Danish gaming venues to close amid new Covid-19 measures

first_img The Danish Gaming Authority (Spillemyndigheden) has confirmed land-based gambling venues in 18 municipalities across the country will have to temporarily close from 9 December in line with new novel coronavirus (Covid-19) measures. Denmark currently has eight active licences for land-based casinos, including two on board ferries, while a further permit has been issued for a land-based casino in Copenhagen, which had been scheduled to open before the end of the year. Email Address Permission to operate land-based casinos is granted for up to 10 years at a time. Indoor sporting venues and cultural centres will also have to remain shuttered until at least January. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The closure order, which applies to casinos, gaming halls and restaurants, has been issued by the Danish government and will cover the Greater Copenhagen area, Aarhus, Odense and several areas with the Sjælland region. The window to apply for land-based gaming permits opened in October and is due to run until 29 January, with applications for casinos on board Danish ships in regular service also set to be accepted during this period. It comes as Spillemyndigheden is accepting applications for new land-based and on-ship casinos in the country.center_img In total, 38 municipalities in Denmark now face the stricter rules, with all land-based gambling venues in these areas having to close until 3 January next year. Danish gaming venues to close amid new Covid-19 measures Topics: Casino & games Land-based casino Regions: Denmark The announcement came after the government said it would also extend national measures until at least 28 February next year. This will see people urged to limit social contact with others and to work from home possible. Casino & games Tags: Covid-19 7th December 2020 | By Robert Fletcherlast_img read more

Alteo Limited (ALT.mu) HY2016 Interim Report

first_imgAlteo Limited (ALT.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Energy sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Alteo Limited (ALT.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Alteo Limited (ALT.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Alteo Limited (ALT.mu)  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAlteo Limited is a holding company, which deals in cane farming, sugar milling, sugar refining, energy production, real estate and hospitality in Mauritius and regionally. The company was established in September 2017 and is headquartered in San Pierre, Mauritius. Alteo Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

3 takeaway tips from Terry Smith’s latest letter to shareholders

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. 3 takeaway tips from Terry Smith’s latest letter to shareholders Based on his track record, Terry Smith is a man worth paying attention to. As of 31 December 2019, Smith’s Fundmsith Equity Fund had achieved an annualised rate of return of 18.2%, compared to the 11.9% achieved by its benchmark.This translates to a cumulative return of a little over 364% for investors since its inception in November 2010. No wonder he’s often to referred to at the ‘UK’s Warren Buffett’. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Like those of the Sage of Omaha, I think Smith’s annual letters to shareholders contain lots of great advice for all long term investors. Here are some of the key takeaways from this year’s reflections.Ignore the unpredictableDespite achieving a total return of 25.6%, Smith said the performance in 2019 had been impacted by the rally in sterling following renewed hope of a breakthrough on Brexit. Considering the majority of Fundsmith’s holding are US-based, this clearly had implications for how the portfolio behaved overall.Smith doesn’t think investors should lose sleep over such things. Instead, he recommended they imagine asking the management teams of those companies the fund owned to identify the top three factors responsible for their success. Things like “strong brands”, “market share” and “product innovation” would likely be mentioned. One thing they probably won’t talk about is currency movements.This way of thinking neatly sits well with the Foolish philosophy that part of being a good investor is learning what you can control and what you can’t. Since no one has any idea where anything related to the economy is going for certain, it’s far better to concentrate on finding great businesses that are worthy of your capital. Value isn’t everythingFundsmith’s investing strategy is simple. Buy great companies, don’t overpay, and then do nothing. Notice, however, there’s no reference to focusing on what’s cheap.Using an example from 2012, Smith suggested we should be wary of listening to anyone who believes that the strong run in stocks, such as those held by Fundsmith, was about to end and a rotation into value was just around the corner. Those taking this advice to heart, he said, would have lost out on all the gains achieved by so-called ‘expensive’ stocks in the years since. Cheap stocks are rarely good businesses, Smith added, because most won’t make good returns on the capital they invest. Moreover, anyone profiting from one would then need to find another. This incurs transaction costs that ultimately impact on performance. Whether you share his aversion to value for its own sake or not, it’s hard to argue against this last point.Keep an eye on liquidityWhile previously reluctant to do so, Smith also gave his thoughts on fellow fund manager Neil Woodford’s fall from grace. Like many others, he identified that Woodford’s woes (and, consequently, those of his investors) were caused by the “lethal combination” of operating an open-ended fund that had a lot of cash invested in unquoted, highly illiquid companies. This is problematic when everyone wants to get their money out at once.Given Smith’s assertion that 57% of his fund could be liquidated in seven days, it seems unlikely his shareholders will ever encounter this scenario.Nevertheless, his decision to mention this within his letter is a good reminder of the need to monitor the actions of those working on your behalf. 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In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Paul Summers | Monday, 27th January, 2020 center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Paul Summers Enter Your Email Address Paul Summers owns shares in Fundsmith Equity Fund. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.last_img read more

