SIGTARP Offers Recommendations for HAMP

first_img  Print This Post In its quarterly report to congress Wednesday, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) outlined its role as law enforcer for TARP recipients and as adviser to the Treasury. SIGTARP highlighted and reiterated a few of its previous recommendations, including increasing incentives for homeowners in the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and more broadly exercising the authority to appoint directors at TARP recipient banks.”TARP-related crimes (as well as civil fraud) leave many victims in their wake and have a dangerous ripple effect, hurting those beyond the immediate victims (homeowners and investors), such as taxpayers who funded the bailout, local communities, and our broader economy,” SIGTARP stated in its report to congress.With stated goals of seeking corporate and individual accountability, SIGTARP has sought both settlements and prosecutions with banks and individual executives, including criminal charges against 188 individuals.So far, 129 bank officers have been convicted, and 94 are permanently barred from holding positions in the banking or financial industry.In addition to pursuing criminal investigations, SIGTARP has made 130 recommendations to congress and the Treasury in its quarterly reports and audits.One such recommendation is to increase annual incentive payments to homeowners participating in HAMP. After previously expressing concerns about HAMP redefaults, SIGTARP said in Wednesday’s report that it “remains concerned that the level of redefaults has increased at an alarming rate.”SIGTARP believes the solution lies in incentive payments to homeowners.Additionally, SIGTARP pointed out that “[e]ven though Treasury recognized the value of having Treasury-selected directors at TARP banks that had missed multiple TARP dividend payments, Treasury had rarely exercised and actually appeared to be abandoning its efforts to enforce that right.”In September 2013, when SIGTARP first called this issue to attention, it reported that of the 132 banks that had missed enough dividend payments for Treasury to appoint a director, the Treasury had only opted to do so at 15.SIGTARP has also made efforts to inform the public of HAMP fraud schemes and to encourage homeowner education. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Defaults HAMP SIGTARP TARP Banks 2014-05-01 Krista Franks Brock Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Defaults HAMP SIGTARP TARP Banks The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Krista Franks Brock in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Share Savecenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / SIGTARP Offers Recommendations for HAMP The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago May 1, 2014 692 Views Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago SIGTARP Offers Recommendations for HAMP Previous: Investment Opportunities in the Current Housing Market Next: Potential Mortgage Default Risk Remains Highlast_img read more

Delinquencies Spike Among Amortizing HELOCs

first_img Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Second-lien home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) have experienced year-over-year delinquency rate increases in two of the past six months, the first such increases in nearly four years (since June 2012), according to data released by Black Knight Financial Services on Monday.With a few million more HELOCs set to amortize over the next couple of years, there will likely be plenty of refinancing opportunities as homeowners look for a way to handle the higher payments they are facing.According to the April 2016 Mortgage Monitor, the increases were largely driven by an 87 percent spike in the number of delinquencies among 2005-vintage HELOCs that began amortizing in 2015 at their 10-year end-of-draw period. Heading into 2015, the 2005-vintage HELOCs made up about 17 percent of all active HELOCs in the United States.“Due to the large volumes in the 2005 vintage, those delinquencies are more noticeably impacting overall year-over-year HELOC delinquency figures, whereas up until six months ago, improved performance of other vintages had been sufficient to mask delinquency rate increases of vintages experiencing draw period expirations,” Black Knight reported.According to Black Knight, the trend of rising delinquencies among HELOCs is likely to continue in the next couple of years, since HELOCs with a 2006 vintage—totaling about 1.25 million—began amortizing this year and accounted for 17 percent of all active HELOCS. HELOCs with a 2007 vintage currently account for about 18 percent of all active HELOCs.The delinquency rates among 2006-vintage HELOCs already appears to be increasing, having crept up by 5 basis points over the first quarter of 2016, according to Black Knight.There is a chance that HELOCs amortizing over the next year or two might take advantage of the low interest rate environment to refinance when they reach the expiration of their 10-year draw periods. The prepayment activity among 2006-vintage HELOCs has been higher in the last 12 months than what the 2005-vintage HELOCs have experienced, and the 2007-vintage HELOCs may similarly benefit from low interest rates, Black Knight reported.Some 2006-vintage HELOCs may have difficulty refinancing due to larger balances and higher negative equity rates, which equate to larger payment shocks.Over the past two years, approximately 30 percent of HELOCs reaching the end of their draw period were either paid off or refinanced. Whereas 2005-vintage HELOCs made up 17 percent of all active HELOCs at the beginning of 2015, that percentage shrank to 13 percent by the beginning of 2016. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: More Renters Looking to Buy These Days Next: Clinton and Sanders to Square Off in California About Author: Brian Honea Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland.  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Newscenter_img Delinquencies Spike Among Amortizing HELOCs Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: HELOC delinquencies Home Equity Lines of Credit refinancing Home / Daily Dose / Delinquencies Spike Among Amortizing HELOCs Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago HELOC delinquencies Home Equity Lines of Credit refinancing 2016-06-06 Brian Honea June 6, 2016 4,119 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

‘Low Inventory’ Defined 2016 Housing

first_img ‘Low Inventory’ Defined 2016 Housing Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Scott Morgan Tagged with: Housing Inventory Trulia Housing Inventory Trulia 2016-12-07 Kendall Baer Home / Daily Dose / ‘Low Inventory’ Defined 2016 Housing Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago December 7, 2016 2,218 Views Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. 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 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: MetaSource Names New Chief Revenue Officer Next: Codilis & Associates Expands to Indiana in Daily Dose, Featured, News  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago If there’s a compact way to sum up the 2016 housing market, it would be the words “low inventory.” In a year’s-end look at the U.S. housing market, Trulia found that no other issue dictated the course and nature of market as much as a lack of places to buy.At its most basic, low inventory yields high competition, and, therefore, escalating prices. And prices are indeed escalating. Just last week, the September S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Indices reported that home prices had increased over-the-year for 53 months in a row and had clawed their way back up to within 20 percent below pre-recession peaks when accounting for inflation.Trulia found that over the course of 2016, lower-priced, or starter homes, saw the biggest decrease in inventory across all markets, nearly 11 percent down from 2015. Trade-up homes dropped by 9.2 percent, while inventory among upper-end homes dropped 3.6 percent. Matt Vos, a real estate agent in Denver, said his city was a prime example of the division between less-expensive and more-expensive properties.“For homes below $600,000, it was definitely a seller’s market,” Vos said. “For homes more than $700,000, it was more of a buyer’s market.”Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and Austin have seen enormous drops in the availability of starter home inventory since 2012. Since then, Trulia reported, Salt Lake City’s starter inventory has dropped 88 percent. San Antonio’s has dropped 86 percent, and Austin’s 82 percent.As it’s been reported all year, buyers of first homes in major California cities are effectively priced out of the market.“First-time buyers in the metro areas of Los Angeles, Oakland, Orange County, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Jose used between 23 percent and 29 percent more of their income to buy a home in 2016 than they did in 2012,” Trulia reported.However, not all inventories dropped this year, not even in California. According to Trulia, markets in Cape Coral, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach saw significant numbers of new homes for sale. In California, there were 24 percent more homes available in Fresno this year than in 2015.“Bakersfield, San Diego, and San Jose also saw housing inventory increase,” Trulia reported.” Oklahoma City also saw inventory increase. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Leading the Charge: New Leadership at the American Mortgage Diversity Council

first_img  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Codilis Firm Changes Its Texas Address Next: Firm Solutions and assure360 Officially Merge AMDC American Mortgage Diversity Council 2017-07-20 Joey Pizzolato The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: AMDC American Mortgage Diversity Council Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Home / Daily Dose / Leading the Charge: New Leadership at the American Mortgage Diversity Council Leading the Charge: New Leadership at the American Mortgage Diversity Council The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Joey Pizzolato Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Diversity and inclusion are more than just vogue words—they’re real, complicated issues that don’t offer easy answers, ones that have far reaching implications, especially in a landscape such as the mortgage industry. Instead, these issues require the collaborative and forward-thinking efforts of many individuals and organizations to stay ahead of the curve, and the American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) is doing just that in its recently announced appointment of John Golden as Executive Director. Golden has been in the mortgage industry for 16 years, and has a 27-year operational background across multiple industries bringing effectual support and direction.“We are pleased to welcome John’s leadership to the American Mortgage Diversity Council,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of the Five Star Institute and Ex-Officio for the AMDC. “His experience and enthusiasm for diversity and inclusion will be vital to AMDC’s outreach efforts and educational programs, along with its future success in continuing to shape our industry for the better.”The AMDC, founded in 2015, supports a wide range of diversity initiatives and promotes dialogue aimed at addressing key issues affecting diversity in and across the mortgage industry. With the support of its broad representation, the AMDC is currently committed to identifying the varying issues and concerns that are unique to particular geographic areas, ethnicities, genders, and races while bridging that gap through targeted, online affiliated courses. The council is also striving to diversify the mortgage industry through a mentorship program that will be developed by working subcommittees.Other leaders in the industry recognize that Golden and the AMDC have a lot on their plate, but have no doubt their ability to overcome whatever challenges they might come across.“Two plus years of commitment and effort has allowed the AMDC to build critical mass,” said Michael Ruiz, Director of Supplier Diversity at Fannie Mae. The hiring of John Golden as Executive Director ensures that the organization will not lose momentum, but rather continue to grow in stature and influence as a key advocate for the evolution of diversity and inclusion throughout the mortgage industry.”Golden is looking forward to leading AMDC’s charge into this uncharted territory.“The opportunity to support efforts in diversity and inclusion, foster a platform for the continuation of the conversation, be involved in the facilitation of meaningful education, and to take part in the advancement of an action agenda with accountability for affecting change in the industry is considered a tremendously worthy opportunity and is aligned with my own personal desire to do work that makes a positive impact for others,” Golden said.Prior to joining AMDC, he served as VP of Quality and Compliance for a national real estate valuation management company, where his colleagues continue to speak highly of him.”I had the opportunity to have John on my executive team at for almost five years,” said Erik Richard, Founder and CEO of Landmark Network, Inc. “Having worked closely with him for all that time gives me the upmost confidence that he will succeed in his new role with AMDC. “The AMDC’s next meeting will be September 18, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas, Texas at the 2017 Five Star Conference and Expo. Sign up for DS News Daily July 20, 2017 1,341 Views last_img read more

For 2018 Forecast, Freddie Mac Looks to the Past

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Rubin Lublin Announces New Partner Next: Home Bidding Sight-Unseen? Freddie Mac has released its February Insight report, which “looks into the effects of higher mortgage rates on home buyers, homeowners wishing to refinance, mortgage lenders, home builders and real estate agents.” For this latest Insight report, Freddie Mac economists have looked at how rising mortgage interest rates could impact the housing market, as well as what ripples past increases have caused.To begin, Freddie’s Insight Report looks back at a historical period when mortgage interest rates were at their highest in recent memory: the years between 1977 and 1981. In 1977, the interest rate for a new 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 8 percent. Four years later in 1981, that same mortgage would have included an 18 percent interest rate. As the Insight report explains, “This was the most dramatic increase in mortgage rates in the last 50 years.”What impact did this skyrocketing of mortgage interest rates have on the housing sector? Per the Insight report, new mortgage originations fell nearly 40 percent, from $162 billion in 1977 to $98 billion in 1981. Annual single-family home sales dropped 36 percent, from 4.5 million to 2.9 million. Finally, housing starts for single-family homes dropped by over 51 percent, from close to 1.5 million to 705,000 by 1981.“History has shown that periods of rising mortgage rates can be challenging for U.S. housing and mortgage markets,” said Len Kiefer, Deputy Chief Economist, Freddie Mac. “In historical episodes of rising rates, home sales slipped, housing starts stalled, and mortgage originations swooned. Home builders are doubly affected by increasing mortgage rates because they use financing to fund construction costs. When interest rates on funding for new construction and mortgage rates rise simultaneously, home builders are squeezed by a fall in demand and an increase in costs. However, though rates have moved higher recently, mortgage credit is still historically cheap if borrowers can get in while the getting is good.”So where does Freddie project mortgage interest rates to go in 2018, and what would the impact of those changes be? The Insight report says that if rates continue to hover between 3.5 and 4.5 percent and inflation remains low, originations, home sales, and housing starts should each increase by 5-10 percent this year.If, on the other hand, rates spike by 1.5 percentage points, Freddie forecasts originations to fall by 30 percent, with home sales and starts also dropping between 5-11 percent.Kiefer asks, “If rates rise, will housing markets follow the historical precedent, or will they buck the trend and maintain momentum? It’s uncertain, but with a solid labor market, rising household incomes, and a demographic tailwind from a large young adult population coming of age, U.S. housing markets could show modest growth this year even with higher mortgage rates.”You can read all of Freddie Mac’s Insight reports by clicking here. February 26, 2018 3,066 Views Tagged with: Freddie Mac Freddie Mac Insight Interest rates Mortgage Interest Rates Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Journal, Market Studies, News Home / Daily Dose / For 2018 Forecast, Freddie Mac Looks to the Past Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save For 2018 Forecast, Freddie Mac Looks to the Past Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Freddie Mac Freddie Mac Insight Interest rates Mortgage Interest Rates 2018-02-26 David Wharton Subscribe  Print This Postlast_img read more

Rental Rates on the Rise

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Rental Rates on the Rise  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Rental Rates on the Rise Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago July 17, 2018 1,982 Views SFRI Single Family Rental 2018-07-17 Alison Rich Tagged with: SFRI Single Family Rental Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Alison Rich has a long-time tenure in the writing and editing realm, touting an impressive body of work that has been featured in local and national consumer and trade publications spanning industries and audiences. She has worked for DS News and MReport magazines—both in print and online—since they launched. center_img Much like the housing market, the rental sector is showing no signs of a slowdown. According to the most recent CoreLogic numbers, which show that U.S. single-family rents were up 2.9 percent year-over-year in April, among some other noteworthy data points.Between 2010 and 2018, single-family rents have consistently increased, according to the CoreLogic Single-Family Rental Index (SFRI), which evaluates rent changes among single-family rental homes, including condominiums, utilizing a “repeat-rent analysis” to measure the same rental properties over time.That said, year-over-year price hikes have moderated since February 2016—when they crested at 4.2 percent—holding steady over the past year with a monthly average of 2.7 percent, the SFRI reports. This April’s 2.9 percent year-over-year increase is a 1.3-percent drop in the growth rate since the 4.2 percent peak, it notes.Low-end rental homes—properties with rents 75 percent or less of a region’s median rent—buoyed the index’s overall growth in April, SFRI says. Rents on lesser-priced rentals ramped up 4.2 percent year-over-year. On the other hand, rents for higher-priced dwellings—properties with rents exceeding 125 percent of the regional median rent—skipped ahead 2.7 percent year over year, the report shows.Interestingly, the report found that rent growth increased in the high-end segment but decreased in the low-end segment in April 2018 compared with April 2017. High-end rent growth tracked 1.1 percentage points higher than it did in April 2017, while low-end rent growth was 0.2 percentage points lower than April 2017.Growth also differed considerably across metropolitan areas. Las Vegas posted the highest year-over-year growth in April, at 5.9 percent, trailed by Phoenix (5.5 percent) and Orlando (5.3 percent). Both cities realized robust year-over-year job growth that month, inking gains of 2.8 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively. This compares with U.S. employment growth of 1.6 percent, SFRI notes. Honolulu was the sole metro among the 20 assessed to display a dip in the rent index, falling 0.3 percent year over year in April.Rents are still accelerating in such metros as Houston and Miami, which were hammered by hurricanes last year and left with crimped rental inventories, the report says. Houston rents rocketed 4.1 percent year over year this April; Miami rents bounced up by 2.1 percent. Before the 2017 storms hit, rents had been dropping in the two metros. About Author: Alison Rich Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share 3Save Previous: Predicting the Path for Housing in 2019 Next: ClosingCorp Partners with CoreLogic on Digital Mortgages Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Journal, News, REO Sign up for DS News Daily last_img read more

Fed’s Powell Urges “Patience”

first_img Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: ARMs Economy Federal Reserve FOMC HELOCs Holden Lewis ING Interest rates James Knightley Jerome Powell LendingTree Mortgage Rates NerdWallet tendayi kapfidze in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Short-term mortgage rates such as adjusted-rate mortgages (ARMs) and home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) are likely to remain stable with the Federal Reserve hitting pause on further rate hikes after the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on Wednesday.In its post-meeting statement, the FOMC said that in support of its statutory mandate to foster maximum employment and price stability, the committee had decided to maintain the interest rate at 2.25 to 2.5 percent. “The Committee continues to view sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the Committee’s symmetric 2 percent objective as the most likely outcomes,” the committee said.In a press conference after the meeting, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said that the case for raising rates had weakened and that he would “want to see a need for further rate increases” with inflation being the key.Looking at the next few quarters, the committee indicated that it would be “patient as it determines what future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate may be appropriate” due to the current global and economic developments and muted inflation pressure.In a shift from looking at a gradual increase to risk management, the FOMC also indicated that it was “prepared to adjust any of the details for completing balance sheet normalization in light of economic and financial developments.””For consumers, the pause in rate hikes means a break in rising interest rates on borrowing for credit cards and personal loans, though savers will see less offers from banks of higher deposit rates,” said Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist, LendingTree. “Though not directly related to the Fed Funds rate, mortgage rates have been declining which may support the slowing housing market.””This announcement might make HELOCs more attractive to homeowners who are deciding whether to pay for home improvements by getting a credit line or by getting a cash-out refinance,” said Holden Lewis, Home Expert at NerdWallet. “If the Fed is at or near the end of this series of rate hikes, some homeowners will feel comfortable taking out HELOCs because the rates are unlikely to rise much, if at all.”Looking at the effect of the current Fed statement on the broader economy James Knightley, Chief International Economist at ING, said that the potential inverted yield curve in the US was a challenge for the banking system “since banks have long-dated assets and short-term liabilities and this environment would deter lending.””The Fed could accelerate (or decelerate) sales of its longer-dated Treasury holdings with the Fed commenting in a separate note that it is “prepared to adjust” balance sheet normalization (both in size and composition) after agreeing to maintain the $50bn roll off per month,” Knightley said. “Selling longer-dated Treasuries would re-steepen the curve, thereby putting up borrowing costs but taking some of the pressure off the financial system. However, with Fed Chair Jerome Powell saying it won’t be used as an “active” tool, the Fed funds target rate will remain the main driver of policy.”But do we see rate hikes in the near future? Both Kapfidze and Knightley said that this was likely. “Taking it all together we are unlikely to see an interest rate rise in the first quarter, but we still think there is a decent chance of a move in June. If the strength of the US jobs market persists and wages keep rising the consumer side should help support growth and generate a little more inflation,” Knightley said.According to Kapfidze, rates could be hiked twice in 2019 if growth remained above potential. “Hikes would occur later in the year, perhaps starting in June if the economy weathers the political risks,” he said. “Overall policy uncertainty is extremely high and could start curtailing business investment and expansion plans, including hiring, which may lead the economy to slow at a faster rate.”Click here to watch a video of what Fed Chair Jerome Powell had to say about the meeting. Previous: Record Number of Homebuyers Looking to Change Metros Next: Ginnie Mae Outstanding MBS Crosses $2T Threshold Fed’s Powell Urges “Patience” Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. 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Unlocking Loss Mitigation

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Unlocking Loss Mitigation  Print This Post Tagged with: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Loss Mitigation Technology Subscribe February 4, 2019 2,818 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News, Print Features Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Sign up for DS News Daily Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Loss Mitigation Technology 2019-02-04 Donna Joseph Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: The Boomer Boom in 55+ Housing Next: Foreclosure Rates: Back to the Future Travis Rulle is SVP, Mortgage Operations, at RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation, a leading, national co-issue servicer, loan subservicer, and residential mortgage lender. Shortly after joining RoundPoint in 2009, Rulle was appointed VP, Loss Mitigation and charged with building and managing the Loss Mitigation department. He is responsible for managing RoundPoint’s Loan Origination and Loss Mitigation Operation departments. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the February issue of DS News, out now.Broad economic indicators suggest that the economy will begin to cool in 2019. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual forecast predicts that Real GDP is likely to fall by nearly one-third. Unemployment should remain low, but interest rates are expected to rise to 5 percent. Lenders are likely to struggle with building and maintaining origination volume, as well as keeping costs in check.What will this mean for mortgage servicers? The good news is that economic growth should yield a continuation of the low delinquency rates we’ve experienced in recent years. Black Knight’s latest First Look report revealed that mortgage delinquencies fell another 18 percent in October (year-over-year). Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both report that serious delinquencies (90 or more days past due) are below 1 percent. Additionally, wage growth topped 3 percent this year, and with home prices sky-high, this trend should continue in 2019. Exceptions will be regional: think GM plant closings, or areas hit particularly hard by tariff activity. For mortgage servicers, the challenge will be to maintain a palatable cost per loan in a shrinking margin environment, while also preparing for future market corrections by improving processes (particularly loss mitigation) and integrating technology to serve borrowers better.BETTER DATA + BETTER TECHNOLOGY = BETTER DECISIONS Lenders and servicers of all sizes and types are investing heavily in technology, and there is a hyper-focus on the issue of data—the quality of data, analytics, and its practical application. The next generation of successful companies will find ways to best leverage technology to make that data actionable. Spending millions on newsoftware or mountains of data is useless if it’s not utilized to the benefit of the company and its borrowers. Better data and better use of data not only improve current performance but also act as a hedge against future market corrections. But how do you get to that actionable data? In past years, working with a variety of technology/software vendors was a bit like trying to hammer a round peg into a square hole. You could make it happen, but the different systems never seemed to work or communicate smoothly or efficiently.That’s all changed, however, with the advent and proliferation of API infrastructure, which has allowed tech partners to seamlessly weave two separate systems together with minimal hassle and with maximum effectiveness. Having systems work together allows servicers to collect quality, real-time data, help customers by better anticipating problems, and to spot and respond quickly to consumer trends. This is particularly helpful when it comes to loss mitigation. Those in the servicing space can learn quite a bit from the lessons and experiences of their colleagues on the origination side. They have been the trailblazers when it comes to building automated processes and seeing the benefits of systems that work together seamlessly.For loss mitigation efforts, the ability to know that your borrower is headed down the path to delinquency in time to provide meaningful assistance is invaluable. That’s the future (and present) of loss mitigation—quicker, better decision making. Instead of waiting for a call from a borrower who is already in trouble, servicers can (in many cases) offer a modification that may end up allowing the borrower to avoid the entire default/foreclosure process (and save significant time/cost for all parties).TECH AS A HEDGE?From an operational perspective, having the ability to automate the collection, organization, and analysis of data, and tee it up for quick and accurate decision-making is a crucial hedge against market changes. It allows the company to more easily cross-train personnel and speed up the onboarding and training of new employees (particularly tech-savvy millennials). In the case of a sudden increase or decrease in volume, servicers can deftly move folks from one space to another, maximizing efficiency. Additionally, it’s a benefit to the employee to have a more well rounded working knowledge of the business, rather than being siloed in a niche that may not be needed next year. Additionally, by ensuring that data is highly accurate and organized in an easily accessible format, servicers have a head start on ensuring compliance within an ever-expanding web of regulatory rules and guidance from 50 state regulators, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and other enforcement mechanisms.THE POWER OF THE HUMAN TOUCHWhile advances in technology have been a boon, the most successful loss mitigation teams are invariably those that understand the value of human contact. When examining a borrower’s reported hardship (think how hard it is even to verbalize that you can’t meet your mortgage obligation), it is crucial to listen to the borrower’s desires and work with them to accomplish their goal, whether it is to sell/liquidate the home or find a solution to stay in it. Further, the method by which servicers reach out to borrowers is critical. In 2019, servicers must have systems in place to contact borrowers in ways that will be successful. This is where technology and the human touch work well together. Knowing your success rate on phone calls, mail, email, or even text/social media is important, and the ability to spot trends and see where adjustments need to be made will yield success in finding solutions for borrowers.RIGOROUS TESTING AND EXPERIENCEThere is value in testing both internal systems and teams to ensure that servicers are best prepared for both market-based and natural disasters. Both proactive and reactive testing is required to thoroughly assess readiness. Proactively, for instance, servicers can examine their processor teams and note how many accounts they are typically assigned. After the adoption of any new technology or process, servicers can push the processor by adding a few more accounts to see if they can handle the extra workload in the same amount of time, without sacrificing quality of service. Knowing in precise detail how effective your team members are will allow for an incremental increase in efficiency.By doing more with less, companies can hedge against a market downturn. However, perhaps the best test comes in a reactive format. In just the past few years, servicers have faced countless natural disasters—fires, floods, hurricanes, and more. The knowledge, skill, and experience gained from working with genuinely distressed borrowers to find solutions will go to waste if there’s no “post-mortem” evaluation. Ask the tough questions: was the team overworked? Despite the chaos inherent in a natural disaster, did we still provide a high level of customer service? What did our outcomes look like? While some disasters aren’t predictable, those that are, provide the opportunity to begin the loss mitigation effort well in advance.LOOKING AHEADWe are just on the leading edge of finding out how technology can positively impact mortgage servicing and loss mitigation. Keep your eye on how much faster and more accurate decision-making gets thanks to increased use of machine learning and API integrations between systems. This will benefit not only servicers but also borrowers. If you were in the midst of financial hardship, the last thing you want is a delay in the decision. You want a quick, accurate decision. From the company’s perspective, the ability to do all this in a scalable, efficient process could mean the difference between success or failure in a rising-rate, low-margin environment.Speaking of rising rates, one additional trend to watch is potential changes from government agencies (FHA, VA, and USDA) and the GSEs, if we start to see an increase in defaults, particularly from borrowers who have received a modification in the last decade. Since that modification likely came with a low interest rate, loss mitigation efforts now will almost inevitably result in higher rates. Agencies will have to revisit loan modification programs and revamp program mechanisms such as term extension and principal forbearance/forgiveness to reduce monthly borrower payments. Despite all the change servicers face, we have to keep in mind that our mission remains the same—utilize both technology and human empathy to reduce mortgage losses by keeping families in their homes when possible. About Author: Travis Rulle Unlocking Loss Mitigation Related Articles Share Savelast_img read more

Affordability Issues Extend to Low-Cost Areas

first_img Tagged with: Affordability Home Prices Las Vegas Nevada Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Affordability Home Prices Las Vegas Nevada 2019-09-05 Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Affordability Issues Extend to Low-Cost Areas The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 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. Previous: Nobel Laureate: Housing Market Crash On the Way Next: Treasury Department Releases Plans for GSE Reform Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily September 5, 2019 807 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Renters are generally more cost-burdened than homeowners, especially in high-cost coastal cities, but people in lower-cost communities are also paying a large part of their income for rent because their wages are often much lower than the national average, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.This includes communities such as Las Vegas and Reno, where nearly half of renter households are cost-burdened, paying 30% or more of their annual income on housing, KNPR reports.“The good news is that when it comes to homeowners the share that is cost-burdened have been coming down steadily over time and as fallen nationally from about 23 million to about 17 million households,” said Chris Herbert, Managing Director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.  “Among the renters the situation became much worse, in the years after the recession, as many people struggled to get into home-owning and remain renters for a longer period of time and rents are escalating rapidly.”According to Herbert, much of the problem is not just housing prices, but incomes as well. For example, in some places people making $30,000 to $40,000 a year are struggling to afford housing and in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco the same is true for people making even more money.He said local governments can use zoning laws, building codes and the building approval process to improve the situation. “I think what local governments can certainly do is look and check their own processes to approving development to make sure that they’re allowing sufficient places for developers to come in and put up smaller buildings that can be more cost-effective,” he said.He adds, “The growing affordable housing problem really in a basic way comes down to the fact that housing costs over some number of years now have increased faster over time than incomes have.” Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Affordability Issues Extend to Low-Cost Areas The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Newslast_img read more

Reviewing Single-Family Housing Wildfire Risk

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News About Author: Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago December 16, 2019 2,314 Views Related Articles Tagged with: wildfire Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Reviewing Single-Family Housing Wildfire Risk The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 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. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Reviewing Single-Family Housing Wildfire Risk Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Some of the most destructive wildfires in history occurred in 2018, with nearly 9 million acres burned, over 1.8 million of which were in California alone. California’s Camp Fire was one of the most destructive in the state’s history, with a total loss of $9.3 billion. In a review of 2018’s fires, CoreLogic examined how California’s most extreme wildfires impacted single-family housing in the state.Tom Jeffery, Principal, Science and Analytics at CoreLogic, noted how recent wildfires stack up against the past.According to Jeffery, there is a concerning trend towards larger and more destructive fires, as well as a rising cost of managing these fires.“The Federal cost of wildfire suppression has gone from $1 billion in 2000 to $2 billion in 2015, and now $3 billion as of 2018 last year,” he said.Looking at California’s three largest fires in 2018, the Camp fire damaged or destroyed 14,062 structures, the Carr fire impacted 1,263 and the Woolsey fire affected 724; combined over 16,000 structures were damaged or destroyed by these fires. For single-family homes, 2018 saw a drastic increase in damage risk, as nearly 97% of all single-family residences (SFRs) damaged in the three large fires of 2018 were high or extreme Risk, compared to only 36% in 2017.In total, the Camp and Woolsey fires left behind a trail of losses between $15 billion and $19 billion after being contained in late November 2018. The analysis recorded a total loss in the range of $11 billion and $13 billion from the Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. Additionally, estimated losses from Woolsey Fire in Southern California are estimated to be between $4 billion to $6 billion. Residential and commercial properties account for building, content, and additional living expenses. The estimated losses include damage caused by fire, smoke, demand surge and debris removal.The residential loss from the Camp fire alone is between $8 billion to $9 billion. Woolsey fires ravaged infrastructure worth $3.5 to $5.5 billion in the residential space and $0.5 billion in commercial losses.”The last few years have seen tremendous amounts of loss from wildfire events,” CoreLogic notes. “Even though the profiles of 2017 and 2018 events were very different, we can show that the CoreLogic Wildfire Risk Score model works as intended; that lower risk locations have a much lower frequency of damage compared to higher risk locations. And as the risk score increases, the relative chance of damage increases as well.” Previous: Housing Indicators Pick Up, Lowering Recession Probability Next: How States are Combating Foreclosure with Legislation Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily wildfire 2019-12-16 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

Spotlight on Financial Services Law Firms Continued

first_img Share Save Previous: Ginnie Mae Reports MBS Issuance For December Next: The Fed’s Contingency Plan for the Next Recession Back Row: January Taylor, Cristina Hunt, Edward Gray Front Row: Randy McMichael, Valerie McMichaelMCMICHAEL TAYLOR GRAY, LLCSTATES SERVED: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS: American Mortgage Diversity Council, American Legal and Financial Network, Legal League 100, Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees WHAT SETS THEM APART: At MTG, we understand our clients are often operating from a position of loss in managing their nonperforming portfolios. Our commitment to assisting our clients in customizing a strategy unique to their needs is our number-one priority. With this in mind, we are dedicated to providing superior legal services in a cost-effective manner while maintaining the highest standards. CHARITABLE INTERESTS: Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Homeaid Atlanta, Cure Childhood Cancer, Light the Night—Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Promise 686, Lighthouse Family Retreat, Special Olympics, Susan G. Komen____________________________________________________________________Laura Conrad, Esq.; Timothy D. Padgett, Esq.; Robyn Padgett; Evan Singer, Esq.PADGETT LAW GROUPFOCUS: Padgett Law Group (PLG) is an elite, full-service creditors rights’ law firm practicing in Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas. PLG offers exclusive representation to institutional clients such as lenders, mortgage servicers, credit unions, banks, hedge funds, investors, and other financial services industry stakeholders. Leveraging technology in its partnerships with forward-thinking clients gives PLG the ability to focus on the aggressive management and processing of delinquent or under-performing loans, providing clients with an edge when curing or resolving complex legal matters. SERVICES OFFERED: Foreclosure, bankruptcy, litigation, evictions, title, title curative, REO STATES SERVED: Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS: Legal League 100, ALFN, MBA.____________________________________________________________________Back Row: Lucio Padron; Troy Freedman, Esq.; Patricia Miller, Ashley Mordecai, Chandra Arkema, Esq., Paul Huntington, Esq. Front Row: Richard M. Squire, EsqRICHARD M. SQUIRE & ASSOCIATES, LLCFOCUS: Richard M. Squire Associates, LLC is a Small Business Certified one-stop, end-to-end creditors’ rights and foreclosure law firm handling matters in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, as well as all three bankruptcy districts. The firm also handles foreclosure, bankruptcy, evictions, and REO closings in the entire state of New Jersey. No issue is too tough for its Title Resolution Department. The firm prides itself on client-centered problem solving and recognizes that every client is entitled to be treated as if it is the firm’s only client. WHAT SETS THEM APART: The firm protects its clients’ interests all day every day while processing residential and commercial foreclosures, as well as mobile home foreclosures and repossession actions—all while adhering to Fannie Mae timelines and fee schedule. The firm’s staff has been trained on CFPB Regulations and understands the necessity to meet all compliance requirements. Its referral-to-sale timelines average better than 50 percent of Fannie Mae’s allowed time—after holds and without cutting corners. The firm understands that to its clients time is money! MOTTO: Smaller than some but second to none. AWARDS: AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell.____________________________________________________________________Peter Schneiderman, Neil ShermanSCHNEIDERMAN & SHERMAN, P.C.FOCUS: For more than 30 years, Schneiderman & Sherman, P.C. has processed foreclosures, loss mitigation, bankruptcies, evictions, default litigation, title resolution, and REO transactions throughout Michigan. PARTNERS: Peter Schneiderman, Neil Sherman STATES SERVED: Michigan AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS: Legal League 100, American Legal and Financial Network, American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, American Bankruptcy Institute, Michigan Mortgage Lenders Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, State Bar of Michigan WHAT SETS THEM APART: At Schneiderman & Sherman, attorneys and staff are proud of their history serving the mortgage industry. The firm prides itself on client communication, work product, and the ability to adapt to clients’ ever-changing needs. The experienced staff is always accessible, responsive, and attentive to detail. With a current focus on loss mitigation, Schneiderman & Sherman provides clients with access to the most creative, cost-effective solutions for their various legal issues. The firm’s staff strives to address clients’ needs and meet their expectations efficiently and effectively, and it does so with integrity, insight, and innovation. AWARDS: Neil Sherman named to Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40” in 2010, HousingWire’s 2014 Rising Stars, DBusiness Magazine’s 30 in their 30s in 2014.____________________________________________________________________Elizabeth Ells (Operations Manager), Grady Ingle (Managing Partner)SHAPIRO & INGLE, LLPMISSION/FOCUS: Shapiro & Ingle, LLP, focuses on providing exceptional client service to the default servicing industry. The firm, operates statewide in North Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee, providing foreclosure, title, eviction, REO closing, and settlement services for mortgage lenders and servicers. The firm also handles bankruptcy representation and most default-related litigation, as well as mobile home title resolution. PARTNERS: Gerald Shapiro, David Kreisman, and Grady Ingle, Managing Partners AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS: Legal League 100, Mortgage Bankers Association, Mortgage Bankers of the Carolinas, North Carolina Bankers Association, American Legal & Financial Network, REOMAC GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Serving the mortgage banking industry in North Carolina with distinction since 1989. WHAT SETS THEM APART: For a quarter of a century, the firm has never lost focus on what is important: employing the right people, providing excellent client service, and performing with integrity and efficiency.____________________________________________________________________STERN & EISENBERG, P.C.QUOTE: “We are relentless litigators, tireless negotiators, and patient listeners. We are the people you want on your side.” FOCUS: Stern & Eisenberg, PC, founded in 1976, provides its clients with reliable and reputable legal representation in a variety of legal service areas, including cradle-to-grave default services. PARTNERS: Steven K. Eisenberg, Esq., MBA STATES SERVED: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS: Legal League 100, American Legal and Financial Network, Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees AWARDS: Stern & Eisenberg was named “Best Creditors’ Rights Law Firm in Pennsylvania” by Corporate America News. Margaret Cascino, Esq., was honored as a Junior Professional’s and Executive Group “JPEG” award recipient. HONORS: Richard Stern, Esq. was recognized by the Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, and Pennsylvania Bar Associations for more than 50 years of Practice. Richard Stern, Esq., and Steven Eisenberg, Esq., have both been recognized by Martindale Hubbell for being AV Rated. In 2018 and 2019, Evan Barenbaum, Esq., was recognized by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine in the area of Business Litigation, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Steven Kelly, Esq., was also honored in 2019. Margaret Cascino, Esq., serves on the Advisory Board for the American Legal and Financial Network “Women in Legal Leadership” group. CHARITABLE INTERESTS: Make-A-Wish, Kinds-N-Hope Foundation, Junior Achievement Golf, Bucks County Fire Police Association, Fireman’s Association, and House of Hope Animal Rescue PROFESSIONAL ADVICE: Our attorneys are often asked to speak and present at industry events and CLE seminars. FINAL THOUGHTS: The team at Stern & Eisenberg is dedicated to the application of the firm’s extensive industry knowledge across a multistate footprint toward optimal outcomes. Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, News Tagged with: Black Book Law Law Firms Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Black Book Law Law Firms 2020-01-27 Seth Welborn Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Spotlight on Financial Services Law Firms Continued 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. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 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 Spotlight on Financial Services Law Firms Continued January 27, 2020 1,274 Views Subscribelast_img read more

States That Stand to Lead Home-Equity Origination

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Areas at Highest Risk of a Foreclosure Surge Next: Commentary: Making it as a Female Mortgage Servicer Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / States That Stand to Lead Home-Equity Origination Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago credit Loan WalletHub 2020-09-30 Christina Hughes Babb Due to economic impact of COVID-19, more Americans are taking out home-equity and other types of loans, according to a new study by WalletHub.”Americans who are having trouble with their finances during the COVID-19 pandemic are searching for all sorts of options to relieve the pressure, from home equity loans to payday loans,” according to the report. “However, people’s interest in getting these types of loans varies from state to state. In order to determine the states where people are searching for loans the most during the pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across four key metrics. These metrics combine internal credit report data with data on Google search increases for three loan-related terms.”Here is what the researchers discovered:The residents of these 10 states are most likely to seek a home equity loan:Connecticut, Minnesota, New York, Indiana, Alabama, Kansas, Virginia, Florida, Michigan, and Iowa.The report breaks down the loan searches for 51 states.For the report, WalletHub consulted several experts soliciting their opinions on the relative safety of taking out loans of any type. None of them recommended seeking payday loans or even home equity loans, but rather recommended borrowing from family and/or acquaintances when possible, or a credit union.”If a person has a trust financial institution or bank, I would suggest meeting with a loan officer to assess what the credit implications might be,” said Frank H. Shafroth Director, Center for State and Local Government Leadership at George Mason University.Wallet Hub also asked the experts “what policy interventions can be taken by local authorities in order to help those in need financially during this economic downturn?” To which Shafroth replied, “Adopting a policy which permits deferral of property foreclosures: that was a critical element in Detroit’s recovery from the nation’s greatest chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy – otherwise, forcing people out of their homes could put them at greater risk of catching the virus and infecting many, many others.The study can be accessed in full on the WalletHub website. Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Related Articles Tagged with: credit Loan WalletHubcenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago September 30, 2020 973 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago States That Stand to Lead Home-Equity Origination Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb  Print This Postlast_img read more

‘Shaky’ Economy Hasn’t Slowed Rise in Home Equity

first_imgThe entire report can be found online at ATTOM.com. Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Home / Daily Dose / ‘Shaky’ Economy Hasn’t Slowed Rise in Home Equity Share Save 2020-11-05 Christina Hughes Babb November 5, 2020 1,082 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Of the 58.9 million mortgaged homes in the United States, 16.7 million considered equity-rich, meaning that the combined estimated amount of loans secured by those properties was less than 50% of their estimated market value, according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ third-quarter 2020 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report.Nationwide, equity-rich properties that quarter numbered about one in four, or, 28.3%, which is a 27.5 increase from Q2 and a 26.7% increase since Q3 of 2019. That is “despite the economic damage caused this year by the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic,” the report’s authors noted.Furthermore, just 3.5 million, or one in 17, mortgaged homes were reported to be “seriously underwater” (at least 25% more than the property’s estimated market value). That number represents 6% of all U.S. properties with a mortgage, down from 6.2% in the prior quarter and 6.5% a year ago.As the pandemic has caused other sectors to suffer, the housing market has remained strong; home values have kept rising throughout 2020, commonly by double-digit annual percentages.“Homeowner equity in the third quarter added another pebble to the pile of markers showing that the U.S. housing market continues to defy the broad downturn in the economy this year. Home prices keep rising, boosting the balance sheets of homeowners throughout most of the country,” said Todd Teta, Chief Product Officer with ATTOM Data Solutions. “With the foundation under the housing market still shaky as the Coronavirus remains a threat, we will continue to monitor closely the various metrics, including equity. But as it’s been throughout the pandemic, the market is strong and homeowners remain in a position to benefit.”Here’s a glimpse of what’s happening regionally:New England showed the biggest improvement in its amount of equity-rich homes.The largest declines in underwater prope0rties happened across Midwest and South.Northeast and West continue to have the largest shares of equity-rich homes; The Midwest and South have the lowest.The highest rate of seriously underwater mortgages remains in the South and Midwest.At least 25% of all properties were seriously underwater in 115 zip codes The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Christina Hughes Babb ‘Shaky’ Economy Hasn’t Slowed Rise in Home Equity Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: NAHB Files Lawsuit Opposing CDC Moratorium  Next: Uncertainty Presents Risk to Mortgage Investors  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Investigation launched after 3 fishmen die

first_img Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Investigation launched after 3 fishmen die Pinterest Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Google+ WhatsApp A small Waterford community is in shock and disbelief, following the deaths of three brothers in a fishing accident.An investigation has been launched after brothers Paul, Shane and Kenny Bolger died when their small punt boat got into difficulty off Tramore.They had set out from Dunmore East before lunch yesterday to tend to lobster pots before a partial sinking of their vessel led to them being thrown into the water.A local Councillor, Pat Fitzgerald, who is related to the brothers by marriage, says the men were very experienced on the water and had been fishing all of their lives.He says locals are mystified as to what went wrong.”THe boat was upturned when it was found – but it was still afloat but upturned” he said.”They were very close to the boat – they were within a couple of hundred metres of the boat”.”Anymore than that we can’t tell…what actual time it happened or how it happened – we have no idea as of yet, anyway” he added. Twitter Facebook Previous articleNorthwest MEP welcomes new exploration measuresNext articleNew Letterkenny Post Office will open on July 1st News Highland Facebookcenter_img Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal News Google+ By News Highland – June 13, 2013 WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Car destroyed after being set on fire in Derry

first_img Car destroyed after being set on fire in Derry Police have launched an investigation after a car was set on fire outside a house in Derry this morning.The incident happened at approximately 3am in the Bogside area of the city.Police say the car was destroyed while a house nearby was also damaged by the fire.Anyone who noticed suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact detectives at Strand Road police station on the non-emergency number 101. Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Homepage BannerNews By admin – June 5, 2016 Facebook Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal center_img Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleRecord numbers for Relay for Life Donegal 2016 as event draws to a closeNext articleDownings through to All Ireland Gaeltacht Junior Final admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

Not too late for people to register to vote in by-election

first_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest Not too late for people to register to vote in by-election WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Newsx Adverts Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook WhatsApp Google+center_img Google+ Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter Previous articleDonegal South West by-election, Thursday 25th November – the candidatesNext articleTiming of Councillor O’Domhnaill joining Fianna Fail a ‘coincidence’ News Highland Twitter By News Highland – November 5, 2010 Polling for the Donegal South West by-election will take place beween the hours of 7a.m. and 10p.m. on Thursday November 25th.The closing date for candidates to submit their nomination papers is this day week – and for the public it is not too late to register:The latest time for the receipt of nominations is 12 noon on Friday next, the 12th of November.At present, just under 62,000 people are registered to vote in Donegal South West, with persons who are not registered still able to apply for inclusion in the supplement to the register to be published before polling day.Supplement application forms for all categories of voters are available from council offices, Garda Stations, Libraries, Post Offices and and on-line at www.checktheregister.ie. People can also use that site to check if they are eligible to vote.Forms should be signed by a garda, and must be received  by Donegal County Council at County House in Lifford no later than half past four on Monday next, the 8th of November. PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republiclast_img read more

Body of girl who tragically died in Australia to be returned to family today

first_img Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter By News Highland – May 3, 2011 Facebook News WhatsApp Previous articleWest Donegal gorse fires now under controlNext articleRugby – Letterkenny end season with the double News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+center_img Twitter Body of girl who tragically died in Australia to be returned to family today RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th The body of the young Irish backpacker who died while scuba-diving in Australia more than two weeks ago will be returned to her family today.23-year-old Elaine Morrow was diving off Queensland on April 18 when she failed to surface. Her body was recovered by divers.The young biology graduate’s remains are expected to be flown into Dublin Airport today, before being transported to her family home in Ballintra, Co Donegal, later tonight.Her funeral will be held on Thursday afternoon after a service at the Drumholm Parish Church of Ireland, Ballintra. There will be a wake for friends and neighbours tomorrow.Elaine had recently arrived on a one-year visa in Australia when she went scuba diving at Langford Island on April 18.She failed to resurface after she became separated from the dive team. Police said witnesses were unable to revive the NUI Maynooth graduate. Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Security alert ends in St Johnston after suspicious object declared a hoax

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Previous articleRaphoe siblings win 4 European Games medalsNext articleDonagh Kelly wins the Raven’s Rock Rally in Waterford News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Twitter Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img Google+ By News Highland – June 28, 2015 WhatsApp A security alert has ended in St Johnston after a suspicious object was spotted near the Orange Hall earlier this afternoon.The area was sealed off, and gardai examined the scene.After 40 minutes, the area was declared safe, with gardai saying the object was a hoax. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Security alert ends in St Johnston after suspicious object declared a hoax Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Lacey getting treatment on hamstring injury

first_img Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Donegal defender Karl Lacey is receiving treatment on the hamstring injury he picked up in the All Ireland quarter final win over Armagh last Saturday.The Four Masters man suffered the injury early in the game but played to the finish.The 2012 Player of the Year looked to be struggling at times in the narrow one point win over the Orchard County.Lacey has just under three weeks to recover for the semi final against Dublin on Sunday 31st August. Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – August 12, 2014 Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Previous articleApple reseller iConnect to open Derry store next monthNext articleEnglish wins 800 heat at European Athletic Championships admin Lacey getting treatment on hamstring injury Facebook Newslast_img read more

Lawyers Express Concern On Communalizing Corona

first_imgNews UpdatesLawyers Express Concern On Communalizing Corona Radhika Roy4 April 2020 5:35 AMShare This – xLawyers practicing in various Courts in Delhi have issued a letter expressing grave concern regarding the dissemination of fake news about a minority community being responsible for the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country by various sections of the media. The letter urges the Press Council of India, Editors Guild and the Government to “strongly deprecate the peddling of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginLawyers practicing in various Courts in Delhi  have issued a letter expressing grave concern regarding the dissemination of fake news about a minority community being responsible for the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country by various sections of the media. The letter urges the Press Council of India, Editors Guild and the Government to “strongly deprecate the peddling of such fake news and to issue advisories to all channels and social media groups who are trying to vitiate the atmosphere”. The Ministry of Health has also been urged to “make a clear statement that the Coronavirus has not originated in India and no community can be blamed for this”. The lawyers who have signed the letter include women lawyers Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra, Advocates Kirti Singh, Anuradha Dutt, Anu Narula, Sunita Kapil, Nandita Rao, Ekta Kapil, Ruchi Singh, Radhika Kulluru, Swaty Singh Malik, Warisha Farasat, Arundhati Katju and Fozia Rahman.The letter begins with a token of appreciation for the solidarity shown by Indians in cooperating with the lockdown and distributing food and providing other forms of assistance to stranded daily wagers and migrant labourers. It then goes on to chide the spreading of the false narrative that the minority community is responsible for the spread of COVID-19. “The unfortunate spread of infection, to some persons, consequent to the congregation of persons from different parts of the world at a religious event in the first half of March, is being referred to as “corona jihad”, “Islamic insurrection”, “corona terrorism” and various other hurtful and inflammatory terms against an entire community. The same is without any factual basis, amounts to hate speech and out of fear many victims may go into hiding instead of seeking treatment.”The recent order of the Supreme Court of India, deprecating the spread of fake news, has been referred to, which has directed the States to take action under the Disaster Management Act against the ones responsible for the spread of such news. The letter has further urged the Ministry of Health to “share the road map proposed by the Government of India, after the lock down to combat Covid 19; and to publicise the State’s medical preparedness”. There has also been a request for timely press releases which could be issued so as to inform citizens about what lifestyle and professional changes are expected from them. The Government has additionally been requested to “announce a comprehensive recovery package for the most vulnerable which includes setting up of long term shelter homes, distribution of rations and declaration of a universal basic income to all citizens, urban and rural”. The letter ends with a call to fellow citizens to understand the seriousness of the pandemic and therefore, observe social distancing as well as other scientific to protect themselves from the outbreak.The signatories include Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, Geeta Luthra Snr. Advocate, Kirti Singh Advocate, Anuradha Dutt Advocate, Anu Narula Advocate, Sunita Kapil Advocate, Nandita Rao Advocate, Ekta Kapil Advocate, Ruchi Singh Advocate, Radhika Kulluru Advocate, Swaty Singh Mallik Advocate, Sunita Kapil Advocate, Warisha Farasyat Advocate, Arundhati Katju Advocate, Fozia Rahman Advocate,M.M. Qayam-ud-din Advocate, Sikander Siddiqui Advocate, Aquib Advocate, Faisal Adovcate, M.M. Kashyap Advocate Sayed Mansor Ali Arizvi AdvocateLawyers’ organisations including ‘All India Lawyers Union’, ‘Lawyers for Democracy’ and ‘Lawyers for Saving the Constitution’ have supported the statement. Next Storylast_img read more

Allahabad HC Intimates That Courts & Tribunals In State Will Open For Working From April 20 [Read Letter]

first_imgNews UpdatesAllahabad HC Intimates That Courts & Tribunals In State Will Open For Working From April 20 [Read Letter] Akshita Saxena18 April 2020 5:36 AMShare This – xThe Allahabad High Court has announced that all the Courts subordinate to it, including the Tribunals, that do not fall under containment zones will be opened for working from April 20. In a letter addressed to all the District Judges in UP, the Registrar General intimated that all the Courts subordinate to Allahabad High Court and all Commercial Courts, Motor Accident Claims Tribunals…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Allahabad High Court has announced that all the Courts subordinate to it, including the Tribunals, that do not fall under containment zones will be opened for working from April 20. In a letter addressed to all the District Judges in UP, the Registrar General intimated that all the Courts subordinate to Allahabad High Court and all Commercial Courts, Motor Accident Claims Tribunals and Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Authorities across the State will be opened from 20th April, 2020 for working, where court campuses are situated outside of the containment zones. For this, all the District Judges/POs have been directed to obtain written report from the District Magistrate regarding status of their court campus in respect of containment zone. The court has further directed that lockdown measures and social distancing norms as notified by the Central government from time to time will be followed stringently. The RG has clarified that the Officers/staff residing in the containment zones will be exempted from his/her official duties. Further, those court campuses that fall in the containment zone may remain closed, in terms of its order dated March 25. Pertinently, April 20 is the set by the Central government to review the situation and grant some relaxations accordingly. “Till 20 April, all districts, localities, states will be closely monitored, as to how strictly they are implementing norms. In States with no increase of hotpots, they could be allowed to let some important activities resume, but with certain conditions,” the PM had announced on Tuesday. Read Letter Next Storylast_img read more

Delhi HC Asks Police To Submit Report In Plea Claiming Police Brutality For Not Wearing Masks While Roaming Outside [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Asks Police To Submit Report In Plea Claiming Police Brutality For Not Wearing Masks While Roaming Outside [Read Order] Karan Tripathi27 April 2020 8:50 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has directed Delhi Police to submit a status report in a plea claiming police brutality for not wearing masks while roaming around in streets. The Single Bench of Justice Yogesh Khanna has directed the Delhi Police to submit the status report before May 05. In the present criminal writ petition, the Petitioners claimed that on 20.04.2020, during the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDelhi High Court has directed Delhi Police to submit a status report in a plea claiming police brutality for not wearing masks while roaming around in streets. The Single Bench of Justice Yogesh Khanna has directed the Delhi Police to submit the status report before May 05. In the present criminal writ petition, the Petitioners claimed that on 20.04.2020, during the evening, they were forcibly taken from their residence to a police booth and were beaten up and illegally retained. It was also submitted that after getting beaten up, a false case was thrusted upon both the Petitioners. However, when the court perused the FIR lodged in the present case, it was revealed that police had objected to the Petitioner No.2’s conduct of roaming in the locality without any mask and when asked about his conduct, he called up his brother and then both of them started beating up the police officials. It was because of this beating up of the police, that the FIR was lodged against the Petitioner brothers. In order to get the clarity on the case, the court directed Delhi Police to submit the status report before the next date of hearing. The matter will next be taken up on May 06. The Petitioner in the case was represented by Mr Varun Tyagi. The state was represented by Additional Standing Counsel Ranvir Singh KunduClick Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Collegium Proposes To Make Additional Judge Manish Choudhury Of Gauhati HC, Permanent [Read Resolution]

first_imgNews UpdatesCollegium Proposes To Make Additional Judge Manish Choudhury Of Gauhati HC, Permanent [Read Resolution] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK17 Oct 2020 12:57 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court Collegium has proposed to appoint Justice Manish Choudhury, Additional Judge of Gauhati High Court, as a Permanent Judge of that High Court. Justice Choudhury enrolled with the Bar Council of Assam in 1999 after obtaining his LL.B. Degree from the Gauhati University. He practiced mainly in the Principal Seat as well as in the Aizawl Bench, Itanagar Bench and Kohima…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court Collegium has proposed to appoint Justice Manish Choudhury, Additional Judge of Gauhati High Court, as a Permanent Judge of that High Court. Justice Choudhury enrolled with the Bar Council of Assam in 1999 after obtaining his LL.B. Degree from the Gauhati University. He practiced mainly in the Principal Seat as well as in the Aizawl Bench, Itanagar Bench and Kohima Bench of the Gauhati High Court. He was Standing Counsel of the Directorate of Land Records, Assam from 2009 to 2016 and Senior Standing Counsel, Higher Education Department, Assam during 2014 to 2016. He was retainer counsel of a number of organizations, companies and PSUs. He was appointed as a Member, State Law Commission, Assam in June 2015 and was designated as Senior Advocate by the Gauhati High Court in April 2017. He was elevated to the Bench as an Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court on January 18, 2019. Recently, the Collegium also proposed to make Justices Sanjay Kumar Medhi and Justice Nani Tagia permanent Judges. Click Here To Download Resolution Read Resolution Next Storylast_img read more

Centre Removes Prohibition On Transfer Of Land In Jammu & Kashmir To People Outside State [Read Notification]

first_imgNews UpdatesCentre Removes Prohibition On Transfer Of Land In Jammu & Kashmir To People Outside State [Read Notification] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK27 Oct 2020 5:15 AMShare This – xThe Central Government on Tuesday notified the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of State Laws) Fifth Order, 2020, making it possible for people outside Jammu and Kashmir to buy land in the State.The Jammu and Kashmir Alienation Of Land Act 1995 which prohibited transfer of land in favour of any person who is not a State Subject now stands repealed as a whole.Section…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Central Government on Tuesday notified the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of State Laws) Fifth Order, 2020, making it possible for people outside Jammu and Kashmir to buy land in the State.The Jammu and Kashmir Alienation Of Land Act 1995 which prohibited transfer of land in favour of any person who is not a State Subject now stands repealed as a whole.Section 4 of the J&K Alienation of Land Act had stated “Transfer of land in favour of any person who is not a State Subject, is prohibited”. This entire Act stands repealed now.Further, the order notified by the Ministry of Home Affairs has amended the J&K Land Revenue Act, 1996 to introduce restrictions on the transfer of agricultural land to a non-agriculturist and conversion of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes. Amendments have been made to the J&K Land Reforms Act as well.The MHA has also removed ‘permanent resident of the state’ criteria in definitions of  “economically weaker section” and “low income group”  in Jammu and Kashmir Development Act, 1970. Spouse to be regarded as domicileThe MHA’s order amends the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services Decentralization and Recruitment Act 2010 to include ‘spouse’ of a domicile under the definition of “domicile”.  The order repeals as a whole some of the laws including Jammu and Kashmir Big Landed Estates Abolition Act ( XVII Samvat 2007) , Jammu and Kashmir Common Lands (Regulation) Act, 1956 etc. which contains similar prohibitions. “With immediate effect, the Acts mentioned in the Schedule to this Order shall, until repealed or amended by a competent Legislature or other competent authority, have effect, subject to the adaptations and modifications directed by the Schedule to this Order, or if it is so directed, shall stand repealed.”, the order reads.Section 96 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act 2019 empowers the MHA to amend and repeal laws of UT of J&K.In April, the MHA had brought changes in the domicile laws of J&K to include non-locals living in the UT for 15 years and children of Central government employees serving here for 10 years under the definition of “domicile”. Before the reorganisation of J&K, non-locals were not eligible for jobs in the erstwhile state. The Centre also extended 100% domicile reservation in all government posts. Click here to Read/Download NotificationRead NotificationNext Storylast_img read more

