Psychometric testing, when used in the context of leadership team profiling, is essentially a granular method of analysing a candidate’s skills and traits and how they might fit with the current leadership team. It means that leadership teams can augment their current leadership mix with the specific skills and behaviour types that they may be lacking. It’s also a strong advertisement for others in your organisation that those from diverse groups can progress to the top, which will make your organisation far more likely to hang on to the diverse talent it has and attract new talent from outside the business. It also forces those involved in making the hiring decision to focus on skills, capability and knowledge and negates unconscious bias factors that can creep in. Gaming companies that change the parameters of their roles so that they fit flexibly around modern, family life and caring responsibilities, as well as adapting the job description to use more gender-neutral language are likely to see significantly more applications from female candidates. The altruistic qualities of diversity and gambling can sometimes be wrongly perceived as mutuality exclusive. In reality, the business and moral case for increasing gender diversity in leadership teams (and at all levels throughout organisations) is clear. Developing networks of female leadership talent can be achieved by hosting regular informal networking lunches, creating annual events with guest speakers or attending industry events aimed at female professionals. Commit to diversity targets However, focusing on gender for the moment, despite some good work being done by individual gaming companies and broader industry initiatives – including the iGB Most Influential Women list – it would seem that whichever way we turn, the executive table in gaming companies is still dominated by men. Setting diversity objectives is a clear and effective way of achieving change. Particularly when made public, they provide an accountability mechanism that your company can report and measure leadership team gender diversity against. While there are no overnight fixes for achieving fair representation in organisations, there are powerful actions and policy changes that can be introduced that will lead to increased gender diversity in leadership teams. Below are five steps gaming companies could take: Build female talent networks Implement flexible working At around the same time, Odgers Berndtson published The Global Leadership Team Diversity report, conducted in partnership with BoardEx. It found that a mere 19% of leadership team positions globally are held by women. Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter One of the biggest hurdles in achieving gender parity in leadership teams is making roles attractive to female leaders with family commitments. Building a pipeline of gender diverse talent within your company is just as important as building networks of gender diverse leaders outside of it. Mentoring and coaching programmes aimed at helping female employees progress through your organisation (and overcome the glass ceiling) is an effective way of internally building gender diversity in your leadership team. For gaming companies, a possible benchmark to use is their current scores from the All-Index Annual Report; they could set year-on-year targets based on this. People This is particularly useful in reducing affinity bias, where those hiring may have an unconscious preference for candidates who are more similar to themselves – by focusing more on the candidate’s abilities, this bias is reduced. 8th January 2021 | By contenteditor Of course, diversity is not just about gender; work needs to be done across the board to ensure that the entire spectrum of diversity is recognised within organisations and that all groups in society are represented in workforces. Partnering with industry charities that provide career outreach programmes to female networks will have a similar result and help your organisation develop its pool of potential leaders from gender diverse backgrounds. For example, our sports, media and gaming practice has partnered with Women In Sport – a charity focused on improving opportunities for women working in the sports industry. Regions: Europe UK & Ireland US Andrew Bulloss, partner and head of the gaming practice at Odgers Berndtson, outlines five steps gaming companies can take to improve the gender balance within their senior leadership teams. How to improve gender diversity at leadership level Likewise, partnering with headhunters who have a proven network of diverse leadership talent is another way of tapping into networks that your organisation wouldn’t otherwise reach. It means that when the time comes to recruit for a leadership position, rather than fishing from the same pond, the pool of candidates from which you can choose is much more diverse. As an example, last year Zurich Insurance began advertising part-time, job sharing or flexible working in all job vacancies and saw the number of women hired for top positions rise by 33%. While you might want to, you can’t simply cash in half your leadership team and exchange it for one that’s more diverse. Instead, you need to ensure that you have access to as diverse a pool of prospective leaders as possible. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Gaming companies now need to move from the ‘why’ to the ‘how’ and prioritise what they can do to achieve fairer opportunities and representation within their senior ranks. While the above is by no means an exhaustive list, the actions listed provide five steps towards making this happen. Topics: Casino & games People Sports betting Diversity Last year the All-in Diversity Project published its industry benchmark report, which found that just 22.5% of non-executive board members in gaming companies were female. Use psychometric testing Introduce mentoring programmes
East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2005 abridged results.For more information about East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) 2005 abridged results.Company ProfileEast African Breweries Limited produces and distributes a range of beer and spirit brands and non-alcoholic beverages. Popular brands include Tusker Malt Lager, Tusker Lite, Guinness, Pilsner, White Cap Lager, Allsopps Lager, Balozi Lager, Senator Lager, Bell Lager, Serengeti Premium Lager, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Kenya Cane, Chrome Vodka and Ciroc. East African Breweries has operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan; and exports alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to Rwanda, Burundi and the Great Lakes region. Subsidiary companies include Kenya Breweries Limited, Uganda Breweries Limited, East African Breweries (Mauritius) Limited, International Distillers Uganda Limited and East African Maltings (Kenya) Limited. Established in 1922, the group has its headquarters in Ruaraka, near the capital of Nairobi. East African Breweries Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange
BOC Kenya Limited (BOC.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2020 abridged results.For more information about BOC Kenya Limited reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BOC Kenya Limited company page on AfricanFinancials.Indicative Share Trading LiquidityThe total indicative share trading liquidity for BOC Kenya Limited (BOC.ke) in the past 12 months, as of 2nd May 2021, is US$591.08K (KES64.14M). An average of US$49.26K (KES5.34M) per month.BOC Kenya Limited Abridged Results DocumentCompany ProfileBOC Kenya Plc (BOC), established in Mombasa, Kenya, in 1940, is a leading supplier of industrial, medical and special gases in East Africa. In 1947 the company started operations in Nairobi and later years, in Kisumu, Kampala, Mwanza and Dar-es-Salaam. The Company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange in 1969. BOC Kenya’s portfolio includes dozens of different gases and mixtures, as well as related equipment and services. The Company’s customer base cuts across a large spectrum and includes public and private hospitals, food processors, civil and mechanical engineering contractors, motor vehicle body builders, hotels and restaurants, the informal business sector (“Jua Kali”) and small and medium enterprises. Product range includes bulk gases (Oxygen, Nitrogen and liquefied petroleum gas(LPG), packaged (cylinder) gases and engineering services (Medical equipment, Construction of medical and other gas pipelines, Gas storage tanks, etc). BOC Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate Diocese of Nebraska Posted Jul 30, 2012 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Press Release Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 [Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Canon Phil Groves talks about the Continuing Indaba and Mutual Listening Process that has run four pilot conversations during the last three years to enable conversation across different cultures and contexts. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL Video: Canon Phil Groves on Continuing Indaba Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Featured Jobs & Calls Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Youth Minister Lorton, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Anglican Communion, Video New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Continuing Indaba, 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 Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Job Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR
Plus I like Bryan’s Mama and Daddy…..the lady with the perpetual smile! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Editor’s Note: This is the third in a five-part series about Apopka Mayor-Elect Bryan Nelson entitled “The First 100 Days”. The series will outline the path Nelson will take in his first 100 days in office. What are his priorities? How will he lead Apopka? What will the budget look like under a Nelson administration? How will he handle the City staff and who will his department heads be? To read part one of the series, go here.To read part two of the series, go here.Part Three: Budget, Budget, Budget!There are a lot of theories swirling around as to why Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson won the 2018 Apopka Mayoral Election so soundly. Many point to his promise to turn off the red light cameras. Others believe it was his vow to cut the mayor’s salary in half. But perhaps the most critical issue that Nelson focused on in this election cycle was the fiscal budget and the general fund reserves.Apopka Mayor-Elect Bryan NelsonAt every opportunity, Nelson pounded home the idea that the Kilsheimer administration was mismanaging the budget and reserves and that under Nelson’s guidance, the City would return to fiscal responsibility.And with 4,103 votes and 63.4% of the electorate voting for him, Apopka seemed to share his assertion, and hand him a mandate-style victory. But tied to that mandate may be a call for reform on spending and saving taxpayer money.It’s all about the budget. But how can he accomplish this? How will Nelson recoup the lost revenue when the red light cameras are turned off? How will he increase general fund reserves? What about the unexpected expenses of water meters, and a replacement fire truck? How can the 2017-18 fiscal budget absorb all of these blows and still balance?Although Nelson isn’t sure what the 2017-18 fiscal budget will look like yet, he sees the budget as a long-term project. “It won’t be all in the first year,” Nelson said. “The first year we’re just trying to make things balance. The numbers don’t add up. I don’t know exactly what will happen until we see the financials. We haven’t seen any since September 2017.” It also won’t be by raising taxes. “There was $6 million taken out of reserves to balance the budget this fiscal year,” he said. “So if you apply that to the ad-valorem that would be a 50% tax increase. So obviously we’re not going to do that. We are absolutely not going to do that.”An ad valorem tax is based on the assessed value of an item such as real estate or personal property. The most common ad valorem taxes are property taxes levied on real estate; however, ad valorem taxes may extend to a number of tax applications, such as import duty taxes on goods from abroad. In Apopka, ad-valorem refers to property taxes and millage rates, which is a tax Nelson isn’t going to raise in order to reconcile the budget. Spending cuts, however, may well be the direction he takes initially. “I don’t think employees have been as frugal with taxpayer dollars as they should have been,” said Nelson. “So we’re going to have a real sit down with everybody and say ‘Listen, this isn’t your money it’s the taxpayer’s money. You need to spend it like it’s your mom and dad’s money.’ We’ve got to have a real clear understanding on that.”But after the sit-down, Nelson has an idea to lower costs within each department through employee bonuses or time off work. “Obviously, we’re going to be looking for savings. This will take Council approval, but I’d like to somehow incentivize employees to come up with better and less expensive ways to do their jobs, and then incentivize them for it. Whether it’s a cash bonus or an extra day off, I want to reward them for their cost-saving ideas.”It may seem difficult to go backward on spending or lowering taxes, but Nelson references a precedent not so far in Apopka’s past. “You only have to go back four years when we were making it on the lower ad valorem taxes… So obviously we can do it. You just have to separate the needs from the wants. We’re going to take care of the needs. We’re going to take care of first responders and we’re going to take care of our public works… which to me are the needs. Those are the two most critical pieces of the city budget… our streets, water, sewer, fire, and police.”The first step Nelson will take in budget reform is an exercise he learned while in the Florida Legislature.“I will ask our department heads to create a budget with zero increase, then a budget that’s 5% less and then 10% less. So you prioritize their spending for them. In the legislature, we would ask them to give us a good argument as to why they need what they say they need. We find savings. For instance, we shouldn’t be spending money on overtime until we get this thing under control. You have to look at every line item. If we can’t afford something, let’s figure out a way to get by without it.”For Thursday: In part four of “The First 100 Days”, we return to the budget that will shape the Nelson administration. How will he change the workshops? What will he cut? How will he handle events and discretionary spending?To read part one of the series, go here.To read part two of the series, go here. 3 COMMENTS Two more parts of the series….okay, wonder what the fourth one’s subject will be about? And the fifth??? Please enter your comment! Reply March 28, 2018 at 1:23 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Mama Mia March 28, 2018 at 3:52 pm Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSDecision Apopka 2018Mayor-Elect Bryan Nelson Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleWhat to eat to help the planet thrive Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mama Mia Please enter your name here Reply While the salary cut Bryan Nelson promised at the Highland Manor, was a total surprise to me, and the red-light camera ban was extremely attractive to me, I think people in Apopka, at least the majority, like myself, were ready to give Bryan a chance, because they knew he had ample experience in government, from being in the state as a legislator, and because of his work, as an Orange County Commissioner. For me, I also noted his involvement of being out and about in the community, working with residents on charitable projects, and in the environment, like the river clean-ups, and to me, that says he does care about our environment, like the waterways, oh, and the bear-proof garbage cans, he pushed for the residents too, and got for them! I personally liked the fact that he had grew up here, and knew how laid back Apopka once was, and how great it used to be, until all of this growth and rat-race, and traffic!!! So it was hard for me to vote for a known Republican, but it was a non-partisan race, and I believe in giving a person that tries hard a chance, or the benefit of the doubt. I wish him well as our new mayor, and I state that sincerely. Reply Mama Mia March 28, 2018 at 3:57 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Existing-Home Sales Decline Despite Low Interest Rates Existing Home Sales Home Prices Housing Market Housing Supply National Association of Realtors 2014-12-22 Brian Honea Home / Daily Dose / Existing-Home Sales Decline Despite Low Interest Rates Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sales of pre-owned homes stalled out in November, plunging to their slowest pace in half a year only one month after hitting a 2014 high.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported Monday that existing-home sales fell 6.1 percent from October to November, landing at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.93 million. The association also cut October’s estimated sales rate slightly to 5.25 million.”Fewer people bought homes last month despite interest rates being at their lowest levels of the year,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said. “The stock market swings in October may have impacted some consumers’ psyche and therefore led to fewer November closings. Furthermore, rising home values are causing more investors to retreat from the market.”Despite the stumble, home resales in November were still up 2.1 percent from year-ago levels, making it just the second month in 2014 to see sales rise year-over-year.It’s been a year of starts and stops for home sales, which have struggled under the weight of rising mortgage rates (a trend that has reversed in recent months), a tighter lending environment, declining affordability, and a lack of housing stock available for buyers.In November, the total inventory of existing homes for sale was 2.09 million, NAR estimates, down 6.7 percent from October.”Lagging homebuilding activity continues to hamstring overall housing supply and is still too low in relation to this year’s promising job growth,” Yun said. “Much faster price and rent appreciation—easily exceeding wage growth—will occur next year unless new construction picks up measurably.”About one-quarter of resale transactions last month were made entirely in cash, down from nearly one-third last year, NAR reported. Individual investors, who account for many cash sales, were responsible for 15 percent of total sales.Meanwhile, the percentage of first-time homebuyers climbed slightly to 31 percent, the highest share since October 2012.With Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac opening the door for low down payments, the association hopes to see the share of first-time homebuyers pick up to a more normal level.”NAR applauds Fannie and Freddie’s commitment to homeownership by serving creditworthy borrowers who lack the resources for substantial downpayments plus closing costs with its new downpayment program,” said NAR President Chris Polychron. “The new program mitigates risk with strong underwriting and ensures that responsible buyers have access to safe and affordable mortgage credit.”Existing-home sales fell month-over-month in November in all four census regions, led by a 9.6 percent drop in the West to a yearly rate of 1.03 million. That was followed by declines of 8.9 percent in the Midwest (to 1.13 million), 4.2 percent in the Northeast (to 680,000), and 3.2 percent in the South (to 2.09 million).Compared to a year ago, sales were up in the Northeast and South, outperforming November 2013 by 4.6 percent and 5.0 percent, respectively. At the same time, sales were down 1.7 percent in the Midwest and 1.0 percent in the West. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Brian Honea Previous: Report: GSEs Have Completed 3.3 Million Foreclosure Prevention Actions Since ’08 Next: Federal Agencies Announce Thresholds to Classify Small, Intermediate Small Institutions in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago December 22, 2014 816 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Tagged with: Existing Home Sales Home Prices Housing Market Housing Supply National Association of Realtors Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe
365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest WhatsApp News Previous articleMRSA incidents fall by 68% at Letterkenny General HospitalNext articlePSNI to investigate sinking of boat which killed Glengad brothers News Highland Facebook Pinterest Irish Daily Mail pays John McAreavey damages Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Google+ A libel action brought by John McAreavey against the Irish Daily Mail over pictures of his wife has been settled.The still photographs were taken from CCTV footage presented in court last year, pictures which Belfast High Court has been told were ‘potentially misleading’.27-year-old Michaela Mc Areavy was murdered on her honeymoon in Mauritius in January 2011. Last year,two men were found not guilty of murdering Mrs McAreavey in her honeymoon suite.During the trial, still photographs from CCTV camera footage presented at the trial was published by the Irish Daily Mail, interspersed with pictures of the Mc Areaveys.Belfast High Court was told these were potentially misleading and caused significant distress to Mr McAreavey.He will receive a five-figure sum in damages.Speaking afterwards, Mr McAreavey said he was glad the matter had been settled and he was now getting on with seeking justice for his murdered wife. Twitter By News Highland – March 14, 2013 WhatsApp Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+
DNY59/iStockBy STEPHANIE WASH, ABC News(ATLANTA) — As the district attorney of Fulton County, Georgia, Paul L. Howard Jr. says he attends a lot of funerals.On Tuesday, at the invitation of the Brooks family, Howard attended Rayshard Brooks’ funeral, which was held to honor the late father of four, just one day after Father’s Day. In an interview with ABC News, Howard said seeing the family of Brooks at the service “magnified the hurt” he felt when he watched the video of Brooks’ death.Brooks was fatally gunned down by police in a Wendy’s parking lot in Atlanta, Georgia on June 12.“Because of our investigation, I had a chance to watch an extraordinary kind of interchange between him and two police officers, and it’s almost like you got a chance to know something about him and his life just by watching [those] 41 minutes or so. And so I wanted to honor his death,” Howard said.Howard continues to face criticism from lawmakers and the police union representing Atlanta police officers for his decision last week to charge former officer Garrett Rolfe and officer Devin Brosnan in the shooting death of Brooks. But Howard said he was “just doing his job.”“What we do is to look at the evidence. And in this case, we had the evidence that was before us. And my philosophy is we should move,” Howard told ABC News. “If we had been talking about a civilian who shot someone, I’ve never heard anybody say that we indicted or charged the civilian quickly. It’s strange that people only talk about quickly when you’re talking about a policeman. I think that’s one of the things that we’ve got to change in this country.”Howard said that there was nothing political about his decision to charge the officers, referring to the first police case his office prosecuted in 2002. That case, he said, involved a 19-year-old Black man who was killed by police while sitting in a car that belonged to his mother, but which an officer believed was stolen.“Every case that we’ve handled, that’s what they’ve said, it’s political, every case,” he said.Howard also defended himself against criticism that he charged the officers before the Georgia Bureau of Investigations finished its investigation. He said his office had “enough evidence to move” and that they are not required by law “to wait for anyone.”He questioned the criticism further, noting that the GBI is a state police office.“I guess people are suggesting that we should wait for the police to tell us how they’ve investigated themselves. I don’t think that’s the way that the law works. We are independent. We made an independent decision and we will appreciate the report when they get it to us,” Howard said.Howard’s office continues to add to its own investigation and is preparing for a bond hearing for Rolfe scheduled for next Tuesday. He told ABC News that he does not expect the grand jury to convene in this case until Oct. 1.His office is not planning on seeking the death penalty, the harshest possible punishment, for Rolfe’s felony murder charge.“We have not even gotten to the point that we’re thinking about what kind of sentence we’re asking,” Howard said.Meanwhile, both Rolfe, through his legal team, and Brosnan, have denied the allegations against them, which include that they were late in administering aid to Brooks after he was shot. Howard said he charged the officers based on videotape evidence.“It’s really critical in a case when somebody has been shot twice in the back that there ought to be some immediate medical attention, and I know people will say that you shot in the heart and that means you can’t survive; that doesn’t mean that you should not try,” he said.Howard believes that the officers broke the rules when they did not immediately attempt to keep Brooks alive.Howard has also been critiqued for backtracking on whether a Taser is a deadly weapon, deciding so in the recent tasing incident of college students Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young, but seeming not to decide the same in this case.“You know what they seem to be saying, ‘Mr. Howard, if you’re not perfect, if you made a mistake in the other case then now you have to bear with it,” Howard said.He called the criticism “hogwash” and disgraceful to Mr. Brooks.“First of all, Mr. Brooks, at the time he was shot, he was running away, his back was turned. He was not firing a Taser. So why people are engaged in this imaginary argument about a Taser, I’m not real sure,” he said.Howard contended the Taser had nothing to do with Brooks’ death.“He was some 18 feet, 3 inches from the officer when he shot him. And I would just ask people to use their common sense. And if you did that, I don’t think you’d be talking about a Taser,” he added.Howard took particular issue with the officers’ actions after Brooks was gunned down. For one, he said that Rolfe kicked Brooks. Brosnan, meanwhile, admitted that he stood on Brooks’ shoulder, because he thought he was still a threat.“Number one, you don’t shoot a man in the back. You know, it’s the immediate sign of a coward when you shoot a man in the back. But once you do that, when a man is already down, you know, even if you were hunting an animal, if you were hunting a deer, when the deer is down, you don’t walk over and then kick him and stand on him,” Howard said.“So when people are talking to me about Tasers, and how quickly you finished, I’m saying to them, ‘Did you see the insult to humanity?’” Howard said. “‘What are we going to do about that?’ And I think what those young kids on the streets are trying to say to people is, ‘When are you going to pay attention to what’s really happening?’”Howard has a lengthy list of policy suggestions to answer protesters’ outcry for change in policing. He believes the nation should require all police misconduct criminal incidents to be independently investigated by a police agency separate from the department involved in the act of misconduct. Additionally, Howard would like to see district attorneys as the “gatekeepers” to the criminal justice system, granted the authority to charge police officers in the death of a civilian without the involvement of a grand jury.He believes there should be a national law that every police officer, federal or state, involved in the arrest of an individual, or in contact with civilians, be required to wear and operate a body camera and utilize dash cameras. He also believes an independent federal agency should be created devoted to police shootings and collecting data. That agency would keep a nationwide database of officers involved in police misconduct and use of force incidents, develop and provide training standards and programs, reward police departments and communities that practice and excel in de-escalation with pay increases and pay incentives and provide an avenue for citizens to appeal local prosecutors’ decisions not to charge or prosecute cases. This agency would be authorized to prosecute state cases in federal court.In addition to policy reform, Howard argued there needs to also be a culture change. It begins with what he called the “thin blue line” — the lack of officers willing to speak out against their fellow officers.“What I hear people say often is, ‘Well, you know, there’s some good police officers, some bad ones, few bad ones, but everybody else is good.’ And this is where I ask people all the time, ‘Well, guys, when is the last time that you heard of those good officers testifying or complaining about the bad officers?’” he said.Howard believes the conduct of police unions and what they mean to police departments and the average citizen also needs to be examined.“There’s a culture that has developed. If we don’t change that culture, then the result that we’re going to get is going to continue to be the same,” he added. But until that change comes, he said he hopes the young people in Atlanta keep putting pressure on the system.“I’m hopeful that we can change. I’m hopeful that people will say this is too much,” Howard said. “As an African American, my feeling is the reason we haven’t stopped is because the deaths are mainly deaths of African Americans — and until we accept the fact that we are not treated equally as citizens of this country, we will continue to make these mistakes.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.