first_imgSubscribe  Print This Post BCFP CFPB Kathy Kraninger Mick Mulvaney nomination President White House 2018-06-16 Radhika Ojha Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago June 16, 2018 1,937 Views Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles About Author: Radhika Ojha Previous: Redirecting Default Risk Away From Taxpayers Next: Today’s Top Challenges for Financial Services Law Firmscenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Will Kraninger Succeed Mick Mulvaney as CFPB Chief? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: BCFP CFPB Kathy Kraninger Mick Mulvaney nomination President White House Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Will Kraninger Succeed Mick Mulvaney as CFPB Chief? Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Trump administration announced on Saturday that it intended to nominate Kathy Kraninger an associate director at the Office of Management and Budget to head the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.She will succeed Acting Director Mick Mulvaney at the bureau. “The President intends to nominate Kathy Kraninger to be the next Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection,” Lindsay Waters, the White House deputy press secretary said in a statement.It is widely expected that Kraninger will face a tough confirmation vote in the Senate after Mulvaney introduced a slew of changes that have been opposed by consumer advocates and Democrats alike.According to the statement, Kraninger will bring a “fresh perspective and much-needed management experience” to the Bureau, “which has been plagued by excessive spending, dysfunctional operations, and politicized agendas. As a staunch supporter of free enterprise, she will continue the reforms of the Bureau initiated by Acting Director Mick Mulvaney, and ensure that consumers and markets are not harmed by fraudulent actors.”The nomination comes at a time when Mulvaney’s term as acting director is set to expire on June 22. Mulvaney, who works above Kraninger as Budget Chief at the OMB is likely to be the bureau’s leader until she’s confirmed according to the Wall Street Journal.Mulvaney’s entry into the Bureau in November 2017 was a controversial one and has been in the news in the recent month as much for the changes he’s brought to the CFPB as the controversies around them. From requesting $0 for the Bureau’s budget in Q2, and recommending four key changes to make the Bureau “more transparent and accountable,” to the more recent change of name from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, the Acting Director is expected to leave his mark before he hands over the reins to his successor.last_img read more

first_imgSep 9, 2009Harvard survey finds business preparedness gapsOnly one third of businesses responding to a national survey said they could sustain operations if half their employees were absent for 2 weeks because of pandemic H1N1 flu, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health reported today. Though 74% offer sick leave, only 35% of businesses allow paid leave for taking care of sick family members. The report’s lead author advised businesses to start making continuity and disease-prevention plans now.http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2009-releases/businesses-problems-maintaining-operations-significant-h1n1-flu-outbreak.htmlSep 9 Harvard School of Public Health press releaseAlabama reports rising school absence ratesAlabama’s school absence rates have doubled over the past few weeks, though officials aren’t able to determine how much of the rise is related to novel flu, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Dr Don Williamson, the state’s health officer, said emergency departments are reporting that 20% of patients have flu-like illnesses. He attributes the rise in pandemic flu cases to schools resuming and said the virus has been detected at most of Alabama’s colleges.WHO urges Southeast Asian countries to prepareA World Health Organization (WHO) official speaking to health ministers from 11 Southeast Asian nations today urged the region to prepare for another wave of pandemic flu cases as the northern hemisphere moves closer to its winter season, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. The WHO told the group meeting in Kathmandu that although the virus has yet to take a big toll in Asia, hospitals should prepare for a surge of severe cases.Egypt orders 5 million vaccine dosesEgypt’s health ministry said in a Saudi News Agency report that the country has ordered 5 million doses of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine and expects to receive the first delivery in October, Dow Jones news reported yesterday. The story did not say what company was under contract to produce vaccine for Egypt. According to a Sep 5 update from the WHO’s eastern Mediterranean office, Egypt has confirmed 727 novel H1N1 cases, including 1 death.last_img read more

first_imgGabby Douglas (AP Photo/File)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Reigning Olympic champion Gabby Douglas’ comeback is picking up speed.Next stop? Texas.Douglas will work out in front of U.S. women’s gymnastics team coordinator Martha Karolyi next week, a major step toward her return to elite competition. The 18-year-old hasn’t competed since winning a pair of gold medals, including the all-around title, at the 2012 London Olympics.Douglas recently reunited with coach Liang Chow in Iowa after taking a seven-month break to spend time with her family in Southern California.There’s still no timetable for when she’ll be ready for competition. It’s nearly three months to nationals in Pittsburgh in late August, with the world championships in China in early October. Douglas has said she hopes to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics.World all-around champion Simone Biles, 2012 Olympic team member Kyla Ross and McKenna Kelley, whose mother is 1984 all-around gold medalist Mary Lou Retton, are also planning to attend the five-day camp at the Olympic training site near Huntsville, Texas, under Karolyi’s watchful eye.Douglas is the third member of the “Fierce Five” that won team gold medal in London to return to training with the national team. Former world champion Jordyn Wieber just finished her freshman year at UCLA, where she couldn’t compete because she gave up her amateur status before going to London. Three-time medalist Aly Raisman has returned to training. But like Douglas, she has no firm plans on when she’ll be ready to compete.It’s been a whirlwind two years for Douglas, who became the fourth American to win the women’s Olympic all-around when she soared to victory at the O2 Arena in August 2012. There’s been a movie about her life, along with a slew of endorsement opportunities.She’s stayed healthy in the interim, and the invitation to training camp is an indication the early returns on her training have been promisinglast_img read more