Madhya Pradesh Governor Promulgates The Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Ordinance, 2020

first_imgTop StoriesMadhya Pradesh Governor Promulgates The Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Ordinance, 2020 Sparsh Upadhyay10 Jan 2021 8:37 AMShare This – xThe Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Anandiben Patel has promulgated The Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Ordinance, 2020. The ordinance has been published in the gazette notification (dated 09th January 2021). It may be noted that the Madhya Pradesh Cabinet on 26th December gave its nod to the draft ordinance which has several provisions that are similar to the ordinance issued by…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Anandiben Patel has promulgated The Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Ordinance, 2020. The ordinance has been published in the gazette notification (dated 09th January 2021). It may be noted that the Madhya Pradesh Cabinet on 26th December gave its nod to the draft ordinance which has several provisions that are similar to the ordinance issued by Uttar Pradesh Government recently. Importantly, every offence committed under the Ordinance has been made cognizable, non-bailable and triable by Court of Sessions [Section 13 (1)]. Also, the Ordinance has repealed the Madhya Pradesh Dharma Swatantrya Adhiniyam, 1968 and rules made thereunder [Section 17 (1)]. Preamble The preamble to the Ordinance Reads – “An Ordinance to provide freedom of religion by prohibiting conversion from one religion to another by misrepresentation, allurement, use of threat or force, undue influence, coercion, marriage or any fraudulent means and for the matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.” Key Provisions in the Ordinance Prohibition of conversion from one religion to another. [SECTION 3] No person shall convert or attempt to convert, either directly or otherwise, any other person by use of misrepresentation, allurement, use of threat or force, undue influence, coercion, marriage or any fraudulent means nor shall any person abet or conspire such conversion: Also, if any one converts in contravention of this provision, then such conversion shall be deemed null and void. [SECTION 3] Complaint against conversion of religion [SECTION 4] Under this provision the police enquiry/investigation is barred unless and until a written complaint is given to that effect by a person converted in contravention of Section 3, or his parents, or siblings or with the leave of the Court by any other person who is related by blood, marriage or adoption, guardianship or custodianship. [SECTION 4] Punishment for contravention of Section 3 [SECTION 5] The Ordinance states that if any person contravenes the provisions under Section 3 then that person shall be punished with imprisonment for a term, which shall not be less than one year but which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine (not less than rupees 25,000). The Ordinance further provides that if the contravention of Section 3 is in respect of a minor, a woman or a person belonging to the Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than two years but which may extend to ten years and shall also be liable to fine (not less than rupees 50,000). It also provides that whosoever intends to marry a person of any religion other than the religion professed by him and conceals his religion in such a manner that the other person whom he intends to marry, believes that his religion is truly the one professed by him shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than 3 years but which may extend to 10 years and shall also be liable to fine which shall not be less than rupees 50,000/- Mass Conversion – The Ordinance provides that whoever is found indulged in mass conversion (while contravening the provisions of law), shall be punished with imprisonment which shall not be less than five years but which may extend to Ten years and shall also be liable to fine which shall not be less than 100000. [SECTION 5] Section 6 Provides that any marriage performed in contravention of Section 3 shall be deemed null and void. Jurisdiction of Court [SECTION 7] A petition for declaring a marriage null and void has to be presented by any person mentioned in Section 4 i.e., a person converted in contravention of Section 3, or his parents, or siblings or with the leave of the Court by any other person who is related by blood, marriage or adoption, guardianship or custodianship Such a petition has to be presented before the Family Court and where a family court is not established, the Court having Jurisdiction of a Family Court within the local limits wherein- (a) The Marriage was solemnized, (b) The respondent at the time of presentation of the petition resides, (c) Either parties to the marriage last resided together, (d) Where the petitioner is residing on the date of presentation of petition. [SECTION 7] Inheritance Right [SECTION 8] Interestingly, the Ordinance provides that even though Section 6 Provides that any marriage performed in contravention of Section 3 is deemed null and void and whatever be the decision of the Court under Section 7, but if any child is born out of marriage performed in contravention of section 3, he/she shall be deemed to be legitimate. Also, the succession to the property by such child shall be regulated according to the law governing inheritance of the Father. However, such child wouldn’t have any right in or to the property of any person, other than his father. [SECTION 8] Right to Maintenance [SECTION 9] The Ordinance gives the Right to Maintenance to woman whose marriage is declared null and void under Section 7 and her children borne out of such marriage shall be entitled to maintenance as provided in chapter 9 of the Criminal Procedure Code 1973. [SECTION 9]Declaration before conversion of religion [SECTION 10] One who desires to convert his religion voluntary, he/she shall have to a declaration in the form prescribed form at least 60 days in advance, to the District Magistrate. It has to be clearly stated in the form that the conversion is being done out of free will and that the person wishes to convert his religion without force, undue influence, coercion, allurement Failure to do so will invite imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three years, but may extend to 5 years and shall also be liable to fine (not less than 50,000). The DM, on receiving the information shall give acknowledgment of such prior NOTICE. The Courts have been barred to take cognizance of offence committed under this section without prior sanction of DM. [SECTION 10] Punishment for violation of provisions of Act by an institution or organization [SECTION 11] If any institution or organization violates the provisions of the Ordinance, the person or persons in charge of the affairs of the organisation or institution shall be subject to punishment as provided under Section 5. Also, the registration of the organization or institution under any law for the time being in force may be cancelled by the competent authority. [SECTION 11] Burden of Proof [SECTION 12] The burden of proof as to whether a religious conversion was not effected through misrepresentation, allurement, use of threat or force, undue influence, coercion, marriage or any fraudulent means lies on the accused. [SECTION 12] Investigation [SECTION 14] No police officer below the rank of Sub-inspector of Police shall investigate any offence registered under the Ordinance. [SECTION 14]Click Here To Read/Download OrdinanceSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Kerala High Court Seeks Election Commission’s Response On Petitions Challenging Deferment Of Rajya Sabha Polls

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala High Court Seeks Election Commission’s Response On Petitions Challenging Deferment Of Rajya Sabha Polls Lydia Suzanne Thomas27 March 2021 2:13 AMShare This – xOn Friday, the Kerala High Court sought the views of the Election Commission on two petitions that assailed the Election Commission’s decision to keep in abeyance elections to three vacancies from the state in the Rajya Sabha. A Bench of Justice PV Asha directed the Election Commission (EC) to respond to the petitions by Monday. The petitions, filed by the secretary of the Kerala Legislative Assembly and CPI(M) MLA S. Sharma, challenge the deferral of the polls. Advertisement It is contended that the EC had no right to interfere with the election schedule once the same was announced. The decision to call a halt on the polls, taken pursuant to a reference from the Ministry of Law and Justice, does not reveal the contents of the Ministry’s reference or how the reference was relevant, the petitioners contend. Asserting that the EC’s decision to defer the polls in step with the Ministry’s directive amounted to “subservience of the Commission to the Union Executive in violation of its independence, which independence and insulation from executive interference is mandated by the Constitution”Advertisement Another contention adopted by the petitioner is that once the elections are notified, the election process commences and even the High Court and the Supreme Court cannot interfere in such matters. In such a scenario, the EC’s action amounting to interference with the election process is improper and malafide, it is argued. Additionally, Sharma, in his petition, argues that the EC’s decision was motivated, anticipating possible changes in the electoral college following the upcoming Kerala Legislative Assembly Elections.Advertisement Advertisement Aggrieved by the impropriety in the actions of the EC, the petitioners moved the High Court. Kerala goes to the polls on April 6, and the result of the polls is expected on May 2. Elections to Rajya Sabha seats vacated by the IUML’s Abdul Vahab, the CPI(M)’s KK Ragesh, the INC’s Vayalar Ravi was slated for April 12, 2021. Vahab, Ragesh, and Ravi are due to retire on April 21, 2021. MLAs of the incumbent Legislative Assembly in which the ruling-LDF has majority would have formed the electoral college for the elections on April 12.Senior Government Pleader V Manu is representing the Secretary of the Legislative Assembly and Senior Advocate S. Sugunapalan is representing Sharma.TagsKerala Assembly Elections Kerala Legislative Assembly Kerala High Court Justice PV Asha Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Delhi Police Approaches Supreme Court Seeking To Relax Directions Prohibiting Handcuffing Of Arrested Persons, Undertrials To Ensure Safe Transit In Pandemic

first_imgTop StoriesDelhi Police Approaches Supreme Court Seeking To Relax Directions Prohibiting Handcuffing Of Arrested Persons, Undertrials To Ensure Safe Transit In Pandemic Nupur Thapliyal22 April 2021 9:59 PMShare This – xAn urgent listing Application has been filed by the Delhi Police in the Supreme Court requesting it to relax the directions issued by the Apex Court prohibiting Handcuffing of arrested persons and other Undertrial Prisoners till the time the pandemic subsides so as to ensure safe transit while they are being escorted.The present application has been filed in the suo moto matter i.e. In Re: Contagion of Covid 19 Virus in Prisons registered by the Court last year.Advertisement The plea in this regards reads thus:”It is respectfully submitted that the present applications for impleadment and directions is being preferred seeking relaxation of directions issued by this Hon’ble Court prohibiting handcuffing of arrested persons and undertrial prisoners till such time the Covid-19 pandemic subsides in order to ensure safe transit between jail/police station and courts while producing/escorting the undertrial prisoner/arrested person before the Courts, Hospitals and other places during custody parole, investigation etc.”Advertisement Furthermore, the plea also states that there is an apprehension that such a transit of undertrial prisoners between jail and courts by holding their hand moving in close proximity will expose both the prisoner as well as the police personnel to Covid-19 virus.”It will be unsafe to hold the prisoner/accused by hand in close proximity. Further, even if the police personnel wear the gloves, it will not give the sufficient grip to hold the prisoner/accused, even in that event they have to move in close proximity and cannot ensure social distancing norms. Therefore, if they are handcuffed, the police personnel escorting them can hold them from a distance, thereby ensuring safe distancing.” The plea states.Advertisement Advertisement The plea also highlights that many of the police of the Delhi Police have already lost their lives due to the coronavirus and this also puts their respective family members to the risk.”Therefore, it is respectfully prayed that during this extra-ordinary situation this Hon’ble Court may consider balancing the right to dignity of the undertrial prisoner/accused and the life and safety of both prisoner/accused and police personnel wh o accompany them during transit between jail/police station to courts and help reduc ing the risk of infection from spreading.” The plea prays.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement The following prayer is sought:- allow the present application and list I.A.No.78680/2020, IA No. 79197 /2020 filed in SUO MOTU WRIT PETITION (C) NO. 1/2020 for hearing before the Hon’ble Court urgently, and- pass such other and further orders as this Hon’ble Court may deem fit and proper in the facts and circumstances of the case.TagsHandcuffing Of Arrested Persons Undertrial prisoners Pandemic covid 19 suo moto contagion in prisons Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

COVID19- Plea Seeking Financial Assistance, Medical & Insurance Cover For Lawyers: Jammu & Kashmir High Court Seeks Govt’s Response

first_imgNews UpdatesCOVID19- Plea Seeking Financial Assistance, Medical & Insurance Cover For Lawyers: Jammu & Kashmir High Court Seeks Govt’s Response Sparsh Upadhyay14 May 2021 8:34 AMShare This – xRepresentative imageThe Jammu and Kashmir High Court last week sought the response of UT of J&K on a plea filed seeking financial assistance, medical and life insurance for lawyers who are facing grave financial hardship on account of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bench of Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur was hearing a plea filed by one M. Abubakr Pandit who has prayed that UT of J&K be directed to grant immediate financial assistance to the tune of Rs 25,000/- to the advocates who are in actual practice before the High Court and District Court within the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The plea before the Court The plea avers that the present crisis due to Covid-19 and closure of courts has caused serious financial problems for many advocates during the period of lockdown including the petitioner. The plea also states that most of the lawyers are not able to feed their family and are at the stage where they can say a final goodbye to the noble profession forever. Importantly, the plea states, “Since the pandemic has started many advocates became COVID Positive and some were also hospitalized and to bear the medical expenses they approached to various members of the Bar for financial aid whereas there was no assistance by the Respondents.” The plea also stresses that the Advocates are called the officers of the court and that the Courts should come forward for the welfare of the Advocates and their family members and further, a guideline be prepared at an earliest for providing the Insurance Policy in favor of the advocates including their family members. Prayers in the plea Direction to the UT of J&K to grant immediate financial assistance to the tune of Rs 25,000/- to each advocate who have earlier received the financial assistance and are in actual practice before the Hon’ble High Court and District Court within the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Direction to the UT of J&K to formulate a medical and Life Insurance policy for the welfare of the advocates and their family members practicing before the High Court and District Court within the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir In related news, the Rajasthan High Court has asked the Bar Council of Rajasthan about the steps being taken for the welfare of advocates who are affected by COVID-19. A single bench of Justice Ashok Kumar Gaur posed this query while issuing notice on a petition seeking utilization of the advocates welfare fund for the relief of advocates affected by the pandemic. The Supreme Court Bar Association has announced a ‘General Assistance Scheme 2021’ to support the bereaved and financially unstable families of such lawyers who pass away at an early age. The assistance will also be extended to such members who are financially constrained and undergo surgery or are treated for critical illness. Eligible members may send their application to: [email protected] Earlier this week, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed that in case any family of the lawyer is in need of financial assistance either on account of medical expenditure or due to the death, the family members may approach the Bar Association with an application. “On the application being forwarded, the Court would speedily consider it and endeavour to provide maximum financial aid out of the welfare fund,” the Court said. It has also requested the Government to consider making some additional budgetary allocation for such families, as the funds available with the Bar may not be sufficient to meet the requirement.Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsJustice Dhiraj Singh Thakur Jammu and Kashmir High Court Financial Assistance To Lawyers covid COVID-19 financial assistance Medical Insurance life insurance Next Storylast_img read more

Delhi High Court Issues Notice In Plea Challenging Govt’s Permission Given For Conducting Phase II, III Clinical Trials Of Covaxin In Age Group Of 2-18 Years

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi High Court Issues Notice In Plea Challenging Govt’s Permission Given For Conducting Phase II, III Clinical Trials Of Covaxin In Age Group Of 2-18 Years Nupur Thapliyal18 May 2021 11:09 PMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has issued notice in plea challenging the notification issued by the Central Government for conducting phase II and III clinical trials of covaxin in the age group of 2 to 18 years stating them to be “healthy volunteers”. The plea also seeks directions on the State to criminally prosecute persons involved in the trials in the event of death or loss of life of any minor or toddler.Advertisement The plea moved by one Sanjeev Kumar makes Union of India, Central Drug Standard Control Organization, Ministry of Women and Child Development and Bharat Biotech Limited as Respondents in the matter.The petition has been filed seeking quashing of the order passed by the Central Government dated May 13, 2021 giving permission to Bharat Biotech Limited for conducting Covaxin phase II and III clinical trials on 525 “healthy volunteers” falling under the age group of 2 to 18 years.Advertisement Stating that the order is prima facie unlawful and arbitrary, the plea states thus:”A person can offer to do anything only if he/she is capable of understanding the consequences of his/her act. In the present case, the subject matter of clinical trials being minors (even toddlers who- for the reason of their age only- are not capable of even speaking and understanding languages in proper manner) cannot be supposed to Volunteer for the aforesaid clinical testing. This Hon’ble Court is requested to kindly adjudge as to whether the respondents have ensured the ‘Voluntariness of the young toddlers’ for allegedly volunteering as subject matter of the aforesaid elinical trial which involves very clear possibility of loss of life and/ or loss of peaceful and pleasant enjoyment of life to a toddler/ minor child.”Advertisement Advertisement The plea also avers that such a volunteer is also required to enter into a contract with the Institute carrying the clinical trial for various aspects dealing with the compensation, damages in case the clinical trial fails and is also required to give his/her consent that he/she has understood the entire agreement and is willing to volunteer for the clinical trial on the terms and conditions stipulated in the written contract.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement “In this case, since the alleged volunteers belong to the age group between 2 to 18 years, it is crystal clear that no such contract could be signed by the alleged volunteers (who are all minors and hence not competent to contract) as the same is in the teeth of sec 2(g), 10, 11 & 12 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872.” The plea submits.In view of this, the plea states that the Order does not provide any details of the parents or legal guardians or persons who have come into contact to such minors amongst the 525 children.”For that in any view of the matter, the impugned order violates Article 21 of the Constitution of India, Preamble and Article-6 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1990 to which India is a signatory and hence a State Party, The Principles inherent under the Indian Contract Act 1872 as well as the other settled principles of law and natural justice.” The plea submits further. The plea states the following prayers:- Quash and set aside the Impugned Order dated 13/05/2021 passed by the respondents for conducting phase II,III clinical trial of Whole Virion Inactivated Coronavirus Vaccine on healthy volunteers from the age group ranging between 2 to 18 years. – Direct the respondents to place on record the details of the 525 children who will be subjected to phase II/III clinical trial of Whole Virion Inactivated Coronavirus Vaccines also the records of vaccination of their parents/ legal guardians and family members and other persons who come in close contact of such toddlers/ children for taking their care. – Direct the respondents to produce the contracts under which the 525 children have been/ would be made Volunteers for the phase II/III clinical trial of Whole Virion Inactivated Coronavirus Vaccine.- Direct the State to criminally prosecute the persons involved in such trials and the persons having authorized conduct of such trials in the event of any death or loss of peaceful and pleasant enjoyment of life of any toddler or a minor children.TagsDelhi High Court Covaxin Clinical Trial Minor Children COVID -19 second covid wave Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Delhi Oxygen Concentrators Hoarding Case: Delhi Court Rejects Plea For Police Custody Of Navneet Kalra, Sends Him To 14 Days Judicial Custody

first_imgTop StoriesDelhi Oxygen Concentrators Hoarding Case: Delhi Court Rejects Plea For Police Custody Of Navneet Kalra, Sends Him To 14 Days Judicial Custody Nupur Thapliyal20 May 2021 9:08 AMShare This – xA Delhi Court on Thursday sent Navneet Kalra to 14days judicial custody who is accused in connection with the recovery and seizure of Oxygen Concentrators by the Delhi Police recently from the ‘Khan Chacha’ cafe under his ownership recently.Duty Metropolitan Magistrate Akansha Garg sent Kalra to judicial custody after Delhi Police’s application seeking 5 days police custody remand for Kalra was rejected by the Court. The Police had filed another application seeking 5 days police custody remand on the expiry of 3 days police custody granted earlier by the Court. “Whatever substantial had to be achieved by the investigating agency through the Police Remand of the accused has already been achieved and no fruitful purpose would be served by extending the Police custody of the accused. Therefore, I do hereby reject police remand application for abovementioned reasons. Accused be sent to J/C for 14 days.” The Court ordered.Furthermore, the Court observed thus:”The offence in question in the present case is of grave nature and has serious implications upon the society at large. In these testing times when utmost humanity and compassion have been exhibited by people a few miscreants in the society have resorted to vices like hoarding and black­marketing of essential drugs and medical equipments which could otherwise have averted so much death and destruction. However, the Courts of law are not expected to be carried away by the public sentiment and therefore cannot authorise detention merely because some stringent and non-bailable sections have been slapped upon the accused by the prosecution. It is their sacrosanct responsibility to apply their judicial mind and delve into the said question deeply.” “The contention that the mirror images of the recovered mobile phones are yet to be created, or the data from the recovered laptop is yet to be segregated and therefore requires the custody of the accused is flawed at the very outset and I do not find any force in it. Even if the accused is remanded to JC or enlarged upon bail, nothing whatsoever is an impediment upon the investigating agency to confront or interrogate the accused. Also the fact that the replies of the various banks is still awaited cannot be made a ground to deny the accused his valuable Right.” Court observed further.Senior Advocate Vikas Pahwa along with Advocate Vineet Malhotra appeared for Navneet Kalra whereas Additional Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava appeared for the State.The development came after the Court had sent Kalra to 3 days police custody remand on Tuesday.The Delhi Police had registered a case under Sec. 420,188,120B,34 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 3 and 7 of the Essential Commodity Act 1955 for recovery of over 500 oxygen Concentrators from some restaurants in the national capital. The case has been transferred to the Crime Branch.Delhi High Court had refused to grant interim protection from arrest to Kalra after he moved the High Court seeking anticipatory bail in the matter after hearing the matter for two days. A single judge bench comprising of Justice Subramonium Prasad turned down the request of Senior Advocate Abhishek Singhvi and orally remarked thus:”I’m persuaded by the trial court’s order. Interim protection cannot be given at this stage.”Earlier, last week Kalra’s anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the Sessions Court.Click Here To Read OrderTagsDelhi Court Navneet kalra Delhi Oxygen Concentrators Hoarding case Oxygen Concentrators #Police Custody Next Storylast_img read more

Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday 9th March

first_img Twitter Twitter Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday 9th March Facebook Facebook Google+center_img By News Highland – March 9, 2018 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday 9th March:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/09news.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Previous articleLYIT Ladies suffer Moynihan Cup Semi Final defeatNext articleRecord breaking number of patients on trolleys this week News Highland WhatsApplast_img read more

Investigation launched into suspected arson attack in Derry

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Google+ Investigation launched into suspected arson attack in Derry WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Previous articleMinister in Donegal this for week for “Rural Opportunity” eventNext articleMichael Murphy dismisses referee influence theory News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Police are appealing for information following a report of arson at residential premises at the Greenhaw Avenue, Shantallow area of Derry last night.At around 8:30pm, it was reported that a number of bins were alight spreading to a nearby oil tank at the back of a house in the area, causing it to go on fire.The fire then spread to the house, causing substantial damage to the property and neighbouring homes.A women in her 60s who was inside the property at the time of the incident, but managed to get out. She was treated for shock at the scene.Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service attended the scene and dealt with the fire. There were no reports of any injuriesPolice are also investigating a possible link to damage caused to a car parked in the Greenhaw Avenue area of Shantallow sometime between 9:30pm and 10:30pm.It is believed that a slate was thrown through the rear window of the car, causing damage to the vehicle.Enquiries are continuing and detectives are appealing to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact police at Strand Road on 101, By News Highland – April 10, 2019 Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitterlast_img read more

Brexit uncertainty partly blamed for collapse of Flybmi

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest By News Highland – February 17, 2019 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Brexit uncertainty partly blamed for collapse of Flybmi Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook Google+ Brexit uncertainty is being partly blamed for the collapse of Flybmi.Hundreds of flights have been cancelled including flights between the City of Derry Airport and Stansted.Passengers who booked flights directly with the airline are advised to contact their card issuer to seek a refund.Last week the airport said Fly BMI’s route to London was a “key element” to its sustainability.Derry City and Strabane District Council say they have been in urgent discussions since the announcement to assess the situation and put in place measures to secure a new operator for the route as soon as possible.Councillor Sandra Duffy says not only has the announcement been a huge blow for Derry but for the whole North West region:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/duffy.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Previous articlePlans for public conveniences on Donegal’s Islands progressingNext articleRugby Review: Wins for City of Derry & Omagh in AIL News Highland center_img Twitter WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Harrison disappointed at Disclosures Tribunal findings

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harrison disappointed at Disclosures Tribunal findings WhatsApp Facebook By News Highland – December 1, 2017 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Google+ Twitter Previous articleBudget Update – Ibec calls for no rates increases as progress is reportedNext articleMain Evening News, Sport, and Obituaries Friday December 1st News Highland center_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Garda Keith Harrison says he’s disappointed but not surprised with the conclusions of the Disclosures Tribunal.Justice Peter Charleton rejected claims by Garda Harrison and his partner Marissa Simms that Gardai maliciously called in TUSLA to interfere in their family life.He said their allegations were “entirely without validity”.In a statement, Garda Harrison says he is still issuing proceedings in the High Court over the matter.Full report can be accessed herehttp://disclosuretribunal.ie/en/DIS/(n)%20and%20(o)%20report.pdf/Files/(n)%20and%20(o)%20report.pdf Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebooklast_img read more

Presbyterian Church of Ireland ceases all services until further notice

first_imgThe Presbyterian Church in Ireland has ceased all services until further notice.It’s written to its ministers to tell them that all congregational activities, including Sunday worship, should stop in light of the evolving coronavirus situation.The Church is encouraging congregations to find creative and virtual ways to worship for the time being. Presbyterian Church of Ireland ceases all services until further notice Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp By News Highland – March 18, 2020 Pinterest Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Google+ Facebookcenter_img Previous articleCovid Community Response team set upNext articleThe reality of Coronavirus needs to realised – Pringle News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Twitter Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

Calls for LIS scheme to be properly funded or scrapped

first_img Previous articleEight donkeys rescued by Donegal Donkey SanctuaryNext articleInland Fisheries Ireland seize illegal nets and fish in Donegal News Highland Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – July 20, 2020 Calls for LIS scheme to be properly funded or scrapped WhatsApp The Chair of the Donegal Municipal District is calling on the Government to fund the Local Improvement Scheme properly or scrap it.Last year, Donegal County Council received €600,000 under the LIS Scheme while its estimated over €12 million is needed to repair roads in the county.Councillor Micheal Naughton says the Government needs to fund the scheme adequately rather than just throwing crumbs at Donegal:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/naughton1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 last_img read more

21 deaths, 787 further cases of Covid-19 in North

first_img Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter Previous articleRetailers accept January sales can not go on as normalNext articleMansell exits PDC World Championships News Highland Homepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp Another 787 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, and there are a further 21 deaths. 12 people died with the virus in the past 24 hours, but there was a delay in reporting the other nine deaths.Hospitals in the North are operating at 100 per cent capacity.451 people are hospitalised with Covid-19, with 31 of them in intensive care. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook 21 deaths, 787 further cases of Covid-19 in Northcenter_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – December 23, 2020 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

RSA urge caution as eight die on Irish roads in past week

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Gardai are urging road users to be extra careful for the remainder of the Bank Holiday weekend, given the number of fatal accidents in the past few days.The deaths of a man in his twenties in a car crash in Tipperary and a cyclist in Kerry, bring to 8 the number of people killed in the last week.Moyagh Murdock from the Road Safety Authority is also appealing for people to be mindful when driving:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/murdockroads.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews RSA urge caution as eight die on Irish roads in past week WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – June 2, 2019 WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleAnger as hoax device causes homes to be evacuated in StrabaneNext articleDonegal All County League Results News Highland Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebooklast_img read more

Road closed between Killea and Newtowncunningham

first_img WhatsApp Google+ Road closed between Killea and Newtowncunningham Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Previous articleCouncil urged to provide financial support to Letterkenny ReunionNext articleCalls for ‘fair break’ for rural pubs News Highland By News Highland – August 22, 2018 Donegal County Council has closed the R237 between Killea and Newtowncunningham to allow for essential repairs.Local diversions are in place.The road closure is due to last until Friday, but local councillor Paul Canning is hopeful it can reopen tomorrow evening……………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/paulcroad1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Letterkenny University Hospital Pharmacy Team advise ‘Know, Check, Ask’

first_imgThe Pharmacy team in Letterkenny University Hospital are reminding the public to ‘Know, Check, Ask’ when it comes to managing their medication.In a statement the team is asking the public to know your medicines and keep a list, bringing it to appointments and if admitted to hospital.Check that you are using the right medicine the right way and ask your healthcare professional if you’re unsure.In a statement, Colm Devine, Chief Pharmacist at Letterkenny University Hospital says that everyone has a role to play in ensuring medication safety.It is important that anyone taking medication checks to ensure that they are using it in the right way and if they are unsure, they should ask a health professional.Patients should check with their pharmacist or doctor if they have any questions about their medication.The hospital is also reminding people that with Christmas approaching, it’s important to ensure that prescriptions are filled so people have the medications they need. Letterkenny University Hospital Pharmacy Team advise ‘Know, Check, Ask’ Previous articleEmergency services attending asbestos-related fire in SligoNext articleInvestigation launched into attempted burglary at local filling station News Highland Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Facebook Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme center_img Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp By News Highland – December 15, 2020 Community Enhancement Programme open for applications News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+last_img read more

1,285 people with Covid-19 being treated in hospital this morning

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Facebook Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications 1,285 people with Covid-19 being treated in hospital this morning 1,285 people with Covid-19 are being treated in hospital this morning, an increase of 132 since yesterday.There are 107 patients with the virus in ICU.It comes as the more highly transmissible South African variant has been identified in Ireland.The first three cases of the strain were confirmed here yesterday, along with a record 8,248 new cases of Covid-19.Dr Cillian de Gascun, director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, says vaccines may not be fully effective in combating the South African variant:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Virus10am1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ Previous articleGardai seize an estimated €105,000 of suspected cocaine in LiffordNext articlePolice say shooting of man in Creggan last night is ‘barbaric’ News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp By News Highland – January 9, 2021 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Google+last_img read more

€5.3 million allocated for Active Travel routes in Donegal

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme €5.3 million allocated for Active Travel routes in Donegal WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Pinterest Facebookcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – March 29, 2021 €5.3 million in funding has been allocated for Active Travel routes in Donegal. It’s one of the highest allocation nationwide.The funding will accelerate the delivery of walking and cycling facilities across the county.It’s part of an overall programme to ensure the delivery of almost 1,000 kilometres of improved walking and cycling infrastructure across the country by 2025.In a statement Donegal Green Party Chairman Michael White says “the new funding is a huge boost to the rollout of Active Travel infrastructure. It will enable Donegal County Council to expand the great work they are already doing in delivering new walking and cycling routes across the county, and we will continue to support that work in any way we can.  In particular, we are pushing for a new cycleway in Moville, Inishowen that runs past John Hume’s house to be named in his honour. We are also pressing for new cycleways and walkways in Carndonagh, Letterkenny, Milford, Stranorlar and Donegal Town.”Minister Charlie McConalogue commented “The announcement today is a positive step for Donegal and provides green sustainable transport options to those in rural communities. The projects listed for Donegal will help create safer, greener and better spaces for people to live, work and visit.”He concluded “I thank my government colleagues Ministers Ryan and Naughton, the NTA and all the local communities who are committed to these projects.” Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleCalls for hair salons to re-open for vaccinated people labelled ‘ridiculous’Next articleLetterkenny project to receive largest share of €5.3M funding News Highland Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebooklast_img read more

Concerns raised over those ignoring social distancing guidelines

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Concerns raised over those ignoring social distancing guidelines Previous article20 new positive cases of Covid-19 in Northern IrelandNext article121 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus cases in Ireland News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – March 22, 2020 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationscenter_img A Donegal councillor has raised concerns about groups of young people ignoring social distancing guidelines in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.Councillor Jack Murray has appealed for those who have gathered in large groups to think of the worst case scenario.It’s comes as a number of calls were received from worried locals in Buncrana who were expressing their concern of the gatherings.It appears some are disregarding the advice from the government and medical professionals about social distancing.Councillor Jack Murray said it’s vital we keep our distance:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/JackDistancing.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows last_img read more

International Summit at TES

first_imgLatest Stories Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson In Davis’ class are students from Guatemala, Vietnam, China, Azerbaijan, India and Saudi Arabia.Ayush Patel, India; Danny Truong, Vietnam; and Niky Li, China were all born in the United States. Alyssa Wallace, Azerbaijan, is adopted. Laila Alkolaibi, Saudi Arabia, is in the United States for a year while her mother attends Troy University. Amaila Felix, Guatemala, came to the United States when she was 6 years old.The six international students were the group leaders and researched their country of origin and presented information about the country to other students and parents who attended the summit. Published 10:18 pm Friday, October 1, 2010 By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Email the author International Summit at TES By The Penny Hoardercenter_img Print Article “This was a good learning experience for all the students,” Davis said. “Many of our students don’t get a chance to travel a lot so this was an opportunity for them to learn what the world is like outside Troy.“The group leaders did a lot of work and learned a lot about their country in the process. All students learned about the different countries and the different cultures and about each other as well.”Davis said the most interesting aspect of the unit was the realization that in reality “children are just children.”“The children all get along so well,” she said. “It doesn’t matter to them which country they are from. They don’t even think about that.” Alyssa came to the United States when she was eight months old so the United States is the only home she has ever known.“I love it here,” she said. “Everyone is so nice. I am an American.”Amaila said she, too, likes living in America.“In Guatemala the women carry water on their heads and their babies on their backs,” she said and added with a smile that “I couldn’t do that.”Ayusha said that he’s an American and a true Southerner.“I speak country, y’all,” he said laughing. Danny Troung talks with his classmates about Vietnam during the ‘international summit’ held in Deb Davis’ classroom on Friday. (Photo/Jaine Treadwell)Troy Elementary School is not the most likely place to host an International Summit, but such an event was held Friday in Deb Davis’ third-grade class.Six students in Davis’ class have other countries as their native homes.“It’s unusual to have six international students in one class in rural Alabama,” Davis said. “So the International Summit was an opportunity for all the students to have a taste of the world. We are becoming international.” Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… You Might Like Fall bounty fills farmers market Peppers are seen at the Farmers Market. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning) The producers at the Pioneer Farmers Market in Troy… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daylast_img read more

Pioneer Days offer hands-on experiences

first_img Sponsored Content “Agnes Johnson will be in the demonstration cabin and she’ll teach the children how to ‘tote’ water and clean floors with a cornshuck mop,” Greve said. “Pioneer Days will be a fun and learning experience for all ages.”Grover Poole and Don Renfroe will offer rides on a mule-drawn wagon and children will have fun riding the museum’s locomotive. And there will be a baby barnyard for the little kids.Donnie Richards from Tennille will be on hand with his unique “Come Heah Ta Me” turkey calls.And, no one is saying that Richards’ calls were used to call up the turkeys that are the source of the smoked turkey legs that will be for sale at Pioneer Days, but then no one has said they weren’t either.Smoked sausage, smoked turkey legs and funnel cakes will be available as will samples of Dutch oven cooking cooked on-site by the Lower Alabama Dutch Oven Cookers.“Pioneer Days will offer a great weekend of fall festival fun that focuses on pioneer lifeways,” Greve said. “We invite everyone to join us as we celebrate our 17th year.”Admission to Pioneer Days is $6 for adults, $5 for senior adults and military/service organizations, and $4 for ages six through college with an ID. Ages five and under are admitted free. Skip By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Fannin refuses pay raise Pike County Commissioner Oren Fannin was at the Pike County Commission office early Tuesday morning to sign the necessary papers… read more Pioneer Days offer hands-on experiences Published 10:50 pm Friday, September 30, 2011 The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories David Stephens, founder of All Hands Productions, has been bringing quality puppet productions to children and their parents for more than a decade.“David is a graduate of Troy University and his puppets have been seen on stage and television,” Greve said. “On Friday, he will present, ‘Billy Goat Gruff and Other Stuff’ and on Saturday he will do Br’er Rabbit tales. He is outstanding.”Back by popular demand will be Al Bouler, who portrays Davey Crockett and Bruce Brennen’s Wild West Show. Bouler has appeared at Fort Toulouse and at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Brennen is a cowboy poet and a master of trick and fancy roping and with the bullwhip.Pioneer Days will also feature a variety of demonstrations including spinning, weaving, quilting and woodstove cooking, flint knappping and primitive tool working. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Print Article “This will be Pioneer Days’ 17th anniversary and it is shaping up to be a great event,” Greve said. “We have several new vendors and are really excited to be able to bring them to the museum.”Bob Rosser from Birmingham is the only hand-engraving and metal smither in the state.“Bob Rosser does the most incredible engraving work that you have ever seen and he does it the way it used be done – by hand – and that’s a dying art.” Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Pioneer Days at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama are just about the biggest, if not the biggest, single, annual event at the museum.This year’s Pioneer Days event will be on Friday and Saturday, with Friday designated as school day and Saturday as family day. Already, more than 700 students and teachers have registered for Friday’s big school event.Those who have been to Pioneer Days know what great fun is in store for them. Those who are coming for the first time are in for a real treat, said Rachael Greve, museum director.last_img read more

Jamie Scarbrough addresses Brundidge Rotarians

first_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Scarbrough has also created a website that will give the public access to the circuit court procedures. Visit pike.alacourt.gov to learn more. By Jaine Treadwell By Secrets Revealed Henry Moore, Pike County Circuit Clerk Jamie Scarbrough and Johnny Garret at the Brundidge Rotary Club meeting Wednesday. Scarbrough was the guest speaker and updated the Rotarians on the state of the clerk’s office.Pike County Circuit Clerk Jamie Scarbrough was the guest speaker at the Brundidge Rotary Club meeting Wednesday.Scarbrough is the youngest clerk in the state but that has not deterred her for being able to run the circuit clerk’s office with a half staff.Scarbrough had not stepped into the circuit clerk’s position but a few months when she was required to cut her staff. Print Article Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Email the author Skip Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Jamie Scarbrough addresses Brundidge Rotarians You Might Like Send-off party for reigning queens Tuesday on sorority hill The five reigning queens who will represent Troy, Brundidge and Pike County at the annual Miss National Peanut Festival in… read more Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Scarbrough said the Pike County Circuit Clerk’s office handles between 10,000 and 13,000 cases a year and sends between $60,000 and $90,000 a month to the state’s general fund coffer.“The state’s court system is the largest contributor to the state’s general fund,” she said. “That being so, it’s hard to understand why our funding is being cut but it is.”Scarbrough said that she has instituted an aggressive restitution program that encourages businesses to accept a lesser amount on bad check debts.“Sometimes, it’s better to settle and get $1,000 and do away with a $4,000 debt that has been owed for 15 years than get nothing at all,” she said. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel “But we have an excellent staff and have been able to handle our workloads without getting behind much more than a week,” she told the Rotarians. “We close the office on Wednesday afternoons so that we can work without interruptions and that’s working for us. We’re working hard and doing the best we can with the staff that we have.”However, Scarbrough said she could lose two members of the staff who plan to retire in the not too distant future.“If we aren’t able to replace them, it would be extremely hard to run the office,” she said. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsonlast_img read more

Proclamation Day service at Pike Regional CAC

first_imgLatest Stories By Jaine Treadwell The featured speaker will be Tajuan McCarty, who is founder of The WellHouse in Leeds. The Leeds is a non-profit, faith-based and Christ-centered agency dedicated to rescuing women from sexual exploitation/human trafficking.“Tajuan McCarty has experience in social work and community outreach,” Teague said. “She is also a consultant on women’s issues. She has assisted women ex-offenders re-enter society. She helped implement Alabama’s first program devoted to helping chronically homeless, severely mentally ill women.”Teague said McCarty is an advocate for abused and neglected children. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center in Troy will host its 2015 Proclamation Day Service at noon on Monday. The public is invited to this special event as the center brings Child Abuse Prevention Month to the forefront.“The United States Department of Health and Human Services reported that in 2013 in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, an estimated 679,000 children were victims of child abuse and 1,484 children died,” said Temeka Teague, Pike Regional CAC intervention program director/family advocate. “The majority of child abuse cases stemmed from situations and conditions that are preventable when community programs and systems are engaged and supportive.”Teague said Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves and Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage and members of the Pike County Commission will participate in the Proclamation Day event by signing a proclamation declaring the month of April Child Abuse Prevention month in Pike County. Sponsored Content Proclamation Day service at Pike Regional CAC Book Nook to reopen This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Published 3:00 am Saturday, April 4, 2015 Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daycenter_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “We will all be inspired and motivated by what she has to say,” Teague said.Those who attend Proclamation Day at the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center on Monday will be invited to tour the facility and enjoy the fellowship of the event. Print Article Email the author Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Pike Regional CAC is located at 118 West Orange Street in Troy. You Might Like Troy home displays Easter story Messenger photo/Courtney PattersonMyrtle Tolbert displays the true Easter story in lights in her front yard. She created the cross with… read more By Secrets Revealed Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Making a difference: Troy art professor honored

first_img Making a difference: Troy art professor honored Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Sunday alcohol sales? Troy residents could soon be voting on whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales within the city. Troy City Council President… read more Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell May said Percy also donates one of his own clay creations as a bid bowl each year.“We couldn’t do Empty Bowls without him,” she said. Published 3:00 am Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Sponsored Content Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Percy expressed appreciation to Pam Allen, department chair, Kayla Garrett, departmental secretary and the students who give of their time and talent to Trojan Art Day and Empty Bowls. He credited the Art and Design family, the support team of Judy Fulmer and the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Pike County Salvation Army with his being selected for the prestigious award.“Together we are making a difference,” Percy said. “It is easy to be a champion when you are surrounded with talent and commitment like we have in this department and our surrounding community.” Print Article Trojan Art Day provides teachers and their students with the opportunity to come to Troy University to meet and work with members of the Art and Design faculty and students. They participate in workshops, including ceramics, drawing, architectural rendering and screen printing.  Trojan Art Day 2017 had 405 participants.Percy came on board with the Pike County Empty Bowls project in 2008. The project is an annual fundraiser for the Pike County Salvation Army.“Larry helped organize Empty Bowls and has been a big part of every bowl-making and luncheon since,” said Kim May, local Salvation Army director. “He has helped us get grants for the purchase of the clay we use. He involves his pottery students and got students at Pike County High School involved in bowl making.” Messenger photo/SubmittedLarry Percy, Troy University associate professor in the Department of Art and Design, is the recipient of the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education “Making a Difference “ award. Percy was honored for his role in organizing the exhibtion and competition of the District II Visual Arts Achievement Program since 2005, spearheading the effort to launch Trojan Art Day in 2014 and for his involvement in the Pike County Salvation Army’s Empty Bowls Project since 2008.Troy University’s Larry Percy has been honored with the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education’s “Making a Difference” Award.Percy, associate professor in the university’s Department of Art and Design, received the award during a recent reception at the Embassy Suites in Montgomery.Percy was honored specifically for his role in organizing the exhibition and competition of the District II Visual Arts Achievement Program since 2005, spearheading the effort to launch Trojan Art Day in 2014 and for his involvement in the Pike County Salvation Army’s Empty Bowls Project since 2008. last_img read more

Heavens ring at the Old Country Church

first_img Welcome back: Trojans look to finish season on a high note The Troy Trojans are back at 8-2, sitting exactly where they sat last year at the same time. With the… read more 12345PrevNextStartStop Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 4:00 am Tuesday, November 21, 2017 “It’s a wonderful way to begin Thanksgiving week,” she said. “Coming to this old church with your family and friends and, some you may not know, to give thanks for your many blessings.”For Deborah Huggins-Davis, Sunday was her first time attending the song service.“I have been wanting to come and this morning I got up and told Paul that I wanted to go,” she said. “It was a true blessing and I’ll look forward to coming back.”And, as she does, Huggins-Davis will join those who packed the Old Country Church from wall-to-wall Sunday in making the annual singing as much a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey on the table. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Heavens ring at the Old Country Church Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Singing at the Old Country Church “would make the heavens ring” and ring they did Sunday afternoon for one hour and 15 minutes.And, if John and Mary Senn would give the nod, the singing would, probably, to on until darkness descended on the 100-year-old wood-frame church.“We come to worship God in song,” John Senn said. “Who can we go to if not God?” Latest Stories By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Sponsored Content “There’s nothing as beautiful as these alto voices,” said Roger Gunter, who was among the first to lead songs. “Standing up here, with them right by you … there’s just not anything more beautiful than these voices.”The blending of voices – altos, sopranos, basses, tenors, children’s and a few off keys – is what praising God in song is all about, Senn said.“This is why we keep coming back and look forward all year to this Sunday afternoon,” said Cathy McKinney. “There’s no better way to express your thankfulness than to come to this little church and sing your heart out.”“Songs of the Church” is the book that is used. Requests are written on the board and often called from the audience – 30 or more songs are sung.Reba Davis has been to every singing at the Old Country Church. She, like many, attends with her family and that’s what makes the singing so special. You Might Like Skip Print Article By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Singing at the Old Country Church is held annually from 2 until 3:15 p.m. at the historic church on U.S. Highway 231 south of Brundidge.“This year was our 16th year and every year it seems like it’s better than the year before,” Senn said. “Every year, it’s a blessing to be among family and friends and sing those wonderful hymns of praises to God.”The church building was the original building for the Hamilton Crossroads Church of Christ. John and Mary Senn purchased the building in order to preserve it. The couple hosts the Singing at the Old Country Church each year as a way of bringing people together who love to sing with their voices as the only instruments.last_img read more

Brundidge youth football coach passes away

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration A Brundidge man who was in the process of organizing a travel football team for youths ages nine and 10 collapsed on a privately-owned practice field Wednesday in downtown Brundidge. Jeremy Lampley, age 37, was transported to Troy Regional Medical and later died.Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport said the call came into the Brundidge Police Department at 7:43 p.m. on Wednesday. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopen “He was trying to start a football league own his own, but the team was not associated the City of Brundidge,” Wright said. “Because of COVID-19, Brundidge has no recreation football this year.” Next Up“Evidently, someone at the practice called E-911 and the call went to the Troy Police Department and they alerted us,” Davenport said.Evelyn Flournoy, Lampley’s aunt, said Lampley was a graduate of Pike County High School and a longtime Brundidge resident.“His dad, Walter Wilson, is my brother,” Flournoy said. “His mother, Lila, has passed away. Jeremy has two children, a girl and a boy.” Email the author Flournoy said Lampley had recently undergone a kidney transplant.Brundidge City Manager Willie Wright said Lampley had worked with Brundidge City Recreation football at some point. Brundidge youth football coach passes away Published 8:26 pm Thursday, September 3, 2020 By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Annual boil is underway The line was longer than long but those who shunned the hot September sun waited patiently. After all, those who… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Now due: Second dose vaccines

first_imgLatest Stories Published 11:05 pm Monday, February 1, 2021 At this time, the Pike County Health Department is not making appointments. Those wishing to make an appointment are asked to wait until later in the week or next week.Byrd Drugs is waiting on another shipment of the vaccine and new groupings at Charles Henderson will begin on Feb. 8. Email the author By Jaine Treadwell All In Credit donates to TH&R All In Credit Union employees recently donated Christmas gifts and Christmas trees to Troy Health and Rehabilitation Center. As part… read more Now due: Second dose vaccines Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like By The Penny Hoarder Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Sponsored Content Skip “Pike County has been a top-performing county and we are getting ready to give the second of the two doses,” he said. “When we get to March, we are going to reset so that we won’t have all of the second doses given at the same time. We will alternate days for first and second shots so we won’t have an extended time for either dose.”Pike County will receive more vaccine in February so that is encouraging.Kirkland said on-line appointments will facilitate future scheduling appointments.“Of course, some people would rather make appointments by telephone and that option will still be available,” he said. “Right now, we are working to make sure everyone who is eligible for that second shot receives it.” In mid-January, Gov. Kay Ivey urged Alabamians to be patient amid the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.On Monday, Feb. 1, Corey Kirkland, administrator of the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Southeastern District, stopped short of asking for continued patience rather steadiness in the coming weeks.“Right now, we have 10,000 people in our district that are all due second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Kirkland said. “I just found out that I’m getting enough vaccine to cover the second doses. So, right now, we are not making new appointments until we get these second doses given. It will be a week-to-week thing.”Kirkland said 1,200 vaccines have been administered in Pike County including 9,200 in the district. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Articlelast_img read more

Father of slain children ‘hugged every’ juror he could after guilty verdict in nanny trial

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After a jury found a New York City nanny guilty of murdering two young children in her care, the slain kids’ father said he hugged as many jurors as he could.Yoselyn Ortega had worked for Marina and Kevin Krim for two years when she killed Lulu Krim, 6, and Leo Krim, 2, on Oct. 25, 2012. Marina Krim came home that day with her then-3-year-old daughter and opened her bathroom door to find “the bloodied, lifeless bodies of her 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son,” Assistant District Attorney Courtney Groves said.Ortega was found guilty Wednesday on two counts each of first-degree and second-degree murder.“These jurors went through hell,” Kevin Krim wrote on Facebook hours after the verdict. “I hugged every one of them I could.”One juror, David Curtis, told reporters after the verdict Wednesday, “It was not a decision we reached lightly or easily.”“There was some raised voices and a lot of tears,” Curtis said, visibly emotional. “But I think we all feel good that we addressed all of these issues and fairly weighed everything that was presented to us.”Kevin Krim added on Facebook, “This process has been very challenging for us, but it has also reaffirmed our love of New York — a city that Lulu and Leo loved dearly. We got through this trial because of our family, our friends, our fellow New Yorkers and the loving memory of Lulu and Leo’s lives.”In the wake of the tragedy, the Krims founded The Lulu & Leo Fund and Choose Creativity, an organization that offers parents and schools a creativity curriculum based on 10 principles of creativity “that can help anyone thrive and build resiliency in all facets of their lives,” according to its website.“Marina and I believe that creativity is a positive act of defiance in the face of the destructive forces of violence and negativity. We want to respond with constructive energy,” Kevin Krim said in his Facebook post last night. “We believe that the ’10 Principles of Creativity’ can help children across this city and this country build the social-emotional skills and resilience to thrive no matter what the world throws at them.”Kevin Krim also spoke of his family’s push to make it a crime to falsify job applications and references for someone working in child care.“Parents and caregivers should be protected from people who would harm them with their evil and lies,” he said. “Every child deserves a caregiver who is honest and responsible. And no one should think they can lie when it comes to the care and safety of our children.”Ortega had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Her defense attorney, Valerie Van Leer-Greenberg, argued she was “suffering from severe psychosis” and “dissociation” at the time of the killings.Ortega is set to be sentenced May 14. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Disgraced gymnastics doctor’s alleged victims file new lawsuits

first_imgScott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Athletes who have accused disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s with sexual abuse have filed two new lawsuits Thursday against the International Federation of Gymnastics, as well as USA Gymnastics, the United States Olympic Committee and Michigan State University.Scores of women and girls, including Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas have publicly said they were abused by the former USA Gymnastics team physician, who is already behind bars.Thursday’s legal move marks the first lawsuit against the International Federation of Gymnastics, the council that oversees competitive gymnastics on a global scale.Attorneys allege that USA Gymnastics and others should have acted on allegations of Nassar’s alleged abuse sooner, arguing that Nassar could have been stopped years earlier.“The first report was made in 1997,” Mo Aziz, one of the attorneys representing the alleged victims, said at a news conference Thursday.“These young women were born in 1996, they do not have to be sitting here today,” he added. “The hundreds of Mr. Nassar’s victims would not have to exist had USAG, had Michigan State University and the other defendants responded appropriately.”Emily Vincent, one of the alleged victims who filed the suit, said in a press conference on Thursday that she was a 15-year-old high school swimmer when she was sexually abused by Nassar.“How is change going to happen if people don’t rally for it?” Vincent said. “This should never happen to anyone in the future and I want to be a part of making that a reality.”Victoria Carlson, another alleged victim, said at the news conference that she did not even identify herself as a victim of the physician’s alleged sexual abuse until she read another women’s account of her own.“I never wanted to go public with this,” Carlson said Thursday. “I actually never even wanted to tell my parents.”This past February, Nassar, a former Olympic doctor, was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison for abusing scores of girls and women in serial sexual assaults that went on for decades. The sentencing came on top of 60 years he received after pleading guilty last December to federal charges of possession of child pornography.“I just signed your death warrant,” Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar at his sentencing two months ago.USA Gymnastics told ABC News that it does not comment on pending legal matters.“USA Gymnastics is sorry that any gymnast was harmed by the despicable crimes Larry Nassar committed,” the group said in a statement. “The safety and well-being of our athletes are our highest priority and at the forefront of the decisions and actions that USA Gymnastics is taking to build a culture of empowerment that encourages our athletes to speak up, especially about difficult topics, and promotes a safe, positive training environment.”MSU did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Thursday, but in a statement issued in February following Nassar’s sentencing in January said that the sentencing “represents another important step toward justice. Over the past several days, many here at MSU, including President [Lou Anna] Simon and trustees, listened to the brave women who came forward to tell their stories at Nassar’s sentencing hearing.”The statement continued: “Nassar’s behavior was horrific and repugnant, and it is deeply disturbing to know that his crimes were often committed on campus. He will rightfully spend the rest of his life in prison.“We are committed to continue supporting those in our community affected by these terrible crimes. The Healing Assistance Fund was created to help survivors access any counseling and mental health services they may need. The thoughts and prayers of the entire MSU community are with these women.”Simon later resigned her post as MSU president.The U.S. Olympic Committee said in a statement: “The many brave survivors and their stories are bringing important changes to sports. The reprehensible behavior of Larry Nassar and other abusers has no place in our Olympic and Paralympic community. Organizations, institutions and individuals alike must reignite a culture for competitive excellence — one that is a safe, respectful and supportive environment. The USOC has made significant progress to strengthen protections for athletes, and we recognize that our work is never done.”The International Federation of Gymnastics did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Thursday. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Evacuations ordered as Hawaii volcano erupts

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  At least 1,800 people were ordered to evacuate on Thursday because of an erupting volcano, a Hawaii County Civil Defense spokesperson told ABC News.No injuries have been reported so far and no homes have been destroyed, but a subdivision road and some heavily forested private property have been damaged.Hawaii Gov. David Ige said in a statement he’s activated the state’s National Guard “to provide support to county emergency response personnel to help with evacuations and security.” He’s also signed an emergency proclamation to help provide state money for “quick and efficient relief.”The Kilauea volcano began erupting around 4:45 p.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Suspected killer found dead after 4 linked murders in Arizona: Police

first_imgABC News(PHOENIX) — The individual who police believe murdered four people over several days in Arizona was found dead at a hotel early Monday morning, Phoenix police said.The adult male suspect — who authorities did not name — died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Phoenix Police spokesman Sgt. Vince Lewis said.Evidence links the suspect to four different killings in Phoenix and nearby Scottsdale, police said.  Law enforcement sources told ABC News all four shootings used the same gun.Prominent forensic psychologist Steven Pitt was the first of four people to be killed, law enforcement officials told ABC News.  Pitt, who consulted with law enforcement on a handful of prominent cases, including the JonBenet Ramsey murder and the Jodi Arias trial, was shot and killed outside his Phoenix office on Thursday night. An eyewitness said he heard Pitt loudly arguing with someone followed by gunshots, according to police.Law enforcement officials told ABC News on Sunday that this person is the only known eyewitness to any of the murders. The suspect was described by police as a white man wearing a black cap with a short brim.Scottsdale police had already connected the Friday afternoon killings of paralegals Veleria Sharp, 48, and Laura Anderson, 49, to the same suspect.  The murder of Marshall Levine, who was killed just after midnight Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona, has now been linked to the same gun used in all four murders, law enforcement officials said.The sources said the motive in the four killings remains unclear, but this is likely “family related.”  Levine’s ex-wife, Carol Kleinman, told ABC News that Levine was a psychiatrist but was only licensed to practice in New Jersey.Since moving to Arizona, Kleinman said Levine worked as a life coach and hypnotherapist and dealt with clients who often “are angry.”  Levine’s body was discovered by an acquaintance inside of his Scottsdale office in a neighborhood known as The Greens at Gainey Ranch — about 17 minutes from where the paralegals were shot.Law enforcement officials told ABC News on Sunday that one of the two paralegals actually crawled to a limo bus after being shot and alerted the driver, who called police. Police followed the trail of blood left by that woman to find the other, who was shot to death in a law office.“We are confident that both crime scenes are related,” police spokesman Lewis said Saturday of the shootings of Pitt and the two paralegals.Steven Pitt & Associates is headquartered in Phoenix but Pitt worked on a number of nationally known cases, including Ramsey’s murder. The murder of the 6-year-old beauty pageant competitor who was found dead in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado, has never been solved. Pitt was brought on in February 1997 to help develop a psychological profile of Ramsey’s parents, according to multiple reports at the time.Pitt also consulted on cases including the Columbine High School massacre, Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault case and the Phoenix serial killer known as the “Baseline Killer,” who was sentenced to death for murdering nine people in 2005 and 2006.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bill Clinton says TV interview addressing Monica Lewinsky scandal wasn’t his ‘finest hour’

first_img@ColbertLateShow/Twitter (NEW YORK) — Former President Bill Clinton said his recent interview with NBC’s Today Show addressing the Monica Lewinsky scandal wasn’t his “finest hour” in a conversation with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday.Clinton was asked in the interview Monday if he would deliver a direct apology to Lewinsky, which he declined, saying he had publicly apologized in 1998. Clinton had an affair with then-White House intern Lewinsky while he was in office.“It wasn’t my finest hour, but the important thing is, that was a very painful thing that happened 20 years ago,” Clinton said on The Late Show Tuesday. “I apologized to my family, to Monica Lewinsky and her family, to the American people. I meant it then. I meant it now.“I’ve had to live with the consequences every day since and I still believe this #MeToo movement is long overdue, necessary, and should be supported,” he added.Clinton faced harsh backlash from both sides of the political aisle on Monday when he appeared to defend his handling of the 1995 affair by comparing it to Donald Trump’s history.“A lot of the facts have been conveniently omitted to make the story work, I think partly because they’re frustrated that they got all these serious allegations against the current occupant of the Oval Office and his voters don’t seem to care,” Clinton said, referring to misconduct allegations against Trump, who has denied those claims. “I think I did the right thing. I defended the Constitution.”He clarified those comments later, saying he had become “hot under the collar” during the interview because of how the questions were asked.The former president also spoke about the on-again, off-again meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.“[Trump] can expect to meet a guy who is reluctant to give up his nuclear weapons, because they think when they give them up they’re more likely to be overthrown. He wants to stay in power,” Clinton said referring to Kim. “We should all want President Trump to succeed here. … You should want something that makes us safer, our neighbors, South Korea, safer, and them a little better off.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Trapped for days beneath an overturned truck, missing Idaho man found alive

first_imgIdaho Falls Fire Department(IDAHO FALLS, Idaho) — A young man who had been missing for several days was found alive beneath an overturned truck in the foothills of Idaho this week, authorities said.Firefighters and law enforcement officials were dispatched to a remote area southeast of Idaho Falls on Monday night, after receiving a 911 call about the discovery of a rolled-over pick-up truck about a half mile off a road. The 911 caller had been searching for the 21-year-old male driver who had been missing for “several days,” according to a joint press release from the Idaho Falls Fire Department and the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said the three-quarter ton vehicle had rolled down a ravine and landed on its side in a small, narrow stream bed. The driver, whose name has not been released, was partially ejected during the accident and pinned to the ground beneath the truck for days.The man was conscious and talking to rescuers when they arrived on scene just before 8 p.m. local time, authorities said. The road above the overturned vehicle was too narrow for larger fire engines, so a smaller rescue truck had to be sent to the scene. There was also no cell phone service and radio communication was limited in the remote area, authorities said. Rescuers used heavy extrication equipment, as well as large airbags that were inflated under the truck, to get the man out. He was treated by medics at the scene and then flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in stable condition.His vehicle was removed from the ravine using a large boom truck, authorities said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘A lot of yelling’ in 911 call when 13-year-old Jayme Closs was abducted, police say

first_imgABCNews.com(BARRON, Wisc.) — The morning Denise and James Closs were shot dead in their Wisconsin home, someone dialed 911 from Denise Closs’ cellphone.A 911 dispatcher heard “a lot of yelling” in the call, which came in just before 1 a.m. Monday, according to sheriff’s department records.The dispatcher called back but was unable to leave a voicemail. More attempts were made. The phone went unanswered. Officials also tried to reach the home’s landline but it was disconnected, according to Barorn County Sheriff’s Department records obtained by ABC News Friday.When authorities responded to the home in Barron, they found the door kicked in, records showed.Denise Closs’ husband, James Closs, had answered the door.Multiple rounds were fired and the couple was found shot dead.Their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme Closs, was believed to be home at the time of the killings but had been abducted by the time police arrived minutes later, according to authorities.Friday marks the fifth day of the desperate search for the girl who authorities say is in danger. Since Monday authorities have received over 1,000 tips and conducted hundreds of interviews in the search for Jayme, Fitzgerald said Friday.The sheriff also said he’s encouraging people to recall if their friends or family changed behavior earlier in the week, saying, “People may act differently shortly after committing a violent act.”Fitzgerald said the public should be mindful of someone who missed work suddenly; missed scheduled appointments; suddenly left town without a reasonable explanation; changed appearance; is acting anxious, nervous, or irritable; or is paying an unusual amount of interest — either too much or too little — to the progress of the Closs investigation.It’s unclear if the attack was random or targeted, the sheriff said.An Amber Alert has been issued for Jayme. Anyone with information is asked to the tip line at 855-744-3879. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Three dead in apparent double murder-suicide in Ohio home: Police

first_imgaijohn784/iStock(DOYLESTOWN, Ohio) — Three people were found dead in what investigators believe is a double murder-suicide in an Ohio home Monday afternoon, according to local police. An officer responding to a welfare check called in by the family found the bodies in the home in Doylestown, 40 miles south of Cleveland, the Doylestown Police Department said in a statement posted on Facebook Monday. “The Doylestown Police Department is not looking for any other suspects,” police said. “The community and our citizens are safe.” Police said they did not immediately release more details or the names of the deceased while the investigation is ongoing and out of respect for the family. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is involved in the case, police said. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mountain lion rescued from 50 feet above home in Southern California

first_imgCalifornia Department of Fish and Wildlife(HESPERIA, Calif.) — Firefighters helped rescue a large mountain lion from a tree outside a home in Southern California over the weekend, authorities said.The homeowner spotted the wild cat on Saturday afternoon while doing yard work around the residence in Hesperia, a city in the Mojave Desert near the San Bernardino Mountains.The person alerted authorities and San Bernardino County firefighters were dispatched to the property, where they found the cougar perched on a branch about 50 feet above ground, according to a press release from San Bernardino County Fire.The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was called in to help devise a plan to safely extract the animal from the tree. Wildlife officials ultimately tranquilized the mountain lion, after which firefighters approached it using a tall ladder, securing it in a rescue harness before lowering it to the ground.“It is common for young mountain lions to wander outside what some would consider normal habitat in an attempt to establish their territory,” Kevin Brennan, a biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in a statement Saturday.Mountain lions are quiet, solitary, elusive predators that typically avoid people, and attacks on humans are rare. But they have been known to prey on pets and livestock.“Leaving the lion in the tree would not have been safe for the community,” Rick Fischer, a warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in a statement Saturday.Wildlife officials later released the mountain lion back into the wild.“Once the lion regained consciousness,” Fischer said, “we ensured he safely returned to his suitable habitat.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Arizona man rescued at Zion National Park after getting trapped in quicksand

first_imgbenedek/iStock(NEW YORK ) — An Arizona man was rescued at Zion National Park after his leg got stuck in quicksand while hiking during a winter storm on Saturday.The National Park Service told ABC News it nearly two days to rescue the 34-year-old male. He and his female companion had hiked three hours up the Left Fork of the North Creek, also known as the Subway route, at Zion National Park before he got swallowed by the quicksand. Neither the man nor the woman’s name was released publicly and details of how the man got trapped in quicksand were not immediately available.After an unsuccessful attempt to free his leg from the quicksand, the woman hiked three hours back to find phone service and call for help, park officials said.Rangers with the Zion Search and Rescue found the female companion close to the trailhead and treated her for hypothermia.After several hours of searching, NPS located the man, who was suffering from exposure, hypothermia and extremity injuries. It took rescuers two hours to free his leg.Rangers spent the night in freezing conditions tending to the male. The park reported four additional inches of snow overnight.A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter responded to the Search and Rescue team the following morning. It took DPS until Sunday afternoon to safely land due to extreme weather conditions.The NPS advises hikers to use extreme caution during this winter season.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Man admits to shooting transgender woman in hate crime, police say

first_img(Dallas County Jail) Domingo Ramirez-Cavente, 29, pictured in a photo released by authorities, has been charged with aggravated assault for the shooting of a transgender woman in Dallas.(DALLAS) — Police have arrested a Dallas man who they say admitted to shouting anti-LGBTQ slurs at a transgender woman before shooting her several times.Domingo Ramirez-Cavente, 29, allegedly shot Rony Calderon, who is transgender, last week in northwest Dallas, hitting her multiple times in the chest and arm, and leaving her in serious condition, police said Tuesday.The incident unfolded at around 11 p.m. last Friday, when Ramirez-Cavente allegedly pulled up beside Calderon and “began speaking derogatorily of gay and transgender people,” according to an arrest affidavit.The woman walked away and headed to a nearby bus stop “due to the hostility” of the conversation, but Ramirez-Cavente allegedly followed her and opened fire, the affidavit said.The woman survived, but police said they weren’t able to speak with her until Sunday due to her condition. Her injuries required surgery and she was still hospitalized as of Wednesday evening.Ramirez-Cavente was taken into custody on Tuesday, ending a four-day manhunt.The Dallas Police Department released surveillance footage on Monday, showing a red pick-up truck that was allegedly used in the attack, and offered up to $5,000 for any information leading to an arrest and indictment.Police spotted a vehicle matching the description and arrested Ramirez-Cavente for alleged traffic violations, including failure to use a turn signal, the following day.“Officers arrested the suspect for multiple traffic violations and transported him to Dallas Police Headquarters,” the affidavit said. “During the interview the suspect admitted to the details of the offence including shooting the victim at the bus stop.”The incident, which is being investigated as a hate crime, comes in the wake of three fatal attacks against transgender women across Texas, including two in Dallas.At least 18 transgender people have been killed this year in the U.S., according to the Human Rights Campaign. The group tracked 29 killings in 2018, the most it had ever recorded in a year.Ramirez-Cavente was charged with aggravated assault and was being held on $25,000 bond as Wednesday evening. It’s unclear if he has retained an attorney.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Quick-thinking crew member stops runaway cart from striking airplane on tarmac

first_imgaapsky/iStock(CHICAGO) — A quick-thinking airport employee averted a bad accident when a catering cart spun out of control on the tarmac of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The dramatic incident was caught on video by a passenger inside the terminal. Employees were servicing an American Airlines jet when their catering cart suddenly lurched out of control and began spinning wildly on its own. Dr. Kevin Klauer, who shot the video Monday, said it appeared that a case of bottled water fell off the vehicle and lodged under the accelerator. Ground crew members leaped aside as the cart careered around and around. An employee was knocked to the ground and pulled to safety by another worker.Other employees tried to reach out to stop the vehicle as its circular path took it closer to the nose of the airplane, but the cart was moving too fast. Suddenly, as seen in the video, a man ran up from behind the others and snuck past the spinning cart by narrowly jumping between it and the plane. He then disappeared out of frame for a moment, during which time he appeared to start up a forklift vehicle.On its final loop, the cart was heading right for the nose of the jet — when the employee steered the forklift into its path, crashing into the cart and knocking it away from the plane. The force of the crash toppled the cart onto its side and sent bottles and other items flying, but the plane was unharmed and it appeared there were no injuries.In a statement released after the incident, American Airlines officials said they were investigating the mishap. “Preliminary reports indicate that the accelerator became stuck and caused the catering cart to lose control,” the statement said. “No American Airlines team members were injured and the incident resulted in one 10 minute flight delay.” “We appreciate the quick action of our team member who stopped the vehicle,” the statement added. “Safety is our top priority and we are working with our partners to investigate the incident.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Wealthy tech executive kidnapped, killed: Sheriff

first_imgiStock(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) — A wealthy tech executive has been found dead after he was kidnapped from his Northern California home, authorities said.Tushar Atre, 50, was taken from his Santa Cruz home around 3 a.m. Tuesday and put into his own 2008 BMW SUV, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.Atre’s body and car were found later on Tuesday in Los Gatos, the sheriff’s office said.His death was ruled a homicide but authorities have not released how he died.The body was found near the vehicle, which was located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, ABC San Francisco station KGO-AM reported.Robbery is believed to be the motive, according to the sheriff’s office.The sheriff’s office said it appears to be an isolated incident.Atre was a millionaire tech executive, a CEO and founder of Atrenet, according to SF Gate.Atrenet creates and maintains websites for Silicon Valley tech companies and has clients including Hewlett Packard and Deloitte Consulting.SF Gate described Atre’s house as a multi-million dollar home.Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Jacob Ainsworth of the sheriff’s office at 831-454-7635.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Man hit on head with shovel, slashed over eye with box cutter in alleged hate crime

first_imgwsfurlan/iStock(BOSTON) — A Boston man was struck on the head with a snow shovel and slashed over the eye with a box cutter after allegedly enduring anti-gay slurs from the man who attacked him.Officers received a call at around noon on Tuesday that a suspected hate crime was in progress in Boston’s Lower Roxbury neighborhood.According to police, the 25-year-old victim was walking down the street when the suspect began hurling anti-gay slurs at him before he launched the physical attack.When officers arrived they discovered the man bleeding heavily from an apparent head wound.“Officers rendered first aid to the victim until Boston EMS arrived on scene and transported the victim to a local area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” said a statement released by the Boston Police Department. “After further investigation, it was revealed to officers that the suspect struck the victim in the head with a snow shovel then pulled out a box-cutter and slashed the victim over his eye.”The suspect, later identified as 58-year-old Eddie Smith, fled on foot but was apprehended a short time later a few blocks north of where the attack took place. Authorities also located a box cutter and snow shovel.The victim, who wished to remain unnamed, allegedly told police that he has had previous encounters with the suspect and that Smith had subjected him to verbal abuse regarding his sexual orientation, according to Boston ABC affiliate WCVB-TV.Smith has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and mayhem, and is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coach killed alongside Kobe Bryant in crash ‘was exceptional,’ husband says through tears

first_imgiStock(LOS ANGELES) — Youth basketball coach Christina Mauser, one of the nine people killed, including Kobe Bryant, in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, is leaving behind three grief-stricken children and an adoring husband.Matthew Mauser said telling the news to their children — ages 3, 9 and 11 — was “the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”“How do you tell a child their mommy’s no longer with us?” he said. “They screamed, they yelled. And I just held them.”“I love my wife. With everything I had,” Matthew Mauser told ABC News through tears on Monday. “I want more time.”As a top assistant coach of the Mamba girls’ basketball team, Christina Mauser coached Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who was also killed in the crash, according to The Los Angeles Times.Christina Mauser’s team was a part of Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California. The pilot and eight passengers were on their way there for a game at the time of the Sunday morning crash in Calabasas that killed everyone on board.A “lower team” was also supposed to have a game on Sunday, but it was canceled, Matthew Mauser said. His daughter would have been on the helicopter, too, if her game was on, Matthew Mauser said through tears.Matthew Mauser said his wife of 14 years took many trips on Bryant’s helicopter — and he’d “always get nervous.”But he “wanted to support” her opportunity to work with Bryant, he said, “’cause she’s always supported me.”“Kobe didn’t pick my wife because she was average,” he said. “She was exceptional.”“I was so proud of her. It was amazing watching her in her element,” he said. “Kobe deferred to her. He would get angry or upset at a ref, she would calm him down.”“As good as she was with X’s and O’s, she was also that good with how to treat the girls,” he said. “She took a lot of pride in being there for those girls and she absolutely adored them.”“She loved what she did,” Matthew Mauser said. “My wife had a brilliant, brilliant eye for coaching.”He called his wife “an amazing athlete,” recalling a moment the two played basketball on one of their first dates.Her moves were unlike “any girl I’ve ever dated,” Matthew Mauser said, “and I fell in love right there.”“She was quick, she was witty,” he added. “She had an amazing sense of humor.”“I just want people to know how amazing my wife was,” Matthew Mauser said. “I want everybody to know not only about my wife, but about the other people on that helicopter that were amazing people. Including Gianna and KB. It was a helicopter full of incredibly talented, hardworking, sweet, kind, fantastic people.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Minority jail officers were barred from guarding ex-cop charged with George Floyd’s murder: Complaint

first_imgiStock/bizoo_nBy: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Eight Minnesota correctional officers of color have filed a discrimination complaint alleging they were barred from guarding the white former police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, a Black man.The eight minority officers assigned to the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center in St. Paul complained to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights that the decision to segregate them and keep them away from fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, and the entire floor he was being housed on at the jail, was based solely on the color of their skin.“I am not aware of a similar situation where white officers were segregated from an inmate,” reads a statement in the complaint from a Black officer that was anonymously filed on Friday with the Department of Human Rights through his lawyer.The employee called his superintendent’s order “the most overtly discriminatory act that has occurred during my employment” and that it left some of his colleagues of color in tears and demoralized that their superiors thought they couldn’t professionally carry out their duties because of their race.“My fellow officers of color and I were, and continue to be, deeply humiliated, distressed, and negatively impacted by the segregation order,” the officer wrote in the complaint. “The order and Ramsey County’s failure to adequately address it have caused a hostile work environment for officers of color at Ramsey County Correctional Facility — Adult Detention Unit.”Another minority officer, who described herself as Hispanic, said she and other officers of color were reassigned to the third floor of the jail once Chauvin was brought to the fifth floor of the facility, and that they were instructed to remain there even when an all-hands emergency response was called.“When we arrived on the 3rd floor, we realized that the facility’s employees of color were all on that floor, and that we had been segregated from the 5th floor,” the Hispanic officer said in a statement contained in the complaint. “During the same afternoon, an ‘A-Team Response’ was called, which normally means there is an emergency and correctional officers are to drop what they are doing in order to assist the affected inmate and help transport the inmate to the 5th floor. Several officers of color responded to the call, but were prohibited from taking the inmate to the 5th floor due to the order to segregate.”Bonnie Smith, a Minneapolis attorney representing the eight officers, said during a news conference on Sunday outside the jail that her clients have chosen to remain anonymous for “fear of retaliation.”The incident occurred on May 29 when Chauvin was brought to the jail’s fifth floor to be processed after he was initially arrested on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. The murder charge against Chauvin was later upped to second-degree murder and he has since been moved to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights, where he is being held on $1.25 million bail. He has not yet entered a plea.Chauvin was captured in a citizen cell-phone video on May 25 kneeling on the back of Floyd’s neck as he lay in a prone position with his face to the pavement, calling out for his dead mother and repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” until he became unresponsive. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a hospital, setting off protests and acts of violence in Minneapolis and in cities throughout the nation.Three other Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal encounter with Floyd have also been fired from the police department and criminally charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.Jail Superintendent Steve Lydon admitted issuing the order to keep minority officers from Chauvin after he was given 10 minutes notice by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension that Chauvin would be arriving at the facility, according to a statement he gave investigators that was provided to ABC News on Sunday by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.“Recognizing that the murder of George Floyd was likely to create particularly acute racialized trauma, I felt I had an immediate duty to protect and support employees who may have been traumatized and may have heightened ongoing trauma by having to deal with Chauvin,” Lydon’s statement reads. “Out of care and concern, and without the comfort of time, I made the decision to limit exposure to employees of color to a murder suspect who could potentially aggravate those feelings.”The sheriff’s office claims three minority officers were reassigned to different posts at the jail prior to Chauvin’s arrival and that the order was only in effect for 45 minutes, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.Lydon, in his statement to investigators, said he realized he’d made an error and reversed the order after staff members expressed concern.“I then met with the individuals that were working at the time and explained to them what my thought process was at the time and assured them that the decision was made out of concern for them and was in no way related to a concern regarding their professionalism or Chauvin’s safety,” Lydon statement reads. “I realized that I had erred in judgment and issued an apology to the affected employees.”Asked if Lydon has been disciplined, Roy Magnuson, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher is reviewing the matter “to determine if any additional action is necessary.”Fletcher met with the complaining officers on June 4 and plans to hold an additional meeting with them following the investigation, Magnuson said.Smith alleged that instead of immediately offering her clients a formal apology, the sheriff’s department issued a false statement to the Reuters news agency over a week ago insisting there was no truth to the employees’ claims of the segregation order.“Superintendent Lydon’s action created lack of trust and respect for minority officers,” Smith said. “Ramsey County’s segregation order caused immediate and long-lasting damage. It has made going to work difficult for the affected employees.”Smith said Lydon remains employed by Ramsey County “and in the same building as my clients, despite promises that he would be reassigned from the jail.”“To address the harm they’ve faced, these eight officers are asking for the removal of Superintendent Lydon and swift discipline of any other leadership who were involved or complicit in this action,” Smith said.Smith said her clients are also asking for a formal apology from the sheriff’s office and compensation for their emotional stress and lost earnings, adding that some of the officers have had to take time off or give up overtime and promotions due to their distress.While a sheriff’s office spokesperson said on Sunday a chief deputy with the agency is conducting a probe, Smith said none of her clients have yet to be interviewed for the investigation.ABC News Ahmad Hemingway contributed to this report. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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1 dead, 2 hurt in shooting outside Amazon fulfillment center in Jacksonville: Police

first_imgFile photo. 400tmax /iStockBy Joshua Hoyos and Meredith Deliso, ABC News(JACKSONVILLE) — One person has been killed and another two injured in a shooting outside an Amazon fulfillment center in Jacksonville, Florida, police said.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says her liver cancer has returned

first_imgMark Wilson/Getty ImagesBy DEVIN DWYER, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed Friday that she’s undergoing chemotherapy to treat a recurrence of cancer.In a statement, Ginsburg said she began treatment in May after a scan in February discovered lesions on her liver.Immunotherapy was first attempted but “proved unsuccessful,” she said.At 87, Ginsburg is the court’s oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc. She is a four-time cancer survivor.Earlier this week, Ginsburg was hospitalized overnight for treatment of a possible infection — the second time since May, when the court said she was being treated for a “benign gallbladder condition.”Ginsburg said Friday those hospitalizations were “unrelated” to the cancer recurrence.“The chemotherapy course, however, is yielding positive results,” Ginsburg said. “Satisfied that my treatment course is now clear, I am providing this information.”Justice Ginsburg has been the most transparent member of the court when it comes to sharing information with the public about her health.Bi-weekly chemotherapy appears to be containing her disease for now, Ginsburg said.“My most recent scan on July 7 indicated significant reduction of the liver lesions and no new disease. I am tolerating chemotherapy well and am encouraged by the success of my current treatment,” she said in that statement.Throughout her health battles over the years Ginsburg has vowed to continue serving as long as she is physically and mentally able.Her treatments to date have not impacted her ability to participate in court business. Just this week she joined the dissent in two high-profile death penalty cases.In May, she joined the court’s telephonic oral arguments by phone from the hospital and participated in questioning.“I have often said I would remain a member of the Court as long as I can do the job full steam. I remain fully able to do that,” she said Friday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Three shot, two dead in overnight Jacob Blake protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin

first_imgTayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(KENOSHA, Wis.) — Protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake continued for a third night Tuesday into Wednesday as police deployed tear gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets upon protesters and erected a fence around the Kenosha County Courthouse.At least three people were shot and two people were killed during the protests overnight, according to Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth. Beth said the three people were shot near a gas station and that the other victim has non life-threatening injuries.Kenosha Police and the FBI are still investigating what led to the shooting, Beth said.As curfew began at 8 p.m., in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Tuesday, police can be heard warning people to move away from the courthouse where demonstrators had gathered.A state of emergency was approved by the Kenosha Common Council on Tuesday afternoon, according to ABC Wisconsin affiliate, WISN-TV, which will be in place until Friday.The third night of protests is in response to the shooting of 29-year-old Blake.Cellphone video taken by a witness Sunday showed three officers following Blake around his SUV and at least one of them is seen shooting Blake multiple times in the back as he opened the driver’s side door and entered the vehicle, where his three young children were still inside.Beth warned protesters Tuesday night that they would not allow for destruction to continue. He also said while many are peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights, people from “outside” the community are coming in looking to loot and cause destruction.“If you want to protest peacefully, by all means go out and do it. It’s your right. But don’t be a part of this destructive force that’s burning our community. That’s not a productive path to justice,” Beth said in a statement Tuesday. “We are not sitting idly, watching the destruction of our community. We’re making every effort to make it stop, and I hope you will too.”Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers also declared a state of emergency Tuesday while increasing the number of Wisconsin National Guard members activated to help local authorities.“We cannot forget the reason why these protests began, and what we have seen play out over the last two nights and many nights this year is the pain, anguish, and exhaustion of being Black in our state and country. But as I said yesterday, and as I’ll reiterate today, everyone should be able to exercise their fundamental right—whether a protester or member of the press—peacefully and safely,” Evers said in a statement Tuesday. “We cannot allow the cycle of systemic racism and injustice to continue. We also cannot continue going down this path of damage and destruction.”The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, and their names have not been released. The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the probe into the incident.The protests over Blake’s shooting wasn’t relegated to Wisconsin. ABC News affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta said protests there turned violent Tuesday night when protesters allegedly threw fireworks at police officers and spray painted a police precinct.Officers in riot gear, the station reported, dispersed the crowd after things turned violent.At an emotional news conference Tuesday afternoon in Kenosha, attended by both Blake’s mother and father and his three sisters, one of the family’s attorneys, Patrick Salvi Jr., said Jacob Blake Jr. was shot seven times at point-blank range in the back. He said at least one bullet tore through his spinal cord and other shots damaged his kidney, liver and arm.The family said Blake is paralyzed from the waist down.Blake has attracted a wave of national attention and has become part of the sustained wave of civil unrest protesting police brutality and system racism, which was sparked by the death of George Floyd in May.Following Tuesday night’s win over the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers wasn’t talking about the big Game 5 win — he said he wondered why unarmed black men continued to be shot by police.“What stands out to me is, just watching the Republican convention, they are spewing this fear. All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear. We’re the ones getting killed,” Rivers said, speaking with reporters after the game. “We’re the ones getting shot. We’re the ones that were denied to live in certain communities. We’ve been hung, we’ve been shot, and all you do is keep caring about fear.”“It’s amazing why we keep loving this country and this country does not love us back,” he said, fighting back tears. “It’s really so sad.”He said police need better training and police unions need to be “taken down,” but he said that doesn’t mean he hates police or that they should be abolished.“My dad was a cop. I believe in good cops. We’re not trying to defund them and take all their money away. We’re trying to get them to protect us, just like they protect everybody else,” Rivers said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: CDC acknowledges airborne spread in updated guidance

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 961,000 people worldwide.Over 31.1 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 criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 6.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 199,552 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 786,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 713,000 cases and over 683,000 cases, respectively.Nearly 170 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least six of which are in crucial phase three trials.Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:Sep 21, 11:20 amEastern Michigan University to test campus wastewater for COVID-19Eastern Michigan University said it will soon begin testing wastewater on campus for signs of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.As part of its return-to-campus plan, the public research university is partnering with Michigan-based firm Aquasight to track the presence of the novel coronavirus in wastewater flowing from residence halls and apartment complexes on the school’s campus in Ypsilanti, west of Detroit.Tests have shown that wastewater contains infectious biomarkers that can signal the growth or reduction of the virus in a community or around a college campus, according to Eastern Michigan University President James Smith.“This monitoring process, while not diagnostic, may provide early detection of asymptomatic cases,” Smith said in a statement Friday. “The results of the tests will help us pinpoint any concerning trends and expand individual testing among specific populations as necessary.”Other schools, including the University of Arizona and Utah State University, are reportedly doing similar testing.Sep 21, 10:52 amHundreds of asylum seekers test positive for COVID-19 in GreeceMore than 200 asylum seekers who recently resettled at a new temporary camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, after the old one had burned down, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Greek government spokesmen Stelios Petsas.During a regular press briefing Monday, Petsas said that all 7,064 individuals who were admitted to the new Kara Tepe camp, near the island’s capital Mytilene, had been tested for COVID-19 and that 243 of them were found to be infected.The average age of those who tested positive was 24, and most didn’t have any symptoms, according to Petsas.Another 160 people who had come into contact with the migrants, mostly police officers and administrative staff at the camp, were also tested for the virus but all had negative results, Petsas said.The new facility is not far from the remains of the Moria camp, where fires forced some 12,000 migrants to flee last week and seek shelter. Greek police believe the blazes were set deliberately by a small group of migrants angered by a lockdown imposed after a COVID-19 outbreak at the overcrowded camp. Six people, all Afghan nationals, have been arrested on suspicion of arson.Sep 21, 9:21 amCDC updates COVID-19 guidance to acknowledge airborne spreadThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance on its website to say the novel coronavirus is most commonly transmitted “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes.”“These particles can be inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs and cause infection,” the site now says. “This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”Previously, the CDC website said that COVID-19 most often spreads between people who are in close contact with one another — within about 6 feet — “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.” The page was updated Friday.“There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes),” the site now says. “In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.”The World Health Organization acknowledged in July that the novel coronavirus could spread through the air, after hundreds of scientists called for the global health arm of the United Nations to recognize the risk of airborne transmission.Sep 21, 7:42 amNew Zealand to lift restrictions except in its biggest cityNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday that all remaining coronavirus-related restrictions will be lifted across much of the country, except for the most populous city.The restrictions will end late Monday.Auckland, where a fresh outbreak now appears to be under control, will continue to have some regulations for at least another 16 days. The plan is to increase the cap on gatherings in the city from 10 to 100 on Wednesday and then remove the limit altogether two weeks later, according to Ardern.“Auckland needs more time,” Ardern told reporters Monday. “Whilst we have reasonable confidence we are on the right track, there is still a need in Auckland for that cautious approach.”A cluster of cases emerged in Auckland last month, ending New Zealand’s 102-day streak without any local transmission of the novel coronavirus. The outbreak prompted the government to impose a temporary lockdown in the region and reschedule national elections.Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health has identified 1,815 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases as well as 25 coronavirus-related deaths. There are currently 62 active cases and three coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the country.There were no new cases confirmed in the nation of five million people on Monday.Sep 21, 6:55 amUK could see 50,000 new cases per day, chief medical officer warnsThe United Kingdom could see about 50,000 new COVID-19 cases a day by mid-October if the current rate of infection is not curbed, the government’s chief scientific adviser warned Monday.“At the moment we think the epidemic is doubling roughly every seven days,” Sir Patrick Vallance said in a televised address from London. “If, and that’s quite a big if, but if that continues unabated and this grows doubling every seven days… if that continued, you would end up with something like 50,000 cases in the middle of October per day.”That rate of infection would be expected to lead to 200-plus deaths per day by mid-November, according to Vallance, who noted that there are already measures in place to prevent the country from hitting those grim milestones.“That requires speed, it requires action, he said, “and it requires enough in order to be able to bring that down.”Vallance said the increase in COVID-19 infections has been among “every age group” and that the number of people in the country showing antibodies for the disease remains low, meaning the “vast majority of the population remain susceptible.”“As the disease spreads, as it spreads across age groups, we expect to see increasing hospitalizations,” he added. “And unfortunately, those increasing hospitalizations will lead to increasing deaths.”Sep 21, 6:13 amCalifornia’s death count surpasses 15,000California’s death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 15,000, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The state’s tally of coronavirus-related fatalities, which currently stands at 15,016, is the fourth-highest in the country, after New York, New Jersey and Texas.California has reported the most COVID-19 infections of any U.S. state since the start of the pandemic, with more than 786,000 confirmed cases.Sep 21, 5:54 amEngland introduces hefty fines for breaking self-quarantinePeople in England who violate an order to self-quarantine will face fines of up to 10,000 British pounds, amid an alarming rise in COVID-19 infections.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new penalties mean people “are legally obliged” to self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19 or are traced as a close contact to someone who did. The fines, which take effect next week, will start at 1,000 British pounds (approximately $1,300) but could increase to up to 10,000 pounds (about $13,000) for repeat offenders.The higher fines could be applied to “the most egregious breaches,” including those who prevent others from self-isolating, such as business owners who threaten employees with losing their jobs if they don’t come into work.Low-income workers who face a loss of earnings as a result of having to self-quarantine will be eligible for a one-time support payment of 500 British pounds (approximately $650).The new fines will come into force in England on Sept. 28. Officials are in talks with the devolved governments of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales about expanding them U.K.-wide.“The best way we can fight this virus is by everyone following the rules and self-isolating if they’re at risk of passing on coronavirus,” Johnson said while announcing the new rules over the weekend. “People who choose to ignore the rules will face significant fines. We need to do all we can to control the spread of this virus, to prevent the most vulnerable people from becoming infected, and to protect the NHS and save lives.”An official estimate shows that new COVID-19 infections and hospital admissions are doubling every seven to eight days in the United Kingdom. There were 3,899 new infections and 18 fatalities reported Sunday, bringing the country’s tally to 394,257 cases and 41,777 deaths, according to the latest figures from the U.K. governmentSep 21, 4:40 amUS death toll from COVID-19 inches closer to 200,000An additional 230 coronavirus-related fatalities were recorded in the United States on Sunday, as the country’s death toll inches closer to the 200,000 mark, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Sunday’s tally of COVID-19 deaths is well under the country’s record set on April 17, when there were 2,666 new fatalities in a 24-hour reporting period.There were also 38,978 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed across the nation on Sunday, down from a peak of 77,255 new cases reported on July 16.A total of 6,805,630 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 199,512 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then.Week-over-week comparisons show that the number of new cases and the number of new deaths recorded in the United States are both decreasing, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News last week.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: Virus ‘has entered a phase of high-level transmission’ in US

