Longtime Bob Weir Collaborator Rob Wasserman Hospitalized, Facing ‘Serious Struggle’

first_img*UPDATE* Just a few hours after this post, Rob Wasserman passed away.Bassist Rob Wasserman, the longtime collaborator of Bob Weir, is reportedly in the hospital and facing a “serious struggle.” The news comes to us by way of Weir himself, who posted on Facebook about his friend’s condition.As a few of you may have heard, my great friend and inspiration Rob Wasserman has been hospitalized and is facing a serious struggle. I hope that we can all pause to send him and his family the strength and support to face these difficult days. Rob and family, my thoughts, heart and spirit are with you today.Wasserman has n incredible list of collaborators throughout his musical career, including Lou Reed, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Van Morrison, Aaron Neville, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Jackson Browne and more. We wish him all the best.last_img read more

CFPB action on deceptive advertising

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Melinda PetersonIn February, the CFPB took action against three mortgage companies, Flagship Financial Group , American Preferred Lending , and All Financial Services , for allegedly violating Regulation N, Mortgage Acts and Practices Advertising.  This rule prohibits “any person to make any material misrepresentation, expressly or by implication, in any commercial communication, regarding any term of any mortgage credit product.”While Regulation N outlines multiple prohibited representations, the CFPB addressed two in their action against these mortgage companies; misrepresenting affiliation with a government entity and misrepresenting payments.Each of these companies allegedly sent out direct mail advertisements that looked like government notices and appeared that the source of the ad was a government agency.  One contained a heading “PURSUANT TO THE FEDERAL HOUSING ADMINISTRATION (FHA) HUD No. 12-045,” and instructed recipients to call an “assigned FHA loan specialist,” while the actual name of the mortgage company was buried in the disclaimer.In addition to misrepresenting government affiliation, the CFPB alleged that one company sent out misleading advertisements regarding required payments.  The ad included a statement that “There is no monthly payment or repayment required whatsoever for as long you or your spouse live in the home.”  The CFPB considers this misleading because the borrower is still required to pay for insurance and property taxes.  Also, the loan could become due and payable upon death of the borrower, even if the non-borrowing spouse still lives in the home. continue reading »last_img read more

Harper wants Toon transfer progress

first_imgFormer Newcastle keeper Steve Harper is keeping his fingers crossed that director of football Joe Kinnear will make a belated breakthrough in the transfer market. Press Association The 38-year-old was back on Tyneside to launch a charity match to mark his 20 years at St James’ Park, which came to a close when he joined promoted Hull after his contract with the Magpies expired. He returned as his former employers continue trying desperately to land their first summer signing, with weeks of activity behind the scenes so far failing to bring tangible reward. Manager Alan Pardew has repeatedly spoken of his eagerness for Kinnear to land him one of the names on his summer wish list with a loan deal for QPR’s Loic Remy currently looking to be the most promising avenue. Asked about the current situation at the club he served for two decades, Harper said: “Obviously having spent 20 years here, I am a Newcastle fan and the same as everybody else, we keep an eye on it, watch it closely. “There seem to be some positive noises about players coming in now. The likes of maybe Remy coming on loan would be a very good signing. “As a fan, you want to see as many options as possible in a black and white shirt. I know that’s what the manager wants, and hopefully he will get that.” The Magpies are understood to have stepped up their interest in 26-year-old Remy, who opted to join Rangers rather than Newcastle in January despite the Tyneside club believing they had got their man. The France international scored six times for the Londoners, but he could not prevent them from slipping out of the Barclays Premier League. Remy is available as QPR attempt to rein in expenditure, but he is currently on bail after being arrested on suspicion of rape, an allegation he denies. Newcastle are also hoping to make progress in their pursuit of Aston Villa’s Darren Bent, who is wanted by Fulham, after making a strategic withdrawal from negotiations over Lyon frontman Bafetimbi Gomis having had an improved bid rejected. Harper’s comments came as he revealed details of his charity game, which will see a Newcastle squad featuring old boys Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Rob Lee, Andy Cole and Faustino Asprilla go head-to-head with an AC Milan legends team captained by Franco Baresi and including the likes of Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Costacurta and Andriy Shevchenko at St James’ on September 11. All proceeds will go to good causes with the Great North Children’s Hospital, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Newcastle United Foundation sharing 85 per cent of the proceeds and the remaining cash being divided between several smaller organisations. Harper said: “One of the key things is I had my send-off against Arsenal [in the final game of last season]. This is now using my time served here as an opportunity to make as much money as possible for some fantastic local causes.” last_img read more

Allen: We’re over Luis at last

first_img Press Association Since December, though, the Reds have improved markedly and on Sunday moved within two points of the top four, thanks to a seventh win during a 10-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. “At the start of the year we talked about how losing Suarez was going to have an affect but now we have overcome that,” Liverpool midfielder Allen said, following the latest victory at Southampton. “It took us a little bit of time to overcome that because the injury problems we had were not ideal. “We are certainly back up to that level and if anything with the different system we play this season we might even have taken a step forward. “Sometimes (criticism) gets taken out of hand but I don’t think it was unfair. There was no hiding places and we were not delivering as players. “There was no excuse from us. We knew there might be a difficult patch early in the season and that probably went on longer than we hoped and expected. “At the same time we always knew we would come through it and I think that was the biggest sign we would be where we are at this stage.” As well as the league, Liverpool are through to the FA Cup quarter-finals and travel to Besiktas on Thursday looking to secure safe progress to the Europa League last-16. After coming so close to capturing the Premier League crown last term, things looked like they were unravelling in the wake of the Uruguayan’s Anfield exit. Suarez’s move to Barcelona was compounded by injuries to, amongst others, Daniel Sturridge, and what proved a difficult transition for many summer recruits, leading pressure to mount on Rodgers. Allen says everyone at the club is “digging deep” to cope with their three-pronged attack, epitomised by the resilience showed in winning 2-0 at Saints on Sunday. The St Mary’s encounter was not without its controversy, though, as referee Kevin Friend waved away three strong, first-half penalty appeals from the hosts. Dejan Lovren handled after Filip Djuricic twice went down in the box, first under pressure from Emre Can and then Allen’s challenge. “If I am being honest I didn’t get contact on the ball, which was disappointing because I felt I could get it but missed it,” the latter said. “I didn’t really take him down either so it is one of them where my heart was in my mouth a little bit but at the same time I can see why it wasn’t given.” Those incidents along with others at the weekend led to widespread discussion about the merits of video technology – something Southampton captain Jose Fonte would back. Asked if he would support the introduction of such the measure, the Portuguese centre-back said: “Yeah, I think so, I think it would be a good solution. “It’s one of those days. Nothing went our way. We kept trying, we kept working hard. “They got a great goal really early on and then we put the pressure on them, and we just didn’t have any luck today, either with decisions or in the game itself.” Liverpool have at last adapted to life without Luis Suarez, with Joe Allen going as far as to suggest Brendan Rodgers’ side may even be better now. last_img read more