SAEED JONES EMILY NUSSBAUM TO SPEAK AT TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY

first_imgThe Toronto Reference Library’s venue for author talks and more will kick off the upcoming season with a new look at Susan Sontag. On September 23, Benjamin Moser will discuss his new book, Sontag: Her Life And Work, a look at the iconic critic and activist’s personal struggles, drawn from interviews and her restricted archives. Facebook The Toronto Public Library is hosting an in-depth examination of Beyoncé.In Respect To Beyoncé is a deep dive with culture critics and academics on Queen B’s influence and iconography on groundbreaking works like Lemonade and Netflix’s Homecoming, The panel discussion with authors Kevin Allred, Michael Arceneaux and Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley (they’ve all written books deconstructing Bey) was announced as part of the Bram & Bruma Appel Salon’s Fall line-up. Twitter Advertisement The panel In Respect to Beyoncé will deconstruct the Homecoming pop star’s personal and professional personas. (Courtesy of Parkwood Entertainment)center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

CUPE certified to represent hundreds of WestJet Encore flight attendants

Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Canadian Union of Public Employees says it has been certified to represent hundreds of flight attendants at WestJet Encore.The union says the decision was made by the Canada Industrial Relations Board after a majority of flight attendants signed cards in support of unionization.The unionization of about 600 flight attendants at WestJet’s regional carrier comes after their colleagues at WestJet’s mainline carrier were unionized last July.Together, nearly 4,000 WestJet flight attendants are unionized, while CUPE says it is continuing efforts to add flight attendants as WestJet’s low-cost carrier, Swoop.Meanwhile, the Calgary-based airline says that 92 per cent of its Encore pilots represented by the Airline Pilots Association voted in favour of a five-year agreement that runs until Jan. 1, 2024.Canada’s second-largest airline saw the repercussions of labour strife last May, when WestJet pilots voted in favour of strike action before the Air Line Pilots Association and the company agreed to a settlement process two weeks later. read more

More legal challenges filed in Federal Appeal Court against Northern Gateway nod

The Gitga’at First Nation will ask the Federal Court of Appeal to recognize the band’s aboriginal title along the proposed tanker route where ships would be carrying oil from the Northern Gateway pipeline as part of a legal fight against the proposal.The band filed an application with the court on Monday, bringing to at least five the number of groups seeking judicial review of the federal cabinet’s decision approving the project.“The Gitga’at put forward evidence of title to specific areas in the Douglas Channel,” said their lawyer, Michael Lee Ross.Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the Tsilhqot’in nations’ aboriginal title to more than 1,700 square kilometres of land in the B.C. Interior. Theirs was the first such recognition in the country. Ross said the Gitga’at’s participation in the joint review process provided a legal basis for declaring the North Coast community’s title over their traditional marine territory.Such a declaration would mean the band would have to approve of the project, or the federal government would have to prove it was in the national interest, he said.The pipeline and tankers present little or no economic benefit to the community and do not meet the criteria set out by the high court for infringing on their territory, Ross argued.He said they do present significant threats to Hartley Bay, the village best known for rescuing passengers from the sunken Queen of the North ferry.“Gitga’at did try to engage with the federal government in a more serious way about some of these things and they really didn’t get anywhere,” Lee said.“It’s not like they just immediately said, ’well, we’re going to go after title.”’Two other legal challenges were also filed on Monday, the 15-day deadline set out in new rules brought in by the Conservative government.The Heiltsuk and the Kitasoo-Xaixais added their names to a list of groups that want the Federal Court of Appeal to review the cabinet decision.Those First Nations, whose territory on the central coast is also along the tanker path of the project, say they will fight the pipeline in court “and, if necessary, on the land.”“Our people have been clear since this pipeline was proposed,” said Heiltsuk Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett. “We will not allow this to threaten our waters. We stand with our relatives up and down the coast in rejecting this frightful project.”The environmental group B.C. Nature also filed an application with the court, bringing to at least five the number of legal challenges filed in the past few days.All claim the federal cabinet’s decision last month is invalid because it’s based on a flawed report from a joint review panel.B.C. Nature’s lawyer, Chris Tollefson of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria, said cabinet was also legally required to give its reasons for approving the pipeline, which it did not. read more

UN mission disarms over 18000 exrebels in Liberia

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as of 28 April more than 18,415 combatants from the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) and the Liberians United for Democracy and Freedom (LURD), as well as former Government militia, have surrendered some 10,653 weapons since the programme originally began in December.More than 3 million rounds of small arms ammunition and 5,300 other pieces of ammunition, including mortars and hand grenades, have also been collected. The second phase of the disarmament exercise will begin after the construction of six additional cantonment sites in other locations around the country, OCHA said.The disarmament process originally began on 7 December but was suspended one week later to allow time for better organization. Following the programme’s relaunch in mid-April in Gbargna, Buchanan and Tubmanburg, the exercise is expected to wrap up at a cantonment site located at the sprawling VOA camp, 25 kilometres north of the Liberian capital, Monrovia. Some 8,000 ex-combatants have been disarmed since the programme’s restart.Meanwhile, the head of Liberia’s disarmament commission, Moses Jarbo, is estimating that there are some 60,000 combatants that are expected to be disarmed in Liberia, 33 per cent more than the initial projected figures being used by UNMIL. The disarmament commission’s projection is reportedly based of preliminary figures that were generated from meetings with leadership of the warring factions in Monrovia. read more

A red box with pink equality lines in support of samesex marriage

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Bud Light said it with beer cans and Martha Stewart with red velvet cake as companies and celebrities from Beyonce to George Takei joined millions of social media users in posting and tweaking a simple red logo in support of gay marriage.A square box with thick pink horizontal lines (the mathematical equal symbol) was offered for sharing this week by the Human Rights Campaign as the U.S. Supreme Court took up arguments in key marriage rights cases.The image, replacing profile pictures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and elsewhere, is a makeover of the advocacy group’s logo, usually a blue background with bright yellow lines. The HRC made it available in red — for the colour of love — on Monday and estimated tens of millions of shares by Wednesday.“It shows the enthusiasm and the passion,” said Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the non-profit in Washington, D.C.Like viral campaigns of yore, supporting breast cancer awareness (pink), President Barack Obama (change your middle name to Hussein) and even Arab Spring (green), a bit of fatigue set in on some social media streams by those questioning whether such efforts serve to change any minds or, put simply, are plain annoying.“My Facebook feed is a cascading esthetic nightmare. Thanks, equality,” Washington Post writer Dan Zak wryly grumbled on Twitter.A photo of Justice Anthony Kennedy made the rounds with the quip: “Before we make a ruling, did enough people change their Facebook profile picture?!”None of that mattered to the masses of same-sex marriage supporters. Some swapped matzoh for the pink lines as Passover got under way, or added frowny Internet star Grumpy Cat, who explained marriage equality would make her happy.Bert and Ernie showed up against the red background. (They’re best friends with no plans to marry, according to Sesame Street.) Another version featured Paula Deen atop the red square and lines turned a shade of yellow akin to her favourite fatty ingredient and the tagline: “It’s like two sticks of butter y’all.”Takei, a noted punster with nearly 4 million followers in Facebook, turned the equal sign into the division sign for those opposed to marriage equality.Beyonce, with more than 44 million followers there, played it straight, leaving the logo alone and adding a personal message: “It’s about TIME!!! (hash)EQUALITY (hash)MarryWhoYouLove.Fergie let the image speak for itself on Twitter, adding: “No words necessary.” Montana Sen. John Tester, a Democrat who endorsed same-sex marriage on Tuesday, put the logo up as his profile on Facebook while the clothing site Bonobos swapped its usual Facebook pic for the red square using fancy white pants for the equal sign.Martha Stewart’s Facebook page used a slice of red cake with white icing to make the image and the HBO page for “True Blood” added fangs.All in good fun?“There’s a lot of serious conversation going on and there’s an awful lot of important concepts that the Supreme Court justices are discussing,” Sainz said. “What this logo going viral means is individuals have reduced it to a very straightforward concept.”Steve Jones, a professor of online culture and communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago, wondered whether all the mash-ups muddle the message.“Once you throw it together with something like Grumpy Cat it’s fun,” he said. “But was this message intended to be fun?”___Associated Press writer Barbara Ortutay contributed to this report.___Follow Leanne Italie on Twitter at http://twitter.com/litalie A red box with pink equality lines in support of same-sex marriage goes viral on social media by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2013 4:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN rights office expresses concern over death of member of opposition party

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has deplored the death in custody of Ebrima Solo Kurumah, a member of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), last Saturday, a spokesperson for the Office said.Mr. Kurumah was among 30 members of the UDP who were imprisoned, in April, following protests against the death of Solo Sandeng, the Chairman of UDP’s youth wing. Mr. Sandeng had also died while in custody. OHCHR had earlier expressed concerns over the imprisonment and that there had been no proper investigation into allegations of excessive use of force in the context of the demonstrations.Speaking at a regular press briefing in Geneva, Cécile Pouilly said that according to reports, Mr. Kurumah passed away after he was taken to a hospital for a surgical operation. He had allegedly been denied medical help on several occasions while in detention. Additionally, there are reports that other detainees have also been denied medical care in recent months. “We urge the authorities to investigate the death in State custody of Mr. Sandeng and Mr. Kurumah,” said Ms. Pouilly, urged them to also investigate allegations that detainees are denied access to medical care. read more

