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Mahinda calls for just and reasonable solution to SAITM issue

Rajapaksa says the Government should ensure that there is no further disruption of medical education with university students taking to the streets and medical officers forced into taking trade union action on account of the disputed medical degree course.He also said that the continuation of the dispute over standards and accreditation in medical education could also place the international status of all Sri Lankan medical degrees at risk.“The SAITM issue has already come to the attention of the medical authorities in countries like Britain and Australia with which the Sri Lankan medical profession interacts very closely. Therefore this issue should be resolved in a just and reasonable manner without further delay,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) Rajapaksa said that from the very beginning, the Sri Lanka Medical Council had been warning the public by way of newspaper advertisements that they do not recognise the medical degree offered by SAITM.“In February 2011, this institution changed its name to ‘South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine’. If any private educational establishment wishes to offer a course in medicine, it is entirely up to them to obtain the necessary approvals from the Sri Lanka Medical Council which is the body that oversees medical education and accredits and licences medical professionals in this country,” he said. “Even though members of the Government have been saying from time to time that the SAITM was started by my Government, this is a private enterprise started by its owners, not by any Government. At the initial stages in 2008, SAITM was called the ‘South Asian Institute of Technology and Management’ and was to offer courses in Information Technology, Management and Finance, Engineering, Vocational Studies, Nursing, Languages and Health Sciences. No mention had been made in the original Board of Investment application about a medical degree course. The BOI had granted approval for the enterprise on the condition that approval will be obtained from the Ministry of Health before providing training in Health Sciences. SAITM had commenced enrolling students for a medical degree course from September 2009 onwards,” he said. Now however, he says the GMOA and the student unions have expressed concern that the Government is preparing to renege on their pledge. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today called for a just and reasonable solution to the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) issue.Rajapaksa said that two years of continuous protests and agitation by the student unions and the Government Medical Officers’ Association against the medical degree course offered by SAITM ended last November due to the undertaking given by the Government that this medical course will be abolished. read more

Trees contribute to reducing carbon footprints even after being cut down –

“Forests are at the heart of the transition to low-carbon economies, not only because of their double role as sink and source of emissions, but also through the wider use of wood products to displace more fossil fuel intense products,” the Assistant Director-General for Forestry at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), René Castro-Salazar, said from Rome, where she is participating in the UN agency’s World Forest Week. According to FAO, the report – Forestry for a Low-carbon Future: Integrating forests and wood products in climate change strategies – is aimed at highlighting a “virtuous cycle” that exploits the life-cycle of wood products to boost the ability of forests to remove and store carbon from the atmosphere. Trees lock carbon in their leaves, branches and soils, while deforestation and forest degradation account for up to 12 per cent of worldwide gas emissions. Promoting wood as a renewable energy source may seem counter-intuitive, but 1.86 billion cubic metres of wood – more than half the world’s wood output – is already used for that purpose, according to the report.More directly, when wood is transformed into furniture, floors, doorways or beams to be used in construction, it does not instantly oxidize but continues to store the carbon it took in as a tree.So the framing in a house might store carbon for up to 100 years, a dining room table less than 30, and paper a few years. The carbon is only released back into the atmosphere when the wood product is burnt or decays. The report – the end result of collaboration among more than 100 experts – was designed primarily for policy-makers and experts, but is also tailored for architects and the energy industry. Its guiding message is that optimal engineering of the carbon life-cycle of trees and wood products allows over the long-term – through technological advances and cleaner, greener methods of processing, the industrial use of wood – for sustainably harvested forests to complement and even enhance the climate mitigation benefits provided by conserved forests. read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 25 September 2015

DOWNLOAD1.     EU and Japan continue working towards open trade2.     President Juncker addresses EU parliament on corporate tax avoidance3.     Tsiparas wins Greek election4.     Eurozone growth slows in September5.     New European Commission web tool helps SMEs to innovate6.     Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Le RoyaumeUni supprime la quarantaine pour les animaux de compagnie

first_imgLe Royaume-Uni supprime la quarantaine pour les animaux de compagnieDès le 1er janvier 2012, la Royaume-Uni laissera entrer sur son territoire les chiens, les chats et les furets de compagnie du moment qu’ils sont vaccinés contre la rage. La quarantaine de six mois qui était en vigueur depuis le XIXe siècle est donc supprimée.Pour entrer au Royaume-Uni, les propriétaires de chiens et chats devaient, depuis le XIXe siècle, placer leur animal en quarantaine pendant six mois à partir de la date d’un test sanguin obligatoire. A compter du 1er janvier 2012, et pour ce mettre en conformité avec les lois européennes, le Royaume-Uni allège cette règle.À lire aussiVus de loin, ces célèbres monuments sont moins merveilleux qu’on ne penseSelon un communiqué du ministère de l’Environnement britannique, “il n’est plus nécessaire d’imposer une quarantaine de six mois aux animaux de compagnie, une pratique datant des années 1800, du fait des progrès réalisés dans le domaine des vaccins contre la rage et des traitements”, rapporte TV5monde. Les animaux de compagnie devront donc simplement être vaccinés contre la rage. Un délai de 21 jours entre la vaccination et l’entrée au Royaume-Uni reste néanmoins obligatoire. Le test sanguin et la quarantaine disparaissent pour les animaux provenant de tous les pays de l’Union européenne ainsi qu’une liste de pays comprenant les Etats-Unis et l’Australie. En revanche, pour des pays tels que le Brésil, l’Inde et l’Afrique du sud, le test sanguin et une quarantaine réduite à trois mois restent obligatoires.Pour en savoir plus, n’hésitez pas à consulter le guide complet conçu par l’Office de Tourisme de Grande-Bretagne sur comment voyager au Royaume Uni avec son chien. Le 30 décembre 2011 à 20:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Apple trouve son nouveau directeur des Apple Store

first_imgApple trouve son nouveau directeur des Apple StoreC’est finalement John Browett qui succède à Ron Johnson à la lourde tâche de la direction des magasins physiques d’Apple en tant que Senior vice President.  Apple a trouvé son nouveau Senior Vice President en charge des points de distribution physiques de la marque. Il s’agit de John Browett, ancien PDG de Dixon, l’une des plus importantes chaines de distribution européenne de produits électroniques rappelle Génération NT. Pas étonnant donc qu’il ait été recruté par Tim Cook pour pérenniser la chaîne de points de vente d’appareils Apple, l’un des plus importants canaux de distribution et également la vitrine de la marque dans le monde.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?John Browett remplace Ron Johnson, ancien directeur de la division et créateur de celle-ci lorsque Steve Jobs eut l’idée de contrôler la distribution et la mise en valeur de ses produits dans des boutiques physiques. Une hérésie à l’époque tant la société était encore fragile, mais le fondateur de la marque a, selon son biographe Walter Isaacson, fait fi du conseil d’administration et confié la mise en place de ce nouveau projet à Ron Johnson.Aujourd’hui, Apple compte 361 points de vente répartis dans douze pays. Ron Johnson a quitté l’entreprise pour prendre la direction du groupe de distribution J. C. Penney, propriétaire de plus 1.000 centres commerciaux aux États-Unis. John Browett entrera chez Apple en avril prochain. La tache de diriger les Apple Store est assurée actuellement, de manière intérimaire, par Peter Oppenheimer, directeur financier d’Apple. Le 2 février 2012 à 09:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une empreinte géologique du débarquement de Normandie

first_imgUne empreinte géologique du débarquement de Normandie Publiant leur étude en septembre 2011 dans la revue The Sedimentary Record, des chercheurs américains ont découvert que 4% du sable d’Omaha Beach, en Normandie, est constitué de résidus des obus de la Seconde guerre mondiale.  Selon les analyses menées par deux géologues, Earle McBride, professeur à l’École de géosciences de l’Université d’Austin (Texas), et Dane Picard, de l’Université de l’Utah, 4% du sable de la tristement célèbre plage d’Omaha Beach, dans le Calvados, est constitué de débris d’obus d’une taille de 0,06 à 1 mm, et de microbilles de fer ou de verre. Des éléments tous issus des bombardements ayant frappé ce site le 6 juin 1944, lors du débarquement allié.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est en tout cas la conclusion dont font part les chercheurs dans la revue The Sedimentary Record après avoir réalisé une série d’analyses sur le sable de la fameuse plage. Une conclusion qui les a d’ailleurs grandement surpris. En effet, les scientifiques ne s’attendaient pas à trouver dans leurs prélèvements ces échantillons microscopiques, seuls témoins de cet épisode guerrier – les 5 plages du débarquement ayant été nettoyées depuis longtemps –, malgré 68 ans de brassage par les vents et les marées, et l’action oxydante de l’eau de mer. Mais les chercheurs n’en sont pas restés à l’identification des fameux débris et résidus. En utilisant un microscope à balayage électronique, ils ont également pu étudier la forme, la texture et la taille des trois types de structures produites par les explosions. Le 3 juin 2012 à 17:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Et si Terre finissait par ressembler à Venus

first_imgEt si Terre finissait par ressembler à Venus ?Une étude américaine indique que la planète n’est pas à l’abri d’un super réchauffement qui transformerait la Terre en désert, à l’instar de Vénus. Un évènement qui ne surviendrait toutefois pas avant des millions d’années.Et si la Terre n’était pas à l’abri de devenir une planète désertique, brûlée par le soleil, avec des températures atteignant plusieurs centaines de degrés ? Notre voisine Vénus, qu’on surnomme parfois la jumelle de la Terre, est elle-même une ancienne planète habitable devenue désert infernal. Elle doit son sort à un effet de serre extrêmement puissant, irrépressible auquel notre planète a échappé. Mais des chercheurs annoncent qu’un pareil événement n’est pas impossible sur Terre…Vapeur d’eau dans l’atmosphèreCet effet de serre intense, comme on l’a théorisé pour Vénus, est causé par une évaporation trop forte de l’eau dans l’atmosphère. La vapeur d’eau est, elle aussi, un gaz à effet de serre, car elle absorbe les radiations solaires. En quelques milliers d’années, la mécanique s’emballe, les températures atteignent des sommets et les océans bouillent jusqu’à l’évaporation totale.Ce modèle, créé dans les années 90, supposait que la Terre était trop loin du Soleil pour qu’un tel événement se produise, l’énergie des rayons solaires étant trop faible. Sauf qu’en 20 ans, les connaissances des propriétés physiques des molécules d’eau et de CO2 ont évolué. Des chercheurs américains ont donc créé un nouveau modèle informatique en prenant en compte ces ajustements. Leur étude, publiée dans la revue Nature Geosciences, indique qu’une atmosphère terrestre pleine de vapeur absorberait plus de chaleur qu’elle n’en rejetterait, déclenchant ainsi un effet de serre irréversible et une forte hausse des températures (sur Vénus elles avoisinent les 400°C). Sauvés par les nuagesPas besoin pour autant de paniquer, ce scénario n’arrivera pas de si tôt. En fait, les chercheurs suggèrent que c’est grâce aux nuages que notre planète possède des températures vivables, car ils reflètent dans l’espace une bonne partie de l’énergie solaire. Tant qu’ils sont là notre planète serait donc bien protégé. “Les nuages sauvent la mise”, relève Colin Goldbatt de l’Université Victoria en Colombie-Britannique. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembrePour arriver au seuil de ce super effet de serre, il faudrait augmenter la concentration de CO2 jusqu’à 30.000 parties par million, alors que le taux actuel est aux alentours de 400. Brûler toutes les réserves d’énergies fossiles de la planète ne suffirait même pas à atteindre ce taux. Mais il n’est pas impossible que le phénomène se déclenche dans quelques millions d’années.En effet, comme le souligne le scientifique cité par le New Scientist, certaines incertitudes demeurent car il est difficile d’être sûr de la façon dont les nuages agiront si le climat change drastiquement. Et les modèles climatiques tri-dimensionnels modernes ne peuvent pas simuler des climats aussi extrêmes. “Ce serait comme prendre une Ford Fiesta et tenter de la conduire en montagne”, a conclu Goldbatt. Le 3 août 2013 à 11:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Paul Heyman backstage at RAW Mick Foley and Direct Messages on Twitter

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ 2018.05.08 Tenacious D WhatsApp 4 COMMENTS Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Paul Heyman Facebook October 17, 2016 at 6:02 pm WrestleMania 36 Will Be In Tampa Rob Giles Paul Heyman backstage at RAWPaul Heyman is backstage at RAW tonight according to a report by PWInsider.com. Heyman is expected to be involved in a segment featuring the return of Bill Goldberg where Goldberg will answer his challenge from last week.Mick Foley and Direct Messages on TwitterRAW General Manager Mick Foley will no longer be communicating with fans by direct message on Twitter. What prompted this decision was a fan who publicly posted private messages of a conversation he had with Foley that were meant to stay private.Paige proposes to Alberto Del RioLast night in Puerto Rico, Paige asked Alberto Del Rio to marry her and he accepted. A clip of the proposal has hit YouTube that you can view below. inFAMOUS Paige has completely lost it… She’s gonna be future endeavored soon for sure b d Completely agree. Del Rio already has kids with his current wife. He will either leave Paige also, or (more likely) Paige will leave him since Del Rio is already much older. Let’s face it, Paige will still be hot 5-10 years from now, but Del Rio not so much when he starts to push closer to 50. Paige lost her mind and has made an unwise decision that she’ll regret. I expect WWE to release her in the foreseeable future. Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlamcenter_img Twitter Adam Martin If Alberto Del Rio’s still married why the hell would he date Paige (especially since he’s way older than her)? Also,it’s kinda nice that tradition can be switched around here and there (usually it’s the man that proposes to the woman so seeing things switched around was cool). However,as good as this moment was I thinks it’s safe to say her career in WWE won’t last long or if it does she’ll get buried. Jack Black Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next October 17, 2016 at 7:12 pm Now Playing Up Next lately, paige seems to be totally whacked out of her mind on something, but congratulations on the engagement (which won’t last past the end of the year, guaranteed). Comments are closed. October 17, 2016 at 8:11 pm Pinterest October 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm Cameron Huff Recommended videosPowered by AnyClip2018.05.08 Tenacious DVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Which Wrestler Is Next To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame? Videos Articleslast_img read more

Latest transfer talk

first_imgHere are some of the latest transfer news and rumours from around Europe.Andre Gomes Despite playing under the guidance of a different manager, the out-of-favour Portuguese midfielder has had a second underwhelming season at Barcelona. He was never a good buy as he doesn’t fit the style of play the team from Catalonia dictates. It’s safe to assume that Andre Gomes is on his way out and the latest club that has been attached to his name is Tottenham Hotspur.Rafinha Barcelona’s midfielder is on loan at Inter and the Italian side is reported to be interested in making the deal permanent. All that’s needed now is for a fee to be agreed upon.Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-GermainKylian Mbappe could return to PSG training next week Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that Kylian Mbappe could make a return to training to next week as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.Bernd Leno By acquiring Eintracht Frankfurt’s Lukas Hradecky, Bayer Leverkusen is preparing for life without its primary goalkeeper. A release clause of only €20 million will make the German one of the most popular targets on the market. Arsenal appears to be the most interested club at the moment, with Napoli (Pepe Reina is on his way to AC Milan) and Atletico Madrid (who might lose Oblak to PSG) are following suit.Edinson Cavani The Uruguayan might be nearing the end of his spell in France and Juventus is believed to be paying close attention. Higuain is aging, so The Old Lady is definitely in need of a world-class refreshment up front. What better than one of the most prolific strikers in Europe?Leander Dendoncker The 23-year-old Belgian is ripe for a bigger challenge than the Jupiler League. He is reportedly ready to move on and several clubs are interested in his services, starting with Atletico Madrid. Crystal Palace and West Ham are two other teams believed to be in on the holding midfielder who can also play center back. The “only” problem might be the over-the-top asking price of over €23 million.last_img read more

51 offer a car salary sacrifice scheme to boost staff morale

first_imgJust over half (51%) of employer respondents who offer a car salary sacrifice scheme to staff provide the benefit to raise employee morale, according to research by finance organisation Maxxia.Its HR views on salary sacrifice car schemes report, which surveyed 100 HR professionals in UK-based organisations with at least 250 employees, also found that 49% of respondents who include a car salary sacrifice scheme in their employee benefits package do so to attract new talent to the business.The research also found:56% of respondents introduce car salary sacrifice schemes to provide a valuable benefit to staff.47% of respondents believe car salary sacrifice schemes encourage the use of safer, greener cars.61% of respondents who have a car salary sacrifice scheme in place do so to offer safer cars to employees, and 53% do so to encourage the use of greener cars.67% of respondents who do not currently offer a car salary sacrifice scheme to employees are considering introducing one in the near future.96% of respondents are familiar with car salary sacrifice schemes, and 82% of respondents fully or partially understand them.37% of respondents think that early termination charges are incurred by the employer, and 35% believe these would be covered by an associated insurance policy.71% of respondents would like employees to keep their car if they leave before their scheme reaches its full term, and 29% believe this is possible.Gordon-Calder Jones, business development director at Maxxia, said: “What this report really shows us is that there is a problem of clarity in this sector. The majority of HR decision makers believe the schemes are a valuable benefit, yet not all are implementing them due to misconceptions about perceived risk and hassle.“By reviewing the latest schemes in the market, HR staff would be aware that it is possible to enjoy all of the benefits that salary sacrifice car schemes have to offer with none of the risks or hassles normally attached.”last_img read more

Smallest batch of 1175 pilgrims leaves Jammu for Amarnath

first_imgJammu: A fresh batch of 1,175 pilgrims, the smallest so far, on Tuesday left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp here to pay obeisance at the Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, officials said. The pilgrims, including 252 women, two children and 95 seers, left for the valley in a convoy of 47 vehicles under tight security in the early hours and are expected to reach the twin base camps of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district later in the day, the officials said. Also Read – Odisha’s Conjoined Twins To Return Home 2 Years After Separation Advertise With Us The 46-day annual yatra, started on July 1 and is scheduled to end on August 15. The yatra, which was suspended on Baltal route, resumed on Tuesday morning, the officials said. Till Monday evening, 3,21,410 yatris had the ‘darshan’ of the naturally formed Shivlingam at the cave shrine since the commencement of the yatra. Of the latest batch which left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp for the valley, the officials said 660 pilgrims, including 108 women and 95 seers, are heading for Pahalgam base camp, while the rest of 515 pilgrims, including 144 women and two children, would undertake the yatra on Baltal track. This was the smallest batch which left for the valley from Jammu so far, they said, adding so far 1,15,379 pilgrims have left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp for the yatra.last_img read more

LifeSized Jabba the Hutt For Sale on Craigslist for 100

first_imgStay on target You can find a lot of crazy things to buy on Craigslist, but this one wins Deal of the Day. A life-sized recreation of Jabba the Hutt is up for grabs in Brooklyn, NY, for $100.The seller will accept cash only, and you need to show up with your own transportation (AT-AT Walker, maybe?)According to the Craigslist listing, the seller spent six weeks making the Jabba the Hutt for a Halloween display. It’s made from PVC pipe, industrial plastic wrap, foam, chicken wire, stretchy cloth, and spray paint. “But it is time for Jabba to move on and help others who need his special magic,” the listing said.According to the listing, the Jabba the Hutt can serve many purposes in your life:Jabba’s help knows no bounds. Need a way to spice up a nerdy promposal? Need Jabba to officiate your geeky wedding? Do you have have complex taxes across three states in the same year you won the lottery? I’m not saying Jabba won’t help you with those things, but Jabba does his own thing and can’t be told what to do. He’s a player. Will random women come up and voluntarily chain themselves to Jabba? I cannot say that will happen, but please refer to the photos included for ample evidence this will definitely, absolutely happen to you if you buy Jabba from me. The seller insists the $100 price tag is a “deep discount from the cost of materials alone, much less time to build him and studio rental.” The Jabba the Hutt, which is located in the Greenwood Heights/Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, comes in around eight light pieces that can easily fit in a full-sized, large van.The Jabba the Hutt appeared in several tweets during Halloween with the hashtag #parkslopejabba. More on Geek.com:Cosplayer Creates Awesome AT-AT Costume for HorseGood Doggos in Costumes at Halloween Parade in NYCBest Cosplay From New York Comic Con 2018center_img Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… last_img read more

VIDEO Crowd heroically catches child after dramatic fall from amusement park ride

first_imgA scary scene unfolded at Six Flags Great Escape in New York when a child was caught on video while helplessly dangling from one of the gondola rides as a crowd watched in horror.A group of people heroically gathered underneath the terrified young girl, and amazingly were able to catch her when she eventually fell from the ride. This is a nightmare for any parent. Thankfully, this story ends well.Watch the intense video:last_img

VIDEO All 26 of Floyd Mayweather Jrs career KOs

first_imgMost experts believe that McGregor/Mayweather will end with a knockout, most believe Mayweather will be the one to deliver it.Mayweather has recorded 26 career knockouts (by KO or TKO), but hasn’t KO’d an opponent since Victor Ortiz in 2011, on what many consider a cheap shot.The biggest question heading into the McGregor fight is if McGregor can fluster Mayweather with an overly aggressive fight plan and somehow land a miracle knockout. Even though Floyd is older and hasn’t shown power recently, this video shows what could happen if McGregor doesn’t respect his speed. It’s on another level.If McGregor tries to make it a brawl, he’s likely going down and won’t know what hit him, like these guys.last_img read more

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Yellen defends Fed policies from critical House lawmakers

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday she is encouraged by signs that the economy is reviving after a brutal winter. And if the improvements stay on track, the Fed will likely start raising interest rates later this year.Yellen, however, downplayed the importance of the timing of the first rate hike as she delivered the Fed’s mid-year economic outlook to Congress. Interest rates will remain at very low levels “for quite some time after the first increase,” she said. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories The moves triggered criticism that the Fed has become too powerful, and is too secretive and unaccountable. Lawmakers in both the House and Senate have introduced legislation to rein in the Fed’s independence. Such measures, the Fed says, could damage the independence it needs to maintain credibility with financial markets.Yellen faced a particularly sharp rebuke from a Republican lawmaker unhappy over the Fed’s refusal to hand over documents subpoenaed by the committee. The requested documents relate to an investigation of a possible Fed leak of market-sensitive information in October 2012.“If anyone is trying to sweep this under the rug, it is the Fed,” said Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisconsin.Yellen said that she planned to turn over all the documents that have been requested once the investigations by the Department of Justice and the Fed’s inspector general are completed. She said she had been told that turning over all the information now could jeopardize those pending investigations.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “There is not a central bank in the world that follows a rule that would rely on only two variables,” she said.The Fed’s benchmark rate has been at a record low near zero since December 2008. That has translated to historically low borrowing rates for consumers and businesses.Many economists peg September for a rate liftoff, but they see at most only two quarter-point moves this year.“If the economy evolves as we expect, economic conditions likely would make it appropriate at some point this year to raise the federal funds target,” Yellen said.Yellen stressed that her outlook is based on the expectation that the labor market will keep improving and inflation will begin moving closer to the Fed’s 2 percent target for annual price gains. Inflation is currently running lower than the pace the Fed believes is optimal for a healthy economy.A decision to raise rates, Yellen said, “will signal how much progress the economy has made in healing from the trauma of the financial crisis.”Yellen highlighted a number of areas that had improved.The unemployment rate in June dropped to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent. She also cited “noticeable declines” over the past year in the number of long-term unemployed — people who have been out of work six months or longer — and in the number of people working part-time because they can’t find full-time jobs. But she said problems with the labor market remained, including anemic wage growth. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Yellen spent three hours Wednesday addressing the House Financial Services Committee in the first of two days of testimony. While the session began with her optimistic assessment of the economy, it turned contentious at times during the question-and-answer period as lawmakers criticized everything from the Fed’s stance on interest rates to its accountability and power.Anticipating tough questions from Republicans, Yellen outlined in her prepared remarks the steps the central bank has taken in recent years increase transparency. She said the Fed holds press conferences after four of its eight meetings each year and updates its economic forecasts more frequently.“The Federal Reserve ranks among the most transparent central banks,” Yellen said.But many GOP lawmakers were less than satisfied.They urged her to consider supporting changes in how the Fed operates, such as adopting a rule that would link rate hikes to changes in economic growth and inflation. Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, said a simple rule would make the Fed more predictable and understandable and help an economy “mired in lackluster, halting economic growth.”Yellen strongly rejected the idea. She also noted solid gains in consumer spending, auto sales and home construction.At the same time, Yellen described business investment and export sales as weak. Investment has been hurt by spending cutbacks at energy, while exports have suffered from the rising value of the dollar, which makes U.S. goods less competitive in foreign markets.Overseas developments could also weigh on U.S. growth in coming months.“The situation in Greece remains difficult,” she said. “And China continues to grapple with the challenges posed by high debt, weak property markets and volatile financial conditions.”If either Greece or China created “substantial risks,” it could delay a Fed rate increase, she said. Any delay might mean that subsequent rate hikes might take place more rapidly than the gradual pace the Fed currently anticipates.Yellen’s appearance Wednesday will be followed by testimony Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee. Under law, she is required to provide Congress twice a year with updates on the Fed’s economic outlook and its handling of interest rates.The Fed, responding to the 2008 financial crisis and the worst economic downturn in seven decades, expanded its balance sheet by purchasing trillions of dollars in bonds and took other aggressive actions to lower interest rates and battle high unemployment. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

Foreign Homebuyers Discouraged by Strong Dollar US Markets

first_img Appreciation CoreLogic Foreign Homebuyers Home Prices Home Sales 2015-07-13 Staff Writer Foreign Homebuyers Discouraged by Strong Dollar U.S. Markets Although home sales in the U.S. have reached their highest peak since 2007 during the first four months of 2015, foreign homebuyers are not adding to these growing sales. According to a blog by Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s chief economist, in relation to the same period one year ago, home sales jumped 9 percent with the help of lower fixed mortgage rates by one-half percentage point, but foreign buyers did not help with this increase.Nothaft noted that in a National Association of Realtors (NAR) report, the number of U.S. homebuyers who identified as international dropped to 2 percent during the first four months of 2015 from 2.5 percent a year earlier. This equaled a 19 percent decline. Approximately three-fourths of real estate agents who work with international clients said that foreign exchange rate changes have a moderate to very significant effect on foreign homebuying.“The U.S. dollar has strengthened against currencies used by many foreigners who buy homes in the U.S,” Nothaft said. “From the beginning of 2014 through April 2015, the U.S. dollar had appreciated 10 percent relative to the United Kingdom pound, 13 percent relative to the Canadian dollar, and 26 percent relative to the euro. Notable exceptions to these large swings in foreign exchange values were the Chinese yuan and Hong Kong dollar, which have closely tracked the value of the U.S dollar.”According to the blog, a stronger U.S. dollar makes property more expensive for foreign buyers who have weaker currencies. This explains why foreign buyer purchases have dropped, mostly for those that were affected by the foreign exchange swing.“Between the first four months of 2014 and the same four months of 2015, the number of homes sold to foreign buyers drastically declined,” Nothaft said. “Foreign purchases were down between one-quarter to one-third during this period for buyers whose currencies depreciated significantly relative to the U.S. dollar, even though domestic purchases rose.”On top of the sticker shock caused by the stronger U.S. dollar, Nothaft says that the markets where foreigners tend to buy have also had strong home price appreciation in the last few years.“Foreign buying could continue to decline, level off or increase in 2016 depending on the value of the U.S. dollar relative to most foreign currencies, but the uncertainties surrounding how the Eurozone will resolve the debt crisis in Greece has made it more difficult to project foreign currency movements,” Nothaft concluded. July 13, 2015 528 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Sharelast_img read more

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