Credit record – KR2K http://kr2k.com/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 13:10:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://kr2k.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-150x150.png Credit record – KR2K http://kr2k.com/ 32 32 Abrahamson-Henderson wants Georgia women’s basketball back in title hunt https://kr2k.com/abrahamson-henderson-wants-georgia-womens-basketball-back-in-title-hunt/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 12:00:22 +0000 https://kr2k.com/abrahamson-henderson-wants-georgia-womens-basketball-back-in-title-hunt/ Abrahamson-Henderson grew into her own sapling with her first head coaching stint leading the Missouri State women’s basketball program. From 2002 to 2007, the Lady Bears appeared in three NCAA tournaments and won two conference titles and a WNIT championship. A hugely successful run at Albany that included five straight NCAA tournament bids landed Abrahamson-Henderson […]]]>

Abrahamson-Henderson grew into her own sapling with her first head coaching stint leading the Missouri State women’s basketball program. From 2002 to 2007, the Lady Bears appeared in three NCAA tournaments and won two conference titles and a WNIT championship.

A hugely successful run at Albany that included five straight NCAA tournament bids landed Abrahamson-Henderson in Central Florida. There, she executed one of the great turnovers in women’s basketball, leading the Knights to the program’s first American Athletic Conference title and a school-record winning 26-4 mark last season.

It all brought her back to Georgia all the way. For the UGA athletic administration, Abrahamson-Henderson was a quick and obvious solution to Joni Taylor’s surprise decision to join Texas A&M after last season.

“Obviously I loved it at UCF; I never wanted to leave,” Abrahamson-Henderson said. “But I never thought Joni was going to leave. Ever. Then it opened up, and I was like, ‘Oh my!’ It was weird and it was fast.

So there she sat last week, in the office most recently occupied by Taylor but only Landers before that. One of Abrahamson-Henderson’s most prized new possessions is the Georgia No. 3 jersey the school gave her the day she was named head coach. The “3” symbolizes her as the third head coach in program history.

“Isn’t that wild? she says.

For now, the jersey is still folded on a shelf. Eventually it will be framed, but there has not yet been time to do such things.

Abrahamson-Henderson has been in a relative sprint since his introductory press conference on March 26. There has been a lot to do, and there is still a lot to do.

It’s only with the basketball program. Never mind the real challenges of two girls finishing school in Orlando, selling a house and finding another in Athens, moving into schools, and more. In between was building a staff (she pretty much kept the same from top to bottom), recruiting, a signing period, managing the outbound and inbound transfer portal, running a few camps and the planning and execution of off-season training.

The 2022-23 Lady Bulldogs have now been assembled and train together at the training complex. Finally, it is about what needs to happen on the ground.

“It has more to do with the portal,” Abrahamson-Henderson said of the blistering pace. “It’s a huge change, and it forces all college coaches to adapt. That’s why we’ve all been busy. It’s football, basketball, all sports. Normally you’re not so busy at this time of year.

Between the players who chose to stay at UGA, those who came from UCF and those who came from afar, it looks like the Lady Bulldogs will once again be a force to be reckoned with. Their coach seems to have assembled a post-oriented team with a good mix of experience, skill and athletic ability.

Where Abrahamson-Henderson would love to shine is not just getting Georgia into the playoffs, but competing for championships, both in the regular season and beyond. This is where the Lady Bulldogs lagged under Taylor.

After a 26-7 campaign that ended abruptly in a second-round loss at the 2018 NCAA Tournament, Georgia enjoyed a string of quick exits in the “Big Dance.” The Lady Bulldogs won the SEC Tournament title in 2021 but couldn’t get past South Carolina in the championship game. Then they lost to Duke in the second round of the NCAA.

Georgia’s presence in the NCAA Tournament under Taylor was nice, but otherwise the Lady Bulldogs were just an indistinguishable face in the SEC crowd that populates every playoff.

Abrahamson-Henderson’s attitude to what constitutes success is different. Never mind all those runs his teams made playing Georgia and Iowa. It was the battles fought and the championships won in the second-tier conferences where she coached that her competitive spirit was formed.

“My point of view is different from that of a lot of coaches,” she said. “When I was at Albany, we had to win everything to get in. It’s the pressure. … Same thing at UCF. We could have two teams. It was about conference championships. In the SEC, you could have seven, eight, nine teams. So my mentality is a bit different.

“It’ll never be, ‘OK, let’s just be No. 8!'”

His teams reflected that sentiment. In 17 seasons as head coach, Abrahamson-Henderson compiled a record of 372-157 (.703), averaged 22 wins per season, won seven regular season titles, nine conference tournament crowns and earned 11 NCAA berths (14 total postseason deals). ).

Does Georgia have the means to sustain such a pace this year? Abrahamson-Henderson can’t be sure, of course. But she loves the team she has assembled in a short time.

The Bulldogs’ 15-man roster is complete. It includes five players who were already in Georgia (Zoesha Smith, Chloe Chapman, Jordan Isaacs, Malury Bates and Javyn Nicholson), three UCF transfers (Diamond Battles, Brittney Smith and Alisha Lewis), transfer from Texas Audrey Warren, transfer from West Virginia Kari Niblack, Vanderbilt transfers De’Mauri Flournoy, and three highly touted freshman signers (Stefanie Ingram, Fatima Diakhate and Amiya Evans).

It also includes a highly recruited prospect from Orlando’s top 50. This 6ft 3in guard is named Savannah Henderson and happens to be the eldest daughter of Mike and Katie Henderson.

That’s new, even for the grizzled veteran that is the 55-year-old Bulldogs coach.

“I was shocked that she wanted to come here,” Abrahamson-Henderson said of her daughter. “She’s a smart kid, and I told her straight away that we were going to recruit her in exactly the same way as we do everyone else. The (assistant) coaches called her, we stopped her to come to the office like she always had. We did a home visit presentation with her. I was home in a different room and she and dad were in another room with our coaches and listened to what was going on. they had to say. …

“She made a very good and smart decision. And God just blessed us with a tall, long, athletic guard who can play at this level.

This is another beautiful circle in which Savannah Henderson began her college career in the same place as her mother. Now the task is to bring the program back to where it was before.

Long before being “Coach Abe”, she played in Georgia with Katrina McClain, Barbara Bootz, Lisa O’Connor and Teresa Edwards. The Bulldogs won the SEC championship in its first season and lost only seven games in two seasons. This is the standard she envisions for Georgian women’s basketball in the future.

“We’re looking for toughness, you know,” Abrahamson-Henderson said. “Hard, competitive, hustling, diving on loose balls, these are the kids we’re looking for. We’re just putting the puzzle together. There’s been a lot of situational assessments for a long time. Now it’s gotta go to play. “

As for that “ABE-in-call-caps” thing, it’s just something the coach said she just rode with. She inherited it from her father, Lee Abrahamson, who played basketball at Coe College with eventual NBA championship coach Bill Fitch. His is a basketball family, which includes an uncle who played at Iowa State and another who played at Drake.

“They were all basketball jerks and everyone called them ‘ABE’, all in caps. ABE, ABE, ABE,” she said with a laugh. “It’s weird and I don’t know why.”

Its good. The goal now is for “Coach ABE” to make a name for itself in Georgia.

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June 27, 2022 mortgage rates: fixed rates cool again https://kr2k.com/june-27-2022-mortgage-rates-fixed-rates-cool-again/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://kr2k.com/june-27-2022-mortgage-rates-fixed-rates-cool-again/ A variety of fixed mortgage rates fell today. Average interest rates for 15-year and 30-year fixed mortgages have declined. But we saw another rise in the average 5/1 variable rate mortgage rate. Mortgage rates have risen steadily since the start of the year and are expected to continue to climb throughout 2022. Of course, interest […]]]>

A variety of fixed mortgage rates fell today. Average interest rates for 15-year and 30-year fixed mortgages have declined. But we saw another rise in the average 5/1 variable rate mortgage rate.

Mortgage rates have risen steadily since the start of the year and are expected to continue to climb throughout 2022. Of course, interest rates are dynamic and unpredictable, at least on a daily or weekly basis, as they react to a wide variety of economic factors. Currently, two of these factors – inflation and the federal funds rate – are particularly influential. The Federal Reserve has already raised interest rates three times this year and has signaled its intention to raise them again to contain inflation. This will almost certainly mean higher mortgage rates and, for potential borrowers, higher monthly mortgage payments. As such, homebuyers may have a better chance of securing a lower mortgage interest rate sooner rather than later. It’s always a good idea to interview several lenders to compare rates and fees to find the best mortgage for your particular situation.

30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgages

The average interest rate on a standard 30-year fixed mortgage is 5.83%, down 16 basis points from a week ago. (One basis point equals 0.01%.) The most commonly used loan term is a 30-year fixed mortgage. A 30-year fixed rate mortgage will generally have a lower monthly payment than a 15-year one, but often a higher interest rate. Although you’ll pay more interest over time – you’re paying off your loan over a longer period – if you’re looking for a lower monthly payment, a 30-year fixed mortgage may be a good option.

15-year fixed rate mortgages

The average rate for a 15-year fixed mortgage is 5.08%, down 10 basis points from a week ago. Compared to a 30-year fixed mortgage, a 15-year fixed mortgage with the same loan value and interest rate will result in a higher monthly payment. However, as long as you can afford the monthly payments, a 15-year loan has several advantages. These typically include the ability to get a lower interest rate, pay off your mortgage sooner, and pay less total interest over the long term.

5/1 Adjustable Rate Mortgages

A 5/1 variable rate mortgage has an average rate of 4.29%, an increase of 19 basis points from seven days ago. With an ARM mortgage, you’ll typically get a lower interest rate than a 30-year fixed mortgage for the first five years. But you might end up paying more after that time, depending on the terms of your loan and how the rate changes with the market rate. For borrowers who plan to sell or refinance their home before the rate changes, an ARM could be a good option. Otherwise, market fluctuations mean that your interest rate may be much higher once the rate is adjusted.

Mortgage Rate Trends

Although mortgage rates were historically low at the start of 2022, they have been rising steadily since then. The reason: The Federal Reserve raised interest rates 0.75 percentage points this month alone — the biggest rate hike since 1994 — in a bid to rein in record inflation. Generally, when inflation is low, mortgage rates tend to be lower. When inflation is high, rates tend to be higher.

Although the Fed does not set mortgage rates directly, central bank policy actions influence how much you pay to fund your home loan. And the Fed has signaled that it will continue to raise rates this year. So if you’re looking to buy a home in 2022, expect mortgage rates to rise as the year progresses.

We use data collected by Bankrate, which is owned by the same parent company as CNET, to track rate changes over time. This table summarizes the average rates offered by lenders nationwide:

Average Mortgage Interest Rates

Product Assess Last week To change
30 years fixed 5.83% 5.99% -0.16
15 years fixed 5.08% 5.18% -0.10
30-year jumbo mortgage rate 5.79% 5.91% -0.12
30-year mortgage refinance rate 5.80% 5.94% -0.14

Rates as of June 27, 2022.

How to Shop for the Best Mortgage Rate

You can get a personalized mortgage rate by connecting with your local mortgage broker or using an online calculator. When researching mortgage rates, think about your goals and current financial situation. A range of factors, including your down payment, credit score, loan-to-value ratio, and debt-to-income ratio, will all affect your mortgage rate. Having a higher credit score, higher down payment, low DTI, low LTV, or any combination of these factors can help you get a lower interest rate. Besides the mortgage rate, other factors, including closing costs, fees, discount points and taxes, can also affect the cost of your home. Be sure to talk to several different lenders — such as local and national banks, credit unions, and online lenders — and a comparison store to find the best loan for you.

What is the best loan term?

An important consideration when choosing a mortgage loan is the length of the loan or the payment schedule. The most commonly offered loan terms are 15 and 30 years, although you can also find 10, 20 and 40 year mortgages. Another important distinction is between fixed rate and adjustable rate mortgages. For fixed rate mortgages, interest rates are stable for the life of the loan. Unlike a fixed rate mortgage, an adjustable rate mortgage’s interest rates are only stable for a certain period of time (usually five, seven or 10 years). After that, the rate fluctuates annually depending on the market interest rate.

An important factor to consider when choosing between a fixed rate and variable rate mortgage is how long you plan to live in your home. Fixed rate mortgages might be better suited if you plan to live in a house for a while. While variable rate mortgages may offer lower interest rates initially, fixed rate mortgages are more stable over time. However, you might get a better deal with an adjustable rate mortgage if you only plan to keep your home for a few years. There is no best loan term as a general rule; it all depends on your goals and your current financial situation. Be sure to do your research and think about your own priorities when choosing a mortgage.

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Why Sanofi could be a frontrunner in endemic COVID-19 https://kr2k.com/why-sanofi-could-be-a-frontrunner-in-endemic-covid-19/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 12:09:00 +0000 https://kr2k.com/why-sanofi-could-be-a-frontrunner-in-endemic-covid-19/ gglobal biopharmaceutical company Sanofi (NASDAQ: SNY) encountered setbacks in the development of its COVID-19 vaccine and only released results from late-stage clinical trials this year. The company missed the first lucrative vaccine rounds, but may now have an edge as the world enters a COVID-19 rampant reality. Late to market COVID-19 Sanofi opted for the […]]]>

gglobal biopharmaceutical company Sanofi (NASDAQ: SNY) encountered setbacks in the development of its COVID-19 vaccine and only released results from late-stage clinical trials this year. The company missed the first lucrative vaccine rounds, but may now have an edge as the world enters a COVID-19 rampant reality.

Late to market COVID-19

Sanofi opted for the more traditional protein-based technology for its COVID-19 vaccine, Vidprevtyn, rather than the mRNA technology of PfizerBioNTech‘s Comirnaty and Modernit’s Spikevax. Both versions use a spike protein with an exact genetic match to those found on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, but the difference lies in where that protein is produced. mRNA technology provides genetic code instructing cells in the body to make the protein, while the more traditional approach produces the protein in the lab before injecting it into the body.

Vidprevtyn uses Sanofi’s protein to teach the body to detect the invading virus, associated with GlaxoSmithKlineadjuvant technology to enhance immunity. The companies believe this combination protects against the virus as effectively as an mRNA vaccine. Sanofi is seeking regulatory approval, based on Phase 3 clinical trial results in late February showing that a two-dose series provided complete protection against serious illness and hospitalization.

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This result was good news, but not particularly surprising. Novavax published results a year ago showing that its protein-based vaccine was highly effective against COVID-19. Novavax’s vaccine has been licensed for use in at least 41 countries, although difficulties with its manufacturing process have delayed the final green light in the United States

Some people may have preferred a protein-based vaccine over an mRNA version, as this is a familiar and well-established technology that has been used in vaccines for many years. However, Novavax will likely capture a large portion of this population before Sanofi’s Vidprevtyn hits the market. The availability of other vaccine options severely limits Vidprevtyn’s potential revenue as a first line of defense.

In line with next-gen versions

As COVID-19 becomes an endemic disease, vaccine makers are now vying for a place in the recurring recall market. Sanofi continued its initial study with a second stage on the performance of the boosters. The trial assessed the antibody response triggered by the booster in participants who had previously received two injections of Pfizer’s Comirnaty mRNA.

Sanofi tested its two main candidates – a version against the original parent strain COVID-19 and a next-generation version against the beta variant. In late May, Sanofi announced that its next-generation vaccine slightly outperformed Pfizer-BioNTech’s, with 76% of participants showing a high antibody response against the original strain compared to 63% after the Comirnaty booster. Sanofi’s next-generation candidate was also highly effective against the omicron variant.

Of course, Sanofi isn’t the only company rolling out a next-gen booster. Novavax is testing an omicron-specific vaccine, while Moderna has versions against beta, delta and omicron strains. All three companies also have bivalent versions in the works, which include a combination of two separate strains to give broader immunity against emerging strains.

Advantage in the flu market

Further down the line, recalls may be directed to combination vaccines aimed at preventing both COVID-19 and influenza in one shot. This technology is still in its infancy, although Novavax has a head start with a phase 2 study scheduled for the end of the year. This combo can offer people an effective route to maintain immunity in an endemic scenario where new strains are constantly emerging.

Sanofi is already an established player in the flu space, unlike Moderna and Novavax, which could give the company a significant advantage. Sanofi’s vaccine program generated $1.1 billion in first-quarter revenue, or 9% of total first-quarter revenue. The company has the infrastructure to develop and manufacture high-dose recombinant quadrivalent vaccines, targeting up to four new influenza strains each year. Sanofi should be able to translate some of this expertise into its COVID-19 platform. Novavax’s manufacturing difficulties show how important this could be.

The COVID-19 reminder market continues to evolve, but can turn into a decent opportunity if the disease requires an annual reminder like the flu. The US flu vaccine market is expected to grow at the rapid rate of 16.1% per year, reaching $8.6 billion in 2027. Sanofi should easily capture a share of this new market if it continues to supply comparable performance to other callback options.

Sanofi is already attractively priced healthcare company, with a price/earnings ratio of 17.9 which is at the lower end of the range for big pharma, and a promising immunology and oncology portfolio. Management expects low double-digit growth in earnings per share this year. A potential portion of recurring revenue from a competitive booster vaccine only sweetens the deal.

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Banks record N1.21 trillion in non-performing loans https://kr2k.com/banks-record-n1-21-trillion-in-non-performing-loans/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 00:46:45 +0000 https://kr2k.com/banks-record-n1-21-trillion-in-non-performing-loans/ Total non-performing loans in the banking sector reached N1.21 billion at the end of February 2022, figures obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria have revealed. The CBN said in reports obtained from the Monetary Policy Committee that total credit in the sector increased to 25.25 billion naira at the end of February 2022 from […]]]>

Total non-performing loans in the banking sector reached N1.21 billion at the end of February 2022, figures obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria have revealed.

The CBN said in reports obtained from the Monetary Policy Committee that total credit in the sector increased to 25.25 billion naira at the end of February 2022 from 21.13 billion naira at the end of February 2021.

He said the non-performing loans reflected the case-by-case review of regulatory forbearance, the effects of the global standing instructions policy and industry best risk management practices.

MPC member Kingsley Obiora said the banking system has maintained its resilience amid the economic recovery.

He said: “Overall, industry credit increased by 19.53% to N25.25n in Feb 2022 from N21.13n in Feb 2021. The industry NPL ratio continued to trend. below the prudential threshold of 5%.

“It fell to 4.80% at the end of February 2022 from 6.38% in February 2021. The downward trend is attributable to collections, restructuring of facilities and good management practices of DMBs (Deposit Money Banks). ”

Deputy Governor, Financial Systems Stability Directorate, CBN, Aishah Ahmad said, “Total credit also increased by N4.13 billion between end-February 2021 and end-February 2022 with significant credit growth to manufacturing, general trade and oil and gas sectors. .”

She added that the non-performing loan ratio declined further to 4.8% in February 2022 from 4.94% in December 2021.

MPC member Robert Asogwa said that the financial sector remained strong, as in the last MPC meeting, especially with regard to developments in banking and capital markets.

He said the banking sector appeared strong and resilient with a significantly high capital adequacy ratio and liquidity ratio in February 2022, in line with prudential requirements.

With a non-performing loan ratio steadily declining since 2021 despite the shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, he said the asset quality of the banking system was now one of the strongest in sub-Saharan Africa.

He said, “Banking intermediation continued to improve in February 2022, with total industry credit increasing from N24.6 billion in January 2022 to N25.25 billion in February 2022.”

“The extension of bank lending moratoriums to mid-2022 as part of COVID-19 relief measures continues to ease the burden on borrowers severely affected by the pandemic.”

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Buy-to-ley mortgage origination platform StrideUp snatches £280m from Ara Venn https://kr2k.com/buy-to-ley-mortgage-origination-platform-strideup-snatches-280m-from-ara-venn/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 08:46:33 +0000 https://kr2k.com/buy-to-ley-mortgage-origination-platform-strideup-snatches-280m-from-ara-venn/ ARA Venn, an investment manager specializing in residential private debt, has raised up to £280m to invest in property finance schemes to be launched by StrideUp, a property finance group digital which is co-owned by ARA Venn. Over the past decade house price growth has outpaced income growth, meaning the average house price to income […]]]>

ARA Venn, an investment manager specializing in residential private debt, has raised up to £280m to invest in property finance schemes to be launched by StrideUp, a property finance group digital which is co-owned by ARA Venn.

Over the past decade house price growth has outpaced income growth, meaning the average house price to income ratio for first-time buyers in the UK now stands at 6.9.[1]. However, the vast majority of traditional mortgages are capped by regulation at a loan to income ratio of 4.5, putting home ownership out of reach for large swaths of the market. The StrideUp product solves this problem by providing financing at a loan to income ratio of up to 6.5, subject to careful affordability testing.

This significant mandate to invest funds managed by ARA Venn will enable StrideUp to roll out this product to approximately 1,000 clients and is intended to be the first of a series of mandates in this important and broad segment of the market.

With the StrideUp product, buyers with a 10% down payment can purchase up to 80% of their new home in partnership with StrideUp, and rent the remaining 20% ​​from StrideUp until they are ready to purchase more. (in increments of their choosing).

The value of the remaining share is frozen at the original purchase price, allowing them to buy it at the same price even when property prices rise, ensuring that they benefit fully from any increase in value of their property . On the other hand, any loss on this share due to falling house prices is shared with StrideUp.

The StrideUp product therefore offers first-time buyers a strong credit history with financing at levels consistent with today’s price-to-income ratios as well as a clear path to full ownership at current house prices, meeting as well as the challenges presented by both the mortgage and rental markets and providing social benefits within the framework of ARA Venn’s ESG strategies. The product will be available on the existing housing stock as well as on new constructions.

StrideUp has developed a digital platform covering the end-to-end buying process. Getting a mortgage is often a stressful and confusing experience for first-time buyers. By investing in its technology and creating automated solutions for its onboarding, application and approval processes, StrideUp hopes to significantly speed up and simplify the process for its customers.

