2020-10-29 Christina Hughes Babb October 29, 2020 1,145 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe From new appointments and research to new technology and accolades,get the latest buzz on the industry in this update.The founder of Orlans PC in Troy, Michigan, Linda Orlans, has been selected by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve on the state’s Attorney Discipline Board (ADB).She is one of six lawyers appointed for a three-year term. The board is responsible for reviewing allegations of misconduct of lawyers.“It is a great honor to serve as a member of the ADB. I look forward to working with the esteemed members of the Board to assure the standards of our profession are maintained at the highest ethical level,” said Orlans, who founded the multi-state law firm focused on real estate law.She also has founded or acquired numerous companies in the legal, real estate, and title industries._____________________________________________________________________________________Online real estate marketing platform, Hubzu, announced its new mobile app that will give residential real estate buyers on-the-go access to the power and functionality of the Hubzu platform, the company said. With this new app, Hubzu now provides even more tools for buyers to find, research, and bid on homes in a competitive auction format for all types of residential real estate, including retail, short sales, foreclosures and REO. By the end of the year, the mobile app will also include proxy bidding capabilities to make it easier for buyers to acquire homes at foreclosure sales from anywhere in the world. It will also pair directly with the new Hubzu foreclosure app available in October that will provide fully integrated search, research and bidding capabilities for live on-site foreclosure sales.“Our app is a must-have for real estate investors,” said Michael Jansta, General Manager of Hubzu. “It’s the ultimate mobile tool for helping buyers increase their portfolios by leveraging data and technology to discover, research and acquire properties. It’s reflective of our commitment to invest in technology and continuously improve the Hubzu marketplace.”_____________________________________________________________________________________Lewisville, Texas-based Mortgage Contracting Services (MCS) a national provider of residential and commercial property services, is pleased to welcome Jason R. Myers as VP of Business Development.Myers brings more than 17 years’ of mortgage and real estate sales and business development experience to MCS. He will oversee new client acquisition, emerging market expansion, new product growth with existing clients, and sales strategy.“Jason will strengthen our team with his sales and business development background as we continue to navigate this unique economic environment,” said MCS CEO Caroline Reaves.“Our services offer an exceptional value proposition during these challenging times for our customers because they are designed to minimize costs, mitigate risks and improve efficiency.” Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Industry Pulse: New Executives, New Technology The Industry Pulse: New Executives, New Technology The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: MCS Adds New VP of Business Development Next: A Snapshot of FHFA’s Affordable Housing Goals Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, News
Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders held their 2017 Reorganization meeting last night, with the swearing in of Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton and Freeholder E. Marie Hayes.Jerry Thornton, of Middle Township, was elected Freeholder in 1995 and last night was reappointed as Freeholder Director. He was formerly Freeholder for 11 years (1976-1987) and Freeholder Director for three years. He was joined by his wife, Linda, and member of their family.Freeholder Gerald M. Thornton was sworn-in by Judge Michael J. Donohue, J.S.C. – He was joined by his wife, Linda, and members of their family. Photo Credit: K. HartzellMarie Hayes, of Ocean City, was elected in November 2014 to a three-year term on the Board of Chosen Freeholders, after filling the unexpired term of M. Susan Sheppard, Esq., in November 2013. Her husband, Lloyd, daughter and her family were on hand to support her while she took her oath.Freeholder Marie Hayes was sworn-in by Judge Michael J. Donohue, J.S.C. – She was joined by her husband, Lloyd, and family members. Photo Credit: K. HartzellAdministering the oath of office to both Thornton and Hayes was New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael J. Donahue.The Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presented the colors and the Flag Salute.Bella McKeow, 4th Grade Student at Maud Abrams School sang the “Star Spangled Banner” and stole everyone’s heart.Kathy Bakley, CMC Human Resources sang “God Bless America”.The Invocation and Benediction was led by Associate Pastor Terry Lothian, St. Peter’s Methodist Church, Ocean City.
