Former CFPB Director Discusses Bureau’s Response to COVID-19

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News May 1, 2020 1,040 Views Former CFPB Director Discusses Bureau’s Response to COVID-19 CFPB Coronavirus 2020-05-01 Mike Albanese Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: GSEs Report Coronavirus-Driven Income Loss Next: 7.3% of Active Mortgages Now in Forbearance  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Former CFPB Director Discusses Bureau’s Response to COVID-19 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: CFPB Coronavirus Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese The first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said the Bureau should be doing more to help consumers. “The consumer’s bureau … has been missing in action,” said Richard Cordray during a webinar with the Brooking’s Institute. Cordray said the burden during this crisis has been mostly falling onto the shoulders of the consumers—many of which are running out of savings and unable to pay mortgages. He said this crisis needed actions, enforcement, and oversight from the CFPB, which he said initially thought of this crisis as strictly business-focused. Cordray points out the issues facing mortgage servicers, who are offering deferred payments to consumers during this crisis. He added that if these servicers are being held accountable, consumers will not be given relief. “I think it’s time for the consumer’s bureau to step up,” he said. Cordray added one of the issues facing servicers is there are many in the mix, and the nonbank servicers are not as capitalized and not as well prepared to handle downfalls. He said one of the items that he and the Financial Stability Oversight Council were working on before his departure was properly capitalizing servicers. Also, he said mortgage servicing, for the most part, is an easy job when things are going well. However, during downturns, volumes increase, and servicers become overwhelmed. Cordray said nobody could have been prepared for this, but mortgage servicers could have done more than what they did. He added that after the Great Recession 12 years ago, it would be very difficult to go back to a community-based lending model. Cordray said advancements had been made in the economy and it has made life for consumers better, but it does come with risks. Cordray said the Great Recession was mostly driven by foreclosures, for both consumers and business, and that doesn’t bode well for the economy. He said courts become clogged, the time frame for foreclosures stretches out, and the end results is an abundance of abandoned homes. “We saw how dysfunctional it was during the last crisis,” he said, adding foreclosures need to be used as a last resort.  Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Benfica fans stone players after bad result; two players hospitalized after attack!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Reuters/BenficaAdvertisement 3aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsauw1tWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3jl( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4Would you ever consider trying this?😱advkCan your students do this? 🌚kfd3Roller skating! Powered by Firework The football fans of Portugal were finally treated with the return of Liga Nos- the country’s top football division with a mouth watering fixture of the elites SL Benfica going head to head against Tondela. Three months after seeing their club back in action, the Benfica fans were eager to see a stunning match with the club securing a clean three points. Instead, the match ended in 0-0, and some agitated fans pelted stones on the team bus following the game, injuring two players.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/BenficaThe incident happened following the match on Thursday, when the team bus had exited the Estadio da Luz. Following FC Porto’s 2-1 defeat against Famailcao earlier, Benfica missed the chance to secure the lead in the table due to the goalless draw.The over enthusiastic fans, who gathered outside the stadium as spectators weren’t allowed inside due to the COVID-19 outbreak, took out their frustration on the team bus while it was on the highway, with pelting stones.Advertisement Two Benfica players, Julian Weigl and Andrija Živković sustained injury after being hit with shrapnel, and were taken to hospital in Lisbon. Bruno Lage, the club gaffer was also injured in the attack.Živković, the 23 year old Serbian winger and a fan favourite, joined Benfica in 2016, while Weigl, the 24 year old German midfielder arrived at Os Encarnados this January.Advertisement Following the incident, the club released an official statement, where they denounced the stone attack on the players, and have confirmed that the perpetrators are being searched with the help of local authorities.“Benfica denounce the criminal stoning the bus of its players was victim to,” the statement read.“We guarantee total collaboration with authorities to whom we appeal for the greatest effort to be made in identifying the offenders responsible for these criminal acts,” the statement added.Both Benfica and Porto now share the league table with 60 points each, however, the former have a higher goal difference of 38, compared to the latter’s 33.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Read who just became the first footballer ever to earn $1 billion!Read which Indian legend Aaron Finch picked to open in an India – Aus combined ODI XI Advertisementlast_img read more

Celebrating Miracles at Christmas

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithVic and Courtney Rossomanno and their three children will be celebrating their own little miracle this Christmas. And they know that miracle came about because of the skill of specialists, technology, and a series of incidents they can only describe as happening because of their faith. The Rossomannos have a daughter, Elizabeth, who is 2, Vic’s son, Joey, who is 15, and Victoria, who will be a year old January 13.Victoria is the miracle they are celebrating.The youngest Rossomanno was born 25 weeks prematurely two weeks into 2014, and the medical reason for that surprise birth has never been identified. Courtney had had a wonderful, healthy and happy pregnancy up until the time she suddenly went into labor and was rushed to the hospital. Victoria weighed in at a critical 1 pound, 10 ounces, stretched over a 12-inch frame. She literally could fit inside a shoebox. And she was absolutely perfect, her proud mother beams.One of the highlights for the Rossomannos will be Christmas Eve, when their relatives will be gathering at their house rather than Vic’s mother’s, Mimi Mayes, to celebrate in the Italian tradition with music, song, love and friendship…and no fewer than seven fish entrees on the Christmas Eve dinner table. Courtney is overwhelmed with the excitement of it all. “I can’t put it into words; we are always experiencing miracles.”Victoria’s miracles began at her birth when, because of her tiny size, she was admitted to the neo-natal intensive care unit at Monmouth Medical Center, her home for the next 134 days. It was a time the family and close friends rallied together to ensure both parents could visit their newest daughter every day, juggling the care for Elizabeth at the same time. It wasn’t until nine days after the birth that they could hold the infant for the first time, and then for only an hour a day. Gradually the time was increased; in the meantime, they spent their time, sometimes up to eight hours for Courtney, talking to Victoria, singing to her, going on rounds with the nurses and learning the intricacy of caring for a determined little fighter after they could take her home. Big sister Elizabeth was able to come to the hospital and visit Victoria on Easter and Mother’s Day.There was a serious setback when Victoria was 2 1/2 months old and contracted a staph infection. It was a frightening time for the young couple who were first told Victoria had meningitis; an ultra sound showed she had two brain bleeds, apparently the result of the staph infection.Treatment of that problem is highly specialized and normally would mean the infant would have to be rushed to CHOP, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. But the next of many miracles the family has experienced had already occurred. Garrett Zoeller a Morristown physician specializing in both adult and pediatric neurosurgery, had just become affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center the day before Victoria’s situation developed. And while he could see, treat, and diagnose Victoria at Monmouth, he preferred to complete the necessary surgery at St. Barnabas in Livingston, one of the other hospitals with which he is affiliated.  At under three months of age, Victoria had her first surgery.  Back once again at Monmouth, it was determined she had hydrocephalus, and two more surgeries were necessary to drain the fluids. In July, Dr. Zoeller inserted a shunt which will be permanent for Victoria, but will continue to drain fluids before they build to a crucial level.The Rossomannos, grateful and appreciative of all the help and prayers they received, reacted spontaneously when they saw a sign about the March of Dimes and its work with premature infants. They immediately launched their own fundraising campaign for the March of Dimes, raising more than $6,000 through events both at one of Vic’s restaurants… he runs several Quaker Steak & Lube restaurants in New Jersey…as well as other fundraisers. And the Rossomannos have been named the March of Dimes Family of the Year for the Jersey Shore for 2015.“We are so blessed, we have been so fortunate,” the attractive and capable mom smiles, “we believe Victoria was given to us for a reason. We feel we have to give back and help others.” They are active with Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation, Courtney took both girls to Washington, D.C. to visit with Sen. Chris Smith and other Congressional leaders to keep them better informed of the special problems premature infants face and the need for government support for foundations that help families and further education. They want to continue to inform the public of special situations, and great milestones, for children like Victoria who only have 50 percent of their total brain.They’re on Facebook at Victory for Victoria Community with dozens of photos of their happy, impish little daughter and progress notes on her growth and development, sharing information with other parents with premature children.There are the numerous visits to all kinds of therapists and specialists, Courtney admits, generally five a week. There are MRIs every two to three months to keep track of the infant’s progress. “But we were told not to expect her to have any gross motor skill development,” Courtney says, then giggles as she watches Victoria roll over, laugh, hold her bottle with great dexterity, and do everything else an average full-term 6 month old would do.The couple’s faith in God and their belief God has some special reason for giving Victoria to the Rossomannos cannot be denied. Courtney describes herself as a traditional, rather than orthodox, practicing Jew, so the children have been baptized Catholic, Vic’s religion, and the family, Courtney included, worships at St. Anselm’s Catholic Church in Tinton Falls. The family also lights the eight candles on their menorah set up in the dining room.  For both parents, whichever formal religion in which they worship isn’t the important thing, because “it really doesn’t matter….so long as God is there.”last_img read more

Oceanport Says No To Medical And Recreational Marijuana

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |  However, like Oakes, Viana says gaining access to cannabis oil is difficult, forcing her to perform the oil extraction process in her own home.“If this vote didn’t happen tonight, if marijuana wasn’t banned in Oceanport, it would allow for safer and easier access to my son’s medication,” Viana said. “Bottom line, I shouldn’t be forced to make this stuff in my own kitchen. It should be made and regulated in a government lab and properly manufactured, like anyone else would get their medication. Safe access is all I want.”Middletown resident and founder of Monmouth County Cannabis Advocates for Responsible Education (C.A.R.E.), Vincent DiGioia-Laird, stepped before the council just days after the death of a friend from an opioid overdose.DiGioia-Laird discussed how his past opioid addiction to the pain reliever Oxycodone, which he began taking for a back injury, led to heroin addiction.According to DiGioia-Laird it was cannabis oil that helped him kick the habit, and he believes that, through proper education and outreach, it’s a tactic that can help save the lives of many local residents caught up in the heroin epidemic sweeping through Monmouth County. OCEANPORT – On the eve of “Weed Day,” an international holiday for cannabis consumption, the Borough Council took a stand against marijuana sales and production within its own borders.At Oceanport’s April 19 council meeting, the governing body voted 5-0 to approve an amendment to an ordinance that prohibits the launch of any business engaged in the growth or sale of medicinal and recreational marijuana or paraphernalia in any of the borough’s zoning districts, including its section of Fort Monmouth.Council president Joseph A. Irace said the ordinance was a preemptive movement to counteract future development plans for borough property that might coincide with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s stated intentions to legalize marijuana.“The problem with the way it’s set up now, these dispensaries are anywhere from 150,000- to 300,000-square-feet facilities, and that sort of construction kind of doesn’t fit in the borough of Oceanport,” Irace said. “If it does pass (at the state level) recreationally, these types of businesses just don’t fit with the complexity of our town.” “With the resolution we’re asking that, for medical use, it be downgraded to Schedule II, which would allow it to be sold in a pharmacy, where we think it should be sold,” Irace said. “We recognize that it has medicinal value. That’s why we passed a concurrent resolution to the ordinance. But we don’t think those large-scale facilities are right for Oceanport.”Prior to the vote, three impassioned speakers addressed the council, telling of the hardships they’re currently facing and how the cannabis ban would impede their therapeutic progress.Oceanport resident Jeffrey Oakes is a cancer patient who was about halfway through a 46-hour chemotherapy infusion. Too weak to stand, he sat in a chair to speak before the council.Weary from a lack of sleep due to his treatments, Oakes spoke about the politicization of his medication and the difficulties caused by a lack of access to marijuana.“This anti-cannabis parade has created problems for myself and a lot of other patients behind me,” Oakes said. “The efforts of (Murphy) have been to make changes that facilitate better access and lower pricing. But ordinances like this really handcuff (patients). And a lot of us don’t have time. A lot of us are in pain. I’m dealing with cancer. I need this stuff. You guys are interfering with my medicine and a lot of other people who deserve better access to it.”Susan Viana also lives in the borough and pleaded with the council on behalf of her son, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, a painful, chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the digestive tract. Viana has been treating her son’s ailment with cannabis oil, a proven medical remedy for the disease that she said has allowed her son to enter remission.center_img Oceanport now joins Rumson as the second Two River-area town to ban recreational and medicinal cannabis businesses. Other towns have also acted: Fair Haven will vote on a recreational business ban in May and Shrewsbury passed a medicinal cannabis dispensary ban in December.Irace admitted that he and the council recognize the medical benefits of cannabis, which is why they passed a coinciding resolution that night urging Congress and the federal government to change the classification of marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug. “Tonight’s vote proves one thing and it’s that they don’t care one bit about the opioid epidemic or the people caught up in it,” DiGioia-Laird said. “All we were asking tonight was to shelve the vote and take a little more time to talk. I don’t want to see recreational passed right now, because it’s going to ruin the medical program. Fix the medical first.“But they won’t even table it, to talk to real people like us who have experience,” he added. “Go take a tour of a dispensary. Sit down with people who are actually dying of cancer, of opioid addiction. These diseases and addictions are killing people in our community and this council wants to do nothing about it.”Mayor Jay Coffey did not have a vote on the ordinance but does believe it was a hasty measure, stating, “Until it’s legalized, I voiced my opinion that I thought (a vote) was premature. But it was a prophylactic measure. It could have been done six months ago or six months from now. They chose to do it now.“I haven’t met the person that is against medical marijuana applications, so I think what these people came up and spoke about tonight has a lot of credence,” Coffey added. “The gray area is when you start talking about dispensaries and the grow houses. We don’t mind medical use but should it be sold in downtown Oceanport?”This article was first published in the April 26 – May 3, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Chevron’s profits jump 18% for Q1

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN RAMON, Calif. — Coming off three straight years of record profits, Chevron Corp. on Friday reported that its earnings surged yet again to start 2007 as the oil company cashed out of a Netherlands venture and cashed in on lucrative refining margins that have contributed to high gasoline prices. The 18 percent increase in Chevron’s first-quarter profit delivered another reminder of the oil industry’s moneymaking prowess while motorists dig deeper into their pocketbooks to fuel their cars. The economic disparity has renewed calls for a windfall tax on the industry to help raise money for alternative energy. Chevron earned $4.7 billion, or $2.18 per share, during the first three months of the year, compared with net income of $4 billion, or $1.80 per share, at the same time last year. The San Ramon company turned a higher profit despite a 12 percent decline in revenue, to $48.2 billion during the period. The profit included a $700 million gain from Chevron’s sale of a minority stake in a Netherlands refinery. If not for that one-time boost, Chevron said, it would have earned $1.86 per share. That figure exceeded the average estimate of $1.67 per share among analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial. Chevron became the fourth of the world’s five largest publicly traded oil companies to release their first-quarter earnings this week, following BP PLC, ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil Corp. Combined, the four companies earned $22.2 billion, up by 4 percent from last year. Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe’s largest oil company, is scheduled to report its first-quarter results May 3. The latest quarter demonstrated that lower oil prices don’t necessarily translate into lower profits for major oil companies. While oil prices fell from the same time last year, refining margins were generally higher. The refining margin reflects the difference between what it costs to refine crude oil and what the company makes from selling the finished products, such as gasoline and jet fuel. In the western United States, Chevron’s first-quarter refining margin climbed to $26.69 per barrel, a 46 percent increase from the same time last year. Those kinds of hefty refining margins eventually trickle down to the gasoline pump, where prices have soared beyond $3 per gallon in some parts of the country. Excluding the Netherlands sale, Chevron’s first-quarter profits rose 59 percent, to $923 million, in its “downstream” operations — the company arm that refines oil and sells gasoline. Chevron probably would have made even more money during the first quarter if not for maintenance work and a fire that shut down a major refinery in Richmond, Calif., for most of the period. The oil industry can more easily afford those kinds of operating hiccups with oil selling for as much as it has in recent years. Although they have fallen from last summer’s peak of nearly $78 per barrel, oil prices remain above $60 per barrel — a level that once seemed unsustainable, said Oppenheimer & Co. analyst Fadel Gheit. If prices remain at these levels, “the oil industry won’t be in the oil business much longer. It will be in the money business,” Gheit said. The favorable market conditions have enabled Chevron to earn $45 billion during the past three years, with its profit growing progressively higher each year. Chevron’s stock price has increased by more than 80 percent over the same period, creating about $75 billion in shareholder wealth. Chevron shares fell 10 cents to close at $78.08 on the New York Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Reminders about pre-harvest herbicide treatment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Loux, Ohio State University ExtensionInformation on pre-harvest herbicide treatments for field corn and soybeans can be found in the “Weed Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois” at the end of these crop sections (pages 74 and 141 of the 2019 edition). Products labeled for corn include Aim, glyphosate, and paraquat. Products listed in the guide for soybeans include Aim, paraquat, glyphosate, and Sharpen. Some dicamba products are also approved for preharvest use in all types of soybeans, which escaped our notice until now, so it is not listed in the guide.The basic information for pre-harvest dicamba (for 4 pounds per gallon products) is: apply 8 to 32 ounces per acre as a broadcast or spot treatment after soybean pods have reached mature brown color and at least 75% leaf drop has occurred. Soybeans may be harvested 14 days or more after a pre-harvest application. Do not use pre-harvest-treated soybean for seed unless a germination test is performed on the seed with an acceptable result of 95% germination or better; do not feed soybean fodder or hay following a preharvest application of this product.Preharvest herbicide treatments are primarily intended to suppress/kill and desiccate weeds that can make harvest more difficult. Products with contact activity will cause faster desiccation and leaf drop of weeds but may be less effective at killing weeds compared with systemic products. Effective desiccation with contact herbicides may still require a week or more following application. Differences can vary by weed.The maximum paraquat rate is well below the rate required to actually kill large weeds, but it is still probably most effective for desiccation of morninglory. Glyphosate is not likely to be effective on marestail and waterhemp, and many giant ragweed populations, whereas dicamba may with enough time between application and harvest. The first frost will usually provide the same results, so in a situation where crop maturity is delayed as is the case in many fields this year, consider whether an herbicide treatment is actually needed.Pre-harvest treatments are not intended to be used to speed up crop maturity, and largely do not accomplish this. The restrictions on pre-harvest treatments that specify how mature the crop must be at time of application are designed to minimize any effect of herbicides on crop maturation. Applying earlier than specified could interfere with that process. The residue tolerances for this use are also based on a certain application timing, and failure to follow label guidelines could result in illegal herbicide residues in grain.last_img read more

Govt classifies ocean power as renewable energy

first_imgNew Delhi: Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh on Thursday approved a proposal to declare ocean energy as renewable energy. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has clarified to all stakeholders that energy produced using various forms of ocean energy, such as tidal, wave, ocean thermal energy conversion, shall be considered as renewable energy and shall be eligible for meeting non-solar renewable purchase obligations (RPO), a statement by the MNRE said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis step has been taken by the MNRE after some renewable energy developers sought clarification in this regard, according to the statement. Under the RPO, distribution companies (discoms) are required to have certain proportion of clean energy supplies. The proportion is fixed by state power regulators. The discoms can also buy renewable energy certificates in lieu of mandated clean energy supplies, from the developers or renewable power generators. Oceans cover 70 per cent of the earth’s surface and represent an enormous amount of energy in the form of wave, tidal, marine current and thermal gradient.last_img read more

Island Living Real Estate Expands New Agent Calls for Lowrise Condos to

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 3 Nov 2014 – One week after Kerryann Pearce settled in to her new post as an estate agent at Island Living Real Estate headquartered on East Bay Street, she popped up with an idea likely to stir strong opinions for and against, but one she believes will give one of Nassau’s most established districts, Eastern Road, the shot in the arm it deserves and the market it needs.The East, she says, has a lot to learn from the West. “The success story in New Providence real estate for the past decade has been west from the near side of Cable Beach all the way to Old Fort Bay and Albany,” said Pearce. “There is a lot we can learn from what drove sales there and — the demand for attractive condominium living. People want more security and less maintenance.”Now, she says, it is time to take those principles of lifestyle to the eastern side of the island, and in particular, to areas of Eastern Road which she suggests should be re-zoned from single family residential to multi-family.“The East is beginning to show signs of resurgence,” said Pearce. “Eastern Road and its side streets have so many positive things to offer — close to schools, churches, shopping, beautiful views of Montagu Bay, good boating, mature trees, sweet breezes and brilliant landscaping. It really is a beautiful part of the island. But existing offerings do not match current market trends. It is getting more difficult to find buyers who want grand estates. For some of the current owners of those estates, times have changed. Their children are grown. They want to downsize, to find a community that offers lifestyle amenities. And there are not a lot of people coming behind them who want the maintenance of homes they are roaming around alone in a mini-mansion built for large families and elaborate parties decades ago. That means there is a very limited market.”That reality, she said, is playing itself out in the listings on Eastern Road of what she calls “beautiful estates with breathtaking views that stay on the market month after month and, in a few cases, for years.” The answer, she believes, lies in what she calls “a realistic re-zoning.” That re-zoning should be a matter for public consultation, but she suggests an area that would allow for construction of one or two high-end condominium developments with pools, fitness centre, covered parking, maybe even casual dining options and in-house concierge services.“A few years ago, this would not have been practical but since the road improvements that have substantially reduced the time people spend in traffic in peak hours, the time has come to be realistic about the future of the eastern end of the island,” she said. “Eastern Road is one of the treasures of New Providence, and it deserves to be brought into current market realities while preserving its historic integrity with deep set lots, large trees and breathtaking landscaping and views.”Pearce is the newest agent joining the firm that is housed in an historic building on East Bay Street. Island Living Real Estate handles residential and commercial sales and leasing and property management with a niche in the $300,000 to $1 million residential market. Related Items:island living real estate, kerryann pearce, nassau Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Another Murder in Nassau GB Port Authority given new milestones, with extension of concessionslast_img read more

Hunger Strike outside Governors Yard

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#HungerStrike, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 6th 2017 – Grand Turk – It’s been 15 days since Valerie Jennings staged a hunger strike (just 6 days short of Mahatma Gandhi’s record). Jennings claimed that she suffers from a disease called Muscular Dystrophy and also has severe feet problems, which poses a treat to her wellbeing. She is currently unemployed, has a young son and no money to treat her medical condition, yet Valerie is silently protesting at the Governor’s yard in Waterloo.Her protest, which began on Monday 22nd May 2017, came due to the fact that Jennings claimed she was released from her position in the Cultural Department in the Ministry of Tourism without good reason or receiving her appropriate severance package. Jennings said for almost 9 years she’s been “politically” and “medically victimized” by the British under the direct rule of the TCI.In addition to her strike, Jennings has written to the Queen of England, The Governor, Baroness Anelay, Premier Robinson, the Opposition leader and the media requesting an urgent sit down with the Baroness and a U.N representative to discuss BREXIT, Independence/constitutional change; British assistance with opening of a mental home in the TCI, in addition to TCI being given funds to assist the homeless victims of Hurricane Ike, Crime, unemployment, SIPT, other civil matters, health care and treatment for persons with specials needs in the TCI.  Jennings is now calling for TCI Independence, assistance for her medical condition and for justice to be served.Her form of protest may seem extreme to many, but this concerned citizen has highlighted many important issues that people within the TCI have been dealing with for years and fallen victim to as well. Jennings says injustice was not only done to her but also “her people and our country.” Consequently, Jennings was a candidate in the recent general election.Though she has made 15 days outside the governor’s gate, the Governor is yet to acknowledge or hear her out. No one knows how long Jennings would be able to maintain her hunger strike, due to the fact the her medical condition also causes her to fall down a lot and her family is gravely concerned.center_img Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews#HungerStrikelast_img read more