Dear HUD; Love, Senators

first_img Previous: The Hope of High Tech Next: NCUA: Different Roles, Different Oversight About Author: Brianna Gilpin Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Ben Carson HUD LGBTQ 2017-07-06 Brianna Gilpin  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Dear HUD; Love, Senators Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Ben Carson HUD LGBTQ Home / Daily Dose / Dear HUD; Love, Senatorscenter_img Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 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] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago July 6, 2017 1,290 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News In a letter to Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) along with 28 U.S. senators advocated that the resources protecting LGBTQ people from housing discrimination need to be reinstated after their recent removal from HUD’s website.“It is concerning that HUD apparently removed these tools from its website, which are meant to assist grantees in meeting their underlying obligations under the law,” the senators wrote in the letter. “Without these training resources, housing service providers will face additional challenges in trying to understand how best to meet the needs of their clients. The guidance resources that were withdrawn or removed are critical to ensuring nondiscrimination rules are fully and faithfully implemented.”According to the letter, to percent of all youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ and one in three transgender people report having experienced homelessness at some point in their lives. A study also found that only 30 percent of shelters were willing to properly accommodate transgender women. This is concerning to the senators because HUD has withdrawn a proposed policy that would require emergency shelters funded by HUD to hang a poster alerting residents of their right to be free from anti-LGBTQ discrimination and a proposed survey evaluating the impact of the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative.Additionally, the senators explained that HUD has removed four items from their website. A guide instructing HUD grantees on how to ensure equal access for transgender people, a self-assessment tool that allows shelters to evaluate how well they are doing in ensuring compliance with anti-discrimination regulations and best practices, a “decision tree” guiding shelters on how well their engagement, assessment, referral, enrollment, bed assignment, and ongoing service provision practices were providing equal access to LGBTQ people, and training scenarios that help instruct providers on how to best deal with real-life situations that may arise in a manner that ensures equal protection.The letter cited a quote from Carson at a House and Senate hearing when he said, “the only reason that [HUD] would remove anything is to look at it and determine whether it is effective” and that HUD “want[s] to make decisions based on real evidence and facts.” Based on that quote, the senators are asking Carson to, “review the actions and describe precisely what evidence and facts justify these actions, and act promptly to restore resources to HUD’s website guiding providers on how to fulfill their nondiscrimination requirements under law.” Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Frontier Energy launches three year, $10.8 million green hydrogen pilot project in Texas

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Power:A California energy company is collaborating with its parent and the University of Texas on a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) project to show that renewable hydrogen can be a cost-effective fuel with several applications, including for both the transportation and power generation sectors.Frontier Energy, headquartered in San Ramon, California, and a subsidiary of Illinois-based GTI Energy, on Sept. 15 announced the launch of the project, known as [email protected] in Texas and Beyond. The effort is supported by the DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, along with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). [email protected] includes two initiatives, one at the University of Texas-Austin (UT-Austin), and the second at the Port of Houston. [email protected] is the latest of several hydrogen-related activities announced in recent months in support of research and development of the rapidly expanding hydrogen fuel sector.Energy analysts have said hydrogen will be a $130 billion business in the U.S. by 2030, and could develop into a trillion-dollar business globally. A recent industry study said hydrogen projects already have created more than 500,000 new jobs worldwide. China is reportedly investing $17 billion into hydrogen technology, including about $8 billion to develop hydrogen fuel cells for heavy-duty trucks. Germany in June announced a $9 billion investment in hydrogen research as part of a COVID-19 stimulus package.The $10.8 million Texas project is expected to continue for three years. Half the funding has been committed to demonstrating how hydrogen production and use can enable power grid resiliency, and promote job creation, among other things.The UT-Austin campus will host a first-of-its-kind integration of commercial hydrogen production, distribution, storage, and use. The project partners said they will generate zero-carbon hydrogen onsite via electrolysis with solar and wind power, and reformation of renewable natural gas from a Texas landfill. It is the first time that both sources of renewable hydrogen will be used in the same project. The hydrogen will power a stationary fuel cell to provide power for the Texas Advanced Computing Center at UT-Austin. It also will supply a hydrogen station with fuel for a fleet of Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles.[Darrell Proctor]More: DOE-backed hydrogen project underway in Texas Frontier Energy launches three year, $10.8 million green hydrogen pilot project in Texaslast_img read more

Hackers are breaking into credit union accounts. Banks’ solution? Blockchain.

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In December of 2019, a North Carolina man logged into his credit union and watched as a scammer withdrew money from his account. In early April, a fraudster impersonated credit union employees, asking customers to tell him their account information — he then withdrew more than $10,000 of their savings.Last year, hackers cost U.S. consumers a combined $16.9 billion in identity fraud, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the United States, the risk of account takeovers is up. According to Julie Esser, chief experience officer at CULedger, a credit union services organization (CUSO), credit unions going digital has led to a rise in criminals targeting remote call centers.“Predators prey on these entry-level positions to try and get personal information out of them,” Esser said. “They just pretend they are somebody they’re not and oftentimes it’s successful.”CULedger started as a research project in 2016, with 70 credit unions and industry trade groups dropping a combined $650,000 into a pilot blockchain project aimed at preventing call center fraud. The group chose to focus on blockchain because it was a proven technology, Esser said: “I’m not aware of any blockchain that’s been hacked.” Two years later, the Denver-based company was officially formed and is now putting its technology to the test. continue reading »last_img read more

Bush suggests military-enforced quarantines for avian flu

first_imgOct 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The United States may need to quarantine regions of the country if localized outbreaks of a pandemic flu occur, US President George Bush said today during a press conference in Washington, DC.Bush suggested expanding presidential power over state-run National Guard operations to implement such quarantines in the event of a pandemic.”I think it’s an important debate for Congress to have. I noticed the other day, evidently, some governors didn’t like it. I understand that. I was the commander-in-chief of the National Guard, and proudly so, and, frankly, I didn’t want the President telling me how to be the commander-in-chief of the Texas Guard,” Bush said today in a press conference that focused largely on his newest Supreme Court nominee. “But Congress needs to take a look at circumstances that may need to vest the capacity of the President to move beyond that debate. And one such catastrophe, or one such challenge, could be an avian flu outbreak.””Obviously, the best way to deal with a pandemic is to isolate it and keep it isolated in the region in which it begins,” Bush added later. The president should have all assets on the table in order to deal with something as significant as pandemic flu, he said.Bush has emphasized avian flu issues of late. He alluded to a number of formal and informal discussions at a global level during recent United Nations meetings. He also mentioned efforts to improve the manufacturing capacity for medical interventions such as antivirals.As long ago as April, Bush signed an executive order authorizing the addition of pandemic influenza to a federal list of diseases that can lead to quarantine (see link below). The US government now has authority to detain or isolate a person arriving in the US in order to stop an infection.See also:Transcript of today’s press conference: 2005 Executive Order read more

Robert Koch Institute: Dubrovnik-Neretva and Požega-Slavonia counties on the list of risk areas

first_imgPhoto: Robert Koch Institute Read the official notice HERE Declaring an area risky means that those returning from vacation must be tested for coronavirus and remain in self-isolation until they get a test result. The warning does not constitute a travel ban in those areas either, but suggests passengers reconsider their plans. In addition, it allows passengers to cancel trips at no additional cost. Germany considers high-risk areas to be countries or regions where 50 or more cases of new coronavirus infection per 100.000 population have been reported in seven days, but while other countries have looked at Croatia as a whole, Germany is looking at counties.  Last night, the German Robert Koch Institute added the Dubrovnik-Neretva and Požega-Slavonia counties to the list of risky areas, in addition to Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia and Zadar counties.last_img read more

