GambleAware names Peter Holt as new financial chief

first_img Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has appointed Peter Holt as its new chief financial officer. Holt most recently worked for Health Education England and also spent time with the NHS. Topics: Casino & games People Strategy Bingo Slots Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Slot Machines Bingo AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter GambleAware names Peter Holt as new financial chief 7th October 2019 | By contenteditor Problem gambling funding body GambleAware has appointed Peter Holt as its new chief financial officer.Holt will focus on developing a long-term business plan to support the ongoing commissioning of the National Gambling Treatment Service, which includes the National Gambling Helpline.He joins GambleAware having most recently served as London and South East finance director at Health Education England (HEE), where he was responsible for a £1.2bn (€1,36bn$1.49bn) budget. Holt spent almost 10 years in his board level position at HEE.Prior to this, Holt was director of the Supply Chain Transformation Programme at the Department of Health, responsible for delivering procurement benefits to the NHS.“Having worked in the health sector for many years, I’m looking forward working with a talented and committed team to support GambleAware in finalising a multi-year business plan, with a clear financial strategy that is focused on commissioning high quality, effective prevention and treatment service,” Holt said.“This will ensure that gambling is better understood as a health and wellbeing issue, addressed through the lens of a public health model.”GambleAware chief executive Marc Etches added: “We are delighted to have Peter join GambleAware. His extensive health-related experience will further enhance the outstanding expertise we have across our growing organisation as we focus on a public health model to commission national prevention and treatment services to keep people safe from gambling harms.”The appointment comes after GamCare, the UK-facing gambling support charity funded by GambleAware, last week announced its National Gambling Helpline is to extend its hours and operate 24 hours a day.The helpline features a live chat and Freephone channel, with trained advisors providing callers with advice on gambling-related problems and connect them with local treatment services.GambleAware also recently partnered the University of Bristol on a new research project examining how UK banks and other financial services organisations can help people suffering with or are at risk of gambling-related harm.last_img read more

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PlayAGS faces class action lawsuit over securities purchases

first_img30th June 2020 | By contenteditor Casino & games A class action lawsuit has been filed against PlayAGS after the gaming technology supplier was accused of failing to disclose information about its business, operations and prospects to investors. A class action lawsuit has been filed against PlayAGS after the gaming technology supplier was accused of failing to disclose information about its business, operations and prospects to investors.The Law Offices of Frank R. Cruz launched the lawsuit on behalf of persons and entities that purchased or acquired PlayAGS securities between August 2, 2018, and August 7, 2019.On the final day of the period in question, PlayAGS reported a net loss of $7.6m for its second quarter, covering the three months to June 30, 2019.This included a $3.5m impairment to goodwill charge and $1.3m in impairment to intangible assets of the supplier’s igaming reporting unit, as a result of extended regulatory timelines that delayed revenues.Read the full story on iGB North America. Regions: US Email Addresscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Finance Legal & compliance PlayAGS faces class action lawsuit over securities purchases Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

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Universal Insurance Company Plc (UNIVIN.ng) 2016 Annual Report

first_imgUniversal Insurance Company Plc (UNIVIN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Universal Insurance Company Plc (UNIVIN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Universal Insurance Company Plc (UNIVIN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Universal Insurance Company Plc (UNIVIN.ng)  2016 annual report.Company ProfileUniversal Insurance Company Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover all cases of non-life insurance for the individual, commercial and institutional sectors. The company also offers banking products and services as well as risk management services. General insurance products cover motor, property, marine, accidents, engineering and contractors, bond, HCPI, oil and gas, guarantees and indemnities and occupier’s liability insurance. Commercial and institutional products cover all risks associated with the hospitality, construction, logistics, capital markets and real estate sectors as well as financial coverage for accidents, theft, vandalism and motor vehicle collisions. Universal Insurance Company Plc receives reinsurance support from Swiss Reinsurance Company of Zurich. Established in 1961 and formerly known as the Universal Insurance Company Limited (UNISURE), the company changed its name to Universal Insurance Company following its amalgamation with United Trust Assurance Company Limited, Oriental Insurance Company Limited and African Safety Insurance Company Limited. Universal Insurance Plc has operations across the country in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Universal Insurance Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Five things we’ve learnt: Scotland v England

first_img Was the World Cup all a dream?That righteous anger over Craig Joubert‘s dodgy decision in the Australia game all seems a distant memory, and instead Saturday felt like a slip back to the start of last year with Stuart Hogg playing a blinder in a stuttering team; not a team that should be in a World Cup semi final. Scotland players and fans must wonder how they stop the team from repeating the same basic errors time and again, when they must have been analysing and identifying them in every post match session for years, whether in the team room or the public house.The whole Hogg: Stuart Hogg gave a typically effervescent displayDo Scotland have enough workhorses?Reading Tom English’s excellent book “The Grudge” on the 1990 Grand Slam decider it is interesting that many of the players that day (on both sides) described themselves as not the most talented in the world, but dedicated to being the best they could, training the hardest and offering all of themselves in order to make up the ground on more gifted players challenging for their shirt, or their opposite number. The Scotland team that year – one of our greatest – scraped through the preceding games, winning almost by attrition and determination, not blinding displays of total rugby. The difference between talent and greatness seems to be dedication, concentration, hard work and an ultimate desire to wear the shirt. Do we have those sort of players? Surely Scotland can produce these traits in professional sportsmen?By contrast too many of our modern day workhorses go missing for spells or whole games at a time. Project players have often been discussed in these columns but looking at WP Nel and John Hardie since they pulled on a Scotland shirt, they have been good or better almost without fail. John Barclay might have been in the wilderness for a few years but his performance in the first half was brilliant and showed his younger challengers an example. You can see their determination to make the hard yards, you can see that they want to drag the team over the line.Standout performer: Project player John Hardie put in a spirited performanceSimply having two or three guys playing great rugby is not enough to win regular tests if the opposition are half way competent, as Scotland fans have known over the last two grim decades. Many of the players we need to front up were only present in the first half of the game when for spells Scotland were the better team. Credit is due to England’s defence and increased intensity in the second half but at this level and for the game Scotland want to play, their ball carriers cannot afford to go missing, ever.Poor decision making and a lack of aggression from the pack means the Scotland backs are having to do their “game-changing” in areas of the park where little actual influence is possible. Which leads me to…Our game-changers don’t change many gamesIt’s pretty clear who the potential “stars” are in this Scotland team. The back line is littered with talent, and for the first time in recent memory we’ve got guys who we’d pick in our Fantasy XV over the opposition equivalent. The issue in the backs as with the pack above is still with consistency of performance: not enough of our game changers are doing it consistently. Stuart Hogg had a great game against England, but then Finn Russell and Tommy Seymour made crucial mistakes and Bennett and Maitland were sadly anonymous. Matt Scott had a fine game in defence but only started making the darting, hard charges at which he excels – and which Duncan Taylor or Alex Dunbar might be equally capable of – in the dying minutes when Scotland were chasing the game Running to standstill: Scotland’s runners, like Sean Maitland, failed to make the impact expectedIt’s a big ask, but imagine if these guys all turned it on in one game? Scotland could be unstoppable – and you only have to look at the way Glasgow took Munster apart in the Guinness PRO12 final last year for an example of how devastating (and entertaining) it can be if done correctly.Injuries have hurt our depthScotland are never going to have the player resources of England, but the bench was not strong enough and Vern Cotter didn’t go to it until game was already slipping away. Was it a lack of confidence? Of course he’d never say so, but in some cases he was asking players who aren’t (yet) as good as the ones they replaced to chase a game. England were bringing equal or better players off the bench, and it showed the difference from the World Cup where Scotland had a mostly fit squad.Vital cog: When WP Nel went off, the Scottish scrum crumpled, exposing a lack of depthThe undoubtedly talented Zander Fagerson became Scotland’s youngest prop in 60 years but as soon as Nel and Dickinson were off, the scrum crumpled. Two players that did make an impact when given brief opportunities were Stuart McInally and Duncan Taylor and could perhaps come into consideration to replace Ross Ford and Sean Maitland at some point in the tournament, although the former is unlikely to get the heave-ho just yet.High balls and mauls are still the enemyHogg was good under the many bombs launched in his direction but others when given the same challenge by England fumbled the ball and gave it away. Can’t Nathan Hines get an Aussie rules consultant in?Scotland’s box kicks were signposted at least 30 seconds before Greig Laidlaw even touched the ball, meaning they were just giving away possession, while a well placed effort from the opposition becomes for them at worst a 50/50 chance of getting the ball back. Lineout drives and mauls are a similar problem stemming back to at least this time last year, and England used them increasingly until Jonny Gray had to come off in case he was carded for repeated collapsing. Time to stick together: Scotland have slipped out of the Top 10 in the world rankings Aerial bombardment: Scotland failed to deal with England’s high-ball tactics adequatelyThe problem it gives Vern Cotter and his coaching staff for next week in Wales is that with two very easily exploitable ways to steal yards and milk penalties from this Scotland team, all the opposition sides have to do against Scotland is defend until they get a chance to use these tactics and/or wait for an inevitable implosion.When their weaknesses are so easily spotted, the wins that Scotland so desperately need to instil belief become much harder to come by.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Watching Scotland feels at times like whack-a-mole; put one thing to bed only for a previous problem to re-emerge, writes a frustrated Rory Baldwinlast_img read more

