Pamela Anderson Urges India To Ban Import Of AnimalTested Cosmetics

first_imgFormer Baywatch star and Bigg Boss alum Pamela Anderson was delighted to learn that after banning the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals, India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is now considering amending The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, to include a ban on the import and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals anywhere in the world.That’s why Anderson has written to Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to urge him to have a heart for animals and go forward with extending the animal-testing ban.In her letter, Anderson writes, “Please resist special interests and ‘dinosaur’ companies who still test in crude and cruel ways and do the right, kind thing. Please pass the proposed ban on the import and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals without delay”.If introduced into The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, the new rule could state, “135-B. Import of cosmetics tested on animals prohibited. — No cosmetic tested on animals shall be imported”. A decision to ban the import and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals would bring India in line with Israel and the European Union, which have already passed similar bans.“The European Union and Israel have already banned the marketing and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients were tested on animals, and more than 1,400 companies around the world have also banned all animal tests in favour of modern, non-animal and human-relevant test methods”, writes Anderson. “They no longer drip substances into rabbits’ eyes, smear them onto guinea pigs’ abraded skin, spray them into dogs’ and monkeys’ faces, and force them down animals’ throats, the thought of which makes me sick.”After learning about the issue from PETA India, many other stars – including Raveena Tandon-Thadani, Jacqueline Fernandez, Dia Mirza, R Madhavan, Rahul Khanna, Sunny Leone, Pooja Bhatt, Lara Dutta, Trisha Krishnan, Dino Morea and Esha Deol-Takhtani – petitioned India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in support of a sale ban on cosmetics and household products tested on animals.This is not the first time that Anderson has spoken up for animals. Among dozens of international actions over the years, she recently supported PETA India’s successful campaign to free the chained temple elephant Sunder, who now lives in a spacious elephant park. While she was in India filming Bigg Boss, Anderson adopted a desi dog she named Pyari. The long-time vegan also wrote to then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2010 and asked him to help the cows who are abused and slaughtered in the gruesome leather trade.last_img read more

Winnipeg schools get into orange Tshirt day

first_imgAPTN National NewsSeptember 30th may be the last day of the month, but it’s also the day that dictates what colour of clothing you wear.At least if you’re at any number of Winnipeg schools.The day has been chosen as orange T-shirt day.It’s when students remember residential school survivors.APTN’s Matt Thordarson reports.last_img

Canadian beekeepers blame diluted imports for plummeting honey prices

Canadian beekeepers blame diluted imports for plummeting honey prices Alberta beekeeper Grant Hicks inspects his beehives in Keremeos, B.C. on Friday, March 10, 2017. Hicks is concerned about the price drop of Canadian honey and some are blaming on a global glut of cheap, low-quality Chinese exports. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff Bassett by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 12, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The son of a beekeeper, Grant Hicks has been in the honey game for more than three decades, operating a multi-generational business that now has him overseeing 11,000 hives along with his own two sons.But Hicks says the plummeting value of Canadian honey — which dropped nearly $53 million last year — is putting the family farm in peril, a situation he says is being exacerbated by the flow of cheap, watered-down products coming into the country.He and others in the industry believe some imports of honey are diluted with other sweeteners and then purchased at cut-rate prices to be used as an ingredient in cereals, granola bars and other food products in an effort to save producers from paying more for made-in-Canada honey.Such a money-saving gambit would save companies “a whole of lot of dollars over time,” Hicks says.“Would anybody know?” he asks.For the first time since 2011, the value of honey in Canada fell last year — falling from $210,483,000 to $157,805,000 between 2015 and 2016, according to Statistics Canada.Last year, Canada imported about 6.6 million kilograms of honey, down from 7.3 million kilograms in 2015, according to Statistics Canada. However, total honey imports have risen steadily year-over-year from about 2.8 million kilograms in 2011.“This transhipped adulterated manufactured honey, if you want to call it that, is affecting us huge,” said Kevin Nixon, chair of the Canadian Honey Council.The problem of adulterated honey is not limited to Canada. It has also affected prices in the international market, said Norberto Garcia, president of the International Honey Exporters Organization.The Canadian Honey Council has been urging the federal government to ramp up its efforts to inspect imported honey, Nixon said.He would like to see the Canadian Food Inspection Agency invest in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) testing, which can detect the sweetener’s composition and place of origin, and create a profile of domestic honey to compare imports against.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has identified honey as a sampling priority since 1998, said spokeswoman Lisa Murphy.Between April 2013 and January 2017, the CFIA tested 266 samples of imported honey, she said, and found 19 or 7.1 per cent contained at least one of added sugars or syrups. The CFIA plans to increase the amount it samples this year.The CFIA uses isotope ratio technique to test, which Murphy said follows the international official standard method of the Association of Analytical Communities.Garcia and Nixon both argue that people diluting honey have learned how to beat those types of inspection methods, which is why they say NMR testing is needed.The Canadian Honey Council continues to press the government to increase inspection efforts, but Nixon said he’s been disappointed with the response so far.“If people are in the business of operating and trading fraudulent product, they are good at it and they know what they’re doing.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Brock Media Clips for Friday Aug 4

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Brock U water safety expert comments on black water spill: Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Ian Brindle was interviewed by CKTB 610’s Larry Fedoruk Thursday afternoon about his thoughts on the black water spill in the Niagara River.Three St. Catharines rowers win gold at under-23 worlds in Bulgaria: The St. Catharines Standard (reprinted in the Welland Tribune and Niagara Falls Review) reports on a gold-medal performance by three local women, including Brock student-athlete Laura Court. Reach: 167,000China’s gift for Canada 150 project not what it seems, expert says: Real Estate & Tourism magazine picked up the story about Prof. Charles Burton’s thoughts on China’s involvement in a Canada 150 project. This story also appeared in the Huffington Post earlier this week.Did we miss something? If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at read more

Gene Smith thought about leaving Ohio State admits Big Ten has struggled

Perhaps more than anyone else, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has had a lot on his plate since the university’s “Tattoo-Gate” scandal began in December 2010. In an interview with The Lantern, Smith talked about thoughts of leaving OSU, the school’s revamped compliance department, football coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus and the possibility of a 2002 national championship reunion including former OSU coach Jim Tressel. Thought about walking away It has been more than 18 months and there are still plenty of OSU fans who think Smith should have lost his job because of the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal that led to Tressel’s firing. Smith said there was never a moment he thought that was a possibility, but he did consider walking away for the sake of those around him. “I never thought that I would be dismissed by our president because I really did nothing wrong,” Smith said. “I did everything that I was charged to do and accountable for. Did I ever feel that I should leave? Never. That I should resign because of the pressure I was under? Never thought that. Did I ever have thoughts that I should walk away for the betterment of the institution and the people that I work with everyday and I serve? Yeah. “I care more about those people and our athletes than I do anything. Sure I thought about (leaving), but I came to the conclusion that the best way for me to help them was to fight for them and make sure we stay on track.” Those disappointed by that decision will likely not see a change anytime soon. Smith said he has not considered retirement and is very content with his situation at OSU. “There’s no other job I’d rather have,” he said. Random audits to ensure compliance As part of an 805-page report Smith and OSU sent to the NCAA, Smith said the athletic department will conduct random audits to make sure the players still have various Buckeye memorabilia given to them. “First of all, we retain a lot of things so we build a locker room in our equipment room, so, for certain jerseys and helmets, we keep those there until you graduate. Or your eligibility expires because, you know, somebody may leave and we give them their stuff,” he said. “But also your rings, your gold pants, if you have them, there’s times where you have to bring them in to certify that you’ve retained them or certify where they are because you may give them to your mom.” Smith said the audits – which are a brand new idea – will be random. “It’s a random process. It could be tomorrow,” he said. “So it’s kinda like drug testing.” The process, however, isn’t just limited to keepsakes like rings and gold pants. It also applies to cars, Smith said. “You have a car, you register that car with us,” he said. “We check it every now and then just to make sure there’s no change. “So we’ll go over to a parking lot, walk around, check cars, check the numbers, things of that nature, just to make sure nothing has changed or see if there’s any new cars that pop up and say, ‘OK, who’s car is that?’ Might be (OSU spokesman) Dan Wallenberg’s, might be you visiting, but we check them all out just to be sure that nobody got a loaner car that they shouldn’t have.” Big Ten Woes There’s no denying the Big Ten struggled during its non-conference football schedule. The conference lost three games against the Mid-American Conference, lost three of four games against the Pac-12 and only has three teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. At No. 12, OSU is the top-ranked Big Ten team with Nebraska (No. 21) and Northwestern (No. 24) also representing the conference. Smith did not skirt the issue. “We’ve struggled, we’ve got to win games,” he said. “There’s no question that the Southeastern Conference has dominated and rightfully so. But that’s not what bothers me as much as we’re losing to other conferences and other programs that frankly we shouldn’t.” Smith isn’t panicking, though. Conference strength is cyclical, he said, and what he is really concerned about is making sure the struggles don’t become a pattern. “It doesn’t surprise me periodically that a team emerges and beats people, that’s happened in the Mid-American Conference for years, jumping up and biting somebody,” Smith said. “But that’s happened more this year than normal. So I’m interested in seeing how things go this next year and make sure this is not a trend.” “Tapegate” closed After Michigan State received altered game tape before its contest against the Buckeyes last Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., Smith said Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis informed that they did not receive the full video. “I hung up and contacted our video guys and said, ‘Send them the full video. Get it done,’” Smith said. “And we sent them the full video.” The issue is “done,” Smith said. “Urban had no clue, so we should’ve sent them the full video from the beginning,” he said. Tressel reunion OSU will honor its 2002 national championship football team during the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan this year, and there is some disagreement as to whether the leader of that team, fired Tressel, should be on the guest list. Smith said he would have no problem seeing his former co-worker. “I don’t know if he’ll come back for that recognition,” Smith said. “If he does, we will recognize him like everybody else.” Meyer fulfilling his family’s contract At Meyer’s introductory press conference in late November, he pulled out a crumpled pink piece of paper from his pocket from behind the podium. It was a contract written by Meyer’s family and, specifically, his daughter, Nicki, to ensure that her father would take care of himself in ways he often failed to do so while at Florida. Smith told The Lantern Meyer is indeed abiding by his family’s contract. “He and I’ve talked about that a lot during the summer and at the beginning of the season and I hit him every now and then with it,” Smith said. Smith said he went into the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to see Meyer this past Sunday after the Buckeyes’ game against the Spartans. Meyer, though, was at his son Nate’s football game. “I was like, ‘That’s what you want.’ You know, so he takes his time on Thursday nights, takes his time on Friday mornings, you know, with family,” Smith said. “Not sleeping in the WHAC overnight like he had slept down at Florida some nights. So I think he’s there balance-wise and doing what he’s supposed to do.” Scheduling OSU announced Tuesday that it scheduled Texas Christian University for a home-and-home football series with games in 2018 at Fort Worth, Texas, and 2019 in Ohio Stadium. Smith said the series represents a change in mentality for OSU when it comes to non-conference scheduling. Each year Smith said he looks to schedule “one top 10 or top 15 (team), hopefully two (teams) that are in the top 30 to 40 and then another BCS team. That takes us away from playing two Mid-American Conference teams a year or three in some cases.” Meyer hitting the mark After hiring Meyer almost a year ago, Smith said the first-year coach has done a “great job” so far in his inaugural season in Columbus. Smith didn’t limit his praise to just Meyer’s on-the-field endeavors, either. “You know, I think everyone is focused obviously on wins on the field and how the team is executing, but I look at that as well like everybody else,” Smith said “but I look at also how he handles his staff, he handles the players relative to academics, how he interacts with other coaches in the league and just how we communicate relative to issues and, so, he’s just doing a great job.” Communication between Meyer, Smith Smith said he normally tries to pop in to the WHAC once a week to see Meyer. “We don’t have – during the football season – we do not have formal, set meetings unless there’s an issue we need to do that with other people, but I pop in – Sundays, I usually I try and get in on Sundays – and walk around,” Smith said, “and this particular year, congratulate the coaches and then I usually go meet with the trainers, pop into his office.” And what if Meyer’s not there? Smith said he and the former Florida coach are “big texters.” “You know, he texted me today on one issue and I texted him back so we’re big texters. I kinda know his schedule when they’re in meetings, so, I know when he’s on break. So if I’m on break and I need to go see him about something, I go see him,” he said. “So it’s nothing really formal. But it’s almost every day.” Meyer’s undefeated (5-0) squad faces Nebraska at 8 p.m. on Saturday. read more

PhilippiHagenbuch rear eject bodies tackle sticky situations and increase productivity

first_imgFeaturing safety, stability and increased productivity as hallmarks of its design, Philippi-Hagenbuch’s patented line of rear eject bodies offer the ideal solution for challenging hauling applications from general operations to mine reclamation and underground hauling situations where overhead barriers inhibit traditional dump bodies. Easily adaptable to any make and model of articulated off-highway truck as well as a number of rigid frame trucks, PHIL rear eject bodies reduce the challenges associated with traditional dump bodies. In eliminating the need to raise the body of the truck, this series allows for safely dumping materials while in motion and in the presence of overhead barriers. This versatility in operation increases efficiency without reducing stability by providing a lower centre of gravity and allowing dumping on downhill slopes and conditions with a soft footing. Enabling trucks to spread material while driving further enhances efficiency. The ability to effectively empty the truck without raising the body augments safety where overhead barriers such as power lines, roof lines or bridges may pose as forgotten safety risks as well as in underground mining applications that have low overhead clearance.Engineered to provide productivity enhancing solutions for the toughest hauling challenges, PHIL rear eject bodies dump faster and easier – even in sticky applications. Without moving or raising the truck bed, the ejector blade pushes material toward the rear of the truck, while the tailgate lowers down and material is completely ejected.  The unique sweeping action of the blade virtually eliminates all material – even that prone to sticking to the sides or floor of the truck bed. This effective dumping action provides for more dumps in less time significantly increasing jobsite productivity.PHIL rear eject bodies are also versatile enough to be used as auxiliary feeders within mines, providing an alternative tool for delivering material to a crusher or asphalt plant if a primary feeder malfunctions or breaks down. Continuing the company’s long-held vision of designing solutions that improve productivity while minimizing maintenance, PHIL rear eject bodies are constructed with a single hydraulic cylinder used to operate both the ejector blade and the rear tailgate mechanism. As the ejector blade moves to the rear of the body, the tailgate mechanism located in the sides of the body begins to move to the rear of the truck. This motion, naturally supplemented with gravitational forces, lowers the tailgate simply and mechanically without the need for additional hydraulic cylinders. To further simplify the design, PHIL ejector bodies employ exclusive ejector guides integrated into the inside of the body, which provide smooth operation, while eliminating rollers that typically break or bind. Additionally, the bodies are constructed of high strength, abrasion-resistant steel to withstand years of use with little maintenance.Because there are no external rails or guides for the ejector to move on, the bodies provide enhanced ease of loading and increased capacity. Incorporating customer feedback and more than two decades of experience, Philippi-Hagenbuch eliminated all grease points with the exception of one – only requiring lubrication once a year.last_img read more

The Evening Fix now with added 114yearold Mexican

first_imgTHINGS WE SHARED Dwight Dumais hits the water as he competes in the preliminary round of the men’s 3-metre springboard event at the USA Diving Grand Prix in Florida. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED#STRIKE: Bus Éireann is preparing for a major strike tomorrow, after admitting it was “highly unlikely” that it could stop members of the National Bus and Rail Union from striking from midnight in protest at proposed pay cuts. 1,100 of its 2,500 employees are members; others are unlikely to pass picket lines, meaning many services will not be running.#ROADS: A man in his 50s has died after two trucks collided in Co Roscommon. The incident occurred in the early hours of the morning on the N5 between Ballinagare and Tulsk.#LAWYERS: Alan Shatter has offered an olive branch to the legal profession in an effort to win support for his proposed reforms of legal regulation – saying he will allow nominated bodies to appoint members to its board. The legislation had met with opposition from solicitors and barristers because the board of the new regulator and disciplinary body was to have a majority of members appointed by the Minister for Justice – but this will no longer be the case.#TURKEY: 40 people have died, and over 100 injured, in two bombs in Turkey. The blasts struck the city hall and post office in Reyhanli, close to the country’s border with Syria – which has become home to many fleeing the Syrian violence.#PAKISTAN: 11 people have died in an explosion in Karachi, Pakistan – in a Taliban bombing aiming to disrupt the elections taking place in the country today. Polling has been taking place in what marks the first time that one democratically-elected government will give way to another. An Irish journalist based in Pakistan for several years – the New York Times’ Declan Walsh – has been ordered to leave the country, however, seemingly over his reporting.#SPACE STATION: Two NASA astronauts have repaired an ammonia leak on the International Space Station, after a six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk to replace a busted pump. The leak, which was observed on Thursday, was a worrying one – ammonia is needed to cool the station. The whole procedure was streamed live online.THINGS WE LOVEDThe news that the creator of the famous ‘Rachel’ haircut of the 1990s was high when he conceived it – and that Jennifer Aniston also hated the trademark do.The pretty impressed face of Amalia Lopez, who is Mexico’s oldest living woman, and who was recognised as such this week. She’s a mere 114 years old. (Photo: Eduardo Verdugo/AP) This pretty awesome (but also, we warn you, really big) infographic showing how many man-made satellites, and manned missions, have been made to other bodies in our solar system.Here’s a girl running through a wet garden, with a dog. As the Reddit title put it: ‘Nope… and nope‘.Finally, on the day that an ammonia leak on the International Space Station was repaired after a lengthy spacewalk, another scientific endeavour: a special circular saw which is built to stop immediately if it touches an aymmetric load – like a human hand. Enjoy.center_img (YouTube/John Presciutti)last_img read more

The planets of our solar system viewed in the Moons orbit

first_imgThe other planets in our solar system vary in size quite drastically, and it’s difficult to understand just how big, or small they are in relation to our own planet Earth. Sure, we can look at a picture of the Earth next to each of them, but wouldn’t it be better to get a more realistic idea of scale based on a view we already have every night?The video you see above is an attempt to do that, and it does manage to make it quite clear just how big some of these planets are.Created by Brad Goodspeed, a graphic designer from Toronto, Canada, it positions Mars, Earth, Neptune, and Jupiter as if they were placed at the same distance from Earth as the Moon. So when you look up at night and see the Moon, this is what each of those planets would look like in that same location.Jupiter is just far too big and bright to let anyone sleep, and I think Neptune would cause a few sleep problems, too. But I could handle looking up and seeing another Earth or Mars orbiting around us. It would make a nice change from the Moon, actually.Brad has also been working hard to save the James Webb Space Telescope, which was suffering a major funding crisis until recently. He created the video you see below, entitled Vision, as an entry to the whyJWST Video Competition as part of that effort, and won.His prize was an hour’s use of the Faulkes Telescope, an hour he later dedicated to the Durham Region Astronomical Association.via Kottkelast_img read more

Clontarf Baths will not fully open to the public next week but

first_img Friday 23 Feb 2018, 12:05 AM By Hayley Halpin Short URL Image: 34 Comments “We’re aware of how important it is to the people of Clontarf and the Greater Dublin Area.” The ongoing refurbishment of the Clontarf Baths Source: RollingNews.ieAs the premises is now a privately-funded enterprise, Dublin City Council has not provided any funding to the refurbishment project.Cullen said that the company has requested funding from Dublin City Council to “help us operate because the cost of running it at the levels of regulation and safety that we feel is appropriate is going to be prohibitive to opening to the public”.However, Dublin City Council said in a statement to “Clontarf Baths is a private enterprise and although there have been informal approaches about subsiding the cost of running the pool, the Council is not in a position to do so.”A spokesperson for Clontarf Residents Association, Deirdre Nichol, said that locals are “very disappointed” at the situation.“We’re delighted to see what was a derelict site being renovated and it will improve the amenity and the visual look of the promenade but we are disappointed that members of the public won’t be able to go in,” Nichol said.Read: Seawater swimming pool, bar and restaurant to open in Clontarf next weekMore: Clontarf Baths set to reopen in six weeks after €2 million facelift 28,987 Views The 132-year-old Clontarf seawater baths Image: THE CLONTARF SEAWATER baths in Dublin will not fully open to the public for the foreseeable future, its owner has confirmed.David Cullen, owner of Clontarf Baths and Assembly Rooms Company Ltd, which will run the facility, told that the baths will initially open only to bookings from sporting clubs and swimming clubs, who can provide their own lifeguards, from late April.“Going forward from that it’s going to be a case of, yes we do want to open to the public, but opening to the public is a very different beast than opening to clubs,” Cullen said.Cullen said that the venue will not open to everyone from the public until it irons out its operational requirements from safety, risk and regulatory points of view.“There’s a few things that we need to iron out and make sure we have all our ducks in a row with regards to regulations, safety and insurance,” he said.The baths have existed on the site since 1886, however, they closed around 22 years ago. The Cullen family bought the premises in the year 1994 and secured approval from An Bord Pleanála for refurbishments in October 2016.Clontarf Baths and Assembly Rooms Ltd was granted a full seven-day publican’s licence in the Circuit Civil Court on Wednesday. The bar and restaurant area of the new facility is set to open next Wednesday.‘We need to take it slow’ It is understood that the baths cannot open fully to the public until it secures further funding to have lifeguards and pool staff available at all times.“We just need to take it slow to make sure that it’s going to be safe, that it’s going to be properly run and that it’s going to be accessible for all,” Cullen said.We’re absolutely committed to opening to the public, but when that’s going to be I can’t really say right now. I would expect it to be later in the year. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Clontarf Baths will not fully open to the public next week – but perhaps later in the year The bar and restaurant area of the facility is set to open next Wednesday but it needs to secure funding for lifeguards and other safety measures. Share57 Tweet Email2 Feb 23rd 2018, 12:06 AM The 132-year-old Clontarf seawater baths last_img read more

SpeedReading AI Processes Data in Minutes

first_img McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Stay on target A milestone technological advancement, machine learning is not yet ready for primetime; data engineers are still training AI to operate autonomously.But why wait months (or years) for artificial intelligence to get up to speed, when you could hone a computer in a matter of hours?Massachusetts-based startup Gamalon Machine Intelligence this week unveiled its own solution: Bayesian Program Synthesis (BPS). The technology promises to simplify AI projects, without Google-level resources.Founded by MIT-trained computer scientist Ben Vigoda (nephew of late actor Abe Vigoda), the company uses probability models to teach machines to identify something like a dog with just a few samples.Most deep-learning systems require data scientists to input millions of canine images so the computer can learn every possible variation. Gamalon, however, uses probabilistic programming, allowing engineers to present a picture of a dog with short ears and one with long ears, and let the computer fill in the gaps.This type of speed-reading technique achieves higher accuracy and uses less computation, according to Vigoda, who boasted to Bloomberg that “You can run our software on a laptop, and it takes 100 times less horsepower to find an answer.”Gamalon launched in 2013, but only this week announced the alpha launch of its first commercial applications, called Structure and Match.According to Bloomberg, the niche products are used to scan databases and fix ambiguities; for $10,000 per month per 100,000 rows of text, the software will identify different spellings for customer names and addresses.The services are available now to select customers as APIs integrated with the Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Cloud platforms.“We have one customer that, every year, spent nine months and $4 million to structure and match their data,” Vigoda said in a statement. “In contrast, [we were] able to perform the same task in minutes with twice the accuracy.”last_img read more

