Canadian air force short 275 pilots as attrition outpaces recruitment training

first_imgOTTAWA – The Royal Canadian Air Force is contending with a shortage of around 275 pilots and needs more mechanics, sensor operators and other trained personnel in the face of increasing demands at home and abroad.The Air Force says it is working to address the deficiencies and that they have not negatively impacted operations, but officials acknowledge the situation has added pressure on Canada’s flying corps and represents a challenge for the foreseeable future.“Right now we’re doing everything we can to make sure we recruit, train and retain enough personnel to do our current mission,” said Brig.-Gen. Eric Kenny, director general of air readiness.“In the next 20 years, it’s going to be a challenge to grow the force at the rate that we would like.”The shortfall in pilots and mechanics was referenced in an internal report recently published by the Department of National Defence, which also flagged underspending on maintenance for bases and other infrastructure, as well as reductions in annual flying times thanks to Conservative-era budget cuts.Some of those issues have since started to be addressed by the Liberals through their new defence policy, but the personnel shortage remains an area of critical concern given the need for pilots and others to fly and maintain the military’s various aircraft fleets at home and abroad.Those include the planes and helicopters involved in Canada’s military missions in Iraq, Latvia, Mali, and Ukraine; domestic search-and-rescue aircraft; and the CF-18 fighter jets deployed in Romania and guarding against a foreign attack on North America.The Air Force is authorized to have 1,580 pilots, but Kenny said in an interview the Air Force is short by around 17 per cent — or about 275 pilots — along with similar shortfalls for navigators and sensor operators, who work onboard different types of aircraft, as well as mechanics.Kenny also acknowledged the threat of burnout as service members are forced to pick up the slack left by unfilled positions, and the added burden of promised new drones, fighter jets and other aircraft arriving in the coming years, which will require even more people to fly and maintain.Efforts to address the shortfalls have looked at retaining service members with tax breaks, additional support and services for family members to ease military life, and plans to free up experienced personnel by assigning administrative staff to do day-to-day tasks.Several initiatives have also been introduced to speed up recruitment and training, and attract older pilots back into the Forces, which has borne some fruit and aimed at buying time for officials to decide whether to change the length of time pilots and others are required to serve before they can leave.“This is beyond just looking at benefits,” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Tuesday. “We’re looking at a much more holistic approach in how we look after them.”But the current training system means the Air Force can only produce 115 new pilots each year, which commanders have said is insufficient to meet needs given the rate at which military pilots have moved on to commercial opportunities in recent years.Conservative defence critic James Bezan suggested one reason the military is losing pilots is because they are being asked to fly older planes, including CF-18 fighter jets that are close to 40 years old.“If pilots aren’t getting new aircraft, why are they sticking around?” Bezan said.“And so, the idea of bringing in used fighter jets from Australia that are even in worse shape than the current CF-18s that we fly today, why would they stick around?”The Department of National Defence is drawing up plans for a new system that officials hope will be in place by 2021 and include the ability to expand or shrink the number of trainees in any year given the Air Force’s needs.Kenny said the shortfalls will remain a challenge since the current system will remain in place for several more years — and because it takes four and eight years to train a pilot from scratch.“We know what capabilities we’re receiving and now we can start working to make sure that we have personnel that are trained to be able to meet those requirements,” he said.“But I’m not going to lie: It’s definitely a challenge.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

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True Bloods Kristin Bauer Needs Donations For Conservation Film

first_imgTrue Blood star Kristin Bauer van Straten is asking fans for donations to help fund a new documentary that looks into the poaching and slaughter of Africa’s majestic animals.“I will be taking a camera crew to Kenya to ask Africans, the on the ground experts and heroes; what is happening, what the possible solutions are and, How can we help you?” says the actress. “They are living this crisis and working very hard to stop it, they know what can be done – they just need a larger voice. Together is the only way elephants and rhino may make it and also the only way I will be able to do make this documentary. In the last six months 2 species of rhino have gone extinct and more are on the brink. I don’t think we can afford to wait to do something.”Kristin hopes to raise $30,000 for the film, and has set up a fundraising page on“I have set the goal lower than what I need on this Kickstarter campaign because with Kickstarter it’s all or nothing. You make your goal or you get zero. But I am hoping to make it so much fun that we will make double, or triple our goal! Any purchase is help and support. This is a huge undertaking in every respect to take a camera crew all over Kenya to meet with the people of Kenya, the impressive experts and groups that are making such a difference ~ Like the orphange [sic] for elephant and rhino babies in Nairobi. We’ll interview experts in Amboseli, who are creating a network of over 100,000 people from many government agencies, working together to police the illegal trade in the parks, at the seaports and airports. We will also find out about the campaign in China to lessen the demand using a PSA campaign that shows a Mother elephant’s worried when her baby is so happy to be cutting her first “teeth” as Mom knows it could mean her death.“Every dollar helps! And help me spread the word about this movie and come back often…I will be adding incentives as I get more items from my cast mates and friends! The heroes in Africa really can’t do this alone and nether can I. I hope you will be inspired to come on this incredible journey of passion and love with my husband and me.”To read more and find out how you can donate, click here.last_img read more

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SLFP to restructure and appoint new office bearers

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to restructure and appoint new office bearers.As a first step the SLFP Central Committee has decided to appoint new office bearers temporarily on June 3rd. SLFP Parliamentarian Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that new, permanent office bearers will be appointed in September.The move comes weeks after a group of 16 SLFP members split from the Government and sat with the opposition in Parliament. The SLFP members who left the Government called for a new General Secretary to be appointed in the party and also for comprehensive reforms. (Colombo Gazette)

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Ohio State mens basketball routs UMassLowell 9255 in season opener

