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APTN InFocus Are some consumers being targeted by race

first_imgAPTN InFocusIf you think you’re being racially profiled in a store or restaurant, you’re probably right.Tomee Sojourner-Campbell, founder of www.preventcrp.com or Prevent Consumer Racial Profiling, says it’s a common tactic.And one, she tells APTN InFocus, that can inflict a great deal of stress on consumers.Sojourner-Campbell shared a few tips with InFocus Host Melissa Ridgen on how to handle the pressure of being racially profiled in our Shopping While Brown episode.Indigenous people responding to our online poll say it happens so frequently it almost feels normal.An overwhelming 89 per cent say they have been racially profiled while shopping in some way – usually by being observed, followed or ignored.Some even say they’ve even been asked to pre-pay for services others have not, which Sojourner-Campbell confirms is a form of consumer racial profiling.So what can you do? @PreventCRP says:1) If you are being followed by a store employee, a security guard or a loss prevention person in plain clothes, you can ask to speak to the manager and let them know what you are experiencing. Request a complaint report from the business or organization to document your consumer racial profiling experience.2) If you are feeling unsafe when you ask why you are being followed, you can leave the store.  Write, record audio or video of what happened. Then send an email to the business or organization.  Remember as many details as you can and, if possible, get names of the employee(s) involved.3) If you buy an item during or after the incident, keep your receipt.4) If you are in a restaurant and ignored, asked to pre-pay when no one else has been, or treated poorly, post a comment on the store’s social media account and ask them to contact you.5)  Contact PreventCRP at preventcrp@gmail.com or tweet @preventcrp. We share information about consumer racial profiling. Note that @preventcrp does not do intake or provide legal services or legal advice.You can also share with your experience with @APTNInFocus.last_img read more

In Jordan UN refugee agency chief urges greater efforts to end Syria

“It is essential that the international community and all actors that have an influence on the parties to the conflict – and the parties to the conflict themselves, first and foremost – exercise greater efforts towards peace,” Filippo Grandi told reporters while visiting Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp.Three weeks after taking up office, Mr. Grandi said he had chosen to travel to the region on his first overseas trip to focus minds on finding solutions to the nearly five-year-old conflict.“If a settlement of the conflict is not found, this crisis will not end and we will continue year after year to ask the international community for huge amounts of money to support refugees that – until there is peace – will not want to go back,” he stated.Mr. Grandi urged governments to take advantage of two upcoming global conferences in London in February and Geneva in March to pledge more financial support for refugees and host countries, and increase the number of legal resettlement places for those escaping the conflict.According to the High Commissioner’s Office (UNHCR), the protracted nature of the crisis is having a devastating effect on millions of ordinary Syrians, as well as placing a huge burden on neighbouring countries that have so far taken in more than four million refugees.Jordan is currently host to more than 630,000 Syrian refugees, putting a huge strain on the small kingdom’s natural resources, infrastructure and economy. While almost 110,000 Syrians currently live in Za’atari and the country’s other main camp at Azraq, the vast majority are struggling to survive in towns and cities across Jordan.Addressing the plight of an estimated 17,000 Syrians currently camped near the country’s north-eastern border, Mr. Grandi said he fully appreciated Jordan’s security concerns and pledged UNHCR’s help in screening individuals in order to allow those in need of international protection to enter the kingdom.While at the camp, he met a Syrian Bedouin family who arrived in Za’atari in February 2013. A father of six, Mohammad Olayan said he had witnessed a steady improvement in conditions during his three years there.“When we first came we were living in a tent and there were no services. Now we have two caravans, and there is electricity and proper sanitation,” he said. Despite the improvements, the family still struggles to feed themselves with the food assistance they receive, and Mohammad must borrow money or try to find work to keep food on the table.While his three young sons attend school in the camp, his two school-aged daughters say they are still too traumatized by the conflict and intimidated by the large class sizes to go. As a result, Mohammed and his wife and daughters spend much of their time inside their shelter. “What else can refugees do?” he asked.After three years in exile with no end in sight, Mohammad said he is considering returning to the family’s small farm in Syria’s southern Dara’a province despite the danger. “We don’t want to run away for the rest of our lives,” he explained. “Maybe it would be better to die quickly in Syria than the slow death we face here.”The High Commissioner’s visit also includes stops in Turkey and Lebanon. read more

HABITAT III UN conference agrees new urban development agenda creating sustainable equitable

A major conference on the future of the world’s cities and towns, known as Habitat III, has wrapped up in Quito, Ecuador, with delegations adopting a new framework that will set the world on a course towards sustainable urban development by rethinking how cities are planned, managed and inhabited.“We have analyzed and discussed the challenges that our cities are facing and have [agreed] on a common roadmap for the 20 years to come,” Joan Clos, the Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), told the closing plenary of the conference, which has drawn around 36,000 people from 167 different countries to the lush equatorial capital of Quito for the past six days. He said that the action-oriented outcome document, known as the New Urban Agenda, enshrined now in the ‘Quito Declaration on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for All,’ should be seen as an extension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, agreed by 193 Member States of the UN in September 2015. That Agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognized the power of cities and towns, which will constitute up to 70 per cent of the world population by 2050, to be the engine for sustainable growth in the future.Habitat III brought together mayors, local and regional authorities, civil society and community groups, and urban planners. Mayors said the conference advanced the participation of local authorities in the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.Dennis Codere, Mayor of Montreal, said: “We know that without the involvement of cities and local governments, the world will not be able to address the global challenges of our times. ‘New Urban Agenda’ for green, clean, inclusive cities“The New Urban Agenda is an ambitious agenda which aims at paving the way towards making cities and human settlements more inclusive,” said Mr. Clos, who also served as the Secretary-General of the Conference, adding that it would ensure “everyone can benefit from urbanization, paying particular attention to those in those in vulnerable situations.” UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos. Photo: UN-Habitat/Julius Mwelu The Agenda stresses that tackling air pollution in cities is good both for people’s health and for the planet and through it, leaders have committed to increase their use of renewable energy, provide better and greener public transport, and sustainably manage their natural resources. The Agenda’s ‘shared vision’ aims to create conditions for communities and policy-makers to create that are engines of sustained and inclusive economic growth, social and cultural development, and environmental protection.Among the key provisions are a call for equal opportunities for all; an end to discrimination; cleaner cities; strengthening resilience and reducing carbon emissions; fully respecting the rights of migrants and refugees regardless of their status; improving connectivity and green initiatives, and promoting “safe accessible and green public spaces.” Above all, he said, it was a “commitment that we will all together take the responsibility of one another and the direction of the development of our common urbanizing world.” The agenda does not bind Member States or city governments to specific targets or goals, but is rather a “shared vision” that set standards for transforming urban areas into safer, resilient and more sustainable places, based on better planning and development.In signing onto the declaration, UN Member States are committing to action over the next 20 years, to improve all areas of urban life through the Quito Implementation Plan, in support of the outcomes of Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda.Mr. Clos reminded the world gathering of national leaders; Mayors, civil society representatives; non-governmental organizations (NGOs), urban development experts, and other stakeholders that “we will have to act for these commitments.” In an interview with the UN News Service to mark the end of Habitat III, Mr. Clos said the hard work of making the New Urban Agenda a reality needs to begin immediately. “If we don’t implement, it’s going to be useless,” he stressed.The conference had helped establish “who needs to do what. This is the real question […] What the conference is saying is there’s a need to walk back to the fundamentals of urbanization,” he added. “I encourage national, sub-national and local governments to use the New Urban Agenda as a key instrument for planning and policy development for sustainable urbanization,” he said, in his remarks during the closing plenary, adding that national reports were already being sent to the Habitat III Secretariat, prepared by governments, “some of which have been delivered to us at this conference.” The Quito Declaration lays out steps for action, and for government accountability to try and ensure that the New Urban Agenda becomes a reality.An “evidence-based and independent assessment” of UN-Habitat is due to take place next year under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, and a two-day High Level Meeting of the General Assembly is being convened by assembly President, Peter Thomson, to discuss effective implementation. read more

Demand for larger vehicles drives commercial vehicle growth

March CV registrations – LCVs <2t vs 2-3.5t “In the van and truck markets, there has been a clear shift towards the larger vehicles in the sector in the first three months of the year. Both 2.5 – 3.5t vans and 3-axle artic trucks have seen a sharp increase in registrations as operators seek to make their fleets as flexible and cost-effective as possible.” “Demand for commercial vehicles remains buoyant in 2015, with both vans and trucks achieving a strong first quarter performance yet again,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “This continued upturn, and the third month of consecutive growth, can be attributed to higher levels of consumer and business confidence.” UK van and truck registrations: 2015 and % change on 2014 Commercial vehicle market grows 25.3% in March to 67,965 units, due to positive van and truck performance.Van registrations led by 2.5 – 3.5t vans, up 23.8% to 34,007 in March.Third consecutive month of increased truck demand sees 41.0% growth so far this year. Click through to download the full March 2015 commercial vehicle registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

16 unspoken rules everyone should live by

first_imgTHE FOLLOWING 16 maxims will help you – and those around you – live a satisfied life.You’re welcome.1. Never put the milk back in the fridge with just a drop left Source: Peter aka anemoneprojectorsAnything less than enough for a cup of tea is unacceptable.2. When you’re going to someone’s house for dinner or a party, show up a few minutes late Source: PleuntjeAnd it also goes without saying that you should always bring something. Always.3. Never ask someone if they’re pregnant Source: deanjIt’s too risky.4. No talking at the urinal Source: bradleygeeIt can wait.5. If someone holds the door for you, don’t leave them hanging there if there are more people coming Source: ShutterstockSay thanks and take the door from them, then pass it to the person behind you.6. If an awkward silence happens, don’t point it out Source: John JewellIt just makes it worse.7. Replace the toilet paper when it runs out Source: GorillaSushi8. If someone shows you a photo on their phone, don’t swipe Source: ChoveeThere are almost certainly images on there you shouldn’t see.9. Don’t make small talk in the lift Source: robinsonsmayIt’s already awkward enough.10. There’s no need to be rude to waiters Source: ralph and jennyOr anyone else serving you. (Unless they’re nasty to you, obviously. Then they’re fair game.)11. Hand people money, don’t put it down on the counter Source: stevendepolo12. If you’re sharing a hotel room, it’s common decency not to stink up the bathroom Source: pdstahl13. If you’re going to complain on social media, be specific Source: Passive Aggressive Status14. The phone does not require your ‘outside voice’ Source: Gari15. When someone else is eating something, don’t be rude about it Source: thienzieyungNo matter how disgusting it looks. Your thoughts can wait until they’ve finished.16. Never fart while wearing headphones Source: ShutterstockIn your head: useful cover noise. Outside: total silence.Any more for any more? Let us know in the comments…Inspired by this Reddit thread.14 seemingly harmless things that are definitely out to get you>11 distinctly Irish cooking methods from your youth>last_img read more

Netflix Castlevania Animated Series Gets First BloodSoaked Trailer

first_imgSince there isn’t a new Castlevania game anywhere on the horizon, we’ll have to make do with the next best thing: a Netflix animated series. The famed streaming service has just released a teaser trailer for a new Castlevania show that promises to please fans of the franchise.Interestingly, the trailer doesn’t show footage from the series until the 41-second mark. The intro shows a person inserting a Castlevania cartridge into a Nintendo Entertainment System console. Once the system is booted up, a menu of Netflix shows appears on screen. The menu itself has graphics reminiscent of an 80’s computer game.Once Castlevania is selected, we see something that looks more like the Predator’s heat vision than NES graphics. After all that silliness, the actual trailer begins.”Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself,” reads the show’s official synopsis. “The animated series is written by best-selling author and comic-book icon Warren Ellis and executive produced by Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert and Adi Shankar.”Though we don’t get to see much footage in this trailer, what’s shown is promising. It’s unclear what animation house worked on this series, but it could be a Japanese one. While this Castlevania series is animated, it appears to have its fair share of computer generated graphics. The tone of the series is about as grim and dark as you would expect. Perhaps — as producer Adi Shankar stated — the show “will end the streak and be the western world’s first good video game adaptation.”Castlevania Season 1, Part 1 will debut on July 7. This first part will be composed of four episodes. The second part is set to stream sometime in 2018.last_img read more

Icardis former agent critical of Wanda

first_imgMauro Icardi’s former agent feels the wife and agent Wanda Nara is a misfit for the star striker suggesting she only cares about money.Wanda and Inter seem to be having a rift over the Icardi’s contract situation and openly revealed they almost sold him to rivals JuventusHowever, the Argentine’s former agent has come out to discredit Wanda’s work.“Icardi has given a lot on the field as a striker,” Ablan Moreno told Football Italia via Radio Sportiva.“However, he has a bad influence beside him, who only thinks of money. His work on the field is phenomenal and he’s grown a lot in Italian football because his mentality and body are perfect for Serie A, but Wanda Nara only cares about money and not his image and value as Inter’s captain.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Any agent can talk about renewal, but the way you do it is very important. You can’t just say ‘these are Icardi’s numbers’ and put everything on social media.“They need to go to Inter and talk instead of putting everything on the internet.”#Icardi’s former agent: ‘Wanda is hurting him. She only thinks about money’ https://t.co/7Ri4RJpHdI pic.twitter.com/KOgbhsgprx— CalcioMercato (En) (@CmdotCom_En) December 19, 2018last_img read more

Tina Turner Performs At Launch Of Her BioMusical In London

first_img Twitter Turner made a special appearance to mark the opening of the bio-musical based on her remarkable life and career. Honored and excited by the project, Turner even claimed, “This took me out of retirement,” in a video posted on the musical’s Twitter account. Email Tina Turner’s Bio-Musical Performance tina-turner-performs-launch-her-bio-musical-london Facebook The electrifying singer joins the cast of “Tina” onstage for a rare performance at the London launch of the musical honoring her life and careerNate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 19, 2017 – 6:06 pm For actress/singer Adrienne Warren, the only thrill that could outshine the honor of playing eight-time GRAMMY winner Tina Turner in her official bio-musical would be to join Turner onstage. With the recent London Launch of “Tina,” that’s exactly what happened.center_img News Tina Turner Performs At Launch Of Her Bio-Musical In London It was incredible to have @LoveTinaTurner with us at our launch in London to officially announce our Tina @adriennelwarren pic.twitter.com/bohulvz3TR— TINA the Musical (@TinaTheMusical) October 18, 2017″Growing up watching Tina, I knew how to shake my hips before I could tie my shoes,” said Warren. “I am elated, honored and humbled. Meeting and working with Tina is and will always be one of the great moments of my life.”Preview performances of “Tina,” which is being produced by Stage Entertainment, Joop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, in association with Turner, will begin March 21, 2018.Read More: Tina Turner’s Second-Hand Emotion NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 2, 2015 – 5:19 pm Tina Turner Wins Record Of The Yearlast_img read more

Former Saab factory gets new life building solarpowered electric cars

first_img More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageA prototype of the Sion in the Tröllhattan factory. Sono Motors A German startup company called Sono Motors will use defunct automaker Saab’s old factory in Sweden to build solar-powered electric cars, it announced this week. National Electric Vehicle Sweden, a holding company that acquired Saab’s assets after the Swedish automaker went into bankruptcy, will build Sono’s Sion electric car at the Trollhättan factory that was once home to Saab.Sono Motors’ plan is for NEVS to produce a total of 260,000 cars at the factory between 2020 and 2028. After a production ramp-up, the goal is to build 43,000 cars per year. The cars in question are the Sono Sion, an all-electric hatchback that, like most EVs, plugs in to the wall to charge. But unlike most EVs, the Sion also has solar panels on its roof to charge the battery on sunny days.Sono Motors SionThe Sion should have a driving range of 158 miles and will cost the equivalent of nearly $29,000. Sono Motors The Sion has a 35-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and a 163-horsepower electric drive motor. It’s rated for 255 kilometers (158 miles) of driving range under Europe’s WLTP economy standard. What makes the Sion so different from other new EVs is its solar panel array on the roof. On a sunny day in the summer, Sono says that panel can charge the battery enough to add about 34 kilometers (21.1 miles) of driving range per day.While Sono Motors developed the vehicle, NEVS will handle production, with the fledgling carmaker saying it values “our partner’s specific expertise based on their many years of experience in traditional automobile development and production.” The company also says that production at the plant will be powered by 100% renewable energy.The Sono Sion will cost 25,500 euros when it goes on sale, or nearly $29,000 at today’s exchange rate. The company says it already has about 9,800 preorders for the model. 48 Photos Comment News • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus officially achieves 226-mile range, but there’s a catch 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus: A positive spin on an old favorite 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 first drive: Now actually feels like a premium car Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouscenter_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Preview • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus first drive: Expanding the EV’s appeal More about 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus Share your voice 1 Review • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Electric Cars Car Industrylast_img read more

Is Meghan Markle being stalked by her sister Samantha

first_imgMeghan Markle and Samantha MarkleGetty/TwitterDuchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is currently busy with various Royal works and even her pregnancy is keeping her pretty occupied. Amid all this, her half-sister has stated that she is apparently not obsessed with the royal family member.In the latest interview with DailyMailTV, Samantha Markle candidly spoke about the status of her relationship with her sister Meghan Markle. Last year, it was reported that Samantha is reportedly on Scotland Yard’s “fixated persons” list. As per Samantha, despite not having spoken to the now-wife of Prince Harry since 2008, she had asked the royal security unit to provide her with the said list.In the interview, Samantha has stated that she has allegedly learned that this is all false.”Now that I know there is no such thing as that list, I feel relieved.”Samantha later added that she knows for a fact that her sister, Meghan, knows that she is not “fixated.””I’m pretty sure my sister knows that I’m not fixated. …But I also know that she would prefer that everyone in the family be quiet — that’s ridiculous because the media talks about us collectively and individually.” Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesSamantha has been in news ever since it was revealed that Meghan would be becoming a member of the Royal Family. Samantha stated in her latest interview that reports of her being fixated on Meghan are “crazy.” As per Samantha, people who stalk others, keep a record of their day-to-day activities and would show up at their doors uninvited.”She is my half-sister, I am not some strange stepsister and most of what I’ve said in the media has been in defense of our dad,” she later added.Well, Meghan Markle is currently busy preparing for the birth of her first child and there has been no direct comment from her about Samantha’s latest media interviews. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s child will be seventh in line to the throne. As per reports, after the birth, the royal couple would be moving to Frogmore Cottage in Home Park, on the grounds of Windsor Castle and their office will be moved to Buckingham Palace.last_img read more

Journalist Mahfuz Ullahs body arrives

first_imgMahfuz Ullah. File photoThe body of senior journalist Mahfuz Ullah, who passed away at a hospital in Thailand on Saturday morning, arrived in Bangladesh early Sunday, reports UNB.A flight of Thai Airways carrying his body landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 12:42am, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.His first namaz-e-janaza will be held after Zohr prayers at Dormitory Jame Mosque along Green Road, said his elder brother Mahbub Ullah.His second janaza will be held after Asr prayers at the Jatiya Press Club and then he will be buried at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals’ graveyard.The journalist, who was on life support at the Bumrungrad International Hospital, breathed his last around 10:05am (Bangladesh time) at the age of 69.”My father is no more. He breathed his last at 10:05am today (Saturday). We are taking preparations to take his body home on completion necessary formalities,” UNB quoted his daughter Nusrat Humaira as saying.Mahfuz Ullah had been suffering from various complications in heart, kidney and lung. He was flown to Thailand on 10 April for advanced treatment.Mahfuz Ullah was politically active since his student life and had taken part in the 11-point movement. He was expelled from Dhaka College for his activism.Born in Noakhali in 1950, Mahfuz Ullah obtained MA degrees in physics and journalism from Dhaka University. He got involved in journalism when he was a student and had been associated with popular weekly ‘Bichitra’ since its inception in 1972.He also worked at Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata as a ‘China expert’ and taught at Dhaka University’s journalism department. Mahfuz Ullah had hosted radio and television shows and was involved with leading Bangla and English dailies in Bangladesh.He has also authored more than 50 books in Bangla and English, apart from editing a number of others.Books edited by him include the biographies of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia, the mass uprising of 1969, insurgency in Assam, and post-independent Bangladesh.last_img read more

Qantas Frequent Flyer launches new shopping destination

first_imgQantas Frequent Flyer launches new shopping destinationQantas Frequent Flyer has launched a new shopping website – Qantas Shopping – making it easier for members to earn Qantas Points when they shop online and instore.It’s the first time members have been able to visit one shopping destination to:o Earn points – by shopping online and instore at over 150 retailerso Use points – on 8,000 products through the Rewards Storeo View and shop – with over 600 brands.To celebrate the launch of Qantas Shopping, more than 60 retailers are currently offering bonus points of up to 10 points per $1 for purchases made through Qantas Shopping.The new ‘Earn points’ site includes new features like the ‘Categories’ menu, making it simpler for members to find the retailers they want to shop and earn points with, and ‘Shopping history’ so they can see where they’ve earned their points.While the Online Mall rewards members when they shop online, Card Offers gives members the opportunity to earn Qantas Points when they shop online and instore too. Card Offers shares targeted offers with members based on their previous spending behaviour. To receive these offers, members can opt-in by linking any of their Australian Mastercard details to their Qantas Frequent Flyer account. They then simply pay instore or online with one of those Mastercards and Qantas Points will soon be transferred to their accounts.“Shopping is a really easy way for Qantas Frequent Flyers to boost their points balance and reach their next reward faster, especially if they use their Qantas Points-earning card to pay.“Whether they’re purchasing everyday items like groceries or indulging in a luxury buy, when they shop at Qantas Shopping, Frequent Flyers can earn points across a wide range of categories with some of Australia’s most well-loved brands.”Source = Qantas Frequent Flyerlast_img read more

Alliant Credit Union Selects New Lending Technology

first_imgAlliant Credit Union Selects New Lending Technology June 27, 2012 498 Views Share “”LenderLive Network Inc.””:www.lenderlive.com/ is welcoming a new client for its loan fulfillment program. The company recently announced that Illinois-based “”Alliant Credit Union””:www.alliantcreditunion.org/ has selected LenderLive’s end-to-end mortgage servicing platform, eOriginator.[IMAGE]In choosing LenderLive, Alliant will enable the credit union’s loan officers and correspondent lenders to directly upload loan applications, for automatic submission to the technology company’s underwriting review process. [COLUMN_BREAK]In an official statement, LenderLive noted that Alliant will now be “”able to focus on growing their mortgage business without having to assign internal resources to process fulfillment and provide regulatory updates.””Alliant’s mortgage production manager, John Sweitzer, said of the credit union’s decision, “”Partnering with LenderLive was an easy decision to make. The company has the sophisticated technology we needed, as well as established key relationships with many of our business partners which is paramount to our success. “”When considering a company to do business with, we knew what we did not want based on previous experience. LenderLive has the key ingredients that made the company a natural fit for us,”” he added.Echoing Sweitzer’s positive commentary, LenderLive’s CEO, Rick Seehausen, stated, “”Community-based lending is vital to the financial industry’s future, and credit unions continue to emerge as valuable mortgage market players. LenderLive is uniquely qualified to work with credit unions, such as Alliant, because we understand and compliment the relationships they have with their members, and we also have deep mortgage process expertise as evidenced by our tenure in the industry.””center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Credit Unions Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-06-27 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more

