Videoslots reveals responsible gambling bar The British Gambling Commission urged its licensees to continue to operate responsibly during the UK’s second Covid-19 related lockdown, as it highlighted the potential for a rise in problem gambling amid the restrictions. Topics: Casino & games Social responsibility Online casino Responsible gambling The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) also reiterated its commitment to consumer protection in October, calling on operators to be vigilant, promote safer gambling and focus their protection efforts on their most vulnerable customers. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 18th November 2020 | By Conor Mulheir The bar, which is being launched ahead of Safer Gambling Week kicking off tomorrow (19 November), will always be visible once a player has logged into their account. Industry group the Betting and Gaming Council then re-affirmed its 10-pledge Covid-19 action plan, originally released in March, in order to protect staff and customers during the pandemic. “The Responsible Gaming Bar will make sure our players are always aware of the time they spend on the Videoslots site,” Videoslots head of responsible gambling Amina Norgosanow said. “It gives them easy and direct access to information and assistance, like responsible gaming tools and self-exclusion, and will help them stay in control from the start to the finish of their customer journey.” Tags: Responsible Gambling Videoslots Norgonsanow said feature would remain an important and prominent part of the Videoslots website into the future even after the pandemic ends. “In more general terms, it will enhance the standard of protection that our players enjoy and reduce gambling related harm. That is especially important while the coronavirus pandemic makes some players more vulnerable. Regions: UK & Ireland Videoslots already offers its customers responsible gambling tools to use such as wagering limits, session time alerts and limits, maximum bet limits and time out opportunities. Online casino operator Videoslots has unveiled a new responsible gambling bar on its website to help customers safely manage the time they spend on site. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Responsible gambling It features an 18+ badge, session timer and direct links to Gamstop, Videoslots’ responsible gambling page and the British Gambling Commission site. The pledges build on actions and interventions already carried out by members, including requirements to step up the monitoring of customer behaviour and deliver tailored responses and new actions to reflect the “unprecedented situation” of lockdown restrictions. Email Address
In October, Genius announced plans to publicly list on the New York Stock Exchange, as part of its reverse merger arrangement with special purpose acquisition company dMY Technology Group. The publicly traded business is expected to have an enterprise value of $1.5bn (£1.12bn/€1.25bn). “There is an extremely high fluidity level brought by the sporting calendar, and our technology is unrivalled in matching these levels with the integrity, robustness and scalability that the OpenSports platform provides,” Scientific Games’ senior vice president of sportsbook, Keith O’Loughlin, said. Genius Sports Group has agreed a deal to provide in-game content to Scientific Games and its wagering customers around the world. Email Address Last month, Scientific Games reported an 18.4% year-on-year decline in revenue for the third quarter of 2020, after growth in its lottery, digital and social gaming arm SciPlay was offset by steep declines in its gaming division. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Sports betting Sports betting Tags: Genius Sports Group Scientific Games Under the agreement, sportsbooks operating on Scientific Games’ OpenSports platform will have access to Genius’s LiveData and LiveTrading services. The deal will not include content from sports leagues in the US. Genius and its Betgenius sports betting division offer partners access to official data for over 170,000 events each year, including football’s English Premier League, Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga. Scientific Games counts Hard Rock, Wynn Resorts and Flutter Entertainment among its OpenSports clients. 1st December 2020 | By Robert Fletcher “With Genius Sports Group’s LiveData and LiveTrading services being integrated into our solution, the technology continues to evolve and become more exciting to our players.” Genius’s chief commercial officer Jack Davison added: “This partnership will ensure Scientific Games’ partners get all the benefits of the world’s finest sports content – from maximum market up-time to increased margins – delivered in a way which is tailored to their own specific trading strategy.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Genius pens in-game content deal with Scientific Games
