Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) Q12019 Interim Report

first_imgAiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng)  2019 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAiico Insurance Plc is a leading insurance company in Nigeria offering life assurance and annuity, general insurance and special risk, pension management, health insurance and asset management. The company is the second-largest insurance company in Nigeria by gross premiums and has a diversified client base which includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Life insurance products include an annuity plan, corporate savings plan, education, flexible endowment plan, group life insurance plan, income investment plan, life celebration plan, mortgage protection plan, term assurance and three payment plant. Aiico Insurance Plc has a controlling stake in Multishield Plc and a minority stake in Healthcare International Plc and Aiico Capital Plc. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Aiico Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Which are the best shares to buy now for 2021?

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Peter Stephens I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Peter Stephens | Sunday, 3rd January, 2021 Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Which are the best shares to buy now for 2021? Deciding which are the best shares to buy now is clearly very subjective. Different investors are likely to have differing views on what traits are most attractive in a specific company.However, the most attractive stocks to purchase today could be those businesses with solid financial positions and competitive advantages that provide less risk and greater return potential.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Furthermore, they’re likely to trade at low prices that mean there’s significant scope for capital growth in 2021 and over the long run.Financially-sound businesses may be among the best buysThe best shares to buy now could include those companies that are likely to overcome short-term economic and political risks. Threats such as coronavirus and Brexit could weigh on investor sentiment in the early part of 2021. They may even cause a market downturn that’s catalysed by challenging operating conditions across many sectors.Companies with strong balance sheets may be able to capitalise on difficult industry outlooks. For example, they may have access to capital that enables them to make acquisitions to strengthen their market position. Or they may be able to outlast weaker peers to increase their market share. This could lead to them enjoying stronger profit growth in the long run as a likely economic recovery takes hold.Sound strategies and a competitive advantageThe most appealing shares to buy today may also have competitive advantages versus their sector peers. For example, they could have a unique product or enjoy strong customer loyalty. This may mean they produce more resilient levels of sales and profitability in challenging economic conditions, and benefit to a greater extent than rivals from improving operating conditions.Companies that have flexible strategies may also be more attractive buying opportunities at the present time. The world economy is undergoing rapid change that could fundamentally shift consumer demand within many industries.Those businesses with a low proportion of fixed costs and strategies that can adapt easily may find it less costly to adjust to a ‘new normal’ in the coming years. This may lead to greater profitability and a higher share price over time.A wide margin of safetyThe best shares to buy now are likely to have wide margins of safety. In other words, their present valuations are unlikely to accurately value their long-term financial prospects. This may be due to weak investor sentiment, or an uncertain near-term operating outlook. As a result, investors may be able to generate high returns as market sentiment improves and operating conditions do likewise.Even after the stock market rally in the final three quarters of 2020, many stocks trade at attractive prices. Buying a diverse range of them may produce impressive returns over the coming years that are ahead of the wider market. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

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NSPCC click-to-give programme passes £30,000 mark

first_imgNSPCC click-to-give programme passes £30,000 mark NSPCC’s Donate-4-Free online fundraising initiative has generated £31,169.54 so far.NSPCC’s Donate-4-Free online fundraising initiative has generated £31,169.54 so far. This has involved 552.506 clicks. Currently the corporate sponsors underwriting this click-to-give-for-free programme are donating 8p per click.Visit NSPCC Donate-4-Free. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 17 June 2001 | Newscenter_img  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Government extends its control over all media

first_imgNews May 28, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Reporters Without Borders regrets that President Alexander Lukashenko yesterday signed a decree establishing extensive control over Internet access and online content. The decree is due to take effect on 1 July.“The fears we expressed at the start of last month (see release below) have been realised,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Belarusian authorities are trying to tighten their control over the Internet as they already did with the traditional media.”The press freedom organisation added: “By subjecting online access to an identity check or to prior online authorisation that depends on the content and the applicant, this decree will force people to censor themselves. This is obviously the intention, regardless of the government’s insincerely reassuring comments about online free expression.”Decree No. 6 concerning “national Internet network improvement measures” requires that all online access devices such as computers and mobile phones be identified and registered with Internet Service Providers. This will ensure that the government controls the means by which its citizens access the Internet.At the same time, anyone going online in an Internet café or using a shared connection (for example, in an apartment building) will have to identify themselves, while a record of all online connections will have to be kept for a year. All these measures will inevitably discourage people from visiting independent and opposition websites.The decree also envisages the creation of an “analytic centre” attached to the president’s office that will be tasked with monitoring content before it is put online – clearly establishing censorship at the highest level of government. It is this centre that will distribute domain names and thereby have control over everyone’s online existence. Every request by the centre for a website’s closure must be carried out by the ISP concerned within 24 Hours. Even an ordinary Internet user’s request can result in closure as the decree encourages informing.The government made no bones about its goal of ideological censorship when it said it intended to follow the Chinese model. Usievalad Yancheuski, head of the ideological department in the president’s office, also made it clear when he said: “Our ideology will have a presence on the Internet, and it will be an effective one.” Such comments give the lie to Lukashenko’s claims that everyone will be free to say what they want online.These measures appear also designed to reinforce the government’s political control in the run-up to the next presidential election, due to be held in the spring of 2011. Follow the news on Belarus BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public”center_img February 2, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government extends its control over all media Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Organisation to go further News News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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French media censored in Tunisia because of articles by Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik

first_img TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa February 27, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French media censored in Tunisia because of articles by Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik Reporters Without Borders today condemned the action of the Tunisian authorities in banning issues of two French publications, the daily Le Monde and the weekly Le Nouvel Observateur, and blocking the website of a third, the daily Libération, because of articles by Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik critical of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.“After three years of silence, Taoufik Ben Brik has started to write again and this clearly has not been to the liking of the Tunisian authorities,” Reporters Without Borders said. “None of his articles have been able to circulate inside the country. It must be said that the Ben Ali regime is past master in the art of filtering news and information and preventing the dissemination of any criticism of the president.”The 23 February issue of Le Monde was not distributed in Tunisia because its supplement had a piece by Ben Brik headlined “Who still writes in Tunis?” Reporters Without Borders has established that a total 12 issues of Le Monde were censored by the Tunisian authorities in 2006, in most cases because they had articles about Tunisia. Distribution of Le Monde has become every erratic in Tunisia since the start of 2007. Three issues were censored in the space of a week in February, one of them containing an interview with Tunisian Human Rights League president Mokhtar Trifi.It was the 8 and 21 February issues of Le Nouvel Observateur – both with articles by Ben Brik – that never showed up in Tunisian news stands, while access to Libération’s website has been blocked inside Tunisia since 21 February, the day it published a scathing portrait of President Ben Ali by Ben Brik entitled “I will ‘vote’ for Ben Ali in 2009.” Access has also been blocked to leblogmedia.com, a blog published by Reporters Without Borders about media news, and the magazine Médias, since it started running a regular column by Ben Brik.Several French publications including the weeklies Charlie Hebdo and Le Canard Enchaîné, have banned in Tunisia for years. Distribution of Libération was banned for the first time in 1992. The authorities are also in the habit of authorising the distribution of an extremely small number of copies of a newspaper to avoid being accused of censorship. TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en An issue of the daily Le Monde and two issues of the weekly Le Nouvel Observateur, all containing articles by Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik, have not been distributed in Tunisia. Access to news websites with articles by him have also been blocked. News News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Organisation Follow the news on Tunisia News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder November 11, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information December 26, 2019 Find out more News to go further November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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Parsons Hosts Engineering Event for Young Women at Pasadena Corporate Headquarters

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Parsons hosted an “Evening of Engineering” at its Pasadena corporate headquarters on May 1, 2014. The event was aimed at junior and senior girls from local high schools—Arcadia High School, Blair High School, Flintridge Preparatory School, Franklin High School, John Muir High School, Maranatha High School, Mayfield Senior School, and Polytechnic School—who have a strong interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).The 2-hour event included a series of workshops and discussions that provided 30 participants with insights into choosing, studying, and working in various STEM-related disciplines. The workshops and discussions ranged from such topics as drainage/water quality and roads and highways to personal empowerment and ways engineers contribute to delivering a better world.“We were so excited to host an ‘Evening of Engineering’ and to get young women interested in science and technology,” said Metta Dollar, Parsons Talent Management Director and Pasadena Educational Foundation Board Member. “Who knows which of these students might work at Parsons someday.”“Special thanks to all of the Parsons employees who contributed to making this event a success as well as to the Pasadena Unified School District for its participation,” added Dollar. “We look forward to spearheading other local STEM-related initiatives in the near future.”As a global engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm with nearly 15,000 employees worldwide, Parsons understands the importance of introducing students to STEM and has spearheaded and/or supported STEM internship programming and in-school programming in the communities where our employees live and work. Previously called the Future Scientists and Engineers of America, Parsons has led its ParSTEM Pasadena Chapter for the past 17 years in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD). Parsons employees enjoy volunteering to work with PUSD students to perform real engineering and science. Parsons staff engage students in hands-on projects that range from building a robot to constructing a basic bridge. In addition, Parsons employees participate in other activities such as mock interviews and resume workshops.Parsons, celebrating 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on transportation, environmental/infrastructure, defense/security, and resources. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com. Business Districts News Parsons Hosts Engineering Event for Young Women at Pasadena Corporate Headquarters STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 | 11:28 am Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe HerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img More Cool Stuff Community News Make a comment Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

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first_img Community News Opinion & Columnists We Get Letters Published on Monday, May 25, 2020 | 3:30 am Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business Newscenter_img HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News May 24, 2020Mayor Terry TornekVice Mayor Tyron HamptonMembers of the Pasadena City CouncilPasadena, CA(By email)Re: Report and Related Documents Addressing Pasadena’s COVID-19 Response in Its Long-term Care FacilitiesDear Mayor Tornek, Vice Mayor Hampton, and Councilmembers:I am a longtime resident of Pasadena, an advocate for homeless neighbors in our community, a retired attorney after 31 years of state service, and a registered nurse (inactive). This letter addresses the following documents the City made public late last week related to Pasadena’s COVID-19 response for patients/residents and staff members residing or working in Pasadena’s long-term care facilities:May 21, 2020 Letter from Brenda Klutz to City Manager Steve Mermell; Ms. Klutz’ chronology entitled “ Onset of COVID-19 and the City of Pasadena’s Public Health Response” (“Chronology”); and City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris’ “Summary of Health Officer’s Authority Relating to Skilled Nursing Facilities.”First, I want to thank you for authorizing the engagement of a consultant to consider Pasadena’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as related to Pasadena’s long-term care facilities. According to the City’s COVID-19 dashboard, the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths related to long-term care facilities in Pasadena are very high: 71% of the total cases and 88.6% of the total deaths citywide. In contrast, Los Angeles County and Orange County report that COVID-19 deaths related to skilled nursing facilities are 52% and 38% of total COVID-19 deaths countywide, respectively.The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVets) reports that, as of May 11, 2020, only two veterans (total) have died from COVID-19 in its eight CalVet Veterans Homes. Of significance, on March 15, 2020, CalVets began restricting all visitation to the homes except to those in hospice care. Prior to that, group events both on and off the campuses were postponed, communal dining for most residents was halted, every employee was screened before entering the home, and the department increased the cleaning and sanitizing of all spaces. (www.calvet.ca.gov/COVID19.)Given these substantial jurisdictional differences in outcomes, I previously requested the City Council to thoroughly examine the imminent report to determine how this City might have better outcomes for our most vulnerable residents on a going forward basis. I urged the PPHD to reach out to other jurisdictions that have had better outcomes and to the California Public Health Department to determine whether additional measures needed to be adopted. Further, if state regulatory gaps were identified, I urged that those be addressed.I have reviewed the three documents referenced above. Preliminarily, the Chronology raises a number of questions suggesting that further inquiry is warranted. Since I will be unable to ask those questions, I respectfully include those questions for your consideration in the Addendum attached to this letter, not to play “Monday morning quarterback,” but to, hopefully, elicit critical information that is missing or unclear that may be useful in protecting the patients/residents and staff in our long-term care facilities from the next wave of COVID-19 and beyond.Ms. Klutz’s one-page report notes that she was asked “to review the City of Pasadena Public Health Department’s (PPHD) actions, orders, public health nurse logs of onsite visits and calls, emails and other documents or assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This review included the information sent to the administrators, directors of nursing and infection control preventionists providing care to the residents of the City of Pasadena’s long-term care facilities.” Ms. Klutz concludes as follows: “As a result of my review, I found the PPHD to have responded in a timely and thorough manner to provide orders and technical assistance to prevent, detect and/or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.”I am unaware of Ms. Klutz’s expertise in epidemiology, infection control, pandemics, or public health. Assuming she is qualified to render the conclusions expressed in her report, the apparent scope of her assignment raises substantial concerns as Vice Mayor Hampton and Councilmember Gordo have already stated. Was she simply asked to review what PPHD did or, was she asked to evaluate why Pasadena’s numbers are so high as compared with other jurisdictions, whether there were possible measures that could have produced better outcomes, and whether there are gaps in regulations covering education, training, inspection and the like? The report itself does not suggest that she was tasked with providing guidance on how Pasadena may have better outcomes in the future by instituting additional protective measures in its long-term care facilities.I am certain that Dr. Goh and her staff are working very hard during this crisis and I am grateful for that. But our COVID-19 case and death rates in our long-term care facilities should receive our City’s highest attention and most resources. Patients and residents in our long-term care facilities are among our most vulnerable residents and they have borne the brunt of COVID-19. While I agree with Dr. Goh’s statement “[t]here needs to be discussions at a national level on how these facilities are funded, staffed and regulated,” what is our City going to do in the meantime? Is the PPHD going to follow the same measures it did in “the first wave” of COVID-19 (since no shortcomings are identified) and yet expect better results?Attorney Bagneris states in her memorandum as follows: “The City of Pasadena Public Health Department is a local health department with specific responsibilities and authorities for the protection of public health under the California Health and Safety Code. A city health department is independent of a county health department unless the city has elected to be included within the jurisdiction of the county health department.” (5/21/2020 Bagneris Memo. to City Council, citing Health & Safety Code section 101185.) It is unclear whether the city has elected to be included within the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Health Department. My review of this memorandum leads me to believe that is not the case, but I may be wrong. Attorney Bagneris also notes that “the California Department of Public Health may, in its discretion, opt to ‘control and regulate’ local health authorities, but has not elected to exercise that control at this time.” (Bagneris Memo., p. 1.) The statutory authority cited in the memorandum suggests that PPHD has a huge responsibility in protecting patients/residents and staff in our long-term care facilities.On May 26, 2020, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be considering whether to approve a motion that provides for the appointment of an Inspector General to provide a report by August 1, 2020, “on the Oversight and Operations of Skilled Nursing Facilities in Los Angeles County (Report), with the Report to include an evaluation of SNFs within the County, and recommendations on operational and programmatic changes necessary to improve the County’s monitoring and oversight of these facilities, including legislative and regulatory recommendations aimed at improving operations within these facilities, given the role of State and Federal regulations impacting the operation of these facilities.” Since Pasadena has its own public health department, it is unclear how the motion applies to this City. I have reached out to Supervisor Barger’s Office for clarification. If the motion would not cover Pasadena’s long-term care facilities, I urge this Council to consider how Pasadena can adopt measures similar to those in the motion in order to provide accountability and best practices for the care and protection of our vulnerable patients/residents and staff members in our long-term care facilities in the future. I urge the Council to also examine the extent of PPHD’s regulatory authority over all of its long-term care facilities. If there are gaps in that authority, the Council should determine how to bridge those gaps.Thank you for your consideration.Sincerely,Sonja K. Berndt, R.N. (inactive), J.D.Cc: Michele Beal Bagneris, City AttorneyPasadena NowGot something to say, email Managing Editor André Coleman, at [email protected] Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 53 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

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How Online Auctions Impact REO Holding Time

first_img  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Since 2016, foreclosure sales have generated $1.2 billion in surplus funds for distressed homeowners—that and related intel is included in a 2021 Seller Strategy Report from online auction marketplace Auction.com. According to Auction, using an analysis of more than 70,000 properties brought to foreclosure auction in Q1-4 2020, the report identifies distressed disposition strategies that yield better outcomes for mortgage servicers, distressed homeowners, and underserved neighborhoods.“We want mortgage servicers to be equipped with the tools they need to most effectively and compassionately work with distressed homeowners, particularly those who have been impacted by the pandemic,” said Jason Allnutt, Auction.com CEO. “This will help to achieve better disposition outcomes—not just for the servicer but also for the distressed homeowner and the surrounding neighborhood.”Auction’s surplus funds analysis found that third-party foreclosure auction sales not only yield the highest price execution relative to foreclosure credit bid—17 percentage points higher than price execution for traditional REO sales—but also are increasingly generating surplus funds above total debt owed to the foreclosing lender.After paying off junior lien holders, any excess surplus funds go back to the distressed homeowner.More than 40% of all foreclosure sales in 2019 and 2020 generated surplus funds, according to data from Auction’s platform. That is more than twice the percentage of sales with surplus funds between 2012 and 2015. More than $1.2 billion in surplus funds have been generated by third-party foreclosure sales on the Auction.com platform in the last five years.“Even among properties with no perceived equity—those with a specified credit bid at foreclosure—16% ended up becoming full payoffs, demonstrating the power of a transparent auction marketplace to uncover hidden equity for distressed homeowners,” said Ali Haralson, Auction.com President.Online auction offers for short sales and other pre-foreclosure sales outperform MLS offers more than half the time, by an average of more than $30,000, or 18 percent.The report revealed that online auctions reduce REO holding times by 52% or 139 days. It showed 71% of third-party foreclosure sales that are resold are owner-occupied within two years compared to only 49% of traditional REO sales.The full report is available on Auction.com. How Online Auctions Impact REO Holding Time The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago 2021-03-31 Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb March 31, 2021 911 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Home / Daily Dose / How Online Auctions Impact REO Holding Time Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Housing Industry Dealing With Pandemic Fallout Next: CFPB Rolls Back Several Regulatory Policies Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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Man sentenced to 19 years in prison for attempting to provide support to ISIS

first_imgKuzma/iStock(NEW YORK) — A Missouri man was sentenced to 19 years in prison Wednesday for attempting to provide help to the Islamic State group and attack the United States.Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., 28, pleaded guilty in September 2019 for attempting to provide material support to ISIS from October 2016 to February 2017, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. “Hester indicated that he had converted to Islam, expressed animus toward the United States, and posted photos of weapons and the ISIS flag, among other material, suggesting an adherence to radical Islamic ideology and a propensity for violence,” the DOJ wrote.After advocating for violence against the U.S. on social media, authorities said Hester was contacted by officials to see if he was interested in acting on his words. After undercover officers made contact, “he immediately showed that he wanted action in addition to words.”“Law enforcement engaged Hester to see if he was truly committed to an act of terrorism, and his responses left no doubt that he was,” according to the DOJ.Hester identified potential areas for terrorist attacks such as “federal places,” government officials,” “military bases,” “oil production” and “Wall Street.”Undercover agents, according to authorities, said Hester agreed to help build a bomb and store weapons for an attack with the “purpose to maximize the number of casualties.”The DOJ said he was briefly enlisted in the U.S. Army — he received a general discharge after less than a year of service — and that his experience made him proficient with assault weapons and that he could gain access to military bases.He has remained in custody since his arrest in February 2017.Hester faces a lifetime of supervised release once he’s out of prison.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Friday Night Stars Sparkle in CDI5* Competition at AGDF

first_img Horse Sport Enews The USA’s Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper welcomed a victory in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI5*, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, in the first “Friday Night Stars” competition of the season. Week seven of the 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) concludes on Sunday, February 28, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The circuit hosts 10 weeks of international and national dressage competition until April 4. Free live streaming and on-demand of select classes are available to view at globaldressagefestival.com.Peters and Suppenkasper, Akiko Yamazaki and Four Winds Farm’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Spielberg, danced under the lights at Equestrian Village to a score of 80.995%.“There were lots of things that were great,” began Peters. “The piaffe felt really good, great half-passes, the pirouette felt good. To me, one of the highlights of ‘Mopsie’ now, that used to be so difficult, is the collected walk. I used to have to hide that a little bit in the corner, but now I’m doing it on the diagonal because I can really show the relaxation. That might look like a boring movement, but to me it’s huge. Of course, I risked a little bit much in that one extension, so he broke; one little fumble. The rest felt great.”Despite having no general attendance, the night still had its usual buzz of excitement, and Suppenkasper handled the atmosphere like a pro. Peters rode to a slightly different floor plan than normal, and despite some miscommunication, still pulled off the +80%.“The floor plan was different this time,” he said. “I do the extended walk 20 meters and then another 20 meters collected walk across the diagonal. So, the half-passes are going the opposite way. I think that was slightly confusing to the judges. There was a little miscommunication before, but it was my fault. I should have been clearer about it.“One thing you don’t want to do, you don’t want to confuse the judges. And I did,” he said with a smile.The pair have finished competing at AGDF, and they will resume their training with the hope of making it onto the final USA Dressage shortlist. Peters concluded, “We decided to bubble wrap him from here and preserve him and head back to California next week.”Second place in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI5*, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors went to Yvonne Losos De Muniz (DOM) on Aquamarijn, her own 2005 KWPN mare by United, with 77.070%. Of her mount and their night’s performance, Losos De Muniz said, “Tonight [Aquamarjin] felt amazing. I always go full out; 100 percent for everything. If I get it, that’s great; if I don’t, it’s a disaster. I like riding like that, and I did it again tonight. I went full out on certain things that I paid for at the end, but that’s the part I like about it, seeing how much I can push it. I’m not very good at being conservative. Some of the things I pushed, I’ve never felt before, like the pirouettes. The passage [and] piaffe is also getting a lot better. I can push a little more. I tend to always have to push it to the edge, so I do it. If I don’t get it, I don’t.”Guenter Seidel (USA) on Equirelle, Leatherdale Farms and Louise Leatherdale’s 2009 KWPN mare by Florett AS, closed out the top three with a 75.560%. The evening was the mare’s first time competing at night under the lights, and Seidel was impressed with how she stepped up to the plate.“For the state we’re in in our partnership,” he explained, “I was pleased with her. Compared to [Yvonne] riding at 100 percent, I only ride at 50 percent. Hopefully that will change in the future, but I’m very pleased with her and I’m super happy with how she handled it all and how she presented herself. Nothing was perfect, but she stayed with me the whole time. It was overall a harmonious ride, and I think that’s what everyone is looking for.”Judge at C Michael Osinski applauded the evening’s rides, noting the quality of the performances and of the entire event. “Certainly, we have to say that in light of the current environment, it’s exceptional to be here,” admitted Osinski. “It’s wonderful to see such high-quality riding. We just owe kudos to the organization, to all of the people that participate in this, and to the riders for being here. It’s very special.”AGDF Director of Sport Thomas Baur concluded, “It’s really important to have a five star here in the U.S, as it’s the only one in the Western Hemisphere. I think the turnout for the five star and the quality is more or less 90 percent of the top riders here in the country. I’m happy about that, and we’ll continue to offer the five star in the future.”The night began at 7 p.m. with the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Premier Equestrian. Australia’s Kelly Layne topped that class with a fierce freestyle created by Gary Patterson.Layne and Samhitas, the 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Sir Donnerhall I that she co-owns with Nori Maezawa, topped the class with a 76.500%.“He actually felt really, really good in the test tonight,” expressed Layne. “He was a little bit nervous walking in because he hasn’t done this for a year, but the moment the music came on, he got a little excited, and once we went in it was like he was glued to me. I felt like I was floating. I think we were!”The pair had several show-stopping moments throughout their test, and Layne noted the gelding’s strength and how they paired well with her own.“I think the horse has an exceptionally beautiful trot,” she said. “Just from God, it’s nothing that I’ve done to it. My job is to show it off to the best of my ability. The trot half-passes really felt like a highlight; the passage was a highlight. He struggles a little bit with the piaffe, but I was really pleased with it in there. There was no doubt in my mind he was going to do it. My one tempi changes, I’m very happy with these. He nailed both lines. That’s something that is a little bit of a feature on him as well. In the trot, he really gets super expressive in it. I was super happy with how relaxed he was in the walk. To go from such high energy and then he just was like, ‘Oh good, we’re walking.’ Anybody who is at that level knows how difficult that is to do.”The night’s score was the duo’s second personal best of the week, and Layne relayed her excitement.“I’m thrilled to have a personal best tonight,” she said. “We hoped that we could achieve this level, and he’s still really young. He’s a June baby, so he’s not quite 12 yet, and we’ve only been together for two years. I feel like we’re becoming a combination. For sure it takes that long; you can’t do it in less time, to know each other and all your little quirks. He has to understand my strengths and weaknesses as well, and he covers for some of them, that’s for sure.”Jennifer Williams (USA) and her own Sueno Hit, a 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Sandro Hit, rode away with second place honors after earning a 71.860% in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Premier Equestrian. Dongseon Kim (KOR) on DSK Belstaff, his own 2007 Hanoverian stallion by Brentano II, earned a 70.085% that put them in third place.Earlier in the day, Peters topped the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI1* aboard Five Rings Farm’s 2012 Oldenburg stallion by Bordeaux, Boreas FRF, with a 74.706%. Second place went to Susan Pape (GBR) on Harmony’s Giulilianta, a 2011 KWPN mare by Jazz owned by Pape and Harmony Sporthorses, with 72.990%. Peters (USA) also rounded out the top three of the 10-horse class with Boston Strong, a 2010 Oldenburg gelding by Bordeaux owned by Christina Vinios, with 71.519%.In the FEI Intermediaire I CDI3*, presented by Donato Farms, Dongseon Kim (KOR) took home the win on his own Lord Nunes, a 2012 Rheinlander stallion by Lord Loxley I, with 71.177%. Canada’s Alexandra Reid earned the second place award with Flynn, Elaine Cordia Van Reesema’s 2010 Danish Warmblood gelding by Wynton, with 67.990%. Third place went to Michael Klimke (GER) on Domino 957, Uwe Kappel’s 2012 Westphalian mare by Den Haag 12, with 67.500%.The FEI Grand Prix for Special CDI 3*, presented by Hygain Feeds welcomed a win for the USA’s Benjamin Ebeling on Illuster Van De Kampert, a 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Spielberg owned by Amy Roberts Ebeling and Nuvolari Holdings, LLC, who topped the class with a 73.326%. Second place earned a score of 71.304% and went to Susan Dutta (USA) and Don Design DC, Susan and Tim Dutta’s 2010 Hanoverian gelding by Der Designer. Third place honors went to Nick Wagman (USA) with Ferano, a 2010 Danish Warmblood gelding by Scandic owned by Elizabeth Keadle, with 70.217%.For more information and to see a full list of results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.Final Results FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI5*, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors:1. Steffen Peters (USA) on Suppenkasper, Akiko Yamazaki and Four Winds Farm’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Spielberg: 81.775, 81.350, 80.375, 79.575, 81.900; 80.995%2. Yvonne Losos De Muniz (DOM) on Aquamarijn, her own 2005 KWPN mare by United: 76.275, 79.450, 76.075, 77.150, 76.400; 77.070%3. Guenter Seidel (USA) on Equirelle, Leatherdale Farms and Louise Leatherdale’s 2009 KWPN mare by Florett AS: 75.450, 74.325, 76.600, 77.600, 73.825; 75.560%4. Jan Ebeling (USA) on Indeed, Vantage Equest Group II, LLC’s 2008 Danish Warmblood mare by Hofrat: 72.700, 74.550, 73.750, 75.000, 73.675; 73.935%5. Katherine Bateson Chandler (USA) on Alcazar, Jane Forbes Clark’s 2005 KWPN gelding by Contango: 75.975, 72.775, 72.550, 71.175, 69.925; 72.480%6. Sahar Daniel Hirosh (ISR) on Whitman, Jane Suwalsky’s 2003 KWPN gelding by Rhodium: 69.875, 67.800, 70.175, 71.575, 68.425; 69.570%Final Results FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Premier Equestrian:1. Kelly Layne (AUS) on Samhitas, Kelly Layne and Nori Maezawa’s 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Sir Donnerhall I: 76.950, 76.275, 77.425, 75.500, 76.350; 76.500%2. Jennifer Williams (USA) on Sueno Hit, her own 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Sandro Hit: 72.500, 73.150, 71.525, 71.825, 70.300; 71.860%3. Dongseon Kim (KOR) on DSK Belstaff, his own 2007 Hanoverian stallion by Brentano II: 71.050, 71.725, 71.575, 68.925, 67.150; 70.085%4. Paula Matute Guimon (ESP) on Delagronge, Carolin Mallmann’s 2008 Oldenburg stallion Don Niro: 69.000, 70.475, 71.825, 68.425, 69.375; 69.820%5. Pia Fortmuller (CAN) on Kartsevo Goldfinch, Dagmar and Pia Fortmueller’s 2011 KWPN stallion by Jazz: 69.525, 70.250, 68.475, 71.125, 68.675; 69.610%6. Naima Moreira Laliberté (CAN) on I Do Kiss, KML Inc’s 2006 Swedish Warmblood stallion by French Kiss: 69.400, 69.225, 70.475, 69.250, 66.050; 68.880%7. Krystalann Shingler (CAN) on Fidelio, her own 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Fidertanz: 65.200, 67.000, 68.225, 70.050, 68.975; 67.890%8. Jessica Jo Tate (USA) on Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon, Pam Liddell’s 2008 Connemara gelding by Gun Smoke: 67.025, 68.400, 68.000, 65.475, 69.775; 67.735%9. Joanne Vaughan (GEO) on Al Martino 10, her own 2004 Holsteiner gelding by Almoretto: 63.800, 65.175, 64.300, 61.375, 65.725; 64.075% Tags: Dressage, Steffen Peters, AGDF, Suppenkasper, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. 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