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Is the Strongest Part of the Housing Recovery Over?

first_img Related Articles  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / Is the Strongest Part of the Housing Recovery Over? February 25, 2014 771 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Case-Shiller Housing Recovery S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices 2014-02-25 Tory Barringer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Many of the nation’s major metros reported slowdowns—and even retreats—in home prices last quarter, but those weren’t enough to keep 2013 from being the strongest year for house prices in nearly a decade.S&P Dow Jones Indices released Tuesday its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices for December, showing national prices up 11.3 percent as of year-end, a slight pickup over the previous quarter’s annual improvement of 11.2 percent. The national index covers all nine U.S. census divisions.While prices were strong in Q4 compared to the previous year, they were down relative to Q3, dropping 0.3 percent.”The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index ended its best year since 2005,” said David M. Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “However, gains are slowing from month-to-month and the strongest part of the recovery in home values may be over.”Blitzer also pointed out there are other factors to consider when looking at the big picture.”Recent economic reports suggest a bleaker picture for housing,” he said, citing weak numbers in existing-home sales and new construction. “Some of the weakness reflects the cold weather in much of the country. However, higher home prices and mortgage rates are taking a toll on affordability.”For just December, the smaller 10- and 20-city composites were little changed, with only the 20-city index showing a minor decline.Year-over-year, the 10- and 20-city indices posted gains of 13.6 percent and 13.4 percent, respectively, approximately 30 basis points lower than their November increases.As of December, average home prices across the United States were back to mid-2004 levels, remaining down about 20 percent from their peaks in summer of 2006.A few cities stood out in the most recent report. According to Dow Jones Indices, Chicago posted its highest annual return since December 1988, while Dallas posted climbed to another new peak with its largest annual gain since its inception in 2000.Denver, which set an all-time high as recently as last September, reported a 0.1 percent monthly drop in home prices, bringing it down 0.7 percent from its peak. Phoenix, coming off of more than two years of consecutive monthly gains, posted a 0.3 percent price drop, its largest since March 2011.Year-over-year, all 20 cities tracked showed positive growth. Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco all posted improvements of more than 20 percent, though they also showed lower annual rates compared to November.At the same time, most of the cities ranked at the bottom in terms of annual growth—including Denver, Washington, D.C., and New York—experienced acceleration in home prices. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Liquid Logics Welcomes New VP Next: Freddie Mac Reports Mortgage Portfolio Decrease Is the Strongest Part of the Housing Recovery Over? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Case-Shiller Housing Recovery S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Cheetah attacks Columbus Zoo employee; staffer hospitalized and released

first_imgZocha_K/iStockBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — An employee at Ohio’s Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been released from the hospital after being attacked by a cheetah on Thursday, the zoo said.The incident took place just before 10 a.m. while two employees were walking the 4-year-old cheetah, named Isabelle, for her daily exercise, the zoo said.Isabelle was harnessed per normal protocol, the zoo said.As a keeper began walking toward Isabelle and the two employees, the cheetah “was calm and purring,” the zoo said in a statement. The keeper was invited to move closer, and when the keeper approached, “Isabelle crouched down and lunged,” the zoo said.The zoo did not elaborate on the staffer’s injuries.Because the injured keeper works with giraffes and other hoofstock, the zoo said it believes “that, due to normal animal behavior, the scent of these other animals on the keeper triggered a natural instinct in Isabelle, who reacted.”“This is Isabelle’s first incident and as per the Delaware County General Health District, she will be placed in a 30-day quarantine just to ensure that she does not show signs of illness,” the zoo said.“The incident will be fully evaluated,” the zoo said, adding that the attack was not in a public place.Isabelle was in the news just last year when she gave birth to two cheetah cubs via in-vitro fertilization — a first at the Columbus Zoo. They were the first cubs for Izzy, who served as the surrogate.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

