Limerick appeal to save ‘gay bull’ Benjy

first_imgWalk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Linkedin Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Twitter WhatsApp Advertisement Facebook No vaccines in Limerick yet center_img Previous articleLimerick pensioners remanded on terrorism chargesNext articleInsider information Alan Jacques by Alan Jacques | [email protected] rights activist John Carmody is calling on Limerick people to help save the life of a ‘gay bull’ that is destined for slaughter because he has shown no interest in cows and has a sexual preference for other bulls.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN), founded by Mr Carmody, last week responded to plans to destroy Benjy, a pedigree Charolais bull, purchased for purposes of breeding by a farmer in County Mayo.ARAN has teamed up with one of the UK’s biggest online gay magazines THEGAYUK, and the Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich, to save Benjy.The group has secured a deal with the owner of the bull so the animal can live out his life in peace. THEGAYUK have also launched an online campaign to raise funds to purchase the bull and transport him from Ireland to Britain and help with the lifelong cost of keeping Benjy at the animal sanctuary.John Carmody said that Benjy’s plight is not only hitting the hearts of Irish people, but people worldwide and he has spoken to media sources from far and wide including RTE Radio One and Russia Today about the campaign.“I can’t believe how international this has gone,” said Mr Carmody.ARAN program co-ordinator Jackie Fitzgerald said that Benjy’s plight had touched hearts across the globe.“Like every other animal, Benjy should be to be free of death, pain and suffering.  We hope the people of Limerick get behind the fundraising drive to raise money to save Benjy,” she said.At the time of going to press terminally ill Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon had donated €6,250 to the cause. NewsBreaking newsLocal NewsLimerick appeal to save ‘gay bull’ BenjyBy Alan Jacques – November 18, 2014 671 Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Print TAGSAnimal Rights Action Network (ARAN)Benjyfeaturedgay bullJohn CarmodylimerickSam SimonThe Simpsons Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL First Irish death from Coronavirus last_img read more

HUD Announces Additional Homeowner Relief Measures

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / HUD Announces Additional Homeowner Relief Measures Share 1Save HUD Announces Additional Homeowner Relief Measures April 2, 2020 3,204 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post Tagged with: Coronavirus HUD Mortgage Forbearance Previous: DS5: How Law Firms Are Assisting With Loss Mitigation Next: Increase in Jobless Claims Leading to ‘Unknown Territory’ Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Mike Albanese The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a tailored set of mortgage relief options for homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages who have been impacted by COVID-19. HUD states, effective immediately for those who cannot make mortgage payments due to the virus, servicers must extend deferred or reduced mortgage payment options for up to six and also provide an additional six months of forbearance if requested by the borrower. This measure implements provisions contained in the CAREs Act signed by President Donald Trump on March 27. “The last thing any of us wants is for Americans to lose their homes unnecessarily while we continue to fight this invisible enemy. If you’re struggling, immediate help is now available. The FHA will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure that the loss mitigation options that are offered for both forward and reverse borrowers are appropriately tailored for the present situation,” said Dr. Benjamin Carson, Secretary of HUD. Additionally, the FHA implemented the COVID-19 National Emergency Partial Claim, an option to be used by servicers when the COVID-19 forbearance period ends. This will help eligible homeowners who have been granted forbearance to reinstate their loans by authorizing servicers to advance funds on behalf of homeowners. This claim will defer the repayment of those advances through an interest-free “subordinate mortgage” that the borrower does not have to pay until their first mortgage is paid off. “For American families impacted by the COVID-19 virus and unable to pay their FHA-insured mortgage, imminently losing their homes is now one less fear they should have,” said Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner Brian Montgomery. “Today’s actions will ease the immediate pressures faced by many Americans who, through no fault of their own, are struggling with financial uncertainty.” A recent study by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) found that 13 million Americans are at risk of losing their jobs due to the virus. “The loss of service jobs would undoubtedly worsen affordability for households who already must spend an outsized portion of their incomes on rent each month,” Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, Research Associate, JCHS said.Forty percent of households (5.2 million) whose wages came exclusively from at-risk jobs were cost-burdened as compared to 22% of households (13.1 million) whose income came only from other jobs. Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Coronavirus HUD Mortgage Forbearance 2020-04-02 Mike Albanese Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Aryzta sells bond to refinance debts

first_imgAryzta has sold its second hybrid bond for CHF300m (£210.6m), which the company has said will be used to refinance its debts.In a statement issued yesterday (19 March), the Swiss-based bakery products business said the move was completed by UBS, Credit Suisse and Zürcher Kantonalbank, which Aryzta said had acted as joint bookrunners for the transaction.The firm said: “The Hybrid Instrument offers investors a coupon of 4% and is undated, with an initial call date by Aryzta after five years.”Earlier this month, the company revealed a 8.2% rise in group revenue to €2.07bn (£1.8bn), for the six months to the end of January, as well as a 5.5% increase in net profit to €129.4m (£110.4m).Owen Killian, chief executive, said: “Aryzta’s underlying net profit performance was robust despite challenging trading conditions.”last_img read more

Michigan State Hail Mary flattens Wisconsin

first_imgWisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis (4) got a piece of Kirk Cousins’ desperation heave on the final play of Saturday night’s 37-31 Michigan State victory. The ball eventually made its way to Nichol (7), who saved the Spartans from overtime with the Badgers.[/media-credit]EAST LANSING, MICH. – Any hopes the Wisconsin football team had of playing for a national championship almost certainly ended Saturday night after Michigan State wide receiver Keith Nichol grabbed a miraculous, last-second and bobbled Hail Mary bomb to cap off what will surely go down as an instant classic of Big Ten football.After a late push to tie the game by No. 6 Wisconsin (6-1, 2-1), No. 16 Michigan State (6-1, 3-0) brought down the Badgers, 37-31, on a 44-yard heave from quarterback Kirk Cousins.Cousins’ pass was initially batted down by UW wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, who was put in as a third safety to knock the pass out of the air. But after making contact with Abbrederis, the ball bounced off another player and into the arms of Nichol, who stood a yard away from the goal line.Replays confirmed that Nichol crossed the plane with the ball as Badger defenders desperately tried to stop him.“To have the last play of the game decided on by a review, it’s crazy,” linebacker Chris Borland said. “I felt terrible. Just to sit there and watch it on film, it’s heart-wrenching.”Cousins completed 22 of 31 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns, while wide receiver B.J. Cunningham finished with six receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. Cunningham also hauled in a two-point conversion after a fourth quarter MSU score.For Wisconsin, quarterback Russell Wilson went 14-of-21 with a pair of touchdowns and interceptions each. He finished with 223 yards passing and complimented that with an additional 44 on the ground, including a 22-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.Running back Montee Ball, who was briefly sidelined with a head injury, completed the game with 144 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, while Abbrederis led UW with six catches and 91 yards.The Hail Mary nullified a fourth-quarter comeback by the Badgers, who scored two touchdowns in the final eight minutes of regulation to tie the game at 31-31.Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson ran for a 22-yard touchdown with 8:10 remaining and, two possessions later, hit running back Montee Ball for a 2-yard score with 1:26 to go.“The defense did a great job in the second half of getting us the ball back and giving us chances,” Wilson said. “We capitalized on those chances near the end. That’s the main thing. It’s a shocker.”That gave the Spartans the ball back for the final drive with 1:19 seconds and two timeouts. MSU ultimately completed the drive in nine plays.But in an effort to regain possession with enough time to score, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema used three timeouts on Michigan State’s final possession. In the end, however, the Badgers never got the ball back, and their timeouts only aided a Spartan offense scrambling for a score, especially on a 3rd-and-8 play with 30 seconds left.“We were going for the win,” Bielema said. “I looked to their sideline to see if they were going to call one, and I realized they were going to go no-huddle. [We] were trying to get our punt return unit [back on the field].”But a chance at overtime was ripped away from the Badgers, who spent the entirety of the second half playing catch-up after a dismal second quarter that left UW down 23-14 at the half. On the ensuing drive that followed an MSU safety, Michigan State’s Keyshawn Martin scored on 34-yard end-around to bring the score to 14-9.The Spartans then blocked a field goal attempt on the following possession and turned that into an eight-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a 35-yard pass from Cousins to Cunningham on 4th-and-2.And then, just 38 seconds before the break, MSU’s Bennie Fowler recovered a blocked punt in the endzone, giving the Spartans a nine-point lead going into the locker room.In just 13 minutes, Wisconsin saw its 14-0 lead disappear as Michigan State scored 23 straight points without being stopped once on a drive.“The second quarter is what killed us. We were never really able to rebound from that,” Bielema said.Those 13 minutes signaled a considerable swing of momentum, as the Badgers reached the goal line twice before the Spartans were even able to run two snaps on offense.On its opening drive, UW marched 80 yards in 11 plays and 6:18 for the game’s first points: a 9-yard touchdown strike from Wilson to Pedersen.MSU running back Edwin Baker took the handoff from Cousins on the Spartans’ first play, but UW linebacker Mike Taylor forced a fumble, allowing cornerback Marcus Cromartie to land on it at the Michigan State 30-yard line.Three plays later, Ball ran through a sizeable hole in the trenches for a 9-yard touchdown.The makings of another Wisconsin route stopped there, however, as Michigan State was able to ride its momentum swing to an improbable end.“The only thing you can do is move forward,” Ball said. “That’s the only thing you can do, you don’t want to go back. [Sunday] we’re going to watch film, make sure we correct our mistakes and move forward.“We have another tough game ahead of us.”last_img read more