Canada’s vote on same-sex marriage: What went wrong?

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Photo: Art Babych[Anglican Journal] One miscounted vote reversed the Anglican Church of Canada’s rejection of same-sex marriage, July 12.So how did the error occur?Incorrect information sent to Data-on-the Spot, the electronic voting services provider contracted to manage the voting by clickers, led to the mistake, according to Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary.The vote to change the marriage canon (church law) to allow the solemnization of same-sex marriages required a two-thirds majority in each of the Orders of Laity, Clergy and Bishops, but the original count of the vote on the night of July 11 showed the motion had failed to pass by one vote in the Order of Clergy.The error, according to Thompson,  originated with an Excel spreadsheet compiled by his office, which listed him and General Synod Chancellor David Jones as being non-voting members of General Synod. The spreadsheet had listed Thompson as “clergy, non-voting.” According to the Constitution of General Synod, both the general secretary and the chancellor have full voting privileges.“This was an error that took place in my office,” Thompson said in an interview with the Anglican Journal. “It is not an error that was caused by the electronic voting. It is a mistake that we made…[Data-on-the Spot] simply took the information that we gave them and accurately coded it into their electronic system.”Thompson had previously issued an apology on the floor of General Synod in which he noted that the “good order of General Synod is my responsibility as general secretary…[and] I want to apologize to the General Synod for the confusion that has been caused.”The issue of Jones’s and Thompson’s voting privileges was brought to light the day before synod began, said J.P. Copeland, integration specialist for Data-on-the-Spot (DOTS), the electronic voting services provider contracted by General Synod to manage the voting by clickers. When Thompson was manually added to the list of voting members, however, he was wrongly coded as a layperson, instead of as a member of the Order of Clergy—a fact that was discovered only after a printed list of how General Synod members had voted was examined.“It was literally like a hand addition that was communicated to me,” Copeland told the Anglican Journal,speaking of the request to have Thompson added to the voting list. “I don’t have a record of where it came from, who told me what, or whether I heard improperly or whether I read it improperly.”Thompson said that once General Synod members noted the apparent discrepancy between the vote as it was announced Monday night and the numbers that were made available the next day identifying how members had voted, it was Copeland who first realized the nature of the error.“The people who helped us most know the nature of the error that had taken place was Data-on-the-Spot,” said Thompson.Prior to the vote it was requested that the names and votes of each member be made public in the minutes. (For this to happen, three members of synod must make the request before the vote takes place.)A motion was then brought Tuesday afternoon, July 12, requesting that the information be made available to synod members before the end of the 41st session of General Synod—rather than wait for publication of the minutes, which requires a few weeks—so that members could check their own votes.The motion was moved by Canon Kevin Robertson and seconded by Canon David Harrison, both of the diocese of Toronto.Harrison had approached the floor earlier on Tuesday asking if the publication of the voting data could be expedited, but was told it would not be available until the minutes were. He had spoken on the same point following further confusion with voting in the afternoon, to no avail.Finally, he asked his fellow diocesan member, Robertson, if he would be willing to join him in bringing a motion asking for the information to be provided.“We figured it was a public list, it was not a secret ballot, and if we weren’t using clickers and we were voting in the old way, people would know in the moment who was voting and how,” Robertson said in an interview with the Anglican Journal.Harrison said that given the issues with technology that were seen on Tuesday, he simply wanted clarity on the issue.“Given that it was a matter of one vote…I thought it was appropriate to have people have the chance to see the numbers to confirm their votes were counted, and that is what happened,” Harrison said in a separate interview.Once the motion passed and the list was made available, several groups of members independently examined the numbers, and found that while the Monday night vote had recorded 51 of 77 clergy in favour of changing the marriage canon, according to the list that had been published, 52 of 78 had voted in favour—enough to push the vote over the two-thirds threshold.Recount shows the final numbers and percentages in the three orders: bishop, clergy and laity. Graphic: Saskia RowleyThompson confirmed that if the decision had not been made to record the identities of the voters, the error would never have been caught.But concerns about the integrity of other parts of the process were also raised on Tuesday. Three members—Archdeacon Pierre Voyer, the Rev. Danny Whitehead and Ruth Sheeran—told the house that while they had voted in favour of the motion on Monday night, they were not recorded as having done so.These concerns were not addressed by synod, because immediately after they were brought forward, it was discovered that Thompson’s vote was enough to swing the decision.