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first_imgFacebook LIMERICK Spring, a political festival which is the first of its kind in this region, is underway and the six-day event has drawn some of the country’s best-known political commentators to Limerick for debate and creative discussion.Confirmed speakers include broadcaster Vincent Browne, economist David McWilliams, ‘Ear to the Ground’ Presenter Ella McSweeney and comedians Eleanor Tiernan and Paddy Cullivan. Limerick Spring also welcomes filmmakers Lelia Doolan and Donnacha O Briain to present their work this week at two film screenings.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Festival coordinator Jennifer Moroney-Ward said: “Limerick has a long tradition of political activism and has played a leading role in the development of the Irish state. However, many citizens feel disconnected from politics. This five day festival will invite citizens and guest speakers to delve deeper into the political structures and systems that influence our lives in 2014.”The festival kicked off on Tuesday April 8 with a film screening of ‘Bernadette – Notes on a Political Journey’ that also featured a Q&A with director Lelia Doolan. Tonight (Wednesday 9) there will be a night of music that inspired political change around the world with The Revolution Will Not Be Spotified upstairs in Dolans. This will feature a number of local musicians performing their own original protest songs, alongside renditions of some classics too.On Thursday 10 there are two events, the first of which begins at 2:30pm in the Exhibition Hall of City Hall and will engage a group of citizens of all ages and backgrounds in a workshop on representation and democracy.Later that night, the public is invited to Salon Du Chat, hosted by Roisin Buckley in Fitto Cafe, a conversational cafe where the menu is filled with sumptuous morsels of conversation.Friday 11 sees the return of David McWilliams and Leviathan Political Cabaret back to Limerick for what will be a lively debate entitled ‘Constitution or Revolution: Towards 2016’. Mr McWilliams will host a panel including Dr Peadar Kirby, Marie Louise O’Donnell, Liadh Ni Riada, Deirdre O’Shaughnessy of the Cork Independent and Diarmuid O’Flynn of Ballyhea Says No. There will also be some comedy from Abie Philbin Bowman and satirical music from White Cholera.Saturday 12 promises to be an eventful day with an early start at the Limerick Milk Market where Ella McSweeney will lead an expert panel to look at the Politics of Food. This event is organised in collaboration with the Limerick Community Grocery.That afternoon sees the premiere of Donncha O’Briain’s new film ‘Peripheral Vision’ with a Q&A with the director and panel of experts following the screening. This film follows a number of protest movements in Ireland over the last two years including Ballyhea Says No, Anglo Not Our Debt Campaign and the Occupy movement.On Saturday evening from 6pm to 8:30pm, Limerick’s own Vincent Browne will act as  Speaker of the House at the first ever Limerick Spring Assembly at the Crescent Hall, situated beside the statue of Daniel O’Connell. This event invites 11 citizens of Limerick to put a motion to the House and the audience will decide whether it gets passed and therefore included in the Limerick Spring Assembly manifesto.All events encourage very lively audience participation, in particular the final event on Sunday April 13 where comedians Eleanor Tiernan and Paddy Cullivan launch the first ever Speakers’ Corner in Limerick. This gives all members of the public the opportunity to stand up and tell the world what’s on their mind. It will take place on the corner of Thomas Street and Anne Street in Limerick city centre and will be followed by a comedy gig at 8pm in The Blind Pig on Thomas Street.The Limerick Spring festival is the culmination of the efforts of more than 15 volunteers who have dedicated in excess of 1,000 hours across four months. Advertisement Des Bishop celebrates his mother with ‘Mia Mamma’ Previous articleYear long wait for results of inquiry is unnaceptableNext articleLanguage still the biggest barrier for migrants Liam Togherhttp://www.limerickpost.ieLiam joined the Limerick Post in December 2012, having previously worked in other local media organisations. He holds an MA in Journalism from the University of Limerick and is particularly interested in sports writing. Twitter Print Directly Elected Mayor Debate Part 1 – The Limerick Post Show with Meghann Scully RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Standup and take a punchline at UCH Limerick NewsLocal NewsPoliticsLimerick political festival underwayBy Liam Togher – April 9, 2014 629 Farmer Michael and Kathleen: If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is back and you’re invited! Two Limerick shows for comedian David O’Doherty TAGScomedyDavid McWilliamsdebatediscussionElla McSweeneyFestivalfilmLimerick SpringpoliticsscreeningsVincent Browne Emaillast_img read more

first_img  Print This Post Previous: Foreclosure Filings Slowing in 2020 Next: Understanding Foreclosure Process on Digital Mortgages Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago July 16, 2020 1,602 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 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. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is pushing back at efforts to force its withdrawal of a proposed rule to amend its interpretation of the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard, according to a piece from Politico.In announcing the proposed rule last August, HUD insisted it would not impact its determinations of intentional discrimination, citing a 2015 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that upheld the use of the “disparate impact” theory to establish liability under the Fair Housing Act for business policies and local ordinances, even if the policy or ordinance was neutral but still resulted in a disproportionate impact on a protected class without legally sufficient justification.HUD noted at the time that the proposed disparate impact rule would provide a “framework for establishing legal liability for facially neutral practices that have unintended discriminatory effects on classes of persons protected under the Fair Housing Act.”For the past few weeks, HUD has been pressured by executives within the real estate finance industry to rescind its proposed rule. Bank of America Vice Chairman Anne Finucane expressed her concerns in a letter to Federal Housing Commissioner Brian D. Montgomery, citing the national protests for social equality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.“Over the last several weeks, our nation has experienced a series of tragic events that have led to a collective heightened awareness of systemic racism,” Finucane wrote. “We have all witnessed the expressions of anguish and anger about what has happened and have developed a greater understanding of and sensitivity to the historical roots of those feelings … Given the importance of this moment in history and the very real prospect of progress, we respectfully urge that this is not a time for actions, however well-intentioned, that some will interpret as diminishing hard-fought protections. Rather, it is a time for thoughtful reflection so that we can drive meaningful progress on equity and inclusion.”Michael DeVito, EVP and Head of Home Lending at Wells Fargo, sent a letter to HUD Secretary Dr. Benjamin Carson expressing his concern on the timing of the proposed rule.“We appreciate HUD’s efforts to draft the proposed rule, and we support a disparateimpact framework that facilitates the expansion of housing opportunities to underserved communities and provides a clear legal framework to address discrimination,” DeVito wrote. “To achieve that goal, HUD should acknowledge that Americans’ attention to racial discrimination is more pronounced and expansive than when the comment period was open last year. People across the country have considered more closely that centuries of discrimination, segregation, and economic disenfranchisement have lasting impacts today, including discriminatory effects in housing.”The National Association of Realtors (NAR) also sent a letter to Carson stating the proposed rule is coming at the wrong time.“While there is debate … as to whether additional clarity is needed with respect to disparate impact claims, there is broad consensus across the country that now is not the time to issue a regulation that could hinder further progress toward addressing ongoing systemic racism,” wrote NAR President Vince Malta. “We believe this is the time to explore how we may work together to eliminate unnecessary barriers to housing opportunity and advance policies that allow more Americans to fully participate in the American Dream … and respectfully ask that HUD withdraw its proposed rule to amend its interpretation of the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard.”Rocke Andrews, president of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers, also expressed disappointment with HUD’s actions.“Disparate impact in the past has been used to some think unfairly penalize lenders/banks for unintended discrimination,” he said. “Lenders believe the discrimination should be brought to their view and allowed to correct while previous administration at CFPB believed the best way to get their message out (and generate income) was fines. In the present pandemic environment and still unequal distribution of housing among minorities it is thought not to be the best time to eliminate this tool.”Executives from Citi, and Quicken Loans also voiced concern over the proposed rule going into effect. Nikitra Bailey, EVP at the Center for Responsible Lending, praised the industry leaders for speaking up on the issue.“These industry leaders recognize that we can’t backtrack on disparate impact theory at a time when our nation is facing a reckoning over structural racism and inequality,” Bailey said. “Doing so will only perpetuate racial wealth and homeownership gaps … HUD’s move shifts the burden of proof in cases of discrimination from the powerful to the vulnerable, undoing decades of legal precedent and diminishing opportunities for hardworking families to build and hold wealth. HUD must reverse course and ensure that we all live in inclusive communities with an ability to share in the nation’s prosperity.”Carson responded to the claims during an interview with Yahoo.“I’m very glad that Bank of America is interested in this issue,” he said “And you know, they could do a whole lot to improve the situation for minorities by rejoining the FHA’s program for housing. FHA, as you know, is the largest backer of insurance for forward mortgages for minorities, for first-time homebuyers, doing over a million cases last year. Bank of America did about 2,200. So, if they really want to have an impact, this is what they should be thinking about, rather than criticizing a program that they haven’t even seen and don’t know anything about.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / HUD Responds to Fair Housing Act Criticismscenter_img Tagged with: Fair Housing Act HUD Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Phil Hall Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save HUD Responds to Fair Housing Act Criticisms Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Fair Housing Act HUD 2020-07-16 Mike Albanese The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

