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Consumer agency sues Navient over student loan repaymentsConsumer agency sues Navient over student loan repayments

by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2017 12:58 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Federal regulators have sued Navient, accusing the biggest U.S. student loan company of making it harder for borrowers to repay loans by giving them bad information, processing payments incorrectly and failing to act on complaints.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed the federal lawsuit against Navient Corp. and two subsidiaries on Wednesday, seeking restitution for affected borrowers and money penalties. The agency said the company also cheated struggling borrowers out of their rights to lower their payments “through shortcuts and deception.”Navient disputed the allegations, calling the suit a politically motivated “midnight action” two days before the Trump administration takes office.“We will vigorously defend against these false allegations,” the company said in a statement.Republicans have opposed the CFPB, which was created by the financial overhaul law enacted following the 2008 crisis. Some Republican lawmakers want President-elect Donald Trump to fire the agency’s director, Richard Cordray, after he assumes office.The consumer watchdog agency has been enmeshed in partisan politics since its creation in 2010. And in October, a federal appeals court ruled that its structure is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to a single agency director.The court ruled that the way the CFPB is organized violates the Constitution’s separation of powers by limiting the president’s ability to remove the director.Washington state and Illinois filed their own suits against Navient on Wednesday, lodging accusations of unfair and deceptive practices. The company also disputed the state actions.Student loan debt became a leading issue in the presidential election campaign. Regulators across the government have been scrutinizing Navient and other major companies in the $1.2 trillion student debt market, such as Great Lakes, PHEAA and Nelnet.Navient, based in Wilmington, Delaware, said the CFPB’s suit “improperly seeks to impose penalties on Navient based on new (loan) servicing standards applied retroactively and applied only against one servicer.”Navient said the standards being applied by the CFPB don’t track with the Education Department’s regulations and that they will harm student loan borrowers and increase defaults.Navient, formerly part of Sallie Mae, manages and collects payments on more than $300 billion in federal and private-market student loans, according to the CFPB. The company services loans held by more than 12 million borrowers, including over 6 million loan accounts under its contract with the Education Department.In its statement, Navient said borrowers with federal loans that it services are 31 per cent less likely to default than their peers with loans serviced by other companies.In May 2015, the Justice Department announced that nearly 78,000 members of the U.S. military would be reimbursed under a $60 million consent decree with Navient, because they had been charged excess interest on student loans.The CFPB said that since July 2011, when it began operations, tens of thousands of borrowers have filed complaints with Navient, the agency and other government agencies about the obstacles they faced in repaying federal and private student loans serviced by Navient.The company’s illegal practices made it harder and more costly for some borrowers to repay their student loans, the agency said.“For years, Navient failed consumers who counted on the company to help give them a fair chance to pay back their student loans,” Cordray said in a statement. “At every stage of repayment, Navient chose to shortcut and deceive consumers to save on operating costs.”Among the allegations: that Navient failed to correctly apply borrowers’ payments to their accounts; steered struggling borrowers into paying more than they had to; and hurt the credit of disabled borrowers, including injured veterans, by misreporting to the credit-reporting agencies the status of their loans. Consumer agency sues Navient over student loan repayments read more

UNESCO chief calls for investigation into murder of Ugandan journalistUNESCO chief calls for investigation into murder of Ugandan journalist

Thomas Pere was a journalist at the New Vision newspaper, where he reported on social issues, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a news release. His colleagues reported seeing him last on the evening of 16 June, when he left the offices of the newspaper to return home. His body was found on vacant land a few kilometres outside Kampala the next morning.“I deplore the murder of Thomas Pere,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO. “Every effort must be made to shed light on his death and bring those responsible to justice.“The murder of a journalist is a crime against the whole of society; an attempt to choke off democratic debate and muzzle the basic right of freedom of expression,” she stated. “A clear message must be sent to the perpetrators of such crimes that their acts will not go unpunished.”UNESCO noted that Mr. Pere is the fourth journalist killed in Uganda since September 2010. read more

The planned new Harcourt Street superpub that fought Dublin council and wonThe planned new Harcourt Street superpub that fought Dublin council and won

first_img Image: Dublin City Council Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 7:30 AM Meanwhile the Georgian Society in a five-page objection letter said that the development would “result in a profound loss of architectural heritage and significant negative impacts on the architectural heritage value of neighbouring protected structures”.The latest financial results for Gambetta Limited show that it had an accumulated profit of €198,736 at the end of 2017 and fixed assets – namely investment properties – worth €2.9 million.Get our NEW Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on “More bars and hostels catering for inebriated short-break tourists are the antithesis of what Dublin city needs at this juncture.” 29 Comments Share1 Tweet Email Short URL center_img Mar 24th 2019, 7:31 AM Image: Dublin City Council 31,325 Views The planned new Harcourt Street ‘superpub’ that fought Dublin council and won is battling city planners again Gambetta Limited had previously won approval for a bar development on Harcourt Street. By Fora Staff THE OWNER OF a so-called ‘superpub’ that fought Dublin council and won is battling city planners once again to win approval for its latest expansion.Last May, Gambetta Limited – a firm owned by the couple that runs Dublin’s Nurse On Call agency – was granted permission by the national planning board to build a licensed restaurant, cafe and bar development at 16 Harcourt Street, which the council had labelled a “superpub” in a rejection that was ultimately overturned.An Bord Pleanála overruled both the council and its own inspector at the time when it said the use of the premises as a bar, restaurant and cafe was suitable and would fit in with the nature of other commercial businesses in the area.Despite approving the development, the national planning authority attached stringent conditions to the project at the time.For example, the venue was prohibited from being used as a nightclub, and the bar and restaurant was only allowed operate during the hours of 8am and 11pm.Having already pursued its original application through the full planning process, Gambetta submitted a fresh proposal in December of last year to demolish several nearby buildings on Montague Street to accommodate a five-storey restaurant/cafe bar, pizzeria, coffee shop and hostel. It also sought to complete various renovation works at 16 Harcourt Street.In its application, the company said the development would “increase commercial density on an under-utilised site within a built-up area” and said it believed the project would “upgrade Montague Street and Montague Lane which is in need of being regenerated”. Artist’s impression of the site Source: Dublin City CouncilRefusalHowever those plans were knocked down in recent weeks when Dublin City Council refused to grant permission for the project.It rejected Gambetta’s proposal for the five-storey block on several grounds, including concerns that it would “lead to an over-concentration of licensed premises in this area of the city”, also home to the famous Copper Face Jack’s nightclub, which was recently put up for sale with an asking price of €40 million.“The proposal would result in an undesirable precedent for further such development, would depreciate the value of property in the vicinity and, as such, would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area,” the council stated in its decision.The city authority also expressed concern over the extent the proposed demolition works would have on unprotected buildings in the area.Gambetta has since appealed Dublin council’s refusal to An Bord Pleanála and a decision to due to be made on the matter by 18 July.Two parties objected to the proposal at local level: Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe and the Irish Georgian Society.Cuffe claimed in his observation that the development was “of an exceedingly mediocre  standard” and blasted the build as a “cheap, ill-considered and crass proposal”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ladopoulos principal at St JohnsLadopoulos principal at St Johns

first_imgDr Charalampos Ladopoulos has been appointed the new principal of St John’s Greek Orthodox College in Melbourne.Dr Ladopoulos, who until recently was the Consulate General of Greece in Melbourne, has taken the role after the present principal John Rekouniotis resigned due to family reasons. In a speech given after his appointment, Dr Ladopoulos said he was “honoured for the opportunity to serve as principal of St George College and Director of Hellenic Studies at the After Hours Schools of Victoria.”. Dr Ladopoulos also discussed his plans as principal for the college saying he will take a “holistic approach” to education. “Effective teachers teams will determine the success of our college. We want St John’s students and teachers to experience a multi-levelled journey of discovery and expression, and grow together. The time is right for us to shift our assumptions, methods and notations, and to strategically adjust our focus in creating and providing a meaningful, engaging learning experience for our students.” A supporter and key deliverer of the Greek language in schools in Australia, Dr Ladopoulos has also been behind many bilateral agreements between the Greek Government and the various Australian governments to ensure the survival of the Greek language in education in Australia. “In our college we use the Greek language as a vehicle for promoting linguistic diversity and the Hellenic Studies as a program of studying the Greek language, the Orthodox Christian Religion and the Hellenic culture and history,” said Dr Ladopoulos. “The values that Hellenism upholds enable our students to understand the virtue of democratic thinking and to apply its principles with dignity in their lives.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

James Milner hails Liverpools perfect startJames Milner hails Liverpools perfect start

first_imgLiverpool midfielder James Milner believes that the club have made the “perfect start” in the Champions League by beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in their opening gameLast season’s beaten finalists blew their two-goal lead at Anfield on Tuesday night after Kylian Mbappe’s equaliser just eight minutes from time.But a stoppage-time winner from substitute Roberto Firmino secured Liverpool all three points in Group C.“It is the perfect start for us. Hopefully, we can build on that,” Milner told BT Sport.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I think it would have been very disappointing not to win. They didn’t create too many and we had a number of chances.“I can’t say enough good things about Bobby. To come off the bench after his injury at the weekend is incredible really.”Milner also got his name on the scoresheet with Liverpool’s second of the game from a penalty.It means that the English midfielder has now scored his last 10 goals from a spot-kick.last_img read more

Police Woman arrested after crashing into light polePolice Woman arrested after crashing into light pole

first_imgAn Vancouver motorist crashed into a light pole and then kept driving about two miles on Interstate 5 before stopping for troopers, according to Washington State Patrol.Jennifer Baker, 41, was driving a 2007 Dodge SUV north on the freeway about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday when she drove into a light pole near Fourth Plain Boulevard, according to Trooper Will Finn.The vehicle kept traveling north and then crashed into a retaining wall near state Highway 500, Finn said.Despite the two incidents, which were reported by passersby, and the efforts of troopers attempting to pull over the SUV, Baker did not stop until the vehicle neared the Northeast 63rd Street overpass, Finn said.At that point, Finn said, one tire was gone and the vehicle was traveling between 30 and 40 mph and losing parts. No one was reportedly injured.“We had to forcibly remove her from the vehicle and took her into custody,” Finn said.Baker was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, felony-level eluding police, obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest and hit and run.last_img read more

Meeting in Nome Attempts to Elucidate Arctic Policy GoalsMeeting in Nome Attempts to Elucidate Arctic Policy Goals

first_imgThe Alaska Arctic Commission has been working for more than a year and a half to write the state’s first comprehensive arctic policy—a policy the commission hopes will lay out not just Alaska’s future, but America’s future, in the arctic. But with priorities ranging from international to extremely local, Tuesday’s meeting in Nome saw lawmakers, researchers, and coastal representatives still working out just what that policy will be.Download Audio:The Alaska Arctic Commission is trying to balance far-reaching goals—from development and energy to international cooperation—to more immediate needs like ports, plumbing, and building strong rural economics and infrastructure for rural communities.But with a four-page draft bill, a 15-page summary, and a 131-page report … the big question before the commission was summarized by Bethel co-chair, Representative Bob Herron.“What should this policy commission say when we report to the legislature?”Finalizing that message before the commission delivers its final report to lawmakers took up much of the meeting—with recaps of past meetings leading to passionate discussions on key issues … which often spiraled into broad discussions that rarely led to any clear conclusion.What *is clear is that the commission will deliver 4 broad “strategic recommendations” to the legislature. They include a renewed focus on the state’s “infrastructure gap;” a boost to artic science and research; increased response capacity for a more active Arctic maritime environment; and a focus on sustainably developing arctic resources with an eye to Alaska’s unique cultural, social, and environmental needs.Liz Qaulluq Moore, a community and government affairs director with NANA Regional Corporation who is the commissions’ ANSCA representative, says those 4 recommendations are necessarily broad.“It is so big. It is really important. And I think we’ve been working towards this for many generations. The reason we’re seeing this bubble up to the surface now is because of the increased interest, right, we have a lot more marine traffic, all these larger questions. We talk a lot about resource development and the resources in the arctic. People want to be responsive to the immediate needs of marine transportation and offshore oil and gas development, we have to be prepared for those things.  So, you know, do we address those immediate needs? What are those longer-term visions? I think this is going to be a much longer-term discussion beyond just this commission.”While the arctic policy will be far-reaching, residents of Nome addressed the commission to single out areas of specific concern. Melanie Bahnke, president of Kawerak, addressed concerns that the committee’s careful work could end up collecting dust on a bookshelf in Juneau—by urging lawmakers to take action.“Many of your are in a position to ensure that some of your own recommendations are funded. So, fund it! Ensure Alaska Native people benefit economically. We bear the most risk with anything that’s going on in the arctic. So consider, what is the next 8-A opportunity? The next CDQ-like opportunity? When we’re provided with some opportunities we go from having a seat at the back of the bus, to learning how to drive the bus, to owning a fleet of busses.”Senator Lyman Hoffman of Bethel sits on the commission, and admits the bill—and the report—won’t include any clear way to pay for the various projects the commission is recommending. But he says it *will give direction on how the state should spend its money down the road.“It doesn’t open up the checkbook, it gives direction on how that checkbook can be spent. You know, so, if the legislature adopts the report, then they adopt the recommendations, then it’s incumbent upon the legislature to implement them.”Commission members hope that implementation will have ramifications on the national and international scene. In 2015 the United States is poised to spend three years as chair of the international Arctic Council—a body of circumpolar nations focused on arctic issues.Many commission members see Alaska’s plans for the arctic as the de facto plans for the nation—or at least influencing the nation’s arctic policy going forward. Here’s Anchorage Senator Lesil McGuire, the commission’s co-chair. “We’ve sat back and waited for the federal government, which arguably should have an interest to begin that investment, and we just haven’t gotten anywhere.”The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission continues its meeting on Kotzebue on Wednesday, with one more meeting in November to finalize its extensive report—and its far-reaching recommendations for the future of the arctic—before submitting it to Juneau for the state of the legislative session in January.last_img read more

In wake of budgetary climate Palmer Correctional Facility shut downIn wake of budgetary climate Palmer Correctional Facility shut down

first_imgThe Palmer Correctional Facility will be shutting down. The commissioner of Department of Corrections Tuesday announced the shut down.Listen nowThe Palmer Correctional Facility (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Department of Corrections)State Department of Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams spent Tuesday morning meeting with staff, Mat Su Borough officials and with Palmer mayor DeLena Johnson before going public with the announcement. Dean Williams said the plan is to move slowly.“We are giving ourselves four to five months to accomplish the entire closure and re-purpose of the facility,” williams said. “We wanted to do that mostly to make sure the transition was smooth and that we gave ample opportunity for staff to find other positions.”Palmer Correctional houses 176 minimum and 300 medium security inmates.Williams said the closure will take place in two phases:The minimum security inmates will be transferred to the Point MacKenzie prison farm starting the end of this summer. Thirteen staff members will go with them.Medium security inmates will be re-housed to other facilities, such as Goose Creek Correctional at Point MacKenzie or Wildwood Correctional in November. Twelve staff members will transfer to other Southcentral facilities.Williams said closing Palmer Correctional will save the state thirty positions, however, he expects most of the corrections officers at Palmer to be transferred to other jobs.Dean Williams, commissioner of the state Department of Corrections and Karen Loeffler a US District Attorney for Alaska (Photo by Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)“Actually before long we are we are going to start hiring for a pre-trial unit, too, another section in the department,” Williams said. “So all those factors taken into account, we believe, a best case scenario is we won’t lose any actual people. Most other staff will find other locations to work. That’s the good news. The down side, of course we realize, is the disruption of people’s lives and the locations they are working at. That’s the hard reality of it.”He said there is current capacity in other state correctional facilities to take the Palmer prisoners. He said none of the Palmer inmates will be released on ankle monitors or to half way houses.The state’s fiscal crisis is one obvious reason for closing the Palmer facility. Williams said last year’s state budget cuts combined with this year’s cuts forced him to take action at the beginning of this fiscal year to meet his department’s budget. But there is another reason he said: staffing levels and inmate safety.“In terms of the staffing reassignment, really the good news about this difficult move is that we area able to send staff to our areas where we are really weak right now,” Williams said. “In the Anchorage Correctional Complex for example, it’s a facility where I have been very concerned about staffing. So this realignment, this re-purposing effort, is going to put at least twenty positions, probably more, back at the Anchorage complex.”Brad Wilson, spokesman for the Alaska Correctional Officers Association, said he’s withholding comment until he learns more about the plan.Williams would not say if the current closure presages other prison shutdowns. He said he has serious concerns about sending prisoners out of state again. But he admitted that could be a possibility.“We’re taking this one step at a time,” Williams said. “I am going to look at putting an RFP out to see if going out of state is an option. I have some serious concerns about doing anything like sending prisoners out of state again, but I feel I have an obligation to at least analyze that, so I am going to do that.”Palmer Correctional Center’s budget is $10. 6 million a year. DOC estimates the Palmer facility closure will save the department $5.6 million. The $5 million remaining will be reallocated to other facilities to increase staffing levels to recommendations.The Palmer facility itself will be “repurposed”, Williams said, although he was not specific as to how the building would be used.last_img read more

Lahiri finishes tied 28thLahiri finishes tied 28th

first_imgAnirban Lahiri rounded of his challenge at the WGC-HSBC Champions with a two-under-par 70 finishing at tied 28th place. Lahiri’s four-day total of even-par 288 saw him finish tied for 28th place and brought about mixed emotions for the five-time Asian Tour winner, who was playing in his first World Golf Championship event this week. While he was left to reflect on a poor short game, the 27-year-old Indian knows he has the game to take on the world’s best players again. ‘I wouldn’t say I’m pleased with my performance as I came into this week playing some good golf. I’m still playing good golf but it’s just my short game and putting that let me down this week. All of us (Asian players) who are here are good enough to win this event but for that you got to show up and play your best game and have everything working,’ said Lahiri. Lahiri started the day staring at a massive 13-shot gap that separated him from Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell who led after the third round. But he showed character by making up ground quickly with a flawless outward-nine at the Sheshan International Golf Club.last_img read more

Forget Road Rage This Guy Shot Up His Computer and Said ItForget Road Rage This Guy Shot Up His Computer and Said It

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 1 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img Ever get so exasperated with a malfunctioning computer that you literally want to hurl it across the room? Thirty-seven-year-old Colorado Springs, Colo., resident Lucas Hinch did one better.When his Dell XPS 410 desktop, which had been plaguing him for months, lapsed into a blue screen of death last Monday evening, Hinch took the machine out to an alley near his home and shot it eight times with a handgun.Readers, do not try this at home. Or in the office. Thanks.”It was glorious,” Hinch told The Los Angeles Times. “Angels sung on high.”Related: Playing With Fire? Oklahoma City Shooting Range Granted Liquor LicenseThat is, until police arrived, responding to the sound of gunshots. As it is illegal to fire within city limits, Hinch’s 9-mm pistol was confiscated, and he now faces a possible fine, police said.Nevertheless Hinch, who runs a homeopathic herb store, told police he has no regrets. “That computer had a bad day,” he said.Hinch’s meltdown reminded us of another epic office-tech meltdown:Related: Angry at Work? Have a Snack. April 23, 2015last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire onLive News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, February 6. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 19:12Lane blocked due to broken down car on M6 northbound between Gailey and StaffordOne lane blocked due to broken down car on M6 Northbound from J12 A5 (Gailey) to J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is blocked.18:4880 homes without power in Bucknall80 homes are currently without power in Bucknall, Supplies are expected to be restored by 9.30pm18:20Accident on Uttoxeter Road in Blythe BridgeA521 Uttoxeter Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Stallington Road. 18:05Usual congestion A34Usual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is four minutes.17:42Accident in Stoke London Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Regent Street. 17:03Leek Road partially blocked due to accidentA5009 Leek Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Cromer Road. 16:37Queueing traffic on A500Queueing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. Travel time is five minutes. 16:05Emergency services at school due to concern for teenagerPolice and other emergency services were called shortly after 1.30pm. More here.15:40Issue on railwayService suspended on Virgin Trains West Coast Southbound between Crewe and Runcorn and replacement bus service running between Runcorn and Warrington Bank Quay due to overhead power cable problems between Acton Bridge and Hartford. Tickets being accepted on Crosscountry, Transpennine Express, Transport For Wales, East Midlands Trains, Northern, Merseyrail and West Midlands Trains services.Some services may be diverted via Manchester Piccadilly. 12:21A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 12:18For anyone heading to Manchester this weekend…Advance Warning – Severely reduced service across the network on Northern due to strike action on Saturday 9th February. Tickets being accepted on other services.Northern have a revised timetable in operation on strike days, however this means there will be very few trains operating after 17:00, trains that do run are expected to be extremely busy. Replacement buses are in place on some routes. On 9th February. 11:12The first warning is in force from 10pm tonightMore info on the weather warning here…10:52Strong winds tonight, with the risk of severe gales in coastal parts, may lead to some travel disruption as well as short term loss of power and other services— Met Office (@metoffice) February 6, 201910:51Heavy traffic due to people slowing to look at accident on the opposite side on M6 Southbound before J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). 10:35A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 10:34One lane blocked and queueing traffic due to accident, a lorry and a car involved on M6 Northbound after J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Cameras show the vehicles have stopped in lane two (of two), with traffic squeezing by on either side. 09:58Collision on the A53 causing congestion at Basford roundaboutCollision on the A5309:52Readers report the MFI roundabout is gridlocked at the moment.09:50One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) is closed. 09:10Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). Travel time is four minutes.08:33Car Broken Down Lane 1 (of 3) M6 J3A to J3 Southbound #PackingtonBank in the roadworks. Recovery on route.— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) February 6, 201908:23Very slow traffic on A500 D Road Southbound from A527 (Kidsgrove / Tunstall Turn Off, Newcastle, Stoke-on-Trent) to A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent).Lane closure due to roadworks shortly after Etruria junction. 08:02Heavy traffic on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). Travel time is seven minutes. 08:01Heavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is six minutes. 08:01Heavy traffic on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is 11 minutes. 07:42Severe delays on M6Severe delays (more than an hour above normal journey time) on the M6 southbound in the West Midlands due to a traffic collision closing one (of four) lanes. This has occurred between J7 (A34) and J6 (A38, Aston Expressway), with delays back to J11 (Cannock, A460). There was also a broken down vehicle between J9 (Wednesbury, A461) and J8 (M5), however this has now been cleared.Please allow additional travel time or consider using another route if planning to travel through this section this morning). 07:23A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 07:22Usual congestion on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 07:22Slow traffic on A34 Manchester Road in both directions at Walfield Avenue. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 07:05Usual congestion on A53 Leek New Road at A5009 Baddeley Green Lane.last_img read more

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first_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | October 15, 2008 Philips Opens First MR, CT Plant in Latin America Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more October 16, 2008 – Royal Philips Electronics opened the first magnetic resonance (MR) and computed tomography (CT) manufacturing facility in Latin America, as part of Philips’ strategy to service emerging healthcare markets. Starting in November 2008, the plant will also produce CT devices, making it the only site in Latin America manufacturing the two types of equipment. Customers across Latin America will benefit from shorter delivery periods and reduced equipment costs, said Philips.“The use of advanced diagnostic equipment such as the devices that will be manufactured at the new facility is well established in hospitals across the region,” said Daurio Speranzini Júnior, vice president for Philips Healthcare in Latin America. “This factory is part of Philips’ strategy to offer the right solutions in the right markets, and reflects our belief in the growing importance of emerging markets such as Latin America.”Three types of MR devices will be manufactured in Brazil: the Intera 1.5T and Achieva 1.5T and 3.0T. Initially, 70 percent of the components for the devices will be imported, but Philips’ intention is to increase the proportion of locally-produced components to 60 percent by mid-2010. The company is currently identifying and equipping locally-based factories to enable them to manufacture many of the highly advanced components used in the devices. The delivery time of the products is set to be substantially reduced from 8 months to 30 days. There will also be a reduction of around 15 percent on the final price of the MR equipment due to a combination of reduced taxes and lowered production costs. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Related Contentlast_img read more

French outtough US over Iran nuclear programFrench outtough US over Iran nuclear program

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “For France to have the contrary view now, it shows just how far Iran’s nuclear program has advanced,” he said.U.S. Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham, who has taken a tough stand against Iran’s nuclear program, applauded France’s position, telling CNN: “Thank God for France and thank God for pushback. … The French are becoming very good leaders in the Mideast.”___Brian Murphy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Nasser Karimi in Tehran contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy The bite of sanctions against Iran in recent years has left dangling billions of dollars worth of French investment there, including from companies like oil giant Total and car maker PSA Peugeot Citroen. Meanwhile, France has been cozying up to rich Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional archrival.This month, French President Francois Hollande travels to Israel. In his radio appearance, Fabius said that French officials have been in contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the Geneva talks.Criticism of France emerged on a Twitter account widely believed to have the approval of the office of Iran’s Supreme Leader _ Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “(hash)French officials have been openly hostile towards the (hash)Iranian nation over the past few years; this is an imprudent and inept move,” wrote (at)khamenei_ir.Salman Shaikh, director of The Brookings Doha Center in Qatar, pointed to a French role reversal from a decade ago when Hassan Rouhani _ now Iran’s president _ was its nuclear negotiator. France led a drive for a deal to sharply limit Iran’s nuclear program, but it was scuttled by allies who felt it did not go far enough. After the Geneva talks ended early Sunday with no deal, diplomats including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that progress was nonetheless made and negotiations will continue Nov. 20. He said the U.S. was “grateful” to the French and shared some of their concerns.After the failure of European-led talks with Iran over the nuclear program in the mid-2000s _ when America gave Iran the silent treatment _ Paris has staked out a hard-line stance. While President Barack Obama has recently sought a breakthrough, France has little to gain politically from an accord, and that gives Paris a freer hand to stick to strategic and security concerns.In Geneva, the U.S., Britain, Germany, Russia, China and top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton were looking for initial caps on Iran’s ability to make an atomic bomb, while Tehran sought some easing of sanctions stifling its economy. But French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius broke the near-uniform silence of the diplomats during the talks by using French radio to express reservations about Iran’s enrichment of uranium and prospects of producing plutonium.“You know, the French are very irritating. When the Americans absolutely want to do something, the French have this terrible habit of somewhat disagreeing,” said analyst Francois Heisbourg of the Foundation for Strategic Research think tank in Paris. “We actually have experience in dealing with the Iranians directly. There used to be negotiations between the Europeans (and the Iranians) between 2003 and 2005.” Top Stories Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   “The Americans haven’t spoken to the Iranians since 1979. And the Americans are telling us how it should be done,” Heisbourg said. As for the Americans, “maybe they just want a deal _ it happens all the time in history: People badly want a deal and end up by negotiating against themselves.”Kerry said the United States has “serious and capable” experts who have dealt with Iran for years.“We are not blind, and I don’t think we’re stupid,” he told NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday. “I think we have a pretty strong sense of how to measure whether or not we are acting in the interests in our country, and of the globe, and particularly of our allies, like Israel, and Gulf states, and others in the region.”France has had deep ties to Iran over the years, notably striking business deals and hosting reformist former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami in the late 1990s _ when the biggest sticking point was whether to serve wine at dinner. (It was not.)France was a major partner of the shah, and also harbored Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei in exile before he returned home to lead the Islamic Revolution. Today, the outspoken opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, has its base in the Paris suburbs. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home PARIS (AP) – When Iran appeared close to a preliminary deal with world powers over its nuclear program, France stepped up to say: Not so fast _ a surprise move that exposed divisions among the United States and other Western negotiators who had long been in lockstep on the issue.France, analysts say, was motivated by factors including its tough stand against the spread of nuclear weapons, skepticism about Tehran’s trustworthiness, and the longstanding French tradition of speaking out on the world stage. Critics faulted France for alleged grandstanding and seeking closer ties with Iran’s foes.last_img read more

Sydney Airport in ACCCs bad booksSydney Airport in ACCCs bad books

first_img“Sydney Airport’s low quality of service ratings and relatively low investments in the face of on-going increases in demand, suggest that needed investments have not been forthcoming,” the report said. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale Sydney Airport has been rated Australia’s worst large airport in the most recent Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) annual report on aviation. Out of the big four airports, Brisbane was the only the one to improve its level of service with Tullamarine passengers saying they received “good” service at Tullamarine. ACCC chairman Rod Sims said that capacity pressures would affect airports considerably in future. The ACCC has been concerned that parking bays have been restricted at Melbourne Airport with numbers lessening recently.  Sydney Airport has again received the worst rating of Australia’s four biggest airports, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Despite the negative feedback, all four airports recorded car parking revenue growth. Airport users are charged $56 at Sydney Airport for eight hours parking. Sydney had both the highest car parking revenue per space as well as the highest parking margin per space. The report stresses that Sydney Airport will need to work on its congestion, improve capacity for passenger transit and enhance service levels in order to meet future demands. Airlines ratings fell across the board, with service levels going from “satisfactory” to “poor”. “It is likely that the current infrastructure at monitored airports will be under increasing pressure in future years given evidence of aeronautical and land-side congestion at some airports,” Mr Sims said.last_img read more

National Community Stabilization Trust Names Robert Grossinger as PresidentNational Community Stabilization Trust Names Robert Grossinger as President

first_imgNational Community Stabilization Trust Names Robert Grossinger as President May 21, 2015 562 Views Housing and Economic Recovery Housing Strategies National Community Stabilization Trust 2015-05-21 Staff Writer Robert GrossingerThe National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST) announced in a press release that Robert Grossinger will be the new president of the organization, effective immediately.Grossinger will succeed Craig Nickerson, who joined NCST at its founding at amidst the 2008 housing crisis and served 45 years in the housing and community development arena, the company says. Grossinger’s priority in his new position will be to continue to move the organization’s established market-relevant housing strategies forward, while increasing its focus on markets that are still struggling to see a housing and economic recovery.”It’s truly been an honor to lead a dedicated team of professionals at NCST,” Nickerson said. “I could not be more pleased with the Board’s selection of Rob. In my opinion, there’s no better person to lead this organization forward.”Prior to accepting his new role at NCST, Grossinger was VP at Enterprise Community Partners, where he provided leadership and partnership responses to the foreclosure crisis as well as the health and housing area. Prior to his role at Enterprise, Grossinger served as SVP in the corporate social responsibility group at Bank of America, LaSalle Bank, Corporation for Supportive Housing, and the Illinois Housing Development Authority. Grossinger has also served as an active member of the NCST Steering Committee since 2010.”Rob’s depth of experience in the community development and financial industries will serve NCST well at this pivotal time,” said Ed Jacob, NCST board chair and past executive director, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. “The work of NCST is not done; too many boarded up homes remain in our communities and Rob has the tenacity and vision to continue our path forward.”Grossinger will continue to work with industry partner such as, federal government policy makers, local community leaders, and high profile financial institutions that are dedicated to stabilize struggling markets.”I am thrilled to join the NCST team,” Grossinger said. “The foreclosure crisis may be winding down, but distressed real estate and lack of capital still hinder recovery in many markets. The NCST team, working closely with other national nonprofit organizations, must focus in these markets. We must offer even more holistic solutions, such as the purchase of non-performing mortgage notes, expanding the use of faster REO property solutions, and increasing access to development financing.”center_img in Headlines, News, Servicing Sharelast_img read more