Madun Sanyang Granted Bail in GNPC Trial

first_imgBy Rohey JadamaJustice O. Otaba of the Special Criminal Division of the Banjul High Court has yesterday exercised his discretion in favour of Mr. Madun Sanyang, by granting bail to him in the sum of 900,000 US Dollars.Mr. Sanyang alongside Sira Wally Ndow-Njai,  Momodou O.S Badjie, Fafa Sanyang, Cherno Marena, Seedy Kanyi, Muntaga Momodou Sallah, Momodou Faal, Louie Moses Mendy and Noah Touray are jointly charged  with economic crimes, conspiracy to commit felony, neglect of official duty, disobedience of statutory duty and destroying evidence, they however deny any wrong doing.When the case was called Lawyers Antouman A.B.Gaye, Omar M.M Njie and Combeh Gaye appeared for Mrs.Ndow-Njai, Lawyer Ebrima Sanneh for Mr. Badjie , Mr. Fafa Sanyang,  Mr. Kanyi, Mr. Mendy, Mr. Touray and Madun Sanyang. Lawyers Hawa Sisay-Sabally, Yassin Seneghore and B. Bouye appeared for Mr Marena. Lawyer E. Chime appeared for Mr Sallah and Lawyers C.E Mene S. Taal and S. Sillah for Mr.Faal.  The state was represented by B. Jaiteh.Delivering his ruling on the bail application, Justice Otaba said the applicant is charged with one count of Economic Crime and one count of Conspiracy to commit felony.He said the state (the respondent) also filed an affidavit opposing the bail application of the applicant. He held that he had perused the reliefs sought by the applicant especially, paragraphs 6-15 and the briefs filed by both parties.Justice Otaba, noted that the charges the applicant is charged with are all bailable. He consequently exercised his discretion in favour of the applicant and granted him bail in the sum of $900,000(Nine-Hundred Thousand US Dollars) with two Gambian sureties having landed property in like sum and he further ordered the applicant to submit his travelling documents to the Principal Registrar of the High Court and ruled that the applicant enters into a recognizance.At this juncture, State Counsel Jaiteh told the court that their witness is engaged in a security duty throughout the length and breadth of the country. He applied for the matter to be adjourned till 22 December, 2016.Without any objection from the defence team, Justice Otaba granted the application and adjourned the case to the above mentioned date at 11am for continuation of hearing.last_img read more

50 of line managers feel they could spot the signs of a

first_imgHalf (50%) of line manager respondents feel confident they could recognise the signs that a member of their team was having trouble coping with a mental health problem, according to research by the Mental Health Foundation and Unum.The survey of 644 line managers who have not experienced a mental health problem and 1,265 employees who have been diagnosed with a mental health problem, also found that 34% of employee respondents who have experienced a mental health problem in the past five years have felt well supported by their manager.The research also found:64% of employee respondents who have experienced a mental health problem want a zero-tolerance approach to mental health stigma in the workplace, compared to 44% of line manager respondents.45% of line manager respondents believe that an employee experiencing a mental health problem would be supported to remain in work by making reasonable adjustments to their role, and 19% of employee respondents report receiving this support.73% of employee respondents who have experienced a mental health problem believe they would know how to speak to a colleague in a similar situation, compared to 60% of line manager respondents who have not experienced any mental health problems.58% of employee respondents who have had a mental health problem in the past five years have chosen to disclose this to their employer.54% of employee respondents who have chosen to disclose a mental health problem to their employer report having a mainly positive experience, and 15% report having a mainly negative experience, such as being discriminated against.Liz Walker (pictured), HR director at Unum UK, said: “Mental health has been increasingly on the agenda recently and, while businesses are starting to pay attention, our research shows that there’s still a considerable gap between policies and everyday experiences of employees. There is no excuse to brush this under the carpet any more; it’s time for all organisations and leaders to be more vocal about mental health stigma and take responsibility for improving mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.”Chris O’Sullivan, head of workplace mental health at the Mental Health Foundation, added: “We believe in workplaces that enable people to thrive, whatever their back story, and for that to happen people need to feel safe being authentic and open at work. We need to find ways for employers to promote and protect mental health across their businesses. A key way to do that is through encouraging and supporting those who have relevant experience to use that in their own development, and in providing support to others. Our research shows that valuing the insight of managers with lived experience could be an exciting way for employers to address mental health at work.”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of November 4 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of November 4, 2018:Part-Time Medical Office Receptionist/Administrator at Wilmington Family Chiropractic & Disc CenterFull-Time Warehouse Person (Loader) at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Customer Service Representative at Heilind ElectronicsPart-Time 2019 Design & Decor Intern at Art of the EventFull-Time Supervisor (Member Services) at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Business Intelligence Analyst at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Medical Provider Network Manager at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Marketing Coordinator at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Product Manager (Outdoor LED Drivers) at OSRAMFull-Time Lamp Assembler at Xenon CorporationFull-Time Warehouse Sort Supervisor at Optima CourierPart-Time Cargo Van Delivery Driver at Optima CourierFull-Time Morning Loader & Backup Driver at Optima CourierFull-Time Customer Service Representative at AramarkPart-Time Seasonal Apparel & Accessories Team Member at TargetFull-Time Marketing Automation Manager at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Product Marketing Manager at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Business Development Representative at Security InnovationFull-Time Cyber Insurance Marketing Representative at HUB InternationalFull-Time Senior Production Control Manager at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time School Psychologist at Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time Business Account Executive (Direct Sales) at ComcastFull-Time Facilities Maintenance Technician at K&B CompaniesFull-Time Dispatcher/CSR at Super Service TodayFull-Time Drain Cleaning Experts at Super Service TodayFull-Time Electrical Service Technician at Super Service TodayFull-Time Heating & Cooling Technician at Super Service TodayFull-Time Business Development Representative at Security InnovationFull-Time Cyber Insurance Marketing Representative at HUB InternationalFull-Time Delivery Helper at Gypsum Management & SupplyFull-Time Compliance Services Associate at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Operations Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Deployment Specialist at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Sales Executive at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Relief Route Driver at Coca-Cola CompanyFull-Time Supplier Business Manager at Heilind ElectronicsFull-Time Community Associate (Contract To Hire) at Analog DevicesFull-Time General Warehouse Worker at S.G. TorriceFull-Time Counter Sales Representative at S.G. TorriceFull-Time Case Coordinator at CLASS, Inc.Full-Time Local Route Delivery Driver at Gordon Food ServiceFull-Time Certified Electrician at SunRunFull-Time Service Support Technician II at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time Laboratory Animal Technician at AerotekFull-Time Senior Quality Engineer at ViantFull-Time Delivery Drivers at FedExPart-Time Package Handler at UPSFull-Time Grill Cooks & Pizza Makers at Wilmington Pizza PlacePart-Time Seasonal Drivers at RandstadFull-Time Journeyman & Master Plumber at Kevin Scott Plumbing & Heating Inc.Full-Time Document Control Specialist at SymboticFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Lead Receptionist at CareOnePart-Time Nanny For 1 Wilmington ChildPart-Time Package Handler at Fed Ex WarehousePart-Time Host & Hostess at 99 RestaurantFull-Time Client Relations Representative I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Customer Service Representative at Parts4HeatingPart-Time Salesperson at Advanced Auto PartsPart-Time Overnight Baker at Panera Bread(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Texas First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Set To Open In December

first_imgCREDIT RYAN POPPEKnox Medical Dispensary in between Schulenburg and Flatonia, Texas.“We require a large amount of land for us to even consider that and then the next consideration after that was how can we get the closest to the largest amount of the population. So for us, Schulenburg was a good location because you are right near the triangle of Houston, San Antonio and Austin,” Hidalgo explains.Knox Medical’s marijuana grow operation and dispensary is virtually unnoticeable.  It’s located just off of a two-lane country road.  And while guarded by a chain-link fence and razor wire it still resembles a portable building you might see at a construction site with a make-shift greenhouse, except with a lot more surveillance cameras. While many Schulenburg business owners were reluctant to share their views about the medical cannabis oil being produced and sold in their own backyard.  CREDIT RYAN POPPECity Market, Schulenburg, Texas.Others like Roy Smrkovski, owner of the City Market, a barbecue joint/meat market, right in the heart of town welcomes the idea.“I don’t believe in essence of smoking “weed” and driving and doing stuff like that.  It is for medicinal purposes, why suffer, why go through life and suffer,” Smrkovski says.Smrkovksi, whose wife suffers from chronic pain says he would be in favor of the state passing a full medical cannabis law that allows a doctor to recommend its use for any condition.Stacy Hegar, who manages the Marketplace Café and Garden just a few blocks away from Smrkovski, says the dispensary is likely to also boost the town’s economy.“Well, and we’ve had some of the employees come in and eat, so the employees are helping the economy also,” Hegar says.Knox Medical says registered patients with the state will be able to call in and pick up their orders at their Schulenburg location, but they anticipate most of their business will occur online. Registered Texas patients using the company’s website will place an order and then have it couriered to their location, which will begin happening by the end of December.  Credit DEAIn just two months, Texans suffering from intractable epilepsy will be able to purchase a type of medicinal cannabis approved by the state.  The dispensary itself is located outside a rural Texas town better known for its dancehalls, polka music and kolaches.Austin mom Katie Graham, sips coffee at a café on the city’s Northwest side.  She’s just sent her son Elliott off on a school field trip and now nervously monitors her cell phone for texts alerting her that her son has suffered another seizure.“There’s always a really high level of anxiety and stress.  Every single moment, ever single phone call, you never know if that’s that one call from school that he’s had another seizure and so even at night we don’t sleep very well because there’s always that anxiety,” Graham explains. Graham’s son is one of 150-thousand patients, who’ve registered with the state and had a doctor recommend the use of a type of cannabis oil that has high concentrations of cannabidiol or CBD and extremely low-levels of THC, the psychoactive component of the marijuana plant.“The fact that it’s right here and doctors will actually be prescribing it just gives us a huge piece of mind, so we are really excited about the offerings in Texas,” Graham says.Graham says they enrolled Elliott in a CBD drug trial while waiting for the new law to come online and immediately saw improvements in how often his seizures were occurring.Texas’ medical cannabis law, known as the “Compassionate Use Program works like this; patients with epilepsy and a doctor’s recommendation can register with the state, which allows them to visit 1 of 3 licensed dispensaries to purchase cannabis oil. The oil must only contain 0.5% THC or less in order for it to be legal in the State.The oil can either be inhaled through a vaporizer or taken sublingually.Jose Hidalgo, is the owner of Knox Medical, the first dispensary to be licensed by the state.  His company has licensed medical cannabis operations in Florida and Puerto Rico.  For its Texas operation, Knox Medical chose the City of Schulenburg with a population of just under 3-thousand residents.center_img CREDIT RYAN POPPECBD Oil Sharelast_img read more

South Kolkata residents can now enjoy Theatre Festival at Madhusudan Mancha

first_imgKolkata: For the first time ever in the history of the state, an initiative has been taken to ensure that people of South Kolkata do not remain deprived of the grandeur of Theatre Festival.This is the first time when the Information and Cultural Affairs department of the Mamata Banerjee government has decided to include Madhusudan Mancha in South Kolkata as one of the venues for the Theatre Festival.The international Theatre Festival is organised every year in January. Theatre groups, both national and international ones, perform in the festival and the platform here in Kolkata is considered as one of the biggest ones in the country by theatre fraternities. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTill 2018, Rabindra Sadan and Minerva Theatre were the only two venues for the Theatre Festival. With Minerva Theatre being one of the venues, it is convenient for theatre-loving people from North Kolkata to visit the place and enjoy the extravaganza of the programme organised by the state government. Similarly, theatre lovers from the Central part of the city enjoy the same convenience at Rabindra Sadan.Sources said that the matter related to the necessity of including a venue in the Southern part of the city came up in a meeting that was held recently in the state secretariat. The top brass of the state government has also given its nod to include a venue in South Kolkata, where a part of the total number of theatre groups will be performing. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedFinally, Madhusudan Mancha at Dhakuria has been chosen as the venue for the event in South Kolkata. A senior official of the state government has mentioned that Madhusudan Mancha has been chosen as the venue for the event for its prime location, which people can easily reach.Around 20 theatre groups get selected to perform in the Theatre Festival that continues for around four days in January. It has been learnt that more than 100 theatre groups have applied to get an opportunity to perform in the festival. There is a screening committee comprising famous theatre personalities. With Madhusudan Mancha getting added as a venue for the Theatre Festival, theatre lovers from South Kolkata won’t have to travel to either the Central or Northern part of the city, to be a part of their favourite event.Kolkata, the cultural capital of the country, has witnessed several endeavours of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee towards preservation and promotion of various art forms, in the past 7 years. Since the change of guard in the state in 2011, the state government has taken various initiatives for better promotion of art forms, starting from folk art to theatre.last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | January 04, 2013 PET/CT Shows Advantages Over Conventional Staging for Locally Advanced Breast Cancer IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Related Content FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Jan. 2, 2013 -– New research published in the January issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine shows that 18F-fludeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) imaging offers significant prognostic stratification information at initial staging for patients with locally advanced breast cancer. When compared to conventional imaging, 18F-FDG PET/CT more accurately showed lesions in the chest, abdomen and bones in a single session, changing management for more than 50 percent of the patients in the study.Guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommend a physical examination, bilateral mammogram, sonography or breast magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to examine the breast, as well as chest diagnostic CT, abdominal or pelvic diagnostic CT or MR imaging and bone scanning for evaluation of distant involvement. The NCCN guidelines consider 18F-FDG PET/CT to be “most helpful in situations where standard staging studies are equivocal or suspicious.”“The prognosis of patients with locally advanced breast cancer remains poor. In this study we aimed to investigate whether the use of 18F-FDG PET/CT at initial staging could have an impact on the prognostic stratification and management of patients with locally advanced breast cancer,” said David Groheux, MD, PhD, lead author of the study “18F-FDG PET/CT in Staging Patients with Locally Advanced or Inflammatory Breast Cancer: Comparison to Conventional Staging.”One hundred and seventeen patients with locally advanced breast cancer were prospectively included in the study over a course of five years. Patients underwent conventional imaging methods, including bone scanning, chest radiography, or dedicated CT and abdominopelvic examination by sonography or contrast-enhanced CT and were staged accordingly. They then received an 18F-FDG PET/CT scan, which was reviewed by nuclear medicine specialists with no knowledge of the conventional imaging results. The conventional imaging and 18F-FDG imaging results were then compared.All primary tumors were identified by 18F-FDG PET/CT. The scans confirmed lymph node involvement in stage IIIC patients and revealed unsuspected lymph node involvement in 32 additional patients.  Furthermore, distant metastases (bone, distant lymph nodes, liver, lung and pleura) were visualized with 18F-FDG PET/CT in 43 patients; conventional imaging only identified 28 patients with distant metastases. Overall, 18F-FDG PET/CT changed the stage of 61 out of 117 patients, which, in turn, impacted the recommended treatment for the patients.“This is a step toward the truly personalized medicine that molecular imaging can bring—acquiring an image that provides sufficient information to truly tailor management strategies to the singular needs of each patient,” noted Groheux. “Based on these findings, 18F-FDG PET/CT may become the single most important distant staging modality in patients with locally advanced breast cancer.”Authors of the article “18F-FDG PET/CT in Staging Patients with Locally Advanced or Inflammatory Breast Cancer: Comparison to Conventional Staging” include David Groheux, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Saint-Louis Hospital, Paris, France, and B2T, Doctoral School, IUH, University of Paris VII, France; Laetitia Vercellino and Marie-Elisabeth Toubert, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Saint-Louis Hospital, Paris, France; Pascal Merlet, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Saint-Louis Hospital, Paris, France, and Service Hospitalier Frederic Joliot, SHFJ/I2BM/DSVCEA, Orsay, France; Elif Hindie, B2T, Doctoral School, IUH, University of Paris VII, France, and Department of Nuclear Medicine, Haut-Leveque Hospital, CHU Bordeaux, University of Bordeaux-Segalen, Bordeaux, France; Sylvie Giacchetti, Caroline Cuvier and Marc Espie, Breast Diseases Unit, Department of Medical Oncology, Saint-Louis Hospital, Paris, France; Marc Delord, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Institut Universitaire d’Hematologie, Paris, France; and Christophe Hennequin, Department of Radiation Oncology, Saint-Louis Hospital, Paris, France.For more information: Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read morelast_img read more

Beaches Turks Caicos to debut live entertainment by Canadian company

first_imgBeaches Turks & Caicos to debut live entertainment by Canadian company Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: Beaches Resorts, Family Travelcenter_img TORONTO — Beaches Resorts is ramping up its family-friendly entertainment with a new partnership with Creativiva Caribbean Inc., a Canadian-based production company.The new venture will see the launch of ‘Voilà’ at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa, a series of live cinematic entertainment shows on the resort’s main stage. Debuting this month, Creativiva Caribbean will perform four weekly live productions: Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, Jungle Book Live and Dolce Vita.Jungle Book Live will follow the adventures of Mowgli, a man-cub who has been raised by a family of wolves, while the classic tale of Alice in wonderland will transport guests to an enchanted world that’s home to the mischievous Cheshire Cate and the Queen of Hearts. The action-filled Treasure Island production features brave swashbucklers and sometimes dangerous pirates, whereas Dolce Vita tells the story of Francesca, a woman who has travelled around the world and collected memories along the way.“We are so excited to share this brand new experience with our guests,” said Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman and CEO of Sandals Resorts International. “Partnering with the experts in live entertainment, we can’t wait to deliver theater on an entirely new level.  From heart-warming stories to unconventional visual design, Beaches Turks & Caicos certainly has it all for those seeking nonstop entertainment in a Caribbean vacation.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaCreated and produced in Creativiva’s studios in Toronto, the multi-genre shows offer innovative set design that includes projections, intricate costumes, witty dialogues, catchy songs, choreography and breathtaking circus acts – and now, all part of the Luxury Included Vacation experience.In addition to the four live shows, a family favorite and Beaches’ staple event, Beach Party Night, will be completely revamped by Creativiva’s cast of entertainers from around the globe. Posted by Monday, June 12, 2017 last_img read more

