Cirque du Soleil cuts 400 jobs as strong loonie and surging costs

MONTREAL — The strong Canadian dollar, surging production costs and the worldwide economic downturn are all being blamed by the Cirque du Soleil for its decision to lay off 400 employees.Most of the layoffs will be at the artistic giant’s Montreal headquarters.Company spokeswoman Renee-Claude Menard moved to dispel speculation the Cirque is flailing.“The first thing to say is that the Circus is not in crisis,” Menard told a news conference Wednesday. “Let’s get that straight.“We had a record year in terms of tickets sold. We sold more than 14 million tickets this year. We had a record year for total revenue, with more than $1-billion.”Despite that, the Cirque didn’t make money, Menard said.She said the powerful loonie hit the Cirque hard in that its profit is affected by nearly $3-million for each cent the currency gains against the U.S. dollar.The layoffs will begin by the end of this month and continue until the end of March.The Cirque employs about 5,000 people worldwide, including 2,000 in Montreal.It still has 19 productions being presented worldwide and is currently working on a new show that will open in May in Las Vegas.Another touring production that will open in the spring of 2014 in Montreal is also in the works.But four shows besides the 19 that are still on stage have closed recently.The Cirque’s performances have played to an estimated 15 million people since it was founded by street performer Guy Laliberte in 1984.It has undertaken several years of unprecedented expansion amid the world economic meltdown that began in 2008 but has been foreced to close the four shows in the last couple of years.“Zed,” which was playing to solid audiences at Tokyo Disney, ran from 2008 to 2011, when it was retired in the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. The popular “Saltimbanco,” which originally ran from 1992 to 2006, ended last year after a new tour.“Viva Elvis,” which got mixed reviews, ran from February 2010 in Las Vegas and wound up last August. “Zaia,” the Cirque’s first resident show in Asia, ran from 2008 until last year and recorded lacklustre attendance.A fifth show, “Iris,” is due to end its run in Los Angeles on Saturday although there are reports the Cirque plans to take the show on tour.The Cirque’s 3D movie is reportedly doing respectable business internationally. Box Office Mojo, which tracks how much money movies are raking in, reports “Cirque du soleil: Worlds Away” has made more than $23-million worldwide since it opened Dec. 21.The Cirque is credited with breathing new life into the concept of a circus. It threw out the traditional playbook, which concentrated on animal acts, and instead used colourful acrobatics, a narrative framework and music to replace lions, tigers and monkeys to stir crowds.It soon gained renown beyond its Quebec base and expanded into an international operation, its name becoming a pop culture shorthand for circuses. It was even satirized in an episode of TV’s “The Simpsons,” although it was identified as the “Cirque du puree.”Laliberte has become a multibillionaire, space tourist and advocate for clean water.The Cirque, which initially got financial support from the Quebec government, stopped getting government subsidies in 1992 and now offers support to other artistic organizations. It engages in philanthropy by aiding at-risk youth and contributes one per cent of its gross revenues to help resolve accessible water issues. read more

UN officials express concern over fighting in Somali capital

The Secretary-General’s Representative for Somalia, Winston Tubman, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Maxwell Gaylard said the leaders should also resolve their differences peacefully, as agreed in the on-going Somali peace and reconciliation process.The clashes began on 9 May in the northern part of the city and continued for days, killing at least 60 people. Some 200 people, mainly civilians, were injured and thousands more have been displaced, while militia members were reported to have violated the human rights of civilians, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.While extending condolences to bereaved families and sympathies to the displaced, Mr. Tubman and Mr. Gaylard said, “We are shocked by reports of the scale and ferocity of the recent fighting in Mogadishu and deeply concerned over the plight of the many civilian inhabitants of the city who have been struggling for many years to achieve a measure of peace and normality.” read more

