Ellie Mae Names SVP of Software Development

first_img May 8, 2013 453 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Ellie Mae Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-05-08 Tory Barringer New,Ellie Mae Names SVP of Software Developmentcenter_img “”Ellie Mae””:http://www.elliemae.com/ has a new SVP of software development. The California-based automated solutions provider announced Vivian Wong has joined the company.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]In her new role, Wong manages multi-location product development teams working on the next generation of software as a service (SaaS) and mobile applications. She reports to president and COO Jonathan Corr.””The rapid adoption of SaaS as the new technology model for the mortgage industry is significantly raising the bar for loan origination system providers,”” Corr said. “”To stay ahead of this curve, Ellie Mae continues to invest in bringing on veteran software experts, like Vivian, who bring with them decades of large-scale, enterprise-software experience.””Wong has more than two decades of experience in enterprise software technology, primarily at PeopleSoft and later at Oracle. Most recently, she was VP of engineering at Oracle’s Taleo, a pioneer in cloud-based enterprise solutions, where she was responsible for product engineering, documentation, and quality assurance. Her career started in Australia, where she worked at a number of startups, investment banks, and consulting companies. Sharelast_img read more

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Report Home Prices Fully Recovered in 22 of Top Markets

first_imgReport: Home Prices Fully Recovered in 22% of Top Markets Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-09-25 Tory Barringer September 25, 2013 469 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Property data through July shows home prices have rebounded completely in more than one-fifth of the nation’s top regional markets, according to a report from “”Homes.com””:http://www.homes.com/.[IMAGE]According to the site’s latest report, 22 of the top 100 markets in the United States reported price increases of more than 100 percent from their respective troughs, up from 19 the month prior.Marketing analyst Nicole Selvaggi explained that most of the markets that have come back completely “”never suffered the significant numbers of foreclosures and short [COLUMN_BREAK]sales that characterized the housing economy from 2007 to 2012,”” and seven of the top 20 have benefited greatly from energy development from oil, gas, shale, or coal.””As a result, these markets experienced a very different housing scenario, with lower peaks and higher troughs than other markets in the same region,”” Selvaggi said.At this point, 44 markets have seen a rebound of at least 50 percent, up from 41 in the last report.In addition to the rebound, all 100 of the markets tracked in the Homes.com Local Market Index Report reported increases in home prices on both a monthly and yearly basis.In terms of yearly growth, many of California’s most highly populated markets (including the Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco areas) were among the top metros, with five additional smaller cities making the top list.””Rising home prices in California’s coastal areas (Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco), could be ‘pushing buyers inland to more affordable Riverside and San Bernardino counties,'”” Selvaggi said, quoting an analysis from John Burns, CEO of “”John Burns Real Estate Consulting””:http://www.realestateconsulting.com/. Sharelast_img read more

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As much as I would love to be out there physical

first_img“As much as I would love to be out there, physically, it’s just not going to happen anymore.”That’s not to say Leach could not perform the act of snapping, as he said he was on target with all his tries and feels like he could probably get the job done if he had to. It’s just, he understands that his body cannot withstand the rigors of playing again.He barely made it through the last couple of years.“It’s been a struggle the last few years physically, but I knew how good the team was and I wanted to be part of something special — and we got really close last year,” he said. “But at the end of last year, I had some things going on with my back and things just getting worse to where I didn’t know if I was going to be able to play a few games toward the end of the year last year, and unfortunately those issues are still there.“I would have loved to have done it again, but it just wasn’t in the cards.” – / 22 LISTEN: Mike Leach, Former Cardinals long snapper Your browser does not support the audio element. Sunday afternoon, Leach’s phone started blowing up.“I was caddying for my son in a little golf tournament down about an hour away, got done and looked at my phone and I had 24 text messages, and I thought either somebody’s sick or something happened football-wise,” he told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday. “And sure enough, fortunately, it was the latter.“I drove home and was thinking, doing a lot of soul-searching as I was driving.”Leach said his 10-year-old son would have loved for him to come back, and was trying to pump him up, saying he could do it.“But I got home and it was tough — I was really racking my brain and trying to figure out if I could do it again,” he added.On Tuesday, the Cardinals released Canaday — an undrafted rookie free agent — and on Wednesday signed former Denver Bronco and Chicago Bear Aaron Brewer to take over at the spot.Leach, 39, played 16 NFL seasons, and though Cardinals coach Bruce Arians once said his wife Julie would not let him come back, he believes she would have been 100 percent behind him if he chose to return to the team.He definitely thought about it. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Mike Leach was the Cardinals’ long snapper from 2009 to 2015, and really, no one ever talked about him.That was a good thing.His position is such that the only time anyone really notices is if a mistake is made, which is why Kameron Canaday, his replacement with Arizona, was talked about quite a bit through the first three weeks of the season.A low snap in Week 1 may have cost the Cardinals a game-winning field goal, and a high snap in Week 3 led to a Buffalo touchdown in a loss to the Bills. 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals long snapper Mike Leach warms up before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) “It’s been tough to watch, to be honest with you,” he said of the Cardinals’ struggles. “Even when I stopped playing last year, I still tried to be involved and help the new guys out who were in camp — been over there this spring — went out for a week in training camp this summer.“You know, I still feel invested in this team and love the guys on the team and the coaches and the front office and everyone, and it was tough to watch. I’m not going to lie and say there wasn’t a part of me that was, ‘Man, could I do this? Could I go back?’”Leach said he was hoping it would never come to that, as he wanted Canaday to play well and solidify his spot on the team.That did not happen, and after Sunday’s performance, Leach admitted he dipped his toe into the water.“I’m not going to lie to you, I picked up a ball and I threw pads on and I threw a helmet on and went outside Sunday night and snapped balls against a tree, like I did 16 years ago when I was trying to get a job,” he said. “And although it felt alright snapping, the next day all the back and the hip and the knees and the shoulders and everything that caused me to retire in the first place were still all there. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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LATAM Airlines Group today signed an unprecedented

first_imgLATAM Airlines Group today signed an unprecedented agreement with Tourism Australia and the Victoria Government to further boost tourism and trade between Australia and Latin America as well as increase its brand awareness.The partnership coincides with the announcement of LATAM’s new direct Melbourne-Santiago service and aims to promote both leisure and business tourism between Australia and Latin America. The new flight will be the first ever non-stop service between the two cities, reducing the outbound journey time to less than 14 hours.“LATAM Airlines recognises the importance of working closely with Visit Victoria and Tourism Australia not only to promote its forthcoming new route, but also tourism and trade opportunities between Latin America and Australia,” said Patricio Aylwin, Managing Director Asia Pacific, LATAM Airlines Group.“As Latin America’s largest airline group, LATAM has an important role to play in providing greater accessibility between Latin America and Australia. Together with these industry partners, we will be able to create even greater opportunities to increase the number of Latin American tourists and business travellers flying to Australia with us,” added Mr Aylwin.The joint efforts of LATAM and the two tourism boards will focus on raising the profile of Melbourne, Victoria and Australia as a whole to Latin American travellers. The partnership is also designed to help promote LATAM’s new Melbourne-Santiago service, which launches in October 2017, as well as raise awareness of its unrivalled network to, from and within Latin America.Santiago is one of LATAM’s principal hubs and is a gateway to Latin America, offering onward connections to an unrivalled 124 destinations throughout Chile and the region, including direct services to major cities such as São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogota and Quito. LATAM also serves the region’s leading tourist destinations including Machu Picchu in Peru (via Cuzco), Torres del Paine National Park (via Puerto Natales/Punta Arenas, Chile), the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, the Iguazú Falls (via Puerto Iguazú, Argentina) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.During Tourism Australia’s one-year partnership, it will focus on using LATAM’s position as Latin America’s leading carrier to promote Australia to leisure travellers in the region – specifically rolling out tourism campaigns in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.John O’Sullivan, Tourism Australia’s Managing Director, said the new three-times-a-week service between Melbourne and Santiago would open up a critical tourism gateway between South America and Australia.“Santiago is of course Chile’s capital city but it is also one of LATAM’s main Latin American hubs. That means great connectivity within Chile but also beyond, to Brazil and Argentina where we see significant future tourism opportunities.“As the largest airline in Latin America, transporting over 67 million passengers per year and one with a frequent flyer program with more than 20 million members, the commercial benefits of working with LATAM are huge and very exciting,” he said.Tourism Australia will work closely with LATAM and Visit Victoria next year to promote the new route, with a series of meetings with leading travel businesses in Chile, Brazil and Argentina as part of Tourism Australia’s Walkabout South America roadshow.In conjunction, the Victorian Government’s strategic three-year commitment will focus on LATAM’s new Melbourne-Santiago route to develop business opportunities specifically between the two cities.“The Victorian Government is delighted that LATAM is set to join the growing number of leading international airlines to offer direct flights to Melbourne.“New international airlines servicing Melbourne boost our economy, create jobs for locals and allow more visitors to experience the best of everything we offer in Victoria,” said John Eren, Minister for Tourism and Major Events.LATAM currently operates seven flights per week from Santiago to Sydney (via Auckland). In 2015, the airline introduced the Boeing 787-9 aircraft to the route, increasing capacity by 27 per cent. In total, LATAM transports approximately 190,000 passengers per year between Latin America and Oceania.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Seabourn has introduced

