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HUD, White House Pen Op-Ed on ‘Defending Suburbs’

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Mortgage-Loan Delinquency Rates: Q2 2020 Snapshot Next: Best Homes Title Agency Expands Midwest Footprint Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago President Donald Trump and HUD Secretary Dr. Benjamin Carson co-authored an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, addressing housing-industry talking points such as affordability, single-family zoning, opportunity zones, and the President’s recent campaign press to “defend the suburbs.”This topic has become a recent talking point for President Trump’s campaign. The resulting op-ed skews sharply along partisan lines, with the text defending American suburbs as “thriving” and asserting that Democratic lawmakers “oppose us on rebuilding the economy, on law and order, and on school choice.” It also blames alleged crime rates in cities on the push to allow more multifamily and low-income housing in areas traditionally zoned only for single-family homes.As one example, the authors note that HUD, under the previous administration “pressured Westchester County, New York, to change its zoning rules. Although Westchester was never found to have discriminated against anyone, HUD used the threat of withholding federal money to pressure it to raise property taxes and build nearly 11,000 low-income, high-density apartments.”The op-ed also criticizes similar pushback against single-family zoning in areas such as Minneapolis, Oregon, and California.In Minneapolis last year, city leaders were first to eradicate single-family zoning, while Oregon became the first state to preempt single-family zoning. It did so by requiring localities with a minimum of 10 residents to open the gates to duplexes and, in some instances, fourplexes, on each lot.Critics of single-family zoning argue that revisiting these regulations is necessary in order to supplement the supply of affordable housing. This was a hot topic even before the pandemic, and all the more so amid the ongoing health and economic crisis. Proponents of single-family zoning argue that allowing higher-density zoning in previously single-family areas can contribute to crime and lower property values, among other issues.According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, more than 10 million low-income households are severely cost burden and spend more than 50% of earning on housing.Speaking to MReport for a recent cover story on the topic of single-family zoning, Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist for LendingTree, said that, despite worries expressed by critics, removing single-family zoning does not restrict single-family homes.“The zoning restriction creates affordability problems in many of the most desired metro areas and removing it should be a priority for cities that want to be competitive in the future,” he said. He also added that April’s data found the average existing single-family home price was $288,700, while the median condo price was $267,200. Kapfidze added “the difference is even greater for homes in the same market as condos are more often in more expensive locations.”You can read our full coverage of the debate over single-family housing in our July 2020 MReport cover story. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Ben Carson Commentary Trump 2020-08-17 Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles HUD, White House Pen Op-Ed on ‘Defending Suburbs’  The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago August 17, 2020 1,205 Views Home / Daily Dose / HUD, White House Pen Op-Ed on ‘Defending Suburbs’  Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Ben Carson Commentary Trump About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Postlast_img read more

Five-a-day targeted

first_imgKids’ drink Robinsons Fruit Shoot is launching Fruit Shoot My 5, a new range of juice drinks to help mums give their kids one of their five-a-day.The range is a blend of 80% real fruit juices and 20% water, which comes with a no-spill sports cap in three flavours: apple and pear, orange and pineapple and apple and blackcurrant. The range is free from colours, sweeteners and preservatives and only contains the natural sugars found in fruit juice.My 5 retains the Fruit Shoot bottle shape, but has a new pack design that displays the ’1 of your 5 a day’ message. Available in 200ml bottles, the single-serve variant has an RSP of 89p and the four-pack retails at £1.69.last_img read more

Brazilian Army Trains Female NCOs in War Studies

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo April 30, 2019 In 2016, the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) made the entrance exam for its noncommissioned officer (NCO) classes in war studies available to women. At the time, 12,498 female candidates applied for some 100 spots. Each year, entrance exams have about 100 openings; the number of female candidates, however, continues to rise. According to the NCO Academy’s Communication Department, 17,144 women applied to the last 2018 entrance exam. “I’ve been dreaming of this career my whole life,” said student Stefanny Rodrigues, who passed the exam in 2018. “My father served and always encouraged me by talking about his experiences and how much the Army gave him,” said the future NCO, who started school February 23, 2019, along with 99 women. EB’s NCO training lasts two years. The first year teaches basic courses, while the second is for specialization. Of the 12 military institutions where students can attend the first year, two admit women in mixed classes. Among those is the 4th Light Artillery Group (4º GACL, in Portuguese), in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, where Rodrigues does her training. Her class has 54 women and 32 men. Daily routine In 2019, the new service members will learn about military techniques, weaponry, ammunition, and shooting. The curriculum also includes military leadership, military professional ethics, law, Brazilian military history, and English. Students take all subjects, including physical military training. “There is no distinction between male and female training. The physical training evaluation is the only activity that has different standards for men and women, to account for physical differences between genders,” said EB Major Fábio Cristiano Taffarel, Admissions chief at the NCO academy. “We have a busy daily routine that starts at 5 am with cleaning up, organizing our living quarters, instructions, physical training, music, and studies,” said student Bárbara Pinheiro, who just joined the 4º GACL. Her experience with colleagues, Pinheiro said, has been positive. “Unity and camaraderie are important values within military life, so student interactions have positive results,” she said. Future At the end of the 48-week basic period, students who met the intellectual, technical, and physical requirements with a minimum passing grade in all subjects move on to specialization. This period is the last stage of the course, said EB Captain Rodrigo da Silva, head instructor of the NCO Training and Graduation Course at the 4º GACL. At this stage, women can select two out of three NCO training institutions: The Logistics NCO Academy (EsSLog, in Portuguese), or the Army Aviation Training Center (CIAvEx, in Portuguese). EsSLog and CIAvEx train NCOs in technical and logistics areas, with special training in quartermaster, topography, military equipment, and telecommunications maintenance; and aviation maintenance and support for the aeronautics field. With quartermaster services training, NCOs can provide logistics and administrative support, in combat or peace time, to all EB combatant organizations. With war studies training, they can provide maintenance support to lightweight and heavy weapons, as well as vehicle maintenance, which make them responsible for troops’ operability when fulfilling their missions. NCOs trained in aviation support, can also carry out aircraft support activities such as fueling, firefighting combat, and air traffic control, and provide weather and aeronautics information to EB’s aviation branch. For Rodrigues, women’s presence in EB is an innovation received “respectfully and with rigor at the same time, considering the responsibilities we will have when we graduate as NCOs.” She still hasn’t decided which area of specialty she will select at the end of the basic period, and instead chooses to live in the moment and appreciate her current accomplishment. “I already fulfilled one of my dreams when I put on my green uniform.”last_img read more

Licona to play at Chico State in 2018

first_imgFormer Fortuna and College of the Redwoods standout Samuel Licona became the latest soccer player from the North Coast to sign a letter of intent to play at Chico State in 2018.Licona, a two-year starter at CR, joins longtime teammate Miguel Ramirez, another Fortuna and CR star who will play at Chico this fall.“It goes to show that our program has potential,” CR head coach Pedro Cortes-Garcia said.Licona joins a Wildcats program that went 10-6-2 in 2017 and 8-2-2 in the California Collegiate …last_img read more

Five takeaways: Packers coach McCarthy previews 49ers visit

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here are the highlights from Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s conference call Thursday with Bay Area media, to preview Monday night’s game against the 49ers in Lambeau Field:1. QB IMPRESSIONS: C.J. Beathard will make his third straight start (and eighth career start) since Jimmy Garoppolo went down, and McCarthy is impressed with how productive the 49ers offense remains (447 yards in Sunday’s loss to Arizona).“The biggest thing with the backup quarterback, especially when …last_img read more

Microformats: Inbound Marketing for Computers!

