Council calls for action to tackle key worker crisisOn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Berkshire Fire and Rescue Brigade is having to employ firefighters who livein Durham, Merseyside and Norfolk because of spiralling house prices. Firefighters in Reading are struggling to afford the £120,000 it costs tobuy a three-bed terraced house – most earn just over £20,000 – and the servicehas had to recruit from all over the UK to fill skills shortages. Speaking at the conference, the chief executive of Reading Borough Councilsaid house prices have been driven up by an influx of high-earning ITprofessionals working for the software giants along the M4 corridor. Joyce Markham said a third of the county’s firefighters live outside thearea. Shifts have been rearranged to allow staff who commute longer shifts. This gives them longer periods off work. Markham warned that other public services are also under severe strainbecause they are struggling to recruit key workers. Public transport is closeto collapse in the region because local bus companies cannot recruit enoughdrivers, she said. In other professions, such as teaching, social work and occupationaltherapy, job applications are so low that 50 per cent of job vacancies havebeen re-advertised – at a cost of around £2,000 a time. When applicants who withdrew their applications mid-way through the processwere asked why, transport and housing costs were the main reasons. Staff turnover is also a problem, running at 23 per cent for teachers and 45per cent in social work and occupational therapy. Markham urged employers and the Government to address the problem, claimingthat local authorities need to be able to provide suitable mortgages for theiremployees. “Employers need to realise that if they don’t put anything back in,then they may not have cleaners or electricians,” she said at the Guardianconference on key workers in London. By Quentin Reade Related posts:No related photos.
EVANSVILLE, IN – Ivy Tech Community College Southwest announces its fifth annual Service Week in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Service Week begins Monday, January 18, 2016, and will continue through Saturday, January 23. Through this event, Ivy Tech encourages its students and employees to volunteer in the community in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Students and employees will be volunteering and completing projects at organizations across the tri-state, including: Boys and Girls ClubCK Newsome CenterEvansville African American MuseumEvansville ARCHolly’s HouseMother Teresa Treasures Thrift StoreNorth Park Baptist ChurchSt. Vincent’s Child CareTri-State Food BankYWCA On Saturday, January 23, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, Ivy Tech Community College will host a card-making party. At this popular crafting event, volunteers will create greeting cards for local nursing home residents. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
By Doug OttoOcean’s City’s Boy Scout Troop 32 will once again participate in the national Scouting For Food program.Scouting for Food is an ongoing annual program of the Boy Scouts of America, begun in 1985, and involves collecting for local food banks. It is organized and supported at the local level throughout the country.The food drive, which collects non-perishable items, provides much needed food items to help fight hunger in our communities. One out of five children and one out of every twelve households with seniors go hungry in New Jersey. In New Jersey alone, 900,000 people rely on food banks just to survive. Items needed include:· Non-perishable food items· Canned protein (tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter)· Soups & stews (beef stew, chili, meat-based soups)· 100% fruit juices (all sizes)· Grains (pasta, whole grain pasta, rice, brown rice, boxed macaroni & cheese)· Cereals (multi grain, low sugar such as cheerios, cornflakes, raisin bran, grape nuts, oatmeal)· Canned vegetables· Canned fruits· Condiments· Hygiene products (diapers, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste For more information about the Scouting For Food Program or Troop 32, contact Scoutmaster Dean William Mitzel at (609) 938-0725 or email: [email protected]
Photo: Daniel Ojeda Last Friday, Gov’t Mule brought the Friday-the-13th vibes to Madison, Wisconsin for an excellent rock-n-roll concert. No bells, no whistles, no openers, and despite recent trends on this fall 2017 tour, there were no guest sit-ins. It was a straightforward rager that demonstrated how decades into their career, Warren Haynes and company still emphatically deliver.The first set began with the Mule classic “Bad Little Doggie.” Other old-school Gov’t Mule tunes popped up in the first set, including a solid “Sco-Mule” and an excellent albeit standard version of “Patchwork Quilt.” Mule did a nice job of mixing up old with the new, as they played plenty of tracks off their newest album like the title track “Revolution Come, Revolution Go.” The tune featured the versatility of band member Danny Louis, as he spent portions of the song on keyboards, trombone, and guitar. “Funny Little Tragedy” closed out the set with teases of some hits of The Police.Gov’t Mule’s first set was good, but the group’s second set was fantastic. It fit the mold of second sets in the jam band world- lots of improvisation and jamming. The Beatles’ “She Said, She Said” was rocking and eventually gave way to a very psychedelic and exploratory “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Taking it way out there, the band nailed this John Lennon classic. The strange yet always familiar and unmistakable 12/8 time signature signaled “The Other One” was dissolving into the set. Haynes’ guitar wailed as they jammed out a torching edition of the song without lyrics. “Catfish Blues,” a song that has been covered by many in rock history, was tested by Mule and it was one of the highlights of the set. They closed it out with a solid “Blind Man in the Dark” with a “Machine Gun” instrumental sandwiched inside.Fan favorite “Soulshine” was played in the encore slot, complete with a cover of “Tupelo Honey.” Gov’t Mule will continue their Revolution Come, Revolution Go tour across the pond with fall dates across Europe before returning to New York for New Year’s Eve. You can check out photos below from Friday’s Gov’t Mule show, courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.Setlist: Gov’t Mule | Orpheum Theater | Madison, WI | 10/13/2017Set One: Bad Little Doggie, Bore Down on the Brazos, Tributary Jam, Pressure Under Fire, Banks of the Deep End, Little Bit of Love, Sco-Mule, Patchwork Quilt, Revolution Come Revolution Go, Funny Little Tragedy,Set Two: Burning Point, She Said She Said, Tomorrow Never Knows, Fallen Down, The Other One Jam, Stone Cold Rage, Catfish Blues, Lola, Leave Your Light On, Blind Man in the Dark, Machine Gun (Instrumental) Blind Man in the DarkEncore: Dreams & Songs, Soulshine, Tupelo Honey, Soulshine Gov’t Mule | Orpheum Theater | Madison, WI | 10/13/2017 | Photo: Daniel Ojeda Load remaining images
In McKenna Hall on Tuesday night, classics professor Joseph Amar argued officials in the Greek portion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century C.E. distorted the legacy of Ephrem the Syrian, an influential Syrian Christian, to protect its own state-sponsored religion, as part of the year-long lecture series in honor of the late classics professor Sabine MacCormack.To begin the talk, titled, “Blessed is the Man who has not Tasted the Poison of the Greeks: Ephrem the Syrian and the Greek Roman Empire,” Amar told the most popular story of Ephrem. In the story, Ephrem, a poor uneducated Syrian monk who only speaks Syriac, journeys to Caesarea with another monk in order to meet the archbishop Basil.“When Basil emerges from the sanctuary to begin preaching, he’s surrounded by a light so preternaturally bright that the two monks must avert their eyes,” Amar said. “In stunned amazement, Ephrem turns to his companion and says, ‘Is this a man? Or is this the pillar of fire that guided the Israelites in the desert?’”A disturbance in the church leads Ephrem and his companion to meet Basil, and when the bishop learns of Ephrem, he ordains the monk on the spot, Amar said.“Basil pauses and says to Ephrem through the interpreter, ‘Is there any unanswered prayer or need you have so that I may petition God on your behalf?’” he said. “It is at this point that Ephrem looks up at the archbishop and says, ‘Sir, I have only a single desire. It is the wish of my heart. Petition the Lord on my behalf that before I die I may be able to speak Greek.’ Basil lifts his eyes and [says] the prayer of ordination, and Ephrem responds in faultless Greek.”Amar said this series of events never happened. In fact, in his own writings, Ephrem states that he does not speak Greek, Amar said.This myth serves as a reimagining of Ephrem, who questioned the status quo and served as a leader among the Syrian people, designed to make him seem like a suitable role model for members of the Empire-sponsored church, Amar said.“Ephrem’s was a voice that dominant fourth-century Christian culture could not ignore,” he said. “What to do then? Remake him into someone who would, rather than challenging [it], affirm dominant Christian culture. Remake him as the oriental, the dialectical other, who in spite of his cultural and linguistic inferiority, arrived at the truths of orthodoxy.”On the contrary, Ephrem, who was born in Nisibis at the intersection of modern day Syria, Turkey and Iraq in 306 C.E., spoke of Mesopotamia as the center of human history and the land of salvation, rather than elevating the place of the western empire, Amar said.“[Ephrem] was referring to a Christian culture of intellectual elites that had forfeited what Ephrem called ‘the simplicity and directness of our sacred books’ for their own book learning,” he said.Empire leaders were wary of the East, considering it the “dark shadow of the West,” Amar said. Ephrem was dangerous because he told the story of his own people through scripture, in contrast to the state-sponsored church, he said.Amar said in 1920, Ephrem was declared a Doctor of the Universal Church, which suggests his reputation as an influential Christian figure was not completely tainted by the Greek Roman Empire, but we can still learn a lot about the state-sponsored church in the fourth century C.E. by analyzing the nonthreatening characterization of Ephrem.“The man revered for his genius in crafting bold imagery that ignited imaginations and intoxicated Syrian men and women as though with new wine was reduced to a docile monk whose fondest wish was to be able to speak Greek,” he said.Tags: Ephrem the Syrian, Greek, Joseph Amar, Roman Empire, Sabine MacCormack, Syrian Christian
December 5, 2006, HINESBURG, VERMONT — Kestrel Health Information, Inc., publishers of leading medical product directories including: WoundSource, IncontinenceSource, and DermProducts, has moved from Bristol to Hinesburg, Vermont.”Our new building will offer us the space and flexibly we need to continue our growth into new markets including our expansion on the web,” says president and publisher Jeanne Cunningham. “We wanted a space that would both accommodate our growing number of employees and allow us more space during production for layouts.””This is an exciting time for Kestrel to be joining Hinesburg”, says Miranda Henry, managing editor and Hinesburg resident. “This community is in a phase of great growth and development. We feel Kestrel and Hinesburg will compliment each other as both grow and expand their impact.”New Address:P.O. Box 189206 Commerce StreetHinesburg, VT 05461Phone: 802-482-4000Fax: 802-329-2077About Kestrel Health Information:Kestrel Health Information is a national publisher of medical product information for professionals in clinical health care settings who need in-depth product information for patient care purchasing decisions.For more information, visit www.kestrelhealthinfo.com(link is external) or call (802) 482-4000.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU Director of Regulatory Affairs Alicia Nealon is urging credit unions to send NCUA their field-of-membership comment letters before the Feb. 8 due date. In a NAFCU’s Compliance Blog post today, she details the resources available to assist that effort.NAFCU has talking points available to credit unions to help them put their comment letters together. It has also drafted individual letter templates for comments on the types of charters affected. There are also multiple posts on the NAFCU Compliance Blog detailing these (community, multiple-common bond and TIP charters).“NAFCU believes NCUA’s proposal will help many credit unions reach more potential members who want and need affordable financial services, and I encourage you to write a comment letter to NCUA explaining how the proposal will provide much-needed relief to your credit union and membership,” Nealon writes.The bankers continue their campaign against NCUA’s proposal. American Banker on Wednesday detailed the bankers’ claims about the proposal along with NAFCU’s input. “NAFCU members believe that the federal credit union charter must keep pace with changes in state laws, technology, and the progressiveness of the financial services industry,” NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger told House and Senate leaders last week in a letter that was also quoted by American Banker. continue reading »
16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In our recent credit union marketing survey, we asked marketers how much of their budget was spent on digital marketing.To our surprise, the majority indicated that less than 25% of their marketing budget was spent on tools that were intended to make their lives easier, and save them money. So why is it that digital marketing is so lightly leveraged by marketers at our nation’s credit unions?I recently wrote that marketers do need to be technologists, that technology was less expensive than ever before, and the IT department is much less of a blocker than it was a few years ago. But perhaps it’s time to understand why credit union marketers might be reacting to digital marketing technology the way that they are. What we can do to overcome the real and perceived barriers to moving credit union marketing into the digital age?There are thousands of definitions for digital marketing, which I’d encourage you to explore, but essentially, digital marketing is a term used to describe the interactive marketing of your institution’s products and services, leveraging the power of digital technologies to convert leads into customers, and keep those customers. It’s not paper, it’s not print, it’s not person-to-person. continue reading »
Meeting your members’ demand for convenience is changing the dynamic of the credit union/member relationship. Members want to do business when, where and how it best suits their lives, and that may not be around your office hours or locations.You may believe you know your members better than anyone. You may think the loyalty your relationship is based on is stronger than the appeal of competitors. And, you may think you’re already meeting their expectations and delivering a member-friendly customer experience.But, there are a few problems with those assumptions. Loyalty only gets you so far. At some point convenience becomes more important. As technology empowers people to manage their busy lives, they’ll inevitably gravitate to the path of least resistance as long as it delivers value and meets their needs.In fact, a Chief Retail Officer at a large credit union recently said, “Most members are loyal to their credit unions. They want to do business with them, but convenience trumps that.” continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr