Donegal Youth Service offering student grant application advice

first_imgNewsx Adverts Letterkenny Youth Information Centre is continuing a series of student grants information seminars for parents and prospective thirs level students, with an event in Donegal Town tonight and Milford tomorrow.Next week will see events in Carndonagh and Falcarragh, and a daily service including evening clinics is available at the Youth Information Centre on Letterkenny’s Port Road.The Donegal Youth Service says with significant changes to the grant system this year, its important that people are informed about the new online application system.Information Officer Martin Keeney is coordinating the seminars……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/marty1pm.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest Donegal Youth Service offering student grant application advice Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton By News Highland – July 3, 2012 center_img WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleDerry man bailed on August riot chargedNext articlePaint bomb attack on Apprentice Boys’ Derry HQ News Highland Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

Renewed calls for review of how commercial rate are calculated

first_img WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Pinterest A Councillor says commercial rates should be set against a company’s profits and not on the size of the premises they operate from.Councillor Seamus O’Domhnaill says Government plans to reevaluate commercial premises for the purpose of setting rates are not moving quickly enough and do not fully address the issue.He has welcomed a council decision to invite the a representative of The Revaluation Project to the county to discuss the issues:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/SeamusRATES.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleConvoy Text Alert scheme close to launchNext articleCalls for national roll-out of Donegal’s Pro Social Drivers programme News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – February 11, 2015 Renewed calls for review of how commercial rate are calculatedcenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

Delay over accounting standard for pensions

first_imgEmployers in the UK have been given longer to comply with a controversialaccounting standard for pensions, which has been blamed by some firms for theclosure of final salary pension schemes. The FRS 17 standard, which will mean that businesses will have to reportannual changes in the value of their pension funds in their main financialstatements, was due to have been adopted by firms with accounting periodsending in June this year. But the Accounting Standards Board (ASB) has extended the deadline for thenew system until 2005 following an announcement that the InternationalAccounting Standards Board is to introduce a similar international accountingstandard. ASB chairman Mary Keegan said the decision to defer the implementation ofFRS 17 was taken to prevent employers having to change their pension accountingtwice when the international standard is introduced. Businesses do not like the FRS rule because it forces them to report annualchanges in the value of their pension schemes. Companies including British Airways and BT have partly blamed the FRS 17 accountingrule for the closure of their final salary pension schemes. The CIPD’s assistant director general, Duncan Brown, welcomed the decisionto defer the introduction of FRS 17 but said it would not take the pressure offfinal salary pension (defined benefit) schemes in the long run. He said: “The fundamental dynamics causing problems for defined benefitschemes are not going to go away. “The cost of schemes, which are heavily focused on the stock market,are going up, funds are low, we are retiring earlier and people are livinglonger.” Susan Anderson, CBI director of HR policy, welcomed the decision to delaythe implementation of FRS 17 but also called for changes to be made to thestandard. By Ben Willmott Schemes are showing deficitA survey of 146 of the UK’s topcompanies reveals that more than 60 per cent have pension schemes which showdeficit under FRS 17.The study by Mercer Human Resource Consulting reveals that ofthese, the deficit exceeds 10 per cent of scheme liabilities in 38 per cent ofcases. Nearly 40 per cent of firms have pension funds of a size exceeding 50per cent of company net assets.The report states: “Managing pension liabilities for manycompanies has become critical because of their size relative to the overallbusiness and this is driving changes to benefit provision and investmentstrategy.”www.mercer.com Delay over accounting standard for pensionsOn 9 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

People are key to the ‘boomerang principle’

first_img Previous Article Next Article In superhero plots, I love the way that no-one can ever guess the leadingman’s identity, whether it’s the latest celluloid offering of the Daredevil,Spiderman or even TV cartoon Hong Kong Phooey. The same uncertainty exists in the heroic business of keeping the customerscoming back for more – what Irish supermarket mogul Feargal Quinn calls ‘theboomerang principle’. The few that understand it – which include Richer Sounds, First Direct andASDA – love to boast about it. As Alan Hughes, chief executive of First Direct,explains: “We’re happy for anyone to come in and look at what we do,because we know that while they can copy our systems and our tools, it’s ourpeople who make the difference.” How smug is that? And as an ex-employee,I can confirm that they are so sure of themselves, they really do organisecoach trips for their competitors to visit their call centres. Why then are they so comfortable with their superiority? Is customer serviceso hard to understand? No. Are their people smarter? No. Is it because theyknow their competitors are afraid to copy them? Could be. To apply the boomerang principle requires people who can buildrelationships, listen, and innovate. Realising that is easy, but not necessarily cheap. It took dismal results atAlliance & Leicester for senior managers to see (after paying good money toconsultants, including yours truly, and KPMG) that a customer-first strategyrequires a people-first reality. Its newly appointed chief executive Richard Pym used this newly gainedsuperhuman vision to initiate the most extensive change programme theorganisation has ever attempted. It encompasses 80 different consecutiveprojects to fulfil its ambition to be the ‘most customer-focused financialservices organisation – bar none’. To its immense credit, it did not stop with mere technology or processredesign, but instead launched a plethora of cultural initiatives to free upthose that Pym calls ‘people who love people’ on his chatty intranet. It is nocoincidence that Which Magazine awarded Alliance & Leicester thetitle of best provider of service among high street banks. Previously, the board didn’t have the guts to do the most important things,including culture change, respect for human potential, open communication, awillingness to accept failure and admit mistakes. The good news is that financially-trained Pym no longer sees empowerment orservice as ‘soft and fluffy’, but instead as the hardest, most influential waysto improve shareholder returns. It has just announced an 18 per cent increasein profits. Is this the end? I hope not. Not before the power to satisfy customers isgiven to the people who serve them. That is the ultimate manifestation of thecustomer-first, people-first logic. Only when your organisation is no longerafraid to follow that logic to its conclusion will its performance andrelationship surpass the smug, but superlative, First Direct. Max will discuss these issues further at the Unshrink the Peopleseminar in Leeds, 19 March 2003. E-mail [email protected] Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. People are key to the ‘boomerang principle’On 4 Mar 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

US Department of State Ignores Russia’s Concerns Over USS Monterey Entering Black Sea

first_img US Department of State Ignores Russia’s Concerns Over USS Monterey Entering Black Sea Authorities View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today US Department of State Ignores Russia’s Concerns Over USS Monterey Entering Black Sea View post tag: concerns View post tag: sea View post tag: US View post tag: Black US State Department considers the Sea Breeze 2011 exercise a display of close cooperation between the US and Ukraine, and welcomes Moscow to hold by its own opinion, said Mark Toner, spokesman for US State Department at the briefing on June 13.Russian Foreign Ministry earlier stated that Aegis-carrying missile cruiser USS Monterey entering the Black Sea to attend the Sea Breeze 2011 Ukrainian-American naval exercise had aroused a number of questions. As for the foreign policy authority, those steps indicate the US still ignores Russia’s concerns and demonstratively shapes the kind of missile defense configuration opposed by Moscow. USS Monterey was dispatched to European waters under “phased adaptive approach” of the US Administration in order to shape European segment of global missile defense.“They [Russians] are entitled to their opinion. I’m not going to parse the words of the Russian Foreign Ministry, and I’ll have to get more details about this exercise… But we have a strong bilateral relationship with Ukraine, and it’s in keeping with that kind of partnership that these exercises take place”, Toner said.[mappress]Source: rusnavy , June 16, 2011; View post tag: USS View post tag: Monterey View post tag: over View post tag: State View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Entering View post tag: Ignores View post tag: Department View post tag: Navy Share this article June 16, 2011 View post tag: Russia’slast_img read more

Residents demand Westgate reassessment

first_imgCampaign group Oxford Against Westgate Expansion are lobbying the Environment Agency to undertake another flood risk assessment on the Westgate Centre redevelopment plans.A meeting was held in the town hall earlier this week to debate the proposed redevelopment. Alternative proposals were discussed, possibly including a proportion of affordable housing or a more environmentally friendly refit of the existing shopping centre.Marketing and community relations manager for Capital Shopping Centres, Simon Ward said, “Throughout the lengthy consultation process prior to the planning application submission, the Westgate Partnership worked closely with both city and county councils, the Environment Agency, transport groups and the local community to ensure the development of a retail-led mixed use regeneration scheme for Oxford which is at the forefront of sustainable design.”“The scheme is designed to reduce energy requirements through natural ventilation, intelligent lighting controls, solar panels, green roofs and rainwater collection,” he added.However, campaigners are not convinced. Many believe building an underground car park could reduce flood storage and increase the danger to surrounding roads.Gillian Turberfield, 76, from Pegasus Way, Oxford, told the Oxford Mail, “I grieve for Oxford because I think this scheme is going to be a disaster.“The roads won’t be able to cope with the increase in traffic. The people of Oxford have never been asked what they want for the site instead of a big shopping centre.”More than 70 people attended the meeting. Speaking afterwards, campaigner Jess Worth, 33, said, “We had no idea so many people were against the development – it has spurred the group on to fight even harder to make sure it doesn’t happen.”A second meeting has been arranged at the Town Hall for Thursday March 13.last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Shares Soundboard From Ogden Theatre

first_imgAs part of their weekly soundboard release, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has shared a new recording from their sold-out December 15th performance at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO. The recording (captured by taper Eric McRoberts) marks the 26th edition of their “Taper Tuesday” series.The band doesn’t just play Grateful Dead music, they create their own versions of it. With teases, mash-ups, and novelty jams, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is at the peak of jam band excellence.The first set dives right in to Grateful Dead classics, with the debut of “Truckin’ Reprise” that contained a “Throwing Stones” tease. The set ends with a monster “Shakedown Street” with “Chameleon” (Herbie Hancock) teases. The second set heats up with an extended “Greatest Story Ever Told,” and another enormous 32+ minute “Terrapin Suite” that held a Benevento-Russo “Duo Jam” and “Hateframe” tease.The sound erupts with a solid “Good Lovin’” > “The Wheel Reprise” > “Good Lovin’ Reprise” jam, played for the first time, to close the second set. The quintet returns to the stage for an “Goin Down The Road Feelin’ Bad” and “Sugar Magnolia” encore, with a “And We Big You Goodnight” tease closer. You can read a full review of the show here. This is prime Almost Dead jamming!Enjoy the full recording below, from taper Eric McRoberts:Joe Russo’s Almost Dead will appear next at the 2nd annual Fool’s Paradise March 31& April 1 in St. Augustine alongside Lettuce x2, The Floozies, The Motet, a special Manic Science set featuring Manic Focus and Break Science, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, along with Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as Artists at Large. Head here for more information.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 12/15/16:Set 1 (9:13PM – 10:32PM):01. intro/crowd02. Don’t Ease Me In (TH) >03. Viola Lee Blues @ (All) ->04. Space ->05. Truckin’ (SM) ->06. St. Stephen Jam ->07. Truckin’ Reprise # (SM) ->08. Born Cross Eyed Jam ->09. Loser (TH) ->10. Marco Solo $ ->11. The Eleven (All) ->12. Shakedown Street % (TH)Set 2 ^ (11:08PM – 12:5?):01. intro/crowd02. Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion (All) ->03. Greatest Story Ever Told (SM) ->04. Terrapin Suite & (TH & JR) ->05. King Solomon’s Marbles *06. Row Jimmy (TH) ->07. Drums ->08. Good Lovin’(SM) ->09. The Wheel Reprise + (All) ->10. Good Lovin’ Reprise @@ ->Encore:11. GDTRFB ## (All) ->12. Sugar Magnolia / SSDD $$ (SM)@ – With a Throwing Stones Jam# – First time played by Almost Dead, with Throwing Stones Teases (Band)$ – With the usual spate of teases & familiar themes – see what you can find / what you remember% – With “Chameleon” (Herbie Hancock) Teases (Band)^ – With Estimated Prophet Teases throughout the set& – With a “Duo Jam” & “Hateframe” (Benevento Russo Duo) Teases (JR)* – With an Uncle John’s Band Tease (Band)+ – Finishes The Wheel from Ogden Theatre on [email protected]@ – First Time Played by Almost Dead## – With out the usual WBYGN Ending$$ – Proceeded by a “WBYGN Ending” Tease (Band)last_img read more

Faculty Council meeting held April 14

first_imgAt its 12th meeting of the year on April 14, the Faculty Council continued its discussion of the College’s academic dishonesty policy and discussed the voting status of senior lecturers. In addition, the council reviewed reports on the Ph.D. programs in systems biology and social policy.The council’s final meeting of 2009-10 will be on May 5. The preliminary deadline for the May 11 faculty meeting is April 26 at 9:30 a.m.last_img

LISTED HERE: Broome-Tioga BOCES schools last day

first_img(WBNG) — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in our area are ending their academic year early. The following is a list of when schools are closing, the list will be updated as information becomes available: Binghamton — June 12Chenango Forks — June 19Chenango Valley — June 15Johnson City — June 12Maine-Endwell — June 12Newark Valley — June 12Owego-Apalachin Central — June 12Union-Endicott — June 12Vestal — June 12Whitney Point — June 12center_img For a list of DCMO BOCES schools, click here.last_img

Questions over virus models that prompted lockdowns

first_img“We gave far too much weight to the models,” Jean-Francois Toussaint, director of France’s Irmes medical research center told AFP. “These mathematical models depend on too many factors to be accurate,” he said.Toussaint said that with COVID-19 a heretofore unknown disease, there were many variables in the models that could drastically affect their outcomes.”The most egregious case was [the prediction] of 500,000 deaths that forced governments’ hands. It’s a typical example of a not very serious application of science,” said Laurent Toubiana, an epidemiologist who has spoken against lockdowns. When the novel coronavirus began to circulate globally at the beginning of March, scientists turned to statistical models to predict the severity of the pandemic. The news was stark.The epidemiological models showed that COVID-19 could infect hundreds of millions of people and kill millions worldwide, prompting governments to enter lockdown in a bid to avoid the worst. Now, as much of Europe gingerly exits confinement, questions are being asked about the methods used and the results produced in the calculations that shocked authorities into taking unprecedented measures to enforce social distancing.  He was referring to a model by researchers at London’s Imperial College, released on March 16, which showed that without any action, COVID-19 could kill 510,000 people in Britain and 2.2 million in the United States.The study, led by epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, prompted Prime Minister Boris Johnson to enforce strict social distancing measures in the days that followed.”We always prefer to listen to the alarmists,” said Toubiana, pointing out that the death toll from COVID-19 is currently at least one order of magnitude lower than what Ferguson and colleagues’ model showed.The authors at the time did point out that their model did not take into account changes in behavior such as social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing, all of which have proved successful in reducing COVID-19’s spread. ‘Models aren’t absolute’ The model immediately came in for criticism for its methodology, but the university has stood by the research, saying this month that it had passed an evaluation by independent experts.On Monday a new Imperial study concluded that lockdowns had prevented 3.1 million COVID-19 deaths across 11 European nations. Toussaint claimed Imperial was “trying to retrospectively justify its mistakes”.Whereas Imperial’s initial study was released directly by the university, Monday’s appeared in the prestigious journal Nature and had been subjected to review by a host of the researchers’ peers.Modelers themselves are keen to stress that they don’t have crystal balls: they simply use maths to simulate various outcomes — and in doing so may confront decision makers with the worst case scenario they may wish to avoid.”A model doesn’t have to be interpreted as absolute: it’s a snapshot that rests on what we know at the time,” said Nicolas Hoertel, a psychiatrist and modeler at the Corentin-Celton hospital near Paris.”It’s a bit like an opinion poll,” he told AFP.”There are major limits [to models] but at this stage they are the only scientific tool we have to inform decisions regarding public health,” Hoertel said.A recent model in France showed that lockdown had saved 100,000 lives, but policymakers have said models were not the only reason the country entered radical social distancing in March. “Of course we relied heavily on models… one for example said that without confinement we were going to have 120,000 or 150,000 deaths,” Jean-Francois Delfraissy, president of France’s scientific council advising the government on COVID-19, told French television this month. “But models are only models,” he said, adding that on-the-ground observations from the massive influx of patients to hospitals also guided the government.Ultimately, “it’s a political decision,” Delfraissy said. Topics :last_img read more