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSeabourn has introduced a new pre-cruise opportunity for guests to explore the beauty of western Canada during the upcoming 2019 season in Alaska and British Columbia through the UNESCO Banff National Park & Rocky Mountaineer Seabourn Journeys package. Guests will experience the grandeur of the majestic Canadian Rockies, the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site of Banff National Park and picturesque Lake Louise, including two days on one of the world’s most spectacular rail journeys in a luxury, glass-domed coach.The signature seven-day land program is designed along the lines of other pre- and post-cruise Seabourn Journeys around the globe, offering in-depth experiences of local culture, history and natural wonder with transportation and accommodations at first-rate hotels and restaurants included. This exclusive and optional Seabourn Journey is available in conjunction with select departures for the 2019 Alaska and British Columbia cruises on board Seabourn Sojourn.“This new Seabourn Journey is a perfect example of how Seabourn heightens cruising with land-based exploration of the stunning scenery and culture of the most beautiful places on the planet, with the rail cars being a perfect complement to the overall luxury travel experience,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn.Highlights of the weeklong UNESCO Banff National Park & Rocky Mountaineer Journey include:Take a scenic drive by premium motor coach through the Canadian Rockies to Banff, with captivating sights along the way including Hoodoos rock formations, Tunnel Mountain Drive, and Surprise Corner where views suddenly open up into picture-postcard-worthy perspectives on Banff.Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banff and Yoho National Parks on a full-day guided tour to dreamy destinations such as Lake Louise, Takakkaw Falls, Spiral Tunnels in Kicking Horse Pass, and strikingly shaded Emerald Lake, the largest of Yoho’s 61 lakes and ponds, surrounded by unique flora.Tap a Seabourn Journey Escort to plan a day of touring on your own in Banff National Park with possibilities including upscale shopping on Banff Avenue, the Banff Museum, soothing soaking in famous hot mineral springs, and more.Ride the rails deep into the heart of the Canadian Rockies with two days through scenic canyons, valleys, and the lush coast of British Columbia onboard Rocky Mountaineer. Spacious seating in the bi-level, glass-domed GoldLeaf Service coach with historic storytelling from attentive hosts ensure a memorable trip, with Instagram-worthy moments around every bend.The UNESCO Banff National Park & Rocky Mountaineer Seabourn Journeys package is available on the following voyages from Vancouver:7 June and 20 August 2019: 11-day sailings from Vancouver to Anchorage (Seward)2 July and 14 September 2019: 12-day roundtrip cruises from VancouverSeabourn’s 2019 Alaska and British Columbia season will include a series of 11-, 12- and 14-day voyages between June and October 2019. Itinerary highlights include:Ultimate Alaska Sojourn – An 11-day voyage northbound from Vancouver, British Columbia to Anchorage (Seward), Alaska. Three departures from June to August will feature Ketchikan, Sitka, Haines/Skagway and Juneau, as well as scenic cruising to Tracy/Endicott Arm and Misty Fjords. Departures 7 June, 14 July and 20 August.Ultimate Glacier & Fjord Adventure – A 14-day sailing southbound from Anchorage (Seward), Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia. Three departures from June to September will begin with scenic cruising of the beautiful Kenai Fjords and Aialik Glacier before visiting Alaska’s marquee ports and adding Prince Rupert and the First Nations villages of Klemtu and Alert Bay in British Columbia’s breathtaking Inside Passage. Departures 18 June, 25 July and 31 August.Ultimate Alaska & Inside Passage – A 12-day round-trip Vancouver voyage sailing four times between July and September. These voyages visit Sitka, Ketchikan, Wrangell and Juneau in Alaska and traverse the beautiful Canadian Inside Passage to Prince Rupert, Klemtu and Alert Bay en-route back to Vancouver. Departures 2 July, 8 August, 14 September and 26 September.All 2019 voyages in Alaska and British Columbia will offer highly coveted Ventures by Seabourn optional for-charge shore excursions featuring guided Zodiac cruising and kayak excursions launched directly from the ship, as well as hiking and wildlife viewing. Guests will not only enjoy glaciers, fjords and rustic ports that every Alaska cruiser expects, but also signature “hidden gems” that larger ships cannot access. The excursions will be led by Seabourn Sojourn’s expedition team of naturalists, science, wildlife and historical experts who will be available to interact with and inform guests in many ways throughout each sailing.In addition to the new UNESCO Banff National Park & Rocky Mountaineer package, Seabourn also offers an additional Seabourn Journey to explore Alaska more in-depth with the Denali Experience, which is available before or after select Seabourn Alaska voyages. The five-day Denali Experience is a fully escorted, custom-designed land adventure promising awe-inspiring wonder with luxury accommodations and culinary options. Venturing into the Great Land, Seabourn guests will soar high above glaciers in a flightseeing plane, as well as head deep into the protected wilderness of Denali National Park with a guide to spot grizzly and black bears, wolves, moose, caribou and more.Visit www.seabourn.com.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Paphos doctor denies abusing hospital procedures

first_imgA former doctor at Paphos general hospital on the receiving end of a complaint by the hospital’s A&E chief, defended himself on Wednesday insisting that he did nothing out of line.He had been accused by Neophyta Chrysanthou, who heads the emergency department, of allegedly bringing in a patient he was treating privately to the hospital for a CT scan without following proper procedures and failing to ensure the patient registered properly.Outlining her accusations in a letter to Health Minister Yiorgos Pamborides, she also said the doctor in question left with the scans before they were administered into the hospital records system.On Wednesday however, Panayiotis Papadopoulos said he was the doctor Chrysanthou was accusing and said according to the medical association, when a patient is brought in from the private sector to the state hospital, there is no need to go through the emergency department as they are registered in the clinic where they are being treated.Additionally, there is also a line of communication between the private doctor and the specialist at the hospital that will see the patient, Papadopoulos said.Chrysanthou had argued that “the doctor” had worked at the hospital for 15 years before moving to the private sector and had thus been helped by friends and former colleagues to get the job done faster.Papadopoulos said Chrysanthou should have been aware of the procedure “and not leave hints that these procedures have to do with financially benefiting someone”.“If she does not know, she can appeal to the chairman of the medical association who I have already spoken to and confirmed the procedures,” he said. “Unfortunately, some people like to constantly create problems at Paphos hospital.”Chrysanthou had also alleged that the problem was rife at the hospital and particularly common during public holidays.The allegations were denied by head of radiology at the hospital Lia Psara who said the patient in question had followed the proper procedures.  You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Licence for seismic exploration granted to Total EP for block 10

first_imgTotal E&P Cyprus Ltd has been granted a licence by for seismic exploration for oil and gas in block 10 and in parts of blocks 6, 7 and 11 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, it was announced on Friday.The company will carry out a two-dimensional seismic survey using a specific type of vessels to locate hydrocarbons in the specific blocks, it said.The licence is valid for three months, from February 1 until May 1, and can be renewed by the minister.Preliminary results of a Noble Energy appraisal well for natural gas in Block 12 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone estimate the hydrocarbon reserve between 3.6tcf and 6tcf with a gross mean resource of 5tcf. Noble Energy operates Block 12 with a 70 per cent working interest. Delek Drilling Limited Partnership and Avner Oil Exploration Limited Partnership each own 15 per cent. (CNA)You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait These Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Foster takes oath at Capitol ceremony

first_img Categories: News,Photos State Rep. Frank Foster, at right, today took the ceremonial oath of office as state representative for the 107thst House District in the 97th Michigan Legislature.  Lt. Gov. Brian Calley administered the ceremonial oath in the state Capitol in Lansing.He serves the people of Chippewa, Emmet, Mackinac and part of Cheboygan counties.“We’ve made some great strides in the legislature, but until Michigan is one of the top states economically in the country, our work is not done,” said Foster, R-Petoskey. “Last session, we proved we can accomplish long-term budget reforms, pay down our debts and make a great environment for business in Michigan, and I will continue to work diligently on behalf of our great state, bring back jobs, and represent the unique needs of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.”Foster was joined by his parents Susan and Frank Foster, friend Lauren Dutcher, legislative staffers Jason Puscas, Mike Krombeen and Rob Winkleman, and friend Matt McLogan, for the ceremony.People can contact Foster’s Lansing office at 1-517-373-2629; by email at frankfoster@house.mi.gov; through his online office website, www.RepFoster.com; or by writing to the lawmaker at State Capitol, Lansing, MI 48909. 09Jan Foster takes oath at Capitol ceremonylast_img read more

