Financial Support – SMLXtlarge http://www.smlxtralarge.com/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 10:38:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-5-150x150.png Financial Support – SMLXtlarge http://www.smlxtralarge.com/ 32 32 Funding of RM10 million to support FAM operations: Ahmad Faizal https://www.smlxtralarge.com/funding-of-rm10-million-to-support-fam-operations-ahmad-faizal/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 09:44:00 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/funding-of-rm10-million-to-support-fam-operations-ahmad-faizal/ IPOH: The RM10 million donated by the government to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) was needed as the national football body was facing financial constraints due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, Minister of Youth and Sports(pictures) said that financial constraints had made it difficult for FAM to operate globally in […]]]>

IPOH: The RM10 million donated by the government to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) was needed as the national football body was facing financial constraints due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, Minister of Youth and Sports(pictures) said that financial constraints had made it difficult for FAM to operate globally in terms of organizing leagues locally.

“They (FAM) cannot generate income from organizing leagues and that makes it difficult for them to operate, that’s why the government is helping them.

“The Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) would provide full assistance to FAM to popularize and help maintain football as the number one sport in Malaysia,” he told a press conference. after officiating at Tunas Tambun Perak Academy at Tanjung Rambutan public land. here today.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reportedly said on January 17 that funding of RM10 million would be channeled to the FAM, proving that the government supports the development of football in the country.

Ahmad Faizal also denied that the donation to FAM led to cuts in allocations that were supposed to be channeled to other sports, despite those sports performing better than football.

“The government must spend according to its needs. This is what we do and we pay close attention to any issues that arise to ensure they are resolved as quickly as possible,” he said.

On the program today, he said 150 children between the ages of 7 and 12 were taking part in a selection session to be brought into the National Football Development Program (NFDP).

The main objective of the program was to unearth young talents who can become local footballers in the future, he added.-Bernama

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The UNCF Charlotte Mayor’s Masquerade Ball to honor “Charlotte Legends”, Harvey & Lucinda Gantt and Hugh & Jane McColl while supporting HBCUs and students https://www.smlxtralarge.com/the-uncf-charlotte-mayors-masquerade-ball-to-honor-charlotte-legends-harvey-lucinda-gantt-and-hugh-jane-mccoll-while-supporting-hbcus-and-students/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 17:12:00 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/the-uncf-charlotte-mayors-masquerade-ball-to-honor-charlotte-legends-harvey-lucinda-gantt-and-hugh-jane-mccoll-while-supporting-hbcus-and-students/ Fundraising to celebrate local pioneers of the past and innovators of tomorrow CHARLOTTE, NC, Jan. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Eighth Annual United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Mayor’s Masquerade Ball will be held on Saturday, March 19 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Charlotte. This highly anticipated event will take place in person and […]]]>

Fundraising to celebrate local pioneers of the past and innovators of tomorrow

CHARLOTTE, NC, Jan. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Eighth Annual United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Mayor’s Masquerade Ball will be held on Saturday, March 19 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Charlotte. This highly anticipated event will take place in person and will celebrate “Charlotte Legends” Harvey and Lucinda Gantt, former Mayor and First Lady of the City of Charlotte; and Hugh and Jane McColl, retired Chairman and CEO and his wife, Bank of America. Both of these couples are pioneers in business and civic engagement, and both will receive the prestigious UNCF “Masked Prize” during the two-hour program. COVID-19 health protocols will be in place to help keep all attendees safe.

The presenting sponsors of the event are: Bank of America, Coca-Cola Consolidated, Falfurrias Capital Partners and Lowe’s. Truist is the godfather Marquess. Other major sponsors include Accenture, Atrium Health, Equitable, Red Ventures, Wells Fargo, as well as many other new and returning sponsors. The 2022 event co-chairs are Kieth and Serena Cockrell and James and Nina Jackson. The event’s organizing committee includes the Honorable Vi Lyles, Mayor of the City of Charlotte; Milton H. Jones Jr., Chairman of the Board, UNCF; and Tiffany L. Jones, Director of Regional Development, UNCF. This exciting and unmissable event will be full of glitz, glamour, fun and, most importantly, fundraising. Proceeds from this “Party with a Purpose” will benefit deserving students across North Carolina State and the United States who lack the financial support to attend college. “It’s so easy to support an organization that is dedicated to the education and development of our young people,” Lyles explained. “They are truly our future, and through UNCF, we are providing them with the resources to thrive and become our leaders of tomorrow.”

“The Mayor’s Masquerade Ball continues to serve as a platform to raise urgently needed funds so that we can continue to invest in the lives of students across the state of North Carolina. Due to the pandemic, our students need us more than ever, so this year our goal is to raise over $1 million. Without the support of UNCF, many of our most promising future leaders would not have the opportunity to receive a quality education,” said Tiffany Jones.

“For more than 77 years, UNCF has supplied HBCUs with vital resources to educate generations of African American and other minority students,” added Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO. of the UNCF. “During an unprecedented time in our history, compounded by COVID-19 and racial disparities, our students and our institutions face enormous challenges more than ever. We risk sweeping away a generation of African American students and talented and deserving minority students We need as many donations as possible right now because the students we are helping now will be our next generation of doctors, nurses, biologists, virologists, epidemiologists – the pandemic trailblazers of the future. We invite everyone in North Carolina to join our mayor’s masquerade ball to help ensure a brighter future for all of us.

Since its inception, UNCF has enabled more than half a million students to earn college degrees. As the largest and most effective minority education organization in the United States, UNCF also actively supports 37 historically black private colleges and universities (HBCUs) and advocates for minority higher education. “We are truly humbled by the growth of the Charlotte Mayor’s Masquerade Ball and the overwhelming support from the Charlotte community,” added Tiffany Jones. “We are preparing for a festive evening of excitement and an evening that will be orchestrated safely for all guests amid the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. Expect changes to this year’s event, such as face masks required for all guests, socially distanced tables and proof of full vaccinations. Further guidelines will be announced closer to the event date to ensure the safety of all in attendance. »

To register for the event or donate, please visit UNCF.org/CharlotteMMB. For more information, contact Tiffany Jones at TJones@uncf.org. Follow this event on social media @UNCF #UNCFCharlotte #UNCF #CharlotteMMB.

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About UNCF

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community, and the nation, UNCF supports student education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance minority education and college preparation. Institutions at UNCF and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20% of African American bachelor’s degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarships, internships and fellowships, mentoring, summer enrichment, and faculty training and development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo represents the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized brand, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”. ® Learn more at UNCF.org or for ongoing updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

CONTACT: Monique LeNoir United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF) 202-810-0231 monique.lenoir@uncf.org
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How $1,000 a Month in Guaranteed Income Helps NYC Moms https://www.smlxtralarge.com/how-1000-a-month-in-guaranteed-income-helps-nyc-moms/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 17:54:39 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/how-1000-a-month-in-guaranteed-income-helps-nyc-moms/ The bridge project was born from Nido de Esperanza, a nonprofit that helps low-income mothers in Washington Heights, and was founded by Holly Fogle, the wife of venture capitalist Jeff Lieberman. The couple also run the Monarch Foundation. Early in the pandemic, Ms Fogle said, Nido’s offices were inundated with desperate calls. “I’ve had moms […]]]>

The bridge project was born from Nido de Esperanza, a nonprofit that helps low-income mothers in Washington Heights, and was founded by Holly Fogle, the wife of venture capitalist Jeff Lieberman. The couple also run the Monarch Foundation.

Early in the pandemic, Ms Fogle said, Nido’s offices were inundated with desperate calls. “I’ve had moms call me saying, ‘We have no diapers, no money, no prep for this baby, and we’re scared to leave our apartment,'” she recalled.

Nido distributed $150,000 in aid to 100 families, and Ms. Fogle, a former finance student, became a proponent of what she called the “return on investment” of direct aid.

For Maureen Gardner, 35, the Bridge Project happened when she was six months pregnant, not working, and had just learned that the woman she had sublet her apartment to in Harlem had apparently pocketed her paychecks. rent of $1,500.

“When I called the management office they said, ‘We don’t know who you are, we don’t know who this lady is,'” Ms Gardner said. thousands of rent arrears.

Because she receives food stamps for herself and her son, Garrett, who was born in September, and hasn’t paid rent while her lease remains disputed, Ms Gardner was able to save nearly $5,000 through Bridge Project payments.

“When it’s time to go, I’ll have the money to go,” she said.

She also made a purchase that some would consider a luxury but which Mrs. Gardner sees as a way to protect her and Garrett’s health: a $430 washing machine that allows her to skip the laundry room in her apartment building, where many tenants do not wear masks. “My baby doesn’t even have vaccines,” she said.

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TUC says more than 250,000 workers self-isolate ‘without decent sick pay’ | YOU KNOW https://www.smlxtralarge.com/tuc-says-more-than-250000-workers-self-isolate-without-decent-sick-pay-you-know/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/tuc-says-more-than-250000-workers-self-isolate-without-decent-sick-pay-you-know/ More than 250,000 workers self-isolated last month without decent sick pay or any sick pay at all, according to a union study. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said reducing the self-isolation period to five days will not solve the country’s ‘sick pay problem’. The union organization said workers with little or no sick pay […]]]>

More than 250,000 workers self-isolated last month without decent sick pay or any sick pay at all, according to a union study.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said reducing the self-isolation period to five days will not solve the country’s ‘sick pay problem’.

The union organization said workers with little or no sick pay face an ‘impossible choice’ of isolating themselves and facing hardship, or putting food on the table but potentially spreading the virus.

The TUC said its research estimated around 267,800 private company workers were self-isolating without decent sick pay or any sick pay as of mid-December.

Nearly 210,000 workers had to rely on statutory sick pay and 57,900 received no sick pay at all, according to the report.

Analysis of official data estimates that 2.7% of the private sector workforce – around 723,900 people – were off work with Covid-19 in the two weeks before Boxing Day.

Unions have complained that the UK has the least generous statutory sick pay in Europe, worth £96.35 a week – around 15% of average earnings, compared to an average of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development by more than 60% – and is only available to employees earning £120 a week or more, meaning 2 million workers, mostly women, are not eligible.

The TUC has also warned against employers cutting sick pay for unvaccinated staff, saying it will not encourage participation.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: ‘No one should have to choose between doing the right thing and self-isolating or putting food on the table.

“But that was exactly the choice faced by a quarter of a million private sector workers last month, as the Omicron variant raged across the country. It is a serious public health failure.

“It beggars belief that two years into the pandemic statutory sick pay is still too little to live on and 2 million workers cannot get any sick pay.

“Ministers cannot continue to turn a blind eye to this vital public health tool. We need decent sick pay – paid at real living wages – available to everyone. Unions have encouraged everyone to get vaccinated and vaccinated, but cutting sick pay is no way to encourage workers to get vaccinated. This would be a clean public health objective, risking further transmission of the virus. »

A government spokesperson said: “It is up to employers to determine their sick pay policies, but we have made it clear that employees who cannot work because they are self-isolating may be eligible for statutory sickness benefit.

“Many employers choose to pay more than the minimum level and there is also a comprehensive package of financial support in place for workers who need to self-isolate – including a £500 payment for those on the lowest incomes who have been contacted by the NHS test and tracer.

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Richard Addison declares 2022 a year of financial support for young entrepreneurs https://www.smlxtralarge.com/richard-addison-declares-2022-a-year-of-financial-support-for-young-entrepreneurs/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 09:49:33 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/richard-addison-declares-2022-a-year-of-financial-support-for-young-entrepreneurs/ Richard E. Addison, President of the Ghana Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs The new President of the Ghana Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs, Mr. Richard E. Addison, has called on the government to decentralize all youth entrepreneurship policy initiatives. He said so in his New Year message to members of the Chamber and young Ghanaian entrepreneurs. 2022 […]]]>

Richard E. Addison, President of the Ghana Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs

The new President of the Ghana Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs, Mr. Richard E. Addison, has called on the government to decentralize all youth entrepreneurship policy initiatives.

He said so in his New Year message to members of the Chamber and young Ghanaian entrepreneurs.

2022 is a year for young entrepreneurs as the government launches many policy initiatives on youth entrepreneurship. According to the president of the Young entrepreneur, these interventions are commendable. However, the government should ensure that they reach demanding young entrepreneurs in all corners of the country.

“Let’s make sure that these good initiatives like YouStart, Ghana CAREs Obaatanpa, etc., are not just focused on Accra and Ashanti, but all of Ghana. Let’s make sure those in the hinterland also get the support,” he said.

Mr. Richard E. Addison also took the opportunity to call on the government to ensure that all the excellent policy interventions of young entrepreneurs are spread across the country so that all discerning entrepreneurs can benefit from them.

“I call on the government to ensure that all interventions for young entrepreneurs and startups are distributed fairly. We want transparency so that all young entrepreneurs and startups across Ghana can know about these interventions, know how to get there. access and where to go and register to access it.I will also call on the government to keep things transparent and show us which districts have benefited from these interventions.

“Let’s make sure that these good initiatives like YouStart, Ghana CAREs Obaatanpa, etc., are not just focused on Accra and Ashanti, but all of Ghana. Let’s make sure those in the hinterland also get the support. He added.

The full statement

A happy new year. Today, me and my team at GCYE would like to extend New Year’s greetings to all young entrepreneurs in Ghana and around the world. At the start of the year, I hope to come back to 2021 before discussing the outlook for 2022.

The year 2021 has been another year that has seen the world greatly affected by COVID-19. Lockdowns and declarations of states of emergency in many countries and regions have imposed restrictions on economic activities and our daily lives.

In the midst of this, the Ghana Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs, through partnerships, has enabled us to implement several projects that support Ghanaian youth businesses in various ways.

As the new Speaker of the House, I am very encouraged by the steady progress and want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone for doing their best.

Looking to the outlook for the New Year 2022, I call on young people to come together to develop local ideas that can solve our problems so that we do not continue to depend solely on central government.

This year, the Chamber will undertake projects that will provide financial support to young entrepreneurs, build their capacity and help young people make the transition to green and agriculture. We have already initiated a double funding project; Young Entrepreneurs and Support Fund (YESS Fund), which aims to be a sustainable funding pool for young entrepreneurs.

Our flagship youth agriculture project (Brafie Youth Agric Project) will soon follow. Brafie will be one of the biggest agricultural revolutions of the year. Thanks to Brafie, young people will return to their communities and have land to invest in agriculture.

Plus, the Young Entrepreneurs Summit and Expo is coming back bigger and better. The Summit, now renamed Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Summit and Expo (YEIS), will showcase the products and innovations of young Ghanaian entrepreneurs and create an avenue for emerging and established businesses to meet under one roof to network and form lasting partnerships.

I take this opportunity to call on the government to ensure that all the excellent policy interventions of young entrepreneurs are spread across the country so that all discerning entrepreneurs can benefit from them. Let’s make sure that these good initiatives like YouStart, Ghana CAREs Obaatanpa, etc., are not focused only on Accra and Ashanti, but on the whole of Ghana. Let’s make sure those in the hinterland also get the support.

To our development partners and all stakeholders, we anticipate stronger partnership and collaboration as we continue to promote young entrepreneurs in the country.

As a chamber, we have declared that this year will be a year of financial support for young companies. With government funding projects and our initiatives and partners, access to finance shouldn’t be a bigger problem for start-ups in 2022

Thank you.

Richard Addison

President

Ghana Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs (GCYE)

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Foot Locker, Inc and LISC announce funding for 16 organizations focused on improving health, wealth and upward mobility in communities BIPOC https://www.smlxtralarge.com/foot-locker-inc-and-lisc-announce-funding-for-16-organizations-focused-on-improving-health-wealth-and-upward-mobility-in-communities-bipoc/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/foot-locker-inc-and-lisc-announce-funding-for-16-organizations-focused-on-improving-health-wealth-and-upward-mobility-in-communities-bipoc/ NEW YORK, January 13, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Foot Locker, Inc., through the Foot Locker Foundation, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced grant funding for community-based, nonprofit organizations that empower young people from black, indigenous and colored communities (BIPOC). . Known as the Foot Locker Foundation Community Empowerment Program, the $ 3 […]]]>

NEW YORK, January 13, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Foot Locker, Inc., through the Foot Locker Foundation, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced grant funding for community-based, nonprofit organizations that empower young people from black, indigenous and colored communities (BIPOC). .

Known as the Foot Locker Foundation Community Empowerment Program, the $ 3 million a joint effort was announced last year to bridge the gaps caused by racial inequalities and promote youth empowerment and community well-being, while supporting community organizations led by people of color.

For LISC and Foot Locker, Inc., this funding is part of larger national efforts focused on economic opportunity and racial equity. The program is inspired by Foot Locker, Inc. $ 200 million commitment to its Leading education and economic development (LEED), which aims to fuel education and economic opportunities within the black community. It also connects to LISCs 10X project strategy to break down systemic barriers and support racial justice.

In this first round of financing from $ 1.26 million, LISC and Foot Locker, Inc. have identified 16 high impact programs in 12 metropolitan areas. A second round of funding is scheduled for spring 2022.

“Creating a more equitable future starts with meaningful investments at the community level,” said Richard johnson, President and CEO of Foot Locker, Inc. “For too long, community organizations led by people of color and the youth they serve have been underinvested and neglected. resources they need to expand their impact. These organizations have a deep connection to the communities they serve and understand the issues they face. With this support, these local groups can advance opportunities for young people in their communities and build a stronger future.

The funded programs range from construction training for young adults to after-school programs for middle school students to socio-emotional counseling for teens. They include mentoring, career development, educational support, life skills and civic engagement.

The grants also respond to the philanthropic gap faced by organizations led by BIPOC. In fact, a 2020 review from The Bridgespan Group and Echoing Green found that black-led nonprofits, such as those included among the beneficiaries, had unallocated net assets 76% lower than those of white-led groups, making more difficult the functioning of their organizations and their impact. .

“The past few years have been difficult for young people, especially in black and brown communities that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic,” said the CEO of LISC. Lisa glover. “In establishing this program, Foot Locker, Inc. has recognized the continued impact of systemic racism, prioritized the needs of adolescents and young adults, and invested capital in on-the-ground strategies that directly address local challenges. We are grateful for their thoughtful engagement in these important issues. “

The 16 organizations funded by the Community Empowerment Program have received grants ranging from $ 25,000$ 100,000 each, according to the supported programs. They include:

  • City of refuge, Atlanta
    • Workforce / career development, sports, mentoring and STEM programs for young people in the Bankhead community.
  • Safe Alternative Foundation for Education, Baltimore
    • Training for young people aged 18 to 24 in construction and technology skills and STEAM, as well as workshops for middle school students in West baltimore.
  • Spark Chicago, Chicago
    • Mentorship program that pairs students with engaged mentors for 13 weeks of engagement each spring.
  • AeroStar Aircraft Institute, Chicago
    • Aviation / Aerospace STEM education and training for Chicago Housing Authority youth ages 13-20.
  • Mercy Street, Dallas
    • Sport, mentorship and leadership programs in the West and South Dallas, which have been limited due to COVID-19.
  • Detroit Phoenix Center, Detroit
    • Reception program for young adults aged 13 to 24 at risk and / or homeless, offering services such as personal care, vocational training and after-school enrichment.
  • Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance, Detroit
    • Youth customer service and sales associate training, with direct exposure to relevant careers and work environments.
  • Change is coming, Houston
    • Each of us mentor program for boys and young men in the city’s third quarter to help them overcome daily challenges, build self-confidence and promote well-being.
  • Intensify, Los Angeles
    • A cohort-based program for adolescent girls, which encompasses the development of socio-emotional skills, career experiences and mentoring.
  • Overtown Youth Center, Miami
    • College and career preparation program that offers services ranging from financial literacy to educational support for marginalized youth in Miami-Dade County.
  • Peter Westbrook Foundation, New York
    • The Saturday Fencing Program and Academic Enrichment Program, which provide young people with health and wellness opportunities, mentorship and academic support with a path to quality jobs.
  • Figure skating in Harlem, New York
    • Coaching, tutoring / STEAM, fitness and ice time for over 200 girls in the I Can Excel (ICE) and Summer Dreams programs.
  • Health and Human Resources Education Center, Oakland
    • Improved the Downtown TAY program, whereby youth participate in peer support groups, mentoring sessions with coaches, and job preparation workshops.
  • Community Development Company of the People’s Emergency Center, Philadelphia cream
    • Hiring young people as community connectors to help with emergency food distribution and information dissemination in the promising area of ​​West Philadelphia designated by the federal government.
  • The city of Dreams, San Francisco
    • Programming after school and on Saturdays at that of San Francisco Bayview District, including mentoring, field trips, access to a health and wellness advocate, and education / gardening skills.
  • LYRICAL, San Francisco
    • Workforce program to provide low-income LGBTQ + youth of color with culturally competent identity-affirming services that promote education and workforce development.

About Foot Locker, Inc.
Foot Locker, Inc. leads the celebration of sneaker and youth culture around the world through a portfolio of brands including Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Eastbay, atmos, WSS, Footaction and Sidestep. With approximately 3,000 retail stores in 28 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, along with websites and mobile apps, the company’s goal is to inspire and empower the culture of young people around the world by nurturing a shared passion for self-expression and creating unparalleled experiences at the core from the global sneaker community. Foot Locker, Inc. is headquartered in New York City. For more information, please visit https://www.footlocker-inc.com.

About LISC
LISC is one of the nation’s largest community development organizations, helping to forge vibrant and resilient communities across America. We work with residents and partners to close systemic gaps in health, wealth and opportunity and advance racial equity so that people and places can thrive. Since its creation in 1979, LISC has invested $ 24 billion to create more than 436,320 affordable homes and apartments and develop 74.4 million square feet of commercial, community and educational space. To find out more, visit www.lisc.org.

SOURCE Local Initiatives Support Company (LISC)

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Indigenous media and nonprofits provide more in-depth coverage | Arizona News https://www.smlxtralarge.com/indigenous-media-and-nonprofits-provide-more-in-depth-coverage-arizona-news/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 18:50:00 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/indigenous-media-and-nonprofits-provide-more-in-depth-coverage-arizona-news/ By KATIE OYAN, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) – Tristan Ahtone, a member of the Kiowa tribe, recalls his beginnings in journalism more than a decade ago and his ideas on indigenous topics. His bosses would say things like, “We published an aboriginal story earlier this year. Do we need another? Fortunately, he says, times have […]]]>

By KATIE OYAN, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) – Tristan Ahtone, a member of the Kiowa tribe, recalls his beginnings in journalism more than a decade ago and his ideas on indigenous topics. His bosses would say things like, “We published an aboriginal story earlier this year. Do we need another?

Fortunately, he says, times have changed.

“Today there isn’t enough content to meet the demand, which is fantastic,” said Ahtone, longtime former board member of the Native American Journalists Association and current editor. chief of the nonprofit media Grist.

Native American communities have enjoyed stronger media coverage in recent years, in part due to an increase in Indigenous affairs reporting positions in U.S. newsrooms and financial support from foundations.

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Journalism-focused philanthropy quadrupled from 2009 to 2019 as traditional newspaper revenues declined, according to a report by Media Impact Funders. At the same time, an increasingly diverse population and renewed attention to social injustice have attracted greater media attention.

Nonprofit media, which have mushroomed across the United States, are among those leading the way.

Colorado-based High Country News established an Indigenous Affairs Bureau in 2017 that has published dozens of articles by journalists, authors and experts across the Indian country.

Other non-native outlets followed with new rhythms and staff.

The Report for America national service program provides funds to numerous media outlets, including the Associated Press, and helps fund temporary Indigenous affairs reporting positions in 10 US newsrooms. They are part of a corps of journalists that the organization has established in recent years to strengthen coverage of underserved communities.

The program aims to address some of the unique challenges of covering the Indian country, where many reserves are isolated or have a historically poor relationship with the press after being long distorted or ignored.

“We are trying to restore the confidence that has been lost over the past 20 to 30 years,” said Teri Hayt, Report for America’s deputy director for body excellence and responsible for her Mountain West region. “It’s about rebuilding it and putting talented and emerging journalists in the newsrooms. “

Some of the news organizations with which it associates have never had a dedicated rhythm to Native American affairs. Several members of the body identify as indigenous. They include Frank Vaisvilas, a descendant of the Yaqui tribe of Mexico who is a Native American affairs reporter for the USA Today Network based at the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin. It began covering the state’s 12 tribal nations in 2020.

“There’s a lot of education going on with this pace,” including helping people understand the nuances of sovereign nations, he said.

Vaisvilas reported on a land dispute involving the Oneida Nation and the village of Hobart in the Green Bay area, the harassment of Ojibwa underwater fishermen over treaty rights and the suspension of tribal officials by the Menominee legislature . His stories include discussions of tribal laws, jurisdiction, gambling, languages, and a host of other issues, and he produces a Wisconsin First Nations newsletter.

Historically, he said, major news organizations have tended to rely on tropes like poverty and drug addiction when covering Indian country. Vaisvilas said he was working to “seek out the truth that exists and not just feed stereotypes”.

The increase in coverage comes as America’s demographics change. According to the latest census, the growth in the number of people identified as multiracial rose from less than 3% to more than 10% of the US population from 2010 to 2020. Of these, approximately 6.7 million people identified as not Hispanic, American Indian and Native Alaskan single or in combination with another racial group, making up 2% of the population.

Despite growing interest, advocates say more needs to be done.

Many mainstream news outlets still do not have Indigenous affairs reporting posts, including some of the largest in the country.

And there have been missteps. In 2020, CNN received backlash for an election chart that displayed returns by race as white, Latino, black, Asian, and “something else” – a label that outraged many Native Americans.

The Washington Post has also been criticized for reports relating to the now-discontinued Washington NFL team’s native-themed mascot. In 2019, the Native American Journalists Association criticized the newspaper for its “recurring problem” of relying on flawed data from self-identified Indigenous people who said they were not offended by the name.

Last year, indigenous groups – and Home Secretary Deb Haaland – reported overwhelming media coverage surrounding the disappearance and death of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, saying more attention needed to be paid to the long-standing epidemic of missing and murdered Native American women.

Ahtone also pointed out that although the focus has been on investing in local news lately, this discussion rarely extends to tribal media.

Jodi Rave Spotted Bear, executive director of the Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance, said the grant opportunities have been “light in the tunnel” for her organization and its publishing arm, the digital news site Buffalo’s Fire.

Most tribal media organizations are funded by their tribal governments – very few of which have rules protecting the press.

“Freedom of information does not exist in the community where I live. The tribal government doesn’t have open meetings, ”said Spotted Bear, of the MHA Nation. “A lot of reservation communities are like that. “

The result, she said, is decisions made under a “cloak of secrecy,” including the allocation of sometimes massive sums of money.

One of the key achievements of the Phoenix-based news operation Indian Country Today has been independent ownership, which emerged under the aegis of the National Congress of American Indian last year.

The native-led operation has a larger audience than ever after a relaunch in 2018 and the start of a daily newscast. It broadcasts to more than two dozen stations in the United States, Canada and Australia, and reaches another 800,000 unique users each month on its digital site.

Editor-in-chief Mark Trahant, who is Shoshone-Bannock, cites a combination of donations, advertising, fundraising and foundations. Indian Country Today has also collaborated with the AP to reach more readers globally, and recently began partnering with another nonprofit outlet, Underscore.com, for coverage of the Pacific Northwest.

A number of ongoing efforts are aimed at strengthening the ranks of journalists of indigenous origin and placing more emphasis on the Indian country.

A 2019 American Society of News Editors survey found that less than half of 1% of American newsroom workers were Native Americans. However, the Native American Journalists Association said its membership has grown significantly since then.

The organization trains students through a variety of programs, including a scholarship that has helped place interns at NBC News, CBS News, USA Today, and elsewhere. Last year, he started teaming up with NPR on an Indigenous-centric digital workshop for early-career professionals.

It also emphasizes the importance of having Native Americans represented in prominent journalistic roles such as board members, editors, editors and television presenters.

The International Women’s Media Foundation, meanwhile, recently announced a four-year, $ 10 million outreach initiative focused on violence against Native American women and girls, funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. And the Institute for Nonprofit News, which provides support to nonprofit news organizations, announced that a new consortium spanning rural America is starting with collaborations that include investigating economic issues in Indigenous communities. .

The country has a lot to gain from greater coverage of First Nations peoples, their cultures and languages, which often emphasizes the community rather than the individual, said Vaisvilas. He is happy to be a part of this and strives to honor his elders and ancestors through his work.

“I sometimes feel a lot of weight trying to do it right, trying to do the reporting well and trying to tell the story well,” he said. “A lot of native people say, ‘We’re still here, we’ve never been anywhere. We’ve just been ignored for so long. So I just hope that the reporting can help put an end to this. “

Oyan, a Phoenix-based Associated Press editor, served as editor of Indian Country Today in 2020 as part of a collaboration between the organization and AP.

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The Foundation for Agriculture announces the 15th “Book of the Year” https://www.smlxtralarge.com/the-foundation-for-agriculture-announces-the-15th-book-of-the-year/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 14:11:05 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/the-foundation-for-agriculture-announces-the-15th-book-of-the-year/ the United States Agricultural Bureau of Agriculture Foundation bestowed its 15th “Book of the Year” award on author Kiki Thorpe for “How to grow a monster. “The award was presented to the American Farm Bureau Federation 103rd congress. “How to Grow a Monster” explores the theme of designer gardening and includes a gardening-related activity for […]]]>

the United States Agricultural Bureau of Agriculture Foundation bestowed its 15th “Book of the Year” award on author Kiki Thorpe for “How to grow a monster. “The award was presented to the American Farm Bureau Federation 103rd congress.

“How to Grow a Monster” explores the theme of designer gardening and includes a gardening-related activity for young designers to try out for themselves. Drawing inspiration from the Popular Creators Movement (hands-on learning), the book is part of a series of fun, easy-to-read stories that focus on problem-solving and hands-on action.

Thorpe has written over 40 books for young readers. She is the New York Times bestselling author of “The Never Girls” chapter series, which has been published in 25 countries. Thorpe grew up in Boise, Idaho, and finds inspiration for many of his stories in memories of his childhood there. She lives with her family in Colorado.

“It is a great honor that my book is recognized by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. I hope “How to Grow a Monster” inspires young readers to try growing their own food, ”Thorpe said.

The “Book of the Year” award stems from the Foundation’s effort to identify “Accurate Farm Books,” a collection of nearly 500 books for children, adolescents and adults that accurately cover agricultural topics. The book of the year selections are educational, help create positive public perceptions of agriculture, inspire readers to learn more and touch the lives of their readers, as well as tell the story of the world. ‘farmer. The Accurate Ag Books database is available at http://www.agfoundation.org/recommended-pubs.

To support “How to make a monster grow”, the Foundation has created a educator’s guide (available January 10).

Financial support from the Foundation
Several state agricultural offices were recognized at the convention for their exemplary financial support to the Foundation.

The State Farm Bureaus receiving the Scholar Award are Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The Scholar Award is presented to the six state agricultural offices with the highest total donations to the Foundation among their member groups.

Twenty-two state agricultural offices qualified for an Apex Award: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island , Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. The Apex Award is given to state agricultural offices that have increased their total contributions to the Foundation by 10% or more from the previous year.

Thirty-one state agricultural offices qualified for the Leader Award: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. State Farm Bureaus are recognized with a Leader Award when each member of their board of directors donates at least $ 50 to the Foundation.

