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first_img February 15, 2018 1,726 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: FEMA Hurricane Maria hurricanes Puerto Rico transitional shelter assistance program in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Home / Daily Dose / FEMA Aid for Some Displaced Puerto Ricans Running Out The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Drop-In Centers Working to Assist Hurricane-Impacted Texans Next: Ginnie Mae MBS Outstanding Issuance Approaches $2 Trillion Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago FEMA Hurricane Maria hurricanes Puerto Rico transitional shelter assistance program 2018-02-15 David Wharton Subscribe Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago FEMA Aid for Some Displaced Puerto Ricans Running Out Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago At the beginning of February, HUD announced that $1.5 billion in aid was being allocated toward Puerto Rico’s recovery from a brutal hurricane season, designed to “support long-term recovery of seriously damaged housing and local businesses in Puerto Rico,” according to HUD’s media statement. But for Puerto Ricans displaced in the aftermath of the disaster, long-term HUD funds aren’t going to address more immediate needs. Thus far, shelter for many Puerto Rico evacuees in areas such as Florida has been provided by FEMA’s Transitional Shelter Assistance program, which pays for hotel and motel accommodations while those affected by a disaster search for long-term housing. However, while FEMA had previously extended the end date for these services to March 20, The New York Times reports that the program will begin to expire for some of the affected families this week.The Times reports that nearly 4,000 families currently remain in hotels courtesy of the FEMA program, with around 1,500 of those families in Florida. Finding alternate housing in the Sunshine State likely won’t be easy, either—like many parts of the country, Florida is in the grip of an affordable housing shortage, one which has only been exacerbated by the influx of Puerto Rico natives fleeing to the mainland after Hurricane Maria.According to a National Low Income Housing Coalition study cited by cited by the Orlando Weekly, the Orlando metropolitan area ranks third in the U.S. when it comes to affordable rental homes, with only 18 affordable rental units available per 100 low-income families. With nearly 300,000 Puerto Ricans having arrived in Florida (per the state’s Division of Emergency Management), the situation is only getting worse.Democratic Congressman Darren Soto, a Puerto Rican whose district is located in central Florida, is petitioning FEMA to extend the program for the affected families through the end of the school year, and earlier this week he sent FEMA a letter to that effect, co-signed by Representatives from both parties. Rep. Soto told the Times, “With the program ending, we then have to argue for individual cases, and it becomes more cumbersome and people fall through the cracks.”When DS News originally reported on the then-looming original FEMA deadline, a FEMA representative said, “FEMA reviews each case for continuing eligibility every thirty days, depending on the need of each survivor the period under the TSA program will be extended and we will work to find permanent housing solutions.”According to the Times, “Most of the stays have been extended until March 20, but about 200 households have been alerted that FEMA would stop paying for their rooms as of Wednesday. The agency had already cut off assistance last month for some households after federal officials determined that their homes in Puerto Rico were habitable and had functioning utilities.”FEMA spokesman William Booher told the Times, “This is a bridge to other longer-term solutions. Survivors are responsible for their own recovery and to actively look for permanent housing solutions.”Meanwhile, Puerto Rico is on the cusp of a foreclosure epidemic, with data firm Black Knight Inc. in December reporting that almost one-third of Puerto Rican homeowners were behind on their mortgage, and 90,000 had become delinquent due to Hurricane Maria. There are currently foreclosure moratoriums in place for affected Puerto Rico homeowners, however those moratoriums are set to expire on March 19.last_img read more

first_imgWhile Widespread Panic continues to tell fans that 2017 will be a light year for them, touring-wise. With that in mind, the smaller shows in 2016 have all been something special, with the crowd truly engaged and the band locked and loaded for some great Southern fried jamming. Last night was no exception, as WSP kicked off a major summer tour with a rager at the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, AR.The show featured a number of staples from the band, including an opener “Hope In A Hopeless World” and tracks like “Good People,” “Pigeons,” and more. They closed out set one with “Ain’t Life Grand,” and rocked through a great second set that included a “Protein Drink/Sewing Machine” opener. The big run of the night came in the middle of the set, when the band played “Tall Boy > Little Lilly > Jam > Drums > Machine > Barstools & Dreamers.” The set ended with “Radio Child,” and the group encored with a great “Honky Red” to bring it home.Thanks to photographer Jeremy Scott, we have some great images from the performance. Check them out below. Load remaining images See the full PanicStream setlist and a gallery below.Setlist: Widespread Panic at Arkansas Music Pavilion, Rogers, AR – 6/17/16Set 1: Hope In A Hopeless World, Good People, Pigeons, Wondering, Space Wrangler, Walkin’ (For Your Love), Cotton Was King, Better Off, Ain’t Life Grand (60 mins)Set 2: Protein Drink / Sewing Machine, Sell Sell, Disco, Tall Boy > Little Lilly > Jam > Drums > Machine > Barstools & Dreamers, Radio Child (72 mins)Encore: Honky RedA full gallery of Jeremy Scott’s images can be seen below.last_img read more

first_imgIt wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.Carsen Willans and Travis Wellman scored goals to power the Nelson Leafs to a nail-biting 2-1 victory over the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.Nelson leads the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Semi Final series 1-0.Game two is Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.Playing the game without the services of leading scorer Jamie Vlanich and veteran center Linden Horswill, Nelson struggled to find any offence through the first 38 minutes of the contest. That’s when a bad pinch in the Braves defence gave Nelson a 2-on-1 break.With Willans carrying the puck into the Spokane zone, Wellman played the opportunistic winger tapping in a Rayce Miller pass for the game’s first goal.In the third it was Willans’ turn.The diminutive winger skated through the Braves defence before depositing a backhander past a surprised Jon Manlow in the Spokane nets.Nelson then put the game into the hands for netminder Adam Maida, who shutout the Braves for 59 minutes before Sean Collins scored on the power play.Maida is currently riding a three-game winning streak after taking over for injured Brad Rebagliati in the Nelson nets.Nelson out shot the Braves 29-23.Puck drop Wednesday is 7 p.m.ICE CHIPS: Kimberley, Creston, Osoyoos and 100 Mile House all took one-game leads in their respective playoff series as all but one series opened Tuesday in the KIJHL. Beaver Valley hosts Castlegar in Game one of the other Murdoch Semi Final. . . . The loss of Jamie Vlanich and Linden Horswill takes 140-plus regular season points of offence out of the Nelson lineup. Vlanich could be in the lineup for Wednesday while Horswill is possible for Friday when the series shifts to Spokane.last_img read more

first_imgThe Grade 8 squad had experienced an influx of players this season with 20 girls participating.Trafalgar, divided into three teams, hosted two tournaments with opposition from Salmo, Stanley Humphries, and Mount Sentinel. The Thunder also travelled to Stanley Humphries to play against Grand Forks and Rossland and next week the squad is off to J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail on Thursday and Mount Sentinel the following Monday to conclude the playday circuit.Mallard’s Source for sports applauds the hard work and dedication of the players with Team of the Week honours.The team, under the guidance of coach Staci Proctor, includes, Amanda Creak, Lily Hutteman, Reece Hunt, Olivia Kelly, Maia Robertson-Weir, Bryce Winters, Michaela Anderson, Sophie Edney, Kirsten Van Horne, Shayla Elias, Sophie Borhi, Alicia Griko, Camryn Parnell, Brynn Belland, Rylee Zondervan, Mimi Lockhurt, Maren Kernan, Sierra Jones, Jaydon Rushton, Sophie Edney, Finn Pitcairn and Maia Thibault. Trafalgar’s varsity girl’s volleyball team is getting ready to cap off a successful season on the court with the West Kootenay Championships set for November 22 at Mount Sentinel High School.last_img read more

first_imgThe Falcons had defeated LVR by a point in the final of the Mount Sentinel Tournament in December.LVR moved the ball up the court early and often to build an early lead against the bigger but slower Falcons of Fernie. On the back of point guard Robby Dixon’s 12 point effort in the first half, the Bombers held a 25-20 lead at the midway break. The Grade 11 Dixon’s production in the second did not slow in second half, scoring 17 of his eventual season high 29 points, leading the Bombers to the 55-43 victory against the east Kootenay rival.Another key to the victory was the Bombers perimeter defense, with great efforts by Dixon, Darian Johnson, and Grade 10 guard Studer, against the poorer-ball handling of the Falcon guards.Behind Dixon’s stand-out effort, Vinnie Watson contributed 10 points, Johnson had seven points, and Kai Shave chipped in 4 points.Dixon was named player of the game.In the afternoon, the Bombers faced off against the Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.LVR handled the Storm easily, cruising to the 56-33 victory, with all eight Bombers seeing significant playing time.Player of the game, Grade 11 Kai Shave, contributed 11 points, six rebounds, three steals, and a blocked shot.Once again, Robby Dixon lead all scorers with 13 points. Watson and Johnson chipped in nine points each, Studer netted six points, and Jake Anderson and Grade 9 Dyllen Dixon scored four points each.Grade 9 Brock Dixon rounded out the scoring with two points. The short-handed L.V. Rogers Bombers got their revenge and the championship during a High School Senior Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday in Creston.LVR defeated host Prince Charles Bulldogs 55-51 in the final to capture the  tourney that featured teams from the East Kootenay.”Jake Anderson was named player of the game and (point guard) Eamon Studer was tournament MVP based on his exceptional defense, agressive offensive play, and poise down the stretch,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.Leading 53-51 in the seasaw contest, Jake Anderson, after collecting a defensive rebound, knocked down a pair of free throws to secure the four-point win.The Bombers were lead in the final game by the performances of Grade 10’s Studer and Vinnie Watson who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.Anderson finished with seven points and Robby Dixon had six points. LVR opened the tournament with a grudge-match against Fernie Falcons.last_img read more

first_imgMark English has finished second in the 800m at the New York Diamond League in a season’s best of 1.45.03.The race was won by current 800m Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha of Kenya in 1.44.63.USA’s Duane Solomon, who was fourth in the London Olympics, was third in 1.45.13. This time places the Letterkenny man man fourth in the European rankings list and it is his third fastest run of all time.ENGLISH FINISHES SECOND IN NEW YORK WITH SUPERB RUN was last modified: June 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalmark englishnew yorkSEASON BESTlast_img read more

first_img2 February 2010South Africa continues to rank as the fastest-growing wine category in the UK, new data shows, and Wines of SA (Wosa) CEO Su Birch believes exports of packaged wines could grow 10% in volume this year, provided the rand doesn’t strengthen materially.Sales figures released by AC Nielsen for the UK, South Africa’s biggest wine export destination, show that local wines have increased their volume share of the market from 10.4% in 2008 to 12.3% in 2009.Although still in fourth place, the country is now virtually on a par with France, which occupies third position with 12.4%, behind Australia and the US.Supermarket wine salesTotal South African supermarket wines sales grew 24% in volume and 23% in value last year. According to the latest export data from SA Wine Information Systems, South Africa’s packaged wine sales to the UK for the year were up 11% on 2008.“The most encouraging development of all has been the impressive expansion of South African wine sales at price points of £5 and higher,” Birch said in a statement this week.“The sale of wines in the category of £5 to £6.99 grew 15% in value. Those retailing for £7 to £9.99 – representing a slightly smaller segment of the market – rose 27% and those above £10 – also a smaller category than the wines selling for £5 – increased by 43%.”Birch pointed out that it had long been the goal of South African producers to shift away from the extreme value segment in order to ensure the industry’s long-term sustainability.“That such growth has been achieved despite the severity of the global recession gives us a good measure of confidence in the country’s well-established reputation for providing exciting wines across the pricing continuum,” she added.“However, we remain concerned by the effect of the economy on profit margins.”Leading South African brandsBirch said that FirstCape, South Africa’s biggest-volume brand in the UK, had lifted year-on-year sales in 2009 by 73% in value and 80% in volume. Other leading South African brands to have performed exceptionally well included Kumala, Arniston Bay, Two Oceans and KWV.“We are optimistic the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ will significantly raise exposure for the country and our wines, not only in the UK but across a broad international front as soccer enthusiasts focus on South Africa during the coming months.”Wosa would also be capitalising on the tournament with soccer-themed promotions in key export markets.“Judging on last year’s performance in one of the toughest times in modern economic history, coupled with the competitive advantage afforded us by this year’s World Cup, we should be able to maintain the growth trajectory achieved in recent years in established as well as some newer markets.”Global wine exportsBirch said there had been a year-on-year global volume increase of 7% for South African packaged wine exports in 2009, compared with a drop in bulk sales of 18%, a positive trend in her view.“It is essential that the country concentrate its efforts on packaged wine sales, simultaneously building brands and Brand South Africa. The drop in the proportion of bulk sales to overall exports marks an important stage in the evolution of our industry.”Other major markets to record strong growth in packaged South African wine volumes last year were Sweden (18%) and Canada (11%), while the Netherlands, Germany and the US had remained virtually unchanged.Denmark had shown a 5% drop but this had been partially offset by increases in export volumes to Finland and Norway. Meanwhile Japan, Nigeria, Angola and China had all delivered double-digit growth.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgThere are 207 functioning Small Claims Courts in South Africa’s 384 magisterial districts, but the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is aiming for at least one per district. The commissioners who preside over cases in Small Claims Court do so without any compensation, and Nel said that South Africa needed more men and women who had a burning passion for justice and were willing to go the extra mile, to become commissioners. Commissioners’ guidelines Raising awareness Providing access to justice Alexandra Advisory Board chairman Thomas Rikhotso said Alexandra residents were overjoyed that a Small Claims Court had been established in their area. The establishment of the first Small Claims Court in Alexandra, Johannesburg will provide its residents with a speedy, simple and accessible forum to resolve their disputes, says Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel. Small Claims Courts were a powerful mechanism to provide access to justice, especially for the poor, Nel said. He further called on legal practitioners with at least five years’ experience to volunteer their services as commissioners at Small Claims Courts, adding that the country needed more commissioners for courts that were being established across the country. “I worked in Randburg for eight years and I know how people from Alexandra had to travel to Randburg, some of them on foot, to access a Small Claims Court,” he said. “I’m excited that today they will get these services at their doorstep.”center_img The department has set the target of establishing 60 more courts by April 2011, and has already set up 11 since April this year. The courts deal with civil disputes of up to R7 000, and no legal representatives are required or allowed to appear on behalf of the litigants. The guidelines would also be used in the training of clerks at the courts, who were the first Small Claim Court officials to interact with the public. 26 May 2010 “Usually, Small Claim Court matters are dispensed within a month or two, providing people with a simple, speedy and accessible forum that will make a huge difference in people’s lives.” “Citizens of Alexandra will now be able to turn to a Small Claims Court for a resolution to their disputes,” he said at the opening of the court in the Johannesburg township this week. Nel also launched guidelines for commissioners and clerks of Small Claims Courts. The guidelines would assist commissioners preside over matters and also ensure that there was uniformity in all the Small Claims Courts across the country. The latest court would play a major role in the lives of the residents of Alexandra and the department would embark on a campaign to popularise the usage of Small Claims Court, Nel said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Laos and Brunei wound up with bronze medals.It was the second silver medal for the Philippines in the sport after the team’s second place finish last August 16 in the chinlone (linking) event. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Read Next View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Pacquiao’s new basketball league gets off ground Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Philippines bowed to host Malaysia in the final of men’s regu event of sepak takraw in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday night at Stadium Titiwangsa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Filipinos dropped a 23-25, 13-21, decision to the Malaysians to salvage the silver near the close of the competitions. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Robert Bolick signs 2-year max deal with NorthPort PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Aliah Marce and Lency Duarte paced the Eagles with 14 and 13 points, respectively. CSA also wrapped up the tournament with a 1-4 slate. LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The Lady Patriots had three players in double figures led by Eunice Castillo, who scored a game-high 16 points.Rain Ramos and Basilyn Delfin added 14 points each for La Salle-Dasma, which ended its stint with a 1-4 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefIt was an all-around effort by Castillo, who had three blocks and six service aces.After an error-prone third set, the Lady Patriots regrouped and went back to their strengths. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting De La Salle University-Dasmariñas avoided a winless campaign after beating Colegio San Agustin-Biñan, 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 25-16, in the inaugural Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more