First Quantum Minerals Q22004 Interim Report

first_imgFirst Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2004 interim results for the second quarter.For more information about First Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm)  2004 interim results for the second quarter.Company ProfileFirst Quantum Minerals Limited is an international holding company overseeing the extraction of copper, nickel, gold, zinc and acid through mining operations in Zambia, Australia, Finland, Turkey, Spain and Mauritania. The mining corporation operates six mines: Kansanshi copper-gold mine, Guelb Moghrein copper-gold mine, Las Cruces copper mine, Pyhasalmi copper-zinc mine, Ravensthorpe nickel-cobalt mine and Cayeli copper-zinc mine. Its subsidiary divisions have interests in evaluating and acquiring mineral properties, regulatory reporting, treasury and finance, corporate administration, and a metal marketing division. Copper is the main commodity mined by First Quantum Minerals in Zambia, and gold is a by-product commodity. First Quantum Minerals Limited is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Melani House / BIOSARQS + Hábitat para la Humanidad México + O…

first_imgArchDaily Save this picture!© Fabio Chacón+ 23Curated by Clara Ott Share Lead Architect: Houses “COPY” Projects Manufacturers: Cemex, Conduit, DURMAN, Tecno Lite, Ternium Architects: BIOSARQS, Hábitat para la Humanidad México, ONG Cuidemos.org Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/922784/melani-house-biosarqs-plus-habitat-para-la-humanidad-mexico-plus-ong-cuidemorg Clipboard Year:  Collaborators:Dignidad y Solidaridad A.C., Melani Trinidad, Esteban Natarén, Cayetano Torres, Beatriz Pérez, Pablo González, Fernanda Aguilar, Roberto Ruiz, Jazmín Brindis, Luis Trinidad, Delio Morales, Vania Villanueva, Ana Velasco, Lennin Indili, Fabio ChacónCity:CintalapaCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Rolando Guillén; Alexander CigarroaRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusText description provided by the architects. On September 7th, 2017, one of the most intense registered earthquake in the last 100 years ocurred in the country, the catastrophe caused emotionally and materially  havoc in society, resulting in thousands of families become homeless.Save this picture!© Fabio ChacónSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Fabio Chacón”Casa Melani” arises from the need to rebuild a decent space for a family consisting of 4 members; mom, dad and daughters, who lose at the same their home and their heritage What led them to shelter for several months in an improvised dwelling which consisted of a tent where they only had a couple of beds, some clothes and the minimum necessary to survive in less optimal conditions, taking risks and being affected by the inclement weather.Save this picture!© Fabio ChacónThe project is designed with bioclimatic characteristics that integrate ecological systems seeking the comfort of its inhabitants. The architectural program was adapted to the local way of living and to the particular needs of the family with the aim of procuring their appropriation of the spaces.Save this picture!© Fabio ChacónThe resulting identity of the house is characterized by the appearance of its materials in 2 buildings that are joined by a “pórtico” to the exterior that allows the spaces to be ventilated and illuminated. The circulation of the winds maximizes due to the disposition of both buildings as well as the location of the bays in each end generating cross ventilation, reducing the extreme climate of the region in which the dwelling is located. The design allows allows constant air flow, which achieves a comfortable interior temperature, in addition to maintaining natural lighting throughout the day.Save this picture!© Fabio ChacónThe formal aesthetics of the project lies in the functionality and the apparent handling of the materials which allows to see the development of its structures, so the constructive system is replicable, economical and easy to maintain. The building is a response to the family’s need to rebuild their heritage through quality that is intimately linked to spaces, materials and comfort, dignifying the life of those who inhabit the space.Save this picture!© Fabio ChacónSave this picture!Sections Brenda Guillen, Yohali Moreno, Alexander Cigarroa, Rolando Guillen “COPY”center_img Area:  64 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Mexico This project was possible thanks to the altruistic work of several parties that formed the possibility of making a decent roof for these people, but above all, the participation of their own family and community in the development of it was a fundamental factor. Cousins, nephews, neighbors, and the owners themselves were participants in the process led by a team of professionals, which uses the self-construction method where technical-practical masonry workshops, manufacturing of construction materials and carpentry were conducted, looking for this, to reinforce the issue of the social production of housing and to pursue the impact on the community to achieve the appropriation of this effort as a whole, not in a house, but in a HOME.Save this picture!© Fabio ChacónProject gallerySee allShow lessHow is Coronavirus Affecting the Daily Lives of Architects? Our Readers AnswerArticlesStrohtherme Pavilion / Christoph Hesse ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Melani House / BIOSARQS + Hábitat para la Humanidad México + ONG Cuidemos.orgSave this projectSaveMelani House / BIOSARQS + Hábitat para la Humanidad México + ONG Cuidemos.org CopyHouses•Cintalapa, Mexico Photographs Photographs:  Fabio Chacón, Rolando Guillén; Alexander Cigarroa Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Melani House / BIOSARQS + Hábitat para la Humanidad México + ONG Cuidemos.org ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/922784/melani-house-biosarqs-plus-habitat-para-la-humanidad-mexico-plus-ong-cuidemorg Clipboard 2019 CopyAbout this officeBIOSARQSOfficeFollowHábitat para la Humanidad MéxicoOfficeFollowONG Cuidemos.orgOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesIcebergCintalapaMexicoPublished on March 25, 2020Cite: “Melani House / BIOSARQS + Hábitat para la Humanidad México + ONG Cuidemos.org” [Casa Melani / BIOSARQS + Hábitat para la Humanidad México + ONG Cuidemos.org] 25 Mar 2020. 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Charities Consortium newsletter published

About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 8 March 2001 | News The Charities Consortium has just published its latest newsletter.The Charities Consortium has just published its latest newsletter. The Consortium exists to exploit the collective power held by charities when buying goods and services. Find out more from Director Adrian Randall. Advertisement  18 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities Consortium newsletter published read more

Cabinet Office accepts all recommendations of Etherington review of fundraising self-regulation

first_imgand Jocelyn Kitsch added:https://twitter.com/jockitsch/status/650256158528249856 Cabinet Office accepts all recommendations of Etherington review of fundraising self-regulation The Government will accept all of the recommendations in the Etherington review of fundraising regulation published last week.Rob Wilson, Minister for Civil Society, announced this morning that the 93-page document, published 11 days ago, had been accepted in full by the Government. This means that:• the Fundraising Standards Board will be closed• a new regulator will be established. It is likely to be called the Fundraising Regulator, and will be funded by charities themselves• the Code of Fundraising Practice will be transferred from the Institute of Fundraising to the new regulator• a fundraising preference service will be established, to enable people to opt out from receiving any fundraising telephone calls or direct mail, or not to receive any in the first place.Wilson said that “large charities could be forced to sign up to a new fundraising watchdog”. A large charity is expected to be defined as one that spends over £100,000 a year on public fundraising. He added that the new regulator “will require charities to have the explicit consent of all donors, past and present, before any data can be shared”.He warned that “if large charities fail to appropriately safeguard their supporters in any way the government will have new powers to intervene and regulate charity fundraising”.He said:“… we need to rebuild people’s faith in the big charities. Those who give to charity should know their donation is going to further a worthy cause and this trust will never be abused.“We are building a new regulatory structure to make sure the right safeguards exist to protect those people at risk of exploitation. This should help the charities to draw a line under previous bad practice and I hope we will see even more people making donations and giving their time to help others in the months and years ahead”.The announcement was made one day before the Conservative Party annual conference begins. Both the Prime Minister David Cameron and Rob Wilson had thanked The Daily Mail in July for its role in highlighting some alleged bad practice by some fundraisers. Advertisement Tagged with: ethics Law / policy Office for Civil Society regulation Regulating fundraising for the futureThe report on Regulating fundraising for the future: trust in charities, confidence in fundraising regulation was published on 22 September 2015 after it took evidence  from 21 July to 2 September. It was produced by a cross-party committee chaired by Sir Stuart Etherington, chair of NCVO.Not surprisingly, Sir Stuart welcomed the Minister’s statement. He said:“I’m pleased the government has accepted our recommendations, there is a clear need for a more visible and effective regulator with tough new powers. The public have to know where to report their concerns and have confidence that action will be taken in relation to wrong doing. This will inevitably mean big changes in relation to how charities raise funds from the public.“I know that charities understand the necessity of restoring public trust and are aware that changes are required. I’ve agreed with the Minster that we should move quickly towards implementation and look forward to working with the bodies affected and others in the charity sector to work through the finer details.”The Charity Commission also welcomed the government’s response. William Shawcross, Chairman of the Charity Commission, said:“Sir Stuart’s review was an important step towards rebuilding public trust in charity fundraising and I welcome the Government’s endorsement of his recommendations.“Charities must now step up to reform and strengthen self-regulation, and to show that they can and will put the public interest first. The Charity Commission will play its part to support the development of the new fundraising regulatory body”.The Commission has published its own strategic statement on fundraising explaining its role and that of other organisations. It will also be consulting on a new version of its own guidance on fundraising shortly.Next stepsThe government’s acceptance of the recommendations will now be followed by further consultations to determine the final detail of the new framework: Howard Lake | 3 October 2015 | Newscenter_img Meanwhile, the Minister pointed out that further efforts to tackle any future fundraising bad practice were underway in the form of amendments to the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill, currently in Parliament. This will require charity trustees of large charities “to be more accountable and transparent about their fundraising by reporting details in their annual reports, including whether agencies are used and how the public and vulnerable people are protected from undue pressure and poor practice”.It will also require all charities to have more detail in contracts with fundraising agencies “including how the public and vulnerable people are to be protected from undue pressure and poor practices and how the charity will monitor the fundraising agency”.Other responsesIn Can you spare a few pence for the regulator? the Adam Smith Institute suggests:“instead of reaching for the quango toolbox, just fix whatever the problems are. There are enough laws and codes of practice to assist in that”.and“in ‘austerity Britain’ asking charities to fork out to fund such a [Fundraising Regulator] is surely not on. Charities already get criticism for not spending enough on their stated aims, whether that perception is justified or not”.Matthew Sherrington tweeted: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9  68 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Zhao Yan of the New York Times accused of fraud

