Demonstrators call for state to extend moratorium on evictions and foreclosures

With the state moratorium on evictions set to expire on Oct. 17, nearly 100 protesters gathered outside the Park Street MBTA station at Boston Common on Sunday in support of a bill that would extend the ban.

The crowd surrounded a 6-foot sign reading, “Eviction Free Zone” and carried many handmade banners and placards supporting the bill, including several that said, “Stop 100,000+ Evictions.”

Advocates said the bill, which still needs to pass both branches of the Legislature and get approval by Governor Charlie Baker, would spare more than 100,000 households struggling due to the pandemic from displacement.

“We are just so anxious about what’s going to happen after Oct. 17,” said Lisa Owens, executive director of City Life/Vida Urbana, the tenants’ rights group that planned Sunday’s event.

“This is a crisis we can avert,” she said in a phone interview before the rally. “The clock is ticking,”

As the

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American Homes 4 Rent Announces Dates of Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Release and Conference Call

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE: AMH) today announced that the Company will release its third quarter 2020 financial and operating results on Thursday, November 5, 2020, after the market closes. The Company will host a conference call on Friday, November 6, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to review third quarter results, discuss recent events, and conduct a question and answer period.

Live conference call

Toll free number:

(877) 451-6152 (for domestic callers)



Direct dial number:

(201) 389-0879 (for international callers)

Passcode:

Not required

Simultaneous audio webcast link:



www.americanhomes4rent.com under “For Investors”

Conference call replay

Toll free number:

(844) 512-2921 (for domestic callers)

Direct dial number:



(412) 317-6671 (for international callers)

Passcode:

13711366#

Webcast link:

www.americanhomes4rent.com under “For Investors”



Date accessible through:

November

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LGI Homes Reports Record-Breaking September and Third Quarter 2020 Home Closings and Announces Plans to Host Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Call

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Oct. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LGI Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ: LGIH) today announced 811 home closings in September 2020, up from 654 home closings in September 2019, representing year-over-year growth of 24.0%. In addition, the Company announced record-breaking quarterly home closings of 2,091 during the third quarter of 2020 compared to 2,003 home closings in the third quarter of 2019, a 4.4% increase year-over-year. The Company finished the first nine months of 2020 with a total of 5,931 home closings, a 14.6% increase over 5,175 home closings during the first nine months of 2019.

As of the end of September 2020, the Company had 110 active selling communities.

The Company expects to release financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020 before the market opens on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The Company expects to hold a conference call for investors

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Call to change how agencies rate contractor performance rises to new level

Let’s start out with this basic truism: No one likes the current approach to rating contractor performance.

Neither the agency contracting officers nor program managers, and not the vendors who sometimes wait three to six months after the contract is complete to get a mostly meaningless “satisfactory” rating.

The data itself lacks value and transparency.

And, to be honest, it seems to have become another checklist activity for many agencies.

A new survey by GovConRx and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy shows, once again, just how little value there is in the current approach to contractor performance assessment ratings (CPARs).

“One of the facts that we heard back was how many agencies still aren’t doing CPARs or certainly not on time,” said Ken Susskind, founder and CEO of GovConRx in an interview. “It was interesting to hear back from industry about not getting CPARs rating because in the end

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State of Texas: TWC contractor reveals call center problems; Senate candidates prepare for debate

AUSTIN (Nexstar) – Imagine showing up to a job where you know that almost 75% of what you do will fail someone. What if a fireman failed to help someone in three out of four fire calls? What if a police officer failed to help clear three out of four 911 calls?

Day, after day.

That’s what a contractor helping field calls for the Texas Workforce Commission told us was going on inside some of the agency’s call centers. The contractor, who asked to not be identified in this report, told KXAN the problem facing nearly every caller is that their call may be answered by people who have no way to help Texans calling for help with their unemployment problems.

This worker said they’re unable to help about three-quarters of the people who call with unemployment problems.

Since the pandemic hit in mid-March, hundreds of unemployed Texans wrote to

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TWC call center contractor: ‘Someone needs to be held accountable’

Investigative Summary:

From Lubbock to Brownsville to El Paso to Tyler — in literally every corner of the Lone Star state, we’ve heard the same story concerning the phone lines at the Texas Workforce Commission: long wait times, and a roll of the dice whether a person they finally connect with can actually help them. KXAN’s investigation discovered some of the hundreds of contractors hired to help with the surge in calls aren’t able to provide much beyond basic assistance and are telling callers who have more complicated issues to call back in hopes of getting someone who works directly for the TWC.

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Imagine showing up to a job where you know that almost 75% of what you do will fail someone. What if a fireman failed to help someone in three out of four fire calls? What if a police officer failed to help clear three

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QVC puts call center in Chesapeake up for sale or lease; employees to keep working from home

QVC, the television-based home-shopping retailer, has put its 52,911-square-foot Chesapeake call center on the market. Its employees have been and will continue to work from home permanently.

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed Qurate Retail Group, which owns QVC, to rapidly shift to a work-from-home model, something that was in the works before the global health crisis that led to business closures and social distancing rules. The company’s entire U.S. Customer Service & Experience division, with few exceptions, will keep working from home indefinitely.

Qurate has about 18,000 workers across the United States. The company wouldn’t say how many people had worked at the Chesapeake location, saying only that a small number of on-site operations staff were affected by the shift. The company told workers about the permanent shift to work-from-home in July.

The office at 1553 River Birch Run North had once housed a large number of people. As of early

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Brad Parscale bodycam video: Florida police tackle Trump’s former campaign manager after 911 call

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (KABC) — Police in Florida have released bodycam video of their takedown of Brad Parscale, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump.

In the video from Sunday, police in Fort Lauderdale can be seen and heard talking to Parscale, and then, when they say he disobeyed their orders, they tackle him.

The standoff started after Parscale’s wife fled the home and asked for help from a real estate agent showing a nearby house, officials said. They called 911, and officers responded.

According to police, Parscale’s wife called to say her husband possibly shot himself.

It turned out, he had not, though she told them he had been making suicidal comments recently.

The wife told officers that Parscale had been stressed out recently and that he had made comments about shooting himself, according to a police report. Investigators said 10 guns were later removed from the home.

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