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Pakistan tries to smash taboos with its own version of Glee

first_imgGAY ROMANCE, ISLAMIC extremism and a soundtrack of classic love songs make for Pakistan’s taboo-breaking answer to the hugely successful US television series Glee.Like its smash hit forerunner, Taan follows the lives and loves of a group of young people who regularly burst into song. But this time they attend a music academy in Lahore, instead of an American high school.Taan – which is a musical note in Urdu – tackles subjects considered off limits in Pakistan’s deeply conservative Muslim society, with plotlines involving love affairs between two men and between a Taliban extremist and a beautiful Christian girl.The plan is for the 26-episode series to air in September or October, and while producer Nabeel Sarwar insisted the programme was not a “political pulpit”, he is determined to take on the tough issues.“Nobody wants to have controversy for the sake of controversy, nobody wants to have an assignment to violence, nobody wants to push a button that would result in a disaster for anyone,” he told AFP. But the truth has to come out somewhere. Where are we going to put a line in the sand and say, ‘Look, this is what we are’?Taking a public stand to defend liberal values like this is rare in Pakistan, where forces of religious conservatism have risen steadily in recent years.CensorshipRisque scenes in foreign films are routinely cut by the authorities and the team behind Taan are acutely aware that they must tread carefully with their challenging material.In one scene the two gay lovers dance and sing in a small room but never embrace — their relationship is suggested rather than overtly shown. The moment is interrupted when a radical Islamist character bursts in.Director Samar Raza said representing the lives of gay characters was difficult in a country where homosexuality is still illegal.“Let’s say in a certain scene, there are two boys talking to each other, they are not allowed to show their physical attachment to each other,” he said.So I bring a third character who says: ‘God designed Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve’.It is not only the sensibilities of the censors the producers must navigate.The audienceWhile 70 per cent of Pakistan’s population is under 35, a huge and potentially lucrative audience for advertisers, it is the head of the household who decides what families watch on TV, explains Sarwar.“The head of the household during the day is the matriarch and the head of the household at night is the patriarch — they control access to TV,” he told AFP.You have to find programming that allows the matriarch and the patriarch to join in and participate, but there has to be room for the younger audience.In a bid to appeal to older viewers the makers of Taan have licensed around 100 classic Pakistani songs, some by legendary artists such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and have reworked them to suit modern tastes, as Glee does.“We try to find music that resonates with the older generation which control the access to the TV but we contemporise that music so that the younger audience does not feel left out,” Sarwar said.Foreign importsThe show hopes that by taking on difficult issues in a light-hearted way it will both reflect the changing nature of Pakistani society and attract a young audience currently hooked on imported Turkish soap operas.Local dramas struggle to compete with the likes of “Manahil and Khalil” and “Ishq-e-Mamnu” (Forbidden Love) — Turkish serials starring Westernised characters with fair skin and dubbed into Urdu.Turkish soaps are widely watched across the Muslim world, but the popularity of “Ishq-e-Mamnu” has prompted a lively debate about the “Turkish invasion” of the small screen in Pakistan, with local production companies complaining that they do not have the resources to rival them.Yasmin Huq, one of the stars of Taan, told AFP a homegrown show could speak more clearly to Pakistanis than foreign imports.“Today’s generation is watching Turkish and Indian dramas,” she said. “But no one can make a musical story like Pakistanis. Even if you watch the Turkish and Indian dramas, you will see that nobody can talk about Pakistan like Pakistanis.”(Video: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment/YouTube)- © AFP, 2013Read: How Sesame Street tones down for Afghanistan >last_img read more

Watch Cute Nintendo Labo Piano Folds Out of a PopUp Book

first_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG Stay on target A YouTuber just created the ultimate DIY musical instrument: An adorable Nintendo Labo pop-up piano that is colorful and fully functional.Jean-Paul Leconte built the pop-up piano, which uses a Joy-Con controller to control the accompanying Nintendo Switch game, has 13 keys, an overdrive button, and the option to change from one effect to another by placing different effects keys into the cardboard creation, The Verge reported. Leconte shared his Nintendo Labo pop-up piano video on YouTube, which details the fun, but slightly challenging project.Developing the pop-up piano wasn’t easy, and Leconte managed to avoid a potential drawback of the Nintendo Labo, which is once you’re done putting together all your Nintendo Labo kits, you might be left with many bulky cardboard projects. However, Leconte addressed this challenge by allowing the cardboard piano to fold down into a book that doesn’t take up a lot of space.Two other project challenges included the piano’s keyboard portion, because each key needed to return to its starting position after it was pressed. Plus, the pop-up piano needed to be recognized by the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con, so there would be no movement detection issues.“This project was a lot of fun and challenging at the same time. I never thought I would be able to build in all the functions,” Leconte wrote below the video. “Even though, it seems like a bit too much, bulky, and maybe “over-engineered”, the main goal of this project was to achieve a working keyboard and from there on, I got sucked into challenge after challenge and lots of problem-solving.”Leconte isn’t selling his Nintendo Labo pop-up piano at the moment, however, if you would like to build your own Nintendo Labo cardboard creation, you can read about the Nintendo Labo VR Headset here.More on Nintendo Labo VR Kit Is Totally Good EnoughNintendo Switch Gets Labo VR HeadsetReport: Not One But Two Nintendo Switch Models Coming Soonlast_img read more

FiberBased SixPack Can Rings Offer EcoFriendly Alternative to Plastic

first_imgStay on target Along with straws, plastic six-pack rings are one of the most harmful single-use plastic products around. But a packaging company from Denver has come up with an eco-friendly replacement.Plastic six-pack rings were invented back in the 1960s, and they immediately transformed canned beverage distribution. They also started wreaking havoc on wildlife.By 1987, it was estimated that around 100,000 marine mammals and 1 million seabirds were killed every year by the ubiquitous beverage carriers.Twenty-five years ago the EPA mandated that all six-packs rings must be designed to photodegrade. Today, most will break down in three or four months. That’s a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t completely solve the problem.We’re partnering with @coloradonative beers to launch a plastic-free, fiber-based six-pack ring for beverage cans. If you’re in Denver, head to @MollysSpirits, buy a six-pack, and help save the planet. #PlasticKills— Footprint (@FootprintUS) June 17, 2019For one thing, three or four months is plenty of time for an animal to become entangled in a six-pack ring or ingest it. For another, the protdegradation process creates microplastics that continue to harm wildlife for years to come.Footprint, a Colorado packaging company, has come up with a promising alternative: a six-pack ring made of post-industrial fiber. It’s made of recycled material and is both recyclable and compostable.Footprint’s rings have been subjected to a battery of tests to ensure that they’re up to the task. They’ve been exposed to extreme temperatures and high humidity and passed with flying colors. Jeff Bassett, Footprint’s VP of marketing, told Recycling Today “we’re confident this six-pack ring will perform as well as plastic.”Basset says they’re “changing the game,” and that certainly seems to be the case. Footprint’s first customer for the fiber-based ring is AC Golden Brewing, who will use it to package Colorado Native Pilsner.If things go well at AC Golden, their parent company could start using the rings, too. Who’s that? None other than MillerCoors, the second biggest brewer in the United States.Footprint isn’t the only company to offer up something like this. SaltWater Brewery developed a similar six-pack ring that was actually made from brewing waste.More on More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft BeerFinnish Designers Pitch Sustainable Headphones Made by MicrobesIgloo’s Latest Cooler Is Fully Biodegradable San Diego to Build Charging Stations for 3,000 Electric Buses, TrucksHydrogen-Powered Plane Can Fly 20 Passengers Up to 500 Miles last_img read more

Waffle House shooting suspect arrested

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — The mentally unstable gunman suspected of killing four people in a late-night shooting at a Waffle House restaurant was arrested near his apartment Monday after hiding from police for more than a day, authorities said.Police and federal agents had mounted a massive manhunt in Nashville for 29-year-old Travis Reinking after the Sunday morning attack, in which a gunman clad only in a jacket opened fire with an assault rifle on a diverse crowd at the restaurant before a customer disarmed him.Reinking was formally charged late Monday with four counts of criminal homicide and held on a $2 million bond, court records show.Construction workers told officers earlier Monday that a person matching Reinking’s description walked into the woods near a construction site, Metro Nashville Police Department Lt. Carlos Lara told reporters. A detective spotted Reinking, who lay down on the ground to be handcuffed when confronted, Lara said.Reinking carried a black backpack with a silver semi-automatic weapon and .45-caliber ammunition, Lara said. Detectives cut the backpack off him while he was cuffed.last_img read more

Report Mainz Napoli monitor Aaron

first_imgNapoli and Mainz are interested in signing Aaron Martin from Espanyol, according to Football Espana.The Spanish club could be willing to let defender Aaron Paul leave the club this summer if they receive an offer they deem acceptable.The highly rated left-back has been with a host of European clubs all year long but it seems Italian side Napoli and German Bundesliga outfit Mainz have moved to the front of the queue.Napoli are keen to add a left-back to their team and were believed to be after Barcelona’s Lucas Digne but club president Aurelio De Laurentis has switched his attention to bringing Aaron to the Stadio San Paulo.Best Under-21 footballers in La Liga (Part 2)Best Under-21 footballers in La Liga (Part 2) Milan Gjorgjevikj – March 25, 2018 Part 1, which included the likes of Carlos Soler, Dani Ceballos and Maxi Gomez, is followed by Part 2, headlined by Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele.AGE:…Mainz are also interested in securing the services of the Spanish player but have seen their bid of €8million rebuffed by the Catalan club who believe the player is worth more than that.Aaron, 21, has a buyout clause of €40million in his contract which was increased from €30million on July 1. But sources at the club believe a fee of around €12million will force the Spanish La Liga side to sell the player.Real Sociedad are also believed to be monitoring the situation, more so after seeing initial transfer target Diego Rico sign for English side Bournemouth from Leganes.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly September 18 2014

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioAlaska Delegation Divided on Arming Syrian Rebels to Fight ISILLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCCongress today approved President Obama’s request to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight the terrorist group known as ISIS, but no one in the Alaska delegation was happy about it.One-Man PAC to Target Four House RacesAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauIt’s not unheard of for wealthy individuals to get involved in ballot measure fights. This year alone, grocery magnate Barney Gottstein put $100,000 toward a failed oil tax referendum, and financier Bob Gillam has spent more than $1 million supporting an initiative to slow the development of Pebble Mine.But what is unusual is for a single person to sweep into legislative races and operate basically like a Super PAC would. Attorney Brad Keithley is doing just that, targeting a handful of Anchorage races.State Takes Step Toward Recognizing Tribal SovereigntyJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageUntil recently, Governor Sean Parnell, like his two Republican predecessors, and Governor Wally Hickel before them, used lawsuits, legislative initiatives and policies to dispute or diminish tribal authorities on several fronts. The Parnell administration now is taking a step toward acknowledging tribal sovereignty.Researchers, Academics Convene On Arctic Development IssuesLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageResearchers and academics from multiple nations are gathering at the University of Alaska Anchorage this week to aggregate research on Arctic development. There are two efforts underway. The first is the initial meeting of Arctic Frost or Arctic Frontiers of Sustainability, looking at resources and development in a changing north. The idea is to bring together existing international research, clarify the new knowledge and get the information out to the public and schools. Dr Diane Hirshberg is the Professor of Education Policy and director of UAA’s Center for Alaska Education Policy Research. She says in addition  to Arctic Frost, the second Arctic Human Development report will be released. The base line study was conducted 10 years ago.DOT Puts Out New Juneau Access Project DocumentJeremy Hsieh & Jennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauDOT puts out new Juneau Access Project documentThursday, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities put out a draft document that addresses environmental issues stemming from the battle to extend Juneau’s only highway north toward Haines and Skagway.Groups Hope MSA Update Won’t Move Fish Conservation ‘Backwards’Robert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaA number of regional fishing associations are joining forces to strengthen the Magnuson-Stevens Act.The Sitka-based Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association announced last week (9-9-14) that it’s reached an agreement with the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and several east-coast industry groups to form the Fishing Community Coalition. The new organization wants to ensure that Congress makes protecting fish stocks a priority as it prepares to reauthorize the nation’s most important law governing the harvest of seafood in federal waters.last_img read more

State buys out TransCanadas interest in gas project

first_imgThe state of Alaska has completed its acquisition of TransCanada Corp.’s interest in a major gas project.Gov. Bill Walker, in a release, called it an historic day.Legislators earlier this month approved funding for the state to buy out the Canadian pipeline company’s interest in the project, giving the state a greater stake.The governor’s office says Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Myers finalized the termination of the agreement that established TransCanada’s participation in the project, and the state paid the termination amount, totaling about $64.6 million.TransCanada has transferred its interests in the project to the state-sanctioned Alaska Gasline Development Corp., Walker’s office said.last_img read more

