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Legal & General partner with Hospice UK for Hospice Care Week

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  186 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 FTSE 100 insurer Legal & General is supporting Hospice UK through this week’s Hospice Care Week (9 – 15 October 2017). The partnership is designed to raise awareness and understanding of the work carried out by hospices.The partnership includes an event at the Legal & General offices in Hove to celebrate everyone involved in producing and supporting hospice care.Legal & General staff have raised thousands of pounds for their local hospices over the years, and provided other voluntary work.The company has over 9.5 million customers in the UK.SEE ALSO: Legal & General supports Action on Stroke Month campaign (1 September 2014)Graham Precey, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Legal & General, said of their Hospice Care Week collaboration: “Our new partnership aims to help raise awareness and understanding of the work hospices do and the very important role they play in our communities and in individual lives…“This new relationship supports our wider commitment to our health and wellbeing programme for our colleagues that encompasses diversity and inclusion, good mental health and support for carers.”Emily Lever, Corporate Partnerships Manager for Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care, added: “Every year, hospices across the country provide incredible care and support to more than 200,000 people who are living with terminal illness, and their families. “But there are still one in four families who are not getting the care they need at the end of life. That is around 100,000 people who are missing out. Hospice UK is thrilled to be working in partnership with Legal & General to help make sure that hospice care is there for every person in need.” Legal & General partner with Hospice UK for Hospice Care Week Tagged with: corporate hospice Research / statistics Public understanding of hospices – survey resultsThe promotional work of the partnership is timely. A new survey conducted in advance of Hospice Care Week has found that only three (57%) in five Britons know that hospice care is free.Hospice care is provided free of charge to people with terminal and life-limiting conditions. Charitable hospices cover the bulk of costs of providing this care through a mixture of charitable fundraising, such as community events and charity shops. Hospices also receive some statutory funding.The survey also highlighted that 31% of UK adults think hospice care is available only in a hospice building. Less than half of UK adults (45%) are aware that hospice care is available in community settings such as at home and in care homes.  In fact only a small percentage of hospicecare (14%) is provided in hospice in-patient units.Despite the lack of awareness, the findings of the survey by leading pollster ComRes – which was commissioned by Hospice UK – suggest that the UK public views hospices very positively.More than nine in ten people (92%) said they are “an important asset to their community” and more than eight in ten of those surveyed (82%) agreed that hospices are “the best way to help people die peacefully and with dignity”.In addition 37% of those surveyed said they would be willing to volunteer for a hospice and 14% said they would be “very willing” to work in a hospice.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11  185 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Howard Lake | 12 October 2017 | Newslast_img read more

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Veolia/Transdev – ‘Evil Corp’

