Assembly Majority Leader Holden to Address City Councils in the 41st Assembly District

first_imgGovernment Assembly Majority Leader Holden to Address City Councils in the 41st Assembly District Published on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 12:23 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News More Cool Stuff Subscribe Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) will present his annual Capitol Update to city councils throughout the 41st Assembly District beginning in October. Included in the discussion will be a look at the legislative year in review, transportation issues for the region, the state’s water outlook, and state budget and how it affects local communities.Monday, 10/5 – La VerneTuesday, 10/6 – MonroviaWednesday, 10/7 – South PasadenaMonday, 10/12 – UplandTuesday, 10/13 – ClaremontMonday, 10/19 – PasadenaTuesday, 10/20 – AltadenaWednesday, 10/21 – Rancho CucamongaTuesday, 10/27 Sierra MadreTuesday, 11/10 – San Dimaslast_img read more

Iowa governor auctioned off access for pork barons’ charity

first_imgLocal NewsUS News Pinterest Facebook Previous articleEmera Creates $5 Million Inclusion & Diversity FundNext articleNew variants raise worry about COVID-19 virus reinfections Digital AIM Web Support Iowa governor auctioned off access for pork barons’ charity Pinterest Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img TAGS  WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 Facebook IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds auctioned off an afternoon of her time to raise money for the namesake charity of a couple who own one of the nation’s largest pork producers and have contributed nearly $300,000 to her campaign. The 2019 auction to benefit the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation provides a striking example of the Republican governor’s close relationship with the state’s pork industry and particularly Iowa Select Farms, owned by the West Des Moines couple. Company staff members run the Hansens’ foundation, which sponsors charitable programs including giveaways of pork products to needy families. Details of the auction surfaced recently in public records the governor’s office released to Direct Action Everywhere, an animal rights group that has accused Iowa Select of mistreating hogs. The records show Reynolds has supported policies Iowa Select has sought, made several appearances for the corporation and its charity, and routinely spoken with Jeff Hansen. The day after Reynolds won a four-year term in November 2018, Iowa Select’s public affairs director wrote to an aide in the governor’s office to “request you save the date” on Reynolds’ calendar so that she could attend a Hansen foundation gala scheduled for six months later. The Hansens had been her top campaign donors. Reynolds not only attended their May 10, 2019, event but turned her state position into one of the night’s most lucrative auction items. The event at a Des Moines hotel featured auctions for goods ranging from wine to tickets to sporting events, and the crowd included Iowa Select employees and business partners. The time with Reynolds was advertised as an “afternoon with Iowa’s leading lady.” The “one-of-a-kind package” for four would begin with lunch at the state mansion where the governor lives and proceed to the Capitol for discussion and “a personalized tour of the building where all of Iowa’s legislative action happens.” “From the top of the gold dome to the Governor’s office, you’ll be treated to a tour unlike any other!” it said. Influential pork industry executive Gary Lynch, a major GOP campaign donor who owns Lynch Livestock in Waucoma, made the winning bid of $4,250. Reynolds spokesman Pat Garrett said the event was one of many in which the governor auctioned off meals and tours for charity in 2018 and 2019, before she paused the practice during the pandemic. Others that benefited included educational, civic and medical groups, such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Science Center of Iowa. Reynolds also participated twice in the annual charity auction of grocery store chain Hy-Vee. “All of these are great causes that help people in need,” Garrett said. Lawyers for former Democratic Govs. Chet Culver and Tom Vilsack say their administrations never auctioned off the governors’ time for a donor’s charity, which they said carried the appearance of impropriety. “I’m not aware of a single instance in Gov. Culver’s tenure where we got anywhere close to that kind of use of a governor’s time or resources or public spaces,” said Culver aide Jim Larew. Former Vilsack general counsel Gary Dickey said constituents’ access to the governor should not be up for auction, calling Reynolds’ participation “a colossal error in judgment.” Vilsack served as U.S. agriculture secretary under former President Barack Obama, and President Joe Biden has nominated him to fill that role again. Lynch, who declined comment, has donated more than $100,000 to Reynolds’ campaigns since 2016. Weeks after he won the auction, Reynolds was a keynote speaker at Lynch’s annual charity banquet in Decorah. Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board director Mike Marshall said he did not believe the auction violated any campaign finance laws. He said he saw no indication that the governor’s participation in the fundraiser was contingent upon the Hansens’ campaign contributions or that public resources were used for political purposes. The auction wasn’t the only favor for Iowa Select and its owners. Reynolds made a cameo in a cooking video for its employees last summer, spoke at a ribbon-cutting for a new warehouse in Osceola and her staff once flew one of the company’s flags over the Iowa Capitol. “It is AMAZING. She hit on so many talking points in a short period of time,” Jennifer Crall, Iowa Select’s director of public affairs, wrote to the governor’s office about a video Reynolds recorded for the charity in 2018. Before Reynolds participated in its Christmas pork loin giveaway that year, Crall supplied the governor’s office with talking points that included, “What a great example of Iowa farmers giving back.” The access paid dividends when the coronavirus disrupted the pork industry. Iowa Select pushed Reynolds’ office to keep meatpacking plants open at full capacity after outbreaks slowed production, for aid programs to benefit producers and to arrange drive-thru COVID-19 testing at its corporate office in West Des Moines. Iowa Select spokeswoman Jen Sorenson said the company feels “an important responsibility” to educate elected officials on Iowa’s multibillion-dollar animal agriculture industry, saying it leads to better policy. Reynolds’ spokesman Garrett said the governor “has a strong relationship with Iowa producers.” Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement policy director Adam Mason said his group, which has opposed Iowa Select’s expansion on environmental grounds, has been unable to get a meeting with Reynolds for years. He said the Hansens’ charity buys good will in communities where their farms pollute the air and water with hog manure. “The general criticism that we have the best government money can buy — this is that actually happening,” Mason said. “She is auctioning off her time to representatives of this industry, and not only that, bending over backward to do it and to make a donor happy. If it’s not illegal, it should be.” Twitterlast_img read more

Japan begins COVID-19 vaccination drive amid supply worry

first_imgLocal NewsBusinessWorld News Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Previous articleMillions endure record cold without power; at least 20 deadNext articleJames, Lakers, minus Davis, fend off Timberwolves 112-104 Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Japan begins COVID-19 vaccination drive amid supply worry Pinterest TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s first coronavirus shots were given to health workers Wednesday, beginning a vaccination campaign considered crucial to holding the already delayed Tokyo Olympics. The progress the campaign might make is uncertain, however, in a country concerned about possible shortages of imported vaccines and where people are often reluctant to take vaccines due to worries of side effects. The massive drive comes after the government gave its belated first approval Sunday for shots developed and supplied by Pfizer, which have been used in many other countries since December. Japan fell behind after it asked Pfizer to conduct clinical tests with Japanese people in addition to the company’s earlier tests in six other nations. But officials say it was necessary to address the concerns of many Japanese about safety in a country known for low vaccine confidence. Supplies of imported vaccines are a major concern because of supply shortages and restrictions in Europe, where many are manufactured. Supplies of imported vaccines will determine the progress of vaccination drive in Japan, the country’s vaccine minister Taro Kono said Tuesday. Some of 40,000 doctors and nurses from 100 selected hospitals across the country received their first shots Wednesday, with their second shot planned for March 10. Half will participate in a 7-week health survey. After weeks of delay, Japan’s inoculation program is running on a tight schedule. Vaccines arrived in a Tokyo hospital late Tuesday, the night before inoculations for its staff started Wednesday morning. A first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine that arrived last Friday is enough for 40,000 doctors and nurses from 100 selected hospitals across the country, Kono said. Inoculations of 3.7 million more health workers will begin in March, followed by about 36 million people aged 65 and older starting in April. People with underlying health issues, as well as caregivers at nursing homes and other facilities, will be next, before the general population receives its turn. It will be around June by the time ordinary people have their turn, and reaching a so-called “herd immunity” against the virus before the Olympic would be impossible, experts say. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are to begin in July. Japan’s mistrust of vaccines is decades old. Many people have a vague unease about vaccines, partly because their side effects have often been played up. Half of the recipients of the first shots will keep daily records of their condition for seven weeks, data that will be used in a health study meant to inform people worried about the side effects. TAGS  last_img read more

Home Prices Up and Not Coming Down Anytime Soon

first_img  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago June 6, 2017 1,642 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) and HPI Forecast for April 2017 was released Tuesday showing home prices up both in year-over-year and month-over-month. The CoreLogic HPI Forecast is a projection of home prices using the CoreLogic HPI and other economic variables. Values are derived from forecasts from a state-level by weighting indices according to the number of owner-occupied households from each state.According to the CoreLogic HPI, prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased by 6.9 percent year-over-year. Month-over-month sales increased by 1.6 percent in April 2017 compared to March 2017.“Mortgage rates in April dipped back to their lowest level since November of last year, spurring home-buying activity,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic. “In some metro areas, there has been a bidding frenzy as multiple contracts are placed on a single home. This has led home-price growth to outpace rent gains. Nationally, home prices were up 6.9 percent over the last year, while rent growth for single-family rental homes recorded a 3 percent rise through April, according to the CoreLogic Single-Family Rental Index.”Home prices are predicted to increase by 5.1 percent on a year-over-year basis from April 2017 to April 2018 according to the forecast. On a month-over-month basis, home prices are expected to increase by 0.7 percent from April 2017 to May 2017.“Interest rates on fixed-rate mortgages are down by one-fourth of a percentage point since mid-March, just in time to support the spring home-buying season,” said Frank Martell, President and CEO of CoreLogic. “Some metro areas have low for-sale inventory, short time-on-market trends and homes that sell above the list price. Geographically, gains were strongest in the West with Washington and Utah posting double-digit gains.”Washington had the largest change in home prices, coming in at 12 percent HPI change year-over-year. At -3.9 percent, Wyoming’s home prices went down in the month of April. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: New Professional Requirements, Tech Could Improve Appraisals Next: Detroit Tops Single-Family Investments List Share Save Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home Prices Up and Not Coming Down Anytime Soon The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: CoreLogic HPI HPI Forecast Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily CoreLogic HPI HPI Forecast 2017-06-06 Brianna Gilpin Home / Daily Dose / Home Prices Up and Not Coming Down Anytime Soon Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brianna Gilpinlast_img read more

A Pandemic-Era Milestone, Delinquencies Dip Below 5%

first_img  Print This Post Previous: A Look at Home Values in Communities of Color Next: House Passes Measure to Assist the Underbanked Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Following a significant decline of almost a full percentage point in March, April’s 7.11% dip in mortgage delinquencies might seem a lesser event, but the data analysts at Black Knight say it’s a big deal because it pulled down the delinquency rate to less than 5% for the first time since COVID-19 toppled our lives and economy.”As the economy gets back on track, we’re churning through a lot of the distressed inventory of mortgages,” Black Knight reports. “At the current rate of improvement, overall delinquencies should be back to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2021.”While Black Knight’s First Look at April 2021 Mortgage Performance report gave some cause for optimism—while rising 23% from March, delinquencies are down 33% from April 2019—it also contains some concerning stats. While serious delinquencies also saw strong improvement (-151,000 month-over-month), nearly 1.8 million such serious delinquencies remain, which is four times as many as we’ve seen prior to the pandemic.The vast majority of those serious delinquencies are in forbearance. The next two fiscal quarters will determine what that will mean for default servicing.”As of right now, it looks as though the end of Q3 and the beginning of Q4 will be an inflection point in terms of our understanding of how the post-forbearance world will shake out,” Black Knight reports, “Until then, all improvement is welcome news.”With moratoria still in place and robust borrower participation in forbearance plans, both foreclosure starts and active foreclosure inventory hit new record lows once again in April, says Black Knight. The month saw some 3,700 starts and only 153,000 active foreclosures.Foreclosures remain at record lows because the nation and local municipalities alike have implemented and continually extended foreclosure bans and forbearance allowances.Actions taken by the government to offset record delinquencies have been beneficial to U.S. homeowners, but as deadlines and a more typical borrower behavior ensue following a vaccine rollout, the default servicing side of the industry is preparing to be hit with daunting volumes.In a recent DS News webinar, Flagstar’s Courtney Thompson pointed out that a whole population new to the delinquency side, was born of the COVID-19 fallout, and she said the industry needed to find a way to handle this emerging market.“We had a whole new group of humans that were in default and entered into the delinquency process,” Thompson said at the time. “This was not your traditional default consumer … these are consumers who are not used to navigating the different channels of default, whether it’s forbearance, loss mitigation, or a repayment plan.” Thus, panelists at that table agreed that communication between borrower and lender is key.In the loan performance report, Black Knight also reported that mortgage prepayments fell nearly 23% in April to their lowest level since May 2020. This, according to the analysts, reflects the impact of interest rate spikes on refinancing activity earlier this year.As Black Knight’s April Originations Market Monitor report showed, rate locks have fallen further over the past month, suggesting limited prepay volumes in the months to come. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / A Pandemic-Era Milestone, Delinquencies Dip Below 5% Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago A Pandemic-Era Milestone, Delinquencies Dip Below 5% The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2021-05-20 Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago 10 days ago 625 Views Subscribelast_img read more

Oisin, James, Emily and Ella most popular baby names in Donegal

first_img Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter By News Highland – May 29, 2015 Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Oisin, James, Emily and Ella most popular baby names in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleArdara hosting All Ireland Gaeltachta Finals this weekend.Next article11 Community Hospitals in Donegal to go tobacco free from Monday News Highland Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter WhatsApp Oisin and James were the most popular boy’s baby names in Donegal in 2014.Emily and Ella were tied as the most popular names in the county for Girls last year, replacing Sophie which was most popular in 2013.The most popular names across the country were Emily and James. Incidentally, the most popular names chosen by parents fifty years earlier in 1964 were John and Mary.The CSO figures show that last year in Donegal, 1,883 babies were born. 1009 were male while 874 were female.37 of the children were born to mothers under 20 however the majority of babies born in Donegal were to women in their early 30s38% of children born last year were to parents neither married or in a civil partnership. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Two Donegal men now facing murder charges in Australia

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Two Donegal men now facing murder charges in Australia Facebook Nathan Kelly and Christopher McLaughlinTwo Donegal men are now facing murder charges after a man assaulted in Sydney’s inner west died in hospital.24 year-old Christopher McLaughlin from Malin and Nathan Kelly who is 21 and from Glengad, were charged with reckless grievous bodily harm in company and affray after emergency services found the 66-year-old injured on the side of the road at Summer Hill, Sydney on December 29.He was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics, before being taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a critical condition.He died on Sunday night.Police have upgraded the charges against McLaughlin and Kelly to murder.They remain behind bars and are expected to appear at Burwood Local Court on Wednesday. Pinterest Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter By News Highland – January 8, 2019 Twitter Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Community Enhancement Programme open for applications center_img Previous articleINMO to announce details of first series of 24 hour strikesNext articleStrabane residents urged to be on high alert over burglary increase News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further last_img read more

Corus frustrated at lack of Government support

first_img Previous Article Next Article Corus frustrated at lack of Government supportOn 27 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Personneldirector at steel giant Corus Allan Johnston has spoken of his frustration thatpromised Government support for re-training its workers has not yetmaterialised.Asthe 90-day consultation period on the proposed 6,000 redundancies reaches its sixthweek, Corus is in talks today with the unions, the Department for Education andEmployment and the Department of Trade and Industry over retrainingsteelworkers. It is looking at the possible use of European Social Fund moneyfor the areas affected.“Theabsence of this scheme is a source of frustration to us and to all of ouremployees and prevents us from giving them the full assistance programme wewish to make available,” Johnston said.Hewas responding to a letter to Personnel Today from job search adviser Sue Ford,whose son-in-law works at Llanwern. “Thereappears to be no support available at present, no information regardinggovernment funding for retraining and telephone calls to HR have been met witha complete lack of response,”  says Fordin her letter.Johnstonsaid the company had written to all employees across Llanwern and Port Talbotasking whether they wanted HR professionals to be counselled for redundancy.“We are trying to create a pool of volunteers and, through re-training and cross-matching,minimise the number of enforced redundancies.”ADfEE spokesman said, “The Government is discussing with the unions and Corusthe most appropriate forms of help.” He said the Employment Service has set upjob shops in Corus sites as a result of the redundancy announcements.” Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Intensified decadal variability in tropical climate during the late 19th century

first_imgTo evaluate and extend the record of decadal climate variability, we present a synthesis of 23 coral oxygen isotope records from the tropical Indo-Pacific that extends back to A. D. 1850. Principal components analysis (PCA) on detrended records reveals a leading pattern of variance with significant interannual (3 – 5 year) and decadal (9 – 14 year) variability. The temporal evolution and spatial pattern of this variability closely resembles the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) pattern across both time scales, suggesting that this decadal tropical variability is fundamentally related to ENSO. The 19th century experienced stronger decadal tropical climate variability, compared to the 20th. Decadal variability in the tropical oceans thus remains underestimated by analysis of direct observations. Citation: Ault, T. R., J. E. Cole, M. N. Evans, H. Barnett, N. J. Abram, A. W. Tudhope, and B. K. Linsley (2009), Intensified decadal variability in tropical climate during the late 19th century, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L08602, doi: 10.1029/2008GL036924.last_img read more

Report: Jaguars expected to sign free-agent QB Nick Foles

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJoe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Free-agent quarterback Nick Foles will reportedly join the Jacksonville Jaguars when the new league year begins next week.Sources tell ESPN the Jaguars are expected to sign Foles to a multi-year deal. The team is also expected to let go of its current quarterback, Blake Bortles, making Foles its starter.Foles, 30, was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012. Since then, he’s also played for the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs before returning to Philly in 2017.Last season with the Eagles, he threw for 1,413 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. March 4, 2019 /Sports News – National Report: Jaguars expected to sign free-agent QB Nick Foles Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more