Canadian Oscar nominees reveal secrets from The Shape of Water set

first_img“This is what we do in movies all the time, is go out at two in the morning way out to the boonies and record vehicles all night — put on orange vests and headlamps and tear around on country roads and get it all recorded with our assistants,” says Ferreira.SET DESIGN Robitaille ended up using his own voice to create some of sounds, and combined them with those of various marine mammals.“But it still needed something and that’s where our director came in,” says Ferreira.“Guillermo, he says he always gets sick in post-production. During editing, he’s always got pneumonia, maybe because of what he puts his body through during shooting. I don’t know.“He’s got this heavy, gravelly voice anyway but he had this sort of fluidy breathing that he contributed…. So what you’re hearing in that creature, all that sound you hear, is the sound designer and the director working together, giving that creature life.” “Nobody would ever care about it now, and it was actually torn and Guillermo said he would take it,” Melvin says. Ahead of Sunday’s Oscars, where the dreamy merman drama is nominated for a leading 13 trophies including best picture, the team spilled their secrets about the making of the Hamilton- and Toronto-shot film to The Canadian Press: Advertisement Facebook SOUND Advertisement He found what he needed in rental houses, vintage stores, rag houses, garages and flea markets. “There was particularly one person in (Philadelphia) that owned a department store that had a shoe fetish and we came across her collection and snapped up a bunch of her shoes, which most of them were barely worn, if at all. So it was a thrill of a find.” For the sound of the vehicles in 1960s-era Baltimore, they trekked out to the countryside to record vintage cars in the middle of the night. “So I was able to take the back off of it to use it to repair the seat cushions, and then we just put something else on the back. You could never even buy that fabric. So it was a really cool piece to find and it happened to suit the set correctly.”COSTUMES In portraying the amphibian creature held captive in a secret government lab, actor Doug Jones was asked to make merman-like sounds. But the team needed more in order to make the character “have a vocabulary” and “emote feeling,” says Toronto-based Nelson Ferreira, who’s nominated for best sound editing with fellow Canadian Nathan Robitaille. “In his apartment there were some really great pieces of furniture that came out of Kijiji,” says Melvin. From garages and an abandoned hospital in Toronto, to online classified ads and Guillermo del Toro’s wheezy pneumonia ??? the Canadian crew on “The Shape of Water” found what they needed in some unlikely places. This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones in a scene from the film “The Shape of Water.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, Fox Searchlight Pictures “Big bins of forgotten clothes,” says Sequeira. “There were items that were a part of forgotten estate sales. TORONTO — From an abandoned hospital in Toronto, to online classified ads, and Guillermo del Toro’s wheezy pneumonia — the Canadian crew on “The Shape of Water” found what they needed to make the film in some unlikely places. To create the look of the facility housing the creature, Oscar-nominated Toronto set decorator Jeffrey A. Melvin salvaged industrial material from a hospital being torn down in the city. Among those pieces bought off the online classified ad site was a couch from the ’50s or ’60s with a vintage fabric “that had like an Egyptian motif.” Advertisement Oscar-nominated Toronto costume designer Luis M. Sequeira scoured international locales for the film’s clothing, including his home city as well as Montreal, Ottawa, New York, Los Angeles and London. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment He also had vintage linoleum shipped from Minnesota and found an antique Murphy bed “that’s probably one of a kind in North America” sent from California for the home of Richard Jenkins’s character. Twitterlast_img read more

Two provinces same battle as First Nations face down mining interests

first_imgTrish AllisonAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Throughout Canada, First Nations are facing down mining companies over projects planned in their territories.In northwestern Ontario, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation is working to halt Gods Lake Resources and their Sherman Lake Gold Project.The exploration company is planning a drilling project, but the intended land is a sacred area known to have KI burials and other cultural values.The land was also left out of 23,181 square kilometres of land in KI territory the Ontario government announced Sunday it was withdrawing from mining exploration.On Tuesday, KI leaders were in Toronto to rally outside the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention-the largest mining industry event of its type in the world.KI wants to halt God’s Lake Resources from mining on their lands. The company is expected to begin their prospecting this month and have hired a security firm to protect its workers when entering KI territory.“We are mobilized to go to Sherman Lake. I cannot allow our graves to be desecrated by a company that is hiring guns to block us on our own land.That is no way to do business,” said KI Chief Donny Morris, in a statement.Seven years ago KI was in a similar situation with Toronto-based mining company Platinex.During that struggle, six KI leaders were jailed for six months after protesting Platinex.In 2009 the company withdrew its plans after it reached an agreement with the Ontario government to receive $5 million and a royalty stake in any future developments in the region.In British Columbia, the Tsilhqot’in Nation is facing a similar battle. It’s at odds with BC based mining company Taseko and their New Prosperity Mine proposal.Earlier this month Taseko launched a defamation suit against environmental group Western Canada Wilderness Committee for questioning the company’s claims that its new proposal would actually address all environmental concerns, which includes saving Teztan Biny, known as Fish Lake in English.In a statement, the Tsilhqot’in National Government Tribal Chair Chief Joe Alphonse said, “we will certainly not be silenced by what appears to us to be a clear attempt to mute opposition and stifle criticisms.”In November 2010, Taseko’s first proposal was rejected by the federal government because part of the plan involved draining Fish Lake which is full of rainbow trout.Taseko has said that it worked hard to ensure it dealt with concerns and will save Fish Lake.This is not the first time Taseko has taken their concerns to the courts over this matter.Last fall, the BC government granted permits allowing Taseko to carry out work on the land near Williams Lake. B.C. It was a decision the Tsilhqot’in say the government made without consultation.In efforts to bring a stop to the work the Tsilhqot’in blocked Taseko’s workers from entering the site which resulted in legal action by both parties.Both sides went to court seeking injunctions against the other. Taseko requested an injunction to prevent the blockade and the Tsilhqot’in asked for an injunction to impede Taseko from carrying out work until proper consultations had been made.The Tsilhqot’in won the round when the courts imposed a 90-day injunction on Taseko,The victory, however, was short lived. At the beginning of March, the Tsilhqot’in reluctantly agreed to allow test drilling on their land, but the fight still continues.Biologists and archeologists hired by the TNG and two Tsilhqot’in members will monitor the exploration testing done by Taseko. An environmental assessment will also be conducted by the Environmental Review Panel, but due to funding cuts there may not be a full 60-day assessment.“If there are no assurances that it will be 60 days, how can it be an honest review?” asked Xeni Gwet’in Chief Marilyn Baptiste.Baptiste recently returned from Geneva, Switzerland. She was there to report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) 80th Session“The land question hasn’t moved in decades,” she said. “To actually be there, give our word to the committee members was very helpful. Our voices were heard.”She says many of the committee members questioned Canada’s environmental issues.“For a big part of it, it’s not going to be earth-shaking, but I think for the fact that many committee members are aware, they’re watchingCanada and we’re hopeful that because of those things we can move forward,” she said.As for Taseko, Baptiste says they’re facing a bigger power – mother nature. They’re facing the elements and not just the concerns of the people, said Baptiste.She says the snowy weather is playing a part in keeping Taseko off the land. The company had expected trails to be plowed and more inclement weather is expected.“The government needs to stop this proposal as well, no more destruction on the land,” said Baptiste.The Tsilhqot’in still vow to stop the project.tallison@aptn.calast_img read more

Qatar Presents Student Violations Report to UNESCO

Rabat – Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NRHC) has presented a report outlining a series of violations against Qatari students studying in three of the bloc countries to the United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).Filed Thursday, the report was presented by committee chairman, Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri while in Paris.The report alleges that Qatari students in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have been prevented from taking their final exams, had their certificates withheld and their registrations terminated without explanation. 85 such cases have been documented in the UAE, followed by 29 in Saudi Arabia and 25 in Bahrain since the onset of the so-called Qatar crisis in early June. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announced they were severing all diplomatic ties with Qatar on the grounds that it has been financially supporting terror groups for years.Qatar has vehemently defended itself against the charges from the first day, claiming their isolation to be about their independent foreign policy, which has placed them at odds with Saudi Arabia’s strategies in the region,and the oppressionof free speech in the region. To date, none of the bloc countries have provided evidence to support their allegations. That, along with the long delay in presenting Qatar with its list of demands, prompted even staunch ally, the United States, to publicly question the bloc’s true motivation.Eager to use any international legal means at their disposal to navigate the blockade imposed against it, Qatar views UNESCO as the ideal body to handle the complaints.Qatar’s NRHC has previously called the blockade “worse than the Berlin wall” and an “unjust siege” violating the rights of Qatari students. It urged universities in the three countries named in the report to put politics aside and honour the rights of the Qatari students. read more

Finance Minister says feds focused on money laundering fight in BC globally

The Canadian Press VICTORIA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says fighting money laundering in Canada and abroad is on the federal government’s agenda.He says the federal government is working together with British Columbia’s government to combat money laundering.Morneau says the government’s focus on money laundering also spreads beyond Canada’s borders where there are global concerns with dirty money funding terrorist organizations.The minister made the comments at a news conference following a speech to members of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce.Reports last year from an international anti-money laundering organization and a RCMP intelligence team concluded some B.C. casinos and luxury Metro Vancouver home sales were being used to filter money by organized crime groups.B.C.’s Attorney General David Eby has said the fight against money laundering requires the combined efforts of the provincial and federal governments and law enforcement agencies. read more

India beats Australia by 4 wickets in 3rd T20 ties series

SYDNEY, Australia — Captain Virat Kohli made an unbeaten 61 to steer India to a six-wicket win over Australia in the third Twenty20 international on Sunday, tying the rain-affected three-match series at 1-1.India produced significant partnerships at both ends of the innings to ease past Australia’s competitive total of 164-6, reaching 168-4 with two balls to spare.Shikhar Dhawan (41) and Rohit Sharma (23) put on 67 from 33 balls for the first wicket then, after Adam Zampa and A.J. Tye had helped Australia pull back the run-rate, Kohli closed out the match in an unbroken partnership of 60 from 39 balls with Dinesh Karthik (22 not out).En-route, Kohil reached his 19th Twenty20 international half century from 35 balls, urged on by a capacity crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground in which India fans overwhelmingly outnumbered Australians.Australia won the first match of the series at Brisbane and the second at Melbourne was lost to rain, presenting the home side with the chance on Sunday to achieve its first ever T20 series win over India.Captain Aaron Finch (28) and D’Arcy Short (33) set a sound platform for Australia, who elected to bat after winning the toss, putting on 68 for the first wicket. But after conceding 12 runs from his first over, left-armer Krunal Pandya fought back to take 4-36 — the best figures by a spinner in a T20 international in Australia — and Kuldeep Yadav took 1-19 as India’s spinners dominated on a slow SCG pitch.Kuldeep struck first, removing Finch to a catch by Pandya at backward square, and Australia’s innings began to unravel. It lost three wickets for five runs in the space of five balls, including Short and Ben McDermott to consecutive balls from Pandya. That saw Australia slip to 76-3 after 10 overs.Australia struggled to regain momentum, especially as it chose to bat the big-hitting Chris Lynn down the order, apparently to keep him from facing the spinners. Alex Carey helped the home side regroup, hitting 27 from 10 balls.Marcus Stoinis added an unbeaten 25 from 15 balls and Nathan Coulter-Nile 13 from seven as Australia took 57 runs from its last five overs.The Australian innings did not contain a six and the first of the match came in the fourth over of the India innings when Rohit flicked Coulter-Nile off his hip and deep into the packed grandstands.Dhawan was the pacemaker, at one stage taking 24 runs in five balls with two sixes and three fours. After five overs India was 62-0 and well on the way to victory.Zampa brought Australia back into the match when he took the wicket of Sharma. Again, when India threatened to get away, Tye produced the wicket of Rishabh Pant with his first ball and helped put the contest on a more level footing.After 15 overs, India was 113-4 where Australia had been 107-4. But with Kohli still at the crease, the contest was very much in India’s favour and he showed all of his experience in managing the run chase.When things threatened to stall, he hit a four and a six off Tye in the 16th over to put India back on top.India came to the last over needing six runs to win. Tye didn’t concede a run from his first two balls but Kohli dispatched the next two for fours, the last one down the ground, to clinch India’s victory and level the series.The Associated Press read more

Ohio State softball takes series against Penn State

A timely hit and strong pitching performance helped the Ohio State softball team win its final series of the season at Penn State Friday and Saturday. With the 4-1 Saturday victory, the Buckeyes became the first team to earn a series win at Beard Field this year. It was their first series win since sweeping Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., during the final weekend in March. OSU jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the third inning when sophomore first baseman Evelyn Carrillo connected on a 1-1 pitch that sailed over the right center field wall for a grand slam, her second in the last two days. Carrillo finished the year second on the team with 47 RBIs and six home runs. Sophomore pitcher Melanie Nichols threw a complete game while only giving up one run on six hits and striking out four Nittany Lions to improve her record to 12-9 on the season. It was Nichols’ ninth complete game of the year and she ended the season ranked second on the team in wins, appearances, innings pitched and strikeouts behind senior pitcher Mikayla Endicott. Four seniors played in their final game in scarlet and gray Saturday, including shortstop Alicia Herron who ended her career at the top of multiple OSU career batting categories. Herron is first all-time in runs scored (168), second in home runs (49) and RBIs (176), third in hits (226), fourth in triples (11) and doubles (40) and fifth in walks (113) and batting average (.367). She finished her senior campaign by leading the team with a .378 batting average, 48 runs scored, 14 home runs and 48 RBIs. OSU closed out the 2012 season with a 31-23 overall record and finished eighth in the Big Ten with a 10-13 mark in conference play. OSU players and coaches were not made available to The Lantern for comment. read more

How not to rob an Apple Store video

first_imgApple stores, with all those expensive electronic gizmos just feet from the large glass doors, are seemingly the perfect targets for thieves. Well, 22 year-old Equonne R. Howard allegedly thought the Temecula, CA Apple Store looked like a great place to pick up some free goods. Howard drove his 2003 BMW X-5 through the massive window at the front of the store to gain access late one night. What could go wrong? Everything, as it turns out.In the video above, you can see Howard’s car smashed through the window and actually pushes past the drop down security gate. A passenger jumped out and proceeded to stuff a bag full of iPods and iPhones, which are placed conveniently towards the front of the store. With that accomplished, the duo tried to make an escape. The security gate proved to be a major impediment, though.With the car completely in the store, the driver backed into the gate nearly a dozen times before finally bending it back enough to leave the store behind. Unfortunately, the car suffered two flat tires from all this, and had to be abandoned about a mile from the store.At this point, it was unlikely the thief would get away with the heist, but perhaps he could still eke out a brief period of freedom before police sorted out what happened? That might have been possible if the car’s license plate hadn’t come off in the store. Howard allegedly returned to the scene of the crime in order to retrieve the evidence, but police were waiting for him. He was identified as the owner of the car (he had the keys in his pocket), and arrested.Howard is being held on a $600,000 bail, the estimated value of the damage done. He could face 25 years in prison under California’s three-strikes law.via Tech-Shizzlelast_img read more

Kinectpowered movementmimicking mannequins are cool rather creepy

first_imgThere are still some things in the world that you look at and think, “Technology will never change that.” That is becoming more and more of an invalid statement, as virtually everything we see and interact with is subject to a high-tech makeover. Case in point — the “Marionettebot”.Have you ever been wandering through the aisles of your local trendy clothing store, looked at one of the mannequins and thought that your shopping experience would be so much better if that mannequin could copy your movements?Probably not, but now that the idea is in your head, you can’t stop thinking about it, can you? That’s where United Arrows comes in. It’s a popular fashion outlet in Japan, and it decided to bring the lifeless, emotionless clothes-modeling figures that we have all come to know, and accidentally ask bathroom directions from, to life.Using Microsoft’s Kinect technology, along with a series of 16 wires inserted into the mannequin, passers-by can look directly into the proto-android’s face, flail their arms and shake their hips, and watch those movements copied in real-time.The chain has dubbed the product the “Marionettebot”. Its primary purpose is to drum up attention outside of its flagship store in Shibuya, Tokyo. After all, it’s not often you see an interactive window display.You know what would be awesome? With just a little bit more work, this kind of technology could be used for something more than just mannequins. Imagine a future where companies no longer need to pay tens of thousands of dollars just to have a silent, gaunt person walk down a runway — the Marionettebot 2.0 could do the same job, with the diva attitude just requiring a few more minutes or programming.But perhaps that’s just a dream. For now, Marionettebot is little more than a ploy for publicity. Five years ago, though, if someone had told you that Xbox technology would be at the forefront of a high-end fashion boutique, you probably would have called that person crazy. So regardless of how big its impact is, it’s still pretty cool.last_img read more

The nearhuman Atlas robot has better balance than you do

first_imgThe robots Boston Dynamics is producing with the aid of funding from DARPA are getting ever more advanced. Last week we focused on the four-legged WildCat robot that can gallop at 16mph. But another video was released showing off how good the bipedal Atlas robot has become at maintaining its balance.The video below shows Atlas managing to walk over uneven and loose rocky terrain that even a few of us humans would slip or trip on. But Atlas makes it across remaining upright, although its walk looks like that of a child’s first steps.After that we move on to balancing. The research team has Atlas balancing on one leg and then hits it in the side with what looks to be a 20 pound ball weight. Atlas flinches from the impact just like a human would, but then uses its arms and raised leg to maintain balance.Such experiments are key as Boston Dynamics needs to prove to DARPA that Atlas can function regardless of the terrain it needs to travel over, as well as if it is hit, say, while traveling through a hostile environment.Balancing is just a small part of Atlas’ skill set, though. The robot includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, can carry a lot of weight, uses its hands and feet to climb, and can be programmed to use tools designed for humans. With these characteristics the Atlas has what’s known as “near-human anthropometry,” which is a cool way of saying it it designed to perform as closely as possible to the human body.It certainly sounds like the beginnings of the ultimate soldier of the future to me, but also has the makings of a rescue robot.last_img read more


first_imgMeet two of the candidates running for the GOP nomination for US Senate, Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell on Wednesday, August 13 in Debate for the State.Dan Sullivan was invited but chose not to take part in the debate.The program starts at 7:00 p.m. on Alaska Public Media, KSKA radio and many APRN stations.Download AudioModerator: Lori Townsend. News director. Alaska Public Media-APRNPanelists: Dan Bross. Reporter. KUACLiz Ruskin. Washington, DC correspondent. APRNlast_img

La Liga 201920 Barcelona vs Real Betis Preview Schedule Live Streaming How

first_imgBarcelona.TwitterDefending La Liga champions Barcelona will fight it out against Real Betis in their second outing of this year’s edition of the tournament at Camp Nou on August 25. The Blaugrana had a poor start to their season as they lost by a lone goal against Athletic Bilbao in the opener whereas Real Betis also suffered an upset against Real Valladolid as they lost to a late winner.Preview, Prediction and Schedule Barcelona.TwitterThe defending champions had a very bad experience last week as they lost Luis Suarez in the first half itself due to an injury. New big signing Antoine Griezmann could not live up to the expectations in the first fixture he played for Barca whereas Frenkie De Jong impressed in his first competitive match for the club.Ernesto Valverde’s tactics in the fixture were very much criticised by fans from all over the world as they blamed the manager for taking the opposition lightly.Lionel Messi’s return to the playing 11 would have been a major boost to the club as the Argentine was slated to take the field in this match. But it has been declared that he won’t be taking part in the match.Despite that, the Blaugrana need to get back in winning form and register their first points on the table as fast as possible so that they don’t fall behind in the marathon league. Real Betis.TwitterOn the other hand, Real Betis lost their first game to Valladolid due to a late goal by Oscar Plano. The El Glorioso who have some big names like Borja Iglesias and Nabil Fekir in their squad need to bounce back in the league so that they don’t fall behind.Last season they beat Barcelona 4-3 at the Camp Nou. They will be looking forward to repeating that feat again as they visit the club’s home grouhnd in the second week of the season. Barca are definitely the favourites to win the match even without Lionel Messi’s inclusion in the starting XI but Real Betis can produce an upset on their day. The probable scoreline will be 2-0 for Barcelona.The Barcelona-Real Betis match will start at 9 PM local time on August 25 and 12.30 PM IST on August 26.Live Streaming: How and where to watch in IndiaThe match will not be telecasted in India as Sony Sports network did not get the broadcasting rights. The fixture will be streamed live on the official La Liga page on Facebook.last_img read more

Housewife gangraped in Thakurgaon

first_imgnonameA housewife was reportedly gang-raped by four neighbours at Kismat Chameshwari village in Sadar upazila of Thakurgaon early Monday, reports UNB.Rokeya Sattar of Thakurgaon Modern Hospital said the victim was admitted to the hospital around 6:50am. Rape will be confirmed after medical tests of the woman.According to the victim, neighbours Harun-or-Rashid, 35, his friends Mynul, 40, Shahin, 30, and Khairul Islam, 60, had been following her for the last few weeks.Her husband went to Tangail on Sunday for work, she said. “Taking the advantage of his absence, they gained entry into my home cutting open the door in the early hours. They gagged me and raped me one-by-one starting with Harun,” she said.At one stage, the victim’s son, a minor, woke up and started screaming. Hearing his screams, locals rushed in and rescued her but the rapists fled the scene, she added.On information, police visited the housewife at the hospital and recorded her statement, said Ashiqur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.Necessary legal measures would be taken after written complaint in this connection, the OC said.last_img read more

Poison Is In The Water Internal Strife Plagues BillionDollar Texas Facilities Commission

first_imgTexas Facilities CommissionTexas Facilities Commission Executive Director Harvey Hilderbran (left) and agency Chairman Robert D. Thomas.Insecure. Insubordinate. Shameful.Those aren’t even the worst slaps delivered to former state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, now director of the billion-dollar agency that builds and maintains state office buildings. Here are a few more choice words and phrases being applied to Hilderbran by two of his own superiors — political appointees who oversee the Texas Facilities Commission: “Duplicity and lying;” “typical politician looking to blame others;” “leadership abdication.”The descriptions were found among hundreds of pages of records provided to The Texas Tribune as part of a months-long investigation of the agency, which manages the facilities of more than 100 state agencies and is responsible for the construction of new state buildings, including a planned revamp of the Capitol complex.Documents and interviews with people who work there portray an agency gripped by internal dysfunction, complaints of special treatment — including big salary increases — for Hilderbran and his confidantes, hostility directed at anyone who dares to buck him and fears that major building initiatives pushed by Gov. Greg Abbott and other state leaders are falling prey to petty squabbles.  In an effort to dial back the tension earlier this year, the commission spent about $5,500 to get “personnel relationship training” from outside consultant DeDe Church & Associates — derisively referred to in emails as “marriage counseling” — but internal correspondence shows relations have continued to deteriorate.In a lengthy written statement sent to The Texas Tribune, Hilderbran expressed pride at his accomplishments as executive director and said many of the problems discussed in the internal records had already been fixed.“It would be a shame for personality issues to taint the good work of this agency,” he said. “I appreciate the support I have from Commissioners and remain committed to working effectively with everyone.”Commissioner Joe Slovacek, an appointee of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and a vocal critic of Hilderbran, questioned the need for expensive outside help and called on the director to “quit acting like a third-grade little girl” and to stop “whisper campaigns” meant to sow dissent among the oversight board.In an August email to Hilderbran, commission Chairman Robert Thomas and another commissioner, Slovacek, said that whenever he leaves the board “someone else can deal with the inmates in the asylum. I am sorry the poison is in the water.”  Slovacek referred the Tribune to Thomas for questions about the commission.“I want everybody to do their jobs,” Thomas said. “I want them to be confident and capable. I want them to be, as the governor says, effective, efficient, accountable and transparent.” He declined to elaborate.Three commissioners who have sided with Hilderbran in public meetings — Betty Reinbeck, Jack Perry and Patti Jones — declined comment. Commissioner William Darby, who has not regularly attended board meetings, did not respond to requests for comment.“I now have SERIOUS reservations”Scandal erupted only a few months after Hilderbran was hired to run the Texas Facilities Commission in early 2015. Hilderbran and others blamed the problems on his predecessor, former state Rep. Terry Keel.An unflattering internal audit said the agency used hiring and promotion practices that ranged from sloppy to unfair when Keel was executive director. Now a top aide to Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, Keel noted the audit was conducted long after he left the agency and blamed the controversy on a commission member who didn’t like his reforms.“I had the full support of that whole commission,” Keel said. “When I left, I was in good standing, and I did a lot to clean up the corruption over there.”But the Tribune’s investigation shows problems have persisted and new ones have sprouted since Hilderbran took the reins.In one email dated July 28, 2017, Thomas, an Abbott appointee, complained that Hilderbran was dragging his feet over the hiring of a chief operations officer that some commissioners describe as key to righting the ship at the agency.“I now have SERIOUS reservations that Harvey will allow that person to effectuate the change necessary (accountability, oversight, metric driven management, etc.) to prevent this Titanic from smashing into the iceberg,” Thomas wrote in the email. “One does not need to be an attorney or have an MBA to know that where there is smoke, there is fire. And the smoke is getting very thick.”Mike Novak, vice chair of the commission, said Hilderbran understood politics well but didn’t have experience running a large organization and needed the kind of help an operations chief could bring. But Novak said Hilderbran “started backpedalling” after initially agreeing to fill the position.“After that, I’m going, ‘Okay Harvey, I’m trying to help you and you didn’t listen. Now you’ve got a mess over there.’ It’s a leadership issue,” Novak said.Weeks after Novak, Slovacek and Thomas complained about Hilderbran’s hot-and-cold approach to hiring a COO, Hilderbran promised to do so if ordered to by the commissioners. But he said he was “perplexed” by the criticism because the commissioners had not reached a consensus on whether filling the position was necessary.“Clearly, there has been a misunderstanding or miscommunication about my views on creating a new position of COO at TFC,” he wrote, adding that hiring a new top-level employee would cut into the agency’s ability to provide bonuses to other staff.  Over the past few months, Thomas and other Hilderbran critics have expressed growing alarm and frustration at what they say is the director’s attempts to quash internal dissent, his refusal to let internal auditors do their work and his failures to rein in strife that could derail high-profile construction and maintenance projects.In a June email to commissioners, Thomas said if they didn’t fix the problems, they wouldn’t be able to blame them on predecessors and claim “it didn’t happen on my watch.”Fear in the ranksIn his statement to the Tribune, Hilderbran said employee morale had improved under his leadership. He also touted what he saw as a string of successes, including reducing a backlog of deferred maintenance on state buildings.However, text messages and emails exchanged among commissioners and agency staffers indicate that employees are afraid of Hilderbran’s wrath and frustrated by his heavy-handed management style and controlling behavior.Gerard Edimo, a high-ranking official at the commission, wrote what he thought was a private text message to Thomas, the chairman. Referring to Hilderbran by his initials, “HH,” Edimo asked Thomas multiple times to delete the message for fear that the director would retaliate against him.“Other commissioners cannot be aware of my text because it will surely trickle down to HH,” Edimo wrote in September 2016. “HH is more concerned about (1) how to defeat you and (2) how to limit the information that management provides to you … The same lack of leadership could derail our P3 initiatives.”“Please Sir,” Edimo concluded, “this text is only for your eyes. Please delete after reading.”Edimo declined an interview request but sent a written statement saying that since he’d sent the message his “perception has evolved.”“The assessment I made in that text message is categorically misinformed,” he wrote.The P3 initiative, which stands for “public private partnership,” is a big priority for Abbott, the Republican governor, according to internal documents. Thomas confirmed that he provided briefing papers to the governor’s office warning that what he called Hilderbran’s mismanagement of the agency threatened the viability of TFC’s infrastructure-building partnerships with private companies.Samuel Franco, director of the TFC’s center for alternative finance and procurement, which oversees the P3 program, texted Thomas in June of this year to alert the chairman that Hilderbran forbade him from sending out information to the other commissioners or to internal P3 working groups without his approval.“He also mentioned that the commissioners could not hire or fire me, only he could and that he was about ready to clean house and fire about five people who are not ‘in line’ with him,” Franco wrote. “Sadly it’s part of his need to always be in control of everything. Classic politician move.”Similar criticisms came from an external consultant who concluded that Hilderbran attempted to stifle criticism and obstruct the work of internal auditors.An August 2017 quality assurance report from the consultant said the agency’s Office of Internal Audit, or OIA, “is not getting the cooperation it needs from agency management, and the Commission is not providing the OIA the support it needs to overcome this handicap.”“The [executive director’s] strategy appears to be, ‘When you don’t like the message, attack and discredit the messenger,’” the consultant wrote. “This attitude appears to be at the root of many of the negative observations expressed in the report.”Hilderbran said he told the external consultant at the time that he disagreed strongly with the findings.Thomas, the chairman, said he informed Abbott’s office earlier this year that Hilderbran’s penchant for “pitting employees against each other and ferreting out any who speak to commissioners” raised the prospect of legal liability for the TFC.Ciara Matthews, a spokesperson for Abbott, said the governor is “concerned about the current state of affairs at the Facilities Commission.”“As he’s done with other agencies when problems arise,” Matthews said, “the Governor will take the appropriate action to redirect the agency to getting back to its core mission and meet the needs of state government.”Salary increasesQuestions have also been raised about bonuses and salary increases Hilderbran has awarded to employees.An anonymous complaint sent to the State Auditor’s Office claimed that the bonuses and salary increases awarded at Hilderbran’s discretion “are not based on performance, but on relationships with” him. TFC General Counsel Kay Molina responded that the anonymous complaint was without merit. The auditor’s office has not conducted an audit of the issue.  According to state comptroller records, Hilderbran’s executive assistant, Debbie Van Bibber, and government relations specialist Maya Ingram both received double-digit pay increases. Van Bibber’s salary went from $55,000 to $72,000 in 2015; Ingram’s pay increased from $58,000 to $78,000 in that same time period. Ingram recently left the agency.William Monroe, the agency’s chief financial officer, got a $10,000 bonus and a $22,000 salary bump – from $118,000 to $140,000 annually – around May 2016. Molina, the agency’s general counsel, got a $6,000 bonus in August 2015 and her annual salary went up $8,200, to a total of $140,000 last year.This year Hilderbran himself got a $7,158 raise — to a total of $177,982 — from the Texas Legislature, a pay bump that later received the commission’s blessing. Slovacek cast the lone “no” vote.Hilderbran said he never asked the Legislature or the commission for an increase and told the Tribune last week he would not accept it.But he said the staff raises were needed to ensure employee retention and equity among similarly ranked positions.“Our agency mission is being carried out in compliance with the law and with state and agency policies and procedures — and there is nothing to indicate otherwise,” he said.See Hilderbran’s full statement, and select emails from Hilderbran and commissioners, here. Sharelast_img read more

Budget Vote Delayed And Carlos Correas Massage The Good Bad And Ugly

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /12:32 Listen A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of it all.This week, our panel weighs in on these stories:A clerical oversight causing a two-week delay in the city’s budget voteAstros star Carlos Correa getting injured from a massageOur panel of non-experts this week includes:Marco Roberts, president of the Log Cabin Republicans of HoustonBrenda Valdivia, comedian, voice actor, and owner of Mockingbird NetworkCharles Kuffner, who writes the Off the Kuff political blog X last_img read more

KMC pulls down centuryold building in city

first_imgtKolkata: In a major move the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Wednesday pulled down a century-old “dangerous and dilapidated” building in Central Kolkata.The civic authorities had earlier identified the building as dilapidated and requested the residents to vacate the premises. But despite the KMC notice, the residents continued to stay in the house. It had also put up a notice in front of the house.KMC usually does not pull down old structures that are occupied on humanitarian grounds and requests the residents to repair them. But the requests only evoke lukewarm responses. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe residents continue to stay in the old houses and KMC is blamed when portions of these houses collapse. In 2017, as many as 22 people who used to live in old dilapidated and dangerous houses, had died.As monsoon poses a serious threat to these structures, the Building department of KMC had decided to demolish these houses. A KMC team led by the senior officials of the Building department and demolition workers began pulling down the old tenanted house on Rani Rashmoni Road. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe building, not repaired for the past 50 years or more, was occupied by tenants who pay monthly rent that vary between Rs 25 to Rs 50 per month. The owner said that it is not possible for him to repair the building with this amount.Senior civic officials said around 2,000 buildings have been identified, which are dangerous and dilapidated. The civic authorities have failed to identify the owners of some of these houses. “The problem lies with the houses where the ownership is not known. The tenants had trespassed the houses and are not paying any rent,” they said. On March 10, 2017, the Bengal Legislative Assembly had unanimously passed The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, which gives KMC the power to auction a building, pull it down and construct a new one with proper rehabilitation of the tenants, where the owners have failed to repair the structures.KMC had put up billboards all over the city, requesting the owners of buildings that are more than 50 years old, to examine the health of the structures by an empanelled structural engineer. Senior civic officials said some owners of old buildings have shown interest in pulling down the houses with proper rehabilitation of the tenants.”We cannot allow inmates of old dilapidated buildings to die every year. We will continue to pull down these structures for the safety and security of the occupants of the adjacent buildings,” a senior civic official said.last_img read more

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first_imgUnlike the standard 2-D TRUS-guided prostate biopsy, which takes random tissue samples from the prostate and has a higher rate of missing cancerous cells within the gland, the 3-D Ultrasound/MRI Fusion Biopsy combines the clarity of an MRI image with a 3-D ultrasound image. This creates an enhanced 3-D map of the prostate for improved visualization of the gland, allowing determination of the exact location of potential tumors.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | December 04, 2014 Chesapeake Urology Improves Prostate Cancer Detection and Diagnosis With 3-D Ultrasound/MRI Fusion Biopsy More than 500 prostate biopsies have been performed utilizing this technology Related Content The picture shows that time series signal is extracted from a series of ultrasound frames for classification. Each patch across a number of frames inside the prostate is classified into either cancerous or normal tissue. The image at the lower right corner shows the overall result for those frames. Image courtesy of Pingkun Yan and researchers from NIH, University of British Columbia and Queens University. News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | May 28, 2019 Improved Imaging for Prostate Cancer Could Lead to More Effective Treatment Engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are working to improve imaging methods in order to make medicine more… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more December 4, 2014 — Chesapeake Urology Associates offers a state-of-the-art prostate cancer diagnostic, which fuses detailed MRI scans with live, real-time ultrasound images of the prostate. This biopsy system provides Chesapeake urologists with the capability to pinpoint tumors within the prostate gland, leading to more targeted treatment planning and better outcomes.By combining advanced MRI imaging with 3-D ultrasound technology, this new biopsy system:Creates a 3-D map of the prostateIdentifies suspicious lesions or targets on MRIFuses or overlaps the 3-D MRI image onto the real-time 3-D ultrasound image of the prostateProvides clear visualization of the biopsy needle and the targeted lesion for accurate guidanceStores the exact location of each biopsy sample for future referencebopsy News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more center_img News | Proton Therapy | July 17, 2019 Shorter Courses of Proton Therapy Equally Effective in Treating Prostate Cancer July 17, 2019 — Treating prostate cancer read more News | Artificial Intelligence | April 18, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Performs As Well As Experienced Radiologists in Detecting Prostate Cancer University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) system to… read more News | Prostate Cancer | June 17, 2019 Black Men Less Likely to Adopt Active Surveillance for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer A new study reveals black men are less likely than white men to adopt an active surveillance strategy for their… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 13, 2019 Blue Earth Diagnostics Expands Access to Axumin in Europe Blue Earth Diagnostics announced expanded access to the Axumin (fluciclovine (18F)) imaging agent in Europe. The first… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Princess Margaret Cancer Center uses machine learning to create automated treatment plansVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:22Loaded: 4.83%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Study Finds Where Our Brain Stores the Time and Place of Memories

first_img Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | November 24, 2015 Study Finds Where Our Brain Stores the Time and Place of Memories A first view of real-life memories ‘on the scale of our lives’ News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more For the first time, scientists have seen evidence of where the brain records the time and place of real-life memories.Results showed that the similarity of the brain activation patterns when memories were recalled was an indicator of the breadth of space and time between the actual events.Participants in the Ohio State University study wore a smartphone around their neck with an app that took random photos for a month. Later, when the participants relived memories related to those photos in an fMRI scanner, researchers found that a part of the brain’s hippocampus stores information about where and when their specific memories occurred.In fact, the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that the further apart the memories occurred in space and time, the farther apart the memories’ representations appeared in the hippocampus.“What we’re picking up here is not the whole memory, but the basic gist – the where and when of the experience,” said Per Sederberg, senior author of the study and assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State.“This could be viewed as the memory hub, where we have these general, large-scale representations of our experiences.”Similar work has been done in rats – in fact the discovery of rat neurons that code for space won the Nobel Prize in Medicine last year. But in rats, the space they live in can be measured in feet.There have also been studies in humans that ask them to recall lists of words or other information that they had just seen – but that recorded memories of just a few minutes that were created under experimental conditions.This study greatly expands on both of those dimensions, by looking at real-life memories in humans.“We found that the hippocampus represents time and space for at least a month of memories spanning up to 30 kilometers (19 miles) in space,” Sederberg said. “It is the first time we’ve been able to study memories on the scale of our lives.”Sederberg led the study with Dylan Nielson, a Ph.D. graduate of Ohio State. Other co-authors were Troy Smith and Vishnu Sreekumar of Ohio State and Simon Dennis, a former Ohio State professor now at the University of Newcastle in Australia.The study involved nine women aged 19 to 26 who wore an Android-based smartphone on a strap around their neck for one month. The phone was equipped with a custom lifeblogging app designed by Dennis. The app would take photos at random times of the day, recording the time, location, whether the person was moving and other information.Over the course of the month, the phone took an average of about 5,400 photos for each participant.After the month was over, the participants were placed in an fMRI scanner that measured activity in their brain while they were shown 120 of their own photos. Participants were asked to try to remember the event depicted in each picture and relive the experience in their mind while viewing the photo for eight seconds.The researchers compared fMRI data on pairs of images for each participant. The photo pairs chosen were taken at least 100 meters and 16 hours apart.Remembering an experience “lights up” many parts of the brain, but different memories create different patterns of activity. The more different two memories are, the more different the pattern of activity will be. Results showed that patterns of activity in the left anterior hippocampus were more different for memories of events that happened further apart in time and space.“If the participants didn’t recall the images, we didn’t see this relationship,” Sederberg said.“We also don’t get this effect if we only asked about the time and not the place of the memory. We found that time and space are very much intertwined in our representations of memories.”Sederberg said the representations they found in the left anterior of the hippocampus aren’t the totality of the memories, but just the broad picture of where and when it occurred. Other research suggests that the posterior portion of the hippocampus may “fine-tune” the time and place.“What we found may be just the targeting mechanism that gives us the general gist of the memory. And then there is a process that moves out through the rest of the hippocampus and spreads out through the cortex as we relive the entirety of the memory,” he said.Sederberg noted that the hippocampus is one of the first areas of the brain to degrade in Alzheimer’s disease.“People with Alzheimer’s may forget experiences and people because they are not able to effectively target their old memories. They can’t retrieve memories because they can’t get the right general cue to get to that memory,” he said.That’s one of the issues he would like to explore in future studies. Sederberg said he hopes to repeat this study with people of different ages and with people who are showing early signs of dementia to see how their brains are representing their memories.He also plans to collect months or even a year’s worth of data to see how we target memories over even longer periods of time and greater distances.“We’ve got a decade or more of work ahead of us. This is just the first step,” Sederberg said.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more last_img read more

