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first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook TORONTO’S SOMALI MUSLIM R&B SINGER AMAAL ON EMBRACING SONGS ABOUT ‘SEXUALITY AND INTIMACY’Amaal Nuux’s is, admittedly, kind of an ideal “Toronto” story: a former refugee of Somali-Muslim extraction defies the deeply embedded socio-cultural codes against women making music in her home country by flirting with mainstream R&B success at the international level, from her adopted home base in a far more pluralistic and permissive Canadian city. READ MORE AMAAL NUUX IS THE TORONTO R&B ARTIST YOU NEED TO KNOWToday, Toronto singer Amaal Nuux shared with us what she has been so diligently working on for the last two years: her EP, Black Dove. The R&B singer first caught our attention with her stunning visuals for her single “Not What I Thought,” a video shot throughout the beautifully rugged landscapes of Iceland, and we’ve found ourselves following her every move since. One Thursday night in March, we found ourselves at an intimate show she held at Soho House in downtown Toronto, and as we sat sipping our Cab Merlot, listening to her croon through her mic a few feet away, it became obvious that we were going to be lifelong fans. READ MORE AMAAL – BLACK DOVEBased on the six tracks that comprise her Black Dove EP, wider recognition for Toronto singer songwriter Amaal is inevitable. The artist formerly known as Amaal Nuux caught ears, by way of social media platforms, back in 2012 with tracks “Mufasa,” “With You” and “Words Revealed.” READ MOREFOLLOW AMAAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA:INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/amaalnuux/?hl=enFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AmaalNuux/TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AmaalNuuxSPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/artist/303QuG0TpJTXGxf8B9Jf47 Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Q&A | AMAAL NUUXA beautiful weekday morning in Manhattan is the ideal time for a leisurely stroll towards SoHo’s Elizabeth Street Garden. Everything is pleasantly tranquil and undisturbed: sales clerks aimlessly move about the little shops down the street, neighborhood locals languidly walk their dogs while picking up a morning cup of joe. In the garden, I find the enchanting Amaal Nuux posing by tamed greenery — her soft skin glowing, her eyes glistening in the rays of sunlight. She smiles, “It’s gorgeous over here, isn’t it?” READ MOREAmaal – Photo by Renata Kaveh LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for May and the year-to-date.Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 4,567 eligible cars registered.Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles.For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)


Following Sunday’s 109-94 win against Michigan, the Ohio State men’s track team will bring “The Dual” banner back to Columbus for a fourth straight time. “I was very pleased with the team’s performance today in cold and windy conditions,” coach Robert Gary said. “We had some good marks, but ‘The Dual’ is really about competing man versus man. And in that regard, I thought we did a fantastic job even after we had the team win secured in the scoring.” The Buckeyes won 11 of 19 events. “We performed very well,” senior Aaron Roberts said. “Obviously, the conditions were not ideal, but we were able to come out with the win. We have to continue getting better each week as our focus turns to Big Ten.” Junior Michael Hartfield took first in the long jump and triple jump, finishing with jumps of 7.35 meters and 14.73 meters, respectively. “In regards to my personal performance, I think I did an OK job,” Hartfield said. “Although I wasn’t able to jump to the marks I wanted to, I was still able to come through and place high in all three jumps and help win the dual as a team. Also, to get that dual pennant for coach Gary’s birthday gift.” “The Dual” takes place at one indoor meet and one outdoor meet between OSU and Michigan. OSU is 6-2 in the event since it was reintroduced in 2008. The track team will compete next at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Polytan Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. read more


← Previous Story PHOTO NEWS: They are the best fans! Next Story → Barca revenge in Flensburg in clash with 70 goals RK VardarSkopjeveszprem MKB MVM Veszprem have celebrated the biggest away victory in current season! Team of Antonio Carlos Ortega beat RK Vardar in Skopje 24:23 (13:11) with the winning goal of Momir Ilić from 7 meter 10 seconds before the final whistle. In an amazing finish, Macedonian team supported by 6.000 loud fans in „Jane Sandanski“ had clear situation to win, but Roland Mikler saved the 7 meter throw of Matjaž Brumen 90 seconds before the end with 23:22 for Vardaron scoreboard.Punishment came in the next two attacks. Firstly, Chema Rodriguez score equalizier 50 seconds until the end (23:23), while in the next Vardar’s attack, Christian Ugalde stole the ball to Matjaž Brumen, who caught him and deserved red card 12 seconds until the end. Icelandic refferes gave 7 meter throw to Veszprem, as Ugalde was fouled in counter attack.Momir Ilić scored his sixth goal against Arpad Šterbik, what was enough for a big celebration of Veszprem’s fans and silence of  home crowd…The TOP scorer was Igor Karaćić with 8 goals for Vardar.In the first match of the Group, RNL beat Celje PL 31:27. read more


first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Expenditure and Public Reform, Brendan Howlin, said they would debate the terms of the Household Bill for those who cannot afford it and are struggling to repay mortgages when it comes through the Dáil in the coming weeks.The Minister was responding to calls from Fianna Fail TD, Billy Kelleher and Independent TD, Mattie McGrath who both raised the issue separately during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil this morning.They both called on the government to introduce reductions for people who are struggling, especially since they believe that some pressure has been lifted since a deal was reached last week on the promissory notes.Kelleher referred to yesterday’s CSO report which found that the number of people unable to afford basic necessities has jumped significantly. He said the property tax was unfair and unjust and “doesn’t take into account ability to pay”.Howlin responded by blaming many of the problems they were dealing with today on Kelleher’s party. He said: “Fianna Fail brought this country to economic ruin… It was the worst government in the history of this state.”DesperateMcGrath referred to the elderly who are in “desperate” situations and those who have paid a lot of money in stamp duty as examples of groups who should be exempt or have allowances made when it comes to paying the household charge. He called on Howlin to give some relief to the people who most need it.Howlin responded to Kelleher’s and McGrath’s demands by reminding them that “we are still borrowing over a billion a month”. He added that we needed to “broaden the tax base” and part of that is introducing a property tax.Howlin said the “detail of the property tax” will be debated step-by-step and will be looked at “in as fair a way as possible”.Both discussions caused a lot commotion from other TDs around the chamber and the Ceann Comhairle, Sean Barrett, had to interject on numerous occasions.Finally, Howlin defended the ‘snitch clause’ that says people selling their home face fines of €500 if they have not disclosed to the new buyer the correct value of their property, by calling it “open and transparent”.Read: Property tax: Seller faces €500 fine if they under-declare value of home > Read: You asked, we answered: What you wanted to know about the property tax >last_img read more


first_imgA former Vancouver Public Schools employee who possessed video files of child pornography on his personal computer was sentenced Friday to nearly four years in prison.Alex J. Wright, 31, pleaded guilty last month in Clark County Superior Court to three counts of first-degree possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.Wright, who had worked as a student success advocate in the counseling center at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, was terminated March 2, according to Pat Nuzzo, the district’s communications director. Wright had been placed on leave when he was arrested Jan. 28, 2016.Investigators don’t believe Wright had any inappropriate encounters with or improper images of Jefferson students. Nuzzo previously told The Columbian that IT staff checked his district-issued computers, and there were no inappropriate images on them.Wright was arrested following an investigation by the Vancouver Police Department’s Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit. Investigators identified an Internet protocol address associated with child pornography and traced it to Wright’s home computer, according to a probable cause affidavit.last_img read more


first_imgSEATTLE — A National Transportation Safety Board report released Friday blamed bad workmanship for a 2011 incident when a 5-foot-long hole ripped open in the roof of a Boeing 737-300 during a Southwest Airlines flight.When the jet was assembled 15 years earlier, the drilling of the rivet holes along one side of the fuselage skin panel that tore away “showed a lack of attention to detail and extremely poor manufacturing technique,” the report concluded.The work also “was not in accordance with Boeing specifications or standard manufacturing practices.”The NTSB said evidence indicates the hidden cracks emanating from the rivet holes had been slowly growing with each take-off and landing, and had started “approximately when the airplane entered service” in 1996. But the safety agency’s report suggests this may have been a one-off error by a mechanic.In a statement, Boeing pointed to the NTSB finding that subsequent inspections of other 737s found no similar damage in the same fuselage panel joints.The NTSB concluded that therefore it’s “unlikely that there was a systemic QA (quality assurance) error at the Boeing facilities.”The report reveals that a panel above the one that ripped away was replaced at some late stage of assembly and the joint between these two panels — three rows of rivet holes along the overlap — showed serious discrepancies, including noncircular holes, double-drilled holes, gaps between the rivets and the holes, and metal burrs protruding from under the rivets.last_img read more


first_imgSecondary school headteachers are perceived to earn £50,000 a year, compared to their actual average annual salary of £76,192, according to research by Oxford Open Learning.Its survey of 2,043 adults also found that train drivers, excluding London Underground drivers, are perceived to earn £32,000 a year, which is 32% less than their average take-home pay of £47,000.NHS general practitioners (GP), members of Parliament (MP), and HR managers also all had their pay levels underestimated by respondents. The research found that GPs are perceived to earn £65,000 compared to their actual pay of £69,514 (-7%), MPs are estimated to take home £70,000 a year compared to the £74,962 that they actually earn (-7%), and HR managers earn £38,127 compared to a perceived salary of £35,000 (-8%).At the other end of the scale, respondents overestimated journalists pay by 28%, with a perceived salary is £30,000 a year compared to actual annual earnings of £23,500. Plumbers are also estimated to earn £30,000, however, this is 21% higher than their actual annual pay of £24,746. Meanwhile, solicitors’ perceived salary of £60,000 a year is £10,000 more than their average pay figure, representing an overestimation of 20%.Hairdressers, retail assistants and florists are also all perceived to earn more than they do, with discrepancies of 16%, 14% and 13% respectively. Hairdressers earn an average of £15,473 a year compared to respondents’ estimated £18,000, retail assistants have an average take-home pay of £13,122 compared to a perceived £15,000, and florists earn £15,926 a year, on average, rather than respondents’ perceived £18,000.Other roles where misconceptions exist around salary include teachers (overestimation of 8%), chief executives (overestimation of 5%), and those working in administration (overestimation of 4%).However, there is only a 0.26% difference between the actual and perceived pay of NHS nurses, with perceived pay recorded at £25,000 a year and actual average annual earnings of £24,936.Dr Nick Smith (pictured), courses director and founder at Oxford Open Learning Trust, said: “A previous study we carried out found that money is the biggest motivator behind changing careers, following by better working hours and personal interest. However, the results of this survey show Brits are overestimating the salaries earned by many professions.“Among British [employees], over half (52%) said that salary was an important factor when they chose their current job role. When it came to choosing a new career or job role, this figure increased to 68%, suggesting that monetary incentives are key for choosing a new career.“Changing careers seems to pay off; over a third of British [employees] polled (34%) that had moved to a new job role said they had an increase in salary after the first year of their new career.”last_img read more


first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Prosecutors are expected to add charges against the North Miami officer who shot a behavioral therapist who was lying on his back with his arms up.North Miami officer Jonathan Aledda will be in court, Friday afternoon, where he is reportedly going to receive an additional felony and misdemeanor count. The 30-year-old officer is expected to plead not guilty, the Miami Herald reports.“My client will enter into a plea of not guilty,” said Aledda’s attorney, Douglas Hartman. “He says he’s innocent, and he will get a trial.”“This case is important to our civil case,” said attorney Hilton Napoleon.Aledda will have a total of four charges, including attempted manslaughter, a third-degree felony, as well as culpable negligence, after Friday’s hearing.Related: North Miami Police officer charged in the shooting of unarmed therapistOn July 18, 2016, a witness recorded cellphone video of the scene where Aledda fired three shots in the direction of Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist who was in the street with 27-year-old Arnaldo Soto, a resident who left his care facility with a silver toy truck in hand.Kinsey was seen in the video on his back and with his hands in the air. According to the State Attorney’s Office, Aledda was not in the position to correctly assess the situation from 150 feet away or to fire his weapon accurately.Aledda’s arrest marked the first time prosecutors under Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle have charged an officer for an on-duty shooting.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


