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Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence awarded $54,000 to help build financial security

first_imgFinancial security and access to resources is the number one predictor of whether domestic violence victims will stay or leave an abusive relationship, according to recent research. A new partnership between The Allstate Foundation and the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will make that choice a little easier. The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program will award $54,000 to the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence to support economic empowerment strategies for survivors.The financial impact for a domestic violence survivor can last for years while the survivor works to repair or build credit, build assets and secure housing, childcare and transportation. In its fifth year, the Moving Ahead Economic Empowerment Grantprogram provides funding in the areas of financial education, job readiness and training, match savings programs or individual development accounts (IDA) and micro-loans, helping survivors on their path to financial security.”Survivors need access to information and strategies that this grant program provides now more than ever to help them on their path to financial freedom,” said Jennifer Kuhn, program manager for The Allstate Foundation’s Domestic Violence Program. “The current economic climate demands that financial empowerment services be provided on the local level. The Allstate Foundation is proud to support these efforts and help make financial security a reality for many survivors.”The Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will use the funding for financial literacy, job readiness and job training, matched savings and micro-loans. The financial literacy program develops the knowledge and skills for advocates and provides both one-on-one and group support for survivors’ emergent economic needs and subsequent plans for long-term safety and economic security.The grant program has provided more than $575,000 to ten state domestic violence coalitions this year. As a part of The Allstate Foundation’s commitment to ending domestic violence, the Moving Ahead Grant programs have provided more than$15 million in programming and direct support since their inception.About The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence ProgramThe Allstate Foundation’s Domestic Violence Program helps domestic violence survivors overcome economic challenges and lead financially independent lives, free from abuse. Through a partnership with the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the program provides a network of financial resources, including a comprehensive financial empowerment curriculum; funds direct services, including education and job training assistance; and spreads the word on how to empower those touched by domestic and economic abuse. For more information and to find out how to help, visit www.ClickToEmpower.org(link is external).SOURCE The Allstate Foundation. BURLINGTON, Vt., Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Government agency BPH Migas calls for lower fuel prices amid global oil slump

first_img“This should happen as soon as possible,” said Fanshrullah, speaking at a webinar about the state of Indonesia’s downstream oil and gas industry against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Global crude oil prices are projected to average $35 per barrel this year, almost half of last year’s $61.4 per barrel, according to the World Bank.Observers, legislators and some business players have voiced support for lower fuel prices in Indonesia as global crude oil prices take a beating from record-low global consumption levels. Read also: Explainer: What does the oil price crash mean for Indonesia?In Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s top oil consuming country, daily fuel consumption was 30 percent below normal in April as cities and provinces implement partial lockdowns, based on data from state-owned oil company Pertamina, the country’s largest fuel distributor. The government agency in charge of downstream oil and gas policies is calling for lower fuel prices “as soon as possible” in light of the global oil price slump, while the energy ministry maintains a wait-and-see approach.Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas) head Fanshrullah Asa said on Friday his office “wanted fuel prices – while global oil prices are falling – to fall too, as social fairness to the people”. BPH Migas reports directly to the President, but fuel prices are regulated by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry. The world’s top oil exporting nations, also known as OPEC+, recently agreed to cut global crude oil production by a steep 9.7 million barrels per day in May and June, which is expected to raise oil prices over the year.The energy ministry has raised concerns over a public and political backlash if the government were to lower government-administered fuel prices today then raise them again when global crude prices recover over the year.“The government is still monitoring and evaluating developments related to oil prices,” Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry spokesman Agung Pribadi said in a previous statement.The ministry had issued a ministerial decree in February that scraps the price floor and introduces a new calculation formula for the price ceiling, giving room for lower prices and preventing wild price increases.Topics :last_img read more

‘Foster Parent Information Night’ planned in Greensburg

first_imgGreensburg, In. — A “Foster Parent Information Night” is planned in Greensburg on August 1 at the library at 6 p.m. A licensing coordinator will be on hand to explain and answer questions about the Foster Licensing Process.For more information please call 812-609-4216.last_img

Oduduru Joins Team Visa for 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

first_imgVisa has announced that Nigerian athlete, Divine Oduduru, has been signed on to join their global Team Visa programme for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.Speaking at his unveiling yesterday in Lagos, Oduduru, said: “Joining other athletes from across the world as part of Team Visa has been a dream come true for me.“As a track and field athlete, having a strong support system is important and so it means so much to me to have a partner in my corner that provides me with the same opportunities as other athletes competing in Tokyo 2020. Divine-Oduduru “I am very proud and honoured to be representing Nigeria and Team Visa at the Olympics this year.”Vice President, Visa West Africa, Kemi Okusanya, said of the partnership:“We are excited to welcome Divine Oduduru into Team Visa for the highly anticipated Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 competition.“His dedication, record of accomplishment and consistency in the track and field category over the years, has set him apart. At Visa, we embrace the culture of extending support to sports men and women to assist them in ways that can motivate them and enable them achieve their goals,” said Okusanya.She further noted that Divine’s journey has been truly remarkable and inspiring. “His tenacity, dedication and passion to the sport are a perfect fit for Team Visa,” she added. “We hope to provide him with a global stage at The Olympics to tell his story and inspire other athletes in Nigeria to follow their dreams and never give up.”Visa has been a global Olympic partner for more than 30 years and the first and longest-standing global Paralympic partner (since 2003). Since 2000, Team Visa has given aspiring athletes the support they need to pursue their goals, both on and off the field of competition, regardless of origin or background. Visa provides tools and resources – including funding support and financial literacy training – through its Team Visa programme. Since the programme began in 2000, Team Visa has supported over 400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls from around the world.Divine Oduduru, is the second fastest athlete in Africa after finishing 100 metres race in 9.86 seconds and 200 meters in 19.73 seconds at the NCAA championships this year.He actively began his career in 2007 and has since gone on to set groundbreaking records at both local and international levels. The Nigerian sprint sensation broke into limelight five years ago at the 2014 World Junior Athletic Championship, and recently made his debut as a pro-athlete at World Championship Diamond’s league with active preparations underway for his participation at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

In planning run, Schnur will take leave of absence from Unruh

first_imgDan Schnur, who has said he is planning to run for California Secretary of State in 2014, will be taking a leave of absence as Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics in the beginning of January, Schnur said in an interview with the Daily Trojan.News broke late Saturday night that the former GOP strategist and chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission plans to run for office as California’s chief election officer, although he has not yet filed an official statement of candidacy.Schnur would run as an independent candidate, having changed his party affiliation from Republican to “decline to state” in 2011.His campaign would focus on reforming campaign fundraising, increasing participation among younger voters and underrepresented minorities, as well as bolstering California’s political center.Dan Schnur, the director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, is planning a run for California Secretary of State in 2014. Daily Trojan File Photo.“If Californians elect the first independent non-party-preference statewide candidate in modern political history, legislators of both parties will understand that voters are sending them a message,” Schnur said.During his time at USC, Schnur said he has learned that students are committed to civic engagement, but oftentimes outside the realm of politics.“The challenge,” Schnur said, “is getting young people to expand that commitment into a political process that most of them find to be irrelevant at best and unacceptable at worst.”Schnur hopes to bring younger voters back into the political process, however, through the reforms he would advocate in a campaign.“Dan is very fond of saying ‘politics is too important to be left up to the politicians,’” said Bret VandenBos, a recent alumnus who worked with Schnur as president of USC’s Students for Barack Obama and as an employee of the Unruh Institute. “I think for a job like Secretary of State, especially, that is very much the case.”“If he chooses to run, I will enthusiastically support him and as a lifelong Democrat, he will be the first nonpartisan candidate I choose to support,” said VandenBos, who graduated in 2010 with a degree in writing for film and TV.Schnur’s proposals include an automatic 24-hour disclosure of campaign contributions and making the Secretary of State a nonpartisan position.“The superintendent of public schools shouldn’t be a partisan office, the sheriff shouldn’t be a partisan office and the person who oversees California’s elections shouldn’t be beholden to one party or the other,” Schnur said. “The referee shouldn’t be wearing a Trojan or a Bruin jersey. No matter how much you want one team to win or the other, you want someone on the field who can be an honest broker to call the game straight.”A major component of his campaign, Schnur said, would be to continue advocating a ban on political contributions during the legislative session. Though Schnur said he expects a campaign fundraising bill to be introduced in January, he notes that legislatures have a poor history of reforming their own behavior.“This candidacy should serve to shine a brighter light on the need for a fundraising ban during the legislative session,” Schnur said.Within the next few weeks, USC will be naming an interim director for the Unruh Institute, Schnur said. Despite taking a leave of absence from his Unruh post, Schnur will continue to teach one class in the spring and has committed to teaching a class regardless of whether he makes the runoff. If elected, Schnur said he would teach one course per semester during his time in office.Because of California’s recently instituted top-two primary, Schnur would need to place first or second during a June election to be included on the ballot for a runoff election in November.With a run for Secretary of State, Schnur would join a field of candidates that includes Democratic State Senators Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and Alex Padilla (D-Los Angeles), former Common Cause leader Derek Cressman, a Democrat, and Pete Peterson, a Republican who runs a public policy institute at Pepperdine University.Follow Daniel Rothberg on Twitter @danielrothberglast_img read more

USC jointly files amicus brief in lawsuit against Trump immigration order

first_imgUSC is one of 31 leading research universities to come out against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration in an ongoing court case.On Friday, the universities filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in support of repealing the order, which temporarily bans immigration from six majority-Muslim countries. Amicus curiae briefs can be filed by any party with an interest in the outcome of the case and provide additional information for judges to help make their decisions.USC enrolls the second-highest number of international students of any American university and employs a significant number of faculty from foreign nations. As a result, the University has an interest in safeguarding against legal developments that limit travel to and from the U.S., the brief says.The brief states that the filing higher education institutions, which include USC, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and others, benefit greatly from the contributions of the international students and faculty that hail from the restricted countries, and that Trump’s executive order prevents these institutions from creating the most diverse and stimulating academic environment possible.The University did not immediately respond for comment when asked about the amicus filing.Trump signed the executive order, which limits travel and immigration from Syria, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya, on March 6, after a federal judge struck down the first order that Trump signed days after his inauguration.  Judges in Hawaii, Maryland and Virginia issued injunctions that stopped the most recent executive order from also taking effect.The brief argues that “the international members of [the universities’] communities contribute to the vibrant campus life, world-class educational offerings and research discoveries for which [the universities] are well known.” It goes on to say that the contributions these students make to campus cultures and intellectual environments are indispensable.Furthermore, the brief states that the executive order “divides current students and their families, impairs the ability of American universities to draw the finest international talent and inhibits the free exchange of ideas.”last_img read more

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