HUD report indicates a decline in Florida’s homeless population

first_imgHomelessness declined in Florida according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  While overall homelessness decreased, HUD’s 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that Veteran homelessness in Florida decreased three percent since January 2016, and 64 percent since 2010.Local communitiesIn Florida, local communities reported 32,190 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017, a decrease of four percent since last year.  Homelessness among families increased 0.7 percent across the state since 2016 and decreased 57 percent since 2010.   Meanwhile, local communities in Florida report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness decreased nine percent over 2016 levels and declined by 53 percent since 2010.Goal – to produce more affordable housing“In many high-cost areas of our country, especially along the West Coast, the severe shortage of affordable housing is manifesting itself on our streets,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.  “With rents rising faster than incomes, we need to bring everybody to the table to produce more affordable housing and ease the pressure that is forcing too many of our neighbors into our shelters and onto our streets.  This is not a federal problem—it’s everybody’s problem.”Much more work to be done“Important progress is being made in the fight to end homelessness but there still remains much more work to be done,” said Denise Cleveland-Leggett, HUD Southeast Regional Administrator. “As we work closely with our partners in this ongoing effort we are resolute in our mutual commitment to vigorously and innovatively address homelessness.”HUD’s national estimate is based upon data reported by approximately 3,000 cities and counties across the nation.  Every year on a single night in January, planning agencies called ‘Continuums of Care” and tens of thousands of volunteers seek to identify the number of individuals and families living in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs and in unsheltered settings.  These one-night ‘snapshot’ counts, as well as full-year counts and data from other sources (U.S. Housing Survey, Department of Education), are crucial in understanding the scope of homelessness and measuring progress toward reducing it.Key National Findings of HUD’s 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report:On a single night in January 2017, state and local planning agencies (Continuums of Care) in Florida reported:32,190 people were homeless representing an overall four percent decrease from 2016 and a 44 percent decrease since 2010.A total of 17,111 homeless persons were in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs while 15,079 persons were unsheltered.The number of persons in families experiencing homelessness increased 0.7percent since 2016 and decreased 57 percent since 2010.Veteran homelessness decreased three percent (or 85 persons) since January 2016.  Since 2010, however, Veteran homelessness in Florida declined 64 percent.  On a single night in January 2017, 2,817 Veterans were experiencing homelessness.Chronic or long-term homelessness among individuals decreased nine percent over 2016 levels and declined by 53 percent (or 4,281 persons) since 2010.The number of unaccompanied homeless youth and children in 2017 is estimated to be 2,019.  This year, HUD and local communities launched a more intense effort to more accurately account for this important, difficult to count population. HUD will treat 2017 as a baseline year for purposes of tracking progress toward reducing youth homelessness.last_img read more

Proposal to limit leagues T20 players can participate in

first_imgChief Operating Officer (COO) of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Pete Russell has thrown his support behind a proposal which would limit the number of T20 competitions players can participate in.Due to a notable increase in T20 competitions around the world, the game’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), is reportedly looking to enforce a three-league cap on players.The decision has reportedly been backed by the majority of Full Members.Broad consensusAt its annual conference in Dublin over the weekend, the Chief Executive Committee (CEC) and the ICC Board discussed the issue and a broad consensus emerged that if players were allowed to participate in any number of leagues, it would affect international bilateral cricket.The move is likely to hit West Indian cricketers the hardest as they are the most popular presence among the many global leagues. The ICC is also reportedly considering making the process of obtaining necessary permissions for hosting T20 leagues in Associate Nations tougher.Too many leagues “First, I think it’s a good idea. I think there are too many leagues creeping up, and I think some of these Associate Members who are allowed to host leagues, like the Canada league…in my opinion they don’t own the rights to host those leagues, because what you want is for the Full Member countries; obviously, the West Indies been a major part of that, they should be hosting the best leagues in the world,” Russell said.The CPL brand“For us, we [CPL] built a brand for over five years and the testimony to that is we have over 200 million people following this tournament around the world; it’s a huge number…bigger actually than the Big Bash, so this league resonates around the world, not just in the Caribbean.“It is a very strong brand already, so for us it’s just about doing more [of] the same, and I think more [of] the same is to make sure we get the best players around the world. Again, we have Chris Lynn, Brandon McCullum, Martin Guptill and David Warner. We have some great players coming down again this year, so we’ll continue to attract the best players, not only because it’s a good tournament but who wouldn’t want to come to the Caribbean for six weeks,” he opined.Apart from the IPL and Big Bash League, the current cricket calendar consists of the PSL, CPL, England’s T20 blast and the Bangladesh Premier League, along with a new league which is expected to kick off later in South Africa. Additionally, there are leagues coming up in Dubai and Norway as well, to add to the ongoing Global T20 Canada.last_img read more

