Ocean City Housing Authority Struggles With Cash Shortage

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiThe financially struggling Ocean City Housing Authority is running at a $100,000 loss as it awaits a crucial payment from Washington, D.C., that has been held up by delays in getting the federal budget approved.Jacqueline Jones, the housing authority’s executive director, said the agency will be “very, very low on cash” through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.“That’s a great concern, obviously,” Jones told the authority’s commissioners while giving a financial report during their monthly board meeting Tuesday.The authority’s finances have been strained by a late $117,000 payment from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Normally, the money would have arrived from HUD months ago, but has been held up by delays with the federal budget’s approval in Washington, Jones explained.“So, we’re going to be watching our pennies, literally, through the next month or so,” she said.The HUD funding can be used for both the housing authority’s capital and operating expenses. The money is not expected to come to the authority until the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.Until then, the authority will tighten its belt and hold off on any extra capital projects, although it will keep up with basic maintenance repairs, according to Jones.During their board meeting, the housing authority commissioners heard a report about the agency’s tenuous finances.Looking to cut costs, the authority will eliminate one job beginning Oct. 1, but other positions will remain untouched, said Bob Barr, a city councilman who serves as board chairman. The job being cut is occupancy clerk.The housing authority continues to implement a series of management and financial reforms following the removal of former Executive Director Alesia Watson, who was fired on May 16, a week after pleading guilty to an embezzlement scheme.Watson, 54, of Galloway Township, faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine for embezzling federal housing funds to pay off credit card bills for her personal expenses. She was originally scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, but the date has been postponed until Sept. 7 for undisclosed reasons.During her guilty plea on May 8, Watson admitted misusing two housing authority credit cards to buy 69 MasterCard gift cards between December 2013 and March 2015. The gift cards were used for personal expenses and were also shared by Watson with friends and family members, authorities said.Watson then used HUD funds administered by the authority to pay off the credit card bills associated with her purchase of the gift cards, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Authorities said between $6,500 and $15,000 was lost in the embezzlement scheme.After Watson was removed, the board brought on Jones, a veteran housing executive, to help rebuild the troubled agency. Jones also serves as executive director of the Vineland Housing Authority. Jones has taken on the same duties at the Ocean City Housing Authority under a shared services agreement with the Vineland Housing Authority.The Ocean City Housing Authority uses federal funds to provide affordable housing for low-income senior citizens, families and the disabled at its Pecks Beach Village and Bay View Manor facilities.The housing authority is ending the practice of tenants at Bay View Manor renting out their parking spaces during the Ocean City Block Party festivities.In other business at Tuesday’s board meeting, the authority announced that tenants at the Bay View Manor senior citizens complex would no longer be allowed to rent out their parking spaces during the Ocean City Block Party festivities in May and October.The block party is a hugely popular tourist attraction in the spring and fall, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to Ocean City’s downtown area for a weekend of shopping, dining and sightseeing. Parking is usually at a premium with so many visitors in town.Barr and Jones said some tenants at Bay View Manor would capitalize on the block party by renting out their parking spaces to visitors. In some cases, they “force” other Bay View Manor tenants to move their cars, too, to create even more parking spaces that are rented out, Barr said.“It’s not fair to ask a housing authority tenant to move from the parking spot,” he said.Both Barr and Jones noted that the tenants have been renting out the parking spaces without the approval of the housing authority. The authority has not been able to find out where the money goes, they added.A parking operation is not allowed on the housing authority’s public property if the money does not go back to the agency, Jones said.A major concern is that the authority could be exposed to liability lawsuits if someone suffered an injury on the Bay View Manor property while they were directing cars in the parking lot.“It’s a very sticky situation,” Barr said. “I think the practice should end.” Ocean City Housing Authority headquarters at 204 Fourth Street.last_img read more

One sure way to ease forbearance foreboding for your lending team

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » There’s no sugar coating the fact that things are about to get real for credit union lenders. As an untold number of members ask their credit unions to follow through on CARES Act promises, lending teams are likely to be stretched thin as they work out an entirely new set of muscles.For many credit unions, forbearance agreements are not an aspect of business as usual (But then again, what is these days?). Therefore, team members may be rightly nervous about stepping too far out of procedural and regulatory bounds. One way to alleviate their concerns is to adopt the ritual of copious documentation.If you’re wondering how exhaustive paperwork is supposed to calm nerves, allow me to explain…When credit union leaders are challenged to make fast decisions, especially when embroiled in highly unusual situations, regulators have been known to relax criticism… if the credit union can provide evidence of how and why certain decisions were made. Although there are limits to any regulator’s leniency, documented timelines, reasoning and outcomes can help an examiner justify his or her finding.last_img read more

NLRB reports USC violated federal laws

first_imgWhen non-tenure track faculty at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences voted not to join the SEIU Local 721 labor union, supporters of unionization were disappointed. However, they also said they were angry at what they saw as interference with the voting process on the part of the University. After the ballots were counted in February, they brought their complaint to the National Labor Relations Board, claiming that Provost Michael Quick and Academic Senate President Ginger Clark had used threats and last-minute pay raises to convince faculty members not to unionize.A report released by the NLRB Monday supported these objections and rendered the original Dornsife vote invalid. The ruling, issued by NLRB Hearing Officer Yaneth Palencia, found that Quick and the USC administration broke federal labor laws by attempting to dissuade adjunct faculty from voting for the union. Though the University will face no legal action, the vote results will be set aside and a new vote will take place within the coming weeks. Votes at the Roski School of Fine Arts and the USC International Academy, which voted to unionize, will remain in place.SEIU Local 721 petitioned the case to the NLRB on behalf of Dornsife non-tenure track faculty in a hearing that took place in February, during which Palencia heard testimony from both the faculty members and the University. According to the report, SEIU alleged that Quick told faculty that joining a union might prevent them from participating in the Academic Senate, which is described by the Senate Constitution as the “representative body of the faculty at large for university wide issues.”In the testimony, faculty recalled Quick saying at a Jan. 11 meeting that unionization “would create an adversarial relationship,” and that unionized faculty from Dornsife, Roski and the International Academy “would not be wanted on the Academic Senate.” Quick echoed these statements in emails sent throughout the months preceding the vote, in which he urged non-tenure track faculty to reconsider voting to join the union. The petitioners claimed that the language in these emails as well as in his spoken statements was threatening enough to prevent some faculty from voting.Petitioners also objected to Clark’s attempt to remedy faculty grievances prior to the vote as a way to convince faculty that unionization was unnecessary, a claim that Palencia rejected in the report. However, she sustained faculty objections to pay increases that Quick introduced as little as a week prior to the vote, writing that these actions in conjunction with the threats to faculty governance were enough to render the vote invalid.“Provost Quick engaged in conduct that was so aggravated as to create a general atmosphere of fear making a free election impossible,” Palencia wrote in the report.The ruling was met with praise from SEIU Local 721 President Bob Schoonover, who wrote that the findings “make it abundantly clear” that the actions of the university administration would have consequences.“If you engage in illegal union-busting tactics we will hold you accountable,” Schoonover said in a press release.The University, however, has denied the allegations that it threatened to remove unionized faculty from participating in the Academic Senate. Instead, it claims that Quick’s statements on the matter were simply meant to show that SEIU, and not the University, would be in charge of faculty governance if unionization were to take place. In a letter sent to faculty on Wednesday, Quick wrote that he is a “strong supporter of faculty governance” and that he never meant to dissuade anyone from voting.“I believe that the initial vote — the will of the majority — should be respected,” Quick wrote in the letter. “I also know that a re-vote would be burdensome. But should a re-vote occur, I hope all Dornsife teaching faculty will turn out for this important vote.”Some faculty members, however, believe that it may  be too late to unionize. Andrea Parra, an associate professor of Spanish in the department of Spanish and Portuguese and a strong supporter of joining the union, said that she is hopeful that the results will be different this time around, but that nothing is guaranteed.“I think the whole back and forth has turned people off to the issue,” Parra said. “I’m hopeful that more people will turn out, but it’s hard for me [to know]. I don’t have the crystal ball.”last_img read more

Jimmy Stafford is new President of Letterkenny Chamber

first_imgJimmy Stafford has been installed as the new President of Letterkenny Chamber.The popular Bank of Ireland man succeeds the outgoing President Leonard Watson.Mr Stafford, who was the current vice-president, was the popular choice at the body’s AGM last night. From Cobh in Co Cork, Mr Stafford has lived in Co Donegal for a number of years and has been at the heart of local business.Jimmy Stafford is new President of Letterkenny Chamber was last modified: December 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brazilians fall for Bloemfontein

first_img17 June 2009The football fans of Mangaung/Bloemfontein are well known in South Africa as being among the country’s most vociferous, charismatic, and hospitable followers of the beautiful game.And now the city’s warmth and love of the game has received the highest praise, after an enjoyable few days spent in the “City of Roses” by Brazil’s superstar Seleçao at the start of the Fifa Confederations Cup.The Brazilians arrived in Mangaung/Bloemfontein on 11 June and held an open training session at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium the next day, which was attended by thousands of ecstatic fans clamouring to see the likes of Kaka, Robinho, Alexandre Pato and Dani Alves in the heart of the area’s Rocklands township.For South Africa’s organisers, it has been important to give ordinary football fans a taste of the tournament and its stars. And for the Brazilians, training in a familiar-looking favela and entertaining the football-loving locals was clearly equally important.With the team’s welcome matched by good logistical preparations and facilities and the city’s first game seeing Brazil overcome Egypt in a 4-3 thriller at the Free State Stadium on Monday, excitement in the city is sky-high.“I’ve really enjoyed being in Bloemfontein a lot,” said the team’s 2002 World Cup-winning midfielder, Gilberto Silva, after the game against Egypt. “We’ve had a good experience here. Everyone’s very happy with the conditions and the organisation.“We had a very good crowd at our training sessions and at the match, and it’s been great seeing the passion people here have for the game,” Silva added. “They’ve been singing and dancing all the time.”For the decorated former Arsenal player, who now plays for Greek club Panathinaikos, the Confederations Cup – and Brazil – is set to get even better over the next few days.“It’s been a fantastic competition, and I am sure it will get even better,” Silva said. “We are very excited to be playing in a very important competition.”One of the biggest names in the game, Kaka, was even more effusive in his praise of the locals.“This is exactly the World Cup in Africa we were longing for and that we were expecting,” Kaka said. “It’s great to see the passion people here have for the game and how they celebrate and enjoy us being here. I am sure the World Cup next year will be even better.”The Brazilian team’s media officer, Rodrigo Pavia, said his message to the Brazilian press and the team’s multitudes of supporters back home was that their reception and experience in South Africa has been “wonderful”.“Everything’s been great,” Pavia said. “The hotels, the structure and the stadium. In Brazil we don’t have any stadiums like [Free State stadium]. The pitch was OK and the security perfect.“Everyone here in South Africa has been really nice, and our open training session was wonderful, amazing,” Pavia added. “The fans danced and sang throughout. We have the same kind of atmosphere and way of life in Brazil, and the players have really enjoyed being here.”Having charmed their way into the hearts of Mangaung/Bloemfontein, the Seleçao are now in Tshwane/Pretoria for Thursday’s game against the United States at Loftus Versfeld Stadium – and their highly anticipated, sold-out clash against current world champions Italy at the same venue on Saturday.The most popular football team on the planet can rest assured that the reception they receive in Pretoria will be equally warm and friendly.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Weekly Wrapup: Topic Trackers, Facebook Privacy, Mobile Web Sensors, And More…

first_imgTags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Why France and Germany Got it Right: IE Must Go It looks like Microsoft has moved to the “sticks and stones” method for handling public relations gaffes. As we reported earlier this week, France joined Germany in suggesting that its citizens switch from Internet Explorer to, well, anything else. Now, Microsoft’s UK security chief, Cliff Evans, has responded by saying that switching to other browsers will only open you up to more security vulnerabilities than staying with Internet Explorer.That’s saying a lot for the browser implicated in the Great Google Caper of 2010; and we have multiple security experts who have said a lot on why it just isn’t true.SEE MORE WEB PRODUCTS COVERAGE IN OUR PRODUCTS CATEGORYThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. In this edition of the Weekly Wrapup – our newsletter summarizing the top stories of the week – we continue our analysis of Facebook’s sweeping new privacy policies (plus tell you how to protect yourself), explore how mobile phones and sensors are mixing, look at the launch of the U.K. government’s data.gov website, present our categorized list of the leading topic tracking tools, and more. And as usual we check in on our two main channels: ReadWriteStart (our daily resource for entrepreneurs) and ReadWriteEnterprise (devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ trends and products). Also read on for details about the newly released printed edition of our current premium report, about the Real-Time Web.Now Available: Printed Edition of The Real-Time Web ReportAt the request of the librarian community and people that just like paper, we have made The Real-Time Web and its Future report available in print.For those of you that prefer it digitally, you can still download it.Don’t forget about our Community Management Report. It too is coming in print soon, so watch out for it!Web TrendsThe Facebook Privacy Debate: What You Need to Know Facebook changed the world by helping 350 million people publish their thoughts, feelings, comments, photos, videos and shared links much more easily than ever before. It’s the King of social networking.The network grew with a big promise of privacy at the center of what it offered: your information was by default visible only to people you approved as friends. In December that changed, in a fundamental way. We offer in this post a summary of the changes that were made and key highlights from the debate that’s raging around the world about privacy, public information and Facebook.2010 Trend: Sensors & Mobile Phones Last week in our Mobile Web Meets Internet of Things series, we looked at barcode scanning and RFID in the next generation iPhone. We expect to see Apple and Android battling it out for both barcode and RFID supremacy this year.Another key technology in the Internet of Things – where everyday objects are endowed with Internet connectivity – is sensors. In fact we’ve seen the most activity so far in the Internet of Things from sensor data. So in this post we explore how mobile phones and sensors are mixing; and what to expect in 2010.UK Launches Open Data Site; Puts Data.gov to Shame A new website dedicated to making non-personal data held by the U.K. government available for software developers has launched with the help of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web. Data.gov.uk is being slammed with traffic but six months after the U.S. government opened its Data.gov site the U.K. site already has more than three times as much data than the U.S. site offers today.At launch, Data.gov.uk has nearly 3,000 data sets available for developers to build mashups with. The U.S. site, Data.gov, has less than 1,000 data sets today.Open Thread: There’s No Such Thing As Free Content So why do users keep expecting to consume it, reuse it, share it and store it without paying for it?Someone, somewhere ends up putting out money for everything you do online, every piece of news you read, every Web app you use. It takes professionals and hardware across a gigantic industry to make these things work. In terms of overhead alone, content costs a lot. So why do some users always kick and scream at the first suggestion of paid content? Do you think content is worth paying for, and if so, what are you personally willing to pay?SEE MORE WEB TRENDS COVERAGE IN OUR TRENDS CATEGORYReadWriteStart Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.Startup Finance: Xero Powers Accounting in the Cloud When New Zealand-based entrepreneur Rod Drury began researching his market he could hardly believe what he was seeing. As seen in Drury’s comments last week on the state of the online finance ecosystem, only a handful of players like Saasu and MYOB were targeting small business clients. While Drury saw that a number of cloud-based personal finance companies like Mint were gaining traction with users, small businesses had been stuck with the same tired desktop accounting software they’d been using for the last ten years. Drury built Xero with the intent to help small businesses manage their accounts in the cloud.Never Mind the Valley: Here’s Austin Settled in the 1830s along the banks of the Colorado River and named for the Father of Texas Stephen F. Austin, the city of Austin is known for its thriving music scene and as the home of the University of Texas (UT) Longhorns. But in the past few decades, the Texas capital has built up a reputation of a different sort.With companies headquartered in Austin like Dell and Freescale Semiconductor, a spin-off of Motorola, the city has become a hotbed of information technology hardware and software. In the mid 1990s, Austin was put on the map by software companies like Motive, Vignette and Tivoli, the latter of which was quickly scooped up by IBM in 1996.SEE MORE STARTUPS COVERAGE IN OUR READWRITESTART CHANNELReadWriteEnterprise Our channel ReadWriteEnterprise, devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting IBM’s Project Vulcan: The Next Generation of Lotus Notes and a Rival To Google Wave William Shatner opened the IBM Lotusphere event this week, after which IBM launched Project Vulcan. This is a geek dream come true: a full-on collaboration environment with an open API and a name right out of Star Trek fame.Project Vulcan isn’t set for developer release until the second half of this year, but its potential as an all-encompassing cloud-based collaboration service is causing many to compare it to Google Wave.Web ProductsTop Tools For Tracking Topics on the Web Tracking topics on the Web can be a painful process, due to the amount of noise and difficulty of filtering it. So to help you out, we’ve selected and categorized the leading topic tracking tools. This is based on the discussion that arose from our earlier post about topic feeds, which are RSS feeds for keywords or phrases.During the process of analyzing these topic tracking tools, we discovered – to our surprise – that not many of these services output results as RSS. Some of the leading apps in this field require users to visit their service. With that in mind, here is our full list and analysis.The 3 Facebook Settings Every User Should Check Now In December, Facebook made a series of bold and controversial changes regarding the nature of its users’ privacy on the social networking site. The company once known for protecting privacy to the point of exclusivity (it began its days as a network for college kids only – no one else even had access), now seemingly wants to compete with more open social networks like the microblogging media darling Twitter.Those of you who edited your privacy settings prior to December’s change have nothing to worry about – that is, assuming you elected to keep your personalized settings when prompted by Facebook’s “transition tool.” The tool, a dialog box explaining the changes, appeared at the top of Facebook homepages this past month with its own selection of recommended settings. Unfortunately, most Facebook users likely opted for the recommended settings without really understanding what they were agreeing to. If you did so, you may now be surprised to find that you inadvertently gave Facebook the right to publicize your private information including status updates, photos, and shared links. Want to change things back? Read on to find out how.Twitter’s Growth Slows Dramatically After news about the landing of US Airways 1549 in the Hudson first broke on Twitter in January 2009, the microblogging service quickly captured the imagination of a new group of potential users. Throughout the first months of 2009, Twitter grew at a rapid pace, peaking at a growth rate of 13% in March 2009.Now, however, according to the latest data from HubSpot, Twitter’s growth is slowing dramatically. In October 2009, Twitter’s growth rate had fallen to 3.5%. On a positive note, though, the average active user on Twitter today is more engaged than six months ago. last_img read more

2016 Harvey Norman National Touch League Referees Nominations

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is calling for nominations for suitably qualified referees to be considered to attend the 2016 Harvey Norman National Touch League (NTL) from Wednesday, 9 March until Saturday, 12 March 2016.   The event will be held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The Open and Senior tournaments will run concurrently over the four days creating an exciting atmosphere with the best players and officials from across the country in all age divisions, with the potential of international teams. The NTL event has proven to be a highlight for the Touch Football community, providing a great opportunity for professional development through experiencing the highest level of Touch Football in the country.For more information, please click on the attachment below. Nominations close COB on Monday, 18 January 2016. Related Files2016_ntl_referee_nomination_information-pdfRelated LinksNTL Ref Nominationslast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari defends his players

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari defends his playersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari has defended his players ahead of facing Real Sociedad.Madrid meet La Real on the back of a 2-2 draw with Villarreal.Solari said, “We’ve got a really busy month ahead of us, because we now have a game once every three days. The most important thing is that we keep our energy levels up in the matches and that we start to welcome the injured players back. It’s also important that we don’t pick up any more injuries.”Footballers aren’t machines. It’s tough when you have to play a game every three days and we have to be ready for that and go out and compete. The key thing in the league is that we continue to climb the table, we’ve moved up from ninth to fourth and have to keep closing the gap because it’s a battle right until the end. It’s in situations of adversity that your character shines through. The LaLiga season and the campaign will be a battle until the end.” last_img read more

18 days agoSolskjaer defends quiet Rashford for Man Utd defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer defends quiet Rashford for Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has said Marcus Rashford has struggled due to a lack of service from his Manchester United teammates.The striker didn’t have a single clear cut chance in Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United.And speaking after the game, Solskjaer felt sorry for the 21-year-old.He said: “He’s working hard. As I said to the boys at half-time today, you feel for him because he’s running, running and running and he doesn’t get the service.”The first half was very poor, that was the poorest we’ve been, because we gave so many sloppy balls away.”It seemed like we couldn’t control the ball and we couldn’t find the combinations. Of course, in the second half we dominated but we didn’t create enough.” last_img read more

Ottawa fasttracking wouldbe immigrants with French skills siblings in Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Immigration Department is changing its express entry system to give more points to would-be newcomers who have siblings already in Canada and for those with strong French-language skills.The department says the new rules go into effect on Tuesday.It says the changes are aimed to help support the integration of skilled workers and increase growth, vitality and prosperity of in Francophone minority communities across the country.Studies show that newcomers with siblings in Canada integrate more quickly, the department says.Programs managed through the express entry system seek to attract high-skilled foreign workers and former international students who want to live in Canada permanently and whose skills are in high demand by employers.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced the changes today during an event at an immigrant centre in Markham, Ont.“As the improvements are implemented, I’m pleased that Canada will welcome more skilled immigrants with siblings in Canada who can help them quickly integrate into their new life here and that we’ll continue to see francophone minority communities flourish,” Hussen said in a statement.last_img read more