The product builds on elements of the UK government’s successful Help to Buy Equity Loan programme, which has supported the purchase of over 350,000 homes with loans worth £22 billion since 20132. The moment of its launch is highly relevant given the government’s recently announced plans to close this scheme to new claims on October 31 this year.

ARA Venn manages funds for a wide range of government entities, global institutions and private investors. Among other private debt strategies, the company also offers the UK Government’s £3 billion Affordable Housing Guarantee Scheme to provide cost-effective long-term financing to registered providers of affordable housing.

Gary McKenzie-Smith, Managing Partner, ARA Venn, said: “The UK first-time buyer market has long been crying out for new solutions. The situation has been exacerbated by the pandemic as house prices have continued to rise and people want more space while the traditional mortgage market has not changed.

“We are delighted to have partnered with StrideUp and look forward to working with their dynamic team to deliver an innovative mortgage product that will empower many customers who are effectively market-excluded and deliver the benefits of home ownership. to families, communities and society at large.

Sakeeb Zaman, Co-Founder and CEO of StrideUp commented, “StrideUp’s mission is to create a more affordable and accessible way for first-time buyers to climb the housing ladder and it’s never been more relevant. With soaring property prices and constraints on traditional mortgages, deposits are often insufficient and at the same time people are spending more on rent and living expenses. With this new financing contract, StrideUp is particularly well placed to offer a real alternative. We are delighted to partner with investors who share our vision of building a fairer and more accessible housing market.

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Bray Wyatt says he’s not the kid in famous behind-the-scenes photo with Sting https://kr2k.com/bray-wyatt-says-hes-not-the-kid-in-famous-behind-the-scenes-photo-with-sting/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 21:18:36 +0000 https://kr2k.com/bray-wyatt-says-hes-not-the-kid-in-famous-behind-the-scenes-photo-with-sting/ The Bray Wyatt alum is finally setting the record straight about a behind-the-scenes photo of Sting that was long believed to feature himself and his brother. Windham Rotunda posted to Instagram Thursday to share the photo, which shows String with two young fans. For years, the two boys were believed to be Rotunda and his […]]]>

The Bray Wyatt alum is finally setting the record straight about a behind-the-scenes photo of Sting that was long believed to feature himself and his brother. Windham Rotunda posted to Instagram Thursday to share the photo, which shows String with two young fans. For years, the two boys were believed to be Rotunda and his brother Taylor, better known as Bo Dallas. However, Wyatt confirmed that while he had even signed the photo for fans in the past, it wasn’t him.

rotunda wrote:

“I never thought I would do this…But I’ve seen this picture apparently every time I’ve been checking my social media for years now. I’ve seen it on wrestling news sites , I even signed this photo for the fans. A good friend of mine sent me this TODAY, and he was far from the first to make the mistake. The truth is, I have no idea who those kids are, but I know for sure it’s not me or Taylor. It’s always been kind of a hilarious little joke to me, but today my curiosity got the better of me. As what do you say bowl cut bros…..are you there??Is this a fun little joke for you too?I think it’s high time you stepped in and took the blame on yourself deserves this cool pic of you and Stinger.

Rotunda has stopped wrestling since being released by WWE, although he took to Twitter late last month and said he was “ready now” and “it’s almost time”, which brought people to believe that he might return soon.

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Gang of billionaires bet against the richest politician in the country https://kr2k.com/gang-of-billionaires-bet-against-the-richest-politician-in-the-country/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 15:40:05 +0000 https://kr2k.com/gang-of-billionaires-bet-against-the-richest-politician-in-the-country/ Illinois Democratic Governor JB Pritzker. Getty Images A handful of billionaires, including Illinois’ richest person, a San Francisco crypto co-founder and a cousin, have spoken out against one of their own: Illinois Democratic Governor JB Pritzker. The Nov. 8 general election is still nearly six months away, but Illinois’ gubernatorial race is already shaping up […]]]>

A handful of billionaires, including Illinois’ richest person, a San Francisco crypto co-founder and a cousin, have spoken out against one of their own: Illinois Democratic Governor JB Pritzker.

The Nov. 8 general election is still nearly six months away, but Illinois’ gubernatorial race is already shaping up to be one of the most expensive in history. Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker and his six Republican challengers have raised a total of $206.3 million to date, nearly three-quarters of the state record $286.7 million raised by the 2018 Illinois gubernatorial candidates.

Pritzker, heir to the Chicago-based Hyatt hotel fortune and the nation’s richest politician (worth an estimated $3.6 billion, according to Forbes), self-funded his reelection efforts with $125 million in personal contributions. That’s nearly three-quarters of the record $171.5 million he gave to his 2018 campaign, surpassing Republican Bruce Rauner’s $57.8 million self-funding effort, a former capital executive. -investment. The lone Democratic challenger this time around, retired Army Maj. Beverly Miles, has yet to report any campaign contributions, according to Illinois State Board of Elections records.

Under Illinois law, when a candidate like Pritzker spends more than $250,000 on his own campaign, contribution limits are eliminated for his opponents, which helps explain the money lying around in the office. State at this time. With early voting already underway in the June 28 Republican gubernatorial primary in Illinois, three frontrunners in that primary have so far raised a total of $76.7 million. At least $55.4 million comes from eight other billionaires and their immediate family members.

Pritzker’s best-funded opponent and one of the Republican frontrunners has the backing of his longtime rival. The state’s richest person, Ken Griffin (estimated net worth $25.2 billion), founder and CEO of Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel, has spent $50 million on Aurora’s mayoral campaign , Illinois, Richard Irvin. Griffin donated $22.5 million to Pritzker’s opponent in 2018 and another $53.8 million to help defeat a tax hike proposed by the governor in 2020 (he reportedly called Pritzker a ” shameless master of personal tax evasion” in an email sent to Citadel employees at the time).

The “great-grandson of a slave and first in his family to graduate from college”, Irvin has attracted a number of other billionaire backers, portraying himself as a ‘tough on crime [former] prosecutor” who “balanced the budgets, [provided] tax relief and defeat[ed] the grassroots “Defund the Police” movement as mayor” of Aurora, according to its campaign website. Shirley Ryan, whose husband’s name, insurance magnate Patrick Ryan ($7.2 billion) adorns Northwestern’s football stadium and basketball arena, sent Irvin $250,000, while that Chicago-based real estate investment trust pioneer Sam Zell ($5.8 billion) shelled out another $100,000.

Irvin, a decorated veteran even received $5,150 from the governor’s cousin and the world’s only known transgender billionaire, Jennifer Pritzker ($2 billion). She also donated $249,000 to President Joe Biden in 2020, after donating more than $250,000 to committees supporting former President Donald Trump in 2016 (a veteran herself, Pritzker was a vocal opponent of the transgender military ban proposed by Trump in 2017).

In a statement emailed to Forbes, Jennifer Pritzker said, “I have immense respect for my cousin, JB and salute, in particular, his leadership in handling the pandemic, which has been a very difficult time for our state and our country. We value a good relationship, and that includes the freedom to disagree about certain things.

“But I am aligned with Richard Irvin on many key issues important to me, and I hope his bid for governor will help strengthen the two-party system in Illinois,” the governor’s cousin wrote. “Mr. Irvin is a supporter of unity and diversity, is the first African-American mayor of Illinois’ second-largest city, a decorated veteran, and a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility, growth economy and Second Amendment protection.His excellent public service record and professional credentials make him a very promising candidate for governor of Illinois.

Largely thanks to Griffin’s backing, Irvin has raised $53.1 million to date, more than four times as much as his closest GOP rival, a third-generation farmer and state senator. Darren Bailey, which raised $11.1 million. Of that total, $9 million comes from Richard Uihlein, the little-known CEO of family-run Wisconsin-based shipping and packaging materials company Uline, who has spent millions to elect far-right Republicans over the years. Bailey, who lists “voting integrity”, “pro-life” and “second amendment” as key issues on his campaign website, also likely benefited from Pritzker-funded television ads primarily targeting Irvin — the more moderate candidate likely seen as a bigger threat to the traditionally Democratic Illinois governor.

Barely a month ago, a joint Emerson College/WGN/The Hill Poll showed Irvin with a narrow 4% lead over Bailey in the Republican primary. And in a shocking turn of events, Irvin could now trail Bailey by up to 15%, according to a Chicago Sun-Times/WBEZ Poll released last Friday.

Chris Larsen ($3 billion), the San Francisco-based co-founder of blockchain and cryptocurrency firm Ripple, has paid $5 million to a third contestant, jesse sullivana farmer-turned-philanthropist and venture capitalist focused on emerging global economies, who has vowed to “turning Chicago into a hub for cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies.”

Larsen, who has supported Sullivan’s philanthropy and investment fund for more than six years, describes the candidate as “an incredible leader” and a “bridge builder to a more unified future.” According to Larsen, Sullivan is focused on technologies that can both solve the climate crisis and grow the economy, putting Chicago in [its] legitimate position as a leading global financial center by embracing fintech and crypto.

Sullivan, who has raised $12.5 million to date, also received $10,000 from David Duffield ($8.8 billion), the Nevada-based co-founder of software companies PeopleSoft and Workday, and his wife, as well as $25,000 from Dallas-based David Rees-Jones, the son of shale fracking pioneer Trevor Rees-Jones ($4.5 billion). Sullivan has consistently trailed the two top GOP candidates in the race by a wide margin in recent polls.

It will likely be difficult for any of these potential Republican challengers to unseat Pritzker in a state that skews the Democrat by a 13% margin, according to FiveThirtyEight. As late as January, survey by Victory Research showed the governor beating each of the GOP candidates by an average of 30%. But Pritzker may feel unusually vulnerable, with a net approval rating of just +8%, according to another poll by FiveThirtyEight in May, making him the nation’s 37th most popular governor on a partisan-adjusted basis.

While his opponents hammered Pritzker on the crime, the state of the economy didn’t help. Despite a recent upgrade in the government’s credit rating from BBB to BBB+, the rating agency S&P Global still ranked Illinois as the nation’s least creditworthy state as of May 23. Still, it’s an improvement; the state debt was rated two notches down to BBB- when Pritzker took office. According to a February report According to ratings agency Moody’s, “Illinois was one of four states or territories that lost residents over the past decade, and further losses are to be expected” as “tax issues continue to plague the state”.

Although the governor hasn’t received any billionaire contributions to date, that may be because he isn’t looking for one, having decided he can afford to go it alone. “I’m not aware that JB is looking for contributions,” says his cousin John Pritzker ($2.7 billion), one of 13 billionaires and immediate family members of billionaires who combined to donate a largely symbolic $805,000 to the governor’s 2018 campaign. “I could be wrong, and I would [donate] if he asked, but he didn’t. Other billionaire backers to Pritzker’s latest campaign include his cousin Karen Pritzker ($5.3 billion); Jerry Reinsdorf, co-owner of the Chicago Bulls and White Sox ($1.8 billion); and Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts, whose father, J. Joe Ricketts ($3.5 billion) started brokerage firm TD Ameritrade and donated $22.3 million to Trump and d other Republicans in 2020.

