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HUD Secretary Carson Responds to REO Controversy


first_img David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Ben Carson House Financial Services Committee REO 2019-05-22 David Wharton Tagged with: Ben Carson House Financial Services Committee REO About Author: David Wharton The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / HUD Secretary Carson Responds to REO Controversy Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Investing in Short-Term Rentals Next: The Next Frontier in Home-Flipping Investment Following a controversial exchange during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, responded to DS News to provide an official statement.During the hearing, Rep. Katie Porter (D-California) asked Carson about REO rates for FHA and the GSEs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Carson’s response, in which he appeared to either mishear or misunderstand “REO” as “OREO” soon became fodder for headlines during the day that followed.In response to a request for comment, DS News was provided with the following statement:My job is to focus on the real issues of what happens when a family can no longer pay their mortgage. FHA, through its lender partners, works extremely hard to avoid foreclosure whenever possible and to keep families in their homes. However, foreclosures can’t always be avoided. The question about what happens after a foreclosure is an important one. FHA moves heaven and earth to make sure these ‘real estate owned’ properties are sold to other families so they don’t become a neighborhood blight.Congresswoman Porter appears to believe we’re still in the middle of a foreclosure crisis in this country. We are not. Today, the number of foreclosed-upon homes, or REOs, are far below the levels of a decade ago. So, while she wants to focus on acronyms, I’ll continue to focus on families.Speaking to The Hill Wednesday afternoon, Carson said, “One of the reasons that I told [Porter] I would like for her to meet with our people is because she was a subject-matter expert in that 10 or 15 years ago. At that time we did have a lot of REO properties, we had over 65,000 of them. Now we have only about 6,500 and we do everything we can to keep families who are affected from foreclosure. That’s why the number is down so low. I think that she obviously is thinking about the way things used to be and has no idea what’s going on now.”Ed Delgado, President and CEO of Five Star Global, said, “During my discussions with Secretary Carson, I have found him to be not only knowledgeable but—just as importantly—caring and deeply committed to the important task of protecting and promoting American homeownership. That commitment is critical as the industry continues to work with HUD and other government agencies to develop common-sense policy that is in line with current economic realities while being responsive to the needs of the homeowners that we serve.”Editor’s note: Five Star Global is the parent company of DS News. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save HUD Secretary Carson Responds to REO Controversycenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, REO May 22, 2019 2,744 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more


Water charges could be charges deducted from salaries or benefits


first_img By admin – March 24, 2015 Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Homepage BannerNews Water charges could be charges deducted from salaries or benefits WhatsApp More details have emerged of how the government intends to recoup unpaid water charges.New laws will see Irish Water have the power to go to the District Court for an attachment order, in a process that’s expected to work more quickly than regular court proceedings.If its granted, the order would see outstanding charges deducted from someone’s salary or benefits before they’re paid out.According to newspaper reports today, the charge could also be registered against the property, so that it couldn’t be sold without the debt being paid.Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle says the Government are scaremongering:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/tpring.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Google+ Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Facebook Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleRaphoe one step away from reaching finalNext articleGiven could yet start against Poland admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more


Solar array, downtown midrise seek tax breaks with IDA


first_imgFollowing the discussion on the Enfield solar array, the IDA will next turn its attention to a proposed apartment project currently under review in the city of Ithaca. The planned residential development by McKinley Development calls for a six-story, 301,900 square-foot apartment building with a 267‐space internal parking garage and 353 apartments mixed between studio, 1, 2 and 3‐bedroom units, to be built on what is mostly surface parking on the eastern end of downtown Ithaca. The project includes other site improvements including the extension of the Six Mile Creekwalk to the eastern end of the site, outdoor seating, landscaping, lighting and other site amenities. Potential discrepancy, but city planners told me prior to the last Planning Board meeting that it was 326 units, but there have been major internal revisions as noted in the planning board review last month. It’s always possible larger units have been split and reconfigured, like a three-bedroom into two one-bedroom units. Both the Norbut solar array and the McKinley apartments are set as discussion items for this month’s meeting, meaning no vote will be taken on either project until at least June’s IDA meeting. Comments can be submitted to IAED’s Ina Arthur prior to 9 AM Wednesday at [email protected], and if you want to watch, the meeting is scheduled to livestream at 2:30 PM Wednesday. Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at [email protected] More by Brian Crandall Atlanta-based McKinley is requesting the mouthful that is the “CIITAP Financial Need / Enhanced Energy Large Multi-Family Project Incentive”. In other words, the project is being designed to achieve the 12 points required under the ‘Easy Path’ compliance path of the 2025 requirements for the City of Ithaca Energy Code Supplement, also known as the “Green Building Policy”. For going above and beyond the current six points required, they can apply for a tax incentive. Points come from feature like air-source heat pumps, low-flow water fixtures, LED lighting, high-efficiency insulation and HVAC systems, and all electrical energy being sourced from an off-site solar array. (You can read in-depth about the plans here). As other developers have noted lately, the application talks about how the price of various construction materials are near or at all-time highs. The estimated town, county and school district taxes paid on the entire 252-acre parcel last year was $19,682, and without a PILOT the taxes would be $400,000 per year. In this case, the project would pay $45,000 per year in the PILOT, as well as the $18,000 payment to Enfield directly (which is outside the IDA’s review). Since about one-third of the parcel will remain undeveloped, it will not be affected by the PILOT and still pay regular taxes, $7,479 worth. In sum, the new tax revenue generated over what the property pays now will be about $32,000 in year one, plus the $18,000 paid directly to the town. First in the discussion will be Norbut Solar Farms’ plan for 15 Megawatt solar array project in the town of Enfield. To put that in perspective, even in Ithaca’s notoriously cloudy climate, 15 MW of the latest and greatest in solar panel technology will be enough to meet the annual power consumption of an estimated 2,400 homes. The Rochester-based energy firm plans to build the $20.1 million array in three separate 5 MW arrays on 157 acres of a 252.54-acre parcel that’s been used for farmland along South Applegate Road south of Mecklenburg Road. Technical note, because each array is seperate, they each have their own IDA application and PILOT agreement. Brian Crandall Typically, the IDA’s standard PILOT for solar projects is range of $4,200-$4,800 per megawatt, with a 2% increase in the PILOT each year for 25 years. In this case, Norbut is seeking a financially similar deviation from this policy, where the PILOT payment would be $3,000 per megawatt plus $1,200 per megawatt ($18,000 total) paid directly to the Town of Enfield (so $4,200 total, but split differently). Both amounts would increase 2% per year for 30 years. While the IDA letter says the town board of Enfield has given their consent to the proposal, an email sent by board member Robert Lynch after this article was published says the town has not yet discussed the proposal.As noted in the memo prepared by Ithaca Area Economic Development’s Heather McDaniel, there is a cost-benefit for existing NYSEG customers in Tompkins County: discounted solar electric rates. “(c)ommercial and residential customers who purchase electricity from NYSEG will be able to purchase “green” solar energy at a discount without investing in their own systems. The combined annual savings on electricity and delivery charges on an estimated mix of 40% residential and 60% commercial customer bills could amount to $80,000-$100,000 a year in savings, or over $2,000,000 over the life of the project.” McKinley’s plan for complying with the Workforce Housing Policy does not include setting aside low-moderate income units in its building, but instead paying $1,765,000 to the Community Housing Development Fund once construction funding has been secured. The firm states in the application that its market-rate units will be competitive and “below the current high end of the market”. Tagged: downtown ithaca, Heather McDaniel, IAED, Mckinley Development, solar energy, TCIDA, Town of Enfield Although a minor part of the calculation, the site would create 50-70 construction jobs during buildout, and support a handful of part-time jobs after completion – security, snow removal and mowing, and maintenance workers. The project is finishing up environmental review with Enfield’s Planning Board, so if the IDA approves the PILOT, construction on the arrays is planned to begin this fall with completion by the fall of 2022. ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency has a busy agenda planned for Wednesday afternoon’s meeting. The agency will be reviewing applications for a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement for a solar array project in the town of Enfield, and begin discussions on sought-after tax breaks for a project on the east side of Downtown Ithaca. While parking is not required within the city’s CBD-60 zoning, the Project replaces the existing Gateway Center surface parking (152 spaces) that are being displaced by this Project. The Project also provides 115 parking spaces for residents of the Project, and 122 spaces of the total 267 spaces will be available to the public after business hours. The project would create 100 construction jobs at any one time with a commitment of 35% to local labor, and ten permanent jobs with an average pay of about $41,907 in maintenance and leasing (McKinley is committing to a living wage for all positions), and would open to tenants in August 2023. While the application goes out of its way to call the plans general market-rate housing with no preference in tenants, the rental cycle still revolves around the student population, and about 40% of Downtown Ithaca renters are either Cornell graduate and professional students or a smaller number of Ithaca College students. Norbut Solar Farms Enfield Array The state doesn’t collect taxes on solar energy projects, but towns and counties can choose to collect property taxes if they wish. In an effort to encourage the development of renewable energy sources, Tompkins County and most of its towns will entertain PILOT agreement proposals so that sustainable energy developers don’t have to pay the full taxable amount on their site improvements, which would otherwise make the projects prohibitively expensive (Groton tends to be more difficult than the others). With an estimated cost of $117,631,108 for the project, the sought tax incentives would save $15,743,029 in property taxes, $2,682,120 in sales tax exemptions on the purchase of construction materials, and $182,328 in exemptions from the mortgage recording tax. Over ten years, it would pay $7,862,152 in new property taxes on top of what the site currently pays. (On a side note, they would also pay Travis Hyde Companies $12,115,000 for acquisition of the project site, and one can’t help but wonder if that would indirectly help the Library Place project resume construction.) 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Six tickets for Westlife stolen in Letterkenny


first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Twitter Previous article21 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUHNext articleCarn CS return to National Senior Cup Final with spectacular comeback News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Six tickets for a Westlife have been stolen from a car in Letterkenny. The theft happened when two cars were broken into in the car park of the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny between 7.30pm and 11.15pm last Monday Febuary 25th.Other items, including handbags and a laptop were also stolen during the incident.The tickets of the concert have now been cancelled but Sgt Eunan Walsh is urging anyone who may be approached to purchase tickets in suspicious circumstances to contact Gardai:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/eunanwestlife.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Pinterest Google+ Google+ By News Highland – March 5, 2019 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Six tickets for Westlife stolen in Letterkennylast_img read more


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first_imgThis month’s newsLandfill risks The world’s most extensive study into the potential health risks of livingclose to landfill sites has been published by the Government. It looked at ratesof birth defects, low birth weight, stillbirths and cancer within these areasand found no increase in rates of cancer. But birth defects were found to be 1per cent higher than expected, and 7 per cent higher if the site containedhazardous waste. The number of low birth weight babies was around 5 per centhigher near to landfill sites, but no difference was found in the rate ofstillbirths. Scaffolders’ back pain Scaffolders are at high risk of developing serious back pain, according to astudy by doctors in the Netherlands. The study of 229 scaffolders and 59supervisors found low back pain was consistently associated with physical load.Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2001;58:597-603 Corporate manslaughter A construction company has been convicted of corporate manslaughter over thedeath of one of its employees, in a case brought by the HSE. Wisbech firmEnglish Brothers was convicted in August of causing the death of gang foremanBill Larkman, who fell eight metres through fragile insulation material. It wasfined £30,000 and £12,500 costs. Stroke awareness OH professionals have been urged to take part in this year’s StrokeAwareness Week, which runs from 30 September to 6 October. The week isorganised by the charity The Stroke Association and this year will focus on theimportance of increasing physical activity to help reduce the risk of a stroke.The information pack is available by calling 020 7566 0319 or e-mailing [email protected] seminar A one-day seminar on investigating and preventing workplace injury and illhealth will take place on October 17 at Cardiff’s Hanover Hotel, organised bythe Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. Those interested in attending should call Cynthia Hovord at the Health andSafety Executive on 02920 263000 or e-mail [email protected] safety A safety warning on lorry loader cranes has been issued by the Health andSafety Executive. New cranes must be fitted with an interlocking system, orequivalent engineering solution, to prevent the crane operating withoutstabilisers being deployed. The warning follows 12 incidents over the past fiveyears, including one fatality. Guidelines for zoos The Health and Safety Commission has launched a consultation on proposals towithdraw an approved code of practice on health and safety standards for zoosand replace it with new guidance. It runs until 5 November.  www.hse.gov.ukHealth information for waiting staff A free information sheet to help reduce injuries to waiters has beenpublished by the HSE. The catering information sheet No 20 sets out what typesof injuries commonly occur while waiting. www.hsebooks.co.ukAsbestos safety Guidance on how to survey workplaces for materials containing asbestos andhow to record the results has been published by the HSE. Surveying, samplingand assessment of asbestos-containing materials is part of the HSE’s Methodsfor the Determination of Hazardous Substances series. www.hsebooks.co.uk Comments are closed. NewsOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more


