RSF congratulates Mexican journalist Marcos Vizcarra, 2017 Peter Mackler Laureate

first_img MexicoAmericas Protecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionImpunityViolence FERNANDO BRITO / AFP 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state to go further Receive email alerts May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on Mexico Newscenter_img News Reports Reporters Without Borders (RSF) congratulates Marcos Vizcarra of Mexico, the 2017 winner of the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism. The award will be presented in a ceremony at the National Press Club on October 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Marcos Vizcarra, 29, currently lives and works in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico and reports on issues related to corruption, violence, justice, and human rights for the newspaper Noroeste. Vizcarra has focused his research and writing on the enforced disappearances of Mexican civilians, including the government’s failure to address the problem in a meaningful way. Vizcarra’s reporting has uncovered corruption in the regional government as well as its collusion with the powerful Sinaloa Cartel in dismantling a rival cartel’s operations. In the wake of Noroeste veteran journalist and Agence France Presse (AFP) correspondent Javier Valdez’ murder earlier this year, Vizcarra has continued to work to expose the work of the cartels and corruption within the government that prevents truth from being uncovered.”Mexico continues to be the Western Hemisphere’s deadliest country for journalists. Most of these crimes go unpunished, with Mexico’s pervasive corruption accounting for the impunity, said Delphine Halgand, RSF’s North America Director. “By awarding Marcos Vizcarra, we pay tribute to the courage of those who refuse to be silenced in Mexico, where at least eight journalists were murdered in connection with their work in 2017.”Mexico is currently ranked 147th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.The Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism was founded in 2008 to honor the journalists who fight to report the news in countries where freedom of the press is either not guaranteed or not recognized. The Award is administered by Global Media Forum, the US branch of Reporters Without Borders, and Agence France-Presse. The Award ceremony will take place on October 26, 2017 at 6PM at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, 529 14th St. N.W, 13th Fl.; Washington, DC 20045. Tickets can be bought on the Peter Mackler Award website. Read AFP’s press release announcing the 2017 awardee here. MexicoAmericas Protecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionImpunityViolence Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more August 24, 2017 RSF congratulates Mexican journalist Marcos Vizcarra, 2017 Peter Mackler Laureate News May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Larger Than Life Bruce Bruce Takes the Stage

first_imgNightlife Larger Than Life Bruce Bruce Takes the Stage From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 3:33 pm Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Community News Business News Make a comment Top of the News Bruce Bruce brings his witty, spontaneous comedy style to The Ice House on Wednesday, June 11. Bruce Bruce is a name synonymous with keeping audiences rolling with laughter thanks to his captivating improv skills and larger than life comedic style. Bruce’s steady style of comedy has been showcased across the country, and he has been entertaining audiences young and old, and of all backgrounds, for years. Although Bruce is known for his adult comedy, he prides himself on not using vulgarity to win a laugh, and is no stranger is winning over new audiences with every appearance he makes. From his role as host for two seasons of BET’s Comic View to his many appearances on tv and film, Bruce is clearly a comedian that has found his mark in the business.After receiving the highest ratings ever as the Host of BET’s 10th Anniversary Comic View for two seasons, Bruce returned to the BET family as the two-time host Coming to the Stage.” Bruce went on to star in his own Comedy Central Presents special which he followed with an Urban Works Entertainment release of his one-hour comedy special DVD Bruce Bruce Live. On the big screen, Bruce has created crazy characters like the “Lime Pimp” in Hair Show starring Mo ‘Nique, and “Dewayne” the lovable security guard in The Wash starring Snoop Dog and Dr Dre. He also appeared in Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, and recently appeared with Ice Cube in XXX: State of the Union.You can currently find Bruce on TBS’s Comedy You Can Believe In, hosted by David Alan Greeer and in reruns of both Comedy Central Presents and BET’s ubersuccessful Comic View.Bruce Bruce will perform one (1) show on June 11. The complete show schedule for June 5 through 15 is listed below:Thu. 6/5 – Comedy Juice (Privately Produced, Special Event) – 8 p.m.; $10Fri. 6/6 – Sebastian Maniscalco (Special Event) – 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.; 20Sat. 6/7 – Sebastian Maniscalco (Special Event) – 8 & 10 p.m.; $20Sun. 6/8 – Elon Gold (Special Event) – 7 p.m.; $20Mon. 6/9 – ClosedTue. 6/10 – Adam Carolla (Special Event) – 8 p.m.; $30Wed. 6/11 – Bruce Bruce (Special Event) – 8 p.m.; $20Thu. 6/12 -Steve-O (Special Event) – 8 p.m.; $22.50Fri. 6/13 – Amir K – 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.; $20Sat. 6/14 – Amir K – 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.; $20Sun. 6/15 – Father’s Day with Jon Reep and featuring Bil Dwyer – 7 p.m.; $12.50There is a two-drink minimum and patrons must be at least 18 to attend. The Ice House is located at 24 N. Mentor Ave. in Pasadena. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (626) 577-1894 or visit www.icehousecomedy.com.center_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. HerbeautyBollywood Star Transformations: 10 Year ChallengeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Loan-to-Value Ratios, Credit Scores Rise in Q3 2019

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Krista F. Brock Home / Daily Dose / Loan-to-Value Ratios, Credit Scores Rise in Q3 2019 Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: debt DTI Ratio Loan-to-Value Ratios, Credit Scores Rise in Q3 2019 debt DTI Ratio 2020-01-02 Mike Albanese January 2, 2020 1,487 Views Previous: Where Mortgage Defaults Persist Next: Does Negative Amortization Destroy Negotiability? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Debt-to-income (DTI) ratios are on the decline, loan-to-value (LTV) ratios are on the rise, and average credit scores for conventional conforming home loans ticked up as of Q3 2019, according to the latest data from CoreLogic. The average DTI for conventional conforming loans was 36% for Q3 2019, down one point from a year earlier. CoreLogic noted that this shift may be a result of a “relaxing of affordability pressures” as mortgage rates eased in 2019. Mortgage rates declined over the first three quarters of the year and were down 1 percentage point on an annual basis in the third quarter of the year. LTV ratios averaged 83% in the quarter—up one point from a year ago. CoreLogic noted that “credit-risk attributes of borrowers have shown dramatic variation in the last 20 years,” but that while DTI and LTV ratios have relaxed overall, “there has been no change in credit score standards.”Also, the high DTI and LTV loans tend to be fully documented “and thus are different than the pre-housing crash high DTI and LTV loans,” many of which were low or no-documentation loans. Over the past few years, new policies loosening credit standards for the GSEs have helped push average DTI and LTV ratios up for conventional conforming home loans. Fannie Mae changed its DTI limit from 45% to 50% in July 2017. From 2012 up to the announcement of this change, the share of conventional conforming loans with DTIs above 45% ranged between 5% and 7%. It rose to a high of 21% in the Q4 2018 and has been dropping over the past year.  The GSEs also loosened LTV standards, leading to a rise in LTV ratios. Fewer than 2% of conventional conforming loans had LTV ratios higher than 95% in 2014. In Q2 2019, the share was 12%. However, while LTV and DTI ratios are relaxing, credit scores are not. Today’s borrowers have much higher credit scores than those borrowing before the housing crash. In 2001, the average credit scores for home purchasers was 705. As of the third quarter of 2019, the average credit score was 754, significantly higher than pre-crisis levels and two points higher than a year earlier.  in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia.  Print This Post Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Rehab CEO Angela Kerins to go before PAC next week

first_imgNews Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter By News Highland – February 20, 2014 Google+center_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Rehab CEO Angela Kerins to go before PAC next week It has been confirmed that Angela Kerins will appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) next week.The Chief Executive of Rehab will face questions about her salary, the group’s lottery and other expenditure.Rehab was forced to disclose earlier this week that Ms. Kerins has an annual salary of 240,000 euro plus perks.PAC Chairman John McGuinness says they will be tied in the questions they can ask.”We’re focusing on the 83 million or so that they would receive each year – provided we keep that as our focus then that’s fine” he said.”Whether or no the remuneration committee should be asked in is another issue; because they set the salaries and so on for the group, they wouldn’t be directly responsible for the 83 million” he added. Pinterest Previous articleNoonan: Any tax changes will make it easier to create jobsNext articleDonegal TD warns people may take the law into their own hands if garda resources are not increased News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

AG KK Venugopal In Quarantine After Colleague Tests Positive For COVID-19

first_imgTop StoriesAG KK Venugopal In Quarantine After Colleague Tests Positive For COVID-19 Radhika Roy7 Sep 2020 12:20 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court was informed by Additional-Solicitor General SV Raju that Attorney-General for India KK Venugopal is in self-quarantine after one of his colleagues tested positive for COVID-19. A Bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Hemant Gupta were hearing a matter pertaining to appointment to various Tribunals when the ASG sought for an adjournment on the grounds that the AG…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court was informed by Additional-Solicitor General SV Raju that Attorney-General for India KK Venugopal is in self-quarantine after one of his colleagues tested positive for COVID-19. A Bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Hemant Gupta were hearing a matter pertaining to appointment to various Tribunals when the ASG sought for an adjournment on the grounds that the AG was in quarantine. Accordingly, the Bench listed the matter on September 15. Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta spoke to LiveLaw and stated that the AG himself was “fit and fine” and self-isolation was a precautionary measure. “One of AG’s colleagues is COVID positive. AG is in self-isolation as a precaution. Otherwise he himself is fit and fine”, informed the SG. It has further been reported that the entire office has gone into self-isolation. The total number of Coronavirus cases in India has reached 4.3 million, as of today. This tally has effectively led to India overtaking Brazil as the country with the second-highest recorded cases as 90,000 fresh cases were reported in the previous 24 hours. Next Storylast_img read more

(Rescheduled) Community input sought for Immaculate Conception site plans

first_imgIn addition to the planned housing, the convent building will be restored for Catholic Charities and there will be “space for nonprofit and community-based organizations that serve children and families,” INHS said in a news release. (UPDATE 9:15 a.m. Feb. 12) — Due to inclement weather, the meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday evening has been rescheduled to Wednesday. Details adjusted in the story below. This story was originally published Feb. 6. Kelsey O’Connor INHS plans to redevelop the property at 320 W. Buffalo St. into a “vibrant mixed-use community, designed to address high-priority community needs.” Initial plans include affordable rental housing for a range of household sizes and income levels, INHS says. The second community engagement session is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at GIAC. And at least one additional community meeting will be held. ITHACA, N.Y. — Local residents are invited to take part in the first community engagement session for the redevelopment of the Immaculate Conception site, which was recently purchased by Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services. The meeting planned Tuesday is the first engagement opportunity for the community to provide feedback on initial site concepts and community needs. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. with a chance to view the site background and history and will be followed by a presentation of initial concepts at 5:30 p.m. The community forum will begin at 6 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. Tagged: affordable housing, catholic charities, events, immaculate conception site, Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services The Immaculate Conception School shuttered in 2017 due to decreasing enrollment. The property was owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester and what to do with the site was discussed locally for months. In January, INHS announced it had purchased the property. The meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, 301 W. Court St., Ithaca. “We are thrilled to have been selected to reimagine this historical property, and we encourage the community to join us during these meetings. Our goal from the beginning has been to involve the community, and allow them to play a pivotal role in what this property becomes. It’s important that it evolves into something the city can be proud of, and that meets the diverse needs of the neighborhood and city. This will happen with input from the public,” INHS Executive Director Johanna Anderson said in a news release. Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor last_img read more

Search for answers in fatal lion mauling puts focus on North Carolina’s exotic animal laws

first_imgCourtesy family of Alexandra Black(BURLINGTON, N.C.) — The investigation into how a lion at a North Carolina wildlife center managed to get loose and kill a young intern is putting a new focus on how keeping exotic animals in private facilities is regulated in the state.North Carolina is one of just four states in the nation with little or no laws for keeping wild animals like lions, bears and primates in captivity, according to The Humane Society of the United States.“Sadly, this incident illustrates the need for strong legislation to better restrict the private possession of dangerous wild animals,” said Kitty Block, acting president and chief executive officer of The Humane Society of the United States.On Sunday, 22-year-old Alexandra Black was killed by a lion at the Conservators Center in Burlington. Caswell County Sheriff’s Office investigators said Black was cleaning an animal enclosure with a professionally trained animal keeper when she was mauled to death.The 14-year-old lion named Matthai had been locked in a separate enclosure but somehow got out and attacked Black, officials said.“I think anytime you have an incident, you have to take time to really assess what happened and that means some investigation. And we need to understand it and make sure that it’s something that never happens again,” Mindy Stinner, executive director of the Conservators Center, told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”Police have released few details about how the animal got out of its locked enclosure.The Conservators Center is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which inspected the facility on April 2 and found no violations, according to records obtained by ABC News. The USDA’s report showed that the facility housed 85 animals, including 16 lions, three tigers, two leopards and four bobcats.The Conservators Center is not accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.“Most facilities licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture to hold dangerous animals are not accredited by AZA, as is the case with the Conservators Center,” the association said in a statement to ABC News. “Despite this, staff at the Conservators Center acknowledge the value of AZA’s practices. They have also reached out to AZA for assistance, and AZA-accredited facilities are responding with the help and support they need during this tragic time.“We are empathetic to what the staff at the Conservators Center are going through and will assist with anything they need — from animal care to food and supplies.”Black, a graduate of Indiana University, started working as an intern at the facility just 10 days before she was killed, officials at the Conservators Center said in a statement.Personnel at the facility, about 60 miles northwest of Raleigh, were unable to tranquilize the lion, officials said. Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the incident shot and killed the animal in order to retrieve Black’s body, the sheriff’s office said.“Although Alex was with us for a very short time, she made an impact on our community,” the Conservators Center said in a statement to ABC News on Monday. “We are a close-knit family of paid staff and volunteers and are devastated by the loss of this vibrant, smart young woman.”The incident was the latest in a string of attacks on people in North Carolina by exotic animals dating back to 2003, according to The Humane Society of the United States.In September, a Japanese macaque monkey escaped from a backyard cage in Shallotte, North Carolina, and attacked a woman who was outside her house talking to an air-conditioner repairman, who shot the monkey dead. In 2006, a leopard at the New River Zoo in Fleetwood, North Carolina, bit the arm and wrist of a woman who was attempting to pet it while it was in its cage.In 2004, a 14-year-old girl was bitten and seriously injured by her family’s pet tiger when she entered the animal’s enclosure in Lowgap, North Carolina, to take a photo.In 2003, a 10-year-old boy shoveling snow got too close to the fenced enclosure of a neighbor’s 400-pound pet tiger in Millers Creek, North Carolina, and was dragged under a fence by the animal and killed. That same year, the owner of the Charlotte Metro Zoo, a private menagerie in Charlotte, was bitten on the neck by a leopard.Nicole Paquette, vice president of wildlife protection for the Human Society of the United States, told ABC News that many states cracked down on private ownership of wild animals following an incident in 2011 in Zanesville, Ohio, when the owner of a private animal killed himself after releasing 49 exotic animals, including 18 tigers and 17 lions. Police in Zanesville ended up killing most of the animals.“I think it’s pretty important to note that North Carolina has been one of the last holdouts in the country, and there have been numerous attempts by the state legislature to pass one of these types of laws,” Parquette said.In 2015, a bill was proposed in North Carolina that would have regulated the possession and breeding of wild and non-native animals, including big cats and bears, and would have barred the public display of privately owned animals.A watered-down version of the bill passed the state House of Representatives but died in the state Senate.Other states that lack regulations on the ownership of exotic animals are Alabama, Wisconsin and Nevada. In 2012, two pet chimpanzees, one weighing 180 pounds, escaped from a residential backyard and went on a rampage in Las Vegas, pounding on cars and getting into at least one vehicle before police killed one of them and tranquilized the other.“The sad reality is we see this time and time again,” Parquette said. “There are incidences that have happened all across the country. We’re hoping that North Carolina does the right thing this time and takes swift action to prohibit this type of activity in the future.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Biden’s fair housing face-off

first_imgThe local nonprofit Inclusive Communities Project had sued HUD more than a decade ago, arguing that the way it determined how much rent the federal government paid through Section 8 vouchers further insulated minorities in communities “marked by conditions of slum and blight.” Because rent subsidies were the same in poor Dallas neighborhoods as rich ones, tenants tended to stay in low-income areas where the vouchers covered a higher percentage of their rent. A 2011 settlement required the city to base the value of rent vouchers for low-income tenants on the going rents in individual ZIP codes, rather than citywide. In the final months of the Obama administration, HUD rolled out a version of that for the rest of the country, dubbed Small Area Fair Market Rents. As with Obama’s fair housing rule, the Trump administration attempted to suspend the program, but a federal court upheld it in December 2017. Traditionally under Section 8, low-income tenants with vouchers pay 30 percent of their income on rent, and the federal government pays the rest — to a point. Local housing agencies determine how much is covered based on the average market rent, which often encourages tenants to remain in low-income areas.     “It was creating a sort of disincentive to move to a higher-opportunity area,” said Silverman, who co-authored a report for the Poverty & Race Research Council on the Small Area program’s first year. Under the program, as with Dallas’ settlement, housing agencies use ZIP codes, rather than larger areas, to calculate the percentage of average market rent covered by vouchers. Housing voucher recipients in Dallas have seen an improvement in neighborhood quality since 2011, according to Silverman’s report. But in the first wave of the program, some cities set federal rent payments below the average market rate in both low- and high-income ZIP codes, limiting renters’ incentive to move up, Silverman noted. His report calls on HUD to make wealthier neighborhoods more attractive to tenants by issuing new guidelines. Some cities have since opted on their own to use small area rents. Boston applied them in more than 230 ZIP codes in July 2019 to give families “the choice to rent in areas that have historically been unaffordable with a voucher,” the city’s housing authority said. Segregation in Boston is stark and persistent. Two-thirds of its Black population live in three city neighborhoods, according to Boston Magazine. More than 40 percent of the 147 municipalities in the Greater Boston area are at least 90 percent white, the publication reported.  In recent years, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has pushed for more housing by weakening local authority to block projects. One bill was backed by several developer and broker groups in the state, but was criticized by housing advocates and some legislators for prioritizing market-rate housing.Protesters rallied against HUD in front of the New York Stock Exchange in June 2017 (Getty Images)“Racist, exclusionary zoning is a real thing,” state Rep. Mike Connolly told Boston Public Radio last July. “Just because you make it easier to zone for new housing doesn’t ensure it’ll be affordable for the people who need it most.” This month the legislature and governor reached an agreement as part of a $630 million stimulus bill. The compromise included some of the reforms promoted by advocates, including requirements for multifamily housing suitable for families with children in certain areas, but didn’t incorporate all of the affordability requirements sought by its critics. Balancing actsThe real estate industry’s role in perpetuating exclusionary housing practices has been well documented. Newsday’s 2019 investigation laid bare how some Long Island brokers steered home shoppers to certain neighborhoods based on their race, for example.When it comes to construction of affordable housing, developers have argued that local zoning, high land costs and other market conditions dictate what they can build. They have also pointed to fierce local opposition from well-organized NIMBYs.       The country’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program — a major funding source for affordable housing — has drawn similar criticism as Section 8 for incentivizing new development in low-income areas rather than higher-opportunity neighborhoods. Biden has pledged to expand the subsidy program and ensure that “urban, suburban and rural areas all benefit from the credit.” And Congress recently made a critical change to make the tax credit more valuable and potentially allow affordable housing developers to put more equity into projects. Aaron Koffman of Hudson Companies, which builds affordable and market-rate housing, said he’s hopeful the Biden administration will make further changes to allow tax-exempt bonds to be transferred when states don’t exhaust their annual allotment. That would let other states use them. “Affordable housing in high-income neighborhoods is critical, as you see cities around the country remain unaffordable,” he said. Koffman added that the tax credit change would be “an easy tweak that would allow more affordable housing.” Spencer Orkus, managing director at New York’s L+M Development Partners, said it’s important to build affordable housing in high-income neighborhoods to encourage upward mobility. But if that’s all that is done, poor areas would be left behind, he said. “You are basically picking a few winners and moving them to middle-income neighborhoods while divesting from low-income neighborhoods that need investment,” Orkus said. Rasheedah Phillips, a housing attorney at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, echoed that sentiment. “We have to make sure we don’t divert attention, resources and responsibility to invest back in neighborhoods that were historically disinvested from,” she said. Phillips noted that Philadelphia landlords routinely deny housing to tenants with rent vouchers, despite a city law that prohibits it. A 2018 study by the Urban Institute found that when contacted about apartment listings, two-thirds of landlords would not accept a voucher.Thirteen states and 90 local governments have barred discrimination based on source of income to protect families with vouchers, according to the civil rights law and policy organization Poverty & Race Research Action Council. Texas does the opposite: It has a law forbidding municipalities to ban discrimination based on source of income. In March 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear another challenge brought by the Inclusive Communities Project, which sought to require all landlords to accept vouchers. In April 2020, the group fired off another lawsuit against HUD, claiming that the nonprofit has shouldered the burden of finding housing for voucher holders because landlords keep turning them away. Biden has already thrown his support behind a Senate bill from 2019 that would bar discrimination based on source of income, including Section 8 vouchers and Social Security. With the Democrats’ tenuous control over the Senate, however, the measure’s passage is far from guaranteed.Community choice?Though the Trump administration repealed Obama’s fair housing rule in July 2020, calling it burdensome and a threat to suburban living, some communities are moving forward with the goals they laid out when it was in place. “Even though the current administration tried to take the teeth out of it, we’ve continued to abide by it just because it is the right thing to do,” said Marla Newman, director of community development for Winston-Salem, North Carolina — one of the few communities that had a fair housing plan approved by HUD. “I think we’re morally bound to create ways to address and undo some of the harm that was intentionally undertaken in these communities,” she noted. But Newman said she hopes the rule is amended to be less “one-size-fits-all” to take into account the unique challenges of different cities and municipalities. New York City is facing a lawsuit by three Black women from Brooklyn and Queens who repeatedly applied to affordable housing lotteries outside their community districts and were never selected. In their 2015 lawsuit, the three women allege that as a result of community preference, “entrenched segregation is actively perpetuated, and access to [high-opportunity] neighborhoods … is effectively prioritized for white residents who already live there.” Andrew Beveridge, a sociology professor at Queens College, conducted a report on behalf of the plaintiffs that found the policy “imposes a sorting process that would not otherwise exist and does so in a pattern that causes material disparities by race and ethnicity.” A representative for the de Blasio administration, which had tried to keep the report private, declined to comment. Craig Gurian, executive director of the Anti-Discrimination Center, which is representing the plaintiffs, called it the “Achilles’ heel of liberal, progressive New York to be able to pronounce for everybody else in the country and everybody else in the world, yet be arrogant enough to say ‘our segregation in New York is different.’ “It is not actually complex at all,” Gurian said. Yet community buy-in on major affordable housing projects — specifically those that entail multiple public reviews — often hinge on guarantees for housing and other benefits for local residents, said affordable housing developer Rick Gropper of Camber Property Group. “That’s one of the primary questions we get at community boards: How do I get an apartment for the people who actually live in these communities?” he said. “There needs to be a balance,” Gropper added, “between the need to spread affordable housing and not concentrate it but also provide affordable housing for the people living in the community. Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink TagsJoe Biden President-elect Joe Biden (Getty Images)For decades, New York City has offered communities an enticing deal: Approve new housing and locals will get half of the affordable units.But in 2014, the Obama administration warned the city that so-called “community preference” might be reinforcing segregation. The city balked, offering to tweak the policy but not to dump it. “Without any promise of local benefits,” wrote Vicki Been — then head of the New York City’s main housing agency — getting local buy-in for projects could be “extraordinarily difficult.” Federal housing officials felt community preference conflicted with an Obama administration rule requiring municipalities to show how they are combating exclusionary housing. But last summer the Trump administration repealed the Obama measure, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, and the city’s policy remains unchanged. Now, with President-elect Joe Biden planning to restore the fair housing rule and a federal lawsuit against community preference underway, the policy could come under scrutiny again. Mayoral candidates, too, have criticized the city’s practice and vowed to reform how it awards affordable apartments. The fight is part of a national debate pitting the interests of local residents and the real estate industry against the need to unwind policies that cause or exacerbate segregation. Biden staffers have already laid out plans to expand and reform key affordable housing programs to better align with the Fair Housing Act. But reversing the course set over the Trump years — let alone decades’ worth of government-sanctioned segregation — will be an uphill battle. And though Biden will control the Department of Housing and Urban Development and have a Democratically controlled Congress, it isn’t as if he can simply flip a switch on the nation’s housing problem. “At this point, it is probably in worse shape than it has been in 20 years,” said Robert Silverman, an urban planning professor at the University at Buffalo. “HUD’s going to have a lot on its plate.”Rethinking Section 8Some federal programs have only just started to incentivize the construction of affordable housing in more affluent areas. The efforts give low- and moderate-income residents more agency to move to “high opportunity” areas, so-called for their low crime and access to good schools, mass transit, government services and other amenities.For roughly a decade, Dallas, for example, has approached housing vouchers for low-income tenants differently from most of the country. But not voluntarily. last_img read more

SUU Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Sets Lineup for Meet at UVU

first_img Brad James August 30, 2018 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Sets Lineup for Meet at UVU FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Thursday, the Southern Utah University men’s and women’s cross country lineups were set for the first meet of the season, the UVU Invitational.Head coach Eric Houle announced that the men’s lineup will consist of senior Mark Bennett of Tucson, Ariz., redshirt sophomore Sage Ducote of St. George, Utah (Desert Hills H.S.), redshirt junior Michael Finch of St. George, Utah (Pine View H.S.), redshirt freshman Thomas Grant of Andrezieux, France, senior Liam Kennell of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, senior Koy Moore of Orem, Utah Timpanogos H.S.) and redshirt freshman Max Spence of Salt Lake City’s Olympus High School.The women’s lineup features sophomore Josie Bushar of Washington City, Utah (Pine View H.S.), redshirt junior Brighton Glassman of Eugene, Ore., redshirt junior Morgan Porcaro of Erda Utah (Stansbury H.S.), sophomore Alison Pray of Payson, Utah (Salem Hills H.S.), freshman Haley Tanne of Lindon, Utah (Pleasant Grove H.S.) redshirt sophomore Samantha Taylor of Overland Park, Kan. (Shawnee Mission North H.S.) Written by Tags: Alison Pray/Brighton Glassman/Eric Houle/Haley Tanne/Josie Bushar/Koy Moore/Liam Kennell/Mark Bennett/Max Spence/Michael Finch/Morgan Porcaro/Sage Ducote/Samantha Taylor/Thomas Grantlast_img read more

Prime Minister to force councils and developers to build more affordable homes

first_imgHome » News » Prime Minister to force councils and developers to build more affordable homes previous nextRegulation & LawPrime Minister to force councils and developers to build more affordable homesSpeech to planners today by Theresa May in London promised to reform national planning system and strong-arm developers into ‘doing their duty’.Nigel Lewis5th March 201801,523 Views The Prime Minister Theresa May has delivered her long-promised keynote speech on how she’s going to achieve her government’s ambitious house building targets.As well as a promised reform of the national system of planning, she also included a strong challenge to builders that her government would only continue to support them via schemes such as Help to Buy if they started building more affordable homes.She also called for developers to “do their duty” and stop using the viability assessment process to “dodge their obligations”.These are reviews that builders can request that councils undertake to work out how profitable a development is likely to be, and if necessary reduce the number of affordable homes within a site.A report by Shelter in November last year revealed that at sites where viability assessment were undertaken, 7% of homes were affordable. Some 28% of property developments are supposed to be affordable, on average.While speaking against a backdrop of bricks at the Royal Town Planning Institute in London – which some commentators on Twitter were less than kind about (see below) – May revealed a major reform of the National Planning Policy Framework.This is designed to release more land to build on by forcing councils to work to minimum targets or face losing some of their planning powers to an inspector.May’s reforms will also look at land banking and, if necessary, bring in measures to prevent developers sitting on plots.“The government will make sure land is available for homes and make sure our young people have the skills needed to build them,” she said.“In return, I expect developers to do their duty for Britain and build the homes our country needs. Public investments in infrastructure and schemes such as Help to Buy have provided a real boost to housebuilders, and if they want that to continue they will have to raise their game.”Slow processMark Hayward, Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark (pictured, right), warns that it will take a long time to turn the building industry around.“Clearly, we need more houses and we welcome these announcements from the Government,” he says.“However, given the nature of housebuilding we need to recognise that it will inevitably be a slow process before people feel that they have more homes available to them.“Our monthly housing market report showed demand for housing boomed in January, creating competition among buyers and causing the number of sales to first time buyers (FTBs) to drop. It looks like those trying to get their first foot on the property ladder are in for tough year.”Fundamental misunderstandingThe Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), was less kind about the planning changes Mrs May is proposing, saying they showed a “fundamental misunderstanding of what’s needed to deliver more homes”.“The planning changes announced today, under consultation, effectively mark the end of the localism experiment for housebuilding. In threatening to remove planning powers from councils who fail to deliver their target of new homes, the Prime Minister is suggesting local authorities bear at least some responsibility for the housing crisis,” says Lewis Johnston, Parliamentary Affairs Manager at RICS (pictured).“A variation of this charge has also been squarely levelled at private developers, who are accused of dragging their feet on developing land with planning permission, and are being urged to ‘do their duty to Britain’ or risk losing permissions in the future.“Whilst we support measures to increase build out rates and push councils to deliver ambitious local plans, we believe the government is still missing the fundamental point about addressing the housing shortage.“The real reason we no longer build enough homes to meet need is that councils no longer play any significant role in building new homes.“Ultimately, although this is another step in the right direction to address the supply and affordability issues within the housing market, we are still moving at an extremely slow pace.”The house builders“We welcome measures to speed up the planning system and stimulate all parts of the market,” says Andrew Whitaker, planning director at the House Builders Federation (right).“The new document presents challenges for both Local Authorities and developers but overall is balanced with the clear intention of planning for more dwellings.“We look forward to working with Governmental on the detail to ensure the proposed changes lead to a more efficient planning system that delivers more homes.  The industry has delivered big increases in recent years and is committed to working with government to go further and match supply to need.” National Planning Policy Framework Prime Minister Theresa May affordable homes Shelter March 5, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? 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