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Standard Chartered Bank Limited (SCBK.ke) 2013 Abridged Report

By on July 12, 2021

first_imgStandard Chartered Bank Limited (SCBK.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Standard Chartered Bank Limited (SCBK.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Standard Chartered Bank Limited (SCBK.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Standard Chartered Bank Limited (SCBK.ke)  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileStandard Chartered Bank Limited is a financial services institution in Kenya offering banking products and services to the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The financial institution is a subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank Limited and has a presence in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. The company offers a full-service offering ranging from transactional banking to loans, mortgages, insurance and investments, asset management and treasury services. Formerly known as The Chartered Bank, the company changed its name to Standard Chartered Bank in 1969. The former company was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in London, United Kingdom. Standard Chartered Bank Limited’s head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Standard Chartered Bank Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Flashmob – tested on humans

By on June 16, 2021

first_img  40 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  39 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 11 April 2011 | News Flashmob – tested on humans Advertisement Tagged with: Humour A wonderfully inspiring flashmob in Quebec organised by the “Testé sur des humains” team at TVA. All of the participants received free transport to the shopping centre to take part, courtesy of the STM.I spotted this on ActionAid’s site:www.actionaid.org.uk/101322/Bollocks_to_poverty__ActionAid_UKs_youth_network.html?article=2899“Do the right thing” is the message. Simple acts by all of us can make a difference, and should be celebrated.It made me think we could do the same thing to encourage giving. Has anyone created a similar video in which charity donors get an unexpected standing donation simply for giving? People leaving a legacy? People committing to monthly giving? You could create a whole series of giving videos like this. 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.last_img read more

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Hep A outbreak amid water shutoffs in Detroit

By on June 15, 2021

first_imgNational march in Detroit against water shutoffs, June 2014.The ongoing fight to stop mass water shutoffs has stepped up with a series of “Solidarity Saturdays” protests at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department building.Over 100,000 homes have had water services terminated since mass shutoffs started in 2014 during Detroit’s federal bankruptcy proceedings.  In May the city began the process of shutting off water to another 17,000 residential homes. People’s organizations in Detroit are demanding an immediate stop to the denial of water and sanitation to thousands of families.An outbreak of hepatitis A, spread by fecal-oral contamination, has hit Michigan since August 2016. Public health officials say it is one of the largest outbreaks in the U.S. since a vaccine was developed 20 years ago.Over 500 cases were reported in the state in 2017, the highest number in the country. More than 800 cases and 25 deaths have occurred since the outbreak began. Health officials in Indiana have warned residents not to travel to neighboring Michigan without getting vaccinated for hep A.Against this backdrop, organizations including the Moratorium Now! Coalition, People’s Water Board, Michigan Poor People’s Campaign and Michigan Welfare Rights Organization are calling on city officials to impose an immediate moratorium on all water shutoffs.Solidarity Saturdays start at noon outside the DWSD building at 735 Randolph St. in downtown Detroit, with a short march to Campus Martius Park near Dan Gilbert’s Quicken Loans.  Gilbert is the city’s main gentrifier and a chief architect of the destruction of Detroit’s neighborhoods due to mass home foreclosures caused by usurious and racist loans.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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OPEC Output Plan Lifts Oil Prices

By on June 14, 2021

first_imgHome News Feed OPEC Output Plan Lifts Oil Prices OPEC Output Plan Lifts Oil Prices By Hoosier Ag Today – Sep 29, 2016 SHARE Facebook Twitter Oil futures settled higher Thursday, as the OPEC plan to scale back production lifted prices for West Texas Intermediate crude to their highest level in more than a month. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries reached an understanding at a meeting Wednesday in Algeria that there was a need to scale back production. OPEC members agreed on a preliminary outline to cut its collective output to between 32.5 million barrels a day and 33 million barrels a day, down from the levels of 33.2 million barrels a day in August, national oil ministers said. The cartel hasn’t approved a production cut since 2008.That was “definitely a bullish move for oil prices in the short-term outlook as, above all, it shows unity among oil producing nations once again,” said Fawad Razaqzada, technical analyst at Forex.com. “However, it is important to note that the OPEC output will still remain near record high levels and there is scope for some members to ignore the production cap.” Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for September 30, 2016Next articleFarm Economy Slumping into Fourth Quarter 2016 Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

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McLean 6th brings “A Buck and A Bucket” to support a student’s family

By on June 13, 2021

first_imgBallroom dancing popular amongst elementary school students TIffany Pittmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tiffany-pittman/ TIffany Pittman Facebook Ice Bucket Challenge stepsPeople recorded themselves dumping ice buckets on their heads and posted the videos to social media. Participants tagged their friends and family members to accept the challenge, and donated to the ALS Association. In it’s first year the challenge raised $115 million, most of which went toward research. This year #EveryAugustUntilACure was added to the social media posts. Collin said that ALS is not incurable, it’s underfunded. Linkedin Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Previous articleStudents want more from WalshNext articleNew police chief named for the city of Fort Worth TIffany Pittman RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin TIffany Pittmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tiffany-pittman/ Facebook Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Video Playerhttp://www.www.tcu360.com/wp-content/uploads/the109/2015/09/IMG_2560.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundDownload File: http://www.www.tcu360.com/wp-content/uploads/the109/2015/09/IMG_2560.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The challenge was put on by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Summer Jones, PTA member said, “Connor is a full-of-life kid, his personality is larger than life and we want to show that all his buddies are there for him and his father.”The Hadley Family Since his diagnosis in late 2014, Collin Hadley and his wife, Emily, decided the family would have nothing but great memories and experiences from that day forward. Collin and Emily told their children, 12-year-old Connor and 8-year-old Maddie, this past summer when they were out of school. Since then Connor decided to step up and be the man of the house, Collin said.Connor started in the area the family loves most which when Collin cooks steaks. That night Collin taught his son how to make steaks and Connor has cooked them since, Collin said. The family had started a blog to bring awareness about ALS and share their story.ALS Ice Bucket Challenge The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge began in August of 2014. There are four steps to the challenge: TIffany Pittmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tiffany-pittman/ Education majors give glimpse of college to international students ReddIt McLean 6th brings “A Buck and A Bucket” to support a student’s family Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Paschal senior commits to play baseball at TCU ReddIt Twitter TIffany Pittmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tiffany-pittman/ + posts printA sixth grader is honoring his father who was diagnosed with ALS last year by challenging his middle school peers to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Connor Hadley learned this past summer that his father had been diagnosed with ALS. He has previously done the Ice Bucket Challenge and wanted to bring awareness to his school. On Friday afternoon, several students at McLean 6th Grade Center  stayed after school to participate in the challenge with Connor. Each student was asked to bring a buck to donate and a bucket to participate in the challenge.“I’m very proud of the people at my school for showing up,” he said. Twitterlast_img read more

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The Leap: Staying on campus during Easter? We’ve got you covered

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first_imgRiley Knight Riley Knighthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riley-knight/ What: Good Friday in the ParkWhere: Klyde Warren Park – 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201When: Friday, March 30 from 5 – 7 p.m.Details: A free community-wide family event at Klyde Warren Park. Includes a Good Friday celebration with a concert and fun for the entire family in the heart of Downtown Dallas. Attendees can enjoy an Easter egg hunt, food trucks, and kids activities and an empowering Good Friday message from Pastor Ed Young.Campus ResourcesTCU is home to students from many different religious backgrounds, so not all students choose to acknowledge the holiday. Easter is celebrated within the Christian faith and lines up with the Jewish Passover this year. Listed below are a number of different religious organizations on campus that are open to students who wish to celebrate the holiday:Who: Sigma Phi LambdaWhat: A Christian sorority whose purpose is to establish a faith-based sisterhood Twitter printEaster is less than a week away, and for students planning to stay on campus, we’ve compiled a list of events and resources for those who wish to celebrate the holiday in the DFW area.EventsWhat: Texas-Sized Easter Egg HuntWhere: Fort Worth Stockyards – 131 East Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76164When: Saturday, March 31 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.Details: The egg hunt is just one of many events hosted in the Stockyards throughout the day. Other events include a cattle drive, a Texas gun fight and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Facebook Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin A guide to designing your graduation cap Who: Chi Alpha (Assemblies of God)What: A network of Christian ministries with chapters on many college campuses across the nationWhen/Where: Girls’ Lifegroup: Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 7 p.m. in the first-floor lounge of Jarvis HallGuys’ Lifegroup: Wednesday or Thursday at 7 p.m. in Room 048 of the University Recreation Center Who: TCU Catholic Campus MinistryWhat: A Catholic campus ministry for studentsWhen/Where: Sunday mass at 5 p.m. in the Robert Carr Chapel or Wednesday mass at 5:15 p.m. in the Newman Center at 2704 W Berry St. Record number of participants in this year’s Dance Marathon World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Who: Young LifeWhat: A Christian ministry that reaches out to junior high and high school-aged students across the nation. TCU Young Life also includes a college student communityWhen/Where: Sundays at 8:49 p.m. at 3212 Wabash Ave. Linkedin Who: TCU WesleyWhat: A United Methodist student organization on campusWhen/Where: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Wesley House Who: DelightWhat: A faith-based, college women’s community group on campusWhen/Where: Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in the Robert Carr Chapel TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history What: 4th Annual Easter EGGstravaganza in the ParkWhere: Trinity Park – 2401 University Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76107When: Saturday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m.Details: For those who love fitness, this event features an Easter-themed 5K run for all ages or a 10K run for seasoned veterans. However, if the idea of running is daunting, there’s also the EGGstra 1 Mile Fun Run for those who would rather take a scenic walk. Registration is required.center_img ReddIt Riley Knighthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riley-knight/ What: Easter Sunrise Service and BreakfastWhere: Celebration Community Church – 908 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104When: Sunday, April 1Details: The service is normally held outdoors in the Rose garden – weather permitting. This service is followed by a full breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Come enjoy eggs, biscuits, sausage, etc. with your fellow early-morning church goers. What: Easter Worship ServicesWhere: First Presbyterian Church – 1000 Penn St., Fort Worth, TX 76102When: Sunday, April 1Details: Choose between four services throughout the day, including an outdoor Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. and regular worship at 8, 9, and 11 a.m. Riley Knighthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riley-knight/ + posts Facebook Who: Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX)What: A Christian fraternityWhen/Where: Tuesdays at 9:20 p.m. in Sid Richardson Lecture Hall 4 What: Passover SederWhere: Sonnenschein Chabad Jewish Center – 5659 Woodway Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76133When: Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m.Details: Join Chabad of Fort Worth for a traditional Passover Seder. Adults: $36, Child: $18. RSVP by March 29. Who: International Christian FellowshipWhat: A Christian student organization for the TCU international communityWhen: Friday nights Who: TCU HillelWhat: The home for Jewish life at TCUWhen/Where: Friday night services Who: Campus Crusade for ChristWhat: An interdenominational ministry on campusWhen/Where: Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in the University Recreation Center Riley Knighthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riley-knight/ ReddIt Previous articleHoroscope: March 27, 2018Next articleOpinion: Tariffs are a bad idea Riley Knight RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Leap: Why 13 students spent spring break in the concrete jungle A look into the Rho Gamma application process Who: Reformed University FellowshipWhat: The campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)When/Where: Wednesdays at 9 p.m. in the Beck/Geren room of the Brown-Lupton University Unionlast_img read more

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Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid

By on June 12, 2021

first_img Receive email alerts RSF_en Organisation to go further The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa ChadAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence Follow the news on Chad News December 1, 2020 Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid News October 7, 2020 Find out more Reportscenter_img Help by sharing this information Le journaliste de Radio FM Liberté Dingamlare Édouard empêché d’accéder à sa station au moment de l’intervention des forces de sécurité contre son média vendredi 27 novembre à N’Djamena, Tchad. Crédit : Radio FM Liberté Reporters Without Borders (RSF) unreservedly condemns last week’s violent police raid on a Chadian radio station in which 30 journalists were arrested – prompting dozens of radio stations to suspend broadcasting today in protest. The Chadian authorities must end the growing threats to media independence and allow journalists to work freely, RSF says. November 27, 2020 Find out more News ChadAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence The Chadian Union of Privately-Owned Radio Stations (URPT) has called on all of its members, around 40 broadcasters, to stage a one-day strike today in protest against the raid on N’Djamena-based Radio FM Liberté, a popular, independent radio station that specializes in covering human rights-related subjects.The police raided the station on the morning of 27 November, when it was planning to interview the organizers of a citizens’ forum that had been banned the day before. After discharging teargas in the station’s courtyard, they arrested nearly 70 people, including 30 journalists, some of whom were roughed up. They were released four hours later.The grounds given by the police for the raid was the ban on holding the forum and a prohibition of gatherings of more than 50 people during the pandemic.Blaise Dariustone, one of the Radio FM Liberté journalists who was arrested and also Deutsche Welle correspondent, told RSF that an intern suffering from the effects of the teargas had to be hospitalized. Dariustone also said he was personally threatened by the head of police intelligence.“The security forces who raided this radio station used very violent methods, as if they were trying to break up a gathering of criminals,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “We unreservedly condemn this completely disproportionate use of force and the arbitrary arrests of journalists who were just doing their job, and we urge the authorities to safeguard the freedom of journalists to interview whomever they wish. The brutality of this raid is all the more worrying for having come at a time of serious threats to Chadian press independence.”Chad’s news media have become increasingly concerned in recent weeks. In September and October, the High Authority for Media and Broadcasting (HAMA) suspended 12 newspapers for three months and threatened other media outlets with the same fate if they did not comply with a new law under which publishers and managing editors must, at the very least, have a postgraduate degree in journalism.RSF pointed out to the authorities that, under international law, a lack of academic qualifications cannot be used to restrict access to journalism or the management of media outlets. Enforcement of this new provision would result in the disappearance of around 15 publications including some of Chad’s oldest independent newspapers.Chad is ranked 123rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Chadian police attack TV crew covering coronavirus measures Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad April 3, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Support for call by wife for review of imprisoned cyber-dissident Yang Zili’s trial

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first_img News to go further February 6, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Support for call by wife for review of imprisoned cyber-dissident Yang Zili’s trial June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders today voiced support for a request for a review of cyber-dissident Yang Zili’s trial, which his wife, Lu Kun, has made on the grounds of new evidence that shows that he was convicted on trumped-up charges. The Beijing intermediate court turned down her request, but she filed a new request to the supreme court and is still awaiting its decision. Yang has been in prison since 2001.“Statements obtained by Lu shows that the security services fabricated the evidence on which Yang was convicted,” the press freedom organisation said. “The manipulation they expose is unacceptable. We expect China’s supreme court to play its role and redress the mistakes made by the other courts.”The first statement obtained by Lu is that of former State Security Bureau agent Li Yuzhou, who began spying on Yang and his group of friends at the Beijing teacher training college in May 2000 because they were suspected of “wanting to promote social reforms in China.” Li was told to infiltrate the group and report on their real intentions.The former agent’s statement to Lu is critical of his fellow agents and superiors, accusing them of altering the four reports he made in order to justify arresting Yang and three of his colleagues, Xu Wei, Jin Haike and Zhang Honghai.Li explained how he manipulated the young pro-democracy activists on the orders of his superiors. “Once I had joined the group, I was supposed to get its members to meet and talk, especially about their most radical positions, while agents in an adjoining room recorded the conversations,” Li said. The former agent explained that he became friends with the members of the group, which called itself the “New Youth Society.” In his view: “There was nothing illegal about the group and it posed no danger for the country. These young people were just meeting to talk and express their views.”The statements of two other members of the group, He Zhongzhou and Zhang Yanhua, corroborate what Li said. “We were just friends who met to talk, often about social problems, sure, but we never questioned the communist ideology,” said He, who also accused the judges of bias during the 2003 trial: “No account was taken of my testimony. As evidence, they preferred to use the false statements made by people in cahoots with the police.”A computer specialist and founder of the website www.lib.126.com, Yang was arrested on 20 April 2001 after writing articles for his website that advocated political freedoms, criticised the crackdown on the Falun Gong spiritual movement and deplored the economic hardship of China’s peasants. He also posted articles by other members of his group, which used to meet once a week to discuss political reform.He was sentenced by the Beijing intermediate court on 28 May 2003 to eight years in prison for “subverting state authority.” The sentence was confirmed on appeal on 10 November 2003. The three other members of the group who were arrested with him also received long prison sentences. Xu (a journalist) and Jin (a geologist) got ten years, while Zhang (a writer) got eight years.Reporters Without Borders established a system of sponsorship 16 years ago in which international media are encouraged to adopt imprisoned journalists. More than 200 news organisations throughout the world are currently supporting journalists by regularly calling on the authorities to release them and by publicising their cases. Yang has been adopted by Member of the European Parliament Marielle de Sarnez, Maud Gatel, UDF, Métro (France), RTL (France), Fun Radio (Belgium), Le Devoir (Canada), “Le Grand Journal” (TQS TV Canada), The Daily Courier, The Telegram and Radio Canada International.————————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on China Newscenter_img RSF_en Organisation News News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Court of Appeal Issues Thanksgiving Eve Stay Blocking Release of Redacted OIR

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first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena The California Court of Appeal issued a Thanksgiving eve stay blocking Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant’s November 13 judgment ordering the release, over the objection of the Pasadena Police Officers Association (“PPOA”), of a heavily redacted version of the Office of Independent Review Group (“OIR”) Report on the Pasadena Police Department’s shooting of the unarmed young African- American youth Kendrec McDade.After lengthy court proceedings before Judge Chalfant and his twice privately reviewing the City of Pasadena’s 14 pages of redactions to the OIR Report, Judge Chalfant ordered the City of Pasadena to release the Report on December 3 to the interveners in the PPOA-initiated lawsuit — i.e., McDade’s mother, Anya Slaughter, the LA Times, the Pasadena NAACP, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, ACT, and Kris Ockershauser, convener of the Coalition for Increased Civilian Oversight of the Pasadena Police Department.The Court of Appeal stay now further delays the Report’s release while it decides what to do with the PPOA petition to stop release of any part of the OIR Report.Elbie J. Hickambottom, General Counsel for the Pasadena NAACP and one of the attorneys for the Interveners, expressed dismay today that the PPOA has once again blocked public disclosure of even a heavily-redacted OIR Report.“The PPOA’s position is so extreme that it would essentially block any public scrutiny of police officer conduct. The PPOA’s intransigent protection of the few bad apples in the Police Department does a disservice to the great majority of Pasadena Police Officers who are conscientiously doing their jobs,” Hickambottom said. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS latest #1 Court of Appeal Issues Thanksgiving Eve Stay Blocking Release of Redacted OIR Published on Monday, December 1, 2014 | 12:26 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Business News Subscribe Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Top of the News HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Obvious Sign A Guy Likes You Is When He Does ThisHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

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County adjusts for rising senior center costs

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first_img County adjusts for rising senior center costs Previous article050419_Cinco_de_Mayo_jf_05Next articleJose Navarrette Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 TAGS  Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Local News From left, Ernest Fritz-Nestor waits for his lunch as volunteer Nancy Cotten serves Lavanda Haupt her lunch. People take advantage of the congregate meal program at the North Side Senior Center Wednesday. Expenditures for the senior citizen centers in Ector County are exceeding budget allotments. Senior citizens point to the facilities as vital resources in the community and say more funding is needed to support nutrition programs and activities for older residents. Ector County Senior Center Director Donna Greaves recently requested an additional $44,264 to make up for funds in the current budget cycle falling short of the amount needed to continue operations like providing congregate meals. The congregate meal program offers a daily lunch option at senior centers and is the main source of nutrition and food security for many over the age of 60 in Ector County. The program is funded in part by the Area Agency on Aging of the Permian Basin. The meals served must meet set nutritional requirements and comply with the most recent dietary guidelines for Americans, published jointly by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. Greaves said seniors are asked to give a suggested contribution of $3 to defray the cost of the meals but many find the price to be too steep. “The largest percentage of our seniors are 70 and older and when you get up in your 80s a lot of those seniors’ social security is nothing, literally they’re living on $500 a month or even less,” Greaves said. “We have some that can only pay $2 and some that can’t pay anything.” She said there are plenty of senior citizens that are working part-time or full-time jobs out of necessity to afford needed medicines, utilities, property taxes and food. Wanda Moon has both volunteered for and utilized the senior center over the course of the last three decades and said for some the senior center meal is their only nourishment for the day. “This is a main meal,” she said. “If you have this, then you can try to do without the other two meals and not have to really hurt your budget too much.” Moon said the congregate meal program fulfills both nutritional and social needs for senior citizens. Sitting across the table from Moon was Jo Alexander who visits the north side senior center about twice a week and said the meals are at the heart of what brings people through the door. She said if something were to happen to the nutrition program that would negatively impact those served, “the center would more or less die.” Greaves said low contributions affect the county department’s ability to negate accrued expenses for the 250 days a year the centers are required to serve meals. “We cannot tell them they have to pay,” she said. “We have homeless people that come to our facilities and that’s probably their only decent meal they get that day, so funding is important.” Jennie Fowler brought her own lunch to the north side center Tuesday in order to fellowship with others. She said the center’s attendance has suffered since suggested congregate meal prices were raised from $2 while others pointed to a lack of ongoing recruitment. The lower number of people served has a direct correlation to the amount of funding the centers receive from the state. Greaves said a charitable trust fund given to the county following a resident’s death helped to fill in funding gaps for years, but it was fully depleted during this budget cycle. Ector County Commissioners approved the budget amendment to the general fund and Randy Donner, who will step in as the new Ector County auditor this month, said he anticipates funding for the senior centers will need to be adjusted for next year to accommodate no longer being able to rely on the donated money. “Most of our funding, about 60 percent, goes to our congregate meal program,” Greaves said. “We want to be able to make sure they have at least one nutritious meal a day.” Facebooklast_img read more

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