Payday Loans, Uber Addresses Sexual Assault Campaign & Sundial Book Club: Zora Neale Hurston
Payday loans are marketed as quick cash to help people get to their next paycheck, but they come at a great cost with an average interest of 300 percent and people getting multiple loans over time, according to a 2016 report . The Community Financial Services Association of America, which lobbies on behalf of payday lenders, held their annual conference in Trump National Doral Miami recently and faith leaders from across South Florida protested the event , arguing payday lenders disproportionately target low-income minority groups. Angel Pittman protested at the event and is the Vice President of Touching Miami with Love, a faith-based organization. Pittman and Charla Rios, a researcher at the Center for Responsible Lending, which focuses on payday loan practices, joined Sundial to talk about this issue. The ride-sharing company Uber has launched a sexual assault awareness campaign in South Florida . Uber has faced legal cases dealing with sexual assault over the years and has been
The Sunshine Economy: Remaking The Miami Marlins
The Miami Marlins is one of the least-liked teams in Major League Baseball. More than $1 billion in public money will have been spent for their new stadium by the time all the loans are paid. The team's management hasn't been shy about getting rid of top players. It's been 15 years since a playoff appearance, and the Marlins have ranked near the lowest in attendance for six years. But this season the Marlins hope to remake its business operations. The business has a long way to go. It’s the second season of the new ownership group, which includes billionaire investor Bruce Sherman and former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter. First pitch for the Marlin’s is Thursday, March 28, against the Colorado Rockies. It is the earliest opening day ever for Major League Baseball, and the Marlins are banking on improving its business. The team had the worst record last year in the National League, along with one of the worst home game records and one of the lowest payrolls in the league. While the
Will Venezuelan Regime Arrest Juan Guaidó? Answer May Lie In Cuba's Past
Most of the news from Venezuela in recent days is not encouraging for the restoration of democracy there. Late last week President Nicolás Maduro's regime arrested Roberto Marrero, the top aide to opposition leader Juan Guaidó - whom the U.S. and 50 other countries recognize as Venezuela's legitimate president. Then on Sunday, Russia flew a military advisor and 100 troops into Venezuela to support Maduro. WLRN's Luis Hernandez spoke with Americas correspondent Tim Padgett on Sundial about the latest developments.
Can 'Granny Flats' And 'Fonzie Flats' Help Solve Broward's Affordable Housing Problem?
Many South Floridians who rent an apartment or house are spending too much to keep the roof over their heads. Recent studies show that more than a third of renters in the region spend over half their income on housing.
Venezuela, Needle Exchange Program and Miami Affordability Housing Report
Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó says authoritarian President Nicolás Maduro is not far from being ousted. Guaidó told Reuters his allies are talking to high-level military leaders about defecting to his side. Meanwhile, President Trump met with Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago, last Friday to discuss the region’s support for his campaign to dislodge Maduro from power. Latin America correspondent Tim Padgett joined Sundial to update us on the latest news coming out of Venezuela. Florida continues to have some of the highest new HIV rates in the country. A legislative proposal, Senate Bill 366, could make it easier for injection drug users to trade dirty needles for clean ones. Right now, only Miami-Dade County has a needle exchange. The program is called IDEA Exchange and it seeks to combat the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C in the county. WLRN health reporter Sammy Mack joined Sundial to share some of her reporting. Read more: Legislative Proposal Could Jumpstart Needle