Washington bishop signs onto Asian American Christian Collaborative statement condemning…

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Raymond Chang and Michelle Ami Reyes, leaders of the AACC; Jenny Yang, vice president for advocacy and policy at World Relief; and Eugene Cho, CEO and president of Bread for the World.Other prominent signers include Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Shirley Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities; the Rev. Soong-Chan Rah and Mark Charles, authors of “Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery”; Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; Mimi Haddad, president and CEO of CBE (Christians for Biblical Equality) International; and the Rev. Brenda Salter McNeil, professor of reconciliation studies at Seattle Pacific University.“The Atlanta Massacre is the Asian American community’s George Floyd moment,” Reyes said in a written statement.“Now is the time to collectively stand for AAPI lives and dignity. If people stay silent, if people do nothing, we will see more of these sorts of horrific tragedies against Asians and Asian Americans in the future.”The statement situates the Atlanta shootings in what it refers to as “a long chain of hate and violence experienced by those of Asian descent in the United States.” That includes systemic anti-immigrant policies, the sexualization of Asian women in America and a surge in anti-Asian racism and violence tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the AACC.It also calls out American Christianity, noting the accused shooter — a 21-year-old white man — reportedly was a Christian and that “churches, denominations, and political ideologies/idolatries have normalized the dangerous ideologies that motivated him.”The statement calls on Christians and church leaders to take several actions. That includes confessing their failures in discipling congregants out of Christian nationalism;  preaching against anti-Asian racism, denouncing the Atlanta shootings and honoring the victims by using their names instead of centering the accused shooter; and educating congregations about Asian American issues, anti-Asian bias, the exotification of Asian women and Asian American histories of oppression and resistance.The statement also calls on Christian leaders to invite, empower and hire Asian American ministry leaders to speak into the ways their institutions can respond to anti-Asian racism and listen to their experiences. Outside of the church, the statement said, fighting anti-Asian racism looks like demanding federal agencies review how they define hate crimes, supporting legislation aimed at protecting victims and learning how the “model minority myth” pits Asian Americans against other people of color.Monday’s statement is the second statement released by the Asian American Christian Collaborative. The first, released almost exactly one year ago, launched the collaborative and denounced the anti-Asian racism its members had seen and experienced at the outset of the pandemic. 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GSEs Making Push to Clear NPLs From Portfolios, Help Borrowers With Loss Mitigation

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: avoiding foreclosure Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Loss Mitigation Non-Performing Mortgage Loans With Fannie Mae’s announcement on Thursday that it is going to begin selling pools of non-performing single-family mortgage loans, it is clear that the GSEs are making a strong push to rid themselves of the backlog of deeply delinquent loans on their books five years after the peak of the foreclosure wave.The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which has been the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since September 2008, wants the two GSEs to clear out non-performing loans from their portfolios. Freddie Mac has conducted three sales of NPLs totaling $1.97 billion in unpaid principal balance in the last eight months, while Fannie Mae’s next such sale will be its first. It will likely not be the last, though; Fannie Mae’s SVP for Credit Portfolio Management, Joy Cianci, said the GSE is intent on “building these sales into a regular, programmatic offering to the market.”The two GSEs are not merely trying to excise these loans from their books, however – many of the loans are two years or even three years delinquent, meaning the borrowers who occupy the homes in those cases are in some stage of mitigation or are in foreclosure. The FHFA wants to help borrowers in these cases avoid foreclosure at all costs; in early March, FHFA issued enhanced requirements for the buyers and servicers of Agency non-performing loans that call for bidders to identify servicing partners at the time of qualification and complete a questionnaire to demonstrate a record of successful loan resolution through foreclosure alternatives.Also as part of the enhanced requirements, servicers who purchase non-performing Agency loans must apply a “waterfall of resolution tactics” before resorting to foreclosure and report loan resolution results and borrower outcomes to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for four years after the NPL sale.”These transactions are intended to reduce the number of seriously delinquent loans that Fannie Mae owns, to help stabilize neighborhoods, and to offer borrowers access to additional foreclosure prevention options,” Cianci said.According to the FHFA’s most recent foreclosure prevention report issued in late March, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac completed 307,200 foreclosure prevention actions combined in 2014 and have completed 3.4 million such actions since the conservatorship began in September 2008. Foreclosure prevention actions include home retention actions such as permanent loan modifications, repayment plans, and forbearance plans as well as home forfeiture actions such as short sales and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure.Freddie Mac’s most recent NPL sale occurred on March 25, when it sold 5,398 deeply delinquent loans in three pools with a combined $985 million in UPB. It was Freddie Mac’s largest NPL sale ever; the previous two sales were in February for $392 million and in August 2014 for $596 million. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago avoiding foreclosure Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Loss Mitigation Non-Performing Mortgage Loans 2015-04-06 Brian Honea GSEs Making Push to Clear NPLs From Portfolios, Help Borrowers With Loss Mitigation Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / GSEs Making Push to Clear NPLs From Portfolios, Help Borrowers With Loss Mitigation April 6, 2015 1,714 Views Previous: DS News Webcast: Monday 4/6/2015 Next: Freddie Mac Announces STACR’s Inaugural Actual Loss Transaction Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe  Print This Post About Author: Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Trail Mix: Dan Lotti and Dangermuffin

first_imgThough singer/songwriter Dan Lotti recently left Folly Beach, South Carolina, for the mountains of western North Carolina, his former homestead on the beach will always hold a special place in his heart. While in Folly Beach, Lotti – along with Mike Sivilli and Steven Sandifer – founded Dangermuffin, a band that, frankly, could not have originated anywhere other than surfside.Dangermuffin’s sound – an incredible blending of bluegrass, folk rock, spacey jams, and reggae – is a modern day folk surf soundtrack. I was hooked after taking a first listen Moonscapes, the band’s 2010 release. I am now spinning Songs For The Universe, the band’s newest record, virtually nonstop. Each time I listen, I am overwhelmed by an easy-hearted mellowness. I can’t help it. Lotti and his mates have a knack for writing music that resonates with positivity and good vibes. It never fails that, after listening to Dangermuffin, I just feel better.I recently caught up with Dan Lotti while he was in Folly Beach to chat up Dangermuffin’s hometown. Based on his descriptions, I have a trip scheduled for the not too distant future.BRO – Favorite local band?DL – There is so much great music going on here in Folly Beach and we only have a handful of bars. I am a big fan of The Travelin’ Kine and Weigh Station.BRO – Must visit spot for an out of towner?DL – That would have to be Bert’s Market. It has a great late night menu and the deli station makes sandwiches twenty-four hours a day. They have a fantastic growler station and all sorts of beach munchies. Bert’s is the heart of Folly Beach.BRO – Favorite place to see a band?DL – My favorite local venue is the Surf Bar. That’s where we got our start as a band. There was a beautiful vibe every Sunday evening with bluegrass, surf videos, and woodstoves.BRO – Favorite eatery?DL – I love Lost Dog Café on Folly Beach. It is always packed on weekends and the experience is always memorable.BRO – Cool historical tidbit?DL – Folly Beach was almost named Gershwin Isle. Porgy and Bess was written here, so when you hear “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” that there’s Folly Beach!It looks like Dangermuffin will be taking the balance of 2014 off, but January finds them all over the Southeast, with dates in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia already slated. For more information on those dates, others on the schedule, or how to get your hands on Songs For The Universe, fly over to www.dangermuffinmusic.com.Also be sure to check out “Little Douglas,” a track from the new record that includes Keller Williams on bass, on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

A vision for new hire utopia in the branch

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chad Davis Chad Davis is Industry Sr Solutions Marketing Manger, F5 Networks, which is the leader in app security and multi-cloud management. He can be reached at [email protected] Web: https://www.f5.com Details The first day on a new job should be an exciting opportunity, but too often it begins with uncertainty and confusion (Where do I park? Who should I ask for when I arrive?) followed by seemingly endless, mind-numbing paperwork. Let’s compare that traditional experience—something most everyone has been through—to what onboarding could be. First, the standard approach: Top candidates receive, negotiate and accept job offers and then don’t hear from their recruiting or hiring managers for weeks. They have to follow up to find out any details about their first day. When they arrive, they are ushered to a conference room where they spend hours filling out forms, thumbing through policy manuals and watching training videos. Their workstation may not be ready, they’re on their own to figure out lunch, and their manager may be too busy to welcome them until the end of an exhausting day. Now let’s envision a better start: New employees receive an email from the recruiter within days of accepting job offers, with a warm welcome, an agenda for the first day, an introduction to the organization and maybe even their new team, and links to required documents in paperless format with instructions on how to complete them electronically at their convenience. When they arrive for their first day, new hires are treated as VIPs, greeted at the front door by their recruiter, manager, and/or new colleagues, who present them with a personalized gift of company swag. After a quick tour, they spend the morning (or day) learning about the organization and have lunch with their supervisors. When their initial orientation is completed, they are guided to meet their team and learn about how their training will proceed. In short, suggests a new ebook from Kronos, “Improved Best Practices for Onboarding,What you need to know to create a more effective new-hire strategy in financial services,” employers can design a new-hire strategy to “simplify the process for your HR team while delighting your new hires with a more positive experience.” The goal in re-envisioning onboarding is to enhance retention of new employees and to improve training and coaching so that they are more productive more quickly. The benefits of developing a more effective onboarding process could show up in:reduced turnover, with a corresponding decline in recruiting and training costs;improved service delivery and related financial results through a faster transition from new hire to trainee to proficient employee; andpositive buzz from new employees that offers an advantage in a competitive hiring market.As the Kronos guide sums it up, “a good onboarding plan gives new hires clear direction from the start on their responsibilities and goals, provides solid training to set them up for success early, encourages engagement with their manager and coworkers, and monitors for trends to keep them on the right track.”‘Gifted’ new employeesUnion Bank & Trust, Lincoln, Neb., upgraded its onboarding program with the aim “to make it more of an experience for new employees than just showing up and getting paperwork shoved at them,” HRIS & Benefits Coordinator Katie Davis says.In fact, a lot of that paperwork is behind them by the time they officially launch their careers with UB&T. In their “preboarding” phase, new staff members have the opportunity on their own time to review and sign required documents online through an automated paperless DocuSign system. Now when they arrive for their first day, new employees are greeted with a personalized gift bag that includes a UB&T branded pen, tumbler and tee shirt to wear when volunteering in the community for their company. Their first-day orientation includes viewing a short video on the bank’s 100-year history that also introduces its CEO and a PowerPoint presentation reviewing the documents they have signed previously.Other onboarding enhancements are a new employee checklist for managers to keep everyone on track with all the first-day and first-week introductions, Davis notes. For example, managers line up colleagues to have lunch with their new team member every day for their first week on the job.   Proactive, positive, productiveUB&T’s example demonstrates many of the elements at the core of revamping the onboarding process: automating the paper trail, planning a positive first day and first week for new employees, and lightening the load for HR and hiring managers with a handy checklist for scheduling and implementing each step in welcoming and training new employees—not just for the first day, but for the three to six months required for new hires to develop their skills, competencies and confidence to fully handle their responsibilities and get comfortable in their work environment. Our new ebook sets out onboarding essentials from the first day (make sure the tour includes pointing out where the rest rooms are!) through the next six months (a final HR check-in to make sure employees are settled in and to seek their feedback on the process). An additional advantage of establishing a formal onboarding program is that HR and hiring managers can more easily assess the effectiveness of its elements and monitor outcomes. Ongoing evaluation with the aim of fine-tuning the new-hire strategy brings this process full circle. Monitor turnover rates, especially among employees in the first six months. Establish your metrics for proficiency and then measure how long it takes new employees to get there. Set up regular check-ins with the HR team, trainers and managers to ensure completion of onboarding steps and discuss any useful modifications in the process. Effective onboarding can and should be a positive experience for new employees and their managers and coworkers as their newest colleagues become productive contributors. Perhaps the best evidence that the process is working is that it will be needed less often as those new hires become long-term, impactful members of the team.  last_img read more

Fox Sports anchor apologizes for ‘completely inappropriate’ Hitler sketch

first_img“The segment on my Fox League show on Sunday in which we showed an image of Hitler in crowd cut outs was in poor taste and completely inappropriate,” Johns said. “I know Fox Sports has apologized but I need to personally step up to this. I know how raw and devastating those events remain for so many people and families. I acknowledge it was wrong and I apologize to our viewers and to everyone in the community who is rightly concerned and offended by the segment. I’ve reached out and spoken directly to Vic Alhadeff at the Jewish Board of Deputies this morning to apologize to the Jewish community and I’ll be apologizing on air to all our viewers on Thursday night’s show.”As for the NRL, the league said it will review the process behind the “Fan in the Stand” promotion.“We are reviewing the vetting process for Fan in the Stand,” an NRL spokesman told The Guardian . “The weekend was a trial run and trials are designed to iron out issues.” https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/df/11/harold-shipman-ftr_khck8egty7d91ma8uojuyyowy.png?t=1887431242&w=500&quality=80In an apparent attempt to make fun of the fact that some had used joking images of fans in the stands, the “Sunday Night with Matty Johns” show inserted an image of Hitler into the stands. The image was not used as an actual fan in the stand and was instead created by someone who works on the show.Viewers quickly noticed the image of Hitler and began to voice their complaints online.Really @FOXNRL ? That’s the joke you’re going to go with? That’s your gag? Hitler? You sure? You vetted that joke, and settled on Hitler. pic.twitter.com/dsykhBLEJx— Laurie Horesh (@LaurieHoresh) May 31, 2020Fox Sports issued an apology later in the day.”We are very concerned by an incident involving an inappropriate image shown as part of one of our live shows discussing NRL crowd cut-outs. We are currently reviewing the circumstances and examining the action we need to ensure those involved understand it is not acceptable. We sincerely apologize for the offense the image has caused.”Matty Johns issued a personal statement through Fox Sports , and took responsibility for the image. While most fans followed the rules, others decided to troll. In one instance, a fan used the face of British serial killer Harold Shipman, so he appeared in the stands. (Fox Sports Australia) Fox Sports has apologized after an image of Adolf Hitler was Photoshopped into a sketch on the “Sunday Night with Matty Johns” show.The controversy began as a result of the “Fan in the Stand” promotion put on by the Australian National Rugby League. The promotion made it so fans could pay 22 Australian dollars to have lifesize images of their face put onto cardboard cutouts and placed in the stands since the games can’t have real fans.last_img read more

Bowie scorches 100m, Walsh masters shot

first_img– Imperial Walsh – London, United Kingdom | AFP | American Tori Bowie upset Jamaican favourite Elaine Thompson to win world 100m on Sunday, as New Zealander Tomas Walsh dominated the shot put with a stunning series of throws.Before another packed-out session at the London Stadium, Greek pole vaulter Ekaterina Stefanidi and heptathlete Nafi Thiam also added world titles to the Olympic golds they won in Rio last year.Earlier in the day, Kenya’s Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui won the men’s marathon to make up for his country’s podium no-show in the last two championships, while Kenyan-born Bahraini Rose Chelimo edged veteran Edna Kiplagat to win the women’s race.Twenty-four hours after the fireworks of the men’s 100m final when Usain Bolt was upstaged by arch-rival Justin Gatin, Bowie ensured the US team made it 2-0 in the sprint stakes over Jamaica on day three of the championships.Bowie made up for her silver at the Rio Games with a savage dip at the line that saw her win in 10.85 seconds, just one-hundredth ahead of Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou, with Thompson fifth (10.98).“The dive doesn’t feel too good now,” said US champion Bowie. “I never give up until I’m over the line.”Bowie fell to the ground after crossing the line and initially it was Ta Lou who celebrated only for the board to say otherwise.“I had no idea that I had won,” said Bowie. “The only thing I knew was that tonight I was going to lay it all on the line.”Thompson had started well, but faded after the halfway mark, unable to find an extra gear as she has done most of the season.Ta Lou then emerged as the clear leader but Bowie ate into her advantage and then produced the dip of her life to take the title from under the diminutive Ivorian’s nose. In the field, Walsh was in imperial form, producing his best, 22.03 metres, with the sixth and final effort in the men’s shot.The 25-year-old former builder edged out America’s defending champion Joe Kovacs, who posted a best of 21.66.There was drama to the end, however, as Kovacs was left fuming that his final throw that appeared to be more than 22m was ruled, rightly, a foul.Croatia’s Stipe Zunic took the bronze with 21.46m whilst there was disappointment for Olympic champion Ryan Crouser, who could finish only sixth with 21.20m.“To pull it out on the last one is awesome,” said Walsh.“I knew that Crouser was going to attack on the last attempt and it is so special for me to know that I was able to attack, too.”Greece’s Olympic champion Stefanidi enjoyed a compelling battle with American Sandi Morris in the pole vault.The 27-year-old vaulted a national record of 4.91 metres for victory, failing three times at what would have been a championship record of 5.02m.Morris, the world indoor champion and Olympic silver medallist on countback from Stefanidi in Rio last year, claimed silver with a best of 4.75m.Cuba’s defending champion Yarisley Silva shared bronze with Robeilys Peinado of Venezuela.Stefanidi’s feat was mirrored by Thiam, the 21-year-old Belgian doing just enough in the seventh and final event of the heptathlon, the 800m, to amass a winning total of 6,784 points, with overnight leader Carolin Schafer of Germany taking silver with 6,696.“It was a really difficult year, with a lot of pressure but I managed to produce a great performance,” Thiam said.“The thing with sport is, it doesn’t always pay off when you work hard and you’re never really sure if you’re going to produce something great. I’m doing great things at the moment but I know hard times are going to come at some point, they do for everyone.“But as long as it’s going good I’m going to use my happiness as motivation.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more