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Reforming Fannie and Freddie

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago July 18, 2019 2,983 Views Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac 2019-07-18 Seth Welborn Tagged with: Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Home / Daily Dose / Reforming Fannie and Freddie Previous: Housing’s Impact on Economic Growth Next: Americans are Investing Real Estate in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Subscribe The Trump administration’s plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may not be published until September. Reuters reports that the U.S. Treasury is dealing with several other issues, putting the plan for the GSEs on hold for now. According to Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) Director Mark Calabria, he hopes Fannie and Freddie will have exited, or will be ready to exit, conservatorship before his term ends in 2024. Calabria told Reuters that he is not operating toward a hard deadline.“That’s my time horizon,” he said. “I’m under no expectation to try to get all this done. … So if in four years, nine months they’re not out of conservatorship, I’m not pushing them out.”Calabria stated that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is currently “juggling a number of balls,” while Craig Phillips, Mnuchin’s adviser who had been closely involved in the reform plan, also left in June.Additionally, Calabria stated that the Treasury will back some form of government guarantee for Fannie and Freddie in the report, and notes that the government does not have forever to overhaul them and needs to progress while the housing market remains stable.“The market looks pretty strong now, so that to me is the time when we want to make real repairs,” he said.Earlier this year, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a hearing on Tuesday titled “Should Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be Designated as Systemically Important Financial Institutions?” In his opening statement, Committee Chairman Mike Crapo discussed the importance of reevaluating the GSE’s place in the mortgage market, noting FHFA Director Mark Calabria’s push to end the conservatorship of Fannie and Freddie.“In recent weeks, FHFA Director Mark Calabria has repeatedly stated, quoting President Kennedy, that ‘the time to repair the roof is not in the middle of a downpour but when the sun is shining,’” said Crapo in his opening statement. “I agree with this sentiment. We have a key opportunity right now, while the sun shines on our economy and mortgage markets are healthy, to put our housing finance system on a durable, sustainable course that can withstand any market cycle.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Reforming Fannie and Freddielast_img read more

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Gardai in Donegal urge people not to travel unless essential

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ Twitter Pinterest Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further WhatsApp Previous articleParty leaders meet today to discuss six week lockdownNext articleMagee’s beaten in Quarter Finals of Denmark Open News Highland center_img Gardai in Donegal urge people not to travel unless essential Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Gardai in Donegal are asking people to rethink their journeys, not to travel unless essential and not to leave the county.They are also appealing to those providing accommodation and food services, to adhere to the public health guidelines and regulations during level 4.Such services – under the current measures – are to be provided to guests travelling for essential non-social and non-tourist purposes only.Gardai say they will be liaising with accommodation and food service providers in Donegal in respect of compliance with guidelines and regulations.Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn said, “I am appealing to the public to remain within their county as per the regulations which are now in place. We must confine our movements to essential journeys only. I am also reminding accommodation operators including caravan parks and hotels that accommodation services should be provided for essential accommodation purposes only in line with the current guidelines”.”We are appealing to the public to assist us and their communities in driving down the numbers of Covid-19 cases. We can do this by abiding by the new Level 4 restrictions, washing our hands, keeping our distance from people, and wearing a face covering”.Gardai say a graduated policing response will be adopted to ensure individuals comply with the Government’s temporary restrictions, by implementing the three-step escalating principles of Engage, Explain and Encourage. Enforcement will be implemented as a last resort. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp By News Highland – October 17, 2020 Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Google+last_img read more

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Trump issues Brazil travel ban due to COVID-19

first_imgiStockBy: JON HAWORTH, MEREDITH DELISO and ROSA SANCHEZ, ABC News (NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 342,000 people worldwide.More than 5.3 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States is the worst-affected country in the world, with more than 1.6 million diagnosed cases and at least 97,599 deaths.Here’s how the news developed Sunday. All times Eastern:9:47 p.m.: Churches continue to reopen under new guidelinesChurches across the country are continuing to reopen as states relax their stay-at-home guidelines.In New Hampshire, the Diocese of Manchester resumed holy communion at some churches this weekend, though mass continues to be livestreamed. At St. Joseph Cathedral, attendees followed social distancing rules and priests sanitized their hands in between delivering communion.“We’re doing everything we can to be as responsible and to be in union with the wisest decisions that are being made,” Bishop Peter Libasci told Manchester ABC affiliate WMUR-TV.Some Kentucky parishioners had to register to attend church this weekend, with clear-cut social distancing guidelines. Capacity at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Shively, Kentucky, was limited to 125 worshipers.Churches are also set to reopen soon in Jefferson County, Alabama, but concerns about the virus remain.“There have been a number of pastors that have died, a number of individuals who have come to church innocently just wanting to worship and contracting the virus, and so we are really airing in the side of safety,” Bishop Van Moody told Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA-TV. “The health and safety of our community and our spiritual family is the most important.”6:17 p.m.: Trump announces Brazil travel banAs cases in Brazil continue to rise, President Donald Trump has announced a new ban on travel from Brazil to the United States.“I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States,” Trump said in making the proclamation.Earlier Sunday, Brazil surpassed Russia in the total number of COVID-19 cases. John Hopkins University reports that cases in Brazil have reached 347,398, topping Russia’s total of 344,481.The jump gives Brazil the second-highest number of confirmed cases globally, behind only the United States.5:42 p.m.: Chinese foreign minister warns of ‘political virus’ in USChinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday there was a “political virus” in the United States, and called on the two world powers to work together to fight the coronavirus.Yi made the comments at a news conference during the National People’s Congress in Beijing.“This political virus is using every opportunity to attack and discredit China,” Yi said, according to a transcript of the press briefing provided by CCTV. “Some politicians have ignored the most basic facts and made too many lies, while plotting too many conspiracies against China.”Yi said that the U.S. and China need to learn from each other and “help each other in the fight” against COVID-19.Yi’s comments come as tensions related to the pandemic continue to build between the two countries. Last week, Peter Navarro, one of President Donald Trump’s top economic advisers, accused China of hiding the coronavirus from the world.Trump also threatened to reconsider the U.S.’s membership in the World Health Organization last week over the organization’s handling of the virus in China.2:30 p.m.: 107 COVID-19 cases linked to Frankfurt churchAt least 107 COVID-19 cases have been traced to a Frankfurt church, German officials said Sunday.The cases are linked to the Baptist congregation and health authorities are looking to identity people who may be asked to quarantine to stop further transmission, the health minister for the German state of Hesse, Kai Klose, said in a statement.Germany has more than 180,000 cases of COVID-19 and at least 8,283 deaths. The country started loosening restrictions about a month ago and churches in several states reopened in early May.12:50 p.m.: New York sports teams can train againNew York professional sports leagues can begin spring training, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday.That includes teams and athletes part of MLB, the NBA, WNBA, NFL, NHL, U.S. Tennis Association and Major League Soccer.The teams must follow appropriate health protocols, the governor said.Last week, Cuomo encouraged major sports teams in the state to reopen without fans, a point he repeated at Sunday’s daily press briefing.“I believe sports can come back without having people in the stadium and in the arena,” Cuomo said. “Work out the economics if you can. We want people to be able to watch sports, to the extent people are staying home. It gives people something to do and is a return to normalcy.”Most live sports have been shut down since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last Sunday, NASCAR held its first race since lockdown measures began in South Carolina.New York continues to reopen its economy this week. Campgrounds can reopen on Monday, followed by veterinarian offices on Tuesday, Cuomo said.The mid-Hudson region and Long Island are still on track to reopen Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, the governor said.There were 109 daily deaths in the state from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, Cuomo said Sunday.9:20 a.m.: Success of reopening will depend on following guidance, Birx saysDr. Deborah Birx, one of the leaders of the government’s response to the virus, pinned the success of reopening efforts on the public’s ability to follow the direction of public health experts.“I think it’s our job as public health officials, every day to be informing the public that what puts them at risk,” said Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday. “We’ve learned a lot about this virus, but we now need to translate that learning into real change behavior that stays with us so we can continue to drive down the number of cases.”“This only works if we all follow the guidelines and protect one another,” Birx continued.“You can go to the beaches if you stay 6 feet apart,” she said. “But remember that is your space, and that is the space you need to protect to ensure you are socially distancing for others.”9:05 a.m.: Coronavirus ‘is not yet contained,’ FDA commissioner saysAs states begin to open up during Memorial Day weekend, the FDA commissioner reminded the public to continue to protect themselves from exposure to the coronavirus.“I again remind everyone that the coronavirus is not yet contained,” Dr. Stephen Hahn said in a Twitter post on Sunday morning. “It is up to every individual to protect themselves and their community. Social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks protect us all.”6:15 a.m.: Scientist claims COVID-19 ‘disappearing’ so fast, Oxford vaccine has ‘only 50% chance of working’The professor co-leading the vaccine development says the virus is disappearing so quickly in Britain, the vaccine trial being run by Oxford University only has a 50% chance of success.The trial depends on having enough vaccinated people to essentially go out into the wild and catch the virus in order for the vaccine to be tested.Earlier in the year when the infection rate was much higher, researchers expected an 80% chance of an effective vaccine. That’s now dropped to 50% according to Professor Adrian Hill.“It’s a race against the virus disappearing, and against time”, Hill told the Telegraph newspaper in the U.K. “At the moment, there’s a 50% chance that we get no result at all.”The experimental vaccine, known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, is one of the front-runners in the global race to provide protection against the new coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic.Hill’s team began early-stage human trials of the vaccine in April, making it one of only a handful to have reached that milestone.6:00 a.m.: Brazil passes Russia, now has second most confirmed cases globallyBrazil has now surpassed Russia with a total number of confirmed cases standing at 347, 398. That’s up 16,508 from the previous figure, according to Johns Hopkins University.Russia on Sunday reported their updated figure at a total of 344,481.Brazil now stands as having the second most confirmed cases globally, with the current number likely to rise even higher once newer figures are reported.4:51 a.m.: Michigan and Missouri announce change in reporting of COVID-19 testing dataThe state of Michigan announced that they would be changing the way they report COVID-19 testing data by separating the results of diagnostic tests and serology tests.The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that “the change makes the data more accurate and relevant as the state continues to expand diagnostic testing to help slow and contain the spread of COVID-19. The update to the website separates out the results of two different types of tests – serology and diagnostic. Michigan – along with some other states – has not separated data for diagnostic and serology tests. Data on serology testing – also known as antibody testing – is separated from the other testing numbers. Currently, serology testing can be used to help determine whether someone has ever had COVID-19, while traditional viral diagnostic tests determine if someone has active disease.”“Diagnostic tests are most helpful in tracking the spread of COVID-19 since they can show the number of people who currently have the COVID-19 virus. Serology tests are still being studied regarding their utility. They are currently most helpful in understanding how much a community may have been exposed to the disease. However, it is unknown if the presence of an antibody truly means someone is immune to COVID-19, and if so, for how long. Results of antibody tests should not change decisions on whether an individual should return to work, or if they should quarantine based on exposure to someone with the disease. Approximately 12 percent of Michigan’s tests overall have been serology tests; about 60 percent of those have been from the past nine days,” the statement read.Meanwhile, Missouri also announced their own changes regarding their reporting of COVID-19 cases.“The Governor calls on us as public servants to get better every day,” said Dr. Randall Williams, director of Missouri’s DHSS. “As we continue to learn more about this virus and new tests emerge, we will continue providing better data with greater clarity and transparency to help Missourians make the best decisions for their health care possible.”According to a statement released by Missouri’s DHSS, some key changes in the data will include:•A change in the percent positivity rate. The percent positivity rate was previously calculated as the number of positive COVID-19 cases divided by the total number of tests completed. The new calculation is the number of positive cases divided by the number of people tested (not the number of tests done). These changes will increase the rate of positive cases as reported through the dashboard. This is because each positive individual may have multiple tests done, increasing the size of the denominator (the number of tests) but not the numerator (number of confirmed COVID-19 cases). The previously-reported rate cannot be compared to the current rate.•The tests performed by day will include PCR tests only, which indicates only if a person has an active COVID-19 case. Numbers will have decreased from previous days’ reporting because DHSS is no longer including people who received only serology tests.•Given the marked increase in serology testing, DHSS is now reporting separate information on serology which is collected through a blood test to determine if a person has previously been infected and has formed antibodies against the virus.2:37 a.m.: Wuhan lab director calls virus leak claims ‘pure fabrication’Claims that the global coronavirus pandemic originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the central Chinese city are a “pure fabrication,” the institute’s director said.Wang Yanyi said the institute did not have any knowledge before that “nor had we ever encountered, researched or kept the virus. In fact, like everyone else, we didn’t even know the virus existed. How could it have leaked from our lab when we never had it?”Wang Yanyi continued: “Many people might misunderstand that since our institute reported the RaTG-13’s genome similarity to SARS-CoV-2, we must have the RaTG-13 virus in our lab. In fact, that’s not the case. When we were sequencing the genes of this bat virus sample, we got the genome sequence of the RaTG-13 but we didn’t isolate nor obtain the live virus of RaTG-13. Thus, there is no possibility of us leaking RaTG-13.”8:58 p.m.: Minnesota’s governor allows places of worship to openMinnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that starting Wednesday, he will allow places of worship to reopen at 25% capacity if they adhere to social distancing and other public health guidelines.Walz also announced that COVID-19 cases are still climbing and may not reach the peak until summer.The state’s health commissioner said there was an increase of 847 positive coronavirus cases Friday — the highest daily total. There have been 19,845 positive cases in the state thus far.ABC News’ Adam Kelsey and Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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New species in the old world: Europe as a frontier in biodiversity exploration, a test bed for 21st century taxonomy

first_imgThe number of described species on the planet is about 1.9 million, with ca. 17,000 new species described annually, mostly from the tropics. However, taxonomy is usually described as a science in crisis, lacking manpower and funding, a politically acknowledged problem known as the Taxonomic Impediment. Using data from the Fauna Europaea database and the Zoological Record, we show that contrary to general belief, developed and heavily-studied parts of the world are important reservoirs of unknown species. In Europe, new species of multicellular terrestrial and freshwater animals are being discovered and named at an unprecedented rate: since the 1950s, more than 770 new species are on average described each year from Europe, which add to the 125,000 terrestrial and freshwater multicellular species already known in this region. There is no sign of having reached a plateau that would allow for the assessment of the magnitude of European biodiversity. More remarkably, 1over 60% of these new species are described by non-professional taxonomists. Amateurs are recognized as an essential part of the workforce in ecology and astronomy, but the magnitude of non-professional taxonomist contributions to alpha-taxonomy has not been fully realized until now. Our results stress the importance of developing a system that better supports and guides this formidable workforce, as we seek to overcome the Taxonomic Impediment and speed up the process of describing the planetary biodiversity before it is too late.last_img read more

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Oxford scientist raises money for Alzheimer’s research

first_imgA research assistant from Oxford University’s Translational Neuroscience and Dementia Research Group will take place in a thirty-hour endurance event early next month to raise money for investigating potential cures for Alzheimer’s disease.Dr Francesca Nicholls, 31, is currently involved in research which transforms the hair and skin cells of Alzheimer’s sufferers into nerve cells in order to test new treatments. The research is funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, a charity founded in 1992 by private benefactors concerned about the lack of treatment for the condition.‘Race the Tide’ is organised by Alzheimer’s Research UK and will take place between 10th and 11th September. It is a trek along St Cuthebert’s Way, the medieval walkway running from Melrose, Scotland to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, which is only accessible during low tide. The course is over 100km long, made more difficult by the hilly terrain. With hundreds of participants, the event is expected to raise tens of thousands to fight the degenerative disease.Dr Nicholls’ has begun training for the hike by walking through the Oxfordshire countryside, although admits that walking for over twenty-four hours may be something of a challenge. She is hoping to exceed her initial fundraising target of £800 as local media has raised the profile of her campaign.More than 850,000 people in the UK suffer from dementia. Although the majority of them are over 65, roughly 40,000 people under that age are victims of early onset Alzheimer’s. There is currently no cure for the disease, but drugs delaying or reducing its symptoms are being developed in increasing numbers. A greater awareness of the disease has also led to better personal care and an increased focus on counselling for suffers and their familiesTo donate or find out more about Dr Nicholls’ fundraising campaign visit justgiving.com/fundraising/FrancescaJNicholls.last_img read more

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TRUMP IS ALL TALK

first_imgMaking Sense by Michael ReaganDonald Trump is the first talk radio candidate.Everything he says on the primary trail sounds just like what you can hear on conservative talk radio every day.When he’s riffing about the failures of the political class in Washington, calling for an end to birthright citizenship or handling a media heckler like Jorge Ramos at a press conference, Trump is talking straight to the hearts and minds of the talk radio demographic.He’s not much of a conservative, or much of a Republican, for that matter.But as Trump forces many of the other timid GOP candidates to address subjects they’re otherwise too scared to address, he’s echoing what millions of conservative talk-show listeners have been yelling about for decades.I know. I used to be one of those talk show guys. I’ve heard what the silent majority yells and bitches at their radios about.Trump is an entertaining showman. Though he’d hate to admit it, he’s also a natural-born politician.He might not be likable. But he knows how to relate to and communicate with his constituents. All he needs are catchy slogans, half-finished sentences, quips and shrugs.The Donald is authentic all right — to a fault. But because he’s immune to criticism from the media or other politicians, as a candidate he has it easy.Like any conservative talk show host, he can say any wild-and-crazy thing about immigration or the Iran nuclear deal he likes without paying a political penalty or having to explain his sketchy policy ideas.For example, he can promise us over and over that the first thing he’ll do as President Trump is build a 1,900-mile wall to stop the illegals coming in from Mexico.But the wall is the simple part. Every conservative talk radio guy in North American has been calling for a strong southern border wall for years.But what would President Trump do about the 12 million illegal immigrants already living in the U.S.? And what about the millions of illegals who didn’t wade across the Rio Grande to get here?Studies say as many as 50 percent of them came here legally but then overstayed their tourist or student visas and never left. More than 10 percent came from Asia.That “Great Trump Wall” he’ll build on the Mexican border won’t stop those kinds of “unauthorized” guests, no matter how tall it is.It’d be nice if Trump — or any of the genuine conservative Republican candidates — had a few smart ideas about fixing our horrible legal immigration system.With its long wait times, Soviet-style paperwork, high legal costs and politicized selection process, it’s the epitome of a Big Government bureaucracy.Last I heard, conservatives were supposed to be against such things.Meanwhile, a one-man party like Trump will not be able to fix immigration, legal or illegal.It’s going to take a “boring” career politician like John Kasich, Rick Perry, Chris Christie or Jeb Bush to accomplish that and everything else Trump is talking about doing in Washington to “make America great again.”As Republican governors, Perry, Kasich, Christie and Bush have proven track records. Perry and Kasich have done all the right conservative things in Texas and Ohio.They’ve cut taxes, cut back government and created new jobs by encouraging economic growth. Poor Perry did all three, plus he dealt with the border and hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants.Trump has many accomplishments. He’s a fabulous negotiator and builder. He’s also stirring up Republican primary politics-as-usual in a beneficial way.It’s really great that he’s not afraid to say what a lot of conservatives in the country want to hear him say.But as any talk radio guy can tell you, saying something and getting something done are two different things.What Perry and the other governors actually have accomplished in their states is what Trump can only espouse and promise if, by some miracle, he gets to Washington.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Smart Phone Challenged

first_imgPETE DeMATTEO To the Editor:I’m 56 and I don’t want nor can I afford a Smart Phone. Therefore, I am excluded from utilizing both Uber and Lyft patronization because I am thought of as being technologically challenged. I’ve contacted the elitist CEO’s of these companies by mail, sitting out under the palm trees in some palm-laden Southern California dream town, bone-thin and all of them wearing borderline adolescent pullover t-shirts to work. Some subordinate of theirs gets back to me and says that it’s ‘impossible’ to create an option where you can call for an Uber or Lyft on an old-fashioned land line or basic cellular. If Mr. Cuseglio could expand his old-fashioned cab company to be able to include the utilization of these cursed smart phones, he may very well be able to save himself from bankruptcy. Although we got in an ordered a local cab at Newark Liberty and the door wouldn’t even open, my belongings spilled throughout the cab upon doing so and the gray bearded gentleman, who was a relief after being in South Florida and played WQXR remained stoic throughout the ordeal, being excluded and unable to contact someone driving a swanky Lincoln or a Suburu at least, was degrading! Traveling around Bayonne is one thing, but going to an airport in an old jalopy and being overcharged simply because I’m technologically challenged is ageism at its profoundest. last_img read more

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David Gilmour To Auction Off 100+ Guitars, Including Stratocaster Played On Classic Pink Floyd Recordings

first_imgPopular rock guitarist David Gilmour is emotionally (and financially) preparing to part ways with over 100 guitars from his personal collection this summer. The former Pink Floyd member will sell 120 guitars at a public auction at Christie’s in New York City on June 20th, with sales proceeds going to benefit charitable causes. Some of the guitars included in the enormous mix of instruments to be sold as part of “The David Gilmour Guitar Collection,” include a prized selection of his trademark instruments which were played on classic Pink Floyd albums back in the 1970s and 80s.Gilmore will sell his 1969 black Fender Stratocaster which was played while recording Pink Floyd hits including “Money”, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, and “Comfortably Numb”. Other highly sought-after axes to be sold in the collection include a 1954 white Stratocaster with a serial number #0001 which was played on “Another Brick In The Wall (Parts Two and Three)”; A candy apple red 1984 Stratocaster 57V used during the recordings of 1987’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason, and 1994’s The Division Bell; A 1969 D-35 Martin which became his main acoustic guitar for studio work; And a 12-string which Gilmour used to write the main riff on “Wish You Were Here”. The black Strat alone is expected to sell for an estimated $100,000 and $150,000.Pink Floyd – “Wish You Were Here”[Video: chartrand]“These guitars have been very good to me,” Gilmour told Rolling Stone to go with Tuesday’s announcement. “They’re my friends. They have given me lots of music. I just think it’s time that they went off and served someone else. I have had my time with them. And of course the money that they will raise will do an enormous amount of good in the world, and that is my intention.”Related: Green Day To Sell Career-Spanning Instrument Collection, Including Live Gear Used At Woodstock ’94“By auctioning these guitars, I hope that I can give some help where it is really needed and through my charitable foundation do some good in this world,” Gilmour continued. “It will be a wrench to see them go and perhaps one day I’ll have to track one or two of them down and buy them back!”The collection will initially launch at Christie’s showroom in London starting on March 27th and running until March 31st. From there, the collection will head to Los Angeles (May 7th-11th) before arriving in New York for display on June 14th-19th ahead of the June 20th auction.It will certainly be interesting to hear what the total earnings of the auction will end up being, considering Gilmour’s elite status as an influential guitarist during the prime years of rock in America back in the 1970s and 80s. It’s worth pointing out that Jerry Garcia‘s famous “Wolf” guitar sold at auction for a mind-blowing record of $3.2 Million in 2017.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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The Long Shrift Director James Franco Gets Love From Chris O’Dowd on Opening Night!

first_img Star Files Ally Sheedy, Scott Haze and the cast of off-Broadway’s The Long Shrift celebrated their official opening night on July 13—and director James Franco brought along a special friend to cheer him on: His Of Mice and Men co-star Chris O’Dowd! The Long Shrift tells the story of Richard Singer (Haze), a dorky teenage boy who is accused and thrown in jail for rape, tearing his parents apart—nine years later, he is released from jail and his accuser is back in his life. Check out these Hot Shots of the casts of The Long Shrift and Of Mice and Men celebrating together, then see Robert Boswell’s new drama at the Rattlestick Theatre! Related Shows View Comments James Franco Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 Of Mice and Menlast_img read more

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The Fans Have Spoken! Readers Reveal Who They’re Rooting For on Tony Nom Day

first_img Star Files LAURA MICHELLE KELLY (FINDING NEVERLAND) MATTHEW MORRISON (FINDING NEVERLAND) Kristin Chenoweth BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES (SOMETHING ROTTEN!) SYDNEY LUCAS (FUN HOME) ALEX SHARP (THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME) LISA HOWARD (IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU)center_img KRISTIN CHENOWETH (ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY) It’s almost time for the most exciting day of the year: Tony nomination day! The Broadway.com editorial staff will be up bright and early on April 28 (with the help of lots of caffeine) to bring you all of the latest updates and celebrate with the stars. But first, we asked Broadway fans to rank the actors they’ll be rooting for on Tony nomination morning on Culturalist. The results are in—here are the stars who came out on top! View Comments CHRISTIAN BORLE (SOMETHING ROTTEN!) SIERRA BOGGESS (IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU) KELLI O’HARA (THE KING AND I)last_img read more

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