Classiccar club still rolling

first_img After six decades of hot-rodding, the Slo Poks car club of Vancouver is alive and still revving their engines.With some 60 classic cars and hot rods on the 5-acre Felida spread of Joe Nye, club members Sunday celebrated the club’s 60th anniversary. About 200 people attended.“In the beginning, it was a race club. Strictly a speed club,” said member Chester Jennings, 75, who joined in 1956.He was driving a 1955 Oldsmobile “88 with factory stick” in those days. He recalls going to races around the area.“We went to Shelton, Dallesport, Madras, (Ore.), Aurora, (Ore.),” to race, he said.The National Hot Rod Association was in its infancy and the Slo Poks “were in their point system,” said Ken Moore of Vancouver, who joined the club in 1952. He was driving a 1937 Chevrolet then. Those original members were Vancouver High School kids who hung out at the Spic-N-Span burger joint.Why the name Slo Poks?Moore said lots of the boys liked to drive fast and decided, “we needed to tone that down” when naming the club.Today, the club has 121 members and meets Friday nights to socialize. They call those get-togethers “alleys” because the first meetings were in an alley behind a muffler shop in Hazel Dell, said longtime member Bob “The Reverend” Synoground.When he joined in 1975, Synoground was driving a 1940 Ford Coupe.“It belongs to another guy now, and it’s still in the club,” he said.Synoground said club members have cars worth $3,000 to more than $100,000.“It’s just the camaraderie,” Synoground said of the success of the club. “We’ve got millionaires and we’ve got working guys. … If you need to know something, or need a part, somebody will say, ‘Hey, my brother-in-law has one of those.’“The younger guys coming into the club, they respect us. We’ve got a lot of history behind us.”So much history, in fact, that Don Pennington, 69, has written “The Brotherhood of Speed — History of the Slo Poks Hot Rod Club.” It has 440 pages with 900 photographs and will sell for $25 when it is released in about a month, Pennington said. The Slo Poks emblem was created in 1952 by Roger Porter, still a member of the club.last_img read more

Car ignites after crashing into tree in Cutler Bay no injuries

first_imgCUTLER BAY, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews came to the aid of a driver who lost control and hit a tree to avoid a hitting dog in Cutler Bay, causing the vehicle to burst into flames.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene near Southwest 99th Avenue and Montego Bay Drive, at around 3 a.m., Saturday.When crews arrived, they found a blue Hyundai Veloster that had caught fire after hitting a tree.Officials said the driver lost control of the car trying to avoid colliding with a dog that was crossing the street.There were no reported injuries.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

WalMart jumps into milk processing hits Dean Foods stock

first_imgWal-Mart Stores Inc said it will build a dairy processing plant in Indiana to supply private-label milk to about 600 stores, curtailing business with some suppliers in the retailer’s sole foray into food processing in the United States.The move — announced by Wal-Mart on Friday but not widely reported by media until Tuesday — helped spark a 12 percent slide in shares of Dean Foods Co, one of the suppliers of milk to the affected stores.In a securities filing on Tuesday, Dean Foods said the change by Wal-Mart could lead to the loss of 100 million gallons of “very low-margin private-label fluid milk volume” from late 2017. It said it did not expect any impact on the supply of its own national brands and would not be material on its results.Wal-Mart confirmed that Dean Foods would continue to supply milk for its Great Value and Member’s Mark private label white and chocolate milk to other Walmart supermarkets and Sam’s Club membership-based wholesale stores. The retailing giant is the largest grocer in the U.S. with more than 5,000 locations.The move comes with Wal-Mart’s profits weighed down by costs to increase wages and invest in its e-commerce operations. The retailer is also facing tough competition from Kroger and other national and regional grocery chains and has recently ratcheted up pressure on suppliers to help it lower costs.”This is a smart investment that enables us to aggressively manage costs, keep prices low for our customers and remain competitive with the majority of major grocery chains already bottling their own milk,” said spokesman John Forrest Ales.Wal-Mart said it would build a more than 2,50,000 square foot milk processing plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, creating more than 200 jobs. Due to come on-line in the summer of 2017, the plant will supply milk to stores in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and northern Kentucky, the company said.Eliminating intermediary suppliers would likely give Wal-Mart greater control over input costs and more closely align it with other grocery chains like Kroger and Texas-based H-E-B that have already set up their own milk processing plants.The shift also dovetails with Wal-Mart’s strategy of boosting its private brand offerings as a way to better compete on price, although the company said it did not have any plans for additional milk or food processing plants.last_img read more

BNP loses qualification to keep its registration Quader

first_imgObaidul Quader visits the Padma Bridge project on the Jajira side in Shariatpur on Friday. Photo: Aujoy KundaRuling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said the recent verdict in the 21 August grenade attack case has proved once again that BNP is a terrorist organisation.“The BNP has lost its acceptability and it has no qualification to retain its registration with the election commission,” Quader said while inspecting the preparation of a rally venue on the Madaripur and Shariatpur side of the Padma bridge.The prime minister is scheduled to inspect the progress of the Padma bridge and inaugurate four projects on Sunday.   The Canada court earlier proved that Bangladesh Nationalist Party is a terrorist organisation, BSS quoted Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, as saying.The AL leader alleged BNP’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman was the main plotter of 21 August grenade attack and he should have been sentenced to death. Tarique Rahman was given a life sentence in the 21 August grenade attack case.“BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia too cannot avoid responsibility of the attack and she should also be brought to justice,” said Quader.About BNP’s joining in the next general election, the minister said, “The BNP knows the best whether they will join the polls or not. Is there any instance in the world, where the opposition was brought to take part in election? On elections, the BNP talks one thing in the morning, another in the afternoon, and another in the evening.”“BNP’s moral base and image as a political party has hit the bottom,” Quader added.The road transport and bridges minister said five spans have been installed on the Jajira side of the bridge, one was installed on Mawa side and work is going on to install five more spans there.last_img read more

Polish mayor dies of injuries after attack

first_imgPicture taken on 5 May 2016 shows the mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz giving a speech during a commemorative ceremony at the St Petri Dom cathedral in Bremen, northwestern Germany. The mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday, 14 January 2019, a day after a knife-wielding assailant stabbed him in the heart in front of hundreds of people at a charity event, local media reported. Photo: AFPThe centrist mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday, a day after a man stabbed him in the heart in front of hundreds of people at a charity event.”Despite all our efforts, we failed to save him,” said physician Tomasz Stefaniak, director of Gdansk University hospital, quoted by the Polish PAP news agency.Anti-violence rallies are being planned nationwide after Sunday’s shock attack on mayor Pawel Adamowicz, known for his liberal views and opposition to Poland’s governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party.The 53-year-old had been in a very critical condition after he suffered a serious wound to the heart and cuts to his diaphragm and abdominal organs, according to surgeons who operated on him for five hours.Video footage showed the attacker, who police said was wearing a press badge, bursting on to the podium and launching himself at Adamowicz, who had been waving sparklers with others on stage as the fundraiser was winding down on Sunday evening.After knifing the mayor several times, the man turned to the crowd with his arms raised triumphantly but was quickly tackled to the ground by security guards and arrested.- ‘Atmosphere of aggression’ -Paramedics resuscitated Adamowicz at the scene before rushing him to the hospital.Gdansk residents flooded blood donation centres following news that Adamowicz had received 15 litres (32 pints) of blood and required more of the rare O Rh- type.”There is an atmosphere of aggression in Poland,” a blood donor who identified himself only as Zygmunt told AFP, reflecting on the broader context of the attack.A local police spokesman said the detained man was a 27-year-old who lived in Gdansk, a Baltic coast city with a population of around half a million that was the cradle of Poland’s anti-communist Solidarity movement in the 1980s.In a video recording of the attack posted on YouTube, the suspect was seen seizing the microphone and claiming he had been wrongly jailed by the previous centrist government of the Civic Platform (PO) party and tortured.”That’s why Adamowicz dies,” he said.One witness told broadcaster TVN that the man appeared “happy with what he had done”.- Mayor for two decades -Adamowicz had been mayor of Gdansk for two decades and the opposition Civic Platform, the arch-rival of the governing PiS, had supported his re-election in 2018 municipal polls.Since winning office in 2015, the PiS has systematically blamed PO politicians for an array of issues, ranging from VAT fraud to the 2010 crash of a Polish presidential jet in Russia that claimed the life of then president Lech Kaczynski, the identical twin brother of PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski.Sunday’s fundraising event was part of a popular annual nationwide drive to purchase medical equipment for children and featured a colourful stage set-up including lights, smoke and pyrotechnics.- ‘Doubts about his sanity’ -The suspect had previously been sentenced to more than five years in prison for four armed attacks on banks in Gdansk, justice officials said.Prosecutors said the suspect would undergo a psychological assessment due to “doubts about his sanity”.Police were investigating how the attacker had been able to breach security to reach the podium, local police spokeswoman Joanna Kowalik-Kosinska told reporters.”We know that he used an identifier with the inscription ‘Press’,” she said. “Now we have to establish how it was obtained, was the accreditation in his name and was he really entitled to be there at that time?”This type of attack is rare in Poland. A similar incident occurred in 2010 when an assailant gunned down an aide at a regional PiS office before stabbing another PiS employee, who survived.last_img read more

MCU News Missing Hawkeye The Truth about Captain Marvel and More

first_imgStay on target James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Don’t worry bro @renner4real we got you #hawkeye #infinitywar @Avengers @MarvelStudios— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) March 17, 2018OK, that’s better. It’s only fair that Hawkeye gets something like this after being snubbed by the real poster. But what if it had the other Avengers on it and was much more hastily photoshopped?Via Reddit/ProbastyWe’re definitely getting somewhere, but we need more emotion. A good movie poster needs to evoke an instant emotional connection with the film. It’s a busy time for Marvel fans. Many of us were already deep into our MCU rewatch before Avengers: Infinity War when the new trailer dropped on Friday. (I’m halfway through Phase Two!) Now, an entire weekend has gone by, and we’ve all had plenty of time to pour over every detail in that trailer. We all think we have an idea of the meaning behind each shot. If you’re right there with us, chances are you’ve noticed a few Avengers missing from the movie’s promotional materials. For instance, take a look at the poster.Avengers: Infinity War poster (Photo via Marvel)It’s a pretty sweet poster. All the major heroes from every movie so far in some kind of fighting stance, and standing under the looming figure of Thanos. But… someone’s missing. Someone who’s been around since the first Thor. Someone with a bow. Yes, this poster has a concerning lack of Hawkeye. Jeremy Renner is nowhere to be seen in any of the trailers, nor on this poster. His name isn’t even in that block of credits on the bottom. That’s a real rough way to treat one of the original five Avengers. Sure, he hasn’t had his own movie, and unlike Black Widow, nobody’s really clamoring for one, but still! He deserves more than this.Fans of the movie have picked up on Marvel’s egregious mistake, and are doing everything they can to fix it. for those who cant find hawkeye in #InfinityWar poster, here you go— acapbob (@m0hdashraff) March 17, 2018There he is! Now, don’t you ever leave us like that again, OK Legolas? You almost gave Tony an Arc Reactor attack.Ant-Man (Photo via Marvel/Disney)Hawkeye isn’t the only superhero missing from the trailers, though. The trailers prominently feature one of Marvel’s lovable rogues, but the other is nowhere to be found. Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man has yet to make an appearance in any Infinity War trailer. Some think that’s because his role in the film may have… shrunk. There are a ton of superheroes in this movie, and not all of them are going to get equal screen time. That may mean that Scott Lang doesn’t get to see a whole lot of action in this one. But even if that is the case, don’t worry. Not only is he getting a whole movie in July, Fansided reports he may have a bigger role in the next Avengers.“We knew that because we had two films, Avengers 3 and 4, that in one movie we could push people to the forefront but then we could pull back in the second film and push other characters to the forefront who had less screen time in the first movie,” co-director Joe Russo said. This movie is the last big hurrah for the Avengers as we know them. For some actors, it may be their last Marvel movie altogether. It’s only natural they should get slightly more focus than the characters who still have a solo film or two in the pipeline. If Ant-Man makes a small (hehe) appearance in Infinity War, it only means he’ll be much more important in Avengers 4.Then there’s the somehow still ongoing question of Captain Marvel. Last week, we thought we heard pretty definitively that she wasn’t going to be in Avengers: Infinity War. That she filmed some scenes, but they were cut. That she would first get a full introduction in 2019’s Captain Marvel, before joining the fray in Avengers 4. Well, that might not have been entirely true. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Joe Russo finally, we hope, answered the question once and for all.“We have some great female characters in this, Captain Marvel is in it, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch… umm… we have Wakanda coming in – there’s a whole group of characters coming from the Black Panther universe,” he said. There it is. He said it; Captain Marvel is in this movie. And just so there are no more questions, he added: “We’re really, really proud of being able to introduce Captain Marvel in this one.” In this one. Not in Avengers 4, not in Captain Marvel, in this upcoming movie. It’s confirmed from the director’s mouth himself; we’re going to see Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in Avengers: Infinity War. Now, let’s hope that puts the back-and-forth to bed for good.Avengers (Photo via Marvel Studios)One thing the interviewer hit on that really is incredible when you think about it is the sheer amount of superheroes in this movie. It’s even more impressive when you realize they all come from very different movies with wildly varying tones. A Guardians of the Galaxy movie is very different from an Iron Man movie, which is very different from a Thor or Captain America and so on. How do they put all that together and still end up with a coherent movie? A lot of collaboration.According to Comic Book, the directors of past Marvel Cinematic Universe had some input into how certain characters were handled, and what kind of tone their scenes would take. The Russo Brothers sought input from James Gunn for scenes featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy, Taika Waititi for Thor, Ryan Coogler for Black Panther, and Peyton Reed for Ant-Man. That sounds really smart. You don’t want these characters to seem like completely different people just because new directors are at the helm. The Cinematic Universe thing only works if you feel like you’re watching the same characters all the way through. I can’t think of a better way to accomplish that than to seek out the directors who’ve spent the most time on each individual hero.“I would say collectively, everyone in the Marvel Universe has been involved in this movie. We’re very close with all the directors. We love them all. We have a lot of conversations with people constantly. We had a lot of talking with Taika, because that movie [wasn’t] finished, and he had to execute things on set that we needed real information about tonally, about the direction it was going in,” Joe Russo said. “As far as how we’re working, we’re working in a real collaborate, united artists approach to the movie, in respect to hearing where people are taking their characters.”He said the director they talked the most with was Black Panther’s, Ryan Coogler. Because they were shooting at the same time, and Black Panther came out only a few months before Infinity War. “There was a lot of cross-collaboration there,” Russo said. Still no love for Hawkeye. [ by: ThaiPosterFanMade]#Avengers #InfinityWar— Popcornography (@PopCorn_Media) March 17, 2018Yeah, that’s the stuff. Powerful. Avengers: Infinite Bro-Hugs is going to kill at the box office. We might just have it there, but another fan went in a different direction. What if Hawkeye didn’t need to be added to the poster? What if he was already there? We’ve just been looking in the wrong place.last_img read more

Ancient natural fission reactor offers clues on how to store modern nuclear

first_imgA scanning electron microscope image of uranium ore from the Oklo natural nuclear reactor. Insets show fissionogenic Cs and Ba hotspots. Credit: PNAS © 2018 Trace amounts of isotope from Fukushima disaster found in California wine More information: Evan E. Groopman et al. Discovery of fissionogenic Cs and Ba capture five years after Oklo reactor shutdown, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1807267115AbstractUnderstanding the release and sequestration of specific radioactive signatures into the environment is of extreme importance for long-term nuclear waste storage and reactor accident mitigation. Recent accidents at the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear reactors released radioactive 137Cs and 134Cs into the environment, the former of which is still live today. We have studied the migration of fission products in the Oklo natural nuclear reactor using an isotope imaging capability, the NAval Ultra-Trace Isotope Laboratory’s Universal Spectrometer (NAUTILUS) at the US Naval Research Laboratory. In Oklo reactor zone (RZ) 13, we have identified the most depleted natural U of any known material with a 235U/238U ratio of 0.3655 ± 0.0007% (2σ). This sample contains the most extreme natural burnup in 149Sm, 151Eu, 155Gd, and 157Gd, which demonstrates that it was sourced from the most active Oklo reactor region. We have discovered that fissionogenic Cs and Ba were captured by Ru metal/sulfide aggregates shortly following reactor shutdown. Isochrons from the Ru aggregates place their closure time at 4.98 ± 0.56 y after the end of criticality. Most fissionogenic 135Ba and 137Ba in the Ru migrated and was incorporated as Cs over this period. Excesses in 134Ba in the Ru point to the burnup of 133Cs. Cesium and Ba were retained in the Ru despite local volcanic activity since the reactor shutdown and the high level of activity during reactor operation. A team of researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Washington University has learned more about possible ways to store modern nuclear waste by studying an ancient natural fission reactor. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of cores taken from the natural Oklo nuclear reactor and what they found. Explore furthercenter_img 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. As scientists continue to search for new more environmentally friendly ways to produce power, the old ways continue to generate waste. One such source is waste from nuclear power plants. Various options regarding how to store it long term have been discussed, but few have panned out, leaving waste to be temporarily stored onsite. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn more about what actually happens as nuclear waste decays over its active lifetime. To learn more, they traveled to Gabon, located in West Africa. At a location known as Oklo, there exists the remains of a natural nuclear reactor. Due to a variety of events, the site was the scene of naturally occurring fission approximately 2 billion years ago. The uranium-235 that drove the reactions has long since decayed, but the history of how that occurred remains.To learn more about what happened as the fissionable material decayed, the researchers took core samples and brought them back to their lab, which houses the Naval Ultra Trace Isotope Laboratory’s Universal Spectrometer. There, they were able to piece together the history of the radioactive material as it moved through its elemental states, some of which included isotopes. Of utmost concern was what became of the cesium that was produced as a byproduct of uranium fission. Cesium has been found to be particularly hazardous due to its high degree of radioactivity—it was released into the environment after both the Fukushima and Chernobyl accidents. The researchers found that it was absorbed by an element called ruthenium, approximately five years after the reactor ceased. It was held there in place for almost 2 billion years.The researchers suggest that discovering that cesium had been contained by ruthenium offers some ideas on possible ways to deal with waste produced in modern reactors. They further note that ruthenium is too rare to use, but something like it might do the trick. They plan to investigate further. Citation: Ancient natural fission reactor offers clues on how to store modern nuclear waste (2018, August 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

Caffeine during pregnancy not bad for babys IQ

first_imgTaking caffeine in moderate amounts during pregnancy does not cause any harm to child’s intelligence, says a study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.The research, one of the first studies to focus on how in utero caffeine exposure affects a child’s future intelligence (IQ) and behaviour later in childhood, found caffeine did not lead to a reduced IQ or increased behavioral problems. “We did not find evidence of an adverse association of maternal pregnancy caffeine consumption with child cognition or behaviour at four or seven years of age,” said principal investigator Mark A Klebanoff. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Researchers analysed a marker of caffeine in the blood of 2,197 expectant mothers who took part in the Collaborative Perinatal Project, conducted at multiple sites in the US in 1959-74. According to the researchers, this was an era when coffee consumption during pregnancy was more prevalent than today, as there was little concern regarding the safety of caffeine. Researchers looked at the association between a chemical called paraxanthine, caffeine’s primary metabolite, at two points in pregnancy. Researchers found there were no consistent patterns between maternal caffeine ingestion and the development and behaviour of those children at those points in their lives. “Taken as a whole, we consider our results to be reassuring for pregnant women who consume moderate amounts of caffeine or the equivalent to 1 or 2 cups of coffee per day,” said co-author Sarah Keim.last_img read more

Be alive and get a taste of heaven through Yoga Spirituality Grand

first_imgWith a mission to bring people to a higher consciousness of living, Grand Master started his journey in the year 2011 from the Himalayan Mountains. Yoga must reach the people who are disconnected from its source in an authentic yet adaptive manner.” I understood that yoga must be given to people in such a way that it will easily settle into their everyday lives. I thus began Akshar yoga as the overview brand name for all the various forms of yoga that are provided in their true form such as Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga , Ashtanga yoga and also the innovative forms of yoga such as Power yoga, Wheel yoga, Aerial yoga, etc. Each of these formats is clearly segregated and taught separately with a completely worked out syllabus and curriculum that gives you true and accurate information, thus forming what is today, Akshar Yoga.” he explains. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith the training of complete knowledge in so many fields, Grand Master Akshar says, “it is a prerequisite to be entrepreneur, innovator, motivational or a Guru. I am an entrepreneur when it comes to bringing Yoga to the masses, an innovator when it comes to making yoga new, challenging and appropriate for people of this day and age, a Motivational speaker for those who need a shoulder to lean on during tough times, a Life coach to my students and others who look up to me and all these sums up to a Guru.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAs an innovator Grand Master always tries to invent something new while staying true and authentic to its teachings and benefits. Few of his innovations are – Akshar Yoga Wheel: A yoga prop that helps heal the body and also enhance yoga practice with the use of a circular shaped device that supports the body during the practice of asanas. AY Aerial Yoga: It is a form of innovation where a hammock suspends the practitioner in air while they experience yoga from a completely different perspective. The body remains supported by the specially designed hammock while they are free to practice asanas and movements to further explore their bodies. Super Brain Power Yoga: An innovation based purely on tradition. It is the channelizing of various practices and teachings within yoga for the benefit and growth of the mind. It has been separately choreographed for children and adults bearing in mind the different functioning, activity, use and growth of the brain. Grand Master has also trained yoga teachers all over the world and has had the pleasure of training some exceptional beings who are each becons in their respective fields. There have been Corporate industry giants, Athletes and celebrities like Anil Valluri, Wido Manhardt, Babita Phogat, Matthew Hayden, Sunil Gavaskar to name a few. He suggests everyone to acquire knowledge and act accordingly. Once filled with the appropriate information to pursue dreams, do not wait or stand idle and wait for things to happen but charge ahead and make them happen for you.last_img read more

GSE Releases Report on Mortgage Origination

first_imgGSE Releases Report on Mortgage Origination Share Ellie Mae Loan Origination 2019-06-19 Mike Albanese Ellie Mae’s Origination Insight Report for May 2019 revealed the 30-year note rate dropped for the fifth-consecutive month to 4.52%.May’s rate of 4.52% is down from April’s rate of 4.61% and a decrease from 4.84% from May 2018.The report added that the time to close rose slightly from 40 days in April to 42 in May. Refinances closed in 37 days in May, which is a slight increase from the reported 33 days in April. Purchase loans closed in 44 days, increasing by one day from April.The Origination Insight Report focuses on loans that closed in the specific month, and the closing rate is calculated on a 90-day cycle, not a monthly basis.All closing times increased year-over-year, as in May 2018 closing times were 41 days, and purchases closed in 43 days. Closing times for refinances was unchanged at 37 days. “As the 30-year note rate declines for yet another month, we are seeing purchase and refinance activity on the rise,” said Jonathan Corr, President and CEO of Ellie Mae. “Closing rates remain well over 75 percent and with the Mortgage Bankers Association reporting solid purchase volume and new inventory on the rise, we could be in for a very robust summer home buying season.”The report also found that the percentage of refinances decreased to 32%, while purchased made up 68% of total closed loans. The amount of adjustable rate mortgages fell slightly to 6.7% in May from 6.8% in April.Black Knight reported earlier this month that declining mortgage rates have resulted in 5.9 million refinance candidates in April, which is an increase of 2 million from March.According to Ellie Mae, the amount of refinances increased year-over-yer from 30% last May. The total amount of purchases fell year-over-year from 70%.May’s closing rate increased to 75.6% from 74.8% in April.Of all loans closed in May, 66% were conventional, 19% were FHA, 10% were VA, and other types of loans came in at 5%.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination June 19, 2019 499 Views last_img read more

Bipartisan bill passage clarifies lawful firearms possession by nonresidents

first_img Categories: Rendon News Legislation championed by northern Michigan’s Rep. Bruce Rendon to clarify the lawful carrying of pistols in Michigan by out-of-state owners was unanimously approved by the House today.“We’re making sure there’s no grey area in the law and no room for misinterpretation,” said Rep. Rendon, R-Lake City. “People who can possess a pistol for lawful purposes in their home state are also recognized as legally doing so during visits to Michigan, assuming they abide by our laws as well.”House Republicans amended a portion of the penal code in 2012—also with bipartisan support—to remove the definition of ‘lawful purpose’ in reference to the safe transportation of pistols.“Disparities in already complicated regulations are the last thing we need,” Rep. Rendon said. “This change was necessary because people transporting pistols should have the freedom to stop for gas or food without fear of arrest. We want to ensure that well-meaning, pistol-owning citizens and visitors are law-abiding.”House Bill 4076 removes an unnecessary reference to the ‘lawful purpose’ definition that no longer exists, expressly illuminating the full intent of the law to allow non-resident pistol owners to carry their firearms in Michigan.Identical legislation passed the House 106-2 last year, but was not acted upon in the Senate as the 97th Legislature came to a close.HB 4076 will be considered further by the Senate. 25Feb Bipartisan bill passage clarifies lawful firearms possession by non-residentslast_img read more

Coles catchoftheday Free Fishing Weekend in Pure Michigan

first_imgState Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, holds up his most recent freshwater catch, a smallmouth bass reeled in from Intermediate River in Bellaire. Categories: Cole News,Featured news,News 09Jun Cole’s catch-of-the-day: Free Fishing Weekend in Pure Michigan Rep. Cole announced today that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is sponsoring a free weekend of fishing this weekend. On June 13-14, residents and tourists across the state can enjoy Michigan’s premiere freshwater fishing at no cost. The MDNR will waive the fishing license requirement and open the state’s waters to anyone looking to cast a line. All fishing regulations still apply.“This weekend is ideal for educating the youngsters about the importance of learning great outdoor skills,” said Rep. Cole. “Teaching our next generation the value of fishing will not only provide great family bonding time, but create fond memories for a lifetime.”##### Tags: #SB last_img read more

Rep Franz welcomes local heroes to the Capitol for 911 Memorial

first_img08Sep Rep. Franz welcomes local heroes to the Capitol for 9/11 Memorial ##### PHOTO: State Rep. Ray Franz, center, attends the annual Michigan House of Representatives’ 9/11 memorial ceremony with guests Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole, right, and Lake County Sheriff Dennis Robinson.State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, was joined by special guests Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole and Lake County Sheriff Dennis Robinson for the annual Michigan House of Representatives 9/11 Memorial Service today.The ceremony marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, and honored military members and servicemen. The names of 12 first responders and three military members from Michigan who died in the line of duty during the past year were read during the ceremony.House representatives invited first responders and military members as guests to join them in honoring the victims and heroes of 9/11, and men and woman serving today.“American men and women here and abroad have given so much to protect the ideals that define us,” Rep. Franz said. “It was a great honor to have both Sheriff Cole and Sheriff Robinson here to be recognized by all of Michigan.” Categories: News Tags: #SB, 9/11 memorial, first responders, Rep Franz last_img read more

