Commerce – SBS Depot http://sbs-depot.com/ Fri, 28 May 2021 02:06:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://sbs-depot.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1-150x150.png Commerce – SBS Depot http://sbs-depot.com/ 32 32 Consumers complain about quick loans from metro Atlanta company https://sbs-depot.com/here-are-a-few-options-to-get-cash-to-that-may-work-for-you/ https://sbs-depot.com/here-are-a-few-options-to-get-cash-to-that-may-work-for-you/#respond Thu, 20 May 2021 10:35:29 +0000 https://sbs-depot.com/?p=638 ATLANTA — An Atlanta company says it makes it easy for you to quickly get a loan to pay the people doing construction or repair work on your home. But a Channel 2 Action News investigation found the same things that make the system so simple could put your money at risk to shady contractors. Channel 2 […]]]>

ATLANTA — An Atlanta company says it makes it easy for you to quickly get a loan to pay the people doing construction or repair work on your home.

But a Channel 2 Action News investigation found the same things that make the system so simple could put your money at risk to shady contractors.

Channel 2 investigative reporter Justin Gray noticed a common thread between complaints we received over several months.

They ended up owing the same Atlanta company, Greensky, thousands of dollars.

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Pots and pans cover the floor of 75-year-old Della Patterson’s LaGrange, Georgia, home. When it rains, water pours through holes in the roof of the house she has owned for more than 40 years.

“Me and my husband had this house built from the ground,” Patterson said.

But every day, for more than a year, Patterson’s phone would ring, sometimes multiple times a day.

“Sometimes, I just lay up in the bed and cry. And wonder why they do me like they did,” Patterson said.

It was an Atlanta company, Greensky, calling. Greensky wanted to be paid for the loan on the new roof. A loan Patterson says she never signed up for, and a roof that was never installed.

“If they had done anything from me and fixed my house, I wouldn’t mind paying them. But they did nothing for me,” Patterson said.

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In DeKalb County, Alice Lowery owes Greensky more than $40,000 for work to remove mold and rebuild her basement.

Lowery is physically disabled and mostly blind. The basement is still a mess.

“I’m very nervous. I’m scared. I’m afraid,” Lowery said.

So how is Greensky involved?

Greensky calls itself a technology company, not a lender or a bank.

It’s pitch: In seconds, vendors can easily get a customer approved for a loan through Greensky with a smartphone or tablet. The money goes straight to that vendor, not the customer.

Consumer advocates say that is a big red flag.

“That is just so dangerous,” said Liz Coyle, executive director of the nonprofit consumer protection group Georgia Watch. “If a contractor wants to take advantage of somebody, Greensky gives them the perfect venue to do that.”

That’s exactly what happened to Della Patterson.

A roofer came by the house and tried to convince her to sign up for a Greensky loan. She says he called her repeatedly, trying to pressure her into getting the financing. Patterson says she never agreed to it.

“I said I don’t want to go through no loan,” Patterson said.

But she says the roofer signed her up for a Greensky loan anyway. He got the money, and never showed up again to do any work.

Greensky refused an on-camera interview, but the company’s vice chairman Gerry Benjamin told Gray in a phone call that they carefully vet merchants.

“If there is an unscrupulous merchant, we’ll throw them off the platform,” Benjamin said. “We are totally an advocate for the consumer.”

Benjamin said in an email:

The GreenSky Program customer complaint rate is consistently but a fraction of that reported by Visa and Mastercard in card-not-present situations.”

Lowery’s contractor, Mina Ownlee of C and M remodeling, told us she tried to become an approved Greensky merchant and was turned down.

But she still got paid more than $20,000 from Greensky for the incomplete work on Lowery’s home anyway.

“You are not a Greensky vendor?” Gray asked.

“I’m not a Greensky vendor,” Ownlee said.

“But she took out a loan with GreenSky and paid you through it?” Gray followed up.

“Correct,” Ownlee said.

Class action lawsuits have been filed against Greensky in California and Missouri.

In a 2018 court case, state of Alabama investigators determined Greensky “abdicated and outsourced its role and obligations as lender.”

After our phone conversation, Greensky’s vice-chairman personally stepped in and canceled Patterson’s debt.

Greensky says it kicked that roofer off its platform shortly after Patterson was unknowingly signed up for that loan.

But Greensky still tried to collect money from Patterson more than a year after.

As for how an unapproved vendor can get paid by Greensky, Benjamin wrote us, saying:

“Consumers are frequently provided with a 15 digit ‘shopping pass’ (ie. a virtual MasterCard), whereby any merchant accepting Visa, MasterCard, or Amex, via a customary POS terminal, may also accept Greensky as a mode of consumer payment.”

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Senate Committee Seeks Programs To Boost Homeownership In VI https://sbs-depot.com/senate-committee-seeks-programs-to-boost-homeownership-in-vi/ https://sbs-depot.com/senate-committee-seeks-programs-to-boost-homeownership-in-vi/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:16:12 +0000 https://sbs-depot.com/senate-committee-seeks-programs-to-boost-homeownership-in-vi/ The Finance Committee is meeting on Tuesday to hear from local banking institutions about homeownership programs in the territory. (Photo of the VI legislature) Troubled by widening income inequality and homeownership rates in the territory, the VI Senate Finance Committee called officials from local banks and the VI Housing Finance Authority during a hearing on […]]]>
The Finance Committee is meeting on Tuesday to hear from local banking institutions about homeownership programs in the territory. (Photo of the VI legislature)

Troubled by widening income inequality and homeownership rates in the territory, the VI Senate Finance Committee called officials from local banks and the VI Housing Finance Authority during a hearing on Tuesday. to discuss options that might help residents looking to buy a home.

“We are all really concerned about the lack of housing options in the territory, especially for low-income residents and securing opportunities for middle-income residents,” said Senator Milton Potter, who is not a member of the committee but attended the hearing.

A housing market analysis conducted by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, estimated the homeownership rate in the US Virgin Islands to be less than 43%, based on 2019 data, while nationally , the homeownership rate was estimated at over 64%.

the HUD analysis shows that the territory’s lower incomes, compared to those of the country, combined with relatively high house prices resulting from strong demand from non-residents, have contributed to the low homeownership rates in the territory.

While little can be done to stop the gentrification of the land, several local banks and the Rural Development Division of the United States Department of Agriculture informed the committee of the various loan options available to them. low income families.

Representing the US Department of AgricultureKimme Bryce said the department offers:

– The 502 direct mortgage loan program for single-family housing,
– The section 502 guaranteed loan program for single-family dwellings,
– The loan and subsidy program for the repair of single-family dwellings, and
– The housing loan program under the direct single-family housing program.

The programs, while limited to applicants’ specific income requirements, are available to all residents, not just first-time home buyers. Some programs offer residents the option of buying a home with no down payment for considerably less than the typical 20 percent expected by most banks.

The Housing Finance Authority can also help homeowners through various programs, but the authority’s executive director, Darryl Griffith, said the programs suffered from a lack of funding and some programs were so underfunded they could only help six residents per year.

“Currently, the administration has a pool of 110 mortgage loan clients in the St. Croix District and 187 in the St. Thomas / St. John District with a total of 297 mortgage applicants. The authority has no shortage of clients, but it has a dramatic shortage of local funding, ”Griffith said.

But low-income residents aren’t the only ones struggling to buy, refinance or rehabilitate a property.

“The big problem is to be able to help them subsidize them [homeowners] in terms of the down payment and in terms of being able to help the middle class, ”Griffith said. “Basically all of the funding we have is for low- and very low-income people who come from HUD. So in order for us to help as HIVFA, we will also need funding to be able to serve the middle class.

Griffith said that ultimately the power rests with the Legislature to appropriate the funding to enable the authority to serve the territory’s middle-income population.

Additionally, Griffith told committee members that local banks need help securing private mortgage insurance in the territory.

“When I bought my first home in Florida, this is what I used,” Griffith said. “I put little or nothing, but the PMI was what was used to get me to my first house. Then I sold this house when I got home [the USVI] and I was able to reduce by 20%. So if the legislature can do anything to help the banks get the PMI, I think it’s going to go a long way and fund the HIVFA of course.

According to Griffith, funding allocations are needed for the Homestead, Veterans and Moderate Income programs which have not been funded for over a decade. Griffith suggested that the STEP program, which will generate over $ 35 million in gross revenue for the territory, have $ 21 million allocated from that gross revenue to be split evenly among the aforementioned housing programs.

The inability of residents to obtain construction loans adds to the problem of low homeownership rates. At present, the only institutions providing housing construction loans in the territory are the Banco Popular and the United States Department of Agriculture.

“This means that if someone isn’t buying a fully built turnkey home, only these two institutions can help them,” Griffith said.

Although legislation regarding these issues was not addressed during the hearing, the committee recognized the need to find solutions for residents of the territory who would otherwise be forced to continue to rent a property instead of buying the property. their.

The senses. Kurt Vialet, Donna Frett-Gregory, Marvin Blyden, Samuel Carrion, Javan James Sr., Dwayne DeGraff and Janelle Sarauw were in attendance. Non-committee members were also present.

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Michigan’s $ 500 Classroom Heroes Grants Expanded to Include More Teachers https://sbs-depot.com/michigans-500-classroom-heroes-grants-expanded-to-include-more-teachers/ https://sbs-depot.com/michigans-500-classroom-heroes-grants-expanded-to-include-more-teachers/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:54 +0000 https://sbs-depot.com/michigans-500-classroom-heroes-grants-expanded-to-include-more-teachers/ Monday . The grants are intended to reimburse teachers for additional time and costs incurred while teaching amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “MI Classroom Heroes’ COVID-19 grants are just a small testament to our gratitude to educators for going above and beyond during the pandemic,” Whitmer said in a press release. “When COVID-19 hit, teachers worked […]]]>

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The grants are intended to reimburse teachers for additional time and costs incurred while teaching amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“MI Classroom Heroes’ COVID-19 grants are just a small testament to our gratitude to educators for going above and beyond during the pandemic,” Whitmer said in a press release.

“When COVID-19 hit, teachers worked around the clock to move quickly from face-to-face to distance education to ensure their students could continue to learn. It is simply the right thing to do to extend these grants to include all teachers in specific programs across the state. “

The grant is available to full-time and part-time teachers for these programs in public schools and private non-profit schools. Teachers must have taught at least 75% of their workload in person in the 2019-2020 school year before moving to distance learning.

Michigan Department of Education deputy superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht said the expansion to include Great Start Readiness program staff was recognition of their important work.

“These educators are committed to helping our very first learners develop the social, emotional and academic skills that will help them prepare for a successful entry into kindergarten. We appreciate that they are recognized for the heroes that they are. “

The latest round of grants is funded by a $ 2.5 million vote approved by the Legislature late last year. The State Department of the Treasury plans to distribute the funds in June.

The first wave of grants was distributed to more than 138,000 teachers and school staff last month, part of $ 51 million in support to teachers and support staff.

More information about the grant program is available here.

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Michigan jeweler plans Willy Wonka-inspired scavenger hunt for $ 100,000 in gold and silver https://sbs-depot.com/michigan-jeweler-plans-willy-wonka-inspired-scavenger-hunt-for-100000-in-gold-and-silver/ https://sbs-depot.com/michigan-jeweler-plans-willy-wonka-inspired-scavenger-hunt-for-100000-in-gold-and-silver/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:51 +0000 https://sbs-depot.com/michigan-jeweler-plans-willy-wonka-inspired-scavenger-hunt-for-100000-in-gold-and-silver/ A cash ticket will not take you to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, but will give you the chance to hunt for $ 100,000 of gold and silver. Charlie’s honor and honesty ultimately made him the top candidate among the Golden Ticket winners to inherit Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The 10 people who find silver notes […]]]>

A cash ticket will not take you to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, but will give you the chance to hunt for $ 100,000 of gold and silver.

Charlie’s honor and honesty ultimately made him the top candidate among the Golden Ticket winners to inherit Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The 10 people who find silver notes will need a different skill set when they take part in the Great American Treasure Hunt to find $ 100,000 of gold and silver buried in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The seven-day hunt will begin on June 1.

Johnny Perri, a jeweler from southeast Michigan who became the treasure hunt coordinator, is behind the “elite hunt”. Johnny’s Treasure Quest started offering hunts during the summer.

The Willy Wonka-inspired “Great American Treasure Hunt” will take place on the Upper Peninsula in June. The Michigan-based Johnny’s Treasure Quest scavenger hunt is $ 100,000 in gold and silver. The only way to participate is to find a cash ticket in a chocolate bar. There are 400,000 chocolate bars and 10 tickets. Bars are on sale on Johnny’s Treasure Quest website for $ 10 each.Courtesy of Johnny’s Treasure Quest

Over the summer, Perri cleaned up his Macomb County store and buried $ 1 million in gold, silver, jewelry, and antiques across Michigan. So far, around $ 100,000 has been found during dozens of county scavenger hunts; these will resume in April 2021.

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In the meantime, chocolate bars on sale for $ 10 each on the Treasure Quest website. Ten silver banknotes are hidden among 400,000 chocolate bars produced. Winners will receive a 10-ounce silver bar valued at over $ 200, a free week-long trip to the UP, and an invitation to participate in the hunt with a partner of their choice. The teams will be followed by film crews to document their adventure.

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Buyer demand hit twice normal levels in March https://sbs-depot.com/buyer-demand-hit-twice-normal-levels-in-march/ https://sbs-depot.com/buyer-demand-hit-twice-normal-levels-in-march/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:39 +0000 https://sbs-depot.com/buyer-demand-hit-twice-normal-levels-in-march/ No signs of a market slowing yet, as recently released data shows homebuyers’ demand for home transfer quotes was 101% higher at the end of March than the average for the same period. over the past four years. The figures, released by Reallymoving, highlight the acceleration of transfer quotation volumes around March 3, which just […]]]>

No signs of a market slowing yet, as recently released data shows homebuyers’ demand for home transfer quotes was 101% higher at the end of March than the average for the same period. over the past four years.

The figures, released by Reallymoving, highlight the acceleration of transfer quotation volumes around March 3, which just happened to be Budget Day, and the announcement of an extension of the existing stamp duty holiday and d ‘a reduction in the tax economy in the fall, as well as news of a mortgage guarantee system for loans at 95%.

By the 19th, listing volumes had reached 51% more than average and continued to accelerate to reach 101% more by the end of the month.

Although they benefit the least from the extension of the stamp duty holiday, the volume of first-time buyers seeking property transfer quotes also accelerated sharply in the past month. Demand accelerated throughout March, reaching 111% more on March 30 than the average on the same date over the previous four years.

A survey conducted by Canada Life in November 2020 found that a third of adult children had returned to live with their parents during the pandemic, giving many of them a unique opportunity to save for a deposit. They will also be encouraged by several high street lenders who are signing up to the government’s new mortgage guarantee scheme, which means more high-value mortgage choices will soon be available – and fears of another spike in prices. caused by the extension of the stamp duty holidays. .

Households have accumulated £ 125 billion in excess savings throughout the pandemic, according to the Bank of England Monetary Policy Report released in February 2021, which works out to an average of £ 5,000 per household. While many households have been hit hard, many have seen their financial situation improve dramatically as incomes have remained stable with few spending options.

At the same time, spending more time at home, including at work, has prompted families to reconsider their home and whether it meets their current needs – and whether a move may now be a viable option, because an element of working from home becomes the norm.

Rob Houghton, CEO of reallymoving, comments on the results: “It’s a strong seller’s market and demand continues to grow as we head into the spring, encouraged by the launch of 95% government guaranteed loans and the extension of the stamp duty holiday. Many homebuyers have money in the bank, money is cheap to borrow, and with the end of the foreclosure in sight, people are feeling optimistic about a future where they might be less tied to an office. from 9 to 5, which gives them greater freedom to live where they choose.

“The housing market is generally a reliable indicator of consumer confidence and if this level of demand is anything to go by, the Chancellor could take advantage of the summer consumer spending spree he’s hoping for.”

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Ann Arbor home with ‘transparent cabin’ vibe is listed for $ 1 million https://sbs-depot.com/ann-arbor-home-with-transparent-cabin-vibe-is-listed-for-1-million/ https://sbs-depot.com/ann-arbor-home-with-transparent-cabin-vibe-is-listed-for-1-million/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:39 +0000 https://sbs-depot.com/ann-arbor-home-with-transparent-cabin-vibe-is-listed-for-1-million/ 40 MLive House of the Week – 2671 Bedford Rd. Ann Arbor ANN ARBOR, MI – The second major overhaul of a mid-century modern home in the Ann Arbor Hills neighborhood helped give it a ‘modern twist’ as it begins the next chapter in its evolution. The 2,883 square foot home, located at 2671 Bedford […]]]>

ANN ARBOR, MI – The second major overhaul of a mid-century modern home in the Ann Arbor Hills neighborhood helped give it a ‘modern twist’ as it begins the next chapter in its evolution.

The 2,883 square foot home, located at 2671 Bedford Road and listed for $ 1.02 million, was built in 1951 before the addition of large windows and other architectural improvements in 1974.

The latest renovation in 2019 helped transform the home’s lower level into a finished space, adding three new bathrooms and two bedrooms to the residence, which is MLive’s home of the week. Houses of architectural style and prices are presented every Wednesday.

To learn more about the home, which features three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and plenty of views of the surrounding neighborhood, see the list.

Floor-to-ceiling windows cover the two-story foyer at 2671 Bedford Rd. In Ann Arbor on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

“The most important thing when you’re inside is that you kinda feel like you’re up north in a see-through cabin,” said Avery Evenson, co-rating agent for the home with Megan Mazurek of The Charles Reinhart Company.

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The Glass Foyer at 2671 Bedford Rd. In Ann Arbor, Wednesday September 9, 2020.

That’s the feel of the classic mid-century modern home, Evenson said, highlighting the clean lines and symmetrical architecture, the two-story foyer with floor-to-ceiling windows and a newly renovated four-season room with a sliding garage door opening. the bedroom to an outdoor patio.

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The kitchen at 2671 Bedford Rd. In Ann Arbor, Wednesday September 9, 2020.

The renovation has opened up the main living level, which includes a chef’s kitchen with a quartz countertop island and new stainless steel appliances, including an industrial refrigerator and a separate pantry for the butler.

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A Butler’s Pantry at 2671 Bedford Rd. In Ann Arbor, Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

“Before the renovation, the kitchen was just a lean, pantry kitchen,” Evenson said. “The builders wanted it to be an open concept so they completely removed the wall, remodeled the entire kitchen and added this huge and beautiful island to make it more of a gathering space.

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The upstairs living room at 2671 Bedford Rd. In Ann Arbor on Wednesday September 9, 2020.

Overlooking all this, a front living room with views from all angles, equipped with a wood fireplace with a gas outlet.

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The Dining Room at 2671 Bedford Rd. In Ann Arbor, Wednesday September 9, 2020.

The formal dining room leads to the indoor / outdoor four-season room or greenhouse featuring a fireplace, slate tile, and a transparent garage door.

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The Three Seasons Room at 2671 Bedford Rd. In Ann Arbor on Wednesday September 9, 2020.

“They completely drywall, insulated and added a garage door, so in the summer, fall and spring you can roll it up and have fun inside and out,” Evenson said.

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The master bedroom at 2671 Bedford Rd. In Ann Arbor on Wednesday September 9, 2020.

The master suite has a balcony, two closets, double sinks and a powder room with two shower heads and a bathtub.

A second bedroom on the main level includes a brand new full bathroom.

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A guest room at 2671 Bedford Rd. In Ann Arbor on Wednesday September 9, 2020.

The first floor has a bedroom, a brand new full bathroom, a utility room and cloakroom, a wine cellar, and a fourth bedroom – completely surrounded by glass panels – which can also serve as an office.

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The master bathroom includes a wet room with a pair of shower heads at 2671 Bedford Rd. In Ann Arbor on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

“The idea of ​​the builder behind the (office) was with COVID once everyone is working from home and they want a nice office,” Evenson said. “It’s sound private, but he still has that view.”

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A glass-fronted home office on the lower level of 2671 Bedford Rd. In Ann Arbor on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

See the 40 photos of the house here.

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Catfish Cabin co-founder Charles Ezell dies from COVID-19 https://sbs-depot.com/catfish-cabin-co-founder-charles-ezell-dies-from-covid-19/ https://sbs-depot.com/catfish-cabin-co-founder-charles-ezell-dies-from-covid-19/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:39 +0000 https://sbs-depot.com/catfish-cabin-co-founder-charles-ezell-dies-from-covid-19/ Charles Ezell, who took a Choctaw County restaurant and turned it into a chain of 35 restaurants across the south, died of complications from COVID-19 on Tuesday. The 77-year-old had been ill for two weeks but appeared to be getting better before his condition deteriorated rapidly last weekend, his nephew Agnew Hall said on Friday. […]]]>

Charles Ezell, who took a Choctaw County restaurant and turned it into a chain of 35 restaurants across the south, died of complications from COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The 77-year-old had been ill for two weeks but appeared to be getting better before his condition deteriorated rapidly last weekend, his nephew Agnew Hall said on Friday.

“He went to the emergency room, they gave him oxygen and sent him home, and he seemed to be doing fine,” Hall said. “Then, Monday morning, things changed and he couldn’t. It was quite a shock.

A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Lavaca.

Charles Agnew Ezell III was born on September 17, 1943 in Lavaca, Choctaw County. Nicknamed “Doodle”, he grew up around the family business, Ezell’s Fish Camp. The original cabin was used as a trading post during the Civil War before Charles Agnew Ezell bought it and took a ferry across the Tombigbee River in the days before a bridge was built.

His son, CA Ezell, Charles’s father, lived in the cabin and worked as a commercial fisherman on the river. Soon his family outgrown the cabin, but CA continued to operate it as a hunting and fishing club. The place was known for backyard fish fries, where catfish and silent puppies sold for 50 cents per plate. In the 1930s, it became a restaurant.

After graduating from Choctaw County High School, Charles Ezell attended the University of Alabama. After graduation, he served in the US Navy and attempted a career in banking before returning home to try to expand the family business.

Charles and his brother Joe opened the first catfish shack in Chunky, Mississippi, then others followed in Tuscaloosa; Jackson, Miss.; Monroe, La.; Dallas; Memphis and elsewhere. Their sister Mary Ann continued to run Ezell’s first fish camp.

Hall said Ezell took great pride in restaurants and liked to “see the good in people.”

“He was very generous and always kind,” Hall said. “It was about the people, the customers, with him. He was quite extraordinary.

Ezell returned to Lavaca, Hall said, in order to die a few feet from his birthplace, “but he didn’t intend for it to happen so quickly. It’s a tragedy.

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How work protects and promotes criminals https://sbs-depot.com/how-work-protects-and-promotes-criminals/ https://sbs-depot.com/how-work-protects-and-promotes-criminals/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:39 +0000 https://sbs-depot.com/how-work-protects-and-promotes-criminals/ “The Labor Party does not protect criminals,” Labor President Ramona Attard said. Work doesn’t just protect; he promotes them. In his attempt to protect criminals and distract the public from corruption, Attard commented: “What really matters is how people feel… and right now people are concerned about other things”. When a frustrated interviewer challenged her […]]]>

“The Labor Party does not protect criminals,” Labor President Ramona Attard said. Work doesn’t just protect; he promotes them.

In his attempt to protect criminals and distract the public from corruption, Attard commented: “What really matters is how people feel… and right now people are concerned about other things”.

When a frustrated interviewer challenged her – what about Keith Schembri’s $ 5.5 million bribes? – Attard reproduced verbatim Joseph Muscat’s misleading message. “The charges relate to a commercial transaction between private entities that started under a PN government.” The Labor Party chairman regurgitates the lies of the disgraced former leader, intended to protect criminals.

It is not a surprise. Ramona Attard, like Muscat and countless other members of Cabinet, Parliament, and positions of trust, was imbued with the art of deception at the Fortress of Fireworks – ONE. The work refined the protection of criminals into an art form.

Toni Abela, then deputy party leader, covered up the presence of hard drugs inside a Labor club. Evariste Bartolo sheltered his solicitor after soliciting bribes and building a € 400,000 building in Rabat without loans. When a Gozitan entrepreneur revealed the backhand solicitor’s claim, the entrepreneur himself was quickly sued.

This entrepreneur faced years of persecution until he was right. Bartolo rewarded his solicitor, who now faces corruption charges, with a “great” post from the Foundation for the Schools of Tomorrow grossing more than € 50,000. When Philip Rizzo went to see Joseph Muscat to report the solicitor’s crimes, Muscat attempted to buy Rizzo’s silence by offering him another position.

Banners asking “Who killed Daphne?” were quickly demolished by the Planning Authority. The order came from Johann Buttigieg, appointed by Muscat and friend of Yorgen Fenech. The court found that Buttigieg violated the basic human right to freedom of expression. The Authority was fined € 20,000 – paid out of our taxes.

Owen Bonnici has been found guilty of human rights violation when he repeatedly ordered that the Daphne memorial be erased. Bonnici’s actions were aimed at stifling demands for prosecution of the criminals. When Rosianne Cutajar stood up at the Council of Europe to prevent a public inquiry into the murder, her goal was to protect her friend Yorgen.

When Joseph Muscat, Owen Bonnici, Keith Schembri and Christian Kalin of Henley and Partners conspired to continue to threaten ruinous trial against Daphne Caruana Galizia, there was only one objective: to prevent her from denouncing crimes and to protect criminals.

ONE TV’s relentless mockery of Simon Busuttil’s empty boxes was meant to discredit and ridicule those who sought to expose the crime. ONE’s crusade had one goal: to protect criminals. It’s always like that. When the media broadcast the true owner of Macbridge, ONE news didn’t even mention the company or its connections to Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri.

In 2016, Labor voted in parliament to protect Konrad Mizzi despite shocking revelations in the Panama Papers. In 2018, Yorgen Fenech was exhibited as the 17th black owner. Labor has voted again to protect Mizzi from a vote of no confidence.

Former deputy leader President Anglu Farrugia did everything he could to prevent a discussion in parliament over Keith Schembri’s criminal actions, saying Schembri was not accountable to parliament.

Three different people accused a former government minister and a current minister of being involved in murders and bank robberies. But the Labor Party continues to cover up and protect criminals.

But Labor also promotes criminals. Karl Stagno Navarra, with a long history of fraud and several court-ordered seizure and garnishment warrants, is the leader of the Party television channel. He was rewarded for his lies, recently condemned by the Broadcasting Authority, with a bogus job at the Air Malta bankrupt – Responsible for public relations.

Cyrus Engerer, sentenced to two years in prison, became Joseph Muscat’s Sherpa. He was then appointed EU adviser and is now a Labor MP. Brian Tonna, whose multiple offshore companies Nexia BT created for Keith Schembri, Konrad Mizzi, Cheng Chen, Adrian Hillman and others, has been regaled with countless government contracts worth more than 2.4 million euros, 85% in direct orders. Owen Bonnici granted him a consultant position of € 60,000 per year.

John Dalli, a disgraced former EU commissioner and fugitive from justice on the pretext of psychological problems, returned to Malta when Police Commissioner John Rizzo was removed from his post. Joseph Muscat rewarded him with a post of health consultant.

Adrian Hillman, another fugitive accused of being Keith Schembri’s partner in the Times scam, has been appointed government representative to the board of the American University of Malta by Muscat. Muscat also offered him a Malta Gaming Authority public relations consultancy, earning € 4,000 per month, despite being aware of FIAU’s reports of his money laundering.

Justyne caruana granted his personal friend a job of 5,000 € per month despite his previous convictions for firearms and threatening to “bury” his ex-wife.

The Labor Party changed its status to allow Konrad Mizzi to become deputy chief even though his offshore companies had already been exposed – as had his failure to report them.

The next deputy chief was Chris Cardona who was arrested and questioned about the HSBC heist in 2010 and now involved in a murder.

Joseph Muscat, although he has been repeatedly convicted of ethical breaches and abuse of power, continues to be protected. President Anglu Farrugia declared him a private citizen and immune to sanctions.

The intermediary Melvin Theuma was rewarded with a false job from Castile.

Edward Scicluna, who attacked and dismantled FIAU to protect criminals, was appointed Governor of the Central Bank with a salary increase.

Robert Abela awarded a police commissioner, who leaked information to criminals, with a consulting position in public safety. He rewarded Justyne Caruana, who hid her husband’s close friendship with a suspected murderer he was supposed to be investigating, with a ministerial post. He rewarded Konrad Mizzi with the direction of Delegation of Malta to the OSCE.

Knowingly protecting crooks stands in the way of justice. Promoting them to the rank of leader, vice-leader, minister, sherpa, MEP, trusted people, TV host, police commissioner, deputy commissioner, government officials is the capture state by a criminal organization.

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EFL chief cautiously optimistic for capacity crowds at the start of next season https://sbs-depot.com/efl-chief-cautiously-optimistic-for-capacity-crowds-at-the-start-of-next-season/ https://sbs-depot.com/efl-chief-cautiously-optimistic-for-capacity-crowds-at-the-start-of-next-season/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:39 +0000 https://sbs-depot.com/efl-chief-cautiously-optimistic-for-capacity-crowds-at-the-start-of-next-season/ EFL chief executive Trevor Birch remains cautiously optimistic that clubs will be able to kick off the 2021/2022 campaign in front of crowds at full capacity. The FA Cup semi-final between Leicester and Southampton as well as the Carabao Cup final – when Manchester City face Tottenham – will see some fans returning to Wembley. […]]]>

EFL chief executive Trevor Birch remains cautiously optimistic that clubs will be able to kick off the 2021/2022 campaign in front of crowds at full capacity.

The FA Cup semi-final between Leicester and Southampton as well as the Carabao Cup final – when Manchester City face Tottenham – will see some fans returning to Wembley.

It is hoped that the government events research agenda to allow the safe introduction of mass gatherings and indoor events as lockdown restrictions in England are eased will ultimately lead to an increase in the number of participants.

Former Swansea president Trevor Birch (right) believes the EFL can run safe events (Mike Egerton / PA)

Some 4,000 spectators will be able to watch a match live for the first time since December in the second FA Cup semi-final, while a crowd of 8,000, including City and Spurs fans, will be allowed to attend. Wembley April 25.

If the pilot program – which could also lead to an increase in attendance for the FA Cup final on May 15 – proves successful and the route out of the lockdown continues to follow the government’s roadmap, then lifting of all social distancing measures is scheduled for June 21. .

Along with the NHS enforcement, a Covid certification scheme, which could include proof of vaccination, a negative test result, or detectable antibodies, should help reopen the company.

Birch believes that whatever national and local measures are in place, there is real hope for a return to some sense of normalcy for the next campaign.

“Our aspiration and our goal is that from August 6 we will be back in full swing in accordance with the government’s roadmap for unlocking the economy from June 21,” he said. .

“Hopefully, following all of these test events, it will help and hopefully get the government to allow us to do this.

“The key will obviously be to try to mitigate the spread by removing the need for social distancing that leads you to Covid certification, which will undoubtedly have a role to play moving forward.”

Birch added, “I’m positive, our aspiration has to be this (full of motives).

“We are not blind to the issues surrounding the difficulties in getting there, but we hope that the introduction of Covid certification, which seems to be the direction of travel, may well help us reach that level.”

Preston North End's Tom Barkhuizen takes a twist as fans watch Carrow Road
EFL clubs were able to welcome a few supporters earlier in the campaign (Nigel French / PA)

Birch, however, admitted the potential for increased infection rates in different parts of the country with regional variations “could reduce travel” and thus reduce the chance for away fans to attend some games. .

The EFL chief executive knows it is ‘vital’ for clubs to be able to get bodies through the turnstiles again, with a rough estimate of the collective financial impact of around £ 250million.

“This was offset by a few mitigating factors that allowed clubs to survive – the Championship loans, the Premier League bailout from leagues one and two,” said Birch, who took office at EFL in January. after serving as President of Swansea. and director of football operations at Tottenham.

“We had postponements and salary cuts, blocking the HMRC app, iFollow also helped, so there were mitigating aspects – but another season behind closed doors would have been unpleasant for most clubs.

“We are trying to create certainty in a very uncertain situation to allow clubs to plan and give them confidence in planning for next season.

“Looking positively towards the future, we have the date of June 21 where ‘all systems are gone’, albeit with a few caveats about it, but we have to plan accordingly.

“The clubs all want to know what to do in terms of season tickets, whether we have to offer iFollow or whether we are confident of bringing fans back early.”

Birch believes the “positive noise” coming from Euro 2020 host cities may also give EFL hope for August.

“It all helps to create a little more certainty and comfort around our ability to come back in front of the fans,” he said. “It’s encouraging that they are talking about these numbers.”

Specific details on how fans will travel to and attend the Carabao Cup final have yet to be confirmed, with Birch admitting “there are a lot of moving parts” with all the stakeholders involved.

Some tickets at Wembley will be made available to local residents as well as NHS workers.

“I hope there will be as few restrictions as possible and that it will be normal enjoyment of the game,” said Birch.

“I hope we are the best bet to prove that we have the professional experience necessary to provide a safe environment and a safe event. Any procedures that we can put in place to achieve this, then we will adopt them. “

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200,000 more people on leave in February https://sbs-depot.com/200000-more-people-on-leave-in-february/ https://sbs-depot.com/200000-more-people-on-leave-in-february/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 23:15:39 +0000 https://sbs-depot.com/200000-more-people-on-leave-in-february/ Another 200,000 people were put on leave for the first time last month as the government paid nearly £ 4 billion to cover salaries. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said it has paid out £ 57.7 billion in holiday cash to around 11.4 million people since the start of the pandemic. The time off program […]]]>

Another 200,000 people were put on leave for the first time last month as the government paid nearly £ 4 billion to cover salaries.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said it has paid out £ 57.7 billion in holiday cash to around 11.4 million people since the start of the pandemic.

The time off program has helped employees who were unable to work due to lockdowns and other restrictions caused by Covid-19. It covered up to 80% of the wages of these workers, reducing the strain on personal finances.

About 4.7 people were still on leave at the end of February, according to new figures.

Firms also received support over the past month, borrowing an additional £ 2.2 billion from three Treasury guaranteed loan programs.

The banks provide the money for the loans, but the government has promised to cover 80 to 100% of the loans in case the companies are unable to repay them.

In the month to March 21, an additional £ 1.3bn was loaned in Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans (CBILS) and around £ 900m in rebound loans, which are helping smaller businesses .

It brings the total loaned by the two programs – and through CLBILS, a program aimed at large companies – to £ 75.1 billion since their introduction between March and May of last year.

Craig Beaumont, Head of External Affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “1.6 million small businesses have now been helped to continue through a terrible year by securing rebound loans. As the unlocking progresses, the economic recovery will rely on the successor scheme to pull all the cylinders. “

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said, “I said we would do whatever it takes to protect jobs and livelihoods and that’s exactly what we did.

“I am delighted that our Bounce Back Loan program has worked so effectively that it has issued three loans per minute since its launch last May. This means that every 20 seconds a hard-working small business owner has benefited from this support.

“We will continue to protect jobs with our new stimulus loan program – part of our larger jobs plan – as we emerge from this crisis.”

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