North v South live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_img North v South live stream: How to watch the match online from anywhereExcitement has been building for months for this North v South match, which was once a regular fixture on the New Zealand rugby calendar but has been revived this year for the first time since 2012.The game had to be moved from Auckland to Wellington and there will be no fans in the stadium due to Covid-19 restrictions, but there is still much riding on it. With New Zealand coach Ian Foster set to announce his first squad after the match, it is effectively an All Blacks trial.Related: What would England’s North v South squads be?The match features head-to-heads like Beauden Barrett v Richie Mo’unga, Damian McKenzie v Jordie Barrett and Asafo Aumua v Codie Taylor, not to mention the second-row battle between the two skippers Patrick Tuipulotu v Sam Whitelock, so it is little wonder fans around the world cannot wait to see the action unfold.North: Damian McKenzie; Sevu Reece, Rieko Ioane, Anton Lienert-Brown, Caleb Clarke; Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara; Karl Tu’inukuafe, Asafo Aumua, Ofa Tuungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu (captain), Tupou Vaa’i, Akira Ioane, Ardie Savea, Hoskins Sotutu.Replacements: Ash Dixon, Ayden Johnstone, Angus Ta’avao, Scott Scrafton, Dalton Papalii, Aaron Smith, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Mitchell Hunt.South: Jordie Barrett; Will Jordan, Brayden Ennor, Jack Goodhue, George Bridge; Richie Mo’unga, Brad Weber; Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Nepo Laulala, Sam Whitelock (captain), Mitchell Dunshea, Shannon Frizell, Tom Christie, Tom Sanders.Replacements: Liam Coltman, George Bower, Tyrel Lomax, Manaaki Selby-Rickit, Dillon Hunt, Finlay Christie, Josh Ioane, Leicester Faingaanuku.This will be the 81st North v South match, with the Northerners winning 50 of the previous encounters and the South 27 (there have also been three draws). To find out who comes out on top in this North v South encounter, we explain how to find a reliable live stream wherever you are in the world.How to watch North v South from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local rugby coverage, like North v South, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal rugby live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPN Get a Now TV Day PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when North v South takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.North v South live stream: How to watch from New ZealandThe North v South match has prime billing on Sky Sport NZ this weekend. In New Zealand, coverage of the North v South match starts at 6.30pm on Sky Sport NZ 1, with kick-off at 7.10pm. There is also a ‘player cam’ option on Sky Sport Select.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 September 2020 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer North v South live stream: How to watch from South AfricaSouth Africa is one hour ahead of the UK, so North v South kicks off at 9.10am on SuperSport’s Rugby, Grandstand and CSN channels.There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from Access, which has the Blitz and Variety 4 channels, to Premium, which includes all 18 sports channels.North v South live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, ESPN+ is live streaming the North v South match (kick off at 3.10am EST) – and if that’s a little early you can catch a replay later in the day.You can access ESPN+ from just $5.99 a month.North v South live stream: How to watch from EuropeRugbyPass is live streaming the North v South match (kick-off 9.10am) in most European countries. To find out if the streaming service is available where you are and the cost, head to RugbyPass.North v South live stream: How to watch from AsiaRugbyPass has the rights to live stream the North v South match in many Asian countries. To find out if the streaming service is available where you are and the cost, head to RugbyPass.We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  Men at No 10: Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga start at fly-half in the North v South match (Getty Images) North v South live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Fox Sports is showing the North v South match (kick-off 5.10pm AEST) live between Saturday’s two Super Rugby AU games.The Foxtel Sports HD bundle is $74 a month – and you get 50+ other channels as well as Foxtel GO so you can watch when on the move.Even better Foxtel is currently offering a ten-day free trial to new customers so you can see what they have to offer – ideal for getting access to the North v South match.Foxtel Offers This highly-anticipated match in Wellington is effectively an All Blacks trial LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS North v South live stream: How to watch from the UKNorth v South, which kicks off at 8.10am on Saturday morning UK time, will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event from 7.30am and Sky Sports Arena from 8.05am.If you don’t have a Sky contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can get a NowTV pass for daily, monthly or mobile access.It’s £9.99 for a NowTV day pass that would allow you to watch the North v South match. 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Churches’ signature products serve the poor and vulnerable

first_img 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 By Pat McCaughanPosted Oct 16, 2013 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Episcopal News Service] With toffee and coffees, body butters and shower gels, wine and ale, oil and incense, peanut brittle, “Heavenly Hot Fudge Sauce,” and even an occasional ‘Holy Honey’ – Episcopal churches and institutions across the country earmark signature products for good works.In Nashville, Tennessee, for example, Katrina Robertson survived abuse and life on the streets to become national sales manager for Thistle Farms, a social enterprise ministry founded by the Rev. Becca Stevens which expects to sell upwards of 800,000 natural body care products this year.“I have a lengthy criminal history, and people won’t hire felons, but I was a resident in the Magdalene program and they asked me if I wanted to come to Thistle Farms and work,” recalled Robertson, 46. “It was perfect. I needed a job. I didn’t want to go back to prostituting.”The Magdalene program, founded in 1997 by Stevens, an Episcopal chaplain at Vanderbilt University, is a two-year residential program offering options for women who have survived lives of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Robertson was 11 when she was sexually abused by a stepfather “and it set up a cycle of dysfunction that made it easy to get on the streets,” she said during a recent telephone interview.“I needed a safe place to heal. Shortly after I started at Magdalene they asked me if I wanted to come to Thistle Farms and work and it has continued from there.”Like most of the 40-something other Thistle Farm employees, she helps make, package and market natural care products such as body butter, soaps and shower gels, lotions, room sprays, soy candles and other items. “We take our products out and tell our stories and sell them ourselves,” added Robertson.