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Fifth Third and CommonBond Help Enable Students and Families to Finance College

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 giugno 2019

It’s that time of year when college students and their families are looking at ways to help pay for school, and Fifth Third Bank has a solution. Through CommonBond, a leading financial technology company, Fifth Third Bank is offering its customers a new way to finance their education and save money on college loans.Fifth Third has worked with CommonBond during the past year to offer its customers refinancing options for student loans. As the cost of college continues to grow, Fifth Third customers can fund higher education through CommonBond’s competitive rates, simple application, and award-winning customer care. While Fifth Third itself doesn’t finance college loans, it now will send customers to CommonBond to help finance college.“Private student loans can play an important role in enabling access to higher education,” said Tom Bohache, head of education finance for Fifth Third Bancorp. “Fifth Third is proud to offer our customers an industry-leading product and experience with CommonBond.”CommonBond finances and refinances student loans, and works with businesses to help their employees pay off student loans.

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DNA Diagnostics Center® Ready to Provide Expedited Legally-Binding Immigration DNA Testing for Border Families

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 giugno 2018

FAIRFIELD, Ohio/PRNewswire/ DNA Diagnostics Center® (DDC® or the Company), the world’s largest immigration DNA testing company, is ready to assist in reuniting families by providing expedited, legally-binding AABB-accredited immigration DNA tests, including sending trained professionals to all detention facilities, ensuring legal chain-of-custody protocols are followed.The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) oversees the regulations pertaining to immigration DNA testing and only laboratories authorized by the AABB may be used. In the current situation, paternity-, maternity-, and siblingship DNA tests adhering to AABB standards are acceptable—ancestry DNA tests are not a legally binding solution. DDC processes over 1 million DNA samples each year in our accredited laboratory and has helped millions of families since 1995. The Company is highly-experienced and well versed with testing requirements in accordance with the United States Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) for conducting genetic testing to verify and establish relationship for purposes of immigration.In addition, the Company has a long history providing contract services to other governmental agencies, both state and county, for relationship chain-of-custody tests related to Title IV-D parentage cases for enforcing child support. DDC currently has contractual partnerships with 22 state agencies, including Texas, plus the District of Columbia for family relationship testing services. Connie Hallquist, President and Chief Executive Officer of DNA Diagnostics Center®, states: “DDC is standing by and ready to assist our country with the current immigration challenge on our border and with parent/child reunification. As the world leader in immigration DNA testing, we have the accreditations, processes, systems, capacity, and experience to quickly provide U.S. government-sanctioned immigration DNA tests.” Once DNA samples are received at our Ohio-based laboratory from our professional collection team, results are ready in 1-2 days. Since 1995, DDC employees have been dedicated to providing trusted answers for families and government institutions and are ready to assist our country now.
DNA Diagnostics Center® (DDC®), founded over twenty years ago, is one of the world’s largest private DNA testing companies with offices in Fairfield, Ohio (United States) and London, England (United Kingdom). DDC® offers DNA testing for paternity, immigration, forensics, genetic traits of animals, and ancestry.SOURCE DNA Diagnostics Center, Inc.

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Refugee and migrant families risk being split up during the journey to the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 settembre 2016

jovan-vitanovskOver a third of new arrivals in the past year were children, who often arrive unaccompanied as they become separated from their family. The latest FRA summary report on migration-related fundamental rights throws the spotlight on how the present situation is affecting family tracing and reunification.
Access the focus section on family tracing and reunification and the monthly data collection highlights. Respect for family life is a fundamental right guaranteed in the EU. Family reunification is an important enabler of this and facilitates the longer-term integration of migrants into society. However, the current situation is putting this right to the test as some Member States have made reunification more difficult.This report looks at the challenges and good practices related to family tracing and reunification that can help the development of effective rights-compliant solutions at EU and national level. Some of the main findings include:
Most Member States use the Red Cross’ fundamental rights-compliant tool ‘Trace the Face’ to search for family members. Refugees and migrants mainly use social media networks, online databases and the Red Cross tool to trace family members.
However, practical obstacles impede family tracing. These include a lack of documentation among migrants, errors in processing names, the speed with which migrants move between countries, and the slow identification of those who have died crossing the Mediterranean. In addition, although national offices of the Red Cross play a leading role in family tracing, in most Member States there is no NGO specifically responsible for this.
Displaced People At Dadaab Refugee Camp As Severe Drought Continues To Ravage East AfricaThere are no systematic and reliable data on how many asylum seekers arrive with or without their family, nor on the exact number of requests for family reunification.
Some Member States have reduced the timeframe for applying for family reunification or have made the process more complicated. The dissemination of information about family reunification also varies from Member State to Member State. Additional obstacles include the length of proceedings, the absence of valid travel documents, the cost of processing documentation including translation, and limited access to legal assistance.
Under the EU’s Dublin Regulation for determining which Member State is responsible for examining asylum applications, family considerations such as keeping families together can be taken into account. However, practical, legal and administrative obstacles can impede such considerations. These include a lack of information about the process, the absence of proof of family relationships, and long and complex procedures with no chance to appeal decisions, etc.
Overall, family reunification seems to have become more difficult due to the recent changes in Member States’ policies and practices. Family tracing, which is often the necessary first step before applying for family reunification, is complicated for various reasons, despite some promising practices. More precise and specific data would be needed to better assess national practices on family reunification and family tracing and to develop effective solutions in line with fundamental rights at EU and Member State levels.The European Commission asked FRA to collect data about the fundamental rights situation of people arriving in Member States, particularly affected by large migration movements. The countries covered are: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Sweden.FRA has published overviews since September 2015. Each overview covers different issues including:
initial registration and asylum applications;criminal proceedings initiated for offences related to irregular border crossing;
child protection;reception conditions for new arrivals;access to healthcare;public response such as rallies of support, humanitarian assistance or voluntary work;
racist incidents such as demonstrations, online hate speech or hate crime.
While this month has a section looking specifically at family tracing and reunification, last month’s focus was on migrants with disabilities and victims of torture. Next month will review the most important fundamental rights issues from the past year that still require priority action. (photo: Jovan Vitanovsk)

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Governor and First Lady Wolf to Launch “It’s On Us PA” Campus Sexual Assault Campaign

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 gennaio 2016

PennsylvaniaFriday, January 28th, 2016 09:45 to 10:30 (Eastern) Elizabethtown College, Myer Residence Hall Susquehanna Room, 401 E Cedar Street, Elizabethtown PA 17022 LIVE STREAM: https://www.governor.pa.gov/live/ Governor and First Lady Wolf will launch “It’s On Us PA,” a statewide campaign that invites everyone to play a role in ending sexual assault. With this announcement, Pennsylvania is the first state in the nation to launch an “It’s On Us” campaign. “It’s On Us PA” will engage education leaders from school superintendents to college presidents as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, civic leaders, families, and communities to make a personal and public pledge to play a role in preventing, addressing, and responding effectively to sexual violence. Governor Wolf will make remarks during this event.

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Strong families are our best defence against poverty

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 14 settembre 2014

(FILES) Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez MaradiaAround 150 people from the Vatican, Caritas organisations, pontifical universities, religious congregations and Italian dioceses will gather in Rome on 18th September to discuss “The Family: a resource to overcome the crisis.” The outcome of the meeting will form a basis for proposals to the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly Synod of Bishops on the family held at the Vatican.
Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis, will open the meeting. He said, “The economic crisis has increased inequality and exclusion. With so many challenges, our blood families, our global human family and our spiritual family have become more important than ever in ensuring we don’t fall into loneliness and desperation. Where economic and social systems fail, the solidarity and protection of families are the best defence against poverty.”
The financial crisis which started in 2008 has pushed millions of families into poverty and left the world more unequal than ever. In many countries there are fewer jobs and families even in wealthier countries are finding it increasingly hard to feed themselves.
The seminar will look at the psychological effects of the economic crisis, migration and the pastoral and spiritual approaches for facing the challenges of the crisis, among other things.
Caritas organisations in many countries offer a variety of services such as food and clothes banks, counselling, loans, job training, healthcare and lodging to help people to cope with the crisis.
The meeting will look at how Caritas as the charitable arm of the Church can work through families to better promote development.
Around 150 people from the Vatican, Caritas organisations, pontifical universities, religious congregations and Italian dioceses will gather in Rome on 18th September to discuss “The Family: a resource to overcome the crisis.”
The outcome of the meeting will form a basis for proposals to the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly Synod of Bishops on the family held at the Vatican.
Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis, will open the meeting. He said, “The economic crisis has increased inequality and exclusion. With so many challenges, our blood families, our global human family and our spiritual family have become more important than ever in ensuring we don’t fall into loneliness and desperation. Where economic and social systems fail, the solidarity and protection of families are the best defence against poverty.”
The financial crisis which started in 2008 has pushed millions of families into poverty and left the world more unequal than ever. In many countries there are fewer jobs and families even in wealthier countries are finding it increasingly hard to feed themselves.
The seminar will look at the psychological effects of the economic crisis, migration and the pastoral and spiritual approaches for facing the challenges of the crisis, among other things.
Caritas organisations in many countries offer a variety of services such as food and clothes banks, counselling, loans, job training, healthcare and lodging to help people to cope with the crisis.

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George Shoppers Choose Practical Gifts Over Luxury Items This Christmas

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 dicembre 2011

London With families across the UK being £13 worse off per week than this time last year* the tough economic climate is still hitting many families this Christmas. Recent sales stats from George at Asda in the run up to the festive period have shown that the nation is most certainly living the simple life and going back to basics when it comes to gifting.
Women’s slipper boots in particular have already seen a 144% uplift at George compared to this week last year and with just under four weeks until Christmas day, the store predicts that this will increase significantly as family and friends aim to please with much needed gifts instead of gadgets, jokes and luxury gifting this year.And as customers spend savvy this Christmas, George launched a £10 or less gift campaign to help customers bag themselves a practically perfect bargain this winter.George has discovered that almost half of the nation said they would be more than grateful to receive slippers from their partner this Christmas and 48% of customers let Asda know that they will definitely buy either clothing including pyjamas, woolly jumpers and dressing gowns, footwear including slippers and socks or winter accessories including gloves, scarves and hats. The main reason for this switch from luxury gifts and gadgets to necessary items is due to families and couples staying at home more often during the festive season to cut costs and secondly that families admitted they wanted to feel wrapped up indoors as well as outdoors throughout the winter to save on the ever-increasing heating bills.Cosy nightwear and home loungewear items are also showing strong sales performances, up 13% on last year, with a 75% uplift in warm, fleecy children’s nightwear and a rise of 34% on women’s dressing gowns compared to this time last year. Even men are following suit and keeping their legs warm whilst they sleep with sales figures showing an 80% rise in men’s pyjama bottoms, and men’s loungepants flying off the shelves. Warm knitwear has soared over the last week with boys knitwear up a staggering 98% compared to this time last year and winter accessories are also showing a huge sales increase – an 83% rise in fleece gloves and a 63% rise in leather gloves. George at Asda predicts that practical Christmas presents such as scarves, gloves, dressing gowns and slippers will be requested, gratefully received and actually used as we move into 2012.

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Share our progress

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 dicembre 2010

Letter to editor. This time of year, Americans around the country are taking the time to exchange heartfelt messages with friends and loved ones, reflecting on the past year. They write of achievements and setbacks, of births, graduations, promotions, and moves. These messages allow us to overcome the miles that separate us. And they allow us to continue one of the most basic American traditions that has held folks close for centuries — the simple sharing of stories. And as families gather around holiday tables this season, we also have the opportunity to share the stories of the change this movement has achieved together. It is a narrative woven by individuals across America — in big cities and small towns, hospitals and classrooms, in auto manufacturing plants and auto supply stores. These are stories of rebuilding, and of innovation. Stories of communities breathing new life into old roads and bridges, of local plants harnessing alternative fuel into new energy. Stories of small businesses getting up, dusting themselves off, and beginning to grow again. Stories of soldiers who served multiple tours of duty in Iraq now coming home — and enjoying the holidays this year in the company of loved ones. These are stories of progress. In the coming days, as we gather with our loved ones at dinner tables around the nation, let’s pass them on. Let’s celebrate the spirit of service and responsibility that brought them to fruition. And let’s steady ourselves with the resolve to continue pressing forward.
Because the coming year will hold new challenges — battles that have yet to be fought, and stories of progress that have yet to be written. Take a look at the progress we’ve made in your area — and share the stories you read with your friends and family. (Barack Obama)

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Vice President Biden to Travel to Missouri

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 aprile 2009

Washington, DC.  On Thursday April 16th, the Vice President Joe Biden will arrive at Whiteman Air Force Base and hold an event on the base with Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) to thank U.S. troops for their service and express the Administration’s commitment to the military and their families.  The Vice President and Rep. Skelton will also have lunch with troops stationed on the base.  The Vice President will then travel to Jefferson City, Missouri to visit the ABB Transformer Factory to discuss how the Recovery Act is building a 21st century economy in Missouri and across the nation.  At this unionized factory, ABB makes transformers for Missouri’s Lost Creek Ridge Wind Farm project, which will generate enough wind energy to power more than 50,000 homes.  This project has moved forward due to the passage and implementation of the Recovery Act.   The Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will join the Vice President for this event. Additional media details are included below.   On Friday April 17th, the Middle Class Task Force, chaired by Vice President Biden, will hold its next meeting at the University of Missouri St. Louis. The meeting, titled “Making College More Affordable for our Families”, is the third in series of meetings the Vice President and Task Force members are holding across the country on key issues facing the middle class. The focus of the meeting in St. Louis will be to discuss ways to expand opportunities and help make the dream of a college education a reality for more families. The Middle Class Task Force will be joined by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), as well as Dr. Jill Biden, an educator for 28 years. Dr. Biden currently teaches at Northern Virginia Community College with a focus on English and writing. Additional media details are included below.

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