first_imgPhoto by David Gleason DOD’s recent analysis of its excess capacity suffered from analytical limitations and relied on unreasonable assumptions, resulting in estimates that cannot support decision making about future BRAC rounds, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). “Without improvements to DOD’s method of estimating excess capacity, DOD is not providing the information that Congress requires to make decisions concerning the management of excess infrastructure capacity within the department,” the congressional watchdog agency said. “Similarly, DOD does not have the information it needs to appropriately manage its infrastructure capacity and therefore cannot make informed decisions about what it needs to support its mission as land and infrastructure requirements of newer weapon systems are introduced,” the report concluded.An October 2017 study by DOD estimated that 19 percent of its infrastructure was excess, ranging from a 6 percent excess in Navy infrastructure to a 29 percent excess in Army facilities. The DOD study — an update of one conducted in March 2016 — and the GAO report were mandated by the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.GAO identified three key limitations in DOD’s analysis:the analysis offered no clear rationale for using a 1989 baseline for excess capacity — it does not offer an estimate of the amount of excess that existed at that time, and it fails to account for updated facility standards and requirements, and new weapons systems;it includes assumptions that may not be reasonable — for example, when the estimate for a particular installation category indicated a shortfall in capacity, DOD’s analysis showed only that no excess exists; also, officials assigned each installation to only one mission category even though most bases support multiple missions; andDOD and the military departments failed to use a representative sample of different types of installations to develop an excess capacity estimate, and the individual military departments did not follow a consistent approach in calculating excess capacity and accounting for joint bases. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more


first_imgD.C. Radio Personality Raymond Woods. (Photo Courtesy of Radio One)Veteran Washington, D.C. radio personality and decorated war hero Raymond Woods, also known as the “More Better Man,” died on Veterans Day at Veterans Hospital in Washington, D.C., according to Radio One. He was 74.A longtime WOL-1450 AM radio personality, Woods was born in Spartanburg, S.C., in 1940. Woods grew up in Washington, D.C., where he graduated from McKinley Tech High School, according to his biography.Upon graduation, Woods enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served in An Hoa, Vietnam, where his fellow Marines gave him the nickname, The More Better Man. Woods was a stellar Marine, earning a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his actions in combat in May 1969. He also received numerous citations including six Presidential Unit Citations and One Meritorious Combat Promotion while participating in six operations against insurgents of the communist Viet Cong.On his return to civilian life, the veteran took a position at the Government Printing Office, but his love for rhythm and blues soon led him to WOL. Woods hit the airwaves in September 1982, beginning with just two hours per week on WOL. The public’s response to the More Better Man and his music, 1950s and ‘60s R&B, was so positive that his airtime was expanded. In 1993, he gained a Baltimore audience as well, when WOL began simulcasting his show on WOLB.From April 1995, Woods also entertained nighttime audiences in Washington with his own unique brand of talk radio.In addition to entertaining audiences with his oldies ear fare on WOL, Woods also sponsored dances, parties and shows that featured the music of the ‘50s and ‘60s. He was recognized for his contributions to music and radio in a profile in the July 1995 issue of Discoveries, a national magazine for record collectors.Woods remained an avid supporter of fellow Vietnam veterans; for more than 10 years he organized a veteran’s march from the WOL studio to the Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: Nabapally Sarbojanin Sree Sree Shyama Puja committee in Barasat has come up with a unique concept of propagating world peace through its Kali Puja celebrations.This year, through its theme, they are trying to portray that at a time where religious intolerance, violence, discrimination and hate politics have taken the centre stage and the country is bleeding, a divine force must appear and restore and regenerate the country. The Nabapally Sarbojanin Sree Sree Shyama Puja committee will worship Maa Kali, seeking power from her divine spirit to fight injustice and oppression prevalent in our society. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn its 39th year, the FIFA World Cup in Russia would be replicated inside the Puja pandal, hoping to attract large crowds to Barasat, assume the organisers. Barasat, the district head quarter of North 24-Parganas, has an old tradition of hosting Kali Puja in a grand manner. The Puja committee will present a miniature of football stadium and some models of players inside the pandal. As and when a visitor will step into the Puja pandal, he/she will get a similar feel of the ambience at the football stadium in Russia. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to a member of the Puja committee, World Cup has been selected as the theme as it is one of best platforms to promote world peace. A large number of people come from various parts of the world and congregate inside a stadium to watch a football match. There could not be a better endorsement of world peace other than celebrating the Puja through a grand event like soccer, an organiser said. The Puja pandal is being constructed at a ground situated close to Colony More area on National Highway 34. The construction work began four months ago and as many as 100 workers have worked hard to set up the pandal, which is 160 feet in height and 108 feet in width. Light fittings will be coming from Chandannagar. The idol of Maa Kali is coming from Krishnanagar. The pandal will be made of ply wood, fiber, silk thread and plaster of paris. Puja committee Secretary Champak Das said: “We are trying to send across a message of World peace and Kali Puja could be the biggest platform in this regard.”last_img read more


first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Just three incredible Drag Race-inspired tattoos (Photos: Instagram) We all know that there are fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race and then there are devotees of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Over its ten seasons, the show has cultivated a hardcore following that shows little sign of abating. In fact, it’s just been renewed for an 11th season. Sasha Velour by @azha (Photo: Instagram) However, for some, watching the show and attending DragCon is just not enough. They’ve taken their love of certain queens or show hosts to another level.‘Who would get a RPDR-inspired tattoo?’ we hear you ask? Well, a cursory look around Instagram and Pinterest reveals that there are literally hundreds out there.Here are just a handful of the more impressive ones – with some of the stories from behind the ink.Bianca Del RioPhoto: @jazminobambino | Instagram‘The tattoo artist, Ebony Mellowship is an old school Drag Race fan, from the forgotten season and Drag U and all round gorgeous human being,’ says Instagrammer @jazminobambino. ‘I love her work and mentioned I wanted a Bianca Del Rio tattoo [above].‘Aesthetically, she is always put together. Immaculate. There’s her composure and confidence, which is everything. And the bitch is beyond funny.‘I was in a super dark place for way too long and “Not today, Satan” woke me tf up.Whenever I felt like I couldn’t even deal, I bucked up & my mantra was “Not today, Satan. Not today.” If I could choose a spirit animal, Bianca Del Rio is it.’Bianca Del Rio tattoo by @sammysurjaytattoo (Photo: Instagram) (Photo: @clareclarity | Instagram) Willam finally tells all about the shocking Drag Race disqualification Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/best-rupaul-drag-race-tattoo-art/ RuPaul tattoo by @bexlowetattoo (Photo: Instagram) Sasha VelourSasha Velour by @lonerosetattoo (Photo: Instagram) RuPaul tattoo ‘werk’ by @katietattoos (Photo: Instagram)Courtney ActCourtney Act (@meggiecooper | Instagram)‘My tattooist Danielle Ronson sat down and looked through several different portraits of Courtney Act. I wanted one with her fierce pink hair and the typical Courtney look.‘The reaction has been out of this world. Like every knows who it is straight of the bat and ever since Courtney herself has seen it and put it on her instagram it’s gone mental. Every comment has been positive and I couldn’t be happier about it.’Meggie CooperMilkMilk by @lucybluetattoo (Photo: Instagram)Last but by no means least…Remember her name! Miss Vanjie tattoo on @borg.princess (Photo: Instagram)‘I wanted it to be cute and girly like her episode 1 runway look because I loved it!’