Perform Group names banks for £500m IPO

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BCLC brings in Lynda Cavanaugh as interim CEO

first_img21st January 2021 | By Robin Harrison Moore handed in his notice in November last year, to pursue a new opportunity in the private sector.  BCLC brings in Lynda Cavanaugh as interim CEO Tags: British Columbia Lottery Corporation People moves Read the full story on iGB North America. Topics: Lottery People State monopoly People moves He served in the role since August 2019, after BCLC’s permanent president and CEO Jim Lightbody took a medical leave of absence.center_img The provincial lottery’s new interim CEO Cavanaugh has held a number of public service roles, and is described as having vast experience in leadership, finance, technology, infrastructure and policy.  Regions: Canada British Columbia Email Address British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has named Lynda Cavanaugh as its interim president and chief executive, with Greg Moore preparing to step down from the position tomorrow (22 January). Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) 2007 Prospectus

first_imgFBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2007 prospectus For more information about FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng)  2007 prospectus Company ProfileFBN Holdings Plc is a leading financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the commercial, corporate, investment and merchant banking sectors. The company also offers insurance products for individual and corporate clients and other financial services for merchant banking, asset management, investment and general trading, private equity, financial intermediation services, trusteeship, portfolio management and discount house services for individual and corporate clients. The Insurance division underwrites life and general insurance products and offers insurance brokerage services. FBN Holdings Limited was founded in 1894 and today operates in 874 business locations in 12 countries. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. FBN Holdings Plc was founded in 1894 and is based in Lagos, Nigeria. FBN Holdings Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchanglast_img read more

Philippine church leaders join movement against big mining firms

first_imgPhilippine church leaders join movement against big mining firms December 19, 2011 at 7:09 pm One of the convenors i failed to mention is the Save the Abra River Movement. The summit was co sponsored by the Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples Rights, the Foundation for Philippine Environment, the Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera, the Cordillera Women’s Education and Action Research Center, and the Montanosa Resource and Development Center. We also value the contribution of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum for Northern Luzon. The summit had the following prime movers: the Danggayan peasant alliance of Cagayan Valley, the APIT-TAKO – the alliance of peasants in the Cordillera homeland, the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance, the Innabuyog-Gabriela women’s alliance in Cordillera and Bantay Amianan- an environmental support group for Northern Luzon based in Manila. 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Youth Minister Lorton, VA December 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm Correction please. The summit was convened primarily by the Kaduami-Regional Development Center for Northern Luzon, the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, the Save the Valley, Serve the People Environmental Alliance, the Solidarity of Peasant Agaisnt Exploitation in Ilocos Region,and the Isabela Ecumenical Council. The Ecumenical Bishops Forum came in as part of conveners 2 weeks after the concept and program has been finalized. Yours truly is the author of the program concept, and the resource speaker on Northern Luzon Mining and Human Rights Situation and Disaster impacts, the Executive Director of Kaduami and elected as convener of the Amianan Salakniban -the Northern Luzon Network for Environmental Defense. 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Eduardo Solang, a retired priest of the Episcopal Church of the Philippines, told ENInews on Dec. 14.Solang was among 150 delegates to a Dec. 13-15 mining and human rights summit convened in the northern Philippine city of Baguio by the Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance and the Ecumenical Bishops Forum.According to organizers, the summit was aimed “to sum up the economic, social, cultural, environmental and human rights impacts of the ongoing destructive large-scale mining operations in affected communities based on shared experiences.”During the summit, the Ibon Foundation, an independent research organization, listed 28 large-scale metallic mines nationwide, mostly owned by transnational firms, engaged in extracting gold, silver, copper, nickel, chromite and zinc.It also reported 2,358 mines that extract non-metallic elements such as sand, gravel and cement.While they are not against mining per se, church representatives, non-government organizations, and indigenous peoples favor small-scale mining. “Big-scale mining operations only concentrate the wealth from minerals in a few hands at the expense of a damaged environment, which communities inherit,” said Solang.Asserting the church’s role in “taking care of God’s creation,” the Rev. Norman Taynan of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines also supported the campaign of indigenous peoples for “smaller, environment-friendly, and community-managed” mining initiatives.The government’s Environmental Management Bureau estimated in 2008 more than 300,000 small-scale miners, who reportedly include jobless professionals and school dropouts.But small-scale miners’ organizations have bewailed a lack of government support and government bias for big-scale mining operations. They cite incentives for big-scale mining firms such as tax holidays and full repatriation of profits to their mother companies overseas.Indigenous communities have also been seeking the help of their church leaders to help defend them from the alleged manipulations of big mining firms in seeking the community’s “free and prior informed consent” before a mining project is allowed, said Sister Minerva Caampued of the Franciscan Apostolic Sisters in Cagayan province.Some companies allegedly offer “allowances” to local officials and some tribal leaders and “scholarships” for children of some community members. “For us to be effective in helping inform and educate our parishioners against this manipulation, we also must be educated ourselves on the free and prior informed consent process,” said Bishop Vermillion Tagalog of the Philippine Independent Church. 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Justice Pilgrimage brings together 20 Episcopal clergy members for intensive…

