Castro Discusses FY 2016 HUD Budget Before House Committee On Appropriations

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro addressed the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations Wednesday on the Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal for HUD, where he emphasized the commitment from the Obama administration to continue to provide affordable housing for families, seniors, disabled Americans and others in need of resources.The proposed budget calls for a $4 billion increase in funding, pushing the overall funding budget to $49.3 billion.According to Castro, $21 million of the increased budget will be used for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which would offer support to more than 2.4 million low-income families. The budget also plans to help 67,000 households by fulfilling the promise to restore vouchers lost to sequestration.”This support is critically needed.  We recently released the findings of our nation’s 2015 ‘Worst Case Housing Needs’ Report to Congress,’ he said. “It found that 7.7 million low-income households that receive no housing assistance pay more than 50 percent of their income in rent, live in severely inadequate housing, or both.”Castro emphasized the push to lift more Americans into the middle class through programs that can provide links to upward mobility in the mission to end chronic homelessness and work to end homelessness among families and youth. A proposed $2.5 billion would fund Homeless Assistance Grants, which help combat homelessness by providing communities with housing and service investments.”With Congress’ support through programs like HUD-VASH, we have seen dramatic reductions in homelessness among veterans.  If our nation invests in the targeted programs we know work, we can make similar progress in tackling other forms of homelessness,” Castro said.HUD plans to use $100 million to fund Jobs Plus, a program designed to help low-income families living in HUD-subsidized housing to build careers. Another $85 million will be invested into HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency Initiative, which equips about 80,000 families with financial literary training and childcare and transportation services.Castro asked for the support of Congress to eliminate the Rental Discrimination Cap, saying it would “put billions of dollars in private financing for public housing preservation and create thousands of jobs in the construction trades and other industries.”Castro closed his testimony by citing the $250 million proposed in the budget for HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, a program that has he said has shown impressive success. Between fiscal years 2010 and 2013, the $351 million that HUD invested in these grants leveraged more than $2.6 billion of additional investment in extremely low-income communities.”As HUD commemorates 50 years of advancing policies that create opportunity for all,” he said. “We’re also creating a solid foundation for the next 50 years and beyond.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: House Committee on Appropriations HUD Julian Castro Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles February 25, 2015 1,032 Views Previous: Survey: Delinquency, Foreclosure Inventory Rates Fall to Lowest Levels Since 2007 Next: Morgan Stanley Agrees to Pay $2.6 Billion to Resolve RBMS Claims Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. center_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Castro Discusses FY 2016 HUD Budget Before House Committee On Appropriations House Committee on Appropriations HUD Julian Castro 2015-02-25 Brian Honea About Author: Brian Honea The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Castro Discusses FY 2016 HUD Budget Before House Committee On Appropriations Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Applicant Behaved Irresponsibly; Bombay HC Directs Man To Pay 10K To CM Relief Fund For Obstructing Health Workers Collecting Covid-19 Data [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesApplicant Behaved Irresponsibly; Bombay HC Directs Man To Pay 10K To CM Relief Fund For Obstructing Health Workers Collecting Covid-19 Data [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap6 May 2020 10:12 PMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to a man accused of obstructing a team of health workers constituted for collecting data regarding the pandemic of Covid-19, observing that he acted in an ‘irresponsible manner’ and directed him to pay Rs.10,000 to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Justice Bharati Dangre heard the bail application filed by 55-year-old Zafar Jamal Khan, who was…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to a man accused of obstructing a team of health workers constituted for collecting data regarding the pandemic of Covid-19, observing that he acted in an ‘irresponsible manner’ and directed him to pay Rs.10,000 to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Justice Bharati Dangre heard the bail application filed by 55-year-old Zafar Jamal Khan, who was booked for offences under Section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (Negligent act likely to spread infection of disease danger­ous to life) and Section 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the IPC read with Section 51(B) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. The FIR was registered against Khan on a complaint filed by an official of the Nyay Nagar Police Station who reported that when the team constituted for collecting the data in light of the Pandemic Covid-19, visited the society, the applicant who was present in the society premises created an obstruction and he persuaded the members of the society not to share any information. Some heated arguments took place on the spot. Advocate Siddhesh Samel appeared on behalf of the applicant and PP Deepak Thakare for the State. Court noted- “Perusal of the FIR which, in detail, narrates what transpired on the spot. It does disclose that there was some obstruction on the part of the applicant to the Government Servants who were present on the spot to collect the necessary data. Similarly, there were also certain allegations levelled by the applicant that the information is likely to be misused by the agency and he persuaded the members of the society not to share the information.” Justice Dangre observed that the perusal of the said FIR, “do not disclose the ingredients of Section 353 being made out. Prima facie, reading of the FIR does not make out any ingredients of Section 353 of the IPC which has been invoked and applied against the applicant. As far as the other offences are concerned, including the offence under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 being bailable, the present application seeking bail under Section 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure deserves to be allowed.” However, certain conditions were imposed on the applicant’s bail. Most importantly, he was directed to deposit Rs.10,000 in the CM Relief Fund after his release. Court said- “Applicant is directed to be released forthwith, however subject to a caveat. The applicant had behaved in an irresponsible manner and particularly at a time when every citizen of this country is expected to cooperate with those rendering useful services to prevent the spread of Pandemic Covid-19, he is directed to deposit an amount of Rs.10,000 in the CM Relief Fund after his release.”Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

Texas police officer rescues baby who was choking on a marble

first_imgWFAA(PLANO, Texas) — A police officer in Texas helped save a 1-year-old girl who was choking on a marble.Last month, officer Coy Clements responded to a 911 call about an emergency at a resident’s home in Plano.Inside, Ariana Yousif, 1, was choking on a marble she had been playing with earlier.Clements can be seen in bodycam footage striking Ariana’s back several times. After a few attempts the marble flies out of her mouth.Sity Yousif, Ariana’s aunt, told ABC News that police arrived within minutes after the 911 call was placed. Her sister, Ariana’s mother, does not speak English well, Yousif said, but she was still able to communicate with Clements.“We thought maybe she’s gone. The police saved her life,” Yousif said.About six to seven people were in the house when he arrived, Clements, 38, said. All of them were in a state of panic.“It was just a big blessing that the call came when it did,” he explained. “A lot of times you get calls like that … you’re almost kind of on your knees and you don’t really know what to do with yourself.”David Tilley, public information officer of the Plano police department, said Clements’ response to the situation was “outstanding.”“He immediately went to work doing the training skills that he was given and within a matter of a few seconds he had an unresponsive and breathing child that was now back to breathing crying and ultimately turned out to be OK,” he said.Moss Yousif, Ariana’s father, told ABC affiliate WFAA-TV that Clements is a hero.“He’s a hero. That’s it. That’s all I can say,” he said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Family says goodbye to their ‘beautiful spirit’ who was allegedly killed by a Detroit woman

first_imgWXYZ(DETROIT) — A heartbroken Detroit family is expected to say goodbye Saturday to their “beautiful spirit with a bright future,” who was gunned down just a day before she was set to tell her family she was pregnant.KaBria Arnold was an aspiring nurse with a love for sports and was expecting her first child. The 20-year-old let one of her three sisters know her pregnancy secret and was supposed to tell the rest of the family on Nov. 11.On Nov. 10, KaBria Arnold was found shot to death on the corner of Pilgrim and Bentler Streets — less than two miles from her family’s Rosedale Park home. A week after KaBria Arnold’s death, the Detroit Police Department arrested Gabrielle Marie Brantley and a 28-year-old man in connection to the crime. The man’s name has not been released publicly, and he’s not been formally charged with a crime.“KaBria Arnold was a genuinely loving, bubbly, giving, beautiful spirit with a bright future ahead of her,” wrote Qiana Arnold, one of KaBria Arnold’s sisters, on a fundraiser website that surpassed their $15,000 goal for the funeral cost. “KaBria’s energy would light up every room she walked in and she always left others with a lasting impression and a smile.”The funeral is at the Fellowship Chapel on West Outer Drive, and the burial will follow at Green Lawn Cemetery on Saturday, the family confirmed to ABC News.Detroit Police Department Chief James Craig said at a press conference on Nov. 19 that the man, KaBria Arnold and Brantley were allegedly in a love triangle. Craig said it was initially believed that the man was the shooter, but authorities now believe Brantley was the shooter.Brantley “allegedly shot and killed Ms. Arnold while she was pregnant. The matter remains under investigation,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement.The man was still in police custody as of Friday, a spokeswoman with the Detroit Police Department told ABC News.Brantley, 24 of Southfield, Michigan, was ordered to be held without bail by a Wayne County district court magistrate for first-degree premeditated murder, assault on a pregnant woman-intentionally causing miscarriage/stillbirth and two counts of felony firearm charges.The alleged shooter “stood mute and a plea of not guilty (was) entered by the court,” according to court documents.The suspect was represented by the misdemeanor/felony defenders office for arraignment purposes only and has a petition for a court-appointed attorney filed, according to court documents. Brantley is expected back in court Dec. 5.If convicted, for the top charge, Brantley faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Unidentified woman’s body discovered in a ditch in Houston suburb

first_imgcarlballou/iStock(HOUSTON) — The body of an unidentified woman has been discovered in a ditch in a Houston suburb and authorities are trying to piece together who she was and how she died.The incident occurred early morning on Saturday at approximately 3 a.m. when deputies responded to reports of an unknown object located in a ditch in the Cloverleaf area of Houston, Texas — a suburb east of downtown Houston.“When the deputies arrived on the scene they located an unidentified Hispanic female in the ditch,” Sgt. Ben Beall said in a media briefing posted on social media. “EMS responded to the scene and pronounced her deceased.”Authorities say that they do not have any identification of the female but that she appears to be Hispanic, about 30 to 40 years old, about 5’7” to 5’8” and has numerous tattoos on her body.The woman was wearing a tank top, blue jeans, and black and white tennis shoes at the time of her death, according to ABC News’ Houston station KTRK. They also reported that investigators working on the scene said the woman had suffered trauma to the face but that an exact cause of death was unknown.Sgt. Beall said that the woman’s body has been transported to the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office and they will be conducting the autopsy in hopes of getting an autopsy on the unidentified female.Authorities are asking the public for help with this case and have asked anybody with any information about the woman or her death to call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Government shouldn’t do for people what they should do for themselves?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Announces Webcasts For This Weekend’s New Orleans & Austin Shows

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee has announced that they will webcast their next two shows, taking place tonight, Thursday, August 30th, at The Joy Theater in New Orleans, Louisiana, and tomorrow, Friday, August 31st, at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas, respectively. The live streams will be brought to your couch by TourGigs. As Umphrey’s assures in their announcement, “We’ll probably wear pants, but you don’t have to.” The band’s shows this weekend, including the New Orleans and Austin performances as well as the webcast-less House of Blues gig in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, September 1st, come on the heels of a busy week last week. On Thursday, August 23rd, the band helped anchor the opening night schedule at LOCKN’. There, they traded sets with Lettuce and executed a fluid transition jam on the festival’s rotating stage that saw the two bands collaborate on Herbie Hancock‘s “Hang Up Your Hangups” before the Lettuce horns crossed over to their side to finish the song as the stage completed its turn. The next night, Umphrey’s hit the LOCKN’ stage once again, welcoming guests like Jason Bonham, Taylor Hicks, and Derek Trucks for a Led Zeppelin-heavy set. Later in the weekend, Umphrey’s headed to Louisville, Kentucky, where they dusted off fan-favorite instrumental “Raymond” for the first time in more than 400 shows.The TourGigs webcasts for Umphrey’s McGee’s shows in New Orleans on Thursday, August 30th, and in Austin on Friday, August 31st, head here. The streams can be ordered separately, or as a discounted two-show bundle, with replays available on demand through September 14th.For a full list of Umphrey’s McGee’s upcoming performances, head to the band’s website.[H/T Jambase]last_img read more

Kafadar nabs Turkish honors

first_imgTurkish President Abdullah Gül presented in December the 2010 Presidential Grand Awards in Culture and Arts to Cemal Kafadar for history. Kafadar is Harvard’s Vehbi Koc Professor of Turkish Studies. Gül awarded two others in the arts category.Born in Istanbul in 1954, Kafadar received his doctorate at McGill University’s Institute of Islamic Studies. He was a faculty member at Princeton University from 1985 to 1989 and has been a faculty member at the Department of History of Harvard University since 1990.Attaching great significance to the activities in arts, culture, and science during his address, Gül noted: “The best demonstration of this is that we appreciate the very assets of Turkey and introduce them to the Turkish public and the whole of the world with these awards we present every year.”Kafadar, extending his thanks to the president and the jurors, noted that Turkey has achieved great developments and growth in 90 years and shared his pride in being granted an award as an indication of multivocalities in Turkey.last_img read more

John Briscoe dies at 66

first_imgJohn Briscoe, the Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering and Environmental Health at Harvard University, died Nov. 12 at his home in Poolesville, Md. He was 66.Briscoe was selected in March by the Stockholm International Water Institute to receive the Stockholm Water Prize, known informally as “the Nobel Prize of water.”The Stockholm Water Prize, awarded annually since 1991, was awarded to Briscoe for his “unparalleled contributions to global and local management of water — contributions covering vast thematic, geographic, and institutional environments — that have improved the lives and livelihoods of millions of people worldwide.”After 20 years in leadership and management positions at the World Bank, Briscoe returned to Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 2009, with joint appointments in the School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School.In 2010, Briscoe was nominated for the Joseph R. Levenson Prize for exceptional teaching of Harvard undergraduates.Throughout his career, Briscoe, who was also director of the Harvard Water Security Initiative, focused on issues of water, other natural resources, and economic development.“Water touches everything,” Briscoe said in a 2009 Harvard Gazette article. “It is about religion, culture, history, biology, government. It is everything.”Briscoe received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering at Harvard University in 1976 and his B.Sc. in civil engineering at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1969.last_img read more

Global concerns on climate change

first_img New initiative on health effects brings Kerry to campus Is it possible that the cascading effects of climate change left a fingerprint on the recent U.S. elections?That possibility was floated at a gathering of climate change experts convened to consider a warming world’s potential impact on developing nations, a discussion that reached back to the developed world. The session, held at Harvard Law School on Wednesday, brought together experts from the scientific, policy, legal, health, business, and other academic communities and was by turns urgently pessimistic and optimistic.Participants in the session emphasized that some climate change is both unavoidable and irreversible because the carbon dioxide already released into the atmosphere will be there for thousands of years. It is imperative, they said, that the players involved lower emissions as rapidly as possible to minimize effects that will intensify as excess heat works its way through the global climate system.“We’re building a problem today from which we can’t extract ourselves,” said James Anderson, the Philip S. Weld Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry. “It’s not about backing off carbon a bit and it [the climate system] will come back to something we recognize.”Several participants discussed the increased likelihood of extreme weather, such as heavy rain and prolonged drought. Ashish Jha, the K.T. Li Professor of International Health and head of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said that ultimately those effects will be felt acutely on human health. Crops flooded or withered by drought mean less food for those relying on subsistence agriculture, which has the potential to reverse decades of progress in lowering mortality rates for children under 5.Moderator Daniel Schrag, the director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment,  takes the podium at the climate conference. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerDownstream effects of such food insecurity are poorly understood but potentially far-reaching, said Jha and Jennifer Leaning, the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, and moderator of the panel on which Jha sat. In asking Jha about the health effects of migration, Leaning said that often overlooked is the fact that the Syrian civil war and subsequent migration was preceded by food insecurity caused by an extreme drought. A study released in March 2015 showed that the drought, likely influenced by climate change, was the worst since records have been kept, causing farms to fail and livestock to die.The result, Jha responded, was the massive internal migration of 1.5 million people to Syria’s cities, and spiking food prices. Then came civil unrest, the Syrian civil war, the European refugee crisis, and its backlash, which manifested itself in Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, and a potential impact on the recent U.S. election.“I think that there are a whole series of phenomena happening out there where we don’t connect the dots very clearly,” Jha said. “We think of Syria as a pure national security or conflict issue, but there are substantial issues with drought that led to [internal] migration, that created a conflict, that then leads to the migration that we see in Europe, that threatens and really puts at risk European democracies and how they manage it. It leads to events like the vote in U.K. with Brexit. I think it has some effect on how our elections went last week. These things really are interconnected.”The event was introduced by Harvard President Drew Faust and co-sponsored by the Harvard Global Institute and the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Faust called on faculty members to share what is known about climate change and fight against the denial of it. Targeting the ills of climate change Related “Harvard is about many things, but it is most about seeking to understand what is true, endeavoring to debunk what is false, and striving to sort out everything in between,” Faust said. “‘Veritas’ is not invulnerable. We must defend it and must reiterate the dire consequences of inaction on climate change and speak plainly about the cost of complacency — and not just to audiences that welcome our message.”The event touched on a broad array of other topics. Participants saw a climate benefit in efforts by China and India to address severe air pollution. They saw encouraging news in the development of more drought-resistant plant breeds, and pessimism in the fact that 16 of 17 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in the United States don’t believe climate change is real. The speakers shared a deep conviction that successful mitigation of the results of climate change will depend on good governance, which varies nation by nation.The most optimistic note was struck by Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy Daniel Nocera, who believes that science and engineering will find the answer to the problem. Nocera drew a parallel to the concern of civil engineers in late 1800s about urban horse manure, a practical problem that was growing worse as more city residents around the world were able to afford horses.What those engineers didn’t know, Nocera said, was that the internal combustion engine was being developed and would transform transportation.“It was a non-problem because science did its job; it’s just that everybody else didn’t know about it,” Nocera said. “When we talk about policy, we’re always extrapolating from the known. What scientists do is discover stuff … so all your extrapolations and concerns go away.“Imagine just taking air, dirty water, and sunlight, and we can now make liquid fuels at 10 times the efficiency of photosynthesis. That happened over the summer. You’ll be hearing in the coming months that we can take air, dirty water, and sunshine and make fertilizer, and as I speak crops are growing five times faster in the Harvard [Arnold] Arboretum. … So science is delivering the goods.”SaveSaveSavelast_img read more