Oxfam to shut offices, axe staff in virus fallout

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first_img“We’ve been planning this for some time but we are now accelerating key decisions in light of the effects of the global pandemic,” said executive director Chema Vera.”This reorganization will take time to complete,” he said, adding the charity felt “a deep sense of responsibility” to countries affected.But he vowed: “We will do everything we can to ensure the people we work with will be able to look to the future with confidence. “This includes continuing work with partners and allies in countries where there will be no Oxfam office, to support social movements and influence governments and private sector for positive change.” The belt-tightening comes on the back of already reduced donations following revelations of sexual abuse by some staff in Haiti in 2010.Oxfam, which is a confederation of some 20 organizations, will shut offices in 18 countries, including in Afghanistan, Haiti, Cuba and Egypt, and axe 1,450 of 5,000 posts.It will maintain a presence in 48 countries.Oxfam said the streamlining will allow it to better target countries where it can have the most impact. International charity Oxfam is to close 18 of its offices around the world, cutting nearly a third of its workforce, because of financial pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The anti-poverty group said in a statement late Wednesday that the crisis had forced it to bring forward plans to restructure its international operations that began in 2018.Lockdown restrictions in a number of countries have seen the non-profit shut shops and cancel fund-raising events, hitting revenue.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Wolf Administration Recognizes 25 Years of Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund

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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 17, 2019 Wolf Administration Recognizes 25 Years of Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fundcenter_img Press Release Governor Tom Wolf and his administration today recognized the 25th anniversary of the Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund and highlighted the state’s efforts to inform and encourage residents to become organ donors.“Organ and tissue transplants have become an integral part of health care in the state and across the nation,” Gov. Wolf said. “Registering to be a donor takes just a few minutes and has the potential to save a number of lives. When just one person signs up to be a donor, they can save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of 75 others through tissue donation.”The trust fund was established to help increase awareness about the need for organ and tissue donation and inspire more people in Pennsylvania to sign up as organ and tissue donors. Residents can make a three-dollar donation to the trust fund when getting or renewing a driver’s license, photo ID card and vehicle registration. Donations can also be made on the state income tax form by designating all or part of the refund to go to the fund.In 2019, approximately 49 percent of Pennsylvanians are registered as organ donors, a 10 percent increase from 2001.“Over the past 18 years, we have had a significant increase in the number of residents who have registered to be an organ donor,” Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This increase is due in part to the public awareness campaign funded through the trust fund and the hard work of our dedicated staff here at the department. Our team helps inform and encourage residents to become donors and coordinates organ and tissue donation initiatives and reporting to the general assembly.”Donate Life Pennsylvania is the collaborative initiative between the departments of Health and Transportation, the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) and Gift of Life Donor Program (GOL). Trust Fund contributions are used to educate Pennsylvanians, build awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation, and increase the number of people who sign up as organ donors on their driver’s licenses and state identification cards.Residents who have a driver’s license or state I.D. card can add the donor designation to their record by Visiting PennDOT’s Driver & Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov.For more information on organ donation or how to donate to the Governor Casey Trust Fund, visit www.health.pa.gov.last_img read more

‘Never been a better time to list’ amid low rates, strong demand

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first_img Developer offers to pay the mortgage for a year “They’ve had 9,640,000 – more than a third of the Australian population – visit (online), and that’s up 24 per cent on last year,” Mr White said.“The competition for property is as strong as ever – and with demand very much outstripping supply right now – there’s never been a better time to list your property.” Dan White, Ray White Group managing director. Photo: Attila Csaszar.“Addressing the question of whether to sell now or wait, given the conditions we’re seeing now and the potential risks in the market later this year, it seems hard to see why anyone would wait.”The Ray White Group has existed in Australia since 1902, with offices in all major markets here.Dan White said Australians had a deep love for real estate.“In times of uncertainty they still believe in it. It’s a safe haven,” he said. “The last couple of months more than ever we’ve seen that resilience, that faith in the market come through, driven largely by interest rates.” How total listings are tracking. Source: Ray White/Loan Market.Sam White said during the lockdown period, inspection activity saw a big drop-off from 14,000 on March 16, before dropping to 4,000 (individual inspections) when open homes were banned, before things began to shift on April 27. “June 8, 20,000 people came through a Ray White open home that week and that is about 30-odd per cent higher than where it was before COVID-19 came through. So it’s not just online traffic we’re seeing, it’s also real world traffic through open homes.”He said the finance side of the transactions was very busy, unsurprising given how low interest rates were now with a “strong level of pre-approvals than what there was last year”“Whilst numbers haven’t come back to pre-COVID-19 (levels) in terms of pre-approvals, what you can see is a stronger bounce than this time last year.”Variable interest rates were as low as 2.63 per cent now, he said, adding. “this is phenomenal”.Around 22 per cent of applications they were seeing for finance was coming from investors “which is around about normal”. Pre-approvals are rising: Source: Ray White/Loan MarketMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoHe said one of the trends now was that the turnaround time for lenders varied widely.“The time it takes for lenders to say yes to a deal is increasingly variable, some at two days and some at 15 or more days.“He said this potentially placed pressure on being able to meet purchase settlement deadlines.“As for buyers, trying to game the system and wait to pick the bottom is a dangerous game,” he said. ““Things can move against you, and you risk not being able to get that thing you really want, especially if it’s a family home.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE: Home with own beach smashes suburb record 100-strong crowd forces impromptu bus stop auctioncenter_img Low interest rates and less stock on the market has created stronger demand for new listings across all capitals, including Brisbane. Picture Peter WallisThe perfect mix of the lowest interest rates on record and massive demand outstripping supply means ‘there’s never been a better time to list’ homes for sale, say industry experts.Ray White Group managing director Dan White and Loan Market executive chairman Sam White said the family’s real estate offices were seeing traffic at levels that were 24 per cent higher than the same time last year. Dan White said listings were beginning to come back to meet the strong market demand.“We’re now seeing the new listing numbers come back up. and we’re signing up new listings at same rate as we were 12 months ago” though total listings were still down between 4-5 per cent on last year’s figures.“The market has been good to sell into,” he said. ““Now is a good time, there are buyers out there, there’s less stock to compete with yours.”He said “surprisingly, the real estate curve is very consistent across the market. Maybe Sydney is starting to pull ahead of the others, but other than that it’s a really consistent trend across the board.”Sam White said “longer-term, there seems broad agreement that Australia’s fundamentals post-COVID-19 should remain strong. Property investment has, and will always be, a long-term investment”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Is marijuana legalization driving increases in violent crime?

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first_imgThe Hill 19 February 2019Family First Comment: “States beginning to consider full legalization would be wise to take a critical look at the increased rates of violent crime in Colorado, Washington, and the District of Columbia.”The legalization of marijuana has not resulted in a reduction in crime, as we were told it would. The numbers show the results have been quite the opposite.In 2012, Colorado and Washington were the first states to legalize recreational use and possession of marijuana and eight states and the District of Columbia have followed suit. Other states have tiptoed into the foray by either decriminalizing possession of small amounts or legalizing use or possession of the drug for medicinal purposes. Proponents have pushed the idea that legalization would eliminate the underground, illicit market for marijuana and eliminate, or at least reduce, violent crime related to the illegal sale of the drug. But has legalization delivered on its rosy promise of peace and harmony, or has it just fueled a spike in violence?A review of the crime statistics cast doubt on proponents’ claim that legalization reduces violent crime; to the contrary, homicides have generally increased in pro-marijuana jurisdictions. In Denver, the homicide rate has steadily climbed from 36 in 2013 to a peak of 67 in 2018. Seattle had 19 homicides in 2013, then the rate increased every year except 2016, reaching a peak in 2018 of 31 cases. Even the District of Columbia has experienced a resurgence of violence — reaching 160 homicides in 2018 after seeing a historically low 116 homicide cases in 2017. Though too early in the year to make a meaningful projection, homicides spiked more than 100 percent in January 2019, as compared with January 2018.The oft-cited justification for legal marijuana, reducing drug-related violent crime, is not materializing.It turns out that legalization of marijuana doesn’t eliminate the illicit black market, but may actually increase competition among rival factions of black-market dealers. State regulation, taxes, cultivation, and supply chain logistics force prices much higher for legal pot than its illegal and unregulated competition. The illegal market persists because most users aren’t inclined to pay premium prices just to avoid committing a very low-level transgression that police are increasingly being asked to ignore.Downward pressure on prices of illegal pot in legalized states is explained by reduced police enforcement of marijuana laws. The “risk premium” that artificially inflates prices of prohibited substances has been virtually eliminated. At the same time, it’s likely that demand for pot has increased in legalized states because users’ fear of adverse legal consequences has subsided and users from prohibition states flock to legalized states for legal or lower cost marijuana. It’s not surprising, given these market dynamics, that there would be increased competition among illegal dealers. And any cop who has worked in narcotic enforcement will tell you that market force disruptions that increase competition often lead to increased violence among and between market participants.READ MORE: https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/430551-is-marijuana-legalization-driving-increases-in-violent-crimelast_img read more

Brita recalling children’s water bottles

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first_img Share WASHINGTON (AP) — Brita is recalling approximately 242,500 children’s water filter bottles due to a possible laceration hazard.The company said Tuesday that the lid of the hard-sided bottles can break into pieces with sharp points.Brita has received 35 reports of lids breaking or cracking. No injuries have been reported.The recalled bottles include a violet bottle with Dora the Explorer, a pink bottle with Hello Kitty, a blue bottle with SpongeBob Square Pants and a green bottle with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Each bottle has a Brita logo and white lid.The bottles are 6 inches tall and hold 15 ounces of liquid. They have fold-up straws and filters that sit inside the straw below the lid.The removable plastic wrap on the bottle at time of purchase has model number BB07. The following UPC codes were used: 60258-35883 on the Dora the Explorer, 60258-35914 on the Hello Kitty, 60258-35880 on the SpongeBob Square Pants and 60258-35882 on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.Associated Press Sharing is caring! 67 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Brita recalling children’s water bottles by: – August 19, 2014last_img read more

Chapman, Dunn Get Wins at Caribou

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first_imgCARIBOU — The Ellsworth Eagle boys placed third and the Eagle girls were sixth in a nine-team meet at Caribou Saturday that was cut short by lightning.Ellsworth collected two wins in the boys’ meet with Ben Chapman placing first in the 1,600-meter run in 4:44.1 and an Eagle foursome winning the four-by-100-meter relay in 47.7 seconds.Team scores were Caribou 126, Presque Isle 68.5, Ellsworth 61.5, Foxcroft Academy 49, Dexter 45, Fort Kent 33, Fort Fairfield 21, Hermon 18 and Limestone 10.Brianne Dunn had the only win for the Eagle girls, finishing first in the 1,600-meter run in 5:43.1.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn team scoring, it was Caribou 129.33, Presque Isle 77, Fort Fairfield 55, Foxcroft 45, Hermon 33.66, Ellsworth 30, Fort Kent 29, Dexter 10 and Limestone 2. Latest Posts For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 admin Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

U.S. women’s team fights back against governing body’s pay claims

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first_imgNEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. women’s national soccer team players pushed back in a court filing on Monday against claims by the U.S. Soccer Federation that some members earn more than their male counterparts, as they argued for class action status in the latest chapter of their closely-watched legal fight.All 28 member of the U.S. women’s national soccer team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender discrimination in March in a lawsuit that included complaints about wages and working conditions.Mediation between the two parties broke down in August, weeks after U.S. Soccer’s President Carlos Cordeiro said in an open letter that the organisation has paid more to the women’s team than the men’s in recent years.A week ago, the organisation said it opposed the women’s players bid for class action status in their suit.  “Over the class period, the (Women’s National Team) has played far more games than the (Men’s National Team) and amassed a far higher win percentage, including earning two World Cup championships,” the suit’s plaintiffs said in Monday’s court filing. “This is the only reason why the four (Women’s National Team) class representatives were able to earn more total compensation than members of the (Men’s National Team).” Those four players – Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Becky Sauerbrunn – would have earned far more under the men’s team’s pay rate policy, the plaintiffs argued in the filing.A spokesman for U.S. Soccer said members of the men’s national team have the chance to earn larger bonuses, but they do not receive guaranteed money in their “pay-for-play contract structure.”“Our men and women’s national teams have different pay structures, not because of gender, but because each team chose to negotiate a different compensation package with U.S. Soccer,” the spokesman said.The U.S. women’s team successfully defended its World Cup title in July in France, defeating the Netherlands in the final. The team has four women’s World Cup titles, more than any other nation. Players from the U.S. men’s squad threw their support behind their female counterparts in July and accused U.S. Soccer of not paying a fair share of generated revenue to national team players.The dispute has attracted international attention, with numerous celebrities, athletes and politicians backing the women’s players amid renewed conversation over pay equity in the United States.last_img read more

Osoro Agog for Zenith Bank Delta Principal Cup Final

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first_imgThe polytechnic town of Ozoro in Delta State will come to life todayas the Delta State Principals’ Cup football competition for secondaryschools sponsored by Zenith Bank comes to an end.The final encounter between Master Care International School Asaba andIdjerhe Grammar School Jesse promise to be highly entertaining as thewinner are sure of representing the state at the next Shell Cupcompetition.The competition which started on March 16 in Asaba had over 1,200private secondary schools and 446 public government secondary schoolsas participants. All the secondary schools in the 25 Local Governmentsof Delta State took part in the competition.Speaking on the final, the Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank,Peter Amangbo, said it has been a successful competition so far.“I will definitely be at the final the way I started on the openingday,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Scientific Games commits to All-in Diversity standards

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first_img Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE: Partnering to produce full lifecycle potential July 1, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Scientific Games confirms Michael Eklund as inbound Group CFO  May 22, 2020 Related Articles Katharine Anderson –Scientific Games Industry workplace diversity, inclusion and equality program ‘The All-in Diversity Project’ (AIDP) has announced a major coup as Nasdaq gambling technology group Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) commits to its workplace standards, projects and practices.Updating the market, SGC details that it will collaborate with existing AIDP partners to ‘determine diversity, equity and inclusion expectations and standards for the gaming industry’.“Gaming is evolving and growing more than ever, and it’s crucial that the industry embraces the diverse and unique people who contribute to the gaming world,” said Katharine Anderson, Scientific Games Director of Diversity and Inclusion. “Scientific Games is proud to be a founding partner of this trailblazing project and celebrates the efforts being made to create an inclusive environment with opportunities for all.”In its update, SGC informs that it will further participate in better dialogue with industry stakeholders, seeking to develop a transparent and effective agenda on industry workplace diversify and inclusion practices.Kelly Kehn, the co-founder of the All-In Diversity Project, said, “It’s fantastic to have Scientific Games become a founding member of the All-In Diversity Project. We are so proud to add an organization who doesn’t just ‘talk the talk’ but is proactively open to collaboration and discussion around developing best practices which help to address key challenges that we face not only in the gaming industry, but across all industries.”In further developments, this May AIDP announced the launch of its new corporate identity, with the industry social program ‘withdrawing its gender references’ from its logo.“We wanted to develop the logo so that it is more versatile and adaptable in order to work in different contexts and still be recognisable, so we also developed an AIDP icon that can be used for future campaigns and to show our support to movements or events such as Gay pride.”  details AIDP in its update. Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Capital One:City, Chelsea, Spurs cruise to wins

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first_imgStevan Jovetic and Jesus Navas scored their first goals for Manchester City who avenged last season’s shock FA Cup final defeat by Wigan Athletic with a 5-0 victory in the League Cup third round on Tuesday.Montenegro striker Jovetic, signed for 25 million pounds from Fiorentina in the close season, scored twice on a night when fellow Premier League heavyweights Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur also eased into the next round.Fernando Torres started for Chelsea and scored their first goal in a 2-0 win at League One (third tier) Swindon Town while Jermain Defoe, who is also often left on the bench, made the most of his outing at Aston Villa with a brace in a 4-0 victory.Everton, the only unbeaten team in the Premier League, squandered a lead at Fulham for whom Darren Bent clinched a 2-1 win. In another all top-flight tie West Ham United beat Cardiff City 3-2 at Upton Park with a late winner from Ricardo Vaz Te after the visitors had battled back from 2-0 down.Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat by Wigan at Wembley in May led to manager Roberto Mancini being shown the door and Chilean Manuel Pellegrini taking his place at the Etihad Stadium.Wigan, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, also have a new man in charge in Owen Coyle but never threatened a repeat of their FA Cup heroics Edin Dzeko put City ahead after 33 minutes and Jovetic scored from close range to make it 2-0 on the hour.Yaya Toure curled in a free kick for City’s third before Jovetic, who will be hoping to put a dent in England’s World Cup hopes next month, headed his second.Spain winger Navas then wrapped up an easy win for City who made 10 changes to the side that thrashed champions Manchester United in the Premier League at the weekend.“We can change names but, for me, it was important to see today the same team we saw on Sunday – the same philosophy, the same intensity and, of course, scoring 12 goals in a week is very important,” Pellegrini said.WHOLESALE CHANGESChelsea’s Jose Mourinho also made wholesale changes to his side with Juan Mata, David Luiz and Torres, none of whom were in the squad for the win against Fulham on Saturday, coming in. Torres pounced in the 29th minute when Mata’s shot was turned into his path by Swindon goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.The Spain striker then played an astute pass to Brazilian midfielder Ramires whose silky finish gave Chelsea some breathing space.Tottenham, who host Chelsea on Saturday in the Premier League, warmed up with a convincing display at Villa as they registered an eighth win in nine matches in all competitions.Defoe headed Spurs in front from Lewis Holtby’s clever lobbed pass and their Brazil midfielder Paulinho hooked in a second from Holtby’s corner shortly after the interval.Belgium winger Nacer Chadli got his first Tottenham goal before Defoe completed the rout from Holtby’s assist late on. Sunderland earned some respite in their first match since Sunday’s sacking of their controversial Italian manager Paolo di Canio, winning 2-0 at home to third tier Peterborough.Norwich City needed a stoppage-time equaliser at second tier Watford before winning 3-2 in extra time while Hull City and Southampton completed the march of the Premier League sides with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield and 2-0 victory against Bristol City respectively.Former League Cup winners Nottingham Forest lost 2-1 at fellow Championship (second division) side Burnley while Leicester City, another side to have won the competition, beat Derby County by the same score.last_img read more