Previous articleChildren wait 18 months for hospital appointments in LimerickNext articleRegion will ‘press on regardless’ of missed opportunities Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Limerick Fine Gael TD and Minister of State Patrick O’DonovanCRITICS of the National Development Strategy should outline what Limerick projects they would scrap in a bid to better the €116 billion portfolio of work.That’s according to Minister of State at the Department of Finance Patrick O’Donovan, who said that he has heard a lot of “talk” from political parties and critics of the 2040 National Development Plan.Capital investments around the country have been outlined in the plan including a new maternity hospital for Limerick and several infrastructural road projects, The entire plan will see €116 billion spent on projects over the next 20 years.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Details were unveiled alongside the National Planning Framework which sets out Government’s vision for the country for the same period.“Are you going to take out the Adare bypass; are you going to take out the maternity hospital; are you going to take out the Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale bypasses or are you going to take out the M20?” Minister O’Donovan said.The Minister said that there can’t be any more money allocated because Government has to borrow under fiscal rules.Meantime, Limerick Labour TD and Party Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government Jan O’Sullivan called for a united approach to fight for the resources needed to grow the city to its potential.“While I welcome the inclusion of the M20 and the re-location of the maternity hospital, we have to fight for a lot more than those two projects. It is not either/or when it comes to investment in the M20 or the infrastructure the city needs. The most the M20 is projected to cost is €900 million while the rail link in North Dublin is going to cost €3 billion. Where is the balance in that?Deputy O’Sullivan suggested that the validity of the M20 project was jeopardised when Edgar Morgenroth “threw a spanner in the works last week when he implied that we couldn’t have the road to Cork and investment in the city. That needs to be challenged strongly. Limerick has the industrial and educational base required to be a real growth centre.Locating the new National Regeneration and Development Agency in Limerick as part of the policy plan to locate new State agencies outside of Dublin needs to be addressed, Deputy O’Sullivan said adding that she would be raising this in the Dáil.Shannon Airport “is completely neglected” in the plan, said Deputy O’Sullivan. “Other airports in the West, with far less strategic importance, are to get funding, not to mention an extra runway for in Dublin.“Why can’t Shannon, with its spare capacity, be that extra runway? That would really provide radical thinking and real rebalancing”.Concluding a strongly worded retort to the national plan, Deputy O’Sullivan said that the proposals do not adequately address the regional imbalance between the greater Dublin area and the rest of the country.“There is real potential to develop Limerick and the Mid West as a strong and sustainable growth centre and the plan is hugely disappointing in the level of its ambition for or region and our city.”However, the local authority is of the viewpoint that Limerick’s ambitious plans for its rejuvenation and development have been copper fastened in the Government’s 20 year outlook.Conn Murray, Chief Executive of Limerick City and County Council said: “Limerick City and County Council welcomes the commitment by the government to fund our ambitious plans to develop and enhance the city and county. While a strong city is crucial to the development of the region, we recognise and welcome the plans to revitalise rural towns and villages.Overall the National Planning Framework (NPF) projects that the population of Limerick city and its environs will grow by between 50 and 55,000 people by 2040 to a total population of 150,000.Maria Woods, Senior Planner with Limerick City and County Council said: “One of the aims of the NPF is to address regional imbalance between the greater Dublin area and the rest of the country, however, we are concerned that the plan outlined by the government means that the status quo will remain in terms of population distribution across the country.”Echoing the sentiment, Ibec Mid-West and Kerry Regional Director Mairead Crosby stated that “Investment in the public transport network, extending the ambition of the Limerick 2030 plan to include extension of the city centre towards Limerick Docks; the reinstatement of the Limerick-Foynes rail line as part of the overall expansion of Shannon Foynes Port, investment in the region’s higher education institutions, continued investment in the Limerick regeneration programme and a metropolitan area strategic plan for the Limerick-Shannon area, will increase existing capacity and accelerate regional growth.Speaking on the plans included for the University Hospitals Group, Prof Colette Cowan, CEO said that the announcement was a “signal day” for the hospitals group“Project Ireland 2040 represents a commitment to the two most significant outstanding capital projects we have presented to government in recent years, the 96-bed ward block at UHL and the relocation of University Maternity Hospital Limerick to the UHL site.Citing “demographic pressures alone”, Professor Cowan said there is a “plain requirement for more inpatient accommodation”, as she welcomed the relocation of the maternity hospital. 