Retailers set to add pennies for charities

first_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap A NEW national charity collection scheme launches across the UK today in a bid to counter a decline in donations due to economic uncertainty. Pennies, an “electronic charity box” that enables credit card users to add a charitable donation of up to 99p to their purchases, goes live at all Domino’s pizzas stores today and is hoping to bring on board another national retailer by the end of the year. The system asks cardholders whether they want to round their purchase amount to the nearest pound by giving the extra pennies to the retailer’s charity of choice. Domino’s is putting 75 per cent of its collected funds towards the UK’s Special Olympics, with the rest going to a mix of national charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, the NCPCC and the Princes Trust.Domino’s Pizza Group boss Chris Moore says: “It’s such a simple idea that I can’t believe it’s not already a common fundraising method.”The concept uses technology developed by software company STS and card payment services firm YESpay and is designed to tap into a pool of donations that might be made if giving were more convenient and incremental. Research by Markettiers4DC found that 63 per cent of 1,513 people surveyed said they were more likely to give to charity if such a system were available.If half of UK cardholders were to give 8p more each week, the Pennies Foundation claims that this would equate to £89m each year. FAST FACTS | PENNIES FOUNDATIONAllows cardholders to add a charitable donation of up to 99p to their purchase by rounding up to the nearest poundGoes live nationally at Domino’s Pizza todayTechnology developed by STS and YESpay KCS-content Tags: NULL Retailers set to add pennies for charities Sunday 7 November 2010 9:10 pm Share Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapplast_img read more

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Third profit fall in a row for Nokia

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East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) 2003 Annual Report

first_imgEast African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz)  2003 annual report.Company ProfileEast African Breweries Limited produces and distributes a range of beer and spirit brands and non-alcoholic beverages. Popular brands include Tusker Malt Lager, Tusker Lite, Guinness, Pilsner, White Cap Lager, Allsopps Lager, Balozi Lager, Senator Lager, Bell Lager, Serengeti Premium Lager, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Kenya Cane, Chrome Vodka and Ciroc. East African Breweries has operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan; and exports alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to Rwanda, Burundi and the Great Lakes region. Subsidiary companies include Kenya Breweries Limited, Uganda Breweries Limited, East African Breweries (Mauritius) Limited, International Distillers Uganda Limited and East African Maltings (Kenya) Limited. Established in 1922, the group has its headquarters in Ruaraka, near the capital of Nairobi. East African Breweries Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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2 dirt-cheap shares I’d buy to hold for 10 years

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Rupert Hargreaves | Monday, 8th March, 2021 | More on: LSL RWA 2 dirt-cheap shares I’d buy to hold for 10 years FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Image source: Getty Images Considering the improving outlook for the UK economy, I’ve been looking for dirt-cheap shares to add to my portfolio recently. I’m looking for stocks that I can buy and hold for a least the next decade, so I don’t have to worry about finding new investments.Research also shows that buying and holding stocks can produce better returns in the long term, although this isn’t guaranteed. This strategy might not suit all investors. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Still, I’m comfortable with the level of risk involved with this kind of strategy. With that in mind, here are two dirt-cheap shares I’d buy with the view to holding them for the next decade.  Dirt-cheap shares Recruitment consultancy Robert Walters (LSE: RWA) has reported a substantial decline in the demand for its services over the past year. As a result, investor sentiment towards the business has plunged. However, I’m willing to look past these short-term headwinds. I think there’ll always be a need for the recruitment services Robert Walters provides. And while the firm might have seen a drop off in demand over the past 12 months, I think this demand will return as the economy recovers. That’s why I’d buy the stock as part of a portfolio of dirt-cheap shares today. That said, this business isn’t without its risks. Recruitment is a highly cyclical business, as we’ve seen over the past 12 months. The company’s size will help it weather periods of uncertainty, but any reputational damage could destabilise the business.As such, while I’d buy the stock to hold for the next decade, I plan to keep an eye on these challenges.Property market growthThe UK property market is hugely important to the country’s economy. The market is highly cyclical, but some sections are more stable than others.That’s why I’d buy LSL Property Services (LSE: LSL) as part of a portfolio of dirt-cheap shares today. This company provides a range of services for the property sector, including residential sales, lettings, surveying, conveyancing and advice on mortgages and non-investment insurance products.I think this could be one of the best ways to invest in the property sector, aside from buying a property directly.After recent declines, shares in LSL are trading at a P/E of 9.7, based on City estimates for 2020. That’s compared to the market average of 16. Of course, these are just estimates at present, and there’s no guarantee the company will hit these targets. That’s one of the risks of investing here.The corporation may also suffer if the UK property market takes a turn for the worst. Its diversification may help the business with uncertainty, but a sudden slump in house prices would almost certainly impact the company. I plan to keep an eye on these risks over the next few years. But despite the challenges the group faces, I’m incredibly optimistic about its long-term potential. That’s why I’d add the stock to my portfolio of dirt-cheap shares today. Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment.center_img Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Please to dirt cheap shares could be a attractive addition to any portfolio for the next decade has been looking for dirt cheap shares to add to his portfolio with the goal of holding the next 10 yearsThe Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. 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3 of the best cheap UK stocks to buy today

first_img See all posts by Andy Ross Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. I like to add cheap UK stocks to my portfolio. If I can avoid value traps – shares which keep on going down in value – then it can be a good way to find shares that are undervalued. Cheap stocks can have a lot of upside if bought at the right time, for a sensible price. As legendary investor Warren Buffett says: “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get”.A FTSE 100 warehouse groupThe FTSE 100-listed warehousing company Segro (LSE: SGRO) is my first cheap UK stock. The shares trade on a price-to-earnings multiple of around eight. This suggests the shares could be undervalued. The shares are cheap because of strong earnings growth relative to the share price, rather than poor performance. That’s why I think there could be a lot of upside.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The increase in e-commerce and the potential for consumers’ behaviour to have permanently changed because of the pandemic mean demand for warehouses for retailers will keep on increasing. This should keep prices up, which is good for Segro and other warehouse companies.Segro is a great operator. It has consistently performed well in recent years and kept adding to its rent collection. The risks seem limited to me but include rents potentially not being collected if the economy suffers again. Earnings per share growth may also slow against a very strong 2020, which may hit the share price.Poised for global recovery Iron ore pellet producer Ferrexpo (LSE: FXPO) is a company well aligned to the reopening of the global economy. Demand for iron ore will pick up rapidly as the world recovers from the pandemic. Construction and other industries that use steel will push up demand for iron ore, which should in theory push up prices for Ferrexpo.Despite its share rising, the P/E is only around six, which makes the shares seem very cheap. I think that valuation is attractive, but there are risks.As with any miner, there is a risk that prices fall, which would hit the company’s profits. The company has in the past had governance issues and its mines are in Ukraine, putting it at risk potentially from any Russian geopolitical actions in that country. There are still skirmishes in the east of the country. I think this explains why the shares are cheap.Cheap UK stockThe outsourcer Serco (LSE: SRP) might not be everyone’s cup of tea after past controversies over charging taxpayers for tagging criminals who in some cases were no longer alive. Nonetheless, today the company seems to have turned a corner under the excellent leadership of Rupert Soames.Serco is benefitting from increased defence spending. Acquisitions are also helping fuel growth and if well integrated could help boost the share price, in my opinion. The downside with outsourcers are that margins are often low, and contract discipline lessens in the good times meaning they can be quite cyclical investments.With a P/E of 13, the shares seem to be quite cheap. On top of that, the dividend yield is very low, indicating that there could be growth in the shareholder payout in future. That could add to the total return the company could provide to my portfolio, if I added it.Segro, Ferrexpo, and Serco then are cheap UK stocks I’d be interested in adding to my portfolio today.  Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 3 of the best cheap UK stocks to buy today Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now!center_img Andy Ross owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Andy Ross | Saturday, 22nd May, 2021 | More on: FXPO SGRO SRP Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.last_img read more

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England edged out on second day of Gold Coast Sevens

first_img Chris Cracknell breaks through New Zealand’s defenceEngland were left frustrated after being edged out by New Zealand and Samoa in their second day games at the Gold Coast Sevens.They gave series champions New Zealand their toughest test of the day in the Cup quarter final – with tries from Chris Cracknell and Isoa Damudamu – before going down 24-14. Then they dominated long spells of their Plate semi-final against Samoa, Mathew Turner scoring twice, before Paul Perez and Taulagi Afamasaga snatched an unlikely win for the Islanders.Ben Ryan’s side picked up 10 points from their weekend’s work in the opening round of the HSBC Sevens World Series. But captain Greg Barden believes there is much more to come – and England have the next two legs in Dubai (December 2-3) and Port Elizabeth (December 9-10) to put things right.“The margins in this game are so small and a few things did go against us today but you create your own luck and we’ve just got to keep taking small steps forward, which we certainly are doing,” said Barden. “It is hard. We hate losing, we’re here to win and we’re bitterly disappointed. But we’ve got a chance to put it right straight away next week and that’s our aim now. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 26: Chris Cracknell of England breaks through the New Zealand defence during the match between England and New Zealand on day two of the Gold Coast Sevens World Series at Skilled Park on November 26, 2011 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) Frank Halai’s breakaway try put New Zealand’s 19-14 up and Lote Raikabula finished things off with the last play of the game.England led 7-5 at the break against Samoa, then Perez and Afamasaga left them trailing 17-7. Turner grabbed his fifth try of the weekend to finish as England’s leading scorer but they couldn’t get over in the closing moments when well placed. “We’re going to Dubai which is one of our favourite competitions. There’s huge support there for England and we’re going to get on the plane tomorrow, refocus and evaluate what we’re doing, the things we didn’t get right and also the things we did get right. There were a lot of them and these are early days in the season.”England pressurised series champions New Zealand for long spells in the quarter final at Skilled Park, Cracknell smashing his way over after a series of direct attacks before Damudamu scored early in the second half with Marcus Watson’s conversions levelling the score at 14-14.last_img read more

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Episcopalians call for justice in Georgia after killing of black…

first_imgEpiscopalians call for justice in Georgia after killing of black jogger by white attackers By David PaulsenPosted May 12, 2020 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit an Event Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Rev. Tom Purdy leads a group of Episcopalians on May 8 in walking to the Glynn County courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia, for a demonstration over the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians in Georgia are adding their voices to the growing calls for justice in Glynn County after a white father and son were accused of killing an unarmed black man while he was out jogging there on Feb. 23.Authorities didn’t make arrests in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery until May 7, after cellphone video surfaced appearing to show Arbery’s death. On the day of the arrests, 29 local religious and civic leaders, including six Episcopal priests, issued a statement lamenting “the tragic and senseless loss of a precious human life.”“We know of no explanation for this lack of justice,” they wrote. “The failure of leadership within the Glynn County Police Department to immediately refer this case to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is a stain on our community. Our elected officials must not accept the status quo. It is time for positive change.”The case has drawn intense national interest in the past week amid questions about why it took so long to file murder and assault charges against Gregory McMichael, 64, a former investigator for the local prosecutor’s office, and his 34-year-old son, Travis McMichael. The pair originally told investigators that they had chased Arbery in a pickup truck and shot him after suspecting him of being tied to recent break-ins in the area.People in Georgia and beyond have expressed outrage at the killing, saying Arbery’s only offense appeared to be a willingness to go “running while black” in the McMichael’s Satilla Shores neighborhood, on the Atlantic Coast in south Georgia near Brunswick. On May 8, runners around the world dedicated 2.23 miles – representing Feb. 23, the day he died – in honor of Arbery on what would have been his 26th birthday and posted on social media with the hashtag #irunwithmaud.“There is no place for vigilantism and racism in our tight-knit and loving community,” the local leaders said in their May 7 statement, which was shared on Facebook by the Brunswick branch of the NAACP. “We have a proud history of rejecting hate which we must now all draw on. Because this happened to one of ours, it happened to all of us.”Georgia Bishop Scott Benhase blogged about the killing on the diocese’s website: “Ahmaud Arbery should still be alive and with his family.”Georgia Bishop-elect Frank Logue, who serves the diocese as canon to the ordinary, thanked Glynn County priests for speaking out and amplified their message on Facebook. “I join with so many others in praying for his family and praying for those who chased and shot him and their families as well in my prayers each morning and evening,” said Logue, who is scheduled to be consecrated as bishop on May 30. He also expects to a preach at a liturgy from Glynn County on June 7 that will be livestreamed by the diocese.Among the religious leaders who added their names to the joint statement was the Rev. Tom Purdy, rector at Christ Church, Frederica in Brunswick. On May 8, Purdy took to the streets of Brunswick to lead a group of Episcopalians – all wearing face masks as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic – as they walked from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church to the nearby Glynn County courthouse a few blocks away.At the courthouse, they joined a larger crowd for a morning demonstration “to stand for justice in our community,” Purdy said on Facebook.“The shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery has been a terrible occurrence in our community of Glynn County. It does not represent what this community is about,” Purdy said in another post.“Pray for Ahmaud and his family; pray for the shooters and their family; pray for law enforcement and judicial officials; pray for our community, that the way of love would guide us all in the days and weeks to come.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Tags 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Racial Justice & Reconciliation Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Shreveport, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Rector Collierville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Bath, NC Rector Belleville, IL Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SClast_img read more

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Lovell third grader thinks “Cops Rock”

first_img May 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm APD Chief Michael McKinley awarded Makayla with a certificate of recognition.Makayla’s story has even spread to other states and even Germany after a mother of a police officer in Virginia saw her reunion with Officer Clarkson. Mrs. Jennifer Johnson started #patchesformakayla which has prompted several officers from Texas, Virginia, Maryland and even Germany to send her patches from their departments. Makayla has been sending rocks to those individuals as a thank you as well. The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSApopka City CouncilApopka Police DepartmentCops Rock Previous articleApopka police are looking for your help to locate robbery subjectsNext articleFormer Apopka Principal inducted into Orange County Public School Hall of Fame Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mama Mia Please enter your comment!   Makayla is 10-years-old now, and after seeing so much negativity toward police, she decided to do something to let them know they were appreciated. One day, Makayla was painting goodwill rocks with her grandmother Sharon LaCrosse when she came up with the idea to paint rocks just for police. Instead of hiding them in the community for anyone to find, she wanted to make sure that only officers received them, and so “Cops Rock” rocks were born.  Makayla handed out her first Cops Rock rocks in November 2017 to Orange County deputies Heiden and Smith after they responded to a 911 hang-up call. Since then she has personally given away over 400 rocks to police officers. She and her family drive around or attend community events almost every weekend. Makayla’s small token of support has reached officers and deputies from several agencies including Orange County, Orlando, Seminole County,  Casselberry,  Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Lake Mary, Lake County, Edgewood and almost every Apopka officer. Makayla and Officer Clarkson were reunited in March of this year after seven years, and she gave out rocks to Wildwood officers as well.  Makayla dreams of becoming a K-9 handler one day and plans to continue spreading her love and appreciation for law enforcement. The support, encouragement, and love she has received in return from each and every officer has made a significant impact on her. I found a rock that was painted and it was not a cop rock, but it was black and smooth like the ones shown above, and it was painted with “Apopka Rocks” on one side, and on the back, it was painted in silver and had “Love” on it. I found it at one of the parks here in Apopka. I bet this little lady is probably the most likely artist, to have painted my rock I found…..lol 1 COMMENTcenter_img  By Tina Essley-Kepler Makayla Kepler was just three years old when she decided to become a police officer. Kepler, a third grader at Lovell Elementary School in Apopka, started out being afraid of police until one day in 2011 at a community Easter event she met Officer Clarkson with the Wildwood Police Department. Clarkson was working a detail when he attempted to say hello to Makayla, but she hid from him due to her fears. Clarkson spent the rest of the event smiling and waving at her every time he saw her. Finally, he got down on one knee and called her over. After a bit of encouragement from her family, she finally went over and talked to him. After about twenty minutes she suddenly threw her little arms around him. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply  Chief Michael McKinley of the Apopka Police Department was particularly appreciative of Mikayla’s efforts.“Tonight I would like to take a moment and recognize one of our city’s outstanding youth,” McKinley said at the City Council meeting Wednesday night. “I am confident that one day she will reach her goal of becoming a K-9 handler and with the determination and hard work she already displays I’m also confident she will achieve whatever she sets out to do in her life. The men and women of the Apopka Police Department want to recognize Michaela Kepler tonight and present her with a certificate of appreciation for her cops rock campaign.” Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter  We didn’t know then, but that was the moment things changed for her.“Cops Rock” rockslast_img read more

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More than 40 percent of FL kindergarteners are not ready for…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Regardless of the COVID caveat, that still means 43 percent of kindergarteners were not ready to start kindergarten this yearBy Danielle J. Brown, Florida Phoenix Childhood, the ability to grow and develop in a safe and positive environment, is being stolen from children by the pressure this hurry up and grow up society is imposing on the very young. I do not believe failure later in life comes from not being prepared for kindergarten, but from the pressure imposed on young children who later on suffer from burnout. Pre-kindergarten send kindergarten should focus on teaching young children life-long social skills that will make them better equipped to become part of a more compassionate, less negative clan. My 15 years experience as an early childhood educator, center director, and school board independent advisor in Lexington MA were partially spent teaching over-achieving patents how to understand the importance of building life-long social skills and the ability to be self-assured and compassionate society members ; as well as learn basic functioning skills through guided play. March 12, 2021 at 6:14 am Empty modern early learning classroom. Source: Getty Images Reply For many Florida families with young children, a child’s education starts much sooner than kindergarten. A new class of kindergarteners is expected to start school with some sense of the fundamentals, such as language, literacy and math. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply But for the 2020-21 school year, at least 43 percent of kindergarteners in classes now are not actually ready for kindergarten, according to state data.That’s 57,534 Florida students who went to kindergarten in the 2020-21 academic year and took what’s known as the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener about a month into the school year.The kids were deemed “not ready” for the grade they were in — kindergarten.In fact, kindergarten readiness in Florida has been a concern for quite some time, with educators, lawmakers, and Florida businesses trying to get more kids ready for the kindergarten experience.The Children’s Movement of Florida is a non-profit organization with a stated goal: Get Florida students to 100% kindergarten readiness by the year 2030.“Investing in kindergarten readiness is a down payment for our K-12 system and for the health and resilience of our communities. Twenty years on, we’ll get higher earners, more innovative employees and more thoughtful citizens,” wrote Madeleine K. Thakur, chief of staff for the Children’s Movement, who wrote in an op-ed for the Miami Herald about the importance of kindergarten in a student’s academic and future career.Florida’s kindergarten readiness rate was around 53 percent from 2017 to 2019. This year, the readiness rate appears to have increased to 57 percent.Dr. Jerry Parrish is the chief economist with the Florida Chamber Foundation, a branch of the Florida Chamber of Commerce which is also committed to improving kindergarten readiness scores by 2030.He says that the increase of kindergarten readiness is not necessarily an indicator of improvement, because COVID-19 may have played a part in the higher success rate.“During COVID, you have to be a little careful with the numbers,” Parrish said in a conversation with the Phoenix. “A lot fewer kids took these tests in 2020.”It’s true. According to state data, there were 57,173 fewer kindergarteners who took the 2020 kindergarten readiness screener than in 2019.The Phoenix previously reported that a portion of students who are unaccounted for in the 2020-21 school year were kids who would have entered kindergarten at the beginning of the academic year.A likely explanation for the drop in kindergarten enrollment might be because some families opted to hold their student back from starting kindergarten this year until the pandemic wanes.Regardless of the COVID caveat, that still means 43 percent of kindergarteners were not ready to start kindergarten this year.One lawmaker thinks the issues come from Florida’s system for early education and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten programs.Rep. Erin Grall, a Republican who represents Indian River and part of St. Lucie counties, is a sponsor of HB 419 — a lengthy bill designed to restructure Florida’s early learning education system.In Florida, students do not have to start school until they are age 6, but many parents opt to start their children earlier in voluntary Pre-K programs.Among other measures, the bill would phase in new assessments that are taken throughout a student’s time in voluntary Pre-K, to track students toward kindergarten readiness.Grall is extremely concerned about the number of students who are not ready for kindergarten.“I want you to think about the fact that about 175,000 children go through VPK each year,” she told a House early learning subcommittee last week while presenting HB 419. “I’ve been here for four years – that’s about 700,000 children. If you just take the 50% success rate, that means that 350,000 children have gone through our programs in the last four years and are not ready for kindergarten. That’s a failure. That’s a failure on us.”Currently, the state tracks “kindergarten readiness” through the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener. If a student scores 500 or higher, they are considered “ready for kindergarten” and are expected to have the appropriate skills to help them succeed in their academic career.But Grall thinks there’s a problem: The screener used to determine if a student is ready for kindergarten is given to a student within the first 30 school days of kindergarten.“Think about it: if you have a kindergartener and you’re a couple months into kindergarten,” she said at the subcommittee meeting. “They take a screener. The state looks at you and goes: ‘by the way, your child’s not ready for kindergarten.’ Well, thanks so much. We’re here now – what are we supposed to do?”Grall’s legislation would use progress monitoring assessments throughout a student’s time in Voluntary Pre-K, so that a struggling student could be sooner identified for help.The progress monitoring could also bring more accountability to VPK programs that are not properly preparing students for kindergarten.“If you knew before the end of the [VPK] program…if you knew as a parent that your child was not ready for kindergarten, you would have the opportunity to seek other interventions,” she said. “That’s what this bill seeks to do – it seeks to give information to parents, in real time, and to providers in real time.” The Anatomy of Fear 1 COMMENT Ileana Collazo Please enter your comment! 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Irrawaddy informs the world about Burma

first_img RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Tell us about the composition of Irrawaddy’s staff and how it functions?Aung Zaw: Irrawaddy has its headquarters in Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, and employs 35 people, including journalists, video-reporters, photographers, web designers and administrative staff. Our journalists often go to the border to cover Burma-related events.We also have correspondents in Burma or on the border between Burma and Thailand and Burma and India. A small team of journalists works for us from Burma, enabling us to gather news and information from inside the country as it is happening. The reprisals they could incur force them to work clandestinely. One of our journalists was sentenced to seven years in prison in 1995 just for doing his job as a reporter. We also get information from sources who work for the regime or who are close to it.Irrawaddy is interested in all subjects – economic, political, social and cultural – both in Burma and the rest of Asia. We provide a lot of coverage of what is happening in Thailand. And we report the persecution and discrimination against Burmese refugees who live in the utterly lawless areas along the border with Burma.It would be impossible for us to work in the same way inside Burma. There is too much censorship in Burma. Also, many of our journalists are former political prisoners or former students who were pro-democracy activists. They would undoubtedly be arrested if they went back. Who are Irrawaddy’s readers?Aung Zaw: Irrawaddy is read by millions of people all over the planet, mainly thanks to our website and our blog. Our articles are read by people in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, all the countries of Southeast Asia and Burma.We publish in Burmese and in English. Our readers include not only Burmese exiles (Irrawaddy is very popular with the Burmese diaspora) but also NGO workers, the personnel of UN agencies and embassies, government officials, university academics, human rights activists, news media and journalists.Although censored by the Burmese government, our articles are read in Burma by both the opposition and junta members. The Burmese can also follow our reporting on the satellite TV station DVB, which broadcasts our daily news bulletins (Dateline Irrawaddy), our interviews (Face to Face) and documentaries. Radio Free Asia also broadcasts a weekly political analysis and discussion programme that we host. We are happy to cooperate with media that pursue the same goal as we do, which is to offer independent and freely reported news and information to our fellow citizens in Burma and to the international community.On the Internet, our readers can circumvent government censorship by using proxies. More than 35,000 Burmese visit the Irrawaddy.org website from within Burma each month. Copies of Irrawaddy are also distributed in certain embassies in Rangoon.What impact to you think Irrawaddy and all the other Burmese exile media are having on the Burmese authorities, Burmese society and the international community?Aung Zaw: We are convinced of the importance of the service being provided by Irrawaddy, the other exile media, and the Burmese-language services of media such as the BBC, Voice of America and Radio Free Asia. The BBC and VOA, for example, played an essential role before 1988 by informing the international community about what was happening in Burma.Nowadays, although based in Thailand, Irrawaddy is playing a key role in creating the Burmese society of tomorrow, as are all the Burmese exile media. We are also proud of contributing to the education of young journalists in Burma and refugees along the border.Change will obviously be slow, but I am convinced that the independent work of Burmese journalists and the way it forces Burmese society to think and to discuss issues will give rise to divisions within the military regime and will lead Burma towards more transparency and democracy. News ——————— The Free Burma VJ campaign and Best Friend Library (a non-profit information centre and library) organized a special event at the Sangdee Gallery in the Thai city of Chiang Mai on 6 August to mark the 23rd anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in Burma. There were approximately 90 participants who were provided with information about the campaign launched by the media in exile Democratic Voice of Burma, for the release of 17 of its video journalists (VJ) who are currently detained in Burma. Organisation News News Receive email alerts US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture News MyanmarAsia – Pacific to go further May 31, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Myanmar August 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Irrawaddy informs the world about Burma RSF_en ————–Like all of Irrawaddy’s founders, Aung Zaw took part in the 1988 pro-democracy demonstrations. “I was a student at the time. My comrades and I participated in this political movement, which was without precedent in Burma. I rubbed shoulders with many leading figures from the Burmese pro-democracy movement during the demonstrations. I soaked up the ideas of these respected journalists and writers. Unfortunately, after the military coup in September of that year, I had to leave Burma. We created Irrawaddy in exile in Thailand. Many former political prisoners soon joined us.”—————– MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 26, 2021 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Burmese democrats are today marking the anniversary of 8 August 1988 (8-8-88), the highpoint of a large-scale uprising against a one-party state in which hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets and forced the regime’s strongman, Gen. Ne Win, to resign. The hopes of the demonstrators were dashed five weeks later, on 18 September 1988, when the military staged a coup that left 3,000 dead.To commemorate this sad annivsary, Reporters Without Borders is publishing an interview with the editor of the Burmese exile news magazine Irrawaddy, Aung Zaw, who was forced to flee abroad after the September military coup.Founded in 1993 as a monthly news magazine by Burmese exile journalists in Bangkok and named after Burma’s biggest river, Irrawaddy has become an essential source of independent news and information about the political and human rights situation in Burma.Its journalists have never stopped exposing the regime’s despotism and corruption, and the violence it uses in an attempt to silence dissidents. After 17 years of existence, the magazine is now available online in both English and Burmese but the print version has not been abandoned. 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