From industrial windfalls to office market freefalls: Chicago’s biggest real estate stories of 2020

first_img203 Sheridan Road in Winnetka and 3507 West 51st Street on the Southwest Side (Redfin, 42 Floors, iStock)Let’s start with a bit of good news — given that 2020 didn’t provide Chicago’s real estate market with much of it.The industrial sector withstood a bruising year far better than most others, sustained in large part by Amazon. As e-commerce orders soared during the pandemic, the Jeff Bezos behemoth went on a warehouse-leasing binge in Chicago.But other asset classes in the city have spent the last nine-plus months on a skyscraper elevator in freefall. The ride has left much of the industry queasy and stumbling as it heads into 2021.During the early months of Covid, as Chicago retailers were still grappling with lost revenue, protests over the police killing of George Floyd led to widespread store looting and vandalism across downtown and other neighborhoods. Then it happened again in the summer. Pandemic-related closures and restrictions have devastated those business owners and landlords, with many now barely hanging on.The local hotel industry also remains among the most hobbled in the U.S., while Chicago’s office market, once a turbocharged engine, has sputtered. Companies have shed downtown space at alarming rates, with a growing number looking to sublease and some ditching their leases entirely.But Chicago’s housing market may be one other silver lining. Sales have picked up in recent months, especially in the suburbs, after having stalled out earlier in the year.Industrial strengthAmazon went on a warehouse shopping spree. From March through July, the e-commerce giant inked lease deals for 11 million square feet of distribution centers in the Chicago area alone. Amazon accounted for over 50 percent of new leasing volume during the second quarter in Chicago, according to Colliers International, though the total fell in Q3. Still, investors have taken notice. Last week, investment firm GCP paid $42 million for a 316,000-square-foot Amazon-leased warehouse on the Southwest Side, among the priciest deals in the city this year on a per-square-foot basis.Room at the innsWith Chicago’s hotel occupancy among the lowest nationwide, loan defaults have piled up. Recent appraisals have slashed property values, including at the Palmer House Hilton and the 610-room JW Marriott. And, as of September, the pandemic had cost the city about 12,000 hospitality jobs.By October, numerous hotels in Cook County had skipped their latest property tax payments, adding up to nearly $500 million. Even the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport, owned by the city of Chicago and operated by Hilton, was late in paying its taxes.But some investors also went bargain-hunting. In November, billionaire entrepreneur Joe Mansueto agreed to buy the Waldorf Astoria Chicago for $54 million, a year after its lender seized control of the Gold Coast hotel in foreclosure proceedings. And a select few firms eyed new construction. Developer Marc Realty Capital wants to build a 296-key hotel in Fulton Market. It would be the second hotel project the company is slating for the trendy neighborhood. Marc Realty and investor Relu Stan filed plans for the 14-story hotel at 311 North Sangamon Street last month.Retail reckoningThe hits kept coming for Chicago’s retail industry. On top of dealing with the pandemic, many Magnificent Mile and Downtown stores sustained damage from looting and vandalism in late May and again in August, when some protests over police brutality turned violent.More than 2,500 businesses hurt by Covid-19 and the lootings did get a boost in August, receiving a total of $46 million in grants. But many others said they still hadn’t received payouts after filing business interruption claims, despite Gov. J.B. Pritzker telling insurers to “do the right thing and do it fast.”Adding to the problems, the restaurant industry received mixed messages about Covid restrictions from the state’s two most powerful elected officials.In late October, Pritzker said he was imposing new restrictions on indoor dining in Chicago, while Mayor Lori Lightfoot began trying to change his mind over concerns about the fragile state of the economy. But with Covid cases continuing to rise, a stay-at-home order was imposed; indoor dining remains suspended and nonessential businesses must close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.Malls get mauledMore mall owners around the Chicago area sought to give up on their struggling retail properties, which have been squeezed by capacity limits and Covid closures. Among them is Starwood Retail Partners, which in late October decided to hand over the keys to its nearly 1 million-square-foot Louis Joliet Mall, about 40 miles southwest of Chicago. Starwood had last made a payment on its $85 million CMBS loan in March.Less than a month before that, BlitzLake Partners and GW Properties relinquished their Orland Park mall after skipping more than 90 days of loan payments. The duo is now facing a multimillion-dollar lender foreclosure lawsuit tied to the 164,000-square-foot shopping center.One note of optimism: A Brookfield Property Partners venture landed a $475 million refinancing of the second-largest shopping mall in the Chicago area. In October, Morgan Stanley provided the debt on the 2.2-million-square-foot Oakbrook Center, which Brookfield owns with an affiliate of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. The deal marked the largest refinancing of a Chicago-area commercial property since June 2018.Office overloadThe fall of downtown the city’s office market, which entered 2020 riding high, was swift and sharp. By the third quarter, remote working had pushed the vacancy rate to 16.5 percent, the highest it had been in a decade. Available office sublease space, meanwhile, reached a record 4.6 million square feet in the same period, as companies — including tech firms that had recently plowed into the market — scaled back their footprints and future plans.“They’re downsizing or rightsizing,” CBRE’s Bradley Serot told The Real Deal’s Akiko Matsuda in October. “They don’t need the space as robust and large because they’re not going to recruit as much as what they were planning.”But not everyone is heading out. 601W Companies, which transformed the Old Post Office into a modern office building, is taking on another major redevelopment project nearby. The company will pay $180 million to overhaul a 591,000-square-foot property at 801 South Canal Street. In February, 601W paid $68 million for the vacant office building.And this fall, Pittsburgh-based Normandy Properties dropped $412 million for the McDonald’s global HQ building in Fulton Market. The seller, a joint venture of Sterling Bay and JPMorgan Chase, developed the 575,000-square-foot building in 2018. The fast-food giant has a long-term lease and occupies about 85 percent of the nine-story building. The deal also marked Chicago’s priciest investment sale in 2020. The second spot on that list belongs to Michael Shvo, who in January paid $376 million for the nearly 50-year-old “Big Red” office tower in downtown.Home, home againThe Chicago-area housing market evaporated in the early months of the pandemic — particularly in the city’s core. But since this summer, it has been charging back. Sales jumped in August, when more than 13,000 homes sold across the nine counties, about 20 percent over the same period the year before.A recent weekly report from Midwest Real Estate Data showed Chicago-area home prices have maintained a double-digit increase year-over-year ever since, according to Crain’s.As home sales picked up in the city, it surged in the suburbs with buyers prioritizing more space over proximity to Chicago’s central business district. That trend was most apparent at the top of the market. Five of the 10 most expensive homes that sold in Cook County in 2020 were in tony Winnetka. Last year, just one suburban property made the top 10 list.And in a sign of the times, the priciest home that sold during the pandemic this year came with 9,000 square feet of private beach.Contact the author Tags2020 in Reviewamazonchicago industrial marketChicago office market Full Name* Email Address* Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message*last_img read more

Ukrainian Chief of Navy Vice Visits ANADOLU Shipyard (Turkey)

first_img View post tag: Ukrainian View post tag: shipyard Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: of View post tag: ANADOLU View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Ukrainian Chief of Navy Vice Visits ANADOLU Shipyard (Turkey) View post tag: visits November 21, 2012 View post tag: Navy Ukrainian Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Yurii Ivanovych Ilyin  paid a visit to ANADOLU Shipyard on November 17th 2012. Ukrainian Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Yurii Ivanovych Ilyin has been in an official visit to Turkey as the special guest of Commander of Turkish Naval Forces Admiral Murat Bilgel.Ukrainian Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Yurii Ivanovych Ilyin first visited AKSAZ Naval Base where he had the opportunity to get a detailed tour of  TCG Ç-151, the First of the Eight LCT (Landing Craft Tank) built by ANADOLU Shipyard during 2009-2012 period for the Turkish Navy Command.In the İstanbul part of his official visit, Ukrainian Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Yurii Ivanovych Ilyin first visited Pendik Navy Shipyard and then came to ANADOLU Shipyard, together with Turkish Vice Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu, Commander of North Sea Region.ANADOLU Shipyard’s  CEO Ertuğ Yaşar and Defense Group Coordinator Admiral (ret) Metin Poyrazlar presented to Vice Admiral Yurii Ivanovych Ilyin the company’s shipbuilding capabilities as well as their Navy projects.Commander Vice Admiral Yurii Ivanovych Ilyin has shown interest in LCTs built by the Shipyard for Turkish Navy and the cshipyard’s Patrol Vessel design. Vice Admiral Yurii Ivanovych Ilyin and his delegation inquired about the technical and administrative particularities of these two vessels and both CEO Ertuğ Yaşar and Defense Group Coordinator Admiral (ret) Metin Poyrazlar provided them with adequate information.The Chairman of ANADOLU Shipyard, Mr. M.Faruk Ürkmez presented the models of the Shipyard’s LCT and LST designs to Vice Admiral Yurii Ivanovych Ilyin.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 21, 2012; Image: ANADOLU Shipyard View post tag: Turkey View post tag: chief View post tag: Vice Ukrainian Chief of Navy Vice Visits ANADOLU Shipyard (Turkey) Share this articlelast_img read more

