Constance La Gaiete Company Limited (CSE.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Constance La Gaiete Company Limited (CSE.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Constance La Gaiete Company Limited (CSE.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Constance La Gaiete Company Limited (CSE.mu) 2019 abridged results.Company ProfileConstance La Gaiete Company Limited is headquartered in Port Louis and is involved in the farming and production of sugarcane. Constance La Gaiete Company Limited’s activities in the agro industry include the production of food crops, fruits (principally pineapples), and livestock (mainly broiler chicken). The company is also involved in real estate projects. Constance La Gaiete Company Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Daar Communications Plc (DAARCO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Communications sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Daar Communications Plc (DAARCO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Daar Communications Plc (DAARCO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Daar Communications Plc (DAARCO.ng) 2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileDaar Communications Plc is a broadcasting company in Nigeria that develops, produces and markets television and radio entertainment and news programmes for markets in Africa and the United Kingdom. Television news and entertainment networks in its company portfolio include AIT Television, AIT International and AIT Sport as well as DAARSAT, a Pay-TV service on a digital streaming platform. The company’s radio station is Raypower 100.5Fm which promotes socio-political, economic and cultural issues. Daar Communications Plc has its own television production operation in Nigeria. The company was established in 1988 and is a subsidiary of DAAR Investment Limited. Its company head office is in Abuja, Nigeria. Daar Communications Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Press Release Service (1) The Faith Alliance for Health’s Advisory Board Partners: MDG Health Alliance, UNICEF, Joint Learning Initiative for Faith and Development, USAID, World Bank, UNFPA. Technical Partners: Development Vision, Woods International, Partnership for Faith and Development (2) Every Woman Every Child is a global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in 2010. www.everywomaneverychild.org Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Relief & Development Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Washington, DC Tags Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Job Listing Muslims and Christians to mobilize 1 million faith leaders to improve child, maternal health Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Ecumenical & Interreligious, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Bath, NC Rector Martinsville, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ [Issued by Episcopal Relief & Development, Member of the Faith Alliance for Health] An interfaith coalition of faith-based organizations has announced it will mobilize one million faith leaders over the next five years to help improve the health of women and children in countries with high child mortality rates.The Faith Alliance for Health comprises CMMB – Healthier Lives Worldwide, Catholic Relief Services, Episcopal Relief & Development, Islamic Relief USA, the Nigerian Interfaith Action Association, and World Vision. The partnership also benefits from a very strong set of committed advisors from the donor, multi-lateral, and consultant communities(1).The group’s commitment to build capacity of local faith leadership and networks to promote both behavior change and increase demand for maternal, child and adolescent health services is its significant contribution to the next phase of the Every Woman Every Child(2) Global Strategy.Anwar Khan, CEO of Islamic Relief, USA, officially presented the Faith Alliance for Health’s commitment at the Every Woman Every Child launch on Saturday, September 26, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Khan highlighted that marshalling faith leaders’ reach and influence in communities is the Alliance’s strength: “It’s estimated that 84% of the world’s population identify with a religious group. Our newly formed Faith Alliance for Health will capitalize on this fact and [that] faith leaders are key to promoting behaviors that protect the health of the most vulnerable members of our society to accelerate the achievement of SDGs 2 and 3.”“All faiths want to see women and children everywhere survive and thrive. This is why we will work together to mobilize one million faith leaders to reach 50 million families or an estimated 250 million people living in countries with a high burden of child deaths,” Khan said.Episcopal Relief & Development has done substantial work in the field of child and maternal health, beginning with its flagship malaria prevention program, NetsforLife®, which to date has prevented more than 112,000 child deaths through engaging faith networks in community education, net distribution and robust follow-up to ensure continued net use. The organization has since expanded successful Early Childhood Development programs in Zambia and later Ghana and Kenya with support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.“Our work in the area of child and maternal health is part of our overall integrated health focus, which seeks to empower communities with knowledge and practices to support nutrition, disease prevention and accurate detection and treatment of illnesses,” said Abagail Nelson, Episcopal Relief & Development’s Senior Vice President of Programs. “Throughout our work, we find that strengthening and mobilizing local faith networks is the most effective way not only to produce results but to create lasting change for generations to come. We are proud to be a part of the Faith Alliance for Health’s bold commitment to Every Woman Every Child and excited to work with our interfaith partners to achieve this movement’s goals.”The Faith Alliance for Health comprises the following organizations: Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) is an international, faith-based development organization that works in partnership globally to deliver locally sustainable, high-impact health services to reduce mortality and illness among vulnerable women, children, and their communities. www.cmmb.org Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding. www.crs.org Episcopal Relief & Development works with more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries worldwide to overcome poverty, hunger and disease through multi-sector programs. An independent 501(c)(3) organization, it works primarily with Anglican Communion and faith-affiliated partners to help communities create long-term development strategies and rebuild after disasters. In 2015, the organization is celebrating 75 Years of Healing a Hurting World. www.episcopalrelief.org Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects, allowing communities to better help themselves. Its programs benefit millions of people each year around the world, including in the United States. www.irusa.org Nigerian Interfaith Action Association is a Nigerian non-profit organization that represents the collective work of Muslim and Christian leaders and communities to save lives from preventable diseases and enhance peace and reconciliation through shared compassion. World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. For more information, visit www.wvi.org Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Posted Sep 28, 2015 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI
“COPY” Iyashi House / Pranala Associates Iyashi House / Pranala AssociatesSave this projectSaveIyashi House / Pranala Associates ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/935351/iyashi-house-pranala-associates Clipboard “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/935351/iyashi-house-pranala-associates Clipboard CopyHouses•Bandung, Indonesia Photographs Manufacturers: Hansgrohe, Daikin, Duravit, GAF, MIWA, Mackenzie, YKK NexstaPrincipal Architect:Ronald Pallencaoe, Erick Laurentius, Darius TanujoyoCopywriter:Ran Ben-ShayaLandscape:Larch StudioLighting Consultant:Lentera ArtlightingFurniture Consultant:Mono IntercraftWeaving Technology Provider:Byo LivingContractor:Bouw AtelierCity:BandungCountry:IndonesiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Mario Wibowo PhotographyRecommended ProductsMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Flat Lock TilesResidential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade Panels in Fonsanta RestaurationWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesText description provided by the architects. At first glance, ‘Iyashi House’ provokes its visitors to close their eyes, let go of digital distractions and disregard, if only for a moment, the views of the surrounding landscape and otherwise architectural finesse that characterizes the house altogether. In the absence of the visual dimension, one can begin to perceive the emerging sound of silence within the space, complemented by distant undertones of suburban nature. A sensation of soft breeze pulsates through the house, leaving the only tangible demarcation of indoor and outdoor tethered to the material and textural transitions beneath one’s bare feet. The Japanese word ‘Iyashi’ bears the meaning of healing, rejuvenation or sense of serenity. This house is designed as a kind of domestic sanctum, immersed in silence, natural light and picturesque scenery. ‘Iyashi House’ is a 3 bedroom private residence nestled in a serene lakeside suburb of Bandung Indonesia, conceived as a couple’s retirement home and a place of gathering for their extended family and friends.Save this picture!© Mario Wibowo PhotographySave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Mario Wibowo PhotographySave this picture!© Mario Wibowo PhotographyThe house is gently concealed by perimeter walls, preceded by a short ascending walkway that is framed by Alang Alang grass. The main entrance walkway leads into an interior courtyard, fitted with bespoke, pre- fab concrete tiles and embellished with a single evergreen tree. The architecture features a sharp juxtaposition of perfectly finished cast-in-situ concrete, matte steel supports and Ironwood roof ceilings. The striking Japanesque roofs are accentuated by an inward offset from the buildings’ concrete walls and bolstered by a steel structure that enables their ‘semi-floating’ appearance and elongated overhangs. The overall design is composed of two south facing, interconnected, pitched roof buildings running parallel to each other and a north facing, flat roof, building containing service facilities and an open car garage. The overall sequence of spaces were environmentally optimized to fit the local Sundanese climate, minimizing the need for constant maintenance and costly air conditioning.Save this picture!© Mario Wibowo PhotographyThe left building is a double tiered private living quarters consisting of two guest bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities on the ground level and a master bedroom, en-suite bathroom and balcony on the second level. The right building is a single tiered space consisting of an open plan kitchen, dining area and spacious living room that flows into an outdoor terrace and grass lawn. The terrace is crowned with a four meter long, cantilevering overhang that frames the lakeside vista and generates a kind of funneling effect that draws the landscape into the house. Save this picture!© Mario Wibowo PhotographySave this picture!ElevationSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Mario Wibowo PhotographyFurthermore, the relationship between indoor and outdoor in this instance, is distinctly articulated through the shift from the earthy, pleasantly rugged, Andesite stone tiling the living room hall, to the grand terrace, decked with beautifully ‘sun kissed’ Ulin Wood (also know as Ironwood). This is merely an example of the project’s array of material compositions, carefully chosen and collectively set to age gracefully with hints of natural weathering, marked by the forces of time.Save this picture!© Mario Wibowo PhotographyOf all design details and architectural elements conceived in this residence, the terrace is perhaps the architectural protagonist’ that captures the essence of the house. Thus, the essence or perhaps the soul lies in the search of a modernized synergy between the indoor and outdoor dimensions of Indonesian tropical living. This notion is further articulated by bespoke handwoven rattan panels spanning across the pitched ceiling of the living and dining area of the house. ’Iyashi House’ attempts to explore, both directly and indirectly, the ways in which a modern Indonesian house can synthesize and reflect upon the nation’s archaic relationship to nature as its source of craft, culture and well-being.Save this picture!© Mario Wibowo PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessS-House / GALI AssociatesSelected ProjectsRiverside House / Three Sixty ArchitectureSelected Projects Share Houses Save this picture!© Mario Wibowo Photography+ 35Curated by Hana Abdel Share Architects: Pranala Associates Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily 2019 Year: Area: 462 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Indonesia Photographs: Mario Wibowo Photography Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officePranala AssociatesOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBandungOn FacebookIndonesiaPublished on March 13, 2020Cite: “Iyashi House / Pranala Associates” 12 Mar 2020. 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Year: Projects ArchDaily CopyHouses•Mercer Island, United States “COPY” CopyAbout this officeOlson KundigOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMercer IslandOn FacebookUnited StatesPublished on June 12, 2020Cite: “Wave House / Olson Kundig” 12 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Previous articleIndiana Prospective PlantingsNext articleHAT Market Analysis for 4/1/21 with Kokomo Grain’s Mike Silver Ashley Davenport Audio Playerhttps://www.michiganagtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Ways-to-Prevent-Insecticide-Resistance-Management.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Every major ag crop has at least one resistant pest. There are more than 550 species of arthropods that are resistant to pesticides. Most resistant insects come from four groups: beetles, flies, sucking bugs, or moths and butterflies.Resistance has been documented as far back as 1914. According to Bruce Steward, technical service manager with FMC, the goal of insecticide resistance management (IRM) is twofold.“Number one is wanting to try to prevent or delay—sometimes we just can’t prevent [resistance] totally, but hopefully we can delay resistance so we can keep those insecticides out there and keep that population susceptible to the spray,” he says. “Number two is to help maintain the efficacy of these valuable insecticides that are created.”IRM matters because it takes a lot of money and time to bring products to market.“It’s estimated that over $300 million is needed to bring an insecticide from molecule to market, and about eight to 10 years,” says Steward. “It’s a pretty expensive and long period to get products brought to market.”Modes of resistance include metabolic resistance, target site mutation, behavioral resistance and integument. Without insecticides, yields on most crops would drop by up to 50 percent. Steward says they have a substantial financial impact.“Net value of $21.7 billion each year is what the farmer benefits from, so that’s a big economic number,” he says. “There have been some values that show a return of $19 for every $1 spent on controlling insects with insecticides.”What else can be done to prevent resistance?“Watering and fertilization is important, sanitation, removing plant parts that may harbor insects, weed removal, crop rotation, biological control, and most definitely genetic control—Bt traits have really become predominant and a very effective tool in managing pests in cotton, corn, and soybeans.” SHARE Preventing Insect Resistance with Proper Tools SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Preventing Insect Resistance with Proper Tools By Ashley Davenport – Apr 1, 2021 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter
Receive email alerts News Organisation ParaguayAmericas News February 10, 2017 Find out more February 14, 2020 Find out more Brazilian journalist murdered at home in Paraguay RSF_en Reporter killed in ambush after police protection withdrawn to go further October 20, 2014 Find out more News News June 15, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two radio journalists threatened, phones tapped by anti-drug agents Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the safety of Vladimir Jara and Víctor Benítez of radio Chaco Boreal, who have received threats and whose phones have been illegally tapped since revealing alleged corruption within Paraguay’s National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD). The organisation calls on the authorities to carry out administrative and judicial investigations into the matter.“Cases of corruption and drug trafficking expose journalists to great risks, and the disappearance a year and a half ago of journalist Enrique Galeano, who was investigating this kind of case, is still unsolved” the press freedom organisation said. “The threats against Jara and Benítez and the tapping of their phones are grave abuses of authority that indicate serious problems in the way the administration is functioning. The judicial authorities cannot let this go unpunished.”Jara told the state prosecutor’s office on 13 June that he received death threats from SENAD agents and that his mobile and fixed line telephones were being tapped. He said the threats and tapping were a reprisal for his having talked about corruption within the SENAD in a radio interview with Benítez, whose phones lines have also allegedly been the target of illegal tapping. Previously, Benítez had called Jara on this subject because he had been following anti-drug operations.After that call, a SENAD official took Jara to task, saying it would wiser for him to defend the SENAD as it was a regular source of advertising revenue for the radio sation. Jara subsequently receiving email and mobile phone messages telling him to “shut up.” SENAD’s public announcements for his programme were cancelled the same day.The Paraguayan press is still traumatized by Galeano’s disappearance on 4 February 2006 in the central department of Concepción (see release of 4 February 2007). Shortly before he went missing, Galeano, who worked for local Radio Azotey, had discovered the existence of questionable links between certain local officials and a Brazilian drug cartel. The case has never been solved, despite President Nicanor Duarte’s promises. ParaguayAmericas Follow the news on Paraguay Help by sharing this information
Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsTwo pints of science and a packet of crispsBy John Keogh – May 15, 2015 1106 THE University of Limerick will host a public science event with a difference next week with scientists sharing their research stories in the relaxed environment of two Limerick city pubs.UL’s Faculties of Education and Health Science and Science and Engineering will hold a series of fun and engaging talks on May 18 and 19 in The Locke Bar and The White House Bar.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ‘Pint of Science’ is a worldwide event where scientists abandon their white coats and take to the pub to share their research tales.Limerick is one of 50 cities in eight countries taking part. The aim of Pint of Science is to deliver science talks in an approachable way by bringing them to a relaxing public space.The idea is to invite people to sit back, drink, listen and engage with the scientist over a pint.The talks will cover Health, Environment and Technology with topics including: Computers dreaming of electric music; Brains R Us; Health’s contribution to the health of the Irish economy; Bringing Maths Eyes to the masses; and Flying to the moon.A question and answer panel discussion will follow each session.University of Limerick STEM Chair Professor Sibel Erduran said: “This is another wonderful opportunity for UL’s best and most innovative researchers to engage with Limerick city and talk about their research and application for society. It’s an opportunity to open up the floor to debate and maybe gain some alternative perspectives, chat and network but it will be fun and relaxed.”Monday May 18th: The Locke Bar, George’s QuayMC: Dr Stephen Kinsella‘Do Computers Dream of Electric Music?’ Dr Kerry Hagan‘Making the active ingredients in medicines efficiently’ Dr Patrick Frawley‘Contagion’ Prof James Gleeson‘Museums, Technology… and a Drop of Magic’ Dr Gabriela Avram‘The contribution of health to the health of the Irish economy’ Dr Stephen KinsellaPanel discussion and mini-quiz with spot prizesTuesday May 19th, 7pm: The White House Bar, O’Connell Street MC: Prof Sibel Erduran, STEM chair, University of Limerick‘Brains R Us’ Prof William O’ConnorMathematics of Brewing Coffee’ Dr William Lee‘Generating the Material Edge’ Dr Terry McGrail‘Bringing Maths Eyes to the Masses’ Dr Aoife Smith‘Fly me to the moon…’ Prof Mike HincheyPanel discussion and mini-quiz with spot prizes TAGSlimerickPint of SciencescienceThe Locke BarThe White House BarUniversity of Limerick Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleWestFest organisers seek council fundingNext articleHogweed is a growing threat in Castleconnell John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin
Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago DS News Webcast: Tuesday 9/30/2014 2014-09-30 Jordan Funderburk Previous: Rosenberg & Associates Adds Two Attorneys Next: News Corp to Acquire Move, Inc. in $950 Million Deal Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago September 30, 2014 586 Views The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered Michigan-based bank Flagstar to pay $37.5 million dollars in penalties for violating the new mortgage servicing rules by failing to devote sufficient resources to its foreclosure prevention programs, CFPB announced on Monday. CFPB said that Flagstar illegally blocked borrowers’ efforts to avoid foreclosure by unnecessarily delaying the processing of foreclosure relief applications, intentionally delaying permanent loan modifications, failing to notify borrowers when their applications for foreclosure relief were incomplete, and denying loan modifications to qualified borrowers.CFPB discovered upon examination that during 2011, Flagstar had more than 13,000 active loss mitigation applications but only 25 full-time employees and a third party vendor in India reviewing them, increasing the wait time to review a single application to nine months in some cases. CFPB found that the average wait time to Flagstar’s loss mitigation call center was 25 minutes, with more than 50 percent of calls being abandoned. Flagstar was ordered to pay $27.5 million dollars in restitution to the victims and an additional $10 million dollar fine, totaling $37.5 million dollars in penalties.Refinance activity remained more or less level from June to July, though interest in the government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program continued to dwindle, the Federal Housing Finance Agency reported. In a recent release, the agency reported a combined total of nearly 120,000 refinances were completed at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in July, slightly down from the figure reported for June. While low compared to the boom in recent years, refinance volumes over the last few months have shown more life than earlier this year as mortgage interest rates have hovered in the low 4.0 percent range. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Tuesday 9/30/2014 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Featured, Media, Webcasts Share Save About Author: Jordan Funderburk Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago
Do We Really Need To ‘Rebuild The Military’?By Ron PaulThe Republican presidential debates have become so heated and filled with insults, it almost seems we are watching a pro wrestling match. There is no civility, and I wonder whether the candidates are about to come to blows. But despite what appears to be total disagreement among them, there is one area where they all agree. They all promise that if elected they will “rebuild the military.”What does “rebuild the military” mean? Has the budget been gutted? Have the useless weapons programs like the F-35 finally been shut down? No, the United States still spends more on its military than the next 14 countries combined. And the official military budget is only part of the story. The total spending on the U.S. empire is well over $1 trillion per year. Under the Obama Administration the military budget is still 41 percent more than it was in 2001, and seven percent higher than at the peak of the Cold War.Russia, which the neocons claim is the greatest threat to the United States, spends about one-tenth what we do on its military. China, the other “greatest threat,” has a military budget less than 25 percent of ours.Last week the Pentagon announced it is sending a small naval force of U.S. warships to the South China Sea because, as Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command Adm. Harry Harris told the House Armed Services Committee, China is militarizing the area. Yes, China is supposedly militarizing the area around China, so the U.S. is justified in sending its own military to the area. Is that a wise use of the U.S. military?The U.S. military maintains over 900 bases in 130 countries. It is actively involved in at least seven wars right now, including in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and elsewhere. U.S. Special Forces are deployed in 134 countries across the globe. Does that sound like a military that has been gutted?I do not agree with the presidential candidates, but I do agree that the military needs to be rebuilt. I would rebuild it in a very different way, however. I would not rebuild it according to the demands of the military-industrial complex, which cares far more about getting rich than about protecting our country. I would not rebuild the military so that it can overthrow more foreign governments who refuse to do the bidding of Washington’s neocons. I would not rebuild the military so that it can better protect our wealthy allies in Europe, NATO, Japan, and South Korea. I would not rebuild the military so that it can better occupy countries overseas and help create conditions for blowback here at home.No. The best way to really “rebuild” the U.S. military would be to stop abusing the military in the first place. The purpose of the U.S. military is to defend the United States. It is not to make the world safe for oil pipelines, or corrupt Gulf monarchies, or NATO, or Israel. Unlike the neocons who are so eager to send our troops to war, I have actually served in the U.S. military. I understand that to keep our military strong we must constrain our foreign policy. We must adopt a policy of non-intervention and a strong defense of this country. The neocons will weaken our country and our military by promoting more war. We need to “rebuild” the military by restoring as its mission the defense of the United States, not of Washington’s overseas empire.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail