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first_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Anglican Communion Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Belleville, IL Common Declaration offers insights for Anglican Communion relationships Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Director of Music Morristown, NJ Tags The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest [Anglican Communion News Service] The body responsible for promoting unity, faith and order within the Anglican Communion has welcomed the Common Declaration made by Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby in October. The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith, and Order (Iascufo), said that the Common Declaration’s affirmation that Anglicans and Roman Catholics are brothers and sisters in Christ despite significant differences “offers helpful insights into relationships not only with Catholics and our other ecumenical partners, but also within the Anglican Communion.”Full article. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service Featured Events By Gavin Drake Posted Dec 15, 2016 Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Cathedral Dean Boise, ID This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA last_img read more

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. By all accounts, Justin and Stephanie Shults were very happy in Brussels. They were living their dream of living abroad, seeing Europe, and doing adventuresome activities. They had a life that many would envy. They had contracted to work for their employers for a specified period of time in Europe and were planning on returning to the United States next year.Justin and Stephanie met while working to receive their master’s degrees in accounting from Vanderbilt University. They were 30 and 29 years old respectively, and were accountants living in the Belgian capital since 2014.Justin was a native of Tennessee while Stephanie was from Lexington, KY. The couple met while working to receive their master’s degrees in accounting from Vanderbilt University. They were 30 and 29 years old respectively, and were accountants living in the Belgian capital since 2014.Stephanie’s mother Carolyn was in line to check in for her flight back to Kentucky after visiting her in Brussels for about six days. She could see Stephanie and Justin seated several feet away across the terminal, making sure she got checked in properly.Suddenly there was an explosion, and Carolyn was knocked down but remained conscious.* * *On Tuesday, March 22nd, at around 8am, there were two explosions in the departure hall at Brussels Airport. The blast killed at least 10 people. About an hour later an explosion at the Maelbeek subway station in central Brussels, killed about 20 people.Eight hours after the explosions, a news agency affiliated with the Islamic State issued a bulletin claiming responsibility, calling Belgium “a country participating in the coalition against the Islamic State.”The next day the death toll was increased to 34. More than 230 others were wounded. Four Americans were killed – including Justin and Stephanie Shults.           * * *John Hampton is the Lead Pastor at Journey Christian Church in Apopka. Before coming to Journey in 2010, he was a pastor at Northern Heights Christian Church in Lexington, KY from September 1988 to August 1997. It was there he got to know Stephanie and her family.John Hampton, the Lead Pastor at Journey Christian Church, was asked by the families to speak at the funeral.“My connection to the family is as much personal as pastoral,” said Hampton. “My oldest daughter Anna and Stephanie met in Kindergarten and became close friends throughout their elementary school years. Geary (Stephanie’s father) and Carolyn, and their oldest daughter Holly, along with Stephanie eventually started attending Northern Heights. They also lived nearby, so Stephanie and Anna saw each other frequently.”Hampton has been asked by the family to be a part of the funeral service. Despite the shock and tragic nature of the event, he is in the process of constructing his message to the grieving family and friends of Justin and Stephanie Shults.“I’m still working on the message and have not finalized it. It usually takes some time to process the thoughts and initial impressions I have for such a tragic funeral. I have learned over the years that ministry means never knowing what the next phone call will bring. In some ways, you learn to expect the unexpected.But learning that Stephanie Moore Shults and her husband were killed in a terrorist bombing is still hard to take in. I have never known anyone personally killed in a terrorist attack until now.  I hope to finish the first draft of the message today. A basic thought I’ve had on this from the beginning is that love is always stronger than hate and the resurrected King will have the last word.” Please enter your name here TAGSBrussels bombingsJohn HamptonJourney Christian Church Previous articleApopka Fire Department using state of the art reporting technologyNext articleBreaking News: School Bus Fire at Wekiva Terrace Subdivision Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more

first_img8/7/2019 8:19 amRESIDENCE1800 BLOCK SUNSET PALM DR  Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate DATE/TIMETYPELOCATION 8/4/2019 3:48 amBUSINESS2300 E SEMORAN BLVD  8/5/2019 7:27 amBUSINESS580 E MAIN ST  Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 8/9/2019 12:11 pmVEHICLE500 BLOCK S CENTRAL AVE  LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 8/7/2019 9:56 amVEHICLE1800 BLOCK DUNN COVE DR  TAGSApopka Burglary ReportApopka Police DepartmentBusiness Burglary ReportResidential Burglary ReportVehicle Burglary Report Previous articleBack to School 2019: Teachers’ expectations help students to work harder, but can also reduce enjoyment and confidenceNext articleOrange County absorbs 7-inches of rainfall in July Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: Week Ending August 10thThe Apopka Burglary Report for the week ending August 10th shows five burglaries reported in Apopka.Chief Michael McKinley of the Apopka Police Department tells us that many vehicle burglaries could have been prevented if everyone remembers to do just two things:Remove all valuables from your vehicleLock your car doorsThe breakdown of the burglaries reported to the Apopka Police Department last week:2 – Business1 – Residential2 – VehicleHere is a list of the burglaries, along with their date, time, type, and location: Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

first_imgMichael BrownJustice for Michael Brown!The grim news that police have killed yet another unarmed African-American youth comes this time from Ferguson, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. Michael Brown, just 18, had expected to enter college in a few weeks. Police have not yet come up with any explanation for why officers riddled Brown’s body with 10 bullets after stopping him as he walked with a friend to his grandmother’s house. Nor has the Ferguson Police Department even released the name of the killer cop, who has been put on “administrative leave.”Would this even have made national news without the outpouring of rage from the Black community that followed the youth’s killing? An impromptu memorial the next night turned into a protest demonstration, surrounded by hundreds of cops in riot gear and armed with tear gas, shotguns and attack dogs. Youth repeatedly confronted the police with the cry “Don’t shoot me!” as they turned their backs and held their hands up high in the air.Ferguson is actually part of greater St. Louis, which has lost population as industry declined. Ferguson is a city of 22,000 that is two-thirds Black; the police are almost all white. St. Louis grew into a metropolis during the era of slavery. Its wealth came from the exploitation and oppression of Black and Native peoples.It took a Civil War a century and a half ago to end chattel slavery, but that revolution was never finished. A compromise between Northern industrialists/bankers and Southern landowners ended Reconstruction in the 1870s and allowed the rich whites to keep their huge plantations. A new wave of racist terror, spearheaded by the Ku Klux Klan, smashed the newly won political and social rights of Black people in the South and drove them back into the semi-slavery of the sharecropping system and racial segregation.Even with the massive Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, de facto segregation still exists in many parts of the North and South, along with higher prices and lower wages, or no wages at all, that confront so many working-class Black communities.The youth of Ferguson have every right to rebel and disbelieve official pronouncements from the FBI that it will “investigate” whether the police have carried out civil rights abuses in Ferguson. These investigations seldom go anywhere because they fail to address the root causes of the problem.Police brutality is epidemic not because of a few “bad apples” or because they didn’t get better “sensitivity training,” but because the job of the police is to keep the people from rebelling against an economic system that is unjust and increasingly unable to provide the basic necessities of life. The capitalist system exploits all workers, but it is especially lethal to the Black, Latino/a, Native, Asian, Middle Eastern and other peoples from oppressed nations. The cops are in their communities to sow terror and keep them from rising up against their unbearable conditions.Justice for Michael Brown! No justice, no peace!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img RSF_en In a letter to Minister of Interior Relations and Justice Ramón Rodriguez Chacin, RSF condemned the 31 January 2002 bomb attack on the daily “Así es la noticia”. “The president’s verbal threats against media outlets that criticise him have resulted in creating an auspicious climate for violence,” noted RSF Secretary-General Robert Ménard. “We ask that you condemn this attack carried out by alleged government supporters,” he added. RSF also asked the minister to ensure that those responsible be identified and brought to trial. VenezuelaAmericas February 5, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bomb explodes in front of daily’s offices Follow the news on Venezuela August 25, 2020 Find out more Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets News News According to information collected by RSF, on 31 January, a bomb exploded in front of “Así es la noticia” daily’s offices, in Caracas, causing damage to the building’s facade. The bomb was thrown by two individuals who were riding a motorcycle. Prior to the attack, the daily’s management received an anonymous threatening telephone call, during which the newspaper was accused of having an editorial stance critical of the government. After the explosion, pamphlets accusing “Así es la noticia” journalists of carrying out an anti-governmental campaign and serving the “oligarchy” were found near the daily’s offices. The pamphlets bore the signature of the MRT, a previously unknown organisation. Organisation Help by sharing this information Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News to go further “Así es la noticia” newspaper is headed by Ibeyise Pacheco, who is also lead-writer for “El Nacional” newspaper. On 7 January, “El Nacional” was threatened by some of President Chávez’s supporters. The two newspapers belong to the same media group. On 30 January, Pacheco pointed to the existence of a document outlining the alleged relations between Venezuelan government officials and members of the Colombian guerilla. The government has taken measures to protect “Así es la noticia” and “El Nacional” newspapers and the Globovisión television station. Police forces have been assigned to patrol around the three media outlets’ offices. Receive email alerts News January 13, 2021 Find out more VenezuelaAmericas June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe A blog post from the Urban Institute published on Tuesday went in depth into the over $3 trillion in untapped home equity by seniors. Homeowner age 65 and older are unwilling to tap into the wealth of equity from their homes, due to various financial concerns. The data from Urban Institute is backed by Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey, which found that 37 percent of senior homeowners feel concerned for their finances in retirement, and only 6 percent of seniors are interested into tapping into their home equity to address these concerns.Equity may be accessed through downsizing, forward or reverse mortgage products, or even indirectly by underspending on maintenance, yet seniors are unlikely to use mortgage products as a method of equity access. Out of the four primary mortgage channels for equity extraction—home equity lines of credit (HELOC), closed-end seconds, cash-out refinance loans, or Home Equity Conversion Mortgages—no channel had an origination rate greater than 4 percent, and only one, HELOCS, had a rate exceeding 1 percent.The low rate of equity access through mortgage products among seniors may be due to a desire to stay out of debt, or the increased number of seniors who stay in the workforce into old age. Additionally, poor financial literacy and complexity as well as the high costs of some mortgage products may steer seniors away from such products. These factors combined have led to a large, untapped amount of wealth.Experts Karan Kaul, Research Associate at The Urban Institute, Laurie Goodman, Codirector of the Urban Institute, and Patrick Simmons, Director at Economic and Strategic Research, list a few ideas in the blog post to help open access to home equity for seniors: improve reverse mortgage financial literacy, reduce the cost of reverse mortgages, improve access to credit, and explore new products and alternative approaches for equity extraction.The complete report by Karan Kaul and Laurie Goodman can be found here on, and the blog post can be found here. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Seniors Are Sitting on Trillions of Dollars Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Fannie Mae Home Equity mortgage 2017-02-28 Staff Writer Previous: Interest Rates Continue Trend Next: What are the Top and Bottom CBSAs? Home / Daily Dose / Seniors Are Sitting on Trillions of Dollars  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Fannie Mae Home Equity mortgage About Author: Staff Writer February 28, 2017 1,516 Views last_img read more

first_imgiStock(OAHU, Hawaii) — Nine people were killed when a sky diving plane crashed on the island of Oahu Friday, the deadliest civilian plane accident in the U.S. since 2015.The twin-engine King Air plane crashed Friday at about 6:30 p.m. local time and killed everyone on board, according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation.“With extreme sadness HDOT reports there were 9 souls on board the King Air twin engine plane that went down near Dillingham Airfield with no apparent survivors,” the DOT tweeted.“There’s nothing left of the plane,” Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel P. Neves told reporters at the airport.Dillingham Airfield is located on the northwest coast of Oahu, the opposite side from the state’s capital of Honolulu. The airfield is used for both military and civilian aircraft.“I am closely following the tragic developments out of Dillingham Airfield this evening,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a tweet. “At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims.”“There was a fire close to the fence line. We extinguished the fire, so luckily because it was accessible we could get to the fire right away,” Neves said. “We’re collecting information; it was a sky-dive aircraft.”“We have witnesses that say it was inbound so we’re not sure right now [whether it left the airfield], we’re gathering information,” he added.There were family members of those on the plane who were waiting at the airfield, Neves said.“It is very difficult,” he said. “In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii, this is the most tragic aircraft incident that we’ve had. We’ve had some helicopters with the military, but this is a civilian plane that went down with that many people on board.”One man who was hiking in the area of the airfield said he saw fire trucks, police and helicopters rush to the scene. When he got closer to the scene, he spoke to a couple who saw the plane take off.“I talked to a couple on my way from the other side [of the airport]; they said they saw the plane, it looks like it was taking off and it looked a little wobbly and that’s the last they could see of it,” eyewitness Jonathan Keating said.The crash is the deadliest in the U.S. for a civilian plane since nine people were killed in Akron, Ohio, in November 2015. There have been two more recent military plane crashes with at least as many casualties: a C-130 crash in Georgia in May 2018 that killed nine people and a C-130 crash in Mississippi in July 2017 that killed 16.Sixteen people were also killed in a hot air balloon accident in Texas in July 2016.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgblackred/iStock(DALLAS) — An American Airlines flight bound for Dallas from Chicago was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger tried to open the emergency exit door in the middle of the journey.American Airlines Flight 2300 left O’Hare International Airport Tuesday and was less than 45 minutes into its flight to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport when the plane had to be diverted to St. Louis, Missouri, because of the unidentified “unruly passenger,” the airline said in a statement Wednesday.“He started coming at the door,” passenger Jonathan Cowan told ABC News. “He just had these big, black gazing eyes. There was really no emotion. … He had all the door levers being flipped up. He was just going at it, attacking it.”The door, however, could not be opened. Airline experts said that emergency doors are kept sealed during flight by cabin pressure inside the plane.Others on board were quick to subdue the unruly passenger.“I got him to the ground, pinned him,” Cowan said. “A couple other gentlemen got on back of me and helped pin him down.”Alexa Campanile, a passenger who shared a video with ABC News, said that after the man attempted to open the exit door, passengers were the first to take action and then flight attendants assisted.“The aircraft landed safely and law enforcement met it upon arrival,” American Airlines said in its statement. “There were no injuries to passengers or crew members. We thank our crew members for their quick action to ensure the safety of everyone on board and providing excellent care to our customers during a difficult situation.”The unruly man was tied up and held down until the plane landed in St. Louis. Video shared by passengers showed the unidentified man being detained by authorities and later removed from the aircraft in St. Louis.Officials at St. Louis Lambert International Airport did not comment on the incident and referred ABC News to federal authorities.An FBI spokesman in St. Louis said that the agency had coordinated with airport police during the incident and that no one had been arrested. The man was released without charges.“There was no nexus to terrorism or criminal activity,” the spokesman told ABC News on Wednesday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgMessage* Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink From left: 860 Washington Street, Masayoshi Son and Elon Musk (Photos via Getty; James Carpenter Design Associates)A glassy building in the Meatpacking District that’s home to some of 2020’s hottest companies is now valued at $80 million after the partners who developed it completed a sale-leaseback deal.Romanoff Equities bought the 10-story building at 860 Washington Street from co-developer Property Group Partners, records filed with the city Thursday show. The purchase price works out to about $700 per square foot.At the same time, Romanoff leased the asset back to Property Group Partners for a term of 99 years.Representatives from Romanoff and Property Group Partners could not be immediately reached for comment. A Cushman & Wakefield team of Adam Spies, Doug Harmon, Kevin Donner and Marcella Fasulo brokered the sale between PGP and Romanoff.ADVERTISEMENTBuilt in 2016, 860 Washington Street was among a handful of small, boutique commercial buildings that helped transform the Meatpacking District into a highly desirable office neighborhood. These properties commanded triple-figure rents that are rarely seen in areas of Manhattan outside the most prime stretches of Midtown Manhattan.Tenants include Tesla, which has a ground-floor showroom, and which has seen its stock price explode in 2020. Its stock closed above $620 per share this week, more than seven times what it was trading for at the beginning of the year.The Softbank-backed online lender SoFi, which is reportedly considering a public listing amid this year’s white-hot IPO market, is also a tenant in the building alongside other companies including Alibaba and Delos Living.Romanoff Equities, headed by Michael Romanoff, owns a number of properties in the Meatpacking District, and teamed up with Jeffrey Sussman’s Property Group Partners in 2013 to develop the building.Contact Rich Bockmann Email Address* TagsCommercial Real Estatemeatpacking districtReal Estate Financingromanoff equitieslast_img read more

first_img Organised crime groups exploit any opportunity to make money. Our local communities are being scarred by the illegal dumping of waste, while at the same time people are being conned into placing contracts with dodgy waste firms. We are committed to ending this scourge and I look forward to exploring what more Defra, local authorities, the private sector and police can do on this issue. The review will: Waste criminals act illegally to evade landfill tax, undercut responsible waste disposal businesses, operate illegal waste sites, export waste illegally and fly-tip – blighting communities with bad smells, fly infestations and fires.Their activity cost the English economy more than £600 million in 2015 and the review announced by the Environment Secretary today is the next step in the government’s ongoing work to tackle the crime – which is already a serious offence with tough penalties.A Call for Evidence launched today (10 June) will enable a wide group of people to have their say on ways to crack-down further on Organised Crime Groups (OCGs), who profit from waste crime.The review will be chaired by Lizzie Noel, a Non-Executive Director at Defra.Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said: Serious organised crime is the planning, coordinating and committing serious offences, whether individually, in groups and/or as part of transnational networks Lizzie Noel will be supported by an advisory panel bringing a wide range of experience in serious organised crime, security, and waste. The panel comprises Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Colin Church, Chief Executive Officer at Chartered Institute of Waste Management, and Craig Naylor, Deputy Chief Constable in Lincolnshire Police. Householders can check if a waste carrier is an approved carrier on the Environment Agency website. The cost of waste crime to the English economy being over £600m in 2015 is from Rethinking waste crime, Environmental Services Association Educational Trust, 2017. The figure of the extra investment in the EA having shown a return of about £5 for every £1 extra spent on tackling waste crime is from Waste crime interventions and evaluation project report. The Home Office study referred to is Understanding organised crime: estimating the scale and the social and economic costs, October 2013. For further information please contact Defra press office on 020 8225 7317 or out of hours on 0345 051 8486 ObjectivesThe review will: Organised criminals running illegal waste dumps and fly-tipping are blighting local communities. They cost our economy vast amounts of money, pollute our environment and harm our wildlife. We must crack-down on these criminals who have no regard for the impact they have on peoples’ lives. The time is right for us to look at how we can best tackle these antisocial and inexcusable crimes. Ways of working The health of our communities, environment, and economy is being harmed by organised groups committing serious waste crimes. This review is an opportunity to properly understand the extent of this criminal activity, and I look forward to working with a range of partners to ensure our response is robust and effective. Terms of Reference The Chair will be responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and progress of the review and delivery of the final report. The Chair will work closely with the Head of Waste and Recycling, who will oversee the review within Defra. Progress reviews will be conducted monthly. The Chair, with advice taken from the core working group, may seek to access wider expertise dependent on need. The review will be supported by a Secretariat within Defra, and by staff within Defra and the Environment Agency throughout. A communications strategy and stakeholder engagement plan will be developed. All communication with the media will be undertaken through Defra Communications Team or the Environment Agency Communications team. The review will take a broad approach, to understand the scale, nature and impact of serious and organised crime and current and potential response to it. The focus will be on England only. The review will concentrate on organised criminal involvement in waste crime, characteristics of criminal enterprises, intelligence gathering and enforcement effectiveness. It will consider fly-tipping and smaller waste crime incidents only in connection to the review’s understanding of organised criminality. Purpose The Serious and Organised Waste Crime review is initiated by, and will report to, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Last year, we closed down two illegal wastes sites a day and were granted new powers to complement our existing enforcement efforts. Our officers are also out in communities, preventing and disrupting criminals through our intelligence led investigations, and also dealing with the consequences of illegally dumped waste to the environment and the wider community. We welcome the opportunity to review how best we deploy our resources and strengthen ties across government and with the police to target organised criminal rings behind illegal waste operations, and bring perpetrators to justice. Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace, said: This review will directly inform a strategic approach to waste crime, which will be published in the new resources and waste strategy. This strategy is part of the Government’s environmental policy following the 25-year plan and the Clean Growth strategy. The review will also help shape future direction of work in this area. the enforcement landscape and the multiple organisations involved the sustainability, scalability, deliverability and cost-benefit trade-offs of responses to serious and organised waste crime wider work underway in Defra, the Home Office and the Environment Agency lessons learnt and examples of best practice from a wide range of stakeholders Timing Roles and responsibilities The Government has also recently given councils powers to hand out on-the-spot fines to fly-tippers, made it easier for vehicles suspected of being used for fly-tipping to be stopped, searched and seized, and later this year will introduce new fixed penalty notices for householders who pass their waste to a fly-tipper, subject to Parliamentary approval.The review is due to be completed by September 2018.Further information: Since 2014, the Government has given the Environment Agency an extra £60million towards enforcement work to tackle waste crime. This extra investment has shown a return of about £5 for every £1 extra spent.Today’s announcement builds on a range of new measures from the government to tackle waste crime, including new powers for the Environment Agency to lock the gates to problem waste sites to prevent waste illegally building up and powers to force operators to clear all the waste at problem sites, and extending landfill tax to include material disposed of at illegal waste sites with effect from April 2018.Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, said: consider the extent and nature of crimes being committed, and the types of organised crime groups involved consider the environmental, community and economic impacts of serious and organised waste crime consider how the Environment Agency is responding to the threat consider the ability of the Environment Agency, other organisations, and the law enforcement system as a whole, to work together to tackle the threat make recommendations for a strategic approach to serious and organised waste crime make recommendations for the future direction of work In implementing the review, the review team should also take account of: More than 850 new illegal waste sites were discovered by the Environment Agency in 2016-17. While an average of two illegal waste sites are shut down every day, they continue to create severe problems for local communities and business, particularly in rural areas, as well as posing a risk to key national infrastructure.A study by the Home Office suggests that criminals may also use waste management activities such as operating illegal waste sites as a cover for crimes such as theft, human trafficking, fraud, drugs supply, firearms supply and money laundering.Review chair Lizzie Noel has more than 20 years’ experience of senior roles in both the private and public sectors. She will engage with a wide range of stakeholders, and the Call for Evidence will enable a wider group of people to have their say.Lizzie Noel said: Reporting The review will commence in June 2018 and is due to be completed by September 2018. Scope Consider the types of crimes being committed and organised crime groups involved; Consider the environmental, community and economic impacts of serious and organised waste crime; Consider how the Environment Agency, other organisations, and the law enforcement system can work together to tackle the threat; Make recommendations for a strategic approach to serious and organised waste crime. To consider, in depth, serious and organised waste crime – including our response to it – so that we can make actionable recommendations for a strategic approach to waste crime. The review will be chaired by Defra Non-Executive Director Lizzie Noel. The review will report to the Defra Secretary of State and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State. An evidence-based report will be submitted to Defra Ministers for consideration, detailing the findings of the review.last_img read more

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