Illovo Sugar Limited (ILLOVO.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2020 annual report.For more information about Illovo Sugar Limited reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations visit the Illovo Sugar Limited company page on AfricanFinancials.Indicative Share Trading Liquidity The total indicative share trading liquidity for Illovo Sugar Limited (ILLOVO.mw) in the past 12 months, as of 1st June 2021, is US$430.01K (MWK336.36M). An average of US$35.83K (MWK28.03M) per month.Illovo Sugar Limited Annual Report DocumentCompany ProfileIllovo Sugar Limited is a South African-based enterprise and Africa’s largest producer of raw sugar and sugar brands produced from sugar cane grown by its own agricultural operations and independent growers. It operates in six African countries and exports products to sub-Saharan Africa, the European Union and the United States. Illovo Sugar Malawi is based in Limbe in the Blantyre District. Illovo Sugar Limited operates in four segments; cane growing, sugar production, downstream and co-generation products. The Cane Growing division grows sugar cane which is used in the production of sugar productions. The Sugar Production division manufactures and markets Illovo Sugar brands. The Downstream and Co-generation division manufactures and markets brands that are by-products of the production process, including furfural and alcohol. Illovo Sugar Limited also supplies surplus electricity generated in the sugar production process. Illovo Sugar Limited is a subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc. Illovo Sugar Limited is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange
Tagged with: auction Donated goods Recycling 37 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Patrick Church at Giveacar. Photo: Luke Brown What do charities have to do to benefit?After signing up for free, our charity partners promote the scheme to their donors and supporters. It isn’t a requirement but it makes sense for them to do so. Advertisement What are the benefits of being a featured charity on your website?We feature a charity on our front page for six months at a time in order to keep the site fresh, and offer visitors a suggested charity to support if they haven’t yet chosen one. Although most donors have chosen, we know that featured charities do benefit form an increase in donations to them.British Heart Foundation is our fourth featured charity. They haven’t all been big charities either.We also offer advice to featured charities on how to make the most of the opportunity, with suggestions covering social media, promotion at events – we come to some of the featured charity’s events – and competitions. We make it clear too that some people will come to the site who are not yet in a position to donate a car.Which tactics have worked well for charities benefiting from Giveacar?Alzheimers Research Trust was the first featured partner and they found that internal promotion to staff, volunteers and shop volunteers worked particularly well.Also, we’ve found print media has been the most successful. So we produced some tailored marketing material for them, and the charity printed them out.How does Giveacar generate funds for charities?Once a donor hears about us and decides to donate their used car, they usually contact us. We’ve found most prefer to call us and speak to us. Some are suspicious of course, given that the car scrap industry hasn’t always had a good reputation.We arrange to pick up the car, and then we sell it for scrap or, if it is in good condition, we resell it at a trade auction. We usually get a much better price if we do the latter.We keep our costs low. There are only four of us in the office.How much can a car be worth?Of course it depends, but just this week we obliterated our record! A car was donated to an animal home run by the RSPCA and we sold it at auction for £13,000! Before that, our record had been £6,113.Of course, most cars don’t achieve that level of value. Not least because our most popular donation is a Ford Fiesta.But we have noticed that people are donating better quality cars, so we’re confident we can continue to increase the amount we raise for charities.How big is the used car market?It is hard to be precise but we estimate it is about 1.3 million cars a year, although not all are disposed of by legal means. Given that we handled 2,947 cars last year, we can see great potential for expanding what we do.We are in contact with a major car manufacturer so believe that will help us to increase the funds we raise for charities too.What next for Giveacar?One area of activity that we would love to do more of is ‘Giveacar Projects’. We are working with the Heal Kids Foundation to fund a particular project. As a result, they are half-way to building a school in Burma, all funded through Giveacar. Each car sold for the project raises about 1% of the cost of the school. We love being able to see the impact our activity is having, so plan to do more of this. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Interview with Giveacar’s Patrick Church As car donation programme Giveacar introduces the British Heart Foundation as its featured charity for the next six months, UK Fundraising spoke to the company’s General Manager Patrick Church about how it is helping charities.Which charities can benefit from Giveacar? Is it just the large national charities?Giveacar can be used to raise funds for any registered charity. The donor of the car chooses, and there is no charge for charities to be listed on the site. We are a not-for-profit social enterprise, and we arrange free collection of your car and then either sell it for scrap or at auction. We donate the proceeds to the chosen charity, after we deduct our administration fee. That is 25% of the car’s profit, plus 5% VAT. Howard Lake | 18 July 2014 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
June 4, 2021 Find out more (Photo: AFP) AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Azerbaijan News April 5, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists among victims of regime’s violent response to pro-democracy protests RSF_en News June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News Receive email alerts News Organisation AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia As pro-democracy protests gain pace in Azerbaijan, the regime is cracking down harder on journalists in a desperate attempt to assert its control over news and information. The authorities at first concentrated on imposing a news blackout by preventing journalists from covering demonstrations and criminalizing Facebook users. But in a new escalation, opposition journalists are now being kidnapped and beaten.In the latest case, three men in civilian dress intercepted Ramin Deco, a reporter for the opposition newspaper Azadlig, on Sunday morning in Rasulzade, the village where he lives, located 20 km outside Baku, and forced him to get into their car. They then drove him to Mashtaga, another village 25 km outside Baku, and subjected him to intense psychological pressure for eight hours.Deco was repeatedly asked why he was so active on online social networks and why he wrote articles criticising President Ilham Aliyev. He was told that if he did not abandon these activities, he would suffer “serious consequences.” Before releasing him in Baku at about 4 p.m., his abductors warned him to say nothing about what had just happened.The reporter nonetheless talked about his abduction immediately to the media. Yesterday evening, two of Deco’s assailants were waiting for him as he left his office and gave him a severe beating “as a reprisal.”Coming eight days after the abduction and beating of fellow Azadlig reporter Seymour Khaziyev, yesterday’s episode confirms that journalists are leading victims of the government’s violent response to the mounting street protests.Around 30 journalists working for various media were intercepted by riot police near Fountains Square in Baku on 2 April and were prevented from entering the square in order to photograph, film or interview those taking part in a demonstration there, which had been banned.Around 10 of the reporters, including Mehman Kerimli, Elchin Hasanov, Shahvalad Choban Oglu, Zamin Haji, Sakit Zahidov and Zafar Guliyev, were manhandled and briefly detained. Several of them were beaten.The attorney-general’s office is meanwhile investigating Elnur Majidli – a journalist and activist who was one of the founders of the Facebook page convening the demonstration – on suspicion of “inciting national, ethnic or religious hatred” under article 283.1 of the criminal code. After receiving threats in Azerbaijan, Majidli has been living in France for the past few months. In his absence, the Serious Crimes Investigation Department summoned his father to notify him of the investigation.Dubbing 2 April as a “Day of Rage,” opposition groups had appealed for demonstrations in Baku to press for democratic change. Calls for protests in Azerbaijan began being made on the Internet a month ago. Azerbaijan is so far the former Soviet republic to be most affected by pro-democracy activism inspired by the unrest that has swept the Arab world. Ilham Aliyev took over as president in 2003 from his father, Heydar Aliyev, who had ruled since 1969. Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh April 9, 2021 Find out more
June 7, 2021 Find out more May 30, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court ruling protecting bloggers’ sources hailed as historic Follow the news on United States to go further Reporters Without Borders today hailed a Californian appeal court’s “historic” decision on 26 May that online journalists and bloggers have the same right to protect their sources as other kinds of journalists. The ruling was issued in a case between the US electronics manufacturer Apple and websites that posted confidential information about some of its products. RSF_en Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News United StatesAmericas Help by sharing this information Organisation News June 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas Reporters Without Borders today hailed a Californian appeal court’s “historic” decision on 26 May that online journalists and bloggers have the same right to protect their sources as other kinds of journalists. The ruling was issued in a case between the US electronics manufacturer Apple and websites that posted confidential information about some of its products.“We have often had occasion to stress, especially in connection with this case, that online journalists and bloggers whose activity is similar to journalism should enjoy the same protection as professional journalists working for the traditional media,” the press freedom organisation said. “We were very shocked Apple’s attempt to ride roughshod over the principle of the confidentiality of sources by trying to make a distinction between bloggers and journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Its position was all the more astonishing as it uses its community of fans, especially the online ones, to get people talking about its products.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The Californian appeal court’s decision is historic because it gives a new legitimacy to bloggers. Even though they do not have press cards, they will henceforth have right of place in the world of news and information.”In his ruling, the appeal court judge refused to make a distinction between “legitimate and illegitimate” news reports, warning that any attempt to go down this road would jeopardize the goals of the First Amendment (the constitutional amendment that protects free expression). He rejected Apple’s petition on the grounds of California’s so-called shield law, which protects the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. The text of the ruling (“Apple v. Does”) can be downloaded from the Reporters Without Borders website.Apple was concerned about the confidential information about its products that was posted on two websites, Powerpage and Appleinsider, and it was trying to identify the employees responsible for these leaks.It tried to get information from those in charge of the websites, and then from their Internet Service Providers. In December 2004, it asked Nfoc, the company handling Powerpage’s Internet connection, to hand over the e-mail messages received by its editor, Jason O’Grady, as part of the investigation into the leaks about Asteroid, one of the products concerned.Apple then subpoenaed the Electronic Frontier Foundation – a cyber-freedom group that is defending Powerpage and Appleinsider in this case – demanding the same information. When someone refuses to comply with a subpoena under US law, the dispute can be referred to a judge. In this case, Apple’s subpoena was upheld by a lower court, prompting the referral to an appeal court.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more
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Home / Daily Dose / NAFCU Voices Concern Over Issues Presented by CFPB’s Complaint Database The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago NAFCU Voices Concern Over Issues Presented by CFPB’s Complaint Database in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) launched its consumer complaint database in July 2012, one year after beginning operations, and it began publishing complaint narratives in June 2015.Some financial companies expressed concern over the Bureau’s publishing of complaint narratives because the narratives may damage a company’s reputation based on information that is unverified. The latest organization to air a grievance about the CFPB’s Consumer Complaint Database is the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), which wrote a letter to the Bureau saying that the Database “continues to have practical implications that undermine the complaint resolution process.””While NAFCU and our members appreciate the CFPB continued attention to improving the usability of this tool, we remain deeply concerned about the existing reputational and consumer privacy issues with the current Database,” wrote Kavitha Subramanian, Regulatory Affairs Counsel for NAFCU.A spokesperson from the CFPB could not immediately be reached when contacted for comment by DS News.A sample from the CFPB’s Complaint Snapshot for July 2015.NAFCU’s letter pointed out that the CFPB requested industry feedback on how to improve its Complaint Database so that users and market participants can effectively and easily compare products and services. Subramanian stated in the letter that the NAFCU and its members “strongly believe” that the CFPB needs to address the reputational and privacy risks presented, and that the inadvertent release of personal information may put an individual’s secure financial information at risk.”For example, in reviewing the CFPB’s June 2015 release of nearly 8,000 consumer complaints, industry has identified a number of narratives that were not properly scrubbed of personal information prior to being published online,” Subramanian wrote. “Although the CFPB staff was quick to respond to rectify such occurrences, the CFPB must pay more attention to protecting sensitive personally identifiable information as the number of published consumer narratives increases.”NAFCU expressed skepticism that the benefits of the CFPB’s Consumer Complaint Database justified the potential reputation and privacy risks presented. The letter contends that harmful reputational risks to credit unions and other financial institutions exist because there is no mechanism to validate a consumer’s comments. And because the consumer remains anonymous, credit unions and other organizations are unable to communicate with them directly and effectively address and/or resolve their complaint, which presents a no-win situation for the credit union or financial institution.”On one hand, if a credit union fails to respond, it appears as though there was no acknowledgement or resolution by the credit union of the customer’s complaint,” Subramanian wrote. “On the other hand, credit unions are concerned about the risk of disclosing personally identifiable financial information. This encourages credit unions to respond with a generic response, rather than allowing credit unions to deal with their members directly and personally.””On one hand, if a credit union fails to respond, it appears as though there was no acknowledgement or