Nissan to boost external board seats set up compensation committee

first_imgCarlos Ghosn, Chairman of NissanNissan [Representational Image]Nissan Motor plans to boost the number of external board members and set up a committee to oversee compensation as part of its effort to improve governance following the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn for financial misconduct, a source said.Critics have said Nissan lacked adequate governance, with few truly independent voices on the board capable of questioning Ghosn and looking out for regular shareholders interests.The company has not yet decided how many more external board seats to add, according to the source, who has knowledge of the matter but requested anonymity as the talks are still confidential.The current three external board members include retired Renault SA executive Jean-Baptiste Duzan, considered to represent the views of the French automaker which is Nissan’s biggest shareholder. The other two external board members are former bureaucrat Masakazu Toyoda and racing car driver Keiko Ihara.Ghosn was indicted on Monday under-reporting his income. The company also cited multiple instances of financial misconduct including personal use of company assets.Ghosn’s detention has left the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi auto alliance without its leader.Nissan is 43.4 percent owned by Renault. While almost 60 percent bigger by sales, it remains the junior partner in their shareholding hierarchy with a smaller reciprocal 15 percent non-voting stake in the French firm. Renault’s biggest shareholder is the French state with 15 percent.last_img read more

When stress of result costs life

first_imgMap of ThakurgaoAn examinee has allegedly committed suicide in Thakurgaon after failing to come out successful in this year’s HSC exam, reports UNB.The deceased was Lutfar Rahman, son of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) member Mohammad Ali of Sangao village in Baliadangi upazila.According to family, Lutfar consumed poison on Thursday when he came to know that he could not pass the examination after the results were published.Later, locals took him to Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared him dead, said Duosuo union parishad chairman Abus Salam.last_img read more

eBay Gail Simone and Cat Staggs Launch Superheroine HQ Online Shop

first_img Female superheroes are taking off in Hollywood and beyond, and to honor these heroines, eBay and comic creators Gail Simone and Cat Staggs just created the ultimate commerce destination: Superheroine HQ, the world’s first all-female superhero store.On Wednesday, eBay unveiled Superheroine HQ, an e-commerce shop that offers a curated selection of comics and memorabilia that feature female superheroes. The store, which was created in partnership Simone and Staggs, aims to celebrate the superheroines who continue to inspire young women worldwide.‘Faith #5’ Valiant Comics Special Clinton Cover (Photo Credit: eBay)Starting today, fans can shop thousands of female superhero comics, collectibles, and gear on Superheroine HQ. The shop’s top items include a Wonder Woman #1 CGC 8.0($149,950.00), an All Star Comics #8 CGC 5.0 ($87,495.00), a Ms. Marvel #1 CGC 9.8 signed by Stan Lee ($4,350.00), and a Batman Adventures #12 – 1st Appearance of Harley Quinn CGC 9.8 ($1,949.99). eBay is also offering a new, limited-edition Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1 comic book with a unique cover designed by eBay, Marvel, and MyComicShop, another popular eBay seller.AdChoices广告Shuri Black Panther Funko Pop (Photo Credit: eBay)“Spotlighting the amazing spectrum of women in comics has long been my passion, both the characters in the books, and the writers and artists who create them,” said Simone, who has worked on many comic books, including Batgirl, Domino, and Wonder Woman. “That’s why I’m teaming up with eBay to bring more attention and accessibility to comics featuring strong female characters of past and present.”Photo Credit: Cat Staggs/eBayStaggs, who has also worked on popular comics including Adventures of Supergirl and Orphan Black, designed the original artwork for the online store, which shows a young girl reading a comic book and imagining herself as a future superhero.“With the rising popularity of superheroes like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel from comic books to the big screen, we’ve seen this same interest resonate on eBay,” Sam Bright, VP of Merchandising, eBay North America, said in a press release. “We’re proud to encourage a more diverse and evolving marketplace among not only our millions of buyers and sellers, but also the merchandise that we offer, giving everyone access to rare, iconic, and exclusive inventory that puts a spotlight on female superheroes.”More on‘Captain Marvel’ Channels the ’90s With Trippy ‘Magic-Eye’-Style Posters‘Dark Phoenix’ Trailer Kills Fox’s X-Men Universe Girls Want — And Need — More Female Superheroes Stay on target Syfy Axes ‘Krypton’ Superhero Series After 2 Seasons’Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America last_img read more

Celebrating IndoJapan friendly ties

first_imgTo celebrate 2017 as the year of friendly exchange between India and Japan, a two-day cultural festival ‘Konnichiwa Japan’ was held recently, at DLF Place, Saket to celebrate and strengthen the cultural ties between the two nations. ‘Konnichiwa’ is a Japanese term similar to our ‘Namaste’ or an informal ‘Hello!’For the first time ever in Delhi, two retired Sumo Wrestlers, Kazumaza Satou Bungonishiki, and Yoshinori Tashiro Toouyama flew in to give Delhiites a taste of Sumo wrestling. The event started off with a special performance of Taiko, an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums, and had Undokai (Sports Meeting), FIFA 18 Gaming Competition, Anime Cosplay, Japanese tea ceremony, Bonsai display, Ikebana and Origami stalls, Japanese contemporary and traditional dance performances, and an array of Japanese cuisine lined up to showcase the culture of Japan. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”In the recent years Indo-Japan relationship has undergone a qualitative shift as the economic relation between India and Japan is rapidly developing. Under this circumstance, cultural relations have become better and stronger to encourage the cultural interflow between India and Japan, promote better understanding about Japan in India and strengthen people to people contact. We seek to promote youth exchanges between the two nations through such initiatives. The festival comprises of many cultural demonstrations, which will enable people to have a slice of traditional Japanese culture while sitting in India,” said Ravi Chopra, President, Discover Japan club. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about their experience of coming to India for the first time, the sumo wrestlers present at the event, shared some insights into the game. Sumo wrestlers start to practice the art at an early age. Since there is no limitation to one’s weight, if a wrestler is heavier he has an advantage over the others. One has to consume enough food equivalent to 20 persons to maintain their structure, and practice for seven hours a day, informed Bungonishiki, who had retired on May last year at the age of 30. Sumo wrestlers can be found in majorly fours countries – Japan, Mongolia, Russia, and Hawaii. The event had been organised by Discover Japan club in India and World Heritage Academy in support of Embassy of Japan, and Japan Foundation in India in association with Discover India club in Japan to promote cultural collaboration between the two nations.last_img read more

Costa Rica announces plan to eradicate child labor by 2020

first_imgDuring an event Monday morning, Costa Rica announced an initiative to get more than 40,000 children out of the workforce. The multipronged approach builds off previous efforts to reduce child labor and aims to eliminate the practice altogether by 2020.If the program meets its goal for 2015, 28,000 fewer children between the ages of 5 and 17 will be in the workforce.The program, based on a previous one launched in 2010 during President Laura Chinchilla’s administration (2010-2014), targets dangerous work done by children, sex work and human trafficking, along with other forms of child labor. According to the 2011 census, an estimated 47,400 child workers existed in Costa Rica, down from 113,000 in 2002.The program coordinates efforts from several government agencies to reduce child labor by fighting poverty, improving health and education policy, enhancing the legal system and raising awareness.Leonardo Ferreira, assistant director with the International Labor Organization’s Subregional Office for Central America, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Panama, said the strategy would accelerate Costa Rica’s efforts and set it on its way to eradicating child labor by the 2020 deadline.Child labor is illegal in Costa Rica for youngsters under 15. Minors between 15 and 18 are regulated and permitted to work only if it does not harm the child’s physical or mental state, or their access to education, according to Casa Presidencial.“Boys and girls should study, play and receive love from their families. Nothing more than that, and any kind of child labor is unacceptable from any point of view,” said Vice President Ana Helena Chacón in a statement from Casa Presidencial. Facebook Comments Related posts:Op-ed: Let’s see a Trans-Pacific Partnership that respects workers’ rights Duolingo language-learning app hits Costa Rican classrooms La Carpio’s cultural rebellion Conozca a Alicia Avilés, la líder inmigrante y perseverante del crecimiento cultural en La Carpiolast_img read more

