As Foreclosure And AffordableHousing Crisis Spreads& Leahy Announces $1.2 M.In GrantsTo VermontsNeighborWorks CentersTo Sustain TheirAffordable Housing DevelopmentAnd Ownership Counseling LOCAL CONTACTS:Preston Jump, Central Vermont Community Land Trust, (802) 476-4493 ext204Brenda Torpy, Champlain Housing Trust, (802) 862-6244Merten Bangemann-Johnson, Gilman Housing Trust, (802) 334-1541 ext 202Luddy Biddle, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, (802) 236-2586Jeff Staudinger, Rockingham Area Community Land Trust, (802) 885-3220ext 220Mia Joiner-Moore, NeighborWorks America, (617) 585-5016 The five Vermont NeighborWorks organizations receiving grants are: WASHINGTON (Thursday, Feb. 7) Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)announced Thursday that Vermonts five NeighborWorks organizations aregetting $1.2 million in NeighborWorks America grants. According toNeighborWorks America, a federally funded nonprofit housing organization, theirpartnership with the Vermont NeighborWorks organizations will help invest $46million into Vermont communities this year to stimulate economic developmentand bring more affordable housing opportunities to Vermonters. . . .Leahy Helped Create 1st NeighborWorks Organization In Vermont In 1993 Leahy, a senior member ofthe Senate Appropriations Committee and of its Subcommittee on Transportationand Housing and Urban Development, which handles the Senates work inwriting the annual budget bills that fund NeighborWorks America, helpedestablish Vermonts first NeighborWorks organization in 1993 through agrant to Rutland West NHS, currently NeighborWorks of Western Vermont. Leahy said Vermont organizations depend on annual NeighborWorks grants toprovide a wide variety of housing-related services from affordable housingdevelopment to homeownership counseling and the establishment of revolving loanfunds or alternative mortgage solutions for Vermonters struggling to purchasehomes.Despite increased demandfor affordable housing options for low to moderate income Americans, Leahy saidthe Bush Administration has essentially level-funded the NeighborWorks Americaprogram nationwide below $120 million during each of the past threeyears. And despite the nationwide housing foreclosure crisis and housingslump, the President actually seeks to cut $155 million from the program in hisbudget proposal submitted to Congress this week. Earlier this year, inthe budget for the current fiscal year, Congress more than doubled theNeighborWorks America budget to address the national home foreclosurecrisis. That new funding, unrelated to Wednesdays announcement,will be competitively awarded to housing organizations later this year.Over the last 15years, since we established Vermonts first NeighborWorks organization,we have expanded the number of nonprofit housing organizations eligible forthese grants and brought millions of dollars into Vermont to house the mostvulnerable Vermonters and to make homeownership a reality for manyothers, said Leahy, who has led an effort to increase funding forhousing programs within HUD and for the NeighborWorks program. Wecould do much more to stimulate this economy and fend off recession if the BushAdministration focused on the urgent housing needs of Americans instead ofpumping tens of billions of dollars every month overseas for the misguided warin Iraq. I will continue to fight for affordable housing assistance forVermonters, who are struggling all the more as the economy worsens. Asfar as the federal budget is concerned, this is the kind of high priority hereat home that the war in Iraq is not. · Central Vermont Community Land Trust in Barre: $144,725· Champlain Housing Trust in Burlington: $412,296· Gilman Housing Trust of Newport and Lyndonville: $207,428· NeighborWorks of Western Vermont in West Rutland: $265,000· Rockingham Area Community Land Trust in Springfield: $215,000 NeighborWorks was established in 1978 by Congress. According toNeighborWorks America, over the last five years the NeighborWorks network hashelped leverage nearly $15 billion in Americas urban, rural, andsuburban communities; assisted more than 80,000 Americans become homeowners;and developed and managed more than 70,000 units of affordable, high-qualitymultifamily housing. This year, NeighborWorks America will provide morethan $76 million to its network of more than 230 community-based nonprofitorganizations. # # # # #
Messaging platforms that include voice and text-based interfaces and being increasingly used by digital consumers as their preferred method of engagement, according to a research studyfrom Accenture. Conversational interfaces already exist. The Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod (as well as other devices) use technologies such as AI, machine learning and natural-language processing (NLP) to enable voice engagement. An increasing nuber of financial organizations are beginning to take notice.“Why should people learn to use technology interfaces when we can simply make the technology more human?,” asks Fernando Lucini, managing director, Accenture Digital. “A human-first approach would be built around natural conversation: we would do away with the keyboards and touchscreens that currently intermediate our interactions, and instead simply talk to digital technology as we would to a human.”Conversational technology can use real-time data analysis to create contextual conversations leveraging previous interactions much the way humans do normally. This allows for individualized engagement by a machine using big data stored in the cloud. From providing rudimentary support to advising on more complex matters, conversational AIs will be able to replicate much of what a human customer service agent does … only faster and more accurately. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
12 Cheval Court, Benowa Waters.WITH a waterfront lifestyle, pool, spa and gym, this house is fit for an elite swimmer.So it’s no surprise retired Olympic swimmer Janet Blood and her husband Paul Blood bought the five-bedroom house that sprawls over 1073sq m in Benowa Waters just over a decade ago.There is of course a swimming pool. Picture: Realestate.com.auMrs Blood said her husband coupled his building and plumbing skills together to create a family house to channel the “perfect Queensland lifestyle”.“We are both swimmers and we always feel a calming sense when we’re around water,” Mrs Blood said.“My husband and I have been gradually renovating the house over the years.“Paul won the Master Builders award in 2008 for his work on the Mudgeeraba Industrial Park and he was confident when it came to the house.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid BeachMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours agoThe mother-of-two said the bathroom has been retiled and re-piped.“Most people wouldn’t go to that extreme of redesigning a bathroom to the extent we did, but we love the house and felt it was worth it,” she said.The couple also meticulously landscaped the backyard.The kitchen is new-looking and modern. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe two-storey home has many luxury features including a media room.“The media room has two sliding doors that when closed it is a soundproof room which is great for the kids when they watch movies, the rest of the house is still peaceful.”“My favourite part now is sitting out on the deck and watching the water … in about three seconds I am relaxed,” she said.