View post tag: USS View post tag: Schoolchildren Training & Education View post tag: Visit Sailors from submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) and Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Buffalo (SSN 715) taught conversational English skills and played games with students at the Mechai Pattana School during a community service project in Pattaya, Thailand Aug. 1.Mechai Pattana School, founded by Thai philanthropist Mechai Viravaidya, serves children from rural areas and promotes environmental protection, education, poverty eradication, philanthropy, integrity, democracy, and gender equality.“The idea is that children are immersed in contextual learning,” said Mark Danaro, deputy director of the school. “We help them build independence, resilience, and creativity, and couple it with knowledge. Real world interactions and experiences such as with the U.S. Navy are just fantastic for their growth and development.Part of their development involves English lessons, but as Danaro explained, many teachers don’t speak English, so interactions with native speakers make a huge difference.“Listening to the Sailors talk, and talking to them, really increases the children’s confidence, said Danaro. “They begin to feel more comfortable, and you can see them start to make jokes and relax, and watch their self esteem rise.”Sailors spent the morning in small groups with students and members of the Royal Thai Navy, where they discussed their day-to-day lives, hobbies, and hopes for the future.“My favorite part of the day was sitting with the kids and learning about each other,” said Ship’s Serviceman 1st Class Autumn Adams, assigned to USS Emory S. Land. “They were so interested about life aboard the ship, and we were equally interested in learning about their lives here in Thailand and experiencing a different culture.”USS Emory S. Land’s Religious Ministries department worked together with the school and the Navy League of the United States Siam Council to coordinate the event. Ten USS Emory S. Land Sailors and six USS Buffalo Sailors volunteered their liberty time to socialize and play games with the children.“This experience is educational for all of us, it’s very interesting and a great opportunity to see the local community and the Thai culture in a way that we might not have the chance to experience otherwise,” said Lt.j.g. Harish Jairam, assigned to Buffalo.USS Emory S. Land is in Thailand conducting a coordinated tended mooring with USS Buffalo as part of a theater security cooperation and good will mission in the region. Emory S.Land, homeported in Diego Garcia, is on an extended deployment to Guam, conducting coordinated tended moorings and afloat maintenance in the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 3, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Buffalo August 3, 2012 View post tag: land View post tag: Thai View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Emory Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Emory S. Land, USS Buffalo Visit Thai Schoolchildren USS Emory S. Land, USS Buffalo Visit Thai Schoolchildren View post tag: Naval View post tag: S
IntroductionI’m delighted to be here today at the District Councils’ Network.District councils play a critical role at the heart of our communities, and in delivering the public services that local communities rely on.As Minister for Housing and Homelessness, I’m particularly conscious of the support you provide to those in housing need.Ensuring that everyone has a decent, affordable, secure home is a core priority for this government.That’s why this government has said that we will halve rough sleeping in this parliament, and eliminate it entirely by 2027.And why we’re dedicated to preventing people becoming homeless in the first place.These are ambitious goals, but it’s essential we achieve them.To meet these goals, and ensure that the most vulnerable in society have the support they need, we’ve introduced an important package of policies.We know what an important role district councils will play in delivering them, making a real difference for our communities.Homelessness Reduction ActAt the heart of our approach to tackling homelessness is the Homelessness Reduction Act, the most ambitious reform to homelessness legislation in decades.For the first time, the Act puts prevention at the heart of a local authorities’ response to homelessness, with more people – whether they are in priority need or not – receiving the right support, and for a longer period of time.New Personalised Housing Plans are intended to embed a person-centred approach, in which local authorities match support to individual needs, be that debt advice or help to find a job.It also introduced a new duty on specified public authorities to refer those who they think may be homeless or threatened with homelessness to a local housing authority of their choice.This will help to ensure people’s housing needs are considered and services are working together more effectively.We know there have been significant changes for local authorities, including district councils, which will take time to bed in.To support these requirements, local authorities will receive an additional £72.7 million over 2 years and our Homelessness Advice and Support Team will continue to be an expert resource available to those who would like support from the department.We have also committed to reviewing the implementation of the Act within a 2 year period, including the resourcing of it and how it is working in practice.Additionally, the department will conduct a post-implementation review of the burdens, to review our cost assessment and the underlying assumptions.My officials have already begun speaking to local authorities to gather insights into how the first 6 months overall have been. In the past 2 weeks they have held events in London and Durham with a further one to come in