USFN Cancels Industry Events

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post USFN Cancels Industry Events Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Coronavirus USFN 2020-03-12 Seth Welborn Previous: Where Negative Equity is Concentrated Next: Big Apple Tackling Property Tax Problems Share Save March 12, 2020 1,559 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Coronavirus USFN Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articlescenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Featured / USFN Cancels Industry Events About Author: Seth Welborn Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago in Featured, News, REO Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago USFN has announced that it is canceling two of its upcoming events in response to COVID-19: USFNstruct and the USFN REO/Eviction Issues Seminar. The announcement follows the cancellation of Five Star Global’s spring conference schedule, including the Single-Family Rental Summit, the Government Forum, and the National Mortgage Servicing Association Spring meeting.USFN issued the following statement:”In the interest of the USFN community’s health and wellness, and due to the increasing number of travel bans, USFN has decided to cancel both April 2020 events – USFNstruct in Philadelphia and USFN REO/Eviction Issues Seminar in Denver. Please watch your email for expanded webinar offerings over the coming months to keep you updated about critical issues and information.””We would appreciate the opportunity to transfer your registration to one of our future 2020 events – USFNdustry Forum on June 9-11 or USFN Legal Issues Seminar on July 17. We will begin processing registration credits for future events or refunds tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020 between the hours of 9am to 4pm. All registered attendees will be receiving an email soon with further details and transfer options.”During a press conference Thursday, WHO Chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “This is not a drill. This is not the time to give up. This is not a time for excuses. This is a time for pulling out all the stops. Countries have been planning for scenarios like this for decades. Now is the time to act on those plans. This epidemic can be pushed back, but only with a collective, coordinated and comprehensive approach that engages the entire machinery of government.”Also on Thursday, the Senate voted to approve an $8.3 billion emergency spending package designed to help combat the virus. President Trump signed his approval of that package on Friday morning.last_img read more

The Greenland Ice Core Chronology 2005, 15–42 ka. Part 2: comparison to other records

first_imgA new Greenland Ice Core Chronology (GICC05) based on multi-parameter counting of annual layers has been obtained for the last 42 ka. Here we compare the glacial part of the new time scale, which is based entirely on records from the NorthGRIP ice core, to existing time scales and reference horizons covering the same period. These include the GRIP and NorthGRIP modelled time scales, the Meese-Sowers GISP2 counted time scale, the Shackleton–Fairbanks GRIP time scale (SFCP04) based on 14C calibration of a marine core, the Hulu Cave record, three volcanic reference horizons, and the Laschamp geomagnetic excursion event occurring around Greenland Interstadial 10. GICC05 is generally in good long-term agreement with the existing Greenland ice core chronologies and with the Hulu Cave record, but on shorter time scales there are significant discrepancies. Around the Last Glacial Maximum there is a more than 1 ka age difference between GICC05 and SFCP04 and a more than 0.5 ka discrepancy in the same direction between GICC05 and the age of a recently identified tephra layer in the NorthGRIP ice core. Both SFCP04 and the tephra age are based on 14C-dated marine cores and fixed marine reservoir ages. For the Laschamp event, GICC05 agrees with a recent independent dating within the uncertainties.last_img read more

Michael Sottile’s Cult Hit Inappropriate to Return as One Day

first_imgOne Day, a rebooted adaptation of Michael Sottile’s cult musical Inappropriate, is heading off-Broadway! Sottile has updated the show and will helm the production with choreographer Ray Leeper. The tuner will begin previews on February 7, 2015 and officially open on February 19 at 3LD Art & Technology Center. View Comments One Day is inspired by Sottile’s 1999 show Inappropriate, for which he wrote the music & lyrics, and co-conceived with the late Lonnie McNeil. Inappropriate debuted off-Broadway and in Los Angeles in 1999-2000. Based on true journal entries written by teens spanning two decades, One Day follows the journey of eight teenagers as they face struggles and triumphs—from drug abuse to sexual awakening—on the passage to discovering their own truths.center_img The production will feature interactive projection design by Andrew Lazarow, with lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design by Drew Levy, scenic design by Ellen Rousseau and costume design by Shane Ballard, with vocal arrangements by AnnMarie Milazzo and music direction by Keith Harrison. The cast includes Brenna Bloom, Chase O’Donnell, Marco Ramos, Honey Ribar, Aaron Scheff, Austin Scott, Benjamin Shuman, Andy Spencer, Aliya Stuart, Nyseli Vega and Charlotte Mary Wen.last_img read more

10 conversations that are undermining your strategy and killing performance

first_imgAre these happening at your credit union?The conversations that take place between your team members are incredibly important. In fact, they’re everything, says Daniel F. Prosser.“Words are far more powerful than most people realize,” says Prosser, author of THIRTEENERS: Why Only 13 Percent of Companies Successfully Execute Their Strategy—and How Yours Can Be One of Them (Greenleaf Book Group Press, March 2015, ISBN: 978-1-6263415-9-3, $22.95). “Unbelievable outcomes happen when you say how it’s going to be and then take the actions to have it be that way. Change your language and you change your perspective, which changes what’s possible in your future.”But suppose you, the leader, are declaring bold possibilities full of fire and optimism, but your employees are engaging in other kinds of conversations? Bitter complaints, criticisms and worse.“Unfortunately I’ve learned that the conversations in nearly 90 percent of companies are limiting, and they undermine and sabotage your company’s performance,” says Prosser. “Most of these conversations aren’t visible to leaders. Yet they go viral throughout an organization, kill morale, prevent engagement, and slow productivity to a crawl.” continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Supporting educators in the financial education arena

first_img 68SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kyle Y. Swisher, III Kyle Swisher is Executive Director of the Credit Union Foundation MD|DC.  Mr. Swisher has led that Foundation over the past ten years in its mission to improve lives through … Web: www.cufound.org Details At the core of the Credit Union Movement is a belief that an informed consumer will make the right choices with regards to their personal finance, and those choices will favor credit unions.Financial literacy, therefore, is the linchpin to turn consumers into credit union members.  Financial education is a complex undertaking, not one accomplished in a two-hour seminar or school auditorium presentation.  If a student is to be adequately prepared for making financial decisions, it requires a broad foundation of knowledge that spans money management to career choices, insurance, investing, and wise use of credit.  Education alone is a complex task, one you could argue, better left to professionals.But how do professional educators feel about applying their trade to delivering financial skills to their students?  In a recent study, “Bridging the Financial Literacy Gap: Empowering teachers to support the next generation,” undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) one of the “Big Four” auditors and the second largest professional services firm in the world, they found that only 31% of teachers surveyed felt “completely comfortable” teaching financial education.Millennial teachers, more than their seasoned colleagues, were found to be champions of financial education and actively seek support for financial education at twice the rate of other teachers.The PwC study concluded by noting that “Teachers need appropriate curriculum materials, more professional development and more take-home resources to share with families.”Credit unions, on the other hand, possess the knowledge and expertise to partner with professional educators but lack the human and financial resources to devote the time, material, and supplies to deliver the multiple sessions needed to result in financially literate students.An opportunity exists for credit unions to partner with local schools, provide quality curriculum to meet educators’ needs, and pair traditional classroom delivery with experiential projects, modest grants, focused speaking engagements, investment simulations, and competitions to make the educational process fun and engaging for the students, teachers, and parents.Resources are available to create the synergy both credit unions and educators are seeking.  The Millionaire’s Club, a free program created by a credit union foundation and made available through a dedicated website,MillionairesClub.Org is one such program.By combining various resources educators need while managing the human and financial demands of a fully-featured financial education program, a template has been created to allow credit unions to partner with schools and champion financial literacy in the communities they serve.last_img read more

Cricket News I will be fine in five days’ time, says Virat Kohli

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: India captain Virat Kohli batted with a lower back pain in the second Test against England but is confident of regaining full fitness ahead of the next game starting at Nottingham on August 18. India lost the second Test by an innings and 159 runs on day four at Lord’s.Kohli could score just 17 from 29 deliveries before becoming Stuart Board’s victim in the second innings which folded for 130 in 47 overs.“It is a lower back issue, coming up again and again, purely because of the workload and the number of matches I have been playing,” Kohli said when asked if he batted with an injury which affected his movement on the crease.“It’s five days to go. I am confident I will be fine in five days’ time with a bit of rehabilitation. I should be okay,” he said.Indian batsmen capitulated once again and they were all at sea against the moving ball. James Anderson (4-23) once again toyed with the Indian batsmen, taking his match tally to nine, and equally effective was Stuart Broad (4-44).“I am not very proud of the way we played to be honest. It is first time in the last five Test matches we’ve been outplayed. But credit to England, they were clinical. When a team plays like that they deserve to be on the winning side. And we deserved to lose,” he said.     Asked if the conditions had favoured the opposition, Kohli said, “We can’t really think about those things. You have to counter the conditions as and when they come to you. Sometimes the rub of the green will go your way too. “We will not sit around and say that we didn’t have the best of conditions. Their bowlers were relentless with the ball. Looking at things now, the weather was so unpredictable,” he added.Asked if inclusion of an extra seamer would have been better, he said, “Yeah looking back, I think we got the combination a bit off.”Winning team captain Joe Root praised his bowlers.“Less stressful, definitely. Fantastic from the very first ball. Bowling unit were exceptional throughout the whole game. We probably did have the conditions throughout, but you still have to perform, ask the right questions to the batsman,” Root said. Also Read | England vs India 1st Test: Virat Kohli and co suffer heartbreaking defeat in series opener“To get that far in front, it is testament to the partnership between Jonny and Woakes. I am really pleased for Woaksey (Chris). When you’ve got senior guys like Jimmy and Broad, the others are going to improve.”Asked about the remaining three matches, Root said, “We are in a really good position to be in at the moment. But we have got to make sure that we don’t take anything for granted. “Obviously, we have another day now to rest and recover, get our heads around what we’ve done this week. Still areas where we can improve, that’s the exciting part. Chuffed to bits. Pleased for the guys, it is a lot of hard work. Lot of fellas that weren’t getting headlines, but you’ve got to pull together as a team. It’s a great team performance,” he added. last_img read more

Westport Winery Wins Community Involvement Award

first_imgFacebook161Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery Garden Resort and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. Members of the winery team attended a gala dinner held on December 4, at Bell Harbor International Convention Center in Seattle. The judges selected Westport Winery because of the significant investment in local charities and in creating a public garden featuring collaborations with local artists to create sixty outdoor sculptures.Photo Credit: Seattle Business MagazineIn the acceptance speech for the award winery co-owner Kim Roberts said, “We have grown our business to include 30 employees in two states. That commitment to community means we take the responsibility of making sure our team earns enough to care for their families. We often say we are the ship of second chances. Everyone on our team has a story. Our job is to help them have a success story because of their contributions to our success story.”In her conclusion she said, “Grays Harbor is beautiful, if you haven’t visited, we invite you to take a day, a weekend, or a lifetime, and join us in this vibrant area. Ours is a humble community with great need and even greater opportunity. We feel fortunate to be part of its economic transformation.”In 2017 the Westport Winery was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside is open daily from 11am to 6pm. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

Getting Rosy At Riverside Gardens Park

first_imgVolunteers get busy with the spring cleanup at Riverside Gardens Park. Photo by John Burton RED BANK — The mild weather has people thinking about gardening. That’s true for Rumson residents Bob and Karen Hespe. But the garden on their minds, and those of a handful of other volunteers, isn’t their own, but the one in Riverside Gardens Park.As they have done for the past few years, the Hespes will be caring for more than 200 rose bushes planted in the park overlooking the Navesink River.They, some of their friends and members of Rumson Boy Scout Troop 201, were on hand at the park last Saturday morning, to begin this year’s work of clearing, prining and preparing for some additional plantingt.“I was taking a walk through here,” Hespe recalled, “and we saw how much work had to be done here.”The park, which the borough constructed about a dozen years ago, is used in the warmer months for concerts and community events. The community also uses the park for recreation, weddings, photo shoots and school graduations.The park has won awards for its design, but the Hespes long felt that the plantings in the park could use a little TLC.“We spend so much time here,” Karen said, “It’s a nice place to come for a walk and it should look beautiful.”Bob contacted Memone Crystian, the borough’s parks and recreation director requesting permission to care for the plantings and the director gave her permission.Last year the Hespes and their fellow volunteers visited the park to care for the plantings 12 times, he said.Last Saturday they arrived at the park around 9 a.m. to start th spring cleanup.“We just dug and dug and dug out vines and weeds,” Hespe said.The volunteers concentrated on the park’s 240 rose bushes, trimming them a little and cleaning the beds. Thankfully, Bob Hespe explained, rose bushes are pretty hardy. “They need that first hit,” with some pruning, he said, then, “they do their thing.”“We focused just on the roses,” Karen added, “but there are a lot of things growing here and need work.”They would know — the Hespes operate a modest gardening and landscaping business.Sickles Market, Little Silver, donated a few hundred daffodil bulbs for planting in the park, and Bob Hespehopes that after this initial work the garden area will be in good enough shape to need only a once-a-month cleanup. They are hoping to find some additional volunteers to assist their current crop of helpers. “I know it’s a lot of work,” Karen acknowledged, “but it’s so much fun here and so many enjoy it, that it is really satisfying. But we could use more people.”last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016

first_imgGary Sherlock1552133%53%$138,510 Mike Puype2041120%30%$131,975 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Jeff Mullins1440329%50%$125,945 Mark Glatt3066920%70%$236,356 MIKE SMITH REMEMBERS GREAT TURF MILER LUREMike Smith understandably has fond memories of Lure, aboard whom he won theBreeders’ Cup Mile twice, once from the inside post, and once from the outside, nearly a quarter century ago in 1992 at Gulfstream Park and a year later at Santa Anita, which has Sunday’s feature race named in honor of the bay Danzig colt trained by Shug McGaughey.“Lure was great,” Smith said, “especially when he won the Breeders’ Cup here for the second year in a row. It seems like yesterday I was standing here looking out towards the mountains and knowing how well he was doing, thinking if he gets the opportunity, he’s going to do something special on Breeders’ Cup day, and he did.“I had to come from way on the outside post, was able to get in on the first turn, and then for him to win the way he won was just incredible. I never even touched him with the whip.”The Lure: Perfectly Majestic, Gary Stevens, 4-1; A Red Tie Day, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 3-1; Express Himself, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Twentytwentyvision, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Drummer, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Patriots Rule, Joe Talamo, 15-1; Clever Royal, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Little Curlin, Martin Pedroza, 6-1; and also eligible Touching Rainbows, Tiago Pereira, 30-1. Rafael Bejarano9219201121%54%$1,203,430 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.8014121318%49%$592,853 In other Breeders’ Cup news:Masochistic, one of the favorites for the $1.5 million TwinSpires Sprint, worked five furlongs from the gate in a minute flat Saturday under Mike Smith. “It went great,” trainer Ron Ellis said of the breeze. “Mike got him to really relax well and has gotten to know him pretty good working him. He’s gotten a handle on him.”Under the cover of darkness at 5 a.m., Runhappy worked five furlongs in 58.40 from the half-mile pole to the seven-eighths marker. Exercise rider Marcus O’Donnell was on the 2015 Eclipse Award-winning sprinter for trainer Laura Wohlers, who will saddle the four-year-old son of Super Saver in the $1 million Las Vegas Dirt Mile next Friday.“I thought she went well,” trainer Craig Dollase said after Del Mar Debutante winner Union Strike (Juvenile Fillies) worked a minute in 1:00.40 with Martin Garcia aboard. “I was happy with the time. It went real smooth, everything is good and Martin gave us a thumbs up.”Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Hoppertunity worked five furlongs for Bob Baffert in a sprightly 59.80 for the Classic. Rafael Bejarano was aboard Hoppertunity, who worked with First Degree Burn (59.80).Vyjack (Dirt Mile) worked five furlongs for Phil D’Amato in 1:00.40, while Ashleyluvssugar (Turf) went the same distance in the same time for Peter Eurton.Also, Coronoa Del Inca (Distaff) went four furlongs in 47.80 for Guillermo Frenkel and Daddys Lil Darling (Juvenile Fillies) four furlongs in 51.20 for Ken McPeek.The top 15 trainers in earnings through Oct. 26 have horses entered in Breeders’ Cup races, as do 16 of the top 18, totaling $155,036,085, led by Chad Brown’s $19,067,303. Jamie Theriot504248%20%$195,029 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Doug O’Neill689101513%50%$430,096 NYQUIST TO MISS CLASSIC, FUTURE PLANS ON HOLDKentucky Derby winner Nyquist has been declared out of next Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic due to a “puffy ankle,” trainer Doug O’Neill announced on his Facebook page just prior to 9 a.m. Saturday morning.“It’s with heavy hearts that we regrettably have to report that Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist came out of his most recent work (seven furlongs in 1:27.40 on Thursday) with a puffy ankle,” read O’Neill’s statement. “Though Nyquist is 100 percent sound and X-rays are clean, the timing unfortunately precludes us from the dream of having him run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in our own backyard.”O’Neill, who trains the three-year-old son of Uncle Mo for owners Paul and Zillah Reddam, reported that no plans have been made for Nyquist’s immediate future. The colt had been scheduled to retire to stud at Darley after the Classic. GORMLEY BREEZES FOR BC JUVENILEUndefeated FrontRunner winner Gormley worked six furlongs Saturday morning underChantal Sutherland in a pedestrian 1:16.40 for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile next Saturday.“His ears were up and John (Shirreffs) just wanted to keep him happy,” Sutherland said. “He wasn’t worried about the time at this point.”Gormley worked in company with Veneto who was clocked in 1:18. Victor Espinoza3658314%44%$745,490 Kent Desormeaux54145926%52%$540,820 Tiago Pereira5488115%31%$335,805 Joseph Talamo4176217%37%$303,365 Martin Pedroza5985214%25%$276,065 Fernando Perez4993918%43%$236,055 Bob Baffert30107333%67%$882,645 FINISH LINES: With six racing days left, and thanks to three wins Friday, perennial Southern California riding king Rafael Bejarano has opened a 19-15 lead over runner-up Tyler Baze in the race for riding honors. Flavien Prat, Norberto Arroyo, Jr. and Kent Desormeaux are deadlocked with 14 wins each . . . Peter Miller is three up on Bob Baffert (13-10) in the trainers’ race. Stewart Elliott474449%26%$223,338 William Spawr1243133%67%$124,068 HUNGERFORD A WINNER FROM START TO FINISHSanta Anita wishes long-time assistant starter Junior Hungerford all the best when he retires on Nov. 6 after 42 years on the beat.“He began in 1973, and I started in 1978, but he’d been around a while,” said Santa Anita Starter Jay Slender. “When I was a kid up at the Fairs, he was working on the gate, so he was a little older than I was and a guy I always looked up to. He’s definitely been the go-to guy, the senior guy here. You could put him in any position and he’d get it done.”Hungerford, 65, who was raised in Pleasanton, California, in close proximity the iconic Alameda County Fair racetrack, has been an integral part of the Santa Anita starting gate crew since 1980.“I first came to Santa Anita in 1970,” said Hungerford. “I was galloping horses, freelance. In 1973, there was a job opening on the Los Alamitos starting gate and I got the job.  It was fun handling Quarter Horses. I like all the horses here. They’re all different . . . I feel I’ve done everything I’d ever want on the gate, but it’s all about the horses. The mornings are the best because you see them all and they all have to come by us.Hungerford listed champions Paseana, A.P. Indy, Cigar and Skip Away among the thousands of horses he’s personally handled in the afternoon.Although he’s sustained dozens of injuries over the years, including broken ribs and hands, a fractured elbow and broken feet, Hungerford considers himself to be in good health.“I’m pretty good right now, but this is a job for a young guy . . . I float (file) teeth and I can do that now closer to where I live, in Anza, which is about 125 miles from Santa Anita.”Hungerford, who considers retired Hall of Fame riders Laffit Pincay, Jr. and Eddie Delahoussaye as “pretty close friends,” is ready to call it a career.“There have been a lot of memories over 42 years, but it’s time to quit!” Gary Stevens2844714%54%$428,980 Peter Miller54138524%48%$458,990 Flavien Prat7514141219%53%$1,100,920 Philip D’Amato4270517%29%$442,685 Richard Baltas5489615%43%$440,340 (Current Through Friday, Oct. 28) ‘HAPPY’ GORMLEY IN LIESURELY JUVENILE WORKNYQUIST OUT OF CLASSIC WITH A ‘PUFFY ANKLE’CLASSIC CONTENDER MELATONIN FRESH AND FITMASOCHISTIC, RUNHAPPY IN SHARP BC BREEZESSMITH REMEMBERS TWO-TIME MILE WINNER LUREICONIC ASSISTANT STARTER HUNGERFORD TO RETIRE TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tyler Baze791571119%42%$560,600 Jerry Hollendorfer4155612%39%$309,746 Mike Smith2344317%48%$262,205 MELATONIN FRESH, FIT, FORMIDABLENot only is Classic outsider Melatonin undefeated in four starts at Santa Anita, while trained by David Hofmans, the gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy has never been beaten after a layoff, to wit:Winning by 2 ¾ lengths on Aug. 15, 2015 after an absence of more than six months; winning by 3 ¾ lengths on Feb. 5, 2016 after not racing for three months; and winning the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25 this year after being away nine weeks.The Classic will be Melatonin’s first race in more than four months.last_img read more

Diakite ready to begin QPR career

first_imgSamba Diakite will join his new QPR team-mates in Portugal on Wednesday.The Rangers squad flew out from Gatwick this morning for a break in the sun designed to recharge their batteries ahead of the all-important run-in to the season.Diakite, 23, has been representing Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations since the club agreed his signing from French side Nancy on an initial loan deal.With the tournament now over, he is ready to head back to Europe to begin his Premier League career.Manager Mark Hughes is hoping the defensive midfielder can help a team whose defeat against fellow strugglers Blackburn on Saturday increased their relegation worries.Related story: Diakite to join QPR squad on overseas trip (9 February)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more