first_img  331 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Melanie May | 2 September 2020 | News £1.25m fund to counter impact of Covid-19 on women’s rights About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Tagged with: COVID-19 Fundingcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Global women’s rights organisation Womankind Worldwide has launched a £1.25 million fund to support its partners in Africa and Asia in countering the impact of the coronavirus on women’s rights.The Womankind COVID-19 Resilience Fund is providing flexible, unrestricted grants to 42 women’s rights organisations in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The grants will be used where most needed, from paying rent on offices or safe houses and adapting programmes, to providing emergency food relief to the most marginalised women and girls, and influencing and holding governments to account on addressing the needs and priorities of women in their responses to Covid-19.The fund aims to reach the women most marginalised due to caste, age, ethnicity, indigenous status, and geographical location, with grants already made to organisations supporting women with disabilities or LBTQI+ women. Activities and services made possible through the grants include mental health support for LBTQI+ women, and the development of accessible communications on Covid-19 for women with disabilities.Womankind partners have reported a greater need for their services during the pandemic, with partners in Ethiopia, Nepal and Zimbabwe seeing a higher demand for their safe houses and shelters for women survivors of violence. However, they have been hampered by a lack of core, flexible funding.Caroline Haworth, Womankind CEO, said: “Together with our partners we recognise that existing challenges to women’s rights and wellbeing are compounded by the Covid-19 crisis and that flexible, core funding is more vital than ever. Across our policy and programmes we continue to be led by the needs of our partners and to respond directly to how the crisis is affecting them and the communities they serve. The fund will support our partners to continue their work and, in some cases, enable their organisations’ very survival. The Womankind Worldwide COVID-19 Resilience Fund is a way for us to recognise the importance of continuation of our partners’ inspiring and courageous defence of women’s rights in these unprecedented times and to express our heartfelt solidarity with them.”Womankind is also continuing to fundraise for the Fund to enable it to support more partners and the women they support as possible. Advertisement  330 total views,  2 views todaylast_img read more

first_imgLondon has been named as the world’s riskiest for a housing bubble after fresh data revealed that the average price of a home in the capital had hit £500,000 in September, up 10 per cent year-on-year.UBS said last week that the property market in London has formed the world’s biggest residential property price bubble, based on property prices to incomes, and property prices to rents, which are both at record highs.The Swiss bank waned that the UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index points to the risk of a “substantial price correction” in London’s property market should the fundamentals for residential property investment in the city deteriorate.The average price of a residential property in London reached £499,997 in September, according to the Land Registry, up 10 per cent on a year earlier.UBS said that London’s housing market is now the world’s least affordable, bar Hong Kong, which UBS ranks as the second-most likely city to have a property bubble.“Foreign demand (for homes in London) and demand deriving from safe-haven seekers largely explain current valuations. Global geopolitical risk and the high property valuations in Asian cities have helped to propel London house prices to new heights,” UBS said.“Domestic buyers too have contributed to the appreciation,” the bank added.Home prices in London are being primarily pushed higher by a chronic shortage of properties, and with housebuilders failing to deliver anywhere near the volume of properties required to plug the supply-demand imbalance that trend looks set to continue, according to Peter Rollings (left), CEO of Marsh & Parsons.He commented, “Most of this heat is emanating from a shortage of homes for sale, especially at the more affordable end of the London property market.”But with interest rates set to rise next year and with sales activity at the higher end of the property market in the capital slowing, talk of a housing bubble in the capital may be wide of the mark.“Sales activity is looking decidedly cooler and the million poundplus market is yet to thaw out and get moving again since suffering the repercussions of more stringent stamp duty,” Rollings added.Across England and Wales property prices rose at a more moderate rate compared to London, up 5.3 per cent in the year to September to reach an average of selling price of £187,000.The only area not to see an increase was the North East of England, where prices dropped by 0.3 per cent to just under £100,000.Reflecting on the latest land Registry data, Brian Murphy (right), Head of Lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB), commented, “Generally, higher house prices are good news for existing homeowners, and not only when they come to sell. Improved housing equity means borrowers are more likely to be able to access the most competitive remortgage deals on the market. However, these benefits aren’t being felt equally across the whole country:  the North East saw a monthly and annual fall in house prices.”Improved mortgage affordability is helping to counter concerns about increasing home prices, but many mortgage borrowers are aware that today’s record-low rates will not last forever, as MAB research shows.Murphy added, “Our research shows 96 per cent of homebuyers opted for fixed rates in September in a bid to protect themselves from rising interest rates.”home prices in London London London housing bubble residential property price bubble the world’s biggest residential property price bubble UBS UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index November 11, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Housing bubble trouble in London previous nextHousing MarketHousing bubble trouble in LondonThe Capital is in a property bubble that could pop at any time, warns UBS.The Negotiator11th November 20150577 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgBoard AppointmentsOld Courthouse Foundation County Treatment Court: Professional Services Agreement with Marie Johnson Department Head Reports Misdemeanor Probation: Request to Surplus Metal Filing CabinetsWeights and Measures: April 16 to May 15th Monthly Report AdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img Approval of May 9, 2017 Meeting MinutesEmployment ChangesCounty Commissioners: Employee Burdette Park PassesSuperintendent of County Buildings: Aids Resource Group AIDS Walk RequestCounty Highway: 2016 Annual Operational ReportOld Courthouse: Kraftwerks, Inc. Craft Show 2017 Spring Financial ReportCounty Treasurer: April 2017 Monthly ReportCounty Engineering:Department Head ReportPay Request #26 with US 41 Expansion T.I.F for the sum of $26,080.20Waiver of Mineral Interest Forms 2 for Green River Road Phase 6Waiver of Mineral Interest Form 1 for Green River Road Phase 7 New BusinessOld BusinessPublic CommentConsent ItemsContracts, Agreements and LeasesSheriff Office: Interlocal Agreement to House Vanderburgh County Inmates in Knox County and Perry County JailCounty Health: Memorandum of Understanding with ECHO Community Health Care, Inc.County Commissioners: Old Courthouse Lease Agreement with Leslie DavisCounty Clerk:Tri-State Systems ProposalProfessional Services Agreement with RBM Consulting LLC. AGENDAVanderburgh CountyBoard of CommissionersMay 23, 20173:00 pm, Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegiancePermission to Open Bids VC 17-04-01: Concrete Repairs in Eagle Crossing Subdivision Action ItemsProclamation: Signature SchoolAdvisory Board on Disability Services: AccessAbility Decal ProgramTony Flittner, Torian, Hofmann, Dillow and Flittner: 2016 and First Quarter 2017 Heath Insurance Claims UpdatePublic Hearing & Final Reading of Vacation Ordinance CO.V-05-17-002: Vacation of 30’ Right-of-Way on Rucker Road Near lot 19 in Ensle Place SubdivisionFirst Reading of Ordinance CO.06-17-010 Amending Human Relations Commission OrdinanceFirst Reading of Ordinance CO. 06-17-011 Amendment to Ch. 15.86 Vanderburgh County Building Code of Ordinanceslast_img read more

