2 Million Forbearance Plans Set to Expire This Month

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / 2 Million Forbearance Plans Set to Expire This Month 2 Million Forbearance Plans Set to Expire This Month September 11, 2020 1,814 Views 2020-09-11 Christina Hughes Babb About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago There was an improvement in the number of active forbearance plans this past week. The latest data from Black Knight shows that more than two million forbearance plans are set to expire in September.That number is already down 350,000 to 1.7 million in the first full week of the month as those expirations begin to be assessed for extensions and removals.After dropping by nearly 150,000 last week, the total number of mortgages in active forbearance declined another 66,000 (-2%) this week.All in all, active forbearances are now down 238,000 (-6%) over the past 30 days, as servicers continue to proactively work their way through the wave of forbearance plans set to expire in September.As of September 8, 3.7,000 homeowners remain in COVID-19-related forbearance plans. That’s down more than 22% from the peak of over 4.7,000 in late May.These loans represent 7% of the active mortgage universe, down from 7.1% last week. Together, they represent $789 billion in unpaid principal.Some 5% of all GSE-backed loans and 11.3% of all FHA/VA loans are currently in forbearance plans. Another 7.4% of loans in private label securities or banks’ portfolios are also in forbearance.The week’s decline was primarily driven by GSE loans, which experienced a 36,000 decline in the number of active forbearance plans. FHA/VA loans saw a more modest weekly decline at -18,000. Active forbearances among loans held in private label securities or banks’ portfolios were down 12,000.Portfolio-held loans actually saw the largest decline over the past 30 days, falling 13% month-to-month, though the 8% decline in GSE mortgages in active forbearance represented the largest volume. Forbearances among FHA/VA loans have improved by a much more modest -2% month-after-month, while private labeled security forbearances have risen by 2% over the past month.While 75% of borrowers in forbearance have had their plans extended, new forbearance plan starts hit their lowest level in more than 5 months. A an estimated 48,000 plans were initiated in the first week of September, down 16% from the previous week and down 22% from the first week of August.The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to represent significant uncertainty for the weeks ahead. Black Knight will continue to monitor the situation and report our findings on this blog. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Industry to Convene for Five Star Virtual Conference Next: Fannie Mae Announces 17th Sale of Reperforming Loans The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 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.  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Subscribelast_img read more

For Homeowners, ‘Historically Affordable’ MBS Remain Source of Capital

first_img 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. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: A Look Inside Fannie Mae’s Servicer Toolkit Next: The Limits of the ‘FEMA Hold’ Moratorium Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb 2021-03-08 Christina Hughes Babb  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / For Homeowners, ‘Historically Affordable’ MBS Remain Source of Capital Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Ginnie Mae on Tuesday announced that mortgage-backed securities (MBS) remain “historically affordable.” The corporation’s MBS program remains a continually “strong source of capital for America’s homeowners,” it said.Ginnie Mae, the wholly-owned government corporation that “attracts global capital into the housing finance system to support homeownership for veterans and millions of homeowners throughout the country,” it said, reported via press release that its MBS issuance volume was $76.92 billion in February, down from the record $82.6 billion issued in January.According to Ginnie Mae, issuance is fueled by across-the-board demand for government-backed mortgages as consumers increase home refinance and home purchase volume during this period of historically low interest rates.The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has said that “the full faith and credit guarantee of the U.S. Government that Ginnie Mae places on mortgage-backed securities lowers the cost of, and maintains the supply of, mortgage financing for government-backed loans.”Approximately 274,787 homes and apartment units were financed by Ginnie Mae guaranteed MBS in February.“Traditional 30-year mortgage rates have increased in recent weeks, but remain historically affordable,” said Ginnie Mae Acting EVP, Michael Drayne. “Low mortgage rates combined with strong consumer demand for the mortgage programs of our federal insuring and guaranteeing partners continue to drive home purchase and mortgage refinancing, and fuel MBS issuance and investment.”A breakdown of February issuance of $76.92 billion includes $72.21 billion of Ginnie Mae II MBS and $4.71 billion of Ginnie Mae I MBS, which includes $4.61 billion of loans for multifamily housing.Ginnie Mae’s total outstanding principal balance as of February 28 was $2.11 trillion, flat with $2.11 trillion in January, and down slightly from the February 2020 level of $2.14 trillion.The following explains the two types of Ginne Mae MBS:Ginnie Mae I MBS are modified pass-through mortgage-backed securities for which registered holders receive separate principal and interest payments on each of their certificates. Ginnie Mae I securities can include single-family, multifamily, manufactured home, and project construction loans.Ginnie Mae II MBS are modified pass-through mortgage-backed securities for which registered holders receive an aggregate principal and interest payment from a central paying agent. An Issuer may participate in the Ginnie Mae II MBS either by issuing custom, single-Issuer pools or through participation in the issuance of multiple-Issuer pools, which combine loans with similar characteristics.For more information on monthly MBS issuance, UPB balance, REMIC monthly issuance and global market analysis visit Ginnie Mae Disclosure. Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago March 8, 2021 1,033 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago For Homeowners, ‘Historically Affordable’ MBS Remain Source of Capital The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Spain aims for 100% renewables by 2050

