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Indigenous women targeted as street gangs flood Thunder Bay

first_img(Rival territory: The former Royal Edward Arms on the left houses gangs from outside Thunder Bay. The former Odd Fellows Hall, across the street on the right, is operated by local Indigenous gangs. Photo: Kenneth Jackson)Kenneth Jackson, Willow Fiddler and James Robinson APTN News She needed the money so she let the gang members in her home.Then things went crazy.They tried to take over and use her home as a trap house, a place where street gangs run drugs and women.“They gave me dope that caused a seizure and I almost died,” says the First Nations woman who APTN News has agreed not to name for her safety.When the ambulance came so did the police and they kicked the thugs out.Considering everything, she was lucky.Most aren’t able to get gang members out of their lives.After the police kicked them out, she wouldn’t let them back in.Now she walks around with a target on her head.“They paid people to harass and beat me up (after),” she says. “They are still coming after me.”She’s hardened by the chase of her next fix and whether one day, the gang will return, kick down her door and kill her.This is a familiar theme nowadays in Thunder Bay as outside gang members from Toronto and Ottawa are trying to take over the city.They’re violent, ruthless, dangling money and drugs on streets desperate for anything fast and free.But nothing is free and “life is cheap” as people told APTN reporters who last week spent several days digging into gangs and what’s known as the Fort William trap.The big city thugs are targeting the most marginalized people and, in Thunder Bay, that tends to be First Nations people, particularly women.That includes single mothers, according to Staff Sgt. Ryan Gibson who heads up the Intelligence unit for Thunder Bay police.“We had a couple kicks on doors last year (where) they had taken over their homes,” says Gibson. “They were basically single Indigenous women with kids.”Gibson says it was a “nightmare situation” for the women and has only gotten worse in the last year.The Toronto and Ottawa gangs are fighting for turf while Indigenous gangs, the most prominent being the Native Syndicate, also fight for space they long held.The outside gangs will offer free drugs to suffering addicts and then make them do their dirty work to get more.That includes trashing apartments of people who resist the gangs, prostituting women on the street or out of the trap houses.Gangs have “rats” or “lookouts” all over which made it difficult for APTN to talk to some people.Most couldn’t be named in this story for a fear of their safety.When not taking over homes of single Indigenous mothers or preying on the dope sick APTN was told of a new approach by gangs.There is word on the street of thugs shaving the hair off the heads of Indigenous women.“They’ll make them work the doors (of trap houses),” says one person. “They’ll send her to go do whatever until she can go back out there to work (the streets in forced prostitution).”It’s a form of control the person says.The outside gangs are known as “the blacks” – for their skin colour. People also had other, more racist terms for them.But as they gain a foothold in the city, many say trouble is brewing as they collide with established Indigenous gangs and drug dealers.In fact, all that separates them in the Fort William trap is the yellow line on George Street.Recently, the outside gangs have taken over floors in a building known as the Royal Edward Arms, a former hotel that once hosted Queen Elizabeth in the 1950s, while the old Odd Fellows Hall building right across George street is “Native territory.”Both buildings are overrun with drugs and discarded needles can be found throughout. People told APTN they are cash “havens” for the gangs.People also told APTN it’s just matter of time before something happens.“It’s a war,” says one person. “Every day I wake up: Am I going to get shot leaving the building today?“Odd Fellows people and Royal Eddy people are different. They don’t click.”Writing on the wall inside the former Odd Fellows Hall. The N.S. stands for Native Syndicate. Photo: Kenneth JacksonAPTN explained to Gibson what it was hearing happening in the buildings, including the turf war.“For you to tell me the Royal Eddy and Odd Fellows have issues, 100 per cent,” he says. “You’re not too far off.”The two buildings fall within the Fort William trap – an area of the south end that has the main homeless shelter.The hub of the trap is the Victoriaville Mall and Newfie’s Pub, that are kitty corner to each on Victoria street.People hustle on the sidewalks outside.It’s given the bar an unfair reputation to many who go there. It just happens to be the only bar there, they say.Marginalized people hang around outside and “runners” from the Royal Eddy and Odd Fellows are there, too.People who come down from the suburbs are known to pop in and get a runner to go get their fix.“You have people who come to the bar, who don’t drink at the bar, looking for people to run to the buildings to get their stuff and leave,” says one person.Several people told APTN the same thing.But the Fort William trap isn’t confined to this part of Thunder Bay.“They’re not just there. They are all over the city,” says Gibson.He says police have kicked down doors all across the city to keep up with the gangs, and Thunder Bay police press releases back this up.They’re littered with drug busts and violence related to gangs, like kidnappings.“They’ll go into an area, they’ll do their thing and we’ll go in and clean them out, arrest them but more will come,” says Gibson.He says the allure of Thunder Bay to outside gangs is they know they can make more money in the northern Ontario city and it also gives them connections to northern reserves where the price jumps even more.“We are going after them as much as we can but it’s like plugging the dike with your finger sometimes,” Gibson says, adding at one point the local jail had a wing and a half filled with outside gang members.People told APTN the outside gangs run drugs and women like a business. They have shifts and cycle members through to avoid police.“There’s a day shift and there’s a night shift,” says one person. “So you don’t know how many there are, right?“Usually they use the cleanest ones and they are the ones who got all the dope and money. The ones who don’t have a record.”Even with all the arrests, Gibson says he’s not surprised to hear this.“They are going to adapt to try and counter us and account for our techniques,” he says.Thunder Bay has always had social issues with addictions and crime but several people told APTN they are seeing dirty drugs hit the street and people are overdosing on heroin, similar to other cities across Canada with the fentanyl epidemic.But the cocaine can also be laced with the garbage they say. Two people told APTN three people died of overdoses the week before reporters arrived.Barb Campbell sits on park bench where her late brother Bert Woods could usually be found. He was victim of a homicide in September. It was one of several tragedies for Campbell. Photo: Kenneth JacksonBarb Campbell, 43, says her brother got sick from dirty drugs last week. “I noticed ever since that (dope) came into town people are just bones. People are getting poisoned,” says Campbell.It was just the latest thing she has had to deal with in recent months.Her daughter, Kory-Lee Campbell, 22, was killed in a double homicide in July allegedly by Campbell’s ex-partner, Garnet Loon.Loon and Campbell’s daughter, Kailee Loon, 19, was allegedly there, too. Police charged Garnet Loon, 41, with first-degree murder in Kory’s death.The other person killed was Robbie Gray, 50. Both Garnet and Kailee are charged with second-degree murder in Gray’s death.Robbie Gray in an undated Facebook photo.Gray’s name is known to those on the street.He was “the boss” of the Native Syndicate street gang several people say.Police will only say Gray was affiliated with the Native Syndicate.“This guy has been responsible for many deaths in this city,” says one person. “They’d charge him and people would disappear or people get beaten up (and) they’d recant their statements or move away.“He may not have directly killed a lot of people but his people underneath him did.”Gray’s Facebook page remains up and he had posted several photos of young First Nations men and women flashing a gang hand symbol.But there’s also many who posted on various posts saying they were going to miss him and it is sad he is gone.Tragedy struck Campbell again in September when her younger brother was killed in a suspected home invasion, while two others were badly hurt with a baseball bat.Police have charged Nazareth Nelson with second-degree murder of Bert Wood, 23, attempted murder on another and aggravated assault on a young First Nations woman.Campbell spoke of her brother sitting on a blue bench across from the courthouse where he was known to be. She and others wrote memorial messages on the bench.“I don’t want him to be forgotten. He was a good kid. He didn’t deserve that. No one deserves that kind of treatment. He was sleeping,” says Campbell.As she leaves the bench Campbell says, “I love you, Bert.”The Thunder Bay chapter of the Hells Angels recently put their logo back up suggesting they have enough members to operate a chapter again. Photo: Kenneth JacksonRecently, the Hells Angels put their death head sign back on their clubhouse on Simpson Street.It’s created quite the stir in the city.For some, it means maybe things will change.“I’m not a supporter of organized crime but when the H.A. had a heavy presence here there was order. We need them back. We didn’t have people dropping like flies and (overdosing) and shit like that,” says one person.Police busted the Thunder Bay chapter back in 2006 with multiple arrests and have done raids on the clubhouse since basically freezing them out for several years.For the death head to go back up it means they have enough members to run a chapter again.As for the First Nations woman at the beginning of the story, she is living one day at a time looking over her shoulder. While driving with APTN she spots a tanker ship out in Port Arthur in the north end of Thunder Bay.It’s a sunny day and it’s quite a pretty picture.“Oh God, look at that,” she says. “So much better than looking at a needle and a condom.”She’s quiet for a few seconds and then says it’s the most beautiful part of Thunder Bay, far enough away from the Fort William trap.“I’d just like to jump on that boat. It’d be my only escape out of here,” she says.last_img read more

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Al Jazeera journalist Final arguments made in trial of all journalists

By Kevin Kriedemann – LondonDefence lawyers for Peter Greste, Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy made strong final arguments in court today. The three Al Jazeera English journalists have been detained in Egypt since 29 December 2013.  In remarks which drew applause in the court room, one of the lawyers concluded by saying: “This is not a trial for these defendants alone – this is a trial of all journalists.” The defence reminded the court that the members of the technical committee who had evaluated the evidence could not recall a single example of what they believed was fabricated coverage from the Al Jazeera team. They also could not pinpoint anything that endangered national security.Al Jazeera spokesperson Osama Saeed said, “Today’s summation by the defence shows again the weaknesses of the arguments made by the prosecution. The world knows that the three Al Jazeera staff who have been jailed were just doing their jobs. The defence has articulated that the entire trial is a trial of all journalists who believe in honest reporting and integrity, and not just a trial of the Al Jazeera three. On the balance of arguments, It’s abundantly clear that Peter, Baher and Mohammed are not guilty of anything, and they should be set free.”Previous court dates have bizarrely included the prosecution showing footage of Sky News Arabia tourism reports, BBC podcasts, songs by Gotye, photoshopped images of Fahmy, Greste’s family photos, and some of Greste’s award-winning work from East Africa.The trial has been adjourned until 16 June 2014.The fourth detained Al Jazeera journalist, Abdullah Elshamy, is held separately. A decision was to be taken today about renewing his detention for another 45 days, but this was postponed by the court till 11 June 2014. He has been detained without charge for nearly ten months. read more

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UNs poststorm aid efforts in the Philippines focus on assisting farmers

27 October 2009Helping farmers rebuild their livelihoods has become one of the priorities of relief and recovery efforts in the wake of the recent deadly typhoons that pummelled the Philippines, the United Nations humanitarian wing reported today as it called on donors to step up funding for its appeal. So far $22.4 million has been received – or just 30 per cent of the $74 million that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and its aid partners requested in the flash appeal issued following Typhoon Ketsana (also known as Ondoy) and Typhoon Parma.The two storms over the past month have collectively killed more than 500 people, displaced thousands of others and left a trail of destruction among homes, schools and critical farmland across the Asian archipelago.OCHA reported today that a joint preliminary assessment by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Filipino agricultural authorities estimates that between 100,000 and 120,000 farming households lost all of their production and assets as a result of the storms.Emergency supplies of rice, vegetable seeds and fertilizers and the repair of damaged small-scale irrigation systems should be the highest priorities ahead of the expected dry season in November and December, according to the assessment.OCHA warned that if extra support is not provided to the farmers, the next harvest season will be significantly affected and many households will struggle to ensure there is enough food.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is also using the joint agricultural assessment to determine its strategy for providing food assistance for the next five months. The agency is in the process of dispatching 4,800 tons of rice and another 10,000 tons are expected to follow soon.One of the other major concerns of aid agencies in the Philippines is the rise in the number of cases of leptospirosis, a waterborne disease, and a team of experts from the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network has arrived in Manila, the capital, after a request from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and national health officials. read more

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Entire family arrested while packing heroin in Maharagama

According to the Police, five people were arrested at a house in Maharagama. (Colombo Gazette) An entire family have been arrested in Maharagama while they were in the process of packing heroin.The Police said that among those arrested were a father and mother, their daughter and the boyfriend of the daughter.

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Convicted murderer escapes from prison with help from armed gang after a

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Walmsley is believed to have travelled to and from the appointment in a cab, rather than a specialised vehicle for secure transport.Walmsley was imprisoned at HMP Liverpool after being sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2015, with a 30-year tariff, for the murder of Anthony Duffy. The victim was “repeatedly and brutally stabbed” in the attack in May 2014. Neither of the prison guards were hurt during the escape incident.Reports suggested the two men who helped Walmsley escape were also armed with pepper spray. Walmsley, of Wallace Street, Walton, is described as white, 6ft tall and of slim build with dark brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing dark bottoms and a dark jacket.The gunman was said to have had his face covered and was wearing white shoes, grey tracksuit bottoms with a stripe down each side, a grey hoody and a dark coat.The second man, who was believed to be armed with a knife, is described as having his face covered and he was wearing a green coat, dark Nike trainers and grey tracksuit bottoms. Merseyside Police appeal to trace escaped prisoner Shaun Colin Walmsley https://t.co/Nleq9mpizd pic.twitter.com/LqrFXCLXkg— Merseyside Police (@MerseyPolice) February 21, 2017 Walmsley was imprisoned at HMP LiverpoolCredit:PA center_img A convicted murderer is on the run after two armed, masked men helped him to escape during an escorted hospital visit. Shaun Colin Walmsley, who was serving a minimum of 30 years in prison, fled from outside Aintree University Hospital as he was getting into a car with prison officers after an appointment.Two men believed to be armed with a gun and a knife threatened the officers and demanded they release Walmsley, 28, before making off in a gold-coloured Volvo, Merseyside Police said. HMP Liverpool A manhunt is now under way and police are carrying out an extensive search of the area.The public are being warned not to approach the killer – described as dangerous – as he could also be in the company of the armed men who ambushed the car.An investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is ongoing and Merseyside Police is working with the Ministry of Justice and other forces across the country to establish Walmsley’s whereabouts.Police are asking who has seen him, or knows where he is, to contact them on 999 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. last_img read more

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Tens of thousands of UK children have PTSD due to bullying and

This included bullying in school.Professor Andrea Danese, who led the research, said: “Our findings should serve as a wake-up call – childhood trauma is a public health concern yet trauma-related disorders often go unnoticed. Young people with PTSD are falling through the gaps in care and there is a pressing need for better access to mental health services.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Show more Nearly 100,000 children are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of severe bullying and violence, researchers have warned.The first comprehensive study of the issue in Britain found 7.8 per cent of people under the age of 18 are living with the condition more commonly associated with veteran soldiers.Its authors warned of a hidden epidemic whereby children suffering from nightmares, irritability and concentration problems are going undiagnosed and untreated.Barely a third of children with PTSD seek help from their GP, while only one in five ever get to see a specialist, the research found.Published in the Lancet, the study should increase awareness of PTSD among parents and teachers, the team at King’s College London said. They drew on a cohort of 2,232 twins born in 1994 and 1995 who were given a full psychiatric interview at the age of 18, following four previous assessments between the ages of 5 and 12.Just over three in 10 children were found to have experienced some kind of trauma during their childhood.The most common type was so-called “network” trauma, where a child find out about a traumatic event suffered by someone they know.However, among those who went on to develop PTSD – 57 per cent – the most common reason was direct personal experience, or the treat of experiencing, assault, injury or sexual violation. Symptoms of the condition include re-living traumatic events through distressing memories or nightmares, avoidance of anything reminding them of trauma, feelings of guilt, isolation or detachment, as well as irritability, impulsivity and difficulty concentrating.Previous research has found that the risk of PTSD following exposure to trauma is greater in girls.The new study revealed that half of young people with PTSD had self-harmed, while one in five had attempted suicide since the age of 12.A quarter were not in education, employment or training, and half said they experienced high levels of social isolation or loneliness.“One of the distressing things is how few of the young people with PTSD received treatment,” said Professor Danese, who also practises as a NHS consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist.We have very effective ways of treating PTSD, but they are most effective when the treatment occurs early on. read more

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Hitachi EX5500 excavators setting records at Yanacocha

first_imgTwo Hitachi EX5500-5 face shovel hydraulic excavators achieved a high performance milestone in October 2013 at the Yanacocha gold mine in Peru by surpassing 100,000 operating hours. Both EX5500-5 machines – the predecessor to Hitachi’s current EX5600-6 model – were delivered 14 years ago and have been working at numerous pits in the 251 km2 open pit mine ever since. The first machine passed the 100,000 h mark on October 7, 2013, and the second only 22 days later on October 29, 2013.Yanacocha, which is owned by Newmont Mining, is one of the largest gold mines in the world. It is situated roughly 30 km north of Cajamarca, high in the Andes, where extreme conditions exist. The material at the mine is abrasive, weather can be a challenge and at an altitude of 3,500 to 4,000 m above sea level, close attention needs to be paid to the engines.“The longevity of these machines, particularly in the aggressive conditions that exist in Yanacocha, is a testament to the reliability, durability and efficiency of Hitachi excavators,” said Craig Lamarque, Division Manager, Hitachi. “When Hitachi builds something, they build it right. That’s why you can rely on our focused line of excavators and haulers.” Both machines were serviced at the mine in Yanacocha. In addition to normal maintenance, such as daily inspections, filter and oil changes, and hose inspections, the Yanacocha team changed components by condition or by hours. In addition, the swing bearings were changed every 20,000 to 40,000 hours and major structural components, such as the boom, arm, side frames and main frame, were changed or repaired upon inspection.last_img read more

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More misery for Moyes as Sunderland make it three defeats on the

first_imgUnited centre half Nemanja Vidic levelled it up after the interval but it wasn’t long before Gus Poyet’s side again went ahead.Tom Cleverley gave away a penalty and Fabio Borini blasted to the net.YouTube: E.S FHaving eliminated Chelsea in the previous round, Sunderland remain on course to reach a first domestic cup final since 1992, when they lost to Liverpool in the FA Cup final.For United manager David Moyes, however, the gloom grows ever darker, with his hopes of claiming a piece of major domestic silverware in his maiden season severely compromised ahead of the second leg on 22 January.- additional reporting AFPFAI appoints Sarah O’Shea as John Delaney’s deputy CEO MANCHESTER UNITED’S RECENT woes continued tonight at the Stadium of Light tonight.The Premier League champions lost their Capital Cup semi-final first leg away to Sunderland 2-1. It’s the first time in 13 years United have lost three games on the spin.United were looking to bounce back from successive home defeats by Tottenham Hotspur, in the league, and Swansea City, in the FA Cup, but instead they lost again, and to the Premier League’s bottom side.A 46th-minute own goal from Ryan Giggs saw the Premier League champions trot in at half time a goal down.last_img read more

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Column Objects can tell us startling stories about our history we should

first_imgSOME PEOPLE MIGHT wonder why Ireland’s historical artefacts are important, but it has always been my opinion that anything that can tell us about our Irish history should be valued.Objects can tell us startling stories, like the stone for an ancient ceremonial axe found in the west of Ireland came from the Alps, or that the man who brought a beautiful gold ornament to these islands grew up thousands of kilometres to the east.Each object, each real thing, was handled by people who walked before us. Looking at the object opens the door a crack for us to see back, to know a bit more what it was like to live then – to know, even, that the Neolithics made handbags.Looking back to our pastObjects can put us in touch with the past in a direct and immediate way, but they also help us to a more complex understanding of the past.When journalist Fintan O’Toole started a series in The Irish Times in collaboration with the National Museum of Ireland, with the idea to promote Irish objects, we at the Royal Irish Academy thought it was a wonderful idea so we offered to publish the book. Every week he chose the objects starting with the earliest, the Mesolithic Fish Trap, and then it ran chronologically through 8,000 years of Irish history. People were really interested and it was a huge success – and now the book is ready, A History of Ireland in 100 Objects.What many people might not know is that The Royal Irish Academy held the treasure trove of historical objects before the National Museum was set up, so we had bought things like the Tara Brooch, Ardagh Chalice and a lot of the gold in the 1800s to preserve it for the nation.Ireland’s favourite objectsSo how would we determine what are Ireland’s favourite objects? We thought the best way would be through a public vote and exhibition, so that the people of Ireland could choose the final objects in the book. The Object for Our Times exhibition opened in November and we ended up including two of the objects chosen by popular vote: the Anglo-Irish bank sign and a decommissioned IRA gun to mark the fragile peace in Northern Ireland.When the project started, the designer of the Anglo-Irish logo got in touch with us. I was struck by how you can create something beautiful, as he did, based on a flint arrowhead in the Museum, which then becomes associated with the crash, with reckless lending. Talking with him gave me the chance to look at the design again, without all the Anglo baggage.I do have a favourite. I love the Corleck Head, the three-faced two-thousand year old sculpture. It has a golden glow about it and the simplicity makes it feel modern, I’d love to have it in my house. Its three faces see everywhere simultaneously – a useful asset in a house of tiny children.A gift from IrelandIreland has so many beautiful artefacts so, to mark the EU Presidency, it’s been decided that A History of Ireland in 100 Objects should be given as a gift from the people of Ireland to the people of the world for St Patrick’s Day. We want the world to be able to see what we have to show, so now they can, across all platforms.The RIA’s remit is to disseminate knowledge, so I am only too pleased that some of Ireland’s finest objects can be easily viewed on laptops, tablets and smartphones.I hope people will take an interest in the objects that are local to them, but also that many more people from abroad will get a little taste of what Ireland’s history and culture has to offer.last_img read more

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Exposition au plomb des risques pour le développement neurologique des plus jeunes

first_imgExposition au plomb : des risques pour le développement neurologique des plus jeunesEurope – Le plomb présent dans certains aliments nuirait au développement des fœtus, des nourrissons et des enfants, selon le groupe d’experts scientifiques sur les contaminants (groupe Contam) de l’Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments, qui a publié mardi 20 avril un avis sur le sujet.Le plomb est présent de manière résiduelle dans l’eau du robinet et dans les aliments comme les céréales et les légumes, ainsi que dans la poussière des maisons et dans la terre. Les risques pour la santé seraient faibles pour les adultes, cependant les experts montrent des inquiétudes en ce qui concerne les plus jeunes, fœtus, nourrissons et enfants, pour qui le plomb présenterait des risques en matière de développement neurologique.À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?Le groupe d’experts Contam a remarqué que les jeunes exposés au plomb avaient un QI inférieur à celui de ceux qui y avaient été peu ou pas exposés. Chez les adultes, les troubles se manifestent par une pression artérielle plus élevée. L’Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments pense que la dose hebdomadaire tolérable provisoire (DHTP), actuellement fixée à 25 microgrammes par kilogramme de poids corporel, n’est plus appropriée. Pour autant, ses experts ne sont pas encore en mesure de mettre en place un dispositif plus adapté, la limite à partir de laquelle les risques s’accroissent n’ayant encore pu être formellement déterminée.Le 22 avril 2010 à 11:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Goldust confirms he is still under contract with WWE Says everything is

first_img Pinterest Goldust (Dustin Rhodes) took to Twitter to response to earlier reports that his current WWE contract had expired. Rhodes noted he is “still under contract with WWE, and that everything that is being said online is just talk…”This response comes after our earlier report by the way of Pro Wrestling Sheet that Rhodes’ WWE contract had recently expired, and was currently waiting for the 90 day no-compete clause portion of his agreement to end. You check out the Twitter post from Goldust (Dustin Rhodes) below:I am still under contract with the @wwe , and everything that is being said online is just talk, and complete bullshit. This is exactly why I hate smart marks!— Dustin Rhodes (@dustinrhodes) March 28, 2019 Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Google+ Facebook Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey Highlighting WWEs ProblemsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

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TCI performing well in Quarter One says Govt

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Jul 2015 – Government is giving early announcement that fiscal performance for quarter one of this new financial year for the Turks and Caicos Islands is strong. Related Items:economic growth, first quarter Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CABINET REVEALS HEALTHY, VERY HEALTHY FIRST QUARTERlast_img

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Annies Lakshmipur residence attacked

first_imgMap of LakshimpurBNP leader Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Annie alleged activists of ruling party student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has attacked his residence in Lakshmipur district.BCL men on Wednesday afternoon attacked his residence at Godown Road in the town, he added.BCL, however, denied the allegation and said the attack was carried out by BNP men over the factional clash.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader said several hundred BCL activists led by district unit general secretary Ziaul Karim Nishan attacked Annie’s house while the local BNP leaders were holding a views-change meeting there.Annie, the central publicity secretary of BNP, was not present at that time. Annie told Prothom Alo, “They vandalised 10 motor bikes, smashed the windows and doors, and ransacked the chairs of the house.”Denying the allegation, BCL general secretary Nishan said, “I have heard they fought within the party over their factional feuds. Now they are trying to blame the BCL out of their political vengeance.”Lakshmipur sadar model police station’s officer-in-charge Mohammad Lokman Hossain said, “The attackers had fled the scene before police reached there.”No complaint was filed in connection with the matter, he added.last_img read more

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Mine study demonstrates how quickly bacteria can evolve

first_img Citation: Mine study demonstrates how quickly bacteria can evolve (2012, April 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-quickly-bacteria-evolve.html Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org Living sensor can warn of arsenic pollution Journal information: Science (Phys.org) — Two Earth and environmental scientists from the University of California have found that by observing bacteria in situ in an abandoned mine in northern California, they have, as they describe in their paper published in the journal Science, been able to observe how quickly a single nearly undisturbed species of bacteria has evolved in the wild. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Vincent Denef and Jillian F. Banfield have been studying the bacterium Leptospirillum that lives on the surface of both still and moving water in the Richmond Mine for over nine years. In so doing, they have found that the bacteria, which they believe initially inhabited the hot dark confines of the original caverns some 50,000 years, has experienced several evolutionary leaps over just the past several decades due to the introduction of bacteria from somewhere outside of the mine. In all, the two have identified six distinct strains of the bacteria, all of which evolved from the single original strain.This has all been made possible by the nearly heroic efforts of the research team, and the harsh conditions of the mine. The Richmond Mine was developed from the caverns that existed in the area also known as the Iron Mountain Mine. As its name implies, excavations in the already existing caverns led to iron mining, which was eventually abandoned in the early sixties, leaving behind one of the most acidic water environments on the planet. Making study even more difficult is the fact that temperatures in the mine hold steady at a scorching 118°F with humidity near 100%.To carry out their study, the two journeyed down into the mine on a periodic basis and collected bacteria samples from several different areas, then brought them back to their lab for DNA analysis. Over time they found they were able to identify six specific strains, each demonstrating an evolutionary leap as outside bacteria mixed with inside bacteria creating a new strain inside that was able to withstand the extreme conditions. But because of those harsh conditions, the researchers assume that many such pairings also likely resulted in new strains that were not able to survive and thus died out. But for those that have been able to survive, the team has found the mine and its bacteria colony to be a nearly ideal research lab; bacteria that exist without the constant need to adapt due to interactions with external environmental organisms.As part of their study, they’ve found that all of the mutations they’ve discovered thus far have occurred in just the past several decades, indicating they may have come about as the result of human activities, but also demonstrating just how quickly bacteria can evolve in an almost pure, yet wild environment.The two next plan to see if they pinpoint the origins of the external bacteria that have led to the evolutionary leaps inside the mine. More information: Science 27 April 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6080 pp. 462-466 DOI: 10.1126/science.1218389last_img read more

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Researchers develop fully photonicsbased radar system Update

first_img The innovative radar has also been tested in different scenarios. Here the system demonstrator has been moved in a maritime scenario, controlling the naval traffic in the port of Livorno, in collaboration with the local Port Authority. Credit: Antonella Bogoni Journal information: Nature More information: A fully photonics-based coherent radar system, Nature 507, 341–345 (20 March 2014) DOI: 10.1038/nature13078AbstractThe next generation of radar (radio detection and ranging) systems needs to be based on software-defined radio to adapt to variable environments, with higher carrier frequencies for smaller antennas and broadened bandwidth for increased resolution. Today’s digital microwave components (synthesizers and analogue-to-digital converters) suffer from limited bandwidth with high noise at increasing frequencies, so that fully digital radar systems can work up to only a few gigahertz, and noisy analogue up- and downconversions are necessary for higher frequencies. In contrast, photonics provide high precision and ultrawide bandwidth, allowing both the flexible generation of extremely stable radio-frequency signals with arbitrary waveforms up to millimetre waves, and the detection of such signals and their precise direct digitization without downconversion. Until now, the photonics-based generation and detection of radio-frequency signals have been studied separately and have not been tested in a radar system. Here we present the development and the field trial results of a fully photonics-based coherent radar demonstrator carried out within the project PHODIR27. The proposed architecture exploits a single pulsed laser for generating tunable radar signals and receiving their echoes, avoiding radio-frequency up- and downconversion and guaranteeing both the software-defined approach and high resolution. Its performance exceeds state-of-the-art electronics at carrier frequencies above two gigahertz, and the detection of non-cooperating aeroplanes confirms the effectiveness and expected precision of the system. The research team while testing the photonics-based coherent radar system on the roof of the laboratory in Pisa, Italy, detecting the aerial traffic from the close airport. Credit: Antonella Bogoni The radar system the team built is still just a prototype, though it does appear feasible. The team tested its abilities by monitoring real aircraft taking off at a nearby airport and then comparing what they observed with data from traditional electronic signal based systems. They report that the systems matched very closely. That of course is just an initial test, as McKinney notes, much more research and testing will need to be done before the researchers will know if such a system could provide better results than conventional systems. Also, another area of concern is range, which could impact jitter, and thus the accuracy of the system. © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img A quiet phase: NIST optical tools produce ultra-low-noise microwave signals The radar system, part of a project known as PHODIR (Photonics-based fully digital radar) is an effort to improve the tracking and speed calculation abilities of current electronic signal based systems. It’s well understood that making improvements in such a system will require higher frequency signals, something that can’t be done with current systems due to an increase in noise that creates more uncertainty in the signals received. For that reason, scientists have been looking to use lasers—such signals are much more stable.Building a radar system using a laser requires an optical mode of oscillation that is able to maintain a highly stable phase relationship—that’s the hurdle the researchers had to overcome. They used a mode-locked laser, it allowed for establishing a periodic sequence of laser pulses that exhibited low timing jitter. Using it, in conjunction with a computer running software they wrote, they were able to produce an RF signal with low phase noise by adding an optical filter located past the laser, which was sent to a photo diode, allowing for two optical modes to be selected. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers in Italy has developed the first fully photonics-based coherent radar system. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they built their new radar system and what it might mean for the future of radar systems. Jason McKinney of the US Naval Research Laboratory offers a News & Views perspective piece on the development of the radar system in the same issue and outlines issues involved with attempting to implement such a system into real world applications. Citation: Researchers develop fully photonics-based radar system (Update) (2014, March 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-fully-photonics-based-laser.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Pass the Top IT Certification with This Newly Updated CompTIA A 2016

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first_imgNews | March 09, 2010 Thallium Imaging Offers Alternative During Isotope Shortage Dual-isotope imaging: reduced-dose, shorter-scan-time stress images acquired with 20 mCi Tc-99m at 10 sec/frame. Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic. PreviousNext X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more Related Content FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Dual-isotope imaging: reduced-dose, shorter-scan-time rest images acquired with 2mCi Tl-201 at 20 sec/frame. Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic. News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Dual-isotope imaging: reduced-dose, shorter-scan-time rest images acquired with 2mCi Tl-201 at 20 sec/frame. Photo courtesy of Mayo Clinic.March 9, 2010 – As an alternative to the technetium (Tc-99M) isotope used in many nuclear imaging studies, UltraSPECT is advocating the use of thallium isotope (TI-201) imaging as an alternative. Due to the impact of the Canadian reactor shutdown combined with the recently announced six-month repair plan of the Dutch reactor, the global shortage of Tc-99m is expected to remain grave in the next few months, leaving nuclear medicine in a precarious position. The shortage means there is an inability to provide patients with needed tests, longer delays in exam scheduling, use of reduced-dose imaging protocols, and loss of business to other imaging modalities such as CTA, echo and cardiac PET. The company offers two cardiac products, Xpress.Cardiac and Xpert3.Cardiac, which support Tl-201 imaging. These products utilize UltraSPECT’s proprietary WBR image reconstruction capabilities to enable reduced-dose and enhanced-resolution thallium imaging. The products allow the utilization of lower dose imaging protocols using Tc-99m with no compromise in terms of imaging acquisition times and diagnostic value. They also support reduced-dose and enhanced-resolution Tl-201 imaging, helping alleviating the impact of the technetium shortage while reducing patient radiation exposure. UltraSPECT products feature connectivity to the imaging systems of all three major nuclear medicine camera manufacturers. “UltraSPECT has allowed us to acquire high-quality gated SPECT images with Tl-201, without increasing scan times,” said John Zeitz, M.D., chief of nuclear medicine at Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Mich. “Previously, we would have to increase our imaging time by 50 percent in order to achieve decent image quality for the gated cine reconstruction.” The one-day dual-isotope (Tl-201 and Tc-99m) protocol performed with the Xpress3.Cardiac combines reduced doses with shorter scan times. Reduced-dose, shorter-scan-time rest Tl-201 imaging is followed by reduced-dose, shorter-scan-time Tc-99m stress imaging, rendering the procedure safer and more comfortable for the patient, while ensuring sustained/increased patient throughput for the practice: • Rest: Tl-201, 2 mCi (female) / 3 mCi (male); 20sec. per stop. • Stress: Tc-99m, 20 mCi (female) / 30 mCi (male); 10sec. per stop. UltraSPECT’s Xpress.Cardiac, Xpress3.Cardiac, and Xpress/Xact.BoneTM products are distributed in the USA exclusively by Cardinal Health. UltraSPECT products are distributed in the USA by Cardinal Health (www.cardinalhealth.com). For more information: www.ultraspect.com Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. 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first_imgNews | June 03, 2013 ACR Supports Call for Minimum National Standards for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation ACR accreditation requires that the physicians supervising and interpreting medical imaging meet stringent education and training standards Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more June 3, 2013 — The American College of Radiology supports the May 31, 2013 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report which calls for establishing minimum national standards and an oversight framework for accreditation of advanced diagnostic imaging services.“If accreditation is actually going to achieve a national standard of quality and safety for patients, there have to be legitimate, meaningful standards in place. [The] GAO report is a significant step in the right direction. The ACR looks forward to working with Congress, HHS, and other stakeholders to put the GAO recommendations into action,” said Paul H. Ellenbogen, M.D., FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology board of chancellors.ACR accreditation requires that the physicians supervising and interpreting medical imaging meet stringent education and training standards. ACR accreditation also requires that the imaging equipment is surveyed regularly by qualified medical physicists to ensure that it is functioning properly, and that the technologists administering the tests are appropriately certified. The ACR also performs an evaluation of the actual image quality through scoring of various patient examinations and phantom images for each modality.  The ACR, whose accreditation programs date back to the 1960’s, has accredited more than 30,000 imaging and radiation oncology facilities nationwide and is the only nongovernmental accreditation program recognized under the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).For more information: www.acr.org  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Konica Minolta Releases AeroDR LT Flat Panel Detector in Mexico

first_imgNews | Digital Radiography (DR) | February 18, 2016 Konica Minolta Releases AeroDR LT Flat Panel Detector in Mexico Wireless digital flat panel offers advanced digital features in low-weight package News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Related Content Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more February 18, 2016 — Konica Minolta Medical Imaging will launch the new AeroDR LT in Mexico at the Annual Course of Radiology and Imaging, Feb. 17-20 in Mexico City.The AeroDR LT is an advanced wireless digital flat panel that provides state-of-the-art capabilities in a low-weight version to deliver primary imaging at the point-of-care. It was designed to maximize efficiencies by minimizing the effects of wear and tear that come with alternative wireless flat panels. The lightweight, hardened, IPX6-rated, liquid-resistant enclosure allows radiologists to help optimize patient outcomes, productivity and return on investment both in-room and at the point-of-care. The AeroDR LT weighs 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) and has the ability to hold patients up to 661 pounds (300 kg) on a bed.Advanced digital features, such as compatibility with AeroSync automatic exposure detection and roaming capabilities, are the cornerstone of the modern radiology department. Whether on the go or in the treatment room, radiologists can diagnose a patient with AeroDR LT’s ability to preview images within one second of use and deliver fully processed images in as little as six seconds.Customers can leverage the AeroDR LT to help streamline workflow and avoid unplanned downtime. Konica Minolta’s lithium ion capacitor lets users receive up to 4.1 hours of imaging use or 150 images with a charge time of 15 minutes or less. The reliable built-in panel drop sensors and continuous panel handling data monitoring can help reduce repair costs and avoid catastrophic failures.For more information: www.konicaminolta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more center_img Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. 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Lawmakers Call Appraisal Management Firms Into Question

first_imgLawmakers Call Appraisal Management Firms Into Question June 28, 2012 526 Views At a House of Representatives hearing titled “”Appraisal Oversight: The Regulatory Impact on Consumers and Business,””:http://financialservices.house.gov/Calendar/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=300543 Thursday, Congress reviewed testimony on recent and impending changes in the appraisal industry. One issue of focus during the hearing was the rise of appraisal management companies (AMCs) and their validity and necessity in the market. [IMAGE]According to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office, AMCs have grown from 15 percent market share to between 60 and 80 percent market share over the past few years. Defending the role of AMCs, “”Don Kelly,””:http://financialservices.house.gov/UploadedFiles/HHRG-112-BA04-WState-DKelly-20120628.pdf executive director of the “”Real Estate Valuation Advocacy Association,””:http://www.revaa.org/ stated that these companies serve as barriers between lenders and appraisers to prevent lenders from coercing appraisers into altering their objective view of a property’s value. “”Overzealous mortgage brokers and lenders were partly to blame for overvalued properties and inflated appraisal values, as they used the promise of future business in a booming market and higher appraisal prices to influence the ultimate valuation conclusions made by licensed and certified appraisers,”” he stated in his testimony. AMCs prevent this “”by acting as the sole point of contact between the lender and appraiser,”” Kelly said. [COLUMN_BREAK]Kelly explained that AMCs function as centralized appraisal sources for large mortgage lenders that operate nationally or in several geographic regions. While his testimony insisted that AMCs verify their appraisers’ credentials and select appraisers based on expertise and geographic proximity, other witnesses argued that AMCs largely base their assignment decisions on two factors: fee and turn-around time. “”Instead of selecting the best appraiser to complete the appraisal assignment on the basis of experience, knowledge and competency, the assignment is often awarded to the vendor responding first to an email blast sent to dozens or hundreds of appraisers that happen to be on the AMC panel in that state,”” said “”Fancois K. Gregoire,””:http://financialservices.house.gov/UploadedFiles/HHRG-112-BA04-WState-FGregoire-20120628.pdf speaking on behalf of the “”National Association of Realtors (NAR)””:http://www.realtor.org/. Gregoire also suggested that AMC personnel “”are often non-appraisers with only a cursory knowledge of valuation,”” who “”interfere with appraisal independence by asking or insisting that specific observations about the property, comparable sales, or market be excluded from the appraisal report.”” Gregoire also asserted NAR’s view that “”all AMCs should be required to register with state appraisal regulatory bodies where they are providing appraisal management services.”” Currently, AMCs owned by federally-regulated financial institutions do not have to register with their state appraisal regulatory bodies. Congress also looked to witnesses for their views on the progress of the “”Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC)””:https://www.asc.gov/Home.aspx. Consensus was that there is room for improvement, but the committee is making some progress. “”The ASC is a much different organization than it was just seven months ago,”” stated “”David Bunton,””:http://financialservices.house.gov/UploadedFiles/HHRG-112-BA04-WState-DBunton-20120628.pdf president of the “”Appraisal Foundation.””:http://www.appraisalfoundation.org/ “”I attend every single one of their meetings and the difference between now and then is night and day. However, Kelly said, “”We’d like to see the ASC move a little quicker.”” Agents & Brokers Appraisal Management Companies Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Housing Affordability Lenders & Servicers Politics Processing Regulation Service Providers 2012-06-28 Krista Franks Brockcenter_img in Government, Origination, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

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