Advertisement Megan began acting at the age of 9, landing her first lead role at 11 in the TV series Matt and Jenny. Her long list of TV credits includes playing Queen Catherine de’ Medici in Reign, the 2012 miniseries World Without End and Michelle Gibson in Wynonna Earp.Follows also appeared in the films Hockey Night, opposite Rick Moranis; Stephen King’s Silver Bullet; A Time of Destiny, with William Hurt and Timothy Hutton, and Inherit the Wind, opposite Kirk Douglas and Jason Robards. Advertisement The actress who will forever be known to a certain generation of Canadians as Anne of Green Gables is this year’s recipient of the Stratford Festival Legacy Award.Megan Follows, who portrayed the literary character in the 1985 miniseries Anne of Green Gables and its sequel Anne of Avonlea, will receive the honour at a gala Sept. 24 at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel.Follows, 50, was a member of the festival company for two seasons and played Juliet to now artistic director Antoni Cimolino’s Romeo in 1992, but her family’s connection with the fest goes back to its founding in 1953 when her mother, Dawn Greenhalgh, joined. Her father, Ted Follows, joined two years later and sister Edwina Follows was a company member in 1974, Stratford said in a news release. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment She has done theatre for Soulpepper, the National Arts Centre, L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse and San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and starred in 2013 in Nightwood Theatre’s The Penelopiad, a sort of sequel to Homer’s Odyssey by Margaret Atwood, which Follows will direct for the Grand Theatre later this year.“Megan was always incredibly gifted and she has become extremely accomplished not only as an actor onstage and screen but now as a director as well,” Cimolino said in the release.The Legacy Gala will be hosted by longtime Stratford actor and TV and movie star Colm Feore, who received the award in 2015, and will include tributes from Cimolino, author Margaret Atwood, actress Sara Farb, singer-songwriter Dayna Manning and more.By Debra Yeo Login/Register With: Twitter
APTN National NewsAnishinaabe-Metis comedian Ryan McMahon believes in breaking down barriers.“As a Native comic, it’s a lot more challenging. I’m political, I’m angry, it’s my chance to ‘fist-fight’ the audience with my ideas and my words,” said McMahon.He performed in Winnipeg this week and APTN’s Jaydon Flett caught up with him.
13 March 2008Women who have survived sexual violence endure a “triple tragedy” – physical, psychological and social – in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South African singer and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Goodwill Ambassador Miriam Makeba has said. Women who have survived sexual violence endure a “triple tragedy” – physical, psychological and social – in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South African singer and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Goodwill Ambassador Miriam Makeba has said.Ms. Makeba, on a four-day visit to the capital Kinshasa, is touring small farming projects which seek to help rape survivors feed their families and boost their self-reliance. The women taking part in the scheme have received seeds, tools and agricultural training from FAO.“Women guarantee the survival of 80 per cent of the households in DRC. Yet despite their crucial role for the well-being of the family, they are frequently victims to rape and sexual violence,” she said, adding that the systematic rape of women in recent years is the “most horrifying feature of the complex emergency” in the vast Central African nation.In the volatile North Kivu province alone, 27,000 cases of sexual violence were recorded in 2006, the singer, who was appointed FAO Goodwill Ambassador in 1999, noted.She also pointed out that despite the DRC’s “vast potential for economic growth,” 70 per cent of the population faces food insecurity, malnutrition rates are rising and approximately 3.5 million people have lost their lives in the past two decades to violence, famine and disease.In concert with other UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local authorities, FAO’s Emergency Coordination and Rehabilitation Unit has helped 500,000 households, or over two million people, and intends to increase their assistance to aid some 800,000 households this year.The agency’s projects, prioritizing vulnerable groups such as internally displaced persons (IDPs), malnourished children and ex-combatants, have provided farming and fishing equipment, seeds and disease-free plants and road repairs to bolster market access.“I would like my visit to this country to be an opportunity to renew and strengthen our commitment and ensure that innocent victims suffering from hunger have access to the necessary resources to cultivate their hope for a better life,” said Ms. Makeba, recipient of the 1986 Dag Hammarskjöld Prize for Peace.While in the DRC, she also plans to visit a project for families impacted by HIV/AIDS, as well as meet with high-ranking Government officials and representative of UN agencies and NGOs.
