I was never really tied to anything in that regard.”Like many coaches, McGuff said he notices hard work, and if the players continue to work hard in practice and in the games, then they will be earning their playing time. What’s nextFollowing the Wolverines, the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, for their second clash of the season with Rutgers (12-7, 3-4) on Sunday. On Jan. 10 when the Scarlet Knights visited Columbus, OSU had no problem overcoming them in a 90-78 win.Tipoff for the rematch is slated for 3 p.m.
When discussing college recruiting, experts often say, “the sky’s the limit” about a specific recruit’s potential. Ohio State recruit Tyrone Williams might have already reached the sky. The towering 6-foot-7-inch, 215-pound wide receiver from East Cleveland, Ohio, brings a height element to the OSU receiving core that Buckeye fans don’t see often. “He is unlike any other receiver prospect that has come into the program during the Jim Tressel era,” said Kevin Noon, managing editor of Buckeyegrove.com. Williams had 39 catches for 685 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior and was second team All-State for Shaw High School. He was the No. 34 ranked wideout in the class of 2010 according to ESPN 150. He was also a letterman in basketball and track. Steve Helwagen of Bucknuts.com said Williams has a lot of potential at the college level because of his size and build. “There aren’t a lot of Randy Moss-type players. That is going to be able to create some mismatches for Ohio State in the red zone where they can throw him a jump ball,” Helwagen said. “We saw that in the Fiesta Bowl two years ago where Todd Boeckman threw the ball to Terrelle Pryor, and Texas had no defense for it.” Williams, who was also recruited by West Virginia, Cincinnati and Illinois, might have had other suitors if not for a knee injury that cut his junior season short. “The injury his junior year left a little bit of skepticism out there,” Helwagen said. “I think some schools wanted to see what he did at the start of his senior year, but when Ohio State offered, it was an open and shut deal.” Noon thinks that Williams can probably benefit from redshirting this upcoming season. “He can learn the system, get into a collegiate strength and conditioning program, and work a little bit on honing his skills,” Noon said. Helwagen said that if Williams doesn’t redshirt, he could make an impact due to his height advantage. “He’s a weapon that Ohio State doesn’t have currently,” Helwagen said. “If he shows them that he can make plays right away in the fall, he’ll bring that element where he’ll be able to out jump corners because of his height.” Outside of the obvious height advantage, Williams brings great body control, a huge wingspan and a power forward’s frame to the Buckeyes. “He is deceptively fast and has the ability to go get the ball,” Noon said. “He is able to give quarterbacks a huge target.” Ohio State clearly has a recruit in Williams, who has the potential to be a great receiver for the Buckeyes if he is able to shake off the effects of his injury and grow into the position. Noon said, “If he is able to live up to the billing, Ohio State got an absolute steal in Tyrone Williams.”
South Holland Flippin’ good! Share Jun 23rd 2018, 8:31 PM 24,916 Views 16,141,241 “Allowing malarkey trump the markets” Top Dog! You scored out of ! Phillip Lee last week quit as a Minister over the UK government’s “irresponsible” stance on Brexit. What was he Minister for? The UK staying in the EU By Paul Hosford 1 January 2019 Remain How many people in the UK voted to Leave the EU? Health £200 million Red Baaaaaaaaaaad. What colour will the post-Brexit UK passport be? You scored out of ! £300 million Boston Green Education 91.2% Share15 Tweet Email3 Which constituency, at 75.6%, had the highest Leave vote? Answer all the questions to see your result! “Throwing a Spaniard in the works” White Blue Justice 29 March 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share your result: “Setting the leprechaun among the pigeons, as it were” Which of these best describes the Brexit “backstop”? Share your result: She has to deliver it either way, but what side was Theresa May on in the referendum campaign? Social Affairs and Citizenship 99.1% The UK keeping the rules of the Customs Union in order to support the Good Friday Agreement Tweet UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that Northern Ireland was doing what to Brexit negotiations? Tweet The UK’s get-out clause Short URL Tweet Share your result: Leave Share On what date will the UK officially leave the EU? £350 million Thurrock Pawsitively perfect. £250 million 23 June 2019 Turtley Awful! Share Share Almost purrfect. 26 Comments What are ewe doing!? You scored out of ! You scored out of ! Gibraltar voted heavily to remain. What percentage of residents wanted to stay in the EU? Clever Cat! Castle Point Tweet 88.3% Fintastic Share your result: You scored out of ! Shell of a bad effort. How much did this bus infamously promise would be saved by the UK a week? Quiz: How much do you know about Brexit? How much of the last two years have you taken in? An imaginary border down the Irish Sea 13,453,586 “Letting the tail wag the dog” http://jrnl.ie/4076432 22,658,998 17,410,742 Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 8:30 PM 31 December 29 Tweet Share Share your result: 95.9% IT’S THE SECOND anniversary of the UK’s vote to leave the EU.How much of that two years have you taken in? As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox:
English side have had to endure a tough period following their second exit from a cup competition in the space of four days.The London side is set to have a relief as Son Heung-Min is believed to likely return for their midweek clash with Watford.Son has missed the last three games while being on international duty with South Korea at the Asian Cup, but their surprise quarter-final exit to Qatar means he is back in the fold earlier than expected.“On Sunday we were with him on the training ground in the morning,” boss Mauricio Pochettino SportBT.“He’s so tired, he played three games. Very tough games.“Of course not too much energy on Sunday, but we hope he’ll be available and ready on Wednesday to help the team.”What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…Pochettino says he has moved on from the defeats and has shifted his focus on a top four finish in the Premier league as well as advancing in the UEFA champions league.“Of course I am disappointed because, after Thursday and today again, out of two competitions – you feel disappointed. You can’t feel anything different,” Pochettino said.“But now we have to be positive. We are still in two competitions, in a good position in the Premier League and the Champions League is a massive motivation for the whole club. We have to be strong.“Now the realistic targets are trying to be in the top four, try and be close to Manchester City and Liverpool and reduce the gap.“To be a contender is always difficult for us. (Top four) is realistic.“Another is to try and beat (Borussia) Dortmund and be in the next round of the Champions League. That is tough.”
EXCLUSIVE Tribune Media Services will today launch its new Kindle-specific consumer and personal finance magazine, Cash: Personal Finance for Real People.Cash will be TMS’ third weekly to be distributed exclusively on Amazon’s Kindle, joining Opinionated, a social and political opinion magazine launched in March, and a collaboration with pop culture site Popmatters.com. The magazine will be published weekly on Mondays, with a cost of $.49 per issue and $1.49 for a monthly subscription. “Cash is a very timely new tool created to help American consumers evaluate their options for spending, saving and investing decisions they confront each day,” said Steve Tippie, TMS vice president of marketing and licensing and the magazine’s publisher. “To meet this need, we pull the best advice and information from dozens of sources to tailor a continually-updated handbook to being a smart consumer.”The magazine will draw material from financial experts and publications, including contributors U.S. News and World Report, Kiplinger’s Consumer News Service, Andrew Leckey’s Successful Investing, with its first issue available as a free trial download and subscription basis for Kindle customers.Since its release in 2007, Amazon’s Kindle device has sold more than a quarter of a million units, with texts that account for 10 percent of Amazon’s book sales. TMS must bank on current Kindle users for the release of Cash, since the Kindle is currently out of stock for 11 to 13 weeks over this holiday season, set to appear again in February 2009.
WILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s meeting, the Wilmington School Committee unanimously approved $605,000 in capital requests for the 2019-2020 school year.The capital requests included:$180,000 for projector & interactive whiteboard replacements at the Middle School$100,000 for a wireless upgrade at the Middle School$100,000 for laptop replacements at the North & West$100,000 for a new datacenter for the district$75,000 for 80 desktops and monitor replacements in the Middle School Tech Labs$30,000 for a PA system upgrade at the six lower schools$20,000 for Chromebook Carts for MCAS testing“The use of technology continues to play a significant role in our schools,” Town Manager Jeff Hull stressed in his recent budget message. “Capital expenditures in the amount of $605,000 are recommended in the upcoming year’s budget to help ensure Wilmington’s students can develop essential skills for the 21st century.”“The 18-year-old Middle School requires an upgrade to its Wi-Fi infrastructure. As use of technology continues to expand, maintaining connectivity is key,” said Hull. “The replacement of projectors and whiteboards is proposed, as the existing projects with be 10 years old in fiscal year 2020 and do not have the level of resolution as compared with current projects.”Hull also noted that the current laptops and desktops at the North and West are at least five years old, while the upgrades to the school system’s data center will allow for “automatic data balancing, greater reliability and data protection, with capacity for data and computing growth.”Residents will vote on each capital request at the Annual Town Meeting in May.(NOTE: The cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School System Receives $20K State Grant For Safety & Security UpgradesIn “Education”VIDEO: Watch This Week’s School Committee MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: 5 Things That Happened At Wednesday Night’s MeetingIn “Education”
Civil society platform Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) president Hafiz Uddin Khan addresses a press conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday. Photo: UNBMore than 52 per cent of the total 548 candidates, who are vying for mayor and ward councillor posts in the upcoming polls to three city corporations, are businessmen by profession, reports UNB.While addressing a press conference at the National Press Club organised to share the affidavits of candidates contesting in the upcoming city polls, civil society platform Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) said this on Wednesday.Presenting a report, Shujan representative Dilip Kumar Sarkar also said at least 43 per cent of the candidates taking part in the three elections have educational background below the secondary level.Elections to three city corporations in Sylhet, Barishal and Rajshahi are billed for 30 July.Dilip also presented the information of the candidates’ income status, picture of their assets, number of cases against them, their loan status and description and assessment of financial status of all mayoral candidates in the press conference.Local government expert Tofayel Ahmed said the EC did not properly check the information provided by the candidates in their affidavits and he urged that the EC must verify the information appropriately.Shujan said the election commission (EC) has lost the credibility, which was earlier gained through successful holding of polls in Narayanganj, Cumilla and Rangpur cities.The civil rights body said EC could not take any clear step to prevent several incidents of electoral code of conduct violations already taken place centring the upcoming city polls.That’s why, Shujan observed, public trust on EC is eroding.Mentioning the incidents of bomb blast in Rajshahi, filing of cases against the activists of BNP mayoral candidate in Sylhet and arrests of several persons, Shujan said these incidents are making people worried and concerned about the fairness of the election.Dilip Kumar Sarkar said, “Before the national parliament election these city polls are the biggest ones organised by the EC and if the EC fails to arrange elections in a free and fair way, it will give a negative impression about EC among the public.”Presiding over the programme, Shujan president Hafiz Uddin Khan alleged, “EC failed to ensure a level playing field for the each contesting candidates in these cities, which makes us concerned about the fairness of the elections.”
Photo via Twitter @HCSOTexas Lt. Mauro Alvarado joins Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg to announce arrest of county treasurer’s office employee on theft charges. Photo via click2houston via HCSOGregory Lueb, 56, was charged with theft.The second in command of the Harris County Treasurer’s Office, Gregory Wayne Lueb, is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a county credit union to pay a dominatrix who was blackmailing him.Lueb was arrested Thursday, April 5, and charged with felony theft of up to $30,000. Prosecutors said the 56-year-old was fired from the treasurer’s office this week.A court document said he texted with a woman he met online. Lueb told investigators they had a submissive relationship and the woman eventually demanded money and threatened to tell his wife.Prosecutors said he obtained cash advances from the credit union while making fraudulent deposits.A Harris County district attorney’s spokesman said the dominatrix hasn’t been identified but the investigation continues. Lueb’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call.Press conference: ranking county treasury official charged with theft in financial public corruption investigation https://t.co/VZgB3hKhCu— Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) April 6, 2018 Press conf https://t.co/ATQtjFhq4d— Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) April 6, 2018 Lt. Mauro Alvarado joins @HarrisCountyDAO at @CrimeStopHOU to announce arrest of county treasurer’s office employee on theft charges. pic.twitter.com/kEPKBZJDXC— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) April 6, 2018 BREAKING: Ranking county treasury official charged with theft in financial public-corruption investigation.— Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) April 6, 2018 Share
On the occasion of ’70 years of Swiss-Indian friendship’, the Swiss representations in India presented the event series “70 Years of Swiss Indian Friendship: Connecting Minds – Inspiring the Future” (SIF70).The event was officially launched by the President of the Swiss Confederation, Doris Leuthard, during her State visit to India on September 1, 2017. The events and activities started in April 2017 and will continue to take place in various cities across India to highlight this important landmark until the end of 2018. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs a part of the event, Swiss representations in India initiated to bring the best of children’s movies from Switzerland to various regions in India. The films ‘Heidi’ and ‘My Life as a Zucchini’ are travelling on a special bus to spread the message of friendship, understanding, respect, and inclusiveness. The ‘Swiss Films on Wheels’ has been touring India since March 6. Screening the films for school students and for communities, the bus has visited more than 30 cities so far. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn November 3, the bus arrived in Kolkata and was welcomed by Umesh Chowdhary, Honorary Consul, Consulate of Switzerland. Three NGO founded schools hosted the movies – Hamari Muskan South Kolkata, Ektara on the same day and Future Hope Foundation featured the films on November 4. Heidi directed by Alain Gsponer is a fiction film released in December 2015. The story is about Heidi, a five-year-old orphan who is taken to live with her grumpy, outcast grandfather in the Swiss mountains. Ma Vie de Courgette (My Life as Zucchini) by Claude Barras was released in 2016 and is about a little boy again. ‘Zucchini’ – an unusual nickname for a 9-year-old boy, yet his unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by the kind police officer Raymond, who accompanies Zucchini to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. With this initiative, the Swiss diplomatic network in India is connecting Swiss and Indian minds that are actively shaping the future of both countries. The focus lies on creating opportunities for innovation in business, research, and technology, but also in the fields of governance, art or social inclusion.
Ann Sinnott, who served on Cambridge council in England, stood down from her post yesterday.Sinnott, who represented Petersfield, worked for the council for four years.‘Dereliction of the law’The policy Sinnott was responding to applies only to council property.It states that ‘transgender people will not be excluded from gender-appropriate sex/single-sex segregated facilities.’Sinnott claims the rule treats women with contempt and is in ‘dereliction of the law’, according to The Times.She furthermore added that policies in which single-sex facilities are ‘abolished at a stroke’ undermine women’s rights and are in breach of the Equalities Act.The Equality Act 2010 protects trans people’s right to use their bathroom of choice.‘Female-only facilities are needed by women as a generality’‘Cambridge city council knowingly stands in dereliction of the law,’ Sinnott said in a letter to council chief executive Antoinette Jackson, according to the report.She furthermore added: ‘I do not want to be a member of a council that fails to recognise that female-only facilities are needed by women as a generality.’ A Labour councillor has quit her post over a policy allowing trans women to use women’s bathrooms facilities. GAYSTARNEWS- She also said: ‘Nor do I wish to be associated with a council that effectively treated Cambridge women with contempt, while it insidiously dismantled their rights.’The policy was put forward by trans Liberal Democrat councillor Sarah Brown.Brown is the first trans person to be elected as a politician in the UK. She was Cambridge City Councillor for Petersfield ward from 2010 to 2014.‘Pro natal-female rights’Meanwhile, according to CambridgeshireLive, Sinnott has said she is not ‘anti-trans’ and that her resignation is ‘pro natal-female rights.’The publication furthermore reports of Sinnott’s out of office email.They say it reads: ‘Regretfully, I resigned on Mon 30 July because the Council’s Equality Policy – by which female-only services in Cambridge Council owned facilities were abolished – is in breach of the Equality Act 2010.’Gay Star News has approached Cambridgeshire County Council and also Sinnott and Brown for comment.WATCH: Trans woman harassed out of bathroom by California congressional candidate Former councillor Ann Sinnott | Photo: Facebook Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… LGBT Labour condemns MSP’s intern due to conversion therapy linkWalgreens faces right-wing boycott over trans-inclusive bathroom policyUK press claim trans women will be banned from female changing roomsRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/labour-councillor-resigns-over-trans-women-using-female-bathrooms/
Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How do cataracts affect your vision? The vital role family plays in society Amnesty said an independent inquiry commission with a broad mandate and powers offers “the best way to shed light on the overall scale of the alleged human rights violations.”“It is now time for the government to take effective measures to prevent such violations being repeated,” the group said.The hunt for Coke killed at least 73 civilians in his West Kingston stronghold in the Tivoli Gardens slum, a politicized “garrison” community that has long been a bastion of support for the Jamaica Labor Party. Days before the fighting broke out, gangsters from across the island traveled to the barricaded neighborhood in a show of support for Coke.The security offensive led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Jamaica’s recent history. Details of the operation remain murky but there have been numerous claims of unlawful killings and arbitrary arrests by security forces. Even the death toll is disputed. Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, who built the Tivoli Gardens housing complex in the 1960s and is still revered as a patron by residents, has estimated that as many as 150 were killed.An investigation by Public Defender Earl Witter into more than 1,000 complaints about rights violations by security forces during the state of emergency is still pending. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Amnesty International urged Jamaica’s government Tuesday to appoint an independent fact-finding panel to investigate human rights violations allegedly committed during a bloody state of emergency to catch gang boss Christopher “Dudus” Coke.The London-based rights group complained that “two years have passed with no answers” since the May 2010 emergency was declared and security forces launched an offensive to capture the fugitive leader of the Shower Posse, a notorious Jamaican gang named for its members’ tendency to spray victims with bullets. 0 Comments Share Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Parents, stop beating yourself up ___David McFadden on Twitter: http://twitter.com/dmcfadd Witter and civic groups have repeatedly called for Jamaica to form a fact-finding commission but successive governments have declined to do so.The government that was in power at the time of the crisis, led by the now opposition Jamaica Labor Party, said it could only decide whether to establish a commission of inquiry once it received the public defender’s findings.A spokeswoman for the People’s National Party-led administration, which has been in power since January and enjoys a 2-to-1 margin in parliament, said officials are also waiting for Witter’s report before making any decision.“We are mindful of concerns and we can only imagine the pain of the families and friends of those affected,” said Information Minister Sandrea Falconer.Coke is awaiting sentencing in New York. He pleaded guilty last year to racketeering and assault charges. Federal prosecutors are trying to persuade a judge to give him the maximum penalty of 23 years in prison.Leighton “Livity” Coke, the gang leader’s brother, was recently freed on gun charges stemming from the Tivoli Gardens raid. He was greeted by dozens of cheering supporters as he walked out of a Kingston court earlier this month.
in Daily Dose, Headlines, Market Studies, News, Secondary Market Private-Label Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Unrecovered Urban Institute 2015-09-11 Seth Welborn Share September 11, 2015 548 Views Private-Label RMBS Market Remains Unrecovered Since Crisis The private-label residential mortgage-backed securities market has remained stagnant since the financial crisis, even though securitization in many asset classes has resumed (including commercial mortgage-backed securities); a new brief from the Urban Institute examines why the RMBS market has not recovered similar to the way other asset classes have, and contains suggestions for precipitating such a recovery.In the brief, titled “The Rebirth of Securitization: Where is the Private-Label Mortgage Market,” the UI’s Director of Housing Finance Policy, Laurie Goodman, noted that the securitization of residential mortgage-loans backed by government agencies such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been strong while securitization of loans without a government backing has collapsed. While the collapse has not affected high net worth borrowers with perfect credit, since banks compete for these loans, access will become difficult and expensive as the profitability of holding such loans declines in the absence of a PLS market—which may be the impetus for change, Goodman said.In this lending environment, borrowers with less wealth and imperfect credit who do not qualify for government-backed loans are faced with high rates and limited credit availability, according to Goodman. Since banks do not want such loans on their balance sheets, there is no market for the securities of those loans.The problem is not that investors are not willing to take the risk; Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have transferred risk on $667 billion in unpaid principal balance (UPB) through a combined total of 22 Connecticut Avenue Series (CAS) and Structured Agency Credit Risk (STACR) transactions since 2013, according to a report released in August 2015 by the GSEs’ conservator, the FHFA.Three factors explain the difference in volume between securitizations for mortgages and other asset classes, according to Goodman:Mortgages experienced the most severe dislocation of all asset classes;Significant policy changes affecting already outstanding securities post-crisis for mortgages;Private-label securities were “riddled” with conflicts of interest among all key stakeholders while interests of investors and issuers of securities for other asset classes were aligned for the most partOne thing that needs to change in order for the PLS market to recover is the standardization of documentation; currently, there is no such standardization because each securitization sponsor has its own documentation, Goodman said.”The market needs to standardize the documentation so investors can quickly understand how each deal differs from others,” Goodman said. “Given that bank and nonbank originators have different needs, several standard ways to handle the enforcement of reps and warrants may be needed: standard language needs to be used for each securitization across all issuers, and investors must be able to assess quickly which set of clauses has been selected for each deal.”Another change to increase volume in the PLS market is the introduction of a deal agent charged with rep and warrant review on all loans that go more than 60 days delinquent and other loans as needed, as well as enforcing rep and warrant breaches; oversight of servicing; cash flow reconciliation; and communication and reporting to investors, according to Goodman, Previously, there was no one effectively charged with “looking after the investor” in residential mortgage-backed securities.Another change that would boost the PLS market is increasing transparency in the monitoring of servicing operations; Goodman said investors would like servicers to provide better transparency for all loan modifications, including those generated by mortgage settlements. Servicers should also provide transparency on their decisions as to when to employ foreclosure alternatives, Goodman said; the deal agent would then be charged with ensuring that investor interests are upheld during the loan modification/loss mitigation processes.Click here to read the entire brief.
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