first_imgSpain aims for 100% renewables by 2050 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Spain has launched an ambitious plan to switch its electricity system entirely to renewable sources by 2050 and completely decarbonise its economy soon after.By mid-century greenhouse gas emissions would be slashed by 90% from 1990 levels under Spain’s draft climate change and energy transition law. To do this, the country’s social democratic government is committing to installing at least 3,000MW of wind and solar power capacity every year in the next 10 years ahead.New licences for fossil fuel drills, hydrocarbon exploitation and fracking wells, will be banned, and a fifth of the state budget will be reserved for measures that can mitigate climate change. This money will ratchet upwards from 2025.Under the plan, “just transition” contracts will be drawn up, similar to the £220m package announced in October, that will shut most Spanish coal mines in return for a suite of early retirement schemes, re-skilling in clean energy jobs, and environmental restoration. These deals will be partly financed by auction returns from the sale of emissions rights.The government has already scrapped a controversial “sun tax” that halted Spain’s booming renewables sector earlier this decade, and the new law will also mandate a 35% electricity share for green energy by 2030.More: Spain plans switch to 100% renewable electricity by 2050last_img read more

How your credit union can avoid the top 5 mistakes on Instagram

first_imgIs your CU on Instagram? If not, maybe it should be. After all, Instagram is one of the fastest growing social media platforms today. The audience on Instagram skews much younger than Facebook, most being between the ages of 18-29, which makes it an excellent platform for your CU to reach younger potential new members.However, if you’re going to use this new social media platform, it’s important that you avoid the most common mistakes. Here’s a list of the top 5 mistakes we see regularly on Instagram:Profile is IncompleteWhen creating an account on Instagram, you have up to 150 characters to use to describe your Credit Union. Make sure your description is complete and straightforward. Also, make sure your website is listed, since it is click-able directly from your profile.We also recommend that you change the link in your profile when you share relevant content from your website, as this is the ONLY hyperlink on the platform that so it’s the best way to send people to your CU website. Refer to these links in the relevant posts with comments like “link to blog in profile above.”Insufficient Use of HashtagsHashtags are a great way for your Credit Union to categorize its posts. Hashtags help Instagram users find content when they search for a specific hashtag or topic. Make sure you are using at least 5–7 hashtags per post, since this will increase your chances of popping up on someone’s search, which will then likely help result in new followers.Your hashtags should also be specific enough so that your content doesn’t get lost among the 500,000 or so posts tagged with something too broad like: #photo.For example, Landmark Credit Union is doing a great job using appropriate hashtags. In this post they tagged the location, their CU, and the charity they are donating to.You should also pay attention to trending hashtags and piggy-back on those when appropriate. For example, fun seasonal hashtags (i.e. #marchmaddness, #cincodemayo, #july4th, etc.) are a great way to get more visibility and have fun on the platform.Sharing the Wrong ContentWhen Instagram started out, it was a platform primarily for artists and designers because the content was focused around sharing quality photographs. This still continues to be true, however, more and more businesses are using Instagram to promote their business, which may not be related to the arts at all (like Credit Unions!).But keep in mind, Instagram is still driven by the image you are sharing, so make sure it is a quality image. This doesn’t mean that it needs to be taken by a professional photographer, but the photo should be clean and clear, and should evoke some type of emotional response from followers.Instagram is not the social platform to only share canned, overly produced graphics. The occasional quote image is fine, but make sure your Credit Union is also sharing REAL photos of members or employees, doing REAL things. Behind the scenes photos are hugely popular among Credit Union followers because people want to see what goes on there.A good example of this is from Numerica Credit Union. Their content is fantastic! Lots of behind the scenes shots and videos of employees having a good time at work. 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Meredith Olmstead Meredith Olmstead is the CEO and Founder of FI GROW Solutions, which provides Digital Marketing & Sales services to Community Financial Institutions. With experience working with FIs in markets of … Web: www.figrow.com Details Posts Not Related to Your Credit UnionWe all love a cute photo of a puppy, but how is the puppy related to your CU? How about if the puppy is visiting a branch? THEN the photo works! When sharing content on Instagram, you should keep in mind how it relates to your business and how can it benefit your followers.A main goal for Credit Unions is to attract new members. Verve Credit Union posted a cute picture of onesies to promote new accounts.This kind of a post is also a good opportunity to update your profile webpage link to your new account webpage for your CU (this should also be mentioned in the post description like “new account link in profile”).Remember that none of the descriptions in Instagram are hyperlinks, even when you share a full url, so it’s essential to change the link in your profile regularly and then refer to these links in your posts. The purpose of your CU being on Instagram is to drive traffic to your business website, and this works best with the hyperlink in the main Instagram profile.Your CU’s Website is not Mobile FriendlyInstagram has two offerings:The app for your mobile device and 2. The desktop version.However, the desktop version has major limitations because you cannot post an image from your desktop, only view and comment. However, if you use a third party social media software (Hootsuite is one we love!) then this would allow you to post from your desktop.Regardless of how your CU posts to Instagram, most individual users access Instagram from their mobile devices only. This is why it is critical that your CU’s website is mobile responsive.Also, make sure your website has a link to your CU’s Instagram profile! This lets your members and potential new members know that you are on Instagram so they can follow you.We would love to help your CU with more best practices and strategy for all of your CU’s digital marketing efforts. Contact us today or visit our blog for more great tips and articles! www.socialstairway.comlast_img read more

Obamacare to face another Supreme Court test on Tuesday

first_img– Advertisement – If the court strikes down the law, more than 20 million Americans could lose the health care coverage they have received under its provisions. The health-insurance industry, which has built itself around the law for 10 years, could be upended.The spreading coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 230,000 in the U.S. since it emerged late last year and sparked a recession that has kicked millions off their health insurance, has amplified the stakes of the battle.A decision is expected by the end of June.Obamacare’s history in court- Advertisement – A demonstrator holds a sign in support Obamacare in front of the Supreme Court in Washington.Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images The landmark health-care legislation known as Obamacare will face its third test at the Supreme Court this week before the most conservative panel of justices that have sat on the bench in decades.The top court will hear arguments on Tuesday in a challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010.The case was the primary focus of Democrats during the confirmation hearings for Justice Amy Coney Barrett last month. Democrats warned that confirming Barrett, by providing the court a 6-3 majority of Republican-appointed justices, would effectively doom the legislation.- Advertisement –center_img The case was brought by a consortium of red states led by Texas, and is backed by President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice. California and other blue states are defending the law.The dispute will be argued just one week after the presidential election between Trump and President-elect Joe Biden. It illustrates the wide differences in policy proposed by the two men.While Trump has gone to court to scrap the law, Biden, who played a role in its passage, centered his health-care policy on preserving and strengthening Obamacare. If the court strikes it down, Biden will likely have few options to resuscitate a new version of it, and little time.Democrats are projected to retain control of the House of Representatives, but their path to a Senate majority is narrow, with control of Congress’s upper body appearing likely to come down to two special elections in Georgia that will be held in January.The top court has twice reviewed the Affordable Care Act, in 2012 and 2015, and both times considered it to be lawful. The upcoming case raises a new question about the constitutionality of the law’s individual mandate provision, which requires most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty.The Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate in the 2012 case known as National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. In that case, Chief Justice John Roberts disagreed with the Obama administration, which argued the mandate was a penalty — but Roberts upheld the provision as effectively being a tax.In 2017, Republicans in Congress, who have been gunning to eliminate Obamacare since it was first signed, set the individual mandate penalty to $0.Because the penalty is $0, Texas and the other red states have argued that it is no longer permissible as a tax. Further, they say, because the individual mandate is now unconstitutional, the entire law must be eliminated.A federal district court in Texas and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the red states and said the individual mandate is unconstitutional. The district court said that as a result, the entire law must fall, while the appeals court did not address the latter point conclusively.“The individual mandate is unconstitutional because it can no longer be read as a tax, and there is no other constitutional provision that justifies this exercise of congressional power,” the appeals court said.The severability questionThe panel added that whether the mandate was “severable,” or could be separated from the rest of the law, was an open question.“It may still be that none of the ACA is severable from the individual mandate, even after this inquiry is concluded,” the majority said. “It may be that all of the ACA is severable from the individual mandate. It may also be that some of the ACA is severable from the individual mandate, and some is not.”Health-care activists are worried that the court, with a 6-3 majority, will finally scrap the law.“I’m really quite nervous,” said Wendell Potter, a former executive at the health insurance company Cigna who has spent a decade advocating for liberal health-care reforms.“There have been so many close calls, certainly when John McCain saved the day a few years ago,” Potter said, referring to the late Arizona GOP senator’s 2017 “thumbs down” vote on repeal of the individual mandate and other provisions of the law. “This threat now, with the change in the makeup of the court, is really unnerving.”Barrett, an academic for most of her career, has been critical of the Supreme Court’s reasoning in upholding Obamacare in the previous cases that have come before it, though she has not addressed the legal question in the present case. She said during her hearings that she would approach the case with an open mind.Views on severability, unlike the questions raised in the earlier cases, do not obviously split along partisan lines. Last term, three of the court’s conservatives suggested in a case unrelated to Obamacare that their views on severability could be favorable to Democrats in the health-care case.Justice Brett Kavanaugh, in an opinion joined by Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, wrote that courts should generally sever an offending provision from a broader law if the rest of the law can function independently. Kavanaugh wrote that it was “fairly unusual for the remainder of a law” not to be able to do so.“Constitutional litigation is not a game of gotcha against Congress, where litigants can ride a discrete constitutional flaw in a statute to take down the whole, otherwise constitutional statute,” Kavanaugh wrote.Andrew Bab, a partner at the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and a co-head of its health care and life sciences group, said that another key factor for the justices to weigh will be the intent of Congress when it enacted the Affordable Care Act.Bab noted that the individual mandate was one part of Obamacare’s so-called “three-legged stool.”At the time that Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, Democrats argued the individual mandate was essential in order for two other aspects of the law to function: Its requirement that insurers provide coverage to those with preexisting conditions and subsidies to make insurance affordable.“How can Congress ever have intended, goes the argument, for the two legs of the stool to stand without the third leg?” Bab said.On the other hand, he explained, Congress’s decision in 2017 to lower the individual mandate penalty to $0 without scrapping the entire law cuts in the other direction.“Not only did the legislators seem to intend for the law to continue to operate, but it has continued to operate, and at least arguably, we haven’t seen the death spiral that was the reason behind the mandate,” Bab said.“These are not easy or sexy questions, and are not the kind of questions many scholars would spend a lot of time writing about,” he added.Because of Covid-19, Tuesday’s arguments will be conducted via telephone and streamed live to the public. They will begin at 10 a.m.The case is known as California v. Texas, No. 19-840. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Sumner County Court Docket: Feb. 12, 2014 report

