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Harvard paleontologist awarded

first_imgThe Society of Vertebrate Paleontology presented 19 awards in 14 categories at its annual meeting in Las Vegas. The society’s highest honor, the A.S. Romer–G.G. Simpson Medal, was given to Alfred W. “Fuzz” Crompton for his sustained and outstanding scholarly excellence in the discipline of vertebrate paleontology. Crompton is the Fisher Professor of Natural History Emeritus at Harvard University where he researches the neuromuscular control of all aspects of feeding in a wide variety of vertebrates.For more information.last_img read more

Rocks, pots, clogs, logs

first_img“Gardening in Georgia” ( is produced by GPTV and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. It airs twice each Saturday, at noon and 7 p.m.This week, Reeves shows that the common practice of putting rocks in the bottom of clay pots actually harms plants rather than promotes good drainage. A better idea, he says, is to support the pot on rocks placed in the saucer underneath.Clogs, colors, logsReeves also explores clogged sprayers, hydrangea colors and falling trees on the June 22 show.It’s a simple matter, he says, to unclog your sprayer’s nozzle. He shows how to put your sprayer back into working order.Want pink hydrangeas? Or do you fancy blue instead? Reeves shows how to manipulate the soil pH to change the color of French hydrangeas. A low-pH soil yields blue flowers. A more alkaline soil turns them pink.Finally, Reeves uses a fallen tree to refute the common myth that trees have long taproots. He also shows how “included bark” eventually caused the failure of a 100-year-old oak.last_img read more

Vermont foreclosures among lowest as US rate still at record high

first_imgTotal U.S. non-current* loan rate:13.5 percent (Vermont 8.1 percent) States with most non-current* loans:Florida, Nevada, Arizona, Mississippi, California, New Jersey, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana SOURCE Lender Processing Services, Inc. 4.12.2010. JACKSONVILLE, Fla/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Total U.S. foreclosure inventory rate:3.3 percent (Vermont 2.0 percent) Vermont continues to ahve one of the lowest foreclosures rates in the country, but the national rate is still at a record high, though it appears to be finally leveling off. The latest Mortgage Monitor report released by Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE: LPS), a leading provider of mortgage performance data and analytics, shows that the total number of delinquent loans was 21.3 percent higher than the same period last year. Although the data showed a small 1.45 percent seasonal decline in delinquencies from January 2010 to February 2010 month-end, the national delinquency rate still stood at 10.2 percent. The report is based on data as of February 2010 month-end.The nation’s foreclosure inventories reached record highs. February’s foreclosure rate of 3.31 percent represented a 51.1 percent year-over-year increase. The percentage of new problem loans also remains at a five-year high. The total number of non-current first-lien mortgages and REO properties is now more than 7.9 million loans. Furthermore, the percentage of new problem loans is also at its highest level in five years. More than 1.1 million loans that were current at the beginning ofJanuary 2010 were already at least 30 days delinquent or in foreclosure by February 2010 month-end.As a result of the federal government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), delinquent loans that were modified and that remained current through HAMP’s three-month trial period called “cures-to-current” have increased. Advanced delinquency rolls, however, remain elevated from a historical perspective.Other key results from LPS’ latest Mortgage Monitor report include:Total U.S. loan delinquency rate:10.2 percent (Vermont 6.1 percent) States with fewest non-current* loans:North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, Vermont, Colorado, Washington and Minnesota *Non-current totals combine foreclosures and delinquencies as a percent of active loans in that state.Note: Totals based on LPS Applied Analytics’ loan-level database of mortgage assets.LPS manages the nation’s leading repository of loan-level residential mortgage data and performance information from approximately 40 million loans across the spectrum of credit products. The company’s research experts carefully analyze this data to produce dozens of charts and graphs that reflect trend and point-in-time observations for LPS’ monthly Mortgage Monitor Report.To review the full report, listen to a presentation of the report or access an executive summary, visit is external).About Lender Processing ServicesLender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) is a leading provider of integrated technology and services to the mortgage and real estate industries. LPS offers solutions that span the mortgage continuum, including lead generation, origination, servicing, workflow automation (Desktop), portfolio retention and default, augmented by the company’s award-winning customer support and professional services. Approximately 50 percent of all U.S. mortgages by dollar volume are serviced using LPS’ Mortgage Servicing Package (MSP). LPS also offers proprietary mortgage and real estate data and analytics for the mortgage and capital markets industries. For more information about LPS, visit is external).last_img read more

The June Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live!

first_imgQUICK HITSCoal museum uses solar energy • Pisgah’s new addition • Snowshoe gets a new owner • Pipeline will require 38 mountaintop removal sitesFLASHPOINTCan we coexist with coyotes?THE DIRTAre trail runners using PEDs? • The places we love too much • Heartbreak at BarkleyTHE GOODSCreek boater Brad McMillan shares his go-to gear for gonzo adventure.TRAIL MIXSounds of Summer: Hottest Tickets in the SouthPRESIDENTIAL PLAYGROUNDSFor centuries, American presidents have sought refuge in Appalachia—and helped protect its most iconic landscapes.A BOAT ON YOUR BACKPortable, one-person rafts have opened new possibilities for multisport river adventures.GAS AND POOPFracking and hog waste have  landed two waterways from the Southeast on America’s Most Endangered Rivers List.A FATHER’S CHOICECanoeist Bill Havens faced a tough decision: compete in the Olympics or witness the birth of his son.WATER WARSThe Chattahoochee River is the economic and ecological lifeblood of three states, but not all of the water finds its way downstream.THE FIRE NEXT TIMEDrought and arson were responsible for last year’s record-setting wildfires. What should we expect in 2017 and beyond?RIVER MAGICTwo suburban adventurers ditch their day jobs and paddle the length of the French Broad River.OIL DRILLING IN THE ATLANTIC?Conservation groups sue to stop seismic testing.COLLEGE CONTEST CHAMPSOver 150,000 votes poured in for our Top Adventure College Tournament. Who took home the hardware?EVERY TRAIL IN THE SMOKIESHiker Benny Braden sets a speed record for his 900-mile circuit.last_img read more

Berger hits bankers back on credit union tax status

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger reiterated the benefits credit unions provide to the American economy Monday in a response aimed at debunking the erroneous assertions made by the American Bankers Association to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees.Writing to House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, committee members and the Senate Finance Committee, Berger pointed to ABA’s “arrogance” when listing the fines and settlements big banks have paid as a result of the financial crisis, which often can be written off as tax deductions for the banks.“Analysis of these settlements has put the tax break value of these fines at nearly $17 billion a year over the last few years – over 10 times the 2015 tax expenditure estimate for credit unions ($1.69 billion) in the President’s annual budget request,” Berger wrote. continue reading »last_img read more

Compliance: NCUA’s supervisory priorities for 2018

first_img NCUA has released its list of supervisory priorities for 2018 in a letter to federally insured credit unions (17-CU-09). A CUNA CompBlog entry provides information on the letter, which is also available on NCUA’s website.Cybersecurity Assessment. NCUA will start using the Automated Cybersecurity Examination Tool (ACET), designed to assist the agency in assessing the level of cyber preparedness across financial institutions.   Examiners will first use the tool to assess credit unions with over $1 billion to establish a baseline. ACET will be used throughout 2018 as a test comparison among institutions to ensure that measures/scales are appropriate for smaller less complex institutions.  NCUA encourages credit unions to continue to self-assess cyber preparedness using the FFIEC’s Cyber Assessment Tool;Bank Secrecy Act Compliance. Examiners are required to review credit unions’ compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act and complete the related examination questionnaire at every examination. The Customer Due Diligence regulations become effective May 11, and examiners will begin assessing compliance with this new regulation in the second half of 2018; continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img NCUA headquarterslast_img read more