“This isn’t your typical church or ministry; we run the company, and the proceeds from sales go to pay our salaries and to purchase raw materials,” said Robertson, who oversees sales in more than 280 outlets throughout the United States and Canada. She is especially pleased about partnering with cooperatives in Ecuador, Rwanda and Kenya, “made by women with histories like us.”Busily preparing for Thistle Farms’ first-ever national conference, held Oct. 13-15 near Vanderbilt, Robertson said it is sometimes difficult to believe the ripple effects resulting from her involvement with the Magdalene program.“It’s incredible, and it’s generational. Now, my 23-year-old daughter interned with us this summer and is working on the conference,” she said. “It speaks volumes to how this company and program and community have touched lives. It’s huge, a generational movement. If I hadn’t lived it I wouldn’t have believed it.”Oil and incenseAltar guilds and sacristans may be tempted to try the clean and green “Alban’s Oil” from St. Alban’s Church in Monroe, Georgia, or aromatic “Angelus Incense” in New Haven, Connecticut.Wilbur Ward says “Alban’s Oil” is high quality, extremely pure, economical, “will stand up against anybody’s oil anywhere” and is specifically produced for use in artificial candles and torches – as well as for “doing God’s work.”“One hundred percent of all our proceeds go to support outreach” in a variety of efforts including a local Christian ministry, Faith in Serving Humanity, or FISH, which offers food, clothing, shelter and other emergency services to the underserved as well as a local county jail garden project “where inmates help put in a garden every year.“We furnish equipment, seeds and all. The inmates furnish the labor and the produce goes to FISH where we use it to feed and to give to low-income people,” said Ward, 40-year veteran of the chemical business and the senior warden at St. Alban’s Church, in Monroe, Georgia, in the Diocese of Atlanta.Prices vary with larger purchases being more economical, he said. For example, “if you bought four gallons, you end up spending about $20 a gallon.” Shipped from a Louisiana refinery, the oil is repackaged and meticulously weighed before being sent to church customers across the country.Similarly, the Rev. David Cobb says Christ Church in New Haven, Connecticut has been making and selling incense to other churches for as long as anyone can remember.The “distinctive blend” floral aroma recipe is a closely guarded secret and has become part of the identity of the parish, located near the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.The incense sells for about $25 a pound and is shipped nationwide. He estimated the church sells about five pounds in an average month. Proceeds mostly support liturgical costs, which contribute to student formation throughout the academic year, he said.“We really feel like worship is mission in a parish like this, where we engage young adults and seekers every Sunday here,” Cobb said. “Young people seem to really be drawn to something with a clear sense of what is transcendent and outside your normal realm of sound and sensory experience, suggest a deeper and more compelling presence in the midst of life.”Toffee, Peanut Brittle and CoffeeSome congregations have parlayed sweet cravings and hot and hearty drinks into fundraisers, creative partnerships, global outreaches and local recognition.First-time visitors to Good Shepherd Church in Town and Country, Missouri, for instance, receive a free bag of coffee beans, and the church will even grind them, says the Rev. Pamela Dolan, rector, during a recent phone interview.“We always tell visitors the first bag’s free; after that you have to buy them,” chuckled Dolan.The decision to sell coffee, comparable to high-end specialty brews, began with a “close-the-budget-gap” campaign several years ago. Since then, it has aided communities in Rwanda and Costa Rica, where the beans are purchased at a fair price, has sparked other creative ministry possibilities and distinguished Good Shepherd locally “as the church with the really good coffee,” Dolan said.With the congregation’s affirmation, Pamela Evans developed the partnership with Kuva Coffee, a St. Louis microbrewery. Kuva founder Tim Drescher roasts and delivers the beans weekly, which sell for $15 per 12-ounce bag.“It’s great to be able to partner with somebody,” said Drescher, during a recent telephone interview. “It all comes together because they’re using our product for a higher purpose.”Other possibilities have emerged, including using proceeds to help establish a community garden to help provide fresh vegetables for peace meals at a local Episcopal Church ministry and another venture, new this holiday season – chocolate covered coffee beans, Evans said in an e-mail to ENS.“What better way to change lives and evangelize than having a conversation over a cup of coffee?” she said. “So, our tag line is: ©Changing lives one cup at a time.”Additionally, saying yes to Evans’ idea has empowered the entire community, Dolan said. “It’s so easy, when somebody comes to you with an idea to think of all the ways it might not work and all the things that could go wrong. I was so glad to see people at the parish getting behind Pam’s vision. It feels good to say ‘yes’ to somebody and have their dreams come true.”With the holiday season fast approaching, teams are assembling to transform treasured recipes into sweet creations for both an Iowa and an Ohio church.St. Thomas Church in Sioux City, Iowa, began making and marketing “Hazel’s Own Toffee” a few years ago after a series of epiphanies, according to the Rev. Torey Lightcap, rector.The congregation participated in an Episcopal Church Building Fund workshop on the recasting of building assets, which “brought us to an awareness that we were not using our facilities throughout the week in a way that made for very good stewardship” of resources, he said.That’s when a parishioner’s memory of a treasured English toffee recipe led to new directions. “She approached somebody and sure enough like many Episcopal churches we had published recipes books in the past and in one of them was a recipe for toffee we’d found from Hazel, who had died a few years before,” Lightcap said.The recipe was tried and tweaked, sampled and voted on until perfected and “Hazel’s Own” was born, he recalled. Marketing the sticky sweets for $5 a quarter-pound has since blossomed, from a church bake sale, to diocesan conventions and other area events, to online sales and, now expanding to local businesses and other possibilities.Meanwhile, energy levels are “through the roof,” Lightcap said. “We have learned a lot about things that a church might not normally spend a lot of time thinking about … and helped to turn the narrative of our parish in the community. We are the place with the community garden and that sells the toffee. When people hear about us, they usually say ‘oh right, the toffee church.’”Orders are already coming in at St. Andrew’s Church in Washington Court House, Ohio for “Famous Peanut Brittle” and parishioners like Claudia Coe are teaming up to bake the crunchy treat.