Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Subscribe About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles Share Save Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Several housing advocates recommend policies that could make a difference when it comes to the issue of “housing underproduction,” on which the Up For Growth organization published an extensive study. Said investigation showed “nearly every corner of the country bears part of the burden for the national 7.3 million home shortage.” In other words, it does not matter whether they looked at rural or urban areas, the “crisis” can be felt all across America.Up For Growth author Mike Kingsella interviewed several member-experts from smaller cities about the housing challenges they’ve seen and what policies, if enacted, would make the biggest positive difference.”Though they represent different types of communities located hundreds of miles apart, some similarities in their experiences emerge,” wrote Kingsella. For example, two interviewees indicated that “various local, state, and federal tax incentives or programs are not currently geared to create affordable housing options in their communities. [Another] shared that zoning restrictions are making it harder to build the housing needed to keep up with housing demand …”A couple of noteworthy takeaways included:The appraisal gap, lack of investment in distressed communities confirm need for Neighborhood Homes Investment Act. John Niederman of Pathfinder Services in Huntington, Indiana told Up For Growth that the appraisal gap in rural communities where he works prevents those who want to move into rural communities from doing so, yet those are the very areas that want and need new families to compensate for “population loss or stagnation.”He added that issues including COVID-related foreclosures, lack of funding to rehabilitate properties, and lack of government assistance in making housing more affordable underscore the need for passing the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act (H.R. 3316).”The legislation, sponsored by Reps. Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), provides tax credits to the rehabilitation of older homes in distressed communities–up to 35% of development costs,” explained Kingsella.”NHIA targets low-income communities to maximize the impact of the tax credit on the areas and families that need it the most. Eligible neighborhoods must have poverty rates that are 130% or greater than the metro or state rate; have incomes that are 80% or less that area median income; and have home values that are below the metro or state median value.”The act is part of a larger act that has not yet received senate approval.The YIMBY Act could improve many neighborhoodsJosh Hanshaw of the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Lincoln, Nebraska, as well as Chris Hall, General Counsel and Director of Regional Initiatives for the Greater Portland, Maine, Council of Governments both touched on the advantages of the Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY) Act, which they say would benefit all communities.“Zoning flexibility would be helpful in developing both single and multifamily developments,” said Hanshaw.Exclusionary zoning and restrictive land-use policies are two of the focus areas of YIMBY.“Zoning changes allowing increased housing density is essential to expanding housing choice,” Hall said. “Better integration of transit investments with land use policies focused on expanded housing choices is critical.”All of the contributors to this report agreed that local, state, and federal incentives and financing options can “spur affordable housing development and [are] essential for smart economic development strategies.”The HOME Investment Partnerships Program could have a significant impact for small developments, Niederman recommended. And subsidies for larger units under the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program could be beneficial, he added.The author summed up the research, noting that, “these observations suggest that every level of government has a role to play in financing, or at least spurring investment in, housing that is affordable for low and moderate-income Americans.” Previous: Headed for a ‘Foreclosure Surge’ Next: Responsibly Addressing Forbearance Costs Home / Daily Dose / Policies That Could Combat the Affordable Housing Crisis Policies That Could Combat the Affordable Housing Crisis Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago September 28, 2020 1,779 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 2020-09-28 Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily
Share on: WhatsApp The former Germany captain was omitted from United’s Europa League squad but included in the equivalent Premier League group, although that was compulsory under league guidelines.United’s figures also indicated that Van Gaal and his coaching staff were paid £8.4million in compensation after leaving the club in May.The Dutch manager’s time at Old Trafford ended with the club lifting the FA Cup, but he was replaced by Mourinho just days later.Monday’s accounts showed that United had become the first British football club to earn more than half a billion pounds in a single year, with total revenue of £515.3 million ($683.5 million, 608.9 million euros) for the year ending June 30, 2016. London, United Kingdom | AFP |Manchester United have written off Bastian Schweinsteiger as an “exceptional” multi-million pound item in their latest published accounts now that the Germany international has been sidelined by manager Jose Mourinho.The 32-year-old joined United from Bayern Munich before the start of last season when former manager Louis van Gaal was still in charge at Old Trafford.But he has fallen out of favour under new boss Mourinho and his chances of making a comeback under the Portuguese coach looked even less likely after the club published its annual accounts on Monday.Under the “exceptional items” section of the annual report, it listed a sum of £6.7 million ($8.9 million, 7.9 million euros) “related to a registrations’ impairment charge regarding a reduction in the carrying value of a player no longer considered to be a member of the first team playing squad”.It is widely understood Schweinsteiger is that individual and could not be included as an asset as it may give an unfair impression to investors.
“It just brought tears to my eyes when I read the email,” said DiMaso, who knew Alex well. “I just thought this is so perfect, to remember Alex this way.” As a teen and during breaks from college at Duke University, Alex volunteered on the Holmdel First Aid Squad. Lisa did too, offering essential administrative help to the squad. That’s where the family came to know Holmdel residents and volunteers Serena DiMaso, now a state assemblywoman, and Mike Nikolis, now a township committeeman. HOLMDEL – It comes as a surprise to some that this township, famous for its recreation areas, trails and greenways, doesn’t have its own dog park. Alex Ching, on a visit to a New York City dog park where his favorite corgis could be found. Ching, a resident of Holmdel, died in 2018 at age 24. There are plans to create a dog park in the township in his memory.Photo courtesy Lisa Ching Lisa reached out with a letter, proposing the idea. The next steps will be raising private funds and gathering feedback. The Chings will go on research missions to visit other dog parks and gather information on how they are designed, what features they include, where shade and entrances are located, how they are secured and maintained. They will be reporting back to the township committee as they formulate the plans. “Why doesn’t Holmdel have a dog park? We could do that,” said Lisa, who is championing the idea with husband Mike and children, Maddie and Ethan. A dog park brings people together to socialize, exchange ideas, get to know each other. And naturally, it makes the dogs happy, too. “We want to make the best ‘paw park’ in New Jersey,” said Lisa. Nikolis said the township has narrowed down a potential site for the dog park on township property that is in a convenient location, with water and shade. The governing body will consider the location and how to move forward with the proposed dog park at their next meeting. While several members of the family have careers in the engineering field, Lisa is the artist in the family. She had ideas about creating a space of beauty and vibrancy. “Alex is obviously the inspiration and the motivating force, but we also view it as a community project,” she said. “We were thinking about what he loved. He loved dogs. Therapy dogs made all the difference to him for his recovery and attitude,” said his mother Lisa Ching, who became a therapy dog volunteer herself when she saw the good it can do. The Ching family realized that recently, when brainstorming a way to pay tribute to their son’s memory. Alexander Ching, 24, died on Christmas morning 2018. A highly accomplished person despite battling cancer for 17 years, Ching had a big personality, a joy of life and an unbridled love for dogs, especially corgis. A dog park was even something the township committee could agree on. The five elected members, who have rarely agreed on much this election season, gave their approval for the Chings to move forward with the concept at their last meeting. By Christina Johnson She recalled how, when Alex was living in New York City, he made her come visit a dog park frequented by corgis and their owners. He couldn’t have a dog because dogs were not permitted in his apartment. But it was so typically Alex, she said, who maximized his short life with fun and enthusiasm, to go anyway to meet the corgis. “We want to figure out a way we can incorporate him, whether it’s a beautiful plaque, or something else.” Nikolis said it was the least the township could do, to recognize Alex’s life and Lisa’s contributions to fundraising for the volunteer squad. “It’s long overdue for Holmdel, and this is a wonderful memorial for Alex’s life to live on. The emotional, positive responses by people who hear about the idea have fueled the family’s excitement about doing something meaningful in memory of their son. “Quite honestly, the idea is really catching on,” Lisa said. Alex would be pleased, she knows.
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt a decision the movers and shakers at Kootenay International Junior Hockey League headquarters said would not happen, move into a larger markets like Kamloops or Kelowna.But in 2006 Osoyoos was granted a move to Spoolmak Country and in the spring of 2010, there was the KIJHL announcing the Chase Chiefs were moving south to the red-hot hockey market of Kelowna for the 2010-11 campaign.Nine months later the mighty Chiefs are cruising along in second spot in the Okanagan Division of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.The team has made peace with the WHL Rockets — who held the junior hockey rights in the Central Okanagan City — and have quietly made an impact during season one.“That was the rumour mill at its finest,” Ken Andrusiak, head coach of the Chiefs told The Nelson Daily prior to last week’s game against Nelson at the NDCC Arena. “We started the process of getting a franchise in Kelowna about a year ago and have always had the Rockets on side.”“We had to get the City, we had to get the rink and we had to get KIJHL on side, so we had bigger fish to fry than the Rockets,” Andrusiak added. “So we never had a problem with them one way or another.”Fact is the Rockets are glad to have the Chiefs in town. The junior B league allows the WHL power to groom its two 16-year-olds in preparation for a spot on the Tier I squad.As for the rest of the roster, Andrusiak had more than enough players to choose from.“In the first year at least half of our team came with the team,” Andrusiak explained. “We had to take some of the players from the Chase franchise and mix them in with local players from Kelowna.”“As for the future, there is an abundance of local players . . . we have six right now on our team,” he added.That number should grow next year and the season after. However, the Chiefs gain is a loss for many of the other teams in the league.Nelson, for one, has used Kelowna players to fill out the majority of its roster for the past few seasons. Stats show more than 40 players in the KIJHL originate from Kelowna Minor Hockey.“We’re not going to be able to recruit all of those players, but I believe with our franchise now in Kelowna, we’ll put a major dent in that number, for sure,” said Andrusiak, who has two former Nelson Leafs on the roster, son Landon and winger Dane Rupert.Both younger Andrusiak and Rupert are happy to be able to play before the 300-400 plus family and friends that attend games at the Rutland Arena.”I really like playing at home, so for me it was the right move,” Rupert said.”It’s a good feeling to play at home . . . now I’m going to university and to play in front of family and friends is definitely pretty special,” said Landon Andrusiak.The Chiefs also bolsters the Okanagan invasion in the KIJHL.The league has gone from a few teams to two divisions of four. That number grows when Chase is welcomed back to the league following a one-year hiatus.Which begs the question, will there be two junior B leagues in the B.C. Interior in the not too distant future?“I hope not, but reading between the lines I think that’s where (KIJHL) is going,” Andrusiak confessed. “You’d lose the characteristics of this league if (Kootenay and Okanagan teams) only played each other in the playoffs.But economically that’s the push coming from out end of the league,” added Andrusiak, hoping the KI never loses its identity and ability for smaller communities to ice teams that can compete.“It’s very expensive to bring a team over here for two of three games and the dollar is probably going to win out in that argument.”Which makes you wonder why the KIJHL ever expanded into the big markets after all.Only time will tell.NOTES: The Kelowna Rockets have made a history of finding players in the KIJHL. Those players who have made their mark with WHL franchise, but started in the KI, include Chuck Kobasew (Osoyoos 1998-99), Shea Webber (Sicamous 2001-02), Clayton Bauer (Sicamous 2003-03), Justin Keller (Summerland 2002-03) and James McEwan (Castlegar 2003-04)[email protected]
The L.V. Rogers Bombers continue their strong play this High School Girl’s Field Hockey season finishing with a 3-1 record at the South Okanagan Hornets Tournament in Oliver.The Bombers defeated host South Okanagan, Enver Creek of Surrey and GW Graham of Chilliwack. The lone loss came against a strong team from Churchill in Vancouver.LVR opened against the host Hornets.“This was a very good game as Oliver worked hard checking the bombers tenaciously,” said Bomber coach Bruce Walgren.“Even under pressure the experienced seniors, Hanna Quinn, Shianne Michalchuck and Julia Burkhart turned the tide of the game and began to control play. Quinn scored three times and goalies Rylee Zondervan and Johanna Brochhagen shared in the shut out for a Bomber 3-0 win. LVR then matched up against Enver Creek.The offence was flowing as the Bombers routed the Fraser Valley squad 6-1.“The Bombers started the game fast and pressed Enver Creek right from the start never giving them a second with the ball,” Walgren explained.Quinn continued to score in bunches along with Shianne Michalchuck and Julia Burkart.Saturday, LVR was edged by Churchill.“This was a really hard game for the girls as Churchill is a very fast and highly skilled team, this really tested the Bomber defense and mid-field,” Walgren said.In the final game, Quinn scored twice while Michalchuck added a single to lead the Bombers to the 3-0 win.Bomber Senior keeper Rylee Zondervan shut the door to register the shutout in goal.LVR played a league game this week before heading to Chilliwack Friday to compete in a tournament.
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VANCOUVER – British Columbians will soon start receiving mailed ballots for a chance to vote in a referendum that could change the provincial voting system, but the experience of other provinces suggests the plan will be a waste of time and money, says a political science professor.Nelson Wiseman of the University of Toronto said Ontario and Prince Edward Island have failed to replace the existing first-past-the-post system, as has B.C. in two previous attempts, because the status quo favours established parties in the long run.Wiseman said elected leaders should decide themselves if they want to change a system and not leave that up to voters, who could oust a party in the next election if they’re dissatisfied with the results.“My attitude is, ‘Look, don’t tell me you’re going to have a referendum. Tell me if you are in favour. Are you going to do it or are you not going to do it?’ “Proponents of proportional representation say it’s a fairer way of electing candidates because the percentage of votes would roughly equal the number of seats a party gets in the legislature. Opponents say local representation would be reduced with parties having more control.Vote PR BC and the No BC Proportional Representation Society are the two official proponent and opponent groups in the referendum, and each has received $500,000 in government funding.British Columbians are receiving voter guides in the mail, and ballot packages will be sent over the next two weeks. The voting period will start Monday, and all ballots must be received by Elections BC by Nov. 30.The ballot will contain two questions: whether the first-past-the-post system should be kept or changed to a system of proportional representation. The second question involves ranking three proportional systems, which are:— Mixed-member proportional, or MMP, would result in 60 per cent of members of the legislature being elected by the most votes and 40 per cent by lists set by political parties.— Dual-member proportional would involve large ridings represented by two politicians, including one with the most votes.— Rural-urban proportional would be a blend of the MMP for rural ridings and the single transferable vote system for urban ridings, though voters have already rejected it in 2005 and 2009 referendums.Attorney General David Eby has said that if a proportional representation system is voted in, a second referendum would be held following two general elections to allow for a return to the current system.Wiseman called that “ridiculous.”“My overall view about this is that you ought not to have referenda on these things. That’s what elections are for,” he said, adding British Columbia has proposed too many proportional models that are confusing.However, Prince Edward Island voters will be asked whether they want to ditch the first-past-the-post system in another referendum that’s expected next year.Wiseman said that’s not surprising because it allows political parties to suggest that people have power, even if they’re voting for systems that may ultimately be unsuccessful.In B.C., Premier John Horgan, whose New Democrats formed a minority government last year after reaching an agreement with the Green party, is campaigning in favour of proportional representation.Green Leader Andrew Weaver, who also favours a change, said the first-past-the-post model doesn’t allow parties to work together and make compromises.“If you believe that politics is about power as opposed to good governance then obviously you want ultimate power and you want to have it solely in the hands of a handful of people,” he said.“There’s no doubt we would get more seats out of proportional representation.”The BC Liberal party is campaigning against proportional representation.Andrew Watson, spokesman for Elections BC, said “plain-language experts” were hired in an effort to provide clear information about the referendum options on its website and in mailed-out material.He said Elections BC also sought advice from an expert in electoral systems from New Zealand, which adopted a form of proportional representation in the 1990s.Elections BC will start posting information on its site about the number of packages it has received starting Nov. 2, with the results of the referendum to be announced at an undetermined date, Watson said.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.
CALGARY – Shares in Ensign Energy Services Inc. closed about eight per cent higher at $5.49 Monday after it reported a smaller loss in its third quarter compared with a year ago, while revenue grew 17 per cent.The drilling company says it lost $32.8 million or 21 cents per share on revenue of $289 million, compared with a loss of $36.5 million or 23 cents per share on revenue of $247 million in the third quarter of 2017.The results closely matched analyst expectations, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Ensign, which moved a drilling rig from Canada into the U.S. earlier this year, reported third-quarter revenue from activity in Canada dropped by 11 per cent from last year, while U.S. revenue rose by 30 per cent.Last week, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada predicted a total of 6,600 wells will be drilled in Canada in 2019, down about five per cent from an expected 6,980 wells this year, adding that translates to a year-over-year decrease of up to $1.8 billion in capital spending by exploration and production companies.Calgary-based Ensign had no update on its hostile takeover bid of $470-million in cash for cross-town rival Trinidad Drilling Ltd. it launched in August.Trinidad’s board last month recommended shareholders accept instead an all-shares bid valued at $540 million from Calgary-based Precision Drilling Ltd.Companies in this story: (TSX:ESI, TSX:PD, TSX:TDG)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents are being reminded to make sure all campfires are out this long weekend.The B.C. Conservation Officers shared a tweet on Friday showing a campfire they found left unattended and still smouldering. Although so far this long weekend, there haven’t been any major new forest fires, Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds said that most of Northeast B.C. is currently sitting at a ‘high’ fire danger rating, with pockets of ‘extreme’ fire danger near Hudson’s Hope, Mackenzie, and Fort Nelson. Reynolds said that there isn’t any precipitation in the forecast east of the Rockies this weekend, which could see the fire danger upgraded to ‘extreme’ in more areas. A theme encountered this weekend by Peace BCCOS patrolling the backcountry. An abandoned & smouldering campfire. Please ensure your fires are out before leaving them. “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former”- A. Einstein pic.twitter.com/u5JVHf1yEO— BC CO Service (@_BCCOS) May 19, 2018 Reynolds said that this has so far been a fairly active fire season, though not nearly as bad as last year or the year before. Despite this, she said that residents looking to go camping for the unofficial start of summer need to take precautions, especially when having a campfire.Category 2 fires are currently prohibited across the Prince George Fire Centre – which includes all of Northeast B.C. – meaning that campfires need to be smaller than a half-metre in dimension. Sky lanterns, burning barrels, and binary exploding targets are also prohibited, as are grass fires smaller than 2,000 square metres. Reynolds said that in anticipation of a spike in wildfires this weekend, the BC Wildfire Service does have firefighters on standby in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, and Fort Nelson at the ready to respond to any flare-ups. Smokejumpers and an air tanker are also in Fort St. John on standby. The Fire Danger rating in Northeast B.C. remains at High – B.C. Wildfire Service
Funds raised from the event will go to help boost community programs in the Fort St. John area. The United Way in Fort St. John supports 18 different community programs that fall within United Way’s three pillars of all that kids can be, poverty to possibility, and healthy people strong communities. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over $62,000 has been raised for the United Way in Fort St. John with this weekends Fire Truck Pull.The amount was made possible by a $50,000 donation from Progress Energy and the money raised by 10 different teams who participated in the event. The team from Enbridge raised the most money with a team donation of $8,647.90.Last year’s Fire Truck Pull raised over $35,000.