CALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is cutting 1,000 wells from its 2019 drilling forecast due to what it calls deteriorating investor confidence in Canada.The industry group says it now expects 5,600 wells to be drilled in Canada this year, down from its November forecast of 6,600, and 19 percent behind the 2018 total of 6,948 wells drilled.In B.C. the number of wells remains unchanged at 382. PSAC CEO Gary Mar says a lack of market access continues to discourage investment in oil and gas exploration and production in Canada.“While we are excited about the final investment decision of LNG Canada for its Kitimat LNG project, development, and production activity to supply the natural gas for the facility is still years away”, continued Mar.He says Alberta’s decision to curtail oil production by 325,000 barrels per day as of Jan. 1 has added to uncertainty levels, leading to more delays on spending decisions by producers.He says his members are laying off workers and struggling to stay solvent with current active rig levels below 40 percent, down from over 50 percent at the same time last year.The forecast reduces the number of wells expected to be drilled in Alberta by about 580 to 2,950, and in Saskatchewan by about 450 to just under 2,000.
CHICAGO — Grain futures were higher Wedneesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Sept. delivery rose 3 cents at $4.83 a bushel; Sept. corn was up .60 cent at $3.45 a bushel; Dec. oats gained 6 cents at $2.79 a bushel; while Sept. soybeans advanced 8.20 cents at 8.5360 a bushel.Beef was higher and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Oct. live cattle rose 3.24 cents at $0.9762 a pound; Sep. feeder cattle gained 3.24 cents at $1.3555 a pound; Oct. lean hogs was off .24 cent at .6028 a pound.The Associated Press
Survey: Growth at US services companies slowed in January WASHINGTON – A private survey says U.S. services companies grew in January at the slowest rate in nearly two years, as global economic challenges are showing some signs of spreading to consumers.The Institute for Supply Management said that its services index fell to 53.5 last month from 55.8 in December. The January figure was the lowest since February 2014, when it was 52.6. Still, any reading above 50 signals that services firms are expanding.“It’s a little bit of a cooling off,” said Anthony Nieves, chair of the ISM non-manufacturing business survey committee. But Nieves stressed, “As long as we’re staying above the 50 baseline, things are still going in the right direction.”The U.S. economy is off to a rocky start in 2016. Stocks have plunged. Manufacturing activity fell in January for the fourth consecutive month. U.S. growth economic growth slowed sharply in the final months of 2015. China, Japan, Europe and Brazil face more immediate financial challenges.Still, the U.S. services sector has been a source of stability amid the turmoil. The ISM index has been expanding for the past six years, its gains dovetailing with the recovery from the recession. An improving services sector has coincided with a healthy dose of hiring, as employers added 292,000 workers to their payrolls in December. The unemployment rate held at 5 per cent.Economists say the government jobs report for January to be released Friday should show another 200,000 jobs added.The majority of respondents to the survey for the services index were positive about business conditions. But they expressed concern about the global economy and turbulent stock market eroding consumer confidence.The services survey showed continued but slower growth for business activity, new orders and employment.Falling oil prices have hurt U.S. exports and factories, yet that has meant more breathing room for consumers, whose wages have barely budged. Gasoline costs have tumbled 13 per cent over the past year to a national average of $1.79 a gallon, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge.The troubled global economy walloped the United States in the October-December quarter of last year. Annual economic growth slowed to a rate of 0.7 per cent from 2 per cent in the prior quarter. Consumer spending, business investment and exports each decelerated as 2015 ended.Manufacturing remains the primary drag.The ISM’s index of factory activity inched up to 48.2 from a revised 48 in December, but any reading below 50 signals a contraction. The index has stayed below 50 since September.The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers. Its services survey covers businesses that employ the vast majority of workers, including retail, construction, health care and financial services companies. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2016 8:11 am MDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Thursday, June 4, 2015, file photo, Jazmin Donati places a price label on baked goods for sale at Panther Coffee, in Miami. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for January. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
WHO 2019 Map of measles incidence rate per million in the WHO European Region, January—December 2018 (data as of 01 February 2019) This surge in measles cases last year coincided with more children than ever before receiving their full two-dose vaccination in 2017, showing an estimated 90 per cent immunization coverage – the highest since records began in 2000. Coverage with just the first dose of the vaccine also increased slightly to 95 per cent, the highest level since 2013.Forty-three European countries interrupted transmission of endemic measles for at least 12 months as of the end of 2017, showing that elimination of the disease is well within reach for the whole region.WHO explained that this seeming contradiction between the record numbers of those being protected, as well as contracting the disease, can be explained by the fact that vaccination rates nationally, are not matched by major immunization gaps at a regional and local level.“The picture for 2018 makes it clear that the current pace of progress in raising immunization rates will be insufficient to stop measles circulation,” said Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, Director of WHO’s Regional Office for Europe. “While data indicate exceptionally high immunization coverage at regional level, they also reflect a record number affected and killed by the disease”.“Progress in achieving high national coverage is commendable,” added Dr. Nedret Emiroglu, who heads the Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases for WHO Europe. “However, it cannot make us blind to the people and places that are still being missed. It is here that we must now concentrate increased efforts. We should never become complacent about our successes but continue to strive to reach the final mile. Together we can make this happen,” he stressed.To prevent outbreaks and eliminate measles, WHO says countries need to sustain at least 95 per cent of national and sub-national immunization coverage with two doses of measles vaccine, as well as identify and target all pockets of under-immunization among their populations. This will ensure protection for everyone – including babies too young to be vaccinated and others who cannot be immunized due to existing diseases and medical conditions.WHO has developed a European Vaccine Action Plan for 2015 to 2020, which lays out a strategy endorsed by all the region’s 53 Member States to eliminate both measles and rubella. In 2018, measles killed 72 children and adults in the European Region, which consists of 53 countries, including Azerbaijan, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.Close to 82,600 people in 47 of those 53 countries contracted the virus, representing the highest number of annual cases in the past decade: three times the total reported in 2017, and 15 times the record low, reported in 2016.The biggest hotspot by far, is Ukraine with 53,218 reported cases in 2018, followed by Serbia with 5,076, Israel with 2,919, France with 2,913 and Italy with 2,517.
For just a while, it seemed like maybe, just maybe, we were headed for the unthinkable.The Houston Rockets opened up a 17-point edge after one period, couldn’t miss and led the Golden State Warriors by 10 going into half of Game 6 on Saturday night, a contest Golden State had to have to keep its season alive. Based on how the last two games had gone — with Houston coming out on the winning end of two close games — it would have been fair to think that this might be it for the Warriors. Even without injured star point guard Chris Paul, Houston came out of the gate scorching, hitting 8-of-12 from distance in the opening quarter while the Warriors connected on just 1-of-7 from behind the three-point arc.But then Klay Thompson happened, and the Oracle Arena crowd came to life. Thompson and Stephen Curry caught fire and helped Golden State land yet another patented third-period haymaker — one that would daze the Rockets more than in Game 4 — en route to outscoring Houston by a ledger of 93 to 47 from the end of the first quarter to the end of the contest. And we found ourselves with a Western Conference finals series knotted at three games apiece instead.Thompson’s second-half outburst — reminiscent of his landscape-changing Game 6 showing against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the West finals two years ago — lifted the Warriors to a 115-86 victory Saturday, giving the league two Game 7s this holiday weekend.And while it’s easy enough to say that the Warriors simply shot better Saturday, there was a bit more to it than just that.For starters, Golden State, in an effort to force the Rockets into defensive catch-22s, has begun leaning considerably on pick-and-pop sets in which Thompson comes over to set a screen for either Curry or Durant. In fact, that play — which the Warriors ran seven times in Saturday’s win alone — has generated far more points in these six games (42) than it did during the entire 82-game regular season that just passed, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats. All told, Golden State has had Thompson screen for either Curry or Durant in a pick-and-pop scenario 7.4 times per 100 possessions against Houston this postseason, up from less than once every 100 plays during the regular season.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/klayscreens.mp400:0000:0001:43Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Utilizing this play more than a handful of times presents a significant shift in two key ways. First off, the Warriors — with their against-the-grain style — don’t really run all that many pick-and-roll sets to begin with, instead orchestrating a beautiful, yet chaotic web of off-ball screens that works to free up the team’s historic stable of sharpshooters. Beyond that, even when Golden State does use more traditional screen-and-roll sets, it usually does so with Draymond Green, who makes use of all the attention shown to Curry to operate with downhill, 4-on-3 advantages.Being able to go to that play — and averaging 1.45 points per time they use it — has helped unclog what, at times, has become a stagnant offense during this series. Back during Game 5, a miked-up Steve Kerr was shown imploring Durant to move the ball earlier and more often to stop the switchy Houston defense from clamping down. The two-man game with Thompson helps facilitate that, as it forces defenders to either seal off Durant or Curry’s driving path, or to fan out toward Thompson — who has by far the NBA’s quickest jumpshot release — at the arc.Beyond Thompson’s breakout showing for 35 points, a couple of other things stood out. Among them: Houston’s 21 turnovers. The turnovers might merely be a problematic one-game blip, but they may be cause for concern in light of likely NBA MVP James Harden — who ran out of gas down the stretch of the Rockets’ playoff run in 2017 — being asked to carry the load again. If Paul can’t play through his hamstring injury in Game 7, Harden will need a ton of support to close the series out.It’s unclear whether he can expect any of that help to come from officials. Harden, the NBA’s perennial leader in free-throw attempts, didn’t get to the line at all after halftime despite some plays that looked as if they’d draw a whistle because of the apparent contact that’d taken place. This sequence, with the Warriors up by 7 points with about 10 minutes to play, stood out in particular.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/nofoul.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But at this stage of the game, with Houston being this close to taking down the reigning champs, Harden and the Rockets seemingly have to know that no one is going to hand them anything.Instead, they’ll have to go in and take what they perceive to be their rightful place on the NBA throne. And that may very well take everything they have Monday night, especially now that Golden State appears to have found its groove on the offensive end of the floor.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
The Buckeyes take the field prior to the game against Rutgers in High Point Solutions Stadium on Sep. 30. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State moved up one spot to No. 10 in Week 6 of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, following Saturday night’s 56-0 road win at Rutgers.The Buckeyes are one of four Big Ten teams in the top 25, all of which are ranked in the top 10. Penn State remained at No. 4 after dispatching Indiana at home, 45-14. Wisconsin is slotted at No. 9 following a 33-24 home win against Northwestern. Michigan moved up to No. 7 coming off its bye week.Georgia replaced USC at No. 5 after the Trojans lost at then-No. 16 Washington State. No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Oklahoma round out the top five.The Buckeyes play Maryland (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) Saturday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus 4 p.m on FOX.AP Top 25Alabama (44) Clemson (17) Oklahoma Penn State Georgia Washington Michigan TCU Wisconsin Ohio State Washington State Auburn Miami (FL) USC Oklahoma State Virginia Tech Louisville South Florida San Diego State Utah Notre Dame Florida West Virginia North Carolina State UCF
There are a lot more where these came from. If you’re longing for more pointless pairs of properties, check out Just Two Things on Tumblr for more updates. You can also follow the Just Two Things Twitter bot as it mechanically combines names into new mash-ups just waiting to be exploited. Breaking Bad plus Superman? Breaking Man. Harry Potter plus Kill La Kill? Harry Kill.Are you as sick of vapid pop culture pandering as I am? Would you be caught dead in any of these shirts? Let us know in the comments! We did it. We’ve finally won the war against culture. It wasn’t easy. It took decades of nerds being ostracized due to their offbeat interests, only for those same interests to get co-opted by massive corporations, until suddenly the very air we breathe is now full of Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and the franchises not owned by Disney.Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy some geeky movies, TV shows, video games, and whatever else. I’m a Senior Editor at Geek.com for crying out loud. But the current omnipresence of nerd culture isn’t always pretty.No, I’m not talking about the legitimately horrific harassment that infests the internet. That’s a whole other issue. I’m talking about good old-fashioned pandering. These days if you can open up Photoshop, stick Doctor Who and a Banksy photo in a blender, and slap it on a hat, you can make some real money from less-than-frugal dorks. Everyone is guilty of this, from the soulless profiteers at TeeFury to the earnest fan artist with the insufferable DeviantArt or Etsy page.In this agonizing new age of meaningless mash-ups, the heroic Tumblr blog Just Two Things has taken up the task of chronicling the worst of the worst. And we’ve collected a sample of their findings. Below you’ll see 11 examples (or 22 things) of artless juxtapositions for money or nerd cred or something.All your favorites, from Deadpool to Pokemon to Firefly, are ruthlessly strip-mined of value. Each slide has a link to the source Tumblr post, where you can read more snarky commentary from the curators tracking our declining culture. In the captions I’ll also be providing some creative writing thought experiments on what kind of movie or TV show or game these mash-ups would be if they actually existed. Angry Mutant Ninja Birds is a mobile beat ’em up where players fling themselves at an army of green Bebops.Source<><>
ORLANDO, Fla. — A Chechen immigrant was shot to death by authorities while being questioned in the Boston Marathon bombing case early Wednesday after he lunged at an FBI agent with a knife, officials said.Ibragim Todashev, a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter, was gunned down at his home during a meeting with the agent and two Massachusetts state troopers, authorities said. The agent was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The FBI gave no details on why they were interested in Todashev. But acquaintances said Todashev knew one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, from mixed martial arts fighting in Boston. Public records also show Todashev lived in Watertown, Mass., just outside Boston, last year.Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police days after the April 15 bombings. His brother, Dzhokhar, survived and is charged with carrying out the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.Muslin Chapkhanov, a former roommate of Todashev’s in the Orlando suburb of Kissimmee, Fla., said Todashev knew the older Tsarnaev brother. “He was living in Boston and I think he trained with him,” Chapkhanov told The Associated Press.
