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Countrywide to pay Vermont $100,000 to settle foreclosure claims

first_imgVermont Attorney General William H Sorrell announced today that Countrywide Financial Corporation, now a part of Bank of America, has entered into a settlement with his Office to resolve any claims that the State of Vermont may have concerning Countrywide’s origination of home loans in past years. Countrywide will pay about $100,000 to the State of Vermont for foreclosure relief, half of which will go to specific borrowers whose Countrywide loans were foreclosed upon, and the remainder for general foreclosure relief efforts. The settlement is similar to those entered into by other states, including states that alleged that Countrywide engaged in predatory lending practices.The settlement confirms Countrywide’s current commitment to offering loan modifications—reductions in interest rates, for instance—under certain circumstances to Vermonters with subprime “hybrid” adjustable rate mortgages, other subprime first mortgages, and “pay option” adjustable rate mortgages. (Hybrid loans have an interest rate that resets after a specified number of years; under pay option loans, the borrower has the choice of making one of several different kinds of monthly payments, such as a minimum payment, an interest-only payment, or a fully amortizing payment.) These types of loans have been associated with the national mortgage foreclosure crisis.Source: March 31, 2010. Vermont Attorney General.last_img read more

Colombians Already Miss Brazil

first_imgBy Dialogo July 23, 2011 The 5th Military World Games have yet to be finished, yet the Colombian athletes are already feeling nostalgia for Brazil and want to come back soon. At least that’s the opinion of the track team in the which didn’t win any medals, but garnered sympathy wherever they went. “We’re here to open borders. The country is beautiful and people are very friendly. We trained very hard to get here, but if we didin’t win any medals, at least we want to win friends. As they say in Brazil I’m dying of nostalgia,” said Lt. Sinis Tera, who represented Colombia in the 400 meters at the Joao Havelange Stadium, known as the” Engenhão. “ Tera noted that although he played sports at school as a student, it was in the army where he really developed her skills. He became two-time world champion of cadets in Ankara, Turkey. “I tried to do the same here, but the level of competition is much higher. It was a great surprise to me. I know I have to return to Colombia and train harder. The good thing is that I got a lot of experience and great memories,” he said. Meanwhile, Corporal Jorge Luis Moreno, who competed in the triple jump, says he’ll miss the good food, the beautiful scenery and the staging of the Games. “I really didn’t expect much. Everything was well organized and it shows that Brazil is not where they are just by chance. It also shows that military forces don’t exist just for war but for peace and sports as well,” Moreno said. For Moreno, the nostalgia will be replaced by memories of a country that, according to his point of view, is very much like Colombia in the kindness of people. “I do not think anyone who has participated in these games can forget them, and I hope that other Latin American countries, especially Colombia, follow the example of Brazil and celebrate the World Military Games,” Moreno said.last_img read more

Peruvian Army Creates the 6th Special Forces Brigade

first_img Taking into account these considerations, the flexibility inherent in special forces units, the geographic complexity of the Puno region, and the need for support in order to effectively combat illicit drug trafficking, the EP high command decided to organize the 6th Special Forces Brigade “Pachacutec,” headquartered in Puno. By Dialogo March 16, 2012 This 6th Special Forces Brigade is made up of the following units: Command and General Staff; the 6th Command and Services Battalion “SO1 EP Edgar García Villena”; the 613th Special Forces Battalion “Capitán EP Ilich Montesinos Quiroz”; the 623rd Special Forces Battalion “Teniente EP Gerardo Iturraran García”; the 613th Commando Battalion “Capitán EP Jenner Vidarte Campos”; the 623rd Commando Battalion “Capitán EP Magno Pérez Sánchez”; and the 6th Special Forces Squadron “Sargento EP Rolando Bendezu Rebata.”center_img The Peruvian Army (EP) has at its disposal a modern force, in constant evolution, with the capabilities considered necessary to deter, and if necessary, neutralize any internal or external threat, according to the fifth institutional objective of the Institutional Strategic Plan of the Civil Affairs Directorate (DIRAC), known as the “Bolognesi Plan.” last_img read more

Cars, a cocktail and a celebrity: South Koreans succumb to Tesla fever

first_imgKang bought a Tesla Model 3 in December, ditching the Hyundai crossover he bought only last summer. Being associated with Tesla’s reputation for innovation was good for his image, he said.The US electric car maker had its best month for South Korea in June, selling 2,827 vehicles and bouncing back from weak sales in April and May which were hit by US production disruptions due to the coronavirus. The Model 3 is now the country’s No.2 imported vehicle, ahead of the BMW 5 series and the Audi A6, and just behind the Mercedes E-Class.By contrast, Hyundai Motor Co, the dominant automaker in South Korea, saw sales of its Kona EV slump 31 percent in June to 2,513 vehicles.Another 4,000 to 5,000 South Korean customers have the Model 3 on order, although most of them may have to wait until at least September for delivery, said a source familiar with the matter. The source was not authorised to speak to the media and declined to be identified. Tesla’s rising popularity among affluent professionals in South Korea, who have been relatively unscathed by the pandemic, is one of many feathers in its cap.Highlighting the threat it poses to established brands, Tesla last week surpassed Toyota Motor Corp as the world’s most valuable automaker while its second-quarter deliveries smashed expectations at a time when sales at rivals have been laid low by the pandemic.South Korea’s generous subsidies of 12.43 million won (US$10,380) for the Model 3 have definitely helped sales, bringing the car’s price down to less than $40,000, but the Silicon Valley automaker has also generated a genuine buzz.In social media posts, South Korean Tesla fans avidly track the routes of ships bringing its cars to Asia, while at the country’s bars, the latest trendy cocktail is a mix of HiteJinro’s Terra-brand beer and the Korean traditional liquor ‘soju’. Smashed together, their names are pronounced “Tesla” in Korean.The automaker has additionally benefited from free advertising after popular Korean actor Yoo Ah-in, known for his sense of style, drove his Tesla Model X SUV to go grocery shopping on a reality show aired last month. That has led to a spike in orders for the vehicle, a second person familiar with the matter said without elaborating.Some new Korean owners noted they bought a Tesla for practical reasons.Kim Dong-hwan, who works in IT in Seoul, wanted to avoid public transportation during the pandemic and driving fatigue on his long commute.Not everything is perfect – his Model 3 has a panel gap and he has to wait several months before it will be fixed – but Kim says the benefits and emotional appeal of a technologically advanced brand were worth it.“I am very satisfied given that Tesla’s self-driving feature has reduced fatigue while driving,” he said.Topics : From an eponymous cocktail to eager buyers following the shipping routes of long-awaited cars, Tesla Inc is having a moment in South Korea, particularly among tech-savvy professionals.Kang Sung-mo, who runs an advertising production agency in Seoul, is a convert.“I am not interested in cars, but I am interested in the Tesla brand and its technology,” the 39-year-old told Reuters.last_img read more

Seacat Services Orders Chartwell 24 Catamaran

first_imgOffshore energy support vessel operator, Seacat Services, has signed a multi-million-pound contract to build a catamaran for deployment in the offshore wind sector.Seacat Weatherly, designed by Southampton-based naval architect Chartwell Marine, will be constructed by Isle of Wight firms Diverse Marine and Aluminium Marine Consultants (AMC) in Cowes.Scheduled for completion in March 2020, Seacat Weatherly is set to be the first Chartwell 24 catamaran to enter service. The vessel can accommodate 24 industrial personnel, alongside four crew.“Despite ongoing uncertainty in Westminster and Brussels, the offshore wind sector has repeatedly demonstrated its capacity to get on with the job in hand – and, frankly, faced with rising demand for high quality vessel support, this was an order that couldn’t wait,” Ian Baylis, Managing Director, Seacat Services said.“The Chartwell 24 is the vessel the market has been calling for. It not only responds directly to our needs as a vessel operator, but also ticks all the boxes for our offshore wind farm customers. Seacat Weatherly will help us collectively set new benchmarks for safety, availability and performance.”The contract includes an option for a further vessel, which would see Seacat Weatherly joined by a sister vessel in the Seacat Services fleet.Andy Page, Managing Director, Chartwell Marine, said: “The Chartwell 24 is a vessel design that has been developed by the industry for the industry, with involvement throughout the offshore wind supply chain. It’s therefore fitting that the team building Seacat Weatherly brings together some of the most experienced and talented individuals in the UK maritime sector.”last_img read more

David Seymour introduces End of Life Choice Bill

first_img3News 14 October 2015A Bill legalising assisted dying will be introduced into the Member’s ballot by ACT leader David Seymour today.Mr Seymour says the End of Life Choice Bill is a response to the growing call for euthanasia which has gained prominence since the high-profile case of lawyer Lecretia Seales who spent her dying moments fighting for the right.It also coincides with a petition with 8975 signatures which will be presented to the Health select committee this morning.But Family First believes the Bill is premature and should wait until the inquiry he supported was completed.“Rather than a flawed euthanasia Bill which will contain the same pitfalls as Maryan Street’s earlier proposed Bill, it makes absolute sense to debate euthanasia within the wider context of the premature ending of one’s life,” national director Bob McCoskrie says.“Voluntary euthanasia has the allure of being an enlightened and compassionate response to the plight of the suffering, but its practical operation is fraught with risks and there are slippery slopes that are indeed very slippery.”A person eligible for assisted dying would:Be aged 18 or over;Suffer from a terminal illness likely to end their life within six months or have a grievous and irremediable medical condition;Be in an advanced state of irreversible decline in capability;Experience intolerable suffering;Be able to understand the nature and consequences of assisted dying.The legal process:Two medical practitioners need to be satisfied that the person meets the criteria;The person will also have to be assessed by a mental health specialist;A Support and Consultation for End of Life New Zealand Group (SCENZ) will be set up – it will maintain a list of doctors, specialists and pharmacists willing to participate in assisted dying;Medical practitioners who conscientiously object to assisted dying must refer people to SCENZ.http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/david-seymour-introduces-end-of-life-choice-bill-2015101409#axzz3oTzKN7Lglast_img read more

‘TEST MORE PEOPLE’ | WV COVID tally now at 18 as 2 more in…

first_imgA total of 28,734 out of 45,388 PUMsin the region completed their 14-day quarantine. “Seguraduhon ta kon positive or indi,” thecity mayor told city hall reporters. As of yesterday,this city has 54 patients under investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19 and 2,389persons under monitoring (PUMs). PUMs, on theother hand are persons with a history of travel to areas with confirmedCOVID-19 cases but not showing symptoms. One has recovered (the 56-year-old PatientNo. 1 from Bacolod City) while one remains in critical condition (the 40-year-oldPatient No. 7 from Bacolod City). He had a history of exposure to IloiloCity’s first COVID-19 case (from Mandurriao district, the region’s Patient No.3). They were together in a convention, said Juanico. WHO said these symptoms are usuallymild and begin gradually, and that some people become infected but don’tdevelop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. According to WHO, some people withCOVID-19 may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat ordiarrhea. “We are very lucky may ara kita laboratory and test kits. So ang pwede ta ma-swab, i-swab ta na,” says Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN According toTreñas, DOH-6 delegated the task of taking specimens to the City Health Office. Region-wide as of 12 noon of March 29,DOH-6 recorded 370 PUIs of which 135 tested negative; 102 have also beendischarged while 103 remain in hospitals. The two newCOVID-19 cases brought Western Visayas’ tallyto 18. On the other hand, the region’s PatientNo. 18 is a 51-year-old female from Guimbal, Iloilo – a househelp of theregion’s Patient No. 2 (the 59-year-old male from Guimbal with a history ofexposure to relatives from Japan and Canada). Western Visayas’ 17th positive case –and this city’s third case – is a 44-year-old male from Jaro district. PUIs are personsshowing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing, andtiredness, among others). Three of Patient No. 3’s closecontacts have been traced already for quarantine, added Juanico. The specimenswould be analyzed at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriaodistrict. ILOILO City – Thiscity and Iloilo province have two more residents who tested positive for thecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with both appearing to be cases of localtransmission. Wary that local transmissions could progress to a sustained community transmission, Mayor JerryTreñas called for stepped up testing. Patient No. 17’s condition isimproving although he remains in isolation, according to Dr. Jane Juanico,Department of Health (DOH) Region 6’s focal person for COVID-19. “I am very sorry nga kun kis-a gapangakig ako. But youknow this is not the time for us to be complacent,” said Treñas. The provinces of Antique and Guimarashave no confirmed case yet as this was being written. Juanico earliersaid Western Visayas has 5,000 test kits from the DOH central office. Each kitcan test 22 specimens for a total of 110,000 for the whole region.WVMC can test a maximum of 44 specimens per day, said Juanico.The city government has also ordered 2,500 test kits from South Korea. Treñassaid these will be arriving on Apri l 4. The rest were “admitted and stable” or“improved and isolated”, said Juanico. “We are verylucky may ara kita laboratory andtest kits. So ang pwede ta ma-swab,i-swab ta na,” said Treñas. COVID-19 testkits are available already, he stressed. Patient No. 18 is asymptomatic (notshowing COVID-19 symptoms), said Juanico, and currently on home quarantine. Sheis the fifth confirmed COVID-19-positive case in Iloilo province. Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Aklanremain at three; still one in Capiz; one in Negros Occidental; and five inBacolod City. The World Health Organization (WHO)continues to recommend that testing, isolating and treating every suspectedcase, and tracing every contact, must be the backbone of the response to theCOVID-19 pandemic in every country. Of the region’s 18 positive cases, twoalready expired – the 72-year-old Patient No. 11 from Iloilo City and the 70-year-oldPatient No. 16 from Lambunao, Iloilo. Most people (about 80 percent) recoverfrom the disease without needing special treatment, according to WHO. Aroundone out of every six people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill anddevelops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those withunderlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems ordiabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness, said WHO./PNlast_img read more

Bulldog Golfers Place 3rd At Richmond Invitational

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldog Golf Team Began The season with a third place finish in the Richmond Invitational on Monday.Hagerstown won with a 386.  Connersville was second at 400 and Batesville 3rd with 401 followed by Pendelton Heights 412, Richmond 428Franklin County438, Muncie Central 448, Union County 490, and Rushville 561.Submitted by Batesville Coach Tom Meyer.last_img

Open house celebrating Bradt Natural Area

first_imgVersailles, IN—The public is invited to Versailles State Park on Nov. 9 for an open house celebrating Bradt Natural Area, a newly opened part of the park. The open house is from 1-4 p.m. and begins with comments from Dan Bortner, director of Indiana State Parks, and recognition of the Bradt family.Clifty Falls State Park interpretive naturalist Kayla Leach will lead a guided hike at 1:30 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, guests can take a walk on their own, see ongoing displays of park history, learn about Bradt Natural Area trail planning, construction, and resource restoration work, and see live birds of prey up close with interpretive naturalist Leslie Grow from the Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center at Hardy Lake.Light refreshments will be provided during the event, courtesy of the Friends of Versailles State Park. The open house is outdoors, but displays and activities will be in a tent. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes for the weather.This 80-acre addition to Versailles State Park was obtained in 2001 from the Bradt family, who had farmed it since 1906. Hale Bradt made a generous donation for development of a parking lot, trails, and interpretive signage. The area includes a small woodland, open meadows, and a constructed wetland. Active resource management will help maintain open habitat for pollinators and a variety of birds and other wildlife.All activities will be held at Bradt Natural Area, which is located along U.S. 50, east of Versailles State Park’s entrance. A parking lot is located on South County Road 300E near its intersection with U.S. 50. After the open house, the Bradt Natural Area will be open for hiking and wildlife observation. Although there is currently no gate, guests should be prepared to present an Indiana State Parks annual entrance pass or a current daily gate entrance receipt from Versailles State Park. Fishing is not permitted at the Bradt Natural Area, but is available at Versailles Lake inside the park.last_img read more

John J. Chlopecki Jr.

first_imgJohn Joseph Chlopecki Jr., 74, of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 13, 2020. He was born April 14, 1946 in Chicago to the late John J. and Mary (nee Blankenberger) Chlopecki Sr. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the U.S. Army. John was ordained as a deacon in 1991 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Inverness, Illinois and served as Deacon of St. Anthony’s Parish in Morris, Indiana for many years.He was a talented entrepreneur, a dedicated Chicago sports fan, a constant “punster” and a dear friend to so very many. John was the husband of the late Marie (Nee: DePasse); father of Jeannette (Jeffrey) Toms, J. David Chlopecki, Cheryl (Greg) Hall, and Kevin (Christine) Chlopecki; grandfather of eleven; great-grandfather of one and brother of Linda Scofield and the late Mary Ann Thompson. Funeral services will be held in Chicago on Thursday. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, September 18th at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Morris. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Ripley Co. V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Catholic Charities. For online condolences go to www.weigelfh.com.last_img read more