first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Post VP Mike Pence Addresses Industry Stakeholders on COVID-19 Response Home / Daily Dose / VP Mike Pence Addresses Industry Stakeholders on COVID-19 Response Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Hon. Brian D. Montgomery Discusses the State of Housing Next: New York Lawmakers: Mortgage Forbearance Is Not Enough Tagged with: housing market 2020 Mike Pence Mortgage leaders Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News April 23, 2020 2,076 Views The Vice President of the United States Mike Pence addressed business and mortgage leaders during a conference call on Thursday, discussing the federal government’s response to COVID-19. The call was hosted by Dr. Benjamin Carson, Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Brian D. Montgomery, Federal Housing Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of HUD. Pence told the mortgage and business leaders that “we are making real progress” in slowing the spread of COVID-19, and that social-distancing efforts are helping to flatten the curve. “As of this morning, I am pleased to report that the numbers on the west coast continue to be low and steady but even in the New York metro area, including New Jersey and Connecticut and of course all of New York City’s broader area we believe that we are past the peak,” Pence said. Pence continued, saying: “Every single day we are one day closer to putting this epidemic in the past and I want to assure you that we are going to continue to use the full weight of the local government to support.” Secretary Carson said that the FHA took a series of important actions to provide relief to the American people across the country.HUD enacted foreclosure and eviction moratoriums for 60 days in March and announced in April that homeowners insured through the FHA could either make reduced payments or defer payments, for six months if they were impacted by COVID-19. Commissioner Montgomery added that the FHA will “obviously evaluate” the length of the policy as needed in the weeks ahead.He also said that the FHA issued a temporary waiver related to the in-person contact of early-default intervention.”In accordance with the CARES Act, we swiftly issued a mortgagee letter with loss-mitigation options for single-family borrowers affected by COVID-19. These policies should ease the stress of both borrowers and servicers,” Commissioner Montgomery said. He added that as long as the borrower is on a forbearance plan, the lender or servicer must waive all fees, charges, and penalties. However, Commissioner Montgomery noted that “we strongly encourage” people to continue to pay their mortgages if they are able.”We need to ensure our resources are directed to those who most need the help,” Commissioner Montgomery said. “I want to thank Vice President Pence, Secretary Carson, and Commissioner Montgomery for recognizing the efforts being made across the mortgage industry towards protecting and preserving homeownership,” Delgado said. “We applaud the efforts of the Administration and the unwavering commitment displayed by HUD to protect homeownership nationwide.”Secretary Carson recalled his life before HUD, working in medicine, operating on children with problems. He said he has seen firsthand the trauma that comes into people’s lives with a child is sick. However, he said he has also seen the “incredible resilience of the human spirit.” “Even when children and families are given a difficult response, those families’ first response is to pull together, to still their spirits to face the future with steady hands and hearts full of faith. That’s the sort of response we’re seeing happen within our American family as we resolve to pull together during this urgency put upon us by COVID-19,” Secretary Carson said. Secretary Carson added that he has taken those decades of experience in the operating room into the mindset of HUD. “While housing needs are always in my direct line of sight at HUD, the importance of keeping people healthy and safe has never really left my wider view. At the end of the day, everything comes secondary to a person’s health,” he said. Commissioner Montgomery added during the call that, “no one should lose their home because of the virus.”The Commissioner added that for loss mitigation, home retention options are available for single-family borrowers and include senior borrowers with FHA-insured reverse mortgages, known as home-equity conversion mortgages, or HECMs for short, by extending important deadlines. “To help our seniors affected by COVID-19, the HECM provision includes delays on calling the loans due in payable, such as when a borrower enters a healthcare facility due to COVID-19. This policy also extends timelines and temporarily withdraws requirements for HECM claims to reduce burdens on servicers,” Commissioner Montgomery said. He added that the COVID-19 National Emergency Standalone Partial Claim is designed to be used once a borrower’s COVID-19 forbearance period ends and if they are able to resume their prior payment. “To ensure this process is smooth for borrowers and servicers, we are developing a new portal to receive and process the standalone partial claims within FHA’s new cloud platform known as FHA Catalyst, which is our fortuitously timed aggressive effort to modernize our IT infrastructure. We expect this functionality to be ready by June, right about the time we should start seeing the first COVID-19 partial claims,” Commissioner Montgomery said. For borrowers who do not qualify for the COVID-19 Standalone Partial Claim at the end of their forbearance period, vendors are required to evaluate them for other loss-mitigation options. Secretary Carson said the HUD received $1 million in COVID-19-related funding to support the Fair Housing Initiative Program, mostly for education and outreach initiatives.He added that funded activities will include a range of national, regional, and local educational and outreach activities to address fair housing issues related to the coronavirus. Secretary also said that HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity is currently drafting a notice of funding available to make these funds available competitively, on an expedited basis.Additionally, Secretary Carson said funds being made available through the CARES Act provide an additional $5 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program.”The CARES Act is also providing unprecedented and immediate relief to American families, workers, and businesses that support a variety of programs,” Secretary Carson said. The CARES Act also designated $1.25 billion for a tenant-based rental assistant, $1 billion for Section 8 project-based rental assistance, $200 million for Indian Housing block grant program, $100 million for Indian Community Development block grants, $65 million for housing persons with AIDS, $50 million for housing the elderly, and $15 million for housing persons with disabilities. Earlier this week, Five Star Global’s President and CEO Ed Delgado spoke with Commissioner Montgomery for a candid discussion about the industry’s reaction to COVID-19. Listen to that full podcast conversation here. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago housing market 2020 Mike Pence Mortgage leaders 2020-04-23 Mike Albanese Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

first_img Untitled One among many Unbeaten 49ers will visit UCLA for key MPSF match “Living that public life, no doubt it has helped me,” Alex Bregman said. “Watching my dad deal with criticism, it’s helped me 100 percent. You develop a thick skin that way. I’ve seen him fight for what he believes in. You have to have confidence. You can’t let the outside noise creep in.”Alex walked into the noise Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. He is the 23-year-old third baseman for the Houston Astros, drafted second overall from LSU just two years ago.In his second World Series plate appearance he drilled a home run off Clayton Kershaw.Related Articles Untitled Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error On Wednesday he singled, and his eighth-inning double off Brandon Morrow prompted the Dodgers to bring in Kenley Jansen with six outs to get, and Bregman scored on Carlos Correa’s base hit.The rest of the game was the Elysian Park Air Show, with six home runs from the ninth inning through the 11th and a Series single-game record of eight overall. Acuff’s leap nets indoor title Sam Bregman is the chairman of New Mexico’s Democratic party.“He’s probably the best-known lawyer in the state, too,” said Alex Bregman, his son.Alex didn’t say “best-liked.” There is a Stop Sam Bregman page on Facebook. There is criticism of his advocacy of those accused of child molestation, drug trafficking, and government corruption.This is no country for shy men, and Bregman has criticized state senators in his own party and called Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King “the worst attorney general” in state history. Bregman regularly clashes with Republican governor Susana Martinez, too. Smoke entered the ballpark from a nearby brush fire, a fan jumped into the Houston bullpen and was seized upon by guards, a wild pickoff throw hit second base umpire Laz Diaz and thus prevented the Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez from getting to third base in the 10th. … Was this the World Series or “Stranger Things?”But the Astros won, 7-6, and a tied World Series goes to Houston for Games 3-4-5, and the type of inside noise Bregman welcomes.Return to Game 7 of the ALCS, fifth inning, one out, runners on first and third, Houston leading 1-0.Todd Frazier’s chopper found Bregman, playing on the grass, as Greg Bird ran home on contact.“I’d had the same situation against the Angels recently and Justin Upton hit one to me,” Bregman said. “I went for the double play. The run scored and (Manager) A.J. (Hinch) told me, hey, next time, get the out at home. We might need that in the playoffs.”But Bregman had to fit this throw into a thimble. It hit catcher Brian McCann’s glove just as Bird did. McCann handled it flawlessly and Bird was out. Had he been safe, it’s a 1-1 game with one out and two on and the Yankees gathering speed. Instead, the high-risk maneuver preserved Houston’s lead.“I just went for it,” Bregman said. “When I got back to the dugout, (Justin) Verlander and the guys told me I had big (guts) for doing that.”Bregman was called up last summer and started 0 for 36. Hinch responded by moving him up to the No. 2 hole. He wound up hitting .264. This season he had 19 homers, 71 RBI, a .284 average and an .826 OPS.“I’d been hitting beach balls in the minor leagues and now this was something different,” Bregman said. “I’m just happy he had that confidence.”Bregman would be playing shortstop most anywhere else. The Astros have Correa, so he’s at third. He broke a finger in high school and was passed over in the draft. He first wore No. 30 at LSU to remind himself of the teams that missed him.On Thanksigiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, you can find Bregman in a batting cage somewhere. LSU coach Paul Mainieri gave him a key.So the self-assurance works in a big-league clubhouse when it syncs up with constant work and production, and when Bregman speaks Spanish with Correa, Jose Altuve, etc., and cites the “gray hair” of 40-year-old Hall of Fame candidate Carlos Beltran.“I studied it in high school and I played a lot in Cuba, Colombia, Mexico,” Alex said. “I’m pretty fluent, as far as understanding whatever they say.”Bregman also had a famous grandfather. Stanley Bregman founded a law firm in Washington, negotiated the sale of the Senators to the group that made them the Minnesota Twins, and moved to Albuquerque, where he was known as Stan The Man to the racetrack handicappers.Stanley saw all of Alex’s 19 high school home runs. He died at 83, three years ago.“He’s still watching me,” said Alex, who never wanted to be a lawyer but isn’t too bad with opening statements. Untitled last_img read more

first_img“We are pleased to be able to open an enlarged and much improved Reptile House to the public. Within a historic building, visitors will see an all new and modern display area with custom-made habitats for the reptiles and amphibians,” said Gail L. Hunton, supervising historic preservation specialist with the Monmouth County Park System. MIDDLETOWN – After more than a year of extensive renovations, the Reptile House in Huber Woods Park reopened its doors for visitors Monday, Dec. 9. The Reptile House in Huber Woods Park is officially open after undergoing extensive renovations to its interior and exterior. Visitors can see a variety of amphibians and reptiles in the facility’s new animal exhibits.Photo courtesy Monmouth County Park System The Reptile House has been renovated with fresh interior and exterior features, replacing what was formerly a cramped and outdated design. “We’re extremely ecstatic to reopen and welcome visitors. The space looks so different and works well for visitors to come see our inhabitants,” said Sam Skinner, senior park naturalist, in a press release. “If our critters could talk, they’d say how nice it is to be in a more natural environment.” During the renovations, animals were housed in a safe place within Huber Woods Park. The Reptile House is home to a variety of reptiles and amphibians for guests to visit and learn about. That includes a natural corn snake, northern pine snake, eastern king snake, northern diamondback terrapins, spotted turtles, Fowler’s toads, gray tree frogs and more, the park system stated. According to the Monmouth County Park System, the Reptile House was originally built in 1927 as a garage for the Hands Huber House, now Huber Woods’ Environmental Center. It has housed reptiles since the 1990s and is a popular site in the park. The park system called the new animal habitats “one of the best features of the renovation.” A firm that specializes in animal habi- tats completed the installation. They now feature environmental controls, lighting and scenery. The habitats are accompanied by “lively graphics and signs” with detailed information about the animals and their environments. “Colorful wall graphics and information about the species on display enliven the space,” said Hunton. Inside, visitors now experience an open floor plan with newer and larger live animal exhibits reproduced with environmental themes to mirror natural habitats, as well as expanded work areas and better circulation for guests. For more information, visit monmouthcountyparks.com. The reptile house is located at 25 Brown’s Dock Road in Middletown Township. Winter visitation hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. During warmer months weekend hours are extended to 5 p.m. “No matter what time of year, visitors should also be sure to stop into the Huber Woods Environmental Center and explore its exhibits and displays. These facilities are just two of the many ways the Park System encourages visitors to connect to the natural world around them,” according to the park system.last_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — As mistake-prone as the 49ers pass defense is, the Los Angeles Rams don’t have to prey on it Sunday, not when they boast the league’s leading running back in Todd Gurley.“It wasn’t a coincidence he was the NFL MVP last year, and so far he’s on his way to winning that again,” coach Kyle Shanahan said of Gurley, who actually won the AP Offensive Player of the Year award while Tom Brady captured MVP honors. …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John Brien, AgriGold agronomistUpon planting a seed into the medium called the soil, one could assume that it is tucked into a warm and inviting environment, where nothing bad can happen to it. If a grower had that assumption, they would be WRONG!When a grower plants a seed into the soil, the war begins. The war is between the seed and the “bugs” that are present in the soil. The seed’s goal is to sprout and grow, while the bug’s goal in today’s discussion is to decompose the seed along with any other organic matter, making it nonviable. Both sides are ready to wage war, but how do they plan on winning? The bugs: Who are they and how do they win?The bugs in this story are the fungi found in all soils. The fungi that battles corn seeds and seedlings are Pythium and Fusarium. The reason the bugs battle corn seeds and seedling is due to their role in the soil cycle. The bug’s role in the soil is to decompose any and all organic matter, much like the acids in our stomachs. Farmers like these bugs when they decompose corn, wheat and/or wheat residue, so next year’s crop can be planted and use the nutrients released from the decomposed residue. Unfortunately, these bugs do not differentiate between residue and valuable seeds. If there is material to decompose, they will attack it, with full vengeance.There are three strategies bugs use to win the battle. The first strategy the bugs use is time. The bugs will have a better chance of outnumbering and overtaking a corn seed or seedling if the corn is slow to grow and develop, thus giving the bugs more time to attack and win. Conditions such as day time temperature in the mid to low 60s, wet to saturated soils and cloudy days are a bug’s dream environment to prosper due to the slow growth of corn plants in these conditions. The second advantage is numbers. There are billions of bugs attacking one seed or seedling, given time and numbers, the bugs tend to win. The third advantage is skill. The bugs only have one job and they are masters at their craft and their only goal is to eat and decompose. So, with skill time and numbers, the bugs can be a tough enemy to defend against. The seeds: How do they out-maneuver the bugs?Corn seeds and seedlings have no natural defense against their enemy, so they must rely on some allies for victory. The first ally of a corn seed is the seed treatment that comes on the seed. The seed treatment is designed to be the first line of defense for the corn seed. Seed treatments are designed to protect the seed while it is beginning its new life. Unfortunately, the seed treatment only protects the seed for approximately 21 days. After that critical window, the seed must then rely on its second ally.The second ally and the most successful defense against the bugs is good growing conditions. Good growing conditions allow the corn plants to utilize the only method available to them that can truly beat the bugs and that is to outgrow them. Meaning the corn plant grows to a size where the bugs are no longer a factor for defeat. The corn plants need to establish a good set of nodal roots to ensure a complete victory over the soil bugs.The war is raged every year in the Eastern Corn Belt, on every soil type and on every farm. Planting into a warming trend and into soils that are not saturated provides a battlefield that is favorable to our seed. Any help a grower can provide will reap huge rewards as the enemy is small but mighty and never seems to get tired!last_img read more

first_imgMILO executives during the announcement of the Philippine team for the FC Barcelona training on Wednesday. Photo by Bong LozadaThirteen kids are set to go on a trip of a lifetime as they head to  Spain this October to experience the brand of football of the La Liga giant FC Barcelona.The selected youngsters, who were chosen after two-day camp conducted by MILO and FCB Escola Youth Academy, will be in Barcelona from October 15 to 23 for a series of trainings and other activities including watching a live La Liga match between Barcelona and Malaga at Camp Nou.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES But Willy De Ocampo, the Vice President and Business Unit Manager of MILO Philippines, said they are “committed to bringing everybody to Barcelona.”“Rest assured there won’t be anyone left behind, everyone will fly either on Saturday or Thursday,” said De Ocampo. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Tamaraws come up short against the Green Archers anew From 150 participants, Lien Dale Manuel, Lara Angela Amante, Liam Arc Villaran, Kevin Hadap, Heaven Andrei Teodosio, Lorenzo Miguel Castillo Plaza, Alexis Caitlin Tan, Joseph Kyne Garces, Marcus Lucas Arias, Lorenz Albert Tortona, Enzo Gacutan Courbet, Boris Malcolm Uy, and Ethan Jacob Roxas impressed coaches the most during the camp held last September 2 to 3.“We believe that we have a really good team of kids who exemplify the right mix of values and skills that both MILO and FC Barcelona advocate,” said the brand’s sports executive Robbie De Vera Wednesday during the press conference in Taguig.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 shutoutFormer Barcelona defender Eric Abidal will also join the young footballers in the training camp where they will also undergo classroom sessions at FCB Escola and technical skills development on the pitch.Unfortunately, there were hiccups when it came to processing of visa with a some of the kids with only a few days left before the trip. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Benitez now free to walk out of Newcastleby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRafa Benitez could walk out of Newcastle United today.The Mirror says the only thing keeping manager Benitez from walking out before now has been the £6million he would have had to pay to his sportswear tycoon boss for breaking his contract.But that clause has now expired, and Benitez can quit St James’ Park for nothing.However, he recognises any movement in the manager’s chair could end in relegation disaster.Even though he is putting his managerial head on the block by staying put, he doesn’t want to turn his back on the Geordie fans. last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery pressed about dumped Ozilby Paul Vegas9 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery was reluctant to discuss Mesut Ozil’s situation last night.Emery did not consider Ozil for their Europa League win over Vitoria.Pushed about the German, the manager would only say: “Tonight is not the day to speak about that.”I prefer to speak about the match. We have all the players who played.”He’s not in the squad. That is the decision tonight. Now we are going to work towards Sunday.” last_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — Citizens’ Services Minister Jinny Sims announced yesterday that the provincial government will contribute $7 million for Shaw Communications to build a fibre-optic cable along the Hart Highway between Prince George and Dawson Creek.The fibre optic line that will be built from the Northern Cariboo to the Peace Region will be just over 400 kilometres in length, and is one of four connectivity projects being funded by the B.C. government. Shaw has had issues serving the Peace Region in the past, and yesterday’s announcement came just one day after an issue with a fibre line caused Shaw customers in Fort St. John, Taylor, and Dawson Creek to experience a service interruption. Last year, Shaw customers in the Peace experienced three separate outages due to issues with the company’s network.On Tuesday, Sims announced that the Province and Feds are both partnering with internet service providers on $38 million worth of Internet infrastructure across B.C., with the provincial government contributing $11.3 million in total. “This is not just an investment in high-speed internet, it’s an investment in the future for those living in rural, First Nations and Indigenous communities, so they have access to cutting-edge emergency services, high-quality health care, world-class education and improved ability to participate in the growing digital economy,” said Sims. “By working with our federal and local partners, we are leveraging relationships to give people in these communities the same internet access as those living in major urban centres.”The announcement was part of an event hosted by Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, as the federal government committed a further $19,748,063 to the four projects.“Access to high-speed internet is not a luxury, it’s essential,” said Bains. “High-speed internet service is a basic tool that all Canadians should have access to, regardless of their postal code. Canadians need this service to do business, upgrade their education and build stronger communities. Thanks to our Connect to Innovate program, more Canadians will be able to participate fully in the digital economy.”last_img read more

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – RCMP responded to a Motor Vehicle Crash East of Chetwynd on Hwy 97 S. On Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 5:05 AM.According to the RCMP, when the police arrived, the driver of the vehicle had left the scene. After a thorough investigation police discover that the vehicle involved had been reported stolen out of Mackenzie BC.With help from members of the community, Chetwynd RCMP was able to track down the driver of the vehicle. The driver, who is well known to police, is a prolific offender from Prince George, the Peace Laird Area and into Alberta. The suspect remains in police custody, pending a future court date and could face charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Break and Enter Tools, and leaving the scene of an accident.The investigation is ongoing and police ask anyone with information on this matter to call the Chetwynd RCMP at 250 778 9221 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477last_img read more