Home help service agency – A Dakota Candles http://adakotacandles.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 07:00:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://adakotacandles.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/cropped-icon-32x32.png Home help service agency – A Dakota Candles http://adakotacandles.com/ 32 32 Tribes give state grants for the first time to conserve Virginia’s forest lands https://adakotacandles.com/tribes-give-state-grants-for-the-first-time-to-conserve-virginias-forest-lands/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 05:20:03 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/tribes-give-state-grants-for-the-first-time-to-conserve-virginias-forest-lands/ In a mission to reclaim lands lost since Captain John Smith’s first expeditions to the Chesapeake Bay in 1608, state and federally recognized Native tribes are tapping into state funds. Last week, two tribes were rewarded subsidies directly from the Virginia Land Conservation Fund (VLCF) to acquire and preserve forest land for the first time. […]]]>

In a mission to reclaim lands lost since Captain John Smith’s first expeditions to the Chesapeake Bay in 1608, state and federally recognized Native tribes are tapping into state funds.

Last week, two tribes were rewarded subsidies directly from the Virginia Land Conservation Fund (VLCF) to acquire and preserve forest land for the first time. The grants will cover only a portion of the cost of land acquisitions and will be available to tribes for two years.

Meanwhile, the rest of the funding must be raised for a successful real estate transaction to take place. A one-year extension may be granted if progress is made on the acquisition, said Suzan Bulbulkaya, land conservation officer at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation..

The historic moment resulted from legislation passed earlier this year allowing the state of Virginia and federally recognized tribes to receive grants from the VLCF, one of the main sources of state conservation funding, financed by the budget. In the past, tribes had to work with another public agency, such as a government program or nonprofit, to receive these funds.

The Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe received $310,000 to acquire over 800 acres in King William County, and the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia received $500,000 to acquire approximately 700 acres in Richmond County.

“We are delighted to have received these applications and to be able to help the tribes,” Bulbulkaya said. “VLCF funds are frequently used as seed money to help leverage other federal funds and private funding, and it is exciting to see these new entities and the energy and diversity of funding they will bring. “

The ability to leverage other funding is “extremely important when you’re trying to acquire land because the Land Conservation Fund doesn’t have the money for all of that,” Chief Rappahannock said. G.Anne Richardson.

The VLCF grants to tribes come on top of a recent surge in land acquisitions by Virginia tribes that began with their long-awaited recognition by the federal government in 2018.

Joel Dunn, president and CEO of the Chesapeake Conservancy, a nonprofit that has partnered with the Rappahannocks for land conservation efforts, said “the pattern that’s emerging here” with tribal land acquisitions in Virginia “marks a new era for the conservation movement in the Chesapeake”. and beyond.”

The return of the Rappahannock to the river

The Rappahannock rribe is seeking to acquire approximately 700 acres of land which will connect to the 400 acres it successfully acquired in April along the famous Fones Cliffs of the Rappahannock River.

Three historic villages along this stretch of the river, known as the Wecuppom, Matchopick and Pissacoack, were home to the Rappahannocks long before the arrival of the first English settlers.

The area where the Rappahannock Tribe aims to acquire and retain land.

One of the goals of the tribe is to repatriate these three towns to our tribe and place them in the federal trust so they will never be desecrated again,” Richardson said.

Apart from its cultural significance, the Fones Cliffs are also a critical habitat for bald eagles and other migratory birds. Richardson noted, “These cliffs are really important to the whole ecosystem there, and we want that to continue not just for the tribal people, but for all the people and the livelihood of the people of this river.”

By keeping the property inside the river, the tribe aims to connect the land it acquired in April with two properties belonging to the US Fish and Wildlife Service to create a more connected expanse of preserved forests. If acquired, the property will be placed by the tribe in trust with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and in easement with US Fish and Wildlife.

We are hopeful that with a willing seller, successful grant applications and hard work, we can be successful in acquiring another property for the tribe and with the tribe,” Dunn said.

The return of the Upper Mattaponi to the river

If the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe succeeds in acquiring more than 800 acres of land including a strip of shoreline along the Mattaponi River, it will be the first time the tribe has been connected by land to its namesake waterway since it expelled from the region during colonization.

“Acquiring a property with river frontage is paramount to the future of our tribe and to the ideas we have for our tribe in the future,” Chief Upper Mattaponi said. W.Frank Adams.

Leigh Mitchell, the tribe’s director of environmental and cultural protection, said the acquisition would be “just the starting point for the tribe to actively participate in the management of these watersheds in the future.”

The property is also the site of a former sand and gravel mine that will require some cleanup — a situation Mitchell said is not unusual for tribes when reacquiring land.

“As is the case with many tribes now federally recognized and able to build their land base as sovereign nations, unfortunately the properties available to tribes usually have environmental issues,” she said. declared. The Upper Mattaponi, she added, hope to restore the site “so that it’s not just kind of an eyesore, but really is a healthy and diverse habitat and ecosystem”. .

The tribe has not yet decided whether to place the land in trust or in easement with any government agency or conservation group. However, his grant application includes some ideas for public access to the property, including the installation of walking paths and a kayak ramp.

“We have a private space on the river, it’s so important to us,” Adams said. “If we’re going to have a religious ceremony or a cultural ceremony, you really don’t want onlookers and/or strangers showing up using your property as well.”

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Social Security left Americans at risk behind in pandemic, report says https://adakotacandles.com/social-security-left-americans-at-risk-behind-in-pandemic-report-says/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 22:16:27 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/social-security-left-americans-at-risk-behind-in-pandemic-report-says/ Comment this story Comment The abrupt shutdown of nearly all in-person operations at the Social Security Administration during the coronavirus pandemic has been debilitating for America’s most vulnerable, says a new report – undermining President Biden’s commitment to ensuring equitable government services . With its 1,230 field offices closed for two years, millions of disabled […]]]>

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The abrupt shutdown of nearly all in-person operations at the Social Security Administration during the coronavirus pandemic has been debilitating for America’s most vulnerable, says a new report – undermining President Biden’s commitment to ensuring equitable government services .

With its 1,230 field offices closed for two years, millions of disabled and poor older people were unable to get help to apply for social security benefits, and for many there was no option online, the Government Accountability Office found in a report released Thursday.

Spanish speakers, a growing share of Social Security recipients, find themselves in dead ends on the agency’s website. Overloaded phones broke down. Lack of access has caused disability applications to plummet, and claimants who have applied face persistent delays in reviewing their files.

Pandemic struggles still plague Social Security, a final lifeline for many

“SSA has taken steps to address a range of challenges related to remote service delivery,” the 68-page report states, “but gaps remain in online service delivery and assessment of lessons learned” .

The agency’s continued difficulties seven months after reopening its field offices to the public prompted auditors to conclude that it “may continue to face challenges in delivering services to the populations most in need” and to question whether the agency can “fulfill its mission to ensure that its services are fair and accessible.

Auditors found that Social Security is unable to track the racial and ethnic backgrounds of those it serves, hampering its ability to understand its at-risk population. Nearly two years after the president issued an executive order directing federal agencies to “ensure that their missions advance racial equity and support for underserved communities,” the agency has no strategy to collect this data, according to the report.

Officials also failed to determine which pandemic changes should be permanent and what they learned from the crisis, the auditors concluded. And there are no plans to handle an expected surge in disability claims from those who have contracted long covid or are beginning to apply after finding the process too daunting during the public health crisis.

The report recommends that Social Security fill these gaps and offer claims for benefits under its poverty-relieving programs known as Supplemental Security Income, both online and in Spanish.

The findings reached by GAO, the research arm of Congress, echo reports from the Washington Post, which found that Social Security, a last lifeline for millions of Americans, is still struggling to restore customer services. and help millions of fewer poor, elderly and disabled people who sought his help before the pandemic.

Two senior House Democrats who asked for the assessment of the agency’s response to the pandemic wrote in response that the pandemic “presented unprecedented challenges, and this report shows that the Social Security Administration was none of them.” sheltered”.

Lawmakers — Social Security Ways and Means Subcommittee Chairman Rep. John B. Larson (D-Conn.) and Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), who leads the subcommittee on support for workers and families – concluded that the agency, weakened by years of budget cuts and faced in recent years with thousands of staff departures, “needs to be better funded” to restore customer service and improve its radiance.

Social Security Chief of Staff Scott Frey said in a response included in the report that the agency agreed with the findings.

The pandemic has brought about dramatic changes in the way Social Security serves the public. As field offices closed, drop boxes were eventually offered for sensitive documents required for new Social Security cards or disability applications. In-person appointments were permitted for limited “urgent needs” cases. By mid-2021, faxes were allowed and customers could send alternatives to sensitive documents that got lost in the mail. Offices where administrative law judges hear appeals of denied disability claims moved to telephone hearings and eventually online video proceedings.

But field office staff were initially not equipped to easily telecommute with older laptops that crashed several times a day, the report said. Some offices lacked wireless routers, signal boosters and network cables. Staff in rural areas faced slow internet speeds, low bandwidth and system hangs at home.

“These challenges have slowed SSA’s service delivery to customers, according to several groups of employees we interviewed,” the report said. The agency also provided “no guidance” on how to handle the influx of mail at the start of the pandemic, according to the report. It often took weeks for staff to receive and process documents, including faxes.

Phone service exploded 70%. But this increase has been accompanied by long wait times, peak rates and “system instability” caused by the rollout of a new phone system from 2021, peaking at an average wait of 36 minutes. .

Millions of people applying for retirement benefits have gone online. But those applying for benefits under Social Security’s two disability programs — the anti-poverty program and another for those with work histories — fell 18% and 12%, respectively, from the volume of claims. requests before the pandemic.

“The overall decline…demonstrated that fewer people with disabilities or very low incomes were accessing benefits,” the auditors found.

The decline has been steep among children with disabilities and among those who do not speak English. Social Security provides a range of resources in Spanish, but disability claims are not one of them. The agency’s Spanish-language website directs clients to a page where it informs them, in Spanish, that certain online services and information are only available in English.

To promote its benefits to poor elderly people, people with disabilities, homeless people, people with limited English proficiency, rural areas and people without legal representation, the agency sent hundreds of thousands of advice to individuals and community groups. It also recruited field office staff for a new role of liaison with vulnerable populations, forming community groups to help low-income people apply for benefits. Outreach efforts resulted in 3,131 complaints from March 2021 to May 2022, according to the report.

But the effort wasn’t robust, listeners found: Many community groups didn’t have the bandwidth to take on the role, and attrition was high among many Social Security staff assigned to the assistance.

The report found that without a plan to deal with an anticipated surge in demand for its services as more and more at-risk people return to the system, “the SSA is ill-placed to make informed decisions about its duties. essential”.

These include the number of employees who will work from home and how the agency will manage the backlog of disability claims, among others.

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‘Zombie debt’ rises to bite owners of old loans with new collection actions https://adakotacandles.com/zombie-debt-rises-to-bite-owners-of-old-loans-with-new-collection-actions/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 10:06:00 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/zombie-debt-rises-to-bite-owners-of-old-loans-with-new-collection-actions/ Rose Prophete thought the second mortgage on her Brooklyn home was resolved about a decade ago – until she received documents claiming she owed more than $130,000. “I was shocked,” said Prophete, who refinanced his two-family home in 2006, six years after arriving from Haiti. “I don’t even know these people because they never contacted […]]]>

Rose Prophete thought the second mortgage on her Brooklyn home was resolved about a decade ago – until she received documents claiming she owed more than $130,000.

“I was shocked,” said Prophete, who refinanced his two-family home in 2006, six years after arriving from Haiti. “I don’t even know these people because they never contacted me. They never called me.

Prophete is part of a wave of homeowners who say they are blindsided by the start of foreclosure actions on their homes over second loans taken out more than a decade ago. The trusts and mortgage managers behind the actions say the loans went unpaid years ago.

Some of these homeowners say they didn’t even know they had a second mortgage due to confusing loan structures. Others thought their second loans had been rolled into their first mortgage payments or cancelled. Typically, they say they hadn’t received statements on their second loans in years as they paid off their first mortgages.

Now they are being told that loans weren’t dead after all. Instead, it’s what critics call “zombie debt” – old loans with new collection actions.

While no federal government agency tracks the number of foreclosure actions on second mortgages, attorneys helping homeowners say they have increased in recent years. Lawyers say many of the loans are owned by distressed mortgage buyers and they are being sued now because home values ​​have risen and there is more equity.

“They held them back, having no communication with the borrowers,” said Andrea Bopp Stark, an attorney at the National Consumer Law Center in Boston. “And then all of a sudden they come out of the woodwork and threaten to foreclose because now there is value in the property. They can seize the property and get something after the first mortgages are paid off.

Lawyers for the owners of the loans and the companies that service them say they are pursuing legitimate debt, regardless of the borrower’s beliefs. And they say they are acting legally to claim it.

How did it happen?

The lawsuits now date back to the end of the housing boom of the turn of this century. Some involve home equity lines of credit. Others stem from “80/20” loans, in which buyers could take out a first loan covering around 80% of the purchase price, and a second loan covering the remaining 20%.

Splitting loans allowed borrowers to avoid large down payments. But second loans could carry interest rates of 9% or more and lump sum payments. Consumer advocates say the loans — many from since-discredited lenders — included predatory terms and were marketed in communities of color and low-income neighborhoods.

The increase in the number of people behind on mortgage payments after the onset of the Great Recession included homeowners with second mortgages. They were among those who took advantage of federal loan modification programs, refinanced or declared bankruptcy to help keep their homes.

In some cases, the first loans were modified but not the second ones.

Some second mortgages at this time were “charged off”, meaning the creditor had stopped demanding payment. This does not mean that the loan has been cancelled. But that was the impression of many homeowners, some of whom apparently misunderstood the 80/20 loan structure.

Other borrowers say they struggled to get answers on their second loan.

In the Miami area, Pastor Carlos Mendez and his wife, Lisset Garcia, signed a modification to their first mortgage in 2012 after financial difficulties led to missed payments and a bankruptcy filing. The couple had bought the house in Hialeah in 2006, two years after arriving from Cuba, and raised their two daughters there.

Mendez said they were unable to get a response from the bank about the status of their second mortgage and were eventually told the debt had been forgiven or would be forgiven.

Then in 2020 they received foreclosure papers from another owner of the debt.

Their attorney, Ricardo M. Corona, said they were told they owed $70,000 in overdue payments plus $47,000 in principal. But he said records show the loan was written off in 2013 and the loan holders are not entitled to interest payments stemming from the years the couple did not receive periodic statements. The case is pending.

“Despite everything, we are fighting and trusting in justice, keeping our faith in God, so that we can solve this problem and keep the house,” Mendez said in Spanish.

The second loans were bundled and sold, some multiple times. The parties behind the lawsuits that have been launched to collect the money now are often investors who buy so-called distressed mortgages at steep discounts, the lawyers say. Many of the debt buyers are LLCs that aren’t regulated like the big banks.

The plaintiff in the action against the Mendez and Garcia house is listed as Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, “not as an individual but only as a trustee of BCMB1 Trust”.

A spokeswoman for Wilmington said he was acting as trustee on behalf of numerous trusts and had “no authority with respect to the management of real estate in the portfolio.” Efforts to find someone associated with BCMB1 Trust to answer questions were unsuccessful.

Some people facing foreclosure have filed their own lawsuits citing federal requirements related to periodic reporting or other consumer protection laws. In Georgia, a woman facing foreclosure claims in federal court that she never received periodic notices of her second mortgage or notices when it was transferred to new owners, as required by federal law . The case was settled in June on confidential terms, according to court documents.

In New York, Prophete is one of 13 plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit alleging mortgage debt is sought beyond New York’s six-year statute of limitations, resulting in violations of federal and state laws.

“I think what makes it so pernicious is that these are landlords who have worked very hard to be current on their loans,” said Rachel Geballe, assistant director of Brooklyn Legal Services, which litigates the case. with The Legal Aid Society. “They thought they were taking care of their debt.”

The defendants in the case are loan servicer SN Servicing and law firm Richland and Falkowski, which represented mortgage trusts involved in the lawsuits, including BCMB1 Trust, according to the complaint. In the court filings, the defendants challenge plaintiff’s interpretation of the statute of limitations, say they acted correctly, and seek to dismiss the lawsuit.

“The allegations in the various mortgage foreclosure actions are true and not misleading or deceptive,” attorney Daniel Richland wrote in a letter to the judge. “The plaintiff’s allegations, on the other hand, are implausible and therefore warrant rejection.”

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Indiana Utility Companies Offer Assistance With Winter Heating Bills https://adakotacandles.com/indiana-utility-companies-offer-assistance-with-winter-heating-bills/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 10:08:52 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/indiana-utility-companies-offer-assistance-with-winter-heating-bills/ Citizens Energy Group and AES Indiana have launched a collaboration to educate Hoosiers on potential energy assistance programs as utility bills rise when temperatures drop. The campaign, dubbed Utilities Unite for Customers, will include social media posts, direct mail inserts and emails to customers outlining available federal, state and local assistance programs designed to lower […]]]>

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Marketing agency moves in-house at Range Leather https://adakotacandles.com/marketing-agency-moves-in-house-at-range-leather/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 14:31:08 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/marketing-agency-moves-in-house-at-range-leather/ In 2021, Tim Aton was working at a marketing agency in Spokane, Washington, running campaigns for clients. Then he got a call from a friend in Wyoming whose company, Range Leather, made and sold handmade leather goods. The friend told him, “If you ever want to go from an agency to a brand, come and […]]]>

In 2021, Tim Aton was working at a marketing agency in Spokane, Washington, running campaigns for clients. Then he got a call from a friend in Wyoming whose company, Range Leather, made and sold handmade leather goods.

The friend told him, “If you ever want to go from an agency to a brand, come and help me develop Range.”

Aton took the plunge. He is now the COO of Range Leather, having moved his family to Laramie.

He and I recently discussed his new role. The full audio of our conversation is embedded below. The transcript is edited for clarity and length.

Eric Bandholz: Tell us about the Leather Range.

Tim Aton: Kyle Koster launched Range Leather in 2015 with a Kickstarter campaign. The company is based in Laramie, Wyoming. I was doing marketing for an agency in Spokane. Range Leather was an independent client of mine. Kyle was from Laramie but then lived in Spokane.

He moved back to Laramie and I stayed in Spokane. We got together last year when Range was growing like crazy. Kyle bought a building in downtown Laramie. All Range products are made there by humans. He called me and said, “If you ever want to go from an agency to a brand, come help me grow Range.” I was fed up with the agency world. Living in the small town of Laramie and running a leather brand sounded good. I took the leap, and it was amazing.

Range Leather’s mission is to bring back the idea that products should last. Everything is disposable these days. The company manufactures wallets, hats, bags, jewelry and key rings. Our snapback caps with leather patches account for a good third, if not half, of revenue. People who wear hats tend to own a lot of them, so there is a repeat purchase rate.

Our hats are unique. We use custom full grain leather from Horween Leather, a Chicago tannery. Our leather is designed to withstand hot stamping better so that our logo shape is clearer, won’t stain and wears well.

A $30 hat has more volume than an $80 wallet. A wallet lasts more or less forever. Scholarships are similar. But people collect hats.

Bandholz: Talk about the differences between working for an agency and a brand.

Aten: There are pros and cons to both. Agencies have access to many companies and people — to network and learn from others. There is a lot of cross-pollination of information. But the downside is being off the hook 24/7. Plus, you’re spending millions of dollars a day on customer ads. Stress can wear you down.

Working for a brand allows you to concentrate. It’s been nice to dive deep into one business instead of paying superficial attention to 10. For example, I can spend more time thinking about our welcome email flow. But I’m losing access to what’s happening far out in space. I mitigated this by joining MentorPass, the individual coaching service. Twitter is great for chatting with people and learning about other brands. I still have friends on the agency side that I connect with every month.

Bandholz: What drives Range Leather sales?

Aten: The biggest challenge for us is educating prospects about leather. People know what leather is in general, but not the details, such as types of leather, leather care, and how leather is made. This is the educational part. We do this primarily via email, although we plan to add this to the site. The people who know leather best tend to be our best customers.

We source the highest quality leather. It’s expensive, but we were able to streamline our production process to reduce costs. And our artisans are amazing. They can build our products very quickly with very few errors.

Bandholz: You are responsible for marketing and operations.

Aten: Yes, two distinct functions. I cut my day. The first half is marketing – campaign planning, working with the team, and all the promotional stuff you’d expect.

Then I go home for lunch, see the family, regroup, and come back with a working mindset. I look at the fires we are fighting and the processes that need to be updated. I work with our wholesale team – B2B sales are huge for us. I work on customer experience. And I manage the expedition team. We pick, pack and ship here.

Kyle’s expertise is product design and leather. Our production manager manages the day-to-day with the craftsmen. I don’t have to deal with this. I mainly oversee operations and marketing. If I push an ad campaign and orders increase, I can rearrange the shipping team’s schedule to meet orders. We can adapt quickly on that front.

I like having my eyes on both areas simultaneously.

Bandholz: Where can people follow you, support you, or buy cool leather goods?

Aten: Our website is RangeLeather.com. I’m on Twitter, @tim_aton, and LinkedIn, @timaton.

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Texas schools are sending parents DNA kits to identify their children’s bodies in an emergency https://adakotacandles.com/texas-schools-are-sending-parents-dna-kits-to-identify-their-childrens-bodies-in-an-emergency/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 00:52:00 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/texas-schools-are-sending-parents-dna-kits-to-identify-their-childrens-bodies-in-an-emergency/ The state of Texas sends public school students home with DNA kits designed to help their parents identify their children “in case of emergency.” In 2021, the Texas State Legislature passed Senate Bill 2158, a law requiring the Texas Education Agency to “provide identification kits to school districts and open-enrollment charter schools for distribution to […]]]>

The state of Texas sends public school students home with DNA kits designed to help their parents identify their children “in case of emergency.”

In 2021, the Texas State Legislature passed Senate Bill 2158, a law requiring the Texas Education Agency to “provide identification kits to school districts and open-enrollment charter schools for distribution to parents or legal guardians of certain students”.

The law was passed after eight students and two teachers were fatally shot inside Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, and nearly a year before 19 fourth-graders and two teachers were killed. shot inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

The Texas Public School System will provide inkless fingerprint and DNA identification cards to all K-6 students who are eligible. Parents are not obligated to use the kits.

The three-fold pamphlets allow carers to store their children’s DNA and fingerprints at home, which could then be turned over to law enforcement in an “emergency”. According to legislation requiring the kits to be provided to eligible Texas families, the fingerprint and DNA verification kits were intended to “help locate and return a missing or trafficked child.”

In the wake of the second-deadliest mass shooting in US history and a botched police response that left 19 students and two teachers dead, Texas parents are worried about kits and the message that some say they send to Texas families.

Many of the children shot dead inside Robb Elementary were not easily identifiable due to their catastrophic injuries. Some close family members provided DNA samples in order to positively identify the children’s remains.

Tracy Walder, a former CIA and FBI agent and current college professor who taught high school history for 16 years, said she was “devastated” when she heard her second-grade daughter would be sent home with a kit.

“You have to understand, I’m a former law enforcement officer,” said Walder, who has lived in Texas for 14 years. “I worry every day when I send my child to school. Now we give parents DNA kits so that when their child is killed with the same weapon of war that I had when I was in Afghanistan, parents can use them to identify them.”

Walder said she tried to “find the right words” to describe how she felt, but didn’t think she could “because sometimes it’s beyond comprehension.”

“This sends two messages: the first is that the government will do nothing to solve the problem. It’s their way of telling us,” Walder said. “The second is that we parents are now forced to have conversations with our children that they may not be emotionally ready for. My daughter is 7 years old. What do I tell her?

Brett Cross, whose 10-year-old son Uziyah Garcia was killed in the Robb Elementary School shooting, shared his frustration with the kits on social media.

“Yeah! Awesome! Let’s identify the kids after they’ve been murdered instead of solving the issues that might ultimately prevent them from being murdered,” Cross posted on Twitter.

Texas State Senator Donna Campbell, who sponsored SB-2158, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott did not respond to requests for comment.

A spokesperson for the Texas Education Agency said in a written statement provided to TODAY that “Senate Bill 2158 established the Child Identification Program, a grant to provide school systems with child identification kits. fingerprint and DNA identification for children to be provided to families in their respective school communities,” adding that “parents can voluntarily request these kits.”

“To fulfill this legal obligation, TEA is working with the Safety Blitz Foundation, the National Child Identification (ID) Program, Educational Service Centers and school systems to provide families who had children in kindergarten through sixth grade grade during the 2021-2022 school year and kindergarten during the 2022-2023 school year with fingerprint kits for child identification,” the statement added.

Some parents say they feel uncomfortable sending their children’s DNA to anyone for privacy reasons. And after the Uvalde tragedy, the kits are making many fathers and mothers even more anxious about sending their children to school.

“It makes me physically sick,” Wendi Aarons, a mother of two who has lived in Texas since 1999, told TODAY Parents. “I have a hard time even understanding this as a real thing happening. Parents of school children should be worried about sign-up sheets and grades (parent-teacher organization) and if their child likes what he is serving in the cafeteria that day, not his child’s murder and s’ he is shot so many times his body cannot be identified.

Aarons has two children, ages 18 and 20, who attended Texas public schools from kindergarten through high school graduation. She said she was grateful her children were not being sent home with DNA and fingerprinting kits, and said she “cannot imagine the panic and anxiety that parents face by sending their children to school every day without knowing if they will return”.

“It is staggering to realize that not only has the State of Texas done absolutely nothing to protect our children and our teachers, but they have taken the callous, ruthless and cruel step of sending DNA test kits so that we can identify their bodies if or when they are victims of a massacre,” Aarons added. “It sends the message that guns are more important than us.”

In June, Emily Westbrooks and her family moved from Ireland to Texas, where she said “gun violence is negligible and sending children to school was not a daily terror”.

“It infuriates me that these kits are being sent to families instead of any concrete action to prevent such terrifying tragedies from happening,” said Westbrooks, who has a 5-year-old in kindergarten and a 7-year-old in first year. . “I think the only way to reasonably send your kids to school is to just tell you it’s not going to happen to your kids, which of course is just lying to you.”

Westbrooks adds that the kits break and are an “incredibly triggering and direct reminder that our children are at risk of being annihilated by automatic weapons to the point that they will no longer be recognizable”.

“Elected officials, both national and Texan, have given up,” she added. “They’ve decided our kids aren’t worth restricting guns, but they’re offering it to us as a sort of consolation. It’s disgusting that they can’t do better than admit they won’t protect our children.

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Russia’s War in Ukraine: Live Updates https://adakotacandles.com/russias-war-in-ukraine-live-updates/ Sun, 16 Oct 2022 17:38:48 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/russias-war-in-ukraine-live-updates/ NATO and Russia are set to separately hold long-planned exercises of their nuclear forces at a time of enormous tension over Russia’s war on Ukraine. The Pentagon and the US intelligence community are monitoring any unexpected or unusual movement of Moscow’s nuclear weapons during the Russian exercise, which is expected to take place before the […]]]>

NATO and Russia are set to separately hold long-planned exercises of their nuclear forces at a time of enormous tension over Russia’s war on Ukraine.

The Pentagon and the US intelligence community are monitoring any unexpected or unusual movement of Moscow’s nuclear weapons during the Russian exercise, which is expected to take place before the end of the month, according to several US officials.

“We believe that Russia’s nuclear rhetoric and decision to conduct this exercise while at war with Ukraine is irresponsible,” a senior defense official told CNN.

The Russian exercise called Grom, which roughly translates to thunder, is conducted annually, according to the United States. “We expect the exercise to last several days,” said John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator at the National Security Council. This will include live missile launches and deployment of strategic assets.

This is what NATO will do: On Monday, NATO will begin its annual nuclear exercise known as Steadfast Noon, with the United States among the 14 participating countries. It has been conducted annually for more than a decade, according to the Pentagon.

The exercise includes fighter jets capable of carrying nuclear warheads, but there will be no live weapons on board. The United States will provide B-52 bombers flying from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. The main exercise area will be over 625 miles from Russia. The goal is to ensure that NATO’s nuclear deterrent remains “credible, effective, safe and secure”, the defense official said.

According to NATO, up to 60 aircraft will be involved, including advanced fighter jets, surveillance aircraft and tanker aircraft. The flights will take place over Belgium, the United Kingdom and the North Sea.

Biden warns of unprecedented nuclear threat: Although the Russian drill is routine, it comes after President Joe Biden issued a stark warning earlier this month about the danger of nuclear threats from President Vladimir Putin as Moscow faces military setbacks in Ukraine.

“For the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, we have a direct threat of the use of (a) nuclear weapon if, in fact, things continue on the path they are on,” Biden warned during an interview. a speech at a Democratic fundraiser in New York.

He added: “I don’t think there is such a thing as the ability (to) easily use a tactical nuke and not end up with Armageddon.”

After Biden’s remarks, administration officials pointed out that the United States had still not seen evidence that Putin was moving toward using Russia’s nuclear capability, and that there is no had no information showing that he had decided to do so.

The United States and its allies are monitoring the exercises more closely: The tension over Ukraine means that there will be even more control over the Russian exercise.

The exercise is expected to focus on strategic weapons, meaning testing of ballistic missile systems for which Russia would be required to provide advance notice under treaty obligations.

NATO and US officials said they were confident they would be able to accurately monitor any Russian nuclear activity during the exercise. “We will remain vigilant, especially in light of the veiled nuclear threats and the dangerous nuclear rhetoric we have seen from the Russian side,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.

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OSU ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES NEW POSSE WEBSITE FOR DONORS https://adakotacandles.com/osu-athletics-announces-new-posse-website-for-donors/ Wed, 12 Oct 2022 13:55:09 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/osu-athletics-announces-new-posse-website-for-donors/ General | October 12, 2022 History links STILLWATER, OKLA. – Oklahoma State University Athletics has launched a new and improved website for POSSE: okstate.com/posse. The POSSE – Providing Opportunities for Academic and Athletic Excellence – is the fundraising arm of OSU Athletics and is made up of loyal and loyal fans who […]]]>

General | October 12, 2022

STILLWATER, OKLA. – Oklahoma State University Athletics has launched a new and improved website for POSSE: okstate.com/posse.

The POSSE – Providing Opportunities for Academic and Athletic Excellence – is the fundraising arm of OSU Athletics and is made up of loyal and loyal fans who donate to OSU Athletics on an annual basis and for special projects. Funds raised through POSSE support over 500 Cowboy and Cowgirl student-athletes with scholarships (including tuition, fees, room, board, and books).

The comprehensive website contains information and links related to annual giving opportunities (including the Excellence Fund and the new STAR Fund initiative), as well as donor seats, member benefits, major gifts, priority points, key dates, game day parking and tailgating, and more. Fans can also read issues of award-winning POSSE magazine online.

“We want our online home to be current, informative and inspiring,” said Ellen Ayre, Associate Director of Athletics for Annual Giving. “POSSE is about empowering our student-athletes to strive for and achieve excellence in all facets of their college experience. Along the way, POSSE members can share this goal as the team behind teams. Our updated site will help make giving and our outreach efforts easier. A game changer is just a click away.

The online redesign was carried out by Summit Athletic Media, a full-service creative agency specializing in sports marketing and design. Founded in 1997, Summit offers a wide range of creative and strategic services specifically aimed at sports teams and organizations.

To join the team behind the teams, visit okstate.com/donate. Fans can also follow POSSE on Twitter (@osuposse) and Facebook.com/okstateposse.

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Trio of 2022 squad SF Giants players elect free agency https://adakotacandles.com/trio-of-2022-squad-sf-giants-players-elect-free-agency/ Sun, 09 Oct 2022 16:47:33 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/trio-of-2022-squad-sf-giants-players-elect-free-agency/ Landscaping of the offseason roster is already underway as a trio of SF Giants players from the 2022 squad have become free agents. Lewis Brinson, Dixon Machado and Andrew Knapp all hit the open market, according to the team’s trade log. This Sporcle quiz 10 years from now on the 2022 season is going to […]]]>

Landscaping of the offseason roster is already underway as a trio of SF Giants players from the 2022 squad have become free agents. Lewis Brinson, Dixon Machado and Andrew Knapp all hit the open market, according to the team’s trade log.

This Sporcle quiz 10 years from now on the 2022 season is going to be tough as you try to remember as many players as possible who have come through the organization this year. All three players appeared briefly for the Giants and had reached six years of minor league service time, so the news that they were becoming free agents was just a formality.

Machado came to the Giants when the organization nearly ran out of shortstops. Brandon Crawford and Thairo Estrada were on the disabled list, so the Giants traded with the Chicago Cubs to acquire the infielder in exchange for a minor league pitcher Raynel Espinal. The oddity of this move was that the Giants were in the middle of a series against the Cubs at the time of the trade.

The right-handed bat recorded three hits in 15 at-bats while showing a good glove at shortstop in five games with the Giants. He was asked to be a stopgap to a top job and he did just that before being dropped from the 40-man roster when the incumbents returned.

Andrew Knapp and Lewis Brison joined the Giants around the same time. Knapp was claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Philles, while Brinson was acquired in a minor trade to the Houston Astros.

Knapp recorded a hit with two walks in four at bat with the Giants while replacing Joey Bart, who was on the concussion list. He’s a local in Northern California, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he walked away from a minor league contract. Plus, he’s a veteran receiver and hits both sides of the plate.

Brison’s addition was probably the most intriguing of the three moves. It wasn’t too long ago that he was considered a legitimate prospect, but he struggled to find any success against major league pitchers.

He had six hits, including three home runs, in 39 plate appearances in a Giants uniform. That included an impressive streak against the Los Angeles Dodgers in early September where he blasted all three of his homers. It’s a way to make a good impression. The Giants placed him on a waiver at the end of the year where he was unclaimed, but opted to finish the season with the Sacramento River Cats.

Given that the 40-man roster is complete and they will need to bring back eight players from the 60-day injured list, this is just the start of roster landscaping.

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New York Mets launch “These Mets” post-season branding campaign https://adakotacandles.com/new-york-mets-launch-these-mets-post-season-branding-campaign/ Thu, 06 Oct 2022 18:19:08 +0000 https://adakotacandles.com/new-york-mets-launch-these-mets-post-season-branding-campaign/ NEW YORK, October 6, 2022 – On the heels of their 101-win season, ranking second all-time behind their 1986 World Series champion team with 108 wins, the New York Mets launched a brand new campaign this week, “These Mets “, which will surround New York City. during the MLB playoffs. The integrated campaign, which will […]]]>

NEW YORK, October 6, 2022 – On the heels of their 101-win season, ranking second all-time behind their 1986 World Series champion team with 108 wins, the New York Mets launched a brand new campaign this week, “These Mets “, which will surround New York City. during the MLB playoffs.

The integrated campaign, which will run over the next few weeks, celebrates the 2022 New York Mets as a talented, feisty and different breed of New York baseball.

“These Mets have captured the spirit of New York throughout this historic 101-win regular season, and we are so grateful to our loyal fans who have been with us on this journey since day one,” said Owner, President. and manager of the New York Mets. CEO Steve Cohen. “I am proud of this team. As the playoffs approach, we’re using this moment to turn up the volume and energy needed to rally around these Mets.

“Nothing says New York in the fall like October baseball,” said New York City Transit President Richard Davey. “With the Mets back in the playoffs and sold-out crowds expected at Citi Field, transit is the home run option to support the Mets as they pursue a World Series championship. There’s no better way than to take the subway to watch the playoffs – it’s amazing! »

These Mets ads will surround popular locations around New York City and on MTA subway tunnels and trains, including the shuttle and Line 7. Additionally, the campaign features thumbnails of current and former Mets players, watches from post-season games at neighborhood bars, special events at Citi Field and opportunities to meet Mr. and Mrs. Met at New York landmarks.

Every activation and opportunity to meet Mets notables will be powered through social media and shared in advance with media partners.

“These Mets, led in the playoffs by manager Buck Showalter, had a 101-win season capped by Jeff McNeil winning the NL batting title as well as Pete Alonso tied for the lead in all baseball with 131 RBI ; show courage and overcome obstacles throughout the year,” added New York Mets chief marketing officer Andy Goldberg. “The ‘These Mets’ line is meant to capture how we feel about them and how the team represents us as a fan base and a city.”

Working with the Mets’ in-house creative and content teams, creative agency FCB New York developed the “These Mets” concept and full-service agency Giant Spoon secured media placements for the campaign.

Branded packaging details include:

● Line #7 train envelope (5 exterior cars, plus interior units)

● Domination of Hudson Yards station

● Grand Central Station Dominations (Lower Level Line #7)

● Times Square-Grand Central S Shuttle Envelope (6 indoor and outdoor cars)

● Digital brand trains (indoor media)

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