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ECB should stay silent about monetary policy

first_img Tags: NULL Share KCS-content Show Comments ▼ ECB should stay silent about monetary policy whatsapp whatsappcenter_img More From Our Partners Mark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoWork from Home | Search AdWork From Home for a USA company Might Be More Fun Than You ThinkWork from Home | Search AdUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoWomenTales.com20 Pieces of Clothing Older Women should AviodWomenTales.comUndoBridesBlushHarry Potter Star Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldBridesBlushUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndo JEAN Claude Trichet and his colleagues at the ECB are playing a dangerous game. Despite the Eurozone’s recovery still looking fragile, the central bank’s key playmakers seem determined to talk about pushing policy back onto a more “normal” footing. Just last week, the Bundesbank’s Axel Weber, in a speech given in New York, indicated his desire to see monetary policy quickly and effectively tightened.This very open desire to get policy back onto a more normal footing is a mistake for the simple reason that it is going to push the euro higher and make exports less competitive at a time when Europe is producing little domestic demand of its own. Foreign exchange traders have already moved the Euro/Dollar exchange rate past 1.40 and there is no reason to think that 1.50 or even 1.60 can be ruled out. The gamble that the ECB is taking by simply talking about a move to the monetary policy exit sign is a huge but unnecessary one. While the likes of Weber may be convinced that it’s the right thing to do, with such an opaque macroeconomic environment why does he feel the need to talk about it? Why take the risk? It’s not as if there is a near-term inflation issue to tackle.The ECB has tightened inappropriately in the past and could make the same mistake again. The best approach now would be to say nothing. By saying nothing the central bank would allow itself options. By saying nothing the ECB might not see the euro rise at such a dramatic pace. And by saying nothing, the ECB wouldn’t run the very real risk of damaging its credibility again by performing a policy U-turn.Don’t get me wrong; I am not saying that other central banks around the world are not taking big risks as well. The Fed’s headlong rush towards QEII could well be extremely reckless. But the fact that the Fed is getting ready to move in the opposite direction to the ECB should give those in Frankfurt pause for thought.It’s not too late for the ECB to sit on the sidelines, keeping its own council while the economic fog clears. If it turns out that a tighter monetary environment is required in 12 months then it hasn’t lost anything by saying nothing now. However, if it turns out that economic growth it still likely to remain sub-par then those at the ECB would still be able to provide assistance without anybody questioning their competence.This is especially true for Axel Weber. If the Bundesbank boss wants to take over from Jean Claude Trichet next year, he can’t make mistakes.Guy Johnson co-anchors European Closing Bell weekdays on CNBC. Sunday 17 October 2010 11:27 pmlast_img read more

Thomson back for Glasgow against Scarlets

first_imgReplacements:16 Finlay Gillies17 Gordon Reid18 Ed Kalman19 Calum Forrester20 Johnnie Beattie21 Murray McConnell22 Alex Dunbar23 Scott WightNot considered for selection due to injury: Federico Aramburu (shoulder)Mike Cusack (ankle)Ryan Grant (ankle)Rory Lamont (head/face)DTH van der Merwe (shoulder) Head coach Sean Lineen told “This is another massive test against a side who will be looking to put pressure on us in terms of the RaboDirect PRO12 table.“We’ve drawn our last three away matches between this competition and the Heineken Cup, and while we’ve been pleased with a number of the qualities that have shone through in those games, it’s about going that one step further and discovering more of a clinical edge.“This is the first of another batch of huge fixtures for us, and it’s important we manage the squad to make sure we’re getting the best out of each individual over the course of the campaign.“The guys we’ve brought in this weekend are chomping at the bit to be involved and they all more than merit a start for how they’ve performed when given the opportunity. It’s great to have Fergus back in the mix – he’s part of the fabric of this club and knows what it means to play and win for Glasgow.“We’re looking for each player to do their job, draw confidence from the great team ethic we’ve established, and bring home another positive result for our supporters.”Starting XV:15 Peter Murchie14 Tommy Seymour13 Rob Dewey12 Graeme Morrison (captain)11 David Lemi10 Ruaridh Jackson9 Henry Pyrgos1 Jon Welsh2 Fergus Thomson3 Moray Low4 Rob Verbakel5 Tom Ryder6 Rob Harley7 Chris Fusaro8 Ryan Wilson LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS ”]One of the longest-serving and most popular members of the Glasgow Warriors squad will head up the team’s bid to stay at the top end of the RaboDirect PRO12 when they face Scarlets in Llanelli tomorrow (kick-off 6.15pm).Fergus Thomson, the hooker who has played some 122 games for the club since 2003, will make his first appearance of the season in the west Wales clash, having recovered from the shoulder injury which forced him to withdraw from the Scotland squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.Thomson’s inclusion comes as one of seven changes to the Warriors team that lifted the 1872 Cup for the fourth time in five seasons by beating Edinburgh Rugby 17-12 at Firhill on New Year’s Day, in the process extending the club’s best ever unbeaten run in the RaboDirect PRO12.In the backline, Rob Dewey lines up at outside centre in place of Stuart Hogg, who was yesterday called up to the Scotland squad for the RBS 6 Nations six days after winning a long-term full professional contract with the Warriors.The other switches behind the scrum see Tommy Seymour replace Colin Shaw on the wing, and Henry Pyrgos and Ruaridh Jackson team up in an all-new half-back pairing.There is another fresh unit in the second row, where Tom Ryder and Rob Verbakel reprise the partnership that helped the Warriors secure a win at Cardiff Blues and a draw at Dragons on their last two visits to the Principality.Graeme Morrison will captain the team in the absence of Al Kellock, while Scottish Rugby Elite Development scrum-half Murray McConnell, an unused substitute at Rodney Parade last month, is in line to make his Warriors debut from the bench.Glasgow have won on two of their previous ventures to Parc y Scarlets, but emerged on the wrong side of the scoreline in each of last season’s meetings with Nigel Davies’ men, and are well aware that Scarlets have lost only once at home in the RaboDirect PRO12 this term. Pic Kenny Smith, Kenny Smith Photography6 Bluebell Grove, Kelty, Fife, KY4 0GX Tel 07809 450119, last_img read more

Can Saracens avoid relegation from the Premiership?

