First Nations vow to use courts and other means if necessary to

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY  – A coalition of Indigenous groups from Canada and the U.S. has signed a declaration against the Keystone XL pipeline, vowing to use the courts and whatever other means necessary to block the controversial project.At a signing ceremony in Calgary Wednesday, leaders of the Blackfoot Confederacy and Great Sioux Nation representing tribes in both countries called for more dialogue and consultations on the project, which would run through their traditional lands.“It’s our responsibility to protect, and get involved, advocate and prevent this type of threat from crossing traditional Blackfoot lands,” said Chief Stanley Charles Grier of the Piikani nation at the ceremony.Chairman Brandon Sazue of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota said they hope to use the “right way” of opposing the pipeline, including the courts and negotiations, but as a last means he and others are prepared to protest like they did against the Dakota Access Pipeline.Councilwoman Casey Camp-Horinek of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, who was arrested at the Dakota Access protests alongside Sazue, said she’s also ready to protest again.“We are hoping to find a peaceful resolution,” said Camp-Horinek, “but all of us understand that if it’s necessary for us to create a camp again, and to stand in opposition, we’ll do that.”She said she’s opposed to the pipeline because it and other resource extraction and development projects have threatened her people.Earlier this year, U.S. President Donald Trump revived the pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp. when he granted it a presidential permit, reversing Barack Obama’s rejection in 2015.TransCanada maintains the US$8 billion pipeline, set to run 1,900 kilometres between Hardisty, Alta., and Nebraska, will be environmentally safe create jobs, and boost the economy.The project still requires regulatory approval in Nebraska, while environmental groups have challenged the U.S. federal approval in read more

Dividing lines between credit unions banks blurring but key differences remain

first_imgIan Bickis, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Distinctions between credit unions and private banks are fading as online banking, changing regulations, and competition have changed the retail banking landscape, but a few fundamental differences remain for those undecided between the two.Credit unions, a member-owned banking model, once had the advantage on value, while the greater resources of banks offered convenience and scale. However, both sides have recently pushed deeper into the other’s turf, said Tom Drake, founder of financial advice website MapleMoney.“I think the lines are getting blurred quite a bit now. It used to be that credit unions were sort of the one place to get what you can count on being a good deal, but with offers like Tangerine and Simplii Financial and even EQ Bank, it’s getting a little harder to see that difference.”While Scotiabank’s Tangerine and CIBC’s Simplii now offer pared down no-fee chequing and savings accounts pioneered by credit unions, financial co-operatives have countered by expanding their collective no-fee ATM network in 2015 to become the second largest in Canada.  Credit unions are also in the early days of eroding one of the remaining differentiators — that they’re provincially-based.Surrey, B.C.-based Coast Capital Savings, which boasts of being Canada’s largest credit union by membership (outside of the Desjardins network of Caisse de depots in Quebec), recently announced it had secured approval to become a national credit union under legislation passed in 2012.The credit union, the second in the country to get approval to go national after New Brunswick-based UNI credit union, has not announced details of its expansion but says it presents a new front of competition in the financial services space.“It’s never been an option at the national level,” said Dave Cunningham, head of public affairs for the credit union.“Right now, because we’re confined to our own province, like every other provincial credit union, if our members move to another province, they have to leave us.”The switch to a national union, while pushing into banks’ turf, would also mean an end to some advantages of being provincially regulated, like not being required to meet more stringent federal mortgage thresholds, and having unlimited deposit coverage in some provinces.So what are the remaining differentiators in retail banking? Credit unions maintain that because they’re owned by their customers, they’re motivated to offer better service and more community investments.  “The whole objective is different. They serve their members,” said Martha Durdin, CEO of the Canadian Credit Union AssociationCredit unions have won the Ipsos overall customer service award 13 years in a row, Durdin points out. They also give away a much bigger share of earnings, though it amounts to less because banks are just so much bigger.“Banks give what, one per cent of pre-tax profits? Credit unions give five per cent on average. That’s a huge difference,” said Durdin.The generosity is possible because credit unions aren’t solely focused on profit, she said.“Profit is good in the sense you want enough profit to be stable, and to be able to have enough capital so you can lend to your members, but it’s not an endless drive for increased profits.”Making financial decisions based on values can make sense, but Drake warns not to get too far away from the bottom line.“If it’s important to someone, then sure, a credit union’s a better choice. I wouldn’t necessarily make a big financial decision on it. If the mortgage rate’s a per cent higher, then you should probably be looking somewhere else.”And while credit unions have been tech pioneers in areas such as mobile cheque deposits, banks have more resources to invest in innovation.Technology is a big advantage offered by banks, including investments in artificial intelligence and secure online services, said Marina Mandal, vice president of banking transformation and strategy at the Canadian Bankers Association.“There’s a lot of effort by the banks to be ahead of the curve in how they use technology to provide a seamless and integrated experience.”Drake said that overall credit unions seem generally caught up, but banks still lead on new automated offerings like robo-advisors.“Banks like BMO and RBC have launched them recently too. It could be an example of where they’re behind again. But in general, I feel like they’re caught up.”Drake, who has accounts with Tangerine, Simplii as well as a more conventional accounts with major banks, says the free offerings have made it hard to bother switching, even though credit unions are probably more on your side. “It’s hard to quantify for sure, but just the idea that there’s things like profit share and you are an owner, and they’re not really looking to make a profit, it gives you probably a better chance that they’re in your corner.”last_img read more

HBC says Competition Bureaus mattress pricing probe has cost it US425000

OTTAWA — Hudson’s Bay Co. says it has spent more than US$425,000 to date to comply with demands for documents from Canada’s competition watchdog as it investigates alleged deceptive pricing practices.The retailer says in a filing with the Competition Tribunal that it has invested more than 6,500 person-hours to produce 37,000 documents in response to the Competition Bureau’s complaint made last February.In the filing, HBC says a recent request for more documents is unreasonable because they would be dated after the latest alleged offense mentioned in the original complaint.Hudson’s Bay agrees to delay deal that would see Rhone Capital buy stake in retailerHudson’s Bay Co fights back against Canadian competition watchdog, denies deceptive pricing accusationsThe bureau claims that HBC offered mattresses and foundations sold together at grossly inflated regular prices so that it could then claim deep discounts on the sleep sets to suggest significant deals for customers.It accuses the company of engaging in that practice throughout Canada between March 2013 and January 2015 and is seeking an administrative monetary penalty and costs of the proceeding, along with assurances the practices will stop.HBC denied its pricing practices were deceptive in a filing of defence in April. read more

Lack of water access in Damascus is creating risks for children UN

While private distributors are providing water, Christophe Boulierac, a spokesperson for UNICEF, told reporters at the regular bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva that he is worried about quality and price of those supplies. Residents have been able to access water for up to two hours every three or four days through water rationing. But many have turned to private distributors, where neither price nor quality are regulated, prompting concerns about the risk of water-borne diseases among children. In many areas, families are paying up to $12 for only 1,000 litres of water.UNICEF also reported that children are taking on the burden of water collection for their families and that most children had walked at least half an hour to collect water from the nearest mosque or public water point. They waited in line for up to two hours in freezing temperatures. So far, UNICEF and its partners have rehabilitated and equipped 120 wells in and around Damascus in order to provide a third of residents’ daily water needs. As of 22 December, those wells were the only source of water for the entire city. Following the cuts, UNICEF also provided generators and fuel in order to increase water production for 3.5 million people. This past week, daily water trucking resumed for 50 schools in Damascus to reach up to 30,000 children. On 4 January 2017, children at Ibn Hazm School in Syria’s capital Damascus have water for the first time in almost two weeks, after UNICEF started emergency trucking to 50 schools in the area. Photo: UNICEF/Muhannad Al- Asadi However, these solutions are only temporary and UNICEF and its partners are ready to support repair work to damaged sources and networks as soon as access is granted. The agency emphasized that all parties to the conflict must meet their obligations under international humanitarian law and protect all civilian infrastructure, including water facilities. Mr. Boulierac reported that the area’s two primary water sources – in Wadi Barada – are natural springs and have been affected by fighting, but he was unable to immediately provide further details about access or the process to arrange deliveries.A spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), Tarik Jasarevic, added that once teams had access to public water utilities, it would take a minimum of four days to complete repairs, possibly longer depending on the nature of the damage. He also noted that some people are using water sources near the river within Damascus, and that that water has yet to be tested for bacterial safety. read more

Bentley invests £5m Regional Growth Funding in new jobs skills training and

Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, visited Bentley Motors’ Pyms Lane headquarters in Crewe to see how the government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is helping the company meet increasing demand for its cars by training around 500 new employees.Bentley made two successful applications to the RGF and received just under £5 million for investment in training and up-skilling and new engine development at its Crewe plant. The investment will aid the company’s expansion into new and existing markets.Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said, “It is fantastic to be announcing 500 new and 200 protected jobs here in Crewe. Creating jobs and growth is my number one priority for Britain”.He continued, “The Regional Growth Fund is helping companies across the country to grow their businesses and create jobs.”Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive, Bentley, said, “We are delighted to welcome the Deputy Prime Minister to Crewe. We are greatly encouraged by his comments that the manufacturing sector and companies like Bentley have a key role to play in developing a stronger and more balanced economy”.He added, “The Regional Growth Fund will help us in two key ways. First, it will help ensure that we have a skilled workforce we need to deliver our projects and remain globally competitive. Second, the R&D support enables us to work on a key engine development project that will help us expand”.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Opinion A Kentucky national championship would be a true Cinderella story

Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison (left) and Willie Cauley-Stein (15) celebrate at the end in a 68-66 win against Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament’s Elite 8 on March 28 in Cleveland. Credit: Courtesy of TNSEveryone loves a Cinderella story, but underdogs running through March Madness to win the NCAA basketball title are bad for the game.That’s why I’m glad Michigan State — a seven seed — was the lowest ranked team in this year’s Elite Eight. That’s why I’m glad Georgia State and UAB were knocked out after moments of glory, and, most of all, that’s why I’m glad 38-0 Kentucky is writing its very own version of a Cinderella story.Was it hard for Shabazz Napier to lead seventh-seeded Connecticut to a title last season? Sure, and it was fun to watch.But that has nothing on what it takes to run the table with 40 straight wins.Kentucky starts identical twins at guard and two freshmen at forward and has a Naismith Award candidate at center who doesn’t even average 10 points per game. Coach John Calipari, regardless of questionable activities at past stops in his career, has built perhaps the best team in college basketball history.Now with the Final Four just around the corner, two more Wildcat wins would be best for the sport.After tossing Hampton out of the tournament with ease, dispatching Cincinnati and embarrassing West Virginia, Kentucky got its first true test of the tournament. Once again, the Wildcats came out on top, this time against Notre Dame in the quarterfinals.A date with Wisconsin is the only thing in the way of a return trip to the title game for the Wildcats, but the story this year is much more of a Cinderella than what it was for the then-eighth-seeded men in blue.I couldn’t care less what their ratings were in high school or how many scholarship offers they had — to take a roster of 15 players and win 40 games in a row would be the most impressive feat in basketball history since UCLA’s 88-game run.And to an extent, one clean slate with such a young roster under the watchful eye of the nation’s media could be even more impressive.It’s hard to win a basketball game. It’s even harder to win two. And to keep doing that even after undefeated predictions were coming down before the season started is truly incredible, regardless of who the players are.Kentucky is the best team this year. That’s not a question, but regardless of how good you are, 40-win seasons don’t come around very often. And by not very often, I mean it has never happened before.No matter your opinion of Calipari and his recruiting tactics, the Wildcats deserve the title, and will probably get it.If that projection comes true, it’ll be the best-case scenario for college basketball.And if you’re still stuck on hoping for a Cinderella story, just remember that there have been the same number of 40-win teams as 16-seeds that won a tournament game. read more

Ohio State faces second classaction lawsuit pertaining to doctors alleged sexual abuse

Ohio State now faces its second class-action lawsuit in a matter of days regarding the sexual abuse of a former Ohio State doctor after a former Ohio State athlete who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Dr. Richard Strauss filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the university. He is being represented by Sauder Schelkopf LLC and Karon LLC.Richard Strauss, a former wrestling team physician and an assistant professor of medicine, is being investigated by Ohio State on allegations of sexual misconduct. Credit: Lantern file photoThe complaint comes from a former wrestler at Ohio State from 1982 to 1984 who said he was sexually abused by Strauss while seeking medical treatment before dropping out of the university. He is listed only as John Doe in the case filing.Joseph Sauder, one of the lawyers from Sauder Schelkopf LLC representing the client in the suit, told The Lantern this is separate from the one filed by four former wrestlers on Monday. He said at this time his group has not contacted the other group.Ohio State also faces a third class-action lawsuit over allegations a former diving coach for the Ohio State Diving Club sexually abused a 16-year-old athlete.Though the lawsuit is listed as a class-action, Sauder Schelkopf is currently representing just one client in the case.“We are filing on behalf of one individual at this time, but have been in contact with others who we will likely add at a later time,” Sauder told The Lantern. He did not confirm how many additional people might be involved.The lawsuit said the nationwide class encompasses “all individuals who were examined by Richard H. Strauss, M.D. at The Ohio State University.”University spokesman Ben Johnson said Ohio State is aware of the allegations made that Ohio State ignored claims of sexual abuse in a statement made to The Lantern Tuesday.“We are also aware of the lawsuits filed today by former wrestlers and we are reviewing them as we do all litigation,” Johnson said. “The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has appointed Michael Carpenter of Carpenter Lipps & Leland to represent the university in this lawsuit.”The claims for relief listed in the lawsuit are a violation of Title IX, invasion of privacy, sexual harassment, negligence, gross negligence and/or wanton and reckless misconduct, negligent supervision, negligent hiring/retention and negligent failure to warn, train or educate.The alleged abuses suffered by the victim listed in the lawsuit were but were not limited to: “sexual harassment and inappropriate touching during examinations, including regularly touching Plaintiff’s genitals and breast area, often at the same time, regularly measuring Plaintiff’s scrotum, and taking photographs of Plaintiff.”The lawsuit claims he received care from Strauss on at least 20 occasions. It said the plaintiff was young and believed Strauss’ treatment to be “medically necessary.”According to the lawsuit, the victim is seeking appropriate relief on behalf of other individuals who experienced similar mistreatment by Strauss and Ohio State.As with the class-action suit from the four former wrestlers, this lawsuit said the plaintiff believed Ohio State coaches were aware of Strauss’ conduct yet chose to ignore it. It said the university received reports from students as early as the late 1970s, but that, despite repeated accusations from students, Ohio State kept the reports secret “to avoid negative publicity.”“This is not what you expect to happen when our children go off to college. Our client is courageously adding his voice on behalf of the many individuals who have been victimized while students at OSU. We look forward seeking compensation for our client and all individuals who were sexually assaulted by Dr. Strauss. We also will be seeking to implement changes at OSU so this never happens again,” Sauder said.Sauder Schelkopf LLC also represents current and former students from the University of Southern California who were sexually assaulted by Dr. George Tyndall, USC’s gynecologist.Johnson urged anyone with information about sexual abuse from Strauss while he was at Ohio State to contact investigators at at 6:53 with the statement from Ben Johnson. read more

HM apologises for image of black child wearing coolest monkey in the

first_imgNo one in H&M’s ‘brand integrity’ department said maybe this ad is problematic?— 🌹 Ferrari Sheppard (@stopbeingfamous) January 8, 2018 What’s interesting about this @hm ad is that not only did his parents have to approve the photo, the stylist approved the fit, the creative director chose the photo & then the photo had to be retouched. & through the entire process no one was like, “Ehh, we should rethink this.”— AYOAYO (@ayomari) January 8, 2018 woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo. i’m deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore…— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) January 8, 2018 A high street fashion chain has apologised after its website featured a black child model wearing a “coolest monkey in the jungle” hoodie. H&M faced criticism online from people accusing it of being “inappropriate”, “disgusting” and “negligent”.The image of the model wearing the green monkey sweater has been removed from its website, while two others featuring different designs in the same category and modelled by white children remain.One bears the words “Mangrove jungle” or “Official survival expert”, while the other has outlines of various animals including giraffes and tigers.Referring to the green top, Labour MP Kate Osamor tweeted: “I was totally shocked, dismayed to say the very least to find this online imagine. @hm do you think this imagery is an appropriate representation of a young black boy?” The Weeknd, a Canadian R’n’Bstar who has produced menswear collections with the chain, said he was cutting ties with the company.Alex Medina, who works in brand design, said it was negligent to place a black child in a top with such a slogan, while white children wore others.He tweeted: “In the year 2018 there’s no way brands/art directors can be this negligent and lack awareness. If look at other sweaters in same category they have white kids. We have to do better.”center_img They said: “So the black kid gets to wear the H&M sweater with ‘Coolest monkey in the jungle’ and the white kid with ‘Survival expert’. This is beyond disgusting.”It’s a projection of your neocolonial thinking. You won’t see me anywhere near your shops these days @hm.”A spokeswoman for the retailer said: “This image has now been removed from all H&M channels and we apologise to anyone this may have offended.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A person tweeting under the handle @vulkaanrots said they would boycott the store.last_img read more

United Air removes couple traveling to wedding from plane

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUnited Airlines under fire after passenger dragged from plane; officer put on leaveApril 11, 2017In “World”Airline slams “unlawful” blocking of launch in GuyanaAugust 26, 2018In “latest news”Malaysia Airlines plane crashes in South China Sea with 239 people aboard: reportMarch 8, 2014In “World” United Airlines planes are seen on platform at the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, July 8, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz(Reuters) An engaged couple were removed from a United Airlines flight to Costa Rica on Saturday, as the airline remained under scrutiny following outrage caused by a video last week of a passenger being forcibly removed from a flight.According to the couple, who said they were en route to get married, a federal marshal had escorted them from the plane before take-off from Houston, Texas, but United denied this on Sunday, saying in a statement that neither a marshal nor other authorities was involved.The couple “repeatedly attempted to sit in upgraded seating which they did not purchase and they would not follow crew instructions to return to their assigned seats,” United said in a statement, adding “They were asked to leave the plane by our staff and complied.”The statement from a United spokeswoman said the airline offered the couple a discounted hotel rate for the night, and rebooked them on a Sunday morning flight.But Michael Hohl and his fiancée, Amber Maxwell, told KHOU they tried to pay for upgraded seating and were denied, after finding another passenger sleeping across their seats when they were the last to board.After moving within the economy cabin a few rows up, flight crew denied their request to pay a supplement for the seats, which United sells as “economy plus”, and told them to move back to their original seats, Hohl said.“We thought not a big deal, it’s not like we are trying to jump up into a first-class seat,” Hohl told KHOU. “We were simply in an economy row a few rows above our economy seat.”The airline suffered a public relations disaster after a video emerged a week ago showing security officers dragging a bloodied passenger off an overbooked United Express flight in Chicago.Shares in United’s owner, United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N), were hammered, dropping 4 percent last week to close at $69 on Thursday, reducing the company’s market cap by $770 million to $21.5 billion. Markets were closed on Friday.Dr. David Dao, the 69-year-old Vietnamese-American doctor who was seen in video being dragged off a United flight a week ago, will likely sue the airline, his attorney said on Thursday.After the incident triggered international outrage, United Chief Executive Oscar Munoz apologized to Dao, his family and its customers, saying the carrier would no longer use law enforcement officers to remove passengers from overbooked flights.(Reporting by Jonathan Allen and Chris Michaud; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore) read more

Bored in love life Blame 7year itch

first_imgHave you ever felt that your long relationship has no spark left and happiness has nose-dived considerably in your love life? Blame it on the famous seven-year itch phenomenon.According to researchers, the seven-year itch is a psychological term that suggests that happiness in a relationship declines after around seven years of marriage. In a study of women’s sex lives over a period of seven years, those whose relationship lasted the duration experienced the greatest loss of sexual desire.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study, found that women who were in the same relationship at the end of the time period as at the beginning were found to have a level of sexual desire that was 53 per cent lower than it was when asked seven years previously.“But those who were in a different relationship after seven years – or were single – had a higher libido,” found the researchers who surveyed some women in 2006 and returned to the same sample in 2013. “The most pronounced observation for sexual desire was that women who were in the same relationship throughout the observation period had the greatest decrease in sexual desire,” lead author Annika Gunst from University of Turku in Finland was quoted as saying in a Daily Mail report. Moreover, women who found a new partner reported “somewhat lower decreases” while women who were single at the end of the period reported “stable sexual desire”. Sexual satisfaction fell by 42 per cent for the women in the same relationship, rose for women in new relationships by 30 per cent, but fell for single women by 30 per cent, the findings showed.last_img read more

Sesame Street writer clarifies whether Bert and Ernie are a gay couple

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- An Emmy-winning scriptwriter who worked on Sesame Street during the show’s heyday has revealed he does consider two of the show’s central characters, Bert and Ernie, to be a couple. Speaking to Queerty, songwriter Mark Saltzman was asked if he thought of the pair as gay. He admitted he had no other way to ‘contextualize’ them.‘I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked “are Bert and Ernie lovers?”’ he said. ‘And that, coming from a preschooler was fun.’‘That got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it,’ he added. ‘And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them.’ Bert and Ernie | Photo: Sesame Workshop ‘More than one person referred to Arnie and I as “Bert & Ernie”‘Saltzman furthermore admitted that the pair’s shenanigans were often inspired by his real-life relationship with late documentary filmmaker Arnold Glassman.‘More than one person referred to Arnie and I as “Bert & Ernie”,’ he added. ‘Arnie as a film editor – if you thought of Bert with a job in the world, wouldn’t that be perfect? Bert with his paper clips and organization? And I was the jokester.‘So it was the Bert and Ernie relationship, and I was already with Arnie when I came to Sesame Street. So I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple. I wrote sketches… Arnie’s OCD would create friction with how chaotic I was. And that’s the Bert and Ernie dynamic.’However, Saltzman added the caveat that he never ‘said to the head writer, “oh, I’m writing this, this is my partner and me.”’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Yoda actor and Sesame Street star Frank Oz ‘knows’ Bert isn’t gay: ‘I created him’Yes, Sesame Street’s denial that Bert and Ernie are gay is homophobicGVB visitor center renamed to honor Mr. Guam TourismRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Top Israeli rabbi faces house arrest travel ban

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories Spokesman Rosenfeld would not confirm the details of the media reports, but said Pinto had offered the policeman a “considerably large amount of money.”Pinto and his wife deny the allegations, Pinto spokesman Amir Dan said. “The rabbi answered all the questions in his investigation,” said Dan. “He is sure that after the facts come to light, the police will understand that the suspicions are completely baseless.”Dan had no comment on the suicide attempt report, nor on Pinto’s connection to the charity.Pinto’s congregation has also been the subject of an investigation into alleged illegal campaign financing in New York, and a former aide has been charged with immigration fraud.In Israel, the current investigation has sparked concern about the close ties between Israeli police officials and spiritual gurus like Pinto. Top police chiefs are known to be followers of Israel’s wealthiest rabbis, and they frequently appear in uniform at their gala events.Israel’s daily Haaretz said police were considering banning officers from attending rabbis’ public events while in uniform. Rosenfeld could not verify that report.“This is just the tip of the iceberg because beneath it hides an intolerable reality,” wrote commentator Nahum Barnea in the Yediot Ahronot daily. “A handful of rabbis, whose disciples attribute to them superhuman qualities, has accumulated tremendous economic and political power in recent years.” Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Pinto is under 15-day house arrest and a six-month travel ban, Rosenfeld said, but police allowed him to visit his wife in the hospital. He said police are continuing their investigation and would question the rabbi again if necessary.Pinto is among a group of rabbis who have amassed vast fortunes by becoming spiritual gurus to the top rung of society, attracting many followers among the rich and powerful in Israel, New York, and elsewhere.He is ranked by the Israeli edition of Forbes Magazine as Israel’s seventh wealthiest rabbi with an estimated net worth of about $19 million.Israeli media reported the police began tracking Pinto after he approached the head of the investigations department in the Israeli police _ who is reportedly an adherent of the rabbi _ and allegedly offered him a large sum of money in exchange for access to a separate investigation involving him.That investigation, Israeli media reports said, concerned an aide to Pinto, a charity executive suspected of embezzling donations and selling food intended for Holocaust survivors.According to the English-language Jerusalem Post, Pinto’s wife brought the police officer’s wife a suitcase full of cash to deliver to the police officer. Israel Radio reported Pinto had given him $200,000. Comments   Share   Barnea commended the police official for reporting the suspected bribery attempt, but wrote that “it would not be out of place to ask why the lieutenant commander was seeing Pinto in the first place.”___Follow Daniel Estrin at Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix How men can have a healthy 2019 Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli authorities have placed a multimillionaire celebrity rabbi with a strong American following under house arrest and banned him from traveling abroad as they investigate allegations that he bribed a high-ranking officer for access to his police file, police said Monday.Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto’s legal saga took a dramatic twist this week: investigators interrogated Pinto for three hours Sunday, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, but cut short the questioning after news came that Pinto’s wife _ also questioned in the affair _ had overdosed on pills and was rushed to the hospital. The Israeli media called it an apparent suicide attempt. Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

Mortgage Fraudsters Ease Up in Q2

first_imgMortgage Fraudsters Ease Up in Q2 October 15, 2015 427 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News, Origination, Uncategorized As interest rates continue to lower and home values rise, mortgage fraud application risk has fallen 8.9 percent from the second quarter of 2014 to the second quarter of 2015, according to CoreLogic’s October 2015 Mortgage Fraud Report.The Mortgage Application Fraud Risk Index showed that approximately 12,814 of mortgage applications, or 0.67 percent, contained fraud in the second quarter of 2015. Last year, during the same time, 11,100 mortgage applications, or 0.69 percent, contained indications of fraud.The index calculates fraud risk based on the share of loan application with a high risk of fraud. The index is standardized to a baseline of 100 for the share of high-risk loan applications nationally in the third quarter of 2010. Each one point change represents a 1 percent change in the share of mortgage applications have a high risk of fraud.CoreLogic points out two factors that are affecting declining fraud risk rate: interest rates and home values.Declining interest rates from 2013 through April 2015 are welcoming more qualified buyers in the refinance market and lowering mortgage fraud risk. In addition, higher home values are adding equity to homes, which allows homeowners with previously marginal equity to purchase a new property, refinance, or obtain a home equity loan.Susan Allen, SVP, Mortgage Analytics at CoreLogic noted that “although overall fraud trends are stable to decreasing for most of the country some geographies warrant scrutiny.”The Miami, Florida metro currently ranked number one in terms of mortgage fraud risk, with an index of 339, down 9.1 percent year-over-year and down 2.9 percent quarter-over-quarter.”One such area is the Miami CBSA, which ranks atop the CoreLogic fraud list of metropolitan areas. Of particular concern is that house prices in Miami appear to be overheated, as indicated by the CoreLogic Market Condition Indicators. Moreover, house prices in the Miami CBSA have been accelerating at a far greater pace than have rents for single family homes, suggesting that prices may not be a good indicator of sustainable value. This combination of risk factors makes areas like Miami worth paying attention to.”Tampa, Florida; Orlando, Florida; North Port, Florida; and New York City, New York wrapped up the top five metro areas with the highest risk indices.Click here to view the full report.center_img Share CoreLogic Miami Mortgage Fraud Risk 2015-10-15 Staff Writerlast_img read more

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