RMBS: Housing Market Solid, But For How Long?

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago July 26, 2017 1,662 Views  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Foreclosures are down to a fifth of 2010’s numbers, but a few markets in the U.S. have shown signs of unsustainable over-evaluations. Take a look at what Grant Bailey, Head of Fitch North America RMBS Rating Group has to say about RMBS in the Video Spotlight. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / RMBS: Housing Market Solid, But For How Long? Previous: GSEs Transfer Billions in Mortgage Risk Next: More Rules for HUD Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Media, News Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: RMBS The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago RMBS 2017-07-26 Brianna Gilpin Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago RMBS: Housing Market Solid, But For How Long? Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brianna Gilpin Subscribelast_img read more

Student lending crisis winner: Olive Garden

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a span of a few years between the mid-70s and early-80s, our family went from upper-middle class to simply put, poor. Growing up in northwest Arkansas, at the edge of the Ozarks and Boston Mountains, we came up as one of the few old-money families in the area – and, as a kid, it was great!In my pre-teen years, for a number of reasons, it all went away. My brother, sister and I all had to get jobs by the time I was 12 to help pay bills, buy our own coats and those kinds of things. For me, I processed the situation into a motivation to work hard, earn some money and get myself into college.Going to and graduating from a university, for me, was one of the best/worst decisions I’ve made. It opened doors to internships and eventually one of those internships led to my first job in journalism. The downside of it all was the enormous financial stress it placed on my head for years in trying to land financial aid or get a couple of extra restaurant jobs to cover the costs of that education. At the time, I had the strange opportunity to talk to the university president one-on-one about it. I told him, “The way the system is set up makes future me regret what I’m doing here.” His response, in part, was, “It’s about the experience, Mr. Ogden.” continue reading »last_img read more

The Latest: Positive test at Canucks’ parent company

first_imgEach of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April.The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___11:25 a.m. The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.”More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. ___ Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games.The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19.___2:05 p.m.British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees. Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.”“We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said.Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___ 12:30 p.m.The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6.The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments.The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled. McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.___11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend. ___12:20 p.m.NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths. 1:55 p.m.The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.”The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility. CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later.The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___2:10 p.m. The Latest: Positive test at Canucks’ parent company March 16, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19. Associated Press The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2.The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break.League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors.Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus. The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak.John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too.Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.” The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all.___1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled. The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___10:10 a.m. ___11:10 a.m.McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.” — Reporting by Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno___3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg.The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened. A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Explaining the virtual MLB fans in the stands during games on Fox this season

first_imgYou can see virtual fans in the stands at MLB games on Fox this season for the same reason you can so easily tell when a football player reaches a first down. This is just another visual enhancement using broadcast technology.”The execution of it is very similar to the (yellow) first-and-10 line in football,” Brad Zager, FOX Sports’ executive producer and head of production, told Sporting News. “The same way you see the sponsorship behind home plate on a national broadcast on that green screen, we’ve kind of (taken) bits and pieces of all the ways we’ve enhanced broadcasts and brought them together to try to get it to work for a virtual crowd.” Of course, this wasn’t some deeply rooted idea Fox has been exploring for years. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the network to think and move quickly as it became evident Fox would need to broadcast MLB games without fans in the stands.MORE: SN’s predictions for shortened MLB seasonZager said the installment of the technology that would allow Fox to show virtual fans in the stands at MLB games was a process that played out quicker than any other project he has overseen at the network. It began in the spring shortly after the coronavirus outbreak shut down live sports globally, right before the 2020 MLB season was originally scheduled to start.The deadline was fluid, but Fox had been aiming to have the product ready by mid-summer. The network got it optimized just in time for its first MLB presentations in what will be an abbreviated 2020 season.”We feel like the crowd — the audio the crowd provides — is a big part of watching a sporting event on television,” Zager said. “We wanted to figure out how to do that with all of the technology that was out there.”Virtual fans at MLB games: How it worksAs Zager noted in comparing the virtual fans to the yellow first-and-10 line viewers see on the field during football broadcasts, this is simply an evolution of that kind of visual technology.In fact, the same company that handles the first-and-10 line for Fox’s football broadcasts, SMT, is helping produce the virtual fans.SMT is one of three companies working with Fox to bring virtual fans to its MLB broadcasts. SMT handles the tracking and calibration of the four cameras (high home, center field, high first and high third) that will have virtual fan capability.Silver Spoon Animation, though, is doing most of the heavy lifting. The company is handling all of the on-site tech and operation as well as the creative. The software for Fox’s virtual fan project is provided by Pixatope.No fans? Not on FOX Sports.Thousands of virtual fans will attend FOX’s MLB games this Saturday. pic.twitter.com/z9oQU0rYuC— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) July 23, 2020″The secret sauce here was being able to make it look as authentic as possible in a stadium, in a 360-degree environment with every stadium being different,” Zager explained, adding that the most difficult aspect of the project was having to start the concept from scratch amid the pandemic. “How do we build this crowd? How do we give it enough depth and life to it to make it worth it to add to a Major League Baseball broadcast? So all those things in a very short amount of time.”The first round that we saw was not something that we would have been comfortable airing. So it was really coming up with all the different pieces, making sure that people could feel or enhance it the way a crowd normally enhances a broadcast.”Fox has plenty of control over the virtual fans. It can both add and take away fans during a broadcast. For example, if a game becomes a blowout, the network can make it appear as though people have left the stadium to beat the traffic.Fox also can determine how many of the virtual fans are supporters of the home or away team based on the colors of their gear.The crowd noise audio in Fox’s MLB broadcasts is the same audio the players hear. MLB is borrowing sound from Sony’s “MLB The Show” video game and piping it into stadium PA systems, so Fox’s mics are simply picking up that sound and enhancing it. The network has done this for its MLS broadcasts this year, too.The future of virtual fans in the standsZager said Fox plans to have virtual fans in the stands for all of its MLB broadcasts this season, playoffs included. He also thinks the network will grow its capabilities in terms of the control it has with the virtual fans: “What we launch with won’t be what we have when we get closer to the postseason.” Because baseball presents unique challenges with so many different stadiums and so many camera angles, the hard part is out of the way, so Fox could easily implement virtual fans for its broadcasts of other sports in the future.The obvious next possible step is football. Zager said Fox has been in communication with the NFL, and the network and the league “will figure out what makes the most sense” for broadcasts when the time comes.NFL attendance policies for the upcoming season are fluid and will vary team-to-team. But if NFL games are played without any fans in the stands, Zager “could definitely see (virtual fans) rolling out in the NFL.”last_img read more

Challenging situations on both ends of the river in water quality struggle

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Secret fishing spots are guarded more closely than cherished family recipes. Instead of the corn and soybean markets, they talk about the walleye catch and the perch numbers. Instead of high dollar tractors, they buy bigger, better boats.For the people around Lake Erie, that productive blue green expanse on Ohio’s northern border is their life, food, water, career, heritage, recreation, and home. In short, is sort of like your farm is to you.So, when the people of Lake Erie see their way of life marred by a slick, poisonous green nightmare, it is not something they take lightly. Then they see the convincing (and legitimate) numbers of extensive water quality monitoring pointing squarely to agriculture as a leading culprit. They don’t take that lightly, either.Toxic algae need phosphorus (P) to grow, and while there is still room for debate about the exact contributions of various sources, there is no doubt that agriculture is one of the culprits sending P down the river to the lake — from your farms to theirs.Farmers know that the solutions to this problem are not simple in the fields, but the challenges with the algae on the lake are not simple either. Kelly Frey is the Ottawa County Water Sanitary Engineer and has been at the plant since 1980. Not far along into his time there, he started work to implement a new treatment facility to improve drinking water quality for the residents and the growing number of tourists coming to the county. In 1999 the new, conventional water system was implemented and all seemed well. The system takes water from an intake at the mouth of the Portage River 1,800 feet off shore where it is eight to 10 feet deep.“Then in the last few years comes the algae issue. It clogs everything up and we have to take that out of the water. It creates plant operation problems, increases costs and reduces efficiency and supply,” Frey said. “It clogs filters twice as fast as normal and the extra gallons we thought we had for expansion are now needed to allow extra time and resources for addressing the algae problem. This is creating issues with trying to anticipate what will happen in the future and how we will manage it. The biggest problem we see is on our sand filters. The algae is very fine and hard to filter. The challenge is just dealing with the amounts of algae that we have — trying to deal with the accumulation that is coming into our plant and treat it and be cost effective. Our costs have accelerated and actually doubled in terms of our chemical costs during the algae season.”Costs also have increased in terms of time and safety.“It has slowed down our processes in our plant to the point where we are taking almost twice as long to treat the water so our capacities are down. It is very tedious and there is a lot of room for error,” Frey said. “We are trying to protect public safety by providing the best drinking water we can and assure them that it is safe to drink, but the magnitude is so much more than was ever anticipated when the plant was designed. I think that is true for all of the plants along the lake.”The algae itself is a tremendous problem for water quality, but the mycrocystin toxin it creates are even more challenging.“It is creating a tremendous burden on us being able to treat it and take the toxins out of the water. Part of the toxin removal is through filtration and it is very hard to predict,” he said. “The mycrocystin issue is a real mystery for us. There is no specific guideline as to how to treat this and there is not much history with this. It is not something you can see. Testing is very cumbersome. It takes almost eight hours to get results back and the tests are not always accurate. We do the best we can with that. There is a lot of gray area out there that we have not seen before. We really need more information about the levels and how high they can get.”As his list of water treatment headaches grows, Frey is looking for potential causes of the problem, and targeted solutions.“It is important for Ohio’s farmers to realize the situation that the water industry is in. This is something that is not going away and needs to be addressed. It is affecting everyone here in terms of safety. I appreciate what the farm community is doing and I appreciate the efforts they are making, but I can tell you that the lake is not getting better. The efforts from the farm community and municipalities are good, but they are not enough,” he said. “If it is believed that was is being done is good enough, I can tell you from first hand experience that it is not. We have to do a better job, all of us, in making the water safer and less nutrient loaded to reduce the algae to the point where it is not a threat to our drinking water system. Until this nutrient overload is stopped, this problem will get worse.”And, there is no doubt that agriculture is a significant part of the problem, often blamed for 65% to 85% of the phosphorous flowing into the Western Lake Erie Basin from the Maumee River. Tests are being developed to better hone in on the exact source of the P in the water.“There is research coming out on phosphorus fingerprinting so we can track the specific P itself,” said Chris Winslow, interim director of Ohio State University’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie. “Is it coming from manure, septic tank failures, commercial fertilizer, or other human sources? There is potential moving forward that when we find P in the water we can ascertain its actual source.”This tool could be helpful in the ongoing broad effort to reduce to phosphorus loading in the Western Lake Erie Basin — specifically from the Maumee River watershed — by 40% of the levels found in the water in 2008.“We are looking at 2008 because that was one of our wetter years. Typically you only see that amount of rainfall every 10 years or so. There are always extreme weather conditions where you still could see blooms with the kinds of reductions were are looking for, but when we put recommendations in place to manage nutrients, we want to put that nutrient reduction in a situation that is a high rain anomaly. That way if we can do a 40% reduction based on what we saw in that year, in most years — nine times out of 10 — you’ll see a bloom that has fairly low concentrations, like what we saw in 2012,” Winslow said. “The target of a 40% reduction from 2008 concentrations you would see entering the water should reduce scares of the huge toxic events we have been seeing.  As the climate changesThe staff at Stone Lab uses this boat to conduct various research projects in Lake Erie.we are seeing more frequent storms, though, and we may discover that looking at 2008 for the 40% reduction levels may not be the benchmark we need.”While P has been the clear focus of water quality improvement efforts, there is growing evidence that nitrogen from agriculture and other sources is also playing a role in the toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie.“We’ve known for a long time that marine systems are limited by nitrogen — N is in the shortest supply in terms of demand for algae growth. Lake Erie is a fresh water system and those are typically P limited. So if you have an algae bloom in fresh water, it is going to be because of an addition of P,” Winslow said. “That said, there are regions in the lake, like Sandusky Bay, that actually need N to trigger some of the growth. Usually when you hear about toxic algae or cyanobacteria in Lake Erie you hear about mycrocystis. In Sandusky Bay, you are dealing with a type of cynaobacteria called planktothrix. N has also come onto the radar recently because it seems like it has the potential to play a role in the toxicity of planktothrix. P is still the major driver for those blooms but now we are seeing that N may play a role in how toxic the algae blooms are. When we say nutrient management we are not just talking about P. There is some indication that we also need to be looking at N, which is a trickier element to worry about.”The research efforts into addressing the problem of the toxic algal blooms are extensive and include the study of algae growth under the ice, algae and the lake ecosystem, and the looking for native critters that actually eat the bad algae. With these and many more facets to this extremely complex problem, there is much work to be done — both on on the farm and on the lake.last_img read more

Planning for your Education

first_imgTo learn more about the Montgomery GI & Post (9/11) Bill, visit these links:Military.com – EducationEducation and Training ProgramsMilitary Education Benefits User’s GuideMilitary Families Learning NetworkOverview of Military Education BenefitsTransfer Post-9/11 GI Bill to Spouse and DependentsVeterans’ Benefit Expiration Dates This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on October 11, 2013. References:Paying for Post-Secondary Education Expenses – Part 1Paying for Educational Expenses and the GI Bill – Part 2center_img By Katie Stamper, University of Flordia Program Assistant and Dr. Michael S. GutterInvesting in one’s education is an expensive proposition and this is not likely to change in the near future. However, a military service member or veteran has options to help combat the costs associated with higher education. Two of these options are the Montgomery GI bill and the Post (9/11) GI bill.The cost of college is rising twice as fast as the inflation rate. While this statistic may be daunting, what is even scarier is the amount of student loan debt which totals one trillion dollars, more than the combined credit card debt. As a general rule of thumb, your student loan debt should not exceed your starting salary. Students can find themselves in debt for a variety of reasons including procrastinating saving money, underestimating the total cost, and not understanding the total cost of student loans.Student loan debt can be eliminated or greatly reduced through two education options available through the military: Montgomery GI bill and the Post (9/11) GI bill. The chart below describes the bills. Understanding these benefits can help someone who may be moving on to consider options for their next career steps. Also, with the Post (9/11) GI Bill, the transferability can make for an important consideration in planning for children’s education or for a spouse who is looking to enhance his or own career prospects through education.To begin the process, submit the appropriate application to the Veteran’s Affairs:Application for VA benefits: 22-1990Dependent of Post 9/11 application for VA benefits: 22-1990Elast_img read more

Serena may lack intimidation factor when she returns on tour, says Evert

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Evert said standards in women’s tennis had risen this year since Williams stepped off the tour, warning that the 36-year-old would be returning to a more competitive environment.“I think that this whole year, the level has gone up because Serena hasn’t been dominant and the other players have all felt that they had a shot at it, at the number one ranking,” Evert said, speaking in her role as an ambassador for this month’s WTA Finals in Singapore.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 shutout“I think that because of that challenge, they have improved in the physical and the mental part of it because they’ve all had a shot at it and they’ve pushed each other and that’s why there have been so many different winners. So I think the level will have improved by the time Serena comes back.”Since Williams’ last match –- January’s Australian Open final against her sister Venus –- Jelena Ostapenko was a surprise winner of the French Open, Garbine Muguruza triumphed at Wimbledon and Sloane Stephens capped a brilliant return from injury to lift the US Open trophy. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova and Muguruza, the current number one, have all held the top ranking this season, and Russia’s Maria Sharapova is back on the scene after returning from a 15-month drug ban.Asian upsets“There’s so many things we don’t know about Serena, how it’s going to feel to her being a mother coming back, is it going to distract her, is it going to motivate her more?” Evert said.“Or how being a mother emotionally will pull at her and will it take her away from tennis? There’s so many elements here that we don’t know about Serena and her comeback,” she said, adding: “I think the other players have gotten better and I think they’re not going to be as intimidated when Serena comes back.”Evert also dismissed concerns about the WTA Tour’s ‘Asian swing’, where top players have suffered a series of upsets as the season draws to a close — including at last week’s Wuhan Open, where only one seed reached the semi-finals.ADVERTISEMENT GlobalPort ‘lends’ Franz to Adamson 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 United States’ Serena Williams.  AP FILE PHOTONew mother Serena Williams will lack some of her trademark intimidation factor when she returns to tennis, US great Chris Evert told AFP, warning that the 23-time Grand Slam-winner may find her comeback tough.Williams, who gave birth to a baby girl in September, has said she’s planning to defend her title at the Australian Open in January –- just four-and-a-half months after becoming a mother.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “This has been an issue that’s been ongoing as long as tennis has existed, and that is the fact that it’s such a physical, mental and emotional sport that by the time you get around to the end of the year… it’s understandable that players are starting to feel the effects,” she said.“It has nothing to do with the Asian swing, you can find it in the men’s too,” Evert added. “The fact of the matter is, in the beginning of the year you’re rested and sharp and it’s a big year, with a lot of depth in the game and you’re getting a lot more tough matches than previous eras.“So you really have to manage your schedule so that when it comes around to the fall, you want to be feeling fit and sharp and not injured. But that’s about managing the whole year, it’s not just about the Asian circuit.” View commentslast_img read more

Ohio State Football: OSU Dubbed Over Evan Spencer’s Sugar Bowl TD Pass To Michael Thomas With A Van Gogh Quote

first_imgOhio State WR Michael Thomas TD Catch.Twitter/@OSUCoachMeyerOhio State fans wouldn’t be totally out of line called Evan Spencer’s double reverse touchdown pass to Michael Thomas in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama a “piece of art.” Apparently Urban Meyer (and/or whoever runs his Twitter account) agrees. Meyer tweeted out a video of the play, with a Vincent Van Gogh quote dubbed over it:“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”Embrace The Grind pic.twitter.com/8Y9zsJzKl8— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 8, 2015We have to say, that quote sums up the game of football very well. [Eleven Warriors]last_img read more

RCMP charge southern Alberta man after womans horses sold to slaughterhouse

first_imgSTIRLING, Alta. – A man in southern Alberta is facing charges after a woman’s two horses were sold to a slaughterhouse and processed without her knowledge.RCMP say the woman had been boarding her two horses at a farm near Stirling for five years.Last month, a relative of the farm owner told her that he had died and she had to find a new home for the horses by the end of April.When she went to the farm on Saturday to get the horses she was told the animals had been sold.Livestock investigators determined the horses had been sold to a slaughterhouse in Fort MacLeod by a man who claimed to be their owner.Wayne Jubb has been charged with theft, trafficking stolen property and uttering forged documents.Jubb has been released from custody and is to appear in Lethbridge provincial court on May 23.last_img read more

Wanda Sykes Speaks Out Against Continuous Chaining Of Dogs

first_imgIn letters sent last week on PETA’s behalf, Wanda Sykes urges the mayors and city council members of Suffolk and Newport News to follow the leads of nearby Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton, and her native Portsmouth and enact legislation that bans or significantly restricts the continuous chaining of dogs.As Sykes explains, forcing highly social pack animals to live their lives at the end of a chain is both cruel and dangerous since chained dogs are more likely to become aggressive and attack people, children especially.“Dogs ask for so little yet give us so much. The very least that we can do for them is to pass a law that protects them from the cruelty of being chained their entire lives,” writes Sykes. “I truly hope that Newport News [and Suffolk join] dozens of other U.S. jurisdictions—including my hometown of Portsmouth—that have passed anti-chaining laws in response to public safety and animal welfare concerns.”PETA responds to more chained-dog cases in Suffolk than in any other city in the area, but the 24/7 chaining of dogs is also common in Newport News. Just this winter, a PETA fieldworker found two malnourished dogs chained in a Newport News backyard with no access to food or water. Just feet away lay the body of a third dog who, as revealed by a necropsy, had starved to death. PETA has since filed charges against the homeowner.Source:PETAlast_img read more