Make Valentine’s Day special with a wedding at the Clerk’s office

first_img Engaged? Ready to take the plunge? Say “I do” with the Orange County Clerk of Courts.The Orange County Clerk Courts’ Office has four wedding ceremony rooms available for a couple’s special day.At the Orange County Courthouse, the ceremony room consists of a white flower archway for couples as they take their vows during the ceremony. White chairs are available in the room for family and friends in attendance.Ceremonies cost $30.00 and are performed on a first come, first served basis once couples have obtained and met all the requirements for a marriage license.Clerk Tiffany Moore Russell will perform some ceremonies from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Orange County Courthouse on Valentine’s Day.Ceremony rooms are also present at the following branch locations:Apopka branch: 1111 North Rock Springs Rd.Ocoee branch: 475 West Story Rd.Winter Park branch: 450 North Lakemont Ave.The Clerk’s new eMarriage application also makes it easier than ever for couples to start the application process for a marriage license on-line before ever coming to one of the locations.Use this link for more information on eMarriage, the marriage license application process, required documents, ceremony rooms and more.Discount available for Florida residents. If you are planning to get married with the Orange County Clerk of Courts and have not taken a premarital preparation course, you must apply for a marriage license three days prior to your wedding ceremony. The cost for a marriage license is $93.50. If you bring proof that you have completed a premarital preparation course the fee can be reduced to $61.00. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSOrange County Clerk of the CourtValentines DayWedding Day Previous articleThere is no monopoly on prideNext articleBreaking News: Apopka police arrest two suspects on drug charges Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 last_img read more

Hidden House / Archterra Architects

first_img Hanrahan Construction Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Houses Hidden House / Archterra Architects 2018 Project gallerySee allShow lessLe Corbusier’s Cité Frugès: Lessons from a Modern Social Housing NeighborhoodArticlesWood Works: Open Call for CuratorsBuilt Projects & Masterplans Share Australia Area:  110 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Photographs:  Douglas Mark Black Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeArchterra ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMargaret RiverOn FacebookAustraliaPublished on June 10, 2020Cite: “Hidden House / Archterra Architects” 10 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” ArchDailycenter_img Lead Architect: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Douglas Mark Black+ 32Curated by Paula Pintos Share Photographs Manufacturers: Bluescope, AWS, Carter Holt Harvey, Openspace Architects: Archterra Architects Area Area of this architecture project Builder: Hidden House / Archterra ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHidden House / Archterra Architects Engineering:Margaret River Structural EngineeringCollaborators:OOpenspace furniture Perth WACity:Margaret RiverCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Douglas Mark BlackRecommended ProductsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcText description provided by the architects. This additions project is located amongst jarrah and peppermint forests and grafts a contemporary pavilion onto an existing timber-framed and clad house built in the early ’90s.Save this picture!© Douglas Mark BlackThe new work consists of a reading/living room and master bedroom with a bathroom and is linked to the existing house by a transparent gallery that also acts as a secondary entrance to the new wing.Save this picture!© Douglas Mark BlackLarge sliding panel doors that disappear into the wall cavity allow a flow of space and views between the existing house and the new reading room and then through the bedroom. A frameless corner window in the bedroom enables panoramic views into the bushland surrounding the house and invites the bush into the room.Save this picture!© Douglas Mark BlackSave this picture!Floor planSave this picture!© Douglas Mark Black3m high sliding doors in the reading room link the indoors to the full height of the trees to the east and an amazing early morning light show through the tree trunks. Save this picture!© Douglas Mark BlackSave this picture!© Douglas Mark BlackA window seat in the main living area surrounded by bookshelves frames a view of the bush and provides an intimate spot to read and contemplate nature. Externally the window seat is articulated as a compressed cement sheet hood within the dark fluted metal cladding.Save this picture!© Douglas Mark BlackPrefinished vertical Colorbond cladding in dark grey tones mimic the verticality of the trees and settles the new work into the bushland setting and contrasts with the white walls and light plywood ceilings of the interior. CopyHouses•Margaret River, Australia “COPY” Paul OReillylast_img read more

Five tips for Apple on how to please China’s rulers

first_img How far will Apple go in its business opportunism? Its decision to block VPNs on Chinese iPhones endangers many Internet users including journalists and their sources. In the following (tongue-in-cheek) open letter, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) advises Apple China’s new managing director how to please the Chinese leadership even more. News Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific Online freedoms InternetCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersFreedom of expressionPredatorsNobel PrizeRSF Prize China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more News ChinaAsia – Pacific Online freedoms InternetCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersFreedom of expressionPredatorsNobel PrizeRSF Prize Follow the news on China Organisation © Robin Grassi / RSF center_img News Dear Isabel Ge Mahe,We have learned of your appointment as managing director of Apple China. At the same time, we have also learned of Apple’s decision to remove VPNs that are not registered in China from its Chinese App Store. This is a shame. These apps enable Internet users, including many journalists and their sources, to protect themselves from surveillance and to connect to sites that are banned in China, including Facebook, Google and Wikipedia.By actively helping to reinforce the “Great Firewall”, your company obviously hopes to ingratiate itself with the authorities of a country where it does not enjoy the same dominant position that it holds internationally. We don’t doubt that the authorities will return the favour by allowing Apple to continue competing with local firms in China, and by silencing NGOs that, like China Labour Watch, criticize working conditions in your suppliers’ factories in China.But it would be a pity if your economic opportunism stopped half-way, so we would like to offer five tips on how to better adapt Apple’s business model to the “Chinese Dream’s” special characteristics:1/ A home screen honouring the new “Great Helmsman.” With just weeks to go to the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th congress, a home screen showing President Xi Jinping would be much appreciated as a business gesture. You will of course take care to avoid photos of Xi looking too much like Winnie the Pooh, the Walt Disney character used by Chinese Internet users to caricature him.2/ A keyboard “with Chinese characteristics.” The iOS operating system would work just as well without the emojis that are used to bypass censorship, such as the coffin or the tears alluding to Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel peace laureate who died in detention. Similarly, the numbers 4, 6, 8 and 9 (used to allude to the Tiananmen Square massacre on 4 June 1989) would be rebaptised 3+, 5+, 7+ and 8+, like iPhones.3/ A patriotic App Store. Why not restrict the Chinese App Store to state-controlled apps, such as those of the Xinhua news agency and the national TV broadcaster CCTV, the messaging service WeChat and the search engine Baidu? The Chinese public would be grateful to you for protecting them from the influence of western government propaganda.4/ File sharing with the Party’s extended family. The iTunes and Apple TV apps allow us to share audio and video files with our entire family. Apple would pull off a planetary publicity coup by extending iPhone content sharing to the extended family that is the Chinese Communist Party. That would silence critics such as Edward Snowden who accuse Apple of reserving this privilege for the US intelligence agencies.5/ A connected watch for every prisoner of conscience. By offering an Apple watch to every jailed activist, journalist and blogger, you would demonstrate your humanitarian commitment while allowing the international community to use the Health app to monitor exactly how long each detainee – such as the journalist Huang Qi or Liu Xiaobo’s widow Liu Xia – has been held and how much their health is worsening in detention – in real time.If you take a look at RSF’s World Press Freedom Index, you will see that authoritarian regimes constitute a fast-growing market. Mass surveillance employs 2 million people in China alone and has a turnover in the billions of dollars. Ranked 176th out of 180 countries, China has more than 100 journalists and online journalists in its prisons. This “success” is due in part to firms such as Apple that assist its censorship.If generalized, the pragmatic approach you have taken will guarantee Apple autocratic clients the world over and will enable its shareholders to get even richer. Human rights seem to weigh little against stock quotation in Cupertino.With annual earnings similar to the GDPs of Finland, Ireland or Denmark, Apple could nonetheless allow itself to be a bit tougher with China’s authoritarian rulers. Or else freedom of information will be no more than a distant memory in this digital golden future you are helping to create.Cédric AlvianiDirector of RSF’s East Asia bureau April 27, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en August 8, 2017 – Updated on March 26, 2019 Five tips for Apple on how to please China’s rulers to go further Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Newslast_img read more

DRILLING REPORT: June 13 through June 19

first_img DRILLING REPORT: June 13 through June 19 TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Local News Pinterest Permit applications approved by the Texas Railroad Commission for June 13 through June 19 for Districts 7C, 8 and 8A. Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of permits approved for that leasehold.Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC, Archer 56-2-5, Reeves, new drill; Bull Run State 55-4-22 Unit, Reeves, new drill (4); Silvertip 76-10 Unit H, Loving, new drill. Apache Corporation, Mohican Unit, Reeves, new drill (4). Birch Operations, Inc., Captain Cane 18-30 F, Howard, new drill; Sunrise Studley 29-17 A, Howard, new drill; Sunrise Studley 29-17 B, Howard, new drill (3); Sunrise Studley 29-17 C, Howard, new drill (2); Sunrise Studley 29-17 D, Howard, new drill (3); Sunrise Studley 29-17 E, Howard, new drill (2); Sunrise Studley 29-17 F, Howard, new drill; Sunrise Studley 29-17 G, Howard, new drill (3).Blackbeard Operating, LLC, Dinghy, Winkler, new drill (2); Sealy Smith Foundation A, Winkler, new drill; Yellow Jack NW, Crane, new drill.Boyd & McWilliams Operating, LLC, Rust 24, Winkler, new drill.Callon Petroleum Operating Co., Rendezvous South A1, Ward, new drill (2).Capitan Energy, Inc., Scott Fee 36, Culberson, new drill.Carrizo (Permian), LLC, Griffin-Bush State 1922 (alloc A), Reeves, new drill.Chevron U.S.A., Inc., CMC Bluebonnet A, Midland, new drill (2); CMC Bluebonnet B, Midland, new drill (2); CMC Bluebonnet C, Midland, new drill (2); CMC Bluebonnet D, Midland, new drill (2); CMC Bluebonnet E, Midland, new drill (2); CMC Bluebonnet F, Midland, new drill (2); Hay Blake 7/6, Culberson, new drill (6); War University 18 22/24 A, Ward, new drill; War University 18 22/24 B, Ward, new drill; War University 18 22/24 C, Ward, new drill; War University 18 22/24 D, Ward, new drill.Cimarex Energy Co., Animal Kingdom 44 H, Culberson, new drill (2).COG Operating, LLC, Boyd 2619 SWD, Loving, new drill; Boyd 7505 SWD, Loving, new drill; Brunson H, Loving, new drill; Brunson I, Loving, new drill; Brunson J, Loving, new drill; Calverley 37-36, Glasscock, new drill (5); Taylor H, Loving, new drill; Taylor I, Loving, new drill; Taylor N, Loving, new drill; Taylor O, Loving, new drill.Colgate Operating, LLC, Worsham 6-18, Reeves, new drill.ConocoPhillips Company, El Jefe WC, Reeves, new drill (3).Covenant Operating, LLC, Beggs, Kent, new drill.CrownQuest Operating, LLC, Lacey Oak, Howard, new drill; Red Oak E, Howard, new drill (3); Red Oak F, Howard, new drill (2); Spade Ranch, Sterling, new drill (2).Diamondback E&P, LLC, Alldale A, Martin, new drill; Big Bend 301, Reeves, new drill; Bullfrog, Howard, field transfer; Epley, L.B., Midland, new drill; Erwin-Walton 38 B, Midland, new drill (3); Nichols East Unit, Howard, new drill (2); Percheron 46-45 C, Reeves, new drill; Percheron 46-45 D, Reeves, new drill; Riley W 1807, Glasscock, new drill; Warfield West L, Midland, new drill; Wilbanks 45-53-55 A, Martin, new drill; Wilbanks 45-53-55 B, Martin, new drill; Wilbanks 45-53-55 C, Martin, new drill.Encana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc., Davidson 36X, Midland, new drill; Fowler 19B, Glasscock, new drill (2); Fowler 19C, Glasscock, new drill (2); HSC 319U, Martin, new drill (2); Miller 44E, Howard, new drill (2); Miller 44F, Howard, new drill.Endeavor Energy Resources, LP, Rio San Marcos 36-45 Unit 1, Midland, new drill (5).Enrich Oil Corporation, RLR Odom, Runnels, new drill.Environmental Disposal Systems, Big GuLP SWD, Midland, new drill.EOG Resources, Inc., State Correa Unit, Reeves, new drill; State Mercury A, Loving, new drill.Fasken Oil and Ranch, Ltd., Fee AW, Andrews, new drill (6).Felix Energy Holdings II, LLC, Rockdale State 3835-28 A, Winkler, new drill; Rockdale State 3835-28 B, Winkler, new drill; Rockdale State 3835-28 C, Winkler, new drill; Rockdale State 3835-28 D, Winkler, new drill; Rockdale State 3835-28 E, Winkler, new drill; Rockdale State 3835-28 F, Winkler, new drill; Rockdale State 3835-28 H, Winkler, new drill; Rockdale State 3835-28 J, Winkler, new drill; Rockdale State 3835-28 K, Winkler, new drill; Rockdale State 3835-28 L, Winkler, new drill; UL Willow 383633-16, Ward, new drill.Fortuna Resources Development, LLC, Valiant 110 Unit, Gaines, new drill.Four Corners Petroleum II, LLC, G.W. O’Brien, et al, Ward, new drill (2).Great Western Drilling Company, Linker (Lower Clearfork) Unit, Hockley, new drill (4); Suntura (Lower Clear Fork) Unit, Terry, new drill.Hades Disposal Company, LLC, Heidelberg, Martin, reenter.Halvey Energy, LLC, ZeLPha, Dawson, new drill.Hannathon Petroleum, LLC, Furrh 5, Howard, new drill (2).Headington Energy Partners, LLC, State-Judge 48-3 WS XII, Loving, new drill (2).Independence Resources Management, LLC, Pearl Jam, Midland, new drill (6).Jagged Peak Energy, LLC, State Big Tex South 787574-8, Pecos, new drill.Jetta Operating Company, Inc., Barstow 20, Ward, recompletion.Kinder Morgan Production Co., LLC, Goldsmith Landreth/San Andres/UT, Ector, reclass (3); HJ Brice, Scurry, recompletion; Sacroc Unit, Scurry, reenter; Yates Field Unit, Pecos, recompletion.Laredo Petroleum, Inc., LPI-Driver 33-28 (alloc-B), Glasscock, new drill; LPI-Driver 33-28 (alloc-D), Glasscock, new drill; Sugg B113-114 (alloc-B), Reagan, new drill; Sugg B113-114 (alloc-C), Reagan, new drill; Sugg B113-114 (alloc-D), Reagan, new drill; Sugg B113-114 (alloc-E), Reagan, new drill; Sugg B113-114 (alloc-F), Reagan, new drill; Sugg B113-114 (alloc-G), Reagan, new drill; Sugg B113-114 (alloc-H), Reagan, new drill.Lime Rock Resources IV-A, LP, UL 10 Livingston, Andrews, new drill.Luxe Operating, LLC, George T Stagg 5-2 Unit, Reeves, new drill; Wilson 184-185 Unit, Ward, new drill.Matador Production Company, Aurora Larson 04-TTT-B02 WF, Loving, new drill (2); Larson 04-TTT-B02, Loving, new drill (2).Mongoose Energy, LLC, Miramar SWD, Pecos, new drill.Moriah Operating, LLC, Tigger, Scurry, new drill.Noble Energy, Inc, City of Pecos 15-16 A-1, Reeves, new drill; Cole Younger State 30-23 Unit A, Reeves, new drill; Komodo Dragon 30-29 A-1, Reeves, new drill; Komodo Dragon 30-29 A-2, Reeves, new drill; Komodo Dragon 30-29 A-3, Reeves, new drill.Oasis Petroleum Permian, LLC, Jackson A 34-166-175, Ward, new drill; UL Sugarloaf 20-37, Winkler, new drill; UL Washakie 18-30, Ward, new drill.Overflow Energy, LLC, Boxcar SWD, Reeves, new drill.Park Hill Disposal, LLC, Ballinger 7 SWD, Upton, new drill; Ballinger 9 SWD, Upton, new drill; King SWD, Midland, new drill (2).Parsley Energy Operations, LLC, CC Sabathia 37-36-G, Reagan, new drill; Currie 41-29-E, Glasscock, new drill (3); Kathryn 44-5-A, Reagan, new drill (2).Permian Deep Rock Oil Co., LLC, Bulldog, Midland, new drill (6).Pinnacle SWD Texas, LLC, DDD SWD, Reagan, new drill.Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc., Boone-Dixon W42I, Midland, new drill; Maurer-Dixon W42h, Midland, new drill; Preston E13A, Midland, new drill; Preston E13B, Midland, new drill; Preston E13C, Midland, new drill; Turner W43, Midland, new drill (6); Woody 38J, Martin, new drill; Woody 38K, Martin, new drill.Primexx Operating Corporation, Kesey Unit 10-7E, Reeves, new drill; Ramones Unit 267-266E, Reeves, new drill; Sabine Unit 160-161w, Reeves, new drill.QEP Energy Company, UL 1125 E1, Martin, new drill; UL 1125 E2, Martin, new drill; UL 1125 E3, Martin, new drill; UL 1125 E4, Martin, new drill; UL 1125 E5, Martin, new drill; UL 1125 E6, Andrews, new drill; UL 1125 E7, Andrews, new drill; UL 1125 E8, Andrews, new drill; UL 1125 E9, Andrews, new drill.Reliance Energy, Inc., Valiant, Gaines, new drill.Resolute Natural Resources Co., LLC, North Goat 2 Unit, Reeves, new drill (4); South Goat 2 Unit, Reeves, new drill (3).Riley Permian Operating Co., LLC, Festus 648-661 A, Yoakum, new drill; Festus 648-661 B, Yoakum, new drill.Ring Energy, Inc., Bevo 664 SA A, Yoakum, new drill (2); Bia, Gaines, field transfer; Boomer 727 A, Yoakum, new drill; Bruce E. Gentry JR 647 A, Yoakum, new drill (2); Cowboy Joe 708, Yoakum, new drill; Matador 646, Yoakum, new drill; Matador 646 B, Yoakum, new drill.Rosehill Operating Company, LLC, Trees Estate 77, Pecos, new drill.Rover Petroleum Operating, LLC, Dodge, Granville M., Est., Howard, recompletion; Douthit, E.W. C-DE, Howard, new drill.Sabinal Energy Operating, LLC, Syco Unit, Gaines, new drill.Sable Permian Resources, LLC, Boothe 236-5 (alloc 23), Reagan, new drill; Boothe 236-5 (alloc 27), Reagan, new drill; Ortega, Reagan, new drill; University 09 10-15 (alloc 12), Reagan, new drill; University 09 10-15 (alloc 13), Reagan, new drill; University 09 10-15 (Alloc 17), Reagan, new drill; University 09 10-15 (alloc 18), Reagan, new drill; University 09 10-15 (alloc 22), Reagan, new drill; University 09 10-15 (alloc 27), Reagan, new drill; University 09 10-15 (alloc 28), Reagan, new drill.Saragosa Field Services, LLC, Neptune SWD, Reeves, new drill.Shell Western E&P, Bernard State C-27 2-5 Lov Unit, Loving, new drill (2); Bullhead 55-2-7 Lov, Loving, new drill (5).Siltstone Resources Operating II, LLC, Grandest State, Pecos, recompletion.SM Energy Company, Michael Scott F, Howard, new drill (2); Schrute A, Howard, new drill; Schrute B, Howard, new drill.Solaris Water Midstream, LLC, Skyfall SWD, Loving, new drill; Spectre SWD, Loving, new drill; Superbad SWD, Loving, new drill.Steward Energy II, LLC, Smashed Nickel 536 B Unit, Yoakum, new drill.Strategy Operating, LLC, La Escalera 73, Pecos, new drill.Stronghold Energy II Operating, LLC, McKnight, M.B., Crane, new drill (3).Summit Petroleum, LLC, Carmanita, Midland, new drill.Surge Operating, LLC, Leviathan Unit A 29-17, Borden, new drill (2); Middleton Unit A 47-38, Howard, new drill; Muse-Newton Unit 31-42, Howard, new drill; Wolfe-Jones Unit A 04-09, Howard, new drill.Teakwood Operating, LLC, Texas American Syndicate 6, Pecos, new drill.TRP Operating, LLC, Hans Gruber, Upton, new drill (3).UpCurve Energy, LLC, Winkler State 34, Reeves, new drill.WPX Energy Permian, LLC, CBR 35-38-56-1, Loving, new drill (6); University 32, Winkler, new drill; University 41, Winkler, new drill.XTO Energy, Inc., Fullerton Clearfork Unit, Andrews, new drill; Hill, Mrs. M.J., Winkler, recompletion; St. John 76 2734, Loving, new drill.TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION Twitter Previous articleOAT060719 Texas Tech OSU 14Next article060919_Langraf Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Freddie Mac’s Chief Diversity Officer on Diversity and Inclusion

first_img Diversity Freddie Mac HOUSING mortgage 2017-10-02 Nicole Casperson  Print This Post Freddie Mac’s Chief Diversity Officer on Diversity and Inclusion The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Nicole Casperson Share Save October 2, 2017 2,361 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img In an effort to better represent underserved communities, as well as support ongoing diversity initiatives in the mortgage industry, Freddie Mac has announced the opening of a Borrower Help Center in McComb, Mississippi, according to a recent post by Dwight Robinson, SVP of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer at Freddie Mac.Robinson notes that this initiative isn’t new—it is the 14th center of its kind throughout the country; however, what makes this location unique is its locale.First, it is the first located in the lower Mississippi delta, serving a rural community with a median household income of $29,720. African-Americans also makeup 66 percent of the total population, and have a homeownership rate much lower than that of the regional average—50.0 percent—compared to 70.9 percent.Freddie Mac’s effort hasn’t gone unnoticed. According to Robinson, “staff at our borrower help centers primarily help consumers by phone or appointment, but McComb is different. Since February, the McComb site has seen a tremendous number of walk-ins per month, making it far and away the most popular of our 14 centers.”Overall, 500-plus people have walked through the door to further their education on mortgage education and foreclosure assistance in the last three months. Demand for the location’s services were so great that Freddie Mac expanded its reach from three to 11 counties in the region.Fulfilling the dream of homeownership for these underserved communities is one of Freddie Mac’s main goals, and it is initiatives such as this that are championed by organization such the Five Star Institute’s American Mortgage Diversity Council, which works to usher the industry into a new era of inclusion through a continued dialogue on ways to improve and evolve.You can read Robinson’s full perspective on Freddie Mac’s website here. Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Diversity Freddie Mac HOUSING mortgage Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] Home / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac’s Chief Diversity Officer on Diversity and Inclusion Previous: Mortgage Servicing Challenges: LoanCare President Weighs In Next: Delinquencies Forcasted to Rise in Coming Months in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribelast_img read more

“We must get Malin Head improvements right first time” – Failte Ireland

first_img “We must get Malin Head improvements right first time” – Failte Ireland Pinterest By admin – August 19, 2015 Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp The statement in full -Fáilte Ireland’s commitment to Donegal is absolute and we believe that our biggest project, the Wild Atlantic Way, is a game changer for tourism in the county.  Malin Head is one of 15 Signature Discovery Points along the Wild Atlantic Way and one of three Signature Points in Donegal. It is a very important part of our plan to ensure that Donegal benefits fully from the Wild Atlantic Way. As such, Fáilte Ireland is fully committed to the development and enhancement of the visitor experience at this site.We have recently completed a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the full Wild Atlantic Way initiative and, given the environmental sensitivity of Malin Head, we have had to wait until this assessment was concluded before we could proceed with awarding funding to Donegal County Council to work up plans for the site. However, now that the assessment has concluded, Fáilte Ireland intends to provide funding to Donegal County Council to prepare plans for a significant visitor enhancement and management solution for the entire Malin Head site. Once these plans have been finalised and costed, they will be evaluated for capital funding to enable to works to proceed. Technical assistance funding could be released as early as September but, after that, it depends on how long it takes the Council to commission the design of the proposed works and to carry out the associated environmental assessments.It is imperative that we get this development right first time. Toilets and car parking will be considered as part of the work but we need a wider vision and solution for the site if Malin Head and the Wild Atlantic Way are to generate the extra visitors, revenue and jobs for Donegal that we believe it can. Therefore, any development works at the site must also enhance the visitor experience at the location and allow for better visitor flow as well as ensure the protection of the natural environment there. 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Previous articleCathedral Quarter committee want to unveil mosaic on Culture NightNext articleFianna Fail PRO says selection convention outcome not a fait accompli admin WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Fáilte Ireland says its commitment to Donegal is absolute, and the Wild Atlantic Way, is a game changer for tourism in the county.Yesterday, Failte Ireland was criticised by Cllr Martin Mc Dermott for not providing funding for basic facilities at Malin Head.Today Failte Ireland says it is committed to enhancing the visitor experience, but it’s important that this is done properly.In a statement, Failte Ireland says Malin Head one of 15 Signature Discovery Points along the Wild Atlantic Way, and one of three Signature Points in Donegal. As such, Fáilte Ireland is fully committed to the development and enhancement of the visitor experience at this site.Following a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the full Wild Atlantic Way initiative, Failte Ireland says it now intends to provide funding to Donegal County Council to prepare plans for a significant visitor enhancement and management solution for the entire Malin Head site.It is imperative, Failte Ireland ads, that we get this development right first time. Toilets and car parking will be considered as part of the work, but a wider vision and solution for the site if Malin Head and the Wild Atlantic Way is needed to generate the extra visitors, revenue and jobs for Donegal. Homepage BannerNews Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+last_img read more

‘Fearless’ USA Today foreign affairs reporter who ‘thrived’ in war zones killed by car in DC

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A “fearless” USA Today foreign affairs reporter who “thrived” in war zones, according to a friend, was hit and killed by a car while he was riding his motorcycle in Washington, D.C., police said.A USA Today foreign affairs reporter who was hit and killed by a car while riding his motorcycle in Washington D.C. on Friday night was a “fearless” journalist who “thrived” in war zones, according to a friend who spoke with ABC News.Journalist Oren Dorell was on a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle heading east on H Street on Friday night when he collided with a Toyota Camry, local police said.Dorell, 53, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.The Toyota Camry driver, 47-year-old Daryl Grant Alexander, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, police said – after he allegedly kept going for about one block before coming to a stop.Alexander was also charged with second-degree murder, driving under the influence and leaving [the scene of an accident] after colliding, police said. “We’re mourning the loss of Oren Dorell, our globe-trotting foreign affairs reporter, who was killed Friday in a hit-and-run,” said a post by USA Today on its Facebook page Saturday.Dorell, who is survived by his wife and his 11 and 12 year old sons, spent 13 years at USA Today, during which time he “traveled to far reaches of the world, covering historic events, from Middle East uprisings to natural disasters,” USA Today said.For Dorell, the interest in foreign affairs started early, according to his childhood friend, Eric Brenner.As teenagers in suburban Philadelphia they’d go on long walks and “talk about the state of the world and politics and history,” Brenner told ABC News.“There was something about Oren that was unique. He was a bit of a daredevil — he’d do things that nobody else in suburban Philadelphia would do,” Brenner said.“He’d jump freight trains, went cross country, he’d go on these super long walks. And he was willing to meet anybody and talk to people and learn about them. And he was kind of fearless. And when you were around him you felt somewhat fearless yourself.”“I always admired him,” Brenner said. “He really could see the depth of an issue and understand how things work.”“In his reporting he just had a really deep grasp of what was really going on and he really cared,” Brenner said. “he went into the middle of war zones — he thrived in that. And he didn’t hesitate.”Dorell also “was always involved with his family his kids,” Brenner added, describing him as a “phenomenal human being” who was “always so open to anybody.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Slow pace of change stops firms keeping up with Web

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. E-research,published by Ashridge Management College, highlights managers’ fears that manycompanies are struggling to adapt to the Net age.Themain barriers to Internet-driven success are the slow, bureaucratic structureof conventional firms, according to E-research.Thesurvey also suggests that a shortage of resources – human and financial – andpoor implementation are barriers to change.Inthe survey of 500 managers, 90 per cent of respondents said they expectsuccessful Internet organisations to be innovative and adaptable.Butrespondents believe that less than half of organisations have these attributes,with many being too bureaucratic and hierarchical. Less than a quarter thinkthese traits would make firms successful in e-business.EdSmith, e-business partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, said, “Middlemanagers are struggling with what their technology managers are telling them.They are unable to see this as an investment because short-term gains seem tobe very much in vogue.”Three-quartersof those questioned said Internet start-up companies are more of a threat than traditionalorganisations. But the on-line branch of large non-traditional competitors doesnot worry two-thirds of those questioned.Internet-drivenchange has already had a significant impact on information gathering andcommunication. Basic Internet tools are now commonplace, with 80 per centbelieving they are expected to use more information.Ashridgequestioned 500 managers in September 2000, three-quarters of whom were seniormanagers, partners, directors, chief executives or chairs of their organisations.About two-thirds had been involved with their organisation’s Internetinitiatives.Companiesmust speed up their response timesE-researchclaims that many companies need to undergo culture changes to fully realise thecapabilities of the Internet.Lessthan a third of respondents said their organisation responds quickly to change –but nine out of 10 think this is crucial to Internet-based companies.Manyrespondents expect the Internet to have the greatest impact on customerrelationship management.PricewaterhouseCooper’sEd Smith said, “What we will see is that a lot of the structures willdisintegrate in favour of more informal networks. Organisations will movetowards teams which are focused on the customer ñ it will not be up toindividuals to do it all.”Theywill possibly work via the Internet with somebody they don’t necessarily workwith every day.”Reportauthor Helen Wildsmith said, “Organisations will have to get used tooutsourcing. This will mean companies will be influenced by sources fromoutside, making their culture more dynamic.”E-generationcalls for a new breed of leaderInternet-drivencompanies will have to change their approach to leadership, claims the authorof E-research, Helen Wildsmith. Ofthose questioned, 31 per cent describe their organisations as”laggards”, lacking the necessary leadership skills for the Interneteconomy.Nearlytwo-thirds of respondents think their employer is ill-prepared for thee-revolution.Wildsmithsaid, “A lot of the skills managers will need is in reassuring theirstaff. There is a lot of risk involved with Internet organisations and managerswill have to be able to deal with the tension that will inevitably build withinteams because of this.”Leadersshould be prepared to allow people to make mistakes and learn from them ñ theprevailing culture is to try and brush mistakes under the carpet.”PwC’sEd Smith said, “While traditional organisations have older people who areseen as leaders ñ it might be the younger leaders, who are prepared to takerisks who will be successful.”TheInternet therefore presents the greatest challenge to the older generations inthe business.”ByRichard Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Slow pace of change stops firms keeping up with WebOn 6 Feb 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

No more generation games

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. No more generation gamesOn 3 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today As the workforce gets older, boosted by impending age discriminationlegislation, employers need to consider their staff’s changing skills needs.Margaret Kubicek asks if training initiatives will helpLatest research into age issues in the workforce compiled by the Employers’Forum on Age and Penna Sanders & Sidney highlights a host of questionsfacing employers as working life is extended by longer life spans and byemployees’ anxieties about pension provision. Employers must adapt to the needs of ‘Generation Flex’ – not considered‘over the hill’ now until 49 – and the UK must introduce age discriminationlegislation by 2006 which may make mandatory retirement illegal. With thesetensions in mind, we ask how can employers make the most of older workers’skills and keep them up to date? Samantha mercerCampaign director, Employers’ Forum on AgeThere have been arguments about return on investment with regard to trainingolder workers, but if you don’t have fixed ages at which people have to leavethe workforce, the argument that it won’t be worth training them at 58 becausethey might leave at 60 just doesn’t hold water anymore. Different age groups need to be taught in different ways. I don’t think youcan make generalisations about what is best for each age group, though I thinkmixed age learning environments are beneficial. Employers need to be talking tothe individuals they are training and learning from others what works. Peoplehave different learning styles – employers need to be aware of that and supplyappropriate training. Julia DaviesConsultant, Penna Sanders & SidneyPeople are having to work much longer and I think that is going topressurise employers to offer different, more flexible ways of working. The trainingthey offer needs to support that; for example career management workshops tohelp people consider their different options. We encourage the employee to take control of their career and through thatthey need to work out what will keep up their enthusiasm – it may be thingslike taking a sabbatical, or doing more studies. Caroline Waters Director of employment policy, BTGroupIn high-tech areas where training is expensive, there could be a case fornot upgrading an employee. For example, if you had a 64-year-old who intendedto retire in a couple of years, if that training cost £15,000 and you had afour- or five-year payback period, you would hope that you could mutually agreeto upskill in another area that wouldn’t be so costly. Flexibility is the key to working in the future, both in terms of attendanceand location, particularly for older workers. It is a complex environment andyou have to add to your portfolio of training provision. In terms of topics,you need to have training to help people manage their time and optimise theflexible options they’re working with and, for managers, you need to look athow to manage diverse teams of homeworkers, job sharers and so forth. Val o’sheaHR adviser, HalifaxWe haven’t felt the need to pitch training any differently for the moremature recruit, but we have found they add value to training programmes byusing their maturity and life experiences to support the more junior members onthe course, and this continues in the workplace. Last year we ran ‘Recruit2Train’ to meet our large-scale requirement forCobol developers to work in a large mainframe environment. We knew that thescheme would attract individuals with 10 or more years’ industry experience,but they would need training up to use the new technology platform. Of the 25 new Cobol developers, 16 per cent are over 50. That schemeillustrated the importance of tailoring when running programmes for olderemployees. You need to consider their individual experience and build on thatin order to give – and get – value. Ray bakerHead of social responsibility, B&QThirteen years ago we opened our first store staffed only bypeople over the age of 50 in Macclesfield. At the time, we believed as somemight assume, that older people would be more difficult and take longer totrain. We found that was an absolute, total myth – and if we needed any longerit was because they wanted to do more probing, having themselves used so manyof the products we sold. It made us look at our training programmes and modify them in light of theirlife experience. It meant the trainers themselves needed to be quite sharp andcertain in what they were presenting about products. Keith astillHead of corporate personnel, NationwideOlder workers have access to the same training opportunities as younger ones– we take a common sense approach. Eighty per cent of respondents to our lastemployee satisfaction questionnaire thought our career developmentopportunities did not discriminate with regard to age. I’m not convinced thatolder workers have different needs from younger workers, or different attitudes– possibly with regard to technology, but generally not. FeedbackWhat do you think? If you have a view on the older employee,write to the editor. Or if you have a topic you’d like to have discussed on ourTalking Points page, let us know in no more than 50 words. Send correspondenceto Stephanie Sparrow, Editor, Training Magazine, by e-mail: [email protected], fax:020-8652 8805 or post: Training Magazine, 3rd floor, Quadrant House, TheQuadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS. Please include full contact details so thatwe can get back to you.last_img read more

What’s it like to be a Purplebricks ‘property expert’?

first_imgJames Humphries-Stone, 29 joined Purplebricks two-and-a-half years agoWhat did you do before joining Purplebricks?I have been an estate agent since leaving school; I always wanted to be one and knew which path I wanted to follow since I was young and the only thing that held me back after leaving school was not having a driving a licence.As soon as I passed my driving test I got a junior negotiator role in a Basingstoke agency – it’s where I live – and then at 23 I became a branch manager of a leading independent in the town, and then two and half years ago I met Kenny Bruce (co-founder and sales director of Purplebricks). The main reason for my move from the high street to Purplebricks was that I had noticed the way in which people were transacting with the high street. I’d seen a shift in the way people were contacting agents more online instead of coming into branches. So for me, it was all being a part of that change.What do you estate agent mates think of you joining Purplebricks?It’s a mixed bag. When I joined a lot of them thought I was crazy, but now it’s more intrigue and a lot more people are asking questions – you know, like, what’s it all about, how do we get involved, what’s it like and so on. I’m meeting with a friend of mine this evening who’s an estate agent to have a chat about Purplebricks.Do you earn as much as you used to?From my own personal perspective, my income during year one was comparable to the one I earned as a branch manager on the high street, and in year two I am in a better financial position than I was on the high street. The reality is there’s far greater earning potential within this business.How’s it different from your old job?The biggest difference is that you’re no longer working in an office and instead work on your own. I didn’t find that particularly difficult because when I was on the high street I worked for a small independent and the owner didn’t get involved much, so it wasn’t like a corporate where you’re being micro-managed and working in a big team. I like working for Purplebricks because it’s a much better work/life balance.Can you pick and choose when you work?I choose to work weekends because that’s when most of my customers are available, but that means that I take time off during the week to compensate for that. And overall it’s much more flexible than the 8am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday you get on the high street.What do your customers think? Do they realise the difference between Purplebricks and the high street?I think there’s still an element of education on our part to be done and that’s something we’re doing day by day, and via our marketing too. But I think because we’re half way between a high street and an online-only agent, we offer best of both worlds and people are starting to embrace that. And our customers seem to love us – we have very high review ratings with sites like TrustPilot.How is your market share locally?I’ve been going for two and a half years now and for the past year, according to the Rightmove statistics, across my postcodes by sales achieved we are one of the top two agents. And day by day we’re seeing a bigger gap open up between us and our main competitors.Are you employed or under a more flexible arrangement?I’m self-employed like all the Purplebricks Local Property Experts but I can’t tell you the details because it’s a bit commercially sensitive. My personal opinion though when I started was, if things played out the way I wanted them to at Purplebricks then my work status was irrelevant. And I thought that, if all else failed, I could always go back to the high street should I need to. Purplebricks is a completely new and different approach to estate agency and being self-employed is part of that – it’s a mix of personal service and technology which allows me to work much more efficiently.  James Humprhies Stone hybrid agents Purplebricks October 4, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » What’s it like to be a Purplebricks ‘property expert’? previous nextAgencies & PeopleWhat’s it like to be a Purplebricks ‘property expert’?We interview one former high street agent about his switch to the hybrid agencyNigel Lewis4th October 2016015,778 Viewslast_img read more