iGB Diary: Corbyn, new deals, high street bookies and GBBO

first_img14th September 2018 | By Hannah Gannage-Stewart iGB Diary iGB Diary: Corbyn, new deals, high street bookies and GBBO Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Looking at Labour’s fundraising strategy, Bede’s big win, bookies and Bake Off Topics: iGB Diary Happy Friday igamers! This week we clock questions over Labour’s fundraising strategy, celebrate Bede’s big win in Canada, assess the future of high street bookies and spy pre-watershed shirt sponsorship on the Great British Bake Off.Chance of a lifetime The name Tony Blair is mud in Labour Party circles these days, but Corbynistas may soon find another reason to take against the former PM. Buzzfeed has noticed that a competition where party members are asked to donate to be entered into a draw for the chance to meet Jeremy Corbyn at backstage at the party conference may breach UK gambling regulations. Sure, there is an option to enter the draw without making a donation, but this is hidden away in the small print beneath umpteen requests for donations. And who passed this legislation that might see JC’s party fined by the UK Gambling Commission? Why, none other than Labour under Tony Blair, back in 2005! It’s the biggest conspiracy to hit the party since 2016’s Portland Group coup.Mixing it with the big boys Bede again showed it can stand shoulder to shoulder with the big boys in the supplier space yesterday when it announced it had won the contract to supply the Ontario lottery with an igaming platform. Bede has come a long way since convincing Rank to become the first Tier 1 operator to move off away from the old guard of OpenBet, Playtech et al. Chairman Joe Saumarez Smith and recent iGB pod interviewee of course advised the lottery on its choice of its first ever internet gaming platform way back in 2011 via his Sports Gaming Ltd consultancy. So it must have been gratifying to say the least to return with his company’s own platform and win through the procurement process against a shortlist including Openbet/SciGames and IGT. Way to go Joe!High street bookies: future tense? The UK retail betting sector is in urgent need of a reboot and needs to sharpen up if it is to overcome the major challenges it will be facing in the next 12-18 months. That was the key message from the “Future of the UK high street bookmakers” event that took place in London yesterday. Some of the main points, in no particular order of importance: FOBTs, attracting a younger demographic to LBOs, show maturity and stop infighting (“Good luck with that” was the pithy response from some audience members). William Hill’s Lyndsay Wright issued a stark warning that bookmakers had to decide whether they wanted to be like the alcohol industry, a widely accepted social pastime with no major image problem; or follow tobacco, whose products are plastered with gruesome pictures of the physical harm it causes and its users shunted to dark doorways. That’s the Diary’s take on it, but you get the message. There were many more very interesting discussions and points made, which iGB will cover early next week (or as soon as the Diary can find its notes!).SBOBet hits primetime Eagle-eyed viewers of the Great British Bake Off may have noticed an inadvertent pre-watershed plug for sportsbook SBOBet this week, proving the benefits of shirt sponsorship. Budding pro baker Jon from Newport was whipping up some Cardiff City-themed Chelsea buns when a picture of him and his son sporting the Bluebirds’ strip flashed up on screen, emblazoned with the SBOBet’s logo. Fortunately, Bake Off’s new home on Channel 4 eliminates the risk of post bags overflowing at Points Of View.That’s all for this week folks. Have a wonderful weekend! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Wales coach Warren Gatland says he is confused about apparent rule break

first_imgFriday Sep 25, 2015 Wales coach Warren Gatland says he is confused about apparent rule break The Wales team were issued an official warning by World Rugby yesterday, with a statement regarding their ‘breach of the spirit of rugby’. Wales reportedly brought in outside players to help at training, which is against some regulations, which bemused coach Warren Gatland.The official World Rugby statement: The Wales team has been issued with an official warning following an apparent breach of the spirit of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Terms of Participation regarding team training arrangements and specifically the inclusion of players from outside the selected 31 player squad for a training session yesterday. Having reviewed the matter, World Rugby is satisfied that no deliberate breach was intended, and in addition to the formal warning to the Welsh team, all participating teams have been informed that additional players from the extended national team squad, including potential injury replacements, may not participate in any training sessions. Warren Gatland’s reaction (audio): MEANWHILE, Stuart Lancaster has spoken about his Sam Burgess selection for the Wales clash, and why it shouldn’t come as such a surprise considering that day in and day out Burgess trains with (and obviously looks good against) the other England backs. Hear what he had to say about it below.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Rugby World Cup , Wales Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO If you can get your head around it, these… 47 WEEKS AGO You’ve never seen any Rugby World Cup drop… 49 WEEKS AGO TOP 10: Rugby World Cup 2015 was filled with… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

NDCS declares 10 September ‘Happy Monday’

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. NDCS declares 10 September ‘Happy Monday’ NDCS, the National Deaf Children’s Society, has declared Monday 10 September to be ‘Happy Monday’ and is encouraging people to hold Happy Monday parties in their office to raise funds for the charity.Happy Monday party organisers are encourage to collect at least £3 per head from colleagues that they invite to the party.The charity is offering a party pack to help organisers plan their event, together with downloadable posters, jokes, and smilies, the logo of the campaign. You can also create your own smiley and download it to post on your website or blog to “be part of the UK’s biggest smile”. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 September 2007 | News Tagged with: Events  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Teenage Cancer Trust is 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon charity partner

first_img  183 total views,  1 views today Teenage Cancer Trust is 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon charity partner Howard Lake | 26 April 2017 | News Tagged with: Celebrity Events Humour London marathon AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18  184 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement Teenage Cancer Trust has been named as the charity partner for the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2018.The theme of the partnership will be ‘Be a Legend‘, under which the charity aims to mobilise a team of ‘legendary’ supports to run for the charity in the marathon, or indeed volunteer on the day.The charity aims to raise £1.5m from the event for young people with cancer across the UK. Currently, for every young person aged 13-24 Teenage Cancer Trust supports, there’s another they can’t. As a result, it aims to support every young person with cancer by 2020.Russell Brand filmComedian and long-time Teenage Cancer Trust supporter, Russell Brand, is the face of the launch film. True to form, he uses it to satirise the way we think about charity in the social media age. With tongue firmly in cheek, Brand encourages people to take part in the marathon for purely selfish reasons, so they can “look good whilst doing good”.  Russell Brand and ChrisKate Collins, Director of Fundraising and Marketing, at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be launching our important partnership with Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 with a film that has a cheeky tone but a serious message.“Huge thanks to Chris, a young man who is currently going through treatment for cancer, and our long-term supporter Russell Brand for teaming up to make the film.”Jo Barnett, Director of Social Enterprise at Virgin Money, said: “Virgin Money is proud to partner with this amazing charity and help them take one step closer to their goal of reaching every young person with cancer who needs them.”Previous charity partnersPrevious Virgin Money London Marathon charity partners have included:2017: Heads Together2016: NSPCC2015: Cancer Research UK2014: Anthony Nolan2013: YouthNet; Age UK2012: Team PB the Prostate Cancer Charity Breast Cancer Care2011: Oxfam2010: CLIC Sargent2009: The Children’s Trust2008: Heart UK; Spinal Injuries Association2007: WellChild2006: The Stroke Association; Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust2005: Help the Hospices2004: Sense; British Heart Foundation2003: Shelter2002: Outward Bound; FCWL2001: MS Society2000: MencapThe London Marathon has had a charity partner since 1984.last_img read more

Court gives green light for two journalists to be investigated in doping case

first_img FranceEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News FranceEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today condemned a Versailles appeal court ruling confirming that Dominique Issartel and Damien Ressiot of the daily L’Equipe should be formally placed under investigation for “helping to violate the confidentiality of a judicial investigation” into the use of banned drugs by a cycling team. The ruling is inconsistent with justice minister Pascal Clément’s promise to amend the 1881 press law to give journalists the right to protect their sources, the press freedom organisation said.“This confirms an unfortunate tendency on the part of the judicial authorities to abuse the concept of ‘helping to violate the confidentiality of a judicial investigation’ to prevent journalists from probing sensitive issues,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Journalists, by definition, are not sworn to secrecy about anything including a judicial investigation, and it is absurd to make them the scapegoats for leaks,” the organisation said, adding that, “the appeal court’s decision is an aberration that bodes ill for the future of press freedom in France.”Investigative reporting by Issartel and Ressiot about alleged doping within the Cofidis cycle team led the Nanterre prosecutor’s office to begin a judicial investigation in early 2004. On 22 January 2004, the weekly Le Point published the full transcripts of the telephone tapping that had been carried out on Cofidis trainers and riders named in the case.Nanterre investigating judge Katherine Cornier formally placed Issartel, Ressiot and three Le Point journalists under investigation on 12 and 13 October 2005 for “helping to violate the confidentiality of a judicial investigation.” This move followed on from the searches carried out at the two newspapers and at the homes of the journalists on 13 January 2005 in which computer hard disks and notebooks were seized.Lawyers acting for the L’Equipe journalists had requested the withdrawal of these investigations on the grounds that they “do not comply with the European Convention on Human Rights,” in particular article 10, which guarantees the right of journalists to protect their sources. Article 109 of the French criminal code recognises the same right, but France was condemned by the European Court of Human Rights in January 1999 for using the concept of ‘helping to violate the confidentiality of a judicial investigation’ against journalists.___________________________________________________________13.10.05 – Alarm as five journalists put under investigation in cycle team doping caseReporters Without Borders said it was concerned and shocked after an examining magistrate in the Paris suburb of Nanterre placed five journalists under investigation on 12 and 13 October 2005.Three journalists on the weekly Le Point, Christophe Labbé, Olivia Recasens and Jean-Michel Décujis, as well as two journalists on the sports daily L’Equipe, Damien Ressiot et Dominique Issartel, are accused of “violation of the confidentiality of investigation” in the Cofidis cycle team doping case. “The right to protect sources, guaranteed by Article 109 of the criminal code and by article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, has once again been trampled on. It is shocking that journalists who were only doing their job should be put under investigation,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.”The tendency of the courts to put pressure on journalists to reveal their sources is extremely intense at the moment in France, and in Europe, generally. On top of that, the journalists’ work does not appear to have impeded the investigation into the Codifis case. “French law should urgently be amended to get rid of the concept of violation of the confidentiality of an investigation, which is an aberration, and only harms investigative journalists”, said Reporters Without Borders.“We would like to point out that the journalists that have been put under investigation are good journalists who have done their job well”, said François Malye, head of the editors’ group at Le Point. “Luckily for the profession, the journalists’ sources have not been identified, despite a misuse of technology”, he added.The Nanterre prosecutor’s office at the beginning of 2004 opened an investigation for violation of the confidentiality of investigation after Le Point on 22 January 2004 published the full telephone-tap transcripts ordered by the judge Richard Pallain in the cycle team doping case involving Cofidis trainers and riders. L’Equipe on its part, on 9 April 2004, published lengthy extracts from the official interviews with several Cofidis riders, some of whom had been put under investigation.Two virtually simultaneous searches were carried out, on 13 January 2005, at the premises of both publications as well as at the homes of two journalists on the daily sports paper. Their computer hard discs and diaries were seized and a source close to the two papers said the journalists’ phones were subsequently tapped by those heading the investigation. to go further Organisation Follow the news on France May 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court gives green light for two journalists to be investigated in doping case Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF_en Receive email alerts A ruling by the Versailles appeal court yesterday confirmed that two journalists with the daily L’Equipe should be formally placed under investigation for “helping to violate the confidentiality of a judicial investigation.” Reporters Without Borders says it represents a serious threat to the right of journalists to protect their sources. 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In “cure worse than cold,” Globovisión waits to be stripped of broadcast frequency

first_img Follow the news on Venezuela New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Organisation News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders fears that the Caracas-based TV broadcaster Globovisión could be stripped of its terrestrial broadcast frequency as a result of proceedings initiated against the station on 16 June and a supreme court ruling two days later that the station could be convicted by a criminal prosecution, a legal prerequisite for the withdrawal of its frequency.“President Hugo Chávez recently warned that Globovisión could be taken off the air if it did not change its editorial practices and he is pressing government officials and the courts to do this,” Reporters Without Borders said. “He called it a ‘public health problem’ but the cure is worse than the disease.” Reporters Without Borders continued: “The withdrawal of Globovisión’s frequency would be the culmination of a legally questionable campaign of harassment of the station over its content. The fact that the station is not beyond reproach does not detract from the gravity of this campaign. It is not democratic if a news media’s future can be decided on the president’s whim.”“If President Chávez gets rid of Globovisión, the only terrestrial TV stations left will be those that support him,” Reporters Without Borders added. “This will be a blow to media diversity and debate. The opposition could be radicalised if it is deprived of media that convey its views.”The administrative proceedings which the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) initiated against Globovisión on 16 June were its fourth. The three previous ones were based on the 2004 Radio and TV Social Responsibility Law and could have resulted in the station being taken off the air for up to 72 hours.The latest one is based on article 171 of the Telecommunications Basic Law of 2000, which says that a TV station’s licence can be rescinded if the station is used “to help to commit crimes.”Globovisión is accused of “helping to commit a crime” in its programme “Aló Ciudadano” on 13 October 2008, when a guest, well-known Chávez critic Rafael Poleo, editor of the daily El Nuevo País and the magazine Zeta, said on the air that the president could “end up like Mussolini” although programme presenter Leopoldo Castillo told him he should not say that (see link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgkeo0Dl3lk&feature=related and transcription below). President Chávez and his supporters insisted that Poleo’s comment constituted “incitement of a crime against the president.”The station responded that it could not be held responsible for what a guest says. Globovisión lawyer Ana Cristina Nuñez also pointed out that there was legal impediment to a criminal conviction of Globovisión, which would have to take place before it could be stripped of its frequency. When the latest administrative proceedings were initiated against Globovisión, the prosecutor general’s office was also asked to establish whether a crime was committed during the broadcast.Nonetheless, there was legal barrier to a possible conviction, namely an appeal which Globovisión submitted in 2003 challenging various provisions of the telecommunications law, including the possibility of bringing a criminal prosecution against the station. This barrier was lifted by the supreme court’s 18 June decision rejecting the Globovisión appeal.This prerequisite was not met when Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV) was stripped of its terrestrial broadcast frequency in May 2007. The supreme court’s 18 June ruling endorsed the principle of preventive censorship of the content of certain media by the government, saying it was “compatible with freedom of the press.” Globovisión was ordered on 5 June to pay a fine of 2.3 million dollars for relaying opposition message during oil sector strikes in 2002 and 2003. The fine was increased to 4 million dollars on 16 June.The government has meanwhile announced a review of all the radio and TV broadcast frequencies, also in the cable sector. Globovisión’s terrestrial broadcasting is currently limited to Caracas and the surrounding area. It could be allowed to continue broadcasting by cable, like RCTV.(Aló Ciudadano – 13 October 2008)Rafael Poleo: “…History repeats itself. If you follow Benito Mussolini’s career and Hugo Chávez’s career, you will see they are the same. That’s why I say, with concern, that Hugo is going to end up like Mussolini, hung upside down.Leopoldo Castillo: Poleo, you cannot say that, because it could be seen as defending a criminal action, it could be interpreted as instigation.Rafael Poleo: I say it in a precautionary manner. Watch out Hugo, don’t end up like your counterpart Benito Mussolini, hung upside down, because the person you resemble is Mussolini, Mussolini in his initial phase of fascism. That’s where Chávez is. It’s an insult to socialism and communism to say that Chávez is a socialist or a communist. But it is easier to say that, because people have forgotten what fascism was in history. But Chávez is old-fashioned fascism. Chávez is a fascist.”Reporters Without Borders disapproves of Poleo’s comments but believes that he, not Globovisión, is responsible for them. 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Kiev court upholds decision to ignore masterminds in Gongadze murder case

first_img to go further Follow the news on Ukraine UkraineEurope – Central Asia September 7, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by a Kiev appeal court decision yesterday that will have the effect of preventing any further attempt to identify the senior government officials who were almost certainly behind online journalist Georgiy Gongadze’s murder in September 2000.Yesterday’s appeal court ruling upheld a decision by the prosecutor’s office to change the legal definition of the killing from “commissioned murder” to the less serious “murder on verbal orders,” which carries a lower sentence and limits criminal responsibility to the person who gave the verbal order and the person who carried it out.The ruling will have been welcomed by the political associates of Leonid Kuchma (who was president in 2000) as the person alleged to have given the verbal order for Gongadze’s murder was the then interior minister, Yuri Kravchenko, who conveniently died in mysterious fashion in 2005.Unless a separate investigation is launched into tape recordings that could implicate other very senior officials, they will no longer have anything to fear. This is a massive blow to all those who were still hoping that light would be shone on all aspects of the case.Gongadze family lawyer Valentyna Telychenko told Reporters Without Borders that the appeal court clearly reached a partial and illegal decision under pressure. Reporters Without Borders shares her view and supports her plan to appeal to the High Commission for Ukrainian Court Charges, the only body capable of reversing the decision.Yesterday’s ruling was preceded by a series of irregularities in the investigation since December. The Gongadze family’s lawyers are still waiting to have access to the prosecution files although Oleksiy Pukach, the interior ministry intelligence officer who is accused of carrying out the murder, has been studying them for the past three months.It is vital that the Ukrainian judicial system should finally start to behave in an impartial manner.———————————10/02/2011 – Those behind Georgiy Gongadze’s murder still unpunished 10 years later Reporters Without Borders is exasperated by the latest decisions in the investigation that is supposed to establish who was behind the September 2000 murder of Georgiy Gongadze, the editor of the independent online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda.From the outset the entire investigation seems to have been designed to avoid implicating senior officials and politicians, and now the focus is on putting all the blame on Yuriy Kravchenko, a former interior minister who died mysteriously in 2005, and Oleksiy Pukach, the former head of an interior ministry intelligence unit.The desire to protect the very senior political figures who probably gave the orders for Gongadze to be eliminated is reflected in the inconsistencies and contradictions in which the prosecutor-general in charge of the investigation is now getting bogged down.One of the latest examples is a Kiev court’s ruling on 31 January endorsing the prosecutor’s 6 December decision to withdraw “premeditation” from the charges that have been brought against Pukach in connection with the murder.Valentyna Telychenko, the lawyer who represents Gongadze’s widow, Myroslava Gongadze, commented: “This means that the investigators are trying to help the people implicated in this murder to escape justice. They are looking for ways to avoid having to go after the instigators. Pukach was just the lowest link in the chain of responsibility for this murder.”Arrested in July 2009, Pukach confessed to strangling and beheading Gongadze with an axe on 16 September 2000. He said in a statement that he acted on direct orders from the then interior minister, Kravchenko, who is said to have killed himself in 2005 although he was found with two gunshot wounds in his head. Pukach’s statement also mentioned the involvement of other senior officials.On 14 September 2010, the prosecutor-general’s office formally identified Kravchenko as the sole instigator of Gongadze’s murder.Pukach is now trying to back-peddle and persuade investigators that Gongadze’s death was an accident, that he did not plan to kill Gongadze even though he had an axe in his hands and even though he had been ordered to do so. His lawyer, Oleg Musiynko, told Kommersant Ukraina on 1 February that his client “maintains that there was no collusion between him and his subordinates (three police officers who were convicted in 2008), that he did not want to kill Gongadze, just make him lose consciousness, and that it was an accident.” However, Musiynko went on to say that he knew the real instigator’s identity, while refusing to name him. He also said that one of his clients, a Kravchenko intimate, had classified documents and recordings and that “one of the instigators occupied one of the highest state posts in 1999 and 2000 and was a presidential election candidate.” These confusing claims just confirm the need for an investigation to establish who else was behind the murder.Telychenko points out the flagrant inconsistencies in the prosecutor’s statements. On the one hand the prosecutor says Pukach murdered Gongadze on the orders of Kravchenko and other instigators. On the other, he says the murder was not premeditated. She also highlights the slowness to establish the guilt of the other officials mentioned in Pukach’s original statement.“It they believe what he said in his statement about Kravchenko, why don’t they believe what he said about the other senior officials,” Telychenko said on TVi. “Even before there was an appeal, the prosecutor himself went back on the resolution not to open an investigation into these people as long as the criminal nature of their activities was not apparent. That was three months ago already. More than enough time to establish whether the activities of these officials were criminal and whether or not they needed to be investigated.”In defence of its resolution, the prosecutor-general’s office says the charges against Pukach could change during the trial. Its spokesman told Ukrainska Pravda: “We believe the court’s decision is completely legal and justified. Media claims that the decision on the non-premeditated nature of the murder is definitive are premature.” Ten years after Gongadze’s horrific murder, the investigation is taking an unacceptable direction. Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by the clear lack of judicial impartiality in the decisions being taken by the prosecutor’s office and urges the Ukrainian government to address the problem – assuming, that is, that the government is not itself the source of this problem. News Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts March 3, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kiev court upholds decision to ignore masterminds in Gongadze murder casecenter_img Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV News March 26, 2021 Find out more February 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Organisation last_img read more