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Leonard welcomes Arcada Township supervisor to Capitol for governors State of the

first_imgState Rep. Tom Leonard, left, and his guest, Doug Merchant, stand on the House floor today prior to the State of the State address. Leonard invited the Arcada Township supervisor and incoming president of the Michigan Townships Association to Lansing for a special joint session of the Michigan House and Senate, during which Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his key goals for the year. 16Jan Leonard welcomes Arcada Township supervisor to Capitol for governor’s State of the State address Categories: Leonard Photos,State of the Statelast_img read more

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Rep Howrylak welcomes local students as Rep for a Day

first_img##### 30Sep Rep. Howrylak welcomes local students as Rep. for a Day Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, welcomed fifth grader Bryson Miles from Troy Union Elementary and first grader Isabelle Morishita from Clawson Kenwood Elementary to the state capital to take part in the “Rep for a Day” event on Sept. 29.Among the highlights for the students was a swearing-in ceremony on the House floor, a tour of the Capitol building and participation in a mock committee hearing.“We got to speak and vote during the committee hearing,” Bryson said. “I really liked the capitol building, seeing the pictures on the walls and meeting Rep. Howrylak.”Students and parents from across the state came to learn about the legislative process and take part in the daily activities of a state representative. Selection was based on a summer reading contest, where students would submit special bookmarks to lawmaker offices and local libraries.“These students worked hard all summer for this opportunity,” Howrylak said. “It is important for students to continue to develop their reading and educational skills year around. Visiting the Capitol shows students what they can accomplish if they continue to work hard in school.”Succeeding in the program also gave the students the chance to make some memories in the state capitol building.“I really liked it,” Isabelle said. “I liked the tour and seeing the paintings.” Categories: Featured news,Howrylak News,Howrylak Photos,News,Photos Tags: Howrylak, Rep for a Day, student last_img read more

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Rep Whiteford announces April office hours

first_img Categories: Whiteford News State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township will host local office hours on Monday, April 23.“Getting feedback from my constituents is a crucial aspect of my commitment to Allegan County residents,” Whiteford said. “I look forward to hearing what is important to Allegan County residents and making sure that follows me to Lansing.”Rep. Whiteford will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, April 239:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Saugatuck City Hall, 102 Butler St. in Saugatuck;11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Allegan District Library, 331 Hubbard St. in Allegan; and1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Gunplain Township Office, 381 8th in Plainwell.No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times, but would like an opportunity to speak with Rep. Whiteford may call her office at (517) 373-0836 or email MaryWhiteford@house.mi.gov. 11Apr Rep. Whiteford announces April office hourslast_img read more

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Rep Bellino continues to support efforts to improve Michigans mental health care

first_img Plan combats state’s growing psych worker shortageState Rep. Joe Bellino today voted in support of a House plan to combat the ongoing shortage of psychiatry workers in Michigan.The plan allows certain retired mental health professionals to come back to work with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) without forfeiting their pension benefits.The issue was brought to the Legislature’s attention last term during the House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force statewide tour, which aimed to find ways to improve Michigan’s mental health system by listening to industry experts, families of patients and law enforcement officials.“Patients are forced to wait longer than they should for care because of the growing shortage of psych workers in Michigan,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “This plan ensures more state psychiatric jobs are filled by experienced individuals, which will improve the overall scope of care for Michigan residents.”The state already allows retired psychiatrists to continue to keep their pensions during reemployment with the state. Bellino contends the state should extend that same opportunity to other mental health care professionals such as physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors and therapists to combat serious shortages in such roles.House Bill 4156 was approved with overwhelming support and now moves to be considered by the state Senate. Categories: Bellino News 16Apr Rep. Bellino continues to support efforts to improve Michigan’s mental health care systemlast_img read more

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Faced with Crisis an Important Program Shows its Adaptive Capacity

first_imgShare21TweetShare7Email28 SharesMarch 20, 2017; Journal Times (Racine, WI)First Choice is an apt name for a pre-apprenticeship program that has helped over 600 Racine, Wisconsin minority participants obtain lucrative construction and manufacturing jobs and apprenticeships, funneling hundreds of well-prepared candidates into Milwaukee-centered businesses hungry for skilled workers with ready-made talent to hit the ground running.Founded in Racine in 2005 under the oversight of local nonprofit Human Capital Development Corp., First Choice ceased operating in March 2016, having tenaciously survived for more than two years after HCDC lost state funding in 2013. (At the time, state funding made up a large portion of HCDC’s overall budget.) First Choice fired up again last December, offering pre-apprenticeship training in conjunction with Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps, itself a young nonprofit “conceived by an assembly of 25 CCC alumni at the 75th-anniversary event of the Civilian Conservation Corps in 2008 to address regional social and physical challenges in southeastern Wisconsin.”First Choice is the brainchild of its founder, executive director and driving force Ola Baiyewu, who states that once the reconstituted Human Asset Development Corp. (HADC) is granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS, his revived program will begin to offer its trademark coursework again under that nonprofit. Baiyewu clearly understands the demand he has succeeded in supplying remains strong: “Good builders keep coming back to us and asking for people. We will be involved in basic core building training; surveying, GPS…basic form making, how to finish concrete, etc.”The local nonprofit community praises First Choice’s founder as its dynamic alter ego; Great Lakes CCC now requires all its participants to take the labor apprenticeship test offered through First Choice, and president Chris Litzau states of Baiyewu, “The Great Lakes CCC’s goal is to develop that work ethic, transform the individual, and when they have that momentum, we link in with Ola.”The Journal Times says that First Choice accepts people without high school diplomas. If so, this may be a new development, as the Journal Times reported in 2008 that First Choice required participants to have a high school diploma or general equivalency alternative, and Baiyewu stated the same in a “community letter” for the news source in 2015.Racine Family YMCA CEO Jeff Colleen, who is a member of the board of directors for the new HADC, recognizes the decade-plus of First Choice’s proven efficacy, stating, “I think what Ola was doing before had a lot of value, and I am glad that we will have the opportunity to provide that.” He notes that First Choice is seeking a diversity of funding sources and Milwaukee-area partnerships serving a common purpose.First Choice successfully accomplishes two goals: righting an historical wrong that has deprived minority individuals of fair access to a crucial employment sector, and providing area businesses with workers who are in short supply. The training program does so by raising the bar of competency on both sides of the equation. The gap in opportunity and supply of labor is real in Wisconsin. First Choice has made a tangible contribution to providing a more just and productive landscape for all of its region of Wisconsin.—Louis AltmanShare21TweetShare7Email28 Shareslast_img read more

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3rd Judge Rejects Census Citizenship Question as US Supreme Court Date Looms

