AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Lottery Regions: LATAM Brazil Brazil’s Investment Partnership Programme (PPI) has adopted a new tactic as it looks to finally privatise the country’s instant win gaming business Loteria Exclusiva Instantânea (Lotex), allowing bidders to pay their winning fee in eight installments. Brazil’s Investment Partnership Programme (PPI) has adopted a new tactic as it looks to finally privatise the country’s instant win gaming business Loteria Exclusiva Instantânea (Lotex), allowing bidders to pay their winning fee in eight installments.Previously the sum, which remains at a minimum of R$542.1m (£107.1m/€118.4m/$130.8m), was to be paid in four instalments.After a lack of interest in previous auctions for the tender, however, bidders will be able to stagger concession payments over a longer period. The first payment must be exactly BR$96,968,123.51.In addition, the PPI has lowered the criteria for bidders. Previously a single entity bidding for the concession had to be able to show they had operated an instant lottery or online gaming business that had generated BR$560m over a calendar year. This has now been more than halved to R$1.2bn.Should a consortium put forward a bid, at least one member must have generated R$175m from an instant lottery or online business over 12 months.Following the publication of the invitation to bid today (30 June), interested parties will be able to submit requests for clarification until 27 September. Written proposals, including financial offers, must then be submitted to the PPI’s granting committee by 17 October along with a R$25m bond. These proposals must be valid for at least a year.The bids will then be unsealed on 22 October, on which date the participants will be ranked based on their offers. The top-ranked bidder will then enter into negotiations with the PPI over the concession.Losing participants will then be able to lodge appeals between 5 and 12 November, then objections to the appeals from 18 to 25 November. The granting committee will then make a final judgement on the appeals by 2 December, before confirming its decision as to which company secures the tender on 23 December.Should this all go ahead, the final contract is expected to be signed no later than 16 April, 2020.However there is no guarantee that the process will go without a hitch. Plans to privatise Lotex have been hit by setback after setback since they were first revealed in 2017.Lotex, which is currently operated by Brazil’s largest bank, Caixa Econômica Federal (CAIXA), is being privatised as the country looks to reduce its fiscal deficit through the sale of state assets.The tender auction has been rescheduled numerous times over the years, due to a combination of the government demanding too high a price for Lotex and a lack of interest from eligible gaming companies. In 2019, the country’s President Jair Bolsonaro pledged to complete the process in the first quarter of the year, only for it to be pushed back to 26 April, then 9 May and finally 28 May.However the tender failed to attract any interest, leading to it being postponed once again.While the future of Lotex remains uncertain, progress is being made on regulating sports betting, after a measure giving the Brazilian Congress a two-year window to develop a legal framework for the vertical was signed into law in December 2018. The country’s Secretariat of Evaluation, Planning, Energy and Lottery (SECAP) launched a public consultation on issues such as whether a set or unlimited number of licences should be issued, which ends tomorrow (31 August). Brazil tries to tempt bidders with new Lotex proposal Topics: Lottery Strategy Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address 30th August 2019 | By contenteditor
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Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Jay Croft says: Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release November 19, 2014 at 9:13 am Because, as the article says, “It was the first church built as a cathedral in the Episcopal Church.” (St. James Cathedral in Chicago is an older congregation, but their building and status as a cathedral is younger). When St. Mark’s was made a cathedral in 1941, the decision was made to retain cathedral status for the building and community in Faribault due to its historic status for the Episcopal Church and for Minnesota.Many thanks for all the well wishes for Paul and me! The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Jonathan Streeter says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 November 18, 2014 at 11:52 pm Hi, Sandy! I remember, fondly, working with you on the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Board of Trustees! Hope all is well. Wishing you God’s blessings, Sarah Rademacher Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Sarah Rademacher says: Janis Froehlig says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Episcopal News Service] In the Episcopal Church in Minnesota two new deans have been installed in its two historic cathedrals within nine days of each other. Both are charged with bringing about change. Both face challenges. Both are young and determined.The Very Rev. Justin P. Chapman, 35, was installed as the 19th dean of the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour in Faribault on Nov. 13, and the Very Rev. Paul J. Lebens-Englund, 40, was installed as the seventh dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis on Nov. 2.The Very Rev. Paul J. Lebens-Englund, newly installed dean of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis, stands next to the Anglican Compass Rose in the Cathedral’s crossing, commemorating the 1954 World Anglican Congress. Photo: Joe BjordalAt St. Marks, deep hungerLebens-Englund previously served in several roles in the Diocese of Spokane, including canon to the ordinary. Most recently he was priest-in-charge of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Spokane. He is a graduate of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California.The installation of Lebens-Englund marked the conclusion of two years of interim leadership at St. Mark’s. During this time both membership and financial support dropped significantly. A survey conducted during this period, the results of which were published on the cathedral’s website, indicated that major changes are necessary to regain vitality and health. Lebens-Englund said that he was attracted by the challenges ahead and the lay leadership that had developed during the transition period.He said it was “a perfect constellation of factors: fun and creative members, gifted leadership, beautiful worship, synergistic location, intriguing challenges, expansive vision, deep faith, real hope, and concrete expressions of love and compassion.”“Despite my best efforts to avoid the very real heartache and headache of moving a family across the country, it simply became clear to me, to my wife Erica and to our sons, Isaac and Owen, that God was doing the calling; that my particular gifts and unique experiences in the church make me the right person for the position right now. In a very real sense, I’m rediscovering my ‘deep gladness’ as it intersects with St. Mark’s ‘deep hunger,’” said Lebens-Englund.Describing leadership transitions that even under the best of circumstances are “a mix of joy and sadness, hope and despair,” Lebens-Englund said that his starting point “is simply meeting the faith community where it’s at: grieving or celebrating, looking backward or forward as needed and ensuring there is room for every emotional response to our present reality.”“At the same time, because leadership transitions can be so emotionally disorienting, we don’t always bring our ‘best selves’ to these times of change,” he said. “Casting a clear commitment to healthy behavior and mutual accountability within the faith community occurred the very first Sunday at the microphone and a covenant for healthy communication patterns has since been posted around the cathedral and on the website.”St. Mark’s new dean also said that another essential contribution he can add over the next several months is to frame every ‘output’ in terms of sustainability. “Is it essential? Is it life-giving? Is it an individual initiative or an initiative of the whole faith community? Is there someone else better-positioned or equipped to do it? Which programs should persist and which should be laid to rest?”“Our desire to be all things to all people and to address every care and concern around us, while well-meaning, has often spread us all to thin – to the point, in fact, that our core competencies as faith communities often fall out of balance and ‘outputs outpace inputs.’ The body gets tired, sometimes resentful, until at last the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of our church lives become completely disconnected from the ‘why,’” said Lebens-Englund.“What we’re looking for is a healthy balance – a congregation through which individuals and families can put their faith into action in a meaningful, concrete and life-giving way. We want folks’ experience of God, self and life to be enhanced for having connected with us, not diminished, and that takes clarity, hard work and discipline.”The Very Rev. Justin P. Chapman is formally seated in the dean’s chair at the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour in Faribault, Minnesota by Bishop Brian N. Prior on Nov. 13. Photo: Joe BjordalIn Faribault, a hopeful spiritCathedral of Our Merciful Saviour’s Chapman previously served as priest associate at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Rochester. He is also a graduate of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.Chapman’s installation’s marks the end of a relatively brief and smooth transition. Yet, the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour faces a number of challenges – some similar to those faced by countless other small congregations in small towns. Faribault, located 50 south of Minneapolis, has a population of approximately 24,000. There has been no growth in membership or worship attendance for the past decade.“We are fortunate to have a hopeful spirit,” said Chapman. “Yet, the challenge we face is that our transformation is going to take time and that it isn’t going to look like we think it will.”Chapman noted that one of the big challenges is a “near-total” absence of families with children.“It’s sort of a catch-22: A good children’s program is critical to attracting children, but a critical mass of children is required for a good children’s program. Yet, this apparent vacuum is exciting because it gives us the opportunity to build something entirely new, something that connects people to God and to each other; something that begins to form disciples in a way that’s tailored to our community and culture.”Chapman said a passionate community is ready to take on the challenges.“I was initially attracted to the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour because of the community – the people, their hospitality, their participation in mission and even their ability to passionately disagree with each other but then truly come together for worship and communion. It gave me the sense (and still does) that this community has the gifts it needs to thrive. We’re in love with community, but we’re not afraid to tell it like it is.”“My sense is that I’m called to help the cathedral community identify, bring forth and develop what it already possesses: a passion for mission and connection,” said Chapman.Connecting with the neighborhoodsThe calling of the two deans comes at a time when the Episcopal Church in Minnesota (no longer referred to as “the Diocese”) is well into a paradigm shift about how it thinks about mission – changes made under the leadership of Bishop Brian Prior, now in the fifth year of his episcopate.Prior has described that shift as coming from a greater understanding of God’s mission in the world (“Missio Dei”) and a change of focus from a particular faith community’s internal life to the life of God in the world. He has challenged the faith communities in Minnesota to discover what God is up to in their neighborhoods and examine the unique context in which they are called to mission and ministry.Minnesota’s new cathedral deans are discovering their new neighborhoods.“We are fortunate to have a huge campus with beautiful buildings in the heart of downtown Faribault,” Chapman said. “I want us to ask three important questions: What is at the core of our belief and community? How do we best form people for mission? hat are the needs around us that God is calling us to engage? Then I want us to leverage our location and spaces to help others.”In Minneapolis, Lebens-Englund has a vision for neighborhood connections based both on St. Mark’s role as a congregation located in a major metropolitan area and as the lead cathedral for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota.“The most obvious neighbors with whom we need to be in conversation as a ‘congregation’ are, in my early estimation, the Walker Art Center, Metropolitan Community Technical College, the Loring Park Neighborhood Association, the Episcopal faith communities in the Central Mission Area and the downtown Minneapolis interfaith community,” said Lebens-Englund.“The most obvious neighbors with whom we need to be in conversation as a ‘cathedral’ are, in my early estimation, the faith communities of the entire Episcopal Church in Minnesota, the mayor’s office, the state Capitol, the other cathedrals in the Episcopal Church and those cathedrals with whom we share a more global partnership.”“Radical hospitality – despite its having become a cliché over the last decade – is still what I’m all about, trusting that disruption is often a sign of the Spirit’s presence, though we generally aspire to ‘deep peace,’ ” said Lebens-Englund.No fear of failureBoth young Minnesota deans are focused on success as they begin their new ministries with a healthy understanding of their roles.“I think I can succeed because I don’t think I’m the center of the mission and I’m not afraid to fail,” said Chapman. “I see my calling as helping the community to tap into God’s dream for us and to begin to take steps to live that out. Our success does not depend on me, it depends on God. My job – our job – is to do our best to discern God’s call to us and to live it out. That means trying a bunch of new ideas, knowing that some are bound to fail, but being confident that success will come.”“Failure is hard at first because we are used to the idea that it’s bad – that we are doing the wrong thing – but that’s not the case at all. Failure is a sign that we are trying and that we are zeroing in on the mission God has for us. Once you get used to the fact that failure is just one of the steps to success, it actually becomes kind of fun. It’s not necessary to do things perfectly, it’s just enough to begin. God will take care of the rest.”The Minneapolis dean has a similar understanding.“The good news here is that it’s not all about me in the end, but is about connecting the faith community to the heart of God,” said Lebens-Englund.“When it comes to God, I’m an eternal optimist, trusting, as they say, that the arc of history does, indeed, bend toward justice. But, as a pastor, when it comes to real people working out their salvation in the context of an intentional, experimental community, I’m a realist. The glimpses of the Kingdom are sometimes few and far between, but they are there, for sure, and my task is simply to name them, to celebrate them, and see if we can’t enable the next breakthrough sooner than later.”“I don’t know fully what God has in store for us,” said Chapman. “But I do now that it’s going to be incredible.”How did the Episcopal Church in Minnesota come to have two cathedrals?The history surrounding both is rich with the hope and promise that settled the northern state.The congregation of St. Mark’s Free Mission was established in 1858 in north Minneapolis, an outreach mission of Gethsemane Episcopal Church in downtown Minneapolis, which started 29 congregations throughout the diocese. St. Mark’s relocated to the heart of downtown Minneapolis in the late 1860s and moved into its new, cathedral-like building on southwest edge of downtown Minneapolis in 1910.St. Mark’s was consecrated a cathedral in 1941 by then Bishop Stephen Keeler. It was Keeler who was instrumental in attracting the 1954 World Anglican Congress to Minneapolis and St. Mark’s. For 10 days in August of that year nearly 700 bishops, priests and lay people from the then 15 provinces of the Anglican Communion met for the first such gathering to be held outside Great Britain. It was for this congress that the now internationally-recognized emblem of the Communion – the Anglican Compass Rose – was designed and first used. Thus, St. Mark’s is also known as the birthplace of the Anglican Compass Rose.The Faribault cathedral abides because of its unique history. The Right Rev. Henry Benjamin Whipple, consecrated the first bishop of the Diocese of Minnesota in 1858, laid the cornerstone of the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour on July 16,1862. It was the first church built as a cathedral in the Episcopal Church. Because of lack of funds in the young, missionary diocese, the cathedral would not be completed for seven years. It was consecrated in 1869.Bishop Whipple visited the work of the church in Minnesota for a year, considering potential locations for the seat of the new diocese. The primary educational institutions of the young diocese (some established by the legendary Episcopal missionary, the Rev. James Lloyd Breck): Shattuck School for Boys, St. Mary’s School for Girls and Seabury Divinity School would be clustered there. He finally chose Faribault. Because it was at the crossroads of the Ojibwa, Dakota and European settlements; at the meeting point of the woodlands and prairie; and at the confluence of two rivers, it was anticipated to grow into a major center of commerce. It was not to be. The town, 50 miles south of the capital, has a population of only 24,000.Like St. Mark’s, the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour has hosted historic Anglican gatherings. The delegates to the 1895 General Convention of the Episcopal Church, held in Minneapolis, took a day off from business and traveled to Faribault on train cars provided by Whipple’s friend James J. Hill. In Faribault they were met by 400 horse-drawn carriages providing transportation for a tour of what Harper’s Magazine that same year called “Episcopal Faribault.” The delegates to the 1954 World Anglican Congress also visited Faribault and the Cathedral – described to Bishop Keeler through many letters as a highlight of the gathering.– Joe Bjordal is a writer, designer, photographer, and event planner based in Minneapolis. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit an Event Listing December 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm Thank youfor your bridging words, Polly! Yes, we are beginning to warm already as we recognize how blessed we are. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Brian Wilson says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Justin Chapman says: Rector Belleville, IL Sanford Hampton says: Featured Events By Joe BjordalPosted Nov 18, 2014 Press Release Service Mark Hatch says: November 19, 2014 at 10:25 am Ahh, Sandy Hampton! He once invited me to preach; his church didn’t have an 8 am Eucharist but did have a 7:30 am! So, I had to get up very, very early on a Sunday morning to get to his church.But the upside for inviting me was that he later became a bishop! When angling for opportunities to visit churches, I usually mentioned that, as an incentive for the rector to invite me.(By the way, Gayle Harris also invited me and she, too, became a bishop!)–Rev. Jay Croft The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Albany, NY Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Comments (9) This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY November 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm I wish both Paul and Justin well.I had the privilege of Presiding a number of times at both of these historic cathedrals while serving as Bishop Suffragan of Minnesota (1989-1996). It might be of interest that I was honored to be the first Bishop consecrated by a woman, Barbara Harris, on April 5, 1989 at St. Mark’s Cathedral just about two months after her own. Barbara received a standing ovation from those assembled. November 19, 2014 at 3:04 am Oh this will be a sunny time for Minnesota! In Spokane we grieve the departure of Paul Lebens-Englund and his family. At the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist we watched this family grow. Under Paul’s leadership the best of every person and every age and all abilities emerged. Next he was called to ignite the embers of a tiny dying but treasured church in the poorest section of our community. Under Paul’s leadership and vision this little church became a powerful engine of social change. Later Paul’s skills and quiet forceful leadership were called to the Diocese of Spokane. Finally after a priest was called to a new post, Paul assumed the leadership of St David’s in Spokane. Whenever there is disruption Paul brings calm. Where there is hurt he brings healing. And laughter. You will share much laughter. He is such a dynamo and he always has been the wise voice in times of strife, frustration and deep questioning. He is sane and kind and good. His wife Erica is a strong woman, an excellent teacher, and the best Mama ever. The boys have grown from toddlers crawling on the altar to fine young men. Oh yes Minnesota – you are blessed. You will have new rays of sunshine to warm you this winter and all the seasons beyond. Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT November 18, 2014 at 6:05 pm I don’t know Rev. Lebens-Englund, but I do know Rev. Chapman, and I know the work of CDSP in forming mission leaders for the 21st Century. It is up to inspired congregations and leaders like these to shape our church’s next incarnation. Our future won’t look like our past. It shouldn’t. Godspeed to the people in Minnesota and to all people seeking to extend the message of God’s radical love out into the wider world. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Knoxville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA November 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm I had the pleasure of knowing Fr. Chapman at St. Luke’s in Rochester both as a parishioner and member of the Vestry. I heartily commend Faribault in their selection and wish only the best to both of the new Deans. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC New Minnesota deans face change with calling and confidence Featured Jobs & Calls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Hopkinsville, KY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Polly McMahon says: Comments are closed. November 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm I am sure this has been studied, and I am sure there is an answer, though it is unknown to me: why are there still 2 cathedrals, just 50 miles apart, in Minnesota? Thank you. 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LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply By John Haughey | The Center Square Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear TAGSCOVID-19Florida Department of Economic OpportunityHighlightsSenator Marco RubioSenator Rick ScottStimulus BillThe Center SquareUnemployment Benefits Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleDept. of Health in Orange Co. receives first shipment of 16,000 Moderna vaccine doses Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 As many as 650,000 Floridians, including an estimated 500,000 whose state unemployment benefits have expired, could receive federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) payments between Christmas and the new year.Congress passed a $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus bill Monday night, with only six “no” votes in the Senate, including Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott.Highlights of the stimulus include $120 billion for PUA unemployment benefits through March 14; $166 billion in payments of $600 to individuals making up to $75,000 per year and $600 per dependent child; and $284 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides forgivable loans businesses can use to meet payroll and not lay off workers.e renewed PUA benefits – 11 weeks of an additional $300 – should kick in for Floridians by Sunday.According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO), an estimated 651,000 Floridians are unemployed but only about 135,000 were claiming state benefits through last week.As many as a half-million Floridians have seen their 12 weeks of $275 state unemployment payouts expire. The 12 weeks of eligibility is the nation’s shortest, and the $275 weekly payout is the fifth-lowest in the U.S.With no federal assistance for state and local governments in the package, Florida lawmakers may be forced to ponder significant cuts to the state’s current budget and its fiscal year 2022 budget when they convene March 2.The state received $5.8 billion from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in March to address budget concerns.State economists projected in August a $5.4 billion shortfall for the next two fiscal years, but on Monday, they trimmed an estimated $2.7 billion shortfall in fiscal 2022 shortfall by $2.1 billion after documenting better-than-expected sales and corporate income taxes through year’s end.According to the updated projections, Florida’s general revenue fund, the state’s primary source of discretionary spending, will accrue $32.5 billion this fiscal year and $34.3 billion in fiscal 2022, which still is a combined $3.3 billion less than pre-pandemic estimates.House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and Senate President Wilton Simpson, who is recovering from COVID-19, said the revised projections are good news, but there’s still plenty of bad news awaiting lawmakers in 2021“By any measure, the significant gains reflected in [Monday’s] estimate do not negate the many difficult challenges we will face as we craft a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, or that families and businesses across our state are facing as we all continue to battle COVID-19,” said Simpson, R-Trilby. “We know all too well that these estimates can change in a heartbeat; therefore, the Senate will continue to proceed with caution.”Florida’s senior U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who chairs the Senate Small Business Committee and was pivotal in crafting the renewed $284 billion PPP, praised the new stimulus package.“Restaurants, live venues and small local chambers should finally be on the way,” Rubio said.Scott said he voted against the bill because “Washington is broken” and it “is almost 5,600 pages long.”“This crisis has devastated American small businesses and American workers, and I support many of the COVID-related provisions to boost small businesses, prevent further layoffs and enhance unemployment assistance – provisions necessary because of the recklessness of the Chinese Communist Party and the overzealous shutdowns by politicians here in America who do not know what it is like to struggle for money or for work,” Scott said.Scott spearheaded opposition to state and local government aid in the package.“States do not need bailouts; they want bailouts so they can use the money – intended to address the fallout from COVID – to plug the long-standing holes in their budgets and pension systems,” he said. “It’s as simple as that.” Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Environmental racismA town hall meeting was held March 24 at Talento Bilingue de Houston to address East End community concerns about the petrochemical fire. A panel of county and national politicians, local attorneys, Houston’s fire chief and a doctor fielded questions. Residents voiced concerns that environmental racism, fueled by profits for petrochemical companies, repeatedly affects people of color in close proximity to oil refineries.Frustrations with frequent school closings along “borders” of different school districts were also raised. One East End mother Norma Mottu said, “Air has no border.” Concern was expressed for undocumented folks affected who are too afraid to get help.The meeting centered on the physical effects of the massive, dark, chemical cloud that lingered over the city for three days. Residents described irritated eyes and throats. One noted loss of appetite and vomiting, as well as long wait times at doctors who were checking vital signs without taking blood or urine samples. Internal medicine practitioner Dr. Rupa Nalam, referencing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), confirmed what many of the residents already knew to be true about the effects of cancer-causing benzene released by the fire. Dr. Nalam said the immediate effects of exposure include drowsiness, dizziness, headaches, irritation of eyes and throat, rapid or irregular heartbeat and vomiting. Longer-term effects of high exposure include bone marrow damage and leukemia.Houston-based lawyer Benny Agosto Jr. advised residents to get documentation for their symptoms. He informed people that if they do file a claim directly with ITC, they would be signing away their right to seek compensation in the future.Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña explained that Deer Park was outside of Houston’s jurisdiction, but that he was providing resources and aid to the first responders despite massive budget and personnel cuts that the Fire Department is facing. Arbitrary borders and power distributions between governing bodies have already proven inadequate in preventing these man-made disasters from happening, though those on the panel seemed for the most part to be working hard on present responses.However, when pressed with concerns about water contamination, longterm legislative moves and legal recourse for undocumented people, responses were unsatisfying. One young woman named Kelly questioned Fire Chief Peña about whether the foam used to put out the fire had contaminated the water. She also challenged the Houston Independent School District Board member on the panel, noting, “I do want to remind everybody that (HISD Trustee) Sergio Lira voted twice to privatize four HISD schools. So take whatever he has to say about caring about children with a grain of salt.”Kelly also voiced concern about the longterm effect of pollutants, given that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has fined less than 10 percent of violations in the city of Houston, home to 4,200 chemical tanks. She also noted that refineries built over 30 years ago were not designed to withstand natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey, which was fueled by climate change.After the town hall, folks were urged to fill out anonymous health questionnaires to be compiled and presented to the County Commissioners meeting on March 26. Community-based Bayou Action Street Health offered services, including distribution of shelter-in-place kits and accompanying and advocating for undocumented folks with health-related appointments. The owners and operators of two food trucks fed firefighters before the flames were put out. The gaps left by governing bodies were filled in by community members ready to see ITC held accountable.The capitalist system of profits over people was the cause of the fire by ITC, a company that has continuously violated laws and the environment. It is up to grassroots people to organize and demand that not only are laws followed, but those corporations which violate the law, violate our health and violate the environment are penalized or shut down. Mothers shouldn’t live in fear that their children’s health is in constant jeopardy. Kids shouldn’t have to be separated from parents and sent to live with relatives in other cities to avoid pollutants. No one without insurance should have to pay thousands of dollars for health care due to ITC’s negligence. We need reparations. Everyone in the Houston metro area should be given free doctors’ appointments so they can find out what this disaster has done to their health and then be compensated for all health issues by ITC. If we lived in a just society, that would be a given.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Twitter Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ ReddIt Colin Post Facebook + posts ReddIt Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Previous articleBlanket Coverage Podcast – Episode 111 (NFL Week 16 Preview, Pre-Christmas CBB/NBA Preview, Picks)Next articleBlanket Coverage Podcast – Episode 112 (Week 16 Recap, Week 17 Preview, NBA Christmas Recap) Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ printThe Frogs shot just over 30 percent as a team in the loss to the Musketeers. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Despite center Kevin Samuel’s seventh double-double of the season, TCU men’s basketball was outmatched by Xavier on Sunday, falling 67-59 to the Musketeers at home.Samuel finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the loss.Things did not start well for the Horned Frogs. Xavier made seven of their first 11 shots, jumping out to a 15-4 lead just six minutes into the game.This set a precedent for the rest of the half, as the closest TCU would get was seven from there.The Frogs shot just 29.6 percent from the floor as a team in the first 20 minutes, while the Musketeers shot 59.3 percent during that time.TCU trailed 38-27 at the halftime break. A lone bright spot for the Frogs in the first half was Samuel, who recorded nine points on 3-for-3 shooting to go with four boards.Things only got worse for TCU in the second half. Xavier came out of the locker room out strong, spouting off on an 8-0 run to take full control.The Musketeers hit a layup to go up 61-39 with 7:14 left in the game, grabbing their biggest lead of the afternoon and all but sealing a loss for the Frogs.TCU would find some life, ending the game on a 20-6 run. This sequence included four made three-pointers by the Frogs. Nevertheless, this offensive production would prove to come too late for TCU, and they dropped to 8-3 on the season.Guard Desmond Bane finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and three steals in the loss. Senior Edric Dennis added 12 points of his own.Up next, the Frogs will face George Mason at home in their final non-conference game of the season. Tipoff in Schollmaier Arena is scheduled for Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello
Linkedin Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Previous articleWhat we’re reading: U.S. declares public health emergency over coronavirusNext articleTCU to host a mental health panel Drew Mitchell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printWhere to rally if an emergency arises, building maps with safe zones for crises and information about the L.E.S.S. is More campaign are a few of the latest additions to TCU’s Frog Shield app. Photo of Frog Shield Icon Photo Courtesy of Adrian AndrewsThe L.E.S.S. is More campaign, which stands for lockdown, evacuate and seek shelter, launched last semester. The goal is to serve as a helpful tool if a campus crisis occurs. Adrian Andrews, assistant vice chancellor for public safety, said he hopes these additions help reassure students, faculty and staff of everything the police department does to keep them safe. The additions to the app required a six-month process of documentation. The app shows safe zones near every building on campus where students, faculty and staff can go if there is an active shooter. If a fire or a situation that calls for an evacuation occurs, the app shows where the on-campus rally points are. Additionally, there is a video that provides safety tips for moments of crisis. The app is only in English.“We are looking at some other options that will offer us 20 languages to get the alert message out to our community,” Andrews said. Assistant Vice Chancellor for Public Safety Adrian Andrews. Photo courtesy of Adrian AndrewsWho uses the app?Although neither the App Store nor the Google Play Store had information on downloads, Andrews said about 4,000 people have downloaded Frog Shield, 3,000 of whom are students. Caleb Ervin, a junior criminal justice major, said he hasn’t downloaded Frog Shield; he believes the app isn’t necessary. Ervin said he thinks the L.E.S.S is More drills should be taught to RAs and hall directors because students will not use the app. However, Andrews said the police department has been doing L.E.S.S. is More drills in every residence hall on campus since the semester started.Ervin said while all three additions serve a purpose, the evacuation and seek shelter protocols are more common sense and shouldn’t have been added.“I feel like because of the event that happened two years ago when I was a freshman, it [lockdown] makes a lot of sense,” Ervin said.Ervin said he has no plans on downloading the Frog Shield app.The Frog Shield app is available for free in the App Store and in the Google Play store. Drew Mitchell Facebook Drew Mitchellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/drew-mitchell/ Drew Mitchellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/drew-mitchell/ ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Landing zones to remain on campus for spring semester Drew Mitchellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/drew-mitchell/ Linkedin Drew Mitchellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/drew-mitchell/ Timeka Gordon influences America’s future leaders Twitter The Office of Religious & Spiritual Life to host eighth annual Crossroads Lecture + posts TCU receives 100 more COVID-19 vaccines ReddIt World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Drew Mitchell is a Journalism major with an African American Studies Minor from Arlington, Texas. He has worked on staff for TCU 360 since his freshman year and is currently the Executive Editor of the Skiff, where they design and print a weekly paper for the TCU community.
Life in Fort Worth Marissa Stacy Twitter printThis series of stories examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted systemic issues through the Fault Lines of race, class, gender, generation, geography and sexual orientation. Loading 72%Tyson Fresh Meats plant leads to a spike in COVID-19 cases in one countyCass County, Indiana, had the highest rate of COVID-19 cases per capita in the state.Marissa StacyEmployees leave the Tyson plant in Logansport, Indiana. Source: AP/Michael ConroyEmployees leave the Tyson plant in Logansport, Indiana. Source: AP/Michael ConroyLogansport, Indiana – Cass County sits in Indiana’s corn belt, where acres of black dirt house row upon row of corn and soybeans.But this year, spring planting was eclipsed by the novel coronavirus. This county of 37,000 became a hotspot for COVID-19, shuttering businesses, closings schools and stopping community activities. It also highlighted the fragility of the nation’s food supply chain as the local Tyson Fresh Meat plant became ground zero for the virus. Today, people are back shopping at Walmart, eating at restaurants and planning the 4-H Fair. But there’s no doubt COVID-19 left a mark.The state’s highest rateAt the start of April, nothing looked amiss.Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb had signed Executive Order 20-08 on March 23, requiring Hoosiers to stay at home unless they were deemed an essential worker. Five days later, the federal government declared meat packing plants part of a critical infrastructure that couldn’t shut down during the pandemic. The cases in Cass County were scattered. The outbreak appeared contained. But the virus spread quickly. Within 25 days, there were more than 1,000 cases–many tied to the Tyson plant, just north of the Hoosier Heartland Highway, on the edge of town. The plant closed for two weeks on April 25 after the outbreak affected more than 1,000 of its 2,000 employees. At the time, Cass County had the highest rate of positive COVID-19 cases per amount of people tested in the state. When production resumed May 7, social distancing guidelines were in place, and masks were required.”We’ve taken additional precautions to reassure team members that they are returning to a safe work environment and have made additional changes to continue supporting them during this global health crisis,” Todd Neff, Tyson’s senior vice president of pork, said in a statement. The company doubled bonuses for employees and extended short-term disability coverage to 90% to encourage employees to stay home.The virus underscored the vulnerabilities of working in the meatpacking industry, where workers are already exposed to high noise levels, dangerous equipment, slippery floors, musculoskeletal disorders, and hazardous chemicals including ammonia, which is used as a refrigerant.Employees returned to work with mixed feelings, said Brigid Kelly, communication director for union local (UFCW Local 700). “The people who work at Tyson are people too,” Kelly said. “Everyone wants to be safe and healthy when they go to work and safe and healthy when they come home.”Tyson has now included a mobile health clinic onsite for employees. Temperatures are taken before each employee enters, and they are asked about any other COVID-19 symptoms. Many of Tyson’s employees worked shoulder to shoulder preparing meat for local grocers, making social distancing difficult.Read more: Nebraska meatpacking workers vulnerable to COVID-19Precautions began to be put in place even before the shutdown, and others were added after production resumed. These include disposable masks daily, plexiglass barriers in common areas, a tent outdoors for breaks and the hiring of social distancing monitors.Kelly said Tyson has been continuing to update its safety precautions as more are needed. “It was a continuing effort as we learned more,” Kelly said. “Originally there started to be different protocols starting at the beginning of March. It’s really been a continuous improvement process because as we know more and learn more about best practices then we are better able to figure out what we need to best accommodate folks.”Kelly said the employees had access to additional pay during the shutdown.“We were able to work with Tyson so that our members had access to additional pay and also continue to because if you go into work in dangerous conditions, especially conditions that are more dangerous than normal, you deserve to be appropriately compensated for that,” Kelly said.Town reactionWhile COVID-19 was spreading through the community, Logansport Mayor Chris Martin issued an executive order enforcing stronger guidelines through the community. As the cases spiked in the rural community, Martin imposed guidelines stricter than the state’s. These included limiting the number of people per family who can enter a retail establishment, requiring masks and not allowing children under the age of 16 to enter retail establishments — all of this with hopes to help protect his community.”It was definitely different for a lot of us here in Logansport,” Martin said. “It was a concern for the citizens, of course, with the rise in cases, and as government officials, we didn’t know exactly what to do. We used the best knowledge that we had at that point.” City officials don’t blame Tyson for the spike in cases. “You can’t point fingers,” Martin said. “This was more of an effort, as far as precautions go, that Tyson was taking back in February.”Tyson’s official statement says it has been working on precautions since January when it started an official coronavirus task force.”While Tyson Foods is working with local officials to protect team members during this ever-changing situation, the company takes its responsibility seriously to continue feeding people across the country during this global health pandemic,” according to the statement. Other county officials echoed the mayor, saying Tyson was not at fault for the outbreak. “It’s not just Tyson,” said Ryan Browning, the Cass County commissioner. “It was the processing plant industry as a whole.”The community is still working on getting back on track from the initial spike in late April. As the curve has begun to flatten, they are still seeing new cases.As of July 8, there were 1,642 positive cases and nine deaths, according to coronavirus.in.gov.Browning said people are still careful when they go out in the community and follow CDC guidelines. “People need to not let their guard down,” Browning said.Martin asked all those who have symptoms to wear a mask.”That’s one of the most important things you can do [wearing a mask] as a citizen is to protect the entire city,” Martin said. TopBuilt with Shorthand COVID-19 vaccination site at TCU opens for second weekend Honeycutt claims strong support, wins SGA top spot Marissa Stacy is a journalism major from Indianapolis, Indiana. Marissa enjoys traveling to new places, spending time with friends and finding great places to eat around Fort Worth. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes Marissa Stacyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marissa-stacy/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history + posts Student body officer candidates talk campus issues in first-ever live debate World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook NewsCOVID-19Fault LinesIn-depth reportingTyson Fresh Meats plant leads to a spike in COVID-19 cases in one countyBy Marissa Stacy – July 10, 2020 945 TCU News Now 3/3/2021 ReddIt Marissa Stacyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marissa-stacy/ Linkedin ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook Linkedin Twitter Previous articleNebraska meatpacking workers vulnerable to COVID-19Next articleTCU called to act on video of admitted student using racial slurs Marissa Stacy Marissa Stacyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marissa-stacy/ Marissa Stacyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marissa-stacy/