Fire ants: A recipe for motivation and enthusiasm!

first_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom charles towne NH Well Don, the way it usually works is this: SUBTLE MOTIVATION DOESN’T WORK VERY GOOD! Most people in the world today remind me of the old farmer and his mule. That darned mule was so stubborn the only way the farmer could get the animal to move was to motivate him by smacking him between the ears with a fence post. People are just like that, they learn from the painful, the uncomfortable, or by being deprived of something the desire. Thanks for the comment pal, Chaz charles towne Some may feel that “the FIRE” is a curse. Those fire ants or other forms of ooglie wooglie creatures drawn to the light BITE with venom. The question is how to find balance with SELF, GOD, and still help others as well???Love this thought provoking article, Charles. I was in the Ocala National Forest last evening so it hits home! Did you write this for me?…lol. Fire ants: A recipe for motivation and enthusiasm! – Collective Intelligence 22 COMMENTS March 11, 2018 at 10:51 pm Reply March 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm March 15, 2018 at 10:13 pm Reply Reply March 12, 2018 at 7:35 am Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. charles towne Reply EJ, usually we try to avoid the scenario that you describe to the best of our ability, but, sometimes the negative is inevitable, a part of life. Mama Mia declares above that she flat out “hates ants,” but sometimes there are certainties that are sum and parcel of our world, as well as our lives, therefore they are unavoidable. When the unavoidable happens what do we do? Do we run and hide? Or do we learn from it. The Bible tells us not to run away, but to confront, and learn, “Go to the ant…, consider her ways and be wise…” When Samson found the swarm of bees in a dried out lion’s carcass he took the honey, and ate, disregarding a few stings from the angry bees. He figured the sweet honey was well worth the pain. Thanks lots for the comment, Chaz Always good to have motivation, although I would rather that motivation be more subtle. I suppose however that there’s no motivation more effective than fire ant and copperheads! Great column Chuck, God bless. Reply March 11, 2018 at 9:52 pm March 12, 2018 at 12:40 pm Reply Reply Nature has a way of teaching us “life” lessons! As a small boy I wanted a banana, growing next to an old garage. What I didn’t see were the Yellow Jackets, which didn’t want to be disturbed. Lesson painfully learned! Over the years I’ve stepped on a Coral snake, bare footed, been attacked by Bumble bees (in my flower bed), AND had my share of Fire Ant bites! As we go through life, it is wise to pay attention to where we are and what we are doing! And, remember the lessons so painfully learned! charles towne March 11, 2018 at 9:58 am TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleSpring cleaning at home and in lifeNext articleWanted: four legs, furry faces and wagging tails Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR March 12, 2018 at 1:27 pm I hate ants! Reply March 13, 2018 at 10:38 pm March 11, 2018 at 7:01 pm Dear NH, excellent point! Usually those things that are uncomfortable are there to teach us. Those ooglie wooglie’s that you speak of, whatever form they may come in, be it fire ants, sickness, or mean people, present opportunities for improvement. Some we learn to avoid, some we learn to confront, but in all of them there are lessons to be learned. It is for us to accept or reject those lessons. My life has been full of what you call, “ooglie wooglies.” I wish I could have avoided the ooglie wooglie of Alzheimer’s disease that has afflicted my Darling wife these last years, but, this frustrating disease has inspired me to write a book for caregivers, therefore one might say that good, beauty, and blessings have come from bad, ugly, and curses? NH, you have inspired thought. Thanks so much my friend, Chaz Don Lindsey charles towne Reply How many times as UNINVITED GUEST do get into TROUBLE? Reply March 11, 2018 at 9:09 am Reply March 16, 2018 at 7:04 am charles towne March 11, 2018 at 3:03 pm You’ve just reminded me to add “motivation” and “enthusiasm” to my grocery list!In all seriousness, I love this: “…wouldn’t it be better to live your life in such a way that, without threat or possible danger you not only possess motivation and enthusiasm but you inspire it in others as well?”Very well put. charles towne Reply Gymrat Mama Mia Mike McFadden charles towne charles towne Don Young Charles, you paint such vivid pictures with your words. It is a joy to read and learn from your experiences and stories. I appreciate the call for a more “inwardly inspired” motivation and enthusiasm – to love and to serve. This is something I would like to have more of inside of me! Thanks for being such a good example. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 March 12, 2018 at 12:12 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Well welcome back Mama Mia! What can I say other than I am sure the ants just love you! The next thing you are going to tell us is that you don’t like wasps and hornets either! How strange is that? I hope you are well and happy my dear. Blessings to you and yours, Chaz […] Fire ants: A recipe for motivation and enthusiasm!  The Apopka Voice […] Rick I wonder? Could it be that the words we speak are the most painful, most biting and cruel things we will ever encounter? Hate and discord spread like a gigantic nest of venomous ants or poisonous vipers throughout our society. Let it be said of us that we spread love and hope, never dissension and hate. One can walk away from fire ants and venomous snakes, but lies and cruel words follow us wherever we go. Our bible, the word of our God tells us, “Words wisely spoken are like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Dear God, please let the words of our mouths and the meditations of the hearts of the American people be acceptable to you… Amen. Let it begin with me is my prayer. Yeah, I wonder? Chaz My dear Kristin, I am blessed and invigorated when I see people such as yourself, “get it!” I believe that when one of God’s own yearns for the sublime which can only be bestowed by God himself, he or she will receive that which they desire. This then is what I pray for in my own life, that God may use me to bless others, and that they may know Him as their one true friend. Blessings on you and yours, Chaz Reply Reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 I’m with Mama Mia on hating fire ants. For many years I carried an anaphylactic shock kit with me after having my throat close up thanks to those nasty creatures. Having a purpose in live is all that I need these days to stay motivated. The feeling after a good workout, a heartfelt thank you or just the self satisfaction of reaching out to help others is powerful motivation. I thank God every day for my health to allow me to stay motivated. You have a way with words to make your stories jump off the page… ej March 12, 2018 at 1:44 pm charles towne Reply March 11, 2018 at 11:15 am March 13, 2018 at 1:59 pm Thanks so very much for the vote of confidence Mike! If I have a way with words give God all the glory because it is a gift that He has given me and I hope to use it to His glory. I have gone into anaphylactic shock one time in my life after having been bitten by a diamondback rattlesnake. It wasn’t the snake’s venom that almost did me in but the horse serum based antivenom they injected into my system at the hospital after my telling them that I was allergic to the stuff. Mike, you are so right! I believe wholeheartedly that we were placed here by Papa God to serve, not be served. What a joy comes to us when we reach out a helping hand in love! Thanks so much for the comment my friend, ChazP.S. Just remember, the fire ant is only doing what he has to do to protect his community! But then, that doesn’t mean we have to like it! C. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Dear CSG, My life as a naturalist and outdoorsman has blessed me with certain insights, perhaps a way of looking at things, (even if those ways do at times seem a little cuckoo to some people) that force me to view life, (all life) in the light and from the viewpoint of something almost akin to the divine. Every time I venture into the wilderness it is almost as if I were recreated, my mind refreshed, and my soul bathed in the sunshine of Papa God’s love. This is what I wish upon each one of my readers. Thank you so very much CSG. Chaz Kristin charles towne Reply InspirationBy Charles Towne It has been several years since I was camping in the Ocala National Forest one dark night and pitched my tent on top of a fire ant’s nest.By any chance have you ever noticed that fire ants are such sweet and endearing little creatures? Oh yes, and did I mention the fact that they can motivate one’s person to perform quite humorously?   The following performance illustrates the fire ants entertainment factor quite well. The fire ants, about a zillion of them, attacked my person with great joy and incredible zeal.I must say that it was with great motivation and enthusiasm that I fought my way out of my sleeping bag to do a wild dance, slapping at myself in the light of the campfire to get rid of the wee beasties.I am sure that if anybody had seen me that night they would have concluded that there was a madman on the loose, and at that point, they were quite right! I am also quite sure it was somewhat entertaining, at least from a spectator’s point of view, to behold a naked dude dancing and cavorting in the light of a campfire way back in the woods.Joe and Brenda, newlyweds, were spending their honeymoon hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail when night overtook them. Clearing a small area of rocks and debris, the amorous couple made camp and retired.During the night they awoke to realize there was something wiggling and squirming under the floor of the tent.  They also had pitched their tent on a nest, but not a nest of fire ants.  Oh no, it was a nest of newly hatched copperhead snakes. It was again with great motivation and enthusiasm that the two lovebirds abandoned their tent to spend a sleepless night cuddling next to a campfire.Motivation and enthusiasm are good, they can drive you and give you the inspiration to do what you could never do without them.We have all met people that seemed to somehow have the edge.  They tackle life with an alacrity and joy that makes them a pleasure to be around.  They somehow have within them an unquenchable Holy fire that spreads to others like a conflagration of love igniting within them an insatiable need to bless all.Being forced to run away from a raging, hungry sabre-toothed brandlesnoot might possibly motivate you, as will a zillion stinging fire ants or a nest of poisonous snakes, but wouldn’t it be better to live your life in such a way that, without threat or possible danger you not only possess motivation and enthusiasm but you inspire it in others as well?May the Son warm your heart,Light your day,Heal your pain,And bring you great joy.MY DAILY PRAYERDear Papa God, I thank you for gifting me with enthusiasm and love for life as well as a motivation to bless and help others.  I want to please you oh Holy Father.  Help me to be what you want me to be.  Lord, help me to be a joy to others.  Help me to inspire and give hope to all of your children, young and old, that I meet.  I thank you Father, and I love you, In Jesus’ wonderful and Holy name I ask it, Amen. Gymrat, you truly MOTIVATE me! One thing I have learned is that ENTHUSIASM is available to us all. Some people are ENTHUSIASTIC about life. These people are not all that common, but, if we want it, “ENTHUSIASM” can become a very important part of our lives. It is sort of like our love for our spouse, our children, or say, our Lord, Jesus Christ. If that love is genuine, and part of us, we are going to become animated when we talk about it, and we are going to want to talk about it because we love it! Yeah, and if we love it we can’t stop talking about it! I am going to have to write an article on ENTHUSIASM soon. See what you did you rascal! Thanks lots, Chaz Reply I wonder, when folks say they hate something do they really HATE what it is they say they hate. I mean, hate is such a strong word. I had a woman tell me one time that she hates dogs because they carry fleas. That is sorta like me saying I hate people because they carry the flu. Certainly I can hate what some people do, but to hate all people would be a tad excessive. God tells us in His word that He hates sin… but then He turns around and, lucky for us, He says that He loves the sinner! We are also told that Christ died for us while we were yet sinners. I think that the best evidence of good sense is to sometimes avoid what we otherwise might waste energy on by hating that thing. Sorta like fire ants. Once bit you avoid the little buggers, that is if you have half the good sense God gave a goofy gopher. Chaz “All the creatures great and small…the Lord God made them all”!I reread the story again and as usual, found myself thinking thoughts even I found strange! Fire ants are put here , why? Do we thank God for providing such an effective motovating force? I think the number of ants are exactly proportional to the degree of motovation we require! In some of us, inertia is very great! But in the end, by being so motovated, we all do get moving again! CSG Having enjoyed camping quite a bit with my family, I can relate to your humorous story! I find it amazing how God uses the smallest things to teach us the most profound things. He shows us lessons, even in the life of an ant. He thought that was important enough to point it out to us in His word. Yes, serpents are His creatures too, but we see a very different lesson…a lesson in danger….a lesson to stay close to Him for protection.He has “programmed” all living things to be and live a certain way. But humans have been given a choice, a say in what they do, in how they live. God wants us to choose Him, to choose His ways. He wants only the best for us and gives us lessons and examples along the way to help us live life to the fullest. It is our responsibility to be sensitive and in-tune with Him. Thanks Chuck!You make me want to spend more time outside, waiting to see what else God will show me!! God bless you! Please enter your comment! Don, very well put! It seems that bee stings and biting words are about on an even par and both best to be remembered and avoided so as not to be repeated. I was living in Forest City at the time and was standing in my front yard visiting with a friend. I was barefooted. I felt something squirming and wiggling under my left foot, looked down and discovered that I was standing on a coral snake about eighteen inches in length. Patient creatures them coral snakes. It is surprising how fast one can move in times like that. Thanks for the comment pal, Chaz March 16, 2018 at 8:03 am Reply Reply Reply March 24, 2018 at 7:48 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply March 11, 2018 at 12:47 pm March 14, 2018 at 11:01 am Please enter your name here March 15, 2018 at 11:20 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

USDA Offers Additional Assistance for Certain Producers Through CFAP

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News USDA Offers Additional Assistance for Certain Producers Through CFAP Previous articleUSDA, USTR Announce New Agricultural Trade AdvisorsNext articleRFA Responds to EPA’s Last-Minute Actions on RFS, E15 USDA Communications SHARE USDA Offers Additional Assistance for Certain Producers Through CFAP U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for the program. Producers who are now eligible and those who need to modify existing applications due to these updates can contact USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) between Jan. 19 and Feb. 26. Some of these changes are being made to align with the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 while others are discretionary changes being made in response to ongoing evaluation of CFAP.“The COVID-19 pandemic has left a deep impact on the farm economy, and we are utilizing the tools and monies available to ease some of the financial burdens on American producers to ensure our agricultural economy remains strong, independent and a global leader in production,” said Secretary Perdue. “As part of implementing CFAP 1 and CFAP 2, we identified new areas of support and Congress recently directed us to provide additional relief. This additional assistance builds on to the $23.6 billion in assistance already provided to our farmers and ranchers impacted by the pandemic, and we will continue to implement other provisions enacted by Congress.”Background:Expanded Eligibility for CFAP 2Contract producers of swine, broilers, laying hens, chicken eggs and turkeys who suffered a drop in revenue in 2020 as compared to their 2019 revenue because of the pandemic now are eligible for assistance. Producers could receive up to 80% of their revenue loss, subject to the availability of funds.Producers of pullets and turfgrass sod also now are eligible for CFAP payments. The commodities were not explicitly included in the initial CFAP 2 rule. Payments are based on eligible sales, and the payment calculation in the updated rule includes crop insurance indemnities, Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), and Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program – Plus (WHIP+) payments.Updated Payment Calculations for CFAP 2Similarly, FSA adjusted the payment calculation to use the producer’s eligible 2019 calendar year sales, and 2019 crop insurance indemnities, NAP, and WHIP+ payments, multiplied by the applicable payment rate for all sales commodities, which include specialty crops, aquaculture, tobacco, specialty livestock, nursery crops and floriculture, for CFAP 2. Producers who applied during the sign-up period that closed Dec. 11, 2020, can modify an existing CFAP 2 application between Jan. 19 and Feb. 26, 2021.Additionally, FSA adjusted the payment calculation for certain row crops for CFAP 2, specifically those for which a producer had crop insurance coverage but not an available 2020 Actual Production History (APH) approved yield. FSA is now using 100% of the 2019 Agriculture Risk Coverage-County Option (ARC-CO) benchmark yield to calculate payments when an APH is not available rather than 85%, which was in the original CFAP 2 calculations. This calculation change is only for producers with crop insurance coverage who grow barley, corn, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, upland cotton and wheat. Producers who applied during the sign-up period that closed Dec. 11, 2020, can modify an existing CFAP 2 application between Jan. 19 and Feb. 26, 2021.CFAP 1 ‘Top-up’ Payments for Swine FSA is providing an additional CFAP 1 inventory payment for swine to help producers who face continuing market disruptions from changes in U.S. meat consumption due to the pandemic. Swine producers with approved CFAP 1 applications will soon automatically receive a “top-up” payment of $17 per head increasing the total CFAP1 inventory payment to $34 per head.More InformationNewly eligible producers who need to submit a CFAP 2 application or producers who need to modify an existing one can do so between Jan. 19 and Feb. 26, 2021, by contacting their local USDA Service Center. New applicants can also obtain one-on-one support with applications by calling 877-508-8364.In addition to the changes being made to CFAP, per language in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, FSA will extend 2020 Marketing Assistance Loans to provide additional flexibilities for farmers. FSA is also preparing to move forward on implementation of the remaining provisions of the recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.To learn more about this additional assistance, visit USDA Service Centers are open for business, including those that restrict in-person visits or require appointments. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service or any other Service Center agency should call ahead and schedule an appointment. Service Centers that are open for appointments will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel, and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors are also required to wear a face covering during their appointment. Our program delivery staff will continue to work with our producers by phone, email and using online tools. More information can be found at Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter By USDA Communications – Jan 15, 2021 last_img read more

