Home » News » Credas’ remote ID verification rolled out to Connells previous nextProptechCredas’ remote ID verification rolled out to ConnellsThe Negotiator21st May 20200393 Views Credas has implemented its remote identity verification software in 70 offices on behalf of UK estate agent Connells.Connells’ 600 offices are closed during the Covid-19 pandemic. To enable business to continue running, the agency has requested a swift uptake in remote solutions from identity verification specialist Credas.CEO of Credas, Rhys David, said, “Our ID verification tech means that Connells can carry out due diligence requirements, such as Anti-Money Laundering checks, anywhere at any time. Agents working from home can continue business as usual for their customers, our team has been working hard to ensure that we could have this ready for them – rolling out to 70 branches in seven days.“We’re proud to work with Connells on their identity checks and we hope that the rapid uptake of our remote technology – particularly in the Mortgage and Conveyancing offices – goes some way towards allowing the business to adapt and thrive during this otherwise very unusual time.”remote identity verification software Anti-Money Laundering checks identity checks Rhys David Credas May 21, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
Lack of funds slows bias study 10-year retrospect project Jan Pudlow Associate EditorLack of funding has stalled a 10-year retrospect project on the 1990-91 report and recommendations of the Florida Supreme Court Racial and Ethnic Bias Study Commission. Nearly a year ago, members of the original commission and new voices gathered in Tampa to try to answer these questions: What recommendations made in 1990-91 were not implemented and why not? Are there new recommendations that should be made to ensure greater fairness to all who participate in the justice system? But on the way to seeking answers to those ambitious questions, a whole new question has been raised: Is there any funding to continue the effort? “Those reports gained national prominence,” said 10-year retrospect project member Raul Arencibia, of the original headline-grabbing reports that documented racial and ethnic bias in the court system — ranging from the impact of the death penalty on minorities to the dearth of black judges. “They were used for various purposes by other states and other courts in advancing projects to ease racial and ethnic bias. Unfortunately, my understanding is there is no funding available at this point to continue on with a very worthwhile project, which is looking back at those reports and doing an analysis to see how far we’ve come and how much further we need to go.” Arencibia, former chair of the Bar’s Equal Opportunities Section, added: “New areas have come up in the meantime, for example, the DNA issue, the disenfranchisement of felons by taking their voting rights away. Those are additional areas that need to be looked at, in addition to the issues that were raised, such as diversity of The Florida Bar, diversity of the judiciary, and now, with the change of the judicial nominating commissions, to make sure that diversity continues. At this point, the Supreme Court doesn’t have any funding. It’s something that needs to be done and must be done.” Frank Scruggs chaired the original commission that produced a report that sparked national attention, raised consciousness, and prompted landmark legislative action. He also chaired the meeting a year ago to launch the 10-year retrospect project and said at that time that his goal was to “contribute to the public debate in a way that’s profound.” He challenged participants to “be stewards to do grand-scheming. This can’t be done casually or inexpensively. We should not aim too low in our scope.” Since then, Scruggs has resigned his position as chair, declining to give reasons, other than to say: “With the conclusion of the national conference in Orlando, my role on the retrospect project concluded, at my request,” referring to the 13th Annual National Consortium of Task Forces and Commissions on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts held in May. He referred further questions to Debbie Howells, executive assistant at the Office of the State Courts Administrator, who said Scruggs did not give the court a reason for stepping down, but she acknowledged the funding problems. “What we did was on a shoestring budget,” Howells said of the incomplete 10-year retrospect report found online at www.flcourts.org (click on “What’s New”). “The Supreme Court hasn’t decided what is next,” Howells said. “The court intends to keep working on these issues. But it will be a scaled-down version, not a replication of what we did 10 years ago with three full-time staff people.” While there is no separate allocation to work on this project, Howells said, she has suggested that half of the $40,000 allotted in the budget for the Fairness Commission be applied to racial and ethnic projects. Her suggestion has not yet been acted upon. Arencibia, however, said to do the job right would take substantial funding. “We’re talking about in the $100,000 range,” Arencibia said. “I’m not sure another round of public hearings is absolutely necessary, but we do need to do a report with the necessary editorial and writing staff and statistics people to prepare a thorough, concise, and accurate report. I think we need to try to raise the funds to do that.” It is clear from reading the 10-year retrospect report that the lack of funding is at the heart of moving forward: “While much progress has been made in the last 10 years, much remains to be done. State and national research, as well as daily news reports, indicate that racial and ethnic bias in the justice system continues at an unacceptable rate,” according to the report. “It is time to reflect on these issues, take stock of Florida’s successes, and renew the judicial branch’s efforts to ensure the fair and equal treatment of all our citizens, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, or national origin. It is time for the Florida justice system to return to the forefront on these issues and make every effort to move our justice system forward in ensuring full racial and ethnic equity.” Then comes this telling sentence: “To fully assess the implementation status and develop a comprehensive action plan for moving forward, the Florida Supreme Court must secure adequate resources – including both staff and expense monies.” While many recommendations made a decade ago have been implemented, as documented in the report, the status of many other recommendations are unknown, and often these words followed: “Due to limited time and resources, this preliminary assessment was unable to ascertain what improvements, if any, have been made.. . . ” In the meantime, Chief Justice Charles Wells has asked each circuit court to prepare a local action plan for addressing racial and ethnic issues and submit it to the court by the end of the year. 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On Friday, 10 members of Hallandale Beach’s SWAT Team resigned through a memo to Police Chief Sonia Quiñones.While the officers cited many issues for their resignations, they explain the biggest factor in their decision was when members of the Command Staff took a knee in solidarity with Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana, and what the SWAT team believed they were supporting through that display.“Lastly and most shockingly,” they said, “having members of the Command Staff taking a knee in solidarity with Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana (who stated she wants the officers ‘fired and charged’) and a handful of political activists that chanted, “Howard Bowe, re-open the case…” showed a lack of support,” they stated.Javellana, the 22-year-old vice mayor who was elected in 2018, identifies herself on her Twitter page as “Troublemaker.” She has been openly vocal about reopening the aforementioned case.Bowe, a 34-year-old black man, was killed six years ago by Hallandale Beach’s SWAT team, as the force carried out an early morning search warrant as part of a narcotics investigation and raided his home.He died 11 days after the May 8, 2014 fatal raid. In addition, Bowe’s pitbull was killed with a shotgun and Bowe, who was unarmed, was shot in the stomach.The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and the four police officers who were involved in the shooting.The SWAT Team noted that “This case was investigated by a Grand Jury, The State Attorney, FDLE and settled in a civil action. The city also hired Greenwood and Strieicher, LLC.” That firm, they explained, is a consulting company that focuses on government accountability and policing solutions. The officers wrote that investigators never found any misconduct committed by the officers involved in the man’s death.Two years ago, the city commission voted unanimously to pay Bowe’s family $425,000 in a settlement they had filed for alleged violation of Bowe’s civil rights and for detaining his son, who was a minor at the time, during the raid.“For some reason, our vice mayor, who has been on the dais a little less than two years, is trying to resurrect an issue from the past,” Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper told Miami television station WPLG. “While there were mistakes made, our officers were adjudicated by a grand jury.”A statement by City Manager Greg Chavarria alleges the officers’ memo incorrectly said that Quiñones was supporting an elected official by taking a knee.Following a peaceful protest last Friday with more than a dozen protesters, Quiñones and other members of the department joined the demonstrators when they arrived at City Hall. The city manager said the chief was “taking a knee against racism, hatred and intolerance.He continued: “They have incorrectly stated the gesture was in support of an elected official. This is simply not true. ”Quiñones has set a meeting for Monday at 3 p.m. with the officers. At that time, the chief of police will hear their concerns and collect their equipment, according to Chavarria.“The city thanks them for their service,” the statement read. Chavarria adds that while officers have resigned from SWAT, they have not resigned from the police department.“While the voluntary resignation of our officers from this assignment is unfortunate, our residents should be assured it has not had any impact on our commitment to protecting their safety,” he added.
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, left, paces the sideline in front of some of the defense during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)It was another classic Ravens vs. Steelers game. It came down to the team with the ball last and it was decided by a field goal. More than just a classic game between these two bitter rivals; it was a look at the past and possibly the future for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The black and gold got back to smash mouth football and while it may have been nail biting and nerve wracking, the result was a notch in the wincolumn. LeVeon Bell, the rookie sensation making only his third career start, brought back memories of the Steelers that used to run the ball successfully on a weekly basis. He bruised and battered the Ravens defense for 93 yards on only 19 carries. He showed an ability to find the holes and cut back through them for additional yards, something the other backs on this roster have been unable to do. It wasn’t just about Bell however; the offensive line really played up to expectations and protected Big Ben all day long. He was sacked a few times, but overall the line kept him safe and clean, something that is a major key to the team’s potential success. When you can hold Terrelle Suggs to 1 sack and 1 QB hit and the Ravens team to 3 sacks and 4 QB hits, you did your job. Not to mention the Steelers were able to pound the ball on the ground for 141 yards, the most they’ve had in almost a calendar year. To add to the “return” of the Steeler way, the defense played extremely well and aggressive. They failed to collect a turnover but they held the Ravens to field goals almost all game long. The most outstanding player on the field was far and away Lawrence Timmons as he boasted 17 tackles. That is an amazing feat that should not be overlooked. Troy Polamalu added 8 tackles and a little entertainment when he jumped over both the defensive and offensive lines trying to block a game tying extra point. The play resulted in a penalty but it was a true sign that Troy is back to his old form athletically. It’s safe to say that LaMarr Woodley is back to old form too. He added 4 tackles and collected his team leading 5th sack. He’s been far more disruptive this season than the last two. Smash mouth football, hard nosed defense and a low scoring win is reminiscent of the old Steelers. It’s also a hopeful glimpse into the re-born Steelers. The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time after the 0-4 start. Thus far they have come off of that off week with a resurgence and a display of young talent. LeVeon Bell is clearly a key on the offense, Jarvis Jones (who missed yesterday’s game) is a play maker on defense, Shamarko Thomas the Steelers rookie safety added 7 tackles against the Ravens and appears to be a true force, Vince Williams, the rookie inside linebacker is now a starter and added 3 tackles of his own and it cannot be overlooked that Markus Wheaton should be returning to the team to take his role as the 4th wide out again soon.The end result for the season is yet to be seen and there is a lot of football to be played but currently the team finds themselves on a two game winning streak and are within striking distance of the Ravens and Browns for second place in the division. One step at a time but things look a lot better in Pittsburgh than they did a mere 2 weeks ago.NEWS, NOTES and SUPERLATIVES:Game Ball: Lawrence Timmons-17 tackles, enough said.Play of the Game: Emmaunel Sanders kickoff return for a touchdown that wasn’t. It turned out it wasn’t a touchdown but Sanders obtained great field position and enabled Big Ben and the offense to push the ball into game winning field goal range. Questionable Coaching move: At the end of the first half the Ravens were content to let the Steelers run the clock out. Pittsburgh elected to throw the ball and Heath Miller fumbled inside the team’s own 50, enabling the Ravens to kick a field goal at the end of the half. Why not just run the ball and the clock along with it?Notes: Jarvis Jones didn’t play due to concussion symptoms suffered in the Jets game. Marcus Gilbert left the game due to injury. Mike Adams played a significant number of downs as a tight end.The Steelers ran 4 wildcat plays with LeVeon Bell in the QB position. 2-4, up next at OaklandMike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]
Facebook256Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityThe Bruno and Evelyne Betti Foundation has made a commitment of $2.8 million to Saint Martin’s University to support the renovation of the first floor of Old Main to create dedicated facilities for the University’s nursing programs, which include the BSN program and the RN-to-BSN program. The foundation’s commitment includes $2.5 million to cover the costs of the remodel and $300,000 to establish an endowment in support of nursing scholarships. In addition, Saint Martin’s Abbey has made a gift of $750,000 to support the renovation. This totals $3.5 million raised to ensure the success of the University’s nursing program. This summer, the University will begin remodeling 12,000 square feet of space within Old Main to create an eight-bed nursing learning lab, two-bed simulation suite, classroom, faculty offices and equipment storage rooms.Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., major superior of the Saint Martin’s Abbey and chancellor of Saint Martin’s University, spoke about the significance of the Abbey’s gift. “Saint Martin’s University is the principal mission of Saint Martin’s Abbey, and we will always do what we can to support it. Supporting the nursing program means that future nurses will be serving thousands upon thousands of people during their lifetimes of service, which certainly reflects our Benedictine values.”For fall 2019, Saint Martin’s will admit 25 first-year students for its four-year BSN program and will begin admitting upper division transfer students in fall 2020. When fully enrolled the BSN program will have two cohorts of 24 each year, graduating 48 students annually. The Saint Martin’s RN-to-BSN program will continue to provide an option for local nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma to complete their BSN in a year.“The BSN program at Saint Martin’s will fill a critical need for nurses at a time when the nursing workforce and patients are aging. The generous gifts from the Bruno and Evelyne Betti Foundation and the Abbey will allow us to build state-of-the-art nursing learning and simulation labs for our students to learn and practice their skills,” said Teri Moser Woo, Ph.D., RN, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CNL, FAANP, director of nursing at Saint Martin’s.In summer 2018, the Saint Martin’s nursing programs received a boon in the form of the nursing equipment that the University won in an auction from St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. St. Gregory’s, a Benedictine university, closed in fall 2017 due to financial difficulties, and Woo, Jeff Crane, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and interim dean of the School of Business, Philip Cheek, director of grounds and facilities and Jeremy Fleury, maintenance technician, traveled to the St. Gregory’s campus to pack the equipment and bring it back to Saint Martin’s.The original nursing program at Saint Martin’s, the RN-to-BSN program, began in 1986, with Maddy deGive, Ph.D., as the director. In the 1990s, the program added master’s degrees for family nurse practitioners and for health policy. These nursing programs were phased out in the late 1990s when enrollment declined. In 2010, Washington set a goal for academic progression in nursing for 80 percent of RNs to obtain BSN degrees or higher by 2020, which led to a decision to reinstate Saint Martin’s RN-to-BSN program. In 2012, Saint Martin’s admitted a new class of RN-to-BSN students into the program. The program is accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The RN to BSN program has graduated 82 students since 2012.Nursing is just one of the strong and growing science programs at Saint Martin’s, which includes biology, chemistry, environmental studies, exercise science, mathematics and physics.Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 29 majors and 11 graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.
Facebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationCrews will soon kick off an effort to add a new roadway surface to several areas of State Route 8 between Elma and Summit Lake in Thurston County. In addition to the highway, crews also will repave the westbound and eastbound SR 8 exits to US 12 Oakville/Centralia in Elma.The work will begin Monday, July 15 and continue into fall. What this means for travelersDaytime travelers will see single-lane closures in each direction.The Washington State Department of Transportation will lower the current 60 mph speed limit to 35 miles per hour when construction activities require lane closure.Ramp paving will require night closures. WSDOT will announce when this closures are scheduled.Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app. Advance information is available on the Thurston County Construction and Travel Update and Grays Harbor construction and travel update web pages.Featured photo credit: Kim Merriman
By Philip Sean Curran Toll Brothers did not indicate whether it intended to appeal the board’s vote or not. Company spokeswoman Andrea Meck said the company is reviewing its next steps. Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13), who represents Middletown as part of her legislative district, said she applauded the township for “pushing back.” In combination with a 342,000-square-foot commercial project that includes a new Wegmans supermarket, that section of town will be transformed in the coming years, fulfilling a two-decades-long vision for the area. The municipal planning board voted Sept. 4 to approve Toll Brothers’ plan, having voted in July for the commercial piece that also includes a CMX movie theater and retail space as part of the overall Village 35 project. “Maybe it takes a ground-swell from towns banding together to stop this affordable housing mandate,” she said. “I mean I think the whole system just needs an overhaul. It has to be fixed. We can’t have this the way it’s going now. We will not be the Garden State for very much longer if we continue down this path.” He said the area oncewas eyed for 1.6 millionsquare feet of commercialspace and almost doublethe number of residentialunits that ended up gettingapproved. An interior view of a home Toll Brothers says will be similar to those built in Middletown Walk. Photo courtesy Toll Brothers In 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court shifted the responsibility of enforcing towns’ affordable housing mandates, as outlined in the high court’s earlier Mount Laurel decisions in the 1970s and ’80s, from the state Council on Affordable Housing to superior court judges. “Despite our plans for Middletown Walk not being approved as presented, Toll Brothers has a long history of working within town approvals, addressing neighbors’ concerns and delivering exceptional homes in the best communities,” said Toll Brothers division president Craig Cherry in a statement. “We are very excited about Middletown Walk, located in a town that we love, and we know our future home buyers will be very pleased with the homes and amenities planned.” But Campisi said communities have “many” ways of meeting their affordable housing obligations, with inclusionary developments being just one of them. He said towns can develop 100 percent affordable housing projects. “My two cents is that it seems to me that a lot of this was done for affordable housing,” said Oley DiCenso, with Minding Middletown, after the planning board hearing. “And the affordable housing aspect of this is only sitting on four acres.” The decision by thetownship has led to a war ofwords between Fair Shareand Middletown, a conflictthat continued last week. An architectural drawing by Toll Brothers is representative of the 280 homes planned for a new housing development on Route 35 called Middletown Walk.Photo courtesy Toll Brothers MIDDLETOWN – National home builder Toll Brothers gained approval from Middletown Township last week to construct 280 town houses and 70 apartments as the residential component of a larger redevelopment of more than 100 acres on Route 35 north. Perry said his community would no longer be “dictated to by a nonprofit organization that is funded by special interest groups who are going to dictate terms to municipalities.” “It has every kind of rule and regulation about all kinds of different things they’re allowed to do, but this wasn’t discussed with the public,” said resident Monica Manning, the leader of Minding Middletown, a group opposed to the project. “This was the deal they made behind closed doors, then presented it.” As other communities have done, the township had been in talks with the advocacy group Fair Share Housing Center to try and reach a settlement for what Middletown’s requirement would be for a span from 1999 to 2025. Yet Fair Share said lastweek that the township “isone of the worst actors inthe state when it comes toaffordable housing.” In 2018, the governing body approved a redevelopment plan for the overall site, a plan that critics said lacked public involvement. Fair Share spokesman Anthony Campisi said in a recent interview that the township has a track record of approving luxury housing units that do not include affordable units, including at the former Bamm Hollow Country Club in Lincroft. “This is a long-time-coming project,” Middletown Mayor Tony Perry said. “Township committees of the past have worked to dramatically reduce the overall size and scope of this project by more than 400 percent.” The planning board voted 5-3 to give Toll Brothers the approval but without roof decks on any of the buildings. Toward the end of the hearing, township committeewoman Patricia A. Snell, who also sits on the planning board, made a motion to that effect. Yet affordable housing in the Village 35 project and elsewhere around the state also has involved the construction of many more market-rate houses to go along with it as part of high density, inclusionary developments. For instance, West Windsor, located about an hour away from Middletown, reached a deal with national builder AvalonBay for 800 units, a hotel and retail space on land next to a train station in that Mercer County community. Of the 800 units, 132 of them will be set aside as affordable. The township has saidthat since 1999, more than600 affordable housingunits have been created inthe community. The timing of the Toll Brothers’ approval came two months after the township announced it was withdrawing from a legal proceeding in state Superior Court regarding its affordable housing requirement. “There are 565 municipalities in the state of New Jersey. One of them is standing up to Fair Share Housing and that’s Middletown, New Jersey,” Perry said. “It sounds like a great idea, let’s create affordable housing, let’s give people the opportunity to live in different towns. And that sounds great. But you know what I want, you know what I stand for? I stand for making New Jersey affordable. I stand for making Middletown affordable, not just for this person or that personbut for everyone.” The 70 apartments willbe set aside as affordablehousing or at below-marketrate. “They have no problems seemingly building homes that are affordable to doctors and lawyers, but have a whole lot of trouble building homes that are affordable for nurses and paralegals and cashiers and teachers for that matter,” he said. “They have no problem redeveloping big chunks of land for wealthy people. The problem comes when working families want a seat at the table.”