Combating Sexual Harassment in Housing

first_img July 25, 2018 1,522 Views  Print This Post Kristina Brewer is the Editorial Assistant of Publications for the Five Star Institute, including DS News and MReport magazine. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas (UNT), where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in rhetoric and writing and a minor in global marketing. During this time, she served as Director of Philanthropy in the national women’s fraternity Zeta Tau Alpha, of which she is an alumna. Her passion for philanthropy continued after university when she was an intern at Keep Denton Beautiful, a local partner of Keep America Beautiful, where she drove membership, organized events, and led social media campaigns. Brewer honed her writing at the North Texas Daily, UNT’s student-run newspaper where she wrote about faculty, mentorship, and student life. Brewer also previously worked at Optimus Business Plans where she helped start-ups create funding proposals, risk assessments, and management plans. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Journal, News About Author: Kristina Brewer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2018-07-25 Kristina Brewer Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Previous: Non-Bank RMBS Servicers Retreating from Delinquent Loans Next: ‘A Strong Shift In Housing Demand’ Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Combating Sexual Harassment in Housing Home / Daily Dose / Combating Sexual Harassment in Housing The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have released a public service announcement addressing their fight against sexual harassment in housing. The two departments first announced their partnership in April, a move that was initiated by the DOJ’s renewed focus on sexual harassment in housing announced October of 2017. The PSA features a 60-second video focused on three women who were the victims of sexual harassment lawsuits brought by the DOJ under the Fair Housing Act. The women share their stories of harassment, and how these experiences have impacted their lives.The video serves as a joint effort between the two departments in order to reach victims across the country, informing them of their available resources and ways to report harassment. According to the statement, the video was distributed to all Public Housing Agencies across the United States and is intended to air in all national media markets, as well as be distributed by social media. In addition, the PSA will be circulated to fair housing groups, legal aid organizations, and other related partners across the country.“Unfortunately, there are still too many landlords and managers who attempt to prey on vulnerable individuals. The launch of the nationwide PSAs is an important step in proliferating the stories of brave women and men across the country in order to raise awareness and help other victims,” said John Gore, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division. “Our goal at the Justice Department is to make more people aware that no one should have to choose between a home and the right to be free from sexual harassment.”Read the full press release here to learn more about the partnership and initiative, or watch the PSA below.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Levon Helm Studios To Host ‘The Last Waltz’ 40th Anniversary Celebration

first_img2016 marks the 40th anniversary of The Band‘s legendary guest-filled final show, dubbed The Last Waltz, at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. The performance was immortalized by a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary of the same name, which many point to as one of the greatest concert films of all time. Today, late Band drummer/singer Levon Helm‘s longtime group the Midnight Ramble Band has announced a Last Waltz tribute show on August 6th at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY, The Band’s hometown. This intimate performance will feature special guests Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin, and will no doubt feel reminiscent of Helm’s famous Midnight Ramble parties at his Woodstock home. You can purchase tickets here.Today’s announcement comes on the heels of yesterday’s news that the Ramble Band will play another tribute show in NYC a day earlier, on August 5th. The free anniversary celebration–part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors concert series–will celebrate The Last Waltz‘s 40th with a lineup featuring several performers from the original concert, including Dr. John, Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Anderson East, Howard Johnson, and Ramble Band musical director Larry Campbell.‘The Last Waltz’ 40th Anniversary Concert To Feature Original PerformersOver the course of the year, various artists have paid homage to the milestone with their own Last Waltz-themed shows, including an incredible tribute aftershow in New Orleans during Jazz Fest led by Warren Haynes and an upcoming all-star performance at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY in November featuring tribute masters like Joe Russo, Scott Metzger, Dave Dreiwitz, and more.last_img read more

Brazil Flooding, Mudslides Kills At Least 145

first_imgBy Dialogo April 08, 2010 Flooding and mudslides killed at least 145 people in southeastern Brazil, authorities said, as the most intense rains in half a century paralyzed the Rio de Janeiro area and brought scenes of fear and chaos. Fire and rescue officials said most of the deaths occurred in hillside slums where heavy rains since Monday triggered devastating mudslides. Officials said 37 people were killed in Rio but hardest hit was Niteroi, a city on the other side of the bay from Rio, where 53 people died. Flooding was so intense that authorities urged Rio residents to remain indoors and not venture downtown, where streets were impassable. Some motorists abandoned their partially submerged cars, while others were stranded for hours inside stalled vehicles. “All the major streets of the city are closed because of the floods,” said Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes. “Each and every person who attempts to enter them will be at enormous risk.” Civil defense officials said most of the casualties were trapped in landslides in the hillside slums that ring Rio, a city of some 16 million people that will host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Paes ordered schools closed Wednesday for a second day in order to keep people off the streets. Separately, Governor Cabral decreed three days of mourning. Flooding also wreaked havoc with air traffic, causing serious airport delays.last_img read more

COREdinating technology solutions to empower employees & engage members

first_imgIn light of technological disruptors coming from every angle, you may be feeling overwhelmed, confused and intimidated. After all, you’re simply trying to provide the best financial service possible, whenever/wherever it’s needed – and doing it compliantly in the eyes of examiners. But instead of asking why it can’t be like the good old days, it is wise to keep the focus on one core purpose – improving the financial lives of your members.Starting with coreThe core has always been the technology backbone, but now also allows for tighter integration with third-party vendors in an open architecture environment. For so many years, though, some institutions have thought technology first and everything else secondary. You can no longer afford to think this way, given our highly competitive landscape within all areas, internally with employees and externally with members.More than coreThe same features and benefits of an open and integrated core are still there: reliability – functionality – connectivity – flexibility – compliancy – security. Now, with so many non-traditional financial technology third-party providers promising better, faster, stronger solutions, you’ve had to start worrying more about vendor management, due diligence and longevity in an ever-changing world.Beyond the necessary technological aspects which only level the playing field, it’s necessary to ask yourself some important questions in order to compete.How are you differentiating yourself in our market place?What tools do your employees really need to perform their best? Is it a great place to work? If your employees aren’t happy and loyal, how can you expect your members to be?Do your members look to you first for all of their financial needs? Have you asked them lately?Once you’ve dug deep to find these answers, you can being the process of building the technology platform that best coordinates internal performance with external engagement. Keep in mind, balancing high-tech and high-touch experiences is key within an omni-channel environment.Starting at the topWe all know this won’t work unless every top executive is on board, focused on the same goals. Working in an environment of silos, however, slows down the process, creates confusion and hinders effective decision making. Of course, the board of directors must also first trust the CEO and the senior leadership team. When everyone’s on board, moving forward in selecting the right core and integrated solutions becomes more easily focused on solving problems and exploring opportunities, instead of on internal, territorial battles.Partnering for successAdditional resources are sometimes needed when researching and deciding on the best solutions for both employee and member experiences. This could be from both internal and external sources depending upon the level of integration and depth of involvement. Just remember that when asking for help from external sources, your institution will ultimately be responsible for your successes and failures. They leave – you stay.On the other hand, a technology solution provider who truly becomes a trusted partner by knowing your team, members and purpose will be a wonderful asset for many years, providing non-biased information that helps your employees make the best decisions for your members – and for your employees.How would you rank these top reasons at your financial institution? Are there others that weigh more heavily than some? Perhaps you even have one or more additional reasons to consider.Depending upon your strategic priorities, aligning them with the right technology solutions will help narrow down specific integrated solutions for achieving short and long-term goals.Know what you don’t knowHow do you know what you don’t know when it comes to core and more solutions? Some seek advice from consultants who can see things from a different perspective (they see challenges from other institutions firsthand and can offer similar solutions). Some feel that the consulting fee is worth the investment of uncovering the unknown and learning from other clients’ experiences.Others prefer to trust their intimate knowledge of their internal team through member research to come up with choices and solutions themselves. Keep in mind, this method takes much longer and takes away time from the team executing other already-planned strategies for the year. Keeping your options and mind open to new and different perspectives will allow your team to evaluate and finally choose the technological solutions that integrate well, giving your team (and eventually your members) the synergy needed to succeed. See how one financial institution does this.In the end – it’s end-to-endMost will agree that incorporating an end-to-end technology solution has many advantages, with a few disadvantages that are mostly mitigated with proper enterprise risk management strategies. Your internal culture must be firmly in place before attaching a technological set of solutions within your organization. After the necessary research, finding that true technology solutions provider is key, a true long-term partner going forward. 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stan Cowan Stan Cowan works at D+H, a global technology solutions provider for the financial industry as a Senior Solutions Marketing Manager. He’s also spent over 17 years as a … Web: www.dh.com Detailslast_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights: Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia: Suarez strike hands La Celeste 1-0 win

first_imgNew Delhi: FIFA’s mega event continues as in the second match of the day Uruguay lock horns with Saudi Arabia at the Rostov Arena in the Group A tie. After losing 5-0 to Russia in the opening game of the World Cup, Saudi Arabia face an Uruguayan side who beat Egypt 1-0 courtesy of a 90th-minute winner.Uruguay’s win over Egypt was a typically tight opening round game, with limited chances as neither side wanted to lose. Saudi Arabia, however, looked completely out of their depth against hosts Russia.Highlights of Russia vs Saudi Arabia:Congrats to @LuisSuarez9 – the @Budweiser #ManoftheMatch for #URUKSA! pic.twitter.com/CnDYgt1Nf6— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018 # The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match. Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia# 90+3′ Lucas Torreira (Uruguay) works the corner short instead of sending the ball into the penalty area.# 90+3′ Diego Laxalt (Uruguay) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. The referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Uruguay will have an opportunity to threaten the opposition’s goal.# 90+2′ Yasir Al Shahrani (Saudi Arabia) carelessly slides into the feet of his opponent and he’ll be lucky to avoid punishment. Clement Turpin blows for the foul but keeps his cards in his pocket on this occasion.# 90+2′ Yasir Al Shahrani (Saudi Arabia) collects a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a low drive to the middle, but Fernando Muslera makes a save.# 90′ Mohammed Kanu (Saudi Arabia) jumps for a header from the resulting corner kick inside the box and sends the ball in on goal, but the goalkeeper makes a very good save.# 4 min. of stoppage-time to be played.# 89′ CHANCE! Luis Suarez (Uruguay) wastes a big opportunity! He controls the ball after a nice low pass and shoots from a promising distance. His poor effort goes miles wide of the right post.# 86′ Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) dribbles his way to the edge of the box and drills a shot low towards the middle of the goal, but Mohammed Al Owais is equal to the effort and makes a good save.# 82′ Here is a change. Carlos Sanchez is going off and Oscar Tabarez gives the last tactical orders to Nahitan Nandez (Uruguay).# 81′ Mohammed Kanu (Saudi Arabia) trips an opposition player and Clement Turpin signals a foul.# 80′ CHANCE! A bullet header by Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) from inside the box has the power, but goes totally in the wrong direction, yards wide of the left post.# 78′ Fahad Mosaed Al Muwallad Al Harbi will be replaced by Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Saudi Arabia).# 77′ Diego Godin (Uruguay) is clearly in an offside position after the ball is played through to him and the linesman raises his flag.# 76′ Yasir Al Shahrani (Saudi Arabia) is obviously not following the Golden Rule: „Treat others as you want to be treated.“ He makes a bad challenge and leaves Clement Turpin with no other option than to blow for a foul.# 76′ Luis Suarez (Uruguay) attempts to feed Edinson Cavani with a chip pass, but Mohammed Al Owais reacts well and comes off his line to intercept.# 75′ Here’s the change. Hattan Bahbir leaves the pitch and Mohammed Kanu (Saudi Arabia) comes on as a substitute.# 70′ Hussein Al Moghawi (Saudi Arabia) launches into a thunderous tackle on his opponent and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.# 68′ The free kick picks out Martin Caceres (Uruguay) in space, but his close-range header flies miles over the bar.# 67′ Salem Al Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) trips an opponent with a slide tackle. Clement Turpin stops the game and he could give him a card, but eventually decides on just a warning. That’s a free kick to Uruguay.# 66′ Hattan Bahbir (Saudi Arabia) delivers a poor cross from a free kick as one of the defenders comfortably clears it away.# 66′ Hattan Bahbir (Saudi Arabia) is going to send the ball in from the free kick.# 65′ Jose Maria Gimenez (Uruguay) pulls the shirt of his opponent and the referee stops play for a foul. Saudi Arabia win a free kick and will be able to apply some pressure on the opposition goal.# 65′ Carlos Sanchez (Uruguay) crosses the ball into the box from the free kick, but the defence clears the danger.# 64′ Yasir Al Shahrani (Saudi Arabia) makes an overly-aggressive challenge and Clement Turpin blows his whistle for a foul. Uruguay are awarded the free kick.# 63′ Luis Suarez (Uruguay) collects a pass and finds himself in a good position to strike from the edge of the box, but his attempt is blocked.# 62′ CHANCE! Carlos Sanchez (Uruguay) blows a huge opportunity! He latches on to a perfect cross from the wing into the penalty area, but sends a bullet header narrowly over the crossbar!# 61′ Diego Laxalt (Uruguay) does his best to latch onto a cross into the box, but he can’t get to the ball.# 59′ Substitution. Matias Vecino makes way for Lucas Torreira (Uruguay).# 59′ Oscar Tabarez has decided to substitute Cristian Rodriguez and he is replaced by Diego Laxalt (Uruguay).# 56′ Diego Godin (Uruguay) pulls the jersey of one of the opposition players and Clement Turpin blows his whistle for a foul.Luis Suarez – the first player to score at three different editions of the #WorldCup for @Uruguay! pic.twitter.com/B2xfSuZd47— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018# 53′ Fahad Mosaed Al Muwallad Al Harbi (Saudi Arabia) is in a clear offside position and the linesman raises his flag.# 51′ Luis Suarez (Uruguay) fouls an opponent during an attacking move.# 51′ Luis Suarez (Uruguay) almost scores with a cheeky low shot towards goal that goes under the defensive wall, but Mohammed Al Owais is alert and makes a good save.# 49′ Salman Al Faraj (Saudi Arabia) was too forceful with his tackle and Clement Turpin interrupted the game to signal a free kick. Uruguay have a free kick.# 48′ Fahad Mosaed Al Muwallad Al Harbi (Saudi Arabia) fails to time his run beyond the last defender and the linesman makes a good call by signalling for offside after seeing the whole situation unfold.# 48′ A horde of players are waiting inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but Salem Al Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) takes it short.# 47′ The ball is cleared after Salem Al Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. The ball is out of play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Saudi Arabia.# The second half gets underway.#URU lead at the break!#URUKSA pic.twitter.com/kOuVBsa4ME— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Key stats: 👉@LuisSuarez9 is the first player to score for @Uruguay at three World Cups👉 We’ve had ANOTHER goal from a set-piece at this #WorldCup#URUKSA pic.twitter.com/H22ZvQxtEX— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018# 45+3′ Clement Turpin has ended the first half by blowing the whistle.# 44′ Juan Antonio Pizzi is forced to make a change. Taisir Al Jassim is not able to carry on due to injury. He is replaced by Hussein Al Moghawi (Saudi Arabia).Goal 52 for #URU for @LuisSuarez9 👏#URUKSA pic.twitter.com/5bawfKI9HQ— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018# 41′ Taisir Al Jassim (Saudi Arabia) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. The extent of his injury is yet to be discovered.# 38′ Abdullah Otayf (Saudi Arabia) gathers the pass and without hesitation smashes a shot in from long range, but it goes high over the bar.# 37′ A crossfield pass from Mohammed Al Burayk (Saudi Arabia) fails to find any of his teammates.# Possession stats: Uruguay 45-55 Saudi Arabia.# 35′ Clement Turpin blows his whistle for a foul after Salem Al Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) hacks down one of his opponents.# 32′ Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.# 31′ The game is interrupted now, Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) picks up a knock and the physio has to come on.# 30′ Referee Clement Turpin sees the trip by Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) and doesn’t hesitate to blow his whistle.# 29′ CHANCE! Hattan Bahbir (Saudi Arabia) had a good opportunity when he latched on to a cross from the wing, but his strike wasn’t accurate at all and the ball went well over the bar.# 27′ Saudi Arabia take the corner, but their hopes of scoring a goal end with nice clearance by the defence.# 26′ CHANCE! Hattan Bahbir (Saudi Arabia) produces a ferocious strike from the edge of the box. His dangerous effort towards the roof of the net is blocked by Fernando Muslera, who pulls off a superb save to keep the ball out of the net. Good work from Saudi Arabia as they win a corner.# 25′ Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) expertly controls the pass inside the penalty area and shoots, but it’s inadvertently blocked a defender.On his 100th #URU appearance, [email protected] grabs his first goal of the 2018 FIFA #WorldCup to give @Uruguay the lead!#URUKSA 1-0 pic.twitter.com/xe3pcLBBDJ— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018# 23′ GOAL! Luis Suarez (Uruguay) scores from the corner kick. The ball slipped through the box to Luis Suarez (Uruguay) and he slotted it past the goalkeeper. Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia.# 22′ Cristian Rodriguez (Uruguay) tries to slide the ball through to a teammate but it’s well blocked by a defender. The referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick to Uruguay.# 21′ CHANCE! Carlos Sanchez (Uruguay) receives a precise pass and is given time inside the box to send a promising strike towards the middle of the goal. Mohammed Al Owais guesses his intention and denies him with a fine save.# 20′ Uruguay have been awarded a corner kick. Will they be able to take advantage of the situation by delivering a good ball into the penalty box?# 20′ Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) serves up a nice cross, but the defence clears the danger. The linesman points to the corner flag, Uruguay are going to take it.# 18′ CHANCE! Diego Godin (Uruguay) sends a long ball forward to Cristian Rodriguez, but he put too much power and the chance is gone. The ball is off of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Saudi Arabia.# 17′ Handball by Matias Vecino (Uruguay).# 15′ CHANCE! Luis Suarez (Uruguay) missed a big chance! He produces a stunning volley from inside the box, but his effort goes not far wide of the right post.# 14′ The game is interrupted. Abdullah Otayf (Saudi Arabia) has violated the rules in the battle for the ball. No protests or gestures are being made as he is quite aware of what he did.# 12′ CHANCE! Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) cushions the ball on his chest then hits a first-time volley high over the bar from inside the box.# 12′ Salem Al Dawsari (Saudi Arabia) jumps into a tackle and Clement Turpin blows his whistle for a foul.# 8′ A quickly taken corner by Saudi Arabia.# 8′ Mohammed Al Burayk (Saudi Arabia) takes the free-kick from mid-range but it’s blocked by the defensive wall. Now Saudi Arabia have a corner.# 7′ Matias Vecino (Uruguay) tackles a bit over-zealously and Clement Turpin blows for a foul. Saudi Arabia earn a free kick.# 6′ Clement Turpin blows his whistle and signals a foul after Carlos Sanchez (Uruguay) brought his opponent down.# 4′ Poor challenge! Cristian Rodriguez (Uruguay) is penalised for tripping and Clement Turpin blows his whistle.# 2′ Luis Suarez (Uruguay) collects a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a shot which is brilliantly blocked by a defender.# 2′ A spell of possession for Uruguay in an attempt to control the game.Congrats, @LuisSuarez9! #URUKSA pic.twitter.com/zul9eauhn3— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018# KICK OFF! # Clement Turpin got the nomination for today’s game and will try his best to be a fair judge and not make any mistakes.# Stat attack: In their last 11 games at the World Cup, Uruguay have failed to score just once.# Players to watch: Saudi ‘keeper Abdullah Al Muaiouf could be a busy man and needs to watch Uruguay defender José Giménez at set pieces.30 minutes to go!Are you all set for #URUKSA? 👀 TV listings 👉 https://t.co/xliHcxWvEO— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018#URUKSA // Formations… pic.twitter.com/qXw9b5YAhY— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Uruguay Playing XI: Muslera; Varela, Giménez, Godín, Cáceres; Sánchez, Vecino, Bentancur, Rodríguez; Cavani, Suárez.Saudi Arabia Playing XI: Alowais, Osama, Ali, Alburayk, Salman, Hatan, Yasser, Otayf, Taiseer, Salem, Fahad.Now, on to Match 2…Here are the teams for #URUKSA 👇@Uruguay // @SaudiNT_EN pic.twitter.com/Jp3zCm61Ah— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018! In the second match of the day, Uruguay lock horns with Saudi Arabia at the Rostov Arena in the Group A tie.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Spurs beat Heat 104-87 in Game 5 to win NBA title

first_imgThe San Antonio Spurs pose for a photo after Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals against the Miami Heat on Sunday, June 15, 2014, in San Antonio. The Spurs won the NBA championship 104-87. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan and Tony Parker won titles in their second seasons. Manu Ginobili was a champion as an NBA rookie.Success came so quickly and frequently for the Big Three, but San Antonio couldn’t keep it up after winning its last title in 2007. And just when the Spurs were on the verge of being back on top again last year, the Miami Heat practically snatched the rings right off their fingers.So when they finally celebrated again Sunday, players wrapping themselves in flags from around world in a reminder that the Spurs look far beyond the border to build champions, Parker had no trouble deciding where to rank this title.“That’s why I say it’s the sweetest one,” Parker said, “because it’s just unbelievable to win seven years ago, and to be so close last year, it was very cruel. But that’s the beauty of sport. Sometimes it’s tough. And sometimes it can be beautiful like today.”The Spurs finished off a dominant run to their fifth NBA championship, ending the Heat’s two-year title reign with a 104-87 victory that wrapped up the series in five games.Painfully denied 12 months ago by the Heat, this victory party was worth the wait.“We got to this spot and we didn’t let it go,” Ginobili said.San Antonio erased an early 16-point deficit and routed Miami for the fourth time in the series, denying the Heat’s quest for a third straight championship. A year after the Spurs suffered their only loss in six finals appearances — a heartbreaking seven-game defeat — they turned the rematch into no match at all.“We had a great first quarter, but from that point on they were the better team, and that’s why they’re the champions in 2014,” said LeBron James, who led the Heat with 31 points and 10 rebounds.Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who added this title to the ones they won in 1999, 2003, ’05 and ’07 by shooting a finals-record 52.8 percent in the series.“They played exquisite basketball this series and in particular these last three games and they are the better team. There’s no other way to say it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.A decade and a half after winning their first title, the Spurs remain the NBA’s model organization, a small-market team that simply wins big and hardly ever does it with a high draft pick. Instead, they found players overseas or in other organizations who would fit the Spurs’ way of doing things and mesh with Duncan, Parker and Ginobili, who have teamed for 117 postseason victories, the most by one trio.Players such as Leonard, acquired in a draft-night trade with Indiana after playing at San Diego State, and Patty Mills, an Australian national who scored 17 points off the bench.The Spurs won four titles in nine years, but had gone so long since the last one that Foreigner’s “Feels Like the First Time” was an appropriate song choice after the final buzzer.Duncan and Popovich have been here for all of them, and it was the fourth for Parker and Ginobili, who with Duncan are once again the reigning the Big Three in the NBA.Chris Bosh finished with 13 points and Dwyane Wade just 11 on 4-of-12 shooting for the Heat.The painful conclusion to last year’s NBA Finals served as the fuel for this one, powering the Spurs to a league-best 62-win season and a rematch with Miami — the first in the finals since Chicago beat Utah in 1997-98.Round 2 went to the Spurs, but both teams have challenges to navigate if there is to be a rubber match.San Antonio will face questions — as it has for years — about the age of its core, and whether Duncan, Ginobili and Popovich want to stick around. The Heat will brace for the potential free agency of James, Wade and Bosh, and will need younger, fresher pieces around the three All-Stars if they all stay.But this moment belongs to the Spurs.Playing a methodical style for many years made San Antonio respected, but never beloved despite its winning ways. The Spurs were TV ratings killers, casual viewers finding them not much fun to watch.But Popovich opened up the offense a few years ago, making the Spurs an easy-to-like, tough-to-beat group that thrives on ball movement and 3-point shooting.“You showed the world how beautiful this game is,” Commissioner Adam Silver told the Spurs during the postgame award ceremony.NOTES: It was the Spurs’ 12th win by 15 or more points, most ever in a postseason. The Spurs outscored opponents by 214 points in the postseason. … Miami had won 11 straight series, tied for the fifth-longest streak in NBA history.___Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Briancmahoneylast_img read more

Intercity Transit Named Bicycle Friendly Business

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Intercity TransitOlympia/Thurston County WA – Just as the nation celebrates another Earth Day, there’s timely news occurring in Olympia, Washington, as well as elsewhere around the country. Intercity Transit, the region’s public transportation provider, was recognized as one of the first transit systems in the U.S. to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists.Along with Intercity Transit, 62 other organizations – from across the private and public sectors – earned the Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) designation this year.The recognition for Intercity Transit, known for its sustainability efforts, is due to its long history supporting bicycling as an earth friendly and appealing commute option, as well as for its substantial bike programs. One of those programs is the popular Bicycle Commuter Contest, which engages about 1,500 cyclists each May in bicycling to work, school, and on errands, reducing harmful CO2 emissions by 60 tons and an estimated 120,000 miles of car trips each time.The agency also runs an innovative Bike PARTners program in which a largely volunteer staff rebuilds discarded bicycles and works with elementary school students teaching bike mechanics and safety, resulting in the students “earning” bikes for their future transportation use. And last year Intercity Transit began a staff bicycle program for employee use when traveling to nearby meetings and mid-day errands, effectively expanding employee wellness initiatives.“When employees bike, great things happen,” said Ann Freeman-Manzanares, Interim General Manager for Intercity Transit. “By encouraging a bike friendly culture, we decrease our carbon foot print, connect with our community more, and promote a fun and healthy work culture.”Over 500 organizations now have the BFB designation (past and current designees). This enables these organizations access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League of American Bicyclists toward enhancing their bicycling culture.“More and more business leaders are realizing that bicycling is a simple and cost-effective way to move toward a more productive company,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “Promoting healthy transportation is increasingly attractive to employers and prospective employees – and it’s moving America toward a more sustainable future.”To learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at bikeleague.org/businesses. To learn about other Intercity Transit sustainability initiatives, visit intercitytransit.com/programs/sustainability.last_img read more

It’s The Cold, Not The Humidity!

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithIt depends on where you live, what you do, how you heat, and how critical your needs are as to how local residents are bearing up under the frigid and snow conditions that have essentially shut down many government offices, schools and programs.But in the end, it’s attitude and acceptance that keep tempers from flaring and homeowners diligent about the impact of winter.Monmouth County residents cracked open the backdoor on Tuesday morning and measured snowfall accumulations of three inches and as much as seven, as in parts of Middletown.Despite the slush, some outdoor enthusiasts were undeterred and jogged along the boardwalk, as did David DeMonico of the Jersey Shore Running Club.For Sean Murray of Leonardo, it’s all about realizing that problems like frozen pipes “are just part of the territory” when you love where you live. The Murrays have a century year old home with a northwest side that bears the brunt of high winds and blowing snow. With the second floor bathroom on that side of the house, it came as no surprise that frozen pipes could become an issue. The answer, Murray said, “is taking preventive measures.”Leaving water taps open a slight degree to ensure running water is the first means most people with older homes or homes with water pipes in crawl spaces beneath the house put into effect. At the Murray home, they have the good fortune of having the second floor bath just above the kitchen. “So by keeping the kitchen a little warmed, and knowing that heat rises, we have another means of keeping pipes from freezing.” Undaunted by the frigid temperatures, Murray laughed and admitted, “I’ve learned a lot living in an older home over the past ten years. But I can tell you one thing…as long as you accept its part of the territory, it’s absolutely worth whatever inconvenience to live where we live.”Those with oil heat have their own problems when temperatures drop lower and stay longer than anticipated. When supplies run low, customers get on the phone with their fuel oil supplier to ensure their tanks are full. That’s apparently what has happened this week for Lawes Coal and Fuel Oil Company in Shrewsbury. Very polite, courteous and busy members of the office work force at the Shrewsbury office declined to answer any questions for a story, preferring to donate their time and telephone lines to customers calling in. “That should give you an idea of how busy we really are,” one spokesman at Lawes said. Although there were no complaints from the company, a family owned business that has been in Monmouth County since 1926, residents should ensure walkways are cleared and shoveled from the street to the fuel tank fills location so drivers can make the deliveries and hasten to the next caller.For Jersey Central Power & Light Company, heavy snow sometimes means downed wires and no electricity to homes, but that has not been the case so far in the Two River area. The utility maintains a website updated every 15 minutes which showed no outages in the area, while there were two smaller outages in western Monmouth County and Point Pleasant. Officials recommend callers with outages contact their automated line at 888-544-2877 to report, since the company might not always be immediately aware of a limited outage. The automated line picks up the caller’s phone number and can relate it to a customer’s address without the need for human intervention on the phone, reason enough for a user to ensure his own records, including a cell phone number, are up to date.Residents are also advised to only report downed wires they actually see, rather than what they suspect. Treatment of a downed wire, for safety purposes, means a Hazard responder crew is sent to the scene to ensure safety before advising the repair team of the address. Falling in a downed wire without seeing it can only delay response to that caller and others in the queue.At Little Silver Borough Hall, the staff was up and running before 10 a.m., fielding all calls and handling routine business. Administrator Kim Jungfer said she came at the usual 8 a.m. start of the day, “because I live close and could do it, to ensure we could answer the phones and take care of business.” The borough had a couple of small water pipe issues, she said, but praised the pro-active work of the Public Works Department that kept those problems at a minimum. “We raised the temperatures in some of the building that aren’t used on a daily basis, “ she said, “knowing that the higher cost of heating them would still be far more beneficial than frozen pipes and subsequent repairs.”On the roadways, where most of us will have to eventually wind up, whether to work, school or shop and hope to travel safely, some municipalities have partnered with county government to use what the county uses to melt ice and snow.Since 2008, Monmouth County Public Works has been using a liquid brine solution to treat the approximately 1,000 miles of county roadways. Since 2009 the county government has offered to sell to towns and now 36 communities are using this shared service, said Freeholder Thomas Arnone. Along with saving money given the county buys the solution in large quantities, “The other bonus is that these substances are less harmful to the environment and more effective in colder temperatures,” Arnone said.In the Two-River area Atlantic Highlands, Eatontown, Fair Haven, Highlands, Little Silver, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Red Bank, Red Bank, Rumson, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township and West Long Branch, according to Laura Kirkpatrick, the county director of public information and tourism.As tough as the weather has been, take heart and remember it’s a little more than a month to spring. But on the glass is half empty side of the argument that means there is still more than a month left in winter and all that can bring.last_img read more

Leafs add size to the blueline with addition of Patrick Coome

first_img“He’s big, and he brings our defence to six D,” Maida told The Nelson Daily.Maida has totally revamped the Leafs from the team that was knocked out of the KIJHL playoffs in the first round for the third consecutive season.And that team has been on fire to start the season, undefeated in September – five exhibition wins and two regular season victories.“I’m very happy with the way we’ve started the season,” Maida explained. “But we’ve got a long way to go.”Maida was pleased with opening weekend after registering wins over Murdoch Division rival Castlegar and outlasting Creston Valley Thunder Cats.“I thought we played well early in both games, had a bit of a lapse in both games but were able to get is back,” he said.ICE CHIPS: The Leafs have just one game this weekend against the Steam. . . . Don’t look know but if the season ended today, the Grand Forks Border Bruins would hold down top spot in the Murdoch Division after starting the season with three straight wins — two over Spokane and an overtime win against Castlegar. . . . Nelson hosts Grand Forks Saturday, September 28. . . . Nelson dealt the rights of Colton St. John to Creston for future considerations. . . . Former Nelson Leafs Linden Horswill has left the Trail Smokie Eaters of the BCHL. He’s a player Leaf fans won’t miss on the ice.Nelson Leafs coach Frank Maida added another piece to the 2013-14 roster by acquiring 6’4”, 200-pound defenceman Patrick Coome from the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.Coome, a late cut from Portage La Prairie of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, is expected to be in the lineup Friday when Nelson hosts Summerland Steam in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League interlocking action at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more