UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Sadness of boy in the city Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Focus on Homelessness“Impact families” to address housing stability, employment, incomeFrom the CFF Staff The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness today announces the launch of Impact Families, a pilot program intended to test and evaluate a new system of care for families who find themselves homeless in our region.The demonstration pilot will focus on increasing housing stability for families through a strong focus on employment and education that aligns with the Housing First model. The pilot will first take place in Orange and Osceola counties.“Our community has challenged itself to find a better way to support our families in need of a stable place to live,” says Dick Batchelor, chair of the family committee of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. “Our committee has done the research and we’re ready to demonstrate how we can provide more targeted, client-focused support to our families who need it the most.”“Thanks to the work of Dick Batchelor and the Family Homelessness Committee of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, we’ve gained invaluable insight into the very complex issue of family homelessness,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “Above all, we know that having a stable, safe and nurturing place to live can make a profound difference in the lives of our children and families.”According to research from the Commission’s Family Committee, more than 10,000 school-age children were homeless in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties during the 2016-2017 school year. The underlying issues of family homelessness in Central Florida are housing stability, employment and income. The pilot program will work with families to address these three key areas through a coordinated entry system. After an intake process, families will be assigned to a Rapid Rehousing program to meet their immediate needs. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply “The beginning of this pilot program is the result of our community coming together to test strategies for solving the issue of family homelessness, a problem that affects us all. This will change the way that we help families in our community resulting in a culture shift that will lead to impactful results.”–Mark Brewer, president and CEO of Central Florida FoundationParticipants will then be matched with a jobs placement coordinator through Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, which has received a $355,000 grant from Central Florida Foundation to lead the employment piece of Impact Families. The organization will work with each individual to assess their skills and strengths, build an employment plan, and connect participants to employment, education and certification opportunities, or services for disabilities. This pilot will aim to place individuals in jobs in which they will excel, with the goal of increasing their income.“For many of our neighbors in need, getting a job or finding a better job is the missing link that empowers them to support themselves and their families,” said Bill Oakley, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. “We’re proud to partner with the Commission to extend new opportunities to those who are homeless.”Central Florida Foundation will manage and evaluate the grant-making for this pilot against criteria approved by the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. The Foundation has managed the investments in the Housing First initiative with more than $7 million in contributions to the Homeless Impact Fund at the Foundation. The Housing First initiative has built a system for housing the community’s most vulnerable chronically homeless individuals.“The beginning of this pilot program is the result of our community coming together to test strategies for solving the issue of family homelessness, a problem that affects us all,” says Mark Brewer, president and CEO of Central Florida Foundation. “This will change the way that we help families in our community resulting in a culture shift that will lead to impactful results.”In addition to the efforts of Goodwill, Homeless Services Network and the Corporation for Supportive Housing will convene a cohort of nonprofit organizations and local governments. The cohort will gather case managers, employment specialists and other resource providers once a month over a one-year period. The partners will focus on a variety of topics relevant to their work, including trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, resource mapping and case discussions. This effort will work to align service providers around the Housing First model as it relates to families.In addition to their decades long support of children and families
Collections plays a critical role in your institution’s financial health. While delinquency rates can be cyclical, rising and falling as the economy shifts, for lenders, it’s critical to keep themselves in a position to be able to manage both increases and decreases in delinquency efficiently.Limited resources, personnel, and time are common denominators for many collections departments. Do the following challenges seem all-to-familiar as your team works delinquent accounts?Lack of automation creates additional work for your collectorsCollectors experience difficulty communicating through workflowsCollectors using multiple programs to complete daily tasksFrustration with queuing capabilitiesHeavy dependency on IT department to execute pertinent changes within the collections application in a timely mannerIf you can relate to any of these challenges (or others) know that there is hope! Embracing change through the deployment of technology and integrated solutions can help you overcome many of these challenges. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Cofounder Aakar Abyasa Fidzuno of financial advisory firm PT Jouska Finansial Indonesia has admitted negligence in running the company, which has ultimately led the company and partners PT Mahesa Strategis Indonesia PT Amarta Investa Indonesia to dish out Rp 13 billion (US$879,177) in settlement claims to over 370 clients.Aakar said that the negligence stemmed from Jouska entering into a partnership with Mahesa Strategis, despite knowing full well that the firm was not properly licensed to broker stock or manage investments by the Financial Services Authority (OJK).“We also admit our negligence in using a mutual agreement with clients to give Mahesa Strategis access to their trading accounts, instead of using a discretionary trading account,” Aakar said at a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday. The allegations came to light in July when former Jouska clients came forward on mainstream and social media to state that they had lost hundreds of millions of rupiah in investments mismanaged by Jouska and Mahesa Strategis.The clients said that most of their investments were used to buy shares in PT Sentral Mitra Informatika, whichhad lost 84.49 percent of its value since it was listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) in November 2018 using the code LUCK.The Indonesia office of the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) underlines that financial advisors may not manage client funds or trade stock in client portfolios even with the full discretion and consent of clients.Although Aakar admitted that he owned a 70 percent stake in Mahesa Strategis, he insisted that that it was not affiliated with Jouska. He added that his involvement as a passive shareholder of Mahesa Strategis was intended merely to help “friends” and to provide startup capital.“All I know is that [Mahesa Strategis] is a stock trading club run by experienced and licensed brokers from various securities companies,” he said.Aakar said that Mahesa Strategis had reached settlements with 45 out of 63 Jouska clients who had filed complaints. In addition, 328 out of 1,500 current Jouska clients had agreed to a settlement with Mahesa Investasi.“The total settlement reached Rp 13 billion. Some [clients] asked us to compensate their losses, while others asked Mahesa Strategis to buy back LUCK shares from them and trade them for other high-performing stocks,” he said.Aakar also said that he was committed to settling all complaints from Jouska clients.As regards the ongoing police investigation, Aakar said that he had only been summoned once for questioning. He also said that he had not received any formal notification from the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) on its money laundering investigation. The PPATK announced in early August that it was investigating Jouska for alleged money laundering following revelations on its suspected involvement in illicit investment and fund management activities.“Yes, the PPATK is investigating the Jouska case,” Dian Ediana Rae confirmed on Aug. 4 as quoted in by Tempo.co.The PPATK chairwoman added that the center would actively investigate other cases of investment fraud that had been opened by the OJK’s Investment Alert Task Force.Topics : He also acknowledged Jouska’s negligence in its standard operating procedure for communicating with clients, under which its advisors often acted as middlemen between Jouska’s clients and partnering financial institutions, including Mahesa Strategis.“This led many [clients] to believe that Jouska and Mahesa Strategis were related, when in fact they were not,” he said.The OJK shut down Jouska and partners Mahesa Strategis and Amarta Investa in late July, following allegations that the three unlicensed companies —all with affiliations to Aakar— were illicitly providing investment management services.None of the three companies were registered as investment management companies or securities companies with the OJK.
Speaking to the parliamentary committee on education and social protection earlier this week, she said there was a need to cultivate a “long-term savings habit” and that the Department for Social Protection (DSP) was currently working on a number of policy options on how to introduce a universal, supplementary scheme.“I am happy that now in particular, with the recovery taking hold and with the agreement in July, we will be in a position to progress this significantly,” she said.“In countries that have done this successfully, it took a number of years and was built up over a very gradual period of time.“This is very much what I envisage happening in the Irish system.”The gradual approach would be required, according to the minister, because incomes in Ireland post-IMF bailout have been too “tight” to warrant a faster rollout.Burton has previously said the system’s launch could be linked to a number of economic indicators, but the specific indicators have not been disclosed.Ireland’s unemployment rate is currently still above 11%.The introduction of mandatory pension saving was seen as preferable by the OECD, with its report labelling auto-enrolment “second-best”, while the Society of Actuaries in Ireland earlier this year also backed a mandatory pension system. Ireland will only see a “very gradual” rollout of a new supplementary pension system but still hopes to publish detailed proposals on the reform next year, according to minister for Social Protection Joan Burton.Burton said the current coverage ratio of second-pillar pensions – which has been static at around 50% of the working population since 1995 – needed to improve “significantly” and noted the OECD’s previous recommendation that Ireland introduce either compulsory pension saving or a system of auto-enrolment.The minister also repeated a pledge, made after she was elected leader of the Labour Party in July, to publish details of a new supplementary scheme in 2015.Burton has previously referred to the system as MySaver, although she admitted the names Shamrock Saver or Celtic Saver were being used.
28 May 2015 Golf gets an express delivery! Roll up! Roll up! Golf Express, the campaign to encourage busy people to play all the game in half the time, is underway.Golf Express promotes 9-hole golf and also encourages players to enjoy after-work roll-ups. It’s running across Staffordshire as part of an England Golf project to increase participation and club membership and was officially launched at Uttoxeter Golf Club.Over 40 people joined the club’s weekly roll-up – and then followed-up with a sociable get together and prize-giving in the clubhouse.Uttoxeter member Paul Shaw commented: “Many golf clubs have run this type of 9-hole event over the years, but it is brilliant that now England Golf and Staffordshire Golf have put a national brand behind it.”Uttoxeter is one of 20 clubs across Staffordshire which are backing Golf Express by offering 9-hole green fees and a loyalty card to encourage golfers to play more often: if they play five rounds, they get the sixth free.Twelve of the clubs are also offering golfers the opportunity to play in weekly, after-work roll-ups, such as that at Uttoxeter. These are open to non-members, a handicap is not essential and players will be paired up with other golfers for the fun competitions.Gareth Shaw, the Staffordshire County Development Officer, commented: “This is what golf is all about, having time to play the sport we all love and also having time to socialise with friends following the round.”Iain Lancaster, Regional Manager for England Golf, added: “The time it takes to play the game is a barrier to the sport. We are hoping that by marketing the message that you can play shorter rounds to suit your available leisure time, we will attract new players and lapsed golfers – and encourage current golfers to play more often.”Golf Express is part of an England Golf project which is trialling innovative ways of increasing golf club membership and participation in the sport. It recognises that most people’s leisure time is reducing and for many it can be as little as two hours a day.The clubs involved in Golf Express are: Bloxwich, Branston, Calderfields, Darnford Moor, Dartmouth, Druids Heath, Izaak Walton, Lakeside, Lichfield, Mark Butler Golf Academy, Newcastle, Onneley, Oxley Park, Stafford Castle, Stone, The Chase, Trentham Park, 3 Hammers, Uttoxeter and Cannock Park.To find out more visit getintogolf.org/golfexpress or call 0800 118 2766 Join the Twitter conversation: #golfexpress
JOCKEY QUOTESSANTIAGO GONZALEZ, PRIZE EXHIBIT, WINNER: “She’s a superior horse. She runs in better races than these other horses regularly and she showed her class today.“She has a lot of speed. I can wait and wait with her and I know she can still get there with her speed.” KENT DESORMEAUX, VELVET MESQUITE, SECOND: “She’s not fond of soft ground. I think she ran her eyeballs out but she got beat a nose in a situation she doesn’t care to be in. Not to mention, she’s been off a while so I don’t think it would have mattered as much if she was racing with one under her belt.“Her future is very bright. She’s coming back from a laceration on her hind end as well and that always causes concern. You can wonder if she’ll be the same. Well, she’s the same.” JULIEN LEPAROUX, AGELESS, THIRD: “No real excuses. The course is the same for everybody. She had a little layoff, but she ran her race. It looks like she came back good and hopefully, she’ll be good for the rest of the year.”TRAINER QUOTES JAMES CASSIDY, PRIZE EXHIBIT, WINNER: “I didn’t think she’d have any problem (coming down the hill for the first time) unless she started idling trying to figure out what the heck this is all about, which she has a tendency to do.“But being that he (Santiago Gonzalez) had her surrounded, she didn’t have any time to think about that, so that was a good thing. I was a little upset we were that close, but when it opened for her, he rode her perfect, and she’s a hard horse to ride. You could see down the lane she was out there in the clear and kind of looking around, so she can be difficult, but she got it done.“Gonzalez is really a good rider. If he keeps finding his skills, he’ll be one of the best riders here, if he isn’t close to that already.” ARNAUD DELACOUR, AGELESS, THIRD: “I thought everything went pretty good. She had a good trip and she was finishing, so we’re pretty happy with the race she ran.” NOTES: The winning owner is Deron Pearson of Valencia who campaigns as DP Racing. Cassidy indicated the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes at one mile on turf Feb. 20 would be next.
12 November 2003As companies worldwide respond to increasing cost and efficiency pressures, South Africa is well placed to become a favoured international location for outsourced call centres and business process outsourcing.Traditionally, countries such as India and the Philippines have led the way in servicing markets for the United States and Britain, among other countries. South Africa is quickly catching up, however, thanks to a range of factors working in its favour.World-class service levels of call centre staff, time-zone compatibility with Europe, high rates of fluency in English, a (still) favourable exchange rate and an advanced telecommunications industry have all contributed to the growth of South Africa’s call centre industry.South Africa became an even more attractive location to set up these businesses when a second undersea fibre-optic telephone link with Europe, along the east coast of Africa, was established in February. Another fibre-optic link runs along Africa’s west coast.Dialogue UK opens shop in Cape TownIn March, British company Dialogue UK put R20-million into a call centre in Cape Town. The company’s investment is expected to rise to R70-million in the next three years, while the call centre’s staff complement is set to rise to 600 from 110 by early next year, reaching 1 500 by 2005.Dialogue UK’s local operation, Dialogue Communications, already services several multi-nationals operating in South Africa, including Shell, Pfizer and British American Tobacco, as well as a number of nationwide newspaper and other publishing groups.Since its acquisition of the local call centre, Dialogue UK has added a number of major UK names to its client list, including mail order business Truebell and Lexchatsafe, a company that monitors children’s use of the Internet in the US and UK markets.Dialogue chairman Jason Drew told the Business Day newspaper that South Afica has enormous potential to become a major destination for outsourced contact centres from the UK, the US and the Netherlands.Dialogue UK’s decision to invest in South Africa was prompted, among other things, by the “cultural fit” between SA and the UK, and what Drew described as South Africans’ “natural tendency towards service”.Drew told Business Day that, according to an international report on the industry across a range of countries, South Africa’s skilled call centre workforce worked harder than its international counterparts – 243 days a year at 42 hours a week, compared with an international average of 220 days a year at 36 hours a week.“Until recently the majority of UK companies outsourcing their customer contact services tended to look to companies in India, since operational costs are lower than in the UK and Europe”, Drew said.“However, continually interrupted power supply issues, the marked time differences and a productivity rate lower than in South Africa, are encouraging organisations to consider this country, which offers excellent value and is supported by high standards of local telecommunications, banking, financial services and IT.”According to Business Day, the call centre industry worldwide was predicted to generate an income of US$59-billion in 2003 to match the growing demand in areas such as financial services, home shopping, cellular telephony and healthcare.The paper reported South Africa’s share at an estimated R523-million, but noted that the country had the capacity to increase this share significantly as its full potential was recognised and more foreign companies established call centres offshore.Other globlal call centres in SAGlobalTeleSales, Lufthansa’s Cape Town call centre, was set by the German airline in 1999 to fulfill its “follow-the-sun” 24/365 phone channel strategy (“Hours of Operation: 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year”, the company boasts on its website.) GlobalTelesales reportedly handles between 100 000 and 120 000 calls a month for Lufthansa.Active Contact Solutions was reportedly the first British outsource company to set up shop in Cape Town. The company has over 60 call centre seats in Cape Town servicing its UK customers. According to its website, the contact centre “has contracts with leading South African banks, a worldwide motor company, a leading South African FMCG company, and runs outbound debt chasing for a credit card company. It also runs several mail order contracts.” Offshore costs, according to the website, “are approximately 20% cheaper than those of UK call centres”.Swiss-based outfit Mindpearl (formerly known as Qualiflyer Customer Care Centres) runs a state-of-the-art facility in Cape Town. The call centre has 129 workstations, employs 125 poeple, and has the capacity to grow to 650 seats and 500 employees by 2005. According to the SA Technology Vanguard, while MindPearl’s clientele includes airline and travel companies, future operations will also be focused on the financial sector in South
Faulty energy modelingIt was an extreme case. But it was also a good example, according to Coley, of how overly optimistic energy modeling helps cause the “energy performance gap,” a problem that has become frustratingly familiar in green building projects.The performance gap refers to the failure of energy improvements, often undertaken at great expense, to deliver some (or occasionally all) of the promised savings. A study last year of refurbished apartment buildings in Germany, for instance, found that they missed the predicted energy savings by anywhere from 5% to 28%. In Britain, an evaluation of 50 “leading-edge modern buildings,” from supermarkets to health care centers, reported that they “were routinely using up to 3.5 times more energy than their design had allowed for” — and producing on average 3.8 times the predicted carbon emissions.The performance gap is “a vast, terrible, enormous problem,” in the words of one building technology specialist, and that’s not an exaggeration. Though much of the public concern about energy consumption and climate change focuses on automotive miles-per-gallon, the entire transport sector — including trains, planes, ships, trucks, and cars — accounts for just 26% of U.S. climate change emissions. Buildings come in at 40%, and they are the fastest growing source of emissions, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.Eliminating the performance gap matters particularly for European Union nations, which have a legally binding commitment to reduce emissions by 80% to 95% below 1990 levels by mid-century. But knowing with confidence what savings will result matters for anybody trying to figure out how much to invest in a particular energy improvement. Builders and occupants are not to blameResearchers have generally blamed the performance gap on careless work by builders, overly complicated energy-saving technology, or the bad behaviors of the eventual occupants of a building. But in a new study, Coley and his co-authors put much of the blame on inept energy modeling.The title of the study asks the provocative question, “Are Modelers Literate?” Even more provocatively, a press release from the University of Bath likens the misleading claims about building energy performance to the Volkswagen emissions scandal, in which actual emissions from diesel engine cars were up to 40 times higher than “the performance promised by the car manufacturer.”For their study, Coley and his co-authors surveyed 108 building industry professionals — architects, engineers, and energy consultants — who routinely use energy performance models. To keep the problem simple, the researchers asked participants to look at a typical British semi-detached home recently updated to meet current building codes. Then they asked test subjects to rank which improvements made the most difference to energy performance.Their answers had little correlation with objective reality, as determined by a study monitoring the actual energy performance of that home hour-by-hour over the course of a year. A quarter of the test subjects made judgments “that appeared worse than a person responding at random,” according to the study, which concluded that the sample of modelers, “and by implication the population of building modelers, cannot be considered modeling literate.” RELATED ARTICLES Finding a cureSo what’s the fix? The current accreditation requirements for energy modelers are “very gentle,” said Coley, but “when you’re trying to get something off the ground relatively quickly, you can’t send everybody back to college for three years.” In any case, the problem isn’t really education in the formal sense.“It has to do with feedback,” he said, or the lack of it. The culture of building construction says it’s perfectly reasonable for architects — but not energy modelers —to travel hundreds of miles to see how the actual building compares with what they designed. For energy modelers, there’s not even an expectation that they’ll get on the phone with the building manager at year one and ask how energy usage compares with the original model. As a result, said Coley, energy modeling can become like theoretical physics: “You can very easily create a whole web of theories, and then you find yourself studying the physics of your theories, not the physics of the real world.”The answer, he suggested, is a regulatory requirement that modelers follow up on their work by routinely checking their predictions against a building’s actual energy consumption. A system of modest inducements could also make that feedback more broadly available — for instance, by promising to take three weeks off the planning permissions process for developers who commit to posting actual energy usage to an online database. The Green Building Council has begun to require that sort of reporting for projects seeking LEED certification, said Hampsmire, with an online
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and opener Virender Sehwag are among the list of players nominated for an online poll to select the greatest team of all-time on the occasion of Test cricket’s 2,000th match. The historic match will take place between India and England at Lord’s from July 21 to 25, and the ICC has called on supporters from across the globe to select the greatest team of all-time. While Sehwag has found a place in the list of openers, which also has the likes of former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar, Tendulkar has been short-listed for the middle-order batsman’s slot. However, no Indian player has found a place in the shortlist for the slot of wicketkeepers and fast bowlers, while the 1983 World Cup winning Indian team captain Kapil Dev is in the reckoning as an all-rounder. Legendary Bishan Singh Bedi and Anil Kumble have been shortlisted for the spinner’s role in the dream team. Sir Donald Bradman and West Indian great Viv Richards are in the fray for the middle-order’s slot, while attacking wicketkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist is pitted against South Africa’s Mark Boucher for the stumper’s position. Legendary West Indian pacers Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding and Pakistani great Wasim Akram have been shortlisted in the bowler’s category along side champion spinner Shane Warne. The ICC’s website is seeking votes from the fans and cricket lovers across the world to pick the dream Test team from a shortlist of 60 players split into five categories. The fans will be asked to pick two opening batsmen, three middle-order batsmen, a wicketkeeper, three fast bowlers and one spinner. The public vote on ICC’s website closes in two days’ time with results set to be announced the week before the 2,000th Test. “With the 2,000th Test coming up it is appropriate to remember some of the great players through the ages that have thrilled audiences and inspired us all,” ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement. “With so many legends of the game to choose from, it is a very difficult task and I’m sure one that will lead to plenty of fond recollection and great debate. “Test cricket is the pinnacle format of our great sport and it is important we continue to protect and promote it so that it grows even stronger over the next 2,000 matches.” The shortlist for Dream Team Opening batsmen: Geoffrey Boycott, Sunil Gavaskar, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Jack Hobbs, Len Hutton, Hanif Mohammad, Virender Sehwag, Herbert Sutcliffe, Victor Trumper. Middle-order batsmen: Don Bradman, Greg Chappell, Wally Hammond, George Headley, Brian Lara, Javed Miandad, Graeme Pollock, Ricky Ponting, Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar. All-rounder: Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Aubrey Faulkner, Richard Hadlee, Jacques Kallis, Imran Khan, Keith Miller, Wilfred Rhodes, Gary Sobers, Frank Worrell. Wicketkeepers: Les Ames, Mark Boucher, Jeff Dujon, Godfrey Evans, Andy Flower, Adam Gilchrist, Alan Knott, Rod Marsh, Clyde Walcott, Wasim Bari. Fast bowlers: Curtley Ambrose, Sydney Barnes, Michael Holding, Dennis Lillee, Ray Lindwall, Malcolm Marshall, Glenn McGrath, Fred Trueman, Courtney Walsh, Wasim Akram. Spinners: Bishen Bedi, Richie Benaud, Lance Gibbs, Clarrie Grimmett, Jim Laker, Anil Kumble, Muttiah Muralidaran, Bill O’Reilly, Derek Underwood, Shane Warne.advertisement- With PTI inputs
Real Madrid chief Butragueno on Isco: I won’t question Solariby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno refused to comment on Isco’s situation after victory at Real Betis.Real coach Santiago Solari left the midfielder on the bench for the 2-1 win.”It’s a decision of Solari, I should not enter it,” replied Butragueno when asked about Isco.”A coach makes those decisions and belongs to his world, I insist, we should not enter.”On new signing Brahim Diaz, he added: “He’s a boy with a lot of personality, we have a lot of hope in him, we have to give him time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say