Guterres appeals for maximum restraint over Jammu and Kashmir as tensions rise

The Indian Government announced on Monday that it was revoking the special status of the area of Kashmir that it administers, putting the region under tighter central Government control. Pakistan argues that the removal of the territory’s special status, which has a majority-Muslim population, violates international law, according to news reports.The UN has long maintained an institutional presence in the contested area between India and Pakistan. According to the Security Council mandate given in resolution 307 of 1971, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the working boundary between the South Asian neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations.The Secretary-General has been following the situation in Jammu and Kashmir with concern and makes an appeal for maximum restraint – UN SpokespersonMr. Guterres said in a statement issued by his Spokesperson, that he had been following the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, “with concern”, adding “the position of the United Nations on this region is governed by the Charter of the United Nations and applicable Security Council resolutions.””The Secretary-General also recalls the 1972 Agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, also known as the Simla Agreement”, the statement continued, “which states that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir is to be settled by peaceful means”, in accordance with the UN Charter. The UN chief said he was “concerned over reports of restrictions on the Indian-side of Kashmir, which could exacerbate the human rights situation in the region”, and called on “all parties to refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir.”India and Pakistan both administer parts of Kashmir, but claim the territory in its entirety. They have fought several wars over the region since the partition of India in 1947, and this February, a terrorist attack which resulted in the deaths of 40 Indian security personnel took place in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, the worst attack against Indian forces in decades. A Pakistani-based militant group later claimed responsibility, leading to a retaliatory air strike by the Indian armed forces. On Thursday, Pakistan reportedly announced that it would halt trade with India and expel the country’s top diplomat in Islamabad. read more

Sea of red encouraged to support Badgers playoff games

There’s a movement afoot to transform the Brock campus into a sea of red on Wednesday.The Brock community is invited to celebrate ‘Red Wednesday’ in support of the men’s basketball team’s Wilson Cup semifinal game and the men’s hockey team OUA West final series opener. Both games are being held Wednesday, Feb. 28 with the basketball team playing at home and the hockey team playing on the road at York.Everyone is encouraged to wear their favourite Brock or Badger clothing — especially if it’s red. Anyone in need of new gear can head to the Campus Store’s pop-up shop in the Thistle Hallway, where there will be sales on red items and special incentives for Wilson Cup ticket holders.Tickets are now sold out for the basketball home game, but the game will be streamed free online.The men’s hockey team plays its series opener against York Wednesday in Toronto and then hosts York Friday, March 2 at 7:15 p.m. at Seymour Hannah Sports and Entertainment Complex. Tickets for that game can be purchased at the Walker Sports Complex Welcome Desk or by calling x4060.Campus Store Red Wednesday Sale (Pop-up shop location only):25 per cent off all red regular-priced merchandise50 per cent off all clearance items, as markedReceive an extra 10 per cent off your purchase when you show your basketball ticket for Wednesday night’s gameIn addition to the Campus Store’s clothing deals, Dining Services will be showing their Badger pride with several Brock themed promotions around campus.Hungry BadgerBadger doughnut at Tim Hortons (Hungry Badger location only)Red and white themed nachos and grab and go itemsStarting at 5 p.m., show your ticket and receive a pop and hotdog for $5 (tax included, Hungry Badger location only)Market HallBadger themed pastries and red and white in a few locationsResidence dining hallsThemed items and information on the Hungry Badger hotdog special read more

South Dakota women beat No 23 Iowa State 6459

VERMILLION, S.D. — Ciara Duffy made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, Allison Arens added three 3-pointers and 11 points and South Dakota beat No. 23 Iowa State 64-59 on Wednesday night.The Cyclones rallied from an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull within three points with 1:19 remaining, but Madison McKeever’s free throws with 14 seconds left sealed it for South Dakota.Hannah Sjerven had 10 points and 10 rebounds for South Dakota (6-1), which hosted Iowa State for the first time since 1984.South Dakota knocked down six 3-pointers in the second quarter, outscoring Iowa State 22-9 for a 35-18 halftime advantage.Madison Wise made three 3-pointers and scored a season-high 19 points for Iowa State (5-1), which entered one of just 37 unbeaten teams in Division I. Bridget Carleton added 14 points on 5-of-19 shooting. Iowa State returns home to play Arkansas on Sunday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.Wise scored 10 straight during ISU’s 15-0 fourth-quarter run.The Associated Press read more

Kardashians Launch Distance Selves From Branded Card

first_imgThere are some celebrity endorsements that just don’t seem to make any sense on their face–like Salvador Dali selling laundry detergent or Francis Ford Coppola promoting his own wine. Then there are those that seem to have been fated by some marketing firm in heaven. The Kardasian sisters hawking their own branded credit card for kids falls firmly into the latter category.Shockingly, however, the card, launched a few weeks back, has become an easy target for critics, who have called its lending fees “predatory.” Perhaps the most vocal among them is Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.The AG issued a statement to the press, which fittingly reads a bit like an Entertainment Tonight report,Keeping up with the Kardashians is impossible with this card, where consumers lose money before they use money. Even before consumers spend a dime, the Kardashian Kard fees swallow the card’s value. Using the card for six months costs $59.95–12 months costs $99.95. After that entry period, it will run owners $7.95 a month, plus a slew of added fees including $1.50 to get cash from an ATM, $1 to check one’s balance $1.50 to talk to customer service, and $9.95 if you lose the thing. Oh yeah, and $6 to cancel it. Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney, who were so “excited” by the card’s November 10th launch, are now feeling the burn. Said a representative,The Kardashians have worked extremely long and hard to create a positive public persona that appeals to everyone, particularly young adults. Unfortunately, the negative spotlight turned on the Kardashians. So, what’s next for the Kardashian sisters? I hear you can make a mint selling subprime mortgages.last_img read more

VGo robot allows a child trapped at home with PKD to go

first_imgPolycystic kidney disease is a serious illness with severe implications for the body. In the case of Lyndon Baty, a 15-year-old from Texas, PKD has prevented him from leaving his house. All he wanted to do was go to school, and a device from VGo Communications has fulfilled that desire.The VGo stands at four feet tall. A screen towards the top displays the face of the person controlling it. The robot moves via wheels at the base. It can emit and receive sound, but it has no limbs. Lyndon controls his VGo from the comfort and safety of his bedroom.From his room, Lyndon controls the robot with custom software installed on his laptop. He pilots the VGo from class to class and interacts with his classmates and teachers via his webcam and microphone. Lyndon’s only gripe is that the robot has no arms, so that he constantly has to ask people to open doors for him.The VGo costs about $6,000. That may seem a bit steep to some, but the benefits outweigh the cost. The VGo helped to bring Lyndon out of isolation. While he does declare that his parents are his best friends, he wants to have other friends, too. The VGo has given him that.With the influx of iPads into the classroom, the VGo is a great step forward for the integration of technology in schools. It’ll afford people who would have otherwise been confined to hospital beds or their homes the chance to get out and do things, whether it’s going to school or a social gathering.How would you use the VGo?See more at VGo via Todaylast_img read more

4/21 WWE Smackdown on USA Network Preview: MizTV, Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens vs….

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ Kevin Smith Teases Latest Addition To Cast Of Jay And Silent Bob Reboot WhatsApp Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter The following is scheduled for tonight’s 4/21 WWE Smackdown on the USA Network.* Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn and Dean Ambrose* MizTV with AJ Styles*WWE United States Champion Kalisto vs. Ryback* Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler* Paige and Natalya vs. Naomi and Tamina Snuka* R-Truth vs. FandangoCheck back later tonight for a recap of Smackdown on Wrestleview.com.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WWE’s Chris Jericho Cast In Kevin Smith’s Horror Movie Ronda Rousey WWE Star Thinks The Rock Could Be The Next President Now Playing Up Next Jon Moxley Joins AEW Seth Rollins Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Shawn Michaels Videos Articles WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Chris Jericho to defend the AEW World Championship against Cody at Full Gear PPVlast_img read more