first_img Can Saracens avoid relegation from the Premiership?Saracens have been Premiership champions for four of the past five seasons – but this campaign will be a different story. Earlier this month they were punished for breaching salary cap regulations for the past three seasons.The offence related to player/owner co-investments between Saracens’ leading international players and business magnate owner Nigel Wray.The punishment was massive: a fine of more than £5m and – crucially – a 35-point deduction in the league, levied immediately. At the current moment Saracens are stuck at the bottom of the table, on -22 points, even though they’ve won three of their opening four games this season.Related: Saracens docked 35 points and fined £5.36mSo, with the Premiership more competitive than ever, can Saracens avoid relegation? We take a deep-dive into the stats – and think about the other factors which will make escaping the drop harder than ever.The statsSince London Welsh’s disastrous 2014-15 season, in which they collected only a single point, the respective points total of the relegated teams has been 20 (London Irish 15-16), 20 (Bristol 16-17), 22 (London Irish 17-18) and 31 (Newcastle 18-19).This averages out at 23.5 points, although the eagle-eyed will have noticed that the total is growing larger each year – a trend that could well continue this year. No team has either won all their games or lost all their games, a sign that teams in the league are more closely matched than ever before.Defending champs: Saracens celebrate last season’s Premiership victory (Getty Images)Saracens will also be disappointed that the promoted team, London Irish, have recruited aggressively over the summer, and have already won two games.Newcastle were sent down to the Championship last season with a total of 31 points, although had they beaten Leicester in the season’s closing weeks, one of the two sides would have been relegated with a total in the mid-thirties!So, lets say that Saracens face a best-case scenario in which they require 24 points, and a worst-case scenario in which they need 35 points – can they do it?Well, over the past four seasons Saracens have accumulated 78, 77, 77 and 80 points – an average of 78 per season, and 3.55 points a game. With 18 games left to play this season, this means we can project them to win 68.3 points over the course of the season.Therefore, if Saracens manage to perform as they have in recent seasons, they will end on around 42 points, which should be enough to avoid relegation, although fourth place (average of 62.5 points since 2015) and Champions Cup qualification (average of 55.5 points since 2015) seems out of reach. However, this season may be even more troublesome for Saracens, for the following reasons…International absencesThe Six Nations will affect at least five rounds of the Gallagher Premiership, with Saracens likely to be one of the hardest hit clubs in the league. In all likelihood the men in black will lose the Vunipola brothers, Billy and Mako, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Owen Farrell and Elliot Daly to England – and may also lose Jack Singleton, Ben Spencer.Duncan Taylor and Sean Maitland may appear for Scotland, whilst Liam Williams faces a fitness race to recover to play for Wales.England contingent: Maro Itoje, Jamie George, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola and Owen Farrell (Getty Images)The Six Nations also coincides with a tough set of fixtures for Saracens, as they’re slated to be away to Wasps and early pace-setters Northampton during the championship, and visit current league leaders Bristol the week after the tournament when a lot of internationals are generally rested.Player welfareWith some of Saracens’ World Cup stars having already played ten games this season, and with another five Six Nations games on the horizon, the North Londoners will be forced to rest many of their international stars for more games than usual to comply with player welfare regulations.This is why Mark McCall has publicly said that he will play a rotational side in the Champions Cup – Saracens can simply not afford to use up their key players’ valuable game-time in a competition which will not ensure league survival.They will have nine league games left after the Six Nations and relegation will still be in the balance – they’ll likely still be bottom of the table – but how many games will Farrell, the Vunipolas, Itoje etc. be able to actually play? Or will the young guns have enough to ensure survival?Game time: Manu Vunipola kicks a penalty for Saracens (Getty Images)InjuriesSaracens have some of the best squad depth in the league (which some will point out is no surprise given their recent penalties). Indeed, a back-line shorn of their international stars could read as follows: Wigglesworth, Malins, Lewington, Barritt, Tompkins, Lozowski, Goode.However, this season injuries have piled up, most critically amongst those who didn’t go to the World Cup. Saracens are being forced to play Manu Vunipola, 19, their fourth-choice fly-half after injuries to Max Malins and Alex Goode. The defending champions have been docked 35 points and are now fighting to escape the drop. Jacob Whitehead assesses their chances LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Saracens Relive every moment of the 2019 World Cup in the December 2019 issue of Rugby World magazine – in shops now.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Promising prop Ralph Adams-Hale, who made such an impact in last season’s Premiership final, suffered a horrible ankle injury at Gloucester and is expected to be out for an entire year, while Juan Figallo and Liam Williams have returned from the World Cup crocked.During the Six Nations, rookie Matt Gallagher is set for an extended run at full-back, whilst Manu Vunipola and Malins (when fit) will be expected to shoulder the fly-half burden. All extremely talented players, but inexperienced – not what Saracens would have hoped for when scrapping for premiership survival.Projected results Bath (A) – LBristol (H) – WExeter (A) – LWorcester (H) – WHarlequins (A) – WSale Sharks (H) – WWasps (A) – WNorthampton (A) – LLeicester (H) – WBristol (A) – LHarlequins (H) – WGloucester (H) – WLondon Irish (A) – WWasps (H) – WSale (A) – LExeter (H) – WWorcester (A) – WBath (H) – WThirteen wins and five losses would give Saracens 52 points, while there are likely to be bonus points – of the losing and try-scoring variety – too. So a total of just under 40 points, taking into account the deduction, can be projected for Saracens. Pulling together: Saracens players in a huddle (Getty Images) last_img read more