Thailand introduced unique local experiences to the world

first_imgSource = Tourism Authority of Thailand Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi graciously visited the Thailand pavilion at the WTM 2016Thailand introduced unique local experiences to the world at WTM 2016Designed to fit in with the “Year of Sustainable Tourism Development” proclaimed by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) for 2017, the “Unique Thai Local Experiences” campaign is being extensively publicised at the World Travel Market 2016, one of the world’s largest travel trade shows being held from 7 to 9 November, 2016.TAT has been participating in the WTM since its inception in 1980. This year, the Thai contingent includes 48 exhibitors including high-quality hotels, health and wellness facilities, as well as world-class food and beverage outlets, which are embedded with giving a touch of Thainess and local experiences to their guests.This year at the Thailand Pavilion, Thai sellers and TAT staff are welcoming visitors by offering a touch of Thai Local Experiences in various interesting activities. At the demonstration under the story of ‘Thai Rice, Thai Life’, visitors can learn about the local life of Thai farmers through virtual reality like they are actually travelling in Thailand and sample rice tea and a snack while trying a hand rice milk scrub. Also, they can join in a Thai pronunciation challenge in a ‘Pa-Sa-Thai’ (Thai language) machine to see how best they can pronounce like the locals and win and take some souvenirs.H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and SportAt the Thailand Networking Lunch session, H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports said, “We are here at WTM 2016; this means life goes on in Thailand with the strong intention to follow in the King’s Footsteps. Now it is Thailand’s sharing period. We would like to thank our friends from all over the world for standing by us during this period of time. All events, festivals and sports tournaments and cultural traditions, will be going ahead as scheduled though a sense of respect and appropriateness will be maintained, as well as to ensure safety and security for tourists coming to the Kingdom.”In recognition of His Majesty’s multifarious duties of national sports, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports has planned to turn Thailand into a sporting hub by promoting and supporting regional and international sporting events and tournaments; such as, the Air Race One flying test event, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2016, the Thailand Equestrian Princess’s Cup, the Jet-Ski King’s Cup, and the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.Tuk-tuk, one of Thailand’s unique icons is on the display at the Thailand pavilion at the WTM 2016Moreover, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports working closely with the Ministry of Public Health, has launched a ‘Visit Thailand Enhance Your Healthy Life’ campaign for medical tourism, as well as joined hands with TAT to attend significant world medical trade events and roadshows.In 2017, TAT aims to offer “Value for Experiences” to travellers coming to the Kingdom by focussing on “Unique Thai Local Experiences” to the world. In line with the Thailand 4.0 model, TAT will highlighting a value-based economy driven by innovation and looking to be a creative economy delivering creative tourism. TAT has also initiated the LINK project in which ‘L’ represents Local Experiences; ‘I’ for Innovation; ‘N’ for Networking and ‘K’ for Keeping character. This is aimed to promote the local tourism in various communities in Thailand; such as, Ban Na Ton Chan Community in Sukhothai province, Kram Sakon in Sakon Nakhon province, Ban Nam Chiao Ecotourism Community, Trat province, and Ko Klang Community, Krabi province.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT GovernorMr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “Promoting the local experience will not only benefit visitors, but also the local people as well as travel agents. We strongly believe that each local community of Thailand can deliver distinctive, genuine, unique hospitality and Thai culture with new exciting experiences to tourists. Also, this will create new and unique quality products for travel agents to offer to their customers.”From 1 January – 22 October, 2016, Thailand welcomed 26.4 million tourists, generating an income of 26.5 billion Pounds, up 11.82 percent and 15.59 percent, respectively. The top five tourism spending countries are China, Malaysia, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.At the end of 2016, TAT expects to reach 35 billion Pounds, an increase of 18 per cent based on a projection of 33 million international tourists. Amazing Thailanddiscover more herelast_img read more

Home Point Financial Announces Executive Team Additions

first_imgHome Point Financial Announces Executive Team Additions Share February 5, 2018 519 Views in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Originationcenter_img Home Point Financial Corporation (Home Point), a national, multi-channel mortgage originator and servicer recently announced that it has named Richard Bradfield as Enterprise CFO (ECFO) and Bill Shuler as CIO. Both will report directly to Willie Newman, Home Point Financial President and CEO.“I’d like to welcome Rich and Bill to the Home Point team,” said Newman. “We are fortunate to have added two leaders with their depth and breadth of experience. They are great additions to our already strong executive group.”Prior to joining Home Point, Bradfield spent more than 25 years at PHH Corporation, most recently in the role of SVP, Head of Originations, Financial Institutions Group. He is an accomplished and seasoned financial executive.Schuler previously served as President of WPS Advisors, LLC, and prior to that, as COO at Genesis Pure.  He has nearly twenty years’ experience leading business and information technology divisions.“It’s a tremendous opportunity to join an organization with such potential for significant growth and development,” said Bradfield. Shuler added, “I’m pleased to combine my experience in information technology with the strategic initiatives set forth by our executive team.” home point financial HOUSING mortgage 2018-02-05 Nicole Caspersonlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The last four Cardinals games have been watched by half of local television viewers at the time of broadcast. Cardinals games are the most-watched programs of any kind in the market.The average number of viewers for the 2014 season is 474,000 Phoenix area homes.The team’s television numbers have increased 30 percent since last year, the largest jump in the NFL. The Carolina Panthers, second on the list, have a 15 percent increase.Arizona’s 11-game streak of 400,000 or more viewers dates back to last season, and is the longest streak in team history.The Cardinals play the Philadelphia Eagles at home Sunday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals have started the season 5-1 for the first time since 1976, and Valley TV viewers have taken notice.This season’s television ratings are the highest ever for the Cardinals through the first six games.Last Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders was watched in 486,000 Valley households, garnering a 26.5 rating with a 50 share, according to the NFL and The Nielsen Company. That is the highest ever rating for a Cardinals Week 7 game.center_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more