Prominent Montreal lawyer James Duggan among victims of Quebec plane crash

first_imgMONTREAL — A prominent Montreal-area lawyer was among the three victims of a plane crash that occurred in a remote region of northern Quebec on Friday.Quebec provincial police say 67-year-old James Duggan was aboard the float plane that went down near Lac Boulene, southeast of Chibougamau.Duggan was a prominent labour lawyer who was instrumental in the battle to unionize RCMP officers, as well as spearheading a class-action lawsuit on behalf of officers alleging harassment in the force.Frederic Serre of the Quebec RCMP Members’ Association describes Duggan as a tireless advocate for the rights of officers who approached sensitive situations with dignity and respect.A search and rescue team on a separate mission responded to the distress call for the plane on Friday evening and later found three men without vital signs.Duggan died alongside Jacques Bissonnette, 69, and Claude Laplante, 77, as they travelled to a fishing trip. A fourth man survived the crash.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Marrakech to Host the 8th Annual Global Spa Wellness Summit

Casablanca – In 2014, Morocco will host the annual Global Spa & Wellness Summit meeting on wellness and spa tourism at the Four Season Resort in Marrakech. The eighth annual Global Spa & Wellness Summit sessions will take place on September 10-12, 2014 at the Four Seasons Resort in Marrakech. Morocco’s Agency for Tourism Development is the key sponsor of the event and aims to promote Morocco as a world-recognized wellness destination.Senior delegates from around the world working in diverse sectors including hospitality, tourism, health and wellness, beauty, finance, medicine, real estate, manufacturing, and technology will attend the annual event. Furthermore, Morocco’s Minister of Tourism, Lahcen Haddad, will use this opportunity to introduce Morocco’s new visions and plans for its national tourism development. The Four Season Resort in MarrakechThe Summit is the world’s most well-known gathering of travel, spa industries, business, government, and academic leaders in wellness. The atmosphere between leaders from different countries is cooperative rather than competitive.For this reason, delegates from over 40 countries work hand in hand to develop strategies on how to cope with industry challenges and seize more and more opportunities in the sector of wellness tourism.The two-day event will be held by the Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC) to give better insights on how the international wellness and spa tourism market is moving forward. According a recent study by the GWTC, the Moroccan market alone is expected to see 14.7% annual growth, creating many jobs, ranging from executive positions like hotel and spa managers to skilled work as masseuses, customer service representatives, and fitness specialists.Equally important to note, in Africa, Morocco ranks second behind only South Africa in annual expenditure by visitors traveling for spa and wellness tourism, and third in the Middle-East and North Africa behind the United Arab Emirates and Israel.The Global Wellness Tourism Congress is an international organization that meets with its member countries in a different host country each year to discuss and learn about economic development concerning the spa and wellness industries worldwide. This year’s meeting and workshops will focus on Morocco’s culture and customs, intending to strengthen its tourism dominance.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Ban hails former UN chief Dag Hammarskjöld as a conscientious leader of

