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Safaricom Limited (SCOM.ke) HY2011 Presentation

first_imgSafaricom Limited (SCOM.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2011 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Safaricom Limited (SCOM.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Safaricom Limited (SCOM.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Safaricom Limited (SCOM.ke)  2011 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileSafaricom Limited is an integrated telecommunications company in Kenya providing mobile, fixed voice, data, SMS, Internet and M-PESA services. The company sells mobile phones and tablets as well as broadband modems and routers. It also offers its customers data bundles for pre- and post-paid customers; pre- and post-paid voice plans and SMS services for national and international roaming; Okoa Jahazi for emergency top-up credit; and Flex plans for browsing, calling and SMSing. Bonga Points is a customer loyalty programme and M-PESA is a mobile telephone service to deposit, transfer and withdraw money as well as pay for goods and services. Other services offered include website and email, calling and cloud and hosting services. Safaricom Limited’s head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Safaricom Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Casinoforcharities.com launches gaming for charity Web site

first_img  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Gaming About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Casinoforcharities.com launches gaming for charity Web sitecenter_img Howard Lake | 27 September 2003 | News Casinoforcharities.com is offering online punters what it says will be their first opportunity to bet on a UK site that will generate cash for charities.The new Web site, backed by publicly-quoted Gaming Corporation PLC, an operator of interactive gaming portals, will donate 10% of its gross profits to charities. Donations will be given on the understanding that they are used for revenue purposes rather than capital or “big-ticket projects.”According to research conducted on behalf of Casinoforcharities.com by Taylor Nelson Sofres, the UK public is now comfortable with charities being funded by the proceeds of gambling. Of the 1000 people surveyed, 66% were happy with charities raising money this way. Advertisement Players are encouraged to nominate charities for donations, and will be kept informed as and when the donations are made. Christies against Cancer (www.christies.org) is one of the first charities to take donations from the site. Casinoforcharities.com also wishes to hear from charities who are interested in taking part.Casinoforcharities.com offers players a range of online versions of popular games including blackjack, baccarat and poker, as well as slot machine and novelty games. Stakes are placed using casino credits that can be purchased using credit and debit cards, to which winnings can also be credited. Casinoforcharities.com pays out 97% of stakes placed as winnings. Justin Drummond, chief executive of Gaming Corporation, said: “The National Lottery has established gaming as an acceptable way for charities to raise money. Casinoforcharities.com now gives online players the chance to make a contribution to charity while participating in gaming. Just like the Lottery, we’re making gaming a pastime that offers a social benefit. We’ve also built the donation model around the need that many charities have to cover their running expenses as well as their capital costs. We expect the 10% of profits we donate to greatly benefit the selected charities.”last_img read more

Fuel for SATS campaign aims to support children in exam week

first_img Melanie May | 14 April 2016 | News Fuel for SATS campaign aims to support children in exam week About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Magic Breakfast has launched a campaign to help it raise enough funds to feed all Year 6 children in its partner schools during SATS week.The charity currently provides free, healthy breakfasts to 23,500 vulnerable children in 480 schools each school day, and is hoping to offer all Year 6s in these schools a nutritious breakfast to help them concentrate during their exams.The Fuel for SATS campaign launched on 11th April, and as well as raising funds, it aims to educate schoolchildren about why having breakfast is so important before lessons and exams, and teaching pupils some healthy breakfast recipes.Magic Breakfast has partnered with food writer and broadcaster Rosie Birkett, who will be working with chefs from Dishoom, Foxlow and Bone Daddies restaurants to engage four Magic Breakfast partner schools in London and give special breakfast presentations to Year 6 students in the four weeks leading up to SATS week.Rosie Birkett said:“Every child has the right to eat breakfast. It’s so important to their health, both mentally and physically, and greatly improves their ability to focus and learn, therefore giving them a good start not only to their day but in life.”According to the campaign, it costs 22p to provide a healthy “magic” breakfast to a schoolchild to give them “Fuel for SATS”. The campaign asks people to donate £5 by text to enable the charity to feed 22 pupils.Magic Breakfast is aiming to raise £24,500 during its campaign, with Aspect Capital Limited match-funding any money raised. Advertisement Tagged with: matched givingcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3  86 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3  85 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

Making Soybeans More Profitable

first_img SHARE Previous articleStories of Stressed Farm Economy PersistNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Making Soybeans More Profitable By Gary Truitt – Apr 26, 2016 Facebook Twitter Making Soybeans More Profitable 4The soybean market looks to have a bit more upside potential than the corn market, as production problems in South America may reduce the estimated soybean ending stocks number. Our final April Better Farming segment looks at what Indiana farmers can do to make growing soybeans a more profitable crop.The video reports that aired in March and April focused on what growers can do to increase soybean production and profitability.  According to the research by Purdue’s Shawn Casteel, lowering plant population and planting earlier can significantly increase production while lowering costs. Economist Jim Mintert, with the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture, says what is needed is for growers to think about soybean production the way they think about corn production, “By that I mean better and more deliberate management. It is about seeding rate, using a planter rather than a drill, calibrating your planter correctly, assessing your field conditions; that is how we can lower our per bushel cost of producing soybeans.”Mintert says soybean yields have been steadily increasing and, with better management soybean production in Indiana, can continue to grow, “We have a lot more technology imbedded in those seeds today vs.2002. Our challenge is to find ways to reduce our cost per unit of output.”  Both Mintert and Casteel believe that better management is the key to reducing production costs while increasing soybean yields.In the May Better Farming reports, HAT will focus on what producers can do to maximize corn and soybean yields after the crop emerges.  Weed control is a major cost of production, and the failure to control weeks can reduce yields by as much as 30%.  In the May programs, the focus will be on how producers can control weeds and control costs.Be watching for our next Better Farming video report online at Hoosier Ag Today.com. The Better Farming reports are sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Checkoff and produced in cooperation with the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture.The soybean market looks to have a bit more upside potential than the corn market, as production problems in South America may reduce the estimated soybean ending stocks number. Our final April Better Farming segment looks at what Indiana farmers can do to make growing soybeans a more profitable crop.The video reports that aired in March and April focused on what growers can do to increase soybean production and profitability.  According to the research by Purdue’s Shawn Casteel, lowering plant population and planting earlier can significantly increase production while lowering costs. Economist Jim Mintert, with the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture, says what is needed is for growers to think about soybean production the way they think about corn production, “By that I mean better and more deliberate management. It is about seeding rate, using a planter rather than a drill, calibrating your planter correctly, assessing your field conditions; that is how we can lower our per bushel cost of producing soybeans.”Mintert says soybean yields have been steadily increasing and, with better management soybean production in Indiana, can continue to grow, “We have a lot more technology imbedded in those seeds today vs.2002. Our challenge is to find ways to reduce our cost per unit of output.”  Both Mintert and Casteel believe that better management is the key to reducing production costs while increasing soybean yields.In the May Better Farming reports, HAT will focus on what producers can do to maximize corn and soybean yields after the crop emerges.  Weed control is a major cost of production, and the failure to control weeks can reduce yields by as much as 30%.  In the May programs, the focus will be on how producers can control weeds and control costs.Be watching for our next Better Farming video report online at Hoosier Ag Today.com. The Better Farming reports are sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Checkoff and produced in cooperation with the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture. Making Soybeans More Profitablelast_img read more

Last freedoms suspended leaving media at mercy of total shutdown

first_img September 28, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Last freedoms suspended leaving media at mercy of total shutdown December 28, 2020 Find out more HondurasAmericas to go further HondurasAmericas Follow the news on Honduras News Reports RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders said today that the last vestiges of independent news were under threat after the de facto government signed a decree yesterday banning “unauthorised” public meetings and giving itself the power to close media “damaging public order”“Three months to the day after the 28 June 2009 coup, basic rights and public freedoms are just empty words in Honduras”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.The coup government was trying to justify these steps in response to “calls to insurrection” from ousted leader Manuel Zelaya, who has called on his supporters to “march on the capital”. “There is nothing now missing from the dictatorial arsenal of a government that took power by force and is deaf to the appeals of the international community”, the organisation said. “What little news there was outside of the control of the Micheletti administration is in danger of disappearing from one moment to the next, after three months of suspensions and constant intimidation of all media critical of the coup.”The emergency decree, which should theoretically be approved by the Congress, is supposed to last for 45 days, but the organisation fears that the situation will degenerate into further repression and even greater threats to the safety of journalists. The director of Radio Progreso, the priest Ismael Moreno, said yesterday he had received death threats through texts sent to the mobile phones of radio staff, suggesting that a price had been put on his head.“We hold the de facto government fully responsible for the least assault, including on Father Ismael Moreno and his staff”, added Reporters Without Borders’ Secretary General, Jean-François Julliard. Employees on Radio Progreso said that police were posted around the premises staking out the building ahead of a total closure of the media.The incomplete list of media threatened with closure includes Radio Globo (now closed), Canal 36, Radio Uno, El Libertador, Cholusta SUR, as well as the civil society’s mailing list Red de Desarrollo Sostenible RDS – Network for Sustainable Development). The National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) has notified the RDS that it is has the power to inspect and suspend all activity registered under the domain name (.hn). This step could allow Conatel to control all news sent over the Internet, not just by the media but by any other civil organisation based in Honduras. Meanwhile, amidst continuing chaos in the country, journalists have been illegally detained. Agustina Flores, of Radio Libertad, has been held by the security forces since 22 September and has been maltreated. She had provided live coverage of violent crackdowns on several demonstrations. Organisation News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” RSF_en last_img read more

Road users urged to take care during wintry spell

first_imgPrint Linkedin Previous articleNeil Delamere on Today FM and onstage in LimerickNext articleHorse Racing Ireland weekly news Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsRoad users urged to take care during wintry spellBy Staff Reporter – January 13, 2015 571 Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img WITH two weather warnings in place for Limerick, Clare and counties along the western corridor, the Road Safety Authority has issued advice to road users over the next two day period.Road users are advised to take extra care on the roads, as Met Eireann forecast a drop in temperature between 2 and -2 degrees overnight. Outbreaks of rain and sleet will spread further east tonight, turning to snow in places, but tending to die out.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, frequent wintry showers will develop across the western half of the country as the night goes on, giving a covering of snow in places before morning.Sharp ground frost and icy stretches will develop, despite southwesterly winds being fresh or strong overnight.Tomorrow will be bitterly cold, with strong and gusty southwesterly winds. Wintry showers will become widespread and many will fall as snow. Highest temperatures will be between 1 and 4 degrees.The RSA has issued the following advice:Check local and National weather forecasts before setting out on a journey. Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out, carry a screen scraper and de-icer.  Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass.Use your dipped headlights so that others will see you. Make sure your headlights and taillights are all in working order, replace broken bulbs.Watch out for “black ice.” If the road looks polished or glossy it could be, black ice” one of winter’s worst hazards: Black Ice is difficult to see! It is nearly transparent ice that often looks like a harmless puddle or is overlooked entirely. It can occur especially in sheltered / shaded areas on roads, under trees and adjacent to high walls.Check tyres, including spare wheel, replace them if the tread depth falls below 3mm and make sure they are inflated to the correct tyre pressure. Lack of grip can occur even on treated roads so drive slowly in the highest gear possible, manoeuvre gently and avoid harsh braking.In icy conditions manoeuvre gently, slow down and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. Too much steering is bad and avoid harsh braking and acceleration. Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends.Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space.In patches of fog, switch on fog lamps where visibility is reduced. As you enter fog, check your mirrors and slow down. Use your foot brake lightly so that your lights warn following drivers.Do not drive on the tail-lights of the vehicle in front (Target Fixing). This can give a false sense of security and you will be too close to be able to brake safely.In heavy fog, turn off your radio and let down your driver’s window a fraction, so as you can hear the presence of other traffic.Remember to switch off your fog lights once the foggy conditions improve.Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to;Be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.While walking on footpaths and in public places, or entering and exiting your vehicle, DO NOT underestimate the danger of ice.Many slips and falls happen in places people regard as safe and secure, typically outside their front door, on the door step, on the path or while getting out of the car. It is very possible that a thin sheet of transparent ice or “Black Ice” is covering your pathway putting you at risk. When you approach a footpath or roadway that appears to be covered with ice, always use extreme caution.Avoid going out unless it is a necessity. If walking or cycling in fog, make sure you are clearly visible by carrying a torch and wearing reflective clothing. Stay well in off the road where there is no footpath when vehicles are approaching.Visit the RSA’s website for more information on Severe Weather Advice for road users. Visit your local authority website to view the road gritting plan for each county and the roads being treated in your area. Facebook Email Advertisementlast_img read more

Hospital staff questioned over Limerick man’s death

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Gardaí appeal for witnesses to serious Road Traffic Collision in County Limerick TAGSappealcoronerGarda investigationinquestJohn McNamaramedical recordsMichael DalyUHL Linkedin New appeal for information on Gussie Shanahan’s death Gardaí looking to locate missing Limerick man RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Local photographer appeals for information on missing equipmentcenter_img WhatsApp DETECTIVES have questioned staff at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) as part of an investigation into a patient’s death in 2010.In 2012, an inquest into the death of Michael Daly (66) of Lee Estate in Limerick City found that he died of cardiac failure due to natural causes.However his family disputed this and have appealed the verdict. They found that two potentially significant documents were missing from their father’s medical records while he was at UHL.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The UL Hospitals group described this as an ‘oversight’ but Limerick City coroner John McNamara ordered a second inquest into Mr Daly’s death.The Garda investigation will form part of the evidence that will be presented to the new inquest.See more news here Gardaí appeal for public help in tracing missing person Limerick teenager NewsHealthLimerickHospital staff questioned over Limerick man’s deathBy Editor – November 14, 2017 7237 Previous articleLimerick council publishes €158 million draft budgetNext articleLimerick regeneration brings new homes to St Mary’s Park Editor Twitter Christmas is coming and things are getting worse for some people Emaillast_img read more

Casey’s and Feeding America® Join Forces to Help Fight Hunger Across the Heartland

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Casey’s and Feeding America® Join Forces to Help Fight Hunger Across the Heartland Facebook Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 25, 2021 Previous articleThe Latest: China OKs 2 more virus vaccines for wider useNext articleCiting bad back, Rafael Nadal out of Rotterdam tournament Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Millions of meals are making their way into communities across Iowa and the other 15 states that Casey’s calls home. Pictured: Michelle Book, CEO of Food Bank of Iowa, and Ena Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Casey’s.last_img read more

Index Reports Modest Gains for Housing Markets in Q4

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News About Author: Brian Honea Index Reports Modest Gains for Housing Markets in Q4 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Tagged with: Employment Home Prices Housing Market NAHB NAHB/LMI Single-Family Housing Permits U.S. Economy Previous: Ocwen CEO Expects Company’s Earnings To Take Q4 Hit After Ratings Downgrade Next: Agency Has Recovered $1.48 Billion In Funds From TARP-Related Crimes The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Index Reports Modest Gains for Housing Markets in Q4 February 5, 2015 1,242 Views The latest National Association of Homebuilders/First American Leading Markets Index (NAHB/LMI) released Thursday found that markets in 63 out of 351 metropolitan areas nationwide (about 18 percent) matched or exceeded their normal levels of economic and housing activity in Q4 2014, according to an announcement from NAHB.The index ticked slightly upward in Q4 to .90, one point higher than Q3’s revised figure of .89. The number of markets at or above their normal levels in Q4 increased from 60 in the previous quarter and from 52 in the same quarter a year earlier.”The markets are improving at a consistent pace,” said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Missouri. “A growing economy and rising consumer confidence should help drive the release of pent-up demand in 2015.”The LMI uses three indicators to determine a market’s proximity to normal: single-family housing permits, home prices, and employment. Permits and prices are compared with the national averages from 2000 to 2003, while employment is compared with 2007 numbers. A score of one means the market is on the same level as the last normal period, or base period; above one means the market is above its base, and a score below one means the market has not quite reached the levels of its last normal period.”The U.S. level of .90 means the U.S. economic and housing market is 90 percent of the way back to normal using the same base levels,” said David Crowe, Chief Economist for NAHB.Out of major metros, the one with the top LMI rating in Q4 was Baton Rouge, Louisiana at 1.41, meaning it is 41 percent above its last normal market level. Austin, Texas; Honolulu, Hawaii; Houston, Texas; and Oklahoma City had the second through fifth best LMI levels, respectively. Some smaller metros registered LMI ratings of greater than 2.0 for Q4, led by Midland and Odessa, Texas; Grand Forks, North Dakota; Bismarck, North Dakota; and Casper, Wyoming. A rating of 2.0 or more means the market is more than double its strength prior to the recession.”More than 80 percent of all metros saw their Leading Markets Index increase or hold steady over the quarter, a strong indicator that the overall housing market is making headway,” said Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Company, which co-sponsors the LMI report.The indicator that was most recovered in Q4 was home prices, with an index value of 1.31, meaning prices are 31 percent higher than their early 2000s averages. Employment rated at .95 in the index, meaning that the labor market nationwide is 95 percent back to its 2007 level. The index found that the housing permit measure is the weakest of the three indicators in Q4 with a rating of .44. Only 22 out of 351 markets have returned to their levels of their early 2000s single-family housing permit activity.”Markets in energy regions have recovered the fastest and are the ones better now than at their last normal levels,” Crowe said. “The markets with the longest road left are those that collapsed the most and have not had the employment recovery enjoyed by the country as a whole. The bottom two quintiles of markets are heavily concentrated in the industrial Midwest and the Sand states of California, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. All are improving but have a longer distance to cover.” Employment Home Prices Housing Market NAHB NAHB/LMI Single-Family Housing Permits U.S. Economy 2015-02-05 Brian Honea Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Capitol Watch: Reed bucks Trump on emergency declaration, Lifton weighs in on recreational weed