“There didn’t seem to be a will on the part of the house to pursue that, since the discovery of my missing ballot had made that less vital—it wasn’t going to change the outcome [of the vote],” Thompson said, when asked why the three concerns raised were not dealt with by synod.Thompson added that while he did not know why those votes were not recorded, there are many possible explanations, one being that they were a result of mistakes made by the voters themselves.Copeland, who said he has conducted hundreds of electronic elections, agreed, cautioning that there is always room for human error in electronic voting.“It’s hard to say why their vote wasn’t recorded,” he said, noting that there are a number of possible explanations, such as pressing the wrong number or voting too late. “I am supremely confident in the system itself…the most likely scenario is that although they think they voted, for one reason or another, they didn’t.”Thompson does not believe this should bring into question other decisions made by the 41st General Synod.“While some people may have made a mistake and done the electronic equivalent of a spoiled ballot, I don’t think there is any doubt on the integrity of the process,” he said.Copeland agreed, noting that following the discovery of the error, he revisited another close vote that had taken place earlier in the day and ascertained that Thompson’s vote would not have influenced it either way.“[The marriage canon vote] literally was the only vote that was close enough to be compromised by the miscategorization,” Copeland said.Thompson said the church will need to think through how best to approach voting at future synods, and while he was reluctant to comment on what exactly that will look like, he said many people are “highly motivated” to ensure maximum accuracy.“We are going to look at all the things we learned from this synod, and make improvements in the way we conduct business in the next one,” he said.Copeland said there are several technological options available to make sure that voters have as much confidence as possible that their votes are being recorded accurately, including screens that will show when each member has voted. 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Born in the USA: Having a baby is costly and confusing,…

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate By Simon F. Haeder, Assistant Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University and first published on theconversation.com.It is hard to believe that it has been just over since five months since our second son, Lukas, was born on Feb. 3. His mother, Hollyanne, is doing well, which is something to be thankful for, given the excessive maternal mortality rates in the U.S. Lukas is also healthy and growing, albeit sleeping little at night. What is unbelievable is the fact that I am still receiving bills for his birth.Of course, I “knew” what was going to happen when we found out that my wife was pregnant. I study health policy for a living, and I have written extensively about the American health care system. Yet for all the reading and writing, experiencing health care in America personally is a rather shocking experience. Keep in mind, our birthing experience was without any complications and we have health insurance.I cannot imagine how overwhelming the experience must be for someone with fewer resources and less of an understanding about health care in America.Being pregnant and giving birth: Not what it used to beFrom the first doctor’s appointment, we were introduced to what to expect: lots of paperwork and lots of bills. There are of course all the monthly, then biweekly, and then weekly doctor’s visits with the corresponding bills.In West Virginia, due to the opioid epidemic, most doctors will also insist on a drug screen.As it turned out, my wife’s doctor ordered copious amounts of blood work and ultrasounds – “outpatient diagnostic services,” totaling thousands of dollars. It is hard to question any of these when all you want is a healthy baby – and your doctor is the only one who knows which tests are necessary.Like most parents, we also wanted to know whether our baby was going to be healthy. Here is the total amount of the bill for genetic testing sent to our insurance company: US$26,755.A stay in the maternity ward is pricey, even if the child birth itself is quick, as is was with the birth of Lukas Haeder. Inked Pixels/Shutterstock.comGiving birth to our first son, Nico, had been quite an arduous experience for my wife. She labored for more than 30 hours. Determined not to spend hours in the hospital, my wife practically gave birth this time in the front seat of our car. Ultimately, I was able to throw my wife onto a bed in the maternity ward, and Lukas popped right out.I joked to my wife: “At least they cannot charge us for delivery.” At the very least, I should file a claim with our insurance company.I am still not quite sure how wrong I was, because every time I ask for a detailed bill, new items appear while others miraculously disappear.About $65 an hour, for lodgingVarious bills for the birth and care of Lukas and Hollyanne Haeder. Simon Haeder, CC BY-SAThe delivery room, which we used for all of one minute, cost about $7,000. Room and board for my wife for 48 hours cost just over $3,100. Two Tylenols for my wife: $25. Laboratory work: $1,200.That does not account for Lukas. Room and board for him was just over $1,500. Various laboratory work charges added another $1,400 or so. The hearing test cost $260.I tried to keep track of all the medical personnel coming and going, but after a while it all became a blur. The doctor, who was not present at birth, charged $4,200 for delivery and care. Pediatricians stopped by a few times to check on Lukas for $150 per look.We were not able to take advantage of a tax-favored flexible spending account for most of these expenses, because “being pregnant” does not count as a “life event.” While “giving birth” does count, the added contributions cannot be applied to previous costs associated with the birth.Bringing the baby homeAs demanding as giving birth is, in many ways, the real challenges of raising children start when one leaves the hospital.Like many American women, my wife, a teacher, did not have access to paid maternity leave. Hence, we had to make do with one income for a few months. Of course, this could not have been a more inconvenient time to lose a paycheck, because literally every day we received medical bills. Many of the bills misspelled someone’s name or got another fact wrong, which led to countless phone calls with providers and our insurer.Diapers and other baby items, naturally, are also not cheap.Once my semester ended in early May, my wife went back to work as I watched Lukas. This brought new challenges with it.For one, as a professor, I am also not getting paid over the summer.Moreover, while the Affordable Care Act provides added benefits and protections for breastfeeding, there are limitations. For one, not all breast pumps are covered, and insurance companies are getting stingier. This is of course ironic given that there is a whole other effort going on to encourage mothers to breastfeed more because it has been found so beneficial for mother and child.Finding an appropriate place and time to pump breast milk at work, even with a decent pump and governmental protections, comes with a slew of challenges. Currently my wife is using every free minute she can find and locks her classroom. Finding the time and space when doing continuing education or field trips is, of course, a whole other story.Going forward, we are rather lucky.Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, well-child visits and preventive care like immunizations will be included in our insurance. Of course, should something serious happen, like a hospitalization, we will be on the hook again for potentially thousands of dollars.My employer allows me to work from home during the fall semester so I can take care of Lukas at the same time. Of course, while I do not have to teach a class on campus, expectations about research and service will not diminish.Yet soon, we will have to put Lukas into day care. We have been on several waiting lists since the moment we found out my wife was pregnant. Last time, I had to drive my son Nico 45 minutes one way to a day care we were comfortable with in Pennsylvania. Even if we are lucky to find a nice day care close by, fees will exceed in-state tuition at West Virginia University, my employer.Putting our experience in perspectiveOur experience is, of course, not unique.America’s poorest members of society are somewhat shielded from medical costs. Medicaid generally does not require out-of-pocket contributions. For those on the Children’s Health Insurance Program and those with cost-sharing subsidies on the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces, out-of-pocket contributions are limited. In both cases, the high costs of giving birth are passed on to public sources and those of us with private insurance.The real struggles of the poor begin as they seek to raise their children with limited resources and diminishing governmental support.Yet the middle class more and more often finds itself squeezed between a rock and a hard place when it comes to health care. Premiums, deductibles and co-payments continue to increase while services and choices grow narrower every year.With Republican efforts to undo much or all of the Affordable Care Act, even those of us with employer-sponsored insurance may lose many protections.Many of us are simultaneously struggling to pay back our student loans, which already forces many to delay marriage, have kids, or buy a house.For us, and many others, this also meant cutting back on virtually everything, including family vacations and replacing appliances. It also meant taking up every opportunity to add income for both of us by taking side jobs.Any potential future pay raises are likely to be swallowed up by premium increases and co-payments as health care cost continue to grow unabated.Too rich for government programs, yet too poor to avoid financial hardshipGiven these struggles, it is perhaps not surprising that the frustrations of the middle classbreed resentment toward publicly supported programs. Support for work requirements and more punitive and stigmatizing approaches to social programs are perhaps the understandable result.Our current approaches to encourage and support parenthood are willfully inadequate. Health care, parental leave, day care, parental support, education. As a country, I think that we should strive to do better to support our families.Lukas Haeder at 5 months old. Simon Haeder, CC BY-SA Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Maria Martinezcenter_img TAGStheconversation.com Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleApopka named Healthy Community Champion Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR July 17, 2018 at 6:42 am Excellent article! 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Orange County unemployment rate ticks up to 3.1% in June

first_img down graph Please enter your comment! From CareerSource Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply • In June 2019 non-agricultural employment in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA was 1,329,300, an increase of 48,600 jobs (+3.8 percent) over the year.• The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the highest annual job growth compared to all the metro areas in the state in professional and business services (+15,100 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+12,400 jobs); mining, logging, and construction (+5,200 jobs); and manufacturing (+2,900 jobs).• The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA was tied for the highest annual job growth compared to all the metro areas in the state in government (+1,600 jobs) in June 2019.• The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the second fastest annual job growth rate compared to all the metro areas in the state in information (+1.2 percent) in June 2019.• The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the second-highest annual job growth compared to all the metro areas in education and health services (+6,100 jobs); trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,700 jobs); and information (+300 jobs) in June 2019.• The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA had the third-highest annual job growth compared to all the metro areas in the state in financial activities (+1,200 jobs) in June 2019.• The professional and business services (+6.5 percent); mining, logging, and construction (+6.3 percent); manufacturing (+6.2 percent); leisure and hospitality (+4.6 percent); government (+1.4 percent); and information (+1.2 percent) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.• The industries gaining in jobs over the year were: professional and business services(+15,100 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+12,400 jobs); education and health services (+6,100jobs); mining, logging, and construction (+5,200 jobs); manufacturing (+2,900 jobs); trade,transportation, and utilities (+2,700 jobs); government (+1,600 jobs); financial activities(+1,200 jobs); other services (+1,100 jobs); and information (+300 jobs).• In June 2019 non-agricultural employment in The Villages, MSA was 30,300, an increase of 1,100 jobs (+3.8 percent) over the year. The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Workforce Statistics and Economic Research. Next Release Scheduled for August 16, 2019. Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The unemployment rates for the five counties that comprise the Central Florida region were: Lake County (3.5 percent), Orange County (3.1 percent), Osceola County (3.6 percent), Seminole County (3.2 percent), and Sumter County (5.2 percent). Central Florida rises to 3.3%From CareerSourceThe unemployment rate in the CareerSource Central Florida region (Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Sumter counties) was 3.3 percent in June 2019. This rate was 0.3 percentage point lower than the region’s year-ago rate of 3.6 percent. The region’s June 2019 unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage point lower than the state rate of 3.5 percent. The labor force was 1,411,089, up 35,751 (+2.6) over the year. There were 46,391 unemployed residents in the region. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSCareerSource Central FloridaUnemployment Previous article4 Ways to Help With Effects Associated With Being OverweightNext articleApopka Burglary Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Suntro House / Jorge Hernandez de la Garza

first_img Projects CopyAbout this officeJorge Hernández de la GarzaOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesOaxtepecMexicoPublished on February 01, 2009Cite: “Suntro House / Jorge Hernandez de la Garza” 01 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HouseShower ColumnshansgroheOverhead ShowersWindowsKalwall®Kalwall® in Featherstone High SchoolLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxSealantsEffisusBi-adhesive Tape – 2BondDSConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsPlantersJakobGreen Walls – GreenKitUrban ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Benches and Litter Bins in Public Space ImprovementsPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsFreifrauArmchair High – MarlaAcousticBASWA acousticThermal-Acoustic System – BASWA CoreMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/12938/suntro-house-jorge-hernandez-de-la-garza Clipboard Text description provided by the architects. This house is located in a residential area of Oaxtepec, a place of exceptional natural beauty. It is contiguous to the north with the hill of Tepozteco and to the south with a highway that conduces to Haciendas de Yautepec. The lot is oriented to the northeast with a splendid sight of the Tepozteco. The natural light is filtered trough the folds of the house in shape of rays that softly flood the spaces. Reflects and shadows on walls and ceilings animate the interior.Save this picture!Recommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformWoodEGGERWood-based materials in EGGER HeadquartersFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationThe shape responds to the hard hotness of the site, to place every space in the best way inside of a curved skin that opens to the immediate context to obtain the best climate and views to allow the wind circulate in a way that in summer the house can stay cool. The topography presents a unevenness that was approached for the pool to stay at streets level letting the rest of the house uprooted midlevel. The organization takes place in a clear division in the horizontal direction of the house locating in the ground floor the public and recreation areas and in the high floor the dormitories connected with the lower floor by an inner-outer circulation. Save this picture!The different habitable spaces fit in a transparent area that makes its continuity with the exterior by the concrete floor that extends to the open areas, allowing to the users to move in a fluid space without obstacles. Save this picture!On its front sight appears slender with a great sense of lightness like being conformed by one only volume floating over the living and dining room, this sensation change along the points of perspective, when the planes conform volumes and empty spaces, result of a formal experiment rationally controlled.Project gallerySee allShow lessTsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai WeiweiSelected ProjectsNew Pavilion for the McGill University Schulich School of Music / Saucier + Perrotte…Selected Projects Share Mexico Suntro House / Jorge Hernandez de la Garza CopyHouses•Oaxtepec, Mexico “COPY” ArchDaily Suntro House / Jorge Hernandez de la GarzaSave this projectSaveSuntro House / Jorge Hernandez de la Garza 2007 “COPY” Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/12938/suntro-house-jorge-hernandez-de-la-garza Clipboard Save this picture!+ 16 Share Architects: Jorge Hernández de la Garza Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

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Starbucks Red Cup Cheer grants for 250 UK charities

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28 Melanie May | 23 January 2017 | News Red Cup Cheer is now in its third year and is run in partnership with social platform Neighbourly.com.Nick Davies, founder of Neighbourly.com said:“This is third year that Starbucks and Neighbourly have joined forces to help community projects across the country at Christmas time. These projects don’t enjoy the exposure that bigger charities get. Fundraising is a constant struggle and yet their work is vitally important to the communities they serve.”  237 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: christmas corporate grants 250 UK charities have received Starbucks Red Cup Cheer grants as a result of December’s campaign, which saw more than 30,000 #RedCupCheer tweets sent in support of UK causes.The 50 charities with the most social media support each received a Red Cup Grant of £1000 while the 200 runners up each received £500.The charities were nominated by Starbucks partners (employees) and customers to receive funding as part of the Starbucks #RedCupCheer programme, and were challenged to raise as big a social cheer as possible during December through followers sharing their support online with photos, videos and festive tweets.Over the month-long programme, #RedCupCheer engagements were measured across Twitter and on Neighbourly.com, with over 30,000 tweets, retweets and shares made in support of good causes across the country.The 250 charities receiving grants include: The Cookie Jar Foundation, The Pituitary Foundation, Hyperinsulinism UK, Cavendish Cancer Care, Forward Assist, and Newlife.center_img Starbucks Red Cup Cheer grants for 250 UK charities  238 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Tanaiste rules out water charges for next January

first_img Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Twitter HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Previous articleFull inquest into the death of Savitta gets underway in GalwayNext articleSoccer – Hutton frustrated with draw in Ballybofey. News Highland Google+ The Tanaiste and the Junior Finance Minister have indicated that water charges will not come into effect next January.It’s understood ministers are concerned about a possible backlash from the public about the new tax coming so soon after the introduction of the controversial property tax.But Eamon Gilmore and Brian Hayes say the metering system will not be in place by next January – and therefore it’s unlikely water charges will be implemented by then.This is in contrast to what the Environment Minister Phil Hogan said last week. By News Highland – April 8, 2013 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest News Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Facebook Tanaiste rules out water charges for next January Twitterlast_img read more

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Brundidge revitalization meeting is Thursday

first_img Published 10:41 pm Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Butler and Carter have organized an a la carte lunch meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Collier’s on Main in Brundidge. Everyone who has a heart for Brundidge and wants to see the town re-energized and growing is invited and encouraged to attend, Butler said.“For Brundidge to grow and prosper, the citizens have got to want it to happen and then work to make it happen,” Butler said. “And it’s going to have to be a grassroots effort. Brundidge has to pull itself up by the bootstraps.”Butler said Carter shares his passion for the place they call home. Book Nook to reopen If one grassroots project is successful, that could be the beginning of better times for downtown Brundidge.The downtown area is the heart of any town. If the heart dies, so goes the town.That’s the thinking of Paul Butler, former Brundidge resident and Montgomery architect, and Karen Ellis Carter, PCHS Class of 1970 valedictorian and member of the Troy University Board of Trustees. By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Print Article The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skip “Karen’s leadership and passion for Brundidge will be paramount in the grassroots efforts to bring new life and energy to Brundidge,” Butler said. “Karen will share her ideas and we’ll share what other towns have done to successfully revitalize their communities.”Butler said public support is necessary for any idea and any plan to be successful.“It is also necessary for the city to be on board,” he said. “Any ideas or plans will have to be approved by the city so it’s imperative that we have the city’s support.”Interest is growing in a sports wall that would spotlight athletes from Pike County High School and the Brundidge area, Butler said. Brundidge revitalization meeting is Thursday Email the author “I have designed several walls including one at Auburn and one at Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut,” he said. “I will donate the architectural plans for the sports wall in Brundidge.”Butler cited Project HERO is Greensboro as a possible starting place for the revitalization efforts.“A multi-vendor incubator in one of the town’s vacant buildings would be a good starting place,” he said. “Install craft vendors and maybe do this in combination with a coffee shop. Like any incubator, the city would provide free rent and utilities for each vendor based upon individual need. In order for this to work it has to be multiple vendors and some can be consignment and not requiring full-time presence of vendor.”Butler and Carter will present ideas that have the potential for success and those in attendance will have an opportunity to share their ideas.“Thursday’s meeting is a starting place and we hope, when the meeting is over, we will have a starting place. That it will be a time of new beginnings,” he said.Brundidge Mayor Isabell said she is supportive of anything that is good for Brundidge and appreciates the interest and efforts of Butler, Carter and all those involved in keeping Brundidge moving forward.“We want Brundidge to be the best it can be,” Boyd said. “We are a caring community and our citizens want Brundidge to continue moving forward. Brundidge is blessed to have the Walmart DC, Southern Classic Foods, Magnolia Vegetable Processor and Brundidge Electronics. We are blessed to have the downtown businesses and the businesses out on the highway. We are already blessed in many ways and I’m for anything that will keep Brundidge moving forward.”Brundidge Business Association President Kathy Sauer said she, too, is delighted that people are interested in finding ways to energize the town.“The Thursday meeting will be an opportunity to look at specific ways to help Brundidge grow,” she said. “Hopefully, city and business leaders, and interested individuals will attend and bring their ideas to the forefront. The BBA is looking forward to learning about plans and projects that will be beneficial and bring new and exciting events and activities to Brundidge.”Sauer said her hopes are that the visioning process will have definite results and define specific actions to move Brundidge forward.The meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday at Collier’s. The lunch will be a la carte.The meeting time is flexible to accommodate work schedules and appointments. 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Black man led by mounted police while bound with a rope sues Texas city for $1 million

first_imgErin Toberman/FacebookBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(GALVESTON, Texas) — A Black man who was led by mounted police down a Texas street while bound with a rope last year is suing the city and its police department for $1 million, court documents show.In August 2019, Donald Neely was arrested on criminal trespass charges in Galveston, just outside of Houston. Images and video of his arrest, during which two white police officers led him down the street handcuffed with a rope tied to their horses, sparked outrage.A petition filed this week in Galveston County’s district court called the officers’ conduct “extreme and outrageous” and claimed that it caused Neely injury, emotional distress and mental anguish.“Neely suffered from handcuff abrasions, suffered from the heat, and suffered from embarrassment, humiliation and fear as he was led by rope and mounted officers down the city street,” the lawsuit claims.The lawsuit charges that the arresting officers should have realized that Neely “being led with a rope and by mounted officers down a city street as though he was a slave, would find this contact offensive.”The lawsuit is also alleging malicious prosecution over Neely’s criminal trespass charge, which was ultimately dismissed in court.A Galveston spokesperson told ABC News the city does not comment on pending litigation.A status conference is currently scheduled for Jan. 7, 2021. Neely is demanding a trial by jury, court records show.Galveston Police Chief Vernon L. Hale III issued an apology in the aftermath of the arrest on behalf of the department, saying the officers “showed poor judgment.” The department said at the time it would cease the use of mounted horses to transport a person under arrest.A subsequent investigation by the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety determined the arrest didn’t warrant a criminal investigation.Following that investigation, the department released body camera footage of the incident. In it, the officers can be heard acknowledging the optics of the scene.“This is going to look so bad. I’m glad you’re not embarrassed, Mr. Neely,” one of the officers is heard saying.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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UK employees learn the three business Rs

