CITY VIEWS: HAS THE ATTACK ON BUSINESSES GONE TOO FAR?

first_img Share CITY VIEWS: HAS THE ATTACK ON BUSINESSES GONE TOO FAR? Tags: NULL whatsapp Show Comments ▼ CHRIS BUXTON | UBS“Yes, I think it will deter businesses from the UK – which will lead to lower tax receipts for the government anyway. I think it is just a way for the government to win popularity.”LEO MELLIS | MILLER INSURANCE“I have an entrepreneurial spirit and so I am most concerned with any kind of attack on small businesses. Further regulation might make borrowing money even harder than it already is. Discouraging entrepreneurs would be detrimental to growth in this country.”TAYMOOR ATIGECHI | VESTRA WEALTH“Most people would agree the City was definitely in need of heightened regulation. But with this comes the risk that City boys will start moving elsewhere. This would harm growth, and prevent the economy from restabilising.” center_img whatsapp Wednesday 22 September 2010 8:20 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodaySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.com KCS-content More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comlast_img read more

CBI wants a smoother run to retirement

first_img THE Confederation of British Industry has called on government to answer businesses’ concerns over scrapping the UK’s default retirement age of 65.Businesses fear the plans will force them to “retire” employees through performance-based dismissal – a long and demoralising process that could cause tribunal claims to soar.The CBI has proposed five changes to plans to abolish default retirement age from April 2011 – the first being to delay the decision by a year.John Cridland, CBI director-general designate, said scrapping the retirement age so soon would create a “legislative void.”While employers understood the need for people to work for longer, “working beyond 65 is not going to be possible for everyone,” he said. “We need to modernise our employment law framework to ensure that it is fit for purpose.”The CBI proposes simplifying performance management and unfair dismissal laws; giving employers more advice on their right to impose their own retirement age; and allowing employers to stop offering occupational benefits once employees pass the state pension age.It is concerned at the lack of guidance from the department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which is overseeing the change. The CBI’s submission to the government emphasises the difficulty of ending employees’ careers without a default age. “Many firms reserve the DRA for situations where they want to provide a dignified exit for older employees whose performance has started to wane. Without the DRA, the end of a career risks becoming a year-long workplace dispute,” it said. KCS-content CBI wants a smoother run to retirement whatsapp Sunday 12 December 2010 11:06 pm Share More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ whatsapp last_img read more

Hooker Flannery on his way home with torn calf

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Replacements:16 – Sean Cronin (Leinster)*17 – Tom Court (Malone/Ulster)18 – Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster)19 – Denis Leamy (Cork Constitution/Munster)20 – Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)21 – Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster)22 – Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster)*Denotes RWC Debut 15 – Robert Kearney (UCD/Leinster)*14 – Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)13 – Brian O’Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) (capt)12 – Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster)11 – Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster)10 – Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)9 – Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)1 – Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster)*2 – Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)3 – Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)4 – Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster)5 – Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster)6 – Stephen Ferris (Dungannon/Ulster)7 – Sean O’Brien (Clontarf / Leinster)*8 – Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster) QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND – SEPTEMBER 04: Jerry Flannery looks on during an Ireland IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 training session at Queenstown Events Centre on September 4, 2011 in Queenstown, New Zealand. (Photo by Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images) Jerry Flannerys’ World cup has been cut short Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery suffered a tear of his left calf during Ireland Squad training yesterday morning in Auckland. An MRI scan has confirmed the severity of the tear which will require four to six weeks rehabilitation before he is able to return to playing.Sean Cronin has been named in the replacements for the Rugby World Cup Pool C clash with Australia on Saturday following the withdrawal of Flannery. A decision has been made to call up Damien Varley  to the squad and he is expected to arrive in New Zealand by Saturday.Commenting on the injury to Flannery, Ireland Team Manger – Paul McNaughton said: “Obviously it is particularly disappointing for Jerry to have suffered this injury at this point in the tournament. With the fact that he is out for four to six weeks, we needed to make the decision to fly Damien Varley down as soon as possible. Sean Cronin will step into the replacements seamlessly this weekend which shows the importance of having experience and depth in the squad.”Starting XV (v Australia, 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C, Eden Park, Saturday, September 17, kick-off 8:30pm local time/9:30am Irish time): read more

Conor Murray takes a lineout for Ireland in the Six Nations

first_imgJumping nine: Conor Murray takes a lineout for Ireland against Italy ((pic by Inpho) Murray is not your stereotypical front receiver in a lineout. Nor would he be the ideal player to have at the heart of any driving maul. That being said, fair play to the scrum-half for putting his hand up for the trick play in a Test match environment, and at home no less. Yes, you read that right, and above is the photographic proof from the moment scrum-half Conor Murray takes a lineout for Ireland. This was snapped during Ireland’s 56-19 victory over Italy in Round Two of this year’s Six Nations.The move cam in the first half of the contest at the Aviva Stadium, down in the left corner of Italy’s half. Murray popped the ball off the top but no clear cut scoring opportunity was carved out directly from the move – this in a game where Ireland scored eight tries against the Azzurri.However, the fact Murray went up at all is impressive. And ballsy.Experienced option: Murray in the line-out for Munster (pic by Inpho)The Munster nine has previous when it comes to lineout jumping, though. Earlier in the season, during the inter-provincial match against rivals Leinster in the Guinness Pro14, Murray was twice thrown up in the touchline set-piece. Not only did the back catch the unsuspecting Leinstermen unawares, but the moves also led to tries for Munster.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION OFFERSDespite being taken off after 50 minutes against Italy, Murray – who scored Ireland’s second try of eight on the afternoon – put in an all-round, impressive display at the Aviva. He was awarded the Man of the Match award after the final whistle.Ireland are no strangers to unexpected lineout moves, or to taking risks with them. You may remember way back in 2015, Ireland tried (and failed) to utilise a 13-man lineout against Wales in the Six Nations. That day in Cardiff, Wales triumphed 23-16.last_img read more

Victim Service Center of Central Florida transforming shattered lives

first_img Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSBryan NelsonVictim Service Center of Central Florida Previous articleApopka Burglary Report and MapNext articleApopka Weekly Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR VSC helps families when they need it most  By Bryan Nelson/ District 2 Orange County Commissioner  The Victim Service Center (VSC) of Central Florida, also previously known as the Victim Service Center of Orange County, was founded in 1999 after the Board of County Commissioners voted on using a portion of the County jail’s proceeds for recovery services to victims of crime. Since its inception, the VSC has worked to fulfill its vision of transforming the lives of victims and preventing violence in the community. The VSC aims to achieve this vision through providing services and resources to victims of sexual assault, violent crime, and other traumatic circumstances. In 2001 the Victim Service Center was incorporated as a nonprofit while but still remains under the auspices of Orange County. To date, the VSC receives funding from Orange County through the Family Services Department.Orange County CommissionerBryan Nelson The Victim Services Center offers a number of services to those in need. Crime Victim Services include meeting with a Master-level Victim Advocate that can help in an array of areas including, navigating the legal system, assisting with injunctions and protection, applying for Victim Compensation and Sexual Battery Relocation among many others.  In 2005 the VSC became a certified rape crisis program through the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV). As a result of this certification the VSC is able to provide an array of services for sexual violence survivors. Victims can receive immediate support through telephone by getting in contact with the Sexual Assault Hotline at (407) 497-6701. Master-level Victim Advocates also help survivors with developing a safety plan, accompanying victims to forensic exams if they choose to have one, and providing education on common reactions following sexual assault. Sexual Assault Services are available for victims 12 years and older. Additionally, the VSC also offers services to adult survivors of childhood sexual assault, and services to friends and family who have been impacted by sexual violence.  Therapy and Support Service are also available for victims. This includes support groups and group therapy for men and women. The VSC is also involved in Outreach and Prevention Services which works expand knowledge of on crime and sexual violence. Presentations to schools, organizations, and community groups are provided to educate the community and increase awareness on sexual assault and rape.   In August 2016 the Victim Service Center was celebrated for their work in providing support to those impacted by the Pulse nightclub tragedy. The VSC was the first victim crisis responder following the tragic events at Pulse. Their advocateds worked endlessly to provide comfort and support for the survivors, victims’ families and friends, and many others who felt that effects of the tragedy. Furthermore, VSC worked closely with the FBI, local law enforcement, and other agencies to provide support and crisis intervention. The VSC provides a range of volunteer opportunities. Opportunities range from working special community events to online volunteering to help spread the mission and vision of VSC. Additionally, VSC receives donations from their wish list which can be found on their website: www.victimservicecenter.org or further information on the VSC services please visit their website. For the Sexual Assault Hotline call (407) 497-6701. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more

Lawyer Awards offer £100,000 to charities

first_imgLawyer Awards offer £100,000 to charities About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 22 November 2007 | News The Lawyer Awards are inviting votes from readers and the public for the two charities that will receive up to £150,000 each over the next three years.The Lawyer magazine’s website lists charities that have been proposed by readers or which have approached them over the past three years.Votes are now open for the two charities that will benefit from The Lawyer Awards for the next three years. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Tagged with: Awards The results will be announced in The Lawyer on 17 December 2007.The current official charities are Childhope and Cystic Fibrosis Trust and they shared £76,000 from this year’s event.  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

RSPB’s DRTV campaign stresses global role of charity

first_imgRSPB’s DRTV campaign stresses global role of charity The ads will run from 12 May across Freeview and subscription TV channels in slots between wildlife and nature programmes. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The RSPB’s latest DRTV ad is the start of a ‘perception-changing’ campaign to communicate the global role the charity undertakes to protect wildlife and habitats worldwide.The commercials have been produced by the DTV Group from existing RSPB footage and have a £3 a month ask. The title ‘A million voices for nature’ is a direct reference to the charity’s million-strong membership. Howard Lake | 8 May 2008 | News  36 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Using existing footage means that costs have been kept to a minimum and that it is flexible enough to create new versions and edits as audience response is measured during the course of the campaign. Tagged with: Individual giving www.rspb.org.uk There are 90 and 60 second versions of the ads with a highly emotional message to those interested in saving special places, the environment and wildlife conservation. Advertisementlast_img read more

Authorities urged to revive investigation on fourth anniversary of Brignol Lindor’s murder

first_imgNews Brignol Lindor (photo) of Radio Echo 2000 was murdered on 3 December 2001 in Petit-Goâve by supporters of then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Four years later, this crime remains unpunished. Reporters Without Borders and the French national assembly’s France-Haiti Friendship Group call for the investigation to be relaunched. News Organisation Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice December 1, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to revive investigation on fourth anniversary of Brignol Lindor’s murder Help by sharing this information November 14, 2019 Find out more HaïtiAmericas June 11, 2019 Find out more RSF_en HaïtiAmericas October 11, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Haïti to go further Reporters Without Borders today joins the French national assembly’s France-Haiti Friendship Group in appealing again for justice to be done in the murder of a young radio journalist that has left Haitian society outraged and traumatised by its horrific nature and by the four ensuing years of unexplained impunity and judicial paralysis.Almost exactly four years ago today, on 3 December 2001, Brignol Lindor of Radio Echo 2000 was stoned and hacked to death in the southern town of Petit-Goâve by some 10 members of Domi Nan Bwa, a local grass-roots organisation that supported then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.Reporters Without Borders and the France-Haiti Friendship Group would like to recapitulate the following points, for the most part based on a report which the Citizens Committee for the Implementation of Justice (CCAJ) handed in to the justice ministry in July of last year.Four days before Lindor’s murder, a press conference was held in Petit-Goâve on 29 November 2001 by several local figures linked to Aristide’s party, Fanmi Lavalas, including Petit-Goâve mayor Emmanuel Antoine and his deputy, Bony Dumay, who launched into a violent verbal attack on the opposition Democratic Convergence coalition and Lindor, considered to be one of its allies. Another meeting was held on 2 December, the eve of his murder, this time between municipal officials and members of Domi Nan Bwa.One of Domi Nan Bwa’s chiefs, Joseph Céus Duverger, was attacked the next morning by presumed Democratic Convergence supporters. This incident was used as a pretext for the targeted reprisal against Lindor later in the day. Evidence of this comes from the fact that around 10 Domi Nan Bwa members were on the point of executing Democratic Convergence member Love Augustin at his home but, when Lindor arrived on the scene, they let him go and seized Lindor.Despite all these facts, the indictment issued by judge Fritzner Duclair on 16 September 2002 failed to bring charges against any of the presumed instigators of Lindor’s murder. No Petit-Goâve municipal officials were ever questioned or detained. Charges were brought against 10 Domi Nan Bwa members who took part in the murder but, according to the Lindor family lawyer, none of them was ever detained. One of the presumed killers, Joubert Saint-Just, was detained by the inhabitants of nearby Miragoâne on 30 March 2005 and handed over to the police, but that was for an unrelated reason.The case is now held up in the supreme court, to which the Lindor family referred its request to be granted civil party status in the case on 21 April 2003 after being turned down by the appeal court. More than two years later, the supreme court still has not issued a ruling, although it should have done so within two months. Does this incredible delay indicate a desire to bury the case for good? We cannot resign ourselves to this hypothesis.At moment when the population of Petit-Goâve is getting ready to pay homage to Lindor and inaugurate a square bearing his name, we appeal to the Haitian authorities to relaunch judicial proceedings in this case as quickly as possible. This should be done so that the truth can be known and remembered, and it should be done in tandem with the electoral process that will soon result in the installation of a new democratic government.Jean-Louis Bernard, deputy in the national assembly and vice-president of the assembly’s France-Haiti Friendship GroupChristian Paul, deputy and member of the France-Haiti Friendship GroupRobert Ménard, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders News Another journalist murdered in Haiti Receive email alerts Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti Newslast_img read more

Report: Mortgage Loan Delinquencies, Write-Offs Way Down

first_img About Author: Brian Honea Tagged with: Equifax Home Equity Lines of Credit Mortgage Loan Delinquencies Mortgage Loan Write-Offs Report: Mortgage Loan Delinquencies, Write-Offs Way Down Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago December 16, 2014 1,060 Views Last week, TransUnion predicted that the steadily declining number of mortgage loan delinquencies in the U.S. would fall to below pre-recession levels by the end of 2015. This week, Equifax released data that seems to go right along with that forecast.According to the latest National Consumer Credit Trends Report released on Monday by Equifax, the cumulative balance of seriously delinquent mortgages (those 90 days or more overdue or in foreclosure) totaled $198.8 billion for November, the lowest level in five years. That amount represented more than a 29.8 percent decrease from November 2013.Lenders are also writing off the fewest number of loans since before the housing bubble burst. The balance of home-finance write-offs year-to-date through the first 11 months of 2014 was $91.2 billion, its second-lowest level in eight years, according to Equifax.The number of delinquent first mortgages, which are those 30 days or more past due, comprised 4.54 percent of outstanding mortgage balances in the U.S. in November, according to Equifax. This percentage represented a decline of 5.87 percent from November 2013.The collective outstanding balance for home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) is also on the decline The November 2014 HELOC balance was $515.4 billion, also the lowest level in five years, and a decrease of 3.6 percent year-over-year, according to Equifax. The total number of outstanding HELOCs in the U.S. dropped down to 11.1 million, the lowest level in 10 years. Delinquent balances on HELOCs accounted for 2.37 percent of outstanding balances in the U.S. in November, dropping from 2.70 in November 2013, according to Equifax.The percentage of delinquent balances on home equity installment loans declined year-over-year, down from 3.22 percent in November 2013 to 2.45 percent in November 2014, according to Equifax. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Previous: Community Lending Group Asks Government To Amend GSE Bailout Terms Next: Bank Claims $2.2 Billion in Consumer Relief Toward Settlement Requirement Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Equifax Home Equity Lines of Credit Mortgage Loan Delinquencies Mortgage Loan Write-Offs 2014-12-16 Brian Honea  Print This Postcenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Report: Mortgage Loan Delinquencies, Write-Offs Way Down Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Barbara Bush foundation, city of Houston team up to take on illiteracy

first_imgDavid Hume Kennerly/Getty ImagesBy ADISA HARGETT-ROBINSON, ABC News(HOUSTON) — Former first lady Barbara Bush’s foundation is partnering with the city of Houston to increase the city’s jaw-dropping adult literacy rates.“One in three Houstonians functionally illiterate,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a press conference last week announcing the partnership. “The combined efforts of the Mayor’s Office for Adult Literacy and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation are essential to achieve transformational change in the lives of adults who cannot read.”The partnership seeks to coordinate a city-wide blueprint to improve literacy rates in the city over the next 15 years. The partnership plans to spend three months developing a clear understanding of the issue and, from that, develop a framework for helping illiterate adults develop strong language, digital literacy skills, and essential workforce skills, according to the city.Turner said that “functionally illiterate” adults lack the ability to successfully read and write at a level needed to better manage their daily life.“One in three does not mean that they cannot read at all. But rather it means that given the context in which they work, the community in which they live … these people cannot read at a proficiency level necessary to succeed,” said Federico Salas-Isnardi, director of the Mayor’s Office for Adult Literacy.“They perform at the lowest level. Maybe they can read a sign in the street or a warning sign at their job, but they cannot read anything else,” Salas-Isnardi said.Turner created the Mayor’s Office for Adult Literacy in 2019 to help solve the problem and raise awareness about the issue in Houston. Since its creation, more than 60 organizations have become Houston Adult Literacy providers, offering job readiness, literacy classes, GED preparation, ESL and certification training in addition to several other services.Houston is the only city in the U.S. that currently has an adult literacy office.The issue of adult literacy is an issue that Salas-Isnardi said has been exasperated by the pandemic — and potentially beyond.“The pandemic has made it very, very clear, painfully clear, that many adults who lost their jobs are not good candidates for job training in the new economy because they lack basic skills,” he said. “They can’t read and write at a … basic level, so if we are going to be well-positioned to respond to the new reality, we need to have adults who can read and write at some level of proficiency that will be useful to them as members of the community.”This startling statistic mirrors a larger education issue in the state.Texas currently ranks 49th out of 50 in high school graduation rates. According to a U.S. Census American Community survey, the city of Houston has a college graduation rate of 29.2% and high school graduation rate of 75.4%, which is 12 percentage points lower than the national rate of 87%, with 14% not even completing ninth grade.Salas-Isnardi said while they recognize the correlation between the high school graduation rates and adult literacy rates, their focus remains on adults.“Many people have gone through the public school system and come out unable to read, and that is a reality. We need to change that. We are working in partnership with the high schools, but our strategies focus on adults. Over the last six or seven years, the city has focused on strategies to address the issue with children’s literacy. The goal for adults was put aside and nothing happened over the last six years. However, the chances of a child succeeding in school are significantly higher when a child is raised in a house by illiterate or functionally illiterate parents where parents can help,” Salas-Isnardi said.But the problem isn’t just in Houston or in Texas. According to the National Literacy Directory, one in six adults lacks basic reading skills.The Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation was created in 2013 by Barbra Bush’s son Neil Bush in response to the “literary crisis.” This is her second literacy foundation as her initial foundation, The National Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, was established in 1989.“They are a force for change in the community, especially with education and that’s why we chose to work with them. They have demonstrated success in addressing the issue with children, and we think that they are an important partner to have on our side as we tackle the problem for the adults,” Salas-Isnardi said.In 1991 former President George H.W. Bush signed The National Literacy Act offering adults a chance to restart their education and earn their high school diplomas.“The Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation has truly been a beacon of light for our city … their commitment to the community is longstanding, and their investment in our city’s future is to be commended,” Turner said.“If you help a person to read, then their opportunities in life will be endless,” is the belief of former first lady Barbra Bush on which her foundation was founded.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more