Some Hoosier Fraud Victims Reimbursed

first_imgSome Hoosiers that fell victim to a foreclosure-rescue fraud started receiving payments from the state’s Consumer Protection Assistance Fund (CPAF).The Indiana Attorney General’s Office, who administers the fund, said consumers’ losses ranged from $595 to $3,500 and totaled more than $40,880. Affected consumers will receive more than $32,940 in total payments with each person receiving an amount equal to their loss.“The Consumer Protection Assistance Fund provides relief for consumers who are victims of fraud and assist my office in bringing legal actions against those that prey on consumers,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said. “Thanks to state lawmakers’ efforts in creating the fund, it continues to give victims who are facing difficult times the means to recover some or all of their losses.”Foreclosure-rescue fraud targets homeowners who are late on their mortgage payments or are already in foreclosure. Foreclosure consultants charge customers exorbitant upfront fees in exchange for assistance in reducing monthly payments or stopping foreclosure. Most often, desperate homeowners pay the fees and don’t receive the promised services or a refund.Zoeller said default judgments against these types of companies do not often result in the victims receiving any payments for their financial losses. In order to help those who reported these types of violators to the state, the 2011 Indiana General Assembly passed legislation creating the CPAF. The funds originate from monies recovered from companies sued by the attorney general for violating consumer protection laws.In 2013, the attorney general’s office filed 41 lawsuits against foreclosure consultants. Zoeller said homeowners who are facing foreclosure should contact the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network at 1-877-GET-HOPE.last_img read more

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Hard work the key to ‘human’ Ronaldo’s record feats

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Most worryingly for Simeone, this was not the same hard luck story.Atletico were well beaten, failing to even register a single shot on target.“A disappointing Atletico didn’t wake up from their nightmare of the past few years,” concluded Marca.Atletico do have one final, unlikely shot at redemption in next Wednesday’s second leg (May 10).Despite their disappointment and despair, a special atmosphere is assured as it will be their final European game after 50 years at the Vicente Calderon.“It seems impossible, but it is football and football has these unexpected things that make it marvellous,” said Simeone.“Until the last drip of hope is gone, we will give it everything we have.“Being Atletico Madrid we might just be capable of it.”It is more likely being Atletico will mean missing out to Real once more.Anything but a miracle will leave Atletico headed for what could be a turbulent summer on and off the field.Doubts remain over whether their new 67,000 Wanda Metropolitano stadium will be ready in time for the start of next season as planned.As things stand, Simeone can’t strengthen his squad due to one-year transfer ban.And they risk losing their prized asset with a host of clubs, including Real and Manchester United willing to meet Antoine Griezmann’s 100 million euro ($109 million) buyout clause.Not that Ronaldo or Real will care. Their quest for history looks set for a Cardiff final on June 3 where they could become the first side to retain the trophy in the Champions League era.“We have a small advantage, we are a step away from Cardiff and hopefully we can finish it off,” added Ronaldo. Madrid, Spain | AFP |  Cristiano Ronaldo is human after all, or so he claims, despite sealing another “special” Champions League night with a hat-trick to put Real Madrid on the verge of the final once more.Ronaldo’s treble sealed a commanding 3-0 semi-final, first leg lead over Atletico Madrid and extended his advantage as the top scorer of all-time between the two sides with 21 in Madrid derbies.“With a combination of dedication and hard work, things come naturally,” said Ronaldo on Wednesday.“I am happy, lucky and human.”Ronaldo’s second hat-trick of the season against Atletico took his tally a stunning eight Champions League goals in his last three outings having hit five as Real saw off Bayern Munich 6-3 in the quarter-finals.“It was a game full of emotions. The team was phenomenal and to score three goals made it a special night,” he added.The front pages of Madrid sports dailies Marca and AS agreed.“A colossal Cristiano KOs Atletico with three goals,” said Marca.“Real Madrid played great, but it was he who applied the finishing touch three times over,” read AS’ editorial.Contrary to previous years, Ronaldo, 32, is in the best form of the campaign at the business end of the season having been consistently rested against weaker opposition by coach Zinedine Zidane to reserve his best for the big occasion.“I don’t know whether it’s all down to him being rested,” said Zidane.“Goalscoring is something he has over others, that is what makes him unique.”– European pedigree –Ronaldo has now scored three more Champions League goals than Atletico have in their history with 103.That stat sums up the difference in European pedigree between Madrid’s two major clubs.For all the great work done to revive a sleeping giant in Atletico by Diego Simeone over the past five-and-a-half years, ending their hex against Real in the Champions League continues to allude them.The past three seasons have seen Atletico fall by the narrowest of margins due to late goals and via a penalty shootout in last year’s final.last_img read more

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Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week — Carsen Willans

first_imgDespite being small in stature, Carsen Willans, all 5’8” of him, plays the game with no fear, speeding around the NDCC ice like a very explosive heat-seeking missile.Whether the opponent is big or small, Willans has a way of going into the corner without the puck and coming out with the piece of rubber and has been a key cog in the Leafs 10-0-1-1 start, tops in the hotly contested Neil Murdoch Division.Willans and the rest of the Leafs take to the road for a three-game swing through the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.The Heritage City native is the feature in this week’s edition of the Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week.Carsen WillansAge: 19Birth place: NelsonHeight: 5’8”Weight: 168 poundsYears in Hockey: 14 yrsHometown: NelsonFavorite NHL Player: Patrick KaneFavorite NHL Team: Toronto Maple LeafsFavorite Music: CountryPre-Game Meal: Chicken Stir Fry  Biggest accomplishment in hockey: B.C. Bantam Rep champions 2009Job: Student, attends Selkirk College, First-year engineeringNickname: CarsOther interests: Fishing, Wakeboarding, and hanging out with my friendsTwitter or Facebook: TwitterThe Nelson Daily: What are your strengths as a player?Carsen Willans: Speed is my number one asset at my size you need to be able to get out of trouble quicker than you get in it. I like to work the corners.TND: What are your team goals this season?C.W.: This is good team and we would like to qualify for the Cyclone Taylor rather than just get in as the host. Once the tournament starts we would like to be playing our best hockey and hopefully win the cup on home ice. TND: What are your individual goals this season and beyond?C.W.: I would like to contribute at both ends of the ice and help the Leafs realize their team goals.TND: You’re 5’8” . . . small by hockey scouts. What do you do to overcome this size disadvantage playing against bigger players?C.W.: Again my speed comes in handy I am able to get in and make a play before the big guys arrive. I also have a low centre of gravity which makes it difficult for bigger players to knock me off the puck.TND: You’re Nelson Minor Hockey grad. Have you always wanted to play for the Leafs?C.W.: Yes TND: You spell your first name with an “e” instead of “o”. How many times do you think you’ve had to correct people spelling your name?C.W.: I accept it both ways now.TND: Where do you hope to be next year? 5 years? 10 years?C.W.: In five years I would like to be graduating from a major university with an engineering degree. I am hopeful that in ten years I will be trying to figure out where to take my next vacation and wondering who my line mates will be at Lenny Ice.last_img read more

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Klopp doesn’t want Chelsea job

first_imgBorussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp says he would not be interested in taking over as Chelsea manager.Klopp has been touted as a strong contender for the Stamford Bridge hotseat along with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.But he told Sky: “I can turn them down straight away. I will not be moving there.“I do think it is cool that I am being named in the same breath as Mourinho and Guardiola.“That is enough for me – that is already a personal triumph. But I am not available, sorry.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Fishing the North Coast: Calm seas provide plenty of offshore options

first_imgRockfish, Pacific halibut, tuna, and even salmon. It’s been an arduous wait, but we finally have a variety of offshore options to choose from along the North Coast — and a pretty nice ocean to boot. The Pacific halibut season opened back up on Tuesday, but the ocean and the halibut weren’t fully cooperating for the Eureka boats. They were reportedly biting pretty good in Trinidad, however. After being stuck inside the bay or not fishing, boats finally made their way easily to the Cape, where …last_img

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San Jose station owner donates priceless baseball to Giants

first_imgA priceless piece of baseball memorabilia has found a home at the San Francisco Giants’ Oracle Park thanks to Empire Broadcasting Co. owner Bob Kieve. It’s a baseball signed by 15 players, nine of them Hall of Famers including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott and Honus Wagner.And Kieve didn’t just pick up this trophy at an autograph show. He worked hard to get each one of those autographs when he was a 12-year-old boy growing up in New York in 1933 and 1934.Known in San Jose for his string of …last_img

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Politicians all silent as part of Touch Football Game

first_imgSenate Oval at Parliament House in Canberra was all silent this morning as the Nation’s Politicians had their turn at the Silent Sports Challenge, against a team of Deaf ACT and Deaf Sports Australia representatives in a game of Touch Football. All participants were required to wear ear plugs and were not permitted to talk, so as to replicate playing sport with a hearing impairment, this presented quite a challenge for all, particularly the more vocal members of the Australian Parliamentary Sports Group.  Member for Fisher, Mal Brough, spoke on the importance of experiencing opportunities like this to achieve a greater understanding of the various impediments of individuals who have a hearing impairments”.Chairman of the Australian Deafness Forum, David Brady, brought to attention the vast number of Australians who suffer from a hearing impairment, which currently stands at over 4 million.“Having a hearing impairment not only affects the individual but their family and friends, holding events like this helps to create a greater understanding of this serious issue, and bring to attention the opportunities available to those with a hearing impairment” “Some people are lucky, when dealing with their Hearing Impairment, but we want to ensure everyone has the same opportunities and services to assist in the future” Next week marks International Hearing Week, whilst early in January 2016, Adelaide will play host to the Australian Deaf Games, which will feature a variety of sports, including Touch Football, to be supported by Touch Football Australia. For more information on the Australian Deaf Games head to: http://www.deafsports.org.au/2016-australian-deaf-games Photos of the morning’s game will be available through TFA Social Media shortly. Related LinksSilent Sports Challengelast_img read more

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Liberals asked to make basic living costs more affordable in poverty plan

first_imgOTTAWA – The minister in charge of a federal plan to reduce poverty nationwide says he has heard clearly that Canadians want the Liberals to find a way to make it easier to cover the basic costs of living as part of a sweeping strategy to be released this year.Helping to cover the cost of the monthly rent, healthy food and transportation, among other necessities of every day life, was a key message from the more than 8,000 Canadians who gave their ideas on the plan.Their views were summarized in a report released Tuesday that provides an overview of findings from months of consultations.The Liberals have promised a poverty reduction strategy before the end of their four-year mandate and the “what we heard” report gives the broad strokes of what the Liberals are likely to include in the plan when it is finally released, including an emphasis on enacting measures to prevent people from falling into poverty.Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said helping lower-income Canadians have enough money to meet the range of basic needs is something the government is reviewing, suggesting that some measures may be further detailed in next week’s budget.What exactly those measures will be Duclos wouldn’t say during a Facebook live chat.What Duclos did say was that a key focus of the strategy would be on reducing income inequality to avoid a populist uprising linked to those who feel socially and economically excluded. Duclos said much of the language in the consultation report is aimed at preventing the rise of an us-versus-them mentality.“They will build walls as opposed to building bridges,” he said.“It will bring even greater exclusion because of perverse political processes. So we want to avoid that and so all of these measures have the impact of bringing people together, of making feel people feel more part of a community.”Duclos said the poverty reduction strategy would be released sometime in 2018.The most recent census figures found that in 2015, 4.8 million people lived below the poverty line as defined by Statistics Canada, including about 1.2 million children under 18.The Liberals have promised a poverty reduction strategy before the end of their mandate that would build on existing strategies on housing and homelessness, among others.Key to the plan will be measuring poverty, which can’t always be captured by a single figure, and then reporting publicly whether things have gotten better or worse. Some groups have disagreed with the numbers the Liberals publicly use, such as the impact of the Canada Child Benefit on child poverty rates, arguing they exaggerate the effects.The Liberals are also looking to build the federal strategy upon similar plans provinces and territories have in place.Provincial strategies have included investments in child care; dental, vision and prescription drug plans; increases to the minimum wage; and expanding affordable housing options. Each issue was highlighted in documents prepared by Duclos’s officials in late 2016, copies of which were obtained by The Canadian Press under the access-to-information law.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

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Ford recalls almost 14M cars steering wheel can come loose

first_imgDETROIT – Under pressure from U.S. regulators, Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million midsize cars in North America — including 62,479 in Canada — because the steering wheels can detach from the steering column and drivers could lose control.The recall covers certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2014 through 2018 model years.Ford says steering wheel bolts can loosen over time. The company says it knows of two crashes and one injury caused by the problem.Dealers will replace the bolts with longer ones that have more aggressive threads and a nylon patch to stop them from coming loose. Owners will be notified by mail the week of April 30, and parts are expected to be available by then.Just over 1.3 million cars in the U.S. are being recalled, with the rest in Canada and Mexico.The recall comes about five months after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into steering wheels falling off of Fusions from the 2014 through 2016 model years.The safety agency said in documents that it began the probe after receiving three complaints, including one from a driver from Georgia who reported that the steering wheel in a 2015 Fusion fell into their lap when turning into a gas station.Two other people reported that the bolt attaching the wheel to the steering column came loose while driving and had to be retightened at a repair shop. At the time the agency had no reports of crashes or injuries.Ford isn’t the only manufacturer to issue a recall for steering wheels coming off. In February, Hyundai recalled 43,900 vehicles which were at risk of the steering wheel breaking away from the steering column. That recall affected the 2018 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport SUVs.last_img read more

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