CFPB plows ahead with public consumer complaint database

first_imgIndustry vows to halt publishing unverified, anonymous gripes.by: Trey GarrisonDespite numerous objections from the mortgage finance industry and some basic reasoning that publishing unvetted, anonymous complaints on a government website could be problematic, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is moving ahead with its plan for opening its consumer complaint database to the public.When consumers submit a complaint to the CFPB, they now have the option to share their version of the interaction on the CFPB’s public-facing Consumer Complaint Database.Businesses complained about will have little recourse to respond to or deny the complaints, and could face sanctions for violating financial privacy if they post consumer-specific evidence that is contrary to the claim.Under the proposed plan, the CFPB employs no mechanism to verify the complaints, beyond that there was an interaction between the complaining party and the company named. This action marks the second time in recent memory the regulatory agency has moved ahead on an initiative despite industry concerns. It has kept its mortgage tracker tool up despite numerous problems cited by the industry. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What do #CommunityLIVE, IT and Coulrophobia have in common?

first_imgI’m sure we all know someone who has it. Maybe you yourself suffer from it. Informal studies estimate that nearly 12 percent of the population is afflicted. So, then, what is coulrophobia and what on Earth does it have to do with CommunityLIVE?Coulrophobia is defined as the abnormal and irrational fear of clowns. And with this weekend’s motion picture release of IT, an updated version based on the famous Stephen King novel featuring the terrifying Pennywise the Dancing Clown, you’re bound to experience—or at least hear more about—coulrophobia.Now that I’ve conjured up creepy images of clowns and nearly ruined your day (or night), let me explain my long, roundabout way of comparing this to CommunityLIVE. In my spare time, I freelance write for a horror movie review site called scaretissue.com.Moreover, I had the privilege of catching the first showing of IT last night in order to write my review. Afterward, it had me thinking about updated versions of things and evolving stories to adapt to current times. This version of IT is not the first. Nor will it likely be the last. With each version, the audience craves more and, if done well, gets more.Were they not able to give the audience what it craves, then the story would no longer be viable – it would wash away in the storm drain and not float down there. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Roos Weers comes back from injury scare to help lead No. 1 Syracuse to 4-2 win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 18, 2015 at 7:23 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Roos Weers, Syracuse’s leading goal-scorer, was lying on her left side at the top of the circle. She’d fallen after running into a stick and hadn’t moved for almost a minute. As the trainer came out to assist Weers, she grabbed her left knee and tried to extend it.“I twisted it and it felt really bad,” Weers said. “…I was a little bit afraid.”It was the same knee which Weers said she had surgery on two-and-a-half years ago.Just under a minute into the second half, Weers limped back to the bench, gingerly using her knee on the way.Weers wouldn’t return for nearly 10 minutes as she went through tests on the sideline. When she did come back in, with the Orange trailing 1-0 and the team’s perfect season in jeopardy, she didn’t waste time. Within minutes of re-entering, Weers had assisted on the game-tying goal and scored the first go-ahead goal for Syracuse (15-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast) as the Orange defeated Princeton (7-5, 4-2 I and set a record for the longest winning streak in program history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It showed mental toughness,” midfielder Alyssa Manley said. “(Weers) had that happen, she laid on the ground, was taken off the field then (helped) put in a goal right away.”Two minutes, 19 seconds after she returned, Weers intercepted the ball about five yards from the top-left point of the circle and looked up. She and forward Emma Russell made eye contact.“I knew she was going to send it in,” Russell said.Weers belted in a long pass and Russell extended the blade of her stick, deflecting the ball into the goal’s upper netting and tying the game at one.Almost five minutes later, off a penalty corner, Weers spun and chopped the ball into the bottom left corner to give Syracuse, at the time, a 2-1 lead.Stands to sidelines, energy ran high all afternoon. Princeton head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn yelled “Pressure!” over and over, the Syracuse sideline, particularly assistant coach Allan Law, vocally disagreed with several calls and both benches received a warning to step back and quiet down.In a game with perfection on the line, players were also animated. Forward Emma Lamison left the circle several times with her hands up after a penalty call went against the Orange. After Princeton drew a penalty corner, Lies Lagerweij put her hands on her head and Weers stared at the referee with her hands up.When Weers left the game, head coach Ange Bradley brought in Liz Sack, one of her most-used substitutes, to play defense.With Weers on the sideline, Sack herself fell when she brought the ball in on the attack and Princeton defender Elise Wong tried to steal the ball, but ended up taking Sack’s legs from underneath her, sending her sprawling onto her back.Physicality was a theme throughout the afternoon. A referee shouted at Syracuse midfielder Serra Degnan to stop “pushing” Princeton players, SU midfielder Laura Hurff fell backward as if stunned when she was hit in the circle and several players had to take a moment to shake out hands or legs when the ball hit them.“I’m just happy everybody came out injury-free,” Bradley said.For a moment, it looked like Weers wouldn’t be able to have the impact she eventually had. She ripped off a garment covering her left knee late in the game. After the goal and the assist, Syracuse’s leader in points ran up the field.“When (Weers) said that she was feeling pain, I was worried that she was going to be injured, like a serious injury,” Manley said. “But (it wasn’t). I was glad…she could go back onto the field.” Commentslast_img read more