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first_imgSmall businesses in Donegal will play a crucial role in the economic recovery of the county, according to local Councillor Charlie McConalogue. The Fianna Fáil candidate in Donegal North East has reiterated his commitment to supporting local businesses to help secure their future.Over the past week, Councillor McConalogue has spoken to many business owners and their employees who are concerned about the future of their companies. And he has vowed to ensure they have access to every support available to allow them to grow and create jobs. “While there is no doubt that investment from international companies must be pushed for Donegal North East, the reality is that most employment in this region will come from small businesses. We must do all we can to ensure their survival and development,” said Cllr. McConalogue.“Entrepreneurs must be given every chance to put their business ideas into action. The Fianna Fáil manifesto commits to extending the corporation tax exemption for start up companies for a further three years, and to amend it so the relief will be linked to the amount of employers’ PRSI paid by the company. This change will focus the relief on job creation and reward new companies that create jobs. “It also provides for investments in small firms at their earliest stages of development, through Enterprise Ireland’s €175 million seed and venture capital programme and through the €500 million Innovation Fund. “There is also a commitment secured from the main lenders to make €12 billion available for new or increased credit facilities to small and medium sized enterprises over 2010 and 2011 and I will be representing small businesses as strongly as possible in holding the lenders to account on this commitment.The local Councillor concluded, “While there is no doubt that things are very tough at present, we have strengths that we can build upon. I am certain that greater support for our small and medium sized enterprises can and will help us towards recovery in Donegal and across the country.”EndsSMALL BUSINESSES WILL HELP DONEGAL TO RECOVER – MCCONALOGUE was last modified: February 16th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsProponents say the $180 million film – rated PG-13, urging parental guidance – and the 1995 novel that spawned it are subject to interpretation. “God” is a corrupt authority figure – a false god – whose mission is to control people and deny their free will. Lyra, a 12-year-old girl, tries to rescue a kidnapped friend and winds up saving the world by conquering the all-powerful yet evil leader. Interpretations can range from viewing Lyra as the conqueror of false gods or the atheist child seeking to wipe out the deity that Christians worship, because religion poses restrictions on man. Patrick Nichelson, professor of religious studies at California State University, Northridge, said children aren’t so impressionable that their developing philosophies will be skewed by a movie. “Children see everything violent without becoming violent,” he said. “They can see a film written by a socialist and they still grow up to become Republicans.” Friday is the third day of Hanukkah, 18 days before Christmas and, at the height of the religious holiday season, premier night for “The Golden Compass,” a fantasy film whose heroine is on a mission to kill God. Starring Nicole Kidman, the New Line Cinema release has sparked weeks of protests from Christians – Catholics in particular – who say the movie attacks religion and promotes atheism. “I don’t like the world `boycott,’ but I don’t agree with where it’s coming from and the conflicts with our Christian principles,” said the Rev. Greg Garman of Newhall Church of the Nazarene. “It’s not a movie we want our people to attend. We encourage them to see something else more family-oriented.” But with monsters, witches, fantasy, adventure and a preteen heroine, it’s a tough call whether Friday’s premier will spell box-office gold or a disappointing finish spurred by the pulpit. And he noted that neither the Vatican nor any major religious leadership group has publicly protested the film. “Generally, it’s like the Harry Potter stuff,” Nichelson said. “The Catholic Church was smart enough to stay away from that discussion. There was some talk that it promoted magic, but that was countered by another cardinal who said it was a pretty good movie. “Most of the group that organize around films and novels are simply talking to themselves, simply advertising the thing you’re so worked up about. That function is more for the group. People feel more solidarity.” A New Line spokeswoman said the studio has received several calls about the brewing controversy and has released this statement: “The Golden Compass is an exciting, entertaining fantasy adventure that we believe audiences will enjoy. The film is neither anti-Christian nor anti-religion. “The critically acclaimed, award-winning novel on which the film is based has been praised by countless clergy and religious scholars, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, for its deep spirituality and exploration of important theological issues.” Yet William A. Donohue, president of the conservative Catholic League, has condemned the movie, which is based on Philip Pullman’s bestselling novel, “The Golden Compass,” the first in the British author’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy. “Atheism for kids. That is what Philip Pullman sells,” Donohue said in a statement. Donohue also maintains that the film is “bait for the books” and he worries that parents who take their children to see the movie and find it engaging will buy Pullman’s trilogy as Christmas gifts. “We are fighting a deceitful stealth campaign on the part of the film’s producers,” he said. “Our goal is to educate Christians so that they know exactly what the film’s pernicious agenda really is.” Harry Forbes of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office for Film and Broadcasting, found the anti-religious messages of the book to be watered down in the screen version. “Whatever author Pullman’s putative motives in writing the story, writer-director Chris Weitz’s film, taken purely on its own cinematic terms, can be viewed as an exciting adventure story with, at its core, a traditional struggle between good and evil, and a generalized rejection of authoritarianism,” he wrote in his review. “To the extent, moreover, that Lyra and her allies are taking a stand on behalf of free will in opposition to the coercive force of the Magisterium, they are of course acting entirely in harmony with Catholic teaching. The heroism and self-sacrifice that they demonstrate provide appropriate moral lessons for viewers.” Nevertheless Garman – who also is concerned about the movie’s pre-Christmas release – has urged the 300-plus members of his congregation to find another movie this holiday season. He included this note to his congregation in an e-mailed newsletter: “`The Golden Compass’ is a movie coming out into theaters in early December. From the sources I have followed, it is not worth our time. With its anti-Christian and promotion of atheism, I encourage you to NOT support this movie.” pat.aidem@dailynews.com 661-257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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first_imgRe “Why?” (Your opinions, Nov. 25): Martha Evans asked why anyone would steal an American flag from her front porch. There are two possibilities: First, there are a few people who can’t tolerate such a display of patriotism. Second, if the flag was left outside after dark, someone who hates such discourtesy to the flag may have been the culprit. – Sid Conkwright Van Nuys – Trudy Sibley Northridge Yagman caught Re “Attorney Yagman gets three-year sentence” (Nov. 28): I’ve been wondering when the law would catch up with Stephen Yagman. I’ve been following his shenanigans for more than 20 years. His sentence is too light. – Evelyn Kaufman Studio City City thuggery Re “$52-a-parcel tax proposed for transportation” (Nov. 29): Every time the Los Angeles City Council wants money, it attacks homeowners. Why should the property owners alone pay for every improvement in the city? There are far more renters in town. Why not share the cost fairly? Could it be that Councilman Tom “LaSponge” LaBonge knows he will never get support for a new tax that reaches into everyone’s pocket? He and the council would rather persecute a minority, knowing they don’t have the numbers to override the tax, while the majority has nothing to lose. This is mob rule and thuggery at its worst. – Michael Guetzow Woodland Hills A Buckeye fan Re “Daily News rankings” (Nov. 28): For Scott Wolf to rank Ohio State seventh in the nation and add the comment “Nation dreads Buckeyes in the title game” are actions of a person out of touch with reality. Yes, Ohio State was beaten by Florida last year – badly – but this was due to coaching errors. This year it has the best defense in the country against good competition, with the exception of two weak teams. Yes, Ohio State lost to Illinois but Illinois is a good team. Scott Wolf wouldn’t know a good football team if the whole team fell on his head. – Harvey M. Piccus Tarzana Getting better Re “School tragedy” (You opinions, Nov. 30): It’s pretty standard to try to get your child enrolled wherever you consider the best school. But letter writer Terese Manzano got it wrong because there is no Agua Dulce High. The only high school in the Acton-Agua Dulce school system is Vasquez High School. It is certainly not as nice as the Hart district’s high schools and doesn’t have the same high test scores. That is primarily because most of the brighter parents place their kids in private school. The new school board has terminated some of the trash teachers and a thoroughly incompetent superintendent and principal. Test scores are going up, and more parents are keeping their kids in the high school. – Charles Brink North Hills Grade deflation Re “Prized recruits can’t make grade at UCLA” (Nov. 30): It would appear that the campaign to save Bruins coach Karl Dorrell’s job is now in full swing? Dorrell can’t recruit players because UCLA admission standards are too high? Am I to believe that this is bad? Isn’t that what a university is for? I wonder what the admission standards are at Utah, Notre Dame, Washington State, etc.? They must be lower than UCLA’s since they’ve got the better players. – William Conroy Northridge160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pending disaster To even hint that SC abandon the Coliseum for the Rose Bowl reeks of treason and stupidity. The Rose Bowl is great – for the Rose Bowl January game. I can put up with the horrible no-back seats, the nightmare parking and the lack of access for the January game. But for SC home games? Ugh! The Coliseum is adjacent to campus. It has great seats, good access, OK parking, the Olympic torch, museums, diversity and the real urban downtown Los Angeles. Councilman Bernard Parks et al. must have visions of sugar-NFLs dancing in their heads to allow this pending disaster to come so far. last_img read more

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first_img Black Knight Financial Services First-lien originations Purchase originations 2016-09-05 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, News, Origination September 5, 2016 659 Views Lenders Not Shying Away from Moderate-Credit Borrowerscenter_img Share While borrowers with pristine credit are still getting a majority of purchase loans, lenders are showing signs that they are willing to let borrowers with “moderate” credit in on the action, according to Black Knight Financial Services’ Mortgage Monitor for July 2016 released Tuesday.Two-thirds of purchase lending in the second quarter of 2016 went to borrowers with credit scores of 740 or higher, which is little-changed over-the-year, the number of “moderate” credit borrowers (those with credit scores between 700 and 739) increased by 13 percent.“This segment has seen the highest rate of growth over the last three quarters, and now makes up 19 percent of all purchase originations,” Black Knight Data & Analytics EVP Ben Graboske said. “On the other end of the spectrum, sub-700 score borrowers now account for only 15 percent of originations, with less than five percent going to borrowers with scores of 660 or below. Both of these mark the lowest share of low credit purchase lending seen dating back to at least 2000.”Purchase originations made up 57 percent of all first-lien lending during Q2, totaling $297 billion—a leap of 52 percent from Q1 (largely due to seasonality) and the highest level, both in terms of volume and dollar amount, in nine years.Overall, Q2 was the strongest quarter for mortgage originations in three years, according to Black Knight. A combination of continued purchase origination growth and refinance activity spurred by low interest rates resulted in $518 billion in first-lien originations during the quarter. Curiously, refinances did not increase at near the same rate as purchase originations over-the-quarter despite a decline of 15 basis points.“While purchase originations jumped more than 50 percent from Q1, refinances saw only an eight percent increase over that period, and were actually down from the same time last year, despite the number of potential refinance candidates outpacing 2015 by over one million in every month since March,” Graboske said. “That said, refinance lending has risen for three consecutive quarters and accounted for $221 billion in originations in Q2.”Click here to view the entire Black Knight Mortgage Monitor for July 2016.last_img read more

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