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Hurricane season is officially over!

first_img From the Federal Emergency Management Agency Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSFederal Emergency Management AgencyFEMAHurricane IrmaHurricane MariaHurricane Season Previous articleVote tomorrow in The Apopka Voice online election poll – Seat #2Next articleAn update on the Mount Plymouth interchange and the Wekiva Parkway Project Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WASHINGTON – While Nov. 30 marks the end of a historic hurricane season, FEMA and its partners continue to work diligently in support of disaster survivors recovering from the devastating season.  Four hurricanes made landfall:  Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate (the first three were classified as major hurricanes, which affected roughly 25.8 million people). Also during this season, nearly two dozen large wildfires burned more than 200,000 acres of land in northern California.Hurricanes Harvey and Irma marked the first time two Atlantic Category 4 hurricanes made landfall in the Continental United States, in the same season.  Hurricane Harvey set a new record for the most rainfall from a U.S. tropical cyclone, with more than 50 inches of rain in some areas. The storm resulted in catastrophic flooding in Texas and western Louisiana.  Two weeks later, Hurricane Irma became the strongest Atlantic Ocean hurricane on record. Winds peaked at 185 mph, and Hurricane Irma remained a hurricane for 11 days. Irma was the longest-lived Atlantic hurricane since Ivan in 2004.  The public response to Hurricane Irma, as the storm approached, resulted in one of the largest sheltering missions in U.S. history.Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico soon after Hurricane Irma struck their shores. Hurricane Maria was the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall on the main island of Puerto Rico in 85 years, and the resulting response became the longest sustained air mission of food and water in FEMA history. In addition to these hurricanes, prior to the 2017 season, FEMA already had 17 Joint Field Offices working 28 presidentially-declared disasters.Since Harvey made landfall in Texas on Aug. 25, the President has granted 16 Major Disaster declarations and 14 Emergency Declarations, while FEMA has authorized 25 Fire Management Assistance Grant declarations. Over a span of 25 days, FEMA and our partners deployed tens of thousands of personnel across 270,000 square miles in three different FEMA regions.So far, more than 4.7 million disaster survivors registered for federal assistance with FEMA – more than all who registered for hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Wilma, and Sandy combined.  To respond to the historic demand, FEMA expanded its call center capacity by tenfold and increased the number of home and property damage inspectors fourfold.“This historic hurricane season should serve as a gut check and an opportunity for citizens, businesses, state, local, tribal and federal officials to re-evaluate how we prepare for and respond to any disaster,” said FEMA Administrator Brock Long. “Response and recovery is dependent upon the whole community to be successful. While we continue to support the recovery from these storms, we must also take the opportunity to become better prepared for future disasters.”To date, FEMA has placed more than $2 billion in disaster assistance into the hands of disaster survivors to help them recover from these events.  As of mid-November, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders filed approximately 120,000 claims, resulting in payments totaling more than $6.3 billion.“State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, along with the residents in the impacted areas, are the true first responders,” said Administrator Long. “FEMA alone cannot deliver assistance to this vast number of survivors. We must hit the reset button on the culture of preparedness in our country.”Non-profit organizations provide crucial services to sustain lives in partnership with the rest of the response and recovery infrastructure.  The private sector also plays a significant role in disasters, as businesses work to restore critical services and donate their time and resources – in close coordination with emergency management personnel – to help communities rebound in the wake of disasters.Thousands of members of the federal workforce were deployed to Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, including 13,892 staff from various offices of the Department of Defense (DoD), including the military services. For the first time, FEMA extended the Department of Homeland Security’s “Surge Capacity Force,” to all federal agencies, deploying over 3,800 non-FEMA federal employees.FEMA search and rescue teams saved nearly 9,000 lives, in addition to those saved or assisted by DoD, the Coast Guard, state and local partners, first responders, and neighbors helping neighbors.While the 2017 Hurricane Season has ended, recovering from these devastating hurricanes will take years, and FEMA and our federal partners will continue to support affected governments and survivors as they build back stronger.For information on how you can prepare for the 2018 Hurricane Season, see https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes or download the FEMA App: https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app.For the latest information about FEMA support to response and recovery efforts, see:Hurricane Harvey:  https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harveyHurricane Irma:  https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irmaHurricane Maria:  https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-mariaU.S. Customs & Border Protection & FEMA personnel deliver food and water to isolatedPuerto Rico residents after their bridge was destroyed by Hurricane Maria in themountains around Utuado, Puerto Rico (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. JoshuaL. DeMotts)FEMA Urban Search and Rescue and disaster survivor assistance teamsarrive via U.S. Coast Guard transport, in Key West, Florida, in response toHurricane Irma. Yvonne Smith/FEMADisaster survivor gets a FEMA hug from a Disaster SurvivorAssistance Crew Lead, after receiving disaster registrationinformation ather home in Texas, following Hurricane Harvey.Photo by Christopher Mardorf/FEMANational Guardsmen from Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands worktogether to restock a point of distribution at Holy Spirit Church,Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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All Blacks hit the gym in Buenos Aires ahead of Argentina Test

first_imgTuesday Sep 24, 2013 All Blacks hit the gym in Buenos Aires ahead of Argentina Test The All Blacks are looking to remain unbeaten when they take on Argentina in Buenos Aires in this weekend’s Rugby Championship clash. They underwent some light gym work yesterday, with some of the players spinning, while the Franks brothers in particular went a bit heavier.At the press conference Assistant Coach Ian Foster and players Conrad Smith and Israel Dagg discussed the upcoming match and the challenges they will face come Saturday. <mce:script language=’JavaScript1.1′ mce_src=”http://ad-ace.doubleclick.net/adj/N4827.147781.RUGBYDUMP.COM/B7843647.17;abr=!ie;sz=400×80;ord=[timestamp]”> </mce:script> <NOSCRIPT> <A HREF=”http://ad-ace.doubleclick.net/jump/N4827.147781.RUGBYDUMP.COM/B7843647.17;abr=!ie4;abr=!ie5;sz=400×80;ord=[timestamp]?” mce_HREF=”http://ad-ace.doubleclick.net/jump/N4827.147781.RUGBYDUMP.COM/B7843647.17;abr=!ie4;abr=!ie5;sz=400×80;ord=[timestamp]”> <IMG SRC=”http://ad-ace.doubleclick.net/ad/N4827.147781.RUGBYDUMP.COM/B7843647.17;abr=!ie4;abr=!ie5;sz=400×80;ord=[timestamp]?” mce_SRC=”http://ad-ace.doubleclick.net/ad/N4827.147781.RUGBYDUMP.COM/B7843647.17;abr=!ie4;abr=!ie5;sz=400×80;ord=[timestamp]” BORDER=0 WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=80 ALT=”Advertisement”></A> </NOSCRIPT> ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error All Blacks , Training Related Articles 40 WEEKS AGO North vs South should be a permanent fixture… 40 WEEKS AGO Barrett could easily end up on All Blacks… 42 WEEKS AGO Future All Blacks? Here are the standout… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Maison l’Estelle / François Primault architecte

first_img BET Zani (béton) 2013 CopyAbout this officeFrançois Primault architecteOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMoiraxHousesFrancePublished on December 19, 2014Cite: “Maison l’Estelle / François Primault architecte” 19 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream France Save this picture!Courtesy of François Primault architecterest of the program is on the floor, in order to separate places and to make possible a life of independence: 1 room can become 2, 1 office and a bathroom with toilet.The first floor also offers, in the hopper of the double height living room, a catamaran net, giant hammock to the delight of the small and the adults pleasure.The furniture participating in these spaces is functionalist: hammock replace inevitable railings on the corridor of the stage, providing a usable extra space: the space thus released railings seem larger, offsetting the low height ceilings.The staircase to the first floor serves as a storage unit and TV / stereo support.Save this picture!Courtesy of François Primault architecteInterior designThe furniture has been conceived and designed for the home. The kitchen was designated Special in partnership with a cabinetmaker (Atelier Dabos) and the staircase piece is a unique creation. By drawing this furniture stairs, I wanted to give the illusion that it is composed of huge blocks of wood (bleached oak) of different sizes, placed on each other. This gives rise to a furniture front to alternative niches and overhangs, vibrating the monolith, both in that clings to the light.In fact, each step has a different width (even if the furniture is reflected Cartesian manner and is made up of modules of 4 different widths)I also wanted it to appear really more like furniture than a staircase and the 3 last steps are carried out by the monolith, so as not to crush the door leading to the master suite. They are suspended in vacuum by stainless steel supports in the visual continuity of the cables forming railings. It was also clean up, which is why it is composed of stainless steel cables stretched purposes, to avoid playing a massive railing that would parasitized reading the cabinet block.Project gallerySee allShow lessInnocean Headquarters Europe / Ippolito Fleitz GroupSelected ProjectsLondon Calling: On FondnessArticles Share Carpenter:Michel ValayerCabinetmaker:Atelier DabosArea:155sqm + 45sqm GarageCity:MoiraxCountry:FranceMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of François Primault architecteRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWoodEGGERLaminatesCeramicsApariciPorcelain Tiles – TangoWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. Preamble :It is rare to meet a client that gives you a free hand (in the respect of a given budget) to draw everything, even interior design. And that is really appreciable when you consider, as I do, that the architect must be to build, and she of the size of the project, the tailor is sewing: a custom maker, guaranteeing overall control: the initial design, the general idea until the realization of details. If I work on my own behalf, I have nevertheless taken a domain name that reflects this desire.Das-MA stands for Design Architecture Studio “Ma”. “Ma” is a Japanese word to multiple meanings. Architectural culture of Japan has greatly enriched the modern movement of the 20’s in his free plans, relations between interior / exterior, and further enriched by architects such as T. Ando, in their simplicity, minimalism and their materiality. MA in Japanese means “pure, true, just,” but also refers to the space between things and / or people: not a space between but a space that creates the link, like the process between a project owner and architect.Save this picture!Courtesy of François Primault architecteOrderCustomers, a childless couple, were quite decided on a plan form: they wanted their house on two levels, with an angled plane forming an L. Their brief was that of the house as it is: 1 double volume open living room – dining kitchen, in the spirit of a loft, a master suite with bathroom and dressing room, and upstairs 2 bedrooms + 1 office with bathroom. They also wanted an attached garage, a swimming lane accessible by a large terrace. For now there is only room upstairs (in addition to the office), but this large room is designed and thought to be able to be cut in half to create two separate rooms (hence the two doors and the large number of windows) They wanted a wooden house with a slatted siding and contemporary aesthetics “as one can see in the magazines”Save this picture!Floor PlanA place – A implantationLocated on the heights of a valley, the sloping plot offers a clear view of all recent buildings, only a farmhouse in the distance, nestled between two wood punctuates the landscape visible from the south field. The site had very qualitative characteristics: an exhibition, a location and a truly rare sight for such plots. It soon became obvious to locate the house on top of land, along the way to enjoy the flattest area of the land and the promontory in sight.Save this picture!Courtesy of François Primault architecteThe entire construction is therefore moved along the wayside on the upper part of the plot, occupying its entire width: the full and empty construction succeed to offer vistas of the landscape since the way, while allowing to live out of sight. Construction plays and plays with the natural topography: it fits next to it west to take off and float above the east side grass.Trafficable all levels of the house, pedestrian, vehicular, adapt to the topography and benefit levels and games to bring a wealth of space without torturing the natural terrain. The house, in its apparent simplicity, is directed and designed with special attention to its environment: low in the west to avoid the prevailing winds and shelter in back of the Pilgrim’s Way of trees, little open to the north protect bad weather, frost and passers eyes widely open to the south and east to enjoy the scenery, the view and the sun profits. The cantilevered, advanced roof and sliding screen walls allow to protect when necessary.Save this picture!Courtesy of François Primault architecteSimple but not simplisticIn response to the request of the project owner, the project founder architecture is deliberately simple and uncluttered, made of wood volumes such caskets to live. Avoiding to adorn superfluous ornamentation mimetic and sufficient if an orientation game of the masses, these caskets welcome habitable areas. Schedule a volume, garage, fence in the same architectural treatment the overall composition. Stripped of all artifice construction is constructive challenges to push to the extreme deleting items that would have altered the legibility of its sober and simple writing: to the overhang of 5.50 m without any apparent structural column in is the most important expression.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe legacy revisitedArchitectural break with traditional regional frame is only volumetric: facade materials and their layout were inspired by the local vernacular architecture: the masonry is raw (concrete) and wood cladding slatted happening in guidance horizontal and vertical, like siding and ventilation lamella of the regional tobacco drying’s building. Zinc banks crown the volumes and close them in an envelope folding, sometimes roof, wall and floor.Save this picture!Courtesy of François Primault architecteConstructive truth”A good project is limited to 3 materials” was the advice of one of my professors of architecture. The House Maison l’Estelle tries to respond to this. The project owners had, from the beginning of their order, expected very consistent with what I like. Their willingness to use raw materials, let the wood drunk, fits perfectly with the architecture which I trying to live: an architecture without artifice, materials jobs for what they are and their materiality: From my point of view, It’s the strongest connection between vernacular architecture employing raw materials and modern architecture: if the architectural style has evolved, the truth of the construct is perpetuated: the antithesis of a full dummy architecture, cornices and false things “who pretend to be, without being really”Save this picture!Courtesy of François Primault architecteThus, the project consists of shuttered concrete, wood, and zinc. All that is anchored in the floor is concrete, to form the solid base and inertia of the house. The retaining walls are poured concrete (wood formwork to read the veins) covered with limewash old, outdoor pavements swept concrete. Only the lower slab of the house is made of insulated slab + compression slab.The walls and woodwork are white fir North, 3 or Class 4 Class treated depending on the location and needs. Even the cantilever holder is made of wood structure: each floor of the stage (low floor and high-floor) is increased from both sides of their long side by glulam beams, combined and placed on 4 wooden posts securely anchored to the foundation. These sets are secured by the timber frame panels forming a structural truss bracing and which then run the entire floor just like a huge beam pierced with windowsSave this picture!Courtesy of François Primault architecteSiding, opaque exterior cladding spans are twinkling larch posed slatted walls to create naturally ventilated. The openings spans are siding Tilly © crude left (to form lintels, sills and frames) The terrace roof edges are natural zinc. Roofing EPDM seal (for home) and steel pan to the garage.Save this picture!Courtesy of François Primault architecteEnjoy Mother NatureWithout claiming to be a low energy house certification, and without being at that time subject to the new French thermal regulation “RT 2012”, construction has nonetheless been achieved with a particular concern for efficient insulation, sealing in efficient air (to save energy by limiting losses) and renewable energy use. Foundations and low slab aside, the house is only frame and timber frameSave this picture!Courtesy of François Primault architecteThe embedding of the construction in the natural soil in the West, as well as masonry sub crass and low floor provide inertia that is lacking in the wood frame. This allows for efficient heat being against minimizing thermal bridges and ensure their own sites and limited in time. The building, with its architecture (the cantilever, advanced roof and sliding screen walls to terrace) and orientation, benefits from solar gain (light and heat) generous in winter, while limiting the summer by shadows and creating a ventilated buffer zone between the screen walls and home.Customers wanted to produce an air fresh air: I insisted that they live in the house one year before the install to know the life of the house: they then realized that the design their home possible to ventilate naturally, thanks to its multiple openings for enjoying the providential Venturi effect. Heat production, whether for underfloor heating or hot water, use of renewable energy: heat pump heats the house and thermodynamic balloon produces hot water. Water from the swimming lap is heated by means of natural heat accumulation, favored by the use of a deep sealingSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!SectionLoft spiritInside, the house is thought and designed like a loft, open space and reasonably generous volumes, largely facing south / south-east, directly linked to a lookout terrace with the landscape everyday fabric.The ground floor consists of a complete unity of life, with spaces to live naturally, their servants spaces (laundry, health) and the master suite with dressing room and bathroom. Houses 2013 Save this picture!Courtesy of François Primault architecte+ 28 Share CopyHouses•Moirax, France ArchDaily “COPY” “COPY” Photographs Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/578168/maison-l-estelle-francois-primault-architecte Clipboard Area:  200 m² Area:  200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/578168/maison-l-estelle-francois-primault-architecte Clipboard Architects: François Primault architecte Area Area of this architecture project Maison l’Estelle / François Primault architecteSave this projectSaveMaison l’Estelle / François Primault architecte Structural Engineer: Maison l’Estelle / François Primault architecte Photographs:  Courtesy of François Primault architectelast_img read more

