Industry Pulse: Updates on, Radian, and More …

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily December 6, 2018 1,422 Views Tagged with: Ali Haralson IPsoft Kevin Cooke Legal League 100 Padgett Law Group Radian Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Ali Haralson IPsoft Kevin Cooke Legal League 100 Padgett Law Group Radian 2018-12-06 Radhika Ojha  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, News Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. From silver jubilee celebrations and new appointments to acquisitions and new technology, catch the latest buzz in the industry in this weekly, an online real estate marketplace dealing with distressed asset disposition, announced the addition of Kevin Cooke, as its new SVP of Business Development. He will report directly to Ali Haralson, Chief Revenue Officer.“I’m very pleased to welcome Kevin to the team and look forward to tapping into his expertise as we continue to revolutionize the default disposition industry,” said Haralson.“Kevin’s deep background in real estate disposition will be essential as we continue to help our clients achieve superior and optimized performance.”In his new role, Cooke will drive’s business development efforts with a focus on identifying client opportunities for increased revenue and portfolio performance. He is a mortgage and finance industry veteran with over 20 years of experience”I have had the unique privilege of working in various capacities within the financial services and mortgaging industries,” Cooke said.”I have long been aware of as the established market leader in residential real estate disposition with a proven track record of innovation. I now look forward to applying my expertise at as the company continues to position itself for acceleration and growth.”____________________________________________________________Philadelphia-based Radian Group Inc has acquired Independent Settlement Services, a national appraisal, and title management company. The company said that this acquisition is consistent with its growth and diversification strategy, and its focus on the core product offerings of its Title, Mortgage, and Real Estate Services businesses.Independent Settlement Services provides real estate information and valuation solutions in all 50 states and offers proprietary disruptive technology through its Vendor Information Bridge (VIBe), a web-based, fully-integrated, real-time vendor management and settlement services technology system. VIBe provides lenders, appraisers, servicing firms, due diligence firms, and appraisal-management companies with a fully-automated platform to manage the ordering and delivery of products and services.____________________________________________________________Padgett Law Group (PLG), a Legal League 100member firm and a leading regional default services law firm serving the southeastern United States, is celebrating 25 years of service. PLG currently operates in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas.“When I founded this firm 25 years ago, my vision was for a dynamic, responsive legal practice that despite successwould never lose sight of our boutique, hands-on beginnings. That, and our focus on people, has remained a hallmark of PLG throughout the years and I’m thrilled that this milestone comes on the heels of our expansion into the Texas market,” said CEO Timothy D. Padgett.____________________________________________________________IPsoft announced the general availability of 1Bank™, its first conversational banking solution, powered by an advanced AI in the market, Amelia. With Amelia, customers can engage with their financial institutions through a next-generational Natural Language Interface (NLI) either by voice or chat.Through 1Bank, Amelia helps resolve complex customer questions using comprehensive dialogue. For example: “How much can I afford to pay for a new home?” Instead of providing a simple answer, Amelia will follow up with important questions, such as: “What is your annual salary?” or “How much of a down-payment would you like to make?”center_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Industry Pulse: Updates on, Radian, and More … Previous: Breaking Away From the Negative Equity Trap Next: ALTA Announces New Elite Provider Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Industry Pulse: Updates on, Radian, and More …last_img read more

Response To Retired Educator Carolyn Bennett’s Letter To CCO Editor By Anne Ennis

first_imgDr. Smith ended his part of the Sept. 18 meeting, by saying self-teaching and self-regulation “allow all students to develop to their maximum potential.” I would like more information. I would like to see a well functioning self-regulating, self-teaching, group work classroom with a first or second year teacher in a standard middle school classroom. I hope to get it after the election, no matter the result. “LSI was brought in (by EVSC) to help shift in approach to educating students,” Dr. Smith said. After the LSI contract ends, with training being provided to teachers through work-day professional development sessions, “we will be able to continue on without LSI and Mass Insight. We can continue and succeed. This is often not the case” after a contracted consultant company departs, said Dr. Smith. Smith continued, “LSI brings content and delivery improvement. LSI is a perfect fit for SEL (social emotional learning model used throughout EVSC). Students have responsibility to work in groups. … We know that success with executive function skills is the most significant indicator of a student’s future success.” Executive functio includes staying on task, critical thinking, listening, collaboration and delegation. Many are concerned about the Learning Sciences International (LSI) group contracted by EVSC to show our teachers how to help students self-teach. How Are Students Learning and Who Is Leading the Lesson?by Ann M Ennis In substitute teaching this fall for teachers using the self-instruction method, and in this particular week for teachers who were pulled from class for 2 days of training in the LSI method, I am concerned about the ideal versus reality of students self-teaching and self-regulating. Introducing this method at Kindergarten and taking it through to 12th grade — perhaps. But introducing this concept with 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders does not seem to lead to learning. As explained in the September 10 School Board Meeting by Dr. Smith, “LSI was a seminal point in shift to make sure that each student is responsible for his learning. We are going away from the lecture model …. The way every person in this room was taught was with teacher at front of room lecturing and we as students accepting and taking-in the information from the teacher.” … FOOTNOTE: This letter is posted by the CCO without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

The Road To Rooster Walk: Anders Osborne Talks Songwriting

first_img“All of a sudden there’s a song – there in your hotel room playing your guitar – and you write it, and two or three years later it will come true. It keeps you on your toes.”These words, spoken by Townes Van Zandt, support a popular notion of the songwriter in American popular culture: A rambling man, on the road with a band, playing venues both squalid and splendid, creating songs from thin air with little more than a beat up guitar, bottle of booze and hotel notepad.And there’s no doubt that countless great tunes have been written in such a manner. But there’s another question worth asking: In 2017, are most songs written that way?To find out, we spoke with six songwriters who will be at the ninth annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28) in Martinsville, Va. These six artists: Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass), Anders Osborne, Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange), Lyle Divinksy (The Motet), Marcus King, and Wood Robinson (Mipso) bring different backgrounds, hometowns, experience levels and genres to the craft of songwriting.Perhaps unsurprisingly, they write songs in different manners.Read on to catch a glimpse into the daily songwriting process of Anders Osborne. Then, catch his nighttime set at Rooster Walk 9 in Martinsville, VA.Editor’s Note: This is the fourth story in a six-part “Road to Rooster Walk” series about the craft and process of songwriting. Previous installments featured The Motet, Greensky Bluegrass, and Marcus King.Called “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene” by Guitar Player magazine, Anders Osborne has released 15 albums since arriving in New Orleans in the mid-80s. His songs have been recorded by artists ranging from Keb’ Mo to Tim McGraw.Despite touring roughly nine months a year, Osborne is an ardent proponent of daily writing as habit.“You’ve got to be grabbing at the stuff every single day, or I do. I have to grab at it every day, because I think the way I look at it is that inspiration and the muse is always dancing. And ideas are always out there. And if you miss it on a Thursday in February, I don’t think it shows up again, you know, in August. I think you missed the opportunity to write that song,” he said.Due to his heavy tour schedule, Osborne often writes from the back lounge of his tour bus, and he typically begins with a guitar in hand – rather than a pen or keyboard.“I try to find something (on the guitar) that gets me inspired or that emphasizes the mood I’m in emotionally. And then if I find something that works – maybe a couple lines come out, or an idea of the lyrics – usually I work off that. And then another thing I do is I try to have several songs going at the same time, so I keep ‘em fresh. Sometimes I’ll have different sheets of paper in a circle around the room where I usually write. And then I kind of rotate, going from one to the other, keeping it fresh, and that way I don’t get stuck too much.”Though he knows what it’s like to catch lightning in a bottle and write fully-realized songs in one sitting – he wrote hit song, “Marmalade,” from the 2013 album “Three Free Amigos,” in roughly 2 minutes’ time – the songwriting process often takes several days or weeks. He likes to use the voice recording app on his smartphone to record a song idea when it hits him. Then, he develops, tweaks and refines it over the coming hours or days until it’s nearly finished. Only then will he record it a second time.“About 4 or 5 years ago I started to put down the initial musical idea. So let’s say there’s a progression or a melody that comes out, I put that on the phone, like on the little demo voice recorder, and what I try to do is to not keep recording it as I write it,” he explained. “That way I can always go back to what it was I liked the very, very first time I had the idea. And what that helps me with, and this is something I’ve been doing pretty consistently, it helps me not forget or change the original inspiration, if that makes any sense.”Osborne tries to complete at least one new song per week. And while “Marmalade” may be the quickest one he’s written, “Can You Still Hear Me?” from the 2016 album “Space Dust and Ocean Views,” might be the longest.“That (song) started probably a few months after my mother died. I started to write some stuff and then I couldn’t finish that. And that was 2001, and then I finished it in 2015, so that took 14 years,” he said. “… I forgot about it, and then my old saxophone player (Tim Green) died, and then it all sort of made sense and it came back.”Songwriters who influence Anders: Townes Van Zandt. Stephen Stills, Neal Young, Cat Stevens, Black Sabbath (“I don’t know who wrote those but there’s a lot of sort of riffy, rock stuff that I get from that.”). The melodic compositions of Cannonball Adderley, John Coletrane and Miles Davis.Song: MarmaladeNext Week on the Road to Rooster Walk: Mandolin Orange[Photo by J. Mimna Photography]last_img read more