Transgender students win apology after being told to use gender neutral toilets

A university was forced to apologise to transgender students after they were told to use the “gender neutral” toilets instead of the men’s.Two Masters students at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) were confronted by a security guard after using the men’s toilets at the student union building on campus.Toby George, 21, who is studying Criminal Justice and is Tilbert Wilson, 24, who is taking Early Childhood Studies, are both biologically women but identify as men.After the pair emerged from the men’s toilets, the security guard asked them to present their identification cards. They were also asked why they had not used the “gender neutral” toilets in the building next door.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– “The security guard said the gender neutral toilets are available. I said ‘Well, I don’t identify as gender neutral, I identify as a man’,” said Toby George, who is the student union’s LGBTQ+ officer and a trainee special constable.   Toby George is the student union’s LGBTQ+ officer and a trainee special constable Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Last month, they obtained an apology from NGS Security, which is contracted by the university. It apologised for “comments and actions that may have caused offense” and have since given all their staff extra training on the universities’ gender identity policies. A spokesman for the university said: “Following a report regarding students’ use of toilet facilities within the Students’ Union (SU) building a meeting was arranged between the students and representatives of the University.  “The meeting was very productive, and a positive way forward was agreed between all who attended.  “This included all security staff (internal and external) being given up-to-date information on the use of toilets within the SU’s licensed premises and the wider University.“It has now been clarified to all concerned that any person can use whichever toilet aligns with their gender identity.” “Just because I don’t have the parts…it is quite disappointing this was allowed to happen. The security guard said he had been told to ask for student identification cards if there was any suspicious behaviour.“I studied policing as an undergraduate. Suspicious behaviour is someone doing drugs– not a transgender person going to the toilet”.  According to the university’s policies, students must be treated “as their self-identified gender”.“This includes the use of facilities, including toilets, the use of gender markers where they are allocated, and respecting the name, title and pronouns that have been requested,” the policy says.The students complained to the university authorities about the incident, which took place at a charity choir event at the student union in October. Tilbert Jackson is doing a Masters in Early Childhood Studies Tilbert Jackson is doing a Masters in Early Childhood Studies Toby George is the student union's LGBTQ+ officer and a trainee special constable read more

Buducnost fan jumped off the bridge in Moraca after Gyor defeat

← Previous Story Linnea Torstensson two months out! Next Story → Thea Mork extends Larvik deal until 2016 RK Buducnost Podgorica stayed out of Women’s EHF Champions League semi-final, what means that Montegrian champion won’t defend the title from the last year final. One of the dissapointed fan Almir Ajdarpasic (21) jumped off the “Blaz” bridge in river Moraca. Ajdarpasic remained healthy and successfully swam to shore. He said that his jump was motivated by dissapointment because of Buducnost’s defeat against Gyor in the decisive EHF CL clash. He was in the group of fans, which going home from “Moraca” hall…Last week accident happened during Hungarian derby between FTC and Gyor. buducnostGyorhandball fans read more

Mindbending timelapse of the Milky Way is better than a Pink Floyd

first_imgIf you are looking for a video to relax you before bed, or something to watch while you are sitting back with your favorite adult beverage then take a look at Randy Halverson’s latest time-lapse of the Milky Way. Called “Temporal Distortion,” the video is another masterpiece from the Dakota-based photographer. Set to an original score created by Bear McCreary, (the composer of the music in Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead and Eureka) Temporal Distortion was shot mostly in South Dakota over a two month period using both a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 60D. The lenses used to capture the 30 second exposures were a Canon 16-35mm and Tokina 11-16mm, making for about $2000 worth equipment for just the optics alone. Halverson took thousands of images to create his piece of art, shooting in RAW format with his cameras on manual mode. For shots that required addition motion with complete stability, he used Dynamic Perception’s Stage Zero Dolly.There are a few things to look for in the video that Halverson has pointed out. At 0:53 and 2:17 into the video you can see some meteors that leave a tail of burning gases in the frame, as well as two deer that wandered into the shot at 1:27. Also make sure to take note of the aurora’s that he was able to get recorded while he was in Madison Wisconsin, they are breath-taking. The video on Vimeo is a small portion of the whole video that was produced. If you have twenty-three minutes to sit back and enjoy, you can actually buy a digital download at Havlerson’s site below. More at dakotalapse.comlast_img read more

France la grippe A a tué dans le Var

first_imgFrance : la grippe A a tué dans le VarPour la première fois cette année, la virus H3N2 plus connu sous le nom de grippe A a tué un individu à Marseille. L’homme était âgé de 64 ans.C’était juste avant les fêtes de fin d’année. Après avoir constaté sa réapparition en Grande-Bretagne, on apprenait que la grippe A avait fait son retour sur le territoire (voir notre article). Une nouvelle qui intervenait alors que les Français hésitaient toujours à se faire vacciner. Aujourd’hui, la nouvelle a été confirmée, un homme de 64 ans est décédé à l’hôpital Nord de Marseille, et cela du virus H3N2. L’homme s’appelait habitait Draguignan.D’après le quotidien Nice Matin, l’homme aurait contracté le virus lors d’un récent séjour à Londres, en Grande-Bretagne et aurait été hospitalisé dans un premier temps à Draguignan. Dans cette ville, deux autres cas de grippe A/H1N1 auraient été diagnostiqués. Le personnel de santé de l’hôpital de la Dracénie demande aujourd’hui la mise en place d’une campagne de vaccination tandis que des consignes d’hygiènes sont mises en place.Le 5 janvier 2011 à 15:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Tractortrailer falls on top of man in Opalocka

