Five things we learnt about rugby in November 2020

first_imgPaul Williams delivers his monthly musings on the major happenings in the game However, there is one key stat that is rarely presented on TV coverage or in post-match write-ups and that is ‘tries disallowed’ – or, more precisely, the number of times that a team crosses the tryline without scoring.Close call: Referee Jono Bredin signals a try held up during the Mitre 10 Cup (Getty Images)Getting to the tryline is the hardest thing to do in the game and with modern defence as effective as it is, touching the ball down seems immeasurably harder than it did just a decade ago.We often dwell on how much possession and territory a team wins when many of the world’s dominant teams manage victory with well under 50% of the ball – often nearer 40%. As we saw when England beat Ireland, the tackle statistics were grossly in favour of England, yet Ireland weren’t in the game at all – a high tackle count usually works against the team making it.We also obsess over lineout completions and scrums when, in reality, all of the key performance indicators count for nothing unless you cross the tryline in one form or another. One more stat won’t hurt, let’s chuck it into the mix.Pumas prove that exposure worksDon’t let the recent 38-0 loss to the All Blacks dilute the importance of the Pumas’ initial victory over New Zealand. It was epic in every way. Teams such as Wales, Ireland and Scotland have played Tier One rugby for decades but don’t come close to regularly beating New Zealand.For the Pumas to have beaten them was remarkable. To have done it having prepared for the match in an almost Covid-enforced, amateur-era style merely added to the mystique. Their approach really does make you question the benefits of meticulous over-preparation when compared to rocking up with a team of players who are injury-free and relaxed.Perhaps the most important aspect of the victory is that it proves that exposure to better teams does work in the long term. Many will point to Italy as evidence to disprove that theory, but as a glass half-full approach, ‘playing up’ in standard certainly seems to have its positives.Faletau, the sideways masterTaulupe Faletau has had a quiet couple of seasons by his standards. Injury has seen the once first-choice Wales No 8 not exactly slide down the pecking order, but for once his selection has at least been a debate and not an assumption. But when he’s in form, as we saw against England, he is by far the best ball-carrier in the Welsh squad.Side move: Taulupe Faletau on the ball against England (Getty Images)Jake Ball carries well, make no mistake, and his recent performances have seen him arguably become Wales’ most important lock. But Faletau’s carries are different. There is, of course, grunt, but before that there is a smooth move to the side. It’s a slide that allows him to move one foot to the right, or left, of the defenders’ rigid core and into the gooey spaces on the edge.It’s like watching rugby Frogger, where simply running blindly forward means that you will eventually get messed up by something heavy. Whereas Faletau shuffles left, right and sometimes backwards before moving forwards.We have all become obsessed with how carriers move forwards, and the attritional metres gained, but often the best go in a different direction first. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Cross the line: Ardie Savea scores in New Zealand’s 38-0 win over Argentina (Getty Images) center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ardie Savea is the genuine hybridHybrid has become a dirty word in rugby. It’s synonymous with Eddie Jones’s theoretical musings that in the future wings may eventually play ten minutes at lock, three at tighthead and then go to full-back for the final 20 minutes before finally reverting back to being an amphibian and re-entering the water.Being a hybrid is seen as a bonus in club rugby, where positional fluidity is key for a squad to thrive over the season, but it still has a whiff of career stagnation if you’re looking to excel at Test level.One player who this does not apply to is Ardie Savea. Whether he is playing at six, seven or eight, you are getting Ardie Savea. Full fat, max caffeine, deep fried, covered in cream and sprinkled with angel dust Ardie Savea.His performance for New Zealand against the Pumas at the end of November was magnificent. If there is a player who makes more metres after contact in the global game, then it must be in games that aren’t televised to the wider public.The All Blacks have good depth when it comes to young ball-carrying eights, with Hoskins Sotutu at the head of the queue, but they will have a massive job trying to out-perform Savea. He’s relentless.The ‘dark arts’ have movedThe ‘dark arts’ were once reserved for those who were 18 stone and with necks that have their own time zone. These acts were performed in dimly-lit, damp areas where players underwent things that should never really be seen outside of a puppeteer’s convention. But times have changed, and the dark arts are now to be found in the kick-chase and particularly underneath the box-kick.As we saw in Llanelli, England’s work under the high ball was exemplary and allowed them to dominate the aerial battle. In reality, it isn’t what happens in the air that’s key, it’s what happens on the ground.England’s ability to set a ‘shield’ of players around the target area is vital in winning what takes place in the air. Such is the precision of the ‘catch’ in modern rugby, that any player who can fill the space in front of the catcher has already won the battle.The key is to not make it look like you’ve altered your line. If you can accurately predict where the ball will land and run in a slow, but deliberate, line, you’ll make it much easier for the player who is actually going to take flight and win the ball.England did it so effectively against Wales that it even stifled Dan Biggar’s attempts in the air and he is, despite being an outside-half, one of the best takers of a high ball in the game.England did plenty of things well against Wales, but their tactics around the catch were superb.We need a new statSome rugby supporters hate stats, some love them. But like it or not, they’re a vital part of the game and have become core to understanding and enjoying the sport.last_img read more