The governor has proven he’s willing to spend whatever it takes to win and he doesn’t seem to be expecting back-ups. Whether he ends up breaking his self-funding record from 2018 may hinge on whether Ken Griffin continues to write checks with his favorite candidate now trailing in the primary – and on the emergence of more billionaires to help. Griffin to reduce the Governor’s funding advance. With the general election over six months away, anything can happen.

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Berry growers say heavy rains spoil Oregon strawberries https://kr2k.com/berry-growers-say-heavy-rains-spoil-oregon-strawberries/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 00:48:13 +0000 https://kr2k.com/berry-growers-say-heavy-rains-spoil-oregon-strawberries/ South Barlow Berries, a pick-your-own farm in Canby, does not know how much additional damage its crops may suffer PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Willamette Valley berry growers can’t take a break. In 2021, the heat dome that pushed temperatures up to 116 degrees in some places toasted blackberries, puppets and raspberries on the vine at […]]]>

South Barlow Berries, a pick-your-own farm in Canby, does not know how much additional damage its crops may suffer

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Willamette Valley berry growers can’t take a break.

In 2021, the heat dome that pushed temperatures up to 116 degrees in some places toasted blackberries, puppets and raspberries on the vine at South Barlow Bays U-pick farm in Canby. This year, it’s the rain that spoils the strawberries.

“This weather is right, it’s not on our side,” said Tisa Orlov, who works on the farm. “It’s too muddy for self-pickers to even go there.”

The rain scares away their customers. And while the strawberries sit on the vine, waiting to be picked, they are damaged by the record rainfall.

Rain makes the berries soft and mushy. Some of them crack and fade. Tony Martishev, owner of the farm, said they almost looked like they were starting to rot and said it was “just disgusting”.

“It’s hard to sell the product when it’s like that because it has to be presentable,” he said.

It’s not just the rain, the lack of sun also has an impact on the berries. Orlov said customers commented on the strawberry flavors, saying they just weren’t as sweet as they should be. She said that’s because the berries need at least two good days of sunshine to reach their perfect level of sweetness.

Along with rain discouraging customers from picking their own berries and damaging berries on the vine, Martishev said the weather could also impact next year’s harvest. The soil is too saturated for him to plant the strawberries he has ordered for next year. He usually plants them in May, but at that rate they’ll be in the cooler until July or August and they might not even survive in the cooler that long.

Luckily, Marishev doesn’t expect the heavy rains to affect the cranberries — his blackberries, puppets and raspberries. He said they were just starting to form fruit and showed no signs of damage so far.

However, if it keeps raining like this, his farmhands won’t be able to put fungicides on the plants and he could end up losing a lot of berries later in the summer to mold.

South Barlow Berries suffered a significant loss of its cranberries in late June 2021. Marishev and Orlov said they still haven’t fully recovered financially. They applied for a forgivable loan through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Services Agency Disaster Assistance Program, but were denied.

Orlov explained that the application process takes the farm’s gross income from 2021 and compares it to previous years to determine her loss and whether she is eligible for financial assistance. She said South Barlow Berries didn’t make the cut.

She and Martishev hope they could still qualify if the requirements are adjusted and a second round of applications is accepted.

“I just don’t know how much longer I can hold this,” Martishev said. “Farmers, especially small farmers, they are choking and it hurts.”

As South Barlow Berries prepare for another hit of rain-soaked strawberries, they are still hoping people will support their business.

Orlov and Martishev said the berries, although a bit soft, are still great for canning and freezing. They would be excellent in syrups, jams and smoothies. Farmers don’t want to see their hard work go to waste.

“It’s muddy. I give all the customers all the credit for coming and supporting the local farmer,” Martishev said.

The farm occasionally offers day berry discounts to try to sell more produce. However, customers should expect berry prices to be higher in 2022 than they were in 2021. Like many other industries, Oregon farms are feeling the effects of inflation. Martishev said he needed to raise his prices to buy fuel for his farm vehicles and to pay his workers a fair wage.

While waiting for more customers to arrive, staff at South Barlow Berries will be monitoring the forecast, watching for the sun.

“I’ll cross my fingers,” Martishev said. Hopefully this weekend will be the last week of rain for a while.

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Relief for Families Struggling with Inflation and Gas Prices https://kr2k.com/relief-for-families-struggling-with-inflation-and-gas-prices/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 10:40:12 +0000 https://kr2k.com/relief-for-families-struggling-with-inflation-and-gas-prices/ Families in Monroe and Lenawee counties and across our state are facing the highest inflation in 40 years and gas prices that have soared to record highs. Inflation has a real and direct impact on people’s lives, as the costs of virtually everything rise faster than family budgets can keep up. From April 2021 to […]]]>

Families in Monroe and Lenawee counties and across our state are facing the highest inflation in 40 years and gas prices that have soared to record highs.

Inflation has a real and direct impact on people’s lives, as the costs of virtually everything rise faster than family budgets can keep up.

From April 2021 to April 2022, grocery prices increased by 10.8%, with prices for meat, poultry, fish and eggs increasing by 14.3%.

The summer barbecue is an illustration of the impact of inflation. Ground beef price increased 14.8%, bacon increased 17.7%, cheese cost 6.5% more, lettuce increased 12.7%, pickles increased 9, 3% and hamburger buns will cost 10% more this year.

At the same time, everyone from workers and seniors to schools and small businesses is feeling the pain of record gasoline prices.

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Mets could face failing angels without Pete Alonso https://kr2k.com/mets-could-face-failing-angels-without-pete-alonso/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 16:25:41 +0000 https://kr2k.com/mets-could-face-failing-angels-without-pete-alonso/ SAN DIEGO — The Mets led the majors in an assortment of categories through Wednesday, including runs scored (299), hits (525), on-base percentage (.334) and batting average (.263 ). Much to their dismay, they also led the majors in a far more painful category: hit batsmen. And as manager Buck Showalter grimly assessed, before their […]]]>

SAN DIEGO — The Mets led the majors in an assortment of categories through Wednesday, including runs scored (299), hits (525), on-base percentage (.334) and batting average (.263 ).

