first_imgRed tape hits local authority moraleOn 2 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Local government HR chiefs back claims by the union GMB that theGovernment’s Best Value reforms have demoralised local government managers. A GMB poll of senior public service staff reveals that most are unhappy withBest Value reforms with many believing they have led to a lack of resourcesthat have hit staff and services. Keith Handley, Socpo president, said managers are suffering under theincreased red tape generated by the Best Value reforms. “Best Value has certainly led to a demoralised management in localgovernment who are almost collapsing under initiative fatigue and inspectionregimes. “The concept of Best Value still holds good but if central Governmentreally want to drive up service improvements they must come up with a lessbureaucratic process. “Indeed part of the problem is that managers don’t have enough time todeal with front line services – their new front line is the inspectionregime.” The survey of 80 staff from a wide cross-section of public servicesincluding housing, social services and education shows that almost 70 per centexpressed dissatisfaction over Best Value reforms and the negative effect theyhave had on their jobs. Three-quarters of senior public service employees surveyed have consideredleaving their jobs in the last year because of increased pressure and stress, alack of resources and a lack of control and influence. A spokeswoman for the DETR said the Audit Commission’s recently publishedreport Changing Gear confirms that Best Value is delivering real improvementsfor service users. By Lisa Bratby Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

first_imgThe results of the MT2007 Union elections for officerships are as follows: President:Krishna Omkar, Merton Librarian: Edward Waldegrave, Christ Church Treasurer: Corey Dixon, Oriel Secretary: Charlie Holt, LMHlast_img

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We are entering the coldest two months of the year, which means area lakes and ponds will be freezing over. Frozen ponds can look inviting, especially to children. Unfortunately, traversing a frozen body of water is never without risk. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following safety tips and be sure to tell your children!With the variable southern Indiana weather, it is impossible to predict the day to day strength of ice covering a given body of water. If you choose to risk walking on ice, please be aware that ice which is less than four (4) inches of thickness cannot reliably support the weight of a human being. To even consider walking on ice it must be clear, have been frozen for days, and not have been subject to temperatures approaching 32 degrees at any point.Before walking on ice, first test the thickness by drilling an inspection hole close to the shore. Measure the thickness and confirm it is greater than four (4) inches. A variety of factors can weaken ice, so remember that thick ice is no guarantee of safe ice. Vegetation weakens ice, so avoid areas where plants protrude through the surface.  The strength and thickness of ice is unlikely to be consistent over a given body of water, especially near inlets and feeder streams. Areas where moving water is normally present will have weaker ice. Just because a pond located in one area of the county is frozen a foot thick does not mean another pond in the area will be as well. Ice strength can change from hour to hour and day to day. Remember, ice that is clear or blue in appearance is the strongest . Ice that is white, gray or black is of a lower density and should be avoided.  Remember, “Thick and blue, tried and true; Thin and crispy, way too risky.”If you do fall through the ice, you may have only have minutes to save yourself. Get as much of your body as possible out of the water by grabbing onto the surface of the ice. Use your arms and elbows to lift yourself up out of the water. You will have to “swim” the rest of the way out by orienting your body horizontally to the ice as much as possible. Lean forward onto the ice and kick your feet hard as you can. As you begin to move forward, use your arms and elbows to climb out of the hole. Professional winter hikers carry a pair of ice safety picks in their life jacket and never hike alone!Make sure your children are “Ice Aware” this January and February. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office hopes you and your family have a safe and fun winter! last_img read more

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ By Darrin Wright – March 29, 2021 0 85 Previous articleMichigan City man, 42, arrested for child solicitationNext articleCalifornia variant of coronavirus detected in St. Joseph County Darrin Wright (Photo supplied/Indiana State Department of Healtth) Hoosiers aged 30 and older now qualify for the COVID-19 vaccines.The Indiana Department of Health made the move this morning on the state’s Coronavirus website. The previous cutoff was age 40, and the state will open up vaccines to everyone 16 and up on Wednesday.The expansion makes the vaccine available to more than 840,000 additional Hoosiers.First responders, teachers, and healthcare workers are also among those who can get the shot; find a full list of those eligible here.Click here to register, or call 211. WhatsApp Pinterest Hoosiers 30+ now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine Twitter Facebook Facebook Google+ Pinterest Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgThree MPs have launched a petition in support of the ‘gay cake row’ bakery that refused to bake a pro-gay marriage cake. Ashers Baking Company is being taken to court by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. However, the petition states that the company is not guilty of discrimination for refusing to make a pro-gay marriage campaign cake, featuring Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie. This followed an independent poll that found close to two-thirds of British adults disagree with the Equality Commission’s actions.The petition was launched by three Democratic Unionist Party MPs: William McCrea, Nigel Dodds and Sammy Wilson.It states: “We, the undersigned, express our concern at the use of public funds by the Equality Commission to pursue a prosecution against Ashers Bakery because of their refusal to promote gay marriage.“We note that Ashers Bakery are not guilty of discrimination, they have not refused to sell their products to anybody on the basis of their sexual orientation nor have discriminated in any other way.”McCrea, local South Antrim MP for the McArthurs, who run Ashers Bakery, also posted on his Facebook page, describing the body’s decision as “disgraceful”.Papers were served on the McArthurs last week despite widespread opposition.A YouGov survey of 2,022 adults in England, Scotland and Wales found that just 25% think the Commission is right to take the bakery to court, while 65% disagreed.The Christian Institute is supporting the McArthur family’s legal case.last_img read more

first_imgSource: Getty ImagesPeople in the South West eat the most mince pies in the UK, according to research by bakery chain Konditor.Having surveyed 2,000 people, the London-based company found that, on average, each person in the South West eats 24 mince pies across the festive period.Christmas consumers in Scotland and the North West followed closely behind, polishing off 21 and 20 pies respectively – higher than the national average of 19.In last place, however, are festive feasters in London and the East of England, scoffing just 16 – less than those in the Midlands, the North East (both 18), the South East and Wales (both 17).Konditor’s survey also revealed that 53% of people in the UK would eat mince pies all year round, while 8% would never eat a mince pie at all.The majority of the public knows how to make a mince pie, guessing the ingredients correctly, although 4% of respondents erroneously thought beef mince was used.The research also found that the average person eats a mince pie in 30 seconds to one minute.“I’m delighted to hear the South West loves mince pies,” said Gerhard Jenne, founder of bakery Konditor. “Their moreish taste and the sweetness of the pastry with the sharpness of the filling makes mince pies very attractive and satisfying.“There isn’t really anything else around the rest of the year that is similar,” added Jenne. “This would explain why more than half of the nation would eat them all year round.”last_img read more

first_imgStephentown, NY’s Disc Jam Music Festival has been one of the few independent grassroots summer fests to see continuous growth year after year. What started out in its earliest stages as a rather small and intimate affair with a dozen or so bands has become a major player in the Northeast region. 2017 sees the Disc Jam take another big step forward with an absolutely massive lineup of over 60+ acts including Break Science Live Band (w/ members of Lettuce), Dopapod, Turkuaz, The Motet, Manic Focus, TAUK, Kung Fu, Aqueous, Electric Beethoven, Pink Talking Fish . . . and the list literally goes on and on.Disc Jam takes place from June 8th through 11th at the beautiful Gardner’s Farm, and features four full days of music, art, disc golf, and a bevy of activities and workshops. Outside of its headliners, acts such as Congo Sanchez (ft. Jeff Franca of Thievery Corporation), Ghost Note (ft. Nate Werth of Snarky Puppy), Roots of Creation, Hayley Jane, Holly Bowling, Teddy Midnight, Ben Silver (of Orchard Lounge), Gubbulidis (ft. Mihali and Zdenek of Twiddle), Swift Technique, Klassik, and another 40+ more artists are ready to deliver a most epic of parties to upstate New York.With so many independently run festivals not being able to keep up with the corporate-sponsored events, frequently being forced to fold after a handful of years, it is refreshing to see a festival like Disc Jam not only push on, but actually succeed in the what is truly a sea of adversity. This year’s lineup is a testament to that success, with plenty of incredible artists from the jam, funk, livetronica, and electronic genres. Get out and support your local artists and festivals, it is what keeps the scene alive and vibrant! Ticket for Disc Jam are currently on-sale and can be purchased at the festival’s website. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page, and check out the full 2017 Disc Jam Music Festival lineup below!2017 Disc Jam Music FestivalBreak Science LIVE BAND featuring 5 members of LETTUCE – NYCDopapod – BROOKLYN, MATurkuaz – BROOKLYN, NYThe Motet – DENVER, COManic Focus – MINNEAPOLIS, MNTAUK – NYCKung Fu – NEW HAVEN, CTPink Talking Fish – BOSTON, MAGiant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad – ROCHESTER, NYGubbulidis – is Mihali Savoulidis and Zdenek Gubb of TWIDDLE – VTAqueous – BUFFALO, NYElectric Beethoven – is Jay Lane of PRIMUS, Reed Mathis of TEA LEAF GREEN, Todd Stoops of RAQ – LOS ANGELES, CAConsider the Source – BROOKLYN, NYCGhost-Note – featuring MonoNeon + members of SNARKY PUPPY – NYCSpiritual Rez – BOSTON, MAAgent Lockhart – is Jeffrey Lockhart, Lenny Stallworth, Kingston Taylor, Charles Haynes, Sam Kininger, Mister RourkeRoots of Creation – NEW HAMPSHIREHolly Bowling – Artist At LargeHayley Jane – Artist At LargeSophistafunk – SYRACUSE, NYThe Mallett Brothers Band – PORTLAND, MEHoneycomb – NORTHAMPTON, MAYheti – DAYTON, OHlespecial – BOSTON, MABen Silver of Orchard Lounge – MADISON, WIEsseks – BROOKLYN, NYBrightside – BROOKLYN, NYOf The Trees – PORTLAND, MEDELTAnine – BALTIMORE, MDStrange Machines – BOSTON, MACongo Sanchez featuring Jeff Franca of Thievery Corporation – D.C.Wild Adriatic – SARATOGA SPRINGS, NYAfter Funk – ONTARIO, CANFunky Dawgz Brass Band – BRIDGEPORT, CTFunk You – ATLANTA, GASwift Technique – PHILLY, PALITZ – BALTIMORE, MDCalliope Musicals – AUSTIN, TXEarphorik – CHICAGO, IL=========PRODUCERS===========Toadface – DAYTON, OHWill Saltus – BOSTON, MAUncle Bob – BOSTON, MAKlassik – BRITTISH COLUMBIA, CANLeila – ALBANY, NYDETØX – LONG ISLAND, NYtsimba – BROOKLYN, NYZeroGravity – RACINE, WIZoo Logic – NEW HAMPSHIREBunk Buddha – BALTIMORE, MDBells and Robes – FT. LAUDERDALE, FLIcculus – NEW HAMPSHIREEcho Mecca – COLUMBUS, OH=========BANDS ON THE RISE============Teddy Midnight – BROOKLYN, NYBearly Dead – BOSTON, MAWilliam Thompson Funk Experiment – WORCESTER, MAThe Mushroom Cloud – NEW HAVEN, CTEggy – NEW HAVEN, CTLord Electro – ALBANY, NYIn Flux – BROOKLYN, NYGoose – FAIRFIELD, CTStephen Lewis and The Big Band of Fun – CANThe Brighton Beat – BOSTON, MAMerther – PORTLAND, MEQwill – featuring Aaron Katz of PERCY HILL – SALEM, MAOogee Wawa – LONG ISLAND, NYKroma Kode – WORCESTER, MAThe Other Brothers – NEW PALTZ, NYHumble Digs – AMHERST, MAMonotronic – BROOKLYN, NYResin Headz – PROVIDENCE, RIBig Jon Short – WORCESTER, MAZack Slik – WORCESTER, MAPolitical Animals – HARTFORD, CTThe Schooley Mountain Band – BROOKLYN, NYCal Kehoe – NYC…and MORE to be announced.last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Cropped David Shankbone / CC BY 3.0 NEW YORK – Legendary television host Regis Philbin has died.According to PEOPLE Magazine, Philbin passed away Friday night of natural causes.The news of Philbin’s death comes one-month shy of his 89th birthday.“His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about,” a statement from his family read. “We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss,” the Philbin family says.” In 1988, Philbin began his iconic career as the host of Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee alongside Kathie Lee Gifford.Philbin also served as the original host of the widely popular game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? from 1999 to 2002.PEOPLE says throughout his career, Philbin had various health issues. The host underwent an angioplasty in 1993, followed by triple bypass surgery due to plaque in his arteries in March 2007. Additionally, in December 2009, the television personality had his hip replaced.Philbin is survived by daughters J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, Amy Philbin. His son Daniel Philbin died in 2014.last_img read more

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaKroger customers can help build a new cabin at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center by buying a $1 paper icon at any of the grocery retailer’s 173 stores across Georgia between now and Feb. 2. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Georgians to support an organization that has provided countless opportunities for our children throughout the years,” said Glynn Jenkins, Kroger communications director.Kroger is the first corporate partner in the Rock Eagle 4-H Center Cabin Campaign, said Mary Ann Parsons, the Georgia 4-H Foundation director of development. Campaign organizers hope to raise $27 million to construct 52 new cabins, including the Kroger cabin, at the center, which is near Eatonton, Ga.“At the conclusion of this campaign, we will not only have raised funds to support the 4-H program,” Jenkins said, “but we will also have informed Kroger customers and others across Georgia about the important role Georgia 4-H plays in shaping our children.”The center has 54 cabins originally designed in the 1950s and renovated in the late 1980s. They have given shelter to more than 3 million 4-H’ers and adults.In 2004, a new prototype cabin was built at the center. It is open for use now. The new cabins will be handicap accessible and accommodate 22 people.To find the Kroger store nearest you, visit www.kroger.com. To learn more about the fundraising project, visit www.georgia4hfoundation.org.last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Eco-Business:The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) on Friday announced it would no longer finance new coal power stations anywhere globally, closing loopholes enshrined in its previous energy policy that allowed the London-headquartered lender to bankroll coal projects in certain developing nations.Responding to shareholders’ questions online amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the finance group stated it had amended its policy aimed at phasing out coal support, removing the previous exemption of Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam, which was slammed by activist groups in 2018 as experts warned no new fossil fuel power plant could be built if climate change was to be kept at bay.HSBC said while its now obsolete energy guidelines had permitted loans to coal projects in these emerging markets to “balance local humanitarian needs with the need to transition to a low carbon economy”, it had not financed any new coal projects anywhere since.The new policy means the bank will cease its involvement in funding Long Phu 1, a planned coal project in Vietnam for which it was acting as global coordinator, and follows a decision earlier this year to withdraw from Vinh Tan 3, another major coal power station in Vietnam.The move comes as an increasing number of financial institutions cut ties with coal, the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel. Last December, Standard Chartered Bank, one of HSBC’s major rivals with a significant presence in Asia, said it would pull out of three coal projects in Southeast Asia, while three major Japanese lenders exited coal in April alone.Tim Buckley, director of energy finance studies, Australasia at Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said: “Banks know coal is by far the world’s most emissions-intensive source of power and the one most easily replaced by alternative, low-emissions technologies. Coal is the first one to throw under the bus.”[Tim Ha]More: No more loopholes: HSBC closes door on new coal projects HSBC closes loopholes, exits coal plant financing marketlast_img read more