A Home for a Hero

first_img Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] About Author: Brianna Gilpin The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe July 17, 2017 2,693 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: The Week Ahead: Nominations Next: Forging Ahead Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Events, Featured, Market Studies, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Keys for Life Operation Homefront 2017-07-17 Brianna Gilpin The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / A Home for a Hero Share Save Tagged with: Keys for Life Operation Homefront Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago A Home for a Hero Artificial turf, big screens, football players—not the standard surroundings for mortgage companies to make an impact. The National Fantasy Football Convention (NFFC) took place Saturday in Dallas with majority of goers clad in Dallas Cowboy’s jerseys and hats, some in giant helmets and foam fingers. However, it wasn’t the fans or even the famous Cowboy’s players that everyone’s attention was on. It was Erica Corley, an Army veteran and single mother of two, who was presented with a mortgage-free home.Corley took the stage alongside Operation Homefront President and CEO John I. Pray, Jr., Brig Gen, USAF (Ret) and Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado to receive the keys to her new home. Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive, partnered with the Keys for Life program, an initiative of the Five Star Institute, and JPMorgan Chase, who donated the home. When asked what this home meant to her, Corley had one word that encompassed all of her feelings: “everything.”“This puts me so far ahead of the game,” Corley said. “I made a lot of sacrifices—doing the traveling, being gone—so after being gone for so long, there wasn’t a home to come back to.”Corley explained that as a single mom, she poured everything into her children. Now, instead of starting brand-new and having to sacrifice more in order to get her family where they need to be, they now have a house to come home to every day and that is extremely overwhelming.Numerous companies heard of the home donation and immediately wanted to reach out in support. Corley received over $5,000 in gift cards from ALAW, Clarocity, Nationstar Mortgage, Oversite Data Services, Truly Noble Services, ZVN Properties, and an anonymous donor.“When you think about helping a family thrive in their communities, it’s about homeownership and getting that family into that community and that’s why Erica was selected,” said John I. Pray, Jr., Brig Gen, USAF (Ret). “It wasn’t simply because there was a need, because there’s a need from so many of our veterans, but she was absolutely the right fit to be in this home in this community and allow her to establish the roots that will allow her to take care of her family.”Not only is this home something that will give Corley’s family an opportunity to grow presently, John I. Pray, Jr., Brig Gen, USAF (Ret) explained that it also allows her to pass down that equity and all the things that come along with homeownership to her children. It will make a life changing, generational impact.“It’s incumbent upon all of us as Americans to realize the amazing work that our veterans and their families have done for all of us,” John I. Pray, Jr., Brig Gen, USAF (Ret) said. “They have protected the freedoms that we all get to enjoy daily and when they come back home to their communities, they need help. We as Americans and as a large community should band together and take care of those that have done so much for all of us.”Since 2010, the Five Star Institute has supported the presentation of over 50 mortgage free homes to veterans under their Keys for Life (KFL) program. In 2015, KFL teamed up with Operation Homefront to continue the tradition.”It is a privilege to recognize our veterans for their service to our nation,” Delgado said. “Far too often we take for granted theblanket of peace and safety we enjoy as a nation. Ensuring that those who have sacrificed to protect our freedom are properly cared for upon returning home should be a duty for all Americans.”Delgado in conjunction with Operation Homefront will have the pleasure ofpresenting five additional veterans with mortgage-free homes at the Keys for Life Dinner and Concert held at the Five Star Conference, September 18-20.Players such as Jonny Manziel, Terrell Owens, and Charles Haley were also in support at the event.“They deserve it all, they are out there putting their life on the line so we can do what we do,” said Dallas Cowboys Fullback Keith Smith who was one of the current NFL players featured at the event. “They’re the real superstars.” Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

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Campus mourns student death

first_imgAkash Sharma, a graduate student from India, died Jan. 1, according to an email Notre Dame International sent to international students Jan. 9.Photo courtesy of nd.edu Sharma was a third-year Ph.D. student in chemical and biomolecular engineering, according to the email. He served as co-president of the Indian Association of Notre Dame during the 2012-13 academic year and was a teaching assistant for several classes.“Akash was an enthusiastic and passionate student with big dreams about the future,” the email said. “Due to his always smiling and friendly nature, he was liked by a large number of graduate and undergraduate students. Akash will greatly be missed.”The University declined to comment on the cause of Sharma’s death.Grief counseling is available to students through the University Counseling Center, Campus Ministry and International Student and Scholar Affairs. Details about a memorial service will be forthcoming, according to the email.Tags: Student deathlast_img read more

