Two Indiana Municipalities Receive Funds to Eliminate Blighted Properties

first_img About Author: Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Two Indiana Municipalities Receive Funds to Eliminate Blighted Properties in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Home / Daily Dose / Two Indiana Municipalities Receive Funds to Eliminate Blighted Properties Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Blight Blight Elimination Hardest Hit Fund Indiana 2014-11-21 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Blight Blight Elimination Hardest Hit Fund Indiana Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post November 21, 2014 768 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced on Friday that two of the state’s municipalities were recipients of a combined total of approximately $2.9 million in awards from the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program (BEP).In what was the second out of six rounds of funding for the BEP, the city of Fort Wayne and the town of Arcadia were the successful applicants for the funds to help eliminate blighted, vacant, and abandoned homes in their respective communities in an effort to decrease foreclosures in the areas.”The Blight Elimination Program is allowing communities throughout Indiana to address long-standing problems with blighted and abandoned homes,” Ellspermann said. “This second round of funding provides an even larger impact, providing communities with an opportunity to obtain and remove structures that would otherwise continue to negatively impact neighborhoods.”Fort Wayne received $2.8 million of the money recently awarded in order to acquire, demolish, and facilitate an end use for 122 blighted, abandoned residential properties. City officials in Fort Wayne believe the demolition of the blighted properties will facilitate investment and growth as well as prevent avoidable foreclosures. Arcadia received $18,000 for the acquisition, demolition, and end use of one abandoned, blighted property located on Main Street in Arcadia.”Cities across Indiana have been struggling with the damaging effects caused by vacant and blighted properties and will soon see the benefits of these federal funds,” said Sarah Bloom Raskin, Treasury Deputy Secretary. “Removing blighted properties is important in the fight to reduce foreclosures and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the State of Indiana to help stabilize hardest hit communities.”Ellspermann announced the BEP for Indiana in February 2014. In the first round of funding in May, successful applicants to receive a combined total of approximately $15 million in funding were East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Indianapolis, and Lawrence. The U.S. Department of Treasury approved the use of $75 million for the BEP to help eliminate blight, drawn from the $221.7 million allocated to Indiana for the Hardest Hit Fund. Previous: Economic Forecast Exceeds October Predictions Next: DS News Webcast: Monday 11/24/2014 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Inside ‘The Last Waltz’ 40th Anniversary With Bob Weir, Dr. John, Lucinda Williams & More

first_imgBig thanks to the Lincoln Center and The Americana Music Festival for helping to make this happen. Check out the full setlist below, via JamBase.Setlist: The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary at Lincoln Center, New York, NY – 8/6/16Set: This Wheel’s On Fire, The Shape I’m In, Life Is A Carnival, Up On Cripple Creek (w/ Buddy Miller), The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (w/ Buddy Miller), Ophelia (w/ Teddy Thompson), Evangeline (w/ Patti Griffith), Caravan (w/ Anderson East), Rag Mama Rag, It Makes No Difference (w/ Lucinda Williams), Further On Up The Road (w/ Bob Weir), Such A Night (w/ Dr. John), Down South In New Orleans (w/ Buddy Miller), Long Black Veil, Genetic Method > Chest Fever, Forever Young (w/ everyone but Dr. John), The Weight (all)[Photos by Mark Dershowitz] A few blocks from Central Park, nestled into the center of Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, thousands of music fans gathered to enjoy the music of The Last Waltz nearly 40 years after Martin Scorsese captured that wonderful night at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.The talented young story teller Parker Millsap got the night started with an upbeat set of Americana music before Larry Campbell came out to lead The Midnight Ramble Band just as the sun was beginning to set on the Upper West Side.The Midnight Ramble Band brought it right away getting the sing-a-long started with “The Shape I’m In”. The first guest of the evening was Buddy Miller sitting in on “Up On Cripple Creek” and bringing the crowd to their feet yet again for what would become a night of joyous celebration for everyone who was lucky to be there. Keeping that momentum going with “Ophelia”, Teddy Thompson came out to join the band and put his energetic stamp on a classic.After a couple of softer jams, Larry invited Anderson East to the stage to lead the crowd in a cover of Van Morrison’s “Caravan”. Anderson’s raspy voice along with an incredible four-piece horn section left fans screaming for more!The guests just keep coming; next up was Howard Johnson, who performed on the original documentary 40 years ago, he brought that deep sound and the band rallied around him to bring the heat with a rousing “Rag Mama Rag”.Next up, Lucinda Williams who delighted the crowd with her soulful sound under the beautiful Manhattan skyline. Watch her lead “It Makes No Difference” in the video below.On to the next one, Bob Weir was a late addition to the lineup last week and we are all very happy he came. Bobby came out and crushed the bluesy “Further On Up the Road”. He is still on fire from the Dead & Company tour, and it showed last night.But the big names kept coming; Dr. John came in and played one his originals “Such a Night” – the same as he did forty years ago. Mac also played earlier this week at Aaron Neville’s 75th Birthday party at Brooklyn Bowl.Campbell did a great job leading the band and really shined during his guitar solo late into the set. He then brought together all his guests for the Dylan classic “Forever Young”. Giving all those powerful voices the opportunity to shine was pure joy to see. They finished the night off with an all-star everyone sing-a-long version of “The Weight” that took everyone back 40 years.last_img read more

Forestalling food waste

first_img Food that’s better for all of us and the planet Summit looks at production, health, sustainability, and social justice Related Food programs grow as Harvard cooks up new ideas Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic steps up its efforts in time of pandemic Each year, about 40 percent of all food in the U.S. goes uneaten. That means Americans throw away $165 billion worth of food that could been used to make more than 58 billion meals, according to the National Resource Defense Council.A team of Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences students tackled this complex problem as their project in “Engineering Problem Solving and Design Project” (ES 96), and this time came up with an answer to the always head-scratching supermarket and kitchen question: How do you know when an avocado is ripe?The course routinely challenges students to use engineering design skills to create a solution for a real-world client. They partnered with Savormetrics, a predictive food safety startup, to develop a product that could help reduce food waste. The juniors in the course, who represent all five engineering concentrations, collaborated to design and drive the project.After studying the supply chain, the students chose to focus on food waste at the retail level. Grocery stores and distributors are responsible for about 13 percent of all food waste, with produce comprising an outsized portion, the council reports. Overstocking is one reason so much produce is wasted in grocery stores. Consumers are drawn to abundant displays of produce, but since the appearance of that produce declines as it becomes overripe, much is discarded before it can be purchased.“In order to prevent produce from being discarded, what we need is metrics in order to know which produce are going to ripen faster,” said project co-lead Mark Meneses ’21, an engineering sciences concentrator. “How can we use metrics to drive retailer action in reducing food loss and waste?”,To generate those metrics, the students developed a multi-sensing device that could predict when produce would ripen. They focused on avocados, since the fruits have a high price and high market value — about $2.28 billion per year in the U.S. — with about a 10 percent annual growth rate in the market.“Saving just a few avocados could help justify the price of our device,” said Joseph Sanchez ’21, a mechanical engineering concentrator.The device they developed incorporates sensors to measure certain chemical properties of an avocado. Information from these sensors is incorporated into a machine-learning model the students developed to predict when an avocado will be ripe. The model’s output is displayed through an app that shows the estimated date of ripeness and the number of days until each tested avocado will be ripe.The app also allows users to view batch stats on avocados that were scanned together, providing information on the average days until avocados in that group will be ripe, and also a graph that shows the count of avocados at each of five stages, from hard to overripe.,“Ripeness prediction is really difficult for avocados, and because they are so valuable, it is really a critical point for retailers,” said Juliet Nwagwu Ume-Ezeoke ’21, a mechanical engineering concentrator. “We hope this information would allow retailers to take very decisive actions.”For instance, retailers could advertise the ripeness states of avocados so consumers can make more informed produce purchasing decisions. Retailers could also set different prices for different levels of ripeness, or change store displays so the ripest avocados are at the front.The biggest challenge the students faced resulted from the University’s transition to remote instruction in mid-March — right in the middle of their project. After they left campus, the members of the sensor development team were forced to individually assemble sensors and then ship them to teammate John Schmidt ’21, a mechanical engineering concentrator, who faced the burden of assembling the device and testing 80 avocados on his own, said project co-lead Jonas LaPier ’21, an environmental engineering concentrator.And a sudden sensor malfunction during testing threatened to derail the entire project, but the students were able to get a new part shipped the next day.Despite those challenges, the students created an effective prototype — 60 percent of the estimates were accurate to within one day, with an additional 30 percent accurate within two days. “Because [avocados] are so valuable, it is really a critical point for retailers. We hope this information would allow retailers to take very decisive actions.” — Juliet Nwagwu Ume-Ezeok Students turn dining hall surplus into frozen meals for the hungry Waste not, want not “The predictive model worked fairly well, which was great to see because we really weren’t sure with all of the moving parts in our project. The success of the modeling was contingent on our sensing approach and our avocado testing procedure which were both difficult to implement,” said LaPier. “I was consistently surprised by the hard work and exceptional skills that my fellow engineers brought to our team. There was never a point where we couldn’t count on someone to finish a task and move us all forward.”Instructor Nabil Harfoush, visiting associate professor, was impressed by the determination the students showed to complete the project, even in the face of the unprecedented challenges they faced during the spring term.“My hope is that students learned how to dwell more in the problem space before jumping to solutions, how to engage collectively with a complex problem, and what aspects and perspectives must be considered beyond technology in a real-world project,” he said.Harjeet Bajaj, president and CEO of Savormetrics, was also impressed by the students’ work.“Savormetrics will be polishing this off and bringing this product into market. I am very surprised at the efficacy of the students on our project,” he said. “Kudos to Dr. Harfoush and Dr. [Fawwaz] Habbal. We are planning on presenting a stock option opportunity to the students to bring this product to market, by providing them access to our office in Boston and other resources.”last_img read more

Rousseff Gets Election Majority, Run-Off to Follow

first_imgBy Dialogo October 05, 2010 I am Honduran and I would like to have my comment published: I am glad that it is going to be the Evangelicals that are going to decide who wins the next elections, you should not vote for Rousseff, communists just like Lulu, against the Word, don’t throw your vote away, vote looking towards heaven, “when the godless govern the people whine, but when they are governed justly the people rejoice.” Now they are seeking the evangelical vote, but when have they ever taken them into account? These are the communists of the 21st century, they have caused so much damage to my country, disrespecting/regardless of our will. Though Brazilian Workers’ Party candidate Dilma Rousseff won the October 3 election with 47 percent of the Brazilian vote, she did not reach the majority needed for an absolute win in the first round. A run-off election will follow later in October. After 98 percent of the ballots were tallied, Ricardo Lewandowski, president of Brazil’s High Electoral Tribunal announced, “We can confirm there will be a second round in the presidential elections,”, reported AFP. Though analysts predict President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva’s chosen successor is likely to win because of his huge popularity in the South American giant, Rousseff herself was credited with many of the decisions that won the Lula administration so much praise in her position as Chief of Staff, according to Voice of America news (VOA). Rousseff, who was hand-picked by Lula to lead the Workers’ Party, is expected to become Brazil’s first female leader. “I will face the second round with much enthusiasm and energy,” said Rousseff in an address to her supporters after the results were announced, reported Brazilian daily O Globo. Rousseff’s nearest rival is former Sao Paulo state governor Jose Serra, who received 33 percent of votes, reported AFP. For his part, President Lula had originally said he was confident that Rousseff would win in one round, according to Xinhua news agency, something he never achieved in either of his campaigns. Lula da Silva was first elected after winning the second round of the presidential election in 2002, and re-elected after winning the second round in 2006.last_img read more

The “Cro card” project is not dead, a pilot project will start soon

first_img“We might arrive as early as the preseason, and at worst in the fall we would do a week-long rehearsal to see what the interest is. In any case, that week will go, we have prepared it, and the point is that employers get part of the money tax-free, as they now have HRK 7500, and that we eventually add HRK 2500 and that it is an additional reward, but that it is spent in Croatia”, Said Cappelli for Dnevnik.hr Admittedly, these are the frameworks that were in the initial project proposal, but no details about the implementation are known yet, and as Cappelli pointed out, we can expect more details soon. Two years ago, Horwath HTL held a presentation “Analysis of the justification for the introduction of the Croatian tourist voucher” in which it was pointed out that applying a maximum of 10 thousand kuna would theoretically have a potential of about 1,5 million employees, but it is possible count on its usability at about 15 to 30% or from about 35 to 4 billion kuna realization. Cro cards as a great benefit for continental tourism RELATED NEWS: As Cappelli points out, as part of the project, employers would pay the workers the amount “somewhere in the amount of HRK 2500”, which they would give to their employees as a reward. CRO CARDS A ONE-TIME MEASURE OR SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF CONTINENTAL TOURISM? The introduction of Cro cards for continental tourism has been waiting for years, and which will certainly help continental tourism a lot. Asked if his announcements mean that the project did not fail, he replied that it did not, but it has not yet been determined what it will be called: Cro card, Croatian Offer Week or similar. It is important to emphasize that 50 percent of the funds from the card would go to accommodation, 25 to 30 percent would go to catering services, food and drink, and the rest of the money could be used for museums, wellness and similar facilities. So a Cro card would be another bank card to which the employer would deposit money. Of course, those employers who want it, because otherwise there are no sanctions, and the state would return the same money to the employer through tax relief in the amount of 25 to 100 percent of the amount paid. It is assumed that the direct financial effects through the increase in consumption would be the realization of total revenues of 2,7 to 5,4 billion kuna, 10 to 21 thousand new employees directly and indirectly, 1 to 2 billion kuna of new value and 7,6 to 11 billion kuna of new investment.There were two proposals on the table at that time, the first that the employer pay the employee five and the second 10 thousand kuna. When we asked about the project “Cro cards” from the Ministry of Tourism, they point out that the preparation of the project with the aim of encouraging domestic tourism trends is in its final stage and that they will inform the public about the details in a timely manner. Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli said on Monday before the Government session that the “Cro card” project, in which employers would pay workers the amount they could use to pay for accommodation and other tourist services in Croatia, is not dead, but its implementation is being worked out. he writes Dnevnik.hr. last_img read more

Barcelona youngster confirms exit ahead of Man Utd switch

first_img Loading… Read Also: Video: Messi pulls off genius assist from free-kick against Celta VigoBarcelona have lost a series of promising youth players over the years but they believed the contract extensions handed to rising talents Ansu Fati and Ilaix Moriba last year had turned the tide.Jurado is set to arrive at United this summer with a fee of €1.5m (£1.3m) in relation to the player’s development.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The defender celebrated his 16th birthday in April but he turned down the offer of a contract extension from the Catalan club and has an agreement in place to move to England, Diario Sport reported in May. Advertisement Jurado has played in the Blaugrana’s youth teams across the past nine years but despite Barcelona promising him continued progression through the ranks alongside an improved salary, the player will instead go to Old Trafford.The teenager had played for the club’s Cadet A side this campaign and was due to be promoted to the Juvenil B team next season. Teenage right-back Marc Jurado has confirmed he is leaving Barcelona this summer and is expected to join Manchester United. Marc Jurado confirms Barcelona exit ahead of Manchester United move Promoted ContentHere’s What Everyday Objects Look Like If Cut In Half10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBehind-The-Scenes Selfies From 10 Popular Movies9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Best Cars Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The Worldlast_img read more

Ghana shows gratitude to WAC for use of training facilities

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association has extended its appreciation to Moroccan side Wydad Athletic Club (WAC) for allowing the Black Stars to use their facilities.Ghana have been using WAC’s training facilities ahead of their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea on Saturday in Casablanca.GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi on behalf of the governing body expressed Ghana’s gratitude to Moroccan side.”We are grateful to you for allowing us to use your facilities to prepare for this important Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match,” Nyantakyi told WAC president Said Naciri in a meeting after Thursday night’s training ended the Black Stars’ three-day use of the facility.Guinea are hosting their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations home qualifier against the Black Stars in Casablanca due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in the West African country.Ghana have four points from their opening AFCON qualifying Group E encounters with Uganda and Togo last month while Guinea started their qualifying campaign with a 2-1 victory against Togo, but lost 2-0 to Uganda in their next match.last_img read more