first_imgLilliane Brady OAM to be commemorated with State Funeral Deputy PremierDeputy Premier John Barilaro today announced the former Mayor of Cobar and champion of Western NSW the late Lilliane Brady OAM will be commemorated with a State Funeral.“Lilliane Brady OAM was the longest serving female Mayor in NSW and will be formally acknowledged by the NSW Government for her decades-long commitment to regional NSW by way of a State Funeral,” Mr Barilaro said.“For 40 years Lilliane was a vocal advocate for her community and the broader western NSW region and fiercely fought for what she believed in.“While small in stature, Lilliane was a giant of local government for the last four decades and her unrivalled passion for the people of Cobar was critical in seeing the advancement of the community through local projects and funding.“After serving 20 years as Mayor of Cobar Shire Council, Lilliane leaves behind an enduring legacy, the likes of which we will never see again.“My deepest sympathy goes out to Lilliane’s family, friends, colleagues and the communities of regional NSW for which she fought tirelessly.”The State Funeral will be held in Cobar on Friday 19 February. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Cobar, community, council, Family, Government, New South Wales, NSW, Premierlast_img read more

first_imgJersey CityNews By Jeannette Josue – February 8, 2017 10:40 am 0 Facebook Twitter Previous articlePolice: Jersey City teen caught breaking into car on JFK Boulevard in BayonneNext articleKearny police investigating unfounded bomb threat at high school Jeannette Josue RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Bayonne Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Crime Bayonne TAGSJersey City State of CIty addressjersey city ward fmayor steven Fulop SHARE CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Fulop talks affordable housing, safety, job creation at Ward F State of City address Hundreds attended the first of six State of the City addresses by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, where he focused on affordable housing, public safety and economic revitalization specific to Ward F.[fve][/fve]“This neighborhood has long been a forgotten place and the level of neglect that can been seen took decades to occur. Many of these issues won’t be solved overnight or even in one single mayoral term, however I truly believe we are starting to lay the framework that will revive the community,” stated Fulop.The beginning of his 40-minute address was about how his administration has generally improved the quality of life in Jersey City, beginning with the unemployment rate being the “lowest rate it’s been in 25 years.”The creation of 7,000 jobs, and over 600 new small business open in Jersey City made Jersey City number one for jobs and business creations in the entire state of New Jersey.The mayor also talked about developments in the south and west side of Jersey City.“For the first time in decades we are seeing developments occur in Journal Square. Something that past administrations has promised to do time and time again and finally it actually happened.”Fulop also emphasized inclusivity by announcing the increase in affordable housing units and housing for homeless veterans including the 21 priority veteran units as part of the Ocean Avenue Project in 2017.“We were in the first in New Jersey to take Michelle Obama’s challenge to end veteran homelessness,” the mayor, a U.S. Marine veteran, proudly stated.Also included in his address was how Jersey City has served as a model for many socially conscious policies.Fulop mentioned enacting the paid sick leave legislation, increasing minimum wage to $15 an hour for municipal workers, transit inclusive coverage to city employees and a nationwide model for the prisoner reentry program.Additionally, Fulop touted the executive order he signed to establish Jersey City as a sanctuary city.The residents in Ward F were also happy to hear that there will not be an increase in municipal taxes for the fourth year in the row.There were also a loud applause for the increase of the number of police officers from 779 to 922 when Fulop began his administration.Along the lines of public safety, the mayor also explained that recruits are now spending their first month of training integrating and learning about the community they will be serving.“Many policy officers have been placed in the south and west districts on the walking posts on the south side of the city to start their career. The most recent class spent a month with the communities they will soon be serving,” explained Fulop.“This is the first time recruits has begun their training this way by being immersed in their community.Furthermore, he pointed out that 70 percent of the recruited officers since 2013 have been minorities so that the police department will represent the diverse composition of the city.The installation of 200 CCTV’s has also begun starting with the south and west districts.As for Jersey City being a nationwide model for prisoner reentry, Fulop stated that Martin’s Place is “providing a second chance for previously incarcerated residents should be a major priority for urban cities everywhere, because when we work to break the cycle of recidivism, in positive and productive ways, we help build stronger individuals, stronger families and ultimately stronger communities.”As for Jersey City youths, aside from improving the quality of education by regaining close to full local control of public school education, the creation of Dr. Maya Angelou school, the first new public school over a decade, the mayor also mentioned the youth employment and enrichment programs available to 1,000 students a year during the summer.There are also 30 new recreation programs made available by adding an additional $1 million to the city budget to expand the recreation programs which includes engineering workshops and homework assistance.Liberty Science Center will also be expanding. Sci Tech City, a $280 million project, will feature “a bio tech lab, coding lab, technology business incubator and a K-12 stem focused public school.As for Ward F, the mayor pointed out that programming has been made available to everyone of all ages and used the Bethune Center as a prime example. Residents can now come to the center for salsa, drama and art lessons.Fulop also referenced the improvements with open space with Berry Lane Park and the redesign of Fulton Avenue Park.Also specific to Bergen/Lafayette area is the mayor’s focus on improving resident life, with an approved project that will create 54 units of affordable housing right at the hub and, if approved later this month, an ordinance that will strengthen city rules against door-to-door solicitation.This ordinance will establish a “no knock” registry that will safe guard the privacy of homeowners.Fulop concluded his address with the topic of economic revitalization in Ward F. He spoke about the City Hall Annex, a $20 million project specifically designed to bring in 300 city jobs and is expected to attract more small business and restaurants.In April of this year, there will also be the opening of the Baker Building which will be the first major private residential development in Ward F in decades.“As we look to the future please know that we will continue to act with personal care attention and offering everything we have to creating one Jersey City that affords resources and success to all our residents,” stated the mayor towards the end of his address which was then followed by a standing ovation from the attending public.The mayor has scheduled five additional State of the City addresses, all commencing at 6:30 p.m.• Ward A, Thursday, February 9th, Cityline Church, 1510 John F. Kennedy Boulevard• Ward B, Thursday, February 23rd, St. Aloysius Academy, 721 West Side Avenue• Ward C, Monday, February 27th, Franklin L. Williams M.S. 7, 222 Laidlaw Avenue• Ward D, Thursday, March 2, Christa McAuliffe School P.S. 28, 167 Hancock Avenue• Ward E, Tuesday, March 7th, Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie Streetlast_img read more

first_img Full Name* (iStock/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)Requests for loans to buy homes increased last week as mortgage rates hit their highest point since July.An index tracking applications to purchase homes increased 2 percent, seasonally adjusted, from the prior week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.Read moreUS home prices jump 10.4% in best year since 2013Home sales, prices rose in January as inventory hit new lowTexas storm, increasing rates freeze home mortgage market The uptick came despite rates rising to their highest point since July 2020 in the biggest one-week gain in almost a year, according to Joel Kan, head of industry forecasting at MBA.ADVERTISEMENTThe average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.23 percent, up from 3.08 percent. The rate for jumbo loans rose 10 basis points to 3.33 percent.“Mortgage rates jumped last week on market expectations of stronger economic growth and higher inflation,” said Kan in a statement. He blamed the increase for the lack of growth in applications to refinance.MBA’s index tracking refinancing requests increased 0.1 percent last week from the week prior. It marked the fourth week of overall decline in the share of refinancing requests, which still account for the majority of loans in MBA’s weekly indices.The average size of purchase loans fell for the first time in six weeks, despite rising home prices. Kan attributed the decline to a jump in government mortgage applications, which are likely first-time homebuyers with smaller budgets.Last week’s average purchase loan was $412,300, down from $418,000 the week before.MBA’s survey covers 75 percent of the residential mortgage market and has been conducted weekly since 1990.Contact Erin Hudson Email Address* Message*last_img read more

first_imgBudapest is burning after Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány admitted to lying in order to win the election. Rioters are calling for his removal from office.The Wall Street Journal Europe urges calm, democratic reflection. “Hungary’s prime minister isn’t the first politician to lie to get elected and to be called out on it by voters angry at having been deceived,” it writes (hmm, to whom else could they be referring?). “But in a modern European democracy, violent rioting by a small minority is not a legitimate way to force out an elected leader – no matter how much that electoral victory is marred by lies.”The BBC News website uses the occasion of the Hungarian premier’s remark (they might also add the Pope’s recent flash of fallibility) to resurrect political gaffes through history. “To someone constantly in the spotlight,” it writes, “there is a constant danger that one’s private opinions sneak into the public domain.” The New York Times says the results worry “analysts”. Why we should worry that analysts are worried is not clear, and in any case the paper then quotes an “analyst” who does not in fact sound very worried. “It’s not a danger for our democracy,” he said, according to the article. The article catalogues gaffes by Ronald Reagan, Silvio Berlusconi and Britain’s ever-quotable Prince Philip, who once asked a Scottish driving instructor, “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?”Swedish voters, meanwhile, succeed in chucking out the Social Democratic party, which has governed the country for all but nine of the last 74 years. Swedish newspapers largely welcome the change of power.“A good choice, voters,” reads Sydsvenska Dagbladet’s editorial headline. “Swedish democracy is about to have oxygen pumped into it.”But outside Sweden there is some shock. Germany’s Der Tagesspiegel asks, “Are the Swedes crazy?” The paper argues that under the Social Democrats Sweden has had a strong economy, low unemployment and a model education system. Obviously its editors haven’t read recent stories in Swedish paper Expressen, which detail how the government masked the high unemployment rate by, for example, labelling job-seekers as “disabled” or even “mentally handicapped”. But over at Le Monde they apparently had read those articles. The French daily notes that Sweden’s real rate of unemployment is 15%, rather than the official 5.7%. It argues that the Social Democrats lost the election because their welfare policies discouraged too many people from working. “This is an intrinsic flaw which the Swedish left has obviously been slow to remedy,” it writes, calling this “a lesson for Europe’s left-wing parties”. Or even for France.The success of a far-right party in German local elections raises many editorial eyebrows. Die Welt says the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party’s rise was helped “by the fact that the political elite has ignored the problems in the east for years”.last_img read more