San Antonio Mayor Expected for HUD Cabinet Position

first_img Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago HUD Julian Castro President Obama Presidential Election 2014-05-19 Colin Robins Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / San Antonio Mayor Expected for HUD Cabinet Position The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Colin Robins San Antonio Mayor Expected for HUD Cabinet Position The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Texas Employment Numbers Best in the Nation Next: Multifamily Construction Fuels Housing Starts Colin Robins is the online editor for DSNews.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: HUD Julian Castro President Obama Presidential Election May 19, 2014 734 Views As originally reported by the New York Times, President Obama is expected to nominate current San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as the new secretary of housing and urban development. Castro would take the place of current director Shaun Donovan, who is to become director of the Office of Management and Budget.Castro originally garnered national attention as the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention in 2012. Politically, the Democrats are betting heavily on appealing to the country’s growing Hispanic community. Castro has been mentioned often as a potential vice-presidential candidate in 2016.This is the second overture the White House has made to the San Antonio mayor. After the 2012 election, the president asked Castro to be his transportation secretary. Castro opted to stay in San Antonio, citing his desire to finish his tenure as the city’s mayor.When asked last month if the thought he could be wasting an opportunity, Castro said, “I’m going to be 40 this year. I feel like I have a decent amount of time either way. Whatever happens in the next two years to eight years, I’ll have time.”The Times cited people familiar with the matter who advised Castro to up his profile in hopes of garnering national attention in the next presidential election.”Some of Mr. Castro’s allies also believe that with income inequality becoming a focal point for Democrats, the HUD job offers the mayor an opportunity to burnish his credentials on issues of poverty and to raise his appeal among those on the party’s left. The post will also let him develop relationships with and win favors from city leaders and activists in a way he cannot on the Democratic lecture circuit,” the Times said.Gearing up for the presidential election in 2016, its largely believed that the ever-increasing demographic of Hispanic voters will push both political parties towards Hispanic running mates.”A couple years ago, I said Republicans should enjoy it because it’s not going to get any better for them,” Castro said, “and it’s only getting better for Democrats moving forward.” Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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Chairman of BH Presidency Milorad Dodik sends Letter of Support to Jusuf Nurkic

first_imgChairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH’s) Milorad Dodik has sent a letter of support to the injured Bosnian basketball player Jusuf Nurkic, saying that he was negatively surprised by the news of a serious injury.“I was unpleasantly surprised by the news of the serious injury you experienced at the end of the match, where you, as well as earlier, provided a great game. As a basketball fan, I also want your fans to give you the sincere words of support and I appreciate your game and I have been delighted with your brilliant performances for Portland in the world’s leading basketball league where the best ones play, including you, “Dodik saidDodik added that all expect from Nurkic to be back in matches and to play brilliant games.last_img

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NWS: Possible Tropical System in Gulf Means Rain for South FL

first_imgThe National Hurricane Center says the second named storm of the hurricane season could form later this week.The NHC predicts a 40 percent chance that a low pressure system will form into a storm near the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.If that happens, it would be named Barry.Forecasters are watching a trough of low pressure over the U.S. that is moving south toward the Gulf of Mexico, where it could grow the low pressure system.Typically, systems drift from the Gulf of Mexico toward land. However, this one could go in reverse, forming from a so-called mesoscale convective vortex, or MCV. An MCV is a group of thunderstorm clusters over land that can become tropical when they hit water. Whether or not there is tropical development, the overall weather pattern means rain for areas from Louisiana though the Florida Peninsula later this week.According to AccuWeather, cooler air above the MCV, combined with the warm and humid conditions to its south, “will spur thundery downpours daily through the week.”AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski says, “At this point, it appears the most likely area for slow development would be over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, perhaps near the coasts of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana. That development could be tropical or subtropical.”last_img read more

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Overtime 7-3-13

first_img:10 Ring…Ring…RRRRiiiinnnngggg…Yo, Smitty’s Bar and Grill you stab-em, we’ll slab-em!  Who…Who…Wait, hold on, I can’t hear you. There’s a lot of noise here. Some woman and her kids crying and stuff. OK, go ahead.Oh yeah, Paula Deen, yeah she’s here.  Matter of fact, she’s the one doing all the crying.  Said she didn’t mean it and some of her best friends are N——-, I mean Black. OK maybe not best, but the butler, maid, gardener, chauffeur and nanny are…OK, maybe not friends, but she speaks to them when she sees them. Anyway, hold on a second.  Hello. This is Paul-la, Oprah is that you Dar-lin? Oprah, please help me fix this girl, you know I didn’t mean what I said. I can’t understand why people only believe what they hear!You know that when I was on your show you Never – Heard – Me- Use – That – Word.  (At least I don’t think you heard me!) Besides, you know you, Michelle Obama and Jay-Z are really my N—– and you know I mean that with much love! Wait, girl I gotta go now my sons are fighting over that last sponsor we got left. Lord if we lose KFC, we’re really gonna end up in the hood with them N—–, I mean the less fortunate! I’ll call ya back girl!:09 What can I say? I’m man enough to admit it. You all were wrong. The Pirates are for real!  The best team in baseball.  Willie “Pops” Stargell would be proud.:08 Just as a side sports note, not a movie review. I watched “Secretariet” the movie, you know the horse…for all you inner-city grads. Anyway, from a pure sports/athletic perspective, the horse won the triple crown, but even more amazingly won the third race by 31 lengths…31!! That’s like LeBron scoring 50 and Kevin Durrant scoring 10. Un – be – lieve – able!:07 Speaking of movie reviews.  Here you go.  Please, just shut up and take it like a man…woman…whatever!Man of Steel—3 basketballs—but a little too much Hollywood stuff at the end.The Heat—4 basketballs  starring Sandra Bullock and the “Big Girl.” Funniest movie of the year.:06 Here it is finally. Dude’s Top 10 Greatest of All Time. (As you know, he’s on vacation).1. Wilt Chamberlain 2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 3. Bill Russell 4. Connie Hawkins 5. Julius Erving 6. Larry Bird 7. Oscar Robertson 8. Magic Johnson 9. Michael Jordan 10. Jerry West.OK, I told you it was an all-right list, but the fact that he has Jordan No. 9 tells you why he’s on vacation. And he should stay there.:05 Steelers camp is one month away!:04 Hey Roy, you’re in the locker room, but Dwight Law and I told you Steven Adams    was going to get picked in the 1st round. C’mon man.:03 Rushel Shell. Maybe it’s not true.  Maybe you can’t always go home!:02 I would say something about Aaron Hernandez, but I don’t want to turn up missing too. So I won’t!:01 Congratulations to Dr. Marcia Sturdivant, the new Director of NEED, replacing the late great Sylvester Pace.  A great lady. A great organization. Great things will continue to happen.:00 Hey, I didn’t forget Al and Val you’re in the locker room too. Thanks for reading (and for those who didn’t know, “Big Al” had a serious hoop game.  Now you know!)~ GAME OVER ~ Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier BILL NEALlast_img read more

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New life for three Limpopo resorts

first_img2 June 2003Three ailing Limpopo tourist resorts, all mismanaged relics from the former Venda homeland era, have been successfully revived through a business partnership between the provincial government, local communities and a major hotel group.The Mphephu and Rambuda communities hosted a glittering event near Thohoyandou last week to launch the new venture, in association with the government-funded Limpopo Development Corporation (LimDev) and the Protea Hotel Group.Speaking at the event, Limpopo Finance and Tourism MEC Thaba Mufamadi said the launching and future marketing of the Nwanedi, Mphephu and Acacia Resorts under the Protea brand name presented a challenge to other parastatals.Mufamadi confirmed that nine of Limpopo’s 11 provincial nature reserves would be commercialised. These projects would benefit rural communities along the boundaries of the conservation areas.LimDev managing director Chris Luvhani pointed out that the corporation had retrenched 745 employees in 1998, including the staff of all resorts it owned, because these ventures had become unviable.However, after enlisting the support of the Mphephu and Rambuda communities, and taking some practical advice from the province’s directorate of tourism, new strategies emerged and funding was made available.“Repairs to flood-damaged roads during the 2001/2002 financial year, and the overall upgrading of infrastructure ahead of the huge influx of visitors for Eclipse 2002, brought the final about-turn,” Luvhani said.When the upgrading of the resorts began, more than 50 tenders for tasks such as thatching, tiling, furnishing, landscaping and fencing were awarded to local contractors, thus providing employment for people from the local communities, he added.Paramount Chief Ramabulana Mphephu underlined the importance of ongoing consultation with local communities. He appealed to resort management to purchase fresh produce and other necessities from residents in the region.As a gesture of goodwill, LimDev handed a cheque for R18 000 to the newly established Mphephu Community Development Trust.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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SA wins at Special Olympics

first_imgTeam SA gets a last-minute pep talk from coach Ephraim Mohlakane before taking on their next opponent.(Image: Universal Sports) Former President Nelson Mandela and SO Global Ambassador Arnold Schwarzenegger light the Flame Of Hope on Robben Island in 2001. The Flame of Hope leaves the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, borne by athlete Bambino Phahlamohlaka. During US President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony in January 2009, the Flame of Hope was carried down Pennsylvania Avenue during the parade. (Last three images: Special Olympics)Janine ErasmusThe first ever Team South Africa at the Special Olympics World Winter Games has done the country proud, taking gold for floor hockey at the 2009 event. The 14-member squad, all from Limpopo province, were complete novices at the game eight months ago and had to learn the sport within a few months, making their victory twice as sweet.The Special Olympics (SO) for athletes with intellectual disabilities holds summer and winter games on a four-yearly basis, just like the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This year’s SO World Winter Games took place during the second week of February in Idaho, US, with almost 2 500 athletes from over 100 countries vying for top honours.There are only seven categories of sports in the World Winter Games – alpine and cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding, snowshoeing, speed skating, and floor hockey, which is an adaptation of ice hockey.For their first ever Winter Games, Team SA took part in only the floor hockey event. However, during the Summer Games in 2007 in China, the 86-member squad participated fully and brought back three medals.Over the six days of the hockey competition Team SA lost only two games in their division; in the finals they handed their opponents Ecuador a 2-0 drubbing.The Limpopo team were the winners of a lucky draw at home that thrust them into the international limelight. Ranging in age from 17 to 30, they were selected from more than 200 hopefuls who took part in SO South Africa’s National Winter Games held in Pretoria in June 2008. Three days of intense competition culminated in the awards ceremony and the selection, by draw, of the team to represent SO South Africa in Idaho.Minster of Education Naledi Pandor remarked in her keynote speech at the national event that “Special Olympics is ‘special’ not because of the word ‘special’ in its name, but because it allows us to use sport to transcend views and prejudices that have for many years allowed individuals with an intellectual disability to be neglected by society and sadly by their families.”The Ministry of Education was committed to supporting the organisation’s programmes in schools in all provinces, added Pandor.Limited training facilitiesTeam SA had to contend with sorely limited facilities during the initial phase of their training. At first they practised in classrooms and furthermore were living far apart at the time, so the coaches had to train them on a rotating basis.Later the group assembled in Johannesburg to train on an official-sized court and in full competition gear. They also got the chance to train with an experienced local floor hockey team who gave them hints on how to handle high-level competition.The team travelled to Johannesburg for one weekend every month prior to departure to keep their skills honed. Coach Ephraim Mohlakane commented shortly before leaving for the US that he was “very impressed. I am 100% sure that they will get gold at the Winter Games. There are a few skills that we still need to work on, but they will be perfect by the time they leave.”The oldest member of Team SA, 30-year-old Shavhani Steven Ndou, commented that SO has changed his life because the community respects him more, and that he was very proud to be part of the delegation to the US. Joseph Makhafola, 21, appreciated that there was no nepotism in SO, while 19-year-old Bambino Phahlamohlaka was grateful that he is no longer as lazy as he used to be.Tearing down the walls of prejudiceThe mission of Special Olympics worldwide is to provide year-round training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability. SO gives them the chance to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, become productive members of society, and experience acceptance, respect and pride.The South African chapter was founded in 1991, although SO has been active in Africa since 1979 when the first office opened in Kenya. But the organisation’s activities remained low-key until the Special Olympics African Hope event took place in 2001 at venues around the country, starting in Cape Town.Former President Nelson Mandela and SO Global Ambassador Arnold Schwarzenegger lit the Flame of Hope on Robben Island, surrounded by a throng of athletes. Subsequent soccer and golf tournaments and other gala events at Sun City in the North West province and in Johannesburg did much to generate awareness of the organisation not only at home but throughout the continent.“We need to tear down the walls of prejudice and ignorance,” said Schwarzenegger at the Robben Island event, “so that Special Olympics can grow into as large an organisation on the African continent that it is in the United States and throughout the world.”Since then SO has seen rapid, even unprecedented, growth in Africa. South Africa currently has 17 658 registered Special Olympics athletes, and the local chapter aims to recruit, train and offer competition opportunities to almost 28 000 athletes and to recruit and train 1 400 coaches by 2010.As part of its strategic plan to expand its programme and attract more athletes, SO commissioned a survey in 2004 to determine the attitude of the South African public towards the organisation, and towards disabled people in general.The survey was conducted by a research team from the University of Massachusetts Boston. It established that while the past decade has seen the country making great efforts in recognising the rights of all its citizens, including those with disabilities, there is still work to be done.The most significant finding was that at the time 65% of those questioned had no awareness of SO. Of those who did had heard of SO, an encouraging 69% accurately reported that SO serves people with intellectual disabilities, while more than half of this particular segment also expressed an interest in volunteering at an event in their area. However, a significant 31% believed, wrongly, that the organisation serves people with physical or sensorial disabilities.The full report is available on the website of the Special Olympics organisation.The Flame of HopeThe Flame of Hope is the symbol of the Special Olympics. It was lit in Athens, Greece, on 12 November 2008 and crossed five continents during its 60 000km journey, arriving in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on 29 January 2009. The flame landed in South Africa in the third week of November 2008, to stay for two weeks.Officials had to wade through much red tape to obtain special permission to take the burning flame on board a plane. The actual transportation was not a problem – a miner’s lamp became the flame’s temporary home when it was carried in confined spaces such as aircraft.The flame was the focus of a number of ceremonies held on 7 December 2008 at the Constitutional Court, in Soweto, and at the Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia, Johannesburg. Exactly two months later the cauldron in the Idaho Centre in Nampa, Idaho, blazed into life during the opening ceremony.But before this the Flame of Hope stopped over in Washington, D.C., where it was carried by proud athletes and law enforcement officers down Pennsylvania Avenue during the inauguration ceremony of US President Barack Obama.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesCelebrating South Africa’s Paralympians Easing the way for the disabled Useful linksWorld Winter GamesSpecial Olympics South AfricaSpecial OlympicsDown Syndrome South AfricaSpecial Olympics – finding of the South African public attitude survey (pdf)Arnold Schwarzeneggerlast_img read more

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10 months agoFiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout interesting Napoli

first_imgFiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout interesting Napoliby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout is interesting Napoli.The former Aston Villa ace has been outstanding for the Viola this season.“I won’t even talk about the transfer market when it comes to him,” Mario Giuffredi said on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.“He’ll stay at Fiorentina, then in the summer we’ll see. I think he’s destined for a career at the highest level, but January isn’t the right time for him to move.“He wants to finish the season in Florence, as does [Cristiano] Biraghi. Veretout is liked by Napoli and many other teams, but it’s pointless talking about the transfer market for these lads.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4-Star South Carolina Quarterback Commit Brandon McIlwain Weighing Football, Baseball Options After Spurrier Retirement

first_imgFour-star quarterback Brandon McIlwain looked like South Carolina’s quarterback of the future after making a good impression at the Elite 11 this summer, but with the abrupt retirement Steve Spurrier and his skyrocketing stock as a baseball prospect, he is rethinking his commitment. McIlwain received a visit from Penn State quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne on Wednesday.Just had a home visit with Coach @RickyRahne ! .#PSU pic.twitter.com/ZytwCXKD8G— Brandon McIlwain (@BFMcIlwainqb12) December 3, 2015His mother, Lena McIlwain, reveals more about his pending decisions in a recent Facebook post. McIlwain is still considering South Carolina, but needs to hear from whomever takes over for Spurrier first. He’s also being recruited by other programs, and has emerged as a top prospect in the MLB Draft. WCIV Sports Director Scott Eisberg shared her post on Twitter.Not a big recruiting guy-but these posts sent to us-USC QB commit Brandon McIlwain’s mom a former Channel 4 staffer. pic.twitter.com/Nqumnh4N3w— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) December 3, 2015lena mcilwain brandon psu coach lena mcilwain brandon future mlb Yesterday, McIlwain was ranked eighth in an ESPN list of the nation’s top prep and college baseball [email protected] is number 8 on ESPN’s list! pic.twitter.com/BI6K4JtqYh— RockNorthBaseball (@crnorthbaseball) December 1, 2015As a potential first round pick in the MLB, and a Top 10 quarterback recruit, McIlwain has some serious decisions to make, especially with uncertainty surrounding the South Carolina job. It is hard to blame him for whatever he choses.last_img read more

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Report: Jalen Hurts Has “Won The Coaches And Team” At Alabama

first_imgAlabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium during a day gameInstagramCould Alabama start a true freshman at quarterback this season? According to Shannon B. Terry, Jalen Hurts has “won the coaches and team” heading into the 2016 season.Terry, the founder of 247Sports.com, took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to discuss Alabama’s quarterback situation heading into this year’s campaign. He notes that junior Cooper Bateman is “trending down”, redshirt freshman Blake Barnett is “improving” and true freshman Jalen Hurts has “won” the team over.Terry implies that even if Hurts isn’t named the starter at the beginning of the season, he expects him to be the quarterback by mid-season. That’s huge news, considering Hurts’ lack of experience.(1 of 2) #Alabama QB Bateman is trending down this fall, Barnett is improving and Hurts has won the coaches and team at this point.— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) August 22, 2016(2 of 2) Only real decision 4 UA coaches is what is best way to develop Hurts? unless there’s a sig change, he will be the QB by mid-season— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) August 22, 2016For the past two seasons, Alabama has turned to seniors to lead the team behind center. In 2014, Blake Sims helped the Crimson Tide reach the College Football Playoff. In 2015, it was Jake Coker leading the team to a national championship. Before that, it was AJ McCarron taking snaps for three seasons.Hurts getting the nod would be a surprise, but it’s never wise to doubt Nick Saban. It’ll be interesting to see who gets the call against USC.last_img read more

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Japan Economy shrank at 25 per cent annualized rate

first_imgTOKYO — Japan’s economy shrank at an annualized rate of 2.5 per cent in July-September, a worse contraction than preliminary data indicated last month.The earlier data put the contraction at 1.2 per cent, as consumer spending, investment and exports fell.The revised data released Monday by the government Cabinet Office shows seasonally adjusted gross domestic product — the total value of a nation’s goods and services — dipped 0.6 per cent in the third quarter from the previous quarter.The data showed private demand and investment fell at a deeper pace than the initial estimate.Japan’s economy, the world’s third largest, grew in April-June, but contracted the quarter before that. That contraction ended the longest straight period of expansion for Japan in nearly three decades.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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