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. UK employees learn the three business RsOn 3 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Economists have been posed a challenging riddle. How is it that a sluggishUK economy has managed to create more than 200,000 extra jobs in the past year,even though the redundancy rate – running at 8.6 per cent – is higher than atany time since the mid-1990s? The answer partly lies in unbalanced growth. Substantial job gains inservices and construction have transfused a major haemorrhaging inmanufacturing jobs. In addition, even employers facing weaker market conditionshave, where possible, maintained staff levels in the expectation that theeconomic slowdown would be short-lived. This has enabled growth sectors to addto the jobs pool, albeit at the expense of a sharp drop in the rate of growthof productivity. But in order to fully understand current labour market trends, it is alsoimportant to appreciate that redundancies are not confined to sectors whereemployment is falling. Although, at present, manufacturing redundancies farexceed those of any other individual sector, they account for only one-third ofall layoffs. Substantial numbers of redundancies are also being recorded insectors where employment is rising, including construction, distribution,hotels and restaurants, and public administration, education and health. This results from an emerging ‘3Rs’ effect – ongoing and simultaneousreorganising, redundancy and recruitment within organisations. Employers arecontinually reorganising their workforces in order to improve performance, inthe process of laying-off less productive workers while recruiting anddeveloping others. This is apparent from the CIPD’s regular employer surveys,which show the most common reason for redundancies is reorganising, far aheadof the need to reduce costs or respond to falling sales. These surveys also show that employers fear large-scale redundancyprogrammes because they will unsettle valued staff and make recruitmentdifficulties worse by damaging the employer brand. This provides organisationswith an incentive to use redundancy as a strategic tool rather than a knee-jerkpanic response to short-term pressures. Consequently, the UK may be less of a crude ‘hire and fire’ economy thanmany commentators claim. Yet it is equally possible employers are behaving thisway simply because the current slowdown has been relatively mild. Companies inthe US, by contrast, were very quick to shed labour when the economy fell intorecession in 2001, despite constant warnings of the downside of downsizing.This suggests that employers’ use of redundancies remains strongly influencedby expectations of short-run demand prospects and longer-term strategicconsiderations. A more severe downturn in the UK economy in the future might, therefore,result in far more labour shedding than has occurred this time around. By John Philpott, Chief economist of the Chartered Institute of Personneland Development Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Fall in deaths at work but serious injuries piling up

first_imgFall in deaths at work but serious injuries piling upOn 25 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today The number of workplace deaths in the UK has dropped. New figures published by the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) show that226 people were killed in work-related accidents in 2002-2003. This is 25 fewerthan the previous year. But the figures also show the number of major injuries increased slightly,with a total of 28,426, up 415. In all, 126,004 injuries caused people to have three or more days’ absencefrom work – 3,651 fewer than in 2001-2002, a drop of 2.4 per cent. HSC chairman Bill Callaghan said he was not surprised at the findings. “[The figures] confirm the size of the occupational health problems weface and that progress on reducing injuries has broadly reached aplateau,” he said. “I am disappointed that we have still not seen astep-change in health and safety performance.” The statistics show that the rate of reported major injury to employeesincreased in the agriculture, construction, manufacturing and services sectors,and fell in the utility supply sector. The most common cause of major injury to employees continues to be slippingand tripping, accounting for 37 per cent of all major injuries. Being struck by a moving or falling object accounted for 14 per cent ofmajor injuries to employees, falling from a height also accounted for 14 percent and being injured while handling, lifting or carrying objects accountedfor 12 per cent. “Successive falls in construction-related fatalities over the last twoyears are certainly welcome news,” said Callaghan. “But we must beconsistently seeing fewer deaths, fewer injuries and fewer assaults on people’shealth. “The enforcing authorities – the HSE and its local authority partners –cannot do it all. To deliver lasting improvements in health and safety, we musthave real commitment from industry, and from many other stakeholders aswell.” By Quentin Readewww.hse.gov.uk/statistics Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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