Berry Good Buys gets facelift from Amon G. Carter Foundation

first_imgThe Berry Good Buys location has resumed accepting donations, after a temporary hiatus during the construction period. The ribbon ceremony for the re-opening of Berry Good Buys will be hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at 10:30 a.m. on April 26. Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store ReddIt Linkedin Twitter <br /> <a href=”https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2774445-SafeHaven-of-Tarrant-County-GuideStar-Report/annotations/284883.html”>View note</a><br /> <br /> <a href=”https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2774472-SafeHaven-990/annotations/285125.html”>View note</a><br /> Berry Good Buys began renting a front room space on Berry Street in 1988, when the building housed multiple businesses.“It’s time for a major makeover,” said Julie Perhacs, who has been working with SafeHaven since early 1988 before the store was open. “It means a lot.”With Fort Worth’s plans to upgrade the surrounding neighborhood through the Berry Street initiative, Perhacs said she hopes the new design will help draw in customers.Before the grant, most of the upkeep was done by the people who work there.“We did what we could do ourselves with volunteer projects,” said Danna Wall, who has been with SafeHaven for 23 years.While the store is being renovated, Wall, Perhacs and others are organizing the inventory being stored in the parking lot. printThe exterior purple trim is peeling away, lettering above the door is falling off and people driving down Berry street see an empty space through the store’s windows.But with a fresh coat of cool grey paint, wood floors and an open floor plan, the interior shows the beginnings of a renovation for Berry Good Buys.Berry Good Buys is the donation center and a source of revenue for SafeHaven domestic violence shelters that received a $100,000 grant from the Amon G. Carter Foundation.Since the locations of the SafeHaven shelters are undisclosed in order to protect the people staying in them, people can drop off their donations at Berry Good Buys instead.Items that are immediately needed are taken to the shelters, and everything else is sold in the store.“This agency is the only Tarrant County provider addressing the full scope of victims’ needs,” wrote John Robinson, the executive vice president of the Amon G. Carter Foundation in his proposal to the board. “Addressing building needs at the resale store is long overdue and I recommend we approve their $100,000 request.”The money is being used for a new layout, exterior siding, signage, flooring and air conditioning, said Keeli McNair, the director of marketing and communications at SafeHaven.“These upgrades will provide the store with improved visibility in the community, lower maintenance and energy costs, and an upgraded appearance and atmosphere for shoppers, volunteers, and staff,” McNair said.McNair said that the store is “an essential source of revenue, donations and community visibility,” and provides over half a million dollars to SafeHaven every year. Ali Montaghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ali-montag/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday ReddIt Twitter Ali Montaghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ali-montag/ Facebook The109: Berry Good Buys gets facelift from Amon G. Carter Foundation Ali Montaghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ali-montag/ + posts Ali Montag Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Former president George Bush visits TCU Ali Montaghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ali-montag/ Ali Montag is a managing editor for TCU 360. She has previously worked at CNBC in New York and is headed back to work at Bloomberg next summer. In person, she only talks about her hometown of Austin and her cat named Louis Vuitton. Low oil prices affect funding for planned Spencer and Marlene Hays Business Commons Previous articleSenior College of Education honors students attend new honors thesis eventNext articleSpring football roundup: QB job still a mystery, new talent shines Ali Montag RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Neeley School of Business cracks Bloomberg top 25 undergrad programs Facebooklast_img read more

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Could There Be Racial Disparities in Bankruptcy?

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Could There Be Racial Disparities in Bankruptcy? About Author: Joey Pizzolato Bankruptcy 2017-09-29 Joey Pizzolato Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago September 29, 2017 2,103 Views Previous: U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Lobbying Groups File Suit against CFPB Next: The Week Ahead: Wells Fargo, One Year Later Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago A new report by ProPublica looked into the possibility of racial disparity in bankruptcy filings by both ZIP codes and the chapter of choice in which the bankruptcies are filed.As per the report, “The main driver of this disparity is chapter choice. Black people struggling with debts are choosing to file under Chapter 13, as opposed to Chapter 7, at much higher rates.” The report notes that Chapter 7 provides permanent debt relief, while Chapter 13 usually requires at least five years of payment before debt is wiped away. This is especially risky for lenders, the report notes, as the Black-American population that file Chapter 13 usually don’t have the resources to make these payments, forcing losses.From 2008 to 2010, on 39 percent of Black-Americans were able to make the required payments to fulfill Chapter 13 regulations, as opposed to 58 percent of other debtors.In order to gather data from the report, ProPublica concentrated on the number of Chapter 13 filings in two main regions of the U.S.: The Western Tennessee area, which includes Memphis, and the Northern Illinois district, which includes Chicago. These two regions had the highest rate of consumer bankruptcy filings in the country in 2015, making them especially vital to the dataset. Taken into account as well was the national dataset as provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts, which included data for all bankruptcy cases filed from 2008 to 2015.The report also took into account the financial profiles of those filing Chapter 13, the types of debt that were filed, and the judicial systems in which bankruptcy cases were heard in.Both regions have a historically high rate of bankruptcy, whether Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, making them ideal candidates in order to examine national trends based on race and ethnicity.You can find the full, comprehensive report here. Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Bankruptcy Home / Daily Dose / Could There Be Racial Disparities in Bankruptcy? Share Save Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, Loss Mitigation, Market Studies, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] Subscribelast_img read more

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Frivolous claims will ruin tribunal system

first_img Comments are closed. Frivolous claims will ruin tribunal systemOn 5 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. The dramatic rise in the number of employment tribunal cases against employers makes stark reading for HR professionals.The figures from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service show a 27 per cent jump in a year between May 1999 and May 2000 in individual actions from staff challenging unfair dismissals, breaches of contracts and claiming race discrimination.When the detail is released at the end of next month in the Acas annual report it will not bring any smiles to the faces of HR managers. In fact it just sets out what everyone knows is happening on the ground – employers are being held to ransom by staff testing how much cash they can extract from the tribunal system.These official statistics confirm what employers and legal experts have been predicting since the Employment Relations Act came into force last October with the rise in maximum payouts to £50,000 for unfair dismissals and the shortening of the qualifying period from two years to one. Now the figures are showing that all the warnings that were made at the time were completely justified.As letters from readers to Personnel Today have shown (18 July), HR professionals are sick of having to leave aside their day-to-day work and spend valuable time defending what many see as timewasting cases. The cost to business of the endless preparation and days lost as they attend tribunal hearings has not been calculated but it might be a worthwhile exercise for the CBI.The problem is not going to get better and it is time for action. Fine, the Government cannot stop individuals from making claims, but it can deter them by ensuring those taking frivolous claims incur a heavy fine.The DTI and the Lord Chancellor’s department are looking at the tribunal system at the moment – perhaps a sign of the seriousness of the problem if two government departments are reviewing it.So surely something can be done to weed out the number of weak claims going to tribunal without making sure that genuine claims do have a fair access to justice. Otherwise there will be complete legal chaos in the tribunal system as the already creaking system grinds to a complete halt. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Security Services distribute terrorist warning posters

first_imgOUSU’s BME Students Officer, Nikhil Venkatesh, told Cherwell, “It is of course important that the University and colleges take the security of students seriously, and the attacks in Paris show that we cannot assume we are always safe from terrorism. However, we need to be aware that increased fears about terrorism can be particularly harmful to Muslim students.“They are now more likely to face Islamophobic attacks, or feel that people are scared of them, when the vast majority of Muslims have nothing to do with terrorism. In fact, there are more racist attacks by white supremacists in Britain than there are terrorist attacks by Islamist extremists. The security of everyone is best served when we stand together, regardless of religion or background.”Venkatesh continued, “This all ties into our concerns about the University’s implementation of ‘Prevent’: this legislation requires that staff monitor student events, our web usage and political views, and refer those who they think are at risk of ‘radicalisation’ to the police. We know that Muslim and BME students are more likely to be suspects in this regard, particularly as Prevent defines ‘extremism’ as holding views incompatible with ‘traditional British values’, whatever they are. There was a case of a student at another university who was arrested after a librarian saw him reading a book on terrorism. He was writing a thesis about terrorism and how to fight against it, but because he was Muslim he was immediately suspected.”Analysis: Keep calm and stay vigilant: the need for doublethink (Freddie Hopkinson)I must admit that, last Friday, when I first received an email from the History Faculty “in light of events in Paris over the weekend”, I was a little surprised. Even with attacks as close to home as those in Paris, it is always hard to envisage something like that ever happening to you. Looking again at the email made me realise that, as much as I would personally like to carry on as if nothing has happened, something about the events of two weeks ago has made people’s behaviour change. On one level or another, this year’s wave of terror attacks has found its way deep into the public’s subconscious. The leaflet makes it clear that we should be “alert and not alarmed”, that we must not let fear of terrorism stop us from going about our day-to-day lives as normal, that, in the words of Thames Valley Police, we should remain “vigilant”. In all of these statements there is a strange paradox between the desire to ignore and defy the message of terror attacks and the need to be alert. It is almost as if the university authorities are afraid to admit that they are paranoid about the dangers of an attack.If you bother to read the leaflet, you’ll find that it is mainly common sense. It seems to have been written long before any specific attack and screams the obvious: if you see an armed man or woman on campus, for God’s sake, call the police and get away.What is more interesting about its circulation in some colleges and in my faculty is that people feel they have to say something now. Taking either perspective, this overreaction, or understatement, of the threat that could possibly face us represents a localised reaction to what is going on all over the world.The wave of terror attacks that has devastated France, Kenya, and countless other places this year has, for the first time since 9/11, really forced people all over the world to reconsider their role in the global conflicts fundamentalists are trying to instigate. Sadly, this leaflet is yet another example of us being reluctantly drawn into a game of fear with our potential attackers. In universities all over the place, the depressing state of affairs that means students are being reminded to stay vigilant is a sign that the times have changed – we can no longer naturally assume safety on our own campuses.Perhaps one day there will be an attack like the one described in the leaflet here in Oxford, and perhaps the instructions on this leaflet will save someone’s life – I can only hope and pray that there isn’t. In the meantime, we need to take the leaflet’s advice and not be too alarmed by the possibility of an attack.In a global context, our continuation of our studies, our interests and our social lives is the most significant thing that we can do to defy those that want to intimidate us. Only by carrying on as normal will we show up the warped logic behind terrorism. Terrorism contigency posters have been distributed across the University, including at University libraries, Merton, St Catherine’s, Christ Church, and the History Faculty buildings.The posters encourage students to evacuate or hide in the event of an “incident”, before going on to mention terrorism explicitly. One section reads, “Staff and students should remain alert to the danger of terrorism but should not let the fear of terrorism stop them from going about their day-to-day life as normal.”The University has been keen to reassure anxious students, including one passage on the poster’s design reading, “the purpose of this guidance is to alert and not to alarm – it is not being provided in response to any specific information.”The posters were recently circulated in an email, to all students in the History Faculty, which referred to the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month. The notice stated, “In light of events in Paris over the weekend all University departments have been asked to circulate the attached information sheet. Colleges have been similarly advised. Thames Valley Police advises that people should continue to go about their business as normal but remain vigilant.”The History Faculty’s Head of Administration and Finance, David Hyland, who sent the original email, said that he decided “that it would also be helpful to circulate it now by email to all students, in light of recent events in Paris and elsewhere.” He added, “Not all History students come into the main Faculty building all that often and so several students might not have read the notice.”In a separate statement, a University spokesperson underlined the University’s commitment to the government’s anti-terror ‘Prevent’ programme and that the alerts were purely precautionary. The statement read, “In the light of a number of armed attacks around the world recently, the University’s Security Sub-committee, in consultation with OUSU, has developed an information sheet for staff and students on what to do in the event of such an attack.“It is important to note that this information is not being provided in response to a specific threat to the University, and staff and students should not be unnecessarily alarmed by it. However, the University believes that, given recent events around the world, it is sensible and appropriate to provide guidance on this issue, as it routinely does on other health and safety matters.”last_img read more

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Mental health awareness

first_imgTo the Editor:This was a 17-year-old who made the conscientious decision to steal an 8-year-olds sneakers. When the teen couldn’t get the sneakers from the boy at school, the teen took it one step too far and went to the boy’s home and ultimately senselessly stabbed the younger boy’s father. Discipline and guidance must start at home from an early age with parents and or caregivers playing an active role. Mental health awareness is very important, and parents and caregivers need to be trained in how to be alert for possible emotional problems in their children. This should be done through a partnership between school, law enforcement, and nonprofit agencies. This problem is one that transcends race, religion, and income. JANICE GREENBERGlast_img read more

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DIT advance to final

first_img Match-winner Bernard Allen came off the bench to slot home the decisive 51st minute goal. Jason Doherty was DIT’s attacking star, hitting six points, while Michael Murphy hit all but one of DCU’s scores. DIT shocked DCU with a 1-11 to 0-9 win in the Sigerson Cup semi-final at Athlone. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Agent plays down Podolski reports

first_imgLukas Podolski’s agent has brushed aside reports that Juventus and Napoli have made an offer to sign the Arsenal forward. “I read in the newspapers that Juventus and Napoli were interested in Lukas,” Podolski’s agent Ali Pektas told tuttomercatoweb.it. “But there has been no approach from either of those clubs. “I don’t know if he will go to Italy in this transfer window. I can’t say anything for sure. “The only certainty is that Lukas has a contract with Arsenal.” Podolski, who is also a target of Turkish side Galatasaray, joined Arsenal from Cologne in the summer of 2012 and has two years left on his contract. The Germany international has been linked with a move to Serie A this summer. Podolski did not feature in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday, increasing speculation around the 29-year-old’s possible departure from north London. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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B&H at World Championship: Support from “Dragon’s Nest” in Sarajevo

first_imgOnly 63 days are left until the beginning of the World Championship in Brazil, and the atmosphere in the participant states is slowly heating up. Of course, this is also the case in B&H, whose representation will be the only debut team at the football festival in Latin America.These days, apart from collecting pictures of football payers, in which children and the older generations in B&H are participating, there are also promotions of spots from which the matches of the World Championship will be watched. In B&H cities there will be many so called “fan zones”, from which Bosnian and Herzegovinian fans will support the “Dragons”.One of the biggest support zones will be placed in Sarajevo, on the Liberation square Alija Izetbegović. It will be called “Dragon’s nest-BH Corner”, and will be filled with several contents, all according to the standards of the world’s biggest fan zones.“The match will be watched on an LED screen of the size of 8×4 meters, which is 32 square meters. The Dragon’s nest will be opened on 12 June, when the match Brazil-Croatia will start on Mundial. Moreover, it will work until 13 July everyday from 12:00 until 2:00 after midnight” said for Anadolu Agency the spokesperson of the fan zone “Dragon’s nest-BH Corner” Marina Duletić.Duletić said that the fan zone will have approximately 600 seats and some chairs will be covered in case of rain.“Dragon’s nest” in Sarajevo will be abound with the fun things, such as food corners, several campaigns and betting windows. In addition, we will have an info stand, where the visitors can be informed about up-to-date information from Mundial, match schedules and results”, said Duletić for AA.Organizers expect that the “Dragon’s nest” will be fully filled with the B&H supporters and they hope that they will see a spectacular atmosphere during matches. Moreover, they hope that the other supporters of the World Championship will be present as well.(Source: Klix)last_img read more

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