resolution by the credit union of the customer’s complaint. On the other hand, credit unions are concerned about the risk of disclosing personally identifiable financial information.”Subramanian said the “current framework imposes additional, and often unnecessary, costs on financial services providers” by requiring them to coordinate their complaint resolution processes with the CFPB, individual state regulators, and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), which creates burdensome costs–in particular for institutions with smaller staffs. The added requirements increase the time for processing complaints, which is problematic for consumers seeking timely resolutions, Subramanian wrote. The resolution process becomes duplicative, according to the letter, when a credit union resolves a complaint internally but is still required to provide a response in the Bureau’s Complaint Database, which “further exacerbates valuable time and staff resources with little benefit to consumers,” Subramanian wrote.In the letter, Subramanian wrote that NAFCU “strongly recommends” that the CFPB cease publishing the monthly Complaint Snapshot Report, which began in in July. The purpose of the snapshot is to spotlight a particular product and geographic location, but according to NAFCU, the analytics are not based on an industry-wide collection of data; they provide only an “insular view of market-data based only on complaint information that the CFPB receives” and therefore do not paint a complete picture. NAFCU stated that the CFPB is incorrectly characterizing the narratives submitted online as statistically relevant “trends and analyses.”Subramanian concluded the letter by stating, “NAFCU appreciates the opportunity to share our thoughts on how the CFPB can improve the transparency and efficiency of the Consumer Complaint Narrative Database. As the Bureau continues its study of the student loan servicing market, NAFCU and our members hope to be a resource for CFPB staff to share our insights and experiences in the student lending markets.”Click here to view a complete copy of the letter.(Editor’s Note: The Five Star Institute and Black Knight Financial Services published a study in April adding more context to the complaints received in the CFPB’s database. The Five Star Institute is the parent company of DS News and DSNews.com.) 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ITHACA, N.Y. – Voters will head to the polls Tuesday, May 21 for the 2019 Ithaca City School District school board election and budget vote. Residents will also weigh in on propositions to appropriate capital reserve funds for elementary school facility and bus improvements and to authorize a bond for building and facility construction and reconstruction costs.All registered voters who have been residents of the Ithaca City School District for at least 30 days preceding the election are eligible to vote. District boundaries can be found here. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and polling locations can be found here.Learn about the school board candidatesThe school board race features three incumbents and one write-in candidate competing for three seats: board president Robert Ainslie, board members Bradley Grainger and Eldred Harris, and newcomer Erin Croyle.Robert AinslieRobert Ainslie. (ICSD)Ainslie was first elected to the board in 2007 and has served as president since 2008. A lifelong Ithacan and graduate of Ithaca High School and Cornell University, Ainslie currently works as a first vice president and financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. In a statement to The Ithaca Voice, Ainslie touted the commitment of his colleagues who are up for reelection and said he hopes to continue serving alongside them.“The Ithaca City School District and the greater Ithaca community are fortunate that Brad Grainger and Eldred Harris are willing to volunteer and serve again on the Board of Education. Both have been key players over the last decade in transforming the ICSD into one of the best districts in the country. Hundreds of meetings and thousands of hours have been invested by these outstanding Board of Education members to ensure that the ICSD serves the needs of all children while also delivering value to the tax payers who have consistently supported the mission of this public school district,” he said.Ainslie also stated his support for the budget and capital project propositions put forth by the board. “The 2019-20 annual budget up for approval along with the 2019 Capital Project referendum are examples of the best efforts of the Board and the Administrative team to continue to deliver on our duty to the community.”Bradley GraingerBradley Grainger joined the school board in 2007 and has chaired the Finance Committee and Facilities Committee since, while also sitting on the Audit Committee and acting as liaison to Boynton Middle School and the PTA Council.Bradley Grainger. (ICSD)In a statement, Grainger said he has helped the district navigate a reduction in state aid and a tax levy cap imposed by Albany during his tenure, while reducing the district tax rate over the past four years.Grainger said he is proud of focusing the district on ensuring “the success of all students, regardless of background” by pushing for a goal of a 100% graduation rate. He said his current priorities include working toward inclusion for all students, as well as “maintenance of excellence in academic programs and expanding the opportunity to participate in the most rigorous classes possible for each student.”He said he supports the three propositions on Tuesday’s ballot. “The first proposition is the annual operating budget of the District which is within the tax cap and provides for all programs to continue. The second proposition is for the use of Capital Reserve funds for the purchase of buses and maintenance work in the District. The final proposition is a bond proposition for $120 million for ten years of capital projects throughout the District focused on Safety & Security, Infrastructure and Teaching & Learning spaces.”Grainger earned his bachelor’s degree at Cornell and a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse and has 30 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry.Eldred Harris Tagged: board of education, bradley grainger, budget, eldred harris, election, erin croyle, icsd, ithaca city school district, robert ainslie Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi Your education news is made possible with support from: Devon Magliozzi Harris, who is seeking a fourth term, said what has motivated him to run for reelection is community concerns regarding safety in school, math in the middle school and the governor election to make the 2% tax cap permanent.Eldred Harris. (ICSD)He said he brings a unique perspective to the board, with an urban background, study of law, and experience in finance, entrepreneurship, corporate business development, fundraising, and politics, though he says his most relevant qualification is his “capacity and desire to genuinely listen for understanding.”In response to what change in ICSD he would push for, Harris said, “As a systems thinker, I appreciate how this board has been able to get outside of our own egos and limited perspectives and to step back and explore our challenges as systems thinkers. At the moment ensuring all kids have a safe space in which to grow and learn in our classrooms, as well as ensuring the necessary emotional and mental health supports exist to support our learners, staff and families, is essential. I look forward to continuing to create the necessary relationships and structure to manifest this evolution. And lastly, I look forward to supporting our teachers to better meet the financial realities of our community.”Erin CroyleErin Croyle announced her campaign as a write-in candidate in response to district parents’ concerns about the safety and inclusivity of their kids’ learning environment.Erin Croyle. (Facebook)“Concerned parents are the spark for my write-in campaign. They are deeply worried about their children’s safety and learning because of what they describe as rampant bullying, racism, a lack of support staff, and more. I want to be a sounding board for families, teachers and students and examine what policies can create meaningful change,” she said in a statement to The Ithaca Voice.While Croyle is fairly new to Ithaca, she has experience serving on the Special Education Advisory Board and the Community Services Board in Alexandria City, Virginia. She said she has extensive knowledge of special education and best practices to foster inclusion, and personally understands challenges families face as the mother of three children, one with a disability.“I’ve seen diagnoses swept under the rug and the concerns of parents treated with indifference; I’ve also seen first-hand how open communication between parents, teachers and the administration can lead to everyone in the classroom getting what they need to succeed,” she said.Croyle has proposed gathering input from students, parents and faculty to identify areas where the district would benefit from greater community input, and creating advisory boards to open direct lines of communication. For example, she suggests budgeting, bullying, special education, infrastructure, and curriculum are topics the Board of Education and community could collaborate on to improve ICSD.The Ithaca Teachers Association endorsed Croyle, stating, “The ITA endorses write-in candidate, Erin Croyle, for Board of Education because students, parents, teachers, and staff need to have their concerns taken seriously. Erin is actively communicating with members of the ITA to better understand teachers’ experiences, concerns and needs.”Ballot questionsIn addition to voting on school board candidates, voters will see three questions on Tuesday’s ballot.The ballot first asks voters to approve or reject the $131 million budget proposed by the Board of Education. The second is to appropriate funds for construction costs to replace and improve corridors, classrooms, restrooms, an entry area at Cayuga Heights Elementary School, interior renovations at Northeast Elementary School and a parking lot expansion at Northeast Elementary School. The capital reserve funds would also be used to purchase eight buses. The third proposition asks if a bond resolution authorizing the construction of improvements to various buildings and facilities in the Ithaca City School District should be approved at a maximum cost of $120 million and authorize the issuance of that much in bonds.For more information about the budget and capital project, visit the district’s page here.