first_imgSincerely, US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has joined what appears to be a futile effort to urge Vermont Governor Jim Douglas to reconsider plans to reduce state benefits to seniors who are enrolled in the state s VPharm supplemental prescription assistance program, in response to the new Medicare Part D rebate checks. The Douglas Administration said Monday that it will continue to ask for the money back. Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders asked last week that the administration reconsider the move. The rebate checks are intended to provide fiscal relief to seniors, not states, said Secretary Sebelius in a letter today to Governor Douglas. Seniors who enter the donut hole have serious illnesses, take more medication, and need additional financial help. They have extremely high out-of-pocket costs; for example, they must personally spend at least $2,830 to qualify for rebate checks in 2010.The tax-free federal $250 rebates are being mailed to seniors who enter the Medicare Part D donut hole this year, as a first step in closing the coverage gap under the Affordable Care Act. The first federal rebates were mailed to seniors who have fallen into the Medicare Part D donut hole yesterday. About 9,000 Vermont seniors are expected to receive the rebate this year.The text of the letter is below:June 11, 2010Hon. James H. DouglasGovernorState of Vermont109 State Street, PavilionMontpelier, VT 05609-0101Dear Governor Douglas:This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent the first one-time, tax-free $250 rebate checks to eligible Medicare beneficiaries nationwide who have entered the Medicare Part D coverage gap referred to as the donut hole. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorizes these rebates for all beneficiaries in the donut hole except those who have their prescription drug expenses in the coverage gap covered by the low-income subsidy known as Medicare Extra Help. Congress intended these checks to be the first steps towards phasing out the coverage gap by 2020. This is a critically important benefit given the number of Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription drug costs. Last year, roughly 8,920 Medicare beneficiaries in Vermont hit the donut hole, and a similar number are expected to hit it in 2010.Some states, like Vermont, have established state-only programs that provide supplemental pharmaceutical coverage to low-income Medicare beneficiaries who are not eligible for Medicaid assistance. The Administration applauds Vermont s leadership in this effort. However, we understand that Vermont is considering reducing these state benefits in response to the new Medicare Part D rebate checks. I ask you to reconsider this action.Seniors who enter the donut hole have serious illnesses, take more medication, and need additional financial help. They have extremely high out-of-pocket costs; for example, they must personally spend at least $2,830 to qualify for rebate checks in 2010. In addition, Vermont s pharmaceutical program (VPharm) requires beneficiaries to pay premiums and does not cover all of seniors drug costs. Many individuals are responsible for co-payments, and certain drugs are excluded from coverage for some beneficiaries.There is no doubt that states face significant financial pressure this year. So do our most vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries. The rebate checks are intended to provide fiscal relief to seniors, not states. I urge you to reconsider reducing benefits under VPharm as a means of alleviating budget constraints. Kathleen Sebeliuslast_img read more

first_imgThe 7th Grade Lady Cardinal St. Louis Volleyball team loss against the South Dearborn Lady Squires 25-8, 25-14. The score did not show the type of play the 7th team put together during the game. This was the best played game the 7th grade team played this year. The Cardinals transferred from defense to offense nicely. Ashley Hunter and Jaelyn Owens passed the ball to help setup our offense. This led to 2 spikes from Rachel Suttmann and a 1 spike from Lucy Aplanalp, Cora Roth and Kalli Obermeyer each. Although, the Cardinals struggled at the serving line. They only won 8 points off their serves. Suttmann led the Cardinals with 3 points followed by Cora Roth and Sophia Hohenstein with 2 points each and Aplanalp served for 1 point. The St. Louis Cardinals 8th Grade Volleyball team defeated the South Dearborn Squires 25-23, 25-21. In the first set, the Cardinals struggled with their serves which allowed the Squires to stay in the game. The Cardinals shrugged it off and served very well in the second set. Kate Weber led with 8 points followed by Isabelle Wonnell and Ingrid Tuveson with 5 points each, Maggie Beiser, Ava Owens and Rhea Miller with 2 points each, and Ella Moster, Claire Saner and Catherine Streator with 1 point each. Solid passing was delivered by Lilly Schebler to help setup our offense. Saner and Streator was strong at the net with 5 hits each.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img read more