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St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, Klobuchar, Smith roll out $10 million in public safety efforts

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Flanked by U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, as well as city police and public safety officials, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter on Friday unveiled a wide-ranging $10 million effort to reduce violent crime in the city.

Backed in part by funding from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, the approaches package both new and existing outreach programs under the city’s new Office of Neighborhood Safety, which is led by former Metro Transit Police Officer Brooke Blakey, alongside initiatives of the St. Paul Police Department, St. Paul Parks and Recreation and other key players.

Those efforts, some of which have yet to be approved for funding by the St. Paul City Council, will range from hiring additional police officers to issuing $4 million in grants to fund community-led public safety initiatives, as well as traffic calming and an external review of public safety needs in the St. Paul Public Library system.

“So much of this is a coordinated approach,” said Klobuchar, a former Hennepin County Attorney. “St. Paul gets it.”

‘PROJECT PEACE’

The programs ready to launch include “Project Peace,” an effort to reduce retaliation for street crime by connecting individuals and families impacted by gun violence with mental health support and other holistic intervention services.

Carter said the project, designed over several months, will be led by social service workers and community-based partners, and will focus “direct, sustained and persistent engagement with a small number of group-involved individuals.”

St. Paul Police have developed an internal team to focus on prevention and early intervention services, and eight recent openings drew some 35 internal applicants, about three times what’s typical for special assignments, said St. Paul Police Commander Axel Henry, one of three commanders overseeing the team.

“The last letter in the acronym ‘Peace’ stands for enforcement,” said Interim St. Paul Police Chief Jeremy Ellison, who attended the mayor’s media event at the Frogtown Community Center off Como Avenue. “It’s at the end of the acronym for a specific and intentional purpose.”

Project Peace rolls out in step with U.S. President Joe Biden’s Community Violence Interventions Collaborative, which spans 15 jurisdictions across the country using ARPA funds to reduce gun violence.

“It really is about individuals who might be victims of violence or potential perpetrators of violence,” said Blakey, in a brief interview following the press conference. “It might be a family. The initial introduction might be from a 14-year-old son. It might be using mental health supports to help mom, or helping dad get his driver’s license.”

In addition, the city will hire a grants coordinator to work under Blakey and distribute $4 million in funding to community-based neighborhood safety initiatives, with grant recipients selected with the help of a 15-member Office of Neighborhood Safety Community Council. Blakey said beyond her own role, her staff currently consists of a staffer for the community council and an administrative worker.

NEW POLICE OFFICERS

In March, the mayor announced that the city would accept a $3.75 million “Community Oriented Policing Services” grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to hire up to 30 new St. Paul Police officers, a sizable portion of the 80 new officers planned across two police academies this year.

As part of the $10 million effort announced Friday, the city will match the federal COPS grant with $2 million.

Other key spending noted in written materials shared by the mayor’s office:

“Library Optimal Response,” $1.5 million: The St. Paul Public Library system will add a new staff role — safety specialists — and fund an external review and assessment of safety resources, with the goal of creating a public services safety plan for the libraries. Goals include enhancing a “community-care and trauma-sensitive approach to supporting youth and adult library users.”

Parks and Recreation expansion, $1.5 million: The city will use funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to expand rec center access for young people, while also adding intervention services to help young people gain social and emotional skills.

Traffic-Pedestrian Safety, $1 million: The city will fund six aspects of the Comprehensive Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Plan, including a citywide crash study, temporary safety treatments at selection locations on busy arterial and collector roads, a review of traffic engineering policy consistent with best practices and a speed enforcement and education campaign. Funds will also help replace the city’s long-line striper or pavement marking machine, and a “secondary notification” system that would enable police to contact owners of vehicles with equipment violations that are not immediate public safety concerns.

 

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8th Pay Commission: Good News related to salary of central employees, salary will increase with new formula!

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8th Pay Commission: Good News related to salary of central employees, salary will increase with new formula!

8th Pay Commission: Good news is coming for central employees. Actually, a new update has come regarding the 8th Pay Commission. The Finance Ministry has made it clear that in the coming days, the salary of central employees will increase with the new formula. Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary has given new information in the Lok Sabha. Let us inform that earlier in the year 2016, the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission were implemented. The 7th Pay Commission was constituted on February 28, 2014.

Minister of State for Finance gave this information in Lok Sabha

According to the report of news agency PTI, Union Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Choudhary told the Lok Sabha on Monday that no proposal to set up the 8th Central Pay Commission for central government employees is yet under consideration with the government. The question was asked to the government whether the central government has any such proposal to ensure the timely formation of the 8th Pay Commission for the central employees. So that it can be implemented on January 1, 2026.

Union Minister said on measures to increase wages in view of rising inflation

Giving information about the measures being taken by the government to increase wages in view of rising inflation, the Union Minister of State for Finance said that due to inflation, the dearness allowance (DA) to the central employees to compensate for the fall in the actual value of the salary. DA) is paid. Not only this, the DA is also revised from time to time every 6 months based on the rate of inflation calculated under the All India Consumer Price Index for workers. He said that there should not be a need for the formation of a Pay Commission to review the salaries, allowances and pensions of central employees and pensioners.

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. Now the salary of the employees will be decided by the Aykroyd formula. With this, the salary of the employees will be linked to inflation, cost of living and performance of the employee. That is, the promotion of employees will also be done accordingly. However, a Finance Ministry official says that the suggestion is good, but no such formula has been considered so far. On the other hand, there is no confirmation about when the 8th Pay Commission will also come. It is worth noting that earlier in his recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission, Justice Mathur had said that we want to decide the pay structure according to the Aykroyd formula. Cost of living is also taken into account in this rule. This formula was given by Wallace Rudel Income Tax

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The arguments for betting on the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2022

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College Football Betting Overview Schedule

Thursday: Betting on Alabama
Friday: Ohio State Betting
Saturday: Paris Georgia
Monday: Paris Clemson
Tuesday: Paris Notre Dame

Pick: Ohio State to win the Big Ten (-215)

Best case: The Buckeyes have CJ Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Treyvon Henderson. Isn’t that enough? This trio will lead an offense that should be better than last year and possibly approach historic levels for the 2019 LSU Tigers. There probably isn’t a team in the Big Ten that can keep up – or even many defenses that can. can slow down – an offense that averaged 8 yards per play and posted an offensive EPA of 23.2 PPG, nearly seven points better than the next closest Power 5 team. There are probably four or five opponents in the top 15 on the schedule, and all but Penn State are visiting Columbus, which, in theory, gives the Buckeyes a big advantage.

Worst case: What could hold Ohio State back? A defense that allowed 953 yards against Michigan and Utah to end last season. What if Jim Knowles’ change to defensive coordinator wasn’t enough to completely overthrow a unit that hasn’t proven itself in multiple positions? Could the Buckeyes be vulnerable to a potential upset in a high-scoring deal? This argument can be made for almost any team, but what if starting quarterback Stroud is injured? With Quinn Ewers a Texas Longhorn and Jack Miller with Florida, can Kyle McCord back up the offense at the level he needs to remain a national title contender? Ohio State has tough opponents at home, but remember last year the Buckeyes lost to Oregon at home as a double-digit favorite. Could this happen again?

Betting round: Play Ohio State to win the Big Ten at -215. Barring the unthinkable of two conference losses or a home loss to undefeated Michigan in the regular season finale, the Buckeyes should make a return to the Big Ten championship game. In this game, Ohio State will again be a double-digit favorite, as they project to be in every regular season game, and will also be a much bigger favorite on the silver line than -215.

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MMA fighter Aaron Aby was born with cystic fibrosis, played football with Aaron Ramsey before surviving stage three cancer to become Cage Warriors title contender

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Mma Fighter Aaron Aby Was Born With Cystic Fibrosis, Played Football With Aaron Ramsey Before Surviving Stage Three Cancer To Become Cage Warriors Title Contender

Aaron Aby has overcome more than most to become one of the best flyweights in Europe and line up for a Cage Warriors title shot.

The Welsh MMA fighter was born with cystic fibrosis, a condition that causes mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive system, making it difficult to breathe.

Aaron Aby is one of the few top athletes with cystic fibrosis

After being diagnosed with the condition shortly after his birth, the 32-year-old’s parents were told he was unlikely to survive his teenage years and would be unable to lead a normal life .

“In the booklet it said that my life expectancy was 16 years, that I would be in school and out of school with health problems, that I could not do physical activity, that I would not marry or that I would need a pension,” Aby told talkSPORT.

“Basically, my parents came home, tore up the booklet, threw it in the trash and said, ‘That doesn’t mean this is going to be our son’s life.

The attitude of Aby’s parents paid off and he was able to have a relatively normal childhood and excel in the sport of football, which he played at youth level for Wales until the age of 18 years old.

“Before, I used physical activity almost as my treatment, my cure. When I started playing football when I was young, I didn’t tell anyone that I had cystic fibrosis,” he said.

“If I went with the Welsh team or the North Wales team I would hide all my tablets and sneak them away because I didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for me or choose me over because of that.”

The Mma Fighter (Bottom Right) Played With Aaron Ramsey (Top Middle) During His Days In Wales Youth Training

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The MMA fighter (bottom right) played with Aaron Ramsey (top middle) during his days in Wales youth training

That Was Before He Discovered Mma And Became One Of The Best Flyweights On The Planet.

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That was before he discovered MMA and became one of the best flyweights on the planet.

The 13-4-1 MMA fighter has played football alongside some of the best players Wales have ever produced but narrowly missed out on sharing the pitch with five-time Champions League winner Gareth Bale.

“I played with players like Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen, Neil Taylor, some big, big names. I went to a few tournaments with Gareth Bale, we went to Ireland and Belfast together,” Aby added.

“It was when I played for the year above. I couldn’t go on the pitch at the same time as him, but I had to leave with him several times.

Aby's Football Career Ended At 18 But He Soon Found A New Calling

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Aby’s football career ended at 18 but he soon found a new calling

Aby’s football dream ended when it was time to give professional contracts to Shrewsbury Town who he said didn’t want to risk caring for someone with cystic fibrosis.

“The professional club I was at throughout my childhood, when it came to giving away youth team contracts at that club, you had to live there,” he explained.

“They didn’t want to take any chances with my condition. Like, taking care of myself full time and being in this situation.

“So I ended up leaving that club and going to my local club, Wrexham, for a year, but they had given away all their full-time contracts. I was there part-time, I was going in college, I trained with them three days a week and played on the weekends.

Aby Trains With The Best Flyweight Prospect In Mma

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Aby trains with the best flyweight prospect in MMA

And It's Paying Off As He's Currently Riding An Impressive Two-Fight Winning Streak

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And it’s paying off as he’s currently riding an impressive two-fight winning streak

During this time, Aby began to drift into MMA as his uncle was a trainer who often raised money for cystic fibrosis charities at his gym using the sport which intrigued his nephew.

“I loved the one-on-one competition, having to rely on myself and the nutrition that came with it. It just started to take over,” he explained.

Four years after making his MMA debut in 2013, the Wrexham man had overcome all odds to become one of MMA’s brightest prospects with a 9-3 record.

Sadly, that’s when disaster struck and he was diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer which grew into a 15cm stomach tumor.

The 32-Year-Old Was Told He Had 3-6 Months To Live After Being Diagnosed

The 32-year-old was told he had 3-6 months to live after being diagnosed

Aby Overcame The Obstacles And Is Now Healthy And Fighting Again

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Aby overcame the obstacles and is now healthy and fighting again

“I had to go through a battle with cancer, chemotherapy, three operations and come out the other side,” Aby said.

“At first it was hard to believe. I had testicle and back pain before a big fight against someone I had lost to before, but I just thought it might be stress.

“Since then I’ve managed to get back into competition, compete at the highest level in Europe and pursue my dream of being in the UFC.”

Two years after his initial diagnosis, Aby returned to MMA with an impeccable bill of health, but discovered his story “is no fairy tale” when he fought to a draw in his bout. back in December 2019.

Two and a half years later, the inspirational UFC prospect has won three of his last four fights and is now on the verge of earning a title shot.

Aby will face Michelangelo Lupoli this weekend at Cage Warriors 142 in Cardiff, knowing that a victory here puts him in line for his first chance at a world title.

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Digital retirement platform Penfold raises $8.5M Series A led by Bridford Group – TechCrunch

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Penfold, a digital retirement platform, has closed a £7 million ($8.49 million) Series A funding round led by Bridford Group, an investment group.

Jeremy Coller, chief investment officer and chairman of Coller Capital, also participated in the round. Penfold has also raised additional funds via crowdfunding from its client base. The money will be used to develop Penfold’s workplace pensions division.

Chris Eastwood, co-founder of Penfold, commented (in a statement): “It has been a great year for Penfold – from launching our Workplace Retirement offering to reaching £100m of AAU .”

Bridford Group, lead investor, commented: “The pension industry is a huge market – with £8,000,000 in savings in the UK alone. Despite this, many people remain indifferent and uncommitted to their pensions. With so many people not saving enough, there is a real opportunity for a new provider to step in.

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‘Stop Houston Murders’ PAC takes aim at ‘crime-soft Democrat judges’

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Stop Houston Murders, a political action committee formed in Houston, Texas, to confront “soft-on-crime Democratic judges,” seeks to draw attention to the soaring rate of violent crime and murder in the city. city ​​and about the judges facilitating a criminal capture-and-release program.

“Our loved ones have been taken from us by criminals who should have been in prison, who have been released on tragically insufficient bonds to again murder, injure and intimidate again,” reads the PAC’s website.

Calling the practice “judge the violence,” the group seeks to “restore sanity and peace to Harris County” and “stop the horrific ongoing crime carnage in our city by educating the public, removing responsible for their duties and restoring functional criminal justice. system in Houston.

The website also notes that at the start of 2022, Houston had the highest murder rate of any major US city, “even higher than Chicago.” The same web page lists the cases and the names of the judges who presided over them.

The group lists three contributing factors to how violent crime has become such a huge problem in the city.

First, the website addresses the “catch and release” program in the city, saying, “Democrats seized control of Harris County government and courts in 2018. They quickly installed a revolving door at the courthouses with catch-and-release policies that free criminals from returning to the streets of the Houston area.

“Policies were put in place by choice – by Democratic judges and others following their party’s stated goal of ‘transforming’ the police, abolishing cash bail and ending sentences that are actually tough on crime,” the section continues. “They treat criminals as victims, rather than protecting the people who are actually being terrorized and destroyed by these criminals.”

The second factor listed is “delayed justice”, in which the group points out that the county has more than 135,000 untried criminal cases, 60,000 pending felony cases and 450 unadjusted capital murder cases.

“Judges don’t hold trials,” the section says. “Charged criminals are allowed to roam the streets. They have no incentive to return to court when the time for trial finally arrives.

“There is no excuse for these judges to release violent criminals to terrorize and murder us,” he exclaims.

Third, the group says there is a “lack of law enforcement resources.”

“Only a dozen people in the sheriff’s office are looking for more than 25,000 suspects,” the website says. “Police departments in the region are understaffed by nearly 2,000 officers, and trials are moving at a snail’s pace, leaving accused criminals free to commit other crimes.” The site continues:

Enforcement resources have been diverted to things like bike lanes and salaries rather than hiring desperately needed new officers. The police are demoralized by arresting offenders at great personal risk, only to see them immediately reappear on the streets.

The group held a rally in Houston on July 27 where family members of the victims told their stories.

“Harris County’s justice system is broken,” Aimee Castillo, whose brother was murdered by someone on bail, said at the rally. “josh [her brother] had the right to be in public and not be targeted by violent criminals who Harris County judges continue to allow back on the streets.

Breccan F. Thiès is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.

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Has Sweden’s controversial Covid strategy paid off? In many ways he did – but he let the old people down

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Has Sweden'S Controversial Covid Strategy Paid Off? In Many Ways He Did - But He Let The Old People Down

By PTI August 13, 2022, 1:47 PM IST (Released)

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In spring 2020, Sweden’s reported COVID death rate was among the highest in the world. Neighboring countries that implemented rapid lockdown measures, such as Norway and Denmark, are faring much better, and Sweden has been harshly criticized for its lax approach.

As much of the world shut down at the start of the COVID pandemic, Sweden remained open. The country’s approach was controversial, with some calling it “the Swedish experiment”. But nearly two and a half years after the start of the pandemic, what can we say today about the results of this “experiment”?

First, let’s recap what Sweden’s strategy looked like. The country has largely stuck to its pandemic plan, originally designed for use in the event of an influenza pandemic. Instead of lockdowns, the goal was to achieve social distancing through public health recommendations.

Swedes have been encouraged to work from home if possible and to limit travel within the country. In addition, people aged 70 or over have been asked to limit social contact and people with COVID symptoms have been asked to self-isolate. The goal was to protect the elderly and other high-risk groups while slowing the spread of the virus so the healthcare system is not overwhelmed.

As the number of cases increased, some restrictions were imposed. Public events were limited to a maximum of 50 people in March 2020 and eight people in November 2020. Visits to nursing homes were banned and high schools closed. Primary schools, however, remained open throughout the pandemic.

Face masks were not recommended for the general public during the first wave, and only in certain situations later in the pandemic.

In spring 2020, Sweden’s reported COVID death rate was among the highest in the world. Neighboring countries that implemented rapid lockdown measures, such as Norway and Denmark, are faring much better, and Sweden has been harshly criticized for its lax approach.

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But defenders of Sweden’s strategy claimed it would pay off in the long run, arguing that the draconian measures were not sustainable and that the pandemic was a marathon, not a sprint.

So, has Sweden’s approach paid off?

Take excess mortality as a key example. This metric takes the total number of deaths and compares that figure to pre-pandemic levels, capturing the broader effects of the pandemic and accounting for incorrect reporting of COVID deaths.

Although Sweden was hit hard by the first wave, its total number of excess deaths in the first two years of the pandemic was actually among the lowest in Europe.

The decision to keep primary schools open has also paid off. The incidence of severe acute COVID in children has been low, and a recent study showed that Swedish children did not suffer from the learning loss seen in many other countries.

With this in mind, the Swedish strategy has gone from being a “disaster” and a “cautionary tale” to that of a “Scandinavian success story”. But to draw meaningful conclusions, it’s crucial to dig a little deeper into how Swedes have handled the pandemic.

Notably, any perception that Swedes have gone about their daily lives during the pandemic as if nothing has changed is wrong.

In a survey conducted by the Swedish Public Health Agency in spring 2020, more than 80% of Swedes said they had adapted their behavior, for example by practicing social distancing, avoiding crowds and public transport and working outside. residence. Aggregated mobile data confirmed that Swedes have reduced travel and mobility during the pandemic.

The Swedes were not forced to take action against the spread of the virus, but they did it anyway. This voluntary approach may not have worked everywhere, but Sweden has a history of high trust in authorities and people tend to comply with public health recommendations.

It is also difficult to compare Sweden’s results with those of countries other than Scandinavia which have very different social and demographic conditions.

Strengths and weaknesses

Despite the benefits of avoiding the lockdown, the Swedish response has not been flawless. At the end of 2020, the Corona Commission, an independent committee appointed by the government to assess Sweden’s response to the pandemic, found that the government and the Public Health Agency had largely failed in their ambition to protect older people.

At that time, almost 90% of people who died from COVID in Sweden were 70 or older. Half of these people lived in a nursing home and just under 30% received home help services.

Indeed, many problems within elderly care in Sweden have become evident during the pandemic. Structural shortcomings such as insufficient staffing have left care homes unprepared and ill-equipped to deal with the situation.

In its final report on the response to the pandemic, the Corona Commission concluded that stricter measures should have been taken at the start of the pandemic, such as quarantine for people returning from high-risk areas and a temporary ban entry into Sweden.

The commission, however, said the non-lockdown strategy was fundamentally reasonable and that the state should never interfere with the rights and freedoms of its citizens more than absolutely necessary. The commission also supported the decision to keep primary schools open.

By comparison, the Corona Commission in Norway, one of the few countries in Europe with lower excess mortality than Sweden, concluded that although Norway’s handling of the pandemic has been generally good, children have been hit hard. affected by the confinements and the authorities have not sufficiently protected them.

The aim of the Swedish strategy was to reduce the spread of the virus, but also to take into account other aspects of public health and to protect freedom and fundamental rights. While Sweden’s strategy remains controversial, most countries are now taking similar approaches to the lingering pandemic.

In hindsight, it seems a little unfair that the country that followed its pre-pandemic plan should be the country accused of conducting an experiment on its population. Perhaps Sweden should be seen as the control group instead, while the rest of the world underwent an experiment.

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