RG Week special: The outsider perspective

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter A cultural shift in the industry has seen operators look to ramp up their responsible gaming controls, with many bringing in external help to do so, writes Daniel O’Boyle. But can external consultants really play a role in changing company culture?When Sweden was preparing to launch its re-regulated market for the start of 2019, longtime Svenska Spel responsible gambling advisors Zenita Strandänger and Monica Medvall (pictured) recognised something: their knowledge could prove useful to the market’s new entrants.“We hoped we would have an open window, as we would call it, where the new licence holders would like to have our help in developing their own responsible gaming strategy,” Medvall explains.The pair chose to seize that opportunity, leaving Svenska Spel to create Strandänger & Medvall, a consultancy focused on responsible gambling and sustainability.The first nine months in the market have suggested that they were certainly right about the difficulties of navigating responsible gambling in Sweden. Sanctions from Spelinspektionen, the Swedish Gambling Authority, are commonplace, while operator association Branschföreningen för Onlinespel decried the apparent lack of clarity of the regulatory framework. Perhaps as a result, operator and market revenue have both taken a hit.Yet Strandänger and Medvall didn’t seem to get as many calls as they expected.“Unfortunately, the gambling industry has not been active in looking for our help,” Medvall says. “Some of the gambling companies, mostly the former [monopoly operators] have been more eager to keep up their work. But the companies that were not licensed before 1 January this year now have a chance to contact us and, to be honest, we don’t know why they haven’t.”“Do they think that as a small business they can manage by themselves?” Medvall asks. “We don’t know just what the obstacle is.”While the uptake has been slow among new market entrants in Sweden, outside consultants that specialise in corporate social responsibility offer the potential, at least, for a fresh perspective on a company’s strategy.Raymond Bovero, pictured, right, has also provided advice to operators as a responsible gaming consultant, dealing mostly with lottery operators in Europe and Africa. He spent 22 years working for La Française des Jeux (FDJ), including 13 as the director of its responsible gambling programme, before going into consulting.Bovero says that he has been able to notice things from the outside that might otherwise have been missed by operators that are busy with day-to-day business. He cites the example of one lottery where he recognised a potential conflict of interest and encouraged the commissioning of a study into gambling in the country.“For one European lottery, they had the same director serving as both marketing director and responsible gambling director,” Bovero says. “I said maybe this would be the source of a conflict of interest, even though it was a very small lottery.“I also told them that they should sponsor a study, they should have what we in France call a mécène (sponsorship agreement). You fund the person, you fund a non-governmental organisation (NGO), but then you have no right to decide what they do with your money so you preserve the independence of the people you are giving money to.“I told them that they don’t even know what part of the population is playing their games, they don’t know what part of the population is at risk of excessive gambling,” he continues. “So I told them they need to fund an independent NGO and find out how much of the population played their games, and importantly, how many are at risk of being pathological gamblers, and who they are. In total, I wrote a report and gave them 30-35 recommendations of things to do and things not to do.”Telling it like it is Bovero says that his outside perspective allows him to call for change where internal employees who recognise problems may fear retribution for doing so.“As a consultant, I don’t fear the reaction if my propositions are different to the habits or the culture of the lottery,” he says. “I have no fear in telling people to try different things.”In addition, Bovero argues his perspective, after many years in the industry with FDJ, has proved useful in recognising the possible failings he sees, and determining the best way to tackle them. Thanks to his background, he can recognise smaller failings that he may have seen turn into larger ones in the past, he adds.“My main strength is that I know and have seen many, many different situations as someone who’s been with FDJ, as a consultant, as a former participant of the WLA working group,” Bovero explains. “I know many different situations. So compared to people who run the day-to-day, I can see things from a higher level.”However, Strandänger and Medvall have found that their own experience with Svenska Spel didn’t mean a guaranteed interest from operators. While those who were already heavily involved in Sweden were familiar with the duo’s experience, they may not have been as well-known to the new entrants.“We are really well known in Sweden as consultants, because we have been at Svenska Spel for many years and all the stakeholders here know us,” she points out. “But for some of the newer operators, it might be that they don’t know us.“Maybe that’s why the newer operators don’t have the same interest, I’m not sure. Perhaps we haven’t actually marketed ourselves [enough] to the newer operators.” Even when the clients are plentiful, the outside perspective is not without its challenges. Each client is different, but if business is booming it could be easy to attempt to shoehorn a one-size-fits-all approach into each client’s strategy.Bovero, for his part, says years of dealing with operators with diverse backgrounds, across a range of different markets, has taught him the importance of understanding each client’s specific needs.“You have to take the people where they are,” he says. “If I look at my customers from Africa and Eastern Europe, they are very different. You can’t say the same things to everybody. What I mean is that the consultant needs to give advice that is adaptive to where the customers are.”He picks out the example of a chief executive that wanted his business to secure the WLA’s Level 4 Responsible Gaming Certification. This requires buy-in from across the business, to compile a report (for which submissions regularly top 100 pages), and a full audit carried out by a WLA-approved provider.“He was at Level 2 and he wanted to reach Level 4 in one year,” Bovero says. “I had to tell him, ‘Take your time. When you do something, assess the landscape and measure the success of what you are doing.’”“If you do something that’s totally counter-cultural then you have no chance of being accepted.”But if a consultant whose perspective differs too strongly from the company risks alienating those they are supposed to help, how can they approach a business that appears culturally averse to responsible gambling? To Bovero, it can be a very slow process, but it all starts from the top.“It can be very different from one operator to the other, and it depends mainly on how the CEO is,” Bovero says. “When FDJ started its responsible gaming programme, when they told me to take the job running that in 2005, the CEO said, ‘Raymond, don’t go too fast nor too deep.’”“And I answered, ‘Well, I’ll do my best but as you know, patience is not my main quality.’ But in the end I had the honour of working for that CEO for 10 years, and when he left he thanked me for all my work in promoting responsible gaming.“When you start, it’s a cultural evolution and it can be quite difficult to make people think differently to how they’ve been thinking for the past 10, 20, 30 years,” Bovero continues. “Try to convince, not force, the people. Then, once you’ve convinced enough of the people, you can accelerate.”In Medvall’s view, doubts over whether an outside figure can understand a business may play a part in the modest interest in Strandänger & Medvall, but she believes there is a larger factor at play.“Maybe operators are afraid to have a consultant coming in and telling them what to do, but as far as running the business goes, most of them actually already think they are compliant,” she suggests.Towards a responsible future While Bovero’s business does involve substantial efforts to change the culture of operators, it might play an even bigger role for Strandänger & Medvall. Working mostly with lottery operators, Bovero says he is often able to win over sceptical would-be clients by reminding them of the lottery’s charitable goals.“I was moderating a seminar in Africa for the African Lottery Association and one of the people there said, ‘Responsible gaming is a nice concept but what about turnover? I need to make money.’ And of course if you do too much for responsible gambling that hurts turnover,” he recalls. “I told him that he needs to consider that there are good stakes and bad stakes, and with lotteries being created to improve the wellbeing of the population, getting stakes from addicted players are bad stakes.”For Medvall, on the other hand, prospective decision-makers are typically beholden to shareholders rather than the public, creating a dynamic that puts corporate social responsibility at odds with more straightforward business goals such as revenue.“Some businesses that have their shareholders may be thinking about the balance between responsible gambling and turnover,” Medvall said. “Because of that, maybe some of them don’t have the minimum that you would expect in responsible gaming.”As a result, Medvall says that when it comes to convincing possible clients, the long-term profitability of responsible gambling typically forms a major part of the pitch.“Some of them have begun to realise that in Sweden, to earn money, you have to be compliant with the law,” Medvall said. “But to be sustainable you have to go a little further. You have to think about the long-term perspective, and how you can do more.”However, while that approach may be the only way to convince many operators to consider an outside perspective on responsible gambling, it can lead to what Bovero calls “the paradox of responsible gambling”.“If you do it sincerely, in order to do actual good, then your image can improve,” Bovero says. “But if you do it only caring about your image, the people will know that you don’t care about them, you care only about yourself, and that will be very bad for your image.”And for those in a company who do care sincerely about responsible gambling, it can still be difficult to change things if you’re not in a position of power. In Bovero’s view, that’s why change can often only come from the outside.“Some people have fear, maybe some don’t have enough hope,” he says. “They have been told ‘no’ so many times that they don’t want to try again and hear another no.“So it might be part of the role of the consultant to give suggestions that nobody in the company would dare to suggest.”To find out more about Responsible Gambling Week and the resources available, please visit the website RG Week special: The outsider perspective 12th November 2019 | By Joanne Christie A cultural shift in the industry has seen operators look to ramp up their responsible gaming controls, with many bringing in external help to do so, writes Daniel O’Boyle. But can external consultants really play a role in changing company culture? Topics: Legal & compliance Lottery Marketing & affiliates People Strategy Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Legal & compliance Email Addresslast_img read more

G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) 2016 Annual Report

first_imgG4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Support Services sector has released it’s 42016 annual report.For more information about G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw)  42016 annual report.Company ProfileG4S (Botswana) Limited provides security solutions for individual and business needs in Botswana. It operates in the following sectors: Manned Security provides integrated security solutions to airports, energy, mining, construction, custodial services, cash solutions, hospitality and financial institutions; Security Systems provides a service to monitor alarms, electric fences, fire alarms, medical emergency alarms, illegal access signals, vehicle tracking, low battery power alerts, remote panic buttons, CCTV remote images and fleet management services; Facilities Management provides a service for rent collection, utilities and services, inspecting and maintaining properties, and maintenance services which include electrical, plumbing, carpentry and building services; Cleaning Services provides contract cleaning services for offices, shopping malls, banks, schools and universities. G4S (Botswana) Limited is a subsidiary of G4S International 105 (UK) Limited.last_img read more

The FTSE 100 is falling! I’d buy cheap dividend stocks today to make a passive income

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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In fact, obtaining a 6% portfolio yield from a diverse range of stocks may not be a challenging process since many of the index’s members have higher yields than the FTSE 100.As well as high yields, the FTSE 100 offers the potential to generate impressive dividend growth. Certainly, risks such as coronavirus are set to cause a slowdown in the growth rate of the world economy in the short run. But over the long run, the past performance of the world economy highlights its recovery potential from major economic challenges. As such, many of the FTSE 100’s high-yielding shares may offer impressive dividend growth rates in the coming years.Relative appealWhile the falling FTSE 100 may produce paper losses in the short run, its long-term income prospects appear to be significantly brighter than those of other assets. For example, low interest rates mean that the returns on cash and bonds are barely above inflation in many cases. This may mean that they fail to offer an adequate passive income unless you have an exceptionally large amount of capital.Similarly, rising taxes may mean that the returns on buy-to-let investments are somewhat lacklustre. As such, investing in a diverse range of FTSE 100 shares and generating a net income return of 5% or even 6% through tax-efficient products such as a Stocks and Shares ISA could be a worthwhile move – especially compared to the returns on other mainstream assets.Recovery potentialAlongside its potential to deliver impressive income returns in the coming years, the FTSE 100 offers capital growth prospects. It has always recovered from its downturns to post new record highs and while the coronavirus outbreak is likely to dampen the world economy’s growth rate in the short run, the FTSE 100’s turnaround potential over the long run seems to be high.As such, now could be the right time to buy a range of high-yielding FTSE 100 shares and hold them for the long run. You may not make vast amounts of profit in the coming months, but your portfolio and passive income could be really attractive over the coming years.  center_img The FTSE 100 is falling! I’d buy cheap dividend stocks today to make a passive income Peter Stephens | Saturday, 29th February, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. Peter Stephens has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

Claudia Jones defied racism, sexism and class oppression

first_imgClaudia JonesProfessor Carole Boyce Davies of Cornell University has continued unearthing the life and political legacy of Claudia Vera Jones (1915-1964), a leading figure in the communist and Black Liberation movements between the 1930s and 1960s.Following Davies’ previous work entitled “Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones” (2008), her book “Claudia Jones: Beyond Containment” (2011) is a collection of writings by Jones herself. It reveals why Jones’ impact was so profound, from the Caribbean to the United States and finally Britain, during the period between the Great Depression and the awakening movements of the 1950s and 1960s.Jones was born Claudia Cumberbatch in 1915 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, which was then a British colony. Although she came from a stable family, the economic crisis which hit the island during the 1920s prompted them to emigrate to New York City in 1922. Her mother worked in a garment factory after arriving in the U.S. and died in 1927.A brilliant student, Jones later joined the campaign to save the lives of and free the Scottsboro Nine, who were falsely accused of raping two white women in Alabama. The young African-American men faced the death penalty, and had it not been for the efforts of the Communist Party and later the NAACP, they would have been executed.Although Jones was highly accomplished academically, during the 1930s opportunities were extremely limited for African-Caribbean immigrant women. Instead of attending college or university, she took on unskilled jobs in laundries, factories and retail outlets in New York.In 1932, at the age of 17, Jones contracted tuberculosis which damaged her health and cut short her life. Nonetheless, after her involvement with the Scottsboro Nine case, she became deeply involved with left politics and joined the Young Communist League in 1936.Jones also became active in cultural affairs through a drama group organized by the National Urban League. Later she wrote a column entitled “Claudia Comments” for a Harlem publication.After joining the YCL, she was recruited as a staff writer for the Daily Worker, the newspaper of the Communist Party during this period. Jones became an organizer in Harlem where she engaged in mass work through the National Negro Congress and the Southern Negro Youth Congress.Her talent and dedication led to her meteoric rise within the ranks of the party. By the early 1940s, Jones served on the National Council of the YCL, directing its educational division. She sat on the editorial board of the Weekly Review, and in 1943 she took control of Spotlight, the monthly magazine of American Youth for Democracy.Jones was an organizer of youth, Civil Rights and religious groups as well as immigrant rights committees. In 1945, she was appointed “Negro Affairs” editor of the Daily Worker and became the youngest staff member. During the same year she was appointed to the National Negro Commission and the Communist Party’s National Committee.In a report to the CP national convention in 1950, Jones stressed the need to “demonstrate that the economic, political and social demands of Negro women are not just ordinary demands, but special demands, flowing from special discrimination facing Negro women as women, as workers and as Negroes.”Repression, detention, deportationJones’ organizing work brought her to the attention of the FBI. In searching for background information on the young activist, government agents eventually discovered that she had applied for and been denied U.S. permanent residency and citizenship.In the aftermath of World War II, the U.S. government began an intense campaign against the left, often referred to as McCarthyism, due to infamous hearings conducted by Wisconsin Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy. Thousands of people were harassed, vilified and arrested, forcing many into seclusion, exile and deportation.During this wave of repression Jones was arrested on immigration charges in 1948. She was held at the notorious Ellis Island detention facility while a campaign was launched that halted her deportation for a time. She was represented by George Crockett Jr., an African-American lawyer from Detroit who would later become a judge and U.S. Congress member.Eventually in 1951, Jones was charged with violating the Smith Act, which outlawed the “advocacy” of overthrowing the U.S. government. She was indicted along with other leading communists, including Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Simon Gerson and James E. Jackson.Jones remained free while the case was under appeal. However, in 1955 her appeal was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, and Jones was sent to the women’s federal prison in Virginia where she suffered a heart attack. After a national campaign, she was released in October of that year, but was forced to leave the U.S. to live in Britain.Her years in Britain were heavily centered on the fight against racism. Jones published the West Indian Gazette and initiated the Caribbean Carnival in London.Jones traveled to the Soviet Union and China during the early 1960s. In later years, however, the conditions under which she lived in the U.S., where she had tuberculosis as a youth and a heart attack in prison, compromised her health.In December 1964, Claudia Jones passed away in Britain and was buried in Highgate cemetery near Karl Marx.Jones’ life and leadership in many struggles are becoming more well-known in the current period. Davies’ book makes a tremendous contribution to the literature on left, women’s and Pan-African struggles during the 20th century. A new generation of activists and organizers will benefit immensely from Jones’ writings on the most pressing and burning issues of the period, from which we can draw lessons for today.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

True nature of the capitalist state revealed

first_imgThe Department of Justice has given the Drug Enforcement Agency the power to surveil the people participating in the nationwide uprising against police brutality. At first glance, this might be perplexing to some. Why would an agency that focuses on drug trafficking take action against those fighting for racial justice?Fuck ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) protest, NYC.In actuality, this move makes a good deal of sense. One need only consider the racist nature of the “war on drugs.” The DEA, as a tool of white supremacy, is working in concert with other state apparatuses of oppression and repression.On the evening of June 1, law enforcement personnel brutally cleared Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., of peaceful protesters decrying the police murder of George Floyd, so that President Donald Trump could walk to a nearby church for a photo-op.The next day, Attorney General William P. Barr stated in a Department of Justice press release: “I am grateful to the many federal law enforcement agencies and personnel who helped protect the District [of Columbia], including the FBI, Secret Service, Park Police, ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives], DEA, Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Marshals Service, Capitol Police, Department of Homeland Security’s CBP [Customs and Border Protection] and Border Patrol units, and others.”The fact that the U.S. Border Patrol — another federal agency that has long brutalized Black and Brown people — is involved thousands of miles from any U.S. border gives credence to the argument that the institution of the state in this country is inherently white supremacist. Federal law enforcement agencies are first and foremost tools of repression, meant to maintain prevailing social relations and inequality.Bhagat Singh, an Indian revolutionary, said on Feb. 2, 1931: “The state, the government machinery is just a weapon in the hands of the ruling class to further and safeguard its interests.” (tinyurl.com/y8yrwfrz) In the case of U.S. capitalism, these interests are tightly bound to — and indeed dependent on — the racialized order that is maintained through violence against nonwhite and hyper-exploited populations.The open collaboration of these law enforcement agencies also suggests that top state officials feel threatened enough to think it is necessary to lift the thin veil on the state in order to protect the fragile order of the country’s white ruling class. They have every right to be fearful for they know that what is at stake is their own position of dominance.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Indiana Harvest Continued for Those Unaffected by Rains

first_img 1 of 4 Indiana Harvest Continued for Those Unaffected by Rains SHARE Home News Feed Indiana Harvest Continued for Those Unaffected by Rains Facebook Twitter Wet weather slowed harvest for some growers last week while others were unaffected, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Indiana Field Office. Some areas in the southern part of the State saw significant rainfall that caused combines to be sidelined. Growers in the northern part of the State were able to harvest with fewer delays.The average temperature for the week was 62.4 degrees, 1.4 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.28 to 4.23 inches during the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.62 inches. There were 4.4 days available forfieldwork for the week ending September 30.Growers continued to harvest corn, soybeans, popcorn, processing vegetables, silage, seed corn and apples when weather allowed. Winter wheat was planted where time and conditions allowed. Farmers were signing up for the Market Facilitation Program at their local Farm Service Agency office.center_img SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Oct 1, 2018 Facebook Twitter Previous articleAgriculture Awaits New Farm Bill as 2014 Bill ExpiresNext articleHarvest Problems in SE Indiana Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Authorities block access to independent journalist’s website

first_img Receive email alerts May 11, 2021 Find out more UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia News July 5, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities block access to independent journalist’s website More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption Independent journalist Serguei Ejkov’s website has been inaccessible within Uzbekistan since 26 June, probably at the government’s behest, Reporters Without Borders said today. Access to many other opposition sites is blocked in this country, which the organisation regards as one of 15 Internet enemies.“This country is ruled with an iron hand by President Islam Karimov, only a few websites still manage to publish independent information critical of the government, and the Internet blacklist is getting longer and longer,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We hope this censorship will not discourage local journalists and bloggers as it is still possible to get round the filtering mechanisms put in place by governments,” the press freedom organisation added. A former contributor to Pravda Vostoka, a newspaper controlled by prime minister’s office, Ejkov is one of the very few journalists to be openly critical of the government. He launched his Russian-language site, www.uzmetronom.com, in April. Its blocking was “the traditional reaction of the authorities to viewpoints that stray from official discourse,” he said.The site has a “government” section that covers the activities of the administration and parliament, and a “crime” section that criticises judicial errors. Regardless of their Internet Service Provider, people who try to access the site from within Uzbekistan get a “page not found” error message.Since last November, all of the local ISPs have had to be hooked up to the network operated by the state-owned Uzbektelecom, which makes it easier to establish blacklists. Many other websites are blocked, including www.fergana.ru (a news site), www.freeuz.org (a site operated by the local press freedom group Freeuz) and www.ozodovoz.org (run by the NGO Free Word). Some of the pages on the www.centrasia.org news site are also blocked.For information about ways to get round censorship, consult the Reporters Without Borders Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents (in Russian).————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Uzbekistan Help by sharing this information News February 11, 2021 Find out more Independent journalist Serguei Ejkov’s website has been inaccessible within Uzbekistan since 26 June, probably at the government’s behest, Reporters Without Borders said today. Access to many other opposition sites is blocked in this country, which the organisation regards as one of 15 Internet enemies. to go further News Organisation RSF_en Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Sculpture gives reminder to buckle up

first_imgLocal NewsLaw Enforcement Sculpture gives reminder to buckle up David Mills, center left, and Wendy Mills, center right, speak about the importance of wearing a seatbelt while driving on Wednesday in front of the Odessa Police Department. Their daughter, 16-year-old Kailee Mills, was killed in a car accident while her seatbelt was momentarily off in October 2016. Kailee Mills, 16, only unbuckled her seatbelt for a second to take a photo with her friends in the backseat when the car she was in veered off the road. Though her friends survived the crash with cuts and bruises, Mills did not survive the crash.The car Mills was riding in was on display outside the Odessa Police Department Wednesday morning, a wrecked sedan positioned upside down in mid-air, as it looked just prior to impact. This sculpture is touring 13 cities across Texas for the month of May, as the Texas Department of Transportation begins its annual Click It or Ticket campaign to remind Texas drivers to buckle up.“It illustrates the sad reality of what can happen if you’re not wearing a seatbelt,” Odessa District of TxDOT Spokesman Gene Powell said.David and Wendy Mills, the parents of Kailee Mills, told their story of what happened to their daughter Oct. 28, 2017, the last time they saw her alive. She had just left their home that night to ride with her friends to a Halloween party, less than a mile away from their own house in a residential neighborhood. On their way to the party, the car veered off the road. Mills was the only one not wearing her seatbelt, having taken it off for a photo, and was the only one killed in the crash.“We never thought that it would happen to our daughter,” David Mills said. “We know that if she’d have been wearing her seatbelt she would still be here. But instead, the girl we called our ray of sunshine is gone.”Kailee Mills was always the kind of person to wear her seatbelt, and reminded others while in the car to wear theirs as well, David Mills said, but she let her guard down, something many others have done as well.David Mills said his daughter would have turned 18 this month and graduated from High School, and said she wanted to go to school and become a doctor.“But we’re never going to get to see her graduate and walk the stage and collect her diploma,” Mills said.David Mills said he hopes their story and the image of the car his daughter was in would help to serve as a reminder to others to always buckle their seatbelts.“It’s unfortunate that some people need the threat of a ticket to remind them to wear a seatbelt when the consequences go way beyond paying a fine,” he said. “Wendy and I wish that we could pay a fine to make this go away.”TxDOT District Engineer John Speed said there were 982 Texas drivers killed in crashes last year who weren’t wearing a seatbelt, nearly three people a day. Speed said seatbelts save lives, but only if they are used, and said both drivers and passengers must wear a seatbelt at all times.Both Department of Public Safety Spokesman Sgt. Oscar Villarreal and Odessa Police Chief Mike Gerke said they will ramp up their enforcement of seatbelts this month, particularly from May 20 to June 2. Gerke said a seatbelt citation could cost someone around $200, and a parent with a child not wearing a seatbelt in the car could be charged $250.“If we see you without your seatbelt on, you’re gonna get pulled over, and you’re gonna get a citation,” Gerke said. “Our hope is that ticket might wind up saving your life one day, because it makes you choose to buckle up in the future.” Facebook TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Previous articleHooters & Hot Wheels Car ShowNext articleMan charged with assaulting girlfriend Digital AIM Web Support Twittercenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

National Crime Prevention Day Taking Place Tomorrow

first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry National Crime Prevention Day Taking Place Tomorrow News Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – December 7, 2014 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal National Crime Prevention Day of Action is taking place tomorrow.Its main focus will be on theft from shops prevention advice and seasonal safety.Gardai are warning shoplifting and burglaries tend to peak particularly at this time of year, with the dark evenings and the run up to Christmas therefore it will be important to be extra vigilant.Speaking to Highland Radio News, Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Paul Wallace has this advice for business and home owners in Donegal:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/catcrime-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Previous articleChloe Magee prepares for the European Finals in Belgium in FebruaryNext articlePenalty points changes come in from today News Highland Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Kodak opts for online multi-lingual tool

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Eastman Kodak has chosen e-learning provider Click2Learn to design newonline course content and convert some of its instructor-led courses intoWeb-based formats. As part of the initiative, a number of Kodak’s officesaround the world, including in Africa, the Middle East, Greater Asia, Japan,Latin America and the US, have adopted Click2learn’s ToolBook desktop authoringsoftware for e-learning content creation. “We were especially pleased with ToolBook’s ability to allow peoplewith little or no programming experience to easily create content in differentlanguages,” said Cynthia Davies, e-learning educational specialist atKodak. www.click2learn.com Kodak opts for online multi-lingual toolOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more