IMI is bullish on margins

first_img Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the KCS-content IMI posted a sharp rise in first-half profit that beat market forecasts on higher margins, which the British engineer expects to go up further in the second half, and said it sees new clean energy laws driving growth in several markets. For the January to June period, IMI reported an adjusted pre-tax profit of £136.4m, compared with £86.4m a year ago. Operating margins were 15.7 per cent versus 10.9 per cent a year ago.Adjusted earnings per share grew by 61 per cent to 29.8p. Revenue rose nearly three per cent to £925m. whatsapp IMI is bullish on margins whatsapp Share Thursday 26 August 2010 8:19 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Willdale Limited ( Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgWilldale Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Willdale Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Willdale Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Willdale Limited (  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileWilldale Limited manufactures and markets a range of clay brick products for the Zimbabwe building and construction sector. Its clay brick range includes face brick, semi-face brick, common brick and paving bricks for walkways, patios, swimming pool surrounds and garden landscaping. The bricks are either manufactured with a rustic, smooth or brushed finish. Willdale Limited has a range which includes economy plaster, special ground solutions and decorative building products which include window sills, faggots and klompies. The company was listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in 2003 after a demerger from Mashonaland Holdings Limited and is the only brick company listed on the ZSE. Willdale Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

These FTSE 100 shares crashed 45% but are surging back. Here’s what I’d do

first_img See all posts by Alan Oscroft Is commercial property investing dead? You might think so if you were able to walk the streets of our city centres during the lockdown. Looking at FTSE 100 shares in the sector might leave you with the same opinion. And the growth in online shopping and soaring demand for home deliveries might just cement it.But I think rumours of the death of bricks and mortar businesses are exaggerated, and the shares are oversold.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…British Land Company (LSE: BLND) shares had lost 45% at their lowest point in the coronavirus-led FTSE 100 crash. And that’s among the worst falls. At the time, the FTSE 100 was down 25%, so British Land shares were clearly very much out of favour.FTSE 100 shares recoveringSince that low point, FTSE 100 shares have recovered some of their losses, and British Land has been at the forefront. As I write on Wednesday, British Land shares have put on 33% since their lowest price of the year. A lot of investors out there clearly thought the shares didn’t deserve such a lowly rating.The retail business was already under pressure before Covid-19 came along, and British Land shares were already down prior to the crisis. But after a sector crunch, the better quality companies tend to eventually come out the strongest. On that score, British Land invests in high quality retail properties and London offices. Both of those are sub-sectors that I still think have a strong long-term future.The company’s year ended on 31 March, so it will include the start of the lockdown slump. But, as with many FTSE 100 shares, we’ll have to wait to hear how the company is doing. British Land has now now delayed its full-year results for two weeks, until 27 May. I wouldn’t be surprised if the outlook was already a bit brighter by then.Sector trackerLand Securities Group (LSE: LAND) has been on an almost identical roller coaster. Its share price initially fell by almost exactly the same amount as British Land’s. And it’s also ahead of the recovery in FTSE 100 shares with a 35% rebound since its low point.Land Securities is not quite as focused as British Land, but it makes up for that in size. Its main interest is also in retail and offices, but it is one of the UK’s largest property companies. If you want to invest in FTSE 100 shares in general rather than selecting individual stocks, you’d go for an index tracker fund. If you want a similar spread across the office and retail sector, I think buying Land Securities is probably as close to a sector tracker as you’re likely to get.Land Securities shares have also been under pressure over the past five years, and they’re down to P/E multiples of around 12 (similar to British Land). I wouldn’t rate that as a screaming buy valuation, but I really don’t see a lot of downside.End of the tunnelOffice space is surely going to continue in high demand once the lockdown ends. And I don’t know about you, but I’m getting sick of shopping online and at my local supermarket. I want to get out to the real shops, the big ones in town.I think both of these are among the FTSE 100 shares with solid long-term potential. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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City outlines storm debris removal

first_img Mama Mia October 2, 2017 at 9:04 pm Reply STORM DEBRIS REMOVAL UPDATEFrom the City of ApopkaSix days after outside contractors began working to help remove storm debris in Apopka, the unofficial estimate of debris collected to date – as of this afternoon – is about 13,000 cubic yards. This is the result of a combined effort by both outside contractors and City of Apopka crews.In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the total estimated amount of storm debris in Apopka originally stood at about 250,000 cubic yards. With a current estimated collection capacity of about 2,500 cubic yards per day, it will take several weeks to collect all of the storm debris in Apopka.Outside contractor crews have completed the first pass on Errol Parkway; on Lake Francis Drive west of Errol Parkway and in the Eagles Rest and Countryside neighborhoods. Currently, these crews are making progress on Tournament Drive in Debris Zone 1.Since the storm, City crews have made the first pass in Debris Zone 1 in Oak Ridge; Wekiva Run; Chandler Estates; Arbor Ridge; Emerald Cove; Lester Ridge; Oak Hill Reserve; Spring Ridge; Country Crossing and in Bluegrass Estates. Crews also have made a first pass on the following streets: Rock Ridge Boulevard up to Tayside Court; Christiana Avenue between Monroe and Votaw; Orange and Magnolia off Christiana. There may be a few piles, large stumps and mixed debris that were skipped for various reasons and they are scheduled for follow-up. City claw trucks will continue in the Christiana area Saturday.Also since the storm, City of Apopka rear-loader garbage trucks have made it through Debris Zone 1 and half of Debris Zone 2 from between Main and Welch to pick up bags, cans, and furniture.NEXT WEEK’S PLANNext week, the Public Services Department expects debris collection to accelerate into a more productive pace. Here is the plan:Additional outside crews are expected to arrive over the weekend. The plan is to certify this equipment and deploy it Monday. These new crews will be deployed initially in Debris Zone One east of Errol Parkway as well as in Plymouth Landing and Partnership Hills.City crews and rear loaders will focus on bags, cans and furniture and mixed debris piles with the goal of making it through the rest of the city by Wednesday. Once we are caught up on this issue, the plan is to put rear loaders back on storm debris on Wednesdays and weekends. City claw trucks will support the rear loaders for large mixed debris or construction debris. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 10 COMMENTS Reply Reply October 1, 2017 at 1:26 pm October 9, 2017 at 7:51 pm Cathy, have you been spying on the mayor’s subdivision? LOL……hahahaha Mama Mia Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter I want to sincerely thank the City of Apopka public works department and Kevin, and everyone else involved in getting the big tall maple tree that was on the city’s right of way cut down, and removed, and hauled off, that was at the front of our yard, by the street, under the power lines. The city’s street maintenance crew of Tim, and four other guys, got that tall hefty tree down so fast, and were very careful not to mess up my other plants, and then removed the logs, clawed them into the city truck, raked, and used the blower to blow away the sawdust. It had been declining, and had some rot, and back at Easter time, had been dug under one side, due to a new city water line that was installed by the city construction crew. It started leaning after Hurricane Irma, and I was worried it was going to fall on a car passing by, or someone walking down our street. When that big tree trunk hit the ground, oh wow, I said to myself, if that thing came down on someone, or a car, that would be the end of them. So once again, thank you all so very much. When the city, and the city crews deserve credit, I definitely brag on them! Thanks guys! TAGSCity of ApopkaDebris removal Previous articleBlue Darters thrash Evans 57-12Next articleNonprofits may be eligible for FEMA disaster grants Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Mama Mia Why is it that the Mayor’s subdivision was one of the first to debris pick-up??? October 2, 2017 at 9:14 pm I finally spotted the big red debris truck today on Rock Spring Road, and heading in the opposite direction was another big debris truck just like the big red one, and it is a black one that looks the same. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 September 30, 2017 at 1:33 pm Reply Out at Golden Gem DIY debris site dumping ground, they keep getting more and more employees out there. First it was just one guy there daily by himself. Then it was another person, and now it is 4 or 5 people out there at all times. One is a Orange County Code Enforcement officer, who inspects the vehicles and loads of debris somewhat. Looking for other debris they don’t want, or hazardous stuff they don’t accept, or construction debris. I don’t know where the first guy went, as he is not out there now, maybe to another debris site. A really nice helpful guy that told us he lived in Minnesota, before he moved here to Florida, and that the town he lived in previously was famous for the worst F5 tornado in the history of the US, so he said. He told us the horrendous things that happened during the tornado. October 2, 2017 at 7:10 am Mama Mia I see what they are doing with the big red trucks, and the other big black truck. The other smaller trucks are hauling off the debris from the neighborhoods, and transporting it to Sandpiper and Park, NW Complex, and Cleveland area ( I think) then the big red truck comes to those locations, and the claws pick it up and haul it somewhere else to get ground into mulch. I don’t know where that is however. I saw the big truck picking up the debris on Sandpiper and Park today with the claws.center_img Reply Please enter your name here Mama Mia Mama Mia FEMA people have been out there too. When we returned with more limbs and branches to dump, the piles had been pushed further back to the fencing and piled up higher. They must be bringing in some heavy equipment to push it around. There was some pieces of wood, huge, like an entire huge tree stump, and I was wondering how the heck did anyone get that out there on their own. We are finding out just how heavy even small pieces are at times, much less those humongous chunks. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Many of my ornamental plant’s leaves keep turning yellow, and I keep doing little detailing on them, pulling the leaves off, but the next day more leaves turn yellow. I asked my husband did he think maybe that the hurricane brought acid rains, and he said no, but that the hurricane probably sucked up a lot of salt water, and probably rained down a lot of salt. I think he is right about that, and that is why the leaves of some of them keep turning yellow. I mean, they do that normally when it starts getting cold, but not this time of the season usually. I am a plant freak. I will have to ask Mr. McCubbin. Is that how you spell his name? Mama Mia Reply Cathy Meers Reply The map sucks. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Reply I am not able to read my address on debris removal map. Could you give me some help on time for this area? Thanks October 2, 2017 at 9:19 pm Jack martin LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply October 6, 2017 at 7:16 pm Please enter your comment! Jan Wynn October 2, 2017 at 9:30 pm October 2, 2017 at 9:27 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Indiana Farm Bureau Still Supporting 4-H at Modified State Fair

first_img SHARE Indiana Farm Bureau Still Supporting 4-H at Modified State Fair Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Farm Bureau Still Supporting 4-H at Modified State Fair Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Some things, well, many things will be different at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in August. The annual state fair is canceled. But with some competition planned one thing that hasn’t changed is Indiana Farm Bureau stepping up to the plate and helping support 4-H members.Chelsea Poe, the INFB membership development manager, says they wanted to be a part of this year’s events even without the traditional exhibit they’ve hosted so many years on the north side of the fairgrounds.“When we really think about who we are and the people we support in our members, they’re all on the south side of the fairgrounds in those livestock barns,” Poe told HAT. “This was a great for us to tie those two together. Of course consumer education is a big piece of the puzzle and something we work on, but we thought that this support of the youth livestock exhibitors would be a good thing for us and a good fit.”Indiana Farm Bureau is the presenting sponsor of the exhibitor experience with the livestock show.“We also added a new piece to our sponsorship this year which is that we are sponsoring all showmanship in the livestock species, so that is individual species showmanship along with the supreme showman drive that happens during the fair. So, that’s an additional piece and then from what we have done the past two years we are still the sponsor of the Supreme Drive which happens that second weekend of the fair.”Ironically INFB’s board of directors had decided early in the year on a shift in focus at the State Fair to support of the livestock shows.“It just so happened to work out that was the piece of the puzzle that kept going with the modified state fair.”The Indiana State Fair 4-H Livestock Competition and 4-H Project Showcase will take place Aug. 7 through Sept. 5 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center in Indianapolis.“Many of the future leaders of Farm Bureau can be found on the fairgrounds each summer showcasing livestock and a variety of ag-related projects,” added Randy Kron, INFB president. “While this year’s state fair will look different, we’re pleased that our 4-H’ers will still be able to compete and we’re thrilled to be able to support them as a presenting sponsor. They’re the future of Indiana agriculture.”Farm Bureau will provide awards to top-level showmanship winners throughout the youth livestock showmanship competitions. The awards include:Individual grand and reserve grand champion showmanship species winners each will receive a rolling luggage bag; the grand and reserve grand champion overall supreme showmen each will receive a custom belt buckle; the grand champion winners in the Supreme Drive on Aug. 16 each will receive a four-foot, upright showbox. INFB’s focus on supporting future leaders in agriculture goes beyond its efforts at the state fair. Other youth and young adult programming includes: scholarships for graduating seniors and college students; four collegiate Farm Bureau chapters; FFA advocacy days and trainings; and additional leadership development events, competitions, awards and conferences.Source: Indiana Farm Bureau By Andy Eubank – Jul 1, 2020 Facebook Twitter Previous articleSoybean Growers Call Gap-Year SREs a “Devastating Blow”Next articleUSMCA Now in Effect; Why it’s Important to Indiana Agriculture Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Frogs fall to No. 1 Kansas 70-63

first_imgTwitter Twitter Associated Press A look at the NCAA Tournament, ending with shot for the ages Heisman winner, former TCU coach Pat Sullivan dies at 69 printLAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self has long insisted that five-star recruits Carlton Bragg and Cheick Diallo might be the best players on his team — five years down the line.They might have been the best on Saturday.Bragg had 10 points and four rebounds, Diallo had nine points and nine boards, and their spark off the bench helped the top-ranked Jayhawks to an otherwise sluggish 70-63 victory over TCU.“Coach is always telling them to be ready when their number is called,” Kansas guard Devonte Graham said. “And in practice, you can see them getting better and better each week, and they’re going to be huge for us down the stretch.”Wayne Selden Jr. had 11 points and Graham and Perry Ellis added 10 points apiece for Kansas (15-2, 4-1 Big 12), which bounced back nicely from its loss at West Virginia earlier in the week.It was the 33rd consecutive win at Allen Fieldhouse for Kansas, matching the fourth-best streak in school history. It was also the Jayhawks’ seventh straight win over the Horned Frogs.“I was happy with Carlton, I thought he did some things in the first half,” Self said, “and I thought Cheick was a presence for the most part.”Michael Williams had 13 points and Brandon Parrish and Chauncey Collins scored 11 apiece for TCU (9-8, 1-4), which remained close for a while thanks to a flurry of early 3-pointers.The Jayhawks eventually took the perimeter away, and their size and depth in the post made it nearly impossible for TCU to score. Diallo finished with five blocks in just 21 minutes.“They’re long. They’re really long,” Williams said. “So sometimes they’re not doing what they need to be doing offensively, and they struggle, but that length is really tough defensively.”On the flip side, “I think my wife could score on us in the post,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said.Malique Trent missed the Horned Frogs’ second straight game because of a violation of team rules. The transfer from New Mexico Junior College was tied for the team lead at 11.7 points per game.His loss has been sorely felt for a team short on depth. The Horned Frogs were able to hang around with the Jayhawks for the first half, but their weary legs got the best of them late.In fact, TCU built a 19-15 lead fueled almost entirely by 3-pointers before Kansas answered with a 16-2 run. But even after the Jayhawks took a 31-21 lead with about 4 minutes left before the break, the Horned Frogs were able to keep the game within striking distance.It was still a 10-point game midway through the second half when the Jayhawks peeled off six quick points, first on a dunk by Ellis and then consecutive layups by Frank Mason III. And while TCU never truly went away, Kansas had enough depth and athleticism to prevent one more comeback.Not to mention give Self another opportunity to tinker.The Jayhawks’ coach is still experimenting with lineups, trying to find the best five guys — and the top guys off the bench — approaching the midpoint of the season. Bragg and Diallo made their case for more minutes, while Jamari Traylor and Landen Lucas seemed to backpedal a bit.Bragg soared past his career-best of nine points while providing some energy on the defensive end and the glass, while Diallo provided a jolt with a series of crowd-thrilling rejections.“They look the part. They play the part. And they’re playing with the right guy,” Johnson said. “They’re going to be good players. Great players, probably. I hope they leave after this year.”FALSE ALARMSFire alarms sounded in Allen Fieldhouse with just over a minute left in the game. True to form at Kansas, the 16,300 seats were never empty — despite a bleating horn and flashing lights. The officials decided to play through it and finish up the game.TIP-INSTCU: Chris Washburn started for the third time after missing the early portion of the season with a broken finger. He finished with eight points. … TCU was 7 of 17 from beyond the arc.Kansas: Ellis had nine rebounds. … Kansas was 5 of 20 from beyond the arc. … The Jayhawks had just 10 turnovers after piling up 22 in their loss to the Mountaineers.UP NEXTTCU plays Texas Tech on Monday night.Kansas visits Oklahoma State on Tuesday night. + posts TCU forward JD Miller (15) shoots while pressured by Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31) and guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., on Jan. 16. Linkedin Pop superstar Prince dies at his Minnesota home Linkedin Previous articleStock Show Parade sees no shortage of Confederate Flags despite banNext articleWeekend Sports Roundup: Jan. 15-17 Associated Press RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Associated Press TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Facebook Music professor says Placido Domingo harassed her, grabbed her breast Associated Press ReddIt Associated Press ReddIt Facebook Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Associated Press TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Commuters should have a say on Limerick’s transport strategy

first_imgTechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Email Limerick on Covid watch list Linkedin Advertisement Print Previous articleWATCH: Limerick’s dreams of second All-Ireland title end after one-point defeatNext articleCommunity support gives Kevin a chance to live Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Cllr Elisa O’Donovan who is calling for public involvement in the Transport Strategy.Photo: Pat Clarke-BrowneCOMMUTERS who will be using public transport should ensure they have an input into the new Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy.That’s according to Limerick City West Social Democrats Councillor Elisa O’Donovan who has raised concerns about what she claimed was the exclusion of commuters from early consultations.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There has been real disappointment with similar strategies in both Cork and Galway,” Cllr O’Donovan stated. “In Galway we saw the Road Safety Authority (RSA) as a major contributor to the strategy, while grassroots commuter groups were excluded from consultations.“This is very concerning considering the RSA are essentially a lobbying group for the car industry. The strategies for both Galway and Cork fail to meet several targets laid out in the Government’s Smarter Travel policy for 2009 – 2020, which sets a target of ten per cent  for cycling for 2020. The strategies for Cork and Galway have a very unambitious target of only four per cent by 2040.“We need public consultation as early as possible, as national organisations have repeatedly shown they do not appreciate, understand or care for Limerick’s transport needs.“There must be a proportionate amount of funding for all modes of transport, and that has not been reflected in other cities’ plans.”Cllr O’Donovan met with Limerick Council’s Director of Services, Brian Kennedy last week to lobby for public involvement in the early stages of the strategy, something she also called for at this month’s Metropolitan District meeting of Limerick City and County Council.“I have now received commitment that key local stakeholders will be invited to consult with the National Transport Authority and the Local Authority on the draft strategy. This is likely to be done through the Public Participation Network.“I urge interest groups and citizens in Limerick to contact the NTA and Limerick Council requesting to be involved at the start of what is a crucial process for the city and county.” WhatsApp TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics center_img Twitter NewsPoliticsTransportCommuters should have a say on Limerick’s transport strategyBy Bernie English – July 28, 2019 414 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Facebook Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

The Latest: Sri Lankan officials say vaccinations advancing

first_img Pinterest TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 5, 2021 Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Local NewsBusinessUS News Pinterest COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan health officials said on Saturday that more than half of the health workers and frontline military and police officers have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19. Sri Lanka last week began inoculating it’s frontline health workers, military troops and police officers against COVID-19 amid warnings that the sector faces a collapse with a number of health staff being infected with the new coronavirus. The ministry had planned to first vaccinate 150,000 health workers and selected 115,000 military and police personnel. By Saturday, 156,310 had been given with COVISHIELD vaccine. India had donated 500,000 does of Oxford-AstraZenica vaccine also known as the COVISHIELD which is the only vaccine approved by the regulatory body in Sri Lanka. Health ministry says Sri Lanka has ordered 18 millions doses of COVISHIELD vaccines and also had asked to allocate 2 million doses of Pfizer-BioNtech. Besides, China has promised to provide 300,000 shots of Sinopharm vaccine this month. Sri Lanka has witnessed a fresh outbreak of the disease since last year’s October when two clusters — one centered on a garment factory and other on the fish market — emerged in the capital Colombo and it’s suburbs. ——— THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: Biden administration seeks to go big, fast and alone on COVID relief. Pentagon OKs troops to assist with vaccines. Spain says 1st case of Brazilian variant in Madrid. “Hug tent” provides safe space to embrace in Colorado. Coronavirus cases drop at US homes for elderly. ——— Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at, and ——— HONOLULU — Hawaii officials are urging the public to avoid Super Bowl parties this weekend while announcing that a more transmissible variant of COVID-19 has been detected on Oahu. One individual with no travel history has been confirmed to have the B.1.1.7 variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom. One close contact of this person also tested positive for COVID-19. The same variant has already been detected in more than 30 U.S. states. Hawaii’s governor says the way to avoid spreading the coronavirus remains the same: wear a mask, keep your distance, stay home when sick and wash your hands. ——— DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday that she would end most restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus in Iowa. Reynolds issued a proclamation that removes a mask requirement for those spending 15 minutes or more in an indoor area within 6 feet of people not in their household. She also ended mask requirements for those in state buildings and some businesses, such as barber shops. The governor’s new order also ends limits on the number of customers in a business or a requirement that they stay socially distant. Reynolds issued the earlier restrictions in November when hospitals were struggling to care for a surge of coronavirus patients. Those numbers have dropped, though the state typically reports dozens of deaths each day. On Friday, the state reported another 34 deaths, bringing the total to 5,067 killed by the virus. The new rules take effect Sunday. ——— HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and his wife have donated plasma to help patients who have COVID-19 recover more quickly from the disease. McMaster and the first lady contracted COVID-19 in December and doctors encourage people who recover from the disease to donate the blood product. The plasma is then transfused into the bodies of current hospitalized COVID-19 patients to lessen their symptoms and hopefully help them recover faster. The 73-year-old governor spent nearly two hours donating his plasma. Officials say it could help up to four COVID-19 patients. Red Cross officials say demand for the plasma has increased 250% since October. ——— CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union says Mayor Lori Lightfoot and school district officials have walked away from negotiations about