Episcopal Digital Network launches new service for authors, publishers

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These sections also offer both free and paid listings.Important linksJobs and Calls are here.Events are here.Further information about advertising across the Episcopal Digital Network is available here.For more information contact Davies at [email protected] Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Belleville, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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City Council grills Signature H on New Errol Community Development District

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Apopka City Commissioner Doug Bankson was also skeptical of the CRR, and returned to Becker’s theme. “When looking at this as a benefit… as a financial tool… it sounds like the stability, like the longer-term stability, is there… but then we hear it’s not so stable. So that’s what we’re looking for. One question for me is if this is a commonly used and understood tool why wasn’t it brought up while we were going through the process as a tool you may be looking for? If it was simply something that hadn’t been considered at that point, why not? Again, we are looking for stability. Is this an ‘okay this sounds good let’s use this’ situation? I’m not saying you approached it that way, but we have to be convinced because we have to make the decision on behalf of the people. Tell us why it’s only coming up now versus if it was something to be considered along the process? Do you have an answer for that?”Wyzisk responded by explaining that discussing a CDD before now would have been premature. “First, let me just say the project is not contingent on this. We want this. We think it’s better for the project, but this is not a dealbreaker. So bringing this up prior I think wasn’t part of the subject matter. We were there for entitlements, and although financing did come up, we addressed that accordingly. But to get into the granulars of exact ways to start talking about CDD’s at that point, we had not gone this far with Fishkind and Associates to explore it. Of course, we didn’t have our entitlements at that time so just like everything you don’t put the gas down until you know you have a green light. So we got the green light, we put the pedal down and we started digging in. It’s checking the boxes, and it’s a good project for this.” Carmichael, who is the Principal with the Blackwood Holdings Group, the Chief Financial Officer and member of the Developer Capital Investment Committee Advisory Board, added that there are benefits of security the City would experience because of a CDD. “This provides much more comfort for the City because you now have a draw schedule, a process. This is security for the City because it is long-term capital. That’s very important if we go into a slowdown. So any kind of a slowdown, this is the perfect solution for it.”Apopka City Commissioner Alexander H. Smith pressed Carmichael on his assertion. “I’ve heard a couple of times that if we did a CDD, the City would have no liability. What liability would the City have if we did not go with it? “None,” said Carmichael. “There’s no difference. We don’t give you any less liability, but what does happen is that there is CDD documentation that the CDD has to abide by. Any individuals that are on the board. So minimum infrastructure, flowers, landscaping elements can be established and they have to be abided by.” “We keep on talking about benefit to the City,” said Becker. “The City does not benefit from it. The people that benefit from it are Signature H. I would err on the side of maybe the public would benefit from it if this included some of the amenities… that would be public facing amenities, but we’re talking infrastructure.” Becker asked another question of Shepard about the power of a CDD Board. “So I lean back to the $840 (projected annual assessment for New Errol home buyers) that would be fixed unless we do negotiate. Otherwise, it would be negotiated by what is in the CDD paperwork. From a legal perspective, there was a lot of talks and a lot of back-and-forths when it came to the PUD Master Plan and Developers Agreement (DA). From a legal perspective, what powers does a CDD Board have against agreements in place like a PUD Master Plan and a Developer’s Agreement?” “Developers are still held to the terms of the Developer’s Agreement, typically. And I say typically because I too have done CDD’s that didn’t work out during the crash, but the way it was done then, when disclosure was a thing… was in the DA. It said ‘by the way we anticipate coming to you after you approve this and go forward with the CDD, because it’s critical to our infrastructure financing.’ The reason they did that and did so freely and in full disclosure was because they owned all of the property. Here that’s not the case. So the question which was kind of glossed over in my view was why didn’t this come up before now? So is it a possibility it might work? Absolutely. Can it be done in a way that makes sense? I think it can. I’m not telling you not to do it, but what you’re getting now is a lot of surface, but there is a lot of digging to be done before you can say yes.” Although the workshop ended with no consensus to either advance or shutdown the New Errol CDD, Wyzisk was pleased with the outcome.“It was a productive workshop, and we’re encouraged by the dialogue both during and since. Once it was clearly understood that the CDD does not affect any of the 2400+ residents living inside existing Errol Estate — all parties began to absorb the purpose and logic of a CDD. It is a tool used by the most experienced developers in Florida and many of the best-selling projects. Our team wouldn’t suggest using this tool if it wasn’t the best option for both the immediate and long-term success of New Errol.”Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson, however, believes more information will be needed to make a decision.“We still have a lot of unanswered questions that need to be addressed before we move forward with the New Errol CDD proposal.”Wyzisk is eager to continue the process.“The purpose of the workshop was to discuss, educate and generate questions. We successfully achieved that, and it’s now our responsibility to continue providing Council the information needed to move forward. We look forward to this process and are confident the outcome will be positive.”To gain approval, the City Council would have to vote in favor of the proposal at two separate meetings. Errol wants this approved   An Apopka City Council workshop is typically a time to learn about an issue in an informal and laid-back setting. There are no votes, although a consensus on how to move forward is a typical conclusion. Workshops rarely create tension except for the occasional cut to a department head’s budget, and city attorneys rarely go beyond a sentence or two in reply to a question by Council.But none of that applies when Signature H brings its New Errol project to the City Council.On April 11th, Helmut Wyzisk III, Vice President of Signature H Property Group, brought a team of attorneys, architects, economic, and investment consultants to present the New Errol plan to the City Council and a crowd of over 400 residents at the Apopka Community Center, many dressed in blue Staghorn t-shirts showing their support both visually, verbally, and passionately. Ultimately, the City Council approved their Planned Unit Development (PUD) and gave them the rezoning needed for the re-development of the existing Errol Estate into New Errol and the Staghorn Club and Lodge.  Several meetings that preceded the final approval followed that pattern of multiple presentations, extreme community support, and affirmative votes. But at the Wednesday afternoon workshop following a long City Council meeting, no supporters were wearing blue Staghorn t-shirts, and Wyzisk only brought two members of his team –  Bob Carmichael of Developer Capital, and Russell Edghill of Fishkind and Associates.“New Errol proposes to form a community development district to enhance the quality of the redevelopment and to assure New Errol’s infrastructure,” Wyzisk said in a statement the day before the meeting. “Especially its critical stormwater and lake systems, which are operated and maintained in perpetuity.” According to Signature H, the estimated average assessment for New Errol residents will be $840 per year, which is projected to finance approximately $21-million in public infrastructure.  This assessment would not include current Errol residents.According to the Florida Legislature’s website, a CDD is a local, special-purpose government framework authorized by Chapter 190 of the Florida Statutes as amended, and is an alternative to municipal incorporation for managing and financing infrastructure required to support the development of a community. “This is something that is being proposed by Signature H,” said Community Development Director Jim Hitt at the beginning of the workshop. “There is still a lot of research to be done, and legal opinions to be drawn by attorneys before deciding if giving municipal powers to an independent group is good or not.” Wyzisk opened Signature H’s presentation with a disclosure that the CDD would only apply to New Errol, not to existing Errol Estate homeowners. “One thing I want to make very clear is that we are setting up the same boundaries that we had in our concept plan. This will not be applicable to any residents that are currently in Errol Estate. This is only for New Errol and the future residences.” Apopka City Commissioner Kyle Becker, the most vocal critic of Signature H on the City Council, asked the first question, which would prove to be a recurring theme. “My first reaction is why is this needed? During public comment at the last meeting, there was a lot of reference to financing that was already in place, one of which was infrastructure. So why are we coming back and using an alternative form of financing rather than the letters of intent described at the previous council meeting?”Edghill, who is an economic consultant for Fishkind and Associates, explained that the CRR model is what makes the most sense for the New Errol project. “The developer has assembled a team. And the team includes Fishkind and Associates along with others who have helped developers throughout the state advance their vision to develop infrastructure much along the same lines as we are contemplating today. So in the process of embarking on exploring the different iterations of how to do this, there are models of how best these deals get done.” Becker also questioned how a CDD is created. He asked Apopka City Attorney Cliff Shepard about that, and Shepard not only answered Becker’s question but expanded the discussion into another area.“From a legal perspective… from a trustee relationship… are the rules statutorily driven by the creation of a CDD like this?” “Some of both,” said Shepard. The statute describes how you create the CDD. A trustee has his own statute, but the CDD tells you the process by which you create the fund. It’s not that you’re not being told accurate information, but you’re definitely not being told all the information.”In what sense? Edgehill asked. “How many of these CDs have been created since 2008 in the state? Shepard replied to Edghill. “I don’t know,” Edghill said. “Three-fourths (of the CDD’s) have been created between 2006 and 2008. Three-fourths of them. Do you agree? Is that a true statement?” “Possibly,” said Edghill. “So the question is since 2008, which was the crash, who is using them today?” Shepard asked. “I don’t have that information available,” said Edghill. “I think that everyone will find that enlightening,” said Shepard. “But here’s the point, this is something that is going to take a lot of investigation in my opinion as your counsel than a work session, particularly given the lack of understanding by those people we saddle with this tax burden which was never mentioned as even a possibility at any of the meetings. And I know because I attended all of them.”According to the floridacddreport website: “There are 600 Community Development Districts in Florida, 438 of which were begun between 2003-2008. They have issued $6.5 billion in municipal bonds to finance their infrastructure. Since the collapse of the housing market, over 168 of these districts are in default on $5.1 billion of bonds and, in many cases, the project developer is in financial distress as well. Since some 204 of these projects were launched in 2006 through 2008, all have not yet completed their infrastructure build out, so they have not yet defaulted.” June 8, 2018 at 3:43 pm Barbara 2 COMMENTS Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The City Council grills? I like my steaks well done, if you council members are cookin’……lol Happy Birthday to Young Sheldon ( although, I don’t know how much longer I can keep referring to you as young…LOL)center_img  Apopka City Commissioner Alice Nolan echoed the website’s findings. “In the research I did, 40% of the CDD’s are filing for bankruptcy, with more to follow. What do you have for safety measures so you don’t fall into the same trap the others have fallen into?” “To address this you have to look at the project in question,” said Edghill. “Where is it being built? A small proponent is lodging. There’s an assisted living component to it, I think there’s a clear precedent for that. You look at the demographic trends in the state, socio-economic trends. There is clearly a need for that. I think it’s reasonable to think that an assisted living component has merit. The residential component of the project with the revitalization of the golf course and the whole vision I think this project aspires to do that. I think that it’s a manageable element to only build 260 homes. I think the market can absorb that.”  Wyzisk also had figures from a CDD study by Thompson Reuters & Bloomberg (as of 12/31/2017) that he cited after the workshop.“The CDD market is very strong. Since 2011, the CDD tax-exempt volume tops $5.1 billion including nearly $2.8 billion in new money issuance. Both 2016 and 2017 topped $1B in aggregate volume each year, with well over 100 new money land deals issued during that span. In addition, substantially all distressed real estate projects that utilized CDD financing have been repositioned.”   “I don’t think any of us are against this,” said Nolan. “We think New Errol is great. It helps Apopka. That’s not the issue. We just want to make sure whatever is put in is sustainable. That is our biggest issue.” Edghill responded by explaining how the process suits the addition of a CDD to this project. Reply The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate  “As the developer embarks on this, they’re not going to get permanent capital on day one,” said Edghill. “They won’t be able to raise all of the dollars on day one, which is why this tool exists. You just create a more efficient system. You’re issuing it on a fixed rate basis and with time certainty. All of the safeguards as it relates to debt and manageability of debt. Having something like an adjustable rate mortgage where your rate can change in three years. Or if a bank changes their mind and decides ‘I don’t like this business anymore.’ These things happen.” Please enter your comment! 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County to begin budget talks

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 County to begin budget talks Local News TAGS  Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Ector County Ector County Commissioners cautioned department heads to remain fiscally conservative this upcoming budget cycle, despite the rise in revenue projected for the county. The Commissioners’ Court opened discussion during a regularly scheduled meeting to briefly touch on goals for next year. Precinct 2 Commissioner Greg Simmons said the current budget sought to remedy staffing problems with turnover and retention by providing a pay increase for county employees. The Court previously approved a 16 percent pay increase for law enforcement and a 10 percent increase for other county employees that went into effect Oct. 1. Simmons said the focus will shift more toward filling positions and adding staff this financial planning season. He said the Ector County Law Enforcement Center jail expansion, which is expected to be completed the same month the new budget cycle begins, will likely come to the forefront during the decision-making process. “This year we’re trying to just fill vacancies to keep law enforcement and the jail staffed so we can function out there, and hopefully over the next year try and bring back inmates that we’re currently shipping out of the county and housing in other counties at a cost that’s pretty significant,” he said. Although the county has seen increased property values and anticipates about $12 to $15 million in sales tax to be collected from the newly created assistance district, commissioners say it will not be enough assurance to loosen their grip on the budget. Simmons said that the economy may have improved but that “does not mean that we are just overflowing with funds.” Numerous county concerns are demanding attention from officials at this time, and as revenues have increased, so has the cost to address issues such as dated infrastructure and county roadways amid heavy oilfield traffic. The estimated cost for all county roadway projects totals about $188 million. Simmons told department heads that caution was key and warned officials not to set themselves up for disappointment by requesting a plethora of new employees, equipment and pay raises. Until items like the assistance district sales tax revenue are more certain, the Court is not ready to “open up the flood gates and fill everyone’s wishes,” he said, “we are still looking at a fairly tight year.” The OA previously reported in September 2018 the county passed a $64 million budget for fiscal year 2019. The Tuesday meeting marked the beginning of the budget planning calendar and a proposed budget for 2020 will be completed by early August. The final budget must be adopted by commissioners by Sept. 10. IN OTHER BUSINESS, COMMISSIONERS:Approved frequency coordination for preparation on joining the City of Odessa radio system.Accepted Navasota Dr. and OIDC Road as County Roads per County Specs., Ector County, Texas.Approved creating a Facebook page for the Ector County Tax Office.Transferred County Agrilife Extension Agent used truck, Unit No. 893 to Highways and Streets Department, for the purpose of supporting operational activities requiring traffic control.Accepted the donation of a Triple Axle Trailer from the Ector County Sheriff’s Office for the Ector County Highways and Streets Department.Approved settlement selection option pertaining to Total Loss Declaration by State Auto pertaining to Unit No. 907 Sheriff’s Office Vehicle – 2009 Chevrolet Impala LT – VIN – No. 2G1WS57M691273822.Approved tabling Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Engineering and Program/Project Management Services for County Roadway Projects 2019.Rejected the purchase of trucks for the Environmental Enforcement Department.Approved a Master Intergovernmental Cooperative Purchasing Agreement with Omnia Partners to participate in their Cooperative Purchasing Program.Approved Travelers Government Risk Renewal Application (2019-2020 Policy Term) and updated SOV (Statement of Values) for submission to Travelers Property Casualty Company of America in partnership with USI Insurance Services.Approved the Permian Basin Community Centers DBA PermiaCare Community Based Services Agreement between Ector County and PermiaCare for providing community based mental health services for jail inmate services in compliance with the Sandra Bland Act.Approved an Agreement to Contribute Right of Way Funds for SL 338 at East Yukon Road in the amount of $81,417.Approved the Interlocal Agreement between Hudspeth County and Ector County for a rate increase for housing and care of Ector County inmates.Approved request to hire part time jailers.Approved request to hire Road Maintenance Technician II at a732-05 due to experience.Approved motion to authorize Ector County Projects Manager David Peck to investigate county regulation options for roadside vendors operating in the county right of way.Approved a request to abandon an undeveloped portion of Kingston Ave. in Precinct 1, Ector County, Texas.Approved Skipper Estates being a 10.00 acre tract out of Section 46, Block 44, T-2-5, T&P Ry. Co. Survey, Ector County, Texas.Approved MHRC Plans for Jacquez Lot 9, Block 2, Ranch Acres, Ector County, Texas.Approved MHRC Neyba RV Park at 15411 S. Mares St. Odessa, Texas 79766 Ector County, Texas.Approved MHRC Plans for CB’s Mobile Home Park 10150 W. Dunn Odessa, Texas 79763, Ector County, Texas.Approved line item transfer to Equipment Services Fund, Motor Vehicle Equipment, 051-770-5505, from Equipment Services Fund, Motor Vehicle Repairs and Maintenance, 051-770-5251 for $5,200.Approved budget amendment to General Fund, Non Departmental, Other General Expense, 001-950-5402 from General Fund, Unreserved Fund Balance, 001-3310 for $30,065.Approved Accounts Payable Fund Requirements Report for May 28, 2019. Facebook Twitter Twitter Pinterest Previous article050419_Butterfly_release_JF_04Next articleMarquette hands North Carolina rare home nonconference loss Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Polling place likely won’t change

first_img “We want to get this program started as quickly as possible,” Pearson said.Thomas reviewed the city’s financials with the council and said that, halfway through the year, all line items are on budget in a positive manner.Linda Williams reported to the council that she had been chased by a pit bull in the vicinity of Barr Street. She reported the incident to the Brundidge Police and officers responded.“This problem with dogs is getting worse and, if I not been able to get inside a door, I don’t know what would have happened,” Williams said.Pearson told Williams that the city does not have an animal control officer but “we have a solution.”The Brundidge City Council meets at 4 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Blood Sugar Blaster By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “A summer recreation program is very important to our young people and to the community,” Pearson said. “If we have 30 students guaranteed to participate in the program, then we could hire someone to lead the program.”The summer recreation program at Galloway Park would be for ages 13-18 and would be four hours a day.The council voted to give Thomas the authority to began developing a plan to implement a summer recreation program at the park.Thomas said he will discuss the program with Willie Wright, Pike County High School principal, to see if there is a teacher or coach who would be interested in leading the program. The pay scale would be negotiable. Anyone who is qualified and interested may contact Thomas at Brundidge City Hall. Published 10:55 pm Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Latest Stories Skip Polling place likely won’t change Thomas suggested that the council might want to consider changing the voting location effective after 2012.In the absence of Mayor Jimmy Ramage and Councilman Lawrence Bowden, the council took no action and tabled the resolution until the next meeting.Cynthia Pearson, mayor pro tem, told the council that the city did not receive federal or state funding for a summer recreation program at Galloway Park. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like Thrash to compete for ‘Ms. Senior Alabama’ title Ms. Senior Pike County 2012, Jane Thrash, will compete for the title of Ms. Senior Alabama at the annual pageant… read more Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) The redistricting plan for the city of Brundidge has been pre-cleared by the U.S. Justice Department but not in time for the city to change its voting locations for the elections on Aug. 28.Britt Thomas, city manager, said the city had wanted to move the polling place from the former Haisten building to Brundidge Station, which is a larger facility with more available parking.“A resolution to change a voting location has to be approved 90 days prior to the election and we could not meet the time requirement,” Thomas said, adding that the change could be made before a run-off if necessary. “But my concern with that is that it could be confusing to our voters to vote at one place during the primary and at another for the run-off.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article Email the author Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Putting the stress on action

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Susan Clarkson reviews: The ultimate stress show, by video artsFormat: the programmes includes video, course leaders guide,delegates worksheets, Powerpoint slides and self-study workbooks.Price: Purchase price £995, rental £185 for two days, excluding VATand deliveryFrom: Video Arts 020 7637 7288The format of this video comes as a bit of a shock when you first start towatch it and it could result in some people deciding to switch off. It is a sortof cross between an art-house movie and a sketch show such as Trigger Happy TV– not what you expect from Video Arts (Dawn French and Hugh Laurie are nowhereto be seen). Once you are used to the format (assuming that you are not completely putoff by now) the messages about the causes and effects of stress in its manyguises are put across in a simple to understand way. The use of a guardianangel who stands behind people telling them where they are going wrong is agood way of bringing each sketch to its conclusion and to a large degreeremoves the need for the on-screen messages telling you what the guardian angelhas just gone through. This is definitely a video for a large group. It covers many causes ofstress, from the boss who doesn’t listen, to the ‘jobsworth’ and the worker whojust can’t say no, so not everyone will identify with each issue personally.They will, however, be able to see someone they know in all the exaggerated andsometimes plain daft situations. It should be used in the wider context ofstress management so it is probably best viewed as part of a long-ishprogramme. The decidedly weird format may be a clever way of getting across the chaosand out-of-control feelings that people get when suffering from stress. I amnot sure though, if some of the message gets lost as the audience is trying towork out exactly what is going on. I certainly had to give it a second viewing, if only to get over the initialshock of how things are portrayed. And it is definitely not for those who faintat the sight of blood. Susan Clarke is HR manager at Esteem Systems Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Putting the stress on actionOn 1 May 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Biden exec order lays foundation for restoring fair-housing rule

first_imgPresident Joe Biden (Getty) President Joe Biden has taken the first step toward reinstating a fair housing rule that was scrapped by the Trump administration last year.In an executive order signed Tuesday, Biden called on the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to study the effects of repealing the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. (Biden has tapped Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge to be HUD secretary; her confirmation hearing will be held on Friday.)The rule required local governments that receive federal funds to identify discriminatory housing policies and map out plans to combat them.The Trump administration repealed the 2015 rule this past summer, replacing it with a measure that allows localities to self-certify that they are abiding by fair housing laws. At the time, Trump praised the move as a win for the suburbs and for local governments, as they would no longer be saddled with a “burdensome and costly” mandate that opened the door to low-income housing.Opponents, while acknowledging that AFFH wasn’t a silver bullet for fighting discrimination, denounced the repeal as a step backward in reversing decades worth of exclusionary housing policies.The repeal has also drawn criticism from some multifamily developers and groups.“The legacy of redlining is still with us, as communities across America — including here in New York — continue to struggle with segregation,” Jolie Milstein, president and CEO the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, which represents affordable housing developers, said in a statement about the executive order. “We must vigilantly guard against overt and implicit discrimination in housing.”The executive order also instructs HUD to assess Trump’s changes to the 2013 “disparate impact” rule, which upped the pleading standards for making certain housing discrimination claims. Housing advocates have argued that those changes made it significantly more difficult for minority tenants and prospective buyers to take legal action when subjected to unintentional discrimination, since they needed to meet a five-pronged test just to pursue such allegations.In October, a federal court judge temporarily halted those changes from going into effect, saying they ran “the risk of effectively neutering disparate impact liability under the Fair Housing Act,” Politico reported at the time.Biden’s order aligns with his campaign promise to reverse steps the Trump administration took to undo Obama-era fair housing policies. The order instructs HUD to “take any necessary steps, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to implement the Fair Housing Act’s requirements that HUD administer its programs in a manner that affirmatively furthers fair housing and HUD’s overall duty to administer the Act … including by preventing practices with an unjustified discriminatory effect.”Those steps will likely include reinstating AFFH and tossing out the changes to the disparate impact rule. For Fudge — if she’s confirmed — that could mean simply declining to move forward with the disparate impact changes, since they are already blocked by the court. Restoring AFFH will likely be more involved.In a statement, Elaine Gross, founder of Long Island-based civil rights group ERASE Racism, said the executive order acknowledges the role local, federal and state governments play in reinforcing housing discrimination. However, she said, more needs to be done.“President Biden deserves credit for this important early action putting the force of the federal government behind opposing housing discrimination rather than advancing it,” she said. “The federal government’s commitment to fair housing, however, should be clarified by Congress and not left to be a byproduct of the commitment of any particular president.”Contact Kathryn Brenzel Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Tagshousing discriminationJoe BidenPolitics Share via Shortlink Full Name*last_img read more

Total to sell stake in Block CA1 offshore Brunei for $300m

first_imgTotal E&P Deep Offshore Borneo owns majority stake in Block CA1, located 100km off the coast of Brunei Image: A map showing the location of the Block CA1 offshore Brunei. Photo: courtesy of Total. French integrated oil and gas firm Total has agreed to divest its wholly-owned subsidiary Total E&P Deep Offshore Borneo (TEPDOB) to Shell in a deal valued at $300m.Total E&P Deep Offshore Borneo owns 86.95% interest in Block CA1, located 100km off the coast of Brunei.Covering an area of 5,850km², the Block CA1 is located in water depths ranging from 1,000m to 2,500m. The block is also owned by Murphy Oil with 8.05% stake and Petronas with 5% interest.The sale forms part of Total’s non-core assets disposal strategy Total Exploration & Production president Arnaud Breuillac said: “This transaction fits with our strategy of actively managing our portfolio and will contribute to our program to dispose of $5 billion of non-core assets over the period 2019-2020.”Subject to approval by the competent authorities, the transaction is planned to be completed by December 2019.The French firm also operates in Brunei through Total E&P Borneo (TEPB), which operates the Block B Joint Venture (JV) with a 37.5% stake. Other partners in the JV include Shell Deepwater Borneo with 35% stake and PB Expro holding 27.5% interest.Earlier this month, Total has launched its first large liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel following signing a long-term charter contract with Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL).The French firm said it plans to operate the bunker vessel in Northern Europe to supply LNG to commercial vessels for a period of at least 10 years.Scheduled for delivery in 2020, the new bunker vessel is expected to supply LNG to commercial vessels including CMA CGM’s nine newly built large containerships in Europe-Asia trade with 300,000 tons per year capacity.Commenting on the move, Total marketing and services president said Momar Nguer said: “Developing infrastructure like this giant bunker vessel is essential to allow LNG to become a widely used marine fuel.“This first ship demonstrates our commitment to offering our customers both more environmentally friendly fuels and the associated logistics. Thanks to this pioneering investment, Total is making a positive contribution to the sustainable evolution of global shipping.”last_img read more

Government’s stalling on AML will put agents at risk

first_imgHome » News » Government’s stalling on AML will put agents at risk previous nextRegulation & LawGovernment’s stalling on AML will put agents at riskThe government is supposed to implement the latest AML regulations by 10th January but has so far done nothing, says John Dobson of Smartsearch.Nigel Lewis13th December 20190861 Views The CEO of a leading anti-money laundering firm has warned the government that its lack of action to implement the latest AML regulations will put many sales and letting agencies at risk.The EU’s Fifth Money Laundering Directive came into force in July 2018 requiring all member states to transfer the Directive into domestic law by 10 January 2020.These new regulations will have a significant impact on Know Your Customer (KYC) and due diligence processes for estate agents, brokers and introducers.John Dobson, Chief Executive of Smartsearch, has written an open letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid, asking him to “take action as soon as possible to ensure new regulations relating to money laundering are published without further delay,” it says.Political situation“The Treasury published its consultation on the transposition of the Directive in April but since then the political situation, and the uncertainty as to the UK’s status in relation to the EU, have regrettably served to prevent this important issue commanding the attention it deserves.“As a result, the necessary regulations have yet to be laid before Parliament.“It is not just big banks that are affected by the regulations: law firms, accountancy practices, estate agents and firms dealing in high-value goods are all directly affected, regardless of their size.“The new provisions under 5MLD bring art dealerships into scope, as well as letting agents dealing with rental property over €10,000 pcm. “These businesses all need to act now to ensure they can be fully compliant.”Dobson has also called for electronic identity verification to be made mandatory within the UK which, he claims, would significantly speed up the AML process. The new directive only asks that electronic verification is used ‘where available’.Read more about AML.john dobson AML compliance Smartsearch December 13, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

COVID immunity wanes within months, Oxford study says

first_imgStuart added: “For asymptomatic individuals it is possible to hypothesise that as the original exposure was less significant the original responses may be weaker. It is interesting but not yet explained why levels fell faster in young adults.” Professor David Stuart told Cherwell: “Our recent work is an important part of understanding how long antibodies last. However immunity to infection is multifactorial and so even if antibodies fall it is possible that immune memory and other cellular immunity may still provide some protection. While there have been many reports on COVID-19 in healthcare workers, this ongoing study is the first to comprehensively investigate all staff groups across an institution and combine data from both symptomatic and asymptomatic staff testing programs. Researchers conclude that further research will be required to track the long-term duration of antibody levels and their association with COVID immunity. The data will also be used by Professor Sarah Walker at Oxford University who currently works with the Office for National Statistics on the COVID-19 Infection Survey to provide the United Kingdom with the most accurate incidence and prevalence data. The investigation showed antibodies faded faster in young adults and those who are asymptomatic, however, the reasons for this are not yet known. Those who tested positive were asked to take part in further research to understand their immunity to the virus. They were among the almost 10,000 staff who were tested for presence of COVID-19 and antibodies to the virus. The findings will likely influence the approach of governments and businesses to post-lockdown life in the period between the release and widespread distribution of a vaccine. center_img Additionally, antibodies to the virus last longer in those who have experienced symptoms and lose their strength faster in those who are asymptomatic. The study found that “increasing age, Asian ethnicity, and prior self-reported systems were independently associated with higher maximum antibody levels”. The ongoing study of antibody levels in staff members at Oxford University Hospitals NHS is a collaboration between Oxford University Hospitals and Oxford University, with support from the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre. The report presents six months of data from a study of over 3,000 Oxford University Hospital workers who have been tested more than once for antibodies. “This is something we will be able to study over the coming months. It will obviously be important too to understand how long protection following vaccination lasts, which may be different to responses to infection.” Researchers with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have found antibody responses to COVID-19 decrease by half in less than 90 days. The report published this month, ‘The duration, dynamics and determinants of SARS-CoV-2 antibody responses in individual healthcare workers,’ revealed that antibody levels peak lower and fall faster in younger adults. Image credit: Felipe Esquivel Reed, Wikimedia Commonslast_img read more


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