first_img Tagged with: Fitch Ratings Rating Outlooks RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation Home / Daily Dose / RoundPoint’s Rating Outlook Adjusted From ‘Stable’ to ‘Negative’ RoundPoint’s Rating Outlook Adjusted From ‘Stable’ to ‘Negative’ in Daily Dose, Featured, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Xhevrije West Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Fitch Ratings confirmed that borrower-focused company, RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation’s (RPMS’s) residential mortgage servicer ratings have been adjusted. Fitch determined that RoundPoint’s U.S. residential primary servicer rating for subprime product is ‘RPS3+’ and the U.S. residential special servicer rating is ‘RSS3+’. In addition, the rating outlooks have been revised to ‘negative’ from ‘stable.'”Fitch has placed the servicer ratings on Outlook Negative based on the corporate restructuring,” Fitch noted. “Additionally, given elevated earnings pressure associated with corporate changes, Fitch believes the servicer’s dependency upon parent company support is now heightened in order to maintain expected balance sheet growth and meet earnings targets.”The rating affirmations are based on RPMS’s continued investment in its compliance management system, experienced management team and staff, increased automation, and enhanced servicing system and processes, Fitch says. The servicer’s effective staffing, recruiting and retention program, and its ‘White Glove’ customer service that focuses on improving customer service disciplines throughout the organization is also taken into consideration.RPMS was servicing 249,162 loans totaling $46.9 billion as of March 31, 2015, Fitch reports. This was comprised of 226,618 agency loans totaling $44 billion and 3,400 non-agency RMBS loans for $610 Million and 19,144 loans serviced for others totaling $2.1 billion.RPMS has operated as a stand-alone business entity since October 2014, according to Fitch. Shared corporate functionalities and expenses between the parent company, RoundPoint Financial Group (RPFG) and RPMS, were terminated. In addition, two of RPFG’s executive officers transitioned to the servicing operations.In October 2014, RPMS’s sister company, RoundPoint Mortgage Company (RPMC), terminated its operation as an originator of residential mortgage loans. RPMC previously provided refinancing programs and acted as a conduit for flow servicing for RPMS. Fitch does not believe that RPMC’s exit will have a material impact on RPMS’s servicing operation.”The ratings also take into consideration RPMS’s enterprise risk management practices,” Fitch said. “The servicer was fully compliant with its 2014 Regulation AB reporting and stated that it has no outstanding regulatory issues concerning its servicing platform. In addition, the ratings reflect RPMS’s enhanced default management capabilities, effective staff performance incentive and management oversight programs. The ratings also reflect the financial condition of RPMS, a non-publicly rated entity, as financial condition is a component of Fitch’s servicer ratings.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago July 21, 2015 983 Views Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Previous: First-Time Buyer Mortgage Share and Risk Indices Edge Up in June Next: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 7/22/2015 Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Fitch Ratings Rating Outlooks RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation 2015-07-21 xhevrijewest Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. Subscribelast_img read more

first_img Google+ Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Previous articleSOS committee welcomes SF pledge to retain long term community hospital bedsNext articleA visit by An Taoiseach to Donegal in coming days ruled out admin Twitter WhatsApp By admin – February 22, 2016 Police in Derry have confirmed a 43 year old man was arrested in connection with last night’s fatal collision in Derry.A 70 year died after being struck by a car on the Culmore Road.The collision happened near the entrance to Troy Park shortly before 6.55pm.The Culmore Road remains closed this morning between Greenhaw Road and Pennyburn roundabout, with local diversions in place.Police are appealing to witnesses to come forward.Police have confirmed the man who was detained and questioned was subsequently released on police bail pending further enquiries. WhatsApp Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Update – Man questioned after fatal collision in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Homepage BannerNews 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th last_img read more

first_img Previous articleYouth Drop In Centre opening in BuncranaNext article70 year-old appears in court on child sex charges News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – December 22, 2009 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter Google+center_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News Budget meeting getting underway at county council HQ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Donegal County Councillors meet later this morning to discuss the authority’s revenue budget for 2010.Coupled with the capital budget, which will be adopted next year, the council has a overall budget of just short of 220 million euro – half of what was available in 2007.Councillor Dessie Larkin says today’s priority will be trying to maintain front line services at their current levels and believes councillor will have to be realistic with their expectations. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North last_img read more

first_imgNews Updates”Undue Fervor Shown By Cops As This Was Inter-Religious Marriage”: Gujarat High Court Sets Couple Free, Orders IG-level Inquiry Sparsh Upadhyay21 Jan 2021 12:43 AMShare This – xWhile underlining that the facts (of the case) are quite glaring and also shocking and ordering the release of an interfaith couple from the Custody of cops, the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday (19th January) quashed and set aside the order of Remand (dated 18th January 2021) passed by the Magistrate qua the corpus Nisar khan (Husband). The Court was hearing a habeas corpus plea filed…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWhile underlining that the facts (of the case) are quite glaring and also shocking and ordering the release of an interfaith couple from the Custody of cops, the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday (19th January) quashed and set aside the order of Remand (dated 18th January 2021) passed by the Magistrate qua the corpus Nisar khan (Husband). The Court was hearing a habeas corpus plea filed by the brother of the husband, Nisarkhan Jitubhai Ghasura, stating that the latter was illegally detained and remanded to police custody, following his recent marriage to his 29-year-old childhood friend from another community. The Bench of Justice Sonia Gokani & Justice Sangeeta K. Vishen directed the Range IG concerned to inquire into the matter, more particularly, considering the conduct of Respondent Nos. 5 and 6 (cops), in whose custody, the couple has been detained for all these days, and report to the DIG. While conducting such inquiry, the Range IG has been directed to bear in mind that this is the case, where, the undue fervor is shown, on account of this being an inter-religion marriage. The Court also said that IG has to keep in mind the golden words of the Supreme Court in such matters, where, the issue had come-up, particularly, of honour killing in case of inter-caste/inter-religion marriage in case of Lata singh v. State of U.P. & Another, (2006) 5 SCC 475 and Shakti Vahini v. UOI & Others (2018) 7 SCC 192. Importantly, the Court also ordered the immediate release of Shweta Girishchandra Raval (Wife), on her executing personal bond in the sum of Rs.10,000/- before the Court concerned. Further, Nisarkhan Jitubhai Ghasura (Husband) was also directed to be released on his executing personal bond in the sum of Rs.10,000/- with one SURETY of the like amount before the Court concerned. Earlier in the day on Tuesday (19th January), the Court had directed the State to produce both Shweta Nisharkhan Ghasura, who was in the police custody from 09.01.2021 and Nisharkhan Ghasura through video conferencing from the District Court, Palanpur at 04:00 p.m on Tuesday itself. Lastly, the State also assured the Court that the Couple would be provided police protection and that the Commissioner of Police, Surat, would be directed to grant the couple protection, initially, for the period of 4 Weeks. Thereafter, he shall take a call and shall decide, as to whether the same requires to be continued or not. The Court also directed, “In wake of the fact that the couple is native of Palanpur, as and when they are required to go to Palanpur, at least, one week in advance, they shall make a request to the SP, Palanpur, for providing them police protection, who shall provide them the same.” It may be noted that in the celebrated Judgment of Shakti Vahini v. UOI & others, the Supreme Court of India in the year 2018 held that “when two adults marry out of their volition, they choose their path; they consummate their relationship; they feel that it is their goal and they have the right to do so.” “Any kind of torture or torment or ill-treatment in the name of honour that tantamount to atrophy of choice of an individual relating to love and marriage by any assembly, whatsoever nomenclature it assumes, is illegal and cannot be allowed a moment of existence”, the Court further said. Related matters In related news, recently, the Allahabad High Court had reiterated that no one is entitled to disrupt the lives of two adults, who reside together willingly. Holding thus, the Court came to rescue of another inter-faith couple, facing harassment at the hands of their families. A Single Bench of Justice Saral Srivastava observed, “The Court has repeatedly held that where the two individuals having attained the age of majority, are living together, nobody is entitled to interfere in their peaceful life.” Also Read – Upholding Love : In Last One Month, Allahabad High Court Grants Protection To Over 125 Inter-Faith/Caste Couples Also Read: “Right To Choose A Partner Of Choice A Fundamental Right”: Allahabad High Court Says The Judgments Which Held “Conversion For The Purpose Of Marriage Only” Not Good Law Also, last month, the Allahabad High Court had reunited an interfaith couple while noting that the Woman (Shikha) had “expressed that she wants to live with her husband (Salman @ Karan) she is free to move as per her own choice without any restriction or hindrance being created by third party.” The Bench of Justice Pankaj Naqvi and Justice Vivek Agarwal was hearing a habeas corpus plea filed by the man (Salman @ Karan), who submitted before the Court that his wife (Shikha) had been sent to her parents by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), against her wishes. Last month, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday (16th December) came to the rescue of an Interfaith Couple from Uttar Pradesh, who had moved the court (seeking protection) fearing threats, intimidation and acute harassment at the hands of vigilante groups, vested interests and even the authorities, seeking protection. Further, the Calcutta High on Monday (21st December) made it clear that if an adult marries as per her choice and decides to convert and not return to her paternal house, there could be no interference in the matter. In November 2020, the Karnataka High Court held that the right of any major individual to marry the person of his/her choice is a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution of India. A division bench of Justices S Sujata and Sachin Shankar Magadum, while disposing of a habeas corpus petition filed by one Wajeed Khan seeking the release of his lover Ramya from confinement, said: “It is well settled that a right of any major individual to marry the person of his/her choice is a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution of India and the said liberty relating to the personal relationships of two individuals cannot be encroached by anybody irrespective of caste or religion.” Case title – Ghasura Riyazkhan Jitubhai v. State Of Gujarat [Special Criminal Application No. 773 of 2021] Click Here To Download Order/JudgmentRead Order/JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more

first_imgTop Stories1975 Emergency Provides Harrowing Reminder Of State Excess: Supreme Court Judges Mehal Jain26 Jan 2021 7:09 AMShare This – xSupreme Court Judges Justice NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice SK Kaul have recently talked about the 1975 National Emergency during a book release function.The judges were speaking at the launch of the book “The Law of Emergency Powers” by Senior Advocate Dr AM Singhvi and Jindal Global Law School’s Prof. Khagesh Gautam. The seniormost judge of the top court, Justice N. V….Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSupreme Court Judges Justice NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice SK Kaul have recently talked about the 1975 National Emergency during a book release function.The judges were speaking at the launch of the book “The Law of Emergency Powers” by Senior Advocate Dr AM Singhvi and Jindal Global Law School’s Prof. Khagesh Gautam. The seniormost judge of the top court, Justice N. V. Ramana, was the chief guest at the event, which also witnesses addresses by Justices D. Y. Chandrachud and Surya Kant.Launching the book, Justice Ramana narrated that the book brought back to him memories of the national emergency of 1975- “I was then a young student having great optimism. In June 1975, a public meeting was organised in my hometown on civil liberties. I was presiding that meeting. As I was about to step out, my father asked me to pack an extra pair of clothes. He was convinced I would be arrested! As I was reaching the venue, I observed people were running in panic. One of my friends informed me that the police were arresting people. He took me to the outskirts and informed me about how the govt was about to proclaim emergency. We both took a lorry and then walked all night and reached my maternal aunt’s house with only Rs. 10 in hand. In hindsight, my father should have given me some more money””Emergencies have a long lasting effect on generations. In my case, a year of academic studies and mental suffering can be attributed to the emergency. But I have no regrets. I have seen so many young people sacrificing their lives for the sake of human rights. I learned so much about human tragedy, pain, hunger and suffering…Our experience of this time brought forth the importance of understanding the concept of emergency”, spoke Justice Ramana.He elaborated that of the three countries of the USA, UK and India, which are the subject of the comparative analysis in the book, only the Indian Constitution explicitly provides for an emergency- “Our Constitution-makers may have been influenced by the historical conditions in which the document was framed – it was their foresight and understanding, the teachings of the past and the uncertainties of the future. It was the belief that when the very State is at risk, it becomes a necessary evil that some ideals are sacrificed, but in accordance with the Constitution. The Supreme Court of India has always been in the centre of this discussion – from Maneka Gandhi to Puttaswamy, from AK Gopalan to ADM Jabalpur, the growth of jurisprudence has been historic”, he said.In his turn, Justice Chandrachud articulated that the emergency encompasses “an unprecedented destruction of civil liberties in the garb of curbing the threat of internal disturbances”, which provides a “harrowing reminder of the State excess”.”History is replete with instances of civil liberties being the collateral damage in the wake of an emergency. ADM Jabalpur was one such instance. I had a personal insight into the tribulations of a judge (former CJ Y. V. Chandrachud) grappling with his reconfigured role in the novel state of exception. But ADM Jabalpur is not a standout feature of international jurisprudence”, he said.He proceeded to point out Justice Frankfurter’s concurring opinion in Korematsu v. United States upholding the conviction of a Japanese American for having violated an exclusion order requiring him to submit to forced relocation during World War II.He indicated Lord Atkin’s dissent in Liversidge v. Anderson against the Executive’s overbroad powers of detention. “Fortunately, the international jurisprudence has found favour with Lord Atkin’s opinion and has cultivated a deep respect for human rights and civil liberties”, remarked Justice Chandrachud.”Being in Delhi, we have an excessively Delhi-centric view of the Indian polity. We assume that the entire universe of law is consumed by the Supreme Court of India, not realising that the real law is developed in the district courts and in the High Courts. Our High Courts, including the Madhya Pradesh High Court with its ADM Jabalpur judgment, stand out in terms of their contributions. Several judges of the High Court were even transferred during the emergency due to their judgements”, commended the judge.He narrated that the 1975 emergency began with the Executive assuming enhanced powers to counter internal disturbances, as was then provided for in Article 352. What followed were oppressive norms of preventive detention and a pre-publication censorship. “Our constitutional doctrines underwent the deepest phase of introspection and reclamation, particularly the scope and nature of judicial review by the Courts over the State’s temporary exceptional powers”, he said.He expressed the view that the COVID pandemic, with its fervent and frequent lock down, restrictions on movement and the enhanced Executive power, which was necessary to tailor the State infrastructure to battle the deadly virus, would be a deep influence on the scholars of today- “In the face of mortality, how could one argue their fundamental right to travel freely? Even if in the constitutional sense an emergency was not declared, several Executive and Legislative actions were initiated to meet the extraordinary situation. The judiciary as a countermajoritarian institution in the times of State crisis has to adopt a finer line of judicial review of Executive action”He indicated how in the year 2020, the United States Supreme Court had to examine the COVID restrictions in Nevada and California on issues such as the seating capacity of church congregations- “The court had balanced the free exercise claim under the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution in favour of Executive action”He referred to the United Kingdom Court of Appeals upholding the relaxation of the Abortion Act to enable abortion pills being accessible at home through online prescriptions.Finally, he indicated how the Supreme Court of New South Wales of Australia had, in balancing the freedom of public assembly with the public health risks, had denied notices of intention for holding assemblies over refugee actions and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.”The government has had to make choices at a very short notice, striking the right balance between the competing social, political, economic and budgetary considerations. This does not mean that we jettison all means of Constitutional scrutiny. It is incumbent on the Court to ensure that the State action is rational, with a legitimate aim, and causes the least infringement of rights”, he explained.He cited his own experience in dealing with the state of Gujarat, which, in its use of its exceptional powers under the Factories Act 1948, had declared the pandemic as a ‘public health emergency’ under the Factories Act to curtail workers’ protection in terms of overtime pay and limiting working conditions. “The government had said that this was necessary to meet the minimum production targets and to counter the economic harm which had been caused in the lockdown. We found that the narrowing of these rights would result in the destruction of liberty”, he said. The Supreme Court had in September, 2020 quashed the notification issued by the Gujarat Labour and Employment Department granting exemptions to all factories in Gujarat from provisions of the Factories Act, 1948 relating to daily working hours, weekly working hours, intervals for rest and spread overs of adult workers as well as from payment of overtime wages at double rates viz. Section 59.A bench of Justices Chandrachud, KM Joseph & Indu Malhotra held that the pandemic situation cannot be a reason to do away with statutory provisions that provide dignity and rights for workers by the Gujarat Government. In this context, the bench has stated that the pandemic is not a “public emergency” within the meaning of Section 5 of the Factories Act threatening security of the country.In his turn, Justice Kaul explained that the emergency power widened the scope of the ordinary power of the government which is insufficient in the times of the crisis. “The legal regime for the emergency is such that it is the constitutional limits combined with the statutory powers which are the key to ascertain whether the emergency would be a threat to constitutionalism or a measure to restore stability and constitutional order”, he said.”The critical questions of the separation of power, the independence of the institutions and the rule of law lie in addressing the fundamental tension which is premised in a government constrained by the law and the perceived need for unfettered power to address the issue of the emergency”, he added.He explained that the emergency provisions underwent a strenuous discussion in the Constituent Assembly, and that several safeguards were contemplated to minimise the abuse, to ensure that the Centre is able to function swiftly and smoothly and not trample on the rights of the citizens. “However, these checks and balances failed to work at the crucial time in 1975”, commented Justice Kaul.He elaborated that while Articles 352, 354 and 358-360 deal with national emergency, Articles 356 and 357 deal with ‘state emergency’ and were severely criticised for being a threat to provincial autonomy- “Article 356 has witnessed a litigious past on account of the separation of powers. If found its authoritative answer in the case of SR Bommai where it was held that the advice to the President of the Council of Ministers will be amenable to judicial review. There has been a decline in the proclamation of state emergencies thereafter””A wave of detentions during the 1975 emergency reached the Supreme Court in ADM Jabalpur, where, by a 4:1 majority, the Supreme Court had ruled in favour of the State. There was of course the brilliant dissent by Justice (H. R.) Khanna that the populace is not at the mercy of the State even during the emergency. The error in ADM Jabalpur was corrected in Puttaswamy, which held that certain basic, indispensable rights are recognised by the Constitution of India and not conferred on the citizen by it”, he continued.”Despite these developments, it remains critical that we, as a society, are conscious of taking the same road again. The threat looms large across the world of an emergency-like situation transpiring again, albeit in a de facto manner without explicitly taking aid from the emergency provisions. The pandemic provided one such occasion where, in attending to the public health emergency