19 March 2009Haiti is making strides in security sector and judicial reform but continues to grapple with widespread poverty and vulnerability to disasters, the leader of a United Nations Security Council mission to the impoverished Caribbean nation said today. “It does appear that there is a window of opportunity to enable the consolidation of stability and the undertaking of a process of sustainable development,” said Ambassador Jorge Urbina of Costa Rica,” who had led the four-day fact-finding visit that concluded on 14 March.“It was evident to the mission,” Mr. Urbina noted, on the other hand, “that the current levels of extreme poverty, in which 80 per cent of the people live on under two dollars a day and 50 per cent on under one dollar are incompatible with the goal to establish stability in the short term.” He said that in the last five years, Haiti had reached its goal of putting 14,000 police officers on the streets, and a successful anti-violence programme, carried out in partnership with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), had brought stability to formerly lawless urban areas.Border security had also been strengthened with the assistance of MINUSTAH, he said, and the country was also moving forward with an ambitious programme of judicial and constitutional reform eight elections scheduled over the next three years, which officials assured would be free and fair.However, in addition to the high levels of extreme poverty, local governments were limited in their capacity to provide basic services, even though the Government and MINUSTAH, he were working together to expand the country’s administrative capacity, Mr. Urbina said.In addition, he said, Haiti’s limited economic, social and cultural rights proved worrisome, a situation that was exacerbated by natural disasters, particularly the hurricanes last year that slammed into the city of Gonaïves, as well as the current food and financial crises.During the mission, he said, Japan’s representative had expressed concern that agricultural production, which employed more than half the population, barely covered 48 per cent of Haiti’s food needs. He and other Council members urged Haitian authorities to adopt agricultural policies that would spur production.On the regional front, Council also met with members of the core group of countries interested in Haiti and had observed a high level of commitment to the country among Latin American nations. In addition, he said, Haitian authorities had repeatedly noted their growing interest in South-South cooperation, and the importance of the continued involvement of regional and subregional organizations such as the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for Haiti’s hemispheric integration.
“Testing is one of our key principles for getting New Jersey firmly on the road back to restart and recovery. By building out our testing capacity, we can instill confidence among our residents that we are in front of the response and winning the fight against COVID-19,” said Gov. Phil Murphy in a press conference May 8, when he announced that the testing site would expand its services. Looking to provide further safety instructions for residents in need, Freeholder Deputy Director Sue Kiley talked about Monmouth ACTS’ latest efforts to address human services. According to Kiley, officials have established an early childhood success hub geared toward young families, young mothers and pregnant women. There has been an increasing demand for baby supplies as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, including diapers, baby wipes and more. Support groups are also being assembled to help these young moms. Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11), a small business owner in Tinton Falls, said he understands that many other small businesses are struggling to make ends meet, “let alone keep their doors open.” That’s why he and his team are helping residents of the 11th district find what legislation has been passed to address the pandemic, through LD11Recovery.com. By Allison Perrine For more information about the status of COVID-19 in Monmouth County or to find any of the county’s related resources, go to visitmonmouth.com. People looking for further guidance on the pandemic can visit the Monmouth County website, visitmonmouth.com, and review its pandemic resource guide. Originally geared toward seniors, the guide has since expanded. The article originally appeared in the May 14 – 20, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. “Within the last week, information has been posted regarding resources including face masks, transportation and additional food resources that deliver and offer meals for residents with dietary restrictions through Take Out in Monmouth,” said Kiley. According to Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, that includes opening off-leash dog areas this week, he said May 7 during a press conference. Despite progress being made in flattening the curve in Monmouth County, Arnone warned that it doesn’t mean people can let their guard down. With summer approaching and the shore area a hot-spot for tourism, Arnone said the county has been working with mayors from Sea Bright to Manasquan to develop a “consistent message,” so no town is negatively impacted by what its neighbors are doing. “I would like to see the beaches open by Memorial Day Weekend,” the freeholder director said. He hopes to have more guidance from the state on the reopening of the beaches soon. “We want LD11Recovery.com to be your one-stop shop for every state, federal, and local support program available in our area,” said Gopal in a statement. “If you’re a local restaurant owner and your kitchen is still open, we want to feature you and to encourage our neighbors to support your efforts as you work to keep your customers fed. If you’re self-employed or an independent contractor, we want to connect you directly to programs that can help, and help walk you through an array of services and applications that can often be difficult to navigate.” As testing capabilities continue to expand in New Jersey and the county, the COVID-19 testing site at Holmdel’s PNC Bank Arts Center, established by FEMA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, opened to all state residents this week not just persons with virus-related symptoms. The site is now open Mondays and Wednesdays to all residents and Saturdays to health care workers and first responders only. “We are grateful to the park rangers and sheriff’s officers for monitoring the parks and to all of the residents who practiced social distancing while visiting the parks and golf courses,” said Arnone. “People are doing the right thing in Monmouth and it’s showing.” MONMOUTH COUNTY – Now that parks and golf courses have reopened in Monmouth County, the freeholders are looking at what areas might be next in line for loosening restrictions. Additionally, officials have established a financial recovery initiative to help provide resources and guidance for Monmouth County residents and small businesses. According to Kiley, this will help the county broadly respond to COVID-19 impacts in the local area, focusing on “short and long-term financial recovery” for those groups.
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Share April 7, 2014 427 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) delivered some good news Monday in that 59 of the 350 metro markets have returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity. In the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), the national average is running at 88 percent, with 11 metros gained year-over-year.With the spring buying season in the housing market right around the corner and stronger employment numbers reported, confidence is gaining that economic recovery is right around the corner. Analysts and home builders alike agree that that this looks to be a very strong year for housing. A steady release of pent up demand from buyers seems imminent, so there is light at the end of the tunnel—and it’s not a train.“I think the big news here is that regions outside of the energy states continue to gain ground,” said NAHB chief economist David Crowe. “It’s a promising sign to see areas like Los Angeles and San Jose joining the top ten largest MSAs [metropolitan statistical areas] showing a recovery. We still expect 2014 to be a strong year for housing and to aid in the overall economic recovery. The job market continues to mend and with that we will see a steady release of pent up demand of buyers.”With the middle of the country experiencing an energy boom, places like Midland and Odessa, Texas, show that their markets have doubled in strength prior to the recession. Smaller metros like Bismarck and Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Casper, Wyoming, are currently at the top of the list.In major metros, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has topped the list, while Honolulu, Oklahoma City, Austin, Houston, San Jose, and Harrisburg have all shown great signs of recovery.Overall, 28 perfect of metro areas had a rising score, and 83 percent have shown an improvement over last year’s results. This raised the nation’s index score—this time from 0.87 to 0.88.NAHB’s index is based on 350 markets that are scored by their average permit, price, and employment levels for the last twelve months and dividing the annual average over the last period of normal growth, which mostly took place from 2000 to 2003 in homes and 2007 in employment. Home Prices Homebuilders Housing Permits Jobs National Association of Home Builders 2014-04-07 Paul Salfen National Recovery Measure Rises to 88%