Prince Charles almost lost his Hong Kong handover speech after cleaner threw

The Prince of Wales’s speech was nearly lost just minutes before the historic handover of Hong Kong, it has emerged.The rain-soaked last hurrah had already been beset with problems including the fact that the heir to the throne was completely drenched as he took to the grandstand alongside outgoing governor Chris Patten.Now a new book has revealed how the carefully prepared words he was about to deliver on behalf of the Queen were thrown in the bin by an over zealous cleaner in the run up to the midnight ceremony on June 30, 1997.Grandstands for thousands of spectators and VIPs had been erected around the parade ground at HMS Tamar, the main British base, which was to become headquarters 496 of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army as the clock struck 12.It was essential for British prestige and national pride that the symbolic moment should be conducted without a hitch.According to Robert Hardman, author of Queen of the World, the Prince’s equerry Lieutenant Commander John Lavery had placed the Prince’s speech on his own seat for safekeeping before introducing his boss to the VIPs.“As the Pipes and Drums of the Black Watch ushered all the military detachments into the centre of the parade square, Lavery reached for the Prince’s speech. It was not there,” writes Hardman.A frantic search ensured as Lavery began contemplating the end of his career when he suddenly spotted a diligent cleaner emptying the contents of a dustpan into a bin off to one side.With moments to spare, he found the royal speech in the bin, extracted it and returned to the VIP grandstand, where he handed it to the Prince.The book adds: “The proceedings were not helped by a tropical downpour, which, in the absence of covered grandstands, drenched all those without an umbrella – including the Prince himself. Dressed in full Royal Navy uniform, he at least had the luxury of a peaked cap. The outgoing governor, Chris Patten, looked as if he had gone swimming fully clothed.”The heir to the throne’s misery was further compounded by the fact that the trip was his last on Royal Yacht Britannia before it was decommissioned.He later courted controversy when diaries he wrote during the tour were leaked describing the Chinese dignitaries as “appalling wax works”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

BVI under curfew as Hurricane Maria approaches

BVI under curfew as Hurricane #Maria approachesLONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — The British Virgin Islands was under curfew Tuesday as the Caribbean archipelago, still reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma earlier this month, braced for another megastorm.“While Hurricane Maria may not be as strong as Hurricane Irma, our present reality is also very different,” Orlando Smith, the premier of the self-governing British territory, warned in a statement.“Effects such as potential flooding and high winds that can turn debris into dangerous projectiles can have a greater and more treacherous impact for us.“Many residents are still displaced, homes are not fully secured and our natural protections have had severe damage due to the passage of Hurricane Irma.“Our islands are extremely vulnerable right now.”Maria hit Dominica on Tuesday as a Category Five hurricane, the highest on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale. It was later downgraded to an “extremely dangerous” Category Four, although the US National Hurricane Center warned it could strengthen again.With officials predicting it would hit the British Virgin Islands on Tuesday or Wednesday, authorities there imposed a curfew from 6:00pm on Monday and urged residents to stay indoors until it passed.More than 100 high-risk prisoners escaped on the islands after a prison breach during Hurricane Irma, prompting London to send Royal Marines and police officers to help restore law and order.The prisoners have since all been recaptured.More than 1,300 British troops have been deployed to the region since Irma, and London has also sent food, shelter kits and buckets for clean water.Another 42 military personnel have been stationed on the British Virgin Islands ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Maria.The Foreign Office has warned against any travel to the archipelago.A military reconnaissance team is also on standby to go to neighbouring Montserrat and assess any potential needs if the storm hits there later Tuesday.In addition to government aid, the British Virgin Islands has received help from a group of sailors from Puerto Rico, who have long been visiting the territory on holiday and wanted to help.The sailors are among a group of thousands who regularly visit the BVI, dubbed the Puerto Rican Navy.They have dropped off eight containers of food, water and building supplies, according to a BVI government statement.“Many people, children, humble people, business people, all came with what they could bring to make sure that people in the BVI were taken care of,” organiser Alicia Carazo said in the statement.Irma, also a Category 5 hurricane, left around 40 people dead in the Caribbean before churning west and pounding Florida, where the death toll stood at 50 Monday. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHurricane Maria to become major storm near Caribbean islandsSeptember 18, 2017In “Regional”Hurricane Maria pummels Puerto RicoSeptember 20, 2017In “World”Hurricane Maria ‘devastates’ Dominica: PMSeptember 19, 2017In “Regional” read more

Venezuelans among 5 in custody following the discovery of grenades weapons

Ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) in ‘F’ Division (Interior Locations) have arrested five persons following the discovery of grenades, several weapons, and a quantity of narcotics in separate interceptions.These exercises were carried out by ranks conducting patrols in the Blackwater Creek, Cuyuni River, Essequibo on Wednesday and Thursday. Among the five persons arrested were three Venezuelans and two Guyanese.The first exercise was on Wednesday, when the ranks intercepted a boat about 13:30h and conducted a search of its occupants.During the search, ranks unearthed a live 12-gauge cartridge and 271 grams of cannabis in the possession of the 26-year-old Guyanese Captain of Eteringbang Landing.Meanwhile, about 15:30h on Thursday, the ranks intercepted another boat at Mode Hole, Cuyuni River, and two of the 17 occupants were found in possession of a live grenade each.Later in the day, a third vessel was intercepted around 17:30h and during a search, one of the two occupants who resides at Enterprise on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) were found in possession of an unlicenced pistol with 11 live matching rounds.Then, later on Thursday, about 23:30h, the ranks searched a boat at Eteringbang Landing, and found in possession of the 27-year-old Venezuelan Captain, five live rounds of ammunition.On the other hand, Police ranks in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani), acting on information received, went to a location at Wismar, Linden, and found two and a half acres of cannabis with about 1100 plants measuring six inches to a foot in height, along with a nursery containing about 500 seedlings and a makeshift camp.The plants and camp were photographed and destroyed by fire, the Police said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBlackwater creek busts: 5 remanded, as Venezuelans deny being ‘Sindicato’ gang membersJanuary 21, 2019In “Court”5 arrested following police ‘stop & search’ exerciseNovember 20, 2018In “Crime”5 arrested over discovery of unlicensed guns, other suspicious items at GroveSeptember 6, 2018In “Crime” read more

North American Coal leading Americas industry in mine safety excellence

first_imgThe NMA reports that North American Coal believes that the health and safety of all employees directly relates to its business success. As a result, safety is North American Coal’s top priority in everything it does. The company has established itself as an industry leader in mining safety − having consistently achieved exemplary safety records at its multiple operations.And 2016 was no different. North American Coal was recently recognized by NMA for its superior safety performance in 2016 with a Sentinels of Safety award. The Sentinels awards recognize coal and mineral mining operations in 20 categories for recording the most hours in a calendar year without a single lost-time injury. A minimum of 4,000 hours is required for award consideration.North American Coal far exceeded the minimum goal, clocking in at 881,243 injury-free hours.North American Coal achieves safety accolades year after year by establishing management systems, providing training and conduct operations in a manner that safeguards people and property, and by responding quickly, effectively, and with care to emergencies or accidents at operations in cooperation with industry organizations and governmental agencies.Going beyond minimum state and federal regulations, the company strives to apply responsible safety standards where laws and regulations do not exist and reminds all employees, contractors and others working on the company’s behalf that they are responsible and accountable for safety behavior on and off the job.North American Coal is also an active participant in NMA’s CORESafety initiative, which was designed to help mining companies achieve excellence in mine safety and health through a management system that emphasizes continuous improvement through feedback and assessment.The picture shows a Contura Energy roof bolter virtual simulator.last_img read more

Pistorius ordered six new guns before girlfriends death

first_imgOscar Pistorius was in the process of buying six guns at the time he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, more than usually allowed under South African law, his murder trial heard Monday.Gun licenser Sean Rens testified that Pistorius had sound knowledge of gun laws, but also once entered full “combat mode” after mistaking a washing machine for an intruder.When Steenkamp died on Valentine’s Day last year, the Paralympic champion had recently been invoiced for six guns including a Smith & Wesson 500, described by its manufacturer as the “most powerful production revolver in the world”.Pistorius had also ordered a Vector .223-calibre rifle, a 38-calibre Smith & Wesson revolver and three shotguns: a Mossberg Maverick, a Winchester and a Carbine gun.“The transaction was cancelled a month post-incident,” said Rens, manager of a firearms training academy in Walkerville, south of Johannesburg, as the athlete’s trial entered its third week.South African law allows non-collectors to possess only four firearms.Oscar Pistorius arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)Pistorius knew the country’s gun laws, says expertRens, whose job involves arranging gun sales, licensing and training, said Pistorius “had a great love and enthusiasm” for firearms and scored high on an examination intended to quiz gun owners on the lawful use of lethal weapons.Licensing examination records confirm that the 27-year-old Pistorius knew the country’s gun laws well, the court heard.He answered correctly that he could only shoot at a person if his life was directly threatened.Asked in the test if he could fire at burglars stealing a television from his house, Pistorius wrote: “No. Life is not in danger.”Pistorius says he shot dead his 29-year-old girlfriend through a locked toilet door after mistaking her for an intruder.But the state has drawn on previous gun incidents to depict the athlete as rash and trigger-happy, in support of the charge of premeditated murder.The sprinter faces three additional non-related charges over firing a gun in a restaurant and from a moving car, and for the illegal possession of ammunition.‘Combat mode’Rens met the Paralympic gold medallist in 2012 through a mutual friend. At the time, Pistorius owned a 9 mm pistol and the pair visited a shooting range together around 10 times.But despite good knowledge of gun laws, Rens said the athlete told him he once drew his gun inside his house at a suspicious noise, which turned out to be the washing machine.“He went into what we call ‘code red’, or combat mode, in other words to draw his gun and go and clear his house,” Rens testified Monday.Pistorius tweeted about the incident in November 2012 saying: “Nothing like getting home to hear the washing machine on and thinking its an intruder to go into full combat recon mode into the pantry!”He later deleted the post.Following Rens’ testimony, police photographer Bennie van Staden walked the court through pictures he took at the Paralympic gold medallist’s upmarket Pretoria home.Earlier in the morning Steenkamp’s mother June attended the trial for the first time since its opening day on March 3. She left as the court was shown photos of Pistorius’s bloodstained prostheses.June Steenkamp, mother of Reeva Steenkamp, leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 17, 2014, after a court break for lunch. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)Van Staden’s meticulous 15 photo albums were detailed after damaging revelations concerning the credibility of the police investigation.Defence lawyers argue police contaminated the scene after officers last week conceded to moving evidence, handling a gun without gloves and even stealing from Pistorius’s house.Van Staden said he moved the athlete’s duvet and bloodied towels in his bathroom to look for further evidence, and only after documenting their original position.Images also showed damage to the bedroom door and a blood splatter on bedsheets and a bedroom wall, suggesting a possible tussle the night Steenkamp died.- © AFP, 2014Explainer: Why do they keep saying ‘My Lady’ at the Oscar Pistorius trial?Read: Friend says Pistorius fired gun out of car sunroof after fight with policemanRead: Oscar Pistorius vomits in court as details of Reeva Steenkamp’s autopsy are givenlast_img read more

Obama meets Ecumenical Patriarch

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram US President, Barack Obama, met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, for brief talks in his hotel in Istanbul during his official visit to Turkey.The private meeting lasted 15 minutes and was attended by  White House chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel and Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America Demetrios.The visit followed US President Barack Obama’s earlier address to the Turkish Grand National Assembly where he urged Ankara to reopen the Halki Orthodox Seminary near Istanbul as a gesture to show its commitment to freedom of expression.President Obama urged the Turks to drop their resistance to reopening a historic Orthodox seminary located on an island near Istanbul, a key demand by the European Union, which Turkey hopes to join. “The United States strongly supports Turkey’s bid to become a member of the European Union… [but] Turkey has its own responsibilities,” Obama told an audience which included his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul. “Freedom of religion and expression lead to a strong and vibrant society that only strengthens the state, which is why steps like reopening the Halki Seminary will send such an important signal inside Turkey and beyond.”The Turks have consistently dodged Greek appeals for the reopening of the seminary, asserting that a religious institution cannot exist in Turkey without government oversight.Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I on Tuesday expressed optimism for the reopening of the Halki seminary and for the resolution of the long-standing problems faced by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, after the 15 minute meeting in Istanbul.The Ecumenical Patriarch said he thanked the US president for his appeal to Ankara to reopen the Halki Orthodox Seminary near Istanbul.“This institution is necessary to renew its (the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s) clergy and officials, and to fulfil its lofty mission with dialogues with other Christian Churches, as well as the dialogue we have commenced in the past 20 years with the other monotheistic religions,” the spiritual leader of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians emphasised.  The patriarch also expressed his appreciation for Obama’s backing of Turkey’s aspirations to join the European Union, noting that this was something that he himself had promoted for years.The US president followed talks with the patriarch with a historical visit to Hagia Sophia, accompanied by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.In his address to the Turkish Grand National Assembly,  President Barack Obama also pushed for a solution to the Cyprus deadlock problem.and offered US support for the new  intensified drive to reunify Cyprus. “The United States is willing to offer all the help sought by the parties as they work toward a just and lasting settlement that reunifies Cyprus into a bizonal and bicommunal federation,” he said.last_img read more

Xydias to pay victims

first_imgConvicted Greek-Australian sex fiend John Xydias has been ordered to pay a total of $1.08 million in compensation to five of his victims.Xydias, who filmed his drugged victims as he raped them, did not oppose or defend the proceedings brought against him.Chief Justice Marilyn Warren said yesterday that Xydias’ victims only learned of the crimes committed against them when watching the films in a police station.“The applicants knew the respondent (Xydias) as a Dr Jekyll, but in the films they saw him as a hideous, sexual Mr Hyde, abusing their bodies,” Chief Justice Warren said.“No compensation will really compensate for their physical and psychological pain,” she said.Police have found 17 films of drugged women being sexually assaulted, some of whom have not been identified.Xydias pleaded guilty to 25 counts of rape and 61 counts of indecent assault committed between 1991 and 2006 at his parents’ Glen Iris home, or at a holiday house on the Mornington Peninsula.In June he was jailed for 28 years with a non-parole period of 20 years. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Backyard chickens face potential killer

first_imgA deadly virus that is sweeping through feral pigeons has the potential to threaten backyard chickens kept in urban gardens. The paramyxovirus, currently suffered by the pigeons, has the potential to adapt to other birds, such as chickens. Australia’s chief veterinary officer Mark Schipp told The Age that you should always keep backyard chickens isolated from other birds. “I keep backyard chickens myself and I protect them from interacting with wild birds by netting,” said Dr Schipp. This virus is closely related to the Newcastle disease that caused the death of thousands of chickens between 1998 and 2002. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Mimétisme un papillon de nuit déguisé en araignée

first_imgMimétisme : un papillon de nuit ‘déguisé’ en araignéePlusieurs sites Internet publient ces jours-ci des photos d’une espèce thaïlandaise de papillon de nuit décrite pour la première fois en 2005 et dont les ailes sont ornées d’un motif rappelant la forme d’une araignée – ce qui est sûrement très dissuasif pour les prédateurs de l’insecte. Fragile et… arachnéen (c’est le mot !) : tel est Siamusotima aranea, un papillon de nuit originaire de Thaïlande, découvert en 2005 et décrit dans les annales de la Société entomologique américaine. Les ailes de ce minuscule papillon arborent en effet, lorsqu’elles sont déployées, un motif évoquant une araignée aux huit pattes étendues.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Différent du camouflage (qui consiste à se confondre sur le milieu ambiant) et du mimétisme cryptique (qui consiste à ‘brouiller’ la vue des ennemis par des combinaisons de couleurs), cette forme de mimétisme permet à ce papillon de dissuader ses prédateurs – les (vraies) araignées, notamment – de l’attaquer. Mais ce motif évoquant une araignée pourrait aussi surprendre l’adversaire, laissant au papillon le temps de s’échapper. Se nourrissant de fougères, Siamusotima aranea possède d’autres caractéristiques étonnantes. Sa chenille ressemble à la larve d’un coléoptère, et l’adulte possède à l’arrière du corps des segments blindés semblables à ceux de ces insectes – un trait unique chez les papillons de nuit.Le 9 juin 2013 à 09:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geek Deals Save Big on the One Ring RPG with Humble Bundle

first_imgIf you and your fellow RPG players love the world of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, the One Ring RPG is a great way to add your own personal flare to Middle-earth. And right now, you can acquire a lot of the books and maps for that game for $15 or less thanks to Humble Bundle. • Humble RPG Bundle: Lord of the Rings RPG by Cubicle 7For those of us just now starting down the path of tabletop RPGs, spending a buck for the core experience is a great deal. You’ll get the rules, some pre-made maps, some extra mechanics for traveling in the water, and a 30 percent coupon for a purchase at the Cubicle 7 store.Pay at least $1The One Ring Roleplaying GameJourneys and MapsThe One Ring Roleplaying Game Maps30 Percent Off Coupon for Cubicle 7 StoreStepping up to the $8 level, and various One Ring resources, guides, and locations will be yours. And since they’re DRM-free, you can keep those files forever. Pay at least $8In the Heart of the Wild The Loremaster’s Screen and Lake-town Tales from Wilderland BreeBree MapThe Adventurer’s CompanionAt the highest tier, you’ll get multi-format digital versions of multiple new maps, more than ten extra adventures, supplements, and a massive campaign spanning 30 years.Pay at least $15Oaths of the Riddermark Oaths of the Riddermark Map Ruins of the NorthRuins of the North MapErebor The Lonely MountainErebor The Lonely Mountain MapThe Horse-lords of RohanThe Horse-lords of Rohan MapRivendellRivendell MapsThe Darkening of MirkwoodMore importantly, a chunk of your purchase will be donated to WaterAid – a UK-based charitable organization that focuses on providing clean water and sanitation to those in need.Sale Ends: September 5th, 2018 at 11AM PTNote: Terms and conditions apply. See the Humble site for more information.For more great Humble deals, go to TechBargains.last_img read more

Vancouver cousins team up for offroading navigation competition

first_imgEvery day for a week, Kris Vockler and Char O’Day woke up knowing where they needed to go but unsure of how to get there.“You’re lost from the beginning,” O’Day said.It was O’Day’s job to get the duo to their destinations. She was the navigator and Vockler was the driver during the Rebelle Rally, a seven-day, 1,200-mile off-roading excursion through parts of California and Nevada.It was the duo’s first off-roading event, although O’Day has been off-roading since 2000 and Vockler started off-roading a bit while in Prairie High School, and has gotten serious about it in the last five years. This was the second year of the Rally, an all-women’s off-roading race.Vockler, 46, of Vancouver was the driving force behind the duo’s entry into the event. O’Day, 66, of Vancouver was nervous about the event, and about failing. O’Day said she was pushed to enter by her husband and Vockler. The two have known each other since Vockler was born — they are cousins.Navigation challengeEach day of the race, there were 12 to 25 checkpoints. The duo got a map of the checkpoints about an hour before heading out each morning, and they had to map out how to get to them from base camp. They could use only a map and compass to get to as many checkpoints as they could. Before the race, the organizers took away everyone’s cellphones and put up cardboard over each vehicle’s GPS system.last_img read more

MTV Confirms Performers For Spring Break Reboot Zara Larsson City Girls Tyga

first_imgNews MTV Spring Break 2019: Zara Larsson, Tyga & More mtv-confirms-performers-spring-break-reboot-zara-larsson-city-girls-tyga-more MTV Confirms Performers For Spring Break Reboot: Zara Larsson, City Girls, Tyga & More Facebook Twitter Rae Sremmurd and Lil Baby have also been announced to perform at the network’s first Spring Break party in five yearsAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 13, 2019 – 4:30 pm Last November, MTV announced they would be reviving their Spring Break TV special come March 2019. Now, things are finally starting to heat up; on March 11 the network revealed details about the forthcoming week-long party.MTV Spring Break 2019 will bring the party to Cancún, Mex. one more time, with Swedish pop star Zara Larsson, GRAMMY-nominated rapper Tyga, brother rap team Rae Sremmurd, trap duo City Girls and their Quality Control label-mate, Atlanta rapper Lil Baby, all slated to perform. Email The party will take place at the beachside Grand Oasis hotel from March 23–28, airing live on MTV and MTV.com. The event will be hosted by two of MTV’s boisterous personalities: “Wild N’ Out” co-host and MC Justina Valentine and Vinny Guadagnino of “Jersey Shore” fame.Guadagnino’s former “Jersey Shore” cast-mate is also slated to join the festivities, joining the lineup of musical guests as DJ Pauly D.There will also be special programming airing in conjunction with the week’s festivities, which involve the stars of two of the network’s current reality shows, “Siesta Key” and “The Challenge,” joining in on the Cancún festivities. The former cast of “Ex on the Beach” will reunite to “hit the sand to talk to spring breakers about love and romance.” The first-ever MTV Spring Break took place in 1986 in Daytona Beach, Fla., featuring lots of neon and GRAMMY winners the Beastie Boys as musical guests. The network continued the program for years as its popularity grew, featuring guests over the years that included GRAMMY winners Usher, Lil Wayne and *NSYNC.  The program aired live on the main channel until 2005, after which it moved to the MTVU until 2014, the last time the event took place. The reboot is part of MTV’s expansion in the music-centered live events space, along with their purchase of the annual Tahoe-based SnowGlobe Music Festival in 2018.Spring Break 2019 will be airing live on MTV and MTV.com from March 23 to 28. Or if you have your sights set on challenging Pauly D in an arm wrestling match, visit StudentCity’s site, MTV’s longtime Spring Break partner, for more info.Ace of Base’s “The Sign” Turns 25: How America Fell Back In Love With Swedish PopRead morelast_img read more

