Refinancing Bad Credit Home Loans: Mortgage Refinance 101

By Everett Maclachlan

Okay, so your credit score is not so great. This doesn’t have to be that big of a deal. After all, unless you’re trying to take out a loan or get a low interest credit card, your credit score shouldn’t affect your life very much of all.

For example, if you are currently a homeowner, the payments you make on your mortgage are in no way reflective of your current credit score. Rather, the payments you make and the interest you pay your mortgage lender each month reflect the credit score you had back when you took out your loan.

However, it’s a different story if you were looking to refinance your mortgage today. In that case, your current credit score will of course play a big part in the kind of interest rate you can qualify for with your refinance.

If you are interested in refinancing bad credit home loans, this mortgage refinance 101 “mini-course” can help:

What is a Bad Credit Home Loan?

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A bad credit home loan is a mortgage you take out with a lender who specializes in working with bad-credit individuals. While it is very likely you will get approved for your refinance, the more important question is: can you get approved at an interest rate that will result in your ability to make lower monthly payments than you are now?

The Benefits of Refinancing

The biggest benefit to refinancing your mortgage is of course the prospect of making those lower payments. This can be achieved in two ways. First, you may be able to qualify for a better interest rate than you had before. Second, if you extend the life of your loan out over more years, you stand to make lower payments after the refinance.

Refinancing Bad Credit Home Loans: Mortgage Refinance 101

Here are some key take-aways from your own Mortgage Refinance 101 course:

* Credit is king when looking for a low interest rate: as you already well know, your credit score is the biggest factor in determining your loan’s interest rate.

* Your history and relationship with your current lender matters: another factor that will be taken into account by your existing lender (should you choose to use them again for your next mortgage) is the quality of your relationship with them. If you have been making on-time payments, for example, that will be a feather in your cap.

* Shopping around will almost always result in a lower rate: but, before you approach your existing lender about a refinance, be sure to locate at least three other lenders to get quotes from. More choices is always better.

* Be prepared to document your work history: sense as a bad-credit borrower your credit score will not be the only factor under review, be prepared to explain your employment history and any credit report glitches to your would-be lender.

* Do not accept the first offer from any lender: as you start applying to lenders, never accept the first offer any of them gives you. Remember, you can always flinch at an offer, go away, and then come back another day if you need to. Never underestimate the power of flinching in a negotiation!

Take these lessons from this refinancing bad credit home loans Mortgage Refinance 101 course as you set out to get yourself the best rate.

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ian Narev, the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this morning “unreservedly” apologised to clients who lost money in a scandal involving the bank’s financial planning services arm.

Last week, a Senate enquiry found financial advisers from the Commonwealth Bank had made high-risk investments of clients’ money without the clients’ permission, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars lost. The Senate enquiry called for a Royal Commission into the bank, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Mr Narev stated the bank’s performance in providing financial advice was “unacceptable”, and the bank was launching a scheme to compensate clients who lost money due to the planners’ actions.

In a statement Mr Narev said, “Poor advice provided by some of our advisers between 2003 and 2012 caused financial loss and distress and I am truly sorry for that. […] There have been changes in management, structure and culture. We have also invested in new systems, implemented new processes, enhanced adviser supervision and improved training.”

An investigation by Fairfax Media instigated the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning division and ASIC.

Whistleblower Jeff Morris, who reported the misconduct of the bank to ASIC six years ago, said in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald that neither the bank nor ASIC should be in control of the compensation program.

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ADP says US economy lost 742,000 jobs in March

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

According to the payroll services company ADP, United States private sector employers cut 742,000 jobs in in March. The figures were almost 80,000 more than the average analyst prediction of 663,000 losses. This is the largest monthly payroll decline since January 2001, when the ADP began tracking job activity.

ADP also updated its job loss statistics for February, from 697,000 to 706,000.

“The sharp employment declines among medium- and small-size businesses indicate that the recession continues to spread aggressively beyond manufacturing and housing-related activities to almost every area of the economy,” said Joel Prakken, the chairman of the company that conducts the ADP survey, Macroeconomic Advisors LLC.

“Despite some recent indications that stock prices, consumer spending, and housing activity may be bottoming out, employment, which usually trails overall economic activity, is likely to remain very weak for at least several more months,” he added.

The US Labor Department‘s report for employment statistics for March is due to be out on Friday. Analysts predicted that the department will announce the unemployment rate increased to 8.5% with 660,000 jobs eliminated in March. However, the bad news from ADP has prompted some to think that the current forecasts are too optimistic.

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BBC to cut Electric Proms for financial reasons

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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The BBC have announced they are to axe annual music festival Electric Proms from their schedule for financial reasons. The festival first took place in October 2006. The 2011 event will not go ahead, with last year’s festival being the last.

Bob Shennan, controller of BBC Radio 2, said he was “disappointed” with the decision to cancel the festival. He said “In the current climate, we are faced with making difficult decisions, including how best to deliver high-quality live music programming throughout the year in light of continuing efficiency savings. I feel that Radio 2 can achieve the same impact of the Electric Proms in an alternative, more cost-effective way. I’m disappointed that the lifetime of Electric Proms has come to an end, but very proud of its fantastically rewarding run of creating new moments in music for the past five years.”

During the festival’s five year run it has featured performances from stars such as Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Shirley Bassey.

The decision to axe the festival comes at a time when the BBC are planning a 20% savings cut. Last week BBC director general Mark Thompson announced 650 job losses after dropping five languages from the BBC World Service.

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Success Made Simple

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Jenifer Whitmire

By Jack Canfield

The big secret about success is that there is no secret. The fundamentals of success have been known for centuries. However, there is a fail-safe formula that always works. I have been studying and teaching about success for more than forty years, and there is a tried and true formula that has produced financial abundance, breakthrough results, and deep fulfillment in my life as well as the lives of hundreds of thousands of my students.

This system always works, as long as you consistently work the system. So here it is-a success system that never fails, in eight simple steps.

Step 1. Decide Exactly What You Want

Most people never take the time to sit down and design the life they want to live. They live by default instead of by choice. They live a life determined by past conditioning and habit rather than consciously creating the life of their dreams. So the first step is to sit down and spend several hours asking yourself where you would like to be one year from now, five years from now, and ten years from now.

Clarify your vision of your ideal life in all the areas that matter to you. The ones I identified for myself are financial, job and career, relationships, health and fitness, fun and recreation, possessions, personal and spiritual growth, and contribution to the world. I want my life to be outrageous in all eight of those areas.

I want to encourage you to think big when you do this. General Wesley Clark, the former Commander of the Allied Forces under NATO, once said, “It doesn’t take any more effort to dream a big dream than it does to dream a small dream.” Think about that. Why not dream big? You might be telling yourself, I can’t dream that big of a dream, because I don’t know how to make such a dream come true. In step one you don’t need to know “the how.”

You just need to decide what you really want. So many of my students get stuck here, so it is really important that you be honest with yourself about what you want. Don’t let the HOW get in the way of your dreams. Trust me, the how will become clear in the process. Right now all you have to do is believe that anything is possible. It’s true that in order to reach your goals you may need to learn new skills, make new friends, build new networks, let go of old habits and develop new disciplines, and replace your limiting beliefs with new more empowering ones, but all of that will become clear as you proceed.

What you may not know is you have a built-in GPS system (like the one in your car) that will figure out the route to your chosen destination. This internal GPS system is your subconscious creative mind which is connected to everything in the universe through your intuition. All you have to do is to properly put in the destination. (We’ll discuss how to do that in Step 3.) The GPS system will then provide a set of directions from where you currently are to where you want to go. Of course, you will have to follow the directions by taking action.

Step 2: Turn Your Vision into Specific and Measurable Goals

The second step, and this is critical, is that you have to turn each part of the vision of your ideal life into specific and measurable goals. The key questions in this step are “how much?” and “by when?”

Until you turn each part of your vision into a specific and measurable goal, you just have a wish or a dream. “I’d like to live in a big house on the ocean someday” is a very different statement than “I will live in a 5,000-squarefoot house on the west coast of Maui, Hawaii, by December 31st, 2016 at 5 p. M.”

You want to state each of your goals in such a measurable way that an outside observer could come in at any designated time to observe and know that you had achieved it. “I want to lose 30 pounds” would become “I will weigh 135 pounds or less by June 30th, 2013 at 5 p. M.” That way someone could show up at 5 p. M. On June 30 and watch you stand on a scale and know whether or not you had achieved your goal.

This is a critical step in properly programming the GPS system in your brain for success.

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Step 3: Supercharge Your Goals with Affirmations and Visualization

This next step is one often given lip service, but rarely implemented correctly. And it is one of the most important steps in this system. Skipping this step is like trying to open a combination lock when you are missing one of the numbers in the combination. You must create an affirmation for each of your goals and a visual picture of what it would look like if you had already achieved the goal. This is how you lock the destination (your goals) into your internal GPS system.

Here is a simple formula for creating affirmations that work. Just start each affirmation with the words “I am so happy and grateful that I now _______.” Then fill in the blank with a description of what you would be experiencing if the goal was already achieved. For example, “I am so happy and grateful that I now am driving my new BMW 750i down the Pacific Coast Highway.” Or “I am so happy and grateful that I now have built three new elementary schools for girls in Nigeria.”

Once you have an affirmation for each of your goals, take the time to read the affirmation and then close your eyes and create an internal picture of what you would be seeing if you had already achieved the goal. It might be the image of a sunset from the patio of your 5,000-square-foot home in Maui, your hands on the steering wheel of your new BMW, or the image of your 135-pound body in the mirror.

The last step is to engage in the following daily practice. Read one of your affirmations, then close your eyes and visualize the picture you created in your mind for that affirmation. And here is the most important part-actually feel the feeling you would feel if you had already achieved that goal. Generate that feeling in your body and bathe in it for at least 30 seconds.

Then open your eyes, read your next affirmation, close your eyes and visualize that goal as complete, and feel the feeling you would feel if that goal were complete. Repeat the process until you have gone through all of your affirmations. I usually am working on about 20 affirmations so the process takes me about 10 minutes in the morning.

If you want to accelerate your success, do it once again in the evening before going to bed-ideally right before you get into bed. This is a much better use of your time than watching TV right before you fall asleep. Recent research tells us two very important things. First, what you read about, listen to on the radio, watch on television and talk about during the last 45 minutes before you fall asleep gets processed more deeply during the sleep state than everything else that you experienced during the day.

Second, we now know that to get the greatest value from affirmations and visualization, you must first do them for thirty days in a row without interruption. If you skip them on Day 15, you’re on Day One again on Day 16. This piece of research tells us one of the main reasons people do not get the results they want when engaging in personal development programs or practices. They fail to utilize this “30-day principle” when visualizing, creating a new habit, committing to an exercise program, implementing a new management program at work, or developing a new attitude or belief.

Step 4: Create an Action Plan

The next step is to create an action plan (as best you can at this stage) for how you will get from where you are to where you want to be. Often the challenge is that you don’t know what to do to make it happen. That is okay. One solution is to ask someone who has already done it. Almost anything you want to do-from becoming a millionaire or a bestselling author to filling your practice with high-paying clients or reaching the top level in your network marketing company-has been done by somebody else. Locate someone who has done what you want to do and ask them to spend a half-hour mentoring you on the necessary steps you’ll need to take.

When Mark Victor Hansen and I wrote our first Chicken Soup for the Soul book, we asked 10 bestselling authors like Ken Blanchard (The One Minute Manager), John Gray (Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus) and Scott Peck (The Road Less Traveled, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for 12 years!) what we needed to do to get on the bestseller lists. We followed their advice, and it worked.

Another way to learn what to do is to take advantage of all the “how-to” resources that exist in the world. There are books written by experts who have already accomplished it in every field-from songwriting and relationship building to investing and business building. You can also learn from multimedia home study courses, coaching programs, seminars, trainings, webinars and boot camps. And of course, there is also a ton of information on the Internet.

Once you have the information you need, create a plan with action steps and timelines and then work your plan. Know that not everything you plan will work out exactly as you plan it, but it will get you into action, and then you can make corrections along the way. And remember, even if you can’t see all of the steps when you start, as you take each step, the next steps will appear.

And remember this: After 30 days of doing your affirmation and visualization process, you will start to get creative and inspired ideas for actions you can take from your subconscious GPS system. They may come in the shower, while you’re meditating, as you’re driving to work or when you are taking a walk. But whenever they come, write them down and then act on them. The main thing is to get in the game and start.

Step 5: Take Action to Create It

In life, the thing that most separates winners from losers is that winners take action. Most people wait around for the perfect conditions before they act. They spend their whole life getting ready. Don’t wait. Get started now. As the Nike ads say-Just Do It! I love the fact that the last six letters in the word satisfaction are a-c-t-i-o-n. Here are a couple of tips to get you started.

My friend Lee Brower taught me this simple technique that has got me off the dime numerous times with meditation, reading, exercise and writing. It’s the “One-Minute Technique.” A friend of Lee’s asked him if he had ever read The Bible all the way through. Lee replied he hadn’t because he didn’t have the time. His friend asked him if he’d be willing to commit to reading it for just one minute a day. Lee agreed. What he found is that once he started reading for that minute, he would often get hooked and read for 15 minutes or longer. Eventually he got through the entire Bible.

Another valuable technique Mark and I developed is called “The Rule of Five.” When the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book was published we decided to do five things every day to promote the sale of the book. We would send out five review copies to reviewers or celebrities who might promote our book, do five radio interviews by phone, make five sales calls to network sales organizations that might purchase our book to motivate their down lines, or call five churches to see if they would have us come speak to their congregations and let us sell our books afterwards-five specific action steps every single day no matter what.

As a result of this commitment, which we maintained for more than two years, Chicken Soup for the Soul went on to sell more than 10 million copies in the United States and was eventually translated into more than 40 languages around the world.

One of the most important actions you can take is asking-asking people to buy, to enroll, to support, to invest, to lend, to endorse, to advise, to participate, to volunteer, or to contribute. Often, the only thing that separates the successful from the unsuccessful is their willingness to ask for what they need and want. Unfortunately, many people are uncomfortable asking. Some are even paralyzed. They are afraid of rejection. They are afraid of hearing the word NO.

What got me over this fear of rejection was a formula that was taught to me by the girl who has the Guinness World Record for selling the most boxes of Girl Scout cookies in a single year-3526 boxes! Her formula was SWSWSWSW, which stands for Some Will, Some Won’t, So What, Someone’s Waiting. Don’t let the fear of NO stop you. In fact, you can make a game out of it. Get excited about the NOs. See how many you can get in one day… Because what you’ll learn is that the more NOs you get, the more YES’s you’ll eventually get. Remember, someone is waiting to say YES!

And think about this: There really is no such thing as rejection. If I get a NO, I am no worse off than I was before I asked. If I ask someone to lend me one thousand dollars and they say no, I didn’t have a thousand dollars before I asked, and I don’t have a thousand dollars after I asked. My life didn’t get worse. It stayed the same. When we were trying to find a publisher for Chicken Soup for the Soul, we were rejected by 144 publishers over the course of a year. If we had given up after 100 rejections, I wouldn’t be writing this chapter right now. No one would care. A rejection is just a step along the way to success.

Step 6: Solicit and Respond to Feedback

It is a fact of life that not all the actions you take are going to work out exactly the way you want. However, every action you take will produce some sort of result, and that result is feedback. All feedback is valuable. Pay attention to the external feedback (lack of results, no sales, complaints, criticism, discord, loss) and the internal feedback (illness, physical pain, boredom, stress) that says you are off course. Just keep making the necessary corrections until you get the results that you want. Sometimes you have to keep experimenting until you get it right.

Here’s one of the most important things I ever learned. It’s a series of two questions for soliciting valuable feedback from others in both your professional and personal life.

1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the quality of [our relationship, this product, our service, this meeting, me as a manager/employee/spouse/father/teacher] during this past [week, month, quarter]?

Anything less than a 10 as an answer gets this follow up question:

2. What would it take to make it a 10?

This is where the valuable information comes from. Have the courage to ask this question, listen to the answers without defensiveness, and act on the feedback.

Step 7 Practice Perseverance

In order to be successful you have to persevere in the face of resistance, disappointment, obstacles, setbacks and failures. There may be many times when you want to give in and quit, but the one quality more than any other that guarantees success is the willingness to stick with it, to see it through to the end, to refuse to settle for anything less than your dream. And remember, adversity and challenge is what gives you the opportunity to develop qualities such as courage, patience, tenacity, and compassion. And here’s an encouraging statistic: the average millionaire in America has gone bankrupt or out of business 3.5 times on their way to becoming a millionaire.

Step 8: Practice Gratitude

The first and last step of achieving your goals is to have an attitude of gratitude-to be grateful for and appreciate all that you have. Most people starting out tend to focus on what they don’t have rather than what they do have. What we have learned from movies and books like The Secret, which focus on the law of attraction, is that we get more of what we focus on. If we focus on our lack of money, friends, health or opportunities, we get more of that-lack. If we focus on all that we do have, and express gratitude for that, we get more to be grateful for.

Take a few moments every day to express appreciation for the many blessings in your life. Whether you write it down in your journal or simply make note of it in your mind, refocus your attention on those things you already have. Express that gratitude to God/Source/the Universe through prayer, meditation or the simple act of appreciation.

Also express your appreciation to those people who contribute to your life and your happiness-from your family members, friends and coworkers to the waiters, mechanics and others who serve you. You’ll be amazed at the miracles that will begin to occur when you come from an attitude of gratitude and express appreciation.

Well, that completes the eight fundamental steps of a success system that never fails. All you have to do is to dedicate yourself to putting it into action along with all of the other insights, principles and strategies you will learn in this book. I invite you to live your life as if everything I have written here is true for a minimum of ninety days and see what happens. I know you will be astounded at the results!

About the Author

As the beloved originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Jack Canfield fostered the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre-and watched it grow to a billion dollar market. As the driving force behind the development and delivery of more than 123 million books sold through the Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise (and over 500 million copies in print worldwide), Jack Canfield is uniquely qualified to talk about success.

Behind the empire Time Magazine called the “publishing phenomenon of the decade” is America’s leading expert in creating peak performance for entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, managers, sales professionals, corporate employees, and educators. Over the last 30 years, his compelling message, empowering energy and personable coaching style has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals achieve their dreams.

Affectionately known as “America’s #1 Success Coach, ” Jack has studied and reported on what makes successful people different. He knows what motivates them, what drives them, and what inspires them. He brings this critical insight to countless audiences internationally—sharing his success strategies in the media, with companies, universities and professional associations.

Jack is a Harvard graduate with a Master’s Degree in psychological education and one of the earliest champions of peak-performance, developing specific methodologies and results-oriented activities to help people take on greater challenges and produce breakthrough results.

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Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans graduate students

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See the discussion page for instructions on adding schools to this list.Tuesday, September 13, 2005

NAICU has created a list of colleges and universities accepting and/or offering assistance to displace faculty members. [1]Wednesday, September 7, 2005

This list is taken from Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students, and is intended to make searching easier for faculty, graduate, and professional students.

In addition to the list below, the Association of American Law Schools has compiled a list of law schools offering assistance to displaced students. [2] As conditions vary by college, interested parties should contact the Office of Admissions at the school in question for specific requirements and up-to-date details.

The Association of American Medical Colleges is coordinating alternatives for medical students and residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. [3]

ResCross.net is acting as a central interactive hub for establishing research support in times of emergency. With so many scientists affected by Hurricane Katrina, ResCross is currently focused on providing information to identify sources of emergency support as quickly as possible. [4]

With so many scientists affected by Hurricane Katrina, ResCross is currently focused on providing information to identify sources of emergency support as quickly as possible.

Physics undergraduates, grad students, faculty and high school teachers can be matched up with housing and jobs at universities, schools and industry. [5] From the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Society of Physics Students, the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society.

If you are seeking or providing assistance, please use this site to find information on research support, available lab space/supplies, resources, guidelines and most importantly to communicate with fellow researchers.

The following is a partial list, sorted by location.

Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming | Canada

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Haiti rescue efforts continue, but survivors face increasing insecurity

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Haiti rescue efforts continue, but survivors face increasing insecurity

Friday, January 29, 2010

The survivors from the recent 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti are now facing increasing insecurity from human traffickers and convicts escaped from collapsed prisons, officials have cautioned, even as aid is flowing into the country. The acting head of the UN’s Haitian mission, meanwhile, says that that full reconstruction could take several decades. As many as 200,000 people were killed by the tremors, which struck on January 12, and 1.5 million people have been left without homes.

Anthony Banbury, the deputy head of the UN mission in the earthquake-ravaged country, commented to the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency that survivors queuing for aid sometimes turned violent. He commented that while the aid is vital for the country, “it can be a source of insecurity because it attracts big crowds and there can be disorder around food distribution.”

“[It is] absolutely necessary that we get enough food, enough water, enough shelter for the people, and enough security. I don’t think any of us are anywhere near being close to being satisfied, because so much more needs to be done,” he added. “[We must] do things smart, as well as fast, and that’s a big challenge for us now.”

The Haitian national police chief, Mario Andresol, remarked that electricity blackouts resulted in “bandits […] taking advantage to harass and rape women and young girls under the tents,” adding that 7,000 inmates of prisons escaped after the quake. “It took us five years to apprehend them. Today they are running wild.”

Further exacerbating the security situation was that the Haitian police force was largely crippled by the disaster, with hundreds of policemen either killed or missing.

“At night, people take things. But I don’t have a problem. I don’t have anything to steal.” said one local resident, Omen Cola, to AFP.

At night, people take things. But I don’t have a problem. I don’t have anything to steal.

Child trafficking, meanwhile, is also an issue; it had been a chronic problem even before the earthquake. The Red Cross has started to register orphaned children, and temporarily sending some to orphanages for shelter, according to a senior advisor for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Bo Viktor Nylund.

UNICEF press official Roshan Khadivi told the Xinhua news agency on Wednesday that “we are taking photos and filling in forms to get the children’s full details on file. Experience has shown us that there is at least one family member left usually. UNICEF does not believe in institutionalization in orphanages. Children need to be connected with their communities.” Khadivi noted that considering adoption would only be done if the child’s parents are not found after several months.

Sixty orphaned children, meanwhile, were transported earlier by plane to Germany, where they are to be adopted; six of them were hospitalised for fatigue and dehydration.

Edmond Mulet, the acting head of the UN mission for Haiti, told the BBC that it could take decades to fully reconstruct the country, and any recent development had been negated by the quake. “I think this is going to take many more decades than only ten years, and this is an enormous backwards step in Haiti’s development. We will not have to start from zero but from below zero,” he said.

[…] This is an enormous backwards step in Haiti’s development. We will not have to start from zero but from below zero.

Mulet, who is also the UN’s assistant peacekeeping operations secretary-general, said that the aid logistics were a “nightmare”. However, he said he believed the capacity to provide help was improving, saying: “All this is coming together right now. Every day you can see more and more Haitian national police on the ground, working with our troops and more and more water being distributed, so it’s a matter of time and putting all these elements together,” as quoted by the BBC.

According to the head, 200,000 heavy-duty tents had been ordered, to help people cope with the rainy season, which generally starts in May. “Of course, 200,000 family-sized tents – solid ones that can withstand a hurricane season – are not available in the market just like that, so they have to be made. It’s going to take a few days and weeks before they can arrive, but all this is coming,” Mulet noted.

The Haitian president, Rene Preval, earlier this week asked for 200,000 tents and 26 million ready-to-eat meals to be airdropped.

Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Ewing, commander of Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team, meanwhile, was concerned whether there was enough management in relief operations. “Everyone is trying to help, but it’s not as coordinated as it should be. We’re not getting aid to where it needs to go as effectively as it should be,” he told AFP.

Earlier this week, Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, described the reconstruction process as being a “colossal work of reconstruction.”

“In 30 seconds, we lost nearly 60 percent of our gross domestic product, because all of Haiti’s resources were concentrated in a small area around our seat of government,” he said. “We have to decentralise. It’s the only way to be efficient. It’s also the only way to avoid the same problems happening in Haiti again.”

The UN, meanwhile, reports that international funding and aid pledges for the country have now surpassed US$2 billion worth.

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Batman star Adam West dies aged 88

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Batman star Adam West dies aged 88

Monday, June 12, 2017

On Friday night, Adam West, a US actor best known for his role as Batman in 1960s television series Batman, died at the age of 88 in Los Angeles, his family spokesperson said. Before his death, West “fought a short but brave battle with leukemia”, his family said via Facebook.

Actors Ben Affleck, Val Kilmer, and Mark Hamill, comic book writer Frank Miller, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane as well as author Neil Gaiman paid tribute to Adam West via Twitter. Affleck and Kilmer portrayed the titular character in, the 2016 film Batman v Superman and the 1995 film Batman Forever respectively.

Burt Ward, who played the role of Batman’s sidekick Robin in the TV series with West, paid tribute via The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Julie Newmar, who played the role of Catwoman in the 1960s show, paid tribute as well via the BBC World Service radio program Newshour. DC Entertainment president and CEO Geoff Johns and publisher Jim Lee paid tribute via DC Comics’s official blog.

Adam West, younger of the two brothers, was born on September 19, 1928 in Washington. His father was a wheat farmer and his mother was a pianist and an opera singer. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in English literature from Whitman College and worked as a station master at Stanford while he was a graduate student.

West worked at McClatchy station in Sacramento, California before moving to Hawaii, where he hosted a weekday show in the late 1950s. He moved to Hollywood, California in 1959 and signed a contract with Warner Bros. He appeared in multiple series before portraying Detective Sergeant Steve Nelson in the 1959–62 television series, The Detectives, from 1961 to 1962. His film debut was the 1959 film The Young Philadelphians, starring Paul Newman. Before Batman, West appeared in many films throughout the 1960s.

Lyle Waggoner and Adam West auditioned for the role of Batman while Peter Deyell and Burt Ward auditioned for the role of Robin. Batman TV series debuted on January 12, 1966 on the ABC network. Though the first season was a success, two subsequent seasons had a significant drop in the Nielsen ratings, and it was cancelled in March 1968.

After Batman, West was given typecast roles throughout his career. He voiced Batman in animated shows, like The New Adventures of Batman, Legends of the Superheroes, and Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show. He also voiced a role in an Academy Award-nominated 1997 short film Redux Riding Hood. He also voiced the role of Mayor Adam West in Family Guy, which MacFarlane called an “alternative universe” version of West.

West married Marcelle in 1970; each had two children from their previous marriages. After the marriage, the couple had two children. West is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Posted on September 17th, 2017 by Qb6D3r

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Most Common Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist Procedure is Inexpensive, Fast and Pain Free

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Jean PR Maddahi

Everyday, people are experiencing a dramatic change in their appearance simply by having their smile brightened by correcting dull or discolored teeth. This inexpensive, fast, pain free procedure is the most commonly requested cosmetic dentistry procedure available. Beverly Hills tooth whitening specialist, Dr. Kourosh Maddahi, cosmetic dentist, uses the leading whitener, Zoom! Advanced Power Plus Chairside Tooth Whitening system.

Lifestyle and the aging process can be visually damaging to your overall smile. Some of your favorite foods and beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, soda, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, berry pie or any red sauces can cause your teeth to look dull, stained, irregularly colored and consequently unattractive. The first impression you make on people can be negatively affected by a tarnished smile.

Teeth whitening should be carefully selected. In choosing a dentist to help you restore your teeth to a youthful healthy looking condition, it is recommended that you take into consideration the dentist’s aesthetic capabilities. It takes a keen eye to be able to match the color between teeth so that the overall canvas” of the mouth is uniform, natural and appealing.

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Dr. Kourosh Maddahi begins the process by carefully finding out what his patient wants in their new smile. Some people prefer a more natural white color to the teeth, perhaps a bit off-white. Others may feel that a stark, pure white is the look they want. Many degrees of whiteness can be accomplished and this choice is an important part of the process.

Some skin types will look better with a dimmer shade of white while others may look the best with bright white. Also, some people may have existing dental work that will affect the range of whiteness that can be achieved by the tooth whitening system. These teeth need to be color-matched and it takes an experienced dentist’s keen eye to do a fine job.

Next, before the whitening treatment begins, the choices the patient has made with the doctor’s help can be tested using digital cosmetic imaging. This allows the patient, through the use of a split screen, to see what their smile looks like in the present and what it will look like when the treatment is completed. Dr. Kourosh Maddahi and his patient will know before they go” with respect to their plan.

The IntraOral camera, a very small camera in the shape of a pen, shows with clarity every tooth and gum surface in the mouth. The picture is projected onto a computer screen that both the doctor and his patient can view together. This system is also used to give the patient overall information about their mouth and gain a first hand understanding never before achieved.

Zoom! Chairside Tooth Whitening uses hydrogen peroxide to whiten the teeth by penetrating and bleaching the tooth structure where stains from foodstuffs and tobacco have accumulated. A light-activated system accelerates penetration into the tooth structure, thereby quickening the bleaching process.

Under Beverly Hills Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Kourosh Maddahi’s impeccable eye – and by utilizing the breakthrough technology of Zoom! tooth whitening, you can have the smile you want in only one hour.

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, in only one hour, at the

Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist

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Dr. Kourosh Maddahi

, using the breakthrough technology of Zoom! tooth whitening. Call today for your appointment!

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New movies, 9 September 2005

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New movies, 9 September 2005

Friday, September 9, 2005

A look at some of the movies set to be released in North America, the week of 9 September, 2005.

Note, “fresh” or “rotten” refer to the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes rating, based on North American critical reviews. The higher the percentage, the greater the percentage of critics that liked the movie.

Contents

  • 1 The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  • 2 The Man
  • 3 Also new to theatres
  • 4 Sources

Posted on September 16th, 2017 by Qb6D3r

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