September 21, 2021

3i invests in Go Outdoors

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GambleAware calls for more input from experts by experience

first_img There is little evidence that those with experience of gambling-related harm are involved in discussion of the subject, according to a new report commissioned by charitable funding body GambleAware. Legal & compliance There is little evidence that those with experience of gambling-related harm are involved in discussion of the subject, according to a new report commissioned by charitable funding body GambleAware.The report from King’s College London, a review of 130 studies into gambling harm, said there was “a lack of any substantial evidence of PPIEP [patient and public involvement, engagement and participation] being undertaken within the UK gambling sector”.However, it added that rather than there being a lack of lived experience participation occurring, it may be more likely that it does exist but “is not being recorded and/or reported in a formal manner”.The research called for a “national level forum, network or infrastructure” to facilitate involvement from experts by exprience. Through workshops with those with lived experience, the report found that such a body should ideally be independent and fully funded.“Workshop participants were keen to see an adequately funded, independent initiative, separate to any run by the NHS or other bodies, as in their view, this could lead to a lack of ownership and potentially be bureaucratic,” it said.Among the areas highlighted as those in which people with lived experience wished to contribute more to the debate were self-exclusion, online safeguards, regulation and ensuring independent sources of funding for research.In addition, it said the gambling sector should “consider undertaking a priority-setting exercise to involve people with lived experience”. This would involve those with experience of gambling-related harm helping to create a list of priorities for future research.The report added that organisations such as regulators and gambling support services should create plans on how to engage experts by experiences, including the challenges that may be faced along the way.These organisations should also have a “recruitment strategy” to help reach a “diverse range of views and experiences” and should consult those with lived experience about how to facilitate further such  engagement, it said. Workshop participants highlighted the importance of flexible timings and different locations for discussions in order to allow a more diverse range of people to take part.“Workshop participants acknowledged the importance of widening participation and including people affected by gambling-related harms who are harder to reach and lack experience of engagement, rather than regular consultation with the same ‘expert’ individuals, a debate which is well covered in the literature about other sectors,” the report explained.As well as this, these organisations should hire a lead worker to focus on PPIEP.Other recommendations included one that communication with those who have experience of gambling-related harm be “timely, appropriate, accessible and constructive”, as well as one suggesting that “remuneration, reward and expenses payment policy should be in place so that people with lived experience are reimbursed as quickly as possible for their involvement and are not out of pocket due to their participation”.Marc Etches, chief executive of GambleAware, said the report highlights a weakness in the current level of engagement with those with experience of gambling-related harm.“GambleAware commissioned this research to better understand what engagement methods work best in order to successfully draw on the knowledge and expertise of those who have experienced gambling harms,” Etches said. “While the research suggests there is already some engagement with these groups, the report has highlighted a clear lack of reporting of such conversations.“The findings have shown how important it is to capture the diverse range of views available to help improve and strengthen existing research, education and treatment and prevention initiatives, while making clear that any new representative network of people from the lived experience community would need to be entirely independent.”Caroline Norrie, research fellow at the Health and Social Care Workforce Unit (HSCWRU) at the Policy Institute at King’s College London, said she hoped the gambling sector would consider the recommendations in the report.“Our research identified a number of recommendations that organisations across the gambling industry could adopt to help strengthen and improve engagement with those who have first-hand experience of gambling harm,” Norrie said.“We were also able to identify a clear set of requirements for any future forum or network to ensure participants had the right platform to share their experiences, discuss and engage in key policy and priority setting conversations.“I look forward to seeing how these recommendations are taken forward across the industry.” 1st September 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter GambleAware calls for more input from experts by experience AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling Topics: Legal & compliance People Regions: UK & Ireland Email Addresslast_img read more

