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Church of England invests in enabling contactless digital giving in…

first_img Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC [Church of England] More than 100 churches across the Diocese of Carlisle will be the first to take part in a national pilot scheme to help encourage contactless giving, making giving easier for congregations. The pilot will help pave the way for a £1.25 million investment from the Church of England, which will see thousands more churches accept contactless and digital payments over the next two years.The funding will be used to provide contactless devices for churches. Consideration for connectivity in rural settings has been taken into account, with churches being offered one of two types of device, depending on each parish’s context.Two further pilots will take place in other dioceses later this year before the nationwide roll out begins.Read the entire article here. Rector Collierville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Church of England Rector Shreveport, LA Anglican Communion, Posted May 26, 2021 Rector Tampa, FL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Martinsville, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY center_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Tags Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector Columbus, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Events Church of England invests in enabling contactless digital giving in parishes Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Bath, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit a Job Listinglast_img read more

MH House / Jacobsen Arquitetura

first_img Brazil ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/920991/mh-house-jacobsen-arquitetura Clipboard Architects: Jacobsen Arquitetura Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Year:  Projects Save this picture!© Leonardo Finotti+ 17Curated by Matheus Pereira Share MH House / Jacobsen ArquiteturaSave this projectSaveMH House / Jacobsen Arquitetura “COPY” Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/920991/mh-house-jacobsen-arquitetura Clipboard Area:  730 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Brazil CopyAbout this officeJacobsen ArquiteturaOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGuarujáResidential ArchitectureBrazilPublished on July 17, 2019Cite: “MH House / Jacobsen Arquitetura” [Residência MH / Jacobsen Arquitetura] 17 Jul 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs:  Leonardo FinottiInterior Design:Jacobsen ArquiteturaInterior Design Team:Tatiana Kamogawa, Mariana Ferretti, Carine Martanetto, Thammy Nozaki, Daniella Gomes, Luiz SantiniMetal Structure:João Leão Associados / EngemetalElectrical, Hydraulic And Air Conditioning Installations:Grau EngenhariaLighting:LightworksLandscape:CenárioAutomation, Audio And Video:M High-TechConstruction:Rogério BiralDesign Team:Paulo Jacobsen, Bernardo Jacobsen, Edgar Murata, Marcelo Vessoni, Francisco Rugeroni, Maya Leal, Rafaella Codato, Gustavo BorgesCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Leonardo FinottiRecommended ProductsDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82DoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsText description provided by the architects. As we began this beach house project located on the coast of São Paulo, we came across very clear conditions: accentuated downhill terrain as well as immersed in the Atlantic forest, legal restrictions for the occupation of the lot, topography and natural vegetation modified, besides the proximity with the main roads. The starting point for our first design was to ideate a flat, sunny, open area with privacy on the terrace and swimming pool; that would fully integrate the area of leisure and socialization. Save this picture!© Leonardo FinottiFor this purpose, we created a basement floor, at the street level, composed by the main entrance, garage, and all the dormitories. The central area of this floor is constituted through a large snipping on the floor, which integrates the circulation of the suites along with the grounds of the lower level, where we placed a water mirror to reflect the natural sunlight into the interior of the house. Save this picture!© Leonardo FinottiAt the upper level, we developed an L-shaped structure – weightless, light and open to the forest. Which ensures its privacy in regards to the street, while simultaneously generating a free area to the terrace and swimming pool, fully merging the living room, dining room, gourmet kitchen, and spa. The inclined roof of this pavement demonstrates our intention of creating a spatial dynamic between the environments, through the constant variations of internal height, a characteristic pertaining to traditional constructions. Save this picture!© Leonardo FinottiSave this picture!Upper Floor PlanSave this picture!© Leonardo FinottiDue to the difficulties of implantation in the terrain and the total construction time, we opted for a metallic structure, which provided us a large spectrum of relatively thin structural profiles. The few finishing materials such as carbonized wood in the facades, sawed granites on the floors and natural wood in the linings were chosen due to its low maintenance. Therefore creating a palette of colors and textures coexisting with rustic and sophisticated imprints.Save this picture!© Leonardo FinottiProject gallerySee allShow lessFlamingo Club Hotel / Zooco EstudioSelected ProjectsDavid Chipperfield’s New Museum Island Gallery Opens in BerlinArchitecture News Share “COPY” 2017 MH House / Jacobsen Arquitetura ArchDailylast_img read more

