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Crown Paints Kenya (BERG.ke) 2018 Annual Report

first_imgCrown Paints Kenya (CRWN.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Crown Paints Kenya (CRWN.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Crown Paints Kenya (CRWN.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Crown Paints Kenya (CRWN.ke)  2018 annual report.Company ProfileCrown Paints (Kenya) Limited manufactures and sells a range of paints and adhesives for the home decor, construction and industrial sectors. The company supplies markets in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somali, South Sudan and the DRC. Its retail paint range includes emulsion water-based paints, roof paint, wood finishes, textured finishes and special effects, floor paints and gloss/oil-based paints. Its construction and industrial division range includes Polyfilla, primers, undercoats, fillers and skimming products as well as an automotive range which includes metallic paint and 2K acrylic systems and nitro cellulose systems. Other products produced by Crown Pains Kenya include paint for road markings, and applications for tiles, leather, wood, fabricators and paper. Service operations include computerized tinting machines capable of dispensing a range of over 6 000 shades in a few minutes. Formerly known as Crown Berger Kenya Limited, the company changed its name to Crown Paints Kenya Limited in 2012. The company has its head office in Nairobi, Kenya. Crown Berger (Kenya) Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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The path to solving school shootings is solidarity, not division

first_img InspirationBy Don LindseyLike the rest of the nation, I was shaken by the events of the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday.  Every time something like this happens, which seems to be the norm these days, my heart breaks a little bit more for the way that society is deteriorating. I keep hoping that we as humans will see that political, religious, and other differences are keeping us from working together in stopping the kind of carnage that we are seeing far too often.Unfortunately, every time a shooting occurs we seem to get more divided.The baffling thing to me is that each side is correct in their opinions.  We do have an issue with gun violence which needs to be addressed and we also have an issue with treating each other with respect and empathy while staying close to the rights that we have as Americans.  However, we are so insistent on being right that we become angry at anyone who’s view opposes our own.  Until we can all stand next to each other and work together to find common ground to end the type of massacres that we saw on Friday, they will keep happening and more of our children will pay the price for our inability to stand together.As the news came in on Friday about the shooting, I was walking around the house preparing and packing for a trip that my daughter and I are on this weekend.  We are in Fort Pierce looking after my wife’s grandmother while also getting some much-needed rest and relaxation. When I woke up this morning, I surfed around on my phone reading more about the events that happened in Santa Fe.  At some point, I happened to look out of the window and saw the majestic scene of the ocean crashing onto the shore.  After staring at the scene for awhile, I found my daughter and gave her a tight hug and then prayed to God, thanking him for my kids and asking him to be with the families that have been affected by all of these terrible acts of violence.The last time I tackled a school shooting topic, I had a gentleman point out that prayers and well wishes don’t stop bullets and he was right, they don’t.  However, the lack of empathy we have for one another and the need to attack folks that have opposite opinions from ours is keeping us from moving forward.  It used to be that when a tragedy happened, the nation pulled together, but we are seeing less of that and more division. While praying is useless to some, it’s a form of empathy and shows love towards our fellow humans.  You will hear some say that they are sending positive energy meaning that they don’t pray but have the victims on their minds and in their hearts.  In my opinion, we need to see each other as equals even if they differ from us.  We need that human factor to replace the anger and hate.I’m not sure if that will happen although it is my biggest hope for our species.  What I do know is that we are one of God’s greatest creations and can overcome any situation if we work together.  The beauty that I saw in the ocean this morning also resides in us, we just need to tap into it.  As this weekend moves on, I will be enjoying the beach, pool (weather permitting) and the chance to visit with my wife’s grandmother.  It seems as if the world is falling apart, but if we look hard enough, we can see God’s influence in each other and in the scenery around us.  I’m going to do my best to focus on that in the next couple of days and use my beach therapy time to remind me that all is not lost in the world.  God bless and have a wonderful week. May 23, 2018 at 7:05 am The Anatomy of Fear Don Lindsey Don Lindsey May 26, 2018 at 4:14 pm Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply May 20, 2018 at 8:10 am As a retired educator from dare I say New York we never had this problem as do suburbia. Big cities generally don’t have big campuses. Schools are in the crowded neighborhoods, surrounded by tenement buildings. Years ago some schools simply put up Fences!!!Yes fences around the main buildings… what radical idea! Reply Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply So nice to hear others with thoughts that I totally agree with. Prayer has been an amazing finding for me after finding the Lord about 15 years ago and it works in all aspects of my life. I am truly blessed to have had a dear friend of mine lead me to the higher power!! Please enter your name here I didn’t grow up in Ny, but did my early growing up in an inner city and remember seeing fencing around a couple of the old schools. There were also metal detectors in some of the rougher schools and while that may seem like a bit too much, in today’s age where school shootings are such commonplace, I am not sure we can have enogh security features in place. 11 COMMENTS May 21, 2018 at 9:43 am Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Mike, God bless you brother. Stay close to the One that will never let you down or abandon you! Your brother in Jesus, Chaz Thank you Maria. It’s truly sad how we put being right above the well being of our children and while that may seem harsh it’s happening. On the Facebook post for this article there were 24 comments and every one of them were insults and argumentative. I wonder if any of those folks even read the column.Thank you again for your comment and God bless! Reply charles towne May 20, 2018 at 11:17 am Please enter your comment! May 21, 2018 at 9:46 am I enjoyed reading this.. And agree that focus should be on finding a solution and not on arguing which side is right. Improving sense of community/belonging in schools would help a great deal… Divisions are present there too! Reply Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Michael Heaton Well Don, as any thinking person realizes there are issues at work here that reach far beyond guns, politics or a new set of laws. Two thousand years ago a devil possessed man attacked Jesus and His disciples with the intent of killing our Lord. No assault rifle there, no Glock 9mm, but perhaps a club or length of heavy chain. Jesus’ followers ran for fear of their lives but Jesus stood his ground and rebuked the demons and the man was delivered. We are faced with evil in a very sick world. A world indifferent to the pain and suffering of others, or so it seems. Whatever the solution may be the root of the problem lies within the human heart. No, I fear that prayer is not the solution nor is taking guns away from the people and leaving them vulnerable to those radicle club wielding nut cases that have abandoned all common sense and seemed to have forgotten history. As a nation and the world in general prayer is something little understood and only considered after the fact, if then. Prayer, effective fervent prayer by men and women of faith united and not divided towards a common goal… Let us pray. Chaz May 22, 2018 at 8:43 am Don Lindsey Don Lindsey Reply May 20, 2018 at 10:23 am Well said Don and excellent comments by Chaz and Michael. Prayer is the only way I can think of to cure the evil that drives a person to commit these terrible acts. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply Prayer is essential for me as well, no doubt. I honestly believe that God is always there even when we can’t see His influence. Thanks for your testimony Michael and God bless! Eli Maria Martinez TAGSDon LindseySchool Shootings Previous articleIf you want to know how to stop school shootings, ask the Secret ServiceNext articleIs this the nursing home I want for my loved one? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR May 21, 2018 at 4:10 pm Thank you Mike for the comment! I agree completely. Prayer and reminding ourselves to love regardless of our differences with those with opposing view-points could help draw us closer during a time that sees us slipping further away from one another. May 20, 2018 at 10:03 am May 21, 2018 at 8:11 am Mike McFadden Reply Charles Towne Don Lindsey is a follower of Christ, son, husband, father, and a survivor.  Originally from Dayton Ohio, and resident of Apopka for six years, Don sees his life as a dedication to his wife, parents, children, and community. Don Lindsey For me prayer is essential. I understand that a lot of folks don’t see it that way, but taking a few unselfish minutes to ask the Lord to protect those that need it, heal the sick or injured, etc always helps me keep the focus on unity. Thanks for the comment Chuck and God bless. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Cheque guarantee cards could return, says Payments Council

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 16 November 2011 | News After the Commons Treasury Committee report in August said there was a case for bringing back a form of cheque guarantee card, the Payments Council has said it is neither ruling the scheme in or out. It is, however, looking at whether shops and others were less likely to accept cheques since the abolition of the cheque guarantee card earlier this year.The Institute of Fundraising maintains there is a need to continue to protect the cheque as a method of payment. Time and money need to be invested to research new alternatives, to stop cheques ‘withering on the vine’ as a payment form, the Institute said in a response to coincide with the Treasury Committee published report.The Institute agrees with the report’s findings that the reintroduction of the cheque guarantee card should be considered, or else an alternative mechanism ought to be found to ensure cheques can still be accepted as a payment form.Director of policy and campaigns at the IoF Louise Richards commented: “It was never right for the planned phasing out of the cheque to be allowed to progress so far without taking into account the legitimate concerns of key stakeholders, such as charities and charity donors. This is an issue with many far-reaching implications which needs careful consideration.”The Payments Council’s review of the abolition of the scheme will publish its results by the end of the year. However, it said that many retailers had stopped accepting cheques, not because of the end of the guarantee scheme, but because customers no longer used cheque books. Cheque guarantee cards could return, says Payments Council About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Individual giving Institute of Fundraisinglast_img read more

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Temple students rally against police brutality

first_imgWW photo: Joseph PietteTemple University students and supporters gathered Nov. 4 for a rally against police brutality in response to recent beatings and assaults by campus police and Philadelphia cops. The organization People Utilizing Real Power called the action to encourage people to speak out against brutality in order to protect their communities.The rally on Temple’s north Philadelphia campus was surrounded by signs of rapidly encroaching gentrification. Numerous “luxury apartment” and newly constructed high-rise student housing units have pushed out longtime residents, who are mainly poor and Black.Opening the rally, PURP organizer Kashara White said: “We [PURP] are revolutionaries, we are not reactionaries, and we are not reformists. … We struggle for Black liberation, for women’s liberation, for queer liberation and against gentrification, capitalism, colonialism, imperialism and for self determination for all oppressed people. … It’s time to unite our struggles.”Sarah Giskin reported: “Twenty-three people have been killed or wounded by Philadelphia police in the first six months of 2013. Complaints by victims in all cases are still pending or were denied by the district attorney. No charges were filed against officers who fired on civilians.”Giskin noted that in the U.S.: “African-American youth comprise 26 percent of juvenile arrests; 44 percent of youth detained by police; 46 percent of youth under judicial review in criminal courts; and 58 percent of youth sent to state prisons. Yet they are only 12 percent of the population.”Sabrina Sample described how she and a friend were victimized by police a few weeks ago just blocks from the rally site, saying that the Temple and Philadelphia cops “have launched a war against the citizens of this north Philadelphia community.” She called the cops “gang members with badges.”Standing by a photo enlargement displaying the bodily damage he sustained from a beating by Temple University police, Ian Lewis, who missed finals and was handcuffed to a hospital bed for eight hours, said his experience left him feeling the need to learn what was behind the police actions. He compared the police to the overseers working for slave owners. “The police officers are dependent on the system. They follow their orders like pawns are supposed to.”Activist attorney Michael Coard commented on how by working together people can have power over the police. He urged everyone to download the app found at ACLU-NJ.org explaining: “This website lets you video any contact with police. Even if police take your phone or destroy it, the ACLU has a record.”Explaining that this was his first rally, Kenny Sullivan described being locked up by police after a confrontation at his high school. “Being empowered by each other is the only way to further the struggle,” Sullivan told the crowd, concluding, “I’m feeling rallied up.”The rally was followed by a march to the nearest Philadelphia police station, at 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue, where demonstrators held a spirited picket line.PURP is determined to continue to broaden the struggle. Sabrina Sample told Workers World: “Our issues of interest are the school to prison pipeline, mass incarceration, gentrification, police brutality and many others. Our goals are to mobilize the power of marginalized and socially conscious youth as well as raising consciousness in the communities most affected by the ills of modern capitalism.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Turkey: life imprisonment sought for nine Zaman newspaper columnists

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regards the long prison sentences sought by the prosecution in the trial of 31 former Zaman newspaper employees – including life imprisonment for nine of its former columnists – as an extremely ruthless act of political revenge.The sentences were requested at the third hearing held on 5 April inside Silivri high security prison, 85 km west of Istanbul, at which the prosecution began to rush the trial. RSF’s Turkey representative attended the hearing as an observer.If the court passes the requested sentences, the nine columnists – Şahin Alpay, Ahmet Turan Alkan, Ali Bulaç, Mümtazer Türköne, İbrahim Karayel, Mehmet Özdemir, Mustafa Ünal, İhsan Duran Dağı and Orhan Kemal Cengiz – will spend the rest of their lives in the strictest isolation, with no possibility of parole, and with minimal family visits. It is the Turkish penal system’s harshest punishment.Their crime was writing columns for Zaman, Turkey’s most widely read newspaper until it was placed under state control and then closed by decree in 2016. The newspaper’s editorial position was favourable to the Gülen movement, a onetime government ally now accused of being behind an abortive coup attempt in July 2016.This nonetheless sufficed for the prosecution to claim that these nine journalists “tried to overthrow constitutional order” and “belonged to a terrorist organization.” No evidence of individual involvement in acts of violence or condoning violence was produced. The prosecution claimed that the sole aim of their editorials critical of the government was to create a public “perception” favourable to a coup.The prosecutor also asked the court to convict 20 Zaman administrators, technical employees and investors of “belonging to a terrorist organization” and two of its journalists, Nuriye Ural and Lalezar Sarı İbrahimoğlu, of “assisting a terrorist organization.” Both charges carry long jail sentences.“The unimaginable is becoming the norm in Turkey,” RSF Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu said. “Is life imprisonment going to become the standard price for practicing the ‘crime’ of journalism? The sole aim of this flawed and rushed trial is to execute a political reprisal dictated by the government.”Önderoğlu added: “We again demand the immediate release of these journalists and the withdrawal of the proceedings in the absence of any evidence of individual involvement in a crime recognized by international law.”Seventeen of the defendants, including Ahmet Turan Alkan, Ali Bulaç and Mümtazer Türköne, have already spent more than a year and a half in provisional detention. The well-known columnist Şahin Alpay was released from prison and placed under house arrest in March after being held for 18 months. This did not however satisfy either the European Court of Human Rights or Turkey’s constitutional court, both of which have issued rulings calling for all restrictions on his freedom to be lifted.The defence lawyers were unanimous in claiming that the trial is being conducted in a summary fashion. No one had expected that the prosecutor would begin presenting his summing-up at this hearing when the earlier stages of the trial have not yet been completed.At this hearing, the lawyers representing the journalists discovered the existence of prosecution evidence of which they had not previously been notified. The court rejected their request for experts to examine certain prosecution evidence, although the summing-up included arbitrary and one-sided interpretation of many columns.To speed up the proceedings even more, the court agreed to split the trial four ways, with the columnists, administrators, technical employees and investors henceforth being tried separately. The next hearing for the columnists has been scheduled for 10 and 11 May and is supposed to end with a verdict.Representatives of the Swedish consulate, the European Union’s Ankara delegation and the NGOs Article 19 and P24 also observed the 5 April hearing.Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The already worrying media situation has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after the July 2016 coup attempt. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held and the country now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists detained. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe RSF_en Receive email alerts News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Newscenter_img April 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Turkey Help by sharing this information April 9, 2018 Turkey: life imprisonment sought for nine Zaman newspaper columnists Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit to go furtherlast_img read more

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Public consultation for Kilkee

first_imgNewsCommunityPublic consultation for KilkeeBy Guest Writer – June 17, 2013 703 Man dies in Limerick hospital after being taken from sea near Kilkee Advertisement Email Limerick Post Show | Kilkee prepares for Summer Beyond the neon runes WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A PUBLIC consultation will be held this Thursday (June 20) in relation to a draft 10-year improvement and economic development strategy for Kilkee in County Clare. Prepared by Clare County Council in association with Kilkee Town Council and various community groups concerned with the promotion and development of the town, the Draft Town Improvement & Economic Development Strategy 2013-2023 will remain on public display until August 1 while a public consultation will be held in the Kilkee Bay Hotel this Thursday from 3.30pm to 7.30pm. The draft blueprint, which is being themed as ‘Towards a Better Kilkee’, seeks to generate new employment opportunities in a town that has a 36% unemployment rate, promote the local tourism product and enhance the physical appearance of Kilkee.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick campaign for defibrillators in Kilkee center_img Previous articleForgotten treasures could hold key to fortuneNext articleThe week that was Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Nevsail fights to say afloat in Kilkee Limerick Post Show | Kilkee is open for business Linkedin Print Facebook TAGSKilkeePublic consultation Twitterlast_img read more

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ECISD sets community meetings on boundary changes

first_img Odessa High School’s Skylar Herrera (25) shoots against Permian’s Reyna Rayos (10) during the first half Tuesday night at the Permian Fieldhouse. Ector County Independent School District will host a series of meetings this week on proposed boundary changes within the school district.The goal of the proposed changes is to reduce overcrowding at the schools.The first is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Bonham Middle School, 2201 E. 21st St.The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ector Middle School, 809 W. Clements St.Thursday the district will conduct a live streaming presentation with an online Q&A. A district news release said a start date has not yet been finalized.According to information on the district website, school populations are growing and creating “enrollment bubbles” among schools.Demographers’ projections show those continuing to grow.Several maps were created with potential changes and presented to the school board during a special workshop April 3. The two that made the most sense with the least disruptions to families were presented to the board, the information said.One version would take neighborhoods currently zoned for Jordan and Buice elementary schools and move them to Goliad, Ross, Ireland and Blanton.Those changes would also cause some shifting of lines between Ross, Ireland and Blanton elementary schools.A second version proposes pairing elementary schools, specifically Pease and Noel and Zavala and Travis together.In each case one campus would be for prekindergarten through first or second grade and the other would focus on the upper elementary grades.The plan would meet the state’s requirement for repurposing schools that are in their fifth-year of improvement required status under state accountability standards while focusing on early childhood literacy (with more pre-k spaces), “which is an area of weakness for our community,” the information said.Ector County Independent School District has eight campuses on improvement required status. Ector, Noel and Zavala elementary schools are in their fifth year. If the campuses don’t come off the list, they will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.Superintendent Tom Crowe also presented a map of current middle school boundaries and two potential options for leveling enrollment across the city.It begins with one section of Ector Middle School students who right now attend Permian High School. Those students would be moved to attend Bonham Middle School, thereby creating a “pure feeder system” from the middle schools to the two comprehensive high schools. A portion of Bonham would switch to Nimitz and a portion of Crockett students would move to Ector, the information said.More Information ECISD sets community meetings on boundary changes School boundary change proposals. Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Local NewsGovernment Facebookcenter_img By admin – April 17, 2018 Twitter WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleCHAPMAN: Trump succeeds at preserving his ignoranceNext articleWhat is in a number? adminlast_img read more

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Five Star CEO Addresses Industry at Disaster Preparedness Symposium

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago July 31, 2019 3,475 Views Related Articles About Author: Mike Albanese The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post Five Star CEO Addresses Industry at Disaster Preparedness Symposium Natural Disasters 2019-07-31 Mike Albanese Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / Five Star CEO Addresses Industry at Disaster Preparedness Symposium The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Previous: Measuring Distressed Property Prices Next: Freddie Mac Reports Increased Income The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Hurricane Katrina caused more than $81 billion in property damage and killed more than 1,800 people more than a decade ago. Fourteen years later, industry leaders returned to New Orleans not to react, but to prepare, at the 2019 Five Star Disaster Preparedness Symposium. During his opening remarks at the Symposium, before hundreds of assembled business leaders, Five Star Global President & CEO Ed Delgado addressed the legacy of Hurricane Katrina, both on the city of New Orleans itself and in the form of important lessons taken away from the response to that event and those that came later.Delgado discussed how houses are marked in the aftermath of a disaster, as well as the impact of flooding in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. A strong focus for both Delgado’s remarks and the tenor of the event as a whole was on how the industry can better prepare for future disasters.”The impact of natural disasters upon housing is, and will remain, a critical focus for our industry,” Delgado said. “It is crucial that we maintain an open dialogue with all stakeholders to ensure that we, as an industry, are better positioned to mitigate losses and assist homeowners in their time of need.”Delgado recently appeared on CNBC in a featured series, “Rising Risks,” covering the impact of natural disasters upon the U.S. residential housing system.Over the course of the day, industry leaders from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Mortgage Contracting Services, DIMONT, and others discussed topics such as crisis communication, preparation, technology, and protecting borrowers from fraud. The event also included a segment focused on Puerto Rico’s ongoing recovery efforts, two years ago Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Mabel Guzman, President of the Chicago Association of Realtors, told DS News that she hoped to “learn about solutions and how to effectively mitigate and prepare at every level,” from city to state to Federal. Richard Roniger, Single-Family Performance Management Director at Freddie Mac, said that events such as the Disaster Preparedness Symposium are an opportunity to share best practices and new solutions, so “we can collectively help borrowers when they need it the most.” He also spotlighted the importance of discussing and learning about “new technology and products that could advance our industry, as well as efforts to assist servicers when dealing with disaster-impacted mortgages.” Guzman, who welcomed attendees with an overview of the day’s discussion, addressed Congress in March, along with the National Association of Realtors, urging them to work toward long-term, sustainable reforms for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP was set to expire on May 31, but was granted a last-minute extension—the 12th in two years. Guzman, however, told DS News that she is not confident a long-term solution will ever be agreed on. “A long-term solution is not likely,” Guzman said. “We may see another short-term extension while they work out details, or just another one-year extension.” The NFIP covers 5 million policyholders in flood-prone areas. The Senate had approved two bills to extend the program: the first is part of the disaster relief legislative package that would extend the NFIP through September 30, and the second would provide a two-week extension.Denis Brosnan, President and CEO of DIMONT, told DS News that technology has played a large role in tracking disasters for many years, and that companies are now taking full advantage of its capabilities. “As the availability of data continues to grow, as well as the specificity of that data continues to become more readily available, disaster-impact data can then be matched back to a portfolio of properties within as soon as one week after the disaster,” said Brosnan, who is moderating a Symposium panel on disaster technology. “This is accomplished through tighter integrations across third parties and their related providers. Additionally, through real-time alerts and notifications of weather events as they occur … we are able to expand and contract impacted property areas as the size and scope of the disaster changes, which in turn supports better understanding of storm impacts (damage, insurance claims, etc.) and faster response times by service providers.”Tim Carpenter, Fannie Mae’s Director, Disaster Response & Rebuild, Housing Access, gave an update on Puerto Rico’s rebuild two years after Hurricane Maria. He said working with the Commonwealth and FEMA has been helpful, and there has been progress on homes with mortgages, but there continues to be a struggle in non-traditional housing. “No clear title, no permits, no code—you combine these issues and it becomes much more difficult to get a mortgage to repair or sell that home,” Carpenter said. Hurricane Maria served as a harsh reminder of how important it is to prepare before a natural disaster strikes. “Post Maria even gathering and sharing information was a challenge. Now our Puerto Rican lenders understand that in order to work better together, we need to all have the detailed information. Luckily, better communications and better relationships now exist,” he said.  Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Loss Mitigation, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Natural Disasterslast_img read more

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Include Work Of Protection Officers Under Domestic Violence Act As Essential Services; Legal Aid Clinic At JGLS Writes To MHA [Read Letter]

first_imgNews UpdatesInclude Work Of Protection Officers Under Domestic Violence Act As Essential Services; Legal Aid Clinic At JGLS Writes To MHA [Read Letter] Nitish Kashyap1 May 2020 8:35 AMShare This – xThe members of Legal Aid Clinic from Jindal Global Law School wrote to the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday seeking inclusion of work done by Protection Officers authorized under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 as “essential services”. Student members contended that the lockdown that has followed the pandemic of coronavirus has resulted in a “shadow…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe members of Legal Aid Clinic from Jindal Global Law School wrote to the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday seeking inclusion of work done by Protection Officers authorized under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 as “essential services”. Student members contended that the lockdown that has followed the pandemic of coronavirus has resulted in a “shadow pandemic” because of the rise in cases of domestic violence globally. The letter states- “It is unfortunate to see how a pandemic has paved the way for abusers to dominate in their households.Ever since the national lockdown was imposed, women and children in abusive environments are appallingly vulnerable and isolated. Increasingly, the situation with regards to physical violence accompanied with depression, and anxiety in such households is worsening. There has been a growing tendency to indulge in self-harm. In lockdowns, escaping abuse, or seeking help is nearly impossible, and the lack of acknowledgement of the abusive households is in no terms helping the victims.” Moreover, data recovered from the National Commission for Women (NCW) reflects that the number of complaints across various categories of crimes against women has risen by 277%, from 202 to 762. In March the total number of reported cases of domestic violence stood at 63, whereas there was a sharp increase in April with the total number of cases rising to 310. Similarly, there was a significant rise in the cases under the category of Right to live with dignity, from 66 to 216 within a month. However, the student members submitted that the present data on complaints, while pointing to an increase, still might not reflect the true magnitude of the crisis as help remains inaccessible to underprivileged victims. It has to be taken under account that a large number of women do not have access to a personal device, like a mobile. The plight of such women cannot be merely dismissed at their inability to access individual devices, the letter states. The members also alluded to the World Health Organization’s firm statement that the risks of domestic violence “cannot be ignored”. Also, UN Secretary Antonio Guterres urged states to make responding to domestic violence a “top priority” within national COVID-19 measures. Thus, in order to help India combat “rampant violation of women and children in their very own households” in times of global crisis, following measures have been suggested- 1) To include the work done by protection officers as essential services along with others like- a. Health services and especially abortion for women since it is of urgent nature and any delay to it can be detrimental. b. Shelters and helplines to be set up, prioritising remote areas in mind. c. Services by ASHA workers and anganwadis in dealing with domestic violence shall be included in the fold of helping domestic violence victims. d. Any other services, resources and responders on-ground that aim to mitigate the effects of domestic violence 2) Awareness drives/circulation of important information concerning remedies a. Circulating the contact information of Protection Officers in awareness drives locally per their jurisdictional areas as far as possible through targeted local cable TV     operators and local newspapers. b. Popularizing in India the “mask-19” code-word used in France and Spain, with which women could indicate on trips to pharmacies that they require support and are victims  of domestic violence. In such a case, the Protection Officer of the area could be contacted. c. A section could be used by the print media and digital media to display helpline numbers of protection officers based on zones and regions. This must be mandated by         ordinance or order to different forms of media to adhere to such normClick Here To Download Letter[Read Letter]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Delhi High Court Seeks Govt Response On Plea Against Differential Compensation For Major & Minor Riots Victims

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi High Court Seeks Govt Response On Plea Against Differential Compensation For Major & Minor Riots Victims Shreya Agarwal2 March 2021 8:56 AMShare This – xA single judge bench of Justice Prathiba Singh today sought response from the Delhi government on its scheme for compensation of Delhi riots’ victims, which has been alleged to be discriminatory for awarding different compensation amounts to families of major and minor deceased riots’ victims.The court also issued notice to the Sub-Divisional Magistrates of Seelampur and Yamuna Vihar, on…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA single judge bench of Justice Prathiba Singh today sought response from the Delhi government on its scheme for compensation of Delhi riots’ victims, which has been alleged to be discriminatory for awarding different compensation amounts to families of major and minor deceased riots’ victims.The court also issued notice to the Sub-Divisional Magistrates of Seelampur and Yamuna Vihar, on the petition filed by one Ram Sugarat, parent to a minor victim, CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat and others. The petition challenges the Riot Victims Assistance Scheme for awarding a maximum compensation of Rs. 5 lakhs for families of minor deceased victims and Rs. 10 lakhs for adult deceased victims.The court will next hear the matter on Apr 26.It is stated that the petitioner is parent to one of the “youngest victims” of the North-East Delhi riots of 2020. The differential compensation is alleged to be arbitrary, unreasonable and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution of India, and failing to recognize the value of death of young blood, as the minor victims the petition fights for, had “aspirations for bright futures” and contributed to the family’s monthly income.It was argued that, “The length of the teenage-boys adult working lives, and cumulative incomes accrued as earning adults, would have been equal to (indeed more than) a deceased major’s. Indeed the Petitioners have also lost sons to lean on in their old age.” The petitioners have thus sought a minimum additional amount of Rs. 5 lakh as compensation, besides the stipulated Rs. 5 lakh.The petitioner was filed by Advocates Ragini Nagpal, Abhay Chitravanshi, Utsav Mukherjee and represented by Advocate Karuna NandySubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more