£300,000 grant package announced for Belfast community events

first_img Howard Lake | 17 January 2013 | News Social Development minister Nelson McCausland has announced a £300,000 funding package for Belfast City Centre events and community activities.The Belfast City Centre Events and Community Activity Grants schemes replace the former Laganside Events and Community Activity Grants. These funding programmes are aimed at encouraging arts, cultural and community based events in the city centre.Nelson McCausland said: “I am pleased to announce a further year’s funding of £250,000 in support of the Belfast City Centre Events Grant scheme and a further £50,000 to support the Community Activity Grants Scheme for the 2013/14 financial year. I have decided to extend the eligible area from Laganside to include the whole of Belfast City Centre. Advertisement £300,000 grant package announced for Belfast community events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “These grants make an important contribution in terms of encouraging arts, cultural and community based events in Belfast City Centre. These events play a key role in sustaining life and vitality within the City Centre and will provide a welcome boast to traders following the disruption of the last number of weeks.This funding covers activities taking place between April 2013 and end of March 2014. £250,000 of the funding is aimed at supporting events that contribute to the regeneration of Belfast City Centre. The event needs to encourage local involvement and community and business participation and contribute to the attraction of visitors to the area.£50,000 will be provided to support community initiatives and offers grants of up to £1,000 for community based events. The events must address the needs of the Belfast City Centre local community and continue to bring life to the area.The closing date for applications to the city centre events element of the funding package is 15 February 2013 while community initiatives will be considered on a rolling 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 Researching massive growth in giving.  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Funding Northern Irelandlast_img read more

Hong Kong: RSF denounces government harassment on public media group RTHK

first_img ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Judicial harassment November 6, 2020 Hong Kong: RSF denounces government harassment on public media group RTHK News ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Judicial harassment June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Asia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information to go further RSF_en June 10, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounces the recent arrest of a documentary producer affiliated with the public media group RTHK, a symbol of press freedom, and urges the Hong Kong government to end their harassment campaign. Organisation Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists On 3rd November, police arrested Choy Yuk Ling (also known as Bao Choy), a freelance producer involved in the making of an RTHK documentary that highlighted the police’s inaction during a mob attack last year targeting pro-democracy demonstrators in the district of Yuen Long. The producer, who is accused of making false statements in her efforts to obtain information whilst researching for the documentary, was released on bail the same day, and is expected to be tried on 10th November.This arrest comes after a string of intimidation attempts on RTHK earlier this year. In May, the government-appointed RTHK Board of Advisors sparked controversy with its announcement of a “working group” which is meant to monitor the governance and editorial principles of the public group, to which neither management nor staff representatives were invited. In June, the government also accused RTHK’s satirical show Headliner of “insulting the police”.“The harassment of public media group RTHK is symbolic of the recent acceleration of press freedom’s decline after the passing, four months ago, of a National Security Law imposed by Beijing”, says Cédric Alviani, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia Bureau Head. “The Hong Kong government would do better in making efforts to uphold press freedom, a value enshrined in Article 27 of the Basic Law, rather than trying to intimidate a media known for the quality and independence of its reporting.” According to a survey published last year by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, RTHK remains the most trustworthy media in the eyes of Hong Kong residents. On 30th June this year, the Chinese regime passed a National Security Law which allows it to directly intervene in the special administrative region of Hong Kong to suppress, with the appearance of legality, anything it deems to be “terrorism”, “secession”, “subversion” or “collusion with foreign forces”, four crimes often used in the Mainland as a pretext to prosecute journalists.Hong Kong, once a bastion of press freedom, has plummeted from 18th place in 2002 to 80th place in 2020 in the RSF World Press Freedom Index. The People’s Republic of China, for its part, remains at 177th out of 180. News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survivallast_img read more

Imprisoned journalist ends two-week hunger strike

first_img Follow the news on Iran Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders said today it had learned with relief that journalist Mohammad Hassin Falahieh Zadeh decided on 19 October to end the hunger strike he began in jail two weeks earlier to press for an appeal. One of his lawyers, Abdelfattah Sultani, who was able to visit him in Evin prison near Tehran where he has been held since November 2006, said his state of health was good. Another legal adviser, Saleh Nikbakht, told Reporters Without Borders that he was planning to seek an appeal against the journalist’s three year prison sentence handed down in April 2007 after a trial held behind closed doors and in the absence of his lawyers.———————————-17.10.2008Journalist imprisoned on spying charge goes on hunger strike to press for the right to an appeal Reporters Without Borders today voiced its concern about the state of health of journalist Mohammad Hassin Falahieh Zadeh who has been on hunger strike since 5 October, taking only sugared water.The worldwide press freedom organisation joins his family and his lawyer in calling on him to end his fast, in Section 350 of Evin jail, Teheran. The journalist, who works for the Arabic-language service of Iranian state-run radio and television al-Alam was arrested in November 2006 and was sentenced on 29 April 2007 to three years for “espionage”. He was also fined an amount equivalent to double his income from his journalist work. He also contributed to several Arab media, the Lebanese daily al-Mostaqbal, Abu Dhabi TV and Dubai radio.“Mohammad Zadeh is the journalist serving the longest prison term in Iranian jails. Convicted at a trial behind closed doors and without his lawyer and detained with common-law prisoners, the journalist considers he has no other option in the face of the injustice he is suffering”, Reporters Without Borders.He suffers from thalassemia, a genetic illness that leads to anaemia. The journalist’s harsh conditions in jail, linked to his hunger strike, could have a very serious effect on his vital organs. His lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, told Reporters Without Borders that his client had started his fast to press for an appeal of his trial. The lawyer has never had access to the journalist’s court file. His wife, Bayan Falahieh Zadh, and their three-year-old son, who live in the southern city of Khorramshahr, more than 1,000 kilometres from the capital, have not been able to visit him since he started his fast. “Every time we speak to him on the phone we urge him not to continue his hunger strike. He says that he will end it when he is allowed to see his lawyer”, she told the organisation.In another case, the Mahabad revolutionary court in Kurdistan on 15 October 2008 sentenced Kurdish journalist Massud Kurdpoor to one year in prison for “publicity against the regime in interviews with foreign and enemy media”. His lawyer Abass Jamali said he had been placed in solitary confinement and denied all contact with his family. Kurdpoor, who is a teacher, gave interviews to a number of foreign radio stations – Voice of America, Radio France International, and Deutsche Welle – condemning deteriorating human rights in Kurdistan. He is held in jail in Mahabad, the region’s main city.Nine journalists and one cyber-dissident are currently being held in Iran, the Middle East’s largest prison for journalists, Reporters Without Borders said. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation to go further June 9, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today voiced its concern about the state of health of journalist Mohammad Hassin Falahieh Zadeh who has been on hunger strike since 5 October, taking only sugared water. The worldwide press freedom organisation joins his family and his lawyer in calling on him to end his fast, in Section 350 of Evin jail, Teheran. Receive email alerts RSF_en Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News October 21, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Imprisoned journalist ends two-week hunger strike March 18, 2021 Find out more News News February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

FHFA to Re-Propose Financial Requirements for GSEs

first_img Tagged with: Conservatorship FHFA GSEs Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post June 15, 2020 1,288 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save About Author: Mike Albanese Conservatorship FHFA GSEs 2020-06-15 Mike Albanese Previous: The Week Ahead: Federal Update on COVID-19 Relief Next: Federal Financial Agencies Announce Flexibility in Mortgage Servicing Rules The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on Monday that it will be re-proposing the updated minimum financial eligibility requirements for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.“FHFA has determined that it is prudent to work with the Enterprises to reassess and re-propose these requirements, including incorporating lessons learned from the evolving COVID-19 national emergency,” the Agency said in a release.The FHFA told DS News that it would not provide additional comments.FHFA’s original proposal was made on January 31, 2020, and “will not be finalized and implemented this month as planned.”The proposed financial requirements released earlier this year sought to improve seller/servicer standards and provide transparency and consistency of the capital and liquidity required with different business models.“A critical improvement from the minimum financial requirements established in 2015 is addressing the risk factors related to servicing Ginnie Mae mortgages. The updated requirements improve the safety and soundness of the Enterprises by strengthening Seller/Servicer counterparties in the event of an economic downturn,” the January release from FHFA said.Continuing its path to end conservatorship for the GSEs, the FHAFA announced in February that it selected Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc., as its financial advisor to assist in the development of a plan to conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.The agreement between the FHFA and Houlihan Lokey has up to one year to produce a plan to end privatize the GSEs.The FHFA’s report states Houlihan Lokey will consider business and capital structures, market impacts, timing, and available capital raising alternatives among other items.“Hiring a financial advisor is a significant milestone toward ending the conservatorships of the Enterprises,” said FHFA Director Dr. Mark Calabria. “The next major milestone for FHFA is the re-proposal of the capital rule, which will happen in the near future.”The contract between the FHFA and the firm is $9 million for the first year. The FHFA has options to extend for an additional four-and-a-half years. The total contract is not to exceed $45 million.center_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago FHFA to Re-Propose Financial Requirements for GSEs Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / FHFA to Re-Propose Financial Requirements for GSEs Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Still no trace of missing Derry man John Concannon

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Still no trace of missing Derry man John Concannon Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Pinterest Facebook Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Three weeks since he disappeared, there has been no confirmed sighting of missing Derry man John Concannon.Mr. Concannon, who suffers from dementia and has difficulty communicating, has been missing since November 10th.There have been a number of reported sightings of the 71 year-old but none have been confirmed.Mr Concannon is described as being about 5’6″ tall, of medium build and with grey hair. He was wearing a black and grey beanie hat, a black coat, checked shirt and navy trousers.John’s brother Micheal Concannon is again asking people to help find him:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleRuaille Buaille le Colm Feireater 01/12/15Next article‘Creative’ Donegal student is Best Young Entrepreneur finalist News Highland Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire By News Highland – December 2, 2015 WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterestlast_img read more

Six in ten say ban assault weapons, up sharply in Parkland’s aftermath

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Support for new gun laws has risen sharply, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows, including anti-gun violence legislation in general and a ban on assault weapons in particular.Large and bipartisan majorities also back raising the legal age to buy long guns and enacting “red-flag” gun-confiscation laws. In the wake of the high school shooting that killed 17 in Parkland, Florida, in February, 62 percent of Americans now support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons, up from 50 percent just since mid-February and 45 percent in late 2015 to its highest since January 2011. More — 72 percent — support raising the legal age to buy rifles and shotguns to 21 in all states, and 85 percent favor red-flag laws empowering the police to take guns away from those judged to be a danger to themselves and others. Such laws have been enacted in six states and proposed in 23 more. More generally, the public by 57-34 percent now says enacting new laws to try to prevent gun violence should be a higher priority than protecting the right to own a gun. That broad 23-point preference for new gun laws compares with an even 46-47 percent split in fall 2015.  These shifts aren’t the norm; attitudes on gun control generally have not moved significantly immediately after heinous gun crimes. Then again, the Parkland shooting prompted an unusual response, including the participation of hundreds of thousands of young people in the March for Our Lives.  The public by 71-24 percent also says Congress is not doing enough to try to prevent gun violence, and 59-34 percent says President Donald Trump is not doing enough. As noted in a separate report on Sunday, the issue could be a potent one in November, with 78 percent saying it’s important to them to support candidates who share their views on gun policy. The changes in views on gun policy come even as many are unsure about the staying power of the student protests that followed the Parkland shooting. Fifty-three percent see this as a lasting movement, while 43 percent think it’s more of a “one-time thing” in the poll, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates. That said, another student walkout is planned for Friday, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shootings; more than 2,000 events nationally have been registered. Regardless, support for banning assault weapons, raising the age to buy long guns and enacting red-flag laws reach 49, 63 and 81 percent, respectively, even in gun-owning households. That’s a key result because so many American households include a gun owner — 47 percent in this survey, a numerical high in ABC/Post polls dating back nearly 20 years. GroupsWomen are much more likely than men to support new gun laws, with the greatest growth in those views. In one example, women call passing new laws to reduce gun violence a higher priority than protecting gun rights by almost 3-1, 68-25 percent, while men divide evenly on the question, 46-45 percent. And that priority on new laws is up 16 points among women since 2015 vs. 7 points among men. Additionally, support for an assault weapons ban has grown twice as much among women as men just since mid-February, up 19 vs. 7 points. That smaller gain among men occurred mostly among nonwhite men — up from 50 to 63 percent, while remaining essentially unchanged among white men (39 vs. 43 percent). While there are sharp partisan differences on banning assault weapons, the rise in support crosses party lines. Eighty-two percent of Democrats back the step, up 11 percentage points in two months; it’s 59 percent among independents, up 14 points; and 45 percent among Republicans, up 16 points. Notable, too, is a big jump in support for banning assault weapons among senior citizens, up 23 points to 77 percent. While the Parkland protests have been organized as a young-persons’ movement, attitudes among young adults are mixed. Most generally, 18- to 29-year-olds are likelier than those 30 and older to favor creating new laws to try to prevent gun violence over protecting gun rights, 65 vs. 56 percent. On specifics, though, young adults are less likely than those age 50 and older to support an assault weapons ban (55 vs. 70 percent, rising to 77 percent among seniors, as noted) or red-flag laws (79 vs. 88 percent). That said, 18 to 29s are more likely than those 50 and older to support making 21 the legal age to buy rifles and shotguns, 84 vs. 69 percent. Majorities across demographic groups support raising the minimum age for long guns, including 55 percent of Republicans and, as noted, 63 percent of people in gun-owning households. And red-flag laws have even broader bipartisan backing, from 84 percent of Republicans, 83 percent of independents and 92 percent of Democrats.  This includes solid support in the conservative base: About three-quarters of 2016 Trump voters (77 percent), evangelical white Protestants (77 percent), strong conservatives (74 percent) and white men without college degrees (74 percent) support red-flag laws. Criticism of Congress, for its part, extends across party lines, albeit to differing degrees. Most Democrats (87 percent), independents (72 percent) and Republicans (54 percent) say the GOP-controlled Congress isn’t doing enough to try to prevent mass shootings in this country. Republicans are less critical of Trump’s actions; 63 percent say he is doing enough to try to prevent mass shootings. On this, just 32 percent of independents and 11 percent of Democrats agree. MethodologyThis ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cellular telephone April 8 to April 11, 2018, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,002 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including the design effect. Partisan divisions are 32-25-35 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents. The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt Associates of Rockville, Maryland. See details on the survey’s methodology here.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 10/14

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFootballRegion 12PRICE, Utah-Bodie Payne ran for a pair of scores and the South Sevier Rams routed Carbon 33-6 Wednesday in Region 12 football action. Parker Brian and Jaxin Torgerson also ran for scores in the win for the Rams with Spencer Garrett adding a 20-yard field goal in victory for South Sevier.Region 14SPANISH FORK, Utah-Bodee Blackett had a 3-yard touchdown reception and added a 28-yard scoring run as the Juab Wasps pounded American Leadership 54-28 in Region 14 football action Wednesday. Shan Jackson (10 yards) and Trey Lund (4 yards) added touchdown runs for the Wasps and Dominic Davidson contributed with a 19-yard fumble recovery for a score for Juab. Ryker Richards added field goals of 38 and 43 yards for the Wasps and Luke Ivers threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Jared Dye in the win for Juab.MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Tyler Allan threw five touchdown passes and the North Sanpete Hawks drilled Union 41-14 Wednesday in Region 14 football action. Brady Jacobson added a 14-yard touchdown pass to Beau Jacobson in the win for the Hawks.Non-RegionCOALVILLE, Utah-Michael Warino ran 25 yards for a score and the Kanab Cowboys doubled up North Summit 6-3 in non-region football action Wednesday. Carsen McKnight had a 44-yard field goal in the loss for the Braves.Girls Soccer2-A First RoundOGDEN, Utah-Ellen Rickerd and Sam Munson had two goals apiece and the St. Joseph Jayhawks blanked Gunnison Valley 8-0 Wednesday in the first round of the 2-A girls soccer playoffs. Kenzie Munson earned the shutout in victory for St. Joseph. The Jayhawks next visit No. 3 seed Millard Saturday at 1:00 pm in the state quarterfinals.BEAVER, Utah-Sam Atkin scored twice and Ashton Bowles and Mia Harris also added goals as the Beaver Beavers waxed North Summit 6-3 in the first round of the 2-A girls soccer playoffs Wednesday. Beaver next visits No. 2 seed Real Salt Lake Academy in the state quarterfinals Saturday at 1:00 pm.3-A Second RoundMANTI, Utah-Ally Squire amassed a hat trick and the Manti Templars blanked Grand 7-0 Wednesday in the second round of the 3-A girls soccer playoffs. Alivya Osborn, Breanne Wayman, Kassidy Alder and Katelyn Crouch also scored in the rout for Manti. Katie Larsen posted the shutout for the Templars. Manti next hosts No. 8 Grantsville Saturday at 1:00 pm in the state quarterfinals.RICHFIELD, Utah-The Maeser Prep Lions outlasted Richfield 5-4 on penalty kicks following regulation to down the Wildcats in the second round of the 3-A girls soccer playoffs Wednesday. The Lions next face No. 4 seed Juab in the state quarterfinals Saturday at 1:00 pm.DELTA, Utah-Savannah Nielson posted a hat trick as the Delta Rabbits pounded Summit Academy 7-0 Wednesday in the second round of the 3-A girls soccer playoffs. Kate Smith added two more goals for Delta with Adi Nielson and Quincee Allred also scoring for the Rabbits. Rylee Callister posted the shutout for Delta. The Rabbits next visit No. 3 seed Judge Saturday at 1:00 pm in the state quarterfinals.PRICE, Utah-Molly Banks scored the sole goal of the game and the Carbon Dinos blanked North Sanpete 1-0 in the second round of the 3-A girls soccer playoffs Wednesday. Emma Flemmet posted the shutout in the win for the Dinos. Carbon next visits No. 2 seed Morgan in the state quarterfinals Saturday at 1:00 pm.NEPHI, Utah-The Juab Wasps smacked San Juan 8-0 Wednesday in the second round of the 3-A girls soccer playoffs.VolleyballRegion 12RICHFIELD, Utah-The Richfield Wildcats overpowered South Sevier 3-1 in Region 12 volleyball action Wednesday. The Wildcats prevailed 28-26, 23-25, 25-18 and 25-19 to earn the region title.Region 18BEAVER, Utah-The Enterprise Wolves gashed Beaver 3-0 Wednesday in Region 18 volleyball action. The Wolves downed the Beavers 25-22, 25-10 and 25-13 to take the title.Region 20PANGUITCH, Utah-The Panguitch Bobcats downed Valley 3-2 Wednesday in Region 20 volleyball action.ESCALANTE, Utah-The Piute Thunderbirds bested Escalante 3-0 in Region 20 volleyball action Wednesday.BICKNELL, Utah-The Milford Tigers stormed past Wayne 3-0 in Region 20 volleyball action. The Tigers humbled the Badgers 25-20, 25-22 and 25-13 for the win. Brad James Tags: Roundup Written by October 14, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 10/14last_img read more