Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Housing construction hasn’t recovered to pre-pandemic levels yet, but more permits were issued last month than expected. (Credit: iStock)The latest federal numbers show that homebuilders are planning more construction than expected, but actual construction is lagging.The Commerce Department reported this week that construction permits rose 14.4 percent month-over-month in May, above economists’ 10.8 percent projection, according to the Wall Street Journal.Housing starts however were up just 4.3 percent, well below the 22.3 percent projected and nowhere near enough to make up for April 26.4 percent decline in starts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.Work started on around 974,000 projects nationwide last month, compared to 1.27 million in May 2019. January 2020 saw the most starts of any month since the beginning of last year, with 1.62 million starts.The modest improvement in starts could be attributed to hesitation among contractors to start jobs because of confusion over new rules meant to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, which vary between jurisdictions. The higher costs associated with adopting those measures could also be slowing starts.May’s lackluster starts could reflect short-term delays. Other data suggests the mid-term and long-term prospects for the housing market are better than what May’s number reflect.The National Association of Builders’ poll saw builder sentiment record its highest jump ever, according to the Journal.Mortgage applications hit an 11-year monthly high last week, while refinancing surged 10 percent month-over-month thanks to low interest rates. [WSJ] — Dennis Lynch TagsConstructionCoronavirusHousing Market
Arsenal’s Mesut Özil removed from PES 2020 after criticising China’s treatment of MuslimsNetEase also pulls the midfielder from two other Chinese version of Konami’s football gameJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 19th December 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleKonamiNeteaseFootballer Mesut Özil has been removed from the eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 in China after speaking out against the nation’s government.The Guardian reports he posted an Instagram message with the East Turkestan republic flag in the background — a region now known as the China-controlled Xinjiang province — describing Uighur Muslims in the area as “warriors who resist persecution.””[In China] Qurans are burned, mosques were closed down, Islamic theological schools, madrasas were banned, religious scholars were killed one by one. Despite all this, Muslims stay quiet.”The post has sparked anger in China, with local Arsenal fans burning their football shirts and calling for the club to fire Özil. The BBC reports NetEase, which handles PES in the region, has removed the midfielder from PES 2020 and two other titles in China. In a statement, the publisher said: “The German player Özil posted an extreme statement about China on social media. The speech hurt the feelings of Chinese fans and violated the sports spirit of love and peace. We do not understand, accept or forgive this.”It’s not clear whether this has affected Western versions of PES. GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to Konami for clarification.China’s foreign ministry said the footballer had been “deceived by fake news.”Human rights groups maintain that Uighur Muslims are being mistreated, forced to swear loyalty to President Xi Jinping, and are even being detained without trial in high-security prison camps.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games China has frequently denied this, claiming Muslims in the region are being educated in “vocational training centres” in an effort to counter violent religious extremism.Back in October, Riot Games apologised for an error with its automated filters that was accidentally censoring any discussion related to Uighur Muslims in chat through the League of Legends client.Earlier that month, Blizzard banned professional Hearthstone player Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai from its competitions after he spoke out in support of Hong Kong protestors during a post-match interview. Blizzard later reduced his punishment but did not repeal the ban.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesKonami skipping E3 2021Publisher says it won’t be ready to participate in all-digital show, but is “in deep development on a number of key projects”By Brendan Sinclair 8 days agoNexon invests $874m in Bandai Namco, Konami, Sega and HasbroMore investments to come as part of $1.5 billion initiative to support “overlooked and undervalued” entertainment firmsBy James Batchelor A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Community By Corey McDonald – April 16, 2020 3:42 pm 4 Jersey City high school teacher suspended after rant calling George Floyd ‘a f***ing criminal’ TAGS2020 hoboken budgetbudget deficitcoronavirusCOVID-19 SHARE DeFusco takes City’s health bennies Follow Corey McDonald on Twitter @cwmcdonald_ Facebook Twitter Three votes on the City Council can’t protect Ravi from showing the budget situation but only for so long. Tick tock, the incompetence, arrogance and overspending isn’t going away. Mayor Ravi Bhalla wants to bury the budget and his proposed massive layoffs and hide behind the impact of the Chinese Communist Party coronavirus. But that scam won’t work unless Ravi can get a massive bailout for all his red ink of about $12 million before the health crisis struck America. Maybe Ravi should ask the CCP for help? Help me comrades, help me! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR meaning sieves As COVID-19 impacts Hoboken’s budget, council OKs measure urging to avoid layoffs Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Previous articleMurphy: New Jersey public schools will remain closed through at least May 15thNext articleVeteran Union City Police Officer Alex Ruperto dies from COVID-19 complications Corey McDonald April 17, 2020 11:20 am at 11:20 am Community Comments are closed. Good luck with that Ravi! HobokenPolitics & Policy The City Hoboken was facing a looming budget deficit of anywhere from $7 to $14 million back in January, but that figure has almost certainly multiplied since then due to the financial uncertainty created by COVID-19.By Corey McDonald/Hudson County ViewNow, with the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus forcing municipalities to allocate emergency spending for relief efforts, Hoboken’s budget woes continue to look bleak.It’s a similar story throughout the county and state as the virus decimates plans municipalities may have had for financial stability.Neighboring Jersey City faces at least a $70 million budget deficit and is offering buyouts to 400 City Hall workers, of whom have a combined salary of about $22.7 million.“The COVID-19 crisis has had a large impact on municipalities across New Jersey, and Hoboken is no different. The city has seen a substantial loss of revenue due to the pandemic, and is evaluating added public health expenses, including COVID-19 testing, and changing projections by the day,” city spokesman Vijay Chaudhuri said this afternoon.“Mayor Bhalla has been in close contact with our federal and state elected officials and is hopeful Hoboken and Hudson County will receive additional relief from the pandemic.”Hoboken officials recognized the potential for nearly 80 layoffs in January, which caused a flurry of residents to speak against the proposal during a council meeting last month – which occurred prior to the new norm of social distancing.During last night’s remote council meeting, officials committed to not laying off the 79 employees that had previously been noticed.However, Jason Freeman, the city’s acting business administrator, did not specifically comment on if there will be any layoffs in the city’s proposed budget.“We’re still evaluating those things, there’s still a lot of guidance that needs to be had…” he said. “We’re trying – despite all of the COVID-related things that are on everyone’s plate everyday – we’re still trying to move forward with a budget.”Freeman added that the city does not have a preliminary budget to introduce at this time. City officials could not estimate what the deficit looks like at this time.“While the city already had challenges with the rising fixed costs in this year’s budget, the COVID-19 crisis has made it substantially more difficult, and it would be fiscally irresponsible to the taxpayer to take any options off the table,” Chaudhuri also said.Last night, in a move signaling their anxiety over the potential for layoffs, the council voted 6-3 to pass a resolution urging Mayor Bhalla’s administration “to suspend all pending layoffs and publicly present a comprehensive outline of the municipal budget.”â€œOver the past three months, members of the City Council have repeatedly asked the administration to share with us a comprehensive outline of Hobokenâ€™s finances, a request that has still gone unanswered,” 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco said in a statement.“Having still not seen as much as a budget proposal, even as neighboring cities have introduced their budgets, it would be irresponsible for the city to lay off any employees until we have time to properly review the numbers, line by line.”He added that he didn’t want to see the city use the public health emergency “to cover up the preexisting deficit.”During the meeting, other council members expressed frustration over not being kept in the loop.Councilwoman Vanessa-at-Large Falco, for example, said she had a requested details of the proposed budget a month ago but had not received anything.“The intellectual property of our city employees should not be put on the butcher’s block before this council has a say,” DeFusco added during the virtual meeting.Furthermore, Council members Phil Cohen, Jim Doyle and Emily Jabbour, who all voted no on the measure, panned the resolution as a “shameless” political move by DeFusco.Doyle called the resolution “shameless,” and said it was “not the time to be making political attacks.”“With the sentiment of this resolution; it implies that the administration hasn’t been working on the budget when in fact they have. I would encourage that you would put this to the side and not be political about it,” Jabbour stated. April 17, 2020 4:35 pm at 4:35 pm the political junkies fisher, defusco and the doofus above need political battles to give their lives badly needed meaning. the problem is that if they can’t find a meaningful purpose in this dark time when everyone needs everyone else they never will find a meaningful purpose. If he really wants to save City jobs he can take health bennies from his private sector job, instead of squandering taxpayer money to buy his insurance he can get from work. Get off the taxpayer’s teat, Mike Defusco! Save City jobs! CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network lindalou April 17, 2020 11:34 am at 11:34 am The grandstanding about the budget and Councilwoman Fisher’s recent letter are both really disappointing – times like this call for unity not a continuation of the usual political BS. The mayoral election isn’t until 2021 – there will be plenty of time for politics after the crisis has past. Bayonne April 16, 2020 4:31 pm at 4:31 pm 4 COMMENTS FBW says Prime Cycle’s new location violates state guidelines for Hoboken waterfront
New York Community Bank CEO and president Joseph Ficalora (Credit: Facebook)Coronavirus relief for landlords is here, at least from one large multifamily lender.According to documents reviewed by The Real Deal, New York Community Bank, one of New York City’s largest multifamily lenders, is offering borrowers a break on their mortgage payments. Borrowers who show their cash flows are “impacted” by Covid-19 and may become “impaired” are given two options: six months interest only and escrow payments or deferral of principal and interest for six months, payable at maturity.Real estate escrow payments must be paid by the due date and will not be deferred, the document notes.The simple, one-page form asks for a copy of the borrower’s most recent rent roll, the loan number concerned along with the collateral address and a written statement on the impact on cash flow the borrower anticipates.ADVERTISEMENTNew York Community Bank did not return a request for comment.The greater share of New York Community Bank’s $41.9 billion portfolio of loans is made up of multifamily loans — $31 billion at the end of last year, according to its fourth quarter earnings report.Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, landlords have wondered what form relief will take, after they were largely left out of the federal stimulus package signed last week, except those whose tenants were already receiving rent subsidies or whose mortgages are federally-backed.Those with mortgages insured by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac can postpone their loan payments, on the condition that they do not evict any of their tenants for the forbearance period. According to a Fitch Ratings report, 105 multifamily borrowers representing $810.2 million in mortgage loans have already sought relief through that program.An executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a subsequent regulation from the Department of Financial Services mandated that banks the agency oversees offer single-family home owners forbearance on their mortgages. The regulation only applied to consumer mortgages, not commercial loans secured by property.Landlords expect that with record-breaking unemployment numbers, cash-flow from rent will be severely reduced. Although mortgage payments are typically made with the previous month’s revenue, two days after rent is due, landlords already have some indication of how impacted their rent roll will be. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Recommended for you Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsWith three goals in the last 120 seconds, Montenegro managed to avoid a huge surprise at the start of the IHF World Handball Championship 2019 against Senegal 29:25 (14:15). The African vice-champions were close untl the end, but they lost concentration in the decisive moments.Germany beat Brasil 30:24, while Serbia put Angola seven goals behind.Home team beat Argentina 24:20.Montenegro – Senegal 29-25 (14-15)Montenegro: Jaukovic Durdina 7, Majda Mehmedovic 5, Jelena Despotovic 5, Jovanka Radicevic 4, Ema Ramusovic 3, Andrea Klikovac 2, Katarina Bulatovic 1, Tatjana Bmovic 1, Itana Grbic 1.Senegal: Sankhare Amina 5, Keita Fanta 5, Camara Doungou 4, Ndiaye Hawa Ramatou 3, Paye adja Sanou 3, Dapina Raissa 2, Diop Awa Fall 2, Laura Kamdop 1.Germany– Brasil 30-24 (14-11)Germany: Julia Behnke 6, Alicia Stolle 4, Evgenija Minevskaja 4, Amalie Berger 3, Antje Lauenroth 3, Alina Grijseels 3, Meike Schmelzer 3, Emily Bolk 2, Ina Großmann 1, Kim Naidzinavicius 1.Brasil: Alexandra Martinez 5, Ana Paula Rorigues Belo 4, Eduarda Amorim 4, Adriana De Castro 4, Bruna de Paula 3, Samara Vieira 2, Tamires Araujo 1, Mariana Costa 1.Serbia – Angola 32-25 (16-12)Serbia: Zeljka Nikolic 7, Jelena Lavko 5, Dragana Cvijic 4, Jelana Trifonovic 4, Dijana Radojevic 4, Jovana Stoiljkovic 3, Sladana Pop-Lazic 3, Marija Obradovic 1, Kristina Liscevic 1.Angola: Isabel Guialo 5, Helena Paulo 4, Azenaide Carlos 4, Juliana Machado 3, Janete Santos 2, Albertina Kassoma 2, Vilma Silva 2, Wuta Dombaxi 2, Magda Cazanga 1.Japan – Argentina 24-20 (14-10)Japan: Mana Ohyama 5, Yuki Tanabe 4, Haruno Sasaki 4, Mayuko Ishitate 3, Asuka Fujita 2, Natsumi Akiyama 2, Yui Sunami 1, Hitomi Tada 1, Shiori Nagata 1, Sakura Kametani 1.Argentina: Elke Josselinne Karsten 7, Manuela Pizzo 3, Malena Cavo 3, Macarena Sans 2, Graciela Ayelen Garcia 1, Rocio Campigli 1, Camila Bonazzola 1, Luciana Mendoza 1, Antonela Lucia Mena 1, Dutch girls waiting for a no draw Norway-Germany for third semi-final in a row Click to comment JAPAN 2019: Norway against Spain, Russia VS Netherlands for the final ShareTweetShareShareEmail Dutch girls are at the TOP of the world! Related Items:Japan 2019 handball
CLEVELAND – Cleveland EMS officials canceled paramedics’ vacations this week because the city could not properly staff all of its ambulances. He cited the number of people taking sick time for issuing the emergency declaration and ordered about 18 paramedics back to work during a busy vacation period. The order will remain in place through this week, Eckart said. Read More Staffing crisis cancels paramedics’ vacations Ed Eckart, commissioner of Emergency Medical Services, declared a staffing emergency and told his top staffers Saturday evening to notify employees that their vacations and other approved time off were canceled immediately.
Scranton Mayor Slashes Public Workers’ Salaries to Minimum Wage SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – The cash-strapped city of Scranton, Pa., will be able to make its full payroll this week, one pay period after it slashed pay to the federal minimum wage level for hundreds of workers. Mayor Chris Doherty says workers will receive their full paychecks on Friday, totaling about $1 million.Two weeks ago Doherty cut the pay of about 400 workers to $7.25 per hour, prompting a series of legal challenges.Doherty has promised workers will be reimbursed for back wages but said Wednesday that won’t happen in their upcoming pay checks.Doherty and city council are locked in a dispute over a financial recovery plan. Both sides say they’re trying to reach a deal by Aug. 1 to get $2.25 million in assistance offered by the state economic development officials. Read the previous coverage on JEMS.com:
In response to the 2011-2012 Notre Dame Forum, four principals from South Bend schools came together with local parents, educators and ND students to give the community perspective on their schools’ stories of reform and change. “I think the conversation in the Forum has been very productive. But, it just seems to make no sense if we don’t move forward from the Forum and involve our local educators in this discussion,” senior Liz Chaten, the panel facilitator, said. The Education, Schooling and Society minor sponsored the event in response to the Forum in order to explore the issues on a local, community level. In addition to the panel discussion of local principles, a reception followed where other local organizations, teachers and principals shared their stories and displayed poster presentations. Deb Martin of McKinley Primary Center, Karla Lee of Edison Intermediate Center, John Kennedy of South Bend New Tech High School and Darice Austin-Phillips of Perley Primary Fine Arts Academy were the four principals featured in the panel discussion. “After the Forum, I felt many Notre Dame students had such negative feelings towards the South Bend education system,” Chaten said. “I wanted to give our students a chance to see the positive side of South Bend schools.” Each principal on the panel promoted the South Bend School Corporation and gave informative and inspiring presentations of the reforms and initiatives they have implemented in each of their respective schools. “At McKinley, we have adopted the motto ‘Learn like a champion today,’” Martin said. “This not only applies to the students, but also the teachers who promote, ‘Teach like a champion today.’” The principals also discussed how they went about planning their reforms. “We focused our reforms on answering the question, ‘What can we start to do to connect school material with real life experiences,” Lee said. Lee said Edison Intermediate Center has initiated off-campus experiences to help students connect academics with the community including a “Science Day” where students spend the day at Jordan Hall of Science and get a chance to interact with Notre Dame students and professors. Kennedy shared the new technological approach at New Tech High School, which focuses on 21st-century skills and emphasize the three C’s: college, careers of tomorrow and citizenship. Austin-Phillips discussed reforms resulting in a thorough arts-integrated academic program and heavily involved parent-teacher organization. After each principal completed a formal presentation, Chaten asked the participants a few questions about their feelings on some of the issues discussed at the Forum. Topics included the teacher accountability and common misconceptions in public dialogue on education. “Accountability of both teachers and students is necessary,” Kennedy said. “This accountability can be a good thing. Standards provide a sense of urgency for schools. If you spin that sense of urgency in a positive way, it can provide positive results.” At the end of the discussion, the panel addressed the community and Notre Dame students in particular by discussing what others can do to help education reform. “Many people often underestimate the tremendous amount of supports students need; it’s not just academic,” Austin-Phillips said. “If you want to help reform education, think about ways you can become part of that change.” Lee recommended students visit local schools to inform themselves about the issues. “What will be your impact and contribution to our future society? If you have not visited a South Bend school, go into a school and form your own perception and reality,” Lee said. Many students attended the event, including sophomore Lisa Chin and were able to start to form their own perception and attitude toward South Bend schools Lee mentioned in her advice to Notre Dame students. Students who attended said the event helped them become more informed about education issues. “It was so great that the [Education, Schooling and Society minor] brought these educators to Notre Dame. I attended the Forum, but there weren’t any actual teachers represented,” sophomore Lisa Chin said. “We are members of the South Bend community as Notre Dame students and it is definitely important that we know what is going on locally.” Contact Shannon O’Brien at [email protected]
A visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday evening at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a rosary service to begin at 6:00 p.m.Buddy was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Virginia Tomlinson and his son, Dale Allen Tomlinson.He is survived by two sons, B.G. Tomlinson, Jr. and wife Liz and Mark Steven Tomlinson and wife Carol, six grandchildren, Stephanie Coley, Marcus Tomlinson, Rebecca Sanders, Mark Steven Tomlinson, Jr., Carrie Lynn Hebert and Melissa Tomlinson, and eight great grandchildren. B.G. “Buddy” Tomlinson Sr., 93, of Groves, Texas passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas.He was born February 10, 1927 in Port Arthur, Texas to Jesse James Tomlinson and Maud Marie Hawkins Tomlinson.Buddy proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and in the United States Marine Corp following the war.He had lived in Groves for 70 years and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Radio Control Airplane Group “Oily Birds.” Buddy retired as an operator from Texaco after 32 years of service.He was also the owner of Tomlinson T.V. for over 40 years.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Church with Reverend J.C. Coon and Monsignor Kenneth Greig officiating.Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.
For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Bernalillo County, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in the county as well.To be enrolled in a New Mexico school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Sept. 1 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, the child’s previous school records and immunizations records. Check with the school for additional requirements. For details on New Mexico’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at http://nmhealth.org/about/phd/idb/imp/sreq.In 2010, New Mexico, along with 42 other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics, with science and social studies in development, though New Mexico has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.CHARTER SCHOOLSCharter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information and a listing of charter schools in New Mexico, visit the New Mexico Public Education Department’s website at https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/charter-schools.HOME SCHOOLINGFor an introduction to home schooling in New Mexico, visit the New Mexico Public Education Department’s website at https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us. Here you will find information on home-school rules and regulations, testing information, home-school curriculum providers and more.Albuquerque HomeschoolSports Associationwww.ahsasports.orgThe Albuquerque Homeschool Sports Association provides an opportunity for home school students to develop character and athletic skills while participating in competitive athletic programs. The organization offers a variety of sports to choose from, including volleyball, tennis, soccer and basketball.Atelierwww.artsattack.com/atelierThe Atelier visual art program was developed to aid parents in teaching art in a homeschool environment. Using DVD-based teaching methods, Atelier provides the home educator with the tools to help their students learn a valuable skill.Time 4 Learningwww.time4learning.com/homeschool/homeschooling_in_new_mexico.shtmlTime 4 Learning helps the home educator by providing information regarding curriculum, resources and information about home schooling in New Mexico. There is also an online support group and help for those with gifted or special needs children.PRIVATE SCHOOLSTo search for local private schools in New Mexico, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.PUBLIC SCHOOLSAlbuquerque Public Schools6400 Uptown Blvd. NEAlbuquerque, NM 87110 505-880-3700www.aps.eduAlbuquerque Public Schools is the 31st largest district in the nation, with more than 85,000 students in 141 schools. There are 88 elementary schools, 27 middle schools, 13 high schools, 11 alternative schools and two combined elementary and middle schools.Bernalillo Public Schools250 Isidro Sanchez CircleBernalillo, NM 87004………………505-867-2388www.bernalillo-schools.orgThe Bernalillo Public Schools School District includes 11 schools that serve 3,100 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. There are four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, two combined elementary and middle schools and one preschool.Rio Rancho Public Schools500 Laser RoadRio Rancho, NM 87124 505-896-0667www.rrps.netRio Rancho Public Schools has 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools and one preschool. The district has an enrollment of more than 17,200 and is the third-largest in the state.