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit an Event Listing Rector Albany, NY Rector Smithfield, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Racial Justice & Reconciliation Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Shreveport, LA The Rev. Skip Walker leads an evensong and discussion at the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 20 during the center’s weeklong Justice Pilgrimage. Photo: Absalom Jones Center[Episcopal News Service] Twenty Episcopal priests and deacons are wrapping up a weeklong pilgrimage in Atlanta, Georgia, organized by the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing as a pilot program that could become a new model for furthering The Episcopal Church’s racial reconciliation work.Participants in the center’s Justice Pilgrimage were selected from all 20 dioceses in the church’s Province IV, which encompasses all or part of nine states in the Southeast. Diocese of Atlanta Bishop Robert Wright spoke to the group on May 19 to welcome them.“The common purpose is to understand the American story in all of its nuance and figure out where the opportunities for healing and justice are,” Wright said May 23 in an interview with Episcopal News Service. That nuance, Wright explained, is what allows people from different backgrounds to come together and feel comfortable openly and honestly discussing difficult questions of race and racism.“It doesn’t really call for self-flagellation. Shame is not the goal,” Wright said. “It is to understand our role in this very complex thing and to seek healing and justice.”The pilgrimage includes a full itinerary of lectures and discussions at the Absalom Jones Center in Atlanta, as well as a two-day bus trip with stops at African American historical sites in Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina. When it concludes May 24, the pilgrims’ work will only be beginning.“It’s an intensive week, and then we’re asking them for six months’ commitment,” Absalom Jones Center Executive Director Catherine Meeks told ENS. During the next six months, participants will be asked to develop and follow a plan to work toward dismantling racism in their parishes and communities, and afterward, they will reunite in Atlanta to talk about that work with each other.“I’m hoping that these people will become allies with each other and supportive, and the center will serve as a catalyst for trying to make that happen,” Meeks said.She and other organizers then will use the experience of this first Justice Pilgrimage to refine future efforts of the Absalom Jones Center, which is a partnership between the Diocese of Atlanta and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s office. The center aims to host two such pilgrimages annually for groups of 20 to 25, starting in May 2020. Participants are responsible only for airfare to get them to Atlanta; their food, lodging and the bus trip are covered by the center.The ultimate goal is to deepen The Episcopal Church’s work of racial reconciliation at the local level. General Convention has long prioritized such work, requiring dioceses to facilitate anti-racism training for clergy and lay leaders, but the implementation of those mandates has been uneven from diocese to diocese.Meeks, who previously led the Diocese of Atlanta’s Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism, inspired the development of the church’s Becoming Beloved Community framework that was unveiled in 2017. Now, at the Absalom Jones Center, she sees the Justice Pilgrimage as a new, meaningful way of engaging clergy members directly to take action in their contexts.“I’m trying to see if we can create a collection of priests and deacons that are empowered and inspired to go deeper than has been happening in the local parish,” she said. “The center is really focused on the idea of localizing parishes to do the work of dismantling racism.”Presenters this week have discussed a range of topics with the 20 participants. Richard Hughes, a religion professor at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, talked about how insidious notions of white supremacy are ingrained in American society. The Rev. Ken Swanson, rector at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Roswell, Georgia, spoke of his awakening as a white man to his own privilege and a personal call to help dismantle racism.Byron Rushing, vice president of The Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies, presented a historical overview of systems of racism in the United States and ways they are connected to the church. Meeks spoke about how minorities often internalize oppression, affecting their quality of life. And the Rev. Lynne Washington, priest-in-charge at Atlanta’s Church of the Incarnation, gave a presentation about African and African American spirituality.The bus trip was a way to build on those discussion by giving participants firsthand experiences with historical sites and artifacts.One stop allowed participants to visit Savannah’s Weeping Time Memorial, which marks the sale of hundreds of slaves at once in 1859 by plantation owners to avoid bankruptcy. The pilgrimage also visited the Old Slave Mart Museum in Charleston. Professional tour guides were hired to share their expertise on the tragic history represented by such sites.Civil rights pilgrimages by congregations are increasingly common in the South, particularly in Montgomery, Alabama, since the opening in 2018 of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which memorializes lynching victims. One parish, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, took 82 people to the memorial and other sites on a pilgrimage last August.St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, Florida, embarked on a similar pilgrimage to Alabama in February. And just this week, while the Absalom Jones Center hosted its pilgrims in Atlanta, more than 50 Episcopalians spent several days in Alabama on another pilgrimage to civil rights sites there organized by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians.Meeks praises such efforts toward racial healing. She also sees the Absalom Jones Center’s pilgrimage as taking a somewhat different approach, of not just touring sites but also fostering intensive discussion and reflection that will continue long after participants leave Atlanta.“The commitment on the front end is you will engage this work and then come back together in six months to talk about what you did,” she said.Jesus provided the original Christian model for taking on this kind of “interior work” and also seeking the “durable fellowship” with other disciples to inspire greater love for our neighbors, Wright said.“People are going out with more than information,” he said. They also will take home “some embodiment of truth to go out and make a difference.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Liu Xiaobo – only Nobel peace laureate still detained