Wilfried Zaha breaks silence after ‘sending transfer message to Arsenal’ on Instagram

first_img View 4 comments Metro Sport ReporterSunday 9 Aug 2020 9:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.9kShares The first shows Zaha pointing at a neon sign that reads: ‘Zaha to Arsenal’ and is accompanied with the message: ‘So me and @wilfriedzaha have a message for you @arsenal’.AdvertisementAdvertisementThat was followed up by another story in which he posts: ‘@arsenal if you don’t sign this man up you lot are f*****g stupid you know the price is easy in today’s market’.Palace are willing to listen to offers for Zaha this summer but they’re unlikely to get anywhere close to their £80m valuation that they had last summer given the financial effects of the pandemic.And Zaha has done his best to distance himself from the the videos, by claiming he can’t control what other people post on their social media channels. ‘I’m just enjoying my time off and can’t control everything everyone does,’ said Zaha.Billing also later did his best to quash the speculation, saying it was just ‘banter’.‘I can confirm that @wilfriedzaha had no partake in the banter last night,’ said Billing.‘It was just a joke that I decided to go ahead with’.MORE: Ronnie O’Sullivan surges past Ding Junhui and into World Snooker Championship quarter-final Wilfried Zaha breaks silence after ‘sending transfer message to Arsenal’ on Instagram Wilfried Zaha pointing at a ‘ZAHA TO ARSENAL’ neon sign in a nightclub 👀— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) August 9, 2020center_img Advertisement Advertisement Wilfried Zaha was desperate to join Arsenal last summer (Credits: AP)Crystal Palace forward WIlfried Zaha has distanced himself from a video circulating online in which the winger can be seen pointing at a ‘Zaha to Arsenal’ sign in a nightclub.The Ivory Coast international was desperate to join the Gunners last summer but Unai Emery opted for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe after months of frustrated talks with Palace over a fee.Zaha struggled to get over the fact that he wasn’t granted his wish of leaving Selhurst Park and managed just four goals in 39 appearances for the Eagles last term. The forward is currently on holiday after a prolonged Premier League season and a companion, Anthony Billing, posted a series of stories on his Instagram of himself and Zaha in a nightclub.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

EPL champs Manchester City keen to invest in Indian club this year

first_imgLONDON: The owners of Premier League champions Manchester City are considering investing in a club in India as part of an effort to increase their presence in Asia, chief executive Ferran Soriano has said.City Football Group (CFG), which owns seven clubs including Major League Soccer’s New York City FC, Spanish side Girona, Japan’s Yokohama F Marinos and A-League’s MelbourneCity, hope to complete a deal for a club in India by the end of the year.“We have some interest in some markets and countries where there is a genuine football passion and opportunities, like China, but also India,” Soriano was quoted as saying by BBC.“There might be other opportunities in Asia. We’ve been looking at India for nearly two years now. I’d say this year we’ll end up doing an investment in India.”Soriano attended the Indian Super League (ISL) match between Jamshedpur FC against Mumbai City FC in early 2018. He was invited by Tata Steel, who own the Jamshedpur club. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Nigeria’s Dream of Wrestling Medals in Tatters

first_imgAll the five wrestlers were among the six medal hopefuls in the squad led by former Olympic gold medalist, Daniel Igali.Until last week, these wrestlers had no sparring partners to train with as those earlier listed to accompany them here were dropped as cost saving measure by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports officials.Igali who doubles as both president of the federation and technical director had to resort to helping to do sparring rounds with the wrestlers until competition started.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Oborodudu, Adekuoroye fail to reach semi finalsDuro Ikhazuagbe in RioTeam Nigeria’s dream of winning medals in the wrestling events of the ongoing 2016 Olympic Games here in Rio de Janeiro has continued to varnish as two of the country’s prospects, Blessing Oborodudu and Oduanyo Adekuoroye crashed out of their respective categories yesterday afternoon in the quarter-final matches at Carioca Arena.Oborududu who is the captain of the Nigerian wrestling team lost 3-1 to Mongolia’s Battsetseg Soronzonbold in the 63 kg class while Adekuoroye on the other hand got beaten 5-0 flat by Mattsson Sofia Magdalena of Sweden in the 53kg class.Earlier, on Wednesday afternoon, three other Nigerian wrestlers – Mercy Genesis, Hannah Reuben and Aminat Adeniyi – were all eliminated from the preliminary rounds of the women’s wrestling events.Genesis fell 5-0 to Poland’s Iwona Matkowska in women’s freestyle 48kg, Reuben lost 4-1 to Canadian wrestler, Dorothy Yeats in the women’s freestyle 69kg, while Adeniyi also lost 3-1 to Finland’s Petra Olli in the women’s freestyle 58kg.last_img read more