@borg.princessSee alsoRuPaul’s Drag Race has officially been renewed for an 11th season Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A beautiful Sasha Velour on @ladymamut by @marialavia.tattoo (Photo: Instagram) ‘Not today Satan’ – another Bianca Del Rio, this time by @carlatattoos (Photo: Instagram)Michelle VisageThis Michelle Visage tattoo was recently reshared by the great woman herself (tattoo by @sammysurjaytattoo)Trixie MattelThe two Trixie tattoos belonging to @beccahart1990 – tattoos by @flanderztattoo‘I have an IQ kitty Trixie on my forearm and a Hippy Trixie on the back of my calf [above] done by the lovely Emma Jayne Lightfoot or Flanderz Tattoo in Manchester. She is also a lover of queens and has tattooed quite a few of them.‘I chose Trixie as I feel a connection with her. We have similar backgrounds and aesthetically as she makes me happy to look at. I feel like the whole premise of Trixie is so empowering to women. She allows me to embrace my femininity, in a comfortable frilly, less sexualized way by embodying the Polly Pocket/Barbie/Betty Spaghetti hyper feminine place a lot of us 90s children feel nostalgic for. It’s like a comfort thing.‘I look up to her so much for the things she has overcome after having darkness in her past. It helps push me forward on dark days and remind me that the horrible moments of your past doesn’t have to define you.’Becca HartA large Trixie Mattel shoulder design (@minervalodgetattooclub | Instagram)Lil PoundcakeL’il Poundcake by @sophielewistattoos (Photo: @litteredwithgarbage | Instagram)KatyaKatya tattoo on @natalei_ by @flanderztattoo (Photo: Instagram)‘I got it because I adore Katya and her satanic look is her fave of all time! So instead of hail satan why not hail the queen Katya?!‘The reaction has been a mix of confusion and admiration. Drag Race fans love it and those who don’t know who it is have asked me the story of who she is and they have become drag queen lovers!’@natalei_ A deconstructed homage tattoo to Sasha Velour (Photo: Supplied)‘My tattoo [above] was inspired by Sasha Velour’s club kid look she did on season 9 episode 9,’ says Darren, 22, queer and genderqueer/nonbinary.‘I chose this specific look because I am very much inspired by the club kid scene: the crazy looks, the gender bending-ness, the freeness.‘Sasha Velour is a big inspiration to me because she stands for something different in the queer community. The tattoo in general is a tribute to all the queer people who fought for the rights we have today, who chose and choose to live their lives outside of the binaries and who are politically engaged with wanting to make the world a queerer safe space.’Sharon NeedlesSharon Needles by @bexlowetattoos (Photo: Instagram)AjaAja by @morguetattoo (Photo: Instagram)Mama herself… RuPaulMama Ru – an incredibly detailed tattoo by @the_art_of_dekay (Photo: Instagram)last_img read more


first_imgNo related posts. MANAGUA – Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Wednesday sent Congress the draft of a bill to reform the country’s electoral system, following complaints of irregularities by the European Union (EU) and the Organization of American States (OAS). The bill comes on the heels of the disputed 2011 election, in which Ortega was re-elected amid allegations of vote-rigging and intimidation.The initiative aims to “ensure that election results are more accurate,” said presidential legal adviser Claudia Curtis, after presenting the bill to legislative First Secretary Alba Palacios.The proposed Electoral Act bill, which Congress will debate next week ahead of the November municipal elections, includes recommendations by the OAS and EU after last November’s presidential elections.Ortega’s government has not yet considered the possibility of renewing the directory of the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE), formed only by judges loyal to the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front.The OAS stated in a report last January that Nicaragua’s electoral system has shown “structural failures … since 1996,” while the EU recommended a replacement of current CSE judges. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Service Providers 2012-07-16 Tory Barringer Top executives and favored borrowers faced indictment by a federal grand jury on Wednesday for their role in a massive fraud that led to the biggest Virginia bank collapse since 2008.