Texas Governor Signs $1.6B Hurricane Harvey Relief Bill

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: flooding hurricanes Natural Disasters Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Post On Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a $1.6 billion storm and flood resilience plan. Abbott signed the bill Thursday in Houston, which was hit by Hurricane Harvey in two years ago.“Thanks to the work of the legislature, we are rebuilding Texas stronger and more resilient than ever,” said Governor Abbott, CBC DFW reports. “In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we saw the unshakable spirit of the Lone Star State through the generosity of Texans helping their neighbors. These important pieces of legislation are a symbol of that spirit, as well as a sign of Texas’ commitment to improving the way we respond to natural disasters.”The legislature also voted to appropriate $3 billion in relief for Harvey-impacted areas from the Rainy Day Fund, and Abbot notes that the storm cleanup and readiness package will mitigate damage from the next catastrophic storm. “Thanks to the work of the legislature, we are rebuilding Texas stronger and more resilient than ever,” Abbot added. “In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we saw the unshakable spirit of the Lone Star State through the generosity of Texans helping their neighbors. These important pieces of legislation are a symbol of that spirit, as well as a sign of Texas’ commitment to improving the way we respond to natural disasters.”Nationally, President Donald Trump recently signed a bill which provides $19.1 billion in recovery funds for disaster-affected areas. The Act directs federal agencies to release the $16 billion in disaster funds Congress approved in early 2018 following Hurricane Harvey to different states and territories—including more than $4 billion to Texas—within 60 days.“After Harvey hit, I fought alongside the Texas delegation to secure additional funds for Harvey survivors,” said U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul. “Unfortunately, the agencies tasked with distributing these funds did not respond with the same urgency.”According to the Texas Tribune, Texas has already received billions of dollars for Harvey recovery, but each bucket of money is designated for a specific purpose. The $4.3 billion that Congress approved for Texas last February is part of a HUD grant program designed “to help cities, counties, and States recover from Presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas.”The Five Star Conference will host its Disaster Preparedness Symposium on July 31 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Natural disasters impact investors, service providers, mortgage servicers, government agencies, legal professionals, lenders, property preservation companies, and—most importantly—homeowners. The 2019 Five Star Disaster Preparedness Symposium will include critical conversations on response, reaction and assistance, to ensure the industry is ready to lend the proper support the next time a natural disaster strikes. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. June 13, 2019 1,840 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newscenter_img Texas Governor Signs $1.6B Hurricane Harvey Relief Bill Subscribe 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 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago flooding hurricanes Natural Disasters 2019-06-13 Seth Welborn Home / Daily Dose / Texas Governor Signs $1.6B Hurricane Harvey Relief Bill The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Previous: Choosing Real Estate Agents With an Investment Edge Next: Michael Blair Joins LoanCare as Chief Administrative Officer Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

World Relays debut excites Thompson

first_imgNASSAU, Bahamas: Reigning Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson says she is excited ahead of her IAAF World Relays debut in The Bahamas, where she’s hoping to lead Jamaica’s defence of the women’s 4x100m title. The two-day championships is set to begin here today. Thompson missed the first two stagings of the championships in 2014 and 2015 due to personal reasons despite initially being selected for both teams. However, Thompson, who, last year, established herself as the leading female sprinter on the planet, says he is eager to get going at the event and is looking forward to a strong showing. “I am super excited,” said Thompson. “I have been selected for the third time for the World Relays and this is my first time going and so I am really excited and looking forward to it.’ The Jamaican women’s team will be without veterans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown for the championships, but despite this, Thompson believes they have a very talented team that will do well in The Bahamas. “Despite the fact that two of our main athletes are not on the team, I believe that once we can take that baton safely around, then we can definitely take home that gold medal,” she said. “They (Fraser-Pryce and Campbell-Brown) are my role models and for me to be a trendsetter now, I am just going to keep pushing so that we can take home the gold for Jamaica,” Thompson said. Along with Thompson, the other members of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team are Simone Facey, Natasha Morrison, Christania Williams and Sashalee Forbes. Facey is the only returning member of Jamaica’s team, which finished first in a time of 41.14 seconds in The Bahamas two years ago. Defending the 2015 victory will not be easy for the Jamaicans as strong competition is expected from the rebuilt United States team. It’s why there will have to be careful selection of the legs for each runners. Thompson said that she is not sure which one of the legs she will be competing in at the championships, but that she will be “more than happy” to run any of the legs. “I am not sure which leg I will be running, but any leg I am selected for, I will take it on,” the Manchester-born sprinter said. The 24-year-old Thompson opened her outdoor season in winning the women’s 100m in a wind-aided 10.75 seconds at the UTech Classic on April 15. Thompson established her pedigree with gold-medal runs in the 100m and 200m at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ANTICIPATING A WINlast_img read more

BYC Seeks New Coach

first_imgCoach Cooper Sannah speaks recently following one of his biggest victories, a 6-0 score line against Invincible Eleven The management of Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) has sacked Coach Cooper Sannah following the team’s 2-1 loss to Nimba United on Saturday at the Blue Field.BYC president Sekou Konneh posted on social media “We thank Coach Sannah for the time and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Meanwhile, Director Kojo will run the affair until a new person is appointed.”President Konneh added that “Coach Sannah is one of the best young coaches in the country and that is why we went for him, but in the game of football coaches are fired not because they are not good; but if the results are not coming, the coach takes the blame. We will forever remember him for our third championship.”Coach Sannah, 45, led the Go Blue Boys to three major competitions, including the CAF Champions League, CAF Confederation Cup and the Knockout Cup, but failed to get the needed results after the team was booted out of those competitions.During his time with the club Coach Sannah always acknowledged the high level of support he received from the team’s management.“The club’s management has done its part and the weight is now on the technical department of the team to get the needed results,” Coach Sannah said during a pre-match press conference before their return match against Ferroviario De Beria in the CAF Champions’ League group stage qualification.Coach Sannah only managed to secure a win and a draw out of his last five matches for the club, but some sports followers believe that the decision to sack the coach was abrupt, because the players might have experienced fatigue due to the many matches they have played, while others welcomed the decision adding that the coach lacks the managerial skills to manage the huge number of talented players on the team.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Pitch battle as Reus ends goal drought in Dortmund win

first_img0Shares0000Ground for concern: Moenchengladbach’s Raul Bobadilla with Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Feb 18 – A brilliant first-half strike saw Marco Reus grab his first Bundesliga goal since May to secure a 1-0 win for Borussia Dortmund at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday in a match played on an atrocious pitch.The two teams were forced to play on a highly uneven surface in Moenchengladbach after recent poor weather had badly-affected the pitch at Borussia-Park. There were chances for both Lars Stindl and Raul Bobadilla early on, but the pitch remained the focus of attention, as Andre Schuerrle appeared to slip and hurt himself.Schuerrle recovered to set up Reus as Dortmund took the lead against the run of play on 32 minutes.Picking up a pinpoint long pass from Mario Goetze, Schuerrle squared the ball to Reus, whose dipping shot glanced off the crossbar on its way in.“I actually wanted to hit it further to the left,” Reus told Sky. “But the main thing is that the ball went in. We had to scrap today, and we have a lot of work ahead of us.”Reus has missed most of the current campaign with a cruciate ligament tear, and had not been on the scoresheet for Dortmund since scoring a brace on the final day of last season.Jannik Vestergaard found the net for Gladbach just before half-time, but was judged to be offside by the video assistant referee.Thorgan Hazard should have equalised moments later, darting into the box from the left wing before slicing the ball wide.Gladbach continued to push forward after the break, chances falling to both Denis Zakaria and Matthias Ginter before Sokratis denied Bobadilla with a goal-line clearance on 55 minutes.Day of delight: Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger celebrates the winning goal © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZAs the second half wore on, Roman Buerki was forced into a string of saves, denying Stindl, Bobadilla and Nico Elvedi to keep Dortmund ahead.At the other end, Reus saw his fizzing half-volley beaten away by Yann Sommer.Earlier in the day, Mario Gomez’s goal was enough to secure a first away win of the season for Stuttgart, and inflict a first home defeat since October on Augsburg.The veteran striker gave Stuttgart the lead just before the half-hour mark. After Erik Thommy’s free-kick was blocked by the defensive wall, Gomez pounced on the loose ball and swept it into the bottom corner.Michael Gregoritsch appeared to equalise for Augsburg ten minutes later, but he too was correctly ruled offside after a two-minute long consultation with the video assistant referee.Only a superb save from Marwin Hitz stopped Stuttgart from doubling the lead on 65 minutes, the Augsburg goalkeeper denying Gomez from point blank range.“We should really have won by three or four goals today,” Gomez told Sky. “But we showed amazing character, and we’re going in the right direction.”The win lifts Stuttgart four points clear of the bottom three, while Dortmund move into second ahead of RB Leipzig’s visit to Eintracht Frankfurt on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man in court after Garda injured during collision with patrol car

first_imgA man has appeared in court after a Garda was injured after a patrol car was involved in a collision last night.John Tierney appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with five counts of dangerous driving. Tierney, aged 29, was arrested by Gardai at Cullion Road in Letterkenny.He was taken to Letterkenny Garda station for interview and appeared at court this morning.He was charged with five counts of dangerous driving at Leck, Neil T Blaney Road, Cullion Road, Canal Road and Paddy Harte Road, all which are in Letterkenny.Tierney, of 33 Celtic Apartments, Pearse Road, Letterkenny, was also charged with having no insurance and having no driving license.He did not speak during the short court appearance.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that Gardai had no objection to bail but said he did not want Tierney to drive.“We don’t want him to drive a car, he has no reason to drive. We don’t want him behind the wheel,” he told Judge Deirdre Gearty.He also asked the court to order Tierney to sign on twice a week at Letterkenny Garda station and to be of good behaviour.Inspector Harrison asked the case to be adjourned to allow for directions to come from the Director of Public Prosecutions.Solicitor Michael Shiel said that his client agreed to all bail conditions.The case was adjourned until October 22nd next to allow for DPP directions.Letterkenny Courthouse (North West Newspix)Man in court after Garda injured during collision with patrol car was last modified: August 7th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carcourtGardaJohn Tierneyletterkennylast_img read more

City of Vancouver one step closer to allowing liquor sales in grocery

first_imgVANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver is moving to allow the sale of liquor in grocery stores.Councillors voted Tuesday to approve zoning bylaw amendments that will permit grocery stores to sell liquor.The city says in a news release that qualified grocery outlets will be allowed to sell liquor in a store-within-a-store model, requiring a separate area and cashier for liquor sales.Approval of the bylaw amendments is the next step to implementing Vancouver’s liquor policy recommendations, which were passed by council almost a year ago.Specific policies will be presented to council next month and the city says, if approved, grocery stores wishing to sell liquor could apply for a permit by May 14.Kaye Krishna, Vancouver’s general manager of development, buildings and licensing, says the proposed changes follow extensive consultations about upgrades to the city’s liquor policies.“These amendments not only balance the public’s request, but also bring our liquor bylaws in line with provincial regulations,” says Krishna.last_img read more

Leopard forges friendship with mare at Guj farmhouse

first_imgVadodara: Hard as it may be to imagine, a young leopard has forged an unlikely bond with a mare at a farmhouse in Gujarat.The around one-and-a-half year old leopard has been visiting the farmhouse, located near a forest at Virod village on Vadodara’s outskirts, for last four-five days apparently after taking a liking for the mare kept tied there to a tree. The farmhouse and the mare belong to villager Jagdishbhai Patel, who said the leopard has been coming to his field everyday during the night time. “The leopard rolls on the grass and plays near the mare, who has not resisted the big cat’s move and keeps standing near the tree without any sign of panic,” he said on Wednesday. He said while his family members were worried about the unusual visitor at their field, the other villagers were flocking the place to catch a glimpse of the camaraderie between the two animals. “The leopard has been coming to the farmhouse, located just about 25 metres from my house, after sunset and sits near the mare for some hours before disappearing. The carnivore has not attacked any human being though it bit a dog a couple of days back,” Patel said. He said his farm labourers were scared of going near the mare to feed it and as a precaution, he has shifted his other cattle behind the house. He also requested the forest department to catch the spotted animal. Arvind Pawar of the city-based NGO Wildlife Rescue Trust said they have installed two night vision cameras to capture the leopard’s images. The district forest department’s rescue team member Nitin Patel said the young leopard’s mother was also seen near the farmhouse in a video footage. “While the young feline sits in a water pit dug up near the spot where the mare is tied, its mother was seen climbing a nearby tree,” he said. A cage along with a bait was placed nearby, but the leopard was yet to be caught, he added.last_img read more

Anurag Thakur treads path cautiously father backsup

first_imgShimla: The old saying – “once bitten, twice shy” can’t have the best frame-fit slot other than Hamirpur parliamentary constituency.A BJP stronghold for over two-decades, Hamirpur has much at stake for young MP Anurag Thakur, who fights Congress’s five-time MLA Ram Lal Thakur to defend a political legacy that opponents of his father and two-time Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal are trying to covertly question. Dhumal, who led the BJP to the victory in 2017 poll, lost his assembly election by a slender margin of 1,919 votes and missed his third Chief Minister term at a moment when things looked all done for him. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThat’s why neither Dhumal nor Anurag Thakur is publically boasting of impending win except that BJP’s national president Amit Shah reaching out them to declare to the voters –a predictable “bigger role” for Anurag Thakur after his victory. “We are happy that Amit Shah acknowledged the potential in Anurag Thakur. It has boosted our prospects. But we haven’t forgotten how the finest victory turned bitter for people of Hamirpur on December 19, 2017, when sahib (Dhumal) lost his Sujanpur seat,” says Sanjeev Katwal, BJP leader and staunch Dhumal loyalist. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThus, Anurag is playing safe and focussing on the campaign. The poll narrative is just confined to development issues. The constituency having a large presence of ex-servicemen and serving soldiers and para-military personnel has an advantage factor for the BJP. “We want Modi to come back. He has raised the morale of forces and hit Pakistan hard,” says Subedar (Retd) Harish Patial of Bhota, near Hamirpur. For Anurag Thakur stakes it’s not alone his victory but also to prove that Dhumal still commands his influence in the constituency, where he had won the elections in 1989,1991 and 2007. Anurag Thakur, 44, had stepped into the shoes of his father in 2008 when Dhumal had become Chief Minister. He won the seat with a record margin of 1.74 lakh votes and never lost thereafter. Biggest criticism about Anurag Thakur is his high profile image when he headed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) but was removed later by the Supreme Court following a controversy for not implementing the reforms recommended by Lodha Committee. The young BJP politicians, however, is credited with building a world-class cricket stadium at Dharamshala, a landmark even his critics in the Congress appreciates. Challenging him is Congress’s former minister and five-time MLA Ram Lal Thakur, who had been his strong critics ever since Anurag Thakur became Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president. Thakur alleges, “Anurag did nothing in the constituency. He is also jumblebaaz like Modi. Most of the time he had been travelling abroad or attending high profile parties. He (Anurag) has not replied to my single question as to why he was removed by the Supreme Court from the post of BCCI president?” Congress candidate told the Millennium Post. Ram Lal Thakur, 67, never wanted to contest the poll but the party pushed his name after former PCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu and Congress Legislature Party leader Mukesh Agnihotri declined. But Anurag says, “My work in the constituency and Modi ji’s five years are strong points. Hamirpur is the only constituency, which has got new projects worth hundreds of crores.” He counts on Railway expansion projects, AIIMS, PGI satellite centre, Central University, Medical college, IIIT and National Highways. My mobile ‘Sawsathya Sewa hospital’ has been a big draw, besides “cricket Mahakumbh” for youths and claims having fully utilised the MPLAD. His campaign is supplemented by social media war while Congress has a problem of resources and top campaign strategists due to factionalism in the party.last_img read more

The Heat Should Keep Playing Small Ball

Every NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers is a contrast in styles. While the Pacers rely heavily on a starting lineup featuring two traditional big men, the Heat employ a multitude of flexible lineups favoring speed and shooting. This contrast presents advantages and disadvantages for both teams; each game, each team has to either make the other team adjust or adjust themselves.Through the first three games of Eastern Conference finals, the Heat were making the adjustment, using lineups with two traditional big men far more often than they did during the regular season. And though the Heat won two of the first three games, it didn’t work too well.Miami Heat Minutes Played And Point Differentials, By LineupThe Heat regularly use just three players who could reasonably be categorized as bigs: Chris Andersen, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem. With Andersen unavailable in Game 4 because of a calf injury, the Heat were forced to stay small. They used the combination of Haslem and Bosh for just six minutes together about 13 percent of the game, a single stretch in which they outscored the Pacers by one point. Over the remaining 42 minutes, the Heat’s smaller lineups outscored the Pacers by 11 points. The Heat beat the Pacers 102-90 and lead the series 3-1.For the most part, the Pacers have outscored the Heat when Miami has two big men on the floor; the less Miami does that, the better off it is.Playing these small lineups helps spread the floor, opening driving lanes for the Heat’s ball handlers and stretching the Pacers’ defense. In Game 4, that stretch effect (and the open lanes that resulted) were one of the main factors in the Heat’s series-high 34 free-throw attempts. The Pacers complained about the officiating, but the Heat’s free-throw rate in Game 4 was roughly as far above their season average against the Pacers as their free-throw rate in Games 1 and 2 was below it.The Heat’s small lineups also coincided with the best game in the series from Bosh — 25 points on a 76.2 true shooting percentage. This development shouldn’t have been unexpected. Across the season, Bosh’s true shooting percentage was about 8 percentage points higher when he played without either Andersen or Haslem as compared with when he played alongside one of them.Game 4 gave the Heat firm control over the Pacers and the rest of the series, but it also provided an emphatic reminder: The Heat are at their best with a small lineup on the floor, even with its inherent drawbacks. read more