first_imgNelson U16 Selects got a tune up for this weekend’s Kamloop Slurpee Cup, dropping a 2-0 decision to the U18s in the final of the Terry Walgren Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday at Lakeside Park in Nelson.Naomi Perkins scored the second of two goals to power the U18s past their younger cousins.”Not often I will come off a weekend where we lost two games, tied one and had only one win and think we played so well,” said head coach Paul Burkart.”The girls fought and fought all weekend against some very talented older squads and came away with a well-earned silver medal.”The Selects opened the tournament dropping a 4-1 decision to the U18s in the first game of the round robin, preliminary round draw.The U18s got off to an early 1-0 lead, but a free kick later in the half provided the younger girls an opportunity to tie it up – an opportunity that Sofia Arcuri did not waste. Arcuri placed an absolute laser in the top corner of the U18 net past the outstretch hands of U18 keeper. In the second half, the skill and experience of the older girls started to shine through, as they were able to press the younger girls forcing three goals to secure the win. Saturday, the U16s took on the U17 squad from Kootenay South, outlasting the Trail/Castlegar based squad 3-1.Kootenay South opened the scoring before The U16s finally were able to press in the late part of the opening half, and forward Shianne Michaelchuk worked her way down the side and into the 18 yard box before scoring with a beautiful low shot on the short side beat the Kootenay South keeper.The score stayed tied until Jodi Surina crossed from the right side and a streaking Anna Milde struck the ball perfectly to provide the Nelson squad the lead.With time running down, Michaelchuk notched her second of the game launching a ball from outside the 18 yard box into the top corner of the visitor’s net.The U16s then meet the U18 squad from Invermere.  Although Nelson had an edge in scoring chances, a post and some solid goaltending by both keepers lead to a scoreless tie.With the second best record in the division, the U16s played the older team in the division final. The two teams controlled similar amounts of the play with no team dominating in the first half. The U18s opened the scoring, converting the game’s first goal off ensuing scramble in the penalty area. Perkins then dribbled through the backline and placed a beautiful ball in the lower corner of the U16s net for the second goal of the game.“We can be very proud knowing that we kept our very talented and speedy U18 girls team to only two goals in the final,” Burkart explained.”I have an older daughter on that squad and they are undefeated this year in both rep and high school (12-0) beating teams from Kamloops and Kelowna.”In watching those games, I believe we have given them one of the toughest matches they have had this year – for that my players can be very proud.”last_img read more

first_imgChelsea are preparing for a massive game at Stamford Bridge, where a defeat or score draw against Valencia would see the Blues crash out of the Champions League.They have never failed to reach the knockout stage of the tournament, but their recent loss to Bayer Leverkusen means Chelsea face the threat of missing out this time around.The wrong result would increase the pressure on manager Andre-Villas Boas, but the Portuguese is adamant he retains the full support of club owner Roman Abramovich.Villas-Boas believes Chelsea fans can play a major role tonight.And Villas-Boas has called for the home fans to do their bit to help Chelsea through tonight.He declared: “They can have a massive impact. They will have to unite themselves.“I have good memories of European nights at this club, and I know the atmosphere can be raised here, just like we did in the 4-2 against Barcelona.“If they do that, we will have the right ambiance to take on Valencia with that extra input.”Meanwhile, Brentford will be looking to take a step towards a return to Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.The Bees, last season’s beaten finalists, face Barnet at Underhill in the southern area semi-final.Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgHammersmith’s George Groves and former world champion Glen Johnson speak ahead of their Commonwealth super-middleweight title clash at the ExCel London. (Video courtesy of iFilm London)See also:O’Meara to fight for Commonwealth titleGroves believes he can stop JohnsonJohnson speaks ahead of his fight with George GrovesDuo weigh in ahead of title showdownsGroves discusses Johnson and a potential clash with FrochWatch Groves and Johnson square-up at their weigh-inGroves and DeGale in new war of 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgLearn how to creatively flatten cinematic images for your next video production by using profile framing.Top image: Batman via WarnerIn the visual medium of filmmaking, it’s often too easy to accidentally flatten the imagery and perspectives. After all, the end result will be projected, or viewed, on a flat screen. For this reason, filmmakers and videographers often fight against flat imagery by invoking depth and perspective shots in their work. But flattening your images can be done simply and creatively. Let’s consider a couple of approaches.Suppressed IdentityWhen it comes to staging and framing the human subjects of your movie, it’s often preferable to set your camera at an angle to the subject’s position. This not only allows the viewer to see the subject’s face in its full expressive capacity, but it also creates a sense of dimension in the facial features.One of the flattest ways to frame your subject is from the side, with the individual in profile. Framed in this way, the subject is suddenly imbued with a visual tension that can connect directly to the content of your film. In the George Lucas film, THX 1138 (both images above via Warner), the main character, played by Robert Duvall, is actively fighting against the flattened identity preferred by the repressive future society in which he resides.Hidden IdentityIn Hitchcock’s Vertigo, the character of Madeleine (as played by Kim Novak) is first glimpsed by Scottie (James Stewart) in profile (see above image via Paramount), lending a mystery to her actual identity.In The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, Slavoj Žižek identifies this perspective as Scottie’s fear of fully seeing Madeleine. This fear permits Scottie to fill in Madeleine’s partial identity with his own subjective fantasies. This partial identity enlists the audience into participating in the subjective character creation.Although this example from Hitchcock is clearly an example of Laura Mulvey’s concept of the male gaze in all three manifestations, the takeaway is how the profile shot can become a means for filmmakers and videographers to interrogate the identity of characters within the story world from both the perspective of the other characters and the eventual viewers of the finished film.Conjoined IdentitiesWhen another person is added to the profile shot, the effect becomes more complicated. A dual profile can be a way of joining characters together at their most flattened, as seen above in  Minority Report (via 20th Century Fox), whereas staging one character in profile and the second character facing forward can both join and disconnect characters, depending on the context. As seen below, Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman made great use of profile framing throughout their work.Red Beard via CriterionPersona via CriterionThe Silence via CriterionThe dual profile can be used to clearly signify conflict and battling perspectives especially when conjuring the art associated with comics and graphic novels. As in the 1989 Batman (top image), character motivations, when rendered in profile, can become clearly oppositional, more direct, and less emotive. The result is a more animalistic and brutal depiction of onscreen characters.ConclusionThe ambiguity that results from profile framing can be used to build up to a visual release in the emotional states of the onscreen characters by less two dimensional means. Hitchcock reverses the flattened perspective of the profile shots when he employs a circular dolly shot late in Vertigo (via Paramount).There are plenty of other ways to cinematically flatten your image. High key lighting is a very common technique that tends to reduce the dimensionality of shadows and smooths out the facial features of your subjects.Telephoto lenses flatten perspective and can be used to visually reduce the proximity between subjects in the shot. Telephoto lenses can also make it seem like your character is on a road to nowhere.But when it comes to simple, dramatic flattening, profile framing can be used to great effect to veil the identities and emotions of your onscreen subjects.What are your favorite examples of profile framing? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgThe Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority declared a public health emergency in the Capital as pollution levels entered the ‘severe plus’ category in the early hours of Friday.According to the official data provided by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall AQI score of Delhi was 504 at 3.30 a.m. on Friday after which alarm bells were sounded. The average AQI score of Delhi recorded at 4.30 p.m., which is the average of 32 monitoring stations in the past 24 hours, was 484, in the ‘severe’ category. AQI readings Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Greater Noida and Gurugram had AQI scores of 499, 496, 479, 496 and 469 respectively, all in the ‘severe’ category. In a letter to chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, EPCA chairman Bhure Lal said: “The air quality in Delhi and NCR deteriorated further last night and is now at the ‘severe plus level’. We have to take this as a public heath emergency as it will have adverse health impacts on all, particularly our children.” He added that construction activities in Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida will not be allowed till November 5 morning. Mr. Lal said the deterioration in air quality is due to a combination of accumulated toxins because of local pollution, further spiked by bursting of crackers on Deepavali, stubble burning and extremely adverse weather conditions. He added that the India Meteorological Department has said that the weather will improve in the coming days, but it is difficult to say if it would lead to any substantial reduction in pollution levels. An urgent meeting of the CPCB was also convened during which it was discussed that stubble burning contribution to pollution has gone up to 45%, resulting in the current high particulate matter concentration. The agency advised people to minimise their outdoor activities during the period. Meanwhile, there has been an increase in the number of people complaining of respiratory problems post-Deepavali. Arvind Aggarwal, senior consultant, internal medicine, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, said: “We have witnessed a rise in the number of people reporting to hospitals with respiratory and eye problems. An increase of 20%-22% patients has been seen in the OPD. People are facing symptoms associated with pollution like irritation in the eyes and throat, dry skin, skin allergies, chronic cough and breathlessness. We recommend asthmatic patients, elderly and kids should stay at home.”last_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia extends its deepest condolences to Federation of International Touch (FIT) President, Erick Acker and his family following the passing of his mother. The thoughts of the Touch Football community are with Erick and his family during this time. Related LinksCondolences to Acker Familylast_img