DS News Webcast: Thursday 9/18/2014

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 2014-09-17 Jordan Funderburk  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago September 17, 2014 611 Views Join us at the 2014 Five Star Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Federal Reserve Announces Bond-Buying Cuts Next: PTFA Has Given Tenants More Options When Facing Eviction DS News Webcast: Thursday 9/18/2014 Related Articles Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img in Featured, Media, Webcasts About Author: Jordan Funderburk The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Thursday 9/18/2014 Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Nominate a Credit Union Hero

first_img continue reading » Credit Union Magazine is celebrating the credit union movement’s heroes—and you can be part of the nomination process.CUNA’s monthly magazine is seeking candidates for its 11th annual Credit Union Hero of the Year Award, sponsored by CSCU. These individuals exemplify the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” go the extra mile to make a difference in their communities, and demonstrate their service, advocacy, and commitment to the credit union movement.“We seek to recognize those who are making significant contributions that advance the credit union movement,” says Ann Peterson, CUNA’s vice president of publishing. “We’re looking for people who have truly invested their hearts and souls into creating a lasting impression not only at their credit union, but on behalf of all credit unions.”“We invest annually to sponsor the Credit Union Hero of the Year Award because it gives us the opportunity to celebrate credit union leaders who live the credit union philosophy every day,” says Jennifer Bryant, vice president of marketing at CSCU. “We are pleased to partner with CUNA and look forward to celebrating all the 2018 nominees and their commitment to service.” 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

SIS and Unibet in exclusive horseracing and greyhounds deals

first_img Sports Information Services (SIS) has entered into a fresh partnership with global gaming operator Unibet, to deliver horseracing and greyhounds lives pictures and data from worldwide racecourses.Providing the Kindred Group brand with its British and Irish greyhound service, taking in a market of 42 fixtures per week, the live pictures and data suppliers will also be supplying Early Prices, allowing Unibet to open markets to its customers much earlier. Sandra McWilliams, Director of Sales at SIS, said: “We are pleased to be partnering with Unibet to help them launch their 24/7 racing product and our exclusive greyhound and horseracing content will provide their customers with round the clock competitive betting action.”As well as its UK focused agreement, the deal also includes live pictures from Latin American racecourses, covering 2,750 races per annum, as well as Dubai Racing, featuring 220 meetings from Meydan and Jebel Ali and a further 296 races from its Mauritian courses.  Erik Bäcklund, Head of Sportsbook at Kindred Group, said: “This new partnership with SIS will see us deliver a much more comprehensive greyhounds and horse racing betting product to our customers, featuring thousands of events across numerous time zones.“This allows us to provide our customers with live content already proven to be a success elsewhere, ensuring the best possible betting experience at times that suit them.”Unibet details that it is currently going through a revamp, expansion and enhancement of its racing offering, with the content and expertise providing by SIS in the area set to assist the process. StumbleUpon Share Share Submit Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020last_img read more

Konneh’s Declaration on GOL Office Furniture: Where Are We?

first_imgOver a year ago Finance Minister Amara Konneh made a  heartwarming declaration that lifted the spirits of Liberian furniture makers around the country.  He said the government, as a matter of priority, would make it a policy to equip all GOL offices with locally produced furniture.In a recent editorial we stated that the government, which is the biggest employer in most countries, is the one institution that lifts all boats.Just imagine what terrific impact Minister Konneh’s declaration would have had, had it been implemented forthwith.  It would have energized the nation’s carpenters and cabinet makers and got them busy planning, organizing, designing and producing every imaginable furniture piece needed in government offices   around the country.  The vocational schools, including the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), too, would have gotten into the act, and busied their students in both training and production to meet the ever growing demands.We are reminded of Minister Konneh’s declaration by our Senior Reporter C.Y. Kwanue’s article on the Gompa United Wood Association (GUWA), published in our Friday, January 3 edition.  During his tour of the association’s facilities, he was impressed with their creativity and resourcefulness. The US$35,000 loan for which they applied through the Central Bank of Liberia’s loan empowerment program for Liberian businesses is shortly to be disbursed. However, the association’s leaders have gone ahead and installed an improvised wood processing facility using fuel oil to help process the wood.  Wood processing is important so that whatever furniture is produced will be long-lasting.We commend the Gompa United Wood Association for their vision and initiative and we pray that they will remain UNITED and conscientiously pursue their objectives so that their customers and the whole nation, including local customers, the banks and the Liberian government, will take them seriously.GUPA’s success will inspire other carpenters and woodworkers around the country to unite and work together to effectively implement the broad vision of turning Liberia into world-class furniture producer.Alas! We observe that GOL agencies are still advertizing bids for imported furniture.  This is why we ask, how serious has the Finance Minister taken his declaration?The naysayers will quickly dismiss the goal of locally produced furniture as another empty dream; but we say this dream is based on something concrete that we have seen, something that is being done that has promise.  Being undertaken in faraway Ganta, we feel it is important for the GOL, especially Finance Minister Konneh and his co-workers and other stakeholders, to move quickly and give encouragement to GUWA.At the policy level, the GOL should seriously consider imposing, at some appropriate point, a moratorium (halt) on imported furniture.  This could be a tangible way of encouraging local production.In addition, GOL should, as a matter of deliberate policy, work through the Ministry of Education and the Booker Washington Institute to recruit cabinet making experts from the sub-region and abroad to boost the staff BWI’s Wood Work Department.  When this is done, Liberians from all over the country could come and improve their skills on furniture manufacture.  Should this proposal be agreeable to Minister Konneh, money could be found to beef up the Department’s shop   equipment, so as to enable the trainees to leapfrog into efficient furniture manufacture. Liberia has the wood.  All we need is the training and soon, there would be no need to import furniture into Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Obama and Stem Cells:Hope Chest or Pandora’s Box?

first_imgAny day now, as he promised, President Obama will likely lift funding restrictions on embryonic stem cell research imposed by former President Bush.  Bush had sought the council of leading scientists and ethicists before making his decision.  Obama, by contrast, will be yielding to the opinions of the scientific societies who have clamored for years that they need and want access to these morally-questionable cells.  It’s a good time to ask if the research to date has been promising.    Science Magazine expressed “Celebration and Concern Over U.S. Trial of Embryonic Stem Cells.”1  The report concerns FDA approval of a study allowing injection of ES cells into humans afflicted with spinal cord injuries.   The work will be conducted on 8 to 10 patients by Geron, a company in Menlo Park, California.  The lead researcher offered only small hope: “I don’t expect this treatment to allow patients to jump out of wheelchairs and play soccer,” he said, but “a meaningful and incremental advance” in mobility is possible.  Despite the champagne celebrations at the prospect of an actual clinical trial, some researchers, according to Science reporter Jennifer Couzin, are concerned that this may not be the best test case.  They are also concerned that the trials may produce harmful tumors (teratomas) in human subjects as they have in ES cell experiments on animals.    A bad result could set back research enormously.  One said, “we’re still – a long way from really understanding a good deal about these cells and how to use them safely.”  Nevertheless, Geron CEO Thomas Okarma is confident the tests are ready for humans.  Other companies are getting ready for trials.  One said, “we were always told, ‘Cure a patient and then all of this [controversy] will go away.’”  This underscores the fact that no treatment with ES cells has yet produced a cure.  Adult stem cell research, without the ethical problems associated with creating and destroying human embryos, has had many successes.  ES cell research, so far, has only offered promises.    Live Science reported that “Stem Cells Reverse Paralysis in Rats.”  One might assume from the title that embryonic stem cells were involved.  The body of the article, though, makes it clear this is another success from adult stem cells.  “The rat study involved adult stem cells, which are found in adult tissues,” the article clarified in paragraph 6.  “It is the other type of stem cells, embryonic stem cells, that some activists find objectionable, partly because these cells are derived from embryos through a process that currently destroys them.”  Then the article discussed the upcoming clinical trial with ES cells.    Rats given the adult stem cells recovered significant motor activity one week after injury, Live Science reported.  But ES cell therapies have long been in future tense.  Why the new President and the scientific communities have been so adamant that ES cell research is critically important is a question awaiting demonstration.1.  Jennifer Couzin, “Celebration and Concern Over U.S. Trial of Embryonic Stem Cells,” Science, 30 January 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5914, p. 568, DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5914.568.Even if ES cell therapy produces a cure, would that eliminate the moral and ethical issues?  Will a cure make the controversy go away?  Only if one is a pragmatist (“the end justifies the means”).  Reread our 12/17/2008 and 10/15/2008 entries to think through the issues.  Never make a moral decision on hype.  Many awful movements started with the best of intentions.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

GIVEAWAY! Win a Blackmagic Cinema Camera

first_imgGiveaway Partners Premiumbeat.com is a curated royalty free music website that provides high-quality royalty music tracks and sound effects for use in new and traditional media projects.  With thousands of tracks in more than 30 music styles, Premiumbeat music is ideal for websites, online videos, mobile apps, television, radio, feature films and other professional applications. UPDATE: THE CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED.  Thanks to all who entered. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for info on future giveaways!Royalty free music leader Premiumbeat.com, in partnership with FStoppers.com, gave away a Blackmagic Cinema Camera!  This new digital film camera is revolutionizing the professional video industry.About the Blackmagic Cinema CameraLarge 2.5K sensor13 stops of dynamic rangeCompatible with EF and ZE mount lensesVariable frame rates: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 & 30 fpsBuilt-in metadata entry via touchscreen displayBuilt-in SSD recorderRecord to 2.5K CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit, ProRes or DNxHDSDI and Thunderbolt connectorsIncludes DaVinci Resolve (color grading) and UltraScope softwareRetail price: $2,995center_img FStoppers.com is the premiere online info and inspiration site for photographers and videographers.  With an active and professional readership, FStoppers is a creative community built around talented artists and their work.  Visit Fstoppers to check out the latest gear, learn new tips/tricks and see some of the most exciting photo/video work being created today.last_img read more