first_imgAs the Boston School Bus Drivers, Steelworkers Local 8751, move into a crucial stretch of their struggle to rehire their four fired leaders, and for a just contract and safety for Boston’s school children, Workers World newspaper here examines their primary opponent, Transdev Services Inc., formerly Veolia Transportation Services.Andre Francois and Stevan KirschbaumThis notorious corporation has earned the wrath of progressives throughout the world, from those seeking justice for Palestine, including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, to environmentalists, anti-privatization activists, and fighters for labor and the rights of disabled people.While the Boston Public Schools management and Mayor Marty Walsh  should have ultimate control of their contractor, Transdev/Veolia, this evil corporation’s actions in its two-year battle with the school bus drivers raise questions about whether this is a case of “the tail wagging the dog.”To investigate more about Veolia’s tactics,  WW reached out to others across the country who have had run-ins with Transdev/Veolia.First, this WW reporter talked to Chris Finn, president of Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1555, comprised of Bay Area Rapid Transit workers. BART workers were forced into a strike in 2013. (See “Two workers die as BART management operates trains during strike in California” at workers.org)Workers World: “Why did BART management engage Thomas Hock of Veolia on their negotiating team during negotiations for the BART contract?”Chris Finn: “BART has a notorious history of labor relations. Despite a concessionary contract in 2009 following the start of the Great Recession, and both managers and members of the Board of Directors acknowledging they would need to reward the workers in 2013 for their role in helping the agency’s financial state, BART hired Tom Hock in October 2012, writing that they determined well before negotiations began that they would need to engage in “traditional” bargaining practices, which is the adversarial form, compared with what is known as Interest Based Bargaining.“An independent consultant hired by the BART Board of Directors to look into what went wrong with the 2013 negotiations stated in the 225-page public report that Hock was one of the main problems and that he knew and informed management early on that the position they took would cause a strike. ATU had representatives from around the country come to the Bay Area to discuss the role of Tom Hock in causing public transit strikes when he was at the table.“The strikes were unfair labor practice strikes, based on a growing number of ULPs. Hock’s strategy was to force a strike and try to outlast the union. There were no attempts to bargain and reach resolution.”WW: “What role did Hock play during the negotiations?”CF: “He was the chief negotiator for BART. He wasn’t initially hired for that role.  He was hired supposedly as a consultant to assist, but they ended up moving their own head of Labor Relations to the side and upping Hock’s contract to take over as chief negotiator. Even when he was sent back to Cincinnati, he attempted to prevent BART from negotiating an agreement with the unions and ending the strike.”WW: “What was the outcome of your struggle?”CF: “BART ended up receiving a lot of bad press and being seen as having lots of problems. They received a 225-page report outlining the main problems with BART negotiations. We ended up with a 4-year contract. Hock was gone by then. He was sent away before negotiations were concluded. We had three federal mediators there and had the framework for a deal while Hock was out of town for a few days. When he came back, he piled on a few concessions that were guaranteed to cause a strike, which was what precipitated the second strike when the two fatalities occurred. He left at the beginning of the second strike to go to Cincinnati and BART finished it without him, though he was still attempting to prevent them from settling.“We also had a bunch of ‘last best final offers’ — at least six, maybe more, all trying to provoke a strike, loaded with major concessions.”Stop Veolia SeattleGary Murchison and Susan KoppelmanWW photo: Hannah KirschbaumWorkers World also reached out to Susan Koppelman of “Stop Veolia Seattle,” where Veolia has had the contract for MetroAccess Paratransit service for disabled and elderly people since 2008.  At that time, 140 drivers represented by ATU Local 587 either lost their jobs or were forced to take pay cuts.The initial low-bid contract represented an annual $1 million cost savings to the county, but after the first year costs went up.  For the last four years, the county has paid at least $7 million more per year. (See Koppelman’s article, “Pressure mounts on executive Constantine to take action on Veolia,”  in the March 26 South Seattle Emerald.)WW: “How has Veolia/Transdev earned the wrath of so many people worldwide?”Susan Koppelman: “Veolia and its subsidiaries and spinoff companies like Transdev — which is 50 percent owned by Veolia and 50 percent owned by a French financial institution — have a horrendous track record of violations to human rights, labor rights and the environment globally.“Dating back to an imperial decree of Napoleon III, some of the first contracts this company held were providing public services to the French colonies, so there’s a direct line between the founding of the company and Veolia’s role in occupation, colonization and imperialism today.“Veolia is the largest privatizer of public water services in the world. Repeatedly Veolia has been found guilty of overcharging residents for water, while criminally underinvesting in water infrastructure, jeopardizing public health and safety.“In 2010, Paris ended its contract with French multinational Veolia and was able to lower the cost of water to consumers while also increasing investment in the public water infrastructure, proving that alternatives to privatization are not only viable but are greatly preferential.“However, in the same year that Paris was successful in escaping Veolia’s corporate stranglehold over their public water supply, the residents of Tucumán province in Argentina found their sovereignty and control over their public water supply undermined by the World Bank’s defense of Veolia, which then went by the name of Vivendi.“In 1996, consumer groups in Tucumán took action to halt Vivendi’s escalation of the cost of water to residents in the poor province. But the World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes ultimately ruled that the company had ‘a right to make a profit’ and awarded the company $105 million in damages, an amount nearly equal to 10 percent of the public debt of Tucumán province.“Trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership will only tip the scales further in favor of massively powerful corporations. It is imperative that we continue to take on corporate giants like Veolia and work for trade agreements that protect the rights of residents and the environment and maintain water as a public trust that cannot be sold to the highest bidder in the hopes of achieving racial and economic justice.“We must not allow corporations like Veolia to come in and profiteer from natural disasters or ongoing military occupation, like they have following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and in Palestine.”WW: “How did you come to learn about the Boston school bus drivers’ struggle against Veolia?”SK: [It was] “after I was already active in campaigns against Veolia for a number of years. I had the honor of meeting some of these incredibly strong and courageous drivers in the neighborhood where my grandmother grew up and where my father was born. I’m inspired by their epic stand for justice against these corporate bullies, and pray that the fired workers will have their jobs reinstated immediately.”Oppose Veolia from Boston to Palestine Dalit Baum, American Friends Service Committee’s Middle East Peace education director and co-founder of “Who Profits from the Occupation,” a research center, gave additional input.  She explained how the BDS movement supporting Palestine had successfully forced Veolia to sell off most of its companies supplying water and transportation services for illegal settlements in Occupied Palestine.However, the company still owns interests in Jerusalem’s light-rail service, which provides exclusive Israeli-only transportation to the illegal West Bank settlements.Whoprofits.org reported in September 2013, “Veolia is still involved in the occupation; in transferring waste to Tovlan landfill in the oPt [occupied Palestinian territories] through a subsidiary and in the light train through its shares in CityPass and Connex Jerusalem.” It further states that Veolia Environnement, through its subsidiary Transdev, still holds a 5-percent share in the CityPass Consortium, and Transdev fully owns Connex Jerusalem, which operates the trains.The USW Local 8751 bus drivers, with a mostly Haitian and Cape Verdean workforce, regularly show solidarity with other workers.  This militant local supports the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the struggles for rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and for people with disabilities. Importantly, these workers stand with the Palestinian people and oppose Veolia’s role on their occupied lands.It is time now for everyone to stand with this fighting union local in its final push for justice for its members and the schoolchildren of Boston.For more information, see Facebook Team Solidarity at tinyurl.com/pwk3ptb, bostonschoolbus5.org/ and workers.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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The ROI of Using Fungicides This Year in Indiana

first_img The ROI of Using Fungicides This Year in IndianaWith corn and soybean prices sharply lower than they were a year ago, many growers are looking for ways to cut expenses. But cutting out the use of fungicides may not be a wise choice. Andrew Fisher with Syngenta says, “Our data that goes back almost a decade from Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois that shows a V5 application in corn results in an 8-12 bpa increase in yield. Even with corn at $3.25 that is a $26.00 benefit and that is about a 2 to 1 ROI with Quilt XCel.” Fisher told HAT the figures for soybeans are about the same, “With an R1 application, a grower can see a 6-8 bpa increase with the use of Quadris Top SB fungicide and that is about a 3 to 1 return.”Not only will fungicides help with disease prevention and control in this cold wet year, but they have the proven benefit of improving plant health, especially in early crop development. Fisher said better root development and stalk strength in corn are benefits that will help improve yield and plant health, “We see greener plants, and that leads to better photosynthesis, and that will really help boost crop development when conditions are cool with a lack of growing units.” He added there are few crop inputs that can consistently deliver these kind of benefits and return on investment year after year.He stated that the timing of application for corn is rapidly approaching, “The optimal time for application in corn is the V5 state.” Fisher urges growers to walk their fields and assess the stage of their crops and be ready to apply, “If we get some heat in the next few weeks this crop will take off quickly, so don’t let the crop get ahead of you.” He said, in soybeans, the optimal time is R3, which this year will not likely be reached until late June or early July.His overall recommendation is to  sharpen the pencil and really look carefully at what factors are likely to improve yield. He said it is years like this one with less than optimal planting and early growing conditions where the use of a fungicide can have the most dramatic yield impact.For more information, visit www.quadristopsb-fungicide.com and https://www.syngentacropprotection.com/quilt-xcel-fungicide?tab=details. Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 By Gary Truitt – May 21, 2015 Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe The ROI of Using Fungicides This Year in Indiana Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Previous articleNCGA Action App Makes Advocacy EasyNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 All quotes are delayed snapshots SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News The ROI of Using Fungicides This Year in Indiana Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Facebook Twitter Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Name Sym Last Change Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

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FWTA regional transit passes no longer free for TCU community

first_imgprintThe Fort Worth Transit Authority (FWTA) has recently decided to end its free regional bus pass program for the TCU community. According to an e-mail Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Michael Russel sent to the TCU community last week, the “FWTA determined that this free Transit pass program was not an economically-sustainable service and ended the program effective this evening.”When it comes to TCU and the Fort Worth Transit Authority, the free ride is over.For the past 11 years the TCU community has had the option of using the Fort Worth Transit Authority (FWTA), where riders could obtain a free regional transit pass to travel the Dallas/Fort Worth area.FWTA stopped issuing free regional transit passes to TCU students, faculty and staff late last month. The program wasn’t economically sustainable.But there’s still options available for those who utilize public transportation in the area, according to an e-mail sent to the TCU community by Michael Russel, assistant vice-chancellor for student affairs.First, the BLUU information desk will have daily local bus passes available for the TCU community, which the university purchased from FWTA. These are for the local buses only, not for the TRE or DART.The nearest local bus stops are on campus on University Drive, and also by the 7/11 gas station on W. Berry Street.The local bus passes TCU is providing are free. Students are limited to seven passes a week; faculty and staff are limited to five a week. To be able to ride the buses, students must show each driver their student ID.Members of the TCU community may pick up their daily local bus passes at the BLUU Information Desk only, from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., any day of the week.Another option for those seeking to use public transportation in the area is the FWTA’s EasyRide Commuter program.Students that wish to ride the TRE and/or the DART may “obtain a regional monthly pass that includes FWTA bus services in Fort Worth, TRE (train) to and from Dallas and DART Services on the Dallas side,” according to Russel’s e-mail.According to FWTA’s website, “participants in EasyRide can choose services from the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Trinity Railway Express, Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Denton County Transportation Authority.”As of recently, the FWTA decided it will not require students to purchase a $2 FWTA ID card for local day passes for this program. However, a FWTA ID is required for regional passes.Russel said the FWTA nor himself has the information as to how many students used the regional transit passes in the past. The number of free transit passes used by students was never tracked.But, he said TCU would receive 10,000 passes from the FWTA each year. Russel said he guesses that half of them were picked up and never used.Russel also said TCU’s daily local bus pass program is temporary until a better plan is created. He said he estimates that a new plan won’t be set forth until at least a year from now.“Ultimately, my goal is whoever depends on the ride, that we can make it as easy as possible for them,” Russel said.Those interested in seeking more information on public transportation in the area may contact Russel at [email protected] Students may also find more information on the FWTA here. The FWTA was unavailable for comment.This story has been updated to reflect the correct amount of passes given to TCU students in the past. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Welcome TCU Class of 2025 TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TAGSphotos Linkedin ReddIt Facebook Previous articleTCU student recalls 9/11 attack on the PentagonNext articleSMS message TCU vs. ARK #1 Monica Dziak RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Monica Dziakhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/monica-dziak/ Unpaid internships: history, insight and TCU students’ stories Twitter Monica Dziakhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/monica-dziak/ Test anxiety, pressure on college students more common now than in pastcenter_img Monica is a senior journalism major and political science minor and film double minor from Houston, TX. Monica Dziakhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/monica-dziak/ ReddIt Monica Dziakhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/monica-dziak/ Facebook Twitter + posts Linkedin Monica Dziak The Fort Worth Transit Authority (FWTA) has recently decided to end the free regional bus pass program for the TCU community. According to an e-mail Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Michael Russel sent to the TCU community last week, the “FWTA determined that this free Transit pass program was not an economically-sustainable service and ended the program effective this evening.” Bluebonnet Circle workout studio owner stresses importance of community TCU considering on-campus centralized testing centerlast_img read more

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Cash-Out Refis Drive Default Risk

first_img Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Tagged with: cash-out refis Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Ginnie Mae government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Jonathan B. Glowacki Judith-Anne Brelih Milliman Inc. Milliman Mortgage Default Index (MMDI) Home / Daily Dose / Cash-Out Refis Drive Default Risk Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago cash-out refis Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Ginnie Mae government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Jonathan B. Glowacki Judith-Anne Brelih Milliman Inc. Milliman Mortgage Default Index (MMDI) 2021-05-05 Eric C. Peck Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Eric C. Peck According to consulting and actuarial firm Milliman Inc., during Q4 of 2020, mortgage demand continued to rise, with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae mortgage volume increasing more than 132% year-over-year, hitting record volume in the quarter.Milliman Mortgage Default Index (MMDI), which shows the latest monthly estimate of the lifetime default risk of U.S.-backed mortgages, remained nearly flat for GSE loans, inching down from 1.28% in Q3 to 1.27% in Q4, as interest rates remained low and home prices improved. The MMDI rate for Ginnie Mae loans increased slightly, from 7.39% in Q3 to 7.64% in Q4.During Q4 2020, mortgage demand remained strong, with volume for government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) acquisitions (purchased and refinanced loans backed by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae) increasing more than 132% year-over-year. When comparing the most recent GSE acquisitions to the prior quarter, default risk was generally consistent with 2020 Q3 originations. For 2020 Q4, 71% of the mortgage volume was attributable to refinance loans, compared to 68% in 2020 Q3. Loans guaranteed by Ginnie Mae experienced a slight increase in their default risk in 2020 Q4, relative to Q3. Of the Ginnie Mae loans originated during this quarter, approximately 56% were refinance loans.In terms of default risk, MMDI authors Jonathan B. Glowacki, Principal and Consulting Actuary for Milliman, and Judith-Anne Brelih, Associate Actuary for Milliman, found risk was generally consistent with 2020 Q3 originations, and as for 2020 Q4, 71% of the mortgage volume of the GSEs was attributed to refis, compared to 68% in 2020 Q3. Loans guaranteed by Ginnie Mae experienced a slight increase in their default risk in 2020 Q4 relative to Q3. Of the Ginnie Mae loans originated during this quarter, approximately 56% were refinance loans.Milliman found that one area of potentially increased levels of risk in the mortgage market has been an increase is cash-out refis over the past year, as in the second half of 2020, cash-out refinance volume increased to over $20 billion per month. Cash-out refi volume, which is typically seen as riskier loan products relative to rate/term refi mortgages, rose significantly for the quarter, averaging approximately $5 billion per month from 2014 through 2019, and approximately $2.5 billion per month for Ginnie Mae.”Leading up to the global financial crisis, cash-out refinance mortgage loans were a significant driver of risk, as many borrowers extracted equity from growing home prices,” said Glowacki. “While cash-out refinance volume has increased significantly in 2020 and 2021, we believe the risk is now somewhat mitigated by tighter underwriting standards, namely capped LTV ratios.” 25 days ago 566 Views Cash-Out Refis Drive Default Riskcenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: How Telework Will Impact Home-Location Preferences Next: Brian Montgomery & Colleagues Launch Gate House Strategies Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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Staggering 225% increase in mobile phone detections in Donegal

first_img WhatsApp Twitter By News Highland – April 18, 2019 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Staggering 225% increase in mobile phone detections in Donegal Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The number of motorists in Donegal caught by Gardai holding their mobile phones while driving is up by a staggering 225% in the first two months of this year. The data was compared to figures from January and February of 2018.Drivers detected holding their mobile phone receive three penalty points and a fixed charge of €60.Seatbelt, speed and drink drink driving offences have all increased in the county over the same period.Inspector Michael Harrison is urging motorists ahead of the Easter weekend to put their mobile phones away:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/hdfgdfgdfgdfgarrison.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Google+center_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Previous articleNo provision for council to suspend or remove Cllr O’DonnellNext articleUpdate : Cllrs vote to censure Cllr John O’Donnell News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

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Colley Complex enjoys successful Mardi Gras Gala

