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Women’s Six Nations Team Guide 2021

first_imgVital statisticEngland’s defence was miserly last year as they conceded just 20 points in their five Six Nations matches. The fact they scored 219 points meant their points difference was 199!FRANCEFrance waltzed to a Grand Slam in 2018, but they have struggled to find that consistency since. In 2019, they were stunned by Italy in the final round of the Six Nations before they themselves stunned the Black Ferns 25-16 a few months later.Last year they dismantled Wales and Italy but stumbled to a 13-13 draw with Scotland and lost three times to England. The most recent defeat by the Red Roses will have been the most painful as they were in a commanding position at Twickenham before conceding a last-minute penalty.The biggest challenge for Annick Hayraud and her coaching team is to instil the mindset that sees players deliver across the 80 minutes.There are quality players throughout the France squad – Jessy Tremouliere, Cyrielle Banet, Laure Sansus and Marjorie Mayans among them – but a little less chopping and changing when it comes to selection might allow them to build a better game understanding.Cyrielle Banet scores against England last November (Getty Images)In the plus column is the fact that club rugby returned after a four-month break in mid-February, so players have been able to sharpen skills and build match fitness before the Six Nations.Key playerThe fact Gaelle Hermet was made captain of France at just 21 gives you an idea of her leadership credentials and importance to the team.The Toulouse back-rower has been in the role for more than three years now and drives her team forward with deeds as much as words. She’s a threat with ball in hand and is strong defensively, be it making tackles or winning turnovers.One to watchRose Bernadou comes from a rugby family but her rise to Test honours came quicker than expected as she made her debut against Scotland last autumn.France prop Rose Bernadou carries against Scotland (AFP/Getty Images)The prop, 22, is known for her powerful runs but she also likes the more unseen work of her role at the scrum and breakdown.Vital statisticFrance are on a seven-match losing streak against England, who they will also meet in the pool stages of the next World Cup in New Zealand.IRELANDAnthony Eddy, the IRFU director of women’s rugby, has spoken of finding the positives in tournament delays and match cancellations, pointing to having more preparation time and the players’ “commendable attitude and resilience”. Yet there must be serious concerns around exactly how well prepared the team will be for the Six Nations.They have played just one Test in the last 12 months and the majority of their players haven’t had any other games because club rugby in Ireland has been suspended due to the pandemic.Yes, they have a handful of players performing in the Premier 15s, but most of Adam Griggs’s squad have been limited to training sessions.They have looked to add a competitive element to those camps, with lots of game scenarios and internal matches, but nothing can replicate a Test.There’s no shortage of talent, older heads like Claire Molloy, Ciara Griffin and Sene Naoupu complemented by youngsters Dorothy Wall and Beibhinn Parsons. But their fortunes in this tournament will hinge on whether they can hit the ground running.Key playerBeing named Women’s Player of the Year at the 2020 Rugby Players Ireland Awards is testament to Cliodhna Moloney’s progress.Cliodhna Moloney tries to evade Wales’ defence (Sportsfile/Getty Images)The 27-year-old hooker is not only impressive in the set-piece exchanges but she has a knack for producing game-changing moments – she scored two tries and won four turnovers in last year’s championship, the best return of any Ireland player. Plus, as a regular at Wasps she has the benefit of being ‘match fit’.One to watchBeibhinn Parsons is the youngest Ireland international in history, making her debut off the bench against the USA in 2018 aged just 16. The winger is still a teenager but is a regular in the Ireland team and scored tries against Scotland and Wales last year.Ireland will look to get the most out of the powerful runner, who not only has pace but the ability to change direction at speed. Better weather conditions in this new window should help with that.Vital statistic  Ireland are the only team to have broken the England-France duopoly on the Six Nations in the past 20 years, winning the title in 2013 (Grand Slam) and 2015.ITALYFollowing an historic second-place finish in 2019, when they stunned France 31-12 in their final game, the Azzurre were unable to back it up last year. They won just one of the four matches they played, a 19-15 victory in Wales, and were thumped 54-0 by England in the final round.On the positive news front, Italy haven’t suffered any serious injury blows and have welcomed back Manuela Furlan. The captain was sorely missed last spring but returned for the delayed fixtures last autumn and is raring to go this season.Sara Barattin clears against England (Inpho)Coach Andrea Di Giandomenico highlighted “a lack of precision” in their 21-7 loss to Ireland in October and was hoping for a more aggressive defence against England, but instead they were whitewashed by the Red Roses in Parma.They start this season’s championship against the same opposition so have an opportunity to address those areas and show improvements, albeit that England remain overwhelming favourites. It could be a difficult campaign for Italy, with a lack of game time again an issue.Key playerScrum-half Sara Barattin and full-back Manuela Furlan bring plenty of experience, but it’s Giada Franco in the back row who is becoming a real spark for this Italy team.She’s still only 24 but enjoyed a breakthrough campaign two years ago, with her ability to give Italy front-foot ball crucial to securing second spot.Back-rower Giada Franco is an important figure in the Italy squad (Sportsfile/Getty Images)Her time at Harlequins helped develop her game and she enjoys her all-court position, saying: “Back-row is the best role in rugby. You have to be good in defence but good in attack as well. It’s the most complete role in rugby.”Italy will need her to tick all those boxes if they are to secure any wins in this condensed tournament.One to watchVittoria Ostuni Minuzzi, who plays her club rugby for Valsugana Padova, made her Italy debut in last year’s Six Nations and was involved in all four matches.The 19-year-old cites speed as one of her strengths and she put that to good use by making more metres than any other Italy back in the 2020 tournament. In fact, her and Franco were the only Italians to make more than 200 metres.Vital statisticItaly impressed at the breakdown in the 2020 championship, with Elisa Giordano (seven) and Michela Sillari (five) winning more turnovers than any other players.SCOTLANDThe pandemic has affected all teams but Scotland arguably had the worst of it in 2020.They were only able to play two games in the original Six Nations window before being hit by postponements, then they lost their coach Philip Doyle, who had to shield on medical grounds. Just as they were building some momentum with a confidence-boosting 13-13 draw with France in October, their remaining championship games got cancelled.Scottish Rugby have been investing more in their women’s programme, with qualifying for the next World Cup (now in 2022 rather than 2021) the big goal having failed to make it to the 2014 and 2017 tournaments.There have been signs of improvement – that draw with France significant – but they’re still searching for their first Six Nations win since 2018 and must make further strides if they’re to get to New Zealand.Bryan Easson has stepped up to the head coach role, with a contract until RWC 2025, and he has talented players at his disposal – Lisa Thomson, Chloe Rollie and Rachel Malcolm have stood out in recent years.But they need to become more competitive as a collective against higher-ranked sides – and the loss of Jade Konkel is a big blow. The No 8, whose powerful carries far more often than not got her over the gain-line, is taking a break from rugby to become a firefighter.Key playerOther players will need to step up in Konkel’s absence and captain Malcolm has been full of praise for centre Lisa Thomson.“She’s the most well-rounded player we have in the team,” says Malcolm. “She’s world class as a centre and for Scotland to play well Lisa Thomson is usually on the money as well.” Captains Sarah Hunter, Manuela Furlan, Rachel Malcolm, Ciara Griffin, Gaelle Hermet and Siwan Lillicrap (Inpho) All you need to know about the countries competing for this year’s championship title One to watchBig things are expected of Leah Bartlett, the 22-year-old loosehead who made her Scotland debut last year.She has been playing since the age of five, is part of the Loughborough Lightning Premier 15s squad and was involved in the England U20 set-up before representing the land of her parents.Vital statisticNo 8 Jade Konkel made 77 carries in last year’s Six Nations – more than any other player. It’s a remarkable stat when you consider Scotland played only three matches. As a comparison, CJ Stander was the top carrier in the 2020 men’s Six Nations with 78 but that was across five games, so he had an average of just over 15; Konkel was averaging 25! That’s what Scotland will be missing this year.WALESOver the past few months, it’s been all change in Wales’ coaching box. Warren Abrahams is the new head coach, with Geraint Lewis now in charge of the forwards. Sophie Spence, an ex-Ireland lock, has joined the back-room team as a ‘coaching intern’ while Darren Edwards has come in as skills coach following former captain Rachel Taylor’s recent resignation.As Spence told Rugby World, the philosophy is “positive vibes only” under South African Abahams, who has been described as “inspirational” by captain and back-row Siwan Lillicrap.Yet Wales need to ensure that inspiration is evident on the pitch, given that they lost all four of the Six Nations matches they played last year, conceding an average of more than 40 points a game.Qualifying for the next World Cup by finishing seventh at the 2017 edition has meant Wales have been able to trial different combinations and test youngsters in recent seasons. The postponement of the global tournament until 2022 now gives Abrahams the chance to nail down his first-choice XV and develop his game plan in this Six Nations.Gelling is even more challenging given that they haven’t played a Test for more than a year. Many Welsh players are benefiting from regular game time in the Premier 15s, but notable improvements are needed at international level if they are to avoid more hefty scorelines.Key playerAbrahams has spoken of Wales finding their “X-factor”, which should suit Elinor Snowsill. The Bristol fly-half, who missed last year’s Six Nations with injury, is one of Wales’ most experienced players and is known for flair.If Wales are to create chances for the likes of Jasmine Joyce and Hannah Jones, they need Snowsill at her instinctive best, especially on April’s firmer pitches.Elinor Snowsill kicks at goal for Bristol Bears (Getty Images)One to watchManon Johnes turned 20 in December but has been in the national set-up for three years and balances rugby with studying geography at Oxford. Expect the back-rower to excel in both the tight and the loose with her skill-set, which has seen her play on the sevens circuit.Vital statisticAlisha Butchers made 72 tackles in last year’s championship. She was one of four Welsh players in the top five along with Siwan Lillicrap (69), Beth Lewis (62) and Gwenllian Pyrs (62), although only Lillicrap is in this year’s squad.Don’t miss a game with this Women’s Six Nations TV coverage guide. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight Women’s Six Nations Team Guide 2021There’s a new look to this year’s Women’s Six Nations. Not only has the championship switched to a standalone window in April – a move away from the men’s event that could become permanent – but it also has a different format for 2021.Organisers opted to move the tournament to later in the year because of the challenges facing squads of mainly amateur players in light of Covid restrictions. It will be played on back-to-back Saturdays from 3 April.Related: Women’s Six Nations FixturesThe Six Nations will also have a condensed format, although this is expected to be a one-off for 2021. The six teams have been split into two pools, each playing one home and one away fixture with a bye weekend during the group stages. Then they will play the team ranked in the same position as them in the other pool table on a ‘finals weekend’ on 24 April.Pool A consists of England, Italy and Scotland while France, Ireland and Wales are in Pool B – and below we run you through all the teams.Related: New format for 2021 Women’s Six NationsWomen’s Six Nations Team GuideENGLANDThe Red Roses come into this championship with back-to-back Grand Slams but without their veteran fly-half.Katy Daley-Mclean announced her retirement from Test rugby at the end of last year having won 116 caps since her debut in 2007, so Zoe Harrison, Meg Jones and Helena Rowland are now set to battle it out for the No 10 shirt in this Six Nations in the hope of becoming first-choice fly-half for the World Cup, which has been postponed until 2022.Jess Breach takes a selfie with her team after England’s Grand Slam last year (Getty Images)Harrison has long been lined up as the successor but more recently has been playing at inside-centre at Test level, Rowland’s creativity was evident during her debut campaign last autumn and Jones’s form for Wasps means she is in contention too.Whoever plays at fly-half – and Simon Middleton could opt to give different players a start during the championship – they have the benefit of playing behind an outstanding set of forwards.England’s pack will expect to dominate at the set-piece, even without prop Sarah Bern (shoulder injury), while the likes of Poppy Cleall and Shaunagh Brown also make significant ground with ball in hand.Key playerIt’s an obvious one but it’s hard to look beyond Emily Scarratt, particularly now that Daley-Mclean has retired. Scarratt has always played an integral role in the Red Roses back-line and her experience will be key in supporting whoever is at ten.Her goalkicking is superb (she is England’s record point-scorer), she’s a powerful runner who breaks the gain-line (she made more metres than any other player in 2020), she’s uncompromising in defence and her vision sets her apart.It’s little wonder she was named the first Women’s Six Nations Player of the Championship last year, a title to add to her 2019 World Player of the Year gong.One to watchEllie Kildunne, 21, returned to 15s this season after the sevens programme was cut and has impressed at full-back for both Wasps and England. A gliding runner with a decent boot, she will exploit any chinks in defences. Can’t get to the shops? 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PR specialist calls for new PR special interest group at IoF

first_imgWriting on his UK Fundraising blog, Ian MacQuillin of fundraising PR specialist TurnerPR has called for a new PR in fundraising special interest group at the Institute of Fundraising. He is encouraging individuals and organisations to join him to show the Institute of Fundraising that there is support for such a group.“I see this special interest group as a working party as well as talking shop and networking sphere. I think there is a lot of work that needs to be done around fundraising PR and I believe the Institute is the natural home for this work,” said MacQuillin in his blog. He says the type of work the SIG could tackle would include: Advertisement Tagged with: Individual giving Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  24 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis PR specialist calls for new PR special interest group at IoFcenter_img • Identifying which areas of fundraising are likely to/actually do attract the most media critiscism (three guesses, eh?)• Seeing whether there is any difference in how fundraising, as opposed to charity in general, is portrayed in the press• Unpicking fundraisers’ to attitudes and expectations of the media• Unpicking the media’s attitudes to fundraising• Developing standard arguments in defence of various methods of fundraising• Examining how fundraising dovetails with charities’ PR strategies• Compiling a compendium of best practice case studies“It would be open to PRs especially but really anyone who has a stake in how fundraisers and fundraising present themselves and itself to the public through the media,” MacQuillin said.MacQuillin, former editor of Professional Fundraising magazine, recently explained his conviction that PR for fundraising and fundraisers is often neglected by charity PR teams, especially when it comes to communication with the trade sector press. Speaking at the Institute of Fundraising’s PR and Communication one-day conference, he said that in many charity PR offices “fundraising is way, way down the list of priorities.”Anyone who is interested in supporting or helping setting up such a group can email Ian at [email protected] putting PR SIG in the subject box. You can also add your ideas and thoughts on his proposal on Ian’s blog. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 17 November 2006 | Newslast_img read more

National Funding Scheme to promote mobile giving to arts and cultural organisations

first_imgNational Funding Scheme (NFS) is a new initiative that is intended to increasing giving to arts, cultural and heritage organisations through the use of mobile technology.Announced by Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Olympics and Sport Jeremy Hunt MP, the scheme will provide a means for visitors and supporters to use their mobiles and tablets to direct funds to the arts and cultural institutions they wish to support. It will be available from March 2013. It has been established by William Makower, CEO of Panlogic.William Makower, PanlogicThe scheme will enable visitors to make a donation at the “the point of high emotional impact”, such as in the cafe after the exhibition, reading a plaque, or at the encore. It will allow organisations, with visitors’ permission, to collect donor details and therefore begin a conversation with the donor. This data will be sold to participating organisations by the NFS.The platform will allow donations via four mobile methods:• SMS text giving• System stored credit cards• Interactive voice/tone response (IVR)• Near field communication (NFC)• AppsPanlogic also plans to provide all donors with a record of their donations and, for higher rate UK taxpayers, facilitation to make appropriate Gift Aid reclaims. Basic rate Gift Aid will be reclaimed by the charity behind the National Funding Scheme and be paid over to the recipient institutions.Institutions will be provided with a web portal and brand guidelines to develop appropriate signage for both individual exhibits and entrances/exit ways.Jeremy Hunt MPJeremy Hunt MP said: “The country’s Arts, cultural and heritage institutions need to develop easy ways for people to give them money. Digital is a great way to do this and I am very supportive of the plan to develop the National Funding Scheme to be available for all our cultural institutions.”The National Funding Scheme secured grants from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Rothschild Foundation, the Royal Society of Arts and others to carry out over85 face-face interviews with senior individuals across the cultural landscape to explore the need for this kind of service and had nearly 950 responses to their online consultation.www.panlogic.co.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 4 July 2012 | Newscenter_img National Funding Scheme to promote mobile giving to arts and cultural organisations About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

The Caltech Glee Club and the Caltech Symphony Present their Spring Concert

first_imgMusic The Caltech Glee Club and the Caltech Symphony Present their Spring Concert On Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, April 21, 2017 | 3:56 pm 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News HerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyZac Efron Is Dating A New Hottie?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Make a commentcenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Community News More Cool Stuff The Caltech Glee Club and the Caltech Symphony present their spring concert at Caltech on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 at 8:00 pm in Ramo Auditorium. Featured music will include “Redes” or “Nets”, a score written to an important Mexican film of that name from 1935 by Silvestre Revueltas, conducted by Allen Robert Gross, and Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War” (“Paukenmesse”), conducted by Nancy Sulahian.Admission is free and no tickets are required. The program will be the same both nights. For more information, please call (626) 395-3295. Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

H.O.T. donation event

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Local News The Pink Ladies The Pink Ladies and Honor Our Troops (H.O.T.) have scheduled a H.O.T. donation event for care packages from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at Vintage Deluxe, 1901 N. County Road West. Donate items or money to purchase items. All donations will be packed in care packages and sent to soldiers overseas. Drop off locations prior to the event include: Vintage Deluxe; Familia Tattoo, 3637 N. Dixie Blvd.; Moose Lodge, 2711 N. Dixie Blvd.; and Club Oasis, 3101 Bankhead Highway, Midland. For a list of acceptable items, go online. Twittercenter_img TAGS  Pinterest H.O.T. donation event WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Previous articleECISD, Tulane logosNext article011219_Gymnastics_01 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

NFHA Files Another Complaint Alleging Housing Discrimination

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / NFHA Files Another Complaint Alleging Housing Discrimination The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Second-Home Mortgages on the Rise; Buyers Take Advantage of Prices Next: Freddie Mac Extends Mortgage Relief to Washington Disaster Victims Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Paul Salfen  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Paul Salfen is the editor at large for DS News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Penn State. He co-hosts two television shows and a radio show and is a frequent contributor to several notable publications. in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, Loss Mitigation, News Tagged with: Fannie Mae Foreclosures Maintenance National Fair Housing Alliance Safeguard Properties Related Articlescenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago April 9, 2014 744 Views Fannie Mae Foreclosures Maintenance National Fair Housing Alliance Safeguard Properties 2014-04-09 Paul Salfen Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago In a long line of lawsuits and complaints against corporations alleging discrimination, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) announced a complaint against Safeguard Properties, the largest mortgage field services company in the country.Following NFHA’s $42 million settlement with Wells Fargo last year alleging that REO properties were not as well maintained and marketed in African-American, Latino, and other non-white communities, the case against Safeguard is similar, accusing racial disparities pertaining to the way Safeguard kept up homes in those same areas.During a press conference via webinar, NFHA showed pictures they believed to have “stark differences” in upkeep based on the neighborhood and the color of the former owners, violating the Fair Housing Act.While the NFHA statistics and some images painted a picture of neglect, the report was based on a very small sample size used for their survey. For example, in Toledo, Ohio, noted as the home state for Safeguard, only 33 properties were surveyed and of those properties, 25 were in white neighborhoods and only eight were in African-American neighborhoods.The NFHA’s statistics cite 88 percent of properties showed three or more deficiencies, which in this case equals seven homes, all surveyed by the organization itself.Safeguard CEO Alan Jaffa responded directly to DS News regarding the claim, stating, “They haven’t provided us any data. I don’t know the time frame, but to look at that number of properties—we perform a lot more work than that. To inspect two homes and say one has a deficiency, I’m not sure that is discrimination.”James Perry, the Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Center (GNOFHAC), quipped during the call, “Folks might assume with a name like Safeguard you’d have a great neighbor, but in Southeast Louisiana, we found that living next to Safeguard means that you actually need to keep your guard up.”In Perry’s presentation of findings in Baton Rouge, only ten homes were surveyed, with six homes from white neighborhoods and four homes from African-American neighborhoods. While repeatedly mentioning overgrown grass and shrubberies, he stated, “Not a single REO in the white community had deficiencies.”Safeguard, who claims they have been working with HUD through the administrative process based on a complaint filed in March 2013, feels blindsided as a company by the public complaint and press conference and are offended by the allegations.Greg Robinson, CFO of the company, said, “We take these allegations very seriously. It’s something that goes against Safeguard’s DNA. We work with HUD, Fannie, and Freddie to combat blight around this country but with something like this, we get accused of racial discrimination, and it eats at our hearts. That’s why we are offended by this. We worked diligently with HUD on the complaint process. We tried to have an open and transparent dialogue on these issues.”Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of NFHA, commented that the organization met with Safeguard, and the claims of failed maintenance were explained as “isolated examples.”The company’s eight responsibilities for the maintenance of foreclosed homes include dealing with matters like trash and debris, grass and leaves, shrubbery and invasive plants, unsecured broken doors and windows, unsecured holes in the structure, and broken or missing steps or handrails. The NFHA states that these responsibilities—as Fannie Mae has directed to Safeguard—if not kept up, will cause the decline of the property value.Safeguard believes this to be all about money for the NFHA to redistribute to these communities and not a solution to the problem.Robinson commented, “It appears by their actions that the real focus is on monetary penalties; not addressing the issues they supposedly have identified.”Jaffa added, “I can’t tell you whether they want to have conversation, settlement, or drag this on for the publicity, but it is very clear from the conversation today they are very much about wanting to give dollars back.”NFHA has also filed similar complaints in the way foreclosed homes are maintained and marketed against Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, and US Bank. While no resolve or settlement has been presented in this case, NFHA has confirmed that if they receive money from Safeguard, the funds would be distributed to improve the communities that have allegedly been affected by these issues, among other factors surrounding the foreclosure crisis. Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago NFHA Files Another Complaint Alleging Housing Discrimination Share Savelast_img read more

FBI arrests three alleged members of neo-Nazi group who reportedly discussed gun rally

first_imgBlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(NEW YORK) — Three men who allegedly are part of a neo-Nazi group and had discussed attending a pro-gun rally in Virginia next week were arrested and charged with a series of federal gun and immigration crimes Thursday, according to a U.S. law enforcement official. Those arrested include two Americans — Brian Mark Lemley and William Garfield Bilbrough IV — and Patrik Mathews, a former reservist in the Canadian Army who prosecutors say entered the U.S. illegally after being kicked out of the service over his suspected ties to white supremacist groups.Mathews, Lemley and Bilbrough are all suspected members of the white supremacist group The Base, according to a federal criminal complaint filed in Maryland District Court. “Within The Base’s encrypted chat rooms, members have discussed, among other things, recruitment, creating a white ethno-state, committing acts of violence against minority communities, the organization’s military-style training camps, and ways to make improvised explosive devices,” the complaint said.Prosecutors allege that Mathews illegally entered the U.S. in August of last year and was harbored by Lemley and Bilbrough in Maryland until the three moved to Delaware in November. Through an extensive investigation tracking the three men’s activities, agents charged the men with an array of gun and immigration crimes. They are expected to make their first appearance in Maryland court Thursday afternoon.While the complaint does not specifically allege the two had plans to carry out an attack at a pro-gun rights protest planned next week in Richmond, a law enforcement official confirmed to ABC News that the FBI arrested the three under suspicion they might travel to the rally “in anticipation of a possible race war,” as first reported by The New York Times. As documented in the criminal complaint, as recently as Jan. 11, the three were known to be in possession of at least one assault rifle, plate carriers to support body armor and at least 1,500 rounds of ammunition.The arrests come just one day after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northan declared a state of emergency banning groups from possessing weapons at the State Capitol, where thousands of pro-gun rights protesters are expected to converge next Monday. The FBI has frequently had to rely on gun charges and other lower-level crimes in its investigations to disrupt potential terror acts by members of domestic hate groups as there is currently no federal chargeable statute for “domestic terrorism” like there is for international terrorism. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

HR: Positive Resignation – How to hand in your notice

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. HR: Positive Resignation – How to hand in your noticeShared from missc on 8 Jan 2015 in Personnel Today Read full article A question that all HR/recruitment professionals get asked on at least a semi regular basis is: “How should I resign?”. The real answer is, there is no textbook answer as there are so many variables and moving parts involved relevant to e.g. company, manager, your professional style etc. but there are definitely a whole lot of wrong ways to do it. Here’s my 4 small tips that hopefully will offer some piece of mind during what in most cases is an awkward conversation (at best), and help it flow with a little more ease and hopefully avoid friction or burned bridges.Tip 1: No matter how much you might feel like it, don’t use the flaws of the company/manager as your reason for leaving. This is not the time or the place to have this conversation. My advice would be that if there is a burning desire inside you to offer some constructive criticism, do so at an exit interview in a rational and balanced manner. Instead use the positive points of why you have chosen to accept the new role as the reason for your departure.Tip 2: I’m firmly of the belief that we never stop learning and thus regardless of if you feel it has been the most fulfilling role or not, think of the lessons you’ve learned and thank your manager/company for the opportunity to have learned and grown as a professional.Tip 3: Unless extenuating circumstances dictate otherwise, wherever possible be willing to work your full contractual notice period. Make arrangements as such so as to make your transition out of the company as smooth as possible.Tip 4: If not already part of process, offer your time to have an “exit meeting/interview” with your line manager with the aim of trying to shed light on where in your opinion, the organisation could improve. This is where you can offer your CONSTRUCTIVE feedback and show that you are not harbouring any ill feelings due to some negative experiences but instead are aiming to offer your opinion to ensure other employees don’t feel the same thing.These are by no means complicated steps and is relatively “back to basics” kind of stuff but I hope it will give some piece of mind to anyone who may be looking for a little direction on ways to part ways in a positive light.center_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Finland and Estonia commission Balticconnector gas pipeline

first_imgThe commissioning of the Balticconnector gas pipeline enables the opening of the gas markets of Finland and Estonia and integrating them with the rest of Europe on 1 January 2020 Image: Finland and Estonia have commissioned the Balticconnector gas pipeline. Photo: courtesy of PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay. Finland and Estonia have commissioned the Balticconnector gas pipeline connecting the two countries.The Balticconnector pipeline was ready for operation in November, one month ahead of schedule. The commissioning enables the opening of the gas markets of Finland and Estonia and integrating them with the rest of Europe on 1 January  2020.The pipeline enhances the local operational reliability of the gas system and enables decentralised gas supplies in addition to the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and biogas.Finnish economic affairs minister Mika Lintilä said: “The Balticconnector gas pipeline and the opening of the gas market for competition has been a demanding project, which has now been completed efficiently and on schedule.“The financial support from the EU has enabled a physical integration of our gas infrastructure with the Baltics offering us additional alternatives for gas supplies.“We are building a regional gas market which serves as an example for the rest of the Europe.”The 77km long offshore pipeline between Inkoo and Paldiski is integrated with 21km of onshore pipeline in Finland.Construction on the Balticconnector gas pipeline began in 2018Construction on the Balticconnector gas pipeline had commenced in 2018. The project is capable of transporting 7.2 million cubic metres of gas per day.Baltic Connector has carried out the project in Finland while Elering is responsible for the Estonian portion. The two companies are wholly-owned by the Finnish and the Estonian governments.The EU’s Connecting Europe Facility funded 75% of the €250m ($279m) project.European Commission DG Energy deputy director-general Klaus-Dieter Borchardt said: “With the Balticconnector, we are entering a new era of gas supply, opening up the Baltic and Finnish gas markets for new trade opportunities.“This is an important first step, and when the GIPL gas pipeline between Poland and Lithuania is completed in 2021, all countries will have access to the EU gas network.”last_img read more

Airbnb launches contentious ‘law enforcement’ portal in UK

first_imgHome » News » Airbnb launches contentious ‘law enforcement’ portal in UK previous nextRegulation & LawAirbnb launches contentious ‘law enforcement’ portal in UKPolice and local authorities will be able to go online to ask Airbnb for information about its users and bookings including landlords and renters.Nigel Lewis9th October 201901,480 Views Airbnb has launched a dedicated hub to enable government agencies to submit requests for information about Airbnb users and members of the public.But despite requests from The Negotiator to reveal what kinds of information requests will be submitted to the portal, Airbnb would only confirm that it would be a ‘secure and streamlined channel for law enforcement to submit valid legal requests for information from Airbnb’.The requests are believed to involve a range of contentious activities linked to the Airbnb platform including landlords who rent out their properties for more than 90 days in London or without freeholder permission, fraudulent activity by fake landlords, drug dealers and brothel operators who use addresses illegally and users who book properties as ‘party houses’.The company already cooperates with authorities in the UK using dedicated teams to process such requests for information, but these are now to be handled exclusively via the portal.Law enforcementLast year Airbnb handled 113 requests from law enforcement authorities in the UK and 31 people were affected by the disclosures, although Airbnb doesn’t make it clear how.Around the world government law enforcement authorities submitted 1,739 information requests last year to the short-lets platform.Through the portal, law enforcement officers will be able to securely track requests, and receive status updates and customised email notifications.The new security portal sets an extraordinary precedent for the lettings and hospitality sectors, officially co-opting a business for the first time into the surveillance of criminals and rule breakers.“The safety and privacy of our community is our priority,” says  Elaine Punch, Airbnb’s Law Enforcement Operations Manager.“This announcement complements the work we do day in day out to keep our hosts, our guests and communities safe. We will continue to do what we can to assist law enforcement and their investigations.” Elaine Punch airbnb October 9, 2019Nigel 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 2021last_img read more