Mortgage Servicing: A “People Business”

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Mortgage Servicing: A “People Business” Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe Tagged with: Technology Technology 2019-11-18 Seth Welborncenter_img November 18, 2019 956 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology About Author: Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Mortgage Servicing: A “People Business” Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago At Bayview Loan Servicing, Michael Waldron is responsible for the Compliance and Oversight Department’s management, leadership, and direction, as well as the company’s overall compliance strategy. With more than 20 years’ experience spent serving the industry in a wide variety of legal and compliance-related functions, Waldron is known for his ability to navigate the regulatory landscape and build relationships that add value to those with whom he works.This past September, Waldron served as the Lab Director of the Servicing & Compliance Lab at the 2019 Five Star Conference & Expo. DS News recently spoke to Waldron about the current state of servicing and why conversations between different industry participants are so crucial to better serving the needs of homeowners.What are some of the top issues currently facing the industry?There’s a lot of good work being done in the servicing industry, and sometimes that’s lost on folks because of the path that we’ve been down. We’re continuing to focus on how to best utilize automation, how to empower the customer to self-service—which is what the customer wants—and how not to lose track of the customer experience throughout that. This is still a people business, so how do you focus on the quality of the process and the quality of people through automation? This is still a “people business.” How can we enhance the experience? One of the biggest challenges that the industry faces is in our constant push towards efficiency and automation is how to make certain that we don’t lose sight of the customer.Some of the most-discussed challenges right now are the impacts of natural disasters and the possibility of a recession on the horizon. How can servicers prepare for those possibilities in order to mitigate the potential impacts?Neither one of which can we control, but we can be proactive in our preparation. If you look at how far we’ve come on the natural disaster front, there was a time where I and many other leaders in the space felt we were still rewriting the playbook each time a natural disaster would come along. Everything from being on the ground, to playbooks that can be utilized, to how we handle outreach to our customers not only after the disaster but in advance, and getting ahead of folks evacuating and considering what their struggle would be. It’s about making ourselves available and further educating them that we are here for them, as an industry.On the recession side, it’s not dissimilar from the disaster experience, to the extent it would come to fruition. We’ve been through a crisis before, and so fully recognizing what worked and what didn’t in an effort to come out of that crisis is invaluable for any potential future events.How are new technical logical developments changing the way you do business?First and foremost, it is about staying true to your mission statement. It’s about not losing sight of what our core mission as an industry is. It’s understanding the place for automation, as well as its limitations. It’s committing and remaining committed to engaging and retaining talent. It is a process by which, recognizing that while efficiency and standardization is important, it’s not the only critical aspect of what we do.It’s about being thoughtful about assessing new technologies. It’s being disciplined about when the technologies are truly at a level where they can be implemented, versus when perhaps you should put the brakes on and allow it to develop to a point where it can be more effectively utilized and applied. This all comes back to understanding the customer experience and asking the critical question: is this additive to that customer experience or does it detract from it?You served as Lab Director of the Servicing and Compliance Lab at the annual Five Star Conference & Expo this year. Why are the conversations fostered by industry events such as that one so important?The intent is to empower servicing professionals with insight into compliance and regulatory issues, which is a significant undertaking. But with the right group of folks, representing the right mix of platforms, it’s something that is perfectly achievable. The goal here is to present information that can be executed upon, that’s operational. One of the disconnects within the space, historically, has been between the business and compliance and how advice is provided. In order to be truly effective, and to be a good partner to the business, one has to be able to provide advice in a way in which the business can operationalize it. The way in which we structured the Servicing & Compliance lab was to reach not only compliance and regulatory professionals, but also business leaders who have a history of being successful on their platforms.I’ve been a longtime supporter of Five Star. There’s a real value. The Five Star Conference in particular brings business leaders together with compliance and legal, which is invaluable. The manner in which the industry comes together for the various labs and forums is different from other conferences. It allows for a dialogue to occur, not simply amongst what I’ll call “like-minded professionals,” but also promotes a dialogue that allows you to expand your skill set and learn from those on other platforms that are navigating similar issues, just in different ways. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Freddie Mac Announces $2.3B Loan Sale Next: A Major Factor Behind Mortgage Delinquencies Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. 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Alabama woman whose body was found in shallow grave died of accidental overdose

first_imgBirmingham Police Dept.(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — An Alabama woman whose body was found in a shallow grave two weeks after she went missing died from an accidental drug-opioid overdose, officials said.The Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday concluded its investigation into the death of 29-year-old Trussville native Paighton Houston. The cause of death was determined to be morphine and methamphetamine toxicity, and the manner of the death was accidental, the coroner said in the report.The news comes one day after a suspect wanted in connection with Houston’s disappearance and death was captured in Ohio following a weekslong manhunt.Members of the U.S. Marshals Service’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Frederick Hampton, 50, at a relative’s home in Cleveland on Wednesday night.The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Birmingham, Alabama, had issued an arrest warrant for Hampton earlier this month for sex offender registration violations and abuse of a corpse.Authorities have said they have evidence that Hampton was with Houston on the night she vanished and that he disposed of her body after she died the next day.When Houston left a bar with two men in Birmingham on the night of Dec. 20, she texted one of her friends saying “she didn’t know who she was with and that she felt like she was in trouble,” her brother told ABC News in an interview after she went missing.It’s unknown whether Hampton was one of the men Houston left the bar with.Houston’s body was found on Jan. 3 wrapped in sheets and buried in a shallow grave behind a house in Hueytown, about 15 miles from the Birmingham bar where she was last seen.The home belongs to relatives of Hampton, authorities said.Hampton will remain in custody in Cleveland until he can be extradited back to Birmingham, authorities said.After being convicted for rape and sodomy in 1992, Hampton served more than 20 years in prison. He was released in 2012, according to jail records. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Surface-water iron supplies in the Southern Ocean sustained by deep winter mixing

first_imgLow levels of iron limit primary productivity across much of the Southern Ocean. At the basin scale, most dissolved iron is supplied to surface waters from subsurface reservoirs, because land inputs are spatially limited. Deep mixing in winter together with year-round diffusion across density surfaces, known as diapycnal diffusion, are the main physical processes that carry iron-laden subsurface waters to the surface. Here, we analyse data on dissolved iron concentrations in the top 1,000 m of the Southern Ocean, taken from all known and available cruises to date, together with hydrographic data to determine the relative importance of deep winter mixing and diapycnal diffusion to dissolved iron fluxes at the basin scale. Using information on the vertical distribution of iron we show that deep winter mixing supplies ten times more iron to the surface ocean each year, on average, than diapycnal diffusion. Biological observations from the sub-Antarctic sector suggest that following the depletion of this wintertime iron pulse, intense iron recycling sustains productivity over the subsequent spring and summer. We conclude that winter mixing and surface-water iron recycling are important drivers of temporal variations in Southern Ocean primary production.last_img read more