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… “The success of the Mardi Gras Gala belongs to the community,” Jordan said. “The Colley Senior Complex sits on the shoulders of our community. It takes all of us working together to make this event successful – our Foundation Board, our mayor and city council and our senior center and community volunteers. We want everyone to have a good time and we want everybody to be safe so we depend on our police and fire departments and the Double Branch for providing their buses. We appreciate everyone who had a part in making the 2018 Mardi Gras Gala a success.”Jordan said the annual gala is an opportunity for people of all ages and from all walks of life to come together for a time of fellowship, fun and fundraising.“Everyone came together in support of our senior adults and of the Colley Senior Complex,” Jordan said. “All of the funds raised by the gala will support the different programs and activities at the center. The funds could be used to buy art supplies and maybe the food for our movie and lunch events, just a number of things.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopen Jordan has designed a portion of the funds raised to the purchase of a new piano for the center.“Our music class has grown and continues to grow,” Jordan said. “Jim Wadowick is our instructor and I know he will be so excited when he walks in one day to find a new piano. Now, it won’t be a baby grand but it will be brand new. This is one need that we have that will be filled, thanks to the gala.”Jordan said the Colley Senior Complex currently has bout 50 different programs available.“We have between 800 and 1,000 seniors who participated in those programs each month,” she said. “Some come for only one activity but most come for several programs and/or activities. Some of our seniors come twice in one day. They might come for exercise in the morning and be back in the afternoon for a card game.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 10:20 am Tuesday, February 13, 2018 You Might Like Jordan said those ages 50 and over and those with physical limitations are eligible to participate in the programs and activities at the Colley Senior Complex.For more information, visit the complex on Elm Street in Troy or call 334-808-8500. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Colley Complex enjoys successful Mardi Gras Gala Pike County man set to face trial today for robbery A Pike County man is set to face trial this morning on a charge of first-degree robbery in connection with… read morecenter_img Email the author By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel 12345678910111213PrevNextStartStop For a short while, the fun and laughter at the 2018 Mardi Gras Ball Saturday night subsided. As the names in the $10,000 drawdown were called, times were tense, down to the last five names.“At that time, those that were holding those five tickets were given the option of stopping the drawdown and splitting the money,” said Catherine Jordan, director of the sponsoring Colley Senior Complex. “The majority rules, so those five tickets holders split the $10,000 with each of them getting $2,000. Congratulations went to Lou Emma Green, Beth Milton, Senior Girls Trip, June Kendrick and Escherika Williams.”And it was congratulations all around for yet another successful Mardi Gras Ball, which is an annul fundraiser for the Colley Senior Complex in Troy. By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content Latest Stories Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsonlast_img read more

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Embattled Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello resigns after weeks of protests

first_imgAlex Wong/Getty Images(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Gov. Ricardo Rossello, the embattled leader of Puerto Rico, has resigned after weeks of protest and multiple declarations he would remain in office through January 2021. Rossello, who has faced intense pressure from protesters and politicians to step down after the leak of offensive text messages between the governor and his top aides, made the announcement in a livestreamed message late Wednesday. His resignation is effective Aug. 2 at 5 p.m.He and his staff are accused of making homophobic, misogynistic and sexist comments against opponents and critics and mocking victims of Hurricane Maria.In a lengthy message, Rossello cited the accomplishments of his administration when it comes to infrastructure, corruption reforms and LGBT rights. He also noted the challenges the island faced after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.“I hope that this decision will serve as a call for citizen reconciliation that we need so much to move forward with the welfare of Puerto Rico as its north,” Rossello said in the remarks announcing his resignation. “I complete my mandate and the most I desire is peace and progress.”Secretary of Justice Wanda Vazquez will become the next governor of Puerto Rico.“I understand he made the right decision, for the good of both his family and for Puerto Rico, as I let him know,” Vazquez said in a statement. “He just announced that this resignation will not be effective today. We will be working together to have a responsible and transparent transition process.”The streets of San Juan have been filled with protesters over the past 11 days. Tens of thousands turned out to massive protests on Monday, which ended in police firing tear gas at some protesters late in the night.The governor’s resignation comes after Ricardo Llerandi, Rossello’s chief of staff, announced Tuesday he was resigning, which will go into effect on July 31. Llerandi was one of the two government aides who survived the firings after the release of nearly 900 pages of Telegram group chats that prompted outcry.“The people have spoken,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, one of the targets of Rossello’s vulgar chats, told ABC News. “Justice has prevailed. Puerto Ricans have shown the world that there is nothing that a people united cannot accomplish. Puerto Ricans have shown the world that evil can be defeated and that the power is in the streets. We are witnessing the birth of a new era a new sense of pride and a new principle of governance. I am prouder than ever today to be Puerto Rican.”Protesters made it clear that the resignation they sought was that of Rossello. Three days before his announcement, the governor said in a video address he would not step down in the face of protests, but also would not seek reelection in 2020.He also stepped down as the leader of the New Progressive Party. The announcement had the opposite of its intended effect, with protesters turning out in droves the following day.Reports of Rossello’s possible resignation prompted cheers from hundreds of protesters Tuesday evening, but the official announcement didn’t come for 24 hours.“We want a government that really represents us, that is working there for the people of Puerto Rico and not for their own benefit and the benefit of their own friends,” protester Daphne Lebron told ABC News on Monday.The nearly 900 pages of text messages were obtained by the Puerto Rico Center for Investigative Journalism and posted on July 13. Among the chats, Rossello and aides used homophobic slurs when discussing Puerto Rican music star Ricky Martin, disparaged San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz as “off her meds” and said he was “salivating” to shoot her, referred to former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito as a “whore” and joked about the corpses piling up during Hurricane Maria.Protests have followed every day since.The 40-year-old Rossello is the son of a former governor and has served since January 2017, eight months before Hurricane Maria came ashore and delivered unprecedented destruction to the island. Almost 3,000 people died in the storm, which delivered massive destruction to homes and businesses and knocked out power to large swaths of the island for months.President Donald Trump, most of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and scores of politicians from Puerto Rico itself have called on Rossello to resign. Even the mayor of San Sebastian, Javier Jimenez Perez, the one person Rossello was able to cite as a supporter during an interview with Fox News on Monday, told ABC News he does not support the governor.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Boston Marathon runners brave brutal cold, wind and rain

first_img Written by April 16, 2018 /Sports News – National Boston Marathon runners brave brutal cold, wind and rain FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Heavy flooding rain and gusty winds are pummeling residents from Boston through Washington, D.C. — but that isn’t stopping Boston Marathon runners this morning.As the race began in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the temperature was a chilly 40 degrees with a wind chill of 29 degrees, and wind gusts reached 30 mph. The first wave started at 8:40 a.m. and the final wave started at 11:15 a.m.The rain is expected to get much heavier later in the day.  The marathon comes one day after the five-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.The April 15, 2013, attack killed three marathon spectators and injured over 200 others. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was also killed by one of the attackers. “Without the heroes that day could have been so much worse than it was,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Sunday. “And the heroes represented in many respects the very best of Boston, the very best of the Commonwealth and the very best of mankind.”  “The heroes won,” Baker said. However “for those people who lost someone that day or in the subsequent days of the evens that surrounded the incidents themselves, that is pretty cold comfort. What I would say to them, having had a chance to watch them do all they can to find purpose and hope and possibility in the wreckage of the events of that day, you are heroes.“And the same goes for those people who were damaged by the events of that day who have found a positive path forward and a way to build a new life. A different one, but a good one, on the heels of that tragedy,” Baker said. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Shabby estate agent’s money firm fined £23m over AML breaches

first_imgA business owned by a former estate agent who operated both businesses out of careworn offices has been fined a record £23m for breaching money laundering laws.Luton-based money transfer firm MT Global was handed HMRC ‘s biggest ever fine – three times the last biggest fine of £7.8m, given to a money service bureau in London in 2019.MT Global racked up the huge bill for failing to carry out risk assessments, having the correct policies, controls and procedures, conducting due diligence, and record keeping.Director, Canadian Mazhar Hussain (pictured), was formerly an estate agent running Global Estates and Lettings Ltd (pictured, above), as well as a travel agency, both in Luton and dissolved in 2015 and 2016 respectively.His current company, MT Global, might struggle to pay the £23,828,092 fine however, as its most recent accounts recorded net assets of £154,000. The firm could not be reached for comment.HMRC has published its latest list of businesses handed fines in 2020 for breaching strict regulations aimed at preventing criminals from laundering illicit cash, also naming Landmark Sales & Lettings Limited in Reading for failing to conduct due diligence and timing of verification. The agent was given a £5,250 fine.Organised crimeNick Sharp, deputy director at HMRC’s fraud investigation service, says: “Money laundering is not a victimless crime. Criminals use laundered cash to fund serious organised crime, from drug importation to child sexual exploitation, human trafficking and even terrorism.“We’re here to help businesses protect themselves from those who would prey on their services. That includes taking action against the minority who fail to meet their legal obligations under the regulations as this record fine clearly shows.”The Neg’s guide to AML compliance.global estates and lettings global travel money MT global Mazhar Hussain January 11, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Shabby estate agent’s money firm fined £23m over AML breaches previous nextRegulation & LawShabby estate agent’s money firm fined £23m over AML breachesMazhar Hussain until recently operated a sales and lettings firm but has now been fined over AML irregularities at his money transfer company.Nigel Lewis11th January 202103,762 Viewslast_img read more

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