Stars Pledge Support For Victims Of Hurricane Harvey

first_imgBeyonce has pledged to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.“My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,” she said. “I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can.”Meanwhile, Jack Antonoff – record producer and member of the band fun. – tweeted that he is donating to the LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund.“I’m going to match donations up to 10k to the Montrose LGBT Center in Houston for Harvey relief. Please donate!” he tweeted. “Send me your receipts! Many people are hit hard by Harvey. I’m choosing to support the LGBTQ community.”And Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation posted on Instagram:We are headed to Houston to give relief to municipal shelters. We will help transport any animals currently in shelters so that there is room for displaced animals from Hurricane Harvey! Plus any other support we can offer!!!”last_img read more

Residential school lawyers warned over ethics

first_imgBy Kathleen Martens and Paul BarnsleyAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG–Lawyers may see their fees reduced if they break the rules as they guide former students of Indian residential schools through the complex legal process designed to provide compensation for serious physical and sexual abuse suffered at the schools.That’s what the man in charge told the more than 200 lawyers who have clients participating in the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) in a memo he sent out on June 13.Daniel Ish, the IAP chief adjudicator, warned the lawyers that “unethical” practices could cost them all or part of their fees. As part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the government of Canada is committed to paying lawyers 15 per cent of the compensation awards their clients receive if their claims are ruled legitimate by IAP adjudicators.But the chief adjudicator’s memo states that 15 per cent is not guaranteed to lawyers who abuse the system.“Canada’s 15 per cent contribution toward legal fees is not a guaranteed minimum, irrespective of the adequacy and quality of legal services provided to claimants,” Ish wrote.The memo, obtained by APTN Investigates, did not mention how many lawyers are breaking the rules. Sources say it’s likely only a small minority.A close reading of the memo reveals a number of very serious abuses within the system – one designed to compensate former residential school students for the most serious physical and sexual abuse. Ish told the lawyers about a number of unethical- and even unlawful- practices that have come to his attention.The issue has also been discussed by the IAP’s National Oversight Committee (OC), a group made up of representatives of all the parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The OC supervises, manages and has responsibility for the IAP.More details are available in the minutes of the OC meetings, which are posted online.“In some cases claimant counsel are not meeting with their clients prior to the hearing. The certification in the application by some counsel that there has been an in-person meeting with the claimant is questionable,” the minutes of the OC’s March 29 meeting state.The minutes of another OC meeting explained the kind of conduct that Ish said in his memo will lead to reduction of payments to lawyers.“As examples of conduct that might warrant such a reduction, [Ish] cited lawyers who repeatedly attended with the wrong client, claims where the application form bears no resemblance to the case, and application forms where the lawyers’ certification is signed by someone else, photocopied, or falsified. All of these are, regrettably, actual situations that have occurred,” the minutes of the June 21 meeting report.Sources familiar with the IAP process say each of the examples cited by the chief adjudicator is evidence of a serious abuse.Lawyers are expected to be familiar with the files, to take the time to meet and prepare for adjudication hearings with their clients and to sign a certification document verifying that they have done so.If they are not familiar with the files or haven’t met with the client before the hearing, there is a chance that legitimate compensation claims could be dismissed or that compensation awards will be much smaller than they should be. The IAP has a number of different categories. In theory, the more serious the abuse the former student suffered, the higher the compensation will be.If lawyers have not signed the certification that they have met with the client before the hearing, it could be an oversight or it could be an indication that lawyers who have not met with the client do not want to get caught signing a false statement, something that could bring serious legal consequences.In his memo, the chief adjudicator also “reminded counsel that amounts payable under the Settlement Agreement cannot be assigned to other persons or agencies.”In a 2007 decision rendered by the late Donald Brenner, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia until his death in 2011, the matter of having former residential school students “assign” or sign over part of their settlement to a third party in order to get cash advances against the settlement, was expressly forbidden. Brenner ruled that any contract that purported to do that, cannot be enforced and is not binding.But Ish felt the need to remind the lawyers of the court’s ruling.“It has been brought to my attention that at least one firm has delivered cheques for compensation funds, payable to the claimant, to a third party for ‘delivery’ to the claimant. The claimant is then asked to endorse the cheque to the third party for services rendered in processing the IAP claim. This must certainly be an unethical practice,” he wrote in his memo.Legal sources say the reason it would be considered unethical is that the payment to third parties would not show up when the payment received by the lawyer is reviewed for “fairness and reasonableness” because it is included in the payment to the client even though the client ultimately will not receive it.last_img read more