Tractortrailer falls on top of man in Opalocka

first_imgOPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – A man is in serious condition after a tractor-trailer fell on top of him in Opa-locka.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to a business in the area of Northwest 31st Avenue and 129th Street just after 12:30 p.m., Monday.Officials said a 58-year-old man was working on a tractor-trailer when the vehicle fell on him.The victim was stuck underneath the trailer until a forklift was used to lift the vehicle off of him.Rescue crews airlifted the man in serious condition to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.It remains unclear what caused the tractor-trailer to fall on the victim.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Summit Media Group Names New CEO

first_imgAngel cites the company’s recent Playbook projects as an element of the business that he’d like to continue to develop moving forward.The initiative, started two years ago, serves exclusive how-to content on a specific project or topic to readers. Readers must fill out an in-depth questionnaire about their own project needs-things like goals, budgets and timelines-to get access to the content. That detailed breakdown of each consumer’s needs gets forwarded to sponsors of the Playbook.”It’s been an incredible product for us,” he says. “The sponsors get these intelligence reports that show them someone is actively pursuing a project.”Aside from focusing on Playbook production, Angel says the company would like to increase its emphasis on video, rolling out series across each of its five brands.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!More on this topic Questex Sells 8 Brands in Its Industrial and Specialty Group Capital New York to Relaunch with Subscription Model Summit Publishing Hosts Client Conference to Introduce New Sales Network BNP Builds Out Packaging Portfolio No More Adobe Flash for Mobile Browsers Ex-Penton VP to Launch Online StartupJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered by Summit Media Group has named Joseph Angel its president and CEO. He takes over for co-founder Lloyd Ferguson who will remain as a consultant after heading the company for 20 years.Angel (pictured) has been with the b-to-b publisher, events producer and custom media provider since its opening in 1993, and continues as publisher of Packaging World and Contract Packaging. Packaging World is the largest of the company’s five publications with a monthly circulation of more than 65,000 and about 74,000 monthly unique website visits, per BPA.”We’re going to keep on the course we’re on,” Angel says. “We will continue to adapt and continue to invest in our digital media properties, as well as sustain our print, but we don’t see any big changes.”last_img read more

Magura road crash kills 2

Magura road crash kills 2

first_imgRoad Accident logoTwo cattle traders were killed in a road accident on Magura-Jessore road at Jagla in Magura on Sunday night, reports news agency UNB.The deceased are Samad Khan, 60, son of Felu Khan and Aminul Khan, 30, son of Akter Khan of Manikganj.The accident took place around 8:00 pm when the Dhaka-bound cattle-laden truck from Jessore hit a roadside tree and plunged into a ditch, leaving the duo injured, said Ilius Hossian, officer-in-charge of Magura Police Station.Later, the injured were taken to Magura Sadar Hospital where they succumbed to their injuries late at night.A case was filed.last_img read more

Live In the Moment With New Doctor Who Comics

first_img The adventures continue as the Tenth Doctor and new companion, a radiant core monitor named Marcie.Upon discovering a rogue system in “one of the emptiest gulfs of space in all the universe,” the Time Lord invites himself over for a wander.Relieved of his sonic screwdriver, he tries communicating with the planet; explaining that his TARDIS is “experiencing some problems,” the alien traveller tries appealing to the mysterious globe’s sense of compassion.“I did find a very faint radiant energy link,” he says. “A trail. I followed it. And well, it led here, to you.“I don’t mean to disturb you, but … I’d love to know if you have any insight into this problem,” the Doctor continues. “I want to find a cure for her. If you can help me, I’d really appreciate it.”The TARDIS isn’t well (via Titan Comics)Meanwhile, back on Earth—London, 2009—Cindy and Gabby are “living in the moment” with Sarah Jane Smith, who has become a sort of companion guru, imparting her wisdom on the young girls, who worry their time with the Doctor has come to an end.As the floppy-haired Time Lord tries to escape a vengeful planet, it seems that fear just may become reality.Part three of the four-part “Vortext Butterflies” series—written by Nick Abadzis with art by Giorgia Sposito—is on sale now for $3.99. Stay tuned to find out whether the Doctor can save his friends, or if this is the point of no return.The Eleventh Doctor in ‘Fooled: Part 1’ (via Titan Comics)The Eleventh Doctor, Alice, and the Sapling, meanwhile, are on a different adventure: A day at an amusement park.Visiting the Village Green Festival, the trio uncover a sneaky jester who, upon closer inspection, is not who he appears to be. Playing the fool is a Krovian memory thief, on the job for a wealthy customer with “a particular taste for human memories.”Welcome to the Village Green Festival (via Titan Comics)But instead of storing those thoughts in his camera, he accidentally transplanted them into the Sapling, who finally learns what it’s like to forget.“Yes, it always feels this way, when something precious is lost,” the Doctor explains. “It’s … what makes us appreciate the things we do have.”Like a taste for ice cream, in the Time Lord’s case.“Fooled: Part 1” is available now for $3.99 from Titan Comics.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Brave Browser had a great tab preview feature but it is gone

Brave Browser had a great tab preview feature but it is gone

first_imgBrave Browser had a great tab preview feature, but it is gone now by Martin Brinkmann on July 01, 2019 in Internet – Last Update: July 01, 2019 – 7 commentsAll modern web browsers make use of tabs so that multiple sites and services may be loaded in a single browser window. Tabs display the page title usually and in some browsers also a site’s favicon if it exists.Sometimes, you may want to check the content of an inactive tab without switching to it, e.g. for a quick check. Some browsers lack support for tab previews, others display only a small thumbnail or minor information when a user hovers with the mouse cursor over a tab.Brave, a Chromium-based browser, offered a better solution in my opinion, at least for a while as the developers have removed it in the meantime.Brave would display a full preview of the loaded site of the tab you hovered the mouse cursor over. It almost felt as if you switched to the new tab as the preview occupied the same area of the browser window.The screenshot below shows the feature in action. The “About Brave” page was the active one, but the mouse was hovered over the highlighted Preferences tab.You could move the cursor over multiple tabs and get the content of these tabs displayed. The feature had some limitations: you would only see the active part of a page and could not interact with it at all.Brave users could enable or disable the feature in the Settings of the browser. The Tabs section, which is no longer available in new versions of the browser, displays an option to “show tab previews on hover”.If activated, Brave would display the content of the webpage when you hovered the mouse cursor over a tab. You could change the tab preview delay from short to another so that previews would not fire immediately on hovering the mouse over a tab.New Brave versions come without the feature; a message on Twitter on February 19, 2019 confirms that Brave had to remove Tab Previews when it moved closer to “Chromium”. All hope is not lost though, as Brave considers bringing it back.Interested users may cast their vote for the feature on Brave’s GitHub project page.Google is working on tab previews for Chrome but the company’s implementation will limit previews to thumbnails rather than full page previews. Google Chrome supported tab previews on Windows 7’s taskbar for a while.Now You: what is your take on the tab preview feature?SummaryArticle NameBrave Browser had a great tab preview feature, but it is gone nowDescriptionA look at a unique tab preview feature that the Brave Browser supported for a while (but has not in recent builds).Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

This Tiny Car Runs On Air

This Tiny Car Runs On Air

first_imgElectric cars have been the main source of hope in the alternative car market and have become largely accepted worldwide by many major motor companies, but Tata Motors (an Indian car manufacturer) is changing things up with the first car to run on air, the Airpod.The Airpod’s technology was originally created in France at Motor Development International but has since been bought buy Tata in hopes to bring it to the Indian consumer car market. With virtually zero emissions and at the cost of about a penny per kilometer, it is definitely one of the most environmentally and economically friendly vehicles in the world. The tank holds about 175 liters of compressed air that can be filled at special stations or by activating the on-board electric motor to suck air in from the outside. Costing about $10,000, this car could beat out most smart cars from the market.The design is still being worked on, as well as inputting more traditional steering tools as it currently uses a joystick to control the rear differential, but this car certainly has a lot of potential for getting around the city. It may start in India but could spread like wildfire from there so keep an eye out for Airpod in your city in the coming years.last_img read more

Refinance Share Climbs to 73 Percent in January Time to Close Falls

Refinance Share Climbs to 73 Percent in January Time to Close Falls

first_img in Data, Origination Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Credit Standards Ellie Mae FHA Investors Lenders & Servicers Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-02-20 Tory Barringer Refinance loan share jumped to its highest level in at least a year and a half, according to “”Ellie Mae’s””:http://www.elliemae.com/ Origination Insight Report for “”January 2013″”:http://www.elliemae.com/origination-insight-reports/EMOriginationInsightReportJanuary2013.pdf.[IMAGE]Ellie Mae’s monthly report is based on data from a sampling of the loan applications that flow through the company’s Encompass360 mortgage management software and its network. To get a meaningful view of lender “”pull-through,”” Ellie Mae reviews applications initiated 90 days prior–October 2012, in this case.According to the report, refinances made up 73 percent of loans closed in January–the highest level recorded since Ellie Mae began tracking the data in August 2011. January’s refinance figure is 4 percentage points higher than December’s.Jonathan Corr, president and COO of Ellie Mae, credited the spike to continued low interest rates and homebuying seasonality as well as elevated activity under the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP).””Closed conventional refinances with LTVs [loan-to-value ratios] of 95 percent-plus ticked up slightly to 11.6 percent in January 2013 from the previous high of 11.4 percent in [COLUMN_BREAK]December 2012, indicating that more underwater borrowers are being able to refinance thanks to HARP 2.0,”” Corr said.Despite the rise in refinance share, the time it took to close a refinance loan declined slightly in January, falling to 55 days from 57 days previously. However, time to close was up from 48 days in January 2012 (when refinance share was an estimated 66 percent). Meanwhile, the time it took to close a purchase loan stayed flat at 51 days, bringing the close time on all loans to 54 days (down one day from December).The share of loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) fell to 18 percent in January, while conventional loan share increased to 74 percent. According to Corr, FHA share was the lowest it’s been since Ellie Mae’s tracking began, perhaps indicating that the agency’s revised program–which includes higher premiums–has made FHA loans less attractive.The closing rate for all loans in January was 55.0 percent, slightly above December’s 54.7 percent and considerably higher than January 2012’s 46.2 percent. The closing rate on purchase loans fell half a percentage point to 60.8 percent, while the rate on refinances increased a full percentage point to 52.6 percent.The average FICO score for a conventional refinance closed in January was flat from December at 763, while the average score for a conventional purchase mortgage was 760 (down from 761). Year-over-year, the declines were more substantial.””Average credit scores for conventional loans in January 2013 were slightly lower compared to the same time last year. A year ago, the average credit score was 769 for a conventional refinance and 763 for a similar purchase,”” Corr said. “”While the overall credit score requirement remains tight, it appears that we are beginning to see some loosening.””center_img Refinance Share Climbs to 73 Percent in January, Time to Close Falls February 20, 2013 559 Views last_img read more

How Tom Cruise can make your running backs better

How Tom Cruise can make your running backs better

first_imgEvery running back’s job is to put their foot in the ground and drive through traffic. What better way for a running backs coach to illustrate that than showing a clip of Tom Cruise literally driving through traffic?Inside the Pylon has a great series on the techniques Penn State running backs coach Charles Huff uses to implore his players to run strong through traffic, centered around a drill that requires his players to sink their hips, which in turn allows them to lower their center of gravity and explode through a hole.The shoot that they have to run under is used to make sure that the back drops his hips and roll his shoulders. Coach Huff believes that the single most important trait for a back is hip flexibility, or the ability to drop his hips and efficiently change directions and explode. He said, “a back that could sink his hips will always be in position to change directions or change the playing field aggressively and with balance.” You’ll notice Barkley naturally bends at the hips, giving him a low center of gravity. A key part of the drill is sinking the hips and then getting the shoulders, knees, and toes vertical to explode into the correct hole. When the back gets underneath the shoot he has to also roll his shoulder forward, which puts him in a position to deliver a blow. Read the full post here to see how Huff does it in action.And then show the clip to your players, if nothing else to amaze yourself at how old we’re all getting when none of them know who any of the people in the clip are. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

Evaluating all third year FBS head coaches

Evaluating all third year FBS head coaches

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix We’re now at roughly the midway point of Year 3 for the FBS hiring class of 2016. This was a large class, 26 strong, spread across nine conferences (the Pac-12 sat that year out) and for many FBS ADs it’s now decision time on whether they want to double down on their current direction or offer a course correction. For some coaches, the decision is obvious. For others, not so much.Here’s a brief look at where 25 of the 26 new coaches of 2016 — Tyson Summers didn’t make it to Year 3 at Georgia Southern — stands roughly 30 games into their respective tenures.AmericanWillie Fritz, Tulane: 11-19 (5-13 AAC) overall, 2-4 (1-1) this seasonTulane had won three or fewer games in three of its last four seasons pre-Fritz, and the Green Wave exceeded that mark in each of his first two campaigns. Tulane came within one play of reaching a bowl game in 2017, and will need to win four of its final six to get there this fall. The school extended Fritz through 2023 in May. A Shawnee Mission, Kan., native, he could be a candidate at potential KU and K-State openings this winter.Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina: 8-22 (3-16 AAC) overall, 2-4 (0-3) this seasonECU reached a bowl game in four of Ruffin McNeill’s six seasons, but hasn’t come close in any of Montgomery’s three. Barring a late turnaround — ECU has games with No. 10 UCF, No. 16 NC State and No. 20 Cincinnati remaining — a change here seems likely. Mike Norvell, Memphis: 22-11 (13-7 AAC) overall, 4-3 (1-3) this seasonThis season has shaped into a rebuilding year, but the Tigers were thisclose to taking the AAC title last season. Even still, Memphis finished at 10-3 and No. 25 in the AP poll, the second time the program has appeared in a year-end AP poll — ever. Still only 37, Norvell signed a 5-year, $13 million extension in December, but he’ll be a person of interest for Power 5 openings this winter or next.ACCDino Babers, Syracuse: 12-18 (5-14 ACC) overall, 4-2 (1-2 ACC) this yearLast year, Syracuse secured what appeared to be a program-defining upset of No. 2 Clemson, moving the Orange to 4-3 on the year. They didn’t win another game. The Orange nearly did the same on Sept. 29, building a late lead at Death Valley East before eventually falling 27-23… and then dropped their next game, a 44-37 overtime defeat at Pitt. A similar collapse would lead to major questions, but we don’t expect that to happen here. This should be Syracuse’s first bowl team since 2012.Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech: 23-10 (14-5 ACC), 4-2 (3-0 ACC) this yearLook at it this way: the Hokies were embarrassed by Old Dominion and outclassed by Notre Dame, and are still in the driver’s seat to win their seventh ACC Coastal Division championship and their second in Fuente’s three seasons. Fuente signed a 2-year extension, through 2023, before the 2017 season.Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia: 12-19 (6-13 ACC), 4-2 (2-1 ACC) this yearThis move looked like a punch line after 2016, when Mendenhall left a stable situation at BYU to go 2-10 at Virginia. But the Hoos reached a bowl game last year, and are on track to do so again this winter. Snapping UVa’s 14-game Commonwealth Cup losing streak sure would go a long way to locking this job up long term.Mark Richt, Miami: 24-9 (14-5 ACC), 5-2 (2-1 ACC) this yearThe warm fuzzies from last year’s 10-0 start and No. 2 ranking has washed away now that the ‘Canes are 2-5 in their last seven against Power 5 competition. The program still obviously has a ways to go to reach the ACC and national elite, but it’s in unquestionably better hands now than it was before, when The U went 19-14 (9-10 ACC) in Al Golden’s final three seasons.Big 12Matt Campbell, Iowa State: 14-17 (9-13 Big 12) overall, 3-3 (2-2 Big 12) this yearThis tweet just about sums it up.Before last season, Iowa State was 1-65-2 all-time against teams ranked in the top 6 (AP poll). Since, Matt Campbell has notched wins over a No. 3 Oklahoma, a No. 4 TCU and a No. 6 West Virginia.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 15, 2018Campbell still hasn’t beaten Iowa, but he’s turned Jack Trice Stadium into a Bermuda Triangle for the Big 12 elite. Last year’s eight wins were the program’s most since 2002, and in Campbell agreed to a new 6-year contract that dropped his buyout from $9.4 million to $7 million.Big TenChris Ash, Rutgers: 7-24 (3-20 Big Ten) overall, 1-6 (0-4 Big Ten) this yearThere’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg debate with Rutgers football — is the program down because it keeps hiring the wrong coaches, or is the program so down that no coach could resuscitate them? The fact is, Rutgers has very little tradition of winning football and has to play Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State annually while still not receiving the full freight of Big Ten cash (which doesn’t arrive until 2020-21). So there’s that. But the Knights were blown out by Kansas in September, lost by 21 to Illinois and, on Saturday, watched its quarterbacks go 2-of-17 with nearly as many interceptions (5) as passing yards (8) in a 34-7 loss to Maryland. Any time your numbers are that bad it’s never just about the guys throwing passes. If Rutgers wanted to move on this winter, they’d be justified. If Ash wanted to cut bait and chase an assistant job elsewhere, he’d also be justified.D.J. Durkin, Maryland: 10-15 (5-13 Big Ten) overall, 0-0 this yearObviously, there’s a lot more going on than just the play on the field. The boosters seem to want Durkin back, while some of the players don’t. Durkin was building a program but an apocalypse of quarterback injuries doomed the club to a 4-8 season a year ago. The team has produced four wins this season under interim head coach Matt Canada. The longer this investigation goes and the more wins the team secures without Durkin, the less it feels like he’ll be back.Lovie Smith, Illinois: 8-22 (3-18 Big Ten) overall, 3-3 (1-2 Big Ten) this yearAD Josh Whitman was hired Feb. 17, 2016. He could have allowed Bill Cubit to remain into his second season as a long-term interim head coach and had his pick of the litter that fall. Instead, within his third week on the job, Whitman fired Cubit and hired Smith, who hadn’t coached in college football since 1992. Not only that, he handed the unemployed Smith a 6 year, $21 million contract that would cost the school $12.6 million to terminate even after three years on the job. Smith is 2-1 against Rutgers and 1-17 against the rest of the Big Ten.Conference USAJay Hopson, Southern Miss: 17-14 (11-7 C-USA) overall, 2-3 (1-1 C-USA) this yearHopson was another late hire, taking over just days before Signing Day after Todd Monken left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’s led the Golden Eagles to bowls in his first two seasons and signed a new 4-year contract in August.Seth Littrell, North Texas: 20-14 (12-7 C-USA) overall, 6-1 (2-1 C-USA) this yearSimply put, this has been a transformative hire for North Texas football. Littrell has raised the bar so high and so quickly that anything short of a Conference USA title this year will be viewed as a disappointment — and this is after taking over a team that went 1-11 and lost to FCS Portland State 66-7 on homecoming in 2015. UNT has invested everything it can to keep him as long as possible; his salary has doubled to a C-USA best $1.425 million and the school recently broke ground on an indoor facility. Eventually, someone will approach the 40-year-old Oklahoman with an offer he can’t refuse, but the school hopes to wring as much as possible out of Littrell while it can.Frank Wilson, UTSA: 15-16 (10-9 C-USA) overall, 3-4 (2-1 C-USA) this yearUTSA expected Wilson to do for it what Littrell has done for North Texas, and after a 6-7 debut, the Roadrunners appeared on track. But while North Texas won the C-USA West last season, UTSA stumbled to a 3-5 finish. UTSA is 3-4 overall and 2-1 in C-USA this year, but those conference wins have come over UTEP and Rice (a combined 1-12) and the loss came 31-3 to Louisiana Tech. Wilson’s $1.1 million salary is second only to Littrell in C-USA.IndependentsKalani Sitake, BYU: 17-16 overall, 4-3 this yearAt this point, last season’s 4-9 downturn appears to be more about an unfortunate, misguided offensive coordinator hire in BYU Heisman-winning quarterback Ty Detmer than Sitake himself. The good and bad news about BYU’s situation for Sitake is that any struggles by his team will immediately become swept up in an ongoing existential debate about BYU’s status as an Independent rather than his ability as the program’s head coach.MACJason Candle, Toledo: 24-10 (14-4 MAC) overall, 3-3 (1-1 MAC) this yearCandle picked up exactly where Campbell left off. He signed a 6-year extension in December, but it raised his buyout to only $3.5 million. The 38-year-old Ohioan will have options as long as he keeps winning.Mike Jinks, Bowling Green: 7-24 (5-14 MAC) overall, 1-6 (0-3 MAC) this yearJinks was let go on Sunday, the first Class of 2016 casualty and the first coaching move of the 2018 season. BG’s performance under Jinks was less about the coach and more about the AD who hired him. After losing Dino Babers to Syracuse, BG AD Chris Kingston hired Texas Tech running backs coach Jinks, a career Texas high school coach who had never so much as been to Ohio, essentially sight unseen. Kingston, like Jinks, is no longer at Bowling Green. Feels like new AD Bob Moosbrugger will look for someone with head coaching experience, or pedigree at this level for his next head coach.Mike Neu, Ball State: 9-22 (3-16 MAC) overall, 3-4 (2-1 MAC) this yearIt would cost Ball State less than a million bucks to move on from Neu, but surely the school will give the former Cardinals quarterback more time than just three seasons. Neu left his job as Drew Brees’s position coach to take over his alma mater, where he still stands as one of the best players in school history.Mountain WestNick Rolovich, Hawaii: 16-18 (8-12 MW) overall, 6-2 (3-0 MW) this yearRolovich has always had fun as Hawaii’s head coach, but he’s probably having more fun than ever now that the Rainbow Warriors are winning. Quarterback Cole McDonald is No. 3 nationally in passing and No. 16 in efficiency with 26 touchdowns against three picks.SECWill Muschamp, South Carolina: 18-14 (10-11 SEC) overall, 3-3 (2-3 SEC) this yearMuschamp has proven to be better than he showed at Florida. He signed a new 6-year deal in January after leading the Gamecocks to a 9-4 season and a win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl. But the question with any South Carolina head coach is going to be how competitive the Gamecocks can be in a division with Florida and Georgia, plus the rivalry game with Clemson every year. This Saturday’s game with Tennessee is going to be pivotal, because a fully realized Georgia and on-the-rise Florida are already challenging enough for South Carolina, but an on-the-rise Tennessee could put the Gamecocks under water in the SEC East.Barry Odom, Missouri: 14-17 (6-13 SEC) overall, 3-3 (0-3 SEC) this yearAn 0-3 start in SEC play with a potential first-round quarterback is never a great start. Odom made Derek Dooley a first-time offensive coordinator after losing Josh Heupel to UCF, and Mizzou has dropped from sixth to 59th in yards per play. In the meantime, the defense — Odom’s specialty — has fallen from 83rd to 96th. The SEC East is good as it’s been in years, which is never a good thing when you’re the program in the division’s far western outpost.Ed Orgeron, LSU: 21-7 (13-5 SEC) overall, 6-1 (3-1 SEC) this yearThis one is a bit tricky since Orgeron took over as an interim four games into the 2016 season, but there’s enough here to declare this hire a success so far. The Tigers don’t look substantially different to the naked eye than they did under Les Miles, except that what they do works now. See: tight end Foster Moreau’s comments after Saturday’s 36-16 drubbing of No. 2 Georgia. Searching “Ed Orgeron contract” on Google leads to a bunch of stories about his buyout, but a 10-win season would lead to an extension.Kirby Smart, Georgia: 27-8 (15-6 SEC) overall, 6-1 (4-1 SEC) this yearGeorgia rolled the dice in pushing out the perpetually successful-but-not-that-successful Richt to hand Smart his first head coaching job, but that bet has quickly paid off. The title game loss to Alabama stings, yes, but Smart has shown the vision and acumen to keep Georgia among the SEC’s (and, thus, the nation’s) elite for years to come. Smart signed a new 7 year, $49 million contract earlier this year.Sun BeltMatt Viator, Louisiana-Monroe: 11-20 (8-11 Sun Belt) overall, 3-4 (1-2 Sun Belt) this yearULM is one of the toughest programs to win in FBS, especially now that New Mexico State and Idaho are no longer in the Sun Belt. ULM beat ULL last year in Lafayette, and winning on Nov. 24 in Monroe would help slow the tide of Billy Napier’s rise to the south.Everett Withers, Texas State: 5-25 (1-18 Sun Belt) overall, 1-5 (0-3 Sun Belt) this yearA 1-18 conference play record pretty much speaks for itself, doesn’t it? Withers left James Madison after 2015 in order to move up to the FBS; he’s since gone 5-25, while JMU is 32-4 with one FCS national title and another runner-up finish under Mike Houston.last_img read more