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IoD: regulation impeding investment in UK training

first_img whatsapp Share KCS-content SKILLS shortages in the workforce are holding back 58 per cent of UK businesses, a survey revealed today.And high taxes, burdensome regulations and misguided government projects are deterring companies from investing in skills, the Institute of Directors (IoD) said.“Businesses want to invest in training, and they would invest even more if the government improved the business environment by removing excessive employment regulations,” said the IoD’s Miles Templeman.Programmes such as Time to Train actually make it harder for companies to offer training opportunities to their staff, the IoD said. Some 63 per cent of directors say the programme has imposed more red tape, while over one in ten will remove training discussions from appraisals due to problems created by the scheme.Yet almost a third (31 per cent) of employers are struggling to fill vacancies due to a lack of skills among applicants, the survey reported.And even worse is the “skills gap” – a lack of skills among current employees. Almost half (47 per cent) of directors said some of their staff lacked the necessary skills needed to do their jobs properly. Tags: NULL whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap IoD: regulation impeding investment in UK training Show Comments ▼ Monday 13 December 2010 9:02 pmlast_img read more

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Time to fight for economic freedom

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No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For IT was Frederic Bastiat, the French nineteenth century economist, who famously described the state as “that great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else”. It is a shame that Bastiat’s work, cult reading in some circles, has yet to penetrate the public consciousness in Britain. Those who campaign obsessively against “cuts” should take note – what they are really arguing is for others – their contemporaries, as well as future generations saddled with the national debt – to pay for their pet projects.It is high time for a proper debate about the relationship between the individual and the state. In a classically liberal society, people’s incomes are seen as theirs, to be spent, invested or donated as they see fit, with taxation kept to the minimum necessary to provide certain services and help the poor (the size of these activities are, of course, subject to debate). The present, collectivist mood in the UK sees it differently: earnings are implicitly treated as public property, to be divided up according to what politicians see fit; tax cuts are even seen as a “cost” to the Exchequer, as if it were automatically entitled to everybody’s wealth. There is a fundamental philosophical distinction between these two positions. This is not merely an abstract debate: shifting views on what we mean by “justice” have economic consequences. The UK’s relative prosperity – during its industrial heyday and then again during the 1980s and 1990s – was based on policies that assumed that individuals had a natural right to their earnings and property. By contrast, the post-war period, when envy and confiscatory taxation were rationalised on moral grounds, culminating with a 98 per cent tax rate in the 1970s, was a disaster. The situation is obviously no way as bad today as it was in those days. But Britain is now a very high tax society by international standards. So it was great to see Boris Johnson call for the 50p tax to be scrapped yesterday. The real top rate of tax is even higher when national insurance is included; earnings are taxed again when consumed (VAT, petrol tax); and anything left is taxed again at death. Crippling rates of double and triple taxation are the order of the day.Such a state of affairs would have outraged Bastiat. To him, high rates of taxation were unacceptable, morally as well as in terms of the damage inflicted on the incentive to work, save and invest. “No legal plunder: This is the principle of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony, and logic,” he argued in his inimitable style.There are plenty of voices around today fighting for free speech, civil liberties and “social” freedoms. It is a shame there is no equal enthusiasm when it comes to defending individuals’ economic freedom. GLOBAL GROWTH CHEERMore good news on the economic front: the US ADP private employment survey was remarkably strong yesterday, while the US services index rose for the fourth month in a row. It is hard to tell how sustainable the American rebound will turn out to be but it is nevertheless a welcome development. The next challenge is tackling the budget deficit: the Republicans have now formally seized control of the House and have pledged to tackle out-of-control spending and prevent the US from going the way of Greece. We shall soon see whether they mean what they [email protected] me on twitter: @allisterheath Time to fight for economic freedom Sharecenter_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp KCS-content Wednesday 5 January 2011 9:37 pmlast_img read more

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TJ Perenara slots conversion with neat training ground trick

first_imgFriday Feb 13, 2015 TJ Perenara slots conversion with neat training ground trick This is a nicely done trickshot from Hurricanes number nine TJ Perenara ahead of their Super Rugby round 1 clash against the Lions in Johannesburg. We don’t know how many times they tried it, but it’s a pretty impressive trick nonetheless.It was posted on Vine, so hit the volume button to enjoy. More from TJ in the Related Posts.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it , Training Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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GuideStar UK introduces new finance preview tool for charities

first_img After a successful trial period GuideStar UK’s new finance preview facility, which allows charities to view their latest financial data before it is presented to the public, is helping to build confidence within the sector.The facility has been designed so that whenever new financial data is received for a charity, an automatic email alert is sent to notify them. This gives the charity the opportunity to log in to the new preview section of the ‘Update my Charity’ tool in their GuideStar UK entry. The charity then has the option to either publish this financial information or send GuideStar UK suggested changes. GuideStar UK then works on a one to one basis with each charity to make amendments to the entry until the charity is confident that the financial information is accurate. Advertisement 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 Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  18 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Finance Howard Lake | 6 July 2006 | News GuideStar UK introduces new finance preview tool for charitieslast_img read more

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Restrictions on ‘incidental’ lotteries to be removed

first_img Tagged with: Lotteries AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Restrictions on ‘incidental’ lotteries to be removed  57 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 The government is  to allow the proceeds of private lotteries to be donated to good causes. Previoulsy companies, societies and residents groups running “non-commercial incidental lotteries” ­–­ those that are exempt from Gambling Commission licence or local authority registration  – were prevented by the Gambling Act 2005 from donating the proceeds to good causes.The Department for Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) opened a consultation in February this year after the Red Tap Challenge highlighted the restrictions. In their submissions, a number of charities reported that they had had to refuse permission for volunteers to raise money through lotteries because of these restrictions.DCMS is also removing the requirement for the results of these exempt lotteries to be announced during the event. The government’s response to the consultation says this will allow events such as balloon races to raise money for good causes.However, the government has decided not to extend the removal of restrictions on workplace lotteries to those that are run across a number of sites because this could lead to an “undesirable overlap” with the purpose of small society lotteries.Read the government response to the Consultation on Incidental Non-Commercial, Private Society, Work and Residents’ Lotteries.In a separate move, Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has announced an inquiry into society lotteries to examine their role and place “within a system that includes the Health Lottery and the National Lottery”.The committee’s inquiry will also address:* How to ensure that the market delivers the maximum benefit to good causes* Whether there is a case for relaxing the regulatory requirements relating either to the minimum amount of proceeds that a society lottery has to return to good causes or in other areas* The comparative regulatory positions and protections attaching to society lotteries, the Health Lottery and the National Lottery.The inquiry is open for submissions until 6 October. 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 18 August 2014 | Newslast_img read more

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City Has Seat at the Table on Housing Bills

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Government City Has Seat at the Table on Housing Bills Mayor Tornek ‘somewhat optimistic’ as state senate bills move through legislature By ANDRÉ COLEMAN Published on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | 1:28 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Herbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newscenter_img Community News 25 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Subscribe Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Mayor Terry TornekThe day after the City Council’s Legislative Committee received updates on several housing bills wending their way through the state senate, Mayor Terry Tornek told Pasadena Now he is “somewhat optimistic.”“They’ve at least invited us to sit at the table,” Tornek said. “And [Planning Director] David Reyes is actually attending telephone meetings with the key staff people who are working on these bills and helping the state legislature understand that Pasadena shouldn’t be lumped together with cities that haven’t built any housing, much less affordable housing.”The city has been embroiled in a battle against state laws that soften — and in some cases remove — the city’s ability to control zoning and building ordinances.The city is supporting two bills — SB902 and SB995— discussed at Tuesday’s meeting, SB902 would allow duplexes in cities with fewer than 10,000 residents, triplexes in cities with between 10,000 to 50,000 residents and fourplexes in cities with more than 50,000. However, cities would maintain control over building heights and design guidelines.SB995 would allow a CEQA exemption for housing projects if 15 percent of the units were set aside for affordable housing and cost at least $15 million.“We’re making progress,” Tornek said. They are listening. They’re working on a variety of ways to give us credit for what we’ve built and what we’ve done. And I’m optimistic about the outcome. I mean, we shifted our strategy. Remember last year we were talking about litigating with the state and I became convinced. And I think the rest of the council was convinced that litigation was not productive.”Besides SB902, SB995, the city opposes SB1085, SB1120, SB1385, which increase density bonuses, allows by-right duplexes and establishes a new law which authorizes residential uses on properties zoned for commercial office and retail uses.The city has taken no position has been taken on SB 899, SB 1299.SB899 would establish by-right affordable housing on sites owned by religious institutions and nonprofit hospitals.SB 1299 would establish a sales tax rebate for converting retail sites to affordable and workforce housing.The bills are scheduled to go before the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 18.The city wrote several position letters that included requests for amendments that provide relief for “good actors”The city will continue ongoing conversations with offices of California senators Anthony Portantino, Mike McGuire, and Toni Atkins about the potential legislation.Sacramento legislators, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, have been pushing bills that force cities to build more housing while limiting public hearings and zoning laws as a way to end the state’s affordable housing crisis.“Pasadena has built thousands of units,” Tornek said. “We built a lot of affordable units. We continue in spite of people who don’t want us to build anything else. So we really don’t want to be treated like the cities that have just said we’re not building.”last_img read more

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Federal officers clearing out Occupy ICE encampment in Portland

first_imgKOIN-TV(PORTLAND) — A tent encampment erected by protesters that prompted the closure of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Portland, Oregon, was being dismantled by federal law enforcement agents.Federal officers wearing riot gear and wielding batons moved in about 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time on Thursday and began tearing apart tents and makeshift barricades that blocked the front entrance of the facility.At least eight protesters who apparently refused to move from the entrance of the facility were arrested, officials said. One protester was taken into custody at gunpoint, according to ABC affiliate KATU-TV in Portland.The protest group #OccupyICEPDX set up the encampment on June 17, and federal officials were forced to close the office for nine straight days.The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon issued a statement early Thursday saying that officers had started a “law enforcement action” to reopen the facility in southwest Portland.On Monday, officials had posted fliers around the building that warned, “It is unlawful under federal law to obstruct the entrances, foyers, lobbies, corridors, offices and/or parking lots of federal facilities.”U.S. Department of Homeland Security officers cleared protesters from the front of the building and began taking apart tents and piling up belongings that included couches, chairs and inflatable mattresses, which were loaded into a U-Haul truck and carried away.A larger encampment occupying a public bike path alongside the building was being left in place. It was not immediately clear whether federal officers would dismantle that encampment.The protesters started camping out at the building to protest the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, which separated migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Shock rise in complaints about estate agency adverts during 2018

first_imgHome » News » Shock rise in complaints about estate agency adverts during 2018 previous nextRegulation & LawShock rise in complaints about estate agency adverts during 2018The Advertising Standards Authority watchdog says both the number of complaints and cases jumped last year compared to 2017.Nigel Lewis20th May 201901,818 Views The number of people complaining about estate agents’ online and print adverts to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) during 2018 increased by 28% compared to the year before, it has been revealed.Some 975 people complained about 860 adverts placed by property industry companies either within their own marketing materials or within magazines, billboards or websites. Among these were several high-profile complaints including adverts by Purplebricks (see above), Emoov, Barnard Marcus auctions and OnTheMarket.During 2017 some 762 people complained about 610 adverts published by estate agents.The property industry can take some solace from the figures, despite the increases. It is significantly behind other key industry sectors including leisure which attracted 5,083 complaints and health and beauty, which attracted 3,914 during 2018.The least complained about sector was electrical appliances, which generated just two complaints last year.In total the ASA resolved 33,727 complaints about 25,259 adverts of which nearly half were about online ads including on company’s own websites and those posted on social media such as Twitter and Facebook.Busy year“It’s been a busy year, largely driven by complaints and cases about online ads,” says ASA Chief Executive Guy Parker (left).“That’s why our new five-year strategy is focused on strengthening further the regulation of online advertising and using new tech to protect the public.”The number of complaints about sales and letting agents this year has been relatively sparse with just one upheld complaint so far, partly because one of the most frequently complained-about hybrid agents, Emoov, is out of the picture.Also, Purplebricks – another frequent candidate for complaints in the past along with other online agents – appears to have heeded warnings by the ASA to clean up its act.advertising standards authority ASA asa purplebricks May 20, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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USA: Chief of Navy Reserve Visits RTC

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Chief of Navy Reserve Visits RTC May 7, 2013 View post tag: visits View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense View post tag: chief The Chief of Navy Reserve visited Recruit Training Command (RTC) May 2-3 as part of a larger visit to the Chicago area.Vice Adm. Robin R. Braun served as the reviewing officer (RO) for the pass-in-review ceremony at RTC’s Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall, during which 855 recruits, after completing recruit training requirements, became Sailors.“I can only imagine your excitement today celebrating graduation,” said Braun. “With your eight challenging weeks behind you, you should be extremely proud. You have earned the title of Sailor and shipmate. I would like to recognize that people are our most important assets. Without our young men and women our ships and submarines cannot operate. Standing before us is our future. I salute you”Aside from serving as the RO for the pass-in-review graduation, Braun made a special point to meet with reservists who are serving as Recruit Division Commanders (RDC), to thank them for the daily impact they have made on the active duty fleet. She noted that reservists have become an integral component to the success of recruit training at Great Lakes.May 4, Braun visited the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Chicago and participated in an awards ceremony during their afternoon all-hands call. Braun discussed a wide variety of issues facing the U.S. Navy Reserve Force and to listen to reservists’ questions and concerns.Before addressing the Sailors of the NOSC, Braun, along with the commanding officers and members of the Navy League presented awards to nine junior reserve Sailors.“I am always happy to be back in the Chicago area,” said Braun. “I served at Naval Air Station Glenview from 1992-94. Yesterday I had the honor of speaking at the graduation at Recruit Training Command. I met many of the graduates the evening before and I can tell you it was exciting seeing our future.”The admiral offered a wide variety of non-traditional possibilities for Navy Reservists currently available.“Not many reservists are aware that Recruit Training Command (RTC) is looking for recruit division commanders,” said Braun. “Positions are available to those who meet specific requirements. If you are interested, seek out your unit and NOSC career counselors for more details.”One of the last issues Braun covered before taking questions from her audience was that of the Returning Warrior Workshop (RWW) for those Reserve Sailors who had mobilized and deployed around the world.“If you have deployed, you should really consider attending one of the RWW weekends. I know that when I attended the RWW I found it to be a wonderful experience,” said Braun. “They are free and a great opportunity for a returning Sailor to network and to meet with Veterans Affairs officials and community leaders. It is also a chance for the Reserve Sailor and spouse to get a paid weekend away and a chance to see that you are not alone.”Braun is in charge of nearly 110,000 Ready Reserve Sailors. The mission of the Navy Reserve is to deliver strategic depth and operational capability to the Navy, Marine Corps, and Joint Forces.[mappress]Press Release, May 7, 2013 USA: Chief of Navy Reserve Visits RTC View post tag: Reserve View post tag: RTC Training & Education View post tag: Defence View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

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AG Touts Benefits Of Incarcerating Drug Offenders To Help End Cycle Of Addiction

first_img AG Touts Benefits Of Incarcerating Drug Offenders To Help End Cycle Of AddictionIL for www.theinndianalawyer.comIndiana’s attorney general is advocating the benefits of incarcerating drug addicts, saying chemical addiction programs that target inmate populations are among the best methods of helping drug users on the road to recovery.Specifically, Attorney General Curtis Hill pointed to the success of the Jail Chemical Addictions Program, which recently made a presentation to the Attorney General’s Public Safety Coalition, a group tasked with “finding constructive solutions to the state’s crime and drug problems.”According to participants in the Dearborn County Jail Chemical Addictions Program, being arrested and sentenced to incarceration helped save their lives.“Everyone recognizes the need for more treatment facilities, but it would be unwise to expect addicts to just line up and ask for help,” Hill said in a statement Friday. “The nature of addiction will not allow such rational behavior.”Instead, incarceration “plays a vital role in helping addicts recognize their need for intervention,” Hill said. While recent trends have pushed for reductions in jail time for drug offenders, the attorney general said the wisdom of that trend is called into question by the testimonies of the JCAP participants who say going to jail helped them break the cycle of their addictions.“Efforts to limit jail time for drug users might be well-intended, but based on what we’ve heard from inmates, one must conclude that the most compassionate course might actually be giving them more jail time,” he said.The Attorney General went on to clarify that incarcerating drug offenders is not to subject them to the maximum punishment, but rather to “provide them the best possible opportunity to overcome their addiction.”Hill said he hopes all Indiana counties will have access to the JCAP model, and he plans to press state policymakers to support such programming “as an effective weapon in Indiana’s ongoing battle against substance abuse.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Ocean City BSA Troop 32 – Scouting for Food

first_imgOcean City BSA Troop 32 is participating in the National Scouting for Food Program and will be collecting food during the Ocean City Halloween Parade for the Ocean City Community Food Cupboard.   The Ocean City Halloween Parade is on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:15 PM on Asbury Avenue from 6th to 11th street.“Scouting for Food” bags are available in advance of the parade at Long and Foster (14 E 9th Street), the Ocean City Community Center (1735 Simpson Ave) and at Ocean City Fire Station 3 (4518 West Ave). Scouting for Food Bags containing non-perishable food donations will be collected during the Halloween Parade by members of BSA Troop 32.For additional information, please contact Dean Mitzel by phone 609-736-0745 or visit the Ocean City Troop 32 website City Boy Scout Troop 32, chartered by Ferguson-Foglio VFW Post 6650, was formed in 1964. The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nations largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. For more than a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.last_img read more

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Doctor knots

first_imgDoctors talk. And whom they talk with affects how they practice.Harvard researchers who have pioneered the study of social networks have developed a method to determine the effect of those conversational connections on cost and quality of care across the nation. Their work is reported in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).Led by Nicholas Christakis, a professor in the sociology department in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and of medical sociology at Harvard Medical School, researchers mined Medicare claims data to find the links that bind doctors into networks. Just as “birds of a feather flock together,” doctors tend to share information with others similar to themselves in age and background — and to treat patients similar to those treated by other doctors in their networks. The networks vary widely in size, cost, and quality of care.“This is yet another illustration of what network science has to offer,” Christakis said. “It’s like we suddenly have a telescope that lets us see the structure of physician networks in a new way.”Christakis and his team needed a new, objective way to track ties between doctors and patients because “doctors don’t respond to surveys.” So they turned to Medicare insurance claim records. The researchers took a sample of 4,586,044 patients and 68,288 doctors, from 51 regions of the United States covering 20 percent of the country and nearly 100 percent of Medicare claims filed in those regions in 2006. The average age of patients was 70.7.Because elderly people receive more medical care than the young, this “enriched sample” of elderly patients provided deep insight into ties among doctors and patients, said Bruce Landon, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School and first author of the study.In his office at Harvard Medical School, Landon showed a reporter an image of red, purple, and yellow circles connected by lines. One swarm of dots represented Albuquerque, N.M., the other Minneapolis/St. Paul. The lines connecting the dots represented patients shared by two doctors: the thicker the line, the more shared patients. The algorithm that created the chart is called a “spring embedder,” Landon said. It treats the “edges” (links between doctors) like a wire spring: the thicker the line, the stronger the pull, and the tighter the dots get pulled together. In tightly connected networks such as those in St. Paul, where doctors share patients across hospitals, the doctors clump into tight bundles, while in loosely connected networks, such as those in Albuquerque, the networks are discrete clusters, each centered on separate hospitals.Visualizing these networks allowed the researchers to see variations in medical practice between regions: Where doctors are talking and where they aren’t. Doctors showed a tendency to share patients with others similar to themselves: doctors with ties tended to be close in age, affiliated with the same hospital, and in close proximity, and their patients were similar in terms of race, class, and illness-burden. Doctors were more likely to share patients with other physicians who attended the same medical school or residency program, and linked doctors tended to have similar “practice intensity” — meaning their charges were similar. The networks also show, Christakis said, “how variations in doctor network structure reflect different power dynamics.” Primary care physicians in some regions, for example, were five times more central to their network than in other regions: general practitioners have huge influence in areas such as Boston and Miami, but less in Joliet, Ill.Whether innovations spread across an area may depend on physician conversational networks, Christakis said. Doctors learn about new procedures or drugs by talking to other doctors, he said; if one well-connected doctor knows a new technology or technique, the innovation may ripple through a whole network of doctors — and jump from one network to another. Researchers are able to identify physician influencers, “network leaders,” simply by seeing which doctors are most “central” to a network, most connected by patient-sharing to other general practitioners, surgeons, and medical specialists. If “network leaders” can be found, then new medical information can be more easily disseminated among doctors.The study is part of a larger trend to analyze “big data’’: a focus on using computational social science methods to analyze information from databases such as Facebook and LinkedIn. This is the first time these tools have been applied to physician networks at a national scale.“The fact that regions vary meaningfully is what matters,” Christakis said, “and it opens up new ways to understand variation in physician practice, determinants of health care quality, and the adoption of beneficial and harmful practices by groups of interconnected doctors.”To view the article.last_img read more

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Student government discusses Four Loko

first_imgThe University will investigate the dangers of alcoholic energy drinks like Four Loko, a caffeinated, alcoholic beverage with 12 percent alcohol content, and discuss whether banning such drinks from campus would be the right move, a University representative said at Monday’s Campus Life Council (CLC) meeting. Assistant vice president for Student Affairs Brian Coughlin asked council members to participate in the committee that will decide how to handle Four Loko on campus. “We do not want to make this decision in a vacuum,” Coughlin said. “We want to have conversations about what is the best step for the University of Notre Dame and what is best for our students.” The committee would discuss how to educate students about the dangers of a drink like Four Loko and whether a ban on the product would be right for Notre Dame’s campus. Coughlin said the mixture of alcohol with caffeine makes alcoholic energy drinks like Four Loko particularly dangerous to students. Students over the legal drinking age of 21 may possess or consume drinks of less than 14 percent alcohol content in residence halls, and hard alcohol is banned from dorms, according to the student handbook, du Lac. “Technically Four Loko falls within the parameters of our alcohol policy for students over 21,” Coughlin said. “Right now the allowing [of] the drink goes on a hall-by-hall basis where each rector decides.” But Coughlin said the University’s interest in researching the effects of Four Loko was sparked by recent incidents on campus. “This was born out of a high number of ambulance runs in the past few weeks,” he said. “The uptick of hospitalization was a catalyst for this conversation.” Several universities and state governments banned Four Loko as the risks of the drink became apparent, he said. Rectors on the council said they saw these dangers in their dorms as well. Stanford rector Fr. Tom Gaughan said his hall staff put out a word of caution to their students when he first learned about the product Four Loko. “To put a stimulant and a depressant in your body at the same time is a health risk,” Gaughan said. “And despite our efforts to warn students it has not deterred appearances in the halls.” Council members debated whether a ban would only increase interest instead of preventing students from drinking Four Loko. Student body vice president Andrew Bell said students looking to experience alcohol to an extreme would be drawn even more to Four Loko after a ban. “If something like this is banned, it is banned because it is dangerous,” Bell said. “As a side effect, because it is banned, people might do it more behind closed doors.” Educating students on the health risks of Four Loko will be a focus on campus whether or not the product is banned, Coughlin said. “I would hope that whatever the committee decides to do as police is not the end of the story,” Gaughan said. “That is one part of the story, but the other part is ongoing education.” The committee is unsure about whether the drink will be banned but will consider all the options, Coughlin said. “Ultimately we are going to make the best decision we can for the health and safety of the student body,” Coughlin said.last_img read more

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Plant Protection

first_imgTo help protect landscape plants from Georgia’s cold temperatures, University of Georgia Extension experts recommend using plastic, straw and, strangely enough, water. Cover with sheets or plasticCovering tender outdoor plants during the winter is not always effective or practical. Covering can help, but only if done right. Improper covering can be worse than no covering at all. Covers that extend to the ground and do not contact plant foliage can lessen cold injury by reducing radiant heat loss from the plant and the ground. Foliage that touches the cover is often injured because of heat transfer from the foliage to the colder cover. Examples of coverings include cloth sheets, black plastic and quilts. Remove plastic covers during the day or provide ventilation for trapped heat, as this can damage the plants you worked so hard to save. A light bulb placed under a cover is a simple way to provide extra heat to ornamental plants. Cover with wheat or pine strawWheat straw or pine straw can be scattered loosely over vegetable crops to help protect them. It can probably be left in place during cloudy cold days, but remove it if the next day gets hot. Newspapers and paper towels can also be used to cover plant rows. Sawdust can be applied to cover seedlings, but will probably need to be removed the next day with a leaf blower. Using water to insulate plants Watering landscape plants before freezing temperatures arrive can help protect plants. Well-watered soil absorbs more heat during the day than dry soil and will reradiate heat at night. This practice can create a warmer micro climate in your planting beds, raising the night time temps near plants by as much as two degrees. However, prolonged saturated soil conditions damage the root systems of most plants. Ornamental plants can be protected during a freeze by sprinkling the plants’s themselves with water. Sprinkling water for cold protection helps keep leaf surface temperatures near 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Latent heat is released when water changes from a liquid to a solid state. So begin sprinkling as freezing temperatures are reached and continue until thawing is completed. Water must be evenly distributed and supplied in ample quantity to maintain a film of liquid water on the foliage surfaces. Keep in mind this may mean leaving the water on all night. Alternatively, someone may have to stay awake to determine when to turn the water on and off. Place an accurate thermometer near the plant that is to be protected, not on the house six or more feet above the ground. Irrigating for several days may soak the soil resulting in damaged root systems and plant breakage due to ice build up. After the freezing temperatures have passed, check the plants’ water needs. The foliage may lose water vapor on a sunny day after a freeze while water in the soil may be unavailable to the plant because it remains frozen. Apply water to thaw the soil and provide available water for the plant. Recovering from the freezeDelay severely pruning plants until new growth appears to ensure live wood is not removed. Dead, unsightly leaves may be removed as soon as they turn brown after a freeze if a high level of maintenance is desired. New growth and young branch tips may be damaged while older wood is free of injury. Cold injured wood will be black or brown and can be found by examining the cambium layer (food conducting tissue) under the bark. Prune cold injured branches behind the point of discoloration. Visit for more information about landscape care in Georgia.last_img read more

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Digital strategies for recruiting top talent

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You believe in your company, your product, and your employees, and work hard to provide a positive work environment. However, it may be a challenge to promote your company’s culture and atmosphere to job candidates who have never interacted directly with your company. To maintain the positive work environment you’ve worked so hard to create and find top talent to fill your job openings, take a closer look at your digital strategies for recruitment before you post anything online.Here are five proven digital strategies to optimize your website and third party recruitment profiles to find the right people to fill your vacancies.Write Accurate and Honest Job DescriptionsThis may seem like an elementary tip, but it’s astonishing how many companies simply copy similar job descriptions from other companies, throw in some buzzwords and jargon, and call it done. This apparent time-saver can harm you in the long run by creating confusion, receiving unqualified applicants (or even no applicants at all), and potentially unhappy future employees who feel they’ve been duped by a misleading job description. continue reading »last_img read more

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