Young people from ‘Generation rent’ are especially vulnerable to losing income and potentially their jobs as the furlough scheme scales down – putting them and their landlords at risk.Polling for the National Residential Landlords Association shows that 24% of private renters aged 16-24 and 27% of those aged 25-34 are reliant on furlough cash.The Resolution Foundation puts the figures for 19 to 39-year-olds at roughly 17%.From August employers will have to pay National Insurance and pension contributions to those on furlough, while the government subsidy, currently 80% of wages, will fall to 70% in September and 60% in October.Biggest hit to incomesThe figures, produced by research consultancy Dynata, also highlight that young renters have taken the largest hit to their incomes of any age group.While 56% of 16 to 24-year-olds and 54% of 25 to 34-year-olds said their incomes had not been affected as a result of Covid-19, this rises to 62% for 55 to 64-year-olds, 76% for those aged 65 to 74 and 94% for those over the age of 74.Despite this, 84% of 16 to 24-year-olds and 87% of those aged 25-34 said they had been able to pay their rents as usual, showing how reliant they are on government support to make ends meet.As the furlough scheme is wound down, there are fears many young renters will struggle to afford their rents.Action callNow the NRLA, together with the homeless charities Crisis and Centrepoint, is calling on the government to boost the safety net available to young renters by:Suspending the benefit cap to help those in areas with high rental costs.Converting loan advances provided to Universal Credit claimants to cover the five-week waiting period into grants.Changing the Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR) which limits the amount that those under the age of 35 can access in housing support to the cost of renting a room in a shared house. The government should also seriously consider scrapping the Shared Accommodation Rate for all under-35s.Ben Beadle, chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, said: “Young renters have borne the brunt of the Covid crisis. Many have relied on the furlough scheme to enable them to pay their rent. As this support reduces there is a serious danger that they will struggle to meet their payments.“The vast majority of landlords approached for help by their tenants have responded positively and that will continue to be the case as they do all they can to sustain tenancies.“But both tenants and landlords need the security of knowing rents can continue to be paid, just as with mortgages and rents for social housing. Plans need to be made to ensure that there will be adequate support in place to enable all tenants to continue to afford their housing costs.”‘Lack of clear leadership’Seyi Obakin, chief executive of youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, said: “There is now a wealth of evidence that the younger you are, the greater the economic impact of the pandemic will be.“The number of young people contacting Centrepoint’s helpline has increased by almost 50% since before the pandemic and our supported accommodation is stretched, but we’ve yet to see clear leadership from ministers on how they soften the negative effects.“That is why we urgently need to see more government money to help with renting and living costs for those young people facing unemployment or reduced incomes and a better support package to help those newly out of work stay economically active.“Business as usual is not good enough. We cannot leave young people to navigate this post-lockdown world alone.”Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, said: “It’s extremely worrying that over the coming months we may see a wave of young people losing their homes, as government support is rolled back, unless further action is taken.“We know that across the country thousands of young people are bracing themselves for the anxious months ahead as they struggle to pay high rents on reduced hours and low wages. This is set to become all the worse when the eviction ban comes to an end next month.“It’s crucial that we now focus our attention on ensuring that thousands of renters get the help they need to stop them from being swept into homelessness. That’s why we’re urging the government to permanently invest in housing benefit and suspend the benefit cap, so that people can afford a safe and secure home.”Young renters Furlough ending Furloughed employees rent arrears July 7, 2020Richard ReedWhat’s your opinion? 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The Singapore Navy will have a new chief next month…(chanelnewasia)[mappress]Source: chanelnewasia, February 22, 2011; View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: Singapore View post tag: chief Authorities View post tag: New Singapore Navy Appoints New Chief February 22, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today Singapore Navy Appoints New Chief View post tag: appoints View post tag: Navy
