2 UK dividend stocks I’d add to my portfolio today

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Stock investments such as funds or individual shares can be roughly categorised into two types – growth and income. Investors can make strategic decisions about whether they want to keep their profits as income, or reinvest them to achieve more growth.One of the most popular ways income investors try to generate a regular amount of money every month is by buying dividend stocks.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Rather than making regular payouts to investors in the form of dividends, some companies choose to use the same capital to make further investments to contribute to the growth of the company and its share price.While there is no right or wrong investment strategy to pursue, I like to look at dividend stocks that can supplement my regular income. Here are two FTSE 100 stocks I would buy for their strong dividend yields today.National GridMany companies have either stalled or cut their dividend payouts since the start of the pandemic last year. Utilities company National Grid (LSE:NG.) was one of the few that was able to keep increasing its dividend due to the defensive nature of its business.The company owns the electricity infrastructure that operates throughout all of England and Wales. This makes it a key component in the energy sector in the UK.Based on National Grid’s current share price of 860p, the company’s dividend yield stands at 5.6%. That’s higher than the 4.8% average of all FTSE 100 constituents.I see National Grid’s dividend yield as being one of the steadiest in the index, with management keen to continue growing its dividend whenever possible.There is a risk to investing in National Grid, however. The share price growth has not been spectacular by any means.The shares have been flat over the last six months. Over the last year, they have decreased in value by 17%. NG shares will need to see growth to make that attractive dividend yield work hard for investors.Another risk to the investment is increasing scrutiny from energy regulator Ofgem. Most recently, Ofgem called for National Grid to be stripped of its role managing the UK’s electricity transmission network.This regulatory action poses a constant threat to the National Grid share price. But for me the outlook is positive enough as a dividend investment if the payout growth continues.GSKPharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (LSE:GSK) has seen its share price suffer as competitors Pfizer and AstraZeneca saw their Covid-19 vaccines approved towards the end of 2020. GSK says its own vaccine will be ready by the end of 2021, in collaboration with French drug giant Sanofi.The share price has fallen 23% in the last year. It also slumped earlier this month as the company forecast earnings per share to decline in 2021.However, I feel there is an opportunity to buy GSK shares today. While it may not have been the first pharma company to roll out a Covid-19 vaccine, demand for new jabs amid the emergence of new variants means the eventual arrival of GSK’s vaccine will be more than welcome.With a dividend yield of 6.5%, the shares seem cheap to me as an income investment. The last year has shown how vital pharma companies are and I think that will continue to be the case for a long time. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. 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78th General Convention digest June 30

first_img [Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] Much happens each day during General Convention. In addition to Episcopal News Service’s other coverage, here are some additional news items from June 28-30, the fourth, fifth and sixth days of June 25-July 3 gathering.Earthquake-surviving mural symbolizes hopeFormer Young Adult Service Corps missionary Ashley Bingaman, who served as a music teacher at Holy Trinity’s school from 2012 to 2014, talks with the Rev. David Copley, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s mission officer. A fragment of “The Last Supper” mural is in the foreground. Photo: Tracy J. Sukraw/Episcopal News ServiceOn June 30 visitors to the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s booth in the exhibit hall got the chance to view a fragment of “The Last Supper,” one of three surviving murals from Haiti’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, destroyed by earthquake in January 2010.“The Last Supper” by Philomé Obin is one of the 14 life-sized murals originally painted on the interior walls of Holy Trinity by Haitian artists. In full, it depicted a white Jesus surrounded by disciples of all colors, with Haitian hillsides visible through an open door behind them.Missioner the Rev. David Copley said the murals were painted between the 1940s and 1960s and were somewhat controversial at first. “They showed Haitians in New Testament stories, and I think that was quite rare at the time,” he said.He said he’s been moved by visitors’ stories, both about what the mural fragment says to them and what cathedrals can mean to people.“In this case it’s not just a place for worship but a symbol of hope, for The Episcopal Church and for the people of Haiti,” Copley said.After the earthquake, a team of conservators working under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution’s Haiti Cultural Recovery Project removed the surviving murals for preservation. They are to be reinstalled once the cathedral is rebuilt.The Diocese of Haiti is the largest in The Episcopal Church. Rebuilding the cathedral, and raising the funds to accomplish that, is a significant priority of the Domestic and Foreign Mission Society, according to the exhibit hall display.Churchwide network for church plantingGeneral Convention supported the creation of a church-wide network for planting congregations, and training and recruiting planters June 30 when the House of Bishops passed Resolution D005 unanimously and with enthusiastic applause.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said the house doesn’t normally encourage applause “but I cannot imagine there would be anyone in this church who’d be opposed to this.”All bishops who stood spoke in favor of the resolution.Bishop Prince Singh of Rochester said he is “heartened by this resolution. I feel that it has teeth and traction to take us forward. I notice there is a mention of Latino and Hispanic congregations. I hope we will keep in mind that there are migrant groups that are coming into the U.S. and see the potential there for real vitality and growth in the church.”Bishop Diane Bruce, suffragan of Los Angeles, said she stands to support the resolution with “ecstatic joy. We have been the recipient of Mission Enterprise Zone grants and it has been such an amazing shot in the arm – in the best way, especially for multicultural and multilingual congregations that are so needed in our church right now.”In 2012, the General Convention allotted $2 million to help dioceses establish Mission Enterprise Zones and support new church starts as part of The Episcopal Church’s commitment to the first of the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission: to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom.While Resolution D005 called for an increase of this triennium’s $2 million in funding to $5 million for the 2016-18 triennium, General Convention has not yet passed that triennium’s budget and therefore the exact amount of funding is not yet known. The budget will be presented to a joint session of House of Bishops and House of Deputies the afternoon of July 1.A series of ENS articles about the Mission Enterprise Zones is available here.Exhibit leftovers to go to thrift storeWhen vestment maker Colleen Hintz arrived to set up her Fruit of the Vine booth in the Exhibit Hall at General Convention, she stopped at Target to buy a table and chairs for her stall. She said she was thrilled to discover that, when the hall closes, she can donate them to Our Store, a local thrift shop that supports a Utah AIDS ministry. “Instead of putting it in a dumpster somewhere, it will go for good use.”She said she particularly was pleased that her donation would help people with AIDS because her home parish, Church of the Redeemer in Morristown, New Jersey, supports the Eric Johnson House, a transitional housing program for people with AIDS located in the church’s former rectory.Exhibitors can donate used furniture and other items for the thrift shop at the Diocese of Utah exhibit booth once the hall closes at 3 p.m. July 1, said Vicki Evans, booth co-coordinator. “The Diocese of Utah movers are going to load it up and deliver it.”It’s a helpful solution for many exhibitors who choose to buy rather than rent furniture and other items for their booths, she said. “To rent things for an exhibit booth here is just so expensive, and most of us are nonprofits.Attendees wear purple scarfs to support more women as bishopsJoseph Peters-Mathews, communications officer for the Diocese of California, wears a purple scarf to show his support for more women to become bishops. Photo: Sharon Sheridan/Episcopal News ServiceThe ever-colorful assemblage of General Convention sported more purple than usual as some participants donned purple scarfs to show their support for increasing the number of female bishops.“The purple scarfs started through ‘Breaking the Episcopal Glass Ceiling,’ a new Facebook organization,” said Episcopal Women’s Caucus President the Rev. Terri Pilarski. The intent is to remind people of women’s ordinations, “particularly trying to lift women up to the role of bishop,” she said.Not only are there few women bishops, but also fewer women willing to enter the bishop-election process, she said. “We’re trying to find ways to support women to enter into that process” – and also to support them afterwards if they are not elected.Some women who have been through it “have found the process to be really brutal and sexist, and painful,” she said. “It’s always hard not to be the winner, but it shouldn’t be debilitating.”“If we can get men to wear purple scarves and men to support the process … we will have a paradigm shift in our awareness, and that will really help,” she added.Among the men sporting a purple scarf on June 28 was Joseph Peters-Mathews, communications officer for the Diocese of California. The diocesan canon to the ordinary, the Rev. Stefani Schatz, is among the purple-scarf campaign organizers and is posting a Facebook album of scarf wearers, he said.Deputy demographics: Johnsons abound; deputies getting youngerPresident of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings announced June 29 that the most common last name of deputies is Johnson and said that deputy demographics are changing. The oldest deputy is 90 and the youngest is 17, and many more deputies are under 30 than at any other General Convention, news that was greeted with applause. Males still slightly edge out females by a margin of 51 to 49 percent. Jennings also offered a breakdown of deputy racial and ethnic demographics:77 percent are Caucasian;9 percent are black, African-American or African;7 percent Hispanic or Latino;3 percent are indigenous, Native American or Native Pacific Islander;3 percent are Asian; andfewer than 1 percent are mixed race or unspecified.According to Jennings: “There is an increase in the number of deputies of color but the chair would also acknowledge there is room to improve.”Deputies approve C048, hiking minimum wage to $15Deputies on June 29 approved a resolution continuing support from previous conventions for advocacy and policies to provide a living wage, and advocating for an increase in the hourly minimum wage to $15 per hour.Deputy Sarah Lawton of California, development coordinator for the University of California at Berkeley’s Labor Center, spoke in support of Resolution C048. She told the gathering that raising the minimum wage doesn’t lead to job loss but rather stimulates the economy and productivity. She said the moral question is, “In this gulf between those who are well off and those who are really struggling, where will the church stand?”Deputy David Sevigny of the Diocese of Lexington opposed it because “it fails to address our own stewardship. My guess is that many of the church structures have employees paid much less than $15 per hour. So please, please we cannot point out the speck in the eye of our government until we pull the log out of our own.”Official Youth Presence gain new perspective on churchSydney Norman, 17, left, and Maddy Gonzales, 16, are part of the Official Youth Presence at General Convention 2015. They and the rest of their 18-member group recently joined House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings for lunch and to learn more about the workings of General Convention. Photo: Sharon Sheridan/Episcopal News ServiceThe 18 members of the Official Youth Presence joined House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings for a pizza lunch on June 28 as part of their quest to learn about and participate in General Convention.The members – two from each province – have seat and voice in the House of Deputies and can participate in committee hearings and floor debates.“They bring energy. They bring their own unique perspectives” to the convention, Jennings told ENS. “I’m very grateful for their presence and all they bring to the house.”The program, she said, “really builds leadership capacity and formation in this particular way in the life of the church.”The deputies’ parliamentarian, Brian Krislock, was a member of the youth presence at the 2000 General Convention in Denver. “It’s an incredible experience for a young person,” he said. “The seriousness with which they take it is very impressive.”When he participated, “It wasn’t just a fun two-week trip. It was very intentional participation in the life of the church.”Maddy Gonzales, 16, of the Diocese of Olympia applied to become a member of this convention’s youth presence after attending her diocesan convention as a delegate, which she said was unusual for a young person in her diocese. “I wanted to see the broader church and experience that,” she said.The biggest things she has gotten from participating, said Sydney Norman, 17, of Minnesota: “I’ve learned the importance of faith in my life and how important it is for me to continue that.”Digital Evangelism Initiative resolution approvedDeputies approved Resolution B009 on June 29, which directs the staff of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society to develop and conduct a digital evangelism initiative … “for the purpose of meeting the demand online for the gospel of Jesus Christ through the ministry of the Episcopal Church,” including building and maintaining a database of prospects, and cultivating those prospects via email, social media, blogs, and other means. The resolution also provides for partnerships with dioceses “to refer qualified prospects to local congregations, church plants or other appropriate ministries.”Deputy John Crossen of Delaware, a marketing manager at QVC, said of the digital campaigns proposed in the resolution: “This is a Pentecost moment for the church, to have the opportunity and the call to reach people where they are, often in front of their screens.”Bishops elect Executive Council membersThe House of Bishops elected Bishop Dabney Smith of Southwest Florida and Bishop Ed Konieczny of Oklahoma to serve on Executive Council. The elections need to be confirmed by the House of Deputies.The Executive Council carries out the programs and policies adopted by the General Convention, according to Canon I.4 (1)(a).  It currently comprises 38 members, 20 of whom (four bishops, four priests or deacons and 12 lay people) are elected by General Convention and 18 (one clergy and one lay each) by the nine provincial synods for six-year terms, plus the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies. Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Tags This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 General Convention, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release 78th General Convention digest June 30 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Martinsville, VA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Featured Events Rector Belleville, IL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Posted Jun 30, 2015 Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Press Release Service Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS General Convention 2015 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Biodiesel Production On Target to Surpass RFS Targets for Third Straight…

first_img Previous articleImmigration Reform May Be Put Off Until Next YearNext articleWill Congress Get to a Farm Bill in the Next Month? Gary Truitt SHARE Home Energy Biodiesel Production On Target to Surpass RFS Targets for Third Straight Year The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reported 132-million gallons of biodiesel production for the month of July and year-to-date volume of more than 768-million gallons. Not only is biodiesel the first EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach one-billion gallons of annual production – but the industry has surpassed Renewable Fuel Standard targets for two consecutive years and is on pace to do so again. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Biodiesel Production On Target to Surpass RFS Targets for Third Straight Year By Gary Truitt – Aug 29, 2013 last_img read more

Novavax COVID-19 vaccine works, but less so against variants

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleLiquid nitrogen leak at Georgia poultry plant kills 6Next articleLiverpool beats Spurs 3-1 to revive faltering title defense Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsBusinessUS Newscenter_img Novavax Inc. said Thursday that its COVID-19 vaccine appears 89% effective based on early findings from a British study and that it also seems to work — though not as well — against new mutated versions of the virus circulating in that country and South Africa. The announcement comes amid worry about whether a variety of vaccines being rolled out around the world will be strong enough to protect against worrisome new variants – and as the world desperately needs new types of shots to boost scarce supplies. The study of 15,000 people in Britain is still underway. But an interim analysis found 62 participants so far have been diagnosed with COVID-19 – only six of them in the group that got vaccine and the rest who received dummy shots. The infections occurred at a time when Britain was experiencing a jump in COVID-19 caused by a more contagious variant. A preliminary analysis found over half of the trial participants who became infected had the mutated version. The numbers are very small, but Novavax said they suggest the vaccine is nearly 96% effective against the older coronavirus and nearly 86% effective against the new variant. The findings are based on cases that occurred at least a week after the second dose. “Both those numbers are dramatic demonstrations of the ability of our vaccine to develop a very potent immune response,” Novavax CEO Stanley Erck said in a call with investors late Thursday. Scientists have been even more worried about a variant first discovered in South Africa that carries different mutations. Results from a smaller Novavax study in that country suggests the vaccine does work but not nearly as well as it does against the variant from Britain. The South African study included some volunteers with HIV. Among the HIV-negative volunteers, the vaccine appears 60% effective. Including volunteers with HIV, overall the protection was 49%, the company said. While genetic testing still is underway, so far about 90% of the COVID-19 illnesses found in the South African study appear due to the new mutant. “These are good results. There is reason to be optimistic” about the 60% effectiveness, said Glenda Gray, head of the South African Medical Research Council. Even against the new variant that now causes more than 90% of new cases in that country, “we’re still seeing vaccine efficacy,” she said. More concerning is what the study showed about a totally different question — the chances of people getting COVID-19 a second time, said the leader of the South African study, Shabir Madhi of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Tests suggested that nearly a third of study participants had been previously infected, yet rates of new infections in the placebo group were similar. “Past infection with early variants of the virus in South Africa does not protect” against infection with the new one, he said. “There doesn’t seem to be any protection derived.” Novavax said it needs some additional data before it can seek British authorization for the vaccine’s use, sometime in the next month or so. A larger study in the U.S. and Mexico has enrolled slightly over half of the needed 30,000 volunteers. Novavax said it’s not clear if the Food and Drug Administration will need data from that study, too, before deciding whether to allow U.S. use. Meanwhile, it is starting to develop a version of the vaccine that could more specifically target the mutations found in South Africa, in case health authorities eventually decide that updated dosing is needed. Vaccines against COVID-19 train the body to recognize the new coronavirus, mostly the spike protein that coats it. But the Novavax candidate is made differently than the first shots being used. Called a recombinant protein vaccine, the Maryland company uses genetic engineering to grow harmless copies of the coronavirus spike protein in insect cells. Scientists extract and purify the protein and then mix in an immune-boosting chemical. ——— AP Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione contributed. ——— The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. Novavax COVID-19 vaccine works, but less so against variants Facebook TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 Pinterestlast_img read more

Millions May Lose Their Homes When Moratoria Expire

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Market Studies, News About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles December 17, 2020 2,473 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Previous: Attorneys Explain the CFPB’s Final Rule on Debt Collection Next: ‘Unusual Circumstances’ for the Home-Flipping Business 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. Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save 2020-12-17 Christina Hughes Babb Millions May Lose Their Homes When Moratoria Expire The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Millions May Lose Their Homes When Moratoria Expire The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Despite federal and local efforts to halt foreclosures and evictions during a global health crisis, losing a home has become a real threat facing millions of Americans, especially as preventative moratoria expire in December and January.  Several reports and publications have examined the implications and possible solutions.An article by USA Today’s N’dea Yancey-Bragg, for example, examines the state of Americans’ mortgage loans and rent, credit and debt, employment, homelessness, housing policy, and the status of a possible stimulus package. Additionally, the reporter reveals how some minority households suffer disproportionately.”Black and Latino people are the most likely to be evicted and also the most likely to be hospitalized and die of COVID-19,” Emily Benfer, a Wake Forest professor and co-creator of the Eviction Lab COVID-19 Housing Policy Scoreboard, a dataset of evictions, told Yancey-Bragg.A $908 billion stimulus proposal is working its way through lawmakers, but negotiations could continue through the holidays, USA Today reported. One study by Credello showed that the first round of stimulus checks went largely toward Americans’ rents and mortgages.”If the federal government and the CDC allow the mortarium to lapse in the new year I think we are in for the most terrifying segment of the pandemic experience and that we will see any effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 fail, setting us up for decades if not generations of recovery due to the devastating outcome of such widespread eviction,” Benfer told the paper.To suggest how many evictions and foreclosures could occur if the protections lapsed, Benfer pointed out that “when CARES Act protection lapsed for two weeks earlier this year, evictions spiked as high as 395% above historic levels.”Even extensions of foreclosure moratoria, more stimulus, and increased crisis-related unemployment benefits would not necessarily stave off pending problems, according to Business Insider’s Taylor Borden, who wrote, “Experts have said that even if moratoriums are extended and unemployment benefits continue, that could simply be kicking the can down the road, delaying a wave of homelessness.”The USA Today piece points to another report by Stout, a global investment bank and advisory firm, which shows that some “14 million American households today are at risk of eviction and have amassed an estimated $25 billion in rental debt. … 4.9 million of them are likely to receive eviction notices in January, Stout found.”A separate report by FICO showed almost a quarter of study participants said they were not at all or not very confident about their finances remaining stable in the next three months. In fact, 42% of consumers said they had to contact one of their financial services providers to help manage repayment of existing credit commitments since the start of COVID-19. The FICO study concludes that working with a lender is the best way to avoid the eventual loss of property.”2020 has been a challenge for all, with a large percentage of consumers struggling to pay their bills. Banks and financial service providers play a critical role in helping their customers navigate these uncertain times,” said Michael Magaard, VP, Customer Communication Services at FICO.Another cause for friction and confusion, Benfer told USA Today, is that the CDC’s federal moratorium lacked consistent implementation, technical advice from the federal government and education of tenants, so some landlords have continued to evict non-paying tenants.Many property owners are feeling fiscal pressure due to tenants’ inability to pay full or partial rent.A study by Avail (landlord and tenant data analysis) showed that the months ahead will be critical: “more financial support is needed for renters, either through increases and extensions in unemployment insurance or through direct rental assistance,” reported the researchers. “A lack of financial support would affect both renters and their landlords, potentially forcing many individual landlords to sell their properties and leaving renters with even fewer affordable housing options.”A group of homebuilders is among those that have taken legal action against the CDC moratorium. 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Overnight vandalism to numerous trees on the Port Road, Letterkenny

first_imgHomepage BannerNews 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleBrian Mc Cormick Cup Area FinalsNext articleJackie Crossan Premier Division admin Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Cllr Gerry McMonagleThere has been overnight vandalism to a number of trees on the Port Road in Letterkenny.A significant amount of branches were broken off the trees that line the road close to L.Y.I.T.There was also a number of road signs strewn across the road, posing a hazard to drivers.Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Gerry McMonagle came across the scene this morning.Cllr McMonagle says he’s outraged at the incident:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/gerryraw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – August 30, 2015 center_img Overnight vandalism to numerous trees on the Port Road, Letterkenny Google+ Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry last_img read more

USU Women’s Soccer Announces Two Assistant Coaches

first_imgAugust 15, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Women’s Soccer Announces Two Assistant Coaches FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Wednesday, Utah State head women’s soccer coach Heather Cairns announced the addition of two new coaching positions to her staff.They include volunteer assistant Ed Heberling and undergraduate assistant Jenny De Boer.Heberling comes to Logan from being the head coach at NAIA South Carolina-Beaufort where he started the program for the Sand Sharks in 2011.Heberling is a graduate of Iowa Wesleyan, where he was an all-conference goalkeeper and forward for the NCAA Division III Tigers.Heberling’s wife, Laura, is an assistant with the Aggies’ softball program.De Boer is still a student at Utah State and played for the soccer program for three seasons before ultimately sustaining a career-ending injury.De Boer is slated to graduate from Utah State in May 2019 with a dual degree in economics and marketing. Brad James Tags: Ed Heberling/Heather Cairns/Iowa Wesleyan/Jenny De Boer Written bylast_img read more

Michael B. Jordan launches HBCU basketball showcase in his hometown

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAugustas Cetkauskas/iStockBy GEORGE CONSTANTINO, ABC News(NEWARK, N.J.) — Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan is giving back to the Black community in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, by launching the inaugural “Hoop Dreams Classic.”The 33-year-old actor has partnered with WME Sports, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE), and Scout Sports and Entertainment/Horizon Media (Scout) for the event, a historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) showcase.“This past year has been the tipping point for so many, including myself, in revving up support for Black people,” Jordan said in a statement. “As a Newark native, I am committed to bringing change to the community and am honored to be able to present The Hoop Dreams Classic as a way to celebrate the value of community, education, and Black college experiences.”The actor added, “Through our shared love of basketball, I look forward to bringing the communal spirit of HBCUs to the city that helped shape me into the man I am today.”The one-day showcase, which will take place on Dec. 18, 2021, will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.Four of the top Division I HBCU men’s and women’s basketball programs will be featured during the event.The “Hoop Dreams Classic” will also include an “immersive cultural experience” with culinary events, live musical performances, film festivals, a battle of the bands that highlights life at HBCU, in addition to career and college opportunities for the community.Part of the proceeds from the event will support the Newark community and organizations that are focused on advancing historically Black colleges and universities. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lundcenter_img December 17, 2020 /Sports News – National Michael B. Jordan launches HBCU basketball showcase in his hometownlast_img read more

Evansville Officers Take On Lip Sync Challenge

first_imgCommentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare TwitterFacebook Evansville Officers Take On Lip Sync ChallengeJULY 6TH, 2018 TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANAThey were called out by the Henderson Police Department and now Evansville Police Officers are calling in reinforcements for the Lip Sync Challenge.It’s a challenge going around the country between departments and Sheriff’s Offices and EPD went all out for their turn.After Chief Billy Bolin vetoes two options for the department to answer back with, Officer Philip Smith seems to come up with the perfect idea.Going with ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, and bringing in several of his fellow officers to help out.To view the full video, click here.last_img read more

Press release: Warning to holiday makers of modern slavery risks

first_imgA Border Force operation designed to protect young holiday makers travelling to Majorca from the risks of labour exploitation launched this week.The activity, which is supported by modern slavery charity Unseen, was prompted by Foreign Office commissioned research which found that more than 80 per cent of British prisoners on the Spanish island are former “public relations” (PR) workers – those employed to attract people into the bars and clubs they work for.The week long awareness raising operation, which is running at airports across the UK and specifically targeting Majorca flights, warns of the dangers of undertaking unofficial PR work in the Spanish tourist destination.Other findings from the Foreign Office research included that unofficial PR workers were often forced to work long hours, for low wages, with no contract. Accommodation was often poor and some employers confiscated passports.During the operation Border Force officers will be speaking to young holiday makers and distributing information about the steps they should take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of labour exploitation as well as who to turn to if they needed help.Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said: Advice to people before accepting a PR role is to: Anyone who is overseas and has their passport taken should first report it to the police. British nationals should then contact the local British Consulate for help and advice to get a replacement. In Spain the contact details are 0034 933 666 200 or [email protected] feeling vulnerable about their work or finances can contact Unseen, in confidence, on 08000 121 700.The operation supports the ongoing work of Border Force to address the issue of modern slavery and trafficking. By highlighting the issue we want to ensure that those contemplating PR work in Magaluf, many of whom are tourists tempted by the idea of an extended stay in the sunshine, do not find their summer turning into a nightmare. insist on a contract setting out terms and conditions. Under Spanish law if you are working without a contract, you are working illegally keep your passport. Don’t accept offers from others to keep it safe ask to see accommodation before accepting it as part of a job package With this operation we want to ensure young holiday makers are aware of the risks and know what to do if they have problems. Majorca is an amazing place for a holiday and will continue to be a favourite destination with young people, for its fabulous beaches and well-known nightlife, so I hope with this operation we will see fewer PR workers become consular cases this summer. Lloyd Milen, British Consul General in Barcelona, said:last_img read more