first_imgThe following statement is being issued today by Vermont Attorney General William H Sorrell and the Mortgage Foreclosure Multistate Group:”It has recently come to light that a number of mortgage loan servicers havesubmitted affidavits or signed other documents in support of either ajudicial or non-judicial foreclosure that appear to have procedural defects.In particular, it appears affidavits and other documents have been signed bypersons who did not have personal knowledge of the facts asserted in thedocuments. In addition, it appears that many affidavits were signed outsideof the presence of a notary public, contrary to state law. This process ofsigning documents without confirming their accuracy has come to beknown as “robo-signing.” We believe such a process may constitute adeceptive act and/or an unfair practice or otherwise violate state laws.In order to handle this issue in the most efficient and consistent mannerpossible, the states have formed a bi-partisan multistate group to addressissues common to a large number of states. The group is comprised of bothstate Attorneys General and the state bank and mortgage regulators.”Currently 49 state Attorneys General have joined this coordinatedmultistate effort. State bank and mortgage regulators are participating bothindividually and through their Multistate Mortgage Committee, whichrepresents mortgage regulators from all 50 states. Through this process, thestates will attempt to speak with one voice to the greatest extent possible.”At the end of this statement is a list of the participating states.Our multistate group has begun inquiring whether or not individualmortgage servicers have improperly submitted affidavits or otherdocuments in support of foreclosures in our states. The facts uncovered inour review will dictate the scope of our inquiry.”The Executive Committeeis comprised of the following Attorneys General Offices: Arizona,California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, New York, NorthCarolina, Ohio, Texas, and Washington; and the following state bankingregulators: Maryland Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation,New York State Banking Department, and the Pennsylvania Department ofBanking.”Source: Vermont AG. 10.12.2010.Participating Attorneys GeneralAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaii Department of the Attorney General / Hawaii Office of Consumer ProtectionIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingParticipating State Bank and Mortgage RegulatorsArizona Department of Financial InstitutionsArkansas Securities DepartmentConnecticut Department of BankingD.C. Department of Insurance Securities and BankingFlorida Office of Financial RegulationIdaho Department of FinanceIllinois Secretary of Financial and Professional RegulationIndiana Department of Financial InstitutionsIowa Division of BankingKentucky Department of Financial InstitutionsLouisiana Office of Financial InstitutionsMaine Bureau of Consumer Credit ProtectionMaine Bureau of Financial InstitutionsMaryland Office of the Commissioner of Financial RegulationDivision of Banks, Commonwealth of MassachusettsMichigan Office of Financial & Insurance RegulationMinnesota Department of CommerceMississippi Department of Banking and Consumer FinanceMontana Division of Banking and Financial InstitutionsNebraska Department of Banking and FinanceNevada Financial Institutions Division and Mortgage Lending DivisionNew Hampshire Banking DepartmentNew Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance – Office of Consumer FinanceNew York State Banking DepartmentNorth Carolina Commissioner of BanksNorth Dakota Department of Financial InstitutionsOhio Division of Financial InstitutionsOregon Department of Consumer and Business Services – Division of Financeand Corporate SecuritiesPennsylvania Department of BankingRhode Island Department of Business Regulation – Division of BankingSouth Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs Tennessee Department ofFinancial Institutions Texas Department of BankingTexas Finance Commission and Consumer Credit Commissioner VermontDepartment of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health CareAdministrationWashington State Department of Financial InstitutionsWest Virginia Division of Banking WisconsinDepartment of Banking Wyoming Division of Bankinglast_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Twice as many drone sightings were reported to authorities on Long Island than previously thought, revealing local reports skyrocketed in a fivefold increase since last year, new Federal Aviation Administration data shows.A half dozen reports of drones last year on LI quintupled to 34 for the first eight months of this year, bringing to at least 40 the number of increasingly popular radio-controlled unmanned aircraft reported by pilots, air traffic controllers and citizens in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the past two years, the Press has found. The Press reported last month that at least 20 such cases in LI skies had been reported to the FAA and local police since 2013.“Because pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, the FAA wants to send a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal,” the FAA said last month in a statement when it released a list of 764 sighting reports from Nov. 13, 2014 to Aug. 20. “Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time.”The local increase in drone sighting reports suggests that LI is outpacing the estimated nearly threefold national increase in sightings of drones and other suspected unmanned aerial system (UAS) reported to the FAA since last year.The new data comes as Suffolk lawmakers recently passed drone regulations. Nassau lawmakers are discussing a similar proposal, as are the towns of Huntington and Hempstead, plus the Village of Saltaire on Fire Island, where statistics show a third of Suffolk’s drone sightings were reported on the barrier island south of LI. The FAA is also drafting national drone rules expected to be released next year.Four drone sightings were reported last year over Nassau while 13 were reported there Jan. 1 through Aug. 20 of this year, according to Nassau police and the FAA. In Suffolk, two drone sightings last year rose to 21 through last month, according to stats compiled by the Press from the FAA, Suffolk police, the Ocean Beach village police on FI and East Hampton Town Police. The other four East End town police departments either didn’t receive any drone reports, don’t track such incidents, or didn’t return calls for comment.RELATED STORY: Long Island Drone Sightings Rise as Regulations Debate Takes OffSome said the data needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The Academy of Model Aeronautics, an Indiana-based hobby aircraft group, released a report this week critical of the FAA’s data, arguing that the agency overstated the number of near misses that planes have had with drones, included drones that appear to have been flying within the permissible 400-foot altitude and also included non-drones sightings that may have been balloons, birds or other airborne items.“The FAA fueled inaccurate and sensational headlines claiming that all drone reports involve ‘close calls,’ which even a casual review of the FAA’s data shows is inaccurate,” AMA said Monday in its report, A Closer Look at the FAA’s Drone Data. “In the absence of any operator identification, and given the heightened interest in commercial applications, it is inappropriate to assume, or to report, that a drone was operated by a ‘hobbyist.’”Although none of the newly released drone sightings over LI indicate a close call, 16 were well above the 400-foot ceiling set by the FAA and four were within a five-mile radius of an airport, which is also a violation of federal rules. Two of those cases were both above the 400-foot limit and within three miles of an airport. But one was of a model airplane, not a drone.Nassau police had said last month that they received nine reports of drones between April 28, 2014 and Aug. 2 of this year, but the new FAA data indicated that the agency had been notified at least three additional times during that time span than the police statistics showed. They include a JetBlue pilot spotting a drone two miles southeast of John F. Kennedy International Airport on Nov. 19, 2014, another JetBlue pilot eyeing a drone five miles southeast of JFK on Jan. 30 and the pilot of a single-engine Cirrus SR22 reporting a drone passing 300 feet below the aircraft while flying at 2,000 feet three miles west of Republic Airport in East Farmingdale on May 23, records show.A Nassau police spokesman confirmed that they received those reports, but could not say why they were not included in their tally. He added that there have been no additional drone sightings reported since last month.In addition, the Press found three other reported sightings in the FAA data that appear to have occurred over Nassau but Nassau police don’t appear to have been notified. They include a JetBlue pilot spotting a UAS at 1,800 feet, three miles southeast of JFK at 11:40 a.m. June 29, a helicopter pilot seeing a white drone 100 feet above the aircraft while flying at 500 feet eastbound along the South Shore three miles south of JFK at 12:40 a.m. Aug. 5, and another JetBlue pilot encountering a drone between 500 and 800 feet while flying eastbound along the beach after departing from JFK at 5:20 p.m. Aug. 7, records show.Suffolk police have said they don’t keep drone sighting stats, but the Press independently found four incidents this summer between June 30 and Aug. 27, all on Fire Island, two of which were over U.S. Coast Guard Station Fire Island at Robert Moses State Park. The FAA data shows Suffolk police were notified of drone sightings 10 times between Feb. 22 and Aug. 19 of this year.Suffolk police didn’t appear to be notified of an 11th sighting listed in the FAA data in which a citizen reported a dark-color, four-propeller UAS flying at 400 feet near Sunrise Highway about two miles southwest of Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma shortly after 7 p.m. July 24.The 10 drone sightings in which the FAA said Suffolk police were notified include: Feb. 22, 2015: Pilots for different jetliners reported a UAS—one at 8,000 feet, the other at 6,000 feet—five miles south of MacArthur Airport shortly before 4 p.m.Feb. 24, 2015: A single-engine Piper PA46 pilot reported a black-and-silver drone hovering at 5,000 feet five miles north of the Calverton Executive Airpark at 9:35 a.m.Feb. 25, 2015: A single-engine Piper PA28 pilot reported UAS at 600 feet two miles south of MacArthur Airport 1:58 p.m.April 21, 2015: A JFK-bound Delta jetliner pilot reported a cylindrical gray-and-white, 3-foot-wide UAS with a hole in the middle that passed “a wingspan away” from the left side of the jet at 10,000 feet in the vicinity of Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach at 11:30 p.m.May 24, 2015: A JFK-bound Delta jetliner pilot reported a drone at 7,000 feet eight miles southwest of MacArthur Airport at 2:15 p.m.June 10, 2015: A JFK-bound Delta jetliner pilot reported spotting a white, four-engine drone flying at 1,800 feet over Robert Moses State Park on Fire Island at 2:57 p.m.June 26, 2015: An experimental aircraft pilot reported spotting a dark-colored quadcopter UAS come within 500 feet of the aircraft while flying at 3,000 feet 20 miles southeast of JFK at 8 p.m.July 4, 2015: A Delta jetliner pilot reported spotting a yellow UAS fly 500 feet below the aircraft while flying at 4,000 feet about 23 miles east of JFK at 10:55 a.m.Aug. 5, 2015: A single-engine Piper PA28 pilot reported a remote-controlled model airplane with a 5-foot wingspan flying at 1,500 feet one mile south of Republic Airport at 8:25 p.m.Aug. 9, 2015: A single-engine Cessna pilot reported spotting a UAS flying at 2,500 feet five miles southwest of East Hampton Airport at 4:40 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgThink about it …Alabama and LSU are both candidates to get in the Playoff, regardless of what happens Saturday. But the Tigers should be a little more wary of the short history of the rankings. Alabama has opened in the top four of the rankings in every season except 2014 — when they were knocked out in the Sugar Bowl by Ohio State.LSU, meanwhile, opened in the top four in the first time. A look at the other SEC schools that were in that spot in the first poll reveals a tough trend:YearTeamWL2014Auburn852014Ole Miss942014Mississippi State1032016Texas A&M852017Georgia1322018Georgia113Those schools finished a combined 59-22 — an average of almost four losses per team. That is one trend LSU will hope to buck in the final month of the season. MORE: Will Tagovailoa play vs. LSU?That is one of three games between ranked teams. No. 5 Penn State travels to No. 13 Minnesota in a battle of Big Ten unbeatens (noon, ABC), and No. 18 Iowa travels to No. 16 Wisconsin (4 p.m., FOX).Every week, Sporting News will survey the landscape looking for Heisman contenders, coaches on the spot, upset alerts and other trends. With that in mind, get ready for Week 11:Heisman watchLet’s hope that Tagovailoa matchup materializes, which would add the Heisman layer to the Alabama-LSU matchup. Keep in mind that the quarterbacks who have finished No. 1 and No. 2 in the Heisman voting have met twice this century in the regular season.Tagovailoa (2,166 yards, 27 touchdowns, two interceptions) ranks second in the FBS in passer rating at 212.4, one spot ahead of Burrow (2,805 yards, 30 touchdowns, four interceptions) at 204.5. This one should to be a high-scoring affair like those other regular-season shootouts.In 2008, Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford (28 of 39, 387 yards, five touchdowns, two interceptions) and Texas’ Colt McCoy (28 of 35, 277 yards, touchdown) put on a show in the Longhorns’ 45-35 victory. In 2016, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson (20 of 31, 306 yards, five touchdowns, three interceptions) and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson (27 of 44, 295 yards, touchdown, interception) did the same in the Tigers’ 42-36 victory. In both cases, the Heisman winner was on the losing team while the losing quarterback played for a national championship.Makes sense, right?Coach on the spotThis is LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s big moment on the big stage, and he could solidify Coach of the Year candidacy with a victory against the Crimson Tide.Orgeron has a chance to deliver LSU’s first victory against Alabama since the No. 1-vs.-No. 2 showdown in 2011. That was the last time Les Miles beat Alabama and part of a stretch from 2011-13 where he was 1-3 against the Crimson Tide and 32-4 against everybody else.So far, Orgeron is 0-3 against Alabama and 30-6 against everybody else.Upset alertBaylor is putting its undefeated record on the line against TCU this weekend, and the Bears have not won this game since the legendary 61-58 shootout in 2014 that ended up keeping both teams out of the College Football Playoff.TCU coach Gary Patterson offered a small jab this week, too.Gary Patterson on the TCU-Baylor rivalry: “You go all the way back to the SWC ties … It was heated back in 2014-2015 and it’s calmed down, but think it will pick back up. I haven’t been getting as much Twitter rebuttal as I was a few years ago.”— Dean Straka (@DWStraka49) November 5, 2019The Horned Frogs are 3-1 at home — the lone loss a 41-38 shootout with SMU on Sept. 21. TCU averages 41.3 points per game at home. Baylor better be careful here.WEEK 11 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadOver/underMinnesota can take control of the Big Ten West with a home upset of Penn State on Saturday under third-year coach P.J. Fleck. The Gophers have a two-game lead on Wisconsin and Iowa — and the loser of that game will be all-but eliminated from the division race with three weeks left in the regular season.The Gophers beat Wisconsin 37-15 last season, too. Minnesota will play three ranked teams in the final four weeks and could potentially face Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. Keep in mind Iowa went undefeated in the regular season in 2015 and Wisconsin followed in 2017. Is this Minnesota’s turnRemember, a 13-0 Big Ten champion is 100 percent getting in the Playoff. Week 11 of the college football season features the biggest matchup of the regular season — and a lot more.No. 1 LSU travels to No. 2 Alabama in a regular-season “Game of the Century” at Bryant-Denny Stadium. That game between the Tigers and Crimson Tide features SEC West and College Football Playoff implications, and the duel between quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa — if he plays — could decide the Heisman Trophy.last_img read more


first_imgTHE traditional Easter Saturday Ballyliffin 10-mile challenge was another huge success.Joe Boland from NorthWestNewsPix was there for Donegal Daily.Here’s some of his snaps: PICTURE SPECIAL: THE SPECTACULAR BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE was last modified: March 27th, 2016 by John2Share 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) Tags:Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge 2106Joe Bolandpicture speciallast_img read more