Should Canada hold a National Inquiry into MMIW

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first_imgInFocus on APTN National News:Tonight we’re putting InFocus whether or not there ought to be a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.The calls keep growing stronger but so do calls that this won’t stop the tragic disappearances and deaths of women and girls today.In this edition, our guests debate what the motivation behind a national inquiry should be.last_img

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US stock indexes are mixed in early trading Nasdaq slips after flirting

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US stock indexes are mixed in early trading; Nasdaq slips after flirting with all-time high by The Associated Press Posted Mar 23, 2015 7:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stock market indexes are mixed in early trading following a strong performance last week.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 27 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 18,154 as of 9:31 a.m. MondayThe Standard & Poor’s 500 index edged up one point, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,109. The S&P 500 jumped 2.7 per cent last week, its biggest rise since early February.The Nasdaq composite slipped seven points, or 0.1 per cent, to 5,020. The index is within 29 points of its all-time high from the dot-com bubble in 2000.Crude oil rose 18 cents to $46.75 a barrel in New York.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 1.92 per cent. read more

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World leaders to gather for 70th General Assembly at a time of

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Mr. Ban made the announcement at a wide-ranging news conference less than 10 days before world leaders gather at UN Headquarters in New York for general debate of the 70th session of the General Assembly at “a time of turmoil and hope.”“Turmoil – because conflicts have deepened in so many places, and civilians are paying the price,” he said. “Hope – because a historic number of world leaders will gather here to forge solutions and adopt an inspiring new development agenda.”The UN chief lauded the upcoming adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, set to take place next Friday, that “embodies the yearnings of people everywhere for lives of dignity on a healthy planet” and which “shows what Member States can achieve when they work together.”On efforts to combat climate change, he expressed his concern that not enough is being done to keep temperature rise under the 2-degree Celsius threshold and urged world leaders “to raise ambition – and then match ambition with action.”The Secretary-General, who has more than 100 one-on-one meetings with visiting dignitaries, said that “with political will and resources, we can transform our future and do more to prevent the kinds of crises we see in far too many places.”On Syria, Mr. Ban said he will meet with the foreign ministers of the permanent members of the UN Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – to seek an end to a conflict in which “the combatants are defying all norms of humanity.”In Yemen, where he said aerial attacks are devastating the civilian population, the UN chief urged the Yemeni parties to immediately rejoin the political process under the facilitation of his Special Envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, saying “there is no military solution to this conflict.”On the increasing humanitarian needs of civilians bearing the brunt of the mounting crises around the world, Mr. Ban said 100 million people – about one of every 70 people on earth – now need life-saving support but all appeals are chronically under-funded.Citing the 60 million people displaced by brutal conflicts, breakdowns in basic governance, economic despair and other factors have generated displacements of people not seen since the Second World War, he noted the meeting he will convene on 30 September to tackle this issue.“Men, women and children fleeing war and persecution deserve real support, including asylum,” he stressed. Advising “those standing in the way of the rights of refugees to stand in their shoes,” the UN chief also urged “all States to shoulder their responsibilities and live up to their legal obligations.”In response to a question about the treatment of refugees and migrants on the border of Hungary and Serbia, Mr. Ban said he was “shocked” to see how they were treated. “It’s not acceptable,” he said.Acknowledging “today’s crises highlight the failures of long-established peace and security and development responses,” Mr. Ban said he is calling for three key changes in UN peace operations. These are an urgent emphasis on conflict prevention and mediation; steps to improve the speed and agility of UN peacekeeping and political missions; and deeper partnerships with regional organizations, in particular the African Union.The Secretary-General also said that the future of UN peace operations also depends on concerted action to rid such operations of sexual exploitation and abuse. “It is shameful when UN and other personnel sent to protect people compound the suffering and become part of the problem,” he said.The annual general debate will begin at UN Headquarters on 28 September. Member States will gather ahead of that, from 25 to 27 September, for the Sustainable Development Summit. read more

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Following earthquake in Japan UN stands ready to provide assistance

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“The Secretary-General’s thoughts are with the people of Japan,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson today. “The Secretary-General sends his deepest condolences to the people and Government of Japan and to all affected communities, wishing a speedy recovery to those injured. He commends the Government, emergency responders and other civil society organizations who are sparing no efforts to help people in need and to restore essential services,” it added. The UN chief also highlighted that Japan is globally recognized for its generosity in supporting humanitarian response in many parts of the world. Meanwhile, the United Nations Secretary-General today said the world body stands ready to provide assistance to Japan following powerful earthquakes that struck Kumamoto province last Thursday and Saturday, killing over 40 people and displacing some 110,000 from their homes. “The Secretary-General sends his deepest condolences to the people and Government of Japan and to all affected communities, wishing a speedy recovery to those injured. He commends the Government, emergency responders and other civil society organizations who are sparing no efforts to help people in need and to restore essential services,” said the statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. read more

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Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 26 September 2014

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DOWNLOAD1. Council discusses industrial competitiveness2. Commercial vehicle registrations up in August3. Truck manufacturers state recommendations for reducing CO24. Berlin approves incentives for electric car drivers5. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Girl 7 among the dead as Storm Emma leaves trail of devastation

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first_imgA seven-year-old girl was among three people who died on Thursday as the treacherous Storm Emma left a train of destruction in its path.The child was killed as she played in the snow when a car collided with a house in Looe, Cornwall, taking the bitter Arctic blast’s death toll to ten.She is understood to have been playing in the snow when a Nissan car skidded and careered into the property at around 2.30pm. Devon and Cornwall Police said an investigation was underway.Earlier, a 75-year-old woman was found dead in a snow-covered street in Leeds and a  46-year-old man from Southampton died in a collision involving a lorry and a van on the A34.A man in Welling, south-east London, who died after falling into a frozen lake trying to save his stranded dog was named as Stephen Cavanagh, 60, a “doting” grandfather who slipped and banged his head on the ice before falling into the freezing water.The body of A Glasgow care worker, Elaine McNeil, was found on Wednesday having been traced by her mobile phone when she failed to turn up for work. A dog takes a tumble in Blackburn, Lancs But as is so often the case, the horrendous conditions also prompted tales of heroism and showcased the best of the human spirit.A woman forced to give birth on the storm-battered A66 near Darlington safely delivered a little girl.Sienna Waring was delivered by her father Andrew as he tried to get her mother Daniella to hospital in terrible driving conditions. She was born near Stockton-on-Tees moments before paramedics arrived at the scene.Mr Waring, from Catterick, North Yorkshire, said: “Having been present at the birth of our two other children, I just copied what I had seen then.”I opened the passenger door and knelt in the snow to deliver the baby.”Three men who came to the aid of motorists in up to 1,000 vehicles stranded overnight in the snow on the M80 in Scotland delivered pizzas, homemade lentil soup and Irn Bru to their cars. And on Tuesday, four people died in two separate road accidents in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire while a 52-year-old homeless man was found dead inside his freezing tent. 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. The M90 near Newbridge Midlothiancenter_img A dog takes a tumble in Blackburn, LancsCredit:SWNS.com A Greggs delivery driver was also praised for handing out cakes, pasties and doughnuts to stranded drivers on the A1 near Lindisfarne, Northumberland.In South Yorkshire, volunteer mountain rescuers got a baby to hospital in a Land Rover after a couple’s car got stuck in the snow high above Penistone.Selfless NHS staff were hailed for their “amazing” efforts to get to work, many trudging for hours through the snow while others slept in hospitals overnight to ensure they were there for their next shift. Andy Renwick, a Glasgow surgeon, revealed that an unnamed female colleague walked eight miles in snow goggles with snow shoes and walking poles so she could operate on a cancer patient.Members of the public stopped in 4x4s to offer staff lifts into hospitals, while some companies offered the use of their 4×4 vehicles and drivers.Meanwhile, hardy St David’s Day revellers braved the snow in Wales to take part in their annual parade – despite the event being called off by organisers.And a “snow day” letter sent to parents of primary school children went viral after a headteacher instructed their children to spend the day having fun. The M90 near Newbridge MidlothianCredit:Katielee Arrowsnmith/SWNS.comlast_img read more

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ExxonMobil contract was dealt with we are not going back on

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo questions rationale behind reviewing of ExxonMobil exploration licence …Harmon says Gov’t has a right to review any agreementJuly 2, 2016In “latest news”Govt not satisfied with parking meter contract – HarmonMarch 10, 2017In “latest news”President has use for Dr Mangal’s expertise says HarmonFebruary 8, 2018In “latest news” “We have dealt with the ExxonMobil contract and we are not going back on it, it was dealt with at Cabinet and the President has pronounced on the matter and that is the final pronouncement as far as we are concerned.”Minister of State Joseph HarmonThese were the words of State Minister Joseph Harmon as it pertains to calls from financial experts, stakeholders and the Opposition, among others, for the ExxonMobil contract to be renegotiated.President David Granger, had said that there is no immediate intention to to review the contract between Guyana and ExxonMobil, indicating, however, that the matter is before Cabinet.Harmon however, told media operatives at a Post Cabinet press briefing on Thursday that the contract itself was not a matter discussed at Cabinet. “I would not want to get into the nitty gritty of whats in the contract itself because that is not a matter which we dealt with at Cabinet” he said.According to Harmon “these are not matters which as a Government we have gone back too, or gone back on. We are looking at moving forward, we are looking at the benefits to be accrued from this contract and from all future contracts.”His remarks comes on the heels of criticisms from many experts who after perusing the released petroleum agreement strongly believe that it should be renegotiated since according to them the contract is more in favour of ExxonMobil than Guyana.Petroleum Advisor Dr Jan MangalJust recently Presidential Adviser on Petroleum, Dr Jan Mangal, at an event held at the University of Guyana said that Guyana’s contract with the oil giant can be renegotiated and the royalty Guyana is receiving is too low compared to global standards.Under the renegotiated 2017 agreement Guyana receives two per cent royalty on earnings from ExxonMobil’s oil sales while the US oil giant would not be required to pay taxes on its share of the profits.Moreover, in addition to sharing 50 per cent of the net profits—profits declared after the initial investments would have been repaid from any earnings.According to the President’s Petroleum Adviser that is low compared to global standards. He also raised concerns about the system used to negotiate that agreement and also the expertise of the persons doing the negotiating.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoOpposition leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo had said that the contract in its current form could harm Guyana in the long-run based on changes in four clauses which benefit the oil company more than the country.The four clauses he posited are the extension of the agreement, the stability clause surrounding taxes, the changes to the relinquishment requirement and the regulation of the gas sector.Jagdeo said if the gains for ExxonMobil from those clauses are measured and compared against what Guyana will and has received – which he calculated to be US$3B annually –the country and its people have sacrificed long-term benefits for short term gains because of Government’s unpreparedness and incompetence in negotiating the new oil contract. read more

