Oceanside Man Gets 15 Years for $3.5M Mortgage Scam

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Oceanside man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in federal prison for leading a loan modification scheme that conned distressed homeowners out of a combined $3.5 million over a five-year span.David Gotterup pleaded guilty in June at Brooklyn federal court to conspiring to commit wire, mail and bank fraud.Prosecutors said the 37-year-old directed his telemarketers and salespeople to make false promises to convince more than 1,000 homeowners seeking relief through government mortgage modification programs to pay thousands of dollars each in fees to his companies from 2008 to ‘12.He and his co-conspirators told victims that they were “preapproved” for loan modifications, that they were retaining a “law firm” and an “attorney” that would complete their mortgage relief applications and negotiate with the banks to modify the terms of their loans, but Gotterup and his companies did little or no work for the money they were paid, authorities said.The companies involved included Express Modifications, Express Home Solutions, True Credit Empire, LLC, Green Group Today, Inc., The Green Law Group, Inc. and JG Group, according to investigators.Gotterup was arrested in 2015 and has been jailed ever since. Judge Nicholas Garaufis ordered Gotterup to forfeit $2,500,050. The amount of restitution he will be ordered to pay to his victims will be decided at a later date.last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Falls at No. 25/25 Iowa, 79-66

first_img HTML Box Score Meyer made a three-pointer at the 4:19 mark in the third quarter, but Hittner answered with her own three-pointer as part of a 7-0 run. Later in the fourth quarter, redshirt junior Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) who finished with a season-high 12 points, made her first three of the game to bring Drake back to within 14 points at 66-52. However, Gustafson answered with six straight points to push the Iowa lead to 72-52. A resilient Bulldogs squad fought back with back-to-back three-pointers by Bachrodt and Hittner. The Hawkeyes though maintained their double-digit lead as they held off the Bulldogs for their fifth-consecutive win. Senior Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) from nearby Williamsburg made two three-pointers for six points to go with two rebounds and one assist. Story Links Full Schedule Roster Iowa used a 13-2 scoring over the final 3:21 minutes of the second quarter to lead 46-27 at halftime. In the second quarter, Drake was outscored 25-12. However, the Bulldogs outscored the Hawkeyes, 39-33, in the final two periods of play. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live The Bulldogs pulled down a season-high 27 offensive rebounds and 48 total to tally a 48-40 advantage on the glass. Junior Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) grabbed a career-high six offensive rebounds and eight total while fellow junior Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) pulled down eight rebounds with five on the offensive end. Drake used its rebounding proficiency to score 20 second-chance points. Miller added four assists and three steals in 21 minutes off the bench. In its final non-conference action of the season, Drake (5-7) battled Iowa (12-1) the entire game, coming all the way back from a 22-point deficit late in the third quarter, to pull within 14 points midway through the final quarter. Following Thursday’s road game, Drake opens its Missouri Valley Conference schedule at home against new league member, Valparaiso, on Dec. 29. Tipoff against the Crusaders is set for 7 p.m. Print Friendly Version The Hawkeyes were led by junior center Megan Gustafson, who has been named Big Ten Player of the Week six straight weeks, as she recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Makenzie Meyer scored 21 points behind five three-pointers. Next Game: Valparaiso 12/29/2017 – 7 PM IOWA CITY, Iowa – Sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) poured in a career-high 27 points for the Drake University women’s basketball team in a hard-fought 79-66 loss at No. 25/25 Iowa Thursday night at Carver Hawkeye Arena.last_img read more

No Such Thing as Natural Election

first_imgOn election day in America, both election and selection imply a chooser. Neither word applies in mindless nature.We’ve stated before that natural selection is a contradiction in terms. “One might as well speak of natural voting,” we said (see “Time to Ditch Natural Selection?”, 3 Oct 2015). For 159 years, this vacuous phrase concocted by Charles Darwin continues to corrupt semantics in scientific literature, fallaciously personifying nature as much more than a voter – a ruler, a creator.A cynic might joke that many voters act like sheeple, mindlessly following the Head Lemming off the cliff. Many evolutionary psychologists come close to that, using “evolutionary game theory” to describe the actions of their fellow humans. But if mindless evolutionary game theory applies to Homo sapiens as products of mindless natural selection over millions of years, it applies to the population – including the evolutionary psychologists writing mindless papers on evolutionary game theory. Without somebody somewhere having a rational mind to choose on the basis of true-or-false or good-vs-evil, natural selection implodes, just like the idea of a ‘natural election’ would. Darwinians don’t get it. Even highly intelligent scientists, who publish in leading journals, don’t get it. C.S. Lewis said, “The fact that some people of scientific education cannot by any effort be taught to see the difficulty, confirms one’s suspicion that we here touch a radical disease in their whole style of thought” (11 Feb 2018). He wrote that almost 75 years ago. The Great Myth marches on.Physical interactions reduce the power of natural selection in growing yeast colonies (Giometto et al, PNAS). These three evolutionists use Darwin’s phrase 6 times, referring to the “power” of natural selection, the “strength” of natural selection, and the “efficiency” of natural selection. They also use Darwin’s similarly-nebulous word “fitness” 6 times in order to measure the strength of natural selection, defining it in tautalogical form as survival (see “Fitness for Dummies,” 19 June 2014). Someone should inform them that the Stuff Happens Law knows nothing of power, strength, or efficiency. Using vacuous terms decreases the fitness of scientific explanation.Credit: J.B. GreeneOn the deformability of an empirical fitness landscape by microbial evolution (Bajić et al, PNAS). The four authors of this paper pay homage to Saint Charles, saying in the concluding discussion, “Darwin was perhaps the first to recognize that the environment experienced by an evolving population can also be shaped by the population itself.” This concept personifies both the environment and the organism. Notice their Tontology in the first sentence: “thought of” – by whom? You?Although the environment is often thought of as an external driver of natural selection, it can also be shaped by the evolving population itself, for instance through its metabolic activity or through interactions with the abiotic habitat or other species. These population-driven environmental changes can in turn modify the fitness effects of future mutations, closing in an eco-evolutionary feedback loop.This is like plugging an extension cord into itself and saying a current is running, or short-circuiting a device and saying that the sparks affect the fitness of the circuit, and the circuit affects the fitness of the sparks. The only empirical support they offer for “innovation” in organisms is the lactase gene in humans and the citrate digestion mutation in E. coli. Both have been shown by Darwin skeptics to be invalid examples of creative potential in natural selection, because they merely affect changes in the regulation of pre-existing genetic information.Natural Selection: How Selection on Behavior Interacts with Selection on Morphology (Travis and Reznick, Current Biology). These Darwinians use “selection” three times in just the title. They try to argue that Stuff Happens in behavior as well as outward appearance:Behavior, like morphology, can vary among individuals, be heritable, contribute to fitness, and hence be subject to evolution by natural selection. For a long time, however, behavior has occupied a special place in the minds of evolutionary biologists, who have debated whether the evolution of behavior accelerates or inhibits the evolution of non-behavioral traits. Much of this attention has focused on behavior and morphology: do these features represent different facets of the phenotype that evolve together or does the evolution of one of these types of traits create the context for the subsequent evolution of the other?They use a study on anole lizards in the Caribbean to support the notion that morphology and behavior both respond to natural selection, independently of each other. Once again, though, their empirical references do not refer to any kind of innovation, but only leg lengths of two species of lizards that inhabit different ecological niches. They offer no origin of species, no speciation, and no progress. Even young-earth creationists accept this kind of change.The error goes far deeper, though. Travis and Reznick are trying to support a general biological principle: that natural selection drives behavior. This applies to us humans, too. Since natural selection equates to Stuff Happens, and fitness equates to survival and survival to fitness, we can conclude that they believe in ‘natural election’ as well as natural selection. When you vote, therefore, you have no control over whatever happens. You might as well wear a blindfold and punch at random. Whoever wins the election can be explained as natural outcomes of the Stuff Happens Law.The Stuff Happens Law even created these three papers, because the authors (members of the species Homo sapiens who evolved by natural selection, they believe) were just behaving mindlessly the way the Stuff Happens Law fell out for them. No intelligence involved. Perhaps the outcome of the elections will confirm or deny this explanation. Yet these are the same kinds of thinkers whose predecessors put people of color in Human Zoos. We think those on the inside could have rightly made a case for switching places with their tormentors, given what the tormentors themselves believe about their own origins.(Visited 394 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Egypt salute South African fans

