Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Previous: Mortgage Veteran Robert Caruso Announces Retirement From ServiceLink Next: Survey: Top Skills Among Real Estate Agents HOUSING HUD mortgage 2017-10-18 Nicole Casperson Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] Related Articles Print This Post Tagged with: HOUSING HUD mortgage Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Featured, Government, Headlines, News Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Secretary Carson: HUD Aiding South Floridians The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago October 18, 2017 1,202 Views Subscribe Home / Featured / Secretary Carson: HUD Aiding South Floridians The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago On October 7, the Miami Herald published an op-ed by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, highlighting the work HUD has done to help families recover from Hurricane Irma.According to HUD, hundreds of men and women are working to ensure safe, affordable housing for those affected by the disaster.Prior to Irma’s impact, many HUD employees volunteered to go to Florida to serve immediately as a partner to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and assist individuals and families in need of resources, according to the article.Secretary Carson said he visited Florida to monitor HUD’s progress, talk with residents, and ensure HUD provides everything it can to support the rebuilding effort.As part of the response, recovery, and rebuilding efforts, HUD’s primary job is to “use the best data available to ensure disaster recovery funding is targeted to the hardest hit areas.”“We will put our knowledge, experience, and expertise to work in coordination with state and local authorities,” Secretary Carson said. “In the months and years ahead, HUD will play a central role in Florida’s integrated efforts to rebuild lives and communities.”In addition, Secretary Carson said he is in touch with Gov. Rick Scott and his staff, as HUD is helping to locate vacancies to move vulnerable residents into safer housing.“We are working closely with FEMA and shelters around the state to ensure they have the resources they need to serve displaced Floridians, and ultimately help these families find longer-term housing,” Secretary Carson said.Secretary Carson continued to explain that HUD is also providing special mortgage relief through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). HUD has already granted a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures for FHA-insured properties in disaster-affected areas.“We offer loan forbearance and loan modifications for borrowers struggling to make payments in disaster-affected areas,” he added.Specific mortgage products for those impacted by disasters—as some homeowners whose properties were destroyed or damaged may be eligible for 100 percent financing through HUD’s Section 203(h) program.According to Secretary Carson, this will enable them to rebuild or buy another home. In addition, homeowners can use Section 203(k) FHA insurance to refinance an existing mortgage into a new mortgage that covers the cost of repairs. About Author: Nicole Casperson
Travel agents from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland have been visiting Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way. The travel agents all won the opportunity to travel here during a recent Tourism Ireland sales mission to Australia and New Zealand.The group travelled to some well-known places around Donegal including Glenveagh National Park, Glencolmcille Folk Village and Sliabh Liag. The travel agents enjoyed lunch at Leo’s Tavern, which was followed by an Irish coffee-making demo. They also enjoyed a live traditional music session at The Reel Inn and an overnight stay at the Central Hotel in Donegal town. Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination. In 2018, they welcomed 228,500 arrivals from Australia and New Zealand to Ireland. Sofia Hasson, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Australia commented, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase Donegal and Ireland to these travel agents from Australia and New Zealand. There is really no substitute for being able to come here and experience what Ireland has to offer at first-hand.” REPRO FREE17/05/2019, Sliabh Liag, Co Donegal – Travel agents from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Auckland have been visiting Ireland. The travel agents all won the opportunity to travel here during a recent Tourism Ireland sales mission to Australia and New Zealand.PIC SHOWS: Travel agents from Australia and New Zealand with Erika Stewart, Tourism Ireland (centre), at Sliabh Liag.Pic – John McConnell (no repro fee)Further press info – Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland 087-685 9027 Tourism Ireland puts Donegal in the spotlight ‘Down Under’ was last modified: May 22nd, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cold air came blasting back into the state late yesterday…an unwelcome intruder once again. This morning we are seeing temps down at 35 degrees or below over a large chunk of northern Ohio, and even were getting reports of some sloppy wet snowflakes in NE Ohio. Moisture this morning lingers over the eastern half of the state but is trying to push off to the east. We think it will be slow transition to dry weather in the east today, but we eventually get there. Clouds will be giving way to sun in the west this morning, and we should see that continue across the state through the day. Don’t be surprised to see some spits or sprinkles in the east this morning and midday (even a few flurries in NE Ohio), but it will not last all day. High pressure is working across southern Indiana today, but that does mean we will spend basically the entire day in strong north and northwest flow coming around the front and topside of the high. We will transition to south flow around the backside of the high tomorrow into midweek. So, today (this morning) will likely be the coolest of the week, but we should be able to build our temps some from here. Tomorrow turns out partly to mostly sunny and warmer thanks to that south flow. Temps should be normal to above normal over most of the state. Wednesday also looks mild, but sun will give way to clouds through the day. We won’t rule out a few sprinkles later Wednesday afternoon and evening, but really nothing of consequence until Thursday. On Thursday we have rain and thunderstorms spreading across the state with the potential for some strong to severe weather Thursday night. Right now, we expect rain totals Thursday of .25”-1.5” with 100% coverage. The higher rain totals will come via thunderstorms, but the line of potential action looks significant, so a large part of the state has the potential to get the heavier rains. Showers linger through Friday and Saturday, but with much lighter intensity and lower coverage. On Friday, lingering showers can bring a few hundredths to .15” to 60% of the state, while Saturdays action triggers a few hundredths to .25” over 70% of the state, particularly from I-70 northward. The map at right shows rain potential for the week, ending midnight Sunday night. With rain potential over 3 days…that means we see no drying there. The cold today limits good drying, so for the week, between now and Saturday, we may see only 1.5-2 days of good, solid drying potential. We turn out partly sunny on Sunday and see a mix of clouds and sun on Monday, with temps near normal. Rains return next Tuesday with showers and thunderstorms arriving from NW to SE. We end up with 75% coverage over the state for Tuesday with rains of .25”-1”. Then Wednesday we see rains concentrate more on the southern half of the state, with a few hundredths to .4”, mostly from I-70 south. Again, no significant drying there. The extended period starts off with potentially our longest dry stretch in some time. Currently, we see no significant rain threat from next Thursday (25th) through Sunday (28th). Temps look to be near normal, and this may be our first good drying period for the month. Evaporation rates should be near maximum of .25” of liquid per day. But, given the rains between now and then, we have to ask: “is it enough?” Rains are back for Monday the 29th and Tuesday the 30th, with at least .25”-.75” of liquid potential.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FEU vs UST. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University frustrated University of Santo Tomas with a 78-65 drubbing in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Tamaraws flipped the switch in the fourth quarter to turn the game around after trailing the Tigers early in the game.ADVERTISEMENT FEU held a minute 49-48 at the end of the third before staging a crippling 18-3 run to take a 67-51 lead that left UST looking startled.The Tamaraws improved to a 2-2 record while the Growling Tigers remained at the bottom of the eight-team ladder with a miserable 0-4 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFEU head coach Olsen Racela commended his team a better second half performance after allowing UST to go tit-for-tat with the Tamaraws for the first 20 minutes.“I told the players that we have to grind it out since there’s no sure win in this league,” said Racela in Filipino. “We have to put in the effort, and it showed in the second half that we really have to grind it out.” LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ View comments The Tamaraws put a clamp on UST’s offense, limiting the Tigers to a 33 percent shooting. Their 29 fourth quarter points also matched the whole second half output of the Tigers.Ball movement was also crucial for FEU as it registered 20 assists compared to UST eight, and those passes led to seven uncontested field goals.Arvin Tolentino put up a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead FEU on both ends while Ron Dennison had 15 points of his own.Jeepy Faundo led UST with 16 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UAAP: UP can field in Ricafort, but face risks if TRO ‘invalid’ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight
Twitter/@IowaonBTNMost college coaches wouldn’t be comfortable sending their kicker out for a 57-yard field goal to win the game. Kirk Ferentz is not one of those coaches. With the game tied at 24, Hawkeye kicker Marshall Koehn blasts one from 57 out to send Pittsburgh home with a loss. As you can imagine, the team mobs him after the win becomes official.How about a 57-yd FG for the win? That’s nothing for @HawkeyeFootball K Marshall Koehn! Brought to you by #GrubHub. http://t.co/FoAm5dBwja— Iowa on BTN (@IowaOnBTN) September 20, 2015Remember, folks, kickers are people too. Sometimes, they’ll even win you a game.
It was another miserable day on Wall Street as a series of big December plunges continued, putting stocks on track for their worst month in a decade.On Thursday:The S&P 500 index slumped 39.54 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 2,467.42.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 464.06 points, or 2 per cent, to 22,859.60.The Nasdaq composite declined 108.42 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 6,528.41.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies sagged 23.23 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 1,326.For the week:The S&P 500 is down 132.53 points, or 5.1 per cent.The Dow is down 1,240.91 points, or 5.1 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 382.26 points, or 5.5 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 84.81 points, or 6 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 206.19 points, or 7.7 per cent.The Dow is down 1,859.62 points, or 7.5 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 374.98 points, or 5.4 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 209.51 points, or 13.6 per cent.The Associated Press
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek says it will be working with stakeholders going forward after a report to City Council found that half of the building square footage in Collins Exhibition Park should be torn down.In a release on Thursday, the City explained that it has been exploring the possibility of adopting a Sports Event Tourism Model for the benefits it could provide to the area economy. As part of this initiative, an assessment of City-owned facilities was completed to look for any current opportunities that could enhance the Model.While looking at the opportunities, the City said that concerns were identified at Collins Exhibition Park after Force Engineering Group Inc. was hired to complete an assessment. The report indicated to Council that several of the structures within the Park have reached their end of service life and can no longer be used. “Our report concludes that approximately one half of all the structures (by area) reviewed have reached their end of service life structurally, or pose a significant risk that they cannot, by building code mandates, justify continued use or operation.We recommend that due to the hazard level, the seven stables numbered 7.1 through 7.7 be placarded against further use, and demolition of structures commenced as soon as practical,” reads the report.City Council says it has met with the Dawson Creek Exhibition Association and the Dawson Creek & District Stables and Arena Association to review the engineers report and will continue to work with these user groups to explore possible options going forward.“We recognize the importance of the events that take place at the Exhibition Park, and we will continue to work with the groups to ensure its long term viability,” said Mayor Bumstead.The 2018 Building Structural Assessments Report is available for review below.
Istanbul: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads into local elections Sunday fighting for what he says is Turkey’s survival, with his party risking defeat in the capital amid an economic slowdown. Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) have won every vote since the party first came to power in 2002 but this time, analysts say the party could lose Ankara and even Istanbul. It is the first municipal poll since Turks approved constitutional reforms in 2017 to create an executive presidency that gave Erdogan wider powers, and follows general elections last year. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut Erdogan, whose ability to win continuously in the ballot box is unparalleled in Turkish history, is more vulnerable with the country’s economy in recession, unemployment up and inflation in double digits. Much of the AKP’s success has been down to his perceived economic prowess, but days before the vote, the Turkish lira has been sliding again, provoking memories of the 2018 currency crisis that badly hurt Turkish households. Erdogan, who is aware of his potential weakness and was previously the mayor of Istanbul, has campaigned across Turkey every day though he is not on the ballot. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSince Friday, he has held more than a dozen rallies in different Istanbul districts. Voters are to elect scores of mayors, municipal councils and other local officials. Polls open at 0400 GMT in eastern provinces and 0500 GMT elsewhere in the country. “Citizens are suffering because of the economic problems,” Dervis Dikmen, 60, told AFP at an opposition rally in the southern city of Mersin. “Citizens cannot buy anything.” “I’m a trader, I’m retired but I’ve never seen a downturn like this,” he said. For his supporters however, Erdogan remains the strong leader Turkey needs and they tout the country’s economic development in the decade and a half that he and the AKP have been in power. But rights activists and even Turkey’s Western allies say that under his leadership the government has steadily eroded democracy, especially after a failed 2016 coup that led to tens of thousands of people being arrested. The vote will be the first time since 2002 that the AKP is fielding candidates with its alliance partner, the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). The opposition pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has refused to field candidates in several cities, saying the elections are unfair. Some of its leaders have been jailed on terror charges, accusations they reject. Critics say that with most media either pro-government or controlled by Erdogan supporters, opposition parties campaigned at a disadvantage because Erdogan’s rallies dominated TV coverage. For Gareth Jenkins, a non-resident senior research fellow at the Silk Road Studies Programme, regardless of what happens on Sunday, “it has been several years since we have had anything resembling a fair election in Turkey. “What has happened during the campaign for Sunday’s local elections is unprecedented and demonstrates that — unlike during its first years in power — the AKP is no longer confident of being able to win a fair election. And it is almost certainly right.” The AKP aims to win Istanbul and Ankara, with Erdogan fielding his ex-prime minister and loyalist Binali Yildirim for the country’s biggest city and economic hub. But in Ankara, Mansur Yavas — candidate for the opposition Republican People’s Party CHP and the nationalist Good Party — might have a stronger chance of winning, according to recent polls. Looking to rally conservative Turks, Erdogan’s message targeted opponents as enemies of the country, tying them to PKK Kurdish militants. But with inflation at just under 20 per cent and unemployment at a near 10-year high in December, he has also sought to reassure voters the economy is under control. “I am the boss of the economy right now as the president of this country,” Erdogan told a rally on Saturday. “We are in charge of the economy.” He has described the lira’s fluctuations as part of a plot led by the United States to “corner Turkey”. Ayse Ayata, a political science professor at Middle East Technical University, said that after the vote, “the economy will take precedence and there will certainly be significant austerity measures”.
Casablanca- Traveling is one of the most efficient ways to experience and understand cultural differences and similarities, but a trip overseas can raise financial and logistic concerns especially for big families. An American family decided to overcome these challenges and immerse in Moroccan culture without having to leave the living room.Jennifer Cooper and her husband Dave want their children to learn about and understand foreign cultures. The family is aware of the pivotal role of traveling in exploring the world’s cultural diversity. Mrs Cooper said, “There’s no better education than the experiences you have while traveling. The immersive experience helps us connect what we read in books with the real world. We meet people, experience new sights, smells, sounds and gain an appreciation not just for how others live, but how we live as well.” Jennifer wishesshecould travel more as a family, “but it’s super expensive, the plane rides are long and the amount of scheduling it requires can be too much to handle.”, she added.Hence the idea of taking a trip to another country without ever leaving the living room came to her mind.The family adventure started with lessons in Geography, involving the kids in locating Morocco on the map. Later, they brought changes into their house to depict Morocco’s interior design. Coopers prepared and tasted Couscous, which is one of Morocco’s famous dishes, Harira soup, as well as meatballs known as Kofta and other local meals. The family infused its living room with traditional Moroccan style, sitting on mats in a charm that breaths the atmosphere of Marrakech with rugs and lamps.During the 4 minute YouTube video, the kids showed great joy while helping their mother to decorate the room as to mirror the setting of Morocco’s traditional life style. They liked the taste of some meals. Jennifer taught her children to avoid judging the taste of food as that may hurt feelings of others who are culturally different. “if you don’t like it , don’t eat it,” she said. “Food is something that connects us all. We all need to eat, right? Food makes this adventure memorable and encourages the kids to think beyond pizza, hot dogs and cheesy macaroni”, Jennifer noted.She said that she loved the adventure because it requires kids and parents to use their imaginations. “It doesn’t require parents to be an expert in a country or culture. Instead, it’s something kids and parents can learn about together”, Mrs. Cooper went on to explain.Jennifer Cooper is a blogger who lives in Baltimore with her husband Dave – photographer – and their two children. Passionate about family life, she created “Adventures in Learning” through the PBS website, “a family-produced blog and video series that encourages parents to spend meaningful time with their children while sneaking in some learning.” © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Rabat- Former CEO of Wana corporate Karim Zaz was put on trial on Wednesday March 5th, along with 11 others in Casablanca.“Casablanca’s public prosecution arrested Karim Zaz due to a complaint filed by Wana corporate against its former CEO for manipulations of international incoming and outgoing calls in Morocco,” Sahifat Annas reported. “The prosecutor in the Casablanca court interrogated Karim Zaz, who was suspected of forming a gang with other staff under investigation,” “he same source added. They were charged with crimes punishable by up to 5 years in prison, including manipulating incoming and outgoing calls and complicity in falsification. Karim Zaz is also a member of the Moroccan Royal Federation of Football (soccer). Edited By Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed