Homeowners who wish to find out whether they are eligible for mortgage or foreclosure relief as a result of the $25 billion bank settlement can contact the Washington State Attorney General’s office at 800-551-4636 or visit Washington Attorney General.Information is also available at National Mortgage Settlement.Foreclosures down 55% from ’11A state official this week said Washington’s portion of the recently announced $25 billion national mortgage settlement could take months to dole out to recipients who lost houses to foreclosure or are on the brink of falling behind.“The best advice I can give these people is to be patient. You will receive a letter within 60 to 90 days,” said Dave Huey, the state’s assistant attorney general.Huey was on the executive team of attorneys general from all 50 states that negotiated the landmark settlement from an investigation of the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers, Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Ally Financial Inc., formerly GMAC.Troubled Clark County homeowners and foreclosure victims are urged to call the attorney general’s office if they carried or still carry a mortgage with one of the five banks, Huey said.
Supreme CourtThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday accepted the gazette notification on the disciplinary rules for lower court judges, reports UNB.A five-member Appellate Division bench, led by acting chief justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, granted the disciplinary rules citing that the government issued the gazette giving primacy to the opinions of the apex court at every stage.Some media outlets are making unnecessary comments on gazette notification without reading it, the apex court observed.Earlier, attorney general Mahbubey Alam read out the gazette on judges’ disciplinary rules before the Appellate Division bench.On 11 December last, the government issued the gazette notification.Later, on 13 December, the SC fixed 3 January (today) for an order on the notification.The lower judiciary was officially separated in November 2007 but the disciplinary rules for lower court judges had not been formulated.On 2 December 1999, the Supreme Court in the Masdar Hossain case issued a seven-point directive, including formulating separate disciplinary rules, for the lower court judges.The law ministry on 7 May 2015 sent a draft of the rules to the Supreme Court which was similar to the Government Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules 1985.
Residents gather outside their apartment blocks in Jakarta on early 16 December 2017, following a strong earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale. AFPAt least two people have been killed following a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s main island of Java, an official said Saturday.The quake struck at a depth of 91 kilometres (56 miles) just outside the coastal town of Cipatujah on Java island late Friday, the US Geological Survey said.The tremor was felt across the island including in the capital Jakarta, some 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the epicentre.A 62-year-old man in Ciamis and an 80-year-old woman in Pekalongan city were killed when the buildings they were in collapsed, national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.“Several hospitals in several areas have also been damaged and patients had to be evacuated,” Nugroho said.A hospital in Banyumas suffered damaged ceilings, cracked walls and leaks to oxygen pipelines, forcing about 70 patients to be moved to temporary shelters.At least a hundred houses were damaged across West Java and Central Java provinces, the national disaster mitigation agency said.The agency was still evaluating the impact of the disaster and urged people to be cautious and stay alert.Jakarta resident Web Warouw, 50, was on the 18th floor of a building in the capital when the quake struck just before midnight local time (1700 GMT).“Suddenly, we felt dizzy… We then realised it was a quake and immediately ran downstairs,” Warouw told AFP.Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.Some 170,000 lives were lost when a 9.1-magnitude quake and tsunami struck Aceh in December 2004, which also hit coastal areas as far away as Somalia.An earthquake struck the country’s western Aceh province again in December 2016, killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.
Poignant photos capturing the essence of Udaipur, its beautiful heritage buildings, natural beauty and particularly the expressions of religion by people of different faiths, are currently on display in Strasbourg, France.Clicked by French photographer Albert Huber, the photos are part of a month-long exhibition of pictures that showcases the sacred in the cities of Udaipur and Strasbourg.Titled ‘Seeking the Sacred’, the exhibition is the outcome of an exchange pact inked between the two cities. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘In the historical Udaipur, I am the happy photographer. I photographed the narrow streets and living and the baroque palaces in their bountiful natural beauty,’ says Huber.The photographer who was in Udaipur in April this year says, ‘I photographed the extraordinary royal palace, the women in a temple, the Protestants celebrating Good Friday in church and Muslims offering prayers at a mosque.’ Juxtaposing Huber’s pictures are those by Anuradha Sarup who photographed the sacred rituals of people in Strasbourg. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘The city is one of France’s most vibrant and culturally rich cities. I captured on film the Pre-Easter ceremonies. I also shot the mosque there, which is the second largest mosque in France,’ says Sarup.The lenswoman who spent 10 days in the French city says it was a challenge for her to capture the ‘sacred’ through the historical cultural and religious identities of its people.‘Like Udaipur Strasbourg, an ancient European settlement has a living heritage. The city and its people have adapted beautifully to changing times,’ says Sarup. The photo exhibition is an activity under the Joint Co-operation Programme (JCP) signed between Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation, UNESCO, the Udaipur Municipal Council, the city of Strasbourg and Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur for three years from 2011.The pact aims to strengthen Udaipur’s knowledge base, develop a framework and undertake activities to preserve its heritage and develop international collaboration and partnerships for heritage-based projects in the Rajasthan city.‘The exhibition will open new avenues of understanding between people and provide access to various artists of different faiths. It will inspire creativity and stimulate international research digital knowledge exchange,’ says Mayank Gupta, Deputy Secretary, MMCF.The photo exhibition is part of a festival, which celebrated sacred music from over the world. The three-day ‘Sacred Days of Strasbourg’ inaugurated on May 23 with Hindu and Buddhist chants saw performances from 10 countries.After the exhibition closes on June 18 in Strasbourg it is scheduled to travel to Udaipur later this year and be showcased at the City Palace Museum there.Meanwhile, French photographer Huber says, ‘There is a lot I received in Udaipur and a lot more calls me back.’
By: The Associated Press Volcano eruption forces 1,500 to evacuate in Hawaii << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Hawaii, Volcano HONOLULU — Nearly 1,500 residents were ordered to evacuate from their volcano-side homes after Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano erupted, sending molten lava to chew its way through forest land and bubble up on paved streets.Volcano officials couldn’t predict how long Thursday’s eruption may last, prompting Hawaii’s governor to activate the National Guard to help with evacuations and provide security to about 770 structures left empty when residents sought shelter.There were no immediate reports of injuries.Hawaii County officials said steam and lava poured out of a crack in Leilani Estates, which is near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island.Footage shown on local television showed lava spurting into the sky from a crack in a road. Aerial drone footage showed a line of lava snaking through a forest.The footage of the #Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is extraordinary. It could erupt at any moment now https://t.co/FYahtE2e7S pic.twitter.com/8WBCsw51Zn— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) May 3, 2018Asta Miklius, a geophysicist with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that there is no way to know exactly how long the eruption will continue.“One of the parameters is going to be whether the summit magma reservoir starts to drain in response to this event, and that has not happened yet,” Miklius said. “There is quite a bit of magma in the system. It won’t be just an hours-long eruption probably, but how long it will last will depend on whether the summit magma reservoir gets involved. And so we are watching that very, very closely.”More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsCounty, state and federal officials had been warning residents all week that they should be prepared to evacuate, as an eruption would give little warning. Officials at the U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday raised the volcano’s alert level to warning status, the highest possible, meaning a hazardous eruption is imminent, underway or suspected.Nearby community centres have opened for shelter.The U.S. Geological Survey said new ground cracks were reported Thursday afternoon. Hot vapour emerged from a crack and spattering lava began to erupt.Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts, releasing lava into residential neighborhood on the Big Island, prompting evacuation orders. https://t.co/8iUCQK0yCd pic.twitter.com/fce4E74wIV— ABC News (@ABC) May 4, 2018Scientists said areas downslope of the erupting vent were at risk of being covered by lava. Leilani Estates appeared to be at greatest risk, but scientists said new vents and outbreaks could occur and it’s not possible to say where.The eruption comes after days of earthquakes rattled the area’s Puna district. A nearby school was closed due to the ongoing seismic activity and several roadways cracked under the strain of the constant temblors. A magnitude 5.0 earthquake was recorded hours before the eruption began Thursday.The Puu Oo crater floor began to collapse Monday, triggering a series of earthquakes and pushing the lava into new underground chambers.More news: A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe collapse caused magma to push more than 10 miles (16 kilometres) downslope toward the populated southeast coastline of the island.USGS geologist Janet Babb said the magma crossed under Highway 130, which leads to a popular volcano access point, on Tuesday night.Lava can be seen spewing from a vent in Hawaii’s Leilani Estates community on the Big Island after eruption of Kilauea volcano. https://t.co/DdDqlKmyV2The county has ordered evacuations for all of Leilani Estates, which according to the last Census has a population of 1,500. pic.twitter.com/v8O2poQGPe— ABC News (@ABC) May 4, 2018Hawaii County Civil Defence Agency closed the area to visitors on Tuesday and ordered private tour companies to stop taking people into the region.Most of Kilauea’s activity has been non-explosive, but a 1924 eruption spewed ash and 10-ton (9-metric ton) rocks into the sky, leaving one man dead.Puu Oo’s 1983 eruption resulted in lava fountains soaring over 1,500 feet (457 metres) high. In the decades since, the lava flow has buried dozens of square miles of land and destroyed many homes.Absolutely stunning drone video of the eruption of Hawaii’s #kilauea volcano. Mandatory evacuations for the Leilani Estates subdivision have been ordered. (: Jeremiah Osuna) pic.twitter.com/Vqxq14ojgX— Nick Dobis (@NickKPIX) May 4, 2018 Share Friday, May 4, 2018
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 4, 2019 Tags: Fort Myers, Fort Myers Spotlight 2019, Spotlight Share Travelweek Group Posted by Consumers often ask “What sets The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel apart from the rest of Florida?” Well, there is a lot actually and here are just some of the fun facts about the area that you can share:Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is an award-winning facility with Air Canada and WestJet providing year-round nonstop service from Toronto (and seasonal service from Ottawa and Montreal).Lee County, Florida, has more than 100 barrier and coastal islands to explore.Edison and Ford Winter Estates is a must-see attraction. Thomas Edison, who spent many winters in Fort Myers, is considered the most inventive man who ever lived, holding 1,093 patents for everything from light bulbs, cement and phonographs to the natural rubber he made from goldenrod.The banyan tree at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, a gift from industrialist Harvey Firestone, is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. The tree’s aerial roots now have a circumference of more than 400 feet.Gifts from the sea – The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is ranked to have some of the best shelling in the world with over 400 species of shells including the rarest of them all, the brown speckled junonia.You will find shell seekers on Sanibel Island in the famous “Sanibel Stoop” position all day looking for treasures.Cape Coral has more canals than Venice, Italy.The area is home to a very high concentration of bottlenose dolphins.Known as the Tarpon Capital of the World, thanks to the best tarpon migration. The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel area is truly a fisherman’s paradise.Over 190-miles of canoe and kayaking trails, The Great Calusa Blueway is named after the Calusa Native Americans, the first residents of the area.Seafood – Fort Myers has a shrimp fleet on San Carlos Island which offloads more Florida pink shrimp than anywhere else in Florida.Fort Myers is the spring training home of Major League Baseball teams the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins.Sanibel Island is known for having no buildings taller than the tallest palm tree (three stories), 26 miles of off-road bike paths and restaurants/stores that are all locally owned.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge – This wildlife refuge, containing more than 6,400-acres, and nearly half of Sanibel Island, was established in 1945 and is one of the top birding hotspots in the nation.Offshore Sailing School, operating out of South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island and Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach, is America’s #1 Sailing School.Cabbage Key, one of the many offshore islands, features a historic inn and restaurant where the walls, beams and ceiling are papered in more than $70,000 autographed dollar bills. About $10,000 a year falls off, which goes to charity.For those seeking a secluded spot for a wedding in paradise, who can resist a wedding under a gazebo at Lovers Key, Florida’s most romantic state park.Key West Express – Enjoy the tropical island paradise of Key West in just 3 ½ hours when you travel from Fort Myers Beach to America’s southernmost city with the Key West Express. Modern and spacious jet-powered vessels offer year-round, high-speed service to the vacation spot of pirates, poets, presidents and partygoersFor more information on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel visit www.fortmyers-sanibel.com Fun Fast Facts about The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel