Group reviews The Shirt

first_imgMembers of Campus Life Council (CLC) discussed reopening the Campus Bike Shop, innovations in The Shirt Project and the new academic focus of the First Year Orientation (FYO) program Monday. Student body president emeritus Pat McCormick requested a vote on a resolution supporting the continuation of the Campus Bike Shop. CLC voted unanimously in support of the resolution. Senior Paul Baranay, vice president of The Shirt Committee, presented the new design of this year’s  Shirt. He said the student-run committee chose to highlight Notre Dame’s past with a more complex design than in past years. “[The design] captures the tradition of Notre Dame, its past players and rising players, along with several accomplishments,” Baranay said. “The front [of The Shirt] is a throwback to a “Shake Down the Thunder” design of the 90’s with Knute Rockne’s face. Baranay said the choice of partnering with the Alta Gracia brand this year was novel, but kept in line with The Shirt’s original mission. “They were a great company with a history of success and a benefit of living wages for their workers in the Dominican Republic,” he said. “The shirt itself provides charity for students and organizations that need it.” Sophomore Alex Doctor, a member of the Student Campus Orientation Committee, then spoke to CLC members about refocusing the FYO program. The goal of FYO is to foster the social, spiritual and academic development of each student, she said. “We really want to develop the academic portion, which hasn’t been as focused on in the past,” she said. “The challenge we see in the FYO process is that the dorms and staff are focused on the social aspect and sometimes forget that they’re preparing freshmen for an academic journey.” Doctor said the team also worked with the First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL) program to institute a series of training sessions for FYO staff. These meetings are meant to start conversation on cultural competency and inclusion, she said. “We’re really hoping through these meetings to emphasize this feeling of cultural competency, inclusion, a new type of event, diversity with events,” she said. “By the time FYO comes around, we’ll have a new, more inclusive process.” The Orientation Committee will meet with each of the dorms separately to ensure programming with purpose, Doctor said. “We’re trying to make it a University-wide effort this year,” she said. CLC postponed a discussion on the Town Hall meetings held in response to racial harassment on campus until next week. McCormick said members will discuss a resolution thanking the University for their work in stopping discrimination on campus. “We’ve been incredibly grateful in student government for the work of the Office of Student Affairs, which was strongly represented at the Town Hall meetings. There’s a real sense that this is an opportunity for conflict transformation,” he said. “Particularly as we move forward, it is a major point of the new administration, and we will honor that accordingly.”last_img read more

Plant Destroyers

first_imgMy backyard was home to several large hostas. These plants prefer shady sites, and they were thriving where I had them planted. Then, one day, they simply disappeared.All that was left were a few small branches sticking out of the ground. Something had eaten my hostas and the most probable culprits were deer. They tend to cause more problems for homeowners than most other types of wildlife.As counties across Georgia continue to develop, wildlife habitats are disturbed and destroyed. This drives deer and other wildlife into home landscapes, where they feast on plants. Deterring them can be a challenge. They may be beautiful creatures, but when they eat your precious plants, deer live up to the nickname “rats with antlers,” which is what many gardeners call them.Deer prefer plants that are rich in nutrients, and they’re particularly troublesome in the spring when the does are pregnant and the young bucks are growing. However, they can cause gardeners problems any time of the year.In addition to eating plants, deer can damage trees. Young bucks frequently rub their antlers on trees, damaging the bark. This action can be particularly harmful to young trees that are trying to become established in the landscape. Wrapping a barrier around the tree trunk, such as tubing, mesh wire or other, similar materials, will make the tree less attractive to the deer and reduce the damage.Although there are no silver bullets, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers several control tactics that will help minimize damage caused by deer.Try to keep deer away by selecting plants they don’t like, such as butterfly bushes, barberry, Carolina jessamine, marigolds and zinnias. Deer also avoid plants with strong aromas, such as lantana, rosemary, sage and thyme.Deer prefer certain plants over others, but if their supply of food is limited, they will consume most any plant. They favor hostas, daylilies, candytuft and hibiscus, among others.Control deer by building a fence at least eight feet in height. Deer can jump over fences that are shorter than eight feet. Some gardeners install wire fences connected to a battery. When deer come into contact with the fence, they receive an electric shock. The deer are not harmed by the shock, but they are startled. Over time, the deer learn to avoid the fence. Establishing a fence like this can be a costly investment.Although not 100 percent effective, taste repellents that deter deer can be sprayed on plants. These chemicals are composed of materials that have unpleasant scents, such as ammonia or rotten eggs. The offensive smell and bitter taste cause the deer to avoid these plants and go somewhere else to feed. The effectiveness of taste repellents deteriorates over time, so they must repeatedly be applied, especially after rainfall. Milorganite, an organic fertilizer made of composted sewage sludge, has also been shown to repel deer.Shooting deer is not permitted in residential areas, but you can try to scare them away. Attaching pie tins, aluminum foil and other items to trees can frighten deer. Lights, sprinklers and barking dogs can also scare them away.While there is no foolproof way to eliminate the presence of deer in your landscape, these tactics can be used to reduce their detrimental impact.last_img read more

Flood Risks

first_imgAs residents across the state deal with periods of flood-level rainfall, University of Georgia researchers have announced a partnership that will enable them to share flood risk data with other scientists across the U.S.“By partnering with First Street Foundation Flood Lab we can create and share vital data on flood risk that can, among other things, improve homeowners’ understanding of flood risk,” said Craig Landry, an environmental economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).UGA is one of several institutions partnering with First Street Foundation Flood Lab, a nonprofit whose previous research estimated a nearly $15.9 billion loss in relative home values in 18 East and Gulf Coast states from the impact of sea level rise between 2005 and 2017. Other institutions working in the partnership include Columbia University, George Mason University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rhodium Group, Rutgers University, the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Bristol.The goal of the partnership is to use the data on the site to study and report on the past, present and future financial and economic impacts of flooding in America.“Our goal is to create a pipeline of peer-reviewed research on the economic impacts of flooding for years to come,” said First Street Foundation representative Brett Lingle.In addition to Landry, project team members include CAES environmental economist Susana Ferreira and doctoral candidate Dylan Turner in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and Brian Bledsoe, a professor in the UGA College of Engineering and Director of the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems at UGA.The UGA team will work on projects to answer questions like “What impact will First Street Foundation’s flood risk data have on home prices, flood insurance take-up and risk mitigation efforts?” and “What effect do different sources of risk information have on flood risk perception, government action, flood insurance take-up and flood hazard mitigation?”In the first study, researchers will evaluate the impact that detailed flood risk information from the First Street Foundation Flood Model has on home prices in high-risk zones, the purchase of flood insurance policies and community-level risk mitigation actions.The latter study will focus on understanding how communities use different types of flood risk information and how those sources influence their perceptions of flood risk. The research team will use an experimental design, with a regional focus on the Southeast U.S., to assess how different sources of risk information — including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, First Street Foundation, and local partners and universities — influence understanding and trust, which can map into differences in individual and community behavior.Scientists often have to pay financial institutions and insurance companies for flood risk data, according to Lingle. First Street is sharing its flood risk model, which maps past events and future risks, with these research partners at no charge to allow the public access to data institutional investors use to gauge risk.Researchers from Johns Hopkins University will use the data to study how big banks may be shifting climate risk to taxpayers and the potentially outsized influence real estate developers may have on Congress when determining the location and scope of seawalls, levees and other adaptation projects built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. University of Pennsylvania scientists will examine the impacts of flood risk on housing and insurance markets and the fiscal impacts of major flood events on municipalities.Data from the first set of states — including Georgia — were complete in February, with remaining states becoming available as they are completed.When the data have been collected from the university partners and the First Street Foundation Flood Model is complete, the information will be shared directly with the public through the foundation’s online visualization tool at FloodFactor.com.The public can currently access the foundation’s tidal flooding and home value data at firststreet.org/flood-factor.last_img read more

Children of Vermont Military Families Get Holiday Surprise from Operation Holiday Cheer

first_imgThe Kiwanis Club of St. Johnsbury announced today that it has adopting Operation Holiday Cheer to provide a holiday gift to the children of military families in Vermont. Launched in 2007 by the Kiwanis Clubs of Maine, Operation Holiday Cheer (OHC) was founded to provide a holiday gift to the children of military families in Maine. According to Marc Badeau, the National Chairman of Operation Holiday Cheer, This effort extended beyond personal ideology – regardless of one’s beliefs about the war, everyone agrees that these children deserve our show of appreciate and support when their moms and dads are away or are haunted by the ever-present specter of deployment. The program is not a needs-based program but one of appreciation to the children of military families for their sacrifice. This program is the ideal manner that a grateful nation can show its support for the military without moral conflict – the program transcends the debate of our role in the Middle East and recognizes the forgotten heroes of this conflict.According to Badeau, the program resulted in the distribution of over 8,000 gifts to over 140 cities and towns in the state of Maine. OHC has been commended with a Joint Resolution from the Senate and the House and has received a Citation of Merit from the Department of Defense. OHC was also recognized in the US Congressional Record for its program, which is the first time in the over 90 year history of Kiwanis. Given the success of the program, OHC is expanding this year to include the children of military families living in New England and New York. Badeau sought the assistance of the Kiwanis Clubs of Vermont and did not look long before the Kiwanis Club of St. Johnsbury quickly volunteered to spearhead the effort. Says Krystina McMorrow, Vermont Chairman of Operation Holiday Cheer and member of the Kiwanis Club of St. Johnsbury, This program melds the Kiwanis concept of helping children in our communities with our members firm belief that the children of military families need the comfort of knowing that, we, the citizens of Vermont, stand proudly besides them during these difficult times.With over 4,500 children in Vermont that have a parent serving in the military during the holidays, this program will have a significant impact on the lives of a large number of children that have always suffered in silence and asked for nothing. says McMorrow. Military families can register for the program on the official website (www.KiwanisOperationHolidayCheer.org(link is external)) or can call the main office at (207) 221-0296. Gifts are delivered on a first-come, first-served basis based upon the amount of funds raised. Extensive corporate sponsorship opportunities are available including company recognition in each of the packages and newsletters. Individual donations are also being sought with name recognition of the donors on the OHC website (www.KiwanisOperationHolidayCheer.org(link is external)). Any donations raised will be used solely to assist the families living in Vermont. Says McMorrow, In its first year of operations, OHC was able to deliver a holiday gift to EVERY child of a military family living in Maine that requested one. I am confident that the people of Vermont will also donate generously to ensure that no child that requests a gift is refused one due to lack of funds. The time for bumper sticker slogans is over – it is time for us to show meaningful support to our troops and their families.last_img read more

Ponies and Thru-Hikers: The Wildlife of Grayson Highlands

first_imgIt’s Tuesday morning and I can hear a slow drizzle dripping off of my gutter outside. Soon I’ll get up to go to my job that I love but that operates mostly at a desk. Out there, in Grayson Highlands, the thru-hikers are packing up in the rain for another trek.In one day they’ll most likely cover more mileage than we did in double that. My hiking companions this past weekend, Corndog and Cruise, are thru-hikers themselves, completing the trail in 2013. When they hiked over the rolling balds of Grayson Highlands they were chased by constant storms probably not unlike what the hikers we met are trudging through now. They invited me to accompany them back to this magical stretch of the AT because I have my own dreams of thru-hiking, and because they wanted to replace the mucky memory they had of what the guidebooks call one of the most beautiful and iconic stretches of the whole trail.I thought surely that the ponies would be the highlight. I imagined them sensing they could trust me, cautiously approaching and coming just close enough to touch. In my mind I was the pony whisperer in a field of shy and wild creatures.Grayson Highlands is known for its wild ponies. Introduced in the mid-seventies, the ponies eat the vegetation that would grow up and reforest the windswept balds that give the area its distinctive moor-like look. Feeding and harassing the ponies in any way is prohibited and warned against in signs along the trail. Visitors are also advised that ponies do kick and bite and are not to be approached.I had not yet read the signs.Instead, when we spied a pony approaching our lunch rock by the shelter below Mt. Rogers, I threw down my tortilla, hands sticky with hot sauce, and barreled through the woods towards it with my waist strap unbuckled and my giant pack flopping side to side. Corndog hadn’t yet given me some tips to reposition the awkward weight distribution of my load and I probably looked and sounded like a top-heavy yeti. I tumbled towards the pony with such determination that I missed it altogether. Skirting through the woods away from me, the wild beast approached the shelter where my friends and another thru-hiker, ‘Lone Hiker’ were finishing up their lunches. Sure, I was disappointed, but before I could even turn back another pony came charging around the corner.This one was brawny tan with a glamorous Fabio style mane. It barely gave me a second look as it hoofed past just a few feet from where I stood. Why these ponies could not feel our connection was beyond me, but by now Cruise had rounded the bend and Corndog was close behind her. I just hadn’t found the right pony, I thought, as Cruise told me that the two I’d seen had come right up to them. Together we hiked around another curve of trees and there he was, a little appaloosa with creamy white fur splotched by big dark brown patches and a chocolate vanilla swirled mane.I froze. Here was my pony. This time I cautiously approached him. I stopped, edged forward, trying to stay cool. I tip-toed closer and then, looking at the pony instead of the ground, fell down and was nearly crushed by my excessively full pack. I struggled to my feet and stopped, holding out my hand. He looked up from underneath his shaggy pony bangs and clip-clopped closer, smelling the salt from my sweat and the remnants of lunch. His soft nose pressed into my knuckles and I ruffled his mane and scratched his neck before he, doing a little turn for all of us, gracefully wandered into the brush to nibble on soft mountaintop grass.We thought our pony sightings were over after we distanced ourselves from the first small herd, but throughout the miles that day and the next we looked out over vista after vista only to see it made even more magnificent by a dotting of rugged creatures. The seventeen miles we covered were craggy, sending us through ‘Fat Man’s Squeeze— a boulder tunnel that reinforced my need to trim down my gear. We climbed up and over other outcrops where the white blaze was spray painted onto rock instead of tree. We walked through a campsite blanketed with such soft green grass that I wanted to lay down and press my cheek to it.Other packs of ponies were clustered closer to the two parking areas we passed through. Showing their less-wild nature they paused for photo opportunities with families, toddlers and young children in tow, who were as delighted as I was by the thought of a tiny horse living high in the mountains. We distanced ourselves from these cars and dirt roads quickly, but not as fast as the thru-hikers that blazed up behind us on the trail. But Corndog had brought a cache of snicker’s bars in his pack, ‘trail magic,’ and could make anyone of them freeze in their stride and backtrack.These tough and determined souls trekking from Georgia to Maine were truly the wildest creatures out there. No offense to the ponies, but talking to the thru-hikers and being near their frank joy for the trail was the highlight for me. At the AT shelter near where we set up camp, we spoke with a young woman named Brightside who was hiking with her husband. She asked us if we were aspiring thru-hikers and Corndog jokingly scoffed, “Why would anyone want to do something as crazy as that!” She said, “Because it’s amazing!” She went on to tell us about the views, the wonder of eating lunch in a different place everyday, and about her restored belief in the goodness of humanity. “In your normal life,” she said, “people rush along and don’t think about each other, but out here everybody is so nice – so willing to help you out.” I felt this too as we passed a lively kitchen camp set up by a man everybody kept calling ‘Fresh Grounds’ who was famous for whipping up hot meals of french toast,fresh fruit, and other delicacies for hikers on the trail.Corndog and Cruise gave me some tips about the best water filtration system they’d found and ways to pack smart. They also shared their memories and some of what the trail had meant for them. The 17 miles up and over Grayson Highlands gave me a taste of the AT, one that has already gotten me hungry for the next trip. I will, on this rainy day in my house, think of Brightside, Chicago, and the others we met who are putting one foot in front of the other on the way to satisfying their hearts’ desires.last_img read more

150 wines from Zagreb County presented to the catering sector

first_imgIn the presence of many winemakers, oenologists, caterers and wine lovers, the 1st show of the best wines of Zagreb County was opened.It is a unique oenological event where you could taste more than 150 types of world, domesticated and indigenous varieties of wine and several of the most respected types of cheese from county producers.S 5 milijuna trsova posađenih na više od 900 hektara površine Zagrebačka županija je u samom vrhu Republike Hrvatske prema broju vinara, vinskih etiketa, vinskih cesta i općenito vinogradarsko-vinskih projekata.” We are also in the lead in terms of the number of registered family farms, 15 thousand of them, and this quantity is accompanied by quality – especially in the sector of viticulture and winemaking in which we have a rich tradition.”Said Zagreb County Prefect Stjepan Kožić.As part of the Review, 33 winemakers from 9 vineyards in Zagreb County presented their wines with a protected designation of origin. In addition to tasting top wines, two expert workshops were organized for the visitors of the Revue – “Cheese and wine” where visitors could learn all about the proper pairing of these two foods and “Sparkling wines of Zagreb County” where they had the opportunity to meet about 10 producers from the area of ​​Zagreb County.During the opening ceremony of the Review, Kožić pointed out that tenders in agriculture worth HRK 15 million will be announced by the end of the week, some of which are already in progress. “This year’s 1st show of the best wines of Zagreb County provided an opportunity for local winemakers to present their products and achieve cooperation with other stakeholders in the market, and we plan to continue this type of product promotion with other our agricultural producers.”Kožić pointed out and emphasized that the goal is to connect wine producers with the catering sector, both in Zagreb County and in the whole of Croatia.Also, during the Revue, the champion medals from the 15th evaluation of Zagreb County wines were awarded, among which the title of absolute champion was taken by a mixture of white varieties – ice harvest 2014, OPG Đurinski.last_img read more

Unai Emery omits Mesut Ozil from Arsenal squad for third game in a row as the Gunners face Bournemouth

first_imgUnai Emery omits Mesut Ozil from Arsenal squad for third game in a row as the Gunners face Bournemouth Metro Sport ReporterSunday 6 Oct 2019 1:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link20Shares ‘Today we decided tactically [the best] eleven to impose our game plan.‘But if I could change one player for another I would have the same confidence in that player.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisement Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s clash with Bournemouth (Getty Images)Mesut Ozil’s exile from Unai Emery’s squad continues as Arsenal host Bournemouth on Sunday.The 30-year-old was omitted from Arsenal’s matchday squad for the 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Monday evening and he was also left out of the team as the Gunners beat Standard Liege 4-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.After the win over Standard Liege, Emery took a major dig at Ozil by claiming Arsenal’s highest-paid player did not ‘deserve’ to be named as a substitute for the match.And it appears Emery has not changed his thinking as Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s matchday squad for the game against Bournemouth.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt’s understood that Ozil is not injured as he trained with the rest of his Arsenal teammates on Saturday. ARSENAL VS BOURNEMOUTH ARSENAL XI: Leno; Chambers, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ceballos; Pepe, Aubameyang, SakaSUBS: Martinez, Tierney, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Willock, Martinelli. Ozil has failed to make Arsenal’s last three matchday squads (AMA/Getty Images)Emery, meanwhile, has made just one change following Arsenal’s draw with United at Old Trafford on Monday night as Dani Ceballos replaces Lucas Torreira in midfield.‘We are playing a lot of matches,’ Emery told Sky Sports before the game.‘On Monday we played some players and on Thursday we played others, but really we were happy with those who played in each match. Advertisementlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Executive Order to Protect Vulnerable Pennsylvanians Yielding Results

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 19, 2019 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In late July, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order that outlined an overhaul of the state services and systems to protect the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. Today, his administration provided an update on progress by announcing multiple changes put in place in the Department of Human Services (DHS).“State agencies involved in protecting vulnerable Pennsylvanians are working to overhaul outdated or inadequate systems, protocols and processes. We are going to find substantive ways to transform these systems to hold ourselves and institutions to higher operation standards. We must ensure better and more accountable services to those for which they protect and care,” Gov. Wolf said. “The systematic changes we are announcing today are just the first step in a commitment to doing a better job of protecting our most vulnerable populations.”The updates announced today include:Stronger Accountability for InstitutionsAn integral part of DHS’s responsibilities is the inspection and issuance of licenses for facilities that provide services to, house, or otherwise help vulnerable populations. DHS-led inspections of facilities result in a license renewal or, in some cases, a plan of correction for a facility to be fully compliant with the department.For too long, there were no standardized timeframes in establishing a plan of correction following the identification of a violation during an inspection. New processes will include verification of timely compliance with and implementation of a plan of correction, and commencement of a licensure action against a provider who does not timely comply with that plan.DHS issued a bulletin on July 15, 2019, outlining these processes and followed that with training webinars for providers during the last two weeks of July. Nearly 4,000 people participated. The bulletin becomes effective October 1, 2019.“By issuing this bulletin and offering companion training to providers, DHS is clarifying and standardizing the processes that should occur after a licensing violation is identified, further protecting vulnerable Pennsylvanians by ensuring facilities providing care are not operating with extended violations in need of correction,” DHS Sec. Teresa Miller said.Implementing a Single Child Welfare Case Management SystemOn August 28, 2019, the Child Welfare Case Management Steering Team, with representation from the Department of Human Services Secretary’s Office, Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF), the Health and Human Services Delivery Center, Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators, the Child Welfare Resource Center, and 18 counties held its kickoff meeting as the first step toward the implementation of a single case management system that offers wide-ranging support for at-risk children. Counties represented include Allegheny, Armstrong, Berks, Bucks, Cambria, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Sullivan, Warren, and Wayne.“By gathering our staff and listening to the perspectives and ideas of multiple counties and providers, we know this steering team will be productive,” Sec. Miller said. “We will continue to engage with these 18 counties – and more – as we move toward conversion from their existing systems to a single case management system, because we know an ongoing, open dialogue is key to this transformative process.”Steering Team meetings are scheduled every two weeks for the next three months. DHS continues to invite counties to be part of smaller working groups as part of the steering committee.Seeking the Best Complex-Need Care ModelsEarlier this month, DHS announced a Request for Information (RFI) to assist in identifying the best possible care models for individuals with complex clinical and behavioral conditions. The most common example of individuals who fall within this target population are those transitioning from corrections facilities who need long-term care support, may have a history of violence or sex offenses, or may exhibit severe behavioral health conditions.Without access to appropriate and supportive services, including long-term care services, these individuals often face severe health risks, including physical injury and death, homelessness, isolation, or potential correctional recidivism.DHS is seeking to build an infrastructure to effectively serve people before they face a crisis. Responses to this RFI will aid DHS in identifying and developing best practices and to improve person-centered service planning and care in order to more effectively address the needs of this population.“We are committed to ensuring that our most vulnerable populations are taken care of and looked after, but too often these populations struggle to find proper care opportunities,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “Leveraging partnerships with providers across the state is a critical piece of creating a network to support individuals with complex needs.”“The path to incarceration is often rife with trauma, addiction, mental illness and lack of meaningful educational opportunities,” Department of Corrections Sec. John Wetzel said. “Focusing on vulnerable populations is exactly what we need to proactively help individuals before they get criminally involved, while aiding individuals who are criminally involved to get out of the system and into a safe, community setting.”.The RFI is available online. DHS is requesting that all responses to this RFI be submitted by 12 p.m. on the September 28, 2019. Responses must be submitted electronically to the following email account with “Complex Case Placement RFI” in the email subject line: [email protected] Human Trafficking AwarenessAccording to the National Human Trafficking hotline data, 199 human trafficking cases have been reported in Pennsylvania in 2018 alone. The federal Preventing Sex Trafficking & Strengthening Families Act mandates that County Children and Youth Agencies implement protocols for expeditiously locating children missing from out-of-home care and for screening whether a child under the supervision of the state was a victim of sex or labor trafficking.DHS’s OCYF realized a need to inform all those who interact with someone who might have been a human trafficking victim on the best practices related to screening and assessment of victims, addressing their physical and mental health needs, and determining placement, treatment and services for them. To address this, OCYF Bulletin # 3130-19-04, entitled Serving Child Victims of Human Trafficking, will be issued by October 1.The bulletin highlights federal and state requirements around human trafficking reporting and includes examples of trafficking screening and assessment tools that can be used by those in the field to help identify victims and determine their individual needs.“This practice guide is a critical component that can now help all those involved with potential human trafficking victims understand the key signs for identifying potential victims and how to best serve their unique needs,” said Sec. Miller. “Services that provide safe housing and meet victims’ basic needs, intensive case management, and education or life skills and job training are part of the guide to help these victims live healthful, fulfilling lives.”center_img Gov. Wolf: Executive Order to Protect Vulnerable Pennsylvanians Yielding Resultslast_img read more

Atlantis Launches GBP 7 Million Bond

first_imgSIMEC Atlantis Energy has, through Abundance Investment, launched a proposed five-year bond offer maturing 2024.The bond offer seeks to raise a maximum of £7 million, and is expected to close on or before October 31, 2019, with the extension option by up to three months at the company’s discretion.Subject to completion of the bond offer, the proceeds of the issue will be used to progress and accelerate the development of opportunities in the Atlantis project pipeline, including funding the remaining development activities for the Uskmouth power station conversion project and consenting and engineering studies for the proposed Raz Blanchard tidal power project, and to provide general working capital to be used in the development of the Atlantis group’s business and project portfolio.Tim Cornelius, CEO, SIMEC Atlantis Energy, said: “As we create a global, diversified renewable energy platform, this bond offer represents a chance for investors to help Atlantis to grow and share in our future financial success. The bonds will help us continue work on amazing and world leading projects such as the Uskmouth power station conversion. These bonds will help us towards our ambition of becoming one of the largest and most diversified renewable energy companies on the London Stock Exchange.”Bruce Davis, co-founder and joint managing director, Abundance, said: “At this time of great political upheaval and climate emergency, now is the time to turn words into actions. Atlantis is one of the most dynamic energy development companies in the world, so we’re proud to be backing it as it helps lead the UK to a Net Zero future.“Abundance investors have been at the forefront of supporting the low-carbon transition and we expect our customers – drawn from ordinary people throughout the UK – to embrace this opportunity to build on the success of our two previous green bonds for Atlantis, with this third offer, our biggest for them so far.”last_img read more