Two million in Ethiopia facing food shortages brought on by drought UN

The dry weather has been due to the partial failure of the “Belg” rains that occur from February to May and a late start of the main “Meher” rains that fall from June to September, the UN agency said.A monthly average of 2 million Ethiopians has already been identified as needing food aid for the second half of the year, but the poor shortage of rainfall means another 2 million will need also food assistance, according to WFP.“A major step has to be taken to save the remaining breeding livestock from being lost,” said WFP Emergency Officer Paul Turnbull after returning from a fact-finding mission to the Afar Region. “More food aid should be provided to the population, which in some areas is already migrating, in search of food and water.”Given the gravity of the situation countrywide, the Ethiopian Government has announced that it is providing 45,000 tons of food to its needy population. While existing emergency food aid stocks will be distributed to the most vulnerable people, they are not adequate to cover the current food needs.Countrywide, there is an estimated shortfall of over 100,000 tons of food to the end of the year, WFP said. People targeted for relief assistance receive basic food rations consisting of cereals and pulses while the most vulnerable groups – children under five, pregnant and nursing mothers, the sick and the elderly – receive supplementary rations of enriched blended foods.”WFP is appealing to the donor community to respond quickly with food aid donations to avert this serious situation from developing into widespread hunger and starvation,” said Mr. Turnbull. read more

Decolonization close to my heart Guterres says at opening of UN committee

“As you know, the decolonization agenda is an area close to my heart and to which I reiterate my commitment,” he told the Special Committee on Decolonization.Recalling his native country’s colonial past, Mr. Guterres recalled the “very strong feeling of solidarity” between Portuguese democrats and liberation movements in Angola, Guinea‑Bissau and Mozambique.The Committee was created in 1961 by the General Assembly with the purpose of monitoring implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.In today’s meeting, the Committee elected by acclamation Walton Alfonso Webson of Antigua and Barbuda as its Chair and agreed to proceed with a visiting mission to New Caledonia in March, ahead of a referendum on self‑determination in that French‑administered territory.Mr. Guterres expressed solidarity with those Non‑Self‑Governing Territories affected by hurricanes in the past year and saluted the Committee’s call on the concerned administering Powers, as well as UN entities, to continue to support aid and recovery efforts.The General Assembly has consistently reaffirmed decolonization as a priority. “That remains the case today with the 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories under the purview of the Special Committee,” the UN chief said. read more

Enhanced fuel efficiency and reliability continue big bus boom in August

Total buses and coaches43114.9%3,781-21.8%5,872-20.9% August% change*Year-to-date% change*Rolling year% change* Big bus registrations rose 114% in August and by 70% in the past three months, rolling year is up marginally by 0.3%. Coach volumes up 25% in August but down 6% for the rolling year. Overall bus and coach volumes up 15% in the month and down 21% for the rolling year to August.“Double-deck and big bus manufacturers continued to enjoy the strong growth seen since June, up 114% in the month with healthy demand for new highly reliable and fuel-efficient models,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “The coach market is stable, albeit at a lower level than pre-recession, but conditions in the bus market remain challenging with concerns over the fragile economy likely to restrain demand in the short-term at least.” >16t double-deck buses154152.5%75625.8%1,10510.8% Coaches >16t5660.0%516-3.4%671-3.7% Coaches >3.5t to 16t4-69.2%42-52.8%84-24.3% >8.5t to 16t11958.7%66512.5%1,02814.0% All buses37113.5%3,223-23.5%5,117-22.7% All coaches6025.0%558-10.4%755-6.6% Buses above 8.5t302114.2%1,5726.5%2,3150.3% Single-deck busesMinibuses <= 3.5t26-42.2%38697.9%55661.2% >3.5t to 8.5t43-69.5%1,265-50.2%2,246-43.3% >16t29480.0%151-46.8%182-55.6% Single-deck buses total217-18.4%2,467-31.7%4,012-28.6% Click through to download the full Bus and Coach news release and data table for August 2011.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Police watchdog accused of gross negligence for ignoring explosive report into disastrous

Harvey Proctor has accused the police watchdog of “whitewashing” Operation MidlandCredit:Danny Lawson/PA The police watchdog has been accused of “gross negligence” and “institutional stupidity” for ignoring an “explosive” report into Scotland Yard’s disastrous handling of the VIP paedophile investigation.Harvey Proctor, the former Conservative MP falsely accused of child abuse and murder, who has seen the unredacted document, said it was clear the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) had failed in its duty to protect the public by concluding that officers had no case to answer despite the litany of failings identified.He said that rather than being independent, the IOPC was working “hand in glove with the police” and had “whitewashed” Operation Midland.The report was written by retired High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques in 2016 but was suppressed by Scotland Yard, which released only a very heavily redacted version comprising some 20 per cent of its findings.The full report, comprising several hundred pages, is due to be published within a fortnight and is expected to be devastating for the force, raising serious questions over its senior officers who were in charge at the time.It will suggest that police were influenced by Labour deputy leader Tom Watson’s involvement in the case and his pursuit of historic sex abuse allegations.  Mr Watson met Beech and maintained email contact with him. Harvey Proctor has accused the police watchdog of "whitewashing" Operation Midland Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Met came under intense pressure to make public its findings after Carl Beech, 51, the fantasist known by the pseudonym Nick, was found guilty of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud.Beech, who was jailed for 18 years in July, lied about being the victim of a VIP paedophile ring, whose members included Lord Brittan, the former home secretary and Sir Edward Heath, the ex-prime minister, yet was described by Scotland Yard as credible and true.Mr Proctor, whose home was raided and his reputation tarnished during a multi-million pound 18 month-long investigation, said that by announcing the Met had “no case to answer” after Beech’s conviction, the IOPC had “whitewashed” Operation Midland despite Sir Richard identifying 43 separate failings.“This report, which the MPS must publish immediately, is explosive; it reveals in detail the staggering  incompetence of Operation Midland,” he said.Mr Proctor met the IOPC at the request of Michael Lockwood, its director general.He said: “What I want to know – and what Mr Lockwood could not satisfactorily explain, is why his office took so little notice of it when they rushed out press statements at the end of the Beech trial to say that police have no case to answer. “They do – as the High Court judge makes clear. By ignoring his findings this office has failed in its duty to protect the public. It is not independent of the police – it works hand in glove with them.” Geoffrey Robertson, Mr Proctor’s QC, criticised the IOPC for its “abject failure” to condemn the senior policemen who declared Beech a credible witness without a shred of evidence.Mark Stephens, Mr Proctor’s solicitor, said an examination of the search warrant application showed police had withheld information from district judge Howard Riddle which would “almost certainly” have caused him to reject the application.That included an inconsistent story told by Beech to Wiltshire Police in 2012 as well as the allegation that Sir Edward was an active participant in parties where small children were sexually abused. Mr Robertson warned that because applications for search and arrest warrants are never recorded or transcribed, police could never be held accountable.The IOPC insisted it was “impartial” and had worked entirely independently on its investigation into the conduct of three MPS officers involved in the warrant applications for properties connected to Lord Bramall, the former head of the British Army, Lord Brittan and Mr Proctor.“While the investigation found that none of the officers deliberately withheld evidence from the applications with the intention of misleading the district judge and would have no case to answer for misconduct, our investigation has identified clear shortcomings in the MPS’ handling of search warrants, alongside broader organisational failures, it said in a statement“These findings and associated recommendations will be published in our final report at the end of the month.”It added: “We appreciate Mr Proctor has experienced considerable distress and anxiety as a result of the allegations made about him, which were ultimately found to be false. “It is important that we identify learning from the experiences of victims and do all we can to ensure the mistakes made are never repeated again.” read more