Thousands arrested in Greece antiimmigration push

first_img Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How men can have a healthy 2019 ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek police say they have made more than 3,000 arrests in a month-old campaign to hold and deport illegal immigrants.A police statement says nearly 17,000 people were temporarily detained in the greater Athens area since the drive started on Aug. 4, with 2,144 of those arrested.Debt-crippled Greece is the main gateway to the European Union for illegal immigrants, most coming from Asia and Africa. The influx has fueled racist rhetoric and violence. Patients with chronic pain give advice 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Hundreds of thousands have entered Greece in recent years, and officials said Wednesday some 400 were illegally crossing the land border with Turkey every day before the clampdown.The Turkish border influx has dropped 84 percent, the police statement said, with 1,121 illegal immigrants arrested there over the past month, compared to 6,991 a year earlier.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

AA lands aviation record

first_imgAmerican Airlines (AA) is adding a record number of aircraft to its family as it aims to build the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleet.The carrier released plans this week to conduct the largest aircraft order in aviation history of up to 460 Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 to assist with fuel and operating costs as well as enhance its financial flexibility.With deliveries expected to run from 2013 to 2022, AA said it will acquire up to 200 aircraft from the 737 family with the option to add on an extra 100.The carrier explained that it has been handed the option to adjust its orders a convert the new deliveries into variants within the 737 family, including the 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900ER. From the Airbus side of the purchases, up to 260 A320 will enter the fleet from 2013, with 365 options and purchase rights for additional aircraft.The carrier has placed an order for up to 130 current-generation A320s with the other half purchased to be A320neos with delivery expected to commence from 2017. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

IndiGo strengthens its domestic network by introducing 20 new flights

first_imgIndiGo recently announced the expansion of its network by adding 20 new flights to cities with high demand and expanding potential. IndiGo, with growing demand from the Southern India region, has reoriented its focus by introducing additional to and fro flights connecting Hyderabad and Chandigarh; Chennai and Chandigarh; Chennai and Hyderabad; and Chennai and Kochi. The airline would also add a second daily flight on its Chennai-Singapore route.In the Eastern region, IndiGo would increase operations from Delhi and Kolkata to Bagdogra with four additional flights to strengthen connectivity between metro cities and remote routes.Commenting on the new flight schedule, Aditya Ghosh, President and Whole Time Director, IndiGo, said, “The new flights not only strengthen domestic and international connectivity of our services but also helps us better serve increased demand in growing markets. We are hopeful that these new flights will provide affordable and unmatchable travel experience to our passengers across India and beyond.”last_img read more

Rising Mortgage Rates vs Consumer Budgets

first_img Share After declining for two consecutive weeks, mortgage rates surged again rising to their second highest level this year according to the latest weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey by Freddie Mac. According to the survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased eight basis points to 4.62 percent from 4.54 percent last week. At the same time last year the rate was 3.91 percent.”The good news is that the impact on consumer budgets will be smaller than past rate hike cycles,” said Sam Khater, Chief Economist, Freddie Mac while commenting about the rising interest rate environment that continued during the week after the Fed announced a 25 basis points hike on Wednesday.The Fed rate hike though is not the reason for the rise in mortgage rates according to Khater and that’s because “a much smaller segment of mortgage loans in today’s market are pegged to short-term rate movements. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of outstanding loans is a lot smaller now, 8 percent versus 31 percent than during the Fed’s last round of tightening between 2004 and 2006,” Khater said.According to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for, “Today’s mortgage rate does not reflect yesterday’s Fed move because the majority was collected ahead of the meeting. But in anticipation of these events, rates already adjusted higher. Homebuyers who were able to take advantage of the uncertainty to lock lower rates in the last few weeks are likely to be satisfied with their decision.”For those homebuyers who were unable to take the benefit of the lower rates in the last few weeks, Hale said there was another reason to remain optimistic. “In spite of ongoing record low inventories and fast-moving properties in the housing market, we know that 557,000 new listings hit the market in May, the highest number since summer 2015,” she said. “These new listings may be just the opportunities homebuyers need to find and close on a home.”However, Khater cautioned that borrowing costs were inching higher in the current environment as inflation continued to firm. “Although wages are slowing growing stronger gains would certainly go a long way in helping consumers offset these increases in prices and rates.”According to the survey, 15-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.07 percent this week from 4.01 percent, while the five-year Treasury-indexed ARMs rose to 3.83 percent during the week, compared with 3.74 percent last week. June 14, 2018 671 Views Rising Mortgage Rates vs. Consumer Budgetscenter_img Borrowing Costs Buyers Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Homebuyers homeowners Listings mortgage rates the fed 2018-06-14 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

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