amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Alan Cumming, Liza Minnelli, Uma Thurman, Iman, and Carly Rae Jepsen were among those who gathered at the Plaza last week to support amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, at the fourth annual Inspiration Gala New York.Ms. Lopez and Mr. Cumming were honored at the black tie gala, along with Valentino Garavani, all for their exceptional humanitarian work and commitment to the fight against AIDS.Ms. Lopez, the actress, singer, designer and philanthropist, was presented with amfAR’s Humanitarian Award by André Leon Talley, in recognition of her contributions to multiple humanitarian causes including Amnesty International, Children’s Health Fund, City of Hope, March of Dimes, the GRAMMY Foundation and her work with her own Lopez Family Foundation. Ms. Lopez’s longtime friend Ricky Martin also sent a congratulatory video message. Upon receiving her award, Lopez said, “I was so inspired by the news that the first child had been cured of AIDS. That’s an amazing step, and I know that with amfAR’s help, researchers can soon find a way to deliver a cure to the 300,000 children who so desperately need it.”amfAR Ambassador Liza Minnelli, a longtime dedicated supporter of the Foundation, presented her friend Alan Cumming with amfAR’s Award of Courage. Mr. Cumming has actively supported amfAR’s lifesaving AIDS research programs for more than a decade, hosting and performing at countless fundraising events for amfAR, and he has been one of the leading voices tirelessly speaking out on behalf of people living with AIDS.Iman accepted the amfAR Award of Inspiration on behalf of Valentino, praising his impeccable sense of style, as well as his commitment to raising funds to combat AIDS throughout his career. She said, “Valentino is kind, passionate, and generous, qualities that have laid the groundwork for his lifetime commitment to fashion, the arts, and the reason we are here tonight, the fight against AIDS.”A highlight of the Inspiration Gala was an energetic performance by multi-platinum, Grammy nominated pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen. The entire crowd danced under a shower of confetti to the Canadian singer/songwriter’s hits “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” and “Call Me Maybe.” Uma Thurman opened the event’s program and introduced amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, who spoke about the great strides that have been made towards curing AIDS just within the past year, through amfAR’s work.The men’s style event, produced by Josh Wood Productions, featured a runway show, thematically styled with camouflage and military tailoring, featuring looks donated by the world’s leading menswear designers, including Carolina Amato, Ted Baker, Band of Outsiders, John Bartlett, Michael Bastian, The Blonds, Hugo Boss, Thom Browne, Richard Chai, Kenneth Cole, The Elder Statesman, Patrick Ervell, Asaf Ganot, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, Michael Hockey, Iceberg, Isaia, Marc Jacobs, Robert James, Kenzo, Calvin Klein Collection, Michael Kors, Lanvin, Ralph Lauren, Asher Levine, Moo Shoes, Noir, Rodrigo Otazu, Rick Owens, Alexandre Plokhov, Billy Reid, Sand, Shipley & Halmos, Skingraft, Social Primer, John Varvatos, Ian Velardi, Bottega Veneta, and Y-3.The event also featured live and silent auctions. In a highlight of the live auction, Jennifer Lopez created an impromptu lot by offering a chance to accompany her when she receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well as a red carpet date with her any time in the next year. Delta Air Lines generously offered to fly the winning bidder first class to wherever the date takes place. A bidding war broke out among the crowd, and once two bidders got to $90,000, Ms. Lopez offered to double the package, raising a total of $180,000.Inspiration events have raised more than $10 million to date for amfAR, and have also been held in Los Angeles, São Paulo, and Miami. The series has seen performances by such legendary artists as Katy Perry, Grace Jones, Debbie Harry, Jennifer Hudson, Scissor Sisters, Cyndi Lauper, Courtney Love, and Sinéad O’Connor. Past recipients of the Award of Inspiration have included James Franco, Kevin Huvane, Francisco Costa, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fergie, Michael Kors, Ricky Martin, and Robert Duffy/Marc Jacobs International.
Rabat – ACWA Power, a water desalination and power generation company, is working together with ECOHZ, a promoter of renewable energy, to empower Moroccan women around the Noor Power Plant in Ouarzazate, Morocco. The Noor Power Plant, run by ACWA Power, is the world’s largest concentrated solar power farm. ACWA Power aims to develop the communities and support the women around the plant as a corporate social responsibility project. ACWA commissioned WOCAN to carry out the W+ standard. Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management, WOCAN, developed the W+ standard, which according to the organization, “quantifies and monetizes the social capital created by women, to recognize and reward their contributions to sustainable environments and communities.” The standard is a quantifiable measurement of UN sustainable development goal five: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.WOCAN’s W+ standard accounts for time, income and assets, health, leadership, education and knowledge, and food security in order to produce quantified women-benefit units. With the CSR project, WOCAN will focus specifically on income, assets, knowledge, and leadership.Read Also: Moroccan Women Launch ‘Be_a_Free_Woman’ Hashtag to Defend Freedom“Engaging and empowering women in project communities will create better project outcomes and improve lives. WOCAN is excited to collaborate with ACWA Power and ECOHZ and enable credible, measurable social co-benefits in renewable energy projects,” said Jeannette Gurung, executive director of WOCAN.David Ungar, the executive director of greenhouse gas mitigation and sustainability at ACWA Power, stated, “We are in an era where we are able to have a very direct positive impact in the communities in which we operate. The W+ units help us to achieve our goal to make a measurable difference in-line with the United Nations SDG’s.”The project, which started in 2013, hopes to aid women through increased income, access to education and healthcare, employability efforts, and ultimately recognizing and rewarding women’s contributions to a sustainable future. In targeted communities, ACWA Power has developed agricultural and handicraft cooperatives, as well as implemented training in livestock and handicraft activities. The CSR project will be implemented throughout the plant’s operation, until 2043.“Our commitment in countries we operate in extends beyond supplying electricity to the grid. We are passionate about our model of developing plants in remote areas and actively collaborating with the local communities,” said Paddy Padmanathan, president and CEO of ACWA Power. “We are proud to be working with W+ to contribute towards increasing income and employability.”Read Also: Morocco Commits to Rural Women’s Development GloballyThe collaboration between ACWA Power, ECOHZ, and WOCAN hopes to work towards UN SDGs five and seven. The fifth SDG promotes gender equality and women’s empowerment. The seventh SDG calls for affordable and clean energy, focusing on renewable energy.Tom Lindberg, the managing director at ECOHZ, added, “We work to change corporations’ energy behavior and are enthusiastic to be able to empower women at the same time—contribute to both SDG seven and SDG five.”In the MENA region, only 29 percent of clean energy companies claim to have gender equality in their employment. The project supports the need to increase representation of women in the energy sector, starting in Morocco. When companies purchase renewable energy, they will be contributing to women’s empowerment at the same time.
More Ministers were appointed to the new cabinet today increasing the number of cabinet Ministers from 43 to 46.Parliamentarians Malik Samarawickreme, Faiszer Musthapha and Vijith Wijayamuni Soysa took oaths as cabinet Ministers today. Samarawickreme was appointed Minister of International Trade and Development Strategies, Faizer Mustapha the Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils and Vijith Wijayamuni Soysa the Minister of Irrigation.
At a press briefing in New York, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Karen AbuZayd, painted a grim picture of the humanitarian crisis gripping Gaza. She residents there were “trapped in what they consider a nightmare and all they really want is to return to normality, to a decent life for themselves and their children.” She blamed a combination of factors, including financial sanctions against the Hamas-led Government, the 10-week siege of Gaza, and Israel’s daily targeted killings of suspected militants and incursions into densely populated neighbourhoods which were “causing terror among the civilian populations.”The economy has been ruined by the “strangulation” of commerce and trade, she said, bringing the institutions of Government “to a point of near meltdown.” These pressures have not fostered a desire for compromise on the part of the Government or the people “or yet – yet – the fall of the Government, but rather have created mass despair, anger and a sense of hopelessness and abandonment,” she said.Citing her personal experience working in the region, she said there is currently an “unprecedented scale of suffering that really innocent people are enduring” and pointed to “the need to bring that to an end as soon as possible.”Gaza’s 1.4 million residents “deserve some form of protection from the international community,” she added.Ms. AbuZayd welcomed growing recognition by some governments of the need for change. For its part, UNRWA was prepared to embark on rehabilitation when the situation stabilizes. “UNRWA is ready with a major development programme to rehabilitate crowded refugee camp areas, reconstruct houses to build more school buildings… once the conditions are right,” she said.“We would much rather be building those than handing out emergency food, especially when we have such high unemployment [which is] particularly dangerous among the youth,” she added.“However unrealistic it appears sometimes amidst all this gloom, we have to do something to give hope, both humanitarian and political hope, so that people understand there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted May 24, 2017 4:11 pm MDT Last Updated May 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams holds up a finger and her trophy after defeating her sister, Venus, in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Williams wants to help diversify the tech industry now that she is joining a Silicon Valley boardroom for the first time. Online poll taking service SurveyMonkey announced Williams’ appointment to its board on Wednesday, May 24, along with Intuit CEO Brad Smith. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File) SAN FRANCISCO – Tennis star Serena Williams has 39 Grand Slam titles, four Olympic medals, major endorsement deals and her own line of clothing and accessories. Now she is embarking on a new mission: She says she wants to help tech companies diversify their workforces and solve one of the industry’s most vexing problems.Williams, 35, will get her chance as she joins a Silicon Valley boardroom. Online survey service SurveyMonkey announced Williams’ appointment to its board on Wednesday, along with Intuit CEO Brad Smith.“I feel like diversity is something I speak to,” Williams said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Change is always happening; change is always building. What is important to me is to be at the forefront of the change and to make it easier for the next person that comes behind me.”Williams didn’t offer specifics about her goals as a corporate director. She implied that her very presence can help push the company — and, by extension, the industry as a whole — in a more diverse direction.Individual board members don’t usually exert great influence over the companies they oversee, although they are often compensated handsomely in cash and stock for their part-time work. SurveyMonkey, a private company, didn’t say how much Williams will be compensated.VALLEY DIVERSITYSilicon Valley’s lack of diversity has become a recurring source of embarrassment in a region that has long sought to position itself as an egalitarian place that doesn’t favour one gender, ethnicity or race over another. Yet that philosophy hasn’t been reflected in high-tech workforces , despite the efforts of companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook to fix the problem.Williams has been hanging around Silicon Valley more frequently now that she is engaged to high-tech entrepreneur, Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of the online forum Reddit. Like many other African-Americans, she says she’s disappointed that the vast majority of high-paying technology jobs are filled by white and Asian men.At SurveyMonkey, which employs about 650 workers, only 27 per cent of technology jobs are filled by women. Just 14 per cent of its total payroll consists of African-Americans, Latinos or people identifying themselves with at least two races, according to numbers the company provided to the AP.WHAT SHE CAN DOWilliams’ appointment is part of the solution, according to SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie. “My focus is to bring in change agents around the table who can open our eyes,” he said.Diversity advocates say women and minorities add value to corporate boards — as well as companies’ executive ranks — by offering new perspectives and advocating for a broader range of a company’s stakeholders, whether that’s customers, shareholders or employees.In a report on France’s quota requirements for corporate boards, the business research group Conference Board found that the real value of adding women came from the fact that they were more likely to be outsiders. They were more likely to be foreigners, have expertise in more diverse business issues than men and more likely to have risen through the ranks outside traditional networks, such as elite universities. This, in itself, can “substantively” improve the collective decision-making of a board, according to the report.Williams’ celebrity may help draw attention to the lack of diversity on corporate boards themselves, said Brande Stellings, vice-president of corporate board services for Catalyst, a group focused on fighting for women’s rights at work. For instance, African-American women occupy only 122 of the more than 5,000 board seats among Fortune 500 companies, based on Catalyst’s analysis.“This is an opportunity to show you don’t want a board full of people with the same backgrounds and experiences as everyone else,” Stellings said. “(Williams) can bring a fresh perspective and a different voice that could be helpful for disrupting the ‘group think’ that’s typical in many boardrooms.”STEPPING STONERacism is something Williams confronted and overcame at an early age when she began playing a predominantly white sport. She grew up to become the top-ranked female tennis player in the world.Diversifying Silicon Valley isn’t the only item on Williams’ agenda. Like a lot of rich athletes, she is interested in becoming more involved in the business opportunities amid the high-tech boom in Silicon Valley. She says she is already exploring other opportunities in the area, but isn’t ready to provide details yet.Her connection to SurveyMonkey came through her friendship with Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer and another member of SurveyMonkey’s board. Sandberg’s husband, Dave Goldberg, was SurveyMonkey’s CEO before he died in 2015 while the couple was vacationing in Mexico.“I have been really interested in getting involved in Silicon Valley for years, so I have been kind of in the wading waters,” Williams said. “Now, I am jumping into the deep end of the pool. When I do something, I go all out.”__AP Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay contributed to this story from New York. Serena Williams accepts a new challenge – in Silicon Valley
Public Health Minister Seema Kennedy said: “Over 30 years ago we introduced the MMR vaccine and since then our world-leading vaccination programme is estimated to have prevented 1.8 million painful and potentially fatal cases of measles.”No child or young person should have to suffer from mumps, measles or rubella, and we must curb this recent increase in cases so we don’t see a return of horrible diseases of the past.”By taking up the MMR vaccine parents and young people can prevent more cases and I would urge everybody to do so.”The MMR vaccine is given on the NHS as a single injection to babies as part of their routine vaccination schedule, usually within a month of their first birthday. A second injection of the vaccine is given before starting school, usually at three years and four months.The vaccine is also available to all adults and children who are not up to date with their two doses.PHE said that anyone who is not sure if they are fully vaccinated should check with their GP. 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. PHE warned that because measles is highly infectious, anyone who has not received two doses of MMR vaccine is at risk.Unvaccinated people travelling to countries where there have been large outbreaks of measles are particularly at risk, it added.The public health agency said that 94.9% of eligible children aged five received their first dose of MMR in the final quarter of 2018, with coverage of the second doses at 87.4% for children aged five.One dose of the MMR vaccine is about 90-95% effective at preventing measles, rising to around 99% after the second.To achieve herd immunity for measles at least 90-95% of the population needs to be fully protected. Head of immunisation Dr Mary Ramsay warned that with measles outbreaks across parts of Europe families should make sure they are vaccinated before they travel.She added: “Measles can kill and it is incredibly easy to catch, especially if you are not vaccinated.”Even one child missing their vaccine is one too many – if you are in any doubt about your child’s vaccination status, ask your GP as it’s never too late to get protected.”There are measles outbreaks happening across Europe so if you are planning to travel, make sure you check with your GP and catch-up if needed.”There have been 3,789 cases of measles across the continent during the first three months of this year according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The highest numbers have been in Romania, France, Poland and Lithuania, its latest data from May 10 revealed. Parents are being urged to get their children vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella following outbreaks of measles across Europe.The appeal comes on the same day new figures revealed there had been 231 confirmed cases of measles and 795 mumps cases in the first three months of 2019.The Public Health England (PHE) data showed that while measles cases were lower than the 265 during the same period last year, they had more than doubled compared to the 97 reported between October and December.Mumps cases nearly tripled to 795 compared to the 275 during the same period last year, with no new cases of rubella reported.PHE has urged parents to make sure their children receive the MMR vaccine when offered it or to take it up now if they missed it.
Minister of State, Joseph HarmonGuyana’s ‘green’ state will receive a tremendous push through the hosting of Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) Network workshops here, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said on Thursday.The Minister was, at the time, speaking at the closing ceremony of the third CORS Network Informative workshop held in the Training Room of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC).The CORS Network, which is a network of high accuracy Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), eliminates the need for on-the-ground markers and referencing points during land surveys.The GLSC has been collaborating with United Kingdom (UK) based company, Ordnance Survey on this initiative.The three-day workshop, conducted for representatives of Government agencies and the business community, was held to sensitise the stakeholders to the establishment and operations of the CORS Network in Guyana.“The Government regards the establishment of the CORS Network in Guyana as a very important development which will enable the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission to fulfil one of the main aspects of its mandate, which is to execute… geodetic, topographic, hydrographic, and cadastral surveys in relation to the land and water resources of Guyana.It will also help the [GLSC] to gather information, set targets and indicators, and develop sustainable Land Use Policies that are in line with the implementation of our Green State Development Strategy and the establishment of Guyana as a ‘green’ State,” said Minister Harmon.Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Trevor Benn backed by participants of the Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) Network WorkshopThe Minister described the project as an important one that is “vital to our Government’s vision of ordered and sustainable land use within the framework of our Green State Development Strategy as the mechanism for the establishment of our ‘green’ economy and the ‘green’ State of Guyana.”He committed to the establishment of the CORS Network. “I will continue to closely monitor the programme of the CORS Network project and expect that there will be more innovative activities, such as these workshops, to ensure that, not only will the core objectives of the establishment of the CORS Network be in accordance with the project guidelines, but that at the end, it will adequately cater for the needs of our peculiar circumstances,” declared the Minister of State as he urged stakeholders to obtain a good understanding of the CORS Network and its potential benefits.Meanwhile, Manager of Information Systems at the GLSC, David Cole spoke on the benefits of a CORS Network.“The CORS Network is essentially a type of national information resource that can significantly enhance our production and help us to bring about a 21st century digital innovation. The CORS Network is a crucial component in several current, international, and national development efforts in Guyana.”Cole acknowledged the work done by GLSC’s Commissioner, Trevor Benn in ensuring that geospatial information management is a priority for the Commission.Additionally, Ordnance Survey’s Geospatial Operations Training Manager, Andy Gilbert said his entity is committed to the establishment of CORS Network in Guyana.“This just [gives] a reminder to us all… how important this piece of work actually is to the country of Guyana. Ordnance Survey is committed to achieving the goal of getting the Guyana CORS Network fully operational and to enable the GLSC to run and operate a world-class CORS Network that meets its user’s needs. It is our task to make that possible… Prepare yourselves. Prepare your teams and your organisations to be challenged, excited and inspired by this change,” Gilbert stated.The Government of Guyana in June, 2018 signed a $93M contract for consultancy services to establish the CORS Network.Two other CORSNET workshops were held previously for Government surveyors and independent surveyors. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGL&SC inks $93M contract with British firm for consultancy services on CORS NetworkJuly 11, 2018In “Business”Guyana preparing to host first ever CRIC Conference in the CaribbeanFebruary 9, 2018In “latest news”National Hydrographic Committee set up to oversee management of Guyana’s water resourcesJanuary 23, 2018In “latest news”
URUGUAY HAS APPROVED pioneering legislation legalising marijuana, becoming the first nation in the world to oversee the production and sale of the drug.After a 12-hour debate, 16 leftist senators out of 29 lawmakers have voted in favour of the legislation championed by President Jose Mujica, who must now sign it into law.Outside the Senate, hundreds of cannabis-smoking supporters set off fireworks in what they dubbed “the last march with illegal marijuana”.“The war against drugs has failed,” said Senator Roberto Conde as he presented the bill on behalf of the ruling leftist Broad Front, calling it an “unavoidable response” to that failure.“It is an historic day. Uruguay is now on the international forefront of this issue,” said ruling party senator Alberto Couriel.The bill passed the lower house of Congress in August and was assured of approval because the ruling coalition controls both chambers.Production, distribution and sale of cannabis allowedIt authorises the production, distribution and sale of cannabis, allows individuals to grow their own on a small scale, and creates consumer clubs – all under state supervision and control.Mujica, a 78-year-old former leftist guerrilla fighter, has called his plan an experiment. “There are a lot of doubts and the doubts are legitimate,” he told Channel 4 television before the vote.“But doubts shouldn’t paralyse us in trying new paths to deal with this problem that has gripped us.”However, he added: “We are not totally prepared. But as in everything, you have to give it a chance.”Uneasy neighboursThe legislation has caused unease in neighbouring Brazil and Argentina.The bill goes well beyond the marijuana legalisation measures recently approved by the US states of Colorado and Washington, or the similarly liberal laws of the Netherlands and Spain.Consumers over 18 will be able to grow their own marijuana, though no more than six plants per person. They can also get it through clubs or buy up to 40 grams per month from pharmacies.In every case, they must be registered with the government.‘A blow against social hypocrisy’Conde argued that the law strikes a balance between individual liberty and public health, while also resolving the “grotesque juridical inconsistency” arising from the status quo, in which marijuana consumption is not penalized but its production and sale is.“Another blow against social hypocrisy,” said a smiling Valeria Rubino, a 37-year-old who took part in Tuesday’s “last march.”Opposition parties rejected the measure, as did pharmacists, who reject the idea that marijuana will now be sold in drug stores.There is also widespread public scepticism in this small country of 3.3 million. A poll taken in September found 61 per cent disapprove of the law.Legalizing cannabis will “diminish the perception of risk and foster consumption, especially among children and adolescents,” said Senator Alfredo Solari of the opposition Colorado Party.“Neither our government nor the rest of the world should experiment with Uruguayans,” he said.Uruguayan psychiatrists were divided over the measure. Some argue it will help tamp down the use of more dangerous drugs, while others say it trivialises marijuana’s harmful effects.Government controlsNot all users were in favour of the law, either, with some chafing at the government controls.“It’s invasive, because it is not up to the government to determine how much marijuana can be consumed and the quality,” said Alicia Castilla, the author of a book called Cannabis Culture who spent three months in jail for growing the drug at home.In a region where the war on drugs has claimed thousands of lives, the Uruguayan initiative won the support of former Latin American presidents who served on the Global Commission on Drug Policy.But the International Narcotics Control Board, which oversees the implementation of international treaties on drugs, has warned that it violates the Single Convention of Narcotic Drugs, adopted in 1961 by Uruguay and 185 other countries.RisksThe government has accompanied action on the law with a publicity campaign featuring the slogan, “All drug consumption has risks.”Conde said the law deals with an already entrenched social reality.“Marijuana is the illegal drug that is most consumed, fundamentally by young people, one that is perceived as extremely low risk and is easily obtained,” he said.Consumption of cannabis has doubled here in the past decade, and now accounts for 70 per cent of the illegal drug consumption in Uruguay.The government estimates that 128,000 of the country’s inhabitants smoke cannabis, though marijuana consumer associations put the number at around 200,000. POT: A history of marijuana>Irish smoke as much marijuana as the Dutch>
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Mar 2015 – One hundred and sixty nine people had to overnight in Providenciales unexpectedly, according to reports reaching Magnetic Media after another American Airlines emergency landing on island. Roads were blocked and first responders summoned to the scene last night at the Provo International Airport which took in the 767 which was en route to Miami, Florida from Port Au Prince, Haiti. In a world where tragic plane crashes are drawing heart wrenching headlines and reactions, it is no surprise pilots in spotting problems are seeking safe haven at the first sign of danger. We were informed by Disaster Management and Emergencies that no one was hurt. UK Governors of the Caribbean meet in Miami Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicide Related Items:american airlines, emergency landing, miami, provo international airport US Airways no more, last flight to TCI ‘emotional’ Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Allen Denton Posted: October 4, 2018 Allen Denton, ‘An Evening With Buck Sexton’ featuring John Cox, and Diane Harkey Updated: 9:45 AM Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018, Diane Harkey, John Cox FacebookTwitter October 4, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI’s Allen Denton was live at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe for An Evening With Buck Sexton..Allen spoke to GOP Gubernatorial candidate John Cox, 49th Congressional District candidate Diane Harkey, and Buck Sexton himself.The “Ride the Wave” themed event will feature guest speaker Buck Sexton, nationally recognized political commentator, former CIA intelligence officer, national security and counterterrorism expert, author, frequent guest on Fox News and guest host for Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. He is the host of The Buck Sexton Show, a syndicated, weekday radio show heard on over 100 U.S. stations and co-hosts “Rising”, the flagship television show on the recently launched TheHill.com TV channel.
(From left to right): Sen. Joni Ernst chats with ASA President Richard Wilkins and Vice President Ron Moore during the 2016 Farm Progress in Boone, Iowa.American Soybean Association (ASA) leaders fielded nearly 30 interviews with different media outlets last week at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.In addition to media interviews, both ASA President and Delaware farmer Richard Wilkins, along with ASA Vice President and Illinois farmer Ron Moore, spoke on Agri-Pulse panels hosted at the Case IH booth and AgriTalk’s live broadcast from the DeKalb tent. They also had the chance to check out Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend crop with World Food Prize laureate Robb Fraley.Hot topics at Farm Progress included trade, specifically the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Waters of the U.S. and GMO labeling. Check out Agri-Pulse, Farm Journal, AgriTalk and local agriculture outlets for ASA and Farm Progress coverage.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowState says it would allow small, temporary political signs on private propertyAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe state told Superior Court Judge Herman Walker Jr. that it would agree to limiting some enforcement while he hears the lawsuit.Candidates for governor differ on how to pay for government, PFDsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe three major candidates vying to become Alaska’s next governor debated permanent fund dividends and other issues in Juneau today.US and Canadian negotiators reach tentative deal over Pacific salmonJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauU.S. and Canadian delegations reached a tentative deal over Pacific salmon last month. But the treaty’s 10-year annex still needs to be signed by both countries.Alaska volcano restless againAssociated PressOne of Alaska’s largest and most active volcanoes is restless again, prompting scientists to issue an aviation advisory.Western Alaska still has state’s highest rate of reported felony sex crimesAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamMore than twice as many felony sex offenses are reported per capita in Western Alaska than in the rest of the state, according to the Alaska Department of Public Safety.Walker administration looks for panelists to discuss controversial Roadless RuleElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe governor’s office is requesting applications from Alaska Native regional corporations and tribes, local governments, environmental groups, and interests from tourism, mining, energy, timber and fishing.Donlin receives permits to destroy two creeks to build mineTeresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – BethelDonlin Gold would need to destroy two creeks in order to build its proposed gold mine… and now, it has the permits to do it.Southeast sport fishing lodge owner appointed to IPHCAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerAn Alaskan from the sport fishing industry has been appointed to the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Richard Yamada was appointed to the commission along with Robert Alverson of Seattle, who currently serves as one of the U.S.’s three commissioners.Keeping bears and people separate at Haines’ Chilkoot RiverAbbey Collins, KHNS – HainesLike much of Alaska, the mountains and woods around Haines are home to many bears. For the most part, people try to avoid them. But there’s one spot where people seek them out.Controversial Greens Creek Mine film now onlineJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauA controversial film about a metals mine in Southeast Alaska has been posted online after months of touring film festivals and a threat of legal action by the mining company.
Infosys, India’s largest software services exporter, has set up two delivery centres, one each in Russia and Croatia, to expand its global service delivery network in Eastern Europe. It has also taken over some employees who worked with French industrial firm Alstom, in a bid to service its clients.Infosys took over the Alstom employees after it was bought by General Electric. The IT company did not disclose how many employees it had taken over from Alstom. The two development centres, having a combined capacity of 180 seats, would house the Alstom engineers. The IT firm has also inked an agreement with Italy’s Ansaldo Energia, a thermoelectric power plant producer. Infosys would provide engineering services and will support the company through its development centres in Karlovac, Croatia and Russia. It will also provide engineering service solution to Ansaldo Energia’s business. The two delivery facilities would operate as centres for engineering skills in turbo machinery, aerospace and automotive, the firm said.However, Infosys did not disclose any financial details.”The establishment of centres in Croatia and Russia enables us to tap into a rich pool of engineering talent and bring this to the industrial and manufacturing companies that we work with around the world,” Sandeep Dadlani, Infosys President and Global Head, manufacturing and Logistics, said in a statement.The Infosys stock was trading at Rs. 1,039.55 at around 10:06 a.m. on Thursday, down 0.72 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
“After nearly 20 years leading this extraordinary company, I am excited to dedicate my time to working with John to take the company to the next level as chairman,” said Shapiro, “and to pass day-to-day responsibilities to a talented and seasoned executive team. I am thrilled to welcome John to MarketCastGroup. He has the perfect mix of experience and skills for this phase of the company’s growth.”Batter will be based at MarketCast Group headquarters in Los Angeles. MarketCast Group is a portfolio company of Kohlberg & Company, L.L.C. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety MarketCast Group’s longtime chief executive officer Henry Shapiro will become chairman of the company while veteran media executive John Batter assumes the CEO role, MarketCast announced Thursday.Batter was most recently CEO of Gracenote, the digital and data segment of Tribune Media Co. Gracenote became one of the world’s largest entertainment metadata services and technology companies prior to a sale of the business to Nielsen in 2017. He was previously CEO of M-GO, a joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor; president of production for DreamWorks Animation; and a senior executive at Electronic Arts.“I’m joining MarketCast Group as CEO at an exciting time,” said Batter. “Henry moves to the chairman role with the company in great shape as the preeminent platform for media and entertainment insights and analytics. Building on its deep entertainment industry experience, MarketCast Group has been successfully extending its reach to include additional customers and markets. We will continue to provide best-in-class service to our ever-expanding group of high-quality customers.”
Angry Birds, now that is a game that has cost me many an hour with its addictive bird flinging game play. As most people will know it’s been at the top of the App Store charts for what seems like forever, but its reign as the Top Free App was shortened recently by the release of Bubble Ball.No big deal right? But when you discover that it was developed by a 14-year-old kid called Robert Nay from Spanish Fork, Utah, and his mother Kari, the achievement sounds even more impressive. It’s especially impressive when you think that Angry Birds was developed by Rovio, a large team with 50 mobile games already under its belt since 2003.According to the chaps over at Venture Beat the game was released late last year and has already been downloaded 1.5 million times, in fact last Thursday it was downloaded 400,000 times in just one day.Robert created the game using Corona SDK from Ansca Mobile. The SDK allows you to make graphical based games much more easily than using Objective-C, which is the main programming language for iPhone games. Of course, to publish on the App Store with Cornona SDK you do need to shell out $349, so let’s hope the kid gets some money back when he manages to embed in-app purchases or ads.Bubble Ball is a new physics puzzle game, where you will test your ingenuity and thinking skills to get the bubble to the goal. Use the pieces and power-ups provided, and come up with creative solutions. There are two types of pieces: wood and metal. Wood pieces are affected by gravity when you hit Start, while metal ones stay where you place them. Use power-ups to give the bubble speed boosts and even reverse gravity.Here’s a video of the game in action:Read more at Venture Beat
Archaeological discoveries of the Anglo-Saxon world have provided useful insight into the treasuries of this eminent historical period. One significant yet mystical treasure from this era is the Alfred Jewel. The Alfred Jewel is a 9th-century object that was commissioned by King Alfred who later used it as a pointer to help with reading the Bible and other religious texts. At the time, these were copied by hand and often difficult to read. Alfred ordered these texts to be distributed around his kingdom because he considered them to be sources of enlightenment.The intricate piece was created by an artisan who worked under the patronage of the West Saxon court. The base of the jewel is in the form of a dragon-like head with a socket for its mouth.Alfred Jewel found at the Ashmolean, Oxford, UK. Photo by Mkooiman CC BY-SA 4.0Presumably, the pointer was fixed into the socket and held in place with a rivet. The pointer’s body depicts a figure in a seated position laid under a polished quartz crystal in the shape of a teardrop, framed in gold.The teardrop-shaped Alfred Jewel is made of enamel overlaid with polished quartz, encased in gold.Initially, the figure was interpreted be that of St. Cuthbert, who was possibly the most important saint of Anglo-Saxon England. However, today the figure is widely thought to depict Christ in Majesty. Other historians suggest the image is a representation of Sight because of its similarity to the 9th century silver Fuller Brooch.Drawing of the Alfred JewelThe frame of the Alfred Jewel is carved the Old English letters AELFRED MEC HEHT GEWYRCAN, meaning “Alfred ordered me to be made.”The inscription on the Alfred Jewel flattened.King Alfred commenced his rule in 871 as the King of Wessex after the succession of his brother King Æthelred. Wessex was often attacked by the Vikings which challenged Alfred, who soon proved to be a powerful leader. By 886 he unified the territories of southern England and formalized its boundaries.Photo of the Alfred Jewel taken from the front. Photo by Geni CC BY-SA 4.0As a ruler, Alfred was a great diplomat, whose strategic approach provided him with a strong alliance with the neighboring kingdom of Mercia after he gave the hand of his daughter Æthelflaed to the Mercian leader. Alfred was a unique leader of his time who recognized the power and significance of education.The Alfred Jewel, a piece of 9th century Anglo-Saxon jewelry in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Photo by RIchard M Buck CC BY SA 3.0Combining wisdom and literacy he strove towards an enlightened leadership and well-educated court who would improve the power of his kingdom. King Alfred died in 899 after a bloody battle against invading Scandinavian warriors.The Alfred Jewel, seen in profile.King Alfred began his education as a young man. At first, he learned to read Old English but then advanced in Latin when he was older. His engagement in educational work led him to arrange and actively participate in the translation of Latin religious texts to Old English, aiming to spread wisdom further.6 of the Biggest Treasure Troves Ever DiscoveredReportedly, every Episcopal See in Alfred’s kingdom received a copy of Pastoral Care which was written by Pope Gregory the Great. Along with the copy came an aestel. The aestel was a valuable object kept near books and used as a pointer for reading.The Alfred Jewel is described as “a matchless piece of goldsmith’s work” by the British Archaeology Collection at the Ashmolean Museum.The Alfred Jewel was one of those aestels, discovered in a field in the late 17th century in North Petherton, a small rural town in the county of Somerset. The place of its discovery reveals an intriguing background story referring to King Alfred. North Petherton is near Athelney Abbey — the refuge from where Alfred launched his counter-attack on the Great Army of the Danes. In 1718, the jewel was presented to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford where it is still displayed today.A copy of the Alfred Jewel. Photo by Wellcome Images CC By 4.0According to some theories regarding the use the Alfred Jewel, this golden marvel was at mounted the center of a royal crown or pendant. However, these theories were quickly debunked and replaced by the claim that the object was actually used as an aestel.Read another story from us: A flea market ring picked up for $13 was sold for $850,000 at Sotheby’sThe millennium remembrance of King’s Alfred death in 1901 prompted the creation of Alfred Jewel replicas, made by traditional jewelers Elliot Stocks of London and Payne’s of Oxford. The Ashmolean department of conservation also created several replicas.The cryptic treasure of the Alfred Jewel bears witness to the cultural awareness and achievements of King Alfred as well as the spread of learning through the use of Anglo-Saxon vernacular.
Daniel at a Roller Disco event in Margate. | Photo: Gabrielle Hall Bullied trans game developer dies after setting herself on fire Margate Pride in Kent might be one of the smallest, youngest LGBTI celebrations in the UK. However small, the upcoming festivities, culminating in the march on 11 August, will hold a special, bigger significance this year. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . This Florida conservative city will host its very first Pride march this fallManchester Pride will say farewell to its iconic location in Canal StreetFeeling horny and sexy at Pride? We need to talk about chemsex tooRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/remembering-daniel-2018-margate-pride-will-help-fight-mental-health-stigma/ ‘In a town that is mostly UKIP it’s important to have a pride,’ says Amy Redmond. | Photo: Jacob LoveThe 2017 Margate Pride was the last time Daniel and Connor spent the whole day together.‘I was going through a hard time mentally and so was he and neither of us knew how to deal with it, so we just didn’t address it’, says Connor.‘It was a weird time, but we met up briefly a couple of months later in London and had a great time and it seemed as though we both got ourselves into better positions in our lives and had finally become comfortable in the situation again.’‘You aren’t alone in these dark situations’Connor also says he ‘never imagined Daniel would take his life’. ‘It was something I had thought about before, but [I had] never [been] brave enough to actually physically do it,’ he says referring to his own experience.Furthermore, Connor explains Daniel had been dealing with mental health issues for a while and was seeking help at the time of his death. ‘There were a few pinnacle moments in the last period that I personally believe massively contributed to his untimely death,’ he says.‘I think if he wasn’t so scared to burden people, the ones close to him would’ve realized a lot sooner and maybe he would still be here.’Margate Pride parade in 2017. | Photo: Jacob LoveConnor then highlights the importance of 2018 Margate Pride, encouraging everyone to show up for the parade. The march will start in Walpole Bay on Saturday 11 August and walk as far as the seafront in front of the Sundowners gay bar.He also prompts those battling with depression and anxiety to seek help.‘This Margate Pride will be a celebration of all things valuable to us as a community,’ he says.‘Please talk to someone if you can. There are brilliant organizations out there that are always available if you want to be anonymous. You aren’t alone in these dark situations.’If you are experiencing depression or considering thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US) or Samaritans (UK). Read more from Gay Star News:Family steps up to support 9-year-old boy who was bullied for wearing lipstick Trans teen kills himself after suicide watch hospital nurses kept calling him a girl GAYSTARNEWS- The coastal town, often dubbed Shoreditch-on-Sea for its vibrant art scene comparable to the East London area, lost a young member of its community last January. The body of Daniel Holland, who was openly gay, was found in Eastbourne, East Sussex on 12 January 2018, after he had been missing for a few hours. Daniel’s cousin Connor Joe explains he ‘hung himself in a park in close proximity to the hospital he tried to check himself into’. Connor also claims ‘the staff left [Daniel] alone’.Although his case hasn’t been ruled out as a suicide yet – the inquest will take place on 8 November – Daniel was battling with mental health issues at the time of death.Daniel was a crucial part of Margate’s LGBTI communityNow in its third year, Margate Pride will commemorate Daniel during the march. ‘The whole family is devastated,’ says Amy Redmond, one of the organizers of Margate Pride alongside artist Dan Chilcott and singer Tommy Poppers.‘We held a community fundraiser and raised £750 for a mental health charity that has an LGBT group within in. It’s called Speak Up CIC.’Amy, who also performs in drag as Amy Zing, is one of the co-founders of Sink the Pink. It is the collective behind the UK’s largest, most outrageous and colorful queer parties.She explains Daniel was a vital part of the LGBTI community in Margate.Daniel at one the LGBTI events hosted by Amy Zing. | Photo: Gabrielle Hall‘Daniel didn’t like to burden other people with his issues’Daniel’s cousin Connor echoes Amy’s feelings.‘Daniel was such a kind and generous person. He would always go out of his way to make sure the people around him were all good and well even when he wasn’t feeling okay himself’, he says. ‘It was very rare for Daniel to admit that he was feeling crap and to ask for help. I’m not sure of his reasons, but I think he didn’t like to burden other people with his issues.’Connor, who’s also openly gay, and Daniel have marched at Margate Prides together in the previous years.‘Daniel was gay, so am I and so is my brother. Our side of the family has never had issues with being LGBTI as there is so many of us,’ Connor laughs.‘So that aspect of our lives was smooth sailing compared to how some people are treated because of this.’Daniel and his cousin Connor. | Photo: suppliedMargate is open to LGBTIs‘Margate is more open to LGBTI people than a lot of rural places. I know some [in the community] don’t even have a place they can meet similar people and express themselves,’ Connor says. ‘Amy and all the incredible individuals have kept this gorgeous queer, artistic energy flowing in the town. It’s up to people whether they immerse themselves in it.’
Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Version 6.0, the next generation of AMICAS PACS, includes an enhanced viewing environment composed of the new patient profile and a brand new image viewer, both of which complement the existing industry-leading RealTime Worklist. To add to the existing RealTime Worklist, AMICAS PACS provides the new Patient Record and the new Halo Viewer. For the radiologist, the patient profile provides a comprehensive view into their patients’ imaging history – complete with a snapshot of prior exams, current and prior orders, reports, and key clinical documents. Essential to patient-centric reading, the patient profile equips the radiologist with all the information they need to interpret a patient’s current exams – and within a single centralized view.The new image viewer builds on AMICAS’ quick, easy-to-use, Web-based viewer that radiologists and clinicians have used for years. The key enhancements to the new viewer involve intrinsic 3D functionality, advanced tools for mammography workflow, and deep personalization of the viewing tools. With intrinsic 3D, radiologists and clinicians have access to a blended 2D and 3D view – whether that’s basic MPR or advanced 3D volume visualization – all within a unified viewer. Advanced mammography workflow tools enable the radiologist to quickly and efficiently interpret mammography exams within the same viewer that they use for interpreting other types of exams, such as CR, CT, MRI, and US. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Related Content Technology | October 16, 2008 AMICAS Expands User’s View in PACS News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more
Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Komorowski also criticized Russia for changing borders in Europe with its annexation of Crimea.“This is something that hasn’t been practiced since 1939,” he said. “There can be no acceptance of such a practice. These anachronistic attitudes will not stop the aspirations of peoples to decide their own destiny.”Though many Western leaders are boycotting Saturday’s Moscow commemorations, they also mostly did not travel to the commemorations in Poland, perhaps in an effort not to anger the Kremlin as the West encourages a tenuous peace deal between Ukraine and Russia.Before the main ceremony, the U.N. leader met with Komorowski and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. In a statement, the U.N. said Ban “encouraged the sides to swiftly and fully implement” the measures of the peace deal for Ukraine agreed on in Minsk, Belarus.Later, Ban told a panel at a conference on the war that the anniversary holds special importance to the U.N. because “our organization was founded on the ashes of this calamitous war that claimed the lives of millions of fellow human beings.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Parents, stop beating yourself up New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like The ceremony began so late so that it would continue into Friday, exactly 70 years after Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945.Light beams illuminated a monument to the Polish defenders of Westerplatte to the playing of the Polish national anthem and a gun salute.Then Komorowski, a member of the pro-democracy Solidarity movement during the communist era, spoke of how Poland suffered under the domination of two totalitarian systems during the war, Germany and the Soviet Union, and of how the war’s end also marked the start of decades of Soviet domination over Eastern Europe.It’s a very different reading of history from that promoted in Russia, which tends to stress only the heroic actions of Soviet troops during the war. Russia is preparing to celebrate the Victory Day holiday with great pomp on Saturday.Recently Moscow has accused Warsaw of trying to deprive Russians of credit for their huge sacrifices in defeating Adolf Hitler.Komorowski originally organized the ceremonies in Gdansk in reaction to the deep divisions between the West and Russia over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. They were meant to give Western leaders a chance to pay homage to the Allied victory over Nazi Germany without traveling to Moscow. Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s president led international commemorations late Thursday and into Friday marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a gathering meant as an alternative celebration to Moscow’s Red Square parade this weekend.President Bronislaw Komorowski was joined by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, European Council President Donald Tusk, who is Polish, and the presidents of Ukraine and several Central European countries for a ceremony that began just before midnight on the Westerplatte peninsula in Gdansk. That is the site of some of the first shots fired by Germany against Poland at the start of the war on Sept. 1, 1939. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies
Share Older Americans Lodge Reverse Mortgage Complaints with CFPB Consumers aged 62 and older face a unique set of financial difficulties, according to the Monthly Complaint Report released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday. One of their prime concerns? Servicing issues with reverse mortgages.According to the report, “servicing problems with reverse mortgages” came in as one of the most-complained about issues from consumers at least 62. Often, these problems even lead to erroneous foreclosure.“Older consumers with reverse mortgages seeking to stay in their house following the death of the borrowing spouse report servicing problems that sometimes result in foreclosure proceedings,” the CFPB reported.Complaints surrounding reverse mortgages have long been common. The CFPB even produced a report on the matter in 2015. The report showed that 1,200 reverse mortgage complaints were filed between December 2011 and December 2014. The most-cited concerns were “difficulty with changing the loan terms” and “problems communicating with loan servicers.”Overall, complaints related to mortgages, in general, comprise 26 percent of all CFPB complaints submitted by consumers 62-plus; that’s 10 percent higher than the number of mortgage-related complaints from consumers under 62.In addition to mortgage complaints, older consumers also often report difficulties recovering funds after being financially scammed, fees charged for unauthorized add-on products and services, and confusion surrounding deferred-interest and zero-interest credit cards.“With more than 10,000 Americans turning 62 every day, older consumers are one of the fastest growing consumer groups in the marketplace,” the CFPB reported. “While older consumers are living longer and healthier lives than ever before, a growing number of older consumers face financial exploitation, struggles with debt, and entering retirement with limited savings.”According to CFPB Director Richard Cordray, aging consumers are at a higher risk for financial issues than their younger counterparts.“Older consumers who may be on a fixed income are at a greater risk for financial trouble if they encounter problems with financial products or services,” Cordray said. “The complaints submitted by older consumers are important for the Bureau to ensure we are properly looking out for this segment of the population.”CFPB complaints from older consumers were most common in California, Florida, and Texas. The three states accounted for almost 25 percent of all complaints since 2011.View the CFPB’s full Monthly Complaint Report at ConsumerFinance.gov. CFPB HOUSING mortgage Mortgage Complaints older americans older consumers Richard Cordray 2017-05-31 Aly J. Yale in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News May 31, 2017 661 Views