Clarification for Debt Collectors and Servicers

first_img The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). According to the CFPB, the proposal would provide consumers with clearer protections against harassment by debt collectors and straightforward options to address or dispute debts.“The Bureau is taking the next step in the rulemaking process to ensure we have clear rules of the road where consumers know their rights and debt collectors know their limitations,” said CFPB Director Kathleen L. Kraninger. “As the CFPB moves to modernize the legal regime for debt collection, we are keenly interested in hearing all views so that we can develop a final rule that takes into account the feedback received.”As part of the proposal, the CFPB intends to establish a clear, bright-line rule limiting call attempts and telephone conversations, clarify consumer protection requirements for certain consumer-facing debt collection disclosures, clarify how debt collectors can communicate with consumers, and prohibit suits and threats of suit on time-barred debts and require communication before credit reporting.For debt collectors and servicers, communication with customers is a key issue, as “robocalls” have become more of an issue. According to the Urban Institute and a report from the U.S. Treasury, the 27-year old Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) may be preventing mortgage servicers from reaching customers when that contact could be helpful. For example, a servicer might not be able to inform borrowers about mortgage relief options or warn about scams, or reach thousands of borrowers with time-sensitive information during natural disasters such as hurricanes, especially when landlines may be down and cell phones are the only option.The National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA) last year wrote a letter to the to the Federal Communications Commision (FCC), outlining their suggestions for changes to regulations imposed by the TCPA. One suggestion involved a re-examination of the definition of an “autodialer.” For example, the NMSA proposed that it should be made clear that the definition of an autodialer does not include dialing from a list, and that the technology used must involve both generating a phone number in random or sequential order and calling that generated number.In addition, the NMSA supports the FCC’s creation of a reassigned number database as well as a “safe harbor” for businesses to check the database. The NMSA also supports the integration of a more structured process in order for consumers to revoke consent to receive calls from a company, giving consumers peace of mind while reducing the headache for businesses to trying to comply with regulations.Exempting servicers from the Act would give servicers the opportunity to reach out when it would benefit the borrower, and allow borrowers to identify numbers that have been transferred. Another option would be to temporarily exempt servicers from Act requirements specifically during natural disasters in order to send out time-sensitive information. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Clarification for Debt Collectors and Servicers CFPB Debts 2019-05-08 Seth Welborn Share Save Previous: Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Mortgage Industry Next: Americans Continue to Bet on Real Estate Investment May 8, 2019 1,670 Views Home / Daily Dose / Clarification for Debt Collectors and Servicers Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Tagged with: CFPB Debts Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Peruvian Government Promotes Quality-of-Life Improvements for Populations in Drug Trafficking Zones

