Abbeyfeale undergoing a gilt edged renaissance

first_imgPopulation of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Advertisement NewsCommunityVideoAbbeyfeale undergoing a gilt edged renaissanceBy Rose Rushe – July 19, 2019 597 Linkedin Email Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat center_img The Rev William Casey memorial, Abbeyfeale.Photo: Cian ReinhardtWHAT Abbeyfeale has as its backbone is ‘the good of the people’ to haul it into this prospering era. The most signal example of this vigour is the Abbeyfeale Community Council (ACC) which works with a dozen stakeholders – State agencies, voluntary and private enterprise – to advance the town.Maurice O’Connell, a North Kerry native who put his roots down in the town 20 years ago, has served as council chairperson since this voluntary body was established in 2016.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I am very clear about being chairperson and not chairman as that brings it home that the  position is open to everyone,” Maurice jokes, hoping to clamber off this lofty perch soon enough.The Council’s hard work has brought immense reward to the hinterland and feeds into many regional bodies.“The town is going through a multi million euro transition with a new traffic plan. As part of that, Limerick City and County  Council (LCCC) have bought the building next to where the E-Hub is going to go. That will be turned into a car park and a new civic space,” he reports.“Then in about five years from now, there is a plan for a ring road from town to Newcastle West. This will take the heavy traffic off and allow people a safer, more enjoyable life.“It won’t be a full blown bypass and that’s important, to distinguish the difference. We are keeping it close to the town if people want to come in.“Last year, we were overall runners up in the JP McManus-sponsored Going for Gold competition and this year, Abbeyfeale has been shortlisted for Pride of Place. We will know later on in the year how we have done in that.”Abbeyfeale is shortlisted by LCCC for one of the categories in this 26-county competition that rewards incentivised communities.“We will go forward to the national awards of Pride of Place.“That follows through then as ACC was closely involved with a project with the City and County Council’s Healthy Limerick initiative. We were shortlisted for a national award there for a project we did around Abbeyfeale health with them.”There’s more ‘best in practice’ to report, evidence of the town’s rising profile and fortunes, with Abbeyfeale Town Park’s win this Wednesday 17 of worldwide status – the Green Flag Award for excellence in presentation.Continue reading below…The International Green Flag Award  sees this park added to a list around the world that are deemed to be of exceptional standard.“It was Abbeyfeale Community Council that helped them with the application and to source some funding to prepare for same,” Maurice confirms.“I am absolutely thrilled with Green Flag win as for me, it represents all the hard work of volunteers over the past 20 years, the committee and obviously those in the Community Employment Scheme, without whom it would not be a success.“Tidy Towns is involved with all the groups, along with ourselves. And the town is a fantastic example of the work and the effort they put in over the last number of years.”“A lot of the progress that is ongoing and planned for Abbeyfeale is down to the very good relationship between ourselves and LCCC, Innovate Limerick and West Limerick Resources. We’ve done quite well.”“Do you know about the Greenway? Because another few million is after being released for the people of Kerry.”The Greenway has been magnetising tourists for a while now. It used to be called the Great Southern railway line, the 40km that used to run from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale.“Kerry County Council has now been awarded around €3million to extend it into Listowel, which is the next extension and eventually it will extend back to Tralee. The old railway tracks have been taken up and it is already a major tourist attraction for cyclists and walking groups but the connection to Kerry is important.” WhatsApp TAGSAbbeyfealeabbeyfeale town featureCommunitylimerick city countyNewsSpecial Featurevideo Previous articleNew folk direction for Danny VaughnNext article101 Limerick announced as Finalists for the 2019 Bar of the Year Awards Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Print Vicky calls for right to die with dignitylast_img read more

Mortgage Delinquencies Hit 6% Mark in February

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, News Mortgage Delinquencies Hit 6% Mark in February March 23, 2021 2,014 Views Black Knight Black Knight’s McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Foreclosures Mortgage Delinquencies 2021-03-23 Eric C. Peck Previous: Best Metros for Renters Looking to Buy a House Next: Closing the C-Suite Gender Gap Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save After eight consecutive months of improvement, Black Knight has found that the national mortgage delinquency rate rose slightly in February from 5.85% to 6.0%. As Black Knight noted, the rise in delinquency rate was largely calendar-related, as February is both a short month and ended on a Sunday—cutting the days on which payments can be processed.Month-over-month, the delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure) rose 2.61%, with a year-over-year change of 83.03%. Total foreclosure starts nationwide came in at 3,900 U.S. homes, down 33.90% from January 2021’s totals, and down 87.93% year-over-year from last February.Regionally, the top five states in terms of delinquencies included:Mississippi: 10.79%Louisiana: 10.29%Hawaii: 8.87%Oklahoma: 8.35%Maryland: 8.01%Meanwhile, the five states in terms of lowest delinquencies included:Oregon: 4.16%Utah: 4.05%Washington: 3.85%Colorado: 3.83%Idaho: 3.29%The number of properties that were 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure in February stood at 3,186,000, a month-over-month rise of approximately 56,000 from January, and a year-over-year spike of 1,449,000.Both foreclosure starts and active foreclosure inventory again hit new record lows, as recently extended foreclosure moratoriums continue to suppress activity. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) extended several measures that the agency says will align COVID-19 mortgage relief policies across the federal government. The measures taken by the FHFA seek to keep more Americans in their homes, extending temporary measures (previously set to expire March 31) until the end of June.And while delinquencies are trending slightly upward, forbearance activity dropped below 2.6 million for the first time since last April, according to Black Knight’s McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker.Nationwide, the number of properties that were 90 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure dropped to 2,075,000, down month-over-month by 15,000 from January, but up year-over-year from last February’s total of 1,666,000.Click here for more information on Black Knight’s February 2021 mortgage delinquency data. Tagged with: Black Knight Black Knight’s McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Foreclosures Mortgage Delinquencies Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img  Print This Post Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Mortgage Delinquencies Hit 6% Mark in February Subscribe About Author: Eric C. Peck Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

SOUTHCOM Chief: Venezuela’s Maduro at Center of ‘Vicious Circle of Threats’

first_imgBy C. Todd Lopez/U.S. Department of Defense/Edited by Diálogo Staff August 25, 2020 Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro, aided by allies including Cuba, Russia, China, and Iran, continues to serve as a threat to democratic freedoms in neighboring nations in South America, said U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).“When we look at this region, there is so much promise and so much potential,” Adm. Faller said during a panel discussion on August 13 with the Atlantic Council.South America is home to a number of democracies that share values with the United States, and are rich in resources, including human intellectual capital, Adm. Faller said. “All that is under assault. It’s under assault by a vicious circle of threats, the center of which is … Venezuela,” the admiral added.A big part of the threat, he said, is a drastic increase in narcotics trafficking coming out of Venezuela, which he said not only threatens lives throughout North and South America, but also corrupts the institutions critical to the maintenance and development of the young democracies that surround Venezuela.“At the heart of the threat, it’s the lives that we’re losing unnecessarily, and it’s the undermining of democracy,” Adm. Faller said. “That was a choice Maduro made to take the once thriving state into the current dictatorship that it is.”The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed Maduro to even further lock down Venezuela and increase his power, Adm. Faller said. At the same time, he added, organizations such as FARC-D (dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), and the National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish) of Colombia are able to expand territory in the country.“All those threat vectors are headed in a negative direction, which is a significant reason why we have upped the amount of engagement we’re doing with our partners and launched our enhanced counternarcotics operation,” Adm. Faller said.One tool to fight narcotics trafficking, Adm. Faller said, includes SOUTHCOM’s Joint Interagency Task Force South and Key West, which has the involvement of 22 partner nations behind its efforts.“They’re all aligned there under the common threat of narcotrafficking,” Adm. Faller said. “The connection to Maduro is his complicity in that threat. The nations that go there, they go there for their national interest, but working together for the good of the hemisphere. It’s been a success. And we have actually seen an increase in partner nation involvement, year to year, last year to this year.”Adm. Faller said that about half of SOUTHCOM’s counternarcotics operations include the involvement of partner nations. He also cited as a success the U.S.-Colombian Action Plan, in which Colombians train partners across Central America to conduct operations against narcotics trafficking and terrorists. He also pointed out the Central America Regional Security Initiative and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative as being important investments for the United States.“The United States’ time and financial resources will pay forward for enhanced stability,” he said. “That’s part of the solution set here, … making sure we have it right in those investment areas to keep the democracies that have made progress in Central America and South America and the Caribbean [to] keep them moving forward against this vicious circle of threats.”last_img read more