Oxford City Council releases latest rough sleeper street count

first_imgBreaking down the numbers,the Council said that 9 of thesleepers were female, whilst 37(79%) were male. The council counted 43 peoplesleeping rough on the streets ofOxford on one night in the month,representing a 16% decrease fromSeptember and a 4% decreasefrom the 45 people counted inNovember 2018. There was one person who wasnewly verified by the outreachteam (OxSPOT) as sleeping roughfor less than six months, yet 9 al-together were counted as havingbeen on the streets for less thanhalf a year. Oxford City Council has releasedits latest rough sleeper streetcount for the month of November2019. The street count found that thetwo most common support needsfor those sleeping rough werealcohol issues and mental healthneeds, with 18 people identifyingwith each of these. The count found that nearly half of those sleeping rough had four overlapping and complex needs. Commenting on the November street count results, Councillor Linda Smith said: “the key to helping people off the streets is effective engagement and this begins with the first conversation with someone experiencing rough sleeping.” Meanwhile, 14 people sleeping on the streets had returned to them after being previously accommodated, the same proportion as those in September, whereas two rough sleepers who had accommodation in Oxford chose to sleep out on the night. Smith, who is an Oxford City Council cabinet member for leisure and housing, added that “We anticipate that the opening of Floyds Row in January will help us to sustain this reduction in the number of people experiencing rough sleeping in Oxford.” Caution should be taken withthe numbers released, as theCouncil warned, noting that streetcounts cannot capture commonscenarios of rough sleeping suchas people sleeping in stairwellsand sites not visited or accessibleto street counters. Whilst the number of those people sleeping rough who had local connections with the city and the Oxfordshire area increased between the two months, the number of those from elsewhere in the UK and from the EU had fallen. Although street counts cannot give a complete picture of homelessness in Oxford, the Council uses the measurement to guide its trends of the number of rough sleepers over time. This represents an increase of3,600 on 2018 and 23,000 since2017. Furthermore, 27 people (61%) had been sleeping rough for more than six months, whilst the number of those homeless in Oxford for over a year has increased from 21 in September to 26 in Novem- ber. A county-wide estimate ofrough sleeper numbers has beencompiled by Oxford City Counciland other district councils. According to the homelessness and housing charity Shelter, an estimated 280,000 people were sleeping rough or living in temporary housing in England at the end of 2019. This will be released on 28th February to coincide with England-wide statistics collected by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. last_img read more

Commentary: Lee Hamilton’s America

first_imgFebruary 12, 2018  By John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com BLOOMINGTON, Indiana – Lee Hamilton has some things to say about the state of the country.The former longtime Democratic congressman from Southern Indiana and I talk in a studio just a few doors down from his office here on Indiana University’s campus. He serves here as senior advisor to the Center for Representative Government.John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.comAs Hamilton, 86, and I chat, the members of the Congress in which he served for 34 years scramble to avoid the second federal government shutdown in two weeks. They fail, and the government closes, once again, for a few hours before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representative’s cobble together a compromise that will stabilize things for a year. The cost is that the deficit will explode by at least a trillion dollars.At the same time, the stock market – spooked, analysts say, by concerns about these deficits, interest rates and the government’s instability – takes another shrieking dive, dropping more than 1,000 points in a single day. This also is the second time in days this has happened.Hamilton doesn’t talk about these events.At least not directly.He starts by expressing sympathy for the people who serve as president of the United States.He says no one is qualified to be president. The job is too big, the responsibilities too immense, for any one human being to fill the role to perfection.He’s known, nine presidents. All of them, Hamilton says, talked about the restraints imposed on the office.“We talk about how the president is the most powerful person on earth, and perhaps he is,” Hamilton says.But that power exists within constraints.The effective presidents, Hamilton argues, learn to work within those constraints to get things done.Hamilton’s implied message is twofold and clear.The first part is that we Americans often have unrealistic expectations about what presidents, regardless of their party, can accomplish.Particularly on their own.That’s the second part.Good presidents don’t accomplish things by dictating to people or by issuing orders. The presidents who get things done understand that their greatest power is the power to persuade. To serve the country, they must bring people along with them.Great presidents know how to work with others, including those who don’t agree with them.Then Hamilton talks about how government itself should work.He notes the discontent that dominates the land. He says many Americans have lost their faith in our institutions, in our government, even in the country itself.The causes of this are many, Hamilton adds. Some Americans may be upset that they are not paid what they think they should be. Or that their children won’t be able to afford lives and homes as comfortable as the ones they’ve known. Or that other parts of their lives just are not secure.Donald Trump understood these concerns, Hamilton says. The president didn’t cause them, but he read those Americans’ fears better than anyone else and gave voice to them. That’s what put him in the White House.But anger and unhappiness are neither policies nor solutions.The remedy Hamilton proposes sounds surprising, but it shouldn’t be. He was, after all, one of Congress’ master negotiators, the guy who was sent into the room after room after room to bring warring sides together and close the deal.He says we need robust partisanship. This country works best, he argues, when the two-party system is strong.The two parties serve as checks on each other, mechanisms that test ideas and make sure that varied voices and concerns are heard as decisions are made.Hamilton says he watches the warring going on within the Republican Party with concern.The issues that historically have animated the GOP – fiscal restraint, respect for traditions and institutions, national defense – are vital to the country’s success and survival. Those voices need to be heard in the nation’s discussions and decision-making.“America needs a strong Republican Party,” Hamilton, a Democrat his entire career, says.This country, he adds, works best with strong leaders with firm principles who trust each other enough to work through differences.Hamilton’s message is clear.We need to start listening to and working with each other once more.That’s the way to make America great again.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

CFPB implements CUNA-recommended changes to mortgage rules

first_imgThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Tuesday issued an interim final rule that broadens the availability of certain special provisions for credit unions and other small creditors in the Regulation Z qualified mortgage and escrow rules. It is a victory for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), which strongly advocated for it in both the regulatory and legislative fronts.“This is an important win for credit unions and consumers alike,” CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle declared Tuesday. “The rule reduces the burden of recent CFPB mortgage lending rules on more credit unions, and these member-owned, community-based financial institutions will be able to provide more credit to consumers in rural and underserved areas. Our thanks to Director Cordray for getting this needed change into the rulebook quickly.”The new rule takes effect March 31. It implements the Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural Communities (HELP) Act, legislation backed by CUNA, and is relief for some small creditors from the CFPB’s prior regulations in the mortgage market, such as the Qualified Mortgage requirements and escrow requirements for higher-priced mortgage loans. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The digital divide: Why employee and member experience matter more than ever

first_imgDon’t forget to join CUInsight and SoGoSurvey for our free webinar titled Navigating Uncertainty: 3 Ways to Prioritize Member Experience During COVID-19, on Wednesday, August 5. Register yourself and a colleague here. While saving is generally a pretty sound practice, investing is also a critical part of future planning. If you’re a credit union, the best investment you can make is in experience.What is “experience” and why does it matter?Satisfaction is great, but it’s only part of the puzzle. Keeping both your members and employees engaged through uncertain times requires a more holistic perspective.Experience is a complete view of all of the interactions someone has with your brand, and therefore their impression of who you are as an organization. For members, these interactions are the steps along the customer journey — touchpoints like opening a new account, making withdrawals and deposits, or applying for a loan. The employee journey has similar touchpoints, from hiring and onboarding to training and reviews.While checking in on a single interaction can help you understand someone’s satisfaction, understanding experience requires a more systematic approach.Doubling down on digitalThe transition to a primarily virtual experience means that you no longer have the luxury of seeing everyone in person. Instead of smiles and casual conversations, your interactions are reduced to transactions. Now, if there’s even a temporary issue with your mobile banking app, satisfaction plummets. If your team needs to launch a new product awareness campaign, the pressure to produce while dealing with a reduction in in-person interactions and a lack of “real life” opportunities to connect can cause stress to skyrocket.Credit unions are traditionally community oriented. How can you maintain that same level of community in a digital world? A systematic plan for feedback collection at key touchpoints can help you to identify rough spots before they become disasters. Plus, keeping communication open ensures that your community members know how to reach you if something goes wrong — or if something goes amazingly well!For example, one of our credit union partners uses an automated approach to follow up with multiple touchpoints — opening and closing accounts, transactions, loans — and is able to see the shift from in-person to virtual options in real time. This visibility allows them to address pain points before they escalate, and to identify strength areas that can drive training and service improvements.Pricing pain pointsYou can’t put a price on meaningful feedback. Unfortunately, sophisticated experience management tools have historically been out of budget range for small- to medium-sized businesses. The good news is that the recognition of the power of experience management has led to rapid advancements in technology, leading to more affordable options gaining market share.One of our client credit unions used a “secret shopper” method in the past, in order to gain an outside perspective on member experience. Now, though, they’ve found that it’s much more effective to reach out directly to their members for the inside scoop. The insights they’ve uncovered have improved their policies and professional development, and member satisfaction is on the rise.Member experience program prioritiesTo make the most of your resources, review your priorities. Do you have the expertise in-house to run a successful member experience program? Do you currently have tools you can use to measure what matters? How will your systems work together?In some cases, working with what you have may be just fine. If you find you’re missing a few ingredients, though, make time to research your options. Even the best efforts can sometimes benefit from outside support. Sure, the technology is important — more engaging participant experience, better quality reports and dashboards — but the people who power the program are critical. While you know your members best, look to member experience experts and resources for advice on continuous improvement.One of our long-term credit union partners originally connected with us for help with a member satisfaction survey. After some feedback and updates from our team, our partner CEO was shocked to find how high response rates suddenly jumped. It’s not magic, but the combination of her experience and our expertise made for a winning combination.Times may be tough, but smart investments in experience now will continue to pay off down the road, no matter what the new normal brings. Your employees, your members, and your bottom line will thank you. Editor’s Note: CUInsight is hosting a free webinar on this topic Wednesday, August 5 titled, Navigating Uncertainty: 3 Ways to Prioritize Member Experience During COVID-19. We hope you’ll join us! Register here.center_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Melissa Krut Melissa Krut is a writer, a teacher, and the Senior Director of Success at SoGoSurvey. Beyond supporting client success through trainings, managed projects, and content resources, she prioritizes employee success … Web: https://www.sogosurvey.com Detailslast_img read more

Andy Murray loses to David Ferrer at Shanghai Masters

first_imgAndy Murray’s chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals suffered a setback as he lost 2-6 6-1 6-2 to David Ferrer in the third round of the Shanghai Masters.Murray, 27, made an impressive start, losing just four points on his serve in a brilliant display in the first set.But as Ferrer upped the aggression, the British number one’s second serve became less reliable.The Spaniard, 32, now overtakes Murray in the ‘race to London’ standings.The top eight players in the ATP rankings qualify for the World Tour Finals in November, and Murray would have moved to within five points of a top-eight spot had he beaten the world number five.Instead, Ferrer rises to ninth in the rankings on 3,715 points, while the Briton drops a place to 10th on 3,655 points – although not all hope of playing at the 02 Arena is lost for Murray. But the defeat means he is more likely to compete at the Valencia Open, which starts on 20 October and provides 500 ranking points to the winner, as well as the Paris Masters from 27 October.last_img read more

Sea Bright Mulls Noise Ordinance Revision

first_imgCouncilman Kevin Birdsall, who took office in January, said before the election that he was not in favor of a more restrictive noise law and that he was against the discussed noise ordinance that would limit noise levels after 10 p.m. “It’s always been a fun shore town and had the energy of outdoors,” he said.With a stricter noise law, “The police force would be doing nothing but noise complaints all summer,” he said. The town has a land mass of a little over 1 square mile, with 22 liquor licenses, according to Birdsall.In regard to complaints about loud talking on porches and yards, Birdsall worried “you could have one uncle who visits you for the weekend, he happens to talk very loud,” and a neighbor has filed a complaint. He feared the situation could pit people against each other like “the Hatfields and McCoys.”“You don’t want that,” he said. “Talk to your neighbors,” Birdsall counseled.Birdsall said he wanted to discuss proposals for the new regulations with Councilman Marc Leckstein, who had been researching changes to make to the ordinance. “I just like to get my two cents in,” he said.Verunni said the council was working towards having the new regulations in place for the summer when the majority of the complaints are made.“It’s not an easy problem to deal with,” he said.He said Belmar, Manasquan and Asbury Park had been facing the problem for years.Complaints about noise aren’t solely from individuals about individuals either. Excessive noise has played a large role in recent applications before the town’s Unified Planning Board. By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – The Borough Council is working on changing the noise ordinance in the town but has not yet reached a consensus on what changes should be made.“It’s tough to find a good balance,” Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said.When a complaint is made under the present ordinance, violations are determined by the police using decibel measuring devices. These devices can measure music and amplified voices, but they do not register non-amplified voices, Verruni said. Conversations are a frequent source of complaint – especially those of people who congregate around places where liquor is sold.Verruni said there is no general agreement among council members over what a new ordinance should contain. “We’re really in the formative process of what works best for our town,” he said.Complaints are not limited to gatherings at commercial establishments, he said. Some complaints have been made by residents who are unhappy overhearing the loud voices of neighbors on decks or porches late in the night.Under discussion, he said, is a change to the procedure of how complaints are handled. Residents would first call police and, if the police do not decide to file a violation of the ordinance, the resident “takes the next step.” That would mean, Verruni explained, the resident would take the case to municipal court.Some council members fear that would turn neighbor against neighbor in their small town, Verruni said.Also being discussed is what time the noise restrictions would go into effect and if they would be adjusted for weekends. Residents of the Nautilus, a condominium adjacent to Tommy’s Tavern + Tap are opposing granting the restaurant permission to place a bocce court and corn toss games behind the building, saying the noise generated by the games had been excessive.There have been several hearings on the application. A continued hearing on the application will be held in March.A resident tried to block an application to rebuild The Mad Hatter, destroyed by Super Storm Sandy, citing that the new building would generate more noise than the original. The board recently granted the restaurant permission to rebuild, but the matter is being appealed.last_img read more

President to meet GECOM Chair, Commissioners today

first_imgWith only 11 days to go before the constitutional March 19 deadline for the holding of general and regional elections, President David Granger is set to meet with the Chairman and Commissioners of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) today to discuss the readiness of the elections body to conduct polls.President David GrangerIn a letter dispatched on Wednesday, GECOM Chairman Justice James Patterson and the six commissioners – both Government and Opposition – were invited to a consultation with the Head of State at 11:00h at the Ministry of the Presidency.That correspondence was sent by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, on behalf of the President. It read, “I trust that in the National Interest you give this matter the urgent attention it deserves.”Opposition-nominated Commissioner at GECOM, Sase Gunraj, told Guyana Times that, going into today’s meeting, they are hoping the Head of State fulfills his constitutional obligation and set a date for elections.PPP GECOM Commissioners Robeson Benn, Bibi Shadick and Sase Gunraj“We are expecting everyone to act within the confines of the law. We are expecting GECOM to exercise and execute its constitutional mandate to hold elections within the timeframe, as is required by law, which in this case is by the March deadline. We are also expecting the President to do what he is expected to do; that is to say, name a date for elections, as he is mandated by law to do,” Gunraj stated.The Opposition Commissioner further told this newspaper that there was no meeting at the level of the Elections Commission to prepare for today’s consultation with the President.This engagement comes some two weeks after GECOM had informed President Granger that it was unable to deliver General and Regional Elections before the constitutional March 19 deadline.The Head of State had subsequently committed to supporting the elections body in its preparation for polls by providing the necessary funding needed.Government Commissioners Desmond Trotman, Vincent Alexander and Charles CorbinOn Wednesday, President Granger met with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, following which, the Head of State further committed to having credible elections at the earliest time possible, while insisting, however, that only GECOM can determine when elections are held.He noted that, “GECOM is an independent agency, and there is no part of the Constitution which gives the President or the Executive in general authority to interfere, intervene or intrude in the work of the Elections Commission.“So this is a very respectful engagement, and…we will arrange this as quickly as possible, so that the Guyanese people could be satisfied that we are moving towards elections. Of course, based on what will take place in the courts, the National Assembly, we are moving towards elections; but GECOM is in charge of elections, not the Executive. I cannot decide when elections will be held; GECOM has to advise,” the Head of State asserted.However, Jagdeo told reporters after Thursday’s meeting that he had reminded the President of his duty to uphold the Constitution and call elections.GECOM Chairman Justice James Patterson“The President indicated that he is prepared to discuss a date, but GECOM will have to be ready. So I clearly (said) to him that ‘You’re the President of Guyana; you have a duty to uphold the Constitution of Guyana. GECOM is a creature of the Constitution and GECOM cannot override the Constitution…’ The President said, “Why not meet GECOM jointly,” I said to him, ‘No, we have absolutely no interest in meeting GECOM jointly,’ and that he should meet GECOM himself, because he has the duty as President to call elections,” Jagdeo told reports after meeting with the President.Prior to Wednesday’s meeting, Jagdeo had proposed that elections be held by April 30, which is when the current voters’ list will expire. However, the parties were unable to arrive at an agreement regarding a date for polls during the hour long meeting.last_img read more

FIRST DONEGAL SCHOOL GETS ITS ‘HEALTHY SCHOOL FLAG’

first_imgStudents raise the healthy flag!Students and staff at Gairmscoil Chú Uladh celebrated being the first secondary school in the County to be awarded the ‘Healthy Schools Flag’ (Brat na Scoileanna Sláintiúil )and ‘Active Schools Flag’ (Brat Ghníomhach).These flags were awarded as a result of a culmination of work by the schools Coiste Sláinte over the last two years.Fitness expert Danny Ryan puts the students through their paces.In attendance at the flag raising was Aire na Gaeltachta Joe Mc Hugh, Anne Mc Ateer & Lynda Mc Guinness Health Promotion Hse, Ciarán Thompson Foireann Sinsear Dún na nGall, Karen Guthrie & Yvonne Mac Monagail Foireann Peil na mBan an Chondae.Students at the Fintown school were kept active on the day by ‘Boxfits’ Danny and Cian Ryan along with Bridget Robins of ‘Zumba Fitness’. Tá ‘comhghairdeas Mór’ tuillte ag Choiste Sláinte G.C.U. as an éacht seo. ‘Is fearr an tsláinte ná na táinte”The students get their health and fitness certificates.FIRST DONEGAL SCHOOL GETS ITS ‘HEALTHY SCHOOL FLAG’  was last modified: October 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gairmscoil Chú UladhHealthy School Flaglast_img read more

Athletics swept by Astros to close homestand with five straight losses

first_imgOAKLAND — Houston is a problem the Athletics may not be capable of solving.The Astros got run-scoring singles from Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel against Lou Trivino in the top of the 12th inning Sunday to send the Athletics to their fifth straight defeat and sweep a three-game series before a crowd of 23,144 at the Coliseum.At 29-30, the Athletics are 10 1/2 games behind the two-time defending American League … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more