South Park Walkabout will highlight local businesses on March 17

first_img Allie Wagner, Allie Wagner March 12, 2018 South Park Walkabout will highlight local businesses on March 17 Posted: March 12, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe South Park Walkabout is a quarterly evening festival that showcases unique and independent businesses within South Park. Attendees can enjoy complimentary treats, live entertainment and special offers.Allie Wagner meets some of these business owners on Good Morning San Diego. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: festival, local business, south park, south park walkabout FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Students can now get SiriusXM for 4 a month

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Media Streamers Digital Media Music 1:53 “Dude, I scored us cheap SiriusXM for the frat house!” SiriusXM College may be expensive, but other aspects of student life can be pretty reasonable. Indeed, I recently rounded up some of the best free and cheap perks for college students, and here’s a brand-new addition: SiriusXM Premiere for just $4 a month. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.See it at SiriusXMAs with many such student deals, this one requires you to verify your status — which basically means naming your college or university and supplying a valid email address.Once approved, you can stream the service using just about any device: phone, tablet, laptop, game console, smart speaker — everything except your car, ironically, which isn’t part of this particular package. The subscription also includes Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora, which allows for personalized commercial-free stations created within the SiriusXM app.Before you sign up, take note that cancelling a SiriusXM subscription requires a phone call to the company. What’s more, there are student deals (arguably better ones) on music streaming from Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube Premium, all of them listed in the aforementioned post.Still, if you’re a SiriusXM fan and a student, this an excellent deal: Nonstudents have to pay $13 per month for the same service.Note: This post has been updated to clarify the Pandora aspects of the service. Comments Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 11 The Cheapskate 5 tips for free-tier Spotify users Tags CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Pandoralast_img read more

Has Aditya Roy Kapur broken up with Diva Dhawan

first_imgIn our film industry where the celebs are always surrounded by conjectures, rumours, gossips and paparazzi; it doesn’t take any relationship too long to wither away. The same seems to have happened with Aditya Roy Kapur too.It was on Karan Johar’s Koffee with Karan, where we got to know that Aditya Roy Kapur was apparently dating an American model Diva Dhawan. The duo was spotted together every now and then which had fuelled the rumours of them being more than just good friends. However, as per a report in DNA, the duo has allegedly called it quits. “Adi and Diva couldn’t commit to each other and decided to part ways. They had not taken their relationship to a serious level so, it was a cordial split for both of them. They have stayed friends and are in touch even now,” says the report.Last year, Diva Dhawan had posted a photo kissing a man. Though the man in the picture couldn’t be identified, he appeared to be Aditya Roy Kapur. With that picture, Diva had proclaimed that she was in love.However, when KJo directly asked Aditya about his relationship status, Roy had said, “The real truth is that I’m chilling. Chilling like a villain.” As per India Today report, Aditya had earlier denied any linkup with Diva, saying, “She’s a lovely girl and an old friend of mine. We met at a fashion show many years ago and we’re good friends. We went out for dinner one night at this famous restaurant that everyone is going to nowadays, Bastian. So we got papped and stories started. Completely false stories.”We wonder what’s the real truth here.last_img read more

SeaLink acquires major iconic tourism attraction

first_imgSource = SeaLink Travel Group SeaLink acquires major iconic tourism attractionSeaLink acquires major iconic tourism attractionSeaLink Travel Group (SeaLink) today announced that it has entered into a landmark agreement to acquire the assets and operations of Kingfisher Bay Resort Group (“KBRG”), centred on the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, 300 kilometres north of Brisbane in Queensland.The acquisition includes the two island resorts; Kingfisher Bay Resort and Eurong Beach Resort, Fraser Explorer Tours and the Fraser Island Ferry business operating from Hervey Bay to the Western side of Fraser Island.SeaLink Managing Director, Mr Jeff Ellison said, “Fraser Island is one of the most iconic destinations in Australia and is famous throughout the world for its World Heritage listed wonders. Located 15km off Queensland’s coast Fraser Island stretches 123 kms in length, and is the world’s largest sand island.Kingfisher Bay Resort Group is by far the major hospitality, touring and transport operation on Fraser Island, and we are delighted to be taking ownership of this leading tourism business to drive future protection, promotion and growth of the Island.”Kingfisher Bay Resort Group accounts for 90 per cent of accommodation options and the majority of touring experiences on Fraser Island.  The purchase price of $43 million includes land and buildings, plant and equipment, three vehicular ferries, a 30-vehicle touring coach fleet, all contracts, licences, intellectual property and goodwill.SeaLink Chair, Mr Andrew McEvoy said “This exciting new acquisition aligns with our strategy and enhances our position as a major provider of connections to iconic Australian destinations. We are excited about working with the fantastic management and operational team at Kingfisher Bay Resort Group to build on their strong and growing position in the Australian tourism market.”As a further boost for Queensland tourism, following completion of the transaction, SeaLink will open a new business hub in Brisbane to manage and grow its successful Queensland operations, with the strong backing of the Queensland Government.The Queensland Government has welcomed the transaction and the establishment of SeaLink’s business hub in Brisbane.Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said “Queensland is already the major source of revenue for SeaLink – employing more than 300 people. This acquisition and the decision to establish a business hub in Brisbane is a vote of confidence in Queensland.”“The Palaszczuk Government has built up this industry to be a pillar of Queensland’s economy.The fact that SeaLink is actively looking for opportunities to expand operations in our great state is a sign that we’re well and truly heading in the right direction.” Continues Ms Jones.SeaLink already has significant operations in Queensland, servicing Magnetic Island and Palm Island from Townsville, the LNG Plants on Curtis Island from Gladstone, North Stradbroke Island and the islands of Morton Bay, and will add its new Brisbane office as a second hub to complement its Adelaide headquarters.Kingfisher Bay Resort Group Managing Director, Mr Gary Smith said, ‘It is great to see the iconic Fraser Island businesses being acquired by a progressive Australian company. It is great for the future of the business, for our people and the Queensland Tourism industry.”This acquisition follows SeaLink’s most recent acquisitions of Transit Systems ferry operations in Queensland and Captain Cook Cruises in Perth.last_img read more

BoomBust Markets Led Recession Recovery and Now Moderation

first_img Home Prices Rents Trulia 2014-03-10 Krista Franks Brock March 10, 2014 520 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News The “boom-and-bust” markets, which led the nation in pre- and post-crisis home price trends, are now at the forefront of a new price trend—a deceleration in home price gains across the nation, according to Trulia. The national real estate company released its Price and Rent Monitors last week, revealing trends in asking prices across the country.Trulia is not the only group to notice the markets that experienced the worst of the recession have been the first to rebound in the recovery: Clear Capital termed the recent recovery a “first in, first out” recovery. However, Trulia is now finding the same markets that led the boom, bust, and recovery are beginning to lead price moderation across the country.Las Vegas, for example, experienced a 61 percent decline in home prices from peak to trough during the recession. Year-over-year in February, the metro posted a 30.3 percent price gain. However, a look at the quarter-over-quarter price change in February reveals a much lower 5.7 percent gain.The trend holds true down the ranks. Oakland, California, follows Las Vegas with the second-highest year-over-year price gain in February—a 24.5 percent jump. Oakland’s home prices also took a strong hit during the recession with a 39 percent drop.However, the metro’s quarterly price change in February is much tamer—a 5.6 percent increase, earning it a sixth-place ranking on the list of highest quarterly gains, according to Trulia.“Grouping metros by their price declines during the bust shows that the price slowdown over the past 10 months has been sharpest in metros where the bust was most severe,” Trulia chief economist Jed Kolko said in the latest report.With price changes in the “boom-and-bust” markets beginning to moderate, Kolko says other markets will begin to make their way onto the top 10 lists for price increases. Already, Cleveland, Ohio, tops the list of quarterly price gains for February—a 6.5 percent gain. The Ohio metro experienced an 18-percent price drop during the crisis compared to Las Vegas’ 61 percent.The national price trend reflects that of the “boom-and-bust” markets, according to Trulia. Home prices increased 10.4 percent over the year in February but just 1.9 percent.Regardless, Kolko is quick to point out, “even with this slowdown in gains, prices are still rising much faster than the historical norm.”At the same time, rents are continuing to accelerate across the nation, according to Trulia. Nationally, rents increased 2.4 percent over the year in February, and the vast majority of the largest rental markets, rents are not only rising but also accelerating. “In 20 of the 25 largest rental markets, February’s increase was larger than the year-over-year rent increase from three months earlier, in November,” according to Trulia.center_img Share ‘Boom-Bust’ Markets Led Recession, Recovery, and Now: Moderationlast_img read more

Mortgage Applications Slip Again

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination 15-year fixed-rate 30-year fixed-rate applications ARM FHA MBA mortgage Purchase Loans Refinance Loans USDA VA 2018-05-23 Radhika Ojha May 23, 2018 576 Views Mortgage Applications Slip Againcenter_img Mortgage applications declined 2.6 percent from a week earlier on a seasonally adjusted basis according to data from the MBA Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey released on Wednesday. On an unadjusted basis, total loan application volumes decreased by 3 percent from a week earlier, the data indicated.The application volumes for purchase loans decreased 2 percent from the earlier week but were 3 percent higher from the same period in 2017. However, the volumes for refinance loans hit their lowest level since 2000 declining 4 percent over the previous week. The refinance share of mortgage activity also decreased to 35.7 percent of total applications from 35.9 percent the week earlier, according to data. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity, however, increased to 6.8 percent of total loan applications.When it came to government loans, the FHA and USDA share of total applications remained unchanged from the week earlier at 10.3 percent and 0.8 percent respectively. The share of applications for VA loans decreased to 9.8 percent from 10.3 percent in the prior week.The average contract interest rate increased to its highest level across the board for various loans. Here’s how the rate performed during the week:For 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($453,100 or less), the rate increased to  4.86 percent, its highest level since April 2011, from 4.77 percent in the prior week with the effective rate increasing from the week prior.The rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $453,100) increased to 4.81 percent, its highest level since September 2013, from 4.73 percent. The effective rate also increased from last week.The rate for FHA-backed 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to 4.90 percent, its highest level since May 2011, from 4.78 percent even as the effective rate increased from the week prior.The 15-year fixed-rate mortgages rate increased to 4.31 percent, its highest level since February 2011, from 4.20 percent. The effective rate increased from last week.The rate for 5/1 ARMs increased to its highest level in the history of the survey, to 4.12 percent from 4.09 percent. The effective rate remained unchanged from last week. Sharelast_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation That move still haunts the team to this day, and they didnot let history repeat itself Thursday night. However, as great as the addition of Floyd will be for theteam, the second thing the move does will have even largerramifications for the Arizona Cardinals.In a way, head coach Ken Whisenhunt spelled it out whenexplaining the pick.“It gives us another target, which we think will help takepressure off the quarterback,” he said of Floyd. By taking more pressure off the quarterback the Cardinalsare actually putting more on him.You’re up, Kevin Kolb.The Cardinals now boast an embarrassment of riches at theskill positions on offense, with enough playmakers to helpeven the most average of QBs look good. Larry Fitzgerald. Beanie Wells. Ryan Williams. MichaelFloyd. Todd Heap. Rob Housler. Early Doucet. AndreRoberts. Every one of these players has shown big-play ability.Every one of these players stands to play key roles forthe Arizona Cardinals in 2012. Neither one of theseplayers is an offensive lineman, sure, but the team willmost definitely address that spot later in the draft.By drafting a playmaker like Floyd with their first-rounder, the Cardinals showed they hope to replicate thesuccess they had through the air in 2008 and 2009. And, ifnot that, at least get back to being one of the league’sbetter passing attacks. Yes, you can take Kurt Warner out of the offense, but youapparently cannot take the offense out of the ArizonaCardinals. “When you really look at it, you’ve got a player that canchange field position pretty quickly,” Whisenhunt said.“And when you couple that with the guys that we alreadyhave – Larry, Andre and Early – we feel like it gives us avery good receiving core.”Indeed, but that’s where Kolb comes in, fresh out of theexcuses that were granted him in his first season with theteam.He’ll have an entire offseason to learn the playbook, arevamped (if not improved) offensive line, and one of theleague’s better running back tandems. And, with the selection of Michael Floyd, Kevin Kolb willhave a group of pass catchers who can make big plays downthe field.All he has to do is get them the ball. Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals did two things with the selection ofNotre Dame receiver Michael Floyd Thursday evening.One, they avoided repeating the mistakes of 2003, when theteam passed on an opportunity to select one of manyplayers who would help the team in favor of trading downin the first round. Instead of picking sixth, where theycould have selected a guy like Terrell Suggs, they moveddown to 17th and 18th, nabbing Bryant Johnson and CalvinPace. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

AP NewsBreak Katie Couric writing memoir expecte

first_imgAP NewsBreak: Katie Couric writing memoir, expected for 2021 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2019 4:12 am PDTcenter_img NEW YORK — Katie Couric is writing a memoir, one she is counting on to live up to its title: “Unexpected.”In an announcement Tuesday, the publisher Little, Brown and Company said that the book was scheduled for spring 2021. Couric plans to share details both “hilarious” and “humiliating” as she looks back on her prize-winning, 40-year career in television. She will touch upon everything from the #MeToo movement, which led to the firing of her former “Today” show colleague Matt Lauer, to her own experiences with harassment. She also will write about the death of her first husband, Jay Monahan, and her battles with bulimia and insecurity.Couric’s previous books include “The Best Advice I Ever Got” and the children’s story “The Brand New Kid.”Hillel Italie, The Associated Presslast_img read more

CY could have new owner by the end of the year

first_imgInvestors interested in Cyprus Airways (CY) must submit non-binding proposals by the end of the month, the company’s chairman said on Friday, as low-cost airline Ryanair said it could put it back on rapid growth.Proposals will be reviewed on September 30 and a short list will be drafted, Tony Antoniou said.The procedure could be completed by the end of the year, the chairman said after a meeting between the negotiating team and Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary on Friday.Ryanair was among 22 companies which last month submitted non-binding expressions of interest in the airline, now controlled by the Cypriot government.The process is a preliminary step towards any eventual binding offer.O’Leary’s announcement marked a change of approach as he had said last month that Ryanair, Europe’s largest budget airline, was not particularly interested in acquiring the carrier.Antoniou said 15 companies have submitted non-binding proposals. Officials from Greece’s Aegean Airlines will be in Cyprus next week for discussions.“There is a big response despite people saying Cyprus Airways was worthless,” Antoniou said. “CY will exist in different form. We will have a carrier based in Cyprus that will fly to more destinations.”The airline has struggled to survive against cheaper competitors and has been loss-making for years despite several attempts at a turnaround.It resorted to selling assets to stay afloat, including its slots at London’s Heathrow airport.CY is also under scrutiny by the European Commission. Brussels is investigating terms of a €31.3 million capital increase in early 2013, and a €73 million rescue package by the Cypriot state in 2012 to establish whether it violated state aid rules.O’Leary said that with the help of the Irish airline, CY could get back on a path of rapid growth with new routes and more flights that would drastically increase the number of passengers.“From Ryanair’s point of view there is a very exciting future for Cyprus Airways where I believe with the help of Ryanair we could put Cyprus Airways and Cyprus` tourism back on a path of a very much renewed and rapid growth, with new routes, more flights and new jobs for pilots, cabin crew, and engineers here in Cyprus,” O’Leary said.Ryanair’s CEO also met Communications Minister Marios Demetriades.O’Leary said that with the plan Ryanair submitted, it expected to grow from 500,000 passengers last year, to about three million passengers over the next three to four years.“As we explained to the minister we think we can deliver that growth using Cyprus Airways. So it will be Cyprus Airways growing again from 700,000 passengers this year to three million in the next few years,” he said.The minister said the government will examine the proposal.“It is a lengthy proposal and the government will have to take a careful look at it to see whether it meets our expectations and we of course have our own proposals,” he said.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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