The best way to help homeless youth is hardly ever used

first_imgTeens without homes, many of whom have suffered at the hands of those entrusted with providing them care and kindness, often refuse to seek warmth and nourishment at shelters.But there’s new evidence that drop-in centers — safe havens with fewer rules and no older adults — could open doors to jobs, sobriety and housing that is safe and secure.The study confirmed what lead researcher Natasha Slesnick has seen in two decades of work with homeless youths: Drop-in centers tailored to their needs and age have greater appeal for the hardest-to-reach kids. Share on Facebook Pinterest Share LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter Slesnick, professor of human sciences at The Ohio State University, now has data to prove that they’re particularly powerful hubs for moving young people away from homelessness and toward employment, housing and stability.“Many kids won’t go to shelters because they’re hiding on the street. They’re avoiding the service system because they’ve been abused and betrayed by everyone who is supposed to love them,” said Slesnick, who is also founder and executive director of Ohio State’s Star House, a drop-in center not far from campus that serves more than 800 young people a year.“They’re fearful of being preyed upon by older people at shelters, and the paperwork can be overwhelming.”For the study, published in the January 2016 issue of the journal Prevention Science, researchers set out into the woods, abandoned buildings, sandwich lines and libraries of Columbus, Ohio to find teens and young adults homeless and disconnected from services.The study included 79 youth, all of whom were assigned an advocate whose job it was to focus on the individual’s needs and goals and to help connect the person to the right services. The advocates tried to link half of the youth to a drop-in center and the other half to a crisis shelter.Eighty percent of those encouraged to visit the drop-in center showed up at its doors. Only 18 percent of those in the shelter group sought refuge there. In fact, 31 percent of those assigned to the “shelter” group ended up visiting the drop-in center.The drop-in model isn’t a replacement for shelters but an alternative that offers hope for the hardest-to-reach young homeless, Slesnick said.“Every city needs a drop-in center,” she said, adding that there are likely only about a couple dozen throughout the country.“This is an underserved marginalized population with few resources devoted to their problem. For most of them, a shelter is not going to solve the problem.”Drop-in centers aren’t designed to be residences. They don’t have beds. The one in Columbus is open around the clock, though, and provides food, hot showers, clothes and toothpaste and soap. Young people stop for a meal, to wash their clothes and to visit. There’s a room for art and couches in front of a big TV. There’s a gym for basketball and a room where expectant moms can have a medical checkup.Slesnick is hopeful this new evidence helps convince local, state and federal leaders that they should dedicate more money to drop-in centers rather than relying so heavily on shelters to help young people who are unlikely to show up at their doors.As a whole, the homeless kids and young adults, all of whom had been on the streets for at least three months prior to the study, were hungry for support. Whether or not they ever visited the drop-in center or the shelter, they willingly met with the men and women trying to help them.Those assigned to the drop-in group met their advocates an average of 17 times in six months. Those in the shelter group met an average of 12 times.“For some of them, having a nonjudgmental advocate in the study was the first time they’d experienced something like that. They ate it up,” Slesnick said.Both groups saw improvements in measures including alcohol and drug use and depression. But the drop-in group saw greater improvements in several areas and had more contact with individuals and agencies that provide help. Three months after the start of the study, members of the drop-in group reported almost 15 contacts in the last month, compared with 10 contacts for the shelter group.National estimates of the number of homeless young people vary widely, from 500,000 to 2 million. Part of that is because so many of them are disconnected from services that could help them and so getting a good count is impossible, Slesnick said.Homeless young people are at high risk for victimization and suicide. They often have mental health problems and abuse drugs and alcohol. But they can have full, productive lives if given the right opportunities and assistance, Slesnick said.“We need these kids to feel empowered. We need these kids off the streets,” she said.Next, Slesnick wants to study more than 700 homeless young people in Columbus, Texas and Florida to try to get a better handle on the role of drop-in centers in helping move people from the streets and into homes. Emaillast_img read more

Registration open for GAWDA convention

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Air Liquide starts up world’s largest oxygen production unit

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Air Liquide signs contracts with BASF

first_imgLeveraging on five existing onsite production plants in the Antwerp basin, the contracts also include a 15-year agreement for the renewal of Air Liquide’s air gas supply to existing installations and provide additional oxygen to a new ethylene oxide plant to be built by BASF. In addition, Air Liquide will purchase part of the methane fraction generated during the BASF production process and valorise it as a feedstock in its hydrogen production plants at the site contributing to circular economy and reducing CO2 emissions by up to 15,000 tonnes per year on the Antwerp site.The French industrial gas giant will build the NRU to supply BASF with high purity gas to enable a more efficient production of MDI, an important chemical component that is used in house insulation, helping save energy in buildings and other applications.The new NRU is scheduled to be operational by mid-2021.Francois Jackow, Executive Vice-President and a member of the Executive Committee supervising activities in Europe, said, “The signature of these new contracts demonstrates Air Liquide’s extensive capabilities to develop innovative and sustainable solutions and to create value for its customers over the long term.”“It also reflects our commitment to support our customers meet the challenge of the energy transition in line with our Climate Objectives.”last_img read more

Cameron ‘remains neutral’ toward Schlumberger’s tender offer

first_imgCameron, a provider of flow equipment products, systems and services to the oil and gas industry, has elected to express no opinion and remain neutral toward the offer by Schlumberger on March 22, 2016 to purchase up to $1.2 billion aggregate principal amount of the outstanding senior notes of Cameron.Cameron’s announcement arrives after Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) cleared on Friday Schlumberger’s proposed merger of Cameron without any conditions, representing the last major closing condition to the proposed merger agreed in August 2015.The tender offer is being conducted in connection with the proposed merger of Cameron with a wholly owned subsidiary of Schlumberger, pursuant to which Cameron will become a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of Schlumberger.In a press statement on Monday, Cameron said: “Cameron believes that each noteholder should make its decision as to whether to tender on an individual rather than a collective basis, based on that noteholder’s particular circumstances. Cameron further believes the determination whether to tender is a financial decision to be made by each noteholder, in consultation with the noteholder’s financial advisor, based on the terms of the offer being made by SHC.”The company further explained: “For these reasons, Cameron believes that it is not appropriate for it to make a recommendation to noteholders regarding the tender of their notes and expresses no opinion as to the course of action that noteholders should take.”last_img read more

Concessions for EDF EN’s First French OWFs Coming Up

first_imgThe concessions for the occupation of public maritime areas for the three wind farms developed by EDF EN in France are in the process of being signed, according to the French government. EDF EN won the Saint-Nazaire, Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-mer projects at the first French tender in 2012, and received prefectural orders authorising construction and operation of the wind farms last year.The 450MW Eoliennes Offshore du Calvados project off the coast of Courseulles-sur-Mer will comprise 75 wind turbines mounted on monopile foundations. The 498MW Eoliennes Offshore des Hautes Falaises wind farm off the coast of Fecamp will have up to 83 turbines and will use gravity-based foundations. The 480MW Parc du Banc de Guerande project, located off the coast of Saint-Nazaire, will have 80 turbines supported by monopile foundations.All wind farms will feature GE’s 6MW Haliade offshore wind turbines.Prefectural authorisations for the Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-mer have been challenged at court, as several organisations filed appeals to the decisions. In addition, organisations opposing the construction of the Eoliennes Offshore du Calvados wind farm, claiming it will ruin the landscape of the historic site of Normandy landings from WWII, have launched a petition against the project and are organising a demonstration gathering in front of the D-Day Landing Museum in Arromanches in April.Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more

Banking and finance

first_img The applicant agency applied for a recovery order under part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 against the respondent (P) in respect of five properties. Police intelligence to the effect that P was involved in drug trafficking had provided a starting point for the agency’s investigation into his affairs. The agency argued that the only inference that could sensibly be drawn from the evidence gleaned from its investigation was that P derived his income through unlawful conduct in the form of drug trafficking and money laundering. It further argued that, almost without exception, every mortgage application made by P in relation to the relevant properties contained false information about his income and the source of that income. That, it submitted, also amounted to unlawful conduct. Held: (1) The allegation of drug trafficking, which relied on police intelligence and P’s association with individuals with drug convictions, had not been proven. The same went for the allegation of money laundering. However, with one exception, the agency had made out its case on mortgage fraud. P had made substantially false statements as to his income and he had intended and expected those statements to be relied on. (2) (Obiter) The case illustrated the breadth of application of the civil recovery legislation. As the law stood, any person, however otherwise law-abiding, could be the subject of a recovery order if he made a deliberately false statement in a mortgage application form. It was important that that should be more widely known, and it would be desirable for mortgage-providers to spell out in their application forms that possible consequence of a misstatement. Application granted. Mortgage fraud – Recovery orders Serious Organised Crime Agency v Athos Thanos Pelekanos: QBD (Mr Justice Hamblen): 2 October 2009center_img Claire Dobbin (instructed by the in-house solicitor) for the applicant; Andrew Bodnar (instructed by Lewis Nedas & Co) for the respondent.last_img read more

PPG to push members’ wind success at exhibition

first_img“This is the largest event of its type in the world and offers PPG the opportunity to demonstrate our heavy lift, over dimensional capabilities that deliver cost-effective solutions for the renewable energy sector,” Stephens says. “PPG members have already had considerable success in the transport of wind blades and associated equipment, and one of our key objectives is to ensure PPG is the first point of contact for this rapidly growing part of the project cargo business.”last_img

Inducements: damage limitation

first_imgLet’s make this clear: inducements to purchase a service or product are a fundamental and legitimate part of business. I’m still with the same bank that offered me free cash back in freshers’ week at university, and I’ll bet many others are in the same boat. Turn on the television for Countdown and there’ll be some washed up celebrity promising to ease your journey to the grave with a free Parker pen. It’s good marketing, giving your business an edge in a crowded marketplace where there is little else to differentiate between products. We’re all well acquainted with law firms that offer £1,500 upfront for a personal injury claim. Perhaps they might also bung in an iPad for good measure. This week the SRA decided there was nothing in the offers that harms the client – which considering they’re getting freebies, is glaringly obvious. I see the point that some claimants need an upfront payment to help them meet short-term costs. Their car might be out of action forcing them into public transport or they might be missing out on work if they’re self-employed. A sum to tide you over until the case resolves is only fair. I know of several excellent and trustworthy firms that shunned paying referral fees in favour of offering inducements. You can debate the rights and wrongs of both, but at the very least it’s better to line the pockets of victims than insurance companies. And don’t let the nefarious insurers preach about the fairness of inducements. They’re the ones on the phone to accident victims within hours offering them cash to settle early and go away – not an inducement but often a wilful attempt to encourage vulnerable people to settle without any legal advice. But client damage is not really the issue with inducements, as everyone well knows. There’s no getting away from the fact that they damage the reputation of the legal profession. They plant the idea of the compensation culture in the public – a seed which is well watered by the government and insurance lobby. When the Association of British Insurers talks of ambulance chasers (forgetting its members used to sell the address of the hospital), inducements are an open goal for that rhetoric. Inducements just feel grubby, giving the impression that PI claims are a back-alley job run by salesmen. Most of all they turn claims into a product and a commodity, to be traded and bartered for. I don’t blame the SRA for not wanting a ban – I’ve discussed in the past how ambivalent they’ve been about policing the government’s referral ban and they’re hardly going to be keen to take on more. And I do sympathise with firms that are simply trying to secure their own future with an innovative marketing exercise. But if the claimant lobby is ever going to persuade the government and general public there is no compensation culture, it will have to ditch the inducements, ban or no ban. Follow John on Twitter John Hyde is a Gazette reporterlast_img read more

Toshiba unveils tri-mode locomotive demonstrator

first_imgGERMANY: Toshiba Railway Europe unveiled a electric-diesel-battery hybrid traction technology demonstrator locomotive at the Transport Logistic trade show in München on June 4.The company has a contract to supply 50 diesel-battery centre cab locomotives to DB Cargo from 2021, TRE Managing Director Hinrich Krey told Railway Gazette. The demonstrator is intended to showcase the company’s design work to date as well as highlighting future development options.The T-HDB800 displayed in München reuses the frame and bogies from a Schalke SDE1800 heavy industrial shunter. Diesel traction is provided by two MAN 471 kW gensets, while Toshiba has fitted two SCiB lithium titanate oxide traction batteries rated at 62 kWh. TRE says that the diesel engines use neither urea additives nor particulate filters, but will be compliant with EU Stage V emissions regulations coming into effect from 2023. The powerpacks use a modular design which means that one could be replaced by another battery pack or ‘maybe fuel cells further in the future’. TRE says that simulations have suggested the batteries could last up to 10 years.The demonstrator is also fitted with a pantograph for use with 15 kV 16·7 z or 25 kV 50 Hz overhead electrification, which will be offered as an option for future contracts. Krey explained that the loco is the first German centre cab design with a pantograph to comply with TSI regulations. The T-HDB 800 has a maximum power output at rail of 750 kW and a maximum speed of 100 km/h. It is aimed at heavy shunting and light trip freight applications.Partners in the development project include Windhoff (power module assembly) and Knorr-Bremse (brakes), while Hitachi has supplied an ETCS onboard unit.Final design of the locomotives for DB Cargo is still ongoing, with Krey suggesting that final assembly work could be undertaken at DB’s own workshops in Rostock.last_img read more