Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago In November, Freddie Mac reached a “significant milestone” toward the goal of a common securitization platform and a Single Security with the implementation of Release 1, the first use of Common Securitization Platform (CSP) software and the implementation of CSP’s core infrastructure and operations, according to FHFA Director Mel Watt.Now the FHFA, conservator for both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, has outlined the next steps toward implementing the Single Security on the CSP—which it expects to do sometime in 2018—in the 2017 Scorecard for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Common Securitization Solutions (CSS).“The 2017 Scorecard will guide Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Common Securitization Solutions as they continue to build on the progress that has been made over the years in meeting the goals set forth in our Conservatorship Strategic Plan,” said FHFA Director Melvin L. Watt. “The goals and initiatives contemplated in the Scorecard strike what we believe is an appropriate balance between ensuring that these entities operate in a safe and sound manner while continuing to ensure that the housing finance market remains liquid and supports housing access for homeowners and renters.”FHFA noted in the scorecard that “The Common Securitization Platform and Single Security are significant, multiyear initiatives, and FHFA expects these inter-related projects to remain ongoing conservatorship priorities.”The performance goals for 2017 for CSS and the GSEs are to continue working with FHFA each other build and test the CSP and then to successfully integrate the GSEs with the CSP. The ultimate goal is to implement the Single Security on the CSP for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to the FHFA.CSS and the GSEs, in developing the CSP, are charged with focusing on functions necessary for current GSE single-family securitization activities and including the development of operational and system capabilities CSP needs to facilitate the issuance and administration of a Single Security for the GSEs, according to the scorecard. Another goal for CSS and the GSEs for 2017 is to continue to work with each other “to obtain and utilize input from the Single Security/CSP Industry Advisory Group,” the scorecard reported.With the launch of Release 1 in November, FHFA expects to FHFA expects to announce a timeframe for Release 2 in the first quarter of 2017. Watt stated, “FHFA has developed a timeline of key achievements to date and will update the timeline as milestones are reached. We remain committed to building the CSP in a transparent manner.”Click here to view the entire scorecard. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: LendingQB-BeSmartee Partnership Automates Consumer Direct Lending Next: Sold! REO Sellers Shift Practices to Attract More Buyers Print This Post Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Progressing GSE Goals and Initiatives 2016-12-15 Kendall Baer Home / Daily Dose / Progressing GSE Goals and Initiatives Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News About Author: Brian Honea December 15, 2016 1,040 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago
By Rajiv BisnauthLOWER Corentyne pulled off a stunning 32-run win over Upper Corentyne in the Jaguars Franchise League,Three-day competition when the third round ended yesterday at the Port Mourant Cricket Club ground.A stunning performance by the bowlers, especially left-arm spinner Kassim Khan, backed by excellent fielding,helped Lower Corentyne defend a small total of 148, as Upper Corentyne were bowled out for 115 in 43.4 overs.Khan spun ‘webs’ around the Upper Corentyne batsmen to scalp 6-23 off 15.4 overs, in a spectacular display of left-arm spin bowling.While Khan was the wrecker-in-chief, fellow spinner Sharaz Ramcharran chipped in with 2-37, with pacer Raun Johnson, and Gajanand Singh, being the other two wicket takers.Joshua Ramsammy played something of a lone hand, with 44, but the other batsmen failed to make any impact on a spinner-friendly pitch.Play resumed on the final day at 12:10hrs, after early morning rain washed out the entire first session.Resuming at 25-2, Upper Corentyne panicked and crumbled;losing wickets at regular intervals.They were plunged into strife as early as the seventh over in the day’s play,when Khan removed Rajiv Ivan (17) with the score at 46-3.The other overnight batsman, Joshua Ramsammy, then added 24 for the fourth wicket with Clinton Pestano, but Ramcharran then drove home the advantage for his side with the wickets of Pestano (8) and Anthony Bramble (2), to leave Upper Corentyne at 73-5.Singh then trapped Arif Chan, leg before wicket for one before Khan claimed the final four wickets, including Ramsammy, to complete his side’s third straight win in the tournament.In an invited comment, assistant coach Andre Percival said he was delighted with the win, adding that “it feels very good; we played some good cricket, especially after we conceded a first innings lead.“I was pretty confident of our bowlers,” Percival pointed out.Meanwhile, scores in the other games are as follows:At Bourda: Early morning showers forced play to be called off at 14:05 hours. Georgetown had reached 63/3 after dismissing East Coast Demerara for 148 on day 2.At Everest: Play was called off at 11:35 hours after early morning showers.The fourth round commences on September 16, with East Bank playing Lower Corentyne at Everest, West Demerara clashing with Upper Corentyne at Wales, East Coast Demerara and West Berbice play each other at Enmore, and Georgetown taking on Essequibo at GCC.
Former Gaoth Dobhair player James Carroll in action for Al Ain GAA club.Former Donegal and Gaoth Dobhair GAA player James Carroll has been selected on the Middle East representative team for the inaugural World Games which takes place in Abu Dhabi next month. Men’s and ladies teams will travel from Argentina, Asia, Australasia, Canada, New York, North America, Europe, South Africa and from around the Middle East to compete in the inaugural competition.Carroll played on the Donegal U21 side that won the Ulster title in 2010 and that were defeated by Dublin in the All-Ireland final later the same year. The team was managed by Jim McGuinness, and their success ultimately led to McGuinness being appointed as Donegal Senior team manager in 2011.Carroll was a pivotal figure in that side and had been on the fringes of the Donegal Senior squad during McGuinness’s tenure.Carroll was a mainstay in the forward line for his local club Gaoth Dobhair before he was forced to emigrate in search of employment.Carroll is a qualified teacher and moved to the UAE in 2013. Carroll plays for Al Ain GAA club and has been selected on the representative side along with his teammate Neil Quinn.Al Ain GAA club posted the following on Facebook, “Congratulations to the two boys who have been chosen to play on the Middle East team for the World Games.“We look forward to supporting all our representatives at the World Games in March. #MiddleEastGAA #AlAinAbú FORMER DONEGAL U21 STAR SELECTED ON MIDDLE EAST GAA TEAM FOR WORLD GAMES was last modified: February 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Al Ain GAA ClubGAAJames CarrollMiddle EastnewsSportWorld Games
14 July 2004Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has turned down an appeal from a private landowner against the development of a commercial wind farm near Darling in the Western Cape.Martin Halvorsen’s appeal cited concerns about the potential impact on birds. Halvorsen also said no other alternative sites had been investigated, rendering the environmental impact assessment “flawed”.However, Van Schalkwyk upheld the original approval, made in February this year, paving way for the construction of South Africa’s first-ever renewable energy power-generating facility.“South Africa is actively targeting the greater use of renewable and zero- or low-carbon sources of energy generation,” he said.“Our climate change response strategy requires us to examine all practical alternatives to limit and reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases and this is a very important first step in our endeavours towards cleaner production.”The wind farm will be developed by a private company, and will feed into the national power network.The proposed development will entail the erection of four Danish-supplied wind turbines with a total power output of about 5.2 megawatts.These will be located on the farm Windhoek – meaning “windy corner” – 12 kilometres northwest of Darling and about 2 kilometres north of the road to Yzerfontein on the West Coast. The wind farm will be situated below the crest of Moedmaag Hill, a free-standing hill in the north-eastern corner of the site, at 252m above sea level.Van Schalkway said that although the initial development would be a relatively small addition to South Africa’s power generation capacity, it was an extremely important pilot project to demonstrate the economic sustainability of powering the country’s rapidly growing economy with clean energy.“Testing and demonstrating the feasibility of small, decentralised and clean power generation facilities is important as part of our efforts to create jobs and eradicate poverty through the creation of SMME opportunities,” he said.According to the South African Press Association, an experimental wind farm, with three giant turbines, is currently in operation at a site north of Durbanville in the Western Cape.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
You are independent when you no longer need to rely on something or someone else.The first level of independence you need to reach is being independent of needing “this job.” This doesn’t mean that you are wealthy enough that you no longer need to work, although that is a level of independence you should pursue. At this first level of independence, you may need “a job” to survive, but not necessarily the one you are in now. Or the one after that.How do you gain this first level of independence? Through personal and professional growth and development.Personal GrowthFirst, you develop yourself personally to be so valuable that, should something happen (and given a long enough timeline, something always happens), you will have your pick of new opportunities. You work on building your own personal strengths and capabilities so that you are more valuable to many organizations in many industries.You need a list of things that you are personally studying to make you more effective as a human being. I’d start with Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (as a workbook, not as a “book to read.”) I’d also follow the recipes in Tom Peter’s The Little Big Things. You might sign up for unlimited classes on Lynda.com for $25 a month and learn all kinds of skills and all kinds of useful software packages.Your personal growth and development is the path to independence.Professional GrowthSecond, you focus on growing professionally. You need to learn your trade or craft, whatever that is. Even though it may be your employer’s responsibility to give you the training and development you need, you should never leave that responsibility in anyone else’s hands. You do what is necessary to grow, whether that be reading, taking classes, or finding a mentor.You also need to do such good work where you are now that you are the first person on anyone’s list for the opportunity for advancement. This requires that you seek out growth opportunities, namely difficult and important projects. It also means you seek out responsibility for delivering outcomes.Your professional development is your responsibility, and it also the path to independence.Relationship GrowthYou’ve heard that “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.” Well, now it’s who knows you and for what.The third development project you must always be working on is your personal and professional relationships. You must develop a personal and professional network of people who know you, know the value you create, and trust you so much that they’ll vouch for you anytime and anywhere.If you are doing well here, people are already presenting you with opportunities. If you are doing poorly here, you are not sure what you would do if something happened.Relationships are built on an investment of time and energy. You have to have a presence and spend time with people in order to develop powerful relationships. You also have to proactively look for ways to be valuable to the people who make up your personal and professional relationships. You don’t find ways to be helpful so that people owe you favors. You find ways to be helpful to make a contribution and to be known as someone who cares and who makes a difference.When something happens, and eventually it will, your relationships are going to be a big part of your next opportunity. They are a critical component of your path to independence.This is your path to personal independence. If you are not on this path now, step on to it in a hurry. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum preserved its immaculate record in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 94-92 stunner over Arellano Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Pirates finished the game on a blistering 20-5 run that overhauled a 13-point disadvantage in the fourth quarter as they sealed their 12th win in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Down 87-74, Lyceum went on a 14-0 run capped off by a bucket from CJ Perez to regain the lead, 88-87, with a little over two minutes to go.“Hopefully it’s a challenge or a wake up call for us that we have to keep on playing until the final buzzer sounds,” said Pirates head coach Topex Robinson of the close call. “It’s going to be hard along the way but hopefully this game would turn us really into a great team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Chiefs retaliated to get back on top, 91-88, but that was the last they would get the lead as the Pirates took over for good with 7.4 seconds left.Kent Salado still had the chance to tie the game but he missed one of his free throws with 6.5 ticks left. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Arellano slipped to 4-7, making its battle for a Final Four spot even tougher. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Alvarez sees a knockout and a great fight against Triple G
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester defender Evans: Newcastle will be toughby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Jonny Evans expects a tough “challenge” against Newcastle United.Evans believes Newcastle will adopt the same gameplan that earned the Magpies victory last time out for their upcoming fixture. He said: “Our experience of Newcastle last year was that they sat in and defended deep, and we found it difficult to break them down.“That was a challenge that when the manager came to the club, he wanted to help us in that aspect – of setting our team up and being able to work teams that are going to sit in against us, which is becoming quite a common theme.Newcastle did that very well against us last year, so I think they’ll come with the same game plan.”
