APTN NewsThroughout 2017 the city of Thunder Bay has been in the news. It started with Barbara Kentner, a First Nations woman who was hit by a trailer hitch that was thrown at her by a passing vehicle. Kentner died in July.Then in May, all eyes would be on the community when two teenagers were found dead by waterways in Thunder Bay.Investigations were launched into the police service, and people were trying to figure out how to keep young people safe.Here is a look at some of the stories APTN News covered in Thunder Bay this year.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market finished with a triple-digit loss Friday amid weak commodity prices and a disappointing read on retail sales that underlined the still-fragile nature of Canada’s economic recovery.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 117.52 points at 14,653.12 as oil and metals prices retreated.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada said retail sales fell 0.1 per cent to $42.5 billion in April following gains in February and March. That surprised economists who had forecast an increase of 0.7 per cent.On commodity markets, the July crude contract closed down 84 cents at US$59.61 a barrel, while August gold eased 10 cents to US$1,201.90 an ounce and July copper fell almost four cents to US$2.57 a pound.The loonie lost 0.26 of a U.S. cent to 81.53 cents.U.S. indexes were also solidly in the red, giving back a big chunk of Thursday’s Fed-boosted gains as the Dow Jones industrials lost 99.89 points to 18,015.95 or more than half of its 180-point advance the previous session.The Nasdaq, which closed at an all-time high on Thursday, was 15.95 points lower at 5,117 and the S&P 500 declined 11.25 points to 2,109.99.Analysts said much of Thursday’s gain could be traced to the dovish stance on interest rates taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve at the conclusion of its two-day policy meeting on Wednesday.The U.S. central bank lowered its growth forecasts for the American economy, hinting that it was in no rush to raise historically low rates and that an increase, when it does come, will likely be moderate.Kevin Headland, director, capital markets & strategy, Manulife Asset Management, said that after Thursday’s “pop” on U.S. markets some giveback as almost inevitable.“I think the Fed’s announcement was somewhat expected but the market kind of reacted like it wasn’t expected,” he said of the “knee-jerk” reaction.“We saw that with the oil prices sliding downwards. We’ve seen that in the past with gold, both sides. The market tends to always overreact and then eventually correct itself and finds a nice landing spot somewhere in the middle.”And while news from the Fed and on Greece’s sovereign debt crisis continue to periodically roil markets everywhere, weaker economic fundamentals in Canada compared with the United States is an added burden on the TSX.“(Our market) is a bit hesitant due to a lack of consumption growth in Canada and of course the lack of demand for natural resources,” with a pickup in oil, in particular, unlikely in the near future.“Therefore the TSX doesn’t seem to be very positive over the next little while,” he said.Meanwhile, with markets entering the summer doldrums, many traders continue to look to the Fed for direction while preparing for the next round of U.S. earnings reports.Until then, “its probably going to be a fairly sideways market.”
BRAMPTON, Ont. — Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it has finalized a plan that will result in the closure of 22 unprofitable stores across a range of its banners and formats.The decision comes as the retailer plans to bring home delivery services to two of the country’s biggest cities in the next several months.Loblaw is partnering with California-based Instacart to deliver food and other pantry staples from Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, and T&T locations to customers in Toronto starting Dec. 6 and Vancouver starting in January.“We are a customer-led company adding new ways to make shopping easier,” said Galen G. Weston, Loblaw CEO, in a statement.‘We’re just getting started’: Amazon slashes more Whole Foods prices ahead of U.S. ThanksgivingShoppers Drug Mart issues job posting for medical marijuana brand managerCanadian Tire starts home delivery rollout to challenge Walmart and CostcoBoth moves come as retailers face increasing pressure on several fronts, including discount retailers such as Walmart, online retailers such as Amazon and pending minimum wage increases in some provinces.Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods, including its 13 Canadian locations, increased speculation that Canada’s grocers would have to step up on home delivery offerings.The announcement came Wednesday as Loblaw reported that it more than doubled its third-quarter profit compared with a year ago as its results were boosted by the sale of its gas bar business.The retailer said its profit attributable to common shareholders totalled $883 million or $2.24 per diluted share for the 16 weeks ended Oct. 7. That compared with a profit of $419 million or $1.03 per diluted share for the same period last year.Revenue totalled $14.19 billion, up from $14.14 in the third quarter of 2016.The results included a $432-million gain on the sale of the company’s gas station business to Brookfield Business Partners. Excluding the deal and other one-time item, Loblaw says it earned an adjusted profit attributable to common shareholders of $549 million or $1.39 per share for the quarter, up from $512 million or $1.26 per share a year ago.The store closures, which are expected to be mostly complete by the end of the first quarter next year, follow an announcement last month that Loblaw would cut 500 corporate and store-support jobs.The company expects to record $155 million in charges, the majority of which are expected in the fourth quarter, and to realize approximately $85 million in annualized savings.To date, Canadians have few options for grocery deliveries with companies like Grocery Gateway and select large chains offering the service in limited locations.Walmart announced in March it would start delivering groceries to customers living in certain parts of Toronto and the surrounding area. Shoppers must purchase at least $50 worth of food before taxes and pay a $9.97 fee.Most grocers, including Loblaw and Walmart, have opted to focus on in-store pick-up for online orders instead. Loblaw launched its click-and-collect offering in 2014 and it’s now available at nearly 200 locations.
WOLVERHAMPTON, England — Chelsea lost more ground in the Premier League title race by squandering an early lead to go down 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday.Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota scored goals in a four-minute span around the hour mark to condemn Chelsea to a second loss in three games, after a recent 3-1 defeat at Tottenham.Chelsea is 10 points behind unbeaten leader Manchester City and could now be in a race just to finish in the top four to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Maurizio Sarri’s side took the lead in the 18th minute when Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s goalbound effort deflected inside the near post off the head of Wolves defender Conor Coady.It was another good result against a top-flight heavyweight for Wolves, who have also drawn against Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
OSU redshirt senior Shea Murray is switching positions from pitcher to outfield for the 2017 season. Credit: Courtesy of OSUChanging positions in baseball is often just part of the game. But it is rare a position change occurs in a player’s final year of eligibility. It is even more rare still that the change is from the mound to the outfield.But that is the transition coming for redshirt senior outfielder Shea Murray ahead of the 2017 season. The former pitcher will be taking his talents to the outfield where he hopes to compete for a starting spot in his final season with the Ohio State baseball team.The decision to make such a drastic position change came toward the end of the 2016 season. The coaching staff sat down with Murray and discussed a way for the 23-year-old player to have an impact on the team after three years of limited playing time.“My mechanics were not great — I couldn’t locate the ball like I at one time could and basically coming into my fifth year, I just wanted to have an opportunity to get on the field any way that I could,” Murray said. “And we lost a lot of the lineup from last year: two of the outfielders (Ronnie Dawson and Troy Montgomery) and a lot of the hitters. I felt like if there was any opportunity to make that transition, it was this year.”The decision to join OSU as a pitcher initially was not his alone. After graduating from Defiance High School, Murray spoke with baseball coach Tom Held who recommended he try to walk on as a pitcher due to his size and projectability.“He’s just a guy who’s got a lot of God-given ability, that I always knew if we convinced him that he could throw 90 miles per hour as a pitcher, he could walk on,” Held said. “I said, ‘you throw 90 at 6-foot-5 the way you are, they’ll keep you as a walk-on and that’s what he did.”Held – who has sent four pitchers to professional baseball, including Jon Niese and Chad Billingsley, as well as five pitchers to Division I college baseball – believed if there was ever a player who could make this transition, it was Murray.“We have a little idea to compare Shea with all those guys,” Held said. “Shea’s more athletic than any of them. That doesn’t mean he’s a better pitcher, but he’s more athletic.”Murray opted to redshirt his true-freshman season. That year he appeared in five games with little success, posting a 30.38 ERA across 2.2 innings. The following year, he made six appearances, but again failed to find much success as he produced a 7.04 ERA in 7.2 innings of work.Despite the struggles, Murray attracted big-league attention. After the 2015 season, Murray was drafted by the Texas Rangers when they selected him in the 39th round of the draft, 1158th overall.Some might find it strange to draft someone with only 10.1 innings of collegiate experience, but former Chicago Cubs scout and Cincinnati Reds’ interim general manager Brad Kullman said that is a typical pick for teams late in drafts given the upside that comes with Murray’s profile.“There is an old saying in baseball that you can teach a kid off-speed pitches, and you can work with his mechanics (to improve control), but can’t teach arm strength,” Kullman said. “The Rangers scout must have had a theory that they could work with his mechanics and try to harness his power. If he truly has not just a good arm, but two-plus pitches for a 39th rounder, it’s not an unreasonable gamble to try to catch lightning in a bottle.”Despite the offer to play professionally, Murray opted to return to OSU to prove to himself he could improve his value and still contribute to the team’s success.“I felt I could up my draft stock coming back and playing for another year,” Murray said. “I felt like I had unfinished business here at Ohio State, that was before we had won the Big Ten Championship. That was before I really had very much playing time and also, I hadn’t finished my degree yet, so it was a combination of things that was why I wanted to come back.”The 2016 campaign yielded better results for Murray as he logged 2.0 innings in two appearances and a 0.00 ERA with four strikeouts. The season also saw him log an inning in center field and register his first at-bat as a college player.After the season ended, OSU baseball coach Greg Beals saw practice in the outfield as a chance for Murray to reset his mechanics and get back to basics. But Beals was impressed enough by what he saw in Murray’s defensive ability and potential offensive upside that he now believes Murray might have a chance to stick in the outfield as a starter this season.“Shea’s a great athlete, I mean (he) can really run and throw; he’s a big, physical kid with great tools to play outfield defense,” Beals said. “He’s taken to playing the outfield extremely well and we’ve left him in that position, because we think he’s got a significant opportunity to contribute to our ball club this year.”For Murray, this transition has required spending many hours in the batting cages and shagging fly balls out in the field. His summer was spent improving his swing and defensive ability in the field with coach Beals and former MLB outfielder Matt Angle.Held believes Murray’s dedication to the baseball following a high-school career as a three-sport athlete has helped him make this transition by providing him with confidence in his ability and a strong work ethic.“He went to work that day (he made the position change) and has continued to put himself in a position maybe to put himself on the field and I couldn’t be more proud of him,” Held said. “Most guys wouldn’t do that. They wouldn’t even take on that challenge.”
Buried underneath the blaring headlines concerning Penn State, another tale of impropriety involving a prestigious collegiate institution—this time the University of North Carolina at Chapell Hill—has come forth, raising questions about the integrity of its student-athletes.In August 2011, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill launched an internal investigation of its African and Afro-American Studies department after apparent inaccuracies involving its courses were discovered. The results showed that dozens of the department’s classes were taught “irregularly,” meaning that the listed instructor had little to no interaction with students and/or did not grade written assignments.Approximately 600 students were registered in these classes between 2007 and 2009, a number of whom were student-athletes. The investigation also found that students were afforded temporary grades and grade changes at a startling rate, including one professor who had given 26 percent of his students temporary grades. Though the investigation determined that student-athletes had been given preferential treatment, it seems that athletic counselors assigned to help student-athletes guided them towards the questionable courses. One of the “no-show” classes, which included 18 football players and one former football player, was created just days before the summer semester began.“It seems likely that someone in the African and Afro-American Studies Department called athletics counselors (who are professionally trained and hired by the College of Arts and Sciences) to tell them that certain courses would be available,” the report read. “While we do not know exactly what transpired, clearly there is considerable uncertainty in the relationship between academic departments and athletic counselors. …”The University probe was sparked after an NCAA investigation, during which a student-athlete had submitted a paper from one of the courses in question to the NCAA as part of a complaint. The paper was fraught with plagiarism, and was widely reported and made available to the public. , Professor Julius Nyang’oro, who served as the department chair during the time in question, was also the instructor for the student’s course. The report has since identified him, as well as retired administrator Deborah Crowder, as likely sources of academic impropriety. Nyang’oro resigned from his position, and officially retired from the University at the start of the month.While the athletic program does not currently face sanctions, the internal report mentions that student-athletes should be advised by standard academic counselors rather than those working for the athletic program. In addition, it calls for an independent investigation by higher education officials to look into the relationship between the athletic program and the academic fraud case.
As the grandson of former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce, and attending high school just outside Columbus, Zach Smith grew up surrounded by Buckeye football. Now a football coach himself, Smith was named to OSU football coach Urban Meyer’s staff as wide receivers coach on Dec. 22, returning to his home state and grandfather’s former school. “It’s a dream job, it’s something that you live your whole life hoping that you get and when you do, there’s obviously a lot of pressure in that,” Smith said at an introductory press conference for the assistant coaches Jan. 12. “But what the heck, if you don’t do it to get your dream job, what do you it for, right?” Smith graduated from Florida in 2007, and worked as a graduate assistant and quality control coach for the Gators under Meyer from 2005-2009. He also served as receivers coach and special teams coordinator at Marshall University in 2010 and held the same roles at Temple last season. He helped lead the Owls to a 9-4 record in 2011, as well as a 35-17 win against Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 17. His receivers compiled 1,648 yards throughout the season. “(Smith) has already coached with me for five seasons, and so I know what a quality coach he is,” Meyer said. “He knows my system inside and out, and he teaches the system the way I want it to be taught.” At 27, Smith is the youngest member of the coaching staff, which he referred to as a “dream team” of coaches. Although Smith admitted a sense of awe in being a part of that group, he said he is qualified for the challenge. “The fact that coach Meyer thought that highly of me to bring me to this great university when he really could have hired anybody in the country is really flattering,” Smith said. “But at the same time, I know that I’ve earned it and I know I’ll do a great job for him.” Smith will earn $150,000 for performing his duties as a Buckeye assistant during 2012. After losing 2010 leading receiver Dane Sanzenbacher to graduation, and with senior DeVier Posey missing the first 10 games due to a pair of five-game suspensions, wide receiver was arguably the most inexperienced position on the Buckeyes’ roster throughout this past season. Going into 2012, OSU will return its entire receiving corps apart from Posey. “I think that the best thing that happened for my group is that they got a lot of experience at a young age,” Smith said. “They’ve been in the battle and they know what it’s like to play these other teams, to play in all these great stadiums in the Big Ten and to play in front of 108,000 people at Ohio State. It’s really an asset for them and for me as a position coach because I know that I have guys who have been through it and done it. It’s obviously one of the things that we can build off of this coming year.” Blocking and playmaking ability are the two most important traits he looks for in his receivers, Smith said. “We’ll be the best blocking receivers in the country,” he said. “Then you have to be able to make big plays, got to be able to catch the ball and make something happen. Those are the two things, if you can’t do those things you’re not going to be on the field.”
Leroy Sane was delighted with himself after scoring the first free-kick of his career in Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Hoffenheim in the Champions LeagueThe German winger scored twice at the Etihad Stadium to enable City to finish their Group F campaign with a win after Andrej Kramaric’s 16th-minute penalty had given Hoffenheim the lead.But Sane’s blistering free-kick from 25-yards out, in the dying moments of the first-half, was what captured everyone’s interest.The 22-year-old now revealed that the secret behind it was a lot of practice and a bit of luck.“I practice a lot in training,” Sane told the club website.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“We had some good moments, we made life hard for ourselves but it was a really good game.“I was thinking of whether to shoot or not from the free-kick, it was quite a distance. It was quite lucky.”The City star then sealed the win by claiming his eighth goal of the season after finishing off a swift counter-attack.
The recent House Finance Committee vote to end school bond debt reimbursement could have major implications for property owners in some municipalities.In Kodiak, the reimbursement program provides state assistance to the local borough to pay off debts associated with school building expenses. Without it, the island is looking at shouldering that outstanding debt alone. Kodiak Island Borough currently has $89,500,000 in outstanding school bond debt. That’s split over 11 series dating back to 2004.Each series of bonds was approved by borough voters and by the state of Alaska to fund a number of school district projects over the years, including building Kodiak High School and getting regular maintenance and repairs done.According to the reimbursement agreements, the state signed on to cover 60%-70% of each bond series. That’s a significant chunk when you consider that a single series might be $10 million. Without the program, the state passes that expense to the borough — and in Kodiak’s case, quite likely to property owners.If the amendment to end the reimbursement program makes it into the final state budget, the borough is looking at shouldering $5.2 million of additional debt payments for the 2019 fiscal year. That’s on top of the $2.5 million it’s already paying using borough property taxes.“If in fact funding for that whole program is cut, there’s not particularly a whole lot of options,” said Borough Mayor Dan Rohrer. “The borough assembly would need to decide what to do, but there’s not a tremendous amount of options in front of them, given that the borough’s general fund budget is $6.7 million. ($5.2 million) is not something we can just cut out of our general fund.”And that has Kodiak residents concerned about major property tax hikes.“You raised something like $14 million in property taxes last year. You’re not just going to raise property taxes, what, 38% to come up with another $5 million?” longtime Kodiak resident and former assembly member Mel Stephens said at last week’s assembly meeting. “It’s a big, big deal.”Rohrer estimates that to cover the additional $5.2 million through property taxes alone, the borough would have to raise the rate four mills, or approximately 37%. On a $300,000 house, that would translate to a $1,200 tax hike. While the decision would ultimately be up to the assembly, it’s important to note that there is no set limit to the mill rate for taxes being collected for school bond debt.While the state did commit to paying its share when each bond series was established, it’s actually not under any kind of legal obligation to continue doing so. And that’s something that was made clear to voters when they approved each series, Rohrer said.Two years ago, he remembers, then-Gov. Bill Walker opted to cut 25% from the pool of reimbursement money.“That year what we did was, we basically worked really, really, really hard to cut borough budget and not change the borough property tax rate at all,” Rohrer said.But with that exception, Rohrer said voters were generally willing to go along with the reimbursement program, because the state had been consistently paying its share over the years.“You gotta remember, historically the program has been 100% funded with the exception of the one time from Gov. Walker,” Rohrer said. “So you know, I think people relied really heavily on the past actions of the Legislature to fund commitments they had made to the public.”Assembly members at last week’s regular meeting expressed their deep concern at the prospect of paying off school bond debts without help from the state. In her comments, assembly member Julie Kavanaugh said she was concerned from the start that projects like the new high school weren’t guaranteed state funding.“Unfortunately that’s come true. Now we’re faced with the reality of people thinking that money was gonna be there, that it was promised to us,” Kavanaugh said. “But it was only promised for a short period of time.”Rohrer said both he and Kodiak City Mayor Pat Branson are willing to go to Juneau to argue their case for continuing the reimbursement program. With or without it, he added, the borough’s school bond debt is scheduled to be paid off by 2036.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam (left) and former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha. Photo: UNBAttorney general Mahbubey Alam on Tuesday alleged former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has tarnished the image of the country’s judiciary, reports UNB.”SK Sinha made derogatory comments about his colleagues which is unacceptable and by doing so, he tarnished the image of the judiciary,” Mahbubey Alam said while speaking at a press briefing at his office.”It’ll spread bad odour and tarnish the judiciary’s image further if the reason for which the Appellate Division judges refused to sit with SK Sinha is exposed,” he continued.The attorney general said the former chief justice also did not clarify why his colleagues did not want to sit with in the courtroom.Replying to a query about the comments made against the current judges in SK Sinha’s book, he said, “It’s the matter of judges. If they want, they can go for action against him but I don’t want to make any comment without going through the book.”Amid the row over some of his observations in the 16th amendment verdict, justice SK Sinha, the 21st chief justice of the country, went on leave on 2 October last and left for Australia on 13 October.Just before his departure, Sinha told reporters that he was not sick, contradicting the government claim that he went on leave on health grounds.A day after Sinha’s trip to Australia, the Supreme Court issued a statement saying the chief justice was facing 11 charges, including graft, moral turpitude and money laundering.On 11 November, SK Sinha resigned from his post as chief justice of Bangladesh. President Abdul Hamid received his resignation letter.Recently, he wrote a book styled ‘A Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy’ where he claimed that he was forced to step down.
It’s been a record-breaking 12 years since a Category 3 or higher hurricane has made landfall in the United States. We’re overdue. Ben Friedman is the acting NOAA administrator. “NOAA is predicting an above-normal season is likely at about a 45 percent rate. There is also a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.” The Atlantic hurricane season will produce a range of 11 to 17 tropical storms. Five to nine will become hurricanes, defined as having sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour. “And two to four of those hurricanes will become Category 3 strength or higher, defined as having winds of at least 111 miles per hour.” Beyond major hurricanes, Friedman warns that tropical storms and lesser hurricanes can be just as damaging and deadly. The National Hurricane Center says a new satellite and better forecast tools make it possible to issue warnings at an earlier stage. Hurricane season begins next Thursday. Listen 00:00 /01:11 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share
Guinea pig pup at eight hours old. Credit: Wikipedia (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from the U.S. and Peru has found evidence that suggests the high infection rate of Chagas in some communities in Peru may be tied to the culling of guinea pigs. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes several experiments they carried out in looking for reasons for the abnormally high rates of the disease, their findings, which ruled out all but one, and changes that could be made to reduce the rates of infection. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Chagas disease is an ailment caused by the tropical parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. It is spread mostly by insects known as kissing bugs or beetles. There is no known cure for the disease, though fortunately, it is seldom fatal. The disease is most prevalent in South and Central America and Mexico. One country in South America, Peru, has been hit harder by the disease than others, with infection rates as high as 40 percent in some rural communities. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn why—they focused their efforts on one small community called Arequipa.The team started with the knowledge that infected insect rates were much higher than normal in the community (sometimes as high as 85 percent) and that those infection rates were centered around guinea pig enclosures. They came up with three possible explanations: that the insects were getting infected by ingesting the feces of other insects, that other animals besides guinea pigs were involved, and the most likely possibility, a bottleneck occurred that caused smaller more dense concentrations of infected insects leading to a higher likelihood of infections in people in the same areas.After collecting many specimens for testing, the researchers were able to rule out the first two possibilities, which left the third as the most likely answer. The researchers point out that in that part of the country, people eat guinea pigs and raise them on alfalfa. They also note that during late summer as alfalfa prices rise and celebration roasts begin that feature guinea pigs on the menu, the numbers of guinea pigs left in pens drops dramatically—but because of the high number of infected insects in the area, a higher percentage of those that are left become infected. And because those pens are in areas that are tended by people, higher infection rates occur.The researchers suggest fixing the price of alfalfa might help to reverse the problem, as it would reduce culling when prices rise. Explainer: What is Chagas disease? Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Possible explanation for high incidence of Chagas in some Peruvian communities (2015, June 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-06-explanation-high-incidence-chagas-peruvian.html More information: Bottlenecks in domestic animal populations can facilitate the emergence of Trypanosoma cruzi, the aetiological agent of Chagas disease, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2807AbstractFaeces-mediated transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi (the aetiological agent of Chagas disease) by triatomine insects is extremely inefficient. Still, the parasite emerges frequently, and has infected millions of people and domestic animals. We synthesize here the results of field and laboratory studies of T. cruzi transmission conducted in and around Arequipa, Peru. We document the repeated occurrence of large colonies of triatomine bugs (more than 1000) with very high infection prevalence (more than 85%). By inoculating guinea pigs, an important reservoir of T. cruzi in Peru, and feeding triatomine bugs on them weekly, we demonstrate that, while most animals quickly control parasitaemia, a subset of animals remains highly infectious to vectors for many months. However, we argue that the presence of these persistently infectious hosts is insufficient to explain the observed prevalence of T. cruzi in vector colonies. We posit that seasonal rains, leading to a fluctuation in the price of guinea pig food (alfalfa), leading to annual guinea pig roasts, leading to a concentration of vectors on a small subpopulation of animals maintained for reproduction, can propel T. cruzi through vector colonies and create a considerable force of infection for a pathogen whose transmission might otherwise fizzle out. © 2015 Phys.org
The affected stretch of Stockwell Street (Image: Inrix) Read MoreNumbers plates stolen from vehicles parked on driveway Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA town centre road was closed for more than an hour following an accident involving a car and a female pedestrian this evening. Stockwell Street in Leek was shut due to the accident, which took place at around 5.15pm today (Friday January 25). Staffordshire Police confirmed they were at the scene, along with paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service. A spokeswoman said: “We were called at 5.15pm to reports of an RTC involving a female pedestrian and a car. “The female is conscious and breathing and with the ambulance service.” The accident is understood to have taken place on or near the zebra crossing, according to several members of the public. The road was shut between St Edwards Church and the crossroads with Buxton Road and Ball Haye Street according to traffic data company Inrix. Inrix has confirmed the road has reopened as of 6.30pm – with some residual delays continuing on surrounding routes.
Memphis Drops Suit With $7.5M Agreement From Wells Fargo Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Wells Fargo 2012-05-31 Krista Franks Brock in Data, Origination, Servicing After “”filing suit””:http://www.cityofmemphis.org/pdf_forms/lawsuit.pdf in January 2010 for predatory lending practices, the city of Memphis, Tennessee, and Shelby County have dropped charges against mortgage giant “”Wells Fargo.””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ The two parties reached an “”agreement””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/press/2012/20120529_MillionsofDollarsHeadedtoMemphis that requires Wells Fargo to commit $7.5 million to homeownership initiatives in Memphis and Shelby County. [IMAGE]Of the total, $4.5 million will go to down payment and home renovation assistance in amounts up to $15,000 for qualifying families and individuals. The remaining $3 million will go to the city of Memphis and Shelby County to be distributed to local programs promoting economic stability, financial literacy, and public safety. Those with incomes not exceeding 120 percent of the median income in Memphis and Shelby County are eligible for grants. Grant recipients will be required to attend an eight-hour homebuyer education session and must live in the newly-purchased home for at least five years. If a grant recipient moves before the five-year minimum, he or she must repay the pro-rated portion of the grant for the amount of time left. “”We’re glad that Wells Fargo decided to engage in a dialogue that led to this collaboration,”” said Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell. The lawsuit that led to the agreement alleged “”that Wells Fargo [COLUMN_BREAK]targeted minority communities for predatory practices that have resulted in a disproportionate and unnecessary number of foreclosures in these communities,”” according to the “”court filing.””:http://www.cityofmemphis.org/pdf_forms/lawsuit.pdf The document cited statistics to support its claim, stating that “”[o]ne out of eight Wells Fargo loans in the County’s predominantly African-American neighborhoods results in foreclosure, but the same is true for only one in fifty-nine loans in its predominantly white neighborhoods.”” Furthermore, 43.2 percent of the bank’s foreclosures took place in neighborhoods with predominately African-American residents, while only 15.1 percent of its loans were located in these neighborhoods, according to the court filing. Wells Fargo continues to deny these claims but ultimately decided “”it was in the best interests of everyone involved to work together rather than to continue to be involved in a protracted legal fight,”” said Leigh Collier, Wells Fargo regional president for the Mid-South. “”The investment we’re announcing in Memphis and Shelby County today continues our ongoing commitment to helping communities succeed across the country,”” Collier added. Wells Fargo will kick off its homeownership program in the Memphis area later this year. The program is modeled after another program the bank has initiated so far in five cities, NeighborhoodLIFT. NeighborhoodLIFT is a collaboration between Wells Fargo and NeighborWorks America, a nonprofit organization that provides housing counseling and education services. The program provides grants similar to the ones Wells Fargo will now be offering in the Memphis area. Having launched earlier this year, NeighborhoodLIFT has provided grants for 1,400 qualifying prospective homebuyers and has spent $79 million in home buying assistance and education, according to a spokesperson for Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo will host an educational event to kick off the Memphis program later this year. “”Anyone is welcome to attend,”” stated the Wells Fargo spokesperson. “”You don’t have to get your mortgage through Wells Fargo”” to participate, she added. Share May 31, 2012 501 Views
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