Fatal December plane crash ruled a suicide

first_imgMark Matter and his plane.(Courtesy of Dave Cannon)Last December, Mark and Cecilia Matter lost their lives when their red plane crashed into Marvel Dome, a snow-covered mountain near the family’s mine. Authorities now consider the Aniak couple’s death to be a suicide.Listen nowAccording to a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), authorities couldn’t find any mechanical issues with the Matters’ plane that could have caused the accident. The report concludes that Mark Matter must have crashed the plane intentionally.“Unfortunately, there are no winners in this one,” NTSB spokesperson Clint Johnson said. “Our hearts go out to the family.”Johnson added that the NTSB worked closely with the State Troopers on this case, following the lead of their investigation. According to the Alaska Dispatch News, friends and family told the Troopers that Cecilia Matter was sick with cancer at the time of the crash. In a past interview with KYUK, the Matters’ children said that their mother didn’t have long to live.Johnson said that in his experience, suicides by plane are rare.“In my 20 years there have been roughly three,” Johnson said. “We’ve always had suspicions, maybe, but the ones we were able to rule are suicide are very, very very few.”The Matters’ children declined requests for further comment. In a previous interview, they told KYUK that their parents were inseparable.last_img read more

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A Snapshot of Mortgage Rate Performance

first_img June 26, 2018 721 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination A Snapshot of Mortgage Rate Performance Sharecenter_img 30-year fixed-rate ARMS FHFA interest loans mortgage 2018-06-26 Radhika Ojha Mortgage rates saw a steady rise in May according to the latest monthly mortgage data published by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on Tuesday, with average interest rates on all mortgage loans rising six basis points to 4.55 percent from 4.49 percent in April. The survey provides monthly information on interest rates, loan terms, and house prices by property type (all, new, previously occupied), by loan type (fixed- or adjustable-rate), and by lender type. It also provides information on 15-year and 30-year fixed-rate loans as well as Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs). Additionally, the survey provides quarterly information on conventional loans by major metropolitan area and by Federal Home Loan Bank district.The data indicated that nationally, interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages increased from April to May, led by the national average contract mortgage rate for the purchase of previously occupied homes by combined lender index closing six basis points up to 4.57 percent for loans closed in May, from 4.51 percent in April.For conventional loans with 30-year fixed-rate mortgages of $453,100 or less, the average interest rates rose seven basis points to 4.71 percent from 4.64 percent in April, while the effective interest rate on all mortgage loans was 4.66 percent in May up three basis points from 4.63 percent in April. According to the FHFA, the effective interest rate accounts for the addition if initial fees and charges over the life of the mortgage. The effect of rising home prices was evident in the loan amounts taken in May. According to the FHFA, the average loan amount for all loans was $322,100, up $9,200 from $312,900 in April 2018.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 26, 2019 12:56 pm PDT Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 18-24. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.25 million.2. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 9.88 million.3. “NCIS,” CBS, 8.46 million.4. “This is Us,” NBC, 7.65 million.5. “God Friended Me,” CBS, 7.53 million.6. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 7.16 million.7. “American Idol” (Sunday), ABC, 7.08 million.8. “Survivor,” CBS, 7.06 million.9. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 7 million.10. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tourney: Minnesota vs. Michigan St., CBS, 6.49 million.11. “Bull,” CBS, 6.42 million.12. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tourney: N. Dakota St. vs. Duke,” CBS, 6.22 million.13. “FBI,” CBS, 6.17 million.14. “American Idol” (Monday), ABC, 6.11 million.15. “The Voice” (Wednesday), NBC, 6.109 million.16. “911,” Fox, 5.97 million.17. “Ellen’s Game of Games,” NBC, 5.69 million.18. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 5.61 million.19. “Station 19,” ABC, 5.55 million.20. “The Resident,” Fox, 5.15 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.The Associated Press Nielsen’s top programs for March 18-24center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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