Cheaper rates lift approvals to six-month high

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share whatsapp MORTGAGE approvals climbed to a six-month high in February, according to figures released by the Bank of England yesterdayMortgage approvals for house purchases numbered 61,760 in February, up from 60,707 in January. Net mortgage lending rose by £1.74bn, the fastest growth in three months.Recent surveys of the housing market have shown a cooling in house price growth. Mortgage lender Nationwide last week said British house prices rose in March by the smallest annual amount since September 2013. While figures from Halifax also show a slowdown, year-on-year growth remains at elevated levels – over five per cent, according to Nat­ionwide, and at eight per cent, according to Halifax.The mortgage market was interrupted last year by the introduction of the Mortgage Market Review – a strict set of mortgage rules. Double-digit annual house price rises and falling affordability also put consumers off of borrowing.“Today’s data from the Bank of England show that momentum is returning to the mortgage market with loan approvals for house purchases steadily climbing from month to month. Homebuyers are showing no signs of being dissuaded by uncertainty surrounding the election, and are taking advantage of market conditions that are ripe for borrowing at affordable rates,” said Brian Murphy, head of lending at the Mortgage Advice Bureau.“The combination of low inflation, moderating house price growth and a delay in the base rate rise seems to be working in consumers’ favour. Fierce competition between lenders is also a significant factor behind the rise in approvals. The emergence of more specialist lenders to compete with the high street brands means that, even with rigorous affordability checks in place, customers have more options than ever to explore getting a loan.” More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comcenter_img Express KCS by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent ExpressMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.comBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlush Monday 30 March 2015 8:42 pm Cheaper rates lift approvals to six-month high Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Chuseok Drives Market Price Spikes

first_img Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] NewsEconomy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Kang Mi Jin – 2013.09.19 2:17pm Markets in the border city of Hyesan saw sharp price increases incited by today’s Chuseok holiday, an inside source has revealed.The resident of the Yangkang Province city reported to Daily NK yesterday, “Prices in Hyesan Market today were around 6,000 won for a kilo of rice, 5,100 won per kilo of flour, 1500 for a block of tofu, 1300 won for one egg, 20,000 won for a kilo of pork, 13,000 won for a mackerel, 2500 per kilo of eggplant, 8,500-13,000 for apples, 20,000 won a kilo for soybean oil, and 3,000 won for a bundle of green onions.”“Prices have gone up by roughly 10% in the last week, presumably because of the holiday,” the source added. “The average family wanting to prepare the traditional table for ancestors over Chuseok will need to spend around 50-70,000 won this year.” The source continued, “In the lead up to the holiday period last year, the standard People’s Unit lectures were held telling us to ‘be frugal with food’ during Chuseok. But there were no such lectures this year; there was no special distribution either, though, so the ‘Let’s be frugal’ mantra went with it.”“People here watch TV and joke with each other that ‘those people getting a new house with a television will all have to pay that back in the future, one way or another,’ and, ‘In the regions we work to save ourselves, just like the Party slogans say.’”The traditional Korean harvest festival, Chuseok, falls today. Most families in both North and South Korea seek to pay their respects to ancestors on this day by holding a ceremony known as “Jesa.” It requires a considerable amount of food to undertake Jesa properly, which drives inflation in both countries. In South Korea these price rises are a staple feature of television news; however, in North Korea markets and market prices are never discussed in the media or other public settings. US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Chuseok Drives Market Price Spikes North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) center_img SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News News News Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Profits grow for iA Financial in Q3

first_img TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Most of iA’s business units saw “significant” top-line growth during the quarter, the firm said in a release.iA’s individual insurance business recorded an experience gain of $12.8 million. Markets had a positive impact on universal life policies and assets that back insurance reserves, although mortality was “unfavourable,” resulting in a $0.02 hit to EPS.Individual wealth management had an gain of $3.5 million. Guaranteed product sales were $208.2 million, up 29% from a year ago, and segregated fund sales totalled $724.9 million, up 26% from a year ago.Gross mutual fund sales hit $544.7 million, up 17% from a year ago. Net sales of mutual funds were positive for the second consecutive quarter, with net inflows reaching $47.6 million.iA reported assets under management and administration of $185.8 billion in Q3, up from $181 billion at the end of Q2, but down from $187.1 billion a year ago.The firm reported a solvency ratio of 125% — “well above” its target range of 110–116%.“Amid the ongoing pandemic, we’re continuing to pursue long-term growth while protecting our substantial financial strength,” Denis Ricard, president and CEO of iA Financial Group, said in a statement. IE Staff One in five Canadian investors plans to switch wealth providers: EY study Profits increased once again for Quebec City–based iA Financial Corporation in the third quarter.The firm reported net income attributed to common shareholders of $217.5 million in Q3, up from $188.2 million in Q2 and $183.7 million a year ago. Diluted earnings per common share (EPS) reached $2.03 — marking the first time iA’s EPS has crossed the $2 threshold. Keywords Earnings,  Insurance,  Wealth managementCompanies Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital Related news man with calculator 123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Positive COVID-19 Case Update 27 May

first_imgPositive COVID-19 Case Update 27 May Department of the Chief Minister and CabinetOne new COVID-19 case has been recorded in the Northern Territory in the past 24 hours.A 25-year-old male, who arrived on the repatriation flight from Istanbul on 24 May 2021 has tested positive for COVID-19.He is asymptomatic and is under the care of the NT Health at the NT Centre for National Resilience.Since repatriation flights to the Northern Territory began on 23 October 2020:7,746 international arrivals have undertaken quarantine at the Howard Springs Centre for National Resilience.A total of 124 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported from international repatriation.The total number of cases diagnosed in the Northern Territory is 173. All cases have been related to international or interstate travel, with no cases of community transmission. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, community, covid-19, Government, health, Howard, Istanbul, Northern Territory, NT Health, quarantine, resilience, travellast_img read more

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Motwani Jadeja Foundation to organise CODE19

first_img Add Comment Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Association of Designers in IndiaCODE19Code19IndiaCOVID-19HackathonHackerEarthMotwani Jadeja Foundation By EH News Bureau on April 8, 2020 Read Article Motwani Jadeja Foundation to organise CODE19 News Share The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” An online hackathon to find solutions to India’s challenges against Coronavirus outbreakMotwani Jadeja Foundation is bringing together the best minds in a 72-hour online hackathon called CODE19 to find solutions to India’s challenges against the Coronavirus outbreak.The contest, which begins on April 10, 2020, is expected to see over 3,000 participants across nationalities, ethnicities and gender. Working online from the comfort of their homes while India is on a 21-day lockdown, they will collaborate with mentors, subject-matter specialists, data sources and a network of collaborators in the quest for solutions against COVID-19. The online hackathon is open to everyone as individuals and teams, without any criteria or age limit. Those wishing to participate can sign up on www.code19.in till 6 pm IST on April 10.Asha Jadeja Motwani, Founder, Motwani Jadeja Foundation said, “Coronavirus is a huge health challenge facing India. Any new crisis requires a new set of ideas and mitigation strategies. Hence, it is our collective responsibility to put our heads together to come up with new ideas and solutions to fight the virus. CODE19 is a platform to bring such bright minds together. By harnessing the power of collaborative computer programming, it aims to create qualitative, open-source projects that would help solve the most pressing problems of the Coronavirus crisis in the country.”She further added, “The focus of CODE19 is on developing solutions quickly and applying them in everyday life. The participants would be tasked with decoding the Coronavirus outbreak and its impact on India, encoding smart solutions to mitigate the impending Corona-inflicted challenges, and winning prizes worth $10,000 to realise their solutions. The ideas and innovations they create would readily be available for scaling and implementation across the country.”Projects are divided into eight specific themes: Medical treatment and testing; Travel and Tourism; Mitigation – Isolation, protection/masks, and social distancing in India; Social life, welfare, and awareness; Research and development; Open innovation for COVID-19; Education and awareness; and Industry.The participants would work on solutions through ideations, wireframes, designs, developments and testing the prototype they are creating. Mentors and guides will help them sharpen their product ideas and convert them to sure-shot successful products that will aid India’s fight against Coronavirus. Under the Open Innovation category, participants would be free to propose their own ideas, technologies and innovative solutions, bioinformatics, datasets, apps for diagnosis, and the likes, which can be leveraged for strengthening the fight against Coronavirus.CODE19 will also have a few online sessions including talks with business leaders as well as Yoga and Meditation, to keep the participants inspired. Prize money worth $ 10,000 is on offer for the winners. There will be public voting at the end of the event to assess the most exciting projects. The winners would be announced at 9 pm on April 14.Code19India is being held in collaboration with Bengaluru-based HackerEarth. The Association of Designers in India (ADI) is also on board and shall assist in providing mentors through its network. Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Related Posts Comments (0) MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre”last_img read more

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UN group sets out internet access goals

first_img Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 23 JAN 2018 Saleha Riaz Previous ArticleVerizon chief talks up 5G as net income soarsNext ArticleVodafone beefs up in Greece with Cyta Hellas buy Home UN group sets out internet access goals Industry urged to bring technology to all Rivals throw support behind UN Africa Covid-19 tracker Relatedcenter_img Tags Mobile leaders push for climate collaboration UNUN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development Author MWC19 – News The UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development wants all countries to have a funded national broadband plan by 2025 as part of its efforts to make internet available to more people.In a statement, it said 50 per cent of the world’s population is expected to be connected to the internet by the end of 2019, which leaves around 3.8 billion people “unconnected and unable to benefit from key social and economic resources in our expanding digital world.”The commission, which is backed by America Movil owner Carlos Slim among others, set targets for 2025 in support of  “connecting the other half” as it considers this important to achieving its Sustainable Development Goals. The targets were launched at a joint meeting of the commission and the World Economic Forum at the latter’s annual meeting, taking place this week in Davos, Switzerland.They include making entry-level broadband services affordable in developing countries, at less than 2 per cent of monthly gross national income per capita, as well as internet user penetration of 75 per cent worldwide.The commission also wants 40 per cent of the world’s population to be using digital financial services and reduce a lack of connectivity among small businesses by 50 per cent.last_img read more

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The Players moves to three-hole aggregate playoff

first_imgThis year’s Players Championship will have the potential for even more spills and thrills. In a move designed to take advantage of one of the game’s most exciting arenas, the PGA Tour announced Wednesday that it is abandoning the sudden-death playoff at The Players in favor of a three-hole aggregate playoff. The playoff holes will be the par-5 16th, par-3 17th and par-4 18th at TPC Sawgrass – the easiest hole (16), the signature hole (17) and the most difficult (18). If the players are still tied after the aggregate playoff, they will compete in sudden death beginning on No. 17, followed by 18, 16, 17 and 18 until a winner is determined. “Holes 16, 17 and 18 of The Players Stadium Course are perhaps the most dramatic closing holes in professional golf from a risk-reward standpoint, as they test all facets of a player’s physical and mental game while under the pressure of trying to win such a significant championship,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a release.  “Given the fact that winning The Players means you have defeated the strongest field in golf, we felt an aggregate playoff that incorporated these three holes was a more appropriate way to determine the champion.” The Players now joins the PGA Championship as the only tournaments to use a three-hole aggregate playoff. The Masters uses a sudden-death format, the U.S. Open has an 18-hole playoff and the Open Championship features a four-hole aggregate playoff.last_img read more

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Thomas Aquinas Weighs in on the Coronavirus and Public Policy

first_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Recommended TagsAndrew McDiarmidChinacoronavirusCOVID-19double effectEvolution NewshealthID the Futuremedicineneurosurgeonpandemicpodcastpolicymakerspolitical calculationspublic policyscienceThomas AquinastransparencyWHO,Trending Medicine Thomas Aquinas Weighs in on the Coronavirus and Public PolicyEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCMay 18, 2020, 6:36 PM On a new episode of ID the Future, host Andrew McDiarmid speaks with pediatric neurosurgeon and professor Michael Egnor about public policy decisions regarding the coronavirus. Download the podcast or listen to it here.In a conversation based on a recent article for Evolution News, Egnor says scientists should have “stayed in their lane,” giving policymakers the information that science can provide about a potential pandemic, and left the political calculations alone. He argues that WHO failed in one of its primary jobs, which is providing timely information and recommendations for preventing and slowing the spread of pandemics. They sat on information about COVID-19 for weeks, long after they knew there was a serious problem in China. Egnor also urges policymakers to apply science along with other expert information in a transparent decision-making process. And they must apply sound ethics — for which Egnor offers Thomas Aquinas’s four-fold framework, including the principle of “double effect.”Editor’s note: For more on Aquinas, intelligent design, and evolution, see the website of Father Michael Chaberek, Aquinas.Design.Image: Thomas Aquinas, via Aquinas.Design. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesislast_img read more

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Police complete process of interviewing Bloody Sunday soldiers

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Previous articleLast day for submissions on Donegal County Council’s LPT strategyNext articleRuaille Buaille le Colm Feiritéar 16/08/16 admin Facebook Police complete process of interviewing Bloody Sunday soldiers Eamon Mc CannPolice have finished interviewing former soldiers as part of their historic investigation into Bloody Sunday, with a report being prepared for the Public Prosecution Service.The People Before Profit MLA and veteran civil rights campaigner Eamonn McCann said it was a significant development, telling the BBC the fact that former British soldiers associated with Bloody Sunday have now been interviewed under caution marks another milestone on the long march towards the truth.He also called for the removal of Parachute Regiment flags which were erected on the Dungiven Road outside the city, saying cheering the paras means cheering for the shooting which scythed through innocent unarmed Derry people 44 years ago. Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+center_img Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project By admin – August 19, 2016 Google+last_img read more

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Stadium Jumping Inc. Announces Official Dates of Tampa Horse Shows

first_imgTampa, FL – January 29, 2008 – Stadium Jumping, Inc., one of the nation’s leading horse show production companies, is pleased to announce the official dates of this year’s equestrian competitions in Tampa, FL. Held the last two weeks of March and the first week of April, the horse shows will feature some of the very best hunter and jumpers in the country at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds.“We’re excited about the Tampa shows this year,” commented Eugene R. Mische, president of Stadium Jumping, Inc. “With the improvements at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, a third week there made a lot of sense to us.”Three weeks of Tampa action kick off on March, 19, 2008 and will continue through April 6. The first competition, the Suncoast International, starts on March 19 and concludes on March 23, with the Tampa Bay Classic following from March 26-30. The final week, the Tournament of Champions, will run from April 1-6.“We look forward to welcoming competitors back and hosting a great competition. And, as always, I personally look forward to the American Invitational. It’s definitely one of America’s premier outdoor show jumping events,” Mische added.The highlight of the horse shows in Tampa is the $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational CSI 4*, which will be held under the lights at Raymond James Stadium, on April 5, 2008. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Email*last_img read more

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