first_imgThepayout comes at an untimely moment for Deutsche, which is embarkingon a radical cost-cutting overhaul that involves 18,000 job cuts andthe closure of its loss-making equities business. Deutsche Bank pays out £156m as it settles Vestia derivative case The Dutch group is to drop its legal case at the High Court after revealing on its website today that Duetsche Bank would financially settle the long-running row. LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 05: A general view of Deutsche Bank on September 5, 2011 in London, England. Shares at Deutsche Bank fell by nearly 9 per cent today after news emerged that it was one of several banks currently being examined by the Serious Fraud Office, to determine whether financial institutions fraudulently misrepresented asset backed securities deals to clients in the UK. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Sebastian McCarthy More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org Vestiahad accused Deutsche Bank of improperly selling interest ratederivatives. Friday 12 July 2019 3:06 pm Sixyears ago the affordable housing firm found itself in seriousfinancial trouble after making major losses on derivates it hadbought from investment banks including Deutsche Bank.center_img Read more: Deutsche Bank – saved in the nick of time? whatsapp Read more: US Department of Justice probes Deutsche links with 1MDB Troubled Germanlender Deutsche Bank has paid out €175m(£156m) in a settlement with Holland’slargest public housing corporation, Vestia. It has also emerged this week that the German bank is reportedly being investigated by the US department of justice over whether it violated anti-money laundering laws in its work with the Maylasian state fund 1MDB. Share whatsapp According to the Wall Street Journal, US officials are understood to be probing the German lender over its ties with the 1MDB investment vehicle between the years of 2009 and 2015, when billions of dollars were looted and spent on items including luxury yachts and expensive pieces of art.last_img read more

first_imgCrime & Courts | Southcentral | State Government | WesternAlaska Senate passes crime bill, adjourns from special sessionNovember 10, 2017 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:John Skidmore, director of the Criminal Division in the Department of Law, presents testimony relating to SB 54 before the Senate Judiciary Committee in March. The Senate sent the bill to Gov. Bill Walker on Friday. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The state Senate adjourned from the special session today, passing one bill on the session agenda while declining to act on the other.Senators did act on a wide-ranging bill to scale back last year’s reductions to criminal sentences.The Senate voted Friday to agree to the changes the House made to Senate Bill 54. It now is headed to Gov. Bill Walker’s desk.The Senate didn’t act on a proposal by Walker to tax income from employment, intended to help close the gap between state spending and revenue.The Senate passed the criminal justice bill 11-8, despite a series of concerns raised about the measure.Representatives of the court system, prosecutors, public defenders and law enforcement questioned whether changes made by the House would withstand court challenges.Several experts said one provision may violate offenders’ constitutional rights.Department of Law’s Criminal Division director John Skidmore questioned the provision. It applies the same sentences to people who commit class C felonies for the first time as those who commit more serious class B felonies.He said it would certainly face a legal challenge.“For the C and B felonies, having them have the same sentencing range, I’m telling you, that is a problem,” he said. “That’s not just somebody saying, ‘I’m going to file a lawsuit,’ and it may or may not be frivolous. I’m telling you there’s also a legal issue there that the courts will have to resolve.”The Senate passed a version of the bill for the first time in April.The House made 28 amendments in committees and on the floor during the special session.It was those amendments that troubled legal experts Friday.Senators could have rejected the House amendments, which would have led to a conference committee to settle their differences. But the Senate decided against the move.Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon said residents have called for stricter penalties. She said the law allows judges discretion to decide sentences individually.“From a public perception, at least if you have been aggrieved, if you have had someone die close to you, if you have had someone’s, your car taken, that when it goes through a court process, the B or the C does not determine in the end the final consequence. It’s the judge,” she said.Bethel majority-caucus Democratic Sen. Lyman Hoffman opposed the House version.“If we see something that is wrong in the bill, that’s constitutionally challenging, we should not go forward in my opinion to make that law, and then have it fixed later,” Hoffman said. “If we see that it is wrong, we as legislators should fess up and fix it.”Quinlan Steiner leads the state Public Defender Agency. He said that the potential flaw with class C felony sentencing could lead the courts to throw it out, leading back to Senate Bill 91.That means first-time class C felons would face suspended sentences instead of immediate jail time.“That’s what the litigation is going to be about,” Steiner said. “It’s not speculative. It will be filed. It will be an issue in every single C felony case, until it’s resolved.”Senators who spoke in favor of today’s bill described it as tough on crime and said a vote against it would be a step backward.The House must adjourn by Monday or the Senate will be called back.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementPulling on door handles is simple. Deputies say that is how easy it is to break into your car.Palmer said his neighborhood is usually quiet. He feels the burglaries are unusual and alarming. Crimes like this are the reason why authorities want you to remember to lock those cars every night, secure your valuables and bring in your keys.  AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.–The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a string of car burglaries in Port Charlotte. The thieves seen in the surveillance video took off with at least one gun, according to a neighbor. Larry Palmer said he and his wife were tired last night after getting home late. They forgot to lock their car, which made it easy for thieves to take a look around.Palmer is one of three residents on or around Strasburg Drive who has had their car broken into by thieves. AdvertisementTags: burglariesCharlotte CountyCharlotte County Sheriff’s Office Security camera captures moment 2 Charlotte County burglars realized they were on tape June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments RELATEDTOPICS If you recognize the suspects, call the Charlotte County Sheriff’s office. Englewood mother joins teenage son behind bars for involvement in accidental shooting June 16, 2021 One arrested, two on the run in blundered Charlotte County burglary June 16, 2021 Advertisement FOOTAGE: Casual candle thieves nab $1,200 in merchandise June 14, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Megan Harman “Financial advisors are increasingly the target of E&O claims,” said Tasson. “There is more litigation in our society to begin with, and there’s more litigation against professionals.” In some cases, this is being driven by “deep pocket theory” – the idea that since professionals such as life insurance agents are required to carry E&O insurance, any client who pursues litigation is ultimately going after the insurance company, and not the advisor. “The advisor is not going to pay out of pocket; it’s going to be the insurance company,” Tasson said. “In some cases that’s accurate, but what consumers fail to realize is the emotional, stressful, financial turmoil that takes in having the advisor involved.” Some of the most common allegations against advisors include failure to assess a client’s true risk tolerance, failure to disclose the risks associated with a product, recommending unsuitable products, breach of fiduciary duty when an advisor puts his or her own interests ahead of the client’s, and misrepresentation of how an insurance or investment product works. Tasson recommends implementing the following best practices to avoid claims, and to position yourself favourably in situations when claims arise: > Clearly explain to clients the nature of the services that you offer, and avoid giving the impression that you’re a one-stop shop for all of their financial services needs, unless you are fully licensed and qualified to do so. For instance, even though you may give tax-related advice with respect to a client’s registered investments, clarify that you are not an accountant, Tasson said. “It’s very important to be clear about the services that you do and do not provide.” > After meetings, provide clients with a summary of what was discussed and any recommendations or decisions that were made. Even a casual email summarizing the meeting provides a paper trail that constitutes meaningful evidence in court, in case a claim arises, Tasson said. “How can a judge say that didn’t happen when it’s in writing?” > Keep all of your client files indefinitely. Even if you’re no longer working with certain clients, Tasson recommends holding onto their files, whether in an electronic or paper-based format. Although many advisors follow the rule of keeping files for seven years, she said E&O claims can arise many years after a transaction has occurred, and documentation is critical to support your case in court. “You never know what’s going to transpire going forward,” Tasson said. Court approves data breach settlements with BMO, CIBC Related news Errors and omissions (E&O) insurance claims against financial advisors are becoming increasingly common, but there are steps that advisors can take to mitigate claims, according to Roberta Tasson, vice president of corporate risk at The Magnes Group Inc. Speaking at the Independent Financial Brokers (IFB) Spring Summit in Toronto on Wednesday, Tasson said there’s a greater willingness among consumers to sue the professionals they work with, in cases where they feel they’ve been given bad advice. center_img Bitcoin surge doesn’t affect damages, B.C. court says Keywords Lawsuits,  Errors and omissions insurance Universal life policies can’t be used for unlimited deposits, appeal court rules Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

first_img IG Wealth Management expands mandate of U.S. equity private pool Tessie Sanci CI launches new private markets product for HNW clients The program includes 10 Sentry private pool funds for investors looking to accumulate wealth before retirement. The funds are specifically meant to generate capital growth and steady income while managing risk. Sentry also has developed a line of income funds, called Real Income, to address the financial challenges of those in retirement. “During retirement your key risks are longevity, inflation and volatility of income,” says Sandy McIntyre, vice chairman and chief investment officer, Sentry Investments, in a statement released Monday. “For longevity, you need a high probability that income will last through retirement,” he adds. “To deal with inflation and income volatility, you need stable monthly income that increases with inflation and is not affected by the volatility of markets. Real Income aims to solve all three challenges.” The private investment program includes three actively managed portfolios that are individually designed based on the investor’s birth year. Those portfolios are: Sentry Real Income 1951-55 Class; Sentry Real Income 1946-50 Class; and Sentry Real Income 1941-45 Class. Sentry also has a Real Income Custom Solution lineup of four pooled funds, which are designed to help financial advisors develop personal retirement-income strategies and manage the evolving retirement needs of their clients. All private pools and portfolios within the program will be available in Series A, Series F and Series O and, with the exception of two fixed-income pools, are offered in a corporate-class format. The full list of the products included in the private investment program can be found through the firm’s announcement (http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/sentry-investments-launches-sentry-private-investment-program-2139559.htm). The minimum investment amount for Sentry’s private pool funds and the firm’s managed portfolios under the Real Income product lineup is $100,000. That requirement is waived if members of a household collectively invest $250,000 with Sentry. The minimum to participate in Sentry’s Real Income Custom Solution is $250,000. Photo copyright: goodluz/123RF Advice needed on retirement income strategies, report finds Keywords High net-worth clientsCompanies Sentry Investments Inc. Toronto-based Sentry Investments Inc. has launched a private investment program designed to pay equal attention to the finances of high net-worth investors both prior to and during retirement. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IG Wealth expands offerings for HNW investorslast_img read more

first_imgRelatedGov’t to Re-Table and Pass Port Security act This Year RelatedGov’t to Re-Table and Pass Port Security act This Year RelatedGov’t to Re-Table and Pass Port Security act This Year Gov’t to Re-Table and Pass Port Security act This Year UncategorizedJanuary 28, 2008center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of National Security, Derrick Smith, has said that the Government will be taking measures to strengthen security at the nation’s ports, including the re-tabling and passage of the Port Security Act by the end of the year.The Minister, who was addressing an information fair organized by the Jamaica Customs Department yesterday (Jan. 26) at Dump Up Beach in Montego Bay, said that the legislation will, among other things, provide for the establishment of a single agency with responsibility for security at the ports and bonded warehouses.“I intend to have discussions with my counterpart Minister Mike Henry in the Ministry of Transport and Works, so that, that bill could be looked at again, re-tabled and to ensure that it is passed into law by the end of this calendar year,” he stated.The move, he said is in keeping with Government efforts to curtail the illicit trade in drug and guns and appealed for all well-thinking Jamaicans to join in the fight. “We as a nation need to continue to increase our actions against these smugglers who are clever and who are wealthy and who on many occasions, succeed in buying their way forward. We must keep at it because if we don’t, not withstanding past efforts and not withstanding efforts at the international level, we will not be successful,” the Security Minister noted.He further commended the “hardworking custom personnel, those on the front line and those in the back room. Continue doing your work. We appreciate your efforts, not only in bringing in the revenue to the Government, but the role you play to minimize illicit items entering our country. I say to you, continue to be professional, continue to be honest and of the highest integrity. Keep up the good work.”The information fair, held under the theme: ‘The fight against drug trafficking,’ was the culmination of a week of activities by Jamaica Customs to mark International Customs Day.Hundreds of persons attended the event, where they were sensitized about the work of the Customs Department and associated public and private sector agencies.Among the agencies and institutions that set up display booths were the Tax Administration Department, Statistical Institute of Jamaica, Customs Enforcement Unit, Organized Crime Unit, custom brokers, and the Jamaica Bankers Association. Advertisementslast_img read more

first_imgMaking New Zealand safer for everyone The Government has today announced a raft of initiatives in its response to the recommendations to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Masjidain.These actions will promote inclusion for all New Zealanders while recognising and responding to the value diversity brings to our communities.The Government will support our diverse communities by:creating a Ministry for Ethnic Communitiesestablishing an Ethnic Communities Graduate Programmeproviding wrap around services for the families of 51 Shuhadah and others affected by the attackestablishing a National Centre of Excellence to focus on diversity, social cohesion, and preventing and countering violent extremismtrialling support for young children to improve their self-regulation, resilience, and social skillsThe Government will tackle harmful behaviour and discrimination by:establishing the New Zealand Police programme Te Raranga, The Weave, to respond to hate crime and hate incidentsStrengthening the capacity of the Human Rights CommissionImplementing early intervention to prevent terrorism and violent extremism through the Multi-Agency Coordination and Intervention ProgrammeMaking changes to the incitement provisions in the Human Rights Act, including amending protections against discrimination to explicitly protect trans, gender diverse and intersex peopleExtending the Safer Communities Fund“Some groups within our communities are not able to access the same opportunities as others, and experience discrimination, racism, and risks to their safety. This Government is committed to ensuring all people feel safe, that they belong, are valued and can contribute,” says Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan.Social CohesionIn response to recommendation 30, this Government will establish a Ministry for Ethnic Communities. This new Ministry will take the place of the Office for Ethnic Communities and will increase the standing and mana of the agency, improve its leadership within the public sector and provide a greater ability to deliver on the ongoing work to better support and respond to the needs of our diverse communities.“With these actions, we are laying the foundations for a better future, and a fairer more equitable New Zealand”, Minister Priyanca Radhakrishnan says.To address recommendations around increased representation in the public sector, the Government will be launching an Ethnic Communities Graduate Programme. This will provide 30 graduates over 18 months with a meaningful first employment opportunity within the Public Service and the opportunity to input broader cultural competency into the public sector.As well as this graduate programme, a National Centre of Excellence will be formed that will bring together academia, civil society and government to research the prevention of radicalisation, social cohesion in a New Zealand context and guide the work of policy agencies across government.Te RarangaThe establishment of Te Raranga, The Weave has today been welcomed by the Minister of Police, Poto Williams.“The Royal Commission of Inquiry was clear about the need to improve responses and recording of hate crime incidents. The name Te Raranga, The Weave was chosen to reflect the need to weave people, whānau, and communities together to reduce incidents of hate crime and hate incidents,” Poto Williams says.“Te Raranga, The Weave will also implement a victim-centric hate crime approach and work with partners to develop restorative justice options for victims, communities and those that cause this type of harm.“The programme will look to improve frontline practice to identify, record, and manage hate-motivated incidents and hate crimes,” Poto Williams says.Multi-Agency Coordination and Intervention ProgrammeThe Multi-Agency Coordination and Intervention Programme will work to prevent terrorism and violent extremism as early as possible, says Police Minister Poto Williams.“Those identified by the Programme are expected to receive tailored, wrap-around support to disentangle themselves from harmful influences, and direct their behaviour away from violent extremism and acts of hate,” says Poto Williams.“Interventions include tackling vulnerabilities, such as risk of suicide and self-harm, mental health and disability needs, alcohol and drug issues, poor education and limited or no employment opportunities.“We want early intervention to become prevention by enhancing social inclusion in our societies, and proactively responding to harmful behaviour,” says Poto Williams.Strengthening laws against inciting hatredThe Minister of Justice has confirmed the Government’s intention to strengthen laws related to hate-motivated activity and inciting hatred against an individual or group.“Speech which is abusive or threatening and incites hostility towards a group or person can cause significant harm,” Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said.“In line with the Royal Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations, Cabinet has agreed to a number of measures to improve provisions in the Human Rights Act (1993) relating to incitement.“The Government intends to establish an engagement process with community groups to discuss these changes.“New Zealand is a diverse country, and that diversity is a source of our strength. Our society is full of insights, skills and opportunities because of the many different people who call New Zealand home,” Kris Faafoi said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Christchurch, Commission, community, Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, education, employment, Ethnic Communities, Government, Human Rights, justice, mental health, New Zealand, New Zealand Police, police, resilience, royal commissionlast_img read more

first_imgBureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces New Industry Advisory Group Appointments The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ (OBO) Industry Advisory Group (IAG) has ensured OBO is adopting the building industry’s latest concepts, methods, best practices, innovations, and ideas related to its mission to provide safe, secure, and resilient facilities for the U.S. Government since its founding in 2001.The new 2021-2023 term appointees represent a diverse group of experts with focuses that include: architecture, construction, engineering, historic preservation, interior design, landscape architecture, portfolio management, security, sustainability, and climate security & resilience.The complete list of new members, along with their professional bios, can be found on the OBO Industry Advisory Group Peers web page.Since the start of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program in 1999, OBO has completed 164 new diplomatic facilities. OBO currently has more than 50 active projects either in design or under construction worldwide.OBO provides safe, secure, functional, and resilient facilities that represent the U.S. Government to the host nation and that support U.S. diplomats in advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives abroad. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:architecture, building, climate, Department of State, diplomatic, Engineering, Government, industry, landscape architecture, resilience, security, sustainabilitylast_img read more

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail CU-Boulder College of Business Dean Steven Manaster has appointed Professor Richard Wobbekind as associate dean of external relations, pending approval by the Board of Regents at their Aug. 3 meeting. Wobbekind will continue to serve in his current role as director of the college’s Business Research Division. “Rich’s expertise with state and local businesses will help us forge important partnerships with these constituencies,” said Manaster. “He will be instrumental in promoting our outreach programs and building relationships with companies throughout the state.” As director of the Business Research Division, Wobbekind works with leaders in business, government and education to develop economic forecasts and market assessments. In 1997, Wobbekind received the Bank One Colorado Corporation Faculty Community Service Award. The honor, awarded by the University of Colorado, recognizes faculty who provide educational, humanitarian or civic service. The selection committee noted Wobbekind’s dedication to outreach activities and his commitment to facilitating interaction between the university and other state organizations. Wobbekind joined the College of Business faculty in 1985 and was appointed director of the Business Research Division in 1991. He teaches macroeconomics, public policy and managerial economics. He participates in numerous professional organizations including the Boulder Economic Council, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, the National Association of Business Economists, Western Regional Science Association and the Western Economics Association. He is a member and past president of both the Denver Association of Business Economists and the Association for University Business and Economics Research. Wobbekind also is a member of the Governor’s Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee, the Denver Regional Council of Government’s Forecast 2025 Advisory Committee and the State Demographers Tourism Advisory Committee. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bucknell University and a master’s and doctorate in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Published: July 5, 2000 last_img read more

first_imgStudent uses the stage, journalism to shine a light on veterans The culmination of his work is How to Leave a Battlefield, a stage play the student wrote using transcripts from some of the recorded interviews in the hopes of shining a light on soldiers transitioning to civilian life. Read more Giving voice to homeless people felt natural for McNamara, who grew up in Louisville, Colorado, and volunteered at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and the Samaritan House in Denver.“It always struck me when I was little that the homeless were the same as you and me,” McNamara says. “They have hopes, dreams, fears, stories, advice, families … all these things that make humans, humans, and make lives interesting. It’s easier to forget that fact because (the homeless) are so commonly dehumanized.” Still, McNamara was nervous about his first interview. “It’s kind of like talking to someone in middle school you have a crush on,” McNamara says. “Your palms are sweaty and you’re hoping it goes well and that you don’t say something that makes them feel too uncomfortable.” After his first interview, McNamara’s confidence in the project and in his interview skills grew. And with every interview, McNamara’s deeply rooted belief that homeless people are just regular people was confirmed. “I have heard some absolutely crazy stories about how one or two poor decisions and a lack of a support network prevent people from getting back up on their feet,” McNamara says. “Aside from (these factors), homeless people are literally the same as me.” Not once has the CU student felt his project has put him in danger in any regard. He believes that every one of the people he’s interviewed “has been understanding and kind and just a wonderful, regular human being.” McNamara meets his interviewees on Pearl Street and University Hill. As he walks, he looks for indicators that people might want to talk. “I try to leave people (alone) who are sitting alone. I look for people who are holding out signs.”Before he asks for an interview, he offers a couple of Clif Bars, shakes the person’s hand, introduces himself and starts a conversation. “I want to make sure it’s a relationship and totally consensual,” McNamara says. “So, I engage with them like they’re a normal human being, which they are. It feels a bit exploitative to just take the words. I want to make them feel heard … (to give) them an outlet for things that they’re feeling.” He tries to let his interviews transpire as conversations, even while he types notes into his phone. At the end of the interview, he snaps some photos and reviews the material with the interviewee, making sure they’re OK with his sharing photos online.If it’s a really difficult interview, McNamara will take them out for a meal afterward.McNamara and Abukhadra try to make a point of staying engaged with the people they’ve interviewed, to be neighborly and so their interviewees can withdraw consent about having their words posted online. In the interest of remaining true to their interviewees’ words, McNamara and Abukhadra post the interview transcripts and photos to Facebook and Instagram without much filter or editorializing, just edits for length and clarity. They hope this honest portrayal of the homeless will increase engagement and public empathy and humanize the homeless in their communities. More informationTo read McNamara and Abukhadra’s interviews with Boulder and NYC’s homeless, visit see them on Facebook or on Instagram.To join Forgotten Neighbors or to learn more, visit the group’s website.Forgotten Neighbors is not trying to solve the complex issue of homelessness, and Abukhadra says some of their critics have said, “Hey, what’s the point? Does it make a difference if you hear their stories?” Abukhadra and McNamara believe the answer is yes. Almost everyone “has thanked me profusely,” McNamara says. Like Abukhadra, a common comment he hears is: “‘People stream by me every day, so getting to talk to someone is refreshing.’”Increasing public empathy and humanizing the homeless is also crucial to their mission.Despite Boulder’s camping bans, McNamara describes hearing stories of public empathy toward the homeless in Boulder, like security guards tasked with kicking the homeless out of stairwells who, on dangerously cold winter days, choose to turn a blind eye to those camping in stairwells.McNamara says this is the kind of empathy Forgotten Neighbors wants to cultivate. Students root down to rise up “I make it a point to spend time with students outside of class. I love developing those relationships and yoga is one of the ways to do that.” Read more Keegan McNamara, a CU Boulder student majoring in mathematics, is part of Forgotten Neighbors, which aims to tell the stories of the homeless and generate empathy for them. At the top of the page is the woman on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall. Photos courtesy of Keegan McNamara. Academic coaches help students raise grades, stay in school, study finds CU Boulder staff members lead effort to refine, expand and replicate the developing field of academic coaching Read more Categories:ProfilesStudentsTags:MathematicsSpring 2019studentscenter_img The woman, who did not share her name publicly, is homeless, and McNamara, a University of Colorado Boulder student, is interviewing her so he can tell the stories of the “forgotten neighbors” among us. His mission, he says, is to help others develop empathy for those who have no house to call home.She tells McNamara that, in a way, she is lucky: “No one really ever stops to sit down and enjoy how beautiful this place is. Sometimes I feel like I’m… the only one who gets the chance to see the smaller details of life that make it wonderful.” McNamara interviews homeless people in Boulder and posts their stories online as part of a storytelling project called Forgotten Neighbors, which gained 8,000 followers on their social-media accounts in December. McNamara, who is scheduled to graduate with a degree in mathematics this year, is one of two college students who contributes to Forgotten Neighbors, an organization dedicated to “making the homeless heard” via eponymous pages on Facebook and Instagram. The other participant, and founder, is Kareem Abukhadra, an economics student at Columbia University. Abukhadra, who grew up in Bahrain, founded Forgotten Neighbors in the spring of 2018. After experiencing the shock of seeing so many homeless people in a city as wealthy as New York City, a single conversation with a homeless person inspired him. It started when a man asked him for money, Abukhadra recalls. “I said, ‘I don’t have any money,’ but we kept talking for a few moments, and at the end of the conversation, he said, ‘Thank you for acknowledging me.’”Listening to people’s stories is a humanizing act that can cut through feelings of loneliness, Abukhadra says.As one homeless man in Boulder told McNamara, “I think I’ll get on my feet at some point, but right now it’s just me trying to stand up and the world pushing right back down.”Abukhadra wants Forgotten Neighbors to help homeless people maintain their self-esteem, a critical tool for moving forward and up in life. McNamara got involved when he saw one of Abukhadra’s Forgotten Neighbors posts on Facebook in September. He helped develop the Forgotten Neighbors website—and then he headed out to the streets to interview people. Related Articles Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By Lara Herrington • Published: Feb. 4, 2019 Keegan McNamara, a CU Boulder mathematics student, intends to give a voice to Boulder’s homeless As she watches life walk by on Pearl Street in Boulder, a woman shares this story with Keegan McNamara: She is the victim of identity theft, she says, and she lost her home and pension, but she sings in the church choir and tries to give to others who have less than she does. A Navy vet in Boulder, who produced dog tags to verify his service, says he suffers from PTSD and landed in Boulder after crashing his car here and not having enough money to fix it. Photo courtesy of Keegan McNamara.last_img read more