Fifth Third Bank To Help Unemployed Mortgage Customers Find Jobs – Careers Articles

Fifth Third Bank To Help Unemployed Mortgage Customers Find Jobs – Careers Articles.

There are so many things now in the news that bring tears to my eyes, but for once this story makes me feel hopeful for the future and that humanity is not completely gone in today’s empire of greedom. With debates or sequestration and gun control continue to make no progress at all, I am glad to see a bank take some of the major problems facing everyday Americans under their wing. Even with corporation’s own self interests at an all time high and squeezing the American for every last penny, its nice to see a company harken back to the days of the great depression at time not so different from now. At least someone can make a decision and find a way to help others get back on their feet as well as be rewarded for their efforts handsomely. What am I talking about? Let me explain.

Most people see banks as income sucking entities that only care about their bottom lines. However the problem with this analysis is in order to have a good bottom line they have to care about their customers who bring in the money to the bank. Well with any business it is important to care about the customer since its the company’s reputation that will be destroyed in the end. There are a range of mortgage relief options from the well intended to the deceptive and illegal, but one bank is offering a way to transform the lives of the unemployed mortgage customers who can’t make their payments. Fifth Third Bancorp based int he Midwest is offering 16 weeks of job assistance free to its customers who miss two consecutive mortgage payments due to unemployment reports the Chicago Tribune. The job assistance is coming from NextJob a Bend, Oregon based employment firm who provides one on one coaching and job search software. Since the housing market burst in 2008, unemployment has soared causing many jobless homeowners to struggle and lenders to step in to help them. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac began offering and extending temporary reprieves from mortgage payments, but for many that these solution are short term and many home counselors say long term solutions are needed. During the program’s trial last year, 11 of the 28 partcipants found work by the end of the six months nearly 40 percent. The Fifth Third group believes it is smart business since the job search only cost $1,500 per person compared to the $40,000 to $60,000 that banks lose when a home is foreclosed on and unemployment is the main problem causing people to default. NextJob has expanded its job finding capabilities beyond just finding help for employees laid off by employers. The company also has two 40 foot buses filled with computer stations that they park in undeserved communities to offer financial help. “Job loss, followed by the loss of one’s home, is severely damaging to individuals and families,” NextJob’s CEO John Courtney said while speaking about his new multiyear contract with Fifth Third Bank. “This program is a simple but big idea and it’s time has come for the banking industry.”

Pedro Reyes Turns Guns Into Musical Instruments

Pedro Reyes Turns Guns Into Musical Instruments.

I thought this was truly a unique idea and send a clear message to people about how something that causes so much hurt can bring so much joy… take a page out of his book NRA. The guns of northern Mexico have found a new purpose instead of causing so many more deaths they are now making music. Mechanical hammers ping against once used ammunition magazines from assault rifles, while gun barrels cut to different lengths ring like marimbas and pistol parts strike metal plates like cymbals. Sculptor Pedro Reyes told the Associated Press that “it’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons, as if a sort of exorcism was taking place.”He continued to say,”the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for lives lost.”

The title of the project is called “Disarm” and he had the opportunity to choose from 6,700 guns that were seized or turned in by the army and police in Ciudad Juarez, a city that sees 10 killing a day in a population of 1.3 million people. The city had a murder rate of 230 per 100,000 inhabitants, while the nationwide rate for the U.S. was 4.8 for the year. Reyes said in an interviews while demonstrating his instruments that,”the dramatic thing is that this is just the tip of the iceberg of all the weapons that are seized every day and that the army has to destroy.” Reyes was well known already for his 2008 project called “Palas por Pistolas,” or “Pistols to Shovels,” where he used melted down weapons to make 1,527 shovels same as the number of weapons and planted the same number of trees. The new project began last year as Reyes explains,”normally, they bury or destroy them, but someone who works in the government said, `Would you be interested in making a sculpture with this metal?'” Reyes hopes to take his message global,”this project has a pacifist intent, to create a global consciousness about arms trafficking.”

Violence has become a theme in Mexican art as another artist, Teresa Margolles, uses artifacts collected from crime scenes from the violence plagued state of Sinaloa. The reason behind Reyes musical sculptures are explained,”It occurred to me to make musical instruments, because music is the opposite of weapons. This exercise of transformation we see with the guns, is what we would like to see in society.”

First Iraq Beauty Festival Held Since U.S. Invasion (PHOTOS)

First Iraq Beauty Festival Held Since U.S. Invasion (PHOTOS).

I think that this is what the country needs after so many years of violence and fighting. Iraqi hairdressers and beauticians gather in Baghdad to show off their talents  at the Make Up, Hairdressing and Fashion Show, a symbolic move to empower the people and break from fear that has gripped the country for years. The festival was the first of its kind since 2003 US led invasion and violent aftermath. This latest effort in a series of events has benefited the residents of this once dynamic city in the Middle East as a decline in violence has become more apparent. “The most important thing about this festival is spotlighting the brightness of Iraqi women, which has gone unseen by the world,” said Nadya Hamza Fuad, one of the organizers. She continued to explain,” Darkness used to dominate, and the light of beauty was extinguished 10 years ago, especially in women’s salons. Society has been held back because of the dark period.” The festival brought together a range of participants who as models were dressed to the nines and made up by beauticians and hairdressers who showcased their talents. The event was held in two conference rooms where experts showed the aspiring beauticians  tricks of the trades and best practices, while hairdressers showed their skills to onlookers before their models strutted on the catwalk. This is in sharp  contrast to years before, when tens of thousands were killed in insurgency ans sectarian wars that followed the ousting now executed dictator Saddam Hussein. Religious extremists in particular would target hairdressers, most of whom closed their shops, causing women, few of whom were veiled pre 2003, were forced to cover themselves and stay home. Even though violence has dropped, Baghdad attacks are still common and remains one of the world’s most dangerous cities. The one day festival was limited to word of mouth to avoid the attention of militants who would carry out attacks in Baghdad and across Iraq.

Inspiring Words for the World

I could not have said it better myself. I encourage everyone to listen to the words and think really hard about their lives. This video encompasses what my blog is about the heart of everything. What would you do if money didn’t matter? This is the key to happiness but only you can unlock it. I hope that the young to the old will find inspiration in the words and go on a journey to find your happiness because in the end that is all we have that is constant yet ever changing. Inspiration can be found everywhere you just have to be willing to listen and follow your dreams.

GOP Hopes For Better Ties With Minority Voters

GOP Hopes For Better Ties With Minority Voters.

Well they have tried everything else so why not try something new to them but not new to the rest of us. The Republican party has struggles to get the minority vote since November and even before that as far as I remember. The problem could potentially get worse, but as an optimist myself the glass is half full and GOP-minority relations can always improve. Republican leaders, according to campaign consultants, need to make some timely decision and get a few breaks in order to regain some trust. The party need to draw more of the Latino vote and supports as it is a fast growing sector which if you remember gave Barack Obama 71 percent of the vote last fall. There are two potential opportunities coming: the first is by allowing the immigration changes to become law, the party could ease the anti-GOP feeling among Hispanics and the issue will fade from headlines and the second would be to nominate a Republican Latino, let’s say Marco Rubio of Florida, for president in 2016 possibly gaining millions of Hispanic voters. Another important group would be the black voters who support the Democratic party in overwhelming numbers, but even a slight inroad could swing one or two states in the 2016 election. Some strategists believe that the Republicans will make the situation worse among minorities if Congress blocks Obama’s bid to grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants. Democratic strategist Doug Thornell says for the Republicans to attract more Hispanic and black voters, they need to do more than nominate a Cuban-American for president and overhaul immigration. He believes they also need to get rid of the hostile language used toward these groups as well as get rid of behaviors that target these groups as in the last presidential election where they tried to limit voting in Florida and other states. Even Rubio, the potential “Republican Savior,” has said that it is delusional for the party to believe their Hispanic voters will double because of reform to immigration as the party has already made them feel unwelcome and reinforced the idea with words and actions.

 

 

Pakistan Peace Rickshaws: Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi, Youth Leader, Spreads Anti-Violence Message

Pakistan Peace Rickshaws: Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi, Youth Leader, Spreads Anti-Violence Message.

I love this guy, why not give peace a chance? You never know Pakistan you might like it. In Karachi, Pakistan, youth leader Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi has found a way to counter the violent message preached by the radical Islamic groups in his country. His weapon of choice is his three wheeled motorized rickshaw with his overwhelming message of peace you can’t miss. Radical Islamists have used the rickshaws to market their religious warfare slogans to gain support in India and Afghanistan and foster hate in the United States. Zaidi is turning that message on its head by running a fleet of rickshaws with peace slogans and decorated in colorful designs. According to the Huff Post, Zaidi the head of the Pakistan Youth Alliance said,”We need to take back this romanticized art form and use it for peace sloganeering and conflict resolution.” Domestic Taliban militants have waged a bloody insurgency across the country killing thousands of people in recent years, while many militants have focused their fight on U.S. led forces in Afghanistan and battled for control of Kashmir with India. Zaidi’s crusade is focused on Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and home to 18 million people, to begin his peace rickshaw project. The Youth Alliance worked with 200 students in the conflict prone city to come up with designs and slogans utilizing common Urdu street expressions with a peace twist like “Hey dude, don’t tease” into “Hey dude, don’t fight.” One of the more direct slogans being used is “I’m driving a rickshaw, not a bullet.” Initial funding through donor who wish not to be credits has allowed the group to decorate 5 rickshaws and plans to decorate 50 more in Karachi. The plan is to spread the fleet through the country once more funding is available. A radical Islamist group such as Jamaat-ud-Dawa have long used rickshaws to promote their messages and pay their drivers $5 to carry their slogans like “War against India will continue until the liberation of Kashmir.” Mohammed Salahuddin, a driver of the peace rickshaw, says it has helped his business even made people choose his rickshaws over others. Zaidi is also discussing putting a peace rickshaw in front of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington with Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman. Like Zaidi, I know this won’t solve the problem in Pakistan but maybe it will help the people to find peace and move toward a more peaceful society there and in the world.

The Reality of Star Wars

Do we really need something like this? If the government went along with the idea people would take issue with what the government is spending the money on and what they would use this for. Dangerous game to play if any government takes this seriously. Although it does look pretty cool.