Citadel Servicing Begins Using USRES Valuation Services

first_img Citadel Servicing Begins Using USRES Valuation Services Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Home / Featured / Citadel Servicing Begins Using USRES Valuation Services May 27, 2015 1,058 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Broker Price Opinions Citadel Servicing Corporation Property Valuations U.S. Real Estate Services 2015-05-27 Brian Honea Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Featured, News Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img U.S. Real Estate Services (USRES), a nationwide appraisal management company (AMC) headquartered in Lake Forest, California, has announced that Citadel Servicing Corporation (CSC) is using its origination broker price opinion (BPO) services, according to an announcement from USRES.CSC is using USRES’ BPO services in order to ensure more accurate valuations. By performing BPOs on CSC’s origination loans, USRES can reconcile initial prices generated by completed appraisals. CSC’s brokers can directly connect with USRES to register and place orders through the CSC website.”An accurate valuation is the foundation of every real estate transaction, and something our clients have confidence that USRES will always deliver,” said Keith Guenther, co-founder and CEO of USRES. “Our nearly 25-year track record of success on default side enables us to offer our partners more competitive pricing and turn times than other AMCs, which were major factors during Citadel Servicing Corporation’s selection of USRES. Additionally, having our own, in-house auditing team comprised of licensed appraisers is one element that sets USRES apart, giving our clients assurance that they will receive exceptional service and consistent, precise valuations the first time.”Headquartered in Irvine, California, CSC specializes in non-prime loans on both owner-occupied and non-owner occupied residential properties. USRES maintains its own in-house staff of licensed appraisers, the only BPO provider to do so. The staff audits every order for content and accuracy. In addition, a network of carefully selected, licensed appraisers supports both origination and default appraisal services for USRES.”We are excited to expand our breadth of AMC partners and look forward to this new partnership with USRES,” said Daniel Perl, CEO of Citadel Servicing Corporation.  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Previous: MCS Valutions Welcomes New Assistant VP of Operations Next: Eighty Percent of Top 100 Metros Seeing Stronger Demand for Homes Heading Into Spring Tagged with: Broker Price Opinions Citadel Servicing Corporation Property Valuations U.S. Real Estate Services Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

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‘No Court Bound By Govt Decision To Withdraw Prosecution’ : Karnataka High Court On Move To Drop Cases Against Ministers, MLAs

first_imgNews Updates’No Court Bound By Govt Decision To Withdraw Prosecution’ : Karnataka High Court On Move To Drop Cases Against Ministers, MLAs Mustafa Plumber3 Dec 2020 7:01 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Thursday issued notice on a petition which challenged the Government decision to drop criminal prosecution in 61 cases against elected representatives and ministers.A division bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay S Oka and Justice Vishwajith Shetty observed : “No Court is bound by such a decision taken to withdraw from the prosecution. Even if an application is…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 Karnataka High Court on Thursday issued notice on a petition which challenged the Government decision to drop criminal prosecution in 61 cases against elected representatives and ministers.A division bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay S Oka and Justice Vishwajith Shetty observed : “No Court is bound by such a decision taken to withdraw from the prosecution. Even if an application is made under Section 321 of Cr.P.C, the Courts are duty bound to assess whether a prima facie case is made out or not and that the Court has power to reject the prayer”.The Court was considering a petition filed by People Union of Civil Liberties, Karnataka, challenging the August 31 order wherein the Government has granted permission for the withdrawal of prosecution of the 61 cases, under the section 321 of Code of Criminal Procedure. The cases being withdrawn include against the state’s Law Minister JC Madhuswamy, Tourism Minister CT Ravi and Agriculture Minister B C Patil. A case from 2017  against Hospete MLA Anand Singh is also sought to be withdrawn.  Advocate Clifton D’ Rozario, appearing for the petitioners, argued that the decision was against the rule of law.  The court refused to stay the decision. However, it referred to the Supreme Court order in the case of S.K.SHUKLA AND OTHERS vs. STATE OF UTTAR PRADESH AND OTHERS, which held that even if government instructs to the Public Prosecutor to withdraw from the prosecution of a case, the latter after applying his mind to the facts of the case may either agree with the instructions and file a petition before the Court stating grounds of withdrawal or disagree therewith having found a good case for prosecution and refuse to file the withdrawal petition. The decision also observed that in the event the Public Prosecutor disagrees, he will have to return the brief. It further observed that the Public Prosecutor cannot act like a post box or act on the dictates of the State Government and he has to act objectively as he is also an officer of the Court. Following which, the court directed the State Government to forward copies of its order to the Public Prosecutors to whom instructions have been given to withdraw from prosecution in 61 cases.The Court said that the Public Prosecutors should invite the attention of concerned court to the observations of the High Court when making application under Section 321 CrPC. It said “The Public Prosecutors are bound to invite attention of the concerned Court to this order when an application is made under Section 321 of Cr.P.C.” The matter has been posted for further hearing on December 21.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Wild Virginia is Ready for the 10th Year of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

first_imgWednesday, May 1st, The Violet Crown, Charlottesville. 6:30pm “If you’re an adrenaline junkie, environmental advocate, avid hiker, a laid-back recreationist, or wildlife identifier, these nights you won’t want to miss,” says Publicity & Outreach Chair, Katie Keller. “There is nothing like discovering beautiful images and visuals of our world, and finding out ways you can become an advocate yourself.” Wild Virginia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is protecting and connecting your favorite wild places. We educate citizens, landowners, and other stakeholders about threats to our forests through hikes, outings, and events. We advocate for the connectivity and integrity of Virginia’s forests and waters. We influence decision makers by mobilizing citizens. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival takes place at the following locations: Local business support for the Wild & Scenic Film Fest plays a huge role in the life of the Festival; we feel privileged to partner with some of Virginia’s organizations whose contributions enhance the festival experience. Sunday, April 28th, The Visulite Cinema, Staunton, 6:30pm The festival introduces attendees to wild and special places and to the courageous individuals who are working to protect and preserve them. The film festival not only highlights environmental concerns, but also provides solutions, reaching people through beautiful imagery.  The festival is HERE, and it is just as exciting as our first film circuit ten years ago! Wild Virginia is excited to announce our film selections, locations, and information on how you can be a part of the environmental community.  This year, we will be putting on an extra show here in Charlottesville! Thursday, May 2nd, Vinegar Hill (Lighthouse Studios), Charlottesville, 6:30pm ———- We are extremely grateful to our community relationships and are excited to raffle off items from Ducard Vineyards, Bring Your Own LLC, Rebecca’s, Hot Cakes , Redwood and Co. , Shenandoah Pizza and Taphouse, Yelping Dog, Latitudes,Smooth Sailing Ballroom, American Shakespeare Center, Blue Ridge Bucha , Sigora Solar, and Shenandoah Mountain Guides.  A special sponsor thanks to the Violet Crown, Vinegar Hill Theatre, & the Visulite Cinema for hosting our festival over three nights this spring. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival started with the South Yuba River Citizen League (SYRCL), a hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed in California. This annual celebration of the environment brings together recreation / outdoor enthusiasts, filmmakers and activists to discover the best in the wild places of our planet. So come learn about Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs, our National Parks, Mexican Fishing Bats, and fragile wilderness. You’ll even see a film about a musician that travels to wilderness areas around the West creating music from the natural sounds she finds. For tickets, please visit:  last_img read more