first_img19 June 2009 The Egyptian football team have saluted the crowd at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium following their historic 1-0 victory over world champions Italy in a Fifa Confederations Cup match on Thursday evening. It was Italy’s first ever loss to an African team, following 14 previous encounters that included four wins over Egypt. Over 50 000 fans braved chilly weather to watch the game, and The Pharaohs clearly revelled in the electric atmosphere. According to a report on Fifa.com, Egypt striker Mohamed Zidan said playing in Johannesburg felt like playing in Cairo. “I think the way the crowd got behind us was excellent, and it motivated us a lot towards the end,” said Zidan, who scored twice in Egypt’s nailbiting 4-3 loss to Brazil in the opening game of the group on Monday. “It was great, and almost a feeling like playing at home in Egypt. I think we had a very good experience with the atmosphere today.” With the Italian defenders denying Zidan the space he enjoyed against the Brazilians, it was Mohamed Homos, shaking his marker to nod in a header from a corner kick five minutes before half-time, who rose to the occasion for the African champions. At the other end of the pitch, goalkeeper Essam El Hadary put in a number of outstanding saves to deny the likes of Giuseppe Rossi, Vincenzo Iaquinta and Riccardo Montolivo. The African champions have put themselves within reach of the semifinals of Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions”. Brazil top the group with six points following their 3-0 win over the United States on Thursday, while Italy and Egypt are level on three points each. Brazil play Italy in Pretoria on Sunday, while Egypt take on the Americans, knowing that a win will give them every chance of a semi-final berth.SAinfo reporter and Fifa.comlast_img read more

New library to be opened in Northern Cape

first_imgKwaito star and Play Your Part ambassador, Kabelo Mabalane, will be in the Northern Cape to unveil a new school library Shout SA had built. (Image: Shout SA)Play Your Part, the Brand South Africa campaign that promotes active citizenship, will be in the Northern Cape next week to open up a library in an underprivileged school.TT Lekalake Primary School in the village of Bathlaros near Kuruman will receive the library, which was built by non-governmental organisation Shout SA. The activation comes in time for the new school year. Play Your Part aims to motivate and inspire learners by creating excitement around reading and the importance of education.Shout SA was founded in 2007 by singer Danny K and kwaito star Kabelo Mabalane, both of whom will be in Kuruman for the library opening, to find ways of making the country safer for all. Now, the NGO is focusing on education for children.The new Shout SA song, Smile, encourages children to get educated, and particularly to read. The campaign, centred on the song, is looking to build up to 10 libraries in schools around the country. Funds for the libraries come from the online sales of the song. So far, the NGO has garnered enough money to build three school libraries.Watch the music video:Smile was written by Mi Casa, Mabalane and Danny K and produced by Danny K. It features a host of top local musicians, celebrities and influencers lending their talents to the track and accompanying music video.Brand South Africa has worked with Shout SA previously and the calibre of its artists has helped drive awareness of Play Your Part.The activation is part of Play Your Part’s second phase of its awareness campaign, which aims to bring the programme to the attention of all South Africans. The first phase was the television series, which ran on SABC 2 in 2014. Mabalane is a Play Your Part ambassador and hosted the series.ABOUT SHOUT SOUTH AFRICAShout SA is known for bringing South Africans together to play their part in moving the country forward since its launch in 2007. For the past eight years the organisation has been hard at work using the funds raised from its first two tracks, Shout and You’re the Voice, to help fight crime by donating to a variety of crime-focused NGOs and initiatives.Smile is available as a full track download. SMS the word “Smile” to 40388 to donate R20 to get the track.Take a look behind the scenes at the video shoot:For more information, visit the Shout SA website or visit Shout’s social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.Join Shout SA co-founder and Play Your Part ambassador Danny K @dannykmusic for a live Twitter chat about how we can all play our part to boost education in South Africa on Wednesday 27 January at 11am. #EducateSA #PlayYourPartAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Discover Milwaukee’s Neighborhoods GeoTour

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeoTour Spotlight: West Bend Four Seasons GeoTour (GT40)March 23, 2017In “GeoTours”West Bend Four Seasons GeoTourSeptember 18, 2015In “GeoTours”Randers GeoTour of Denmark (GT81)January 24, 2019In “GeoTours” Milwaukee is the big city of little neighborhoods, and the best way to discover them all is on this GeoTour: “Explore Milwaukee’s Neighborhoods.”GeoTour: Discover Milwaukee’s NeighborhoodsLocation: Milwaukee, WisconsinNumber of Favorite Points: 92Why Milwaukee is a great place to visit:Milwaukee offers a variety of fun attractions to explore. Take a stroll along the lakefront, visit one of 17 museums, indulge in delicacies at a downtown dining spot or relax at one of Milwaukee’s famous breweries.Best time of year to visit:Visit Milwaukee during the summer! Plan a trip June through September to enjoy the city’s live performances, brewery tours, museum exhibits and countless cultural festivals. Milwaukee is the proud home of Summerfest, the world’s largest outdoor music festival along the shores of Lake Michigan in late June and early July.The Milwaukee Art Museum welcomes visitors to Milwaukee and offers endless fun for adults and children alike. It is easy to make a stop here: geocaches are hidden in the surrounding neighborhoods!Must-see attractions:Don’t miss the Milwaukee Art Museum, a must-see tourist destination. Designed by famous architect Santiago Calatrava, the museum graces the city’s skyline with large wings that welcome tourists into the beautiful, vibrant metropolis. The museum holds more than 30,000 permanent pieces of art and features traveling exhibits year-round. Perfect for art fans, adults and children alike, the Milwaukee Art Museum is perhaps the most iconic architectural site in the historic city of Milwaukee.Hidden Gems:Check out Safe House, a spy-themed restaurant complete with secret passageways, spy games and mysterious twists and turns. The catch? Guests must uncover the password to be allowed into the restaurant!What geocachers are saying about about Milwaukee Neighborhoods GeoTour:“Hello from Chicago! We took a day trip up to the Third Ward and River walk. We enjoyed the art festival and the public market. Beautiful day to explore your city. Thank you for including this neighborhood on the geo tour.” –Les Is MoreThis geocache (GC4AJ5Q) will take you through Brady Street in Milwaukee’s East Side.“My birthday trip to Milwaukee was an epic day with 20 caches. We got all the info we needed for the Milwaukee GeoTour series and grabbed a few other caches along the way. The weather could not have been any nicer and the scenery and company were awesome. I didn’t want the day to come to an end. What a great city! What a great day!” –Mike*E“We had heard great things about the Milwaukee Neighborhoods GeoTour, and the series did not disappoint. Thanks VISIT Milwaukee for great hides and for really informative cache pages. Can’t wait to come back to finish the series. This is a beautiful city!” –R.C.TellsAdditional Information:Interested in exploring Milwaukee during your stay? Check out visitmilwaukee.org/itineraries for suggestions.Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.Milwaukee’s Neighborhoods GeoTour takes visitors through 15 fun neighborhoods, each with hidden gems, restaurants and attractions to offer. The lakefront geocache (GC4AGA8) will take you there.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Can Augmented Reality Help Save the Planet?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Augmented Reality#Features#web chris cameron 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend the Augmented Reality Event in Santa Clara, California, and it was there that I discovered some amazing uses being developed using AR technology. I’ve already highlighted how it is being used to help doctors save lives, and more recently how it could be used to level the battlefield for soldiers in the middle east. Another example has an even loftier goal: helping to fight the climate and energy crises and save the planet.Sean White, a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University and visiting scientist at the Smithsonian Institution, gave an inspiring talk at ARE 2010 about how he and others are experimenting with augmented reality and the environment. Climate change and other environmental challenges are “slow moving problems,” as White put it, so rich data visualization tools are needed to help scientists make sense of it all.Identifying Plant Species White has been working with botanists at the Smithsonian Institute to create mobile applications that can help scientists identify plant species in the field. Normally, identification requires looking at a leaf, and then flipping through pages of pictures to find a likely match. A skilled botanist can narrow down their search, but the process is still time consuming and difficult.Using image recognition technology, White and the Smithsonian have created mobile apps that can help identify leaves from pictures. Simply snap a picture of the leaf, and the app narrows down the search to likely matches. What’s more, the scientists can make the process even easier by strapping on a head-mounted display (HMD) and comparing real leaves to virtual ones displayed in an augmented reality view.Visualizing Carbon Dioxide Levels for Urban Planning White also had his hand in helping to develop technology that collects and visualizes CO2 levels in urban areas. By rigging together a device that both detects CO2 levels and receives highly-accurate GPS and elevation data, White was able to create detailed heat maps of urban areas and their CO2 levels. Taking that experiment a step further, the data was visualized in 3D space and superimposed onto an augmented reality view, providing a third dimension that takes data analysis beyond 2D maps. White says this kind of visualization helps determine causality when anomalies occur in the data. He recalled seeing high levels in one specific area but wasn’t able to determine the cause by looking at the 3D maps. By using the augmented reality view of the data, it was discovered that the area with high CO2 levels was near a street corner where large trucks waited in line to make deliveries. This type of analysis of the data would not have been possible by simply looking at a map.Finding Optimal Spots for Wind Turbines The third example White shared focused on wind turbines, and on using AR data visualizations to help pick the most optimal wind locations. Using light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology, scientists can point the devices up at the air from a spot on the ground and watch particulates float by to determine wind speeds and directions.In the past, large towers were erected to detect this type of data, but they are expensive, limited in their range and take a long time to set up. Using LiDAR, which is cheaper and easier to use, scientists can cover larger areas and collect more data and reconstruct it into visualizations. They can then use augmented reality to see this data overlaid onto their real-world view to find ideal spots for wind towers.AR is a StartWhat else can AR do to help Mother Earth? An interesting implementation I would enjoy seeing would be to create 3D visualizations that help show the slow death march of the climate crisis. For instance, travellers visiting glaciers could hold up their devices and see what the landscape looked like from their perspective in years past – revealing the gradual retreat of glaciers from global warming.So can augmented reality help save the planet? Not all by itself, no. But when used to help both scientists and everyday people better see the data in the world around them, it can certainly be a useful tool. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Why Press Releases Aren’t Always the Best Way to Get Press

first_imgTags:#start#tips audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 75% of journalists find well-targeted, well-written news releases useful, according to a recent survey by Oriella PR Network, an alliance of 15 PR agencies from around the world. As Jeremy Porter, author of Journalistics notes, this sort of information is pretty misleading. Do journalists prefer well-written, well-targeted press releases over poorly-written, off-topic ones? Well sure. Duh. But are press releases our preferred source for information? Do we really like getting them? Meh.Porter suggests the following: “Take a break from this blog post and head over to one of the news wire services to read today’s headlines. Let me know when you find a release you’d like to write about it you were a journalist.”Undoubtedly, the press release is in little danger of disappearing. But as Porter argues and I think most journalists would agree, there are better alternatives to getting our attention.“You know what works better than a press release?” Porter asks. “Try having a real conversation with a journalist.” Pay attention to what topics we cover. Pay attention to how our publications work.While a press release might cover every detail of your new product, service, hire, funding, or feature, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will generate a good story – or any story at all, for that matter. Porter offers some other tips that he believes will be more useful:Blog“Your blog is your own media outlet. Share everything you can think of about your industry, passion, company, products and services.” Of course, this doesn’t mean that your blog merely becomes one more place to post your press releases. We are avid RSS feed-readers here at ReadWriteWeb. So make your blog worth subscribing to.MeetFind us at conferences and networking events. Introduce yourself. Be yourself. “Try not to act like the stereotypical PR person,” advises Porter. “If you don’t know what I mean, you’re probably acting like one.”ListenEngage us via social media. You can learn a lot about us by listening and paying attention to what we say and writer, rather than simply pitching at us.Avoid PR Spam“If you send crap to journalists, they remember.” Honestly, if we haven’t responded to you after you’ve sent us the same announcement half-a-dozen times, it’s not because we’re super busy. It’s because sending us the same announcement half-a-dozen times is spam.Do journalists appreciate clearly-written press releases? Of course. But are press releases the best way to generate media attention? Not necessarily.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Help For Facebook Regret: Web, Android App Now Allows Editing For Live Posts

first_imgreadwrite Finally—after a summer of testing, Facebook has decided to support the editing of posts after they’ve been published. Previously, user regret forced people to delete their posts—along with any “likes,” comments or related links, videos or photos—and start again. The feature launches on the website and Android today, and will be coming soon to Facebook’s iOS app.  Tags:#Facebook#now#social Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more