The Week Ahead: Interest Rates Rising Again?

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Federal Open Market Committee Federal Reserve FOMC FOMC meeting Interest rates the week ahead The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Board of Governors are set to convene on Tuesday at 9 a.m. EST, kicking off the latest two-day FOMC meeting. The Board of Governors meet eight times a year to determine the economic situation, assess interest rates, and discuss domestic financial market conditions. The Fed governors are widely expected to announce another interest rate hike at this meeting, following up on the previous hike in December 2017. Experts predict several more rate hikes in 2018.On Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. EST, Fed Chair Jerome Powell will host a press conference to discuss the findings and announcements of the FOMC meeting.Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead.MBA Mortgage Applications, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ESTAtlanta Fed Business Inflation Expectations, Wednesday, 10 a.m. ESTNAR Existing Home sales report, Wednesday, 10 a.m. ESTPhiladelphia Fed Business Outlook Survey, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. ESTFHFA House Price Index Thursday, 9 a.m. ESTFed Balance Sheet Thursday, 4:30 p.m. ESTU.S. Census Bureau Housing Starts Survey, Friday, 8:30 a.m. EST Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Federal Open Market Committee Federal Reserve FOMC FOMC meeting Interest rates the week ahead 2018-03-18 David Wharton Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Previous: Collaborating for a Sustainable Housing Industry Next: HouseCanary Wins $706.2 Mn Verdict Against AMROCK Inc. About Author: David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Interest Rates Rising Again? March 18, 2018 2,319 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Week Ahead: Interest Rates Rising Again? in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

NZ ‘doing bugger all’ to fix one of worst child abuse rates in world, says doctor

first_imgNZ Herald 21 March 2016Family First Comment: And nothing will change until we look at declining marriage rates, family structure and breakdown, and get real tough on drug and alcohol abuse. That would be a good place to start.New Zealand has one of the worst rates of child abuse in the world and critics say we are doing “bugger all” to fix the problem.In the last 10 years, despite millions of dollars being spent and various initiatives aimed at tackling the problem, 61 children have died as a result of abuse or non-accidental injuries.Currently the Government is overhauling Child Youth and Family after an expert panel found the agency was failing vulnerable children.But as the majority of children killed were not on the Cyf radar when they died, it is unlikely any changes at that level will make a difference.More needs to be done. Everyone from lawmakers to experts agree. But they disagree on what.Since the murder of 90-day-old twins Chris and Cru Kahui in 2006, little progress has been made on the abuse front, says a leading paediatrician.Of the 61 babies and children killed, 31 died at the hands of a parent or caregiver and the majority suffered fatal head injuries or unsurvivable blows to their little bodies.The most recent was a 2-year-old boy who died at his Manurewa home just before Christmas. Police are investigating and say his death was the result of a non-accidental injury.“Since the Kahui twins died, to be frank, not a lot has changed,” said Dr Patrick Kelly, who heads the child abuse team at Starship Children’s Hospital.READ MORE: little names on New Zealand’s roll of dishonourNZ Herald 21 March 2016Sixty-one. It’s the number of children who have died as a result of non-accidental injuries in New Zealand in the last 10 years.Their names are scars on a shameful landscape of child abuse – Chris and Cru Kahui who would have turned 10 today, Nia Glassie, JJ Ruhe-Lawrence, Jyniah Te Awa.Thirty-one of those young ones were violently assaulted. They were kicked, punched, thrown, stomped or bashed to the point of death.New Zealand has the fifth worst child abuse record out of 31 OECD countries and on average a child is killed here every five weeks.In the last half of 2015, Child Youth and Family had recorded 8800 cases of proven child abuse and neglect.In the same period, the agency received 76,041 “reports of concern” about suspected child abuse or neglect which included 34,226 referrals from police.Of the initial reports, 22,917 required further action and were investigated.READ MORE: read more

Protecting Albino Children

first_imgFor generations, albinos have suffered because of the belief some countries and people have that leads them to hunt, kill and dismember albinos in the hope of ‘hitting the jackpot’ – that is, getting rich – which is outright cruel.According to Wikipedia, Albinism in humans is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment (color) in the skin, hair and eyes. Albinism is also associated with a number of vision defects. Lack of skin pigmentation makes a person more susceptible to sunburn, skin cancers and infection.Because individuals with albinism have skin that entirely lacks the dark pigment melanin, which helps protect the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays their skin can burn more easily from overexposure.The human eye normally produces enough pigment to color the iris blue, green or brown and lend denseness to the eye. For albinos, lack of pigment in their eyes also results in problems with vision.Albinos are generally as healthy as the rest of the population, with growth and development occurring as normal, and albinism by itself does not cause mortality, although the lack of pigment blocking ultraviolet radiation increases the risk of melanomas (skin cancers) and other problems.As there is no cure for albinism, it is managed through lifestyle adjustments. People with albinism need to take care not to sunburn and should have regular healthy skin checks by a dermatologist.For the most part, treatment of the eye conditions consists of visual rehabilitation. Glasses and other vision aids, large-print materials as well as bright but angled reading lights, can help individuals with albinism, even though their vision cannot be corrected completely. Some people with albinism do well using bifocals (with a strong reading lens), prescription reading glasses, and/or hand-held devices such as magnifiers or monoculars. Albinism affects people of all ethnic backgrounds; its frequency worldwide is estimated to be approximately one in 17,000. Prevalence of the different forms of albinism varies considerably by population, and is highest overall in people of sub-Saharan African descent.In African countries such as Tanzania and Burundi, there has been an unprecedented rise in witchcraft-related killings of people with albinism in recent years, because their body parts are used in potions sold by witchdoctors. Numerous authenticated incidents have occurred in Africa during the 21st century. For example, in Tanzania, in September 2009, three men were convicted of killing a 14-year-old albino boy and severing his legs in order to sell them for witchcraft purposes. Again in Tanzania and Burundi in 2010, the murder and dismemberment of a kidnapped albino child was reported from the courts, as part of a continuing problem. National Geographic estimates that in Tanzania a complete set of albino body parts is worth $75,000. Another harmful and false belief is that sex with an albinistic woman will cure a man of HIV. This has led, for example in Zimbabwe, to rapes (and subsequent HIV infection).U-Thant Smith, a Liberian albino activist living in the United States of America, once stated that “it’s cruel how albinos are stigmatized, especially because of how they look,” an issue many Liberian albinos were faced with until a recent initiative was launched in Liberia to give free skin cancer preventive treatment.I met a four year old albino girl tucked away in a crowded classroom in Bomi Hills last month and couldn’t believe that her skin was so tan, smooth, but yet she bore the blue eyes of an albino. My first question to her principal was, “Have you registered her with the Albinism Society?”“Thank you for letting us know; we will make sure to inform the government that we have an albino in our school,” responded the principal of Hill Town Elementary School.The child was straightway taken out of class and assessed for further information. Her parents were notified of a program substantial to the child’s welfare.According to another child who claimed to be her sister, their mother takes very good care of the child’s skin and keeps them indoors often.“She can’t play outside and we use kernel oil on her skin,” the sister added.Meanwhile, the preventive skin cancer treatment is a blessing because the US based National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation says that albinos living in tropical regions such as West Africa are at an increased risk of developing skin cancer.With children like this four year old quietly tucked away in Hill Town, Bomi Hills, their parents need to be informed of who the president of Liberia Albino Society (LAS), Patricia Logan, is and how she quite recently made an alarming revelation.“Every year cancer is killing our people (albinos), and every year we are dying of skin cancer,” she stated on national TV.Patricia is an albino as well and advocates for the rights of those who could fall victim to death and blindness if they are not reached out to as this four year old girl was.But with the coming of elections in Liberia next year and other events in surrounding countries plus the belief that albino blood brings good luck, the welfare of this four year- old child and every albino is at further risk due to the false assumption that is the result of the high demand for their blood and body parts – that people can get material wealth as a result. It is alarming to know that the future of an albino in Liberia is not certain, but with the help of organizations that look out for their well being, there could be hope for this child and other albinos in the country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What’s the latest on Warriors’ injury report?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — Warriors forward Andre Iguodala sat out of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena.Iguoudala has missed his third consecutive game because of left toe soreness, while Shaun Livingston initially was considered questionable after missing the second half of Friday’s game against Cleveland because of a left knee contusion. Warriors …last_img read more

Nguni cattle project for N West

first_img24 February 2006The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has thrown its weight behind a multi-million rand project to kick-start indigenous livestock breeding among emerging farmers in North West province.In an agreement signed with the University of North West and the province’s department of agriculture in Mafikeng on Thursday, the IDC committed to provide R7.5-million over five years for the purchase of Nguni cattle and provision of basic infrastructure.The project, the brainchild of the IDC, involves the supply of 12 Nguni cattle to 12 communal farmers annually over the five-year period.The farmers will be expected to breed calves before returning the original dozen cattle, which will then be passed on to other farmers.Nguni cattle have a high fertility rate, with a short calving time and long reproductive lifespan. The are also resistant to most parasites, and adapt easily to difficult grazing conditions.Speaking at the signing ceremony, the IDC’s Neo Sowazi said the partnership aimed to develop and promote a potentially lucrative export market for organically produced Nguni cattle beef.“We anticipate that in the coming 10 years, our farming communities will have captured a substantial corner of the global organic beef market,” Sowazi said.The project will be managed by the Animal Health centre at the University of North West’s Mafikeng campus. “Our veterinary surgeon will also involve students in the processes of artificial insemination and immunisation,” said the university’s Professor Sevid Mashego.The first batch of the cattle are expected to be delivered to the first beneficiaries within the next month.According to North West Agriculture MEC Mandlenkosi Mayisela, the beneficiaries, who have yet to be identified, will have to be people who are “passionate about cattle breeding and business” reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

Steele praises Brighton teammates

first_imgAccording to the goalkeeper, the 3-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth was thanks to the defensive determination of his teammates.Brighton and Hove Albion defeated AFC Bournemouth 3-1 on Saturday’s FA Cup Third Round match.The Seagulls advance to the next round, while goalkeeper Jason Steele was able to praise his teammates for their good work.“It’s no disrespect to anyone I’ve played with before, but the way those players in front of me work and their dedication to not let the ball go in the back of the net is unbelievable,” he told the club’s official website.“We were under the cosh a lot in terms of ball possession, and the boys stuck at it with the two center-halves and the full-backs stopping the crosses and picking up men.”Brad Smith is loving his time at MLS Manuel R. Medina – August 27, 2019 Smith has been loaned from AFC Bournemouth to Seattle Sounders for a whole season, and the Australian footballer is enjoying his time there.“Even the little things like the way they marked their men so tightly meant I could come out and claim things,” he added.“Personally, I was very excited to play again. This club has given me an awful lot in the last few months and I just wanted to show why I’ve been working hard. Thankfully it worked out for myself and the team today.”“I made a couple of saves, I’m disappointed I conceded a goal, but I haven’t watched it back and I don’t think there’s a lot I could have done about it,” he explained.“It was a good strike and I felt that it was going to take something good to beat me. That’s a nice positive frame of mind to have and it’s not something I’ve had for a long time.”last_img read more

California Coastal Commission approves SeaWorld San Diegos new attraction

first_img Posted: July 11, 2019 California Coastal Commission approves SeaWorld San Diego’s new attraction SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California Coastal Commission on July 10th approved SeaWorld San Diego’s dive coaster planned to open in 2020.This new roller coaster, which was announced in January, will be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state, according to SeaWorld.SeaWorld said they anticipate construction getting underway within the next few months. Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 11, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson last_img read more