Money to Recovering Cities

Posted On May 31 2021 by

first_imgSubscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago August 1, 2017 989 Views Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Disaster Relief HUD 2017-08-01 Brianna Gilpin Share Save  Print This Post Previous: NMSA Urges FCC to Clarify Definition of Robocalling Next: A Helping Hand from HUD Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brianna Gilpin When major disasters happen, many individuals first reaction is to make sure everyone is safe, but once the dust settles, it’s time for the city itself to recover. That’s when the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 and Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Program comes in.Signed May 5 by President Trump, the Act gives $400 million to areas that are in need of recovery from major disasters such as earthquakes or flooding. Tuesday, HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced an additional $178.5 million provided through the grant program to help states recover from disasters from 2015 and 2016. So far, $343 million has been provided for disaster recovery, with the remaining $57 million to be allocated sometime in the future to areas that may experience disaster.“Clearly, there are hard-hit communities in these states that need more help to recover from the devastating floods they experienced over the past two years,” said Secretary Carson.  “Today, we make another investment in the future of these communities and to help our neighbors in need.”These grants are allocated to Florida (57,530,000), West Virginia ($42,383,000), North Carolina ($31,862,000), South Carolina ($27,769,000), and Texas ($9,785,000) for 2016 and for 2015, Texas ($8,233,000) with a specific focus on San Marcos, Texas ($978,000) who experienced extreme flooding.Through supplemental spending measures, Congress appropriated a combined $3 billion through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Program. The largest amount of grant money has been given to Louisiana following 2016 flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding parishes, totaling $1.7 billion in recovery funds.”Today, HUD makes another investment to support long-term disaster recovery in communities that continue to experience significant and persistent need,” said Secretary Carson in the May allocation of grant funds. “Supporting the people and places still struggling to rebuild is a top priority at HUD.”center_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Disaster Relief HUD Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Money to Recovering Cities Home / Daily Dose / Money to Recovering Cities in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more


Trinidad newspaper ad outrages local activists

Posted On Sep 26 2020 by

first_img Share NewsRegional Trinidad newspaper ad outrages local activists by: – December 20, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share 14 Views   no discussions Brendon O’Brien. Photo credit: globewriter.wordpress.comPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — A full page ad published in Trinidad’s Sunday Express newspaper titled ‘What you should know about homosexuality’ has outraged local activists, who are calling for any further ads to be blocked by local media standards bodies.Local activist Brendon O’Brien said in a letter to the newspaper: “They looked at this… and thought it was okay to publish? Not that something is wrong with publishing a religiously slanted ad, but one that openly discredits a community, questions their movement towards rights and even, in a sense, undermines their actual existence is definitely a problem. And this tried to do just that, and in a respectful and pseudo-scientific way as well. The publisher should have seen this and seen that it would’ve caused a problem.”A similar ad was published in a Jamaica’s newspaper on World AIDS Day. Another Trinidadian activist Colin Robinson said of the apparently coordinated anti-gay efforts in the Caribbean: “The region is in the cross-hairs of religious groups in the north who think their battles for Christian dominion ought to be waged on the bodies of Caribbean gay and lesbian men and women, just like they have done on the corpses of our Ugandan brothers and sisters.”However, Robinson also pointed out: “In Trinidad, however, just like happened when Phillip Lee from His Way Out Ministries came a year ago, what’s happening is that heterosexual people, especially young ones, are mobilizing to say: ‘This is wrong and harmful, and we will stand against it’. They are doing a much better job than we are of creating advocates for GLBT rights.”By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more


Breakdancing proposed as new sport by 2024 Olympics: organisers

Posted On Aug 13 2020 by

first_imgFILE PHOTO; Kinjaz breakdancingParís, France | AFP | Breakdancing has been invited as a new sport by the organisers of the 2024 Paris Olympics, the head of the local organising committee said Thursday.Skateboarding, climbing and surfing, which have already been added to the programme for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, have been invited to return for the Paris Games. Tony Estanguet, the head of the Paris 2024 organising committee, said the inclusion of the four sports responded to a need to make the Olympics “more urban” and “more artistic”.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


