Share Save Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Fire and Floods: The Economic Impact of Natural Disasters Next: Black Knight and Docutech Announce Strategic Alliance Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Industry Pulse: Updates on Experian, S&P, and More … From new appointments and rankings to new partnerships and mergers, get the latest industry buzz in this update.Susan Allen has been appointed as Head of Product for Experian Mortgage, the company announced recently. With more than 25 years’ experience as a risk management and product leader, Allen will be responsible for product strategy and execution of Experian’s suite of solutions for the mortgage industry. Allen, a recognized industry expert on mortgage data and analytics, property valuation, and risk management, is a patented inventor who has launched award-winning risk and analytics solutions.“At Experian, we want to support a modern mortgage experience through data, analytics and empowered consumers,” said Michele Bodda, General Manager Experian Mortgage. “We’re improving the current experience by reducing the time from mortgage application to close, mitigating fraud, and digitizing processes. I’m confident Susan’s leadership will be a tremendous asset to our team and our mission.”Allen has previously worked for CoreLogic, JPMorgan Chase, and General Motors Acceptance Corporation.__________________________________________________________________________Computershare Loan Service’s Specialized Loan Servicing’s “above average” ranking has been reaffirmed by global ratings agency S&P. S&P reported that Computershare’s U.S. mortgage servicing unit has invested in and matured its technology and operations commensurate with the measured growth of its portfolio and has a “strong internal control environment” and “good servicing performance metrics.”The rating agency noted that the company’s “experienced management” team continues to support its operations and that it believes that it “will remain a capable residential loan servicer for a variety of investors in the marketplace.”S&P also noted that, since its last review of its U.S. servicing operation in May 2018 that Computershare Loan Services had, completed its acquisition of LenderLive Financial Services. It had improved the training it provides staff members by providing additional alternation between classroom and on-the-job experience and greater support for contact center workers as well as hiring new coaches for new employees , enhanced its customer website to accommodate private-label clients, introduced new systems and technology for its customer service staff and elsewhere, better aligned its foreclosure and loss mitigation departments, and implemented an analytics tool to enhance the pipeline and timeline for foreclosures.__________________________________________________________________________ATA National Title Group, LLC (ATA), a full-service title insurance agency based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, announced that it has merged with InTitle Agency to expand its coverage in Ohio and Kentucky. Operating under the ATA umbrella, the new entity will remain as InTitle Agency.Terms of the transaction, which closed July 1, were not disclosed.“Our expansion with InTitle enables ATA’s continued growth in our key markets with a company that has similar values and vision to ours,” said William Robinson Jr., ATA President. “In addition, this expansion brings greater capacity to ATA with a broader range of people.”InTitle Agency will maintain its office in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as its 11 employees, adding to ATA’s established Ohio presence. Currently, ATA operates four Talon operations in the Columbus area, as well as numerous offices in Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Industry Pulse: Updates on Experian, S&P, and More … Related Articles Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. 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Broadway’s headed uptown! Well, up a few blocks, at least. Five-time Tony-winning director Susan Stroman is currently making her Metropolitan Opera debut with an effervescent mounting of Franz Lehár’s comic operetta The Merry Widow. The English adaptation, which opened on New Year’s Eve, stars Grammy-winning and Broadway-bound opera superstar Renée Fleming in the title role of Hanna. Joining her are fellow opera favorite Nathan Gunn and Great White Way darling Kelli O’Hara. Stroman and Fleming recently chatted with Broadway.com about bridging the gap between opera and musical theater, cross-genre dream productions and the showbiz sisterhood.Q: Susan, The Merry Widow marks your opera debut, and Renée, this is your first operetta. What was the biggest challenge while exploring this genre together?FLEMING: Well first, the dancing. Oh, those wonderful waltzing lessons from Susan. We’re highly rehearsed, which I needed. And secondly, dialogue at the Met. It’s an enormous challenge in a house that size to manage that much dialogue.STROMAN: It’s a huge space to conquer. Being in the opera world, the vocal and the music are the most important, so it’s making sure everyone is able to sing their high notes and that the staging is designed to support all the vocals.Q: Can you tell me more about the musical theater influences that you found in this piece?STROMAN: It’s very bubbly. Each of the three acts is infused with dance. For being 100 years old, it was really the beginning of a spark of musical comedy—of bringing different dance forms to opera.FLEMING: Opera tends to live in broad strokes and major themes: “I love you, I hate you, I’m going to kill you.” This has more of a Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn feel to it.Q: Renée, what was it like working with Susan, compared to traditional opera directors?FLEMING: She’s so organized! An operetta is very quick moving; there’s not the languor that one has with the more romantic operas. The precision required for those of us who also don’t naturally have these skills needed her ability to see what had to get done and make sure we had enough time.Q: Susan, does it come naturally to you to work with artists who might not be traditionally trained in theater?STROMAN: I often come across folks who are more versed into one talent than the other, so I’m very used to trying to recognize someone’s talents and then help to develop the others. But I’m very ready to change and adapt, because I’m always inspired by the performers standing in front of me.Q: I imagine you had a similar process with ballet dancers in Little Dancer. Will we be seeing it in New York after L.A.?STROMAN: Yes, hopefully for next season! Fingers crossed.FLEMING: I want to see it!Q: Renée, what’s going through your head as you prepare to make your Broadway debut in Living on Love?FLEMING: Performing the play in the summer [in Williamstown] gave me a flavor for what it would be like. It was fantastic to have that sense of the audience. We don’t have that luxury on a huge opera stage. Of course, the cast might not be the same, and the play will be rewritten to some degree.Q: Have you been getting advice from Broadway alums about what it’s like?FLEMING: I saw Patrick Stewart, Sigourney Weaver, and David Hyde Pierce on opening night of Merry Widow and asked them to tell me what it’s like to be in a [Broadway] run. It sounds like a form of hermitism. [In opera], we can’t really sing more than two, three times max, a week. We have to have that downtime because it’s so vocally athletic. I can’t imagine what Kelli [O’Hara] does. It’s mind-boggling to me to be in a musical for eight shows a week.Q: After Living on Love, what show would we have to produce to get you to stay on Broadway in a musical?FLEMING: I honestly can’t imagine singing on Broadway. I wouldn’t know how to change my voice to put it into a place that would allow me to sing every day. I couldn’t imagine trying to do the physical taxing piece of it. And then to talk to Kelli, and have her say the same thing about opera! We’re just trained in different ways.STROMAN: I think Renée would be great as Desiree in A Little Night Music. Oh, she would be incredible.Q: Susan, if Renée stays downtown and you stay uptown, are there any other operas on your to-do list to direct?STROMAN: It’d be lovely to do a La Traviata or Carmen, but a brand new opera would be the most exciting. I’d love to take a contemporary composer like Rachel Portman or Alexandre Desplat and work with them.Q: Renée, between working with Susan and Kathleen Marshall, and Susan, directing Renée and Kelli, how does it feel to collaborate with such prolific female artists?FLEMING: First of all, there aren’t enough women directing in opera. I think women bring a particularly collaborative approach.STROMAN: Whenever I do a show in the theater, I try to have female assistants and observers; it’s very important to me to open their eyes to what it’s like to mount these big productions. To be in a room with Renée and Kelli and exploring art, opera and theater—I think it is a kind of sisterhood.Catch Fleming in The Merry Widow through January 31. Stroman’s production returns in April with a new cast. View Comments
14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions have thousands of guides about developing a strategy, but very few on how to execute one. And the difficulty of achieving executional excellence is a major obstacle at most companies, according to Kathy Pearson, Ph.D., who recently spoke at CUES Symposium: A CEO/Chairman Exchange.Leaders often attribute poor execution to a lack of alignment and a weak performance culture. However, it turns out that in most companies, activities line up well with strategic goals, and the people who meet their numbers are consistently rewarded, according to Pearson, founder and president of Enterprise Learning Solutions and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.Instead, for successful execution of strategy, companies must foster coordination across units and build the agility to adapt to changing market conditions.During her session, Pearson summarized research from “Why Strategy Execution Unravels–And What to Do About It” from the March 2015 Harvard Business Review, and shared five strategic execution myths and realities… continue reading »
The COVID-19 epidemic has not slowed the onset of the seasonal dengue fever across the country, the Health Ministry has said, with 70,418 cases and 458 disease-related deaths recorded as of Thursday.The official tally increased from 34,451 cases and 212 deaths in March.However, the ministry also said that the number of dengue cases recorded between Jan. 1 and July 1 this year was lower than that in the same period in 2019, when 105,222 cases and 727 deaths were logged. Still, this year’s figure is higher than that of 2018 in the same period, which saw 21,861 cases and 158 deaths by dengue.Cases of dengue fever, which is primarily spread through mosquito bites, usually increases during the rainy season. The country has been battling dengue fever since early this year, at a time when state resources have been spent on curbing the COVID-19 outbreak. The similarities between dengue fever and COVID-19 symptoms have also complicated efforts to mitigate the annual spike in cases.Read also: Blood shortage common in Ramadan, but COVID-19 makes matters worse: PMI In a recent press statement, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said that while 51.2 percent of the country had entered the dry season, the rest of the archipelago was expected to experience prolonged rain for the next two to four months.The agency said cities and other areas experiencing a drawn out rainy season “must take extra caution over the risk of dengue fever disease”, even though the intensity of rain is expected to decrease over time.Most of the cases were found in West Java, which recorded 10,485 cases, followed by Bali (8,930) and East Java (5,781). However, the Health Ministry said no region had yet to declare a dengue emergency.Read also: Dengue fever kills more than COVID-19 in Central JavaContacted on Thursday, West Java Health Agency head Berli Hamdani said there were at least 95 people in West Java who had died from dengue fever this year.And although they have sufficient health facilities to anticipate more patients, Berli said it was a challenge to spray insecticide with fogging machines in a number of areas and communities, especially in the midst of the epidemic. Fogging is one effective method of exterminating the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the carrier of the dengue virus.“Many people are staying in their houses during quarantine so it’s challenging to conduct ‘focus fogging’ to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds in some areas. […] We can’t do any fogging where there are people because of the dangers of insecticide,” Berli told The Jakarta Post.Another possible hurdle the agency found was that people were still worried about seeking out medical assistance at hospitals over fears they might be exposed to COVID-19. “It causes delayed efforts to seek medical attention,” he said.The ministry’s director for vector-borne and zoonotic diseases, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said prevention was still the best way to fight dengue.Read also: Poor prevention measures lead to dengue outbreak in SikkaShe encouraged communities to stay alert on the dangers of dengue fever, employ larvicides where necessary and use the state-sponsored triple action method of draining, covering and burying any containers that can hold water. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.“If you catch a fever and it doesn’t get better after three days or you experience some kind of bleeding – red spots on the skin, bleeding gums or nose bleed – don’t hesitate to get checked out at the nearest health facility,” Siti told the Post on Thursday.She stressed that people should not be afraid to visit health facilities, which were safer now than most other places because they usually had screening systems to separate non-COVID-19 and COVID-19 patients.“It’s better to check whether you have dengue fever as soon as possible, because it might get worse if you’re too late,” she insists.Read also: Frequently asked questions about dengue feverMulya Rahma Karyanti, an expert on infections and tropical pediatrics at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Jakarta, reiterated in a press conference with the National Disaster and Mitigation Agency on June 22 that Aedes aegypti mosquitoes were daytime feeders, with peak feeding occurring in the morning and in the evening before dusk.“They like to bite between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. when our children are studying. […] and [before] maghrib [dusk] prayer between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.,” Mulya said.Topics :
ORVC Weekly Report Summary (January 20-25)Players of the WeekGirls Basketball: Paige Ledford – Jac-Cen-DelBoys Basketball: Austin Kramer – Southwestern and Cody Samples – South RipleyORVC Report(January 20-25)2020Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.
By Sudipto GangulyMUMBAI, India (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli does not want performance at the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) to determine team composition for this year’s World Cup but selectors have little choice after a series of candidates failed to nail down the number four slot.Twice 50-over champions India have an otherwise settled batting line-up with a formidable top order consisting of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli himself.The selectors, however, continue to fret over who should walk out to bat after the fall of the second wicket during the May 30-July 14 showpiece tournament in England and Wales.Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu have all been trialled for the number four spot and found wanting.With the ongoing IPL the only form of cricket left before Kohli’s team embark on their World Cup campaign, the selectors may be forced to consider the form of the players in the T20 tournament before picking the squad ahead of the April 23 deadline.“They have maintained that they won’t look at IPL but it’s going to be very hard,” former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar told Reuters in a recent interview.“There are some borderline cases, like if they are looking at Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar or a Manish Pandey or an Ajinkya Rahane. So all these people are there and thereabouts.“And if somebody has a great IPL season, it will be hard to ignore him, but they (selectors) should not actually get too carried away with what happens in the IPL.”Rayudu, 33, emerged as the most likely choice to fill the void but scores of 13, 18 and two in the first three matches of the recent home series against world champions Australia hurt his cause.Pressure is only mounting on the selectors with Rayudu, who plays for IPL champions Chennai Super Kings, scoring 28, five, one and zero in the first four matches of the tournament.Manjrekar felt India were back to square one with no more ODIs scheduled before the World Cup in England and Wales, where the team will be looking to add to their 1983 and 2011 triumphs.India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit believes inputs from Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri should determine the selection of the final 15.“With their inputs, the selectors will keep an eye on what is happening with those guys during the IPL,” Rohit, who leads the Mumbai Indians side in the IPL, told reporters at the launch of cricket.com website on Thursday.“Although I feel IPL shouldn’t be the criterion for team selection. We have played enough international matches to see where each individual stands.“You can’t select a 50-overs format team based on a 20-overs franchise competition. IPL is a different ball game. It’s franchise cricket.“Yes, form matters a lot. But in this last four years we have played enough ODI matches, we have played enough T20 internationals. So that should be enough to understand that these are the players we want.”
Hamburg have named former Netherlands boss Bert van Marwijk as their new manager after axing Thorsten Fink last week.Fink was dismissed following a 6-2 hammering by Dortmund, with Hamburg languishing third from bottom on the Bundesliga table with just four points from their opening six games.Before now, former Ghana international Otto Addo was placed in joint charge of the struggling club on an interim basisHSV have now turned to the experienced van Marwijk, who led the Dutch to the 2010 World Cup final, in a bid to turn around their fortunes.Announcement-We’re delighted that we have been able to appoint Bert van Marwijk as coach of HSV,” Hamburg director of sport Oliver Kreuzer told the club’s official website. -He has a great deal of experience and has proven his ability many times.ExperienceVan Marwijk has experience of the German top flight, having coached Borussia Dortmund from 2004 to 2006, he is to start his reign with Hamburg in the away game to Entrechat Frankfurt.
The Government of Guyana has opted to grant a further reprieve to indebted students of the University of Guyana (UG), by slashing accumulated arrears by as much as 75 per cent if the monies in full are repaid by the end of next month.The announcement was made on Wednesday by the Finance Ministry, which indicated that the decision came about as a result of a Cabinet decision made on Tuesday last.Student Loan AgencyAccording to the Finance Ministry, the extension of the waivers has been approved for those indebted, but currently with payment schedules for their student loans.Persons who wish to bring their accounts up-to-date will be granted a 50 per cent reduction in the accumulated arrears of interest, “If their accounts are brought up-to-date by October 31, 2016.”The Ministry has cautioned “if, however, a borrower defaults, subsequently, the interest waived will be restored in full to the account”. The Ministry said borrowers whose accounts were current for at least three years at July 31, 2016 will benefit from a 50 per cent reduction on all future interest once the account does not go into arrears, but cautioned too that in this instance “if the account lapses into arrears, all interest waived will be restored”.According to a missive issued by the Ministry’s Public Relations Office, “borrowers whose accounts were current for at least two years at July 31, 2016, will receive a 50 per cent reduction on the interest accumulated prior to the repayment due date of the loan.”This reduction, however, will be given in the form of a monthly credit against future payments, but, “if however, the account goes into arrears, all interest waived will be restored to the account”.The move to provide a reprieve for UG students in arrears was first raised in the context of Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary when Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had indicated before the Independence anniversary, “we are hoping that we can be generous in the Jubilee year… to students and waive interest and so forth…So, there are considerations for passing or excusing or not insisting on payments for some things, but I would prefer the Minister of Finance to make those announcements”.The reduction was recommended by an audit of the UG Student Loan Agency among other interventions, “to streamline the agency and set clear conditions for loan applications guarantees and repayment”.