Peshawar demonstrations on first anniversary of Hayatullah Khan’s abduction in protest against government’s refusal to release findings

first_img Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder January 28, 2021 Find out more Those scheduled to speak at tomorrow’s seminar are Shaukat Pervez of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, Hazrat Khan Mohman of the Khyber Union of Journalists, Sailab Mehsud of the Tribal Union of Journalists, Reporters Without Borders representative Iqbal Khattak, former provincial minister Sirajul Haq, and a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.The PFUJ and KUJ are today releasing a reporting containing strong evidence that the authorities, above all the military intelligence services, were involved in Khan’s death.Hayatullah Khan, the North Waziristan correspondent for two dailies, Ausaf and Nation, and a photographer for the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA), was kidnapped in Mir Ali on 5 December, a few days after he produced evidence refuting Pakistani army claims that the death of Hamza Rabia, a leading Arab militant in Al-Qaeda, was the result of an accidental munitions explosion. Photographs taken by Khan at the scene indicated that Rabia was killed by a US missile that was probably fired from a plane or a drone. Khan’s body was found on 16 June 2006 in North Waziristan. He was handcuffed and he had been shot several times in the head. He looked very thin, suggesting that he suffered considerable deprivations during his months in captivity. News PakistanAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders is supporting a seminar due to take place on Tuesday 5th December at 2 p.m. at the Peshawar press club to demand the truth about the kidnapping and murder of journalist Hayatullah Khan. Tomorrow is the first anniversary of his abduction in Waziristan.Three Pakistani journalists’ organisations, the PFUJ, KUJ and TUJ, Khan’s family and Reporters Without Borders are jointly calling on the Pakistani government to publish the findings of the investigations into his death, and to punish those responsible.“The most senior Pakistani authorities, including information minister Mohammad Ali Durrani, are doing every thing possible to prevent the truth about Khan’s murder from emerging,” the press freedom organisation said. “After creating a commission of inquiry to get journalists to calm down, the government is now lying low and is trying to suppress its findings. This is not acceptable.” to go further PakistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists April 21, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Pakistan Organisation Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News December 4, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Peshawar demonstrations on first anniversary of Hayatullah Khan’s abduction in protest against government’s refusal to release findings RSF_en Newslast_img read more

The trauma of living with a compulsive gambler

first_imgWhatsApp NewsLocal NewsThe trauma of living with a compulsive gamblerBy admin – August 20, 2009 1670 Linkedin Email GAM-ANON, the fellowship group for family, partners and friends affected by the actions of a gambler, is separate but close, very close to Gamblers Anonymous.“When listening to Gam-Anon members speak, we (gamblers attending Gamblers Anonymous) have found that their mood swings depended often on the outcome of the gambler’s day and in many cases, their personality became so suppressed that they became similar to the gambler”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Do you recognise yourself or that of your spouse or parent in the definition?Gam-Anon Limerick has a welcome handshake for you if your life is being destroyed by someone else’s addiction to gambling.Bob* has been a stalwart of local Gam-Anon since 1985, and knows how the roulette of wheel of life can turn full circle.His first inkling that his wife Jean* had a rampant gambling problem was nine years into his marriage when he returned home from work to find no wife, nor sign of his boy or girl and no electricity. After a sleepless night, Bob went to work the next day with his heart in his boots, wishing and hoping and dreading.“I ran home from work that evening to the house and there was an anonymous note waiting for me. It read: ‘Your wife has a serious gambling problem’.To this day, I don’t know who left it for me but things began to make sense. Although I was working in Shannon for years and on great money, we didn’t have anything. Every week, I’d give the cash pay packet over to the wife to run the house and keep maybe just 10pound for myself. That was it, all I ever took, and now we had nothing”.The past few years began to make sense, the realisation that his wife’s family had outcast him for being a ‘demon’ in-law who, allegedly, had spent his money on drink. Why Jean had used family income constantly on bogus hospital treatments for her parent family.The truth was colder and more devastating. She had an addiction to poker machines at the casino; she’d collect the children after school and keep them with her while she fed the flashing lights with coined dreams of a big win.Bob found his wife and children at a relative’s home, in tears and fearful.“I love my wife. She’s a lovely person, not a monster at all – gamblers aren’t. She’s a brilliant person and I wasn’t going to throw her out and give up on her. She told me everything.“The next Monday, we went to a Gamblers Anonymous meeting in Social Services Centre, Henry Street, and I was met by Joe* who told me about another meeting, Gam-Anon, in a separate room that he said might help me.“I got identification with the people who were in the room, people who had suffered as I did. I’d never had that before. You are a victim as much as the gambler is.“Myself and Jean vowed we would never fight over what had happened. To my knowledge, she has never gambled since. It’s part of what you learn at Gam-Anon, not to give the gamblers access to money, credit or cash cards, valuables in the house and since then I’ve managed everything.“It took me six years to pay everyone off and I remember the scramble it was to get the 96 pound together to reconnect to the ESB in time for Christmas ‘84 for the kids. Ninety-six Irish pounds was a lot of money then but thank God, I got it together. I remember we had a 14” black and white TV and that’s all we had in the house but we had the happiest Christmas ever as a family together”.Gam-Anon was immensely helpful to Bob in its lifeline and recommendations.As with Gamblers Anonymous, there is a 12-step programme that advocates courage, humility and action in its tiers to happiness.“Through the group we learn to admit that we are powerless over what has happened. That we are not responsible for the gambler’s problem. We learn to hope and come to believe in a power greater than ourselves and finally, that in turning your life over the that power, the healing begins.“ At Gam-Anon I get all the support and the solutions, the listening to each other and realising the problems are not about money but about the illness of compulsive gambling. When people first join a meeting, their lives are in a mess, their minds are a mess, they are so hurt. The pain and hurt you feel can turn you and be destructive but there is a day- to- day programme of help and the benefits of Gam-Anon are absolutely fantastic.“ The programme should be taught in every school, how to respect our fellow pupil whatever their colour and creed, whether they have one hand or two, whether they are deaf or dumb. It is so important, to have respect for our fellow human being”.Bob’s huge consolation is the lesson to Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, its simple realism: Any person can fight the battles of just one day. Add the burden of Yesterday or Tomorrow and perhaps you’ll buckle but living one day at a time is the sure walk to serenity. That, and a little help from your friends in Gam-Anon* Names have been changed to protect the family* Gam-Anon Limerick meets Monday nights at Social Services Centre, Henry Street at 8.30pm.* You can telephone Bob* on 087-2641294 to meet on a one-to-one basis if that is helpful. Facebookcenter_img Twitter Advertisement Print Previous articleBuilder’s finish to fab Killuragh propertyNext articleFresh Lobster – stocks are high so prices are lowering adminlast_img read more

Weigh in on Tompkins County’s proposed 2020 budget Tuesday

first_img Kelsey O’Connor TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Local residents have a last chance to weigh in on Tompkins County’s 2020 budget. A public hearing is planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.Earlier this month, Tompkins County Legislature unanimously approved amendments to the county’s tentative 2020 budget.The amended budget, approved unanimously by legislators Tuesday, would increase the tax levy by 2.75%, as opposed to the originally proposed 2.76% in Administrator Jason Molino’s budget. The amended budget would mean an increase of $12.69 for the owner of a median-valued $190,000 home in Tompkins County. It also includes a $2 increase to the county’s annual solid waste fee, bringing it to $60.The amended budget proposes to increase the use of reserves by $324,402.Some of the amendments added during the budget process include: center_img Your government news is made possible with support from: Upping the sales tax revenue projection by $76,000, and for legal settlements, $24,000.$50,000 to fund Continuum of Care efforts to end homelessness.$18,000 in one-time funding to support a part-time case management position at OAR’s Endeavor House, which houses men who are returning to the community after incarceration.Legislators approved $25,000 in one-time funding to support the city’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program. The funds will be placed into the contingent fund until the city presents a plan and funding for the program.$20,000 in multi-year funding was approved for coordinated food system planning and the development of a Food System Plan, as advanced by the Food Policy Council.These are just a few amendments added to the county’s budget. More information about the budget and amendments is available at www.TompkinsCountyNY.gov/ctyadmin/2020budget.The amended budget is still not final. Local residents will have a chance to weigh in at a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Tompkins County Legislature Chambers, 121 E. Court St., Ithaca.The final adoption vote by Legislature is scheduled for Nov. 7. Tagged: budget 2020, tompkins county, tompkins county legislature Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connorlast_img read more

Supreme Court clears way for Newtown shooting victim families to sue gun-maker

first_imgkenlh/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court has cleared the way for families of Newtown, Connecticut, shooting victims to sue gun-maker Remington Arms Co. — the manufacturer of the AR-15 used in the 2012 massacre — rejecting the company’s request for the court to consider the case. The case will now proceed to trial in Connecticut for the families of the victims of the shooting, which took place in December 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty children and six adults were killed at the school.The justices did not offer an explanation for their decision to deny the request to take up the case.“The families are grateful that the Supreme Court upheld precedent and denied Remington’s latest attempt to avoid accountability,” the attorney representing the families, Josh Koskoff, said in a statement. “We are ready to resume discovery and proceed toward trial in order to shed light on Remington’s profit-driven strategy to expand the AR-15 market and court high-risk users at the expense of Americans’ safety.”The lawsuit was first filed over four years ago and has overcome a series of hurdles to go to trial.In March, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled to allow the families to sue the gun-maker. The families argued that the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the weapon negligently entrusted to civilian consumers an assault rifle that is suitable for use only by military and law enforcement personnel and violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) through the sale or wrongful marketing of the rifle.The lawsuit, filed in 2015, lists Bushmaster Firearms International as the defendant and was the first to be filed in connection with the Sandy Hook shooting.Remington Outdoor Company, which owns Bushmaster, has argued that it is protected by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) from liability.A representative for Remington did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Texas officials conflicted on whether mountain lion is responsible for a man’s death

first_imgEvgeny555/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(LIPAN, Texas) — Officials in Texas are now unsure about whether a mountain lion is responsible for the death of a 28-year-old man.Deputies from the Hood County Sheriff’s Office began searching for Lipan resident Christopher Allen Whiteley on Thursday after he was last seen the day before in the early morning hours, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office on Saturday.The investigators searched a wooded area nearby and found Whiteley’s dead body, according to the sheriff’s office, which blamed his death on a mountain lion after the preliminary results from an autopsy body determined that he died from a wild animal attack.The sheriff’s office then enlisted the help of a trapper from the U.S. Department of Agriculture who specializes in tracking and removing mountain lions to assist in the search for the animal.However, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department cast doubt on whether Whiteley was attacked by a mountain lion.“There is not any evidence of a predatory attack by a mountain lion at the location where the victim was found,” the department said in a news release on Sunday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services trapper who surveyed the scene came to the same conclusion, the release stated.There have been no confirmed fatal attacks by mountain lions in the state of Texas, according to the department. A recent confirmed sighting of a mountain lion was about 100 miles away in Dallas County.“Fatal mountain lion attacks on people are extremely rare,” according to the news release. “In the past 100 years, there are fewer than 30 confirmed deaths due to mountain lion attacks nationwide.”The Hood County Sheriff’s Office is standing behind the preliminary findings from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, which ruled out a suicide or homicide, Public Information Officer Lt. Johnny Rose said in a statement.“It appears we have two conflicting reports from two agencies that are experts in their field,” Rose said.The sheriff’s office is also continuing to gather photos and statements from residents who have spotted mountain lions in the area as part of the investigation.Residents have been urged to be mindful of their surroundings and to keep young children and animals inside at night. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deed also advised residents to not interfere with the process of locating the animal.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

PT Awards 2013 winners: Barclays recognised for its Youth Employment Initiative

first_imgPT Awards 2013 winners: Barclays recognised for its Youth Employment InitiativeBy Jo Faragher on 21 Nov 2013 in Apprenticeships, Personnel Today, Employer branding, Employee engagement, Graduates, Personnel Today, PT Awards, The HR profession, Talent management, Recruitment of young people Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. CGIAbout the organisationCGI Group is a Canadian multinational information technology consulting systems integration and outsourcing company. It employs around 69,000 people in 40 countries.The challengeThe IT sector suffers from areas of skills shortage, and further education establishments cannot deliver the volume of people with the technical skills employers require. CGI wanted to attract talent earlier to gain a stronger competitive advantage.What the organisation didPartnered with the University of Winchester to deliver a sponsored degree/work experience programme for school leavers.Students can gain a BA in Business Management or Business Management with IT in three years.CGI delivered entire technical syllabus, the university delivers management modules and they manage selection together.Offered the chance for advanced apprentices to progress onto degree programme.Aims to work with university technical colleges to raise awareness of opportunities in schools.Ensured induction gives a preview of life at CGI and builds candidates’ self-awareness and reflective skills.Benefits and achievementsRetention rate on graduation stands at 91%.Students earn a full-time salary and, with three years’ work experience on graduation, they earn more than a new graduate.Invested in talent at a stage where CGI can train relevant skills – future proofing the organisation against skills shortages.Reduced hiring costs and increased revenue.Participated in CSR initiatives such as visiting schools or engaging with local businesses.Judge’s comments“Some clear business benefits and good use of partnerships to achieve objectives.” – Emma Parry McDonald’s RestaurantsAbout the organisationThe McDonald’s Corporation is the world’s largest chain of fast-food restaurants, serving around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries. Its UK workforce is around 91,000.The challengeAs one of the UK’s largest employers of young people, McDonald’s is often their first introduction to the world of work. Many come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and McDonald’s has helped them achieve nationally recognised qualifications through an apprenticeship programme.What the organisation didAsked Leeds Metropolitan University to analyse social and economic progression of its employees and found that 44% have two or more indicators of economic disadvantage.Formed an education team in 2009, which has grown from two to 20 people.Established a separate company to oversee the scheme (McEdCo), which gained a “good” from Ofsted in its first inspection (and an “outstanding” for leadership).Internally developed exam invigilators, verifiers, training managers and apprentice trainers.Introduced advanced apprenticeship in hospitality, supervision and leadership in 2012.Benefits and achievementsForty per cent of employees in the programme have improved their highest qualification since joining McDonald’s and 83% have improved or developed skills.Nearly 20% of achieving apprentices have gone on to become trainers.Promotions to front-line management in 2012 increased to 3,000, 45% of whom were qualified apprentices.Number of employees that feel there are systems in place to meet their training needs stands at 95.1%.Reduced recruitment and training costs: average length of stay in company stands at three years for hourly paid staff and 15 years for restaurant managers.Served 62 million more customers in 2012 than in 2011; comparable sales growth of 7.7%Judge’s comments“This is undoubtedly an effective apprenticeship scheme.” – Emma Parry BarclaysAbout the organisationWith more than 300 years of history, Barclays operates in more than 50 countries and employs 140,000 people, 34,000 of which work in its retail banking operations in the UK.The challengeBarclays has high demand for new employees and wanted to mobilise talent at an early stage, while addressing the challenge of youth unemployment. To do this, it developed an apprenticeship programme to focus on young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs).What the organisation didCommunicated the apprenticeship opportunity through channels such as careers fairs, job centres, life skills events and active community engagement.Worked with 28 charity partners, as well as schools and colleges, to engage with candidates who would benefit most from the programmes.Undertook proactive media coverage detailing the programme, including 30 MPs tweeting about it.Introduced a structured programme where students earn while they learn, and are given allowances for reference materials and study leave.Encouraged apprentices to work across the business in departments including Barclaycard, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and RBB technology.Benefits and achievementsMore than 1,050 apprenticeship offers made, with more than 800 already started in the bank.Before joining the bank, 73% of apprentices were claiming benefits and 23% had been unemployed for more than a year.Of those that have joined through apprenticeships, 77%  are still working there.Developed partnerships with other businesses to inspire similar programmes.Judge’s comments“The focus on NEETS and those without formal qualifications is useful.” – Emma ParryThe runners-up for the Award for Youth Employment Initiative are as follows:The Certeco AcademyAbout the organisationCerteco is a UK-based business technology consultancy. It offers specialist consultancy services to banking, insurance and financial services companies, and was the fastest-growing IT services company in the Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 in 2011.The challengeMany financial services companies had chosen to offshore business processes, but there were many disadvantages to doing this. Certeco wanted to provide customers with a viable local alternative to offshoring, while helping them innovate by recruiting talented “digital natives” and tackle high youth unemployment.What the organisation didDeveloped The Certeco Academy, a technology consultancy apprenticeship for school and university leavers.Structured the academy into phases: recruitment (through assessment day); in-house training; shadowing (working with consultants on client sites); and working in a chargeable role.Offered apprentices support through buddy systems.Provided ongoing training through the course of the year; for example, Prince II project management, consultancy course and foundation level professional qualification of apprentices’ choice.Academy consultants now make up 30% of Certeco’s consultancy workforce.Benefits and achievementsIncreased profitability through mix of experienced consultancy and Academy offering – can offer competitive alternatives to offshoring.Revenues increased by 35% overall last year, 25% of which can be attributed to the Academy.Changes have had a positive influence on customer satisfaction; 100% of customers would recommend Certeco.Improved employee buy-in and feel-good factor; all employees recognise the value of the Academy and its contribution in building tomorrow’s workforce.Judge’s comments“I particularly liked the way that Certeco had matched the skills available in the young population to their business needs and had focused away from academic qualifications.” – Emma Parry Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (RCTCBC)About the organisationRCTCBC is the third-largest local authority in Wales. The area has experienced many changes since the demise of its coal mining industry, with a sustained period of increased unemployment and low community morale.The challengeRCTCBC wanted to improve employment prospects for people across the borough. Faced with changes to welfare benefits and budget cuts, the council faced huge challenges in providing its services. It chose to focus on two areas: employment and training for looked-after children, and those not in education, employment or training (NEETs).What the organisation didDeveloped an in-house traineeship programme for those leaving care called “Step in the Right Direction” – an opportunity for up to six care leavers to develop skills and experience and ultimately apply for a role.HR worked with aftercare services, mentors, line managers and the young people themselves to ensure the programme meets their changing needs.Implemented two-year apprenticeship programme, offering qualifications from Level 2 to Level 5 in sectors from construction to early years.Partnered with Welsh Government to agree 15 placement opportunities through Jobs Growth Wales.Provided more than 600 work experience placements per year.Benefits and achievementsForty-four young care leavers have been provided with real employment opportunities.Reduced unemployment and improved skills levels in the borough.Introduced additional resources to support the delivery of council services.Thirty-one apprentices joined the council in September 2012, and a further 13 joined in August 2013.It was awarded a Social Care accolade in 2007 and National Training Award in 2009.Council’s reputation as an employer has been enhanced.Judge’s comments“A useful range of schemes introduced to address a clear regional need.” – Emma Parry Trafford CouncilAbout the organisationTrafford Metropolitan Borough Council covers an area of Greater Manchester with a population of more than 200,000. Its towns include Altrincham, Sale and Urmston.The challengeIn 2010, Trafford was engaging with employers in the borough to increase levels of apprentice recruitment. However, it became clear that the council needed to do more as a role model in this regard, as only a tiny portion of its employees were aged between 16 and 19. In response, it launched an internal apprenticeships programme.What the organisation didBegan pilot apprenticeship programme, prioritising looked-after children, NEETs and Trafford residents in areas of deprivation.Came up with a strategy to support future sustainability of the programme, including ring-fencing apprenticeship opportunities in each service area.Introduced a new category to Employee Recognition Awards called “Apprentice of the Year”.Established a corporate parenting sub-committee, comprised of members, trade union representatives and relevant officers, to understand behaviours and competencies of those leaving care.Looked-after children are able to try out different departments and use an assessment tool to identify their working preferences.Introduced an eight-week programme targeted at year 11 pupils who have disengaged with education, plus planned summer school.Benefits and achievementsImprovement in percentage of council workers aged between 16 and 19.Overcame negative perceptions of young people and their capabilities.Forty-three council managers trained as mentors to be matched up with apprentices and to support jobseekers.A total of 121 people gained roles at Tesco through the council’s partnership agreement.Pledge by local employers in deprived area of Partington to offer support through mentoring/work experience.Judge’s comments“A useful focus on NEETS, looked-after children and the local area. A holistic approach with a range of initiatives designed to support these individuals.” – Emma Parry Barclays collect their trophy for the 2013 award for Youth Employment Initiative Barclays won the Award for Youth Employment Initiative at the Personnel Today Awards on Monday night, a prize which ultimately led to the bank also becoming the event’s overall winner. The Youth Employment category looks to recognise those organisations going the extra mile to engage and develop 16- to 24-year-olds, whether through apprenticeships, traineeships or graduate schemes. Here we look at Barclays’ entry alongside the entries of our runners-up.Dr Emma Parry, reader in human resource management at Cranfield University School of ManagementKiran Elliott, HR business partner at Travelodge Hotels KPMGAbout the organisationKPMG operates as a network of member firms offering audit, tax and advisory services. Collectively it employs more than 152,000 people globally, across a range of disciplines.The challengeThe Milburn report in 2009, “Access to the Professions”, highlighted the need to widen access to professions such as law and accountancy to a more diverse audience. KPMG wanted to improve social mobility and attract new emerging talent, so developed a programme to work directly with schools.What the organisation didIntroduced “Access all areas” campaign to build long-term partnerships with schools through a national network of employee volunteers.Targeted deprived schools (based on government data) to increase awareness of pathways into KPMG and related professions.Offered opportunities including work placements, careers talks, curriculum support, employability sessions and literacy/numeracy sessions.Students can apply for school/college leaver programmes at KPMG – the company pays tuition and accommodation fees.Promoted campaign through brochures, exhibitions and Facebook page to students and through intranet and newsletter to staff/volunteers.Benefits and achievementsMore than 100 community activities have been delivered to target schools.Almost 2,500 students have been seen through education outreach programmes.Ninety-five KPMG volunteers have been engaged.Sponsored school/college leavers’ programme has doubled in size since 2011.Two-thirds of applicants in 2012 were from state schools, compared with around half for the traditional graduate entry route.Attracting people from wider range of backgrounds has brought fresh perspectives and approaches.“Access all areas” schools account for 1.5% of total applications (in 2013) and 14% of offers so far.Judge’s comments“The partnership with schools is an innovative and effective solution.” – Emma Parry IHGAbout the organisationInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is a multinational hotels company operating several well-known hotel brands including Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza. It runs more than 4,600 hotels across 100 countries.The challengeYoung people aged between 16 and 24 make up the largest share of employees in the hospitality industry. IHG recognised that the hotel sector could empower young people in local communities by equipping them with skills and experience.What the organisation didLaunched IHG Academy – a public/private partnership with community and educational institutions – to give local young people hospitality experience and skills training.Any IHG hotel around the world can participate in the programme, overseen by a corporate responsibility sub-committee.Worked with local partners to provide tailored solutions based on the needs of that community.Set up IHG Academy in Newham, east London, to help local young people get involved in the 2012 London Olympic Games.Worked alongside the UK Government to create opportunities for young people to gain work experience, such as pre-employment programmes and nationally recognised qualifications.Benefits and achievementsWon the Business in the Community Work Inspiration Award.Fifty per cent of Newham Academy graduates have been offered jobs in IHG hotels.Achieved a target of establishing 150 IHG Academy programmes globally – there are now more than 200.More than 6,000 people have benefitted from the Academy during 2012.More than 160 IHG hotels have been involved in the Academy programme.More than 100 due to be established during 2013.Judge’s comments“A clear economic need matched with the demographic of the workforce. Some good use of partnerships to develop youth skills and large-scale participation.” – Emma Parrylast_img read more

US Open apologizes for penalizing player who took her shirt off on tennis court

first_img Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. Open officials have apologized for a controversial incident that occurred Tuesday in which a female tennis player was penalized for briefly taking off her shirt on the court during a break amid the sweltering heat and humidity.Temperatures soared near 100 degrees Fahrenheit in New York City as French player Alize Cornet took on Sweden’s Johanna Larsson during the second day of the 2018 U.S. Open. An extreme heat policy was in effect during their match at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, allowing the players a 10-minute break between sets to cool off and hydrate.When Cornet returned to the court, she seemed to realize that her shirt was on backwards. She quickly pulled up her pink striped top and turned away from the court cameras as she took it off, showing her black and red sports bra underneath. Within seconds, Cornet put her shirt back on the correct way.The chair umpire overseeing the match immediately hit her with a code violation after the incident. The Women’s Tennis Association rulebook states that female players are only permitted to remove or change their clothing while they are off the court at the closest, most private location. There is no such rule for male players.Many prominent figures in the tennis world subsequently expressed their outrage on Twitter.Scottish tennis coach Judy Murray, who is the mother of professional tennis player Andy Murray, posted a GIF of the incident alongside a tweet that seemed to question why a woman is barred from changing her shirt on the court when a man can. Her tweet has since been shared thousands of times.“Alize Cornet came back to court after 10 minute heat break. Had her fresh shirt on back to front. Changed at back of court. Got a code violation. Unsportsmanlike conduct…..” Murray tweeted before adding, “But the men can change shirts on court.”Retired Australian tennis player Casey Dellacqua responded to Murray’s tweet, writing, “Ridiculous.”American tennis player and Olympic gold medalist Bethanie Mattek-Sands also chimed in: “That’s weak!”Murray responded, “Sure is……”Other Twitter users didn’t mince words and called the incident “sexist.”Cornet went on to lose the match to Larsson in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6.Meanwhile, several male players were forced to retire early from their matches this week due to the scorching heat.U.S. Open officials issued a statement on Wednesday apologizing for the penalty, saying Cornet’s attire change was not a code violation.“All players can change their shirts when sitting in the player chair. This is not considered a Code Violation,” the statement said. “We regret that a Code Violation was assessed to Ms. Cornet yesterday. We have clarified the policy to ensure this will not happen moving forward. Fortunately, she was only assessed a warning with no further penalty or fine. Female players, if they choose, may also change their shirts in a more private location close to the court, when available. They will not be assessed a bathroom break in this circumstance.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img August 29, 2018 /Sports News – National US Open apologizes for penalizing player who took her shirt off on tennis courtlast_img read more

NRP Alvares Cabral Conducts Training with Delegations of Djibouti Navy and Djibouti CG

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today NRP Alvares Cabral Conducts Training with Delegations of Djibouti Navy and Djibouti CG July 16, 2013 Training & Education View post tag: Delegations View post tag: Training View post tag: CG View post tag: Defense View post tag: Cabral Share this article View post tag: Djibouti View post tag: NRP View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence NRP Alvares Cabral Conducts Training with Delegations of Djibouti Navy and Djibouti CG View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: conducts Whilst alongside in Djibouti port, staff from the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Flagship, NRP Álvares Cabral, and members of the Djiboutian Navy and of the Djiboutian Coast Guard came together on board the Portuguese ship to conduct Local Maritime Capacity Building (LMCB) training to exchange maritime and medical knowledge and experiences.The activities conducted during this visit were focussed on first aid, navigation and the use of Mercury – a piece of software for co-ordination and information sharing within the High Risk Area. The training involved both classroom-based lessons and practical tasks in all three areas.This training proved to be a very rewarding experience for both the Portuguese and Djiboutian representatives improving cooperation and expertise. It also generated a very useful discussion concerning best practices and procedures within these important areas.The Portuguese frigate NRP Álvares Cabral joined the EU’s counter piracy mission – Operation Atalanta on 6th April, and is the current EU NAVFOR Flagship.[mappress]Press Release, July 16, 2013; Image: EU Navfor View post tag: Alvareslast_img read more