MONTREAL – Canadian Pacific Rail’s more than 3,000 train operators walked off the job late Tuesday night while a second group of workers reached a tentative contract settlement with the rail company.The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference said its workers walked out at 10 p.m. EDT as negotiations continued with the assistance of federal mediators.That announcement came just minutes after CP Rail said a tentative deal had been reached with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 360 signalling workers who were also poised to walk off the job at 10 p.m.The Teamsters said the strike by its members began despite “best efforts to reach a negotiated settlement,” adding it is “willing to remain at the bargaining table during the strike.”It also said commuter train services in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver are operated by Bombardier, not Canadian Pacific, and Teamster members who operate trains in those cities are Bombardier employees and will not go on strike.As a result, said the Teamsters, commuter train services would not be affected by the walkout.Via, however, had already cancelled passenger rail service starting Tuesday morning in Ontario between Sudbury and White River.CP Rail has said it will use qualified management staff to handle signalling and switching tasks so trains can continue to operate.However, the strike could force the railroad to shut down its freight service at a particularly bad time for grain farmers. Shippers had said they expected talks would fail, resulting in the third CP Rail strike since 2012.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier in the day that the federal government would not be rushed into introducing back-to-work legislation, preferring instead to employ various levers to motivate both sides to reach a settlement.Trudeau also said his government would not do as the Conservatives did and favour employers.“Quite frankly, we have companies that have gotten used to the fact that in certain industries, the government in the past was very quick to legislate against unions,” Trudeau said during a conference in Toronto.“We are not going to do that.”If eventually forced to intervene, said Trudeau, the Liberal government won’t be giving the advantage to employers.Even before the strike began, the livelihoods of Canadian grain farmers were already threatened because shipping was severely disrupted over the past winter due to extreme cold.“You always hope for a miracle but we’re pretty sure there’s going to be a stoppage,” said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association, which represents the country’s largest exporters.He said there was little that could be done to prepare other than to notify farmers that deliveries will have to be rescheduled and tell overseas customers they could receive late shipments.“We’re just coming off of a year where we had poor rail service even though we didn’t have a work stoppage and we are trying to maintain relationships with our customers,” he added.The train operators voted 94 per cent in favour of strike action to back their contract demands in early April and voted 98 per cent to reject CP’s final offer last Friday.Both unions gave the railway notice over the weekend that they plan to walk off the job to support contract demands.— Companies in this story:(TSX:CP, TSX:BBD.B)
Bhopal: An average 28.01 per cent voter turnout was recorded till Sunday noon in eight Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh, an election official said. Voting was underway since 7 am in a peaceful manner in Bhopal, Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Guna, Sagar, Vidisha and Rajgarh constituencies in the third phase of elections in the state, state Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao said. “During mock poll conducted before the actual voting began, 30 to 40 electronic voting machines (EVMs) were changed because of some technical problems,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The voting figures till noon were: Morena 24.29 per cent, Bhind 21.99 per cent, Gwalior 22.96 per cent, Guna 34.11 per cent, Sagar 30.3 per cent, Vidisha 33.8 per cent, Bhopal 26.15 per cent and Rajgarh 32.39 per cent, he said. Long queues were seen at several booths across the eight constituencies, he said. In Bhopal, Congress veteran Digvijay Singh is locked in a battle with BJP candidate and 2008 Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia is seeking a re-election from Guna seat, where he cast his vote at a booth early in the morning. His opponent is BJP’s K P Yadav, who is contesting his first parliamentary election. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who is the sitting MP from Gwalior, is contesting from Morena seat this time. Altogether 138 candidates, including 14 women, are in the fray for these eight Lok Sabha seats, of which seven were won by the BJP in 2014. Total 18,141 polling booths have been set up where over 1.44 crore people, including 32,909 service voters, are eligible to exercise their franchise, the official said. Lok Sabha elections to 29 seats in the state are being held in four phases. The first (in six seats) and second phases (seven seats) were held on April 29 and May 6. Voting for the last phase in eight seats will be held on May 19 and counting of votes will take place on May 23.