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first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected]  Print This Post 2017-10-25 Nicole Casperson Recognizing Challenges and Taking Action October 25, 2017 1,319 Views Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: David Stevens Announces Retirement After 6 Years Helming the MBA Next: Trustees Triumph About Author: Nicole Casperson Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save DS News talks with Robert Klein, Founder and Chairman of Safeguard Properties and SecureView to discuss some of the challenges the industry is facing recovering from the recent hurricanes, along with a solution moving forward. What’s the first thing the industry needs to do in order to be more prepared for natural disasters in the future? What can housing professionals learn from this? See the exclusive interview here. Home / Daily Dose / Recognizing Challenges and Taking Action The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

first_img Previous: Single-Family Rental Yields Drop in 2020 Next: Regulators Responding to Coronavirus Spread About Author: Mike Albanese Vote on COVID-19 Support Bill Delayed Sign up for DS News Daily March 12, 2020 1,620 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Bill Coronavirus Government 2020-03-12 Mike Albanese 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. Tagged with: Bill Coronavirus Government The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agocenter_img Work on the Democrat-proposed Families First Coronavirus Response Act continued Thursday afternoon as Democrat and Republican lawmakers attempted to reach a compromise.  Politico reports that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are working to reach a deal before Congress goes into a week-long recess. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), however, called the proposal an “ideological wish list.” McConnell also said Thursday that the Senate could cancel a planned recess and stay in session. ____Original story appears below.House Democrats Wednesday evening introduced a multi-billion-dollar bill in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that includes emergency provisions with paid sick leave, free testing, food aid, and unemployment insurance, according to Politico. The report states the House is expected to vote on the measure Thursday afternoon. Republicans and the White House are aware of the provisions in the bill, but Politico states they have not announced their position on the legislation. “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is focused directly on providing support for America’s families, who must be our first priority in this emergency,” said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in a statement. “We cannot fight coronavirus effectively unless everyone in our country who needs to be tested knows they can get their test free of charge.  We cannot slow the coronavirus outbreak when workers are stuck with the terrible choice between staying home to avoid spreading illness and the paycheck their family can’t afford to lose.”Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Virginia) said on Twitter Thursday morning that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides people with health coverage, food assistance, and financial support they need to cope with “widespread consequences” of COVID-19. “This bill reflects our responsibility to stand with the American people as we confront this crisis,” Scott said on social media. Politico added that the proposal came after President Donald Trump’s Oval Office Address Wednesday evening. The President announced several emergency measures, including a 30-day ban on foreign nationals entering the U.S. from many European countries. During his address, Trump called for a payroll tax to millions to help alleviate the economic issues the virus has caused. “Alarmingly, the president did not say how the administration will address the lack of coronavirus testing kits throughout the United States,” Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement late Wednesday.”Smart action today will prevent the spread of the virus tomorrow,” the President stated during his address. Insurance companies will also be waiving copayments on coronavirus treatments and extend payments for these treatments. President Trump also announced his plan for workers who will need to be staying home.”I will soon be taking emergency action, which is unprecedented, to provide financial relief,” President Trump said. “This will be targeted at workers who are ill, quarantined, or caring for others due to coronavirus.”President Trump is also instructing the small business administration to provide capital liquidity to affected firms, and he stated he will be asking Congress to increase funding for this program by an additional $50 billion.During an address at the Oval Office, President Trump said he does not support the proposed House bill because it has items that have “nothing to do” with the disease.FHFA Director Dr. Mark Calabria in a statement, “To meet the needs of borrowers who may be impacted by the coronavirus, last week Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reminded mortgage servicers that hardship forbearance is an option for borrowers who are unable to make their monthly mortgage payment. For borrowers that may be experiencing a hardship, I encourage you to reach out to your servicer. The Enterprises and the Federal Home Loan Banks continue to provide support to the secondary mortgage market, and the UMBS market continues to operate at its normal level.”Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent letters to Administration officials, regulators, and credit reporting agencies expressing concerns about risks related to COVID-19 and the steps they are taking to prevent Americans and the financial system from being harmed.“While our federal regulators, agencies, and financial institutions must take action to protect consumers and our economy, I must emphasize that it is unacceptable to use this crisis as an excuse to justify rollbacks of important financial regulations that are in place to protect our financial system and economy,” Congresswoman Waters wrote in her letter. 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first_imgThe late-season market for Georgia watermelons is typically small, but could be critical for some Georgia farmers affected by a recent hailstorm in south Georgia, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist Tim Coolong.On Tuesday, May 3, a hailstorm hit several south Georgia counties and impacted numerous fields, leaving damaged watermelons in its path.Coolong estimates that at least 400 acres of watermelons in counties stretching from Colquitt County northeast past Telfair County were impacted by the storm. “The damage was hit or miss, with some growers being severely impacted, while others a few miles away saw just some high winds,” said Coolong. “To have some fields completely wiped out at this stage in the growing season could be devastating.”So far, Coolong has heard from about 10 growers who suffered damage to their crops, and the injuries range from minimal plant damage to crops that have been completely destroyed. For some growers, having undeveloped fruit was beneficial because heavy fruit sets would have been damaged. When the fruit is damaged, often it will continue to grow. However, the fruit will ultimately be unmarketable, so it will have to be removed from the plant to prevent draining resources. In a more moderate case, the hail will only put holes into the watermelon plant leaves. Because the damaged leaves are more vulnerable to pathogens, the grower will then have to take special care of the plant to ensure it does not acquire any diseases throughout the rest of the growing season. Watermelon’s peak season is during the latter part of June or the first couple of days in July, right before July 4. This peak window comes when watermelons are highly sought after and are very marketable.According to Coolong, when the Georgia watermelon market tapers off after July 4, other states like Indiana and Delaware then dominate the national market. However, there is a possibility that some of these Georgia growers who suffered significant damage can cash in on the late market. “It is hard to say how many of our Georgia growers plan on providing watermelons for the late market, but we can expect roughly 1,000 to 1,500 acres to be produced,” said Coolong.When Georgia growers decide to plant late watermelons — those planted in late April or early May — they will need to spray their plants more frequently for diseases that are more likely to occur, like downy mildew, Fusarium wilt and gummy stem blight. Coolong warns farmers that producing a later crop means a higher risk of losing a crop during the summer.Planting season usually starts during the beginning of March. Growers who lost their crop to inclement weather a couple of weeks ago have had the option of planting again and testing the late-season market.Watermelons accounted for more than $134 million in farm gate value in 2014, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. “Unfortunately, there is nothing growers can do to prevent damages like this from happening to their crops,” said Coolong. “Sometimes, it just happens.”(Kenzie Kesselring is an intern on the UGA Tifton Campus.)last_img read more

first_imgCoal miner PT Sumber Energi Sukses Makmur (SESM) will build a solar power station in South Sumtarai in cooperation with local palm oil plantation company PT Golden Blossom Sumatra as part of its expansion into renewable energy.According to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in Jakarta on Thursday, SESM will build a solar power station with a capacity of 10.5 megawatts (MW) to meet the electricity needs of the plantation company.Speaking to reporters after the signing of the MoU, SESM president director Zulfia Mirza said the installation of the solar panels and other devices for the solar power plant would start in July. “We’re clearing land for the solar farm, which covers around 12 hectares. The installation will begin in July,” he said. He hoped the power plant would be able to begin commercial operation in March 2022.Read also: Jokowi kicks off UAE visit with renewable energy deal as Indonesia seeks funding for energy ambitionsZulfia said the company would spend between US$18 million and  $20 million to build the power plant. Around 70 percent of the funds would be obtained from bank loans and the other 30 percent from the company’s own funds.The solar power plant will solely supply electricity to Golden Blossom Sumatra under a 20-year contract. The power plant will not be connected with state-owned electricity company PT PLN’s electrical grid. As part of its long-term expansion plan, SESM plans to build several solar power plants in a  number of regions in the country, especially in areas not connected to PLN’s electricity networks.“Our next project will be in Batam. We will install a 5 MW solar power plant to provide electricity for a shipyard,” Zulfia said.The installation of solar power plants and rooftop solar panels is on the rise as the government continues to encourage private companies and households to use solar energy to increase the use of renewable energy in the country.Read also: More companies turn to solar energy to reduce rising electricity costsAt present, there are 30 solar power stations in the country operated by PLN and independent power producers (IPPs).PLN unit Pembangkitan Jawa Bali (PJB) is also slated to begin the construction of the $129 million Cirata floating solar power plant in West Java next year, with support from Abu Dhabi renewables firm Masdar.Once fully operational at 145 MW, Cirata will be Indonesia’s largest solar power plant, taking over the title from the existing 15 MW Likupang plant in North Sulawesi. (mpr)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe Lakers and Clippers on Tuesday announced the first three games of their NBA Summer League schedules in Las Vegas. The Lakers open with a game July 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Clippers begin play one night earlier, facing the Golden State Warriors.Here is the schedule for the defending summer league champion Lakers: July 7 vs. 76ers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2); July 8 vs. Chicago Bulls, 8:30 p.m. (Spectrum SportsNet); July 10 vs. New York Knicks, 5:30 p.m. (Spectrum SportsNet).Here is the Clippers’ schedule: July 6 vs. Warriors, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN); July 8 vs. Sacramento Kings, 8 p.m. (NBA TV); July 9 vs. Houston Rockets, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV). The Clippers’ first game will be part of ESPN’s opening-night tripleheader.Each of the NBA’s 30 teams will be represented in Las Vegas for the first time and each will play a minimum of five games. After playing three preliminary games, the teams will be seeded into a tournament format, with the championship game set for July 17 at the Thomas & Mack Center. Video highlights, social media reaction after Blazers shock Lakers, 100-93 Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever How social media reacted after Lakers rout Blazers on Kobe night, 135-115 Ball averaged 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists in 52 games in 2017-18.PRE-DRAFT JOURNEYMarcus Lee turned down a chance to play volleyball at Stanford to play basketball at Kentucky, where he ran into future Lakers forward Julius Randle on the practice court. They played together for one season before Randle went to the NBA; Lee eventually transferred to Cal.Related Articles “You’re either going to get a busted lip and keep losing or fight back, and Kentucky teaches you to fight back and take what’s yours,” Lee said of battling with Randle in college. “That’s what’s great about it. … I absolutely loved my journey. I wouldn’t change it for the world.“Julius doesn’t know how big he actually is. He goes at you like a guard. You’ll get a shoulder in your mouth and you’ll walk out of practice and, go, ‘How did I get a busted lip? Oh, that’s how that happened.’ That’s what’s great about him. That’s just how he plays.”Lee was joined at Tuesday’s pre-draft workout in El Segundo by Abdul-Malik Abu of North Carolina State, Kameron Chatman of the University of Detroit, Manu Lecomte of Baylor, Trevon Bluiett of Xavier and Matt Mobley of St. Bonaventure.center_img The Lakers won last year’s title, led by summer league MVP Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma.Rosters will be announced at a later date.For tickets, visit NBATickets.com.BALL UPDATEBall returned to the practice court last week after a month-long layoff following a platelet-rich plasma treatment in his left knee. He sat out the final eight games of his rookie season because of a left knee contusion. ESPN.com first reported the story.“I just got back (on the court),” Ball told ESPN. “But I have been lifting weights. Nothing stopped me from doing that. I just got back on the court, though, but everything is feeling good. Just basically took time off (to let the left knee heal).” VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it On Mamba’s day, councilmen aim to create Kobe Bryant Boulevard Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more