“We’re so well-known for the peanut brittle, that people ask us if we’ve begun to make it and one customer has a standing order for 50 pounds,” according to the Rev. Gayle Hansen Browne, vicar. “He has a small business and he gives it to employees as part of their Christmas present.”Using a recipe handed down over generations, teams of parishioners sign up to make batches, sold in $5 half-pound bags, totaling about 200 pounds yearly.Proceeds are typically used for buildings and grounds improvements, indirectly furthering the church’s mission, including an ecumenical outreach ministry with 32 local congregations to assist areas underserved, she said.Coe said teams work in three-hour shifts making – and breaking up – the peanut brittle. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s created a lot of good fellowship, here and out in the community. We’re known locally as the church that prays and the church that does peanut brittle.”The Rev. David Peck (right) and Chad Rieker, head brewer of Iron Hill Brewery, Lancaster, Pennsylvania,raise a glass of their St. James Brown Ale. Photo: Richard HertzlerAle and wineThere’s no disputing the relationship between churches and wine, but the Rev. David Peck, rector of St. James Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is claiming it for ale, as well.“Most of my life and ministry has been in England where historically wine-making and brewing have been led by the church and in Europe it still has very deep connections,” Peck said during a recent telephone interview.So, when a parishioner became a master brewer and landed a job at a local restaurant and brewery, he offered up his maiden effort and dubbed it “St. James Brown Ale” as a “thanks be to God,” said Peck, who blesses the oats that go into the seasonal brew each year.St. James Brown Ale is a popular local brew but the church does not directly benefit from sales, Peck said. Instead, the brewery hosts a Lenten soup program and proceeds, about $4,000, are donated to a 30,000-meal-a-year ministry to economically vulnerable people.“It’s a very good and deep connection with young wait staff, who experience social ministry, the church’s ministry, and their own fundraising efforts,” Peck said.Peck says he gets year-round inquiries about the ale, brewed in November and December. “We’ve had people meet and get married through the beer. It communicates a place that is open and accepting and fun, as well as holy.”In Agoura Hills, California, members of the Church of the Epiphany realized their biblical garden wasn’t complete without a vineyard. So, a few years ago, they planted one.They now have about 420 vines of Zinfandel, Cabernet and other grapes, eventually to be harvested, crushed, and bottled, according to the Rev. Melissa McCarthy.In the meantime, the church established the Red Door Vineyard ministry by creating its own blend of communion and other wines via a local winery and offering them to subscribers. Initially, a close-the-budget-gap measure, “the ministry functions as a cooperative and “we’ve just finished our second bottling, which will be ready later in the year,” McCarthy said during a recent telephone interview.She hopes to use the wine to evangelize. Already, community members have joined the ministry, which emphasizes fellowship and working together to cultivate the vineyards and garden.“It’s been a way for people marginally related to the church, to find their way back in,” she said, “and it’s been a place where people new to the church have been able to plug in and build relationships.”Hot Fudge Sauce and Holy HoneyJeff Colburn of St. Thomas Church in Croom, Maryland, really figured out how to turn lemons into lemonade – and the result was “Holy Honey.”It all started when a bell tower damaged by an earthquake couldn’t be repaired because a swarm of honeybees had taken it over. “There’s a history of bees taking up occupancy in the church over the years, they’ve been trying since the 1970s to get them out and they’ve always come back,” he said.So Colburn, a beekeeper, went to work, vacuuming bees safely into a container and removing their honeycomb. “All the honey we pulled out was about 100 pounds. We bottled the “Holy Honey” and sold it at the local farmer’s market,” he said.The Rev. Debbie Brewin-Wilson blessed the honey, the bees and the beekeepers; “Holy Honey” giveaways were offered to a few visitors. The church sold out of the honey, said Christina Manucy, a parishioner.Although the bees were back this year, the ministry is short-lived because they weren’t as productive. Said Colburn: “There was no Holy Honey this year even though we removed the bees.”At various times throughout the year, by the Rev. Aaron Gerlach’s own admission, St. James Church in Piqua, Ohio, “becomes a fudge-making factory.”The results are tempting treats such as chocolate, peanut butter and mint “Heavenly Hot Fudge Sauce,” bottled and sold, ready to eat with ice cream and desserts.It sells for $5 a pint and the money is used to fund various mission projects of the parish. “One of the major mission projects we have is we host one of the larger food pantries for Piqua,” Gerlach said during a recent telephone interview.The fudge sauce has also “given the parish an incentive to be connected; it’s energized them” to interact with the community at local city festivals by staffing booths at diocesan conventions and local events, he said. –The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent with the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. 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Those on the edge and those called coming into community that threads through their entire lives…..and in making a living, tell the good news to others! Rector Belleville, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Bath, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Fr. Michael Neal says: Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Albany, NY Human Trafficking, Comments (3) Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI william hamel says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Tags Rector Collierville, TN Comments are closed. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OHlast_img read more

Apopka Police Department replaces teenager’s stolen bike

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here  APD Lieutenant Christopher Hanstein: “The entire squad was immediately on board. We sat around and brainstormed to see what we could do. It turns out it’s the hardest bike in the world to find.”Ryan Renfro is a great kid. He works as a cook at Tijuana Flats in Apopka. Renfro, 17, is a junior at Apopka High School. He hopes to graduate in 2018 and study architecture at the Pratt School of Design in Brooklyn.“Ryan breaks the high school versus adult work mentality,” said Kyle King, Manager at Tijuana Flats. “He works hard every day. You would never know he is a high school student. He works like he has bills to pay.”On March 17th, Renfro rode his brand new 2017 Kink Curb BMX Plum Edition bicycle from his home in the Lake Doe neighborhood across the street to Tijuana Flats, locked it behind the restaurant, clocked in and started work. Renfro saved up for two months to purchase it with his own money.Later in the shift Renfro checked on the bike and discovered it was missing.The Apopka Police Department responded to the bike theft and took a report, which was discussed in a briefing later that evening.It was at that briefing that APD Lieutenant Christopher Hanstein heard about the theft, and it brought back bad memories for him. He wanted to do something for Renfro.“I had a similar thing happen to me when I was a 15-year-old,” he explained. “I saved money working at Winn Dixie and bought a BMX bike and it too was stolen soon after I got it. This kind of hit home for me so I asked if anyone would be interested in replacing the bike that was stolen. The entire squad was immediately on board. We sat around and brainstormed to see what we could do. It turns out it’s the hardest bike in the world to find.”But the degree of difficulty did not thwart Hanstein’s efforts.He began searching on the internet for the bike but kept hitting dead ends. He contacted the company, but they advised him that the specific bike he was looking for was sold out nationwide. They referred Hanstein to their corporate office where he made contact with Ryan O’Rourke, who would turn out to be a key contact. O’Rourke confirmed that the bike was no longer in production, but that if he waited until summer the new 2018 model would be available.Hanstein knew Renfro probably bought the Kink Curb BMX Plum Edition for a reason, so he persevered to find an exact replacement. The hunt was on, but now the Lieutenant had another ally on the case.“The next day O’Rourke contacted me and said that he found the same model in a small bike shop in upstate New York,” Hanstein said. “He provided me with the contact number and a name. It was the only one left for sale anywhere that he was aware of.”Hanstein called the Arc De Triomphe bike shop in Richmond Hill, NY. He spoke with the owner who advised him that he had one Kink Curb Plum edition left and that it retailed around $350, but when he heard the story, agreed to drop the price to $280 and pay half the $60 shipping cost as well. Hanstein purchased the bike for $310, and it was delivered to his doorstep a few days later.The entire process, from squad brainstorming, to research, to search, to raising the money, to delivery, took a little over a month.This afternoon (Friday, April 21st) the APD delivered the bike to Renfro at Tijuana Flats. Renfro was excited, appreciative, and shocked all within a few seconds. Renfro was brought out of work by King in “surprise birthday party style” and taken to the side parking lot of the restaurant to be presented with the bike.“You guys scared me,” he said upon seeing his aunt, uncle, several APD officers, cruisers, and the mayor of Apopka all waiting for him. “I thought I was in trouble.”Renfro took a quick lap around the parking lot with his new bike and smiled as he approached Hanstein and the rest of the group.“I love it. It’s exactly like my other bike. It rides exactly the same. I can’t tell the difference, and I can’t thank you guys enough.”“Work hard, stay in school, get good grades, and we’ll be happy,” Hanstein said.With the replacement bike, Renfro decided to train again and possibly compete in BMX races like Hanstein did years ago.“I bought it just to get around, but as a kid I always liked BMX, so I decided to train with it… until it got stolen. But now I can get back into it.” Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here TAGSApopka Police DepartmentTijuana Flats Previous articleLocal construction company wins bid from CityNext article10 Items brides want on their registry Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

One year after Occupy began: Class war on Wall Street

first_imgWall Street, Sept. 17. WW photo: Anne PrudenNew York — A huge, militant demonstration took place in Manhattan’s financial district on Sept. 17, the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. More than 150 people were arrested in actions that began at 7 a.m. that day.For several days prior to the rally, the major capitalist media predicted that the events of the day would be minor, and that the Occupy movement was “fading.” These predictions and proclamations were proven to be incorrect.The demonstration was highly organized and effective. Four different assembly points throughout lower Manhattan were announced. At 7 a.m., several thousand protesters assembled, mostly youth, and after a few speeches poured into the streets.One of the four contingents, dubbed the “99% Assembly,” met across the street from Zuccotti Park. The activists proceeded to march down Pine Street, near the back entrance of the New York Stock Exchange. The crowd of more than 1,000 surged into the street, and as the police panicked, glitter bombs exploded, raining confetti and glitter on the crowd.Placards and signs denouncing capitalism were everywhere. The police violently cleared the street, trying to keep the world financial center running as usual. They failed in their efforts, as chaos and protest erupted.Raising signs with slogans like “Capitalism is destroying the planet” and “Where is my f—-ing future?” youth withstood police batons and other crowd-control measures. Multiple intersections were blocked off as youth linked arms. When the police charged with clubs, the youth fled and soon blocked other intersections. This pattern was repeated over and over again.Some intentionally remained in the street in order to get peacefully arrested. Many clergy, including the Rev. Stephen H. Phelps, of Harlem’s Riverside Church, were among them. Others fled, causing New York Police Department officers to chaotically chase them.Sit-ins took place inside symbolically selected bank lobbies. Police were forced to drag youth out of the banks one by one. The issues of the military-industrial complex, police brutality, hydraulic fracturing, unemployment, education cuts and union rights were raised, as Wall Street became a class war zone for the entire morning.Justin Wooten, a student at Montclair State University, was violently arrested by the NYPD. He screamed out, “You’re a bunch of terrorists!” at the NYPD as they dragged him away.Lisa Grab, a member of Students for a Democratic Society, filed a criminal complaint against a police officer after he brutally choked her during the morning’s chaotic events.Amidst the chaos, many looked up to see a Workers World Party banner bearing the slogan: “Expand Occupy Wall Street, Shut Down Capitalism, Fight for Socialism.” nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pending Home Sales Creep Up 0.4% in April

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Pending Home Sales Creep Up 0.4% in April The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Existing Home Sales Mortgage Rates NAR Pending Home Sales 2014-05-29 Tory Barringer Previous: Q1 GDP Declines; ‘Marked Turnaround’ Expected for Q2 Next: RealtyTrac Welcomes New VP Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Pending Home Sales Creep Up 0.4% in Aprilcenter_img Pending home sales ticked up again in April, signaling further sales growth to kick off summer.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recorded a 0.4 percent gain in its Pending Home Sales Index(PHSI) for April, bringing it up to 97.8. A measure of contract signings, the index serves as a forward-looking indicator for future sales activity.”Higher inventory levels are giving buyers more choices, and a slight decline in mortgage interest rates this spring is raising prospective buyers’ confidence,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist at NAR.Compared to last year, pending sales were still slow, falling 9.2 percent from April 2013 as rising housing costs and diminished supply hinder buyers. With activity just now starting to pick up after a weak first quarter, the group expects annual existing-home sales this year to come in “modestly below” last year’s total of 5.1 million before recovering to an anticipated 5.3 million next year.However, with mortgage rates and home prices still trending upward, Yun says sales conditions will also depend on income growth to match those increases, along with changes in the labor market and in mortgage underwriting conditions.”An uptrend in closed sales is expected, although some months will encounter a modest setback,” he said.A pickup would be welcome news for the existing single-family home market, which saw sales steadily decline until finally improving in April for the first time this year.Around the country, pending sales bumped up 0.6 percent in the Northeast and 5.0 percent in the Midwest compared to March. Those increases were offset slightly by declines of 0.6 percent and 2.9 percent in the South and West.Relative to April 2013, sales numbers were down in all regions, with declines ranging from 6.4 percent in the South to 15.0 percent in the West.  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Existing Home Sales Mortgage Rates NAR Pending Home Sales Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago May 29, 2014 564 Views Related Articles Share Savelast_img read more

Efforts to meet high demand for Irish passports welcomed

first_imgHomepage BannerNews The SDLP’s Brexit Spokesperson has welcomed efforts by the Irish Government to meet the increased demand for Irish passports.As Brexit negotiations continue ahead of Britain’s exit from the EU in 2019, MLA Claire Hanna is calling for increased North/South integration and co-operation.She is once again reiterating her call for an Irish passport office to be established in Derry as a step in ensuring the growing demand for Irish passports in the North is met.As Brexit Spokesperson, she says, the Irish Government has a critical role to play in safeguarding the rights and entitlements of people in the North as citizens of the European Union:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ By News Highland – January 3, 2018 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleAmy Winehouse’s dad claims her ghost is visiting him in his house nowNext articleGovernment criticised over LUH trolley numbers News Highland Efforts to meet high demand for Irish passports welcomed WhatsApp Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitterlast_img read more

Weekend prostate screenings have big turnout

first_imgLatest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopen “Today, if a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are new advances in medical technology that enable him to go on living an active and productive life,” he said.The advances include robotic prostatectomy which offers patients a less invasive surgical alternative to removing the prostate gland; external radiation, which allows higher doses of radiation to target the prostate for a more effective treatment; cryosurgery which uses argon gas to freeze and destroy prostate cancer and hormonal therapy which is offered to patients with advanced prostate cancer. It eliminates male hormones from the body.For more information about prostate cancer visit www.urologycentersalabama. By The Penny Hoarder Prostate cancer is the second leading killer, behind lung cancer, among men in the United States. Early detection and treatment are key factors in addressing prostate cancer.“No one knows the exact cause of prostate cancer,” said Dr. Thomas Moody, president of the Urology Health Foundation. “Doctors can seldom explain why one man develops the disease and another does not. Age and race are the strongest risk factors for prostate cancer. One in six men will get prostate cancer sometime in their life.“African American men are at special risk for the disease, with the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world. One in four African American men will get prostate cancer sometime in their life and are 2.5 times more likely to die from the disease. A man’s risk of prostate cancer is higher than average if his brother, father or uncle had the disease.”There are no noticeable symptoms of prostate cancer while it is still in the early stages, and that is why screening is so critical, Moody said. Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Weekend prostate screenings have big turnoutcenter_img The tests results were back on Monday and Wilson said that 14 percent of those screened will need some follow-up.“Fourteen percent is about what would normally be expected from a screening of this type,” She said. “Of course, the doctors will take a closer look at the test results before we notify the participants that they need to follow up on the screenings.”The free prostate cancer screenings will be conducted again in Troy in about a year. However, those who missed Saturday’s screenings might want to take advantage of the free prostate cancer screenings that will be held on May 22 at the Butler County Health Department in Greenville. Eighty-seven men participated in the free prostate cancer screenings Saturday hosted by the Pike County Health Department and sponsored by the Urology Centers of Alabama and the Urology Health Foundation.Sherry Wilson, director of heath and information Urology Centers of Alabama, said everyone involved was thrilled with the number of men who took advantage of the free screening opportunity.“Considering that this was the first time in Troy and Pike County and with all of the A-Day game conflicts, we were more than pleased,” Wilson said. “We had participants from ages 40 and up. A good cross section of the population came for screening and that is an indication that these men realize the importance of early detection for prostate cancer.” You Might Like Shillabeer receives Jean Lake scholarship Lloyd Shillabeer, a Charles Henderson High School senior, has been named the recipient of the 2010 Troy Arts Council Jean… read more Sponsored Content The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By Jaine Treadwell Published 7:01 pm Monday, April 19, 2010 Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Politicians push for gun control after 6 police officers shot in Philadelphia standoff

first_imgEvgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) — Angry politicians are pushing for gun control after six Philadelphia police officers were shot and injured in a dramatic, hours-long shootout and standoff.Officers were serving a narcotics warrant on suspected shooter Maurice Hill and had entered a North Philadelphia home when gunfire erupted Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.Hill, armed with multiple guns, allegedly barricaded himself inside and fired from the first floor as he held two officers and three civilians hostage on the second floor, police said.Gunfire rained down on police for hours. Gunshots ricocheted off sidewalks and homes as officers crawled and crouched behind cars to avoid getting hit.Six officers were struck by gunfire. And while they all survived and have been released from hospitals, local and state politicians came together in a desperate plea for gun control.Fired-up state Sen. Sharif Street was among the officials speaking at a Thursday news conference where he called for the Pennsylvania state Legislature to act.“We in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have not done everything we’re supposed to do. We are derelict in our duties and it’s because the majority caucus is afraid of the NRA,” Street said.“We have work to do,” he said. “The next time one of my colleagues offers their thoughts and prayers and pretends somehow that they are people of faith, I say until they show me some works, their faith is dead.”Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kinney said police need help keeping weapons out of criminals’ hands. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) also spoke Thursday and said the U.S Senate must vote for a universal background check bill and a ban on military-style assault weapons.Hill has a lengthy criminal record, which includes a federal conviction, going back to the early 2000s, authorities said. Hill was under federal supervision until 2016, officials said“Whether it was the six officers or some kid on the street of Philadelphia who gets shot with guns that shouldn’t be in people’s hands, it’s aggravating and sad,” Kinney said Wednesday.If the bullet that grazed the head of one officer hit a slightly different spot, his “two boys would’ve grow up without a dad,” the mayor said. “Because this government, both federal and state level, don’t want to do anything about getting guns off the street.”“If the state and federal government don’t want to stand up to the NRA and other folks, let us police ourselves,” Kinney said. “Our officers deserve to be protected and don’t deserve to be shot at by a guy for hours with unlimited amount of weapons and bullets. It’s disgusting.”Kinney said Thursday, “As dozens of officers were responding to the North Philadelphia incident last night, others in South Philadelphia were responding to another shooting — a man, shot in the head and later pronounced dead. That incident didn’t draw national attention. It happens daily in this city and many others across the nation.”“Getting relief in the form of meaningful gun control legislation will save lives — the lives of residents, and the lives of the men and women who have sworn to protect us,” he said. “Incidents like this should not keep happening — not in our city, not in our country. If we fail to act, we will continue to see gun violence ravage our communities and tear families apart. So I say to our state and federal lawmakers: Step up — or step aside.”Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is also looking to combat gun violence. Wolf’s office said Wednesday he will sign an “executive order to make sweeping changes to executive branch agencies and programs to better target the public health crisis of gun violence.”Over 1,600 people died in Pennsylvania from gunshot wounds in 2017, which is above the national average, according to Wolf’s office.The governor said he planned to announce details of the executive order on Thursday but that meeting was postponed due to Wednesday’s standoff.After a tense, seven-hour standoff, tear gas convinced Hill to surrender and he was taken to a hospital. He was later seen leaving the hospital and being placed in a transport van.Ross called the dramatic negotiations with Hill “unorthodox,” adding that this was the first time he as commissioner stepped in during hostage negotiations.“I am surprised that he came out,” Ross said, “because he indicated to some that he was not going to go back. He told me on the phone, he had an extensive criminal history. He knew the system.”Hill called his longtime attorney, Shaka Johnson, around 8:30 p.m., hours into the standoff, to ask for help, Johnson told ABC News.Johnson said he believes the standoff wasn’t planned. He said Hill, who welcomed a baby two days ago, was caught up in the moment and the situation escalated quickly.According to Johnson, Hill wasn’t making demands to police and just wanted to end the situation in a way that ensured him no harm.Johnson connected Hill over the phone to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, who said he was in an “animated, excited, frankly dangerous state.”Krasner said he ended up on a four-way call with Hill, the police commissioner and Johnson. Eventually, Ross gave Johnson a deadline of 11:45 p.m. to get Hill to surrender, according to Johnson.Charges including attempted murder and aggravated assault are expected, according to Krasner.President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday, “The Philadelphia shooter should never have been allowed to be on the streets. He had a long and very dangerous criminal record. Looked like he was having a good time after his capture, and after wounding so many police. Long sentence – must get much tougher on street crime!”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus updates: How CDC director says we can get virus under control

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy JON HAWORTH and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 573,000 people worldwide.Over 13 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 135,615 deaths.Latest headlines:Philadelphia banning large public events through February 2021North Carolina schools will open for in-person and remote learningMinnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Wisconsin added to NY travel advisoryHere is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Check back for updates.5:15 p.m.: Moderna says everyone in vaccine trial developed antibodiesModerna released data from its Phase 1 trial Tuesday, saying the trial was relatively safe and that all 45 people who were given the vaccine developed COVID-19 antibodies.These antibodies are believed to provide some level of immunization, but how much immunization and for how long is still to be determined.The trial was made up of three groups with 15 people in each group. Each group received a different dose of the vaccine — low, medium or high.Side effects were minimal, Moderna said.3:35 p.m.: CDC director says ‘we can bring this epidemic under control’ if everyone wears masksCDC Director Robert Redfield told JAMA on Tuesday, “I really do believe if the American public all embraced masking now and we really did it, you know, rigorously … I think if we can get everybody to wear a mask right now, I really do think over the next four to six, eight weeks, we can bring this epidemic under control.”“Masking is not a political issue, it is a public health issue,” he continued, calling it a “personal responsibility” for everyone.“I’m glad to see the president wear a mask this week, and the vice president,” Redfield said. “We need them to set the example.”Redfield said “the most powerful weapon we have” against the coronavirus is using face coverings, washing hands and “being smart about social distancing.”“If we all rigorously did this, we could really bring this outbreak back to where it needs to be,” he said.3:08 p.m. North Carolina schools will open for in-person and remote learningIn North Carolina, where there are over 89,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, schools will open with in-person and remote learning, Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday.The beginning of the school year in North Carolina is about a month away, he said.Schools will have protocols in place including fewer children in classrooms, social distancing and required face coverings for all students and staff, Cooper said. The schools are also recommended to use one-way hallways and suspend large group activities like assemblies.Districts will have the option to conduct all remote learning if that is best for them, he said.“If trends spike and in-person school cannot be done safely with these safety protocols, then we will need to move to all remote learning like we did in March,” Cooper tweeted.1:30 p.m.: Philadelphia banning large public events through February 2021In Philadelphia, large public events will be banned through Feb. 28, 2021, reported ABC Philadelphia station WPVI-TV.Banned events include parades, concerts, fairs and block parties.“To bring people together in large groups … would not be responsible. And that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing,” Mayor Jim Kenney said at a new conference Tuesday.“We’re going to have to live with the virus for a long time,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, commissioner of the city’s Department of Public Health. “We’re gonna have to have some restrictions on our activities until we deploy a vaccine.”Philadelphia held a parade during the 1918 flu pandemic, which prompted a massive outbreak.Farley said that is “still in the memory” of public health workers and “that weighs on all of our decisions.”Philadelphia has over 27,000 cases of the coronavirus. While the city is not facing the same rise in cases many states are seeing, Farley called this a “dangerous period.”“The way for us to avoid similar increases … is to have everyone follow the safety precautions,” he said.12:15 p.m.: Arizona sees 20% positivity rateIn Arizona, where the pandemic has intensified, the state reported a positivity rate of 20% on Tuesday, a slight drop from the 21.7% rate on Monday. Nationally, the overall test-positivity rate stands at 9.4%, according to a FEMA memo obtained by ABC News.Arizona reported 4,273 new cases and 92 new deaths on Tuesday, according to the state’s Department of Health Services.The state has 197 adult ICU beds available, the department said. On Monday officials said ICUs were 90% full.Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he was expanding testing capacity and limiting indoor dining to 50%.11:35 a.m.: Florida has 48 hospitals with no ICU beds Out of 309 facilities being tracked, Florida has 48 hospitals with no available ICU beds, and 31 hospitals with just one available ICU bed, according to the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. These numbers will fluctuate throughout the day.Hard-hit Florida saw a record new 132 deaths bringing the fatality total to 4,513, the state’s Department of Health said Tuesday.Miami-Dade County, which includes Miami, and Osceola County, home to the cities of Kissimmee and Celebration, are especially hard-hit.Miami-Dade is reporting a positivity rate of 22.1% while Osceola County’s positivity rate stands at 22.8%. Duval County, home to Jacksonville, and Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, both have positivity rates at 16%.11:12 a.m.: Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Wisconsin added to NY travel advisoryMinnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin have been added to New York’s coronavirus travel advisory, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.Those four states join Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Delaware has been removed from the list.Travelers headed to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut from those states must quarantine for two weeks.The quarantine applies to states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a one-week average, or any state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a one-week average.10:20 a.m.: Virginia Beach, Montana see new jumpsVirginia Beach, Virginia, may be a new spot to watch, according to an internal FEMA memo obtained by ABC News.Virginia Beach reported 317 new cases for the week ending July 8 — a 92.1% increase over the previous week.Montana is also seeing a drastic jump.On July 9, the state reached a new single-day record of 96 new cases, according to the FEMA memo. There were 377 new cases reported in the week ending July 8 — a 59.1% increase week-over-week.Nationally, the overall test-positivity rate stands at 9.4%, according to the FEMA memo.Forty states reported an upward trend test-positivity rate over the last week.Nationwide death counts show a large increase in the last two days.From July 6 to July 12, there were 410,332 new cases reported and 5,073 new deaths in the U.S. Those figures represent a 20.4% increase in cases and a 47.4% increase in deaths.9 a.m.: New Jersey governor: ‘We’ve lived through hell’New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is “very concerned” about surges in other states because “we’ve lived through hell,” he told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Tuesday.“We’ve lost over 13,000 confirmed fatalities to COVID-19 in our state. Over 15,000 if you include probable deaths,” he said. “We don’t want to have to go through that again.”New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he was issuing an order requiring out-of-state travelers from states with rising coronavirus cases to give local authorities their contact information when they arrive. Cuomo said this would help enforce the mandatory quarantine for people traveling to New York from high coronavirus states.When asked if New Jersey is considering a similar order, Murphy told GMA, “we’ll do it our own way, but were deadly serious about this.”“We knew when we opened our state up we’d take on more risk of transmission of the virus, but there’s an added element from folks who are coming in from out of state, from hot spots, and we’ll take that very seriously,” he said.New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have a travel advisory in place for states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a week average, or any state with 10% of higher positivity rate over a week average. Travelers arriving in the tri-state area from those states must quarantine for two weeks.Last week, Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma were added to the travel list, joining Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina , Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. 4:22 a.m.: Russia lifts two-week quarantine for arriving foreigners from tomorrowA 14-day quarantine will no longer be required for anyone arriving to Russia, according to a decree signed by the country’s chief sanitary doctor on Monday.Starting from Wednesday, people entering Russia will need to provide a document — in English or Russian — that they have tested negative for the coronavirus in the past 72 hours.Alternatively, they can test in Russia and provide the document within three days. This news followed last week’s announcement that Russia is looking resume international air travel in mid July.Russia confirmed 6,248 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday bringing the country’s official number of cases to 739 947.Over the past 24 hours, 175 people have died bringing the total toll to 11,614.A total of 8,804 people recovered over the last 24 hours bringing the overall number of recoveries to 512,825.3:17 a.m.: U of Miami infectious disease doctor: “Miami is now the epicenter for the virus”A group of Miami-area medical experts joined Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez on a Zoom news conference Monday morning and made clear that South Florida is in a dire position when it comes to the spread of COVID-19.“Miami is now the epicenter for the virus,” said Lilian M. Abbo, M.D., an infectious diseases specialist at the University of Miami Health System and the Chief of Infection Prevention for Jackson Health System. “What we were seeing in Wuhan [China] five months ago, we’re now seeing here.”The experts were speaking minutes after Florida announced 12,624 new cases of COVID-19 — a day after Florida set a record for any state with 15,300 new cases.The experts stressed the need to restrict large gatherings of people in indoor spaces, and Gimenez said the biggest thing that needs to be done is residents following the safety guidelines.“The reason [for the spike] is us. There’s no Boogeyman. The reason is us,” he said. “We have to change our behavior. The no. 1 reason is our behavior.”1:59 a.m.: Hawaii delays reopening to tourists until September 1Hawaii Governor David Ige announced that, in light of the surge of cases on the mainland, Hawaii is delaying its reopening to tourists until September 1.The plan was to allow tourists who have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their trip to Hawaii to bypass that mandatory two-week self quarantine starting in August. But with the increase of cases in the state and the growing number of cases nationwide, officials decided to delay it by a month.“I am announcing today that we will be delaying the launch of the pre-travel testing program until September 1,” said Ige during the press conference. “The outbreaks on the mainland are not in control and we don’t believe that situation will change significantly by August 1st.”Said Ige: “We did believe it would be in the best interest of everyone here in the state of Hawaii to delay the start of the program to September 1. I know this increases the burden of businesses here in Hawaii …we still believe in the pre-testing program and we will take actions to implement it safely.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Carnegie Management sued for damaging non-paying tenants’ credit

first_imgThe tenant’s argument relies in part on an executive order Gov. Andrew Cuomo penned last spring after the state legislature gave him new authority to combat the pandemic. The May 7 order mandated that no landlord or landlord agent could solicit or receive fees for late payment of rent from March 20 to Aug. 20.From mid-May to July, the plaintiffs allege, Carnegie Management repeatedly threatened to report their rental arrears to credit bureaus. A damaged credit report, the tenants point out, can impair their financial future, such as by hindering their ability to buy a house or get a job. (A 2015 city law prevents employers from seeking or using workers’ or job applicants’ credit histories, except in very limited circumstances.)The suit asserts that Carnegie Management emailed one of the plaintiffs, promising “distasteful” legal action and spelling out how damaging a bad credit report could be.“We will litigate till judgement and full recovery of our justified rent, legal fees and potentially taking back possession of our apartment,” the email allegedly read. “It will undoubtedly adversely affect your credit rating for a long time, which is pretty costly in the process of life.”After Carnegie Management’s collection attempts failed, tenants received notices from third-party collection agency NCSPlus Incorporated, their lawsuit claims.Carnegie Management’s Isaac Jacobowitz said the firm has worked with tenants and offered financial relief during the pandemic.Some tenants, he said, were not satisfied with the relief offers, and are attempting to leverage the state’s eviction protections to their advantage. Jacobowitz said one of the plaintiffs vacated the building more than a year ago, sublet the apartment, but has not been paying rent, while another tenant was able to pay but chose not to.“Those tenants who steadfastly refused to pay or negotiate and/or ignored communications, were sent to a collection agency,” said Jacobowitz. “It is standard practice of landlords to refer tenants who owe arrears to collection agencies, but we only do it as a last resort, if we are unable to reach an amicable agreement with a tenant or former tenant.”Jack Lester, the attorney representing the plaintiffs, said that even before Covid, retaliating against tenants for organizing is illegal.“The tenants got together to communicate, organize and bargain collectively with the landlord,” said Lester. “Rather than engage them that way, and negotiate, he’s seeking to ruin their lives.”In 2019, the state legislature banned so-called tenant blacklists, which landlords use to see housing court records of people seeking apartments. However, the law is enforced only by the attorney general’s office and there is no way to tell if a landlord uses a blacklist to reject a potential tenant.Credit reports can also lead landlords to turn away rental applicants. Lester said he hopes lawmakers such as state Sen. Julia Salazar will take up the issue and beef up enforcement of the 2019 law, which he likened to “Swiss cheese.”“The legislature has provided tenants with the right to withhold rent [in some cases] but leaves tenants vulnerable to having their credit destroyed,” said Lester. “It’s a right with no means to carry out that right.”Contact Georgia Kromrei Message* Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsbushwickJulia SalazarReal Estate LawsuitsRental Marketcenter_img Email Address* Full Name* Clockwise from left: 248 McKibbin Street, 586 Hart Street and 345 Eldert Street in Brooklyn (Google Maps)Tenants are seeking class-action status in a lawsuit alleging that Carnegie Management engaged in unfair and deceptive business practices at four of its Brooklyn buildings.Five tenants at 345 Eldert Street allege that in retaliation for their organizing and not paying rent, Carnegie reported the unpaid debts and fees to debt collectors and credit bureaus. The case, filed Wednesday, argues that tenants at 342 Eldert Street, 586 Hart Street, 248 McKibbin Street and 15 Judge Street in Bushwick experienced the same treatment.The debt which Carnegie allegedly reported included late fees and penalties, inflating the totals that marred the tenants’ credit histories. The lawsuit alleges that the “inaccurate” reporting of rental arrears, a practice barred by New York’s general business law, caused “lasting and permanent financial consequences.”ADVERTISEMENTRead moreNew York halts evictions statewide due to coronavirusRetail landlords create blacklist of tenants who aren’t paying rentlast_img read more