MONTREAL — Air Canada has finalized a previously announced order for at least 45 Bombardier CSeries passenger jets, worth US$3.8 billion at list prices.Deliveries of the CS300 jets — currently the largest model of Bombardier’s new CSeries planes — will begin in late 2019 and extend to 2022.Air Canada also has an option to order up to 30 additional CS300s — making the order potentially worth up to US$6.3 billion, at list prices. The actual price is usually discounted but not announced.Air Canada Inc threatens to walk away from Bombardier Inc CSeries deal if legislation over maintenance isn’t passedBombardier Inc slams Moody’s downgrade as Quebec investment is finalizedThe two Montreal-based companies announced a preliminary agreement in February as part of a series of initiatives by Bombardier, Air Canada, and the Quebec and federal governments.The province agreed last week to provide the first $500-million instalment of a $1 billion investment in the CSeries program by the end of this month and the second instalment on Sept. 1.Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Ottawa is continuing to negotiate potential financial support for Bombardier, which is seeking $1 billion from the federal governmentAir Canada’s order confirmation was announced a day before Bombardier delivers the first CSeries aircraft to Swiss International Air Lines, the first carrier to operate the new generation of plane.
TORONTO — Air Miles is raising some of the recent daily limits imposed on redeeming miles for in-store purchases from retailers.The customer loyalty program says the new daily limit on Air Miles Cash redemptions, in most cases, has been raised to $100.Air Miles has set a different limit for in-store redemptions at Shell — capped at $60 per transaction.The new limits, effective Monday, are up from a $50 limit set in April.In-store redemptions of Air Miles Cash points were briefly stopped in March due to the discovery that some stolen cash miles had been used to make purchases.In April, some Air Miles collectors expressed frustration with the $50 limit because it was down from $750 prior to the suspension.The rewards program also angered many members last year with its proposal to void unused Air Miles after five years, only to abandon that plan weeks before it was to take effect.The back track on the five-year limit also provoked outcry from members who said they redeemed their miles thinking they were about to expire and wouldn’t if they had known Air Miles was going to walk back from that policy.
Dedicated vs. Shared Cloud Voice Services Darin Ward October 03, 2019 When moving voice to the cloud, many service providers tout their dedicated solutions. But is “dedicated” all that it’s cracked up to be? This client needed to record workers who weren’t otherwise part of the contact center environment. Its options were:Pay for a much moe expensive contact center license for these users.Get a less expensive license that resides on the administrative side of the system and store the calls in a separate repository from the contact center recordings.Eventually the client was able to negotiate a reduced license fee and used the contact center licenses for these users. Again, this was an unanticipated increase to its monthly costs. In both cases, the clients ended up with solutions that were somewhat different than they thought they were buying. Here are some things the providers glossed over during the sales process: 4. Contact center separation. While both clients knew that the contact center capabilities were provided separately from the administrative call handling, they still expected a cohesive solution where the two components worked well together. Instead, they both have issues with calls from one system being treated differently from calls that originated in the other system. For example, if an agent is on a call that came through the contact center system, the contact center software sees the agent “active” and so doesn’t route another call to that agent. But if a call comes in to an agent from the administrative side, the contact center doesn’t “see” that call and will route a call to the agent even though the agent is already on a call. Log in or register to post comments Each system lacked a simple, direct method for allowing callers to reach agents with whom they were having an ongoing discussion. Workarounds made it possible, primarily by routing calls to the agents through the administrative side of the system. This impacted reporting and call recording because they only tracked or recorded calls coming through the contact center side of the system. The reports don’t provide a full picture of agent activity because they exclude calls from the administrative side, and the time that agents spent handling them. Furthermore, these customer-facing calls weren’t recorded, resulting in a loss of documentation and customer data. 5 Steps for A Seamless Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 09, 2019 Ensuring that IT and business teams are on the same page before, during, and after the process is key to a successful migration. Are We Heading for Cloud in a Box? Tom Nolle September 26, 2019 As the cloud craze continues, enterprises are looking for simplified “in a box” cloud solutions to address their communication and collaboration needs. 3. The learning curve. Each client was told it would have an implementation team that would guide it through the process. This was true. Both implementation teams included competent people who cared about the success of their projects. But both teams were remote; neither provider had an onsite expert available to answer questions or participate in spontaneous discussions. Emails and scheduled calls took the place of real-time conversations, and the burden fell on the clients’ IT teams to figure a lot of things out on their own. Lack of real-time onsite expertise caused some frustration; by the time the client’s team was able to talk with the vendor’s team, some of the context was lost. In other cases, the back and forth (“try this and let me know what happens”) just took too long. While both clients were able to resolve their issues and both teams learned a lot, neither had counted on the frustration involved. This client’s call recording capability is provided by yet another third party. Although the cloud provider had recommended this call recording solution, during implementation the engineers assigned to the project turned out to be unfamiliar with it. They spent a lot of time just getting the settings and the configuration correct, and the client heard a lot of comments from both sides to the effect of “I know my product, but not the other one we are working with.” It’s simply not possible to anticipate all of the potential challenges when working with complex technology implementations. However, understanding all of the components included in potential solutions will help you evaluate their complexity and at least give you an idea of what to expect. sctcperspective_Small.png “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.Tags:News & ViewsSCTCcloud deploymentcloud gotchasCloud CommunicationsConsultant PerspectivesDeployment Models Articles You Might Like Join me at Enterprise Connect 2019, taking place March 18 to 21 in Orlando, Fla., where I’ll be sharing more practical guidance for cloud migrations. (Register by Friday, Jan. 18, to receive the Advance Rate — and as a No Jitter reader you can use the code NJPOSTS to save an extra $200.) I’ve recently worked on a couple of projects that involved migration of my clients’ UC environments to cloud solutions. Both projects involved contact center and business user requirements, which the clients discussed at length with their selected cloud vendors. See All in Cloud Communications » 5. Call recording. One client was told that it must have equipment on its premises to handle the storage for call recordings, so the traffic wouldn’t overload the link to the provider’s data center. Because the hardware was on the customer’s premises, the client would be responsible for maintenance, patching, updates, etc. on the hardware. Since one of its primary goals in moving to a cloud solution was to reduce the amount of hardware it was supporting, this wasn’t welcome news. Eventually the provider concluded that as long as the client only used call recording for a few agents, on-premises hardware wouldn’t be required. However, if the client’s need for call recordings increases over time it’ll have to revisit this issue. cloud_pieces.jpg 5 Ways Cloud UCC Changed the Workforce Mark Roberts September 16, 2019 The UCC digital renaissance has come and stayed. Now, enterprises are fine tuning their networks to better engage employees and customers. 1. The actual carriers for the PSTN traffic. Each provider portrayed its offering as a “one throat to choke” solution. But when it came down to it, there were other players on the field. In one case, the UCaaS solution required separate carriers for the direct-inward-dial (DID) and toll-free traffic. In the other case, the cloud provider relies on one carrier for the client’s MPLS network and another for DID/toll-free numbers. While the clients do each have one place to call for all issues, they’re now hearing the familiar blame-game excuses about problems being due to the carriers and out of the cloud providers’ control. In both cases, the carriers included as part of the solution weren’t the clients’ preferred choices. Hyping Up Hybrid: Making the Case Ryan Daily September 05, 2019 With the race to the cloud heating up, some enterprises aren’t dashing to the finish line with the same intensity – opting instead for a “hybrid” pace. The other client also had challenges with call recording. It had compliance requirements for storing recordings beyond the threshold offered by the cloud provider, which told the client it could move the older recordings to another (client-provided) location and create its own tool to search and access those files. Eventually the provider did find a way to lengthen the storage period, but at an additional — unanticipated — cost to the client. 2. Integration capability. This is often a challenge and one of the biggest areas for potential problems. Realizing this, one client had done a lot of upfront investigation into integration between the cloud solution and an in-house CRM system. The client talked with both providers, receiving assurance that they could make the solution work. This proved to be one of the biggest issues in the implementation; as the providers dived into the details, they discovered unanticipated difficulties. The new system went live without the integration.
In a joint statement, three UN Special Rapporteurs, or independent rights experts, said that “new accusations” against fellow rapporteur, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, had been made by officials in the Government of President Rodrigo Duterte, “clearly in retaliation for her invaluable work defending the human rights of indigenous people worldwide”.Government officials have accused Ms. Corpuz of being an affiliate of the Communist Party in the southeast Asian island archipelago, and it’s alleged “terrorist activities” there. On 13 March, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations, Brigadier General Antonio Parlade, alleged at a news conference in the capital Manila, that the UN itself had been “infiltrated by the Communist Party of the Philippines through Ms. Tauli-Corpuz”, said the experts’ statement.This was despite the decision of a court in Manila, dated 27 July last year, which in effect ordered the indigenous rights expert’s name be removed from a petition filed by the Department of Justice, which was then seeking to declare the Communist Party a terrorist organization.Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, has been repeatedly targeted by the authorities, and accused of terrorism and alleged membership of the so-called New People’s Army. Last year, President Duterte’s spokesperson publicly accused the Rapporteur of seeking to embarrass the administration, according to the statement.“The criminalising discourse used by Philippine public officials undermines the value of the vital work of human rights defenders, denigrates them in the eyes of the public and may put them at risk of threats, violence or other forms of harassment,” said the experts.“We call on the Philippine Government to immediately stop these unacceptable attacks on the human rights work of Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, and to ensure her physical safety.”The three experts speaking out on her behalf are Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.In the fulfilment of her mandate, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz conducts fact-finding missions and reports on the human rights situation in specific countries, addresses cases of alleged violations of the rights of indigenous peoples through communications with Governments and others, promotes good practices and conducts thematic studies on topics of special importance to the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples.She is an indigenous leader from the Kankana-ey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. As an indigenous activist, she has worked for over three decades on building movements among indigenous peoples and as an advocate for women’s rights, and is a former Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.Last year, UN News spoke to her about her life and work, for our podcast series, UN Gender Focus:
Deshaun Thomas was named a third-team All-American selection by the Associated Press Monday. As the Big Ten’s leading scorer, Thomas averaged 19.8 points per game en route to a 29-8 finish after losing to Wichita State, 70-66, in the Elite Eight Saturday in Los Angeles. Thomas, who was also honored as a first-team All-Big Ten selection, had 23 points on 8 of 20 shooting in the loss. He joins three other Big Ten brethren to make the AP’s shortlist. Here’s the full list: First Team Trey Burke (Michigan, sophomore guard) Otto Porter, Jr. (Georgetown, sophomore forward) Victor Oladipo (Indiana, junior guard) Doug McDermott (Creighton, junior forward) Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga, junior forward) Second Team Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State, freshman guard) Cody Zeller (Indiana, sophomore forward) Mason Plumlee (Duke, senior forward) Shane Larkin (Miami, Fla., sophomore guard) Ben McLemore (Kansas, redshirt freshman guard) Third Team Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State, junior forward) Jeff Withey (Kansas, senior center) Russ Smith (Louisville, junior guard) Erick Green (Virginia Tech, senior guard) Nate Wolters (South Dakota State, senior guard)
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Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3040069 TWO IRISH MEDIA students have created a mental health awareness video which has been aired on ABC’s flagship show Good Morning America.The short film, ‘Dear Future Me’, got young people to write down and list the good things about themselves. Source: The One Year Project 2016/YouTubeClips from the four-minute video were featured on the popular morning US show while singer Michael Bublé was being interviewed about his new album and his future self.Third year students Alice Kiernan (20) from Julianstown, Meath and Megan Daly (20) from Arigna, Roscommon, are both studying media studies at Maynooth University.Kiernan said they called on friends and fellow students to appear in the short film.“It took us a week to create Dear Future Me, including filming and editing, and it went online on Wednesday. Irish students’ mental health video seen by over four million people in America ABC’s flagship show Good Morning America showed clips of the video during an interview with Michael Bublé. Sunday 23 Oct 2016, 6:20 AM The producer of Good Morning America contacted us on Thursday evening and asked if she could use the video on the show and for some information about us both.“An article about it appeared on the ABC news website and then they showed some clips from the video on Good Morning America.My hands went numb when I saw Michael Bublé on television looking at our video and photos. His album is about talking to his future self so it was amazing timing.The video was made in conjunction with ReachOut’s ‘Note To Self’ campaign. ReachOut is appealing to young people to write a positive postcard about themselves and to give with it the ReachOut team, who will post it back to them in the future.Read: Outrage as Government accused of U-turn on mental health budget commitment> By Cliodhna Russell Short URL 9 Comments Share538 Tweet Email6 23,386 Views Oct 23rd 2016, 6:20 AM
Recommended for you TCI: ‘Demons JAGS conquered are resurrected’; Preacher calls the country together at Natl Hero’s Day service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, may 29, 2017 – Providenciales – Today, on National Heroes Day, the day he officially established into law, the leader of the Opposition, Washington Misick made a series of distasteful remarks in his address at the Memorial Service for the country’s only National Hero, Rt Excellent JAGS McCartney.Below are Mr. Misick’s complete remarks:“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” Henry David ThoreauThat my friends is why most heroes live short lives but achieve more than many who go on to live into old age and Honourable JAGS McCartney was no different – meeting his early demise just shy of his 35th birthday.As someone growing up in the sixties, just five years younger than McCartney and witnessing the unprecedented wave of decolonization: 32 countries gaining independence between 1960 and 1968, including Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Guyana – a combination of the civil rights and the black-power movement in the US resulting in the civil rights act in 1964 and the voting rights act in 1965 instilled a sense of racial pride and self-esteem in blacks across the world, and greatly influence the fearless courage of McCartney and others to agitate for change in the status quo from colonial rule to the attainment of self-determination.I knew JAGS; we disagreed on the means and the timetable for self-determination – a divisive argument to this day, but we were never disagreeable. JAGS had a strong conviction and an unshakeable focus on improving the future of these islands. And in this he was selfless. McCartney was a humble man who never forgot his roots, or seek out credit for things he did or did not do, as so many of us do today. He was empathetic, and compassionate, always displaying a sense of concern and kindness devoid of partisan politics.Don’t get me wrong JAGs was no saint. He was human and never hypocritical about his faults. His love of women is legendary. He was a regular guy with his share of domestic issues, but he was also a great visionary with a profound sense of purpose leaving a legacy that testify to the fact that imperfection, has never been a barrier to greatness. JAGS were about love and about cooperation and compromise and working together. The decision to introduce legislation to establish a National Heroes Day on which JAGs was inducted as our first National Hero was easy for all of those reasons.There is a lot of cheap talk these days about change, but Jags was a real change agent, a leader who refused to work in the system but choose to work on the system instead. Change – historic change and heroic change comes by working on the system. Real change is not spin without substance. It is honesty in the face of vulnerability. McCartney despite his vulnerabilities demonstrated that he could be trusted with power. May those who have inherited his baton and all of us who lead prove to be trustworthy as we remember the contribution of our first National hero.#magneticmedianews#NationalHeroesDay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmeidanews, #nationalheroesday TCI: 25 Years of National Hero’s Day; JAGS is still the ‘One’ Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootings
Five months ago, Jimmy Nickell worked alongside other inmates from Larch Corrections Center to plant more than 40 rows of seeds in a 2-acre plot of land in the Andresen-St. Johns neighborhood.He and other prisoners then returned a handful of times over the summer to weed and spray the plants to keep away mildew.On Monday, Nickell worked to harvest the fruit of his labor: tens of thousands of pounds of butternut squash.“I think it’s pretty gratifying to see something at the beginning and to finish it all the way through,” he said.Snipped from their vines and then packed into crates, the squash was hauled off to the Clark County Food Bank. Although prison inmates have worked with the food bank in the past, the recent harvest was the product of a collaboration where the inmates did all the work — from seed to harvest.“I think they’re amazed at what their efforts led to,” said Jerry Hofer, co-owner of J’s Custom Landscaping. “Their effort was 90 percent of the work.”Hofer and Blair Wolfley, who manages Heritage Farm on 78th Street, worked together to lead the inmates and teach them how to grow the squash. That included laying about a mile and a half of irrigation drip lines.“These guys are good workers,” Hofer said. “The commitment and enthusiasm is high.”For the Department of Corrections, the work fell to its work crew program, which charges government agencies and nonprofits $1.31 per hour per inmate for their labor. For their work, inmates earn 50 cents an hour.
HAARP antenna array in Gakona, AK (Photo courtesy of the US Airforce)The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program or “HAARP” facility is gearing up for its busiest season since the University of Alaska Fairbanks acquired the Gakona-area atmospheric experimentation station from the Air Force.Listen nowHAARP Director Jessica Matthews says she and her staff and UAF officials are all pretty excited about the third and biggest research campaign the HAARP has hosted since the Air Force handed the facility over to the university in 2015.“This one is by far the largest and longest campaign that we’ve had,” Matthews said. “It’s scheduled for the 6th to the 14th. And we have about 43 hours of funded research that’s going to be going on this spring.”During the campaign, top-level research agencies will be paying to use the upper-atmosphere research observatory, which is operated by the UAF Geophysical Institute.“For this particular campaign, the funding agencies are Los Alamos National Lab, the Department of Energy, the Naval Research Lab, Air Force Research Lab and the National Science Foundation,” Matthews said.The organizations will use HAARP’s array of dozens of antennas, powerful radio-frequency transmitters and advanced monitoring instrumentation to conduct their experiments – which are similar to the kinds of applied research that’s been conducted there for more than a decade.“The goal of the research is the same, which is basically conducting fundamental research or study of the physical processes that are taking place at the very highest portions of our atmosphere, which is called the ionosphere,” Matthews said.Matthews says she’s hopeful HAARP’s will attract more world-class research for its fall research campaign. She’s hopeful the university will by year’s end gain title to the 1,000 acres on which the Air Force opened the facility in 2003 for some $300 million. A facility which the university now operates on a shoestring.“This is a large program,” Matthews said. “The Air Force ran the program for about $7 million a year. The university is really doing an extraordinary job and we’re running to just at about $2 million a year.”Matthews says she and her staff are planning this year’s open house, scheduled for August 25th.
Stay on target What to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend’Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, and Marvel Entertainment’s latest TV spot for the film reveals all the fights, deaths, and efforts of the superheroes’ mission “to the end.”On Tuesday, Marvel Entertainment posted the new TV spot trailer on YouTube, which has generated more than 484,000 views so far. Unlike other pre-release footage, this TV spot takes fans on a trip down memory lane from Guardians of the Galaxy to Avengers: Infinity War. The foundations for Avengers: Endgame are shown in this trailer, and indicate that the remaining survivors will do whatever it takes to get their allies back and stop Thanos’ destruction.“Being a hero” could be defined as many things, according to the TV Spot footage. It might be raising the bar for younger generations, placing others first, displaying courage during hard times, and finding self-purpose in a world that could be evil. No one has the same journey, as shown with all the Marvel superhero flicks leading up to Avengers: Endgame, but at the end of the day, the remaining squad isn’t going to let Thanos’ snap set them back.Everyone might be in the “endgame” now and the superheroes might have a shot at beating Thanos together. Even though the outcome is unknown, the Avengers must give it their all to try for those that previously dusted.Avengers: Endgame premieres in about two weeks. For ticket information, visit Fandango’s website.More on Geek.com:‘Avengers: Endgame’ Clip: Surviving Superheroes Split Up to Beat Thanos‘Avengers: Endgame’ Will Be Marvel’s Longest Superhero FilmAdidas Celebrates ‘Avengers’ With ‘Heroes Among Us’ Collaboration
4 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Two U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced legislation to establish a set of temporary rules regulating commercial drone use. The aim of the bill is to allow companies to fly commercial drones—if in only a limited capacity—while awaiting a polished set of rules from the FAA, which is expected sometime in the next few years.Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. are pushing the Commercial UAS Modernization Act as a means to foster innovation in the nascent commercial drone industry, while also allowing U.S. companies to test drones in the same way international firms are currently doing overseas.“There is so much potential that can be unlocked if we lay the proper framework to support innovation in unmanned aircraft systems,” Sen. Booker said in a statement. “But right now, the U.S. is falling behind other countries because we lack rules for the safe operation of commercial [unmanned aircraft systems] technology. The Commercial UAS Modernization Act sets up clear and immediate rules of the road, helping to lay a foundation that will allow us to make cutting-edge progress in a rapidly emerging field.”Booker and Hoeven have both been outspoken supporters for integrating commercial drone technology into the national airspace sooner rather than later. The bipartisan bill, if passed, could go a long way to not only opening up the skies for commercial drone applications, but also creating the legal headroom needed to allow for drone technology development.As things stand now, legal avenues for change are difficult to come by. Last year the Federal Aviation Administration published a set of proposed regulations governing commercial drone use in U.S. airspace, but those regulations aren’t expected to be finalized for another year, or possibly longer. In the meantime, companies that want to use drones for commercial use must apply for permission on a case-by-case basis.This slow process not only pulls limited FAA staff away from crafting permanent regulations to review the one-off permits, but stifles innovation as companies often wait months for their exemptions to be approved. The delay also adds long wait times for companies in the U.S. working on new technology, that’s if they don’t take their research and development elsewhere out of frustration.Problems with current drone commercialization rules came to a head in March, when Amazon—which is seeking clearance to test drone delivery technologies—received an airworthiness certificate to test one of its early drone models after nearly a year of waiting for approval. By the time the FAA granted the official go-ahead, the company had abandoned that particular drone model and moved ahead with newer technology not covered under the FAA’s certification.“We innovated so rapidly that the [unmanned aircraft systems] approved last week by the FAA has become obsolete,” Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president of global public policy, told a Senate subcommittee hearing at the time. “We don’t test it anymore. We’ve moved on to more advanced designs that we already are testing abroad.”Amazon’s plight is one that’s come to characterize the U.S. commercial drone industry, and a problem Booker and Hoeven’s legislation hopes to address. Under the proposed bill, companies operating drones within a set of limited parameters (less than 500 feet above the ground, within line of sight of the operator, etc.) would be permitted to operate without specific FAA certification. Although it may seem like a small step, it’s a big deal for an industry that has the potential to add 100,000 jobs and more than $80 billion in economic activity to the U.S.The bill would also create a way for companies to register commercial drones with regulators and called for the creation of an administrator position exclusively responsible for safe integration of drones into U.S. airspace. The move drew praise from industry groups like the Consumer Electronics Association, robotics industry group AUVSI, and the Small UAV Coalition, a lobby that represents Google and Amazon, among others.Read the act in its entirety here. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now May 13, 2015 Enroll Now for Free
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Last year’s political disruptions in Egypt and the tough economic situation in Greece did not slow down tourism into the Eastern Mediterranean with up to 850,000 Australians visiting one or more countries in the region.Speaking at the Eastern Mediterranean Tourism Association (EMTA) product seminars in Sydney last night, founder David Beirman explained that the region was a popular place amongst Australians and one in eight Aussies making an outbound trip selected either Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria, the Balkans, Lebanon and Libya.He said although the region had received negative media attention, Aussies still had a desire to visit the region.Italy continued to be the most popular destinations for Australian travellers, maintaining its fifth most visited destination in the world and attracting up to 530,000 Australians.“Italy is in great shape,” Mr Beirman said.“It is safe and expected to stay this popular in 2012.”Greece was also the ‘go-to’ place last year, with the EMTA finding up to 122,000 Australians flocked into the country last year, despite reports of riots.Unable to defy negative attention, Egypt saw its visitor numbers across the globe drop 30 percent last year, while arrivals from Australia fell 50 percent.Mr Beirman said it was a “rough year” for Egypt with numbers of Aus falling from 74,000 in 2010 to 37,000 in 2011.The Group’s head said he expects to see Egypt stabilize in 2012 in terms of media coverage and tourism.Upcoming destinations, according to the founder, include Cyprus, Turkey and Croatia where arrivals from down under are spiking quickly.Speaking at the product updates yesterday, Mr Beirman also revealed that the company’s current chairman, Iaine Ferguson has announced his resignation.For more information on Mr Ferguson’s departure click here otherwise click back onto e-Travel Blackboard on Monday to read more on the stabilizing tourism environment in Greece and Egypt.You can also check out photos from last night’s event by clicking here.
Over the course of 2016, borrower satisfaction dropped and lenders sought more changes to their post-TRID underwriting practices, according to the February Stratmore Group Insights report.Borrower satisfaction, which measures customer exeriences through the mortgage lending process, dropped to an index of 88, after a four-moth run at 90, Stratmore reported. That was the lowest number since January 2016.“It seems clear that time-off during the Holiday season took its toll on borrower satisfaction,” the report stated. “We anticipate a recovery by February, as occurred during 2016.”Last February’s borrower satisfaction index hit 89.5.Overall borrower satisfaction accounting for roughly 105,000 loans in 2016 was 89. According to Stratmore, 82 percent of borrowers reported experiencing no problems. They reported satisfaction scores of 95.Of the 18 percent who did experience a problem, 13.4 percent said the problem was resolved, with 4.7 percent reporting that the problem was not resolved. The satisfaction score plummeted to 77 for that 13.4 percent and to 35 for the 4.7 percent. This, the report stated, put lender “at risk to getting negative reviews by such borrowers to friends, relatives, and on social media.”According to the report, banks and underwriters were more likely to originate‒‒or more likely to plan to originate‒‒non-QM loans in 2015. Fifty-six percent of banks responding to Stratmore’s survey said they were significantly more likely to originate non-QM loans than independents (41 percent). This difference, Stratmore reported, “reflects the ability of banks to internally fund non-QM loans, e.g., Jumbo ARMs.”Lenders also shifted how their employees worked. Two thirds of lenders, for example, offer work-from-home options as a recruiting incentive or as an incentive to retain seasoned underwriters.“This practice is often used when the talent pool has been exhausted in a particular geography or as a way to quickly expand or contract capacity in line with demand,” the report stated.The typical compensation package for processors salary in 2015 was just shy of $38,000 to $56,000. The upper 10 percent of earners made about $73,000 that year. Third-party originators (TPOs) were least likely to pay processor incentives (75 percent).“For a TPO lender, the role of processor tends to be more of a consolidator role versus the retail processor,” Stratmore reported. “Because the TPO lender is often receiving more complete files, the emphasis on productivity is diminished and may lead to a lower incidence of incentives.”Processor incentive was primarily based on a per loan payout (65 percent), the report stated. Another 22 percent of the incentives were based on the achievement of pre-defined objectives.“These objectives might include file quality, team performance, and customer satisfaction,” Stratmore reported. “These drivers … indicate that lenders care about throughput and productivity, but also care about file quality, team performance and other lender specific objectives.” Borrower Satisfaction, Types of Loans Changing in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines February 24, 2017 582 Views HOUSING loan mortgage 2017-02-24 Rachel Williams Share
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by Michael Tarm, The Associated Press Posted Feb 26, 2019 10:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email R. Kelly insiders may have helped R&B star with sexual abuse CHICAGO — R. Kelly’s confidants may have helped the R&B star target underage girls for sexual abuse.That’s according to an attorney for two of Kelly’s accusers. Chicago prosecutors say the people who helped Kelly included a manager who gave his phone number to a 16-year-old girl and urged her to contact him.It’s not clear if the manager or anyone else in Kelly’s inner circle might face charges. Some states require that adults report any suspicions of child abuse. Attorney Michael Avenatti says that more than 10 Kelly insiders could face criminal liability and that prosecutors are looking at possible charges.Kelly was charged last week with sexually abusing four females, three of whom were minors. If convicted, he could be sent to prison for decades.Michael Tarm, The Associated Press
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