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first_imgM&A 1st February 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sportech agrees to sell Bump 50:50 to Canadian Banknote The deal consists of $8m up front, plus a $2m performance-based earn-out payment, which would be paid in 2022. The deal is set to close in the second quarter of the year. Email Address Topics: Lottery Strategy M&Acenter_img Regions: Canada US Betting technology supplier Sportech has agreed to sell its Bump Worldwide business, which includes the Bump 50:50 brand, to currency printing business Canadian Banknote for CN$10m ($7.8m/€6.5m/£5.7m). Banknote – which prints lottery tickets as well as Canada’s currency, with clients including the Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto Blue Jays – would then acquire Bump 50:50, which powers in-stadium raffles for professional sports teams. Sportech said it hoped to use the funds from the deal to invest in its plans to launch sports betting in Connecticut if the vertical is permitted there. It already powers betting on racing and jai alai in the state. Read the full story on iGB North America Tags: Sportech Bump 50:50last_img read more

first_imgAssociated Bus Company Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the second quarter.For more information about Associated Bus Company Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Associated Bus Company Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Associated Bus Company Plc (  2017 interim results for the second quarter.Company ProfileAssociated Bus Company (ABC) Plc is a leading road passenger transportation company in Nigeria offering a luxury bus service for the discerning traveller. Known as ABC Transport, the company operates a luxury bus service and covers the most important routes between the major towns and cities of Nigeria as well as international travel options in West Africa. Associated Bus Company also owns and operates a budget hotel.  Operations within and outside Nigeria are managed through ultra-modern terminals with comfortable lounges in major cities such as Lagos (Jibowu & Amuwo-Odofin), Aba, Owerri, Port-Harcourt, Abuja, Enugu, Onitsha, Umuahia, Jos, Mbaise, Bolade, and Accra (Ghana). Luxury buses owned and operated by the ABC Bus Company bear the distinguished Reindeer logo which has been adopted to symbolise strength, speed and efficiency. ABC Bus Company was awarded the prestigious title of Best Transporter in Nigeria by the Chartered Institute of Transport. The company consistently wins the National Bus Operator of the Year Award along with other accolades by renowned bodies. Capital Alliance Private Equity (CAPE) has a 30% stake in ABC Transport. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Associated Bus Company (ABC) Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_img Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Albany, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN May 28, 2015 at 2:27 pm We applaud the Anglicans for supporting the First Nations who want to protect their sacred land. We take issue with Mary Polack’s claim that biosolids are similar to manure. They are not. Unlike manure, they contain not only dangerous pathogens, but thousands of unregulated industrial chemicals, many of which are extremely toxic, persistent, adhere to and are absorbed by plants, and can magnify in the food chain. Nor do repeated sludge applications improve soils; just the opposite: they degrade soils, as persistent chemicals accumulate in the soil and reduce yields.The current outdated regulations do not protect health and the environment.The smell from biosolids is not just a nuisance; it means the material is putrefying and emitting bacteria- containing bioaerosols and endotoxins. Serious life-threatening respiratory symptoms suffered by many sludge-exposed neighbors subjected to this stench have been documented in the scientific literature.The benefits are reaped by large cities who need to get rid of their daily tons of sludge and by companies that profit from this practice. The risks, on the other hand, which far outweigh any benefits–are being absorbed not just by exposed rural neighbors, but by plants, animals, soil ,and water. In fact by entire terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Poisoning the land and water with human and industrial biosolids- waste cannot be defended on scientific or moral grounds. For documentation, see Rector Pittsburgh, PA Gary Chandler says: Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Comments (2) Rector Shreveport, LA Heather Shuter, Clarence Basil and Denise Lafferty mind the blockade outside of Shulus. Photo: André Forget[Anglican Journal] A bad smell hangs over parts of British Columbia’s Nicola Valley.Partially processed human waste — known in the industry as “biosolids” — are being dumped onto a 320-acre patch of former ranch land not far from where the Spius Creek flows into the Nicola River, and concerns about the safety of the practice have led local First Nations to impose a moratorium on the practice and local concerned citizens to enforce a blockade to keep more waste from entering the valley.“It’s like living in a real stinky outhouse,” said Heather Shuter, a member of the community action group Friends of the Nicola Valley and member of Scw’exmx parish, part of the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (APCI). “My daughter drove up the hill, and she must have [driven] through one of these fields, and when they came back she said they had a devil of a time cleaning their pickup because it stunk so much.”Harold Joe, a councilor for the Lower Nicola Indian Band, said people became aware of the dumping only last winter. “Some of the residents close by there were objecting to the smell,” he said. “It all happened kind of suddenly.”Lower Nicola’s chief, Aaron Sam, wasn’t given any warning about the dumping, either. “[Due to] community concern, the local bands and the chiefs started looking into the issue,” he said. “We haven’t been notified by the government at all where it’s being disposed of in our territory. The way we found out about it back then is by word of mouth.”In early March, the Friends of the Nicola Valley responded by blockading Highway 8, the main highway leading into the valley, in order to keep any more biosolids from being dumped on the land near their homes.“People from all over B.C. have stopped here,” said Judy Weinart, who has been on the blockade almost every day since it began. “They’re sympathetic. [The biosolids] come out of their area, and they can’t believe it’s being dumped here.”Weinart and fellow-blockader Jason Schroeder encourage drivers of passing cars to sign a petition. They seem to have a good rapport with them, many of whom honk in support. When traffic is slow, the blockaders tend a fire to keep themselves warm. Beside the highway, they have placed large homemade signs with slogans like, “No More Bio Sludge!” and “Keep Your Own Sewage!”From the very beginning of the protest, many of the strongest voices have been Anglican. The priest for Scw’exmx Parish, the Rev. Danny Whitehead, has been unwavering in his support of the actions, offering the parish hall in Shulus to blockaders who need somewhere to rest.“As Christians, we are called to take care of creation,” Whitehead explained. “Our First Nations brothers and sisters have always done that, and set an example for us—and so being a priest [who] has the privilege and honour of working with First Nations, I very much support what they’re doing.”The blockade has also received enthusiastic support from Barbara Andrews, suffragan bishop in charge of APCI, who has invited all members of APCI “to come with me to be protectors on the picket line.”Members of the territory’s Indigenous council, including many pastoral elders, came forward at APCI’s assembly at the beginning of May to encourage Anglicans of the Central Interior to stand with their First Nations brothers and sisters in protecting the land.In a passionate address to the assembly, Shuter spoke about the challenges facing both settlers and First Nations people in the Nicola Valley.“They’re slathering it on our fields, our ranch lands, in the wilderness,” she said, “and they put a sign up there saying, ‘don’t go on this property for three months, do not eat any of the products from this field for three years.’ Do our deer know how to read that sign? Do our fish know how to read that sign, when they’re swimming in those rivers?”This point, in particular, strikes a strong chord with many First Nations people living in the valley, who subsist in large part from food gathered in the traditional manner. Shuter herself estimates that 90 per cent of the meat and fish her family eats comes from the land rather than the supermarket.Sam, too, is worried about the potential effects contamination of the water could have on public health, given that the land the biosolids are being dumped on is not far from the Nicola River, the valley’s main water source and an important salmon spawning ground“When it affects the land, it affects the water,” he said. “We’re concerned about the health of the community…People from our communities are still very, very reliant on fish and salmon, and we’re very reliant on our traditional foods.”But while many of the First Nations and settlers living in the valley are united in their resistance to dumping, finding a solution to the problem has not been easy.The chiefs of the Nicola Valley bands sent a letter to the provincial government in December informing them, as Sam put it, “that we wanted the biosolids not to be coming into the valley anymore, and we wanted to be informed about what is going on in our traditional territory.”The problem is that the biosolids are being disposed of on private land that has been purchased for this purpose. Several companies are involved, including Agassiz-based BioCentral and New Westminster-based Sylvis, and all of them obtained the necessary government permits.The chiefs have had some contact with the companies bringing the waste into their community, and some of the companies have shown a desire to work out an arrangement, but Sam said this will not lead to a lasting solution.“It’s an issue with government,” he said. “The government has that legal obligation to consult and accommodate First Nations, and all these companies…it’s not the companies’ fault—they worked through the current legislation. The First Nations perspective is that we have to figure something out on how we’re going to move forward with government.”The provincial government, however, has not responded to concerns raised by Nicola Valley residents.In March, the Friends of the Nicola Valley chose to enforce the moratorium declared by the chiefs by blockading the highway around the clock, and while this effectively stopped the dumping, it still did not bring serious government engagement. In mid-April, the five Nicola Valley chiefs took things a step further by blockading Christy Clark’s constituency office in West Kelowna, an action that Shuter was personally involved in.“Three non-Natives had to get us in the building,” she recalled. “We called them Trojan grannies — three elderly ladies. Their job was to get the door open, and then all the protectors [sic], who were around the side of the building…had to zip in, and that’s the only way we got in, because they had already been notified that some blockaders were going to be over there. We were there for six days. Nothing from Christy Clark.”In an April 15 press conference, Clark said there is no easy solution. “There’s a lot of hands in the pot here, so it’s taking a little bit more time than I would have hoped to get it settled.”Clark noted that the Minister of the Environment, Mary Polak, had met with the protesters, but when asked about it, Sam said the meeting “didn’t go anywhere.”“They weren’t willing to move anything at all,” Shuter explained, “so the meeting dissolved.”When asked to comment on the matter by the Anglican Journal, Polak sent a copy of a statement she issued, which expressed her support of the “application” of biosolids. “Biosolids can only be applied to the land when there is benefit,” said the statement. “Biosolids are used in compost or as fertilizer on land. The nutrients in the biosolids make soils healthier, similar to animal manure.” Polak on to note that she had met on “numerous” occasions with “local residents and community leaders, including First Nations.”The statement ended with Polak underlining her commitment to “work closely with all parties to ensure concerns are heard and addressed—and to ensure the application of biosolids is always done safely for people and the environment.”While Jackie Tegart, MLA for Fraser-Nicola acknowledged that various groups have expressed concerns, and assured her constituents that the government was taking them seriously, she, too, was quick to defend the practice.“Biosolids have been applied at a number of locations in the Nicola Valley—and around the province—since 2002 in accordance with the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation, a safeguard that is designed to protect people and the environment.”Neither Polak nor Tegart, however, addressed the problem of the smell, and nor did they speak to Shuter’s and Sam’s concerns over the government’s failure to inform and seek consent from First Nations beforehand.But the Friends of the Nicola Valley and the First Nations bands both hope that the government can be brought to the table for an honest discussion.“In regards to a moratorium and whether the government is going to agree with that, well, we’ve invited them to support our moratorium, so we’ll see where that goes,” said Sam. “The one thing that’s really important from our perspective is that we the Nicola chiefs realize that this is an issue that isn’t going to go away.”— André Forget joined the Anglican Journal in 2014 as staff writer and social media lead. He also serves as managing editor of Whether Magazine, and his writing has appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The Winnipeg Review, and the Town Crier. Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Anglican Communion Comments are closed. Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Caroline Snyder says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME By André ForgetPosted May 28, 2015 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canada: Anglicans join biosolids protest in Nicola Valley Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Job Listing May 28, 2015 at 9:55 pm There are many reasons to oppose toxic waste dumps in our watersheds. This is nothing but an attempt to avoid the costs of proper disposal and containment. Stop spreading pathogens and lies. Just look a little to the south and see the ravages that neurological disease is wreaking on Washington State. It’s quite possibly the Alzheimer’s disease capital of the world. Washington state also dumps sewage recklessly. Tags Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY last_img read more

first_img RSF_en News January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists News News Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img News Help by sharing this information Police and some judges deliberately sabotaged and then blocked judicial steps against members of the pro-government EPDP party implicated in the murder in 2000 of Tamil journalist Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan at his home in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka, said Reporters Without BordersThe result has been that six years after the death of the BBC World Service journalist, his killers have still not been tried or punished, said the worldwide press freedom organisation, calling on the government to reopen the investigation into his death.This was the promise made recently by the government spokesman on defence matters, Keheliya Rambukwella, to the international press freedom mission to Sri Lanka, it said.This sixth anniversary of the cowardly murder of the Tamil journalist on 19 October 2000 comes at a particularly challenging time for press freedom in Jaffna. Four media workers, three of them working for the newspaper Uthayan, have been killed since the start of the year in this town which is held by government troops. Members of the EPDP are again suspects in some of these attacks.All the suspects in the Nimalarajan case, members of the EPDP, were released in 2003, by a court in Vavuniya in the north of the country. Moreover the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) never managed to interview one of the suspects, Sebastianpillai Ramesh, better known as “Napoleon”. Police never seriously made use of the physical evidence, including cartridge cases and fingerprints. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific October 19, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Six years of impunity in murder of BBC journalist July 29, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sri Lanka Organisation July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Reporters Without Borders welcomes a Dubai appeal court’s decision on 8 November to overturn the convictions of the former editor of the English-language Khaleej Times, Shimba Kassiril Ganjadahran, and one of his reporters, Mohsen Rashed, on charges of libel. The two journalists had been sentenced on 24 September to two months in prison for a story about a Dubai woman’s lawsuit against her husband that led to his imprisonment.Their acquittal comes a few weeks after the ruler of Dubai said journalists should not be imprisoned because of their work. His statement had the immediate force of law.“The release of the Khaleej Times journalists confirms the positive evolution seen in the press freedom situation in Dubai during the past two years,” Reporters Without Borders said. “However, the press law still needs revision and we urge the government to include the decriminalization of press offences in the bill currently being considered. This reform, the first of its kind in the Gulf, should also apply to the electronic media.”Rashed told Reporters Without Borders that the ruler of Dubai’s statement had influenced the appeal court’s decision. He added that he thought the decree would be incorporated into the new press law.Meanwhile, in a libel case in the nearby emirate of Ras Al Khaima, a criminal court has passed a suspended sentence of a year in prison and a fine of 50,000 dirhams (10,000 euros) on the owner of the website, Mohamed Al-Shehhi, although the plaintiff withdrew his complaint on 30 October.The website has been forced to close for good under article 16 of the electronic press law. This was the sixth complaint to be brought against since 1 August. All these prosecutions have been widely criticised by bloggers and website owners, who are calling for the law governing websites to be brought into line with the print media law.The main problem for press freedom continues to be the self-censorship practised by most newspapers, which eschew any criticism of the government in order to avoid prosecution. April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts November 12, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for new press law to include decriminalization of all press offences Follow the news on United Arab Emiratescenter_img United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa News News News to go further Help by sharing this information News United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa December 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Reopening schools will depend on public’s behavior – Minister Facebookcenter_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – January 15, 2021 Previous articleTánaiste wants to fast-track National Broadband PlanNext articleDonegal fishermen left in ‘appalling situation’ News Highland Twitter The Education Minister says the reopening of schools in February will depend on the general public’s behavior over the coming weeks.Norma Foley says considerable planning has gone into running this year’s Leaving Cert, with papers being adjusted to give students more choice.It comes as some students have expressed concern about how much school they’ve missed between this year and last.Minister Norma Foley says the public needs to adhere to guidelines in order to allow students to go back to school:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR cliniclast_img read more

first_img Email the author The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Not just a mouse trap By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content Print Article Published 2:00 am Saturday, December 5, 2015 Latest Storiescenter_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The next morning, I pulled out my small ice chest from the pantry and a mouse pad was stuck and holding on fast. The ice chest would not fit in the bedpan so I took it to the garbage can. Later, in the day, I reached for the mop and, there hanging on, was a mouse pad rendering the mop useless.Now, I’m going to send letter to pest control and ask for compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the mousetrap and for the cost of the ice chest and the mop. I’m also starting at petition to stop the production of better mousetraps. Those white, shiny, sticky, never-let-loose mouse pads are cruel and unusual punishment, even for a mouse. You Might Like PICKY EATIN’: Greens host annual hog killing, syrup making MESSENGER PHOTO/COURTNEY PATTERSONGreen Acres is the place to be the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Atlas and Rosa Green host a hog… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Next UpI kicked off my shoes, grabbed a book and sat down at the table to eat and read. On getting up, I stepped on one of those white, slick-shiny pads on the floor. When I tried to step off, the ball of my foot and my five toes were stuck. I tried to shake the pad off my foot but it wouldn’t shake loose. I sat down to pull the pad off but it was glued to me foot. I stood back up and shook my foot and the pad flapped and flapped but stayed stuck on my toes.After and hour of trying to remove the mousetrap from my toes, I gave up on the pliers, the Vaseline, the WD-40, cooking oil and olive oil. I got the scissors and trimmed the pad right next to where it was stuck on my foot so I could walk without flapping. Then I asked the Lord for his guidance. I could not go around for the rest of my life with a mousetrap stuck to my foot. I wouldn’t be able to wear shoes. My foot would get cold. I would look silly and people might laugh. The Lord does answers prayers. I had a revelation.I went to the bathroom, filled an enamel bedpan – an antique of sorts – with steaming hot water and a whole bottle of liquid soap and floated a bar of Ivory. I sat there in the bathroom on the toilet with my foot soaking in the water until after midnight. That’s when I was set free. I was free at last! Book Nook to reopen Whoever said “Build a better mousetrap and the world with beat a path to your door,” should have kept his trap shut.There’s no way to build a “better” mousetrap than the one that’s baited with cheese so, when the hungry little mouse comes sniffing along, the trap snaps and you’ve “caught” the rat.But, in today’s world inventors are finding was to build a better mousetrap. My apologies to the PETA people but I do not like rats, not even tiny little mice. So, when I saw something out of the corner of my eye that I thought might be a mouse, I called pest control fully expecting the exterminator to put out some bait that would remedy the situation. However, when I got home that night, I noticed white, slick-shiny pieces of cardboard in the broom closet, the pantry and at several places around the house. But I didn’t have time to give much thought to what I saw. My mind was on the bacon and tomato sandwich I was craving for supper. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe 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

