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HUD Approves $8.2B Puerto Rico Recovery Plan

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / HUD Approves $8.2B Puerto Rico Recovery Plan Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Ben Carson HOUSING HUD Hurricane Irma Hurricane Maria infrastructure Puerto Rico 2019-03-01 Radhika Ojha Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: The 10 Most Homebuyer Friendly Markets Next: Ask the Economist with Skylar Olsen About Author: Radhika Ojha Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago March 1, 2019 2,348 Views The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reaffirmed its commitment to get Puerto Rico back on its feet after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in late 2017. The agency approved the island nation’s latest disaster recovery plan as well as the disbursement of $8.2 billion as part of the grant made available to Puerto Rico’s recovery by Congress in 2018. However, this approval comes with tight fiscal controls.“This is an unprecedented investment and since Puerto Rico has a history of fiscal malfeasance, we are putting additional financial controls in place to ensure this disaster recovery money is spent properly,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “With stringent HUD oversight, these dollars should have a real, lasting impact on Puerto Rico and help our fellow citizens who are struggling to recover from these devastating storms.”HUD said that its approval of Puerto Rico’s action plan makes the island nation eligible for Congressionally appropriated disaster relief funds which will be awarded through HUD’s grant programs.The heightened scrutiny of how these funds are spent will include enhanced monitoring of expenses as well as other measures designed to ensure Puerto Rico’s legal and prudent use of the funds, HUD said in a statement.On its part, Puerto Rico has said that it will address the “urgent humanitarian needs” of the island’s residents while “also developing and implementing a transformative recovery.” The amended action plan submitted by the island includes an analysis of early damage estimates and gives details about an initial program design to address the island’s recovery with the first tranche of $1.5 billion that was approved by HUD as well as the additional $8.2 billion.The action plan indicated that the parameters within which the remaining funds would be spent would be outlined in forthcoming federal guidelines, and its proposed uses determined in subsequent action plans.In February 2018, Congress had approved $1.5 billion towards the recovery efforts with an additional $18.5 billion approved in April, which also included funds targeted to reinstating the electric grid and other mitigation activities after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Loss Mitigation, News Tagged with: Ben Carson HOUSING HUD Hurricane Irma Hurricane Maria infrastructure Puerto Rico Subscribe  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago HUD Approves $8.2B Puerto Rico Recovery Plan The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

Knott priest stresses supporting students in faith journeys

first_imgWhen Fr. Dennis Strach found out he would be moving into Knott Hall at the beginning of last semester, he did not know what to expect. The last time he lived in a dorm, Strach was a student himself, and he wasn’t sure how he would approach serving as both a resource and a friend to his students. However, Strach feels the men of Knott quickly and readily accepted him into their community.“It’s been short but it seems like in many ways I’ve known them for a while or the welcome has been such that I’ve been moved by their openness and their willingness to let me accompany them in their time at Notre Dame and in their faith journeys especially,” Strach said.When Strach asked what Knott’s “thing” is, the rector, Pat Kincaid, said the community is rather spiritual. Though he was skeptical at first, Strach said he has found that to be true.“[They ask] good questions trying to find the meat of their faiths, like ‘I don’t want to go to Mass and just have that be like a box to check or something I’m expected to do,’” Strach said. “Why do we go, what is that? How do you pray? Do you just talk to yourself? What is it? Good questions, not doubting their faith but wanting to try to get something out of it and be in relationship with Christ.”One of the benefits of having a priest in residence, Strach said, is being able to see religion in a context other than Mass or in the classroom.“I think to be able to see you as a normal person sort of lends itself to a deeper relationship,” Strach said. “I find that in those moments or the informal gatherings … we realize that we’re on the same journey. We’re in different places, we might have taken different paths, maybe you’re called to the same path, I don’t know but living alongside your students or being able to be an active part of their lives and build an actual relationship with them outside of just Mass or something lends itself to that. … It helps put some flesh on the bones of that statement that we try to like walk alongside our students, not just in your academic endeavors but really just in your normal life. I’m blessed to be in that role.”Strach also serves as the associate director of vocations for the U.S. province of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, and he focuses on high school students who are interested in the priesthood. Strach compared his goals to marketing but with a twist.“You’re not selling a product or recruiting, but rather what you’re selling is the authenticity of your own life and the fact that I’m actually happy and if I could choose anything else, I would choose this again. There’s a lot of people that would,” Strach said.One of the challenges and aims in Strach’s role as both a vocations director and a priest in residence is to break down the stereotypes and misconceptions about life as a priest.“You’re always trying to help people kind of create the space to think about your gifts and talents,” Strach said. “But I think [the role] any priest or brother really plays is probably just the witness of their life, like a married couple: if you’re happy, people say like, whatever you guys got, I want to do that … authentic joy and integrity in your vocation leads people to ask some good questions, but also want what you want.”Accompaniment, or supporting and listening to people on their faith journeys, is a big part of both of Strach’s roles. “The role of a vocations director is really just to kind of create some structure such that people have the space and kind of resources, accompaniment to think about this vocation, have someone to work with to ask their questions and line them up with where they need to be,” Strach said.Strach stressed that priests in residents should be seen as a resource for all students, no matter their religious beliefs or lack thereof.“Hopefully through the witness of so many people on campus and, again, steady presence and being around enough that they know of our care for them, whether it’s explicit conversation or just being at their game or being at their play or their concert … for those people that there might be some barriers to to our communicating or seeing me as a resource, hopefully those will break down,” he said.Tags: Congregation of the Holy Cross, Knott Hall, priest in residencelast_img read more

COVID-19 positive man refuses to be taken to hospital, hugs neighbors in rage

first_imgA 40-year-old man initialed as AR, who has tested positive for COVID-19, has caused a commotion as he refused to be taken to the hospital by a team of medical workers and fumed at his neighbors in the city of Tasikmalaya, West Java.He had tested positive of COVID-19 in a recent swab test.AR became enraged when the team, wearing hazmat suits, approached to pick him up at his house in Empangsari subdistrict in the city on Friday. He became more infuriated when neighbors recorded the event on their mobile phones. He ran after the neighbors and hugged then in an apparent attempt to infect them with the viral disease.“What are you staring at? I will hug you all, you will soon be people under monitoring,” he said, referring to the ODP status, while chasing and hugging residents, Kompas.com reported on Friday.In the end, the medical workers managed to persuade AR to be taken to hospital and quarantined in an isolation room.Read also: 46 medical workers in Semarang contract COVID-19 after patients fail to reveal travel history Tasikmalaya Deputy Mayor Muhammad Yusuf confirmed that a patient had gone berserk when he was to be picked up by medical workers.Yusuf said the authority had to pick up the patient as he had refused to isolate himself.“I have ordered a team to forcibly take the patient, because if not, it would be dangerous for the neighborhood if transmission occurs,” he said.He also demanded that the team track the patient’s contacts and disinfect the area around the patient’s house. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

US family buys Southport house in multimillion-dollar pre-auction deal

first_imgThe house exudes luxury. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe house was designed by renowned Gold Coast architect Bayden Goddard.“The buyers were from San Francisco and flew in to see the property and secure it,” Mr Paradise said. “It’s a stunning architecturally designed home — it’s a one off.“We have thrilled buyers and sellers.” The three-level property was designed by renowned Gold Coast architect Bayden Goddard and has a Hamptons style throughout. It features a six-car garage, wine cellar, pool, seamless indoor and outdoor living and entertaining and sits in the highly regarded TSS precinct. 16 Brighton Pde, Southport, sold before auction in a multimillion-dollar deal. A custom-built Cape Cod house, which is often in the property limelight, has been snapped up by buyers from the US in a multimillion-dollar pre-auction sale. The luxurious Southport house was set to head under the hammer on Sunday but numerous offers saw the deal be inked Saturday night. Entertain in style. It has been very popular online. Owners Kate and Price Gallie, who built the property to raise their four sons, are used to their luxury house being in the spotlight.“It’s always been very much loved on Pinterest, it won Australia’s best room many years ago in Home Beautiful magazine … it has always been out there and people seem to love it,” Ms Gallie told the Bulletin in March. “They love the high ceilings and the light, the architect has done a great job.“And I had a great time styling and decorating it as well.”During the property’s most recent campaign it was often one of Queensland’s most viewed properties on realestate.com.au each week. It is on a 1553sq m block. The Gallie family have purchased property locally with plans to build another standout house. “My husband compares it to a rock group who put out their first album — will it be a one-hit wonder? Was it a fluke?,” Ms Gallie said.“I hope I don’t regret leaving, it’s going to be hard one to leave.” It sold for an undisclosed figure.Ray White Prestige Surfers Paradise agent Jackson Paradise said the six-bedroom property at 16 Brighton Pde sold for an undisclosed figure to an expat family. CoreLogic records show the house was listed with a different agency with a $4.75 million price guide in December 2018. MORE NEWS: Is this the Coast’s most popular mansion? MORE NEWS: Imagine living at a resort A family from the States purchased the six-bedroom house. last_img read more

Garner says the West Indies should not be underestimated in day-night conditions

first_imgBy Jonathan Liew: The TelegraphJOEL Garner has warned England that they underestimate the tourists at their peril. The legendary Bajan fast bowler, and now the West Indies team manager, believes that the first-ever day-night Test in England will be won by whichever team can adapt better to the pink ball and the unfamiliar conditions.The West Indies’ recent record in this country is abysmal. You have to go back to 1988 for their last series win in England, and 2000 for the last time they even won a Test.With key players such as Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo and Sunil Narine absent due to a board dispute and the Caribbean Premier League, few are offering them much hope this time.But crucially, they have played a day-night Test before – a narrow defeat to Pakistan in Dubai last October. And with a dangerous pace attack led by Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel, and a new coach in Stuart Law restoring fitness and discipline, Garner believes this series will be a good deal more competitive than many people think.“Not many people are giving us a lot of hope,” said Garner, who only ever lost one Test series in 10 years as a player. “I think the fellas have got talent. It’s who makes the greatest adjustment in the day-night game. Games between England and the West Indies are competitive. I wouldn’t completely write them off.“It’s going to be some interesting times. I think people are writing the West Indies off too early, and it could be at their own peril. Cricket is played in the middle at the end of the day and it’s who makes the fastest adjustment.”Nevertheless, Garner admitted that the absence of at least a dozen players who would easily have made the current squad was a significant loss. “It is what it is,” he said. “The players have made a decision that they want to play a shorter version of the game. They will have to make their mind up about whether they want to come back and play the longer version.“We will welcome them back because they are our better players, but at the present moment we are here to play cricket. We’ve got to work with what we’ve got.”And so this is a young, inexperienced West Indies side, only three of whom – Roach, Gabriel and Kieran Powell – have played Test cricket in England before. But Garner said that Law, who replaced Phil Simmons as coach in January, had instilled new standards of professionalism in a squad that had become a touch lazy over the years.“Some of our players have become accustomed to the CPL way of doing things,” Garner said. “Players are being encouraged to train harder and get fitter. We’ve always had players with ability, players with style and flair, but the lack of preparation at the top could have been part of the problem.”last_img read more