Longer naturalization processing times at most Florida USCIS offices

first_imgIt’s no secret that USCIS processing times have drastically increased over the past year. One look at the USCIS processing times website reveals a disturbing picture of government delays in its handling of most immigration cases, showing excessive backlogs at national service centers and local field offices nationwide, including those in South Florida. The reasons for the delays are many, including the Trump administration’s shift of its priorities more to enforcement, which has significantly increased the number of cases in the system. This is the new reality and as such, immigrants embarking on any immigration process should be aware of the lengthy processing times ahead. Here are the approximate times posted for local USCIS field offices in Florida for Naturalization cases:Office Range of Processing TimesFort Myers 15 to 20.5 months– the office is currently working on applications it received 11/22/16Jacksonville 6.5 to 14.5 months – the office is currently working on applications it received 5/19/17Kendall 10.5 to 14.5 months – the office is currently working on applications it received 5/22/17Miami 15.5 to 23 months– the office is currently working on applications it received 9/12/16Oakland Park 14 to 17 months – the office is currently working on applications it received 5/16/17Orlando 10.5 to 17 months– the office is currently working on applications it received 3/9/17Tampa 10 to 15 months– the office is currently working on applications it received 5/12/17W P Beach 7 to 15.5 months– the office is currently working on applications it received 4/20/17.last_img read more

Regional rating agency upgrades Barbados economy

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Information and Credit Rating Services Limited (CariCRIS) has upgraded the regional scale local currency rating of the Barbados government from CariD (Default) to CariBB, with a stable outlook.“We however maintain the regional scale foreign currency rating of CariD (Default) on the country’s foreign currency denominated debt,” it said in a statement, noting that the rating indicates that the level of creditworthiness of the Barbados government, adjudged in relation to other rated obligors in the Caribbean, is below average.“Our decision to upgrade the rating on the local currency debt is driven by the closure of the exchange offer for domestic (Barbados dollar-denominated) debt. This marks the successful completion of the restructuring of BDS$11.9 billion (One Barbados dollar=US$0.50 cents0 in Barbados dollar-denominated claims on the government of Barbados and its public sector.”CariCRIS, a regional rating agency, said the restructuring is a central plank of the government’s comprehensive debt restructuring program and the Barbados Economic Reform and Transformation (BERT) Plan.“We have maintained our rating of CariD on the foreign currency debt as negotiations with foreign debt holders are not yet concluded. Upon successful completion of these negotiations, we will similarly revise up our ratings on the country’s foreign currency debt,” CariCRIS added.Last week, the Mia Mottley government announced that it had put a temporary freeze on borrowing as it reported an improvement in the island’s economic position.“Over the next four years the Barbados government will not borrow any new funds. To put the impact of that into context, over the past four years the government of Barbados has borrowed almost two billion dollars,” said Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Marsha Caddle, adding “that’s two billion dollars of new Barbadian savings that were drawn into and trapped by government debt”.Caddle, who spoke at the 2019 planning conference for the Barbados Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, said the island’s debt had already declined from near 170 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in May last year to 124 per cent this year.The announcement by CariCRIS comes as the Central bank of Barbados (CBB) is preparing to review the performance of the island’s economy last year and the prospects for this year. The review will take place on January 30.last_img read more

Wieters, Markakis grab first Gold Glove awards

first_imgFor the first time since 1998, the Orioles have claimed multiple Gold Glove awards as catcher Matt Wieters and right fielder Nick Markakis each became first-time recipients when Rawlings named their 2011 recipients late Tuesday night.The 25-year-old Wieters is the first Orioles catcher to claim the award after throwing out 37 percent of runners attempting to steal and being named to his first All-Star team this season. The catcher committed five errors and had one passed ball in 132 games this year. His .995 fielding percentage tied for the American League lead among catchers.Markakis earned his first Gold Glove after committing the first error-free season by an Orioles outfielder playing at least 150 games. His 14 outfield assists was fifth in the American League. Since 2006, Markakis ranks second in the majors with 72 outfield assists, with only Jeff Francoeur (84) having more.The 27-year-old outfielder is the third Orioles outfielder to receive the honor, joining Paul Blair (1967, 1969-1975) and Adam Jones (2009).Wieters and Markakis became the 14th and 15th players in franchise history to win a Gold Glove. This season marks the 17th time the Orioles have received multiple winners but the first since 1998 when Roberto Alomar, Rafael Palmeiro, and Mike Mussina were named Gold Glove winners.Since the award was created in 1957, the Orioles have earned 61 Gold Gloves, second-most in the American League behind the New York Yankees (63).last_img read more

AUDIO: Why NPFL Stars May Not Make Super Eagles Squad – Rohr

first_imgTechnical Adviser of Nigeria’s Super Eagles Gernot Rohr has said ‘it will not be easy’ for players in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to break into the first team because of the level of competition from their foreign-based counterparts.The home-based Eagles who are coached by Salisu Yusuf, are currently training in Kano in preparation for a 2018 African Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifying double-header with the Squirrels of Benin later this month.Speaking in Kano after watching the team’s training session on Tuesday, the Franco-German tactician expressed satisfaction with their performance, even as he hinted that the door is open for the impressive players amongst them.“The CHAN team is the team of my assistant, Salisu (Yusuf),” Rohr said. “He made the first training this morning.“I saw the players and I told them that the door is open for the National Team but we want to have motivated players and players capable of playing good football with us and to have good discipline also.“I saw the training; it was OK on the synthetic pitch of Kano (Sani Abacha stadium). I think they are preparing well against Benin – Benin is a good team that eliminated Togo.“So I will have a look and I will watch them. It will not be easy for them to come to the Super Eagles ‘A’ team because we have a lot of players in Europe who have a good preparation now for the season. And we have good news from some of them. They are fit and they are playing friendly games.“It’s good to have a good competition between the players to come in my list,” the former Burkina Faso and Gabon coach stated.Some of the local stars will be hoping to make Rohr’s list to face African Champions, Cameroon in a 2018 World Cup qualifier early next month in Uyo. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Relatedlast_img read more

BetConstruct secures another gaming licence in Romania

first_img BetConstruct has secured a Class II software provider’s licence from the Romanian National Gambling Office (ONJN). The company will now be able to supply its platform to all online gaming operators in the regulated market of Romania.Vahe Baloulian, BetConstruct CEO, said: “BetConstruct views Romania as a significant and forward-looking jurisdiction. With the ONJN license, we are bringing our powerful betting technology to local operators enabling them to stand-out in this important market.”This licence adds to BetConstruct’s licences granted by the UK Gambling Commission, Malta Gambling Authority and other jurisdictions, which allows BetConstruct to help its partners meet necessary requirements for operating in different regions.Just two weeks ago, BetConstruct took home the Best Sports Betting Product Award from the inaugural SBC Awards at Chelsea FC’s Under the Bridge nightclub.Baloulian commented: “Being recognized as the Best Sports Betting Product supplier by the only awards dedicated to betting, speaks for itself. BetConstruct cherishes the industry’s acknowledgement and the responsibility that comes with it. We will continue building on our success and providing the best products the operators and players expect and enjoy.” Related Articles Share StumbleUpon VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Submit Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

‘International diversity’ helps GVC Holdings ride out tough Q4 2016 closing

first_img Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Issuing a corporate trading update, the governance of FTSE-listed GVC Holdings Plc (GVC) has reported a resilient Q4 2016 closing with the operator able to cushion ‘punter friendly’ results and adverse currency fluctuations recorded during the periodDespite the tough conditions, GVC was able to record growth throughout its top-line metrics, reporting growth in its group sports wagers, operating margin and Net Gaming Revenue (NGR). GVC governance stated that its resilient performance, as a testament of the firms diversified international strategy.Having closed a strong final quarter, GVC Governance anticipates declaring a full-year 2016 pro-forma group NGR of € 894 million, slightly ahead of the firm’s previous guidance. Pro-forma group EBITDA is expected to towards the ‘upper end of market expectations’ with corporate net-debt declared at approximately €140 million. (GVC will publish its full year 2016 results on Thursday 23 March)Commenting on corporate performance GVC Chief Executive Kenneth Alexander stated“2016 was a landmark year for GVC in which the Group undertook its largest and most ambitious acquisition to date, that of Through the tremendous hard work of our people, we achieved and exceeded many of our goals and once again we were able to create significant shareholder value. In addition to returning to growth, we remain on target to secure €125m of synergies by the end of the current year.“Our strategy of pursuing international diversification and scale, through the leverage of our proprietary technology and talented people, is more relevant today than ever. We are excited about the organic opportunities for the Group in 2017 and beyond, but also remain alive to further industry consolidation.”Further to its trading update, GVC governance issues a ‘refinancing note’, detailing that the company had now repaid its full outstanding loan of €386 million to Cerberus Business Finance, allocated through the ‘drawdown’ of a €250 million loan from Nomura International.Under Nomura terms, GVC expects to pay lower group interest rates of circa €40 million throughout 2017. StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share Sharelast_img read more

Nicola Fitton – Conor McGregor is a ‘game changer’ for Betsafe marketing

first_img Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Share Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Share Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 Nicola Fitton Managing Director of Betsafe Europe (Bettson AB Group), has detailed that securing UFC star ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor as its new Brand Ambassador represents a significant milestone for the ambitious multi-market bookmaker.Speaking to sports betting affiliate, Fitton details that Betsafe has partnered with a global sporting icon who carries an immense profile and audience on all media verticals (social media, broadcast, news etc…).“Conor is one of the biggest and most globally recognized athletes in the world today, defined by his extreme talent, work ethic and personality, which are values that we reflect every day at Betsafe. We firmly believe that passion always overcomes the odds, and there is no sports star in the world today that both inspires and embodies passion as much as Conor, and this was behind our decision.” Fitton statesThe Betsafe executive further details to, the complexities of securing McGregor as an Ambassador. McGregor is an athlete at the ‘height of his game’, who on 26 August could change the world of combat sports should he defeat unbeaten boxing champ Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.’49 have tried, and 49 have failed’ states a ‘perfect record’ Mayweather, but an undeterred Betsafe is backing its Irish Ambassador. Last week the bookmaker launched its ‘VIP Notorious’ promotion offering new customers 49/1 odds on McGregor achieving the impossible.Win or lose, Betsafe will back McGregor for a planned 18-months, stating that the fighting Irishman will be a key figure in its marketing and customer engagement. Closing the interview, Fitton further detailed that as a multi-market brand, Betsafe has ‘big plans’ for the Irish betting market.last_img read more

Kindred promotes Maris Bonello to Sustainability & Research lead

first_img Share Submit Share StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Expanding its social responsibility and safer gambling initiatives, Kindred Group Plc has confirmed the promotion of Maris Bonello to the newly created role of Head of Player Sustainability, Research & Integrity.Bonello the former Integrity Analytics lead for Unibet, will head up a data team working alongside Kindred’s legal and compliance teams, focusing on group-wide player-to-product sustainability standards.Furthermore, the sustainability team will seek to expand Kindred’s R&D dynamics, studying consumer protections alongside player based behavioural psychology.A Unibet veteran since 2009, working on fraud and responsible gambling initiatives, Bonello has been a key stakeholder in Kindred’s launch of new group-wide social responsibility tools and protections.Confirming the promotion of Maris Bonello, Ewout Keuleers, General Counsel at Kindred Group detailed“We see an increased importance in strengthening our work in the area of responsible gambling and basing it on empirical research through further collaborations, but also further understanding our own data in this area. As a group, we have done a lot through the great work of Maris and her team with the development of PS-EDS as one example, but we need to keep pushing this barrier to ensure our customers can enjoy gambling with us in a safe, secure and sustainable way”,“In the new role as Head of Player Sustainability Research & Integrity Team (PSRI), Maris Bonello will increase her focus on how consumer protection and data-based decisions will help drive Kindred’s efforts in this crucial area and thereby facilitate sustainable consumption of our products and sustainable growth for Kindred”last_img read more