Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Tagged with: Fairholme Funds Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSE Profits Lawsuits Treasury Print This Post Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. 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A federal judge unsealed documents related to Fairholme Funds’ lawsuit against the government over the sweeping of GSE profits into Treasury that may be undermining to the government’s position that the profit sweep was in fact a way to protect taxpayers, according to media reports.The federal government amended the terms of the bailout in August 2012 to sweep virtually all of Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s quarterly profits into Treasury. Fairholme, a Florida-based mutual fund that is one of the biggest GSE investors, sued the government in 2013 over the profit sweep, and the suit is still pending. The year 2012 was the first year of profitability for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after they received a $188 billion taxpayer bailout in 2008 to avoid insolvency. Under the pre-August 2012 terms of the bailout agreement, the GSEs were required to pay only a 10 percent dividend on their draw from Treasury.Lawyers for Treasury claimed early in Fairholme’s suit that the GSEs were financially weak and that the profit sweep was a way to protect taxpayers from another bailout. Judge Margaret M. Sweeney in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, who is presiding over the Fairholme lawsuit, unsealed depositions this week related to the case that point out that the government was aware of the profitability of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2012, however.One of the documents unsealed this week was a deposition taken last July from Fannie Mae’s former chief financial officer, Susan McFarland. In that deposition, McFarland said she told high-level officials at Treasury in August 2012 that Fannie Mae was “now in a sustainable profitability, that we would be able to deliver sustainable profits over time,” according to the New York Times. McFarland also said in her deposition she told the Treasury officials that Fannie Mae would soon receive $50 billion in income from a deferred tax assetA little more than a week after McFarland met with Treasury officials, Treasury announced to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the GSEs’ conservator, that the terms of the bailout agreement had changed. McFarland said in the deposition that her meeting with Treasury officials is what prompted the government to change the terms and sweep all of the GSEs’ profits into Treasury.“If Ms. McFarland’s testimony is correct, then the reason given for the sweep was a falsehood since the Treasury was well aware that the company could pay its dividend.”Richard X. Bove, Rafferty Capital Markets“If Ms. McFarland’s testimony is correct, then the reason given for the sweep was a falsehood since the Treasury was well aware that the company could pay its dividend,” said Richard X. Bove, VP of Equity Research at Rafferty Capital Markets. “Apparently, the government was also aware that Fannie Mae did not have to pay the dividend in cash. In essence, even the reason that the sweep was necessary to save Fannie Mae’s cash position was incorrect and the Treasury knew it.”Another deposition released this week was from Mario Ugoletti, a former Treasury official and also a special adviser to the director of FHFA. Ugoletti signed an affidavit stating unequivocally that neither Treasury nor FHFA anticipated in the months prior to August 2012 that the GSEs’ deferred tax assets would be reversed and that such a move was “not intended to increase compensation to Treasury, according to the New York Times.The New York Times filed a motion with the Court of Federal Claims in July 2015 requesting that the government unseal depositions from key government officials related to the Fairholme suit, including that of Ugoletti.”The government would like to make people believe that the bailout of Fannie and Freddie was unique and unprecedented. It wasn’t,” said Tim Rood, chairman of business advisory firm the Collingwood Group. “The government’s ‘bailout playbook’ has been battle and market tested with the automakers and AIG. The government infuses the companies with capital in exchange for debt and stabilizes the businesses and allows them to rebuild capital. And once the businesses are sufficiently healthy and well capitalized the government converts its debt to equity and liquidates position. The GSEs inherited debt that they were contractually never able to repay under any circumstances. Government owned less than 80 percent of the companies yet swept 100 percent of their profits and reserve capital.” Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily
Donegal Daily Motoring Columnist Brian McDaid reminisces on just how good F1 once was.Just when you are about to write off this year’s F1 season the penultimate round in Brazil on Sunday last has brought back memories of just how good F1 once was.Maybe it was because the Drivers’ Championship and Constructors’ silverware are respectively in the trophy cabinets of Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team that strategies change to that of a passionate type. We finally got real racing, compared to the cat and mouse moves both in qualifying and in race day that seem to have overtaken the sport over the last few seasons. Advertisement And maybe it was just Brazil and the passion that this country has to the sport and its drivers and the teams. Or maybe the 25th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest formula one drivers Ayrton Senna still a native hero in his home Brazil has produced one of the best weekends racing of the entire 2019 championship.The late Ayrton Senna in the Honda powered McLaren which was considered to be one of the most successful F1 racing carsChampion’s mixed yearThe Silver Arrows won the championship with a healthy lead in the points table but both the Mercedes team and their number one driver Lewis Hamilton, now on his 6th World championship title didn’t have things easy on their way to victory. The death of Niki Lauda in June was unsettling for Hamilton. Lauda, a three times champion himself was the biggest factor in bringing Hamilton to Mercedes and was clearly shaken by the Austrian’s passing.Hamilton also had a faster Ferrari to deal with all season and if that wasn’t enough, he has, at the very least, two up and coming world champion contenders in the making snapping at his heels with Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc. Advertisement Lucozade In the quarter of a century that has past since the death of the great Ayrton Senna, I’ve been thinking how much sponsorship has changed and reshaped Formula 1. In the early 90’s it was Lucazade that was the biggest energy drink of the day and the nearest it got to cars was when the orange wrapping on the old bottle was stuck over headlights in foggy weather to produce a makeshift fog light.The only energy drink before Redbull came along and changed everythingSince then it wasn’t good enough for a company to sponsor teams now they wanted to own them completely. Red Bull bought what originally started out as Stewart Grand Prix which evolved into Jaguar before Red Bull bought the controlling share. In the early days of that racing team it was a Northern Ireland man Gary Anderson who was one of the car designers.Although the like of Redbull in one way for their investment into the sport I do feel that there teams DNA has become very diluted, pardon the pun from what a traditional F1 team once was.If you consider that Redbull have used Costhworth, Ferrari, Renault and Honda engines since it was formed in 2005 it’s not that easy for the purest of motorsport fans to follow and support this sponsor driven team. If you compare them to the likes of Ferrari team it’s a completely different type of supporter and sometimes it’s as much about the car and its heritage as it is about its drivers. Jordan and “Big D”Ireland’s own Eddie Jordan Racing team had more heritage to it than the present day teams have and even became a F1 team when drivers like future world champions like Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna and even Michael Schumacher drove for Eddie Jordan and his fledgling team. They made it way up through the ranks, and tracing his career before that, when Eddie Jordan was a racing driver himself, it was Donegal’s Derek Mc Mahon Racing team that Eddie was a part of.Eddie Jordan in the lead in one of Derek Mc Mahon Racing team cars in the seventies.Eddie Jordan would be the first to tell you if it wasn’t for “Big D” in the early days promoting and supporting drivers there might never have been a Jordan F1 Team which had traces of the DNA of that old Derek Mc Mahon Racing Team in is blood from all them years ago.The Late Derek Mc Mahon with one of his drivers, Eddie Jordan who was part of the Derek Mc Mahon Racing team.A card from Eddie Jordan to the Late Derek Mc Mahon affectionally known as “Big D” thanking him for for his help in putting Eddie’s motoring racing career on track.All about the undercut. All this season it has been about the undercut and double stacking which all happened in the pits. Red Bull are on 1. 8 seconds to change a set of four wheels, Hamilton a little longer, when we arrive in the pits unannounced, minus part of his from wing.And the default setting deep within former world champion Vettel tripped again at the weekend when his young team mate Leclerc passed him for position after the restart with the end result of the two Ferrari trying to swap a front and back wheel on both car and both of the team ending up out of the race in the final laps.Vettel and Leclerc on track tyre change battle which came unstuck putting them both out of the race.On the 25th anniversary of the great Ayrton Senna’s death it was Honda that powered the first three cars to the podium at the weekend. When the dust settled the same weekend that Martin Brundle got a chance to drive Senna’s old Honda powered McLaren, the MP4/4 considered to one of the most successful cars in F1 around an emotional home track of that great Brazilian driver.Brundle described how the gear lever on Senna’s Old car was manually connected deep into the gear box as was the throttle cable was manually connected to the turbo, the sound of that V6 turbo going around the track had the fans in tears as memories of that great driver fired up great memories.Happy Motoring folks.DD Motoring: F1 lights up in Brazil was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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)
