Hurricane Relief’s Overlooked Segment

first_img About Author: Seth Welborn  Print This Post Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Disaster Hurricane Recovery October 14, 2019 827 Views Related Articles Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Hurricane Relief’s Overlooked Segment Previous: Residential Real Estate on “Shaky Ground” Next: Counsel’s Corner: Assisting At-Risk Borrowers 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. in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, Loss Mitigation, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Hurricane Relief’s Overlooked Segment The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Disaster Hurricane Recovery 2019-10-14 Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily After $5 billion in recovery funds have been disbursed in Texas, to help repair homes, businesses and infrastructure following Hurricane Harvey, but renters are unlikely to see any of these funds, The New York Times reports.“We do see jurisdictions where it looks very clear that homeowners are getting preferential treatment,” said Marion Mollegen McFadden, who ran a disaster-recovery grant program at HUD during the Obama administration and who is now SVP for public policy at the nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners.“In some ways, it is a blind spot that the government has, except that it’s a blind spot that civil-rights advocates and others have brought a bright light to over the years in multiple recoveries,” McFadden adds.“Renters just don’t have the same access to recovery resources that homeowners do,” Rachel Zummo, a lawyer for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, told NYT. “ They are still struggling to recover from the setbacks the disaster caused.”U.S. Reps. Randy Weber and Lizzie Fletcher introduced the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act in May with support from 13 other co-sponsors from Texas, mostly from the Houston area, as well as supporters from other communities waiting on the funding, including Louisiana, South Carolina, Florida, and Puerto Rico.The Act directs federal agencies to release the $16 billion in disaster funds Congress approved in early 2018 following Hurricane Harvey to different states and territories—including more than $4 billion to Texas—within 60 days.“After Harvey hit, I fought alongside the Texas delegation to secure additional funds for Harvey survivors,” said U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul. “Unfortunately, the agencies tasked with distributing these funds did not respond with the same urgency.”In New Jersey, renters faced a similar challenge in 2013 following Hurricane Sandy. Civil rights groups reached a settlement in 2014 that required New Jersey to increase the resources available to low-income renters, including establishing a $15 million pool for immediate help to displaced tenants.last_img read more

Longer life on the double

first_imgA double-wall packaging system that prolongs the shelf-life of part-baked bread and reduces the quantity of additives required for its preservation has been awarded patents in the UK and France.The system seals a layer of modified gas around the bread, but the gas does not come into contact with the contents. Taste and quality are both said to be safeguarded.Initially the bread is wrapped with a biodegradable micro-perforated film before being placed into a larger bag. The gas system is then injected, stabilising humidity and preventing moisture from affecting bread quality.According to the system’s inventor, Joel Gourlain, it is suitable for French breads, croissants and paninis. He hopes it will be introduced in 2007.last_img

Video: FDF pledges to recruit young talent

first_imgThe Food and Drink Federation’s Attracting Talent to Support Growth event highlighted the importance of nurturing young talent, with the need for 137,000 new recruits to join the UK food industry by 2017.Representatives from key industry associations and global food company General Mills, addressed issues surrounding the sector, with only 15% of 14- to 18 year-olds considering a job in food manufacturing.The Federation has pledged to double the number of apprentices working in the industry by the end of 2012, with over 2,000 apprentices currently working in food and drink manufacturing.last_img

36-year-old charged for raping 9-year-old girl

first_imgA 36-year-old man was on Monday released on $250,000 bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a rape charge.Mario Heywood appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where the charge was read to him. It is alleged that between October 1 and November 20, 2018, he raped a nine-year-old girl. The court heard that the child was left in his care when he committed the act.The child reportedly told her mother what had transpired and the matter was reported to the police. The suspect was recently arrested and charged for the offence. The case will continue on March 7, 2019.last_img

CHARLIE MCCONALOGUE PUSHES FOR REFORM OF THE TENANT PURCHASE SCHEME

first_imgCharlie McConalogue says a new Bill put forward by his party will see the Tenant Purchase Scheme radically overhauled and improved. The scheme is designed to facilitate local authority tenants buy their homes, but has received little pick up because of a raft of restrictions. The Housing (Sale of Local Authority Housing) Bill 2016 seeks to address outstanding issues with income limits, age barriers and the fact that voluntary housing tenants are barred from the scheme as it currently stands.Deputy McConalogue commented, “There have been a series of issues with the Tenant Purchase Scheme since it was introduced earlier this year.  In fact there have only been 73 applications to the scheme over the past six months.  Considering the fact that thousands of families would be eligible to apply for the scheme, the low take up is a clear indication that it is simply not working.“There are a range of age and income restrictions which have deterred people in Donegal from applying and our Bill seeks to address those.  We will open up the scheme to include voluntary housing body tenants and will examine what changes can be made to the age and income limits.“There are many benefits in supporting local authority tenants to buy their own homes.  It gives them a sense of security and helps foster sustainable communities.  The scheme to date has been too exclusive but our Bill will ensure that more people in Donegal and across the country will be given the opportunity to buy their homes. “We hope that all parties will support this Bill and allow it to progress.  It is one element in a greater package of measures that is needed to urgently address the housing crisis, and I am calling on TDs here in Donegal and across the Dáil Chamber to row in behind this legislation”. CHARLIE MCCONALOGUE PUSHES FOR REFORM OF THE TENANT PURCHASE SCHEME was last modified: July 4th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Charlie McConaloguedonegalfianna failtenant purchase schemethe housing bill 2016last_img read more

Another bad loss highlights the bad vibes around the Warriors

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile devicePerhaps nothing matters for these Warriors until the playoffs start.Perhaps the Warriors’ embarrassing loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday is totally irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. After all, the Warriors have proven a few times this year that their top gear is better than anyone else’s in the NBA. And these are …last_img

HIV vaccine breaks new ground

first_imgBy Khanyi MagubaneA major breakthrough in the research, development and testing of HIV vaccines in South Africa is on the cards, following an application by the South African Aids Vaccine Initiative to start human clinical trials on their new vaccines. The application has been sent to the Medicines Control Council (MCC) for approval.Researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) have developed two test HIV vaccines, which, if approved, will be the first entirely South African-developed products to reach the human trials stage since the Aids vaccine research process begun.Before a vaccine is given the thumbs up, it is taken through a number of clinical trials. At that stage, it’s called a test vaccine. If the test vaccine fails any of the clinical trials, it is discarded.Dr Glenda Gray, Director of the Perinatal HIV Research Unit at Johannesburg’s Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, will be chairing phase one of the clinical trial. She says this phase of the trial will include 12 Americans and 36 South African volunteers. Gray says she is positive about the safety of the vaccine. “The vaccine has been tested in America on animals and similar vaccines to the one we will be testing have been tested on humans before, so we have a good idea what the safety profile will be.”Phase one of the trials will test the tolerability of the two vaccines, Saavi MVA-C and Saavi DNA-C2, on humans – specifically, the response of the immune system. “We want to see if there is a strong immune system response to specific doses of the vaccine,” says Gray. All the participants have been carefully chosen to fall within the low risk sexual behaviour category and their risk of passing on the virus is very minimal.Gray further explains that if the first phase of the clinical trials is successful, Saavi will then conduct phase two, which will now involve hundreds of participants and will involve a more intricate look at the immune system’s response to the vaccine.Should the trials continue on a success path, the process will then advance to phase 2b, which will be the “protection” phase. Participants who fall into the high-risk category will be used in the trial to once again test for the immune system’s response to the vaccine, as well the vaccine’s ability to protect the immune system from the disease. The vaccines were specifically designed to target the strain of HIV-1 subtype C, which is the most prevalent in Southern Africa.Researchers from UCT’s National Health Laboratory Service developed the two vaccines with the help of funding received from Saavi since 2000. The project also received some funding from the National Institutes of Health in the United States. In South Africa, the departments of Science and Technology and of Health, as well as electricity utility Eskom, have also backed the project.Following 12 failures in the past few years, including five last year, Gray says Saavi is positive about these clinical trials. “We are very hopeful. We are using a completely different strategy this time. The vaccine is very clever and we are using a new biological platform.”The process between Saavi and the MCC will include a thorough examination of the safety of the vaccine to use on humans, which will be conducted according to the MCC’s own testing procedures. This process is expected to take an estimated three months before a final decision is reached.HIV/AIDs and South AfricaAt the end of 2006, one in nine or 5.5 million South Africans were living with HIV, with a prevalence of 18.8% in the adult population. HIV prevalence is not yet declining although it has stabilised among young people 15-24 years, reports UNAids.The figure reported by UNAids is 8.8% higher than the results of a national South African HIV survey conducted in 2005, commissioned by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. According to the survey, entitled “South African National HIV prevalence, HIV incidence, behavior and communications survey 2005”, researchers estimated that 10.8% or 4.8 million of all South Africans aged two years and older were living with HIV in 2005. Among those between 15 and 49 years old, the estimated HIV prevalence was 16.2% in 2005.In an increased bid to better understand ways in which to manage the Aids pandemic in the country, more than 4 000 scientists, activists and medical experts gathered in Durban for the third South African AIDS conference in June last year. The conference was conducted under the theme, “Building consensus on prevention, treatment and care”. At the end of the week-long event, an extensive conference declaration was taken, covering seven key areas: HIV testing stategies, social and behavioural interventions, infant feeding, long-term effects of anti-retrovirals, male circumcision, female condoms, and new prevention strategies.The Department of Health has also adopted a HIV and AIDS and STI (sexually-transmitted infections) strategic plan for South Africa, 2007–2011. In its report of the strategy, it states, “Whilst the two main goals of the Operational Plan for Comprehensive HIV and AIDS Care, Management and Treatment for South Africa are to provide comprehensive care and treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS as well as to facilitate the strengthening of the national health system, the National Strategic Plan 2007-2011, is not a plan for the health sector alone. Instead, it seeks to be relevant to all agencies working on HIV and AIDS in South Africa, within and outside the government. The underlying basic premise is the recognition that no single sector, ministry, department or organisation can by itself be held responsible for the control of HIV and AIDS.”Useful linksAvert – international aids charityMedical Research CouncilUNAidsSouth African Aids Vaccine InitiativeThird South African Aids Conferencelast_img read more

Tshepo10K: inspiring South African youth with skills

first_img11 November 2015The City of Tshwane, along with a number of stakeholders and partners including Absa, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the University of Pretoria, wants to continue to train, up skill and inspire more of the city’s young people to be willing and able enough to start up their own businesses in order to combat a sluggish local economy.The city’s Tshepo10K, launched in 2013 and aimed at providing skills training and employment opportunities to 10 000 of the city’s youth, has begun to bear fruit.Sam Makhura, @CityTshwane Supply Chain Performance Specialist shares his experiences working with #Tshepo10k pic.twitter.com/gymv9EggyI— City News Tshwane (@TshwaneHerald) November 6, 2015At a presentation on 6 November 2015, the first top performing Tshepo10K beneficiaries and their stories were highlighted to media, invited guests and the public.In his keynote address, Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa thanked the stakeholders involved in the project and congratulated the young people on their achievements. He assured them the city would support them as they went forward.Thanks to the following stakeholders for supporting #Tshepo10K initiative; @Tukkies, @Absa, @NYDARSA and GEP— City of Tshwane (@CityTshwane) November 6, 2015Today @MayorOfTshwane acknowledges, recognizes & pays special tribute #Tshepo10k, an initiative he launched in 2013 pic.twitter.com/KukKhG0XrG— Tinyiko L Mokgobi (@lolomokgobi) November 6, 2015Tembeka Mhlekwa, Tshwane’s head of economic development, who also spoke at the event, said she was happy with the progress of the project so far, and hoped that it would be a prime example for other municipalities on how to tackle youth unemployment.Head of Economic Development #TembekaMhlekwa thanks @lolomokgobi for supporting #Tshepo10k and developing its logo pic.twitter.com/ShlUs3XPjr— Subesh Pillay (@SubeshPillay) November 6, 2015The multimillion-rand project includes a collaboration with the University of Pretoria to train unemployed young people with a number of rigorous and intensive business management courses.These offer them the chance to learn practical and necessary skills and expertise to start businesses that grow and succeed. The training includes learning how to use that business to successfully tender for government procurement contracts.After training, the candidates then form business co-operatives and are placed in internships in the city’s various utility departments, such as electricity and energy, water and sanitation, roads and transport, housing and human settlements, and environmental management. More than 190 co-operatives have already been established through the project. These businesses operate across the Tshwane municipality and bring much-needed services to residents.Jointed five Co-operative from Hammanskraal at #Tshepo10K Top Achievers Event pic.twitter.com/c2GkT2ZW4d— City of Tshwane (@CityTshwane) November 6, 2015Lesedi T Ten K Co-operativeLebogang Maanga, one of the first through the programme, is the chairperson of the Lesedi T Ten K Co-operative, owned together with four partners.Maanga received a grant to set up the co-operative from the NYDA and used it to fund the office equipment for the business. “We named our co-operative Lesedi because we saw light at the end of the tunnel. The project has provided us with administrative skills such as how to quote for our services,” she said.The key milestones for their co-operative, Maanga explained at the event, included sending out letters of demand on behalf of the city, providing cleaning services at Rosslyn electricity depot, repairing street lights in Soshanguve, and erecting soccer pitches around the city.The journey wasn’t easy but each step was worth it – Tembeka Mhlekwa #Tshepo10K top 100 achievers ceremony pic.twitter.com/gBVEkArl37— Tinyiko L Mokgobi (@lolomokgobi) November 6, 2015“(The co-operative has) created 64 jobs,” said Maanga, but she acknowledged that the journey had not been easy. “At times we faced financial challenges but through hard work, determination, sleepless nights and continuous support from the city, we were able to get here.”The Lesedi team is now able to live fruitful and productive lives, while using their business acumen to improve the lives of others in their community.Speaking about Lesedi’s future and the success of Tshepo10K, Maanga said they were “determined to work harder, and not only focus on quantity but also ensure that the service and goods we provide is of high quality”. They plan to grow the business and involve more unemployed youth.Eco Factory Co-operativeEco Factory, in the Ga-Rankuwa industrial park, produces low-cost school desks, helping the Department of Basic Education to address the needs of schools and supply quality school desks to poor schools across the country.The desks are made in South Africa from the wood of invasive alien trees cleared by previously unemployed workers. Eco Factory’s David Makobe said Tshepo10K had helped him understand business and procurement processes, a skill he never had before.Hlabollo Primary Co-operativeAnother beneficiary, Lucky Malatji of Hlabollo Primary Co-operative, works in the housing sector. He said that thanks to skills learned with Tshepo10K, the co- operative was awarded a project for ready-mix concrete valued at R200 000 as well as a storm water maintenance project valued at R400 000. The group employed 30 previously unemployed youths.Funding, though, is one of main challenges to the survival of the co-operatives, and Tshepo10K urges more interaction with the private sector to help make these small initiatives work better.“There has been resistance from buyers to utilise Tshepo co-operatives. But recently they have started warming up to us,” said one co-operative member.MMC @SubeshPillay explains how Tshwane’s #Tshepo10k work. pic.twitter.com/ZMAbP8c3wk— Tendai Joe (@Tendaijoe) November 6, 2015Youth were a key element in Tshwane Vision 2055, said the member of the Tshwane mayoral committee for economic development, Subesh Pillay. “The city believes its young residents will be the flag bearers and reap the benefits of the city in the future.”Proceedings ended with a song for the Tshepo10K project, written and performed by one of its beneficiaries who hoped to inspire the next group of young people to take hold of their future.#Tshepo10k theme song. Beautiful pic.twitter.com/zlT1JvOd1D— City News Tshwane (@TshwaneHerald) November 6, 2015Source: South African Government News Websitelast_img read more

Rush of relief after Gina Iniong escapes with close win in ONE Bangkok card

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Gina Iniong’s most anxious moments against Jihin Radzuan came after the fight.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PBA D-League: CEU drubs Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READcenter_img Iniong could only breathe a huge sigh of relief when she was awarded a narrow win over Radzuan, who was undefeated coming into Saturday’s bout, in ONE: Clash of Legends in Bangkok, Thailand.“To be honest, I got nervous when they announced it as a split decision,” said the Filipina, who improved to 8-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I thought I should have won it by unanimous decision. I almost lost my breath because of that, but it’s okay.”It’s understandable for Iniong to feel as if she’s sitting on pins and needles before the announcement was made after two of her Team Lakay teammates in Joshua Pacio and Geje Eustaquio both dropped close decisions in their title defenses last month. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments LATEST STORIES But it wasn’t the same case during the fight where Iniong said she felt calm from the get-go.“I think I did well, I was able to execute our game plan during the fight. I was relaxed throughout the fight even when she got back in the last round,” The 29-year-old Iniong said.“Radzuan is a tremendous warrior, and I wasn’t expecting this to be an easy fight at all. Thankfully, our game plan worked.” The victory did not only boosted Iniong’s bid for a world title shot, it also served as a shot in the arm for her ailing mother, who is suffering from chronic kidney disease.“This win is for my family, especially to my mom, who’s still ill.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Kobe Bryant signs off in style, Barcelona out of Champions League

first_imgNBA: Kobe Bryant scores 60 points in unbelievable farewell victoryBryant scored 60 points in his final game, wrapping up 20 years in the NBA with an unbelievable offensive showcase in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz.Atletico Madrid eliminate Barcelona from Champions League Holders Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League after being stifled by a brilliantly well-organised Atletico Madrid and undone by two goals from Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 quarter-final second-leg defeat.Ruthless Bayern reach fifth Champions League semifinal in a rowBayern Munich booked their fifth successive Champions League semi-final spot with a 2-2 draw at Benfica to seal a 3-2 aggregate victory that kept the Germans on course for a treble of titles.Djokovic loses to Vesely in second round of Monte Carlo Masters It was Novak Djokovic’s first loss in a completed match since November, having retired from a match in February with eye infections.Kolkata, Bangalore in fray to host IPL 2016 final Kolkata has already expressed their willingness to host the Indian Premier League final with Bangalore also being in the fray to hold the summit clash of season nine.last_img read more