Oireachtas agenda Flooding Magdalenes and child benefit

first_imgWHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House? lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil, Seanad and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILPat Rabbitte begins the weeks at 2pm with Questions to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources before the main event of Leaders’ Questions at 3:15pm and an hour of Questions to the Taoiseach right afterwards. Topical Issues are discussed shortly after 5pm.At about 6pm the Dáil resumes debating the inter-departmental report into State involvement in the Magdalene Laundries, setting aside about 90 minutes so that members other than party leaders and justice spokespersons can have their say on the report.At 7:30pm attention turns to the first of two 90-minute sessions of debate on a motion from the Technical Group, demanding that the government abandon its plans to sell felling rights to forests on Coillte land. The day ends at 9pm with more debate on the motion tomorrow.The day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADThe Seanad’s daily Order of Business (2:30pm) is cut from 75 minutes to 30, allowing an hour of debate on the report of the advisory group on tax and social welfare (the one which recommends the two-tier child benefit system) at 3pm.At 4pm Lucinda Creighton leads a discussion on Ireland’s EU Presidency and how it’s gone so far.The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESThere are three committee meetings holding public sittings today: At 2pm, the committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine continues its discussion on the use of commonage lands and plans to encourage the most eco-friendly practices on farms. This week the input comes from the IFA. Before that it’ll discuss the EU’s proposals for fisheries quotas for 2013 and 2014. (Watch here.)The Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation meets at 2:15pm when Richard Bruton visits to discuss the Action Plan for Jobs 2012, the progress made in it, and what will be done under the 2013 edition. (Watch here.)Also at 2:15pm, the Environment committee meets the Irish Rural Dwellers Association to discuss the difficulties that people living in flood-prone areas have in getting insurance.Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

Gardaí write lengthy Facebook post laden with Garth Brooks puns

first_imgExtensive inquiries and investigations have been carried out which suggests this male might be in the vicinity of Croke Park for 1 ,2 or possibly 5 days over the week end. This however has now been eliminated as a possibility.Stop. Our sides.Fair play Gardaí. Fair play.Open thread: What are you doing instead of going to the Garth Brooks concerts>The very best of the Garda Traffic Twitter account> Source: Mark HumphreyWITHOUT GOING TOO much into it, we all know that a certain someone was supposed to kick off a few gigs at a certain stadium in Dublin this evening.He’s, er, not coming, but there is a replacement gig taking place in Dalymount Park tomorrow evening.The Gardaí have gone all out to give the promotion of the gig (in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital) a push with the following message on Facebook.They’ve managed to shoehorn SO many song titles in there.And this… this is priceless:last_img read more

Google Glass XE8 update adds video player new voice commands

first_imgGoogle’s monthly update spree with Glass has continued into version XE8, with a fresh batch of features for the wearable computer.Glass updates happen at a seemingly random point in each month, but they always bring something new to the headset based on the 10,000+ Glass Explorers out in the world right now. Google’s big updates for this version focus first with Google Now, introducing new cards to the left hand side of the UI for the first time. Glass will now pull Movie showtimes, restaurants, and emergency alerts alongside the existing traffic, weather, and sports notifications.Just like Google Now on the phone, these updates appear only when you are within range or have searched for something relevant to the results while logged into your Google account.Google’s main menu for Glass got a UI tweak during the last update, to make it easier to issue commands with your voice or just use your hand on the touch panel. This update brings speech to text based “Take a note” and “Post an update” commands that can be issued from the main menu. There’s also new contextual voice commands in the Navigation app, like the ability to show the route overview and the stop command for directions. These commands currently only connect to Evernote and Path respectively, but developers have been given new tools to add these commands to their existing apps with a warning that Glass users will be able to use voice commands to trigger “all sorts of services” soon.Finally for this update is a video player. In the last update, users quickly clung to the ability to watch video through the browser, but the experience was often somewhat clumsy. A dedicated video player app, which currently only works with your videos or videos from the CNN app, relies on the touch panel for quick control once playback has started. To compliment this, there’s now also a volume control card in the settings app.Glass Explorers will start getting this update once their Glass is connected to power over the next couple of days.last_img read more

EU committee votes to scrap biannual clock change by 2021

first_img 91 Comments By Cónal Thomas Monday 4 Mar 2019, 8:25 PM Source: DPA/PA ImagesSEASONAL CLOCK CHANGES should be scrapped by 2021, a committee of MEPs decided today. The European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee voted to end the twice-annual practice of changing the clocks and EU states, like Ireland, must now decide which time – summer or winter – they will stick to after a report was backed by 23 votes to 11. Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune confirmed today’s decision and said that member states should notify the European Commission of their choice by April 2020.Consultation conducted by the Commission last year found that over 80% of people favoured abolishing seasonal clock changes, according to Clune. Last year, 1,000 people were asked on behalf of and Claire Byrne Live/Amárach Research if Ireland should stop the ritual of changing clocks twice a year with 67% of people saying ‘Yes’. “There are many benefits to ending the process of changing the clocks each year such as improved outcomes for road safety and economic benefits,” Clune said today. “In addition brighter evenings in winter would have a positive benefit for public health”. Summertime arrangements in the EU require clocks to be changed twice per year to cater for the changing patterns of daylight and to take advantage of the available daylight in a given period.Clocks go forward this year on Sunday 31 March.  Short URL EU committee votes to scrap biannual clock change by 2021 Clocks go forward this year on Sunday 31 March. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share182 Tweet Email2 43,368 Views Mar 4th 2019, 8:26 PM last_img read more

Les minéraux découverts sur la Lune pourraient provenir dastéroïdes

first_imgLes minéraux découverts sur la Lune pourraient provenir d’astéroïdesSelon une récente étude, des astéroïdes s’étant écrasés sur la Lune y auraient déposé des minéraux. Il ne s’agirait donc pas, comme on pouvait le croire, de matériel lunaire qui aurait été mis à jour lors des impacts.La Lune n’a pas fini de nous dévoiler ses mystères et une étude le démontre une nouvelle fois. Publiée dimanche dans la revue britannique Nature Geoscience, celle-ci suggère que les minéraux qui ont été découverts dans les cratères lunaires seraient issus d’astéroïdes. Ainsi, l’olivine et la spinelle, deux minéraux relativement rares qui sont, sur Terre, à l’origine de pierres précieuses et qui ont été découverts dans de nombreux cratères lunaires, ne proviendraient pas des entrailles de la Lune. C’est pourtant ce que pensaient initialement les scientifiques car ils estimaient que les météorites se vaporisaient lorsqu’ils entraient en collision avec un corps céleste comme la Lune. De fait, selon eux, ces minéraux ne pouvaient être issus que de l’astre lunaire lui-même, les chocs avec les astéroïdes les ayant fait surgir du sous-sol. Mais toutes ces théories ont été mises à mal par les travaux menés par des chercheurs chinois et américains. Leur simulation informatique de la formation des cratères de Copernic, de Theophilus et de Tycho (d’une centaine de kilomètres de diamètre), là où l’olivine et la spinelle ont été retrouvées, montre qu’un astéroïde s’abattant sur la Lune à moins de 12 km/s serait fragmenté et déformé par le choc mais pas pulvérisé au point de s’évaporer. Il est donc tout à fait possible d’en retrouver les traces. Or, il se trouve justement qu’environ 25% des impacts lunaires se sont produits à des vitesses inférieures à 12 km/s. Des compositions à bien différencier “Nous en concluons que certains des minéraux inhabituels observés dans les pics centraux de nombreux cratères d’impact sur la Lune peuvent avoir une origine extérieure, et pourraient ne pas provenir de la Lune”, indiquent donc les chercheurs repris par l’AFP. Cette découverte pourrait expliquer pourquoi des cratères de la taille de Copernic n’avaient pas entraîné la mise au jour des roches contenues dans les entrailles de la Lune.Ainsi, selon Jay Melosh, de l’Université Purdue d’Indiana, les planétologues doivent faire attention à ne pas confondre la composition des cratères lunaires avec celle de la Lune elle-même. Il est même fort peu probable que l’intérieur de la Lune renferme de l’olivine, a-t-il précisé à l’AFP. Une autre hypothèse sujette à débat À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreNéanmoins, le débat n’est pas tout à fait clos puisque d’autres scientifiques, comme Erik Asphaug, de l’Université américaine d’Arizona, estiment que le cratère Copernic présente bien des signes d’un impact à haute vitesse. Ce scénario ne peut donc pas se concilier avec la nouvelle théorie défendue par Jay Melosh et son équipe.L’explication de M. Asphaug est alors plus surprenante encore. Selon lui, les spinelles découvertes sur la Lune proviendraient de la Terre. Il explique qu’il y a plusieurs milliards d’années, des collisions d’astéroïdes sur la Terre auraient projeté des débris jusque sur la Lune. “Cela suggère encore une autre explication à la présence des spinelles sur la Lune : il s’agirait de dépôts provenant du manteau de la Terre”, écrit ainsi Erik Asphaug dans Nature. Le 27 mai 2013 à 13:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Graphene on Toast Paves Way for Edible Electronics

first_img Graphene Is the High-Tech Mosquito Repellent You’ll Want to WearSilkworms Engineered to Produce Spider Silk Graphene: It’s what’s for dinner.Scientists at Rice University are testing new ways to embed graphene patterns onto food, fabric, wood, and other objects.Famed for its toughness and conductivity, the basic structural element has been touted as a “miracle material,” ideal for use in fast-charging batteries and edible electronics.It’s the latter that most interests Rice chemist James Tour, who is leading an investigation into ways to embed conductive identification tags and sensors directly into products.Rice University chemist James Tour shows a potato enhanced with a conductive pattern of laser-induced graphene (via Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The process is an extension of the Tour lab’s ongoing experimentation with laser-induced graphene (LIG).Most recently, researchers developed a method for making graphene foam—a two-dimensional form of carbon—that can be written into materials and used in various applications (like heat-activated clothing or RFID food tags).“This is not ink,” Tour said in a statement. “This is taking the material itself and converting it into graphene.”Multiple laser passes with a defocused beam allow scientists to write LIG patterns (in this case, the Rice “R” and own logos) into cloth, paper, potatoes, coconut shells, cork, and toast.“Very often, we don’t see the advantage of something until we make it available,” Tour said. “Perhaps all food will have a tiny RFID tag that gives you information about where it’s been, how long it’s been stored, its country and city of origin, and the path it took to get to your table.”LIG tags could also help detect E. coli or other harmful microorganisms.“They could light up and give you a signal that you don’t want to eat this,” Tour suggested. “All that could be placed not on a separate tag … but on the food itself.”Rice scientists used a laser to burn graphene in the form of a Rice Owl into a piece of cloth (via Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Read more about the procedure and its potential functions in a paper published last week in the journal ACS Nano.Tour co-authored the study with Rice graduate students Yieu Chyan and Yilun Li, alumnus Ruquan Ye, and postdoctoral fellow Swatantra Pratap Singh and Christopher Arnus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Stay on targetlast_img read more

87 Smackdown Live Highlights New Day vs The Bar Daniel Bryan and

first_img Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook WhatsApp For more Smackdown Live videos, visit WWE’s official YouTube channel. Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight WWE posted the following highlights after last night’s Smackdown Live in Orlando. Pinterestlast_img read more

Postal Service Legislation Clears Another Hurdle

first_imgThe amended bill from Ross, according to the MPA, takes the Postal Service’s excess capacity costs into account by requiring a study of the impact of excess capacity on attributable costs for certain classes of mail. “Once the impact of excess capacity is adjusted for, the Ross amendment allows the commission to raise rates for these classes by more than CPI until such classes reach 90 percent cost coverage. The amendment is cautious in its approach, allowing a ‘surcharge’ of 2 percent annually only after the impact of excess capacity is studied,” a news release from MPA says. Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA), who is also sponsoring postal reform legislation that the American Postal Workers Union and the USPS support, could not be reached for comment.Senator McCain’s bill, S. 1625, was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on September 23. Legislation that would allow the United States Postal Service to cut a day of service advanced in the House of Representatives last week by a vote of 22-18.If enacted, the legislation would not only limit delivery to 5-days a week but would also phase out many special rates and consolidate postal facilities around the nation, among other things.The bill, H.R. 2309, is sponsored by Representative Darrel Issa (R-CA) and is co-sponsored by Representative Dennis A. Ross (R-FL). The legislation, which is sponsored in the Senate by John McCain (R-AZ) is expected to see a full vote by the House of Representatives in the next several weeks. Before last week the proposal required certain types of mail classes to incur rate increases 5 percent higher than CPI if their cost coverage is less than 90 percent. The Magazine Publishers Association [MPA] strongly disagreed with this provision but applauded the changes to the bill’s text established by Rep. Ross.last_img read more

Lightning kills 2 in Khulna Sirajganj

first_imgFile photo of LightningTwo people were killed in separate lightning strikes in Khulna and Sirajganj districts on Tuesday, reports UNB.In Khulna, a young man was killed and his friend injured as a thunderbolt struck them at Jugerati village in Rupsa upazila in the afternoon.The deceased was identified as Faisal Hossain, 22, son of Mintu Sheikh of the village.Locals said Faisal along with his friend went to take a bath in a nearby river around 1:20pm when a thunderbolt bore down on them, leaving the duo critically injured.They were taken to Khulna Sadar Hospital where the on-duty physician declared Faisal dead, said Mohammad Akbar.In Sirajganj, farmer Kholilur Rahman, 60, was killed as a thunderbolt hit him while harvesting paddy in a field of Brahmakpalia village in Ullahpara upazila around 12:45pm, said local union parishad chairman Jahurul Hasan Nannu.last_img read more

With Houston Firefighters on Board All Three Pension Systems Agree On Mayors

first_img 00:00 /01:28 Wikipedia Commons / Flickr / Ed SchipulHouston City Hall Listen Sharecenter_img The Houston firefighters pension board is the last to sign off on the plan. They’ve voted to approve the reform proposal that Mayor Turner hopes will resolve the long-running problem. They join the police and municipal pension boards in agreement on changes that are designed to shore up the city’s books.“The plan that will be presented to the city council on Wednesday does not call for a tax rate increase to pay for this plan. No retiree check will be decreased as a result of this plan,” says Mayor Turner. The deal includes $2.5 billion in benefit reductions, changes to annual cost of living adjustments and increased employee contributions. Mayor Turner says the proposal will lower the city’s costs, reducing the city’s $7.8 billion in unfunded pension liability by more than 30 percent. He says it would also set a hard 30-year payoff for the remaining $5.3 billion of debt. In addition, the agreement calls for a requirement to fully fund any new pension obligations on an annual basis.It also requires the,”…issuance of $1 billion in pension obligation bonds to make up for years of prior underfunding of the municipal and police system. This was required in return for the benefit concessions they put on the table,” says Mayor Turner.If the council approves the plan, the agreement will go to the Texas legislature, which must approve the pension benefits of city workers. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Homeland Security Secretary Travel Vetting Could Include Passwords Tweets

first_imgClaire Harbage/NPRIn an interview with NPR, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly again took the blame for the rocky rollout of the travel ban and for failing to notify congressional leaders of the policy’s implementation.Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says the U.S. needs to “do a better job to vet” residents of seven majority-Muslim countries that the Trump administration has temporarily banned from entering the U.S.In an interview with Morning Edition host Rachel Martin, the retired Marine Corps general said the ban, which has been blocked by a district court order that is now being reviewed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, “is not based on religion in any way.”He said the seven countries — Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen — are unable to vet their citizens and “provide us with information that we’re comfortable with.”Kelly said the administration is considering requiring residents of the seven countries to provide lists of the websites they’ve visited and their passwords, to enable officials “to get on those websites to see what they’re looking at.”Kelly said some of the other “ballpark things” that his department is considering include looking at applicants’ social media use “to see what they tweet,” as well as financial information and cellphone contacts so that officials can check the numbers against databases kept by the U.S. and the European Union.Kelly took the blame for the rocky rollout of the travel ban, and as he said in a hearing on Tuesday, he admitted he should have prepared congressional leaders ahead of the policy’s implementation. He told NPR that in the future he will tell administration officials, “OK, give that to me and I will roll it out and I will tell you how I’m going to do it.” Kelly said the rollout will include notification to select members of Congress and the press.Kelly showed a willingness to work with the news media that has not been evident from some other members of the Trump administration. It is “very important to engage the press,” he told NPR, “because if you engage the responsible press, they will help you write an accurate story.” It may “not be the story you want,” Kelly said, “but it will be an accurate story.”Kelly said “the great success” of the U.S. has been people from diverse backgrounds coming here “following every kind of religion,” or “not following any religion at all.”Asked about President Trump’s comments that his promised border wall was “getting designed right now,” Kelly said he is traveling to the Southwest this week to speak with Customs and Border Protection agents. He said those he has spoken with so far have asked for a barrier they can see through so they can react quicker.“You can’t build it all at once,” he said, but the administration is deciding “where to put it immediately given financing” and construction capacity. Kelly said any wall “has to be backed up by people, and it has to be reinforced, if you will, by technology.”As the former commander of U.S. Southern Command, Kelly said it “breaks my heart” when he hears about people from Central America who have lost their lives trying to enter the country: “It’s a humanitarian thing to me to somehow create an environment that deters them from leaving.”Kelly said the U.S. “has a moral responsibility” to help people in those nations economically, with investment. He also said the drug demand in the U.S. is creating most of the problems in countries to the south, and even “if we don’t care about” drug use here, “we ought to care about what it does to other countries.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

DC confirms Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are married in Injustice prequel

first_imgIn the latest issue of Injustice 2, the prequel comic for the Injustice video game, DC confirmed that Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are married. Batman’s penis to be removed from all future printings of Batman: DamnedThese are the LGBTI themes in comics we want to see more ofBlack Lightning: Who is Anissa Pierce, the black lesbian superhero who Netflix fans have fallen in love withRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : The marriageIn previous issues of the Injustice: Gods Among Us, Harley and Ivy’s romance was strongly hinted at. But in Issue #70 of Injustice 2, their love is actually confirmed.Issue #70 shows two other members of the Suicide Squad, Waylon ‘Killer Croc’ Jones and Dr. Grace ‘Orca’ Balin, tying the knot. This plotline leads Ivy to recall a night she and Harley spent in Las Vegas. Of course, Las Vegas is well-known for its abundance of quickie wedding chapels. The couple meets with an Elvis impersonator, and it can be assumed they are marrying at the Graceland Wedding Chapel.Anything else?Back in 2016, it was announced that Harley Quinn was to get her own spin-off movie. That film, an adaptation of the Gotham City Sirens comic series, is expected to depict Harley and Ivy as girlfriends.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Fans cosplay as romantic Poison Ivy and Harley Quinncenter_img BackgroundDr. Pamela Isley and Dr. Harleen Quinzel have been partners in crime, and perhaps more, since their first appearance together in Batman: The Animated Series. That episode, Harley and Ivy, premiered back in 1993.Since then, many in the Batman fandom have shipped Harley and Ivy as a romantic couple. In fact, it was always the intention of Batman writer Paul Dini and director Bruce Timm that the two are more than friends. Hints about this ‘special relationship’ began appearing in the comics in 1999, when Harley became a permanent DC character. In 2015, without the censorship of Fox Kids, the two were finally able to be open about that romance. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Madame Tussauds brings celebrities into Sydney

first_imgAs reported by e-Travel Blackboard in March this year, waxed up celebrities are making their way into Sydney as Merlin Entertainments Group plans to open a Madame Tussauds museum in Darling Harbour in May next year.The fourteenth property of its kind worldwide joins its sister attractions in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Bangkok and will sit on the water’s edge at the Aquarium Wharf.“These are exciting attractions with enormous potential,” Merlin Entertainment Group divisional director Edward Fuller said about the new attraction earlier this year.“They are well established and of a very high quality, and I believe will benefit greatly from being a part of the Merlin ‘family’.”I’m eager to see Madam Tussauds’ Christina Aguilera interpretation down under. Which celebrity wax statue are you hoping to see in Sydney? Aussies will soon be able to snap photos with their fave celebrities. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Mr Cooper Acquires Pacific Union Financial

first_img Jay Bray Mr Cooper Pacific Union Financial Servicing Platform 2019-02-05 Donna Joseph February 5, 2019 1,187 Views On Monday, Mr. Cooper closed on its acquisition of Pacific Union Financial LLC. As part of this deal, Mr. Cooper has taken ownership of the entire, existing Pacific Union Financial company, which has been merged into Nationstar Mortgage LLC dba Mr. Cooper.Commenting on the acquisition, Jay Bray, Chairman and CEO of Mr. Cooper Group Inc. said, “We are pleased to finalize the acquisition of Pacific Union Financial and welcome our new team members, customers, and clients to the Mr. Cooper family. “This acquisition expands their servicing portfolio with the addition of more than 120,000 customers and increases our mortgage lending volume and capabilities.”Pacific Union LLC is an originator with a servicing portfolio of approximately $25 billion. Mr. Cooper’s integration with the Pacific Union platform will enable Mr. Cooper to expand its originations presence with delegated and non-delegated product offerings. The company brings in more than 700 active correspondent clients—with only about 20 percent overlap with Mr. Cooper’s existing customerts—and more than 1800 mortgage brokers.The incremental annual originations volume potential through the merger, according to Mr. Cooper, is estimated in excess of $10 billion with over 80 percent being purchase loans. In its statement, Mr. Cooper welcomed Pacific Union team members and more than 120,000 customers to their Servicing platform.In November, the mortgage lender had announced that its acquisition of Pacific Union Financial LLC, aimed at boosting its servicing portfolio, should close in early 2019. Mr. Cooper, known previously as Nationstar Mortgage, is one of the nation’s largest non-bank mortgage servicer and mortgage lender. It has about 7,000 employees, including 4,000 in Dallas-Fort Worth. Sharecenter_img Mr. Cooper Acquires Pacific Union Financial in Headlines, Newslast_img read more

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