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AIRA / anonimous

first_imgSave this picture!© Zolezzi Uribe+ 39Curated by Danae Santibañez Share Apartments 2018 “COPY” Year:  AIRA / anonimousSave this projectSaveAIRA / anonimous Photographs:  Zolezzi Uribe, Yoshihiro KoitaniMedia & Marketing Anonimous:María Luisa GuzmánConstruction:anonimousDevelopment:Grupo MomentumStructure:3mdc Grupo InmobiliarioMasonry/Finishes:COMAQSOCarpentry:Hagamos Muebles & AVA integraAluminium Work:IAVA & BITALUMPrincipal Anonimous:Alfonso JiménezDirection Anonimous Cdmx:Bárbara TrujilloArchitecture Team:Edgar Alarcón, Joaquín Ríos, César Medina, Ian Pablo Amores, Nadia Ferrufino, David Muñoz, Heliana Echavarria, Yesenia Ruiz, Carlos Cervantes, José Sánchez, Christopher Franco, Crystal MartínezCity:Santiago de QuerétaroCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniRecommended ProductsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingText description provided by the architects. Located in one of the most extensively developed areas in the north of the city of Querétaro, and 100m from one of the principal avenues, AIRA is a tower of 35 apartments. The project is located on a narrow and deep site measuring 2,100 m2. Its compact volumetry reflects the intention to generate open space and to create green areas and offers a forceful vertical response to an area dominated by horizontal architecture.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniWith 10,382m2 of construction, seven apartment prototypes are distributed four per level. Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 are standard floor plans with apartments on one floor ranging from 97m2 to 157m2. On levels 5 and 6 there is a special apartment type with two levels and 170m2 of floor space. On levels 9 and 10 there are two penthouses per floor, those facing south measure 260m2 and those facing north 236m2.Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniMore than 1,000m2 of plaza, terraces, and gardens complement the living space of the project. The public amenity areas occupy the base and the top of the tower. The construction occupies the center of the site, with a tree-lined plaza for public use to the north and a more private garden to the south. The Lobby welcomes users and is followed by spaces that complement each other, functioning together or independently. Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniTo one side, the event room extends to the pergola terrace, fostering time spent outdoors, and to the other, the roofed pool and terrace, which are complemented by the barbecue area and gardens. Rising from the abutment, the west façade seeks privileged views of a wooded residential area and the imposing Querétaro sunset. To the north are views of the distant mountain range that divides the states of Querétaro and Guanajuato.Save this picture!Rooftop Level PlanSave this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniFrom the outside, the monolith presents perforations and cut-outs, while from the inside the views are framed and the space is made comfortable by inviting air and light into the spaces. Sculpting the solid to work with the void: the final shape of the building emerges from treating the volumetry as if it were a stone sculpture. Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniThe pigmented concrete in sandy tones was the basis for shaping the composition of the building, while double-height compositions form the top of the tower. The rhythm and movement of the openings are inspired by the fact that each person and each family have unique needs and tastes, meaning that no level is the same, even if they are standard floor plans. The terraces or the separation between the abutments serve to dramatize the volumetry, and deep cracks appear that are announced on all four facades, inviting the air and light to tour the building.Save this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniA constant presence of the natural world was sought, and all floors are enlivened by this relationship; green hues are painted by nature with the planters that are distributed over the facades. The walls of pigmented concrete allude to the color of the soil in the area; they are structure and skin at the same time. The color of the different nuances of the material generates subtlety in the volumetry and allows the building to age in a more dignified way over time. Aira has been recognized with the 2nd place in the category “Residential” at the Cemex 2018 Awards.Save this picture!Section ASave this picture!© Yoshihiro KoitaniProject gallerySee allShow lessHangzhou Liangzhu Mengxi Town / CUC·zoyoSelected ProjectsUrban Sketchers Mexico Pays Tribute to Pedro Ramírez VázquezArticlesProject locationAddress:Santiago de Querétaro, Qro., MexicoLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share “COPY” AIRA / anonimous Mexico Architects: anonimous Area Area of this architecture project Area:  10382 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily CopyApartments•Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico Projects Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907302/aira-anonimous Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907302/aira-anonimous Clipboard CopyAbout this officeanonimousOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsSantiago de QuerétaroMexicoPublished on December 08, 2018Cite: “AIRA / anonimous” [AIRA / anonimous] 08 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Soccer shuts out Oral Roberts for third straight win

first_imgFacebook Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships Norrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings Linkedin Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ + posts Women’s teams leading the way for TCU Athletics in 2020-2021 season Previous articleMan posing as Uber Driver picks up female studentsNext articleSigma Nu commits to diversity, inclusion Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printTCU soccer won its third consecutive match on Sunday, beating Oral Roberts University 4-0 at Garvey Rosenthal Soccer Stadium in Fort Worth.The team is now back to .500 on the season, sitting at 3-3 after dropping its first three contests.The Frogs opened up the scoring when junior Meghan Murphy’s header found the back of the net 41 minutes into the first half. It was Murphy’s first goal in exactly two years, since her goal on Sept. 6, 2013 against Illinois State.The Frogs blew the game wide open when they tallied three more goals in the second half, en route to a 4-o win.Junior Michelle Prokof scored two goals within a 10 minute span during the second half, her third and fourth of the season. First-year player Faith Carter also scored a goal for the second straight match.“In the second half, the kids came out and took care of what they needed to take care of,” TCU head coach Eric Bell said. “I’m very happy with the total team effort.”Bell added that he is impressed with the strides the team has made this season.“We are deeper than we have been in years past, so in the second half we are able to exhibit our depth a little bit more as the game goes on,” Bell said. “We are more fresher than the other team.”The Frogs finished the match with 24 shots on goal.TCU return to action when they host Abilene Christian University on Friday, Sept. 11, continuing their four-game home stand. Game time is set for 7 p.m. ReddIt Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championship Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ ReddIt Bell reflects on his journey in soccer after championship season Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Twitter Facebook Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Allison Ganter takes the ball during Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Oral Roberts University. Dean Straka Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Twitter Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 Linkedinlast_img read more

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Food insecurity in Austin amid COVID-19

first_imgImage Magazine: Spring 2021 Facebook Haeven Gibbons Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Linkedin Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts Linkedin Previous articleCivil rights protesters gather by the thousands despite an active pandemicNext articleA COVID-19 Charles Schwab Challenge Haeven Gibbons Twitter NewsFault LinesIn-depth reportingFood insecurity in Austin amid COVID-19By Haeven Gibbons – July 1, 2020 1506 TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homeless Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ printThis is one in a series of stories that examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted systemic issues through the Fault Lines of race, class, gender, generation, geography and sexual orientation. Loading 50%Food Insecurity in Austin Amid COVID-19Small nonprofits and large food banks alike man the front lines of COVID-19 By Haeven GibbonsIt is 7:45. Morning commuters have begun to choke Interstate 35. Neighborhoods are waking up.In 45 minutes, people will line the sidewalk in front of the Blackland Neighborhood Center waiting to fill their bags with produce, meat and perishable items. Some have been here since 7 a.m. Early risers hope to beat the crowd and get the first pick of produce and especially meat. They’re waiting for Allen Schroeder, founder of Save the Food, a nonprofit organization that recovers food from grocery stores and redistributes it to the public. Schroeder is on the front lines confronting the food crisis in Travis County.  As of 2018, the food insecurity rate in Travis County was 12.9%, according to Feeding America. This percentage is growing as COVID-19 affects people’s financial well-being and, in turn, their food stability.Allen Schroeder, founder of the local Austin area nonprofit organization Save the Food.Allen Schroeder, founder of the local Austin area nonprofit organization Save the Food.The number of eligible individuals for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Travis County grew by 10,142 individuals since January, according to data from Texas Health and Human Services, which runs the county’s program. The jump mirrors the increase in unemployment in Travis County, which spiked from 34,500 people in January, to  138,100 people in April, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Save the Food recovers about 24,000 pounds of food a month from local grocery stores. In May, Central Texas Food Bank distributed 5,703,433 pounds of food, the most ever. Both small- and large-scale organizations are adjusting their operations to help combat growing food insecurity in Austin. As the unemployment rate in Austin continues to rise due to COVID-19, more people become susceptible to facing food insecurity.As COVID-19 raises the number of those affected by food insecurity, food banks and social service nonprofits are stretched thin trying to meet demand and social distancing restrictions. COVID-19 means there are often fewer volunteers and fewer opportunities for distributions.It’s not enough to collect food any more. As neighborhood centers have closed due to the virus, Schroeder, who has run Save the Food for 12 years, has spent a lot of time figuring out how to distribute it.  “Since COVID I’m working twice as hard,” he said. Pre-COVID-19, Schroeder brought food to five neighborhood centers including Blackland, South Austin, East Austin, Rosewood-Zaragosa and St.John’s Neighborhood Center. The pandemic shut their doors. He only goes to Blackland and South Austin, where he distributes food outdoors.  “Pre-COVID, I would pull up and the center would send out carts with their staff and they would roll the food inside and take care of it,” Schroeder said. “That’s it. Now, my total workload for the week has increased by about six hours.” Jockeying for positionOn this Thursday morning, Schroeder parked his black minivan on Salina Street in front of the Blackland Neighborhood Center. Seven people waited nearby, chatting. Others were parked along the street. Some stood in their driveways or porches.Schroeder’s 2008 Chrysler Town & Country is crammed with food – fruit, meat, vegetables and bread. There’s also canned goods, crackers and snacks in the boxes that nearly touch the roof. Schroeder hustles. He has to unpack and line the boxes along the curb. More people have arrived. There are now 20 people waiting to fill shopping bags. Distribution starts in 15 minutes. Allen Schroeder, founder of the local Austin area nonprofit organization Save the FoodAllen Schroeder, founder of the local Austin area nonprofit organization Save the FoodSchroeder brings recovered food from the local Wheatsville and Sprouts grocery stores to the Blackland Neighborhood center three times a week. Watermelon, cantaloupe, lettuce, bananas, bell peppers, tomatoes and pineapple fill the boxes.Trash bags filled with loaves of bread are sprawled out on the lawn in front of the center. A small crate holds meats, and cardboard boxes hold perishable and canned goods.Schroeder has gathered all the food he could get. “I don’t like to see any food thrown down, you know, going to the landfill,” he said. Micaela Guerrero was one of the first in line. It was around 7:45 a.m. when she parked across the street and walked to the center to wait outside–one of the early birds. She placed her reusable grocery bag on the sidewalk to claim her spot in line. She has been coming to the Blackland Neighborhood Center food distribution for five years. Christina, who did not want her last name used, has been coming for seven years.Schroeder said he’s seen a few new faces since COVID-19, but most of the people are regulars, who adapted quickly to the distribution changes. “These people have been coming here and doing this for so long, nothing has changed for them, food wise,” he said. “They vie for position, you know. If you’re first in line, and there’s only a few choice pieces of meat, you get the first thing, so it’s quite the thing, and they can get into little squabbles about it.”New Demands, New DistributionsThe growth of food insecurity in Austin demanded organizations combating the issue to adapt their methods drastically. “There were other demands once COVID started happening,” said Schroeder. “People were requesting that I move the food in a different direction.” That is exactly what he did, even though this meant completely changing the way he operated. Micaela Guerrero loads her car with food. She often stays after the others leave to help Schroeder put the boxes back in his car and sort through any food that was not collected.Micaela Guerrero loads her car with food. She often stays after the others leave to help Schroeder put the boxes back in his car and sort through any food that was not collected.Micaela Guerrero (right) discuses a food with Christina (left). Blackland Neighborhood Center is the only food distribution site the two visit regularly. Micaela Guerrero (right) discuses a food with Christina (left). Blackland Neighborhood Center is the only food distribution site the two visit regularly. A client asks Schroeder how much of a particular item she can take.A client asks Schroeder how much of a particular item she can take.People shop at the Blackland Neighborhood food distribution, set up by Save the Food on Thursday, June 18.People shop at the Blackland Neighborhood food distribution, set up by Save the Food on Thursday, June 18.Clients shop for the food they want to take home. Many live around the area and walk to the Blackland Neighborhood food distribution.Clients shop for the food they want to take home. Many live around the area and walk to the Blackland Neighborhood food distribution.With neighborhood centers closing their doors during a time when they were needed most, Schroeder had to shift his method of giveaway. He no longer just drops off food but conducts the entire giveaway, which is why he is only able to serve two neighborhood centers now. “Logistically it’s too much time and effort to go to the cooler, load up, go to the centers, put the food down, do a giveaway, load it back up in my car and bring back the leftovers to the cooler. I had to streamline,” said Schroeder. Schroeder said he doesn’t know what the people at the East Austin Neighborhood Center did after he could no longer serve them. “They found other pantries to go to I’m sure. There’s a whole list of pantries in town and a resourceful person can find food if they’re willing to look for it and either drive there or get on the bus or something,” said Schroeder. But he said COVID-19 likely shortened that list. “There were a lot of pantries that just said, ‘stop bringing food in, we can’t have the interactions anymore,’” said Schroeder. “Foundation Communities, they said, ‘stop.’ The Rebecca Banks Johnson Center, they had a pantry on their first floor, they said, ‘stop.’ A place called Street Youth Ministry, they said ‘stop.'” What didn’t change is the amount of food Schroeder recovers from local grocery stores like Wheatsville, Sprouts, Fresh Plus and Thoms. But with fewer places to distribute it, Schroeder had to figure out how to get food to people in need. With the neighborhood centers and pantries closed, he found new giveaway sites with lots of need. Casa Marianella is on his new list of stops. It provides safe housing and services for immigrants arriving in Austin. Schroeder said many of the people living in the apartments there lost their jobs at the onset of the virus. He distributes food at three Casa Marianella apartment complexes twice a week. About eight people show up at each distribution. “They all load up real heavy,” said Schroeder. Each person takes about 20 to 25 pounds of food home with them from the distribution. He also stops by a homeless camp that’s in a park adjacent to the South Austin Neighborhood Center. Rather than giving out food that has to be cooked, Schroeder offers food that was prepared and pre-packaged at Sprouts grocery store. Schroeder also gets meals from a nonprofit called Keep Austin Together, a program spearheaded by The Cook’s Nook. The nonprofit provides prepared meals through a Travis County-supported Supplemental Emergency Feeding Access Network (SEFAN) by converting local restaurants into a meal creation center and training their kitchen staff to prepare meals to be distributed to nonprofits. The network is funded through September. “I receive 400 meals a week,” Schroeder said. “I get 200 Monday and 200 Friday. Now I’m pretty much set on where they’re going. I take some of them to my clients, but I also have people coming to get them out of my cooler.”  Schroeder said 170 of these meals go to Communities in Schools. He gives 50 to Sunrise Community Church, 100 to Indeed and 80 to a residential services nonprofit.Yet another task Schroder has taken on due to COVID-19 has been to recover food from the Sprouts store where he works, Sprouts 125, for the Central Texas Food Bank. The CTFB recovers food from all of the Sprouts stores. Schroeder said since he works for a Sprouts, he wanted to make sure that all the food recovery possible was happening. “I partnered with the CTFB; it’s really kind of a side gig,” he said. “CTFB was always sending a truck here on Monday, Wednesday and Friday which is not getting everything that could be gotten, and since I’m a food recovery expert, I thought, let me call them and see if I can’t help them out here because I don’t like to see any food going to the landfill.”  Schroeder said CTFB first let him recover food on the days it didn’t send its truck to do so, but eventually, he convinced officials to let him be in charge of the Sprouts 125 food recovery every day. “So, the food recovery for Sprouts 125 is all me, every day, 7 a.m. Monday through Sunday,” he said. “As long as I go into their databank and I record what I’ve picked up into their system I’m good to go, so technically it’s the food bank’s food recovery, but I do the work, so I call it mine as well.” Products CTFB has recovered from grocery stores. The food will be sorted and packed. Products CTFB has recovered from grocery stores. The food will be sorted and packed. Central Texas Food Bank Adjusts Processes to Cater to Growing Food Insecurity Amid COVID-19Like Schroeder, the Central Texas Food Bank has mobilized and altered its processes to match the demand of food-insecure Texans.Pre-COVID, 46,000 people were served by CTFB in Travis County each week. Within four months, the 46,000 people jumped to between 8,000 and 10,000 people per week, a 207% increase for clients seeking donations in Travis County.  The biggest challenge for CTFB has been the loss of volunteers, according to Sean Linton, CTFB staff member. In a warehouse that normally hosts 60 to 80 volunteers per shift, now only 30 volunteers are allowed per shift to maintain social distancing practices.  Sean Linton (middle), a staff member at Central Texas Food Bank, helps volunteers sort through food on Tuesday, June 23. Sean Linton (middle), a staff member at Central Texas Food Bank, helps volunteers sort through food on Tuesday, June 23.“I’m used to 60 to 80 volunteers. I’m not used to 14 or 18 volunteers,” said Linton. “And we still do the same amount of food if not more, so it increased the amount of work for the staff because we usually just supervise. Now we have to throw ourselves more into help with everything, and the shifts are a lot longer than they used to be.”Food bank staff member Lauren Lichterman started work after the pandemic already began to spread in Austin. She said CTFB has been moving staff around to different jobs that need more attention during times of crisis instead of letting people go.The organization is also trying to be creative with volunteers.There used to be four volunteers per table sorting food in the warehouse. Now, there can only be one volunteer per table, and there is less flexibility to allow volunteers to work in areas they want to work in because CTFB has to make sure only families or couples are working close together. These safety regulations mean more work and longer hours for both staff and volunteers.Linton said he has seen a lot of the same volunteers since the coronavirus outbreak.“People want something to do,” he said.Rebecca, who did not want her last name used, is one of these volunteers. Since COVID-19, she has volunteered at Central Texas Food Bank three times with her son, who needs volunteer hours for the Young Men’s Service League. The food bank is one of the only places they are still able to go to volunteer since most places closed under the order to stay home.With more of the same people volunteering on a weekly basis and less spots to fill, spots sometimes fill up a month in advance. According to Linton, some of the volunteers will sit at their computer, refreshing the page, waiting for a spot to open.  The reduction of volunteers prompted CTFB to partner with several faith-based organizations, which now pack emergency food boxes offsite.Eva (right), a staff member of three years at Central Texas Food Bank, helps a volunteer, Rebecca, sort through canned goods. Eva (right), a staff member of three years at Central Texas Food Bank, helps a volunteer, Rebecca, sort through canned goods. Volunteers pack and weigh boxes. The boxes are weighted so that Central Texas Food Bank partner agencies can request a certain amount of a specific type of good. Volunteers pack and weigh boxes. The boxes are weighted so that Central Texas Food Bank partner agencies can request a certain amount of a specific type of good. The packed boxes are ready to be stacked and loaded into a truck to be dropped off at their final destination.The packed boxes are ready to be stacked and loaded into a truck to be dropped off at their final destination.Contributions from H-E-B, Walmart and Starbucks also increased.“They’ll send us like $100,000 to buy all these products and build special boxes for them so they can do their own distributions,” Linton said.Before COVID-19 mobile food pantry distributions were similar to what Schroeder is doing now. People would go down a line and pick what they wanted. Now, people drive up and volunteers place pre-made boxes of food in their cars. The new process is quicker and involves less exposure.According to Central Texas Food Bank, 15 mass distributions were conducted across Travis, Hays, Bell and McLennan County during April and May, and eight distributions are scheduled for June.CTFB has also partnered with with CapMetro and H-E-B to provide Help-at-Home kits to MetroAccess customers. The program began in March and has since provided 3,704 MetroAccess older adults or individuals who have disabilities with emergency food boxes.The food bank is also working with Austin Parks and Recreation, Foundation Communities and Austin YMCA to provide meals for children until Aug. 14. The effort is meant to fill the gap now that school is out and students can no longer get meals that way. The initiative provides freshly prepared, healthy meals for kids every day at different distribution sites around the city. The food bank serves 21 counties across Central Texas and partners with roughly 260 agencies. It’s located in the 78744 zip code.According to data by Austin Public Health, zip codes 78741 and 78744 had the most coronavirus cases in Travis county as of June 30. In the center of it all, the food bank, its partner agencies and mobile food pantry distributions provide over 600 programs to keep Central Texas fed even during the pandemic.CTFB staff packs meals for children.CTFB staff packs meals for children.TopBuilt with Shorthand World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Twitter ReddIt Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Vintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thrifting Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/last_img read more

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Exile journalists threatened, pressured and defamed from inside Iran

first_imgNews Threat of legal proceedings droppedReporters Without Borders is pleased to learn that Mr Afshar, a London-based journalist who often works for state-owned Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, is not planning to follow up on the letter threatening legal proceedings that his lawyer sent to Masih Alinejad, another UK-based Iranian freelancer, on 16 September. “He took this decision in order to demonstrate his good faith and his respect for freedom of Information. ———————–Reporters Without Borders condemns Iran’s threats and defamatory attacks on Iranian journalists living in exile, including UK-based freelancer Masih Alinejad and US-based Arash Sigarchi of Voice of America.The intelligence ministry and Revolutionary Guards are using the government-controlled national radio and TV broadcaster to orchestrate these harassement campaigns from Tehran.“Efforts are being made to mask the origins of these threats, but it is definitely the national broadcaster, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), that is responsible,” Reporters Without Borders said. “IRIB is a government propaganda mouthpiece and, in some cases, tool of repression. The regime must end its harassment of Alinejad and its reprisals against the relatives in Iran of Sigarchi and other exile journalists.”Alinejad, who has been living in exile since 2009, received a Letter before Claim on 16 September from a lawyer representing Mr Afshar, a London-based journalist who often works for IRIB. The letter accused her of defaming Afshar and warned that she could be target of legal proceedings.The letter alluded to a video posted on YouTube by a London-based Iranian opposition TV station showing Alinejad interrupting as Afshar was doing a TV interview of a couple on a London street on 20 August about British government pressure on The Guardian newspaper in the Edward Snowden affair. Alinejad is seen telling the couple about the lack of media freedom in Iran.The lawyer’s letter describes Afshar as a freelance journalist who is “not interested in politics.” In fact he works on a regular basis for IRIB.The head of IRIB is directly chosen by the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. IRIB’s current head, Ezzatollah Zarghami, is on a list of Iranian officials subject to European Union sanctions for human rights abuses. IRIB is complicit in the regime’s harassment of journalists and netizens and often broadcasts the “confessions” that have been extracted from detainees after torture or long periods of isolation.Independent news providers continue to be the target of threats and harassment by the Iranian government despite conciliatory gestures by the new president, the moderate conservative Hassan Rouhani, on the international stage and the release of some political prisoners ahead of last month’s UN General Assembly.In particular, the intelligence ministry continues to put pressure on the relatives in Iran of exile journalists. Since June, the families of several journalists working for media based abroad – such as Prague-based Radio Farda (a branch of Radio Free Europe) and Washington-based Voice of America – have been summoned and interrogated at length by intelligence ministry officials.Sigarchi’s and his wife’s parents were summoned by intelligence ministry officials in the northern province of Gilan on 10 September and were interrogated for several hours. The officials insisted that they tell Sigarchi to “stop working for VOA” and threatened to “summon other members of the family and even arrest them.”Sigarchi and Alinejad, who have both lived abroad for five years or more, were forced to leave Iran after being repeatedly subjected to threats, harassment, arrests and long jail sentences.“What the Iranian government is doing with journalists’ families who remain in Iran is tantamount to taking the families of European and US citizens hostage,” Reporters Without Borders added. “These attacks at a distance on journalists outside the country need a firm reaction from the international community.“It is unacceptable that the Islamic Republic’s repressive regime is exploiting the democratic institutions of free countries such as the United Kingdom in an attempt to silence journalists and dissidents who would otherwise be beyond its reach.” Organisation Follow the news on Iran RSF_en After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa February 25, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News to go furthercenter_img Receive email alerts Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa October 3, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Exile journalists threatened, pressured and defamed from inside Iran News March 18, 2021 Find out more June 9, 2021 Find out more News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalistslast_img read more

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Gardaí tackle heroin threat in West Limerick

first_imgTop Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up GARDAI in Newcastle West have been commended by local councillors for reducing the flow of drugs into the the town by criminals from Limerick City.Last November it was reported at Council that heroin was being given away for free in West Limerick. However, Garda Superintendent for Newcastle West, Tom O’Connor, reassured councillors at their monthly meeting this Wednesday that this is not the case.Supt O’Connor commented, “There are a few heroin users in Newcastle West. I’ve carried out my own confidential enquiries and I have learned of two deals where heroin was given out for free, but there is no evidence of this being widespread.”Sinn Fein councillor Seamus Browne complimented Gardai for their swift action in tackling this issue.“There has been a reduction on the ground of the amount of heroin available, which had been streaming in from criminals in Limerick City. The Gardai need credit for the effort put in which has made an impact,” said Cllr Browne.He also urged Supt O’Connor not to be complacent on the issue, warning that the heroin problem could easily get worse again.Fine Gael councillor Liam Galvin also complimented Supt O’Connor and his team for their efforts.“We don’t want people thinking heroin is available for free out here and that gangs can come out from the city for that type of game,” he said.Fianna Fail councillor Francis Foley called for public assistance to eradicate drug dealing.“As a concerned citizen I think it’s important that we help Gardai with information to expose them.” Facebook Twitter Print Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Linkedin Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State Advertisement Emailcenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Previous articleLimerick Mayor slams verbal attack on PresidentNext articleVisitor numbers are up Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsLocal NewsGardaí tackle heroin threat in West LimerickBy Alan Jacques – February 5, 2015 773 Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector TAGSCllr Francis FoleyCllr Liam GalvinCllr Seamus BrowneFianna FáilFine GaelGardaíheroinlimerickMunicipal District of Newcastle WestNewcastle WestSinn FeinSupt Tom O’Connor Deputy Tom is fired up for the challengelast_img read more

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Ginnie Mae Mortgage-Backed Securities Issuance Approaches Milestone

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton  Print This Post Tagged with: Ginnie Mae MBS Mortgage-Backed Securities Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Ginnie Mae MBS Mortgage-Backed Securities 2018-06-18 David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Ginnie Mae Mortgage-Backed Securities Issuance Approaches Milestone Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News, Secondary Market Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago According to the to the latest update from the Government National Mortgage Association—otherwise known as Ginnie Mae—the organization’s total outstanding principal balance related to its mortgage-backed securities (MBS) hit $1.960 trillion in May 2018, edging closer to the $2 trillion mark.Ginnie Mae is a wholly-owned government corporation that attracts global capital into the housing finance system to support homeownership for veterans and millions of homeowners throughout the country. Ginnie’s report reveals that MBS issuance thus far for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018) stands at $286.338 billion, as of the end of May. The $1.960 trillion total outstanding principal balance as of May’s end was up from $1.830 trillion in May 2017.Ginnie’s MBS issuance for May 2018 totaled slightly more than $35 billion, including $33.431 billion of Ginnie Mae II MBS and $1.890 billion of Ginnie Mae I MBS. That includes $1.746 billion of loans for multifamily housing. That overall total is up slightly from April’s total of $34 billion, which included $32.437 billion of Ginnie Mae II MBS and $1.631 billion of Ginnie Mae I MBS.Per Ginnie’s statement, Ginnie Mae I MBS “are modified pass-through mortgage-backed securities on which registered holders receive separate principal and interest payments on each of their certificates.” Ginnie Mae I MBS include single-family, multifamily, manufactured home, and project construction loans.Ginnie Mae II MBS “are modified pass-through mortgage-backed securities for which registered holders receive an aggregate principal and interest payment from a central paying agent. An issuer may participate in the Ginnie Mae II MBS either by issuing custom, single-issuer pools or through participation in the issuance of multiple-issuer pools, which combine loans with similar characteristics.”There have been several noteworthy developments within Ginnie of late. Earlier this month, Ginnie issued an All Participants Memorandum (APM) announcing the implementation of changes to pooling eligibility requirements for Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) insured or guaranteed mortgages under the “Loan Seasoning for Ginnie Mae Mortgage-Backed Securities,” provision. These changes affect security issuances on or after June 1, 2018, but do not otherwise affect the guarantee or composition of MBS issued before that date. You can read more about the changes by clicking here.In May, the White House announced that President Trump was nominating Michael R. Bright as the President of Ginnie. If confirmed, Bright would be the agency’s first permanent head since Ted Tozer stepped down in January 2017, wrapping up a seven-year tenure as head of Ginnie. Bright wouldn’t be new to Ginnie—he has served as Ginnie’s VP and COO since the middle of 2017. In that role, Bright manages Ginnie’s portfolio of mortgage-backed securities. You can read more about Bright’s background and qualifications by clicking here. Ginnie Mae Mortgage-Backed Securities Issuance Approaches Milestone David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago June 18, 2018 2,694 Views Previous: Coastal Flooding—A Trillion-Dollar Threat Next: Fannie Weighs in on Economic & Housing Momentum Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

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