25 October 2012 South Africa is ready to host a successful 2013 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, President Jacob Zuma said at the final draw for the 29th edition of Africa’s biggest soccer festival at the International Convention Centre in Durban on Wednesday evening. From 19 January to 10 February 2013, the world’s eyes will once again be on South Africa as 16 of Africa’s best footballing nations battle it out for the continental crown. South Africa had a proud track record of hosting wonderful sporting events, Zuma said at Wednesday’s draw, adding that the 2013 Afcon finals would “be a timely reflection on the legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which we hosted successfully with the support of the African continent.” Zuma extended his special congratulations to Cape Verde, who will be appearing in the tournament for the first time after eliminating one of the giants of African football, Cameroon, in the qualifiers. Zuma said the tournament would be a special occasion for South Africa as Bafana would be making a return after a four-year absence from the continental competition. Zuma had earlier, during the draw, brought a sigh of relief to South Africans when he drew underdogs Cape Verde as Bafana’s opening match opponents. The host team was drawn in Group A with Cape Verde, Morocco and Angola. These four teams will be based in Durban. Group B, which will be based in Port Elizabeth, comprises Ghana, DRC, Niger and Mali. Defending champions Zambia are in group C with Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Nigeria. These teams will based in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. The “group of death”, group D, comprises Ivory Coast, Togo, Algeria and Tunisia. Afcon local organising committee (LOC) chairman Mwelo Nonkonyane gave an assurance to the Confederation of African Football, the 16 participating national teams, South Africans and the entire African continent that they would not let them down. “We wish to assure the African football [fraternity] that we use football as a tool to uproot our people from the circles of poverty, war and diseases to promote peace in Africa. “We can assure you that as you go home to start preparing for this tournament and come back to battle for this coveted trophy, you will find the LOC ready to deliver a seamless tournament,” Nonkonyane said. “We’ve put in place plans around team transport, training venues, team hotels, including team security and escort mechanisms, and spectator experience that will ensure that every single stadium has an offering that is unique.” Source: SANews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Animal rights groups filed a lawsuit on Monday to stop Iowa’s new ag trespass law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds in March, just months after a federal court ruled the state’s previous ag fraud law was unconstitutional.In January 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa in Des Moines ruled the 2012 law was a violation of free speech. The groups led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed the new lawsuit in the same court.On March 14, 2019, Reynolds signed a new ag trespass law designed to protect agricultural operations.“We are working with the attorney general’s office to ensure this legislation that supports farmers is upheld,” she said in a statement on Monday.“The ag trespass bill is designed to protect Iowa farmers from safety threats or biosecurity risks that untrained people on their property may cause. I am committed to protecting Iowa farmers and ensuring the safety and security of their livestock.”The 2012 law came about after at least a couple of widely publicized investigations into hog operations. The law made it illegal to enter a livestock facility under false pretenses, or lie on a job application to work for a livestock operation. It was meant to effectively criminalize undercover investigations on livestock farms.In the new lawsuit, the animal rights groups compare the new law with the previous law, calling them “substantially similar” and outlining how the new law is overbroad. Further, the groups provide details of planned investigations into agriculture operations that would be thwarted by the new law.Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Bailing Out Benji, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Center for Food Safety also are plaintiffs to the new lawsuit.“Factory farms want to hide their abuses, and in some states, lawmakers have been happy to help by passing ag-gag laws,” Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells said in a statement. “But federal courts have consistently ruled that these laws violate our constitutional rights. Ag-gag laws are a threat to food safety, animal protection, the environment, and workers’ rights.”The new law prohibits what it calls “agricultural production facility trespass.” It makes it illegal for a person to gain access to an ag facility through deception if the intent is to cause an “injury” to the “business interest” of the facility.“The statute’s legislative history demonstrates that it was introduced with the explicit intent of silencing or impeding speech by animal protection organizations,” the lawsuit said.The 2012 law used similar language as the new law, in prohibiting what it called “agricultural production facility fraud.” That was defined as obtaining access to an ag facility through false pretenses, and making false statements or representations on applications for employment with ag facilities.The new law also prohibits access to an ag facility by using deception “on a matter that would reasonably result in a denial of access to an agricultural production facility that is not open to the public.” The new law was designed essentially to prevent “economic harm” or “other injury” to the facilities, equipment, employees and even customers.The groups allege the new law also impedes on the free speech of other groups, including members of labor unions.The lawsuit said the new law already has put a chill on potential future undercover investigations. The groups said there are no other laws in Iowa that “target a specific category of whistleblowing, investigations or investigative journalism” in a particular industry.“Under Iowa’s new ag-gag law, gaining employment or access through misrepresentation or omission to an agricultural production facility in Iowa, with the intent to expose truthful but critical information — the natural result of which is economic harm in the form of boycotts and related reputational harm — would be a serious misdemeanor,” the lawsuit said.“Thus, ALDF and PETA are impeded from gaining access to the facilities.”The groups said they have identified Iowa ag facilities where they would like to conduct “undercover, employment-based investigations, but it has not pursued such investigations due to its reasonable fear of prosecution” under the new law.“After Iowa’s first ag-gag law was struck down, ALDF took steps towards retaining a licensed investigator to conduct an undercover investigation at an agricultural production facility in Iowa, but immediately put those plans on hold when Iowa passed its new ag-gag statute, due to its reasonable fear of prosecution under that law,” the lawsuit said.Because ag employers in Iowa ask potential employees about their connections to animal rights groups, the lawsuit said it makes it “even more likely that an undercover investigator will have to misrepresent his intentions to conduct an investigation.”The groups asked the court to declare the new law unconstitutional.“The new ag-gag law is a content-based restraint on constitutionally protected speech on a matter of significant public concern,” the lawsuit said.“It is not narrowly tailored to a compelling government interest. By singling out the agricultural industry for protection against political speech that may be harmful to its profits, the new ag-gag law must be treated as a content- and viewpoint-based regulation. Shielding an industry from criticism cannot be considered a legitimate, much less a ‘compelling’ government interest.”Iowa joined several states in adopting what opponents call “ag-gag” laws because of videos generated by such investigations showing what is perceived as abusive behavior toward animals.Similar cases have overturned laws in Idaho and Utah in recent years, but a Wyoming law has been upheld in court. Similar cases are still working through courts in North Carolina.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(BAS/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
zoomImage Courtesy: Euronav Belgian tanker shipping company Euronav Tankers NV has acquired the ultra large crude carrier (ULCC) Seaways Laura Lynn from Oceania Tanker Corporation, a subsidiary of International Seaways.The ship is the second of the two ULCCs that exist in the global fleet and has been renamed Oceania and registered under the Belgian flag.The 2003-built Seaways Laura Lynn, which features a massive 441,561 dwt capacity, cost Euronav USD 32.5 million.The company already owns the other ULCC, the 442,470 dwt TI Europe, built in 2002.“Bringing the only other ULCC in the world fleet under our control will provide us with a significant strategic opportunity,” Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav, said.The company has just completed the merger with US-based crude oil shipping company Gener8 Maritime, as disclosed at the beginning of this month.The merger creates a crude tanker operator giant with 76 operating crude tankers, consisting of 43 VLCCs, 27 Suezmaxes, 2 ULCCs, two Panamax tankers and two FSOs under joint venture.
