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LEGO Group builds support for The National Autistic Society

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis LEGO Group builds support for The National Autistic Society LEGO® UK has donated LEGO construction sets to The National Autistic Society (NAS) as part of a year-long partnership. Products including LEGO Classic House Building and LEGO Quad Bike have been distributed to NAS services around the UK, as well as to each of the Society’s six schools.The donation was made while a research project at the Cambridge Autism Research Centre looks into ‘LEGO Therapy’, and how LEGO may be able to help children who have autism overcome social and developmental issues and its educational benefits.Trevor Anderton, NAS Director of Fundraising, said: “Many of the children in our services already enjoy the benefits from playing with LEGO sets and so we are delighted to have been donated such a wide range of LEGO play materials which can help encourage problem solving skills and team work.” Advertisement Tagged with: corporate Trading Howard Lake | 28 February 2007 | Newscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  24 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Marko Ilincic, managing director, LEGO, said: “The NAS is a fantastic charity and the affiliation we have with this cause in light of the current research makes it a natural progression to work together.“LEGO will be offering its support by providing product to each of the NAS schools, holding fundraising events, communicating NAS work through our website and club magazine, and holding awareness training for LEGO staff to help them understand the condition and charity that they are supporting.”last_img read more


Freddie Mac Measures Mortgage Demand

first_img  Print This Post Subscribe Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates Primary Mortgage Market Survey 2019-10-03 Mike Albanese Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Cloudvirga and EXOS Technologies Partner to Reduce Closing Times Next: What SFR Investors Need to Know Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Freddie Mac Measures Mortgage Demand Tagged with: Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates Primary Mortgage Market Surveycenter_img About Author: Mike Albanese Related Articles Mortgage rates were relatively unchanged according to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, which found the average rate of a 30-year fixed rate mortgage rose marginally from 3.64% to 3.65% for the week ending on September 26. “While mortgage rates generally held steady this week, overall mortgage demand remained very strong, rising over 50% from a year ago thanks to increases in both refinance and purchase mortgage applications,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “As economic growth decelerates, it is clear that low mortgage rates will continue to support the mortgage market and we expect that to persist for the remainder of the year.”George Ratiu, realtor.com’s Senior Economist, said investors reacted poorly to growth prospects and the drop in ISM manufacturing index at the start of Q4 2019. While those actions pushed markets on a roller coaster ride, mortgage rates remain 100 basis below 2018’s levels. “With the fall season ahead, shoppers can expect continued low rates, and a boost to their budgets,” Ratiu said. “However, the shrinking entry and mid-level inventory remains the crucible of this year’s market, and will continue testing first-time buyers’ patience.”The average rate of a 30-year fixed rate mortgage this time last year was 4.71%. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.14% for the week ending September 26, which is a slight decline from last week 3.16%. Average rates on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage last September was 4.15%. Historically low mortgage rates through most of the second half of 2019 led Freddie Mac to forecast that mortgage originations will reach $2.1 trillion in 2019. Freddie Mac said the forecast is due mostly to the surge of refinancing and strong homebuyer demand. Mortgage originations have grown from $1.6 trillion last year to 2.1 trillion in 2019. Originations, however, are expected to fall back down in 2020 to $1.8 trillion. “Despite fears of an economic slowdown, the housing market continues to be a bright spot in the economy,”  Khater said. “While mortgage rates have ticked up in recent weeks, they remain lower than they were a year ago, which will help boost sales headed into the fall.” Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago October 3, 2019 2,997 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac Measures Mortgage Demand Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more


MEPs set to vote on consultation laws

first_img Previous Article Next Article European ministers were poised to vote through the controversial EUdirective on staff consultation at the social policy council meeting inLuxembourg, as Personnel Today went to press. The proposal was third on the agenda, and experts believe the directive willgo before the European Parliament in the next few months. The directive, whichwill set a legal requirement for all companies with more than 50 staff toinform and consult them on key business issues, could become law in Europe bythe end of the year and implemented in the UK as early as 2004. European consultant Peter Reid said, “The battle now has to be foughtin the UK, and it is up to HR professionals to take up this challenge andarticulate the arguments. We do not want to end up with domestic UK law whichwill be a straitjacket.” Irish Labour minister Tom Kitt was quoted in the Irish Times last week assaying that Ireland will support the directive. Ireland, with the UK, Germanyand Denmark, had formed a minority group, blocking the vote. It is believedthat Danish and German reservations have also disappeared Related posts:No related photos. MEPs set to vote on consultation lawsOn 12 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more


Novel coronavirus may have been spreading in China in August, Harvard research indicates

first_img“While we cannot confirm if the increased volume was directly related to the new virus, our evidence supports other recent work showing that emergence happened before identification at the Huanan Seafood market.””These findings also corroborate the hypothesis that the virus emerged naturally in southern China and was potentially already circulating at the time of the Wuhan cluster,” according to the research.It showed a steep increase in hospital parking lot occupancy in August 2019.”In August, we identify a unique increase in searches for diarrhea which was neither seen in previous flu seasons or mirrored in the cough search data,” according to the research The novel coronavirus might have been spreading in China as early as August 2019, according to Harvard Medical School research based on satellite images of hospital travel patterns and search engine data.The research used high-resolution satellite imagery of hospital parking lots in Wuhan – where the disease emerged in late 2019 – and data for symptom-related queries on search engines for things such as “cough” and “diarrhea”.”Increased hospital traffic and symptom search data in Wuhan preceded the documented start of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in December 2019,” according to the research. Topics :last_img read more


Stevens banned for Tokyo Olympics after missed anti-doping tests

first_imgUSA Olympic 200m finalist Deajah Stevens has been banned for the Tokyo Games in 2021 for missing anti-doping tests.The 25-year-old has been banned for 18 months from 17 February to 16 August 2021, eight days after the rearranged Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to finish.Stevens, seventh in the 2016 200m final, can appeal against the decision.The Athletics Integrity Unit handed out the ban for missed tests in February, August and November 2019.The ruling said that on the first occasion, the doping control officer could not reach the American’s specified location because of restricted access at the given address in Oregon and attempts to reach her by phone were unsuccessful.For the early-morning August 2019 test in West Hollywood, Stevens claims her phone had run out of battery overnight and she only saw the five missed calls when she woke up. Three knocks on her door over a 22-minute span went unanswered.On the final missed test, Stevens said she was at her residence during the 60-minute window but had changed her phone number to avoid harassment by an unknown individual who had threatened her fiance’s life.According to the doping control officer, access to the building on the final visit was restricted as Stevens’ name was not on the building directory, which the sprinter said she requested because of the claims of harassment.(BBC Sport)last_img read more


Presque Isle Close to Being Back to Full Power after Outages

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisPresque Isle- Presque Isle Gas and Electric has been working around the clock to restore power to the area.They currently only have 5 more outages to restore. Power went down on Tuesday morning and it has been a struggle to get full power restored due to high winds and snowy conditions. Some residents have not had power for 3-4 days.The area should have full restoration by the end of the weekend.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Sanctuary Superintendent Jumps into Freezing River for a Good CauseNext APS Selects Construction Management Company for Facility Needs Assessmentlast_img read more


Trump Likens Impeachment Inquiry To A “Lynching”

first_imgPresident Trump likens the House impeachment inquiry to a “lynching.” He tweeted the controversial reference this morning and said Democrats are denying him due process, fairness or any legal rights. Trump added — “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here…But we will WIN!” The African American lawmaker asked — “Do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you?” Rush demanded that Trump delete his tweet. Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush fired back on Twitter, saying — “You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?”last_img read more


Trump issues pardons for service members accused of war crimes

first_imgMaher Legal Services PC(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump has intervened in the cases of three American service members convicted or accused of war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq by issuing two pardons and maintaining the rank of one of the service members who’d been demoted. A White House statement issued Friday night announced Trump’s actions in the cases of Army Lt. Clint Lorance, Army Green Beret Maj. Matt Golsteyn and Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher.Lorance is serving 19 years in prison, convicted on two counts of second-degree murder for ordering a soldier to fire on unarmed Afghan motorcyclists in 2012. Golsteyn is charged with the murder of an alleged Afghan bomb-maker in 2010. And Gallagher, while acquitted of killing a wounded Islamic State captive earlier this year, was sentenced to four months of time served and a reduction in rank for posing with a corpse during a 2017 deployment to Iraq.“Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, an Executive Grant of Clemency (Full Pardon) for Army Major Mathew Golsteyn, and an order directing the promotion of Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward R. Gallagher to the grade of E-7, the rank he held before he was tried and found not guilty of nearly all of the charges against him,” the statement read.“The President, as Commander-in-Chief, is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the law is enforced and when appropriate, that mercy is granted,” the statement continued. “For more than two hundred years, presidents have used their authority to offer second chances to deserving individuals, including those in uniform who have served our country.”Speculation that Trump might intervene in the three cases began last week after Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth said the president could take “imminent action” in the form of pardons, commutations or dismissals of charges.“Our family is profoundly grateful for the President’s action,” Golsteyn said in a statement. “We have lived in constant fear of this runaway prosecution.”“Thanks to President Trump, we now have a chance to rebuild our family and lives,” he added. “With time, I hope to regain my immense pride in having served in our military. In the meantime, we are so thankful for the support of family members, friends and supporters from around the nation, and our legal team.”John Maher, Lorance’s attorney, told ABC News that earlier in the day that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had called Lorance to tell him he had been pardoned.Maher said the staff at the U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth had not yet received a release order for Lorance, but a release could occur as soon as it was received. Lorance’s family members have been gathered at Fort Leavenworth for more than a week once speculation began that Trump might intervene in his case.The possibility of pardons has been controversial within the ranks of active-duty and retired service members because of the belief that such actions could undermine the military justice system.“This is so dangerous, nothing pisses me off more than these pardons,” a retired general officer fumed to ABC News after they were announced. “This undermines everything we have stood for — all my years of service goes up in smoke because we have a dictator who has no respect for the rule of law nor what we stand for.”Reports last week that sparked speculation of potential pardons led Defense Secretary Mark Esper to convene a meeting with Army and Navy leadership to review the war crimes cases, two defense officials told ABC News.According to one official, the meeting was to compile information packets about their cases that Esper could provide to the president.Esper later confirmed that on Tuesday he had “a robust discussion” with Trump about letting the cases play out in the military justice system.Both Esper and General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, later said that they favored letting the military justice system “play out.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Vocano Off New Zealand Suddenly Erupts Killing Tourists

first_imgAt least five people are dead and several injured and missing after the volcano blew its top.A tour group from a cruise ship was on White Island earlier today when the blast occurred, sending a massive cloud of ash and steam into the air.It’s the first time the volcano, about 30 miles off the northeast New Zealand coast, has erupted since 2001. New Zealand’s “angriest volcano” suddenly erupted with tourists nearby earlier today.The surprise eruption occurred just after 2 p.m. on White Island and spewed ash 12,000 feet into the air.last_img read more


FEMA Considers Changing Local Flood Maps and Risk Zones

first_imgIf you do not currently have flood insurance, you may soon be required to purchase it.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that is changing its flood maps and risk zones throughout South Florida.The current maps, which determine whether flood insurance is optional or mandatory, were adopted three years ago.“We see remapping typically every three years,” says Fielding Mcelory with Bullen Insurance Group.A preliminary FEMA report indicates that thousands of Palm Beach County homeowners may soon go from “low risk” to “high risk,” which would make it mandatory for them to get coverage.“People, if they have a flood policy today, we can grandfather their older BFE, base flood elevation,” explains Patricia Latshaw, Senior Vice President of Compliance at Wright Flood. “So if they’ve had continuous coverage through the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program), or they built in compliance, we want to give them that better rate because they did what they were supposed to when they initially built the building. So they shouldn’t be penalized for that.”FEMA plans to hold open house meetings on February 4 and 5 at the Mary V. McDonald-Wilson Center off Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach.Homeowners who do not have a mortgage are not required to get flood insurance.“If they do have a flood, their homeowner’s policy is not going to cover flood or storm surge,” Mcelory adds.There will be a 90-day appeal period after next week’s public meetings. FEMA will then make final decisions, although experts say the new guidelines could take up to a year to be put into effect.last_img read more