Diversity reform makes progress

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. The Civil Service has begun to increase the ethnic diversity of its seniorstaff, according to the latest staffing figures. They show that 2.4 per cent of senior civil service staff are from an ethnicminority background – a 0.3 per cent rise on April. The number of women and staff with a disability in senior ranks has alsoincreased, the Cabinet Office figures show. Over a fifth of the most senior roles are now occupied by women, with thenumber of senior women rising by 2.6 per cent to 24.2 per cent since April. A range of measures have been introduced to help promote diversity. Bursary schemes, surveys, training and a diversity awareness programme havebeen set up in the service to help meet targets. The Cabinet Office has also launched a Pathway project targeted at ethnicminority staff with potential to rise to senior levels. Richard Wilson, head of the home Civil Service, said, “These figuresrepresent a continual improvement in the diversity of the Civil Service in linewith our reform programme. But there is still a long way to go.” www.civil-service.gov.uk/statisticsDiversity targets for 2004/5Woman in senior civil service                35%Woman in top 600 posts                       25%Ethnic staff in senior civil service            3.2%Disabled staff in senior civil service        3% Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Diversity reform makes progressOn 20 Nov 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Measurement and interpretation of gas phase formaldehyde concentrations obtained during the CHABLIS campaign in coastal Antarctica

first_imgGas phase formaldehyde concentrations were measured during the 2004-2005 CHABLIS campaign at Halley research station, Antarctica. Data coverage span from May 2004 through to January 2005, thus capturing the majority of the year, with a wintertime minimum of near or below the instrumental detection limit rising to between 50 and 200 pptv during the austral summer. Factors controlling HCHO concentration include local chemical sources and sinks, and exchange with the snow surface. The measured seasonality is in line with previous observations from Neumayer station, with maximum in summer and minimum during the winter months, but with lower absolute concentrations throughout the year. The gas-phase production of HCHO was dominated by methane oxidation and a steady-state analysis showed that reactions of iodine and bromine species substantially reduced the predicted HCHO levels based upon in situ chemistry. This indicates a substantial additional HCHO source to be present that could be explained by a snowpack source.last_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Blue Angels Will Return to Owensboro in 2018

first_imgBlue Angels Will Return to Owensboro in 2018DECEMBER 6TH, 2016BRITNEY TAYLOR KENTUCKY, OWENSBORO The world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels are returning to Owensboro in September 2018. With more than 11 million spectators a year, the Blue Angels, who are based out of Pensacola, Florida, are considered one of the top flight demonstration teams in the world.Planning is still underway for the Owensboro 2017 Air Show and official dates will be announced in early 2017.For more information, visitOwensboro Air Show.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

OCBP to Extend Hours at Downtown Beaches 7 Days a Week

first_imgNew permanent signs warn beachgoers to stay off the jetty at Ninth Street in Ocean City, NJ.Starting on Monday (July 7), the Ocean City Beach Patrol will expand its extended-hours program on the beaches at Eighth Street, Ninth Street and 12th Street.Lifeguards will be on duty there until 8 p.m. every night of the week through Labor Day. Under the existing program, those downtown beaches have extended hours only on Fridays and Saturdays.The OCBP’s Rapid Response Team will continue to be stationed after hours at 12th Street Beach Patrol headquarters and be able to respond to water emergencies at any beach by Waverunner or ATV. Central Communications will alert the Rapid Response Team of any water rescues that are received from 911calls.The Ocean City Beach Patrol strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches. Call 609-525-9200 or 609-525-9203 if you have questions. For all emergencies, call 911.For information on guarded beaches, listen to radio 1620-AM or the Ocean City Government Access Channel 97.Ninth Street Beach was the site of a drowning last Sunday (June 29) after the OCBP lifeguards had left for the day.The popularity of the downtown beach and the currents created by a rock jetty there were part of the reason the OCBP created the extended-hours program and Rapid Response Team two years ago.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Legislature turns its attention to court funding issues

first_imgLegislature turns its attention to court funding issues Legislature turns its attention to court funding issues June 1, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img Kicking off a major push to comply with a 1998 constitutional amendment to require the state to pick up more expenses of the trial courts, a joint legislative committee is inviting bids for a consultant to help lawmakers with the process.The Joint Legislative Committee on Article V approved the request for proposal on May 8. If authorized by House Speaker Tom Feeney and Senate President John McKay, the bids would be due by July 1, and the contract would be awarded, with contract negotiations occurring the first 15 days of August and the contract awarded on August 19.“I think it’s certainly, if not the most, one of the most important issues that the legislature that will be seated after the November elections will be required to deal with in the next two years,” said Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, who has been following the funding issue and served on an earlier joint legislative committee. “It’s a fairly tight time frame in which this is proposed to be done.”State Courts Administrator Rob Lubitz said the courts expect to work closely with the legislature and consultant during the funding transition. He noted the courts have had several committees set up and working since the amendment passed studying various aspects is the issue.Estimates are the fund switch could cost the state — coming off a budget crisis — $300 to $500 million. And with the amendment imposing a deadline of July 2004, lawmakers, barring any special sessions, have only two 60-day regular sessions left to deal with the issue.The RFP sets out five phases for the consultant, the first four covered by this contract and the fifth to be covered by a separate contract. The first four phases required the consultant to:• Produce a detailed description of county and circuit court operations and their associated costs.• Develop proposals “to enhance efficiency of providing essential court system activities.”• Draw up standard staffing and costs models for essential Article V activities.• Recommend ways to ensure that revenue collections from “court system users are sufficient to meet constitutional and statutory requirements.”The fifth phase requires the consultant to identify and evaluate policy options for the legislature to comply with the amendment.In performing those tasks the proposal says the consultant should follow four guidelines. Those include meeting the requirements of the constitution and state statutes, finding ways to “maximize the efficiency (minimize the financial costs)” of the amendment, ensuring the trial courts meet their constitutional and statutory duties, and “the recommendations must specifically meet the needs of Florida.”The consultant is also being charged with developing definitions that can be understood by the legislature of how court functions will be divided and paid for and developing a method to measure court workloads.Part of the RFP notes, “there is widespread agreement that there are several critical deficiencies in both financial data and other information necessary for the legislature to make properly informed decisions implementing the requirements of Article V. In addition, the general direction given in Chapter 2000-237, laws of Florida, does not address several of the more detailed decisions that must be made to fully implement the recent changes. These decisions will have a major impact on state and local finances and the structure and operations of the state courts.”Another part states, “The consultant is encouraged to communicate with the existing actors who have been addressing the individual aspects of the constitutional revision. The consultant shall review and critically assess proposals recommended by the Article V entities. However, it is expected that the consultant may develop recommendations that are in addition to the proposals being put forward by the Article V entities currently involved in the process.”The consultant is directed to look at what other states have done, and meet with state attorneys, public defenders, court clerks, chief judges, local court administrators, county administrators and finance directors, and organizations including the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers, the Florida Association of Counties, and the Justice Administrative Commission, with an interest in the process.The proposal is expected to be issued on June 3, with June 17 the deadline for questions from prospective bidders. A mandatory conference for those bidding will be June 24, and then the bids are due July 1.The final award will be weighted, with 35 percent based on the strength of the proposal, 35 percent on the experience and qualifications of the proposed staff and subcontractors, and 30 percent on the cost.The text of the draft RFP is on the Internet and can be accessed by clicking here. The last backup package for the committee’s recent meeting will be displayed in the PDF format and the draft RFP is the last item in that package.last_img read more

Another CU’s lawsuit over ADA dismissed

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In another victory for credit unions facing litigation over unclear website requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal district court in Virginia found that the plaintiff to such a lawsuit did not have standing to sue the credit union because he was not eligible for membership and would not likely use the credit union’s services.“NAFCU is pleased to see another lawsuit dismissed as the court agreed the plaintiff had no reason to sue our member,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “We have actively defended our members in this fight for months, and will continue to do so as long as these meritless lawsuits continue.”NAFCU attended the credit union’s hearing in this case Feb. 16.This is the second case in which a credit union has seen a victory. Last month, a case was dismissed as the federal district court also found that the plaintiff did not have standing to sue the credit union. In addition, the court indicated that a website is not a place of public accommodation, thus certain ADA protections were not triggered. In this case, NAFCU filed an amicus brief supporting the credit union. continue reading »last_img read more

Building members’ financial security

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Walking into $13 million Express Credit Union, a community-based credit union located in South King County, Washington, you are immediately surrounded by representation of community: flyers sharing local events in multiple languages (such as Spanish and Somali), surveys asking for feedback and member highlight stories; in short, you learn about (and see) a community-based credit union that has made substantial and meaningful efforts to include everyone in their branch, from communication materials to financial service product design.Through the “Financial Health for Diverse Communities Project,” a two-year initiative funded by Northwest Area Foundation, we had a series of conversations with community members who were connected and not connected to financial services in South King County. By listening to the community, we heard that there is a key thing missing when it comes to supporting diverse communities: building trust-based relationships.  Traditionally, financial capability programs, such as credit-counseling or financial education, have focused on increasing engagement by looking to expand on individuals’ knowledge, skills and ability to access resources. By talking to community members, we learned that challenges with engagement are steeped in strained relationships with financial institutions and don’t necessarily have to do with individual knowledge or the products these institutions are offering. continue reading »last_img read more

WHO promises ‘honest evaluation’ of how world handled COVID-19

first_imgIn May, Trump said the United States, the agency’s biggest donor, would pull out of the organization unless there were real reforms, a threat he followed up on this week by giving a one-year notice of withdrawal.”The President has been clear that the WHO needs to get its act together. That starts with demonstrating significant progress and the ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks with transparency and accountability,” a senior US official in Washington told Reuters on Thursday.The WHO issued a statement saying the review was not linked to the United States and that its 194 member countries had asked in May for an evaluation of the global response.More than 12 million people are reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus worldwide and 548,429​ have died since the virus emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, according to a Reuters tally.Lawrence Gostin, a professor at Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C., said the panel should not be “an inside job” driven by states close to the WHO, nor should it pander to what he called “Trump’s conspiracy theories”.”What is really vital is we have truly independent experts from a variety of disciplines that will honestly and frankly review the situation with COVID,” Gostin told Reuters.”Are they going to review China’s action, are they going to review WHO’s initial response to China, look at things like … WHO’s power to independently verify states’ reports?,” he added. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was setting up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments.The announcement follows strong criticism by US President Donald Trump’s administration of the global agency’s role in the crisis – though the WHO said the review was not linked to the United States.Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark and former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have agreed to head the panel, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “The magnitude of this pandemic, which has touched virtually everyone in the world, clearly deserves a commensurate evaluation, an honest evaluation,” Tedros told a virtual meeting with diplomats.The panel will provide an interim report to an annual meeting of health ministers in November and present a “substantive report” next May, he said.Trump has accused the WHO of being too close to China and not doing enough to question Beijing’s actions at the start of the crisis. Tedros has dismissed the suggestions and said his agency kept the world informed.Expertscenter_img Topics :last_img read more

Soak up the best of your outdoor area in style

first_imgVictoria + Albert Napoli bath. Photo: Jim Bartsch Photography .The installation of indoor bathtubs is determined by your bathroom’s dimensions and space, however outdoor baths are less limited and can create a luxurious statement. Free-standing baths give you the opportunity to create a real spa-like haven, adding in personal touches to create an area fit for your needs.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoVictoria + Albert Baths marketing director Jonathan Carter said installing a free-standing bath outside could instantly create a sense of indulgence in your own backyard and was the perfect way to pamper yourself during the hot summer season.“Whether your outdoor alfresco area is inspired by a tropical day-spa or a modern luxurious hotel, you can easily immerse yourself in a cool tub and enjoy the outdoors, even in the Australian heat,” Mr Carter said. Napoli – Beauparlant Design, Victoria + Albert Baths. Photo: SUPPLIED Barcelona Bath – Richard Best Architecture – James Porchen photography. Baths by Victoria + AlbertThere’s nothing better than coming home to an outdoor oasis and one which features a welcoming bathtub. Gaining popularity around Queensland homes, outdoor bathing allows you to escape the heat and provides the chance to create the perfect summer haven, right in the comfort of your own home. center_img Victoria + Albert’s Napoli bath, Photo: El Questro Homestead. Free-standing baths are a great alternative to a pool if your backyard has limited space.Mr Carter said surrounding the bath with plants and natural materials created the feeling of a secluded haven.“Victoria + Albert’s free-standing baths are made of a unique material called quarrycast – a composite of volcanic limestone and resins”, he said. “They’re ideal for outdoor installations – not only are they UV resistant, meaning they won’t go yellow in the sun, but the material is resistant to thermal shock cycles, which means there’s no risk of cracking between the seasons.”Victoria + Albert products are available in showrooms at Bowen Hills, Woolloongabba and Bardon.Visit vandabaths.comlast_img read more

Affordable havens: The sub $300,000 suburbs on the verge of extinction in Brisbane

first_imgRiverview resident Telita Webb with two of her children, Margaret (5) and MJ (7). Picture: AAP/David Clark.SUBURBS with a median house price of $300,000 or less are on the verge of extinction across Brisbane.Figures from property researcher CoreLogic show house prices in some of the city’s most affordable postcodes experienced above average growth over the past year, leading to a drop in sales at lower price points.Only 1.7 per cent of properties in Brisbane changed hands for less than $200,000 in 2018.In 2019, there are no longer any suburbs in the Brisbane local government area with a median house price of $300,000 or less. RELATED: Brisbane’s affordability on the rise Chris and Tiffany Campbell have owned a number of homes across Brisbane’s affordable havens. They have renovated them and sold for a profit. Picture: AAP/David Clark.Propertyology managing director Simon Pressley said Ipswich was becoming a popular location for property investors because of its affordability, solid rental yields and good infrastructure.But Mr Pressley said he was not convinced the region had the ability to create the volume of jobs required to put pressure on the local labour market and drive property prices significantly higher.“One could do worse than investing in Ipswich, however, my overall rating of the Ipswich property market is a middle-of-the-road performer for the feasible future,” Mr Pressley said.THE SUB $300,000 SUBURBS ON THE VERGE OF EXTINCTION IN 2019: price Mar 2019 12 mths to Nov 2018 5yrs Mr Kruger said that he had noticed a shift in the buyer profile in the market as a result of the banks cracking down on lending.“Predominantly, in the past, investors were snapping up these properties for their SMSF because of the good rental returns,” Mr Kruger said.“Now the banks have cracked down, that’s incentivising a market change.“It’s better for owner-occupiers now, because they have a chance to get it over investors.“But in time, obviously these prices will jump so the sooner you can get in, the better.” This two-bedroom house at 21 Sinclair St, Ellen Grove, recently sold for just $222,000.Across Greater Brisbane, there are now only 19 mainland suburbs with a median house price under $300,000, whereas there were double that number a decade ago.The last affordable havens can be found in the Ipswich suburbs of Riverview, Dinmore and One Mile, in the Logan locations of Kingston, Logan Central and Woodridge and in Caboolture South in Moreton Bay.The median house price in Greater Brisbane is now $532,000, according to CoreLogic.More than a third of sales in Brisbane during 2018 were between $400,000 and $600,000, while 7.8 per cent were at $1 million or more.CoreLogic senior analyst Cameron Kusher said that was a drastic change from the state of affairs over the past couple of decades, with the majority of sales in 1993 and 1998 coming in below $200,000.“Over time, there has been a steady climb in the share of sales across the more expensive price points,” Mr Kusher said.“While you’d expect this in the markets that have seen strong value growth such as Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart, we have also seen it across markets where value growth has been much weaker.” This house at 57 Price St, Riverview, is on the market for offers over $245,000.He is marketing a three-bedroom house at 57 Price St, Riverview, which is currently leased for $290 a week and is on the market for offers over $245,000.“That’s a good figure for an investor,” Mr Kruger said.“At that price point, for a three-bedder on a 600 sqm plus block so close to Redbank Plaza and within 5 minutes walk of sought-after schools, I definitely it’s ideal for first home buyers or young families.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoSingle parent Telita Webb has rented the home with three of her children for the past year, but would love to buy the property if she could afford the deposit.“I love the place; Riverview’s my home,” Ms Webb said.Chris and Tiffany Campbell live in Bundamba, which is one of greater Brisbane’s last affordable havens — just scraping in with a median house price of $292,752.The couple are renovating a turn-of-the-century Queenslander, which they recently bought for $315,000.“Bundamba has a bad wrap; I’m not sure why,” Mrs Campbell said.“The street we live in is so quiet and full of beautiful, old Queenslanders, and you can see the growth potential.“I think it is one of those places a lot of people forget about.”They sold another property last year that they had bought and renovated two years earlier in North Ipswich and made more than $100,000 in profit.we knew going into it and paying price we did in an up andcoming suburb it was going to be a good investmentcenter_img 1. Riverview Ipswich $256,787 -2.3% 13.7%2. Dinmore Ipswich $259,481 9.0% 35.2%3. One Mile Ipswich $260,181 0.0% 15.9%4. Leichhardt Ipswich $264,565 2.1% 22.5%5. Rosewood Ipswich $273,359 6.9% 19.2%6. Logan Central Logan $273,541 -3.4% 26.1%7. Woodridge Logan $274,352 -1.3% 28.1%8. Basin Pocket Ipswich $275,769 -4.6% 25.6%9. Ebbw Vale Ipswich $276,599 -6.1% 20.3%10. Kingston Logan $285,032 -2.4% 24.2%11. Goodna Ipswich $285,329 -4.1% 10.8%12. Tivoli Ipswich $292,168 -2.7% 8.6%13. Bundamba Ipswich $292,752 4% 14.4%14. North Booval Ipswich $293,058 4.6% 17.9%15. Caboolture South Moreton Bay $293,517 0.6% 16.2%16. Gailes Ipswich $293,572 0.7% 11.8%17. Churchill Ipswich $295,020 1.1% 7.2%18. East Ipswich Ipswich $297,405 13% 27.1%19. Wulkaraka Ipswich $299,733 6% 2.6%(Source: CoreLogic) Suburb Region Median house Change in median Change in median CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher. Picture: David Clark.Mr Kusher said that even though he expected slightly more sales to occur at lower price points over the next year, he did not expect any material change in the share of sales under $200,000 — in fact they may reduce even further.Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella said Brisbane still had plenty of affordable suburbs with good quality housing compared to Sydney and Melbourne.“We have so many affordable options in really high growth suburbs,” Ms Mercorella said.“They’re not going to run out tomorrow.“And many are still within a 12km to 15km radius of the city, which is pretty mind-blowing compared with Sydney and Melbourne.” REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella. Photo: Claudia Baxter.Ms Mercorella said Brisbane’s affordable havens provided great opportunities for entry level property buyers.“Many people assume a $300,000 house must be a dump, but that’s just not the case in the southeast corner,” she said.“Low price does not mean low quality.”Nick Kruger, principal of Your Haven Realty, said there were still plenty of opportunities for first home buyers to get a foot on the property ladder in Riverview, which has the cheapest median house price in Greater Brisbane. MORE: Labor’s plan to hit Brisbane rentslast_img read more