Sociology, Assistant Professor of Gender, Race and Ethnicity, Tenure Track

first_imgQuick Link for Postinghttps://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/14571 CampusRogers Park-Lake Shore Campus Position End Date Job CategoryUniversity Faculty Posting Details Position TitleSociology, Assistant Professor of Gender, Race and Ethnicity,Tenure Track Department NameSOCIOLOGY Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum VitaeTeaching StatementResearch StatementOther DocumentOptional Documents Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Location CodeSOCIOLOGY (02120A) Is this split and/or fully grant funded?No Position Details Duties and Responsibilities The Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences atLoyola University Chicago ( LUC ) invites applications for afull-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor,for academic year 2021-22. The department seeks applicants withexpertise in gender, race and ethnicity, including theirintersections. Within these areas, we seek candidates with researchinterests in law and society or whose scholarship contributes toour departmental strengths, such as urban sociology, immigration,the sociology of knowledge and medicine, religion, and those whowork across disciplines. The successful candidate will be joining adepartment with 13 full-time faculty members, over 150 majors and80 minors, and MA and PhD graduate programs with a total of about45 students. For more information about the department, pleasevisit our website: https://www.luc.edu/sociology/index.shtml.This search is part of a University-wide, multi-year hiringinitiative designed to hire outstanding researchers and teacherswho are reflective of our diverse student body and committed tointerdisciplinarity (i.e., working with colleagues across differentsubfields and disciplines) and the pursuit of external grants. Ofspecial interest are candidates who can further the University’sefforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.Successful candidates must maintain a strong research program,including the pursuit of external grants, demonstrate excellence inteaching and mentoring, and demonstrate service contributions tothe profession, the department, the university and potentially, tothe larger community. The teaching load is two courses persemester; twenty-five percent of this position is with the LUCWomen’s Studies & Gender Studies Program ( WSGS ). Thus, thesuccessful candidate will teach one course per year in WSGS .Regular teaching in the university Core Curriculum and in theSociology graduate program is also expected. Physical DemandsNone Job TitleSociology, Assistant Professor of Gender, Race and Ethnicity,Tenure Track Organizational LocationPROVOST Working ConditionsNonecenter_img Job Number85TBD Minimum Education and/or Work Experience Open Date11/24/2020 Special Instructions to Applicants The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Sociology at the time ofappointment in August 2021. Candidates for the position must have arecord of (or clear potential for) distinguished scholarship,interdisciplinarity, grant-funded research, teaching and mentoringexcellence, and service. The candidate should be willing to supportthe mission of LUC and the goals of a Jesuit CatholicEducation. Candidates should submit to www.careers.luc.edu (1) a brief letterof interest; (2) a current Curriculum Vitae; (3) a statementoutlining the applicant’s research agenda; (4) a statementdescribing teaching experience; and (5) a statement addressing pastand/or potential contributions to mentoring a diverse student bodythrough research, teaching and/or other channels of scholarship andservice. Applicants should also arrange for three recommendationletters from references who are prepared to speak to theirprofessional qualifications for this position, to be submittedelectronically to the above website (letter writers will receive anelectronic prompt from LUC ). Candidates may forward additionalmaterials related to teaching excellence and samples of scholarlypublications to:Kelly Moore, Ph.D., Search Committee ChairDepartment of [email protected] of applications will begin on January 8, 2021 and continueuntil the position is filled.LUC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with astrong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying ourfaculty. The University seeks to increase the diversity of itsprofessoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate studentpopulations because broad diversity – including a wide range ofindividuals who contribute to a robust academic environment – iscritical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence ineducation, research, educational access and services in anincreasingly diverse society. Therefore, in holistically assessingthe many qualifications of each applicant, we would factorfavorably an individual’s record of conduct that includesexperience with an array of diverse perspectives, as well as a widevariety of different educational, research or other workactivities. Among other qualifications, we would also factorfavorably experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriersto an academic career or degrees.As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seekcandidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver atransformative education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn moreabout LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website atwww.luc.edu/mission. For information about the university’s focuson transformative education, they should consult our website atwww.luc.edu/transformativeed. Close Date Position Number Open Until FilledYes Desired Start Date08/09/2021 The candidate must have a Ph.D. in Sociology at the time ofappointment in August 2021. Candidates for the position must have arecord of (or clear potential for) distinguished scholarship,interdisciplinarity, grant-funded research, teaching and mentoringexcellence, and service. The candidate should be willing to supportthe mission of LUC and the goals of a Jesuit CatholicEducation. Qualifications Job TypeFull-Time FLSA StatusExempt Number of Vacancies1last_img read more

New Deaconess Clinic Building Planned for Downtown Evansville

first_imgNew Deaconess Clinic Building Planned for Downtown EvansvilleAUGUST 16TH, 2018 MITCH ANGLE EVANSVILLE, INDIANAA new building is planned for Deaconess Clinic Downtown near the former Townsquare Media facility in Evansville.The three-story medical office building will be located between Locust Street and Walnut Street. Construction will start later this year and is set to be completed in the spring of 2020.“This new building in downtown Evansville is a continuation of Deaconess’ commitment to providing innovative, high-quality services to the city’s center,” said Shawn McCoy, CEO of Deaconess Health System. “We’re glad to be part of the exciting growth and momentum of the downtown area.”Allen White, MD, Chief Administrative Officer of Deaconess Clinic says the new building will offer patients a new, modern facility with the addition of convenient parking.Many services and practices offered in the current Deaconess Clinic Downtown facility will relocate to the new three-story building.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” JANUARY 16, 2019

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE recently it was reported in the City County Observer that the downtown Evansville Doubletree Hotel that was paid for with taxpayer dollars footing more than half of the cost needs to reduce it’s room rate to closer to $90 to be competitive with other hotels in greater Evansville?…in an online search for the going rate that include Expedia, Priceline, Hotels, Booking, Hotwire, Travelocity and many other travel websites, the going rate at the Doubletree is exactly $95?…this is competitive but is a far cry from the $125 per night average touted in the pro-forma that was used to sign the City Council up to subsidize the place? …this $30 decrease (25%) could mean that the demand for downtown Evansville room nights is not what people deluded themselves into believing?…it could also mean that the time is coming when the operator will be coming back to the well for more subsidies to keep the doors open?IS IT TRUE the other number that needs to be investigated is the occupancy rate that was touted at 65% in the beginning phase of the project?…it is believed that the occupancy rate is actually slightly below 60% just like most other Evansville hotels?…this double whammy of price contraction and occupancy underage adds up to a 30% revenue shortfall when compared to the best laid plans of developers and politicians?…that is much better than the financial performance of the Ford Center and the hockey team but we hope its not a warning that the owners will be back with their hat in their hand at some point?…in a transparent city, the real performance numbers for capital projects put into place by past and current city administrations need to be made public?IS IT TRUE we are pleased to announce that a new online publication, the City-County Banner, will be launching sometime during February, 2019? …The City-County Banner will service Orange and Dubois counties, specifically focusing on the cities of Jasper, Huntingburg, French Lick, and Paoli?  …the City-County Observer will be a media partner with the City-County Banner and both papers will be operating as corridor newspapers?  …this publishing partnership between the City County Observer and the City-County Banner will provide articles and advertisements published in both papers to readers in cities stretching from Paoli to Evansville?IS IT TRUE that the not-for-profit ‘Funk In The City’ was founded in 2005? …in 2008 Ashley Vezzoso Schaefer became the President/CEO of this organization? …that since 2008 Mrs. Schaefer has organized many worthy cultural and social events on behalf of “Funk In The City” in the Haynie Corner Arts District? …in 2018, Ashley Vezzoso Schaefer created a Board Of Directors to help guide and spearheaded future social and curtail events in the Haynie Corner Arts District? …we are told that the new Board of Directors of “Funk In The City” are an impressive group? ….we are told in the coming weeks the new Board of Directors will do a casual review of the “Funk In The City” financial records to make sure everything is in order? …once this task is completed the Board Of Directors will be focusing on planning  future fundraising events for this worthy charitable organization? …we congratulate “Funk IN The City” for sponsoring a “Toys For Kids Christmas” party for disadvantage kids living in  the Center City area?IS IT TRUE we would like to congratulate State Rep. Ryan Hatfield (D-Evansville) for being selected as a member of Indiana House leadership? …that Mr. Hatfield will serve as Assistant House Democratic Floor Leader for the 2019-2020 sessions of the Indiana General Assembly?IS IT TRUE that it is now known that the City of Evansville had eleven murders in 2018 which is down 45% from the record setting 20 murders in 2017?…this slowdown in murders is encouraging but the eleven murders are still historically high for Evansville and the 2017 rate was double the murder rate of the United States at just under 10 for each 100,000 people? …its not known why 2017 ran off the rails with murder? … but we must point out the 2018 figure is a is 45% improvement over the 2017 rate?IS IT TRUE we congratulate local attorney Josh Claybourn for being elevated by Jackson Kelly PLLC?  …Josh is also the city attorney for the Evansville City Council?IS IT TRUE that we are told that a candidate for the Evansville City Council will demand that the results of the Forensic Audit and the EPD criminal investigation of ECHO HOUSING Corp. be immediately be made public?IS IT TRUE its been alleged by reliable sources that several city employees were given questionable overtime pay?IS IT TRUE that its been alleged when the IU Medical school project was finished Mayor Winnecke allowed the $59 million dollars (Evansville taxpayers funded) IU Medical school building to be turned over to an out of town investor without trying to recouping some of the $59 million of dollars tax dollars paid to build this building?IS IT TRUE we hear that a candidate will request that information concerning how much money did the City of Evansville give to select businesses in “Facade Grants”?  …we are told that he would also like to know who received this grant money, what was the criteria to award these grants and who were the individuals and businesses that received the grants?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Who was the most effective Mayor of Evansville? Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.last_img read more

2017 “Riding School Bus” Expects To Be Filmed And Showcased by NJ DOT

first_imgOcean City Healthy Living Advisory Council (OCHLAC) is once again sponsoring the Riding School Bus (RSB).  This event kicks off with an assembly Friday, May 19th at 11:30 am in the Intermediate School.  At that time, the 4th & 5th graders will be introduced to the RSB and encouraged to participate the next week.  We usually do a ‘melon drop’ to demonstrate the importance of wearing a helmet.  This year, Pete Madden is going to help us with this demonstration.On Monday, May 22nd through the 26th we ask students to meet either at First St. & Boardwalk or 34th St. & Haven Ave. parking lot at 7:10 am on their bikes. Accompanied by OCHLAC members, community police, volunteers and “Surprise Teachers” they will ride along to the Intermediate School with the “Riding School Bus”.  Return trips depart 10 minutes after dismissal time.There will be an assembly Friday, May 26 for all participants.  At that time, the winner of the t-shirt contest will be announced and every student given a t-shirt.  Names will be drawn from the students that ride for a chance to win a bike donated by the OCPD and OCFD.This year is extra exciting because the program is expecting a filmmaker from the NJ DOT to film this years’ ride to show other NJ communities our program and encourage them to do the same.  It is great to see Ocean City being showcased for blazing new trails in bike safety. The Riding School Bus from March’16.last_img read more

News story: Ofqual reports relating to GCSEs, AS and A levels in summer 2018

first_img Against the backdrop of major reform, the 2018 exam series was successfully delivered, with marking completed and results announced on time. Security breaches and incidents of malpractice fell and exam boards better applied our rules around reviews of marking and moderation. We will be working with the exam boards on follow-up actions to drive further improvements in 2019. Ofqual has today (Thursday 13 December) published its review of GCSEs, AS and A levels in summer 2018, providing an overview of the exam boards’ planning, administration and marking which supported the series, along with a summary of the awarding process and what happened post-results.Summer report 20182018 was the biggest year of reform, and most exams taken this summer were in reformed qualifications. We conclude that the 2018 summer series was successful, well planned, and effectively delivered. In recent years, exam results have been stable, and this trend continued. Variability in school and college results this summer was similar to previous years, suggesting that teachers and students responded well to the considerable reforms.The majority of entries in 2018 were for reformed qualifications. Entries for GCSEs and A levels remained broadly stable. In line with recent trends, entries for AS subjects fell by almost 60% from 659,880 in 2017 to 269,090 in 2018. This is largely because new AS qualifications are stand-alone qualifications in England (meaning students do not have to take an AS as part of a reformed A level).During the exam series, 14.7 million scripts were generated by 1.3 million students. As in previous years, the vast majority of exam papers were error free. Where errors did occur, none was sufficiently serious to have had a significant impact on students. There were fewer security breaches and incidents of malpractice, reflecting work undertaken by exam boards to strengthen procedures.Chief Regulator, Sally Collier, said: Reviews of marking and moderationThe number of GCSE and A level grades challenged and changed fell in 2018 compared to the previous summer, according to official statistics published today. The data also indicate that nearly two-thirds of reviews resulted in no mark change, an increase from 2017. The reasons given for grade changes when they did occur this year are more consistent with the appropriate application of our rules regarding reviews of marking and reviews of moderation as introduced in 2016.Malpractice statisticsOfficial statistics of malpractice in the summer 2018 GCSE, AS and A level series, published today, show there were fewer incidents of malpractice. The number of malpractice penalties issued to students has remained stable since 2017. The main reason for penalties continues to be unauthorised materials – particularly mobile phones – in the examination room. Staff and centre malpractice penalties have both decreased. These falls are encouraging in the context of the significant communications and engagement campaign we, and the exam boards, conducted this summer. We are planning further activity, alongside exam boards, to support exams officers in tackling the problem of students retaining their mobile phones during examinations.Comparability between exam boards and the maintenance of standards over timeWe monitor GCSE, AS and A level awards each summer to make sure, so far as possible, that there is a level playing field for students. One of the ways that we do this is to make sure that the grade standards in a subject are comparable, so that it is not easier or more difficult to get a particular grade with one exam board than with another. Across all awards in summer 2018, we concluded that the exam boards had maintained appropriate standards and that grade standards within each subject were aligned.National Reference TestWe have published more information about the operation of this year’s tests. This was the second year of the National Reference Test (NRT) (following the Preliminary Reference Test in 2016). The tests, in English language and maths, are taken by students in a sample of schools and they provide additional evidence about students’ performance over time in those subjects. In 2017 we benchmarked the NRT against GCSE results in English language and maths, so that in future years we can compare student performance with the 2017 baseline. Results from the 2018 NRT show an increase in performance in maths and a slight decrease in English, although in English the differences are not statistically significant. The improvement in maths is in line with what we might expect to see as schools get used to the new qualifications. We have been clear that we would not use the NRT results in awarding in summer 2018. From 2019 onwards the NRT results will provide an additional source of evidence for awarding decisions in GCSE English language and maths.Extended Project QualificationWe have published analysis of the variability over time in the relationships between grades for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and other variables (including GCSE grades) that could potentially influence students’ performance on EPQ. Findings indicate that there might have been modest grade inflation in EPQ grade outcomes, particularly since 2014. We are planning to do further work to assess grade standards in EPQs over time.AppIn summer 2018 we enhanced our analytics apps to show variability in school and college GCSE and A level results and launched an interactive map of England showing results in different subjects by grade and county. We have now added a further app to our suite, which provides new data and functionality, showing GCSE and A level entries and results by subject and year.last_img read more

Speech: Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 27 April 2020

first_imgCoronavirus press conference: 27 April 2020Welcome back to Downing Street for today’s coronavirus briefing.Before we start, I wanted to let you know that today’s briefing will follow a bit of a new format.Following significant demand, as well as questions from the media, we will take our first question from a member of the public.This is going to become a regular feature of these briefings. The questions are selected by an independent polling organisation and, just like the journalist’s questions, we don’t see the questions in advance.But we’ll give them the very best answers we can.In the past few hours, since we announced this new approach, we’ve had over 15,000 questions submitted. And you can ask a question yourself, by going to gov.uk/ask.Today, I’m joined by Professor Chris Whitty and Professor Stephen Powis, the NHS Medical Director.The government is working through our action plan, and at its core the objective is to protect life and to protect the NHS. Both by slowing the spread of the virus so we flatten the curve and by ensuring that the NHS always has more than enough capacity to provide critical care for all those who need it.According to the most recent figures, there have been 719,910 tests for coronavirus so far in the UK, including 37,024 yesterday. 157,149 people have tested positive. That’s an increase of 4,310 cases since yesterday. 15,051 people are currently in hospital with coronavirus, down from 15,239 yesterday. And, sadly, of those hospitalised with the virus, 21,092 have now died. That’s an increase of 360 fatalities.We must never lose sight of the human cost of coronavirus and the pain and the grief that it causes.And each death serves as a reminder that we must stand firm in our resolve.Sadly, these death figures include 82 NHS colleagues and 16 colleagues who work in social care.They dedicated their lives to caring for others. And I feel a deep personal sense of duty that we must care for their loved ones.Today, I am able to announce that the government is setting up a Life Assurance Scheme for NHS and social care frontline colleagues.Families of staff who die from coronavirus in the course of their essential frontline work will receive a £60,000 payment.Of course, nothing replaces the loss of a loved one. But we want to do everything we can to support families who are dealing with this grief.And, as a government, we are looking closely at other professions that work on the frontline against coronavirus, who also do not have access to such schemes, to see where this may be required.This crisis has shown that this country values our health and care workers so much.And I want to pay tribute to the perseverance of the British public who, even this warm Spring weekend, in their vast majority, did the right thing and stayed home to protect the NHS.Thus far, in this crisis, at every single hour of every single day, the NHS has always had the capacity to treat the people who need that treatment.I’m glad to be able to report that there are now 3,190 spare critical care beds.Indeed, 42% of oxygen-supported beds in the NHS now lie empty.And, in most parts of the country, the number of people in hospital with coronavirus is beginning to fall.One of reasons NHS capacity has always exceeded need is because of our amazing programme of NHS Nightingale hospitals.Today, I was proud to attend, virtually, the opening of the 8th of our 10 Nightingale hospitals across the UK, again, built in a matter of weeks.This Nightingale Hospital project stands as a monument to this nation’s ability to get things done when it matters.This is one of the most ambitious projects this country has ever seen in peacetime and I’d like to thank the NHS, the armed forces and all the companies that have worked side by side to make these plans a reality.The Nightingale project is just one of the measures that’s boosted capacity all across the NHS.By re-enlisting thousands of former staff, former clinicians and enrolling early thousands of students, we’ve boosted the workforce of the NHS.And we have changed forever the digital capability of the NHS.I think many people who have now used online GP consultations and online outpatient visits won’t ever go back. And I pay tribute to the staff who have worked in different ways to how they would ever have imagined and who have been more flexible and open to change when it was really needed.So, where there have been advances amongst these huge challenges of this crisis, we must not lose them.However, we also know that fewer people are coming to the NHS when they need to.A&E attendances have dropped to 221,000 emergency department attendances in the last week, compared to 477,000 for the same week last year. That’s more than 50%.Now, some of this drop is due to lower road traffic and people following the social distancing rules.Some of it will be due to people accessing the NHS in ways that work better for them, like online or through pharmacies. And that’s a good thing.But, in some cases, we know that the drop is due to people not coming forward and using the NHS for critical things that matter.Our message is that the NHS is open. Help us to help you. So, if you’re worried about chest pains for instance, maybe you might be having a heart attack or a stroke, or you feel a lump and you’re worried about cancer, or you’re a parent concerned about your child, please come forward and seek help as you always would.It is so important that everybody uses the NHS responsibly.And the NHS will always be there for you when you need it. Just as it has been there for us all throughout this crisis, and throughout our lives.And, as the number of hospitalisations from coronavirus begins to fall, I can announce now that starting tomorrow we will begin the restoration of other NHS services, starting with the most urgent, like cancer care and mental health support.The exact pace of the restoration will be determined by local circumstances on the ground, according to local need and according to the amount of the coronavirus cases that the hospital is having to deal with.Having written off £13.4 billion worth of historic NHS debt during the coronavirus crisis, I want to ensure that the NHS is always there. In a way that doesn’t just help us to recover from coronavirus as a country, but also puts us in a stronger position for the future.We are coming through the peak.We will honour those who have dedicated their lives to caring for others. But, it will count for nothing if we let things slip now and risk a second peak.I know that the lockdown is hard for so many people. But, let us all have the resolve to see this through.So please stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.last_img read more