How much is the Universal Social Charge going to make in 2014

first_imgTHE UNIVERSAL SOCIAL Charge will net the exchequer over €4 billion next year, the Finance Minister has told the Dáil.Michael Noonan revealed the figures on foot of a Dáil question from his party colleague Eoghan Murphy.The figure is broadly in line with this year’s projected income, but income from the charge has risen over 25 per cent since it was implemented in 2011.In total, people who earn between €100,000 and €120,000 will pay the most USC, accounting for €262 million of the total. The figures also showed that 148 people who earn over €2 million will pay €39 million in USC this year.The USC will account for €4 billion of a projected €17 billion tax take in 2014, Noonan said. He added that the figures are provisional.“The figures are estimates from the Revenue tax forecasting model using actual data for the year 2011, adjusted as necessary for estimated income and employment trends in the interim.“These are, therefore, provisional and likely to be revised.”The USC is payable on all gross income that replaced the income levy and health levy in Budget 2011.Read: Irish workers will pay €4 billion in Universal Social Charge this yearRead: Counting the pennies: where your tax money will go in 2013last_img read more

Le plus grand cerf dAngleterre a été abattu pour ses bois

first_imgLe plus grand cerf d’Angleterre a été abattu pour ses boisGrande-Bretagne – Surnommé “l’empereur d’Exmoor”, un cerf géant considéré comme le plus grand animal sauvage de Grande-Bretagne a été abattu pour ses bois. C’est probablement un riche chasseur qui a tué cet animal auquel le pays était très attaché.Âgé d’une douzaine d’années, l’empereur d’Exmoor mesurait 2,75 mètres, bois compris, et pesait environ 135 kilos. C’est près d’une route, dans le sud-ouest de l’Angleterre, que son cadavre décapité a été retrouvé.D’après la presse britannique, l’homme qui a abattu le cerf pourrait être un riche chasseur de trophées, qui aurait payé une somme importante pour avoir le droit de chasser sur une propriété située dans l’Exmoor.Cette nouvelle suscite un vif émoi en Angleterre. Le Times évoque ainsi “une révulsion contre la destruction gratuite de quelque chose de magnifique et de sauvage”, quand de nombreuses chaînes de télévision annoncent en boucle la mort du cerf géant.Le 28 octobre 2010 à 18:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Getty Images sued for 1 billion by one very generous photographer

first_imgPhotographer Carol M. Highsmith spent years documenting every nook and cranny of America in 18,755 photos. In an extremely generous gesture to the American people, she donated the entire portfolio to the Library of Congress. The Library calls this “one of the greatest acts of generosity in the history of the Library.” Now, she’s suing Getty Images for $1 billion over unauthorized use of those photos.The photos in question are fantastic, with everything from stunning landscapes to wacky portraits of unusual people. Donating these photos was a wonderful gesture — I’m even willing to forgive the fact that Highsmith’s website is designed entirely in Flash. Image licensing firm Getty apparently liked her photos so much, it started licensing them. The problem, however, is that Getty doesn’t have the rights to them. Right on the Library of Congress website, Highsmith’s photos are listed as being in the public domain.This situation came to Highsmith’s attention when Getty sent her a demand for payment because her website used one of her own photos. Specifically, the one above. Bold move, Getty. Highsmith notes that she never gave up her copyright on the photos, and now she’s exercising those rights to take Getty to court. She alleges that not only was she sent an improper demand letter, but others have gotten similar letters after using her public domain images. How these photos ended up in Getty’s portfolio is unclear.Several years ago, photographer Daniel Morel was awarded $1.2 million from Getty for infringement of one photo. That’s what the $1 billion figure is based on. Although, the statutory damages if Getty infringed all 18,755 photos would only be $468,875,000. Yeah, just half a billion dollars, no big deal.last_img read more

Resident surprises burglar in action

first_imgAn armed burglar, who entered a family’s home late Sunday while a woman and her grandson slept upstairs, might have gotten away with the home invasion had the sleeping woman’s son not gotten off work early that night from his job as a cook at Vancouver’s Easy Street Bar & Grill.The 35-year-old son, Jason Guerra, and his girlfriend, Machelle Smith, 36, arrived at the home about 11:30 p.m., put on their pajamas and went out into the garage to smoke a cigarette. When they returned inside the house, they saw a strange man standing in the living room. The man was holding a laptop and backpack, which belong to Guerra’s 18-year-old son, Devin Koenig. Koenig and Guerra’s mother, Susan Zeman, were sleeping upstairs at the time.“At first, I didn’t quite understand what was going on,” Guerra said Monday. “We don’t have random peple coming in at night. I said, ‘Excuse me.’ He didn’t say anything. He just turned around, looked at me and tried to walk out the front door.”As the intruder opened the front door, Guerra tackled him from behind and overpowered him. Meanwhile, Smith, dressed in Mickey Mouse pajamas with a hood embellished to resemble mouse ears, called 911 from inside their home in the 3900 block of Plomondon Street, in Vancouver’s Bagley Downs neighborhood.Guerra said he held the intruder face down by wrapping his legs around the intruder’s head and wrapping his arms around his torso.last_img read more

Shred a photo of your ex on Valentines Day and score free

first_img#ShredYourEx is back again this Valentine’s Day! Shred a pic, get 10 free boneless wings (just buy any 10). It’s that simple. ➡️ https://t.co/Su1k7NnkE3 pic.twitter.com/sDnhsVyPOV— Hooters (@Hooters) February 4, 2019Customers who participate must first purchase 10 wings in order to get 10 free boneless wings.The deal will be available on Feb. 14 for dine-in guests only. (WSVN) – Hooters is bringing back its Valentine’s Day deal when customers are encouraged to bring a photo of their ex to score free food.The restaurant chain is offering 10 free wings to visitors on the love-filled holiday, but the catch is — you need to bring a picture of your ex, to shred and forget.This is the third year Hooters gives customers across the nation the chance to #ShredYourEx. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sensex hits 19month low on weak corporate earnings falling rupee

first_imgContinued selling in the domestic stock markets has led the benchmark indices fall to a 19-month low on Friday amid concerns over weak corporate earnings and a further depreciation in rupee to two-year lows.While the BSE Sensex closed 318 points down at 24,455 and the 50-share Nifty ended 99 points lower at 7,438.”It was complete mayhem on Dalal Street as Sensex and Nifty ended at 19-month closing lows while the Nifty Bank hit a 52-week low and ended at a 15-month closing low. SBI and ICICI Bank contributed 28% to Nifty’s fall today, while Tata Motors, TCS and ITC were among the other major draggers,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL, in a note.A total of 25 stocks registered a fresh 52-week highs in trades today, while 86 stocks touched new 52-week lows on the National Stock Exchange (NSE).Weakness in the rupee resumed on Friday, with the currency falling to a two-year low of 67.70 against the dollar. The rupee had hit a record low of 68.85 in August 2013, when fears over interest rate hike in the US were at their peak.The sell-off in the Indian markets is also driven by a slump in global market to 3.5-year lows due to plunging crude oil prices. Currently, crude oil prices are trading under $30 a barrel, a 12-year low, as oil supply from Iran is expected to aggravate the oversupply issues facing the market.Stocks of oil exploration companies Cairn India and ONGC ended lower on the back of weakness in global crude oil prices.The Chinese benchmark Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 3.55% to close at 2,900 points as negative economic data fuelled concerns over the health of the world’s second-largest economy.Metal stocks Tata Steel, Vedanta, Hindalco, SAIL and JSW Steel ended sharply down as commodity prices fell on worries over slowdown in China.While Vendanta shares plunged over 8% to close at Rs 73, Tata Steel shares closed 3.7% lower at Rs 229. Stock prices of Hindalco and SAIL closed 3.7% and 4.8% lower, respectively.Bank shares came under heavy selling pressure due to concerns over their asset quality.However, Infosys shares continued to edge up, closing over 1% higher at Rs 1,140. India’s second-largest IT firm on Thursday surprised investors by posting upbeat results for the December quarter even as most analysts had expected the results to be muted.Shares of Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries ended the session in green, gaining over 1% to close at Rs 1,073.”We expect RIL to report a GRM of $11/bbl as compared to $7.3/bbl reported in Q3 FY15 and $10.6/bbl in Q2 FY16. Petrochemical prices too have seen a correction in line with the crude oil prices but we expect the spreads to remain flattish,” said Ambani.last_img read more

BJP chief Amit Shah under attack over remarks on Mahatma Gandhi

first_imgIndia’s BJP chief Amit Shah on Saturday came under attack for his remarks describing Mahatma Gandhi as a “shrewd bania” with Congress and other opposition parties demanding an apology from him for “insulting” the Father of the Nation.Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala also demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Shah’s remarks while West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee termed them “unethical and unfortunate” and said he should immediately withdraw them.Surjewala told media persons here that Shah had committed a heinous crime and anti-national act.“We demand that Amit Shah, BJP and Prime Minister Narendra should apologise to the people and the families of the freedom fighters of the country for insulting their struggle. Shah has indulged in a heinous crime and an anti-national act. There can’t be a bigger crime than this,” he said.Surjewala said identifying Gandhi with caste exposes the “real face, character and mindest” of Shah.Surjewala said Shah had insulted the sacrifices made during the freedom struggle by associating Mahatma Gandhi with a business model.“Has the entire struggle become a mere business? Was building the nation a business. Only Amit Shah, who does trade of power and BJP can give such indications. Would Mahatma Gandhi be now identified with his caste?” he asked.Hitting back at Shah, Surjewala said the “Britishers used Hindu Mahasabha and the Sangh as a special purpose vehicle for the partition of the country.”“After independence, they have become a vehicle to oppress Dalits, and the weaker sections. This is their real face and character,” he added.In Jalpaiguri, Trinamool Congress supremo Banerjee attacked Shah. “Mahatma Gandhi is the Father of the Nation and he is an icon of the world. We cannot use such unjustified language about him. It is unethical, unfortunate and uncalled for.”“I think such statements should be immediately withdrawn and an apology should be sought,” she said.Banerjee felt a simple apology from Shah would not end the matter as, “this is an intentional blunder by him”.Mamata also tweeted and said politicians should be careful about their language.“When we, in public life, speak about icons of our nation and the world, we must always show utmost respect and sensitivity with language,” she posted on Twitter.Taking a swipe at Shah, the Trinamool supremo claimed that no one should think of themselves as a superpower just because they are at the helm.Shah, while addressing a gathering in Raipur on Friday, referred to Mahatma Gandhi as a “shrewd baniya”.“The Congress is not a party based on one ideology or one principle, it is a special purpose vehicle to gain independence… this is why Mahatma Gandhi with foresight, he was a shrewd baniya, he knew what was going to happen, he said immediately after independence that the Congress should be dissolved.“He didn’t do it, but some people are now completing the job of dissolving it. He had said this because the Congress had no ideology, was not formed based on a principle, and did not have any principle to run the country or government,” Shah had said.Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) also slammed Shah’s remarks. JD-U spokesperson Neeraj Kumar told the media in Patna that Shah had insulted the nation and its people by using a “caste” name to address Mahatma Gandhi.Neeraj said Shah was targeting Mahatma Gandhi by naming his caste. “It is shameful and unforgivable.”Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders said that Shah, by calling Gandhi a “chatur baniya”, had exposed his own and the BJP’s mindset and their real agenda.Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar did not comment on Shah’s remarks and ignored queries from the media.Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas said he had not heard Shah’s remarks but noted that any comment about the Father of Nation should be made by a person who has at least lived one percent of his life the way Mahatma had done.last_img read more

University student detained for rape

first_imgLogo of arrestPolice detained a student of a private university for violating a girl after promising her of marriage at Mujgunni in Khulna on Thursday night, reports news agency UNB. The arrested is Sinjon Roy, 25, son of Prashanto Kumar Roy of Sonadanga area. A student of North Western University, developed physical relationship with a student of the university with false promise of marriage, said Sonadaga police officer-in-charge Mamtajul Haq. On Thursday night, the girl came to know that Sinjon is going to marry another girl. When the girl went to meet Sinjon in Mujgunni area he forced her to leave the place. Seeing the incident, local people informed the matter to Sonadanga Model police station who detained Sinjon from the spot for interrogation.last_img read more

Revive your senses with Sharbat

first_imgwith an Aim to provide Delhiites some respite from hot sunny days and scorching sun, Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) is all set with its second ‘Sharbat Mela’ at Dilli Haat, Janakpuri from June 23–25. The summer season is here and the soaring temperatures are at the verge of melting us, but on the bright side summer brings with it a variety of juicy fruits and thirst quenching drinks.The three day long fest will see an assortment of Sharbats ranging from Kala Khatta, Pan Flavor, Aam Panna, Rose, Khas (from the renowned Hitkari Group), Herbal Juices by Vedantika, wide varieties of milkomix, alloy juices, mocktails, ice creams and many more cool treats. Being organised over the weekend, the fiesta will also enthrall visitors with extravagant cultural performances by artists from Sahitya Kala Parishad and Punjabi Academy.Apart from this, an absolutely fun-filled evening offering display and sale of handicrafts and handloom items, home decor, artificial jewellery etc., along with camel rides and joy rides for children awaits one and all at the venue.last_img read more

Debugging Xamarin Application on Visual Studio Tutorial

first_imgVisual Studio is a great IDE for debugging any application, whether it’s a web, mobile, or a desktop application. It uses the same debugger that comes with the IDE for all three, and is very easy to follow. In this tutorial,  we will learn how to debug a mobile application using Visual studio. This article is an excerpt from the book, Mobile DevOps,  written by Rohin Tak and Jhalak Modi. Using the output window The output window in Visual Studio is a window where you can see the output of what’s happening. To view the output window in Visual Studio, follow these steps: Go to View and click Output: This will open a small window at the bottom where you can see the current and useful output being written by Visual Studio. For example, this is what is shown in the output windows when we rebuild the application: Using the Console class to show useful output The Console class can be used to print some useful information, such as logs, to the output window to get an idea of what steps are being executed. This can help if a method is failing after certain steps, as that will be printed in the output window. To achieve this, C# has the Console class, which is a static class. This class has methods such as Write() and WriteLine() to write anything to the output window. The Write() method writes anything to the output window, and the WriteLine() method writes the same way with a new line at the end: Look at the following screenshot and analyze how Console.WriteLine() is used to break down the method into several steps (it is the same Click event method that was written while developing PhoneCallApp): Add Console.WriteLine() to your code, as shown in the preceding screenshot. Now, run the application, perform the operation, and see the output written as per your code: This way, Console.WriteLine() can be used to write useful step-based outputs/logs to the output window, which can be analyzed to identify issues while debugging. Using breakpoints As described earlier, breakpoints are a great way to dig deep into the code without much hassle. They can help check variables and their values, and the flow at a point or line in the code. Using breakpoints is very simple: The simplest way to add a breakpoint on a line is to click on the margin, which is on the left side, in front of the line, or click on the line and hit the F9 key: You’ll see a red dot in the margin area where you clicked when the breakpoint is set, as shown in the preceding screenshot. Now, run the application and perform a call button click on it; the flow should stop at the breakpoint and the line will turn yellow when it does: At this point, you can inspect the values of variables before the breakpoint line by hovering over them: Setting a conditional breakpoint You can also set a conditional breakpoint in the code, which is basically telling Visual Studio to pause the flow only when a certain condition is met: Right-click on the breakpoint set in the previous steps, and click Conditions: This will open a small window over the code to set a condition for the breakpoint. For example, in the following screenshot, a condition is set to when phoneNumber == “9900000700”. So, the breakpoint will only be hit when this condition is met; otherwise, it’ll not be hit. Stepping through the code When a breakpoint has been reached, the debug tools enable you to get control over the program’s execution flow. You’ll see some buttons in the toolbar, allowing you to run and step through the code: You can hover over these buttons to see their respective names: Step Over (F10): This executes the next line of code. Step Over will execute the function if the next line is a function call, and will stop after the function: Step Into (F11): Step Into will stop at the next line in the case of a function call, allowing you to continue line-by-line debugging of the function. If the next line is not a function, it will behave the same as Step Over: Step Out (Shift + F11): This will return to the line where the current function was called: Continue: This will continue the execution and run until the next breakpoint is reached: Stop Debugging: This will stop the debugging process: Using a watch A watch is a very useful function in debugging; it allows us to see the values, types, and other details related to variables, and evaluate them in a better way than hovering over the variables. There are two types of watch tools available in Visual Studio: QuickWatch QuickWatch is similar to watch, but as the name suggests, it allows us to evaluate the values at the time. Follow these steps to use QuickWatch in Visual Studio: Right-click on the variable you want to analyze and click on QuickWatch: This will open a new window where you can see the type, value, and other details related to the variable: This is very useful when a variable has a long value or string that cannot be read and evaluated properly by just hovering over the variable. Adding a watch Adding a watch is similar to QuickWatch, but it is more useful when you have multiple variables to analyze, and looking at each variable’s value can take a lot of time. Follow these steps to add a watch on variables: Right-click on the variable and click Add Watch: This will add the variable to watch and show you its value always, as well as reflect any time it changes at runtime. You can also see these variable values in a particular format for different data types, so you can have an XML value shown in XML format, or a JSON object value shown in .json format: It is a lifesaver when you want to evaluate a variable’s value in each step of the code, and see how it changes with every line. To summarize, we learned how to debug a Xamarin application using Visual Studio. If you found this post useful, do check out the book Mobile DevOps, to continuously improve your mobile application development process. Read Next: Debugging Your.Net Debugging in Vulkan Debugging Your .NET Applicationlast_img read more

Mortgage Interest Rates Rise Despite Hesitant Fed

first_imgMortgage Interest Rates Rise Despite Hesitant Fed Click here to view the FHFA’s report.Click here to view Freddie Mac’s report.  Mortgage interest rates appear to be following a pattern of ups and downs, especially as consumers anticipate the Federal Reserve’s rate hike.According to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) monthly indices of new mortgage contracts, mortgage interest rates increased in from June to July.The indices found that the national average contract mortgage rate for the purchase of previously occupied homes by combined lenders was 4.02 percent for loans that closed in late July, an increase of 17 basis points from 3.85 percent in June. In addition, the average interest rate on all mortgage loans was 4.01 percent, up 16 basis points from 3.85 in June.Source: FHFAThe FHFA also reported that the average interest rate on conventional, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages of $417,000 or less was 4.20 percent, an increase of 16 basis points from 4.04 in June. Meanwhile, the effective interest rate, which accounts for the addition of initial fees and charges over the life of the mortgage, was 4.17 percent in July, up 18 basis points from 3.99 percent in June.The report also noted that the average loan amount for all loans was $304,600 in July, down $21,000 from $325,600 in June.Freddie Mac also released the results of their weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS), showing how ongoing global volatility out of China helped lower average fixed mortgage rates to their lowest levels since May of this year.According to the PMMS, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.84 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending August 27, 2015. This rate is down from last week when it averaged 3.93 percent and down from 4.10 percent recorded a year ago at this time.”Events in China generated eye-catching volatility in equity markets worldwide over the past week,” said Sean Becketti, chief economist, Freddie Mac. “Interest rates also rocked up and down—although to a lesser extent than equities—as investors alternated between flights to quality and bargain hunting among beaten-down stocks. Amidst all this confusion, the 30-year mortgage rate dropped to 3.84 percent, the lowest mark since May and the fifth consecutive week with a rate below 4 percent.”The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.06 percent with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.15 percent, Freddie Mac reported. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.25 percent.The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.90 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.94 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.97 percent. The 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.62 percent this week with an average 0.3 point, unchanged from last week. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.39 percent.”Given the recent volatility, mortgage rates could change up or down significantly by the time this report is released,” Becketti said. “There are indications though that the unsettled state of global markets will make the Fed think twice before taking any action on short-term interest rates in September. If that’s the case, the 30-year mortgage rate may remain subdued in the short-to-medium term, providing support for continued strength in the housing sector. Just this week, new home sales were reported to be up 26 percent year over year.” Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, Market Studies, News Federal Housing Finance Agency Fixed Mortgage Rates Freddie Mac Mortgage Interest Rate 2015-08-27 Staff Writer August 27, 2015 506 Views last_img read more

Fire damages cars causes evacuation of building

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