A Battle Ground man was arrested Tuesday morning after he resisted and injured two Battle Ground police officers. At 7:55 a.m., Battle Ground officers were dispatched to a report that a man wanted by the Vancouver Police Department was at Southwest 20th Avenue and West Main Street. Officers found the suspect, who ran from them and started a foot pursuit, according to a news release from the city of Battle Ground. When officers caught up with Scott Daniel Vestensen, 35, in the 100 block of Southwest 19th Place, he resisted arrest and two Battle Ground officers were injured. All three were treated at a local hospital and released. Vestensen was then booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, obstructing a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and possessing drug paraphernalia.The names of the involved officers were not released. The Vancouver Police Department assisted in the apprehension and will conduct a follow-up investigation.
SEATTLE — More than 200 protesters, some chanting “Black Lives Matter!,” tried to disrupt Black Friday shopping and downtown Seattle’s traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Police turned out in force, arresting five people, and a downtown mall closed early.The tree was lighted on a rainy Friday evening. Shortly before 6 p.m., Seattle police turned shoppers away from the downtown Westlake Center mall, saying it was closed for the night. The mall had been scheduled to stay open until 9 p.m.Police said arrests included people accused of assaulting officers and damaging an officer’s bicycle.Protesters at one point staged a “die-in,” lying down on the floor inside the Westlake Center mall. They also protested outside, blocking streets and intersections near Westlake Park and marching through city streets.
Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags 2:04 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Phones Comments “Clearly it’s something that’s overdue, but it’s happening,” Mahieu said in an interview at a MGM Grand conference room on Sunday ahead of CES 2019.After pushing a premium product with the original KeyOne and Key2, which priced last year at $649, its Key2 LE went on sale for $399. Verizon gravitated toward the more low-cost Key 2 LE, which is the first phone on Verizon to offer a dual-SIM setup.”We are excited to add the BlackBerry KEY2 LE to Verizon’s portfolio of leading-edge smartphones for our business customers,” said James Hammond, director of business devices at Verizon. Verizon, however, will only sell the phone through its Enterprise program, which means consumers won’t see it at Verizon retail stores or at Best Buy.Under TCL, BlackBerry launched with the KeyOne at Mobile World Congress in early 2017. A year into it, Mahieu even offered a bullish prediction of capturing 3 to 5 percent of the premium smartphone market when we met at Mobile World Congress in February. On Sunday, Mahieu conceded he was being a little too aggressive with his expectations. When asked for any new predictions, he responded, “No.”CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 2 BlackBerry’s lower-cost smartphones will be available through Verizon’s enteprise program. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Verizon is providing a shot in the arm to BlackBerry Mobile’s quest to return to relevancy in the smartphone world. Or, at least, to get you to realize that it still exists. The largest US wireless carrier will soon start selling the BlackBerry Key2 LE to small and large business customers, which may mean your next work phone could be a BlackBerry device. The BlackBerry family of phones, manufactured and sold through Chinese consumer electronics conglomerate TCL, has slowly grown its portfolio and network of carrier partners across the world, even if getting recognition is a slog. Francois Mahieu, general manager of TCL’s BlackBerry unit, said after its first year of operating under its licensing agreement with BlackBerry Ltd in December 2017, 20 percent of consumers surveyed still didn’t know what operating system it ran. (For the record, it’s been using the Android operating system since before TCL took over.) A partnership with Verizon will provide a shot in the arm to TCL and BlackBerry’s prospects, even if it comes months after the BlackBerry Key2 LE’s launch in August. Verizon joins AT&T and Sprint as US carrier partners. TCL has been on a mission to revive the brand by offering one of the few smartphones in the market with a physical keyboard. But in a world where consumers are gravitating to big phones with bigger screens, it’s been a tough slog for BlackBerry phones.Even TCL executives would concede getting on more carriers like Verizon has taken longer than they would have liked. CES 2019 85 Photos Watch LG’s rollable OLED TV in action at CES 2019 BlackBerry Verizon Alcatel OneTouch
Stay on target Hands-On: Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft DrinksCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 Capcom doesn’t exactly have a ton of big new games on the horizon, outside of Monster Hunter World aka the First Playable Monster Hunter. But at New York Comic Con the publisher proved adept at extending the life of its older games in exciting new ways. New updates for Street Fighter and Marvel vs Capcom! New content for Resident Evil VII and Dead Rising 4! HD remaster of Okami!But as someone who lives a busy, on-the-go, Gogurt-eating lifestyle, I was particularly interested in Capcom’s upcoming portable games. And later this year they’ll have two very different options to choose from: Puzzle Fighter for mobile and Resident Evil Revelations Collection for Nintendo Switch.Puzzle Fighter is pretty much what you’d expect from a modern mobile update of the Street Fighter-themed puzzle game. Players swipe to match colorful blocks and assemble them into larger power blocks. Crash those combos to damage your opponent and deal with counter blocks that can’t be broken until a certain number of terms.This new Puzzle Fighter also includes characters from the larger Capcom universe, a bonafide trend in recent Capcom games. I played as a cute Jill Valentine fighting against an adorable Ryu. And when I activated my combo she unleashed a savage animation straight out of Resident Evil 5.Of course, since this is a modern mobile game, Puzzle Fighter is free to play. You can use your earning to unlock new characters and skills in E. Honda’s shop. You can technically earn everything in the game by grinding, but come on.If you want to just pay one sum of money for a lot of game, maybe consider Resident Evil Revelations Collection on Nintendo Switch. At the panel, Capcom talked about how it seemed poetic for the acclaimed first Revelations to begin as a Nintendo 3DS game, go to home consoles, and return to a Nintendo handheld in a new HD form alongside its sequel. The episodic dramatic TV-style structure of both games also makes them a great fit for portable play.On Switch, the games look as spooky as they always did, whether you’re on the haunted boat of the first game or the gnarly prison colony in the second. The Pro Controller also handles like a dream in the wave-based Raid mode. HD Rumble and third-person shotgunning zombies are a match made in the good kind of Hell.While these are pretty much the same games from 2012 and 2015, the Switch version includes exclusive retro minigames like a parody of Capcom’s own scary side-scroller Ghost ‘N Goblins starring beloved Resident Evil dad Barry Burton. Also, keep in mind the Switch cartridge only includes the first game. The second must be downloaded so grab that Micro SD card.Both Puzzle Fighter on mobile and Resident Evil Revelations Collection on Nintendo Switch launch this holiday. So take your portable pick.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Stay on target Finally, You Can Play ‘Apex Legends’ By YourselfWalmart, ESPN Target Video Game Guns Following Actual Gun Tragedy Update: A mobile version of Apex Legends always seemed like a good idea. It gives the already popular battle royale and even bigger audience. It helps it compete more with PUBG and Fortnite. And it opens up new potential territories in Asia. And now that good idea may become a good reality because in a recent investors call EA CEO Andrew Wilson all but confirmed Apex Legends for mobile devices. As cool as that sounds though, what’s even cooler is that, as with Fortnite, getting the game to run on mobile hardware could given Respawn the excuse it needs to also bring Apex Legends to Nintendo Switch.Apex Legends is by all means a huge success. EA and Respawn’s Titanfall spin-off battle royale game has amassed tens of millions of players since its surprise launch a few weeks ago. And part of the reason it became so popular was by adopting the free-to-play model of Fortnite. Tons of people are willing to try a huge multiplayer game if they don’t have to pay for it. And if they like it maybe they will start paying for it in the form of battle passes.However, while Apex Legends, PUBG, and Fortnite battle it out to be the best battle royale, Fortnite retains its lead by being available on the widest variety of platforms. Right now Apex Legends is only available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Not a small potential audience by any means, but is it going to get bigger anytime soon?Talking to Wired, Respawn project lead Drew McCoy wouldn’t comment one way or another on Apex Legends coming to new systems, particularly the Nintendo Switch which can currently play Fortnite. The team is aware folks want to play the game on the console/handheld hybrid. Folks want to play pretty much everything on the console/handheld hybrid. And you can hold onto hope because the developers didn’t immediately dismiss the idea, as opposed to literally laugh at the thought of Titanfall 2 on Switch. But nothing was explicitly confirmed. And I’m not sure if the Switch even supports the Source engine Apex Legends runs on.In that same vein, there’s also nothing new to report on the possibility of Apex Legends coming to mobile devices like iOS and Android, another huge audience already tapped by Fortnite and PUBG.So while we wouldn’t shocked to see Apex Legends spread to these other platforms, it might not be for a while. Given how much people seem to like this game though it should be even better by the time it does get ported. Besides, Respawn has Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to worry about right now. For more on Apex Legends here’s our salute to its diverse roster of characters.
Kolkata: The Metro authorities transferred the station master of Park Street Metro station and has decided to set up two extra entry-exit gates on the platform through which trains travel from Noapara to Kavi Subhas. The move, according to sources, comes after two major untoward incidents in Park Street within a period of one month.Last Tuesday, a girl commuter complained that the rake she was travelling in, started moving with her shoulder stuck outside the doors. Aatreyee Bhattacharya took to Twitter to narrate her ordeal. The Train Information Management System (TIMS) data of the Metro, however, revealed that the door in which she got stuck had remained open for seven extra seconds and the train started moving only after it was closed. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Park Street is one of the busiest stations in our route and it is the only station in the entire route where the ticket counter and the platform is located on the same floor. People, while purchasing tickets, can see whether the train is in the platform and the tendency of rushing to catch the train is obvious. So we have decided to install two extra gates to facilitate passenger movement,” a source with the Metro authority said. It may be mentioned that on July 13, Sajal Kanjilal, a resident of Kasba, was killed while trying to board a Kavi Subhash-bound Metro train from Park Street station during busy office hours when the rake started moving with a portion of his body hanging outside the sliding doors. Apart from Park Street, station masters of Netaji and Kavi Subhas Metro stations have also been transferred.
The distnctive Art Nouveau style dominated the scene at the turn of the 20th century. Especially in European capitals where the period was coined the “Belle Epoque” in Paris. Fortunately, there are still corners of the world where one can spot a gorgeous storefront embellished in Art Nouveau “attire.” Cafe Majestic, Porto, Portugal. Photo:Europeana CC By 2.0These storefronts can be dazzling to the eye, particularly if you’ve been shopping in a gigantic shopping mall. They bring inspiration and beauty to the city streets and so, for the purpose of celebrating them, we have selected photographs of some of the most stunning Art Nouveau storefronts from around the world.Barcelona. Author: A CC BY2.0As you might have guessed, the French term Art Nouveau means New Art. It is considered the first modern style of the 20th century that strongly confronted the eclectic historical styles alongside it, and in a short period, it spread like wildfire through both Europe and North America.Brussels, Belgium (Saint-Gilles). Author: µµ CC BY2.0A force in visual arts, design, and architecture, Art Nouveau was a revolutionary style that defied the norms of the industrialized society and mass production, often pointing to and using traditional techniques and emphasizing craftsmanship.Pandora’s Box. Author: A CC by 2.0Just a glimpse at these charming storefronts is enough to know that Art Nouveau artists loved freedom and defied the precise geometry of Neoclassical forms. Their nature-inspired designs quickly became fashionable in France and by the turn of the 20th-century, art magazines and international exhibitions made Art Nouveau the most popular style in Europe.Author: intenteffect CC BY2.0Although everything began in Paris, other European cities such as Vienna, Barcelona, Glasgow, Munich, Brussels, Turin, and even some cities in Scandinavia, such as Alesund in Norway, enjoyed the fashionable style. Even today, many stunning Art Nouveau buildings can be seen throughout these cities, delighting passersby.Italy. Author: Piano Piano CC BY2.0The colorful movement appeared around 1890, but it was popularized in 1895, when the famed art dealer Siegfried Bing opened a gallery in Paris called Maison de l’Art Nouveau, showcasing different works created in this particular style.Green & Co, Salisbury, circa 1932. Author: Drivethrucafe CC BY2.0Ever since its appearance, the style provoked a debate among architects, artists, and designers. Some loved the new style, while others were not that fond of it.Store in Barcelona. Author: Europeana CC BY2.0There is still an ongoing debate whether or not Art Nouveau was an architectural style, with some claiming that it was only used for decorative detail.Shop in Belgium. Author: quinet CC BY2.0However, it was the Paris World’s Fair of 1900 (also known as the 1900 Exposition Universelle) that truly brought the style to the masses, catalyzing the integration of the style into the popular culture of the time.Salisbury. Author: Love Art Nouveau CC BY2.0The movement didn’t last long, and less than a decade after Art Nouveau was popularized and flourishing in both Europe and the United States, it started falling out of favor. Author: Ganymedes Costagravas CC BY2.0The movement that shaped the civic identity of many cities and deeply influenced art and architecture was practically over by 1905 and by the beginning of World War I, it was officially over.Wonderful chemist shop. Author: Parksy1964 CC BY2.0We are lucky that this style continues to be a presence in our lives through art and architecture.Read another story from us: Art Nouveau at its finest: The City of Nancy was the center of an architectural movementThese selected photographs are just a small sample of what this style has to offer, as there are plenty more of these magical storefronts still waiting to be discovered.
Author Bio All we know so far is that you can configure the X1 Extreme with up to a 9th Gen Core i9 H-series CPU, a GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU with 4GB of VRAM, 64GB of RAM and a 4TB PCIe SSD.The ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 sports the same black, business-like design as its predecessor, so if you’re a fan of the classic ThinkPad look, it’s not going away anytime soon. It’s also basically the same size and weight, at 3.76 pounds and 14.2 x 9.67 x 0.72 inches.This generation will also feature the same ports as the last one, with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, an HDMI port, an SD card reader, an optional Smart Card reader, a Kensington lock, a headphone/mic jack and Lenovo’s propriety Ethernet port.The most exciting feature is the X1 Extreme’s 15.6-inch 4K OLED HDR touchscreen display, which looked ridiculously vivid albeit somewhat saturated in person. However, there are a few other options, like a non-OLED 4K HDR version (500 nits) as well as a 1920 x 1080 HDR panel (500 nits) and a non-HDR 1920 x 1080 (300 nits) panel.When we tested the keyboard in person, the keys had deep travel and felt pretty clicky, remaining consistent with Lenovo’s last X1 Extreme. This system is also military-durable and has the same security features as well, including a Match-on-Chip fingerprint reader, an optional Smart Card reader, an IR camera with a privacy shutter, a dTPM 2.0 encryption chip and Intel vPro for remote management.In regards to audio, Lenovo is boasting that the X1 Extreme has a Dolby Atmos Speaker System. We thought that its predecessor’s speakers were average, so we’re hoping this is delivers that much needed oomph.Lenovo rates the latest X1 Extreme for 14 hours of battery life, which is wild, especially for a system with a discrete GPU. Also, the previous generation only lasted 6 hours and 7 minutes in our tests. If Lenovo’s rating holds up on our test, we’ll be incredibly impressed.We’re excited to get Lenovo’s latest Extreme machine through our lab and see how it performs under pressure, so stay tuned for the full review and benchmarks of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2.Which ThinkPad is Right For You? 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Lenovo is launching the second generation of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme laptop and it’s packed full of new goodies, including an optional 4K OLED display as well as a 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and a GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU.Lenovo plans on launching its latest Extreme laptop sometime in July 2019 and it will start at $1,499, which is a cheaper starting price than the previous model.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? 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BTS. | Photo: Yun_Q / Flickr Korean boy band BTS enlisted the help of MNEK for a song on their new album, Love Yourself: Tear MNEK has previously written songs for Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Beyonce. But now he’s collaborated with the hugely popular Korean boy band on track five ‘낙원’, which translates to Paradise.(Fun fact: MNEK has a song of his own called Paradise).Producer lophiile confirmed the news on Twitter on Tuesday (15 May). He tweeted: ‘Me & the homie MNEK did a tune for BTS.’MNEK took to Twitter to thank the fans: ‘The BTS fans have been so fucking nice! thank yooooou. look fwd to you all hearing the song we wrote.’Photo: Yun_Q / FlickrThe Korean boy band (also known as Bangtan Boys) is hugely popular. They’re a seven-member South Korean band that produce mostly hip hop, but also R&B and rock music. They have a huge social media following, becoming the most tweeted about celebrity in 2017.Social media meltdownThe new BTS album is already number one on the US music charts and fans are going wild.MNEK quote-tweeted some responses from fans praising the collaboration. One tweet reads: ‘Thank you for writing “낙원” for our boys BTS. Every songs you write are amazing. You’re such a talented singer-songwriter.’Another said: ‘WAIT SO YOU’RE TELLING ME BTS COLLABED WITH MNEK?? THE MNEK THAT IS A HELLA TALENTED BLACK DUDE WHO IS ALSO AN OUT AND PROUD GAY KING? NOW THAT’S THE KIND OF WESTERN ARTISTS I WANT BTS TO COLLAB WITH THANK YOU.’Listen to the song here:[embedded content]It’s not the first time BTS have given a nod to the LGBTI community.Earlier this year, one of the band’s members posted a song recommendation from the movie Love, Simon.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Which bisexual singer does Korean boy band BTS listen to in the morning?Fans go wild for almost gay kiss between EXO boy band membersSocial media meltdown as Korean boy band BTS post about Love, SimonRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-mnek-korean-boyband-bts/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-
Cancun, Q.R. — Talks regarding the upcoming Maya train have officially begun in Cancun.The director of the Strategic Projects Agency of Quintana Roo, Eduardo Ortiz Jasso, met with the next director of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion, Rogelio Jiménez Pons, in what is officially the start of the first stage for the Peninsular Southeast Train project.Rogelio Jiménez Pons is in charge of developing the Maya train, as it’s been nicknamed, that will depart from Cancun and pass through the international airport, and in time, will run through Tulum and Punta Venado before crossing to Calakmul in Campeche.The end of the project will see the train pass through other towns in the south of Tabasco until arriving at Palenque, Chiapas. The entire project is expected to be complete in 2022.The Strategic Projects Agency of Quintana Roo has already been working on the project for a year-and-a-half under the direction of state governor, Carlos Joaquín González. They confirmed that advances have been made in both the route alternatives and the federal requirements for rights of way. There have also been financial advancements, they say.Eduardo Ortiz stressed that from the beginning, the objective was to consolidate Quintana Roo as one of the five most important economic states in the country. Now, with the expanded project, the state will be the international gateway to more states in Mexico.Personnel working on the project are in the process of designing alternative layouts, construction systems and construction stages as well as the responsibilities and co-responsibilities between the federal and state governments.They said that later, they will evaluate technology alternatives, operation and maintenance of the train, work that will take about four months.The goal, said Eduardo Ortiz, is to integrate the vision of both levels of government and join efforts to make the project a reality for the benefit of the development of the state while respecting the environment.The vision of president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is to have the Maya train integrate, for the first time, regional tourism in a sustainable manner that benefits the sector and especially the local population of Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas.“We have already had several meetings regarding the project,” Rogelio Jiménez confirmed, adding that when he met with Carlos Joaquín González, he reiterated his willingness to help it become a reality in the section corresponding to Quintana Roo.The project was already qualified as priority and urgent by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who says that the federal capital to be contributed is included among his government’s seven priority projects that together, will be an investment of 500 billion peso.Ortiz says that the project has drawn the interest of a profiled Japanese railway company as well as European and Canadian businessmen. In the meantime, they will continue working with the Ministry of Communications and Transportation to meet the railway requirements.Once that study has been drawn up and the tender finalized, the work should be started within six months. The announcement of the much-talked-about “bullet train” was made early in July.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Supported by Destination NSW and hosted by the NSW Business Chamber, the official launch marked the 25 year milestone anniversary of the awards, which recognises and rewards the high calibre of tourism offerings in NSW. The festive launch event featured singer and Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan, previous NSW Tourism Award winners and industry VIPs. “We have a lot to be proud of in NSW…in 25 years we have had a 130 per cent increase in international visitors with major increases in tourists from our Asian neighbours,” NSW Business Chamber chief executive officer Stephen Cartwright said, before encouraging tourism businesses in the state to get involved. “The benefits of being involved in the 2014 NSW Tourism Awards include benchmarking your business against colleagues, increased exposure and awareness, expert feedback from the judges and the chance to compete on a national level.” Registrations are currently open with the final date for submissions 15 September. Finalists will be announced in October with the winning announcements happening 27 November at the NSW Tourism Awards Gala Dinner. Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich The 2014 NSW Tourism Awards were officially launched yesterday at First Fleet Park, Circular Quay, bringing together tourism operators from all over New South Wales in a fun and engaging launch festival.
FCM Travel Solutions, the Indian subsidiary of Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), Australia and KPMG released an analytical whitepaper titled ‘The Digi-Smart Indian Business Traveller’ revealing insights on disrupting technologies in the travelindustry and their impact on corporate travel.It detailed on key business-travel technologies that balance cost control, enhanced compliance and meeting the business traveller expectations which includes self-booking tool, artificial intelligence, shared-economy, travel analytics and blockchaintechnology. Other potential technological solutions include cloud passports, electronic bag tags, virtual reality, wearables, digital wallets and tickets, NFC, etc.The report highlighted three potential disruptions such as hyperloop, cloud based guest reservation system and SpaceX (anywhere on the earth in one hour) can potentially address two most common business traveller concerns, viz., time and cost for the Indian travel market.The government as part of its “Digital India” initiative needs to enhance the quality of the digital and physical infrastructure to keep pace with the changing needs of Indian as well as global business travellers, asserts the research. The whitepaper also asserted on how growing smartphone, internet and digital networking penetration combined with ever-growing plethora of online travelchoices accessible have made technology a part of a business traveller’s DNA. Business travellers are increasingly veering towards technology for virtually all answers for their travel needs.Highlight the impact of digital technology in travel, Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions, Indian subsidiary of FCTG, Australia, said, “Rapid penetration of smartphones, self-booking tools, travel analytics, artificial intelligence and sharing economy services are not only here to stay but hold myriad and exciting possibilities for the future.”Jaideep Ghosh, Partner and Head, Transport, Leisure and Sports, KPMG in India commented, “Globally, technology has penetrated deep into business travel practices and India is also witnessing a gradual rise in the adoption of these technological advancements.”
in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, News Share State Housing Finance Agencies Remain Stable Amid Market Challenges September 4, 2015 496 Views Fitch Ratings Mortgage Revenue Bond Issuance Origination Originations U.S. State Housing Finance Agencies 2015-09-04 Staff Writer Despite housing market challenges, U.S. state housing finance agencies (SHFAs) remain financially sound as mortgage revenue bond issuance, net interest, median ratios, and other factors trend upward.A recent peer study of the SHFAs from Fitch Ratings found that throughout fiscal year (FY) 2014, low conventional mortgage rates hindered SHFAs from originating new whole loan mortgages through their own debt. The report showed compared with FY 2013 results, balance sheet numbers decreased by 4.5 percent, aggregate debt declined 6.9 percent, and aggregate loan dropped 4.1 percent.”These decreases mark the fourth straight year of across-the-board declines, reflective of the economic environment during that time period and the shift in SHFAs’ business model in response to that lending environment,” Fitch said.Maura McGuigan, senior director of Fitch Ratings also added that balance sheet declines are “expected to continue in the short-term; however, some SHFAs are beginning a return to mortgage revenue bond issuance and this slow movement back may take time to appear on audited financial statement balance sheets.”The peer study provides a snapshot of 51 SHFA’s five-year financial position, a ranking chart that demonstrates how each SHFA performed in FY 2014 relative to the industry median, mortgage-backed securities held by the SHFAs, and variable debt rates.Although balance sheets fell in FY 2014, overall equity is still trending upward for the fifth year straight, with aggregate adjusted equity increasing 4.5 percent from FY 2013 and up 13 percent from FY 2010 levels. The rise in equity levels stemmed from up-front cash generated from the sale of loans.The report also revealed an uptick in the net interest spread (NIS) for the SHFAs from the agencies’ efforts to economically refund prior debt obligations, which lead to lower bond interest costs. The median net interest spread increased to 30.1 percent in FY 2014 from 24.5 percent in FY 2013 and has risen from 21.0 percent in FY 2010.The peer study also showed increasing net operating revenues (NOR) and variable-rate debt among the SHFAs, and leverage ratios continued to improve as debt to equity (DTE) ratios declined.”Rising net operating revenue for state housing finance agencies is likely attributed to rising profitability within housing bond programs and the up-front revenues generated from alternative financing methods in recent fiscal years,” McGuigan said.The FY 2014 report highlighted some of the ongoing issues that SHFAs have dealt with over the last five years as investment income was hindered by low rates and low conventional mortgage rates lowered the volume of SHFA-issued debt for originating new whole loan mortgages. In turn, the SHFAs found news ways to be profitable by originating loans through the to-be-announced (TBA) market, utilizing direct sales of MBS, and issuing MBS pass-through instruments.”Despite the challenging environment, FY 2014 results demonstrated that SHFAs are financially sound, as median ratios, such as NIS, NOR, and DTE, continue to trend positively,” the report said. “Given the recent uptick in new mortgage revenue bond issuance financing single-family whole loan mortgages to remain on SHFA balance sheets, Fitch expect FY 2015-2016 ratios may exhibit some changes. “Click here to view Fitch Ratings full FY 2014 peer study report.
Share July 13, 2016 515 Views The GOP’s VP Prospects and Where They Stand on Housing Chris Christie Donald Trump Mike Pence Newt Gingrich Republican Party Vice President 2016-07-13 Seth Welborn Rumors have been circulating that Donald Trump will be selecting his running mate as soon as Friday and speculated front runners include Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, and Mike Pence. On the issue of housing, each of these men hold varied stances.Chris Christie – Governor of New JerseyDuring his campaign for presidency this election season, Christie stated at the New Hampshire forum he was aware of the effect “lack of [affordable] housing” had on New Jersey. He also stated that he planned to work with governors across the country on federal policy to make it easier for low- and moderate-income residents to find affordable housing. That being said, according to a report from NJ.com, Christie tried multiple times to abolish the state Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) which determines how many homes should be made available to lower income residents in the state. When asked about this, NJ.com reported that Christie’s spokesman Kevin Roberts said Christie was simply against COAH and how affordable housing is run in New Jersey, not the idea of affordable housing itself. Additionally, Roberts said Christie believes officials should find a better way to make such homes available.Newt Gingrich – Former Speaker of the HouseGingrich, while running for president in 2012, stated repealing the Dodd-Frank Act was the only way to help Americans who are struggling to make their mortgage payments. “I’ve been working with several bank leaders of local small community banks who want to do exactly what you’re describing — and you have to repeal the Dodd-Frank bill because the way the Dodd-Frank bill works, it dramatically regulates the banks,” Gingrich said. “It sends a signal to the regulators to tell them not to make the loans, not to roll over the money — and in effect, it encourages foreclosures and encourages the bank actually seizing the property.” Additionally, he said “The fact is, interest rates today are among the lowest they’ve ever been for housing, but people are locked in because [they are] told by the regulators: Don’t you loan this money. And so they’re literally being told it’s better off for people to be foreclosed on than it is for people to have a workout — even though that’s exactly the wrong policy in terms of human beings.”Mike Pence – Governor of IndianaAccording to data from RealtyTrac, Indiana was one of the states hit the hardest during the housing crisis in 2008, and at the end of January 2015 Indiana had 5,217 vacant homes. In response the this, Pence passed a vacant housing law in 2015 that prevents municipalities from passing their own ordinances on vacant homes and protects banks holding liens on the homes from regulations requiring their maintenance. Additionally, he passed The Blight Elimination Program (BEP) to provide local government units in all 92 of Indiana’s counties to compete for funding to prevent foreclosures.Though housing has not been discussed in the depth it has in previous elections, knowing the different stances of both the Republican and Democratic party could be important to the growth and development of the housing market in the future. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News
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