Social Funds – Tri Cap Thu, 17 Jun 2021 04:43:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Social Funds – Tri Cap 32 32 LNP wants $ 20 million social start-up fund for Qld Thu, 17 Jun 2021 03:00:00 +0000

The National Liberal Party has pledged loans for social enterprise start-ups, a new budget watchdog and a customer service minister if it wins Queensland’s next election.

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli used his budget response speech on Thursday to reveal his plans for lending to social enterprises to help employ vulnerable and disadvantaged residents of Queensland.

In the first four years, LNP’s social entrepreneur loan program would make $ 80 million available to start-ups with loans capped at $ 500,000 per social enterprise.

Mr Crisafulli says his plan is based on a program introduced by then British Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012.

He said the fund would potentially create hundreds of new jobs for those most in need.

“Jobs for people with disabilities, jobs for those with personal difficulties, jobs for those who too often fall through the cracks,” he told state parliament.

“We want to break down barriers for those Queenslanders who just want the pride that comes with being able to provide.”

Shadow Treasurer David Janetzki said the fund would be aimed at entrepreneurs with disabilities, mental illness, refugees, veterans and other disadvantaged people.

“I want Queensland’s economy to work for everyone,” he said.

“Employment policy with a heart, and capitalism with a conscience.”

The LNP would also establish a parliamentary budget office to survey budget spending, campaign promises and costs.

Mr Crisafulli said the new monitoring office would cost between $ 1.5 million and $ 3.5 million.

The Parliamentary Budget Office will also produce an economic and financial perspective six weeks before the start of election campaigns.

“I am not afraid to have the microscope on what I say I will do, when I will do it and how much it will cost,” said the Leader of the Opposition.

An LNP government would appoint Chatsworth MP Steve Minnikin as customer service minister, responsible for the public sector’s interaction with customers.

Mr Crisafulli applauded the additional funding from the Labor budget for international education, 10 new public schools and a bridge in his electorate.

But he said the government has failed to define new ways to deal with pressures on healthcare capabilities or growing crime.

He pointed out that capital spending would decline by $ 147 million in 2021/22 and by nearly $ 4 billion from forecast estimates.

The Leader of the Opposition said Labor’s new billion-dollar Housing Investment Fund had no expected income for the next four years, despite 26,000 people on the list. waiting for accommodation.

“Two days ago the government had the opportunity to present a plan to take back control of health, crime, traffic jams, productivity and housing,” Crisafulli said.

“Two days ago he was fortunate enough to put some money into the funds they trumpeted to address these issues.

“Two days ago, they were lucky enough to rediscover the transparency mantra they trumpeted over five years ago.

“Two days ago the treasurer presented this budget and proclaimed it to be a typical Labor budget. Mr President, I agree with him.”

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Clubhouse Seeks To Strengthen Presence In India With Expansion Of “Creator First” Funding Thu, 17 Jun 2021 01:10:10 +0000

After limiting its own growth potential by having no Android app at all until last month, Clubhouse has now experienced a massive expansion of the Android user base, adding an additional 4 million users, or the triple what it had on iOS alone at the last report.

Many of these users must be based in India, where Android is by far the Dominant mobile OS – because today, Clubhouse has ad that it expand its Creator First grant program to specifically fund selected Indian designer programs.

As explained by Club house:

“Since our Android release just a few weeks ago, millions of people in India have downloaded Clubhouse to have real, meaningful and often great fun conversations. We are in awe of the creators of Clubhouse in India who share their talents with people all over the world. “

Through the Creator First program, which Clubhouse also operates in the United States, Clubhouse will provide selected participants with ongoing support and guidance to help them develop their concepts in the app. Clubhouse also offers program participants a guaranteed income of at least $ 5,000 per month to help them. It is not clear if this same amount is offered to participants based in India, but it is certain that a “monthly allowance” is part of the package.

“In India in the last few weeks we’ve seen cricket halls, music halls (including really fun Antakshari rooms), rooms on games and competitions, rooms on religion and prayer, and much more. We’re excited to see what creators across India bring to the table. “

The funding will help Clubhouse boost some of its most popular content, while ideally helping to build stronger relationships with key creators as part of its plan for continued growth.

Clubhouse may have arrived in India at the right time. With Twitter facing restrictions regulators, and TikTok, which was one of the region’s most popular apps, banned last June due to border tensions between India and China, opened up new opportunities for social apps in the country, and with Indian digital adoption still really in its early stages, and as people search for more information during the pandemic, Clubhouse can fill a specific need, and a niche, that it does not have in most countries. other places.

India is also particularly aligned with audio because of the many languages ​​and dialects spoken in the region. According to Indian express, there are over 121 languages ​​spoken in India, and the advantage of audio in this regard is that while not everyone can read these different styles of communication, many understand how to interpret them audibly through their daily interactions.

This is why Facebook added voice clips as a status option in India in 2018, and this is probably why Clubhouse is now gaining traction, again responding to a specific type of connection and facilitating open speaking, real-time and in large scale.

Of course, it probably won’t be long before the Indian government starts paying more attention to enforcement and looking to impose restrictions, as it has on other platforms. But right now India may be Clubhouse’s best bet, as Twitter spaces continue to evolve and Facebook audio rooms are very close to a proper launch.

Given this, it makes sense for Clubhouse to make hay while the sun is shining and looking to drive growth in the Indian market. And it could work – certainly, it seems like the most viable long-term initiative the company has implemented so far.

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Northwestern provides update on its social justice commitments and discusses future plans Northwestern provides updates on its social justice commitments Thu, 17 Jun 2021 00:40:54 +0000

A year after Northwestern released its social justice pledges following the murder of George Floyd, University President Morton Schapiro provided an update on NU’s progress in a message to the community on Wednesday.

The University’s ten commitments, which were announced in June 2020, included plans to increase diversity in the NU community and support for marginalized staff, review the role of policing in community safety, and allocate funds. for racial equity in Evanston and Chicago.

In Wednesday’s email, Schapiro said there would be an increase in the number of under-represented community members next year, as the class of 2025 has historic levels of Black, Latin, Indigenous representation. and first generation. Additionally, the renovation of the Black House is nearing completion, according to the email.

This fall, faculty and leaders of the University will participate in an anti-racism education program called “The Next 250”. After senior management took steps to increase their own understanding of anti-racism in the fall of 2020, the program was expanded to train 250 University employees.

During the 2021-2022 academic year, NU will also be implementing a program through the Equity Office to bring restorative justice to campus, and plans to launch a digital anti-racism training series for all students, faculty and staff in spring 2022.

The University also recently announced its policy on the diversity of candidate lists, which came into effect on June 14, as well as changes to caregiver support by the Office of Human Resources, both of which will affect l staff experience. In Evanston, NU announced the recipients of its racial equity and community partnership grants earlier this month.

The complaint process for campus security services has also changed this year, moving from the Department of Safety and Security to University Compliance. A promised community safety review is expected to be released by June 30.

Looking ahead, NU said it would continue to assess ways to implement the fight against racism across the university and continue with the commitments it made last June.

“A culture change – especially in a diverse and vibrant community like ours – requires both urgent action and patience,” the email said. “Systematic change doesn’t happen overnight, but it can and should happen. “

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Spend the police? Foolish – we have to pay them back Wed, 16 Jun 2021 22:39:00 +0000

The next mayor of New York is going to have big problems as soon as he takes office. If not before. Crime – which had declined for 25 consecutive years and fell in 2019 to levels not seen since the Dodgers played in Brooklyn – has skyrocketed, with no end in sight.

The city’s civic will was tested and found to be failing. And there has been a deep erosion of trust in and by the NYPD, the organization responsible for Gotham’s security. Our next mayor must turn the tide, starting by letting go of the misconceptions that have brought the city to this point.

Much has been said about police funding. It is a hashtag, not a sophisticated policy calculated to strengthen public safety. And this is ridiculous. In what world does less enforcement lead to more respect for the law? This is New York. Ask around you. All communities, from the richest to the poorest, want to feel safe on their streets. The presence of police, as studies have shown, is the only sure sign that the place is not out of control.

How did we get here?

In the 1970s, New York State and the federal government lost the will to protect many of the most vulnerable. Unable or unwilling to staff and manage psychiatric facilities effectively, state and federal authorities have closed them down and abandoned their residents. These men and women were supposed to be placed in treatment centers or monitored at home, but the promised alternative facilities were not built and home monitoring remained largely without funding and practice.

Where have these unfortunates gone? In the streets. You walked through the front door and there was a gentleman lying on the sidewalk on a piece of cardboard. His behavior was likely to create disorder and crime. Unable to function in society, this gentleman and many others like him could not hold a job or find or afford housing.

We closed mental institutions and helped create a societal problem that still plagues us today: the homeless population. And who was supposed to deal with this problem? Cops. Who was responsible for responding and preventing the inevitable crime that followed? Cops. When the safety net tore or was intentionally ripped, who was there to pick up the pieces? Cops.

The profession is more than willing to relinquish responsibility for the social services it now provides. This would allow the police to return to their traditional job, the full-time job of crime and disorder prevention. Too few have been told to do too much with too little for too long. And he’s finally caught up with us.

But when there is no fully capable replacement for what the cops do, limiting the police would be disastrous for the health of the city. The defunders would take 2,000 cops off the streets and replace them with what, exactly? When excellent programs have been designed and are in place in agencies specifically empowered and able to deliver them, the NYPD will gladly pass the baton on. These programs will cost municipalities significant amounts of money, but if they solve a problem that has increased crime and caused disarray, the investment will have been worth it.

As it is, these programs don’t exist to nearly the capacity the Big Apple needs. Until then, we don’t need to fund the police – we need to refinance the law enforcement. New York needs to hire more cops and train them more and more intensively in areas such as de-escalation techniques and recognizing implicit bias.

In Boston in the 1970s, a recruit would go through the academy in eight weeks and be put out on the streets with a gun before Christmas. Now NYPD recruits are spending six months at the academy, which is still little time to train young men and women in the increasingly complex world of law enforcement, given the increasing demands for services. social. Cops in Europe are trained for up to two years before being promoted to the force.

The best in New York City need more time and money, not less. We must regain and then strengthen the trust between the community and the profession. There are mayoral candidates who are in fact pledging to strip the city of thousands more of its protectors. Fewer cops, more criminals? It’s not a platform to run on. It is not a city to live in. Fund the police? No refund!

Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is the author, along with Peter Knobler, of “The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America”.

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Some employees denounce a 1% salary increase | Local Wed, 16 Jun 2021 21:21:00 +0000

WINDSOR – Bertie County Commissioners held a public hearing Monday night for the proposed budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

During the presentation, Bertie County Director Juan Vaughan, II., Said there had been several working sessions to review the budget and several changes had been made.

“The updated proposed budget does not include an increase in the tax rate. It includes a one percent cost of living adjustment. One percent is better than not percent, ”he added.

Item adjustments were made to emergency services, 9-1-1 and the sheriff’s office.

“Some cuts were made to make the budget work,” Vaughan continued.

Bertie County received $ 1.8 million from the US bailout.

According to Vaughan, some of this funding is proposed to be used for salary expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount to be used is approximately $ 411,000.

“We are proposing to offer bonuses of $ 1,500 to all employees in Bertie County for their dedication and service during COVID-19. That leaves about $ 1 million for the next fiscal year, ”Vaughan said.

The remaining funds would be used for other projects, including updates to the animal control shelter, new voting machines for the Bertie County Electoral Council and new software.

Vaughan said it was also recommended to keep some of the matching grant funding for projects such as broadband.

“We have reduced the budget by approximately $ 540,000. We have taken steps so that we can make a surplus, which goes into the account that the state says we have to do. We had to spend money on the courthouse and the county jail, ”he continued.

In recent years, Bertie County had incurred expenses from its general fund balance for unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters and construction updates to the Bertie County Courthouse and Regional Jail Bertie-Martin.

“We are still waiting for the reimbursement of the grants for some of these projects. We always have to pay for projects in advance and wait for grant funding, ”said Bertie County Commission vice-chair John Trent.

“The Local Government Commission (LGC) is watching us closely because the fund balance is where it is,” Vaughan added.

“I went into this budget fiercely so that county employees get more than one percent. But after looking at the expenses incurred and the need to save funding, I now understand. The county is in debt for taking over the water supply systems of three cities. I’m just glad the tax rate hasn’t increased. Bertie County employees would receive a bonus bonus. Martin County employees did not receive a bonus, ”said Bertie County Commissioner Ron Roberson.

April Graham, an employee of the Bertie County Social Services Department, brought her concerns to council.

“I am here to talk about a raise, and I have heard what you have to say before. I have the impression that the social services department is at the bottom of the totem pole. We don’t feel like we’re being treated fairly, ”she continued.

“We made some salary adjustments,” said Bertie County Commission Chairman Tammy Lee.

“It’s amazing to see the budgets. Some earn 200% more and don’t need it. Some like me earn a lot less, ”Graham replied.

“I think we should ask our human resources department to review the pay scales for the social services department and consider future changes,” Roberson added.

According to Vaughan, there have been issues of wage cuts with the social services department, and there was a meeting with the former county manager.

Retired Bertie County employee Bonita Henderson asked if the $ 1,500 bonus would be paid only to current employees or also to those who may have retired during COVID-19.

“I was there during COVID-19 and recently retired. Why can’t those who have retired get the bonus? Henderson added.

According to Vaughan, any employee who worked during the COVID-19 pandemic but also retired during that time would not be eligible for the bonus. This is only for current Bertie County employees.

“I have been in the county for 26 years. I have trained new employees in Hertford County for my job who are starting to make more money than me. Those in Martin County make more money than I do. I have never had a merit increase. To me, that’s just not fair, ”said Bonita Thompson, Bertie County employee.

“I hear the concerns loud and clear. We can only spend what we receive. Some years we had to spend over a million dollars. The LGC says we have to have an eight percent fund balance, we’re lucky if we have four percent. I wish we could do more, ”said Ron Wesson, Bertie County Commissioner.

The LGC recommends that each county government maintain at least eight percent of its fund balance. If it falls below the recommended percentage, the LGC begins to question the decrease and the destination of the funding.

“I think one percent is better than none, but all the employees in this county are important. Every once in a while throw the dog a snack, and we want a snack. Each of the commissioners should walk around and see what we’re doing. Most things in our office arrive electronically, ”said Annie Wilson, Bertie County Deed Registry.

Ruth Davidson, an employee of the Bertie County Social Services Department, asked if workers would receive an increase in funding if the state increased its funding amount.

“No, it doesn’t work that way,” Vaughan replied.

“Will the premium paid be taxed?” ”Asked Stephanie Bell, a 25-year-old employee of the Bertie County Social Services Department.

“Yes, it will be taxed,” Vaughan replied.

“I’m going to ask if someone can come talk to us. Not everyone can attend board meetings, ”continued Bell.

“I just didn’t want to interrupt your day,” Lee said.

“The only way employees receive raises is at all levels. We did not grant a merit pay increase. We need a system to reward superior performance. I would love to find the money to do it, ”said Roberson. “It’s something we have to look at, but we have to have the funding in place. Give us another chance and let’s all stay positive.

“I get the phone calls and hear the frustrations,” Lee added.

“I would like to see funds dedicated to a project that citizens would like to see happen. We all have concerns and would like to have our voices heard, ”said Vivian Clark, Citizen of Bertie County.

“Unfortunately, the first half of the funding has already been budgeted for projects. We will get another funding of $ 1.6 million. We should meet with citizens to figure out how to spend the extra dollars, ”Wesson concluded.

Bertie County Commissioners took no action on the proposed budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. They agreed to meet again before the inauguration of the Bertie County Public Library / Co-op Extension Building to discuss citizens’ concerns and possibly approve the budget.

However, Trent brought forward a motion to approve the spending of American Rescue Act funding. Wesson offered a second. It was approved unanimously.

With funding approval from the American Rescue Act, Bertie County can provide the $ 1,500 bonus to its employees.

Thadd White is editor-in-chief of Bertie Ledger-Advance and can be contacted by email at

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Crowdfunding in the era of the pandemic is more common and successful in affluent communities Wed, 16 Jun 2021 20:20:04 +0000

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