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Apopka resident leads December fundraising for Orange County School Board

first_img TAGSElectionsOrange County Public School Board District 7 Previous articleVote for Mayor, Seat #1, and Seat #2 in The Apopka Voice’s second online election poll this FridayNext articleVote for Mayor, Seat #1, and Seat #2 in The Apopka Voice’s second online election poll this Friday Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Melissa Byrd, an Apopka resident and former school teacher took the lead in fundraising for December in the Orange County Public School Board – District 7 election.In her first month, Byrd raised $6,140 in cash contributions and $2,756 in in-kind contributions for a total of $8,896. Byrd raised more than any candidate for an individual district for the Orange County School Board from outside contributors for their first month or during the December reporting period.Melissa ByrdThe support came from 37 contributors, which ties her with one other candidate for the most contributors during the entire school board cycle.“As a first-time candidate, it is overwhelming to have so many people step up and support this campaign, especially during the very busy holiday season,” Byrd says. “It’s bi-partisan support and a great combination of businesses and individuals showing the community wants a mom and a former teacher to represent them and fight to improve this area’s educational offerings.’Byrd, a former teacher and a mother of two students in Orange County Public Schools, filed to run for Orange County School Board District 7 on December 1, vowing to work to improve the schools in Northwest Orange County.While Byrd filed for the election in 2020, it is anticipated a special election will be called in 2018 as the current school board member for District 7, Christine Moore, has filed to run for Orange County Commissioner.Byrd remains unopposed in the race.According to Byrd, if she is elected she’ll focus on improvement in four areas: educational opportunities, classroom environment, teacher advocacy and community schools.Byrd taught for several years at Forest City Elementary School and performed multiple leadership roles, such as the Title I reading resource teacher working with struggling readers in all grades. After that, Byrd taught at Pace Brantley Hall School, where she specialized in working with children with learning differences in first through fourth grade.In 2003, after the birth of her first daughter, Byrd left the classroom to raise her children, Abigail, 14, and Madeline, 10, but still works as a substitute teacher for Orange County Public Schools, working at elementary, middle and high schools in Northwest Orange County.She currently serves as the PTSA vice president and chair of the School Advisory Council at Piedmont Lakes Middle School. At Clay Springs Elementary School, she volunteers at multiple PTA events and was a regular classroom volunteer. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment!last_img read more

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Who’s smoking now, and why it matters

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear TAGSSmokingThe Conversation Previous articleAAA offers Tow-to-Go program on Super Bowl weekendNext articleBelichick versus McVay: An age-old question of leadership Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here By Kenneth E. Warner, University of MichiganSuppose you were told that there is something responsible for nearly 1 of every 5 deaths of Americans, and that it is completely avoidable. Would you believe – today – that “something” is cigarette smoking?If you’re a college graduate, you might not believe it. You don’t smoke. Your friends and colleagues don’t smoke. You never see smoke in your workplace, nor in the restaurants and bars you frequent. Like many of the nation’s most educated citizens, you may well regard the problem of smoking as largely solved. Because the educated population is also the most politically engaged, cigarette smoking has virtually disappeared from the nation’s health policy agenda.I’m not a smoker, although like many of you I was one (45 years ago, in my case). As a student of tobacco policy for over 40 years, I have helped to document the remarkable progress we have made against smoking. But I also appreciate why smoking remains our nation’s most avoidable cause of disability and premature death. The lack of policy attention to smoking is a public health tragedy.The good news and the bad newsNo one can deny the extraordinary victories against smoking. Since the 1964 Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, adult smoking prevalence has dropped by two-thirds, from 43 percent to 14 percent.The decrease among young people has been even more substantial. For example, since smoking peaked among high school seniors 20 years ago, smoking prevalence in the past 30 days has plummeted by nearly 80 percent.Prompted by tobacco control initiatives, Americans’ decisions to quit smoking and not to start in the first place avoided 8 million premature deaths from 1964 to 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers tobacco control one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century and of the first decade of the 21st.That’s the good news. The bad news is that 1 of every 7 adults still smokes. And smoking kills nearly 500,000 Americans every year. That number exceeds – by a lot – the sum total of all deaths caused by the opioids and other drugs, alcohol, motor vehicle injuries, homicide, suicide, HIV/AIDS and fires.Who smokes now? The role of educationWhat accounts for the divergence between common perceptions about smoking and the dismal reality? In large part it is remarkable changes in who is smoking. Increasingly, today’s smokers are those with lower education, lower income and – importantly – a higher incidence of mental illness.Consider this: In 1966, the smoking rate of Americans who hadn’t graduated high school was just 20 percent greater than that of college grads. By 2017, in contrast, the smoking prevalence of the least educated was nearly four times greater than that of the most educated.Smoking has declined substantially at both ends of the education spectrum but to a much higher degree among college graduates: by half among Americans lacking a high school degree, but by 85 percent among college graduates.For college grads, the rate of smoking in 2017 was vanishingly small. For those without a high school degree, and indeed for high school grads too, fully 1 out of 5 remain smokers. The difference matters. Research attributes a fifth to a third of a large education-related gap in life expectancy to differences in smoking.Money mattersA similar pattern of smoking holds with respect to income classes, themselves highly correlated with educational attainment. According to the latest data, Americans who live below the federal poverty level were three times more likely to smoke than Americans with incomes at least 400 percent above the federal poverty level. The gap has widened since the early 1990s.There is an enormous difference in life expectancies between the nation’s richest and poorest citizens. Smoking is again a significant factor in this disparity.Mental health does, tooAn enormously important factor in smoking today is that the smoking prevalence of people suffering from serious mental illness is more than double that of the population not so afflicted (28 percent and 13 percent, respectively, in 2014). People with mental health problems or substance use disorders constitute a quarter of the U.S. population but consume 40 percent of all cigarettes smoked. They have more difficulty quitting smoking.Rates differ by mental illness condition. In 2007, nearly 60 percent of schizophrenics smoked. That was three times the rate of the general population. Smokers with serious psychological distress (SPD) lose 15 years of life expectancy. Nonsmoking victims of SPD lose five years. Research has thus attributed up to two-thirds of the life expectancy reduction of SPD victims who smoke to their consumption of cigarettes.Sexual orientation, race and ethnicitySmoking also disproportionately afflicts members of the LGBT community. Among racial/ethnic groups, American Indians and Alaskan Natives had the highest smoking rates in 2016, while Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders had the lowest.In general, women have substantially lower smoking rates than men. The exceptions are American Indians/Alaska Natives, among whom women have slightly higher smoking prevalence than men, and non-Hispanic whites, among whom men smoke at slightly higher rates.Marginalized smokersAs these data indicate, the principal victims of smoking are members of marginalized populations. Despite the enormous continuing importance of smoking in U.S. health, the issue is submerged. Smoking no longer afflicts the nation’s most economically advantaged population, and those it does burden lack an effective voice in the nation’s political life.Besides, smokers tend to blame themselves for the behavior.In point of fact, smoking is a tenacious addiction, one that the vast majority of smokers acquired in their youth. They were assisted in so doing by an avaricious tobacco industry that marketed aggressively to young people. Kids have been referred to as “replacement smokers,” the new smokers needed to replenish the industry’s customer base as its most loyal customers succumb to smoking-produced diseases.Restoring tobacco control to the nation’s public health agendaCigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S.I love coffee/Shutterstock.comWhat can be done? The simple – and incomplete – answer is “more of the same.” Public education has contributed to decreased smoking, as have policy interventions: cigarette taxation, smoke-free workplace laws, prohibitions on product advertising and promotion, and media anti-smoking campaigns. Evidence-based smoking cessation treatments can help as well. Interventions increasingly need to be targeted to specific high-risk groups.These evidence-based measures are unlikely to be enough, however. A potentially complementary tool may lie in a highly controversial recent development: the emergence of e-cigarettes. Novel reduced-risk nicotine delivery products like e-cigarettes may serve as alternatives to smoking, especially for those smokers otherwise incapable of quitting cigarettes.Vaping may hold the potential to help significant numbers of Americans to quit smoking. The risks of vaping are clearly substantially less than those of smoking. At the same time, however, there are concerns about the attraction of e-cigarettes to young people and uncertainty about the health effects of long-term vaping.While the ultimate impacts of e-cigarettes and other novel non-combusted tobacco products remain to be seen, there is widespread agreement that it is the burning of tobacco – primarily in the form of cigarette smoking, with its 7,000 chemicals – that is by far the most deadly method of consuming tobacco.The enormous successes of tobacco control notwithstanding, smoking remains Public Health Enemy No. 1. Today, the burden of smoking falls primarily on marginalized populations – the poor, the poorly educated, and those suffering from mental health problems. A compassionate public would renew the battle against smoking with a vigor not seen in decades.Kenneth E. Warner, Professor Emeritus of Public Health, University of MichiganThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. 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Team England Footballers Charity launches new campaign for its charity partners

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 The Team England Footballers Charity, the charitable trust set up by the England national football team, has launched a new campaign to raise awareness and funds for their charity partners, including Children’s Hospices UK, WellChild, and the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.The campaign, entitled ‘Together We Are Stronger’, launched on St George’s Day and the images will be used across the country on advertising billboards in the run-up to this year’s World Cup. A photo shows team members standing shoulder to shoulder with representatives from their chosen charity partners. The players have also set up an Outreach Programme that helps disadvantaged children and young adults across the country.Steven Gerrard, Liverpool and England midfielder, explained: “We came up with the idea of us standing alongside our charity partners to give them visibility and a voice at a time when the country is getting into World Cup gear and looking towards the team.”The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) handles Team England’s charitable fund account, which is made up of donations from members of the public, as well as the match fees of England players. CAF has worked with Team England on the fund since its creation in 2007, and reclaims Gift Aid on all eligible donations. Since then each member of the squad has forgone their match fees and many team members have given up their time to support chosen charity partners and the Professional Footballers Association Charity Initiatives.www.teamenglandfootballerscharity.com Tagged with: Celebrity Charities Aid Foundation corporate England Howard Lake | 24 April 2010 | News  75 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Team England Footballers Charity launches new campaign for its charity partners About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Atlanta meeting says ‘Tear down prison walls!’

first_imgThe multiorganization Atlanta Prison Strike Solidarity Committee gathered together some three dozen people on Sept. 9 in downtown Atlanta for a teach-in, discussion and potluck. The event was held to mark the end of the 2018 nationwide prison strike and to commemorate the anniversary of the Attica Uprising, a historic prisoner rebellion in New York state whose demands also included worker demands.The teach-in highlighted the role of prisons in capitalist society and the structural dehumanization of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. It also emphasized the need to provide “outside” support and assistance wherever possible to the ongoing “inside” struggle that the recent prison strike represents.The first panel consisted of Taliba Obuya, a national organizer for the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and a member of the New Afrikan People’s Organization, and Dianne Mathiowetz from Workers World Party.Taliba Obuya spoke about the historic and contemporary role of prisoners as agents of change. She outlined the legacy of the 1971 Attica Uprising, which she connected directly to the 2018 prison strike. The Attica Uprising was a radical response to systematic dehumanization. It was a bold assertion of the humanity of inmates made necessary by brutal material conditions.As Elliot James “L.D.” Barkley, a leader of the uprising who was killed by state police, proclaimed: “We are men! We are not beasts and do not intend to be beaten as such. The entire prison populace [in Attica] has set forth to change forever the ruthless brutalization and disregard for the lives of the prisoners here and throughout the United States.”Taliba Obuya connected on both historical and contemporary resistance needed to combat oppressive conditions and for the perennial drive for the affirmation of humanity.Dianne Mathiowetz complemented this historically grounded material analysis of prisoner struggles by looking at the role of prisons in capitalist society. She emphasized that to fully grasp the role of prisons, the key is to understand the overall function of the state.Mathiowetz noted: “The state [is] an organ of class rule, an entity that perpetuates the oppression and exploitation of the ruling class on society, that employs armed bodies of men, police, prisons, courts to enforce their rule. So simply, the state or government of the U.S. is not a neutral body, dispensing laws or judgments impartially, but a tool of the capitalist class, engaged in perpetuating its dominance and supporting its profit-making goals.”Mathiowetz continued: “Prisons serve multiple purposes then. The most obvious is the threat to take away a person’s liberty. Capitalist law is designed to protect property. In particular, [capitalists’s] property. Working-class people can get years in jail for shoplifting or robbing a store, but hundreds of thousands of families lost their homes to fraudulent loan schemes hatched by top executives at some of the biggest banks and mortgage companies, and no one went to jail. That’s called white-collar crime, a form of white supremacy, I might say, where all is forgotten after paying a fine.”The second panel consisted of Bridgette Simpson from Women on the Rise — an organization of formerly incarcerated women — and Kevin Caron from Georgia Detention Watch and World Without Police. Women on the Rise has been instrumental in putting pressure on the city to close the Atlanta City Detention Center. Looking forward, Simpson considered how the towering structures of prisons might be converted to serve rather than control working-class communities of color.She challenged the audience to imagine “a center for freedom, for well being, for just being.” To create a more just society from the appropriated structures implies realization of direct democracy in which empowered communities are decision makers on how to utilize space — not capitalist politicians invested in the profits of the current exploitative system.Kevin Caron analyzed the development of the 2018 strike, which included hunger strikes, work stoppages, sit-down strikes and boycotts. By relying on multiple tactics, organizers were able to create a more inclusive — and thus further reaching — coordinated mass action of resistance.The historical significance of the dates chosen for the strike also reflects the conscious effort of organizers to educate other inmates about the legacy of prison revolt. The beginning of the strike was called for Aug. 21, the anniversary of the 1971 assassination of George Jackson, prisoner organizer and Black Panther in San Quentin State Prison, while the last day was Sept. 9, the anniversary of Attica.After an engaging and highly collaborative discussion, fueled by a steady stream of audience testimony, comments and questions, those attending sat down to dinner and continued to discuss the prison system, rebellions and the role of people “on the outside.”The theme of continued struggle echoed the sentiment of a message smuggled out of Attica almost five decades ago: “The uprising at Attica did not begin here, nor will it end here.”The 2018 strike reflects an evolving strategy born out of this legacy. It is through generations of struggle that mass resistance grows stronger, more resilient and more adaptive to the material conditions.The struggle continues without pause beyond the 2018 nationwide prison strike. Free the people! 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Pasadena Bed and Breakfast House Starts Gofundme Campaign to Help With Free Lodging for Medical Personnel

first_imgHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Signs You’re Not Ready To Be In A RelationshipHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty The Bissell House is raising money to provide free accommodations to Pasadena doctors on the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus.The local historic seven-room Pasadena Bed and Breakfast so far is the only local institution offering lodging to local health care providers.“Many doctors are seriously concerned that they may inadvertently infect their families if they go home,” organizers wrote on a Gofundme page at:gofundme.com/f/doctors-free-stay-at-the-bissell-house-spasadena.“Frontline medical personnel will be working punishing hours-on-end for days at a time.”So far $1,080 of the $50,000 goal has already been raised.On Monday, Dorey Huston, Huntington Hospital spokesperson, said the hospital would unveil a lodging plan this week.“We have been working on lodging accommodations for the providers that are most impacted by COVID-19 for some days now, and will have a plan in place this week to offer lodging to those who are working with COVID-19 positive patients.”The Four Seasons Hotel is currently allowing health care providers to stay free of charge in New York.“The hospitality industry is suffering right now,” said William Hoyman who owns the Bissell House. “It’s no secret to anybody. And we decided rather than just sitting looking at rooms that we were going to try to offer something for the common good here in the community so we came up with the idea to try to partner with local hospitals to offer our rooms to ICU and emergency department doctors. Hopefully we can make a small difference and also bring more attention to this.”Hoyman would not say how many first responders are currently staying in the house.Employees working in the hospital’s COVID-19 unit have been pushing for lodging options.So far more than 5,300 people have signed a petition calling for lodging for the workers at the hospital.“Frontline healthcare workers such as doctors, nurses, nurse’s assistants and respiratory therapists are working around the clock to treatcoronavirus patients,” the petition reads. “Along with long hours, PPE shortages, and for some, a long commute home, these individuals are plagued with worries of exposing their families and loved ones at home. They need the support and help from the community to have a safe place to isolate after a long hospital shift to rest and regenerate.” top box 1 Pasadena Bed and Breakfast House Starts Gofundme Campaign to Help With Free Lodging for Medical Personnel Organizer hoping to provide housing to hospital workers fighting the COVID-19 outbreak By DAVID CROSS Published on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 3:35 pm 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. 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Top of the News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Community Newscenter_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Subscribe STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