Much to their dismay, they also led the majors in a far more painful category: hit batsmen. And as manager Buck Showalter grimly assessed, before their San Diego streak ended in a 13-2 loss at the Padres on Wednesday, “We extended our lead.”

The Mets, who have the best record in the National League despite losing two of three to the Padres, will host Thursday’s single day in a 10-game, 11-day run through Southern California. The main reason is a day of healing for first baseman Pete Alonso (bruised right hand) and outfielder Starling Marte (aching left quad), who hope to avoid the injured list but remain day to day ahead of a series of weekend against the Los Angeles Angels spiral.

In Alonso’s case, additional time off could be warranted. The National League leader in games, home runs and RBI said ahead of Wednesday’s game that he hoped to avoid a repeat of the mistakes he made in the past trying to play with such an injury. Even if Alonso is absent, this weekend is preparing an ongoing study on the vagaries of baseball. The Mets continue to lose key players — Alonso, Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer — but are racking up wins. The Angels, despite the presence of two of the most sensational players in the game, Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout, are losing in record proportions.

On Tuesday, with the Angels buried under a 12-game losing streak at the time, the club fired manager Joe Maddon. Under Phil Nevin, the team’s interim manager, the Angels quickly lost a 13th straight game, setting a franchise mark for the longest single-season losing streak. Trout left the game with a groin injury.

Trout, which is considered day-to-day, did not participate in Wednesdays 1-0 loss in Boston, which pushed its record losing streak to 14 games.

The contrast between the franchises is stark, with the Mets flexing their resilience and proving the value of an expensive roster built on star power but also depth.

“I think you have to give a lot of credit not only to the team, but also to Billy Eppler, in the way he built the roster,” Mets outfielder Mark Canha said of the first-year general manager. of the club, who was one of many executives who took turns trying to shore up the Angels. “We feel incredibly deep and we can count on any of our guys to step in at any time and do a great job.”

Eppler, who interviewed Showalter for the Angels manager job in 2019, struggled for five seasons in Anaheim despite plenty of big-name talent. In his first winter at Queens, he immediately tried to correct a weakness in his new team, landing Canha and Eduardo Escobar, a pair of versatile players who can hit and play in multiple positions. The Mets signed those two, Marte and Scherzer in a November flurry before the Major League Baseball lockout.

In March, Eppler added more depth, trading for pitcher Chris Bassitt, a 2021 All-Star with Oakland. That deal seemed almost superfluous at the time, with Scherzer and deGrom at the top of the team’s rotation, but now it seems prophetic, as the Mets have had at least one healthy ace all season.

Those moves — a luxury of an almost unlimited payroll thanks to team owner Steven A. Cohen — helped fill the injury void and kept the Mets from collapsing.

A few games against the failing Angels could help wash away the bad taste left by the Padres series for the Mets, who were greatly relieved on Wednesday when imaging tests revealed no breaks or fractures for Alonso. He had left Tuesday’s game in the second inning when a 96-mph Yu Darvish pellet entered the meaty area above his little finger on a controlled swing.

Alonso, whose absence on Wednesday ended a streak of 151 consecutive games played, has been hit by a pitch seven times this season. The Mets overall have been hit 40 times, six more than the Baltimore Orioles and seven more than the Seattle Mariners. No other team in the majors has even had 30 batters hit this season.

“There’s no message going around the league to hit the Mets,” said Joe Musgrove, a San Diego starter who hasn’t faced them this week. “You have to understand that as pitchers, our job is to control the area on both sides of home plate. With the quality of this range you have to throw inside. If you’re afraid I’ll hit someone, or get pissed off, or get kicked out, it won’t work.

But with the frequency with which Alonso has been hit, injury has started to seem inevitable.

Canha said he recently told Jeremy Barnes, the team’s assistant hitting coach, that every time Alonso hits “and I see a ball go high, I wince because I scared for him, because I know they’re trying to get in”. his kitchen. But it’s just scary because of the number of times he’s not only been hit, but also in the head.

Alonso was one of three Mets hitters Darvish touched.

“I’ve never seen so many people get hit in the foot area with curveballs,” Showalter said. “I’m not just talking about grazing. I’m talking about being smoked. I’m sure someone can find a reason. But, unfortunately, we had a lot too.

Based on his own experience – he said he broke his left hand three times – Alonso intends to be patient. That bruise, he said, is reminiscent of the sprained right hand he tried to play last year before finally landing on the injured list in May. He said that he was a “shell” of himself then and that he didn’t want to come to this anymore.

“We have a chance to do something special, and I want to do my best,” Alonso said. “And if I go out there not feeling good, I won’t do this team justice because these guys work hard and I don’t want to be a weak link in the chain.”

So the Mets will be on the ice – in more ways than one – for Thursday’s day off. And while Alonso and Marte work on recovery and right-hander Tylor Megill prepares to come off the injured list and start Friday night’s game, Showalter said he will likely spend Thursday visiting members of the department Mets scouting as they hold meetings on the West Coast. in preparation for the amateur draft next month. The Mets own five of the top 100 picks, and the Eppler administration will have a chance to set a long-term course.

Showalter said he told himself he would “go over there and put my head in there” and see what happened.

“Just to have goldfish with them. Goldfish and peanuts, and go home,” he joked: the relaxing thoughts of a manager whose team continues to win regardless.

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