The Industry Pulse: Updates on Black Knight, Schneiderman & Sherman, and More …

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Click through to learn more about announcements of crucial hires, the launch of new functionalities well as rewards and recognition for servicers in this weekly update.Black Knight, Inc., a provider of integrated software, data, and analytics to the mortgage and real estate industries based in Jacksonville, Florida, has entered into a strategic relationship with LERETA, LLC, a national provider of real estate tax and flood services for mortgage servicers based in Covina, California, to enhance tax reporting services to Black Knight’s MSP servicing system customers.The relationship will allow servicers on MSP to experience enhanced integration to improve data exchanges, a reduction in payment timeframes, the elimination of manual report entry errors, improved processing with unique functionality, greater accuracy, enhanced tax-specific processing, and an improved customer experience.“This alliance demonstrates our continuing commitment to driving innovation in property tax servicing,” said John Walsh, CEO of LERETA. “It also shows how the respective leaders in tax service and servicing systems can work together to improve this critical servicing function. Servicers using LERETA for tax on the MSP system will now have more automation and decrease in risk.”__________________________________________________________________Michigan-based Schneiderman & Sherman, PC, a regional law firm with over 35 years of experience, announced the hiring of Krystal Kirby in the role of Marketing Director.  Kirby will work under Neil Sherman, Managing Attorney.Prior to accepting the position, Kirby served as Director of Marketing for Michigan’s second largest real estate brokerage, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate. She will spearhead the firm’s marketing functions across all practices and business lines.Competitive landscape analysis, traditional and digital marketing, promotions, public relations, social media and event management will be some of Kirby’s key priorities for the firm. She will also be supporting philanthropic initiatives—a core value to both Schneiderman & Sherman and their new Marketing Director. Kirby is currently serving her first term on the Junior Board of Directors for the Bissell Pet Foundation. Her other affiliations include the American Marketing Association, Events Industry Council (the accrediting body for her CMP certification), and the Grand Valley State University Alumni Association.__________________________________________________________________California-based Quandis Inc., a default management mortgage technology provider has incorporated a new functionality into its Military Search service that empowers clients with the ability to easily customize real-time monitoring data analysis that is more explicitly and inclusive in nature. The new functionality returns the most granular searches in the industry for active military personnel along with detailed reporting.Called the Quandis Military Search (QMS), the solution verifies up-to-the-second information on active duty military status to help organizations comply with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) of 2003, which has stringent rules and processes that must be followed before starting mortgage foreclosure proceedings on borrowers that hold active duty status in the United States military. Stiff fines, penalties, and lawsuits can result from active military personnel that is improperly pursued in the default process.__________________________________________________________________Seattle-based Zillow Group, Inc., which houses a portfolio of the real estate and home-related brands on mobile and web, announced Rich Barton, who co-founded Zillow in 2005 and served as the company’s CEO until 2010, has been named the new CEO.Barton has been Executive Chairman since stepping down as CEO. Co-founder of Zillow Group Lloyd Frink will now become executive chairman. Co-founder Spencer Rascoff will remain on Zillow Group’s board of directors. Rascoff has led Zillow Group as CEO from 2010 through its IPO, overseeing 15 acquisitions and growing the company from 200 employees to more than 4,000. Under his leadership, Zillow Group has consistently been recognized as among the best companies to work for, and its annual revenue has grown from $30 million to $1.3 billion. Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] in Daily Dose, Featured Tagged with: Black Knight PC Quandis Inc. Schneiderman & Sherman Zillow Group About Author: Donna Joseph The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago February 26, 2019 1,549 Views center_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Black Knight PC Quandis Inc. 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Wenger plays down shove on Mou

first_img Eden Hazard, with a first-half penalty, and Diego Costa, with his ninth goal in seven league games, struck as Wenger’s bid for a first win against a Chelsea side managed by Mourinho goes on. In 12 attempts the Frenchman is still to taste victory and his frustrations boiled over after Gary Cahill’s tackle from behind on Alexis Sanchez in the 20th minute, when he pushed Mourinho in the chest as he strode towards the Chile forward. The managers have a long history of conflict. Mourinho on Friday refused to apologise for in February labelling Wenger “a specialist in failure” and their latest contretemps will have soured the relationship further. The Chelsea boss preferred to move on. Mourinho said: “Forget that (the push). A football pitch is a football pitch, so no problem. “It becomes heated because this is a big game, big clubs, big rivals, (an) important match for both teams. These conditions make a game of emotions. “There are two technical areas, one for me, one for him. He was coming to my technical area and he was not coming for the right reasons. “He was not coming to give some tactical instructions or something. “He was coming to press the referee to give a red card and I didn’t like that.” Mourinho praised Jonathan Moss for his handling of the incident, which saw referee Martin Atkinson warn both managers after consulting the fourth official. The Blues boss, who did not speak to Wenger afterwards, declined to criticise his opposite number’s conduct. “To be fair, I do so many wrong things in football,” Mourinho added. “Sometimes you lose emotion and I did so many wrong things, but not this time, because this time I was just in my technical area and it was not my problem. Game over. Story over.” Chelsea take a commanding advantage over second-placed Manchester City into the international break after dropping just two points in the opening seven games, in drawing 1-1 at the Etihad Stadium. “The start of the season is good, but it’s just seven matches and beginning of October,” Mourinho said. “We have only reasons to be happy. I feel the team is good in every moment of the game.” Thibaut Courtois had left for precautionary tests on a head injury in hospital before Hazard lit up the contest on the field, darting past two tackles before being felled by Laurent Koscielny for a penalty which he converted himself. Mourinho said: “In these matches you need one of your top players to take some magic cards out of his pocket and he did it when the game was 0-0, when the game was tight.” Cesc Fabregas, playing against his former club, set up Costa’s goal. Mourinho said: “Fantastic (performance). But to be fair he didn’t have this performance because the opponent was Arsenal and he had a special motivation. “He’s been doing this since day one. I don’t remember a game this season where he was not fantastic. “To play against his team, the team where he was born or made for football, I think shows even more his commitment with us and his professionalism.” Wenger felt Fabregas handled a Jack Wilshere shot in the second half which should have been a penalty. “It was a handball,” Wenger said. In a feisty encounter, Wenger also felt Cahill was fortunate not to be sent off for his challenge on Sanchez and bemoaned the persistent fouls he perceived were committed by Oscar and Branislav Ivanovic. He also felt two instances of quality made the difference. Wenger added: “It was a very even game today. It was down to very little. Hazard and Diego Costa made the difference. “It was a very intense game. We couldn’t score. They did.” Arsene Wenger attempted to make light of his shove on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after Arsenal fell to a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge which saw the Blues extend their advantage at the top of the Barclays Premier League to five points. Asked if he regretted the managers’ long-running feud turning physical, Wenger said: “No. What is to regret after that? “I wanted to go from A to B and somebody confronted me in between without any sign of welcome. “B was Sanchez, to see how badly he was injured.” Mourinho told the Frenchman to “back off” as the Gunners boss firmly planted two hands on the Portuguese’s chest – risking Football Association disciplinary action – and the pair also eye-balled each other in close quarters. “Honestly I don’t listen to what he says,” Wenger added. “Look I trust you that you (the media) will teach me all the moral lessons over the next three weeks. And I can accept that.” Wenger admitted it was a push, saying “a little one”. He added: “I can try to push you. You can see when I really try to push.” Press Associationlast_img read more

What Microsoft Gets Wrong With Its New Surface Tablets

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … “This is power,” Panay said. “This is what it is like to have the full power of a PC on a tablet.”The tablet is both cooler and quieter than the original Surface Pro. Microsoft says that it has 46% better color accuracy on its 10.6-inch screen (1920×1080 resolution). Both the tablets can be used with the new Microsoft Power Cover, a detachable keyboard that can increase the battery life of the device by 50%. To its credit, Microsoft really has created a new breed of device with its Surface tablets and, more broadly, the Windows 8 device ecosystem in general. But Microsoft is making a mistake with the Surface 2 and the Pro 2 by focusing on the hardware specifications. What Microsoft Should Be Telling YouMost computers users have a general idea of what RAM is and what it does to make computers run. At the same time, most people have little idea of the difference between a x86 chip made by Intel and an ARM chip made by manufacturers like NVIDIA, Samsung or Qualcomm. Microsoft touted its two new Surface products today with two main words: power and fast.Type Cover 2 for Microsoft SurfaceWhen Microsoft executives get on stage and start tweaking an audience that’s largely composed of Mac and iOS users, implying that their devices are slow, the message is lost. Why does Apple do well? Because its message its about style and design, utility and functionality. Yes, Apple will tout its speeds (especially with its new iPhone 5S and the Mac Pro), but it does so in a way that casts technical specs as supporting features—ones that make possible the experience of actually using the gadgets.Microsoft’s message: Power and the speed are the features. Recent history has not offered a lot of support for the notion that consumers are primarily interested in raw performance details.The biggest topic in technology over the last week wasn’t the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 5C. The hardware is tangential to the bigger story. It was iOS 7. Why? Because almost everybody who owns an iDevice was getting the newest version of the Apple’s operating system. It affected more people than just those that were looking for the new gold version of the iPhone 5S.The difference between Apple and Microsoft is that Apple has made iOS something that people know about and care about. It doesn’t matter how powerful the Surface Pro 2 or the Surface 2 are, if people don’t care about Windows 8. And if they don’t care about Windows 8 and how it makes their lives easier or better in some way, then the Surface line will continue to be a massive failure for Microsoft, no matter how long it talks about turning itself into a devices and services company. Tags:#Microsoft#Windows 8#windows rt Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img Microsoft has remade its Surface Tablets running Windows 8—the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2. They are thinner, brighter, more powerful and faster. Speeds and feeds remains the name of the game at Microsoft. And that’s one of the biggest problems at Microsoft … and with the Surface 2 line.What Microsoft Wants You To KnowThe Surface Pro 2 is a full tablet/laptop hybrid running Windows 8.1 on the new x86 Haswell chip from Intel. The battery life is now 75% longer compared to the original Surface Pro. The device sports USB 3.0 ports. Microsoft even wants you to know that it upgraded the kickstand that holds the tablet upright (it now has two settings instead of one). The 64 GB Surface Pro 2 will start at $899 and ship on October 22.  dan rowinski The Surface 2 is the next generation of the Surface RT, the tablet that forced Microsoft to take close to a billion-dollars writeoff earlier this year. The Surface 2 runs on an ARM-based NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, has improved multitasking capabilities and ships with the full Office suite of products for free. The Surface 2 will retail at $449 and also be available on Oct. 22. Pre-orders for both the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 start tomorrow.Microsoft will also still sell the original Surface RT, starting at $349. Considering that Microsoft hardly sold any RT tablets after they were announced last year, we should expect it to stick around for a while as Microsoft works through its backlog of available stock. Microsoft is aiming the Surface Pro 2 at professionals. Microsoft touts it as a full laptop replacement. It will come in both 4 GB and 8 GB of RAM versions, giving it the same type of computing power as most laptops (for reference, the most recent versions of the MacBook Air run at 8 GB of RAM). “This product is about everything that Microsoft has to offer,” said Panos Panay, Microsoft’s VP of Surface at the launch event in New York City.Feel The Power, Though It’s Beside The PointAs has long been its wont, Microsoft is focusing on the power and speed of its new products. Panay showed offed the Surface Pro 2 running raw 6K video from a RED HD camera during the event, showing that the Surface Pro 2 is capable of handling just about any type of data.Panay lampooned the crowd of reporters (most of them using MacBooks), saying that the Surface Pro 2 was faster than 95% of other laptops on the market—implying, of course, that the Microsoft tablet performs better than both Apple’s iPad and laptops.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

WATCH: Bayern-bound Davies nets brace in Whitecaps finale

first_imgAlphonso Davies gave Vancouver Whitecaps fans something to remember him by – and something for Bayern Munich to salivate over.The teenage Canada international suited up for the final time for the Whitecaps on Sunday as the Canadian side closed out their 2018 MLS campaign at home against Cascadia rivals the Portland Timbers.Davies has already agreed to a move to join the Bundesliga champions this winter for an initial fee of $13 million (£10m/€11m), an MLS record that could eventually rise to $19m. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! In his MLS finale, and just days ahead of his 18th birthday, the teenager showed the skill that made him such a valued commodity.With the game scoreless in the 28th minute, Davies picked up the ball around the midfield line and went on an impressive run through the Portland half, beating one defender and then turning Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma the wrong way before launching a rocket from the edge of the area to give the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead.A thing of [email protected] scores his first of the game.#FarewellPhonzie pic.twitter.com/TY1NiHMQKv— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) October 28, 2018Things got even better for Davies just three minutes later.In the 31st minute, a cross in the area was not well dealt with by Marco Farfan, who brought it down and did not see Davies approaching from behind.Davies picked the defender’s pocket, and Tuiloma could not get over in time to stop the Whitecaps star from beating Jeff Attinella for the second time on the day.The kid rises to the occasion. AGAIN. @AlphonsoDavies gets his second of the game and eighth of the season. #FarewellPhonzie pic.twitter.com/plyj3VJbE5— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) October 28, 2018While a hat trick would have been an even sweeter way to go out, Davies will just have to settle for the brace and the winner, as the Whitecaps held on for a 2-1 victory.The goals brought Davies’ total on the season to eight, to go along with nine assists in 31 MLS games for the teenager in his third campaign for the Whitecaps.He will now head over to Germany, where he will join Bayern Munich in January, though head coach Niko Kovac had previously mentioned the possibility of Davies training with the club earlier.With Davies turning 18 on November 2, and the Whitecaps season finished, the teenager may be in Germany sooner rather than later.last_img read more

A look at what happened at the G20 summit in Argentina

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Leaders of the world’s largest economic powers have agreed to overhaul the global body that regulates trade disputes, but they faced resistance from President Donald Trump over the Paris accord on climate change.Here are some of the main developments at the Group of 20 summit, which wrapped up Saturday:___WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATIONAll G-20 leaders called for reforming the World Trade Organization and the issue will be discussed during the group’s next summit in Osaka, Japan, in June. The gathering’s final statement, however, did not mention protectionism after negotiators said the U.S. objected to the wording. Trump has criticized the WTO and taken aggressive trade policies targeting China and the European Union.___U.S.-CHINA TRADE WARFinancial markets will be cheered by the announcement that Trump and Chines President Xi Jinping agreed at a dinner after the summit to have a 90-day truce in their trade battle.Trump agreed to hold off on plans to raise tariffs Jan. 1 on $200 billion in Chinese goods. Xi agreed to buy a “not yet agreed upon, but very substantial amount of agricultural, energy, industrial” and other products from the United States to reduce America’s huge trade deficit with China, the White House said.The cease-fire will buy time for the two countries to work out their differences in a dispute over Beijing’s aggressive drive to supplant U.S. technological dominance.___PRINCE UNDER PRESSUREThere were some awkward moments for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as some leaders called him out over the gruesome October killing of dissident Saudi newspaper columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the country’s consulate in Istanbul.French President Emmanuel Macron was captured on video seemingly lecturing bin Salman, at one point being heard saying “I am worried,” ”you never listen to me,” and “I am a man of my word.” Macron said the crown prince only “took note” of his concerns.British Prime Minister Theresa May also said she pressed bin Salman.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was the only G-20 leader to raise the issue during the official session. Erdogan called bin Salman’s response — that the crime had not been proven — “unbelievable” and complained that Saudi authorities have been unco-operative.But it wasn’t all bad for bin Salman. He was not shunned, and on the gathering’s first day, he and Russian President Vladimir Putin engaged in a hearty grip-and-grin as the two seemingly reveled in their shared status as relative outcasts.U.S. intelligence agencies concluded the Saudi prince was behind the killing. Saudi Arabia denies he played a role.___UKRAINE CONFLICTWestern leaders confronted Putin over Russia’s recent seizure of Ukrainian naval vessels and crews, but the diplomatic pressure didn’t seem to bring either side closer to solving the conflict. Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of being responsible for the standoff.Trump cited Russia’s actions as the reason that he cancelled a planned meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the summit. EU Council President Donald Tusk sharply criticized “Russia’s aggression” against Ukraine.Putin tried to convince Trump and the leaders of France and Germany that Russia’s actions were justified — even pulling out a piece of paper and drawing a map of the disputed area to make his point.___CLIMATE CHANGEThe final communique signed by all 20 member nations said 19 of them reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris climate accord. The only holdout was the U.S., which has withdrawn from the pact under Trump.Still, environmental groups praised the statement as welcome news.“That G20 leaders signed up to the Paris Agreement reaffirmed their commitment to its full implementation in the resulting communique is important,” the World Wildlife Fund said. “It is also a reflection of the Argentinian government rightly making climate an important topic on the agenda.”Greenpeace said that “the necessity of the U.S. being part of the effort to fight climate change cannot be denied, but this is a demonstration that the U.S. is still the odd one out.”___NAFTAAfter two years of negotiations, Trump signed a revised North American trade pact with the leaders of Canada and Mexico on the sidelines of the summit. The deal is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump long denigrated as a “disaster.”The new pact won’t take effect unless approved by the legislatures of all three nations, and there are questions about the pact’s prospects in the U.S. Congress, especially now that Democrats will control the House. Democrats and their allies in the labour movement are already demanding changes.But Trump said on the way back to Washington that he plans to formally terminate NAFTA, so Congress will have to choose between accepting the new pact or going without a trade accord.___LOW EXPECTATIONS_LOW OUTPUTEven the host country had lowered expectations ahead of the summit, saying before the gathering started that it might not be possible to reach a consensus for a final statement.After sleepless days of round-the-clock talks by diplomats, a communique was produced, but analysts said leaders merely signed a watered down statement that skirted trade and other contentious issues.“The G20 veered all over the road” at the summit and the leaders failed to fix trade, which is widely seen as a priority for boosting growth in jobs and economies, said Thomas Bernes, a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation who has held leading roles with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and Canada’s government.“Leaders buried their differences in obscure language and dropped language to fight protectionism, which had been included in every G-20 communique since the leaders’ first summit. This is clearly a retrograde step forced by United States intransigence,” Bernes said.___Associated Press writers Peter Orsi and Angela Charlton contributed to this report.Luis Andres Henao, The Associated Presslast_img read more

City of Dawson Creek optsin on the Provincial Review of the Kiskatinaw

first_imgAccording to the City, the findings from the review has Council concerned about the elevated levels of bacteriological contaminants such as fecal coliforms and E.coli in multiple locations throughout the watershed.As a water purveyor, the City has an on-going legal responsibility to monitor water quality and respond to source water protection concerns.The City has requested that the Province address these water quality concerns by encouraging the adoption of beneficial management practices on both private and crown land. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek has made the decision to opt-in on the Provincial Review of the Kiskatinaw Watershed.Back in December 2018, the Province requested Dawson Creek’s comments on the impacts of direct cattle access in the Kiskatinaw River Watershed to assist with the development of Livestock Watering Regulations.In response to that request, the City’s Watershed Stewardship Program completed a full review of past reports and management plans.last_img read more

McLeish overcome difficulties as Scotland record easy win

first_imgScotland national team head coach Alex McLeish has revealed his team overcame their problems to defeat Albania.The former Aston Villa manager was under enormous pressure heading into the game against Albania following consecutive losses to Israel and Portugal.However, despite having an injury-depleted squad with nine withdrawals, Scotland defeated 10-man Albania 4-0 at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder to take them within a game of a play-off spot.McLeish now turns his attention to their final UEFA Nations League game against Israel and he insists he has a positive feeling heading into the game.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“Obviously you don’t know the outcome before the games starts but I had a feeling about it,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“I felt that if the players brought their performance level to the game then the outcome would be positive and that’s the way it turned out.”“It was an exceptionally professional performance from our lads. There was a look of familiarity about them and there were great performances. It’s hard to single one out.”last_img read more