first_imgBy Pedro Hurtado Cánepa/Diálogo August 30, 2016 The Peruvian Government has initiated a set of actions geared towards improving the quality of life for families that are located in areas where illegal coca leaf cultivation, drug trafficking, and terrorism are found. These actions are part of the Intervention Program for the Valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Region (VRAEM, for its Spanish acronym), which is a government program aimed at combating poverty, inequality, drug trafficking, and terrorism. The Andean departments of Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Cusco, and Junín – cities whose common denominator is extreme levels of poverty – will be the beneficiaries of these actions. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI, Spanish acronym), these levels of poverty continue to be present in Huancavelica (70 to 77 percent), Ayacucho (53 to 57 percent), Cusco (37 to 45 percent), and Junín (30 to 36 percent). In the Andean nation, people who live in homes where the per capita income is insufficient to obtaining food and basic necessities are considered poor. The basic monthly food basket costs approximately $90. The main actions being carried out in these cities within the framework of the Multidimensional Security Strategy are technical training days, applied research, technological innovation, and the acquisition of ground platforms for development. The institutions responsible for carrying out these actions are the Joint Command of the Armed Forces (CCFFAA, for its Spanish acronym) and the National Office of Interior Government (ONAGI, for its Spanish acronym), which belongs to the Ministry of the Interior. “We are on track to pacify the VRAEM. Not only have we been able to neutralize the terrorists, but we have also worked hard to combat drug trafficking, to strengthen the presence of the State, and to bring productive development to historically abandoned areas. This is a topic that should transcend time to achieve a sustainable result,” said the Chief of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces, Admiral Jorge Moscoso Flores. Commander Moscoso stressed the importance of having a strategic alliance with an institution like ONAGI, which participates in Traveling Social Action Platform (PIAS, for its Spanish acronym) activities in the Amazon region and provides constant support during humanitarian aid days carried out by the Joint Command. For Liz Alata Ramos, ONAGI National Chief until July 2016, a priority for the Central Government is improving the quality of life for remote communities, as well as strengthening deliveries of social aid to families in vulnerable situations and extreme poverty. “Through these agreements, ONAGI will be able to bring consistent social aid, goods and equipment to schools located in the VRAEM area,” said Alata. ONAGI’s mission is to ensure the State’s presence throughout Peruvian territory and must follow up on the execution of national policy, on domestic law enforcement, and on the maintenance of social order. Follow up and control To make sure these actions are carried out, Congress members that comprise the Budget and General Account Committee agreed to create working groups that will be in charge of verifying the execution of the development projects to be implemented in the VRAEM. “These working groups will develop a series of functions to monitor the safety and development of the population in this region of the country,” said Cecilia Chacón, president of the working group and leader of the opposition party Fuerza Popular. Significant numbers The Coca Crop Monitoring Survey drafted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported that, as of December 2015, there were 40,300 hectares of coca crops, while in December 2014, there were 42,900 hectares. The two areas with the highest coca leaf production were the VRAEM (18,333 hectares) and La Convención province in Cusco (10,454 hectares). According to the report, dry coca leaves were, on average, priced at US$ 3.9 per kg in 2015, a decrease of 9.3 percent over 2014 ($4.3 per kg). In the VRAEM, the price was $3.2 per kg, which was 13.5 percent lower than the previous year. This decrease was the result of a higher supply of coca leaves as well as control efforts. Cocaine paste and cocaine hydrochloride were valued at $745 per kg (-11.6 percent) and $1,133 per kg (-3.8 percent), respectively. This drop is tied to purity levels of both cocaine-derived products sold in centers of consumption.last_img read more

American Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon

first_imgMeb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., is hugged after crossing the finish line to win the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON (AP) — “The Star-Spangled Banner” played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon.One year after a bombing there killed three people and left more than 260 injured, Meb Keflezighi added Boston to a resume that includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics.Running just two weeks before his 39th birthday, he had the names of the 2013 bombing victims on his bib.“At the end, I just kept thinking, ‘Boston Strong. Boston Strong,’” he said. “I was thinking ‘Give everything you have. If you get beat, that’s it.’”Keflezighi completed the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay on Monday in a personal-best 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds. He held off Kenya’s Wilson Chebet, who finished 11 seconds behind.Keflezighi went out early and built a big lead. But he was looking over his shoulder several times as Chebet closed the gap over the final two miles. After realizing he wouldn’t be caught, Keflezighi raised his sunglasses, began pumping his right fist and made the sign of the cross. He broke into tears after crossing the finish line, then draped himself in the American flag.No U.S. runner had won the race since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach took the women’s title in 1985. The last American man to win was Greg Meyer in 1983. Meyer and Keflezighi embraced after the race.“I’m blessed to be an American and God bless America and God bless Boston for this special day,” Keflezighi said.Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the women’s title she said she could not enjoy a year ago. Jeptoo finished in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds. She is a three-time Boston Marathon champion, having also won in 2006.“I came here to support the people in Boston and show them that we are here together,” she said. “I decided to support them and show them we are here together.”Jeptoo broke away from a group of five runners at the 23-mile mark. Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia finished second in 2:19:59. Countrywoman Mare Dibaba was third at 2:19:52. All three women came in under the previous course record.American Shalane Flanagan, who went to high school in nearby Marblehead, finished seventh after leading for more than half the race. She gambled by setting the early pace, but fell back on the Newton Hills about 21 miles into the race.“It does mean a lot to be that my city was proud of me,” she said. “I’m proud of how I ran. I don’t wish I was it was easier. I wish I was better.”After breaking a 27-year American drought at the New York marathon, Keflezighi contemplated retiring after the 2012 NYC Marathon. But that race was canceled because of Superstorm Sandy, and he pulled out of the Boston Marathon last April because of injury.  He watched the race from the stands at the finish line, but said he left about five minutes before the bombs went off.He was the first American to medal in an Olympic marathon since Frank Shorter won gold in 1972 and silver in 1976. His 2009 New York victory broke a 27-year American drought there.Another American, Tatyana McFadden, celebrated her 25th birthday Monday by winning the women’s wheelchair race for the second straight year. She was timed in in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 6 seconds.McFadden was born in Russia and lived in an orphanage as a child before starring at the University of Illinois. She also won the 2013 NYC Marathon women’s wheelchair race after taking the titles in Boston, London and Chicago last year.Ernst van Dyk of South Africa won the men’s wheelchair division for a record 10th time. The 41-year-old crossed in 1 hour, 20 minutes, 36 seconds.Van Dyk holds the record for most all-categories Boston Marathon wins. This was his first win at this race since 2010.Last year’s men’s champion, Lelisa Desisa, did not finish this year’s race, and had to be picked up by a van about 21 miles into the event.Marathon officials said 35,755 runners registered for the race, with 32,408 unofficial starters. The field included just less than 5,000 runners who were not able to finish last year and accepted invitations to return this year.____Associated Press freelance writer Ken Powtak contributed to this report.last_img read more

Holiday Inn Express Coming To Hazlet

first_imgBy Jay Cook |HAZLET – The township has rolled out the welcome mat for the establishment of a new hotel on Route 35 South in Hazlet, on the Holmdel border.On Nov. 30, the Hazlet Land Use Board unanimously approved a four-story Holiday Inn Express hotel at 2780 Route 35, to be situated on a wooded lot behind an existing two-story Holiday Inn hotel and a commercial building housing Hazlet Pharmacy and Casual Male XL.Some neighboring residents along Miller and Orchard avenues in Holmdel expressed ire during the four-month-long process. Holmdel’s governing body passed a resolution opposing the project, citing quality-of-life concerns for its residents. Holmdel’s mayor, Gregory Buontempo, told the board the new four-story hotel “is literally going to be on top of these one-story homes.”But the plans earned the seal of approval from those who want to see more businesses in town.The current state of the 3-acre lot to be developed as a Holiday Inn Express hotel, which will be four stories tall with 93 rooms.Barbara Ronchetti, a Hazlet committeewoman, said Hazlet has been trying to encourage new businesses along the Route 35 corridor to boost the value of property and increase ratables. Not far away, several large businesses are shuttered, including Kmart, Pathmark, Sports Authority, Frank’s Nursery, Red Oak Diner and Friendly’s.The hotel, Ronchetti said, would be a nice addition to Hazlet. “With our redevelopment plan in place, I feel this hotel will be a great tax revenue for our residents and a very pleasant sight on our highway.”But Steve White, who lives near the hotel property in Holmdel, saw no convincing reason Hazlet should allow two hotels on essentially the same property.“It’s not like we have a theme park here, a convention center or conference halls here,” said White, criticizing the business plan. “All we have is a beach and that really doesn’t justify a hotel.”He added, “Think about it, guys. Think about what you might sign off on.”The new Holiday Inn Express proposed by Gode Hotels would be 13,663 square feet with 93 rooms on its four levels. At its closest point, the hotel would be 92 feet from the nearest property line, where at least 80 feet is required. Building plans describe an indoor swimming pool, small market, lifestyle lounge and a fitness room.Also included in the application was a financial subdivision, meaning the total 7-acre property would be split into two. The existing Holiday Inn will now be on a 3.9-acre lot and the new hotel would be built on 3 acres of an undeveloped, wooded and sandy lot.At the first meeting in mid-August, hotel planner Yomesh Patel told the board the new Holiday Inn Express would be an “upper-scale” hotel, aimed to “attract the right type of clients.” It will not be pet-friendly, smoking won’t be allowed inside or on the premises and it would not market lodging to truckers and laborers, the hotel’s experts said on Nov. 30.Attorney Jeffrey Gale, representing Gode Hotels, said in August the existing Holiday Inn could be sold and rebranded in the future as a Quality Inn or similar style hotel. The Holiday Inn is currently owned by Gode Hotels, the applicant for the Holiday Inn Express.Residents along the border in Holmdel took issue with building another hotel that would stand right behind their houses. Miller Avenue resident Dean Labarca is the closest to the new hotel site. He said it doesn’t make sense for the space.“This is like something that takes place in Brooklyn,” Labarca said. “This is the suburbs. To put this two pounds of baloney in a one-pound spot I think is ridiculous.”An aerial view of the new property approved for a new Holiday Inn Express in Hazlet. It lies between the rear of the Hazlet Pharmacy and behind homes along Miller Avenue in the foreground. Google MapsWhat made the application unique was how the entire hotel property was not a permitted use in its current business park zone. Yet it was specifically noted in Hazlet’s June 2017 master plan reexamination to be changed to the business highway zone, where a hotel would be allowed.Gale, the attorney, told The Two River Times his client did plenty to accommodate the homeowners. They agreed to remove overgrown shrubbery at the hotel egress onto Miller Avenue, replace a dilapidated 6-foot fence with a new, 8-foot privacy fence and prohibit large truck parking along the rear of the property, which is adjacent to residential property.“That’s part of the reason you go through the hearing process,” Gale said. “The hearing process is never intended to be one-sided. It’s an opportunity for the applicant to present his case, it’s also an opportunity for the surrounding property owners to express their specific concerns.”When built, the Holiday Inn Express would join Holiday Inn, Best Western Hazlet Inn, Holmdel Motor Inn and the Shore Point Motel as lodging options along Route 35.Gale said Gode Hotels’ next step would be to apply to the state Department of Transportation because the plans detail an ingress from Route 35, a state highway. They would also need to draft parking and easement agreements with the Hazlet Pharmacy and Casual Male XL property owner to allow for a driveway between the two properties.Gale added he could not give a definite time on when ground would break because he isn’t privy to Gode Hotels’ financing situation. But he said his client accomplished the most important thing – “to accommodate the neighbors and address their concerns.”This article was first published in the Dec. 7-14, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Twitter Acquires Geolocation Service Mixer Labs: Plans to Enhance Its Geotagging API

first_imgRelated Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#news#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Twitter just announced that it has acquired Mixer Labs, the company behind GeoAPI.com. GeoAPI is a service that allows developers to easily add geolocation data to their apps. Twitter just launched its own geotagging API a few weeks ago. Even though a number of mobile and desktop Twitter apps like Seesmic Web and Birdfeed support Twitter’s geotagging API, only a very small number of users are currently making use of this feature.According to Twitter founder Ev Williams, the company “will be looking at how to integrate the work Mixer Labs has done with the Twitter API in useful ways that give developers behind geo-enabled apps like Birdfeed, Seesmic Web, Foursquare, Gowalla, Twidroid, Twittelator Pro and other powerful new possibilities.” It’s important to note that the Mixer Labs GeoAPI is not tied to Twitter. GeoAPI offers tools like a reverse geocoder that can take GPS coordinates and turn them into human readable information and a service that can find media files and status updates related to a specific place on Flickr, Twitter or YouTube. Mixer Labs also offers an iPhone SDK. Judging from Twitter’s announcement, the GeoAPI will continue to work while Twitter figures out how to best integrate its current geotagging API with Mixer Labs’ GeoAPI. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… frederic lardinoislast_img read more

4th PVL MVP award inspires Valdez to push herself more

first_imgCreamline’s Alyssa Valdez hoists her twin trophies, including the Conference MVP, after leading the top performers in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference during awards rites at the Philsports Arena in Pasig Tuesday. The former Ateneo star also took the First Best Outside Spiker award while steering the Cool Smashers to third place finish in the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision. CONTRIBUTEDHer fourth Conference Most Valuable Player award is a reminder for Alyssa Valdez of how much she still wants to continue improving on her craft.“It’s motivating me to really help the team improve in terms of our our skills and listen to our coaches,” she said, moments after securing the MVP plum in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Bali Pure’s Risa Sato and Pocari Sweat’s Jeanette Panaga finished 1-2 in the Best Middle Blocker race, Power Smashers’ Dimdim Pacres was honored as the Best Opposite Spiker, Bali Pure’s Jasmine Nabor was hailed as the Best Setter, and Pocari Sweat’s Melissa Gohing got the Best Libero award.What makes this MVP unique for Valdez was it was her first recognition since formally leaving the auspices of the Ateneo campus.READ: Creamline gets bronze in PVL“After everything I went through, with my stints in Thailand, it really makes me feel old. But for what it’s worth, I’m thankful for the support that I get, that even though I’ve changed through a lot of teams, they’re always there,” she said.But three-time UAAP MVP said that this journey with Creamline is just the start.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage NBA: Irving bares heartfelt words for LeBron after finals defeat “It makes me think that I shouldn’t stop improving myself. I can stop doing what I’m doing, but I have the choice to pursue and still try to push myself to the limit.”READ: Valdez powers Creamline to 1st winFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez also won the First Best Outside Spiker with her 20.7 points per match, making her the most decorated volleybelle in the history of the league.Joining the Creamline hitter in the honor roll are Bali Pure’s Grethcel Soltones, who was named as the Second Best Outside Spiker. View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “Definitely, the goal for every team entering the conference is to get the championship,” she said, as the Cool Smashers ended their inaugural foray in the league at third. “Our goal doesn’t stop here but definitely, this is just the beginning. I hope our journey with the Cool Smashers continue to improve in the coming conferences.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo calls for scrapping of ‘Oplan Tokhang’ PLAY LIST 02:34Robredo calls for scrapping of ‘Oplan Tokhang’01:07Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Neil Young confirms hes married to Daryl Hannah

first_img Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: It’s the first time Young has addressed months of speculation that he and Hannah tied the knot over the summer.Rumours began circulating in August when Hannah’s Instagram page filled with comments congratulating her on the ceremony.Young was previously married to singer-songwriter Pegi Young but the two divorced in 2014.Once he began dating Hannah the two spent ample time working on projects together.Young played the Man in the Black Hat in the film “Paradox,” which was directed by Hannah and released earlier this year on Netflix.She also worked on his short films and oversaw stage design for Young’s intimate concert last December in Omemee, Ont.Young’s website post also reflected on how “Ohio,” which he wrote as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, was inspired by the Kent State shootings in which Ohio National Guardsmen shot and killed four students in 1970.“It was a pivotal moment for me,” he wrote.The message urged his U.S. fans to vote in the midterm elections, particularly in support of gun reform. He praised students who are “brave, demanding change in violent times.”“Support our children. They want protection. Not more guns,” he said.“Give us common sense gun laws that protect our people, in schools, in places of worship, in the workplace and on the streets.” Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — Neil Young has confirmed he’s most definitely married to actress Daryl Hannah.The Toronto-born musician addressed the rumours Wednesday in a message on his website, the Neil Young Archives.Young refers to Hannah as “my wife Daryl” in an introduction to a live clip of him playing “Ohio.”last_img read more