and affecting the rule of law, rights had to be carefully balanced. The recent events in one of the established democracies of the world is an example of what can go wrong”, concluded Justice Kaul.Justice Surya Kant expressed the view that now it is the time to stop, look over and ponder over the transformative document that is our Constitution- “The Constitution of India can be explained as the system of norms given by the body polity to itself, premised on the understanding that if normal behaviour and historical circumstances apply to extraordinary and supernatural events, unpredictable and undesirable results would follow””Imagine a war where the troops have to be deployed urgently. Or a pandemic which requires a quick pre-emptive travel restriction. The normal deliberative process of democracy is slow. In accommodating the rights of every citizen, the constitutional system and perhaps the entire population may be lost. The tendency of modern institutions to divide power as a check against despotism can lead to paralysis”, he said.”Most of the national constitutions have written or implied provisions for emergency, incorporated in the existing framework for decisive governance in such a time. Hardly any countries or mature democracies have invoked this power at the turn of the 21st century. India has never done so after 1975. Article 352 is constitutional history, not an alive or active provision. This is so because it has been found that its political consequences and international ramifications are larger than the benefits drawn from it”, he continued.He said that since the Second World War, most nations have remained the same, the boundaries have not been enlarged, the countries do not declare wars and survival is no longer the concern of governments. The focus now is on the two bigger challenges of domestic unrest and terrorism, which, though frightening, do not pose any threat to democracy. The nations now use ordinary legislation and delegated powers to tackle these. No nation has abrogated the constitution and invoked formal emergency even in the pandemic- In India, the Disaster Management and the Epidemic Acts have been taken recourse to and the organs of the government have worked in tandem. Justice Surya Kant said that it was on account of the cooperation between the Union of India and the states that the virus is now in check in the country.”There is a growing tendency to tackle even domestic unrest and terror terrorism without the emergency power . There is a gradual crossover where various jurisdictions are incorporating harsh provisions in the normal framework of legislative powers to deal with these threats. For example, the Patriot Act of the United States, the Defence against Terrorism Act of the UK, the TADA, POTA and UAPA of India. However, the arbitrary exercise of this power, hindering individual liberty and human rights, is a matter of concern, it is an antithesis to the constitutional guaranteed rights. While their application is rendered necessary in an extraordinary situation, it is equally important to prevent abuse. This is where the overwhelming and extraordinary power of judicial review comes into play”, he concluded.Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — Another explosion rocked Austin Sunday night, injuring two young men and heightening anxiety in the Texas capital and concerns for investigators who confirmed the latest blast was triggered by a sophisticated tripwire.Sunday night’s detonation came hours after Austin Police Chief Brian Manley urged the suspect or suspects in the string of bombings to turn themselves into authorities.At a news conference Monday, Manley said the latest bombing occurred when the two victims either stepped on or kicked a tripwire as they were walking on a sidewalk in the Travis Country neighborhood of Austin. The tripwire set off the explosive device that was placed near a fence at 8:32 p.m. Sunday, police said.Manley said the victims, ages 22 and 23, were in stable condition at a hospital with “significant injuries.” Authorities did not release the names of the victims.“Based on the preliminary review, we have seen similarities in the device that exploded last night and the three other” that were detonated earlier this month that killed two people and injured two others, Manley said.He described the attacks as the work of a “serial bomber.”Authorities have increased the reward for information leading to an arrest to $115,000.The chief said law enforcement officers found no other devices in the neighborhood after conducting a sweep, but added the area will remain on lockdown until 2 p.m. local time.Manley said the use of a tripwire to detonate the device is different than the package bombs used in the other attacks that occurred on March 2 and March 12, and signals that whomever is responsible has “a higher level of sophistication, a higher level of skills” than previously suspected.Fred Kolanowski, the agent in charge of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives office in Austin, said the terrifying aspect of using a tripwire is that it could have been triggered by anyone, including children in the residential area. He said the wire could be either a filament or fishing line that is hard to spot.In an interview this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, Manley said Sunday night’s bombing “has a little bit of a different characteristic” from the three previous detonations that killed two people and injured two others.Christopher Combs, the FBI agent in charge of the Austin office, pleaded with the suspected bomber or bombers to contact law enforcement to discuss the motive behind the attack.“We need this to stop,” Combs said at the news conference.The Austin-Travis Country EMS tweeted Sunday night that there was a “critical incident” at Dawn Song Drive in Austin and medics were on their way to treat two males with serious injuries.According to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, the two victims were taken there for treatment and are in good condition.A law enforcement source told ABC News it will take some time to determine whether the explosion — at about 8:30 p.m. local time Sunday — is linked to the earlier bombings. Officials will have to wait until daylight to see if the devices were similarly built.In an interview Monday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, Manley said victims in Sunday night’s bombing were both white, while the previous blast victims were black or Hispanic. Race could still be a factor in the bombings, he added.“We’ve said from the beginning that we’re not willing to rule anything out just because when you rule something out you limit your focus,” Manley told ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir. “So this does change the concerns that we had initially although we have still not ruled it out until we understand what the ideology and motive is behind the suspect or suspects.”The three prior bombs were left as packages on doorsteps, while Manley said Sunday’s device was different: It was placed on the side of the road.The Austin Police Department on Sunday responded to a so-called “Bomb Hotshot,” according to a tweet. It urged anyone in the “4800 block of Dawn Song Dr.” to avoid the area.Manley issued a “safety alert” in the wake of the bombing, urging people located within a half-mile radius of where the incident occurred to stay indoors until 10 a.m. local time.“Stay inside your home until we have had a chance to deem this neighborhood safe,” Manley said at a news briefing Sunday.Police also said school buses would not be able to access the Travis Country neighborhood where the explosion took place and said “any tardies or absences due to this situation will be excused.”In the GMA interview, Manley said more than 500 investigators, including 350 FBI agents, continue to chase down every lead, but “at this point we don’t have specifics leading us to one suspect.”“That’s why we’re pushing the message out there that we need every tip, every piece of information however inconsequential you may think it is,” Manley said. “If this explosion last night was the result of a bomb that was utilizing tripwire technology, that is showing a different level of skill above what we were already concerned that the suspect or suspects may possess.”“We want to put out the message that we’ve been putting out and that is, not only do not touch any packages or anything that looks like a package, do not even go near it at this time,” Manley said.Austin Mayor Steve Adler said it was too early to suggest the timing of last night’s bombing was influenced by the announcement that the reward in the case was being doubled.“I tell you, at this point there’s not enough data to know that,” Adler said on GMA this morning. “We’re one of the safest cities in the country now dealing with some pretty horrific events and I think the important message right now is just to tell people if you see anything that is in anyway suspicious just don’t go near it and call 911.”He said investigators will not rest until the individuals behind the attacks are brought to justice.“These are some pretty horrific events that we’re dealing with right now and I know that our community is pretty anxious at this point, but we have some of the best law enforcement folks around dealing with this,” Adler said. “There is an army of federal agents, we have state resources, so we are putting every resource available, this is the highest priority. We’re going to find out who is responsible for this and we’re going to stop it.”Manley said the three previous package bombings “were meant to send a message.”Law enforcement members from all over have taken notice, Manley added.He then said he wanted to tap into the psyche of the bomber or bombers.“We want to understand what brought you to this point,” he said. “And we want to listen to you.”The victims of the earlier bombings include Draylen Mason, 17, an orchestral musician and notable essay winner, and Anthony Stephan House, a 39-year-old father.Since the explosions occurred, Manley said the Austin Police Department has gotten 735 reports of suspicious packages, and investigators have logged 236 interviews, and checked out 435 leads.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Some restaurants and hotels are partnering up to offer private dining in empty rooms, in an attempt to survive the economic fallout of the pandemic. (iStock)The pandemic has upended every part of the hospitality industry, with travel restrictions leaving hotel rooms empty, and lockdowns in cities forcing restaurants and bars to severely limit occupancy.That’s left some hoteliers and restaurateurs to try out a creative solution to both problems: Turn those empty rooms into private dining suites, where patrons can pay a premium for a meal provided by a local eatery (or, in some cases, the hotel’s restaurant).These sorts of ventures have rolled out at hotels in Philadelphia, New York, Boston and other cities ravaged by the pandemic, according to the New York Times. In Brooklyn, the Wythe Hotel’s restaurant, Le Crocodile, worked to create Le Crocodile Upstairs, which set aside 13 hotel rooms that could be reserved for private dining, with accommodations for six to 10 people and a set menu of $100 per person. (New York’s recently enacted indoor dining restrictions, however, forced even this setup to close.)In Philadelphia, AKA University City offered a deal with a local restaurant, Walnut Street Cafe, where — for $50, plus $65 for a prix fixe menu — groups of up to four people could dine in a private room within the hotel. Customers prepay for the meal and have contact with only one person throughout the experience, minimizing (in theory, anyway) the risk of exposure to Covid-19.Still, the trend may not be enough to save many of the establishments that have been hit hard by these pandemic-related restrictions. The hotel industry has lost $46 billion in revenue in 2020, with nearly 1 billion unsold hotel room nights on the horizon for the year. Several large hotel chains have already closed properties, such as the 478-room Hilton Times Square in New York, which permanently shut its doors in September.Restaurants aren’t faring any better: 37 percent of restaurants nationwide said they do not expect to survive the next six months without federal relief, according to a recent industry survey. [NYT] — Amy Plittcenter_img TagsCommercial Real EstateCoronavirusHotel MarketRestaurantslast_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Connells Group hatches online plan previous nextAgencies & PeopleConnells Group hatches online planThere’s no point keeping all your eggs in one basket, estate agency is changing.The Negotiator18th November 20150561 Views The national estate agency group Connells has jumped into the online agency world with the acquisition of Hatched – one of the original pioneers of the online estate agency model – is, says Connells, aligned with its “ambitious growth strategy to extend its presence in the UK property market.” This purchase follows the recent acquisition of 18 branch Gascoigne Halman with offices in Cheshire and south Manchester.While other corporate agencies have made noises about online agency acquisitions, this is the first major deal.Connells say that Hatched will ‘bring complementary capabilities including first-hand knowledge and experience of this developing sector.”It will also expand Connells into towns and cities not currently covered by its existing estate agency operation. Hatched will continue to trade under its existing brand with founder and managing director Adam Day remaining in charge of operations.“We are pleased to welcome into the Group such an innovative business and well established player in the online space,” says Connells Group CEO, David Livesey (left). “The acquisition of Hatched represents a natural progression towards further enhancing our online proposition and wholly complements our strategy to expand our high street footprint. We are entirely committed to our branch network – evident through our recent acquisitions and our programme of 114 branch openings over the last 18 months – and I can confirm that this acquisition does not signal a shift away from traditional high street estate agency practices and values by Connells. Indeed, we believe that this allows us to continue to innovate in the digital space and provide a unique combination to enable us to best service customer needs.”Adam Day (right), Managing Director at Hatched, says: “We are delighted and proud to say that we’re now part of the Connells Group whose values of great estate agency practice are perfectly aligned with ours. As one of the original online estate agents in the UK, it has always been my intention to create an estate agency offering that utilises the power of the internet and technology whilst complementing, and not replacing, estate agents. This partnership will allow us to compete as this sector develops and to deliver a first class estate agency service and unrivalled online customer experience.”Hatched acquisition connells Connells online plan November 18, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

first_img View post tag: Maritime January 12, 2015 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: LRASM View post tag: power View post tag: units View post tag: For Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Marotta to Develop Multiple Power Conversion Units for LRASM center_img Marotta to Develop Multiple Power Conversion Units for LRASM View post tag: Conversion Equipment & technology View post tag: develop View post tag: Multiple View post tag: Marotta Marotta Controls announces that it has been selected by Lockheed Martin to develop multiple power conversion units for the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM), which Lockheed Martin is developing as a joint program with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Air Force.Lockheed Martin will integrate Marotta’s power conversion units into various avionics systems within the missile.LRASM is a precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile that meets the needs of the U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters. Capable of launch from B-1B or F/A-18E/F aircraft, LRASM is designed to fly to the target area, find and defeat the target.Marotta’s power conversion units are critical components of LRASM, converting aircraft power into reliable output power for various avionics systemswithin the missile. Each power conversion unit required a careful balance of meeting performance while optimizing efficiency in the extremely demanding missile environment. These power conversion units achieve efficiency, minimal weight and optimal thermal management through simple and proven topologies, performance based component selection, and efficient power conversion.Under this agreement Marotta Controls will provide Lockheed Martin with qualification and Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) units.“This is a significant program win for Marotta Controls,” said Michael Leahan, senior vice president of business development and chief sales officer at Marotta Controls. “This award is a reflection of our commitment to ensure our customers’ success. We are committed to achieve our customers’ objectives on this important program and have a dedicated world-class technical team focused on every aspect of program execution. We are honored to work with Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s most respected defense companies, on this next generation missile program.”Press Releaselast_img read more

first_imgMinimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience: Salary: The School of Nursing is working with Academic Career &Executive Search (ACES) on this recruitment. Please go to thiswebsite,, to visit their recruitment page. Search for “Wisconsin.”Interested applicants are requested to apply via the ACESwebsite.Please submit a cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing#224758, current curriculum vitae, teaching statement, leadershipphilosophy, three publications, and three letters of reference asONE pdf file.For full consideration, please submit your application by11/15/2020. Applications will continue to be reviewed until theposition is filled.Questions about this position can be directed to the followingindividual:Dr. Susan Zahner701 Highland Ave, 5226D, Signe Skott Cooper HallMadison, WI 53705-2202Phone: 608-263-5282Email: [email protected] Instructions to Applicants: This PVL 224758 is for applicants who are not seeking or are noteligible for tenure at UW-Madison. For those seeking tenure, pleaseapply under PVL 225077. List of Duties Advertised: 01 Sep 2020 Central Daylight TimeApplications close: The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs reports to the Dean of theSchool of Nursing (SoN) and serves as the Chief Academic Officerfor the SoN. The Associate Dean works to advance the quality andintegrity of the SoN’s academic programs, providing strategicvision for current curricula and future curriculum development;implementing processes and procedures to support accreditationprocesses; and overseeing the implementation, assessment, andpromotion of all academic programs. The Associate Dean isresponsible for providing overall leadership and oversight formatters related to academic affairs, including innovation,technology, fiscal management, and faculty and student success inthe SoN. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will also beexpected to contribute to the tripartite mission of the school:teaching, research, and service. Department(s): An earned doctorate in nursing, education, or related field isrequired.If the doctorate is not in nursing, the candidate must have agraduate degree in nursing.This PVL 224758 is for applicants who are not seeking or are noteligible for tenure at UW-Madison. For those seeking tenure, pleaseapply under PVL 225077. Two years of academic leadership experience is required. Must havea record demonstrating leadership, scholarship, and experience innursing education. Prior experience as a teacher in anundergraduate or graduate nursing program is required. Evidence ofsignificant professional engagement in work at the national levelrelated to nursing education or research is stronglypreferred.The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to leaddiverse faculty and staff and to sustain a culture that supportsstrong academic programs. Candidates should have exceptionalconceptualization, organizational management, and leadershipskills. Experience with evidence-based scholarship in educationalinnovation and academic excellence is a plus. Degree and Area of Specialization: Current RN licensure in Wisconsin (or eligibility) isrequired. Job Number: A544000-SCHOOL OF NURSING/ACAD.AFFRS/STU SVCS The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and TotalCompensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensationstructures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles oncurrent job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties andresponsibilities will remain the same. For more information pleasevisit: will require a criminal background check. It will alsorequire you and your references to answer questions regardingsexual violence and sexual harassment.The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identitiesof applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except thatthe identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).The Annual Security and FireSafety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinarypolicies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, andon-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statisticsfor the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a papercopy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin PoliceDepartment . Position Duties: Work Type: Ongoing/Renewablecenter_img Institutional Statement on Diversity: ASSOCIATE DEAN(A51NN) License or Certificate: The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity andAffirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence throughdiversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability,you can find information about how to make a request at thefollowing website: Position Summary: Contact: Limited Susan [email protected] Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS:800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for furtherinformation. ) Official Title: Additional Information: Employment Class: Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation forUW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respectthe profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience,status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. Wecommit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching,research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linkedgoals.The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission bycreating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from everybackground – people who as students, faculty, and staff serveWisconsin and the world.For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, pleasevisit: Diversity andInclusion Job no: 224758-LIWork type: Faculty Full or Part Time, Faculty-Full Time,Faculty-Part TimeLocation: MadisonCategories: Academic Advising, Student Services/Support,Dean, Director, Executive, InstructionalDepartment: DEPT-A5440 NegotiableANNUAL (12 months) 224758-LI Appointment Type, Duration: Full or Part Time: 50% – 100%last_img read more