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first_imgGrills are perhaps the best (or at least, our favorite) tools when it comes to cooking. They were some of the first ways we as humans had to cook — long before pots and pans came long, distributing heat like it’s their job — and they’ve evolved over time into the wonderful devices that we all have on our porches or in our backyards today.Not just the domain of steaks, burgers, and dogs, you can cook practically anything on a grill with a little know-how. Need some sides for that steak? Get yourself a grill pan and get to work!We want to provide you with a delicious dish that can work as a side or as an entrée, depending on how much you scarf down. This recipe for grilled sweet potatoes with Sriracha caramel and kale toasts comes to us from The Wicked Healthy Cookbook (Grand Central Life & Style, 2018), a new book by plant-based cooking authorities Chad Sarno, Derek Sarno, and David Joachim. The book features 128 more badassm meat-free recipes, ranging from main dishes like Sloppy BBQ Jackfruit Sliders with Slaw to pastas like Porcini Ravioli with Garlic Butter and Sorrel to desserts like Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Spiced Gelato and Mango Sriracha Caramel. You may not partake in a plant-based or meat-free diet normally, but these drool-worthy recipes might make you re-think that.Need a bonus? The foreword to the book was written by Woody Harrelson.Grilled Sweet Potato, Sriracha Caramel, and Kale ToastsEva Kosmas Flores“There are no rules when it comes to toast. It’s bread, toasted, for Pete’s sake! The sky’s the limit. It can be breakfast, lunch, or a wicked-filling snack. Make it extra ninja-like with your own freshly baked sourdough bread, and it becomes an event! If you keep some Mango Sriracha Caramel [sic] and roasted sweet potatoes in the fridge, this toast comes together fast. I love the smokiness you get from grilling everything here, but if you’re short on time, you can sear it all in a hot cast-iron pan instead of grilling.” — Derek Sarno(Serves 2)Ingredients:2 sweet potatoes (about 1 pounds total), preferably the Jewel variety4 kale leaves, ribs removed, torn into bite-size pieces4 slices good crusty bread (recipe for Rustic Walnut Bread included in the book)1 minced red Thai chile (optional).5 cup plant-based cream cheese, such as from Kite Hill2 tsp everyday olive oil2 tsp Mango Sriracha Caramel (recipe included below)Pinch of coarse sea saltFreshly ground black pepperMethod:Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.Roast the whole sweet potatoes (skin on) on a baking sheet on the oven rack until a skewer slides in and out easily, about 45 minutes. Let cool, then chill until cold, at least 4 hours. Or go ahead and keep in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high.Remove the skins from the potatoes and slice into coins about, inch thick (8 to 9 coins per potato). Coat a large baking sheet with the oil and add the coins, flipping and rubbing to coat evenly. Push the potatoes to the side of the pan, and add the kale to the empty side. Rub the oil into the kale with your hands. Massage it in real good.Transfer the potato coins to the grill and grill just until grill-marked a deep brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Grill the bread until toasty and grill-marked, 30 to 60 seconds per side. Watch closely so you don’t burn the bread! Grill the kale just until it brightens and begins to wilt, 15 to 30 seconds.Smear cream cheese on the toasted bread. Top with kale and sweet potato coins and season with a pinch of salt and a grinding of pepper. Add the Thai chile, if using.Finish off with a little sizzle-drizzle of sriracha caramel and serve.Mango Sriracha Caramel“Ever since I developed Ninja Squirrel sriracha for Whole Foods Market, I’ve been finding new ways to inject it into my cooking and into my system. A friend of ours, Erin Wysocarski, writes the Olives for Dinner blog. When I saw her recipe for Whiskey Sriracha Caramel using Ninja Squirrel sriracha, I got totally inspired and started experimenting with different sriracha caramels. They’re all freakin’ amazing and I’ve been putting them on everything. You can use any clear fruit juice, tea, or other clear liquid.”  — Derek Sarno(Makes about 2 cups)Ingredients:64 oz (2 qt) mango (or mango apricot) juice2 cups organic cane sugar.25 cup Ninja Squirrel sriracha or Homemade Badass Sriracha (recipe included in book)Method:Stir together all the ingredients in a medium saucepot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring now and then with a wooden spoon.Cook until reduced in volume to about 2 cups, 2 to 3 hours. Have patience, Daniel-san. Who gets this movie reference? You’ll have to eyeball it in the pan. It should have the consistency of thin syrup.Remove from the heat and let cool a bit. Pour into Mason jars and let cool completely. It will firm up some but should still be pourable, like a thick maple syrup.Seal and refrigerate for up to 1 month. Bring to room temperature or slightly warm the caramel before serving.Excerpted from The Wicked Health Cookbook by Chad Sarno, Derek Sarno, and David Joachim. Copyright © 2018 by Chad Sarno and Derek Sarno. Reprinted with permission of Grand Central Life & Style. All rights reserved.  Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes How to Cook Steak in the Oven How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious Editors’ Recommendations The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets last_img read more

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first_imgzoom New Zealand’s Port of Tauranga handled 426,512 TEUs, up 11.9% on the prior year, while total cargo volumes increased 1.2% to 10 million tonnes in the six months to December 31, 2014.Last year’s agreements with freight and logistics management company Kotahi brought Maersk Line’s “Southern Star” service to Port of Tauranga, driving increased container traffic through the port.Port of Tauranga’s expansion of its South Island operations continues with the granting of a resource consent to develop a 15 hectare intermodal freight hub at Rolleston, 12 kilometres south of Christchurch. Construction is underway and the facility is expected to be operational by May 2015.Meanwhile, in March 2015, Port of Tauranga will put the dredging of the Tauranga harbour channels out to international tender. The work is scheduled to be completed by August 2016. The port will also soon take delivery of two new tug boats capable of handling the larger vessels expected at Tauranga.The port’s board also approved the purchase of two new super post-panamax gantry cranes to provide the crane intensity needed to handle the port’s projections of over one million TEUs once big ships commence calling in 2017 financial year.Port of Tauranga has also formed a new logistics joint venture with Kotahi. Named Coda Group, the venture is designed to create more efficient pathways to and from distribution centres and key New Zealand ports.last_img read more

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first_imgImage Courtesy: Knud E. HansenA design of Grimaldi’s new roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels has been unveiled by Danish marine consultancy Knud E. Hansen.Under a contract signed with China’s Nanjing Jinling Shipyard, Knud E. Hansen has developed the basic design of a number of large RoRo vessels in cooperation with Italian shipping group Grimaldi.The RoRo’s are known as the ‘Grimaldi Green 5th Generation’ (GG5G).“The collaboration (…) enabled us to develop a new generation of vessels that represent real advancement in terms of sustainability and efficiency by using various new technologies,” Finn Wollesen, Knud E. Hansen Managing Director, said.The new vessels, the first of which is expected to be delivered in 2020, will feature a length of 238 meters and a beam of 34 meters. The 64,000-ton ships will be able to transport over 7,800 lane meters of rolling units, equivalent to approximately 500 trailers.As explained, the vessels will use electricity in port, courtesy of large lithium batteries, thus guaranteeing zero emissions whilst at berth. These batteries will be recharged during navigation, through shaft generators adding the so-called peak shaving system, and with the aid of 600 m2 of solar panels.Earlier this year, Grimaldi ordered six RoRo vessels from Jinling. The newbuilds, worth USD 400 million, form part of the company’s fleet expansion plan.Once delivered, three ships from the batch will be operated by Grimaldi Lines in the Mediterranean, while the remaining three ships will be purchased by Finnlines, the group’s sister company, for operation in the Baltic Sea.last_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON – The now-fired director of the FBI says he was so concerned about Donald Trump that he chronicled their conversations in notes, later tipped off the media about those notes to force the appointment of a special investigator, and that the investigator is now likely probing whether the president committed the crime of obstructing justice.James Comey finally testified Thursday.His appearance before Congress was so eagerly awaited that Washington’s bars were crowded by 9:30 a.m., as the denizens of a president-detesting capital amassed in unusually quiet watering holes to gaze at TV screens, occasionally cheering on Comey.His testimony before the Senate intelligence committee didn’t deliver the bombshell they longed for: It was more like a series of grenades tossed in multiple spots, leaving damaging marks in different places.The right wing pointed to its preferred spots. Comey revealed Trump was not under investigation in the initial probe into Russian election collusion; he declared Barack Obama’s former attorney-general urged him not to use the word “investigation” in describing the Hillary Clinton email affair; and he admitted tipping off reporters, prompting Trump’s legal team to suggest he should be investigated too.The president’s detractors saw a completely different hearing, one where the country’s former top policeman referred to the president as a liar, as untrustworthy, and as someone who may be under investigation for obstructing justice.Comey even poked fun at the president, alluding to Trump’s threat to release tapes of the conversations that led to his firing — it’s not clear whether such tapes actually exist, or whether Trump made it up in a tweet to menace Comey.”Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Comey said, drawing cheers from the patrons at one Washington’s jam-packed pubs, Duffy’s.He suggested the subject of his exchanges with the president could now be a matter for law enforcement. Comey dropped several hints to that effect. Twice, when asked about obstruction of justice, he suggested the special counsel would examine it.He said it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to offer his own legal analysis but added, of one exchange with Trump: ”I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that’s a conclusion I’m sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that’s an offence.”Pressed again later about obstruction of justice, he repeated: ”That’s Bob Mueller’s job to sort that out.”Mueller is the special counsel appointed by a civil servant amid the controversy. Comey said he holds Mueller in the highest regard. He was Comey’s predecessor as FBI director.He revealed his role in getting Mueller appointed.After being fired, Comey said he was distressed to see the president mislead people about the circumstances that led to his termination. The White House at one point claimed it had to do with the controversial Clinton email probe; Trump later connected the issue to Russia.Comey responded by providing memos of his meetings with Trump to a friend at Columbia Law School. The friend tipped off a newspaper. And that’s how details of their encounters first made it into the public domain, upping the pressure for an independent probe.He brushed off Trump’s original account of the firing: ”Those were lies, plain and simple, and I am so sorry that the FBI workforce had to hear them and I’m so sorry that the American people were told them.”The president’s lawyer denied that Trump ever demanded loyalty from Comey, and never asked the FBI boss to drop an investigation into administration official Michael Flynn. These claims come from notes Comey started taking, the first time he met Trump on Jan. 6.Their relationship was rocky from the start.The FBI head said he left their first meeting and immediately started taking notes in the car.”(There) was the nature of the person. I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document,” Comey said. ”That combination of things, I’d never experienced before, but it led me to believe I’ve got to write it down, and I’ve got to write it down in a very detailed way.”He strongly hinted at the possibility of criminal intent.Comey asked, in his testimony: Why would the president specifically make sure nobody else was around whenever he asked him for loyalty, or for Comey to publicly defend him, or to lay off on Flynn?He said Trump even kicked his senior staff out of the Oval Office, and the staff appeared sheepish over it, right before he expressed his hope that the police might leave the Russia-friendly Flynn alone.”A really significant fact to me is, so, why did he kick everybody out of the Oval Office?… Why would you kick the attorney general… the chief of staff out, to talk to me, if it was about something else? That, to me, as an investigator, is a very significant fact…”You’ve got to take it all together.”The Republicans appeared to close ranks around their president.Several GOP lawmakers pushed Comey, and defended Trump. Sen. James Risch asked whether he was aware of anyone ever being charged with obstruction of justice for saying they hoped for something, like Trump supposedly hoped he would lay off Flynn?Comey said he didn’t know.Republican James Lankford said it didn’t sound like the president was very aggressive. Trump never got anyone else to ask the FBI to drop the Flynn matter, Comey admitted. ”This seems like a pretty light touch (from Trump),” Lankford said.Legal opinions have been mixed on the issue.Some say there’s no obvious obstruction case, others say there’s a pattern of behaviour that shows intent — a private dinner, a meeting in the Oval Office where everyone got kicked out, the fact Comey got fired, and Trump later suggesting he had the Russia investigation in mind when he did the firing.What most analysts do agree with is that this is primarily political: If Republicans stick with Trump, and they control Congress, and there’s no impeachment threat, it’s unclear whether the issue ends there because the legal theory’s muddy over criminal cases involving presidents.The bar cheered one more time, when a Democrat mocked the president’s defenders. Kamala Harris went the ridicule-by-metaphor route, drawing from her days as a lawyer and attorney general in California to heap scorn on the idea that Trump was exonerated because of how he worded his request on Flynn.”In my experience of prosecuting cases, when a robber held a gun to somebody’s head, and said, ‘I hope you will give me your wallet,”’ Harris said, ”the word ‘hope’ was not the most operative word at that moment.”last_img read more

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‘Pad Man’ is a film based on the inspiring life story of Arunchalam Muruganatham, an Indian man who revolutionized the concept of menstrual hygiene by manufacturing low-cost sanitary napkins in India, upon learning that his wife used filthy rags and newspapers during her periods. The film explores many important aspects such as gender stereotypes and challenges the social stigma around menstruation.Speaking at the event, UNFPA Sri Lanka Representative, Ms. Ritsu Nacken said; “The social stigma associated with menstruation can undermine gender equality. By having open dialogues about menstruation we can promote healthy attitudes and safer practices in hygiene and sanitation. It is important to recognize that menstruation matters not only to women and girls, but also to men and boys. Including men and boys in conversations about menstruation will help create normalcy and foster a safe and supportive environment for women and girls”. Identifying the need to increase awareness on menstrual hygiene and to break the stigma around menstruation, UNFPA in Sri Lanka marked Menstrual Hygiene Day by running a quiz competition on its social media channels. Winners received passes to watch the Bollywood film ‘Pad Man’, at a special screening held on 28 May 2018, a UNFPA statement said. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is looking to break the stigma in Sri Lanka on menstruation.Menstruation, colloquially known as ‘periods’, is a normal biological process. However, it remains a globally stigmatized issue, and many are reluctant to speak up about it. As a result the world comes together on 28 May, every year, to mark Menstrual Hygiene Day – to raise awareness on the challenges women and girls face due to menstruation, and to highlight solutions to address these challenges. At the event, over 100 young people also had the opportunity to learn about three eco-friendly menstrual hygienic products: 1) Candra – a reusable undergarment manufactured by Sri Lankan apparel company Hela Clothing, 2) Me Luna – Menstrual Cups produced in Germany, and 3) Momiji Natural – a reusable cloth-based sanitary napkin locally produced by a female Japanese entrepreneur. (Colombo Gazette) According to a UNICEF and WaterAid study, 60% of parents in Sri Lanka do not allow their daughters to go to school during their period, and 80% of teachers think that bathing should be avoided during menstruation. Such taboos and misinformation affect the menstrual hygiene of women and girls, and undermine gender equality. It leads to discrimination, causing women and girls to miss out on their education, work and other opportunities in life. read more

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The video platform said it was removing all videos that featured Zahran Hashim other than those which portrayed him in context, such as part of a media report.The company told Sky News that the channel belonging to the terror preacher was deleted by the user and not by its moderators. Sky News discovered videos on YouTube featuring sermons by Zahran Hashim, the man whom authorities suspect of inspiring attackers behind the atrocities which killed at least 359 people. It added that those moderators had deleted one video he uploaded, which was found to have breached YouTube’s policies, with five others found to be not in violation of its content policies and with view counts under 1,000.YouTube said it has thousands of people around the world who review and counter abuse of its platforms, and it is working with counter-extremism agencies, including the Home Office in the UK and other technology companies, to strengthen these efforts.Sky News’ diplomatic editor Dominic Waghorn said: “Far from staying below the radar, Zahran Hashim seems to have been begging for attention and well-known to multiple intelligence agencies.” YouTube initially defended hosting messages from a hate preacher linked to the Sri Lanka attacks, saying it only found one which was in breach of its policies.Following the deadly attack on Easter Sunday, the Google-owned firm said its teams were working around the clock to ensure that videos featuring the Islamist preacher are removed. In a video released on Tuesday by Islamic State, purporting to feature the suicide bombers behind the Sri Lanka atrocities, one of the attackers pledges their allegiance to Hashim. Mr Pancini said: “Our focus after the horrific events in Sri Lanka was to, first and foremost, make sure that we applied the procedures that we described before.“So we identified the attackers, we worked together will law enforcement to make sure that if they had a channel or presence on the platform, that it was closed, and make sure that when people search for information on what’s happening, they find authoritative sources.”The video which Sky News flagged to YouTube was deleted moments after Mr Pancini claimed the company had followed these procedures.In a statement, YouTube said it “rejects violent extremism and we take swift action against terrorism content”.It added: “We are removing videos that feature the perpetrators of this attack.“We’ve invested heavily in people, smart detection technology, and a network of expert organisations to ensure we keep making progress in detecting and removing extremist content as quickly as possible.” (Courtesy SKY News) Dominic Waghorn reported that alarm had been raised in India and Sri Lanka about Hashim’s conduct for some time, and he was known to Sri Lankan intelligence – although authorities appeared not to have acted on the matter.Sri Lanka’s deputy defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene said investigations were ongoing to identify the mastermind of the attack, but referenced an Islamic State video in which Zahran Hashim was mentioned.Neil Potts, the public policy director at Facebook, Katy Minshall, the head of public policy in the UK at Twitter, and YouTube’s director of public policy Marco Pancini were questioned by MPs earlier about the role their platforms had in spreading hate material. One such video – an hour-long sermon, was placed in an automatically generated YouTube playlist which also referenced an “insolent cunning Christian missionary troll” – was deleted after Sky News flagged it to YouTube. read more

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Environmentalists say talks on creating a third national marine conservation area are being held up over Arctic offshore energy exploration permits that may not legally exist.“Looking at the permits, it looks like the rights expired in 1979,” said Alex Speers-Roesch of Greenpeace.The federal government has been trying for years to protect the waters of Lancaster Sound, the eastern gate of the Northwest Passage and home to a wealth of Arctic seabirds and mammals. The effort is strongly supported by Inuit hunters and land-claim groups.Drawing the exact boundaries of the area, off the north coast of Nunavut’s Baffin Island, has been at least partly held up over 30 exploration permits issued in the early 1970s to Shell.Ottawa, under the previous Conservative administration, argued to keep the permits outside the area, but Inuit and environmental groups wanted the protected area to include them and block industry activity. Shell wants compensation for any rights it loses.Researchers have now found those permits may not be valid.“Exploration rights are supposed to not last longer than nine years,” said Speers-Roesch. “When we were looking at the existing exploration rights in the Arctic, the Shell permits stood out because they’ve been around for decades.”An access-to-information search by Greenpeace found no evidence the permits had ever been renewed. Nor could Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the responsible department.The department acknowledged to Parvati.org, a Canadian environmental group dedicated to preserving the Arctic ecosystem, that there was no record of renewal. But a spokesman pointed out there’s no legal requirement that “permits be stamped for renewal purposes.” However, the department must let companies know when permits are about to expire — and there’s no record of that happening either.“The validity of the Shell permits is indeed a legal question and not simply a ‘clerical issue,’” Michel Chenier wrote to Parvati.org researcher Erin Ryder.Chenier argued the permits are valid because both the company and the government have acted as if they were.“Both industry and government have continuously treated the 30 Shell permits as being valid and subsisting from the original date of issue to the present and will continue to do so in the future.”Nigel Bankes, a professor of resource law at the University of Calgary who’s familiar with the issue, said: “I don’t think that’s good enough.”He points out Canada’s regulatory regime has changed twice since the permits were granted and there’s no evidence they were kept up to date.“It doesn’t look to me like these permits were properly maintained.”Exploration permits are designed to encourage companies to get on the property and work, he said.“No one would contemplate an exploration permit should be held forever.”Shell did not respond to a request for comment.According to notes from a consultation meeting on Lancaster Sound held in May 2014, Shell downplayed the value of the permits and called a federal study into their possible oil and gas reserves “highly optimistic.” The notes say the area won’t be a priority for Shell for at least 15 years.But at the same meeting Shell insisted on conducting seismic tests on its permit areas before it would consider swapping them.Inuit are unlikely to agree.In 2010, land-claims groups went to court to force a German research vessel with plans to conduct tests in Lancaster Sound to turn around mid-voyage. Another court battle is ongoing over seismic testing off Baffin’s east coast.Chris Debicki of Oceans North Canada called the uncertainty a chance to move ahead on the creation of the protected area. He said all other companies that have held exploration permits from the 1970s and 1980s have either relinquished them or allowed them to lapse.“It would be an opportunity to expand the Marine Conservation Area,” he said. “It’s not an appropriate place to consider drilling.”Ottawa has currently protected less than one per cent of Canada’s marine areas. The goal by 2020 is 10 per cent.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 Arctic exploration permits in sensitive Arctic area may be expired In this April 17, 2015 file photo, an oil drilling rig arrives aboard a transport ship at sunrise, following a journey across the Pacific in Port Angeles, Wash. Environmentalists say talks on creating a third national marine conservation area are being held up over Arctic offshore energy exploration permits that may not legally exist. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 29, 2016 11:29 am MDT Last Updated Mar 29, 2016 at 12:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Sergei Skripal, right, and his daughter Yulia were targeted in SalisburyCredit:East 2 West Tony Mackinnon, a member of Bishop’s Cleeve Parish Council, who has attended meetings of the Wingmoor Forum, said: “The number of checks and surveys that have been made over the years, largely as a result of local groups, have pretty much confirmed that the operations at the site are safe.”We’ve done air quality and dust tests and tests of lots of potential different pollutants and they were well within safe limits. “I would have thought the risk to the public is as close to nil as one can get.” “There is absolutely no risk to the public of using hazardous waste landfill sites. These locations are fully sealed and highly regulated to ensure waste is disposed of safely. This is controlled by regulation, overseen by the Environment Agency, which specifically ensures that sites are not prone to flooding or other hazards.”The site has been operating for more than 20 years by Grundon Waste Management Limited, who declined to comment on the news. Earlier this year, Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military officer, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent on the streets of Salisbury.Three months later in a nearby town, two members of the public Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley fell ill after coming into contact with the highly contagious nerve agent. Ms Sturgess later died from the incident.A Defra spokesman said: “The clean-up work in South Wiltshire has been underway for some time and any potentially contaminated items continue to be removed and stored securely before being disposed of safely. A number of emergency vehicles were at the scene were Mr Rowley was found to be poisonedCredit:Pixel8000 Ltd Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dawn Sturgess (L) passed away after being poisoned by the substance. Charles Rowley (R) was severely illCredit:AFP Emergency service vehicles used in response to the Salisbury Novichok poisoning have been buried in a Gloucestershire landfill site, the government confirmed.An undisclosed number of police cars and ambulances have been sent to Wingmoor Farm, one of few landfill sites in the UK that takes hazardous waste.The site is located on the edge of Bishops Cleeve in Cheltenham, a village that is home to 13,000 people.However, residents were urged to not be alarmed by the announcement, with the government insisting there is “absolutely no risk” at the “potentially” contaminated vehicles being buried there.A spokesman for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the decision was made to ensure life for people in Salisbury, Wiltshire could “get back to normal.” “As part of this work, following review by specialist teams, some of the vehicles involved in the response to the incident in March have been moved to a hazardous waste landfill site.”Our number one priority is making sure that the identified sites are safe, so they can be returned to use and Wiltshire can get back to normal. A number of emergency vehicles were at the scene were Mr Rowley was found to be poisoned Mr Mackinnon, who believed that the vehicles would be covered in “a metre or two of clay”, added that he lived in Bishop’s Cleeve and would not lose any sleep over the latest news, feeling confident that Grundon ran the site safely.”It’s something that will be of interest to the public but it certainly shouldn’t be something that alarms them.” Sergei Skripal, right, and his daughter Yulia were targeted in Salisbury Dawn Sturgess (L) passed away after being poisoned by the substance. Charles Rowley (R) was severely ill read more

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Hungarian Women’s Champion and one of the biggest favorites for the EHF Champions League title, Gyori found a replacement for the former coach, Csaba Konkoly. A new name is Karl Erik Bohn, currently headcoach of Hungarian National Team. Bohn worked for a nine years in a Norwegian TOP team, Larvik, before he was sacked last year.– This will be one of the most important part of my life. I will be 24 hours dedicated to Hungarian handball, try to learn Language better and all the circumstances – said Bohn in his first statement after he signed contract until May 2012.Photo: MTI Gyori handballKarl Erik Bohn ← Previous Story Men’s EHF CL (Round 6): Easy job for THW Kiel in Belgrade Next Story → CL (Round 6): Medvedi win again, Kadetten beats Savehof read more

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first_imgDue to additional damage that arose late last night and pockets of customers who are without supply after the damage to the main network is fixed, 3000 customers now remain without power.Of the 800 or so homes to remain without power overnight, 300 are in Tralee, 200 in Ennis, 200 in Bandon/Dunmanway/Killarney and 100 in Newcastle West, Co Limerick.Realtime updates are available at the ‘Powercheck’ section of the ESB website: Related: Roofs blown down, trees across the road and loose trampolines: Your ‘storm watch’ pics…Read: Travel disruption as high winds continue SOME 3,000 HOUSEHOLDS and businesses are still without power this evening as a result of the strong winds that swept across the country overnight on Thursday. Of that number, some 800 are likely to remain offline overnight, according to the latest update from ESB Networks.In total, around 78,000 customers were left in the dark at some stage over the last two days as a result of the St Stephen’s Night storm. Crews have been working since then to try and minimise the problem, with supply restored to around 10,000 households today.According to ESB Networks:last_img read more

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first_imgUpdated 10.50pmTHE DEPARTMENT OF Education and Skills has described claims by Micheál Martin that the number of Special Needs Assistants is being reduced as “unfounded”.The Fianna Fáil leader released a statement yesterday that warned about what he described as a “covert clampdown” on SNAs.No questionToday, the Department said that there is “no question of reducing the number of SNA posts in the school system” – and questioned the timing of Martin’s statement.The Department has in fact increased the number of SNAs to its highest level yet with 10,656 Whole Time Equivalent posts currently allocated to schools.The Department said it rejects Martin’s “unfounded claims” that there are to be widespread cuts to SNAs.His comments have the potential to needlessly cause anxiety among parents of special needs children – and the timing of his intervention just days out from a local and European election is questionable.In December, 2013 the Government announced it was increasing the number of Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) available for allocation to schools, in response to demographic growth and increased demand for SNA support.An extra 390 posts were allocated, “which means that there will be 10,965 posts available for allocation by the end of 2014″.This means there will be almost 11,000 SNA posts available to work with children who have an assessed care need requiring SNA support in primary, post primary, and special schools. CircularMartin’s concerns stemmed from a circular published in April. But the Department said that the circular “does not reduce or propose a reduction in the number of SNA posts available to allocate to schools”.Rather it sets out to clarify the purpose of SNA support and the care tasks for which SNA support will normally be provided.The department noted that in 2011, the DES published a Value for Money and Policy Review of the SNA scheme, while in May 2013, the NCSE published its Policy Advice on Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs in Schools.“Both reports concluded that the SNA scheme has been highly successful in supporting the care needs of children with special needs in schools, and with assisting to facilitate their integration and inclusion,” it said.However, the reports also concluded that “the intended purpose of the scheme was not always generally well understood by parents or schools and that the scope and purpose of the scheme should be clarified”.Pupils’s needsAccording to the Department, the April circular acknowledges that many some pupils will have care needs which may remain constant.It says that whereas all SNA allocations are reviewed annually, “it should not be assumed that any such review may lead to a reduction in SNA support for individual pupils, or for schools who have pupils who have continuing care needs”.The circular makes clear that whereas supports may be reduced to ensure that pupils who have diminishing care needs can be afforded an opportunity to develop independent living skills, that SNA supports will continue to be provided for those pupils who have ongoing care needs.Consideration of the number of SNAs required in Clare National and Secondary schools will continue to be made by the NCSE, based on the assessed care needs of the qualifying children in these schools.- First published 7.01pmRead: Martin warns of ‘covert clampdown’ on Special Needs Assistant supports>Read: Opinion: Children with special needs are being failed – this is not inclusive education>last_img read more

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first_imgAs we wrap up day one of Geek Week, it looks like Sony has got a few things they want to talk about. We can only imagine what Sony has to tell us, what with their last press event leaving thousands of people hungry to know what their next-gen console would even look like.Announcing their console and games well ahead of Microsoft, Sony has had the drop on the Redmond crew so far this season. The big question is whether or not Sony will be implementing the same practices as Microsoft, whose television-focused Xbox One presentation a couple of weeks ago left many unhappy.There’s been a ton of speculation surrounding the price of the console, whether or not Sony will implement restrictions on used games, and whether or not the console will cease to function in the event that is doesn’t connect to the Internet once a day. Sony could certainly score the popular vote by announcing how different from Microsoft their console will be, or they could be implementing those same features for themselves.For now we can all kick back, relax, and let the guys and gals from Sony hop on stage and share with us everything that they came to E3 to share. We’ll be following along in this post with a live recap of what has happened so far, so if you’re late to the party just scroll down and catch up!And we’re off!The screens go dark and the Sony logo pops up, taking everyone in the audience through a trippy little tunnel of blue light with strands of light and PlayStation symbols everywhere. It then immediately flips over to a dance scene with people jamming out inside of PS shapes. Now we’re casually floating through the games that were announced at the last event with some rock and dance music in the background.Jack Tretton is on stage talking about the 220 million US gamers in the US and over a billion gamers worldwide. He gives a shout-out to the people who have been camping out at E3 since Friday and a nod to everyone watching from home and reading all the coverage on this week so far. Tretton talks about how Sony is going to revisit some of the details from the previous event, as well as PS3 and Vita news.Being able to play, share, and connect on your terms seems to be a big focus for Tretton. He explains that these are the core principles for the PS Vita, whose owners now have an average of 10 games, more than half of which have been purchased digitally. In 2013, Tretton expects Vita to continue to grow, announcing new titles like Destiny of Spirits and Killzone: Mercenary heading to the console later this year. God of War, Final Fantasy X and others will be seeing Vita remakes this year as well.After mentioning that there’s still more to be done with the PS3 we’re taking a look at The Last of Us, which is being called a Game of the Year candidate before it is even launched. Next up is a look at Puppeteer, Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Gran Turismo 6. Tretton also gave us a look at Batman: Arkham Origins and showed off some of the original content you’ll get with the PlayStation 3.Grand Theft Auto 5 is also part of the exclusive content for the PS3. There will be a Grand Theft Auto 5 bundle in September, as well as a custom GTA5 headset for the PS3. Sony is making it very clear that there’s no shortage of good things coming to the PS3 before the launch of the PS4.It’s finally time to talk PS4!Sony comes right out of the gate by showing off the new hardware! It’s a unique black box with slanted edges, featuring a mix of glossy and matte black panels. Like many of Sony’s other consoles, the PS4 can be laid flat or stood up, looking mostly like a flattened PS3 classic when upright.CEO Michael Lynton is on stage, talking about how the content on the Sony Music Entertainment and other content providers will be curating content for gamers on the PlayStation Network. Sony Pictures will also be working on an original programming plan, with content that will be available exclusively on PSN. Everything on PSN is going to be chosen based on what Sony thinks is best for gamers.Redbox Instant is being made available to the PlayStation Network, as well as Pay Per View events through Sony Live Events. In the fall, Flixster will also be a part of the PlayStation experience.It’s time to talk new games, as Sony President Shu Yoshida comes on stage. He starts by explaining how World Wide Studios has been a part of the PS4 experience for the last 5 years to make sure it is a platform where developers can explore and consumers can enjoy. Yoshida is now talking about the effect of social networking on the gaming world. He shifts quickly to new IP for the PS4.First up is from Santa Monica Studio and Ready at Dawn. It’s a steampunk-esque shooter called The Order 1886, set in a world where a select few have been given immense power to help protect the world from evil.Next up is a update on the titles we saw back in February at the original launch. Starting with Killzone: Shadow Fall, Drive Club, inFamous: Second Son, and Knack, each game is visually incredible. Each of these, save for inFamous, will be a launch title.Now Yoshida is talking about the ability to show deeper emotions with characters, with a sneak peek at a 24 minute tech demo of The Dark Sorcerer to show what he means. Immediately you recognize the old man from the last presentation, which was used to show the quality of facial expressions and shading. In this demo, the only man is a sorcerer in the middle of a demonic summoning. The summoning abruptly and amusingly ends. The rest of the demo will be available soon.Yoshida is now passing the microphone off to Adam Boyes to talk about new experiences on PS4. Boyes is announcing a partnership with Supergiant Games, creator of Bastion, for a new game. Transistor, is a very artistic game where most everything looks hand drawn. The game looks to be a fun mesh of combat and puzzles, and is headed to PS4 first.Boyes is continuing to discuss how developers will be able to publish their own content to the PlayStation Network. The new Indie section of the PlayStation store will soon include Don’t Starve, Mercenary Kings, OctoDad-Dadliest Catch, Secret Ponchos, Outlast, Oddworld: New and Tasty, and Galak-Z.Diablo 3 is getting some screen time to mention that the PS4 version of the game will include exclusive in-game items from Sony’s other properties.Square Enix looks ready to update everyone on what they have been working on. “This is a fantasy based in reality” glistened across the screen right before showing off massive airships and men in cloaks. The fantastically real looking game has a modern day feel despite the clear fantasy influence. There’s some examples of sword play, magic, and shooting mixed in the storytelling. Final Fantasy Versus XV is the name of the game!There’s also a short trailer for Kingdom Hearts, which takes you quickly through the franchise so far to a beach with a keyblade resting in the sand. Kingdom Hearts 3 is the name, and you see plenty of familiar elements like heartless swarms and high walled towns to run through.Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag is getting some screen time, showing off in game graphics and a quick look at the characters and style of the world. The main character moves through a pirate camp, drinking and socializing as he moves through the crowd. At the ends of the campsite the man finds himself following a man through the the trees to snoop on a private conversation. Much of the actual gameplay feels like the Assassin’s Creed we all know and love. The sequence ends as a fleet of enemy ships bombards the beach with cannons, forcing the main character to make way to his vessel and fight his way though the armada. When the ship finally succumbs to its wounds, you hop across to the other ship and go back to one on many combat.Jonathan Morin of Watch Dogs is talking about his new game and how the fact that his game can exist is what defines the next generation. He takes everyone through a live demo of this open world game, where your smartphone is the hacker instrument that gets you in and out of every situation. In the demo we see how the main character sees the world through the on screen HUD as he drives around in an attempt to get caught long enough to pull the “fixers” away from hunting his friend.As the demo comes to an end, the main character requests help from a mobile player, when the video pans to a person with a tablet that has a map of the world who is able to lend a hand by hacking a nearby distraction. PS4 owners will get an hour of gameplay that is exclusive to this console.Bethesda and Sony are also announcing a new multiplayer chapter in The Elder Scrolls saga. The game demo makes it clear that it will be up to the player to enjoy the game with friends on by themselves, and in Spring 2014 The Elder Scrolls Online will be here. There will be an exclusive PS4 beta made official at a later date. PS4 gamers will also have exclusive content in the upcoming Mad Max game, with a quick look at the brutal world in production right now.Jack Tretton is back on stage to to confirm that there will be no new restrictions on used games. “We believe in the model that people embrace today with the PS3.” which includes lending, sharing, and selling as you choose. Additionally, the games don’t require an Internet connection and the console does not require authentication of any kind to play any game. Microsoft is in trouble with this news for sure, as this will be more than enough to encourage people to pick one over the other.PS+ members who move their accounts over to the PS4 will get free access to the PS+ edition of Drive Club, as well as access to several of the Indie titles as you continue to participate in the monthly service.Bungie is on stage for the world gameplay premiere of Destiny, which Jack Tretton assures everyone will be best played on the PS4. This post apocalyptic game demo puts you in “old Russia” with gun in hand to explore some wild frontier. The main character has access to a floaty AI bot a GHOST, who moans about how cheerful the dark facility is as soon as he is summoned. The bot floats off and activates the lights for the facility, which in turn alerts some aliens to your existence.Despite their best efforts the aliens lose to the two shooters, in a shooting sequence that feel very similar to Halo. After that one fighting scene, it becomes clear that this is nothing like Halo — one of the big differences so far is the ability to revive fallen friends and a skill tree for weapons usage.As the group makes it though the wall, a public event is started where the everyone in the area that is playing the game can participate. This is similar in execution to Arkfalls in Defiance, where a group of strangers can participate in a real time event together.Sony has also announced their plans for streaming games in 2014 with their Gaikai based cloud based service. The PS4 and PS3 will have access to this service first, with PS Vita gaining access later.Finally, the main event. Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4 is going to be available for $399 this holiday season. This price undercuts the Xbox One by $100 on top of everything else we’ve learned tonight, which will be a huge deal for many future users.And that’s a wrap folks! 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first_imgVancouver – The city of Vancouver began accepting applications Friday for $600,000 in grants to improve or create homeless shelters. The money comes from the city’s voter-approved Affordable Housing Fund, so projects must be within city limits.Funds can go toward purchasing or constructing new shelters or rehabilitating existing shelters for “health, safety, livability or accessibility improvements,” the city said in a news release.Proposed projects may or may not increase the number of shelter beds. Applicants can be nonprofits, private property owners or businesses and should have experience (or partners with experience) in running shelters.Interested applicants can attend an optional workshop 3 to 4:30 p.m. July 12 in the Aspen Room at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St., where they can ask questions and learn more about the grants. The application and more information are at www.cityofvancouver.us/affordablehousingfund.Grant applications are due by July 31. Funding recommendations will be made to Vancouver City Council in September.last_img read more

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first_imgKamareddy: The Kamareddy ex-MLA Krishnamurthy breathed his last at his house here on Wednesday, who has been sick for the past few days. Kamareddy MLA Gampa Govardhan paid tributes to the departed leader at his house on Wednesday and paid tributes. Govardhan extended his condolences to the bereaved family.last_img

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first_imgEluru: The state government has ordered a comprehensive probe into encroachment of government lands worth Rs 100 crore during the last five years in Eluru. Deputy Chief Minister Alla Nani disclosed this at a meeting with town planning officials of Eluru Municipal Corporation here on Saturday. Nani said that government lands adjacent to main roads were encroached and complexes were constructed by influential leaders and former TDP corporators during their tenure. He wondered why the officials failed to issue notices to such encroachments when he asked them to do so repeatedly. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us He alleged that the town planning officials, who usually demolish encroachments like hut of the poor, could have shown the same courage in razing the structures built in government lands by the influential persons. He asked Commissioner Chandrasekhar to visit the places where the government lands were encroached and carry out demolitions of structures built in those lands. Also Read – TDP flays government for sand problems Advertise With Us Nani directed the town planning officials to demolish the complexes built by former TDP corporators in government lands. They need not spare even if they come across YSRCP leaders as one of their leader also encroached government land, Nani clarified. He said that he would discuss the issue with Municipal Administration Minister B Satyanarayana and ensure that the vigilance officials probe on the silence of town planning officers with respect to encroached government lands. If necessary, he would surrender their services to government to take further action, he warned.last_img read more

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first_imgBhadrachalam: On account of Pushyami Nakshatram, the priests of Lord Rama temple conducted Pattabhishekam programme to festival deities here on temple premises on Wednesday. A large number of devotees attended the programme and offered special pujas. Earlier in the day, the priests conducted special pujas in the main temple. Later, the celestial wedding was performed, after which the Pattabhishekam was conducted on a grand note. Speaking on the occasion, chief priest of the temple Vijay Raghavan said on account of Pushyami Nakshatram, the Pattabhishekam programme was conducted here on temple premises.last_img read more

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first_imgTwitter user @BBCBreakingSeveral deaths reported after earthquake hits central Mexican state of Puebla, with damage reported in Mexico City.A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing some buildings, cracking the facades of others and scattering rubble on streets less than two weeks after another tremor killed at least 90 in the country’s south.Mexican media broadcast images of several downed buildings in heavily populated parts of Mexico City and nearby Cuernavaca. A column of smoke rose from a structure in one central neighborhood in the capital. Dramatic video showed a mid-rise building collapsing into a cloud of dust. It was not clear whether there were people inside.The quake caused buildings to sway sickeningly in Mexico City and sent panicked office workers streaming into the streets, but the full extent of the damage was not yet clear. There were no immediate reports of deaths.The U.S. Geological Survey calculated its magnitude at 7.1 and said it was centered near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles (123 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City.Puebla Gov. Tony Gali tweeted that there had been damaged buildings in the city of Cholula including collapsed church steeples.In Mexico City, thousands of people fled office buildings and hugged to calm each other along the central Reforma Avenue as alarms blared, and traffic stopped around the Angel of Independence monument.Earlier in the day workplaces across the city held readiness drills on the anniversary of the 1985 quake, a magnitude 8.1 shake, which killed thousands of people and devastated large parts of Mexico City.In the Roma neighborhood, which was hit hard by the 1985 quake, piles of stucco and brick fallen from building facades littered the streets. At least one large parking structure collapsed. Two men calmed a woman seated on a stool in the street, blood trickling form a small wound on her knee.At a nearby market, a worker in a hardhat walked around the outside warning people not to smoke as a smell of gas filled the air.Market stall vendor Edith Lopez, 25, said she was in a taxi a few blocks away when the quake struck. She said she saw glass bursting out of the windows of some buildings. She was anxiously trying to locate her children, whom she had left in the care of her disabled mother.Pictures fell from office building walls, objects were shaken off of flat surfaces and computer monitors toppled over. Some people dove for cover under desks. Local media broadcast video of whitecap waves churning the city’s normally placid canals of Xochimilco as boats bobbed up and down.Mexico City’s international airport suspended operations and was checking facilities for any damage.Much of Mexico City is built on former lakebed, and the soil is known to amplify the effects of earthquakes even hundreds of miles away.The magnitude 8.1 quake that hit Sept. 7 of Mexico’s southern coast was also felt strongly in the capital. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgWindows 10 Build 14986 ISO image available by Martin Brinkmann on December 22, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 3 commentsMicrosoft released ISO images for Windows 10 build 14986, a recent Windows 10 Insider Preview build, to the public.The build was pushed out to the Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast Ring last week, and is said to be the last Insider Preview release of the year.The release serves two main purposes. First, to make it easier for users and organizations to get started with the Insider Preview program, and second, as a way to bring systems stuck on a previous update up to date.Since this is the latest build currently, you won’t have to go through a lengthy updating process currently to get the Insider Preview system up to date. Some users have reported that they have issues updating their current version of the Insider Preview build to the latest one. The release of the ISO image gives those users another option to update the machine without relying on Windows Update to do so.The usual requirements and restrictions apply. You need to sign in to a Microsoft Account, and sign up for the Windows Insider Program with that account before you can download any ISO image released by Microsoft.The following Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO images are provided afterwards:Windows 10 Insider PreviewWindows 10 Insider Preview Enterprise is built to address the needs of large and midsize organizations, and comes with the management tools that IT administrators need.Windows 10 Insider Preview Education is built for students and faculty, and comes with the management tools that IT administrators need.Windows 10 Insider Preview Home Single Language is built for consumers in emerging markets and can only run a single language.Windows 10 Insider Preview Home China is built for consumers in China and is delivered in Simplified Chinese.Note that a valid Windows 10 license is required to activate the Insider Preview build. To download a version, select it from the menu and click on the confirm button afterwards. Please note that build 14965 of the Windows 10 Insider Preview is also offered on the page.You are asked to select a product language in the next step. Select one of the available languages to continue. Once done, you are prompted to download the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the Windows 10 Insider Client operating system to the local system.You may want to make sure you are in the right update channel once you have installed the operating system (there are three: release, slow and fast).  SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 Build 14986 ISO image availableDescriptionMicrosoft released ISO images for Windows 10 build 14986, a recent Windows 10 Insider Preview build, to the public on December 22, 2016.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgClick to read the full article World Travel & Tourism Council looks at how tourism Transforms our World to celebrate World Tourism Day The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) joins UNWTO in the celebration of World Tourism Day in Qatar to highlight the economic, social and environmental contribution of Travel & Tourism to sustainable development around the world. Gloria Guevara, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “Travel & Tourism is a remarkable sector, it brings people from different […] eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) World Travel & Tourism Council looks at how tourism Transforms our World to celebrate World Tourism DayGay Tourism: WTTC doesn’t know what to sayIndia : Homosexual acts are a crime – also in tourismMore articles on eTurboNews click here Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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first_img Share How Will Big Data Transform the Mortgage Lending Industry? in Commentary, Headlines, Media, News Today, lenders and consumers spend up to six weeks from loan application to closing. Soon, the entire process will be complete in mere days—if not hours—resulting in a more cost-effective, consumer-centric approach. On-demand access to granular data on active loans, accrued equity, and the ability to more quickly and accurately generate appraisals are driving important changes for lending.Instantly Qualifying and Approving BorrowersPredictive analytics has changed the way many industries manage and derive insights. Retailers have retooled how they staff locations, banks have become proficient at detecting fraud, and insurance companies have begun to offer personalized services—all based on deep data and intelligent algorithms. These insights have largely been missing from the lending industry—until now.Availability of APIs allows lenders to engage prospects with all the critical data points at their fingertips—including details that enable the lender to create an individualized and direct appeal that captures information critical to conversion. By accessing data that pinpoints current equity and collateral valuation; shows loan history, payment information, equity; and provides a definitive view of the current and future value, lenders can intelligently pre-qualify leads and create their best loan offer on the spot.Reducing Rework, Closing More LoansToday, more than 30 percent of loans fall short of the collateral valuation agreed to between customer and loan officer. In fact, this disparity is routinely not identified until weeks, if not months, later. This means time and effort wasted for both parties.The industry’s leading data and predictive analytics companies incorporate and test hundreds of factors. This allows lenders to pre-approve with greater confidence that the value aligns on the back end and ensure lenders recapture those loans that fall short in valuation.Using decades of historical data, hundreds of trending macroeconomics, and local insights, sophisticated algorithms mimic the experience of the appraiser. Weighted to the most locally relevant factors, they also capture property trends the human eye rarely sees. The availability of industry-specific APIs means lenders can integrate data to not only streamline workflow and expedite the qualification of borrowers but close more loans.Appraising More AccuratelyToday’s appraisal process is the source of pain and frustration. Regulations, compliance issues, and a fragmented suite of solutions have contributed to significant increases in cost and the time it takes to complete a thorough appraisal. Appraisers have been bombarded with new requirements, and the population of active appraisers isn’t keeping up with the demands of the markets. Appraisals take anywhere from 15 to 45 days to complete, and frequently don’t align with transaction perceived values. Powerful predictive analytics are now available. New end-to-end, cloud-based appraisal platforms on desktop and mobile devices are radically reducing time to completion—from weeks to as quick as two hours. These tools can suggest adjustments, select optimal comparable homes, and inform the valuation process with predictive algorithms, while increasing objectivity and accuracy. For example, the best data analytics providers are able to flag where the data is different than MLS or public records data and identify possible errors while in flight—allowing the appraiser to more confidently portray the value without unknown risks cropping up during the AMC, lender, or GSE review process.Innovation is changing the way and pace at which appraisers work. Pre-populated forms and the integration of MLS, public records, permitting databases, plat maps, and flood maps mean laborious data entry is eliminated. The result allows appraisers to cut the time required to aggregate data, conduct baseline analyses, and increase time spent actually assessing value.Accurate appraisals improve the likelihood of valuations aligning with the collateral assessment used in the upfront borrower engagement. Accurate collateral underwriting means less rework and a better client experience at lower cost to the lender, resulting in reduced prospect leakage, more loans, and a bigger bottom line.The future of lending is about speed driven by analytics and new technology. Consumers have been trained by other industries to expect speed, accuracy, and the best offer. Mortgage lenders and consumers stand to benefit from the industry shift to on-demand accurate data available through the entire lending experience.Source: HouseCanarycenter_img Big Data HouseCanary 2017-02-06 Staff Writer February 6, 2017 929 Views last_img read more