first_img Previous Article Next Article NetworkOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today This month’s networkFunding changes bring opportunities The change from Training and Enterprise Councils to Learning and SkillsCouncils must not be ignored by employers. It means that, for the first time,businesses can speak directly to regional training bodies. As you are probably aware, the new LSCs, which have replaced Tecs, are nowformulating their plans in local areas. This new set-up allows employers todiscuss their training needs with LSCs and tell the LSCs what they want fromlocal training providers. What you may not know is that there is also a myriad of changes in thefinancial systems, including the standardising of the funding rate in some ofthe funding streams, which will affect all training providers. The changes should mean wider and more flexible training provision, andcould mean greater opportunity for private training companies – and evenemployers themselves – to become training providers. Employers are encouraged to talk to their local LSC to make sure theirvoices are heard and they have “real” input into the provision beingplanned to make sure it meets their needs and the needs of other employers. Cath Whelan Chief executive, Funding Finders Sidestep IT skills crisis The IT industry is suffering from a skills shortage because it simply isn’tattracting enough people from diverse backgrounds, according to a recent surveyby So, in the current turbulent business climate, why aren’tcompanies responding? On the whole, it is because the board still isn’t buying into the importanceof developing IT professionals. Providing appropriate learning opportunitiesmust become a priority for companies and be driven from the top. And thatdoesn’t mean signing away the responsibility to an external training company,it means investing the time and resources internally. Doing this enables companies to recruit people from diverse backgrounds andre-train them to fulfil the exact job requirements. And in today’s businessenvironment, “exact job requirements” are rarely as straightforwardas they seem. For example, how can companies be closely aligned to verticalmarkets if they have little or no knowledge of those markets? Market expertise and business awareness have become essential components ofan IT manager’s portfolio. Devised and run in-house, a learning programme canfill the gap between an individual’s skillset and the demands of the job rolefar more thoroughly than an external training course. However, there will always be a need for companies to react quickly to marketdemands. For example, specialists with e-business skills tend to be chased fromcompany to company, and no amount of planning or investment into internaltraining can support this unpredictable need. There is inevitably a requirementfor buying in skills at a higher rate as new opportunities arise. Despite these problems, investing in people in this way can only help theimage of IT as a potential career. For some people IT is perceived to havelimited prospects, because traditionally the role is largely operational. Roger Smith             Head of Marlborough Training Academy Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT) — The Bees scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as they fell to the River Cats 12-11 in Salt Lake City.The Bees fell short of a rally despite giving up 10 runs in the first two innings. Starter Jason Alexander gave up 11 hits and 10 runs over one-plus innings.The Bees and River Cats play a doubleheader today at Smith’s Ballpark. Tags: PCL/Sacramento River Cats/Salt Lake Bees July 16, 2019 /Sports News – Local River Cats Nip Bees Robert Lovelllast_img read more

first_imgOxford University is planing to open a new college for the first time in 30 years, in a bid to keep pace with Ivy League competitors. According to a provisional strategic plan, over the next five years the university will build 1,000 new rooms for graduate students and “at least one new graduate college”.If created, this college would be the first established since 1990, when Kellogg College was opened for graduate students.The proposals are yet to be approved by the university’s dons, but have been accepted by Oxford’s governing body. According to these plans, the postgraduate population would increase by 850 students over the next five years, while an additional 200 undergraduate places would be created. According to Nick Hillman, the director of the Higher Education Policy institute, this proposed increase in post-graduate places is financially motivated.He said: “Oxford and Cambridge say they lose money on every undergraduate whereas for post graduates you can charge the full market rate and more.“Oxford doesn’t compare itself to other institutions in the UK, it compares itself to other institutions around the world such as Ivy League which have more graduates than undergraduates.”While fees for undergraduates at Oxford are capped at the national limit of £9,250 per annum, the university claims that the real cost of educating the average Oxford undergraduate student is almost £16,000 thanks to the university’s tutorial model. In relation to these plans, New College’s bursar, David Palfreyman, commented on the fact that Ivy League competitors are generally smaller than Oxford and Cambridge at undergraduate level. He said that being in order for Oxford to be  “a world class university and a super research university à la Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Princeton” it requires a larger population of postgraduate students to carry out said research.The plans also aim to “set ambitious targets” to “reduce by 2023 gaps in attainment by gender, ethnic origin and socio-economic background”.They intend to create a substantial increase in the number of undergraduates from groups which are poorly represented at the university.A spokesperson for the university said the plans are being examined and discussed, adding: “The University will comment more fully when its plan has been widely reviewed and formally adopted.”last_img read more