first_imgImage courtesy of EnagásSpanish LNG terminal operator, Enagás reported a net profit of €422.6 million ($456.6 million) in 2019, just the target set for the year, and 4.5 percent below the €442.6 million reported in 2018.The company noted that in 2019, it reached an agreement for the acquisition of approximately 30 percent of the US energy company Tallgrass Energy.This transaction, which was carried out in two stages (in March and December) and which is pending final closure this year, will involve a total investment for Enagás of $1.6 billion, Enagás said.In order to finance the purchase of Tallgrass, Enagás performed its first-ever capital increase in December 2019, for an amount of €500 million.In addition to Tallgrass’ contribution since April, Enagás’ annual income statement also records the noteworthy positive impact of the stake in the Greek operator of the natural gas transmission network, DESFA, and the investments made in the Quintero LNG regasification plant in Chile and in TgP in Peru.Spanish Natural Gas Demand JumpsThe total demand for natural gas in Spain grew by 14 percent in 2019 compared with the previous year and stood at 398 TWh, the highest figure since 2010.This increase was mainly due to the growth in demand for natural gas for electricity generation (+80 percent), driven by the replacement of coal by natural gas in the electricity mix, and by greater consumption by industry (+2 percent), which accounts for around 60 percent of total national demand for natural gas.In 2019, industrial demand for natural gas amounted to 214 TWh, the highest figure since disaggregated data on industrial consumption has been available, and it grew in practically every industrial sector, particularly in the services sector.The lower share of coal in the thermal gap has enabled a 25 percent reduction in CO2 emissions in electricity generation, which meant avoiding the emission of 14 million tonnes of CO2.Enagás committed to reducing emissionsThe company already reduced its global emissions by 47 percent from 2014 to 2018. It also plans to continue to reduce them by a further 25 percent by 2030, 61 percent by 2040 and is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.As part of the company’s role in energy transition, Enagás is promoting mobility initiatives using liquefied natural gas (LNG). Thanks to the projects for replacing traditional fuels with LNG in maritime transport (bunkering and small-scale) in which the company is participating, emissions of between 2 and 4 million tonnes of CO2 will be avoided up to 2030.With regard to the progress of international projects, the commercial start-up of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is expected for 2020, with 92% of this project now completed.last_img read more

first_imgWith an offense on the mend and a defense tired from carrying the load, it would have been conceivable for Doug Marrone to look to his special teams unit. The Syracuse head coach could have put the pressure on the specialists to guide SU to victory. But in a low scoring contest that ultimately turned into a game of field position, the Orange’s special teams unit — fresh off the dismissal of coordinator Bob Casullo — failed to put itself in the right spots to score. In the critical stages of the game, penalties and inefficiency on special teams contributed mightily to the 16-7 loss to Boston College Saturday. Adding to the aggravation for Marrone is the fact that the Orange finished the game with seven penalties for 68 yards on Senior Day inside the Carrier Dome. ‘It’s frustrating,’ Marrone said. ‘We have seven penalties, and the other team has one penalty. … That has gone on at times throughout the year, especially in our losses.’ With an offense that has only scored two touchdowns in its last 12 quarters, Syracuse needed to win the field position battle. It needed its special teams to put it in a position to score points as much, perhaps, as it has relied heavily on its stout defense all season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Early in the first quarter, SU set itself up to repeat the reoccurring offensive problems when an illegal block penalty set the Orange back on its first possession. Six plays later, the usually dependable Rob Long muffed a punt, setting the Eagles up in good field position. Though unable to capitalize initially, BC controlled the ball and continually put the Orange offense deep into its own territory. Again and again, SU’s special teams was unable to put its offense or its defense in a position to control the game. ‘It’s definitely important because no matter how many points you win by, a win is a win,’ SU wide receiver Dorian Graham said. As the game continued, the problems persisted. The one time SU could have began a drive at midfield or better, with 10:27 remaining in the second quarter, a holding penalty set the Orange back 10 yards. Continually unable to move the ball with consistency, Syracuse punted three plays later. Later in the quarter, Long punted the ball 40 yards, but a 15-yard punt-catching interference penalty on Graham gave BC the ball at midfield. Just six plays later, the Eagles added a field goal to their tally. ‘It’s always a big thing, especially in this game,’ SU safety Max Suter said. ‘They had times where they had us on our line, and we just couldn’t stop them a couple times. We were in bad field position, and you can’t win games if you can’t stop them.’ On three separate occasions, the Orange began a drive inside its own 10-yard line. An offense that has struggled was essentially put in a position where it had to produce for Syracuse to win. After gaining some momentum following a 12-play, 80-yard drive in the third quarter, a fumble by kick returner Prince-Tyson Gulley put the Orange back into a field position hole. Though Gulley recovered the loose football, quarterback Ryan Nassib and the Orange had 95 yards of field between his offense and the end zone. Syracuse eventually punted after eating up 4:40 of clock on eight plays for just 22 yards. On the ensuing possession, BC put the game out of reach with a field goal. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, SU cleaned up the mistakes. But with BC starting the quarter near midfield and the Orange unable to stop the run, Syracuse found itself down by two scores with 6:44 remaining. Three plays after the Eagles increased its lead to 16-7, Marrone opted to punt because of his team’s poor field position. After the game, he was asked about his decision to punt with 5:22 remaining, trailing by two scores. His answer came back to the field position. And Graham concurred with the head coach. Said Graham: ‘Special teams play a big role in field position, and we just did not get it done today.’ [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on November 26, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more