Ridge Road Run To Raise Funds, Awareness For Suicide Prevention

Posted On Aug 4 2020 by

first_imgFrom tragedy, Sourlis and his classmates gained understanding and perspective about the topics of suicide and mental health that had been unexpectedly thrust into their lives.“I think it helped us realize that things aren’t always what they appear on the outside,” said Sourlis. “Pierce was a great friend, a prominent lacrosse player, a good student at our school, but there was more going on inside than anyone knew. It brought attention to the fact that we need to be there for each other in other ways.” With that mission in mind, the Ridge Road Run was conceived – an outing scheduled for Sunday, April 15 on the campus of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School that will feature a 5K run starting at 9 a.m., as well as a one-mile race and kiddie dashes with start times to be announced.“One of the things we hear all the time as administrators is how this generation of kids isn’t passionate; that they’re self-centered and self-serving,” said Risa Clay, Red Bank Regional High School principal. “But this event and the work these students are doing shows how passionate a community of kids can be when it’s a cause that hits close to home,” she said of the student organizers who are seeking volunteers, monetary donations and sponsorships at RidgeRoadRun.org.Clay went on to speak of the immense pressure her students feel to achieve more, reaching for marks on an intangible measuring stick that perpetually appear out of reach and overshadow their accomplishments in and out of the classroom.It’s a circumstance that has led RBR to institute mental health education as part of their curriculum, while providing an on-campus clinic dedicated to counseling students and their parents about how to cope with the stresses of life. These types of curriculum additions and school-based offerings align with the goals of the Ridge Road Run, which are to put school rivalries aside for a unifying effort that hopes to open lines of communication between students, peers, parents, teachers and administrators, as well as to raise awareness about suicide, and funds to support both the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.“I’m impressed with the students’ initiative to bring this topic to the forefront,” said Kathy Booth Red Bank Catholic student assistant coordinator. “We have our rivalries, and they’re all in good fun, but to lose these young people is a loss we all share. This is a subject that can’t be hushed anymore. We need more awareness and more communication. And I believe this event will go a long way toward achieving that.” This past football season provided a platform for longtime rivals like Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) and Red Bank Catholic (RBC) to join together with their heartbroken peers in Rumson in a sign of solidarity, as the student bodies came together during their respective games and wore the same color T-shirts in homage to Jarck.Developing from this display of camaraderie was the idea for something more impactful, an event that would reach beyond their schoolyards and playing fields and deeper into the greater Ridge Road community. Story and photo by Chris Rotolo “I think it’s going to be bigger than they ever expected,” Booth said.The Ridge Road Run has been organized by RBR students Michael Eulner, Claudia Kelly and Thomas Lloyd; Ellie Gibney and Teddy Sourlis from RFH; and Courtney Carroll and Lily Salcedo from RBC.For more information on the Ridge Road Run visit ridgeroadrun.org. RUMSON – Shock, despair and disbelief.It was these distinct emotions that flooded the hallways this past October at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH), when a beloved friend, teammate and student named Pierce Jarck tragically took his own life at the age of 16.Teddy Sourlis, a former classmate of Jarck’s, can still recall the over whelming anxiety that gripped him when he was forced to face the news of his friend’s passing.“As a community it hit us hard,” said Sourlis, a member of the Bulldogs basketball program. “We were still processing losing another friend of ours, Jack Moore, the year prior, and out of the blue, so suddenly, we heard the news about Pierce. And I think it really opened our eyes as a community of teens.”last_img read more


Silvertips rock Kootenay Ice as Major Midget Hockey opens new season

Posted On Aug 3 2020 by

first_imgSaturday, McCarrick snapped a 1-1 tie with his first of the season to lift the Silvertips to the opening-day win.McInnes, Jordan Topping, Bajkov and Gomerich also scored for North Island.Trevor Van Steinburg of Cranbrook replied for Kootenay.Harrison Whitlock of Fruitvale was in goal for the Ice.Kootenay has a bye week before returning to action Saturday, October 6 in Kelowna to face the Okanagan Rockets in the first of a two-game series.Next home game is October 27 in Trail when the Thompson Blazers visit the Cominco Arena.The B.C. Major Midget League began play in 2004. The idea for the league was to provide the elite 15 to 17-year-old players in the province the opportunity to play against the top players with their own age group.The winner of the league has the chance to advance to the National Midget Championships.Team Kootenay is a collection of players from Cranbrook to Midway. Obviously not the start head coach Mario DiBella and the Kootenay Ice wanted.The North Island Silvertips got better as the games progressed as the Island rep stomped the Kootenay Ice 5-1 and 10-2 in B.C. Hockey Major Midget League action this past weekend at the NDCC Arena.The weekend series was the first games of the season for both teams.Sunday, Kootenay trailed North Island by a single goal after 20 minutes.But two special teams goals in the middle frame by Silvertips Nicolais Gomerich  — shorthanded — and Patrick Bajkov — his second of three in the game — on the power play was enough to turn the tables against Kootenay.Joe Surgenor scored twice for North Island with singles going to Curtis McCarrick, Liam Shaw, Grady McInnes and Trent Bell.Greyson Reitmeier of Nakusp and Dane Elphicke of Castlegar replied for the Ice. North Island held period leads of 2-1 and 6-2.last_img read more


Judge warns young farmer not to go out on road without insurance again

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgA young Donegal farmer was warned by a Judge not to go out on the road again without insurance as he was given his driving license back.Shane Heaney was banned from driving for four years in November 2016 when he was caught on the road without insurance. It was the second time he was caught with no insurance while driving.He had also failed to pay a fine imposed by the court for not being insured.He appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday asking the court to have his license restored earlyThe 27 year old’s solicitor Mr Rory O’Brien told the court that there were a number of reasons for the application.He said Heaney, of Rocky River Drive, Carrownaganagh, Milford, needed his license for his farming work in and around his land.He added that Heaney’s partner was also due their first child together and he was also considering applying for work in Canada and would ned his license.Judge Deirdre Gearty asked Heaney if he had enquired to see the cost of insurance after his four-year disqualification.He told the court that he was told insurance for a tractor would now cost him in the region of €1,000.Judge Gearty agreed to restore Heaney’s license but warned him “Don’t go out on that road without insurance again.”Judge warns young farmer not to go out on road without insurance again was last modified: August 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtDonedriving licensegalMilfordShane Heaneylast_img read more


Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: Shark Chefs andFinger Food

Posted On Dec 19 2019 by

first_imgA press release from University of Florida wins this week’s prize for trying to make dogmatism funny (or at least appealing to snackers):When the first four-legged animals sprouted fingers and toes, they took an ancient genetic recipe and simply extended the cooking time, say University of Florida scientists writing in Wednesday’s issue of the journal PLoS ONE.    Even sharks – which have existed for more than half a billion years – have the recipe for fingers in their genetic cookbook – not to eat them, but to grow them.But sharks don’t have fingers, you say?  Right; they just had the recipe but never used it: “the genetic processes necessary to muster fingers and toes existed more than 500 million years ago in the common ancestor of fish with cartilaginous skeletons and bony fish – more than 135 million years before digits debuted in the earliest limbed animals,” the article says.    And what were these finger genes doing 135 million years before they were used?  Just making fins, apparently.  “…sharks and many other types of fish do not form more dramatic appendages during this late phase of Hox gene expression because it occurs briefly and only in a narrow band of cells, compared with the more extended time frame and larger anatomical area needed to prefigure the hand and foot in limbed animals.”    So for 135 million years, no animal ever tried the latent innovation.  But when it was time for fingers and toes to debut, their appearance was “an extremely dramatic, important point in evolution that has captured the interest of many.”  Otherwise we would be playing finball instead of handball.    “The finding shows what was thought to be a relatively recent evolutionary innovation existed eons earlier than previously believed,” the article says.  The following paragraph makes it all so plausible:“We’ve uncovered a surprising degree of genetic complexity in place at an early point in the evolution of appendages,” said developmental biologist Martin Cohn, an associate professor with the UF departments of zoology and anatomy and cell biology and a member of the UF Genetics Institute.  “Genetic processes were not simple in early aquatic vertebrates only to become more complex as the animals adapted to terrestrial living.  They were complex from the outset.  Some major evolutionary innovations, like digits at the end of limbs, may have been achieved by prolonging the activity of a genetic program that existed in a common ancestor of sharks and bony fishes.”Question: What was the observation that gave rise to all this kitchen prose?  Scientists at UFL watched the pattern of expression in Hox genes in living sharks, and “discovered a phase of gene expression in sharks that was thought until recently to occur only when digits began to form in limbed animals.”  Well, then, (snap fingers): evolution is the only possible explanation.It’s the only possible answer because it is the only answer the Darwin Party will allow in the arena, which has become a circus.  Let’s all do Steve Martin’s rendition of “When the shark bites…” while re-reading the quote at top right of this page.Update: National Geographic was quick to join the feeding frenzy.  “The discovery pushes back the date of the evolutionary ‘fin to limb’ advance by some 135 million years,” the article said.  Which quote do you think should win?  The one above or this one by Marcus C. Davis?“Dramatically different ways of being—new forms, new functions—may evolve through relatively minor adjustments to existing genes and gene functions,” Davis said.    “It only requires modifications—‘tweaks’—if you will, to previously existing genetic systems,” he said.    “A symphony can play dramatically different compositions by changing the role each musician plays, [but] only on occasion are instruments added or lost.”And here you thought all along that symphonies were played by intelligent design.  Not this one.  It’s Darwin’s overture to his comic opera Farcical, dopus 135M, starring the fat lady who always sings last, Tinker Bell.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Photo library: People 2

Posted On Dec 19 2019 by

first_imgBy accessing this photo library, you agree to the Media Club South Africa photo library terms and conditions of use.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Customers atFirst National Bank’s IkeziAgency in Dobonsonville,Soweto. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Performers at acultural festival in JoubertPark. The festivalaims to promote culturalawareness among residents. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Dance groupcompeting in a cultural dancefestival in Joubert Park. Thefestival aims to promotecultural awareness amongresidents. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Dance groupcompeting in a culturaldance festival in JoubertPark. The festival aims topromote cultural awarenessamong residents. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Dance groupcompeting in a culturaldance festival in JoubertPark. The festival aims topromote cultural awarenessamong residents. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Dance groupcompeting in a cultural dancefestival in Joubert Park. Thefestival aims to promotecultural awareness amongresidents. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Dance groupcompeting in a culturaldance festival in JoubertPark. The festival aims topromote cultural awarenessamong residents. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Cyclists crossingthe Nelson Mandela Bridge inthe city centre during a cycle race. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Cyclists crossingthe Nelson Mandela Bridge inthe city centre during a cycle race. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imagePEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more


The PSL comes to Port Elizabeth

Posted On Dec 19 2019 by

first_img16 July 2008Bay United’s 2-1 win over FC AK in the promotional play-offs over the weekend has ensured that Port Elizabeth’s residents will get a taste of Premier Soccer League (PSL) action for the first time since the league’s inception.It was quite an achievement for a team only in its third year of existence, with Volkswagen South Africa having bought the first division franchise Maritzburg United and relocated the team in order to bring professional football to the Eastern Cape city.In a statement issued this week, the multinational carmaker, which has a plant in the metropolitan municipality, said their intention was to build a club capable of performing in the top flight by 2010, supported by a soccer academy.“The coach, his committed team and support staff have done it two years ahead of plan,” said Volkswagen SA communications GM Bill Stephens. “Bay United’s performance on Sunday against FC AK at the Wolfson Stadium gives us great confidence for the club’s future as a top rated PSL side.”Bringing soccer to PEHaving established Bay United in the first division, the company then decided to change its role to one of both a financial and vehicle sponsor – with ownership and management of the club being transferred to Izingwe Capital, a local black-owned and managed investment company.“It was never our intention to own and manage a soccer club in the long term,” explained Stephens, adding that the company felt the investment was the quickest way of bringing soccer at the first division level to the metropolitan area.“A further milestone in the rapid progress of Bay United was the appointment of coach Vladislav Heric, who has put together an outstanding squad of players who have now made the dream a reality,” said Stephens. “He has done a fantastic job to bring the team this far – but the job has just started!”Grassroots developmentStephens said that Volkswagen and Bay United remained committed to the development of soccer in the metro at grassroots level through its soccer Academy.“This is a key commitment and a key part of the strategy to establish and sustain a PSL club in the metro,” said Stephens. “The Bay United Academy now overseas the training and development of over 100 young aspiring top league soccer players.”Significantly, Bay United will hopefully adopt the metro’s new state of the art soccer stadium as its home for many years to come – with the long term sustainability of the new soccer stadium, currently under construction, being largely dependent upon having a PSL side with its home in Nelson Mandela Bay.“We appeal to all people in the Eastern Cape who have a love for soccer and the region, to get behind Bay United and support our team in their 2008/9 PSL campaign which starts in a few weeks time,” Stephens said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


MTN, Indian firm in mobile content deal

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_imgPan-African cellular operator MTN has announced a tie-up with IMImobile, an India-based software and managed services company, to provide over 100-million of its subscribers with a variety of online content. Mobile data services The strategic partnership between the two will entail providing MTN’s 21 markets access to a repository of current and globally popular content through enhanced delivery platforms. IMImobile will deploy its service delivery platform, including its industry leading DaVinci content management system, while the content strategy includes tailoring content for local consumer preferences, including French and Arabic, as well as exploiting MTN’s sponsorship of the World Cup through www.mtnfootball.com. “We have found a partner in IMImobile that has the insight and expertise of the appropriate managed service business model and technology solution necessary to continue to deliver premium content and services to our customers.” MTN’s Nozipho January-Bardill said IMImobile was selected from a group of major firms because of the scalability of its technology platforms and proven managed services business model. One of MTN’s new content streams will be the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, for which the mobile operator has exclusive global mobile content rights. Accordingly, MTN will leverage its IMImobile partnership to deliver exclusive World Cup content on subscribers’ handsets, including soccer match news, fixtures, match results as well as team and group profiles. With revenues from mobile content and services estimated to rise from US$89.3-billion in 2006 to $150.2-billion in 2011, MTN is hoping to capitalise on the rapidly converging data, content and voice market – with Africa, the Middle East and Latin America poised to witness the highest growth in revenue as additional mobile data services are being deployed in those regions. Content categories will include music with a local and international flavour, sports, games, entertainment and news.center_img MTN introduced a number of products and services on its portal and on www.mtnfootball.com during the Fifa Confederations Cup in June this year. This content is currently being archived to allow football fans to re-live the moment long after the games. “This is a major commercial milestone for IMImobile as we continue to build our offering to support leading operators worldwide,” said IMImobile founder and CEO Vishwanath Alluri. “We are excited by the opportunity and are looking forward to helping MTN achieve its objectives of creating substantial additional revenue streams.” “IMImobile’s value proposition and technology solutions will enable MTN to reduce the time-to-market for new services, boost average revenue per user and keep MTN at the forefront of innovative services,” January-Bardill said in a statement earlier this month. Fifa World Cup content 13 October 2009 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Insight, expertiselast_img read more