White House welcomes Senate vote killing consumer rule

first_imgWASHINGTON – The White House is welcoming a congressional measure killing the ability of millions of Americans to band together to sue bank or credit card companies to resolve financial disputes in a major win for Wall Street.The Senate narrowly voted late Tuesday night to nullify the rule, with Vice-President Mike Pence casting the final vote to break a 50-50 tie. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature.“President Donald J. Trump applauds the Congress for passing,” the resolution, the White House said in a statement shortly after the vote that highlighted its own Treasury Department report criticizing the rule. “The rule would harm our community banks and credit unions by opening the door to frivolous lawsuits by special interest trial lawyers.”The banking industry had been lobbying hard to roll back the regulation from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The bureau had moved to ban most types of mandatory arbitration clauses found in the fine print of agreements consumers often enter into when opening a checking account or getting a credit card.The vote reflects the effort of the Trump administration and congressional Republicans to undo regulations that the GOP argues harm the free market.Democratic lawmakers said the CFPB’s rule would have given consumers more leverage to stop companies from financial wrongdoing. They cited the sales practices at Wells Fargo and the security breach at credit company Equifax as examples of misdeeds protected through forced arbitration.“So who does forced arbitration help? Wall Street banks and other huge corporations that never pay the price for cheating working people,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.Richard Cordray, director of the consumer bureau, said: “Tonight’s vote is a giant setback for every consumer in this country. Wall Street won and ordinary people lost. This vote means the courtroom doors will remain closed for groups of people seeking justice and relief when they are wronged by a company.”Republicans said the arbitration system has worked wonderfully for consumers. They said the payouts for the average consumer in arbitration cases are generally much larger and come more quickly than when compared to the relief gained through class-action lawsuits.“The effort to try to characterize this as some devious system that has been created to try to stop consumers from having access to fairness is simply false,” said Sen. Mike Crapo, the Republican chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. “We have a very fair system that has been working for over 100 years in this country.”Crapo said the average pay-out for consumers in class-action lawsuits against financial companies was just $32, but lawyers stood to make millions.Democrats argued that consumers generally don’t have the time and means to pursue claims in arbitration, and since most disputes revolve around small amounts, they typically just give up. They said banks and other financial firms know that in the end they won’t have pay a real price for taking advantage of a consumer.But class-actions would serve as a powerful tool for consumers, they said.“Once again, we’re helping the powerful against the powerless,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., as the Senate neared the vote, sensing the Democrats would lose.Two Republicans sided with Democratic lawmakers to keep the rule — Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John Kennedy of Louisiana.The advocacy group Consumers Union and several veterans groups, including the American Legion, lobbied to keep the rule. They said consumers would still have the option to use arbitration to resolve a dispute, if both parties want to go that route.“Without the CFPB rule, consumers can be forced into a rigged system where they have no recourse. It’s a disgrace,” said Linda Lipsen, CEO of the American Association for Justice, an advocacy group that works to improve the legal system.The American Bankers Association cheered the Senate vote. “Today’s vote puts consumers first rather than class-action lawyers,” said Rob Nichols, the group’s president and chief executive officer.last_img read more

Retailer MEC to stop ordering from Vista Outdoor in response to Florida

first_imgVANCOUVER – Mountain Equipment Co-op has decided to stop selling several outdoor equipment brands owned by Vista Outdoor Inc., which is also a gun manufacturer.MEC doesn’t sell guns, but had faced a petition calling on it to stop selling brands owned by Vista Outdoor because the U.S. company also develops and manufactures firearms similar to the type of rifle used in a recent Florida mass shooting.The retailer said Thursday its existing inventory of Bushnell, CamelBak, Camp Chef, Jimmy Styks and Bolle gear will remain on its shelves until it is sold, but it has suspended further orders of the brands owned by Visa Outdoor.MEC chief executive David Labistour issued a statement saying he has heard the calls to boycott the brands, but also from members who believe that decision should be left to individual consumers.“I hope that you will see that the decision we made today is balanced and considered and positions us to inspire a wider discussion throughout our industry and North America,” Labistour said.He added he believes a member-owned organization like MEC needs to engage in the “complex and highly charged debate” surrounding the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that resulted in 17 deaths.The retailer will also “continue to engage with these brands as well our peers in the outdoor industry in North America in ways that are consistent with our mission and values,” he said.On Wednesday, Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods took steps to restrict gun sales.Dick’s said it will stop selling assault-style rifles and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21.Walmart said it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21.A 19-year-old former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been accused of using an AR-15 rifle, that he purchased legally, for the attack.last_img read more

Nicaragua crisis One year in more than 60000 have fled seeking refuge

© UNHCR/Roberto Carlos SanchezA young girl and her family apply for asylum in San Jose, Costa Rica, after fleeing Nicaragua.People ‘hiding in trucks, amongst sacks, to escape’“The people who are fleeing are coming from different parts of Nicaragua and they are travelling to the Costa Rican border, trying to avoid contact with the police and paramilitary groups,” Ms. Throssell explained. “Some are travelling in trucks, hidden amongst sacks.”“Among those seeking asylum are students, former public officials, opposition figures, journalists, doctors, human rights defenders and farmers,” she said. “A significant number arrive in need of healthcare, psychological support, shelter and food assistance.”Without a political solution to the crisis in Nicaragua, people are likely to continue to flee, UNHCR has warned.Funds are urgently needed to strengthen the agency’s humanitarian response to allow asylum-seekers in dire need of assistance to access aid, Ms. Throssell said, instead of having to resort to informal jobs to pay for somewhere to live, and food prices which are beyond their reach.Bachelet warns authorities to refrain from violence on anniversaryWith the anniversary of the protests looming later this week, the head of the UN rights office (OHCHR), Michelle Bachelet, said on Tuesday that the Nicaraguan Government needed to ensure its security forces give citizens to right to assemble peacefully, and express their views freely.“I am concerned that the protests planned for later in the week may trigger another violent reaction,” Ms. Bachelet said. “Violations over the past year include the criminalization and harassment of — and attacks on — student leaders, human rights defenders, journalists and others critical of the Government. The authorities have also resorted to media censorship, bans on demonstrations, and persistent use of excessive force and large-scale arbitrary arrests by the police,” she added. “Inevitably these actions, coupled with the lack of accountability for unlawful excesses by members of the security forces, have stoked rather than reduced the tensions in the country.”The UN human rights chief said she was also disturbed by reports of conditions faced by protesters who have been detained, noting that “severe conditions” in jails could amount to torture and ill-treatment. She cited recent protests at La Modelo, a men’s prison in Tipitapa, to the north-east of the capital Managua, where people were detained during the protests, who are being held alongside common criminals. The prisoners were reportedly violently repressed, through beatings, use of dogs and tear gas. Echoing concerns from the UN’s human rights office, OHCHR, and others about the deteriorating situation in the Central American country, UNHCR said that families with young children are now taking extreme measures to cross the border.“The kinds of reasons that people have been giving for fleeing are the fear of losing their lives, being attacked or kidnapped by paramilitary groups,” spokesperson Elizabeth Throssell told journalists in Geneva.According to OHCHR, hundreds of activists have been arrested in Nicaragua in recent months in protests, while some 300 people reportedly died between April and August last year alone, the Office said in a 2018 report.Costa Rica’s capacity, overstretched She noted that of an estimated 62,000 people who had fled abroad, 55,500 had sought refuge in neighbouring Costa Rica.“Some have received direct threats or have been persecuted; others fear for their lives because their communities have been a target of violence; or some, because their relatives are being sought,” she said. “So, we do feel that it is overwhelmingly a refugee flow.”Latest information from the Costa Rican authorities indicates that at least 29,500 Nicaraguans have filed asylum applications to date. UNHCR has commended the country’s open-door policy, but noted that capacity to shelter everyone remains overstretched, meaning that 26,000 others are waiting to have their claims formalized. read more

Outotec research center is recognised at Excellence Finland Quality Awards

first_imgOutotec’s research centre in Pori, Outotec Research Oy, took part in the Finnish Excellence Quality Awards and received the prestigious Recognised for Excellence award. The centre achieved a score of over 500 points, which entitles the winner to use the five-star Recognised for Excellence, R4E emblem. For a long time, Outotec Research has worked systematically to improve its operations. When the centre received Quality System certification in 1994 it was the first company in the field of research and development to do so in Finland. An occupational health and safety system was introduced in 2005. An upgrade in 2007 replaced the environmental management program used since 1998. In addition, some of the centre’s laboratory operations have been accredited as official ‘measurement laboratories’. Self-assessment has been used as a tool for developing operations since 1999. Outotec Research is a business-oriented research and product development unit, which develops metals production technologies, processes and equipment. Its expertise covers the entire processing chain from ore to metal. The centre employs 180 people, 30 of whom have a doctorate degree. It was founded almost 60 years ago. “Years of systematic development work and continuous operational improvement has produced many important technological solutions for our customers’ use,” says Outotec CEO, Tapani Järvinen.last_img read more

Lit Motors CEO Dan Kim aims to reinvent the motorcycle

first_imgThe more daring among us commute by motorcycle. Granted, riding a motorcycle is a great deal of fun, and a whole lot windier. Yet, as Lit Motors CEO Dan Kim notes, there hasn’t been much progress in terms of safety with the production of motorcycles. Thrill and safety have an inverse relationship, and with that in mind, he has set out to reinvent the motorcycle with the fully enclosed C1.It seems as if the C1 rode straight out of a science fiction film. The two-wheeler exists somewhere between motorcycle and car with the small form factor of a motorcycle and the safety of a car. Yet, with the design, one may wonder how it doesn’t tip over. That problem is dealt with by a gyroscopes that provides over 1,300lb/ft of torque. As demonstrated in the video’s animation, the C1 will manage to stay upright in the event of a collision.The C1 is fully electric. Two 40-kilowatt electric motors give the vehicle a top speed of 120mph. One full charge can yield about 200 miles. With progress in mind, the C1 is connected in nearly every way, offering H2V, H2C, V2l, and V2V connectivity, traffic, construction, and weather information will be sent to the C1 so that the driver is always up to date.Granted, traditional motorcycle enthusiasts may take issue with the C1’s design. It’s not open air, and you’re sitting inside rather than on the vehicle. One may argue that the C1 has much less bravado, but that isn’t the point of the C1. Dan Kim’s concept bike combines mobility, flexibility, and safety. Motorcycle accidents are gruesome, and riding one begs the question, “Is it really worth the risk?” The C1 decreases that risk while providing the same essential functions with a semi-futuristic design.The expected price of a C1 is $16,000, and Lit Motors is aiming for a 2013 release date. For a safer motorcycle, that doesn’t seem all that expensive.More at Lit Motors via SmartPlanetlast_img read more

Twitter chief Jack Dorsey has account hacked

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP TWITTER CHIEF JACK Dorsey’s account was hacked this evening, with a series of offensive messages posted from his account. Twitter said this evening that the account of chief executive Dorsey had been “compromised”.The tweets containing racial slurs and suggestions about a bomb showed up around 8pm on the @jack account of the founder of the social media site.“We’re aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened,” a Twitter spokesperson said.Some of the tweets contained the hashtag #ChucklingSquad which was believed to indicate the identity of the hacker group.The news comes with Dorsey and Twitter moving aggressively to clean up offensive and inappropriate content as part of a focus on “safety”.© – AFP 2019 Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, had his account hacked this evening. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, had his account hacked this evening. Image: Rolf Vennenbernd/DPA/PA Images 7 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4790104 Image: Rolf Vennenbernd/DPA/PA Imagescenter_img 17,852 Views Aug 30th 2019, 10:20 PM Friday 30 Aug 2019, 10:20 PM Twitter chief Jack Dorsey has account hacked The hack happened earlier this evening. Short URL Share5 Tweet Email last_img read more

ASA Outlines Trade Policy Goals In Wake Of Record Crop Projections

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) First Vice President Mike Yost said today, “The projected record 1998 U.S. soybean crop sends a strong message to Washington that U.S. farmers must have aggressive trade and export policies to ensure agriculture’s future profitability.” According to Yost, “There are important international issues facing the Administration and Congress right now, and their resolution will be critical in determining the viability of our market-based farm program.”Yost’s remarks followed release this week of USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, projecting soybean plantings at 72.0 million acres, 2 percent above last year’s level. If realized, this would be the largest planted area for soybeans on record.”Congress must reconsider the Administration’s request for broad-based Fast Track trade negotiating authority as soon as possible. Without Fast Track, the U.S. is being left out of numerous trade deals between our competitors and our customers,” Yost added. “More than half the value of our $18 billion crop is exported annually and that contributes positively to the United States’ balance of trade. ASA also is urging that funding for the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Cooperator Program be maintained at the current year level of $32 million.” ASA invests FMD funds and producer checkoff dollars collected from farmers to promote U.S. soybean exports in nearly 100 countries worldwide.”In addition, congress and the Administration must continue to insist that regulations governing trade in biotech crops and products be based on sound science. Any import restrictions or labeling requirements based on the process rather than product characteristics can lead to crop segregation, and segregation would disrupt the U.S. and world commodity marketing system,” Yost said. Industry sources estimate that 40 percent of the soybean seedstock planted in the U.S. this year will be derived through biotechnology.”Congress should immediately approve the Administration’s request for $18.0 billion in funding for the International Monetary Fund. This amount includes $14.5 billion to increase the IMF’s quota and $3.5 billion to stabilize Asian economies,” Yost said. Asian countries are major importers of U.S. soybeans and soybean products, and it is important to restore the buying power of their currencies.”ASA is also asking the Administration to continue to insist that China comply with basic World Trade Agreement requirements regarding state trading and transparency in the current accession negotiations. These talks offer U.S. producers and processors a one-time opportunity to increase access to the largest potential world market for soybeans and products. We are also recommending that China’s Most Favored Nation trading status should be renewed again in 1998,” Yost added.On top of the large projected U.S. crop are projections that South America’s soybean crop, which is being harvested right now, will reach a record 51.6 million metric tons (1,896 million bushels). That represents an increase of 11.3 mmt (415 mil. bu.) or 28 percent above last year’s South American crop of 40.3 mmt (1,481 mil. bu.). This increased level of South American production represents an amount that is greater than the total amount of whole soybeans exported last year by the U.S. to the European Union, the United States’ number one market area for whole soybean exports.Soybeans were planted on 26 percent of all U.S. crop acres in 1997. USDA estimates that the value of 1997 U.S. soybean and soybean product exports will exceed $11 billion, the highest value of any agricultural product category, accounting for nearly 19 percent of total U.S. agricultural exports that are projected to reach $58.5 billion. ASA is a national, not-for-profit, grassroots membership organization with 31,500 members, affiliate offices in 26 states, and overseas marketing offices in 13 countries. The Association develops and implements policies to increase the profitability of its members and the entire soybean industry.last_img read more

Senate Appropriation Committee Approves Funds for USDA in Cuba

first_imgEarlier this week, the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee approved $1.5 million in funds for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) staff in the new U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba.The American Soybean Association (ASA) along with over 60 other agricultural groups, in April sent a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, urging them to provide funding for USDA personal to be housed in Cuba.The letter stated that providing USDA boots on the ground in Cuba would help provide opportunities for U.S. agribusinesses, support marketing efforts of U.S. exporters and help the transition of lifting the embargo run more efficiently.The next step will be for the full Senate Appropriations Committee to mark-up the Agriculture Appropriations bill.Click here to read the letter.last_img read more

Sterling Highway Closed Due To Police Activity

first_imgThe individual has been taken into custody. For the full story: http://www.radiokenai.us/man-arrested-after-police-standoff-on-the-sterling-highway/ Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update: 1:25pm Update: 12:10pmKSRM News has learned that the active shooter situation has been resolved. SERT, Alaska State Troopers and Ninilchik Emergency Services are awaiting a tow truck from Soldotna to reopen the highway. Emergency officials on the scene, expect the road to reopen within 30 minutes. Update: 9:04amAccording to responders – SERT is on scene Update: 11:15amKSRM News has confirmed that there is an active shooter situation currently in progress on the Sterling Highway around Milepost 131, north of Ninilchik. No other details are available at this time. Update: 10:24amAlaska State Troopers have requested additional resources for the Soldotna Post. Please be advised of Troopers on the roadway.center_img This is a developing story. More details will be posted as they are made available. Original Post: 8:05amThe Alaska State Troopers have closed the Sterling Highway at MP 131, north of Ninilchik, for an undetermined amount of time due to law enforcement activity. SERT, Alaska State Troopers and Ninilchik Emergency Services are on scene. Update: 10:10amKSRM News is on the scene near Rachel Road on the Sterling Highway. It remains an active situation and the road is still closed in both directions for undetermined amount of time. Update: 12:27pmAccording to the Alaska State Trooper Dispatch, the Sterling Highway has reopened to single, alternating lane travel.last_img read more

Capital New York to Relaunch with Subscription Model

first_imgAbout two months after being acquired by Politico parent company Allbritton Communications, New York-focused news site Capital New York is already adopting some of Politico’s content strategies.The site announced Wednesday that it will relaunch in early December with a new design, an expanded journalist roster and several new subscription options.Content will continue to be free on the new site, but most of it will only be available to “Pro”-level subscribers. Three different subscriptions will be available for its main coverage areas: City Hall Pro, Albany Pro and Media Pro. The subscriptions will convert to paid in early 2014.A free daily newsletter called Capital Playbook, modeled after the Politico Playbook, will debut tomorrow. The National Retail Federation has signed on as a launch sponsor for the rest of the year.last_img read more

City will not donate funds to St Michaels Cathedral for renovation project

first_imgSt. Michael’s Cathedral (Robert Woolsey – KCAW)Though it was short, with no new business and only four items of unfinished business on the agenda, Tuesday’s  Sitka Assembly meeting was still eventful, with assembly members continuing to debate if they should allocate funds for renovations to St. Michael’s Cathedral.Listen nowAfter deliberation that spanned several meetings, St. Michael’s Cathedral will not receive $5,000 dollars from the city for exterior work. At a short meeting on Tuesday, the Sitka Assembly voted 4-3 against donating the money for renovations to the historic building. The ordinance, originally presented to the assembly on November 7, continued to stir up debate over the separation of church and state. Assembly member Bob Potrzuski, who co-sponsored the ordinance with assembly member Steven Eisenbeisz, voiced his support.“It certainly does not promote any religious activity,” Potrzuski said. “There’s not any reason except to continue to have an iconic building that draws visitors by the  thousands to our downtown to our community as a whole.”St. Michael’s is a replica of the Orthodox cathedral built by the Russians in the 19th Century. It has major structural problems like a leaking roof and a basement prone to flooding. The money would have come from the visitor’s enhancement fund and would only be used to help fund renovations to the exterior of the building. Assembly member Kevin Knox said he felt like it was a worthy cause.“You can’t pick up a piece of literature that supports our visitor industry and not see that picture, the face of that church,” Knox said.Mayor Matthew Hunter also voiced his support, and said that the visitor enhancement fund exists to fund such projects and the religious connection is immaterial.“We need this structure so that people can continue to come to Sitka and live the history that brings so many people here,” Hunter said.Assembly member Aaron Bean, who spoke against the measure when it was introduced on November 7, said even if the money was specifically allocated for exterior renovations, it still indirectly helps the church further its mission.“It’s pretty clear that by doing this you will be advancing the church’s goal,” Bean said. “Any money that they wouldn’t have to otherwise pay a contractor to do the work that they’ve been neglecting for years is going to end up furthering their agenda.”City Attorney Brian Hanson said while Bean’s argument made sense, it was a common one made in past cases that set legal precedent for separation of church and state, and doesn’t hold up in a court of law.Though Hunter voiced his support, he said he was concerned the city could be sued if they moved ahead.“I did have an interaction with a gentleman on the street who was very passionate about the issue and said ‘I will sue you if you support this,” Hunter said.Hanson said that though he believes the donation wouldn’t violate the first amendment and the city would be on solid legal ground, they may still be at risk of a lawsuit, which could be costly.“This is only a $5,000 donation. I would suggest if a lawsuit is filed, it’s no longer economically viable to do this, no matter if you win or not,”  Hanson said.Ultimately, the measure failed 4-3, with Ben Miyasato, Bob Potrzuski and Richard Wein voting in favor, and Aaron Bean, Steven Eisenbeisz, Kevin Knox and Mayor Matt Hunter voting against.In other business, the assembly voted on second reading,  to update the electronic health records system for Sitka Community Hospital. They also approved, on second reading, several requests from Gary Paxton Industrial Park.last_img read more

Pioneering Black Catholic Bishop Buried in Mississippi

first_imgBy The Associated PressBILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners are saluting the legacy of the first African-American to lead a Catholic diocese in the 20th century as he’s laid to rest in Mississippi.WLOX-TV reports the Diocese of Biloxi held a funeral and burial Wednesday for Bishop Joseph Howze, who died last week at age 95.(Catholic Diocese of Biloxi, 2017 YouTube Courtesy Screenshot)Born in Daphne, Alabama, Howze led the diocese from 1977 until 2001.First a Baptist and then a Methodist, Howze said he was drawn to Catholicism by a student he taught at Central High School in Mobile. Ordained in 1959 as a priest in North Carolina, Pope Paul VI appointed Howze as auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Natchez-Jackson. When split into dioceses of Jackson and Biloxi in 1977, Pope Paul VI named Howze to lead the Biloxi church.___Information from: WLOX-TV, http://www.wlox.comlast_img read more

AtariPlaying AI Learns From Your Mistakes

first_imgStay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Playing too many video games may rot your brain and give you carpal tunnel. But hours of screen time actually have a positive effect on machines.An AI project conducted by computer scientists at Germany’s RWTH Aachen University and Microsoft Research gives artificial intelligence systems access to new ways of improving skills.The team invited people to play five Atari 2600 titles: Ms. Pacman, Space Invaders, Video Pinball, Q*Bert, and Montezuma’s Revenge. And while you tried to avoid pixelated ghosts and shoot down alien spacecraft, the website collected nearly 45 hours of gameplay data on human users.By recording each digital command, the current score, and the in-game environment, scientists applied that information to an AI system for the process of reinforcement learning (RL).The trial-and-error method has “recently made progress” combining old ideas with new deep learning research, according to researcher Vitaly Kurin.“But it is still hard to apply it for real-life complex environments because of its sample inefficiency (you need a lot of environmental interaction to make it work),” he explained to Geek in an email. “One way to tackle this problem is leveraging the human data.“So, we decided to make the project,” he said of the Atari Grand Challenge.After some training, the AI managed to outperform humans at pinball and match them at Q*bert and Space Invaders. But the computer struggled with Ms. Pacman and Montezuma’s Revenge (named after an expression for diarrhea contracted while visiting Mexico).“Atari has recently become a benchmark for testing reinforcement learning algorithms,” Kurin said, citing a 2015 experiment in which Google’s DeepMind created an artificial intelligence platform that taught itself how to play 50 Atari titles.Read more about the Atari Grand Challenge Dataset in a paper published last week by Kurin, fellow RWTH Aachen University researchers Lucas Beyer and Bastian Leibe, and Sebastian Nowozin and Katja Hofmann of the Machine Intelligence and Perception Group at Microsoft Research in Cambridge.Anyone is welcome to “download and play with” the full dataset, then try your hand at some old-school video games to see how you compare to an AI.“By playing you accelerate the progress of human civilization,” Kurin added.last_img read more

Help reunite Oreo with his family in LadysmithHelp reunite Oreo with his

first_imgClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The owners of Oreo the dog are appealing to the community to help find him.Oreo went missing last week from the Rose Park area.He is a small, white, fluffy Pomeranian with dark eyes.Read also: Help reunite missing Husky with her owners in LadysmithAlso read: Help find Chloey, the missing cat, in LadysmithThere is a reward available.Please contact 0837777003 if you have any information. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

How Will New Flood Insurance Regs Impact Lenders

first_img February 12, 2019 1,273 Views Share A joint ruling by banking regulators including the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), National Credit Union Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Farm Credit Administration will implement the provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 to require mortgage lenders and credit unions to accept certain private flood insurance policies in addition to policies under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).With the addition of acceptance of private insurance flood policies through this rule, the regulators have widened the scope for lenders to accept private flood insurance policies by allowing them to conclude that the policy meets the definition of private flood insurance, “without a further review of the policy, if the policy  or an endorsement to the policy, states: This policy meets the definition of private flood insurance contained in 42 U.S.C. 4012a(b)(7) and the corresponding regulation.”According to the OCC, the rule which takes effect on July 1 would also allow financial institutions to rely on an insurer’s written assurances in a private flood insurance policy stating that the policy meets the criteria for flood insurance. It also clarifies that lenders, under certain conditions, can accept policies that don’t meet the Biggert-Waters Act criteria. It also allows lenders to accept some flood coverage plans provided by mutual aid societies subject to agency approval.The regulation specifies that the amendment would “permit regulated lending institutions to exercise their discretion to accept flood insurance policies issued by private insurers and plans providing flood coverage issued by mutual aid societies that do not meet the statutory definition of private flood insurance, subject to certain restrictions.”The OCC said that The proposed rule included conditions for accepting these policies. However, in response to commenters, the agencies removed some of these conditions from the final rule. “The key conditions in the final rule are a requirement that the policy provides sufficient protection for a designated loan, consistent with general safety and soundness principles, and a requirement that the regulated lending institution document its conclusion regarding the sufficiency of protection in writing.”Read the full analysis of the final rule here. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicingcenter_img How Will New Flood Insurance Regs Impact Lenders? Biggert-Waters Act FDIC Federal Reserve Flood Insurance Lenders mortgage OCC Servicers 2019-02-12 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The latest episode of “Cardinals Flight Plan” gave fans a look at the start of the 2019 season, providing exclusive footage of the start of OTAs.Team president Michael Bidwill, head coach Kliff Kingsbury, defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and general manager Steve Keim addressed Cardinals staff to start the year.Joseph pitched his “attack-minded defense,” Kingsbury ran through the offense and Keim discussed No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray and what he called a “tremendous haul” in the 2019 NFL Draft. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Footage from OTAs was shown, and that included Murray throwing the ball and quotes from a handful of teammates saying to believe the hype.Related LinksCardinals ILB Haason Reddick hopes 2 years of learning sparks leapLarry Fitzgerald visited the Arizona Diamondbacks clubhouse, revealing his process into becoming one of the greatest wide receivers of all time.“Just because I might not clock the same time as some of the other guys doesn’t mean I can’t be effective and play the same way,” he said. “I think it’s always important to remember the things that you do well.”Up next was a tour of the rookie hotel in Tempe, including roommate receivers Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson running through the long days of getting up to speed in the NFL.Fitzgerald made an appearance at a Garth Brooks concert and spending a night with a young fan playing games at an arcade.The next episode of “Cardinals Flight Plan” will further document OTAs and is set to be released on June 13. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 15 3 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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