This is not the first time that Geo TV has been blocked. The news channel was suspended in June 2014 after one of its presenters publicly blamed the intelligence services for a shooting attack in which he was badly injured.Pakistan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News A security guard was hospitalized with injuries received when stopping an attack on the home of Geo TV presenter Saleem Safi (right). The military have often blocked broadcasting of the TV network, as in June 2014 (left) (photos: Asif Hassan / AFP – Twitter). “With just months to go to general elections, the military high command must give clear signs of support for the media freedom needed for democratic debate, starting with the restoration of Geo TV’s channels. If independent journalism is not respected, Pakistan will no longer be able to enjoy media pluralism and will inevitably sink back into a hardline military dictatorship of the purest kind.” to go further RSF_en Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more Geo TV ’s channels have been blocked throughout most of Pakistan, including Lahore and Karachi, since the start of April. According to the network’s CEO, Ibrahim Rahman, the channels are off the air in 80% of the country.The Pakistani government has denied responsibility for blocking Geo TV. So has the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), which issued a statement on 2 April instructing cable operators to restore the network’s channels.All eyes are turned on the Pakistani military, whose activities often receive critical coverage by Geo TV. The military control cable networks in all districts and therefore effectively control Geo TV’s distribution, which had already been blocked in military garrisons and military residential areas since early March.Two armed men meanwhile tried to break into Geo News presenter Saleem Safi’s home in Islamabad on 4 April, attacking the security guard who stopped them. The attack came shortly after Safi posted an article on the Jang news website (owned by the same media group as Geo TV) in which he accused the military of trying to influence the general elections in mid-2018.“The round-the-clock blocking of Geo TV and the attack on one of its journalists constitute yet new evidence, if any were needed, of the Pakistani’s military’s complete ascendancy over the country’s civilian authorities,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Follow the news on Pakistan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the illegal suspension by cable operators of Geo TV’s five channels, including Geo News, Pakistan’s leading TV news channel, and calls on the authorities to end the suspension, which is reportedly being carried out at the Pakistani military’s behest. News News April 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Economic pressureViolenceFreedom of expression PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Economic pressureViolenceFreedom of expression Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News April 11, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Pakistan: RSF calls for end to Geo TV’s illegal suspension January 28, 2021 Find out more
A.I. default Macine Learning Technology 2020-04-20 Seth Welborn Home / Daily Dose / Leveraging Machine Learning for Better Default Decisions Leveraging Machine Learning for Better Default Decisions Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Print Features, Technology Previous: DS5: What Servicers Want to Know Next: FHFA Addresses Mortgage Servicer Liquidity Concerns About Author: Miriam Moore Subscribe Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago April 20, 2020 1,567 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the April issue of DS News.Hardly a week goes by without another report on how machine learning and AI will transform the way we work and live. AI’s ability to digest huge amounts of data, identify patterns, and predict likely outcomes make them critical components in many areas including self-driving vehicles, breakthrough diagnostic tools, and personal recommendation engines. Not surprisingly, the mortgage industry is now turning to these advanced technologies to enhance the speed and precision of everyday decision-making.Fannie Mae recently reported that 27% of lenders are currently using AI in some form and another 58% expect to use it shortly. To date, early-stage AI/machine learning efforts have primarily focused on enhancing origination, fraud/risk identification, and customer retention. But there are critical servicing functions that can benefit, as well, including the default life cycle and critical disposition paths.Most industry observers agree—and a study by Fannie Mae supports—that the best way to reduce default losses is to avoid taking properties through conveyance or REO and instead dispose of them through other means as quickly as possible. However, this isn’t always possible as evidenced by the number of properties that continue to convey or move to REO. According to ATTOM Data Solutions, more than 143,900 properties went into REO in 2019, a number that could grow exponentially in a default market.When a property goes into default, the servicer’s challenge is always, “What can be done to minimize losses?” This means determining the optimal disposition strategy for a property or a portfolio. For example: what are the best alternatives to taking the property through conveyance or REO? Is the Claims Without Conveyance of Title (CWCOT) route the best one, and what would have to be done prior to conveyance? Can or should it be sold in an online auction? Does it make sense for the servicer to hold the property, invest in repairs, and develop a marketing plan to list it?Currently, servicers and their service providers are using limited historical information, time-consuming spreadsheets, and best practices to make these decisions. But what if machine learning and AI could provide faster, better answers?The Machine “Learning Process”That was the challenge we gave our data scientists and technologists two years ago when we set out to build a revolutionary asset-decisioning tool that complements servicers’ core operating systems and processes and provides a new opportunity for automation. The starting points were deciding how many models would be needed to produce the inputs behind the recommendations and what were the best data sources to “train” them.Ultimately, technologists developed the models to solve complex problems that are critical inputs in the disposition decision process. The way machine learning works is that the models are fed massive amounts of data and taught to identify patterns so that they are able to predict certain outcomes.In this case, the models were “trained” on historical operational data from our field services and title companies. In addition, leading property, neighborhood, and real estate databases were integrated into the training process.Several of the models are designed to predict how a specific property will fare at third-party auction sale. One model gives a “yes or no” answer as to whether the property will sell at an online auction. Another looks at property and neighborhood characteristics and forecasts the timeline to sell, at a given price, in the CWCOT Second Chance program. What’s the probability, for example, that this property in one particular ZIP code will sell online for Y dollars in one versus three weeks versus four? This model allows banks to understand timelines to sell at different price points and helps them develop more informed disposition and contribution strategies.The next questions that the models answer are about the physical and title condition of the property. The remaining models predict and price for the problems that the servicer might eventually encounter and potentially have to remediate. They can be used with current title and field services information or simple basic data and property characteristics from the loan boarding process. For example, without an inspection, the models can forecast, in some cases with more than 90% accuracy, the likelihood a specific property will have certain outlier issues. These include mold, water damage, hazardous conditions, roof, or demolition issues. They then show the cost for repairs, ranging from minimum cost to maximum and provide a forecast and project timeline for conveyance back to HUD under CWCOT.As new properties are run through the platform, the models, thanks to machine learning, will continue to improve and its recommendations will become even more accurate. In the end, the ultimate decisions will always rest with the servicer, not a machine, but these tools will aid in making better and informed decisions more quickly. Tagged with: A.I. default Macine Learning Technology Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Miriam Moore is the Division President of Default Services for ServiceLink. In this role, she is responsible for the overall management and performance of the Loss Mitigation Title, Pre-Foreclosure Title, REO Title & Close, ServiceLink Auction, ASAP, Process Solutions, and Field Services groups, as well as the expansion of default products and services to meet servicers’ strategic needs.
ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Laura is an even stronger storm now compared to Tuesday with winds gusting at 110 mph which is just short of being a Category 3 major hurricane.Laura is expected to intensify to Category 4 with winds of 130 mph later Wednesday.Landfall is still expected on the Louisiana and Texas border line as a Category 3 or 4.Additionally, a storm surge of up to 15 feet is forecast from western Louisiana to eastern Texas.Laura has rapidly intensified by 55 mph in the past 24 hours — from 55 mph maximum winds to 110 mph maximum winds — which is the largest 24-hour intensification rate for an Atlantic hurricane in August since Hurricane Irma on Aug. 31, 2017.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Economically speaking, the news is great. Britain’s burgeoning economy seems to go from strength to strength and the country is probably as near to full employment as it will ever be. But there is a catch – the enormous demand in some sectors is creating a skills shortage.The situation facing Britain’s HR directors and managers seems to be similar to the one facing some football clubs: the only place to turn to find suitable talent is abroad. Research by the Recruitment Confidence Index shows that nearly 20 per cent of UK organisations expect employment growth in non-UK citizens in the next six months.Active recruitment Statistics suggest UK companies are not looking for manual workers, with 8 per cent of companies employing non-UK citizens at board level and 16 per cent employing foreign talent at senior management level.Lower management echelons seem to be least well served by home-grown talent with 18 per cent of companies employing non-UK middle managers and 23 per cent employing non-UK junior managers. Nearly one in seven organisations has actively recruited internationally during the past six months and almost half the organisations surveyed currently employ non-UK citizens.Dr Jos Van Ommeren, senior research fellow at Cranfield University’s School of Management, believes the UK’s skills shortage was created by the rapidly expanding economy. “The situation is that the economy is doing rather well and has created a skills shortage in certain areas,” he said.“I think this is a long-term situation – the labour market is becoming more global and it is easier to travel. “If you look back to the beginning of the century, immigration was at about the lowest level it has ever been”, Van Ommeren said. “But the number of people coming from abroad is much higher now and is set to increase.” Skewed labour marketJason Cartwright, international recruitment manager at TMP worldwide, said the HR function is central to attracting employees from overseas. “HR plays a crucial role in recruiting overseas – it is up to HR to find a recruitment strategy, a good remuneration package, training and progression policies and, above all, a good working culture to attract people,” he said. “The service sector is the area worst hit by the skills shortage – in particular areas such as banking and accountancy. The main problem is we simply don’t have enough managers. This is because today’s managers are the graduates of nine to 10 years ago. When this particular set of graduates left university the country was in the middle of one of the worst recessions since the war and could only find jobs as taxi drivers.“This has caused the labour market to become somewhat skewed and that is why we need to look abroad to fill these jobs.”Cartwright claimed the Internet was not necessarily the best place to advertise for overseas recruits because the company would be swamped by unsuitable applicants.Van Ommeren has investigated to see whether non-UK staff are likely to leave companies to return to their native countries. “The perception is that non-UK employees have a higher turnover – but I have not seen any evidence of this from research I have done myself. But this does not mean this is not true,” he said. “Most staff are actually recruited in the UK as they come here as students. The alternative way is that you go to another country and convince people to come to your country to work. The thing to be aware of is that recruitment in other countries can be quite different from in the UK.”The inflexible British Dr Aysen Broadfield, HR director for Mattel Northern Europe, makes a strong business case for recruiting overseas – but says companies must be prepared to be flexible to enjoy the benefits. “UK candidates are very much aware of the skills shortage”, she said, “and their demands on employment conditions need to be met. This is creating a lot of inequities in benefits and working conditions in organisations.” Broadfield believes that recruiting abroad solves two problems: the skills shortage and the inflexible demands of British staff who feel they can name their price. She said the main issue when recruiting from abroad is to ensure candidates are educationally and culturally compatible with the organisation.“Cultural compatibility ensures that non-UK candidates can easily adapt to the life in the UK and can socialise easily. This appears to be a very important factor in retaining employees. Educational compatibility ensures employees can work together in the organisation as the educational approach determines the nature of thinking and work discipline.“Effective teamwork also appears to be crucial for employee retention. Therefore, recruiters should check these two factors to filter out unsuitable recruiting locations. Further training and education still seems to be a motivating factor when sponsored by the company. Additional benefits like housing, cars, facilities for other family members as part of the package seems to make life easier and also make non-UK staff loyal to the organisation. Many large organisations are working with relocation consultancies to make life easier for non-UK newcomers. These costs can easily be absorbed within the package of the candidate.”Global marketBroadfield called on HR departments in the UK to ensure their companies are prepared to compete in a global market. “The skills set required for such transfers is very different and requires streetwise rather than traditional thinking,” said Broadfield. “Management has to be able to understand the implications and they should be able to manage a global team. It all comes down to having a global skills set, attitude and understanding.” Related posts:No related photos. Importing talent for middle managementOn 22 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.
Employers are supporting a local authority’s decision to demand that smokers make up the time they spend on cigarette breaks.The introduction this month of London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ policy sparked a protest by 500 staff, who walked out the day it was made (News, 10 October).But other employers have contacted Personnel Today to say they have taken a similar line.Peter Wood, head of personnel at Arun District Council, said the authority has had a similar policy for two years. Smokers are allowed two 10-minute breaks a day, after which they have to make up the time within a flexitime scheme.At insurance company Accident Assurance in Birmingham, staff who smoke have to sign an agreement that they will forfeit part of their lunch break for smoking breaks. They take a half-hour lunch break and quarter-hour smoking breaks in the morning and afternoon.“This works well in our company, and removes the problem of non-smokers claiming they have longer working days,” said HR manager Mandi Silverwood.Peter Smith, a compensations and benefits adviser, has done research which shows smokers spend on average 20 minutes away from their workplaces.Pam Lloyd, HR manager at Sellers Information Pack, a company which advises people selling property, said it realigns the lunch break to make it an hour’s break to be taken as the employee wants. She says at least half an hour must be taken around the traditional midday slot, but the other half hour can be taken as two or more short breaks. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Firms tell smokers to light up in their own timeOn 17 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today
Home » News » Agencies & People » What London market slowdown? KFH expands lettings network previous nextAgencies & PeopleWhat London market slowdown? KFH expands lettings networkLong-standing agency opens up a new operation in Lee in the SW suburbs of the capital.The Negotiator17th August 201801,349 Views Stephanie Jones Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward (KFH) has strengthened its residential lettings network in south east London with the addition of a new branch in Lee, SE12.The new branch, located at 1 Station Approach, complements the existing sales branch on the site and take the number of KFH lettings branches in south east London to 12.Carol Pawsey, Group Lettings Director, said, “South east London has long been popular with private renters thanks to the variety of areas that offer good sized properties, plentiful amenities and vast green spaces.“This addition to our network will help us support demand from landlords and tenants in the region and will supplement the excellent service already being offered by our sales office in Lee.“The Lee team knows the area extremely well and I’ve no doubt this knowledge will help them deliver the same high levels of service we strive to provide in all our branches.”Stephanie Jones willmanage the branch’s lettings team. Having worked in property for over a decade, Stephanie has spent the last seven years with KFH.Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward KFH lettings South East London Stephanie Jones August 17, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
Veterans To Travel With The Indiana Bicentennial Torch RelayINDIANAPOLIS (September 8, 2016) -— Tomorrow, the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) will begin traveling with the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay throughout all 92 counties in the state. A Signature Project for the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, the Torch Relay is a 3,200 mile journey beginning in Corydon, the state’s first capital, and finishing in Indianapolis at the Statehouse on October 15.In each county, IDVA will be hosting a community outreach booth for veterans, service members and their families. The booths will offer a variety of assistance for participants including job placement opportunities, remission of fees, VA benefits, claims process and education opportunities.“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to follow the Torch Relay and at the same time reach out to veterans in all corners of the state,” said Jim Brown, Director of IDVA. “IDVA will be offering services to help veterans understand their benefits and learn about opportunities to help them financially, professionally, and personally. I encourage veterans to visit us in each county during this historic event – you will not want to miss it.”To learn more information about when and where IDVA will host their community outreach booth, please click here or visit their website at www.in.gov/dva.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
A life-sized pie of international rugby player of the year, Shane Williams, who plays for Wales, has been named as one of the best PR campaigns of the year by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.The Shane pie was launched at the Millennium Stadium in February 2009 in the week leading up to the Wales vs England game in the RBS Six Nations. It toured the media and supermarkets in Wales throughout the championship.The win put Peter’s Food Services in the news, with the judges describing the campaign as creative and engaging. The agency behind the initiative was Vibe in Cardiff.The CIPR judges said: “This was a fantastic campaign that maintained strong client branding throughout, while captivating the media and generating strong press coverage.”
Prima Bakeries in Cornwall has created a ‘flakey pasty’ inspired by a song a local man wrote about his love of pasties, with all proceeds going to Children’s Hospice South West. The Steve Heller Flakey Pasty is on sale in Prima Bakeries across Cornwall, inspired by a song (and rap) that Heller wrote.For each pasty sold between March and June, 20p will go to Children’s Hospice South West, which supports local children living with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.Heller, well-known locally for his love of all things Cornish, penned the song Pasties not Pies in honour of his love for Cornish pasties.Mark Norton, MD of Prima Bakeries, said: “We are delighted to be working with Steve to create one ‘Heller-va’ Pasty and raise money for CHSW at the same time.”Heller said: “Having my own pasty is an honour, especially being proper Cornish and being a huge lover of them.“When I first met with Prima to discuss how we were going to sell the Steve Heller Flakey Pasty it only seemed right for it help raise money for Children’s Hospice South West, who do an amazing job helping children and families in our area.”“We had great fun making the video advertising the pasty and it makes it all the better that we are able to give something back to the community.”Watch the video here. To donate to Children’s Hospice South West, go here.