Provinces welcome back OMahony ODriscoll Muldoon and Payne for Heineken Cup

first_imgOriginally published 12.00BOD back for Leinster’s Heineken Cup clash7 of the best Heineken Cup back-to-back battles of the past 5 years Munster (v Perpignan): F Jones; K Earls, C Laulala, J Downey, J Murphy; I Keatley, C Murray; D Kilcoyne, D Varley, S Archer; Donncha O’Callaghan, P O’Connell; P O’Mahony (Capt.), S Dougall, J Coughlan.Replacements: D Casey, J Cronin, BJ Botha, B Holland, CJ Stander, C Sheridan, JJ Hanrahan, D Hurley Updated 13.00UTILITY BACK JARED Payne has passed a late assessment on a groin problem and has been named in Ulster’s starting line-up to for the Heineken Cup visit of Treviso tomorrow.The returning Kiwi takes up his familiar role at fullback, pushing rising star Michael Allen to the replacements bench as Craig Gilroy is preferred on the left wing.Up front, John Afoa lines out at tight-head prop in the week he confirmed a move to the English Premiership next season.Rob Herring comes into the front row in place of Rory Best while there is a definite second-choice feel about the back row of Robbie Diack, Sean Doyle and Roger Wilson with Iain Henderson, Nick Williams and Chris Henry all out injured. Ian Madigan and Eoin Reddan will hold the reins when Leinster travel to face Northampton in Franklin’s Gardens tomorrow.The Ireland out-half, who along with Reddan was expected to be held in reserve for away trips like this, has been preferred to Jimmy Gopperth as coach Matt O’Connor selects an all-Irish starting line-up.One of those is not captain Leo Cullen who will hope to have a lead to protect when he comes off the bench in place of either Devin Toner or Mike McCarthy.As expected, Brian O’Driscoll has recovered from the concussion suffered against New Zealand and will start alongside Gordon D’Arcy in midfield. Connacht (v Toulouse): R Henshaw, F Carr, E Griffin, D McSharry, M Healy, D Parks, K Marmion, B Wilkinson, S Henry, N White, M Kearney, C Clarke (capt), J Muldoon, J Heenan, G Naoupu,Replacements: J Harris Wright, D Buckley, R Ah You, M Swift, E McKeon, F Murphy, C Ronaldson, G Duffy. Munster coach Rob Penney has been able to call upon number eight James Coughlan to face Perpignan in the Heineken Cup this Sunday despite an initial doubt early this week.Coughlan sustained an eye injury during last week’s win away to Dragons, but has been cleared to line up with captain Peter O’Mahony and Sean Dougall in the back row.The only other change in the pack is the expected enforced selection of Damien Varley with Mike Sherry injured. Sherry’s misfortune hands an opportunity to Shannon hooker Duncan Casey who is almost certain to make his competitive debut from the bench.Behind the scrum, Conor Murray is another of the expected returnees, while Casey Laulala’s selection has pushed Keith Earls back out to a berth on the wing opposite Johne Murphy. Leinster (v Northampton): R Kearney; D Kearney, B O’Driscoll, G D’Arcy, L Fitzgerald; I Madigan, E Reddan; C Healy, S Cronin, M Ross; D Toner, M McCarthy; R Ruddock, S O’Brien, J Heaslip (Capt.).Replacements: A Dundon, J McGrath, M Moore, L Cullen, S Jennings, I Boss, J Gopperth, Z Kirchner. John Muldoon will start Connacht’s tough task in Toulouse this Sunday afternoon.The blindside made his return from injury as a replacement in last week’s 43 – 10 hammering away to Edinburgh. The only other change made by Pat Lam is at loose-head prop where Brett Wilkinson replaces Ronan Loughney.Kiwi second row Craig Clarke captains the side despite Muldoon’s presence as Michael Swift and Gavin Duffy will hope to make an impact from the bench. Ulster ( v Treviso): J Payne, A Trimble, D Cave, L Marshall, C Gilroy, P Jackson, R Pienaar: T Court, R Herring, J Afoa, J Muller (Capt.), D Tuohy, R Diack, S Doyle, R Wilson;Replacements: N Annett, C Black, D Fitzpatrick, N McComb, M McComish, P Marshall, M Allen, D McIlwaine.last_img read more

Nina Carberry prepares to watch Cheltenham from sidelines and gives her tips

first_img Short URL By Alan Waldron Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 12:00 PM Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO 6 Comments Follow us: Share Tweet Email Nina Carberry prepares to watch Cheltenham from sidelines and gives her tips for next week’s festival The 32-year-old is expecting a baby in May and will be a keen spectator at Prestbury Park. Nina Carberry with On the Fringe and the horse’s owner JP McManus after a Cheltenham Festival win in 2015. MUCH OF THE talk ahead of next week’s Cheltenham Festival has surrounded the high-profile equine absentees, but racing fans will also have to cope without seeing the now-customary shot of Nina Carberry grinning from ear to ear in the winner’s enclosure.Carberry and husband Ted Walsh Jnr, son of Ted Snr and brother of jockeys Ruby and Katie, are expecting their first child in May, which means Nina won’t be in the saddle at the festival for the first time since she burst on to the Prestbury Park scene 12 years ago.Her 2005 Fred Winter Juvenile Novices’ Hurdle triumph, on Paul Nolan’s 20/1 shot Dabiroun, meant Carberry, herself of course also of legendary racing stock, became the first female jockey to claim a coveted winner at the festival for 18 years.Carberry’s love affair with the four-day spectacle has hardly slowed since, racking up a further six winners in the intervening years, including a Cross Country Chase hat-trick for Enda Bolger with Heads On The Ground (2007) and Garde Champetre (’08 and ’09).The 32-year-old admits it will be a struggle to watch fellow leading amateur Jamie Codd take the ride on (6/4f) On The Fringe in Friday’s Foxhunters Chase (16.10) for Bolger, in what is another hat-trick bid.Carberry guided the 12-year-old to victories in the last two editions of the race, which follows the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and while she is finding it difficult not to be partnering On The Fringe again, the excitement of pregnancy has her over the moon.“It’s obviously different this year but I’m missing out for a good reason, so I can’t complain,” Carberry tells The42 as she prepares to head across the Irish Sea to enjoy the week of racing from a much more passive standpoint than she has become accustomed to.“It will be hard to watch but I’m not injured or anything, so it’s not too bad. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Obviously I’d love to see On the Fringe do the three-in-a-row at Cheltenham and I think he definitely has the ability to do it.“He showed in Leopardstown that he still has the spark and I think there’s nothing probably there to beat him.“Foxrock isn’t qualified, he’d obviously be a big danger but he can’t go so I think he has a clear run at it.”While the Irish contingent is missing a number of star horses — including injured Willie Mullins trio Faugheen, Min and Annie Power, and the deceased Vautour, Gordon Elliott’s Gold Cup champion Don Cossack, and Eddie Harty’s Coney Island — Carberry is confident there is more than enough quality remaining to make it a successful festival on this side of the pond.“We have a good few novices, a nice few mares going over as well that are doing very well here.“A few of them are going into different races to avoid a few of Willie’s mares, so it will be interesting to see how they fare.“We have a lot of entries over there and we’re going over with a good few chances.”Carberry, like so many others, is eagerly awaiting the chance to see if Douvan can add to his fearsome reputation and continue his unbeaten record under Mullins in Wednesday’s Queen Mother Champion Chase (15.30) for which the seven-year-old is currently a red-hot 1/4 favourite with most bookmakers.Curiosity around Friday’s Gold Cup (15.30) is also brewing following a number of high-profile withdrawals.“Obviously Douvan is probably the biggest star. I think everyone would like to see him prove himself again.“The Gold Cup is always a massive race as well so it will be interesting to see who wins that.“It’s very wide open this year with Thistlecrack not being in. Native River is an up-and-coming young horse and he’s done nothing wrong all year. But he’s had a hard season so it will be interesting to see if that has taken its toll.“Djakadam is obviously coming back with a better preparation this year [after picking up a nasty cut in last year’s build-up], so it will be interesting to see how he goes. I think Djakadam is probably our biggest threat to the English in the Gold Cup.” MC Des Cahill with Nina Carberry at the Irish Times Sportswoman Of The Year Awards last December. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOAs someone who is so closely connected to Bolger’s yard there are few better to ask about the likely winner of Wednesday’s Cross Country Chase (16.10).Bolger is aiming for a sixth success in the race and has four runners in the reckoning for this year’s renewal; heavy favourite Cantlow (9/4), Auvergnat (7/1), Colour Squadron (16/1) and Quantitaveeasing (10/1), although the latter may yet be bumped out when the 16-horse field is finalised on Thursday.Carberry has a clear soft spot for Adrian Heskin’s promising seven-year-old mount Auvergnat, with Mark Walsh expected to take the ride on Cantlow.“Enda has a good few for the Cross Country. Cantlow is obviously favourite but he has another horse there in Auvergnat. He won the last day in Punchestown and I think he could improve a good bit.“His favourite is Cantlow and he’s going with him but I like Auvergnat. I think he was travelling well the last day and I think he could be a big danger to Cantlow.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Mar 11th 2017, 12:00 PM 22,615 Views Nina Carberry with On the Fringe and the horse’s owner JP McManus after a Cheltenham Festival win in 2015. Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO No Limini as 13 horses confirmed for the Champion Hurdle‘There’s that small fear in the back of your head: what happens if I’m really bad?’ last_img read more

Batman and the Justice League Manga Debuts in Japan

first_img Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time DC Comics are popular all around the world, especially in America. But it looks like Japanese comic book fans are being given a chance to show their stuff with an upcoming collaboration between DC Comics and its franchises as well as Japanese creators for some truly awesome-looking artwork. There’s a new series called Batman and the Justice League on the way from manga artist Shiori Teshirogi that will run in Akita Shoten’s monthly Champion Red manga magazine. The first issue is already out!The comic follows the Justice League as it’s formed in Gotham City against a band of villains lead by (who else?) the Joker. Batman must choose to resist their advances or accept his destiny as a crimefighter. Batman won’t have to go it alone, though. Superman, the Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Cyborg are all along for the ride to lend their talents and devilishly good looks (in every single case) to keep things safe in Gotham.The heroes look a lot different than their American counterparts, especially Aquaman and Wonder Woman, who has flowing bluish/black hair and Aquaman with an interesting almost villainous look to him. These aren’t your average, everyday superheroes. These guys are way cooler!It’s no surprise that the manga is going on, and it will likely take off too, what with the success of Wonder Woman around the world, the upcoming Hello Kitty and Wonder Woman collaboration, and all the general furor surrounding comic book-themed media lately and all. If you’re interested in checking out the manga, unfortunately right now it’s in Japanese, but hopefully, we’ll get an English version as well.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Mainstream media coverage of Roddy Pipers passing

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Tomi Lahren Apologizes After ‘Armed And Ready’ Remark Now Playing Up Next John Barrowman announces festive album and tour Now Playing Up Next Roy Blunt GOP State Senator Calls for Ban on “Liberal Breeding Ground” of Higher Education Jerry Lawler sues Hardeman County for $3 Million over death of his son Brian Lawler The passing of WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper received lots of mainstream media coverage since Friday including articles by the Associated Press, a front page headline by the Boston Herald and a segment by ESPN featuring former announcer Jonathan Coachman. It was also covered as the third biggest story in world news by the BBC as well.Below are links to the media coverage.Associated Press: WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61ESPN: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper dies at 61Boston Herald front cover: Barack Obama Videos Articles Google+ Germany Sticks to a Balanced Budget, But Is Ready for a Crisis Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipTrump Administration to Revoke Obama-Era Clean Water ActVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:54/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 98.18%0:05Remaining Time -0:50 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Trump Administration to Revoke Obama-Era Clean Water Act Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Pinterest Donald Trump Hulk Hogan, Triple H and many more names react to the passing of King Kong Bundy Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WWE issues statement on passing of former Kaientai manager Wally Yamaguchi Videos Articleslast_img read more

Pochettino speaks about the importance of squad rotation

first_imgTo the Tottenham Hotspur manager, changing players for different competitions doesn’t mean his team disrespects itTottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino believes that he has more than just eleven players to choose from.According to him, all footballers on his squad are important.He also thinks that rotating his squad is part of football and doesn’t mean the club is disrespecting any competition by doing that.“Sorry, it’s nothing wrong with the question. But always it’s, if tomorrow Paulo Gazzaniga plays, the competition the FA Cup, or Serge Aurier, who played against Inter Milan but didn’t play against Brighton, it’s like we disrespect the competition or we don’t take it seriously,” he told Football London.“I think when Tottenham is going to play tomorrow, it’s going trying to win. When you sign players and you have 24 players in your squad, you need to respect all the players.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“If not, if they’re going to have the possibility to play and show their quality, why do you pay their salary, why do you provide the food every day at the training session and at the training ground?” he added.“Sorry, but for me, it’s so difficult to understand, that obsession about why one or another plays. It’s like all the managers want to lose.”He also commented that “No-one wants to win, or like the competition in the Copa del Rey in Spain, if Real Madrid is going to play against someone and they used to rotate, it’s like Real Madrid don’t want to win.”“I think it’s crazy and the problems sometimes is not from you, because I understand you.”“But sometimes some people who play football and were professionals, their opinion is similar and it’s difficult to understand because I was a professional player and now a manager, and you need to understand that to deal with 24 or 25 players is not easy,” he thinks.“To give the possibility to play to all the players always is so important because they need to feel the confidence and trust. They need to challenge the players they believe are ahead of them. In the end, for me, it’s about the squad. It’s about being a team.”last_img read more

Amazon is liable for defective thirdparty products US court rules

first_img Tags Share your voice The US Court of Appeals ruled Amazon wasn’t protected from section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.  Getty Images Amazon can’t turn a blind eye to third-party product defects anymore, a US court has ruled. After a plaintiff alleged that a dog collar brought from an outside vendor on the site recoiled and caused permanent vision loss to a Pennsylvania woman, the US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit deemed Amazon liable.The ruling, filed on July 3, was an anomaly, as the e-commerce giant had previously evaded blame for other third-party product mishaps.While the third-party supplier that sold the collar, The Furry Gang, has since disappeared from the marketplace, the court stated that since Amazon doesn’t have a process for ensuring “third-party vendors are in good standing,” the company should remain accountable for the defunct product. The appeals court reversed the original court’s ruling that Amazon was protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. This legislation states that “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” The ruling stated that since Amazon’s involvement extended far beyond the authority of an editorial figure, it was “not barred” from Section 230.  “This kind of transformation, though, would have costs as well as benefits, for small entrepreneurs who might be excluded as too risky, and for consumers whose access to all goods would likely be reduced with greater scrutiny of sellers,” the company’s defense said in its legal filing.The court case is now in the hands of the lower court to determine what the consequences will be and whether the product deserved blame. Earlier this year, CNET reported on how Amazon failed to accommodate the needs of pregnant woman and was tangled in seven lawsuits.Amazon declined to comment.  Google and Facebook probed again and Amazon Alexa’s data… Comments 1:39center_img Legal E-commerce Amazon 6 Internet Tech Industry Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Gold Rises About 4 Biggest OneDay Gain Since 2013

first_imgIn a first, gold price rose above $1,200 for the first time since late October with the Swiss voters rejecting a proposal to boost its reserves, the softening of the dollar and weakening appetite for high-risk assets.Gold slid to $1,142.91 as the Swiss voters rejected the proposal to lift central bank gold holdings to 20% of its forex reserves. The move, had it been passed, would have forced the Swiss central bank to purchase 1,500 tonnes of the precious metal, at the cost of 60bn Swiss francs ($62bn.)Traders judged that the move was overdone and gold bounced back to a peak of $1,197.10.Japan’s credit rating was cut on Monday by Moody’s Investor service to A1 from Aa3, citing “heightened uncertainty over Japan’s ability to cut its fiscal deficit” after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided last month to delay an increase in the national sales tax scheduled to take effect next year. The move sent the Japanese Yen to a seven-year low against the Euro, simulating some demand for gold.On Friday, India, the second biggest consumer of gold, decided to scrap a rule mandating traders to export 20% of all gold imported into the country.RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan termed the move “reasonable,” and added that the government will review its gold import policies.On the other hand, China, the world’s largest consumer, saw a drop in demand for gold, reeling against the tough crackdown on corruption by its government, which began earlier this year. The country is expected to consume about 850-900 ton gold this year, contrasting to the record of more than 1,000 tons in 2013.The Chinese typically steps up gold purchases in late November, where solid gold bars, jewellery and figurines are used as gifts during the Lunar New Year. Also, buying has picked up slightly, with Hong Kong premiums at $1-2 against the usual $3-5 an ounce.The softening of the US dollar also supported gold’s rally, as a weaker greenback boosts commodities traded in the dollar, making them cheaper for holders of other currencies.Spot gold was up 4% at $1,216 an ounce. Gold clocks above $1,200 for the first time since October with Japan sovereign downgrade and import relaxations in India.last_img read more

Protestors Disrupt Mayors Media Event

first_imgMayor Muriel Bowser prepares for the symbolic destruction in Southeast Washington to make way for a $55 million Washington Wizards/Mystics sports facility that she says will provide short- and long-term jobs for residents of Ward 8. Protesters said the project is eliminating much needed affordable housing. (Photo by Leanna Commins, HU News Service)WASHINGTON – Mayor Muriel Bowser came to St. Elizabeth’s East Campus for a celebration to heighten construction of a new facility that city officials say will aid impoverished Southeast Washington, but her media event was disrupted by protesters who claimed instead of helping the community, the project is pushing people out.“This project is displacement!” shouted Schyla Pondexter-Moore, one of the two members of Empower DC who picketed the event on a biting cold Thursday. “You need to wake up!”The two women, carrying a large sign that read “Stop Displacement, Don’t Move!!”, attempted to disrupt the mayor’s event by placing themselves behind her podium and shouting during her presentationThe mayor was there for a demolition event that served as the symbolic start of construction of a $55 million sports complex for the Washington Wizards and the Washington Mystics.  City officials say the construction and operation of the complex will bring new jobs and spur development.Pondexter-Moore said her organization wants the mayor to invest in public housing instead of the sports facility.“It doesn’t help public housing from being torn down,” she said. “It doesn’t stop displacement and it doesn’t stop gentrification. We’re being pushed out of the city.Robin Fields, the other protester, said the mayor is only focusing on one set of constituents.Two protesters from Empower DC hold up a sign as workers prepare for a destruction that will allow the beginning of a $55 million Washington Wizards/Mystics sports facility that city officials say will provide short- and long-term jobs for residents of Ward 8. Protesters said the project is eliminating much needed affordable housing. (Photos by Leanna Commins, HU News Service)“She’s appealing to rich white people,” Fields said. “She’s appealing to all these people, but not looking at us.”Bowser stood by the 5,000-seat entertainment venue, hailing it as a significant economic development boost for southeast Washington.“Over 380,000 people will visit the complex each and every year, driving private investment dollars to St. Elizabeth East, spurring retail and affordable housing opportunities right here near our Congress Heights Metro,” Bowser said during her speech before the demolition.“Some may scream, some may shout, but I’ll be back,” Bowser said. “I’m going to invest. I’m going to keep our promises and it won’t just be today. It will be everyday.”After the demolition, Bowser spoke on the protests, which stole some of her spotlight from television and other media crews.“Nobody lives here, so nobody is being displaced,” she said.Councilmember LaRuby May, Ward 8’s councilmember, who supports the project, also spoke on the protests.“I know Schyla and I really appreciate her passion,” May said. “We may disagree on how to actualize that passion, but I really appreciate her passion for low income and affordable housing residents. I’m grateful to have residents who are dedicated to those issues.”last_img read more

Students Faculty Join in Opposition to JHU Armed Police

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, AFRO Baltimore ReporterAs the debate over armed police on Johns Hopkins University (JHU) campuses moves to the Maryland General Assembly Friday, a large contingent of JHU faculty have made their feelings known.In an open letter, nearly 100 JHU faculty co-signers, outlined in detail their opposition to SB 793 and HB 1094. If passed, the bills would authorize JHU to create an armed private force to patrol not only the JHU campus, but the surrounding neighborhood.At least 60 members of the faculty of Johns Hopkins University are officially voicing their opposition to the school creating a private police force. (Courtesy Photo)“Johns Hopkins rightly expresses concern about the physical, social and economic well-being of the city in which we live, but it is inconceivable to us that a private police force run by the university to patrol the neighboring communities would improve these relations. We strongly oppose this highly undemocratic proposal.”These faculty member join Students Against Private Police (SAPP), JHU students that have been opposing the Senate Bill and House Bill since the 2018 session. Last session, the measure did not pass in the Maryland legislature but still enjoys the support of Baltimore City Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, Gov. Larry Hogan and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings.“We are glad to see the faculty standing in solidarity with us against this proposal,” a SAPP representative told the AFRO. “It once again emphasizes the fact that Hopkins is pushing a blatantly false narrative–not even the people affiliated with Hopkins see this as beneficial to anyone, much less non-affiliated community members. Professors and faculty members recognize the harm this will cause, and are bravely voicing opposition to the proposal despite possible retaliation from Hopkins’ administration.”A JHU student government poll of its undergraduate students found 75 percent of the population in opposition of an armed police force.The JHU administration maintains that it has to protect the interests of its labor force on campus, workers that have to make their way home from the Homewood and Bayview campuses, communities in which these workers reside.“We believe strongly that university police departments can and do make a meaningful contribution to public safety in Baltimore, and we at Johns Hopkins want to do our part,” JHU’s administration wrote in reply to the letter. “At an institution that employs more than 4,500 full-time faculty and teaches nearly 15,000 full time undergraduate and graduate students, we expect a variety of opinions on important issues, some expressed publicly and some expressed in meetings, correspondence and online comments. The overall response to Senate Bill 793 has been quite positive, as the bill addresses the concerns raised previously. We considered several options and have listened to and incorporated the input of many key stakeholders, including faculty and students.”Currently, the university employs approximately 100 off duty officers from the Baltimore Police Department and Sheriff’s office to protect its campus.“Black and brown students and Baltimoreans are already disproportionately targeted,” SAPP says. “Private police on campus are likely to exacerbate racial profiling, with even more dangerous and potentially fatal consequences.”General Assembly hearings are scheduled Friday for both bills.last_img read more

Former Snap Content Head Nick Bell Joins Startup Incubator Human Ventures

first_img“We’d be hard pressed to find two people more suited to this cause,” Hartnett wrote in a blog post announcing their hires. “Both Ashlyn and Nick have been at the forefront of how people spend their attention and the businesses built around attention.”Snap last fall announced that Bell would be exiting at the end of 2018 after nearly five years leading content development and acquisition for the Snapchat platform. Prior to Snap, he was SVP of digital products for News Corp.Bell sees his new gig with Human Ventures as “a massive opportunity to steer an entire industry.” He said in a statement, “It’s a rare moment in time, and there are so many brilliant, talented entrepreneurs waiting to be discovered and build future digital businesses.”Human Ventures was formed in 2015 by serial entrepreneur Joe Marchese, who is currently head of ad sales for Fox Networks Group but is expected to depart once the Disney acquisition closes. He joined Fox in December 2014 when 21st Century Fox acquired his ad-tech company TrueX for around $200 million.Hartnett said Bell will lead Human Ventures’ Attention operations on the West Coast, “giving our studio fresh access to top entrepreneurial talent in media and technology, as well as a new investor community.” Bell told Variety he’s been slowly ramping up with Human Ventures over past few weeks and is searching for office space now, likely to be in West L.A.Human Ventures’ current portfolio of investments includes Sophia Amoruso’s Girlboss, Reserve, Clark, Token, Picture Motion, Current, Iconery, Tycoon, Paladin and Octi. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Nick Bell, just months after leaving Snap as VP of content, has landed at startup-studio incubator firm Human Ventures where he’s focused on “attention economy” digital-content startups and will lead its new L.A. office.In addition, working alongside Bell as co-managing director, Human Ventures has hired Ashlyn Gentry, formerly SVP of commercial growth and strategy at data-analytics vendor Palantir Technology in New York.Human Ventures says it’s dedicated to building, funding and launching high-growth companies. The New York-based company recently announced a $50 million fund, which it will use to invest in new founders, outside companies, and its existing portfolio.Heather Hartnett, Human Ventures CEO and founding partner, cited attention-economy startups as “not only a massive business opportunity, but a socially important one that, done right, could help people live better.”last_img read more

A Valentine message will make your loved one feel special

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The countdown has begun. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we as the Ladysmith Gazette would like to make it easier for you to show your loved one just how special they are, in a cost-effective way.We would like to invite you to place a message of more or less 20 words stating just how much you love that ‘someone special’ at the price of merely R30.You are welcome to come to our offices at San Marco Centre, Shop B29 (opposite Mark’s Tyres, next to Skippers), before 12pm tomorrow (Tuesday). Office hours are 8am to 5pm. Please bring your message, as well as the cash required, and ask to speak to classified rep Arlene.last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | March 21, 2011 | Michael S. Gossman, M.S., DABR Dose Gradients Induced by Heart Rhythm Devices New research shows the dosimetric consequences to radiation oncology beams from implanted cardiovascular devices, even for out-of-field modeling Figure 3 (left) Cognis CRT-D, color-coded cyan/casing, yellow/battery, orange/HV capacitors, red/capacitor strip, purple/HV transformer, blue/antenna, green/capacitor block. Right, Altrua 60 ICP. Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more Feature | Treatment Planning | July 01, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis New Treatment Planning System Technologies Treatment planning systems (TPS)… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Figure 1 shows Boston Scientific heart rhythm devices – top, Teligen E110 ICD and Altrua 60 S603 ICP bottom, Cognis N119 CRT-D and Altrua 60 EL S606. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Figure 1 shows Boston Scientific heart rhythm devices – top, Teligen E110 ICD and Altrua 60 S603 ICP bottom, Cognis N119 CRT-D and Altrua 60 EL S606. For more than 20 years, radiation oncologists have emphasized the importance of radiation-tolerant heart rhythm devices for use in patients who require cardiovascular regulation. In the last three years, interest has increased, as medical physicists responded to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to promote investigational research. 1,2 They cite the stability of devices and their effects on radiation beams are without current formalism, since the old Task Group No. 34 published guidance from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is considered by many to be obsolete in the wake of re-engineered modern device designs. 3This fact is supported by the recent rise of Task Group No. 203 within the AAPM to revise these 15-year-old recommendations. In the interim, physicians have continued to call for research on the stability of such devices when under irradiation and for guidance on the level of significance in interaction exhibited through dose alteration when these devices are in the prescribed radiation beam. For many radiation oncologists, answers have not come soon enough, although some research has begun. 4,5,6,7While manufacturers continue to investigate and test devices for functional stability in vitro, research was conducted to provide the information sought by radiation oncologists regarding the change in the radiation beam consequential to having a heart rhythm device remain in it. This is the first publication involving Boston Scientific heart rhythm device effects to radiation beams.The findings presented here are intended to be a guide for physicians who confide in the computer-modeled radiation therapy treatment plan prior to delivery. It is still recommended that heart rhythm devices not be placed directly in the path of therapeutic radiation. However, in order to test a commercial treatment planning system’s capabilities to model dose at all, these results may be used to assist with the understanding of software limitations and to approximate these physical interactions even when they are out of the field.Research Materials and Methods UsedThis research is specific to devices currently manufactured by Boston Scientific. They include two implantable cardiac pacemakers (ICP), an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), an implantable cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) and associated electrical leads.The dimensions of the devices vary significantly. The largest is the Cognis CRT-D at 6.17 × 7.95 cm2 with a 9.9 mm thickness. Slightly smaller is the Teligen ICD at 6.17 × 7.95 cm2 with a 9.9 mm thickness. The Altrua 60 EL ICP has dimensions of 4.9 × 4.3 cm2 with an 8 mm thickness. The smallest device is the Altrua 60 ICP, with dimensions of 4.4 × 4.2 cm2 and 8 mm thick.Figure 1, below, provides a scaled illustration of each. In order to model the dose in a treatment planning system, a water phantom was used to represent a patient undergoing a computerized tomography (CT) scan. A CNMC WP-3040 water phantom was positioned on the couch of the scanner and filled to a depth of 11 cm with an 8 cm acrylic platform positioned inside, so the resulting water depth to the platform was 3 cm. Each device was consecutively submerged and affixed to the platform with electrode leads attached.The orientation for each heart rhythm device is rotationally centered, with the port connections superior, and turned such that electrodes connect to it from a prone patient’s right side. This stated orientation is identical to what’s shown in Figure 1 and referred to in this article.For the first scan, the Altrua 60 EL ICP was connected superiorly at the IS-1(RA) port with the AS Fineline II Sterox EZ endocardial pacing lead model 4469, and at the second IS-1(RA) port inferiorly with the Fineline II Sterox endocardial lead model 4457. The second scan included the Altrua ICP 60 with the same leads identically connected. The third scan incorporated the Teligen ICD connected superiorly to DF-1(-), DF-1(+) and IS-1(RV) ports with the Endotak Reliance G defibrillation lead model 0185 and also at the IS-1(RA) connection centrally with the Fineline II Sterox endocardial lead 4457.For the last scan, the Cognis CRT-D was connected at the DF-1(-), DF-1(+) and IS-1(RV) ports to the Endotak Reliance G defibrillation lead model 0185, then at the IS-1(RA) connection centrally with the Fineline II Sterox endocardial lead 4457, and finally at the (LV) port with the LD CV Acuity Spiral UP model 4593 FD. These connections accurately represent the connections made by vascular physicians on the day of implantation.A GE LightSpeed RT scanner provided the CT acquisition data. Scanning commenced following the programming of a stereotactic radiosurgery protocol. A total of four helical scans were conducted, with an average technique of 120 kVp and 280 mA and with 1.25 mm couch increments. The largest field of view at 50 cm was utilized. An extended Hounsfield unit (HU) range was required, since inaccurate HU representation for metals within devices can lead to very inaccurate dose simulation results through computer modeling. 4,8,9After scanning acquisition was complete, all four scan sets, including one per heart rhythm device, was networked to treatment planning computers. Simulation contouring from these CT data was done using Varian’s Eclipse treatment planning system 8.6. Data streaking artifacts exhibited from metals in the device were negated first using existing knowledge of the dimensions of the devices. Boolean operation permitted the assignment of all phantom volume outside of the device contour to have unit density (0 HU).A single anterior field was assigned to pass through the center of the device in each of the four identically created plans. The beam target position was at the center of the device volume. Although the Boolean operator was used to remove illusory scatter contributions from artifacts around the device, scatter from the device to all points of interest remain important. It was therefore necessary to ensure that the calculation point was placed at a considerable distance from the device, yet still deep enough to reflect adequate buildup. The chosen position for the prescription point was at 7 cm off-axis in both directions and under 2.5 cm water depth. The prescription for calculation was for the reference point to receive 10 Gy at 4 Gy/min in a single radiation delivery. Ideal properties of flatness and symmetry within the beam were ensured, as the radiation field was defined by 30 × 30 cm2 jaw collimation.The algorithm for dose calculation was the Varian Anisotropic Analytical Algorithm (AAA) version 8.6.15. It incorporates ionization chamber measured data from a Varian 21EX high-energy particle accelerator capable of emitting bramsstrählung photon energies of 6 MV and 18 MV. The particle accelerator was calibrated for an output of 0.01 Gy per monitor unit at the center of rotation of the machine in a 10 × 10 cm2 field size.10The water depth providing maximum dose was nominally 1.5 cm at 6 MV and 2.5 cm at 18 MV. Varian scaling geometry was used, where the gantry angle, couch angle and collimator were each at 180 degrees. The smallest possible grid size of 0.1 mm was assigned. In each of the four identical dose simulation plans specific to each device studied, the algorithm was programmed to present results while considering the various interpreted densities within each heart rhythm device. The resulting 3-D distribution of dose absorbed by the phantom medium is shown in separate views of the software.Dose calculation points were strategically placed where the highest dose gradient lines were observed in each plane independently for each device plan. Figure 2 illustrates the simulated dose calculation results.Dose points were placed along electrodes of each lead at a distance of 0.3 cm both anterior and posterior on CT scans. Posterior to the bulky generator device, points were placed at 1 cm and 2 cm away. Laterally and superiorly, dose calculation points were positioned 0.5 cm away. It was expected that photon fluence would decrease significantly in passing through the metallic devices, but that dose would be seen to increase slightly laterally and anterior, due to back-scattering.Following calculation point placement, the computer was reprogrammed to assume water density for everything. This was a tactic employed to view baseline results as if the heart rhythm device were not actually in the beam. The ratio of results between the heterogeneous and homogeneous density plans yields the overall effect of the device on the radiation absorbed dose distribution. The analysis method is consistent with published recommendations of AAPM Task Group No. 63 for simulating dose involving high atomic number materials. 11Treatment planning system results were verified by direct ionization measurements. Measurement geometry was performed identically to that of the CT acquisition and planning. Point radiation measurements were conducted using a PTW New York thimble-type ionization chamber with 0.015cm3 sensitive volume. The “pin-point” chamber was connected to a CNMC 206 electrometer having a 200 nC feedback module, model 206-110. For all measurements, a nominal potential of +300 V to the center-pin was maintained.The chamber was submerged in the water phantom and affixed using medical tape at the various anterior and lateral locations observed by treatment planning to be high-dose change areas of interest for the device under investigation. For homogeneous measurement comparisons, the device and electrodes were entirely removed, with the chamber repositioned to the same point as before with the assistance of a rubber bolus material. Measurements were made at locations identical to the position of calculation points used for treatment planning. The chamber was positioned along electrodes of each lead at a distance of 0.3 cm both anterior and posterior.Laterally and superiorly, dose measurements were achieved 0.5 cm away. The phantom used for attenuation measurements was a homemade, plastic phantom with a square area of 30 × 30 cm2, base thickness of 0.3 mm and height of 12.5 cm. Water was added as before, resulting in a 3 cm water depth. This phantom geometry permitted radiation measurements to be acquired using a Sun Nuclear MapCheck diode array with software version 5.00.00. The detector system included 445 diodes embedded in a water-equivalent plastic at a depth of 2 cm beneath the surface in a plane 22 × 22 cm2 in area.Radiation dose measurements were taken posterior to the bulky generator device at 2 cm away, as used in planning. Measurements were then made without the heart rhythm device included. The software can plot the dose from two plans in any one particular plane. Where isodose distribution changes are seen to exist for the beam profiles between heterogeneous and homogeneous plans, a resulting subtraction plot makes known all notable shifts in dose between measurement with and without heart rhythm devices submerged. This gives rise to the effect of a device being present in the radiation beam. Radiation measurement results were then correlated with treatment planning system simulations. 4,11,12Attenuation ChangesDose gradients were easily identifiable through the simulation process, shown in Figure 2. Calculation points of interest were decidedly placed at locations where the highest dose gradients exist.For generators, back-scatter and side-scatter measurements were not observed through simulation, but both were measured at small levels from ionization chamber measurements. Less than 1.1% side-scatter was seen for all generator types. Back-scatter was determined to be of less consequence, resulting in findings on the order of 0.8%. Attenuation was notably identifiable in simulation methods and through measurement. Table 1 shows results for each device at 6 MV and 18 MV photon energies.Agreement between the two methods was determined to be within +2.9%. The average disagreement for all generators was +1.6% at 6 MV and +1.7% at 18 MV. In all cases, except for the results of the Altrua 60 EL ICP, simulation results were underestimated as compared to measured changes. However, the least amount of disagreement was determined in this case at -0.8%.Markedly, all attenuation results were found to be less than -8.4% by measurement. The Altrua 60 EL and Altrua 60 ICPs exhibited less dose change effect than the Teligen ICD and the Cognis CRT-D device at both energies, with the exception of the 18 MV result for the Teligen. For all devices without exception, attenuation was found to decrease with increasing photon energy, by simulation as well as measurement. 4All leads exhibited dose changes through simulation and measured nearly identically. No back-scatter or side-scatter was observed in either case. However, each lead caused an effect of dose disturbance by attenuation up to 2.5%. The maximum dose difference seen for the port connectors reflected dose changes of small magnitude as well. The maximum dose change observed in all cases was 3.1% for electrode leads.Additional ObservationsIt was expected the photon beam would interact with the metal electronics and casing within each heart rhythm device. But it was important to understand the level of interaction exhibited by each. Inspection of the internal structure of the devices revealed a consistent pattern of dose change behavior – the greater the density of the material in a sizable area, the greater the dose change effect exhibited.Assisted by CT scan images, the more dense areas within these devices were color-coded and can be seen in the Figure 3 illustration. Both ICPs are similar in construction and in their effects on the distribution of dose in water. The greater density locations within these devices are mostly located on the right side and inferior (Figures 2 and 3).The pacemaker contains a highly dense lithium iodine battery encased in stainless steel and titanium, taking up half of its total volume. The battery takes up nearly the entire inferior volume of the device. This is consistent with the large change isodose shift observed from simulation (shown in Figure 2, D) being dominantly superior.Some attenuation was observed in the simulated dose plots inferior. This region contains the bulk of the pacemaker’s electronics. To a much less degree of change with respect to the inferiorly located battery, the largest of changes from this superior region appear to be from the centrally located copper. Change was also noted from the location of the ceramic platinum-sandwiched capacitor arrays. This is also observed in Figure 2, D, as superiorly located, rippled isodose gradients.The Teligen ICD and the Cognis CRT-D are very different in construction compared to the ICPs. But the two defibrillator types have comparable designs and dose change effects with each other (Figures 2 and 3). They both have a stack of two high-voltage titanium-surrounded capacitors in the inferior left side of the device, taking up about one-fourth of the total volume.Next to the capacitor stack, right-sided and taking up about another one-fourth of the volume, is the generator battery. It is comprised largely of manganese dioxide with 5% nickel, all enveloped in a grade 316L stainless steel casing. The highly dense inferior region containing the capacitors and battery caused the largest shift in isodose distribution, as in Figure 2, B. There also was a pronounced step-like shift in the dose distribution from right to left. The variation in attenuation was caused by the right side having greater density than the left.With manganese and nickel present in the battery, a higher effective atomic number for it caused more radiation blocking. Superior attenuation locations were noted to be caused by various small electronic components present. These include a strip of tantalum capacitors, a round high-voltage transformer with a copper coil, a block of ceramic capacitors made of barium titanate and an externally positioned radiofrequency antenna wire made of platinum-irridium.The effects caused by these electronic components were identified in Figure 2, C, as jagged dose changes. Generator leads were made with identical stainless steel port connectors. The electrodes were mainly platinum-irridium. Although there was some difference seen in the spacing and length of electrodes, each lead model generally had little effect on the 6 MV and 18 MV photon beams.In conclusion, agreement between simulation and radiation measurement was determined to be within +2.9%. The average disagreement for all generators was +1.7% at 6 MV and 18 MV. In general, simulation results underestimated dose gradients in comparison to radiation measurements. For generators, back-scatter and side-scatter measurements were not observed through simulation, although measured at small levels to less than +1.1%. All attenuation results were found to be within -8.4% for generators.ICPs tended to cause less dose change affect than the ICD or the CRT-D. Attenuation was noted to decrease with increasing photon energy. Marginally significant attenuation dose changes were observed only for electrode leads and connector ports, at less than 3.1% for all types studied here.Michael S. Gossman, M.S., DABR, is chief medical physicist and RSO, Tri-State Regional Cancer Center, Medical Physics Section, Ashland, Ky. His research was supported by the issuance of Boston Scientific Grant #BSC-3301.TABLE 1 Table 1 shows attenuation results for all heart rhythm generators at both photon energies, according to simulation and measurement.Attenuation Dose Changes Observed 6 MV X-rays —- 18 MV X-rays Model — Device Type — Simulation — Measurement — Simulation — Measurement Altrua 60 EL — ICP — -7.2% — -6.4% — -4.4% — -5.2% Altrua 60 — ICP — -5.8% — -7.3% — -3.4% — -5.2% Teligen — ICD — -5.2% — -7.8% — -2.8% — -4.5% Cognis — CRT-D — -5.5% — -8.4% — -3.0% — -5.5%References: 1 U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “FDA preliminary public health notification: possible malfunction of electronic medical devices caused by computed tomography (CT) scanning.” www/fda/gov/cdrh/safety/071408-ctscanning.html (2008). 2 White GA. Letter to the U.S. FDA, Center for Devices and Radiological Health. 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Holland America Line receives environmental protection awards

first_imgSource = Holland America Line ‘Green’ awards recognise line’s fleetwide efforts Holland America Line has been recognised for its environmental leadership with a series of recent accolades, including the “Gold 2010 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award” from the U.S. Coast Guard, the “World’s Leading Green Cruise Line Award” at the World Travel Awards in London and a “Blue Circle Award” from the Port of Vancouver. “We work diligently every day to reduce Holland America Line’s ecological footprint, and these awards validate our fleetwide efforts,” said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. “We are grateful that the U.S. Coast Guard and our travel industry and seaport partners appreciate our commitment to the environment and have recognised our dedication to environmental stewardship with these awards.”Holland America Line is a leader in environmental initiatives in the cruise industry with its comprehensive approach to managing impacts and reducing its overall carbon footprint. The line’s Environmental Management System was certified in 2006 and recertified in 2009. The company works diligently to conserve fuel and water, employs the latest technologies for wastewater and oily bilge water treatment, and uses innovative strategies to reduce and manage its solid waste stream. Holland America Line is an industry leader in exploring new environmental initiatives such as a whale conservation and protection program and using shore power in a growing number of ports. The U.S. Coast Guard Benkert Award was bestowed by a panel of experts based on a thorough review of Holland America Line’s comprehensive approach to environmental stewardship. The premier marine environmental protection award recognises organisations for outstanding achievements in all aspects of marine environmental protection. The award was created to recognise outstanding achievements that go beyond mere compliance with industrial and regulatory standards. The World Travel Awards were developed in 1993 to celebrate excellence and achievement in the travel and tourism industry, and winners comprise a “who’s who” of the travel community. The Wall Street Journal has called the awards the “Oscars of the travel and tourism industry.” Nominations for the World Travel Awards featured 5,000 companies from 162 countries across 1,000 categories. The winners were selected by thousands of industry professionals and consumers worldwide who voted online.Under Port Metro Vancouver’s EcoAction Program for Shipping, the Blue Circle Award is a recognition reserved for only the highest emissions-reduction achievements. The Blue Circle Awards honour a company’s efforts to reduce air emissions, depending on the quality of fuel used and overall emission reductions.last_img read more

ExistingHome Sales Fall in March for Second Straight Month

first_imgExisting-Home Sales Fall in March for Second Straight Month Existing-home sales fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.48 million in March from an upwardly revised February rate of 4.60 million, the “”National Association of Realtors””: (NAR) reported Thursday. [IMAGE]Economists had forecast the March sales pace would be 4.62 million. At the same time, the median price of a new home rose to $163,800, its highest level since last November’s $164,000 and up 2.5 percent since March 2011, the first year-year increase in prices since December 2010.The sales pace was the weakest since November 2011. Sales have slipped in three of the last four months.The inventory of homes for sale dropped to 2.37 million, the first decline in three months, bringing the months’ supply of homes on the market to 6.3.March sales ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô completed transactions ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô were down 2.6 percent from February but are up 5.2 percent from March 2011. February’s sales pace was originally reported as 4.59 million.As sales fell for two straight months, the median price of an existing-home rose for the second straight month to record the encouraging year-year price increases.[COLUMN_BREAK]Distressed homes ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô foreclosures and short sales sold at deep discounts ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô accounted for 29 percent of March sales – 18 percent were foreclosures and 11 percent were short sales – compared with 34 percent in February and 40 percent in March 2011, the NAR said. Foreclosures typically sold for an average 19 percent below market price in March, while short sales were discounted 16 percent.Total home sales inventory at the end of March fell 1.3 percent to 2.37 million existing homes available for sale, a 6.3-month supply at the current sales matching February. The dip in inventory was the first in three months. The months├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ó supply of existing homes for sale remains well below the July 2010 cyclical peak of 12.4 which had been the highest level since 1982.Inventories as tracked by the NAR are 21.5 percent below their year ago level however anecdotal evidence though suggests there is still a large “”shadow”” inventory of homes available for sale, especially bank-owned properties. Regionally, existing-home sales fell in March in every region of the country except the Midwest where sales were flat. The steepest drop in sales was in in the West, down 110,000 to 1.13 million, below the 1.14 million sales pace in March 2011 Sales in the other regions were all above year-ago sales levels. The median price of an existing home rose month-over-month in all four regions and was up year-over-year in three of the four regions, falling only in the Northeast. “”Lawrence Yun””:, the NAR├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós chief economist, characterized the report as signaling a recovery in housing.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£The recovery is happening though not at a breakout pace, but we have seen nine consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø he said. ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£Existing-home sales are moving up and down in a fairly narrow range that is well above the level of activity during the first half of last year. With job growth, low interest rates, bargain home prices and an improving economy, the pent-up demand is coming to market and we expect housing to be notably better this year,”” he added. Share April 19, 2012 393 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2012-04-19 Mark Liebermanlast_img read more

Selene Finance Welcomes New EVP of Business Development

first_img Tom DonatacciSelene Finance, LP, a specialty mortgage servicer, has added Tom Donatacci is to lead all business development efforts in the role of EVP of Business Development.Donatacci previously served as EVP of Sales at Clayton Holdings. Prior to Clayton, he was the Senior Managing Director of sub-servicing and MSR transactions at GMAC ResCap. Here, he was in charge of all fee-based, third-party businesses including primary mortgage servicing, master servicing, and special servicing.Donatacci also occupied a few senior positions in sales, MSR trading, and mortgage banking mergers and acquisitions at Lehman Brothers/Cohane Rafferty and PaineWebber.”Our two top priorities are to accelerate the growth of our servicing operations and to position Selene as a premier residential special servicer to a broader group of investors and lender partners,” said Joseph Pensabene, CEO of Selene Finance. “As a recognized leader across the mortgage finance industry with a remarkable track record for achieving growth in all areas of the business, Tom will play an important role in helping us achieve these goals.””The cost and complexity of servicing non-performing loans has never been greater, nor has the market’s need for more high quality servicing options,” Donatacci noted. “Selene has demonstrated its commitment to the specialty servicing market and set itself apart from the competition delivering consistently strong performance results and customizable, creative solutions for investors. I am pleased to be joining Selene and to be working with Joe and his team.” Share November 25, 2015 652 Views in Headlines, News, Servicingcenter_img Business Development mortgage servicing Selene Finance 2015-11-25 Staff Writer Selene Finance Welcomes New EVP of Business Developmentlast_img read more

Customs seize thousands of smuggled cigarettes

first_imgCustoms authorities on Wednesday seized thousands of illicit cigarettes and large quantities of tobacco in two separate cases in Nicosia and Paphos.A statement from the customs department said its officers together with police raided two dwellings at a Nicosia village on Wednesday morning belonging to the same man.Their search uncovered 6.8 kilogrammes of rolling tobacco and 33,140 cigarettes on which taxes, around €7,225, had not been paid to the state.The owner was arrested and is expected to be brought before a court on Thursday.A few hours later, customs officers at Paphos airport searched the luggage of a female passenger from Jordan and found five kilogrammes of hookah tobacco and 400 cigarettes, which she had failed to declare.The woman was arrested and the tobacco was seized. She settled out of court by paying a €1,300 fine and was released.You May LikeHistory A2ZTreasure Hunters Uncover 220-Year-Old Treasure On Oak IslandHistory A2ZUndoForReasonAccessories To Liven Up Your Summer OutfitsForReasonUndoSnow Teeth WhiteningI’ve Fixed My “Butter” Teeth Now, See How I Did itSnow Teeth WhiteningUndo Data is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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