News Watch Andie Case cover Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” amy-winehouse-youtube-star-andie-case-covers-rehab Email Twitter Facebook Amy Winehouse: YouTube star Andie Case covers “Rehab” See the Seattle-based singer/songwriter interpret the GRAMMY-winning hit, plus learn how the late Winehouse influenced herTim McPhateGRAMMYs Jul 20, 2017 – 5:24 pm GRAMMY.comAre you in the know on Andie Case’s soulful voice? If you are one her YouTube subscribers, chances are you’re already dialed in. But if not, you’re in for a rare treat.The Seattle-based singer/songwriter has put her own stripped-down stamp on Amy Winehouse’s GRAMMY-winning modern classic for the latest installment of The Recording Academy ReImagined series.Filmed at YouTube Space in Los Angeles, Case is backed by bandmates Adam Woolman (guitarist) and Kevin Past (drummer) for this exclusive cover performance. “I chose to sing ‘Rehab’ [for ReImagined] because when I first heard the song, it almost shocked me,” said Case. “It was so different from anything else … and it was so genuine. I grew up listening to a lot of classic music and [this song] brought that back, and I think that’s why I loved her so much.”With 1.1-plus million YouTube subscribers, Case has garnered an audience for her viral videos, which include original material such as “So Low,” drive-by sing-alongs to hits by Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo, and covers of songs by Ellie Goulding and Katy Perry, among others. In 2016 she left behind a job as a barista to focus on her music career full-time.Is Andie Case an artist to keep on the radar? Judging by this on-point take on “Rehab,” I’d say, “Yes, yes, yes.”More ReImagined: Watch Lindsey Stirling cover Green Day
Alarmed by a crisis over its flagship brand Maggi, Nestle has appointed Suresh Narayanan as its India MD in a major reshuffle, replacing Etienne Benet.However, the appointment is yet to receive an approval and Narayanan will take charge next month once it is done.”Narayanan will function as a designate. The proposal is subject to necessary approvals,” ET Now reported quoting, citing a statement from the company.Benet, the incumbent Nestle India MD, will move to the company’s headquarters in Switzerland.According to some reports, Nestle has appointed an Indian to head its operations in the country after a gap of 16 years.Narayanan joined the company in 1999 in India and later worked as head of sales for Nestle’s South Asia Region from 2005 to 2008. During this period, Narayanan led many structural and strategic changes in sales and customer management.Currently, he is the chairman and CEO of Nestle Philippines.Narayanan’s appointment comes at a time when the company suffers from huge losses due to a ban on Maggi noodles by the Indian authorities.On 5 June, India’s food safety regulator, Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), had ordered Nestle India to recall all available stock of Maggi noodles from the market after more-than-permissible levels of lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG) were found to be present in samples of the noodles that were tested across laboratories by various states.”The way the matter played out was unfair to Nestle. The company wasn’t given a chance to prove themselves,” said Equinox Labs chief executive Ashwin Bhadri.Analysts see a 50% decline in volume growth of Nestle India’s ready-to-eat food products in 2015 as a result of ban of Maggi noodles, before recovering to 100% next year.Nestle had filed a case in the Bombay High Court challenging the ban imposed by FSSAI on Maggi.Recently, the court has allowed the company to export Maggi noodles, currently banned in several states in the country.
Share Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/01115203/WhatsApp-Video-2017-05-01-at-11.46.04-AM.mp400:0000:0000:46Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. There were May Day marches across the country on Monday, May 1st, and Houston was no exception.The march in the Bayou City gathered about 150 people and focused on advocating for a more humane immigration enforcement policy.Some who took part in it said that, while there is a need to overhaul the immigration system, there is another more urgent need.“At this moment, really what we are urging at a federal level is to stop the anti-immigrant executive orders, for the president to stop targeting undocumented immigrants,” said Abraham Espinosa, director of community protection with the group Families and Students in the Struggle (better known as FIEL — its acronym in Spanish).Al OrtizAbout 150 marchers asked for the end of deportations and for Texas lawmakers not to give the final approval to SB 4, a bill advancing in the Legislature that aims to entitle police officers to ask about immigration documents.Rose Escobar also marched.Immigration authorities deported her husband José back in March for what Escobar argues is a technicality about his temporary protected status, commonly known as TPS.“We’re hoping and praying that we touch people in a way that they need to understand they’re ripping out families,” noted Escobar.Al Ortiz | Houston Public MediaMay Day march on May 1st, 2017 in Houston downtown asked for immigration relief.Melissa Lopez also participated in the event.Hers is what some call a mixed-status family because her mother is undocumented, she is a Deferred Action (DACA) recipient and her sister is a U.S. citizen.“It’s difficult and also stressful to see like what will happen if my mom left and I was here with my sister, who’s going to take care of the apartment?” Lopez commented. “Would I be able to afford to take care of my sister or myself? Would I be able to continue school? It’s very stressful.”The marchers asked for the end of deportations and for Texas lawmakers not to give the final approval to SB4, a bill advancing in the Legislature that aims to entitle police officers to ask about immigration documents.The marchers also went to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s district office in downtown Houston and turned in letters asking for mercy for undocumented immigrants..
Back in November, Activision surprised and horrified gamers all across the country when it was rumored that they were in the process of closing down Bizarre Creations, the incredibly talented in-house studio behind the Project Gotham Racing series, Geometry Wars and Blur. Activision quickly clarified matters in the face of consumer outrage, saying that were not closing the studio, but that they were instead trying to sell their recent 2007-era acquisition to another publisher. Gamers heaved a sigh of relief: Bizarre Creations was an incredible dev, and didn’t deserve to die.Well, guess what? A few months later, Activision’s now killing off Bizarre after not being able to find a buyer. They swear they’re not leaving the team out high-and-dry, though:“We of course care about this team. We’re offering the studio as many resources as possible, including counselling, external placement services and external career fairs.” Boy, if you only cared about the team enough to keep them open and give them another chance. If only you put the resources in. What weirdo moon man accounting can possibly explain how a company that made $650MM in a single week on Call of Duty: Black Ops can’t afford to keep open one of their best and most innovative studios?What bull. Gamers have lost an amazing developer today.Read more at Develop
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Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. March 30, 2011 – Interventional radiologists have completed the first human randomized controlled trial of therapeutic renal denervation, or RDN. RDN is a procedure that uses a catheter-based probe inserted into the renal artery that emits high-frequency energy to deactivate the nerves near the kidneys (or in the renal artery) that are linked to high blood pressure. The researchers say these results confirm that RDN may be an effective therapy for reducing—and consistently controlling—resistant hypertension when current medications have failed. The results were presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 36th Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago. “Renal denervation, a minimally invasive, effective treatment, appears to be safe in the short term with a low incidence of local complications. Its efficacy to lower blood pressure in patients with resistant high blood pressure will be better evaluated with the results of a subsequent trial,” said Marc R. Sapoval, M.D., Ph.D., professor of clinical radiology and chair of the cardiovascular radiology department at Hopital Europeen Georges-Pompidou in Paris. “After six months, 39 percent of patients receiving the endovascular denervation treatment had reached the recommended blood pressure level and, overall, 50 percent of patients showed a measurable benefit of the intervention.” The renal sympathetic system, the small nerves that carry signals to and from the brain and kidney, plays an important role in regulating blood pressure. However, the disruption of these nerve fibers has a positive effect on blood pressure levels. “Given its impact on the central sympathetic drive, endovascular renal denervation may have applicability in additional disease states such as heart failure, cardio-renal syndrome, hepato-renal syndrome, and in the prevention of progression of chronic kidney disease and hypertension in end-stage renal disease—with the added benefit of helping to raise public awareness on the dramatic burden of this disease,” said Sapoval. This study targeted only patients with resistant essential hypertension, which means that a doctor couldn’t find any reason for the condition. Sapoval said the causes of high blood pressure can be wide-ranging, such as a benign tumor in the adrenal gland, stenosis of the renal artery, the taking of certain prescription drugs or other factors. By randomized assignment, 106 adult patients with uncontrolled hypertension received either oral medication or the renal denervation treatment. Six months after the intervention, systolic pressure fell an average of 32 mmHg and diastolic pressure fell an average of 12 mmHg. This initial cohort has been expanded to a multicenter randomized controlled trial at 24 international sites. Sapoval conceded that this was a small study, that the work still experimental, and that renal denervation should be performed only by interventional radiologists on screened patients in strictly controlled academic and/or research settings. However, he noted that it shows great promise for those suffering from resistant hypertension. Sapoval said that the patients had a short hospital stay for safety reasons, but that the treatment might possibly be performed in an outpatient clinic in the future. 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in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination, Secondary Market Banking Industry Begins Preparation for Higher Credit Costs March 15, 2016 515 Views Share Banking Industry Credit Costs Kroll Bond Rating Agency 2016-03-15 Staff Writer The U.S. banking industry’s period of recovery and release have come to a close and significantly higher credit costs lie ahead which will indeed affect these institutions’ first quarter earnings.Fourth quarter 2015 data from the banking industry showed that the Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) was right about their previous predictions that the period of recovery and reserve releases ended for U.S. banks last year.As banks enter the first quarter of 2016, the agency says that the industry is entering a more normal period of building loan reserve levels for future losses, which suggests that significantly higher credit costs lie ahead.”The era of virtuous performance of bank credit exposures almost perfectly coincides with the period of credit spread compression engineered by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), begging the question as to whether we now face a sustained period of rising bank credit costs,” KBRA stated. “Provisions for loan losses exceeded charge-offs for the first time in six years at the end of 2015. KBRA expects to see continued increases in charge-offs and bank loan loss provisions as the year unfolds.”According to the agency, the real estate industry may see increased incidence of charge-offs and non-current loans, but overall loan performance is projected to do well at banks. “It may be inevitable for bank credit costs to rise in the wake of the end of QE, but we do not expect that these increased credit costs will translate into lower credit ratings for banks in our coverage universe regardless of size,” the report stated.KBRA noted that loans secured by real estate of all asset types increased by 4.9 percent in Q4 2015, with construction and development lending leading these gains. The report noted, “real estate credit conditions have been strong over the past few years, but face headwinds. In this regard, it is important for investors to understand that the performance of bank portfolios and similar asset-backed securities (ABS) asset classes are quite disparate and can even show negative correlations through the credit cycle.”Click here to view the full report.
Turkish fashion designer Barbaros Sansal, who was arrested in January in the north and deported to Turkey over comments he had made that were perceived to be insulting to the country, was given a suspended six-month prison sentence on Thursday.Sansal, who posted a video on social media on New Year’s Eve criticising certain religious circles in Turkey and the Turkish government, was sentenced to six months and 20 days in prison, after being found guilty of public contempt of the Turkish nation and of the Republic of Turkey. His sentence was suspended.The outspoken fashion designer is a critic of President Tayyip Erdogan. He often visits both northern Cyprus and the government-controlled areas, and was in the north when he posted his New Year video.Press reports in the north had said that Turkey demanded Sansal’s arrest. Moments after landing at Ataturk airport following his deportation from the north, he was assaulted by an angry mob on the stairs of a plane.In his video, Sansal mentioned journalists arrested in Turkey, corruption within the ruling AKP, abused children and murdered women and criticised the “bigoted” circles in Turkey which had spread “hate speech” against New Year celebrations.Sansal said that he was in northern Cyprus and was going to welcome 2017, drink all he could, then go to the south of the island to enter 2017 once again, reminding listeners that the two sides on the island were in different time zones.Much of his video was critical of fundamentalist circles in Turkey which, in the lead up to Christmas and New Year, had been spreading messages telling people that celebrating the New Year was a “Christian thing” and that those who celebrated it were infidels who sinned by consuming alcohol. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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