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Playboy centrefold and Worlds Sexiest DJ jailed for helping smuggle boyfriend through

first_img(Colleen Shannon/Facebook)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA former Playboy centrefold and “World’s Sexiest DJ” was sentenced to four months in jail this week for helping smuggle her Canadian boyfriend and convicted cocaine trafficker through Akwesasne and into the U.S.Colleen Shannon, who lives in Los Angeles, was sentenced Tuesday and will begin serving her prison term on Dec. 3, according to court documents filed U.S. federal court.Shannon’s boyfriend Robert Skojo is currently under investigation by the RCMP and U.S. authorities for smuggling cocaine from the U.S. into Canada, according to court documents. Skojo was initially denied entry into the U.S. in 2003 as a result of several criminal convictions in Ontario, including for living on the avails of prostitution and trafficking cocaine.“This case is not, in fact, a purely innocuous story of a boyfriend and girlfriend who were divided by an international boundary,” wrote U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian, in his sentencing submission to the court. “It is the story of a convicted narcotics trafficker whose girlfriend engaged in complex machinations to facilitate his entry into and transport within the United States, including by lying to border patrol agents and driving the defendant’s vehicle over the border while he entered unlawfully.”The two began dating in June 2011 after Skojo hired Shannon to DJ a party he was hosting, according to court documents. Their love affair evolved over the next few months as Shannon regularly travelled to Toronto to visit Skojo. The two talked about living together, but Skojo’s criminal record kept him from moving to Los Angeles. Then, in September 2011, Skojo was referred by a friend to someone who could help him get into the U.S. illegally, but he initially balked at the idea.Then, on July 2012, Skojo decided to make his move and he planned to enter the U.S. through Akwesasne, a Mohawk community which straddles the Canada-U.S. border and sits about 120 kilometres west of Montreal.According to court documents, Shannon flew to Toronto in August of that year to help Skojo get through the Canada-U.S. border. On Aug. 15, Skojo packed two suitcases and drove his 2005 Bentley with Shannon to meet a contact named “Jerry” at a Toronto gas station.  They followed Jerry to Cornwall, Ont., crossed the bridge to Cornwall Island and met with an unnamed person there to arrange for the crossing.Shannon left Skojo on the island then drove through U.S. customs. Skojo was then ferried across the St. Lawrence River from the island to the U.S. shore, which is still within Akwesasne. They planned to meet at the Great View Motel, just outside Akwesasne.Shannon, however, ran into problems while answering questions from U.S. customs and was put into secondary inspection where she was found to be carrying $9,800 in cash, most of it in $100 bills. Shannon claimed the money came from her work as a DJ. She also told border agents she was a model. The search also turned up Skojo’s luggage.The border agents eventually let her go, but contacted agents with Homeland Security Investigations. She was followed to the Great View Motel where she checked in and awaited for Skojo who slipped into the hotel without being detected by the agent who had the place under surveillance.The two spent the night at the hotel and left in the morning driving Skojo’s Bentley. They were soon stopped by border agents and arrested. During questioning Skojo admitted he was smuggled across the border through Akwesasne.Skojo was sentenced to six months in federal prison last December and fined $1,000.He is “currently the target of a significant narcotics trafficking investigation,” according to Sgt. Frank Gougeon, with the RCMP’s serious and organized crime section, court documents show.Shannon agreed to deal and pleaded guilty to transporting an alien through the U.S.She is scheduled to spin the Playboy Mansion’s Halloween party.She was the centerfold for Playboy’s 50th anniversary edition in 2004.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Sierra Leone Special Court machinery to be in place by late summer

The report was prepared by a UN team that visited the country in January to discuss with the Government of Sierra Leone the practical arrangements for the establishment and operation of the Court. The Planning Mission, which was led by Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Ralph Zacklin, outlines a number of issues that will need to be dealt with before the tribunal can begin functioning. Among the minimum requirements that will need to be in place are a courtroom and associated support space, staffing for the prosecutor’s office and registry, and security measures.In describing the logistical arrangements and appointments of key officials to take place in the next two-and-a-half months, the Mission says that the start-up phase of the operational plan should be completed by 31 May.“Adherence to this schedule would mean that by the third quarter of 2002, the judges will have been appointed, the Offices of the Prosecutor and the Registry will be functioning in their temporary premises in Freetown and the construction of the permanent premises will be substantially under way,” the report notes. “The first indictments and trials could be envisaged by the end of the first year of operation, which is well within the parameters of the practice of international criminal tribunals.”The report also notes a recommendation by an expert group that the relationship of the Special Court to Sierra Leone’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be guided by the complementary roles each body performs, the independent nature of both institutions and the establishment of an agreed set of separate priorities.The UN Security Council is expected to discuss the Planning Mission’s report in its consultations Tuesday. read more

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Middle East Appealing for ceasefire Ban urges Israel Palestinians to find common

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned the United Nations Security Council of the “risk of an all-out escalation in Israel and Gaza” and made an urgent appeal for maximum restraint, saying his “paramount concern is the safety and well-being of all civilians, no matter where they are.” “Today, we face the risk of an all-out escalation in Israel and Gaza, with the threat of a ground offensive still palpable – and preventable only if Hamas stops rocket firing,” the Secretary-General told the urgently-called meeting of the Security Council Thursday morning on the Middle East, which he told reporters yesterday that he had requested.The Secretary-General said over the past several days, the Palestinian factions Hamas and Islamic Jihad have fired more than 550 rockets and mortars from Gaza into Israel, and the Israeli Defence Forces have launched more than 500 airstrikes on Gaza.“It is now more urgent than ever to try to find common ground for a return to calm and a cease-fire understanding,” he said.“Once again civilians are paying the price for the continuation of conflict,” Mr. Ban said. “My paramount concern is the safety and well-being of all civilians, no matter where they are. It pains me – and it should pain us all – to be reliving circumstances that are all too reminiscent of the two most recent wars in Gaza.”He said “the excessive use of force and endangering of civilian lives are also intolerable. It is unacceptable for citizens on both sides to permanently live in fear of the next aerial attack.”The UN chief said he has been engaging with world leaders, including the King of Saudi Arabia, the Emir of Qatar, the President of Egypt, the heads of the League of Arab States and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the United States Secretary of State and European Union High Representative and other regional and world leaders.“I have also spoken to Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel and President Abbas of Palestine,” he said. “I called on both sides to exercise maximum restraint, show statesmanship and to weigh the risks of further escalation.”Saying the current situation is one of the most critical tests the region has faced in recent years, the Secretary-General said: “More than ever, the situation calls for bold thinking and creative ideas. We must strive to restore, not only calm today, but a political horizon for tomorrow.”“The parties themselves, regional partners and the international community must do everything possible to resume meaningful negotiations towards a viable two-State solution,” he said.Israeli-Palestinian violence has flared in the wake of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in late June and the subsequent kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian teenager from East Jerusalem last week. These acts shattered a period of relative calm and were widely condemned by the United Nations and the international community. The Secretary-General told reporters at UN Headquarters yesterday that the United Nations is ready to rapidly respond to emerging humanitarian needs, and noted that the Organization is already working closely with Palestinian and Israeli authorities and other partners, including the Palestinian Red Crescent. read more

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Football Ryan Day moves forward from Urban Meyer era with similar mindset

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer answers questions from the media as head-coach-in-waiting Ryan Day listens during the press conference at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorUrban Meyer knew when he had decided to retire after the season. It was not as he walked out of Ohio Stadium after the Ohio State head coach had defeated his rival, Michigan, for the seventh time. It was not as he walked off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis after Ohio State secured its second-consecutive Big Ten title. Retirement had crossed his mind during both those times. He even thought he wanted to coach longer. But that was not the deciding factor for Tuesday’s announcement.  It was recruiting. It was when high school athletes, looking ahead to the early signing period, which lasts from Dec. 19-21, started to ask about Meyer’s longevity. And he did not want to lie to them. “To be honest, I didn’t want to mislead recruits,” Meyer said. “[Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith] and I both felt — not felt, we knew — and that’s what made it now, the decision now.” Even in the time of transition, Meyer’s focus was on the longevity of the program. Maybe not the longevity of his role within the program after the Rose Bowl, but giving Day the opportunity to begin to build his team, to make sure the success continues when Meyer coaches his last play. Meyer said Day is being placed in a unique position. He said when the head coach changes at a major university like Ohio State, he said “you usually have to implode the whole thing.”In the position he is currently in, taking a step up from a coordinator role and into a head coaching role he held for the first three games of the season, Day will focus on continuing to build the program from the ground up, Meyer said. Earning three wins to begin the season — against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU — Day auditioned for the Ohio State head coaching job, taking a job he had never held in any level of football. And after learning the ropes of what it means to be a head coach at the collegiate level, Day said he is confident in himself and what he can provide for the program. “Walking in those shoes during the beginning of the year, during that time, took a step away from just working with the offense and the X’s and O’s and then took a wider step back and looked at the leadership role of what it means to be the head coach at Ohio State,” Day said. “[To] have walked in those shoes and had a chance to experience that. And so I’m excited and confident about it.” But to be a head coach at a program like Ohio State, Meyer said, is a different animal. He said the expectation coming in when he took the job in 2012 was remarkably high and remarkably complex, something Meyer did not believe at first, but later reiterated the same message to Day. “The expectation — like I told Ryan Day — here at Ohio State is win every game, win every game, graduate,” Meyer said. “With Gene Smith, have them over a 3.0 [GPA]. Every player stay out of trouble and every player be a high draft pick. And as I usually follow up with it, ‘Go get it, tiger.’”This is something Day had to embrace the minute after he left the press conference. Meyer said the new head coach would be on the road recruiting in four states on Wednesday, talking to players prior to the start of the early signing day period as the head coach of Ohio State while Meyer visits recruits on campus because he said he was very close with the class. Day said the transition for him in terms of recruiting as a head coach does not change because many of the relationships for this class have already been built. But he said the response to his promotion has been positive and strong. Meyer said Day has a genuine love and cares for his players, knowing the ins and outs of his personal life, his family and what his long-term aspirations are. “Once those players know that you have that genuine love and care for them they’ll move mountains for you,” Meyer said. “And I saw that with Ryan Day.” Despite having a bit of a different personality than Meyer, Day said he and the current head coach share many common values, morals and beliefs, but that it might be shown in a different style, something that will be sorted out in the weeks heading into the Rose Bowl — Meyer’s final game — and the weeks after. “Most of what Coach has built here is going to stay,” Day said. “And as we go along, there’s going to be some changes in terms of the way we do certain things. But our beliefs are strong.” Smith believes in Day. He believes in the transition process promoting an offensive coordinator, despite not having long-term coaching experience, brings. For Smith, three games were enough. He saw a future head coach. But Day still has so much more to prove.“Now, if he wasn’t talented I wouldn’t have him here if he couldn’t X and O, let’s be clear,” Smith said. “He’s gotta win ball games. He knows that. Gotta win ball games.” And that starts Wednesday as Day travels to four states, beginning to build, to mold his version, the 25th version of the Ohio State football program. read more

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Tyrone official blasts RTÉ and Brolly for scathing and venomous comments

first_imgYouTube Credit: Pádraig Ó DubhaighMcCaughey added: “Following the victory over [Monaghan], in a scathing and venomous rant, [Tyrone’s] success was totally discredited by the same RTE analyst, with the manager Mickey Harte being described as ‘having achieved something rotten’ and with a continuation of the character of Sean Cavanagh being seriously questioned.“Such unfair comments and the manner of the outburst in which they were delivered were unbecoming of, and unfitting for any broadcaster; they should not have been made particularly in view of the fact that both men are participating in an amateur sport and in a totally voluntary capacity; it was wrong for RTE to allow and condone such remarks that caused so much hurt.”– Originally published 20.34Video: Cracking goal by Marc Ó Sé in club match for An Ghaeltacht yesterday A SENIOR TYRONE official has slammed RTÉ and outspoken pundit Joe Brolly for his “scathing and venomous” criticism.Red Hand county secretary Dominic McCaughey says the broadcaster’s GAA coverage caused “distress, disgust and even pain” this summer.The former All-Ireland winner made headlines with a string of controversial rants as Tyrone progressed to the semi-finals of the Football Championship.He said that viewers could forget about Sean Cavanagh “as a man” following a cynical foul, a comment for which he later apologised to the All-Star.And he accused manager Mickey Harte of having achieved “something rotten” with his team’s tactics.“It is regrettable that we must record the distress, disgust and even pain caused to the GAA in our County by the national broadcaster, RTE, in the immediate aftermath of both the All-Ireland Qualifier against [Meath] and the All-Ireland championship quarter-final success against [Monaghan],” McCaughey wrote in his annual report which will be delivered to the county convention on 8 December.“In the post-match analysis of the Qualifier an employee of RTE commenced an unwarranted attack in a most unprofessional manner on the character of one of the county’s, and the country’s, most outstanding and most decorated players, Sean Cavanagh.“Such defamatory comments should not have been made and, having been made they should have been retracted by the analyst responsible for them; it would also have been appropriate for RTE to disassociate itself from these comments.”Tyrone’s quarter-final was overshadowed by Brolly’s post-match outburst in which he criticised Cavanagh for rugby-tackling Conor McManus when through on goal.Cavanagh was shown a yellow card, the punishment under current GAA rules until the black card is introduced.Tyrone went on to win by two points but the incident and Brolly’s reaction re-opened the debate on cynical tactics in the GAA.last_img read more

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Robot may carry Olympic flame to celebrate Turings 100th birthday

first_imgIn addition to the Olympic rings, the Olympic Torch is one of the most well-known symbols of the Olympic Games. The torch commemorates the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, and each of the Games holds its own Torch Relay to transport the flame from Greece to the host country. Eight thousand “inspirational torchbearers” will carry the flame during the Olympic Torch Relay. However, one man is gunning to make it 7,999 torch-bearing people and one torch-bearing robot.The flame will be lit in Greece and will arrive in the UK on May 18, 2012 to begin the 70-day journey that will culminate at the Opening Ceremonies on July 27. Eight thousand people will be chosen to carry the Olympic Flame during the Torch Relay with the goal that their inspirational stories will “have the power to inspire millions of people watching around the world.”James Law, Computer Scientist at Aberystwyth University, is nominating the iCub robot to be one of the many torchbearers for London 2012.. The iCub was built to learn from real-world activities just like a toddler does.The 100th anniversary of the birth of the founder of computer science, Alan Turing, happens to coincide with the Olympics, and having the iCub as one of the torchbearers would be a “fitting tribute to Alan Turing, and an inspiration to future generations of scientists and engineers,” Law said.According to Law, Turing was not only considered the father of modern computer science, he was also the  “figurehead for the code-breaking efforts of WWII.” He also created one of the first designs for a stored-program computer and helped lay the foundations for the field of artificial intelligence.Law and crew nominated the iCub via Lloyds TSB, a retail bank in the UK that’s one of the the “presenting partners” of the 2012 Olympics. Lloyds TSB has over 800 torch bearer slots available. However, the robot doesn’t seem to meet most of the requirements which say the torchbearer must be at least 12 years old, and needs to be a resident in, and have a registered address within, the UK.The robot was acquired by the Developmental Robotics Group at Aberystwyth as part of the “IM-CLeVeR” (Intrinsically Motivated Cumulative Learning Versatile Robots) project. The goal of the project is to create new robots based on ideas motivated by neuroscience and psychology.Each leg of the journey is just 0.2 miles, so we’re pretty sure the robot would be capable walking or running that distance. As we saw earlier this week, a robot the size of a human hand was embarking on a rigorous mission of completing the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon – a 230-kilmeter-long race that will take the tiny robot 168 hours to complete.The actual torch itself was designed with 8,000 perforated circles to represent the 8,000 torchbearers. It’s made up of an inner and an outer aluminum alloy skin. The alloy was developed for the aerospace and automotive industry, and the torch is being tested in BMW’s climatic testing facility in Munich to make sure it can handle all weather conditions. The alloy is rather light at only 800 grams, which is important since more than half the torchbearers are expected to be as young as 12 years old – or a robot.Nominations for the 2012 torchbearers are still being accepted, but we’re routing for the iCub, and we’ll be sure to let you know once we hear whether the next Olympics will see the first robo-torchbearer.via New Scientist, London 2012last_img read more

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GTA Vs beautiful ingame world captured in timelapse

first_imgThe scale and beauty of modern video games is staggering when you look at the state of things just a few years ago. There is more to see in these virtual worlds than ever before, and this video from YouTube’s The Despicable Channel illustrates that fact perfectly. It’s a time-lapse montage created from photos of various landscapes and streets, but none of it is real — it was all captured in Grand Theft Auto V.It took a full day to assemble from raw footage of the game, but it looks remarkably realistic. Rockstar should probably take as much credit for that as The Despicable Channel — you would think a time-lapse of a video game would expose some repetitiveness or flaws in the engine, but it looks remarkably normal. You might even think for a moment that the video is real as it starts.There are so many little details that Rockstar got right in this game,that you might never take note of watching it play out at normal speed. Look at the way people walk around, for example. They don’t follow the same paths or stop in the same places. The waves are also believable and non-repetitive as the tides ebb and flow. The wind even vibrates the power lines in GTA V.The hardware running GTA V is nearly a decade old right now. If a dedicated developer can make a huge game that looks this real now, what’s going to happen with next generation gaming hardware in the PS4 and Xbox One?last_img read more

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Google Street View un retour prématuré

first_imgGoogle Street View : un retour prématuré ?France – Suite aux réactions de la CNIL, affirmant que la remise en circulation des cars de Street View était prématurée, Google France a tenu à affirmer que sa décision est réfléchie.Les Google cars de Street View ne bénéficient pas d’un appui populaire particulier depuis la révélation des récoltes, jugées involontaires par l’entreprise, de données des internautes par Google. La CNIL a jugé “prématurée” la remise en service des cars de Google. La firme américaine a décidé de capturer des images dans 22 départements français afin de redynamiser son service. Interrogé par ZdNet, Google France justifie son action : “Nous sommes en relations hebdomadaires avec la CNIL. Les voitures sont légales et en conformité avec ses préconisations.”Le 24 août 2010 à 16:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Jefferson Davis memorial debate draws a crowd for meeting

first_imgThe conference room at the O.O. Howard House has a capacity of 50 people, but the Clark County Historical Preservation Commission never uses that many chairs. On Tuesday night, the group almost needed a larger room for the first time anyone could remember. The packed crowd was there because the commission was going to discuss the old Jefferson Davis Highway markers, now located at Jefferson Davis Park  along Interstate 5 outside of Ridgefield. “Sometimes we get two or three people (at our meetings),” said Robert Hinds, chairman of the commission. “Usually, it’s just us.”Throughout the meeting, the commissioners thanked the crowd for coming out to voice their opinion and take an interest in history, even if there’s not much the commission can do when it comes to the monuments. Since the monuments are on private property, the commissioners can’t take them down. But they can remove the monuments from the official Clark County Heritage Register. They were added to the register in 2002.The board unanimously voted to hold a public hearing on the issue, leading to a round of applause by those in attendance.last_img read more

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Carlsbad flower fields now open through May 12

Carlsbad flower fields now open through May 12

first_img Michael Smith, KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCARLSBAD (KUSI) – The Carlsbad flower fields are now open to the public until May 12th.KUSI Chief Photograph Mike Smith stopped by the fields today to catch some people taking advantage of the spring flowers. Carlsbad flower fields now open through May 12 Michael Smith, KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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The Morning Press Mayoral race I5 Bridge votes CRC suit BG Walmart

first_img This weekend’s top stories and news you may have missed: Mayoral candidates vary on visionIn the past four years, the city of Vancouver has cut operational costs, improved its credit rating, landed major employers such as PeaceHealth, Integra and Farwest Steel Corp. and started a $40 million waterfront access project to transform the city’s west end.But no matter how many first-term accomplishments Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt cites, to some people he will forever be defined by his flip-flop on bridge tolls.Those people include his challenger, City Councilor Bill Turlay, who called the Columbia River Crossing the defining issue of the mayoral race.“This is going to be a referendum (on the CRC),” Turlay said of the Nov. 5 election.Read the full story here.Advisory votes get mixed reviewsA set of advisory votes next month will allow Clark County residents to weigh in directly on light rail, bus rapid transit and three proposed bridges across the Columbia River.The nonbinding measures will give voters up-or-down decisions on three bridge alignments: a replacement Interstate 5 bridge, a new bridge to the west of the freeway, and a new bridge to the east at Southeast 192nd Avenue. All three are described as “toll-free” proposals in the voters’ pamphlet.The measures don’t ask voters to favor one idea over another. Each is a separate measure, so a resident could vote in favor of all three, against all three, or any combination he or she chooses. An artist’s rendering of the proposed Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River.last_img read more

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Iron Man comes alive in SpiderMan Far From Home movie Watch

first_imgSpider-Man Tom Holland and Iron Man Robert Downey Jr in Spider-Man: HomecomingYouTube ScreenshotSpider-Man: Far From Home is the last Marvel film in the Infinity Saga. The Tom Holland starrer is winning praise from all the MCU fans for a perfect story and the surprise mid-credit and post-credit scene. However, fans are still in awe after seeing Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) back on the big screen.Tony Stark is one of the most loved Marvel characters of this generation. After his death in Avengers Endgame, there were several speculations that the character will return in some form in the forthcoming Marvel movies. But as Spider-Man: Far From Home has revealed, the character is gone for good. But there was a particular scene in the movie that showed Robert Downey Jr. playing the good old character for one more time.Spoilers ahead:In the recently released Spider-Man: Far From Home, we see how Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio character is actually an evil person. He shows that he has come from a different Earth, which supposedly is destroyed by Elementals. But as it turns out, he was a former employee of Tony Stark who worked on an augmented reality, which Tony dubbed as BARF — Binary Augmented Retro-Framing.When Peter Parker hands over Tony Stark’s signature sunglasses equipped with a technology called EDITH — “Even Dead I’m The Hero,” to Quentin Beck, he believes that Beck will use them for good. Little did Peter know at that hour is that Beck actually serves the dark side.When Beck reveals his true identity, we see a montage from Captain America: Civil War movie where Tony uses the same BARF technology to create an illusionary world to interact with his parent. Tony Stark calls it “$611 million for my little therapeutic experiment.” The scene was replayed in Spider-Man: Far From Home and this way, we again got to see Tony back on the big screen.That being said, this was not the only time when we got to see Tony Stark in the Spider-Man movie. The Iron Man reference was stuffed in the entire film like sugar in a birthday cake. We saw several walls painted with giant Iron Man faces. Apart from this, there is a particular scene where Peter Parker builds a new Spider-Man suit using Iron Man’s technology as the AC/DC song from the very first Iron Man film plays in the background.last_img read more

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Reliance General Insurance to be listed on bourses by FY18

first_imgReutersIn order to unlock value for shareholders, the Board of Directors of Reliance General Insurance Company Ltd on Monday decided to list the company on the bourses by 2018, the company said.In a statement issued here, non-life insurer Reliance General said its Board has approved a proposal to independently list the company-a subsidiary of Reliance Capital Ltd on the stock exchanges.”The independent listing of Reliance General Insurance Company Limited is expected to unlock substantial value for all stakeholders. Listing of RGI (Reliance General Insurance) to be completed by FY18, subject to necessary shareholders, regulatory and other Approvals,” the company said in the statement.”The General Insurance industry is slated to grow with the economy where affluence led consumption will act as its primary growth driver. The coming years are likely to witness a double digit growth in the sector largely due to disproportionately low penetration of insurance,” Rakesh Jain, Executive Director and CEO, was quoted as saying in the statement.He said the company is well positioned to capitalise on opportunities across retail, corporate and government supported consumer segments. The listing will enable retail investors to participate in this high growth and new wealth creation opportunity. A man ties a balloon to the horns of a bull statue at the entrance of the Bombay Stock ExchangeReuters fileAccording to the statement, Reliance General outgrew the industry’s growth rate by 10 per cent last fiscal logging a growth of 40 per cent.The company’s gross written premium stood at Rs 4,007 crore registering a growth of 40 per cent as on March 31, 2017. The Profit Before Tax stood at Rs 130 crore, up 32 per cent,while the investment book stood at Rs 6,724 crore, up 25 per cent for the year ending March 31, 2017.last_img read more

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Cancun performs massive beach clean in preparation for spring break crowds

Cancun performs massive beach clean in preparation for spring break crowds

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The city of Cancun is performing a massive beach clean in preparation for the upcoming spring break crowds. City workers have been sweeping beach areas, removing sea grass and trimming coco trees for the flood of Easter holidaygoers that have already begun to arrive.Nearly 200 city workers have headed to the public areas to rake sand and remove debris, including dead or dying foliage, from the city’s beaches. José Luis Castro Garibay, General Directorate of Municipal Public Services in Cancun, says the workers have taken to 13 beaches around the city.In a press conference, he said that preparations for spring break, which locally is referred to as Semana Santa, is underway in various areas of Cancun.“Instructions are to reinforce the daily tasks of care of the main asset of this city, which are the beaches, providing a quality service and optimal facilities in a beautiful unique landscape,” he said.The official explained that 190 brigades have been assigned to the 13 beach areas to work in two shifts, seven days a week. He said that the two-shift system allows the workers to constantly cover all the beach areas to ensure they are clean and facilities working for those spending their Easter vacation in Cancun.Castro Garibay added that the tasks being performed are the manual and mechanical collection of Sargasso, removal of solid waste from boats, raking sand, palm pruning and care and cleaning of public restrooms.The beaches being prepped for Cancun spring break include Del Niño, Las Perlas, Chac Mool, Marlín, Ballenas, Delfines and Playa Coral, which are all Blue Flag status beaches.Others that will be tended to on a daily basis over Semana Santa include Playa Langosta, Pez Volador, Tortugas, Caracol, Gaviota Azul and Nizuc.The city of Cancun has also opened the La Gran Rueda observation wheel in the Cancun Hotel Zone. The rotating observation wheel is the same as in other famous tourist cities including London and Las Vegas.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Highdose Highprecision Radiation Therapy Safe and Effective for Kidney Cancer Patients With

Highdose Highprecision Radiation Therapy Safe and Effective for Kidney Cancer Patients With

first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Abstract 222 – Renal SABR in patients with a solitary kidney: an individual-patient pooled analysis from the International Radiosurgery Oncology Consortium for Kidney (IROCK) R. J. M. Correa1, S. Siva2, M. Staehler3, A. Warner1, S. Gandhidasan4, L. Ponsky5, R. J. Ellis III6, I. D. Kaplan7, A. Mahadevan7, W. Chu8, A. Swaminath9, H. Onishi10, B. S. Teh11, S. S. Lo12, A. Muacevic13, and A. V. Louie1; 1London Regional Cancer Program, London, ON, Canada, 2Peter MacCallum Cancer Center, Melbourne, Australia, 3University of Munich, Munich, Germany, 4Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia, 5Urology, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, 6Radiation Oncology, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, Cleveland, OH, 7Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, 8Department of Radiation Oncology, Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, 9Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton, ON, Canada, 10University of Yamanashi, Chuo, Japan, 11Department of Radiation Oncology, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, 12University of Washington, Department of Radiation Oncology, Seattle, WA, 13University of Munich Hospitals, Munich, GermanyPurpose/Objective(s): SABR is an emerging ablative modality for primary renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Taking a multi-institutional and multi-national approach, we sought to evaluate oncologic and renal function outcomes in patients with RCC in solitary kidneys versus bilateral kidneys.Materials/Methods: Individual patient data from 9 institutions across Germany, Australia, USA, Canada and Japan within the IROCK group were pooled retrospectively. Toxicities were recorded using CTCAE v4.03. Demographics and treatment outcomes were compared between those patients with solitary vs. bilateral functional kidneys using chi-square test, fisher’s exact test, two-sample T-test or Wilcoxon rank sum test as appropriate. K-M estimates and Cox proportional hazards regression were generated for survival outcomes.Results: 81 patients (of 223 total) harboring a solitary kidney underwent renal SABR. Mean age in this cohort was 62.5 years, 69% of patients were male, and 97.5% had good performance status (ECOG 0-1). Twelve patients (14.8%) had metastatic disease. Pathological confirmation was obtained in 91.4% (all clear cell RCC) with a further 8.6% demonstrating tumor growth on serial imaging. Median [IQR] diameter of solitary kidney tumors was 3.7cm [2.5-4.3], which was smaller (p<0.001) than those in patients with bilateral kidneys (4.3cm [3.0-5.5]). The median (range) total dose and number of fractions were 25Gy (14-70) and 1 (1-10), respectively. While both total dose and number of fractions were significantly lower in the solitary cohort (p≤0.001), median (range) BED10 was similar between cohorts: 87.5Gy (33.6-125) in the solitary and 87.5Gy (37.5-125) in the bilateral cohort (p=0.103). Solitary kidney patients had a higher mean ± SD eGFR at baseline (64.6±21.7 mL/min) than those with bilateral kidneys (57.2±21.6 mL/min; p=0.016). Post-SABR decline in eGFR was similar for solitary and bilateral cohorts with mean (±SD) decreases of -5.8 (±10.8) and -5.3 (±14.3) mL/min, respectively (p=0.984). No patients in the solitary cohort required dialysis vs. 6 (4.2%) in the bilateral cohort. With median follow-up of 2.57 years, local control (LC), progression free survival (PFS), cancer-specific survival (CSS), and overall survival (OS) at 2 years were 98.0%, 77.5%, 98.2% and 81.5%, respectively. No difference in local failure rate for solitary (n=1) versus bilateral (n=2) cohorts was observed (p=1.00). On univariable analysis, moderate chronic kidney disease (eGFR ≤ 60 mL/min) was associated with poorer PFS (HR 2.66, p=0.043) in the solitary cohort.Conclusion: Renal SABR appears to be a safe and well-tolerated option for RCC tumors in patients with solitary kidneys and yields comparable local control, survival, and renal function outcomes to patients with bilateral kidneys. Pre-existing moderate chronic kidney disease in patients with a solitary kidney may be predictive of poorer oncologic outcomes in this group, thus careful patient selection will be essential to optimize outcomes in this population. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated... read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the... read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray's Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution... read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World's Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive... read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a... read more Related Content News | ASTRO | October 22, 2018 High-dose, High-precision Radiation Therapy Safe and Effective for Kidney Cancer Patients With Only One Kidney New treatment option for patients facing this high-risk management scenario, according to a new study presented at ASTRO 2018 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System's Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem... read more Image courtesy of Vital ImagesTreatment of renal cell carcinoma with stereotactic radiation therapy is as safe and effective for patients with one kidney as it is for those who have two, according to an analysis of the largest-ever, international dataset of solitary kidney patients to receive this emerging treatment. The findings will be presented today at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).Renal cell carcinoma (RCC), which has been rising in incidence for decades, is the most common form of kidney cancer in adults in the United States, with approximately 65,000 new cases diagnosed annually. It is responsible for nearly 15,000 deaths each year. It is typically treated surgically, with tumor ablation reserved for patients who are not able or willing to have surgery.A specialized form of radiation treatment known as stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), also known as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), is emerging as a potential alternative for kidney cancer patients. SABR has been shown to be effective in treating cancers in the lung, liver and spine using substantially higher doses of radiation delivered in a single, or just a few, treatment sessions. Earlier this year, a study published in the journal Cancer showed that SABR was safe and effective in treating patients with RCC who had both kidneys remaining. This new study shows it is just as safe and effective for patients who have only one kidney.“Although RCC historically has been considered resistant to conventional radiation therapy, the high doses and high precision achievable with SABR overcome this resistance,” said lead author Rohann J. M. Correa, M.D., Ph.D., a radiation oncology resident at London Health Sciences Center in London, Canada. “Kidney SABR is thus emerging as a versatile, non-invasive outpatient treatment requiring one visit or a few visits. Our analysis demonstrates SABR to be highly effective with minimal side effects for RCC patients with a single kidney.”Correa and his colleagues analyzed patient data from nine institutions across the United States, Germany, Australia, Canada and Japan within the International Radiosurgery Oncology Consortium for Kidney (IROCK) group. Of the 223 patients who underwent renal SABR, 81 had a solitary kidney. In the single-kidney cohort, patients were an average of 67.5 years old at time of treatment, mostly male (69 percent) and of good performance status (ECOG 0-1 in 97.5 percent). The median biologically-effective dose of radiation therapy was 87.5 Gray (Gy) and was identical in the solitary and bilateral cohorts (p=0.103).With a median follow-up of 2.6 years, SABR provided 98 percent two-year local control and 98 percent two-year cancer-specific survival for RCC patients with a solitary kidney. These rates were not significantly different from those for patients with two kidneys treated with SABR: 97.8 percent local control (hazard ratio (HR) 0.89, p=0.923) and 94.3 percent cancer-specific survival (HR 0.16, p=0.082). Overall survival also did not differ between the cohorts, at 81 percent for the solitary group and 82 percent for the bilateral group (HR 0.75, p=0.445).Renal function was modestly impacted by SABR. The decline in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was similar for both cohorts, with average decreases of -5.8 (±10.8 mL/min) in the solitary cohort and -5.3 (±14.3 mL/min) in the bilateral cohort (p=0.984). None of the solitary kidney patients required dialysis, while six (4.2 percent) in the bilateral cohort did.“We were somewhat surprised that SABR could achieve such a high local control rate without more significantly impacting renal function in the solitary kidney setting,” said Correa. “While this is partly attributable to the technology of SABR — allowing very high radiation doses to be delivered with incredible precision, thus maximally sparing renal function — it is also important to acknowledge important differences in baseline characteristics between groups.”Patients with a single kidney had smaller tumors on average than patients with two kidneys (mean 3.7 cm vs. 4.3 cm, p<0.001). They also exhibited slightly better baseline kidney function on average than those in the bilateral cohort (p=0.016).The research team used Cox hazards regression analysis to look at factors predicting which patients had worse outcomes after SABR. Larger tumor size (>4.0 cm) correlated with more profound decreases in eGFR after SABR (hazard ratio (HR) 4.2, p=0.029). “From this, we concluded that proper patient selection will be important in optimizing outcomes for solitary kidney patients treated with SABR,” said Correa.“Treatment of RCC in the solitary kidney setting poses a unique management challenge, since a careful balance of minimizing nephron loss and maximizing cancer control is essential,” concluded Correa. “Recognizing the challenges of randomized controlled trials in this unique and somewhat-rare population, we hope that our large, international dataset will significantly advance the paradigm of kidney SABR, increasing awareness and access for patients facing this challenging management scenario.”For more information: www.astro.orgRead more about the Late-breaking Radiation Therapy Clinical Trials at ASTRO 2018. 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UK hacking suspect will fight extradition to US

first_imgLONDON (AP) – The lawyer for a British hacking suspect says she’ll fight any moves to extradite him to the United States.A U.S. federal indictment filed Tuesday alleged that the 20-year-old hacked into sites for the talent competition “The X-Factor,” “PBS NewsHour,” Sony Pictures and others.Ryan Cleary already faces British charges that he and others hacked the Serious Organized Crime Agency and various U.K. music sites _ all while he was still a teenager. In a statement, his lawyer Karen Todner says that any move to extradite Cleary to the U.S. would be “fiercely contested.” Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Todner said Friday that Cleary suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and that his removal to America was “totally undesirable.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Check your body, save your life Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

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House approves GOP bill banning most lateterm abortions

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans finally won House approval Wednesday for a late-term abortion ban after dropping rape provisions that provoked a rebellion by female GOP lawmakers, forcing party leaders into an embarrassing retreat.The near party-line 242-184 vote was a victory for abortion opponents and a relief for top Republicans. Yet the path to passage took months of negotiations among anti-abortion groups, female lawmakers and party leaders, underscoring how tough it will be for the GOP to satisfy abortion foes while retaining support from women voters for next year’s elections. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the bill “the most pro-life legislation to ever come before this body,” adding, “We should all be proud to take this stand today.”Even with House passage, the measure stands little chance of becoming law. Its fate is uncertain in the more moderate Senate and President Barack Obama would likely veto it, leaving it chiefly a platform for both parties to signal their abortion stances to their supporters.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the measure contrasted with the usual Republican demands for keeping government out of people’s lives, saying, “The bill continues to add a harsh burden to survivors of sexual assault, rape and incest who are already enduring unimaginable hardship.”The legislation forbids most abortions starting with the 20th week of pregnancy.In January, Republican leaders abruptly postponed a vote on the original version, which permitted rape victims to have abortions only if they’d reported the assault to police. The new bill instead requires those women to receive medical care or counseling at least 48 hours before an abortion.Republican women and moderates objected that the initial bill clamped harsh requirements on women making stressful decisions and could make the GOP seem callous. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Top Stories “This has a much less punitive substance to it,” said Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., who’d objected to the earlier rape reporting language. “It’s important that when we look at the care of women who are in crisis that we make sure they’re totally taken care of.”The January delay was particularly awkward for GOP leaders because that vote was to occur the day abortion opponents attend the annual March for Life in Washington. Wednesday’s vote came on the second anniversary of the murder conviction of Kermit Gosnell, a Pennsylvania abortion doctor, in the deaths of three babies killed with scissors after delivery.Just four Republicans and four Democrats crossed party lines in Wednesday’s vote, which immediately became fodder for the emerging 2016 campaigns.Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign said such decisions “should be left to a woman, her family and her faith.” National Right to Life said the vote showed most Democrats believe “painfully dismembering babies” is acceptable, adding, “Now let them try to explain that to their constituents.”To help win support from anti-abortion lawmakers, the revamped measure has new protections for unborn babies. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility If an abortion doctor believes the fetus could survive outside the womb, a second doctor must be present to care for it. Women would also have to sign consent forms describing the fetus’ age and the steps to be taken to save its life.Republicans named the legislation the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, citing what they said is evidence that fetuses at 20 weeks can feel pain.“It’s time to open our eyes and allow our consciences to catch up with our technology,” said Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., the chief sponsor.Abortion rights advocates say the measure violates women’s privacy and cited doctors’ groups like the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which has gathered evidence that fetal pain is unlikely until weeks later.“You want to talk about pain? Let’s talk about the agony of a woman who’s raped and again violated by unnecessary government intrusion,” said Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla.The 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision established a constitutional right to abortion but allowed states to bar the procedure after viability — the point where the fetus could survive if born. Disputes over when viability is reached have provoked numerous legislative battles ever since. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Forty-two states bar abortions after certain points in pregnancies, including 10 with bans at 20 weeks, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports access to abortion.Statistics from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that of 730,000 reported abortions in 2011, 1.4 percent — or about 10,000 — were performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy.As with the original bill, the new measure permits abortions for minors who were victims of incest if the assault is reported to police or government agencies serving targets of child abuse. It allows no exemption for adult victims of incest.___AP reporter Darlene Superville contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 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DC Court Rejects Intervention in CFPB Litigation

DC Court Rejects Intervention in CFPB Litigation

first_img CFPB governemnt PHH 2017-03-08 Staff Writer Share March 8, 2017 518 Views D.C. Court Rejects Intervention in CFPB Litigationcenter_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News On Tuesday, the D.C. circuit rejected bids from both supporters and opponents of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in the trial of PHH Corp. vs. CFPB, Law360 reports, which has declared its leadership system unconstitutional, as the bureau’s single-director structure is in violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers clause.The coalition had moved for reconsideration after already being rejected in February. Additionally, the court had blocked a bid by State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas. The small bank had previously attempted to challenge the constitutionality of the CFPB.The case, as previously reported by DS News, sees New Jersey-based lender PHH Corp. trying to overturn a $109 million penalty issued by the CFPB in June 2015 over alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.The $109 million disgorgement order from CFPB to PHH remains at the center of the litigation and CFPB Director Richard Cordray is at risk of being fired by President Trump at will as provided in the Dodd-Frank Act. Cordray had originally ruled an appeal of an administrative judge’s initial smaller penalty.Motions from 17 state attorney generals and Democratic lawmakers Senator Sherrod Brown and Representative Maxine Waters to back the CFPB were rejected by the court, in addition to a coalition of consumer advocates who seek to represent CFPB. In October, Sherrod Brown released a statement on the original case and the decision to review the CFPB’s constitutionality.“I disagree with the Court’s decision. The CFPB’s structure works–just look at the critical role CFPB played in holding Wells Fargo accountable for customer abuses. Despite the industry’s claims, the CFPB is subject to extensive oversight and it is one of the most accountable financial agencies,” said Brown. “The CFPB will continue its tireless work advocating on consumers’ behalf and today’s decision underscores the importance of having a White House and Congress that supports its mission of strengthening consumer protections, rather than seeking to weaken and undermine oversight.”A filing by the Justice Department indicates that the Trump Administration plans to move against the CFPB’s bid to defend its structure. “As this court recognized in calling for views of the United States on the question whether rehearing should be granted, the view of the United States on matters involving the president’s removal of power are not always congruent with the views of independent agencies,” the government’s motion said.The case is PHH Corp et al v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, case number 15-1177, in the U.S. Court of Appeals.last_img read more

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Codilis Firm Changes Its Texas Address

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first_imgCodilis Firm Changes Its Texas Address in Headlines, News, Servicing July 20, 2017 649 Views The attorneys and staff of Codilis & Stawiarski, P.C. have announced that the firm has changed its office location, effective immediately, to a new address: 400 N. Sam Houston Parkway E. Suite 900-A, Houston, Texas 77060.Codilis & Stawiarski was founded in 1988 and serves the needs of mortgage lenders and servicers throughout the Lone Star State. For more than 25 years, the firm has been providing full-service foreclosure, bankruptcy, eviction, and REO services in Texas.The firm is a Legal League One Hundred member and offers litigation services to its clients through all phases of litigation and appeal. Its cradle-to-grave approach reduces common delays and efficiently resolves exceptions.  Codilis & Stawiarski’s management team brings on average 15-years experience to every matter that is handled.With an innovative staff, along with exclusive, custom case-management system, the firm maintains a consultative approach to default mortgage services, providing solutions and legal support. In what can feel like a dog-eat-dog industry, this firm offers a more humane approach to all of its locations across the Nation.center_img Attorneys & Title Companies Codilis Codilis & Associates Company News HOUSING mortgage real estate Servicing 2017-07-20 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

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