first_img The entire world applauded when Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma’s pro-democracy opposition and winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, was freed on on 13 November. Her release means that Chinese political dissident Liu Xiaobo (刘哓波) is now the only winner of this prestigious award to remain in detention.Aung San Suu Kyi and Liu Xiaobo have similar destinies. Both are fighting for democracy in their countries and both were locked up by governments that do not respect freedom of expression. Will the former’s release prompt the Chinese authorities to release their “Nobel”, who continues to serve an 11-year jail sentence? Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Liu and all of China’s political prisoners. The Chinese government reacted to Aung San Suu Kyi’s release by calling her an “important political figure” and voicing confidence in the process of peace and ethnic reconciliation in Burma.. So why shouldn’t it follow suit with Liu? There is an urgent need to end his unjust imprisonment.Reporters Without Borders also reiterates its call for the release of Burma’s 2,200 political prisoners and for the Burmese authorities to stop censoring the media and allow them to report Aung San Suu Kyi’s release and to cover her current activities. Meanwhile, there has been no let-up in the harassment and pressure on Liu’s family and supporters and all the other free speech activities in China.The Chinese government has already tried to dissuade diplomats from attending the Nobel award ceremony on 10 December in Oslo and has prevented several Chinese human rights activists from leaving the country in case they go to Oslo. Liu’s wife, Liu Xia (刘霞), is still under house arrest while his brothers are pessimistic about their chances of being able to travel. Liu has also been denied a monthly visit by relatives. Mo Shaoping (莫少平), a human rights lawyer who supports Liu, is among those who have been prevented from travelling abroad.The Nobel Committee could as a result find itself unable to hand over this year’s peace prize, said one of its leading members, Geir Lundestad, describing Liu as “one of the most important Nobels in history.”The authorities are also continuing to arrest Liu supporters.Guo Xianliang (郭贤良), an Internet writer known as the “Tianshan Hermit” (天山居士) has been detained in the southern city of Guangzhou for distributing leaflets referring to Liu in the city’s parks and streets. Li Hai (李海), a member of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre, was arrested on 30 October. His family have had no news of him since then.Hua Ze (华泽), a freelance journalist and human rights activist who used to work as a documentary film-maker for the government TV station CCTV, was abducted in the Beijing metro on 27 October and deported to Jiangxi, her home province, where she is now under house arrest.Human rights lawyer Teng Biao (滕彪) reported in a message posted on Twitter that Beijing resident Shen Minqiang (沈民强) was arrested while giving an interview outside Liu’s home on 8 October. He has been placed under a non-judicial form of detention and it is unclear what he is charged with.The authorities have also stepped up their control of news and information since the announcement of Liu’s Nobel and, determined to nip any grass-roots movements in the bud, are targeting NGOs as well as media. Ai Yuan (“爱源”), an AIDS charity created by the activist Hu Jia (胡佳), who has been imprisoned since 2007, has had to cease operating under pressure from the authorities. Hu Jia’s parents have been told by the police that they must not leave Beijing and his wife said the police even “investigated” their daughter’s crèche.The Chinese Internet also continues to be targeted by government censors. A bogus invitation to attend the 10 December Nobel award ceremony in Oslo that contains a powerful “trojan” virus has been circulating by email. The computer security company F-Secure said it had been unable to identify its origin. Liu’s website was the target of an initial hacker attack two weeks before the trojan appeared.Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard and the head of the organization’s Asia-Pacific Desk, Vincent Brossel, will attend the Nobel ceremony in Oslo in a show of support for Liu and press freedom.Sign the petition for Liu’s release:http://fr.rsf.org/petition-liu-xiaobo,38700.html May 31, 2021 Find out more US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture November 18, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Liu Xiaobo – only Nobel peace laureate still detained News Receive email alerts May 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation MyanmarAsia – Pacific MyanmarAsia – Pacific to go furthercenter_img News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Myanmar News RSF_en Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News May 12, 2021 Find out more RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylumlast_img read more

Government backs down at court hearing, lifts ban on exhibition

first_img News March 30, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government backs down at court hearing, lifts ban on exhibition BangladeshAsia – Pacific to go further RSF_en May 19, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Follow the news on Bangladesh February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation center_img News February 22, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders welcomes the government’s decision to lift a ban on the Drik gallery’s “Crossfire” exhibition. When the high court convened today to hear gallery owner Shahidul Alam’s appeal against the closure, government lawyers announced that the police deployed outside the gallery had been withdrawn and that there would be no further attempt to obstruct the exhibition.“This is a victory on several fronts, for the Bangladeshi people’s right to know, for the right of the media and artists to speak out, and for the rights of citizens to protest against injustice,” Alam told Reporters Without Borders after the court hearing in Dacca. “All these rights are very important,” he added. “The fact that the courts have ruled against the government has given new hope to citizens fighting to establish the rule of law.”______________________________________________________________30 March 2010Organisers of photo exhibit censored and threatenedReporters Without Borders urges Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to lift a ban on a photo exhibition in Dakha’s Drik gallery about extrajudicial executions by a special police unit. The press freedom organisation also calls on the police to investigate the death threats that have been made against the gallery’s founder, the well-known photographer Shahidul Alam.“The censorship of this exhibition is a serious violation of freedom of expression,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The threats against our colleague, Shahidul Alam, are very disturbing and cast doubt on the possibilities of freely debating human rights issues in Bangladesh.” The press freedom organisation added: “The abuses practiced by certain police officers in the course of their efforts to combat crime are a disgrace to the rule of law in Bangladesh. The reporters who expose them play a key role in helping to put a stop to these practices. We urge the government to keep the promises it made before the election to respect human rights.”The Dakha police closed the Drik gallery on 22 March 2010, just before the opening of the exhibition of photos and displays about extrajudicial executions by members of Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). The exhibition is called “Crossfire,” because the police claim that their victims are caught in the crossfire when the police act in legitimate self-defence or to prevent criminals escaping. Human Rights Watch puts the number of people killed by the RAB at around 500.“Our lawyers are awaiting the results of our request for the police censorship to be lifted,” a Drik gallery representative told Reporters Without Borders.Even more disturbing are the threats Alam received from individuals claiming to represent the authorities who visited the gallery on 27 and 28 March. On 27 March, a man asked the gallery’s caretaker who Alam was, whether he had a family or children and whether he was not “afraid for his life.” Before leaving, the man added: “Shahidul will meet his death on the streets. He will be gunned down.” When he returned the next day with another person, the man told a crowd outside: “It’s the organiser of this exhibition they should be shooting.”One of the gallery’s representatives told Reporters Without Borders: “This is not the first time we have been censored. It happened when we organised an exhibition about Tibet. But this is the first time we have received these death threats and it is very disturbing.”At least four journalists have been tortured by members of the RAB since 2007. Information about these cases: http://www.rsf.org/Reporter-tortured-by-elite-crime.html and http://www.rsf.org/Government-challenged-over-torture.html News Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists BangladeshAsia – Pacific Newslast_img read more

Forces Join to Protect Borrowers from Foreclosure Relief Scams

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Previous: Mortech Mortgage Pricing Technologies Now Integrated with Calyx Point Next: Rental Demand is Surging in Record Numbers Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Forces Join to Protect Borrowers from Foreclosure Relief Scams Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Forces Join to Protect Borrowers from Foreclosure Relief Scams Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and several media associations within the state have announced a joint initiative to crack down on unlawful advertising of foreclosure rescue scams, which have surfaced all over the country in the last few years but have been especially prominent in New York, one of the markets hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis.In addition to Schneiderman, who has been a fierce advocate not only of foreclosure prevention but of preventing perpetrators from scamming vulnerable homeowners facing foreclosure, media outlets participating will be the New York News Publishers Association, the New York Press Association and the New York State Broadcasters Association.Perpetrators of the scams target homeowners who are in the process of foreclosure and seeking some help with a mortgage modification. The number of scammers targeting New Yorkers has risen in recent years, including an increase in so-called “Deed Theft” cases in which the scammers convince the homeowners to forfeit ownership rights to their homes.Through the new initiative, the media outlets will scrutinize foreclosure relief advertisements for possible scammers, who often target vulnerable homeowners through trusted local media outlets. The initiative is voluntary; dozens of community outlets are being asked to participate.“Vigilant, well-informed homeowners are the best protection against these deceitful mortgage rescue scams,” Schneiderman said. “These scams are particularly repugnant because they take victims of the housing crash and make them victims again.”Foreclosure rescue scams have conned approximately $100 million from 42,000 homeowners, according to a December 2014 report by the Center for NYC Neighborhoods and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In New York alone, more than 2,700 homeowners have submitted complaints to the Lawyer Committee’s office, trailing only California and Florida in the number of complaints reported to the Loan Modification Database. New York homeowners have documented more than $8.25 million in losses as a result of foreclosure relief scams.Victims of the scams have often reported to the AG’s office and housing counseling partners that it as advertising in local media outlets that lured them into the scam. The ads are often in violation of state and federal laws that require the companies who are advertising to include specific disclosures in ads pitching foreclosure prevention or loan modification services.New York homeowners have documented more than $8.25 million in losses as a result of foreclosure relief scams, or an average of about $4,183 per victim—about $900 more than the national average. Losses have the potential to go far beyond the initial dollar amount, however; they could wind up in the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars if the victim’s home falls into foreclosure.“These scams are particularly repugnant because they take victims of the housing crash and make them victims again.” Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney GeneralVictims of the scams have often reported to the AG’s office and housing counseling partners that it as advertising in local media outlets that lured them into the scam. The ads are often in violation of state and federal laws that require the companies who are advertising to include specific disclosures in ads pitching foreclosure prevention or loan modification services. Schneiderman and the media outlets are asking the members of their organizations to review foreclosure relief ads to make sure they are in compliance with the state disclosure laws.This initiative is part of a broader effort by Schneiderman to end the mortgage crisis in New York. In 2012, he launched the Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP), a network of 85 housing counseling and legal services providers that provides free, high-quality representation to struggling borrowers who are at risk of foreclosure. HOPP has assisted more than 50,000 New Yorkers to date.Schneiderman’s office launched AGScamHelp.com, a Web-based app that helps homeowners determine if a mortgage assistance company is government-vetted. The app helps users locate nearby counseling and legal services agencies in the HOPP network, search government-vetted agencies, report scams, and receive tips on avoiding scams. The AG’s office reports that the app has more than 6,600 weekly users and has been used by more than 112,000 people since the site was launched. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Newscenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Eric Schneiderman Foreclosure Relief Scams New York Attorney General 2015-12-12 Brian Honea The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Eric Schneiderman Foreclosure Relief Scams New York Attorney General The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago December 12, 2015 1,488 Views About Author: Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

Why are Homeownership Rates Falling?