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. •••••Joseph Elliot, born in 1973, of Wellington was charged with aggravated assault, a level 7 felony; criminal threat, a level 9 felony; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Elliot is accused on Oct. 27, 2013 of brandishing what appeared to be a handgun at the time but was actually a pellet soft BB gun during an argument with two people. He allegedly said to both of them, “I’ll shoot both of you, M.Fers.”•••••David Gressel, born in 1943, of South Haven was charged with disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Gressel is accused on Jan. 13, 2014, of alarming others during an argument by calling a woman a “bitch, slut and whore” and using other profanities.•••••Justin Wayne Morris, born in 1973, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Morris is accused on June 5, 2013 of unlawfully possessing a baggy containing about .82 grams of methamphetamine in his house near him when he was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant.He also allegedly had green meth pipes, green glass bongs, and stone marijuana pipes with intent to use.•••••Gregory Moseley, born in 1975, of Wichita was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor. Jesse Jelley, born in 1990, of Wichita was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and use of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Moseley is accused on January 26, 2014, of angrily punching Jessey Jelley and disturbing the peace. Jelley is also accused of angrily punching Moseley.•••••Aaron Campbell, born in 1984, of Wellington was charged with possession of narcotics, a level 5 drug felony; criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor; and criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor.Campbell is accused of having Oxycodone pills in his pocket on Jan. 14, 2014. He then entered a storm sewer at Cobb Liquor Store in Wellington, knowing he was not authorized or privileged to do so by taking off the storm drain without permission and entering the drain system.Campbell’s preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 6.•••••Mitchell Norris, born in 1994, of Milan, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both Class A misdemeanors.On Jan. 11, 2014, Norris is accused of having marijuana residue in a marijuana pipe in his pocket and additional marijuana in an altered can in his car and two small baggies in the center console in a round Hard Rush tobacco container.•••••Aaron Campbell (see above) was charged with burglary of a dwelling, a level 7 felony; theft, Class A misdemeanor; and criminal damage to property, Class B misdemeanor.Campbell is accused on Jan. 25 of entering a dwelling at 211 West 2nd in Wellington with intent to commit a felony or theft. He allegedly took $40 in cash when he took two $20 bills lying on the television.He is also accused of destroying a cement angel and damaging a window screen while trying to break into the house.•••••Michael Ryan Harbison, born in 1982, of Caldwell was charged with aggravated burglary, a level 5 felony; theft, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a level 8 felony.Harbison is accused of unlawfully and feloniously entering a dwelling at 106 West Avenue A in Caldwell with intent to steal items while another person was sleeping at the residence. Harbison allegedly took financial cards, a Sony camera, a knife and a Derringer pistol with intent to deprive the owner of the property valued less than $1,000.Harbison was convicted of a felony assault in Virginia in 2004 so he should not be in possession of a Derringer pistol.•••••Donald Jacob Elliott, born in 1993, of South Haven was charged with criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor; possession of CMB by a minor aged adult, a Class C misdemeanor; and failure to report an accident, a misdemeanor.Elliott is accused of damaging two road signs by running over them on Dec. 13, 2013 while driving onto a closed road. Damage is estimated at $50.Elliot allegedly also possessed several cans of beer in his vehicle which he placed prior to going hunting. After hitting the signs, Elliot allegedly did not take proper steps to notifying authorities.•••••Randy Shaffer, born in 1958, in Caldwell was charged with aggravated battery, a level 8 felony.On Jan. 26, 2014, Shaffer is accused of angrily choking a woman by the neck and leaving a mark.•••••Leta Logan, born in 1960, of Caldwell was charged with criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor.Logan is accused of damaging a birthday invitation for a grandfather’s grandson without the grandfather’s consent. The damage was less than $1,000.•••••Wes Ryan Misak, born in 1977, of Wellington was charged with two counts of impairing security interest, a level 9 felony.On March 22, 2013, Misak is accused of selling, exchanging or disposing a Ditch Witch for $1,931 which was owned by Security State Bank. He allegedly did so without the authorization from the bank. Misak then was accused on July 27, 2012 of selling, exchanging or disposing of a Jayco Trailer for $6,000 without the consent of the owner Security State Bank.•••••Cody Hays, born in 1992, of Wellington was charged with failure to signal, a traffic infraction; transporting an open container, a misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Hays is accused of transporting an open container of alcoholic liquor, possessing four partially smoked marijuana butts on the dashboard of his pickup, and Swisher rolling paper.•••••Karen Black, born in 1975, of South Haven was charged with domestic battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Black is accused of slapping a family member in the face during an argument, and engaging in brawling or fighting by slapping the family member and pushing him off the porch which was alarming to another person.•••••Jayvon Whiteneir, born in 1980, of Wellington was charged with interference with a law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of depressant, a Class A misdemeanor.Whitener is accused on Feb. 1, 2014 of a falsely claiming he was another person so as to avoid being arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant from Sedgwick County for failure to appear on a child support case. He also is accused of unlawfully possessing a depressant known as alprazolam pills in his pocket without having a prescription for such pills.•••••Travis Roberts, born in 1976, of Wellington was charged with domestic battery, a Class B misdemeanor.Roberts is accused of angrily grabbing a family member and striking her with his knee during an argument.•••••Arthur Goodnight, born in 1982, of Oxford was charged with domestic battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Goodnight is accused of angrily pushing a family member during an argument.•••••Michael Hernandez, born in 1987, of Caldwell was charged with driving under the influence, a second offense, a Class A misdemeanor; interference with law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor; battery of law enforcement officers, a Class A misdemeanor; criminal threat, a level 9 felony; aggravated arson, a level 3 felony; and driving contrary to ignition interlock restriction, a Class A misdemeanor.Hernandez is accused of operating a motor vehicle while having a blood alcohol content of .08 or more as measured within three hours of operating said vehicle. He also allegedly physically resisted being arrested and handcuffed and angrily stomping on a Caldwell law enforcement officer’s foot while resisting arrest.He then allegedly said, “I’ll kill you, and I should have head butted you. I would’ve broken your nose real good.”Hernandez then is accused of setting the police car on fire as he was being transported to Sumner County jail in Wellington. The officer burned his hand as he was getting both himself and Hernandez out of the car and then fighting the fire.Earlier, Hernandez allegedly had been driving on Boyd Street in Caldwell in a motored vehicle that was required to have an ignition interlock ignition in place.His court deposition is set for Thursday.•••••David Jimenez, born in 1963, of Belle Plaine was charged with theft, a level 9 felony; and theft, a Class A misdemeanor.Jimenez is accused of obtaining about $2,500 in cash from another person’s safe without permission in December 2012. On May 1, 2013, he allegedly stole a 14 carat gold chain with diamond pendants, having a value less than $1,000 and pawned it for $192.•••••On Feb. 4, 2014, Jeremy Schulmeister, born in 1983, of Wilson, Kans. and Jeremy Snyder, born in 1982, homeless were apprehended by Sumner County authorities.Schulmeister was charged with reckless driving, a misdemeanor; no tag on vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor; theft, a level 9 felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Snyder was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; theft, a level 9 felony; and interference with law enforcement, a level 9 felony.Schulmeister is accused of driving a motor vehicle at 102 mph in a 55 mph zone on Feb. 4, 2014 on 1300 South Olive Road while snow was falling at 12:50 a.m. The vehicle allegedly did not have an assigned license plate.Schulmeister and Snyder are accused of transporting stolen property from an Oklahoma residence that included golf equipment and jewelry worth more than $1,000. They also allegedly told law enforcement officers the property was their’s from a storage unit in Oklahoma.Snyder is accused of possessing meth inside a glass smoking pipe lying on the floor in the vehicle for which he was a passenger.•••••Matthew Hahn, born in 1987, of Derby was charged with burglary of a dwelling, a level 7 felony. He was then charged with two alternative charges of thefts, level 9 felonies.Hahn was charged with entering into a dwelling at 108 East Main in Mulvane with intent of committing a felony.The complaint then said that Hahn will be either be charged with taking an X-box, stereo, comic book collection, printer, computer tower and monitor, DVD player, guitar, and other property from a person with a value greater than $1,000; or he with stealing property worth more than $1,000 known that it had been stolen from another. Hahn is accused of allowing some other thief to store the stolen property in his bedroom.•••••James Koch, born in 1987, of Caldwell was charged with transporting an open container, a misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.On Jan. 24, 2014, Koch is accused of transporting in his vehicle Captain Morgan rum, two marijuana cigarettes, and rolling papers to use to inhale controlled substances into his body.•••••Kindra Quakenbush, born in 1982, of Wichita was charged with escaping from custody on Feb. 3.Quakenbush was held in custody in Sumner County Jail on a misdemeanor charge in Sumner County, i.e. case no. 2012 TR 4280. She was serving a sentence for driving while suspended.She was released on a furlough on Feb. 3 at 8 a.m. and failed to return to jail at 5 p.m. as required by the court’s Furlough Order and was not apprehended until Feb. 6, 2014.last_img read more

Near-flawless CHAN boosts Morocco World Cup bid

first_imgCentral city Marrakech and Agadir in the south on the Atlantic coast were the other venues used during the 23-day tournament.Cold northern hemisphere winter weather was one deterrent to Moroccans with many who did attend wearing clothing more familiar with Europe than Africa.An encouraging sign, though, was the number of families who came to watch some of the best domestic football talent in Africa.Matches kicked off at 1630 and 1930 local/GMT time and many crowds decreased noticeably after the first game as temperatures dropped significantly.Weather will not be an issue should Morocco be awarded the 2026 World Cup as the tournament is traditionally staged during June and July — hot months in the kingdom.Morocco have not officially named their proposed World Cup venues, but the four CHAN stadiums are sure to be in the list.At least one venue in capital city Rabat would certainly be included too.Share on: WhatsApp Casablanca, Morocco | AFP | Morocco were near-flawless hosts of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), which ended at the weekend, confirming they are creditable candidates to stage the 2026 World Cup.FIFA member nations will this June select the kingdom or a Canada/Mexico/United States alliance to host the global football showpiece after Russia this year and Qatar in 2022. “Since the first World Cup in 1930, Africa has organised the tournament only once,” he said, referring to the 2010 finals in South Africa.Pre-CHAN tournament favourites Morocco whipped 10-man Nigeria 4-0 to win the competition, which has full international status despite being restricted to home-based footballers.Their six matches attracted near-capacity crowds to the 65,000-capacity Stade Mohammed V in commercial capital Casablanca.However, apart from the group game between Nigeria and Libya in northern city Tangiers, matches not involving the host nation drew paltry crowds.center_img The 2026 World Cup will be the first featuring 48 countries — up from the current 32 — and any serious slip-ups by Morocco in the 16-nation CHAN would have sent damaging signals.However, apart from the decades-old African problem of luring crowds to fixtures not involving the host nation, Morocco emerged with flying colours.Morocco could argue that the crowd-pulling appeal of home-based Africans, however talented, cannot be compared with world superstars like Lionel Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo.“The organisation of this tournament has been exceptional,” Germany-born Rwanda coach Antoine Hey told AFP.“Morocco has provided infrastructure that meets the highest international standards. I am extremely impressed.”Libya goalkeeper and captain Mohamed Nashnush also hailed the organisation by Morocco, who are bidding a fifth time to host the World Cup.“Morocco pulled out all the stops and the Libyan footballers, coaches and officials were very comfortable wherever they went in the country.“The organisation and infrastructure were superb and I hope Morocco win the right to host the 2026 World Cup.”Morocco national football federation head Fouzi Lekjaa, who is also a Confederation of African Football (CAF) vice-president, says his country has a compelling case.last_img read more

Lake Worth Beach Man Arrested After Attacking Ex-Girlfriend

first_imgMeanwhile, her current boyfriend waited for her to enter her home before driving away.After she entered her home and locked the door, she noticed Pedro-Mendez standing in the doorway of a bedroom in the home.Police say Pedro-Mendez cursed at the victim, grabbed her by the hair and slammed her against the wall, before sexually assaulting her.They say she she bit one of his biceps at one point, struck him with her hands, and scratched him.Pedro-Mendez took the woman’s phone and prevented her from calling for help. He also blocked the doorway when she tried to leave, and prevented her from calling for help, according to police.The victim told police that Pedro-Mendez paced around her home and continued to verbally attack her while preventing her from leaving. When he eventually left, he took her nightwear, threw it in the garbage and took the garbage can outside.She told police that the window air-conditioning unit in the south bedroom appeared to have been tampered with, and was possibly how he got inside the house.The victim reportedly had bruising throughout her hands and knuckles, as well as a hematoma on the back of her head. A 26-year-old Lake Worth Beach man is facing multiple charges, including sexual battery, after police say he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and assaulted her.Peter Benjamin Pedro-Mendez is charged with sexual battery, burglary with battery and false imprisonment.West Palm Beach police say he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and attacked her early last Friday.The victim told police that she and Pedro-Mendez dated from February 2018 until this past Memorial Day weekend.Although she did not initially report it to law enforcement, she alleges that Pedro-Mendez began harassing her and stalking her since the end of their relationship.The victim’s current boyfriend met her Thursday and spent the evening at her home.When he left her residence at 2:40 a.m., she had to move her vehicle, as it was blocking his vehicle in the driveway.The woman told police that she noticed a red Toyota Camry with the engine running parked next to the road directly in front of her home.She suspected it was Pedro-Mendez’s vehicle, but did not see him.last_img read more

Crabs wrap season with 3-game sweep

first_imgBronson Grubbs had a game-high four hits and three RBIs in the Humboldt Crabs season finale as the Crabs defeated the visiting Bay Area Blues 19-6 Sunday afternoon at the Arcata Ballpark.“A great group of guys up and down the roster,” Crabs manager Robin Guiver said. “They came to play the right way.”The win on Sunday was the in a fourth win in a row for the Crabs (37-10), who swept the Blues in three games. They outscord the Blues 40-16 over the three games.The Crabs scored their first run …last_img

Capital investment to drive growth

first_img22 February 2012Amid an uncertain global economic outlook, South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday presented a circumspect yet upbeat Budget speech detailing how the infrastructure projects highlighted by President Jacob Zuma earlier this month would be funded.Gordhan also called on South Africans – including the country’s corporate sector, which has millions locked up in savings – to take advantage of new opportunities in emerging markets and on the continent.Revenue for 2012/13 is forecast at R904.8-billion – 27.4% of gross domestic product (GDP) – and expenditure at R1.058-trillion, resulting in a budget deficit of 4.6% of GDP for the 2012 financial year.Finances ‘remain in good health’But Gordhan said the country’s finances remained in good health, and pointed out that the deficit would be brought down to three percent of GDP by 2014/15.Government borrowing is also expected to moderate as the economy recovers and as fiscal consolidation proceeds, with public debt peaking at 38.5% by 2014 – up from 36% in the next financial year.He also noted that while 365 000 jobs were added in the year to December 2011, unemployment remained high at 23.9%.Over the next three years, imports are projected to grow quicker than exports, such that the deficit on the current account is expected to widen from 3.3% in 2011 to 4.4% in 2014.Inflation is expected to rise from five percent in 2011 to 6.2% this year before tapering off to 5.1% in 2014.South Africa’s projected inflation this year, however, is lower than the average expected for sub-Saharan Africa (8.3%) and in line with that of emerging economies (6.2%).Gordhan also announced R9.5-billion in personal income tax relief; revealed further measures to increase tax compliance; announced tax credits for medical-aid scheme contributions; and proposed measures to get households to save more.He said changes to procurement policies and practices would be made and tough enforcement introduced to tackle fraud and corruption.Financial management in the public sector would also be strengthened to ensure that taxpayers’ money was used effectively.Education, health and social assistanceThe bulk of the government’s R1.058-trillion budget would, as in previous years, be spent on education, health and social assistance.Much of this is helped by the additional R55.9-billion the government has collected, to spend over the next three years.This includes an additional R9.5-billion for an economic competitiveness and support package – with R2.3-billion of this going to special economic zones – R6.2-billion for job creation, and R3-billion to fund the equalisation of subsidies to no-fee schools and the expansion of access to grade R.R1-billion would also be allocated under this new amount for national health insurance (NHI) pilots projects.Other significant amounts include R4.7-billion to be spent on solar water geysers, R4-billion for passenger rail coaches, R3.9-billion to upgrade informal settlements, R1.8-billion for municipal water infrastructure, R1.4-billion for early childhood development, and R1-billion for rail signalling and depot infrastructure.Government spending is expected to reach R1.1-trillion next year – double what the government spent in 2002/03 in real terms.Gordhan said the state would have about R4.5-trillion in consolidated resources available over the next three years, which would help fund its key infrastructure projects.Tax revenue for the 2011/12 year has been revised up by R2.9-billion to R738.7-billion, and the National Treasury expected to collect R828.7-billion in 2012/13.Revenue from tax would stabilise at about 25% of GDP, while public sector borrowing is expected to decline from 7.1% of GDP in 2011/12 to five percent in 2014/15.Seizing emerging market opportunitiesGordhan said South Africa had to seize the opportunities presented by the changing world – which has seen massive economic growth in emerging countries, particularly India and China, while growth in advanced economies remains lacklustre.He said that in the last five years, the Chinese economy had expanded by 60% and India by 45%, but that advanced economies had barely shown positive growth.“As a major mining economy, we should be benefiting more from the continued buoyancy in commodity markets internationally. We also need to take advantage of rising demand for agricultural and manufacturing goods.”He pointed out that about 85-million manufacturing jobs in China were expected to shift to other countries over the next few years.“Do we have the right policies, conditions and boldness to enable South African businesses to gain from these intense shifts in the patterns of production and trade?”The African continent presented another growing opportunity for South Africa.Gordhan pointed out that Africa was expected to be the second-fastest growing region in the world – with sub-Saharan Africa growing at 5.5% this year compared to Asia’s 7.3%.“As well as developing South African business interests in the continent, we should use the strength and sophistication of our financial system to turn our country into a true gateway for investment into, and development of, Africa.”Partnership with the governmentGordhan called for a more dynamic partnership between the government, the private sector and civil society to take advantage of opportunities across Africa and the globe.Gordhan also touched on Vision 2030, outlined in the National Development Plan, which is now receiving comments from the public before it goes before President Jacob Zuma around the middle of this year.Among other things, Vision 2030 calls for lowering costs for households and businesses, increasing public infrastructure spending, growing the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, raising mining output, raising competitiveness and exports, and improving the labour market.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more