Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “We’re excited to welcome BlueBet to the Panthers family and look forward to giving our members and fans plenty to cheer about at BlueBet Stadium.” 22nd March 2021 | By Robert Fletcher The two-year deal is effective immediately and will see the stadium renamed as the BlueBet Stadium. Australian betting operator BlueBet has acquired the naming rights to Penrith Stadium, the home of National Rugby League (NRL) team the Penrith Panthers. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Marketing & affiliates BlueBet scores naming rights to NRL’s Panthers stadium “We understand how special the club’s spiritual home is to the Panthers family and we take great pride in having our name and our brand associated with it.” The team finished top of the 2020 NRL, but lot 26-20 to Melbourne Storm in the grand final. Regions: Australia Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Marketing Tags: BlueBet Penrith Panthers NRL “For a number of years Panthers intentionally retained the naming rights to our home ground,” Panthers chief executive Brian Fletcher said. “However the significant and ongoing financial impact of Covid-19, combined with the considerable investment from BlueBet, made this a fantastic opportunity we simply couldn’t pass up. The Panthers currently sit third in the 2021 NRL table, having won their first two games of the new season. BlueBet founder and executive chairman Michael Sullivan added: “We’re putting our money where our mouth is and backing this team to go all the way as evidenced by our investment in BlueBet Stadium.
Australia ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/235174/new-house-at-milton-st-elwood-victoria-jost-architects Clipboard New House At Milton St Elwood Victoria / Jost Architects Architects: Jost Architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” “COPY” Area: 430 m²Text description provided by the architects. The Elwood House is a new residential dwelling with a separate garage and studio to the rear. The client’s brief was for a modern family home that was interesting and exciting but not to the detriment of the comfort to the occupants and within a sensible budget. “The client wanted a house that was clean, distinctive and enjoyable to use without feeling like they were an object in their own home purely because it was of a contemporary design” says the architect, Patrick Jost. Save this picture!Recommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsCurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsSpider System – Rabel 15000 Super ThermalCurtain WallsPOHLVentilated Curtain Wall – Europanel®Curtain WallsMetawellFacades – Aluminum Curtain WallsConceptually, the house is separated into two clearly defined elements to the upper and lower levels. The lower is a solid masonry form, giving the impression that a block has been carved and hollowed revealing areas of the interior from different external views which in turn create views of the surrounding area. The upper level sits over the top as a lighter, more private timber element. It interacts with its solid base, cantilevered over some areas creating sheltered areas and set back in other areas allowing more exposure to the surroundings. Save this picture!A flat roof was required to reduce the height of the structure within the street but the arrangement of the cladding with angled junctions between timber and cement sheet negated the boxy form that is always so often associated with current modern buildings and also references the pitched roof angles of the neighboring properties. Internally, a combination of simple, natural and low maintenance finishes create an inviting and clean aesthetic. Save this picture!The living areas, including an internal courtyard between the formal living and dining area, on the ground level are separated by large, double glazed sliding doors. When open these doors allow the spaces to be visually combined, right through from the front to the rear of the main house. When closed, due to the reflection generated by the glass layers of the doors make each space more intimate and private.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessAIA 2012: Opening DiscussionsArticlesThe Indicator: City IPO WTFArticles Share Projects New House At Milton St Elwood Victoria / Jost ArchitectsSave this projectSaveNew House At Milton St Elwood Victoria / Jost Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/235174/new-house-at-milton-st-elwood-victoria-jost-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeJost ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMelbourneHousesAustraliaPublished on May 18, 2012Cite: “New House At Milton St Elwood Victoria / Jost Architects” 18 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland May 10, 2021 Find out more Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns RSF_en Organisation Help by sharing this information News PolandEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldMedia independence Economic pressureFreedom of expression March 7, 2017 – Updated on March 8, 2017 RSF responds to criticism from Polish Journalists Association Follow the news on Poland PolandEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldMedia independence Economic pressureFreedom of expression Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News June 2, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more News Christophe Deloire, secretary general of RSF with Pauline Adès-Mével in Warsaw on 21 February 2017. to go further News In response to criticism from the Polish Journalists Association (SDP), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates the concern about media freedom in Poland that it expressed at a press conference in Warsaw on 21 February. A statement issued by the SDP after RSF’s visit to Warsaw accuses our organization of “stigmatizing” Poland over its violations of free speech standards and objects to our calling for sanctions by the European Union. It is important to remember that the current conservative government began carrying a series of very controversial reforms as soon as it took office, including a state media law in December 2015 that gave it direct control over public broadcasting and allowed it to immediately replace the heads of the state radio and TV stations. After seizing control of the state media, the government set about financially throttling several independent newspapers that were opposed to its reforms. Its current goal is to maintain pressure on the privately-owned media and to “re-Polishize” those that are foreign-owned. All these development allow us to conclude that media freedom and pluralism are now in great danger in Poland and that the European Union should not allow one of its members to trample on the EU’s fundamental values. The SDP accuses RSF of using double standards because it did not speak out with the same energy when many people were fired from the state media under the previous Civic Platform and Polish People’s Party (PO-PSL) coalition government. RSF points out that, contrary to what happened in 2009, the Polish judicial system ruled in June 2016 that public radio executive Kamil Dabrowa’s dismissal was illegal and violated the right to work. Similar court decisions in other cases are expected in the next few months. RSF will therefore continue to condemn the fact that the ruling party has removed dozens of journalists from the state-owned broadcast media on the grounds that these media were systematically hostile towards the government. The concern in France and other countries about the impact of excessively concentrated media ownership on media freedom is cited by the SDP as grounds for disputing RSF’s right to criticize the Polish government’s plans to regulate media ownership, which are a source of great concern for Poland’s media. The SDP needs to be reminded that the Polish government has repeatedly attacked media freedom in the past year. In fact, to avoid seeing Poland continue on the road already taken by Hungary’s Viktor Orban, RSF believes it has a duty to immediately alert public opinion and European bodies to the threat that Poland’s government poses to democracy and freedom of information. RSF is an international NGO that has its headquarters in Paris and is registered as a non-profit in France. It promotes and defends the freedom to inform and be informed throughout the world. Receive email alerts
faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS On Monday, African-American Assemblyman, and former Pasadena City Councilman, Chris Holden spoke out about the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police.“These are dark and perilous times for Black Americans. Make that, all Americans. The constant reminder of a blatant disregard for the lives of so many black men and women at the hands of police officers has rocked our collective consciousness.”Holden is the father of four young black men and a black daughter.“I am devastated to witness the senseless murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Albery, Stephon Clark, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Trayvon Martin,” Holden said. “A generation of young voices extinguished by rash and senseless violence at the hands of police officers or those attempting to assume the role of law enforcement.”During his time on council, Holden helped lead the city through several incidents.In 1993 after Pasadena barber Michael Bryant died from asphyxiation after Los Angeles Police Department officers tased him in a swimming pool, hogtied him and laid him on his stomach in the back of a police cruiser after a lengthy chase.That incident prompted calls for more police accountability, a call that continues through this day.Holden also served on the council during the officer involved shooting of Maurice Clark and Leroy Barnes and the officer involved incident that led to the death of LaMont Robinson.“The attack on George Floyd has touched a raw nerve and aggravated a deep wound inflicted for 400 years on black people in the form of slavery oppression, discrimination, alienation, fragmentation, and isolation,” Holden said. “This malignant pain, now exposed, has been released with a collective, ENOUGH! The Constitution reminds us that … “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….” It is now time we make these words ring true and not hollow.Justice demands that all marginalized people be lifted from second class status to one of equality and fairness, and that we dismantle the dysfunctional systems – whether in the courts or classrooms.”Holden, like other lawmakers also spoke out against the mayhem and violence that has been seen in America’s streets since late last week.“Justice, however, will not happen through violence and destruction,” Holden said. “Burning and looting from people who count the sweat on their brow as capital in their business does not carry the day. While it may not be immediately apparent, there is hope! That confident expectation, a firm assurance regarding things that are unclear and unknown. Dr. King influenced an unclear world and led an unknown Civil Rights Movement by nonviolence and hope.When the outcry of shock and disgust from George Floyd’s tragic death was met with profound indignation from the law enforcement community and people of goodwill across all strata of society, rich and poor, racial and cultural position, I am hopeful.”“As a Member of the Legislative Black Caucus, we will continue to pursue policies and procedures that ensure not only a healthy relationship between the police and community, but also hold law enforcement accountable.Nelson Mandela reminds us, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”. 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NewsLocal NewsThe Friday night club target ThomondgateBy admin – October 28, 2010 488 Linkedin Facebook Advertisement Print Twitter WhatsApp RESIDENTS of New Road, Thomondgate, are at their wit’s end as vandalism of cars and property continues to occur outside their front doors. The vandals have been branded ‘The Friday Night Club’ by locals, as residents often wake up on Saturday mornings to find their property damaged. One home owner who has lived there for 50 years told the Limerick Post that car wing mirrors are kicked off and twisted on a regular basis, while front doors and other property is also damaged.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “My own car wing mirror was pulled off over the weekend, as were a number of other motorists and we are sick of it,” said the resident.“Incidents have been reported to the gardaí and they have called out, but nothing is being done to stop the vandalism. There are elderly people in the area who are frightened.“It has been going on for as long as I can remember, and myself and Cllr Quinlivan have been promoting the issue to the council.“The council have promised us some road frontage, walls and railings, and lighting so that we have some sense of security but we have got zilch. “I have a letter from about five or six years ago from the council saying we are getting railings and still nothing. They are full of empty promises”.Cllr Tom Shortt claimed that the New Road area has been neglected by the council.“The road is a busy thoroughfare for traffic and pedestrians and is very exposed with many of the houses right on the street.“Along with other councillors I have been campaigning on behalf of the residents and we had an agreement from the council that railings would be acquired for the front of the houses, but the project has suffered significant delays.“This is random, wanton violence that’s going on and the people are getting no real commitment from the council that they will do anything to help them. They want the residents to look after it themselves but this needs the involvement of engineers”.Cllr Shortt, who lives in Thomondgate, said there were a number of factors impacting negatively on the area.“The street certainly needs attention. There is an undeveloped site that is bringing down the overall tone of the area. There is an element of dereliction there and it seems to be a struggle to get the council to commit to working on it”.He added that the area needs policing and appealed to residents to continue to report any incidents of crime.“I understand how stressful and frustrating this is for the people who feel they are living on the front-line of neglect. I’m frustrated myself, but I will continue to pursue the issue”. Email Previous articleLimerick man appointed Bishop of OrlandoNext articleFighting O’Sullivans back Limerick FC admin
WhatsApp WhatsApp Home Local News Event celebrates Presidents Day Presidential Archives and Leadership LibraryGeorge Washington owned a whiskey distillery and Abraham Lincoln was an avid wrestler.Those are just a few facts about former presidents but there are plenty more.Learn a little more about U.S. presidents during a Presidents Day Celebration scheduled 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Presidential Archives and Leadership Library.Bob Brescia, the executive director of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute, said he will also host a 6:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. presentation of “fun facts” about the presidents. OC employee of the year always learning Mormon Elders, from left, Dallin Bledsoe, Benjamin Evans and Ayke Saxton arrange and update an exhibit Friday morning. The boys are Mormon missionaries doing volunteer work at the Presidential Museum and Leadership Library. Mormon Elders, from left, Ian Jackson watches while Spencer Dunn uses a level to hang a sign in the museum. The boys are Mormon missionaries doing volunteer work Friday morning at the Presidential Museum and Leadership Library. Mormon Elders, from left, Dallin Bledsoe, Benjamin Evans and Ayke Saxton arrange and update an exhibit Friday morning. The boys are Mormon missionaries doing volunteer work at the Presidential Museum and Leadership Library. What: President’s Day Celebration.When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 19.Where: Presidential Archives and Leadership Library, 4919 E. University Blvd.Call: 552-2850. 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Facebook Twitter Pinterest Twitter Brescia said there will be self-guided tours from 5:30 p.m. to 6:16 p.m. and again from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. He added that the event is free and open to the public.“There are fun-filled facts about all of them that most people don’t know,” he said. “I’ll have quirky stuff about each one of them and refreshments will be available.”The event is on Presidents Day and will give Odessans a chance to look around at the exhibits and the Bush house, which is located behind the library.“George Washington actually had dentures made of gold lead and strangely enough animal teeth,” Brescia said. “James Monroe, our fifth president, once chased the secretary of state from the White House with a pair of fire tongs.”Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.The Presidential Archives and Leadership Library is located on the campus of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and is administered by the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute. The archival collection was begun by local Odessa citizens as a memorial to the memory of President John F. Kennedy shortly after his assassination in 1963.There was such an overwhelming response with information about other presidents that a decision was made to create a unique collection that would be dedicated to the office of the presidency and an understanding of the electoral process. It is a collection of exhibits, campaign memorabilia, books, photos, magazines and other historic collectibles that tell the history of the office of the president and of events that have shaped the American people. This collection continues to grow and expand as each new president takes office.Among the collections of the Archives:Dishong Collection: Antique dolls dressed in miniature replicas of the First Ladies’ gowns.James B. Mason Collection: Wooden mosaics of Presidential images made up of more than 16 million chips of natural wood from more than 170 varieties of trees.Rainbo Collection: Presidential portraits, each including a historical scene from the president’s time in office, used to create a series of trading cards placed in loaves of Rainbo Bread in the 1970s.Chandler Collection: Presidential and First Lady portraits commissioned by Billie Trimble Chandler when she was a sixth grade history teacher in Japan in the 1970s and painted by a Japanese artist.Campaign Memorabilia: one of the world’s largest collection of campaign buttons, ribbons, posters and literature.John Ben Shepperd, Jr. Memorial Library: More than 7,500 volumes, including rare and first editions and presidential papers. Click here for a partial listing of the books in our collection, or here for a PDF version.The library is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.If You Go By admin – February 10, 2018 Pinterest Facebook Previous articleSweetheart luncheon fundraiser for missionsNext articleELDER: Had ‘news’ media done its job, Obama would not have become president admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hawaiian Roll Ham SlidersSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleFruit Salad to Die ForPowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Local News Event celebrates Presidents Day 1 of 2
Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Congress Urged to Pass Bill to Protect Taxpayers from Another Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Bailout The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and 14 other organizations have written an open letter to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate urging them to pass legislation that would provide a cushion to prevent another taxpayer bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.The organizations, representing “hundreds of hardworking Americans fed up with government spending and overreach,” encouraged members of Congress to quickly pass H.R. 1673, known as the Enterprise Secondary Reserve Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act of 2015 was introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) in March. This bill would create a reserve fund from the GSE profits from which Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could draw if necessary rather than depend on the Department of Treasury (taxpayers) for another bailout similar to the $187.5 billion resuscitation they received in 2008.Since September 2008, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been in conservatorship of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Four years after the bailout in 2012, the GSEs became profitable again, but Treasury amended the bailout agreement (known as the “Third Amendment”) and since then, virtually all GSE profits have been swept into Treasury. The sweeping of GSE profits into Treasury has prompted several lawsuits from the GSEs’ largest investors, notably Fairholme Funds and Pershing Square Capital, who claim the profit sweep is in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that prevents the taking of private property for public use without just compensation.In the letter, the organizations referred to the profit sweep as a “scheme” that has left Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with “almost no capital reserves to offset potential losses in the event of another downturn in the mortgage and housing markets.” They also said the profit sweep “masks higher spending and creates phony short-term deficit reductions that the Obama Administration can claim credit for.””While H.R. 1673 is a wise proposal, it highlights the need for Congress to reduce dramatically the role of government in the housing finance system.”Analyst Dick Bove from Rafferty Capital Markets said on Friday that a recent request by White House lawyers to gain access to certain documents in the Fairholme suit is an indication that the White House was unaware of what FHFA and Treasury were doing with regards to the Third Amendment. Bove said he believes the White House’s actions indicate that a settlement in the Fairholme suit may be forthcoming.While the GSEs remain in the FHFA’s conservatorship seven years later, the taxpayers remain on the hook should Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac completely lose their capital. In the letter, the organizations were critical of the Dodd-Frank Act’s financial reform that imposed higher capital levels for insurance companies and community banks that had nothing to do with the mortgage crisis but allows Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to operate with almost no capital reserves.The letter stated that H.R. 1673 creates an “insurance policy” for taxpayers, since they are a “threat” to taxpayers as long as they are under conservatorship of the FHFA.”While H.R. 1673 is a wise proposal, it highlights the need for Congress to reduce dramatically the role of government in the housing finance system,” the letter stated. “In particular, Fannie and Freddie’s government support–implicit and explicit–should be phased out. Until lawmakers embrace comprehensive reform, however, they should pass the Enterprise Secondary Reserve Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act. And this measure must, as a first step, be part of any large appropriations or financial services bill that attempts to deal with Fannie and Freddie.”Click here to read the complete letter and view a list of the organizations that signed the letter. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Congress Urged to Pass Bill to Protect Taxpayers from Another Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Bailout in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Tagged with: Bailouts Competitive Enterprise Institute Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago August 28, 2015 1,488 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Bailouts Competitive Enterprise Institute Fannie Mae Freddie Mac 2015-08-28 Brian Honea Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Mid-Tier Banks View Dodd-Frank Stress Test Process as More Important than Results Next: DS News Webcast: Monday 8/29/2015 Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland.
in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Real Estate Investment Trusts: Safe Bet in a Recession? Next: Wells Fargo Names Scott Powell New COO Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago December 2, 2019 1,481 Views Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the November issue of DS News.In addition to his role at the Michigan-based firm of Schneiderman & Sherman, PC, Neil Sherman is also the President of Best Homes Title Agency, based in Michigan and licensed in 12 states. Sherman is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of both companies and has over 17 years’ experience representing the mortgage servicing and investing community in the areas of foreclosure, bankruptcy, asset recovery, mediation, title curative, and REO conveyance.Sherman is also the past Chairperson and current Advisory Board Member for the Legal League 100, a consortium of default servicing law firms, which advocate on behalf of its membership and the industry at large.Sherman recently spoke with DS News about the possibility of an impending recession, technological changes in the industry, and what can be done to combat fraud.What are your thoughts on a possible recession in the near future?As usual, none of us have a crystal ball. We do the best we can to anticipate things by looking at metrics. But in reality, our job today is to operate in the environment we’re in, to be the best partners that we can be, the best legal services providers we can be, while also preparing for the future. And how we prepare for that future is through additional training of our people, cross-training, and investment and technology.I have practiced in our space for almost 20 years. It was clear that when the Great Recession hit, the entire industry was not prepared for the volume and the operational and legal complexities that came with it. There has been an incredible evolution over the last number of years as our industry has developed better technology, tremendous efficiencies and new pathways throughout the default process.We have also seen a significant amount of consolidation in both the bank and non-bank servicing space, the technology vendor space as well as legal services providers. As a result of the significant decrease in overall default volume, the consolidation and general aging patterns in our industry, the great recession is starting to be a period that many read about but did not live through.That is a concern moving forward as it is imperative that as our economy slows we don’t relive some of our industry’s greatest mistakes. The solution is truly quite simple: education, participation, and implementation. We cannot wait until the last minute to invest in our default operations. Right now default departments are lean and have the ability to implement new strategies. As volumes increase, it will become a far greater challenge.What are some of the biggest hurdles the industry has seen in combating fraud?Our weak link, when it comes to fraud prevention, at the end of the day, is people and education. Our job is to educate everybody on our teams about the possible risks associated with fraud.There is no simple fix in the area of fraud prevention. If there were, some of the greatest minds in technology and at our Fortune 500 partners would have already solved it. The Federal Trade Commission, through the Consumer Sentinel Network, a group that tracks consumer fraud and identity theft, reported three million fraud complaints in 2018.Our continued reliance on convenience technology such as smartphones and other mobile devices and expectations of ever-increasing efficiency has impacted the growing fraud issues we are encountering. If you are working at a feverish pace and lack substantial fraud prevention training, simple, every day emails or tasks that pose risk of identity theft or fraud may be missed. I think that the industry needs to continue investing in education internally. Fraud prevention cannot be a “gotcha” form of education alone. We try and tell a story when it comes to teaching our team about fraud prevention. We bring in speakers, provide presentations along with internal penetration testing. We also highlight how everything we learn about fraud and identity theft prevention can be applied at home with our families.From an industry standpoint, as custodians of our customers’ personal and sensitive information, we have a responsibility to share our knowledge in the field with the consumer. We need to do so, not in boilerplate legalese, but rather through informative brochures, videos, and other educational opportunities.What are the new technological developments that are changing the way you do business?A lot of the technology that we’re implementing today, we’re implementing for multiple reasons. Some of it is for streamlining process, some of it for overall efficiency, some of it is for fraud protection. The reality of the environment that we’re working in today is that we have to be incredibly protective of all the information that is being transmitted back and forth. We do that through the education of our people. We do that through the implementation of technology.Why are industry events that facilitate communication between different industry stakeholders so important?We are obviously operating today in a low-volume environment, and more and more we are seeing individuals that don’t have a history, or sense of history, of where we came from during the Great Recession. That is concerning because at some point—again, no crystal ball—we will enter an environment of increasing default work again. Our industry is concerned, both on the legal side, the servicing side, and the vendor side, of the preparedness of those individuals. And how we can prepare them is through education and participating in things like the Legal League 100, and the Five Star Institute events, and that’s why they are so imperative for our growth as an industry.There is a real sense of collaboration. There is an understanding of the state of the industry, from all the parties involved, and an eagerness for everybody to work together, not only for the environment we’re in, but for the environment that eventually we will be in. Tagged with: default Fraud Neil Sherman Technlogy Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese Sign up for DS News Daily Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. 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Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) — Police arrested a Florida father on Monday for allegedly bringing a loaded AK-47 to his son’s middle school and making death threats towards teachers.Christopher Freeman, 27, was arrested at Bear Lakes Middle School in West Palm Beach, Florida, around 4 p.m. after a school resource officer told police that he saw a large handgun sticking out of Freeman’s pants, according to a police report.The school was placed on lockdown after the incident.Freeman, who arrived in a wheelchair, allegedly told school workers that they would all be dead if they didn’t let him speak with his son.“Freeman was visibly upset and was yelling and screaming ‘you’re going to need more than what you got because of what I got,’” according to the arrest affidavit. “He also said ‘I want to see the guy who slammed my son. I’ve got something for him.’”Freeman told police that he was upset because his son called him crying earlier in the day because a teacher “slammed him,” the affidavit said.“While Freeman was speaking with him, his son was grabbed by an adult and his phone went flying out of his hands. Someone then hung up the phone,” Freeman said, according to the police report. “Freeman said he was very upset and came to the school.”Police said he was armed with an AK-47 Mini Draco pistol with a 30-round extended magazine. The gun was loaded with one in the chamber, police said.Freeman said he purchased the gun from a friend about a year ago and carries it all the time for protection, police said. He said he forgot he had it with him and said he didn’t know that it was against school rules.Freeman was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds, aggravated assault with a weapon and disrupting the peace.He was being held on a $75,000 bond, but authorities motioned to have the bond revoked, citing a separate active criminal case against him.His attorney, Jack Fleischman, said he plans to fight the bond revocation and hopes to get the most recent charges dropped.“This was more of a misunderstanding than a crime. He had no intention of harming anyone,” Fleischman told ABC News. “We’re interested in seeing if there is any security video from school because there were allegations about his child being hit.”His next scheduled court appearance is April 4. He intends to plead not guilty, according to Fleischman. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.