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The first words you read when Apple hires you

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first_imgStarting a new job always creates a mix of emotions. Excitement, trepidation, nervousness. Landing a job at Apple is only going to enhance any and all emotions due to the reputation and high standards the company exudes.So how does Apple greet new hires? The words above are apparently what awaits every new employee at the company. I think you’ll agree it’s a pretty inspiring, if daunting piece.As the iPod, iPhone, and iPad have shown, working for Apple does mean developing new devices that you’d be happy to tell anyone you had a hand in creating. The same is true of some of the software and services the company develops to support that hardware. At the same time, the sentence, “That you’d sacrifice a weekend for.” suggests you’ll be spending a long time at your desk and the company expects you to give up your free time when required to achieve that “never compromise” next product launch. But obviously you’ll do it more than willingly because it’s Apple, right?With companies including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook all fighting for employees from the same talent pool, there’s no doubt the perks and experience of working for any of them is going to be way above average. After all, they really want you to stay if you’re good at your job and will happily provide mutliple restaurants, laundry service, stores, etc. on site to make your life (at work) easier.But there’s always that question of work/life balance. It doesn’t matter how awesome your job is, spending time away from your desk and with your family and friends is important and likely enhances your performance at work. So take those inspirational words above on board, but also don’t forget to apply them to your life away from work, too.via Instagramlast_img read more

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Housing market to cool off

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first_imgThe Reserve Bank has used its semi-annual financial stability report to reiterate the risks of “speculation” to housing investors and lenders.The bank said that stronger activity in the housing market, particularly by investors, can be a signal of “speculative demand which can exacerbate property price cycles and encourage unrealistic expectations of future housing price growth among property purchasers”.“It is important for investors and owner-occupiers to understand that a cyclical upswing in housing prices when interest rates are low cannot continue indefinitely and they should therefore account for this in their purchasing decisions,” the RBA said.The Reserve Bank in its report mentioned several factors for the rise in investor home loans, such as the reduction in state grants to first-home buyers and the way banks assess loan serviceability that works against first home buyers.Source: RBA Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Washington unemployment rate drops to 46 percent

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first_imgOLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent last month, a rate that matches the state’s historic low rate last reached in June 2007, state officials said Wednesday.The latest numbers released by the state Employment Security Department show that the April’s rate was down slightly from 4.7 percent in March. The state also added 1,200 jobs in that timeframe.“While job growth was more subdued in April, Washington’s economy continues to trend positively,” Paul Turek, economist for the department, said in a written statement. “Jobs are being created, unemployment continues to fall and the labor market is tightening.”The national unemployment rate was 4.4 percent last month and 3.3 percent in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area.Overall, five industries in the state expanded last month, six contracted, and two were unchanged.Government saw the largest job growth last month, up 1,900 jobs, followed by transportation, warehousing and utilities, which saw an increase of 1,600. Wholesale trade was up 1,300 new jobs, retail trade added 900 jobs and information increased by 400. The biggest reductions were seen in education and health services, which lost 1,200 jobs, and financial activities, which was down 1,000. Leisure and hospitality and professional and business services each eliminated 900 jobs, manufacturing was down 800 and 100 was cut from other services. Construction and mining and logging were both unchanged.The state has added an estimated 76,500 jobs since April 2016, with the private sector adding 61,700 jobs and the public sector gaining 14,800.Job gains and losses are estimates based on a survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate counts the percentage of people who are unemployed and actively looking for work, and doesn’t include those who have stopped looking for work.last_img read more

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Motorcyclist killed in MacArthur Causeway crash

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first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A motorcyclist has died after crashing along the westbound lanes of the MacArthur Causeway in Miami, leading to a traffic backup that lasted hours.Florida Highway Patrol troopers responded to the scene of the crash near Fountain Street, close to Jungle Island, Sunday morning.A witness said the crash happened so fast, he wasn’t sure what had happened. He added that for a moment he saw the motorcycle running by itself.Authorities diverted traffic on the westbound lanes for hours after the crash.All westbound lanes have since reopened.Investigators have not yet released the victim’s identity.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Anchorage skier Kikkan Randall wins Olympic gold

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first_imgIn a post on Instagram, Diggins credited the entire U.S. women’s cross-country ski with the history victory.“This team brings out the absolute best in every one of us. Thanks for giving us this chance to do the impossible today!” Diggins said.Randall shared a similar sentiment online. “Words cannot express how meaningful it’s been to be on this team and to get to represent #teamusa,” Randall posted on her Instagram.Randall grew up in Anchorage and skies professionally for Alaska Pacific University. She has multiple gold medals from World Cup races but has had her eyes on an Olympic medal since Sochi four years ago.These are Randall’s fifth and final Olympics.The Olympic gold for Randall and Diggins ends a 46-year drought for the American women, who had never medaled before at the winter games. The Olympic gold for Randall and Diggins ends a 46-year drought for the American women, who had never medaled before at the winter games. (Photo courtesy of APU)An Alaskan skier made Olympic history on Wednesday, ending the 46-year medal drought for the U.S. women’s cross-country ski team.Listen nowAnchorage’s Kikkan Randall and her teammate Jessie Diggins, from Minnesota, won gold in Pyeongchang, South Korea in the cross-country team sprint.In that event, two skiers take turns skiing 1.25-kilometer laps around the arena, completing three legs each.And for almost the entire 16-minute race, the Americans were behind the Norwegians and the Swedes.Jessie Diggins skied the last leg for the Americans and, coming up on the last curve of the race, she slips between Norway and up alongside Sweden’s Stina Nilsson.With just a few meters to the finish, Diggins out sprinted Nilsson, earning gold by .19 seconds. Kikkan Randall was there at the finish and ran out to Diggins, who collapsed onto the snow.last_img read more

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Cognizant signs 3year contract with Etihad Airways on digital services

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first_imgUS-based Cognizant Technology Solutions has entered into a strategic agreement with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, to provide digital transformation services for the airline and its partners.Under the three-year deal, Cognizant will help Etihad Airways define its digital strategy and reimagine the guest experience along a guest’s travel journey across the group.Cognizant will conduct a comprehensive study of Etihad Airways’ current business and technology footprint to outline and operationalise a digital ecosystem, enabling multi-channel distribution, customer persona segmentation and personalised marketing techniques, the company said in a statement.Through data and customer insights, Cognizant will enable Etihad Airways, and subsequently its equity partners, to better understand the needs of their guests and provide them with customised offerings, tailored travel solutions, and enhanced experiences throughout their journey.”Our partnership with Cognizant will help us define a superior digital experience roadmap that enhances the customer journey from planning to booking, in the airport and on the plane, and improve guest loyalty by attracting and engaging with guests in new and innovative ways,” said Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways.As part of the deal, Cognizant will manage Etihad Airways’ existing web applications and portals and integrate them into the new digital platform.last_img read more

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Chickenpox and Shingles

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first_imgDISCLAIMER:The information included in this column is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.)  Glenn EllisAlmost everyone gets chickenpox by adulthood. In the United States, chickenpox affects about 4 million persons per year, mostly children. In temperate climates, most cases occur in the late winter and spring. Although most people think that chickenpox is always a mild disease, deaths from chickenpox continue to occur in the United States. Although most people recover from chickenpox uneventfully or with a few minor scars, a small percentage suffers more serious complications. Those at highest risk for complications are newborns, persons with weakened immune systems, and adults.   Although adults make up fewer than 5 percent of chickenpox cases in the United States, they account for half of the deaths from the disease. Chickenpox (varicella) rarely causes complications, but it is not always harmless. It can cause hospitalization and, in rare cases, death. Fortunately, since the introduction of the vaccine in 1995, hospitalizations have declined by nearly 90 percent, and there have been few fatal cases of chickenpox. In most cases, people can treat chicken pox at home, as it works its way through the body in about a week. According to the Mayo Clinic, the following physical signs indicate that you should go to the doctor: Fever lasting longer than four days or exceeding 102 degrees; Fahrenheit; rash spreads to your eyeballs; rash appears infected; dizziness; tremors; stiff neck; and increased vomiting or coughing. Adults have the greatest risk for dying from chickenpox, with infants having the next highest risk. Males (both boys and men) have a higher risk for a severe case of chickenpox than females. Chickenpox is typically a benign, self-limited disease, but serious complications can arise. About 14,000 people are hospitalized because of chicken pox and approximately 100 people die of chickenpox every year. The risk of complications is highest in people with compromised immune systems, newborns, and adults. The most common complications of chickenpox are skin infections and pneumonia. Other complications are encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and hepatitis. Chickenpox can also lead to severe problems in pregnant women, causing stillbirths, birth defects, or infection of the newborn during childbirth. Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is a very contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Infected people spread it easily through the air when they sneeze or cough. The disease also spreads through contact with an infected person’s chickenpox blisters. Because chickenpox is very contagious, it is possible for people who have never had chickenpox nor been vaccinated against it to become infected just by being in a room with someone who has the disease. However, transient exposure is not likely to result in infection. Early symptoms may include body aches, fever, fatigue, and irritability. A rash then appears and develops into as many as 250-500 itchy blisters over the entire body, that usually last for 5-7 days and heal with scabs. Symptoms appear between 10 and 21 days after exposure to the varicella-zoster virus. Persons who were vaccinated against chickenpox may sometimes develop chickenpox, but it is usually mild, with approximately 50 or fewer red bumps that rarely evolve to blisters. Another common illness is shingles, or herpes zoster, a common illness that strikes about 1 million Americans each year, about half of whom are 60 years of age and older. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. When people are first infected with the varicella-zoster virus, usually as children, they get chickenpox. Years or decades later, the virus can reactivate and cause shingles. Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk of shingles. Shingles is associated with normal aging and with anything that weakens the immune system such as certain medications, cancers, or infections, but it can also occur in healthy children and younger persons. Shingles occurs in about 20 percent of people who have had chickenpox. The older you are, the higher the risk for complications from either chickenpox or shingles. Adults who smoke are at particularly higher risk for pneumonia from chickenpox. With shingles, a painful, blistering rash tends to occur on one side of the body, usually on the trunk or face. There may be pain, numbness or tingling of the area two to four days before the rash appears. Pain or numbness usually resolves within weeks, but it can sometimes persist for much longer. Damage can occur to the eyes or other organs if they are involved. One of the most serious long-term consequences of shingles is post- herpetic neuralgia (PHN), a condition where pain persists after the rash has resolved. PHN pain can be very difficult to treat and it can diminish quality of life and functioning to a degree comparable to congestive heart failure, heart attack, Type II diabetes and major depression.     Remember, I’m not a doctor. I just sound like one. Glenn Ellis, is a regular media contributor on Health Equity and Medical Ethics. He is the author of Which Doctor?, and Information is the Best Medicine. Listen to him every Saturday at 9 a.m. (EST) on  www.900amwurd.com, and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. (EST) on www.wdasfm.com. For more good health information, visit: glennellis.comlast_img read more

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Microsoft to patch 17yearold bug

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first_img A security researcher for Google, Tavis Ormandy, found several flaws in the Virtual DOS Machine (VDM) utility that enables more recent releases of Windows to run old DOS and 16-bit software. The bug has the potential to enable an unprivileged 16-bit program to gain system privileged access level to the PC, which would allow attackers to get their own code to run. Ormandy found the bug and reported it to Microsoft over seven months ago and published a workaround, but a patch has not been ready until now. The 17-year-old bug affects only Windows 32-bit versions and does not affect 64-bit machines, which does not have support for 16-bit applications. Microsoft has released a security advisory, which says the company is not aware of any attacks involving the vulnerability, and most users are at low risk, apparently because local access to the computer is required.Among the 25 other patches included in this month’s security update are five “critical” vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to hijack a PC running Windows and force it to run their own programs. The update also fixes bugs in Microsoft Office 2003 and XP, and Office 2004 for Apple Macintosh. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Microsoft’s monthly security fixes spare Windows 7 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Microsoft to patch 17-year-old bug (2010, February 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-microsoft-patch-year-old-bug.html (PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft’s February security update will include a patch for a bug that dates back to Windows NT 3.1, which was released in July 1993. The vulnerability has been present but undetected in every 32-bit version of Windows since 1993, including Windows XP, Vista, Windows 2000, Server 2003 and 2008, and the newest version: Windows 7. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Elite team nabs suspects for drugs illegal firearm ammunition

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first_imgThree suspects, aged between 21 and 31 years old, appeared in the Ezakheni Magistrate’s Court today (November 16) for possession of drugs, an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.Ladysmith K9 Unit, Crime Intelligence Gathering (CIG) and Pietermaritzburg TRT officers, who are part of the provincial deployment in the Uthukela Cluster, made the arrests yesterday at around midday.Two of the suspects were arrested in Ezakheni C1-Section after they were found in possession of 535 whole mandrax tablets, 19 three-quarter mandrax tablets, three half mandrax tablets and 18 quarter mandrax tablets.The street value of the drugs is estimated to be around R45,000.The third suspect was arrested in Ezakheni B-Section after he was found in possession of an unlicensed 9mm pistol with eight rounds of ammunition. He faces charges of being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.The recovered firearm will be subjected to ballistic testing. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Bhekinkosi Langa praised the policemen for their dedication in getting rid of drugs and unlicensed firearms in our community. “We want our society to be free from drugs and we will continue to fight criminals in our province,” he said.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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HighestEnd 13inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Gets a 400 Discount TODAY

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first_imgThe top-of-the-line 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is seeing a discount of $400 today only. The price is down from $1,799 from $2,199.Late-2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Discounted to $1,799 from $2,199 for the Highest-End Model – Every Color AvailableBuying a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can be a very, very expensive ordeal. But if you were looking for a discount, then today’s your lucky day. In fact, this deal is available for today only, that too on the late-2016 model. So if you are going to make a decision on upgrading your notebook, then today is your day.Down from $2,199 to $1,799, the MacBook Pro in question here is the highest-end 13-inch model that packs a dual-core Core i5 CPU clocked at 2.9GHz. It even comes with 16GB of RAM, which is more than enough for day-to-day tasks. That’s not all, since this is a ‘Pro’ notebook from Apple, therefore it comes with a super-fast SSD with 512GB of total storage capacity. If that doesn’t please you either, then those four Thunderbolt 3 ports just might.Though we have mentioned it in the name already, but this is a Touch Bar model with no Function keys whatsoever. Everything can be controlled using a handy little color OLED strip at the top of the keyboard. This grants you access to quick controls or even scrub through videos or songs at your discretion.This particular model has a 13-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2560×1600. This is one of the brightest displays out there.This is an extremely limited time deal and will last for today only. It’s available in multiple color options. Just head over to the link below and choose your option.Buy 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar [Amazon link]Note: This is a brand new product and comes complete with Apple’s one-year warranty. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Technology | July 31, 2008 FDA Clears Calypso’s GPS For The Body for Prostatectomy Patients News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Calypso Medical’s implantable Beacon electromagnetic transponders received a new FDA indication for the use of with the Calypso System in external beam radiation therapy.Known as GPS for the Body, the Calypso System utilizes transponders to setup and continuously track the position of targeted tissue during radiation treatment. In the event that the tumor site moves outside of acceptable limits, the clinician adapts therapy during daily treatment to ensure the treatment is delivered as prescribed to the cancerous tissue while avoiding adjacent healthy organs. This is reportedly the only technology platform designed to provide objective, accurate and continuous tracking information during external beam radiation therapy without adding ionizing radiation. Radiation therapy is the standard of care for patients with a high risk of prostate cancer recurrence or those in whom recurrence has been diagnosed. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. last_img read more

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Elasticsearch 65 is here with crosscluster replication and JDK 11 support

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first_imgThe Elastic team released version 6.5.0 of their open source distributed, RESTful search and analytics engine, Elasticsearch, earlier this week. Elasticsearch 6.5.0 explores features such as cross-cluster replication, new source-only snapshots, SQL/ODBC changes, and security features, among others. Elasticsearch is a search engine based on Lucene library that provides a distributed, multitenant-capable full-text search engine with an HTTP web interface as well as schema-free JSON documents. Let’s now discuss these features in Elasticsearch 6.5.0. Cross-cluster replication Elasticsearch 6.5.0 comes with cross-cluster replication which is a Platinum-level feature for Elasticsearch. Cross-cluster replication allows you to create an index in a local cluster to follow an index in a remote cluster or automatically-follow indices in a remote cluster matching a pattern. New source-only snapshots Elasticsearch 6.5 comes with a new source-only snapshot that allows you to store a minimal amount of information (namely, the _source and index metadata). This enables the indices to be rebuilt through a reindex operation when necessary. What’s great about this is that it creates up to 50% reduction in disk space of the snapshots. However, they can take a longer time to restore (in full) as you’ll need to do a reindex to make them searchable. SQL/ODBC changes An initial (alpha status) ODBC driver has been added for Elasticsearch 6.5.0. Since ODBC is supported by many BI tools, it makes it easy to connect Elasticsearch to a lot of your favourite 3rd party tools giving you the speed, flexibility, and power of full-text search and relevance. Other than that, few new functions and capabilities have also been added to Elasticsearch’s SQL capabilities. These include ROUND, TRUNCATE, IN, MONTHNAME, DAYNAME, QUARTER, CONVERT, as well as a number of string manipulation functions such as CONCAT, LEFT, RIGHT, REPEAT, POSITION, LOCATE, REPLACE, SUBSTRING, and INSERT. You can now also query across indices, with different mappings, given that the mapping types are compatible. New scriptable token filters Elasticsearch 6.5 introduces new scriptable token filters namely, predicate and conditional. The predicate token filter allows you to remove tokens that don’t match a script.  The conditional token filter builds on the idea of scriptable token filters but lets you apply other token filters matching a script. These let you manipulate the data you’re indexing without requiring to write a Java plugin. Moreover, Elasticsearch 6.5 also comes with a new text type, called annotated_text. This new annotated_text type allows you to use markdown-like syntax to then link to different entities in applications using natural language processing. JDK 11 and G1GC Elasticsearch 6.5 offers support for JDK 11. Other than that, Elasticsearch 6.5 also supports the G1 garbage collector on JDK 10+. Security and Audit Logging Elasticsearch 6.5 comes with two new security features, namely, authorization realms and audit logging. Authorization realms enable an authenticating realm to delegate the task of pulling the user information (with the username, the user’s roles, etc) to one or more other realms. Audit logging is a new, completely structured format, where all attributes are named, meaning each log entry is a one-line JSON document and each one of these are printed on a separate line. These attributes are ordered like in any other normal log entry. Multi-bucket analysis A multi-metric machine learning job analyzes multiple time series together. Elasticsearch 6.5 introduces multi-bucket analysis for machine learning jobs. Here, features from multiple contiguous buckets are used for anomaly detection. The final anomaly score includes a combination of values from both the “standard” single-bucket analysis and the new multi-bucket analysis. Additionally, Elasticsearch 6.5, comes with an experimental find file structure API which aims to help discover the structure of a text file. It attempts to read the file and on succeeding returns statistics about the common values of the detected fields and mappings that can be used for ingesting the file into Elasticsearch. For more information, check out the official Elasticsearch 6.5 blog. Read Next Dejavu 2.0, the open source browser by ElasticSearch, now lets you build search UIs visually Search company Elastic goes public and doubles its value on day 1 How does Elasticsearch work? [Tutorial]last_img read more

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The Dichotomy of Prudent Lending and Credit Availability

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first_img Share July 8, 2014 700 Views The following is a print article featured in MReport’s July issue, out now.In the post-crisis era, lenders face the challenge of striking a delicate balance between judicious lending practices and access to financing for creditworthy consumers.The deluge of mortgage defaults and foreclosures that has plagued the industry over the past half decade was set into motion by a subprime mortgage crisis characterized by lax lending standards, easy credit, and higher-risk mortgage products.Regulatory changes surrounding mortgage underwriting were explicitly outlined in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and seek to limit risky mortgage characteristics linked to higher rates of default. For example, the Ability-to-Repay rule instituted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) requires lenders to make a “reasonable and good-faith determination” that a loan applicant has a “reasonable ability to repay the loan.” Before approving a mortgage, lenders must evaluate and verify a number of measures, such as the applicant’s income or assets, employment, and other debt obligations.These new underwriting standards are designed to protect consumers from certain risky loan features—such as negative amortization or interest-only—that allow borrowers to take out mortgages they cannot afford. While safeguards such as the Ability-to-Repay rule codify what many consider to be commonsense lending principles, a 2012 study published by the University of North Carolina’s Center for Community Capital and the Center for Responsible Lending concluded “underwriting thresholds such as minimum credit scores and loan-to-value (LTV) ratios are a blunt policy instrument to sort credit risk that may disproportionately disadvantage” groups of prospective borrowers, particularly first-time homebuyers and low- and moderate-income households.Industry data show average down payments for mortgages, which correlate to LTV ratios, are already on the decline—the result of a five-year recession that left many Americans financially strapped and unable to build up their savings. According to a report released in late April by LendingTree, down payments for 30-year fixed-rate loans fell to an average of 15.78 percent in the first quarter of this year, down from 16.01 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. At the same time, the company found average credit scores for borrowers matched with lenders on its network dropped 6 percent year-over-year, opening up the credit pool to a wider population of borrowers. “As the housing market improves and refinance activity declines, lenders are adapting their guidelines to improve credit accessibility for borrowers,” said LendingTree founder and CEO Doug Lebda. “Relaxed lending guidelines translates to a larger pool of qualified homebuyers that could boost the housing recovery. While lenders still need proof that a borrower has the financial ability to repay the loan, lenders have started to accept lower down payments and credit scores from potential borrowers.”Freddie Mac’s Home Possible MortgageFreddie Mac offers first-time homebuyers and low- to moderate-income borrowers a purchase or refinance (no cashout) loan option that requires only 5 percent down through its Home Possible Mortgage program. The GSE promotes its Home Possible Mortgages to lenders as a way to “increase your origination volume, lower your costs, and increase your Community Reinvestment Act-eligible volume.”Home Possible Mortgage loans are available only to owner-occupants who, as of the note date, do not have an individual or joint ownership interest in any other residential properties. The borrower’s annual income must be equal to or less than the area median income; however, exceptions to the income requirement come into play when the property is located in an “Underserved Area,” as designated by the CFPB.The GSE’s Home Possible Mortgages provide for more stable monthly payments with their fixed rates, although 5/1 (2/2/5 caps), 7/1, and 10/1 adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) are also options. Whether carrying a fixed or adjustable rate, the loan’s original maturity cannot be greater than 30 years. The program also offers lower coverage levels for mortgage insurance, various funding options for closing costs, and flexible debt-to-income ratio conditions.Homeownership education is required before the note date for at least one qualifying borrower if all borrowers are first-time homebuyers. And additional flexibilities are built into the program for teachers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, healthcare workers, and members of the U.S. Armed Forces.Fannie Mae’s MyCommunityMortgageFannie Mae offers MyCommunityMortgages with low or no down payment to help low- and middle-income families achieve homeownership. Options are also available for consumers whose income or credit history prevents them from qualifying for a traditional mortgage.With a MyCommunityMortgage, no loan-level-price adjustments (LLPAs) are made to compensate for risk because of the borrower’s credit score, the down payment size, property type, or because of subordinate loans. The same interest-rate pricing is applied across the board.Like Freddie’s, Fannie’s program includes fixed-rate as well as 5/1 (2/2/5 caps), 7/1, and 10/1 ARM loans with a term of up to 30 years. It also mimics the occupancy and ownership interest requirements of Freddie Mac’s offering. Fannie Mae’s program offers reduced mortgage insurance coverage levels, down payment/closing cost assistance, and exceptions to the minimum credit score requirement of 660. Special mortgage options are also available for public employees and borrowers with disabilities.If all borrowers are first-time homebuyers or if all borrowers are relying solely on nontraditional credit to qualify for the mortgage loan, at least one borrower must complete prepurchase homebuyer education and counseling.State-Led Homeownership ProgramsA number of state programs have been put in place to ensure credit availability for certain borrowers. Unveiled in June 2013, Massachusetts’ Homeownership Compact is a prime example. It creates a shared goal between the state and its participating financial institutions—including Citizens Bank, Sovereign Bank, Eastern Bank, Rockland Bank and Trust, Enterprise Bank, and Blue Hills Bank—of providing 10,000 mortgage loans over the next five years to first-time homebuyers with household incomes below the area median income.”As Massachusetts emerges from the Great Recession, the availability of mortgage financing on reasonable terms serving families at a range of household incomes is critical to the future of the Commonwealth and to the strength of our local communities,” according to MassHousing and the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP).In conjunction, MHP transitioned its two-loan structure to one mortgage, simplifying the program for firsttime homebuyers and making it easier for participating lenders to underwrite and administer the loans. The one-loan structure also makes it possible for the loans to be sold on the secondary market, something that couldn’t be done previously.Clark Ziegler, executive director of the MHP, said the state was “trying to do something that was much more reflective of the current state of bank regulation,” while maintaining the original twoloan program’s identity in terms of interest rates and payments for borrowers. The CFPB singled out MHP by name in explaining that certain mortgage products with outstanding loan histories would be exempt from the Ability-to-Repay rule. Because of MHP’s track record of success and tight underwriting, banks that issue ONE Mortgage loans aren’t saddled with additional liability from the regulator.”Part of what [CFPB] is saying is that the programs like ours, there’s built-in discipline and quality control,” Ziegler said. “This is a public mission, to help borrowers and make sure that they’re successful. So to put banks through the wringer when that’s already hardwired into what we do, doesn’t make sense.” Officials for the state-run initiative stated, “While irresponsible mortgage lending by largely unregulated financial institutions was a primary cause of the national financial crisis, responsible mortgage lending by banks and credit unions doing business in Massachusetts kept our local foreclosure crisis from being far worse and is already supporting a strong economic recovery.”FHA’s Mortgage OfferingsSince it was established in 1934, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has enabled homeownership for more than 34 million low- and moderate-income families. The agency has updated the combination of FICO scores and down payments allowable for new borrowers, increasing the pool of eligible consumers who may qualify for a government insured loan under the new, lower FHA mortgage limits.New borrowers must have a minimum credit score of 580 to qualify for FHA’s 3.5 percent down payment program. New borrowers with less than a 580 credit score are required to put down at least 10 percent.FHA’s formerly proposed credit score thresholds would have lumped borrowers with nontraditional or insufficient credit with all borrowers who possessed a credit score up to 619. The agency described this method as “overly broad.” The use of the 580 threshold is consistent with HUD’s current guidance for manually underwritten loans.Three lines of credit are necessary to apply for an FHA loan. However, in the event a borrower does not have sufficient credit history, FHA will allow substitute forms. In analyzing a borrower’s credit, the overall pattern of credit behavior is reviewed rather than isolated cases of slow payments.Additionally, FHA believes that by providing more flexible front-end and back-end ratios, it can better define compensating factors. The agency reserves the right to establish additional compensating factors in response to changes in the housing market landscape or the population of borrowers served.High-Cost Mortgage LoansHigh-cost mortgages are defined by the CFPB as loans with high points and other fees, a high annual percentage rate (APR), or certain prepayment penalties. (Points are a type of fee paid at closing by the borrower to the mortgage lender. Each point equals 1 percent of the loan amount.) The bureau does mandate that high-cost mortgages cannot contain certain loan features that are considered abusive, such as prepayment penalties.These loans are typically offered to consumers with relatively low credit scores, and as such, the CFPB says lenders tend to view these applicants as riskier borrowers. The bureau’s high-cost mortgage rule requires the lender to disclose cost information to consumers before they agree to this type of loan. A borrower must also participate in homeownership counseling before receiving a high-cost mortgage.Homeownership CounselingIn addition to high-cost mortgage recipients, the CFPB requires homeownership counseling for all first-time homebuyers who are considering a loan that allows for negative amortization. In fact, the agency’s new mortgage regulations stipulate that every applicant for a mortgage receive a list of homeownership counseling organizations within three days of applying for a mortgage loan.”This new disclosure is one of the important consumer protections in the Dodd-Frank Act,” according to Cassandra Duhaney, a senior policy analyst at the FDIC, and provides borrowers with “an opportunity to learn about the homebuying process from an informed, objective source.”Untapped Market ShareLenders must marry sensible credit standards with the needs of creditworthy homebuyers who on the surface may not fit the mold of a prime borrower. The turbulence and instability that accompanied the Great Recession severely diminished household incomes, eroded families’ savings, and took a toll on credit scores. At the same time, lenders are dealing with rising interest rates, stagnant income growth, and weak household formation.First-time homebuyers accounted for 27 percent of national home sales at the end of last year, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s the lowest market share reading for first-time buyers since the trade group began tracking them in 2008 and far below the 40 percent typically claimed by first-timers.Data from FICO indicates about 4 percent of new mortgage originations between August and October of 2012 involved borrowers whose credit scores fell below 620. In 2006, an estimated 18 percent of new mortgages went to these higher-risk homebuyers.According to a research paper released by the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center in March, “As measured by average purchase loan credit scores, which have risen from 680 to 734 over the past 13 years, access to credit has tightened and will likely remain tight without intervention.”The Institute’s researchers analyzed the link between declining credit access and the drop in purchase mortgages, and by their calculations, with 2001 credit standards in effect, an additional 1.2 million loans would have been originated annually in recent years. The Dichotomy of Prudent Lending and Credit Availabilitycenter_img 2014-07-08 Carrie Bay in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination, Print Features, Uncategorizedlast_img read more

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