Husky awaits explosion investigation results before restarting asphalt refinery

first_imgCALGARY – Two months after fire and explosions ripped through its recently purchased asphalt refinery in Superior, Wis., Husky Energy Inc. says it still doesn’t know when it will be able to restart the facility.Spokesman Mel Duvall says investigations are continuing into the cause of the April 26 incident in which 11 people were injured and nearby homes evacuated while plumes of black smoke rose into the sky.He says the Calgary-based company won’t be able to fully assess damage and map out a recovery plan until the U.S. Chemical Safety Board completes its determination of cause.Husky bought the 50,000-barrel-per-day refinery from Calumet Specialty Products Partners of Indiana for about $570 million in a deal that closed in November.According to a website update posted Monday, cleanup efforts have progressed to the point that the off-site incident command centre has been moved onto refinery property. It says about 400 employees and contractors are supporting daily operations.As of last Friday, Husky says it has received some 3,300 claims from local businesses and residents who incurred expenses or suffered losses during the incident, of which about 2,700 have been resolved.“We do have insurance, both on the assets and business interruption, and we have made alternate arrangements to continue supplying customers. No employees have been laid off,” said Duvall in an email.“We may be able to provide an update (on costs) on our second-quarter conference call later this month.”He said all of the injured people have been released from hospital.On the website, Husky says it expects to be able to bring in trucks later this month to remove stored asphalt inventory.Companies in this story: (TSX:HSE)last_img read more

TMC workers hurt in highway accident

first_imgKolkata: At least 30 Trinamool supporters and workers suffered injuries after the bus they were travelling in plunged into a water body near Siliguri-Jalpaiguri State Highway on Sunday. The injured party workers have been admitted to hospital for treatment.The Trinamool workers were planning to take part in an election campaign meeting by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Jalpaiguri. They had hired the bus to reach the venue of the election campaign meeting. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to local residents, on Sunday, Banerjee was scheduled to address an election campaign meeting at Churabhadar in Moynaguri from 1:30 pm. To attend the meeting, around 45 TMC supporters and workers had hired the bus from Sariam. They had started their journey in the morning to reach Churabhandar. However, after a few kilometres near Talma, the bus had a tyre burst and the driver lost his control over the steering and the vehicle plunged into a water body beside the Siliguri-Jalpaiguri State Highway. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayLocal resident ran to help the accident victims. Meanwhile, Rajgunj police station and local Trinamool leaders were informed about the accident. Police officers reached the spot shortly and rescued the injured persons. Almost all the passengers had suffered injuries but about 30 of them had suffered serious injuries. The injured persons have been rushed to Rajgunj Rural Hospital Belakoba Rural Hospital and Jalpaiguri Super Specialty Hospital. A few of them were discharged after providing necessary treatment and many are still undergoing treatment.last_img read more

Prohibition not a solution Ekta Kapoor on demand to regulate digital content

first_imgMumbai: Producer Ekta Kapoor is not in favour of regulating streaming platforms as she believes it will only create a bigger need for unregulated content. The Supreme Court has sought the government’s response on a plea to regulate the functioning of streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Currently there is no censorship on online content other than age rating. “Prohibition will create a bigger want. This is a sad situation… A lot of people ask me, ‘How can you be so bold?’ but I have always said this that I don’t have any problem with sex. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “If the person who is acting has consensually agreed to have people watch them and the person is watching because he wants to watch it (then there is no issue). It is a two-way street. When anything is a one-way street, even in a marriage, it is a crime. Sex is not an issue, forcing yourself (on someone) is.” Ekta owns the OTT platform AltBalaji. When asked what would be her decision if the apex court takes a stand, the producer said, “Who are we to take a stand? They will take a stand and we will follow. But my beliefs are clear. I feel any prohibition in society will only create a bigger need for it. It is human psychology.” Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up With streaming platforms gaining a strong foothold in the Indian market, Ekta said there is a constant need to come up with good content that appeals a large segment of the audience. “I have to put out lot of content and better content as soon as possible. But I don’t compete with them. They deal with urban niche audience and I deal with mass audience.” Talking on the sidelines of the launch of season two of TV shows “Kawach” and “Bepanah Pyaarr”, Ekta said she enjoyed the web medium more.last_img read more