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Hippo Valley Estates Limited (HIPO.zw) 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgHippo Valley Estates Limited (HIPO.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Hippo Valley Estates Limited (HIPO.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Hippo Valley Estates Limited (HIPO.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Hippo Valley Estates Limited (HIPO.zw)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileHippo Valley Estates Limited is a subsidiary of Tongaat Hulett Limited and primarily involved in growing and milling sugar cane in Zimbabwe. This involves planting, maintaining and harvesting sugar cane crops and haulage to the sugar mill. The milling segment crushes and produces raw sugar. Hippo Valley Estates is an extensive enterprise and has other interests in sugar packaging, game hunting, fishing, and livestock and citrus farming. Chiredzi Township (Private) Limited provides services for water treatment. The Hippo Valley Estates and Triangle Sugar mills in Zimbabwe have combined milling capacity to crush more than 4,8 million tons of cane annually and produce over 640 000 tons of sugar. Refining capacity is 140 000 tons per annum. Hippo Valley Estates Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Gaming is thriving in 2020: 3 UK shares I’d buy to get rich and retire early

first_imgGaming is thriving in 2020: 3 UK shares I’d buy to get rich and retire early Harshil Patel | Thursday, 13th August, 2020 | More on: CDM FDEV TM17 Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Image source: Getty Images Harshil Patel owns shares in Codemasters. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Frontier Developments. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Enter Your Email Address The gaming sector is thriving, and one of the key drivers is a shift to cloud gaming. This year’s Covid-19 lockdown has provided a further boost to game playing and these excellent UK shares. One of them is Frontier Developments (LSE: FDEV), which has seen an increase in demand in its immersive games.It was founded by David Braben in 1994 and he still owns 33% of the company. I like UK shares of companies that have senior management that are aligned with the interests of other shareholders, so Frontier Developments gets a tick in the box from me.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…This UK games creator has titles including Elite Dangerous, Planet Coaster, Jurassic World Evolution, Planet Zoo and more. Earlier this year, it announced a multi-year game licence with Formula 1®, which it called a “strategic milestone for Frontier”.The company has made several recent exciting developments, and despite its share price trading near an all-time high, I believe there is further momentum to drive this UK share higher.A UK share with skin in the gameTeam 17 (LSE: TM17) is another company that is founder-led. Co-founder Deborah Bestwick started Team17 30 years ago, and retains a sizeable shareholding of 22%. As mentioned, this ‘skin in the game’ is a big plus in my opinion.It is known for the flagship Worms franchise but has now diversified after a restructuring in 2018. Today, in addition to its own content library, it is also a partner for creative indie developers. Around 90% of its revenues are from digital sales, which allows it to control pricing and game lifecycle management.  Team17 is a well-run, high-quality, and growing company. It has a return on capital of 22%, operating margin of 31%, and net cash on the balance sheet. These quality UK shares have performed well so far this year, gaining c. 85% to date. With a price-to-earnings (P/E)  ratio of 45, it is more expensive, but I believe the higher rating is justified and would not hesitate to back it.Racing aheadCodemasters (LSE: CDM) specialises in racing games, and trading since the start of the year has been particularly strong. The board recently announced that revenue and earnings will be significantly ahead of current market expectations.These revised expectations are driven by a particularly strong performance of its Formula One title, F1® 2020 and continued strength of the company’s back catalogue.I’d say that Codemasters is a top choice when looking at UK shares in the gaming sector. It has an operating margin of 21%, an earnings-per-share growth rate of 43% and a double-digit return on capital of 12%. It looks well financed, with net cash on its balance sheet.Its share price has increased by around 45% this year to date and is trading near an all-time high – a positive sign in my opinion. Furthermore, with a P/E ratio of 24 and PEG ratio of 0.8, it looks relatively cheap, and for that reason, I would buy more of these UK shares. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Harshil Patellast_img read more

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Surprise upsurge shakes Brazil

first_imgBrazil makes up almost half of South America in area and population, now nearly 200 million. Brazilians demonstrated in cities all over this vast country.June 24 — When the Free Fare Movement (MPL) in Sao Paolo, Brazil, initiated a call on social media for a demonstration on June 6 to protest an increase of public transport fares in the city, no one imagined the enormous response it would elicit and its political repercussions.Within a week, the 5,000 people who began a march to Paulista Avenue, the financial center of Sao Paulo, grew into a truly gigantic movement of more than a million people across the country. They not only embraced the demand rejecting the public transport fare hike, but added other demands.Root of the protestsThe MPL had emerged in 2005, advocating free fare on public transport for students. It then expanded the demand to include all people.Confronted with the announcement that the city of Sao Paulo was going to increase the fare by the equivalent of 9 cents a ride, the MPL made a call on its website (saopaulo.mpl.org.br) and on Facebook. Initially, the demonstrators gathered outside the Municipal Theater and from there marched to the streets in the city center.The military police responded with violence. However, repressing the protesters not only strengthened their determination to continue the struggle but awakened the solidarity of millions of people around the country.The demonstrations multiplied spontaneously, convened primarily through social media like Facebook and Twitter. They had no clear direction. In addition to Sao Paulo, there were protests in about 100 cities, including major metropolitan centers such as Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte.The additional demands included, among others, more funds in the budget for health and education. Brazil is now hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup in preparation for the Soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. The demand voiced by most people is that the money invested in promotion of the games and in the construction of stadiums and surrounding facilities in various parts of the country be used instead to improve health services, housing, education and transportation for the people.That these demands have resonated so deeply was shown in recent surveys that indicate 75 percent of people support the protests. The strength of the protests already led to the cancellation of the planned rate hikes in Sao Paulo and other cities. This concession led, however, not to the suspension of the protests, but to their intensification and the addition of other demands. The knowledge that the people demonstrating in the streets together can achieve the changes they want, need and deserve supported this growth in confidence.Most leftist political parties, trade unions and social movements such as the Landless Movement (MST), those representing Afro-Brazilians, LGBTQ, women, youth, Via Campesina and many others have joined the mobilizations called by MPL and other spontaneous demonstrations. All these movements in turn have increased demands for a more democratic Brazil, more just, equal and leading to socialism — something that was not on the Workers’ Party (PT) government’s agenda.An important statement of the majority in the movements in struggle is that they are not against current President Dilma Rousseff, but they want this government to respond to the needs of the people and not to the interests of the oligarchs and corporations.Right wing butts inGlobo Network is one of the largest and most powerful media companies in Latin America. It is allied with the right-wing opposition to the Workers’ Party government of former President Ignacio Lula da Silva and current President Rousseff.It and other corporate media outlets have begun to intervene in the demonstrations, imposing slogans and demands against Rousseff and the PT government.Although the PT government has not proclaimed socialism as a goal — as have the countries in the ALBA alliance (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America) — it has carried out some reforms to improve the conditions of the poor in Brazil; however, these have been insufficient. And while this government is not as neoliberal — that is, committed to privatization and cutting government programs, etc. — as the prior rightist governments were, its reforms have not changed the class basis of economic power in Brazil. Now the PT is at a crossroad between ruling “against the people or for the people,” as many in the movements put it.The rightist forces, seeing the success of the calls to action and without a prospect of winning in the 2014 presidential election against the PT and restoring full neoliberal politics — which would include revoking benefits for the very poor, expanding privatization and having closer cooperation with U.S. imperialism — began to intervene in the demonstrations. The Confederation of Workers of Brazil (CTB) has explained this in a widely circulated statement:“Certainly, it was not for the sake of democracy or love for the people that the pro-coup media, led by the Globo Network, have been helping to convene the demonstrations and at the same time instigating popular hatred against political parties, politics in general, social movement organizations, governments and institutions. The neoliberal right, repeatedly defeated at the polls, wants to fish in murky waters, manipulating the spontaneous movement of the masses at a time when this has neither a clear path nor direction.” (Portalctb.org.br)For this reason, a part of the movement, including the MPL, chose not to call any demonstrations for several days in order to establish clearly the basis for subsequent calls and the best way to proceed.Response of  Rousseff gov’tPresident Rousseff has responded to the demonstrations with the aim of engaging the movements in struggle in dialogue. She has pledged to continue to meet their demands and to improve public services.She called for a “Great Covenant,” including the state governors, mayors and demonstration leaders. This “covenant” would be based on three pillars: the development of a national plan for urban mobility that favors public transport, the allocation of all oil royalties toward education, and recruitment of foreign doctors to expand the healthcare system — which would include doctors from Cuba.To move toward this goal she convened meetings for the afternoon of June 24 and the morning of June 25. She plans to meet first with the MPL, then with governors and mayors, and on June 25 with the labor union federations.The struggle continuesMeanwhile, beyond any doubt, the struggle continues. Workers World-Mundo Obrero was able to talk with two leaders of the CTB on the afternoon of June 24 to get a better idea of ​​the situation:  Humberto Martins, advisor to the president of the CTB, who was in Sao Paulo, and Joao Batista, from the Department of International Relations, who had just arrived in Rio de Janeiro. The CTB is part of the broad group of organizations and unions that joined the calls from the start.It is important to note that sectors of the left have continued mobilizing, despite the call of the MPL and other groups to suspend mobilizations for a few days due to infiltration by the right, people who in many cases were neo-fascists. In this regard, the CTB issued a declaration, mentioned above, entitled “Right-wing infiltration seeks to manipulate popular demonstrations.” The last two paragraphs read:“Social problems in Brazil, some of them secular, are gigantic, and despite the progress made in the last 10 years, they demand an urgent solution. This is the reading we must make of the sentiment of this popular revolt. The trade union movement must not leave the streets nor abdicate from the struggle, because only through mobilization and struggle will we be able to move toward a new national project of development with sovereignty, democracy and recognition of the value of work. But we must not be accomplices or play the game of the pro-coup media.“It is our obligation to alert the working class to the risk of a retreat and fight to expose and defeat the forces of the right that are dedicated to manipulating and undermining the spontaneous movement of our people for a better Brazil, with more democracy, equality and justice.” (portalctb.org.br)Both leaders stated to WW-MO the importance of the meeting of leftist organizations on June 21, in which the CTB took part. This meeting established the unity of action of important sectors of the Brazilian left. At that meeting, 76 organizations, including the categories mentioned above that represent a wide range of Brazilian progressive forces, assessed the situation of the demonstrations and their role within them.Batista added that there have been various calls for demonstrations around the country this week, yet the most important fact is the unity of action accomplished at the June 21 meeting.Details of the interviews will be covered in a later article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Lodolo’s efforts not enough as No. 16 baseball falls to Grand Canyon, 4-1

first_imgRobbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks printNick Lodolo fanned 10 batters in seven innings Friday night. Photo by Jack WallaceThe Horned Frog faithful may notice something different this season from starting pitcher Nick Lodolo.Lodolo worked with assistant coach Kirk Saarloos over the offseason to change his pitching mechanics to get better command on his fastball and a tighter breaking ball. The changes have paid dividends early into his junior season. “Last year, he would cut his fast ball a lot and couldn’t throw it where he wanted to throw it,” head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “Now, he’s found his breaking ball and has a chance to take off to another level from tonight.”In his first home start this season, Lodolo finished the night with 10 strikeouts and zero walks in his seven-inning outing. He allowed two runs on four hits and was able to tame a Grand Canyon offense nationally recognized for their firepower. In their first four games of the season, the Lopes averaged eight runs per game, good for 25th nationally.“My job is to come out on Friday and give our team a chance to win,” Lodolo said. “That’s what I’ve done the last two weeks and I’ve got to continue to do that. The offense will be there, they’ll come around. I’ve just got to continue to do what I do.”His heroics on the mound were not enough as the Frogs fell to Grand Canyon Friday night 4-1. Lodolo cruised to begin the game, totaling 19 pitches in the first two frames. He kept the Lopes off the scoreboard in the first and second inning by allowing only one hit while fanning two batters. Despite striking out the side in the third inning, Lodolo allowed Grand Canyon’s first run of the game on a solo shot by preseason All-American Quin Cotton over the right-field fence. Cotton’s batting average of .390 last season was 14th in the nation.The Lopes doubled their early lead in the fifth inning off another home run over the right-field fence, this time from third baseman Tyler Wyatt. “If you told me, for the most part, every Friday night for the rest of the season we were going to get that or 80 to 90 percent of that, then I’d take my chances,” Schlossnagle said. “The underlying thing tonight is Nick Lodolo turned a corner as an elite Division I pitcher.”The Horned Frogs got on the board first in the second inning off a bomb from first baseman Jake Guenther, sending the ball into the bushes over the right-field fence.Guenther’s home run was the first of his TCU career. Photo by Jack WallaceHe got all of that one! An impressive for his first career home run! #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/11oaxYkvCW— TCU Baseball (@TCU_Baseball) February 23, 2019 Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Twitter ReddIt + posts Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Robbie Vaglio Twittercenter_img TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed Previous articleListen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 5Next articleNo. 16 TCU explodes for five home runs in 17-9 blowout of GCU Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nick Lodolo fanned 10 batters in seven innings Friday night. Photo by Jack Wallace Facebook Linkedin I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! The hit marked the first-career homer by the junior transfer from Sacramento City College in Sacramento, California. TCU had minimal opportunities to cut into the deficit as GCU’s starting pitcher Kade Mechals kept the Horned Frogs off the basepaths. In 6.1 innings of work, Mechals allowed one run on three hits while fanning six.The Lopes’ relievers limited the Horned Frogs to one hit with two walks in the final 2.2 innings of the contest.“They did a really nice job,” Schlossnagle said. “We knew the starter was good. He had a change up going and was a really tough pitch. Any time we had a chance to drive somebody in, we didn’t get the big hit.”The Lopes added two insurance runs in the eighth inning off a Cotton single into right field and an RBI double down the left field line by Pikai Winchester. The Horned Frogs will return to the diamond to face Grand Canyon at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lupton Stadium. Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddIt Linkedin Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean What to watch during quarantinelast_img read more

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Combined U-Pb geochronology and Hf isotope geochemistry of detrital zircons from early Palaeozoic sedimentary rocks, Ellsworth-Whitmore Mountains block, Antarctica.

first_imgU-Pb detrital zircon geochronology from the upper Cambrian to Devonian part of the Ellsworth Mountains succession, Antarctica, yields dominant late Mesoproterozoic and late Neoproterozoic–Cambrian age populations that are onsistent with a provenance from within Gondwana. Hf isotope compositions reveal a source predominantly within west Gondwana and identify a change in provenance up-stratigraphy that coincides with the change of sedimentation setting from active rift to passive margin, which has been independently determined by stratigraphic,structural, and geochemical arguments. For the Late Cambrian Frasier Ridge Formation, late Mesoproterozoic grains have positive εHf values, suggesting derivation from juvenile crust, and late Neoproterozoic–Cambriangrains have εHf values greater than –5, consistent with remelting of similar juvenile late Mesoproterozoic crust during the Pan African–Ross orogenies. Provenance during rifting was from proximal sources from within west Gondwana, most likely, southernmost Africa and basement to the Ellsworth-Whitmore Mountains block. At higher stratigraphic levels where deposition occurred along a passive margin, in the early Ordovician Mount Twiss Member and middle Devonian Mount Wyatt Earp Formation, late Neoproterozoic–Cambrian grains have εHf values less than –5; this means that early Mesoproterozoic–Archean crust was remelted to generate these zircons. Provenance was from a more expansive source region within west Gondwana, and probably included the Kaapvaal and Congo cratons of south and west Africa. Isolated outcrops of sedimentary rock of uncertain age at Mount Woollard and the Whitmore Mountains have detrital zircon signatures similar to the Frasier Ridge Formation, suggesting correlation with these Late Cambrian deposits. Sedimentary rock from the Stewart Hills contains some late Mesoproterozoic grains with lower εHf values than the previously mentioned samples. This suggests that the Stewart Hills sample has a provenance from within east Gondwana and was possibly deposited on the East Antarctic craton prior to the Ross orogeny and is not part of the displaced Ellsworth-Whitmore Mountains crustal block.last_img read more

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“READERS FORUM” AUGUST 10, 2019

first_imgTodays “Readers Poll’ question is: Do you feel when Tropicana-Evansville get SportsBook betting it will financially hurt Ellis Park?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] Footnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language and insults against commenters shall not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer, our media partners or advertise.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?last_img read more

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Weary of Court Drama, Gerrymandering Opponents Shift Their Strategy

first_imgGerrymandering opponents gather on the steps of the Supreme Court in March. Some states are adopting independent commissions to redraw congressional districts and avoid gerrymandering court battles. STATELINE ARTICLE written on September 13, 2018By: Matt Vasilogambros Weary of Court Drama, Gerrymandering Opponents Shift Their Strategy Discouraged by seemingly endless court battles, gerrymandering opponents in some states are shifting their strategy two years before the 2020 census sparks another round of redistricting for legislative seats.Voters in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, and Utah will decide in November whether to have independent commissioners, rather than state lawmakers, draw congressional maps and the lines for state legislative seats. Except for Colorado, where lawmakers added the ballot measure, activists got these initiatives on the ballot by gathering signatures. And earlier this year, Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved a measure that requires bipartisan support for new lines, though the power to draw them returns to the majority party if several redistricting attempts fail. The new system goes into effect in 2021.Activists in several other states, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Virginia, where a federal court recently determined that the Legislature unconstitutionally packed African-Americans into districts to restrict their political clout, are hoping to get their own initiatives onto the ballot.center_img Brian Cannon, executive director of One Virginia 2021, is working with supportive lawmakers to get the measure introduced this January, which would begin the process of putting it on the November 2020 ballot. The measure has bipartisan support, including from former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli and former Democratic House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong.“This isn’t a partisan thing,” Cannon said. “No one runs to keep gerrymandering.”But there are still state leaders who remain skeptical, including Republican Del. Buddy Fowler, who last year said, “I don’t think it is wise to hand over constitutional obligations and duties of elected people to unelected people.”And in other states, such as Republican-dominated Texas, state lawmakers are determined to maintain their district-drawing power. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the state’s new congressional maps, ruling that Texas lawmakers did not intentionally discriminate against Latino and black voters in drawing them.After the Supreme Court ruling, Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton praised the decision, saying it “protects the right of Texans to draw their own legislative districts.”Republican ProjectIn the runup to the 2010 census, the Republican State Leadership Committee made a national effort to gain control of state legislatures with the hope of seizing redistricting power. The “Redistricting Majority Project” was a staggering success: Republicans now control 31 state legislatures. And with the help of computer algorithms, they have redrawn congressional and legislative maps to give their party enormous advantages. Even in some purple states, where the number of registered Republicans and Democrats is nearly equal, Republicans dominate the state’s congressional delegation because of gerrymandered districts.According to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, “Democrats would need to win by a nearly unprecedented margin in 2018 to gain control of the House of Representatives” because of the way maps are designed. The center highlighted the maps in Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, saying they “consistently have the most extreme measures of bias.”Despite the many legal challenges to these maps, the U.S. Supreme Court has never struck down a state’s congressional map because of partisan gerrymandering, though it has rejected maps because they harmed racial minorities.This year, the Supreme Court considered legal challenges to the Maryland and Wisconsin congressional maps, which opponents said were unfairly drawn to benefit the parties in charge — Democrats in Maryland and Republicans in Wisconsin.But the high court declined to rule on whether the maps were unconstitutional. Regarding Maryland, it said in an unsigned opinion that it could not issue a ruling until there was a trial. And Chief Justice John Roberts said the plaintiffs in the Wisconsin case had not shown they were hurt by the Legislature’s actions.In North Carolina, Republicans currently hold 10 of the state’s 13 House seats, even though there are more registered Democrats than Republicans. When state lawmakers approved new maps in 2016, North Carolina state Rep. David Lewis, the Republican in charge of drawing the state’s congressional maps, said it was legal to “draw the map to give a partisan advantage” to Republicans.But last month, a panel of three federal judges declared North Carolina’s congressional district map unconstitutional. A week later, the panel decided the map should be used for the midterm election in November because there was “insufficient time” to draw new lines.Allison Riggs, the attorney who led the challenge against North Carolina’s map, is busy preparing for the state’s likely appeal to the Supreme Court next term. Riggs fears that gerrymandering efforts will get even more sophisticated with the development of new data and mapping techniques, and believes that voters and activists should push for new systems, such as independent commissions.“I’m seeing voters getting frustrated at the process,” said Riggs, the senior voting rights attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, a North Carolina-based nonprofit legal advocacy group. “But until voters translate that frustration to oust people, I don’t have a lot of hope that good sense will kick in and politicians will be responsive.”Compact and CompetitiveVoting experts largely agree that independent commissions are the fairest way to draw district lines. Maps drawn by such panels are more compact, more competitive and respect local boundaries more than maps drawn by state legislators, said Michael Crespin, a professor of political science at the University of Oklahoma.Crespin coauthored a 2017 study in the Journal of Politics that found independent commissions may “do a better job of preserving the population cores.” But, he said, politicians aren’t rushing to adopt independent commissions and give up redistricting power.“Politicians always have an incentive to draw districts that work for them, and they’re always going to be pushing the limits,” Crespin said. “That’s politics. Whatever the rules are, you’re going to stretch them to your advantage.”This year, legislators in 18 states considered more than 60 bills to change the redistricting process. Many of the measures aimed to create independent commissions to draw and approve congressional districts, like the panels in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, and Washington.Each state’s commission has its own redistricting standards and members are selected differently. In California, for example, government auditors select commissioners from a large applicant pool. But in Washington, legislative leaders can choose registered voters to serve on the bipartisan commission.In Iowa, nonpartisan legislative staff members develop maps without political or election data, which lawmakers later approve.In five other states — Maine, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Virginia — advisory committees can assist the legislature in drawing district lines. And if lawmakers cannot agree on new congressional maps in Connecticut and Indiana, backup commissions create the new maps.In Colorado, voters in November will consider two proposed constitutional amendments, each creating an independent commission for legislative redistricting and congressional redistricting. Each commission would have a dozen members, four Democrats, four Republicans, and four independents. Unaffiliated voters are now the largest voting bloc in the state at 38 percent.The proposed amendments enjoy rare bipartisan support in Colorado, including from the Republican Senate president and the Democratic House speaker. Not a single member of the General Assembly voted against bringing the measures to the ballot.“Both sides played the game the way the game was set up,” said Curtis Hubbard, a spokesman for Fair Maps Colorado. “That’s why we’re trying to eliminate the gamesmanship.”Fifty-five percent of voters will have to vote in favor of the amendments to add them to the constitution. Educating voters on this complicated issue remains a challenge, Hubbard said.Karin Mac Donald also faced that problem in California, where voters in 2008 passed a proposition that handed redistricting duties to an independent commission comprised of 14 voters — five Democrats, five Republicans, and four independents.Mac Donald, the director of the state’s redistricting database, housed at the University of California at Berkeley was a consultant for the state auditor during the last round of redistricting. Californians, she said, were concerned that unelected people were going to determine political fortunes.“Right now, it’s the devil you know,” Mac Donald said. “Maybe they think it’s not that bad. And people who aren’t getting good representation are already marginalized anyway. You have to mobilize people who feel they’re not part of the system right now, and that’s pretty hard.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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first_imgClean-label ingredients manufacturer and supplier Ulrick & Short has relaunched its additive- and allergen-free range of bakery glazes.Eziglaze was originally developed in response to market demands for more natural ingredient replacements. It can be used on sweet and savoury baked goods, and has been relaunched with improved cost saving value, due to the fluctuating price of eggs, said the firm. These savings are achieved as the glaze does not need to be chilled and has a long shelf-life, making it a practical alternative to fresh egg and milk. It is available in a powdered format which needs to be made up with cold water.”Eziglaze is ambient stable and can be adjusted to match the viscosity of existing glazes, meaning manufacturers do not need to recalibrate their equipment, helping to save time and money,” said the firm. “Eziglaze is able to replicate the same browning and gloss characteristics of egg and milk based glazes and has no chemicals or artificial components, as well as being GM-free.”last_img read more

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