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Kootenay hosts Vancouver NE in weekend Major Midget action in Trail

first_imgThe Kootenay Ice takes a 1-8-1 record into a pair of weekend games at the Cominco Arena in Trail against the Vancouver Northwest Chiefs.Despite sitting at the bottom of league standings, the Ice continues to take a positive approach to the season.“This week is a challenge but last time I checked their players had two arms and two legs just ours do,” said Ice head coach Mario DiBella, putting his own positive spin on the weekend.Truman Gonzales and Adam Rockwood lead the Chiefs in scoring. Both players lead the Chiefs in scoring with 17 points.In contrast, Jake Lucchini is the top offensive threat for the Ice with 12 points, including seven goals.Brandon Sookro of Nelson has four goals.Vancouver is tied for fourth in league standings with a 6-4 record.Puck drops Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Cominco Arena. Sunday the game time is 9:45 a.m. in Trail.DiBella will not be behind the bench for the weekend games, deferring to assistant coach Sean Dooley.DiBella is currently in Saguenay, Que. watching his daughter Aimee play in the 2011 National Women’s Under-18 Championships.last_img read more

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Blog Review: Equinox House

first_imgYou might call Ty Newell the reluctant engineer. At the University of Michigan in the early 1970s, he would rather have studied natural resources or liberal arts, but those programs were full. So he went into engineering, figuring he’d switch to one of his first choices in a semester or so.Except that it never happened. His grade point average wasn’t high enough to get him into natural resources, and the prospect of being drafted for duty in Vietnam kept him from dropping out of school. So engineering it was going to be.Out of school in 1974, Newell worked for a couple of years in an Ohio plastics plant as a project engineer, and then something weird happened. “Of all the unexpected things,” Newell says, “I found I thoroughly enjoyed engineering and I found that it would give me the tools and background to work in the alternative energy field in a manner I would enjoy.”Newell decided he needed more than an undergraduate degree, so he took courses at Ohio State University, where he ran into Michael Moran, a professor who taught a dreaded course in thermodynamics. He once received a zero on a test in Moran’s class, but he discovered that he not only had an instinctive understanding of the material, he also liked it.That realization helped propel him into solar energy engineering, first at the University of Utah, where he landed a teaching assistant’s job as he pursued a master’s degree, and eventually to the engineering faculty at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Newell builds a superinsulated passive solar homeNewell tells this story as part of his blog called Equinox House, his account of building a superinsulated, solar home for himself and his wife in Urbana, Illinois.The blog is a step-by-step tale of how the house was built, starting with the insulated concrete form (ICF) foundation and solar panel installation in the fall of 2009 to a successful Thanksgiving gathering in the new house in 2010.Construction entries are light on the verbiage, relying instead on hundreds of photographs and caption-like comments on each stage of construction. I started at the beginning and about given up on finding any running commentary on the whys and wherefores of the project or much about its author when I stumbled across an entry from January 29, 2010 in which Newell lays out the groundwork for the project in a “preface” to the Equinox project.Bingo.While the construction blog is in itself excellent in its detail, the site also features valuable information on a variety of related topics, such as the economics of a 100% solar home, components (such as windows and walls), rainwater collection, and actual energy performance. Although construction is over, data collection and evaluation goes on. It’s an exceptionally well-documented project. The self-effacing storytelling in Newell’s preface helps pull it all together. He’s a much more engaging writer than he gives himself credit for.For anyone planning on going the solar, net-zero route, or just learning what it’s all about, the blog will prove a goldmine.Here are some excerpts. On the rebirth of interest in solar“Various student groups have always invited me to talk about solar energy, but from 1985 to 2000, my audience ranged between 1 to 4 people. As small as these audiences might be, and some really were only 1 or 2 people, if they are the right 1 or 2 people, they might be the ones who accomplish significant things.“Around 2002, as I went to give a talk on solar to a student group, I entered the room and saw an overflowing crowd of people. I was sure it was the wrong room location. But it wasn’t, and since that time, the audiences have been consistently full as our youth recognize the failure of older generations to address the problems that they will be facing. Will we rise to the challenge this time, or will we fade as before as the most recent energy price shocks become a distant memory?” On the beauty of the design“Equinox House is one of the most technologically advanced homes ever built. But if you visit Equinox House, you will not see the complexity nor be aware of it. You will experience a simple house that exists to serve its occupants and keep them comfortable. The complexity of its engineering design and Equinox House’s embedded technology, paradoxically makes it a very simple home to live in.“Today’s automobiles are similar with their highly sophisticated technologies. And yet, today’s cars are simpler and safer to drive, with repairs and maintenance less frequent than ever before. Equinox House has incorporated sensing and control technologies that simplify living in the house. Even with a failure of the local utility, its robust design ensures that water pipes will never freeze, and that it will be a comfortable shelter in either summer or winter. And, because it is a true, net zero home that is 100% powered by solar energy, future increases in utility rates will not be a concern.” On why he built Equinox House“We must return to living on our daily allowance of solar energy. Without significant efforts taken now to develop a sustainable way of life, our future generations will be faced with more war, famine and pestilence in order to make adjustments to survive in a world with diminished resources, overpopulation, and massive pollution. Leaving our children, their children, and beyond with to cope such hardships is something I find hard to live with.“So, the above is a bit gloomy, and I’m not by nature a gloomy, pessimistic person. If I were, I wouldn’t put in the effort to work toward the changes we need to achieve sustainable lifestyles. So here’s the optimistic side of things. I know that we can do more with less now. That is, I see the world as one that has plenty of resources for improving the quality of life for all people. Improving one’s life does not have to be at the expense of others.”“When I began working in alternative energy in the 1970s, we were still developing the required technologies. Today, because of the hard work of a lot of stubborn people like many of my faculty colleagues and industry friends, enabling technologies are available now at a cost that is affordable.” On his blog’s point of view“I plan to target these writings to the general public, but that doesn’t mean things will be interesting, clearly organized, or grammatically correct. Remember, I am an engineer. My lectures as a professor have been known to lower the metabolism of my students to dangerously low levels (which at least conserves energy), and I’m sure my written stuff is just as dull. I wish I could write with the scientific clarity of Edward Thorndike, the logic of Amory Lovins, and the conviction of Aldo Leopold, but unfortunately those are not skills I’m endowed with (see…I even ended my sentence with a preposition, something my English major/Librarian spouse, Deb, will be quite upset at…..she doesn’t like sentences that end in ‘at,’ either).” On the paradox of windows“Equinox House is a modestly windowed home. At the same time, the windows have been designed to brightly light the interior throughout the year, and efficiently provide solar heating in the winter. The house is named after its novel ‘equinox overhang’ that protects the clerestory windows from the summer sun while acting as a solar radiation reflector during the winter.“Windows are generally misunderstood and poorly incorporated into building design. Very few people are able to provide quantitative information on the cost and value of a window. Sales personnel are unable to supply answers, and are most interested in selling you as many windows as possible.“In almost all cases, windows do not save money. They are the most expensive part of the house exterior and require the most maintenance. The most ‘economical’ house would be a Styrofoam igloo. So why do we want windows? We like to ‘see’ outside, and we like natural light. With the cost of flat screen televisions dropping to that of a window ($40 to $80 per square foot), perhaps we will replace windows with a series of televisions and exterior cameras that transmit the outside view in a more energy and cost efficient manner than a window? And, with the added benefit of being able to change the view to that of any location in the world if the outside view isn’t to your liking.”last_img read more

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IoT – The Buzzword for Market Researchers

first_imgWhile the demand for IoT has increased dramatically, the skill shortage continues. The skill shortage is why more than two-thirds of companies are unable to hire the experts they need for app development and use of IoT. Smaller players that are not up for IoT are focusing on certain types of devices and data movement to solve their specific industry challenges.2016 was a milestone that marked the importance of IoT across the globe, and this technology has only gained more popularity since then. Businesses across industries have IoT on their radar, and it is already impacting millions of lives.Different IoT platforms are now facilitating the development of faster, simpler, and intuitive. With apps, the market researchers are undertaking predictive IoT analysis. Meanwhile smart applications and wearable devices have already become top IoT applications.If we take a look back, the Internet disrupted most industries in 1995; Kodak disappeared with the launch of digital cameras, Encyclopedia lost to Wikipedia, Amazon crushed book stores, and blockbuster was blown off by the Netflix wave. The Internet has changed the way people purchase investment plans, movie tickets, and plane tickets.Just like the Internet, IoT has triggered a revolution, and with thousands of projects being launched, this trend is here to say, and researchers will have a lot on their checklist for their next project.Leveraging the Full Potential of IoT with Market Research Software Customers are not that knowledgeable as yet, and so it is the suppliers who need to know the right stuff when making their products and systems. Market researchers can conduct interviews with end-users who’ve used IoT systems and learn their triggers for investing in this technology. Market research can also uncover IoT vendors, the pain points of their existing clients.Then there are the expectations of their potential customers. Companies need to know how the installations went, and also what is driving consumers to invest in IoT devices and products. Market research can also discover what is lacking in IoT products and identify opportunities for making positive changes in the value chain.To create the perfect market research surveys, researchers can use market research software.Market research survey software allows you to create highly engaging online surveys that can be distributed across multiple platforms. A survey generates useful data before launching a new project, for improving an existing product, or for identifying potential new target markets.Surveys are a surefire way to extract accurate data on virtually anything. With fully-featured market research survey software that comes with ready templates, researchers can have reliable data and detailed analysis in hand. With advanced filters, researchers can generate precise responses.The advanced filters sift through the data without missing out any crucial piece of information. When this data is employed well, it can turn projects around quickly and moves the data into a powerful marketing tool. IoT hardware sensors are evoking a lot of interest and being researched, but the software powers the underlying technology, which facilitates the real-time transfer of data. Researchers can study the code so they know what keeps the hardware up and running as it can get overlooked otherwise. Also, with the advent of drones and robots, market researchers will need accurate insights to figure out if buyers are ready to embrace the change. The primary purpose of IoT is to make data sharing quick and easy, which is why major corporations like Cisco and Microsoft are building secure IoT solutions for different devices. Increasing the focus on security is now a focal point of research for most projects. But, how much does the general public care about safety in their IoT devices? And, does this affect their purchase behavior? It is questions like these that enable market researchers to determine future business trends.The Scope of IoT in 2019 and Beyond  Researchers are in their nascent stage of discovering the latest IoT trends, and so they can use qualitative research to understand the role of IoT in different projects. Understanding the role of IoT projects would also help researchers uncover the pain points faced in these projects so they can shed light on unexpected problems and the solutions to cope with them. Qualitative Research Projects. SaaS Companies. Big Players will Dominate the Market. Platform vendors like Google, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft and leading carriers like Vodafone, AT&T, and Verizon will increase their IoT footprint. While these big players battle their IoT market share, much of the market research here will revolve around investigating the launch into a market.As a result of this, security will become the focal point of research for most projects. Market researchers will be entailed the responsibility of determining the importance of security among buyers and how it will impact their purchase decision. So it will become crucial to have a bigger view.      Tapping IoT Talent Will be Challenging. Bhavika Sharma Traditional Industries. Big Tech. The Internet of Things (IoT) is fast evolving as a service and revenue generator in a hyper-connected universe. While IoT is already churning out an enormous volume of data every day, it is only a fraction of what is likely to come up in the next ten years. IoT is the buzzword for market researchers — and their success.Virtually everything, from industrial machines to wearable tech to medical devices, generates streams of data continuously. This data is stored, processed, and analyzed to empower different use cases. Going forward, market researchers can leverage big data analytics to gain granular visibility into separate data sets.This IoT is producing big data that will help in generating useful insights to produce concrete results concerning IoT devices and projects.Leveraging IoT Trends for Market Research   Here are five ways market researchers can use IoT to their advantage: 5G Networks Will Rollout and Rule. Investments in IoT are expected to cross $1 trillion by 2020. Currently, there are about 1.3 billion connections, and IoT services have already reached an inflection point of 18 to 20 percent adoption. Bhavika Sharma is a survey designer at SurveySparrow, where she designs surveys that work by making them more conversational and engaging. When she isn’t designing killer surveys, she loves to travel in search of adventure and to meet new people. Her travel experiences have taught her the importance of conversation and that is what she brings to the table while creating surveys or content for her readers. IoT Security will Take Center Stage. Follow the Puck Cloud Applications. The rollout of 5G networks will impact all the IoT devices that are currently running on low-data-rate networks. With this, all the IoT apps that are linked to automation technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual and augmented reality will enhance their capabilities.Specific applications like self-driven vehicles and cognitive computing will transition to the next level with the rollout of 5G networks. From manufacturing and transportation to public safety and emergency services, every industry will enjoy significant benefits as 5G networks finally become available on the market. The increasing use of IoT devices will automatically increase the risk of cyber attacks. From smart phones and home appliances to high-security commercial installations and government applications, everything will become vulnerable to attacks. IoT can also be used to create botnets which hackers can use for cyber attacks on Wi-Fi enabled networks, routers, and IoT devices. For all of these reasons, IoT security will become a top priority. IoT will Continue to Stay Hot – in Data and Devices. Manufacturers, government organizations, and oil and gas companies are the first to adopt advanced technologies, and they are ones who are leading the IoT revolution. IoT has a much higher acceptance rate in traditional industries that leverage the Internet of Things for monitoring traffic, tracking speed, or detecting pressure drops.For market researchers, the prominence of IoT in the old school industries is an excellent opportunity to determine future patterns for the application of IoT. When constructing market research, the best way to start is to investigate where and how the existing IoT solutions can be enhanced through intelligence and instrumentation. Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… IoT sensors are internet-enabled, and so they are always sharing and receiving data through cloud technology. As a result of this, IoT has a significant impact on cloud computing, big data, and streaming analytics. With a massive amount of data being exchanged on cloud apps, market researchers can collect the data from major cloud vendors like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure and benefit from it. 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Unsure of Test spot but Suresh Raina still seeking revenge for 2011’s England thrashing

first_imgHaving been at the recieving end of a 4-0 thrashing by England last year, it will be payback time when India take on the visiting English side in the four-Test series starting at Ahmedabad next month, middle-order batsman Suresh Raina said.”I was there in England and I feel the pain of losing that series 0-4. I want to give some of that pain back,” said the Uttar Pradesh batsman, who will lead India ‘A’ in a three-day warm-up game at the Cricket Club of India starting here from Tuesday.Raina also said that the SG balls to be used in the forthcoming series will help Indian bowlers.”There is a big difference in the SG Test and Duke balls. We have bowlers who know how to get the SG Test ball to reverse swing like Zak (Zaheer Khan) and Umesh Yadav. It’ll be important how to handle it in humid cities like Kolkata and Mumbai.”We also have (Ravichandran) Ashwin and (Pragyan) Ojha who have been amazing. The England team has good seamers like (Steve) Finn, (Stuart) Broad, (James) Anderson and it depends on how they can handle the SG Test ball,” Raina said.While the retirement of captain Andrew Strauss will be a blow to England, the return of Kevin Pietersen would be a big boost to the tourists’ hopes, Raina said.”Yes, that (Strauss’s retirement) is a loss, but they have a huge positive in KP’s return. He wasn’t there earlier, but now he’s back and that’s a big positive for them.”advertisementThe 25-year-old left-hander, fighting for a middle-order spot in the Test side with his Yuvraj Singh, said it was up to the selectors to fill the No. 6 slot, adding that the three-day match against the visitors will be a good opportunity for the likes of Yuvraj and Ashok Dinda to prepare themselves for the season ahead.Yuvraj Singh during India A’s practice. Yuvraj is a contender for a middle-order spot in the Test side.Click here to Enlarge “It’s a long season. We have Tests and then the one-dayers. Its (India ‘A’ game) a good opportunity for guys like myself, Yuvraj and Dinda. I want to enjoy myself and look to score big runs,” he said.Besides the England series, India are set to play four Tests against Australia and ODIs against Pakistan.Raina, averaging just under 30 from 17 Tests, also dismissed any suggestions of his inability to play the longest form of the game. “It’s just the mental aspect. I’ve given all that I have had to Test cricket. A lot of people say and write a lot of things but I know where I stand as far as Test cricket is concerned.”Batting at No. 6 is not easy, very often you get stuck with the tail and have to bat around them. I scored fifties in the West Indies and England and batted well against Australia in 2010. I’ve played 16 or 17 Tests, but as I play more, I will understand better.I’ve already played 150 ODIs for India and have played six years of IPL. I know what the coach and selectors expect from me and what they need me to do at no 6. I love to play my natural game and I love to hit the ball,” Raina said.Often found struggling against short-pitched deliveries in the longer format of the game, Raina siad he got tips from former Test batsman Pravin Amre on how to deal with England off-spinner Graeme Swann.”I asked him about Swann. He troubled me a lot in England and got me out four or five times. He (Amre) told me to keep my shoulder over the ball and my eyes in line with the ball,” Raina said when asked about the specifics.On the absence of front-line spinners in the India A side for the warm-up game, Raina said there were part-timers who can bowl spin. “I, Yuvraj and Manoj Tiwary can bowl spin. I’ll manage the over-rate,” he said.He said the track would offer some assistance to bowlers in the initial hours. “It’s a good wicket. I’ve played here for Air India in the Times Shield, in under-19 games and in the IPL. It offers good bounce to the bowlers. The first two hours are going to be crucial and that is where the openers come into play,” Raina said.last_img read more

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Five things to know about how the Conservatives will choose a new

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative party members have begun voting to select their new leader, with mail-in ballots now returning to a depot in Toronto ahead of the official vote count on Saturday.Here are five things to know about the process.1. There are 14 names on the ballot — including Kevin O’Leary, who dropped out too late for his name to be removed. The party doesn’t expect many members to still vote for him, but if they do those votes will still be counted.2) Voting is underway. Members must mail in their ballot by Friday, or can vote in person on Saturday either at the convention location or at one of the polling stations being set up across Canada. The party is opening mailed-in ballots to verify voters also submitted a copy of their ID and a signed declaration form along with their choices. But the votes won’t be actually be counted until Saturday.3) There are 259,010 party members eligible to vote. But while it’s one vote per member, the winner isn’t chosen based on those totals. Instead, each of the 338 federal ridings in Canada are allocated 100 points. How many points each candidate gets is determined by what percentage of the vote they get in a given riding. To win, a candidate will need 16,901 points.4) It’s a ranked ballot. Party members can choose up to 10 people they’d like to see as leader, ranking them from first to last. But even if they only choose one, that ballot will still be counted. The votes are counted electronically, and the machines being used can process about 20 batches of 100 votes per hour.5) Second choices matter. Ranked ballots are counted in rounds. If in the first round no candidate gets the majority, the person with the lowest number of points is removed from the ballot. Those who voted for that person will then have their ballots counted again, with their second choice being counted. The process continues until a winner is selected. The party expects to announce the winners of each round of balloting, until the overall winner is identified.last_img read more

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Federal parties wrong believing FN issues not campaign worthy Atleo

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations brought his election demands to Toronto Monday.National Chief Shawn Atleo spoke at the Canadian Club about the lack of attention First Nations issues were getting during the election campaign.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith has this story.last_img

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Taiwan reinforces ban on Huawei network equipment

first_imgTAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan is reinforcing its five-year-old ban on network equipment produced by Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE amid security concerns.Officials sought over the weekend to reassure lawmakers and the public that such measures have been effective and the threat to the communications sector is minimal.Huawei has established a presence in Taiwan, with its handsets among the top sellers. The company also sponsors a Christmas extravaganza in a Taipei suburb that features a giant Santa emblazoned with Huawei’s logo.While several countries have similar bans in place, the risk for Taiwan is potentially greater since China claims the island as its own territory and threatens to use military force to bring it under its control.On Monday, legislators called for extending a ban on Huawei to the financial industry.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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