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Panamanian President Will Visit Costa Rica to Learn about Health Experience

first_imgBy Dialogo July 17, 2009 SAN JOSE, 14 July 2009 (AFP) – The new president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, will visit Costa Rica on Wednesday to meet with President Oscar Arias and to learn about the experience of the public health services in trying to reduce patients’ wait times, the two governments announced on Tuesday. “Tomorrow, Wednesday 15 July, the president of the republic, Dr. Óscar Arias Sánchez, will host his Panamanian counterpart, President Ricardo Martinelli,” on his first foreign trip since taking office on 1 June, according to a statement issued by the Costa Rican president’s office. The meeting of the two leaders “will address an agenda of bilateral affairs,” the statement added. Martinelli will also dedicate his visit to getting to know “details of the Costa Rican experience with an automated appointment system” for users of the public health system, “which has achieved optimization of outpatient consultation and pharmacy services and elective surgery in that country,” the Panamanian government announced. The president will be accompanied by the Minister of Health, Franklin Vergara, and the Secretary of Innovation, Eduardo Jaén, according to the government statement. “This trip is the beginning of a series of consultations and visits that the administration team is planning with the aim of learning about the experiences of various models of care that have been successful in other countries,” the statement added. As president-elect before taking office, Martinelli visited Arias on 22 May, on which occasion they discussed forging closer ties in trade and tourism, among other areas. Both said then that they were in agreement on the expansion of the bilateral Free Trade Agreement, in effect since November 2008, to include products such as refined oil and insurance. The balance of trade between the two countries, which has increased notably in recent years, is favorable to Costa Rica, which sold 411 million dollars’ worth of its products and imported 242 million dollars’ worth of goods in 2008.last_img read more

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The QPR v Stoke City quiz

first_imgStoke City visit Loftus Road this weekend for a vital match for QPR. Test your knowledge of the history between the clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-6]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Mars Has Global Warming: Manufacturers At Fault?

first_imgMars appears to be coming out of an ice age and into an era of global warming, reports Space.Com.  Whether the Kyoto treaty can be extended to the red planet remains to be seen.  Environmentalists are not sure if human influence is to blame; the closest thing to an SUV on Mars is the leftover Pathfinder Rover.OK, OK, we won’t press the point.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

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Earth’s Twin: What Does “Potentially Habitable” Mean?

first_imgThe Kepler spacecraft has found dozens of “potentially habitable” planets around other stars, but this week announced one that some news sources are calling “Earth’s twin.”  The announcement provides an opportunity to study where empirical science ends and speculation begins.The NASA press release announced only that it had found its first planet in the habitable zone of a sun-like star.  This implies that water could be liquid on its surface, provided other requirements are met.  A diagram shows the planet’s orbital radius compared with that of the sun’s rocky planets.  The Kepler team realizes that much remains unknown about the new planet, dubbed Kepler-22b, except that its radius is 2.4 times that of Earth.  “Scientists don’t yet know if Kepler-22b has a predominantly rocky, gaseous or liquid composition, but its discovery is a step closer to finding Earth-like planets,” the article said.  Very little, therefore, is empirically known to justify the accompanying artwork of a watery world.The scientific press took this as a cue to push the “Earth is not unique” angle.  NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine was somewhat restrained with the L-word life, noting just that water is a prerequisite.  Reporter Mike Wall at Space.com, however, used the word life three times, as in: “The discovery brings scientists one step closer to finding a planet like our own — one which could conceivably harbor life, scientists said.” The BBC News came just short of calling Kepler-22b Earth’s twin sister: “It is the closest confirmed planet yet to one like ours – an ‘Earth 2.0’.”Last month, the BBC News presented a way of ranking which planets are most “liveable,” with Earth at a rank of 1.0.  The next nearest was Titan (0.64), then Mars (0.59), Europa (0.49), and an exoplanet named Gliese 581g (0.45).  It’s not known where the new planet Kepler-22b would rank, but the criteria included surface properties, the presence of a liquid solvent, and whether the world has an atmosphere and a magnetic field.In addition, the life history of a planet must be taken into account.  Stephen Battersby in New Scientist wrote about “Earth’s wild ride: Our voyage through the Milky Way.”  Assuming that Earth is as old as scientists believe, the Earth would have orbited the Milky Way every 200 million years in its assumed 4.5 billion year lifetime, sending it into a veritable shooting gallery of other objects and exposing it many times to the lethal radiation of supernovae.  Battersby had to admit that much of this is speculation:As yet, this is guesswork. We cannot retrace our path through the galaxy’s gravitational melee, still less calculate what incidents befell us where and when. Earth itself, its rocks constantly recycled by plate tectonics and remodelled by erosion, is remarkably forgetful of past assaults from space.Maybe our sun was able to “surf” a spiral arm of the galaxy and avoid some of the dangers, he said, but admitted “This is mere circumstantial evidence.”  On the one hand he sees the exposure as a potential spark for life; on the other, it becomes a source of mass extinction.  Whether the moon holds clues to past events was offered as the only source of empirical evidence.If scientists cannot even understand the history of the world under our feet, it seems premature at best to speculate about the habitability of Kepler-22b.  Even the diamond planets we reported on 8/25/11 would not be nice places to live, according to New Scientist.  They would be black, cold, lifeless worlds despite their riches. “The net result is that these diamond-rich planets will not have global carbon cycles nor plate tectonics – which in turn may have implications for ocean formation,” the article said.  Without oceans, forget life, even if such planets orbited in the habitable zone.Habitability does not imply inhabited.  We have more habitable worlds in our own solar system than Kepler-22b:  Venus and Mars.  Look at them: Venus is a hell, and Mars a freezer, exposed to the ravages of cosmic radiation.  And whoever ranked Titan as the next most liveable world must be kidding himself: would you want to recline on a beach of Titan’s tarry lakes at 290 degrees below zero?The Illustra documentary, The Privileged Planet, described at least 20 requirements for life: an oxygen atmosphere, a crust that can support plate tectonics, a global magnetic field, the right kind of crustal composition, a stable star, and much more.  Calculating the probability a planet in the habitable zone would meet all the requirements, given a conservative estimate of 1 in 1,000 for each, leads to a probability of a thousandth of a trillionth that a planet would be habitable.  In our own pages we have seen scientists constrain it further, describing other “habitable zones” than the usually-considered zone in which water could be liquid: the galactic habitable zone, the tidal habitable zone, ultraviolet habitable zone, the magnetic habitable zone, the temporal habitable zone, the chemical and thermodynamic habitable zone (2/26/2011).Even so, given the number of stars, there could be some exoplanets somewhere that meet the requirements.  But then, as the film continues, there are the fine-tuning arguments that militate against life forming by chance, and argue positively for intelligent design.  And seeing how precisely placed Earth is for scientific discovery (between spiral arms, the right distance from the sun with the right sized moon for total solar eclipses, the only planet with a clear atmosphere, and much more), extends the argument that our world was created to be habitable on purpose.That’s what the secular media refuse to consider: purpose.  It leaves them with nothing better to do than confabulating speculative stories about what might exist out there.  It’s fine for Kepler to be gathering data; that’s a noble purpose.  Better to know what stars and planets exist then have speculation completely unconstrained by data.  But the Kepler spacecraft is unable to tell whether all the requirements for habitability are met.  Such a goal is years away.  The Terrestrial Planet Finder and Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) was two missions that had been planned to try to at least detect water, before they were cancelled due to budget cuts.  Even those would only provide small steps toward describing the nature of the candidate Earth-like planets.  SETI, meantime, is a 50-year failure so far.  Purposelessness leaves science with nothing but particles in motion hoping to win some cosmic lottery.  That is not science.If scientists and reporters were more rigorous in their practice, they would refrain from going beyond the data.  A planet has been found within the habitable zone of a sun-like star.  OK.  Fair reporting would constrain that fact, first and foremost, to what is meant by “habitable zone.”  Then a list of all that is not known would follow.  Cautions about illogical conclusions would be presented to the reader; e.g., habitable does not imply inhabited.  There would be no suggestive artwork of an atmosphere and clouds.  The reporter would respect good science by sticking to the data.  Why do the science reporters and authors of press releases never do that?  It can be done.  Hey, we just did it here.Speaking of Kepler, be sure to read our online biography of Johannes Kepler, a stalwart Christian who, as a scientist, was a giant on whose shoulders Isaac Newton stood.Exercise: “Potentially habitable” is an example of the power of suggestion.  Think of some other uses of this kind of phrase that are silly.  Here are some to get started:  Think of the average Joe as:Potentially an Ironman triathlete.Potentially President of the United States.Potentially winner of the Powerball lottery.Potentially married to a princess.Potentially World Chess Champion.It’s even more silly when 20 some odd potentials are combined: “potentially an Ironman triathlete President married to a princess holding the World Chess Championship who wins the Powerball lottery.”  Think of this when you hear someone say of Kepler-22b, “Well there could be life on it.”(Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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PFL reboot kicks off May 25

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Rookie, legend play mentor roles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Philippines Football League (PFL) will finally kick off on May 25 with seven clubs in the fold, following the Philippine Football Federation’s (PFF) decision to grant Mendiola FC and Philippine Air Force club licenses that will allow both squads to vie in the competition.PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes said Mendiola and Air Force were granted provisional licenses by the federation just like Green Archers United, which joins pioneer clubs Ceres Negros, Kaya-Iloilo, Global and Stallion Laguna this season.ADVERTISEMENT The PFF had to salvage the competition after the PPL defied the federation’s directive by allowing Mendiola and Air Force to play despite the absence of a club license.The PPL only had five clubs, which was later reduced to four when Ceres decided to also withdraw from the competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGastanes said the PFF will use the PFL to determine which clubs to nominate for AFC competitions next year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

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Tanaka Gem, Yanks Ace Rays, 9-0

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jake Odorizzi knew what he was up against. “It was one of those games where the team that scores first was probably going to have the upper hand, and it turned out that way,” he said.Masahiro Tanaka allowed two hits over seven innings, Chris Young hit a grand slam and the New York Yankees routed the Rays 9-0 on April 18.Brian McCann put the Yankees ahead in the sixth with his third hit, a two-run, two-out triple off Odorizzi (2-1) that followed one-out walks to Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez. McCann’s fourth career triple came in his 4,389th at-bat.Odorizzi gave up three runs and five hits in six-plus innings. He was the third AL pitcher in the last 100 years to start the season by winning consecutive starts of six-plus innings, two hits or fewer and one run or less.“He threw a great game,” Odorizzi said of Tanaka. “If I gave up one or I gave up 10, it probably wouldn’t have mattered tonight.”Tanaka (2-1) struck out eight and walked none. He gave up a single to David DeJesus leading off the first, then retired 15 in a row before Brandon Guyer’s double opening the sixth. After failing to reach the sixth inning in his first two starts, Tanaka lowered his ERA from 7.00 to 3.94.“I’m happy with the results,” Tanaka said through a translator. “I’m happy with the way I pitched. I think it’s all about the mechanics. The mechanics was working well.”The Japanese star missed most of the second half of last season with a partially torn elbow ligament and had faced questions this spring about his decreased velocity. He reached 93 mph against the Rays.“I really think it’s important for him to see when I have my stuff, I’m going to pitch extremely well, and that’s what he did,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.This was the first time since joining the Yankees that Tanaka had a start of two hits or fewer while walking nine.David Carpenter and Branden Pinder completed a three-hitter, the first shutout for the Yankees since Sept. 22 against Baltimore.Young homered off Grant Balfour in a seven-run seventh, his third career slam. “A good ballgame that turned somewhat ugly,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Improvement Works to be Undertaken at Dunn’s River Falls

first_img The St. Ann Development Company Limited (SADCo), is to undertake a number of improvement works at the Dunn’s River Falls and Park to enhance the overall sustainability of operations, whilst meeting the needs of patrons. Story Highlights Specifically, SADCo plans to establish a new service court to include changing rooms, lockers and shops, and a VIP entrance, as well as redevelop the craft market at the Dunn’s River Falls and Park. This is outlined in the 2019/20 Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, tabled in the House recently by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke. The St. Ann Development Company Limited (SADCo), is to undertake a number of improvement works at the Dunn’s River Falls and Park to enhance the overall sustainability of operations, whilst meeting the needs of patrons.Specifically, SADCo plans to establish a new service court to include changing rooms, lockers and shops, and a VIP entrance, as well as redevelop the craft market at the Dunn’s River Falls and Park.This is outlined in the 2019/20 Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, tabled in the House recently by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke.In addition, in order to improve its financial sustainability, SADCo, in collaboration with the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), will pursue the increased marketing of the managed facilities with a view to increasing revenues by 10 per cent annually.Also, the organisation projects to realise a profit of $35.12 million, the document notes.The SADCo, an associated company of the UDC, was incorporated in 1967. The company partners with the UDC under a management contract to oversee the management of several properties/attractions in the tourism sector.Its main activities are focused on the sustainable development of several properties, including Dunn’s River Falls and Park, Green Grotto Caves, Turtle River Park, Ocho Rios Bay Beach, Roaring River, Laughing Waters and undeveloped lands in surrounding communities in the parish of St. Ann.In accordance with its mandate, SADCo is committed to the efficient management and orderly development of the UDC’s assets in its portfolio.The company seeks to achieve its strategic objectives by undertaking activities and projects that enhance revenues, contain operating expenses and improve service delivery.last_img read more

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