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first_imgLebanonPalestinians reject U.S.-Israeli ruleWorldwide protests by Palestinians and those in solidarity with Palestine gave a strong answer to the Trump administration’s provocation that it would move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and drop all pretense of being an “honest broker” between Israel and Palestine. Around the world the people picked up the challenge hurled by the hated U.S. president.In Palestine itself, including the West Bank, Gaza and within the Israeli state’s pre-1967 borders, Palestinians challenged the repressive Israeli authorities, clashing with police and military. In Beirut, Lebanon, police erected a two-mile circle of barricades and barbed wire and then employed tear gas and water cannon to block people from reaching the U.S. Embassy. In the far-away Indonesian capital of Jakarta, 10,000 people besieged the embassy there.On the same Dec. 9-10 weekend, in Turkey’s major city, Istanbul, thousands of demonstrators took the streets two days in a row. Al-Jazeera of Dec. 11 quoted demonstrator Ananda Sereka: “I feel like I should defend Palestine because I don’t know any other way to defend them. … This is the least I can do.”Al-Jazeera also reported demonstrations in Rabat, Morocco, where protesters “yelled slurs against Trump and carried banners saying Jerusalem belonged to Palestine.” In Srinagar, Kashmir, a city of 1.1 million people, residents closed their shops and stayed home in protest. In Karachi, Pakistan, “hundreds of protesters marched towards the U.S. Consulate” before riot police turned them back.Three thousand gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh, while other protests took place in Cairo, Egypt; Tehran, Iran; and Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia. There, thousands gathered before the U.S. Embassy, including Palestinians from the diaspora and Malaysians of all origins.Solidarity actions also took place in the imperialist countries: in London, Brussels, Paris, Rome and Berlin in Western Europe, in Canada and in cities all over the United States.In Beirut, along with the siege at the U.S. Embassy, the Hezbollah organization held a rally of thousands in the city’s southern suburbs to mobilize its supporters against the U.S. move. In 2006, Hezbollah had stunned the world by holding off an Israeli invasion of Lebanon.Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called Trump’s decision yet another aggression against the Palestinian cause. He said his group and its allies would renew their focus on the Palestinian cause after the victories in Syria and elsewhere, and called for a united front “in the field.” He said he hoped the “foolish decision” meant the “beginning of the end” of Israel. (AFP, Dec. 11)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgSubscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / MCS to Acquire Carrington Home Solutions’ Field Services Division 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. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Acquisitions carrington home solutions MCS Mortgages Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Acquisitions carrington home solutions MCS Mortgages 2017-11-20 David Wharton Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago MCS to Acquire Carrington Home Solutions’ Field Services Division  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Journal, Newscenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Mortgage Contracting Services, LLC (MCS), a nationwide provider of services to the mortgage industry, has reached an agreement to acquire the property preservation division from Carrington Home Solutions, LP (CHS). The transaction is expected to close before the end of 2017.MCS will assume responsibility to inspect and maintain CHS’ existing portfolio. Under the acquisition, CHS’ property preservation operations will integrate into MCS’ existing field service operations.Caroline Reaves, CEO of MCS said in a statement:The acquisition of CHS’ field services unit enables MCS to expand our industry footprint, and increase our national presence and economies of scale. Through our work with CHS in the past, we applaud the business they built. This addition is a perfect alignment with our MCS mission: being the leading outsourced services provider for banks, lenders, and mortgage servicers across the United States.Over the past several years, MCS has continued to expand its portfolio of services and capabilities with the acquisitions of multiple national AMC valuation companies, title and settlement providers in addition to growing its field services division, which has operated for over 30 years. “This transaction further demonstrates MCS’ commitment to our clients and communities in which we operate,” said Ms. Reaves. “We will continue to focus on quality, compliance and long-term relationships built on trust and integrity.”For more than 30 years, MCS has protected, preserved and served communities across the nation. Some of the largest and most respected banks, lenders and mortgage servicers in the industry trust MCS to perform property inspections, property preservation, REO property maintenance, property registrations, valuations, settlement services, title and other mortgage-related services in all 50 states. MCS has a history of providing these services in a highly regulated environment, the proven ability to handle large volumes of properties, and a record of recruiting and monitoring a substantial vendor network. For more information, click here. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Industry Pros Shifting Focus Toward REO Restoration Next: Housing Market Still Not Meeting Potential November 20, 2017 2,330 Views last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 18-year-old man was killed in a high-speed crash while driving a Lamborghini in his hometown of Mount Sinai early Friday morning.Suffolk County police said Samuel Shepard was driving the Italian sports car northbound on County Road 83 when he lost control and struck a guardrail near Route 25A at 2:25 a.m.The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.His 49-year-old passenger, Michael Power, of Port Jefferson Station, was taken to the same hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Investigators believe that that excessive speed was a factor in the crash.Sixth Squad detectives impounded the car, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at 631-854-8652 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

first_imgRegistration plan a ploy to boost DemsI believe efforts to institute Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) in New York are an attempt to cement a permanent Democrat majority.With the recent inclusion of online registration, it’s already easy enough to register to vote. Madigan has successfully pushed for expanded recreational trails, balanced growth and greater sustainability, as is evident by her direct management and oversight of the 8,000 solar panels on our city landfill, support of the greenbelt trail and downtown trail connector.She’s worked closely for seven years with our other Democratic office holders — Mayor Kelly and Commissioners Franck and Martin and former Commissioner of Public Safety Chris Mathiesen. Her good work continues with her recent announcement that the city’s reserves increased by another $1.2 million.Only one other person asked for the committee’s endorsement. She did so at the last minute, without even participating in our endorsement process (of which she was well aware, being a committee member herself). Unfortunately, after the committee rejected her request, she decided to mount a primary challenge to Commissioner Madigan.I hope you’ll vote for Michele Madigan in the Democratic primary on June 25 to return for her fifth term.Courtney DeLeonardisSaratoga Springs Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMany reasons to vote for MadiganThe Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee has voted to endorse Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan for re-election as the most qualified candidate.My reasons for supporting her are: Madigan has 7 years of experience handling the City’s finances; our property taxes haven’t been raised for seven years.The city’s bond ratings by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s are high and have been raised during her tenure in office, which has saved taxpayers money by lowering the costs of borrowing.center_img Why is automatic registration needed? Simple — because New York Democrats have chosen to follow the California model by requiring people applying for an operator’s or fishing license to opt out if they don’t want to register to vote.Why not opt in with an affirmation (under penalty of law for perjury) that they swear to their New York state resident status?Once undocumented immigrants are granted the privilege of obtaining a driver’s license, I wonder how many will “forget” to check a little box to opt out [“Oops, sorry I missed that.”]They already found a way into our country illegally. So why not invade the electoral system as well? Democrats have kowtowed to illegal immigration for some time now.Here’s their opportunity to get their support at the ballot box. AVR sets up the system for voter fraud when driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants is passed. Will municipalities with large illegal populations and under Democratic control commit the resources to uncover anyone illegally on their voter rolls?They won’t want to know. They just want their votes, and they may get them.Jeff NuzzacoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Police arrest 96 suspects over alleged cultism, robbery in Benue Four herdsmen in court over alleged kidnapping, terrorism in Benue FRSC arrests five staff for extortion Force Headquarters, Abuja has emerged the overall winner of the 12th Biennial Police Games with 239 medals made up of 102 gold, 70 silver and 67 bronze. The News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who monitored the medals table on Saturday reports that the biennial games took place between February 27 and March 7 in Awka, Anambra State. Zone 2 Police Command made up of Lagos and Ogun Commands, came second with 198 medals comprising 63 gold, 80 silver and 55 bronze. Zone 11 Osogbo, placed third with 42 gold, 32 silver and 45 bronze, bringing the total to 119 medals, while Zone 6 Calabar on fourth position had 27 gold, 31 silver and 38 bronze, totaling 96 medals. Zone 7 Abuja, with a total of 64 medals comprising 20 gold, 22 silver and 22 bronze came fifth, while Zone 9 Umuahia, on sixth position, had a total of 59 medals made up of 20 gold, 14 silver and 25 bronze. Zone 5 Benin had 17 gold, 22 silver and 28 bronze to placed 7th