View post tag: MEWP Lockheed Martin, Elbit join forces on Royal Navy electronic warfare project UK branches of Lockheed Martin and Elbit Systems signed a teaming agreement to work together on the Royal Navy’s Maritime Electronic Warfare Programme (MEWP).The MEWP is a project aimed at providing the Royal Navy with improved electronic warfare capabilities.Delivered in increments, the upgraded system will be fielded on the Royal Navy’s frigates, destroyers and amphibious assault ships, with the program expanding to the wider fleet including submarines in due course.The partnership between the two companies was announced at DSEI in London.“By working together, both companies can use their extensive experience in maritime technology and systems integration to provide a highly capable, proven and value for money solution to address the immediate and evolving need for an upgraded Maritime Electronic Warfare capability for the UK’s Royal Navy,” said Paul Livingston, vice president of Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems.“We are delighted to be working with Lockheed Martin to offer an innovative and comprehensive proposal to meet the Royal Navy’s future requirements, using our complementary skills and experience we believe we are a strong team able to propose a highly attractive solution to meet the program needs,” Martin Fausset of Elbit Systems UK Ltd said View post tag: Elbit Systems View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: Lockheed Martin View post tag: Electronic Warfare Back to overview,Home naval-today Lockheed Martin, Elbit join forces on Royal Navy electronic warfare project September 14, 2017 Authorities Share this article
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail RENOWNED MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY CHOIR TO PREFORM AT FIRSTPRESBYTERIAN CHURCH TODAYMillikin University ChoirWhat: Classics by Candlelight concert series hosted by the Arts Council of Southwestern IndianaWhen: 4 p.m. Sunday JAN. 20Where: First Presbyterian Church, 609 S.E. Second St. Evansville, INCost: Free admission; all ages
Today’s announcement supports commitments in the government’s Litter Strategy and will also prime councils and communities ahead of the ‘National High Street Perfect Day’, a locally led and funded community clean-up planned for this summer.The day was first suggested in Sir John Timpson’s High Street Report, compiled by retail industry experts, which called for a community-led approach towards supporting high streets, including one day in the year when every town centre looks the best it possibly can.The first ever High Street Perfect Day will take place this May in Altrincham, Great Manchester, a winner in the 2018 Great British High Streets awards.High Streets Minister Jake Berry said: High streets are at the centre of our communities, and as places that are well loved, they sometimes need a bit of a spruce up to look their very best. That’s why we will be providing councils with £9.75 million to work with community groups who need that extra money to give their local high street a spring clean, making sure their town centres are really spick and span. Social media – MHCLG James Brokenshire announces £9.75 million for locally-led high street spring clean This comes ahead of ‘National High Street Perfect Day’ later this year, a community-led clean-up to make sure high streets look their best This is a particularly challenging time for many retailers, confronted by rapidly changing consumer demand and the rise of online spending. Recognising this, the government has put a plan for the high street at the centre of the Budget and is taking action to ensure local high streets are able to adapt and thrive for generations to come.Today’s move builds on tough government action to tackle litter, including doubling the maximum on-the-spot penalty for littering and new powers for councils to crack down on littering from vehicles.The government has also launched an ambitious ‘Keep it, Bin it’ anti-litter campaign in partnership with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, supported by some of the biggest names in retail, travel and entertainment, to make littering culturally unacceptable within a generation.The government has backed the high street by: General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Cutting small retailers’ business rates relief bills by a third, building on over £13 billion of business rates support since 2016. Launching a £675 million Future High Streets Fund to improve infrastructure and access to high streets, put historic buildings back to use and make town centres fit for the future. This was announced in response to recommendations from the independent expert panel. Announcing a Town Centre Task Force to give local leaders expert advice and support in implementing their plans to revitalise their local high streets Opening up empty shops through the Open Doors scheme to community groups who are offering services to the most vulnerable in our communities. Publishing a planning consultation to help support change on the high street. This will aim to make it easier for high streets to adapt for the future, with a wider range of retail, residential and other uses. Empowering businesses to contribute to the success of their high street by providing loans to establish Business Improvement Districts across the country. The Great British High Street Awards, which return this year, are a hotly contested competition to find Britain’s best high street, and the huge response to last year’s competition highlighted retailers and community groups across the country working in innovative ways keep our town centres vibrant and strong. Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg Contact form https://forms.communit… If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Councils across England will receive an immediate cash boost from a £9.75 million fund to back their efforts in cleaning up high streets and town centres, Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP confirmed today (16 March).From Ashford to Wakefield, councils in partnership with existing community groups will be able to use this one-off funding to support volunteers. They will be able to buy tools such as litter pickers, gloves and brushes and provide training for residents on how to remove graffiti or tackle fly-tipping, as well as organise events to encourage more families to get involved.The funding will give local authorities an opportunity to do more, encourage communities to take greater pride in their local area and support campaigns such as Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean campaign running from 22 March to 23 April.Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: Media enquiries Email [email protected] Further InformationSee the list of allocations: Grants to LA’s (PDF, 94.2KB, 7 pages) This funding will improve community engagement and give councils an opportunity to do more, with community-led approaches to street clean-ups. 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United Biscuits (UB) has launched a new convenience programme to help retailers grow their biscuit sales.The Better Biscuits, Better Business programme is supported with a new website, which offers retailers a five-step plan to help them develop sales.Launched at the National Convenience Show, held at the NEC in Birmingham (24-26 March 2014) the site is designed around UB’s ‘Baked to Build Your Business’ strapline.It contains retailer case studies, display ideas, and step-by-step advice on the best biscuits to stock, and how best to merchandise them.Hena Chandarana, trade communications controller at UBUK, said 2014 was a new dawn for UB.Chandarana said: “With research showing that shoppers spend less than 60 seconds at a fixture, easy navigation and impactful layout are everything. Our five-step Better Biscuits, Better Business programme on the new website offers independent retailers practical ways to grow their sales.” The strategy is supported by a multi-million-pound investment, and includes a new field sales team who will work with UK convenience retailers on UB’s five-step plan to a better biscuits business.According to UB, trials which implemented the five-step programme resulted in an average biscuits unit sales growth of 68%.While the business is currently focusing on driving distribution on existing core biscuit lines, Chandarana added it had “some exciting plans in the pipeline to drive future growth into the convenience channel”.
WELD – The town of Weld will be holding municipal elections from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Town Hall Tuesday evening, with all of the positions uncontested.Dina Walker is running for an open, three-year seat on the board, while Brian Hayes is running for a two-year term. Road Commissioner Kelly Hutchinson is seeking another three-year term. No one has returned nomination paperwork for a five-year position on the Planning Board.The location and date of the annual annual town meeting hasn’t been decided yet but will be announced once restrictions lift and Weld can host the meeting in accordance with safety guidelines.The warrant for the town meeting, whenever it is eventually held, includes several articles for the public’s consideration, including budgets for town departments and general government office position elections.There will also be an article to authorize Weld’s Selectboard to proceed with bringing a broadband communications service from Matrix Engineering to all 911 addresses in Weld. This approval will be based on the possibility of attaining the Connect Maine Authority and the Northern Boarder Regional Commission grants to help with capital cost. The NBRC grant has already been received, but the Connect ME funds have not. The success of the project also relies on Matrix Engineering covering the majority of the cost, leaving only 11 percent of the full price of the project to be divided among the four towns involved in the agreement. Weld’s cost will not exceed $284,871 covered by a municipal loan.The current Budget Committee members’ appointments expire in 2022, requiring that there also be a vote to elect members for a new 3-year term.
The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) launched a new effort to bridge the health communications gap on Thursday (Dec. 9), streaming onto the Internet a discussion between Dean Julio Frenk and media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner about the challenges facing global health.The effort, called The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, is a high-profile foray into health communications that combines live events before an audience with state-of-the-art, high-definition, interactive webcasting. Thursday’s session, moderated by former Washington Post health editor Abigail Trafford, was held in the atrium of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Building. The forum also has a studio in which programs can be produced.Communication is a key aspect of public health, both when a contagion is spreading and when messages about the latest findings on chronic disease or how to live a healthy lifestyle may resonate. Public health officials have long struggled with ways not just to get the word out, but to do so in a way that changes people’s behavior. One notable HSPH success in that area has been the designated-driver campaign, which was created in 1988 by the HSPH Center for Health Communication, and which gained wide acceptance as a strategy to avoid drinking and driving.Frenk described the latest communications effort as a bid to improve public health policy by bringing top scientists and societal leaders together to discuss pertinent health issues. Frenk said the effort helps to “complete the circle of knowledge,” which begins with research, carries through education, and ends by translating knowledge outside the academic walls.“The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health is a key element in our mission to create a transformative capacity … to engage people from science and leaders together in order to be able to translate evidence and experience to produce better policy,” Frenk said. “This amplifies our reach and helps complete what I call the circle of knowledge.”During the hour-long program, Frenk discussed key challenges in global health with Turner, founder of CNN and a philanthropist who donated $1 billion to create the United Nations Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the work of the U.N.Turner said he launched the foundation because he was taught from a young age that one should give to charity. He identified overpopulation as a key problem facing the world and a root cause of both health and environmental problems, such as climate change. If people around the world limited themselves to just one child, he said, the population would decline to a sustainable point — which he identified as between two and three billion people.Frenk countered that policies focused on improving the health and education of women have proven effective at reducing the birth rate. Another key public health driver of population growth, however, is the child and infant death rate. Families will be more willing to limit themselves to fewer children if they know that the ones they have will survive, Frenk said.Frenk drew on his experience as minister of health of Mexico in saying it’s important for people to stop thinking of public health as just the responsibility of health ministries and hospitals and look at it as a broader societal goal. That’s key, he said, because solutions to broad health problems won’t be found just in the health agencies and organizations. Taxes, for example, are one way to cut down on smoking, and drunk driving can best be addressed by police and public safety organizations, he said.Part of the discussion focused on the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals, which seek to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people by 2015. The goals include ending hunger, providing universal education, improving child and maternal health, increasing gender equity, fighting HIV/AIDS, increasing environmental sustainability, and increasing international cooperation on development.While many critics have been skeptical that the goals can be attained, Frenk said that significant progress has been made in child health and that the work to combat AIDS has made dramatic progress in recent years.“The great thing with the Millennium Development Goals is they create a framework of accountability. Every country signed on to specific goals on a specific timetable. Those countries will have to explain to their own people if they fail to reach them,” Frenk said.
In a ceremony today at Hilles Hall, Harvard University resumed a connection with the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) that started in 1916.That connection was interrupted when ROTC offices on campus closed during Vietnam War-era protests. In the intervening 40 years, Harvard students at the University continued to join ROTC units at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.For the first time since 1971 an Army ROTC unit now has an office on campus. The official physical presence marks another step in Harvard’s reconnection with the military that began a year ago. Last March, the University announced it would soon welcome ROTC back. In September, a Navy unit opened an office in Hilles.The decision to renew ties with ROTC was predicated on the expiration of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, which banned gays from the military. The law expired on Sept. 20, 2011.“Today we celebrate the latest chapter in the shared history of the University and the United States military,” said Harvard President Drew Faust in brief remarks. That history is always on her mind, she said, since her home (Elmwood) and her office (Massachusetts Hall) both served as hospitals for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.“Today we celebrate the latest chapter in the shared history of the University and the United States military,” said President Drew Faust during a ceremony at Hilles Hall.The Army ROTC presence will be more than an office. Starting immediately, ROTC cadets will conduct physical training on campus once a week. And by September, some ROTC freshman courses in military science will be offered in a Harvard classroom as part of a pilot program.“Diversity strengthens our University and our country,” said Faust, “fortifying the foundation of talent on which our shared success must necessarily be built.”She thanked Harvard general counsel Robert W. Iuliano, who took the lead in negotiations with the Army. And she thanked faculty members Nicholas A. Christakis and Kevin Kit Parker for co-chairing an advisory committee that made the practical arrangements for the new ROTC office. Christakis is a professor of sociology with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and a professor of medical sociology and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Parker, a major in the Army Reserves, is the Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.Parker missed the September ceremony, Faust pointed out, because he was in Afghanistan on one of his multiple deployments.Both the Navy and Army offices at Harvard are part of an ROTC consortium of six local colleges. Nine midshipmen from Harvard are enrolled in the Navy unit, called the Old Ironsides Battalion. Six cadets from Harvard are currently part of the Army ROTC’s Paul Revere Battalion. Harvard ROTC students, including Air Force cadets, will continue to take military science classes at MIT, where they have trained since 1976.“Today we create a space for our future civic leaders to form relationships with our future military leaders, deepening the perspective of all concerned,” said Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds. She called the military a form of public service that benefits from the “rigorous liberal arts education imparted at Harvard.” It trains students to think critically, she said, make informed decisions, and be “both firm-minded and flexible.”Hammonds mentioned two examples. Neil Rudenstine, former president of Harvard, was commissioned an Army officer in 1956. He had been an ROTC cadet at Princeton University. Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown ’84 was an ROTC student in college and is now a decorated colonel in the Army Reserves. He served in Iraq, the highest-ranking U.S. public official to do so.Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds (left) called the military a form of public service that benefits from the “rigorous liberal arts education imparted at Harvard.” Here she is joined by Army Col. Twala D. Mathis, commander of the 2nd ROTC Brigade.Army Col. Twala D. Mathis, commander of the 2nd ROTC Brigade, also touched on history and public service. Five current Harvard buildings were used by the Continental Army, she said — Wadsworth House, Holden Chapel, and Massachusetts, Harvard, and Hollis halls. also mentioned three Harvard men, all Army officers, who were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor: Theodore Roosevelt, A.B. 1880, Maj. General Leonard Wood, M.D. 1884, and Theodore Roosevelt Jr., A.B. 1909, the only general officer to land with troops in the first wave at Normandy on June 6, 1944.The colonel added: “Army ROTC teaches, through a robust and demanding curriculum, the decision-making process, management skills, leadership, and discipline that can be used in either the military or civilian careers.”Army Lt. Col. Timothy J. Hall, commanding officer of the Paul Revere Battalion at MIT, pointed to the commitment at the heart of ROTC. “Many people forget,” he said, “that at its core ROTC is about people embarking on a lifetime of public service — in our case, military service.”Since 1989, he said, 88 Army second lieutenants from Harvard have been commissioned — 13 just in the past three years, including one Rhodes Scholar.Victoria Migdal (pictured) speaks with guests before the ceremony begins.“To symbolize both our new beginning and our tradition” at Harvard, Hall brought an Army officer saber, which had been presented on May 30, 1916, to Capt. Constant Cordier, commander of the 1,000-student Harvard Regiment, precursor of the Army ROTC. (Mathis called the World War I-era student unit “a model for the nationwide ROTC program.”)The saber will be on display in the new Army ROTC office in Hilles, said Hall, where it resumes “its rightful place at Harvard.”During a late-afternoon reception, a common room in Hilles near the new second-floor office was crowded with men and women in uniform mingling with University officials.Guests of honor included 90-year-old Robert Coolidge Davenport ’44, a retired major general in the Massachusetts National Guard. He served as an Army officer in World War II and was in the Pacific Theater with the 27th Division when two American atom bombs ended the war. Another was Kevin Ryan, a retired Army brigadier general and now executive director for research at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for International Affairs.Army combat veteran and University of Pennsylvania graduate Erik Malmstrom — a current Harvard graduate student and co-president of Crimson Serves — was also at the ROTC ceremony. Bringing Army ROTC back to Harvard “continues a really positive trend we are seeing,” he said.At the same time, Malmstrom, who is also a military affairs blogger for The New York Times, said he thinks Ivy League schools could do more to present the military as a viable option after graduation, and that “the military has to make itself more appealing to students.”Hall remembered the ROTC commissioning ceremony at Harvard in 2008, at which President Faust said to the newly commissioned graduates, “I wish there were more of you.” At the Hilles Hall ceremony this week, he said, “I share this desire with her and will do what I can to make it a reality.”
Read Full Story Racial disparities continue to exert a harmful influence on the health of non-whites in the United States, affecting such measures as obesity rates, infant mortality, and access to health care. Now, a new collaborative effort launched by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine, and Brown University, is aiming to mobilize the next generation of leaders to take on health inequalities as a matter of social justice.The Social Equity Leadership Mobilization Alliance (SELMA) has two components aimed at graduate students in public health, policy, and medicine: an annual leadership summit and a summer fellowship program. Students must be nominated by their schools to participate in the intensive two-day summit, which takes place in Atlanta at the CDC and The King Center. The event brings students up to speed on the latest research on health disparities and engages students in problem-solving to identify strategies for addressing them. The first summit took place this past spring. HSPH students Zinzi Bailey, SD ’14, Cyndie Hatcher, MPH ’13, Pamela Hung MS2 ’14, and Uchenna Okoye, MPH ’13, attended.