8 days ago​Man Utd coach Solskjaer: Wan-Bissaka, Martial in contention for Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd coach Solskjaer: Wan-Bissaka, Martial in contention for Liverpoolby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Anthony Martial could be back for their game on Sunday.The Red Devils are facing off against Liverpool at Old Trafford in the Premier League.It is a key game for United and Solskjaer, with the latter in danger of losing his job if the team suffers a humiliating defeat.And he spoke about how Martial and Wan-Bissaka could play some part in the game after recovering from their respective injuries.Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “I can’t tell you 100 per cent [who] is going to be fit as something might happen. “But hopefully Aaron and Anthony will last through the training this week and be available for selection. “If it’s for half a game or 30 minutes, I don’t know, but let’s see where they’re at.” last_img read more

Videos: West Virginia Fans Storm Court After Mountaineers Knock Off No. 1 Kansas

first_imgWest Virginia fans storm court after win over Kansas.Vine/ESPN College BBallThis college basketball season continues to be pretty unpredictable. No. 1 Kansas traveled to Morgantown to face No. 11 West Virginia tonight, and left with a 74-63 loss, just the Jayhawks’ second of the year. Moments after the final buzzer, Mountaineer fans stormed the court in a big way.West Virginia students casually strolling down the stairs from the rafters for the court storm. https://t.co/RiqfBetsPP— OUHoops (@ouhoops) January 13, 2016Cue up John Denver, because West Virginia just knocked off No. 1 Kansas: https://t.co/ppQSChG5uK https://t.co/mI3chDvVKr— SB Nation CBB (@SBNationCBB) January 13, 2016Torcida de West Virginia simplesmente SENSACIONAL após o fim do jogo!! https://t.co/ZU4dRiqijP— NBA NA TV (@NBANATV) January 13, 2016 No one is safe atop the polls this season.last_img read more

Ranking The Best College Football Programs By Conference

first_imgPower 5 conference logos.Predicting every team’s first loss. Last week the six of us here at College Spun ranked every Power 5 college football program, No. 66 to No. 1.  ConferencesPower 5.Each of us gave every team scores from 1-10 in five different categories: on-field performance, recruiting prowess, head coach, future hope, and stability. The max score a team could receive is 300 with 60 being the most points a team could received in each of the five categories. The rankings basically answer this question: which college football programs are best positioned for success now and into the future? Now, we’ll show you how the programs in each conference stack up against each other. Who’s best positioned for success in the ACC? Big 12? Big Ten? SEC? Pac-12? And finally, how do the conferences stack up against each other?So we’ll show you the rankings for each conference and then a ranking of the conferences against each other. Start With The ACC >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img read more

The Latest France delays fuel utility hikes amid protests

first_imgPARIS — The Latest on France’s response to violent protests (all times local):11:45 a.m.French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced a suspension of fuel tax and utility hikes in an effort to appease a protest movement that plunged Paris into chaos last weekend.Philippe said the planned increase, which has provoked violent riots and was set to be introduced in January, will be suspended for six months.Philippe said “no tax is worth putting the nation’s unity in danger.”More than 100 people were injured in the French capital and 412 arrested over the weekend during France’s worst urban riot in years, with dozens of cars torched.___11:30 a.m.The French soccer league says it has postponed Saturday’s match between Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier amid expected anti-government protests.The match at the Parc des Princes stadium has been called off because police say they fear they won’t have enough forces available to guarantee fans’ security because of the protests likely to take place in the French capital that day.The match will be rescheduled at a later date.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is expected to announce a suspension of fuel tax hikes later Tuesday in an effort to appease a protest movement that has grown and plunged Paris into chaos last weekend with large-scale rioting. But the move is unlikely to end demonstrations.___9:05 a.m.French media say Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will announce a suspension of fuel tax hikes in an effort to appease a protest movement that has radicalized.Both Le Monde newspaper and France Info radio say the planned increase, which has provoked riots, will be suspended for several months. Philippe is also expected to announce other measures aimed at easing tensions.The prime minister is expected to announce the move later Tuesday.The Associated Presslast_img read more