Gov’t Mule got some help from some very special guests during their second performance at Australia’s Byron Bay Bluesfest on Friday night. Most notably, the Warren Haynes-led Southern rock powerhouse was joined by legendary singer-songwriter Jackson Browne and former Megadeth guitarist Jeff Young for a rendition of the Allman Brothers Band’s Eat A Peach classic “Melissa”.The Friday night show featured additional appearances by Lukas Nelson, Ivan Neville, and Promise of the Real percussionist Tato Melgar, who sat in for a cover of Neil Young‘s “Rockin in the Free World” (a tune that Nelson and Promise of the Real have played with Young on many occasions). Jeff Young also helped out on a rendition of Billy Cobham‘s “Stratus”. Thursday night’s set at the same festival saw Nelson and Melgar join Gov’t Mule for a take on Neil Young’s “Southern Man”.Gov’t Mule with Jackson Browne & Jeff Young – “Melissa”[Video: Steve Ingram]Gov’t Mule with Lukas Nelson & Tato Melgar – “Southern Man”[Video: Steve Ingram]Setlist: Gov’t Mule | Byron Bay Bluesfest | Byron, Australia | 3/30/2018 * with Jeff Young^ with Ivan Neville, Lukas Nelson, and Tato Melgar** with Jackson Browne and Jeff YoungSetlist: Gov’t Mule | Byron Bay Bluesfest | Byron, Australia | 3/29/2018 Railroad Boy, Mule, Banks Of The Deep End, Million Miles From Yesterday, Larger Than Life, The Man I Want To Be, Dreams, Revolution Come, Revolution Go, Southern Man*, Thorazine Shuffle * with Lukas Nelson and Tato Melgar Set One: Blind Man In The Dark, Bad Little Doggie, About To Rage, She Said, She Said >Tomorrow Never Knows, Which Way Do We Run, Time To Confess, Stratus*, Traveling Tune, Soulshine, Rocking In The Free World^, Melissa**, Rocking Horse, Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
‘Ecological disaster’ Thousands of kilometers to the west in Kalimantan — Indonesia’s section of Borneo island — police this month arrested 400 gold miners accused of operating illegally in a conservation area, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.Here, the dangers of mercury to both miners and the environment is severe, said Sustyo Iriyono, the environment ministry’s director of prevention and forest protection.”The recent arrests in Kalimantan show that illegal activity was huge,” he said.While the ministry does not yet have hard data, Iriyono said illicit mining has spiked nationwide, including on the densely populated Java island and remote Sumbawa.”The high price of gold during the pandemic is the stimulus behind this… illegal activity,” he said.”They’re making profits by destroying the environment. We’re trying to find a solution.”Environmental activist Aiesh Rumbekwan said the “massive increase” in unsanctioned mining was being driven by people desperate to feed their families in the pandemic-battered economy.Government aid has been slow to reach many parts of the sprawling archipelago nation.”Illegal miners [often] use mercury to speed up the process and that will harm the environment and places where this activity connects to water sources like lakes or rivers,” said Rumbekwan, who heads the Papua chapter of environmental network Walhi.”It could lead to an ecological disaster.”Indonesia banned the use of mercury for artisanal miners in 2017. But the dangerous metal, which can affect the nervous system and cause disabilities in newborn children, can still be purchased on the black market.The livelihoods of at least one million Indonesians are supported by small-scale mining, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which promotes mercury-free technologies.Despite pandemic restrictions, there are reports of unlicensed operators bringing scores of domestic migrants to makeshift mines sites across the country, which have long been prone to fatal accidents.”There’s no control from the authorities,” Rumbekwan said. Father-of-two Mustafa is among the hundreds who play a daily game of cat-and-mouse with authorities in the restive Papua region as they pan for nuggets in a river near US-based Freeport’s sprawling Grasberg site — one of the world’s biggest gold mines.On a good day, Mustafa collects a gram of gold by sifting through the mud with a fabric filter, which he can sell to a local trader for about 800,000 rupiah ($55) — no small sum in one of Indonesia’s poorest regions. The miners here don’t use mercury, he said, but there are plenty of other dangers lurking in Indonesia’s rugged easternmost territory.Fear of arrest is ever-present and so is being caught in the middle of deadly fights between security forces and independence-seeking rebels locked in a decades-old insurgency. Topics : “There are more of us here now during the pandemic because the price of gold has jumped,” Mustafa told AFP in a telephone interview.”We’re risking arrest by security forces, but we don’t have any option because we need money to support our families.”The arduous job also carries the risk of catching the coronavirus or skin infections from wading through waters chock full of waste from the nearby mine.”This is very dangerous for our health. Me and some of my friends have skin diseases,” Mustafa said. “But thank god, so far no one has got the virus.” With the coronavirus devastating jobs across the country, desperate Indonesians are flocking to illegal gold mines as the soaring price of the precious metal overrides the risk to their lives and the environment.Spooked by the economic destruction wrought by the pandemic, consumers and investors around the world have been snapping up gold, which is seen as a hedge against volatility, sending its price to a record above $2,000 an ounce last month.The surge in demand has fuelled a boom in mineral-rich Indonesia’s illegal mining industry, with workers ignoring the threat of arrest, mercury poisoning or being caught in the middle of gun battles.