Advocacy Peace & Justice, Por Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jan 24, 2017 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Dakota Access Pipeline, Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 El 24 de enero en la Casa Blanca, el president de EE.UU. Donald Trump muestra un memorando presidencial que acaba de firmar relacionado con el Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas. Foto de Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS.[Episcopal News Service] Si bien la reacción a las decisiones del presidente Donald Trump el 24 de enero destinadas a acelerar los proyectos de los oleoductos Keystone XL y el del Acceso a las Dakotas no se hizo esperar, el impacto inmediato de su memorando sigue siendo confuso.Nada en el memorando de Trump sobre el Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas parece forzar la aprobación del proyecto, pero intentaría acelerar el proceso de revisión medioambiental que lleva a cabo el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de EE.UU.Un memorando presidencial es algo diferente de un decreto presidencial y algunos observadores dicen que tienen menor impacto.Otros observadores se preguntan si la decisión de Trump de firmar los documentos responde a lo que ellos ven como un patrón [de conducta] de Trump y sus ayudantes que buscan distraer a la prensa de otros acontecimientos en tanto la administración se prepara, tales como las vistas senatoriales de funcionarios nombrados, las indagaciones éticas y cambios en páginas web y en políticas que restringen la comunicación con el público e impiden sus aportes . El 24 de enero también se publicó una proclama que Trump firmó poco después de convertirse en presidente el 20 de enero, en que declaraba esa fecha “Día Nacional de Devoción Patriótica”.En el memorando sobre el Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas Trump pide que el Cuerpo de Ingenieros del Ejército de EE.UU. “revise y apruebe de manera expedita, en el plazo permitido por la ley como está justificado, y con tales condiciones como sean necesarias o adecuadas” la solicitud de la compañía de terminar el oleoducto. El trabajo restante haría pasar el oleoducto por debajo de lago Oahe en el río Misurí en el límite norte de la reserva de Roca Enhiesta [Standing Rock] de la nación sioux. El cruce propuesto es río arriba de las fronteras de la reserva de la tribu, y esta tiene derechos de agua, de pesca y de caza en el lago.El Cuerpo de Ingenieros decidió el 4 de diciembre suspender las obras, alentando con ello a los que se oponían, y llevar a cabo una evaluación del impacto medioambiental, incluida la exploración de rutas alternativas.En ese tiempo, el obispo primado Michael Curry pidió que “la evaluación conllevara una extensa consulta con las poblaciones afectadas, y que cualquier plan que se llevara a cabo respetara las obligaciones contraídas por tratados con los sioux de Roca Enhiesta”.La iglesia Episcopal ha estado abogando junto con la nación sioux acerca del oleoducto desde el verano de 2016. Los episcopales locales también han brindado un ministerio de presencia en Cannon Ball, Dakota del Norte, y en sus alrededores, los cuales han sido el punto focal de los grupos de protectores del agua que se han reunido cerca del lugar propuesto para el paso [del oleoducto].Sin embargo, el memorando de Trump dice que el Ejército “considerará, en el plazo permitido por la ley y como está justificado, si rescinde o modifica” su decisión del 4 de diciembre, devuelve al Cuerpo [de Ingenieros] la evaluación medioambiental de julio de 2016 y concede la requerida dispensa para el paso del lago.La nación sioux de Roca Enhiesta dijo que la decisión de Trump del 24 de enero viola la ley y los tratados tribales. Afirmando que emprenderán acciones legales contra los empeños de Trump, la tribu añadió: “nada nos disuadirá de nuestra lucha en defensa del agua potable.La tribu instó a sus partidarios a “a luchar y mantenerse firmes al lado nuestro” y a dirigirse a sus representantes en el Congreso “para hacerles saber que el pueblo no respalda la decisión del día de hoy”.Dave Archambault II, presidente de la tribu sioux de Roca Enhiesta, dijo que Trump “está legalmente obligado a respetar nuestros derechos pactados y a facilitar un proceso justo y razonable para el oleoducto”.La declaración de la tribu hacía notar que el 19 de enero el Cuerpo de Ingenieros abrió al público una fase de comentarios de su análisis del impacto medioambiental de la solicitud de la compañía. El comentario público está programado para el 17 de febrero.La nación sioux dijo la semana pasada que acogía con beneplácito la labor del Cuerpo de Ingenieros pero que “debía incluir cuando menos el territorio de toda la Nación Sioux, y no sólo el lago Oahe y la frontera norte de la reserva de la tribu sioux de Roca Enhiesta”.Trump les dijo a los reporteros durante una ceremonia de firmas en la Oficina Oval de la Casa Blanca que ambos oleoductos estarán sujetos a condiciones negociadas por funcionarios de EE.UU., incluido el requisito de que el oleoducto mismo se fabrique en Estados Unidos. “Soy muy puntilloso de que si vamos a construir oleoductos en Estados Unidos, la tubería debería de fabricarse en Estados Unidos”, dijo él, resaltando que llevará tiempo cumplir con este requisito porque la mayoría de los tubos de acero que se usan en Estados Unidos se fabrican en otra parte.“De ahora en adelante vamos a empezar a hacer tuberías en Estados Unidos”, dijo Trump desde la Oficina Oval. “Construiremos nuestros propios oleoductos con nuestros propios tubos, así es como es, como solíamos hacerlo en los viejos tiempos”, añadiendo que la directriz le devolvería el trabajo a montones de obreros siderúrgicos.Trump no hizo comentarios sobre su directriz acerca del Oleoducto para el Acceso a las Dakotas. El secretario de prensa Sean Spicer les dijo más tarde a los reporteros que Trump “ha demostrado a través de su vida empresarial que sabe, como negociador, lograr magníficos tratos en que [ambas] partes resulten beneficiadas”. Spicer agregó que Trump está deseoso de sentarse “con todos los individuos que tienen que ver con el oleoducto de las Dakotas para cerciorarse de que es un trato que beneficie a todas las partes interesadas o al menos que [todas] obtengan algo de lo que quieren”.Las decisiones tomadas por Trump el 24 de enero respecto a los oleoductos se encuentran aquí y aquí.El oleoducto de 1886 kilómetros de largo y 76 centímetros de diámetro estará preparado para transportar hasta 500.000 barriles diarios de petróleo [crudo] desde los campos petrolíferos de Bakken en el noroeste de Dakota del Norte —a través de Dakota del Sur y Iowa— hasta Illinois, desde donde sería embarcado a las refinerías. El oleoducto habría de pasar aproximadamente a un kilómetro de la reserva de Roca Enhiesta y los líderes tribales sioux, en repetidas ocasiones, han manifestado su preocupación de que se produzca un posible derrame de petróleo que afecte el suministro de agua de la reserva, así como la amenaza que constituye el oleoducto para algunos sitios sagrados y para los derechos [de la tribu] reconocidos en tratados con el gobierno federal. La compañía que está construyendo el oleoducto, Energy Transfer Partners, con sede en Texas, dice que será seguro.Millares de personas, entre ellos nativoamericanos y pueblos indígenas en representación de unas 300 tribus de todo el mundo, viajaron a Dakota del Norte en el verano y el otoño de 2016 en una muestra de solidaridad sin precedentes con la nación sioux de Roca Enhiesta.Recientemente, la tribu les dijo a las personas que permanecían en los campamentos de protesta que se marcharan por razones de seguridad y preocupaciones medioambientales debido a inundaciones por fenómenos de deshielo masivo en el área. La nieve acumulada suele derretirse súbitamente en la zona, causando rápidas inundaciones que pueden arrastrar a personas y cosas al río. El Consejo Tribal también estaba preocupado de las continuas protestas en el puente de Backwater que es la vía de entrada y salida a la zona. La tribu ha pedido el fin de esas protestas, pero algunas personas en los campamentos han ignorado esa petición.Otros artículos anteriores de Episcopal News Service sobre el tema pueden encontrarse aquí.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Youths join teachers to demand better schools.Photo: Philadelphia Federation of TeachersDespite thunder and rain on Aug. 22, a flood of red T-shirt-wearing protesters overtook Philadelphia’s Comcast Center, home to the world’s 49th largest corporation and majority-owner of NBCUniversal. Nearly 3,000 city teachers, members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, supported by hundreds of students, parents and community members, descended on the corporate home of Philadelphia’s elite. They demanded that a portion of Comcast’s $4 billion in profits go to the more than 130,000 children enrolled in the School District of Philadelphia.School starts in two weeks, yet the District is still missing more than 3,500 employees, including all 127 assistant principals, 676 teachers, 283 counselors, 1,202 aides, 307 secretaries and 769 supportive service assistants. Twenty-four schools no longer exist. Even before the latest round of layoffs, budget cuts had devastated city schools. Eighty-six percent of nonteaching assistant positions were eliminated and 101 school nurses were laid off. There are now only 42 librarians for 249 schools, while only three out of four schools have a full-time music teacher.The number of counselors, advisers and social service employees — before all were laid off this summer — had been cut in half in past years. Support services for children with disabilities and English language learners have also been faced with significant cutbacks and layoffs. (Fundphillyschools.org)Yet on this day, marchers were hopeful. They left Comcast, passing City Hall and ending up at School District headquarters, while chanting, “I believe that we will win!” PFT President Jerry Jordan defiantly said, “Now that our schools are officially in crisis mode, it’s time for the city and state to meet their obligation to provide a quality public education for every child.” (pa.aft.org) He maintained that he would not accept any concessions in current contract negotiations. School District leaders and Pennsylvania’s Gov. Tom Corbett expect the PFT to give up $133 million in concessions.Media escalate attacks on teachers’ unionThe media have been relentless in their attacks against the 15,000-member teachers’ union and President Jordan. The Philadelphia Inquirer, the city’s ruling-class paper, has published numerous attack pieces, such as the Aug. 25 editorial entitled “Crisis Requires Union Action.” Its premise is: “The teachers’ union can’t portray itself as just as victimized as students. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has consistently refused to indicate any willingness to make concessions. So it has no one to blame but itself for the School Reform Commission’s decision to unilaterally take needed steps to address the crisis.”The School Reform Commission, the unelected group that makes all School District decisions, recently suspended laid-off teachers’ seniority rights, as of Sept. 1, the day the union contract expires.In a classic case of ruling class divide-and-conquer tactics, Philadelphia teachers have been portrayed as the problem, rather than Corbett, who has annually cut more than $1 billion for education; this includes reductions of more than $300 million from state contributions to Philadelphia schools.Contract negotiations between the School District and the PFT are running out of time. The District is asking teachers to take a 15 percent pay cut with deep reductions in benefits and working conditions. The quality of education will undoubtedly suffer as teacher turnover jumps.The attack on teachers is a coordinated assault on the country’s second-most unionized job. Thirty-seven percent of teachers are union members, second to government workers. Corbett and all the politicians who zealously seek to demolish the public sector also aim to destroy the power of labor unions, the largest and strongest organizations of the working class.The state’s Republicans, faced with Corbett’s low approval rating, seek to stoke racist opposition to state support for Philadelphia’s School District, which includes 83 percent students of color. Corbett is basing much of his re-election campaign on destroying the PFT.With days left before the end of the teachers’ contract, there has not even been a hint of a teachers’ strike. Yet, with time running out and no extra state or federal aid coming, a strike might help to save Philadelphia public schools. The challenge will be to build support from students and community members and from the rest of Philadelphia’s 150,000 union members.The last major teacher’s strike started on Sept. 8, 1981. It involved 13,000 PFT members in a 50-day strike. They walked out because the District, with a deficit of $223 million, laid off 3,500 members and cancelled a scheduled 10 percent teachers’ pay increase. These numbers sound nearly identical to today’s situation.What won the strike for the teachers was an act of solidarity by the other unions in the city, who — except for the police — threatened a general strike. The day of the general strike, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ordered the rehiring of all who had been laid off and a negotiated pay increase by a state mediator.This history of fighting back, as well as the heroic actions by the Chicago Teachers Union, needs to be on the minds of everyone who cares about education and the working class’s future. 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AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Organisation Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Follow the news on Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia November 30, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Interview with the newly-released video blogger and netizen Adnan Hajizade “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh June 8, 2021 Find out more Newly-released video blogger and netizen Adnan Hajizade has told Reporters Without Borders in an exclusive interview he is still finding it hard to assimilate the fact that he is “finally a free man” again but he intends to continue blogging because “every opinion counts.”Interviewed on 25 November, he stressed the importance of international pressure in obtaining his release on 18 November (read the article). But he added that the real reason why he was freed and why he was arrested in the first place was still not clear to him.A member of “OL! Youth Movement,” a non-political group, Hajizade and fellow blogger Emin Milli were arrested in Baku on 8 July 2009 after going to the police to report that they had been assaulted by two strangers in restaurant. They were sentenced to 24 and 30 months in prison respectively on trumped-up charges of hooliganism because of their criticism of the authorities and their role in circulating a video making fun of political corruption. Milli was released on 19 November, one day after Hajizade.Their release was one of the recommendations of a report entitled “Free Expression under Attack: Azerbaijan’s Deteriorating Media Environment” that Reporters Without Borders and nine other international free speech NGOs published after a joint visit to Azerbaijan in September. News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan See the video: News to go further News Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out more April 9, 2021 Find out more
EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS All Saints Church welcomes back friend, ally and partner in just-peacemaking, Bishop Gene Robinson to Pasadena on Sunday, September 22. He will preach at both the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services and speak in the Rectorâ€™s Forum at 10:15 a.m. â€œBishop Robinson is one of our generationâ€™s great examples of a life lived in witness to the values of compassion, justice and equality,â€ said All Saints rector Ed Bacon. â€œWe could not be more delighted to welcome him back to All Saints Church as we continue to work together to make Godâ€™s love tangible to absolutely everybody.â€Recently retired as the 9th Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson was the first openly-gay Bishop elected in the Episcopal Church and gave the opening prayer at President Barack Obama’s inauguration. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress and has been working at the state, national, and international levels for full civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. His story has been featured in two feature-length documentaries, â€œFor the Bible Tells Me Soâ€ and â€œLove Free or Die.â€ His most recent work, â€œGod Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage,â€ is a groundbreaking book that persuasively makes the case for same-sex marriage using a commonsense, reasoned, religious argument.â€œGod Believes in Loveâ€ will be available for purchase and the bishop will be signing books. All Saints Church is at 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, directly across Euclid from Pasadena City Hall. For more information call (626) 796-1172 or visitÂ www.allsaints-pas.org. 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 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 Business News Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink Outside The Ordinary: 9 Gifts That Do All The Talking!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere’s What Experts Say Women Want In A ManHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe More Cool Stuff Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business: Marketing Column Bishop Gene Robinson to Preach at All Saints Pasadena on Sunday From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | 3:19 pm 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. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
July 21, 2017 1,395 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago HUD 2017-07-21 Aly J. Yale Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Aly J. Yale is a longtime writer and editor from Texas. Her resume boasts positions with The Dallas Morning News, NBC, PBS, and various other regional and national publications. She has also worked with both the Five Star Institute and REO Red Book, as well as various other mortgage industry clients on content strategy, blogging, marketing, and more. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Looking out for the Rural Communities Tagged with: HUD The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Aly J. Yale The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Looking out for the Rural Communities Print This Post Share Save New legislation was pushed through the U.S. Appropriations Committee recently that would, if passed into law, force the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to recalibrate how it determines eligibility for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).The bill, introduced by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Washington), would require that HUD report any area it uses “flawed income data”—or data with a margin of error that’s 20 percent or higher—to evaluate CDBG eligibility. These reports would need to be submitted to both the House and Senate appropriations committees within 90 days of the evaluation.Until now, HUD has calculated community income levels by averaging five-year data from the American Community Survey. HUD data from 2014 shows many towns in Beutler’s district—including Pe Ell, Vader, and Morton—have been deemed “too affluent” to benefit from CDBG grants.According to Beutler’s office, “This requirement would impact rural communities in Lewis County [Washington] that, based on inaccurate household income data, were determined to be ‘too affluent’ to qualify for Community Development Block Grants.”Beutler says HUD has often made mistakes when deeming a community “too affluent,” and that the agency has even used data with margins of error as high as 91.5 percent when determining eligibility.“This agency is supposed to return tax dollars to the communities that need it most, but it has made serious mistakes in disqualifying communities like Toledo, Pe Ell, and Vader for being ‘too affluent,’” Beutler said. “It can’t cover up these mistakes if this legislation becomes law.”This isn’t the first time Beutler has taken on HUD. She also created a provision that requires HUD to have alternative methods of measuring income levels.“After years of pressuring for transparency, my efforts will again require HUD to make the extent of inaccuracy of its data public—and it will be held accountable for its reporting errors,” she said. “While it shouldn’t take an act of Congress to get a public agency to provide basic transparency, I’m not going to let up on this issue or the needs of our rural communities until we have a long-term solution.”The bill was passed by the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, but has not been scheduled to appear in front of the House floor as of press. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Slow Down Ahead Next: Fraud Watch Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe
Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Rob Martin To all professionals managing the repair and maintenance of distressed properties—your cost of doing business may not be what you think it is. Xactware cost data indicated price volatility throughout many categories during 2018 and early 2019. These price fluctuations, some of which were quite sudden, rendered older and outdated pricing data sets too unreliable for making business decisions. Combined with the competitive pressures of the shrinking foreclosure market over the last ten years, using regularly updated and researched local pricing data is more critical than ever. Without proper safeguards, these dramatic shifts in costs can swing allowance thresholds and undermine profitability in ways that can seriously injure businesses over time.Getting the numbers right. To illustrate the point, we’ll first look at retail labor rates by trade for drywallers. According to Xactware pricing trend data, 2018 average property preservation and maintenance retail labor rates rose by an average 4.3% across the board, with drywall installers showing a 10% increase. Combined with a 4% rise in the cost of drywall materials, it’s easy to see that if the average rates for all trades were applied to servicer’s charges, they would not have accounted for the particular spike seen in the drywall industry.Price hikes like these are concerning because they undermine the historically “accurate-enough” gut checks and infrequent price verification that servicers tend to rely on in the course of normal business, resulting in retail price adjustments that lag far behind the actual costs they incur. That’s what makes having automated, current, and local pricing data so crucial. Significant changes across the board. Labor isn’t the only pricing component that’s seeing abnormal increases. 2017 and 2018 averaged a 3.31% spike in general materials costs compared to 2016’s comparatively slight 0.41% increase—an equally dangerous shift for default servicing professionals relying on approximated pricing data even a few years old.One of the more nuanced dangers of comparatively sudden cost increases is that they’re occurring in an industry that hasn’t historically needed to closely track them. The current market has a long history of relatively mild increases and decreases in labor and material prices. These smaller, more predictable shifts have engendered a reliance on familiar, slow-to-update data sets that are too generalized to provide the specificity needed in local markets. Unfortunately, reliance on generalized pricing data threatens businesses’ profitability during times of sudden, major cost changes. Without precise, localized cost data that is consistently updated, precise project estimating is all the more difficult to accomplish.Short-term fluctuations can be as dangerous as major year-over-year changes without a comprehensive data set. To understand the impact even month-to-month price variances can have, consider U.S. lumber prices observed during 2018. Lumber had a comparative percentage annual increase of 3.2% by the end of June, a 5.8% spike by the end of July, a subsequent fall to 4.2% in September, and a crash to 0.06% in December. A reliance on pricing data even a few months out of date or based on just one or two points throughout the year would have placed approximated lumber costs wildly off the mark and significantly impacted profitability margins. Changing pricing trends aren’t the only reason to dial in the precision of your data when scoping out the cost of work. Post-recession mortgage regulations and a stronger economy have caused the inventory of available default properties to plummet. In 2009 the mortgage delinquency rate in the United States was 14.41% (New York Times). Ten short years later data from the beginning of 2019 indicated that only 4% of properties were in delinquency status. For the property preservation and maintenance industry, this means fiercer competition and narrower profit margins. Every penny counts. But with less and less available work, those pennies count a lot more. in Commentary, Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, Loss Mitigation, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Construction HOUSING Renovation Home / Commentary / Understanding Uncertainty: Property Preservation and Maintenance in Flux Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Previous: Homeowners Unprepared for Storm Risks Next: A Question of Housing Affordability Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago August 22, 2019 12,447 Views Which is all to say that anyone working in the default property servicing industry, whether they’re a field servicer, investor, contractor, or asset manager, should make sure they rely on data sets that are updated, localized, and comprehensive when estimating the cost of repairing or maintaining properties. The pressures of diminishing inventory combined with a fluctuating market are making once sufficient preservation and maintenance cost methods obsolete. Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Construction HOUSING Renovation 2019-08-22 Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Rob Martin is a product manager for Property Solutions at Xactware, where he spearheads the development of estimating and analytics solutions for the real estate and finance industries. He has worked at Xactware for 11 years. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and is currently an MBA candidate. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Understanding Uncertainty: Property Preservation and Maintenance in Flux Share Save
News UpdatesNo Interference Now With FIR Against Sushant Singh Rajput’s Sisters, Says Bombay HC Nitish Kashyap6 Oct 2020 3:13 AMShare This – xPriyanka Singh and Meetu Singh, deceased actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s sisters, have filed a writ petition before the Bombay High Court for quashing of FIR filed against them by Mumbai police on actor Rhea Chakraborty’s complaint. The petitioners have also contended that the FIR against them was clearly a counter-blast to the FIR filed against Rhea Chakraborty by their father in Patna.The…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?LoginPriyanka Singh and Meetu Singh, deceased actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s sisters, have filed a writ petition before the Bombay High Court for quashing of FIR filed against them by Mumbai police on actor Rhea Chakraborty’s complaint. The petitioners have also contended that the FIR against them was clearly a counter-blast to the FIR filed against Rhea Chakraborty by their father in Patna.The matter came up before the division bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice MS Karnik on Tuesday. Advocate Varun Singh appeared on behalf of the petitioner sisters Priyanka and Meetu Singh along with Advocate Madhav Thorat.The FIR was registered on September 7 and needs to be quashed as it is not maintainable. The late actor Sushant Singh died on June 14 and Rhea (Respondent No.2) left his home on June 8, Adv Singh submitted. Referring to the allegations made in the FIR, Singh pressed for relief and said that Sushant’s sister Priyanka along with a doctor prescribed some medicines to Sushant and for this she has been booked under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of IPC and provisions of Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.On the other hand, Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer Advocate Satish Maneshinde’s junior sought some more time as he was appearing before another bench.”There is no urgency in the matter, investigation is on. We do not want to interfere at this stage”, Justice Shinde said, directing Advocate Singh to serve CBI and adjourned the hearing to October 13. The petition states-“The FIR is not only in the teeth of the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s judgment dated August 19, 2020 in Rhea Chakraborty vs State of Bihar, but is also a blatant attempt to derail the ongoing investigations by the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) and other agencies who have taken cognizance of various facts emerging in pending investigation and pending FIR.”Petitioner sisters have been booked Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 464 (making a false document, 465 (punishment for forgery), 466 (forgery of record of court or of public register, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 474 (having possesion of document), 306 (abetment of suicide) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.The FIR also states-“The registration of present FIR amounts to travesty of justice and shows that the present FIR was registered in a mechanical manner. In the present FIR it is alleged that the prescriptions given by Dr.Tarun Kumar are forged. However, there is not even an iota of allegation to suggest that the alleged prescription was forged, neither has Respondent No.1(State of Maharashtra) done any preliminary enquiry to ascertain the said fact which is evident from the fact that the complaint was received at police station on September 7, 2020 at 7:30 pm and FIR was registered on the same day without any preliminary enquiry and without application of mind by Respondent No.1.”Thus, quashing of FIR registered at Bandra Police Station against the petitioners has been sought. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Facebook/Brookdale Midwestern(NEW YORK) — World War II veteran Joe Cuba had one request for his 100th birthday: to receive 100 birthday cards.To his surprise, he received not 100, but thousands of letters, photographs and gifts from people all around the world.It all started Feb. 21 when the Brookdale Midwestern Retirement Community, where Cuba is a resident, posted a sweet photo of him asking for 100 cards to mark his 100th birthday March 2.The post immediately went viral online and Cuba started receiving letters from people in countries as far as England and Poland.“There’s so many wonderful people that think about me,” Cuba told “Good Morning America.” “I really enjoyed it.”Jarvis Polvado, executive director of Brookdale Midwestern, told “GMA” the acts of kindness “couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.”“It’s probably what makes it the most heartwarming,” Polvado said.The WWII veteran said he feels “fortunate” for all 100 years of his life, including his two years of service in the United States Army Air Forces as a staff sergeant. He received touching cards from fellow veterans with whom he served.“I’m glad to be here after the war,” he said. “I thank all of you good people for wishing me well. You’re all so gracious to remember me.”As for the most valuable life lessons Cuba has learned to share with others today, he said people today should “take care of themselves, and watch what they’re doing, and keep a sharp mind … just stay happy, and do what you like to do — and stay out of trouble, of course!”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Victoria Bay(ANDOVER, Kan.) — A Kansas middle school teacher found a heartwarming way to let her students to know that even though she won’t be seeing them every day in her classroom, she is thinking about them.Victoria Bay, 29, teaches sixth grade Social Studies at Andover Central Middle School in Andover, Kansas. This week, she and her students were on spring break when the school district made the call to stop sending kids to school for the remainder of the school year due to coronavirus concerns.“We are on spring break so when I left my kids I told them I would miss them this week and I would see them soon,” Bay said. “Knowing that they would never get to be in my classroom and be my students again was honestly devastating and heartbreaking.”Bay said her group of sixth graders were a “really special group of kids” and when she realized she wouldn’t get to give a proper goodbye to her students, she wanted to do something special.Hours after she heard the news, Bay bought paper and one hundred envelopes. She sent a letter to each of her students to let them know how thankful she was to be their teacher and that she would miss them.“I wanted them to know that I instantly thought of them in that moment that [school] was canceled and I’m so thankful for the memories that we created together,” Bay said. “I am really thankful for them and I wanted them to know that they’d be on my mind.”Bay typed out a general letter for all 100 of her students and then added a handwritten personalized note to each letter with a memory or a thank you to each kid. She sent them two days after the news broke that the school year was over.While not being able to teach her kids has weighed heavily on Bay, she says she is able to get through this tough time thanks to a shift in mindset.“I create learning experiences in my classroom, do characters, do room transformations and knowing that my students won’t be able to experience these things is hard,” she said. “I’ve been trying to shift my mindset from all the things I’m going to miss doing to all the new opportunities I have to build new opportunities for my kids.”As for students, Bay has a message for all of them during this confusing and difficult time.“Your teachers care about you and we have your best interest in mind,” Bay said. “We are going to do whatever it takes to make the rest of your school year the best it can be regardless of what it looks like.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.