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CBI concerned over lack of skills funds

first_imgThe Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has expressed concern over theGovernment’s failure to reform funding to make post-16 education more flexibleand responsive to local needs when it launched its national skills strategy inJuly. The strategy, which was launched amid fanfare and summer heat on 9 July atthe London Eye came with no immediate promise of extra funds to raise the levelof adult skills in England. The central message of 21st Century Skills: Realising Our Potential was forthe system of post-16 education in England to be truly ‘demand-led’ – plannedstrategically to meet the needs of UK plc. But employers, particularly inengineering, had been hoping for additional money to expand the programme ofModern Apprenticeships. While broadly supporting the strategy, the CBI was disappointed that theallocation of budgets for post-16 education remained highly centralised. CBI senior policy adviser Maniza Ntekim said 80 per cent of individualLearning and Skills Councils’ budgets goes straight to providers. “Locally Learning and Skills Councils only have 1-2 per centdiscretion. To really make a difference that needed to be freed up,” shesaid. “One of the areas we thought the Government could have gone furtherwith was funding reforms,” continues Ntekim. “Funding is key tochanging the system, making it more responsive and more demand-led.” Andrew McCoshan, director of international learning and skills consultancyEcotec Research and Consulting said that funding still goes through users:”If the young people going through the college door want to behairdressers, then the college provides hairdressing courses, even if what thelocal economy really needs is engineers. That means the funding has not been intune with what the local economy needs. “The skills strategy attempts to make the system more employerdriven,” he said. “It’s always been hard to get mainstream fundingmore employer-driven, so if [the Government] can crack that, it would begreat.” By Margaret Kubicek Related posts:No related photos. CBI concerned over lack of skills fundsOn 1 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Growth predicted for significant pockets of the UK

first_imgUK house prices grew by 1.7% in the year to January 2019, down from 2.2% in the year to December 2018 – the lowest annual growth for the UK since June 2013, when house prices increased by 1.5%.House price growth was strongest in Wales where prices increased by 4.6% in the year to January 2019, followed by the East Midlands region, increasing by 4.4%. The lowest annual growth was in London, where prices fell by 1.6% over the year to January 2019, down from a fall of 0.7% in December 2018. This was followed by the East of England where prices fell 0.2% over the year, its first fall over the year since October 2011.The Bank of England’s inflation report for February 2019 noted that activity in the housing market has been subdued. They report the slowdown has been sharpest in the London market which has probably been disproportionately affected by regulatory and tax changes, and by lower net migration from the EU. London house price inflation was also materially above income growth between 2014 and early 2016, reducing affordability.The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) January 2019 UK Residential Market Survey results continue to signal a subdued market, with enquiries, sales and new instructions all falling further over the month. At the headline level, new buyer enquiries fell for the sixth successive monthly with demand also softening across most of the UK.The UK Property Transactions Statistics for January 2019 showed that on a seasonally adjusted basis, the number of transactions on residential properties with a value of £40,000 or greater was 101,170. This is 1.3% higher than a year ago. Between December 2018 and January 2019, transactions increased by 0.8%.The Bank of England’s Money and Credit latest release showed that mortgage approvals for house purchase (an indicator of future lending) increased in January to 66,800, slightly above the average of the previous six months of 65,500.Headline statistics for January 2019Average price of a property in the UK was £228,147Annual price change for a property in the UK was 1.7%Monthly price change for a property in the UK was -0.8%Monthly index figure (January 2015 = 100) for the UK was 119.7Shaun Church, Director at Private Finance said, “While buyers can currently expect to purchase at a reduced price in London, the opposite can be said for the rest of the UK with continued growth across the majority of regions, suggesting there are plenty of investment opportunities elsewhere. The Midlands in particular stands out as a region for investment, with house prices growing by around 4%. Amongst the headlines of falling house prices, it’s therefore important not to overlook the fact that significant pockets of the UK continued to be poised for growth.”housing market Private Finance Shaun Church The Bank of England’s inflation report The Bank of England’s Money and Credit UK house prices UK Property Transactions Statistics UK Residential Market Survey March 21, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’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 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Growth predicted for significant pockets of the UK previous nextHousing MarketGrowth predicted for significant pockets of the UKWhile buyers can currently expect to purchase at a reduced price in London, the opposite can be said for the rest of the UK, says analyst.Sheila Manchester21st March 201902,143 Viewslast_img read more

NAVFAC, Watts Contrack Pen USD 57 Million Contract

first_img December 20, 2013 NAVFAC, Watts Contrack Pen USD 57 Million Contract Back to overview,Home naval-today NAVFAC, Watts Contrack Pen USD 57 Million Contract Share this articlecenter_img Industry news MV 22 HANGARNaval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded a $57 million firm-fixed-price contract Dec. 17 to Watts Contrack, a Joint Venture of Honolulu, Hawaii for the construction of a Marine Vertical (MV) 22 hangar, supporting utility infrastructure, and an aircraft staging area for Marine Corps Base Hawaii.This project includes a hangar, apron, and taxiway to support an MV-22 squadron. The project will also consist of an aircraft staging area to accommodate 12 aircraft for the squadron.“The great teamwork and dedication between our engineers and contract specialists led to the development and award of this critical procurement,” said NAVFAC Pacific Capital Improvements Business Line Manager Ralph Luca. “We are elated to commence construction of these significant facilities as we continue to enable operational and mission readiness for the Marine Corps.”The contract also contains one unexercised option, which if exercised would increase cumulative contract value to an estimated $58 million. Work will be performed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by September 2015.This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with nine proposals received.[mappress]Press Release, December 20, 2013; Image: Navylast_img read more

BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING

first_img BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETINGAt KEVIN WINTERNHEIMER CHAMBERS In ROOM 301, CIVIC CENTER COMPLEXOn WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2019 At 12:00 NOONAGENDA1. CALL TO ORDER2. MEETING MEMORANDUM   FEBRUARY 6, 20193. CONSENT AGENDA             a.  Request Re:  Approve and Execute Land Use Permit with Southern Indiana Spikes for                   Wesselman Field  #4. – Holtz             b.  Request Re: Approve and Execute Payment for Greenway Slide Remediation Project:  Blankenberger Brothers, Inc. in the amount of  $39,159.00             c.  Request Re: Approve and Execute Assignment of Concessions Agreement for Swonder Ice                  Arena and Hartke Pool with Ice House Treats, LLC. – Holtz             d.  Request Re: Approve and Execute Assignment of Concessions Agreement for Helfrich Golf                  Course with Ice House Treats, LLC. -Holtz             b. Request Re: Any Other Business the Board Wishes to Consider and Public Comment6.        REPORTS           Brian Holtz, Executive Director7.        ACCEPTANCE OF PAYROLL AND VENDOR CLAIMS 5.         NEW BUSINESS              a. Request Re: Consideration to cancel the 1pm-3pm public session during the South Eastern                     Great Lakes Figure Skating Competition on February 23rd at Swonder Ice Arena.-Crook 4.        OLD BUSINESS    N/A 8.        ADJOURNFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Subcommittee Silently Makes Sexual Harassment Recommendations; Legislative Council Must Act

first_imgA legislative subcommittee has quietly issued new recommendations for how Indiana’s Legislature should respond to complaints of sexual harassment by legislative employees, but it’s still unclear whether the Legislative Council will meet next week’s statutorily-mandated deadline to officially adopt the recommendations.The Legislative Council’s Personnel Subcommittee has released a proposed report that includes two recommendations for ways in which the Legislature can improve its sexual harassment policies: amending legislative ethics rules and mandating training for legislators and members of the legislative ethics committees. The recommendations were developed pursuant to House Enrolled Act 1309, which required the subcommittee to develop sexual harassment prevention and investigation recommendations and the full council to approve those recommendations by Nov. 20.In light of the #MeToo movement, HEA 1309 represented an initial legislative step toward curbing sexual harassment at the Indiana Statehouse. The bill, authored by Rep. Sharon Engleman, R-Georgetown, mandated that each legislator complete one hour of sexual harassment prevention training each year, as well mandating that the Personnel Subcommittee develop additional prevention and response recommendations.According to the proposed report, the subcommittee “directed the Staff of the Legislative Services Agency (‘LSA’) to conduct background research related to sexual harassment prevention and prepare proposed policy language for review by the Subcommittee.” LSA’s research yielded four findings, including:“Legislators with oversight over legislative staff have existing policies that expressly prohibit sexual harassment of a legislative employee by a legislator and that include the processes and procedures for filing and investigating a complaint;”The Indiana Constitution, House and Senate rules and state statute “protect employees, legislators, and other persons interacting with legislators from unlawful sexual conduct;”Indiana Code section 2-2.2-3-9 “treats sexual harassment prevention instruction as an entirely separate subject from ethics instruction” and does not require additional training for members of the ethics committees, and;“The General Assembly has a legal duty to protect legislative employees from sexual harassment by legislators.”According to the report’s findings, the House and Senate employee handbooks prohibit sexual harassment and provide that reports of such harassment should be made to the chief of staff, chief counselor clerk of the House, and the immediate supervisor, majority chief of staff or secretary of the Senate. LSA and Indiana’s fourth legislative employer, the Indiana Lobbyist Registration Commission, include similar provisions in their personnel rules.The subcommittee’s first recommendation would build on those existing policies by amending the language in the House and Senate codes of ethics to prescribe a clear reporting process. In the House, sexual harassment complaints would be made to the speaker, while Senate complaints would be made to the president pro tempore. If either the speaker or the president pro tem is the subject of the complaint, then a complainant would contact the majority caucus chair in the appropriate chamber. The amended ethics rules would further explicitly define sexual harassment as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature by a member” that is made as a quid pro quo employment expectation or creates a hostile work environment. The proposed language would also explicitly prohibit retaliation for either filing a sexual harassment complaint or participating in a subsequent investigation and would require confidentiality for the complainant/victim “to the extent possible.”The House and Senate ethics committees would be permitted to investigate complaints made to the legislative leaders. The subcommittee report notes that current Indiana statute requires the ethics committees to base a finding of sexual harassment on “competent and substantial evidence,” and subcommittee members urge the Legislative Council to approve the continued use of that standard. The subcommittee also notes that while independent investigators may sometimes be beneficial, the decision to use an outside investigator falls within the discretion of the ethics committees.Looking to the second recommendation, subcommittee members are urging the council to further amend I.C. 2-2.2-3-9 – the statute amended in 1309 – to merge the mandatory sexual harassment prevention training into the mandatory legislative ethics training. A proposed bill attached to the report would add language requiring that, “The ethics instruction required in this section must cover this article, the house and senate ethics rules, and other relevant statutes. Of the two (2) total hours of ethics instruction required between general elections, one (1) hour must be devoted to sexual harassment prevention instruction.”Further, the subcommittee is recommending that members of the ethics committees receive additional training “designed to assist them in their responsibilities.”“This training should focus, at a minimum, on how to end disrespectful conduct, how to handle complaints, the investigation process, anti-retaliation rules, and related matters,” the report says.HEA 1309 also required that House Speaker Brian Bosma, former House Minority Leader Terry Goodin, former Senate President pro tem David Long and Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane each appoint a legislator to serve on the subcommittee solely for the purpose of developing the sexual harassment recommendations. According to a Bosma spokeswoman, those four appointed legislators – Reps. Holli Sullivan and Cherrish Pryor and Sens. Liz Brown and Karen Tallian – met in executive session Nov. 7 and adopted the report.Indiana Lawyer attempted to watch the Nov. 7 meeting via the General Assembly’s live stream, but was told that because the meeting was an executive session, it was not open to the public.Bosma’s spokeswoman also said the Legislative Council has not yet set a date to consider the recommendations, and she did not comment on whether the eventual meeting will be held by the Nov. 20 deadline. Subcommittee Silently Makes Sexual Harassment Recommendations; Legislative Council Must ActNovember 14, 2018Olivia Covingtoncenter_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Fill up with versatile mixes

first_imgADM Milling’s (Brentwood, Essex) Bun Mix and Bun & Doughnut Mix and Concentrate are said to produce a variety of doughnut and bun styles, offering good texture and flavour. The company also offers Classic American Style Donut Pre-mix and Concentrate, which produces US-style donuts with a golden colour, excellent flavour profile and good keeping qualities, says ADM.In addition, the Bakers Mixes range offers complementary products for filling and topping doughnuts, including Confectioners Custard, Chocolate Fudge Icing and Creme Patisserie.ADM Milling is running a promotion on Bun & Doughnut Mix and Concentrate and Bun Mix until the end of April. Bakers get a free bag of mix for every 12 they buy. Go to www.admmilling.co.uk for more information.last_img read more

Genetic mechanics

first_imgEverything — from noxious chemicals found in cigarette smoke or car exhaust, to ultraviolet radiation from the sun, to even something as benign as oxygen — is working overtime to damage DNA. Fortunately, all living things have a defense: an intracellular mechanic that patrols DNA, searching for errors and repairing them, thousands of times a day.Using X-ray crystallography, Harvard scientists produced 3-D images of the protein machinery that detects damaged parts of the genome in bacteria, thus enabling them to be repaired. The Harvard group used the images they obtained to gain a new understanding of how the DNA repair process works.As reported in the online version of Nature Structural & Molecular Biology on Feb. 5, the images reveal that the proteins can actually alter their shape. Researchers believe that the alteration is part of a process best described as a genetic “pat-down,” or a way for the mechanism to identify areas of the genetic code that need repair.“What we think is that the sensor detects regions that require repair by subjecting DNA to a stress test,” David Jeruzalmi of Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and lead author of the paper, said. “As it patrols, one form of the sensor can interact with both native and damaged DNA, but only normal DNA is able to pass the stress test. The sensor performs these stress tests over and over; regions of the genetic code that pass the test are quickly released. However, once a region of DNA is found that fails the “pat-down,” or stress test, the sensor gets stuck and signals for other biochemical processes to take over and repair the DNA.“We were really excited to see the 3-D image of the sensor, because this amazing insight is something that could never emerge from studying these proteins biochemically,” Jeruzalmi added. “You needed to have seen the two views. This is totally unprecedented — there was nothing in any previous study that suggested that something like this was occurring.”The DNA repair machinery is made up of two pairs of proteins: UvrA and UvrB. Although earlier work had shown that the proteins could be arranged into an open, almost butterflylike form, Jeruzalmi’s recent paper found them arranged in a tighter, sleevelike pattern, which cradled the DNA.“When we modeled normal undamaged DNA into the structure, we found that the groove can accommodate it very nicely,” he said. “What we know about damaged DNA is that it is severely distorted in many different ways, so damaged DNA couldn’t fit into this new structure.”“We believe the ‘open’ form is the sensor, because it can read all forms of DNA, whether damaged or native,” he continued. “As the proteins change shape, the closed form can only accommodate native DNA, so when it encounters damage, it stops, and that’s the signal for repair.”The challenge now, Jeruzalmi said, is to determine whether the relatively simple DNA repair system of bacteria can be translated into higher organisms or even into humans, who have a similar, though vastly more complicated, system of proteins. Though it may be years before that system is understood, Jeruzalmi believes this work will serve as a foundation for understanding how DNA repair systems work in any number of organisms.“There’s no question this is the foundation,” he said. “We don’t know how big the building is going to be, but this is the foundation. This is the sort of structural biology that I love, because we learned something that we did not know was actually there. Often, seeing a 3-D structure or image confirms everything you already knew, and that’s fine, but what is really exciting is when you learn something new and unexpected; here we discovered an answer to a question we did not even know to ask.”last_img read more

Now that Flash is Everywhere…Where Do We Go from Here?

first_imgFlash has become ubiquitous. It is being deployed on PCIe cards in servers, in all-flash arrays that plug into storage networks, and in hybrid arrays in the form of solid-state drives (SSDs). But where is the best place to deploy flash? Well, that requires the most famous of engineering answers: “It depends.”Application requirements have always driven infrastructure decisions, and flash is no exception. If your application demands the lowest possible latency and highest possible throughput, then flash on a PCIe card in the server, where it is close to your microprocessors could be the answer. PCIe-based flash can deliver hundreds of thousands of IOPS and achieve latencies measured in microseconds. But what if you want to share that flash between servers? In that case, an all-flash array may be the answer. An all-flash array can deliver consistent low latencies in the range of 500 microseconds, provide a rich set of data services like de-duplication and replication, and consolidate workloads from many servers. If it is designed correctly, an all-flash array is built from the ground up to leverage the unique characteristics of flash.Both PCIe and all-flash array solutions tend to optimize around cost per I/O, but what if your application requirements demand greater capacity and are more sensitive to cost per gigabyte? That is where a hybrid array might be the answer. By combining SSDs and spinning disk drives in an array, an application can get an efficient mix of performance and cost if your applications can tolerate the possibility of variable latency.There will be other times when your application will call for running flash everywhere, like an in-memory database attached to a high performance all-flash array and a hybrid array for cost-effective tiering.As time goes by, software will evolve at each layer of the infrastructure stack, and richer feature sets will be delivered.But this is just the beginning.The next step is to abstract the properties of each type of flash deployment—wherever the flash resides in the data center—and create pools of flash defined by performance, cost, capacity and protection requirements. These pools will be managed seamlessly and automatically to provide applications exactly what they need, when they need it, in the most efficient way possible.This is the essence of software-defined flash and it is “where we go from here.”last_img read more

Green Space.

first_imgAll communities share the common goal of a healthy environment for their citizens. And the quality of their environment has much to do with the amount of green space they have.A well-managed green space — turf, trees, shrubs and other plants — can mitigate the ill effects of construction developments.Cities with little green space can be hotter, with more and muddier runoff water. These concrete communities often don’t look or feel like places people want to call home.Developing TLOsBut citizens can help manage community green space in many ways, including developing of tree and landscape ordinances.TLOs aren’t just for big cities with environmental problems. Small towns and communities at early stages of growth need them, too.In fact, when smaller towns effect TLOs as they start growing, they can avoid many of the environmental ills of larger cities. Hard times arise when significant natural resources are depleted before starting an ordinance.Effective StepsSeveral steps have proven effective in developing community TLOs.Survey the situation. Find out if your city or county already has an ordinance. If so, get a copy and become familiar with its details. Reviewing TLOs of nearby communities or those with about the same size or terrain provides more ideas. Look into whether the community is happy, too, with the current ordinance.Identify groups interested in a TLO. Developing working relationships with like-minded civic groups is important. These may include the tree board or commission, garden clubs, the local chapter of Keep America Beautiful, heritage or preservation society, neighborhood associations and community planners.Join the tree board or commission. In most places, the tree board is the mechanism for people to develop a TLO. If there are no vacancies, attend the meetings.Work with civic groups. Planning and zoning commissions deal with issues related to growth. Talking with members can help implement a TLO. Presentations to local civic clubs can increase public awareness of the need. Reviewing how new developments can degrade the environment is a good start.Talk with commercial developers. A local government’s passage of a tree and landscape ordinance usually requires input and support of commercial developers, such as the homebuilders association and general contractors association. The timing and nature of the contact with these groups will vary, but early dialogue is most helpful.Contact city and county officials. Getting an ordinance passed would be more likely if city and county officials were involved early on. These may include the city council, city manager, mayor, county commissioners or county manager. The city or county arborist can be another important resource.Draft a tree and landscape ordinance. This step should include (1) input from interested environmental and civic groups, (2) a review of the current ordinance, (3) a list of community needs, (4) a review of ordinances for comparable communities, (5) a summary of other ordinances’ key elements, (6) the actual drafting and (7) being willing to make many revisions and seek further input.Develop community consensus. Once a draft is prepared, begin the process of review and consensus building. Identify all important groups to be contacted, and develop a sequence for review. Consensus-building discussions help the whole community understand the need and become involved in setting standards for preserving natural resources. The understanding and support are important during the approval process.Establish a mechanism for enforcement. A TLO isn’t complete unless a means to monitor and enforce it is in place. Monitoring is necessary to ensure uniform compliance. The more commercial developers are part of the approval process, the more likely they will enforce it. The process of building community consensus will facilitate compliance.last_img read more