COVID-19 vaccine patents: Private property vs. public health

first_imgGlobal call to suspend IP patents These same Big Pharma monopolies have used their patents to legally block production of vaccines by companies in other countries. Pfizer’s patent has blocked companies in India from developing alternative versions of its vaccine. And Pfizer sued SK Bioscience in South Korea, after the company developed a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, forcing it to close production. Regeneron’s representative said: “Manufacturing antibody medicines is incredibly complex and transferring the technology takes many months, as well as significant resources and skill. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as putting a recipe on the internet and committing to not sue other companies during the pandemic.” (thelancet.com, Dec. 5, 2020) There is no shortage of COVID-19 vaccine projects globally. According to the World Health Organization, out of 214 potential vaccines being developed in the world, 52 are in clinical trials; 13 are in advanced testing phases; and seven are approved for emergency or limited use. Lifting the patent bans would allow more companies to start production sooner. Production of coronavirus vaccines is concentrated in the hands of a small number of patent holders, who have monopolized production, based on profit-protecting IP rights. Countries with deep pockets — the U.S., Canada, Britain, Norway, as well as the EU, have purchased over 80% of the available supplies of vaccines from companies like Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca. AstraZeneca has vaccine manufacturing agreements with companies in India and Brazil, but they come with hefty price tags. Access to REGN-COV2, Regeneron’s COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment, could reach many more people if licensing exclusions did not block transfers of scientific information. Ignoring the devastating impact of the coronavirus, the pharmaceutical industry and the wealthiest countries oppose even temporarily lifting the patent ban. They claim this would stifle innovation. What they really mean is stifle profits. Among the many controversies surrounding vital COVID-19 vaccines, the issue of patent bans gets far less attention than how vaccines are being distributed or who is able to receive them. Yet the patent laws protecting intellectual property (IP) in the U.S. and European Union give the world’s wealthiest countries unfair advantage over economically developing countries in accessing vaccines. Patent laws in the U.S. and EU enforce a monopoly on production of goods and services. But in a global pandemic, they can lead to a chaotic and uneven production and distribution system of vital supplies like COVID-19 vaccines and  medicines and personal protective equipment for health care workers. Production costs, including specialized equipment and cold storage, can run into billions of dollars. Companies may be reluctant to face the risk of costly investment in production, only to face legal challenges from Big Pharma over patent rights. Cuba has two effective vaccines — Soberana (Sovereign) 1 and 2 — which are close to completing trial phases. However, U.S. sanctions have made it difficult for the socialist country to get funding to expand production and global distribution.  To counter this problem, Cuba is negotiating with Iran, another country suffering from U.S. sanctions, to produce the vaccine.center_img Leonard Schleifer and George Yancopoulos, the billionaires who head the pharmaceutical giant Regeneron, have a combined wealth of $4 billion. Although they have a reputation for producing drugs at a breakneck pace, neither of them did the actual work to produce REGN-COV2, as they acknowledge in a company statement opposing lifting the IP patents. Russia, India and China have developed effective COVID-19 vaccines that meet standards for emergency use, and they are distributing them to neighboring and economically developing countries. Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine has been made available to Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Palestine and Hungary. The United Arab Emirates has received vaccines from Sinopharm in China and has approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.  COVID-19 vaccines and medications are lifesaving necessities. The pharmaceutical corporations’ grip on their production and distribution proves that the intellectual property patent system does not work. It was not designed to deal with pandemics or many other vital human needs. The patent system that limits access to human necessities is an indictment of capitalism, which always puts profits before human needs. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this In October 2020, South Africa, India and several other countries called on the World Trade Organization to suspend IP rights on COVID-19 vaccine patents. Citing the emergency situation created by the pandemic, they called for lifting IP protections that obstruct access to, and impact affordability of, lifesaving vaccines and other medicines. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched a social media campaign to support the effort to lift patent bans in December 2020. Calling for governments to “put lives over profits” and warning against “pharma profiteering,” the call urged support for “#NoCovidMonopolies.” The monopolization of science The same article quotes Yuanqiong Hu, Senior Legal and Policy Advisor at the MSF Access Campaign, who stresses that putting the recipe online “would be a welcome first step.”  The initial reasons given for designing patent laws were to encourage and protect individual inventors. But as capitalism developed, large corporate interests replaced individual creators as the beneficiaries. Most companies require their employees to sign over their innovative ideas to them. In this way, big corporations secure most of the resulting profits. The concept of IP is simply the newest device for the accumulation of wealth and power and the oppression of the masses by corporate elites like the Regeneron CEOs. In the development of any vaccines, the actual work is done by researchers, technicians, chemists and lab assistants, with equipment produced by factory workers, in buildings maintained by custodial staff. And many more workers carry out production and distribution. Thousands of volunteers serve like guinea pigs to test the vaccines’ efficacy.last_img read more

White House Ripple Effects on Housing

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago White House Ripple Effects on Housing The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / White House Ripple Effects on Housing Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Previous: Best Homes Title Agency Expands Midwest Footprint Next: Fannie Mae Economist: When Will Economy Bounce Back? Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 2020-08-18 Christina Hughes Babb  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago The 2020 presidential race is pivotal for many reasons, including its implications for the housing industry, which often receives less attention on the campaign trail than other topics.   Yet, as America faces a historic shortage of homes for sale, researchers at Realtor.com take a close look at the manner in which each ticket might approach this vital issue, which could affect millions of Americans for years to come. Realtor.com’s Chief Economist Danielle Hale boils it down to two points of view—one shared largely among Republicans, the other among Democrats.  “When voters make a decision in November, the choices are largely preserving the status quo in the housing market versus expanding opportunities for minorities, low-income and lower-middle class households,” Hale said.  President Donald Trump has not released a specific housing plan, but his actions in office provide clues to what his future policies might be. “In the last four years, the homeownership rate has been going up, finally,” John Weicher, Director of the Center for Housing and Financial Markets at the Hudson Institute told Realtor.com. “Trump has recognized the importance of housing. It’s part of his strategy to rebuild the economy in the aftermath of the Great Recession, and it’s paid off.” A significant move by the Trump administration included pushing to privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (which back about half of America’s mortgages). Critics worry that the move could endanger the popular 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. At least, mortgage interest rates and fees could rise as a result of the change, according to Realtor.com. Also, the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule designed to encourage more affordable housing, has come to an end during the Trump administration—that  benefits wealthier towns and suburbs, which fought the Obama-era rule, fearing it might lower property values. Supporters of the rule argue that the rule’s eradication could hurt lower-income consumers. “The rule was one of the main achievements of his predecessor,” says Edward Goetz, an urban policy professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “The end result could be that local governments don’t take fair housing as seriously.” Trump also enacted specific tax changes, detailed on Realtor.com, that will affect the housing market. Democratic hopeful Joe Biden last February published a detailed housing plan. Even those who support his plan say Biden’s aspirations will be tough to achieve.  “With the pandemic and the economic crisis, the affordable housing problems are only going to get worse,” Goetz said. “Recessionary conditions could make it tougher to find the money to enact these plans as local and state governments are scrambling for funding. The question is how much of this Biden can get through Congress—and how much of it can get funded.” One of Biden’s most popular ideas is a provision of a down payment tax credit of up to $15,000 for first-time homebuyers. However, some worry this proposal could be mistimed. “His idea of a down payment tax credit is great, but that might not be [the right] proposal for this market,” Hale said. “The housing market’s biggest problem today is the dearth of affordably priced homes. Right now we have too many buyers and not enough homes for sale.” If elected, Biden has pledged to help fight the racial housing gap related to lower homeownership rates for people of color.  He’s proposed creating a national standard for appraising homes to make sure properties in “communities of color” wouldn’t be assessed at less than similar homes in comparable white neighborhoods. “It’s intriguing and would likely help equalize the playing field,” Hale said. Biden has also proposed creating a public agency that would help raise the credit scores of minority home buyers by considering things like rental payment histories and utility bills paid on time.   Senator Kamala Harris’s addition to the Democratic ticket complements the Biden plan for housing, says Up For Growth, an organization focused on creating quality, affordable neighborhoods. For example, Harris introduced a Senate version of the Housing Is Infrastructure Act, a bill that supports low- and mixed-income housing through infrastructure improvements, investments in public housing, and expansion of funding to incentivize as much, locally.  As stated by Up For Growth earlier this week, “Solving the national housing crisis will take serious proposals from members of both parties and on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.”  About Author: Christina Hughes Babb The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 1 day ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 1 day ago Related Articles August 18, 2020 1,122 Views Subscribelast_img read more

‘Non-sedative’ drugs cause drowsiness in the workplace

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Study into antihistamines packaged as non-sedative reveals high level ofdrowsiness among usersAntihistamines sold as non-sedatives can cause drowsiness, a major researchproject by the Drug Safety Research Unit in Southampton has shown. Researchers warned that the drugs, used most intensively at this time ofyear to combat hay fever, “may be dangerous in the workplace and whendriving”. Of the four antihistamines investigated, acrivastine and cetirizine weremost likely to cause sleepiness. Researchers said that loratadine andfexofenadine had lower incidence of sedation, but still had some effects. So-called “second generation” antihistamines were introduced ashaving no or limited sedative effects. A meeting of international experts inManchester last month raised concern over the issue. Dr Charles Mercier-Guyon, a member of the European Commission’s workinggroup on alcohol, drugs and traffic safety, said,”Doctors should questiontheir patients about their profession and activities when prescribing. “They should choose the less sedative drugs for people who drive, andthose whose work is demanding.” In the research, questionnaires were sent to GPs covering a total of about40,000 patients prescribed the drugs, and the incidence of sedation wasrecorded. Full results were published in the British Medical Journal. Several European countries, including France and Sweden, have implementedthe European Union Directive on “red triangle” labelling ofsubstances known to have a sedative effect, but the UK has not followed suit. ‘Non-sedative’ drugs cause drowsiness in the workplaceOn 1 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

President Energy to acquire exploration contract from CGC in Argentina

first_imgThe acquisition will increase President Energy’s daily production by over 10% Image: the exploration contract covers 384km2. Photo courtesy of rawpixel/Pixabay. President Energy has agreed to acquire an exploration contract from Compañia General De Combustibles (CGC) in Argentina.The UK-based oil and gas Company said that it has conditionally agreed to take a 100% interest in the Angostura exploration contract area in the Rio Negro Province.Located directly to the west of the company’s Las Bases Concession, the exploration contract covers 384km2 and and President Energy’s pan-regional pipeline passes through the south west corner of the area.The acquisition will increase the company’s daily production by over 10%.Angostura currently produces 80,000 m3/day of gas and 50bopdPresently, 80,000 cubic metres of gas per day and 50 barrels of oil per day are drawn from the licence, representing in total slightly in excess of net 500 boepd, the company said.Currently, all the gas is compressed and dehydrated within Angostura, sent by pipeline to President’s Las Bases facility and then conveyed by the company’s own pan-regional gas pipeline to offtakers.The company said that the oil will be taken by truck to Las Bases/Puesto Prado and added to President’s existing oil production.President Energy Chairman Peter Levine said: “This corporate action represents a continuation of the strategy of leveraging on our critical mass in Rio Negro and, in this case in particular, our strategic gas pipeline.“The contemplated assignment would increase our production by over 10% whilst at the same time providing synergies and enhancing economies of scale.“I welcome the contemplated investment of CGC, a substantial well-known and respected oil and gas Company, as a shareholder in the Company.”The acquisition is subject to the consent of the Rio Negro Province to the assignment of the exploration contract.In November 2018, President Energy had said that its drilling program at the Puesto Flores/Estancia Vieja Concession in Rio Negro Province had yielded positive results.last_img read more

Will today’s 0.25% base interest rate hike slow the property market even more?

first_imgThe Bank of England has raised its base lending rate to 0.75% from 0.5% following an unanimous vote by its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).This is the first rise since November last year and the first time the bank rate has exceeded 0.5% since the dark days following the banking crisis when the base interest rate was reduced from 1% to 0.5% in early 2009.Today’s announcement follows recent cheery economic reports including inflation that appears to be under control at 2.4%, improving economic output in the medium term and increasing employment.This, the committee reasoned, was underlined by forecasted GDP growth of 1.75% this year and better than expected global demand for British goods.But Brexit looms darkly in the background, the committee members recognise.“The MPC continues to recognise that the economic outlook could be influenced significantly by the response of households, businesses and financial markets to developments related to the process of EU withdrawal,” its statement says.Industry reaction“We welcome the Bank of England’s small increase to interest rates today,” says Jack Ballantine (left), Director of Residential Development & Investment at Sotheby’s International Realty.“Sterling’s value is now likely to increase, giving added confidence to foreign investors which is exactly what is needed following punitive tax changes and uncertainty around Brexit.“The move further solidifies London’s economic stability and is unlikely to have a negative impact on house prices.”Nick Leeming, Chairman of Jackson-Stops (right) , says: “Good things don’t usually last forever however and while the end of this golden period of great mortgage deals won’t be a surprise to the vast majority of prospective and current home owners, many have become accustomed to a decade of low rates.”David Westgate (left), Group Chief Executive of Andrews Property Group, says: Now that this has been confirmed and given that it had been predicted for some time, it is very unlikely to cause any shock waves in the property market.“We mustn’t forget that rates are still at a record low and have been for ten years. Indeed, we should remind ourselves that back in 2008, before the economic dip, the base rate was around 5%.” Jack Ballantine Monetary Policy Committee Jackson-stops Nick Leeming 0.75% Andrews Bank of England base rate Sothebys David Westgage August 2, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Will today’s 0.25% base interest rate hike slow the property market even more? previous nextHousing MarketWill today’s 0.25% base interest rate hike slow the property market even more?The Bank of England has today raised the base interest rate to 0.75%, but will it put off home buyers in the short term as new mortgages become more expensive?Nigel Lewis2nd August 201802,342 Viewslast_img read more

Dan DiBattista of GE-Aviation named Rutland area Business Person of the Year

first_imgGE Aircraft Engines – Rutland Operation,The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce held their 112th Annual Meeting on November 1st. Dan DiBattista, Plant Manager, Rutland GE-Aviation and his employees were named the 2010 Business Persons of the Year. In his remarks Executive Vice President Tom Donahue noted ‘GE Rutland recently added a 27,000 (square) foot expansion to Plant 2 and have invested $60 million into this plant within the last four years,’ Donahue said, ‘and will be investing another $10 million in the next year with a substantial portion of that total investment in machinery and equipment.’ Donahue also highlighted the benefits of having GE-Aviation in Rutland, GE’s commitment to the region, contributions to the community and the superior leadership of Dan DiBattista.The meeting featured Captain Richard Phillips, as the keynote speaker. Captain Phillips’ riveting address told of his capture by Somali Pirates and how the lessons he learned through his experience can be used by anyone. Captain Phillips noted that either on a ship or in business to remember, you are stronger than you think, the only time all is lost is if you quit, and a dedicated team of professionals can overcome most problems. He reminded those in attendance “Never trust a pirate” and to always hope for the best and plan for the worst.Other highlights of the meeting included an overview of the Chamber’s accomplishments over the past year and goals looking forward, awards were presented to Larry Jensen for his dedicated service to the Chamber and the Board of Directors and to John Valente who just finished his term as Chamber President.The American Red Cross and CVPS announced their annual goal for the Gift of Life Marathon. The goal (to beat Boston’s new record) will be 1,178 pints. The Gift of Life Marathon will take place on December 21st, 9:30am-6:30pm at the Paramount Theater.Photo: The RRCC Business Person of the Year Award is presented to Dan DiBattista of GE Aviation in Rutland by (L to R) Tom Donahue, RRCC EVP/CEO, Mayor Chris Louras, RRCC President Glenda Hawley, DiBattista and Captain Richard Phillips.last_img read more

More Climate Risk to Oil Majors in 2 New Lawsuits Reminiscent of Tobacco Litigation

first_imgMore Climate Risk to Oil Majors in 2 New Lawsuits Reminiscent of Tobacco Litigation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:California cities San Francisco and Oakland filed separate lawsuits against five oil companies on Wednesday seeking billions of dollars to protect against rising sea levels they blamed on climate change, according to public documents.The lawsuits, filed in state courts in San Francisco and Alameda Counties, alleged Chevron Corp, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corp, BP Plc, and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, created a public nuisance and asked for funds to finance infrastructure to deal with rising sea levels.According to a news release from San Francisco city officials, the lawsuits mirror 1980s-era lawsuits against tobacco companies. They allege the oil giants “knowingly and recklessly created an ongoing public nuisance that is causing harm now and in the future risks catastrophic harm to human life and property.”The lawsuits are the latest in a growing body of legal action against oil companies over climate change. Prosecutors for New York and Massachusetts are investigating Exxon, for example, over the possibility it misled investors in public statements on the risks of climate change.Marin and San Mateo counties and Imperial Beach, California, in July brought similar public nuisance and failure to warn lawsuits alleging climate change impacts. Those three lawsuits sued the same five plus other oil companies and coal producers.The cases are People of the State of California V. BP et al., San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC 17-561370, and People of the State of California V. BP et al., Alameda County Superior Court Case No. RG17875889.More: California cities sue big oil firms over climate changelast_img read more