Hotshot: Scarlets and Wales U20 back-row Dan Davis

first_imgThis article originally appeared in the December 2018 edition of Rugby World. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Dan’s the man: Back-rower Dan Davis in action for Scarlets (Huw Evans Agency) Scarlets and Wales U20 back-row Dan DavisDate of birth 17 September 1998 Born Oxford Region Scarlets Country Wales Position Back-rowWhen did you move to Wales?When I was four. My parents are English but moved because of my dad’s work. I feel Welsh, not English. As soon as I started playing rugby I’d support Wales any day.When did you first play?I was about eight at Llandeilo. My dad used to play football but rugby is the biggest sport in Wales and I fancied playing for a club. I loved it. I worked my way through all the age grades, then Scarlets U16 and U18, then the national team, U18 and U20.Did you play any other sports?I played a lot of football and was in the Cardiff City Academy set-up. I played centre-back and a bit in midfield as well.When I was about 13 I had to choose rugby or football, and I enjoy rugby more. At a young age, it’s easier to stick to something you love.What positions have you played?Mostly in the back row. I played a lot for Llandeilo in the centre as we were short of numbers, but when I started with Scarlets U16 they preferred me as a back-row.I think centre was good for me, though. I picked up handling skills, more awareness… it helped me.Is openside your favourite position? Get to know the latest rising back-row star in Wales – Dan Daviscenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Yes, seven is the position I love. I love the involvements you have, especially with the way Scarlets play as back-rows are used in the wide channels. You get a lot of ball in space. I love the defence aspect too, the contact and jackling.When did you link up with Scarlets?I was playing for Scarlets U16 when I got a Wales U16 call-up. After that Kevin George from the Scarlets called and they wanted to sign me on a five-year deal. I was chuffed. There was no hesitation.You’ve made your Pro14 debut this season. How have you found it?It’s a lot faster and more physical, but I love it. I was quite nervous at first because I didn’t expect to be this involved this season.What are your goals going forward?I just want to keep playing well and take those opportunities. If I’m not in the first team and playing for Scarlets A, I still want to keep performing.Are you studying away from rugby?Yes, sports science at Swansea University. It’s hard to juggle. At the moment I’m full-time and I’m going to see how I manage. If it gets too stressful, I’ll go part-time.RW VERDICT: Davis made his Scarlets debut as a teenager and is likely to feature a lot this season given the region’s injury woes. He’s shown a lot of promise and could add further depth to Wales’ impressive back-row resources.last_img read more

More than just a tiny, tasteless wafer

first_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group By Danielle TumminioPosted Jan 17, 2012 walter beaman says: Rector Tampa, FL Leslie Nipps says: Catherine Windsor says: John Dornheim says: Beth Anne says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID January 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm One of my fondest memories of my sailing friend, who was also a fine liturgical scholar, H. Boone Porter, looking at a large “priest’s host” and saying in his high-pitched Kentucky drawl, “I have an easier time believing this is the Body of Christ, than I do believing it is bread.” I favor the use of a decent leavened bread and a decent red wine as the outward sacramental signs. We do not need to spend great amounts of money on the bread and wine, but it should represent the best that that community can offer at that moment in time. Submit a Job Listing Mary W. Cox says: Submit a Press Release Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem January 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm I think that “tasty” communion bread distracts from the inward and spiritual experience that to me is the quintessence of the Eucharist. The previous commentator inspires a haiku of my own:Sacrament, not snack;Leave my mind on heav’nly things.Lunch comes later. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY January 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm It’s not about the material wafer, it is about what is infused invisibly into it upon its consecration as the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. That nano-second of time when a plain, tasteless wafer and common wine, becomes the food and drink of unending life in Him. it is metaphysical, a divine mystery, a thin place if you will, that does not account for taste or substance except for the intangible that brings the essence of Him to us, symbolizing the grace and divinity of Him who first loved us. I am not surprised at the disdain some have at a wafer’s tastelessness in human terms but in my state of salvation and grace that He provided, who am I to complain about unending life in Him, regardless of the media in which it is gifted to me, to you? Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH More than just a tiny, tasteless wafer Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Jennifer Solberg says: Press Release Service January 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm I am really bad about being a “communion judge” each week after receiving communion I would think eww this is stale or yumm this is nice and soft. I have even run across churches that have “bread ministries” and every weekend they get together to bake the bread for that weeks services. But I think what has happened is we are losing the meaning of what we are receiving, Jesus. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI L Celeste Gardner says: January 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm We should not have to choose between tangible and intangible. These things should be congruent, and no matter how we rationalize the wafers, I think the taste tester has a point. I’ve been bothered by this in my parish, where I feel the wafers are inconsistent with the real community we have. Why are we using fake bread??? A couple weeks ago I heard a member of the altar guild lamenting stale wafers and speculating that someone “stocked up when there was a sale.” I asked if real bread had ever been used at our parish and was told, “yes, but…” what followed was the logisitical problems outlined in the above piece. She said if I wanted to take responsibility for the bread baking that would probably be welcome; talk to the rector. I’m left challenged because I believe that the reason wafers are used often does have more to do with convenience than theology or even tradition. Someone needs to step up, maybe it’s me? That could be the silver lining to my current unemployment. With more time than money, it is something I will be able to do even tho keeping up with our pledge has become a challenge. hmm… Can we say we care about Jesus if we don’t care about our most tangible symbol of Jesus? Rector Hopkinsville, KY Jan Harbaugh says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls Comments (16) Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York January 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm I like your reflection on the inadequate/adequate wafer. Here’s a communion haiku:Crunchy Jesus–nostale white wafer–be in meWord worth chewing on. Gordon Atkinson says: January 22, 2012 at 9:09 am By way of confession, as a young person, I loved crunchy wafers and would steal them by the handful from my childhood church any time I could sneak in to the sacristy. What I think about them now – tastewise and as long as they’re crunchy – isn’t so much different. But the question for me as to do with the radical disconnect of wafer to the abundance of the elements – earth, water, wind, sun . . . I don’t think it’s possible to attach the symbol to Jesus without connecting it as well to an elemental theology, or, if we do – as we do often – it becomes a dangerously isolated anthropocentric ritual . In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA June 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm are you people for Real…. ? this is the Body and Blood of the Christ, or is it your fatuous preoccupation with being religious, in some episcopal/baptist/ whatever sort of way…. i hold my more complete thoughts for 24 hours before posting… Margaret Johnson says: January 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm The first time I had bread instead of a wafer was 15 years ago at Mount Calvary in Santa Barbara. It was a profound experience — and is each time I return. I found myself truly “chewing” on the meaning of communion. I can appreciate that for some the real bread can be distracting, but it focuses me and the sacrifice of the Incarnation becomes tangible. When this bread is broken, I more fully sense the breaking of the body of Christ on the cross. As the Eucharist is a sensory as well as theological experience which engages my mind, body and spirit, I appreciate the taste and feel of bread with substance with both physical and metaphysical reality. And it reminds me to “taste and see the goodness of the Lord”. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA center_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Temmo Korisheli says: January 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm Of course the Spirit works through whatever medium we have at hand, but that is no argument for systematically stripping down the robustness of our symbols and rituals. It becomes, after a while, a docetist argument: matter isn’t important, only spirit. If we value the incarnation and the humanity as well as the divinity of Jesus, then having robust sacraments matters. “Let’s keep as little sensual feeling from interfering from our spiritual experiences”–does anyone not see the theological danger of this kind of praxis? Yikes. January 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm I once helped my former mother-in-law make the communion bread for an Episcopal service and I found the experience to be deeply touching. It felt personal and to see the bread broken was very meaningful. It just seemed to make me feel closer to Christ on a more human level. I loved it and have not found it since. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Danielle Tumminio[Episcopal News Service] Last week, a clergy friend of mine introduced me to a video in which Baptist minister Gordon Atkinson undertook a communion bread taste test.  One by one, he slid expensive wafers and cheap wafers, gluten-free and wheat, out of their sleeve and into his mouth.He tasted one type and announced: “It really has no taste at all…. Is that a communion bread that will offend no one?”  After reading the nutrition label on another, he said, “Fat: zero.  Cholesterol: zero.  Sodium: zero.  Carbs: zero.  Calories: zero.  Vitamin A: zero.  Vitamin C: zero.  Iron: zero.  Can you actually make food that has no nutritional value?”Then he concluded with these words: “What are these things [communion bread] saying about the church? … If this is a symbol for who we are, it’s really a tragic one because it sort of like looks fancy and nice, but there’s no nourishment there at all.”Now Gordon Atkinson is not the first to express wafer woes.  Clergy and lay people have long pointed out their flaws: Jesus didn’t use wafers at the Last Supper.  Thin wafers encourage the kind of self-denial that leads to eating disorders.  The simple wafer is as unsatisfying to the churchgoer seeking spiritual nourishment as fat-free ice cream is to the dieter craving a sundae.Yet the alternatives are often unsatisfying as well: Pita and matzah hearken back to the kind of bread Jesus would have used at the Last Supper, but they’re a pricier alternative many churches can’t afford.  Asking congregants to bake bread each week could result in a rector making early morning runs for Wonder Bread at the corner store when the baker is sick or her oven breaks.  Some bread recipes are so crummy — literally — that congregants could raise the cup of wine to their lips and find specks of Christ’s body lying at its bottom.Drives one to think maybe church leaders should ditch bread and wine for Hershey’s Kisses and Godiva liqueur, doesn’t it?But if all of this explains why a majority of parishes use communion wafers, the answer is about as satisfying as Gordon Atkinson’s taste test.  So where does that leave us?  Is there nourishment in those fat-free, calorie-free, iron and calcium and vitamin-free wafers?Maybe what Gordon Atkinson missed is the irony that in the end, how a wafer tastes isn’t really the point.  After all, it’s not bread we Christians worship but Jesus and the way Jesus transforms our lives in the world. For many churchgoers, there is something of Jesus in the bread, something that would exist whether the bread presented itself as a wafer or a high-end artisan bakery purchase.  And that something alters us and our relationship to God.So the power of that bread is that, even in the form of a tiny, tasteless wafer, it changes us and empowers us to do God’s work in the world.  Sure, a tastier, richer bread might symbolize God’s abundance in a more literal way.  But these tiny wafers seem to say, “I offer you a simple gift.  I offer you a chance to look past myself and to value what I do.  If I tasted like I was just out of the oven of a Parisian bakery, you might forget that.”As I sit at my desk and think about the Eucharist, about the many times I’ve held out my hands for those skinny, tasteless wafers, I also recall the priest who handed them to me, the person who passed the wine, the congregants standing at my side, and the God-given grace of which I am continually in need.  Yes, Holy Communion cannot take place without bread and wine, but it also cannot take place without community — without the love of God and neighbor.  And so even if the bread is without calories or carbs, iron or calcium, it is never as empty and hollow as Atkinson believes.  It is never without nourishment.— The Rev. Danielle Tumminio lectures at Yale University and is the author of God and Harry Potter at Yale.  She currently serves as an interim associate at St. Anne in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET January 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm Um, the manna from heaven is seen as a precursor to the Bread of Heaven that is Christ. We learned it in Sunday school and I can’t count the homilies I’ve heard on it. January 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm Yes, and yet Jesus was about really living in the body and the Body, and if we delete all sense & taste & smell from the Eucharist & our celebrations, how do we join in the foretaste of the feast to come? Doesn’t it all then depend on our imaginations? Rector Bath, NC John Kirk says: Rector Knoxville, TN January 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm Gen. 16: 12. . . in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God. . . . [I]n the morning the dew lay round about . . . And when the dew was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing . . . . And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said to them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat. Caroline Fairless says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ January 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm And this pertains to the Eucharist in what way? Rector Washington, DC Russell Ayers+ says: Featured Events Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA February 8, 2012 at 1:28 am You will love that I have been attending Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio since I left being a pastor in 2010. I’m right on the edge of becoming an Episcopalian, i think. If you guys will have me. Although I teeter back and forth between your communion and being a Quaker.But, I love the careful way in which the Eucharist is handled at Saint Luke’s. And you’re right. The taste isn’t really the thing at all. It’s much deeper. I still don’t understand it, really. But who does? Carlos Mercado says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Belleville, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Comments are closed. 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Horned Frogs come out on top at Bayou Beach Bash

first_imgFacebook Haley Harrison Good Neighbors Animal Rescue helps hundreds of feral cats and dogs Twitter Students concerned about off-campus thefts Linkedin ReddIt + posts Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Previous articleNo. 16 TCU sweeps No. 13 Oklahoma, 4-0Next articleHow Drew Medford left his mark on Paschal Baseball Haley Harrison RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Haley Harrison Haley Harrison Facebook Haley is a senior journalism major and political science minor from Parker, Texas. When she’s not in the newsroom, she enjoys playing sand volleyball with her friends and watching all the cute dog videos on Facebook. Twitter TCU visiting scholar continues campus conversation on immigration TAGSgame wonHF in title ReddIt Linkedin Haley Harrison Newest construction plan aims to close parts of Bellaire Drive for pedestrian walkway Haley Harrison TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution printThe TCU beach volleyball team clenched the Bayou Beach Bash championship Saturday after a 4-1 win over Central Arkansas and a 4-1 win over host Louisiana Monroe.The Horned Frogs also beat Texas A&M Corpus Christi 5-0 and Houston Baptist 4-1 on Friday which allowed them to go undefeated for the weekend and make their claim to fame as victors in Louisiana.“We are on a pretty good roll,” TCU head coach Hector Gutierrez said. “We are a little tired, but that’s part of the game. The girls are handling it really well.”TCU has played 10 matches in the last eight days. They might be fatigued, but their record doesn’t show it. The team is steadily improving (13-7) after a five game win streak that started with a 4-0 win against Irvine Valley College in California.“Everyone is really concentrating and everyone is ready to play,” Gutierrez said. “That is one of the good things about our team.”Although the team has been forced to make lineup changes due to injuries, Gutierrez is confident in all of his players to step into a role in the top five competing teams.Shane Peters and Jillian Bergeson played together for the first time as the No. 2 pair and went 3-1 on the weekend, along with the fresh No. 4 duo of Bridget Odmark and Claire Doyle. Jordan Terrell and Avery Arellano also paired up in the N0. 3 position for the match against ULM, which they won in quick sets 21-10, 21-15.Jaelyn Greene and Amy Neal also extended their win streak as a pair to seven consecutive matches after sweeping up all the wins against their weekend opponents on the No. 1 court.TCU hits the road again this weekend for the Florida State Tournament in Tallahassee. Their opponents include Georgia State, Florida International, host Florida State, Florida Atlantic and South Carolina.last_img read more

Student Athlete Spotlight: Chris Bradley

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Sports Student Athlete Spotlight: Chris Bradley By LORI DAJOSE Published on Monday, December 21, 2015 | 11:02 am Chris Bradley. Photo courtesy CaltechIn 1986, Caltech men’s water polo player David Bruning (BS ’88) set the record for the most goals scored during a season: 117. The record stood until 2014, when it was broken by then-sophomore Chris Bradley, who amassed 134 goals.Bradley, now a junior, received an Honorable Mention in the All-American Awards for Division III by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches for the 2014–2015 season and was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Men’s At-Large Team this past spring. “Chris brings passion, competiveness, and leadership to our water polo team,” says water polo coach Jon Bonafede. “He demonstrates remarkable athleticism and endurance for one of the most physically demanding sports.”This season, Bradley has once again earned a spot on the all-time top scorers list, notching 88 goals to put him as the fourth highest scorer.We sat down with Bradley to talk about water polo, academics, and the halfway point in his college career.What brought you to Caltech?I was attracted by the school’s rigorous academic reputation, and I wanted to study mechanical engineering. I chose Caltech for purely academic reasons, but it’s definitely a plus that Caltech is a place where I could continue playing sports.When did you start playing water polo?Well, it started because, as a high school freshman, I was cut from the football team! My older sister played water polo, and she encouraged me to try it out. Additionally, I grew up in the Bay Area of California, and California is kind of like the state to play water polo—most collegiate players come from here, so that was a big inspiration. I’ve been playing at Caltech for the last two years as a perimeter player—sort of a driver or attacker. It’s a fluid position, and I get to play both offensively and defensively.It’s really nice that Caltech affords you the opportunity to play sports without really extreme expectations. Last year, the baseball coach asked me to see if I could pitch. I hadn’t played baseball before, but I wasn’t doing any sports in the spring, so I gave it a shot.Do you have a favorite match or moment in a game?We’re still sort of looking for that magic moment: getting our first SCIAC [Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference] win. A SCIAC win would be super important to me and my teammates.Last year, the team went on a trip to Annapolis, Maryland, to participate in a water polo tournament. It was a cool experience because it was one of the only times I was able to just focus solely on the sport—school hadn’t started yet so there was no pressure of academics, just hanging out with the guys and playing water polo.How have you balanced athletics with academics?I just make the time. Of course, there have been plenty of long nights that probably could have been shorter if I weren’t playing sports. But I really enjoy it; it’s a great way to release competitiveness and get a good workout for a couple hours each day.What got you interested in mechanical engineering?In high school, I really enjoyed science and math. But high school physics is actually more similar to mechanical engineering than the kind of theoretical physics at Caltech. As a junior, I’m taking ME 72—the big design class for all mechanical engineering majors. Every year we participate in a different kind of competition. This year, each team has to design and build three robots to play a kind of soccer-style game against robots from another team. We’ve already designed the robots, and we’re in the process of building the first one. We’re pretty busy, but I’m really enjoying it.What do you do when you are not studying or playing water polo?I’m a member of Fleming House, and I’m what is called the “cannon master.” Several times a year the big red cannon outside of Fleming House fires an explosive charge to mark big events—the end of rotation, the end of every term, and graduation. As cannon master, I’m in charge of buying the powder, making the charge, and keeping things safe.I’m also a founding member of the Caltech Unmanned Aerial Vehicle club. We work on building drones and quadcopters, and we’ve gone from five to about 30 members in a year. We’re currently talking with JPL about collaborating on a project.What would you like to do after Caltech?As I’m still a junior, I’ve got time to decide. I’ve been spending my summers exploring both research and industry. In the summer of 2014, I did a SURF [Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship] in Professor Guillaume Blanquart’s lab, studying fluid dynamics and combustion, and in 2015, I worked in the Air Force research labs in Ohio studying low-observable materials for stealth. So I’m considering both graduate school and industry after graduation. I’m just going to see what happens in the next two years.center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News More Cool Stuff Community News Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Community Newslast_img read more

Food Safety Authority briefly closes Letterkenny restuarant

first_img Google+ Twitter Food Safety Authority briefly closes Letterkenny restuarant RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter A Restaurant in Letterkenny was one of eleven food businesses closed last month for breaches of food safety legislation.Indian Royale restaurant, Market Centre, Main Street, Letterkenny was closed by environmental health officers in the HSE for breaches of the FSAI Act 1988.The order was lifted two days later.The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said the number of closure orders served in August had been disappointing. Facebook News Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ By News Highland – September 5, 2012 Previous articleMartin McHugh: home coming debate playing into Mayo’s hands and must stopNext articleThe Irish Cancer Society launches new campaign in Donegal News Highland center_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th last_img read more

Where mayoral candidates stand on real estate

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Eric AdamsMandatory Inclusionary Housingmayoral racePoliticsRezoningscott stringer Tags From left: Scott Stringer, Shaun Donovan, Maya Wiley, Andrew Yang, Kathryn Garcia and Eric AdamsAs more candidates join the New York City mayoral race, they threaten to hit a critical threshold: how many fit on a Zoom screen.With just four months until the Democratic primary that is sure to determine the winner, candidates have been facing off in adjacent squares like an extended Brady family. More than 40 are running, and given New York’s progressive electorate, their overlap on positions is considerable — notably in their distancing themselves from the unpopular Mayor Bill de Blasio.But on real estate issues, differences emerge. Contenders including Comptroller Scott Stringer have derided developers’ tax breaks and refused their money, while others have condemned demonization of the industry.ADVERTISEMENT“The real estate community is part of New York,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “We’re going to need them just like we needed them in the 1970s. Just like we needed them after 9/11. Just like we needed them after the financial crisis of 2008.”Many have lambasted de Blasio’s affordable housing program, taken up the debate over land use and picked up on calls to shift city-backed apartment projects to nonprofits.The remote nature of this mayoral race isn’t the only thing that sets it apart. The next mayor will inherit a city devastated by the pandemic. Facing budget deficits in the billions of dollars, city officials could ask the state to raise taxes on the industry and its top customers.“The city’s budget problems either go through Albany, or they go through a very painful reckoning on spending and property taxes,” said Evan Stavisky, a partner at the Parkside Group, a political consulting firm. “There are real challenges there.”Allies and enemiesAmong the top eight candidates, several could be seen as allies by real estate.Adams, a former New York City police captain, is one. Ray McGuire, a former vice chairman at Citigroup, speaks the industry’s language, boasting more than 30 years of business experience. And Shaun Donovan was the top housing official for real estate-friendly Mayor Michael Bloomberg before serving as President Barack Obama’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development.Though Stringer and former city sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia have criticized tax breaks beloved by developers, they are considered moderates. Real Estate Board of New York president James Whelan recently brushed off Stringer’s anti-developer rhetoric, saying the longtime establishment figure was just in “campaign mode.”Further to the left are attorney and civil rights activist Maya Wiley, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, Brooklyn Council member Carlos Menchaca and nonprofit executive Dianne Morales.    Developers Stephen Ross and Jack Cayre have poured money into a campaign fund focused on keeping antagonists of the industry out of the City Council. But in the mayoral contest, real estate executives have donated liberally to Adams, Donovan, McGuire and Stringer, before the comptroller began turning down their checks a year ago. The donation strategy is designed to curry favor with whoever wins.“In the mayoral race, the calculus is different,” said Neal Kwatra, CEO of political consulting firm Metropolitan Public Strategies. “If you lose, you risk alienating the person who does end up emerging.”Beating up on MIH Many mayoral hopefuls have deemed de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing a failure, albeit well-intentioned. The program requires developers to set aside a percentage of apartments as permanently affordable if a project benefits from rezoning.Only six of the 15 neighborhood rezonings de Blasio planned have been approved. But the candidates’ main criticism has been that the “affordable” units’ rents are too high and that the rezonings have only been in communities of color.“Our housing plan has been upside down,” Adams said. “We basically went into poor areas, encouraged development, displaced those long-term tenants.”That critique has been common among candidates, despite city planners’ insistence that rezonings slow displacement by providing housing for new arrivals.Most of the candidates, however, support the mayor’s belated push to rezone high-income Soho. Adams said other areas of Manhattan are ripe for rezoning as well.Stringer was the first to lay out in detail how he would replace MIH. His “universal affordable housing” program would mandate that all new residential construction with 10 or more units set aside at least 25 percent of apartments as affordable with rents at an average of 60 percent of the area median income.He would focus rezonings on “high-opportunity neighborhoods [with] the ability to add density without displacing existing affordable housing.” “The failure of MIH is to assume only a few low-income neighborhoods should bear the brunt of providing affordable housing,” Stringer said in a statement.Alicia Glen, who oversaw the program as deputy mayor, noted that it is “popular” for candidates to criticize the outgoing mayor.“I think some candidates clearly don’t understand the mechanism and the legality of how you structure MIH,” said Glen, who now runs her own development firm, MSquared. “The bottom line is, the policy that we put together works.”Of Stringer’s heavy mandates, she said, “That would be illegal, and he knows better.”Garcia has said she would create 50,000 affordable units for households making less than 30 percent of the area median income — 20,000 more than de Blasio has. Donovan would not mandate inclusionary housing citywide, like Stringer, but would use “robust incentives”  to encourage mixed-income projects with “deep affordability.”But he doesn’t think that should be a singular pursuit. “One of the problems under this administration is that inclusionary zoning has become too much of a focus of our affordable housing policy,” Donovan said. “And it is not a silver bullet.”Zone defenseIn addition to rezoning higher-income neighborhoods, candidates have called for an overhaul of the seven-month land-use review process. The City Council is also considering requiring a racial impact study for major rezonings.Late last year, Council Speaker Corey Johnson proposed a 10-year, citywide planning framework. It would set long-term goals for housing, transportation, public space and other needs and make Council approval of rezonings optional. Persuading members to give up that power would be difficult, especially with Johnson opting out of the mayoral race last year.One Council member who is running, Menchaca, supports Johnson’s plan, though he thinks it could go further. He said the trajectory of Industry City’s rezoning application, which was withdrawn last year because of his opposition, underscores the importance of community engagement in advance.After numerous meetings with community members and fruitless talks with Menchaca, the campus’s owners went ahead with their application but could not come to terms with the Council member, who faced intense pressure from local activists.De Blasio remained on the sidelines, calling it a City Council matter. He was chastised by business groups for not helping a proposal that promised thousands of jobs and $1 billion in investment and by Menchaca for not sweetening the deal with community benefits.Menchaca said mayors need to be more involved to ensure rezonings’ benefits don’t primarily go to developers.“They essentially get what they want, and we get essentially bite sizes of what the public needs,” Menchaca said. “We’re [granting] massive amounts of zoning rights for a fraction of what we could be getting in terms of affordability.”He added that rezonings slated for completion before the end of de Blasio’s term, including of Soho and Gowanus, should be halted until the process is changed.Several candidates have pointed to the need for deeper community involvement in the process, though no one has pitched a wholesale replacement. Adams called for a balance between community involvement and the city’s ability to grow.“If you have too many cooks in the kitchen, we’re going to spoil the broth,” Adams said. “The reality is that some residents don’t want any type of development at all.”Private vs. publicMayoral contenders have tapped into several discussions about curbing for-profit development.Several have promoted eliminating or reforming the tax break Affordable New York, the successor to 421a — a decision that rests with the state but which mayors can influence. Developers have long argued that without the decades-long property tax break, which resembles MIH but demands less affordability, little housing would be built in New York City.The push for eliminating the benefit dovetails with calls to tax the state’s highest earners and impose a pied-à-terre tax. Not all the candidates are on board.“We cannot tax our way out of this. We must grow our way out of this,” McGuire recently told TRD, while allowing that wealthy New Yorkers like himself should pay more to help the city recover.Donovan said eliminating Affordable New York would be “foolish” at a time when the city desperately needs more housing.Candidates have also weighed in on private developers working with the New York City Housing Authority.One target is the Rental Assistance Demonstration program, under which NYCHA properties are renovated and managed by private management companies and rents are subsidized by Section 8. RAD is aimed at chipping away at the authority’s $32 billion, five-year repair backlog and improving management of its developments.Though the renovations have been well received by tenants and NYCHA maintains ownership and rents remain limited to 30 percent of tenants’ income, opponents call RAD “privatization” and say it gives tenants no say in what happens to their homes.“They’re not given that transparency, they’re not given that voice, and therefore they don’t have the options to say what it is they want,” Wiley, a former counsel to de Blasio, said during a December mayoral forum held by the West Side Tenants’ Conference. “The principles have to be about keeping public housing public.”Yang has criticized a de Blasio administration plan to allow developers to build mixed-income projects on NYCHA land, which might generate $1 billion for repairs.The proposal has been stymied by elected officials and tenants who object to any private housing on authority property and to the loss or displacement of playgrounds and open space. Yang said he would prohibit “luxury” development at NYCHA and require any other projects there to get City Council approval.Another controversial proposal would shift affordable housing development to nonprofits. A bill from City Council member Brad Lander would give nonprofits first crack at such projects on city land. A separate measure would allow nonprofits or community land trusts the first chance to purchase residential buildings with three or more apartments when they are up for sale.Donovan said that while he supports doing more for nonprofits, the proposals don’t ensure they have the resources to “become forces in their neighborhoods.”“We have to recognize that while so many [critics] demonized private owners of housing,” he said, “there’s a huge amount of affordable housing owned by small, immigrant owners who are desperately trying to do the right thing.”   Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Here’s the taxing reason why first time buyer demand remains strong

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Here’s the taxing reason why first time buyer demand remains strong previous nextHousing MarketHere’s the taxing reason why first time buyer demand remains strongNearly two thirds of UK homes for sale are exempt from Stamp Duty following changes introduced by Philip Hammond in his Autumn 2017 budget.Sheila Manchester10th October 20190424 Views Zoopla’s latest research has revealed why demand from first time buyers property has remained so strong over the past year after discovering that 59% of UK homes for sale were within the tax-free Stamp Duty threshold for those getting onto the property ladder.Comparing listing prices to the tax thresholds across England, Scotland and Wales, Zoopla therefore uncovered where first-time buyers are least – and most – likely to pay tax. 59% of UK property is, for them, free of stamp duty 59% of all homes for sale across the UK fall under the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) threshold for first-time buyersScotland has the highest percentage of LBTT tax-exempt propertiesFirst-time buyers in Bootle and Shildon are least likely to pay any SDLTIn London, Croydon has the highest percentage of SDLT exempt homesCurrent thresholds for first-time buyers:England: Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) – £300,000 thresholdScotland: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) – £175,000 thresholdWales: Land Transaction Tax (LTT) – £180,000 thresholdFirst-time buyers in Scotland are most likely to benefit from a tax free purchase. 99.6% of properties are priced under the LBTT threshold. That figure is 58% in England and 56% in Wales.Bootle in Merseyside and Shildon in County Durham top the list of places where first-time buyers are least likely to pay any Stamp Duty.In London, Zoopla found that the best Stamp Duty exemption and partial relief was the London Borough of Croydon, where 26.8% of homes were for sale for under £300,000 across the 12 months. Unsurprisingly the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, had just 9.2% of homes offered first-time buyers any tax relief.Laura Howard (left), at Zoopla, said, “Our research revealed that first-time buyers are the largest buyer group of 2019 – indications are that many have been bolstered by the SDLT relief that applies to a typically-priced, entry level property.“59% of homes for sale are exempt from stamp duty- or its country’s equivalent. This is certainly unlocking the prospect of homeownership for many first-time buyers, who might otherwise struggle to gather enough cash to cover all the upfront costs.’Read more about first time buyers. Laura howard first-time buyers Zoopla October 10, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Yourkeys for Hollins Homes

first_imgHome » News » Yourkeys for Hollins Homes previous nextProptechYourkeys for Hollins HomesThe Negotiator28th September 20200185 Views Yourkeys is an online sales progression tool, which is directly integrated into over 2,000 conveyancers and mortgage brokers, meaning real-time updates are fed back into the Yourkeys platform.Its newest function enables contact-free sales by allowing buyer checks, ID verification, automated document generation and reservation fees to be processed online.Hollins Homes, the Manchester-based housebuilder, has adopted the Yourkeys software, which facilitates faster progression of sales through a contact-free process. says its new partnership with proptech firm Yourkeys could attract more customers who are actively seeking a simpler home-buying journey.Mark Yates, Sales and Marketing Director for Hollins Homes, said, “Yourkeys gives power to the customer. It makes buying a home simpler. The documents are online 24/7 so they don’t need to make an appointment or call to find out what is happening. Soon we will be able to reduce the time from reservation to exchange.” online sales progression tool Yourkeys platform Mark Yates Yourkeys proptech September 28, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Adjunct Faculty – Chemistry

first_imgAurora University seeks talented adjunct faculty who are passionateabout teaching and learning. Adjunct faculty are qualifiedpart-time instructors offered teaching opportunities based oncourse demand and staffing.Aurora University is looking for qualified Instructors withMaster’s degree or PhD in Chemistry to teach chemistry lectures andlaboratory courses such as Principles of Chemistry, GeneralChemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Physical Chemistry,and Inorganic Chemistry.Please email resume or curriculum vitae, plus cover letter statingthe specific areas you are interested in teaching to:[email protected] Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.last_img read more