Lorne Matalon/Marfa Public RadioMexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has low approval ratings following a series of scandals. The leading presidential candidate in Mexico’s 2018 election, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is critical of both Peña and U.S. President Donald Trump.Mexico will elect a new president next year. Although he has now at least temporarily delayed withdrawing the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, continued uncertainty over NAFTA and U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans for a border wall are roiling Mexican politics. The outcome may have implications for the nearly five million American jobs that are tied directly to trade with Mexico.Former Mexico City mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador is one of several figures who have either declared their candidacy or expressed interest. Others include Margarita Zavala, wife of former president Felipe Calderón and Miguel Ángel Mancera, Mexico City’s current mayor. Peña Nieto’s six-year term ends next year. The constitution bars him from seeking re-election. Mexico’s political parties must nominate presidential candidate by March 2018 for the a vote that will take place the following July. The jockeying has already started.Trump’s election has triggered a rise in Mexican nationalism. A populist Mexican leftist who wants to reduce economic dependence on the United States is channeling that nationalism. Though defeated in Mexico’s last two elections, López Obrador is leading in numerous polls as Mexico’s next presidential cycle approaches. He’s riding revulsion over Trump’s anti-Mexico rhetoric. López Obrador told Univisiontelevision journalist León Krauze that Mexico should not accept American military assistance currently provided each year under terms of the Merida Initiative.“I never dreamed in my lifetime of a U.S. president that would be afraid of Mexico, afraid of competition,” Juan Carlos Romero Hicks says.Romero Hicks is a member of the Mexican Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee. He says Trump has given the left a political gift. Since Trump’s victory, Romero Hicks has continued to promote an integrated North American economy. But he said that has not been an easy task since the American election.“In the U.S. there’s notion that is not correct that Mexicans are taking jobs from Americans, that we are a security threat. Building a wall is absurd,” he says.López Obrador is leveraging that feeling. He opposes the 2014 opening of Mexico’s oil and gas markets to foreign investors, many in the U.S.– names like Exxon Mobil and Chevron that’ve already moved in. He wants to import less U.S. corn and gasoline. He believes Mexico should stand up for itself. There is a blueprint of sorts. In 2009, Mexico placed tariffs on certain goods from Oregon and California during a trade dispute. The tariffs were only lifted when the U.S. stopped blocking Mexican trucks from gaining full access to U.S. highways. Share
Share (CC) Brian Solis, www.briansolis.com and bub.blicio.usMark Cuban is a tech billionaire and owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team.The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015. Ussery, who was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, denied the allegations in a statement to SI.The report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement.The team said Sneed had been fired, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine’s report. Pittman and Sneed declined to comment to SI.The NBA said the Mavericks had informed the league of the allegations involving Ussery and Sneed.“This alleged conduct runs counter to the steadfast commitment of the NBA and its teams to foster safe, respectful and welcoming workplaces for all employees,” the league said. “Such behavior is completely unacceptable and we will closely monitor the independent investigation into this matter.”SI contacted six female former Mavericks or American Airlines Center employees who claimed they left the sports sector because of a structure that left them feeling vulnerable and devalued while protecting powerful men who misbehaved. A male former department head said there was “built-in protection for a lot of men.”A woman who had recently been hired as a support staffer said Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to her in the media dining room before a game during the 2010-11 season, when the Mavericks won their only NBA championship. The woman said she had been told by others to be wary of Ussery.“Obviously there’s a problem in the Mavericks organization and we’ve got to fix it,” Cuban told the magazine. “I’m embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed.”Two women claimed the Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women’s calves and thighs during meetings.Ussery had left Nike to join the Mavericks and had previously served as commissioner of the old Continental Basketball Association. He was praised by former NBA Commissioner David Stern and served as the Mavericks’ alternate governor with the league.“I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me,” Ussery said. “During my nearly 20-year tenure with the Mavericks, I am not aware of any sexual harassment complaints about me or any findings by the organization that I engaged in inappropriate conduct.”Ussery said he had raised concerns about other Mavericks employees who he said engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct and the organization didn’t address those concerns.“I believe these misleading claims about me are part of an attempt to shift blame for the failure to remove employees who created an uncomfortable and hostile work environment within the Mavericks organization,” Ussery saidCuban told the magazine that the team was establishing a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees. He is mandating sensitivity training for all employees, himself included.
November 26, 2012 409 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share Mortgage Employment Increases in Q3 Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Investors Jobs JPMorgan Chase Lenders & Servicers Processing Quicken Loans Service Providers Unemployment Wells Fargo 2012-11-26 Tory Barringer Hiring in the mortgage industry increased in Q3 for the fifth straight quarter, according to “”_Mortgage Daily’s_””:http://www.mortgagedaily.com/ _Mortgage Employment Index_.[IMAGE]The index shows 8,711 hires were made in the year’s third quarter, up more than 3,000 from the last quarter and nearly 3,500 from Q3 2011. Even with an estimated 5,785 layoffs, the industry saw a net increase of nearly 3,000 jobs–more than double the gain in Q2.For 2012’s first three quarters, mortgage and real estate finance companies recruited 7,230 more people than they’ve laid off.The boost in employment comes at a time when many of the largest lenders and servicers are cutting staff. According to _Mortgage Daily’s_ data, “”JPMorgan Chase””:http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/Home/home.htm saw the most downsizing, reducing its mortgage staff by 2,123 in Q3. “”Aurora Bank””:http://www.aurorabankfsb.com/ took second-to-last place, cutting 922 jobs, while “”Bank of America””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/ held the third-worst position with approximately 700 fewer mortgage staff.Those losses were offset by growth at “”Quicken Loans Inc.””:http://www.quickenloans.com/ (which expanded its mortgage staff by 2,500), “”Wells Fargo & Co.””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ (which added 2,043 positions), and “”Nationstar Mortgage LLC””:https://www.nationstarmtg.com/ (which saw a net gain of 600 jobs).State-by-state, Michigan showed the most mortgage employment growth, aided mostly by additions to Quicken’s staff in Detroit. The state reported 1,442 new positions in Q3–and no layoffs.The Great Lakes State was followed in employment growth by Iowa (which reported an increase of 1,229) and Texas (which saw 609 new mortgage jobs).The bottom-ranked states in Q3 included California (which was down 528 jobs), Nebraska (down 450 jobs), and Indiana (down 400 jobs).