first_imgFlurries of snow gave way to a flurry of activity at Clark County schools Tuesday, as, just hours after the first bells rang, news came of classes and activities canceled due to the early snowfall.The National Weather Service announced a winter storm warning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, as an early low-pressure system brought snow earlier than expected into Vancouver.Not early enough, however, for districts to make the call on canceling or delaying school.At some districts, that meant canceling after-school sports and clubs rather than sending students home early. Evergreen Public Schools, Clark County’s largest school district, kept students in class through their normal school day.“Clearly, if we make any decision about sending students home early, we want to give parents as much notice because we don’t want to deliver — especially our elementary students — to homes where there’s no one home,” district spokeswoman Gail Spolar said.But at Battle Ground Public Schools campuses, which typically get hit harder by snow than low-lying Vancouver districts, students were sent home before noon. That meant buses returning to school, in some cases, only a couple hours after they’d left. Pleasant Valley Primary School was a scene of controlled chaos, as parents arrived early to pick up their children, and front-desk staff pieced together departure plans for students whose afternoon care was suddenly derailed.last_img

Related Posts

first_img March 17, 2021 Find out more July 5, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger held under draconian Official Secrets Act RSF_en Follow the news on Malaysia News February 22, 2021 Find out more MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed to learn that the blogger Syed Abdullah Hussein Al-Attas has been held since yesterday under the Official Secrets Act as a result of a complaint by a group of 30 people over controversial posts about the Sultan of Johor. A young woman who was with him at the time of his arrest is also being held.“Syed Abdullah’s arrest is unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Why was the complaint filed by 30 people and not the person targeted in the posts? Why did the authorities think it was necessary to detain two people because of what appears in reality to be nothing more than an ordinary defamation suit? “The authorities have carried out arrests and are now conducting an investigation on the basis of this group complaint, but they show no desire to investigate the documented information posted by Syed Abdullah. We insist that they explain the reasons for their actions, which are at the very least disturbing and suggest that his arrest was politically-motivated.“Freedom of information must take precedence over any law covering state secrets, which should be invoked only in clear cases of espionage and in other very clearly defined and limited circumstances. Government officials should not, under any circumstances, be able to use state secrets as a pretext for putting themselves above the law and flouting the fundamental right to information.”Arrested at around 9:45 p.m. at the Senawang toll plaza in Seremban, southeast of Kuala Lumpur, Syed Abdullah is now being held at Air Molek police station in Johor Baru, the capital of the state of Johor. Johor criminal investigation department deputy director Muhammad Akhir Ishak confirmed today that he is being held under paragraph 8 (1) (d) of the 1972 Official Secrets Act.Judge Isa Mohamed gave the police permission to hold him for four days in order to investigate the possibly defamatory nature of his blog posts. The woman who was arrested with him and who is also being held was named as Siti Nadhirah Mohd Zain, 26.According to the Malaysia Chronicle website, most of the 30 people who filed the complaint against Syed Abdullah at the central police station in Johor Baru were linked to the United Malays National Organisation, the prime minister’s party. The complaint described Syed Abdullah’s posts about Sultan Ibrahim, the crown prince and other Johor officials as provocative, insulting and seditious. It also claimed that he had posted confidential documents.Better known by the blog name of “Uncle Seekers” and a believer in the paranormal, Syed Abdullah is the son of a leading political writer, Syed Hussein Al-Attas. He has dedicated more than 60 posts in Malay to the theme of “Sultan Johor Atau Kerabatnya” (The Sultan of Johor or his relatives). They have included documents supporting his claims that part of the fortune left by the late Sultan Iskandar, who died in 2010, was embezzled.When asked by his followers on Twitter to comment yesterday, Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim posted: “Let the dog bark as much as he wants. I know the truth, Johoreans know the truth. Why should I react to bullshit?”Syed Abdullah’s posts have also referred to a lawyer, Kamal Hisham Jaafar, who is alleged to have embezzled 660,000 ringgits (151,000 euros) from a Johor-based company and who claims that a member of the Johor palace has threatened to kill him. The lawyer says he had to flee the country and cannot return to defend himself because he has received at least five death threats in the past year. Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information center_img News Organisation Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again News to go further Receive email alerts News New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth January 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe  Print This Post Tagged with: credit ratings Home Equity Homeowners Homeownership HOUSING U.S. Urban Institute March 14, 2018 1,731 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago U.S. Homeownership Rates Lose Ground to Other Developed Countries The rate of homeownership in the U.S. is in the middle to lower range compared to other developed countries according to an analysis by the Urban Institute. In fact, data showed that the rate is about the same as it was in 1990 in the country, whereas homeownership rates in other developed nations have increased substantially over the years.Using datasets, which were available until 2015, the analysis compared homeownership rates from 1990 to 2015 across 18 countries and found that the United States was ranked tenth in 1990 and was close to the mean rate of its peer countries. But, by 2015 it had slipped three places in rankings with the country’s homeownership rates at 63.7 percent falling below the mean rate of 69.6 percent, the analysis indicated.During the period for which the analysis was done, 13 of the 18 countries increased their homeownership and apart from the U.S., Bulgaria, Ireland, Mexico, and the United Kingdom saw a decline in homeownership rates.Even when a broader base of countries was taken into account, the U.S. ranked 35 of 44 countries and was 10 percentage points below the mean homeownership rate of 73.9 percent for all these countries, the analysis found.When it came to age-patterns and homeownership though, the analysis found that the U.S. was similar to that of other European countries, where homeownership rates peak at or near retirement, between ages 65 to 74. It found that other than Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands, homeownership rates at that age peaked between 75 to 90 percent, well above the rate for younger households.In terms of home equity, the study found that in the U.S. home equity was a greater source of retirement wealth. “Home equity is a huge source of retirement wealth in the US and in the most-populous European countries. But the US curve tends to be steeper than for many other countries with lower homeownership rates for people ages 44 and younger,” the study said.It also pointed to falling rates of homeownership for households aged 44 and younger in the U.S., which remain historically low despite the rate of homeownership for this age-group experiencing an exponential increase in the past year. It found that one of the reasons for low homeownership rates in the 44 and younger age-groups could be because of the current credit environment that makes it difficult for anyone with less than perfect credit scores to obtain a mortgage. Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago credit ratings Home Equity Homeowners Homeownership HOUSING U.S. Urban Institute 2018-03-14 Radhika Ojha Previous: Mortgage & LGBT Leaders Work Toward Diversity and Inclusion Next: HUD Addresses Concerns About Reverse Mortgage Foreclosures Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / U.S. Homeownership Rates Lose Ground to Other Developed Countrieslast_img

