Did Canadian military intelligence use US information on Akwesasne for threat assessment

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Canadian military’s counter-intelligence branch is keeping mum on whether intelligence from the U.S. about Akwesasne formed part of several “Threat Information Collection (TIC)” reports that mentioned the Mohawk community between 2012 and 2015.Capt. Travis Smyth, spokesperson for the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, said Monday the military’s National Counter Intelligence Unit does not conduct direct surveillance of Akwesasne, a Mohawk community straddling the Canada-U.S. border. Smyth said the military relies on intelligence gathered by regional and local police authorities under “sharing agreements.”When APTN National News pressed Smyth on whether any of the intelligence on Akwesasne came from U.S. sources, the public affairs officer said he couldn’t comment on the question.“That, I can’t actually speak to,” said Smyth, in an interview Monday. “It is widely known that Canada is part of the ‘Five-Eyes’ info-sharing community.”Several TIC reports were released to APTN last week under the Access to Information Act.One of the TIC reports from 2012—which discussed Akwesasne as a potential threat source for the planned docking of three warships in Cornwall, Ont.—was shared among the Five-Eyes. The Five-Eyes refers to allies Canada, U.S., Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia which are part of an intelligence sharing arrangement.Akwesasne, which sits about 120 kilometres west of Montreal, straddles the Quebec-Ontario-New York State borders.U.S. Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration actively monitor the U.S. side of Akwesasne primarily targeting human smuggling and marijuana shipments heading south.The Canada Border Services Agency, RCMP, Surete du Quebec and the Ontario Provincial Police all keep tabs on Akwesasne, which is viewed as a high-traffic smuggling zone because of its geographical location.While some of the military’s counter-intelligence TIC reports listed Akwesasne under headings like, “Sabotage by Criminals/Terrorists” and “Terrorism,” Smyth said the military has never found links between terrorism and Akwesasne.“The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces has not linked any potential terrorist activity with the Akwesasne Mohawk reserve,” said Smyth.Smyth said the repeated mention of Akwesasne in the ITC reports does not mean the military has the community under active surveillance.“Akwesasne is not under surveillance,” said Smyth.Smyth said the TIC reports, which also mentioned last year’s Valentine’s Day murdered and missing Indigenous women’s vigils as a possible source of “extremism,” are compiled in response to specific issues facing the Canadian military.“The Canadian Forces National Counter Intelligence Unit…is responsible for identifying, investigating and countering threats to the security of the DND/CAF personnel, property, material and information posed by foreign intelligence services, individuals and groups engaged in terrorism, espionage, sabotage subversion or organized criminal activities impacting DND/CAF security,” said Smyth, in an emailed statement sent to APTN. “The Canadian Forces National Counter Intelligence Unit routinely exchanges information with local police departments and other agencies to stay abreast of developing issues that may potentially impact military personnel or infrastructure if called upon to provide military support.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Business of Tech Loot crates and laptop gaming

first_imgThe Business of Tech is a weekly, ‘byte’-sized look into some of the top business stories in the world of technology, hosted by 660’s Jonathan Muma.S1E15: This week, Jonathan speaks with Mobile Syrup Senior Editor Patrick O’Rourke about the future of ‘loot crates’ in gaming after the fallout from their implementation into Star Wars Battlefront 2. He also talks with Colin Robertson of Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Got Game about the future of laptop gaming.Audio Playerhttps://www.660news.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2017/11/28/business-of-tech-nov-24-s1e15.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

100 years since the double assassination which sparked WWI

first_img Franz Ferdinand and Sophie lying in state in Vienna, 1914. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images“Gavrilo Princip will, just like the past 100 years, remain a hero for some and a terrorist to others,” said the head of the Sarajevo History Institute, Husnija Kamberovic told the AP. “It is a matter of feelings toward what he did, and not a matter of serious historical arguments.”Christian Orthodox Serbs celebrate Princip as someone who saw Bosnia as part of the Serb national territory. The same idea inspired the Serbs in 1992 to fight the decision by Muslim Bosnians and Catholic Croats to declare the former republic of Bosnia independent when Serb-dominated Yugoslavia fell apart.In Serb history books, the “great liberation act” of Princip and his comrades is described for over 20 pages. Gavrilo Princip, the 19-year-old student who killed the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie in 1914. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images“They were heroes who were ready to sacrifice their own lives for freedom and liberation,” said Jovan Medosevic, a primary school history teacher in the Bosnian Serb town of Pale, near Sarajevo.That’s exactly what makes Princip unpopular among Muslim Bosnians and Catholic Croats. In their official textbooks, Princip is mentioned in just one sentence as a member of a secret terrorist organization who “did not assassinate Franz Ferdinand to liberate Bosnia from the occupier, but wanted Bosnia to become a part of Kingdom of Serbia,” high school student Ermin Lazovic said. Today marks the centenary of the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire and his wife, sparking the First World War and leading to the deaths of 14 million people.Tensions among competing European powers were already simmering when the double assassination pushed the situation to a critical point. Austria, backed by Germany, declared war on Serbia a month later in response to the killings, and Serbia was supported by Russia and France. Photo circa 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, his wife Sophie, and their children Maximilian, Ernst and Sophie. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesArchduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were visiting the city shortly after Bosnia became part of the Austro-Hungarian empire when they were targeted by a Yugoslav group seeking separation from Austria.After a failed assassination attempt by a co-conspirator earlier on the day of 28 June, Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip fired the fatal shots into the royals’s open-air carriage. (As this 2011 Smithsonian article shows, the issue of whether or not Princip was grabbing a quick sandwich at a nearby cafe when he saw an unexpected opportunity to strike the archduke is still contended among historians.) Front page of London newspaper The Times on June 29, 1914, Source: AP/Press Association ImagesNineteen-year-old Princip was quickly arrested for the killings, sentenced to a 20-year term, and died in custody from TB in April 1918.In Sarajevo today, public opinion on the assassin’s actions remains divided along ethnic divisions. June 28, 1914 photo depicting the arrest of a man previously identified as Gavrilo Princip. Source: AP/Press Association Images- Additional reporting by the APlast_img read more

Fake antivirus infection rates down as authorities interrupt cash flow

first_imgWhen you think about protecting your computer against trojans, worms, and other malware, you probably think of companies like ESET and Symantec. After all, it’s their hard work and software that prevent the millions of digital threats in the wild from making mincemeat of your computer — right?Turns out that there’s another crew on the case: international law enforcement agencies. In recent years, agencies like the FBI have been getting more and more involved in cybersecurity issues. In fact, the Bureau has been working with folks like Microsoft since 2009 to tackle fake antivirus distribution, which remains one of the largest rackets in the malware world.And it now appears as though their involvement is making a major impact. After busting two malware rings this summer, authorities have now managed to stem the flow of credit card payments that allow cybercriminals to fund fake AV operations. Security researchers Brian Krebs notes two major factors: the shutdown of a multi million-dollar scareware organization and the arrest of ChronoPay co-founder Pavel Vrublevsky by police in Russia. ChronoPay has a well-documented history of supporting malware, including the infamous MacDefender.It’s encouraging to see the sharp drop on the chart above, but no one should think that this in an indication that fake antivirus is on the way out. Assuming the ChronoPay link is a big reason funding has been put on ice, and that Vrublevsky’s arrest is directly related, they could be processing payments again soon. Vrublevsky has plenty of very powerful friends in the Russian government, and it’s unlikely that he’ll remain incarcerated for long.Even if he is, the scareware business has already generated millions in ill-gotten profit for others — so someone, somewhere will step in to get the machine fired up once again. Nevertheless, it’s nice to see that hard work by the good guys has made even a temporary impact.More at Krebs on Securitylast_img read more

100000 Investment For TCI Tourism

first_img Related Items:Gary Brough, KPMG, rufus ewing, tci tourism Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – A one hundred thousand dollar investment being made by government to chart the course in tourism; and KPMG Turks and Caicos branch won the consultancy job which will deliver a National Strategy on Tourism. Premier and Tourism Minister Rufus Ewing flanked by Gary Brough Managing Director of KPMG and PS for his Office Wesley Clerveaux explained that the process will involve key stakeholders who are expected to weigh in on how tourism can be enhanced and should be developed. The country’s leader, admitting, that while tourism is doing well in many areas, there are pockets which need development; among them eco-tourism. The development of this national strategy will also see a tourism conference for the country in November during Tourism Awareness Week. Brough said while the KPMG office is indeed local, his team will be able to tap into the worldwide resources of his company which has a wealth of experience in the Caribbean. KPMG has for two years hosted an island infrastructure summit in Miami welcoming Caribbean leaders; last year premier Dr Rufus Ewing was among the regional leaders presenting at the two day event held at the JW Mariott Marquis hotel. TCI tourism surges for 2015; March is biggest month Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Convention Feb 19 Weekend; South Caicos woman announces at large interest Recommended for you TCI: Savory favors investor residency status, heralds KPMG economic report, says Caicos link is economic lifelinelast_img read more

Diversion of 1B to Border Wall Could Impact Future Budget Flexibility

first_img ADC AUTHOR Lawmakers warned Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan that Congress may limit DOD’s future flexibility in moving its funding between budgets following DOD’s decision to reprogram $1 billion of military personnel funding to spend on a U.S.-Mexico border wall without asking Congress first.The Pentagon notified Congress of the funding shift late Monday. The money comes from the recruitment budget of the Army, which did not use all its appropriated funding after falling short of its recruitment targets. It is being funneled to the Department of Homeland Security through DOD’s counterdrug account.The result of not asking Congress first “is likely that the Appropriations Committee in particular will no longer give the Pentagon reprogramming authority,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) told Shanahan at a hearing Tuesday. “And I think that’s unfortunate, because you need it.”Shanahan said that was weighed as a risk even before the president declared the national emergency directing construction of a border wall.Smith and other Democrats are trying to block the $1 billion move, as Military Times reported.DOD will also be taking money from some military construction projects that have not yet been awarded, “but we don’t know what the next increment of funding will look like,” Shanahan said.Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class TaWanna Starkslast_img read more

Nalgonda Burdened by financial issues couple end life on rail

first_imgNalgonda: In a tragic incident, a couple, burdened by financial issues, committed suicide on rail tracks near Nalgonda railway station on Monday midnight.The deceased were identified as Murarishetty Nagesh (36), an auto driver, and Charitha (31), natives of Old City of Nalgonda town. According to railway SI Achyutham, the committed suicide by falling under intercity express train near Food Corporation of India warehouses in Nalgonda town. He informed that the couple reportedly took the extreme step due to financial crisis. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The two got married six years ago. Upon receiving information from locals on Tuesday morning, the railway police rushed to the spot and informed the same to the family members of the deceased. Based on complaint of Charitha’s parents, the railway police registered a case and shifted the dead bodies to district hospital for post-mortem.last_img read more

Kabir Singh works wonders in Andhra Pradesh Telangana and Tamil Nadu

first_imgKabir Singh stillYouTube ScreenshotShahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh, which is an adaptation of hit Telugu movie Arjun Reddy, has worked wonders at the box office in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana (AP/TS) and Tamil Nadu in its opening weekend.Made on a budget of Rs 4 crore, Arjun Reddy had fetched Rs 6 crore for its producers from the sale of its global theatrical rights. The movie grossed over Rs 50 crore at the worldwide box office in its lifetime and earned Rs 25.80 crore for its distributors. After seeing the response, Sandeep Reddy Vanga decided to remake it in Hindi as Kabir Singh and thought the universal appeal will help it become a hit too.Its promos had generated a huge amount of curiosity about Kabir Singh. After seeing the hype, many felt that the movie would strike a chord with the audience in north India and become a big hit at the box office. But none expected it to fare well in ticket counters down south, as the filmgoers have already watched the original version.Everyone thought that they may not spend money on its Hindi version as it is a frame to frame copy of the original film and offers nothing new to the viewers. But to their surprise, Kabir Singh registered good advance booking and opened to a fantastic response. The word of mouth drove the mass crazy towards theatres.Kabir Singh has collected Rs 4 crore net at the AP/TS box office in three days and its collection is on par with the first weekend business of its original version Arjun Reddy in the Telugu states. Jalapathy Gudelli‏, a film critic from Hyderabad, tweeted, “Correction: #KabirSingh collects Rs 70 Cr in its first weekend. First Sunday record in 2019. Surprise: Rs 4 Cr came from Nizam+AP region.”Tamil Nadu is not a potential market for Hindi films, but Kabir Singh has collected Rs 1.20 crore net at the TN box office in its opening weekend. Sreedhar Pillai‏, a film critic from Chennai, tweeted, “#KabirSingh 3 day total business in Tamil Nadu,(the smallest market for Hindi films in India)- ₹1.21 Cr gross, nett ₹92 lakhs! Superb @shahidkapoor film breaks into market dominated by #Khans.”The Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani starrer also fared a well in the theatres across Karnataka and Kerala, but the distributors are yet to reveal the figures. The south Indian total is likely to be closer to Rs 10 crore.Kabir Singh has collected Rs 70.83 crore net at the Indian box office and its day-wise breakup is Rs 20.21 crore on Friday, Rs 22.71 crore on Saturday and Rs 27.91 crore on Sunday.last_img read more

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket attack

first_imgPalestinian protestors clash with Israeli security forces following the weekly Muslim Friday prayers in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 29 December, 2017. Photo: AFPIsraeli tanks and aircraft hit the Gaza Strip on Friday after rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave targeted a southern community, the army and Palestinian sources said.Clashes also erupted in the West Bank as Palestinians marked another “day of rage” following US president Donald Trump’s controversial 6 December recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.There were no immediate reports of casualties in the exchange of fire, the first in more than 10 days.Palestinian militants fired three rockets at southern Israel, two of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defence system, the army said.Police said the third rocket hit a structure in a community near Gaza, causing damage but no casualties.”In response to the rockets fired towards Israel, IDF (Israel Defence Forces) tanks and IAF (Israel Air Force) aircraft targeted two posts belonging to the terrorist organisation Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip,” the army said in a statement.Witnesses said Israeli tanks shelled a position controlled by Gaza’s Islamist rulers east of Gaza City. A spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry said nobody was injured by the Israeli fire.Both Hamas and fellow militant group Islamic Jihad had labelled Friday a “day of rage”, as in previous weeks.In the West Bank small groups of Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces, including north of Ramallah and in the Hebron area, where two were wounded by live fire, Palestinian medical and security sources said.The Israeli army said there were “very small clashes” in a number of sites.Militants in Gaza have fired more than a dozen rockets or mortar rounds at southern Israel in the latest wave of violence that erupted after Trump’s decision.Before Friday, the last rockets fired from Gaza were on December 18, one of which hit a home in a border town.Trump’s announcement was followed by protests across the West Bank and on Gaza’s border with Israel, with 12 Gazans killed in clashes with Israeli forces on the border or by Israeli strikes following rocket fire.The rockets are often fired by fringe Islamist groups but Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks from the territory.last_img read more

NDITA sets up pocket parks in Sector V

first_imgKolkata: Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) will set up pocket parks mainly for IT employees in Sector V.The construction of the first park is going on in full swing. Two other parks will come up shortly.The first park has come up on a plot where people used to offload garbage. There were illegal shanties. NDITA officials had rehabilitated the shanty dwellers to another place.The pocket park will give relief to the IT employees who sit in front of computers for long periods. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDuring recess, they visit the roadside tea or food stalls , have their food and quickly go back to their place of work.Pocket parks are places where they can relax for some time, enjoy the green, have their food, gossip with the colleagues and then go back to their work. Such parks are quite popular in areas where IT hubs have come up both in the country and abroad.The parks will have green cover and some benches will be put up for them to sit there and enjoy the green. They can have their food. The green serves as oasis amidst of concrete construction.Such parks are quite popular in Silicon valley and famous political correspondent of New York Times Thomas L Freedman has written several pieces on IT employees making the parks as the central plot.last_img read more

English Pills ESL learning tool for Android

first_imgEnglish Pills ESL learning tool for Android by Martin Brinkmann on October 26, 2016 in Google Android – No commentsEnglish Pills is a free application for Google Android devices designed for non native English speakers to increase their command of the English language in a fun way.Most language learners and courses concentrate on the essentials when it comes to that: vocabulary, grammar, writing, reading and conversation are probably the five big areas that are covered.While that is a good approach, it often leaves out many things that may come up in conversations. Think of jokes, proverbs or idioms for instance that are often not covered by learning courses, or only occasionally thrown in to the mix.English PillsEnglish Pills tries to change that. The approach of the app for Android is simple: provide English students with several categories worth of learning material that they may not find in textbooks.Pills are encapsulated text fragments, containing a short piece of information that will add up to your vocabulary. From playful to mindful, these pills will definitely give you something to think about and use in conversation.The home screen acts as a starting point. You may tap on any of the available categories such as riddles, idioms, tongue twisters or symbols to get started.When you load a category for the first time you get a short intro that explains what it is all about. You may then tap on the dice icon to get a random item displayed on the screen, or swipe for the same effect.If you open symbols for instance, a symbol and its name are displayed on the screen. Additionally, you may get an example or further explanation on top of that.Controls at the bottom of the screen allow you to have it read out aloud, load another random item, or using sharing or adding an item to the favorites.Some categories don’t offer explanations which is a bit unfortunate. This is the case for Murphy’s Law for instance where the laws are displayed but nothing else. While you may not have any troubles understanding the laws, some explanation would probably help users who have trouble understanding it.You earn vitamin while using the English Pills application, and may use vitamins to purchase additional categories. While that sounds a lot like an app that uses in-app purchases, this is not the case here. The app offers no option to purchase vitamins.While it does support in-app purchases, those are only for removing the banner ad and supporting the developer of the application in the process.The app starts with a selection of basic information and you will unlock additional bits that are more complex over time.A total of six categories — opposite adjectives, oxymora, palindromes, philosophy questions, abbreviations, and silent letters — are locked and need to be unlocked before they become available.Closing WordsEnglish Pills is a well designed beautiful app for Android. Its use depends largely on your English skills. If you are already a master conservationist, then you will probably get little out of it. If your English learning progress is intermediary, then you will probably benefit the most from the app. Also, if your learning courses concentrated on grammar and vocabulary more than anything else.Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 2 votes Software Name English PillsOperating System AndroidSoftware Category LearningLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.colombo.tiago.esldailyshot Advertisementlast_img read more

Certain areas may be without water

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite uThukela District Municipality is experiencing high turbidity (silt) at Ezakheni Bulk Water Works.It is thus not possible for them to treat water at full running capacity. The plant is being run at 70% only.Due to high demand of supply to the public, there will be water interruptions in Ezakheni A-Section and the old Ladysmith area.uThukela have technicians working to solve the problem, and apologise for any inconvenience caused. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

Google now requires you to enable JavaScript to signin as part of

first_img“Online security can sometimes feel like walking through a haunted house – scary, and you aren’t quite sure what may pop up”Jonathan Skelker, product manager at Google October 31st marked the end of ‘Cybersecurity awareness month’ and Google has made sure to leave its mark on the very last day. Introducing a host of features to protect users account from being compromised, Google has come up with checkpoints before a user signs in, as soon as they are in their account and when users share information with other apps and sites. Let’s walk through all these features in detail. #1 Before you sign in- Enable Javascript on the Browser A mandatory requirement for signing into Google now is that JavaScript should be enabled on the Google sign-in page. When a user enters their credentials on Google’s sign-in page, a risk assessment will be run automatically to block any nefarious activity. It will only allow the sign-in if nothing looks suspicious. The post mentions that “ JavaScript is already enabled in your browser; it helps power lots of the websites people use everyday. But, because it may save bandwidth or help pages load more quickly, a tiny minority of our users (0.1%) choose to keep it off” Here is what one user had to say: Source: y combinator #2 Security checkup for protection once signed in After the major update introduced to the Security Checkup last year, Google has gone a step forward to protect users against harmful apps based on recommendations from Google Play Protect. The web dashboard helps users set up two-factor authentication to check which apps have access to users’ account information, and review unusual security events. They also provide information on how to remove accounts from devices users no longer use. Google’s is introducing additional notifications which will send personalized alerts whenever any data is shared from a Google account with third-party sites or applications (including  Gmail info, sharing a Google Photos album, or Google Contacts). This looks like a step in the right direction especially after a recent Oxford University study revealed that more than 90% apps on the Google Play store had third party trackers, leaking sensitive data to top tech companies. #3 Help issued when a user account is compromised The most notable of all the security features is a new, step-by-step process within a users Google Account that will be automatically triggered if the team detects potential unauthorized activity. The 4 steps that will run in the event of a security breach includes: Verify critical security settings to check that a user’s account isn’t vulnerable to any other additional attacks by other means, like a recovery phone number or email address. Secure other user accounts taking into consideration that a user’s Google Account might be a gateway to accounts on other services and a hijacking can leave them vulnerable as well. Check financial activity to see if any payment methods connected to a user’s accounts were abused. Review content and files to see if any of a user’s Gmail or Drive data was accessed or misused. Head over to Google’s official Blog to read more about this news. Read Next Google’s #MeToo underbelly exposed by NYT; Pichai assures they take a hard line on inappropriate conduct by people in positions of authorityGoogle employees plan a walkout to protest against the company’s response to recent reports of sexual misconductA multimillion-dollar ad fraud scheme that secretly tracked user affected millions of Android phones. This is how Google is tackling it.last_img read more

Survey Originators Thriving Despite Rules Regulations

first_img Share Mortgage originations are on their way up despite the onset of new rules and regulations, according to a “”recent survey””:http://www.mortgagedaily.com/LoanOriginatorSurvey2011.asp by “”MortgageDaily.com””:http://www.mortgagedaily.com/. Also included: how top originators thrive in today’s tough market.[IMAGE]Polling 80 respondents from the top 1 percent of U.S. lenders, the Web site used a 50-question survey for those considered “”the best of the best.””The results? Three-quarters of those polled make $250,000 a year, even as many of the same lenders decry mortgage rules and regulations.Says MortgageDaily.com in a “”statement””:http://www.marketwatch.com/story/2011-loan-originator-survey-released-from-mortgagedailycom-2011-10-17 on the survey: “”The loan officers are highly concerned with the growth of mortgage regulations, though the group has managed to succeed despite stiffer compliance requirements and more cumbersome loan processing.””The Web site reported survey respondents calling existing referral sources “”very effective,”” with virtually all of the participating lenders denoting customer satisfaction as “”very important”” – a contrast with a “”Leads360″”:http://www.leads360.com/ survey released in August that found [COLUMN_BREAK]””only 21 percent of lenders follow up with borrowers””:https://themreport.com/articles/study-more-lenders-fail-to-follow-up-with-borrowers-2011-08-12 within 24 hours of an initial inquiry.Survey respondents chalked up their gains to innovations like the iPad, smart phones, and social media, which help generate mortgage leads, they say. Speaking with _MReport_ for a “”past story””:https://themreport.com/articles/brokers-mortgage-industry-will-miss-steve-jobs-2011-10-06, mortgage brokers credited Steve Jobs, late co-founder of “”Apple, Inc.””:http://www.apple.com/, as responsible for much of the improvement seen in their business environment with the creation of mortgage apps, phones, and other inventions.Despite recent departures by major lenders from the “”originations””:https://themreport.com/articles/citing-regulations-metlife-may-sell-stake-in-originations-2011-10-13 and “”correspondent lending””:https://themreport.com/articles/b-of-moves-to-shut-down-correspondent-unit-2011-10-04 shares of market activity ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô notably, “”Bank of America””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/ and “”MetLife””:http://www.metlife.com/ ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô MortgageDaily.com reported brokers and originators listing correspondent and wholesale lenders in their top third-party lenders.The survey arrives on the heels of several successive outlooks posted by trade groups and companies from across the industry. The “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://mbaa.org/default.htm more recently forecasted that “”originations will plummet from $1.2 trillion over this year to $900 billion over the course of 2012″”:https://themreport.com/articles/mba-expect-2012-originations-to-hit-900b-2011-10-12.The trade group said that refinance applications would drop $783 billion over next year, down from $1.1 trillion seen in 2011, with refinance originations dipping to $495 billion in 2012 and 2013.For a “”past story””:https://themreport.com/articles/mreport-exclusive-six-survival-strategies-for-originators-in-tough-market-2011-10-03, _MReport_ chronicled the efforts of mortgage brokers and loan officers and their strategies to stay afloat in a bad market. Web site founders, broker-bloggers, and industry veterans underscored the importance of brand management strategies, technology platforms, and news sources like those above for their information. Agents & Brokers Dodd-Frank Housing Affordability Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Disclosures Processing Refinance Reverse Mortgage Service Providers 2011-10-17 Ryan Schuette in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologycenter_img Survey: Originators Thriving Despite Rules, Regulations October 17, 2011 380 Views last_img read more

Beige Book Economic Growth Steady Real Estate Mixed

first_imgBeige Book: Economic Growth Steady, Real Estate Mixed Share The economy continued to grow on a “modest to moderate” track over the last month, with consumer spending and job growth fueling improvements in other economic sectors, according to the latest update from the Federal Reserve.In its most recent Beige Book report, the Fed recorded moderate growth in half of its 12 districts, including Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Dallas, and San Francisco. Contacts reported modest growth in New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, Atlanta, and Kansas City.The standout was Boston, where “reports from business contacts painted a mixed picture of economic conditions.”With two weeks to go until the Federal Open Market Committee’s next policy meeting, Wednesday’s report further bolsters the popular prediction that the central bank will vote to end its monthly bond-buying program and look ahead to raising short-term interest rates. There’s one more Beige Book due this year—scheduled for release December 3—which could offer a clearer glimpse into a timeline for rate hikes.Overall, most Fed districts characterized local growth in consumer spending as slight to moderate, the central bank reported, “and at a pace roughly similar to that reported in the previous Beige Book.” Spending was particularly promising in the Boston, Richmond, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Dallas districts, which all saw moderate growth.Employment growth was also more or less the same as in September’s report, with most districts reporting difficulty for some employers in finding qualified workers.Wage growth was described at most around most districts, though some reported upward pressures for certain industries and occupations, including skilled labor in construction and manufacturing.In construction news, reports were mixed nationwide, though homebuilding improved in many districts—including Cleveland, where single-family construction starts reached their highest level year-to-date. Growth was more tepid in districts like Philadelphia and Richmond, while New York contacts reported sluggish single-family construction numbers but improved multifamily starts.Home sales data was also mixed. According to the Fed, real estate contacts in Atlanta indicated existing-home sales and prices were ahead of last year, while San Francisco saw sales stabilize since the last report. Meanwhile, sales in Chicago came in lower than last year, while growth in home prices and rents slowed.Finally, banking conditions continued to improve since the last Beige Book release, though consumer loan demand leveled off in several districts and rose only slightly in others. The Fed noted that refinance demand for all types of consumer loans was down in New York, Philadelphia, and parts of Richmond.Credit quality was largely stable relative to September’s report, with New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco reporting improvements. Meanwhile, credit standards remained generally unchanged, though contacts around Philadelphia “said that heated competition for loans was resulting in a slight rise in credit risks.” Beige Book Federal Reserve 2014-10-15 Tory Barringercenter_img October 15, 2014 464 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

When you hear underground attractions do you th

first_imgWhen you hear “underground” attractions, do you think of nightclubs and other attractions that only the “in the know” know about?Well, the people at oyster.com are talking about things that really are under the ground, like the catacombs in Paris, an underground salt mine with a mini-golf course in Poland to a crystal-filled cave in Mexico.Read on for more on these underground treasures.last_img

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