Fiji’s big tackling against Japan results in suspensions

first_imgThursday Jul 21, 2011 Fiji’s big tackling against Japan results in suspensions Earlier in the week we had a look at the big hits from the Samoans during their win over Australia, so today here’s a look at Fiji against Japan . Unfortunately for the Fijians, things went slightly differently, ending the match with just 12 players. Many were surprised with Japan’s first ever Pacific Nations Cup victory, and while they played well and have improved tremendously over the years, the Fijians self destructed. Two red cards and three yellows later, Japan were able to score a late bonus point try, that gave them the tournament win. If they hadn’t scored that try, Tonga would have claimed the title. Fiji have since had two players suspended, Sisa Koyamaibole and Waisea Luveniyali. They will not be part of the match against the All Blacks in Dunedin on Friday night. Number Eight Koyamaibole was given a two week ban for the tackle that earned him a red card, while flyhalf Luyeniyali, who was yellow carded in extra time, has been suspended for four weeks. Seru Rabeni, who was also red carded, escaped a ban. While the commentary team felt the officials got most things completely wrong, Fiji coach Sam Domoni acknowledged that it was the lack of discipline from his team that lost them the match. “It’s unacceptable. We can’t win test matches with 12 men. We can’t blame the referees for the calls against us. We will go back to see the footage and review where we went wrong,” he said. Fiji play the All Blacks at Carisbrook, the last Test ever to be held at the famous old stadium, so they know the significance and sense of occasion it carries. “Playing the All Blacks is like playing in the World Cup — it only comes around every four years. The guys that are here are looking forward to the challenge tomorrow night. Playing against the All Blacks, you dont need any more motivation, if thats the case then we shouldnt turn up. “This is a once in a lifetime dream for all of us … well grab it with both hands and take the opportunity,” he said. Do you agree with the decisions of the officials, or think the commentators are correct? Time: 04:33 ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHere’s the Purpose of These Little Bumps in the F and J Keys on Your KeyboardNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Weston Charity Awards seek charities in North East

first_img The Garfield Weston Foundation has opened its 2017 Weston Charity Awards for applications and is inviting charities across the North East of England to enter.The awards reward small charities working in the areas of youth, welfare and community, and offers £6,500 in funding as well as access to a team of senior business leaders through Pilotlight.The deadline for entries is 13th January 2017 via the awards site, and winners will be selected based on their willingness to benefit from the Pilotlight process, which uses senior business leaders to mentor charities. The funding given is to support winning charities in making the most of the Pilotlight experience and to cover travel expenses to meet their business mentors in London.The Foundation aims to select 18 winners. As well as being a registered charity and working in the specified fields, applicants must have at least one paid full-time member of staff in a leadership position, an income of less than £5 million, and must provide direct services to beneficiaries with the majority of activity or beneficiaries in the Midlands or North of England.David Robinson, chief executive of LD:NorthEast in North Tyneside, which won this year, said:“Winning a Weston Charity Award is already starting to pay dividends for LD:NorthEast. Our team of business mentors are helping us to really look at what we do and ask us questions to help unlock solutions to our challenges. It is all aimed at helping us to further sharpen our focus so that we will be able to secure funding for the future and develop some vital new services for people with learning disabilities in the north east.”Philippa Charles, director of The Garston Westfield Foundation, said: Advertisement Tagged with: Awards Funding mentoring North East AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4  86 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 “We are thrilled to once again open the Weston Charity Awards for submissions in the North East. Previous winners have moved forward with a clearer sense of direction and confidence in the future, at a time when the sector is facing some instability. We hope that their success will inspire more charities to enter this year and take full advantage of the support that is on offer as an award winner.”Previous winnersYou can find out about previous winners of these awards in this video: Weston Charity Awards seek charities in North East  85 total views,  1 views today Melanie May | 20 December 2016 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

TCU survives against Texas

first_imgFacebook Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Twitter TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello + posts Facebook Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. ReddIt Previous articleTCU police warn community after mentally ill man releasedNext articleThursday’s Macklemore concert moved to Commons Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garrett Podell TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Garrett Podell center_img printTCU almost gave the game away at the free-throw line Saturday night, missing four free-throws in the final minute, but the Frogs stifled Texas on the Longhorns’ final possession to preserve a one-point lead in a 58-57 victory.TCU’s victory improves their record to 9-6 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 play.TCU ended its 11-game losing streak against Texas, with their last win against the Longhorns coming on Jan. 10th, 1995, in Fort Worth.“We made it tough on ourselves, and we tried in every way possible to give the game back to Texas,” TCU head coach Trent Johnson said.The game began in an unusual manner with the Longhorns being hit with a technical foul because of a scorebook error — a Texas assistant coach listed senior guard Demarcus Holland in the starting lineup when Holland was actually in Tyler, Texas for his grandmother’s funeral.TCU’s Chauncey Collins made a technical free-throw before the game began that proved to be the difference-maker in the back and forth contest, as the Frogs won by just a point.Chris Washburn put TCU up on a deep mid-range jumper, 58-57, with 1:03 left in the game. After an Isaiah Taylor missed floater in the lane, the ball was knocked out of bounds by Texas, giving TCU the ball back with 25 seconds left.Brandon Parrish was fouled twice on back-to-back Horned Frog possessions and proceeded to miss his next four free throw attempts leaving the door open for the Longhorns to take the lead.“Brandon [Parrish] got tight at the free throw line, but it’s a good win for us,” Johnson said. “I can’t tell you what the kids have been through, they’ve been working so hard to get over the hump.”However, Washburn shut the door by blocking Longhorn forward Connor Lammert’s put-back attempt after Longhorn point guard Isaiah Taylor’s fadeaway jump shot missed.“Down the stretch with a minute to go, we had a foul to give, so we wanted to be as aggressive as possible, so we double-teamed Taylor and Texas got a little frenetic.”Coming into Saturday’s game, guards Chauncey Collins and Malique Trent had combined to score 42 percent of TCU’s points during Big 12 play.However, Trent only contributed three points on 1-4 shooting because he picked up two quick fouls in the first ten minutes of the game, and then picked up another quick one at the beginning of the second half, which left him sitting on the bench for the majority of the contest.In Trent’s absence, junior guard Brandon Parrish turned in a career night from the three-point line, shooting 5-6 from downtown for a team-leading 15 points.Horned Frogs junior forward Chris Washburn returned to the starting lineup, making his first start of the season, and he finished with an efficient 14 points on 5-9 shooting, in addition to 8 boards, 2 assists, and the game-clinching block.“Chris [Washburn] was his normal self, which is good to see,”  Johnson said. “He helps us more on the defensive end, he’s a versatile four-man, who can guard bigs down low and smalls on the perimeter, we need him out there.”TCU’s free throw success from Monday’s game against West Virginia did not carry over: the Frogs shot an impressive 35-40 (87.5%) at the charity stripe Monday, but shot a pedestrian 13-24 (54.2%) against UT.However, the Frogs supplemented those free-throw struggles (54.2%) with solid three-point shooting (41.7% on 5-12 shooting).“I’m responsible for free-throw problems and second-half turnovers,” Johnson said.TCU extended its record to 8-0 this season when out-rebounding its opponent, as they did Saturday against the Longhorns, 40-31.The Frogs also improved to 41-8 when leading at halftime under head coach Trent Johnson.TCU hits the road for the next contest in Waco against the Baylor Bears on Wednesday, Jan. 13th, at 7:15 p.m. Garrett Podell Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee ReddIt Linkedin Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Twitter Garrett Podell Linkedin Garrett Podell read more

TCU starts Nike Collegiate Invitational tied for ninth place

first_imgFacebook What we’re reading: Attempts for background checks on stranger-to-stranger gun sales in Texas Jonathan is a journalism major from Philadelphia who is also minoring in Spanish. When Jonathan is not writing for TCU 360, he enjoys watching his favorite sports teams (76ers, Eagles, Union, Phillies, and Flyers). Women’s basketball defeats Alcorn State to tie best start to a season ReddIt printTCU golf will continue the Nike Collegiate Invitational Monday morning. Image courtesy of gofrogs.comTCU moved into a tie for ninth place in the opening round of the Nike Collegiate Invitational Sunday at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth after a strong second nine.The NCI had 15 teams participating in the tournament, with half of the teams ranked in the top 10 nationally, according to Golfweek. However, none of the participating teams were able to shoot under par.TCU’s top four golfers struggled collectively as they shot seven-over on the back nine but were able to bounce back and shot one-over on the front. Stefano Mazzoli’s stretch of three birdies over four holes and Triston Fisher’s three birdies of five holes were able to help lower their team score in the end.Mazzoli led the Frogs at even-par 70 and is tied for eighth in the NCI, while Fisher is tied for 19th at 1-over 71. The Vanderbilt Commodores’ Mason Greenberg (-4) leads the field, having been one of only seven to shoot under par. Vanderbilt also leads the team standings at 1-over 281 while the Frogs shot 8-over 288.The earliest the second round will begin on Monday is at 8 a.m., with TCU beginning on hole No. 10 at 8:30 a.m. + posts Twitter TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Jonathan Abraham ReddIt Facebook Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Jonathan Abraham Athletics Weekend Roundup: equestrian triumphs, swim and dive falters, and women’s golf finishes strong Image courtesy of Linkedin TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks What we’re reading: Most Texas House members disapprove of Trump’s Syria actions Jonathan Abraham Jonathan Abraham Previous articleEating Disorder Awareness Walk looks to promote positive body imagesNext articleUPDATE: Student affairs encourages ‘a culture of respect’ following Crowder’s visit to campus Jonathan Abraham RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Twitter Jonathan Abraham read more

Easter fun at Milk Market Mad Hatters Tea Party

first_imgEmail Print Advertisement Previous articleBrothers to be charged over threat to killNext articleShannon appoint Keogh as Player Coach admin NewsLocal NewsEaster fun at Milk Market Mad Hatters Tea PartyBy admin – April 13, 2011 952 Linkedincenter_img Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Wear the Maddest Hat and Win a Chocolate Weekend Break in KerryThe all-weather Milk Market Limerick is continuing with its programme of FREE Sunday events when it stages a Mad Hatter Tea Party for families on Easter Sunday, April 24, from 11am to 4pm. According to David O’Brien, market manager, “The great response we got to our ‘Mayhem at the Milk Market’ event on St. Patrick’s weekend has encouraged us to continue to host free, fun, family market events and so we are delighted to be staging our “Mad Hatter Tea Party” on Easter Sunday. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It will be a brilliant fun-day for families and it will be all for free, he added.”Noting the continued success of the market and this new introduction of Sunday events and in addition to the special Easter Sunday market with eats and treats, the Market courtyard will have a Mad Hatters theme with crazy characters creating fun and mayhem. There will be an “on-the-spot” Easter egg hunt while the Knave of Hearts DJ will play great music and get the kids involved in games throughout the day. The Mad Hatter face painters will have the kids looking like rabbits in no time.Mr O’Brien added that “There will also be competitions, including a kids ‘design an egg’ competition with the chance to win a giant easter egg. In keeping with the theme, we are also offering anyone who turns up with a mad hat, whether adult or child, the chance to win a chocolate weekend hotel break in Killarney. The hat can be bought, borrowed or made from ANYTHING – as long as it’s mad! The ten with the maddest hats will go into a draw for the great prize”.The entertainment is being co-ordinated by FunIreland, one of Ireland’s top event management companies.The shops and stalls will be offering all-day family ‘munch and lunch’ deal options to suit all tastes, ranging from grill-bar beef lunches and savoury crêpes to vegetarian dishes, delicious desserts… and chocolate. There will be extra seating and tables in the ‘Mad Hatter Food Court’ so that families can enjoy their food and watch the fun unfold. The market will be open from 11am to 4pm, with entertainment from 11.30am to 3.30pm and with the greatest “madness” happening between 12.30 and 3.30pm. The website at has all the details.David O’Brien adds “The Mad Hatters Tea Party on Easter Sunday will be a great fun event in a unique all-weather venue. Bring a camera, family and friends!”last_img read more

Warm welcome for Church of Ireland bishop

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook Reactions from members of both sides of Eighth Amendment Referendum Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email NewsWarm welcome for Church of Ireland bishopBy John Keogh – February 13, 2015 1519 TAGSArchbishop Dermot CliffordArchbishop Kieran O’ReillyBishop Brendan LeahyBishop Kenneth KearonLimerick Diocese Muintearas Íosa begins celebration of milestone year Twittercenter_img Previous articleLimerick hot favorites for Valentines clashNext articleDell Limerick supports Daffodil Day | Limerick Post Newswrite John Keogh Linkedin Half of Limerick parents feel overwhelmed Bishop Kenneth Arthur Kearon, Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert, Aghadoe and Emly at St Mary’s Cathedral.Pic: Gareth Williams / Press 22Bishop Kenneth Arthur Kearon, Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert, Aghadoe and Emly at St Mary’s Cathedral.Pic: Gareth Williams / Press 22THE recent enthronement of Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick Rt Revd Kenneth Kearon had “a great sense of a city again gathering in Christ”, Catholic Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said.Welcoming Bishop Kearon’s formal enthronement at St Mary’s Cathedral, Bishop Leahy said it was a privilege to be at such a symbolic and hopeful ceremony.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There was a great sense of togetherness in Christian faith at St Mary’s Cathedral for Bishop Kearon’s formal enthronement. It was a service laced with symbolism, with hope and with public commitment before God and his people but, at the same time, the new bishop acknowledged the challenges that lie ahead in society today, challenges for the family and personal identity,” said Bishop Leahy.“There was very much a message also that we must go out and engage with the world, working especially for reconciliation at all levels and that is a message for all Christian faiths. The service reflected well the type of person that Bishop Kearon is.”Bishop Leahy described Bishop Kearon as “a very kind man, full of energy and enthusiasm, not least for ecumenism, and Limerick will be all the better for his presence here”, and wished him and his wife and daughters “a happy time here”.Elsewhere, Bishop Leahy also said that he “looks forward to continuing a close working relationship with Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly” following his recent formal installation as Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.The ordination sees Archbishop O’Reilly become the Metropolitan Archbishop of the ecclesiastical province of Cashel, which includes the diocese of Limerick.Bishop Leahy also expressed his gratitude to his predecessor, Archbishop Dermot Clifford for his support over the years. Bishop Brendan Leahy urges Limerick people to make use of this “extra special Easter” Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy says Popes visit will be unique celebration of faith and family Advertisement COVID-19 volunteerism is a glimpse of what the future can be for church and community last_img read more

Rebuilding and Rethinking

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Editor’s note: This story was originally featured in the December issue of DS News, out now. With a new year on the horizon, DS News spoke to half a dozen industry insiders to ascertain the big picture of what 2018 holds for the industry, how the landscape is changing, and what missteps are better left in the rearview as we move forward.Problems and SolutionsTwo themes came up repeatedly during our conversations with industry insiders: a focus on the customer and a leveraging of emerging technology as a means to help streamline and improve those customer interactions.“We believe the winners in the next wave of home finance will be customer centric and technology driven,” said Kevin Dahlstrom, Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Cooper. “These winners are unlikely to be startups or new entrants due to regulatory complexity and the difficulty of achieving scale in this industry.”“Tech is back with a vengeance,” said Justin Burch, Managing Director, The Collingwood Group. “During the last boom, technological innovation took a backseat to keeping pace with the demand for mortgages. With steadier footing, innovation is back stronger than ever. I think there are a lot of disruptive technologies on the horizon that will finally bring some much-needed efficiency to the market.”Paul Nagai, Principal, Ernst & Young LLP, also agrees that a mix of new technology and bold innovation is the best path forward. “Customer expectations of speed, transparency, and frictionless interaction have been shaped by an increasingly sophisticated technology environment that will continue to require institutions to evolve and adapt,” Nagai said. “To meet growth and efficiency goals, institutions will need to continue to invest in their platforms, enabling digital capabilities and leveraging tools such as analytics and cloud to create sustainable operations.”Of course, that’s sometimes easier said than done. Not every company has the resources—or the budget—to stage a digital revolution in-house. That’s why strategic partnerships will prove crucial for some in 2018. “Banks and mortgage companies are looking at vendors who are proficient in this space of automation, innovation, and outsourcing versus trying to build processes, and technology in-house,” said John Vella, Chief Revenue Officer, Altisource. “Then, you have other firms that have invested in innovation and technology. They have built the systems and the process to provide faster developments and integration capabilities.”However, seeking out partnerships will make it that much more important to gauge the potential quality of those unions. Kevin Wall, President, First American Mortgage Solutions, cautioned that “a provider may boast that it has the most exciting new offering, but does it also have the wherewithal to effectively support an integration, or modify its product on demand? When picking a reliable partner, consider their financial stability, industry expertise, demonstration of leadership and vision, depth and breadth of assets, investments toward continuous improvement, and even cultural fit.”A Changing LandscapeUnfortunately, not even the shiniest of technological innovations or the cleverest of efficiency boosts can help if there just aren’t enough homes available in the market. Inventory shortages have become a serious thorn in the side of the mortgage and real estate industry in 2017, and our experts don’t see that issue vacating the premises anytime soon. Even if 2018 is lighter on the natural disasters than 2017 has been, inventory shortages will remain a problem without an easy solution going forward. Moreover, it’s a problem that’s already reshaping parts of the market, driving many potential homebuyers toward the rental market instead.Alanna McCargo, Housing Finance Policy Center (HFPC) at the Urban Institute, said, “Our national housing inventory is already deficient, it’s old, and is not being constructed quickly enough to meet demand. The shortage of affordable rental properties and homes to buy puts pressure on home prices and rents, driving them higher. This is a trend that will persist for the foreseeable future, absent significant policy changes and support for construction of and capital investments in the affordable housing stock.” McCargo points out that single-family rentals now account for 35 percent of the country’s 44 million rental units. That’s up from 31 percent in 2006.“This is a notable shift for the housing market,” said McCargo.In spite of inventory shortages, many experts expect the general shift away from the refinance boom and toward a more purchase-oriented environment to continue. Burch said, “For the first time in 10 years, we may be on the last leg of a low-rate environment. This likely spells the end of a historical refi wave, so I️ would expect to see some firms struggle with having to reorient themselves to a purchase market.”Wall said, “One of the biggest shifts is the move from a refinance-dominated market to one that is more balanced with home equity and purchase transactions. We expect this trend to continue as interest rates keep rising and programs like the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), diminish, reducing demand for refinance transactions. We’re also seeing stability in the default market.”One key issue shaping the landscape is credit availability. “Consumers have insufficient access to credit, which is hampering homeownership opportunity as we enter the tenth year since the housing crisis,” McCargo said. “The government channels have been largely supporting all lending