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Mike tomko
Director, Communications
(202) 406-3642
miket@fb.org

Bailey Corwine
Media Relations Specialist
(202) 406-3643
baileyc@fb.org

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Family injured in car crash needs financial support https://www.smlxtralarge.com/family-injured-in-car-crash-needs-financial-support/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 05:59:35 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/family-injured-in-car-crash-needs-financial-support/ Northmead resident Jane Wagener is calling on the public to help cover hospital bills for the Branford family who are in stable condition in hospital after being involved in a car crash on December 26. The family of five, who are former residents of Benoni, were involved in a head-on collision along the R514 in […]]]>

Northmead resident Jane Wagener is calling on the public to help cover hospital bills for the Branford family who are in stable condition in hospital after being involved in a car crash on December 26.

The family of five, who are former residents of Benoni, were involved in a head-on collision along the R514 in the northwest after traveling to a local gas station.

Two of the family members, the mother and her 12-year-old daughter, are still hospitalized and receiving medical treatment while three of the family members are discharged from the hospital.

According to Wagener, who is related to the family, the 33-year-old mother’s leg had to be amputated as a result of the accident and the daughter also suffers from serious injuries.

“The family was admitted to a hospital in the Northwest, but due to unsatisfactory treatment we had to transfer them to Sunshine Hospital in Actonville,” she said.

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“Parents are unemployed and unable to pay medical bills. To help the family, we sent messages to people asking for a donation of R100 to raise funds.

“I also recently held a raffle where people who sold tickets had a chance to win a five-day vacation to the South Coast after selling 100 tickets. Only one person was eligible and therefore won the award, ”she said.

Popular Afrikaans singer Rudi Claase of Rynfield also reached out to the family by offering two tickets to one of his shows this year as well as an all-expense-paid lunch with himself.
Classe said they decided to lend a hand after being approached by Wagener to sponsor them for the fundraising raffle.

“It is very sad for a family to experience such a tragedy one day after Christmas. There were children who were involved and they may not always understand why their parents couldn’t pick them up or hold them, ”Class said.

Wagener added that for their second draw, there are three prizes up for grabs, a seven day vacation at Seascape Lodge in Margate and the two prizes offered by Class.

The public is invited to support this noble cause in order to have a chance to win one of these prizes by simply donating R100 to the family account.

Account number: 1367230835, first and last name and branch code, 470010. Wagener indicated that the account is being monitored by an auditor.

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States set to formalize positive rapid test results https://www.smlxtralarge.com/states-set-to-formalize-positive-rapid-test-results/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 05:45:29 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/states-set-to-formalize-positive-rapid-test-results/ News To reduce stress on PCR tests, Victoria and Queensland are setting up systems for people to record their positive rapid antigen test results. Victorians who return a positive result on a rapid antigen test will be required to report their result to the Department of Health. With Australia’s COVID-19 testing crisis not in sight, […]]]>

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To reduce stress on PCR tests, Victoria and Queensland are setting up systems for people to record their positive rapid antigen test results.

Victorians who return a positive result on a rapid antigen test will be required to report their result to the Department of Health.


With Australia’s COVID-19 testing crisis not in sight, states are beginning to take responsibility for helping ease the pressure on PCR testing systems.

Victoria and Queensland have taken steps to formalize positive results from rapid antigenic tests.

In what the Victorian government is calling “the biggest change to the COVID-19 testing system since the start of the pandemic,” starting at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, people who test positive for a rapid antigen test will be considered as probable cases.

It will be mandatory for people to report the positive result promptly to the Ministry of Health via an online form or by phone, which will help ensure that “people can access the care and information they need, including monitoring for worsening symptoms and financial support for isolation ‘.

Victorians who test positive for rapid antigen will be subject to the same requirements as confirmed cases from a PCR test, meaning they must immediately self-isolate for seven days and notify close contacts.

This decision is designed to help reserve PCR testing for confirmation of clinical diagnoses in vulnerable environments and critical workforce testing, while reducing wait times for testing and allowing greater access. fast to clinical care.

“Rapid antigen testing will be the way for most Victorians to confirm they have COVID-19,” Victoria Minister of Health Martin Foley said. “They are very specific among contacts and people with symptoms, and there will be no queuing for hours or waiting days for a result.”

In Queensland, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the state was working on a system for people to report positive results of rapid antigen tests.

“We always want to know someone is positive, but that shouldn’t have to come in for a PCR test, stand in line for hours and wait days for a result,” she said.

“We are currently working on a system where we hope people can tell us very easily that they got a positive rapid antigen test so that we can put them into a system, where we know numbers that will help us to. model and understand the growth of the virus in the community.

Minister D’Ath wants a similar system to be put in place at the national level.

“It was a discussion with the ministers of health [Wednesday] morning, she said. “I know they are looking at this at the national level, I would like a national level to be put in place.”

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