Friday Funnies – Jason Eaton pokes Brent Ward’s bottom

first_imgFriday Aug 5, 2011 Friday Funnies – Jason Eaton pokes Brent Ward’s bottom Last weekend Taranaki pulled off an impressive 39-11 win over Auckland in their ITM Cup meeting in New Plymouth. With things evenly poised in the first half, Jason Eaton took it upon himself to poke a bit of fun at Brent Ward. Yes, poke. Not the kind you do on Facebook either. This was more along the lines of John Hopoate, as the Kiwi commentators eluded to, between their giggling fits. Hopoate was a Rugby League player in the NRL, who was suspended in 2001 for 12 weeks after he stuck his finger where the sun don’t shine on not one, but three players. In the same match. He claimed it was just a bit of gamesmanship as he attempted to ‘give them a wedgie with my finger’, but they felt slightly differently, resulting in the big suspension and Hopoate making headline news around the world. “It wasn’t a wedgie. That’s when your pants are pulled up your arse. I think I know the difference between a wedgie and someone sticking their finger up my bum,” said Peter Jones, one of the unfortunate victims. In Eaton’s case, Brent Ward got the wrong end of the stick, as Eaton couldn’t resist having a little go at him. The good news is it was all just a laugh, nothing too sinister, and no further charges will come into play. Ward did walk a little funny afterwards though.Time: 01:09 ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 30 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueey30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Foster Road Retreat / Neumann Monson Architects

first_img Projects Photographs:  Integrated Studio Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Integrated Studio+ 16 Share United States ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/884194/foster-road-retreat-neumann-monson-architects Clipboard M2B Products used in this ProjectMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Flat Lock TilesHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH 5 + PH 5 MiniElectric:Advanced Electric Inc.City:Iowa CityCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Integrated StudioText description provided by the architects. The retreat for an urban developer integrates minimalist elements into a modest 1850’s farmhouse. Over the years, well-intentioned accretions—ornamental dormers, an incongruous addition, and a cavernous porch—had cloaked the house in a dog’s dinner. Demolishing these elements yields tailored alterations that sympathetically update the house for modern use. A weathered steel fence demarcates the property, its encircled lawn providing a sanctuary of stone paths and shade trees. Although housing developments have replaced the fields beyond, the homestead still strikes a commanding air.Save this picture!Renovation DiagramThe retreat’s modest exterior belies the spaciousness of the main floor. Masonry and timber are left exposed, while new surfaces receive variations of white. Details are minimized to let wood, brick, steel, and light converse. A remnant of the original masonry fireplace anchors the composition, skirted by a suspended steel stair. The stair provides access to the bedroom suite above, tucked within existing roof geometries. Fully-glazed dormers provide essential headroom, bathing the attic in light and framing views of trees and sky. The intimate suite includes a bedroom, bathroom, and laundry/closet.Save this picture!© Integrated StudioThe retreat presents an understated choreography of new and old. It expresses deep respect for the humble old farmhouse without delving into nostalgia, reveling in the rural past, or fetishizing fixtures and finishes. Closed cell foam insulates the roof and wall; a closed-loop, a horizontally-bored geothermal system provides climate control; and an 8.4 KW photovoltaic array powers the mechanical system, LED lighting, and EnergyStar appliances. The result is a comfortably stylish upgrade, assertively and unselfconsciously modern.Save this picture!© Integrated StudioSave this picture!Floor PlansSave this picture!© Integrated StudioProject gallerySee allShow lessA Virtual Look Inside Case Study House #7 by Thornton M AbellArticlesMorphosis Hits Construction Milestones Around The WorldArchitecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/884194/foster-road-retreat-neumann-monson-architects Clipboard Photographs Area:  2063 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project HVAC: E&J Geothermal Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description “COPY” 2017center_img CopyHouses, Renovation•Iowa City, United States Foster Road Retreat / Neumann Monson Architects Architects: Neumann Monson Architects Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeNeumann Monson ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationIowa CityUnited StatesPublished on November 24, 2017Cite: “Foster Road Retreat / Neumann Monson Architects” 24 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GradationPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsCocowebLighting – Blackspot LED Barn LightUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemCeilingsSculptformTimber Batten Ceiling in All Souls ChapelHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH 5 + PH 5 MiniGlazedGrespaniaWall Tiles – Porto PetroThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterCompositesLamitechPlastic facades PanelexCarpetsHalcyon LakeCarpet – Nobsa GreyMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Structural Engineer: “COPY” Manufacturers: Louis Poulsen, RHEINZINK, NanaWall, Panda Windows & Doors Contractor: ArchDaily Foster Road Retreat / Neumann Monson ArchitectsSave this projectSaveFoster Road Retreat / Neumann Monson Architects Year:  Houses Smith & Wood Constructionlast_img read more

Draft Charities Bill published

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis a modern definition of charity to reflect what is and what ought to becharitable.measures to make it easier for charities to merge.improved accountability for the Charity Commission, including a new tribunal to deal with unresolved complaints.the creation of a new legal entity, the Charitable Incorporated Organisation, for charities that wish to take a corporate form. This will avoid dual regulation between charity and company law and provide an alternative to the company limited by guarantee model currently used by many charities.raising the threshold for compulsory registrationsimplifying the rules of audit for larger charitiesmaking it easier for charities to spend capitala new, updated and unified local authority licensing scheme for all types of public charitable collections measures to support charity trustees. Trustees will be able to apply directlyto the Charity Commission as well as to the courts for relief from personal liability for breach of trust. While not excusing fraud, it will protect trustees who have made honest mistakes, therefore encouraging more people to act as trustees. The draft Bill will also allow charities to pay trustees for specific services.‘back up’ powers to enable statutory legislation should self-regulation of fundraising be unsuccessfulIt is available in four sections, all published as Adobe Acrobat PDFs.The Charity Commission were quick to welcome its publication. The Chief Charity Commissioner, John Stoker, said: “The proposals in the draft Bill provide practical benefits for virtually every charity, and contain a welcome definition of the Commission’s future role and responsibilities. It’s a good balancedpackage of changes which help to clarify what’s charitable while keeping the common law flexibility which allows this diverse sector to develop. From our perspective, this is a win-win result which willkeep the charity brand at the heart of our society”.Indeed the Charity Commission has dedicated the whole of its May 2004 issue of Charity Commission News to analysis of the draft Bill.  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 26 May 2004 | News Draft Charities Bill published The long-awaited draft Charities Bill has been published.The draft contains “proposals to boost public confidence in charities, helpnew and existing charities to work effectively, ensure that donations are usedproperly and abuses are dealt with quickly and firmly”.Measures included in the draft Bill are: Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

United Kingdom: regulator requested to revoke Chinese state-owned group CCTV-CGTN’s license for airing forced confessions

first_img News News November 26, 2018 United Kingdom: regulator requested to revoke Chinese state-owned group CCTV-CGTN’s license for airing forced confessions Follow the news on Asia – Pacific UK citizen Peter Humphrey, who was detained in China in 2013 and forced to confess to alleged crimes on Chinese state television, filed a complaint on Friday with the British broadcasting regulator, Ofcom (Office of Communications), in which he urged Ofcom to revoke the license of the Chinese state-owned CCTV-CGTN, which aired his forced confessions to the United Kingdom.”A media organization that exhibits prisoners like circus animals and broadcasts their confessions dictated by the state does not do journalism, but propaganda, and cannot in any case claim the freedom of the press as an excuse, said Cédric Alviani, RSF’s East Asia office director. “It is necessary for democracies to protect themselves against the threat posed by biased information spread by authoritarian regimes like China.”Humphrey, a former journalist, believes CCTV-CGTN violated some twenty provisions of the British Broadcasting Code, which requires impartiality and prohibits pressuring people in distress. The complaint comes as the CCTV-CGTN group is expanding its presence around the world and plans to open its largest international office in London next month, with nearly 300 announced hires.According to the NGO Safeguard Defenders, Chinese state media have broadcast at least 48 forced confessions since 2013, including that of citizen journalist Chen Jieren in August 2018, Swedish publisher Gui Minhai in January 2016, and former correspondent for Deutsche Welle Gao Yu in May 2014.China is one of the world’s worst countries for media freedom. It holds more than 60 professional and non-professional journalists behind bars. In the 2018 World Press Freedom Index published by RSF, the country ranks 176 out of 180. The United Kingdom ranks 40. News June 7, 2021 Find out more A British former journalist, who in 2013 fell victim to the Chinese authorities’ practice of forced TV confessions, filed a request in London on Friday for “violation of the Broadcasting Code” against the CCTV-CGTN audiovisual group. Organisation Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information ChinaUnited KingdomAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassmentViolence China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 2, 2021 Find out more News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further ChinaUnited KingdomAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassmentViolence last_img read more

How Servicers are Handling Remote Working

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Phil Britt started covering mortgages and other financial services matters for a suburban Chicago newspaper in the mid-1980s before joining Savings Institutions magazine in 1992. When the publication moved its offices to Washington, D.C., in 1993, he started his own editorial services room and continued to cover mortgages, other financial services subjects, and technology for a variety of websites and publications. Leveraging TechnologyTechnology topped the list of concerns when management at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp., an interim servicer, decided to shift to a work-from-home environment in mid-March, said Kim Yowell, EVP for Servicing. Since the move was made before any shelter-in-place orders were invoked, the servicer was able to dispatch an IT specialist to aid with initial setup of laptops and docking stations (taken from the office). Other servicers also had IT heavily involved to ensure the technology worked at home much as it did in the office.Another option, contained in an advisory from the National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA), are newer infrastructure services, such as Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), which are designed to securely connect and scale remote workforces without business disruptions. Amazon Workspaces is one example, which has encryption protocols to encrypt client-based traffic in transit and at rest. Many servicers simply moved equipment like laptops, docking stations, desktops, and headsets from offices to home environments, with IT helping with any setup issues. A few servicers, including Mr. Cooper and AHP Servicing, purchased additional laptops and similar equipment for workers to use at home prior to moving their workforces.Kenneth Daniel, President of AHP Servicing, said it was fortuitous that the company moved early on those purchases. As servicers and other businesses moved their workforces from centralized offices to remote work, laptops, monitors, and similar equipment became difficult or impossible to find and delivery times were extended from a day or two to weeks or more.Doherty added that the immediate concerns were ensuring that staff had internet communications and dual monitors needed to perform their jobs. After meeting those immediate needs—particularly as volume spiked with the jump in forbearances the first few weeks of the pandemic—the company started addressing more minor issues like keyboards, advanced headsets, etc.“We wanted to go from just the basics to get the job done to an optimal work environment,” Doherty said. “While most of the country has access to broadband communications, that isn’t the case in certain pockets. We had to see who had solid internet connections,” Doherty told DS News. “For those who didn’t have them, we started handing out Wi-Fi devices so that they had solid connections.”Patrick Coon, Senior Managing Director, Servicing for Home Point Financial Corp., said, that while all staff was already equipped with laptops and monitors prior to the pandemic, Home Point offered a stipend for remote employees to offset costs associated with working from home.Servicers who were using cloud-based communication systems said they offered advantages because all they had to do was move headsets or headset/handset combinations to another location with internet connectivity to mimic the office telecommunications environment. Jane Mason, CEO of Clarifire, said that there are other, smaller communications issues that have been new to people suddenly working from home, such as proper lighting and appropriate attire for video calls. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago How Servicers are Handling Remote Working This story originally appeared in the July edition of DS News.While some servicers had staff working remotely prior to COVID-19 the onset of shelter-in-place orders for many municipalities and state governments, at the end of February, most servicers had the bulk of their staff working in centralized offices. By the end of March, most of them had all but a few personnel working from home, requiring a dramatic reevaluation of working arrangements, management techniques, and other facets of day-to-day work.Seeing reports of the emerging pandemic starting in late January, Mr. Cooper Group executives began discussing remote working strategies in late January. The company adjusted its teams to work from home in only five days in the middle of March. Prior to the pandemic, the company had less than 10% of its staff working from home, a figure that grew to 97% by the start of the spring, according to Kelly Ann Doherty, Chief People and Communications Officer for Mr. Cooper Group. What was experienced by Mr. Cooper, the third-largest servicer in the country, was typical of many in the industry.“This is something no one ever envisioned,” said Wes Iseley, Senior Managing Director for Carrington Holding Company.“The industry has rallied. The industry as a whole has done a wonderful job. We’ve all worked together to share best practices on what is working.”While few within the industry had seriously anticipated a health crisis of this scale, most of the executives DS News spoke with for this piece said they were following the progress of the pandemic before March and shifted their workforces to remote working even ahead of any government shelter-in-place rules.As with many other industries, there were numerous challenges servicers had to address when moving from centralized offices to remote work. For this piece, DS News spoke to representatives of Carrington Holding Company, Mr. Cooper Group, and other servicers to learn how they handled and are continuing to work through historic challenges, even as volumes began peaking due to the record number of forbearances. Balancing Work and PlayWithout the need to commute and without the need to drive children to practices, school, etc., and similar time-consuming tasks, servicing workers can spend more time on the job without losing time for personal activities. This can be both a blessing and a curse, according to those we spoke with. NMSA recommends maintaining regular working hours, including planned breaks—planning working hours and penciling in suitable breaks allows employees to focus on what needs to be done and when. Carrington has advised its employees to stay focused within their scheduled time periods so that work doesn’t bleed over into personal time, Isley said.“We want to make sure people aren’t overworking themselves.”Some servicers pointed to the need for more flexible schedules, particularly since many employees now had children home from school.“There have been a few instances of burnout,” Yowell said. “We’ve reached out to people to make sure that they manage their PTO properly. Once they have a certain amount, they can’t accrue any more.”Daniel said that many team members have been able to spend more time on the job because they no longer need to waste time commuting—sentiment other expressed as well. He added that it’s easier for remote staff to take a quick break while working from home than from the office. The latter requires taking an elevator each way and going through security to re-enter the building. “There’s more flexibility when you’re remote.”However, without managers being able to oversee staff as closely as they can when in the office, AHP asked employees to fill out reports on what they worked on each day. Daniel, Coon, and others said being more flexible with schedules has helped as well.Coon added that his company recognized that many workers had delayed or forgone planned vacations since travel and lodging options had become limited. In April, however, the company insisted that workers take at least one day off to balance life/work and completely away from anything work-related. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home is Where the Challenges AreCentral offices are designed to keep background noise to a minimum. Not so the typical home office. In addition to the occasional barking dog, loud lawnmower, or other such distractions, there are also interruptions from family—even more so once children began homeschooling in the spring.“Another hurdle we encountered early on was thinking outside the box for our team members that are juggling other responsibilities while at home,” Adams said. “For example, team members that have children at home or who are caregivers to a loved one. For those folks, they are pulled in both directions, which can be physically and emotionally exhausting. In order to combat some of that stress, we offer flexible scheduling whenever possible.”It has become more the norm than not to hear people or pets in the background during a meeting, Adams added. “When that happens, we take the opportunity to engage with our extended RoundPoint family. Really, the only way to get through these tough times is to have some fun and laugh when you can.”Other servicers said that everyone knows “we’re all in this together,” so managers and customers are much more tolerant of the background noises common in many home-based offices. For work-at-home employees, NMSA recommends designating a workspace and ground rules for interacting with others; being clear from the outset as to where your working space is and the hours you’ll be working; locking your machine at all times when not in use; and leveraging technology and tools to eliminate manual printing of documents. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe 2020-07-23 Mike Albanese Share Save July 23, 2020 2,147 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Back to the Office?While most servicers moved from their centralized offices to home offices relatively quickly—typically within a couple of weeks or less—those interviewed told DS News that there was no rush to return to the previous working environment, due primarily to concerns about the safety and health of employees. One notable exception is AHP, which saw most of its small servicing staff return to the offices at the Chicago Board of Trade building once the city permitted it at the beginning of June. Daniel said that the building is set up for safety—requiring masks for entry, no-touch elevators that go only to designated floors, etc. Some staff will continue to work remotely but will still come into the office once or twice a week.According to Yowell, Fairway officials have already decided to have the servicing team remain in their remote office environments through the remainder of the year. Other servicers haven’t announced anything as definitive, though they all say they will be extremely conservative in their transition back to centralized offices. Another factor—far behind the health and safety of the staff—is that servicers have found that staff has not only kept up productivity and other key performance indicators but, in some instances, have actually improved on them since moving to home-based environments.“As a result of our approach, our RoundPoint teams are doing amazingly well working from home,” Adams said. “They have taken adversity in stride and continue to meet, if not exceed, the goals set forth.” Security ConcernsOffice environments tend to have the latest security precautions. Servicers are working with sensitive financial and personally identifiable information, meaning there are severe potential fines, as well as other business and reputational risks, for any potential security breaches. For the most part, servicers had workers take home their desktops or laptops from the office, so those already had company-installed security precautions. Home Point Financial Services Corp. and other services also added virtual private network capabilities for staff—another of NMSA’s recommendations designed to provide an extra level of security.While most had access to laptops or desktops, there were some at Home Point Financial that needed to get new machines. In those instances, company IT worked with employees to ensure that the devices had all of the necessary security protocols, Coon said.Security is also a regular part of training for many servicers—many of whom emphasized that they stepped up training once the pandemic hit.NMSA also recommends establishing and implementing well-defined security awareness training programs, with programs and security awareness notifications delivered to employees on an ongoing basis, regardless of where employees are working. Other NMSA security precautions for employees working from home include implementing a secure mail protocol such as Mimecast; using a third-party managed detection security vendor so that a security operation center monitors all network entry points, internal and external facing, for threats, viruses, malicious network intrusion, and unusual activities around the clock; and implementing a third-party identity provider such as BitGlass to increase control and authentication, and to prevent data leakage from mobile devices such as iOS and Android cell phones and tablets. About Author: Phil Britt in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Print Features Home / Daily Dose / How Servicers are Handling Remote Working Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Collaboration is KeyMost servicers are conducting team meetings via Zoom (the most popular option among the servicers that DS News interviewed), Google Meets, or similar applications, with many conducting more team and more one-on-one meetings than they had previously to help ensure that everyone is engaged and feels they are integral in their companies.“We want our team members to know that they are vital to us,” Doherty said. She added that one strong indicator of how Mr. Cooper Group’s managers are engaging with teams is the results of the pulse surveys the company conducts. The surveys are used to solicit employee feedback on a variety of issues to help the company continue to improve its employee engagement. Last year, 70% of workers replied to one survey that they felt a “family” or “team” feeling within the company. This year, that same survey showed an improvement to 75%.“That really spoke to how well our team members are working with each other,” Doherty said.Home Point uses daily surveys to understand and address and assist with any COVID-19-related problems or technical issues the remote staff is experiencing, Coon said. Some of the biggest changes for servicers have been related to simply managing a decentralized workforce in the absence of the natural interactions co-workers and managers experience in an office setting.“The biggest adjustment to working remotely has been determining the right amount of communication to keep everyone in the know,” said Dawn Adams, SVP of Default Servicing for RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corp. “We want to be transparent, but we do not want to overwhelm people with communication.”Nevertheless, regular, ongoing communications are critical to help staff work through their own challenges of dealing with the pandemic, servicers agree.“We meet with our teams daily and have an all-hands meeting with our chairman every week,” Coon said. “We have huddle sessions the first thing in the morning. We’re trying to bring the office to the staff.”“It’s important that no team member ever feel isolated in today’s environment, so we work hard to give the team that continual sense of community. We are all in this together and must support each other in any way possible,” Adams said.“The company culture is very important to us,” Doherty said. “We’ve been incredibly proud of our teams. Our people have been very productive addressing customer needs and in supporting each other.”Doherty said Mr. Cooper Group is communicating with employees three times as much as previously, including videos from the CEO, biweekly leadership calls, virtual huddles, emails, and other communications. In addition to more time spent communicating with their teams, Fairway supervisors have spent additional time analyzing metrics to ensure workers continue to meet or exceed KPIs, Yowell said. “We wanted to make sure our team members working from home were quickly trained,” Doherty said. Doherty said Mr. Cooper utilized WebEx to deliver training to more than 1,000 employees on the new forbearance plans offered by the government as a result of the pandemic. Other servicers told DS News they made use of Zoom or other applications for similar purposes.Some larger companies with servicing and origination operations had to quickly move people from other areas to servicing, meaning a need to train people on different skill sets to get them up to speed quickly, Mason said. The change to a remote work environment has also necessitated more individual coaching and training, Iseley said. Interpersonal IssuesServicers interviewed for this piece agreed that the pandemic has heightened stress levels for many. While they’ve worked hard to help ensure that staff has the same technical and work-related management support that they had in the centralized office, there are workers who know someone who has suffered from COVID-19, entertainment and vacation options are limited, and there are other stress factors in play as well. As such, many companies within the industry are taking extra steps to try to lift workers’ spirits.“There’s a lot of anxiety when you’re not prepared for the work-at-home environment,” Mason said.RoundPoint offers regular exercise options, tips on working from home, options to become more involved by giving back to the community, etc.Mr. Cooper Group offers a robust employee assistance program providing employees with access to counselors and resources to help them manage through emotional stress. Additionally, the company launched an online education platform including training courses, articles, and podcasts to address a variety of issues such as caring for children or parents living with team members (Doherty said half of the Mr. Cooper Group staff is doing so), and other “life” issues that may have resulted during the pandemic. The company has also been streaming live virtual exercise sessions and different challenges (e.g., push-ups, steps), as well as other videos designed to encourage connectivity with team members, Doherty said. Home Point has workers share videos and photos of family and friends and host contests for best photos/videos within certain categories (e.g., at-home haircuts) to try to keep employees engaged and lighten the mood. Gift cards are awarded to contest winners.In addition to offering virtual exercise, AHP has been offering virtual fitness and dietary programs. Clarifire, meanwhile, has offered streaming cooking classes to its employees. 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Delhi HC Expresses Satisfaction Of Steps Taken By Delhi Govt To Ensure Access To COVID Treatment, Closes Suo Moto Matter

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Expresses Satisfaction Of Steps Taken By Delhi Govt To Ensure Access To COVID Treatment, Closes Suo Moto Matter Karan Tripathi27 July 2020 3:25 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has closed the suo moto matter on adequate access to COVID19 treatment in Delhi after expressing satisfaction towards the steps already undertaken by the Delhi Government. While disposing of the petition, a Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan noted that there’s no reason for the court to further monitor this matter. …Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court has closed the suo moto matter on adequate access to COVID19 treatment in Delhi after expressing satisfaction towards the steps already undertaken by the Delhi Government. While disposing of the petition, a Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan noted that there’s no reason for the court to further monitor this matter. However, the court has provided liberty to individuals to move an appropriate forum in case they have any grievance regarding the violation of the guidelines issued by the government. The order has come in a suo moto matter wherein the court had taken cognisance of problems faced by a person named Dharmendra Bharadwaj in getting his COVID19 positive mother hospitalised. Today, the court took into consideration the status report submitted by the Delhi Government which had highlighted the following facts: Apart from the centralised helpline, 50 more hunting lines have been operationalised for addressing the grievances of the people The fleet of ambulances have been doubled and the current figure is a total of 602 ambulances. Out of these, 273 are dedicatedly for COVID patients. Testing capacities have been increased to 22,000 tests a day There are 12,000 vacant beds for COVID patients across the State There’s a buffer of Rapid Antigen testing kits All government dispensaries have been directed to conduct free Rapid Antigen Testing Private clinics are mandated to not to stop collecting testing samples from homes due to the capping of testing rates Nodal officers have been appointed in all the government-run hospitals to ensure that data on the availability of beds is updated in real-time Appearing for the Delhi Government, Mr Rahul Mehra further informed the court that apart from being the State with maximum testing numbers, Delhi has also become the first city in the world to have a plasma donation bank. ‘Two of such plasma banks have been established in Delhi and 300 donations have been received so far’, Mr Mehra submitted. Mr Mehra also informed the court that nodal officers are directed to monitor the recovered patients and request them to submit their plasma after the completion of 28 days. At this stage, Amicus Curiae Om Prakash informed the court that there are still issues with the real-time updating of data on the availability of beds. Mr Prakash further informed the court about the case of a Supreme Court AOR who was denied admission to Apollo Hospital due to non-availability of beds. Senior Advocate Dayan Krishnan, who appeared for the Apollo Hospital, submitted that the concerned AOR Mr Das was offered a bed in the general ward but he refused to avail the same. Mr Krishnan further informed the court that Nr Das was tested immediately and his report was provided to him on the same day. ‘However, if there’s any grievance, we want the same to be sent to us so that we can consider it’, Mr Krishnan submitted. While disposing of the matter, the court directed the Delhi Government to ensure that its directions are scrupulously followed by all the hospitals. Next Storylast_img read more

[VIDEO] Gautam Bhatia’s Lecture Series On Landmark Cases Of Supreme Court (1950-2020)-Episode [1] AK Gopalan Vs State Of Madras

first_imgTop Stories[VIDEO] Gautam Bhatia’s Lecture Series On Landmark Cases Of Supreme Court (1950-2020)-Episode [1] AK Gopalan Vs State Of Madras LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK15 Aug 2020 4:56 AMShare This – xLIVELAW PRESENTSGAUTAM BHATIA’S LECTURE SERIES ON LANDMARK CASES OF SUPREME COURT OF INDIA (1950-2020]EPISODE-1 AK GOPALAN VS STATE OF MADRAS[Gautam Bhatia graduated from the National Law School of India University in 2011. He read for the BCL and the MPhil at the University of Oxford, on a Rhodes Scholarship, and for an LLM at the Yale Law School. He practiced law for four years in Delhi. He…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginLIVELAW PRESENTSGAUTAM BHATIA’S LECTURE SERIES ON LANDMARK CASES OF SUPREME COURT OF INDIA (1950-2020]EPISODE-1 AK GOPALAN VS STATE OF MADRAS[Gautam Bhatia graduated from the National Law School of India University in 2011. He read for the BCL and the MPhil at the University of Oxford, on a Rhodes Scholarship, and for an LLM at the Yale Law School. He practiced law for four years in Delhi. He is the author of “Offend, Shock, or Disturb: Freedom of Speech under the Indian Constitution (OUP 2015)” and “The Transformative Constitution (HarperCollins 2019)”.]LIVE IN YOUTUBE, TWITTER, ZOOM, INSTAGRAMYOUTUBE LINK : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtwYEyzCxdQZOOM: https://zoom.us/j/96385114080?pwd=TVVNNnV3cU12YmZXaUNtdFJ5VTRSQT09PASSWORD: 168420FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/livelawindia/TWITTER: https://twitter.com/LiveLawIndiaINSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/livelaw.in/For inquiries, write to us at [email protected] or contact us at +91 7994869917Next Storylast_img read more