Now is the time to start your health revolution

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From Florida HospitalIf you’ve turned the calendar page and realized you’re already falling behind on your New Year’s resolutions, don’t lose heart. There’s plenty of research that shows setting an annual list of vague goals to start on the first day of the year doesn’t work out for most people, anyway. So, forget resolutions. Any time is the right time to start your personal health revolution. Make the changes that positively affect the rest of your life, not just the rest of your year. Here are the first few steps.Start small. Joyce Cortes, MD, of Whole Health Family Medicine, says that when it comes to big change, thinking small is the way to go. “As we get older we have acquired habits that are difficult to break. It takes about 30 days to make new habits,” she says. Why not choose a specific starting point and hyper-focus on it? For example: everyone needs at least eight hours of sleep a night. If you’re not getting it, start there. After a few weeks of success, add a new piece to your health puzzle, like drinking enough water every day. The revolution doesn’t happen overnight – take it one day at a time.Mindfully measure.Look at where you have been and where you are going.  Examine what your future truly needs to look like. What absolutely must change? Investing in yourself now will pay dividends that will only increase over time. Set one goal and ask yourself: where do I want to be in a week? A month? Six months? Measuring your progress will keep you motivated to continue. “For example,” Dr. Cortes says, “if you need to lose 50 pounds, start with a goal of 10. If you would like to lose a pound a week, decrease your daily caloric intake by 500 calories. When you’re 10 down, start planning for the next 10.”Get help. Stop reading this and make an appointment with your primary care physician right now. When you get there, don’t just sit in the room. Have an open and honest conversation about your future risks and what you should do to minimize them. An annual physical, Dr. Cortes points out, is a great benchmark from which to proceed on your health journey.A physical typically includes a head-to-toe physical exam as well as lab work to measure your blood pressure, BMI, glucose, and cholesterol. “Once we know your numbers, we can start working together to make positive changes,” says Dr. Cortes.This visit is also the time to ask about any screenings you may be due to have. “For example, your colonoscopy should be done after 50,” Dr. Cortes says. Mammograms start at 40 or possibly earlier if you have a family member that has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Pap smears depend on age, but do not start until after age 21.” These screenings can be an essential part of your planning process and can be used to set healthcare goals.Trade in bad processes.A major factor in feeling run down and unhealthy is the average person’s intake of processed foods. “We’re all busy, but if you can avoid processed foods and fill just half of your plate with vegetables at mealtimes, it will make an enormous difference in your overall health,” Dr. Cortes says.  And it’s not just bad food habits that bog us down on the road to revolution. “Attitude is truly half the battle,” says Dr. Cortes. “Consider the health of your mind, body, and spirit. If you struggle with depression, you will struggle to achieve real change. Talk to your doctor and get started on the right foot.”Make an appointment for your next health screening with Joyce Cortes, MD, at (407) 889-1953 or FHMedicalGroup.com.About Joyce Cortes, MD Joyce Cortes, MD is a board-certified internal medicine physician at Whole Health Family Medicine. She specializes in providing comprehensive care to adults, including: sick visits, chronic disease management, men’s and women’s healthcare, and geriatric care. Dr. Cortes is passionate about treating the mind, body and spirit of every patient, not just an illness. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSFlorida Hospital Previous articleThe forgotten voices of race records: Pullman Porters, the Rev TT Rose, and the ‘Man with a Clarinet’Next articleVote for Mayor, Seat #1, and Seat #2 in The Apopka Voice’s third online election poll Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom last_img read more

New Zealand second half too strong for courageous Argentina

first_imgSaturday Sep 9, 2017 New Zealand second half too strong for courageous Argentina New Zealand picked up their third win in succession in this year’s Rugby Championship as they held off a gallant fight from Argentina for the 39-22 bonus point victory. The visitors led at halftime in New Plymouth, but the All Blacks power and experience showed in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 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

House in the Mountains / Wolff Architects

first_img 2013 Photographs Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/550587/house-in-the-mountains-wolff-architects Clipboard “COPY” House in the Mountains / Wolff ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse in the Mountains / Wolff Architects Save this picture!© James Puttick+ 25 Share CopyHouses•West Coast DC, South Africa CopyAbout this officeWolff ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWest Coast DCHousesSouth AfricaPublished on September 28, 2014Cite: “House in the Mountains / Wolff Architects” 28 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/550587/house-in-the-mountains-wolff-architects Clipboard photographs:  James Puttick Photographs:  James Puttick , Courtesy of Heinrich Wolff Project Team:Temba Jauch, Ant Vervoort, Radinka van der Walt, Maria Wolff, Bayo WindapoStructural Engineers:De Villiers & HulmeContractor:Africa FormworksArchitect In Charge:Heinrich WolffCity:West Coast DCCountry:South AfricaMore SpecsLess Specs Year:  ArchDaily “COPY” House in the Mountains / Wolff Architects Recommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEADoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsText description provided by the architects. The site for this house is on a farm deep in the Cederberg mountains in South Africa, a landscape dense with biodiversity of the Cape Floristic Region. The setting for the house was determined by three factors, firstly a ‘bald’ spot in the vegetation was selected (in consultation with botanists) to minimise the impact of the house on the flora.Save this picture!Courtesy of Heinrich WolffSecondly, since the clients prefer to live outdoors as far as possible, “rooms” were found in the natural landscape which could accommodate outdoor cooking and eating, living and sleeping. The built part of the house facilitates living in the unbuilt part of the house.Save this picture!Courtesy of Heinrich WolffThirdly, the setting was determined by its ability to compose a view from that specific location; the architects believe that a distant view is not rich enough a view and should be supplemented by articulate landscape features in the foreground and the middleground. For instance, the selected site has rocky ridges right in front of the primary view to the north that creates a defined edge to the space of the house without needing any built means to achieve such a boundary.Save this picture!Courtesy of Heinrich WolffThe house should be fireproof and baboonproof, but the greatest challenge of the project is to see the site back in our office, 250km away. With no marks of human life on site, (fences, electricity poles, building, etc.) it became very difficult to judge the scale of landscape features. To make matters worse, conventional land surveying produces contour plans that describe the topography only with no ability to describe the plethora of rocks and bush.Save this picture!Courtesy of Heinrich WolffTo design the building we had to develop a way to see the vegetation, rocks and topography simultaneously. The solution was to have the landscape scanned with a 3D scanner, producing a Point Cloud. Instead of following the conventional route of using these scans to produce solid surfaces, we developed ways of using the Point Cloud in its raw state to have the scale and character of the entire natural world present, while we design. The landscape indicated on the section and elevation drawings is the exact site.Save this picture!Courtesy of Heinrich WolffClimate and environmentThe farm is within the winter rainfall area of South Africa, with cold winters and very hot summers. A constant Westerly wind comes down the valley and can sometimes be quite harsh. To protect the house against this wind the house was sited next to a rocky cliff to the West. The Western edge of the house was designed to screen the wind from the balcony.Save this picture!Courtesy of Heinrich WolffA large overhang on the Northern side provides protection from the summer sun. The double brick walls to the North do the same job. All the rooms have shutters on the inside of the windows to insulate the openings. Low E glass was used in the living and dining room.Save this picture!© James PuttickThe house has no connection to any outside services; electricity is generated by solar power, water is supplied from a borehole and sewerage is contained on site to protect the vegetation from nutrient rich effluent.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanTo minimise the visual impact of the house, the program was split into three separate blocks, containing bedrooms, bathrooms and the kitchen. The living and dining room is conceived of as an enclosed ‘courtyard’ between the blocks. The fragmentation of the building mass mimics the broken up rock cliffs around it.Save this picture!© James PuttickMaterialsTo further minimise the visual impact, the house will be built of a material which is identical in colour to the rocks around it; all exterior walls of the blocks are built of fairface cement brick, made with 70% recycled concrete. The brick exterior is necessary to protect the house from bush fires.Save this picture!Courtesy of Heinrich WolffThe interiors of rooms are plastered and painted white. All floors are made with polished paving brick with no concrete surface beds. The ceilings are made with South African Pine beams and floorboards, which gives a dominant yellow colour to the interior.Save this picture!© James PuttickFormal strategyIn a landscape where there are no marks of human intervention, it is hard to judge the scale of anything. Scalelessness was therefore used as a primary characteristic of the architecture; all conventional external building elements (roofs, downpipes, windows, etc.) were concealed to deprive the observer of anything to judge the scale by. This was achieved by making a double wall on each of the short sides of the blocks which allows openings to be cut into the exterior in the massive brick alone. All openings in the exterior envelope were exaggerated in size to diminish the apparent scale of the building from a distance.Save this picture!IsometricProject gallerySee allShow lessUNStudio Brings Interactive Exhibit to Munich: Motion Matters 4.0EventForest House / NORM ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Houses Projects Architects: Wolff Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project 2013 South Africalast_img read more

New developments in Israeli colonization, Palestinian resistance

first_imgIn the midst of a political stalemate in Israel, the government is continuing with its annexation of the West Bank, a move recently endorsed by the U.S. Israel also continues its murderous campaign against Gaza and air strikes against Syria.After two elections, in April and September, Israeli politicians are still deadlocked. Likud, the party of right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister for the last 10 years, has basically tied twice with the Blue and White party of Benny Gantz, a more centrist alliance put together to try to defeat Netanyahu. As a result, neither has been able to form a government.The Joint List, a political coalition uniting a number of Palestinian parties, is the third largest block in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Netanyahu’s campaign terrorist-baited the Joint List and tried to link it to the Blue and White.U.S. support for Israel’s colonizationSecretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Nov. 18 that the United States does not consider Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land to be illegal.This statement reverses 40 years of U.S. policy, but didn’t come out of the blue. David M. Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, made it clear that he supported Israel’s so-called right to annex the occupied West Bank at his nomination hearing in 2016. (New York Times, Dec. 15, 2016)The latest gift by U.S. President Donald Trump to his ally Netanyahu has no obvious rationale, but certainly bolstered Netanyahu’s political position within Israel.In response, Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee and an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, said: “Pompeo’s reckless announcement threatens to normalize and encourage Israeli war crimes and expansionism.” (Washington Post, Nov. 20)She went on to say: “The issue of settlements is not some abstract or theoretical legal argument. Israel’s illegal settlement regime has had dire consequences on the lives and livelihoods of millions of Palestinians.”She added: “Today, roughly 700,000 Israeli settlers live illegally on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in more than 200 settlements. [Israeli] settlements are strategically located to isolate Palestinian cities, towns and villages, sever East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank, and take control of vital natural resources, including water.”Israel’s campaign against GazaIsrael claimed Nov. 12 that it had assassinated Bahaa Abu Al-Ata, the top commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and his spouse Asma Abu Al-Ata, at their home in Gaza. Israel boasted that this assassination was “surgical,” but one of its final strikes also destroyed the home of another family, killing eight, including five children. Palestinian medical officials reported 34 casualties. (Washington Post, Nov. 16)In response, beginning Nov. 13, Islamic Jihad sent a barrage of hundreds of rockets into southern Israel. After a couple of days, Israel attacked some Hamas facilities, claiming rockets were coming from there.Israel has imposed a state of siege on Gaza for the past 12 years. Israel has limited or completely cut off food, water, electricity and medical supplies, leaving the Palestinian people there in hunger, thirst and danger.Netanyahu’s indictmentOn Nov. 21, Avichaï Mandelblit, Israel’s attorney general, released a 63-page indictment of Netanyahu, who had appointed him 4 years earlier. Netanyahu was charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust. These charges are similar to charges now being developed in the impeachment investigation against his ally Trump.Netanyahu’s response to the indictment was aggressive. He charged it was a “witch hunt,” “an attempted coup,” and is refusing to step down. He is not legally obliged to do so, but significantly he had called for a previous prime minister, Ehud Olmert, to step down after a similar indictment.It is not clear how this latest development will affect the situation in Israel and Palestine. The Blue and White head, Benny Ganz, implied he could no longer negotiate with Likud while it was headed by Netanyahu. Political splits in the Israeli public are growing sharper. European media called for Netanyahu to step down.The head of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, said the developments were a sign “of more steadfastness” for the Palestinians and that this meant more “resistance, both popular and armed.” (AP, Nov. 23)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

What we’re reading: Activity at North Korean nuclear sites

first_imgReddIt Chemistry professor misses first TCU basketball home game in 40 years due to pandemic restrictions Olivia is a journalism major from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She enjoys running, hiking and planning adventures with her friends. When she is not writing, you can find her at the TCU Recreation Center, fiercely competing in any intramural sport. Lessons of perseverance Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Olivia Wales https://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ ‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs Meet the 2021 Student Body Officer Candidates Facebook Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Olivia Wales Facebook Linkedin printWe’re back and we’re reading – everything from “The New York Times” to the “Associated Press.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and everyday news. Today, we’ve got a statement on the crisis at the southern border, a new anti-depression drug and the trade deficit hitting a record high. North Korea rebuilds nuclear facilities after summitDays after a meeting between President Trump and Kim Jung-un, North Korea has started rebuilding its nuclear facilities, according to The New York Times.After the first meeting between the two leaders last year, North Korea began the process of denuclearization. This was considered a major diplomatic success by President Trump.However, the most recent meeting between the two leaders ended without a resolution for ending North Korea’s nuclear program. Resolution against anti-Semitism goes to the House floorThe House of Representatives will vote on a resolution Thursday that condemns anti-Semitism, according to the Associated Press.Its creation was sparked by Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota’s anti-Semitic comments that some lawmakers may have a dual loyalty to Israel. The resolution is spearheaded by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and pro-Israel Democrats, but it reveals divisions within the party. Democrats are divided between support of Palestinians and support of Israel among generational lines.  Humanitarian crisis at the southern borderAccording to The New York Times, the number of migrant families crossing the southern border, both legally and illegally, has broken records.In February, 76,000 migrants crossed the border illegally. This number is an increase of 90 percent from levels at the same time last year. At the southern border, there are insufficient resources to accommodate the surge of people, causing unmet medical needs and limited housing.  “This is clearly both a border security and a humanitarian crisis,” Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection said.FDA approves a new anti-depression drugThe Food and Drug Administration approved a ketamine-like nasal spray for patients who are resistant to other forms of depression treatment medication. This is a drug derived from a powerful anesthetic, ketamine, that has also been used illegally as the club drug, Special K.According to CNN, the drug works faster than other antidepressants by restoring brain cells in patients.U.S. trade deficit hits a record levelThe gap between the value of goods imported into the United States and exported out of it has hit the largest level in history at $891.3 billion in 2018.The trade gap is especially large with China because of a strong American dollar, and a weaker Chinese yuan, according to The New York Times.President Trump views the deficit as evidence of poor global trading relationships; however, economists say the deficit is linked to fluctuations in currency values and investments. Dollar Tree falls victim to ‘retail apocalypse’After JCPenny, Gap, and Foot Locker announced major closures last week, Fox News Business reports that Dollar Tree is affected by this “retail apocalypse” as well.Today, Dollar Tree reported quarterly same-store sales that are better than expected, but the retail apocalypse caused by the rise of Internet retail companies like Amazon, has hurt Dollar Tree and other traditional retailers.Dollar Tree has closed 390 Family Dollar stores this year and will convert 200 more Family Dollar stores into Dollar Tree locations.That’s all we have for today. Check back tomorrow for more. Twitter Previous articleFootball faces challenge of replacing key defensive endsNext articleNews Now 3/6/19 Olivia Wales RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts President Trump and Kim Jung-un at the US-North Korea summit meeting in Vietnam. Photo by Politico. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

What we’re reading: Hubei province sees coronavirus’ deadliest day, woman allegedly steals $500k from church in New Jersey

first_img Twitter Facebook Facebook Horoscope: April 30, 2021 In this photo taken Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, desert locusts jump up from the ground and fly away as a cameraman walks past, in Nasuulu Conservancy, northern Kenya. As locusts by the billions descend on parts of Kenya in the worst outbreak in 70 years, authorities are flying low over affected areas in small planes and spraying pesticides in what experts call the only effective control. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) printSharp increases in death due to coronavirus Around 242 deaths have been recorded in the Hubei province on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Getty ImagesAn outbreak of new coronavirus cases in the Chinese province of Hubei has pushed the national death toll above 1,350, according to BBC. The number of cases of the coronavirus has increased to 14,840 people, which includes 13,332 clinically diagnosed cases. Until Wednesday’s increases, the number of people diagnosed in Hubei, where the outbreak emerged, was stabilizing. Now, there are almost 60,000 infections in total, with the Hubei province fostering 48,206 of those cases.Women accused of embezzling over $500,000 from church she worked for Taisha D. Smith-DeJoseph oversaw the finances for St. Paul Baptist Church in New Jersey. Photo courtesy of CNNA church secretary in New Jersey has been charged with embezzling over $500,000 from the church, according to CNN. Taisha D. Smith-DeJoseph allegedly used the money to pay car loans, cable and cell phone bills and hundreds of online purchases. She also allegedly issued payroll and supplied reimbursement checks to herself from the church’s bank accounts.“It’s very hurtful for the entire congregation, and we’ve been going through it for several months now,” said Rev. Fred Jackson.Joel Bewley, a spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, told CNN that the church’s board of trustees suspected a theft last June and approached authorities with their suspicions, which prompted an investigation. Bewley said Smith-DeJoseph allegedly made purchases totaling $266,595.65 through PayPal and purchases of $22,812.69 on Amazon.The woman was charged with multiple crimes including theft by deception, computer criminal activity and failure to pay income tax. Billions of locusts swarm East Africa The worst locust outbreak in generations due to an unusually long rainy season. Photo courtesy of Business InsiderLocusts have invaded Eastern Africa in numbers not seen in generations, according to the Washington Post,. The swarms of locusts entering southern Ethiopia and parts of Kenya have the potential to decimate cropland in an area where 19 million people already face food insecurity.An unusual, prolonged rainy season caused by an El Niño-like event in the Indian Ocean created ideal conditions for locust reproduction. “Our only option is to try and kill them all,” said Bayeh Mulatu, a pest control expert. “There is no such thing as containment of locusts. There is only control. Only killing.”Ethiopia has only three operational planes to spray insecticides and Kenya has five. The United Nations says $76 million is needed immediately to increase spraying capacity. ReddIt Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Linkedin Previous articleThe Skiff: Feb. 13, 2020Next articleTrack and field concludes Charlie Thomas Invitational with top finishes Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/center_img + posts Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Tamia Banks Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Linkedin Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Twitterlast_img read more

One journalist wounded, another’s killer arrested in Rio military operation

first_img to go further News Follow the news on Brazil Reports 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more Ranked 58th out of 178 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Brazil nonetheless continues to be dangerous country for journalists. Three were killed in the second half of October, one of them in connection with his work.Photo: AFP BrazilAmericas Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil BrazilAmericas News A Reuters photographer sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder and one of the fugitive murderers of TV Globo reporter Tim Lopes was arrested during a six-day operation by soldiers and elite police units against drug traffickers in the Morro de Alemão complex of favelas in northern Rio de Janeiro that ended on 26 November. The operation against one of the city’s biggest drug trafficking strongholds was aimed at dislodging the headquarters resulting from an alliance between two feared gangs, the “Red Commando” and the “Friends of Friends.” Around 20 presumed traffickers were reportedly killed in the course of violent clashes.Among those arrested was Eliseu Felício de Souza, also known as “O Zeu,” a former member of the “Crazy Elias” gang who was sentenced to 23 years and six months in prison for his role in the 2002 murder of Lopes. Souza escaped while on a semi-release programme in 2007 and has been dealing in drugs openly in Morro de Alemão ever since.Paulo Whitaker, a Brazilian photographer working for the British news agency Reuters, was hit in the shoulder by a stray bullet while covering the operation, but his injury was not life-threatening, the agency said.The operation was the result of a decision by the city and federal authorities to launch an all-out offensive against crime in the favelas ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which Brazil is hosting, and the 2016 Summer Olympics, which are to be held in Rio.As regards the Lopes case, the ease with which “O Zeu” escaped and the fact that it took three years and a military operation to recapture him should convince the judicial authorities that they need to review sentence implementation procedures for certain prisoners. Help by sharing this information News Organisation RSF_en November 30, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 One journalist wounded, another’s killer arrested in Rio military operation RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America May 13, 2021 Find out more April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Journalists in Polynesia deserve same rights as in mainland France

first_imgNews “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independence Assembly of French Polynesia /AFP Organisation Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges French Polynesia’s parliament to ignore a call by the archipelago’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (CESC) for changes to a bill that is meant to improve protection for journalists and provide better guarantees for media freedom.The bill contains a series of amendments to the labour code that would ensure journalistic independence and would protect journalists in the event of work contract termination. It would not only ensure that they are compensated when dismissed but would also guarantee their right not to go against their beliefs and their right to compensation if they leave of their own volition when the media outlet they work for is taken over.However, the CESC has called for changes to the bill in an “opinion” issued last month. The CESC says these guarantees cannot be extended to journalists in French Polynesia because of the limited size of the territory’s media market and the small number media companies.It is the second time in four years that the CESC has opposed a bill designed to protect the independence of journalists in French Polynesia.“The provisions for journalists to refuse to comply with an order from an employer if it violates their professional ethics, or with a new editorial line in a media outlet that has a new owner, are guarantees that exist in all of the world’s democracies and should exist in French Polynesia as well,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union-Balkans desk.“We therefore call on French Polynesia’s assembly to support media freedom and independence by approving these provisions when they vote on this bill.”France is ranked 45th out of 180 countries in the RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independence News June 4, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News RSF_en Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU October 20, 2016 Journalists in Polynesia deserve same rights as in mainland France June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on France to go further News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Pondering Property Preservation

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Pondering Property Preservation Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News, Print Features Home / Daily Dose / Pondering Property Preservation Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 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. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Previous: DS5: How Investors are Adapting to Market Shifts Next: How Tech is Supporting Financial Institutions Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Properry PReservation Scott Arnold Properry PReservation Scott Arnold 2020-05-24 Seth Welborn  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Editor’s note: This feature appeared in the May edition of DS News.Scott Arnold leads Property Preservation and REO operations for Wells Fargo Home Lending Servicing.Arnold is located in West Des Moines, Iowa. A 20-year veteran in the mortgage services industry, Arnold joined Wells Fargo in 2012. He has held a series of leadership roles in mortgage and consumer lending, including SVP of FHA Servicing, Claims, and Default Accounts Payable at Wells Fargo, Director of Fannie Mae’s National Servicing Organization, VP of Marix Servicing’s Homeowner’s Assistance and REO team, VP of Chase Home Loan Servicing’s Default Operations, and VP of Bank of America Mortgage’s Foreclosure Servicing team.Arnold spoke to DS News on trends within property preservation and what Wells Fargo is doing to mitigate those challenges.What are some of the trends changing how the industry approaches property preservation?  There is much greater use of data associated with property condition, location characteristics, and potential loss outcomes that are influencing actions taken to preserve or liquidate assets. Gathering the necessary data early in the default process has become a key focus.Also, relying solely on a third-party provider to preserve and protect the asset is a thing of the past. Servicers are starting to take more ownership of the activities associated with property preservation to ensure the asset is well preserved, state and local requirements are met, and key milestones are followed up on and executed timely.What is the role technology plays in how property preservation is done today? There are a significant number of investor and insurer requirements pertaining to the property preservation process. Creating workflow and/or capabilities to manage these requirements and store the applicable data to “tell the story” has become critical for servicers to reduce exposure and losses.Getting timely results from inspection or property preservation activity is critical across the business. Connectivity across multiple applications, systems, and vendors can be challenging, but the industry has devoted the time and money to drive more automation that can deliver results from the field to the servicer as quickly as possible.Overall, what are the main challenges impacting the industry? How does Wells Fargo work to address and mitigate these challenges?Delinquencies are down and inventory is extremely low. Although this is a great scenario for the economy, it poses other challenges in this industry. Less concentration of properties in an area results in contractors/vendors spending more time driving from property to property.Additionally, vendor networks have shrunk because there are not as many contractors in the business making it more difficult for timely execution of requested work. Last, inventory today is typically more challenging to preserve because of aging homes, mortgage neglect from deferred maintenance, or abandonment after natural disasters, just to name a few. At Wells Fargo, we have a dedicated team of asset managers assigned to vacant properties to oversee all property preservation activities to make sure the asset is being maintained to all stakeholder’s expectations.Local municipalities continue to add requirements for reporting and registering vacant and abandoned properties. Many municipalities have specific forms to complete the registration that include various data points pertaining to the property and/or the status of the loan. There is no consistent approach or standard established across the industry. It has become very challenging for servicers or vendors to keep up with updates to the requirements across the country. Most registrations also require a fee, increasing servicers cost to service. At Wells Fargo, teams work with local municipalities to add specific requirements to ongoing reporting as well as controls to ensure timely and accurate registration.There are significant risks associated with property preservation activities. It’s absolutely critical that a contractor is deployed to the right property to inspect, mow the grass, or even perform necessary repairs. Showing up at the wrong house and taking any action is one of the worst things that can happen in this business. Additionally, even if you ensure the right property is identified, vendors and contractors need to ensure the status of the loan warrants the action that has been requested.A loan can reinstate, pay off, or be sold to another party that may have taken immediate possession. Timely and effective communication between vendors and servicers is absolutely key to the property preservation process. Wells Fargo provides all vendors a validated photo of the property in which services should be performed. A recent inspection photo is compared to the origination appraisal or other sources to validate that the correct property is identified. This validated photo becomes the profile picture and is included with all subsequent inspections and work orders. To ensure statuses are communicated timely, very specific controls are in place to immediately notify vendors with loan status changes and ensure appropriate cancellation of work is issued.What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?  Throughout my career, including the time in my current role, I’ve had an opportunity to mentor a significant number of people. Staying connected with these individuals and watching them grow is extremely rewarding for me. There are a number of individuals that come to mind that have been very successful in the industry that I was fortunate enough to have worked within the early stages of their career. 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Make Public Aware What ‘Green Crackers’ Are : Karnataka High Court To State Govt

first_imgNews UpdatesMake Public Aware What ‘Green Crackers’ Are : Karnataka High Court To State Govt Mustafa Plumber12 Nov 2020 7:27 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has directed the state government to issue an order tomorrow itself clarifying the meaning of “Green Crackers” and give wide publicity to it so that members of the public are aware of it. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice S Vishwajith Shetty said :”State government has banned bursting of any crackers except green crackers and that permission…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?LoginThe Karnataka High Court has directed the state government to issue an order tomorrow itself clarifying the meaning of “Green Crackers” and give wide publicity to it so that members of the public are aware of it. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice S Vishwajith Shetty said :”State government has banned bursting of any crackers except green crackers and that permission is granted to burst crackers between 8 pm to 10 pm. However, orders do not record and specify what the meaning of green crackers. Prima facie it appears to us that order is ineffective as the state has not bothered to lay down what is the meaning of green crackers.” The bench gave the direction while hearing the petition filed Dr CA S Vishnu Bharath challenging the order of the government issued on November 6 and November 10 and seeking to ban bursting of firecrackers during the deepavali festival. Advocate Narendra Babu B K relied on the Calcutta High Court order banning the sale and bursting of firecrackers during Diwali, Chatt Puja, Kali Puja, etc in the entire state of West Bengal. The order was recently affirmed by the Supreme Court. The bench observed: “If this matter would have appeared at least ten days before subject to hearing, we would have passed more drastic orders than other high courts.” It added “Petitioner is right in prima facie submitting that a stringent direction as done by Calcutta High Court by order dated November 5, deserves to be issued. However, it is now too late in the day for passing drastic direction taking into consideration the Precautionary Principle and Doctrine of Public Trust.” Noting that the drastic consequences of bursting crackers on the environment and human health are well known, which are highlighted in various orders of the Apex court. The bench said “State ought to have taken stringent steps as there is possibility that Air Pollution created by bursting of firecrackers, may create a situation which may lead to spread of Covid-19.” The bench also directed the state pollution control board to place on record on how they would be implementing the Noise pollution rules by measuring decibel levels in city and thickly populated areas. The court will hear the matter on November 13.In 2018, the Supreme Court had ordered that only ‘green crackers’ should be allowed to be sold in the country. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more