Indian Navy Inducts INS Shakti


first_img Indian Navy Inducts INS Shakti View post tag: Naval View post tag: Shakti The Navy has got another major booster dose in its blue-water warfare and strategic reach capabilities, thanks to the induction of…(timesofindia)[mappress]Source: timesofindia, October 03, 2011 October 3, 2011 View post tag: Inducts View post tag: Indian View post tag: INS Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Navy Inducts INS Shakti View post tag: News by topic Industry news View post tag: Navylast_img


Lax Ambulance Rules Put Paramedics, Patients at Risk


first_imgLax Ambulance Rules Put Paramedics, Patients at RiskWhen an ambulance driver using her phone’s GPS got distracted and crashed through a guardrail, rolling off an embankment in north-central Ohio in August 2014, the consequences were dire: A 56-year-old patient was ejected and killed, and an EMS worker was injured.The emergency medical service worker was not strapped in, and the patient was only partially restrained, a situation that is all too common in ambulances across the nation.Unlike school buses, ambulances are not regulated by the federal government. While states set minimum standards for how they operate, it’s usually up to local EMS agencies or fire departments to purchase the vehicles and decide whether to require their crew to undergo more stringent education and training.Some agencies demand that crew members in the back of an ambulance use lap and shoulder restraints for their patients and themselves, but many agencies don’t. In some places, ambulance drivers don’t receive any special training before they get behind the wheel, even though they must speed through traffic under tremendous pressure.“One agency will make them take a course before they can drive. Another will just say, ‘here are the keys,’ ” said Bruce Cheeseman, Idaho’s EMS operations manager.Ambulances have been involved in 4,500 crashes a year on average over a 20-year period, a third of which resulted in injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). About 2,600 people a year were injured and 33 were killed. Some were drivers or ambulance crew members, some were patients and some were pedestrians, bicyclists or occupants of other vehicles.Safety and EMS experts say ambulances should be safer than cars and more like school buses, given that they’re transporting sick or injured people and workers caring for them. While the number of injuries and fatalities may seem small compared to the number of people transported, the experts say state and local agencies need to do a better job overseeing ambulance safety.“These are vehicles carrying cargo that’s human and vulnerable and fragile because they’re already injured or experiencing a medical emergency,” said Dia Gainor, executive director of the National Association of State EMS Officials, whose members license ambulance services and personnel. “It’s unconscionable that the public is placed at risk when being put in the back of an ambulance.”Are Ambulances Crashworthy?The world of ambulances is complex. Fire departments and EMS agencies use them, as do volunteer associations and hospitals. Some counties or cities contract with private companies to provide the 911 ambulances. Others choose to run it themselves. About 54,500 ambulances were on the road in 2010, the latest figure available, according to Gainor.In the back of a traditional ambulance, which has no airbags, emergency medical technicians and paramedics can sit on one of several seats: a bench that is aligned with the stretcher or cot and faces the patient, a seat on the opposite side, or a rear-facing seat called the captain’s chair, which is in front of the patient’s head.A 5- to 8-ton ambulance filled with heavy equipment can become a deathtrap in a crash. Cots typically are not bolted to the floor. Electrocardiogram monitors, which can weigh 20 to 25 pounds, usually are not tied down, and medical equipment is often stored on countertops or in cabinets that can fly open.“If an EKG monitor hits you in the head at 30 miles an hour, it can kill you,” said Cory Richter, a regional director of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.James Green, a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health engineer, said his office tested ambulances the way it tests cars: by crashing them into a concrete wall at 30 mph. The tests showed that a patient can jettison out of his stretcher if it is not secured well, slamming into whatever is nearby, often a crew member. “They’re like torpedoes just waiting to happen,” he said.Green’s agency used the crash test results to develop, with the help of manufacturers, new test methods to evaluate how ambulances are designed and built. It encourages the use of bucket seats that slide backward and forward instead of benches, secure cots bolted to the floor that prevent patients from sliding in a crash, and attaching monitors and equipment to the wall.But it’s up to states to adopt those standards or others proposed by national groups, such as the National Fire Protection Association, and require local agencies to meet them. Most states haven’t.Another problem is a human one. Crew members in the back of ambulances often don’t properly secure patients — or themselves.Only a third of ambulance patients in serious crashes were secured with both shoulder and lap restraints, and 44 percent were ejected from their cots, according to the 20-year NHTSA study.Gainor, of the national EMS group, attributes those findings to a failure of local policy and state law, which she said should require that patients be fully strapped in. In some ambulances, patient restraints actually are removed or tucked away under the cot, she said.“The crew often is not educated about how important patient restraints are,” Gainor said. “Nobody thinks they’re going to get in a crash on a run and that it’s going to be lethal for their patient if they don’t strap them in right.”And it’s not just the patients who are at risk. The NHTSA study found that 84 percent of EMS workers in the patient compartments of ambulances that crashed were not using their own restraints.Many crew members dislike using them, saying the restraints impede their ability to treat a patient, especially when they’re sitting on one side and the equipment is on the other and they need to move back and forth.“It’s very difficult for medics to work if they’ve got a patient to treat and they’re required to be tied to a chair, so a lot of them don’t use the restraints,” said Richter, of the national EMT association. “It’s up to the individual agency to enforce it, and many don’t force their guys and gals to do it.”Richter, who also is a battalion chief for Indian River County Fire Rescue in Florida, said in many agencies, crew members get complacent and may use lap restraints but not shoulder straps, although he insists that his staff do so.But in other agencies, that’s often not the case. If experienced EMS workers don’t use restraints, newer ones tend to follow suit.“This is how you’re taught. When you’re brand new, you just follow the practices set forth by the people training you and you don’t question them,” said Thomas Breyer, director of fire and EMS operations for the International Association of Fire Fighters. “You’re up and down treating the patient. You think it’s a way of life.”Minimum RequirementsGainor said it’s hard to know the extent of the problem because most state EMS offices do not routinely compile or analyze ambulance crash data or require every local agency to send them that information. Nor do they track the causes of the crashes, or who was at fault, or where crew members were sitting.While states have the authority to require local agencies to use ambulances equipped with certain safety features or insist that crew members use restraints, it can be a hard sell, Gainor said. The agencies often bristle at the idea of government interference or at spending tens of thousands of dollars more on sophisticated equipment for each ambulance. And they make their views known to state lawmakers.And while some states require special courses for ambulance drivers, most leave it up to local agencies, which may or may not have such requirements, according to Gainor.Many EMS experts say every agency should set a minimum level of training for driving an ambulance because it requires a different set of skills than driving a car. There is no center rearview mirror to see out the back window, and they’re often driving in an emergency, navigating corners and obstacles at a high speed.“You hire these 18-year-olds, and you give them a truck with lights and sirens, and they get a little gas-pedal heavy and have a lead foot,” Richter said.But ambulances aren’t always in emergency mode when they crash. Sometimes they’re simply taking patients from nursing homes to hospitals or from their homes to dialysis appointments. The Ohio patient who died in the 2014 crash, for example, was being moved from a local hospital to a different medical center.Gainor said state and local agencies must do more to ensure that everyone riding in an ambulance is safe.“You need to have appropriate design standards. States need to collect data on crashes. Drivers need to get training. And everyone needs to be restrained properly,” she said. “Otherwise patients are at the mercy of the person driving the vehicle and the practices inside of it.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


GSAS student joins worldwide discussion


first_imgHarvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student Matthew Mugmon will be one of seven panelists convened by the New York Philharmonic for a worldwide, online discussion on Harvard alumni Leonard Bernstein’s groundbreaking tours to the former Soviet Union, Japan, Europe, and South America.The 10:30 a.m. March 22 event features Mugmon, along with professors from New York University, Columbia University, Ochanomizu University (Tokyo), and Ludwig-Maximilians-University (Munich), taking questions from an international audience using Google Hangout.Mugmon was selected for the panel because his dissertation in musicology centers on the reception of Gustav Mahler’s music in the United States before 1960, with a specific focus on the relationship between Mahler’s music and key figures in American modernism, including Bernstein ’39.Submit questions and comments for the panelists through Twitter @nyphil; use hashtag #nyphistory.last_img read more


Strong Storms Possible This Afternoon, Some Severe


first_imgJAMESTOWN – The weather will be getting active once again with a threat for thunderstorms this afternoon with some potentially becoming strong to severe.In the wake of a Warm front passage that moved through late this morning, a strong Cold front will be moving through this afternoon with a band of showers and thunderstorms flaring out ahead of that front.Temperatures have already spiked into the lower to upper 60’s as of 11 a.m. across much of the region thanks to that Warm front. Erie is already up to 70 degrees. It’s also feeling a bit muggy as dew points are in the upper 50’s to lower 60’s. Keep in mind that dew point measures the moisture content in the air. The closer together the air temperature and the dew point temperature are, the more humid it feels as the human body cannot evaporate liquid off of it as quickly.Given the current dynamics support, the NOAA Storm Prediction Center has placed all of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania under a standard Slight Risk (level 2/5) for severe thunderstorms this afternoon.The primary threats will be from damaging winds and possibly some hail. Localized flooding is also a possibility with heavy rainfall at times along with a brief, isolated tornado. However, upper-air data suggests a rather weak environment for tornadic activity but a small potential does exist.Based on the newest high resolution modeling, storms will enter the western-most Southern Tier by around 1 p.m. this afternoon and continue to work their way eastward through the afternoon.The strongest storms will be out of the region and into Central New York by 4 p.m. These storms should help to stabilize the atmosphere for any leftover showers or thundershowers through the rest of the day to be well below severe limits.As noted by our exclusive Storm Potential product within our FutureScan model, there will be enough atmospheric instability for these storms to work with to become strong to severe (darker colors indicate higher thunderstorm chances).Make sure you have a way of getting warnings should they be issued this afternoon. EVERY home and business needs to have a NOAA Weather Radio. They are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased from a wide variety of retailers.Beyond the Weather Radio, we highly recommend an app on your smartphone that is designed to push severe weather warnings. The apps we like are:The free WNYNewsNow app for iPhone/AndroidWeather Radio by WDT for iPhone/AndroidWNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.Share: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)last_img read more


SOUTHCOM and Uruguay Join for Disaster Mitigation


first_img “Climate change is not a movie; we are experiencing it every year in our country,” Diego Cánepa, director of the Uruguayan Emergency National System (SINAE), stated during the inauguration of a storage warehouse for disaster mitigation, donated by U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program. The warehouse, valued at $500,000, was inaugurated on February 14 at the Military Institute for Weapons and Specialty of the Uruguayan Army in Montevideo, and it is designed to store blankets, mattresses, electric generators and diverse items that are essential for emergency situations. Cánepa, who is also the Uruguayan Assistant Secretary of the presidency, thanked SOUTHCOM and expressed his interest in continuing to work with the United States in the fields of defense and disaster cooperation. The official also thanked the Uruguayan Armed Forces for their support to the SINAE, and he explained that it is not a coincidence that the warehouse was built on a military garrison. “We can always count on the Armed Forces (…), so in case of emergency, we will have an immediate response,” he said. Representing the Office of Defense Cooperation from the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay, Ambassador Julissa Reynoso delivered the SOUTHCOM donation in the event. “We wish to continue working and cooperating with the [Uruguayan] Ministry of Defense and the SINAE. We are proud to fulfill our commitment and our word,” Reynoso said in impeccable Spanish. In recent years, SOUTHCOM’s Humanitarian Assistance Program in Uruguay sponsored training workshops for personnel in emergency centers, and also donated radios, office and audio-video equipment, as well as transportation, fire fighting uniforms, among other contributions. Some of the ongoing projects include renovations at the Maldonado Emergency Center, scheduled to start next month. By Dialogo February 22, 2013last_img read more




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