Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News, Servicing 2019 Five Star Government Forum Ben Carson Five Star Government Forum FSGF HUD 2019-04-23 Radhika Ojha Leaders from the mortgage industry are engaging in an open dialogue with their government peers during the annual Five Star Government Forum in Washington, D.C., today. The gathering involves leaders from both sides of the industry engaging in a frank dialogue about the most pressing issues facing the mortgage and housing industries, while charting the way forward to tackle those issues.The day-long event kicked off with a morning Keynote Address by Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will include sessions discussing common-sense policy reforms, the state of the economy and the housing market, and updates on policies and regulations.During their discussion, Five Star Global President & CEO Ed Delgado spoke with Carson about topics ranging from HUD’s role in the housing market to their recent actions against Facebook, their role in disaster recovery initiatives, and more.Ed Delgado, president & CEO of Five Star Global, met with U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson during the 2019 Five Star Government Forum in Washington D.C.“We are proud to host The Five Star Government Forum,” Delgado told DS News. “The open dialogue between government officials and industry stakeholders during this event is an important step towards ensuring progress across the industry.”Today’s speakers also include The Hon. Brian D. Montgomery, Acting Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner, HUD; Danielle Johnson-Kutch, Director, Office of Financial Stability, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Mark McArdle, Assistant Director, Mortgage Markets, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Mark Palim, VP and Deputy Chief Economist, Fannie Mae; Leslie Meaux Pordzik, Acting SVP, Office of Issuer and Portfolio Management, Ginnie Mae; and Sandra Thompson, Deputy Director, Division of Housing Mission and Goals, Federal Housing Finance Agency.The event also saw Auction.com continuing a tradition by delivering a $50,000 check to Operation Homefront, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit “whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families.” The check was the first of a two-part commitment, with the second to be delivered at this year’s Five Star Conference in September.”The Five Star Government Forum represents a rare—and invaluable—opportunity for government and industry leaders to share ideas and insights,” said Marcel Bryar, Founder, Housing Gears, LLC. “We all benefit from the Forum, and the best practices shared there improve policy and compliance.””The Five Star team has put together an all-star lineup for the 10th annual Five Star Government Forum,” said Jodi Gaines, Vice Chair, CRFS. “Simply put, the decision makers and those that can influence impactful change will be in attendance. This forum is too good to miss.”Hon. Brian D. Montgomery, Acting Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner, HUD, delivers his afternoon keynote address.Tim Rood, Chairman of the Collingwood Group, told DS News, “Access to adequate and affordable housing is a bipartisan issue that has reached critical mass. The issue spans socioeconomic and geographic boundaries which can no longer be ignored. The FSGF provides influencers and stakeholders in the developing affordability crisis the forum and opportunity to explore practical solutions for policy makers to consider.”“We value the Forum because it advances the conversation about housing,” said Michael Waldron, Chief Compliance Officer, Bayview Loan Servicing. “It brings together thought leaders on policy, operations, and compliance to share experiences and insight that result in actionable takeaways that add to the evolution of our industry and the manner in which we serve consumers.”The 2019 FSGF panel and discussion lineup also includes representatives from Altisource; the American Enterprise Institute; Bayview Loan Servicing; the Collingwood Group; CRFS; Experian Consumer Information Services; FICO; Finicity; FinRegLab; Housing Gears, LLC; the Milken Institute; the National Association of Realtors; Treliant, LLC; Trott Law, PC; and Urban Institute. Home / Daily Dose / Delgado & HUD’s Carson Discuss Housing Industry Challenges Related Articles Tagged with: 2019 Five Star Government Forum Ben Carson Five Star Government Forum FSGF HUD Share Save 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 David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. 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Wholebake, owner of snack brand 9bar, has appointed Matt Hollier as sales director.He will be recruiting a new sales team to work alongside him, with the aim of continuing to grow the brand in the UK and internationally, the company said.Hollier joins the snack company from Monster Energy, where he spent three years as its European vice-president.Mark Gould, chief executive of the company, said: “We are delighted to have attracted someone of Matt’s experience and calibre to our company. This is a key appointment for us and will support our ambitious growth plans.”Wholebake was recently acquired by Bridges Ventures.The company said it had identified Wholebake as an investment to deliver returns, create jobs and grow the healthy snack sector.The investment was led by Oliver Wyncoll, Bridges Ventures partner, who has previously invested in brands like Dorset Cereals and Tyrrells Crisps.
Finally, Gorillaz have returned to the public consciousness after seven years of musical silence, with the official release of their 2017 Humanz. Twenty six (!) tracks complete the new record, with guest contributions from Mavis Staples, Carly Simon, Grace Jones, De La Soul, Savages’ Jehnny Beth, Pusha T, Danny Brown, Vince Staples, Kelela, and D.R.A.M. The virtual brainchild of Damon Albarn and Jaimie Hewlett reunites 2-D, Murdoc, Russel, and Noodle for a world of musical adventure. In a recent interview with Dan Albarn, he expressed how comfortable he was with completing Humanz, revealing there are still 40-45 tracks that didn’t make it onto the record. “I can stay in the game for at least another 18 months, I reckon.” This is great news for fans who once worried their beloved “animated” group would be gone forever, though a future, indeed, is here.Listen to the new record, in its entirety, below:Gorillaz 2017 Tour Dates:06/10 – Margate, UK @ Demon Dayz Festival07/08 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island07/10 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre07/12 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion07/13 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing07/15 – Quebec City, QC @ Quebec City Summer Festival07/17 – Colombia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion07/28-30 – Icheon, KR @ Valley Rock Music & Arts Festival07/28-30 – Niigata, JP @ Fuji Rock Festival08/11-13 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival09/15-17 – New York, NY @ The Meadows Music & Arts Festival09/18 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre09/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium09/22 – Kansas City, MI @ Sprint Center09/24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival09/26 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre09/30 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center10/05 – Los Angeles CA @ The Forum10/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center10/13-15 – Miami, FL @ III Points Festival
Starting this semester, you probably expect to spend plenty of quality time buried in work and studies. While we wouldn’t discourage that, we also need to remind you that you’re in a culturally rich city, one where there’s no lack of art, music, and theater to fill off-campus hours. Here are a few highlights for the fall, so you can schedule some fun.This season’s music slate ranges from the momentous to the downright bizarre. In the latter category, Roy Orbison becomes the first dead artist to play Boston as a hologram (Nov. 3 at the Orpheum — for the record, a larger place than the Channel, the now-defunct club where Orbison played his last Boston show alive). Not dead, but certainly dark and edgy, is Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, who plays the Wang Theatre on Oct. 19 and 20. Getting tickets for that show has been an adventure in itself — organizers used alternative ticketing to foil scalpers, which meant fans had to line up for an entire day — but that will make the experience sweeter for those getting through the doors.Tickets are still available to see Courtney Barnett, the Australian songwriter who has rightly become one of the most buzzed-about rockers of recent years. Combining rough-edged garage rock with a Dylan-esque sense of wordplay, Barnett is not only brilliant, she’s also a huge fan of Boston music: When we saw her last year she snuck a couple of Breeders’ and Lemonheads’ covers into the set. Barnett plays the House of Blues on Oct. 21.In fact, it’s a banner season for songwriters, since three of the finest will hit town this fall: Richard Thompson (Paradise, Nov. 14), Lucinda Williams (Paradise, Nov. 5‒6), and Elvis Costello (Wang Theatre, Nov. 10). The Costello show should be a little special, both because he won a cancer battle earlier this year and because his forthcoming album “Look Now” has the soul and the killer hooks of vintage E.C. As for Williams, she’s the queen of alternative country, and if she’s ever played a less-than-impassioned show, we haven’t seen it.,If you love alternative country, this fall offers a unique chance to see where that all began. Back in 1968, a landmark Byrds album called “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” was released and … nothing happened, because nobody wanted to hear long-haired hippies play country music. Fifty years later, the album is an enduring classic, and Harvard Class of ’69 dropout Gram Parsons — who created that album with founding Byrds members Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman — is enshrined as a musical deity. Parsons left us in 1973, but McGuinn and Hillman have reunited with modern-day disciple Marty Stuart to play the whole of that album and a bunch of other Byrds classics at Emerson’s Colonial Theater Sept. 26.It’s also a good time to catch up on some Boston musical history. Forty years ago, a scruffy group called the Modern Lovers played most weekends on Cambridge Common, doing attitudinal songs about the singer’s lack of a girlfriend. That was more or less the beginning of punk rock in Boston, but the band’s ex-leader, Jonathan Richman, has since carved out a career as an acoustic troubadour, doing poignant and whimsical riffs on love and life. (You may have caught him in the movie “There’s Something About Mary.”) His annual fall shows at the Middle East in Central Square are always a delight, and he’s there from Oct. 15‒18 this year. We hear he’s even got a girlfriend now.Back in the ’90s, the toast of Boston was a band called Letters to Cleo, a hyperactive pop/rock band with a dynamo of a singer named Kay Hanley. (How good was she? Well, in the next decade she got the job as the featured singer in Miley Cyrus’ show, standing off in the shadows and belting all the songs out when the star was busy twerking.) Most of the band members are based in Los Angeles now, but they make occasional reunion swings. They tore the proverbial roof off the Paradise last year. There’s no reason to think it won’t happen again when they play on Nov. 16‒17.,We noted last winter that the musical “Hamilton” was coming to Boston. There have been months of additional advance hype since then, which means that face value tickets for the show, which just opened a two-month run at the Opera House, are going to be even tougher to come by. One worthy alternative is “The Black Clown,” a world-premiere musical running through Sept. 23 at the American Repertory Theater. The show uses Langston Hughes’ 15-stanza poem as a jumping-off point for the black American experience, incorporating blues, gospel, and jazz, along with choreography that stretches from Josephine Baker to hip-hop. The defiant and empowering tone of Hughes’ poem is maintained throughout.Nothing so relevant is promised in the forthcoming Emerson Colonial Theater production “The Play That Goes Wrong,” but it sure looks like fun: The show chronicles what happens when a 1920s murder mystery is performed by a troupe that’s not up to the task, including a corpse that insists on moving. If you remember the ’80s Broadway hit “Noises Off,” you’ve got the gist of this intentional theatrical train wreck. The two-week run opens at Emerson on Nov. 7. And if you need somewhere to take your folks for Parents Weekend, you could do worse than “Rock of Ages,” the hit musical about Sunset Strip metal decadence circa 1980s, featuring a soundtrack full of Styx and Def Leppard (both of whom played Boston for real this past summer). The show, at the Boch Center in Boston Oct. 23‒27, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, meaning it’s time to get nostalgic about nostalgia.A different kind of history is on view this month at the Institute of Contemporary Art, whose current show “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85” documents an era when women of color were creating new forms of expression in visual art, along with performance, film, and video. As a Boston Globe review recently put it, these artists were “throwing conceptual grenades” by opening their work to radical social and political movements. The show runs through Sept. 30.
NewsTalk ZB 24 October 2018Family First Comment: “We’re hoping politicians in New Zealand will have the same backbone to front up to the issue as the UK politicians seem to be doing.” – Family First NZ www.PornInquiry.nzThere are hopes action on violent pornography overseas pushes our Government to act.British MPs are demanding pornography be treated like cigarettes and reckless driving because it causes so much harm.There are even calls for it to receive as much public funding as other major health issues.Meanwhile, lobby groups here wait to see how our politicians handle calls for something to be done.Family First NZ national director Bob McCroskrie presented a 22,000 signature petition to Parliament mid-last year and expects a report back soon.He said it’s a pressing issue, given violent porn is more available to young people than ever.“We’re talking about a very different type of pornography compared to a couple of decades ago where it was a couple of Playboy magazines under the mattress.”They’re expecting a report back soon – but suspect it will just ask for more research to be done.“We’re hoping politicians in New Zealand will have the same backbone to front up to the issue as the UK politicians seem to be doing.”https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/health/calls-for-government-to-take-action-on-violent-pornography/Porn is as ‘harmful as cigarettes’Daily Mail 23 October 2018 Pornography causes so much harm it should be treated like cigarettes and reckless driving, MPs demanded last night.Members of the Commons women and equalities committee said porn should receive as much public funding as other major health issues.The MPs insisted ‘public places must be made safe for all women and girls’ as they called for a ban on viewing adult material on mobile phones on buses.The group made a raft of recommendations on how to curb the harmful impacts of pornography.And the committee also criticised social media firms such as Twitter and Facebook, noting: ‘Online spaces are public places where sexual harassment of women and girls is rife.’READ MORE: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6304743/Porn-harmful-cigarettes-treated-major-health-crisis.