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Patenaude Has Nomination Hearing, Rumors of Otting’s Nomination Confirmed

first_img Pamela Patenaude, current President of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, appeared before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs for her nomination hearing Monday. Originally, Patenaude was being considered for the position of HUD Secretary, later given to Ben Carson. As Deputy Secretary of HUD, Patenaude will be charged with the Department’s mission to promote safe and affordable housing across the nation while managing HUD’s day-to-day operations.According to the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for America’s Families leadership page, Patenaude served as assistant deputy secretary for field policy and management at HUD. As its assistant secretary for the community, planning, and development, she administered more than $8 billion in housing and community development funds and managed $17 billion in disaster recovery funds for the Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts.“As Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management, I helped restructure HUD’s critical field operations and developed a comprehensive training curriculum on HUD programs and policies for Regional and Field Office Directors,” Patenaude said in her hearing on the nomination. “I also played an instrumental role in the development of HUD’s five-year Strategic Plan. More importantly, I worked hand in hand with the dedicated men and women of HUD who are closest to the people the department serves.”Patenaude believes that her career in housing at the local, state and federal levels of government has broadened her views of America’s housing policies as well as helped her understand the factors that contribute to the success and failures of well-intended programs.“As Matthew Desmond articulated in his Pulitzer Prize winning book Evicted, “we have failed to fully appreciate how deeply housing is implicated in the creation of poverty,”’ Patenaude said. “Dr. Desmond believes that, “powerful solutions are within our collective reach.” I agree with Dr. Desmond and believe that as a nation, we must recognize that housing is not just a commodity but a foundation for economic mobility and personal growth.”U.S. Senator Mile Crapo, Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs delivered the remarks at the full committee hearing on the nomination.“I look forward to working with Ms. Patenaude, if confirmed again, on opportunities to improve the efficiency of HUD programs, reduce regulatory burdens on local housing authorities, leverage more private capital, empower local decision-making, encourage self-sufficiency and address comprehensive housing finance reform,” Crapo said.Less than 24 hours earlier, President Trump confirmed the rumors of his intention to nominate Joseph Otting, formerly President and CEO of OneWest Bank N.A, as the Comptroller of the Currency at the Department of the Treasury.“Mr. Otting previously served as President and CEO of OneWest Bank N.A and Vice Chairman of U.S. Bancorp,” a White House Press Office document announced on behalf of President Trump. “Mr. Otting holds a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and is a graduate of the School of Credit and Financial Management at Dartmouth College.”If confirmed, Otting would replace Thomas Curry, whose term expires next month. 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To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: and Urban Affairs Department of Housing and Urban Development HOUSING J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families Senate Committee on Banking White Houselast_img read more

Fundraiser to be held for elderly family who were victims of robbery in Clady

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Google+ Fundraiser to be held for elderly family who were victims of robbery in Clady RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Pinterestcenter_img Previous articleDonegal has highest rate of raw sewage pumped into the sea and riversNext articleCllr claims coastal erosion could affect Donegal airport runway News Highland Pinterest Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – December 12, 2014 A fundraiser is to be held tonight for four elderly siblings who were the victims of a robbery near Clady three weeks ago.Ethna, Kathleen, James and Sam Spruole were in their rural home on Tullymoan Road when four masked men entered the farmyard.One of them wrestled one of the brothers to the ground, and then three of the men picked up a grape hoe and entered the house. The intruders got off with a small amount of money.The idea for the event, to be held in Christie’s Bar, came about following a discussion on Facebook. One of those helping organising the evening is Tommy Forbes:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/tom1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Kootenay Martial Arts hosts second highest ranked woman on planet in Taekwondo

first_imgIt’s seemed like only yesterday that Sr. Grand Master Edward B. Sell and his lovely wife Brenda were sitting in the Nelson Covenant Church basement on Stanley Street eager to test members of the Kootenay Martial Arts School.More than 20 years later, Kootenay Martial Arts, under the guidance of the Sells and the U.S. Chung Do Kwan Association, has grown into a dominant fixture of Taekwondo in BC.And what better way to recognize the achievements than to have Kootenay Martial Arts Senior Instructor Dean Seminoff host Sr. Grandmaster Brenda J. Sell during upcoming testing beginning Thursday at Trafalgar Middle School.“Grand Master (Brenda) Sell is a 9th Dan black belt and the second highest ranked woman on the planet in Taekwondo,” said Kootenay Martial Arts Master Dean Siminoff. “She is in Nelson to test 11 new black belts, members of KMA which is beginning its 16th consecutive year of teaching the best in martial arts.”The fact that Sell is going to be at the weekend celebration is nothing short of a miracle.After losing husband Edward to cancer after 41 years of marriage, as well as experiencing a host of other personal setbacks, Sell was diagnosed with breast cancer.“My first reaction was not to have treatment,” she said.However, following careful thought Sell decided to fight this disease head on.“When I made the decision to fight, I knew I must focus on my faith,” Sell explained. “Faith sees beyond your circumstances and has focus on the outcome — going through the process.”“I never saw myself as a victim or gave into feeling sorry for myself,” Sell added. “I made a decision to see myself well, to do things I knew were important to coming out of this and protecting my faith.”Sell turned to exercise, which helped during the grief and treatment of breast cancer. At times, it was difficult to keep going, but Sell knew giving up was “not” an option.At one stage during chemotherapy she became seriously ill.Doctors explained how close Sell came to losing her battle.“Doctors told me, “if it has not been for my physical condition of your body from Taekwondo training, you would have died”,’ she said.Kootenay Martial Arts, with its main Dojang in Nelson along with sister facilities in South Slocan and Castlegar, is part of the U.S. Chung Do Kwan Association — a leader in modern Taekwondo for the past 50 years.This Christian influence of the school helps people develop spiritually as well as physically and mentally.Thursday, the Kootenay Martial Arts hosts its’ “Best of the Best” Student Black Belt Graduation at Trafalgar Middle School Gymnasium.GM Sell will be present to oversee much of the testing.Friday, it’s Women of Strength and Resilience at the Covenant Church on Stanley Street.This is an evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., of sharing with local women as well as GM Sell sharing their personal life journeys.It’s been a long time since Siminoff, a 6th degree Black Belt, founded the school in the Nelson area.During this time, the school has promoted more than 100 Black Belts to first Dan.Thursday adds a few more to the KMA achieves..last_img read more

CLASSY ILLUMINANT COMES BACK RUNNING AND WINS $75,000 WISHING WELL STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT; TRAINED BY MCCARTHY, SHE GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:12.27

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2017)–Classy Illuminant, idle since May 30, returned to the races with her running shoes on Friday at Santa Anita, as she took the $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths under Flavien Prat while covering 6 ½ furlongs down the Camino Real Turf Course in 1:12.27.  Trained by Michael McCarthy, she was last seen winning Santa Anita’s Grade I Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf May 30.“Even though she didn’t run that well down the hill the last time she tried it (fourth, beaten one length in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes on Jan. 3, 2016), she did it pretty easily today,” said Prat.  “She had trained well and we had a good pace…She galloped out pretty good as well.”A comfortable third behind dueling leaders Kera Kera and Paquita Coqueta (ridden by brothers, Scott and Gary Stevens) a quarter mile out, Illuminant swung three deep at the dirt crossing turning for home and in a flash, the Wishing Well was over as she easily motored to the lead.Off at even money in a field of seven older fillies and mares, Iluminant paid $4.20, $2.60 and $2.40.  Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Head of Plains Partners, LLC and SF Racing, LLC, Illuminant, a 5-year-old mare by Quality Road, improved her overall mark to 12-5-2-1.  With the winner’s share of $46,260, she increased her earnings to $413,910.“The way it set up, it kinda went the way we had planned,” said McCarthy.  “She’s a quality mare.  There were some decent fillies in there, but I’m not surprised she got bet down.  She’d been training like she was well-meant.”With sizzling splits to run at, Prize Exhibit, who was next to last at the quarter pole, put in her customary burst to finish second, a half length in front of Miss Double d’Oro, who ran on from last.  Ridden by Mike Smith, Prize Exhibit was off at 7-2 and paid $2.80 and $2.60.Off at 8-1 with Santiago Gonzalez, Miss Double d’Oro paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.09, 42.94 and 1:06.07.Special early first post time tomorrow, Santa Anita Handicap Day, is at 12 noon.  Admission gates open at 10 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

Thursday’s Chelsea quiz

first_imgVictor Moses was Chelsea’s hero on Wednesday night when his last-gasp goal secured a Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk. How much do you know about the talented forward? See how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-55]See also:Moses the hero in dramatic Chelsea win 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sharks’ Joe Pavelski takes another step toward a return

first_imgDENVER — Joe Pavelski took another step toward a return to the lineup as he participated in the Sharks’ morning skate at Pepsi Center on Monday, marking the first time had been on the ice with his teammates in nearly two weeks.“Getting in the altitude, a little skate there,” said Pavelski, who suffered a head injury April 23. “Felt a little more of a burn in just the legs. See how it all feels, always monitoring it. It was pretty good day.”Pavelski will not dress for Game 6 of the Sharks’ …last_img read more

Belingon eyes huge win in Manila, ONE title shot

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Belingon (16-5) failed in his first attempt to dislodge reigning ONE Bantamweight Champion Bibiano Fernandez from his throne in their clash in January last year.But since that setback, the 30-year-old has made tremendous strides, racking up thrilling victories against Muin Gafurov, Toni Tauru, and finally, Reece McLaren last August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena, Belingon is seeking to add Chung (5-0) to his growing list of victims as he eyes another crack at the title.“My mindset remains to showcase my skills and remain focused on executing the game plan. My team and I have devised a tremendous strategy in dealing with my next opponent. Even though I have scored some recent knockouts, I am not going in there recklessly,” he said. “If at any point, I sense that my opponent is ready to go, and the knockout presents itself, I’m like a shark in a fish tank. There is no doubt I will go for the finish, and I will end matters quickly. I will strike my opponent until the referee pulls me off him.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Belingon is well aware of the caliber of the American Chung and the Baguio native made it clear that he’s not taking his upcoming match for granted.“My opponent is not easy, and I am not taking him for granted, which is why I am completely focused on my upcoming bout this November 10. This is a dangerous game we play, and we cannot underestimate anybody. I need to be at my absolute best so I can turn in another great performance for the fans. Competing in front of my hometown crowd, the pressure is on to score another huge victory,” he said.But Belingon is looking at this as a stepping stone in getting one more shot again at Fernandes as he looks forward on showcasing how capable he is joining the ranks as ONE’s world champions.“I want to show everybody that I am the real title challenger-in-waiting. I have realized my mistakes in my first encounter with Bibiano, and I have worked hard to erase those flaws. He is a great world champion, but I feel things will go differently if we ever meet again. The time will come when I will be able to showcase my improvements,” he said.“I know I will meet Bibiano again in that cage, and when that day comes, I need to be prepared. There is not a day that has passed that I have not thought about that first bout. But for now, my objective is to win against Kevin Chung on November 10.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img View comments Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’03:491.8M visitors expected at Manila North Cemetery for ‘Undas’ 201901:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Dame time: Lillard’s 3 gives Trail Blazers 113-110 win over Lakers ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWinner of three straight bouts, Kevin Belingon believes that scoring a decisive win against Kevin Chung at ONE: Legends of the World will be the bout to put him in the conversation for the promotion’s bantamweight title once again.“Make no mistake about it: my performances in the cage as of late are a message to the organization and to the reigning ONE Bantamweight Champion. I am coming for that belt, and no one can stop me. Whoever they put in front of me, I will be looking to destroy. I am a man on a mission,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Mission Impossible?

first_img“Freddy Fittler and Lammy were good and were also stirring the boys up as well so it will be good to watch,” Norman added with his trademark competitive grin.  See also Touch Football Australia’s CEO Colm Maguire’s take on the program via YouTube and stay tuned to the TFA website and social media channels in coming days providing a sneak peek of the on/off beach action.You can watch The NRL Rookie at the following times and can also watch online at www.nrlrookie.com. ·         Premiere – Tuesday (28 June) – GO! 7.30PM (SYD/MEL/BRIS)·         Encore 1 – Wednesday – CH9 10.30PM (SYD/BRIS) Â·         Encore 2 – Saturday – CH9 1PM (BRIS)·         Encore 3 – Sunday – CH9 2.30PM (SYD) Â·         Encore 4 – Monday – GO! 11.30PM (SYD/MEL/BRIS/ADE/PER).   “New Zealand was great, it was something totally different. It was great for us TFA/BLK ambassadors to get over there and get amongst those NRL Rookie guys. Episode five of the popular 10-part series will be broadcast on Tuesday, 28 June 7.30pm and replayed throughout next week; tune in to see which team prevails (refer below TV schedule/times). Does the superior fitness and strength of the NRL Rookies see them through? Or, is it the guile, speed and deception of the Touch stars that leaves the Rookies and the Piha Beach sands in their wake?The TFA All Stars team (pictured above) features some of the best Touch Football talent ever assembled in a ‘Mixed’ format. The team demonstrates the distinct family connection, which embodies the social side and highlights the inclusive nature of the sport and strong participation numbers Australia-wide. Destination? The black sands of Piha Beach on the beautiful but wild, west coast of New Zealand. And, serving further notice to the NRL Rookies is the fact that each of the Touch Football stars love the feel of sand between their toes: they all reside, cut their teeth and compete regularly near a beach traversing the East Coast of Australia. Touch Football Australia and BLK Ambassadors Sam Brisby, Samantha Rodgers, husband and wife team of Dylan and Emily Hennessey, Peter Norman and Kylie Hilder all travelled to New Zealand late last year to film the segment. For those playing at home, The NRL Rookie is the new reality show on Channel Nine/Gem offering a guaranteed NRL contract to the lucky amateur player who can prove to the respective judges he has what it takes to perform at the highest level and secure a lucrative contract. After starting with 28 players in late-May, the team was then halved to 14 in Episode One, with now just a handful of players remaining in episode five. For Hennessey (pictured above with wife Emily), it was an opportunity to admire not only the country but also The NRL Rookie talent on show. “It was so exciting to be a part of the series and being able to play the NRL boys in their Rookie quest and adventure,” Rodgers said. “It was a great experience to go over there and not only witness the program but also be a part of it; so that was pretty amazing,” she added. On top of his most recent appointment as part of Mal Meninga’s Kangaroos coaching contingent (backs coach), he is also a regular in the Masters’ divisions at the National Touch League, NSW State Cup and State of Origin Series events as well. The show also features Performance Psychologist, Dr Kate Baecher as well as host, Channel Nine personality, Erin Molan. Fresh from their recent Trans-Tasman success also in Auckland, Australian Men’s Open representative stars, Pete Norman and Dylan Hennessey said they all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the show. “Lots of them are characters, there’s a couple of good footy players in there with some quality skills,” Norman said.center_img “Those boys have a lot of talent and we wish them all the best for their careers.” “I think it will be pretty funny – there will be some good highlights and some good Touch Footy on show. It was in the sand so it was pretty tough!” Will the ‘NRL Rookies’ meet their match in an epic Beach Touch match in New Zealand? In a clandestine operation late-2015, six of Australia’s best Touch Football athletes quietly exited the country with a covert mission on their mind. Brad ‘Freddy’ Fittler is coach of the side, assisted by Mark Geyer and Adrian Lam. ‘Lammy’ of course, along with his QLD State of Origin captaincy and Roosters and Wigan Rugby League pedigree boasts an equally impressive Touch Football CV, representing Australia on 11 occasions – at the 1991 World Cup in Auckland as well as one Test Match against New Zealand in the same year. Following instructions from TFA and with boots and passports packed, work leave approved and the GPS coordinates set to a remote Beach near Auckland, our intrepid Aussie reps were primed, programmed and ready to perform upon landing. The mission? Take on to their knowledge an undisclosed team of potential NRL stars in a game of Beach Touch, all looking for a shot at an NRL contract and the big time.Status? Fast forward nine months and six of our Australian representatives will finally get to reveal their sublime skills on next week’s episode of the popular Channel Nine/GO production, ‘The NRL Rookie’. Australian Women’s Open representative, Samantha Rodgers (pictured above, front/left) and partner of the other Sam (Brisby, right), thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Related Files160621_media_release_mission_impossible_the_nrl_rookie_tf_v1-0-pdfRelated LinksNRL Rookielast_img read more