Regions Bank Chooses LoanSphere for Servicing Originations

first_imgRegions Bank Chooses LoanSphere for Servicing, Originations in Headlines, Technology May 4, 2017 743 Views Regions Bank, one of the top 20 U.S. banks, renewed its agreement to use LoanSphere MSP on its first mortgage loans and will also be converting home equity loans and lines over to LoanSphere MSP.MSP, an end-to-end mortgage and home equity loan servicing system, is part of Black Knight Financial Services’ LoanSphere platform. MSP manages workflow for loan boarding, payment processing, escrow, and default. Currently, MSP is used to service more than 30 million active loans, according to Jacksonville, Florida-based Black Knight.“We look forward to providing an enhanced experience for our customers and increasing our operational efficiencies by servicing our home equity loans and lines on the same MSP platform as our first mortgages,” said Todd Chamberlain, EVP of Consumer Lending Support Services at Regions Bank.The Birmingham, Alabama-based bank will also begin using LoanSphere’s Empower loan origination system to originate home equity loans.“MSP’s integration with the Empower loan origination system offers us functionality and scalability through the entire loan lifecycle as we continue to grow both our originations and servicing portfolios,” Chamberlain said.With the decision to use MSP and Empower for first mortgage and home equity loans, Black Knight designated Regions Bank a Black Knight Enterprise Client.“Regions is a valued Enterprise customer, and we appreciate the opportunity to continue providing them with premier capabilities to support their growth and serve their customers,” said Joe Nackashi, President of Black Knight’s Servicing Technologies division. “As a leading fintech, we’re extremely proud that Black Knight’s ability to service first mortgages and home equity products on a single platform will help Regions Bank effectively manage its operations.”center_img Black Knight Financial Services LoanSphere LoanSphere Empower LoanSphere MSP Mortgage Origination mortgage servicing Mortgage Servicing Platform Mortgage Servicing Providers Regions Bank 2017-05-04 Krista Franks Brock Sharelast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires New England Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd (14) catches a pass as New York Jets cornerback Juston Burris (32) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo WR Michael Floyd says he heard cheers from the home fans and they meant a lot to him. pic.twitter.com/6qkPS1NJwF— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) December 24, 2016New England had Floyd inactive in his first opportunity to play last week. That day, Arizona president Michael Bidwill said the team chose to cut the receiver because he showed no remorse for the arrest. Police said Floyd recorded a BAC of 0.21. Floyd was arrested after police found him asleep at the wheel at an intersection in Scottsdale. He was charged with two counts of DUI, one count of obstructing a roadway and one count for failing to obey an officer.Floyd, who was to become a free agent after this year, caught 33 passes for 446 yards and four touchdowns for the Cardinals this season. Former Arizona Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd made his debut with the New England Patriots on Saturday, catching one pass for six yards.The Patriots used a 41-3 blowout against the New York Jets to acclimate the wide receiver to the offense. He played sparingly to start but found most of his action in the second half.Floyd, who was cut by the Cardinals days after a Dec. 12 DUI arrest, took 18 total snaps. He made his only catch on a pass from backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Floyd’s 17th play with 5:30 left in the fourth quarter, according to ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

7 Moscow Russia Dont let visa requirements put

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