first_img Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Reporters Without Borders protests against the Chinese authorities’ decision to charge Zhao Yan, contributor to US daily the New York Times, with fraud. Reuters news agency, quoted the journalist’s lawyer Mo Shaoping as saying that the police can, by putting these new charges, now hold Zhao in custody for seven extra months to allow them to pursue their investigation.Zhao, imprisoned since 17 September 2004, was formally arrested on 20 October and accused of “divulging state secrets”, a charge that carries the death penalty. Neither his family nor his lawyer has been allowed to visit him.———————————————22.10.2004Zhao Yan is formally chargedZhao Yan, a Chinese researcher for The New York Times who has been held since 17 September, was formally arrested on 20 October on a charge of “divulging state secrets,” which is punishable by the death penalty.Zhao, who has not been allowed to see his lawyer or family, is alleged to have revealed to the newspaper, before it was officially announced, that former president Jiang Zemin was resigning as head of the central military commission. The New York Times has denied the allegations, and insists Zhao just worked as a researcher and not as a journalist.The charge has been brought less that a week before US secretary of state Colin Powell is due to visit Beijing. Powell already raised Zhao’s case last month with his Chinese counterpart, Li Zhaoxing.______________________________________________________09.28.2004China cracks down on free expression in the midst of human rights dialogue with the EUReporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) urged European Union member states and the European Commission to condemn China’s latest crackdown on independent websites and publications at the same time as holding dialogue on human rights with the EU.While no announcement has been made on the outcome of the 24 September meeting in Beijing, the international press freedom organisation urged them to react to a wave of closures of publications and arrests of journalists.Beijing appeared to be openly contemptuous of this so-called constructive dialogue, continuing to shut down outlets for free expression and arresting hundreds of Chinese people even while European representatives were in the Chinese capital, it said.The authorities on 23 September blocked access to the Chinese version of the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia that relies on contributions from Internet-users and carries a number of articles about human rights abuses in China. The site has been blocked on several previous occasions.One of the country’s most popular discussion forums Yi Ta Hu Tu was closed on 13 September. It was set up by a Beijing university student in September 1999 and had nearly 300,000 regular users. The forum was the focus for discussion on sensitive issues such as corruption, human rights or the independence of Taiwan. It operated on a democratic system whereby users voted on subjects for discussion without interference by moderators, making it difficult for the authorities to control.Reporters Without Borders called on the Chinese authorities to reopen the Yi Ta Hu Tu discussion forum, the Wikipedia site and the thousands of other sites forbidden to Chinese Internet-users.The government also closed the diplomatic bimonthly Zhanlue Yu Guanli (Strategy and Management) in September after it carried an article by economist Wang Zhongwen in its August issue that was critical of the North Korean regimeCopies of the magazine carrying the offending article were confiscated and subscribers were told to return their copies. The magazine lost its official sponsorship recently despite the fact that its editorial board included ranking political officials Since June 2004, the Publicity Department (formerly Propaganda Department) has been trying to shut down Zhanlue Yu Guanli but its management had succeeded in bringing it out in July and August.A China specialist told Reporters Without Borders that that Zhanlue Yu Guanli, founded in 1993, was one of only around a dozen Chinese publications to feature debate within the communist party’s reformist intellectual circles. The magazine’s website www.zlygl.com is still accessible but the North Korea article does no appear on it.Reporters Without Borders called on the government to allow Zhanlue Yu Guanli to resume publishing.On 17 September, secret service agents arrested journalist Zhao Yan – recently hired by the New York Times Beijing bureau – while in a Shanghai restaurant after tracking him down through his mobile phone. Four days later his family received notice from the police that he had been accused of “supplying state secrets to foreigners”.His lawyer, who has been refused the right to visit him, said Zhao is being held in Beijing and could be accused of “treason”, a charge that carries the death penalty.The authorities appear to suspect him of giving the US daily information about the resignation of former president Jiang Zemin from his post as Chairman of the Central Military Commission. The New York Times carried an article about it on 7 September, 12 days before the official announcement.The paper denied that Zhao was the source for the article. Foreign desk head Susan Chira said he had been employed as a researcher and not as a journalist. She told Reporters Without Borders that the newspaper’s management hoped the journalist would be allowed to see his lawyer. Previously a reporter on the magazine China Reform, Zhao is known for his reports on China’s peasantry.Reporters Without Borders called for his immediate release and recalled that another journalist, Wu Shishen, has been imprisoned since 1992 for “illegally divulging state secrets to foreigners”. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on the direct order of Jiang Zemin. He had sent a journalist in Hong Kong a copy of a speech that the head of state was due to make to the communist party congress.Finally, the Chinese press has not reported the demonstrations and arrests of hundreds of people in Beijing trying to make themselves heard by members of the central committee attending the communist party plenum during September. Foreign journalists were also prevented from covering these events.Hundreds or even thousands of Chinese people, unable to make their complaints heard through the media, descended on the capital from every part of the country to try to press their cases. One petitioner from the province of Xinjiang in the West of the country was killed in mysterious circumstances in Beijing on 24 September. He had come to the capital to complain about official ill-treatment of the Uighurs, the ethnic Muslim group that suffers communist party repression. Follow the news on China to go further China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prisoncenter_img News News News RSF_en June 1, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Zhao Yan of the New York Times accused of fraud Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures April 27, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Bangui prosecutor seeks 18-month prison sentence against newspaper directorfor “insulting the head of state”

first_img CAR policeman who shot reporter must be punished, RSF says March 10, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bangui prosecutor seeks 18-month prison sentence against newspaper directorfor “insulting the head of state” RSF_en News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Central African Republic Bangui Public Prosecutor Firmin Seindiro is seeking an 18-monthprison sentence against Jude Zossé, director of the private daily”L’Hirondelle” (The Swallow”). Zossé is charged with “insulting the head ofstate”. The journalist, who has been detained since 25 February 2004, wasnot granted a provisional release. A verdict in the case is expected to bedelivered on 12 March.Reporters Without Borders is shocked by Zossé’s extended detention and asks that he not besentenced to prison. “We are all the more surprised considering that theprosecutor assured us in a 26 February telephoneexchange that Jude Zossé would be granted a provisional release. In additionto not respecting his promise, the prosecutor is seeking an 18-monthsentence with no parole. Such a decision would be contrary to United Nationsrecommendations, according to which press offences should not be punishableby prison terms. This is unacceptable behaviour from a representative of thejustice system. We urge the court to correct this grave error and abstainfrom sentencing the journalist to a prison term,” the organisation said.”The Central African Republic government is not respecting its commitmentseither. The authorities had signaled their clear intention to decriminalisepress offences when they contacted us in 2003. Nothing has happened sincethen and Mr. Zossé is paying the price of this inaction. It is imperativethat the authorities relaunch discussions on a reform of the law with a viewtowards abolishing prison sentences for offences of this nature,” theorganisation added.Zossé was arrested on 25 February and charged with “insulting the head ofstate”. The authorities were upset by the publication of an article in the23 February edition of “L’Hirondelle” entitled, “General Bozizé, greatcashier-tax collector of the state”. The article originally appeared on thewebsite of the opposition bi-weekly “Centrafique-Presse”. It accused thepresident of embezzling a large portion of state funds for his personal use.Zossé was since transferred to Bangui’s Ngarangba prison. The verdict in histrial is scheduled to be delivered on 12 March. May 13, 2020 Find out more RSF decries arbitrary blocking of two CAR news websites News Central African RepublicAfrica center_img News News to go further Organisation April 6, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Central African RepublicAfrica Six years on, same unanswered questions about French journalist’s death in CAR December 13, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Growing Families: “Faith & the Modern Family; What Should I Feed My Time-Starved Kids?”

first_img Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Most families today are long on commitment and short on time. It feels like we are being pulled in so many directions that it makes it difficult, if not impossible to connect relationally as a family. Smart phones, mobile technology, relentless hurry and stress seem to be woven into the fabric of our lives. We can all agree that a modern family does not equal a healthy one. We ask and answer questions that help us build a healthy family in a modern world. What should I feed my time-starved kids?On Sunday, October 19, 9:30 a.m., these questions and issues will be discussed at La Canada Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall. Featuring the former pastor of Saddleback Church, Craig Jutila.Craig is a passionate and nationally known communicator, author, and blogger. He is the president of Empowered Living with a mission to “Empower leaders and their families for life!” His passion is to encourage, equip and empower others to enjoy their journey through life. In his most recent boo, “Faith and the Modern Family,” through humorous stories and relevant application, Craig encourages parents to make a difference in and with their modern family.For more information, contact Heather at (818) 790-6708 ext. 252 or email [email protected] Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, (818) 790-6708 or visit www.lacanadapc.org. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Make a comment 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Faith & Religion Events Growing Families: “Faith & the Modern Family; What Should I Feed My Time-Starved Kids?” Featuring the former pastor of Saddleback Church, Craig Jutila on Sunday, October 19, 9:30 a.m. Article and Photo courtesy of La Cañada Presbyterian Church Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 10:47 pm Top of the News HerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeauty Business Newscenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

