Members of the Hoboken Democratic Committee win suit to keep late…

first_imgHOBOKEN — In Hoboken elections, nothing is easy, even trying to get elected to a small Democratic committee seat in the mile-square city. There are approximately 50 seats, but each one has some influence, because the Democratic Committee ends up helping pick candidates for local office.The filing deadline was April 5 to run for a committee seat in June. Two candidates aligned with Mayor Dawn Zimmer missed the deadline to file. Still, their forms were accepted by Hoboken City Clerk James Farina two days later. × This didn’t sit well with some.Democrats Ines Garcia-Keim and Peter Biancamano, committee members who aren’t allied with Zimmer, sued City Clerk James Farina, the Hudson County clerk, and the two late candidates, Sheillah Dallara and husband Aaron Dallara.Biancamano said on Friday that his side won in court on Friday April 21 and the Dallaras will not be appearing on the ballot.The suit stated Biancamano and Garcia–Keim had been “deprived of fundamental due process based upon Defendant Farina’s clear abuse of discretion.”Sheillah Dallara, who is on the Hoboken Board of Education, and Aaron Dallara filed in the 1st District of the 2nd Ward.Biancamano and Garcia-Keim wrote a letter to Farina dated April 13.“Follow your statutory responsibilities and reconsider this blatantly illegal action before we are forced to pursue this matter further in court and/or with the appropriate law enforcement authorities,” they wrote.Farina responded in a letter which said, “Significantly, the Clerk was timely provided correspondence dated April 3, 2017 and April 6, 2017 from Assemblyman Vincent Prieto and Mayor Dawn Zimmer advising that both individuals were running as part of the Hudson County Democratic Organization,” he wrote. “Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:23-20, candidates properly amended the documentation provided to the clerk’s office so as to remedy any defect by timely submitting the appropriate forms within the deadline to amend,” he wrote.The HCDO is the county’s long-time Democratic political machine.One local councilwoman said that the Dallaras’ forms were accidentally excluded when the forms for her team were brought to the clerk.Garcia-Keim and Biancamano called Farina’s explanation “gibberish” and said that it did not excuse or refute the fact that the Dallaras filed petitions 48 hours after deadline. Their attorney, Steve Kleinman, said, “We’re obviously pleased with the judge’s decision. The city’s position was both outrageous and ludicrous and clearly showed the city was trying to put its thumb on the scale on behalf of candidates supported the incumbent administration.”last_img read more

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Budgens to support National Cupcake Week

first_imgMultiple retailer Budgens has pledged its support for National Cupcake Week (NCW), with live cupcake tasting  planned for its stores. It will also be decorating 190 stores – all of which are owned by independent retailers – with NCW bunting and selling partner charity CLIC Sargent’s pin badges to help raise vital funds for children and young people with cancer.The retailer sells ambient packaged, in-store bakery and locally sourced cupcakes, which it said were very popular in-store.It will be stocking cupcakes from SuperValu (Budgens’ own-brand); Fatherson Bakeries – a small family-run bakery; Emma’s Country Cakes – offering 50p off the cupcake range; The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys – part of a back-to-school promotion; and May and Raeburn. Emma’s Country Cakes will also be hosting cupcake tasting sessions in four Budgens stores: Billingshurst, West Sussex; Sawston in Cambridgeshire; Sandy, Bedfordshire; and Abingdon, Oxon.NCW takes place from 17-23 September, to find out more and to register your support visit www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk.last_img read more

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VIDEO: How to make malt loaf

first_imgSimon Wooster, technical director at Edme, shows us how, by making a simple malt loaf recipe, you can incorporate different ingredients to create new products.To learn more about the malting process, British Baker reporter Bronya Smolen visited Edme’s maltings and offices in Mistley, Essex.Here we were shown around the factory, and the Edme team baked their famous malt loaves for us.To find out how to create the best malt loaves, watch below.Edme also told us all about its new Wholesoft products, and got down to the science-y stuff about how it all works!last_img read more

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Bobby Cannavale to Lead Rock ‘N’ Roll HBO Series

first_img View Comments Star Files It’s only Rock ‘n’ Roll but Bobby Cannavale likes it! The Emmy winner and two-time Tony nominee’s previously reported Rock ‘n’ Roll TV pilot has been picked up to series by HBO. Executive produced by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese, the currently untitled hour-long drama is set in 1970s New York, and will explore the drug and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound.Cannavale will play Richie Finestra, the founder and president of a top-tier record label (American Century Records) with a great ear for discovering talent, who undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision. The cast will also include Olivia Wilde as Devon Finestra, Richie’s wife, along with Broadway alum Max Casella, Ray Romano, Juno Temple, James Jagger, Jack Quaid, Birgitte Sorenson, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie and Bo Dietl.Cannavale will soon be seen on the big screen in the Annie musical. He won an Emmy Award for his role on Will & Grace and received two 2013 Emmy nods for his work on Boardwalk Empire and Nurse Jackie. A two-time Tony nominee for his performances in Mauritius and The Motherf**ker with the Hat, his other Broadway credits include Glengarry Glen Ross and The Big Knife.center_img Bobby Cannavalelast_img read more

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US foreclosure inventory rising for sixth consecutive month, Vermont still best in the East

first_imgWith the Mountain West in the strongest position, Vermont continues to have the lowest foreclosure rate east of the Mississippi. However, Vermont’s foreclosure and delinquency percentages both rose in December from November (2.9 percent to 3 percent and 8.1 percent to 8.3 percent respectively, see table below).The December 2010 Mortgage Monitor report released by Lender Processing Services, Inc (NYSE: LPS) shows a continued increase in the inventory of foreclosed mortgages in the United States as more loans advance through the default process. The number of newly delinquent loans declined during 2010, helping push overall delinquent inventories down 18 percent for the year. The volume of loans moving to REO (real estate owned by lenders – repossessed) remains extremely low as moratoria and process reviews continue, further pressuring foreclosure inventories.â ¢ Delinquency rates are down across all products with an 18% overall decline since the start of 2010 as more loans entered foreclosure and new delinquencies declined.â ¢ Foreclosure inventory increases (up almost 10% during 2010) are being driven both by elevated levels of foreclosure starts as well as a very limited amount of foreclosure sale activity.â ¢ There is a diminishing share of ‘first-time’ foreclosures, over 30% of foreclosure starts have been in foreclosure previously.â ¢ Foreclosure sale activity remains extremely subdued as process reviews and moratoria continue to limit out-flows into REO.â ¢ Seasonal trends were reversed as newly delinquent loan rates continue to improve.â ¢ Refinance activity remains strong and loan originations are at 2010 highs with the government still supporting 95% of all originations. While the 90-days+ delinquency category has declined, the number of loans moving to seriously delinquent status beyond 90 days still far outpaced the number of foreclosure starts. Just over 2.1 million loans are 90 days or more delinquent but not yet in foreclosure, with nearly 6.9 million loans in some stage of delinquency or foreclosure. The total number of delinquent loans is nearly twice as high as historical averages – and foreclosure inventory is currently 7.8 times higher than historical averages and is rising. The report also shows that over one-third of borrowers with loans that are 90 days or more delinquent have not made a payment in over a year. Self-cures for loans one-to-two months delinquent declined slightly in December, and late-stage cures, usually related to modification activity, continue to decline. In December, 259,518 loans were referred to foreclosure, which represents a 0.6 percent month-over-month decline. Origination activity continues to increase with new production in November reaching 2010 highs. While FHA originations have declined, the share of agency loans increased, and 95 percent of all new issuance remains government supported. As reported in LPS’ First Look release, other key results from LPS’ latest Mortgage Monitor report include: Total U.S. loan delinquency rate: 8.83 percent Total U.S. foreclosure inventory rate: 4.15 percent Total U.S. non-current* loan rate: 12.98 percent States with most non-current* loans: Florida, Nevada, Mississippi, Georgia, New Jersey States with fewest non-current* loans: North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana *Non-current totals combine foreclosures and delinquencies as a percent of active loans in that state. Note: Totals based on LPS Applied Analytics’ loan-level database of mortgage assets and are extrapolated to represent the industry. About the Mortgage Monitor LPS manages the nation’s leading repository of loan-level residential mortgage data and performance information on nearly 40 million loans across the spectrum of credit products. The company’s research experts carefully analyze this data to produce a summary supplemented by dozens of charts and graphs that reflect trend and point-in-time observations for LPS’ monthly Mortgage Monitor Report. To review the full report, visit http://www.lpsvcs.com/NEWSROOM/INDUSTRYDATA/Pages/default.aspx(link is external). Source: LPS. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – February 8, 2011 About Lender Processing Services Lender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) is a leading provider of integrated technology, services and mortgage performance data and analytics to the mortgage and real estate industries. LPS offers solutions that span the mortgage continuum, including lead generation, origination, servicing, workflow automation (Desktop®), portfolio retention and default, augmented by the company’s award-winning customer support and professional services. Approximately 50 percent of all U.S. mortgages by dollar volume are serviced using LPS’ Mortgage Servicing Package (MSP). LPS also offers proprietary mortgage and real estate data and analytics for the mortgage and capital markets industries. For more information about LPS, visit www.lpsvcs.com(link is external).last_img read more

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Property taxes and good faith

first_imgNAFCU’s first Virtual Regulatory Compliance School runs from July 28th through August 6th, so for today’s blog we will look at one of the topics covered at school: the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures rule (TRID). Interest rates for mortgage loans have been at historic lows this summer, and so I decided to investigate refinancing my mortgage loan. I received the loan estimate within three business days of submitting the loan application as required by section 1026.19(e)(1)(iii) of Regulation Z. I then received the closing disclosure more than three business days before the closing and consummation of the loan as required by section 1026.19(f)(1)(ii)(A). But something looked amiss. The closing disclosure indicated that I needed to bring an additional $2,000 cash to close the loan. After reviewing both documents, it became evident that the discrepancy was because the lender did not disclose anything on the loan estimate for property taxes but then included $2,000 for property taxes on the closing disclosure. Upon seeing the difference, my first question was whether this was permissible under TRID.TRID TolerancesThe NAFCU Compliance Blog has previously addressed the issue of tolerances for settlement costs under TRID. Section 1026.19(e)(1)(i) requires credit unions to provide good faith estimates in the loan estimate, and section 1026.19(e)(3) explains what constitutes good faith with respect to estimate closing costs. The general rule under section 1026.19(e)(3)(i) is that a closing cost disclosed in the loan estimate is in good faith if the charge ultimately imposed upon the borrower is not greater than what was disclosed in the loan estimate. The rule permits three exceptions to this general rule:The total amount of recording fees and closing costs imposed upon the borrower for third-party settlement services a borrower can shop for can be greater than what was disclosed on the loan estimate up to a 10% threshold; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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The Broome County Regional Farmer’s Market adapts amid coronavirus crisis

first_imgTOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — The Broome County Regional Farmer’s Market says they are adapting to the coronavirus crisis while remaining committed to providing an outlet for local farmers. Organizers say farmer’s markets are considered essential by New York State, but they have been forced to make significant changes to normal operations. This includes eliminating non-essential vendors and moving some tents outside the main building. For more coverage of the coronavirus, click here. Organizers told 12 News that the Farmer’s Market will continue to adapt to ensure farmers will still have a place to sell their goods. center_img “If we were shut down right now they’d be dumping all of their vegetables and crops because they aren’t in line with the grocery industry, the grocery industry isn’t equipped to take food from small vendors,” said Victoria Giarratano. Organizers say as the weather improves they will be able to move more and more vendors outside to promote more social distancing. last_img read more

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Once bitten, forever smitten?

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Chaos in the Caribbean as ports turn away cruises on virus fears

first_img“We believe that this was as a result of a small number of influenza-like cases on board,” the company said.Meanwhile, passengers aboard the MSC Meraviglia were awaiting test results in Cozumel, Mexico, after their ship was barred from docking in Jamaica and Grand Cayman.The episodes underscore the heightened concern of public officials over coronavirus following confirmed cases on a ship in Asia. Previously, vessels had been turned away or quarantined in Asia and Europe, but the new incidents strike closer to home for US and Latin American authorities and threaten the US industry’s core market of the Caribbean.The largest US-based operators — Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. — have lost about $31 billion in market value in about six weeks. Shares of Carnival, the industry giant, closed at their lowest in more than six years on Thursday. MSC Cruises, which operates the Meraviglia, is closely held, and Fred. Olsen is part of a larger company. The Dominican Republic turned away a cruise ship with about 1,500 people on board Thursday, the latest such episode as coronavirus concerns spread to tourist meccas in the Caribbean.Local officials there refused to let passengers leave the Braemar Thursday after learning that some aboard the ship, operated by Bonheur ASA’s Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, were under observation for flu, cough and respiratory problems.The company said no guests or crew had shown symptoms consistent with coronavirus, and that the move was an “overreaction.” A performer demonstrates on a iFly Holdings LLC body flying tunnel on The Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship, operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s cruise line brand Royal Caribbean International (RCI), as the ship sits berthed at the Marina Bay Cruise Center in Singapore, on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. For the better part of a decade, wealthy Chinese tourists have been on a feeding frenzy for luxury brands, casinos and cruise lines. As a result, China became the world’s biggest spender in international tourism in 2012, according to data from the World Tourism Organization, a United Nations agency. ( Bloomberg/Bryan van der Beek)Risks come homeFrom the outset, cruise companies began to dial back their exposure in Asia, where the industry had a small but growing presence. But the spread to Europe — and the risk to the Americas — poses a greater risk to the companies, especially during what is typically peak booking season.In Cozumel, health officials were awaiting test results for a crew member and a passenger aboard the Meraviglia. The ship sailed for Cozumel after it was turned away in Jamaica and Grand Cayman.MSC Cruises said the ship would remain in Cozumel until results come in and was optimistic guests would be able to disembark on Friday for tourist activities.For a time Wednesday it was unclear whether the government would allow the ship to moor.MSC Cruises said it received “formal and final authorization” to dock. But overnight, state Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez of Quintana Roo, where Cozumel is located, contradicted the company, saying no authorization would be given until after a health review.A Royal Caribbean cruise ship sits docked at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. ( Bloomberg/Christopher Occhicone)Welcome homeIn Miami, where the MSC Cruise originated, Port Director Juan Kuryla said at a press conference Thursday that the ship was welcome back based on current information.Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also weighed in Thursday, reiterating that the ship could dock but saying an inspection was called for.“We’re permitting it to dock, and there may be a disembarking of those on the ship,” Lopez Obrador said at his morning press conference in Mexico City. “We gave instructions for an inspection to be done and that they be allowed to arrive and stay. We can’t act with discrimination.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Szczesny seals Roma loan switch

first_img “I already know the faces and the names of my new team-mates and I’m hoping to get settled here quickly.” Szczesny, who lost his place to Colombia stopper Ospina shortly after shipping two goals in a 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day, also hit the headlines for reportedly smoking in the showers after that game. Manager Arsene Wenger insists the former Legia Warsaw keeper has a future in north London. “I personally rate him highly – you do not take a boy and put him in the first team at the age of 20,” he said last week, before the loan was confirmed. “He already has huge experience. I don’t want that experience at such a young age to be wasted.” However, the capture of Champions League-winning Cech following his 11 successful years at Chelsea meant Szczesny was unlikely to have much hope of reclaiming the number one jersey this coming season. . Wenger added: “How much can he grow with Petr Cech next to him, who is happy to share his huge experience, and how much mentally will he be able to live with the fact that he doesn’t play regularly? “It is a position that, if you are number two or three, it is more difficult.” The 25-year-old Poland international was limited to 17 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Gunners last season, with David Ospina gradually wresting control of the gloves at the Emirates Stadium, and the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea has increased competition further. Szczesny told asroma.it: “I’ve come here to win matches and trophies with Roma and I think the team are strong enough to do that. I think there’s great potential here. Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has joined Serie A title hopefuls Roma on a season-long loan deal. Press Association Szczesny will compete for a spot between the sticks at the Stadio Olimpico with former Italy international Morgan De Sanctis, while veteran Romanian keeper Bogdan Lobont is also part of the Giallorossi squad. Roma have twice finished as runners-up to Juventus under head coach Rudi Garcia – last season began with a run of five straight league victories but ended with the Bianconeri sitting 17 points clear at the top of the table. Szczesny said on the Roma website that he had chosen the Italians over a number of other offers as he was keen to keep playing in the Champions League. “It was a no-brainer for me,” he said. “Once the offer from Roma came in, I spoke to Arsene Wenger and he told me it would be a fantastic move for me to join Roma and play in the Champions League, fight for the Serie A title and try and improve the squad. “I then spoke to Walter Sabatini and made my decision very quickly. I think it’s a great opportunity for me to gain valuable experience as a young goalkeeper but also to try and help the team.” Szczesny acknowledged his troubles with the Gunners last season, but said he was confident he could make a positive impact in Serie A. “I believe I’m able to win points for the team,” he said. “I think that when you look at a goalkeeper over a season, you want to see how many points you’ve won for the team and how many mistakes you’ve made. “You add them all up and you hope that your goalkeeper has won points for the team. I had a difficult time last year – I’m the first person to admit that. I didn’t have the best of seasons, that’s why things have turned out the way they have, but I’m grateful because it gives me the opportunity to join Roma this season. “I believe if I work hard – and with the help of the coaches – I’ll be able to help the team improve from last season and hopefully challenge for the title.” last_img read more

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