in the U.S. for the past decade, and we have seen a period of stability, while credit remains tight for families who are ready to buy a home and need access to financing.”However, a tighter credit landscape has some obvious benefits, especially on the default servicing side. “There has been less risk in the market when it comes to generating loan products, resulting in fewer defaults and problem assets than are now in the market and in the investors’ portfolios,” said Vella. “There’s been a shift of emphasis in risk management, compliance, and innovation. There’s also been extreme prioritization to automate processes, reduce timelines, and utilization of data and analytics to manage margin compression.”The industry will also be carefully watching to see what happens with interest rates and tax changes. Sanjiv Das, CEO of Caliber Home Loans, points out that, even if interest rates trend upwards, mortgage rates continue to remain at, or close to, historic lows. On the tax front, plenty of questions and uncertainty are destined to arise in the aftermath of the U.S. House of Representatives passing its tax-reform bill in November 2017. Das told DS News, “It’s difficult to know with certainty what the final package will look like, and while there may be some impact if mortgage interest deductions are modified, we believe the overall impact will be relatively minor and may only affect a relatively small number of high-priced markets.”Burch sees the retreat of large depository banks from the mortgage game as having one unquestionable impact on the state of things: a surge in innovation. “The monoline independent mortgage lenders that have taken the market share left by the banks have been innovating at a blistering pace and it’s hard to imagine that occurring if the traditional players were more active.”Nagai suggests that tumultuous shifts in product features, underwriting standards, customer expectations, and the legal and regulatory environment have been positive for the industry. “This has created a simplified mix of products, consolidation across banks, nonbanks, and service providers, and an overall improvement in credit quality. It has also driven innovation in new services and capabilities aligned with the digital, omni-channel world,” Nagai said.Dahlstrom also sees enormous potential for loan companies to play a more important role in customers’ lives when it comes to tapping into their home equity. Dahlstrom explained, “U.S. homeowners have $14 trillion dollars in home equity, yet continue to rack up half a trillion dollars a year in debt, mostly in the form of student loans and credit card debt. By tapping home equity to rebalance debt, homeowners can reduce their monthly payment burden and relieve financial stress.”The Road AheadLike the old saying goes, plan for the worst while hoping for the best. With so many factors to consider as 2018 rolls closer, we also asked our panel of experts what they hope for in 2018. For Mr. Cooper’s Dahlstrom, it comes right back around to where we started: embracing the digital. “We hope that 2018 becomes the year of the digital mortgage,” Dahlstrom said. “Even today, the huge majority of mortgage originations are laden with paperwork and manual processes, which creates cost, complexity, and delays for everyone. There has been lots of talk about a more automated digital origination experience, but adoption has not reached scale.”Altisource’s Vella suggests that coming to grips with the Federal Housing Administration loan process will be important on both the origination and servicing side. “It has been a challenge for some originators and servicers due to the growing size of their portfolio to manage the risk and requirements that come along with originating and servicing FHA loans.”While we can certainly hope that 2018 is less active when it comes to natural disasters, it’s essential that the industry learn from the aftermath of California’s ravaging wildfires and the brutal hurricane season. The HFPC tracked how communities were affected by the disasters, including increased demand for construction and disaster relief from government agencies and the mortgage industry. “We looked at particularly hard-hit large metro areas, like Houston, which endured massive economic loss,” said McCargo. “There will be future disasters, so we should reflect on the lessons we learn from each disaster, understand the impact and data, and carry these lessons forward into planning for resilient communities in the future.”Overall, many engender optimism for 2018. As Caliber’s Das put it, “We are encouraged by the overall continued growth in the market.”With the purchase market aiming at a resurgence and technology offering abundant opportunities for working smarter and more efficiently, 2018 could be a banner year for the industry—so long as it continues to evolve with the times. Rebuilding and Rethinking customer service Default Servicing Housing Inventory inventory shortage Originations purchase market Refinances Tax Reform Technology 2017-12-18 David Wharton December 18, 2017 2,089 Views Tagged with: customer service Default Servicing Housing Inventory inventory shortage Originations purchase market Refinances Tax Reform Technology Previous: Affordable Single-Family Rental Shortages Creating Investment Opportunities Next: Housing Market to Remain Bullish in 2018 Related Articles  Print This Post Subscribe About Author: David Wharton 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. 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Judge orders release of Breonna Taylor grand jury recordings despite objections from state attorney general

first_imgDNY59/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — A Kentucky judge has ordered the release of audio recordings from the grand jury hearing in the Breonna Taylor case despite warnings from state Attorney General Daniel Cameron that the move could jeopardize a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting and lead to the “poisoning of the jury pool.”The decision by a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge came after an anonymous member of the grand jury who heard evidence in the high-profile case filed a motion asking that the transcripts and recordings of the three-day hearing be released. The grand juror also requested the judge allow members of the panel to speak publicly about the evidence they heard in the case and the decision they reached.“I think they were aware … there were certain questions that were left unanswered,” the grand juror’s attorney, Kevin Glogower, said during a news conference Tuesday morning. “It’s the accountability and the sense of public trust to make sure that everything that can get out there does and there was some concern that maybe it wasn’t.”The judge ordered that recordings from the hearing be placed into court record on Wednesday despite objections from Cameron, who said he will comply with the judge’s order.The judge’s decision was not based on the grand juror’s request, since it was only filed Monday night and there hasn’t been a hearing.“The Grand Jury is meant to be a secretive body. It’s apparent that the public interest in this case isn’t going to allow that to happen,” Cameron said in a statement. “As the special prosecutor, our team has an ethical obligation not to release the recording from the Grand Jury proceedings, and we stand by our belief that such a release could compromise the ongoing federal investigation and could have unintended consequences such as poisoning the jury pool. Despite these concerns, we will comply with the Judge’s order to release the recording on Wednesday.”Last week the grand jury did not indict Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Jon Mattingly, Officer Myles Cosgrove and former police officer Brett Hankison in the death of Taylor. According to Cameron, the decision was based primarily on the fact that Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired the first shot in the fatal confrontation.The officers, who were serving a search warrant on Taylor’s apartment in the early morning hours of March 13, claimed they feared for their lives when Walker fired on them and unleashed a barrage of 32 shots, striking Taylor six times and killing her, according to statements made by Cameron.Hankison, who had already been fired for violating police department policy in the shooting, was the only officer indicted in the case but not for Tayor’s death. The grand jury announced three felony counts of wanton endangerment against Hankison for firing shots into Taylor’s apartment that penetrated a wall of the residence of a white family next door to Taylor’s apartment.Hankison pleaded not guilty to the charges during his arraignment on Monday.But Cosgrove and Mattingly, who each fired multiple times into Taylor’s darkened apartment, were found justified in their use of deadly force because Walker fired the first shot at them when they forced open Taylor’s front door to serve a search warrant, according to Kentucky State Attorney General Daniel Cameron.The release of the recording will also address the legal complaint filed by an anonymous grand juror.“We have no concerns with grand jurors sharing their thoughts on our presentation because we are confident in the case we presented.  Once the public listens to the recording, they will see that over the course of two-and-a-half days, our team presented a thorough and complete case to the Grand Jury.  Our prosecutors presented all of the evidence, even though the evidence supported that Sergeant Mattingly and Detective Cosgrove were justified in their use of force after having been fired upon by Kenneth Walker. For that reason, the only charge recommended was wanton endangerment,” Cameron said in his statement Monday.Attorneys for Taylor’s family have called the grand jury proceedings a “sham” and demanded last week that Cameron release the transcript of the entire hearing to see what evidence prosecutors from Cameron’s office presented to the panel.The attorneys allege that prosecutors presented scant evidence, if any, that pertained to Taylor’s death, and cited at least eleven witnesses who dispute Cameron’s claim that the investigation showed the officers knocked on Taylor’s door and announced themselves before using a battering ram to force the door open.He said one witness corroborated the police officers’ statements that they knocked and announced themselves before entering the apartment.But Walker’s attorneys say the witness changed his story. They told ABC News that a week after the shooting, the individual claimed the officers did not identify themselves as police, yet two months later he said they did. Vice News published an alleged recording of the witness telling an investigator on March 21 that “nobody identified themselves.” ABC has not independently verified the audio.During a news conference following the grand jury’s announcement on Wednesday, Cameron was emphatic in his statement that the bullet fired by Walker, who was armed with a licensed 9mm handgun, struck Mattingly in the thigh.He went on to say that because Walker fired the first shot, Cosgrove and Mattingly were justified in returning fire to protect themselves.“This justification bars us from pursuing charges in Ms. Breonna Taylor’s death,” Cameron said.However, a ballistics report from the Kentucky State Police could not determine that Walker shot Mattingly, contradicting Cameron’s statements, according to records obtained by ABC News.In an interview with ABC News, Steve Romines, one of Walker’s attorneys, said “the Kentucky State Police’s own ballistics report could not determine that Kenny’s shot is who hit Officer [Jonathan] Mattingly.”A portion of the Kentucky State Police ballistic report obtained by ABC News indicates that the one shot fired by Walker “was neither identified nor eliminated as having been fired” from his weapon “due to the limited markings of comparative value.”Walker, 27, a licensed gun owner, was initially charged with attempted murder and assault following the March incident, but those charges were dropped. He has since filed a civil lawsuit against the Louisville police department, claiming they never knocked or announced themselves before they forced open Taylor’s door.Walker claimed he fired a warning shot because he initially thought the police officers, who were in plainclothes, were intruders. His civil suit also raises the possibility that Mattingly was wounded by friendly fire from one of the other officers, a scenario refuted by Cameron.“Kenneth Walker fired the shot that hit Sgt. Mattingly and there’s no evidence to support that Sgt. Mattingly was hit by friendly fire from other officers,” Cameron said.Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman and a certified emergency medical technician, was shot in her apartment around 1 a.m. on March 13 when the officers executed what a judge approved as a “no-knock” warrant based on a sworn affidavit from a detective that an ex-boyfriend of Taylor’s was sending packages of drugs to her apartment through the U.S. Postal Service.Although a judge approved a “no-knock” warrant, Cameron said the officers were instructed beforehand to knock and announce their presence.No drugs were found in Taylor’s apartment and lawyers for Taylor’s family allege the warrant was secured with an affidavit that contained lies.The warrant required the police to verify with postal inspectors that the ex-boyfriend was receiving packages at Taylor’s address. But lawyers for Taylor’s family say the Louisville Postal Inspector denied that his office inspected packages sent to Taylor’s home as part of a drug-trafficking investigation.Cameron, who was appointed special prosecutor in the case by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, said the investigation his office conducted did not include looking into how the warrant was obtained. He said federal authorities are investigating that aspect.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Transmitting the right message

first_imgBill Tolmie, 41, talks about how he is creating a career path for staff atmobile airtime service provider Singlepoint where he is head of training anddevelopmentWhat does your role involve? The delivery of a strategic training and development service to all businessareas. What is the best thing about this job? Exceptional business-wide support for our evolving culture of learning anddevelopment, against the downside that we all recognise in training, and that’sthe very challenging task of meeting business service level objectives, whileallowing people to attend training. What is your current major training project or strategic push? We have two key initiatives. We have recently launched a comprehensive NVQprogramme in a range of standard occupational classification areas, at levels2-4. We recently gave level 2 customer care awards to more than 40 advisers. More than 300 more staff are either awaiting induction or are on trainingprogrammes. These people are a combination of NVQ and MA delegates on courseswhich cover customer care, business administration, sales, and training anddevelopment. We have just agreed new contractual terms with the National SkillsCouncil and things are moving at pace towards meeting our profile targets forthe number of people we sign up every month in the under-25s and over-25s agegroups. Our initial findings suggest the NVQ programmes are excellent contributorsto staff retention and satisfaction. We have also piloted a career progression scheme – the Pathways Programme –which will be launched in all operational areas of the business by the end ofMarch. This initiative allows advisers who join the company to set out on a clearlydefined path through five mapped phases. Each phase has its own identity, aclear series of training and development activities, and a series of coachingand work-based experiences. This journey of growth and progression isunderpinned at every stage with a relevant national qualification – rangingfrom Level 2 NVQ up to MBA level achievement. What was your best career decision? To leave engineering and join ‘personnel and safety’ as it was back in theearly 1980s. What attracted you to training and development? A less-than-subtle review, which clearly positioned my engineeringcapability and a back-handed compliment in the same meeting which suggested Iwas better with people than machines – by some long way apparently. Someone hadspotted that I spent more time helping the junior apprentices than I didsorting out my own mess. How do you think that your job will have changed in five years’ time? The role will become much more aligned to organisational developmentprojects and company-wide ‘culture’ initiatives and change programmes which arefocused on ‘the way we do business’. We will be more focused on behaviouraldevelopment, rather than pure skills development. What are your least favourite buzzwords? I don’t like any buzzwords. I dislike ‘intellectual horsepower’ and‘competencies’ or anything connected with them. If you could have any job in the world what would it be? Golfer – or any highly paid sports role. What is your motto? Plan for what you know as facts – don’t beat yourself up about what mightbe. And remember, it’s only a job, not life itself. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Transmitting the right messageOn 1 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

The OGTC launches third year of TechX accelerator with Equinor strategic partnership

first_img The OGTC launches third year of TechX accelerator with Equinor strategic partnership. Photo: courtesy of The Oil & Gas Technology Centre. The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) has officially launched the third year of its award-winning accelerator programme, TechX, with the announcement of new industry partner, Equinor.The TechX Pioneer Programme – a unique technology accelerator and incubator – helps ambitious start-ups take their solutions to the energy market faster. To date, 21 companies have now graduated from the award-winning programme, developing ground-breaking technologies including a Lab-on-a-chip (RAB microfluidics), machine learning seismic imaging software (Optic Earth) and a complete oil field well surveillance technology (Ai Exploration).In just two years, £2.8 million has been co-invested into these pioneering companies with a further £1 million of additional investment being secured post-graduation from the programme. Collectively, three field trials have been completed with seven planned over the next year and another 10 on the horizon, while 13 new jobs have been created and two new facilities have been opened.David Millar, TechX Director at the OGTC, commented on the new collaboration:“We’re excited to be partnering with Equinor, to harness their passion, entrepreneurship and technical innovation in mentoring this next cohort of Pioneers.“While they have already supported the TechX programme during the customer validation stage, this strategic partnership will also allow us to align and broaden our focus on the Norwegian ecosystem, exposing UK-based start-ups and entrepreneurs to an important overseas export market that is leading the way for net zero carbon technologies.“We look forward to strengthening this year’s programme, working closely alongside our broader partners, BP and KPMG, who have been instrumental in achieving our current success to date.”Commenting on the new business partnership, Ivar Vee Aune, Investment Director at Equinor Technology Ventures, said:“Through our participation in the previous cohort we got to experience first-hand the passion and determination of the participating founders, as well as the exceptional quality delivered by the TechX team, other industry partners, mentors and everyone else involved. We were incredibly impressed, and are happy to announce that ETV, in line with our commitment to a be a long-term UK energy partner, will now be working closely with the TechX team to ensure the future success of the programme.”BP Ventures, BP UK and KPMG will continue to support the programme, providing unrivalled access to technology specialists, financial experts and test facilities which will accelerate growth within the energy sector.For the third year in a row, BP will award additional funding of £135,000 to two exceptional Pioneers.Speaking on BP’s continued partnership with TechX, David Gilmour, Vice President Business Development BP Group Technology, said:“BP is proud to continue its successful partnership with TechX as it seeks to uncover yet more potentially game-changing technologies. We look forward to working with the next cohort of Pioneers to accelerate new ideas that could help transform the energy sector, not just in the North Sea but across the globe.”KPMG, a vital part of the TechX delivery team, bridge the investment gap that currently exists within high risk early stage technology development – connecting start-ups to corporate venture teams, investment funds and angel investors. A truly unique offering to a technology accelerator programme.Martin Findlay, Senior Partner at KPMG in Aberdeen, said:“The energy sector is going through a period of rapid change and transformation, driven by innovation. The downturn forced everyone in the sector to shift away from their traditional business models, towards a more tech-driven approach. The TechX programme is a great example of driving and supporting change through entrepreneurial behaviour in the industry. I’m always struck by the wealth of ideas and collaboration displayed by the individuals who take part. It’s pretty inspiring and KPMG UK is proud to support this innovative initiative.”Applications for the Pioneer programme are now open for cohort three until 10th January 2020, including a specific focus on technologies that will help deliver digital transformation, low carbon including renewables, subsurface, asset integrity, wells, marginal developments and decommissioning.This is supported by a range of roadshows taking place across the UK, starting in Bristol on Tuesday 5 November. Source: Company Press Release Equinor announced as new TechX strategic partner alongside existing companies, BP and KPMG last_img read more