first_img Why are Homeownership Rates Falling? About Author: Mike Albanese Housing Market Mortgage Rates 2019-08-12 Mike Albanese The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago August 12, 2019 2,681 Views Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Housing Market Mortgage Rates Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Despite all signs pointing toward a growing housing sector—record-low mortgage rates, strong refinance activity, and falling interest rates—information from Axios shows homeownership rates are dropping across the board. From 2002 to 2018, the homeownership rate for ages 35-64 have fallen, and some by nearly 10%. “The homeownership rate started to decline in 2004–2005 in the middle of the housing boom. For all the record issuance of subprime mortgages, option ARMs and NINJA loans, the rate declined, at almost exactly the same rate at which it continued to deteriorate during the worst years of the financial crisis,” says the report. “Even the post-crisis recovery didn’t change things. Only in the past couple of years have homeownership rates ticked up a tiny bit.”Axios revealed that the homeownership rate for those younger than 35 fell from 43% in 2004 to 36% in 2018. The 35-44-year-old age group decline from its peak at 69% in 2005, to 60% last year. The homeownership rate for those aged 45-54 fell from 77% in 2004 to 70% in 2018, and those aged 55-64 saw a decline in homeownership from 2004’s 82% to 2018’s 75%. A report by CNN stated existing home sales fell 1.7% from May and had a 2.2% year-over-year drop, which is on par with home sales from 2015.Making matters worse for prospective buyers, is that prices for homes continued to rise, according to CoreLogic’s Case-Shiller Home Price Index (HPI), which reported home prices grew 3.4% in May 2019.“Growth in home prices, as measured by the Case-Shiller HPI, began to stabilize in May.  The more than 100 basis point decrease in mortgage rates since November has revived home sales and given buyers additional purchasing power in the market,” said Tian Liu, Chief Economist at Genworth Mortgage Insurance. “That extra purchasing power is beginning to show up in home prices.”The Mortgage Banks Association announced the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to its lowest level since November 2016, as the average rate on a loan lower than $484,350 is 4.01%. Along with crippling student debt and an exodus from out of rural areas and into urban settings, one of the issues identified in the report was the falling minority homeownership rate. Homeownership rates for African-Americans and Hispanics are under 50%, according to the report.“As America becomes increasingly nonwhite, the culture will continue to move away from the homeownership ideal,” the report said. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Why are Homeownership Rates Falling? Previous: NYC’s Continuing Fight Against Zombie Properties Next: Innovation Center Launched by Title Company Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville.  Print This Post Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

New Last Glacial Maximum ice thickness constraints for the Weddell Sea Embayment, Antarctica

first_imgWe describe new Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) ice thickness constraints for three locations spanning the Weddell Sea Embayment (WSE) of Antarctica. Samples collected from the Shackleton Range, Pensacola Mountains, and the Lassiter Coast constrain the LGM thickness of the Slessor Glacier, Foundation Ice Stream, and grounded ice proximal to the modern Ronne Ice Shelf edge on the Antarctic Peninsula, respectively. Previous attempts to reconstruct LGM-to-present ice thickness changes around the WSE used measurements of long-lived cosmogenic nuclides, primarily Be-10. An absence of post-LGM apparent exposure ages at many sites led to LGM thickness reconstructions that were spatially highly variable and inconsistent with flow line modelling. Estimates for the contribution of the ice sheet occupying the WSE at the LGM to global sea level since deglaciation vary by an order of magnitude, from 1.4 to 14.1m of sea level equivalent. Here we use a short-lived cosmogenic nuclide, in situ-produced C-14, which is less susceptible to inheritance problems than Be-10 and other long-lived nuclides. We use in situ C-14 to evaluate the possibility that sites with no post-LGM exposure ages are biased by cosmogenic nuclide inheritance due to surface preservation by cold-based ice and non-deposition of LGM-aged drift. Our measurements show that the Slessor Glacier was between 310 and up to 655m thicker than present at the LGM. The Foundation Ice Stream was at least 800m thicker, and ice on the Lassiter Coast was at least 385m thicker than present at the LGM. With evidence for LGM thickening at all of our study sites, our in situ C-14 measurements indicate that the long-lived nuclide measurements of previous studies were influenced by cosmogenic nuclide inheritance. Our inferred LGM configuration, which is primarily based on minimum ice thickness constraints and thus does not constrain an upper limit, indicates a relatively modest contribution to sea level rise since the LGM of < 4.6 m, and possibly as little as < 1.5 m.last_img read more