Agricultural Exports

first_imgTwo Georgia leaders are encouraging the exportation of agricultural products to foreign countries. At an International Agribusiness Conference and Expo in Savannah last week, hosted by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Georgia Southern’s Division of Continuing Education, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black encouraged approximately 200 attendees to explore global markets for their commodities.“The encouraging thing is, it doesn’t make any difference if it’s Africa, the Far East or wherever it might be, the demand for our products has never been as high as it is right now,” Black said. “I think it’s like a mixed portfolio for your retirement. If you don’t have export plans to be in a global market, if that’s not part of your production or manufacturing portfolio, you’re really missing out.” According to the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia agriculture’s economic impact in 2011 was $71.1 billion. Much of that financial success can be attributed to the Port of Savannah. In Deal’s speech on Sept. 25, he noted Savannah is home to the fourth largest container port in the country and that more than 40 percent of U.S. citizens rely on the port for the import and export of goods.Georgia, which is the No. 1 producer of broiler chickens in the nation, leads in the export of poultry and wood products to China. China, home to the world’s second-largest economy, also imports pecans, peanuts and cotton — all high-value crops in Georgia.“If you go to any other country, especially a country like China, you recognize that there is a real, potentially large market for food products. With Georgia being one of those states that can supply that, I think it offers us great opportunities,” Deal said. “I am convinced that what Georgia produces, and produces very efficiently, the world will buy if we give them and afford them the opportunity to do so,” Deal said.In the 2011 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, the state’s top three agricultural commodities were broilers, cotton and peanuts, combined to total more than 50 percent of the state’s farm gate value.Deal committed to businessGov. Nathan Deal is committed to making, “Georgia the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business.” During a speech at the inaugural International Agribusiness Conference and Expo, Deal discussed how the new Caterpillar plant in Athens, which opened this spring, will boost the state’s economy.“They will, by their own indications, use the Port of Savannah,” Deal said. “In fact, I was told initially that they were expecting to export about 40 percent of the equipment they will be manufacturing in the Athens area, and hopefully, that will all come through the Savannah Port.” National Ag Teacher DayDeal’s visit to Savannah on Sept. 25 came a day before National Ag Teacher Day. Deal, whose father was an agriculture teacher, discussed the role agricultural education plays in the development of today’s youth.“Having a father who was a vocational agricultural teacher and having grown up in FFA where he was the adviser, I do have a fondness for that. It was a very important part of my past as a young person growing up. It also gave me a great appreciation and understanding of the role of agriculture in our state,” Deal said.Jason Peake, a professor at the UGA Tifton campus, said, however, there is a shortage of ag teachers around the state. It’s a trend that’s continued for the past 30 years and something Deal empathizes with.“Everybody recognizes that it is good for young people, whether they live in a city or whether they live on a farm to have some knowledge about where their food comes from — about all the issues that relate to agriculture, which is the sustainable portion of any society,” Deal said. “I know because funding has been cut in many areas that it has been difficult to come up with the funds to keep many of the vocational agricultural teachers in the classroom in parts of the state that still have a demand for it,” he said. “I won’t try to do the job of the Department of Education in trying to solve that problem, but I’ll say that I recognize it and think they have done a very good job of adapting with the resources that are available to continue to make agricultural education a relevant subject.”last_img read more

NYC Man Convicted of West Babylon Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Manhattan man was convicted Thursday of killing a 32-year-old Brooklyn man in West Babylon nearly a decade ago.A Suffolk County jury found Daniel Greenspan guilty of second-degree murder.Police have said the 30-year-old shot Michael Sinclair to death on Kellum Street on Jan. 31, 2009.Officers found the victim suffering from gunshot wounds after responding to a 911 call reporting shots fired, police have said. The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he died.Greenspan was arrested in December 2015. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is scheduled to be sentenced on April 27 by Judge William Condon.last_img read more

The Great Recession: 10 years out and looking ahead

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr June 2009 marked the official end of the Great Recession and the beginning of an outstanding period of economic recovery. The Great Recession was the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression, and the decade since has been the strongest period of growth in the history of the American credit union movement.So, what’s next? No one can predict exactly where the economy will go; however, markets and economies run cycles, and economists agree a recession is likely within the next couple of years.Credit unions have thrived during the past decade by capitalizing on what they do best: delivering competitive rates and superior service and, in many cases, lending to those turned away by for-profit institutions.Now, the industry is facing a new set of imperatives. The competition has grown, both in numbers and intensity, and credit unions can no longer rely simply on their cachet as “non-banks”. continue reading »last_img read more