with 67 medals, as eighth position went to Zone 8 Lokoja with 11 gold, 14 silver and 17 bronze to have 42 medals. Zone 1 Kano, had 10 gold, 13 silver and 17 bronze to occupy 9th position with 40 medals, while Zone 4 Makurdi had a total of 33 medals made up of 4 gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze to placed 10th. Zone 3, Yola got 10 medals from three gold, five silver and two bronze to place 11th, as Zone 12 Bauchi was in 12th position with 11 medals from one gold, five silver and five bronze. On the bottom of the table was Zone 10 Sokoto with 17 medals from seven silver and 10 bronze. Police Spokesman in Lagos, DSP Bala Elkana, had however told NAN before the games that Lagos (Zone 2) athletes were prepared to retain their position as defending champions. “Our athletes have been preparing and we are ready to retain our title as the defending champions of the 2018 Enugu Police Games,” Elkana said.— Tags: 2020 Police GamesMakurdiNigeria Police GamesUmuahialast_img read more

first_imgMaggie Befort swears she doesn’t want to forget how the 2009 field hockey season ended. The loss causes the permanent, trademark smile on Befort’s face to dissipate on the spot. The mere mention of the 7-3 loss to Syracuse’s rival Princeton causes Befort’s beaming eyes to immediately wander, wanting to seemingly focus on something detached, isolated in the distance. Something that could never remind Befort of the end of the 2009 season. Even if she vows she never wants to forget it. At the mention of the 2009 season before practice Wednesday, Befort was in search of something. ‘When we lost to Princeton,’ Befort said with a pause, exhaling deeply, ‘We walked away from the fields thinking, ‘Did that really just happen to us?” What happened was one of the worst halves in SU field hockey history. The Syracuse back walked out onto that field against Princeton with a 3-2 halftime lead and only 35 minutes separating her team from a third-round game in the NCAA tournament. The Tigers went on to score five goals in the second half and sent the Orange packing with a 7-3 defeat.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Now as No. 8 Syracuse (5-3) returns home after six straight games on the road, including yet another loss to Princeton, the Orange embarks on the last half of its season with a similar goal in mind to Befort’s. SU doesn’t want to forget about the end to the 2010 season for a completely different reason. Befort hopes it ends with a completely different outcome: Syracuse Orange, 2010 NCAA field hockey national champions. But whatever the memories of this season become, it all starts with what happened this offseason. An offseason that started the second Befort realized the 2009 season, the season she already knows she will never forget, was over. Said Befort: ‘It was really disappointing, and we never wanted to feel that way again.’ *** The feeling that enveloped Befort and the 2009 Syracuse field hockey team was one of a stunted season for a team initially ranked No. 3 in the country. But the immediate feeling of a sudden end to a season instantly became one of needed growth, Befort and teammates said. With the departure of only two part-time starters, the Orange knew it would have almost the entirety of its team back. Eighteen players and 10 starters from a year ago began another year, with another chance to compete for a national championship. The stunted finish to the 2009 season became immediate growth for 2010, the year Befort and her four fellow senior starters — Lindsey Conrad, Kim Coyle, Kristin Girouard and Shelby Schraden — knew they would ultimately be remembered for. ‘We had the attitude, going into the spring season, that we were going to grow,’ Befort said. Seven of the 11 starters from the 2008 team who went to the final four are no longer freshmen and sophomores. Those players turned into juniors and seniors after the loss to the Tigers, making this offseason their last chance to prepare for a national championship together. And the team’s younger players, including sophomore back Iona Holloway, realize the importance of the relationship between the team’s greatest luxury: those seasoned juniors and seniors. Holloway, a native of Glasgow, finally gets it, through the seniors. She gets what the last three years have been about. She gets what this season is about. She gets how tough that second half to Princeton really was. She gets why Befort needs to take a deep breath when recalling the details from that second half. She gets the burden on these seniors. ‘We have so much respect for the seniors in seeing how much work they have done to get where they are. We are really excited to play with them and for them, because after being here for a year, I think I finally understand the whole national championship stuff.’ *** It’s ‘stuff’ that has been the monkey on SU head coach Ange Bradley and the upperclassmen’s collective back since the majority of campus finally took real notice of the Syracuse field hockey program. A national championship has been expected of this group since Oct. 14, 2008: the day the Orange became the No. 1 team in the nation. But since Oct. 14, 2008, no one has expected that national championship more than Bradley, the seniors and the juniors, themselves. With that goal in mind, Nov. 15, 2009, was the lowest point for Bradley in her quest to win a national championship with the five seniors whose rise has paralleled that of the program. That of Bradley. She said after the loss to Princeton, the team didn’t rush right into the offseason. The Orange took some time off to relax and reflect on the season and come into the spring ready for hard work. And once spring practice rolled around, Bradley decided it would be best for her players to partake in a practice they hadn’t in 2009. With it came the incubation for the growth. During the spring of the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Bradley had her players play indoor field hockey in the Women’s Building. The main difference between indoor hockey and outdoor hockey is speed of the game, Bradley said. Last year the coach said she chose to not play indoors, but decided it would be best for her team to play inside again this year. With speed of the game in mind, SU wanted to get faster. Yes, faster, even if Bradley and the 2008 and 2009 editions of her team were already known as, perhaps, the fastest teams in the country. With the incubation of SU’s breakneck speed inside the cramped Women’s Building came the 2010 edition of SU field hockey. An edition Bradley hopes is even faster, even more hectic for opponents to deal with. But skilled, as well. ‘Basically, you play five players with a goalkeeper and you put up boards,’ Bradley said. ‘It’s a lot of repositioning, and you can’t lift the ball, so you got to rely on your skills.’ Alongside the further development of the team’s trademark playing style came other avenues for change, as well. SU played two other off-season scrimmages. One of the games was ordinary, a friendly match against the Delaware alumni. The other: against a men’s team from Washington, D.C. ‘When you play against men, you are playing against higher speed and stronger,’ Bradley said. ‘So you have to think differently.’ *** But, the Orange’s off-season competition wasn’t limited to the bevy of unorthodox spring sessions. The growth infiltrated and overtook the USA Field Hockey National Training Center at Virginia Beach, Va. But it started with Syracuse taking over Pennsylvania. Eight players from the SU squad went on to play as part of one of the teams in the 2010 Women’s National Championship in Virginia Beach, Va. The Pennsylvania squad — that Bradley was an assistant coach for — had the most Orange presence. Befort, Conrad, junior midfielder Nicole Nelson and junior forward Heather Susek were all members of the team. Senior forward Shelby Schraden and sophomore Kelsey Millman played for the Pennsylvania Junior team that won gold. SU assistant coaches Lynn Farquhar and Guy Cathro were coaches on the team. In terms of medals, SU was the most decorated team at the event, and SU sophomore goalie Leann Stiver — who was a member of the North senior team — said it was a great chance to get to know her Syracuse competition. ‘Each of us took little things from different teams,’ Stiver said. ‘Like ‘Oh, I know how we are going to beat them next year.’ I found out how they operate.’ In addition to the eight players participating in the Women’s National Championship, three players honed their skills abroad. Sophomore back Amy Kee and Holloway played on a club team in Germany together, while junior forward Martina Loncarica played in her native Argentina. Some of the team was together. Some of the team was separate. But after the ripening of the team’s playing style in the spring came lessons learned for 2010. Alien situations for the players abroad, but situations they are hoping will get this team over the hump, the burden. The ‘national championship stuff.’ ‘We were having to follow these massive German girls all over the field,’ Holloway said ‘Wherever they went, we would just follow them, which is not like having played here.’ *** Loncarica — the native of Buenos Aires, the spark plug to the SU offense for the past two years, the ball-hawking presence on most Syracuse attacks — followed Holloway and Kee all the way to Amsterdam. From Argentina to Amsterdam came Loncarica and the in-person talk. While walking the streets of Amsterdam, the teammates reflected, pondered and forecasted. Then they sat down. And that talk, the talk that had dominated Facebook via pictures from Germany and Virginia Beach all summer, was discussed. ‘I can just remember having these conversations about what we were going to do to win the national championships,’ Holloway said. The burden, and all the team had done to alleviate that burden, was looked into. Commiserating in Amsterdam, the hopes and dreams that started after a loss to Princeton were still days and miles away, in the distance. But they were brought to the surface. And the trio pinpointed the burden and what it will take to alleviate it. They were not in search of anything. They discussed the something. With nine regular season games remaining, it remains to be seen if that monkey will no longer linger every time SU takes the AstroTurf to practice at J.S. Coyne Field. It remains to be seen if the something, the something Befort was scanning the distance for Wednesday behind Coyne Field, will become a national championship. Said Holloway: ‘We were all getting goose bumps from just talking about it. It’s those certain moments when you’re with you’re best friends from the team and just thinking, ‘We can actually do this.” [email protected] Published on September 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more