first_imgShare7Tweet10ShareEmail17 Shares April 5, 2019; Washington PostThe 2020 Census is quickly approaching, and the clock to finalizing the census forms is running out—a final form must be approved by this summer. So far, three federal judges have weighed in, each opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to add a question asking respondents’ citizenship status.However, it will be the US Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments on April 23rd, that will ultimately decide. “It will be one of the last oral arguments the high court hears this term, and the justices have put themselves in position to exceed their normal hour-long hearing if they decide it is necessary,” Tara Bahrampour of the Washington Post explains.NPQ has been following this case for a while now. As NPQ’s Ruth McCambridge noted this past January, the proposal to ask respondents to state their citizenship status “is viewed by critics as potentially leading to an undercounting of Latinx residents and this matters not only for matters of representation but for funding allocations.”Judge George J. Hazel of the US District Court for the District of Maryland in Greenbelt is the third federal judge to review this question. As Bahrampour explains, Hazel, like Judge Jesse M. Furman of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in January and Richard Seeburg of the US District Court for the Northern District of California in March, found that “the federal government violated administrative law when it decided to add the question last year.”Hazel’s ruling concerned two related cases: Robyn Kravitz et al. v. US Department of Commerce and La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) et al. v. Wilbur Ross et al. While both cases made similar claims and the judge issued a single ruling that covered both, each case had unique features. As Bahrampour details:One, LUPE v. Wilbur Ross et al., accused the government of conspiracy, alleging the government added the question “to depress the count of immigrant communities of color, thereby decreasing this population’s impact on and benefit from apportioned political power,” and that Ross “engineered the Voting-Rights-Act rationale with the assistance of the Department of Justice to cloak Defendants’ true purpose.”The other lawsuit in the Maryland trial, Kravitz et al v. United States Department of Commerce et al., said the question would harm a broad swath of people—including US citizens—living in areas such as Prince George’s County that have a high proportion of immigrants and [people of color] and are vulnerable to being undercounted.In his 119-page ruling, Hazel did not find evidence to support LUPE’s claims of conspiracy and intent to discriminate, but he did find that harm was likely. Hazel writes that, “because Plaintiffs have shown that a differential undercount of [Latinxs] and/or noncitizens of some magnitude is virtually certain to occur, they have…demonstrated that the addition of a citizenship question creates the substantial risk that certain Plaintiffs will suffer vote dilution.”Hazel also wrote that, “The unreasonableness of Defendants’ addition of a citizenship question to the Census is underscored by the lack of any genuine need for the citizenship question, the woefully deficient process that led to it, the mysterious and potentially improper political considerations that motivated the decision and the clear pretext offered to the public.”The Supreme Court April 23rd hearing has been scheduled with unusual rapidity. Normally, district court rulings would have to be reviewed by a federal appeals court prior to coming to the Supreme Court. However, “both sides agreed there was no time for that because the forms must be sent to the printer and the issue of adding the citizenship question must be decided by the end of June, when the Supreme Court’s term ends,” Bahrampour reports.Shankar Duraiswamy, an attorney who is lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the Kravitz case, notes that the Hazel’s ruling “makes the impact of the question on individuals and communities that have high levels of [Latinxs] and noncitizens particularly concrete.”“Some will lose a congressional seat and all live in areas that will see their voting power diluted because of the redistricting process within their states,” Duraiswamy told Bahrampour. “They will be drawn into overpopulated voting districts so their votes will count less than people in other parts that have fewer [Latinx] and noncitizens.”A final decision in the Maryland and related California and New York cases is expected to be issued by the US Supreme Court in June.—Steve DubbShare7Tweet10ShareEmail17 Shareslast_img read more

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Belgian cable operator Telenet is removing fixed t

first_imgBelgian cable operator Telenet is removing fixed term contracts for its TV, broadband and telephony customers.From October 1, all existing contracts will be scrapped, meaning customers will be able to cancel their services at any time without paying a termination fee. Telenet said the new measure goes a lot further than the new Telecom Act requires. The Act asks operators to limit the termination fee to the first six months of the contract.Some premium services, including Prime, Sporting Telenet and the TV Plus package, are exempt from the new measure and these customers will be required to pay a termination fee to end their contract.“Telenet is constantly looking for ways to improve its offer and continues to invest in innovative and high-quality products appreciated by customers,” the operator said in a statement. “These improvements positively encourage customer loyalty. Customer satisfaction is indeed an absolute priority.”last_img read more

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Dutch cable operator Ziggo is expanding its offeri

first_imgDutch cable operator Ziggo is expanding its offering for the business-to-business market by acquiring local voice and data specialist Esprit Telecom.The acquisition of Esprit Telecom from the Detron ICT & Telecom Group is subject to approval by the Dutch competition authority. Esprit has a strong position in the SME market in the Netherlands. The acquisition also includes Zoranet, a business IT service provider focused on the retail sector.last_img

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Credit ratings agency Moodys has upgraded ITVs d

first_imgCredit ratings agency Moody’s has upgraded ITV’s debt ratings after the UK broadcaster reported an increase in ad revenues. “We have upgraded ITV’s rating to Baa3 [from Ba1] primarily because the company has continued to successfully increase its total non-net advertising related revenues, by 23% since 2012, as a proportion of its total external revenues, while also reducing its leverage,” said Moody’s lead analyst for ITV Christian Azzi.“The upgrade also reflects our expectation that ITV’s high-quality content will continue to support the company’s share of advertising and share of viewing, and that the latter, as well as the company’s share of commercial impact, is likely to stabilise in 2013 and increase in 2014.”last_img read more

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Chipset manufacturer ALi has launched the M3932 a

first_imgChipset manufacturer ALi has launched the M3932, a new high-definition smart set-top system on a chip based on the Android 4.4 KitKat platform.The chipset targets applications including smart DVB or IPTV set-top boxes, OTT multimedia players, hybrid set-top boxes, and TV dongles, according to ALi. Mass production of M3932 is scheduled in the second quarter.The M3932 supports DLNA that allows media content to be distributed across devices within the home network. It also enables wireless display mirroring by supporting Miracast, enabling users to echo display from a small-screen device such as a smartphone or tablet onto a TV in real-time via a Wi-Fi Direct connection, according to the company.“ALi leverages our mature hardware, software, and security expertise to launch M3932. By building a highly-integrated and flexible platform based on Android 4.4 and supporting customers with development, testing, and mass production tools, M3932 significantly reduces development time and effort for customers, which translates to faster time-to-market,” said Jim Li, general manager of ALi’s China Business Unit.“Furthermore, M3932 provides customers the ability to offer diverse services and brings consumers true freedom to enjoy high definition content across devices.”last_img read more

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UK music channel Box TV has tapped Yospace and Tre

first_imgUK music channel Box TV has tapped Yospace and Tremor Video to deliver ad-insertion technology and has begun serving replacement adverts into its online simulcast and app streams in real time. Box TV is using in-stream ad-replacement technology developed by Yospace, with ad decisioning performed by Tremor Video to provide an online advertising option to enable brands to target audiences by channel and environment using viewer data.The platform will enable brands to create interactive ads, enabling users to click through to dedicated brand websites from the online video stream. Box TV will also offer enhanced data to advertisers, including the ability to measure click-through rates within mobile apps.The free Box+ app is also available to download from the App Store and Google Play.“We’re passionate about bringing viewer-friendly advertising technology to our partners, audiences and products. So we are proud to be the first TV network in the UK to introduce laser-focused ad break replacement to our simulcast player and The Box+ app,” said Julie Wright, business development and commercial director at Box TV.“We can now provide our clients with a more tailored and relevant approach when advertising online and on-air – it’s a unique position to be in.”last_img read more

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Sheila Noakes Ofcom deputy chair and Conservative

first_imgSheila NoakesOfcom deputy chair and Conservative peer Baroness Sheila Noakes has acknowledge that her activity on microblogging site Twitter was “not appropriate” to her role and has agreed to dispose of a controversial shareholding in US telecom operator Verizon after Harriet Harman, the UK Labour Party’s deputy chairman and culture, media and sports spokesperson, wrote to culture secretary Sajid Javid to call for her removal.Harman called for Javid to reconsider Noakes’ appointment on the grounds that the Conservative party peer’s conduct is in clear breach of Ofcom policy.In her letter, Harman says that the appointment of Noakes was “a party political appointment” and that Noakes’ activity as a Conservative party spokesperson in the House of Lords and public pronouncements are not compatible with Ofcom impartiality rules.“Baroness Noakes continues to take the Conservative whip in the House of Lords.  Since 2010, acting as a spokesperson for the Conservative Party, she has sat on seven committees in the House of Lords.  On the face of it this is not in compliance with Ofcom policy,” said Harman, constrasting Noakes’ behaviour with that of former Ofcom CEO Ed Richards and BBC director of strategy and digital James Purnell, both of whom resigned from the Labour Party when they were appointed. “But it is not as though she has just failed to resign the whip.  There are also clear breaches to be found on Baroness Noakes’ twitter account (she tweets as @1SVN),” Harman’s letter continued.Harman cited a number of Tweets including one posted on January 21 that read “Further fall in UK unemployment. #LongTermPlan still delivering.  Must not let Labour back to destroy progress” and one on Januar 21 that read “Be afraid. Be very afraid if @ed_miliband and #Labour get back into power”.Harman also pointed out that Noakes continues to hold shares in US telecom operator Verizon Communications, which could lead to a potential conflict of interest.“Given the number of breaches of Ofcom policy and the clear bias that Baroness Noakes has shown at a personal and professional level, I would ask that you reconsider Baroness Noakes’ position as Deputy Chair of Ofcom as a matter of urgency.  I ask that you write to me about this matter immediately,” Harman’s letter concluded.In her response Harman’s letter, Ofcom chair Patricia Hodgson said that Noakes “acknowledges that the political nature of some comments on her personal Twitter account were not appropriate form someone who is a member of the Ofcom Board” and has “agreed with me to refrain from public comments of a political nature”.Hodgson said that Noakes had declared the Verizon shareholding with Register of Interests in the House of Lords but that, “to ensure absolute transparency”, she had now agreed to dispose of the shares.Noakes was appointed to Ofcom for a four-term in June last year. In the Ofcom register of disclosable interests that could be affected by the regulator’s decisions, she listed that she was a non-executive director of the Royal Bank of Scotland and deputy chairman of Carpetright.last_img read more

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