Trump US to begin cutting aid to Central America over migrant caravan

first_img“Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in,” he said on Twitter.“I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy (sic). Must change laws!”It was unclear what formal action, if any, Trump had taken to activate the military or the border patrol.Thousands of people seeking to escape poverty and violence in their homelands have pushed into Mexico despite efforts to hold back the migrant caravan at a bridge on the Guatemala-Mexico border. President Donald Trump said Monday the United States will begin cutting aid to three Central American nations because of their governments’ failure to stop a migrant caravan headed for the U.S. border.In a series of tweets, Trump called the caravan’s approach a national emergency and said he has alerted the U.S. border patrol and military, setting the stage for a confrontation when the swelling mass of migrants reach the border.“We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid” that the United States provides to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, he said. Around 3,000 migrants reached the city of Tapachula in the Mexican state of Chiapas on Sunday after a seven-hour trek from the Guatemalan border.Trump has used the crisis, which comes two weeks before US midterm elections, as a cudgel against Democrats, reviving the immigrant-bashing rhetoric that helped get him elected in 2016.“Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms!” he tweeted. Facebook Comments Trump warns Honduran president to stop migrants en route to U.S.center_img Mexico opens border to women and children from migrant caravan Related posts:Migration issues dominate Tuxtla Summit speeches in Costa Rica Smartphone app for migrants being piloted in Central America, Mexico President Solís: ‘If you want to get through a border, you’ll be able to sooner or later’ Guatemalan woman reunites with children in New Yorklast_img read more

Feds Finalize New Mortgage Fraud Requirements for GSEs

first_img February 23, 2014 475 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Per new regulations finalized last week, the GSEs will be required to file suspicious activity reports (SARs) directly with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) rather than through their own regulator.Developed in coordination with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), FinCEN’s final rule is intended to provide law enforcement and regulators with a more complete picture of mortgage fraud than that offered by less detailed reports currently provided to FHFA.Though reports are to be filed with FinCEN, the agency notes FHFA will have responsibility for examining the GSEs for compliance.In addition to filing SARs with FinCEN, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks will also be required to develop programs to aid in preventing money laundering.According to FinCEN, the newly announced final rule adopts (“without significant change”) all of the provisions contained in the agencies November 2011 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.The rule goes into effect 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register. Fannie Mae FHFA FinCEN Freddie Mac Mortgage Fraud 2014-02-23 Tory Barringercenter_img Feds Finalize New Mortgage Fraud Requirements for GSEs Sharelast_img read more

Eye on the Industry Updates on Caliber OpenClose and More

first_imgFrom new jumbo loan products and apps for originators to new appointments and expansion of services, get the latest buzz on the industry in this weekly update.Coppell, Texas-headquartered Caliber Home Loans recently announced the launch of its latest Portfolio Loan product, Caliber Elite Access (Elite Access). The product was created in response to rising property prices and is offered with some of the industry’s most robust features. According to Caliber, Elite Access is truly unique and a strong addition to Caliber’s Portfolio Lending suite of loan solutions. Elite Access borrowers may qualify for up to $3 million in loan funds with as little as 5 percent down and a 700 FICO score. New homeowners may save even more after closing, as mortgage insurance is never required. Elite Access offers a variety of loan terms and options, including both fixed- and adjustable-rate terms. Additionally, both 5/1 and 7/1 adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) are available under this product line. “At Caliber Home Loans, we’re always working to increase opportunities for home ownership,” said Sanjiv Das, CEO, Caliber Home Loans.________________________________________________________________________________________Houston-based InterLinc Mortgage Services has announced that Gene F. Thompson III, who has served as President since 2010, will now serve as COO of the company. A 20-year veteran of the mortgage lending industry, Gene has been with InterLinc since 2007, where he has served as both Executive VP and President. “Gene’s decades of experience in the mortgage banking industry, combined with his dynamic approach to sales and operations, has brought InterLinc unprecedented growth opportunities,” said James H. VanSteenhouse, InterLinc CEO. “The long-lasting relationships that he’s built with builders and realtors have enabled InterLinc to become a powerhouse in the mortgage industry. As both President and COO, Gene will have even greater opportunities to apply both his exceptional strategic acumen and his operational skills to helping InterLinc meet our goals for growth and our ongoing commitment to unparalleled customer service.” For more than a decade, InterLinc Mortgage Services has delivered home loans with the motto of “On Time and As Agreed” to customers buying or refinancing. Loan originators and branch managers participate in a family-oriented culture, coupled with accountability metrics aimed to drive production.________________________________________________________________________________________San Francisco-based mortgage fintech provider, OpenClose, has announced the launch of DecisionAssist Mobile, which provides fingertip access to the company’s proprietary web-based product and pricing engine (PPE). According to a statement by OpenClose, by using DecisionAssist Mobile, originators can quickly and efficiently compare eligible products and pricing and deliver the results directly to their borrowers from anywhere at any time via any mobile device. Retail originators, wholesale brokers, and correspondent sellers can use this app to instantly quote multiple loan products for a specific loan scenario on-the-fly and immediately email the borrower comparative details. An email summary of the quoted prices is simultaneously returned to the originator to follow up with the borrower. The result is faster service, convenience, greater transparency, reduced cycle times, and increased pull-through rates. “As an industry leader in the digital mortgage space, one of the key things we focused on when developing DecisionAssist Mobile was speed and ease of use for the originator,” said Gordon Frigaard, Director of PPE Technologies at OpenClose.________________________________________________________________________________________Claims Recovery Financial Services (CRFS), a New York-based investor and insurer claims management solutions provider has announced the addition of new consulting and data analytics services, expanding its platform of defaulted-loan product offerings. The added services complement CRFS’s claims processing solutions platform, allowing clients to choose from a comprehensive, full-plate menu of consulting services based on their unique business needs. The additional bouquet of services offered by CRFS includes Investor / Insurer Mock HUD Audit Review; Investor / Insurer HUD Audit Support; Operational Enhancement Consulting; Accelerated Disposition Dashboard; and Surchargeable Damage (Property Preservation) Review. These services provide clients with a comprehensive product scope, across all facets of the claims, audit quality assurance, and property liquidation environments. CRFS said that it will customize a plan based on the needs of each individual client. in Daily Dose, Featured, News July 26, 2018 625 Views Sharecenter_img Eye on the Industry: Updates on Caliber, OpenClose, and More Borrowers Caliber Home Loans CRFS FinTech InterLinc Mortgage Services Lenders mortgage OpenClose Realtors Servicing technology 2018-07-26 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more