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Proposals to restore activity in housing market

first_imgNewsLocal NewsProposals to restore activity in housing marketBy admin – April 11, 2009 549 Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Call on government to provide incentivesSTEPS to free up unclaimed VAT in unsold housing were among a range of measures agreed on at a recent meeting of bankers, contractors, estate agents, developers, architects, surveyors and engineers throughout the Mid West region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Those associated with the construction industry have voiced concern in recent months at the slowdown in new house sales, which has resulted in heavy losses in employment, not only in building, but also in allied professions.Referring specifically to the exceptional value currently available in the housing market, Conor O’Connell, on behalf of the Construction industry Federation, said they have been greatly encouraged by the number of people viewing showhouses and making enquiries.Calling for a strong incentive from the government in order to restore activity in the housing market, Mr O’Connell said that while this would alleviate much of the current pressure on exchequer revenues and economic activity in general., that to be effective the initiatives taken should be easily understood and attractive to purchasers.“Any such scheme must have a limited life in order to make participation in it attractive to the purchaser immediately,” he stressed.The Mid West branch of the CIF insists that the introduction of such a scheme would not drive up house prices.“It presents a situation whereby the existing stock of unsold new homes would start to move again, which would generate transactions for the wider economy,” they state.Schemes recommended include a tax credit scheme which would give first time buyers a tax credit of 5,000 euro per annum for a four year period if the transaction is undertaken prior to December 31, 2009. For those purchasing between January 1, 2010 and the end of December 2010, the tax credit could amount to 5,000 euro annually for a two year period.Under a First Time Buyer’s incentive it is recommended that the level of incentive should be set at 20,000 euro for the period up to December 31, and 10,000 euro for the period, January 1, 2010 to end of that year.The CIF say the schemes have the potential to generate additional revenue for the exchequer and that this would exceed the cost of funding the schemes.“It’s also been suggested that stamp duty for all residential transactions be abolished for the remainder of the year and if and when the imposition of stamp duty is restored, the level set should relate to the Building Energy Rating attached to the property concerned,” concluded Mr O’Connell.    Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Email Print Previous articleKate honoured for fund-raising effortsNext articleListings for Easter weekend adminlast_img read more

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DS News Webcast: Friday 5/23/2014

first_img Previous: Hawaii Dominates ‘Top 20 Best Beach Town Markets’ Next: DocuTech Adds 2 to Product Management Team Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2014-05-23 DSNews DS News Webcast: Friday 5/23/2014 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: DSNews For the first time in 2014, existing-home sales and total inventory increased in April, while home price growth moderated. According to the National Association of Realtors, total existing-home sales, which the group defines as single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops, rose 1.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.6 million in April 2014. The group attributed the April growth to an inevitable rebound after a poor first quarter, as well as an improvement in inventory expanding choices and sales.Total housing inventory as of the end of April rose 16.8 percent to 2.2 million, according to NAR. The inventory at the end of April represented a near 6 month supply, up from a 5 month supply in March. Properties, on average, were on the market for 48 days in April, down slightly from 55 days in March. Regionally, existing-home sales were unchanged in the Northeast, rose slightly in the South and West, and fell in the Midwest.Mortgage rates have yet to find their bottom in 2014, dropping again this week to their lowest level since last October. In its weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey, Freddie Mac reported that the average rate for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 4.14 percent, down from 4.2 percent last week. Analysts at Bankrate.com pointed to economic concerns over low inflation as well as disappointing readings on the housing markets as key reasons for interest rates remaining lower than expected. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img May 23, 2014 695 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Featured, Media, Webcasts Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Friday 5/23/2014 Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

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Delhi Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Registration Of Separate FIR In Connection With JNU Violence In January

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Registration Of Separate FIR In Connection With JNU Violence In January Karan Tripathi30 Oct 2020 1:36 AMShare This – xA plea preferred by JNU Professor Suchitra Sen under Section 156(3) Cr.P.C. who had sustained injuries during the January mob violence in JNU, was dismissed by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Saket, on the ground that the matter was already under investigation by Delhi Police. It was observed by Pawan Singh Rajawat, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Saket that since the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA plea preferred by JNU Professor Suchitra Sen under Section 156(3) Cr.P.C. who had sustained injuries during the January mob violence in JNU, was dismissed by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Saket, on the ground that the matter was already under investigation by Delhi Police. It was observed by Pawan Singh Rajawat, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Saket that since the complainant’s injuries had resulted during the mob violence in JNU and there already is FIR registered for the said violent attacks, directions need not be passed for registration of another FIR. The basic grievance of the complainant was denial of registration of a separate FIR. Ld. Counsel for the complainant argued that a criminal conspiracy had been hatched by antisocial elements whereby the teachers and students of the JNU campus were harmed and their property was also damaged. He argued that separate FIR is the norm into separate acts of violence and if conspiracy is furthered into several distinct offences, there also has to be a separate trial. Delhi Police had filed a Status Report pursuant the direction of the court as per which its Crime Branch was already conducting investigation in connection with the January 5 attack. The Crime Branch stated that the investigation was under progress and all efforts are being made to identify all the attackers/assailants and conclude the investigation in a time-bound manner. Though the Court did acknowledge that disclosure of commission of any cognisable offence required registration of FIR, it observed that in the present case however, the Complainant had not pointed out any apprehension of non-investigation of her complaint in the already registered FIR i.e. FIR No. 06/2020, especially when her statement u/s 161 CRPC had already been recorded by the investigating agency. Hence, the court held that injuries suffered by a number of persons including the complainant are forming part of the same transaction i.e. the violence ensued on JNU campus in January, for which FIR has already been registered as it not only has proximity in time and place but also the damage to property and injuries suffered by the complainant and other persons. The court in the light of the Delhi HC’s order pertaining to the sensitive nature of the matter requiring its thorough and expeditious probe directed the DCP (Crime Branch) to file a status report on the investigation in the already registered FIR. The matter is listed for the purposes of the status report on December 19, 2020. The plea was filed through Advocates Adit S Puri, Tara Narula and Kirti Awasthi. The Complainant was represented by Adv. Adit Pujari. Next Storylast_img read more

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Mom of woman found dismembered in park: ‘You will be dealt with for your sins’

first_imgNYPD(NEW YORK) — The grieving mother of a 26-year-old woman found dismembered in a Brooklyn park this week is speaking out, telling the unknown killer, “You will be dealt with for your sins.”Brandy Odom’s torso was found in Canarsie Park Monday night, a police source said, while her arms and legs were later found Tuesday in the area.Authorities are working to determine the motive, the source said.“Everybody loved her,” the 26-year-old’s mother, Nicole Odom, told ABC station WABC in New York. “I can’t even see how one person would want to do this to her.”She continued, “I can just imagine what kind of pain she probably could have been going through with such a vicious act.”Nicole Odom said she last saw Brandy — who was living with a roommate in Queens — about a month ago when the 26-year-old scored an interview to become a school safety officer.The distraught mother said she learned of the gruesome discovery while watching the news.“Whoever did this to my daughter — I might not know who did it, the police might not know who did it, but the great God up above knows who did it,” Nicole Odom said. “And you will be dealt with for your sins that you caused.”A reward up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment of anyone responsible for her death, the NYPD said. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-577-8477.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Police make arrest in murder of 70-year-old woman whose throat was slashed

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A suspect has been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of a 70-year-old woman living in Manhattan’s upper west side.Anya Johnston, 24, was charged with murder and burglary in the death of Susan Trott, police said.During a burglary of Trott’s apartment, there was a confrontation leading to the victim’s death, according to the NYPD.On Wednesday, police said they were waiting to question another woman who lived in Trott’s building. But detectives were unable to question that woman because she was hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation.This is a developing story. Check back for updates.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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UVU Baseball Visits Cal State Bakersfield For the Weekend

first_img Tags: Alexander Marco/Cal State Bakersfield/California Baptist/Darius Vines/Edgar Barclay/Jesse Schmit/NCAA Division I/NCAA Division II/Paxton Schultz/Ryan Eastburn/Tyler Jorgensen/UVU Baseball The Wolverines lead the Roadrunners 9-8 all-time. April 24, 2019 /Sports News – Local UVU Baseball Visits Cal State Bakersfield For the Weekend Cal State Bakersfield’s pitching is paced by staff ace junior left-hander Edgar Barclay (a team-best 2.80 ERA and 5-2 record and is tied for the team lead with 80 strikeouts). Junior right-handed pitcher Darius Vines also has 80 strikeouts for the Roadrunners. The Wolverines are in sixth place in the WAC while the Roadrunners are just a game behind and tied for seventh place. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBAKERSFIELD, Calif.-Friday through Sunday, Utah Valley baseball (10-30, 6-9 in WAC play) visits Cal State Bakersfield (17-26, 5-10 in WAC play) as the conference season ensues for both squads. Junior right-handed pitcher Jesse Schmit (4-5 record) is the Wolverines’ winningest hurler. His fellow junior right-handed pitcher Paxton Schultz leads Utah Valley in strikeouts (62).center_img The Roadrunners are led by junior infielder Tyler Jorgensen (a team-best .338 batting average, 2 home runs, 25 RBI). With the exception of California Baptist, who is making the transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I, the top six squads in the WAC will advance to the conference tournament May 22-26 at Mesa, Ariz. Senior outfielder Ryan Eastburn (a .371 batting average) and junior outfielder Alexander Marco (a team-best 6 home runs, 33 RBI) lead the Wolverines offensively. Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Gary Schaffer, Former Cape May County Sheriff is Honored at Retirement Party

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiWhen he was a baby-faced police officer barely in his 20s, Gary Schaffer posed as a student at Wildwood High School in 1973 during an undercover operation that cracked a drug ring involving an outlaw motorcycle gang.Later, as director of the Cape May County Police Academy, he transformed what had been a woefully outdated training program into one that is now a model for the rest of New Jersey.And as Cape May County sheriff, Schaffer was known for his honesty, leadership and fierce dedication to his job. A “cop’s cop” is how one colleague described him.Schaffer’s family members, friends and colleagues recalled his remarkable 45-year career in law enforcement during a surprise party Sunday that was truly a surprise.When Schaffer and his wife, Debbie, walked through the doors at the Kix McNutley’s bar and nightclub in Sea Isle City, more than 100 people showered them with a booming “Surprise!”“This is the first time in my 45 years in law enforcement that they surprised me. I guess I’m slipping. This tells me that it’s time to retire,” Schaffer joked of his supposedly waning police instincts.The crowd at Kix McNutley’s in Sea Isle City awaits Schaffer’s arrival for the surprise party.Calling it a career, the 65-year-old Schaffer decided not to seek re-election as sheriff in 2017. He was first elected as sheriff in 2008 and won new terms in 2011 and 2014. His family said his retirement will allow him to devote more time to his beloved grandchildren.Schaffer, reflecting on his career, called it “quite a ride.” He said he enjoyed it from the very first day he became a police officer in Ocean City to his very last day as sheriff.“When I speak at (police academy) graduations, I tell them that the certificate they receive as police officers is their ticket to the greatest show on Earth,” he said. “Every day is different. I never really knew what I was going to do each day.”Early in his police career, when he was 21 years old, he went undercover as a junior at Wildwood High School to help break up a ring in which members of the Warlocks motorcycle gang were supplying drugs to students.“I looked 16 at the time,” Schaffer recalled. “I went undercover as a junior, not as a senior.”Pointing to the irony 45 years later, Schaffer proudly noted that his 30-year-old son, Philip, is now the principal at Wildwood High School.Schaffer reflects on his 45-year career in law enforcement while looking at old photos of himself.Schaffer’s two other sons, Stephen, 34, and Matthew, 32, followed him into law enforcement and are members of the Ocean City Police Department. Schaffer also has a 30-year-old daughter, Danielle, who is Philip’s twin.Matthew Schaffer said his father not only inspired him to go into law enforcement, but has also served as his role model.“In all the years he’s served in law enforcement, he’s the most professional person I’ve ever known. My intention, to guide my career, is to look at him as a model,” Matthew Schaffer said.Among his police duties, Matthew Schaffer is involved with the training of other officers, much like his father once did. After a 25-year career with the Ocean City Police Department, Gary Schaffer went on to become the director of the Cape May County Police Academy for 10 years.Formerly housed in a tiny, two-classroom trailer, the academy expanded into a modern training facility that opened in 2000 under Schaffer’s leadership. Cape May County’s Police Academy is the only “residential” municipal police academy in New Jersey. Recruits live there while learning to become police officers, giving them an even fuller training experience.“It is recognized across the state as the premier police training facility in New Jersey. North Jersey counties even send their trainees there,” said Cape May County Freeholder Leonard Desiderio, who is also mayor of Sea Isle City.Desiderio, who owns the Kix McNutley’s bar and nightclub where Schaffer’s retirement party was held, credited Schaffer for professionalizing the police training program. Desiderio said the police academy reflects Schaffer’s dedication to law enforcement and the county.“I think of him as someone who is totally dedicated to his job,” Desiderio said. “He is honest, and he only wanted what was best for the county. Anything he did was first class.”Schaffer and his wife, Debbie, plan to devote more time to their grandchildren now that Schaffer is retired.Jon Gansert, a retired Sea Isle City police sergeant who is the coordinator of the county’s Alternative to Incarceration Program, formerly worked with Schaffer as a police academy instructor. He said Schaffer’s work ethic was legendary.“He’s very hard-working,” Gansert said. “You’re talking about a guy who doesn’t sleep because he’s always doing his job.”Gansert said Schaffer always recognized the importance of training and innovation, qualities that guided him when he modernized the police academy. He also praised Schaffer’s leadership skills.“He’s a cop’s cop,” Gansert said. “He’s all about law enforcement.” Gary Schaffer and his wife, Debbie, center, are joined by their children Danielle, Philip, Stephen and Matthew at the retirement party.last_img read more

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The Main Squeeze Announce New Year’s Eve Plans

first_imgThe Main Squeeze recently relocated from their hometown of Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California, switching up their game completely with a new vibe and approach to their music. Initially heading to the West Coast to record their latest album, Without A Sound, the City of Angels so completely inspired their creative process that they decided to make a permanent change. They’re even going to ring in the New Year with two headlining performances at The Mint on December 30 & 31. Tickets are available here.LA has always held a special place in the band’s heart: “The Mint is an amazing historic venue, and our LA fans are amazing—extremely perceptive and inclined musically and also super loyal and loving to what we’re doing,” says guitarist Max Newman. “There are so many talented artists in LA, so many driven people, and such a diverse range of music and art being pumped out. The sheer proximity to such diverse talent has been a big influence. You can hear something in a session where an artist is on the way out of the studio and it inspires you.”This fall, Without A Sound will be available as a limited-run LP release. To celebrate the coming vinyl pressing, The Main Squeeze will embark on the 2nd leg of their Without A Sound tour in late September. See the full list of dates below.THE MAIN SQUEEZE // Tour Dates9/6 – Durango CO – Animas City Theatre9/7 – Frisco CO – The Barkley Ballroom9/8 – Bellevue, CO – Mishawaka Amphitheater9/16 – Beaver Creek CO – Beaver Creek Village9/22 – Danville, IL – Culture Shock Festival9/23 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music & Arts Festival9/27 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones Assembly *9/28 – San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger Joint And Music Hall *9/29 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater *9/30 – Houston, TX – House of Blues @ Bronze Peacock Room *10/1 – Baton Rouge, LA – Sundays In The Park10/4 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall10/5 – Orlando, FL – The Social10/6 – Ybor City, FL – Crowbar10/7 – Miami, FL – The Wynwood Yard10/11 – Baltimore, MD – 8×1010/12 – Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’s10/13 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar10/14 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre10/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts10/18 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater10/19 – So. Burlington, VT – Higher Ground – Ballroom ^10/20 – So. Burlington, VT – Higher Ground – Ballroom ^10/21 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues Boston ^10/25 – Goshen, IN – Ignition Music Garage10/26 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird Nightclub10/27 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge11/22 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue12/30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mint Supper Club12/31 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mint Supper Club1/17-22 – Miami, FL – Jam Cruise* support for JJ Grey & Mofro^ support for Lotuslast_img read more

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Theologian explores religion

first_imgBy CHRISTIAN MYERS News Writer The interplay between faith and reason is frequently the subject of discussion in theology classes at Notre Dame. However, Tuesday night in the Geddes Hall Coffee House the matter was discussed over pizza by practical theologian Claire Noonan in the talk “Can You Be Faithful Without Being Religious?” Noonan said there are three reasons she doesn’t believe she can have faith without religion: Scripture, sacraments, and saints. She said each is a reason why religion is needed to maintain faith. “I need Scripture to know the living God, sacraments to communicate with God and saints to struggle alongside,” Noonan said. Noonan said to Scripture is not just traditional canon, but any text inspired by a transformational encounter with God. “I want to include the cumulative written experience of Christians as Scripture,” Noonan said. Noonan said the importance of Scripture is it helps people to properly direct their faith toward God. Faith in God relies on Scripture. “Everyone has faith. Everyone has to believe in some things they can’t empirically prove for themselves. All faith means is what ultimately you are concerned about,” Noonan said. “What I’m trying to be faithful to is God, and without Scripture, I would not know who God is.” An important aspect of Scripture properly directing faith is it counteracts other worldly influences, Noonan said. “The loudest voices in our culture try to point us in a direction very different from Jesus,” she said. “Christianity at its deepest, most fundamental level is different from convention. I wouldn’t have found it on my own.” As with Scripture, Noonan said she maintains an expanded interpretation of sacraments. “By sacraments I don’t just mean the seven sacraments of Catholicism, but all prayer and ritual,” she said. Religion facilitates a relationship with the living God primarily through sacrament and ritual, Noonan said. The marriage of a friend provides an example of what is lacking without sacrament. Noonan said the friend was faithful, but not religious and elected to hold her marriage ceremony in a restaurant. “This great occasion in her life was reduced to a functional level,” she said. “It was kind of sad.” Noonan said when she talks about saints, she refers to not just canonized saints, but people of faith in her everyday community. Community, which is provided by organized religion, is important for faith, Noonan said. “Faithfulness requires community because humans are social creatures,” she said. “There is no such thing as the self-made man. Interdependence is the reality of human life.” Noonan said community is so vital to faith, those who forgo organized religion have to find some other type of community in order to maintain their conviction. “If you’re not religious, you’d have to create a religion of your own to have community,” she said. Three student panelists, juniors John Schommer and Katie Pryor and senior Roman Sanchez responded to Noonan with their own opinions and experiences. Sanchez said by his senior year in high school he had lost both his faith and his religion. He said he was disillusioned by the disconnect between the message he heard in the Church and the reality he saw in the world around him. “I’m dissatisfied with the God that was presented to me,” Sanchez said. “I guess activism is worship to me. My faith now is in people, relationships and community.” Pryor said her service work experiences have become a part of her faith and worship. “Jesus repeatedly calls us to serve in the Gospels,” Pryor said. “I believe that in serving the less fortunate, worship and justice work together.” Schommer said his experience with secular volunteerism in high school was not as fulfilling as working with Catholic volunteer groups. The difference between the two lies in the perspective towards service and the interaction with those served. “In seeing the face of Christ in someone, you’re seeing their full potential,” Schommer said. Contact Christian Myers at [email protected]last_img read more

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Four New Maggots Join Cast of B’way’s Matilda in Title Role

first_img Related Shows The cast of Matilda also includes Christopher Seiber as Miss Trunchbull, Jill Paice as Miss Honey, Lesli Margherita as Mrs. Wormwood, Matt Harrington as Mr. Wormwood and Karen Aldridge as Mrs. Phelps. Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Matthew Warchus, the musical follows Roald Dahl’s 1988 story about a girl who unleashes her magical powers on nasty parents and an evil headmistress. Four youngsters are ready to get “a little bit naughty” at the Shubert Theatre as the newest stars of Broadway’s Matilda. Tori Feinstein, Eliza Holland Madore, Brooklyn Shuck and Fina Strazza will alternate the titular role, beginning performances over the course of the next few weeks. The pint-sized stars take over for Paige Brady, Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo and Ava Ulloa. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Matilda Feinstein and Strazza make their Broadway debut with the musical by Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly. Feinstein has appeared on stage previously in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Bright Star; Strazza’s stage credits include A Loss of Roses off-Broadway. Madore returns to the Great White Way after appearing in Once. Shuck’s theater credits include Annie on Broadway, as well as Beaches and Randy Newman’s Faust. View Commentslast_img read more