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With rent due, millions of Americans can’t — or won’t — pay

first_imgAndreiPopov/iStockBy WILL CARR, ALYSSA PONE, AND ELLIE SMITH, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — It’s the first of the month — the time when so many start counting their dollars, making sure they have enough to pay rent.“I’ll be able to make rent next month, but then after that, if unemployment doesn’t kick in, I’m definitely in trouble,” Gabby Namm, an unemployed cook in New York, told ABC News.More than 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment since mid-March as the novel coronavirus hit the U.S., leaving many filled with anxiety, not knowing when they’ll get another paycheck. That’s sparking rent strikes across the country from New York to Philadelphia to Chicago to Los Angeles.“The choices that we have right now is we pay rent, and we’re left without any money for food,” Manuel Antonio Rodrigues told ABC News.Rodrigues lost his job in March. He joined a socially distanced protest in Los Angeles this week, asking the mayor to cancel rent for May.“So many of us here have had to make that decision whether we’re going to use up a little bit of money that we have on rent or whether we should save it for medicine for food and other essential needs right now,” he said.Others, like Alex Mercier, who also lost his job in March, have teamed up with the tenants in their buildings to forgo their rent payments together.“There are people I’ve been talking to who are sick and need their medicine and putting them in a situation where it’s pay rent or medicine, that’s just ridiculous,” Mercier, who lives in Los Angeles, said.But renters aren’t the only ones struggling. Landlords have bills to pay too.“These are my children,” Darryl Marshak, a landlord in Los Angeles, said, talking about his tenants. “I’m still shy on April’s rent on some of them, but I understand, they’re usually great.”Marshak is a mom-and-pop building owner with six tenants.“Maybe I got two months total of my mortgage if I have to come up with it myself,” he told ABC News. “Not to mention water, power, sewage, gardener.”“It’s not a fight with the landlords, it’s a fight with the banks who need to understand that they were bailed out about ten years ago, and now we need a bailout for the working people,” Rodrigues was quick to point out while protesting on the steps of Los Angeles’ City Hall.Across the country, there are patchwork policies for housing protection, creating widespread confusion. Eight states — Georgia, Arkansas, Idaho, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Oklahoma — currently have not implemented any statewide orders to suspend evictions and foreclosures during the pandemic, according to an analysis by Princeton.“Lost jobs and lost wages — combined with rents that were unaffordable even before coronavirus — leaves millions of people struggling to figure out how to make rent and scared of being evicted during a public health emergency,” Diane Yentel, the President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, told ABC News.“In this moment when our collective health depends on our ability to stay home, it’s never been more obvious that housing is health care. Congress should be doing everything they can to keep people stably housed during and after this public health emergency by implementing a national moratorium on evictions and providing at least $100 billion in rental assistance,” she said.For many home owners under financial stress, the federal rescue package signed in March, known as the CARES Act, allows up to a year to skip or delay mortgage loan payments. According to Black Knight, a data and analytics firm, 3.4 million homeowners will do just that, skipping payments for the immediate future. But others without mortgages backed by the federal government are left uncovered.So, what can you do?For starters, talk to your landlord or lender. Times are hard right now, and many may be willing to negotiate or workout a payment plan.Also, make sure you know your rights. Eviction laws are different across the country. Make sure you’re familiar with yours. Remember, what you’re told by a landlord or lender is not always what’s factually accurate.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Stakeholder deadline sees last minute rush to sign up

first_imgStakeholder deadline sees last minute rush to sign upOn 16 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article A third of employers have not met the stakeholder pension deadline accordingto estimates by the Association of British Insurers. All employers with more than five employees were required to have introduceda stakeholder scheme by 8 October if they had no pension provision, or facefines of up to £50,000. More than 100,000 employers have missed the deadline, despite a last minuterush by firms. Stephen Sklaroff, the ABI’s deputy director-general, said, “Manyproviders are reporting a rush of employers signing up for stakeholders. “No-one knows precisely what the figure is but best estimates put it assomewhere between 300,000 and 350,000. “It is unlikely that all of them signed up by the deadline but thefigures so far look promising. We hope the rest will follow as soon aspossible.” The latest figures from the ABI reveal that during August alone more than25,000 employers designated a stakeholder pension scheme and 64,000 newpensions were set up. Sklaroff said the introduction of the stakeholder pension has also led to anincrease in the sales of individual and group personal pensions. He added,”The introduction of the stakeholder pension together with the widerstakeholder effect is good news. “Recent research for the ABI calculates that the savings gap now totals£27bn a year. Stakeholder makes a good start in encouraging people to save butmore must be done.” Nick Edmans, a spokesman for pensions watchdog, the Occupational PensionsRegulatory Authority, said initially employers only have to choose a registeredstakeholder scheme and inform their staff, to comply with the regulations. www.abi.org.ukBy Ben Willmott Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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VT Halter Marine gets long lead deal for T-AGS 67 build

first_img View post tag: Pathfinder class View post tag: US Navy View post tag: VT Halter Marine Photo: The new T-AGS 67 will be a modified version of the USNS Maury (T-AGS 66). Photo: US Navy View post tag: T-AGS The US Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded VT Halter Marine a $9 million contract for further design engineering, procurement of long-lead time material and limited advanced production of the Oceanographic Survey Ship (T-AGS 67).The T-AGS 67 will be a follow-on ship to the T-AGS 60-class program which performed acoustical, biological, physical and geophysical surveys as part of the Military Sealift Command’s special mission program.VT Halter Marine will perform most of the work under the contract in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is expected to complete it by May 2019.The company was selected for the program because the requirements of T-AGS 67 require detailed knowledge and familiarity with the performance characteristics of T-AGS 66 and the T-AGS 60-class program.T-AGS ships gather data that provides much of the military’s information on the ocean environment. The collected data helps to improve technology in undersea warfare and enemy ship detection. The oceanographic and hydrographic survey ships’ multibeam, wide-angle precision sonar systems make it possible to continuously chart a broad strip of ocean floor.The Pathfinder-class can carry 34-foot hydrographic survey launches and can collect data in water depths of up to 4,000 meters. T-AGS 66, the most recent ship in the fleet, is over 7 meters longer at 107 meters and is equipped with an 18 foot by 18 foot moon pool for deploying and retrieving mission systems, including autonomous underwater vehicles. Share this articlelast_img read more

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Briefs

first_imgn Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has revealed it is considering floating on the stock exchange within 18 months.n Supermarket Morrisons is planning a £450m rebranding, starting in July, with yellow and green replacing its yellow and black corporate colours.n Whitbread this week reported a 24.5% increase in profits, after strong performances at its Costa and Premier Travel Inn divisions. Pre-tax profits for the year to March 1 were £213m.n Burton’s Foods, makers of Jammy Dodgers, has submitted plans for a 2,658sq m extension to its bakery in Edinburgh.n McDonald’s has reported an 11% rise in sales to $5.4bn (£2.69bn) for the first quarter to 31 March.n Coffee chain Caffè Nero is placed number 18 in The Sunday Times Profit Track 100 list of Britain’s private firms with the fastest-growing profits. Profits have grown 77% a year from £1.6m in 2003 to £9.1m last year, and the firm plans to expand the number of British outlets from 300 to 450 by 2010.n Juice bar chain Crussh plans to open four more outlets in the UK by the end of the year. The 16-strong snack chain also sells sushi, sandwiches and soup.n Packaging firm Jordan Plastics, whose clients include Allied Bakeries Ireland, has increased production 50% after a £1m move to a 40,000sq ft plant.n Waitrose managing director Steve Esom is leaving after 11 years, tipped to join Marks & Spencer. Mark Price will be the new Waitrose MD from April 30.last_img read more

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From NAMB chief executive Gill Brooks-Lonican

first_imgDear MemberThe Christmas holidays are:l Saturday 24 December normal working dayl Sunday 25 December Christmas Dayl Monday 26 December Boxing Dayl Tuesday 27 December Bank Holiday in lieu of Christmas Dayl Monday 2 January Bank Holiday in lieu of New Year’s DayA number of members have indicated that they will be opening on 27 December. If it is your intention to open, try to give staff as much notice as possible to avoid “I’ve already booked to go away”. Remember that, if you do open and your employees are required to take Bank Holidays out of their annual holidays, then this day will not be deducted from their allowance. The same will apply to the New Year.Other members are closing for the week in which case make sure staff keep enough holidays to allow them to be paid; they can, of course, ask to take this unpaid and have their paid holidays another time.To all our members, a very Happy Christmas and wishing you all health and success in the New Year.last_img read more

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String Cheese Announces New Years Run, But Will Not Tour Between Summer And NYE

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident has made a big announcement today, revealing plans that will round out their 2016. The band will once again play New Year’s Eve at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO, but there’s a twist: no fall or winter shows until the three-night year ending run.It seems that SCI is going to focus the rest of 2016 on creating new music. As Michael Kang recently told us, “we just felt like it was necessary for us, creatively, to keep putting stuff out.” The band recently released a three-track album called SCI Sound Lab Vol 1, capturing songs new and old recorded at the band’s first-ever studio that they can call their own. “It’s kind of a laboratory for us,” said Kang in the recent L4LM interview.Though the band has a number of shows scheduled for the summer, they will not tour throughout the fall or winter seasons. Thus, the three nights from December 29-31 will serve as the only shows after this summer tour is finished. Fortunately, the summer tour just began last weekend at Electric Forest, and will continue throughout August. Of course, the band will be performing as scheduled at Hulaween.Tickets for the NYE shows will be released on August 10th via SCI Ticketing at 10am MDT, followed by a public on sale on Friday, August 12th.last_img read more

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New York City Launches David Bowie Subway Cards

first_imgEvery once in a while, New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority decides that something or someone is worthy of being celebrated on a series of limited edition subway fare cards. Last year one of those somethings was the TV series Twin Peaks, and this year one of the someones is musical and cultural pioneer David Bowie.This week, the MTA finally launched its David Bowie tribute in the form of a variety of cards that honor the musician, songwriter, performer and all-around icon’s many different personas. The new cards recently began popping up at the Broadway-Lafayette station, and fans have been posting the designs on social media all day.According to Brooklyn Vegan, the MTA even took things to the next level by covering the entire Broadway-Lafayette station in Bowie tributes that double as ads for the Brooklyn Museum’s new “David Bowie Is” exhibit. The Soho station is located just a few blocks from Bowie’s longtime New York City residence.Take a look at some of that images of the tributes that fans have posted on Instagram (and don’t forget to click through, as some users posted multiple photos):last_img read more

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Police Identify Man Killed In Wednesday Crash

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.DUNKIRK – Police have identified the man killed in a one-vehicle crash last week in Dunkirk.The City of Dunkirk Police Department says Harley Smith, 41, of Fredonia, died after his vehicle struck a tree in the 600 block of South Roberts Road Wednesday afternoon.Not much is known about the crash other than that Smith died at the scene.Dunkirk Police were assisted at the scene by Dunkirk Fire Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department accident reconstruction team, Chautauqua County Coroner’s office and Chautauqua County Fire Police. last_img

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Hari Dhillon, Josh Radnor & the Cast of Disgraced Celebrate 100 Shows

first_img Disgraced View Comments The cast of Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced celebrated an important milestone on January 21—the drama celebrated 100 performances on Broadway! After the tense dinner party unfolded onstage for the 100th time, Disgraced stars Hari Dhillon, Josh Radnor, Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman and Danny Ashok gathered onstage with Akhtar to eat some delicious cake. Check out these photos from the celebration, then see Disgraced through March 1 at the Lyceum Theatre. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2015last_img

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Cowpea Curculio

first_img“That works well because we know where they are and when they are moving,” Riley said.Proper timing is crucial to decreasing the risk of cowpea curculio infestation. Riley and Kicklighter’s research has revealed the narrow window of time to catch the weevil in the soil — after harvest from June to July and October to November. Discovering a way to treat the grubs while they are in the soil is a new approach to managing cowpea curculio.Traditionally, farmers begin spraying the crop foliage for curculios when the crop initially flowers. The soil is usually not treated. Riley said that Lorsban is a good insecticide to use to treat grubs (cowpea curculio larva) in the soil after harvest.“It is going to be hard to show growers the proper time for application,” Riley said. “There is only a little window of time that the grubs are in the soil.” Southern cowpea curculios have developed a tolerance to some commonly used insecticides, causing another problem for growers. Without rotation of insecticides, Kicklighter is convinced the weevil will also develop a tolerance to new insecticides over time. “This weevil really interested me because it is causing major losses for our growers,” Kicklighter said. “I wanted to be a part of a project that benefits the farmers.”According to UGA’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia produced more than 5,000 acres of Southern peas, totaling almost $7 million in farm gate value, in 2013. Riley said that the weevil damages one-third of the bulk yield per acre each year, and 10 percent of the pea crop is stung, meaning the weevil has entered the pea and damaged it. By the time a farmer sees the stung peas, the weevil has already inserted an egg. Developing a way to detect the weevil earlier is essential.Riley and Kicklighter’s research has led to the development of a trap that farmers can use to detect the weevil’s presence early in the season. The traps set by Riley and Kicklighter in their research plots have detected cowpea curculios as early as April 10 in south Georgia. To help UGA scientists with their research by setting up an early detection trap in your field, email [email protected] The team is also investigating the use of insecticide application at the end of the fall season to target the weevil adults before they overwinter. Cowpea curculio adults are known to overwinter on weeds, such as purple cudweed or heartwing sorrel, before moving into Southern peas by May. The cowpea curculio is typically found in the southern part of the United States. According to Riley, the price of Southern peas has increased while yields have decreased because of the damage caused by the cowpea curculio. Southerners love crowder, purple hull and black-eyed peas; so do cowpea curculios, a weevil that feeds on Southern peas. University of Georgia researchers in Tifton are working to eliminate this pest, which causes substantial yield losses to Southern peas grown in south Georgia. UGA research also revealed that Georgia farmers should be wary of planting Southern peas adjacent to early-planted beans. “It could increase the number of curculios at that location because they are feeding on early-planted snap beans or other beans,” Kicklighter said. David Riley, a UGA entomologist, and Jenna Kicklighter, a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences graduate student, have been searching for ways to control the pest since 2011. (Jordan Hill is an intern with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more