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is asking for a full court hearing in the same-sex marriage debate.Indiana’s attorney general is asking for a full court review to decide the fate of the state’s gay marriage ban.The court has already scheduled briefing with a three-judge panel. Attorney General Greg Zoeller said moving the process to the full court of 10-judge 7th Circuit Court of Appeals would be an additional way to move quickly to resolve the uncertainty with the law.State agencies were instructed last week by the governor’s office to not recognize same-sex marriages that were conducted following the federal court order until an official determination is made.Additionally on Friday, Wisconsin filed a notice of appeal with the 7th Circuit, raising similar issues involving portions of Wisconsin’s marriage law, and noting the court’s recent decision to expedite briefing in the Indiana case
The idea of a multiverse (an ensemble of universes like our own visible one) has been criticized as unscientific because it would be unobservable, even in principle. Now, however, some theoretical physicists are claiming that bubble universes beyond ours could be detected in the cosmic microwave background radiation – provided they collide with our universe. Does this bring multiverse theory back into the realm of science? National Geographic News, posting an article on this idea, said, “The multiverse, if it exists, may have sprung out of a chaotic fluctuation of empty space.” Chaotic motions from other bubble universes might “bruise” our universe and leave telltale patterns in the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Matthew Johnson, a theoretical physicist at the Perimeter Institute, with colleagues, is working on an algorithm to find the patterns. But what to look for? Sean Carroll, physicist at Caltech, warned that “People tend to recognize patterns whether or not they are there.” Trouble is, nobody knows what the needle in the haystack would look like. “Even with better data from Planck” (a new space telescope measuring the CMB in finer detail), “finding evidence of a universe-to-universe smashup is a game of chance, thanks to the nearly infinite possible outcomes.” For this reason and the fact that any deviations in the CMB are likely to be extremely subtle, Carroll thinks the quest is “a long shot”. But the implications would be so earth shattering, he is eager to see what Johnson and team find. They don’t know what they are looking for, they don’t know what they might expect to find, and they won’t be able to confirm it when they see it. Imagine looking for a what-not in a pile of whatever, that might leave an infinite set of possible outcomes. You could claim success and nobody could ever confirm or deny it. NG unabashedly stated another piece of nonsense: “The multiverse, if it exists, may have sprung out of a chaotic fluctuation of empty space.” The whatever, if it exists, might have spring out of a chaotic what-not. Isn’t science wonderful. The elephant in the room that Carroll, Johnson, Hawking and all the other multiverse advocates are overlooking is the question of ultimate origins. Even if, in their wildest dreams, in spite of overwhelming odds, they had some basis for claiming that some other bubble is pushing on our bubble, they would merely displace the question of ultimate origins to another location. Let them start with what Francis Schaeffer called “nothing nothing” – no space, no time, no laws of nature, no fields, no categories. From absolutely nothing, get them to derive not only a universe, but reasoning beings questioning its origin and destiny. The folly of such a quest is self-evident. Exercise. See if Ethan Siegel in “The Physics of Nothing, The Philosophy of Everything” on ScienceBlogs.com succeeded in building a universe out of nothing nothing. (Hint: philosophy and laws of physics are something.)(Visited 47 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistSo I made a trip to Omaha and back in mid-July. I attended the Sustainable Agronomy conference there and drove to the conference. Part of my goal was to do a windshield tour to see what the crops really looked like. Generally, nothing looks as it should. Ohio and eastern Indiana are the worst in many ways, but the total loss of crops due to floods in western Iowa and into Missouri were the most tragic — many losing not just this year’s crop but also last year’s that was still in the bin when floods hit this spring.I drove out and back by two different routes to get a bigger picture of what’s there, on I-80 out and U.S. 36 back for the most part. I rated the crop on a 1-10 scale with 1 being just planted or mostly flooded out to a 10 being perfect — I think I only saw one 10. We made 110 observations doing a check on both sides of the road every 20 minutes. Dark cut off our observation at around Indianapolis on the way back.Rating of corn and soybean crops on a trip from central Ohio to Omaha and back. The scale is 1 to 10, with 1 being just planted to nearly flooded out and 10 being as nice as you would expect in mid-July.OhioIndianaIllinoisIowaMissouriAve corn184.108.40.206.87.0Ave soy3.03.73.35.64.6Unplanted25%30%3%13%39%It really isn’t pretty anywhere. This year you really need a cover cropTypically, I place a cover crop article here now as I think early August is a great time to plant our fall seeded cover crops. It’s after wheat harvest, and this year there are maybe 1.5 million acres of Ohio cropland unplanted — put a cover crop there too. Mark Sulc, our OSU Forage specialist, is great at finding the value of cover crops, I choose his advice over many of the so-called cover crop experts. He created a quick and dirty table to point out some choices for summer to late-summer seedings. In addition to the species to choose from he has timing, seeding rate, and expected yield — this can also indicate the amount of cover for soil erosion protection too. He adds Crude protein and NDF as well so you may see the nutritional value if haying or grazing.Annual Forage Agronomic Guidelines and Characteristics from R. Mark Sulc ([email protected]) on July 8. Yield and nutritive value vary greatly with maturity stage at harvest. If you want additional ideas for cover crops that you do not intend to feed, and there is much overlap, then see the Midwest Cover Crop Council’s website and cover crop calculator: http://mccc.msu.edu/covercroptool/covercroptool.php. Much of my experience is with oat, and winter pea. For peas from the planting date trials I conducted, peas like an August to mid-September planting. With August planting you will get a lot of fall growth, then it will usually winter kill. With a September planting it will most likely not give you much fall growth, but survive the winter and continue growth in the spring. Peas are great to plant into; and have given me the best seed bed I think I have ever had for no-till corn.
Payal Tadvi’s death: Two more doctors held; all three accused remanded in police custody till May 31
According to sources, several teams from the Agripada as well as nearby police stations formed for the purpose talked simultaneously to the relatives of the accused over the course of the last two days to gain leads about their whereabouts. Dr. Mehare was arrested from Mumbai on Tuesday when she came to meet her lawyer in connection with their anticipatory bail application. Dr. Ahuja was picked up near the Andheri railway station by a team from the Agripada police station on Tuesday night and Dr. Khandelwal from Hinjewadi in Pune by a team from the Nagpada police station.The next challenge before the police was the rule that a woman accused cannot be arrested after sunset. “As soon as we picked up Dr. Ahuja and Dr. Khandelwal, we approached a magistrate late at night and got an order signed from him permitting us to arrest them after sunset. As per law, such an arrest can only made with a magistrate’s order,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) Abhinash Kumar said.The two were then taken to the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police Deepak Kundal, Agripada division, who is spearheading the probe and placed under arrest. All the three accused were subsequently produced in court on Wednesday morning and remanded in police custody till May 31.Investigating officers said the three accused had gone to Dr. Tadvi’s room the day she committed suicide, and this aspect needed to be probed further. “Dr. Tadvi’s mother has expressed suspicion that the trio might have found a suicide note blaming them for the extreme step and destroyed it. We will be interrogating the accused in connection with this,” the officer said.The police, however, are still looking for evidence to substantiate the claims of Dr. Tadvi’s family that she was harassed due to her caste. Sources said that statements of over 20 witnesses had been recorded so far, but no proof of casteist slurs has come to light.“On the other hand, Dr. Tadvi, in one of her messages to her mother, had said that the three accused do not even know her caste,” the officer said……………….Those in distress or having suicidal tendencies could seek help and counselling by calling any of the following numbers:BMC Mental Health Helpline: 022-24131212 (24×7)Vandrevala Foundation: 18602662345/18002333330 (24×7)I Call – 022-25521111 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Saturday)The Samaritans Mumbai: 8422984528/842984529/8422984530 (3 p.m. to 9 p.m., all days) Senior doctor held for Payal Tadvi’s death The two absconding doctors booked for allegedly abetting the suicide of Payal Tadvi, a second year resident doctor with the BYL Nair hospital, were arrested in the early hours of Wednesday by the Agripada police.Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehare and Ankita Khandelwal, all third-year resident doctors, were booked on May 23 this year, a day after Tadvi killed herself in her hostel room on the hospital’s premises. They had been on the run since then.Also Read
APTN National NewsNunavut RCMP reported a spike in alcohol related incidents this holiday season.And the high number of calls is making a political decision difficult for the government of Nunavut.APTN’s Kent Driscoll [email protected]