French Open to allow just 1,000 fans a day at Roland Garros

first_imgSerena v Azarenka in last 16? Also missing is US Open winner Naomi Osaka through injury.Simona Halep, the 2018 champion, is top seed and the Romanian starts against Spain’s world number 70 Sara Sorribes Tormo.Serena Williams, a three-time champion in Paris, continues her bid for a record-equaling 24th major.Williams, who turns 39 on Saturday, begins against compatriot Kristie Ahn who she defeated in the first round of the US Open.She could face old rival Victoria Azarenka in the last 16, just weeks after the Belarusian won their US Open semi-final.Belinda Bencic said an arm injury would prevent her from coming to Paris.After Barty, Osaka and Bianca Andreescu, Switzerland’s Bencic is the fourth member of the top 10 to skip the tournament. Murray v Wawrinka blockbusterMeanwhile, three years after the match which turned out to be the “end of my hip” Andy Murray on Thursday was handed a Roland Garros rematch against Stan Wawrinka in the pick of first round matches.In 2017, Murray and 2015 French Open champion Wawrinka fought out a thrilling five-set semi-final which saw the veteran Swiss triumph from two sets to one down.Murray, 33, has arguably been paying the price ever since with the former world number one battling a long-standing hip injury which at one stage threatened to end his career.Both Murray and Wawrinka are three-time major winners.World ranked 111 Murray needed a wild card to play in Paris but will at least be buoyed by a 12-8 winning record over the 35-year-old Wawrinka, the world 17.World number one Novak Djokovic, bidding to win Roland Garros for the second time after his 2016 victory and collect an 18th major, starts against Sweden’s Mikael Ymer, ranked 80.Defending champion Rafael Nadal, seeded two and looking for a 13th French Open crown, begins his campaign against Egor Gerasimov, the 83rd-ranked Belarusian.Nadal, who is one Slam shy of equaling Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20, is scheduled to face third seed and US Open champion Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals.The 34-year-old Spaniard defeated the Austrian in the last two finals in Paris.Thiem has an intriguing opener against Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open winner and a former world number three.With Federer not taking part, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev is Djokovic’s scheduled semi-final opponent.However, Medvedev has never won a match at Roland Garros in three visits.Defending women’s champion and world number one Ashleigh Barty is skipping this year’s French Open over health fears. A maximum of only 1,000 spectators will be allowed each day at Roland Garros after the French government insisted Thursday on tougher restrictions to counter the resurgence of the coronavirus.Organizers of the French Open, which gets underway four months later than planned in Paris on Sunday, had hoped for a maximum of 5,000.That figure had already been reduced from 20,000 and then 11,500. “We are able to accommodate 5,000, as small as it is, on a 12-hectare area,” he said.”We stage the tournament on the equivalent of 15 football fields, outdoors. Everyone wears a mask, even the ball boys and girls and chair umpires.”The limit of 1,000 fans a day represents less than 3% of last year’s total attendance of almost 520,000.There will also be financial repercussions.In 2019, Roland Garros accounted for around 80% of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) budget — 255.4 million euros out of a total 325 million.Ticket sales generate nearly 20% of tournament revenue. When the planned limit was 11,500 spectators, Forget estimated that “the tournament’s proceeds [would] be halved”, which corresponded to between 130 and 140 million euros. The US Open in New York, which ended just under two weeks ago, banned all spectators from its sprawling Flushing Meadows complex.Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since the Second World War.center_img French Prime Minister Jean Castex insisted that the Grand Slam tournament must be subject to the same restrictions imposed Thursday on sports events taking place in designated ‘red zones’ where the coronavirus is showing signs of resurgence.”We will apply the same rules at Roland Garros as elsewhere,” said Castex. “We go from 5,000 to 1,000.”Sources told AFP, however, that the figure does not include credential holders such as officials, media, players and staff.Earlier Thursday, French Open chief Guy Forget said he had hoped to protect the 5,000 limit and that the nature of the Roland Garros complex would work in the tournament’s favor. Topics :last_img read more

How Ronaldinho almost went to Manchester United in 2003

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/ReutersAdvertisement 6ag3l0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5rkWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecnws( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c1Would you ever consider trying this?😱7aqiCan your students do this? 🌚utrRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ronaldinho, the Barcelona and AC Milan legend once revealed in an interview that how the 2005 Ballon d’Or winner almost made his way into Sir Alex Ferguson’s United squad, back in the summer of 2003.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/ReutersA couple of years ago in an interview, the former Brazillian forward unveiled how me almost made his way to Old Trafford, while he was 23 and with the Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain.“I almost went to United. It was a matter of 48 hours, but Sandro Rosell (candidate for president of Barcelona at the time) told me before I received the proposal: ‘If I become president of Barça, will you come?’ I said yes. It was just a matter of detail with United when Rosell called me to say that I would win the election.” he told English magazine FourFourTwo.Advertisement I promised I would play at Barça, and it was a quick negotiation. I told the English that I chose Barça. It was the right choice, Brazilians have always loved Barcelona. We have a story there,” the 2002 World Cup winner added.Red Devils legend Paul Scholes also said that they were very close to land the attacking midfielder, followed by Fergie’s comment on the matter.Advertisement “There was a problem with his brother, who was his agent, but Peter Kenyon, who was chief executive then, didn’t get the job done,” the 77 year old Scotsman said.Ronaldinho’s destination was Camp Nou, where he won two La Liga and a UEFA Champions League in 2006, and later went to AC Milan, winning the Serie A title in 2011. Advertisementlast_img read more