O’Donoghue takes aim at Council’s housing model

first_imgAdvertisement Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick on Covid watch list NewsHousingO’Donoghue takes aim at Council’s housing modelBy Alan Jacques – March 14, 2019 1212 TAGSHousingLimerick City and CountyNews Richard O’Donoghue, Independent. Photo: Cian ReinhardtINDEPENDENT councillor Richard O’Donoghue took aim at the local authority this week and its methods of providing housing in the city and county.Speaking at this Tuesday’s meeting of Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District, Cllr O’Donoghue, who runs his own construction company, insisted that he would be out of business if he used the Council’s business model.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to the Croom native, social houses left in “pristine” condition when vacated by tenants are then allowed to fall into a state of disrepair after lying idle for up to six months and more.“Houses that were in perfect condition when vacated are left idle for months. Hedges become overgrown, moss grows on tarmac and mold forms on walls because heating hasn’t been turned on for six months. We need to get these properties turned over straight away not six months later when they have fallen into disrepair,” Cllr O’Donoghue declared.“If I was to run my business the way you run yours I would be out of business. We need to start thinking outside the box.”According to the latest housing progress report for Adare-Rathkeale, no houses were purchased and leased in the district in February 2019.Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary was not impressed with the findings.“It is like looking at duck eggs at the bottom of the report — it is all zeroes. We have the land. We are tripping over all the land we have and yet nothing is being built,” Cllr Keary commented.Party colleague Adam Teskey agreed and deemed it a “disgrace” that council properties were being left empty.Fianna Fáil councillor Kevin Sheahan then took the opportunity to thank the two Fine Gael councillors for “launching their election manifesto” at the meeting.“Eoghan Murphy is a fine fella for building houses with his almond milk,” Independent councillor Emmett O’Brien replied. Facebook Printcenter_img Linkedin Twitter WhatsApp Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months Previous articleWATCH: UL’s Teddy Bear Hospital Inspires Future DoctorsNext articleLimerick’s distressed borrowers should not lose their homes Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!last_img read more

Relative of virus victim asks to meet WHO experts in Wuhan

first_img Twitter Relative of virus victim asks to meet WHO experts in Wuhan Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Local NewsWorld News Facebook WUHAN, China (AP) — A relative of a coronavirus victim in China is demanding to meet a visiting World Health Organization expert team, saying it should speak with affected families who allege they are being muffled by the Chinese government. China approved the visit by researchers under the auspices of the U.N. agency only after months of negotiations. It has not indicated whether they will be allowed to gather evidence or talk to families, saying only that the team can exchange views with Chinese scientists. “I hope the WHO experts don’t become a tool to spread lies,” said Zhang Hai, whose father died of COVID-19 on Feb. 1, 2020, after traveling to the Chinese city of Wuhan and getting infected. “We’ve been searching for the truth relentlessly. This was a criminal act, and I don’t want the WHO to be coming to China to cover up these crimes.” China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The WHO team, which arrived in Wuhan on Jan. 14 to investigate the origins of the virus, is expected to begin field work later this week after a 14-day quarantine. Zhang, a Wuhan native now living in the southern city of Shenzhen, has been organizing relatives of coronavirus victims in China to demand accountability from officials. Many are angry that the state downplayed the virus at the beginning of the outbreak, and have attempted to file lawsuits against the Wuhan government. The relatives have faced immense pressure from authorities not to speak out. Officials have dismissed the lawsuits, interrogated Zhang and others repeatedly and threatened to fire relatives of those who speak to the foreign media, according to interviews with Zhang and other relatives. Zhang said chat groups of the relatives were shut down shortly after the WHO team’s arrival in Wuhan, and he accused the city government of trying to silence them. “Don’t pretend that we don’t exist, that we aren’t seeking accountability,” Zhang said. “You obliterated all our platforms, but we still want to let everyone know through the media that we haven’t given up.” WHO says its visit to China is a scientific mission to investigate the origins of the virus, not an effort to assign blame, and that “in-depth interviews and reviews” of early cases are needed. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment. China initially rejected demands for an international investigation after the Trump administration blamed Beijing for the virus, but bowed to global pressure in May for a probe into the origins. On Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease official in the United States, said at the World Economic Forum that the origins of the virus that has brought the world to its knees are still unknown, “a big black box, which is awful.” The mission was repeatedly delayed by negotiations and setbacks, one of which prompted an unusual public complaint by the WHO head. The arrival of the WHO mission has revived controversy over whether China allowed the virus to spread globally by reacting too slowly in the early days. From the beginning, WHO officials have been trying to get more cooperation from China, with limited success. Audio recordings of internal WHO meetings obtained by The Associated Press and aired for the first time Tuesday show that even while the WHO praised China in public, officials were complaining privately about not getting enough information. The U.N. agency has no enforcement powers, so it must rely on the goodwill of member countries. Keiji Fukuda, a public health expert at the University of Hong Kong, has said the visit is an “image building mission” in addition to a scientific one, with China eager to come off as being transparent and the WHO keen to show it’s taking action. “Both China and WHO hope to get some brownie points,” said Fukuda, a former WHO official. “But it all comes down to what will the team have access to. Will they really be able to ask the questions that they want to ask?” ——— Kang reported from Beijing.center_img By Digital AIM Web Support – January 26, 2021 Previous articleKerry aims to talk US back into a lead role in climate fightNext articlePackers’ Rodgers clarifies postgame remarks about his future Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest TAGS  last_img read more

