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Casino and betting bill passed by Virginia Senate Committee

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address 24th January 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Bingo Slots Table games Tribal gaming A bill that would clear the way for the first land-based casinos to be opened in Virginia, as well as legalising sports betting, has been passed by the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology.SB1126, introduced by Democrat Senator Louise Lucas, would legalise casino gaming in the state. Casinos would be restricted to cities with an unemployment rate of at least 4%, a poverty rate of 20%, and which had experienced a population decline of at least 7% between 1990 and 2016.The bill proposes issuing one casino licence for each eligible city, with a tribal casino permitted in cities with a population of at least 200,000, and in which 24% of all real estate are exempt from local property taxes.Casinos would be able to offer table, dice and slot games, as well as sports betting, though there is no provision for online gaming or wagering.Each local authority would be required to secure approval for the casino from residents, through a local referendum, with the Virginia Lottery Board responsible for regulating the market.The venues would pay a tax of 10% of gross revenue, with takings divided between a number of causes. A share of tax revenue will be divided between the State General Fund and two new entities established through the act. These are the Virginia Public School Construction Grants Program and Fund, which will fund repairs and building of schools and the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund.A further portion the tax revenue will be allocated to the State Local Casino Gaming Proceeds Fund, which will be established through the act to ensure local authorities benefit from the casinos.The cities in which the venues are based will also receive a share, as will another new body, the Regional Improvement Commission. This will fund improvements to transportation in the local area.The bill was passed by the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology with nine voting in favour, three against and one abstaining. It now passes to the Senate Finance Committee for further scrutiny, after being combined with two other bills to legalise casino gaming, SB1503 and SB1706.Efforts to legalise sports betting alone are also in play in the Virginia legislature, with Delegate Marcus Simon introducing a bill to regulate wagering and allow online lottery sales introduced in the House of Representatives. That bill, which was pre-filed in 2018, has been assigned to the House Committee on Rules. Casino and betting bill passed by Virginia Senate Committee Tags: Slot Machines Bingo A bill that would clear the way for the first land-based casinos to be opened in Virginia, as well as legalising sports betting, has been passed by the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: US Virginialast_img read more

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Video: Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas on the enthronement

first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA Archbishop of Canterbury, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Justin Welby Enthronement, Tags Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Video: Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas on the enthronement Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem [Episcopal News Service] Bishop Ian Douglas of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut reflects on the enthronement of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC By Matthew DaviesPosted Mar 21, 2013 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Submit a Press Release Video Anglican Communion, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Press Release Service Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Job Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Rector Collierville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Martinsville, VA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJlast_img read more

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City Council votes to renew Red Light Camera Program

first_img June 23, 2017 at 4:36 pm In a bizarre marathon debate, Council splits 3-2 in favorThe Apopka City Council voted 3-2 in favor of renewing the contract with American Traffic Solutions for the Intersection Safety Program – also known as the Red Light Camera Program. That’s the homogenized, boiled-down version of what happened last night. But to leave the story there is to miss the essence of what happened leading up to that split vote of what may be the most contentious issue in Apopka today.It was a bizarre marathon of public comments, presentations and Council discussion that took over two hours. It packed the City Council Chambers with Red Light Camera detractors, Libertarians, mystified residents with City business before the Council, and an unusually large population of Orlando broadcast media personnel.It began with 12 angry men railing against the Red Light Camera Program. And rail they did!“These red light cameras are tyranny,” said one of the speakers. “They are Darth Vader. They are judge, jury, witness, and executioner all in one.”One man compared the program to the oppression that King George imposed on the American colonies of the 18th-century and threatened to come back like the Tea Party and adjust the oppressor’s attitudes. That’s not the modern-day Tea Party he is talking about, but the ones from the 1700’s that dressed in Mohawk Warrior disguises, boarded three vessels docked at Griffin’s Wharf in Boston, and over the course of three hours, dumped 342 chests of tea into the water, which to some degree advanced the idea of an American Revolution.But referencing science fiction villains, and American history was not the end of this red light camera tag-team tirade.“The Red Light Camera program is the most illegal law ever passed,” said another speaker, while another said he would have the City Council arrested for violating their oath of office, and sue them for $250,000 each. “These red light cameras are anti-American, and politicians who vote for them are tyrants,” said a man with a t-shirt stating the same message.For each of them, there was applause at the end of their speech from the capacity crowd, and no one spoke in favor of the red light camera program during public comments.Captain Randy Fernandez of the Apopka Police Department led off the official beginning of the City Council’s discussion on the issue with a presentation that drew on statistics, videos of drivers caught on camera behaving badly, and news accounts dispelling some of the common misconceptions about red light cameras, like shortened yellow lights and increasing rear-end crashes. Fernandez is a 28-year veteran of public safety in Apopka. He is a strong proponent of red light cameras and insists that it is a 100% safety program.He also wanted to make it clear that while he is a proponent for red light cameras, he isn’t a spokesperson for the program.“I’m not here to sell anything,” he said. “That’s not what my job is. What I’m saying is it’s one of the things that help us do our job. My goal and my whole heart are for the city and the people who live here and how I can help them be safe.”He also wanted to point out that red light cameras are not the miracle worker of public safety, but rather a piece to the puzzle.“It’s a behavior modification tool so that people think about what they are doing. Is it the panacea? No, it’s not. But if we can make them think about what they’re doing… Everybody’s been on the Turnpike. What do you do when you see a trooper in the median? You lift your foot off the gas, maybe hit the brake and look at your speedometer. That’s a behavior. And that’s the goal that I’m looking for. Red light camera programs are just one component of an overall traffic safety program. It’s a tool in our tool box. Just like a taser, or a radar gun, or fingerprint reader or DNA. They’re all tools that we use.”Commissioner Kyle Becker was skeptical of the program’s effectiveness at the last City Council meeting, and no data he saw in the past two weeks changed his opinion.Captain Randy Fernandez: “I’m not here to sell anything. That’s not my job.”“First let me say thanks to (APD) Chief (Michael) McKinley, Captain Fernandez and the entire APD staff for putting together the data we received,” he said. “Obviously, it helps us make a more objective decision when we’re thinking about those things. When I started thinking about this, I asked myself what is the point of the program… and Captain Fernandez said it several times – it’s about reducing violations. But if we look at 2015 over 2014 in terms of increased traffic, the data shows that traffic increased 8.75%, with a 37% increase in violations. 2016 over 2015 there was 0.9% increase in traffic with a 3.9% increase in violations. So the point I’m trying to make is that even with increased traffic volume we’re still outpacing that in violations, so we can’t draw a direct line to increased traffic as contributing to that problem.”Becker continued his analysis of the red light program until Mayor Joe Kilsheimer asked a question.“Commissioner (Becker) I’ve listened to your recitation of the data, and I’m still trying to understand your big point,” Kilsheimer said. “Your big point… let me see if I can state it… Is your big point that the data you’re reading doesn’t support the notion that the program reduces crashes?”“I’m saying both – it doesn’t reduce crashes or violations,” Becker answered.“Wouldn’t the question on the flipside be ‘does it increase safety’?” Kilsheimer asked.“How do we define safety?” said Becker.“It’s hard to define whether or not safety is affected because you can never tell the story of how many lives were saved or how many crashes were avoided because of the changing driver behavior,” Kilsheimer said. “That big point can only be told in anecdotal ways. Here’s what I know – at the corner of Park (Avenue) and Main (Street)… and I’ve lived in Apopka for 30 years… before red light cameras when the yellow light turned on, people would accelerate and jam the intersection. After red light cameras were installed… after a few people got tickets… people started to stop at Park and Main. So anecdotally I can tell you it has increased driver safety, but I can’t give you a single statistic that supports that other than what the police department has shown.”“And that’s what I’m trying to do here is take out the anecdotes and go by the data they have provided,” Becker responded. “I’m trying to let the data paint a picture, and we just don’t have a lot of non-anecdotal data to make a solid decision for me personally.”Pedestrian safety was at the forefront of why Commissioner Diane Velazquez believes the red light cameras have been effective.“At some of the busy intersections, red light cameras provide protection for pedestrians,” she said. “Before the red light cameras, I used to see cars make a fast right turn and I would see school children just kind of race across because cars were making that right turn too fast. Now at the busy intersections, I see them stopping, and so there is safety for pedestrians to cross. To get rid of all the red light cameras would be creating that pattern all over again for the pedestrians. I want some walkability for the community. Especially for our school children. For our elderly. For many in our community who use public transportation. That is a big concern for me.”Commissioner Billie Dean heard the audience loud and clear and became their advocate in the Council’s discussion.“The public is not comfortable with red light cameras, and we serve the public,” he said. “We must try and work with the public. We’re not doing what the public wants us to do. The public is not happy with the red light cameras.”Recidivism is the tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior, and as it relates to red light cameras, it was the statistic that moved Commissioner Doug Bankson to a yes vote. According to the City of Apopka’s Intersection Safety Program document provided to the City Council for this meeting, the recidivism rate is 82%, which means only 18% of red light camera violators will re-violate.“I have my personal feelings, and I have my responsibilities as a public servant, so I’ve got to weigh all of those things,” said Bankson. “Yes, there are two issues. There’s revenue, and there’s safety. One of the things that weighed on me was the recidivism rate because you can’t look at the raw data… it’s not always two-plus-two-equals-four because it’s a probability factor. We saw videos. Some of the drivers went zooming through the red light, and thankfully there was no car in front of them, and others someone was in front of them, and there was an accident. So every light that’s run increases the probability. And there’s no way to put a specific or direct correlation on probabilities other than probabilities are a factor. But the fact that recidivism is going down… that’s a solid number based on good data. That pushes me to understand there is a safety factor in it.”Kilsheimer made a final statement before calling for a motion.“At the end of the day, the voters hire us to make decisions and sometimes those are tough decisions. And the voters hire elected officials to look at all the information. To look at everything on both sides. To weigh the pros and cons. One of the things we heard last week at the effectiveness workshop… one of the pieces of advice that we got was ‘don’t out-expert the expert’ because we are essentially lay people. We’re not public safety experts (although Commissioner Velazquez is a retired NYPD detective). But we have a police chief and a police captain, attorneys and traffic engineers who say this is an effective traffic safety program and a legal program. When you weigh all of it, in terms of creating safe conditions, this program contributes to that. So when you boil it all down, I fall on the side of this being a worthy program that deserves our support.”He also affirmed the process of public comments and a spirited debate between the City Council.“This has been a valuable exercise,” he said. “We have flushed out every topic. There’s not a single topic anyone has with this program that has not been expressed and vetted here tonight. We’ve done it all. We’ve done it top-to-bottom.”Before the vote, Becker made a final rebuttal.“I’m going to bring it back to the facts. This document that we all received… I’m not going to make an ‘I feel’ or ‘I think’ proposition here. I want to base it in fact. Fact 1 – Violations have increased year-over-year for the past three years. Fact 2 – Crashes at red light intersections due to light-running have gone up. That’s a fact.”After Kilsheimer called for a motion, both Velazquez and Bankson affirmed with the caveat that a study should be done to determine where and how many cameras should be installed. Becker agreed and took it a step further.“The prudent thing to do would be to do the study up front. Based on those findings, let’s renew with ATS (American Traffic Solutions) or Redflex because we are basing our future direction in fact, not anecdotes.”The 3-2 vote means the contract with ATS will be renewed, but the debate will likely continue for the coming months leading to mayoral and city commission elections in Apopka.Kilsheimer, Bankson, and Velazquez voted in favor of the program, while Becker and Dean voted against it. Every time I ride toward town in Apopka coming from Plymouth on 441 and get right there just past Panara Bread on the right approaching the intersection I see the bright flashes of the cameras going off, and immediately think it is lightning and a storm is coming, and that I need to get on home. That must be one of the intersections that raises a lot of revenue, as it is always flashing, that goes into Errol Estate by the dentist office. June 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm I have been listening to the audio of the city council meeting. There were a lot of good speakers. I didn’t know there weren’t any red light cameras in the various cities in Seminole County. Aren’t they lucky? Or in Altamonte Springs either, plus they got a national safety award with all that traffic.? I know why, because they have the nastiest motorcycle cops around with eyes in the front, sides, and backs of their heads, ready to give you a ticket. I had one that stopped me and was going to give me 3 tickets and had his pad out, when he got a call to a crash and said he had to go, but lectured me and threatened me, and took off. Very nasty! Be very careful near Pearl Lake Causeway and the Altamonte Mall area down Palm Springs Dr. Reply Reply June 23, 2017 at 7:41 am Reply Reply Everyone I know takes alternative route to bypass these cameras. Myself included will continue to do so. Do I run lights, No. Just don’t trust the system.DONALD WILLIS Reply When did the plaque of locusts of the red-light cameras start up nationwide? It must have been sometime after 2000 or Y2K. We were warned about bad happenings of Y2K to come, and it has been a lot of bad things since then for sure. My cousin in another state said they had them (cameras) but they got rid of them. The state legislators need to get to work on this ASAP. Mama Mia June 23, 2017 at 4:31 pm Mama Mia June 24, 2017 at 4:47 pm What we also need to have is speed detection cameras. Reply June 23, 2017 at 4:19 pm June 23, 2017 at 4:28 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply TAGSApopka City CommissionRed Light Camera Program Previous articlePublic meeting on new Errol development scheduled for JulyNext articleAre you born to sell? Salary/Commission opportunity awaits Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR If you think the city is doing this just for revenue, exactly how hard is it to understand, DON’T GIVE IT TO THEM! Drive like you are REQUIRED to drive under the law! Don’t run red lights, come to a complete stop before turning right on red! The whiners are those who want to run red lights and don’t want to get caught! That’s as obvious as the rising of the sun!!! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img Hardly a day goes by that I don’t see a Red Light Violation in Apopka! Mama Mia 10 COMMENTS Donald Willis Mama Mia Reply Please enter your name here Mama Mia Well I see the regulars at the Apopka City Council in the photo above. Happy Belated Birthday Mayor Kilsheimer. Over 60 now huh? Well welcome to the club, and ain’t it awful?!! I thought it was bad when I got my first grey hair, when a sales lady asked me if I had a senior citizen discount card the very first time, and my first AARP invitation arrived in the mail, before turning 50, now this just sucks! LOL And…..my Mama was soooo amused at the time. Reply June 23, 2017 at 10:18 am Please enter your comment! Mama Mia Ernie The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Seargent Sanders You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Seargent Sanders Did I hear one speaker correctly say he was a recovering Republican? LOL…..Judge Webster rocks! Also listening to Commissioner Velazquez talk about being a NYC police officer made me wonder, do they have red-light cameras in NYC? June 24, 2017 at 4:49 pm Mark Byrd is running for District 2 Orange County Commission seat……go Class of 74 Blue Darters, the finest class of all of Apopka!…LOL and Daddy Brummer and Christine is going to run for District 2 too? Christine, I see you still have a campaign sign up at Poncan and Rock Springs Road for school board. I was biting my lip to keep from saying it is time for your election sign to come down, it was in Aug. after all, but I thought you were getting a jump start on the next school board election, kind of like Trump is doing getting a jump on campaigning for 2020. Now, since I see that is not the case, Christine, you can take your school board election sign down, if you are going to run for the commission seat instead. You are confusing me what you are up to running for……got your running shoes on?????? June 23, 2017 at 4:53 pm Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Charities face £10.1 billion funding gap over next six months

first_imgCharities face £10.1 billion funding gap over next six months  540 total views,  2 views today “The figures are highly concerning and are broadly in line with emerging findings from our joint survey of charities with the IoF, NCVO and PWC, full details of which we hope to release next week.“As we look towards planning for post Covid-19 recovery and the impending economic crisis, it’s essential to the nation’s economic and social recovery that government invest in and use civil society expertise, knowledge and networks to help rebuild. The work of charities is never more needed to support people and communities hardest hit by Covid-19.“Recent research shows that the original projected loss of income to the sector of £4.3bn to May 2020 was largely correct and that set against the government’s response to date of £750m, the gap is ever widening and impact on beneficiaries felt ever more keenly precisely at a time when charities are needed the most and have the vital services that people need.” Tagged with: COVID-19 Finance Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 UK charities are facing a £10.1 billion funding gap over the next six months as a result of Covid-19, with incomes expected to drop by £6.7 billion at the same time as demand for their support rises by the equivalent of £3.4 billion, according to new analysis from Pro Bono Economics (PBE).The analysis draws on Pro Bono Economic’s latest weekly charity tracker survey, covering 261 civil society organisations across the UK. 88% of those responding say they expect Covid-19 to reduce their income over the coming six months relative to pre-crisis plans, and well over half (59%) say they have had to significantly reduce their activity in response.Many charities have sought additional funding, with half saying they have applied for emergency support from non-government sources and more than one-in-three (37%) applying for a share of the £900 million of support earmarked for the sector by the government. However, PBE points out that with these sources not available to all, one-in-ten (12%) of charities say they expect to cease operating altogether before the start of December.Simultaneously, there has been a sharp increase in demand for the services of many charities with the survey showing that 72% expect demand to rise over the next six months in response to the crisis. To meet this surge in demand, PBE estimates that the sector would require an additional £3.4 billion of resource, meaning that the estimated £6.7 billion income hit is generating an overall funding ‘gap’ of some £10.1 billion.PBE says that small charities, with incomes of less than £500,000 a year, are especially exposed to the income squeeze. Its survey suggests that close to two-in-three (63%) in this group have already reduced their activity in a significant way, with 45% saying they have grown more pessimistic about their situation over the past week, and that one-in-eight (13%) expecting to go out of business within six months.Matt Whittaker, Chief Executive of Pro Bono Economics, commented:“If we don’t funnel more resource to charities in the coming weeks, it’s clear that many will struggle to survive.“The fact that one-in-ten charities expect to go under in the next six months is on its own a shocking enough statistic. But once we add in the significant constraints being faced by many of those organisations that do survive, we’re looking at a huge hit to the overall capacity of the sector – with implications for all of us.“The significant scale of the support being provided by government is of course very welcome – as is the generous help being provided by the public in the form of donations and volunteering – but it’s not enough. Charities’ incomes are under great strain at precisely the same time that demand for their assistance is rising, generating a £10.1 billion funding gap that translates into huge unmet demand.”Roberta Fusco, Director Policy and Communications, CFG on behalf of a coalition of charities coming together in the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign, also commented, saying: Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  541 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Melanie May | 10 June 2020 | Newslast_img read more

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Journalist on hunger strike for justice

first_img Reporters Without Borders said today it was concerned about the health of Kenyan photo-journalist Wallace Gichere, who was taken unconscious to a Nairobi hospital on 15 July after being on hunger strike for eight days in a bid to win compensation for police brutality that left him paralysed.”We will hold you responsible if anything happens to him,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to Kenyan attorney-general (justice minister) Amos Wako. “It is you duty to provide justice and repair this grave error” by paying the due compensation immediately.In 1991, Gichere, then chief photographer of the government-owned Kenya Times, was thrown out of a fourth-floor window by 15 policemen who broke into his flat and accused him of writing anti-government articles for foreign media and sending information to Amnesty International. He was also an active member of a pro-democracy group with links to a former presidential candidate.The government accepted a recommendation by the Kenya Human Rights Commission to pay damages to him but did not do so. Wako said after a meeting with him that his demands for compensation were excessive.Reporters Without Borders notes that on 22 June, investigative journalist and human rights activist Argwings Odera was forced to flee Kenya for South Africa after coming under heavy pressure. April 6, 2020 Find out more Reports Organisation KenyaAfrica Receive email alerts Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent News Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists KenyaAfrica to go furthercenter_img June 13, 2019 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 27, 2020 Find out more July 19, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist on hunger strike for justice Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Follow the news on Kenya Newslast_img read more

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€30 for children “an insult”.

first_imgPrint RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement LIMERICK parents have described as “insulting” proposals to allow people who rejoin the workforce keep €30 a week per child of their social welfare allowance.Under changes budget being drawn up by Tánaiste Joan Burton, a parent who takes a low-paid job would be able to keep welfare payments – known as qualified child increases – worth up to €30 per child a week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Those who qualify would be entitled to hold on to the payment for up to three years, although it would reduce gradually over this time.But for parents who will have to pay for childcare should they return to work the amount is a pittance, Limerick support group for separated parents, Families, has said.In a week where the group – originally set up to support separated men who were denied access to their children – were holding their first group meeting for separated mothers, spokesman Joe Wallace said the parents who use the service regard the move as “an insult”.“We’ve heard from people involved with our service on the issue and they say it is an insult. The women particularly are angry about it. Parents are being offered €30 a week for each child to go into low-paid employment but the mothers here tell us it costs an average of €30 a day to put a child into a crèche”.Mr Wallace said that families experiencing poverty need real issues addressed. “This is no real incentive for people to go back to work. You have to ask who comes up with these bright ideas? Who is going to take a job and be delighted to keep €30 a week when it costs that much to put a child in care for a day?”“In order to make work pay, we know that the biggest difficulties are experienced by those with children,” Ms Burton said. “This will provide a significant additional financial incentive for these families, particularly if a parent is heading into an entry-level job.”The Tánaiste said details were still being worked on, but had the support of the Fine Gael party. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img NewsBreaking news€30 for children “an insult”.By Bernie English – September 17, 2014 608 WhatsApp Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Twitter TAGSfeaturedJobslimerick Linkedin Previous articleMore than 500 calls from Limerick to seniors help lineNext articleFree tests in Limerick to protect against sight loss Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. last_img read more

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first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Facebook WhatsApp TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 Pinterest Twitter BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Shannon Sbar, Vice President of Channels, North America, to its exclusive list of the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs for 2021, marking the fifth year in a row that she has been named to this list. The prestigious CRN ® Channel Chiefs list, released annually, recognizes leading IT channel vendor executives who continually demonstrate outstanding leadership, influence, innovation and growth. As Vice President of Channel, Sbar is responsible for driving revenue, strategy and profitability within the North American Channels organization. Under her vision and direction, the Channel team – which consists of IT Distribution, National Solution Providers, Electrical Distribution, the OEM Channel, Retail, Ecommerce Partners, Field Sales and Channel Marketing – is focused on increasing business effectiveness, creating strategic relationships, driving growth and improving customer satisfaction. Partners faced a significantly challenging year in 2020, so Sbar and her team quickly pivoted and adapted the business’ strategies to ensure partners had the support they needed – both with the right people and programs. Over the last year, she led initiatives to better support partners through the power of simplification. The team kickstarted its partner program revolution by relaunching its opportunity registration program as ORP Simplified to reduce complexities and increase discounts at a critical time for partners. They also focused on go-to-market strategies and unveiled software and digital services to enable greater agility and success for partners. “Since joining the company over a dozen years ago, Shannon has continued to exemplify the leadership needed to help our organization do what we do best – helping our partner community overcome today’s challenges so they’re successful now and in the future,” said Jay Owen, Senior Vice President, North America Secure Power division, Schneider Electric. “Shannon has a unique ability to understand what it means to be a true partner to both her colleagues and to our extensive channel community. We could not be prouder that she has been named to this prestigious list for the fifth year in a row.” The 2021 Channel Chiefs are prominent leaders who have influenced the IT channel with cutting-edge strategies, programs and partnerships. All honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff based on their dedication, industry prestige, and exceptional accomplishments as channel advocates. The 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs were chosen by the CRN editorial staff as the individuals who stand at the very top of this elite group. These top executives have cultivated the greatest professional and channel achievements, and their leadership will greatly impact the future IT community, driving growth and innovation. “CRN’s 2021 Channel Chiefs list includes the industry’s biggest channel evangelists, a group of individuals who work tirelessly on behalf of their partners and drive growth through the development of strong partner programs and innovative business strategies that help bring business-critical solutions to market,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “The Channel Company is proud to recognize these channel influencers and looks forward to following their continued success.” CRN’s 2021 Channel Chiefs list, including the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs, will be featured in the February 2021 issue of CRN ® Magazine and online at www.CRN.com/ChannelChiefs. About Schneider Electric Schneider’s purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. We call this Life Is On. Our mission is to be your digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency. We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries. We are the most local of global companies. We are advocates of open standards and partnership ecosystems that are passionate about our shared Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive, and Empowered values. www.se.com About The Channel Company The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelcompany.com Follow The Channel Company:Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. © 2021. CRN is a registered trademark of The Channel Company, LLC. All rights reserved. Discover Life Is On Discover EcoStruxure Follow us on: https://twitter.com/SchneiderElec https://www.facebook.com/SchneiderElectric?brandloc=DISABLE https://www.linkedin.com/company/schneider-electric https://www.youtube.com/user/SchneiderCorporate https://www.instagram.com/schneiderelectric/ http://blog.se.com/ View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005114/en/ CONTACT: Schneider Electric Thomas Eck Tel.: 917-797-4974 [email protected] Channel Company Jennifer Hogan The Channel Company [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: DATA MANAGEMENT CONSUMER ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY BUILDING SYSTEMS UTILITIES SOFTWARE NETWORKS INTERNET ENERGY HARDWARE SOURCE: Schneider Electric Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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