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“ONCE you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”It’s very likely that the Irish Aerial Creation Centre (IACC) would agree with these words from the great Leonardo da Vinci.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Based in the Burlington Business Park in Corbally, the IACC is Ireland’s first purpose-fitted space for aerial dance and home to Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre.In the four years since the not-for-profit organisation has been open, the centre offers daily community classes for all ages, children up to adults as well as running professional training and residency opportunities for Irish and international artists.The IACC also works with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University Limerick, providing aerial modules to BA and MA students from the Academy who choose aerial as an elective.Founder and chief executive of the IACC, Chantal McCormick says Limerick has become the centre of aerial circus and is committed to continuing to be the home for aerial circus in Ireland.“In 2014, we officially moved to Limerick and opened Ireland’s first purpose fitted training centre, to teach people aerial circus. Since then we have taught thousands of people and want to continue doing this,” Chantal added.The IACC will hold a fundraising event on Saturday, December 15 at 6.30pm with all money raised going to ensure that the centre stays open and continues to be a home for children, adults and professionals with a dream if learning how to fly, whether it’s on an aerial hoop, trapeze, silks, vertical dance, or some of the other spectacular skills practiced by Fidget Feet.“Everyone dreams of flying, so come join us and help us to ensure the IACC stays open and continues to be the centre in your community to learn, create and fly,” Chantal explains.Tickets are on sale now. Children are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more details log onto https://irishaerialcreationcentre.com/fundraiser/ TAGSartsentertainmentFundraiserLimerick City and Countyperformancevideo Advertisement LifestyleArtsEntertainmentNewsVideoAerial circus goes flying for FUNdsBy Alan Jacques – November 28, 2018 787 Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter Previous articleSkate on over to the Bunratty Christmas pantomimeNext articleUHL gets worst hospital rating in the country Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin WhatsApp Facebook Email Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Belltable:Connect invites applications for Translating Live to Online Workshops this Autumn RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print
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Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / The Reverse Mortgage Conundrum Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Print Features Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: California Unveils State Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Next: Tax Reform’s REIT Impact January 10, 2020 4,465 Views Sign up for DS News Daily The Reverse Mortgage Conundrum The concept of a reverse mortgage can be more easily understood by starting with a traditional mortgage, where the borrower’s home equity increases and the loan balance deceases over time as the borrower makes payments to the lender. With a reverse mortgage, borrowers’ home equity decreases and the loan balance increases over time as borrowers receive cash payments from the lender and interest accrues on the loan. Reverse mortgage functions as a means for elderly homeowners to receive funds based on their home equity, because repayment can usually be deferred until death. As well, reverse mortgages are generally non-recourse loans, meaning that if a borrower fails to repay the loan when due, the lender has no recourse outside of the sale of the home.Through the Housing and Recovery Act of 2008, Congress raised the loan limit to $417,000 for a reverse mortgage, and then in 2009, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congress raised the loan limit to $625,500. The limit was raised again by FHA in 2018 to $675,650, then to $726,525 in 2019, with an increase up to $765,600 coming in 2020.The FHA insures HECM program reverse mortgagors, and this insurance provides protection for both borrowers and lenders. Borrowers pay a mortgage insurance premium for this protection, but in return, borrowers may remain in the home indefinitely, even if the loan balance becomes greater than the value of the home, so long as the borrower meets certain conditions (age: at least 62 years old; ownership of property; principal residence of borrower; no existing mortgages; and property standards must be met). Further, FHA protects the borrower against the risk that the lender does not make the “loan disbursements.” This mortgage insurance premium also protects the lender in that it provides the lender its amount due, and continues to pay the borrower (on a monthly plan or from any unused credit line) until the borrower dies or sells the home, if the lender follows an assignment option created from the FHA insuring process.FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery advocates for continued support and growth of the HECM program. In July, 2018, approximately a month after his confirmation, Montgomery noted that the HECM portfolio sustained a $14.5 billion loss in 2017 but that the program itself is valuable as long as corrections are made. “I have been a strong advocate of the reverse mortgage program,” he said, noting the lack of government assistance for senior homeowners who face income challenges. “This program allows seniors to age in place, which they want to do. It’s the best kind of program [in that it offers] assistance you pay for yourself … It’s up to us to fix it for the long term.”Program changes over the past few years have made the mortgages less risky for borrowers and for the government. Mortgage insurance premiums have been adjusted to provide more lender/insurer protection as well as preserving more equity for borrowers (higher upfront premium offset by lower annual premiums); assessable equity amounts are limited for the first year of the loan; and as of 2015, HUD requires a financial assessment to analyze potential borrowers’ income sources and credit history, to ensure that borrowers have set-aside funds to pay property taxes and homeowners insurance.If the borrower meets the above requirements for a reverse mortgage, then the borrower would continue to have three primary ongoing obligations: 1) the borrower must continue to occupy the property as a principal residence; 2) the borrower must remain current on all property taxes and homeowner’s insurance. If the borrower fails to pay property taxes or maintain current homeowner’s insurance, and fails to bring these accounts current when notified, the lender can foreclose and the borrower could lose their home; and 3) the borrower must keep the home in good repair. As long as the borrower complies with these ongoing obligations, the borrower will be able to defer payment of the loan until they die, sell, or move out of the home.As well-meaning as this sounds, reverse mortgages cost more than regular mortgages, both at closing and during the life of the loan. With both types of loans, borrowers pay mortgage insurance, but with a regular mortgage, borrowers can avoid mortgage insurance with a down payment of at least 20%, but not with a reverse.The reverse mortgage premium equals 0.5% for a loan equal to 60% or less of the appraised value of the home. The premium jumps to 2.5% if the loan totals more than 60% of the home’s value. If a home is appraised at $450,000 and a $300,000 reverse mortgage is taken out, it will cost you an additional $7,500 on top of all of the other closing costs. Annual mortgage insurance premium is .5% of the outstanding mortgage balance.Most of the fees and costs can be rolled into the loan, but unlike a regular mortgage, which compounds interest on a lower amount each month, a reverse mortgage compounds interest on a higher number.Despite the promotion of reverse mortgages to address the lack of retirement assets held by an aging population, less than 2% of eligible households take out reverse mortgages, which is small given that nearly 80% of retired households own a home, compared to only about 50% with retirement assets, and given that retirement security for many households is considered to be precarious. Several factors could positively influence growth, namely, aging population not just in the United States but throughout the world (approximately 18% of U.S. population is over 62 years old); housing wealth continues to increase; and retirees prefer to age in place. Other factors negate growth, such as complexity and cost of reverse mortgages; a perception that reverse mortgages are a last resort; and the desire to leave an inheritance.Suggested improvements for the program include lowering initial and ongoing HECM product costs, expansion of private lenders, improvement of the availability of long-term care insurance, and tightening of Medicaid eligibility rule. These changes could increase HECM loans to approximately 12–14 % of all retired households, which would minimize government exposure and better target borrowers. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Michelle Garcia Gilbert Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago default Reverse Mortgage 2020-01-10 Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: default Reverse Mortgage Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the January issue of DS News, out now.In 1961, Deering Savings & Loan officer Nelson Haynes in Portland, Maine, originated the first reverse mortgage to Nellie Young, the widowed wife of Haynes’s high school football coach. Mrs. Young continued to live in her home after losing her husband with the help of this loan.In 1969, UCLA Professor Yung Ping Chen testified before the Senate Committee on Aging that he supported an “actuarial mortgage plan in the form of a housing annuity” that would allow homeowners to stay in their home based upon their home equity.In 1983, the Senate approved a proposal to have reverse mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and in 1987, Congress passed the FHA insurance bill called the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Demonstration. President Ronal Reagan signed the bill into law in 1988, and HUD began insuring reverse mortgage through FHA.The first FHA-insured reverse mortgage was originated in 1989, and 157 loans were issued in 1990, with a peak of 114,692 in 2009. According to HUD, 48,359 reverse mortgages were originated in 2018, the decrease attributable to the market crash 10 years earlier.Other countries use reverse mortgages, which are being touted as a policy strategy for aging population not prepared for retirement. In Canada, where the industry is entirely private, reverse mortgages grew 40% between 2017 and 2018. The Australian government began a government-sponsored equity release program in 2018 for homeowners over the age of 65, which may continue to expand