OTTAWA — The political drama around the SNC-Lavalin controversy continues, as the House of Commons justice committee held an emergency meeting Wednesday.MPs decided to launch an investigation into allegations the Prime Minister’s Office tried to pressure the former justice minister into helping the engineering firm to avoid criminal prosecution. The Liberal motion passed 5 to 4.A Liberal motion has passed 5-4 to launch an investigation into the SNC Lavalin affair. However the witness list put forward by the Libs leave off some important figures in this controversy including former Justice Minister @Puglaas #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 13, 2019RELATED: Vancouver-Granville MP resigns from cabinet amid scandalAhead of the meeting, Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt was putting pressure on the Liberals to pass the Opposition motion as is, so the committee can launch an investigation and call nine witnesses to testify.Conservative Lisa Raitt asked if they will call the Prime Minister to testify if the committee investigates. He is not currently on their list of witnesses. She says they have their list and they will see what happens. #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 13, 2019Those witnesses include top officials in the Prime Minister’s Office and former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. Wilson Raybould, a Vancouver MP, resigned from cabinet on Tuesday in the middle of this political storm.“If they defeat or they water it down in any way, it is nothing less than an admission of guilt,” said Raitt.Conservative Deputy Leader @lraitt makes the case for a Justice Committee investigation. Says if the Liberals truly believe the Prime Minister and his office did nothing wrong then they should pass the motion as is. Claims any watering down is an admission of guilt #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/QbniS864os— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 13, 2019Raitt says all options are on the table to get answers, including a judicial inquiry.The witness list put forward by the Liberals in their motion left off some key players, including Wilson-Raybould.Speaking in Halifax, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer wouldn’t rule out contacting the RCMP. “All options are on the table. There’s an opportunity today for Liberal members of Parliament to do the right thing, support our efforts to shine the light of day.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied Wilson-Raybould was pressured to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin rather than pursue a criminal trial on charges of bribery and fraud related to the company’s efforts to secure government contracts in Libya.Trudeau says Wilson-Raybould never once spoke up if she felt there was any wrongdoing.He said the government followed all the rules. “If anyone felt differently, they had an obligation to raise that with me. No one, including Jody, did that.”RELATED: Trudeau ‘surprised’ by minister’s resignationNDP Leader Jagmeet Singh warns that if the Liberals shut the committee’s work down, it would send a dangerous signal to Canadians about the state of their democracy.Due to solicitor-client privilege, Wilson-Raybould is seeking legal advice on what she can say in public.Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion has initiated his own investigation into the matter, specifically whether there’s been a violation of the Conflict of Interest Act. – With files from the Canadian Press
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Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Padres FacebookTwitter MTS increases trolley service for Padres Opening Day March 29, 2018 Posted: March 29, 2018 Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Metropolitan Transit System plans to boost trolley service Thursday for opening day of the San Diego Padres’ 2018 season.First pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers at downtown East Village’s Petco Park is set for 1:10 p.m., and the trolley’s three lines — green, blue and orange — will run every 15 minutes for most of the day, with direct service to Petco Park. Service will increase on some lines in the hours before and after the game.MTS’ Green Line trolley service will increase to every 7 1/2 minutes starting around 11:20 a.m. After the game, trolleys will run every 15 minutes, with additional trains as needed.MTS is urging riders to park at SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley, where 5,000 free parking spots will be available, and then to ride the Green Line to the game.The Blue Line, which runs between downtown and the South Bay, will run trolleys every 7 1/2 minutes before the game, starting around 11:45 a.m., and at the same interval after the game.The Orange Line will run trolleys every 15 minutes throughout the day.Passes good for the entire day can be purchased for $5, and MTS urged riders to use its Compass Cloud mobile-ticketing smart phone app to avoid ticket lines and purchase several tickets at one time.MTS also offers 22 bus routes with stops in downtown, including Rapid 215, with service from SDSU to downtown, and Rapid 235, with service from Escondido to downtown. Ed Lenderman,