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER, IVAN PEREIRA and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 65.5 million people and killed over 1.5 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Dec 04, 1:55 pmPence says US is maybe ‘a week and a half away’ from vaccine approvalAt a roundtable discussion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Director Robert Redfield said he’s “optimistic that the FDA will get authorized vaccines within the next several weeks and distribution work can begin.”Vice President Mike Pence, who joined him at the meeting, added, “We are maybe, Bob, just a week and a half away from what will be the likely approval of the first coronavirus vaccine.”Pence added, “Within 48 hours from the FDA approval, we could be vaccinating people literally in all 50 states and territories all across the country.”Pence said that a vaccine won’t likely be available for every American until “spring or early summer.”-ABC News’ Elizabeth ThomasDec 04, 1:00 pmVirus ‘has entered a phase of high-level transmission’ in US: CDCA new CDC report is warning that the virus “has entered a phase of high-level transmission” in the U.S. and that it’s more important than ever to follow public health guidelines.On Oct. 30, the number of new cases reported in the U.S. in a single day exceeded 100,000 for the first time, and by Dec. 2, the daily case number had nearly doubled, with over 196,000 new daily cases, the report said.“With colder weather, more time spent indoors, the ongoing U.S. holiday season, and silent spread of disease, with approximately 50% of transmission from asymptomatic persons, the United States has entered a phase of high-level transmission where a multipronged approach to implementing all evidence-based public health strategies at both the individual and community levels is essential,” the report said.The report summarizes these strategies to combat COVID-19: universal face mask use, physical distancing, avoiding nonessential indoor space, increasing testing, prompt quarantine of exposed persons, safeguarding those at increased risk for severe illness or death, protecting essential workers, postponing travel, enhancing ventilation, hand hygiene and achieving widespread COVID-19 vaccination coverage.-ABC News’ Sony SalzmanDec 04, 11:16 amCOVID-19 appears to be 3rd leading cause of death in USCOVID-19 will probably be ranked at least third for leading causes of death in the U.S. this year, Bob Anderson, Chief, Mortality Statistics Branch at National Center for Health Statistics, told ABC News.“We won’t make that determination officially until all the data are in,” Anderson added.The No. 1 cause of death is heart disease, with 655,381 deaths, followed by cancer with 599,274 deaths, according to CDC data.COVID-19 is in the No. 3 spot with 276,513 fatalities, followed by accidents which accounted for 167,127 deaths, according to the CDC.Dec 04, 10:09 amAfrica aims to vaccinate 60% of population in 2-3 yearsAfrica aims to have 60% of its 1.2 billion-strong population vaccinated against COVID-19 within the next two to three years, according to the head of the continent’s public health agency.“We hope that for that for this to be meaningful, our 60% must be reached in the next two to three years,” John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a press briefing Thursday. “We should be deliberate in this.”More than 2.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, including over 52,000 deaths, have been reported across the vast continent so far, representing a fraction of the world’s cumulative count.Dec 04, 8:59 amMoscow launches mass COVID-19 vaccination programMoscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced Friday the official start of a mass COVID-19 vaccination program in the Russian capital.Residents are now able to sign up online to be vaccinated, and Sobyanin said some 5,000 people had registered in the first five hours since the launch.“Teachers, doctors, social workers, those who today most of all risk their health and lives,” the mayor wrote in a brief post on his blog Friday.The announcement comes two days after Russian President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly ordered large-scale vaccination to start next week, despite earlier statements from the government saying the country has yet to produce enough vaccine doses to do so.The mass inoculation campaigns will use Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine, called Sputnik V, which the health ministry controversially registered in August before starting crucial late-stage clinical trials. Vaccinations will be voluntary, with the drives first focusing on teachers and doctors.Russia was still vaccinating volunteers as part of its phase 3 trial, which has so far only managed to inoculate 20,000 of a planned 40,000 people.Putin has said that Russia will soon produce two million doses of Sputnik V, but it’s unclear how many doses have been been produced so far and how many people will be able to be vaccinated next week. The country has run into serious manufacturing hurdles and had to significantly cut its planned production from 30 million to two million by the end of the year.Dec 04, 7:31 amCOVID-19 vaccinations will be free of charge in FranceFrench Prime Minister Jean Castex said COVID-19 vaccinations will not be made compulsory but “will be free for all” in the country’s social security system.“Getting a vaccine is also about protecting others. It is a choice of trust, we must be as numerous as possible to get a vaccine,” Castex said at a press conference Thursday evening, while unveiling the country’s vaccination strategy.France will launch a COVID-19 vaccination campaign within weeks, pending regulatory approval by the European Medicines Agency. The program will run throughout 2021, staggered over three categories of people.The first phase is slated to begin in January, with vaccines administered to nursing home residents and staff, representing one million people. A second phase starting in February will see 14 million people inoculated, based on age and medical criteria. The third and final phase, beginning in March, will target the remainder of the population who wish to be vaccinated.Through deals clinched by the European Union, France has secured some 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from several pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology firms that developed them and have applied for temporary authorization. Castex said that’s enough doses to inoculate 100 million people — more than France’s entire population.As of Friday afternoon, France’s health ministry had confirmed a total of 2,257,331 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including 54,140 deaths.Dec 04, 5:18 amItaly reports nearly 1,000 new deaths in all-time highAn additional 993 deaths from COVID-19 were registered in Italy on Thursday, marking a new all-time high, according to data from the country’s civil protection agency.Italy’s previous single-day record of 969 new fatalities from the disease was set in late March, when the country was the epicenter of the pandemic in Europe.The Italian civil protection agency also reported 23,225 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 31,772 patients currently hospitalized with the disease, including 3,597 in intensive care.Since the start of the pandemic, Italy has confirmed more than 1,664,829 million cases, including at least 58,038 deaths, according to the civil protection agency.The country has the eighth highest case load in the world, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Dec 04, 4:17 amUS has worst day yet with record number of new cases and deathsThere were 217,664 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,879 additional deaths from the disease registered in the United States on Thursday, both numbers which shattered the country’s previous daily records, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the most new cases and deaths the U.S. has recorded in a single day since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s also the 31st straight day that the country has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections, and the third time since the pandemic began that the daily figure has topped 200,000, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed in the coming days and weeks due to possible lags in reporting over Thanksgiving followed by a potentially very large backlog from the holiday.A total of 14,143,801 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 276,366 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Christmas week storm to sweep US with flooding, snow, thunderstorms

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A new storm will hit the West Coast Monday before moving across the country. It is set to bring extreme weather such as snowfall, severe thunderstorms and rain that may cause flooding.Washington and Oregon could see landslides as the storm moves through Monday afternoon and night. Oregon already saw a landslide Sunday, which shut down its historic Columbia River highway.An avalanche warning has been issued from Oregon to Montana, where some areas could see up to 30 inches of snow.By Wednesday, the storm will be in the Central U.S. It will likely bring heavy snow near the Great Lakes and heavy rain with thunderstorms from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf Coast.Some of the thunderstorms could become severe along the Gulf Coast.By Christmas Eve, the storm will make its way to the East Coast with heavy rain and strong winds. Flash flooding may occur.To the South, from the Carolinas to Florida, there could be strong thunderstorms with damaging winds and a few isolated tornadoes.Behind the storm, Arctic air will turn rain to snow from western New York to western Pennsylvania and into West Virginia.More than a half a foot of snow is possible from the Upper Midwest, through the Great Lakes and into the Northeast.Wind chills will drop below zero degrees for the western Great Lakes and parts of the Midwest, with teens all the way down to Oklahoma and Arizona.The Arctic blast will shift to the East for Christmas.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

CDC says schools can open safely even in COVID-19 hot spots if certain steps are taken

first_imgsshepard/iStockBy ANNE FLAHERTY and SOPHIE TATUM, ABC News(ATLANTA) — Teachers and students can safely return to the classroom, even in areas with high rates of viral transmission if certain mitigation steps are taken, according to new guidance released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The “operational strategy” relies on four color-coded “zones” based on the prevalence of community spread — blue, yellow, orange and red. Depending upon the zone, the CDC guidance suggests how school districts in that area can reopen safely.For example, in a “red zone” where COVID-19 cases are high, the recommendation is that schools stay virtual or open on a hybrid basis to allow for social distancing among students and staff. But returning full time could be done safely if the schools regularly test teachers and staff even if they don’t show symptoms.The CDC recommendations, while not binding, are the first federal guidelines that spell out specifically how a district could reopen based on conditions in their area.Previously, the CDC had issued guidance that suggested only how to mitigate risk — requiring masks and encouraging social distancing, for example. But the previous guidelines did little to resolve long-running disputes among local officials, parents and teachers’ unions about how far to go before returning to in-person classes.CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said a key part of the strategy will be “layering” mitigation strategy with priority given to universal mask wearing and allowing for six feet of social distance or assigning kids to cohorts. The plan says teachers or students do not need to be vaccinated before schools reopen, but suggests prioritizing teachers.Walensky said it’s critical for communities to recognize the “shared responsibility” in keeping COVID-19 levels low so schools can operate safely.“I want to underscore that the safest way to open schools, is to ensure that there is as little disease as possible in the community,” she told reporters on Friday.The recommendations also are a nod to educators who for the past year have expressed intense fear over returning to the classroom without more specific instructions on how to do so safely.Walensky said the recommendations were based on the “best-available science” that in-school transmission remains rare. But the suggestions will not be used to shut down schools that don’t follow the guidelines.“I want to be clear. With the release of this operational strategy, CDC is not mandating that schools reopen. These recommendations simply provide schools a long-needed roadmap for how to do so safely under different levels of disease in the community,” she said.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

NHS salaries too low to make graduate staff stay

first_img Comments are closed. NHS salaries too low to make graduate staff stayOn 18 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Graduates with health-related degrees need better starting salaries to stopthem deserting the NHS, according to their representative body. Professions Allied to Medicines claims that more than a third of itsgraduates are quitting their NHS jobs within the first 12 months, largelybecause salaries are far below the national average. Gary Newman, a spokesman for the PAM unions, said, “We have warned fora number of years that it is no longer safe to assume that students graduatingwith a relevant PAM degree will automatically move into the NHS. “It is clear from our survey results in this and previous years thatthe PAM starting salary is not sufficient to attract and retain adequatenumbers of graduates.” Newman said a survey last year revealed that 74 per cent of trusts havedifficulties recruiting physiotherapists, 70 per cent struggle to recruitoccupational therapists and 44 per cent have the same problem withradiographers. Tracy Myhill, vice-president of the Association of Healthcare Human ResourceManagement, believes flexible working practices and improved career developmentopportunities are as important as salary. “Earning more money as a locum will not provide them with the necessarycontinuous professional development essential to the development of theirlong-term careers. “Flexibility in employment arrangements and a real commitment todevelopment are much more likely to attract and retain such skills andexpertise within the NHS,” she said. By Ben Willmott Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

This is a System test file. Please ignore

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Two-thirds of companies offer employees who have adopted children specialpaid leave from work, according to research.The Pay and Benefits Bulletin, In May’s IRS Employment Review, shows thatpaid adoptive leave for staff ranges from as little as two days to 18 weeks.Nearly 60 per cent of employers offer long-service awards. These take theform of a payment of gift, usually every five years. The BBC offers staff 10per cent of their annual salary after 25 years’ service, for example.Most employers – 80 per cent – grant between three and five days off workfor bereavement. Almost 30 per cent offer employees discounts on the company’sproducts or services, and nearly a quarter, 23 per cent, offer pre-retirementleave. Paid pre-retirement leave can take the form of days off to attendretirement-related courses. www.irseclipse.co.ukviewgraphic  requires flash enabled browser This is a System test file. Please ignoreOn 3 Dec 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

HR doubt over parenting law

first_img Previous Article Next Article HR doubt over parenting lawOn 4 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The new duty allowing parents to request flexible working arrangements fromtheir employers is good news for many. But some are concerned over the increaseof red tape, reports Ross WighamEveryone will be a winner when the new duty for employers to considerrequests from parents to work flexibly becomes law in 2003, claim unions andpressure groups. The argument goes that staff will be happier and better parents, employerswill have more productive, motivated staff who are easier to retain, and littleJack and Daisy will get to be nurtured by both mum and dad. John Monks, general secretary of the TUC, said, “It is a useful firststep. We predict employers will see real advantages in adopting flexibleworking and there will be every reason to extend the new rights to parents ofchildren older than six.” But not everyone is playing happy families. While most employers areoptimistic that there will be benefits, nagging doubts remain about a rise inred tape and employment tribunals. Employers are expected to receive 500,000 extra requests a year for flexibleworking from parents following the announcement of the Work and ParentsTaskforce’s proposals at the end of last month. Around 3.8 million parents withchildren under the age of six will be eligible to apply for the new workingarrangements, along with an additional 200,000 with disabled children under 18.The taskforce estimates 80 per cent of requests will be solved duringdiscussions between employees and employers, and claims only 1 per cent ofrequests will be decided by tribunal. Some employers and representative bodies remain sceptical. David Yeandle,deputy director of employment policy at the Engineering Employers’ Federation,is concerned by the government targets and doubts whether the overworkedtribunal system can handle the extra burden. He warned that Acas will need more resources to mediate in flexible workingdisputes if a higher proportion of cases are not to end up in tribunal. He said, “The Government has set itself a challenge and I think thetargets are ambitious. Past evidence isn’t good and if it wants to achieve that1 per cent level it will have to put in place a good resource system.” Trade and Industry secretary Patricia Hewitt and the chair of the Work andParents Taskforce Sir George Bain both believe the new rules have struck aworkable compromise between employers and staff. Sir George Bain said, “We have recommended a prudent approach whichwill allow employers and employees to become familiar and comfortable with thisnew era of law. “We believe our recommendations are a significant step to change how weall work in the future.” The problems While many employers are grateful that parents have not been awarded anautomatic right to work flexibly – they are able to refuse the request if theyshow that it would harm the business – there are significant concerns. Mike Taylor, group HR director for building services company Lorne Stewart,is worried it will create more red tape for business. He said, “I think it is absolutely disastrous – the cost to businessdoesn’t bear thinking about. For companies who operate shifts it could beterrible. To set up this bureaucratic audit trail is completelyunnecessary.” Taylor is not alone. Clare Chapman, group HR director of Tesco, said,”We are concerned that the extent of the legislation is against the spiritof what it is intended to achieve. We think the way it will be implemented willremove much of the flexibility employers seek to embrace through existing HRpolicies and will produce additional challenges to the way they dobusiness.” There are also worries about dispute resolution. Digby Jones, head of theCBI, is concerned that the recommendations will be much more burdensome forsmaller businesses. The British Chambers of Commerce goes one step further and wants theGovernment to introduce a package of support mechanisms to help smaller firmsimplement the new legal duty. David Lennan, director general of the BCC, said, “It is important theGovernment provides a support package that meets employers’ needs. Generalguidance may be sufficient for many firms, but some will need help in coming toa decision on a particular case. “A fully funded consultancy service to guide small firms throughflexible working rights would be cheaper than the tribunal process. This woulddemonstrate its commitment to helping small firms rather than hindering themthrough regulations.” But Sir George Bain is convinced that 80 per cent of the additional 500,000predicted requests will be solved in-house. “We don’t want cases to go totribunal unless it is totally necessary,” he said. The plaudits The TUC believes employers will benefit significantly from the Work andParents Taskforce’s proposals. It claims firms will improve retention rates,save money on recruitment costs and get an additional resource of parents backinto work. There are many HR professionals who agree. Nikki Rolfe, corporate HRdirector at L’Oréal, said, “The new DTI proposals acknowledge andformalise the trend for flexible working for parents. This move is a positivefirst step towards striking a balance between work and family life.” Morag Fox, HR director of book retailers BCA, claims her firm providesstrong evidence of the success of flexible working. “We have had a flexible programme running for several years because weemploy lots of people who have a family. It actually helped us recruit peoplein places like Swindon where the labour market is very tight. Companies shouldallow their employees to have different starting times and be flexible in theirapproach to working parents,” she said. However, despite welcoming the move, some wanted the reforms to go further.Sue Monk, chief executive of Parents at Work feels some employers could exploitthe system and the tribunals won’t have the power to stop them. “We fear that parents in low skilled jobs or working in areas of highunemployment may lose out because they don’t have sufficient clout at work. Itmay be necessary to provide a tougher enforcement mechanism,” she said. Morag Fox, HR director, BCA “We have had a flexible programme running for severalyears because we employ lots of people who have a family”Clare Chapman, group HR director,Tesco “We are concerned that the extent of the legislation isagainst the spirit of what it is trying to achieve”Nikki Rolfe, corporate HRdirector, L’Oreal “This move is a positive first step towards striking abalance between work and family life”Case study: the fight for theright to work flexiblyKaren Maloney was a personnel andpayroll officer for construction firm James R Knowles. She had worked there forfour years and came back early from her maternity leave on a part-time basis.Maloney then asked to continue working part-time, but shortlyafterwards was told she would be replaced with a full-time member of staff. Hermanager told her she would be moved to a different part-time position and jobshare arrangements were not available. Despite repeated requests she was notgiven details of this position. An employment tribunal in Liverpool in December 2000 found thatMaloney had been discriminated against on the grounds of her sex, was unfairlydismissed and awarded her £18,000. The Equal Opportunities Commission claims the case is anexample of how inflexible employers can be. New guidelines for flexibleworking requests  – Parents with children under sixwill be able to submit a request if they have worked at the firm for six months– An employee must submit the request in writing– The firm must then give the request serious consideration,making a business assessment – The employer must report back at a meeting within four weeks– If a request cannot be accepted employers must explain thebusiness reasons in a letter– The employee has the right to dispute the decision in-house– The employee can then go to a tribunalHow companies must justify thebusiness caseEmployers should give clear businessreasons justifying the rejection of a request based on:– Burden of extra costs to business– Inability to meet customer demand– Inability to organise work within available staffing– Detrimental effect on performance– Inability to find extra staff– Other reasons – to be specifiedwww.dti.gov.uk/er/review.htm Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Streamlining the hiring process

Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article HR services call centres are not new but a call centre dedicated purely tothe recruitment process is still a little more novel. DIY store giant B&Q,known for its commitment to diversity when it comes to staffing, is creditingits Recruitment Response Centre (RRC) in Tannochside, Glasgow, with not onlysaving time and money but also leading to greater staff suitability andstability. This is not due to just the bricks and mortar, it is also because ofa streamlined intranet-based recruitment system that it has in place. B&Q has more than 25,000 employees and expects this figure to rise to28,000 within the next year. To speed-up and streamline the recruitmentprocess, it leased a fully functional and maintained call centre from hostingspecialist [email protected] It meant B&Q did not have to invest heavily in buildings and equipmentor the ongoing cost of replacement and updating, explains centre manager, EllaHarkins: “In addition, we get only one annual bill for services, IT andtelephony instead of half a dozen, which makes budgeting far easier.” The RRC now handles all B&Q’s shop floor staffing requirements and lastyear recruited over 6,000 personnel. Jobs are advertised through the usual channels and when an individualapplies, personal details are collected and logged at the call centre. Thecandidate is given a freephone and PIN number for the next stage – a52-question telephone interview with a call centre employee, designed to assesssuitability for the job and cultural fit with B&Q. Successful candidates are contacted by letter and then complete a form forscanning into the recruitment database. Branches can then view applications via their intranet. “They only seecertain details about the person so they are only making a judgement onsuitability, skills and experience, not factors like age or gender,”explains Graham Ferguson, assistant manager at the centre. This is of courseimportant in the light of B&Q’s employment practices, such as its over 50spolicy. Ferguson, who was involved in the design of the system, claims it removesnearly all the administration work and allows them to focus on getting theright people. It also makes it easier to monitor recruitment advertising andidentify where and in what medium its recruitment adverts are most effective.The system is straightforward to use and B&Q is also designing a 30-minutee-learning programme to teach managers how to use it. By November, it shouldalso be possible to conduct the telephone interview online. “The new centre reduces the number of candidates that stores have tointerview – on average they now see three, rather than up to 20 in the past.Furthermore, centralised administration ensures consistency and quality,”says Harkins. Comments are closed. Streamlining the hiring processOn 9 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today read more

New degree taps into Indian talent

first_imgNew degree taps into Indian talentOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today A new e-learning computing degree for students in India will be launched in2004 in collaboration with Londonlearning, Edexcel International and theUniversity of Northumbria at Newcastle. It is designed to broaden access to UK degrees for Asian students who enrolat the New Delhi-based British Council Knowledge and Learning Centre. Thecentre has 70 computers for members to access information and electronicresources. Tony Dickson, vice-chancellor at Northumbria, said: “Studentssuccessfully completing the BTEC and HND courses at the centre are welcome tocomplete their degree in Newcastle. This exciting development opens up moreopportunities for hundreds of students that are unable to come to the UK.”India is home to a wealth of computing talent and the online study will besupported by local Indian tutors, said Londonlearning managing director GerryBarnard. “The UK and India are connecting in the expanding market of e-learning.Together we are building a quality programme enabling more skilled young peopleto take their place in the international field of business and IT.” www.londonlearning.info Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Crisis council plans PPP to save services

first_imgCrisis council plans PPP to save servicesOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Crisis-hit Walsall Council is planning a partnership with the private sectorto try and turn around its performance. The proposed 10-year deal follows heavy criticism of council services by theDepartment of Health, schools’ watchdog Ofsted and the Audit Commission. Under the £30m joint-venture partnership, HR would be outsourced along witha number of frontline services. Deb Clarke, head of personnel and development at Walsall Council, said thedeal would improve the council’s efficiency and upgrade its IT capability. “The move will be of benefit to the council as it provides the financeto invest in new technology that it could not otherwise afford,” she said.Liverpool City Council formed a similar public-private partnership with BTin April last year. Between 50 and 100 of Walsall Council’s 1,400 staff would be seconded to thejoint-venture company as part of a new service centre, but would remain councilemployees on their original terms and conditions. Clarke stressed that there would be no compulsory redundancies and thecouncil would re-deploy staff where necessary. The new joint-venture company would run HR administration, payroll andrecruitment through a new high-tech service centre. Staff would be able toreceive payslips online and inform the council of sickness absence via theintranet. It would also control frontline road services, including refuse collection,road maintenance, and finance processes, including invoicing and council taxcollections. Clarke believes the partnership, which is set to be agreed in September,would also help the council meet the 2005 deadline to deliver essentialservices online. “We are making good progress on e-government, but this will really helpto improve the number of online transactions as well as the quality,” shesaid. Walsall Council employees are being asked to suggest names for the newcompany. By Paul Nelsonlast_img read more

Who’s fooling who?

first_imgTrust between employers and staff is the key to boostingaccountability and responsibility in the workplace, but in reality neither keepto their side of the bargain. Worse still, the techniques used to foster trustoften have the opposite effect. Stephen Overell looks at the latest researchSeveral centuries before the era of suspicion and performance indicators,the philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal noted that “mutualcheating is the foundation of society”. Maybe he was thinking about work.A recent survey of 400 employees from the online recruitment firm Fish4Jobssuggests expenses fraud is rife.1 Outrageous cheats include the marketing director who bought his weddingshoes on a company credit card, the office manager who sold a laptop computerhe left out of a firm’s audit, the worker who took his dry cleaning on abusiness trip to have it charged to his employers, and the business consultantwho extended a work-related stay at London’s Savoy Hotel. In addition, a majority of office workers said they had taken home officestationery or put personal letters through the company mail system. There is no other word for this apart from theft, yet it has become sonormalised and so widely accepted that it seems faintly priggish to think itwrong. According to some studies a third of people steal from their employers2– infinitely more than the rate of criminality in the population as a whole.Yet such fiddles are rarely perceived as crime. They are either seen aslegitimate perks or as ‘wages in kind’ for other dissatisfactions – a form ofpre-emptive revenge. All fraud is a mixture of motive, opportunity and personal rationale. Andthe belief that employers are fooling them one way or another with hollowcommitments acts as a powerful driver for employees to cheat. Promises made atwork operate on similar logic to fishing quotas: there is no greater incentivefor over-fishing than the conviction that no one is abiding by the quotas. Soit comes as little surprise to learn that just 11 per cent of workers believewhat their employers tell them.3 As Onora O’Neill argued in this year’s Reith lectures,4 the methods manyorganisations now use to encourage accountability and responsibility at work –regulation, targets, mission statements, performance indicators and penaltyclauses – actually seem to be achieving the opposite. They foster mutualdistrust and suspicion of being cheated; the prevalence of tools designed toensure trust indicates its absence. Double-dealing by employers, meanwhile, takes two forms: it emerges eitheras massive greed and venality, of the sort now being uncovered on Wall Street;or it comes as institutional crookedness that employers tend to get away with,such as fiddling the rules when they are inconvenient and underhand, or unjustHR policies. The 28 per cent pay rise FTSE 100 chief executives have awardedthemselves certainly figures on the duplicity radar – as do the on-goingscandals in the City of London about unequal pay between men and women. Perhaps more common is the way that best practice principles are quietlyjunked whenever they clash with short-term contingencies. Expecting commitmentfrom employees, but not feeling obliged to offer job security, for instance. Orthe way so many organisations claim to advertise all positions in the name offairness and open recruitment, but wangle favourites into choice roles when thewhim strikes. For practical reasons of ‘he who pays the piper’, employer cheating isunder-surveyed by the usual gaggle of workplace pundits and soothsayers. Yet itis interesting that today’s fashionable credos of ‘living the employer brand’and ‘corporate social responsibility’ make great play of ethical behaviour as asource of differentiation. Different from what, exactly? Old corruption? Naturally, trust is one of those milksop notions that everyone would likemore of. Post-Enron, much is being written about building trust with employersrightly expected to take the lead. Yet in many ways understanding of thesubject has evolved little since Douglas McGregor (of Theory X and Theory Yfame) first began to look at it in the 1960s.5 It was McGregor who first showedhow much trust was a long-term project in which words play a limited part – twofactors that make it difficult for modern organisations. “Trust is adelicate property of human relationships,” he said. “Even a singleaction – perhaps misunderstood – can have powerful effects.” What is trust in the context of work? McGregor put the standard very high:”Trust means ‘I know that you will not – deliberately or accidentally,consciously or unconsciously – take unfair advantage of me’,” he wrote.”It means ‘I can put my situation at the moment, my status and self-esteemin the group, our relationship, my job, my career, even my life in your handswith complete confidence’.” Today this sounds a little 1960s. Surely a more limited form of trust isenough to make work function efficiently? But the emphasis on trust as a‘doing’ word, denoting activity, is perhaps the most significant legacy. Ofcourse, words written down, or spoken are very important in business. But thereis only one way to increase trust and it has little to do with eithercommunications strategy or employment contracts. It is, of course, easy to be too downcast about the less noble aspects ofemployment relations. For all the fraud figures and the sense that everyone islooking after number one, the CIPD maintains that, overall, the state of thepsychological contract is “fairly positive”.6 Organisations see aclear link between how they manage promises and commitments to employees andhow the employees respond and behave. While that link is obvious, self-interestshould play some role in generating trust. After all, saying you don’t trustmanagement and being unable to place any trust, are quite different things. So what should be the guiding philosophy of employment relations? A coupleof years ago, TUC general secretary John Monks went through a phase ofsuggesting in speeches that workplace relations should ideally be run along thelines of the Christian golden rule: ‘do unto others as you would have them doto you’. A bit preachy, perhaps, but it is very hard to think of a betterordinance for workplace relations. In the meantime, many might sympathise withSamuel Johnson that “it is better to be sometimes cheated than never tohave trusted”. 1 www.fish4jobs.co.uk; June 2002 2 Why Employees Commit Fraud, by Joseph T Wells, American Institute ofCertified Public Accountants, 1997 3 Mori poll on behalf of Smythe Dorward Lambert; November 1998 4 2002 Reith Lectures homepage at www.open2.net/trust 5 The Professional Manager by Douglas McGregor, McGraw Hill, 1967 6 Employer Perceptions of the Psychological Contract, by David Guest andNeil Conway, CIPD, 2001 Research Viewpoint plusRead related articles on this topic from XpertHR’s extensivedatabase free. Go to www.xperthr.co.uk/researchviewpointJoin the Xperts take a free trialBy calling 01483 257775 or e-mail: [email protected] is a new web-based information service bringing together leading informationproviders: IRS, Butterworths Tolley and Personnel Today. It features a newButterworths Tolley employment law reference manual, a research database andguidance from 13 specialist IRS journals, including IRS Employment Review. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Who’s fooling who?On 2 Jul 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

The A-Z of bad hr

first_imgIf you thought you had it bad, pity the teacher who gathered she had beendismissed when her name failed to appear on the work roster, and the man passedover for promotion because he ‘didn’t smile in the company photo.’ Paul Simpsontakes us on a terrible journey through…You would think from the billions of copies of management books on thesubject of emotional intelligence that have been sold, that we’d all be workingfor fabulously enlightened bosses who were sensitive to their employees’ wantsand needs. Sadly, the evidence of our own experience and that of books such as BrutalBosses by Harvey Hornstein, suggests these renaissance managers are theexception, rather than the rule. Examples of truly spectacularly bad humanresources practice can be found, daily, in the press or on the internet. Andhere as in so many areas, it is the good old US of A which leads the trend. This A to Z compilation includes the edited lowlights of truly bad HR. Andby bad, we don’t mean the casually awful, such as the manager who left his confidential– and unflattering – employee appraisals on the laser printer for all the staffto see. Nor do we mean the merely miserly, such as the Woolworths branch whichfired a couple of staff for eating two two-penny sweets. We couldn’t find room for the US electronics manufacturer run by a chiefexecutive officer, who decided to simplify the management structure byappointing himself director of marketing, head of finance and head ofengineering, but probably upset his staff most with his habit of using theirwaste baskets as a spittoon for his chewing tobacco. To be included in this alphabet of atrociousness, companies and managers hadto demonstrate a higher level of idiocy. If nothing else, this compellingcompendium of the truly awful suggests that when management guru Peter Druckersaid in 1973, that the ideal of the professional manager had become reality, hewas probably being a tad over optimistic. A is for American Express, which doubly deserves entry in thisrogues’ gallery. The first HR error was a computer glitch: one in 200 employeesin the US were sent info on other staff’s social security numbers and taxsavings plans, rather than their own. This simple technical error seems asirrelevant as Anthea Turner when compared to the furore surrounding the caselast year of Vanessa Brennan, one of its British employees. She alleged herboss Michael Rutter was so abusive, she almost lost her baby. Brennan claimed that Rutter made her work 80 hours a week, and said her maternityleave present would be a book called 1,010 Things To Do With A Dead Baby.Rutter denied these claims although he was found guilty of sex discrimination,and Christine Robinson, the firm’s vice-president of human resources, admittedwith masterly understatement that she’d had “problems” with hisleadership style. Rutter later vanished abroad. B is for Burger King, the fast-food giant whose advertising makes abig virtue out of the fact that its burgers are flame grilled. A dozen BurgerKing marketing execs were also flame grilled, while walking over hot coals in ateam bonding exercise in October 2001. Despite suffering first and second degree burns, the vice-president ofproduct marketing, Dana Frydman (pronounced Fried-man and no, we’re not makingthis up), insisted the pain was worthwhile: “It made you feel that youcould accomplish anything.” Anything, presumably, except banning the useof naked flame in team bonding exercises.C is for computers that have begun to confirm sci-fi authors’ worstfears and started sacking people. Carl Filer, an 18-year-old cashier at aB&Q store in Bournemouth, had hoped to become a supervisor, but failed aGallup-designed automated telephone interview. Filer’s managers were notunhappy with his work, but felt obliged to follow the results of thecomputerised test. D is for Debbie, an employee at a small business which sadly, forlegal reasons, must remain anonymous. In 1998, her mother and sister diedwithin six months of each other. To most bosses, such a double blow might seemgrounds for compassionate leave, but not so for Debbie’s. When she returnedfrom her sister’s funeral, she was called into her boss’s office and told:”If any more of your close relatives die you’ll be fired.” Debbieshould have a lot in common with Robert Stennings, a SupaHeat driver for 10years, who booked a holiday so he could attend his daughter’s birth. WhenStennings got the call that his wife was in labour, his boss told him:”Don’t come back.” Stennings won £1,375 for unfair dismissal. E is for Enron, of course. It is not simply the fact that on the eveof its bankruptcy, the corporation found the time and money to pay $105m inretention bonuses to key employees, compared to an average redundancy paymentof $5,000 for the other staff. Nor that Enron’s ex-CEO Jeffrey Skillingdeclared that he couldn’t remember a key meeting because “the room wasdark.” Or even that the company adopted a ‘rank or yank’ system, by whichit fired the worst performing 15 per cent of its workforce every year. No, itis all of that, plus the way managers tacitly encouraged office affairs, gavenew sports cars to favoured employees with reckless abandon and allowed thecompany to become the ultimate bonfire of the vanities – a symbol of acorporate America which even investors are beginning to suspect is spinning outof control. F is for the Federal Aviation Administration, which last July wasordered to pay an air traffic controller $2.25m after firing him for notworking on his sabbath. Don Reed was adjudged to be a victim of religiousdiscrimination. He is a member of a non-denominational church, whose sabbathruns from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. Two FAA managers hadallowed him to miss work on those days, but a third had told Reed his beliefswere “a scam” and fired him. G is for getting engaged, not advised if you’re working for an RAFnursing home. Care workers Richard Shepherd and Denise Keddie got engaged inspring 2001 while working together at an RAF nursing home in Brecon. Afterbeing initially congratulated on their happy news, they were told theiremployment would be terminated as their relationship might make it harder formanagers to fill the 24-hour shift schedules. H is for Her Majesty, currently basking in public adoration, but wholast June finally agreed that her staff had a point when they complained theirwages were ‘medieval.’ Pay was held back by a grading system of labyrinthinecomplexity which saw, for example, three different grades of dresser. The Queenfinally approved pay rises of up to 16 per cent for her domestic servants andmade more staff eligible for free meals. Not before time, either. A probationary kitchen porter at the Queen’s Sandringham estate wasdismissed in February 2000 after joking about putting cyanide in Her Majesty’sfood. That’s what you get for employing staff on a starting salary of £9,000 ayear. I is for the Indian Army which, recognising that morale among its 1.1million soldiers and officers isn’t quite what it could be, has come up withthe novel solution of offering troops inflatable penile implants. High altitude living and stress are reputed to be sapping soldiers’ sexdrives. Colonel P Madhusudhanan, an army urologist, says the surgery costs£3,500 a time, so the army sees “this very much as a last resort forsoldiers reporting marriage problems”. The treatment has been modifiedafter earlier attempts to insert ‘semi-rigid rods’ left soldiers with painfullyperpetual erections. J is for Japanese civil servants who must suffer at the hands of someseriously unfit managers as, when asked to pick their ideal boss in 1998, theyvoted for Mr Bean. Shipping Rowan Atkinson’s elastically limbed creation to therelative obscurity of the Japanese bureaucracy might be a very tidy solution, certainlypreferable to having to endure another TV series or movie. K is for kidnapping, used by Tony Toms, Field Marshal Montgomery’sformer bodyguard, in a bizarre bid to raise morale at the perennially troubledSheffield Wednesday football club. Toms joined the Owls during Len Ashurst’s1975-1978 managerial reign and soon impressed the players with his personalcredo: “If you’re not tired, you’re not working hard enough.” He tookall 20 players on a night of survival training – in January in Yorkshire, withsleeping bags and, he boasted, “practically no food”. Throughout the night, he interrupted their sleep with army-style roll callsand then kidnapped one player, Dave Cusack, to see if the other 19 noticed.Astonishingly, they didn’t. Toms later forced most of the squad to go throughthe ‘black tunnel’, a pipe filled with jet-black water. One player was soscared, his colleagues heard him shouting for his mum L is for lies. Your mother probably told you they could come back tohaunt you, but alas, so can the truth. A US project-management company asked anemployee during a performance review, whether he liked pie-charts. The employee confessed he didn’t like them at all. At his next review, hewas criticised by another manager for his refusal to do pie-charts. Theemployee pointed out that he’d never been asked to do pie-charts and had merelyexpressed an opinion about them, but his alleged refusal to do pie-chartsremained part of his personnel file. M is for ‘mea culpa’, which Andy Pearson, previously labelled one ofthe 10 toughest bosses in America, was big enough to say when confronted withsome of his more neanderthal managerial habits. When he ran Tricon GlobalRestaurants (which owns Pizza Hut and KFC) he liked to walk into a meeting andsay: “A room full of monkeys can do better than this.” Pearson hasnow realised that as a motivational method (let alone as a decent way tobehave), this had its limits. N has to be for Neal Patterson, who is still head of the Cernerhealthcare company, despite berating his staff last year in an e-mail which,when leaked, wiped 22 per cent off the value of the group’s shares. Theforthright Patterson had e-mailed managers to complain that: “We aregetting less than 40 hours of work from a large number of employees. Asmanagers, you either do not know what your employees are doing or you do notcare. In either case you have a problem and you will fix it or I will replaceyou” [emphasis as original]. His e-mail ended with the parting shot that”hell will freeze over” before employee benefits were increased. Thee-mail, posted on a Yahoo financial message board, sent the stocks plummeting.Cerner had, the year before, been voted one of the 100 best companies to workfor in Fortune magazine. O just happens to be the round but insignificant number of games (iezero) that Peter Cormack was allowed to prove his worth as manager of Scottishfootball club, Cowdenbeath. This football manager’s 10-day reign isn’t theshortest – Scunthorpe United’s Bill Lambton lasted just three days in 1959,although he left of his own volition. But few exits are as painful as that ofFulham manager Jimmy Hogan, sacked while in hospital in February 1935 havinghis appendix out. P is for ‘poor English’, the reason Michael Jones, who worked for aUK sushi firm, was fired by his Japanese boss. A tribunal awarded Jones £20,000after deciding that one of Jones’ superiors had “very poor writtenEnglish” and that his immediate boss “could barely converse inEnglish at all”. Murray Ingram might sympathise. He lost a temporary jobon a telephone helpline because he had a “harsh and aggressiveaccent” – ie he sounded Scottish. Q is for questionnaires, especially the self-assessing variety thatcost Mike Davies his £70,000 a year job as head of a Marks & Spencer storein Warrington, Cheshire, two years ago. The retail giant, which later admittedunfairly dismissing Davies, said that his scores were in the bottom 10 and thatDavies “was too passive and not proactive”. These scores were givenmore weight than the fact the store Davies had managed had been one of the mostsuccessful of its kind for four years. R is for Robert Huskisson, a dyslexic banker with the Abbey NationalBuilding Society who, earlier this year, was awarded £95,000 after he wastaunted by colleagues (he says his boss called him “Trebor” – hisChristian name spelt backwards) and fired for failing to meet sales targets. A tribunal decided he was not given a proper time to meet the bank’sstandards and his disability was ignored by his employer. Abbey National isappealing against the award. S is for Sam Goldwyn, the legendary foot-in-mouth Hollywood moviemogul, who once famously declared: “I don’t want yes men around me. I wanteverybody to tell me the truth even if it costs their jobs”. Staff whotook Goldwyn’s advice, usually found that it did cost them their jobs. T is for timetable, not of the semi-fictional railway variety, butthe timetables schools and colleges set out for staff for a forthcoming term.When Margaret Crump, who had taught art and design at Bristol’s Clifton Collegesince 1982, spotted that her name was not on the staff timetable for the termthat started in September 1995, she began to fear the worst. Six weeks later, she received a P45 with no accompanying letter at home.Nine days after that, she got a letter from her headmaster, saying heremployment would be terminated from the very next day. After a tribunalcondemned the college’s actions, the employer agreed to pay an undisclosed sum,believed to be £25,000, in compensation. U is for unsaid, as in ‘some things are better left’. The mostspectacular example being the remark in the October 2001 issue of theAssociation of Lloyd’s Members newsletter, that 11 September represented a”historic opportunity” for insurance underwriters to raise theirprofits. Whatever happened to such high falutin’ ideas as ‘corporatereputation’? But U is also for underwear, which Disney tried to issue to itstheme park employees last year. Workers were told they would have to wear company-approved underwear on thejob and have it laundered by company employees. After complaints that thelaundered undergarments contained scabies and lice, the company relented.Employees must still wear company-issued underwear, but they can at least takeit home to be washed. V is for vulgar, which is what bosses of the previously discreet NewYork equity investment firm Carlyle thought of this (edited) e-mail sent byPeter Chung, its new recruit in Seoul, in April 2001: “So I’ve been inKorea for about a week and a half now and life is good. I’ve got a spankingbrand new 2000 sq ft three bedroom apt. with a 200 sq ft terrace running theentire length of my apartment with a view overlooking Korea’s main river andnightline……Why do I need three bedrooms? Good question the main bedroom isfor my queen size bed,…where Chung is going to f*** every hot chick in Koreaover the next two years (five down, 1,000,000,000 left to go)…. the secondbedroom is for my harem of chickies, and the third bedroom is for all of youf***ers when you come out to visit.” Chung went on in similar fashion:”After I learn a little bit of the buyside business I’ll probably go outevery night. I have bankers calling me every day and they cater to my everywhim – you know (golfing events, lavish dinners, a night out clubbing). Whatcan I say,… life is good,… Chung is King of his domain here in Seoul…..So…. all of you f***ers better keep in touch.” His bosses got in touchvery quickly indeed, to inform Chung he was no longer king of his domain.W is for weather forecasting. Not normally a stressful business,unless – like BBC weatherman Michael Fish – you famously assure the nation notto worry as the worst storm in decades rips the countryside to smithereens. ButSean Boyd, a weatherman for a Californian radio station, earned the order ofthe boot for refusing to change his forecast on the afternoon of his station’spublic picnic from ‘partly cloudy’, to ‘partly sunny’. X has traditionally signified the unknown and analysts, investors andex-employees, still don’t know why 45 executives at Polaroid felt they had theright to claim $19m in ‘stay bonuses’ after the company had filed forprotection from its creditors under Chapter 11, sacked one in four of itsworkforce and ended healthcare benefits for retirees. (The bonus would haveworked out at $422,000 for each exec.) Rather than take responsibility for thecompany’s failure, they decided the most appropriate response was to try andtake a bonus. But then giving bonuses to execs at bankrupt companies is one ofthe hottest new crazes in corporate America. Enron tried it and so did PacificGas & Electric, which ‘only’ asked for $17.5m in bonuses for itsexecutives. Y is for ‘You’re not a team player’ – what a manager at a US companytold a software engineer who asked at the start of his performance review whyhe’d been passed over for promotion. The engineer then asked why he was notconsidered a “team player”, and was told: “You didn’t smile inthe company photo.” Z is for Zimbabwe, which isn’t big on HR acronyms, whether they arehuman rights or human resources. Robert Mugabe’s regime celebrated the end ofthe millennium by announcing pay rises of up to 90 per cent for public sectorstaff, and the immediate dismissal of 20,000 of the same staff to save $75m andkeep the International Monetary Fund off its back. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The A-Z of bad hrOn 2 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

UK plc pays the price as firms lose 1.5m days a year to stress

first_imgUK plc pays the price as firms lose 1.5m days a year to stressOn 1 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. More than 1.5 million working days are lost to stress every year, costing UKemployers £1.24bn, a study by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) andPersonnel Today magazine has concluded. The research by Occupational Health’s sister magazine also found that morethan half of UK organisations are reporting an increase in workplace stress. The Stress in the UK Workplace study of 700 senior HR practitioners suggestedthat stress-related illness now accounted for some 11 per cent of all sicknessabsence, while nearly half the employers polled believed the culture in theirbusinesses was a prime cause of stress. In a separate study of 2,000 workers by pollster BMRB, half felt underpressure to work long hours, with 42 per cent worrying about their job afterhours. A total of 40 per cent felt unable to report concerns over excessivepressure, 19 per cent dreaded going into work, a quarter admitted to worries overwork affecting their sleep and a third said they felt overwhelmed by theirworkload. Intriguingly, the public sector appeared to have a much firmer grasp on themanagement of workplace stress, with 75 per cent of firms providing guidance,compared with just 48 per cent of private sector organisations. With the problem of workplace stress showing no sign of disappearing, theHSE has taken a major step forward in its plans to tackle the issue, which willinclude next year’s launch of management standards. It has developed a practical guidance pack for employers and employees todevelop solutions. The guidance, Real solutions, real people – a managers’ guide to tacklingwork-related stress, has examples of practical measures that, said the HSE,could provide a starting point for the workforce to agree how to tackle thefindings of a stress risk assessment. Bill Callaghan, chairman of the Health and Safety Commission, said:”Real solutions, real people provides a tool to help managers and staffdevelop solutions to tackle work-related stress that are specifically relevantto their organisation. It then encourages them to tailor their energy to theparticular needs identified by risk assessment.” Progress is being made on the management standards, too. The standards arecurrently being piloted by 25 organisations and, according to the HSE, thatprocess is now being evaluated. The next step will be to revise and develop the standards before they areput to further public consultation next spring. The publication is available from the HSE, tel 01787 881165, or online at www.hsebooks.co.ukStress: just an excuse for time off work?Most HR professionals believe employees use stress as an excuse to take timeoff work.According to the joint research by Personnel Today magazine andthe HSE, the majority of HR professionals had serious reservations about thenumber of genuine sick days attributed to stress.A total of 51 per cent of employers believed that just half ofall days lost to stress-related sickness absence were genuine. And 68 per centwere afraid to raise its profile in case it encouraged greater reporting ofstress-related absence. last_img read more

Unions blame Government for the loss of momentum

first_img Previous Article Next Article The Government needs to establish a new agenda for the workplace if the UKis to move to the ‘high road’ of partnership working and high performance. That was the message from the TUC’s general secretary Brendan Barber,speaking at AnUMan 2004, the annual employee relations event for unions andmanagement. He criticised the Government for being too responsive to employer grievanceson red tape, and said it had failed to listen to the views of trade unionsabout the everyday realities of work. “The sense of momentum when it comes to the workplace has been lost.Why isn’t the Government challenging the unions more to see where they can makea positive impact?” he said. “If we’re not careful, we’ll be back on the low road of long workinghours, poor work-life balance and a demoralised workforce.” Barber said the majority of workplaces were still dominated by command andcontrol management, and the challenge for unions was to put the case forpartnership ever more forcefully. He refused to be drawn on whether the skillset of union officials were up topartnership working, but admitted the TUC needed to explore training in the‘distinctive skills’ of problem-solving and communication. Unions blame Government for the loss of momentumOn 3 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Seven engagement survey myths and how to bust them

first_img Shutterstock Monitoring employee sentiment will be vital in helping organisations chart their recovery from the coronavirus crisis, but this needs to be done effectively if it is to provide accurate insight. Ritu Mohanka outlines seven myths that often hold HR teams’ engagement strategies back.Even in normal circumstances managers need to regularly communicate with their teams, but in the depths of a global pandemic that need becomes even more urgent.Employees don’t have a problem with giving feedback more regularly. Rather, what they have an issue with is being asked too many questions, and their employer not taking action.”Glint has just released results about the impact Covid-19 has had on employee wellbeing, based on responses from over 1.4m employee surveys. One of the key insights has been how grateful employees are for being asked how they’re doing and what support they need.While we’re on the road recovery the importance of employee engagement can’t be overstated. Engagement strategies have been proven to contribute to talent retention, innovation, customer loyalty, and overall workplace culture.However, the truth is that insight into employee engagement remains elusive in some organisations. A big contributor is a number of pervasive myths that stop us from getting this right. Let’s consider these here:“Measuring customer sentiment is the same as measuring employee sentiment”Employers often look at their customer research and data and think they should just replicate this collection process for the employee population. NPS (Net Promoter Score) is a common measure of customer satisfaction, after all, so why not use an internal employee ‘eNPS’, too?But measuring employee sentiment this way is risky. The relationship with the customer is very transactional, and has few, if any, critical touchpoints. The relationship with the employee is more intimate with multiple touchpoints, over years, even decades. Brands need to adjust their thinking.“More frequent pulsing leads to survey fatigue and poor response rates – and global surveys are dead”Large organisations think that moving to a more frequent pulsing model rules out a global approach, but agile modern surveying platforms allow you to pulse hundreds of thousands of employees or more in a matter of days, so this is a baseless fear.But does frequent surveying lead to massive survey fatigue and low response rates? Absolutely not. Employees don’t have a problem with giving feedback more regularly. Rather, what they have an issue with is being asked too many questions, and their employer not taking action. Giving employees the opportunity to voice concerns and then see action taken on those concerns is key to success.“Surveys are an HR-owned and driven priority”Rather than HR being the sole driver of change within the organisation, it’s the incremental changes at the grassroots level that have the greatest power to make organisational change happen. Modern engagement technology empowers managers right down to frontline staff, giving them data about their local strengths and opportunities as a team and offering suggested actions to drive improvement.“Action plans and action taking takes months after survey results are shared”A customer told me they could only survey every two years, else they wouldn’t have enough time and opportunity to drive action planning and change. But with the right technology, line-of-business managers can now get highly personalised and very prescriptive data and suggested actions out of a survey. With this, they can get out of an endless loop of action planning and ensure there is visible action taking across the organisation.“Surveys need to ask many questions in order to get many insights”We worked with Stanford University and independent HR experts to investigate data around measuring engagement and employee experience. The conclusion: 90% of the variance can be covered by a single survey question or statement. Effectively, this means surveys don’t need 50-70 questions.Instead, a few structured questions are required, along with open-ended fields appended to every question. In fact, the open-ended field is the source of the real employee insight – and by using artificial intelligence to analyse comments, you can get genuine insight.“Employees don’t write comments in surveys, hence the need to go wide and deep with the questions”Team members get very frustrated when they see that they don’t have the ability to leave comments after a question or when they have an open-ended question at the end of the survey only. The risk is that at the end of the survey when you ask an open-ended question, they have forgotten what point they wish to make, or no longer feel motivated to answer because they are frustrated by the length of the task.Employee engagementEmployee engagement isn’t just HR’s responsibilityThe four zones of team engagement and how to make the best of themThat’s why this fallacy that employees don’t write comments has gained traction. Actually, using a well-designed pulse, 60% of employees tend to leave comments, and usually two or three comments each.“We need industry-specific benchmarking to understand our unique insights”Even if you’re very specific and differentiated within your industry, CEOs like industry benchmarks. Experts agree, however, that there is very little variance in financial services versus manufacturing, for instance. It turns out that the best benchmarking you can do is looking at your own trends.What other employee engagement myths have you come across? By busting them we can deliver a happier and more engaged workplace, and a more profitable environment for everyone –it’s going to help us all in the process of recovery.Employee relations opportunities on Personnel TodayBrowse more Employee Relations jobs Seven engagement survey myths and how to bust themBy Ritu Mohanka on 3 Jul 2020 in Coronavirus, Employee relations, Latest News, Employee engagement, Personnel Today, Employee opinion surveys Reply Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. About Ritu Mohanka Ritu Mohanka is Head of Strategy & Business Development EMEA at employee engagement company Glint, now part of LinkedIn. Charu 24 Jul 2020 at 3:37 am # Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website The practice of employee engagement and management is all about employee retention. The main objective is to keep the workfiorce engaged and motivated for challenges. 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NYC loses $2.5B in property taxes, gets $1B from FEMA

first_imgIn total, officials estimate that the pandemic has cost the city $10.5 billion in tax revenue, according to the New York Post.The city is getting $1 billion more in income tax than it expected, thanks in part to Wall Street’s huge rally last year, and is also cutting some spending. But it has to close annual deficits in the neighborhood of $4 billion in the coming years.A windfall from the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday afternoon will help. Sen. Charles Schumer, the incoming Senate majority leader, said President-elect Joe Biden had agreed to reimburse the remaining 25 percent of $8 billion that New York spent on Covid response last year. That will bring the city and state about $1 billion each.FEMA had already covered the usual 75 percent of disaster expenditures, but Biden will grant a waiver to cover the rest of the cost, Schumer said.[NYT, NY Post] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsBill de Blasiocharles schumerPolitics Sen. Charles Schumers aid President-elect Joe Biden agreed to assist NYC. (Getty)Property tax revenue did not plunge with the city’s economy last year because assessments preceded the pandemic. This year, New York won’t be so lucky.The travails of hotels, office buildings and other real estate will cause property tax revenue to fall by $2.5 billion next year, the largest drop in at least three decades, the New York Times reported. The market value of those commercial properties fell 15.8 percent.“This is just a total economic dislocation for certain industries,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. “We’ve never seen anything like what’s happened to the hotel industry. We’ve never seen Midtown in the situation it is now.”Read moreWalmart cuts off cash to pols who opposed election certificationNational Association of Realtors among biggest donors to “sedition caucus”Buttigieg hints at ripping up urban highways Message*center_img Full Name* Email Address* Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Normandy sued by former partners for hiding Netflix deal

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink 333 Johnson Avenue with Royalton Capital’s Jin Lee, Sciame Construction’s Frank Sciame and former Normandy partner Jeff Gronning (Royalton Capital, Sciame, Normandy)In a drama not quite worthy of a Netflix series but serious enough to trigger litigation, Normandy Real Estate Partners is being sued by its former investment partners for $106 million.According to the lawsuit filed last month in Manhattan, Normandy — which was part of an investment partnership called 333 Johnson Property Holdings — sold the holdings’ property at 333 Johnson Avenue to Steel Equities for $52.5 million, without disclosing to other partners including Royalton Capital’s Jin Lee and Frank Sciame of Sciame Construction that Netflix was interested in leasing the entire property.Read moreThese real estate players are thrilled with Netflix’s tax incentive-fueled New York expansionNetflix landlord in Bushwick snaps up property across streetNormandy, Princeton sell Bushwick warehouse to Steel Equities for $53M Share via Shortlink Email Address* Full Name*center_img Message* After the sale was completed in December 2018, the value of the 160,000-square-foot site at 333 and 339 Johnson Street shot up to $361 million, Crain’s reported. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Netflix’s deal in Brooklyn in April 2019.Normandy, which has since been bought by Columbia Property Trust, admitted in court papers that the company was aware of Netflix’s interest in leasing the space but claimed that Netflix didn’t want to lease it from the partnership because of its lack of experience in building sound stages.The plaintiffs argue in court papers that Normandy negotiated with Netflix and Steel Equities behind the scenes. They allege that two principals of Normandy, as well as Princeton Holdings’ Joe Tabak and Robert Wolf of Read Properties, received undisclosed compensation from the deal.Representatives for Normandy and Princeton did not respond to requests for comment from Crain’s. Steel Equities and Read Properties could not be reached for comment. [Crain’s] — Akiko MatsudaContact Akiko Matsuda TagsbrooklynCommercial Real Estatelast_img read more

Satellite radar interferometry for monitoring ice sheet motion: application to an Antarctic ice stream

first_imgSatellite radar interferometry (SRI) provides a sensitive means of monitoring the flow velocities and grounding-line positions of ice streams, which are indicators of response of the ice sheets to climatic change or internal instability. The detection limit is about 1.5 millimeters for vertical motions and about 4 millimeters for horizontal motions in the radar beam direction. The grounding line, detected by tidal motions where the ice goes afloat, can be mapped at a resolution of ∼0.5 kilometer. The SRI velocities and grounding line of the Rutford Ice Stream, Antarctica, agree fairly well with earlier ground-based data. The combined use of SRI and other satellite methods is expected to provide data that will enhance the understanding of ice stream mechanics and help make possible the prediction of ice sheet behavior.last_img read more

A late-glacial high-resolution site and source temperature record derived from the EPICA Dome C isotope records (East Antarctica)

first_imgThe timing and synchronisation of Greenland and Antarctic climate events that occurred during the last glacial period are still under debate, as is the magnitude of temperature change associated with these events. Here we present detailed records of local and moisture-source temperature changes spanning the period 27-45 kyr BP from water stable isotope measurements (deltaD and delta(18)O) in the recently drilled EPICA Dome C ice core, East Antarctic plateau. Using a simple isotopic model, site (DeltaT(site)) and source (DeltaT(source)) temperatures are extracted from the initial 50-yr high-resolution isotopic records, taking into account the changes in seawater isotopic composition. The deuterium isotope variability is very similar to the less precise deltaD record from the Vostok ice core, and the site temperature inversion leads to a temperature profile similar to the classical palaeothermometry method, due to compensations between source and ocean water corrections. The reconstructed DeltaT(site) and DeltaT(source) profiles show different trends during the glacial: the former shows a decreasing trend from the warm Al event (38 kyr BP) toward the Last Glacial Maximum, while the latter shows increasing values from 41 to 28 kyr BP. The low-frequency deuterium excess fluctuations are strongly influenced by obliquity fluctuations, controlling the low- to high-latitude temperature gradients, and show a remarkable similarity with a high-resolution southeast Atlantic sea surface temperature record. A comparison of the temperature profiles (site and source) and temperature gradient (DeltaT(source)-DeltaT(site)) with the non-sea-salt calcium and sodium records suggests a secondary influence of atmospheric transport changes on aerosol variations.last_img read more

Long-term changes in solar quiet (Sq) geomagnetic variations related to Earth’s magnetic field secular variation

first_imgThe daily amplitude of the solar quiet (Sq) magnetic variation of the horizontal intensity, H, of observatories at low and midlatitudes is analyzed, in search of significant long-term trends. These trends are expected based on secular variations of the Earth’s magnetic field (B) and increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases which can affect Sq for instance through their effect on ionospheric conductivities and E-region electron concentration. The hourly horizontal geomagnetic field component, H, measured at Apia, Fredericksburg, Hermanus, Bangui, and Trivandrum was analyzed for the period 1960–2000. The solar activity effect was filtered out from the daily Sq amplitude of H, and then linear trends were calculated and compared to trend values obtained from the Coupled Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere model. Linear trends were calculated separately for periods of different secular trends in the magnetic field intensity, B. We found significant trends in experimental data for Apia, Fredericksburg, Hermanus, and for the period 1960–1983 for Bangui. There is reasonable quantitative agreement between experimental and simulated trends, and a qualitative agreement with trends expected from the secular trend in B.last_img read more

Ocean glider observations of iceberg-enhanced biological production in the northwestern Weddell Sea

first_imgIcebergs affect local biological production around Antarctica. We used an ocean glider to observe the effects of a large iceberg that was advected by the Antarctic Slope Current along the continental slope in the northwestern Weddell Sea in early 2012. The high-resolution glider data reveal a pronounced effect of the iceberg on ocean properties, with oxygen concentrations of (13 ± 4) μmol kg−1 higher than levels in surrounding waters, which are most likely due to positive net community production. This response was confined to three areas of water in the direct vicinity of the iceberg track, each no larger than 2  km2. Our findings suggest that icebergs have an impact on Antarctic production presumably through local micronutrient injections, on a scale smaller than typical satellite observations of biological production in the Southern Ocean.last_img read more

Isolation, characterisation and lipase production of a cold-adapted bacterial strain isolated from Signy Island, Antarctica

first_imgIn recent years, studies on psychrophilic lipases have been an emerging area of research in the field of enzymology. This study focuses on bacterial strains isolated from anthropogenically-influenced soil samples collected around Signy Island Research Station (South Orkney Islands, maritime Antarctic). Limited information on lipase activities from bacteria isolated from Signy station is currently available. The presence of lipase genes was determined using real time quantification PCR (qPCR) in samples obtained from three different locations on Signy Island. Twenty strains from the location with highest lipase gene detection were screened for lipolytic activities at a temperature of 4 °C, and from this one strain was selected for further examination based on the highest enzymatic activities obtained. Analysis of 16S rRNA sequence data of this strain showed the highest level of sequence similarity (98%) to a Pseudomonas sp. strain also isolated from Antarctica. In order to increase lipase production of this psychrophilic strain, optimisation of different parameters of physical and nutritional factors were investigated. Optimal production was obtained at 10 °C and pH 7.0, at 150 rev/min shaking rate over 36 h incubation.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 4/5

first_img Tags: Baseball/Boys Soccer/Carbon/Delta/Grand/Juab/Manti/Millard/Richfield/San Juan/Softball/South Sevier April 5, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 4/5 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys SoccerRegion 14NEPHI, Utah-Jager Springer and Tanner Gonder each scored as the Delta Rabbits blanked Juab 2-0 Thursday in Region 14 boys soccer action. Tristan Anderson earned the shutout for the Rabbits.Region 15MOAB, Utah-Jameson Hawks and Jaxen Saunders both scored as the Grand Red Devils doubled up Richfield 2-1 in Region 15 boys soccer action Thursday. Ry Hosmer scored in the loss for the Wildcats.Non-RegionMANTI, Utah-Aron Trejo and Jose Ramon each scored and the Millard Eagles doubled up Manti 2-1 Thursday in non-region boys soccer action. Julio Carrasco scored in the loss for the Templars.SoftballRegion 14PRICE, Utah-Kaytlyn Cripps posted three home runs, amassing 7 RBI overall as the Carbon Dinos blanked Delta 18-0 in Region 14 softball action Thursday.BaseballRegion 15MOAB, Utah-Brodee Tebbs posted 2 RBI and Easton Hunt earned the win on the mound as the South Sevier Rams downed Grand 4-1 Thursday in the first game of a Region 15 baseball doubleheader.MOAB, Utah-Bruin Meador tripled and Nick Downard added a double as the Grand Red Devils earned a Region 15 baseball doubleheader split with South Sevier, prevailing 8-3 in the nightcap Thursday. Hayden Payne doubled for the Rams in the loss.BLANDING, Utah-Emmitt Hafen and Jake Shepherd each doubled, helping the Richfield Wildcats to a 4-1 win over San Juan in the first game of a Region 15 baseball doubleheader Thursday.BLANDING, Utah-Baylr Eldredge doubled and the San Juan Broncos earned a Region 15 baseball doubleheader split with Richfield in a 9-8 win Thursday. Brad Jameslast_img read more

Weber State Football’s Josh Davis Named To Jerry Rice Award Watch List

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Thursday, Weber State football freshman standout tailback Josh Davis was named to the Jerry Rice award watch list, honoring the top FCS freshman in the country.Davis is one of 15 players across the nation named to this list. The presentation of this award dates back to 2011.Davis, a native of Sandy, Utah and a graduate of Alta High School, is third in the country in rushing yards per game (137.8 yards per contest) and has surpassed 100 yards in three of the four games he has played this season.He also has eight punt returns for 123 yards and seven receptions for 37 yards, giving him 708 all-purpose yards thus far on the season. Written by Brad James October 11, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football’s Josh Davis Named To Jerry Rice Award Watch List Tags: Alta High School/Jerry Rice Award/Josh Davis/Weber State Footballlast_img read more

Redskins claim rights to Reuben Foster despite domestic violence charge

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMichael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Washington Redskins claimed the rights to linebacker Reuben Foster two days after the San Francisco 49ers dropped him from their roster over alleged domestic violence against his girlfriend last weekend.“The Redskins fully understand the severity of the recent allegations made against Reuben. If true, you can be sure these allegations are nothing our organization would ever condone,” Doug Williams, senior vice president of player personnel, said in a statement posted to Twitter.Foster was arrested on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Tampa, Florida, after his girlfriend called 911. He was charged with first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence, according to a criminal report from the Tampa Police Department.Foster’s girlfriend told police that following a verbal altercation, he slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest and then slapped her on the left side of her face, according to the police report. It also noted that there was a 1-inch scratch on her left collarbone.“Let me be clear, Reuben will have to go through numerous steps including the full legal process, an investigation and potential discipline from the NFL, as well as meetings with counselors associated with the team before he will ever have the opportunity to wear the burgundy and gold as a player,” Williams said in the statement.During a press conference on Wednesday, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden defended the team’s decision to claim Foster before an investigation wrapped up, saying, “We probably could have done that, but we saw an opportunity to claim him and we chose to do that as an organization.”“There’s no guarantee he is ever going to play here,” he added. “He’s got a lot of work to do personally, with the team, with the NFL, with himself before he even thinks about playing football again.”Foster has been placed on the NFL’s Reserve/Commissioner Exempt List for the duration of the NFL’s investigation into his arrest.A player who is on the list is not allowed to practice or attend games, “but with the club’s permission, he may be present at the club’s facility on a reasonable basis for meetings, individual workouts, therapy and rehabilitation and other permitted non-football activities,” according to the 2016 personal conduct policy for NFL players, published on the NFL’s website.Williams said in his statement that the team chose to claim the rights to Foster “after candid conversations with a number of his ex-Alabama teammates and current Redskins players who were overwhelmingly supportive of us taking this chance.”A first-round pick for the 49ers in 2017, Foster has faced multiple run-ins with the law over the past year. In January, he was charged in Alabama for second-degree marijuana possession — a charge that was later dismissed, ESPN reported.In April, he was charged again with felonies for domestic violence, criminal threats and weapons possession, accused of abusing his girlfriend, ESPN reported. His girlfriend later recanted the allegations and a judge ruled there was no probable cause on the first two charges, while the weapons charge was downgraded to a misdemeanor. Foster pleaded no contest to that in June, ESPN reported.Though it’s unclear if the incidents earlier in 2018 involved the same woman, the criminal report from the Tampa Police Department said that Foster had been in an on-and-off relationship with his girlfriend for three years and that they had lived together in the past.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img November 29, 2018 /Sports News – National Redskins claim rights to Reuben Foster despite domestic violence chargelast_img read more

UVU and Weber State Men’s Basketball Meet Saturday

first_img Tags: Cody John/Conner Toolson/Jake Toolson/Jerrick Harding/UVU Men’s Basketball/Weber State Men’s Basketball Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Saturday, Utah Valley and Weber State men’s basketball meet for the 12th time in history Saturday at the Dee Events Center.The Wildcats narrowly lead the all-time series over the Wolverines 6-5. Interestingly, the home team in the series has always won.The Wolverines, who come into this game at 7-4, are 21st nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (39.8 percent), 26th in the nation in 3-point field goals (100), 34th in total rebounds (412 net rebounds) and 41st in defensive rebounds per game (28.91).Utah Valley scores 77.3 points per game and gives up 72.7 points per contest. Guard Jake Toolson posts 15.2 points and 4 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the field for the season. Fellow guard Conner Toolson is close behind him scoring 15.1 points per game and averaging 2.5 rebounds per contest as he shoots 50.8 percent from the field.Weber State comes into this game at 5-4 having lost two straight.The Wildcats average 83.4 points per game, while surrendering 74.2 points per contest.Star junior guard Jerrick Harding averages 20.7 points per game and 4.7 boards per contest with fellow junior guard Cody John ( a Wasatch Academy graduate) averaging 16.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per outing. December 13, 2018 /Sports News – Local UVU and Weber State Men’s Basketball Meet Saturday Brad Jameslast_img read more

Utah Baseball Falls in Double Header at No. 6 Oregon State

first_img Tags: Oregon State Beavers/Pac 12/Utah Utes Baseball Robert Lovell Written by Utah led 2-0 until Oregon State tied up the score in the eighth. On their home field with it raining, the Beavers won it in the 11th with a single to right field.Brocoff pitched 6.1 innings and only gave up one run on five hits. He had six strikeouts.Both teams went scoreless until the sixth when Zack Moeller walked and Chandler Anderson got him home from second with a single.The Utes added to their lead the next inning when Oliver Dunn knocked in Tyler Thompson for a 2-0 lead.Oregon State responded though getting one run back in the seventh and then tied the score up in the eighth. The game ended up going into extras and Utah had hits in the ninth and tenth, but failed to get the lead back.The Beavers had runners on first and second in the bottom of the 11th and got a single to close out the second game of the double-header.Chase Fernlund led the way in the second game going 2-5.Zac McCleve came in for Brocoff and pitched 4.0 innings and only gave up three hits and two runs.In the first game, Oregon State took an early lead and Utah didn’t get their bats going enough to make up the deficit as the hosts went on to win 11-0.Next up, the Utes will play BYU in Provo, Utah on Tuesday, April 9. First pitch is at 6 p.m.center_img April 6, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Baseball Falls in Double Header at No. 6 Oregon State FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCORVALLIS, Ore. – Utah dropped both games of a double-header against No. 6 Oregon State on Saturday, April 6 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.After the Utes dropped the first game 11-0, they came back in the second game and got a great effort from starter Brett Brocoff, but ended up falling in the 11th, 3-2.last_img read more

Numerous Utah Men’s College Basketball Players Named To NABC Honors Court

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Wednesday, Southern Utah University men’s basketball senior guard Matthew Johnson has been named to the 2019-20 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for the second consecutive season.Additionally, Utah Valley senior guard Conner Toolson received this distinction.Others included Utah State senior guards Sam Merrill and Diego Brito.This honor recognizes men’s college basketball student-athletes who have excelled academically during the past season.This honors court lauds the talents and skills student-athletes possess on the court and exemplify in the classroom.To be eligible for this award, student-athletes must be either juniors or seniors academically, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 over the course of the past season, have attended the school in question for at least a year and be a member of an NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III or NAIA Division I or Division II school’s team with an NABC member coach. Tags: Division II/Division III/Matthew Johnson/NABC/NAIA Division I/NCAA Division I/SUU Men’s Basketball July 17, 2019 /Sports News – Local Numerous Utah Men’s College Basketball Players Named To NABC Honors Court Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Utah Jazz Loses Bojan Bogdanovic To Season-Ending Wrist Injury; Walt Perrin To Be Hired By Knicks

first_imgMay 18, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah Jazz Loses Bojan Bogdanovic To Season-Ending Wrist Injury; Walt Perrin To Be Hired By Knicks FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Monday, per a report from ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, whenever the NBA’s season resumes, the Utah Jazz will have to do without one of their most important players.Wojnarowski confirmed that Jazz small forward Bojan Bogdanovic is lost for the season as he will undergo wrist surgery.Utah Jazz F Bojan Bogdanovic is undergoing season-ending surgery on his right wrist, sources tell ESPN. Full recovery expected for start of 2020-21 season. He’s averaged 20 points per game for Jazz, fourth-seed in West.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 18, 2020The 31-year-old Bosnian national, who is in his sixth season, was averaging a career-high 20.2 points for the 41-23 Jazz, who are presently No. 4 in the Western Conference standings.Bogdanovic also added 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for Utah in his first season with the Jazz.Bogdanovic was drafted in the 2011 NBA Draft with the No. 31 overall selection by the Miami Heat.He first played in the NBA for the Brooklyn Nets (2014-2016-17) and has also spent time with the Washington Wizards (2016-17) and Indiana Pacers (2017-19).He has averaged 14.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for his career.Bogdanovic will undergo this surgery Tuesday.Furthermore, The Athletic senior NBA writer Shams Charania confirms Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin will be hired by the New York Knicks to work in their front office.Perrin has been in this position for the Jazz since the 2008-09 season.Prior to this, Perrin worked as a scout for the Minnesota Timberwolves (1993-1995) and the Detroit Pistons (1995-2002).Charania confirmed that Perrin has been with the Jazz in various roles since 2002.Sources: The Knicks are finalizing hiring Jazz VP of Player Personnel Walt Perrin as assistant general manager as they reshuffle front office under Leon Rose. Perrin is a well-respected executive who has worked in Jazz organization for 19 years.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 18, 2020 Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic/Utah Jazz Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Cenovus Energy’s merger deal with Husky Energy gets shareholders’ nod

first_img Cenovus Energy and Husky Energy will have a combined production of nearly 750,000boed. (Credit: Cenovus Energy Inc.) Cenovus Energy and Husky Energy have secured approvals from their respective shareholders for the previously announced CAD3.8bn ($2.99bn) merger.The two Canadian oil and gas producers aim to establish a new integrated oil and natural gas company with an enterprise value of CAD23.6bn ($18.55bn), inclusive of debt.The all-stock deal was announced in October 2020. Upon its closing, Cenovus Energy will be the surviving company with headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.At Cenovus Energy’s special shareholder meeting, the deal was approved by 93.31% of the votes cast. On the other hand, more than 99% of Husky Energy’s common shareholders and option-holders, and 97.85% of the company’s preferred shareholders voted in favour of the deal.Under the terms of the deal, Husky Energy’s shareholders will be issued with 0.7845 of Cenovus Energy’s shares in addition to 0.0651 of a Cenovus Energy’s share purchase warrant for each of the Husky Energy common shares they hold.Following the merger, Cenovus Energy’s existing shareholders will own about 61% stake in the combined company, while Husky Energy’s shareholders will own the remaining stake of about 39%.Cenovus Energy is currently focussed on oil sands projects in northern Alberta in Canada. The company is also involved in the production of natural gas and oil in Alberta and British Columbia, apart from having stakes of 50% each in two refineries in the US.Husky Energy has operations across Western and Atlantic Canada, the US, and the Asia Pacific.The combined company will have a production of around 750,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOE/d) along with an upgrading and refining capacity of 660,000BOE/d.The closing of the merger deal will be subject to the approval of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and also receipt of all the required regulatory approvals. The two parties at the time of signing the deal, expected it to close in the first quarter of 2021.Earlier this month, Cenovus Energy completed the CAD100m ($78.59m) sale of its Marten Hills oil assets in Alberta to Headwater Exploration. The deal is expected to close in Q1 2020, subject to court approval and regulatory approvalslast_img read more

The Negotiator Conference and Expo 2012

first_imgFor the first time The Negotiator held a Conference & Expo on the same day – and at the same venue, The Hilton on Park Lane – as the ever popular Negotiator Awards. The Conference was sponsored by GMG Property Services Group, Homelet, Reapit and Fully Furnished and supported by ARLA, NAEA and NAVA.More than 30 service providers had stands on the day – with all possible needs catered for, from software to corporate magazines and window displays to furniture providers.Whilst the conference was packed with interesting speakers such as Jones Lang LaSalle’s Head of Research John Neale, presenter Kate Faulkner, ARLA President Jane Ingram, and Guy Charrison, President, NAVA; the programme allowed for plenty of time to visit the exhibitors.We were delighted with the response to our stand and have several new partners as a direct result of the day!” Toby Limbrick Network AuctionsThe Expo gave delegates the opportunity to meet new and old faces and see people they may have only ever have chatted to on the phone. As Harry Simons, Partner, MPL Interiors said of his company’s experience of the Expo, “It was a productive day and provided a great chance for MPL to meet new clients and catch up with many existing ones. Many thanks to the Negotiator team for organising a very well-run and successful Conference.”For both delegates and exhibitors it went beyond networking to actually sealing deals.Toby Limbrick’s company Network Auctions also took a stand, he said, “We were delighted with the response to our trade stand at the Negotiator Conference. We were busy with enquiries from 8.30am until the close and the calibre of attendees was impressive, I’m pleased to say we have several new partners as a direct result of the day!”Susie Jones, Development & Relationship Co-ordinator, Lets with Pets commented, “Our stand was busy all day, the level of interest was such that there were even delegates coming to speak to me whilst seminars were running. I made some very good links and we have already seen results from a number of the enquiries made about the scheme on the day.”For those who couldn’t make the event, here is a listing of exhibitors.Speaker presentations are also available to download at www.thenegotiator.co.uk on the Conference tab; they’ll make more sense to those who attended, missing as they obviously do, the dynamic presentation of the speakers themselves – but they give a flavour and no doubt will reinforce a sound decision to come to the Conference next year if you missed it. February 15, 2012The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » The Negotiator Conference and Expo 2012 nextMarketingThe Negotiator Conference and Expo 2012The inaugural Negotiator Conference & Expo was the support act to The Negotiator Awards 2012. If you didn’t make it, here is a flavour.Property Drum15th February 20120735 Viewslast_img read more

Lomond acquires SDL Group’s Birmingham letting portfolio

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Lomond acquires SDL Group’s Birmingham letting portfolio Lomond acquires SDL Group’s Birmingham letting portfolio16th August 201801,182 Views Lomond Capital has acquired SDL Group’s Birmingham residential lettings portfolio, which comprises 500 city centre properties, formerly the CP Bigwood residential lettings portfolio.This is the first city acquisition since Lomond Capital’s regional brand, John Shepherd, moved to its flagship city-centre office last year and cements its leading position in the Birmingham residential property market – with a team of 75.Bruce Evans, Chief Executive, Lomond Capital, said, “John Shepherd is already the number one lettings and estate agency brand in Birmingham, we are seeing more opportunities come through our doors such as the high profile Princes Gate development, due to be launched by John Shepherd New Homes. However, we are not resting on our laurels, continuing to grow organically and by acquisition.”Richard Crathorne, joint Chief Executive of John Shepherd, added, “This is a fantastic portfolio and we are committed to providing professional management services to landlords and investors.”Lomond John Shepherd lomond acquires sdl residential lettings SDL Group 2018-08-16The Negotiator Related articles Laptops donated by Hunters in memory of murdered York estate agent28th April 2021 Your Move parent group posts extraordinary profits surge28th April 2021 TPFG boss: Why we’ve joined rival LSL’s mortgage network27th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

‘Don’t be scared of leaving Rightmove’, pleads OTM chief

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » ‘Don’t be scared of leaving Rightmove’, pleads OTM chief previous nextMarketing‘Don’t be scared of leaving Rightmove’, pleads OTM chiefChief Executive Ian Springett claims it’s ‘business as usual’ for agents who quit Rightmove and that OTM already delivers more leads than its arch rival per £100 spent.Nigel Lewis26th November 201901,210 Views OnTheMarket Chief Executive Ian Springett has claimed that industry research by his portal among those who have already quit Rightmove shows that leaving it made‘no difference to their business’.“Some [agents] have even said that their working day has become easier because they are no longer chasing unproductive leads,” he said.OTM claims that Rightmove’s fees have increased by 12.5% a year on average and that the latest round of rises have seen some agents face increases of 30% year-on-year.The comments were made during a speech by Springett at the Relocation Agent Network Conference at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in Central London, during which he also claimed that OTM is delivering 28 leads per £100 spent by agents on its platform when compared to Rightmove’s 16.800 branchesHe said that while Rightmove lost 800 branches between June 2018 and June this year, OTM had increased its branch count from 12,000 in December 2018 to 12,600 by the end of September this year.Figures released by OTM also suggest that offering agents equity in the  business if they sign up to full-fee long-term deals is working, albeit slowly; the number of agents on this kind of deal has increased by 1,000 to 3,000 over the past 12 months.“Agents are the providers of both the core content and the revenue on which portals depend, so agents can shift pricing power away from Rightmove and Zoopla by supporting the agent-backed portal,” says Springett.“OnTheMarket is 70% owned by more than 3,000 independent agents operating over 6,000 offices and new agents committing to long term listing agreements can receive shares alongside. OnTheMarket aims to continue expanding its agent ownership group.”Ian Springett Rightmove OnTheMarket OTM property portals November 26, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Chris Brown Rides Canadian Warmblood Rebel to Championship at WEF

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Horse Sport Enews Email* On the final day of competition for the WEF Premiere Week, the Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Hunter Older Section B wrapped up in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. Chris Brown piloted his own Rebel to the championship with two firsts, two seconds, and a sixth-place ribbon.Brown, of Boynton Beach, FL, purchased Rebel last year and has been developing his relationship with the gelding since. The pair trains with Kimberly Stewart and GlenWillow Farm.“He’s got his own personality. He is a spoiled brat and wants attention all the time,” said Brown of the eight-year-old Canadian Warmblood by Bon Balou, the late stallion who stood at Dreamscape Farm in Langley, BC. “That’s what makes him a great show horse because he is a little bit of a fighter and he wants to always do well.”The first day of the division took place in the South Ring, which Brown described as challenging, but was still very pleased with Rebel’s performance. “It was a good learning experience for him. He is green and it is his first time showing at WEF, so we were very happy.”The duo won the under saddle on the second day of competition in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring and received a score of 84 to win an over fences class.“Today was much more my ride and his ride; we got to flow a little more,” commented Brown. “The courses are absolutely beautiful, they changed the footing, the ring is gorgeous, and the jumps are beautiful. What is not to love?”The reserve championship in the division went to Kristen Baran, of Toronto, ON, on her own Caramia. Baran rode Caramia to a first, three seconds, and a fourth-place finish.Hunter, jumper, and equitation competition will continue with week one of the Winter Equestrian Festival, starting on Wednesday, January 13, and running through Sunday, January 17.Full results from all classes here. SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

First Female US Naval Commander to Reach India

first_img View post tag: Commander View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today First Female US Naval Commander to Reach India View post tag: Female View post tag: first View post tag: India View post tag: reach View post tag: Navy “I have a mostly male crew. They’re not old, but they’re not young either,” says commander of the USS Decatur,Shanti Sethi, in her blog, Adv…(indiatimes)[mappress]Source: indiatimes,March 17, 2011; First Female US Naval Commander to Reach India March 17, 2011 View post tag: US View post tag: News by topic Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Guided-Missile Frigate USS Carr Arrives in Gdynia, Poland

first_img View post tag: Frigate Guided-Missile Frigate USS Carr Arrives in Gdynia, Poland View post tag: Guided-missile View post tag: Gdynia View post tag: USS View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Arrives Back to overview,Home naval-today Guided-Missile Frigate USS Carr Arrives in Gdynia, Poland Share this articlecenter_img August 19, 2011 The guided-missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) arrived in Gdynia, Poland, Aug. 15, as part of a regularly scheduled port visit supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.While inport, Carr leadership will attend office calls with senior Polish military officials, hold a reception onboard for Polish and U.S. dignitaries, and Sailors will conduct a community relations project at a local orphanage.For Carr’s commanding officer Cmdr. Patrick Kulakowski, this visit marks the first time in four generations that a member of his family has returned to Poland since immigrating to the U.S. in the late 1800s.“This is a great opportunity for me to finally return to the home of my ancestors,” said Kulakowski. “I hope to get the opportunity to travel an hour South of Gdynia, to visit the former home of my relatives.”Kulakowski said that the ship’s entire crew is looking forward to visiting the many historic sites in Gdynia.Carr Sailors will also compete in a soccer game with Polish navy sailors, and attend a reception aboard Okret Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej Kosciuszko, a former U.S. Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate.Carr is homeported in Norfolk, Va., and is on a scheduled three-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Source: navy, August 19, 2011; View post tag: poland View post tag: Carr View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: Navylast_img read more

India to Lease Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarine Nerpa

first_img View post tag: lease View post tag: Nuclear-Powered View post tag: attack View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic October 6, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: India Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: to Back to overview,Home naval-today India to Lease Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarine Nerpa View post tag: ‘Nerpa’ View post tag: submarine Nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) Nerpa which breakdown claimed lives of 20 sailors and shipwrights will be handed over to India late in Nov 2011, reported RIA Novosti on Oct 4 referring to a top-ranking source in Russian defense industry.It was planned to lease the sub to India as early as in 2008, although due to technical problems delivery term was postponed. Twenty servicemen and shipyard’s experts died of intoxication as a result of spontaneous operation of onboard firefighting system during sea trials in Nov 2008.“State commission convened and decided that Nerpa would be leased to India in second half of November”, said the interviewee.According to him, the session attended by representatives of Rosoboronexport and defense industry was held in Komsomolsk-on-Amur late in Aug or early in Sept behind closed doors.The source reminded that the Nerpa-leasing contract had been signed with Indian Navy in 2004. Delhi appropriated $650 mln for completion of the submarine in Komsomolsk-on-Amur with a view to lease her to Indian Navy. “Amur Shipyard will complete elimination of all defects till Nov 2011. Then the state commission will accept the sub and hand over Nerpa to India“, specified the source.India needs Nerpa to train crews of nuclear-powered submarines. Experience acquired by Indian submariners in SSN Nerpa will be useful while service in national submarine INS Arihant which is to be commissioned in 2012.In 1988 the Soviet Union leased a nuclear submarine to India, but the leasing term was expired in 1991 and was not prolonged. The crew served in that sub was retired, so Indian Navy had lost experience of nuclear submarine operations.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, October 06, 2011 India to Lease Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarine Nerpa Share this articlelast_img read more

Arleigh Burke Class Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Nitze Arrives in Villefranche, France

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: class View post tag: Burke March 27, 2012 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Guided-missile View post tag: Arrives View post tag: Nitze Back to overview,Home naval-today Arleigh Burke Class Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Nitze Arrives in Villefranche, France View post tag: France View post tag: Destroyer View post tag: Naval The Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) arrived in Villefranche, France March 26 for a regularly-scheduled port visit.The visit serves to continue U.S. 6th Fleet efforts to build global maritime partnerships with European nations and improve maritime safety and security in the region.“We believe that regularly-scheduled port visits to our allies in the Mediterranean region increase our ability to work together for mutual prosperity and enhanced maritime security,” said Cmdr. Christopher Nerad, Nitze’s commanding officer.“We are going to Villefranche to strengthen relationships between France and the U.S.,” said Master Chief Bill Arbuckle, Nitze’s command master chief. “It will also give our Sailors a chance to see new places and to see some French culture.”While in port, the officers and crew will meet with local officials, host a tour of the ship for the U.S. Navy league, play sports with local teams and help maintain a local World War II U.S. cemetery.“We will be cleaning and maintaining the cemetery,” said Nerad. “We will be paying our respects and assuring that, for many years to come, it will be a place that people can come to remember the sacrifices of those who went before us.”This port visit also serves as an opportunity for the crew to soak in the French culture.“The crew will be able to gain an appreciation for the historical and cultural significance of the area,” said Nerad. “They will be able to relax and enjoy all that Villefranche has to offer.”Nitze is conducting this port visit as part of a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 27, 2012; View post tag: USS View post tag: Arleigh View post tag: Villefranche Training & Education Arleigh Burke Class Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Nitze Arrives in Villefranche, France Share this articlelast_img read more

ST Engineering Secures PVs Contract

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today ST Engineering Secures PVs Contract Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), its marine arm Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), has secured a contract worth €534.8 million(approx USD 699.3 mln ) to design and build four patrol vessels (PVs) and the provision of associated logistic support for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO).This contract was awarded by the Ministry of Defence of the Sultanate of Oman through a competitive international tender. ST Marine will build four 75-metre PVs based on its proprietary Fearless Class of PVs. The project will commence immediately with the first vessel expected to be delivered in 2Q 2015 and the final vessel in 3Q 2016.“We are honoured to be entrusted by the Royal Navy of Oman with this project. This is a significant contract to ST Marine and we are confident that we will live up to our reputation as a total naval solutions provider – from design to construction to logistics support and hopefully through life support for our customer’s vessels”, said NG Sing Chan President, ST Marin.The FEARLESS series of Patrol Vessels, premised on the indigenously designed and built FEARLESS-55, is highly versatile and capable of operating with different payloads. The vessel can be fitted with either waterjets or conventional propellers, and can be equipped with a whole range of weapons and sensors including hull mounted sonars and torpedoes, and USVs for extended surveillance, identification and enforcement. The larger FEARLESS-75 is equipped with a heli-landing deck for day and night operations of a helicopter or UAV.The FEARLESS series, with its modern shaping and fuel efficient hull form, is adaptable to various configurations of payload and capability and is suited for coastal patrol and constabulary use.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 09, 2012; Image: stenng Training & Education Share this article View post tag: secures View post tag: Navy View post tag: million View post tag: about View post tag: 699.3 View post tag: PVs View post tag: engineeringcenter_img ST Engineering Secures PVs Contract View post tag: contract View post tag: Naval View post tag: up View post tag: St. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USD View post tag: worth April 9, 2012last_img read more

Kongsberg, Brazilian Navy Sign Penguin Missiles Contract

first_img View post tag: sign View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Missiles Share this article View post tag: Navy Equipment & technology View post tag: contract Kongsberg, Brazilian Navy Sign Penguin Missiles Contract View post tag: Brazilian View post tag: Naval September 13, 2012 View post tag: Penguin Back to overview,Home naval-today Kongsberg, Brazilian Navy Sign Penguin Missiles Contract KONGSBERG has signed a contract with the Brazilian Navy for the delivery of Penguin anti-ship missiles and associated equipment valued MEUR 33. The missiles will be deployed on the Brazilian Navy’s new maritime helicopters.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 13, 2012; Image: Kongsberg View post tag: Kongsberglast_img read more