first_imgMonday 3 January 2011 11:35 pm Why 2011 won’t be too bad after all by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’Definition Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com whatsappcenter_img KCS-content FORECASTING may be a mug’s game but it is unavoidable at this time of the year. So here are a few of my predictions for 2011, together with some key themes to look out for and some lessons from last year. I was right to be sanguine about 2010’s UK growth prospects; the daily warnings from the mainstream media that a double-dip recession was imminent turned out to be complete nonsense, as I argued time and again throughout last year. One shouldn’t believe everything one hears on TV. The economy grew by around 1.7-1.8 per cent, corporate profits bounced back, the stock market rose and the UK added far more jobs than it lost. The indicators that correctly predicted renewed expansion last year – such as the purchasing managers’ indices – all suggest that the private sector will continue to recover in 2011. Today’s quarterly survey of finance directors from Deloitte – another useful piece of data – is even more upbeat, suggesting that strong corporate spending will more than offset the cutbacks to public spending as the year progresses. Emerging markets are continuing to boom, as is Germany; America’s short-term growth prospects look better than they have done in ages.All of which means that the UK’s private sector employment will continue to rise, but the recovery won’t be as strong as after previous recessions because the UK labour market is now far more regulated. Britain’s anti-City mindset and general unattractiveness to multinational firms will also act as a break on growth, tax revenues and jobs. Nearly everybody will notice the impact of surging costs on their living standards, as well as declining house prices. Wages will continue to rise at a slower rate than inflation, which will overshoot dangerously. The Bank of England will be forced to put up rates by the second half. The tightest quarter is likely to be the first, as today’s VAT hike hits consumer spending. But the spending cuts will turn out to be moderately expansionary, reassuring investors and companies that the UK is once again being governed responsibly. We shouldn’t forget that the coalition is only proposing to cut by a cumulative 3.3 per cent in real terms over the next few years (and on the OECD’s figures to reduce the government’s share of GDP from a crippling 51 per cent in 2010 to a only slightly less crippling 49.9 per cent in 2011, hardly a revolutionary change). The coalition won’t collapse in 2011 – even though the Lib Dems will lose their bid to change the voting system and the trade unions will organise massive anti-cuts protests. To his credit, George Osborne will largely stick to his guns; while spending in cash terms will probably overshoot, inflation will also come in higher than expected, keeping down real spending and reassuring gilts investors.A bigger risk is that external events flare up to such a degree that they tip the UK back into crisis. A Spanish or Italian sovereign panic, a massive terror attack, war in the Korean peninsula or a nuclear conflict in the Middle East could all achieve this. Longer term, the UK – and the rest of the global economy – face huge challenges. New bubbles are building and the seeds of fresh crises are being planted thanks to economically illiterate global monetary and fiscal pump-priming. But the most likely outcome for Britain this year is another year of decent, unspectacular growth of around 2 per cent. Fingers [email protected] whatsapp Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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first_imgIain Henderson is earmarked for big things with Ireland and Ulster. So what do you need to know about the giant lock? Those who know him best reveal all. This first appeared in the April issue of Rugby World magazine. “Those are the kinds of things that probably aren’t credited enough. That’s just because it’s not flashy.”So is Henderson averse to putting himself first? McComb weighs in: “Oh aye, and he’s totally selfless off the park. He’s married, has a couple dogs. He’s looked at houses. He wants to get a herd of cows and a few other things… Obviously he’s from the family farm. He’ll have a lot of time for anybody.”Yet humility can belie the beastliness. Toner thinks he’s becoming the enforcer. Former Springbok back-row and current Ulster player Marcell Coetzee recognises that, as he explains: “The biggest asset Hendy brings to it at the moment is his physicality, particularly in the breakdown areas and carrying. He’s just an explosive, all-round lock. He has all the attributes to go and be one of the greats.”TEST CHARACTEREveryone interviewed here talks about Henderson’s performances as a British & Irish Lion, in New Zealand last June and July. McWhirter feels he was unlucky to miss the bench for the deciding Test after his final midweek display against the Chiefs. The rest were just impressed.He was not an instant Test sensation. Henderson has had to climb over a few competitors to get to where he is now and to realise his physical potential.Raw power: Carrying against La Rochelle (Getty Images)Ex-Ireland tighthead Mike Ross knows all too well about Henderson’s progression.“One of the nicknames when he first started with Ireland was ‘The Llama’ because he would just wander around the place,” Ross remembers. “At that time, in his first camp, he’d miss lineouts and stuff. If you watched him in the U20 World Cup along with Tadhg Furlong, it took time for that player to grow into a force.“He is a bit of a freak. I’ve been cut in half by him a few times. But he’s the kind of guy who would cut you in half, stand over you, look down and then say something like, ‘How’s it going, Rossy?’“He’s a good scrummager. I was there when he first came across from the back row to push in the second row and I remember asking Rory Best if he would be alright to do the job at the weekend. Rory just said, ‘Don’t worry about the weekend mate, he’ll be fine.’ He was.”Related: Meet Ireland centre Bundee AkiAnother ex-Ireland forward, Mike McCarthy, has his own views on Henderson. Upon hearing that so many think the Ulsterman barely talks, McCarthy laughs. “He comes across as quiet and reserved, but he’s such a genuinely lovely bloke and he has a strange sense of humour that I love. We had a good bit of craic. It’s tough to give you an example but that story from an old interview in Rugby World about him conducting some experiments, by putting stuff in the microwave, that is exactly what he is like. That is a great example. He’s a funny f*****!”McCarthy has also loved Henderson’s progression on the pitch. “He’s very explosive in the lineout. The big thing for me was him calling lineouts in the autumn against Argentina. Big Toner was given a rest. Since Paul O’Connell retired, Dev has been the lineout caller, but on that day it was Hendy and James Ryan who were playing. They gave him a shot at calling, giving Hendy massive responsibility. I was really impressed by how he went. That was great for (head coach) Joe Schmidt to know he had Hendy to rely on.”Giving it some Welly: Excelling for the Lions against the Hurricanes (Getty Images)WHERE NEXT?McWhirter sees Henderson as a natural successor to Rory Best as Ulster skipper. Marshall can see him leading more too, and McComb has enjoyed seeing him animated in post-match huddles. Ross knows Henderson can lose shape in the scrum, but he has the power to make a difference anyway and the prop expects him to improve technically. McCarthy just wants him to call lineouts.Looking at the bigger picture, former Ireland and Lions lock Donal Lenihan has the last say on Henderson’s future.“Henderson is an outstanding talent who just needs to increase his work-rate and add more consistency to his game,” he says. “We were offered a true glimpse of what he is capable of in the last midweek game of the 2017 Lions tour, against the Chiefs in Hamilton. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS THE SIGHT of Iain Henderson hitting opponents like a dance floor is now commonplace for any fan who watches Ulster and Ireland. However, there is more to the versatile back-five forward than pancaking defenders on the way to inflicting yet more trauma on his rivals.To find out more about the 26-year-old, we enlist the help of those who have known him since his younger days…SIMPLE BEGINNINGS“When he arrived I was getting to the end, he was one of the young pups,” says former Ulster lock Neil McComb, who captained Henderson with Ulster’s development side, the Ravens. “He was a genetic freak – just naturally good at what he did, especially in the gym, in terms of strength. He’s one of those second-rows who doesn’t look massive and muscly, but he has a giant frame to him and is an incredibly powerful guy.”Talk to anyone about Henderson and before too long, words like “freak” or “monster” come up. No qualification is needed – lurking menace is implied.Talking shop: Henderson chips in during an Ulster huddle (Getty Images)But something else spoken about, almost as often as his raw power, is how quiet the former Queen’s University maths student has been since he first showed up at his local pro team.Related: Jacob Stockdale makes the cover of Rugby WorldTony McWhirter was Ulster’s No 8 when they beat Colomiers 21-6 in the 1999 Heineken Cup final. These days you can hear the dental surgeon talk all things Ulster on BBC Northern Ireland.“He’s very much his own man,” McWhirter says of Henderson. “He’s very quiet, married early as well, which in the modern world is quite unusual. He’s very much a man from home, he does a lot of work for his old school, in terms of going back – he’s obviously well thought of there. He lives in the city, all his friends live here. He gives a lot back to Academy, the club side he came from, plus Queen’s University as well.”Henderson’s current team-mate Luke Marshall takes things a step further in chiselling down to the core of his giant pal. “Simple is probably a good way to describe him! He’s not your typical superstar – because that’s the sort of status he’s at, at the minute.“What’s quite funny about Hendy is that, outside of playing rugby, he doesn’t really have a massive interest. He doesn’t really watch other games. There have been big games in the past and we’ll be talking about the team and he won’t even know some of the players! These are maybe household names and he’s just so relaxed.“But no matter who he plays against he has no fear. For him it’s just rugby, like. He still treats it like a hobby in some ways, which is great.”Steamroller: Going over the top of Eben Etzebeth (Getty Images)A FORCE AWAKENSIn November, Henderson found himself gaining a lot of attention after knocking South Africa’s guard dog, Eben Etzebeth, to the dirt with a big carry. How had that lifted Irish team-mates, we wondered.“He’s turned into the enforcer he always had the potential to become,” Devin Toner said of his fellow lock at that time. “When he was coming through we didn’t call him ‘man-child’ for nothing. He’s a monster in the gym and a monster on the pitch. It’s great to see him turning into the player he can be.“When you have someone who is the talisman like Etzebeth, he’s their captain, he’s renowned for being the physical man on the pitch. When you see Hendy stand up to him and get the better (of him), it’s brilliant for the team and it gives you a real gee-up.”Related: Ireland’s Grand Slam heroesHenderson told the Press Association on the eve of this Six Nations that the hype was something out of nothing, though. “That was a two-second period in an 80-minute game,” he said of his blitzing carry towards Etzebeth.“People may look at that and say I’d played brilliantly because I ran over the top of him, but if I do everything else wrong in the game then I’ve played badly. And if Eben happens to miss that tackle but is excellent everywhere else, then he’s still played really well. So that’s probably where you have to take things with a pinch of salt. It’s not about a highlights-reel kind of approach.In the mix: Henderson clashes with Maro Itoje and others (Getty Images)“It’s the guys that make the game so much easier for their team-mates that I look at, respect and want to emulate. For years at Ulster and with Ireland too, that’s been Chris Henry. If Jacob Stockdale makes a great break, it probably has something to do with a really good ruck clean at the breakdown before, from one of the forwards.center_img Monster’s ball: Iain Henderson claims a lineout against France (Getty Images) “He is the prototype of the modern lock, with the skills to play back-row. With that allied to the power, ball-carrying and lineout work, he has the ability to become a truly outstanding international second-row.”This feature first appeared in the April issue of Rugby World magazine.last_img read more

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear TAGSAAAGas Previous articleDorian strengthens to Category 5 hurricane, catastrophic strike in northwest Bahamas beginsNext articleHow to talk to your kids about natural disasters Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. From AAAFlorida motorists are already beginning to find gas stations without fuel. As drivers line up at gas stations to top off their tanks, it can be challenging for retailers to keep up with the surging demand.“Gas stations can only hold so much fuel at a time. As hurricanes approach, retailers run out of gasoline, like stores run out of water,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “However, work will continue as long as it is safe, to resupply those tanks. Although there is still plenty of gasoline in the state, the challenge is getting it from the terminals to the pump. Florida will continue receiving shipments of gasoline, as long as the ports remain open. Drivers of fuel tankers will continue making deliveries until it is no longer safe to do so.”Getting Gas to the PumpsHere’s an explanation of how gasoline is delivered to your local store. The majority of Florida’s gasoline supply is delivered via waterborne ships from refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. The primary fuel delivery points are the ports in Jacksonville, South Florida (Port Everglades), and Tampa. Once delivered to the port, tanker trucks line up at the port’s terminals to be filled with fuel, and then drive to your local convenience store. This process continues until the port shuts down due to tropical storm force winds, and road conditions have deteriorated. Even after the ports close to ships, tanker trucks can continue picking up fuel until the port fully closes to all staff.As long as Florida’s ports remain open, gasoline deliveries will continue. How long it takes for each gas station to be refilled can vary.In order to help keep Florida gas tanks full, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has done the following:Asked port terminals to remain open as long as possible so trucks can drive in and pickup gasoline.Waived weight restrictions on tanker trucks – increasing the legal capacity of what each truck can carry, from 8,000 to 9,000 gallons of fuel.Waived “hours of service” limitations for drivers – increasing their maximum allotted time behind the wheel from 8-14 hours, so deliveries can continue to be made.Gas Outages Along Evacuation RoutesHurricane Irma caused the largest evacuation in Florida history. As a result, it became challenging to keep gas stations – especially those located along evacuation routes – supplied with fuel. Tanker trucks also had difficulty navigating the busy highways.The Florida Governor responded by providing law enforcement escorts to assist tanker trucks in getting around the congestion to make fuel deliveries. No such order has been given yet for this storm, but state officials say it’s possible.How Much Gasoline Does Each Station Hold?Gas stations are not connected to pipelines. Their supply is delivered by a truck and stored in underground tanks. Gas stations can hold anywhere from 12,000–24,000 gallons of each 87 and 91 octanes per station, not per pump. That is enough to fill 800–2,000 vehicles if each one had an average 15-gallon tank.Are Retailers Charging Too Much? Now that Florida is under a State of Emergency, retailers are not allowed to raise rates significantly higher than anything they charged in the past month. If they do, the retailer would have to show proof that their price to obtain the fuel increased – whether by higher oil prices, wholesale prices, transportation costs, etc.During the past 30 days, Florida gas prices have averaged $2.45 per gallon for regular unleaded. To report suspected price gouging, call the Price Gouging Hotline at 1-866-966-7226 or visit the Florida Attorney General’s website.After the StormThere will be an immediate focus on refueling gas stations following the storm.Once the storm passes, the Coast Guard inspects the port for damage before reopening it to inbound ships. There are often gasoline tankers waiting offshore to immediately begin making deliveries.The port’s loading racks must also be inspected for pipe and electrical damage before tanker trucks can begin loading up.If the port sustains significant damage, gasoline deliveries can be supplemented by other regions.Some gas stations may remain closed in the short term for reasons such as no staffing, no gasoline, no electricity. If a gas station does not have electricity, the pumps will not work.The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second-largest AAA club in North America. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. Visit AAA on the Internet at AAA.com. 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first_imgNYC Mayor BloombergNew York — At a news conference in 2009, New York City billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated that “planning for climate change today is less expensive than rebuilding an entire network after a catastrophe. We cannot wait until after our infrastructure has been compromised to begin to plan for the effects of climate change now.” (nyc.gov, Feb. 17, 2009)For the survivors and victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York, the most populous city in the U.S., Bloomberg’s words are bitterly ironic. More than 40 people paid for the city’s lack of infrastructure planning with their lives.The New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) held the 2009 news conference to release a report predicting higher temperatures, more rapidly rising sea levels, and more frequent and intense extreme weather events —  such as Hurricane Sandy — over the next century as a result of climate change. The report stressed that “awareness is growing that some impacts from climate change are inevitable” and concluded that “these changes suggest a need for the City to rethink the way it operates and adapts to its evolving environment.”While it is notable that New York City is one of the few U.S. cities attempting to grapple with the issue of climate change at all, a lack of action in regard to infrastructure improvement reveals the inability of capitalism to mobilize urgently and deal with the mounting environmental crisis.The 2009 report was designed to inform the actions of a newly convened Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, which was to enact a response to the growing threat of climate change. It listed a slew of potentially negative implications for New York City’s infrastructure, including an “increase in risk of low-elevation transportation, energy and communications infrastructure flooding and water damage” and “encroachment of saltwater on freshwater sources and ecosystems, increasing damage to infrastructure not manufactured to withstand saltwater exposure.” The task force was part of a larger PlaNYC, which set about to create a “greener” New York through a number of projects.Two years later, the city’s subsequent efforts on climate change were described in an April 2011 update on PlaNYC. The update notes several actions taken in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the creation of contingency plans to deal with extreme weather events.However, the infrastructure updates in the report are attached to the words “we will” — as in, they have yet to be enacted. According to the 2011 report, “The Task Force identified more than 100 types of transportation, energy, water and sewer, solid waste, telecommunications, and natural infrastructure that climate change could impact. The Task Force will use this initial assessment to develop coordinated strategies to increase the resilience of the region’s infrastructure. … We will work with the Task Force to complete its assessment and begin to implement its recommendations.”City inaction has devastating consequencesThe devastating consequences of Hurricane Sandy result from the city’s stalling in these vitally important updates. For instance, had the city taken steps to protect its equipment and infrastructure from salt water erosion — which was clearly indicated by the NPCC as an area of concern — electricity could have been restored much sooner to the city, as well as subway operation. Instead, some families continue to linger in powerless homes — as winter approaches and temperatures drop to near-freezing conditions. The subway system, used by millions of workers to get to their jobs each day, took an entire week to become fully operational again.The NPCC, a group created by Mayor Bloomberg and made up of academics, scientists and private corporations, is notably bereft of those with the biggest stake in the city’s plans — the workers in the communities that will be hardest hit.In April of this year, Sabrina Terry, an environmental justice planner for Uprose, a Latino/a community-based organization in the Sunset Park community of Brooklyn, testified before the City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection. She noted that the NPCC’s reports do not explicitly address the needs of low-income communities of color, which “are often more at risk because they live in geographically susceptible areas in close proximity to noxious fumes, which become public health threats in the context of extreme weather.” Terry urged a “more inclusive model [that] would help encourage communities to leverage their own resources, thus becoming more self-sufficient and resilient.” (City Council hearing transcript, April 25)If anything, Hurricane Sandy has proven that the government, set up under capitalism to protect profits over the lives and safety of working people, cannot adequately respond to the environmental crises that capitalism itself has created.More and more, a people’s response — from preventive measures to emergency actions — is emerging as the best and only solution to the crises working people face on every level.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgMichelle Rosshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michelle-ross/ + posts 41st Jazz Festival gives guest musicians a chance to perform TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history printStrong communication skills, grit, primitive fire skills and the hope for $1 million dollars has helped a TCU alumnus advance into the final four of a survival reality show challenge.Apple is in the final four on MTV’s new reality show, “Stranded With a Million Dollars.” Credit: MTV“Stranded With a Million Dollars” is MTV’s new reality show featuring 2014 alumnus Alex Apple. In the show, contestants are given $1 million dollars to survive 40 days on an island in Fiji. Contestants aren’t given the necessary tools to survive. Instead, they have to use the $1 million dollars to buy survival items, which can cost thousands of dollars – and it comes out of the shared prize money.The show began with 10 contestants, and now it’s down to the final four: Cody Dunlap, Gina Lam, Natalie “Mikani” Paul and Apple.“I’m not surprised I made it this far because I had a strategy, and I’m a very competitive person,” Apple said. “However, you never know if you will get sick one day, so I’ve been really lucky.”Apple said his biggest strategy was his strong social skills to form alliances with other contestants on the island. He also said buying the tools needed to survive is a mental challenge. Anyone can choose to survive the 40 days alone, but Apple said having a companion to talk with was beneficial and kept him sane.“In the show, you are away from civilization, friends and family,” he said. “The majority of the cameras used to film the show are drones or robotic cameras, so human interaction is very limited, and you develop this sense of paranoia from being isolated.” In the first episode, Apple said he was quick to form alliances because he had good fire-starting skills and other contestants valued him. However, his alliances quickly dwindled after contestants became too sick or wanted to leave the island. One contestant got appendicitis and had to leave to get an immediate surgery.Alex Apple attempts to survive 40 days on MTV’s “Stranded with a Million Dollars” reality show. Credit: MTV“It was scary because getting sick could have happened to any one of us or at any time,” he said. “This game is unpredictable and you never know if you will wake up one day and want to leave.”In the latest episode, Apple said he almost shot his flare gun, a signal to let the producers know contestants want out of the show, because he felt the game was too much for him. He overcame this mentality and told himself he came on this show to challenge himself, not to be rich or famous.“I did this show because I wanted to learn about my strengths and weaknesses,” he said. “Whenever I was in a mental funk, I told myself I’m a lot more capable than I think I am.”Some of the contestants from “Stranded with a Million Dollars” walking to a campsite.Photo Credit: MTVApple said he was glad he did this challenge because he’s learned to be appreciative of his blessings and not take things for granted. “You hear from your parents and mentors say not to take things for granted and you kind of just nod your head,” he said. “This show makes you realize how much you miss the things you have at home.”Apple said being in the top four is awesome, but there was no time to celebrate because he was still up against three other people for the cash prize.Apple said the challenge is getting intense because there are two different alliances who are trying to sabotage the other alliances’ chance of survival by stealing each other’s food and the only access Apple had for clean water, a boiling pot.“Myself and Lam are the only ones left from the alliance I created earlier,” he said. “The other alliance is Dunlap and Paul, who found each other because they had no one else.”Alex Apple sitting on the ground.Photo Credit: MTVApple said “Dunlap is a conceited jerk who rubbed many of the other contestants the wrong way, but I give him credit because he’s mentally tough.”Apple said he couldn’t say what happens in the upcoming episodes or who won, but he did say this:“The last three episodes are the wildest ones yet because the two alliances will do one of the most unique moves pulled on a reality show.”Since the show has aired, Apple said people have recognized him in public and on social media. Viewers have critiqued his strategy and called him various names, but he said he couldn’t care less what people thought because he doesn’t regret anything he’s done to survive this long.Along with critiques, Apple also said fans of the show have messaged him if there will be a season 2 and how to get on it.Alex Apple and nine other contestants attempt to survive 40 days on an island in FijiPhoto Credit: MTV“I don’t know if there will be another season, but the show has done pretty well and the people who watch it like it,” he said.To find out if Apple survives the full 40 days, watch the next episode Tuesday at 9 p.m. on MTV.Video Playerhttps://www.tcu360.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/StrandedInsta1.mp400:0000:0000:30Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 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first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved a settlement with Ocwen Financial Corp. for $2 million to resolve claims that the mortgage servicer misstated its financial results, according to an announcement from the SEC.An investigation by the SEC revealed that Ocwen misstated its income for the last three quarters of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 as a result of the servicer’s use of a flawed, undisclosed methodology to determine the value of certain complex mortgage assets. According to the SEC, Ocwen inaccurately disclosed to investors that it independently valued the mortgage assets in question under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) when in fact it was using valuations provided by a related party to which it sold certain mortgage servicing rights that were a liability. The related party’s valuations deviated from the fair value measures, and Ocwen’s auditing team failed to review the methodology with company management or the outside auditor, according to the SEC.“Ocwen’s filings led investors to believe the company was valuing complex mortgage assets using GAAP rather than relying on a related company’s accounting methodology that later proved to be flawed,” said Michael J. Osnato, Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Complex Financial Instruments Unit. “Ocwen released inaccurate financial statements because its internal controls were inadequate and its audit committee failed to scrutinize whether the methodology was an appropriate way to measure fair value.”The SEC also found that Ocwen’s internal controls failed to prevent conflicts of interest involving the servicer’s since-departed chairman and founder, William Erbey. Ocwen disclosed to investors to that Erbey was required to recuse himself on transactions involving companies where he also served in leadership positions, when in fact Ocwen had no written policies or procedures for recusal; hence, Erbey approved a $75 million bridge loan to company for which he also served as chairman of the board.Erbey was forced to step down as chairman and CEO of Ocwen in January 2015 after 30 years with the company he founded. His departure was part of a $150 million settlement Ocwen reached with the New York Department of Financial Services in December 2014. A two-year investigation by the New York DFS revealed that Ocwen had sent backdated foreclosure notices to thousands of borrowers.“We are pleased with the resolution of this U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) investigation,” Ocwen spokesman John Lovallo said. “As previously disclosed in our October 2015 SEC 10-Q filing, funds have already been reserved to address this settlement. Ocwen remains committed to full compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements and will continue to fully cooperate with regulators on any matter brought to its attention.” Financial Results Ocwen SEC Securities and Exchange Commission 2016-01-20 Brian Honea Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Tagged with: Financial Results Ocwen SEC Securities and Exchange Commission Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / SEC Approves Ocwen Settlement Over Financial Misstatements The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago SEC Approves Ocwen Settlement Over Financial Misstatements Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea January 20, 2016 932 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Majority of Americans Unconcerned Over Fed’s Rate Increase Next: DS News Webcast: Thursday 1/21/2016last_img read more

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first_imgLatest Stories Book Nook to reopen “We also want to include hand held games, wrapped hard candy, Dominoes, beef jerky, small puzzle books and playing cards in the kits,” Thrash said.“We hope that the community will participate in the collection of these items for the comfort kits as these men and women of the 900th go in defense of freedom. They are the defenders of our country here at home and then are called to defend freedom in foreign lands. They need and deserve our support.”The American Red Cross Pike County Office will sponsor blood drives at several locations during the early summer months.The first will be from 1 until 5 p.m. on May 23 at Wal-Mart Troy. There will be several blood drives during the month of June. Dates to be announced. Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “We need volunteers for our blood drives and we also need trained counselors who will be available when needed and ministers who will be available for spiritual counseling,” Thrash said.“Anyone who would like to volunteer with the American Red Cross during this time of mobilization of our local unit of the Alabama National Guard is encouraged to call 334-536-0632 for more information.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder Skip Email the author The American Red Cross Pike County Office is making plans to assist the members of the 900th Maintenance Company of the Alabama National Guard in Brundidge and their families during the company’s mobilization in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.Jane Thrash, Red Cross Pike County Office director, will attend a family preparedness meeting at Frazer United Methodist Church in Montgomery on Saturday, May 22 to assist the guardsmen and their family with issues of insurance, financial concerns and emergency services during the mobilization of the 900th.“The American Red Cross Pike County Office is in the process of preparing comfort kits to send with each member of the 900th who is a part of the mobilization,” Thrash said. “The Red Cross will partner with East Central Mental Health in Brundidge in the packing of these kits. The Troy University Campus Red Cross will help with the sorting of the items for the kits.” Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… The American Red Cross Pike County Office at 131 S.A. Graham Blvd. in Brundidge will be the collection site for the comfort kit items.“We are planning for 250 comfort kits to be sent with the 900th as part of the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services Program,” Thrash said. “Donations are needed immediately so that items can be sorted and packaged for the departure date which has not been officially released at this time.”The list of items for the departure comfort packs includes Ziplock gallon bags, trial size toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, white bath cloths, hand sanitizer, pocket packets of Kleenex, trail sizes of shaving cream, soap and hand lotion, disposable razors, band aids, and small combs and brushes. You Might Like CHHS class raises $1K plus for ‘Relay’ Charles Henderson High School raised just more than $3,900 for Relay for Life this year. The hard work of Megan… read more Red Cross prepares to assist in mobilized unit Published 10:11 pm Thursday, May 20, 2010 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more