Bishops vote to relocate but not to sell Episcopal Church…

first_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH By Pat McCaughanPosted Jul 10, 2012 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Charles Smith says: Comments (1) Rector Martinsville, VA Press Release Service Comments are closed. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA House of Bishops, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing General Convention 2012, Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Belleville, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest General Convention, Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Tampa, FL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Bishops vote to relocate but not to sell Episcopal Church headquarters Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Property Rector Albany, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL [Episcopal News Service – Indianapolis] The House of Bishops on July 10 approved a move away from, but did not authorize the sale of, the Episcopal Church Center headquarters.Bishops voted 74-71 in favor of Resolution D016 after striking the last paragraph, “General Convention directs the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church to sell the Church Building at 815 Second Avenue, New York City.”Deputies had approved the church center sale July 6. Since bishops amended the resolution, which came through the legislative committee on structure, the measure now returns to deputies for another consideration.Several bishops objected.“It is fiscally irresponsible to demand immediate sell of a building without knowing where you’re going, knowing if the economic climate is right,” said Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce of Los Angeles.Bishop Stacy Sauls, chief operating officer of the Episcopal Church, also opposed the measure. He said a study is underway to help determine answers to two issues: what to do with the strategic and missional location of the church center and what to do with a real estate asset in Manhattan that is owned by the Episcopal Church.He said Executive Council has been kept informed as the study has progressed and anticipates presenting its final results in October of this year.Bishop Mark Sisk of New York offered the amendment, saying he is “convinced there are ways to make a property like that – it’s extremely valuable – make it an income-earning asset. At the very least there could hardly be a worse time to enter the real estate market in the sales end than this time. This resolution would not prohibit the sale, it simply wouldn’t direct it and would allow leadership to consider the alternatives, of which there are many.”Bishop S. Johnson Howard said the structure committee, which he chaired, supported the resolution “to provoke just the sort of conversation we’re having now, with the feeling that in the church at large there is a will to leave that building in New York and to get out from under some of the debt it evidently carries and to have some of the income from the sale.“You will notice there is no time period set on the sale. It could be a matter of years before it happens.”Bishops also saluted both outgoing President of the House of Deputies Bonnie Anderson and President-elect the Rev. Gay Jennings with sustained applause and standing ovations. The house passed a courtesy resolution expressing “thanks and praise to God” for Anderson’s service and leadership.Anderson thanked bishops for their hospitality, commitment and service. “Our relationships are critical,” she said. “I think it’s important for us to continue to talk with each other and solve problems. Many of you served so long and so diligently in the standing commissions and I had the pleasure of working with you and the work you did is just so great.”Jennings said she looks forward to the next triennium. “If there’s anything I or the House of Deputies can do to be of assistance to you, we’re ready.”In other convention business, bishops also considered several resolutions involving the relationships of bishops with dioceses. Among those was a substitute for Resolution B021, which would create a process for the office of the presiding bishop and the House of Bishops to help reconcile disagreements affecting pastoral relationships between a bishop and a diocese, including mediation, reconciliation and even removal of that bishop from office. The bishops requested discussions be continued in private.They approved Resolution D001, which would allow a suffragan bishop to serve also as a rector of a congregation, but rejected Resolution D085 which provided that a bishop could leave a diocese before he or she reached the recommended commitment of at least five years service and be elected in another diocese if the pastoral relationship isn’t working.“It seems an unlikely way to solve a bad pastoral relationship, to hope that they (a bishop) will be elected in an other diocese,” California Bishop Marc Andrus said. “I would also raise the question of the financial burden it would place on the diocese in which that person is currently serving. We have seen departures after one or two years in the House of Bishops and the cost it imposes on the diocese.”Bishops also approved an amended resolution directing the Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations to initiate dialogue between the Episcopal Church and the Mormon Church “for the interreligious purposes of friendship, goodwill, mutual understanding” and in anticipation of the 78th General Convention to be held in Salt Lake City in 2015.A courtesy resolution (D030) honoring the life and service of Pam Chinnis, the first woman president of the House of Deputies, was approved and applauded by bishops.— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release July 11, 2012 at 10:00 am So much for the no business as usual, eh.“Let’s keep 815”“Let’s form a committee to study restructure” Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Tags Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CAlast_img read more

Charity branding for discussion at Convention

first_img Howard Lake | 6 July 2002 | News Charity branding will be the subject of at least one seminar at this month’s Institute of Fundraising Annual Convention. Helen Stride, a research associate at Henley Management College, will address how and when charities should promote their brand, and how to modify effectively corporate models of branding.Read Brand new issues for charities by Patrick McCurry at SocietyGuardian. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charity branding for discussion at Conventioncenter_img  11 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Robert Burns bust goes contactless for National Trust for Scotland

first_img Melanie May | 12 October 2018 | News A pastiche painter recreated Fyvie Castle’s most famous painting by Pompeo Batoni, adding subtle new details such as the goddess Roma holding a contactless card, and the contactless reader, which was painted using 18th-century-style brush strokes, in the hand of William Gordon. Workers in high-vis jackets are also hidden within the painting as a nod to the Trust’s conservation work. Once completed, toner was added by specialists at the British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers, to ‘un-restore’ the painting and make it match the look of the original.The replicas are part of the National Trust for Scotland’s Tap the Past to Preserve the Future initiative.Chief Executive, Simon Skinner said: “Like all charities, we face a significant fundraising challenge as cash donations have fallen sharply in recent years. This initiative could not come at a more crucial time and will enable us to accept contactless donations at our sites for the first time.” National Trust for Scotland has turned a Robert Burns bust and a historical painting into contactless donations points at two of its historic sites.The charity has created replicas of a 200-year-old bust of Robert Burns at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire, and a 1766 painting of Colonel William Gordon, the military general and courtier, at Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire. Through a partnership with Bank of Scotland and VISA, the replicas accept contactless donations, with visitors tapping on both to give £2.  200 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23 Tagged with: contactless Scotlandcenter_img Robert Burns bust goes contactless for National Trust for Scotland The Robert Burns bust was created using 3D scanning technology to build a mould that captured every detail of the original. This mould was then scaled up to human proportions with a hand with an in-built contactless device then created on a separate plinth.  The charity also applied a marble-effect finish to match the look and feel of the original.  199 total views,  1 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Phillip (A410117) is a 2-year-old, male, black Chihuahua with a lot of energy. Phillip’s favorite thing is going for walks. The second he’s leashed up and out the kennel door, his tail starts wagging as he sniffs and explores his way around. This curious boy loves treats, and he’s more than happy to stand on his hind legs to earn one! When he’s not busy making the world his oyster, Phillip looks for the comfort of a lap, where he’ll happily sit for petting.The adoption fee for dogs is $125 and includes the spay or neuter surgery, microchip, and vaccinations.New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.Call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at (626) 792-7151 to ask about A410117, or visit at 361 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. Directions and photos of all pets can be found at pasadenahumane.org. Bruce (A410199) is a 2-year-old, male, black rabbit. This snuggly fellow always has one ear up, one ear down – all the better to hear you with! Bruce enjoys ear rubs and absolutely adores being held. He’ll even calmly snuggle up on your lap for a quick snooze once he gets comfortable with you. Bruce also enjoys bouncing around our bunny enrichment kennel, hopping up and down our stairs and pushing toys around with his nose. When he’s not busy being the life of our Critter House, Bruce enjoys munching on mixed green salads.The adoption fee for rabbits is $30 and includes the spay or neuter surgery and a microchip.New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.Call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at (626) 792-7151 to ask about A410199, or visit at 361 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. Directions and photos of all pets can be found at pasadenahumane.org. Community News Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | 12:00 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Here are the Pets of the Week available for adoption at the Pasadena Humane Society this week: HerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Cllr Conor Sheehan has called for Limerick City and County Council…

first_img“I have contacted by a number of essential workers who have to work during the crisis, these are frontline workers who cannot work from home. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleNew Government Measures, deferral of redundancy entitlements and insurance concernsNext articleSpeech of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar with stricter guidelines Meghann Scully BusinessLimerickNewsCllr Conor Sheehan has called for Limerick City and County Council to waive city centre parking charges during the Covid-19 crisis.By Meghann Scully – March 25, 2020 1019 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash “As we have been advised not to leave home unless necessary and to avoid using public transport.” he added. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live CLLR Conor Sheehan is calling for parking charges in the City and County to be waived during the Coronavirus pandemic. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads “There are many frontline workers who will have to go to work and this simple measure would make it easier for them to get to work in the safety of their own car.” he said.Conor Sheehan, Limerick City North CandidatePicture Brendan Gleeson Stricter measures are now being put in place with public transport during this time meaning less buses and trains throughout the day. TAGSConor SheehanCoronaviruscovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postparking WhatsApp “I am calling on the Council to suspend city centre parking charges to allow people who have to travel to work to be able to park their car in the city centre, to get them to and from work as quickly and safely as possible. Linkedin Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Facebook Twitter Print Advertisementlast_img read more

Industry Leaders Welcome Biden Administration to Washington

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Industry Leaders Welcome Biden Administration to Washington  Print This Post Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show,” co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Kraninger Resigns as CFPB Director Next: Improving Housing Policy for Seniors, People of Color Subscribe American Bankers Association Consumer Bankers Association Joe Biden Kamala Harris Mortgage Bankers Association National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals National Association of Home Builders National Association of Realtors 2021-01-21 Phil Hall Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago January 21, 2021 12,410 Views center_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles About Author: Phil Hall in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Industry Leaders Welcome Biden Administration to Washington The arrival of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the nation’s new president and vice president was met with enthusiasm and optimism by the leaders of the nation’s major trade associations serving the mortgage, housing and financial services industries.Robert D. Broeksmit, President & CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, offered his congratulations and stated an eagerness to work with the new administration.“The housing market has been a bright spot in the uneven economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Broeksmit. “Our immediate focus must be to continue to assist homeowners, renters, and landlords negatively affected by the pandemic. Improving access to affordable housing, creating opportunities for first-time and minority households, and ensuring liquidity will also be among our top priorities. MBA and its members are ready to partner with the Biden administration as it builds its team of economic, housing, and financial services experts.”Charlie Oppler, President of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), stated that he was “heartened by President Biden’s call for unity. As Americans, we will see leaders come and go during our lives, but our nation succeeds only when we unite. NAR is committed to assisting President Biden and the new Congress as we seek to heal our nation and strengthen the economy, continuing our 113-year tradition of working with every Congress and Presidential administration.”We look forward to partnering on many of our common goals, including policies that will advance and expand the American Dream of homeownership, address housing affordability and accessibility, and promote fair housing and racial equity.”Rob Nichols, President and CEO of the American Bankers Association, also highlighted Biden’s call for unity in his inaugural speech.“We urge our elected leaders in both parties to come together to confront the country’s challenges, starting with the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant economic damage it’s caused,” he said. “Whether it’s helping a struggling small business with a PPP loan, delivering an economic impact payment to a single parent trying to make ends meet or assisting families with their mortgages during these hard times, banks of all sizes will continue to support their customers, clients and communities. We look forward to working with the new administration and the new Congress to lift the economy further so every American has the chance to thrive.”Chuck Fowke, Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, offered his congratulations and commended the Biden proposal for a homebuyer tax credit.“We stand ready to partner with the new administration to ensure that creditworthy home buyers and small businesses can get mortgages and loans, enact comprehensive housing finance reform that protects the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, and improve the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit,” Fowke said. “These pro-housing policies will provide more homeownership and rental housing opportunities for all Americans and boost economic growth.”Jeff Berger, CEO of the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP), expressed optimism that Biden would carry through on his campaign promises to ensure protection of LGBT rights, including in the fight against housing discrimination.“Since 2011, NAGLREP is a stakeholder at HUD and we look forward to working together to better LGBT fair housing,” he said. “We’ve also been advocating for the Equality Act and hope under the new administration the Equality Act is passed.”The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) tweeted its congratulations to the new Executive Branch leaders, adding that it “looks forward to working with the Administration in continuing the economic recovery from the effects of #COVID19 & how banks can continue helping families & #SmallBiz achieve their dreams.” However, CBA President Richard Hunt may have offered the industry’s first word of concern regarding the new administration with the decision to replace Kathleen L. Kraninger as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau before the 2023 expiration of her five-year term.“The CFPB—as originally envisioned by Congressional leaders and Senator (Elizabeth) Warren—should be an independent agency, free of presidential politics and an advocate for consumers, which requires a consistent, sustainable set of rules allowing all financial institutions to operate on a level playing field in a modern marketplace,” said Hunt in a statement. “While the Supreme Court ruled the president could replace the bureau’s director ‘at will,’ it did not mandate such, and CBA does not believe it is in the best interest of consumers to have a new director with each change in administration. This whip saw effect will stifle innovation and prevent consistent regulations.” Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: American Bankers Association Consumer Bankers Association Joe Biden Kamala Harris Mortgage Bankers Association National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals National Association of Home Builders National Association of Realtors Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

News story: UK space industry sets out vision for growth

first_imgDownload the report from the UKspace website. Earth information services including navigation, analytics and security Connectivity services – global connectivity anywhere from any device In-space robotics – for science enterprise, consumers Low-cost access to space The strategy aims to double the value of space to wider industrial activities from £250 billion to £500 billion, generate an extra £5 billion in exports and attract £3 billion of inward investment. The space sector will actively encourage diversity and inclusion in its workforce and interact with 1 million young people per year in a bid to increase interest in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).Science Minister, Sam Gyimah, said:“We want the UK to thrive in the commercial space age and have committed £150 million in our Industrial Strategy to help develop advanced rocket engines, test satellites and establish spaceports in the UK for the first time. The Government will continue to work closely with the space sector to build on our significant capability and maximise the benefits of space to life on Earth, creating jobs and opportunities across the country.”Minister for Investment, Graham Stuart, said:“Too few people are aware of the success and significance of the UK space sector or its vast potential for future growth. The Government welcomes this contribution from the UK space industry and is determined to support our emergence as a commercial space service hub with an increasing global market share backed by new partnerships in science and trade.”Andy Green, Chair of the Space Sector Council and President of UKspace, added:“This sector-led strategy sets out the ambition of the companies, institutions, academics and entrepreneurs of the UK’s space sector. Space delivers tangible benefits to everyone in the UK, improving communications, travel and security amongst much else. We will build on our successful partnership with Government to create high value jobs and growth across the UK for the benefit of all. I thoroughly commend this strategy to the Government.”Facts and figures Space sector productivity is nearly three times the national average, with a skilled workforce creating £140,000 of value per person Year-on-year growth is five times greater than the wider economy since 1999 £415m has been invested by industry in research and development in 2014-15 alone 36.4% of turnover is generated by exports The space sector has tripled in value since 2000 Published by the Space Growth Partnership on Friday 11 May 2018, the strategy focuses on four sector priorities:last_img read more

TV star presents new Poole’s Pies website

first_imgPoole’s Pies has enlisted the help of TV presenter Stuart Hall to launch a brand new website.The Wigan-based pie manufacturer has brought in the It’s a Knockout host to produce the voiceover for a new video on the firm’s website, www.poolespies.co.uk.It takes visitors behind-the-scenes at the Poole’s Pies’ 300,000sq ft factory site and describes how the pies are made, where ingredients are sourced and the history of the business.Neil Court-Johnston, chief executive at Poole’s Pies, said: “We knew we needed to find someone special to provide the voiceover for the film, but we never dreamt we’d get someone as well-known or as highly regarded as Stuart Hall.“Many people remember him from BBC North West and It’s a Knockout, or they know him as the voice of football for Radio 5 Live. We were sure his irreverent style would suit us down to the ground.“We think the finished film is fantastic – so fantastic in fact, that we’ve even included an ‘uncut’ version of commentary for people to listen to. That’s how great it is.”Hall said: “I’m a pie lover immersed in the pie culture of the people’s republic of Wigan, so it was an absolute pleasure to help out Poole’s. I just hope people enjoy the film as much as I did.”last_img read more

Weekend celebrates juniors, parents

first_imgNotre Dame welcomed juniors’ parents to campus last weekend, this time not to cheer for Irish football, but to attend Junior Parents Weekend (JPW).A committee of 13 juniors, led by JPW chairperson Shannon Hagedorn, planned the event, which aimed to expose parents to the strong sense of tradition at Notre Dame.“My goal for this year’s JPW was to make it a really special and elegant weekend,” Hagedorn said. “In selecting the program pictures, centerpieces and decorations, I tried to represent the tradition and magic of Notre Dame.”Even though severe storms in the Northeast prevented some parents from attending, 4,000 people were involved in the weekend’s events, Hagedorn said. Photo courtesy of Shannon Hagedorn Juniors and their parents mingle at the Junior Parents Weekend dinner Saturday in the Joyce Center. More than 4,000 people attended the weekend’s events, which also included a gala and dorm brunches.Hagedorn said the weekend involved a number of diverse events, including a gala, collegiate workshops, a JPW Mass and a president’s dinner.“It was so fun to see everyone mingling and dancing at the gala, meeting professors at the academic workshops, coming together for the Mass and sharing dinner and brunch together with incredible speakers, including keynote speakers [University President Fr. John] Jenkins, [junior class president] Olivia LaMagna and [director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives Fr. Timothy] Scully,” Hagedorn said.Junior Stephanie Scherer said JPW opened her eyes to how large the junior class was.“Sometimes you don’t realize how many people you don’t know until you’re all in one place,” Scherer said.Junior Catherine Puma said student involvement in the event helped build community within the junior class.“I feel a better sense of community, especially since we had student speakers, because so many people were involved,” Puma said.Junior Kathryn Bush said the experience gave her parents a chance to better understand her life at Notre Dame.“[Our] parents liked to see how we made the University our own,” Bush said.The weekend was not only an opportunity for students to interact, but for parents to meet their children’s friends and their parents, Puma said.JPW also reminded students that graduation is closer than they think, Scherer said.“It gives us a sense that we don’t have much time left here, so we want to enjoy it and have an impact before we leave,” she said.last_img read more