By David PaulsenPosted Feb 12, 2020 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Job Listing The Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative founded the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in April 2018 and encouraged counties around the country to pursue local memorials for the victims of lynchings in their communities. The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council visited the memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, during its October 2019 meeting there. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, which opened two years ago to honor more than 4,000 victims of lynchings in America, has become a popular destination for Episcopal racial reconciliation pilgrimages. Numerous congregations have organized trips, and The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council visited the memorial in October 2019 during its meeting in Montgomery.The Equal Justice Initiative, which created the national memorial, also has a program to encourage local efforts to increase the public’s awareness of what the organization labels racial terror violence during the era of Jim Crow segregation. Parishioners from St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, are taking that next step.“We were all moved by it, and a group of us decided we would take on this project,” said Jacqueline Hubbard, a St. Augustine’s member and retired lawyer.St. Augustine’s is a small, historically black congregation that has gradually grown more racially diverse. Its fall 2018 visit to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice partly inspired some parishioners’ involvement in efforts to install a historical marker in St. Petersburg that will memorialize John Evans, a black laborer who in 1914 was hanged from a light pole in the city and murdered, as a mob of 1,500 white residents encouraged and celebrated his death.Reports suggest he was able to keep himself alive by wrapping his legs around the light pole, until he was shot by people in the crowd. He had been accused by the crowd of killing a white employer despite little conclusive evidence tying him to the crime.“In many cases these individuals were not given or allowed to experience a proper memorial,” vestry member Andrew Walker said in an interview with Episcopal News Service, adding, “the current narrative in a lot of places is a false notion that [lynching victims] did something wrong.”A small group from the church formed the Community Remembrance Project Coalition in April 2019, and it now has 42 coalition partners, including a wide range of religious, historical and civic organizations. It meets twice a month at St. Augustine’s to plan a historical marker for Evans.Hubbard, who serves as co-chair, told ENS the coalition aims to install the marker by this November on city-owned property at Ninth Street and Second Avenue, near where Evans was lynched on Nov. 12, 1914.Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative speaks to the Executive Council members on Oct. 19, 2019, at Church of the Good Shepherd in Montgomery, Alabama. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceThe killing of Evans was one of at least two lynchings in Pinellas County from 1877 to 1950, according to Equal Justice Initiative research. The nonprofit was founded by attorney Bryan Stevenson, whose book “Just Mercy” was turned into the movie of the same name released in December. Stevenson’s organization documented more than 4,400 lynchings in 12 Southern states during those decades, and another 300 victims were identified in states outside the South.“Terror lynchings were horrific acts of violence whose perpetrators were never held accountable. Indeed, some public spectacle lynchings were attended by the entire white community and conducted as celebratory acts of racial control and domination,” the Equal Justice Initiative’s research report “Lynching in America” says.Even before the recent work by St. Augustine’s parishioners, Episcopal leaders have taken a lead in bringing details of this brutal history to light, particularly in the Diocese of Atlanta. The diocese organized a pilgrimage in October 2016 to the historic site of a lynching in Macon, Georgia, part of a three-year series of racial reconciliation events. And in 2017, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in LaGrange, Georgia, supported local efforts to dedicate a historical marker remembering lynching victims.Also in 2017, the Diocese of Tennessee held a Eucharistic service and memorial litany for three identified victims of lynchings in Davidson County and for others whose identities are lost to history. A memorial marker was dedicated at St. Anselm’s Episcopal Church in Nashville.Such efforts coincide with The Episcopal Church’s setting racial reconciliation as a top priority in recent years, and that work gathered steam last week when the Diocese of Texas announced it was committing $13 million to racial justice projects and promotion of racial healing.The Equal Justice Initiative has been building momentum in its campaign to tell the fuller story of the United States’ legacy of racial injustice, violence and oppression. Its national prominence surged with the opening in April 2018 of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. On a hill overlooking downtown Montgomery, the memorial’s series of steel columns hang in rows around a green square. Each column represents a county where the Equal Justice Initiative has confirmed at least one lynching occurred. The victims are listed on the columns.“It is powerful when you see every county in the United States where lynchings occurred,” said Walker, who first visited the memorial soon after it opened.In addition to the two lynchings the Equal Justice Initiative confirmed in Pinellas County, Hubbard said the coalition is investigating evidence of one or two possible others.The coalition has budgeted about $25,000 for the project, with hopes that a pending donation will cover most of that cost. The coalition also is requesting about $10,000 from the Equal Justice Initiative, partly to support a high school essay contest on racial justice. The nonprofit has engaged in similar collaborations with other communities, from Selma, Alabama, to Wilmington, Delaware.“They’re committed to community development strategies and coalition strategies, to avoid conflict in doing this kind of work, because it is powerful work and it is challenging work,” Walker said.The Equal Justice Initiative also created duplicate columns at its memorial in Montgomery, one for each of the more than 800 counties, and it has invited each county to claim and display its column as an act of confronting, acknowledging and remembering its history.Few counties have done so yet, but Hubbard said that is one possible next step for the St. Petersburg coalition, after it installs the Evans marker.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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RSF_en Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon November 11, 2020 Find out more News Organisation February 4, 2021 Find out more LebanonMiddle East – North Africa News February 5, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Military court to try investigative reporter to go further Related documents 130205_cp_rami_aysha_ar-2.pdfPDF – 265.81 KB LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders is very worried by the fact that the Lebanese journalist Rami Aysha to be tried by court martial in Beirut tomorrow on a charge of “purchasing firearms,” which carries a possible three-year jail term.Employed by such international news media as Time Magazine, Spiegel Online and Global Post, Aysha was arrested in a southern part of the capital on 30 August 2012, while researching for a story on arms trafficking, and was released on bail of 1 million Lebanese pounds (515 euros) on 27 September.Read the account of his arrest and detention that he gave to Reporters Without Borders after his release.“Aysha is a journalist, not a dealer or purchaser of firearms,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We call not only for this military court to declare itself incompetent to try him but also for the withdrawal of all the charges”.“Instead, the Lebanese authorities should account for his arbitrary arrest, his detention in a secret location, and the mistreatment he received while in detention. The abusive behaviour of the police, the police intelligence service and the military police must be investigated and those responsible must be punished.” Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Lebanon January 14, 2021 Find out more Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News
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Tamir Kalifa for The Washington Post via Getty ImagesBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in Minneapolis on May 25 shortly after a white police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck as three other officers stood by, has sparked widespread outrage, anti-racist protests and calls for police reform across the United States and around the world.The Minneapolis Police Department fired all four officers after video of the incident surfaced. The one who prosecutors say pinned Floyd down for nearly nine minutes, Derek Chauvin, has since been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The three other officers, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao, each have been charged with second-degree aiding and abetting felony murder as well as second-degree aiding and abetting manslaughter, according to court documents.This story is being updated throughout the day Tuesday. Please check back for updates. All times Eastern: 11:15 a.m.: 4 of the 5 NYC district attorneys issue joint statement on chokeholds, accountabilityThe district attorneys for Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx issued a joint statement on Tuesday, saying they “stand in support of proposed city and state legislation that would criminalize the use of chokeholds and similar restraints by law enforcement officers.”“The NYPD has long recognized the danger of chokeholds, and banned its use nearly three decades ago,” they said.“We also acknowledge the need for increased accountability,” they continued. “We support the efforts of the Council today to pass legislation to amend the administrative code to respect the right to record police activities, to require visible shield numbers and rank designations, and to establish procedures for an early intervention system with record-keeping and reporting requirements that will allow the police department to identify officers who may be in need of enhanced training or monitoring.”The only New York City district attorney who did not sign the statement was the one who represents Staten Island, which was where Eric Garner died in 2014, at the hands of police who restrained him with a chokehold.10:45 a.m.: NYPD officer who shoved protester to ground turns himself inAn NYPD officer who allegedly violently shoved a protester to the ground has turned himself in.Officer Vincent D’Andraia, 28, was charged in a criminal complaint with assault, criminal mischief, harassment and menacing, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.The incident, which was caught on video, took place on May 29 while D’Andraia was assigned to monitor a big crowd of protesters by Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, prosecutors said.D’Andraia told a 20-year-old woman in the street to move, and when she asked why, he “allegedly smacked her cell phone out of her hand, and violently shoved her to the ground,” prosecutors said.She was “seen rolling on the street and into a curb,” but D’Andraia and other officers continued walking, prosecutors said.Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said he’s “deeply troubled by this unnecessary assault” and vowed to “seek to hold this defendant accountable.”D’Andraia will be arraigned Tuesday. He has not issued a statement.9:45 a.m.: Most fencing, barriers around White House expected to come down Most of the fencing and barriers around the White House are expected to be taken down on Tuesday, reopening parts of Lafayette Park and most of the walkways near the White House on Wednesday, according to the National Park Service. “Some areas of Lafayette Park will remain closed to allow the park to address damages and safety hazards,” NPS spokesperson Katie Liming said. Liming did not say what will happen to the posters and other memorials that have been placed around the park.9 a.m.: City crews in Jacksonville start removing Confederate statueIn the wake of the George Floyd protests, officials from Richmond, Virginia to Indianapolis to Louisville, Kentucky have decided to remove local Confederate statues. And around 4 a.m. Tuesday, city crews in Jacksonville, Florida, started removing a Confederate statue that had been in the city park since 1898, reported First Coast News, an ABC Jacksonville affiliate.On Monday, the University of Alabama announced that it will remove its three plaques that commemorate the university students who served in the Confederate Army and those who defended the campus. There are also 10 Army installations named after Confederate leaders, including Fort Lee in Virginia and Fort Bragg in North Carolina.“The Secretary of the Army is open to a bi-partisan discussion,” about renaming Army bases named after Confederate military leaders, Army spokesperson Cynthia Smith told ABC News on Monday. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is also “open to a bi-partisan discussion,” an Army official confirmed to ABC News on Monday.7:43 a.m.: Sen. Kamala Harris speaks out on police reformSen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that police reform and investment in local communities “should not be a partisan issue.” “This is about the fact that good policing is good for America, that racism hurts all Americans regardless of their race,” Harris told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Good Morning America. Harris on Monday joined Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.) along with Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) in introducing a bill titled the “Justice in Policing Act of 2020,” sweeping legislation to overhaul policing in the United States by holding officers accountable, changing the culture of law enforcement and building trust between law enforcement and communities. “We all witnessed the tragic murder of George Floyd. People protesting in the streets are protesting what has been a longstanding issue in America that needs to be addressed, and it can be done in a way that does not require us to create fear in people,” Harris said on GMA. “The status-quo way of thinking about achieving safety is really wrong when it assumes that the best way to achieve more safety is to put more police on the streets.” “I support investing in communities so that they become more healthy and therefore more safe,” she added. “Right now, what we’re seeing in America is many cities spend over one-third of their entire city budget on policing. But meanwhile, we’ve been defunding public schools for years in America. We’ve got to re-examine what we’re doing with American taxpayer dollars and ask the question, are we getting the right return on our investment? Are we actually creating healthy and safe communities?” President Donald Trump and his allies have slammed progressive Democrats for supporting calls from protesters to defund police departments. Trump has insisted there would be no defunding, dismantling or disbanding of the country’s police forces. Harris and other Democratic leaders, including presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, have distanced themselves from the “defund the police” push in recent days. “We need to recognize that if you invest in communities, they will be healthy, they will be strong and we won’t have a need for the militarization of police,” Harris said on GMA. “We have to stop the militarization of police, but that doesn’t mean we get rid of police. Of course not. We have to be practical about this.”6:58 a.m.: London mayor launches commission to review landmarks to reflect diversityLondon Mayor Sadiq Khan announced Tuesday a commission to review landmarks in the U.K. capital.The Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm aims to “improve diversity across London’s public realm to ensure the capital’s landmarks suitably reflect London’s achievements and diversity.” The newly-formed commission “will focus on increasing representation among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, women, the LGBTQ+ community and disability groups,” according to a statement from the mayor’s office.The review of landmarks “will be wide in scope and consider murals, street art, street names, statues and other memorials,” according to the statement.“Our capital’s diversity is our greatest strength, yet our statues, road names and public spaces reflect a bygone era,” Khan said. “It is an uncomfortable truth that our nation and city owes a large part of its wealth to its role in the slave trade and while this is reflected in our public realm, the contribution of many of our communities to life in our capital has been willfully ignored.”“This cannot continue. We must ensure that we celebrate the achievements and diversity of all in our city, and that we commemorate those who have made London what it is — that includes questioning which legacies are being celebrated,” he added. “The Black Lives Matter protests have rightly brought this to the public’s attention, but it’s important that we take the right steps to work together to bring change and ensure that we can all be proud of our public landscape.”The announcement comes after the statue of former U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, located outside the Houses of Parliament, was spray-painted with the words “was a racist” during anti-racism protests over the weekend. Meanwhile, in the English port city of Bristol, protesters toppled a statue of 17th-century slave-trader Edward Colston and tossed it into the harbor.5:35 a.m.: Judge grants 10-day injunction on removal of Robert E. Lee monumentA circuit court judge has granted a 10-day injunction on the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Virginia’s capital.Richmond ABC affiliate WRIC-TV reports that the temporary injunction was approved on Monday. The order prohibits for 10 days the removal of the statute of the Confederate general, located on Monument Avenue in Richmond.The news comes on the same day that crews were called to inspect the statue, as part of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s plan to take it down as soon as possible and put it into storage.Northam’s spokesperson, Alena Yarmosky, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the administration is still reviewing the order.“Governor Northam remains committed to removing this divisive symbol from Virginia’s capital city, and we’re confident in his authority to do so,” Yarmosky said.Officials in states across the country have announced the removal of Confederate-era monuments amid widespread civil unrest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.4:56 a.m.: Black activist who trained police on implicit bias seriously injured in protestsA Black activist who trained San Jose police officers on implicit bias was seriously injured during protests in the California city, the mayor’s office said.Derrick Sanderlin “suffered potentially permanent injuries caused by a rubber bullet at a recent demonstration,” according to a statement Monday from San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.Liccardo has called for a ban on the police’s use of rubber bullets in crowds, expanding the authority of San Jose’s civilian independent police auditor as well as a full review of the city’s use of force policies, among other measures. He has also called for greater accountability for police misconduct “so bad cops can be fired faster,” according to the statement.However, Liccardo said that defunding police budgets “will hurt the very people who have suffered the most from systemic racism in this nation.”“Rich, white communities and businesses in suburban malls will just accelerate the hiring of private security guards,” the mayor said in the statement Monday.3:44 a.m.: Public viewing for George Floyd draws more than 6,300 visitorsThousands of mourners lined up in the blazing heat to view the casket of George Floyd in his hometown of Houston on Monday.More than 6,300 people attended the six-hour public viewing at The Fountain of Praise church in southwest Houston. The average wait was about 30 minutes, and four people had to be transported to a local hospital for heat exhaustion, according to Dallas Jones, a deacon at the church.Visitors were required to wear masks and gloves to comply with coronavirus-related guidelines.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was among the attendees at the public viewing.A private funeral will be held at the church Tuesday, followed by a burial at the Houston Memorial Gardens cemetery in the suburb of Pearland, where Floyd will be laid to rest next to his mother, according to the family’s representatives.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Policies alone will not cure race discriminationOn 31 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article It is especially damning that the Crown Prosecution Service should be foundguilty of race discrimination. This is because one of the responsibilities ofthe CPS is to make sure people from ethnic minorities are not more likely to goto court than white people. However, there are lessons for all employers in thereport’s findings, and not just those providing a public service. Overall the CPS discriminates less against ethnic minorities than employerson average. It is only when it comes to promoting black and Asian lawyers andadministrators into the higher grades that its practices appear to bediscriminatory. Compared to many organisations, the CPS has tried hard to putits house in order with equality videos and other initiatives giving racediscrimination a high profile among staff in recent years. In fact, one of theironies is that the CPS has tended to employ a relatively high number of blackand Asian lawyers because they face discrimination at the bar and find it hardto enter private practice because of discrimination within the solicitorsprofession. It is significant that many senior CPS officers refused to accept thestatistics were evidence of discrimination, some even claiming they themselveswere the victims of political correctness, like the lawyer who said, “I amwhite, I am male and able-bodied. I find myself in the situation where I do notbelieve that there are prospects of promotion for people who are in myposition”. The chief lesson from the CPS report is that racial discrimination cannot beended by policies or by appointing equal opportunities officers alone. As RohanCollier, head of equality and diversity has admitted, a complete culture changeis needed, and this means changing attitudes, everyday behaviour and practices. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
The changes made by Noble Midstream in its 2020 organic capital guidance are said to reflect the updated producer forecasts in the DJ and Delaware basins Noble Midstream Partners announces revised budget of $120-150m for 2020. (Credit: Pixabay/skeeze) Noble Midstream Partners has announced a 35% reduction in its expected capital for 2020 owing to lower activity expected from oil and gas producers in addition to the partnership’s sustainable capital efficiency gains.Following a reduction by $75m, the 2020 organic capital guidance of the US-based midstream entity is now in the range of $120-150m. The changes made in Noble Midstream’s 2020 organic capital guidance are said to reflect the updated producer forecasts in the DJ and Delaware basins.Originally, the master limited partnership announced $190-230m in 2020 net organic capital expenditures aimed at 348- 377 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOE/D) Boe/d of oil and gas gathering volumes, and 185-205 million barrels per day of produced water volumes.Owing to an increasing capital efficiency and a 2020 organic capital program mainly focused on well connections, the partnership expects the additional capital savings to basically offset the cash flow loss from reduced activity.Noble Midstream general partner CEO Brent Smolik said: “Following recent volatility and announced changes to customer activity plans, Noble Midstream has reduced its expected organic capital spend. We are also nearing full service on several pipeline investments, which are expected to contribute meaningfully to our 2020 EBITDA.“Noble Midstream will prioritize free cash flow and protect our balance sheet in the current market environment.”The master limited partnership was created by Noble Energy with an objective to own, operate, develop and acquire domestic midstream infrastructure assets across the US.Noble Midstream is active in the DJ and Delaware basinsCurrently, the partnership is engaged in delivering crude oil, natural gas, and water-related midstream services across the DJ Basin in Colorado and the Delaware Basin in Texas.Last year, the midstream partnership executed a $149m net capital program.In November 2019, Noble Midstream agreed to acquire its incentive distribution rights (IDRs) and almost all of Noble Energy’s remaining midstream interests for $1.6bn. The acquired assets include Noble Midstream’s first gas processing complex in the DJ Basin and incremental three-stream gathering in the southern Delaware Basin.
Home » News » Agencies & People » Breaking: Martin & Co parent company says franchisees have ‘beaten the fees ban’ previous nextAgencies & PeopleBreaking: Martin & Co parent company says franchisees have ‘beaten the fees ban’Upbeat trading statement from TPFG reveals increases in revenues from its lettings operations and significantly higher profits at EweMove.Nigel Lewis28th January 202001,396 Views Martin & Co and EweMove parent group The Property Franchise Group says its member businesses have beaten the tenant fees ban and achieved record revenues for lettings.The claim is made within its latest trading update for 2019 which reveals that its management fee revenues from franchisees increased by 2.13% to £9.6 million, and that the number of rented properties under management increased by nearly 6% to 58,000.TPFG does not reveal how its franchisees have recouped their income following the fees ban that went live on June 1st in England and September 1st in Wales last year, but says it encouraged franchisees to have a ‘mitigation plan’, something it is expected to reveal within its full results in March.The group says its EweMove hybrid agency is set to report a significant increase in profit during 2019 despite the fees ban and that the business is ‘robust’.But TPFG only makes a passing reference to its sales division, which it says expects to make hay during 2020 as an expected post-Brexit economic ‘bounce-back’ raises sales volumes and house prices.“This is my last year with TPFG and I’m delighted that we have continued the journey that we started with our IPO in December 2013, having materially increased the dividend every year,” says Chief Executive Ian Wilson (left).“Our ability to deliver revenue growth and continued operational progress over the year, notwithstanding the market headwinds, is testament to the strength of our business and the franchise model.“Looking ahead, there are numerous opportunities for us to now build further momentum across the business, as we continue to invest in our traditional brands and EweMove remains robust.“In parallel we will focus our attention on growing a national mortgage brokerage network under our newly created financial services division.” Ian Wilson Martin & Co tenant fees ban TPFG EweMove January 28, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’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
Dr. Kris Box, state health commissioner, discusses Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome at the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana. A pilot program found that nearly 40% of the umbilical cords that tested positive for a substance also had NAS. Photo by Abrahm Hurt, TheStatehouseFile.com By Abrahm HurtTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — Indiana has a higher number of babies’ umbilical cords testing positive for opiates than the national average.Through a program in which nearly 3,000 cords from 21 hospitals were examined, data showed that one in seven—or 14.37 percent—tested positive for opiates. The national average is 10.8 percent.In January 2016, the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome pilot program was created to study the prevalence of NAS through voluntary screenings with hospitals. The program started off with four sites and has now expanded to 29 hospitals. “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is basically when a baby is born to a mom who has been using substances,” Dr. Kris Box, state health commissioner, said Wednesday during a meeting of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana. “Often times that is opiates, and after that baby is separated from the mom, the baby goes through a series of withdrawal symptoms associated with not having that drug in its system any longer.”The commission was reviewing a range of topics that affect children, including the impact of drug addiction on babies.Babies with NAS can suffer from high-pitched crying, irritability, feeding difficulties and a failure to thrive.While the long-term effects of NAS remain largely unknown, some studies have shown it can result in mental and behavioral disorders, poor national test scores and lower IQs.Of the 19,048 births in 2017 that occurred in the 21 hospitals that participated in the current data screening, 2,953 umbilical cords were tested and nearly 40 percent of those cords tested positive for a substance. Around 11 percent of the cords that tested positive were also given a diagnosis of NAS.Box said the number of opioid cases was not the only concern found in the data. Indiana also had a higher percentage of babies testing positive for barbiturates and cocaine.“I think it’s also really important to note that 14.4 percent of our babies’ cords tested positive for opiates and greater than 18 percent of our babies’ cords tested positive for marijuana,” she said. “That’s why I have extreme concerns about some of the marijuana legislation that’s going on.”Legislation that would have approved marijuana for medical needs failed in the first half of the session. However, the Indiana Senate has approved its version of legislation that would legalize the sale of CBD oil, or cannabidiol, for use by all Hoosiers.Senate Bill 52 would legalize CBD oil that contains less than 0.3 percent THC, the substance in the plant that gives marijuana users a high. Legislation passed in the 2017 session limited the use of CBD oil to patients with epilepsy.Box said there have been studies that confirm babies exposed to marijuana suffer from impulsive behavior, hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, and deficits in learning and memory.Because the program is voluntary and not statewide, Box said she believed the numbers of NAS were actually underrepresented across the state.The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana is a multi-branch statewide commission that looks to improve the status of children in Indiana. The commission was created in 2013 under Senate Bill 125 and signed into law by former Gov. Mike Pence.FOOTNOTE: Abrahm Hurt is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The support from government trade advisers has been vital in navigating this process.Sheffield-based ice cream makers Yee Kwan have also been successful at branching out into exporting. Inspired by the tastes of East Asia – with current flavours including black sesame seed, matcha green tea and chocolate miso – the company exports to 10 European countries via their supply with Wagamama, as well as Kuwait. They will soon be working with a Chinese distributor, with orders expected next year. Founder Yee Kwan said: A team of the Government’s leading trade experts are on hand to provide guidance to UK businesses as they enter into overseas markets for the first time or consider expanding their current global customer base.This is complemented by the government’s Food is GREAT campaign, which highlights the success of current exporters and showcases the UK’s top quality food and drink.One ice cream company who has benefitted from this government guidance is Somerset-based firm Granny Gothards, whose range of over 125 flavours includes British inspired tastes such as clotted cream, blackberry and apple, and whisky and marmalade. Established in 2012, the business now exports to Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai and has recently branched out into China.Founder of the firm Amanda Stansfield said: After the success of our ice creams in Dubai it seems an ideal time to now establish our brand in China. Seeking expert advice is key for any business looking to export produce to China. After we’d realised the potential to sell our products overseas, we began working with government advisers, who supported us in exhibiting at the International Food & Drink Event in London. Consumers across the globe know British produce is delicious. They also know it is high in quality and backed by high standards of animal welfare. This is why we are continuing to see a huge growth in the worldwide demand for the best of what British farmers and food producers have to offer. This world-leading industry already boosts our economy by over £110 billion each year, and leaving the EU will give our food and drink producers an unparalleled opportunity to tap into more markets and take advantage of the UK’s position as a truly global nation. UK food and drink exports are continuing to smash records, with new figures revealing exports reached £10.6 billion in the first six months of 2018.Demonstrating a clear global desire for British taste, quality and high standards, UK food and drink businesses are now selling their products to over 200 global markets.UK seasonal favourites are also in demand abroad – in the first half of the year 64 million litres of ice cream and over 500 tonnes of strawberries were shipped to foreign shores.Traditional barbeque produce, such as sausages and cuts of beef have risen by 48% and 17% respectively. This is due in part to new meat export markets opening in recent years – and will be bolstered further in the future by the recent announcement that China will lift their BSE ban on British beef, which is estimated to generate £250 million in the first five years alone. Taiwan will also soon be importing UK pork for the first time – worth an estimated £50 million over five years to the UK’s industry.Iconic British produce such as whisky, worth £2 billion, beer worth £235 million, and smoked salmon worth £308 million are also being snapped up from international supermarket shelves.Food Minister George Eustice said: We’ve found that there’s loads of support to help us navigate exporting challenges – if we can do it, so can you!