Star hails new venue for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

first_img“For me the Paralympic Games start now”. These were the words of Maciel Santos, a boccia gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, during the inauguration of the venue that will host his sport at Rio 2016. Carioca Arena 2, which will also stage judo and wrestling during the Olympic Games, was unveiled on Saturday (14 May) in Barra Olympic Park.Santos, who won gold in the individual BC2 category in London, and will compete at the new arena in September, has already started to envisage stepping out in front of a home crowd. “You see yourself, the court, the crowd, your relatives, the Brazilian fans. It will be like how we saw in London. I hope the Brazilian public really gets behind this Paralympic sport.”Olympic champion Sarah Menezes was also excited by the opening of the new arena. “To see everything ready like this is even more motivation. It’s a sign that it’s nearly here, it’s close,” said the gold medallist in the -48kg class at London 2012. “It’s good to know that everything is on track, that the structural things are being sorted.”The keys to the new venue were handed over from Rio mayor Eduardo Paes to Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman. Also present was Christope Dubi, the International Olympic Committee’s sports director, and Brazil’s new sports minister Leonardo Picciani, on his first official engagement. Dubi was full of praise for the new venue, saying: “When you see an arena like this, everyone (involved) should be proud and I hope they are.”After the Games, Carioca Arena 2 will become a training facility for weightlifting, wrestling, badminton, fencing, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline gymnastics and table tennis. It will comprise part of the Olympic Training Centre, the main sporting legacy of the Rio 2016 Games.last_img read more

Ambassador Sulunteh Identifies with Victims in Bong

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States, Canada and Mexico, Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, has donated 300 bags of 25kg rice to be distributed among Ebola-affected families and quarantined households in Bong County.Taylor-Town in Yellequlleh District and Barleketela in Salala District which were obstructed by the leadership of Bong County almost two weeks ago to control the spread of the deadly virus, received the bulk of the donation with one hundred bags of rice going to each of the affected districts.The Friends of Sulunteh leader in Bong County, John O. Flomo, asked representatives of the towns to convey Ambassador Sulunteh’s heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost loved ones to the disease.He said, though Amb. Sulunteh was far away and could not meet with the people on the ground, he however could hear their loud cry for support during this very difficult time.“Ambassador Sulunteh would have loved to be in Taylor-Town and speak directly to his people, but it is not possible now,”Mr.  Flomo said.He disclosed that since the outbreak of the virus in Liberia, Amb. Sulunteh has been looking critically at areas where he could intervene adding that the plight of Ebola affected families is one of those situations which almost moved him to tears.He said that recent media reports which brought to light the sufferings of Ebola suspects in some parts of the county  who went without food supplies for days and who are rationed four-cups of rice to each household a day when it is available regardless of their number, was key to his decision to get involved and assist.Mr. Flomo expressed the hope that the Ambassador’s intervention will draw the attention of the international community to the plight of those Ebola affected families and quarantined households in the county. He noted that people in quarantined homes left to starve will have serious implications for the Ebola fight. Flomo called on the international community, particularly WFP to focus on the feeding of Ebola affected persons and quarantined households.He pleaded with chiefs in the district and the county task force to urge the people of Taylor-Town and Barleketela to not only take maximum care to prevent infection, but to move vigorously to eradicate the Ebola virus entirely from their various communities.The disease, he lamented, has disrupted normal economic and social activities throughout the country and called on all Liberians to adhere to the Ebola key prevention messages to save lives and maintain the dignity of our country.Flomo, on behalf of the Liberian Ambassador, expressed the hope that the remaining one hundred bags of rice will go to Ebola affected families and quarantined households in other affected districts like Jorquelleh, Sanoyea, Salala and Fuamah maintaining that Sulunteh was also considering support to other vulnerable groups in the near future.Responding, the Town Chief of Taylor-Town, Peter Flomo, registered on behalf of the people of the area his profound thanks and appreciation for the timely intervention of Ambassador Sulunteh which he said would go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people.He said the people of the area are not surprised at such intervention, noting that Sulunteh has always come to the rescue of the suffering people not only in Bong but Liberians generally.He assured Sulunteh that the people of Taylor-Town deeply appreciate the gesture which he said is coming at a time when it is needed the most and assured him that the donation will be used for the intended purpose.Yellequlleh District Commissioner Annie Reeves also expressed thanks and appreciation, saying that the people of the district consider Ambassador Sulunteh as one of their sons. Similar sentiments were expressed by Salala District Commissioner Karmon Kanneh.The donation is Amb. Sulunteh’s second intervention since the Ebola outbreak in March.It can be recalled that in September Amb. Sulunteh provided over three hundred bags of rice, an undisclosed amount of United States Dollars worth of disinfectants and cash donation to community residents and various taskforces in Bong, Margibi and Monsterrado Counties.last_img read more


first_imgMininster Joe McHugh sees a gap in the market for Donegal’s emerging creative sector. Pic by Donegal Daily.The launch of Donegal’s Creative Strategy is a great first step towards establishing the right conditions for creative entrepreneurship in Donegal, according to the Head of Enterprise at Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Michael Tunney.Speaking at the launch of the strategy in the Regional Cultural Centre, Mr. Tunney said that the launch of the document marked the end of a consultation process that had begun last August.“While the plan is not written in stone, it is a plan that we are formally launching today and the real process will begin now, the journey of implementing the plan.” He suggested that while the document has a ten-year horizon, it is very much geared towards the first two years.Pictured at the launch of the Donegal Creative Strategy at the Regional Cultural centre, Letterkenny on Monday were from left: Ursula Donnelly, Donegal Local Enterprise Office; Michael Heaney, Donegal County Council; Minister Joe McHugh who officially launched the plan; Seamus Neely, CEO of Donegal County Council; Eve-Anne Cullinan, MCO Projects and Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise Donegal Local Enterprise Office.“I think the strategy, in particular the larger document, outlines the importance of the bigger ecosystem that creatives operate in and that is an ecosystem that needs to be supported on an ongoing basis.I am delighted that the people within the various sections in Donegal County Council who do support and have supported the arts, the creatives and heritage, were all part of the process and engaged with us. The hope is that now, together with the businesses in the sector, we can make the plan happen.”The Chief Executive Officer of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely, told the large gathering in attendance for the launch, that the document presents an opportunity to create something of real value for the county. “What we have here is a confluence of a great set of opportunities. A fabulous wealth of raw talent at local and regional level, very strong abilities in the whole creative industries side and then an infrastructure at state, semi-state and even the private sector as well, that helps people realise the potential from that.This isn’t a strategy where we are starting from a standing stop. We have a lot of work done in terms of understanding where the areas of potential are. I believe we are only skimming the surface. It’s going to be an exciting time ahead.”Eve Anne Cullinan of MCO Projects who facilitated the consultation process, outlined the key elements of the plan before it was formally launched by Minister Joe McHugh.He reassured the audience on the government’s commitment to a massively improved broadband network and stressed the need for continued support for – not just newer creative industries like videography and gaming, but also the traditional creative industries as well.Meanwhile Donegal’s Mayor, John Campbell, insisted that the plan demonstrated the common sense of purpose the council shares as a public body. “I think we will play a key role in encouraging creative entrepreneurship and providing the right platforms. It does a great job of identifying and hopefully now providing the right supports to those involved in the creative sector.”EndsCaptionPictured at the launch of the Donegal Creative Strategy at the Regional Cultural centre, Letterkenny on Monday were from left: Ursula Donnelly, Donegal Local Enterprise Office; Michael Heaney, Donegal County Council; Minister Joe McHugh who officially launched the plan; Seamus Neely, CEO of Donegal County Council; Eve-Anne Cullinan, MCO Projects and Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise Donegal Local Enterprise Office. NEW PLAN POINTS TO EXCITING TIMES FOR DONEGAL’S CREATIVE SECTOR was last modified: May 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ellie Mae Offers New Encompass Digital Mortgage Solution

first_img Ellie Mae Encompass Lending Platform Housing Market Mortgage Industry 2018-10-29 Staff Writer in Featured, Headlines, Technology October 29, 2018 813 Views Sharecenter_img Ellie Mae, the leading cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, announced that it has launched a new major release of its Encompass digital mortgage solution. The latest release, 18.4, is designed to assist lenders originate more loans, lower origination costs, and shorten the time to close with compliance, efficiency, and quality.“Ellie Mae is offering a complete digital mortgage solution to help our customers succeed in today’s competitive marketplace,” said Jonathan Corr, President and CEO of Ellie Mae. “With this new release, we’re offering innovation, enhancements, and support so our lenders can grow their businesses with HELOCs, operate more efficiently using Encompass Dynamic Data Management, provide a more streamlined mortgage process with centralized service ordering, and achieve complete compliance.”The enhancements include the first phase of a comprehensive solution expansion to streamline the application and underwriting of home equity line of credit (HELOC) loans. To support the unique investor requirements for calculating HELOC payments, both initial and qualifying, the new release of Encompass includes configuration options for both situations, including support to calculate interest-only and amortizing payments on the basis of a selected rate, a fraction of principal balance, or a percentage of principal balance.Mortgage Insurance (MI) Service for Ellie Mae’s Total Quality Loan (TQL) leverages secure, single sign-on and services to automate processes while also applying checks throughout the mortgage lifecycle to reduce resource costs. Enhanced integrations between this platform and Arch MI, MGIC, and Radian are designed to provide a more streamlined MI-ordering process. Encompass MI Service aims to automate orders for customers and provide side-by-side rate quote comparisons with an automated allocation model. The new service also offers faster processing, increased visibility into order history, and the ability to monitor key data changes.To increase productivity and enhance accuracy, Ellie Mae is also releasing a new scenarios-based rule engine for Encompass designed to automate data entry across any form used during the origination process. The new engine is called Encompass Dynamic Data Management.“Encompass Dynamic Data Management is an amazing new feature that provides Encompass Administrators an incredibly powerful set of tools for automating data input in Encompass,” said Adam Ard, Implementation and Development Lead, New American Funding.  “We are extremely excited for the release of Encompass Dynamic Data Management functionality because of the dramatic improvements it provides in flexibility, maintainability, visibility, and control of systematic data automation.” Ellie Mae Offers New Encompass Digital Mortgage Solutionlast_img read more