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Fast-Track Foreclosures and Fighting Urban Blight Tagged with: Foreclosure NCST Servicers Urban Blight Vacant Property zombie homes Sign up for DS News Daily Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Foreclosure NCST Servicers Urban Blight Vacant Property zombie homes 2018-08-20 Krista Franks Brock Previous: Last Line of Defense: Claims Management Next: Why Housing Worries Keep Americans Up at Night The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Fast-Track Foreclosures and Fighting Urban Blight Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share 1Save  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img About Author: Krista Franks Brock Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago In response to the foreclosure crisis in 2008, a number of states enacted or considered enacting “fast track” foreclosure processes as a way to bring vacant properties to market quicker and ease neighborhood blight. The National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST), a nonprofit organization focused on restoring vacant properties, attempted to review the efficacy of such laws but was unable to reach a conclusion. “Given the lack of empirical data, we cannot at this time reach a strong conclusion regarding either the advantages or disadvantages of expedited foreclosure processes,” NCST said in its report, titled “Fast Track Foreclosure Laws: Not a Silver Bullet for Fighting Blight.” The nonprofit explained that there was insufficient data to truly examine “fast track” proceedings in various states “either because some states do not specifically track data on motion filings and foreclosure timelines or because this data is not publicly available.” Based on the available data and anecdotal evidence from interviews conducted in four states, the NCST concluded that even where “fast track” foreclosures were available, the option was rarely taken.Under current law, many abandoned properties are subject to the same lengthy foreclosure process as occupied ones, resulting in extended vacancy and other considerable problems. However, mortgage servicers and the housing industry is moving towards addressing the problem of vacant residential property through a discussion on policies that can standardize procedures, definitions, and industry best practices for vacant and abandoned properties.In a white paper on this issue, the National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA) had called for an industry-wide discussion on such policies and was in part developed with input from several NMSA member organizations including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, BankUnited, Selene Finance, and others.“Vacant and abandoned properties is a complex and difficult issue that is detrimental to surrounding homeowners and communities,” said Ray Barbone, EVP, BankUnited EVP and Chairman of the National Mortgage Servicers Association (NMSA) upon the release of the white paper. “The issue is evidenced by recent legislation in Ohio and Maryland. However, the industry remains challenged in protecting those impacted due to inconsistent and disparate definitions and guidelines relative to such properties.”In its report, the NCST did offer a few recommendations for policymakers attempting to address the issues of vacant properties and urban blight. First, they believe that any statutes regarding expedited foreclosures should require the collection of data to determine efficacy and impact. The group also suggests policymakers “more effectively engage consumer, neighborhood, and housing advocacy groups in the legislative process.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago August 20, 2018 2,509 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *