Miami-Dade resumes pre-pandemic evictions after unannounced February break

first_img Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Share via Shortlink Evictionsforeclosurescenter_img Message* Full Name* Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava (Getty, iStock)Miami-Dade County resumed executing writs of possessions for residential eviction cases filed before the pandemic, following an unannounced month-long break.The police execute writs of possession, evicting residents or businesses from their properties. The move follows a final judgment in a court case.Homeowners with federally backed mortgages are protected from eviction until at least March 31, per a federal moratorium from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.On Nov. 13, former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez directed the police department to begin enforcing writs of possession for all cases filed on or before March 12, when the mayor declared a state of emergency. The policy continued under incumbent Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, who took office days after Gimenez’s order.But by early February, Miami-Dade Police paused the service of writs of possession as the mayor’s office looked to clarify the policy, according to a spokesperson. That temporary change in policy was not announced in writing. The break ended on Thursday, the spokesperson confirmed.In a court filing dated Feb. 2 for a foreclosure case dating back to 2015, the lender cited an “oral directive” from the mayor that led to the police refusing to execute a writ of possession. That residential borrower, who was foreclosed on, was evicted on Thursday, according to her attorney, David Winker.In a memo issued on Thursday, the mayor re-stated her policy on evictions. Miami-Dade Police will also remove non-tenants who are identified as squatters.Earlier this month, the Miami-Dade County Commission approved Levine Cava’s $60 million relief program for residential landlords with pending writs of possession for tenants facing eviction. The program offers landlords back rent of up to $3,000 per month. At that press conference, Michael Liu, Miami-Dade’s public housing director, said the courts had issued up to 1,700 writs of possession which would be prioritized.According to Miami-Dade Police, the department executed two commercial and nine residential writs of possession on Thursday. From Nov. 12 until Thursday, 324 writs of possession have been executed.Contact Katherine Kallergislast_img read more

RIBA House of the Year: Murphy House

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » RIBA House of the Year: Murphy House previous nextLand & New HomesRIBA House of the Year: Murphy HouseThe Negotiator21st January 20170944 Views The RIBA House of the Year has been awarded to the best new house designed by the British architect Richard Murphy.Making the award even more special for Richard, this is in fact his own house in Edinburgh. It is, says RIBA, “A delightful essay in architecture. It speaks to its context with direct references to the Georgian terraces, and with a clever change of scale that is at once deferential and powerfully striking in the street.“It makes great use of a small site, creating a delightful private outdoor space on the first floor, with light brought in through the roof, and a seemingly endless number of surprising spaces.“It is a house that responds to the Scottish climate, opening up to the summer sun and then shutting itself down to create a snug refuge in the depth of winter. Sliding doors pull out of walls and roof shutters drop into place transforming the house from a light-filled space open to the exterior terrace.“It does all this with wit and style, in an architecture that Murphy has honed over the years to make distinct and personal.“It feels an intense and personal space, playful and inventive, each corner revealing something new.Full of references to his architectural heroes, Murphy has described his house as “a quarter Soane, a quarter Scarpa, a quarter eco-house and a quarter Wallace and Gromit, the latter referring to the various ingenious devices in the house.”The Hickling Broad Estate hits the marketKnight Frank and Brown & Co have launched one of the most significant parts of the Norfolk Broads to the market at a guide price of £2.3million.The Hickling Broad Estate is part of a world-renowned nature and conservation reserve, and spans about 654.73 acres, comprising extensive wetland, a let amenity and a commercial portfolio.The Hickling Broad Estate presents a very rare and exciting investment opportunity. The Broad is designated as a National Nature Reserve (NNR), a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and a Special Protection Area (SPA) as well as being a Ramsar site.George Bramley, Partner at Knight Frank, said, “The owners have pursued a conservative and traditional policy of management, and have retained the charm which makes Hickling Broad such a unique place. I expect the estate to appeal to international and UK buyers, and generate interest from private individuals, the leisure and tourism industry and conservation bodies.”Anne Barker, Partner at Brown & Co, said, “The estate has been in the same family ownership since the early 19th century. The scope to build on the leisure and tourism potential whilst enjoying the exceptional wildlife and conservation attributes make it a truly exciting prospect.”The estate includes the focal point Broad area, spanning 588.69 acres of water, reed bed, wetland and marsh, grassland, fen and woodland and the let commercial portfolio, producing an income of £50,000 per year, along with a boatyard; thatched two-bedroom cottage; 16 boathouses; moorings; the Hickling Windsurfing Beach and four holiday lodges.St Helens’ store RedevelopmentMerseyside based Luxor Group has purchased one of St Helens’ most iconic buildings, which once housed the independent department store Tyrers.The developers have exciting plans for the five-storey building on Bridge Street, which include creating a sustainable mixed use scheme with housing and retail space.Luxor Group will be investing over £1 million to renovate the building to a high standard and bring the empty building back in to use.The exterior façade and features will be retained, with the developers revamping the rear of the building and adding decorative exterior lighting.The 15,000 sq. ft. building will be converted in to a mixture of one and two-bedroom luxury apartments on the upper floors while the famous basement and ground floor retail space will be retained, with Luxor already looking in to potential retailers that could benefit the town centre.The conversion of the building to create one and two-bedroom luxury apartments will aim to address the shortage of such accommodation in St Helens.Paul NicholsonPaul Nicholson, Managing Director of Luxor Group says: “We are very proud to have an opportunity to save such an iconic building with so much heritage.“Tyrers was an institution to the people of Merseyside and we are excited to bring the building back to life by creating functional living space and attracting a Grade A tenant for the retail space.”SDL Bigwood wins 205 Holland Park Avenue contractSDL Bigwood has won the management contract for new apartments at one of London’s most upmarket addresses.The 205 Holland Park Avenue development by Redrow is in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and offers a selection of two and three-bedroom homes, with prices up to £1.8m.41 are for private ownership, nine are affordable apartments and commercial units make up the ground floor.SDL Bigwood provides a full on-site management for all maintenance work, as well as a concierge service to residents.Brett Williams, Executive Partner at SDL Bigwood, said, “We have worked alongside the team at Redrow for a number of years to help develop the service offered to residents, as well as the management plan, forming a close relationship with Redrow as a strategic business partner. It’s great to be in a position to now be able to put that management plan into action.“205 Holland Park Avenue is exemplary on every level. This is a collection of exceptionally spacious homes in a striking building, with a number of high-tech innovations, including a vehicle turntable, CCTV and comfort cooling. The development also has its share of environmentally friendly provisions. As part of our team’s role, we’re responsible for the central heating system and making sure it runs efficiently to keep energy bills low.”Kier Living’s Yorkshire developmentKier Living has secured planning approval to build 150 new houses in Fryston, near Castleford. The new development, off Wheldon Road, is to offer a range of two, three, four and five bedroom homes adjacent to the River Aire and opposite the RSPB reserve at Fairburn Ings.The former colliery site, where Fryston Hall once stood, was earmarked for development as part of the Castleford Growth Delivery Plan and was remediated for housing provisions by the Homes and Communities Agency. Kier Living subsequently acquired the site from Wakefield Council via the Delivery Partner Panel 2 framework which is designed to accelerate delivery of residential led development.Since then Kier Livng has developed plans to provide an attractive scheme in keeping with the village environment.David Mackintosh, Sales and Marketing Director, said, “We are delighted to receive planning approval for this development, which is designed to enhance the existing village with a range of well-presented family homes.“Riverbank Meadows offers an attractive setting, on the banks of the river, with no through traffic and direct access to a wonderful area preserved for nature lovers and leisure pursuits.74 luxury homes in Alderley ParkPH Homes has submitted detailed plans for its latest project – creating an exclusive residential enclave in the beautiful grounds of Alderley Park, the former Cheshire headquarters of AstraZeneca.The plan comprises 74 new homes in detached, semidetached and mews styles, alongside sport and leisure facilities, a gastro pub, boutique hotel and farm shop.PH Homes has engaged internationally acclaimed architect Robert Adam, Director at Adam Architecture to design the properties.Each of the house types has been created to complement the historic surroundings, with the original listed walled garden, arboretum, water garden and serpentine at the Park providing a spectacular backdrop.Robert Adam aid, “We believe that we have created an outstanding scheme with an architecture that will do justice to these exceptional surroundings.”Philip Hughes, Managing Director of PH Homes added, “Alderley Park is a truly stunning location with a rich history, and we can promise buyers that this will be an incredible place to live.”Government fails on affordabilityJust 4 per cent of ‘affordable’ properties, (below the stamp duty threshold of £125,000 between January and September 2016) were new build homes, research by My Home Move has found – suggesting that the Government is falling short of its own targets.Doug CrawfordDoug Crawford, CEO of My Home Move, said, “In its Autumn Statement the Government renewed its pledge to build more homes across the UK, with a particular emphasis on 40,000 additional ‘affordable’ homes. Our research shows that two in three people believe affordable housing should cost less than £120,000. The largest proportion of ‘affordable’ new homes have been built across Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands; however, in Berkshire, Herefordshire, Surrey and London, the picture is grim. Across the four regions only 1,544 properties were sold for less than £125,000, of which just 57, were newly built.”My Home Move discovered that the majority of homes bought in the UK for less than £125,000 are terraced houses or flats. Durham, South Yorkshire and Merseyside had the highest proportion of ‘affordable’ homes sold during the survey period, accounting for on an average of one in two transactions.Legal & General £1 billion fundLegal & General Investment Management Real Assets (LGIM Real Assets) has raised a further £170 million of equity investment from major institutions, including a significant commitment from a client of Aon Hewitt, for an open-ended Build to Rent (BTR) fund. The new fund will open up the rental market to long-term pension and institutional investors, and sits alongside £600 million of investment by Legal & General Capital and PGGM in 2016.LGIM Real Assets’ total investment capability for BTR now stands at circa £1 billion. Since the launch of the LGIM Real Assets BTR platform, it has secured over a 1000 homes under construction or in planning within Bristol, Salford and Walthamstow, and has a pipeline of future projects, including Birmingham, Leeds and London.Mike Barrie, Director of Fund Management said, “It is pleasing to attract such significant investment into our BTR platform. We have a housing crisis and only with institutional funding can we deliver the new homes the country needs. We have 1000 new homes either in planning or under construction.Kier Living’s Yorkshire development Legal & General £1billion fund land and new homes 205 Holland Park Avenue Alderley Park luxury omes RIBA House of the Year SDL Bigwood St Helens’ store redevelopment The Hickling Broad Estate Doug Crawford January 21, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Jeremy Corbyn locks horns with Strutt & Parker over “ridiculous” first time buyer research

first_imgHome » News » Jeremy Corbyn locks horns with Strutt & Parker over “ridiculous” first time buyer research previous nextJeremy Corbyn locks horns with Strutt & Parker over “ridiculous” first time buyer researchSpeaking at regional conference over the weekend, the Labour leader said suggesting challenges of housing market should not be boiled down into buying cappuccinos or not.Nigel Lewis20th November 201701,145 Views Two of the unlikeliest political sparring partners locked horns over the weekend – agent Strutt & Parker and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.Commenting on Strutt & Parker’s press campaign last week that suggested first time buying couples could save up the average UK deposit of £33,000 over five years by cutting out six things from their lives, Corbyn said “we have a housing crisis that needs to be addressed, to reduce the whole thing to people drinking cappuccino…is frankly ridiculous”Items of expenditure that Strutt & Parker suggested first time buyers should cut out included on-the-go coffees (£6,248), gym membership (£5,500), mini breaks (£3,500), takeaways (£13,200), playing the lottery (£4,160) and mobile phone upgrades (£770).Out of kilterSpeaking at a Labour regional meeting in Huntingdon, Cambridge (pictured, right) over the weekend Jeremy Corbyn told the Press Association that “the idea you can conflate the price of sandwiches to the extortions of the housing market is slightly out of kilter here”, he said.“We have a lot of young people who work really hard, have to rent in the private rented sector, and are spending half, even more, of their take home pay on rent, cannot save to buy, [are] never going to be able to access social housing unless they become incredibly needy.“So, they have a life ahead of them in which they are going to pay far more for their housing than any previous generation did.”Corbyn went on to say that the current problems with affordability in the housing market were down to the “unregulated” housing market and that Labour was “committed” to more house building and regulation.But the Labour party leader’s reference to sandwiches is a little wide of the mark. Reports about the Strutt & Parker research have mentioned sandwiches several times, even though the company’s own material only says ‘takeaways’, by which it meant pizzas and Indians, rather than lunchtime food.Jeremy Corbyn Strutt & Parker first-time buyers November 20, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

USA: Governor Signs Bill to Ensure Safe Passage of Warship

first_img June 7, 2011 View post tag: bill Share this article View post tag: usa Industry news View post tag: Warship View post tag: Signs View post tag: Ensure View post tag: Governor View post tag: Newsm View post tag: Navy Maine’s governor has signed a bill that paves the way for the Army Corps of Engineers to perform dredging to ensure the safe passage of a wa…(dailyjournal)[mappress]Source: dailyjournal, June 7, 2011; View post tag: Naval View post tag: Safe View post tag: Passage USA: Governor Signs Bill to Ensure Safe Passage of Warship Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Governor Signs Bill to Ensure Safe Passage of Warship last_img


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Wecommit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching,research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linkedgoals.The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission bycreating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from everybackground – people who as students, faculty, and staff serveWisconsin and the world.For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, pleasevisit: Diversity andInclusion Department(s): Applications Open: Dec 3 2020 Pacific Standard TimeApplications Close: May 9 2021 11:55 PM Pacific DaylightTime The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity andAffirmative Action Employer. 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Wildlife technicians willalso record, transcribe, enter data into computer databases, andvalidate data. A typical workweek is 40 hours. Field housing willbe provided, but frequent camping is required during the work week.Schedules are irregular, as owls are nocturnal, but follow-upvisits will often be conducted during daytime hours.The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences iscommitted to maintaining and growing a culture that embracesdiversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values arefoundational elements of our excellence and fundamental componentsof a positive and enriching learning and working environment forall students, faculty, and staff. $15.00 HOURLYFixed Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:last_img read more

Fire started by welder at Radcliffe Science Library

first_imgA fire that broke in the Radcliffe Science Library was started by an independent contractor carrying out welding work, the RSL has confirmed.The fire – which begun in the Plant Room – was quickly contained, and students allowed to return to the building after an evacuation.A spokesman for the library told Cherwell: “The welder stayed behind for ‘fire watch’ after completing the work, for reassurance that nothing had been ignited by the hot particles produced during welding.“During fire watch a large quantity of smoke started issuing from a nearby cavity and was seen immediately. The contractor tried to stop the fire with a CO2 extinguisher but when this was not successful they activated the fire alarm.”While the fire did not spread beyond the RSL’s Plant Room, the entire building was evacuated.Melissa Talbot, a first year physicist who had been studying in the library, said: “We didn’t see any fire. We were super confused.”Fire service crews quickly extinguished the blaze and, after an hour, students and staff were permitted to return.No one in the building was harmed and there was no damage to either the collections or the Plant Room.The RSL has stated it “remains committed to its current fire safety arrangements, and sees no reason to alter the current system”.A spokesperson said: “The RSL has a fire risk assessment which is reviewed regularly. The safety arrangements for this work were suitable and sufficient, and the contractor followed them entirely correctly.”Although disruption to students was minimal, some were not prepared to see their trip to the library rendered futile.Student Arthur Morris said: “I got there as the fire engines arrived, then went back after about 20 minutes and had to find my book whilst the alarms were still going off”.last_img read more

Keatings’ staff accept Irish Pride’s redundancy offers

first_imgA REDUNDANCY deal has been accepted by the majority of staff at Irish Pride’s Keatings Bakery in Kanturk, Co Cork, which closed on March 16, writes Ann Marie Foley.“People are very happy with the settlement terms which are five weeks per year of service and statutory notice where applicable,” said Martin Hanlon, regional officer, Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union.Up to 10 van and sales staff and two dispatch staff retain their jobs at the site. The manufacturing function moves to the parent company, Irish Pride’s, Mayo and Wexford plants which have spare capacity. None of the other 76 full-time and 20 part-time staff will relocate.The closure went ahead in spite of intervention with top management by two government ministers, Micheal Martin, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment and the Minister for State, Batt O’Keeffe.last_img read more

Dream works

first_imgThe Harvard Kennedy School hosted two iconoclastic mayors on Monday (Jan. 25), both of whom entered government in their countries as a second career and changed their cities by shaking up politics as usual.The discussion involved the visionary urban landscapes of Edi Rama, a former artist and mayor of Tirana, Albania, and Antanas Mockus, once an academic and a former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia. Addressing an overflow audience, the former mayors outlined the offbeat methods by which they helped to transform their cities, in a discussion titled “Dialogue in Cultural Diplomacy and Urban Transformation.”“We see ourselves as moral subjects, but others as legal subjects. We obey for positive reasons, but we think others obey for negative reasons,” Mockus said.As mayor from 2001 to 2003, Mockus used humor, peer pressure, and visual reinforcements as tools of cultural persuasion in Bogotá, a period in which the homicide rate fell by 70 percent, traffic fatalities dropped by half, water conservation increased, and drinking water and sewer service reached nearly all homes for the first time in the city’s history. He prompted 60,000 people to pay an extra 10 percent in taxes — voluntarily.How did he help to foster those changes? By handing out thousands of thumbs-up and thumbs-down cards to citizens who used them as a peaceful way to judge one another’s behaviors in the public sphere, by hiring mimes to make fun of traffic violators, and by placing yellow stars at all the locations in which there had been a pedestrian death in the previous five years, just to name a few. The approach worked, he said, because it combined three regulatory systems: law, morality, and culture.Rama’s approach was quite different, but proved equally effective. As a former artist, he started with paint when he was elected in 2000 “with a landslide but no budget” to head the capital city of Albania, a country with a troubled history that came under communist rule in 1946. In 1992, communism fell and ushered in an era that shifted rapidly from collectivism to “total individualism.” Problems exponentially increased as Albanians from the countryside flocked to Tirana in search of jobs, increasing the city’s population nearly threefold in just two decades.Using money from the World Bank, the European Union, and other international organizations, Rama razed many of Tirana’s often illegal, generally derelict buildings and transformed others by having bold colors and abstract patterns painted on their facades. He cleaned up the piazzas, introduced green space, improved infrastructure, and literally brought light to a city that, when he took over, had only 78 working streetlamps. “This basically permitted us to regain the spirit of citizenship,” Rama said. “So, from a no man’s land, we now have a city with problems.”Both men admitted that their ideas have not solved all of their cities’ challenges and that they were initially greeted with skepticism. “People were [saying] that the mayor is a clown,” said Mockus. “I remember a lot of taxi drivers saying, ‘I voted for you; we will see.’ And I remember saying, ‘Help. Don’t be a spectator.’”Rama, who, in addition to being mayor is also the leader of Albania’s opposition Socialist party, had a similar experience. “Of course they said I was crazy,” he said. But in the buildings that had been refreshed, the city suddenly attained a 100 percent tax-collection rate and saw crime plummet. “All from a simple gesture of painting a building,” Rama said.“But the deeper [effect] was to give to people a sense of belonging and also pride in the city where they were living.” Well into the project, a survey of Tirana’s citizens found that although only 63 percent said they liked the painted buildings, 85 percent said they wanted the painting to continue. “So half of the people who didn’t like it wanted it to continue,” Rama said. “This told a lot about the energy that this was creating.”The discussion was sponsored by the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, and co-sponsored by the Cultural Agents Initiative and the Public Diplomacy Collaborative.last_img read more

Lecturer explores technology and inequality

first_imgLawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute, spoke in Geddes Hall on Wednesday night. Mishel’s lecture, entitled “Beyond Technology and Globalization: The Reset of the Rules of the Labor Market,” addressed income inequality in the United States and was part of the Chuck Craypo memorial series, “Combining Research and Activism for Social Justice.”According to current director of the Higgins Labor Program at the Center for Social Concerns Daniel Graff, the late Chuck Craypo was an economics professor at Notre Dame, as well as the founder and first director of the Higgins program in 1993.“Chuck Craypo devoted his career of research, teaching and activism to improving the lives of working people,” Graff said. “And to honor his legacy, in 2013-14 the Higgins program initiated a biannual series to bring researchers and activists to Notre Dame’s campus to deliver lectures, lead workshops and foster conversations around compelling themes related to questions of work and social justice.”Mishel began his lecture by defining economics as “about who gets what and why,”and noting that income inequality has ballooned since the 1970s.He said that until this past year, Democrats have focused too intently on technology and globalization, considering both uncontrollable and subsequently viewing income inequality as “God-given,” rather than an addressable issue.Mishel also took issue that Republicans have chosen to focus on economic opportunity rather than income inequality. Mishel acknowledged that the United States does have an opportunity problem, however he stated that prioritizing it over income inequality is illogical, as economic opportunity can’t be improved until income inequality is improved thereby allowing for standards of living and educational opportunity to improve and lead to better economic opportunity.“So what else caused the wage problems if it wasn’t technology and it’s not just globalization?” Mishel said. “It’s the rules of the labor market have been reset over the last 40 years.”Mishel outlined several factors that have contributed to these rules changing.The first factor is unemployment, which, according to Mishel, has been rising over the past 30 years.“Unemployment weakens the bargain power of all workers,” he said. “If [employers] can get whoever they want for whatever they feel like paying, wages are gonna go nowhere.”The second factor is unions, Mishel said.“We have eroded collective bargaining a tremendous amount since the early 1970s,” Mishel said. “It used to be that if you had … an industry and 30-50 percent of the workers in that industry were union, they negotiated collective bargain agreements that the non-union employers accepted … because they didn’t want their workers unionizing or they didn’t want their workers to leave and go to the union sector. So unions were always able to take wages out of competition.”The third factor Mishel listed was minimum wage, which he said is more than 25 percent below what is was in 1968 [factoring in inflation] even though productivity has more than doubled and low-wage workers are, on average, more educated than 50 years ago.“If you increase the minimum wage to $12 … by 2020, that may sound relatively modest,” Mishel said. “But it’s actually a reasonably bold policy. $12 minimum wage would affect 25 percent of the work force. So we’re not just talking about a few people lying at the bottom.”The fourth factor is undocumented workers. According to Mishel, the United States is currently home to eight million undocumented workers, who make up “around 5 percent of the workforce.”“If you have 5 percent of your workforce who are exploitable and exploited, they undercut the labor standards,” Mishel said. “So it would be to our general benefit to make them not exploitable.”“What are you supposed to draw from this?” Mishel asked the audience. “The first thing you should know is that what this means is that if workers have not been getting ahead in terms of their pay, it’s not because we haven’t produced a lot of income and wealth. We have produced a lot of income and wealth. It just hasn’t gone to the vast majority.”Tags: Center for Social Concerns, Chuck Craypo memorial lecture, Higgins Labor Studies Program, income inequalitylast_img read more

Jenkins offers condolences following New Zealand terror attack

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins released a statement Friday offering his condolences to the loved ones of victims of a terror attack that killed at least 49 people in New Zealand. An additional 48 people were wounded when a gunman opened fire at two mosques in the city of Christchurch during Friday prayers.“On behalf of the University of Notre Dame, I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the shooting victims in Christchurch, and to their extended family among the Muslim students, faculty and staff here at Notre Dame and in South Bend,” Jenkins said in the statement.In his statement, Jenkins invoked the spirit of the Lenten season and offered prayers for those who were killed.“In this season of Lent, we offer our prayers for our brother and sister believers who were so cruelly murdered in houses of worship of the God of their understanding,” he said.Jenkins expressed hope that the world will overcome hatred that leads to such violence in the future.“In our lifetimes, may we see an end to the brutal religious bias and hatred that results in the shedding of innocent blood across the world,” Jenkins said.Tags: New Zealand, terrorism, University President Fr. John Jenkinslast_img read more