Housing Market Forecast Remains Bright, Despite Rise in Rates

first_img As the weather warms and COVID-19 vaccines roll out to more around the country, U.S. economic expansion is expected to accelerate this spring, with real GDP growth hitting 8.4% in Q2 and 6.6% for the full year before moderating in 2022, according to the latest commentary from the Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group.Home sales are likely to be minimally affected by rising mortgage rates to date according to Fannie Mae, though a further jump in record-low mortgage rates remains a risk. Mortgage originations are likely to be adversely affected, however, due to a weakening of refinance mortgage demand. In 2021, the refinance share of origination activity is forecast to dip to 54%, down from 64% in 2020; and by 2022, the refinance share is expected to hit 39%, as rates rise and the pool of outstanding mortgages with incentives to refinance continues to decline. Purchase demand, meanwhile, is expected to remain relatively steady over the next few months, with $1.82 trillion expected in 2021, up from $1.61 trillion in 2020, and another $1.80 trillion expected in 2022.”At the moment, economists’ eyes are on interest rates given the size of the recent increases to Treasury and mortgage rates and the short time period over which those changes occurred,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. “Perspective is helpful here: While we forecast some continued upward movement, mortgage rates remain historically low, as they are still 0.8 percentage points below the 2019 average. Underlying Treasury rates have risen, though lenders have absorbed some of the rise by shrinking spreads, as confirmed by our recent Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey results. While the rate rise will curtail refinances to some degree, 2021 is poised to be a good year overall for housing activity and housing finance, as the economy continues to recover and COVID-19 restrictions ease. We expect a brisk acceleration in economic growth in the coming months. As always, there are downside risks to our forecast, and many center around monetary and fiscal policy impacts on interest rates going forward.”The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), in its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey, found that apps decreased 2.2% for the week ending March 12, 2021 over last week. However, concern remains in the limited number of homes available, as demand continues to outpace supply nationwide. The limited supply of homes for sale is likely holding back transactions, as many would-be buyers are likely unable to find a suitable listing or are being outbid. Even if some people drop out of the market due to rising rates, Fannie Mae feels there is an ample “reserve” of buyers able to fill their place in the near-term. Home price appreciation would likely soften as fewer bidding wars occurred, but the effect on transactions would be limited. Additionally, homebuilders are currently struggling to keep up with demand, suggesting they would continue a brisk construction pace, even if foot traffic cooled.Click here for more highlights from Fannie Mae’s ESR Group. 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