Houston’s in celebration mode as Astros fans welcome back their championship team! On Friday’s edition of Houston Matters, thousands are expected to turn out for today’s festivities in downtown Houston. We bring you live updates leading up to the parade.News 88.7’s Brien Straw joins us live from downtown Houston to describe the atmosphere, and News 88.7’s Florian Martin will check in with us from the parade route downtown. Then, Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse joins us in the studio along with Jeff Balke, our regular weekly sports commentator who writes for the Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. They discuss the last time Houston held a celebration of this magnitude around a huge sports win, the decision by HISD to cancel classes, how a championship impacts the attitudes of Houston sports fans and its players, and much more.Also this hour: We preview the National Women’s Conference. Our panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad And The Ugly of this week’s news. And we meet the longtime public address announcer for the Astros, Bob Ford.Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. 00:00 /61:41 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X
August 15, 2019
September 4, 2016 651 Views Federal Reserve Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee 2016-09-04 Seth Welborn After taking the month of August off, Congress is back in session this week with a hearing in a House Financial Services Committee subcommittee to examine the economic health of Federal Reserve Districts.A hearing titled “Federal Reserve Districts: Governance, Monetary Policy, and Economic Performance” in the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee will kick off on Wednesday, September 7, at 10 a.m. Eastern. Witnesses at the hearing will be Esther L. George, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; Robert G. Jones, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Old National BanCorp; Dr. Jeffrey M. Lacker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; and The Honorable William Spriggs, Chief Economist, AFL-CIO and Professor, Department of Economics, Howard University.According to the Committee Memorandum, “The hearing will examine the governance of the Federal Reserve Banks, and how it relates to the conduct of monetary policy and ultimately economic performance. The Federal Reserve System consists of a Board of Governors and twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks. Each Reserve Bank is responsible for a particular geographic area of the United States, and each one has its own board of nine directors. The Reserve Banks are responsible for a variety of functions, including operating a nationwide payments system, distributing the nation’s currency and coins, and, with authorization from the Board of Governors, provide financial assistance to solvent borrowers that could not secure adequate credit accommodations from other banking institutions.”Labor Market Conditions for August 2016, Federal Reserve—Wednesday, September 7, 10 a.m. ESTThe Fed is scheduled to release its labor market conditions index because of a dual mandate from Congress. This index is reported to go beyond looking at the unemployment rate and payroll jobs gains to provide a broad view of the labor market that the Fed watches for one of the two mandates, healthy job growth and low and stable inflation. This index at times can affect Fed policy, according to Bloomberg.The labor market conditions index summarizes a wide range of labor market indicators and Bloomberg notes that The Fed not only creates this index but also watches it for interpreting the health of the labor market.The labor market conditions index is by definition an index, meaning higher index numbers are positives and vice versa. The report focuses on the change in the index how strong a plus change or a negative change. A plus indicates improving labor market conditions. But there is extreme detail with 19 components. Subcomponent detail can be important says Bloomberg, depending on how many components are positive versus those that are negative. A key feature of this report is that it pulls together many labor market indicators into one place.The Fed will release this month’s index on Tuesday, September 6, at 10 a.m. Eastern.This week’s scheduleMonday, September 5, 2016Labor DayTuesday, September 6Black Knight Financial Services Mortgage Monitor for July 2016Labor Market Conditions for August 2016, Federal Reserve, 10 a.m. ESTWednesday, September 7Hearing entitled “Federal Reserve Districts: Governance, Monetary Policy, and Economic Performance,” House Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee, 10 a.m. ESTSunday, September 11 through Tuesday, September 1313th Annual Five Star Conference and Expo, Dallas, Texas in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Share The Week Ahead: Congress is Back in Session
August 9, 2019
Categories: Whiteford News 22Mar Rep. Whiteford announces April office hours State Rep. Mary Whiteford will meet with Allegan County residents during scheduled office hours next month.“It is the conversations I have locally that help me know what is working, what’s not, and what I can do to help,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I genuinely value the input, so I hope you’ll join me next month to share your thoughts!”Rep. Whiteford will be available Monday, April 22 at the following times and locations:10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Ransom Public Library, 180 S Sherwood Ave. in Plainwell; and12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Allegan Public Library, 331 Hubbard St. in Allegan.No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times, but would like an opportunity to talk with Rep. Whiteford may call her office at (517) 373-0836 or email MaryWhiteford@house.mi.gov.###
August 7, 2019
Spanish satellite operator Hispasat has secured new orbital rights at the 61° West position through its Hispamar Satellites Brazilian subsidiary.Hispamar has secured rights to Ku-band frequencies at 61° West for the next 15 years. The move followed an auction whereby Hispamar placed the winning bid of US$29.5 million for frequency rights from Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency Anatel.According to Hispasat, 55.6% of its group profits were made in the Americas last year, with the Latin American satellite market predicted to grow at a rate of 5.7% per annum for the next five years.