DS News Webcast: Thursday 5/5/2016

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago DS News Webcast: Thursday 5/5/2016 About Author: Brian Honea 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. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Thursday 5/5/2016 Previous: CFPB Proposes to Give Consumers Their Day in Court Next: When Will Distressed Sales ‘Normalize’? Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily 2016-05-05 Brian Honeacenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Featured, Webcasts Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save May 5, 2016 858 Views last_img read more

China: Military flights warn against interference in Taiwan

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — China says its military drills near Taiwan serve as a stern warning against foreign interference and independence moves in the self-governing island off its east coast. Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian made the remarks Wednesday in China’s first official comment on its flying of a dozen or more warplanes near Taiwan on two occasions last weekend. The U.S. responded to the first round of flights with a statement urging China “to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan.” The Chinese government regards Taiwan as a renegade province that should be united with mainland China.last_img read more

Lending to your nonprofit members

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr U.S. nonprofits are growing in number, revenue and assets, according to the most recent data available on this important segment of the economy. Credit unions considering lending to nonprofits may want to be aware of these recent financial trends, as well as some of the ways lending to these organizations might differ from lending to for-profit member businesses.According to the Urban Institute’s “Nonprofit Sector in Brief 2015,” the number of nonprofits registered with the Internal Revenue Service increased by about 3,000 a year between 2003 and 2013. Religious congregations and organizations generating less than $50,000 in annual revenue aren’t required to register, however, so the total number of nonprofits is unknown, according to the report.Finances related to U.S. nonprofits are also opaque, considering only a small percentage is required to file some version of Form 990, the return for organizations exempt from income tax. Based on filings with the IRS, however, reporting nonprofits’ revenues and assets grew more quickly between 2012 and 2013 than did their expenses, the Urban Institute said. Revenues increased 3 percent to $2.26 trillion, assets rose 5.2 percent to $5.17 trillion, and expenses grew 1.7 percent to $2.10 trillion.Nonprofits, excluding those serving government and business, contributed an estimated $905.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013, or roughly 5 percent of GDP. continue reading »last_img read more

Ireland’s PM returns to medical practice to help in coronavirus crisis

first_img“Many of his family and friends are working in the health service. He wanted to help out even in a small way,” the spokesman added.Last month, health minister Simon Harris launched a recruitment drive for the country’s struggling health service to tackle the coronavirus outbreak with a stark message: “Your country needs you”.The HSE said it had spoken to thousands of healthcare professionals who may be eligible to return after it received more than 70,000 responses for its “Be on call for Ireland” initiative.According to a report in the Irish Times, Varadkar is helping out with phone assessments. Anybody who may have been exposed to the virus is initially assessed over the phone.Varadkar comes from a medical family. He is the son of a doctor and a nurse and, according to the Irish Times, his partner, two sisters and their husbands all work in healthcare. Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadkar has re-registered as a medical practitioner and will work one shift a week to help out during the coronavirus crisis, his office said on Sunday.Varadkar worked as a doctor for seven years before leaving the profession to become a politician and was removed from the medical register in 2013.He rejoined the medical register in March, and offered his services to the country’s Health Service Executive (HSE) for one session a week in areas that are within his scope of practice, a spokesman for his office said. Topics :last_img read more

Body pulled from the Loxahatchee River

first_imgPolice in Jupiter are currently investigating after a body was found floating in the Loxahatchee River.The body was located around 6:00 am near Central Boulevard and Riverwalk area on Friday.Not much is known about the incident at this time including the sex of the individual or their cause of death.Authorities say they are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.last_img

USC hires former FBI director to investigate Bland

first_imgPhoto from WikipediaHours after news broke on Tuesday morning that USC men’s basketball assistant coach Tony Bland was arrested on charges that included bribery and fraud, the University’s athletic department took swift strides that culminated in the commencement of its own internal investigation, hiring former FBI director Louis Freeh to handle the case.Bland and nine others were brought down by a sting operation conducted by the FBI. Freeh is an expert in compliance investigations. He served as FBI Director from 1993 to 2001, and before that he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Freeh has experience in NCAA compliance. His firm, Freeh Group, was hired by Penn State in November of2011 to conduct the investigation on Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse scandal when he was assistant coach at the football program.In July of 2012, Freeh published a 267-page report on Penn State condemning the highest-ranking university officials for covering up Sandusky’s criminal actions and thereby endangering minors. It was Freeh’s report that led to the toppling of head football coach Joe Paterno and a slew of high-ranking PSU officials.In fact, evidence Freeh’s team uncovered was key in a lawsuit decided earlier this year that indicted former-PSU President Graham Spanier and other university administrators on charges of child endangerment. Later on Tuesday morning, Athletic Director Lynn Swann released a statement that the university was “shocked” by the news and that his department would “fully cooperate” with the federal investigation moving forward. USC Vice President for Athletic Compliance Mike Blanton put out a second statement announcing Bland’s immediate administrative leave. Blanton stressed USC’s “highest priority on athletic compliance” and backed that by declaring that the school had hired Freeh to conduct the investigation.Such a thorough investigation does not come cheap. According to a Penn State trustee, Freeh’s services cost the university $8.3 million. USC’s move to hire Freeh may indicate a no-nonsense attitude toward the Bland scandal and its impetus to get to the bottom of the case sooner rather than later at all costs.last_img read more

So, how did Khalil Mack do in his Chicago Bears debut?

first_imgGet Raiders news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free Raiders HQ newsletter.Let’s hope, for Jon Gruden’s sake, he didn’t watch this one.If he did, he might regret trading Khalil Mack, who simply did Khalil Mack things as he tortured the Packers in his debut with the Chicago Bears.How does being the first player since 2016 with a sack, interception, forced fumble, fumble recovery and defensive touchdown in a single game sound? Who was the player to fill the stat sheet like that two …last_img read more

Solomon Corroborated: It’s His Copper Mine

first_img(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Copper mines in the Aravah of Israel were most likely Solomon’s property, not the Egyptians’, new date estimates show, supporting the Biblical chronology.“Proof of Solomon’s Mines in Israel” reads a headline on PhysOrg.  The famous copper mines of Timna, a national park in Israel near Eilat on the Red Sea, have been re-dated to the time of Solomon by radiocarbon testing of date and olive pits.  More detail is on the Haaretz website for subscribers.The new date swings the pendulum from the “Egyptian paradigm” that claims they were bronze-age mines when Egypt controlled Canaan, back to the “Solomonic paradigm” that the mines were indeed “King Solomon’s mines,” or at least were in operation during his reign.  Powerful king that he was, it seems reasonable that he was in control of the extensive mining operation.The re-evaluation also sheds light on the copper works in Edom.  Todd Bolen on Bible Places Blog reserves judgment on who owned the mines, but notes that the Edomites were subjects of Solomon and could have worked the mines to pay tribute.  Noting the reversal of fortune of advocates for the Egyptian paradigm, he said,If I had time, it would be interesting to go back through the literature and review the statements of those who used the absence of evidence at Timna from Solomon’s time as evidence against the biblical account. Once again we see why we should hold to the assured results of archaeological research lightly.An open-access copy of the archaeologists’ report on BASOR is available here.Another example that if you wait long enough, claims doubting the historicity of the Biblical account get falsified.last_img read more

More South Africans getting educated

first_img30 October 2012 South Africans are becoming increasingly better educated, according to the country’s latest census, with the proportion of children at school showing a marked increase, as well as the percentage of people who have completed their secondary schooling. Statistics South Africa released the results of census 2011, the country’s third population count since democratic elections were first held in 1994, in Pretoria on Tuesday. The previous censuses took place in 2001 and 1996. There has been a general increase in the percentage of South Africans from the ages of five up to 15 attending school, the census 2011 results show. Enrolment for the five-year-old age group increased from 22.5% in 1996 to 45.6% in 2001 to 81.2% in 2011. For the six-year-old age group, these figures were at 49.1% in 1996, 70.3% in 2001 and 92.7% in 2011, while for the seven-year-old group they were at 73.1% in 1996, 88.4% in 2001 and 96.1% in 2011. “The vast majority of students in South Africa attend public educational institutions. Only 5% of those aged 5 to 24 years, who were attending educational institutions in 2001, attended private institutions as opposed to the 7.3% in 2011,” the census report states.Increase in private school attendance There was a general increase in private school attendance across all the provinces, with the highest in Gauteng at 16.7%, followed by the Western Cape at 7.5% and the Free State at 6.4%. All other provinces had private institution attendance rates of less than 5%. An increase in black Africans aged between 5 and 24 years attending educational institutions was also recorded. Figures for this population group increased steadily from 70.7% in 1996 to 72.1% in 2001, to 73.9% in 2011. Attendance rates among coloured, Indian/Asian and white population groups also increased. The results also showed that the proportion of individuals aged 20 who have no schooling, halved from 19.1% in 1996 to 8.6% in 2011. “There is a significant decrease in persons with no schooling over the 10 years,” the report states. In addition, the percentage of South Africans aged 20 years and older that have received no formal education has decreased steadily between 1996 and 2011. In 1996, 17% of males in this age group had no formal education. This decreased to 15.5% in 2001 and further to 7.2% in 2011. Among females, the percentage with no formal education declined from 20.9% in 1996, to 20% in 2001 and 9.9% in 2011. A notable improvement was also recorded in the number of people who had completed their education. “The proportion of persons who completed secondary education (matric) or higher increased from 23.4% in 1996 to 40.5% in 2011,” the report states. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Competitive Conservation Reserve Program signs up over 800,000 acres

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA and Farm Service Agency release the official number of acres recently signed up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The 800,000 acres chosen were among thousands of more acres that were offered up by farmers across the country. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins caught up with FSA Administrator Val Dolcini about the competitive program, if more acres will be added in the next Farm Bill and if this program is competing with younger farmers looking for more land to work.last_img read more