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While Unemployment Drops, Homebuilders Face Labor Shortage

first_img homebuilding HOUSING mortgage 2017-11-03 Nicole Casperson Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / While Unemployment Drops, Homebuilders Face Labor Shortage Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago November 3, 2017 1,415 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago While Unemployment Drops, Homebuilders Face Labor Shortage Related Articles About Author: Nicole Casperson On Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported its Employment Situation Summary for October 2017—reporting that the nation’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.1 percent, and the number of unemployed persons decreased by 281,000 to 6.5 million. Since the beginning of 2017, the unemployment rate has declined by 0.7 percentage point, and the number of unemployed persons has decreased by 1.1 million. According to Doug Duncan, Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, the employment situation summary is underwhelming—as the much-anticipated rebound in October nonfarm payroll was less than market expectations at 261,000. And even with the 90,000 upward revisions in the hurricane-affected months, the average monthly job gain for the last three months came in at 162,000—a slowdown from the year-to-date monthly average gain through July of 171,000. Additionally, flat average hourly earnings brought annual wage growth to 2.4 percent, a four-tenths payback from the solid gain of the prior month, when the hurricanes prevented many low-wage employees from working. “The seemingly positive headline in the household survey masked some bearish details, as the one-tenth decline in the unemployment rate occurred amid a 0.4 percentage point plunge in the labor force participation rate, the biggest monthly decline in four years,” Duncan said. Duncan continued, “One silver lining was the large drop in the broadest measure of labor underutilization, U-6, to 7.9 percent, matching the lowest rate of the last expansion. The bottom-line is that slack in the labor market is receding but the hiring trend is slowing and wage gains remain muted.”In addition, according to analysis from Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, despite overall declines in unemployment, in sectors like homebuilding are still facing labor constraints.“Home building, particularly housing starts, faces a number of headwinds at the moment, including access to buildable lots with the appropriate infrastructure, rising regulatory costs, increased building material costs and labor constraints,” said Fleming. “Home building still requires manual labor as a key input into the production process and productivity gains in this sector have lagged behind overall productivity improvements . . . While, the gains made this month are a positive sign, home builders would like to hire more labor, if only they could fill those openings.”To view the full report, click here. Tagged with: homebuilding HOUSING mortgage  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Government Backstop Necessary for Sustainable Mortgage Market? Next: What’s on the Horizon for Existing Home Sales? Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

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The Week Ahead: Exclusive Zombie Homes Webinar

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Altisource Carrington Mortgage Holdings RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation the week ahead Webinar zombie homes 2018-06-17 David Wharton  Print This Post Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Today’s Top Challenges for Financial Services Law Firms Next: Coastal Flooding—A Trillion-Dollar Threat Home / Daily Dose / The Week Ahead: Exclusive Zombie Homes Webinar About Author: David Wharton Related Articles On Thursday, June 21, at 2 p.m. CT, DS News will present an exclusive, complimentary webinar, sponsored by Altisource, diving into the property preservation challenges of abandoned “zombie homes.” The webinar will include guidance, discussion, and best practices from our lineup of property preservation and servicing experts:Rick Sharga, EVP, Carrington Mortgage Holdings (moderator)Timothy Meyer, SVP of Field Services, AltisourceDawn Adams, SVP, Default Servicing, Roundpoint Mortgage ServicingStephen Hladik, Partner, Hladik, Onorato & Federman, LLPThe webinar will explore topics such as expedited foreclosures, state statutes affecting zombie homes, when a home qualifies as abandoned, and inspections and compliance issues. To register, click here.Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead.NAHB Housing Market Index, Monday, 10 a.m. ETFirst American Real House Price Index, MondayHousing Starts Survey, Tuesday, 8.30 a.m. ETMBA Apps, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ETNAR Existing Home Sales, Wednesday, 10 a.m. ETFHFA House Price Index, Thursday, 9 a.m. ETFed Balance Sheet, Thursday, 4.30 p.m. ET Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Altisource Carrington Mortgage Holdings RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation the week ahead Webinar zombie homes in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News, REO The Week Ahead: Exclusive Zombie Homes Webinar Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago June 17, 2018 2,021 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

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Doherty calls on Minister to respond to HIQA report on Stranorlar facility

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleIRFU policy means Ruan Pienaar will leave Ulster RugbyNext articleCare urged on Donegal’s roads as new school term begins admin Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Google+ By admin – August 31, 2016 WhatsAppcenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Calls have been made on the Health Minister to respond to the damning HIQA report into disability services at Ard Gréine Court in Stranorlar which was published this week.The report from HIQA has revealed a number of very serious incidences of regulatory non-compliance and inappropriate care practices at the facility.The centre, which provides residential care for adults with mild to severe Intellectual Disabilities, was inspected twice earlier this year.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says the Minister Simon Harris must identify how he is going to proceed in light of the findings……………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/pearsegreine.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Doherty calls on Minister to respond to HIQA report on Stranorlar facility Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Top training teams

first_imgThreeoutstanding teams have been short-listed for the TD2000 Award. At around 5pm onTuesday 4 July, Will Hutton, chief executive of the Industrial Society willannounce the winner of the TD2000 Award. By Stephanie SparrowTheshort-listed teams are from Barclays Bank Small Business Banking, ProvidentInsurance and restaurant chain TGI Friday’s.TheTD2000 campaign is run jointly by Training and the Industrial Society to seekways of increasing the standing of training and development in eyes of businessleaders.Theaward was launched earlier this year when Hutton explained to Training thequalities which set high-flying training departments apart from the rest.“Theyhave influence and respect at the most senior levels, they know exactly whatthe real organisational issues are and they can demonstrate the value they addto their organisation. We think it’s time to recognise these high-flying teamsand acknowledge their successes.”Training’seditor and joint creator of the award Andrew Rogers set applicants three keychallenges. “We asked entrants to show they have risen to at least two out ofthree criteria,” he says. “They needed to be able to show they are integratedinto the rest of the organisation, have top table influence, and be able todemonstrate improved performance as a result of their training and developmentactivities.”Awardsponsor Raytheon Training agrees that training has to be seen as a vital partof the business agenda. “We regard this integration as the single mostimportant challenge,” says Michael Nehrmann, director of sales and marketing,Europe.“Weare all currently witnessing unprecedented changes in the global businessenvironment. Acquisitions, mergers and outsourcing are just three examples ofthis turbulence. This obviously puts training departments under increasingpressure to demonstrate added value to the organisation. However, the good newsis that many are successfully embracing these changes, for example by employingeffective measurement and evaluation techniques.“Professionalsknow that if they are proactive in times of change they will raise the statusof training and development in the eyes of organisational leaders,” he says.Thetask of identifying the top team falls to two judges who are well-known in thetraining and business fields – evaluation guru Paul Kearns and Nigel Crouch ofthe DTI’s Innovation Unit.Theybelieve Training readers have risen to the challenge. The two judges spentApril and May studying the entries which were received from 40 organisations.“Wedecided to cut the 40 down to a shortlist of 12 before picking the finalthree,” explains Kearns. “Then it got really difficult. The enthusiasm anddedication of those 12 shone through.”Kearns,who is known in the profession for his tough stance on training evaluation,doesn’t praise lightly, and he emphasises the tough line he and Crouch aretaking.“TheTD2000 Award sets very high standards; higher than other training awards, butanyone who has entered this award and who had a go at the three criteria cangive themselves a pat on the back,” he says.Crouch,an industrialist working with the DTI’s Future and Innovation Unit says thatinnovative companies put training at their centre, and vice versa: goodtrainers put the needs of the business at the heart of what they are doing.Thesebeliefs helped him interpret the criteria, he says. “In an innovative company,training is generally integrated throughout the organisation. Some of thejudging called to mind the current work by the DTI and Design Council on thecompanies behind the Council’s chosen Millennium Products. I have found thatfor most of the companies who have designed products thought worthy torepresent the millennium, training is key to the business.”Kearnsand Crouch will visit the three short-listed companies this month, in readinessto announce the winner on 4 July.Asbefits such hard work by entrants and judges, the TD2000 Award will bepresented at the end of a very special day run by Training and The IndustrialSociety as part of the Training Solutions Conference at the NEC Birmingham.ThisTD2000 day will include case studies, advice and debate which pick up on thethemes of the awards and will illustrate how training can force itself onto thecorporate agenda. Delegates will attend a lunch and the awards ceremony (seebox).OrganisationProvident Insurance plcTeam: Training teamEntered by: Lisa Meigh training and development co-ordinator–Training activities are designed specifically to equip the team with the skillsrequired to achieve the company’s objectives and to develop individuals totheir full potential.–Overall responsibility for individual staff development is the responsibilityof the operational team leaders and supervisors.–Quarterly appraisals establish training and development needs, to meet thefuture requirements of the individual’s role and to ensure the on-goingpersonal development of all staff.–The training team assists in identifying training needs and co-ordinating anoverall training and development plan to ensure the quality of trainingdelivered and relevance in the achievement of business objectives.–The enthusiasm and commitment of the staff and the positive attitude they havetowards the company define the culture. A structured support mechanism is inplace and senior team members act as coaches for more junior staff.–Performance is measured in terms of both quality and quantity of work, staffare aware of their individual targets and are given weekly feedback andcoaching to improve their overall performance.–A review process is conducted in rotation on a one-to-one basis by thedepartmental trainers to support the team leaders and identify individual andgeneric training requirements.OrganisationTGI Friday’sTeam: Training teamEntered by: Jane Briggs-Burkitt, training manager–Every team member of TGI Friday’s is part of the top training team frommanaging and operations directors to team members working in the restaurants.–Directors participate in courses as tutors and also work regularly in therestaurants.–All levels of management take an active part in pilot and focus research groupsto determine what training is needed, how it can be approached and review itseffectiveness.–The business has six strategic objectives sponsored by six directors. Each yearall strategies are reviewed at meetings attended by directors and seniormanagers including Briggs-Burkitt.–A range of business benefit measures are used to evaluate training anddevelopment. These include profit and loss and mystery diner scores.OrganisationBarclays Bank PlcTeam: Small Business Training TeamEntered by: Barry Cross, training manager–The training team reports directly to the sales and performance managementdirector, ensuring training and development is involved at every stage of anymajor new project–It adopts a troubleshooting role on a one-to-one basis–Its representatives are invited to add value at every stage of major projects–Its skills review process helps to evaluate the success of the training throughensuring that skills are applied in the workplace.–Regular evaluation reports are produced for each programme, for example after apilot and at the end of each phase. These have a wide distribution list within the business.–Comments are sought from the top table and key people such as project managers. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Top training teamsOn 1 Jun 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Breaking- Arrest made in April 15th shooting at the Pony Gentlemen’s Club

first_imgThe suspect in the April 15th double shooting outside of the Pony Gentlemen’s Club is in police custody.Clarence Boris Miller, 33, was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshal’s office in Chicago Illinois late this afternoon.Miller is suspected of opening fire on a crowd of people outside of the club just after 3:00am. Two people were shot during the incident. One victim survived. The other victim, Aaron Tyler Jennings, died at the scene.No other suspects are being sought at this time. However, the investigation is ongoing and police are still wanting to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the shooting.Additional details surrounding the arrest, including his pending charges, will be provided during an EPD press conference on Wednesday morning. The time will be announced when it has been determined.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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