first_img Vaughn Golden Your government news is made possible with support from: center_img In the latest from Albany and Washington … Rep. Tom Reed isn’t a fan of the President’s national emergency declaration to build the wall. Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton has reservations about statewide legalization of recreational marijuana. State Sen. Tom O’Mara rails against Governor Cuomo’s plan to cut municipal funding.Rep. Tom Reed (23rd Congressional District)Congress avoided another lapse in federal funding last week, passing a bipartisan, bicameral-drafted bill. Rep. Tom Reed joined 86 other Republicans in voting for the plan which allocates $1.7 billion toward constructing physical barriers, like a wall, on the southern border.The celebration didn’t last long before President Trump announced he would declare a national emergency in order to rearrange funding to shift more dollars toward the wall. The idea had been floated since the initial shutdown, causing some Republicans to distance from Trump, including Reed.“I’ve encouraged the President not to go down this path,” Reed told WBEN earlier this week.Congress is on break this week, but when they return next week, Democrats may bring forward a bill revoking the President’s national emergency declaration. It’s not yet clear how Reed would hypothetically vote on such a bill.The House did, however, deliver a blow to the Trump administration last week, disapproving 240-188, the U.S.’s support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. Reed voted against the measure.Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (125th Assembly District)Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton signed on as a cosponsor to a bill that would tax plastic bags across the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been championing the measure, which would charge consumers 10 cents per bag as a way to push reusable receptacles.Also introduced in the Assembly this week is a bill, cosponsored by Lifton, that would allow college students to volunteer as poll workers and election inspectors in the districts where their colleges are located. The bill seeks to combat low levels of interest in working the polls.Lifton hosted two town hall events last week where, on Friday, she fielded questions in Ithaca on topics including early voting, the Beechtree nursing home, property tax caps, and red flag laws. A lengthy discussion broke out regarding the legislature’s likelihood of legalizing marijuana beyond medicinal use. While she has signed onto the bill which would legalize recreational marijuana, Lifton has her reservations and wants to proceed carefully.“So, a lot of discussion back and forth on it. I’ve met with a lot of people. You know, I’m taking it very seriously. I’m not – I haven’t jumped in,” she said. “I’ve said we need to look close, carefully at this and make sure that we’re not doing something that’s going to harm young people.”She added that she believes the term “recreational marijuana” sends the wrong message about the drug, “We don’t call it ‘recreational alcohol,’” she said.Despite her concerns, Lifton is a cosponsor on the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act which would decriminalize and set up a framework to produce, distribute and tax marijuana in the state. She believes existing state and federal laws have had a profound negative impact on criminal justice. Tagged: andrew cuomo, barbara lifton, capitol watch, chuck schumer, congress, donald trump, kirsten gillibrand, senate, tom reed Vaughn Golden is a freelance radio and print reporter covering politics around the southern tier and central New York. He authors the weekly “Capitol Watch” watchdog report on Ithaca’s representatives… More by Vaughn Golden “They swept thousands of New Yorkers into the criminal justice system for non-violent offenses, blocking access to employment, educational loans, housing, voting, and other important services,” she writes in a response letter to constituents who inquire about her views on the topic.Gov. Cuomo prioritized expanding cannabis legalization earlier this year as part of his proposed criminal justice reforms, but concerns by legislators over the rollout of such an initiative have slowed his momentum on the issue in recent weeks.State Senator Tom O’Mara (58th N.Y. Senate District)Last week, State Senator Tom O’Mara railed against a proposal by Gov. Cuomo to cut funding to local cities, towns and villages in his original executive budget. On Friday, the Governor released an amendment to his original plan which charges counties with distributing funds to their respective lower-level governments. Cuomo’s budget suggests counties will make up this revenue from new locally collected internet sales taxes.“This is government out of touch and out of control,” O’Mara said about the measure. “Governor Cuomo once again ignores the burden already facing upstate local property taxpayers and shirks another state responsibility.”Related: State funds for towns and villages at risk in Gov. Cuomo’s proposed budgetO’Mara also signed onto a petition opposing a Democratic-led effort to increase the pay for working prisoners.“It’s an unbelievable proposal, in my opinion,” O’Mara noted in a statement. “Especially with the state facing a budget deficit and when New York is already failing to live up to its promise to increase pay for hard-working, law-abiding workers like our direct service providers who care for our citizens with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Be fair to direct care before coddling criminals with a pay increase.”U.S. Senator Kirsten GillibrandSen. Kirsten Gillibrand was one of five Democrats and 11 Republicans who voted against the conference report to fund the government last week.Gillibrand also voted against the confirmation of William Barr, President Trump’s pick to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. The nomination was however confirmed 55-44.Gillibrand missed a vote last week on a non-major procedural measure. It’s unclear what caused her to be marked non-voting, but she made a subsequent vote 36 minutes later. She missed two other votes earlier in the year while she was campaigning for President in Iowa.U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerSen. Chuck Schumer joined most Senate Democrats in voting against the nomination of William Barr for Attorney General.Schumer split from Gillibrand voting in favor of the spending bill. However, he did take to the Senate floor afterward to challenge President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build the border wall.“Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency,” Schumer said.New York’s waterways were brought up in a piece of legislation that passed on the Senate floor 87-7 last week. A part of the National Resources Management Act provides $336 million towards grants funding conservation and recreation initiatives along New York’s waterways.Read previous editions of Capitol Watch here.Clarification: A previous version of this article noted that Assemblywoman Lifton “isn’t prepared to back a full rollout of recreational marijuana.” The article has since added clarification that Lifton was slow to come to a decision and still has reservations about the idea but does indeed support the legalization and of marijuana. last_img read more