Birmingham. This is just the start of the conversation and we will continue to engage with you to find out how things are going.Private rented sector and housingHowever, as I am sure we are all aware here today, that while the legislation is key in our ambition to tackle homelessness, it is not enough to solve the problem.To break the cycle of homelessness, we have to tackle the underlying issues from frankly every angle. And that has to begin housing.We’re tackling it from every angle.We’re building more homes – more than at any time in all but one of the last 30 years. National House Building Council’s (NHBC) statistics out today show that just over 45,000 new homes have been registered this quarter. This is an 11-year high.We’ve invested £9 billion in affordable housing and a further £2 billion on for a new generation of social housing.We are committed to allow local authorities to build homes, which is why the Prime Minister announced the lifting of the Housing Revenue borrowing cap. This means there is nothing holding you back to fulfil your ambitious plans to build new council homes.But for many, the private rented sector is a route out of homelessness. It has the flexibility, variety and choice that people so often need.We are determined to help you and your residents, but accessing and sustaining private sector tenancies on low incomes can all too often be a challenge.We’re determined to help – I’m pleased we have launched the Private Rented Sector Access Fund. I want to see ambitious plans. Any bid I can pass, I will.It makes £20 million available for schemes that enable those who are homeless or sleeping rough – or at risk or either – better access to sustainable tenancies.The bidding process is now open and will be until the 21 November.FundingI recognise that homelessness pressures and issues are not the same across the country and each authority has its own unique problem.Whether you’ve had problems with rough sleeping or moving people on from temporary accommodation, we’ve ensured that we’ve provided funding to cover your own problems through the Flexible Homelessness Support Grant.That £617 million fund is a huge part of the government’s £1.2 billion commitment to tackle homelessness and shows how seriously we do take this vital issue.Tackling rough sleepingNothing shows how seriously this government is taking tackling homelessness more than the manifesto commitments to tackle rough sleeping.We’re committed and now working tirelessly to halve rough sleeping in this Parliament – and eliminate it entirely by 2027.We’re the first government to ever make such a commitment.And this year, we’ve taken important steps.First, our new Rough Sleeping Initiative brings together experts from across the sector.It targets local authorities across the country with high levels of rough sleeping.Funding is not only used for new bed spaces, but also for hiring dedicated staff such as outreach workers, mental health specialists and substance misuse workers.And our new Rough Sleeping Strategy builds on this for the long-term, looking across the spectrum from prevention, to intervention, to recovery.And we recently announced £34 million of provisional allocations for next year’s Rough Sleeping Initiative. I’ll be looking closely at these bids right across the country.Working closely with local authoritiesWorking closely with local authorities is imperative to our success in reaching our ambitions.You are the people that put the government’s aims and ambitions into practise on a day to day basis.However, it is important that we work closely, and nothing epitomises this more than our Homelessness Advice and Support Team.This team, made up of expert advisors, has worked with local authorities on their homelessness services and have worked specifically on embedding the Homelessness Reduction Act and have been successful in bringing down the numbers of families in bed and breakfast temporary accommodation. These are really huge reductions – this is your success and I am thankful.ConclusionIn order for us to be successful in delivering our commitment to end rough sleeping – we need the help of the sector, the support and hard work from many of you in the room today is absolutely vital in order for us to tackle this national crisis.Once again, I would like to thank you for having me here today to speak. I am very much looking forward to continuing working with many of you as we move towards creating a country where no one should face the prospect of sleeping rough.
The CFPB has issued its annual Fair Debt Collection Practices Act report to Congress. This year’s report outlined debt collection activities conducted by the CFPB and regulator partners in 2015. The report is the fifth of its kind and gives a glimpse into the focus of the CFPB’s enforcement efforts. In the 91-page report, we learn that the CFPB returned $360 million to consumers wronged by unlawful debt collection practices and collected more than $79 million in fines. It’s easy to draw the conclusion that this is an area of heightened scrutiny. Take a look at the top violations outlined in the annual report to see if your institution has any potential weaknesses and chinks in its armor.In 2015, the CFPB handled approximately 85,200 complaints in 2015. In addition to this high number of complaints, the bureau noted that it has seen a significant increase in consumer Fair Lending Collection Practice Act litigation, with cases more than doubling in the last nine years.Here are the top five highlights from the report.Debt Collection Agency ExaminationsInstitutions found in violation with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act were directed to improve employee training or to take other necessary steps to fully comply with the law. The top offenders were as follows: continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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