COVID-19 safety protocols. The CTU news release Friday came hours after Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson said they have made their “last, best and final offer.” The union’s statement says that offer is woefully inadequate, pointing out that it calls for in-person classes only to be paused if there are COVID-19 outbreaks in 50% of the city’s public schools. It is not clear what these developments will mean on Monday, when classes are scheduled to resume. ——— TOPEKA, Kan — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says both she and her husband had fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits filed with the state in their names. The Democratic governor’s disclosure Friday to reporters came amid an increasingly intense focus by the Republican-controlled Legislature on bogus unemployment claims and ongoing criticism of the state Department of Labor’s operations. The department has seen spikes in claims from jobless workers and bogus ones during the COVID-19 pandemic, including since late November. Kelly said both she and first gentleman Ted Daughety received Department of Labor notices “months ago” about obtaining unemployment benefits. The governor’s office said the notices came in early fall and that Kelly quickly went to the department’s website and reported the fraud. ——— TAMPA, Fla. — The NFL is telling the federal government it will make the remaining of the league’s 30 stadiums available for COVID-19 vaccination sites. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is making the offer to President Joe Biden in a letter obtained by The Associated Press. There are already seven NFL stadiums serving as vaccine sites. They are in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Houston, Miami and New England. Goodell says stadiums can get prepared quickly because of previous use as virus testing centers and election sites. Goodell says the offer on vaccination sites was made in conjunction with the NFL inviting 7,500 vaccinated health care workers to attend the Super Bowl for free Sunday when Tampa Bay hosts Kansas City. ——— NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans bars will be shut down, even for takeout service, throughout next week’s Mardi Gras weekend. That’s usually among the busiest times of the year, but Mayor LaToya Cantrell says it is an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. Many bars already were closed to indoor service. Cantrell’s announcement Friday means they can’t sell drinks to go — a popular option year-round and especially during Mardi Gras. The city is also expanding the closure order to include bars with “conditional” food permits that allowed them to operate as restaurants during various pandemic shutdowns. The bar shutdown begins next Friday and runs through Feb. 16. Cantrell and other city officials say businesses violating the rules face on-the-spot shutdowns and loss of licenses. “If by chance you have an aversion to wearing a mask, stay where you’re at,” says City Council member Jay Banks, who knows people who have died from COVID-19. “If your expectation is the Mardi Gras of the past, don’t waste your money.” ——— MADRID — The Spanish Health Ministry has decided not to administer the AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine to people over 55 years. The ministry said Friday the vaccine, the first doses of which are to arrive in Spain this weekend, will be used for health care workers and assistants who are not on the front line. Several other European countries have already placed age restrictions on the vaccine because of a lack of data regarding its efficacy in older age groups. Spain is currently using the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for residents and workers in nursing homes. It has so far administered 1.98 million vaccine doses, with more than 680,000 people having received the required two doses. ——— BEIRUT — Lebanon’s Health Ministry approved the emergency use of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, opening the way for a vaccination campaign later this month. Lebanon’s interior minister says the country will begin easing the nearly one-month lockdown in four stages next week. The announcement by minister Mohamed Fehmi came as the nation registered a new daily record of 98 deaths. Fehmi says the lockdown easing starts Monday, but a nationwide curfew will remain in place for two more weeks. Supermarkets and groceries and businesses related to agriculture, poultry, meat and milk production can open first. Lebanon, a country of six million people including 1 million Syrian refugees, registered 3,071 new cases and raised the total to more than 315,000. The Health Ministry has registered 3,495 total confirmed deaths. ——— MADRID — Spain has reported its first case of the Brazilian variant in a passenger arriving at Madrid airport. The Madrid regional health department said Friday the 44-year-old man arrived from Brazil on Jan. 29 and had a negative PCR document but tested positive in an antibody test at the airport. He was taken to a city hospital, which later confirmed the variant. Spain this week began tightening restrictions on flights from Brazil and South Africa owing to variants detected in those countries. It already has similar restrictions with Britain. The 14-day average infection rate per 100,000 population continued to ease, dropping to 750 on Friday from 783 on Thursday. ICU bed occupancy by coronavirus patients remains at 44%. On Friday, Spain reported 28,565 new coronavirus cases, resuming a downward trend. Spain has registered 2.9 million cases and a confirmed death toll of 61,386. ——— LISBON, Portugal — Portugal has set a new daily record for COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care with 904 patients on Friday. The Austrian government offered to take in five COVID-19 patients and five non-COVID patients to relieve Portuguese hospitals. The Portuguese government says it was considering the offer. Earlier this week, a German army medical team arrived in Lisbon to open eight ICU beds. Overall, Friday was the fourth day in a row that total hospitalizations were lower, at 6,412. Health authorities on Friday reported 234 deaths, bringing the country’s total to 9,920. The nearly 14,000 new cases was the second-highest during the pandemic, increasing the total to more than 755,000 confirmed cases ——— WASHINGTON — The White House says the Pentagon will deploy troops to assist Americans getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Coronavirus senior adviser Andy Slavitt announced Friday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a request for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It means about 1,000 active duty military personnel will deploy to help state vaccination centers. President Joe Biden has called for setting up 100 mass vaccination centers around the country within a month. Two are opening in California, and Slavitt says military personnel will arrive at those centers in a little over a week. Slavitt says support from the military will support vaccination sites, helping administer thousands of shots a day. Currently about 6.9 million Americans have received the full two-dose regimen required to get maximum protection from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. ——— JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Tensions are running high in some state capitols over coronavirus precautions after this year’s legislative sessions began with an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. The Associated Press tally shows at least 40 state lawmakers have already contracted the coronavirus in 2021. More than 330 state lawmakers have contracted the virus since the start of the pandemic. Most of the tensions are in Republican-controlled statehouses, where Democrats have been raising concerns about GOP colleagues who don’t wear masks or practice social distancing. The Missouri Capitol has had at least 10 coronavirus cases among lawmakers in 2021. Some lawmakers have refused to say whether they contracted the virus and aren’t required to tell legislative administrators. Missouri’s legislature has no mask requirement, no formal contact tracing and no ability for lawmakers to vote remotely. Social distancing also is difficult in the 163-member House chamber where desks are packed tightly together. ——— PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says the European Union has faced difficulties in the rollout of the vaccination program. Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking in a joint news conference via video, both reaffirmed they are fully supporting the EU vaccine purchase process. Macron says the EU hadn’t anticipated “such rapid success” of the messenger RNA vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna that mostly produced in the United States. Both vaccines have been the first to be approved in the EU. The AstraZeneca vaccine was authorized last week. Macron says the EU, which has ordered a supply of about 2.3 billion vaccines, has taken steps to boost production on its soil and accelerate vaccinations. ——— NEW YORK — Yankee Stadium is open as a COVID-19 vaccination site and attracting lines of people from surrounding neighborhoods in the Bronx. The megasite is being restricted to Bronx residents to boost vaccination rates in the city borough that has the highest percentage of positive coronavirus test results. The New York Yankees’ home opened for appointments for qualified residents early Friday under damp skies. The site run jointly by the city and state expects to handle 15,000 people during its first week. It will be open seven days a week. New York state leads the country with more than 44,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths. ——— WASHINGTON — The White House says President Joe Biden is using the Defense Production Act to help bolster vaccine production, at-home coronavirus testing kits and surgical gloves. Tim Manning, the White House’s COVID-19 supply coordinator, says the administration will help Pfizer clear a bottleneck around capabilities with vaccine production by giving the drugmaker first priority to needed supplies. Manning says the U.S. is also investing in six manufacturers to develop at-home and point-of-care tests for the coronavirus, with the goal of producing 60 million tests by the end of the summer. Manning says, “The country is well behind where we need to be in testing,” and the new contracts will help boost supply. ——— LONDON — The developers of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine say the shot appears to work against the variant detected in Britain late last year. It’s similar to previously reported results by other vaccine manufacturers, including Pfizer and Moderna. Andrew Pollard of Oxford University, which helped develop the AstraZeneca vaccine, says the shot also appears to reduce the amount of virus in people infected with COVID-19. That could potentially slow the disease’s spread. The research hasn’t yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Sarah Gilbert of Oxford says it should be straightforward to tweak their vaccine to account for the variant detected in the U.K. She says vaccine manufacturers could quickly insert a new gene sequence from the variant into the virus needed to make the vaccine. Gilbert adds scientists are already in talks with regulatory agencies about how they might quickly authorize any new vaccine. It’s a similar process for seasonal flu vaccines. Also, researchers are studying the potential effectiveness of the vaccine against the variant that arose in South Africa. The Latest: Sri Lankan officials say vaccinations advancing Twitter Previous articleDurant can’t start, can’t finish game for virus protocolsNext articleLabanc, Donato score in shootout to lift Sharks over Ducks Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Johnson-Crapo Bill Clears Senate Banking Committee

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago May 15, 2014 874 Views Home / Daily Dose / Johnson-Crapo Bill Clears Senate Banking Committee Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Johnson-Crapo Bill Clears Senate Banking Committee Previous: Where Can the Middle Class Buy a Home? Next: Mortgage Rates Decline for Third Straight Week Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Colin Robins is the online editor for He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. Tagged with: Elizabeth Warren Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Jeb Hensarling Johnson-Crapo Reform Bill Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Despite some recent pushback from Senate Democrats, the Johnson-Crapo reform bill that plans to phase out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac passed the Senate Banking Committee by a bipartisan vote of 13-9. The legislation is an agreement between Chairman Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) “designed to stabilize the housing finance market and strengthen the American economy,” the committee said in a press release.”After the housing crisis we experienced, real reform is clearly necessary to stabilize the housing system and renew the faith in the American dream of homeownership for generations to come,” Johnson said. “Even though the support was not unanimous, every member on the Committee was actively engaged in this collaborative process, and passing this legislation out of committee is only the first step.”The bill would get rid of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in their current form, allowing private companies to enter the space vacated by the two companies. Currently under the conservatorship of the federal government, the companies can’t be relinquished from federal control without an act of Congress or their regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).The bill would create a reinsurance fund, known as the Mortgage Insurance Fund, to protect taxpayers. The new system would be regulated by the Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation, which is similar to the FDIC.”Today’s vote marks an important milestone. For the first time in the nearly six-year conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, both bodies of Congress have passed legislation to reform our broken housing finance system. I thank everyone for their continued work on this legislation and look forward to further discussions as the process continues,” Crapo said.The White House, through the Office of the Press Secretary, lauded the committee for its work, calling today’s vote “an important step toward achieving a more sustainable housing finance system that helps protect the American dream of homeownership.”However, many viewed today’s vote neither as a win nor a positive long-term outcome for the American people.An outspoken critic of the bill, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) believes the bill is nothing more than a wealth redistribution scheme.”[T]he Senate bill features a controversial and irresponsible new politicization of mortgage credit insisted by Senate Democrats under the guise of affordable housing. This wealth redistribution scheme, far worse than that of the current system, would be a multi-billion dollar annual invitation to return to the lower credit standards, higher risks, and unsustainable lending that created the crisis in the first place.”Democrats also found problems with the bill, albeit for different reasons. “I remain concerned that this bill in its current form does not do enough to produce a housing market that works for middle class America,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), who voted against the bill.The bill now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to have an uphill battle gaining support for a floor vote. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Elizabeth Warren Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Jeb Hensarling Johnson-Crapo Reform Bill 2014-05-15 Colin Robins Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Share Save About Author: Colin Robins The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

West Tyrone MLA calls for resolution in NI Water dispute

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ By News Highland – January 20, 2015 Pinterest West Tyrone MLA calls for resolution in NI Water dispute A West Tyrone MLA has said that union representatives and NI Water should be locked in a room and not allowed out until a resolution has been found.More than 7 and a half thousand properties are without a water supply in West Tyrone and Fermanagh.Staff are working to rule – and not conducting repairs out of hours – over proposed changes to the pension scheme.SDLP MLA Joe Byrne says a speedy resolution must be found as quickly as possible:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today News, Sport and Obituaries on Wednesday May 26th Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Previous articleDeputy McLochlainn says Donegal could face an increase in rural crime because of garda cutbacksNext articleMinister Joe McHugh not thinking about make-up of next Government News Highland Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Facebooklast_img read more