Business Highlights

first_img___Strong economy does little to lift department store salesNEW YORK (AP) — Many investors had expected department stores to enjoy robust sales over the holidays in light of a U.S. economy buoyed by low unemployment, higher wages, strong consumer confidence and cheap gas. So when Macy’s and Kohl’s reported lacklustre numbers on Thursday, they were taken aback, sending retail stocks into a tailspin and calling into question whether such mall-based chains can compete in a changing landscape.___Powell repeats pledge to remain ‘patient’ with rate hikesWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the central bank has the ability to be “patient” and watch carefully to see how the economy evolves this year. Speaking to an audience in Washington, Powell on Wednesday delivered the same reassuring message of patience that had bolstered markets last Friday.___Industrials lead US stocks higher again; Macy’s nosedivesNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished higher for the fifth day in a row in uneven trading. Industrial companies rise following the latest round of trade talks between the U.S. and China while Macy’s takes its biggest loss of all time after reporting weak holiday sales. Other retailers sink, while technology companies and high-dividend stocks rose.___Auto industry troubles buffet Ford, Jaguar Land RoverFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The headwinds buffeting the global auto industry made themselves felt in Europe as mass-market carmaker Ford and luxury-focused Jaguar Land Rover announced sweeping restructurings that will cost thousands of jobs. Ford Motor Co. said it will cutting an unspecified number of jobs in Europe as it seeks to make its business there more profitable, refocusing on commercial trucks and SUVs and dumping less lucrative models while shifting production to electric cars over the longer term.___US apparel firm cuts off Chinese factory in internment campA leading U.S. supplier of sportswear to college bookstores says it will no longer do business with a Chinese manufacturer that has used workers from an internment camp for ethnic minorities. An Associated Press investigation found last month that the Chinese government was forcing some detainees to work in manufacturing and food production. The investigation tracked shipments from a Chinese factory to Badger Sportswear in North Carolina.___US, China leave next steps for trade talks unclearBEIJING (AP) — The United States says talks on ending a bruising trade war focused on Chinese promises to buy more American goods. But it gave no indication of progress on resolving disputes over Beijing’s technology ambitions and other thorny issues. China’s Ministry of Commerce said the two sides would “maintain close contact.” But neither side gave any indication of the next step during their 90-day cease-fire in a tariff fight that threatens to chill global economic growth.___CES 2019: “Family tech” gadgets appeal to parental anxietyLAS VEGAS (AP) — The CES gadget show is full of new devices promising to make life a little bit easier for harried parents. There are artificially intelligent toys to keep kids occupied, educate them and get them to brush their teeth without parental nagging. A common thread among the gadgets showcased in Las Vegas this week is an appeal to parental anxiety.___Liberals dare Trump to back their bills lowering drug pricesWASHINGTON (AP) — Leading congressional liberals are unveiling a package of bills that aims to reduce what Americans pay for prescription drugs by linking prices to lower costs in other countries. Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings plan to introduce three bills Thursday. A major idea would open up generic competition to brand-name drugs deemed “excessively priced.” The package echoes some themes sounded by President Donald Trump but rejected by most Republicans.___Fiat Chrysler reaches settlement in emissions cheating casesWASHINGTON (AP) — Fiat Chrysler has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars, including a $300 million fine to the U.S. government, to settle allegations that it cheated on emissions tests. Under a deal with the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Italian-American automaker also will recall and repair the more than 104,000 Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks that are not in compliance. Fiat Chrysler has not admitted any wrongdoing.___Treasury chief: No sanctions relief for Russian oligarchWASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plans to tell lawmakers in a classified briefing that the Trump administration will keep strict U.S. sanctions on the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Democrats asked Mnuchin to brief the House about the U.S. agreement to lift sanctions on three companies that Deripaska has owned or controlled. In a statement released ahead of the briefing Thursday, Mnuchin reiterated that Deripaska and his companies will remain under sanctions.___The S&P 500 index added 11.68 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,596.64. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 122.80 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 24,001.92. The Nasdaq composite rose 28.99 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6,986.07. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 6.63 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,445.43.U.S. crude added 0.4 per cent to $52.59 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, slid 0.4 per cent to $61.68 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline added 0.4 per cent to $1.43 a gallon and heating oil rose 1.3 per cent to $1.91 a gallon. Natural gas dipped 0.5 per cent to $2.97 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more