The OSU men’s basketball team huddles before a game against UMass-Lowell on Nov. 14 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 92-55. Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorPlaying its first game of the 2014 regular season, the No. 20 Ohio State men’s basketball team showed very few signs of rust.The Buckeyes (1-0) easily dispatched Massachusetts-Lowell (0-1) on Friday evening at the Schottenstein Center, 92-55.The victory maintained OSU coach Thad Matta’s perfect record — now at 11-0 — in season openers for the Buckeyes.The Buckeyes went on a 14-0 run beginning a little over two minutes into the game and didn’t look back, opening up a 22-point halftime lead at 47-25.It was a dominant effort on both sides of the ball for the Buckeyes in the first half, as OSU forced 13 first-half turnovers from the River Hawks.“We did have some guys that were very, very active,” Matta said about OSU’s zone defense. “They used their length, they got up, they got the guys’ attention, and got back to where they were supposed to be.”On the offensive end, OSU relied on ball movement, registering assists on 10 of its 18 first-half field goals.One of those assists brought the crowd of 13,256 to its feet about five minutes into the game, when freshman guard D’Angelo Russell lobbed a no-look pass from the top of the key to a soaring Sam Thompson for the alley-oop dunk.The senior forward led OSU with 10 points in the first half, while each of the other nine Buckeyes who played scored at least one point. After the game Matta said that Thompson, who has played in more collegiate games than any other player on the OSU roster, has settled in well to his role as a team leader.“Sam has been playing very, very well, just in terms of — he’s got a little bit of a different demeanor about him, which I love, very businesslike,” Matta said. “He’s really done a nice job of taking care of the younger guys in terms of getting them to understand what their role is, what they have to do.”OSU eased up on the pressure a bit in the second half but still used its size and talent to outscore the River Hawks 45-30.For the game, OSU outrebounded the River Hawks by a mark of 35-24 including an 11-6 edge on the offensive glass. OSU senior center Trey McDonald grabbed the most rebounds with seven.However, redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee believed he and his teammates could have done a better job on the glass.“We gotta do a better job with that (controlling the boards),” Lee, who had three rebounds for the Buckeyes, said. “I wasn’t aware of how much I had. Just going forward, as we’re playing bigger games, we’ve gotta all corral the rebounds and stuff like that.”Redshirt-freshman guard Jahad Thomas led the way for the River Hawks, scoring 18 points and adding five rebounds.Five players scored in the double digits for the Buckeyes, led by Russell with 16. The 2014 McDonald’s High School All-American also contributed six assists and four rebounds in his regular season debut.UMass-Lowell coach Pat Duquette called Russell “as good a freshman as I’ve seen.”“I’ve seen some pretty good players, and he looked as good as any of them that I saw,” Duquette said. “Not only did he make shots, but at his size he handles the ball, he plays poised, I mean he’s going to be a really, really good player.”Four other Buckeyes made their OSU regular-season debut in the game: redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams, freshman forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate and the redshirt-senior Lee, who transferred from Temple in late March.“I think the newcomers did a great job,” Thompson said. “We wanted to play fast, we wanted to have our defense translate to some offense, we wanted to get some easy buckets, I think we did a good job doing that.”Starting center Amir Williams only played 10 minutes on the night. Matta said after the game that the senior got “banged in the knee,” but is fine.The victory was the 81st consecutive home win against an unranked opponent for the Buckeyes dating back to Dec. 27, 2008.OSU looks to extend that mark to 82 when it takes on Marquette on Tuesday. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m. at Value City Arena. read more

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Jack Taylor Sets NCAA Record After Scoring 138 Points

Division III Grinnell point guard Jack Taylor, set an NCAA record Tuesday night, scoring 138 points in a 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible.“I gotta thank the man upstairs,” Taylor told ESPN. “I was able to multiply my talents tonight.”Taylor went 52-for-108 from the field, while shooting 27-for-71 from the 3-point line to establish the new collegiate record.The previous NCAA scoring record was held by Bevo Francis of Rio Grande, who had 113 points against Hillsdale in 1954. In 1953, Francis dropped 116 points against Ashland Junior College. Frank Selvy is only other person to come close to Francis’ record; he scored 100 points while playing at Furman against Newberry.As the 5-foot-10, 170-pound sophomore entered the locker room at halftime, he was under the assumption that he had managed to drop 30 points in the first half. But coach David Arseneault informed Taylor otherwise, after taking a look at the first half stats.“Coach walked in with a stat sheet and said I had 58,” Taylor said. “You could see the team’s eyes light up.”After the half, Taylor was given the green light to shoot by Arseneault and his teammates to break the record set by Francis. He came out focused and in the zone.“There was a point during the second half where I hit a number of threes in a row — maybe seven or eight — I felt like anything I threw up was going in,” Taylor said. “I’ve been in the zone before but I’ve never taken so many shots.”One of the underlying stories in Taylor’s spectacular performance was Faith Baptist Bible’s David Larson, who scored 70 points on 34-for-44 shooting.Taylor said that their focus was to stop Larson, which they did, but Bible could not stop Taylor.Before entering Tuesday’s game Taylor was in a shooting slump, only making 11 of 41 shots for the season. After taking a “couple hundred” shots before practice on Sunday and Monday, he seemed to have found his stroke.“I was able to, I guess, find my shot again,” Taylor said.Despite receiving the attention for the Pioneers win, he was the ultimate sport by sharing the victory with his teammates. Taylor acknowledged his teammates for being unselfish the whole night.He still has not been able to take in his record breaking performance.“I don’t think it’s settled in yet,” he said. read more

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What Happens To Injured NBA Stars Like Paul George

You probably get the general sense for how the chart works — green numbers are good and red ones are bad — but there’s some terminology to sort out:Injured Season refers to the season in which the player was limited to 20 or fewer games because of an injury. This holds even if his actual injury came late in the prior season: For instance, Derrick Rose tore his ACL during the 2011-2012 season’s playoffs, but 2012-13 is listed as his Injured Season because that’s the year he sat out.2The table also excludes Kobe Bryant, who tore his Achilles tendon in April 2013, because 2013-14 counts as his Injured Season. The idea is to compare a player’s performance before and after his injury — and Bryant has yet to play his 2014-15 season, his first comeback year.Recovery Rate represents how much of his value the player retained after his injury. It’s calculated by dividing a player’s average WAR in the three seasons after his Injured Season by the three seasons before it. The higher the Recovery Rate the better. I exclude seasons from the average if they haven’t yet occurred3For instance, Kevin Love has yet to play the second and third seasons after his 2012-13 injury. or if the player was not yet in the NBA at the time.4I also exclude Bill Walton’s 1975-76 season because our database does not cover it. However, I include seasons — and list the player as having zero value — if the player was forced into retirement by the injury.This is not a list of every NBA star who suffered a severe injury — for instance, my selection process will tend to miss star players whose injuries came in the middle of a season instead of toward the beginning or the end. So there are some false negatives. But there shouldn’t be any false positives — I screened out players who missed time due to illness, suspension, a retirement not forced by injury, or some other reason.5There are some ambiguous cases about whether players retired because of injury or other reasons. The general principle is that retirement counts as voluntary if the player retired without an acute injury, even if he had some chronic injury problems. For instance, Larry Bird was healthy enough to play in the 1992 NBA playoffs and the 1992 Olympic Games before announcing his retirement later that summer. Although Bird had chronic back problems, I do not consider his retirement to be because of injury. Charles Barkley’s retirement, however, was largely because of an acute knee injury that he suffered in December 1999. All these players were producing at an All-Star level at the time of their injuries.It’s a noisy set of examples. Six of the 25 players, like Jordan and Webber, had Recovery Rates above 100 percent, which means that they were actually better after their injuries than before. Another six, like Arenas and Yao Ming, had Recovery Rates of 10 percent or below, meaning that they lost almost all their value (although some, like Grant Hill, recovered to be productive role players later in their careers).The average Recovery Rate is just 55 percent, meaning that the typical player was only about half as good after his injury as beforehand. But that paints too pessimistic a picture for George and the Pacers.The reason is that there’s a correlation between Recovery Rate and age. With some exceptions, the players who returned to have productive careers after their injuries were young at the time they got hurt, while the ones who didn’t were in the middle to late stage of their careers:George recently turned 24. The regression line in the chart above implies that the average player who is injured at that age will come back to be 75 percent to 80 percent as productive as he was before. If George came back at 75 percent to 80 percent of his former self, that would not be such a bad outcome for the Pacers. Between 2011-12 and 2013-14, George was worth an average of 11 wins per season; 80 percent of that would make him a 9-win player instead between 2015-16 and 2017-18, the last three guaranteed years of his contract. Wins above replacement in the NBA are worth about $3 million a pop, so that means he’d be producing $27 million worth of value per season for the Pacers — on a contract that will pay him about $18 million per year instead.But we haven’t accounted for how George would project if he hadn’t been hurt. For that matter, we haven’t compared our injured stars against a control group of other All-Star-caliber NBA players.Take David Robinson, who missed almost all of the 1996-97 season with a back injury.6Conveniently enough, this helped allow the Spurs into the draft lottery, where they snagged Tim Duncan. His Recovery Rate is calculated at 65 percent, which implies that he lost something after returning from the injury. But Robinson was already 31 years old at the time — most basketball players are in decline at that age even if they stay relatively healthy. Was Robinson’s decline worse than what we would have expected without the injury?That’s the calculation I’ve made in the chart below. It compares the Recovery Rate for injured stars against the same calculation for all NBA players who had a 7.5 WAR season, whether or not they got hurt the next year.7The calculation of the Recovery Rate for the healthy players otherwise follows the same procedure as for the injured players. For example, take a player who produced 12.2 wins in 2003-04; he qualifies for the control group. To calculate his Recovery Rate, I compare how he performed in the three seasons from 2001-02 through 2003-04 against the three seasons from 2005-06 through 2007-08. What happened to 2004-05? We ignore it because that year would be considered the player’s Injury Season had he been hurt. Sports fans have selective memories. Most of us NBA geeks know that Bernard King, the former New York Knicks forward, was never the same after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a 1985 game. We remember that Grant Hill’s ankle injury in 2000 permanently dimmed his star status, and that Gilbert Arenas’s career went into a downward spiral after he blew out his knee in 2007.But we forget the cases where a serious injury was just a footnote to a long career. Mark Price, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard, tore his ACL early in the 1990-91 season and was out most of the year. He returned to make the NBA All-Star team in each of his next three seasons. A shoulder injury, and eventual shoulder surgery, cost Chris Webber more than a season’s worth of games between 1994-95 and 1995-96, but he wound up as a borderline Hall of Famer. Michael Jordan broke his foot in his second NBA season, missing 64 games in 1985-86. His career turned out pretty well.If we want to get a better sense of the future of Paul George, the Indiana Pacers star who fractured his right leg while scrimmaging with Team USA last week, we need a more comprehensive way of identifying star players who got hurt. I searched our NBA database for players since 1976-77 to whom the following happened:First, the player had an All-Star-caliber season. I define this as a player worth at least 7.5 wins above replacement (WAR) as based on statistical plus-minus (see more about that statistic here). There are about 25 players who meet this threshold each year in the NBA, about as many as make one of the league All-Star teams.Then, the next season, he played in 20 or fewer games for reasons having principally to do with his injury.Price, for instance, produced 9.7 wins in 1989-90 then played in just 16 games in 1990-91, so he qualifies. So do 24 other players, counting the oft-injured Anfernee Hardaway twice. Those players are listed in the chart below, which tracks how their careers progressed before and after their injuries.1In screening the players, I prorated wins and games-played totals to 82 games for seasons shortened by a labor dispute. In Robinson’s case, a player at his age would typically retain 60 percent of his value. Robinson retained 65 percent instead. The injury didn’t really have any lasting effects; Robinson resumed a typical aging curve after missing most of 1996-97.This also tells us a more nuanced story about George. It’s not that young players like him recover better from injury so much as that they were on more of an upward trajectory to begin with. In fact, the two lines in the chart are almost parallel. That implies the impact of a severe injury is fairly constant regardless of a player’s age. More specifically, it reduces his long-term value by 30 percent, on average. George is projected to be about 80 percent as good as he was before his injury. But if he hadn’t gotten hurt, he’d project to be about 110 percent as good as he was instead.8That would make him about a 12-win player from 2015-16 through 2017-18, worth about $36 million per season in market value.In other words, young players can suffer a setback and still be very good. A player who was already in decline and then suffers a serious injury often has too much working against him.But each of these outcomes describes an average — and there’s a huge amount of variation around those averages. It’s entirely plausible that George will never again be a productive player in the NBA. And it’s entirely plausible that he’ll come back even better than before. Perhaps in April 2017 Zach Lowe will be writing about how George was forced to become a better spot-up shooter while his mobility was limited after his initial return from injury — but then his quickness came back, making him a more multidimensional player than before. Here’s hoping that 10 years from now the injury won’t be the first thing we think about when we think about Paul George. read more

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Crystal Palace captain Jason Puncheon told doorman to buy a house with

A boastful footballer told a doorman to “buy a house” with his expensive belt after attempting to whip clubbers with it, a court heard. Crystal Palace captain Jason Puncheon has been ordered to do more than 200 hours of community service after using his item of clothing to lash out at a group outside a nightclub.Puncheon, who reportedly earns £35,000-a-week, was seen to twice strike out with his belt in the melee, and challenged police to arrest him, Staines Magistrates’ Court heard.The 31-year-old had been due to stand trial on Monday but changed his plea at the last minute, admitting a public order offence after his behaviour outside Mishiko nightclub in Reigate, Surrey, on December  17.Prosecutor Craig Warsama told the court that after the incident outside the club Puncheon was “irate”.”He was shouting: ‘Arrest me, arrest me’ in what was described as an aggressive tone,” Mr Warsama said.When a bouncer who had confiscated the belt then tried to return it to Puncheon, the prosecutor said: “Mr Puncheon’s reply was ‘Keep it, keep it. Buy it. Buy a house with it.”‘He had been out with his footballer friend Ben Chorley, who plays for National League side Bromley FC, and their wives.Chorley himself ended up in the dock after Puncheon was sentenced, having taken a photograph and short clip during the hearing. Jason Puncheon celebrates after scoring for Crystal Palace He was also ordered to pay £930 towards prosecution costs and an £85 Government surcharge.A Crystal Palace Football Club spokesman said: “This was a regrettable incident and entirely out of character. The matter will be dealt with internally.”A further charge of assault by beating was dropped after no evidence was offered by the prosecution.The court heard Puncheon has a previous conviction for assaulting a police officer in 2004, for which he received a 12-month conditional discharge, and driving offences including no insurance and no licence four years later. Footballer Ben Chorley who was fined £1,000 for taking a photograph and a short clip during the hearing (left) with Jason Puncheon who was sentenced for a public order offence leaving Staines Magistrates' Court “The moment that somebody leaned over to hit my wife and hit my friend I think it spiralled out of control.” The 35-year-old father-of-two was fined £1,000 for a contempt of court offence.Puncheon was handed a community order and told to pay compensation after the December incident. Jason Puncheon celebrates after scoring for Crystal PalaceCredit:Jed Leicester/Action Images He made no comment to police when he was interviewed, the court heard.Mr Puncheon was acting in self-defence, his lawyer Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC said, but this argument was dismissed by District Judge Michael Snow.He said: “It’s quite clear to me that he had completely lost control of his behaviour at that time. And he was striking indiscriminately at that group.”The judge added: “The CCTV is clear and unarguable. No-one viewing that CCTV I’m afraid could come to a different conclusion.”He was not acting in self-defence or in the defence of another (when he used the belt).”Puncheon, of The Warren in Kingswood, Surrey, wore a black suit, black shirt and black trainers as he stood in the dock and admitted a section 4 public order offence of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear or provoke unlawful violence.Ms Bennett-Jenkins QC described her client, who has three children with his wife and also looks after her child from a previous relationship, as a family man.She said the incident was an “utterly isolated matter” and noted that he did work in the community already, including in South Norwood where he is from. Crystal Palace Football Club captain Jason Puncheon arrives at Staines Magistrates Court Earlier the court heard the two couples had enjoyed dinner before moving on to the nightclub.Puncheon said it had been a pleasant evening until another man interrupted him and his wife while they were dancing.He said the man, unknown to him, had put his arm around him and when asked not to do so began insulting him.Speaking from the witness stand, Puncheon, who said he had been drinking that evening, said the man told him: “You’re f****** s***. That’s why Roy (Hodgson) doesn’t play you.”After leaving the nightclub and going to their chauffeur-driven car, Puncheon, who the court heard was wearing a three-quarter length herringbone jacket, said another woman attempted to strike his wife as he ushered her into the vehicle.He stated that his friend, Chorley, who the court heard had given police the name Steven Cotter, was punched by someone else during the incident in Church Street.Asked how he felt after he claimed to see someone attempt to strike his wife he said: “Really concerned for my safety to be honest, because of the build-up of everything that had happened. Crystal Palace Football Club captain Jason Puncheon arrives at Staines Magistrates CourtCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP Puncheon was handed a community order, requiring him to carry out 210 hours of unpaid work, and was told to pay £250 compensation to bouncer bouncer Paul Mendy, who he struck out at with his belt. Footballer Ben Chorley who was fined £1,000 for taking a photograph and a short clip during the hearing (left) with Jason Puncheon who was sentenced for a public order offence leaving Staines Magistrates’ CourtCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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UN special rapporteur calls for full investigation of Corrib human rights issues

first_imgProtests have ranged from lawful demonstrations to non-violent non-compliance and passive resistance on both public and private grounds. The information received seemed to indicate that the policing of the protests had been, in some instances, disproportionate. Moreover, there have also been serious concerns about the lawfulness of certain actions by the private security firm employed by Shell.The report refers to several incidents of protesters being forcefully removed from roads by gardaí and also allegations of verbal abuse against protesters.Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy, who alleges he was assaulted by gardaí during a peaceful protest at the gas project in Mayo told that the report “confirms what those of us campaigning against Shell in Rossport have said for a long time – that the right to peaceful protest has been repeatedly and consciously trampled upon by the gardaí”.Murphy said that the methods used by gardaí were an attempt to “wear down protesters”.“I have been the victim on numerous occasions of garda brutality in Rossport and have been a witness to many other incidents of brutality,” he added.The MEP said that, on the back of this report, there should now be a “full and independent public inquiry” into the actions of the gardai over the last number of years in the policing of the Corrib project.In the report, Sekaggay recommended that the government should:Investigate all allegations and reports of intimidation, harassment and surveillance in the context of the Corrib Gas dispute in a prompt and impartial manner, conduct investigations regarding the actions of the police and adopt the measures necessary to instruct and equip the police in the area to discharge their functions adequately, particularly with regard to the policing of protests and crowd control.However the special rapporteur said she “noted with concern” that there have also been reports of violent criminal acts committed in the context of the protests, including damage against Shell property.“The special rapporteur would like to emphasise that those responsible for committing such acts cannot be considered human rights defenders, and that perpetrators should be held accountable for their actions and brought to justice,” the report said.Related: UN Special Rapporteur “concerned” about Shell to Sea protesters> UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, has called on the Irish government to investigate all allegations and reports of intimidation, harassment and surveillance in the context of the Corrib Gas dispute.Sekaggay visited Ireland in November last year and met with a delegation, which included seven members of Shell to Sea, to discuss challenges faced by those protesting the project in Mayo. At the time she said she was “concerned” about the situation faced by activists.In a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council yesterday, the UN special rapporteur said that during her visit she received reports and evidence “including video footage, indicating the existence of a pattern of intimidation, harassment, surveillance and criminalisation of those peacefully opposing the Corrib Gas project”.last_img read more

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An overview of ICS on the Samsung Galaxy S3

first_imgGoogle’s version of Android is, more often than not, heavily modified by its partners. HTC, Motorola, and Samsung are the three big contributors to the striking differences in the various forms of Android. With the release of Android 4.0, there was some hope that Google was going to be able to wrangle the manufacturers a bit. So far that hasn’t been the case, and the result has been a new perspective on the latest version of Android, for better or worse.In the past, Samsung has had their hands on every bit of Android, changing everything from color schemes and menu placements to the keyboard and camera. With Android 4.0 on the Galaxy S3, the world’s largest Android manufacturer decided to create an entirely Samsung user experience.Lock ScreenOn the Samsung Galaxy S3, the lockscreen is an entirely customizable experience. You can choose to dumb it down and make it just a secure screen in between the power button and the rest of the OS, or you can make it a detailed look into your digital life. You can set up to four icons on the bottom of the screen, which can be used to launch apps right from the lock screen. You can flip through your notifications, setup a weather widget, and leave a message for anyone who might accidentally stumble across your phone. And if you’re eager to have a conversation with your phone, you can have S-Voice ready to go on the lockscreen.There are even gesture functions, like the ability to launch the camera just by holding your finger anywhere on the screen and rotating the phone. There’s a lot of functionality here, and the menu’s are setup to keep it from being overwhelming.Despite clearly being designed for users who are eager to customize every bit of their phones, the menu’s in Touchwiz have been separated well enough to keep from overwhelming the user with miles of check boxes. Instead of just a lockscreen menu in the settings, the individual features are tucked away in corresponding menus. When you change your phone’s wallpaper, you’ll be asked if you would also like to change the lock screen wallpaper. You see this level of customization often with custom ROMs, but there’s rarely such attention to menu organization.Please note: No stock ICS features were harmed in the making of this lockscreen.LauncherSamsung took the stock Android 4.0 launcher and threw it out the window. This isn’t new for Samsung, but many of the things the company has done with their TouchWiz launcher break basic ICS functionality. For starters, like many of Samsung’s other versions of TouchWiz, the app drawer icon is all the way to the right.Given the immense screen size of the Galaxy S3, this makes it a pair to hit the app icon if you hold the phone in your left hand. When the drawer opens, the Play Store shortcut that is commonly found in the top right of the screen has been replaced with a shortcut to the downloaded apps. Essentially, it puts all of the apps you have installed in a list.Compared to the Play Store link, the functionality seems fairly limited. If you decide to move an app from your app drawer to your homescreen, TouchWiz won’t allow you to place it on the launcher. You need to place it on the homescreen and then move it to the launcher.The biggest problem I have with the TouchWiz launcher is the step backwards that was taken with folders. Stock ICS introduced the ability to put apps in a folder by placing one app on top of another. Instead of keeping this, Samsung used the same folder creation method they have implemented since Cupcake. You tap the menu button and select “create folder”, and the load whatever apps you want into the folder. It adds an unnecessary extra step, given that the functionality was already there.GesturesThe biggest point into the “win” column for the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the gesture commands. Samsung may have sounded a little creepy with their “designed for humans” marketing line, but many of these gestures really do feel organic and work great. When watching a video or listening to music, the ability to temporarily mute whatever is going to by placing your palm over the screen is great. It’s a fast, natural motion and so far works flawlessly.You can take a screenshot by sliding your palm across the screen instead of holding down the volume down and power buttons simultaneously. This took me one or two tries to really get, but once you figure it out the gesture works really well. If you’re a fingerprint or smudge conscious person, however, this gesture will drive you crazy quickly.Aside from the camera launching gesture on the lock screen, my absolute favorite gesture is the app movement. In stock ICS, when you move an app from one homescreen to another you have to hover the icon on the edge of the screen and wait a moment for it to move one screen. If you want to move an app multiple screens it’s usually faster to just delete the shortcut and grab a new icon from the launcher.The TouchWiz gesture system allows you to pick up the icon and pan your phone left and right in the air. When you pan the phone, the homescreen moves quickly in the direction you just moved it in. This makes it much easier and way faster to move any app.Final ThoughtsIt’s frustrating to see Samsung botch the launcher on an otherwise terrific phone. Android allows you to replace the launcher if you choose, but in my opinion there’s nothing out there right now that beats the stock ICS launcher in terms of simplicity an function. Samsung offers a really compelling experience otherwise, and the Galaxy S3 is a truly unique device because of it.last_img read more

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County Cowlitz Tribe aim to resolve funds issue

first_imgThe Cowlitz Tribe and Clark County are trying to get along better.After years of arguments and litigation over the tribe’s $510 million, 368,000-square-foot ilani casino and resort, which opened in 2017, officials from each government have signaled they want to improve relations. Last year, Clark County rescinded a resolution formally opposing the casino while the tribe has sought to position itself as a positive community presence.But David Barnett, a member of the tribal council who was previously involved with developing the casino, said that the tribe hasn’t kept a 12-year-old commitment made to Clark County to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to help shore up its tax base while funding arts and education as well as a program aimed at addressing problem gambling.“I couldn’t sleep knowing that this is being withheld from them,” said Barnett, who met with county officials last week.In 2007, the tribe passed an ordinance that sought to mitigate the impact of the casino by agreeing to reimburse the county for law enforcement activity on tribal land, comply with health regulations and mitigate traffic among other commitments.The eight-page ordinance, provided to The Columbian by Barnett, also committed the tribe to biannually compensate the county and local taxing districts for property tax revenue lost from land being removed from tax rolls and placed in tribal trust. The tribe also agreed to pay at least annually $50,000 for a program designated by Clark County that deals with problem gambling. Additionally, the ordinance committed the tribe to pay 2 percent of net revenues from gaming on tribal lands to an arts and education charitable fund to be overseen by a five-person board appointed by the county and tribe.Barnett said that the tribe currently is holding over $500,000 that is owed to the county under the ordinance. He said that Philip Harju, the tribe’s attorney and council vice-chair, has resisted making the payments. In addition to his other roles, Harju serves as tribal enforcement and compliance officer, a position created by the ordinance to ensure it’s implemented.last_img read more

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Nuno Espirito is happy after a surprising victory

first_imgThe Wolverhampton Wanderers manager guided his club to a surprising win over Tottenham Hotspur and the coach is delightedWolverhampton Wanderers surprisingly defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 today.And for manager Nuno Espirito this is a moment of happiness, although he’s surprised.“The second half was really, really good. We managed possession, had chances and goals,” he said according to Four Four Two.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We had a lot of belief after the equalizer, I would have said a draw was a good result, but I cannot control the emotions of the boys if they see space in front of them.”“It is good for the dressing room but to play like this at Wembley – the home of football – is the big thing,” he commented.“We have achieved something very special in getting to the Premier League and it has been a very special year.”last_img read more

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Marco Silva keen on building Everton momentum

first_imgAhead of their trip to Southampton on Saturday, Everton manager Marco Silva has stressed on the need to build on their consecutive victories against Lincoln and Bournemouth.After losing two Premier League games in a row, the Toffees got back to winning ways with a 2-1 home victory against Lincoln City in the FA Cup third round.Eight days later, Everton followed it up with a 2-0 win against Bournemouth at Goodison Park.As they prepare to travel to St Mary’s Stadium to face Southampton on Saturday, Silva is intent on building momentum on the back those victories.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It was our goal against Bournemouth to turn the home results back in our favor and win again with our fans,” Silva told the club’s website.“It was not just three points, we had to win again. We were together and fighting and were strong and focussed at the end.“It was really important, now we want to keep this momentum.”last_img read more

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Police seek publics help in locating missing elderly El Portal woman

first_imgEL PORTAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help after an El Portal woman disappeared without a trace.El Portal Police said 83-year-old Ethel Ferguson was last seen along the 400 block of Northwest 88th Terrace, Friday.Police said Ferguson stands at 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.Ferguson was last seen wearing a navy blue shirt that read “Spirit of Christ.”Police said she suffers from Alzheimer’s and dementia.If you know anything that can help find Ferguson, call police at 305-476-5423.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Jon Stewart on New Yorkers Obama Cover Its Just a Fing Cartoon

first_imgCheck out the video: Among the absurd amount of reactionary hype the New Yorker’s controversial Obama cover generated this week, my favorite response comes from the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, who sums up some of my sentiments nicely.He also criticizes Obama for denouncing the cover:”Really? You know what your response should’ve been? It’s very easy: Barack Obama is in no way upset about the cartoon that depicts him as a Muslim extremist. Because you know who gets upset about cartoons? Muslim extremists! Of which Barack Obama is not. It’s just a f*cking cartoon!”last_img

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Australia readies for new PM

first_imgAustralia`s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull attends a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on 23 August, 2018. Photo: AFPAustralia was readying for a new prime minister Friday after a revolt against Malcolm Turnbull by hardline conservatives in his Liberal party, with the former banker’s near three-year reign all but over.Former home affairs minister Peter Dutton, an ex-police officer and right-winger, has been the driving force behind the move to unseat Turnbull after a party backlash against his more moderate approach to politics.Turnbull survived one attempt to knife him on Tuesday, winning a party room vote 48-35, but since then ministers have been defecting.Dutton needed to prove he had majority backing, or 43 signatures from within the party’s parliamentary group — a requirement for him to force a second crack at the top job ahead of national elections due by mid-2019.Turnbull confirmed he had received a petition showing this support.”I have just been provided with a request for a meeting of the Parliamentary Liberal Party. It has 43 signatures,” he tweeted.The party whip was personally phoning everyone on the list to make sure they had signed, broadcaster ABC reported.Turnbull said as soon as the names were confirmed, a meeting to decide the leadership would be called.The PM, who accused Dutton and his supporters of bullying and intimidation, on Thursday said he would not contest again and would leave parliament, although he did not set out a timetable.His departure from politics would spark a by-election for his Sydney seat, threatening the government’s one-seat parliamentary majority.Despite Dutton getting the numbers for a challenge, there is no guarantee he will assume the top job, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Treasurer Scott Morrison — both Turnbull allies — also in the running.During a three-way vote, whoever comes last in the first round will be eliminated with a second round taking place to decide who becomes leader.Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, a Turnbull ally, refused to say who he would be backing and hit out at disruptive elements inside his party.”I think some people should have considered the greater good of the people of Australia, and the government, rather than their own self-interest and ambition,” he said.- Owe you an apology -The unrest is the latest chapter in a turbulent decade for Australian politics, with no leader managing to serve out a full term since former Prime Minister John Howard lost the 2007 election.If a new prime minister takes office Friday, it will be the seventh in 11 years in a remarkable revolving door at Canberra’s parliament house.Complicating matters, Dutton was referred to the solicitor-general over his eligibility to sit in parliament due to family financial interests in childcare centres that receive government subsidies — a possible breach of constitutional rules.The nation’s top lawyer Friday cleared him to continue in parliament.If he succeeds in taking the top job, Dutton will push Australian politics further to the right with a shift in several policies.He has made clear already that he would slash the migrant intake to counter population pressures and has not ruled out withdrawing Australia from the Paris climate agreement.The move to oust Turnbull was sparked by his plans on Monday to embed carbon emissions targets in law.Coupled with the government long trailing the opposition Labor party in opinion polls, the move sparked a revolt that quickly spiralled into calls for his head.One minister was so disillusioned with the push to oust Turnbull that he took to Twitter to apologise to the Australian people.”Australia. We owe you an apology. I’m sorry. You deserve better than many of the things our Federal Parliament has served up to you for the past 10 years,” wrote Nationals MP Darren Chester, whose party is in a coalition with the Liberals.last_img

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Authors Corner Shes All Caught Up

first_imgTitle: She’s All Caught Up!Author: Jamila T. DavisRelease Date: 08/26/14Jamila T. Davis, born and raised in Jamaica Queens, New York is a motivational speaker, prison reform activist and the author of several books geared to empower women. Through her powerful delivery, Davis illustrates the real-life consequences that result from poor choices.Davis, a former real estate investor, is no stranger to triumphs and defeats. From a self-made millionaire at age 25, Davis’s life took a tragic twist. Today she’s known as federal prisoner #59253-053, sentenced to  12 1/2 years for bank fraud.From behind bars, Davis embarked on an intense journey of healing and restoration. Documenting her findings, she created the Voices of Consequences Enrichment Series, which has helped to transform the lives of female offenders across the country. Her message of hope transcends to women of all backgrounds: “You don’t have to let your past dictate your future. Success is a matter of choice!”What was the impetus for writing this book? On July 16, 2008, I was sentenced to a 12 1/2 year sentence for bank fraud. Never in a million years did I think my life would take such a tragic twist. Instantly, I was forced to adjust. I had to make every effort to understand the purpose of my pain and survive. Trying to make the best out of my time, I participated in a prison public speaking group created to warn at-risk youth about the severe consequences of poor choices. Watching the most rebellious teens vow to deter from crime after hearing my story inspired me to pen my book, “She’s All Caught Up,” because I realized I could make a difference!What surprised you about the development of the book?Writing my book forced me to deal with the reality of my situation. It made me focus on subtle moments, key experiences and people who had a great influence on the warped mentality that I had developed. It surprised me most to see how powerful influences are to young children. I developed an esteem for certain individuals at a very young age that no one could break. Even though my parents tried their best to rear me up on a straight path and I followed them for a while, when the opportunity arose I reverted back to the influences I idolized as a young child. I was completely mesmerized by hustlers and the fast life, and eventually it became my lifestyle.For what audience is your book written?My book is written as a cautionary tale for youth, but people of all ages can relate. Many adults who’ve read my book told me it made them reflect on their own lives, and it helped them recognize the common pitfalls their children may fall prey to.“She’s All Caught Up” is a must read for every little girl who ever thought she was not good enough or pretty enough, whether young or old. I believe it is an eye opener that will help readers clearly see how jumbled up our lives can become when we live to gain the esteem or acceptance of others.What one thing do you want the reader to learn?I want my readers to learn to love themselves, be themselves and know its okay to be by themselves. The best thing a person can gain is self-confidence. When you know who you are, and whose you are, that’s true beauty that radiates from the inside out.Trying to figure out your self-worth based on the perception others may have of you is a certain way to follow the path of unhappiness and self-destruction.What one thing do you want the reader to remember forever?Every negative choice we make in life comes with a consequence. Sometimes the price we are forced to pay is severe! Therefore, be mindful of the choices you make. Live for today, but keep tomorrow in mind!What did you learn during the writing process?Through the writing process I learned to let go of shame and guilt. Instead of worrying about what others think of my mistakes and my most embracing moments, I allowed myself to be vulnerable, which opened the door to true inner healing. Writing this book changed my life because it forced me to truthfully acknowledge my faults, learn from my mistakes and let the past go!Jamila T. DavisWhat’s next on the horizon for you?I created the “Voices of Consequences Enrichment Series” for incarcerated women. It is a three book nondenominational, faith-based series to empower incarcerated women to heal, recognize their potential and recapture their dreams. Spending years behind bars I have been in a unique situation to really see the powerful strongholds that have hindered many women such as myself. I utilized my own path of self-discovery and inner healing, and documented my findings to help women who truly desire to change. (See also created “The High Price I Had To Pay” Book Series to give incarcerated women a platform to tell their stories. Each volume reveals the life of a different woman serving decade plus sentences for nonviolent crimes. It was important to me to utilize this book series to educate the public to the real faces and stories of women behind bars in federal prison, and to expose the injustices many of us have encountered within the U.S. judicial system.Often times people say to God, “use me.” But, when the opportunity comes to be a vessel, they get frightened and back off. Through my most painful experience in life, which has been my six years of incarceration, I have completely surrendered to God, and He has used me mightily to help many others in need. He has imparted gifts within me that I didn’t even know I possessed. Through this dark path that I have traveled, He has led me every step of the way and has empowered me to do things that I never imagined I could do. My work behind bars has given my life purpose and has made the pain of my experience bearable. I look forward to gaining back my freedom and living each day of my life happy, prosperous and most importantly on purpose!last_img read more

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Phil Spencer suggests Xbox One could be updated every few years

first_imgUnlike PCs, console hardware is locked, meaning that it will contain the same basic components throughout its lifecycle, with a few incremental changes to make it run more efficiently. This is what defines a traditional video game console. However, Microsoft’s future plans will blur the line between console and PC, thus changing things as we’ve known them for decades.During Microsoft’s Xbox Spring Showcase event in San Francisco last week, Xbox head Phil Spencer detailed how the company would be unifying its PC and Xbox One gaming platforms into one ecosystem that will be running Universal Windows Applications (UWAs). Moving towards having universal applications that work across PC and console could drastically change the home console model as we know it.As Spencer explained, other consumer products (smartphones for example) have ecosystems that receive updates regularly and see more hardware innovation. This isn’t the case with consoles, which lock hardware and software together and don’t change for the remainder of a console cycle (typically five to seven years). Microsoft’s gaming division wants to separate the software from the hardware it runs on.What this means is that the Xbox One could become more like a PC or even a smartphone that will have updated versions be released regularly. These future iterations of the console will have better and more powerful processors and graphics hardware. This, Spencer believes, will allow for more console hardware innovation than ever before.How does this affect games running on different hardware? Thanks to UWAs, games will be backwards and forward compatible on any system. This will make it so that one’s game library isn’t rendered obsolete when a new iteration of hardware is released. Hardware can continue to be updated with software coming along for the ride.Having a unified system like this means that there will be cross-play between different devices and allow developers the ability to sell games on one device that will then be available on other platforms. We’re already seeing this with the recently released Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Windows 10 which allows players across PC and Xbox One to face each other in multiplayer. Then of course there is Quantum Break which will allow Xbox One users to have a free copy of the Windows 10 edition of the game for a limited time.While this may seem a bit shocking to some folks, it is something that Microsoft has been working towards for over a year now. Microsoft released the Xbox App for Windows 10 which allowed cross-play and friends lists across both PC and Xbox One. The Xbox One itself received an update that made it compatible with Windows 10 and brought along a host of new features and a even a new user interface. Microsoft even announced that it would be bringing UWAs to Xbox One but didn’t specify when at the time.This could be a radical departure from what we’ve known about how consoles are released to the public. Microsoft hasn’t revealed when it would begin to release updated versions of the Xbox One. It will only be at that time when we’ll see if the public is ready and willing to go along with Microsoft’s vision.last_img read more

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Ladysmith resident gets his hands on elusive Snapchat Glasses

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite At $130 or R2000 in our money, they are not for the poor at heart. Dillon Coetzee is currently on holiday in New York and he successfully managed to get his hands on a pair of Snapchat Glasses.If you have no idea what Snapchat or Snapchat Glasses are… Well, welcome to 2016! Now that you are out of the coma, let’s catch up on what you missed.Snapchat is big, sort of like WhatsApp, but better if you are younger…Snapchat Glasses are the biggest thing since yesterday and will most likely be history by tomorrow.So, assuming you can Google Snapchat, let’s talk a bit about the glasses:They only record 10 seconds of video at a time – like quick-snaps for video and much like what Snapchat already does. This isn’t a record-your-kid’s-whole-birthday-party set of camera glasses, unless you keep snapping 10 seconds at a time. To snap, you tap (the frames) and it films. It then sends the video to your phone’s Snapchat… Really that simple.center_img Dillon, not realising he was recording, filmed himself doing a good deed… And thanks to Snapchat, we can all see… First thing to notice is that the camera films in a circle…The man ahead of him had dropped a glove and Dillon picked it up and returned it to the man. #DillianMakesUsProudDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook andTwitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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Former Capital One Exec to Lead Citizens Bank Mortgage Biz

first_img February 13, 2018 783 Views Share Former Capital One Exec to Lead Citizens Bank Mortgage Biz Capital One Citizens Bank Consumer Lending Home Mortgage mortgage 2018-02-13 Radhika Ojhacenter_img The mortgage industry was shaken in November 2017, when Capital One announced that it would be moving out of the lending business and closing its Mortgage and Home Equity business. The move affected 950 people.In an internal memo at that time, the bank had stated the decision to exit the business was a strategic one and had nothing to do with the team. “ I want to be clear that this decision was not made because of anything our Mortgage and Home Equity teams did or did not do. We had the right talent, right products, and the right customer experience. I am so very proud of what each person had done to help build these businesses,” Sanjiv Yajnik, President, Capital One, had written in the email.The team has moved on since then and are finding new positions in the mortgage industry. On Tuesday, Citizen Bank announced the appointment of Eric Schuppenhauer as President of its Home Mortgage Business, where he will lead the next stage of growth for Citizens Bank’s mortgage business. At Capital One, Schuppenhauer was responsible for all aspects of the bank’s mortgage production and mortgage and home equity servicing, including regulatory communications and both industry and community advocacy. In this role, he developed an industry-leading direct mortgage offering, distinguished by digital capabilities that drove superior customer service, improved profitability, and best-in-class quality. During his tenure, he oversaw a strong platform while servicing $28 billion in mortgage and home equity loans.At Citizens Bank, he will be responsible for managing mortgage sales, operations, strategy, secondary markets, and technology teams and will report to Brad Conner, Vice Chairman and Head of Consumer Banking at Citizens Bank.“I am confident that Eric’s deep expertise will help us take our home lending business to the next level, further accelerating growth and enhancing our direct-to-consumer and digital capabilities,” said Conner.In January 2018, 20 members of the former Consumer Direct Mortgage Team of Capital One, led by Rocky Stubbs found a new opportunity at Flagstar Bank. Stubbs, the former head of Consumer Direct and Digital Mortgage at Capital One is now SVP and Director of Consumer Lending at Flagstar Bank, where he and his team of 20 members, all former Capital One employees, are strengthening and scaling Flagstar’s digital platform.“Capital One built a best-in-class digital platform, so we are excited about attracting this proven, high-caliber team in the direct-to-consumer space to Flagstar,” Kristy Fercho, President of Mortgage for Flagstar Bank had said while welcoming the team. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Originationlast_img read more

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Concrete company blocks Paphos mall in pay dispute Updated

first_imgConcrete company Athinodorou Beton blocked access to the Kings Avenue Mall in Paphos on Saturday, protesting non-payment of concrete supplied in the construction of the mall.According to director Christos Athinodorou, the company is owed €1.4 million for concrete supplied, in addition to €1.5 million relating to capital the company sunk into the mall as a junior partner.He said his company is in dire straits due to these outstanding dues, which the consortium that owns the mall dispute, and is at risk of stopping payments.“The mall will resume normal operations once we are paid,” Athinodorou said.“Our view was that this business was ours, too, so we sunk a lot of money in it – we worked below cost. Unfortunately we are owed a lot of money and we are at risk of insolvency, which is why we are staging this protest.”The Cypriot courts, Athinodorou added, will make a ruling on the dispute but it would take several years, making it like “transfusing blood to a patient after death”.“We will wait for a reaction,” he said.“We just want to take our money and stay in business.”The Mall’s management said the commercial centre is operating as normal.Director Stathis Mavrommatis acknowledged, however, that the 30 cement-mixer trucks blocking access have caused inconvenience to the public, forcing shoppers to park at a distance.However, Mavrommatis refused to discuss the details of the dispute, noting that the case is in court and will be resolved by the justice system.The consortium is challenging the amount owed to the cement company and has commissioned quantity surveyors to establish what it says are the true dues.But the protest had little immediate effect other than inconveniencing the public, as the cement company was forced to withdraw its trucks shortly after noon when police stepped in.Following the intervention of Paphos police chief Nicos Pentaras, the trucks returned to the company’s cement factory, with the two sides agreeing to engage in dialogue in an attempt to settle their differences out of court.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchEarly Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Learn About Treatments & Symptoms. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoLiverMD | SupplementTop Doctor Recommends Liver Health SolutionLiverMD | SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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