as private lenders leave the reverse market. China—which has 241 million people over the age of 60 as of December, 2017, amounting to 17% of that country’s population—began promoting reverse mortgages in 2013, though there is only one company offering them, and only 132 people have taken out the mortgages to date. The Chinese people typically leave property to their children, so there is a cultural prejudice against reverse mortgages.A review of the reverse mortgage starts with its definition, and then how it works, who qualifies for one, its protections, and the risk involved with a reverse mortgage. The analysis is based on the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program reverse mortgage, which is insured under the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and accounts for all but a handful of reverse mortgages.The stated purpose of the HECM program, FHA’s reverse mortgage program, is to ease the financial burden on elderly homeowners facing increased health, housing, and subsistence costs at a time of reduced income. The FHA’s mission is to serve underserved markets which must be balanced with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) obligation under the National Housing Act to protect the FHA insurance funds.Pursuant to 15 USCS §1602(cc), “the term ‘reverse mortgage transaction’ means a non-recourse transaction in which a mortgage, deed of trust, or equivalent consensual security interest is created against the consumer’s principal dwelling:securing one or more advances; andwith respect to which the payment of any principal, interest, and shared appreciation or equity is due and payable (other than in the case of default) only after:the transfer of the dwelling;the consumer ceases to occupy the dwelling as a principal dwelling; orthe death of the consumer. Michelle Garcia Gilbert is president and CEO of the Gilbert Garcia Group, a Florida firm specializing in default services, creditors law, and REO. She has worked in foreclosure and creditors firms since 1989.
365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleGroup calls for immediate upgrade of Derry railine – Minister respondsNext articleCounty Council to spend over €3 million on house adaptations News Highland Newsx Adverts Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp NI minister re-iterates A5 commitment during Donegal visit The North’s Roads Minister Conor Murphy has given an assurance that he remains absolutely committed to the A5 project and that it is included in the North’s budget for the next four year term.The proposed stretch of motorway will run from Aughnacloy to Derry completing the A5 between Derry and Dublin.The Irish government has committed 400 million pounds to the project however some politicians north and south have question both goverment’s decisions to fund the route.Speaking in Donegal the Road’s Minister Conor Murphy says he is confident, that even with a change of government in the south, funding for both sides will be there for the project:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/murphfri.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp By News Highland – February 18, 2011 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry
TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Funding is available for property owners along the shore or near Cayuga Lake to replace failing or inadequate sewage systems, the Tompkins County Health Department said in a news release. Kelsey O’Connor The health department is in the second year of a grant program established by the 2017 Clean Water Infrastructure Act, that allocates money to “communities along impaired waterbodies for the replacement or repair of poorly functioning sewage systems.”Property owners who are eligible can be reimbursed up to 50% of costs for sewage system projects up to $10,000. The health department said the eligibility criteria has broadened since the initial rollout last year to include seasonal and second homes.For more information, visit the Division of Environmental Health’s State Septic System Replacement Program webpage. Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor Tagged: cayuga lake, health, tompkins county, tompkins county health department, water infrastructure Your local health and human services news is made possible with support from:
Previous articleDonegal men charged with Sydney murder have case adjournedNext articleUpdate: Road closed following crash in Laghey News Highland Second man appears in court over cross border hijacking Twitter Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th A second man has appeared at Derry Magistrates Court charged in connection with a hijacking in the city on Monday.Four men were arrested, two in Donegal and two in the North after a van and trailer was hijacked in Derry on Monday afternoon.Gardai in Donegal were alerted to the vehicle making off across the border and two males were apprehended by Gardai.26-year-old Ryan Stevenson of Capall Court, Derry was today charged with hijacking a vehicle, assault on a man, theft of a power washer and driving with no insurance while unfit on March 4th.A police officer told the court the owner of the van, pursued an Audi in which the accused was later found in the front seat following the theft of his power washer.The vehicle eventually stopped and three men were said to have approached the van and attack the driver before two of the men made off in the van.The description of the van was circulated to Gardai was later apprehended in Donegal.At interview the 26 year old said he had been given a lift and eventually ended up in a caravan in Burnfoot before being given a lift back to the North by a man currently on the run from the authorities there.Bail was opposed for fear of further offences and interference with witnesses and the alleged injured party.District Judge Barney McElholm said Stevenson had admitted ‘consorting with a fugitive from justice’ and he felt there was a serious risk of further offences and interference with witnesses.The accused has been remanded in custody to appear again on March 28. WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – March 6, 2019 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ WhatsApp
There are nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Northern Ireland.As of this afternoon, the total number of confirmed cases in the North is 86.To date, one person who tested positive has died. Previous articleConfirmed case of COVID-19 at Strabane schoolNext articleRegular people can save more lives than do tors – Harris News Highland WhatsApp Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th 9 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus confirmed in Northern Ireland By News Highland – March 20, 2020 WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Google+ Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
GabrielPevide/iStockBY: WILLIAM MANSELL AND ELLA TORRES, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 307,000 people worldwide.More than 4.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 1.4 million diagnosed cases and at least 87,568 deaths.Today’s biggest developments:US death toll surpasses 87,000NYC tourist arrested in Hawaii for violating quarantineHere’s how the news developed Friday. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.2:48 p.m.: California reports 98 deathsIn California, 98 more deaths have pushed that state’s total to 3,204.Daily death tolls have plateaued over the last five weeks as the total number of confirmed cases in the state has reached 76,793, the state’s health department reported.Testing in California has ramped up, with 1,179,126 tests conducted and reported to the California Department of Public Health. This represents an increase of 45,220 tests over the prior 24-hour reporting period, according to the health department.2:12 p.m.: Chartered boat services can resume in New JerseyFishing and watercraft rentals are set to resume in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy announced.The announcement comes a day after Murphy said Jersey Shore beaches would reopen.Chartered boat services are permitted to reopen at 6 a.m. Sunday, with mandatory social distancing and sanitizing measures in place. Murphy also said that people will pay either online or over the phone to reduce in-person interactions.Murphy said the metrics of COVID-19, including patients in hospitals, patients on ventilators and patients in the ICU, all were down in a way that showed “we can move forward.”The governor added that the declines were not just from peaks but “meaningful,” even over the past couple of weeks.While deaths also declined, Murphy urged the public to remember that the lives lost are not just statistics. An additional 115 people died in the last 24 hours in New Jersey, putting the total at 10,249.12:25 p.m.: New red zone set up in ItalyA red zone has been established in a rural town near Naples, Italy, to stop a small outbreak.Residents in Letino have been ordered to quarantine until May 20, according to a decree from the regional government of Campania.The small town of about 600 has seen 10 positive COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, in addition to three reported earlier this week, according to the local newspaper Il Mattino. All patients were asymptomatic.The decree states that residents cannot leave the municipal area, and all non-essential activities, including commercial and restaurant activity, will be prohibited.The temporary quarantine comes two days before the country’s next phase of lifting restrictions begins. Non-essential businesses, such as restaurants and hairdressers, will be allowed to reopen.12:08 p.m.: Horse racing tracks to open with no fans in New YorkHorse racing tracks in New York will open on June 1, but fans will not be allowed to enter, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.The three largest horse racing tracks in the state are Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga. Aqueduct, in Queens, is the only facility within New York City’s limits. Belmont Park is on Long Island, and Saratoga is upstate.The Watkins Glen International automobile racetrack, in Schuyler County in the western part of the state, also will be allowed to reopen, Cuomo said. The governor did not provide details on what events would be held there, but like the horse racing tracks, fans will not be permitted yet.Cuomo said he’s looking to increase economic activity, including events that can operate without crowds.Elective surgeries and ambulatory care also will be allowed to resume in Westchester County and Suffolk County. The hospitalization rate, intubations and number of new cases all continue to decline, even with 400 new hospitalizations in the state, Cuomo said.An additional 157 people died in the last 24 hours.11:47 a.m.: FDA authorizes 1st standalone at-home sample collection kitThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first at-home sample collection kit for COVID-19, which can be used to send samples to specified laboratories for diagnostic testing.The Everlywell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit allows a person to self-collect a nasal sample at home. It can be used by people who have been screened using on online questionnaire that is reviewed by a health care provider, the FDA said.Additionally, the FDA authorized two COVID-19 diagnostic tests that can be used with the at-home collected samples.Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said the development provides “increased patient access to tests” and “protects others from potential exposure.”“Today’s action is also another great example of public-private partnerships in which data from a privately funded study was used by industry to support an EUA request, saving precious time as we continue our fight against this pandemic,” Shuren said in a statement.9:40 a.m.: CDC updates guidance for pediatricians on illness associated with COVID-19The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance on treating children during the pandemic to include information on a new illness associated with COVID-19.The agency said it was working with domestic and international partners to better understand multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), including how common it is and its risk factors.There are 220 possible and confirmed cases in 20 states and Washington D.C. of the illness in children, according to an ABC News analysis. There have also been three reported deaths.Some of the cases have tested positive for either COVID-19 or antibodies, while some others have tested negative. Many of the cases are still under investigation.Children with MIS-C have presented to hospitals with a persistent fever and a variety of symptoms, including multiorgan (e.g., cardiac, gastrointestinal, renal, hematologic, dermatologic, neurologic) involvement and elevated inflammatory markers, according to the CDC.However, the CDC warned pediatricians that some children may exhibit symptoms not listedIt is possible that a child will begin exhibiting symptoms of MIS-C weeks after they were infected with COVID-19, according to the CDC. However, a child may not have displayed symptoms for COVID-19 and both the child and parents may not have even known they were infected.The CDC said that evaluating a child for MIS-C could include a chest X-ray, echocardiography or blood testing to determine if there is inflammation.For questions on the illness, the CDC’s 24-hour Emergency Operations Center at 770-488-7100 is open.6:55 a.m.: Charges dropped against Tampa pastor who held services during stay-at-home orderThe charges against a Tampa pastor who was arrested after holding services despite the local stay-at-home orders have been dropped.State officials said they dropped the charges against pastor Rodney Howard-Browne because he has complied with social distancing rules on his church campus since his arrest.“In deciding whether to criminally prosecute violations of stay-at-home orders, compliance is our North Star,” Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said in a statement Friday. “Each case is unique, and each one will be assessed based on the facts and the law. But, in general, if the person who was arrested poses no ongoing threat to public health, then our tendency will be not to prosecute the case beyond the arrest.”Howard-Browne was initially arrested and charged with unlawful assembly and violation of a public health emergency order after holding large services at his church in defiance of the county’s “safer-at-home” initiative.“The State Attorney’s Office has recognized that compliance and not criminal punishment is the focus of our emergency health laws,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement Friday night. “Law enforcement’s intervention through arrest has been rare during this health crisis, and while it remains a necessary tool to protect the health and safety of our community, we agree that further criminal sanctions are not necessary in this instance.”Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that Florida would move into a Phase 1 reopening on Monday, which means gyms can reopen and restaurants can now be at 50% capacity. The state’s partial reopening began on May 4.There are more than 44,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, with at least 1,917 deaths in Florida.4:09 a.m.: New York tourist arrested in Hawaii for violating mandatory quarantineA 23-year-old tourist from New York City was arrested Friday in Hawaii for violating the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine rule and for “unsworn falsification to authority.”Tarique Peters, according to the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General, arrived in O’ahu on Monday and quickly posted numerous pictures of himself on the beach on Instagram.He allegedly left his hotel room the day he arrived and traveled to various places using public transportation, officials said.Citizens alerted local authorities to Peters’ social media postings, which showed him on the beach with a surfboard, sunbathing and walking around Waikiki.“We appreciate the assistance of local people who spot flagrant violations of our emergency rules on various social media sites and report them to the appropriate authorities,” Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors said in a statement Friday night.Officials said the hotel told them Peters was seen leaving his room and the hotel on numerous occasions this week.Peters, who is from the Bronx, was arrested Friday and his bail is set at $4,000.Hawaii has only 638 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, with at least 17 deaths.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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