FDA to ban enrofloxacin use in poultry

first_img Abbott Laboratories, maker of sarafloxacin, another fluoroquinolone used in poultry, accepted the FDA proposal and withdrew the product. But Bayer appealed the plan, which triggered hearings in 2003 before an administrative law judge, who upheld the FDA proposal. Bayer then appealed the decision to the commissioner of the FDA. Jul 29, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to ban the use of the antibiotic enrofloxacin (Baytril) in poultry because of the risk that it promotes drug-resistant bacteria that can be harmful to humans. The FDA said that when poultry are treated with enrofloxacin, some Campylobacter microbes survive and remain in carcasses that reach retail stores. If the bacteria are not killed by proper cooking, they can cause illness in humans. The illness can be severe in the very young, the elderly, and people with certain medical conditions, the agency said. The ban will take effect Sep 12, but Bayer Corp., manufacturer of the drug, has 60 days to appeal the decision to a federal appeals court, FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford said in an announcement yesterday. The decision does not affect other approved uses of the drug. “We applaud Commissioner Crawford and the FDA for acting decisively to protect the public’s health,” David Wallinga, MD, MPA, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Project at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, said in the release. See also: “Fluoroquinolones used in humans are ineffective if used to treat Campylobacter infections that are resistant to them,” the FDA said. “This failure can significantly prolong the duration of the infections and may increase the risk of complications. The proportion of Campylobacter infections that are resistant to fluoroquinolones has increased significantly since the use of enrofloxacin in poultry was approved in the U.S.” The organization Keep Antibiotics Working, a coalition of groups concerned about drug-resistant microbes, said in a news release, “This action is the first time the FDA has ever withdrawn an agricultural antibiotic from the market because of concerns about antibiotic resistance affecting human health.” An Associated Press (AP) report quoted Bayer spokesman Bob Walker as saying the company was surprised and disappointed by the decision. He said company officials would review it before deciding how to respond. Enrofloxacin is in the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics. The FDA first announced its intention to ban the use of fluoroquinolones in poultry in October 2000 because of evidence that they spawn resistance in Campylobacter, a bacterium that chickens and turkeys commonly carry without becoming ill. Jul 28 FDA announcementhttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108467.htmlast_img read more

Dollar bounce holds as traders trim short bets

first_imgThe value of euro longs stood at a record high last week.The euro was last at $1.1836, having fallen half a percent overnight, and it made a fresh three-month low of 88.71 pence. The pound slipped to $1.3338, but was above an overnight trough of $1.3284.The Australian dollar dipped to $0.7331 and the kiwi was a touch softer at $0.6764, though it has put up the toughest fight against the dollar’s bounce and is only about 0.4 percent below a 13-month high touched on Wednesday.The Japanese yen is gradually settling back towards where it was before Shinzo Abe resigned as Prime Minister as his close ally Yoshihide Suga firms as the favourite to succeed him.Suga formally declared his candidacy for the Liberal Democratic Party leadership on Wednesday and he is expected to persist with Abe’s aggressive fiscal and monetary stimulus policies.The yen slipped marginally to 106.21 per dollar.Ahead on Thursday are purchasing managers index figures in Asia, Europe and the United States. Markets are also awaiting US payrolls figures on Friday.Topics : “You could put (the dollar bounce) down to a bit of a trend reversal, it’s had a long run downwards,” said BNZ senior markets strategist Jason Wong. “But if it is a floor, it’s only a short term one,” he said.“It’s probably just a pause. Everyone’s pretty bearish dollars for good reason,” he added, pointing to the Federal Reserve’s policy outlook that will likely keep rates very low for a long time.The drop in the euro extended its retreat from the US$1.20 mark, which had begun on Tuesday after the ECB’s chief economist Philip Lane said the euro-dollar rate “does matter” for monetary policy – suggesting the bank might do something about it.Ray Attrill, head of FX strategy at National Australia Bank in Sydney said that was unlikely, but that “Lane’s comments were the excuse for some traders to take profits on long euro positions” that had begun to look stretched. The dollar clung to overnight gains on Thursday, as investors trimmed bets against the greenback and sold the euro on concerns that the European Central Bank was worried about its rise.The bounce has lifted the greenback about 1 percent above the 28-month low it hit against a basket of currencies on Tuesday and brought its first back-to-back daily gains since June.Few analysts expect it to hold for too long but it was steady in morning trade, inching about 0.1 percent firmer on the Australian dollar, kiwi, euro and pound as investors position themselves ahead of US jobs data due on Friday.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Joins National Job Skills Partnership to Create A More Highly-Qualified Workforce

first_img April 18, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania Joins National Job Skills Partnership to Create A More Highly-Qualified Workforcecenter_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf is taking more action to help create a highly qualified and competitive workforce. Today, the governor announced Pennsylvania joined the Skillful State Network. Skillful is a nonprofit initiative of the Markle Foundation focused on creating a labor market that values skills so workers, particularly those without four-year college degrees, can get good jobs in the changing economy.“Pennsylvania businesses are hiring, and new and growing industries cannot find enough skilled workers,” said Governor Wolf. “To meet that demand, we’re combining Pennsylvania’s amazing workforce, advanced technologies and strategic location with innovative education and job training to prepare people for those emerging careers.“Pennsylvania is proud to join the Skillful State Network as we continue to invest in education and job training and partner with the private sector to prepare workers for in-demand careers that will grow our economy.”Launched in 2018, the Skillful State Network has 26 member states that are making workforce development a priority. Together, the states will share information about the tools and skills workers need to thrive and how to break down barriers that keep too many people from working.Joining the Skillful State Network is part of Governor Wolf’s strategy for Pennsylvania to have the strongest workforce in the nation that drives the strongest economy. Other actions taken by the governor include:• Creating PAsmart, a new innovative $30 million investment in STEM and computer science education, apprenticeships and job training that prioritizes partnerships among schools, employers and communities. The governor is proposing an additional $10 million for PAsmart to expand job training to more adult workers.• Proposing the Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) in the 2019-20 budget. SWEAP builds on the success of PAsmart to provide opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. The plan expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector.• Establishing the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center that brings together commonwealth agencies and the private sector to close the skills gap.• Launching the Apprenticeship and Training Office resulting in 138 new sponsors and 193 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, increasing the total number of registered apprentices to 16,866 statewide.• Starting the Manufacturing PA Initiative to support critical training in the important sector of that economy.Skillful is partnering with Microsoft to develop skills-based training and employment practices in collaboration with state governments, local employers, educators and workforce development organizations. Skillful produced the Skillful State Playbook, a step-by-step guide to build a skills-based labor market, which includes tools and resources.The governors of California, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, and Missouri also joined the network today.last_img read more

75% of WV barangays drug-cleared – PDEA

first_imgPDEA-6 regional director Alex Tablate “I encourage local government units to stay steadfast in complyingwith the parameters set forth by Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 3 seriesof 2017 so as to lower the percentage of drug affection in the barangays andultimately, to make Western Visayas free from illegal drugs,” said Tablate. * Aklan – 90.83 percent of 327 barangays * Capiz – 64.48 percent of 473 barangays * absence of marijuana cultivation site According to Regional Director Alex Tablate, the 74.52 percent isequivalent to 3,018 barangays. * Antique – 98.31 percent of 590 barangays These are the parameters: Yesterday, the ROC also formally announced Bingawan asdrug-cleared. * Negros Occidental – 28.29 percent of 601 barangays Last month, the ROC has declared four Iloilo municipalities asdrug-cleared. These were Miag-ao, Igbaras, Guimbal, and Dingle. The ROC is composed of the Department of Interior and LocalGovernment, Philippine National Police, Department of Health, and localgovernment units, with PDEA as lead agency. * absence of drug den / dive / resort “We have 25.48 percent more barangays to clear in 2020,” said Tablatewho also chairs the Regional Oversight Committee (ROC). Tablate emphasized that securing a drug-cleared status is notenough for a barangay; it should maintain such status. During the 18th ROC meeting on Dec. 17, 142 barangays weredeclared as “drug-cleared.” * Iloilo – 88.50 percent of 1,721 barangayscenter_img * drug awareness, preventive education and information, and otherrelated programs * non-availability of drug supply Here’s the percentage of the drug-cleared barangays per province: * Guimaras – 75. 51 percent of 98 barangays For the two highly urbanized cities in the region: Iloilo City –33.89 percent of 180 barangays; Bacolod City – 13.12 percent of 61 barangays The component city of Pass was also declared as such. * active involvement of barangay officials in antidrug activities He also pushed for the establishment of “Balay Silangan” drugrehabilitation centers in each municipality and city. So far in Region 6, fourBalay Silangan facilities have been established, he said. * absence of clandestine drug laboratory / drug warehouse /chemical warehouse * absence of drug pusher / user / protector / financier Board Regulation No. 3 series of 2017 also sets the followingmust-dos: * active involvement of the Sangguniang Kabataan to help maintainthe drug-liberated status of the barangay ILOILO City – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) inWestern Visayas is ending its 2019 antidrug campaign with 74.52 percent of theregion’s 4,051 barangays declared as drug-cleared or “unaffected.” * absence of drug transit/transhipment activity * voluntary and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilitationprocessing desk/PNlast_img read more