Liberia: Call for investigation after threat from presidential spokesman

first_img LiberiaAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Press Union of Liberia vice-president Jallah E. Grayfield has asked the police to investigate the threats he received from presidential press secretary Jerolinmek Piah after taking part in debate with information minister Isaac Jackson on Radio Prime 105.5 FM on 6 September. During the programme, Grayfield criticized the government’s recent closure of the two privately-owned radio stations as “undemocratic” and called for them to be reopened. As he was leaving Radio Prime, Grayfield received several SMS messages from Piah accusing him of being a “disgrace” to his organization and warning that “you will feel what you have started.” Grayfield said he asked the police to investigate because he was concerned by what he regarded as a new government attack on the media. “It is unacceptable that those who represent and defend the media are unable to freely express their opinion and are the target of threats,” RSF said. “We call on the Liberian president’s office to put a stop to this kind of behaviour, which discredits the entire administration.” RSF added: “At a time when Liberia’s voters are preparing to make political choices next year, they have a right to hear all opinions, even those that are critical and irritate the current government.” The radio stations that upset the president’s office are Voice FM and LIB 24. Voice FM is owned by well-known commentator Henry Costa, who produces his show from the United States, where he lives. LIB 24 is owned by a politician, would-be presidential candidate Benoni Urey, who also owns a TV channel, LIB 24 TV. The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), which is responsible for assigning broadcast frequencies, closed Voice FM and seized its equipment on 4 July after obtaining the justice ministry’s authorization to move against it on the grounds that it was using its frequency illegally. Voice FM’s management say that all their attempts to sort out the station’s legal situation were rejected by the authorities, who were looking for a pretext to close it down. It remains closed.LIB 24 was shut down on 13 August after a week of broadcasting the Henry Costa Show, which is very critical of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Police and intelligence officials confiscated its broadcast equipment and sealed its premises on the official grounds of non-payment of tax arrears.The head of the LTA, Henry Benson, said at a press conference: “The LTA was established by law to regulate and will continue to do so. We have effectively shut down a radio station, beginning with Voice FM 102.7 and more to come, because we have to show that there is law and order in Liberia.” Liberia is ranked 93rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Help by sharing this information Reports RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News News News December 16, 2020 Find out more Credit : / The Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah center_img Receive email alerts RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Liberian government’s harassment of the media and journalists after a presidential spokesman threatened the representative of a journalists’ association for calling for the reopening of two radio stations ahead of next year’s presidential election. to go further Follow the news on Liberia LiberiaAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression September 8, 2016 Liberia: Call for investigation after threat from presidential spokesman November 27, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Serious Delinquencies Still Elevated in Hurricane-Impacted Markets

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: CoreLogic Delinquencies Disaster Relief floods hurricanes Loan Performance Insights Report Natural Disasters Serious Delinquencies wildfires Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Journal, Market Studies, News Previous: Which States Are Best for Millennials? Next: HUD Awards $28 Billion for Disaster Recovery Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Serious Delinquencies Still Elevated in Hurricane-Impacted Markets Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago April 10, 2018 1,852 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and, MReport and She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. center_img Home / Daily Dose / Serious Delinquencies Still Elevated in Hurricane-Impacted Markets Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily CoreLogic Delinquencies Disaster Relief floods hurricanes Loan Performance Insights Report Natural Disasters Serious Delinquencies wildfires 2018-04-10 Krista Franks Brock The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post The effects of last year’s major natural disasters, including hurricanes and wildfires, have been evident in the housing market in recent months. Disaster-related early mortgage delinquencies have progressed into serious delinquencies in affected markets, according to CoreLogic’s Loan Performance Insights report, released Tuesday.Areas that experienced significant damage from recent natural disasters are experiencing a leveling off in early-stage delinquencies and an uptick in serious delinquencies, CoreLogic reported. “In hard-hit markets, like the Houston and Naples metro areas, serious delinquency is triple what it was before the hurricanes,” said Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist at CoreLogic, adding that in the San Juan, Puerto Rico, area, the rate has quadrupled.Nationally, the percentage of homes that are newly delinquent (30 to 59 days past due) fell 0.1 percentage points over the year in January. The rate was down 0.2 percentage points since December. Overall, 2 percent of homes were in the early stages of delinquency in January, according to CoreLogic. “Measuring early-stage delinquency rates is important for analyzing the health of the mortgage market,” CoreLogic’s report states. The percent of mortgages 60-89 days past due was 0.8 percent in January, up from 0.7 percent a year ago and matching the rate reported in December. Despite the elevated rates of serious delinquencies in some markets, the national rate declined over the year in January, falling from 2.3 percent to 2.1 percent, and remaining unchanged from a month earlier.The foreclosure inventory rate for January was 0.6 percent, down from 0.8 percent a year earlier. The rate has remained the same since August and is the lowest experienced since June 2007. The share of all mortgage loans in some stage of delinquency or foreclosure was 4.9 percent in January, down from 5.1 percent reported a year ago. All but two states experienced declines in delinquencies year-over-year in January. In Texas, early-stage delinquencies rose from 5.6 percent to 6.3 percent over the year in January, while 90+ day delinquencies rose from 1.9 percent to 2.7 percent. Foreclosures, however, dropped 0.2 percentage points down to 0.3 percent. Florida, the only other state to experience rising delinquencies, demonstrated a more significant rise in delinquencies with early-stage delinquencies rising from 6.0 percent to 8.4 percent and serious delinquencies increasing from 3.2 percent to 5.1 percent over the year. As in Texas, though, the foreclosure rate in Florida declined, falling from 1.3 percent to 0.9 percent. “Except for the metropolitan areas affected by natural disasters, most of the country has seen delinquency and foreclosure rates move lower over the past year,” said Frank Martell, President and CEO of CoreLogic. “Declines in the unemployment rate have supported a rise in income, and home-price growth has built home equity. These two economic forces, coupled with high-quality underwriting have lowered the overall delinquency rates.” Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Krista Franks Brock Share Save Subscribelast_img read more

20 new positive cases of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Facebook As of 2pm today Sunday 22 March, testing has resulted in 20 new positive cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland to 128.To date two people who tested positive have sadly died.The total number of tests completed in Northern Ireland is 2,484. Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Homepage BannerNews 20 new positive cases of Covid-19 in Northern Irelandcenter_img Twitter Google+ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleHSE working to clear backlog of 40,000 awaiting Covid-19 testsNext articleConcerns raised over those ignoring social distancing guidelines News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – March 22, 2020 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

‘Very young, very scared’: Migrant children languish in US custody, lawyers say

first_imgSergio Flores/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesBY: QUINN OWEN, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — As the number of unaccompanied minors at the southern border keeps growing, legal advocates checking on conditions for migrant children held in U.S. custody report many are afraid, unable to contact family members and have limited access to the outdoors.“What we saw this time was a lot of very young, very scared children,” Leecia Welch, Senior Director of Child Welfare at the National Center for Youth Law, told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Cecelia Vega.The children, some as young as one-year-old, were held in a large, crowded tent partitioned by clear plastic, the lawyers said. Some have been held for longer than a week, according to the lawyers’ accounts, awaiting transfer to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement.“It just makes it all the more scary for them, because … these are places that no child should have to be in on their own,” Welch said in the interview.Children said every few days they were allowed into a courtyard for about 20 minutes, but the lawyers said some of them may have gone longer than that without seeing the sun. The lawyers were not permitted to see inside the living quarters for themselves and instead based their accounts on interviews with more than a dozen children.“We are fully aware of the extraordinary complexity involved with coordination of multiple agencies and a web of statutory requirements but we believe that there are ways to overcome these obstacles and frankly we think it’s imperative to do so,” Neha Desai, Director of Immigration at the National Center for Youth Law, told ABC’s Vega in an interview.When children attempt to cross the border alone and are apprehended by Border Patrol, they are placed temporarily in Customs and Border Protection custody while they wait for transfer to the U.S. refugee resettlement office, which is responsible for placing children with sponsors.Two Customs and Border Protection officials, who declined to be named to discuss interagency deliberations, pointed to HHS as the source of the backlog. There are currently some 8,800 minors in HHS care, according to sources with knowledge of the data.White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday the current conditions for children are “not acceptable.”“But I think the challenge here is that there are only — there are not that many options,” she added.At her press briefing, Psaki continued to blame the Trump administration for creating a system she said was “dismantled and unprepared,” and urged patience while the Biden administration implements its new approach.“It’s going to take some time,” she said.The Office of Refugee Resettlement on Sunday opened a new facility to assist in processing unaccompanied children before they are transferred to longer-term care.“This approach will help decrease overcrowding at CBP facilities and ensure children are moved into ORR shelters, where children receive educational, medical, mental health, and recreational services until they can be unified with families or sponsors without undue delay,” ORR said in a statement.Located in Midland, Texas, the “Emergency Intake Site” is a temporary center where minors will be processed before they are transferred to longer-term holding or shelter care and will be serviced in part by the American Red Cross.“We’ll have that location filled up pretty soon,” one CBP official said, referring to the large number of minors currently in CBP custody and awaiting transfer.Independent legal monitors tasked with oversight of detained minors reported in court documents on Friday that overcrowding seen at CBP facilities makes detention “unsafe and likely unsanitary.”The filing urged CBP to officially report on the custody numbers and length of time in custody while taking extra measures to reduce the number of detained children.“Such efforts should be aimed at alleviating the current massive overcrowding at CBP facilities by enhancing and streamlining the process available to achieve the safe and prompt release of all detained minors who are not flight risks or a danger,” the lawyers working on behalf of the children wrote.CBP did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News about the conditions for the children in custody.ABC News’ Ben Gittleson contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Five property firms rapped by Advertising Standards Authority

first_imgAn unprecedented five property companies including three agents and two developers had their adverts referred to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) during the run-up to the New Year.TV – Birch’s GroupLondon-based park homes developer used photographs of an old site in a TV ad to promote a new development, which the ASA considered ‘misleading’.Birch’s Group, which has built and owns sites across the UK including in Hampshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Somerset, used images and footage from one of its Cambridgeshire sites to illustrate its Little London Park development in the TV ad.The company told the ASA that it ‘believed that the images and footage shown in the ad were an accurate representation of properties customers could purchase at their Little London Park site’.The ASA disagreed, saying it considered TV viewers would interpret the ad to mean that the featured properties were available to purchase at the Little London Park site and that they were ready for viewing at the advertised open weekend event promoted within the ad. The ASA also noted that one of the properties featured in the ad was ‘vastly different’ to the property available at the open weekend event.Online – WhitegatesAgent Whitegates, which is part of the Martin & Co group, has also been cautioned by the ASA over its use of images, although this time only on an informal basis. A member of the public complained that its branch in Crewe had advertised a property on Rightmove using images of another house but after the ASA contacted Whitegates it removed the property immediately.Online – BradleysThe ASA also received a complaint about Exmouth-based agent Bradleys over a claim on its home page that “land can only go up in value”. The complainant challenged whether this claim could be substantiated. After the ASA contacted Bradleys it gave a written assurance that the claim would be removed and similar claims not made in the future.TV – TSPC HoldingsScottish agent Tayside Solicitors Property Centre (TSPC Holdings) ran an ad on a local radio station in which a claim that it hits a “target of 90% of homes for sale in Dundee, Angus and North Fife… Remember only a TSPC Member Solicitor can offer you the reach of” was made.Rival Re/Max Real Estate Centre based in Dundee challenged this claim and, although TSPC was able to substantiate it, the ad was withdrawn because broadcast script clearance house Radiocentre confirmed that the script ‘had not been cleared’ prior to broadcast.Online – Cala HomesThe final complaint made to the ASA was more comedy than a breach of the ASA Code of Practice. A member of the public complained that Falkirk-based developer Cala Homes (East) Ltd had described the village of Mickleton in Gloucestershire as a town. The company said the mistake was down to ‘human error’.advertising standards authority Birch’s Group Bradleys Estate AGent Cala Homes TSPC Whitegates January 4, 2017Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Five property firms rapped by Advertising Standards Authority previous nextRegulation & LawFive property firms rapped by Advertising Standards AuthorityUnprecedented number of agents and developers have ads referred to watchdogNigel Lewis4th January 20170967 Viewslast_img read more

Pretty Lights Drops New and Unreleased Tracks With Live Band At Camp Bisco [Videos]

first_imgOn Saturday night, thousands of fans gathered at the main stage of Camp Bisco to witness Derek Vincent Smith’s latest music project, Pretty Lights Live. Their performance came just three weeks before their highly-anticipated debut performance at The Gorge in Washington on August 4th and 5th. The Gorge show will kick off the second year of their two-day “Episodic Festivals” spanning across the country. Camp Bisco was to be the live band’s last festival before the Season 2 premiere at The Gorge, and the excitement in the air was palpable as Smith and the band took the stage.The set was nothing short of spectacular as the band played a variety of songs, ranging from Pretty Lights’ second album to dropping new tracks that may appear on the new album Smith has been working on. The new album will be the first since the 2014 Grammy-nominated Color Map of the Sun. During the set, Pretty Lights Live performed several “Flips” which has become a staple of the new live band. Flips are the moments when Smith will cut out the pre-recorded track, allowing each of the band members to improvise resulting in never-before-heard music. This improvisation allows them to play the same songs at different stops while also creating a constantly-unique experience for those who follow Pretty Lights Live.On top of the oldies and the new tracks, Pretty Lights Live surprised many long-time fans by closing the last half of the set with many unreleased tracks that often go years without being played. Most notable of the unreleased tracks was the Pretty Lights Live debuts of “Wayfaring Stranger” and “It’s Tricky”–both of which were last played during solo sets at Basslights 2015. Camp Bisco showed that Pretty Lights Live is moving forward with more steam than ever before. Be sure to check out the videos and full set list featured below. [Videos uploaded by Sicarius Finch]Set List: Pretty Lights Live Band | Camp Bisco | Montage Mountain, PA | 7/15/17World Of Illusion (Tease)High School Art ClassMore Important Than Michael Jordan > FlipDon’t Take My Sunshine (New)Hot Like A Million TomorrowsSomething’s WrongDrift Away > FlipThe Sun Spreads In Our Mind (New) > FlipRainbow and Waterfalls (New)Wayfaring Stranger (Unreleased)You Get High (Unreleased) > FlipIf I Gave You My Love > FlipSunday SchoolBump ‘N Hustle (Unreleased) ft. Derek Vincent Smith freestylingPrelude 3-Call and Response (New) ft. Derek Vincent Smith & Jubee freestyling > FlipCountry Roads-John Denver Remix (Unreleased)It’s Tricky-Run-DMC Remix (Unreleased)last_img read more

The space in between

first_imgKwee Boon Brandon Seah ’11 wants to teach his classmates a new way of listening. The Winthrop House senior practices the art of overtone singing, a technique that enables a performer to vocalize two notes at once. This week, Seah will give a class on the technique and says he hopes to pass on an appreciation of this central Asian vocal music to his fellow undergraduates.“In other cultures, people are aware of overtones in daily life,” he says. “I hope the participants in the class come away with different ears and learn to think of music in a different way.”Soundbytes: A sample of overtone singingSeah and his pupils are just a few of the undergraduates participating in nearly 100 activities —from stand-up comedy to public service — during Harvard’s inaugural Optional Winter Activities Week (OWAW), Jan. 16-23. Erin Goodman, manager of Winter Break operations for the College, says that OWAW is a response to the new academic calendar and to student interest in programming during the downtime between fall and spring semesters.“The calendar change implemented in 2009-10 offered students a broader set of possibilities for Winter Break,” she says. “Many undergraduates said that they wanted to pursue activities that they wouldn’t ordinarily have the chance to participate in during the school year. They also wanted an opportunity to build community and prepare for the spring term and the summer.”While many undergraduates will explore an area outside their regular studies, some are using OWAW to continue work begun in the classroom. Eric Hysen ’11 leads Hack Harvard, an “incubator for student life web applications,” most of which started as final projects for the Computer Science 50 (CS50) course. Hysen and his classmates hope that undergraduates who want an easier way to fill out financial aid forms, create study groups, or meet new people over lunch will soon find that “there’s an app for that.”“We provide resources, work space, and training for students who are working on web apps that improve student life,” Hysen says. “Participants are working in a collaborative work space that we designed after how companies like Google and Facebook set up their offices. The program will end with a public showcase of our work on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. in Fong Auditorium. During the spring semester, the Undergraduate Council will help promote the completed apps to the entire campus.”Most OWAW activities take place on the Harvard campus, but not all. Undergraduates in Phillips Brooks House Association’s alternative January break are on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico to help doctors from the Indian Health Service screen for hearing and vision problems, compile medical records, and pass on important information about clinics and resources. Organizer Angela Primbas ’12 says that she hopes not only to do some good for a chronically underserved population, but also to inspire a passion for service among her classmates.“We want to get students involved in domestic service,” she says of the trip, which receives some support from President Faust’s Public Service Fund. “We hope they see that inequality, social, and health problems don’t start at the United States border. There are people who need help here at home as well as abroad.”College officials say that it’s important to let students take the lead during OWAW because they drive the demand for Winter Break programming. At the same time, Harvard is offering classes and activities, in addition to those organized and led independently by undergraduates, faculty, and staff.“OWAW gives individual students a new forum to share some of their own interests, knowledge, and talents with their peers,” says Paul J. McLoughlin II, associate dean of Harvard College and senior adviser to the dean of Harvard College. “That said, the College and some departments across the University are planning courses, workshops, and other programs for students during OWAW. There are several courses being offered, some of which are supported by the President’s Innovation Fund, as well as arts intensives in theater, dance, and creative writing sponsored by the Division of Arts and Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Office for the Arts.”“Stand-up comedy is really an extreme form of public speaking, which is one of the most terrifying things to people, but also one of the most important,” explains Jimmy Tingle. “Our class will help anybody to present themselves in school, at work, or whatever capacity moving forward.”Among the programs funded by the College during OWAW is the Stand-up Comedy Intensive, a series of classes led by nationally renowned political satirist Jimmy Tingle and comedian Jane Condon, named audience favorite during the 2007 season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Tingle says that the hands-on approach of the course — students write and perform their own routines throughout the week — will build confidence and teach skills valuable at Harvard and beyond.“Stand-up comedy is really an extreme form of public speaking, which is one of the most terrifying things to people, but also one of the most important,” he explains. “Our class will help anybody to present themselves in school, at work, or whatever capacity moving forward. And unlike an open mic night, students have the support of teachers and like-minded individuals to help them develop and improve.”Tingle says that he and Condon also hope to help students understand the role that comedy plays in life and society.“Look at Stephen Colbert. Look at Jon Stewart. Look at Jay Leno or Conan O’Brien,” he says. “Their work has a big influence on our culture. Pardon the pun, but the power of comedy is not something you can laugh at.”last_img read more

Guides to the gallows

first_imgOn Nov. 30, 1824, a London banker named Henry Fauntleroy was hanged in public outside Newgate Prison, one month after being sentenced to death for embezzlement. There were 100,000 onlookers.Many of those watching paid a penny each for a broadside printed just that morning. The single sheet describes Fauntleroy’s reaction when his appeal was denied. At the top of the broadside is a crude woodcut of a well-dressed man dangling from the gallows.The Harvard Law School Library owns a copy of that broadside, along with four others about Fauntleroy, including an account of his execution. They are among 500 such artifacts in “Dying Speeches & Bloody Murders,” a collection of what scholars now call crime broadsides.It is among the largest collections of its kind and the only one to be fully digitized. (That work was completed in 2007.) “It’s wonderful that people can sit anywhere in the world and look at these,” said Mary Person, the archivist who catalogued most of the collection.Digital viewers rapidly get a sense of how times have changed. During England’s Bloody Code period, the number of crimes punishable by death escalated from 50 in 1688 to 220 by 1800. By then, a man, woman, or child could be sentenced to death for “uttering” (passing along fake documents), forgery (Fauntleroy’s crime), poaching, prostitution, insanity, petty theft, or fortune telling.A morbid broadside depicting murder.“They certainly pull you in,” said Person of the broadsides, printed on one side and often illustrated with woodcuts that were recycled for decades. She has looked at hundreds of broadsides and their dramatic stories of crime and punishment. “Human nature doesn’t change,” said Person of the broadsides’ popularity. “There is morbid fascination.”She recalled the story of a young woman sentenced to hang for stealing a lace handkerchief, but who was pardoned. In fact, leniency was present too. Between 1770 and 1830, 20 percent of 35,000 death sentences in England were commuted — often changed to transportation to Australia, or impressment into the military. By 1823, only treason and murder required a mandatory death sentence, and by 1861 there were only five capital crimes left. The last British public execution took place in 1868.An 1823 law set off decades of debate over reform, which even drew in literary lights. Writer Charles Dickens was appalled at public executions. William Wordsworth wrote sonnets in favor of the idea. Broadsides helped to sharpen the debate.Law librarians at Harvard started collecting such broadsides in 1932 as a way to augment an extensive collection of British and American trial documents of the 18th and 19th centuries. The first major acquisition was a scrapbook jammed with newspaper clippings, broadsides, and other ephemera cataloging British public executions from 1820 to 1840. The anonymous compiler’s motives were clear: to record, he wrote,  “innumerable proofs of the grossest barbarism” that capital punishment represented.During the first half of the 19th century, “The general stance is that people of all classes read them,” said Ellen O’Brien, who teaches literature at Roosevelt University in Chicago. More than a decade ago, as a Ph.D. student in English at the University of Connecticut, she visited the Harvard Law School Library collection, and remembered “the strange little scrapbook” that piqued her interest.“I discovered so much more variety and subtlety” than most broadsides scholarship suggested, she said. The visit inspired both her dissertation and her book “Crime in Verse” (2008). Crime broadsides are often more than moralizing tracts intended to keep the lower classes in their place, said O’Brien. They can be playful, spun out in verse, and subversive in intent, “clearly deviating from stock moral messages.”O’Brien did her research not long after Harvard made its second major acquisition for “Dying Speeches,” in 1991, gaining 110 broadsides from a London collection. The archive now includes examples from 1707 to 1891. Such street literature — crude, direct, and often moralizing — that foreshadowed the lurid English-language pulp literature that followed, including the Victorian-era “penny dreadful,” the American dime novel, and, by the 20th century, modern crime magazines and comic books.In Fauntleroy’s time, broadsides were in their heyday. By 1815 iron frame presses could be bought for as little as 30 pounds, ensuring cheap broadsides at 200 sheets an hour. Even provincial towns, with their own executions to note, were able “to produce their own literature,” wrote V.A.C. Gatrell in his 1994 study “The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People, 1770-1868.” Cloth-based paper and good ink had also by then transformed broadsides, which were first printed on fragile tea-paper with sooty lampblack ink. “The paper is gorgeous,” said Lesley Schoenfeld, public services and collections coordinator at the law library.Law librarians at Harvard started collecting such broadsides in 1932 as a way to augment an extensive collection of British and American trial documents of the 18th and 19th centuries.By 1855, a rising penny press in England spelled doom for crime broadsides hawked on the streets, and doom for the “patterers,” the vendors who used the singsong cadences of balladeers from centuries before. Those cadences helped keep verse a durable part of crime broadsides, which typically had a prose element too — details from the crime, the trial, and perhaps a lurid “confession.”In the 1860s, O’Brien added, “People started saying: We need to collect these things. They’re disappearing.” A series of collecting impulses came together: record a dying cultural form, safeguard for the sake of collecting, and conserve for ethnographic interest. (Around the same time, Henry Mayhew tried to capture the sound of street vendors in “London Labour and the London Poor.”)As a graduate student, O’Brien visited collections of broadsides in Britain, New York, and Providence, R.I. But it was at Harvard that she first realized that crime broadsides were “a very diverse representation — not all morally conservative and interested in simplistic representations of murder.” She also realized that the look of crime broadsides was diverse, and that they represented a “circulation” of energies through a culture, tracking between social classes. “The boundaries between high and low are not as fixed as we might think,” said O’Brien.She said that the kind of insights she derived from “Dying Speeches” can be magnified, thanks to technology. “Now that they are digitized,” said O’Brien of the broadsides, “it’s opening the door for a lot more research.”last_img read more