Rep Sheppard releases October meeting schedule

first_img05Oct Rep. Sheppard releases October meeting schedule Categories: Sheppard News ‘Sit Down with Sheppard’ sessions to be held in 56th House DistrictState Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, invites residents of the 56th House District to “Sit Down with Sheppard” during one of five informal meetings scheduled in October.“It’s very important to me that people have plenty of opportunities to share their thoughts and concerns, and ask me any questions they have about state government,” Rep. Sheppard said. “I’ve made an effort to schedule meetings at a variety of times and locations throughout the 56th House District, and I encourage everyone to consider attending. The feedback I get from residents during these meetings often helps shape the work I do in Lansing.”The times and locations are as follows:Friday, Oct. 7, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. —Morning Owl Coffee Corp, 9 W. Main St. in MilanMonday, Oct. 10, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. — Dena’s Family Restaurant, 15391 S. Dixie Hwy in MonroeMonday, Oct. 17, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. — Gander’s Family Restaurant, 4219 Luna Pier Road in Luna PierFriday, Oct. 21, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. — Old 23 Grill, 3168 Lewis Ave. in IdaMonday, Oct. 24, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — DeCapo Coffee, 7370 Lewis Ave. in TemperanceFor those unable to attend, Rep. Sheppard’s legislative office can be reached at any time by phone at (517) 373-2617, by email at and online at read more

Rep Alexander attends ceremonial signing of her law lowering dental expenses

first_imgPHOTO INFORMATION: Rep. Julie Alexander led a group attending a ceremonial signing of House Bill 5173, also known as Public Act 219 of 2017, on March 20, 2018. Pictured with Gov. Rick Snyder (seated) are (from left): Larry Lonier of Abbott Dental Laboratory, Rep.  Alexander, Dr. Edward Mathein DDS, Dr. Chuck Girard DDS, and Dr. Michele Tulak-Gorecki DDS of the Michigan Dental Association. The legislation officially was signed into law in December.### State Rep. Julie Alexander this week participated in a ceremonial signing of the law she sponsored clarifying that crowns, dentures, bridges and other dental prosthetics are exempt from Michigan’s 6 percent sales and use tax.The ceremonial signing of the bill took place with Gov. Rick Snyder in Lansing.“Dental health will be improved in Michigan because many types of procedures will be more affordable,” Alexander said. “I am pleased this ceremony was held to draw special attention to a new law that will benefit Michigan residents by lowering health care costs.Alexander’s law ensures dental devices are treated the same as other sales tax-exempt medical items classified as prosthetics such as walkers, hearing aids and eyeglasses. The exemption covers all costs associated with dental prosthetics, including lab expenses for parts.Members of the Jackson area community who helped inspire the legislation also attended the bill signing, including Larry Lonier of Abbott Dental Laboratory. Categories: Alexander News,Newscenter_img 21Mar Rep. Alexander attends ceremonial signing of her law lowering dental expenseslast_img read more

Livingston County legislators strongly support petition demanding Brennan suspension

first_img06Feb Livingston County legislators strongly support petition demanding Brennan suspension State Sen. Lana Theis, Rep. Hank Vaupel and Rep. Ann Bollin on Tuesday again voiced their strong support for a second petition that was filed with the state Supreme Court by the Joint Tenure Commission requesting Judge Theresa Brennan be suspended without pay.A previous petition was denied Jan. 25.“Theresa Brennan has lost her docket and her bench, and there is no logical reason as to why she should be receiving a paycheck,” said Theis, R-Brighton. “The JTC is absolutely right to demand that she be suspended without pay, and I strongly encourage the Supreme Court to follow through. Brennan has failed our community and her profession, and the more time all of us spend dealing with this, the less time is spent serving the needs of Livingston County residents—let’s finally get this resolved so we can all move on.”Bollin again called for Brennan’s resignation.“Judge Brennan has been given another opportunity to do the right thing and resign,” said Bollin, R-Brighton. “While that is unexpected given her latest actions, we need the Supreme Court to handle this case expeditiously so that justice can be served to all parties involved, including the taxpayers.”Vaupel agreed.“The taxpayers of Livingston County have been paying for this travesty for far too long,” said Vaupel, R-Fowlerville. “This must stop now.”A Freedom of Information Act request filed by Theis and Vaupel in December 2018 revealed that, since Brennan lost her docket in June 2018, Livingston County has paid Brennan $25,507.44 in salary as well as $28,580.60 in salary for the visiting judge who is covering in her absence. Livingston County taxpayers cover roughly 50 percent of the salary expenses while state taxpayers cover the rest. In total, taxpayers have paid over $108,000 in salary expenses along with additional $75,000 in legal fees defending Judge Brennan during her JTC complaint. Categories: Bollin News,Newslast_img read more

Join Rep Bellino at his June coffee hours

first_img Categories: Bellino News State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe invites residents of Monroe and Wayne counties to join him for his monthly coffee hours on Friday, June 28.“With many important issues being tackled right now in Lansing, I want to hear from you and get your input,” Rep. Bellino said. “Please stop by to chat about the historical reforms to auto insurance recently passed or any questions you may have regarding state government.”Rep. Bellino will meet with residents at the following times and locations:1 to 2 p.m. at Tim Hortons, 404 S. Monroe St. in Monroe; and3 to 4 p.m. at Sumpter Township Hall, 23480 Sumpter Road in Sumpter Township.No appointments are necessary to attend coffee hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Bellino’s office at (517) 373-1530 or 14Jun Join Rep. Bellino at his June coffee hourslast_img read more

IRS Signals Delay in New Nonprofit Political Activity Regulations

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesApril 3, 2014; Powerline and ForbesNPQ has reported on the proposed new regulations involving political activities by 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations. The IRS received more than 147,000 public comments on the proposed regulations, mostly objecting to the proposed restrictions on nonprofit advocacy. In fact, it was difficult to find anyone in support of the proposed regulations as written.In a speech delivered Monday, April 7th, at the National Press Club, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen announced that, owing to the record number of public comments, the IRS would be unlikely to schedule a public hearing on the proposed 501(c)(4) regulations during 2014. Simply digesting the comments has turned out to be a significant task. Koskinen said, “If you take all the comments on all Treasury and IRS draft proposals over the last seven years and double that number, you come close to the number of comments we are now beginning to review and analyze.”This means the existing regulations (or lack of regulations) will remain in place at least through the 2014 midterm elections. Social welfare organizations with the 501(c)(4) designation still have to certify that at least 50 percent of their activities (usually measured in terms of expenses) involve a social welfare purpose, while being free to allocate 49 percent of activities/expenses to political activity. Donor identities do not have to be disclosed to the IRS or to the public. Further, 501(c)(4) nonprofits, unlike 501(c)(3) charities, still do not need to apply to the IRS for tax-exempt recognition before engaging in activities; they only need to file their Form 990 information return with the IRS by the first annual deadline after they begin operations.The IRS has the option of moving forward with the proposed regulations, but there are indications that it will either revisit the rulemaking process or abandon the issue entirely. As Kelly Phyllis Erb said in Forbes, “Koskinen didn’t acknowledge that [the proposed regulations are terrible] exactly—but he was quick to point out that those regulations were drafted before he arrived on the scene. You can draw your own conclusions.” In addition, all eleven GOP members of the Senate Finance Committee wrote a letter to Koskinen on April 7th asking him to abandon the proposed regulations. Even Public Citizens’ Bright Lines Project, whose mission is to establish clear guidance on nonprofits and political activity, said in its own public comment, “We urge Treasury to substantially rework the proposal and provide the public another opportunity to comment on a revised Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) before moving to a final rule.”—Michael WylandShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Portugal has now completed digital switchover in 3

first_imgPortugal has now completed digital switchover in 39 mainland districts covering 750,000 people, according to the local regulator, Anacom.Anacom said that over 808,000 TVs compliant with the H.264 video standard were sold in Portugal last year, including 139,000 units in December, while in the same period about 426,000 digital-terrestrial decoders were sold.last_img

The Open IPTV Forum OIPF has commissioned Digita

first_imgThe Open IPTV Forum (OIPF) has commissioned Digital TV Labs to develop a test suite and associated test harness to enable the certification of OIPF-conformant IPTV, OTT and hybrid devices.Digital TV Labs will design and test both for managed and OTT IPTV systems. The company will contribute to the first release of the OIPF Test Suite expected to be available early next year as well as the second release of the HbbTV Test Suite expected in the second half of 2013. Digital TV Labs has been closely involved with the development of the official HbbTV Test Suite against the v1.1 specification from within the HbbTV Consortium and the company says it authored nearly 50% of its tests.Keith Potter, Digital TV Labs CEO, said, “We are now developing an OIPF test suite, using our considerable expertise in this space, based on our leading HbbTV test product, Ligada. We believe that this is an important initiative by the OIPF, benefiting from the cooperation with  the HbbTV Consortium, as there are many technology crossover points – MPEG-DASH being a prime example – and this will allow test material to be created far earlier than without the cooperation. We are very pleased that our market-leading expertise has been recognised.”last_img read more