About Author: Nicole Casperson Sign up for DS News Daily Stern & Eisenberg, a regional law firm servicing ten states and the District of Columbia with a team of over 50 attorneys and 200 staff announced the hiring of Elizabeth Potter in the role of Business Development Director and the promotion of Angela Wilson to the role of Client Relations Manager.Potter and Wilson will serve critical functions in the firm’s expanded Value Department, headed by Chief Value Officer Kathy Brady. Potter, who recently served as SVP of Business Development and Member Relations for the American Legal & Financial Network (ALFN), a national, legal-based trade association in the mortgage default industry, will spearhead the firm’s business development across all practices, business lines, and regions stretching from New York to Georgia.“We’re thrilled with the team we have in place,” said Brady. “Liz is an industry veteran and has seamlessly stepped into her role representing the firm and we’re excited about the business opportunities she will help us cultivate.”Brady continued, “Our existing clients are in great hands with Angela [Wilson]. She’s worked in several roles within the firm and is well versed in the issues and pain points of our clients and I know she’ll be able to swiftly and effectively manage the day-to-day needs of our clients in the hands-on and high-touch way they’ve come to expect from Stern & Eisenberg.”Wilson in her new role will lead and handle client relations issues and escalations, drive client strategies that continuously improve firm efficiencies, education and communication efforts for existing clients. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago February 11, 2018 1,907 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Stern & Eisenberg Expands Team Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Weathering the Next Storm in REO Next: LERETA Launches New Tax Platform The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Print This Post Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: HOUSING mortgage Movers and Shakers stern & Eisenberg Home / Daily Dose / Stern & Eisenberg Expands Team The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago HOUSING mortgage Movers and Shakers stern & Eisenberg 2018-02-11 Nicole Casperson Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago
By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER Over 25,000 lobster meals are expected to be served this weekend at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival, held at Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro. The three-day annual event will feature games, music, pirates and, of course, plenty of seafood. The most popular meal is the 1
Evolutionists are at a loss to explain why belief in God makes people happy.Secular scientists typically relegate religion to natural selection, making up stories about how it provided survival value somehow. Live Science, for instance, reproduced an op-ed from The Conversation, “Did angry gods drive humanity’s expansion?” The expected answer to the rhetorical question is, well yes. “Our team of anthropologists and psychologists decided to experimentally investigate how beliefs in gods – specifically those who care about how we treat each other and punish us for immoral behavior – may have contributed to more widespread cooperation.” It goes without saying that “beliefs in gods” are just that—beliefs, according to the worldview of author Benjamin Purzycki, a human evolutionist at the University of British Columbia.Well, if Purzycki really believes that, maybe he should get right with God so that he can see more cooperation. The fact is, psychologists continue to find that theism is healthy, as long as it is the kind of theism that sees a just God who watches our actions. Watch what Science Daily says about Purcycki’s research. Who wouldn’t want the fruits of a theistic outlook?“Certain kinds of beliefs — involving gods who are aware of human interactions and punish for moral transgressions — can indeed contribute to the evolution of human co-operation,” said lead author Benjamin Purzycki, a postdoctoral research fellow at UBC’s Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture.“If you think you’re being watched, and expect to be divinely punished for being too greedy or thieving, you might be less inclined to engage in anti-social behavior towards a wider range of people who share those beliefs.”Notice the criteria there; not just any god will do. It needs to be one who dislikes greed and theft. There are “gods” who reward that kind of unrighteousness. That won’t do. The deity must not only be omniscient, but good. He must care about how we treat one another.Results show that believers in all-knowing gods who punish for wrongdoing are more likely to behave fairly towards anonymous, distant “co-religionists” — those who share beliefs about gods and rituals, but may not belong to the same religious organization.Now we see that fairness is another moral quality that the deity must reward. And fairness must extend to those of other groups. The Parable of the Good Samaritan comes to mind.When people act this way, the study suggests, they are engaging in behaviour that can support key features of modern-day societies — such as large, co-operative institutions, trade, markets and partnerships.“Religious beliefs may have been one of the major contributing factors in the development and stability of highly complex social organizations, such as states,” said Purzycki.Without doubt, Purzycki ascribes this to natural selection. He is, after all, a research fellow on human evolution. But since the fruit is so good – social stability, cooperation, trade, markets, partnerships, and a just society that looks down on theft and greed – why wouldn’t every evolutionist wish to promote theism? That would seem to promote the evolutionary fitness of the community.But wait—there’s more. PhysOrg reports that “Americans who see God as ‘a secure base’ tend to be more committed, satisfied on the job.” Someone like Purzycki might describe this belief as a comforting myth, an opiate for the masses as Karl Marx put it. The point is that it works. Not only do you get a stable, cooperative society with theism; you get job satisfaction, too! What evolutionary anthropologist wouldn’t crave that? There’s a hidden subtext that the converse is also true. Disbelieving in God might produce the opposite results.What is it that he wants, anyway? The truth? Better an inconvenient truth than a comfortable myth, he might respond. People need to know about natural selection! Then they can rise above their myths, and enjoy the fruits of an enlightened, scientific worldview.And what might those fruits be? We can find the fruits of evolutionary non-theism in the 20th century, Darwin’s century: eugenics, wars for survival of the fittest, communism, fascism, gulags, genocide. For his own safety, Purzycki should rush to promote theism for all his fellow organisms, even if he doesn’t believe it himself. Better a comfortable myth than death in prison camps!If Purzycki takes that approach, it’s likely he will have a twinge of conscience. He would be promoting something he doesn’t believe is true. This could cause a severe moral conflict in his inner being, one in which he might feel punishment would be just. Is he being greedy? Is he stealing someone else’s goodness? Is he a liar?One solution would be to repent and believe in theism himself. Then, he could enjoy all the benefits honestly. It would have to be the right theism, one that believes in God’s omniscience and righteousness. That would rule out religions that think their “god” is OK with rape, genocide and bombings. It would rule out religions that say the world is just an illusion, and that a man’s duty is to drop out mentally (that would end his scientific pursuits). It would rule out religions that keep a man in the dark about whether he is good enough or has done enough to avoid punishment. That would eliminate all the ritualistic religions or systems of salvation by works.By this time, his guilt might be so strong he would cry out for a merciful God. Searching hard through the options, he might find one theistic system that offers a unique concept that would satisfy everything he’s looking for: a five-letter word spelled G-R-A-C-E.Evolutionists, accept Christ for your own good. Your own theory’s assumptions demand it. Just don’t be a hypocrite about it. 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Twitter/@pac12We’re months away from the start of the Pac-12 football season, but it is not too early to start getting your wagers in order for the 2015 season. Sportsbook 5Dimes has released its moneyline odds for each Pac-12 team for the upcoming season. As you’d expect, Oregon is a pretty heavy favorite to capture the crown at +200, with UCLA and USC tied with the second best odds at +450. Conference basement-dweller Colorado brings up the rear at +6000. The super-confident Buffs fans can take home a pretty pay day if they think their team can do the unthinkable this fall.Here are the full odds, via 5Dimes.
APTN National NewsCanada’s largest Mi’kmaw community just hosted its largest powwow to date.It was a chance to shine a positive light on the Eskasoni First Nation and kick start their economy.Oh, and the highlight of the weekend?A free concert by A Tribe Called Red.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.
Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B, TSX:BCE)David Paddon, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Two of Canada’s largest mobile phone services are being targeted by a social media campaign launched by Remind.com, a San Francisco-based company that provides a free two-way texting service for teachers, students and parents. Remind is calling on its Canadian users — nearly one million individuals, according to the company — to pressure Rogers and Bell to reverse a recent price increase that makes Remind’s texting service uneconomic in this country.“Beginning on Jan. 28, parents and students in Canadian classes who normally get Remind texts will no longer receive messages if they have wireless plans with Rogers, Bell, or their respective subsidiaries,” the company says.It goes on to ask users to reach out to Bell and Rogers through social media to ask them to reverse the fee.The free version of Remind’s app has a variety of uses including notifying groups about class assignments, schedules of emergencies as well as two-way communications between individual teachers, students and parents. Rogers and Bell say they don’t have a direct contractual relationship with Remind — which accesses their networks indirectly through two intermediary companies — but they are willing to discuss a compromise.“We know how important it is for educators and parents to stay connected,” Rogers spokeswoman Sarah Schmidt said in an email statement.“Last year we reached out and made every effort to work out a more than fair agreement with them that would have met their SMS needs on our network. Unfortunately, they were not satisfied.”Bell spokesman Nathan Gibson said in an email that Bell doesn’t directly charge either its own customers or Remind to send or receive text messages on their mobile phones.But Bell did begin to charge an intermediary company, called Syniverse, a “very nominal fee” for each message delivered over its network as of Dec. 1 in response to a higher volume of spam text messages.“We were contacted by Remind for the first time last week about the increased costs they’re facing. We are talking to them and Syniverse about what can be done to address their concerns.”Syniverse is an intermediary that bridges the gap between the world’s wireless communications networks. In this case, it has relationships with Bell, Rogers and Twilio, another intermediary used by Remind. None of the companies’ representatives would disclose the per-message fees involved.But Remind chief executive Brian Grey said its annual costs would jump from “tens of thousands of dollars” to “hundreds of thousands of dollars” and the increase is unsustainable for the company at this stage of its development.Grey said Remind doesn’t use its platform as a method for distributing advertising and its revenue comes from the sale of a large-scale version of the service to schools and districts, a practice launched in January 2017 in the United States.“Longer term, our plan would be to bring that to Canada and other markets. But we’re just not there yet,” Grey said.In the meantime, Remind’s strategy in Canada is to provide a free version of its service to teachers who then spread the word to students, parents and eventually school administrators.“That’s why this move by Rogers and Bell also is problematic. Basically, it comes at a time when all we are providing to Canada — educators, students and parents — is a free version of our service.”“Our business model is really about building more benefits and features into our communications platform that then allow us to sell a paid version . . . that connects to what are called school information systems,” Grey said.Grey said he’s looking for alternative methods for Remind to reach users in Canada but said it would be better to stay with Bell and Rogers, given the number of teachers, students and parents who use their service.
The Scarlet Knights face a similar issue to the Buckeyes: scoring. “The key to success last year was that we were able to play the same group of guys for 13, 14 games in a row with no injury problems whereas this year we have been riddled with injury problems,” Bluem said. “We shot ourselves in the foot. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what was going on but some we had some individual mistakes that lead straight to their goals,” said Danny Jensen, Ohio State senior forward. “We had four critical mistakes in the first half and they didn’t have any.” Buckeyes goalkeeper Parker Siegfried, a redshirt freshman out of Granville, Ohio, has made 16 saves while allowing 10 goals, good for a .615 save percentage. “We have to win from now on,” said sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed. “Next game is pretty crucial. Right now we are 1-1 in the Big Ten and we are looking to be 2-1.” Against Northwestern, OSU lost one of their captains, senior defender Tyler Kidwell, after going down with an apparent knee injury when making contact with a Wildcat. Kidwell did not play against Penn State, but coach Bluem said he is hoping he will be able to return to action against Rutgers. Siegfried was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after his first collegiate shutout vs. Northwestern. At 1-5, it is going to be an uphill battle for the team to get back to where they would like to be. However, the players are locked in and ready to fight back to the high level they feel they are capable of. Sunday’s game will feature a matchup of two goalies on the opposite ends of the age spectrum. Ohio State then-sophomore Marcus McCrary (19) dribbles the ball through a group of Michigan players during a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Nov. 4, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOutplaying them in the box score, down big on the scoreboard. That was the story for the Ohio State men’s soccer team last Tuesday against Penn State. Despite having the advantage in shots at 12-7 and the advantage in corner kicks at 8-1, the team would glance up at the scoreboard at the final buzzer that read 4-2 Nittany Lions. The Buckeyes will look to regroup on Sunday at 2 p.m. as they take on Rutgers at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The upcoming stretch will be very important for Ohio State, as four of their next five games will be played at home. “It’s time for this group of players to put wins together and start climbing back toward .500 and building confidence,” OSU coach John Bluem said. “We need to settle in on our best lineup and hopefully keep everybody healthy enough to play.” Health has been a big issue for the Buckeyes this season. Rutgers comes into the game with a record of 0-5. Through their first five games, Rutgers has scored only one goal, the equalizer against Maryland coming from junior forward Dante Perez. That record is deceiving, however, as Rutgers has faced some stiff competition thus far. Three of its five games have come against ranked opponents, receiving losses against No. 7 Creighton, No. 20 Denver, and No. 4 Maryland, whom they took to double overtime before losing 2-1. Rutgers goalkeeper David Greczek, a senior out of Fairfield, New Jersey, has made 26 saves on the season while allowing 14 goals. Greczek has a career .744 save percentage.