[IMAGE]According to a release on Thursday from “”SIGTARP””:http://www.sigtarp.gov/Pages/home.aspx, the accused are charged with masking non-performing assets at the Bank of the Commonwealth in Norfolk, Virginia. The long-running scheme benefited the alleged perpetrators to the detriment of the bank, leading to its eventual failure in 2011. “”FDIC””:http://www.fdic.gov/ estimates the cost to its deposit insurance fund to be $268 million. The 25-count indictment was returned on Wednesday and made public Thursday after the accused parties were taken into custody. Those parties include Edward J. Woodard, the bank’s CEO and chairman, and his son Troy, who was employed by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the bank as a vice president and mortgage loan specialist. Also brought into custody were EVPs and loan officers Simon Hounslow and Stephen G. Fields, as well as Dwight A. Etheridge and Thomas E. Arney, two “”friends”” of the bank who benefitted from the fraud.All men are charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The individuals face varying charges, including false entry in a bank record, unlawful participation in a loan, false statement to a financial institution, and misapplication of bank funds. Each charged contained in the indictment carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison if convicted. “”Neil MacBride””:http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae/meetattorney.html, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and one of the agents investigating the case, said the fraud was a breach of trust against the local community.””The Bank of the Commonwealth’s high-risk lending practices resulted in soaring losses after the 2008 financial crisis. Led by former CEO and board chairman Edward Woodward, these bank insiders and their favored borrowers allegedly conspired to hide the rapidly deteriorating financial condition of the bank through fraud,”” said MacBride. “”For more than 30 years, this community put their trust-and their money-in the Bank of the Commonwealth. These charges portray a bank leadership that betrayed that trust for their own profit at [COLUMN_BREAK]the detriment to their own bank, its shareholders, and the community it served,”” he said.According to the indictment, leaders at the bank began an aggressive expansion in 2006 beyond its normal focus on Norfolk and Virginia Beach to include branches in North Carolina and the Outer Banks. By December 2009, the bank’s assets reached approximately $1.3 billion, largely built through brokered deposits. Financial institutions must remain well-capitalized to accept and renew brokered deposits due to their high volatility.The indictment alleges that many of the bank’s loans were funded and administered with no regard to industry standards or the bank’s own internal controls. By 2008, the volume of the bank’s troubled loans and foreclosed real estate increased, and from 2008 to 2011, bank insiders allegedly masked the bank’s true financial condition to avoid any negative impact on investor and customer confidence that could affect its ability to accept and renew brokered deposits.The indictment also alleges that bank insiders overdrew demand deposit accounts to make loan payments and used funds from related entities (sometimes without authorization from the borrower) to hide the institution’s troubled assets. They also allegedly used change-in-terms agreements to make loans appear current and extended new loans or additional principal on existing loans to cover payment shortfalls.In addition, the accused allegedly provided preferential financing to troubled borrowers to purchase bank-owned properties. These transactions allowed the bank to convert non-earning assets into earning assets, and the borrowers received cash at closing to make payments on other loans at the bank or for their own purposes. Borrowers also purchased property owned by bank insiders with loans fraudulently funded by the bank, the indictement alleges.According to the indictment, the Bank of the Commonwealth sent an application to the Federal Reserve in 2008 requesting approximately $28 million from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Based on concern from regulators about the bank’s health, the Fed requested that the bank withdraw its application.The bank lost nearly $115 from 2008 to 2011. The forfeiture notice in the indictment attributes at least $71 million as illegal proceeds of the fraud.In a press briefing Thursday, Special Inspector General Christy Romero said that although the investigation has seen significant progress, it is not yet over.””This is an ongoing investigation, and the people of the Tidewater region and in communities across the nation should know that SIGTARP is looking out for them,”” said Romero. “”At SIGTARP, we stand committed to protecting the American people from all fraud related to TARP, whether it happens on Wall Street or Granby Street.””center_img Grand Jury Indicts Bank Execs, Others in Massive Mortgage Fraud Case July 16, 2012 445 Views last_img read more


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