Mr. Hammarskjöld was guided by an inner voice “never to do what was expedient or popular [but] always to do what he believed was right,” said Mr. Ban, speaking at Mr. Hammarskjöld’s graveside in Uppsala, Sweden. “For that, he stands out among the leaders of the past century.”Mr. Hammarskjöld led the United Nations from 1953 until his death in September 1961, when he was killed with 15 others in a plane crash in what was then known as Northern Rhodesia – now Zambia – while en route to Katanga in the country now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to negotiate a ceasefire.“Today, in the stillness of this sanctuary, I have the chance to do something else, something which was also one of Hammarskjöld’s strengths: To stand in peaceful contemplation. To reflect on what it means and what it takes to serve in the interest of the greater good,” said Mr. Ban.He told the story of how as an elementary school pupil in 1956 he had read a letter to his class urging Mr. Hammarskjöld to help the people of Hungary, where there had been a pro-democracy uprising. The letter said: ‘Mr. Secretary-General, please help the people of Hungary so they can have freedom and democracy.’Mr. Ban said he had hoped, when he took over as Secretary-General in 2006, that he would not receive such appeals from young people around the world.“In reality, unfortunately I am still receiving those kinds of appeals from many people, particularly what we are observing in Arab [countries], in North Africa and in many parts of the world where people are oppressed, where people do not have freedom of expression, freedom of assembly.“We must all work together to uphold the fundamental principle of democracy so these people, and all people, men and women, countries big or small, rich or poor, can enjoy genuine freedom and people can live without fear. This is what we have to do, upholding the torch Dag Hammarskjöld has left for us. I am committed to that mission,” said Mr. Ban before leading those gathered to observe a moment of silence in memory of Mr. Hammarskjöld.Speaking to reporters at a joint press briefing with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, the Secretary-General said they had discussed a number of important issues, including developments in the Middle East and Libya, as well as efforts to help poorer countries achieve the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).He also met Sweden’s International Development Cooperation Minister, Gunilla Carlsson, whom, he said, is playing a critical role as a member of his High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability.Mr. Ban noted that Sweden is one of the UN’s most generous donors, providing important resources and valuable ideas and leadership.“Sweden makes up a fraction of one per cent of the global population, but Swedes account for more than five per cent of my high-level UN envoys and representatives. I am very proud and you should be very proud of them. We also have Swedish staff in eight peacekeeping missions, from Liberia to Afghanistan; from South Sudan to Haiti,” he said.The Secretary-General also congratulated Swedish author Tomas Tranströmer, the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature.“The United Nations is very proud that our agency, UNESCO [UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] once published a number of his works in an anthology of Swedish poetry,” he said. 12 October 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to one of his predecessors, Dag Hammarskjöld, who died 50 years ago, hailing him as a problem-solver who championed the concept of action taken on the basis of conviction and principle. read more

Panama Canal opens 5B locks bullish despite shipping woes

PANAMA CITY – Fireworks exploded as a huge container ship made the inaugural passage through the newly expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, formally launching the Central American nation’s multibillion-dollar bet on a bright economic future despite tough times for global shipping.The Chinese-owned Cosco Shipping Panama went through the Atlantic locks at Agua Clara in the early morning, sailed the 50-mile (80-kilometre) passage to the Cocoli locks near the capital and passed into the Pacific in the evening, stewarded by tugboats and cheered by dignitaries and exuberant crowds of thousands.The $5.25 billion project went online nearly two years late after construction delays, labour strife and apparent cost overruns, but officials were still bullish and in a celebratory mood as they declared the expanded canal open for business.“This is an achievement that all of us Panamanians should be proud of,” President Juan Carlos Varela said at the inaugural ceremony on the outskirts of Panama City. “Today marks a historic moment for Panama, for our hemisphere and the world.”“This new transit route is the tip of the iceberg in making Panama once again the logistics centre of the Americas,” canal administrator Jorge Luis Quijano said. “And it represents a significant opportunity for the countries of the region to improve their infrastructure, increase their exports.”Crowds that began gathering before dawn lined both sides of the canal waving flags, partying to salsa music and watching videos on giant screens. Authorities said about 30,000 people and eight foreign heads of state were attending.“It’s a one-time experience, a great achievement,” said Felicia Penuela, a homemaker from Colon province. “Panama is showing the world that even though it is a small country it can do great things.”The Cosco Shipping Panama is a 158-foot-wide (48.2 metres), 984-foot-long (300 metres) behemoth that is one of the modern New Panamax class of mega-vessels that are seen as the future of global shipping and will now be able to use the canal. It carried some 9,000 cargo containers during the inaugural voyage and now heads to South Korea.The waterway’s capacity doubles with the new locks, and canal authorities are hoping to better compete with the Suez Canal in Egypt and tap new markets such as natural gas shipments between the United States and Asia.“The Panama Canal, with this expansion, is an important player not only for regional maritime commerce but worldwide,” said Oscar Bazan, the Panama Canal Authority’s executive vice-president for planning and commercial development. “The canal is a winning bet.”Authorities said Sunday said that 85 per cent of the 166 reserved crossings scheduled for the next three months are for container ships. Container cargo accounts for nearly 50 per cent of the canal’s overall income.Panamanians at the ceremony expressed hope that the expansion will help the economy in a country where about 25 per cent of the people live in poverty, something that Varela echoed in his remarks.“I think the inauguration of the locks is excellent for the current generations and those to come,” said Moises Gonzalez, a 40-year-old mechanic who worked on the construction of the locks for six years. “Opportunities for us. We have to find a way for it to reach the people.”However, the party comes amid a lull in global shipping due to the drop in oil prices, an economic slowdown in China, which is the canal’s second-largest customer, and other factors that have hit the waterway’s traffic and income.While authorities anticipate increasing commerce between Asia and ports on the U.S. East Coast, doubts remain that not all those ports are ready to handle the huge New Panamex-class cargo ships. Net cargo volume through the canal from the U.S. East Coast toward Asia fell 10.2 per cent in 2015, according to official statistics. Meanwhile, the Suez recently lowered tariffs by up to 65 per cent on large container carriers in an attempt to keep its traffic.“It’s important to remember that the canal does not create demand. The canal opens the route. Supply and demand on a world level is what will decide whether the Panama Canal will really bring more volume or not,” said Antonio Dominguez, a general manager for global shipping leader Maersk Line, which moves about 14.2 per cent of world commerce. “What is certain is that the current canal has maxed out.”Manuel Benitez, deputy canal administrator, said officials are thinking long-term about the benefits the new locks can bring through economies of scale and saving time and costs for large ships.“These are cyclical questions. The market will rebound again and when we are in an ‘up’ cycle again, shipping will generate money and the Panama Canal will generate money,” Benitez said.Since the 50-mile (80-kilometre) canal was handed over from U.S. control at the end of 1999, it has generated about $10 billion in direct income for the Central American nation and is responsible for about 40 per cent of its GDP, factoring in related economic activity. Some 35 to 40 vessels transit the waterway each day, and the canal is estimated to handle about 6 per cent of world maritime commerce.Panama began the expansion nearly a decade ago. Originally planned to open in late 2014 around the waterway’s centennial, the new locks can accommodate ships that carry up to three times the cargo of those previously able to use the canal.___Juan Zamorano on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Juan_ZamoranoAPKathia Martinez on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kathia_martinez Panama Canal opens $5B locks, bullish despite shipping woes A tugboat leads the Neopanamax cargo ship, Cosco Shipping Panama, as it approaches the new Agua Clara locks, near the port city of Colon, Panama, Sunday June 26, 2016. The ship carrying more than 9,000 containers entered the newly expanded locks that will double the canal’s capacity. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) by Juan Zamorano And Kathia Martinez, The Associated Press Posted Jun 26, 2016 11:25 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2016 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Wolf Minerals begins turnaround of its tungstentin mine

first_imgLast week, specialty metals producer, Wolf Minerals Ltd updated the market on operations at its Drakelands open pit mine at its Hemerdon tungsten and tin project in Devon, southwest England. In the June Quarterly Report released on July 28, the company announced the implementation of a detailed operating turnaround plan designed to achieve a sustainable production platform by the December quarter.In recent months, Wolf Minerals has progressed the operating turnaround plan with a particular focus on:• improving processing plant reliability in the crushing circuit• improving performance of the refinery to enhance production levels• reducing noise emissions from the processing plant including low frequency noise (LFN).The improvements are being implemented whilst the company has voluntarily shutdown the vibrating screens in the processing plant on weekends. Wolf has continued to develop technical solutions with its lead construction contractor, GR Engineering Services Ltd (GRES), to expedite a comprehensive LFN solution whilst meeting operational requirements during this important period of production improvements.The company has assessed the costs of ongoing LFN rectifications and has decided to notify GRES of its intention to recover these costs from the £7.5 million Performance Bond under the construction contract. Wolf Minerals is confident that the Performance Bond will be sufficient to cover the costs of implementing the technical solutions required to deliver a successful LFN outcome.Richard Lucas, Interim Managing Director: “We are encouraged by the progress being made on the operating turnaround plan at this early stage, with further improvements planned for the coming months to achieve a sustainable production platform before the end of the year.“We are also encouraged by an improving tungsten price which supports the opportunity for Drakelands to be an important part of the global supply chain for such a critical industrial metal.“Managing our operations successfully also requires us to maintain strong relationships with our local communities, which includes further reductions in low frequency noise emissions. Therefore, after extended discussions with our lead construction contractor, GRES, we have decided to notify them of our intention to call upon the Performance Bond to ensure an LFN solution is achieved as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Doral warehouse catches fire no injuries

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire broke out inside an unoccupied warehouse in Doral.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the blaze near Northwest 93rd Avenue and 12th Street, just after 3 p.m., Sunday.Crews forced their way inside to extinguish the flames.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Amendment Would Offer Congress a Role in Commissary Exchange Consolidation Plan

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In an attempt to slow a Pentagon plan to consolidate the military’s three exchange services and the Defense Commissary Agency, lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee last week added an amendment to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill requiring the department to assess the feasibility of creating a single military resale organization. The provision calls for DOD to prepare by Jan. 1, 2019, a financial assessment, a business case analysis, and “organizational, operational, and business model integration plans” for consolidating the commissary and exchange systems, reported Military Times. It also would bar the department from using congressional funding to carry out a merger. DOD already had been planning to launch a task force in July to look at the business case for merging the systems; officials also have prepared a legislative proposal needed to go ahead with a consolidation. But lawmakers want to have input on the process. “The fear is that DOD has already worked out the answer to the equation,” a congressional aide said. “We believe there needs to be more of a participative process. … There’s a lot to consider here.”Photo by Michael Strasserlast_img read more

Medieval practice confined to dustbin of history PM Modi on

first_imgNEW DELHI: Hailing the passage of the triple talaq bill by Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that a historic wrong done to Muslim women has been corrected and an “archaic and medieval practice” confined to the dustbin of history.An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history! Parliament abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to Muslim women. This is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society. India rejoices today!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 30, 2019 Also Read – Odisha’s Conjoined Twins To Return Home 2 Years After Separation Advertise With Us India rejoices today, he said in tweets minutes after Rajya Sabha passed the bill. Lok Sabha had passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 last week. Modi said this is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society, as he expressed his thanks to all parties and MPs who supported its passage. Also Read – Kamal Nath states that there is no struggle over leader’s post in MP Advertise With Us These parties and MPs have risen to the occasion and this step of theirs will forever be remembered in India’s history, he said. “An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history! Parliament abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to Muslim women. This is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society. India rejoices today!” the prime minister said. This is an occasion to salute the remarkable courage of those Muslim women who have suffered great wrongs just due to the practice of triple talaq, he said, adding that the abolition of the practice will contribute to women empowerment and give women the dignity they deserve in our society.last_img read more

Leaked email says Batman Arkham Knight wont be fixed before September

first_imgLittle has been said about the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight by publisher Warner Bros. beyond “we’re going to fix it.” The game was pulled from sale while this happened with the fixes predicted to take a long time. But how long?A leaked internal email from EB Games in Australia has shed some light on that. We shouldn’t expect Arkham Knight to reappear on PC until September. And that’s an optimistic earliest time frame, it could be a month or two later than that.Such was the terrible state of the game, even the publisher suggested gamers get a refund. Now EB Games has decided it is returning all boxed copies of Arkham Knight on PC back to Warner Bros. That throws up an interesting question: Will Warner Bros. ship the original discs back to stores and expect gamers to download a massive patch on re-release? Or will they manufacture new discs with all the fixes included?A large patch will need to be made available for anyone who purchased a digital copy of the game and decided not to ask for a refund. So I suspect those original, broken copies of the game will still be sold whenever the new release date is set. It could result in renewed anger from gamers depending on just how large the patch ends up being.I have to wonder if Warner Bros. is planning some way of saying sorry to PC gamers while at the same time trying to boost sales at the re-release. Maybe there will be DLC thrown in for free, or possibly the offer of a free, second game with every purchase? That would be a nice gesture to make, but seeing as Warner knew the game was broken for months before release, I wouldn’t count on them being nice.last_img read more

Bees helping to monitor air quality at German airports

first_img Explore further Citation: Bees helping to monitor air quality at German airports (2010, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-bees-air-quality-german-airports.html Using bees for biomonitoring of environmental health around airports is a recent development, but insects have been used successfully for some time to monitor water quality at a number of sites.The honey produced at the airports is tested in the laboratory twice a year for heavy metals and certain hydrocarbons, and has so far been found to be comparable to honey produced in non-industrial areas. Volker Liebig, a chemist with Orga Lab, which tests the samples, said more data is needed over a longer period for the results to be conclusive, but he said preliminary results looked promising.Düsseldorf International Airport’s community liaison officer Peter Nengelken said this year’s first batch of honey, harvested in June from the 200,000 bees at the airport, had been tested and found to contain toxin levels far below recommended limits, and about the same as honey from rural areas. This is consistent with the results from the previous years since the bee monitoring began in 2006. Air quality at all the airports is also monitored in more traditional ways.Pollution at airports has a number of sources, including aircraft, cars, buses, and industries, which often cluster in the vicinity of airports. Around the world the air quality around airports is monitored, and the stringent monitoring requirements set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a body of the United Nations, have led to a substantial reduction in pollution at major airports.Pollution reduction has been achieved by the development of cleaner aircraft engines and ground support vehicles, and by improvements in equipment operation procedures. Even so, some community groups remain concerned, especially about lead levels and the presence of ultrafine particles originating from jet aircraft, cars and trucks. In Germany, airport officials view the bees as a simple and easy-to-understand way to demonstrate to the public that airports are much cleaner and safer than they once were.The health effects of ultrafine particles are unknown as yet but there is some research suggesting they may pose a risk because the particles are fine enough to pass through cell walls and may be able to penetrate into the brain and other organs. Ultrafine particle emissions are currently not regulated in the US, but there are limits for vehicle emissions of ultrafine particles in Europe.The bees at Düsseldorf International airport are kept by local beekeepers, and the honey is bottled as “Düsseldorf Natural” and given away. Hidden threat: Elevated pollution levels near regional airports © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Air quality around eight airports in Germany is being monitored with the help of bees, whose honey is tested regularly for toxins.last_img read more

Sri Lanka navy arrests 24 TN fishermen

first_imgThe Sri Lankan navy on Tuesday arrested 24 fishermen from here and also chased away at gun point several others for allegedly fishing in Lankan waters near Katchatheevu in the Palk Straits.More then 3,000 fishermen in 600 boats had put out to sea from here last night. The Lankan navy personnel came in 10 patrol boats and sea bikes, threatened the fishermen and arrested 24 of them besides chasing away others at gun point, fishermen organisation leaders S Emerite and Sagayaraj said. The fishermen were fishing near Katchatheevu in Palk Straits, they said claiming the fishermen were fishing in traditional waters. On October 10, the navy personnel had arrested 19 fishermen from Nagapattinam district on charges of violating the International Maritime Boundary Line prompting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to take up the continued arrests of state’s fishermen at a high political level with Sri Lanka.  In another instance on October 2, seven fishermen from Rameswaram had been arrested by Lankan naval personnel off Katchatheevu islet for allegedly crossing the IMBL and fishing in their waters.last_img read more

This Welsh community is hosting a Pride for the smalltown boys and

first_imgHe also highlighted the support the event has received from the whole town.‘I think it’s a way for the young generations to think things are possible in this town and I don’t have to pretend to be something else […] because I feel the community might not approve of that,’ he said in an interview with BBC Wales.‘Whether you’re a small town boy or a small town girl […] you don’t have to leave that small town anymore to be you.’Other Welsh towns might follow suitThe event has received the support of Pride Cymru, the annual LGBTI event hosted in the capital, Cardiff.‘Hopefully, this can inspire small towns, villages across Wales to do something similar,’ said chair of Pride Cymru Lu Thomas. ‘We at Pride Cymru are very happy to support the event in any way we can.’Read more about Prides:This Cardiff Pride’s future is in jeopardy – and it all comes down to parking spots Major Pride will take place on 1 September in Llantwit Major. | Photo: Major Pride/Facebook Cornwall hosted the first Pride tour in the world and the pictures are dreamy 7 US Pride festivals off the beaten track that will blow you away Major Pride (Pride Mawr in Welsh) will take place on 1 September. The parade will create a precedent and prompt other towns to follow in its footstep.The primary aim of Major Pride is to celebrate the diversity in the historic town and put Llantwit Major on the map for the LGBTI community together with Cardiff and Swansea, hosting the biggest parades in Wales.The activities of Major PrideCelebrations will kick off on 31 August, with a switching on the lights at the historic pub White Hart. It will be renamed the Rainbow Hart in honor of Pride.Pride bunting, banners, and flags will spread the rainbow colors around town ahead of the event.Activities on the day will include a local business competition to set up the best Pride window display and a dog show.There will also be an itinerant choir performance by LBT all-female Songbirds Choir Cardiff and a classic car display. Moreover, the Wine Street Knitting group will unveil their unique crocheted Pride tree trunk cover.The event will round off with an evening of music and entertainment from pink-haired drag queen Mary Golds.A Pride for small-town boys and girls‘Living here gave me the idea of looking for a way to celebrate the diversity of this beautiful coastal town,’ the organizer of Major Pride Rhodri Ellis Owen explained.‘Major Pride seemed to fit as a way to bring all parts of the community together. We are not a big city and can do our own thing, rather than follow the traditional larger Pride models. This is a community event which everyone can hopefully feel a part of.’ Louisville flying high during colorful Pride WeekPride Cymru has just announced its full lineup for the Big WeekendHamburg Pride’s ten-day festival is back this weekend and it’s bigger than everRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/welsh-major-pride-rural/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Llantwit Major will be the first Welsh town in the Vale of Glamorgan to host a Pride parade. GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

Hilton launches an integrated All Suites collection

first_imgHilton Worldwide has announced plans to create the new ‘All Suites’ collection by merging three of its long stay brands. Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton will be combined under the new single brand, creating a new portfolio of more than 600 all-suite hotels across the Americas. The vast majority of the hotels are located in the U.S.Hilton’s trio comprises nearly 15% of the company’s current inventory and almost 20% of its pipeline, in terms of rooms.“As the first hospitality company to take an integrated approach to managing suite-style brands, we are transforming the All Suites category to provide a more intuitive offering for owners, as well as our guests from around the world who look to us as their home away from home,” remarked Bill Duncan, Global Head for the new All Suites division.The upscale Embassy Suites by Hilton brand has more than 220 locations in the U.S., Canada and Latin America, all featuring two-room suites, while its Homewood Suites includes more than 300 upscale suite properties in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Home2 Suites, the newest of the three brands, currently offers approximately 90 midscale suite properties.The new initiative, according to Hilton, would “maximise the synergistic relationship that the three brands share across development, operations and sales”.last_img read more

HUD Secretary Castro Addresses Americas Housing Affordability Crisis

first_img Share Future of Housing Housing Affordabilty HUD HUD Secretary Castro 2015-12-02 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Origination The future of housing in America can seem so close, yet so far away, but government officials and housing experts are already hot on the case making their evaluations of the present state of the market and predictions for the future.HUD Secretary Julián Castro discussed the future of housing Wednesday in a discussion forum, which highlighted issues surrounding affordable housing across America.Other speakers in the discussion included: David Adame, President and CEO, Chicanos Por La Causa; Lisa Belkin, Author and HBO Consultant, “Show Me A Hero”, HBO; Mark Calabria, Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute; Eileen Fitzgerald, President, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future; and Chris Herbert, Managing Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, among many others.In the discussion, Secretary Castro first addressed the state of the housing market today by shining some light on the headliner topic of affordability issues.HUD Secretary Julián Castro”We are in a much better place nationally in terms of our housing market than we were a few years ago when we went through the housing crisis… in terms of home sales, home values, and levels of foreclosures, we are much stronger today than we were a few years ago,” Secretary Castro noted.Secretary Castro then began to discuss the larger issue on everyone’s mind: affordable housing. In addition, he talked about housing trends among older Americans.Other speakers noted that the problem has shifted from demand to supply and is not just within housing itself, but also among inequality in all forms.”We have a massive supply problem and can’t transform housing over night,” Fitzgerald noted.Secretary Castro outlined that HUD’s goal is to provide affordable, accessible, and inclusive communities for all consumers. “Homeownership is at its lowest level in decades. It’s a challenge we need to tackle,” he said.The aging population also plays an important part in the future of housing. Secretary Castro said in the discussion that not enough preparation has been done to accommodate older Americans.”Older Americans don’t get enough attention in regards to housing needs,” he said. “We haven’t prepared for people to age…this compounds the affordability crisis attention in housing needs to shift from the Millennials to the Baby boomers. There’s value in older adults…we need to cultivate that.”Despite how bleak the picture may appear, the housing market has made many strides.Secretary Castro explained that there has been a 36 percent overall reduction in homelessness in the U.S. Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans were a huge driver for minority homeownership, and 44 percent of home loans that went to African-Americans last year were from the FHA.Rental affordability is topic that the entire mortgage industry has familiarized itself with as renting is more expensive than buying in most places. “We have a rental affordability crisis in the US,” Secretary Castro explained.There is not one place in the country where consumers can afford to rent a 2-bedroom apartment of a full-time minimum wage salary.The solution to affordable housing for all consumers “will take creativity and new resources to leverage private investment,” Secretary Castro said.Click here to watch the complete discussion.center_img December 2, 2015 563 Views HUD Secretary Castro Addresses America’s Housing Affordability Crisislast_img read more

Photo credit Joshua HolkoGo back to the enewslet

first_imgPhoto credit: Joshua HolkoGo back to the e-newsletterAurora Expeditions has unveiled its brand-new partnership with the Canon Collective – the social community of leading photography and camera brand, Canon Australia. The partnership will see the two companies align to bring travellers an exclusive Antarctic photography experience on an expedition to Antarctica and South Georgia this November.The collaboration will provide the ultimate Antarctic photography experience for photographers of all levels. An onboard photography programme will be delivered by award-winning professional polar photographer, Joshua Holko, and inspiring environmental photographer, Martyn Lucas.Travellers can expect to develop their photography through a series of lectures and workshops as they sail through the stunning landscapes of Antarctica and South Georgia. Guides will assist in the field with camera skills, one-on-one tuition as well as assistance with editing and post-production skills.Travellers will also be treated to the opportunity to trial a range of Canon’s photography equipment with support from two Canon Collective ambassadors, who will be on hand to teach and assist passengers more about the products as well as support the photography guides with tips and tricks for capturing the best photographs.What can travellers expect to photograph on this amazing expedition? They’ll capture the early-season light as the days grow longer and skies change from blue to all shades of pink. Soaring seabirds will be photographed as they follow in the ship’s wake along with at least three species of penguin as they come ashore in the thousands for the short, intense summer.Travelling aboard the 54-passenger Polar Pioneer and a fleet of inflatable Zodiacs, passengers will cruise past and snap intricately shaped icebergs and giant glaciers, piercing out of the snowy backdrop into the clear, icy waters. Daily shore landings offer opportunities to explore and capture the wildlife and landscapes most only dream of.The 18-day Photographer’s First Light expedition featuring the Canon Collective departs Santiago, Chile with a flight to Stanley in the Falkland Islands on 19 November 2016, and ends in Punta Arenas, Chile on 6 December 2016. Prices start from US$14,300 per person and includes all onboard accommodation and meals, daily excursions, expert guides, photography workshops and use of Canon’s latest equipment.Go back to the e-newsletterPhoto credit: Joshua HolkoPhoto credit: Michael BaynesPhoto credit: Joshua HolkoPhoto credit: Joshua Holkolast_img read more

Pedestrian critical after being hit by car in Limassol

first_imgA 42-year-old man was in critical condition in Limassol hospital on Sunday after being hit by a car in the city while crossing the road on Saturday night, police said.At around 8pm a 54-year-old woman driving on Paphos Street hit the man and then went on to collide with another car, one being driven by a 25-year-old, at the traffic lightsThe injured man was taken to Limassol hospital where he was found to have sustained multiple skull and other fractures, and internal bleeding and was admitted to ICU. His condition is critical, police said.  The female driver was arrested.  You May LikeBuzz Noble18 Most Loyal Breeds of DogsBuzz NobleUndoVery FunnyThese Actors Are Unrecognizable In Their RolesVery FunnyUndoNeckHammockIs The Neck Hammock Helpful?NeckHammockUndo High temperatures increase risk of firesUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

The Vermont senator

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