NEW MEXICO CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $2,138,253 to housing authorities across 15 New Mexico counties from the CARES Act funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The grant is funded by the $850 million provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for administrative and other expenses incurred by public housing authorities to implement key programs such as the Housing Choice Voucher program and Tenant Based Rental Assistance. The state has previously received $1,621,186 in similar funding for housing authorities across the state, in addition to over $16.7 million for emergency housing funds to keep more people in homes during the dual economic disruption and public health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Affordable and reliable housing is critically important during this pandemic when physical distancing is the best measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” said Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “In the Senate, I am continuing to fight to protect New Mexico renters from eviction and to fully fund state and city budgets. Meanwhile, housing authorities across New Mexico are helping our communities stay healthy and safe, yet all too often lack the necessary financial resources as state and local budgets are strained. As we continue to grapple with the effects of this pandemic, I will continue to fight for safe and affordable housing for all New Mexicans.”“The last thing New Mexico families should be worrying about right now is how they will keep a roof over their heads,” Heinrich said. “I am proud to support this critical funding from the CARES Act for programs that help families in New Mexico access affordable housing during these difficult months. I will continue fighting for resources that promote housing security and a broad economic recovery across New Mexico.”“Public housing authorities are working hard to meet New Mexicans’ housing needs during this public health emergency. These critical investments will allow them to cover essential costs and bolster their ability to continue serving their communities,” Luján said. “I’ll keep working alongside my fellow members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation to ensure our local governments and housing authorities receive the resources they need to continue supporting New Mexicans during these challenging times.”“Housing is essential during this pandemic, but the Trump Administration and Senate GOP allowed federal relief and eviction protections to lapse. Many families worry about keeping their families fed, clothed and supported during this pandemic, the last thing they need to worry about is not having a place to live. That’s why we included important housing funding in the CARES Act, and now that this funding will get to New Mexico organizations that help people with affordable housing, families will start to see some relief. I will continue to pressure the Senate to pass the HEROES Act, which includes vital housing, rental, and utility assistance for New Mexicans,” said Haaland, Vice Chair of the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity. “As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, families across New Mexico are struggling to pay their bills and keep a roof over their heads. Meanwhile, state and local governments are facing strained budgets, making it difficult to provide the ample support families need. Safe, affordable housing is critical to providing stability for families and workers and reducing the spread of the virus in our communities. This funding is critical to support our local housing authorities, and I’m continuing to work to secure the federal funding families need to make it through this crisis,” Torres Small said.Regional housing authorities in New Mexico are responsible for the planning, finance and creation of affordable housing. In addition, they operate federal programs such as Section 8 or Housing Choice Voucher Program and the Low Rent Program, also referred to as public housing.Breakdown of Grants: City of Albuquerque Housing Authority, $656,285Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Inc., $61,753Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority, $190,483Housing Authority of the City of Gallup, $6,037Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority, $221,457Housing Authority of the City of Truth or Consequences, $20,683Housing Authority of the City of Tucumcari, $11,096Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba, $2,482Housing Authority of the County of Santa Fe, $61,910Bernalillo County Housing Department, $406,143Housing Authority of San Miguel County, $19,855Eastern Regional Housing Authority, $157,011Housing Authority of the County of San Juan, $46,446Western Regional Housing Authority, $117,976El Camino Real Housing Authority, $78,090Northern Regional Housing Authority, $59,002City of Albuquerque Housing Authority, $8,719Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority, $4,261Housing Authority of the City of Truths and Consequences, $2,955Housing Authority of the County of Santa Fe, $5,609
Selain mempersiapkan diri menghadapi pembukaan kembali perjalanan udara dalam dan luar negeri seperti sediakala, Bandara Changi Singapura beberapa waktu lalu juga dikabarkan telah menandatangani perjanjian kerjasama dengan enam kota dan provinsi di Cina. Utamanya, kerjasama tersebut terkait dengan perjalanan bisnis.Tak hanya Cina, Bandara Changi Singapura juga bergerak cepat dengan menggandeng beberapa negara, seperti Malaysia, Selandia Baru, dan Korea Selatan. Posisi tawar, nama besar, dan status Singapura sebagai hub penerbangan internasional di Asia Tenggara menjadikan mudah bagi bandara tersebut untuk menjajaki kerjasama perjalanan bisnis oleh berbagai negara.Senada dengan Bandara Changi, flag carrier negara itu, Singapore Airlines (SIA) juga telah mempersiapkan diri selama fase pembukaan penerbangan secara bertahap. SIA belum lama merilis fitur companion app pertama di dunia.Dengan companion app pertama di dunia itu, nantinya pelanggan tak perlu lagi mengakses atau mengendalikan KrisWorld, sistem hiburan dalam penerbangan (IFE) SIA, dengan berbagai sentuhan dilayar IFE secara langsung, melainkan dapat dengan mudah mengaturnya melalui perangkat seluler pribadi. Jadi, mengurangi sentuhan di berbagai benda di pesawat selama penerbangan.Sejak Singapura mulai kembali membuka diri pada 2 Juni lalu, perlahan sederet aturan new normal memang telah menerapkan sederet peraturan ketat. Dari banyak negara yang telah mengeluarkan berbagai kebijakan new normal, sejauh ini, Singapura menjadi negara pertama yang membedakan pemakaian face shield dan masker.Di Singapura, face shield umumnya hanya digunakan oleh anak-anak berusia balita atau maksimal 12 tahun, pengidap gangguan pernapasan, penyakit kulit di sekitar wajar atau alergi, guru di sekolah, hingga penyandang disabilitas yang mengandalkan mimik wajah untuk berkomunikasi. Selebihnya, mereka tetap harus menggunakan masker tanpa terkecuali.Baca juga: Berkah Covid-19, Singapore Airlines Tawarkan Companion App Pertama di Dunia, Ini KegunaannyaGuna menertibkan aturan tersebut, otoritas Singapura juga telah mengerahkan robot anjing. Robot-robot umumnya disiagakan di pusat-pusat keramaian, salah satunya seperti taman.Robot anjing Singapura ini dibekali dengan teknologi AI dan kamera canggih untuk mendeteksi kerumunan masyarakat dan mengingatkannya bila mereka tidak menerapkan physical distancing; termasuk di dalamnya mendeteksi atau mengingatkan bila warga kedapatan tidak menggunakan masker atau face shield.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedBantu Petugas dan Penumpang, Bandara Changi Operasikan 47 Unit Robot07/09/2020In “Bandara”Berkat Check-in Tanpa Sentuhan, Changi Dinobatkan Jadi Bandara Teraman di Dunia17/09/2020In “Bandara”80 Persen Toko F&B dan Outlet Ritel Kembali Dibuka di Bandara Changi08/07/2020In “Bandara” Bandara Changi, Singapura belum lama ini tengah sibuk mengujicoba langkah-langkah terbaru menghadapi pembukaan kembali penerbangan secara bertahap. Saat ini, Singapura memang masih menerapkan pembatasan perjalanan, utamanya internasional, untuk mencegah kasus impor corona.Baca juga: Bandara Changi Hadirkan Transit Holding Areas untuk Penumpang Singapore AirlinesDilansir Bloomberg, langkah-langkah yang dimaksud terkait banyak hal, mulai dari check-in kiosks berlapis cairan disinfektan anti-mikroba, sekat akrilik di check-in counter, robot pembersih yang menyemprotkan disinfektan secara otomatis, hingga toilet tanpa sentuhan. Disebutkan, semua itu hanyalah beberapa langkah terbaru otoritas bandara dalam menghadapi new normal selama pandemic Covid-19.
The St. John’s Football team hosts Gustavus Saturday afternoon at 1pm in hopes of winning their 2nd straight game. St. John’s was off last week and are 3-4 overall this season but just 1-4 in the MIAC. Gustavus has struggled this season and id 1-4 in the MIAC and 2-5 overall.St. John’s Offensive Coordinator Jim Gagliardi talks with Jay Caldwell and Lee Voss on the Granite City Cafe on AM 1390-the Fan.Gagliardi says Sophomore Quarterback isn’t expected back at quarterback this week but could play a role in the game. Freshman Nick Martin is expected to start at quarterback for the Johnnies.This week’s game with Gustavus is Family Weekend and marks the final home game of the season for the Johnnies. St. John’s will close the season at Hamline next week and at Bethel on November 10.
I heard it for years from Rick Majerus. I’ve also heard it from the likes of Roger Reid, Steve Cleveland, Stew Morrill, Ray Giacoletti and Dave Rose.The standard line from coaches with weak non-conference schedules has always been, “We can’t get anybody to come and play us at home.”So how come Jim Boylen, in just his second year as the head coach at Utah, has already put together arguably the strongest non-conference home schedule in the school’s history and perhaps the strongest home slate in the history of college basketball in Utah?The short answer is, he tried.This coming season, Utah will have home games against Gonzaga, Oregon, Cal and LSU in addition to games against Wisconsin-Green Bay and Weber State. The only stinker on the schedule is the home opener against a Division II school called Southwest Baptist (because of the rest of the schedule, we’ll give the Utes a pass on that one).And not only are the Utes playing a tough non-conference home schedule, they’re also playing eight games away from home against the likes of Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri State and Utah State, the first time in decades the Utes are playing more away than home games in the preseason.So is Boylen crazy? You might say that, if his team limps into Mountain West Conference play with a losing record.Boylen is trying to build his program and feels the best way to do it is to get his team as battle-tested as possible going into league play. And if his team is fortunate enough to get into postseason play, the experience of tough games in November and December should pay off with victories in March.The Ute coach also is hoping to set an example for the rest of the MWC schools to upgrade their schedules, which will help everyone in the league. Because the RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) has become more important than a team’s record for getting into the NCAA Tournament, MWC teams are actually hurt in the RPI when they win a league game if their opponent’s schedule is weak, because an opponent’s strength of schedule is 25 percent of the RPI.The best example is New Mexico, which compiled a gaudy 24-9 record last year, yet was bypassed for the NCAA Tournament. Because 11 home non-league games against the likes of St. Bonaventure, Presbyterian and Loyola Marymount and a strength of schedule ranked No. 155 weren’t enough to impress the NCAA Selection Committee.”The landscape of college basketball is different,” Boylen said. “It doesn’t mean much to win 20 games any more.”So what was Boylen’s secret to producing such a strong home schedule in 2008-09?”You have to go there first,” he said. “We weren’t afraid to do that …”Last year, the Utes went to Oregon, Cal and Gonzaga, and this year all three schools are returning to play at the Huntsman Center. This year, the Utes play at Oklahoma, and next year, the Sooners come to Utah. In 2009, the Utes go to Michigan, and the following year the Wolverines come to Utah. The Utes are hoping Gonzaga becomes an annual opponent.”It was a leap of faith, and now we’re reaping the benefits of sticking our neck out,” Boylen said.Part of the credit goes to U. athletic director Chris Hill. After serving on the NCAA Tournament selection committee the past four years, he’s learned how important it is to have a strong schedule as part of your NCAA resume and he’s firmly in favor of a stronger Ute schedule.Hill heard from Ute fans who became so weary of the no-names that have frequented the home schedule that they stopped coming to games. A lot of fans would rather see a close loss to Wake Forest than another romp over Ripon.In going back through the media guides of the various schools, I couldn’t find a season where a local school had a better home schedule than the potential of Utah’s upcoming slate.Certainly a lot of good teams have come through the state over the years.During the Majerus era, the Utes brought in name teams such as Wake Forest, Texas, Arizona, Louisville and Alabama, but generally the Utes feasted on a steady diet of Humboldt States, Azusa Pacifics and Cardinal Stritches.BYU has played UCLA in the Marriott Center several times, and teams such as North Carolina State, Arizona, St. John’s, Pitt, Notre Dame and Michigan State have come through Provo.Utah State hasn’t brought in any big opponents since the 1980s, when Kansas State and Georgia paid a visit, while Weber State’s biggest game was in 1994, when a Purdue team featuring Glenn Robinson came to Ogden.However, those games were few and far between on Utah colleges’ schedules.I don’t doubt that scheduling is difficult and that a lot of schools refuse to come to Utah to play in these big arenas where the home team rarely loses. But I wonder how hard coaches really try to get more competitive games. Sometimes you just have to try a little harder. Just ask Jim Boylen. E-mail: [email protected]