first_img Let’s look at two specific examples. . There is also an So these technologies are all related in the grand sense of making the web more computer-readable. With microformats, you could add a little bit of special text to your web page, telling other computers, such as Google and Yahoo’s search engines, about these reviews. The search engines can show five stars (or whatever the appropriate visual display is) and a link to the review right in the search engine results page. And in a browser, it might look like this: hReview . Try entering one of your events into the free hCalendar creator , put it your event information, and paste its HTML code into your web page. Here’s how it looks: When a user visits this page, they might see something like this: Soon, browsers will be able to add a customized “Add to calendar” link next to this entry. That is possible because the computer now understands the event information. , where you can input your product information and it will give you the text to paste into your web page. More impressively, search engines that index this page will also be able to add an “Add to calendar” link right on the search results page! Imagine your web page standing out of the crowd with some customized, personal links for the user! Microformats are hCalendar Website Design RDF, which stands for The meeting example above uses a microformat called Resource Description Framework The product review example above uses a microformat called Example 2: Product Reviews Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack As another example, let’s say your company has a product that you want to market. The product has been reviewed on your web site and in other places, but right now to see the reviews the visitors have to come in to your web site. Not anymore! a handful of simple technical standards Here’s how this would look: The concept is simple: it’s just like marking certain text as important on your web page by making it bigger or using a bold font, except you can convey more complex information. Used properly, these tools will drive more traffic and more qualified traffic to your web site. Technically, this type of data representation is called XML, and you can view it or edit it in any text editor. The output from the microformat creator tools can simply be copied and pasted into any web page. Originally published Apr 3, 2008 11:15:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 hReview Creator , and it will give you the right text to paste into your page. , and the  are two terms closely related to microformats. Both are approaches to making web pages more readable by computers, not just humans. The idea is to give computer programs, like the search engines, more information so they can better display your web page to their own users. What is RDF? What is the Semantic Web? Are they all related? that let you put information on your web page for other computers, as well as humans, to read. By making the same information computer-accessible, you will improve the user experience for your visitors, and even impact the search engine results pages to make your results stand out more. The result will be more traffic, better qualified traffic, and a higher conversion rate. You are attending a trade show and you want to let people know, so they can sign up as well. All you have to do is go to the free Semantic Web Technical Details Example 1: Putting a meeting on the calendar Topics: Imagine if someone does a keyword search and sees 10 results, but yours is the only one that has product reviews right there in the search engine result page! It’s a free and simple way to get more traffic to your web site, and it’s likely to be more qualified traffic as well. hCalendar Creator toollast_img read more

Stop Leasing Your Marketing And Start Owning It

first_img Originally published Oct 8, 2009 7:35:00 AM, updated October 01 2019 Traffic and lead volume are common metrics that most marketers and businesses track.  But unless you are tracking your conversion rates it is easy to be deceived by the illusion of growth.Here’s a simple example that will highlight the growth illusion: Most marketers would be thrilled to see a monthly visitor graph that looks like this one below.  This shows tremendous month over month visitor growth. At the same time any marketer would be proud to have a corresponding lead graph like this one that’s demonstrating 5% month over month growth. It looks very compelling!But, despite the phenomenal growth in visitors and leads your conversion rates could be going down, dramatically!  In this case the conversion rate has gone from just over 13% to below 10% in 6 months (almost a 25% drop). The reality is, today businesses are buying traffic. In fact buying is the wrong word, they are leasing traffic.  Outbound marketing such as email rentals, PPC ads, banner ads, press releases are essentially methods for leasing targeted visitors to ones site.However, once your campaign is over, your lease expires, and you need to renew your spend and pay for new visitors to your site. And more traffic means spending more money. But, unless your conversion rates are steady or increasing, your ROI is going down. The key to owning your marketing is managing your conversion rates and keeping your costs down. Inbound marketing is a great way to do that while hitting your growth goals.  What are you doing to own your marketing and  improve your conversion rates?  Please share your thoughts in the comments.Photo credit: TheTruthAboutInbound Marketing Kit Learn more about inbound marketing and how to combine blogging, SEO and social media for results. Download our inbound marketing kit. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more