ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) HY2020 Presentation

first_imgZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 presentation results for the half year.For more information about ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw)  2020 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileZB Financial Holdings Limited provides financial solutions to the commercial and merchant banking sector in Zimbabwe, as well as retail banking services, insurance operations and strategic investments. Known as Zimbank, the company services its clients through a nationwide footprint of branches in major towns and cities in Zimbabwe and electronic delivery channels. The Insurance division provides structured insurance products for short- and long-term insurance; and the Strategic Investment division offers shared services which include risk management, compliance and human resources, and investments in property holdings and sub-sectors of the financial sector. ZB Financial Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Three suspects arrested for the murder of Gustavo “El Gaba” Rojas

first_imgNews RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia RSF_en April 4, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three suspects arrested for the murder of Gustavo “El Gaba” Rojas May 13, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts to go further Reports Follow the news on Colombia October 21, 2020 Find out more Organisation News ColombiaAmericas Reporters Without Borders voices sadness and outrage at the death of radio presenter Gustavo “El Gaba” Rojas Gabalo yesterday from the gunshot wounds he received on 4 February. He was almost certainly killed because of his work. The police have not found the two men who shot him. He is the western hemisphere’s fourth journalist to be killed in connection with their work since the start of the year. News Reporters Without Borders today hailed the arrests on 1 April of three of the four men suspected of carrying out the murder of radio presenter Gustavo “El Gaba” Rojas Gabalo of Radio Panzemu, who was shot on 4 February in the northwestern town of Montería and died of his injuries on 20 March.According to information obtained following the arrests, the murder was planned a month ahead of time and it now seems even more likely that it was linked to Rojas’s work as a journalist. But those who instigated the killing have still not been identified.The chief suspect to be detained is Ramiro “El Guajiro” Antonio Berrio. According to the police, residents identified him as the person who fired the shots that fatally wounded Rojas. He has a police record and was wanted in connection with other murders. He was arrested in the Santa Fe de Rialito area, a stronghold of former paramilitaries, together with Santiago “El Negro” Luna Primera and Manuel “El Pambe” Pérez Jiménez, who both used to belong to United Self-Defence Groups of Colombia (AUC), the main alliance of extreme right-wing paramilitaries. They were seen with Berrio near Rojas’s home on the night of the murder. An arrest warrant has been issued for a fourth suspect.The three detainees have been placed in Las Mercedes prison in Montería but their families have requested their transfer to a prison in the capital._______________________________________________________________21.03.06 – Radio journalist dies of gunshot wounds after 44 days in intensive careReporters Without Borders voiced sadness and outrage today at the death of radio presenter Gustavo “El Gaba” Rojas Gabalo yesterday in a hospital in the northwestern city of Medellín from the injuries he received to the head and collarbone when he was shot on 4 February by two gunmen who are still on the run.Rojas was almost certainly killed because of his work as a journalist. For the past 30 years he had been presenting a programme called “El show de Gaba” on Radio Panzemu in which talked scathingly and sarcastically about local government corruption. His death adds to Colombia’s already grim toll of press freedom violations. He is the western hemisphere’s fourth journalist to be killed in connection with their work since the start of the year._________________________________________________________________________07.02.06 – Radio journalist shot in the head and collarbone Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today at a murder attempt on radio presenter Gustavo “Gaba” Rojas Gabalo of Radio Panzemu in the northern city of Montería, who was shot in the head and collarbone by a man on a motorcycle on 4 February.“We call on the authorities to do everything possible to identify and punish the perpetrators,” the press freedom organisation said. “We also insist on the need for effective measures to protect the media. Rojas hosted a satirical programme in which he took risks and his case is yet another example of what can happen to journalists in Colombia.”Rojas was having a drink with a friend in the southern part of the city at around 8:45 p.m. when he heard his car alarm go off twice. The third time he went out to see what was happening and found his car being kicked by a man wearing a motorcycle helmet. The man took off the helmet and shot Gabo twice before leaving with an accomplice on a motorcycle.Rojas was rushed to a hospital and, after spending several hours in a coma, was transferred to another hospital to undergo an operation. Since then he has remained in intensive care while the surgeon has refused to make any statement.The police, who are investigating, said Rojas had received no recent threats. One of the three theories is that the assailant is a man who was involved in a collision with Rojas a few hours earlier and who took off after making several aggressive remarks. The police said they were looking for him.A second theory is that the shooting is linked to Rojas’ work as a journalist. He presents a programme called “El show de Gaba” in which he often talks sarcastically about local government corruption. Defamation lawsuits have been brought against him in the past but none has been successful. The third theory is a crime of passion.Police chief Jaime Velasco said he did not yet have any specific leads and that police who patrol near the hospital were protecting Rojas. All of the regional authorities involved in security issues met yesterday to discuss the case and are due to meet again tomorrow. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policieslast_img read more

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Single-Family Rental Summit Dives Deep Into Investment Opportunities

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Dodd-Frank Rollback to Impact PACE ABS Market Next: FOMC Meeting: Setting the Pace for Future Rate Hikes Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Five Star Single-Family Rental Summit rental investments Rental Properties Single Family Rental Single-Family Rental Properties Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, News, Secondary Market, Servicing Home / Daily Dose / Single-Family Rental Summit Dives Deep Into Investment Opportunities Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago This week an array of housing and mortgage professionals are assembling at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, as the 2018 Five Star Single-Family Rental Summit kicks off. The three-day event began Monday evening with an opening night reception at the hotel’s scenic Bridge bar before launching into a full lineup of curriculum on Tuesday morning.According to CoreLogic data released in February, single-family rental vacancy rates are declining and prices are on the upswing. In fact, CoreLogic Chief Economist Dr. Frank Nothaft reported that SFR rental prices have grown “nearly 3 percentage points faster per year than other consumer prices.” Clearly, this is a segment of the market that shouldn’t be overlooked, and the Single-Family Rental Summit is a nexus for experts and interested professionals to meet and collaborate on strategies to take SFR to the next level in 2018 and beyond.“From the emergence of institutional investors to the entrance of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into the market, an increased recognition for the SFR asset class results in new challenges and opportunities for those willing to capitalize on their promise,” said Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado. “In many respects, this class of investors provides a stepping stone on the way to homeownership.”The Single-Family Rental Summit’s curriculum is divided into three broad subject areas, with panels and keynote speakers providing deeper, more granular looks at each topic. Tuesday’s curriculum is split between the “Acquisition & Disposition Session” from 9:00 a.m. until noon, and the “Property Management Session” picking up after lunch and running from 12:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.The Acquisition and Disposition Session will explore topics such as shaping your rental portfolio with the long-term in mind, the crucial importance of accurate valuation, shaping an effective disposition strategy, and tech innovations that can help provide useful market intelligence.During the Property Management, subject matter experts will discuss how to reduce costs, dealing with local municipalities, the pros and cons of outsourcing property management, and tech advances in portfolio management.Financing will the focus of the day on Wednesday, with the Summit’s activities starting again at 9:00 a.m. with a look at due diligence in the single-family rental space. From there, panel topics will include non-traditional financing options, choosing the right loan product for your portfolio, and how fintech could reshape the rental market.Star Sponsors for the event include Alacrity Services, Auction.com, IRA Services Trust, PointCentral, US Best Repair, Service, and Xactware. Corporate sponsors include 5 Arch Lending, A10 Capital, Angel Oak Prime Bridge, Appraisal Nation, Arcana Insurance Services, Civic Financial Services, CoreVest Finance, Finance of America Commercial, Fund That Flip, Global Strategic Business Process Solutions, Home Depot Renovation Services, Homee, LendingOne, The Mahoney Group, MidAtlantic IRA, National Tax Search, National Tenant Network, National Real Estate Insurance Group, OwnAmerica, Patch of Land, PeerStreet, The PIP Group, RCN Capital, realprotect, RentFax, Residential Assisted Living Academy, Roofstock, SGF Contracting Services, TaskEasy, Think Realty, and Westcor Investor Services.For more information about the Five Star Single-Family Rental Summit, click here. Subscribe About Author: David Wharton Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Single-Family Rental Summit Dives Deep Into Investment Opportunities Five Star Single-Family Rental Summit rental investments Rental Properties Single Family Rental Single-Family Rental Properties 2018-03-19 David Wharton March 19, 2018 2,528 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articleslast_img read more

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Saket Gokhale Files RTI With Supreme Court Seeking Status Of Pending Interim Bail Applications & Time For Disposal

first_imgNews UpdatesSaket Gokhale Files RTI With Supreme Court Seeking Status Of Pending Interim Bail Applications & Time For Disposal LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK11 Nov 2020 11:46 PMShare This – xRTI Activist Saket Gokhale has filed an RTI with Supreme Court of India, asking about the number of pending interim bail applications before it and the average time taken for listing of such applications. He has asked: Please state the current backlog/number of cases of interim bai! Applications pending with the Registry of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India that haven’t had…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginRTI Activist Saket Gokhale has filed an RTI with Supreme Court of India, asking about the number of pending interim bail applications before it and the average time taken for listing of such applications. He has asked: Please state the current backlog/number of cases of interim bai! Applications pending with the Registry of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India that haven’t had a first listing yet as on 12/11/2020/Please state the average waiting period between filing of interim bail applications with the Registry and their listing in front of the appropriate Hon’ble Bench. The development is significant in the backdrop of urgent listing of the special leave petition filed by Arnab Goswami, seeking a relief of interim bail against his arrest in the 2018 abetment to suicide case. The Republic TV Chief had filed the petition on November 9, challenging the November 9 order of the Bombay High Court which denied the accused interim bail in the habeas corpus petitions filed by them challenging their custody. Thereafter, it got instant diary number (though not final) and it was listed for hearing on November 11. The President of the SCBA, Dushyant Dave, had written a letter to the Secretary General of the Supreme Court in this context, strongly protesting against the ‘extraordinary urgent listing’ of Goswami’s petition. ‘Selective Listing’ Of Matters: SCBA President Writes To Supreme Court Against Urgent Listing Of Arnab Goswami’s Case Later, Samyabrata Ray Goswami, wife of Republic TV Chief Arnab Goswami, has written to the Supreme Court Secretary General against SCBA President Dushyant Dave’s letter. She alleged that it is a malicious attempt by Shri Dushyant Dave to cause prejudice to the hearing of Arnab Ranjan Goswami’s petition in the Supreme Court by his selective outrage. Also Read: Urgent Listing Of Arnab’s Case: Lawyer Expresses Discontent Over SC’s Registry, Alleges Discrimination & Preferential Treatment A similar controversy arose at the time of hearing of contempt proceedings against Advocate Prashant Bhushan, when the Supreme Court was functioning in a restrictive manner. Recently, a PIL was filed alleging adoption of a “pick and choose” policy by its Registry and of routinely giving preference to influential advocates in listings. However, the same came to be dismissed, with cost, and a direction to not demoralize the Registry by such remarks. “We see, in general, it has become a widespread practice to blame the Registry for no good reasons. To err is human, as many petitions are filed with defects, and defects are not cured for years together. A large number of such cases were listed in the recent past before the Court for removal of defects which were pending for years. In such situation, when the pandemic is going on, baseless and reckless allegations are made against the Registry of this Court, which is part and parcel of the judicial system. We take judicial notice of the fact that such evil is also spreading in the various High Courts, and Registry is blamed unnecessarily for no good reasons,” a Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra had said.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Camden provides refugees with first step on job ladder

first_imgCamden provides refugees with first step on job ladderOn 9 May 2001 in Personnel Today CamdenBorough Council is running an innovative work placement scheme to give refugeesthe chance to get relevant experience in the UK. The council, in partnership with London-based charity City ParochialFoundation, has offered refugees three six-month placements in financial andaccounting roles in its social services and chief executive departments. Jennifer Muhammad, Camden’s employment project officer and a member of theHR team, explained that the council’s involvement in the work placement schemesprang from its commitment to valuing diversity. She said, “This is an employment initiative which reflects thecommunity in which we live.” Statistics from the London Research centre back this up. Currently, an estimated240,000 to 280,000 refugees and asylum-seekers live in Greater London boroughs.However, Muhammad stresses that there is no guarantee of employment at theend of the placements. During the placements, the council provides training in telephone skills andgives careers advice to the refugees. Their travel and subsistence is paid and,due to their unemployed status, the refugees are still available for other workduring the scheme. Once the pilot scheme is completed, the HR team will present a report toCamden’s equalities committee to evaluate the success of the project. Muhammad said, “We will discuss the viability of the scheme and whetherwe can run it on a regular basis as part of our existing work experienceprogramme.” Camden looked at the refugees’ expectations before placing them on thescheme. “The feedback from the refugees indicates that they wanted to improvetheir communication skills and find out how an office runs in the UK comparedwith their home countries,” said Muhammad. An Industrial Society report, Turning Refugees into Employees, found thatone of the main employment obstacles facing refugees is gaining UK workexperience. www.camden.gov.ukBy Karen Higginbottom Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Marco Benevento Shares Free Download Of Late-Night NOLA Set

first_imgIt’s been a few weeks since New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and we’re still wrapping our head around the magic that occurred throughout the city during all hours of the day and night. Marco Benevento especially had a powerful presence in the city during the two-week marathon, with multiple shows with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead as well as his solo band–which features Karina Rykman on bass and Andy Borger on drums.On Thursday night / Friday morning of the second weekend, Marco Benevento played a show with his band at the legendary Tipitina’s that started after 2:00 in the morning. That set was recorded live, and Marco himself mixed and multi-tracked the tape for fans to download for free. You can cop your own free download here via Royal Potato Family.Setlist: Marco Benevento | Tipitina’s | New Orleans, LA | 5/4/18The Story of Fred Short (Suite), Greenpoint, Heartbeats, Pepper, Dropkick, Coyote Hearing, RISD, Woah!!!, You Don’t Know How It Feels, Bus Ride, At The ShowUpcoming Marco Benevento Dates:May 19 – Miami, FL – Rhythm Foundation BenefitMay 25 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer CampJune 1 – Weston, MI – Camp GreenskyJune 14 – Baltimore, MD – 8×10June 15 – Hammonton, NJ – BeardfestJuly 14 – Greenfield, MA – Green River FestivalSeptember 8 – Austin, TX – Waterloo Music FestivalSeptember 14 – Telluride CO – Telluride Blues & Brews FestivalSeptember 15 – Denver, CO – Cervante’s Other Sidelast_img read more

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#62: Dell EMC Customer Corner with Ashley Furniture

first_imgVMworld 2016 provided the perfect opportunity to extend the Dell EMC Customer Corner. For the second installment, I was able to catch up with Jason Molitor, IT Infrastructure Architect for Ashley Furniture.Jason leveraged Dell EMC Converged Infrastructure to address growth and stability challenges while supporting new applications and providing high availability all while moving data centers. Learn more this week on Dell EMC The Source Podcast live from VMworld 2016.Top of FormDon’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store.  Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)The Source Podcast: Episode #62: Dell EMC Customer Corner with Ashley Furniture Audio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/EMC_The_Source_Episode_62_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

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The Glitch Mob Flip the Stage with Dell and Alienware

first_imgThe music, the lights, the people. They all add up at an electronic dance music (EDM) event to create an experience that takes us away from our everyday life. We get to dance and escape for a bit.“But, after a few shows, this novelty wore off. You weren’t as excited anymore; you knew what to expect. So what does one do?” asked one music psychology enthusiast.Well, if you’re the pioneers in live performances of electronic music like Boreta (Justin Boreta), edIT (Edward Ma), and Ooah (Joshua Mayer), aka The Glitch Mob (above), you look for new technology that lets you further break down the wall between the performers and the crowd.“The Glitch Mob are consistently pushing the boundaries of live electronic performance, with The Blade 2.0 another of their ingenious creations once again putting their live show in a league of its own,” says Broadway World.Blade 2.0 is the new custom-made live performance rig that follows (obviously) Blade 1.0. The new tour also brings a custom stage designed by Martin Phillips, the same man behind Daft Punk’s legendary Pyramid on their iconic 2006/2007 Alive tour; he’s also worked with the likes of Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and others.The band also collaborated with Dell and Alienware on the project to provide the elite computational power needed to perform their music the way it was intended to be received with the utmost precision and sound quality.As gamers, in addition to musicians, The Glitch Mob have been fans of Alienware and started working with the brand in 2011. Impressed with the performance of those systems, they began looking at more Dell technology for the Blade 2.0.They were using hacked Apple iPads and Macbook Pros in the Blade 1.0, but felt limited by their ecosystem and infrastructure. The systems were barely powerful enough to keep up with the demands of the live show and weren’t updated or refreshed frequently enough.At their 2015 New Year’s Eve show, The Glitch Mob used three Dell XPS 18s for the first time in a live performance in front of 19,000 fans. Success then gave them confidence that Dell would be a reliable technology partner for a monumental 36-date 2018 world tour on a next-level stage.“Everything has been flipped around so the crowd can see what the group are playing in real timeShareTraditionally, a stage has a conceptual barrier between those who are on it and those in front of it that is referred to as the fourth wall. What’s going to be really fun about Blade 2.0 is that it breaks that imaginary barrier.“Everything has been flipped around so the crowd can see what the group are playing in real time,” Broadway World noted. “The Blade 2.0 acts as both a custom-made instrument and stage, which creates a uniquely immersive experience.”I first got to see a sample of this effect when The Glitch Mob demonstrated our Dell XPS 27 at CES 2017. For Blade 2.0, however, they’ve evaluated many other Dell technologies and landed on the following configuration for the end-to-end design:Dell Canvas and Alienware 17s as primary controller for each performer (running emulator on the Canvas/Alienware pairing allows the touchscreen to act as a flexible and reconfigurable MIDI controller)Alienware 15s to run the live musical set in Ableton and do the bulk of the computingXPS All-in-Ones (AIOs) as secondary controllers for each performerFor venues and events where Blade 2.0 won’t fit, The Glitch Mob will perform DJ sets on Dell XPS 15s.Go behind the scenes and see how the flips stage with Dell + Alienware technology“Every time we step on stage, we are grateful beyond words to have the opportunity to perform our music to the world on our own terms.  We’re always trying to find new and interesting ways to play our music, and more importantly, connect with people through it.  Since the very beginning, we’ve been fueled by curiosity and connection. This is the story of our collaboration with Dell on Blade 2.0.” – The Glitch Moblast_img read more

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Mosquito Season

first_imgSubtropical Storm Alberto has departed, and the rains will eventually subside. What happens next is predictable: mosquitoes.Every possible container around our homes, yards and neighborhoods is holding water and offering its services as a mosquito breeding site. It is up to all of us to ensure that this does not occur. Mosquitoes in their larval and pupal stages require standing water, and the most efficient, effective technique to cut down the adult mosquito population is to eliminate standing water.   But this can be trickier than it appears, and eliminating standing water will take everyone’s combined effort. This year’s mosquito season has had a relatively slow start. Despite a warm February, a cool March slowed development, and winter was dry across middle and south Georgia, where many of Georgia’s natural mosquito habitats occur. The recent rains have made the upper portion of the state relatively wet and left water standing in low-lying areas. These temporary habitats can be very productive for mosquitoes due to the lack of fish and other aquatic predators. Localized rainfall events play a major role in most mosquito populations and their potential for disease transmission.All mosquitoes need moisture, either standing water or boggy soil, to develop from eggs to adults. Only adult mosquitoes bite. Georgians often remember to rinse birdbaths and dump out buckets and toys, and there are many other potential mosquito habitats that people often forget. The most common larval habitats around homes and gardens are the dishes and trays associated with potted plants. Other habitats include tarps, downspouts, underground drainage systems and boats. Basically, anything that can hold water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Used tires are a particularly problematic habitat for container-breeding mosquitoes. Residents should contact their local solid-waste departments to find out about scrap tire amnesty days or other ways to dispose of old tires.In addition to containers, some low-lying areas will hold water, allowing flood-water species of mosquitoes to emerge. Flood-water mosquitoes commonly deposit their eggs in low-lying areas with moist soils. When these areas become flooded, the eggs hatch and a brood of mosquitoes develops. These types of mosquitoes are more common along river bottoms and across central and south Georgia. While local transmission of the Zika virus was never observed in Georgia during the recent outbreak, the risk of being exposed to the West Nile virus (WNV) continues to be a real threat. Last year the Georgia Department of Public Health recorded 64 human cases of WNV and seven deaths. The number of people exposed to the virus was surely much greater, as only 1 in 5 people exposed to the virus typically become ill. Peak transmission of WNV occurs between Aug. 15 and Sept. 15 annually, but suppressing mosquito populations now can help to prevent larger mosquito populations and the compounding effects on disease transmission. The best way to prevent mosquito-borne disease is to avoid mosquito bites. Wearing pants and long sleeves that are loose-fitting and lightly colored minimizes our attractiveness to the host-seeking female mosquito. Only female mosquitoes bite. They need a blood meal to develop eggs. Using Environmental Protection Agency-approved insect repellents is also extremely important. When used as directed, EPA-registered repellents are proven safe and effective. Approved repellents include the long-time standard DEET, picaridin (widely used in Europe) and three materials that are classified as biopesticides by the EPA: lemon eucalyptus oil, IR3535 and 2-Undecanone. The 2-Undecanone material is the newest EPA-approved active ingredient, composed of natural compounds from the leaves and stems of the wild tomato plant. When using any of these products, it is important to always follow the label instructions. Adults should always apply repellents to children and avoid their hands, eyes, mouth and irritated skin. For more information about reducing mosquito populations, visit www.extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

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Guardian ad litem program lost in Art. V funding shuffle

first_img April 15, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News Guardian ad litem program lost in Art. V funding shuffle Guardian ad litem program lost in Art. V funding shufflecenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The state’s guardian ad litem program needs $7.5 million more than the about $20 million already in the House and Senate budget plans to ensure it can continue to represent abused, abandoned, and neglected children at current levels.That’s the dire message Angela Orkin, executive director of the Statewide GAL Office, is telling anyone who will listen.Children’s advocates see a potential crisis and are lending their voices to the cause.“If the state doesn’t find a way to replace the lost money, a large percentage of the most vulnerable children won’t have representation at all,” said Gerard Glynn, executive director of Children First!“The effects on the kids will be enormous,” said Glynn, noting there would be an increased risk of more sexual abuse, the development of mental problems, and delinquent behaviors.Longtime child advocate Jack Levine said Florida’s GAL program is a national model for how to recruit and supervise citizens who volunteer as guardians ad litem, and it would be a shame if that system is undermined by a lack of funding.“They cannot do their job unless they are monitored, managed, trained, and supervised by quality professionals because of the vulnerability of these children,” said Levine, president of Advocacy Resources. “Our concern is. . . the core of supervision and oversite that needs to be done by trained professionals may suffer.”Levine said it would be unfortunate if the GAL program gets lost in the Revision 7, Art. V. funding transition.“I would hate for any part of it to be dissolved,” he said.Orkin said because of the transfer out of the court system, the GAL program stands to lose approximately $6 million in county support.“This includes rent, expenses, and 54 and one-half GAL staff positions,” Orkin said.Orkin said the GAL program also lost all its administrative support in the transfer from the court system to the Justice Administrative Commission in the executive branch, and the state so far has not provided “one single position” for the state office to take over those functions.“We estimate that $1.5 million is needed to fund the administrative functions and to continue representation at current levels,” said Orkin, noting that right now only about 40 percent of all foster kids have guardians, who serve as a voice for children in dependency proceedings.“If this funding is not provided, we will not be able to continue representing as many children.”Orkin said another $500,000 is needed for representation in Orange County because the Orange County Bar lost state money when a pilot guardian project there was eliminated.Orkin said both House and Senate leaders say they are continuing to work on the issue, “but we are concerned that as quickly as the budget is moving that we are going to get left out in the cold.”Orkin said all the House has set aside for the program is funds for the continuation budget, which includes none of the $7.5 million needed to maintain current levels of service, but did include the half million for Orange County.“We are about $7 million short in the House,” Orkin said. “On the Senate side, they initially just included our continuation budget, but Sen. [Rod] Smith, [D-Gainesville] — who I’m working closely with — included another million as a place- holder to continue looking at our program.”Orkin said the program also is keeping in contact with the counties to encourage them to continue at least funding some of the GAL program expenses, but most are unwilling to make any kind of commitment until the legislative session closes.“They would like the state to pick up everything,” Orkin said. “We are really caught in the middle between the legislature and the counties at this point, as to who is going to make sure we are held harmless in the implementation of Art. V.”Guardians ad litem serve a vital role in all 67 counties by looking out for the best interest of foster kids in dependancy court, said Howard Talenfeld, president of Florida’s Children First!, in urging lawmakers not to let the program become lost in the Art. V funding transition.“We want to encourage lawmakers to find a way to keep the guardian ad litem program fully funded so it can at least maintain the current level of service,” Talenfeld said.“If we leave this session, and we take this massive step back and discharge thousands and thousands of cases, we are just going to turn around and come back next session and ask for the funds to get us back up closer to 100 percent,” Orkin said. “We need all the support we can get before the legislature and the counties.”last_img read more

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