Government aims for 25 skills councils by 2004

Government aims for 25 skills councils by 2004On 22 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The Government has announced ambitious plans to get 25 Sector SkillsCouncils (SSCs) up and running by the summer of 2004 in its Skills StrategyWhite Paper. 21st Century Skills – Realising Our Potential: Individuals, Employers,Nation identifies a network of SSCs as key to identifying and delivering theskills employers need to raise productivity. The Government claims that the Skills for Business Network will create a newemployer-led approach to developing skills and boosting productivity. Sector Skills Councils are employer-led training bodies that replaced theNational Training Organisations last March. SSCs will cover 90 per cent of the UK workforce in 12 months’ time, says theGovernment. However, only two councils have been fully licensed so far. TheWhite Paper recognises “concerns about delays and bureaucracy”. Ros Barker, HR director at Ladbrokes, who is helping establish an SSC tocover the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism sector, said development todate had been frustrating. “There is no evidence that the problems are being ironed out, but wehave to hope lessons will be learned from the vanguard,” she said. The skills strategy also proposes SSCs should work with Regional DevelopmentAgencies and Learning and Skills Councils to address regional skills shortages. read more

Utah College Golf Roundup

first_img Written by April 23, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah College Golf Roundup FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBREMERTON, Wash.-Sunday, Utah State completed its men’s golf season with the final day of competition at the Mountain West Conference tournament, finishing 11th out of 11 participating schools.The UNLV Rebels took the title with a collective score of 856 (-8) while Rebels star Shintaro Ben (200 -16) was the overall individual leader.The Aggies were bolstered in their efforts by Braxton Miller, who finished 17th overall in the standings with a 220 (+4).BOULDER CITY, Nev.-Sunday, as the Big Sky women’s golf championships concluded, the Idaho Vandals maintained their 2-day lead to finish with 866 (+2) overall.The Southern Utah Thunderbirds placed a respectable sixth overall at 909 (+45) with Kamonwan (Poy) Prasurtwong finishing at 222 (+6), placing her 10th overall in the standings. Her teammate, Kyla Smith tied for 15th overall at 224 (+8).The Vandals were bolstered by the overall first place finish of Sophie Hausmann at 206 (-10) and Michelle Kim, who finished second overall at 210 (-6).Weber State finished tied for 10th overall at 944 (+80) while the Wildcats’ highest finisher was Kiselya Plewe who finished 29th overall at 229 (+13). Tags: Big Sky/Mountain West/Southern Utah/Utah State/Weber State Brad Jameslast_img read more

Subsea 7 awarded contract offshore Germany

first_imgThe firm has scheduled to execute the offshore installation in 2021 and 2022 using  Seaway 7’s heavy lift, cable lay and support vessels Subsea 7 awarded contract offshore Germany. (Credit: SUBSEA 7.) Subsea 7 announced the award of a sizeable contract innogy Kaskasi for the Kaskasi offshore wind farm project, located approximately 35km north west of Heligoland in the German sector of the North Sea.The contracted work scope includes the transport and installation of the offshore substation foundation, 38 wind turbine monopile foundations and 52km of inner array grid cables in water depths of between 18 and 25 metres. Offshore installation is scheduled for execution in 2021 and 2022 using  Seaway 7’s heavy lift, cable lay and support vessels. When completed, the Kaskasi offshore wind farm will have an installed capacity of 342 megawatts.Steph McNeill, EVP Renewables, said: “We are pleased to continue our partnership with innogy on the Kaskasi II project, after having collaborated on other projects such as Nordsee One and Triton Knoll. It will benefit from being managed as an integrated foundation and cable installation project leveraging the available capabilities within Seaway 7, and will use an innovative vibratory hammer installation approach to minimize the noise levels during offshore installation of the monopiles.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Campaign Fraud Case Implicates Indy Gaming Firm—But Who Is It?

first_imgNews that a Republican strategist in Maryland pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiracy in what investigators say was a scheme to funnel money from an Indianapolis-based gaming company to an Indiana congressional candidate raises more questions than prosecutors seem ready to answer.And you have to think there are some folks in Indy getting pretty nervous.The campaign in question was former state Sen. Brent Waltz‘s bid for the GOP nomination in the 9th District in 2016. Waltz told IBJ late Thursday he was not aware of any illegal donations to the unsuccessful campaign and said he’s been fully cooperating with investigators.And it seems the Republican strategist in Maryland—Chip O’Neil—is cooperating, too. In court, he admitted that at least eight people, including his girlfriend, were used as conduits for illegal corporate donations from the Indianapolis gaming company to the House campaign. And the plea agreement calls for O’Neil to spill his guts about what he knows.Lots of people are named in the charging documents and O’Neil’s plea agreement—but not the Indianapolis gaming company. Neither is the company’s vice president and general counsel, who is accused in the filings of helping to set up the scheme to “evade the restrictions of corporate contributions to campaigns, to evade the limits placed on money that individuals could contribute to a campaign, and to disguise the fact that the gaming corporation was the true source of the funds.”But those names could be revealed soon as the case moves forward and O’Neil provides information in exchange for a lighter sentence. No doubt there are plenty of folks waiting to see where the dominos fall.Meanwhile, IBJ has the details on what prosecutors have revealed so far about the Indiana case and how it fits into a larger crackdown on fraudulent political action committees. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Campaign Fraud Case Implicates Indy Gaming Firm—But Who Is It?last_img read more

Lawmaker Proposes To Help Long-Time Homeowners In Revitalized Neighborhoods

first_imgLawmaker Proposes To Help Long-Time Homeowners In Revitalized NeighborhoodsBy Makenna MaysTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – Peggy Gamlin, a senior resident of Riverside, chose to stay in her westside neighborhood even through tough times, but now that the area is being revitalized she doesn’t want to face the possibility of losing her home.“I love my neighborhood,” Gamlin told the Interim Fiscal Study Committee Monday. “I came back to my neighborhood even though it was challenging. At the time, I was making good money, I could have gone anywhere, but I chose to come back to my neighborhood.”A proposal developed by state Rep. Cherrish Pryor, D-Indianapolis, would help long-time residents of developing neighborhoods by establishing a balance between revitalization and gentrification. The Fiscal Policy committee convened to hear testimony on the proposal.Rep. Pryor listening to testimomy on balancing neighborhood revitalization and gentrification.Photo by Makenna Mays, TheStatehouseFile.comThe proposal developed during the 2017 Indiana General Assembly would clear the way for local governments to allow tax deductions for longtime homeowners whose property has an assessed value of less than $100,000. This would soften some of the burden of increased property taxes for some homeowners as neighborhoods are revitalized.“I want to see our neighborhoods improved by getting rid of blighted homes or renovating them,” Pryor said in a statement. “I also want to protect those people who have lived in the same neighborhoods for many years and have kept their properties in good condition.”Judy Sharp, president of the Assessors Association, suggested stratifying neighborhoods. Assessors would assign a separate designation for the renovated area so that lower income homeowners would not be so adversely affected by a property tax increase.“Going from a working employee to where I am today, surviving on my social security, it scares me when I hear a home that is in Fountain Square that sold for $31,000 in 2010 and just jumped to $131,000,” said Gamlin.Sharp is seeing cases where these homeowners are being put in a position of losing their homes.“That lady that is raising her great grandchildren is sitting their across from me saying ‘I’m going to lose everything I have,’” said Sharp.Concerns have even been raised about gentrification in the southside because the popular HGTV show “Good Bones” has purchased some houses in that neighborhood. These renovations could potentially raise home values and then property taxes, causing problems for people who have lived there for years.“Many of the folks who stuck it out when the neighborhoods were bad worked to bring improvements and change,” Pryor said. “They deserve to enjoy the labor of their work to revitalize their neighborhoods.”“I have to think about how do I keep my house up, how do I continue to stay in my house, how do I age in place,” said Gamlin.FOOTNOTE: Makenna Mays is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgBy Tom Purcell“Did you see that the federal government raked in record tax revenues so far this fiscal year? The country must be doing great!”“Ah, yes, you speak of the Monthly Treasury Statement which was recently released. It says that the federal government generated nearly $2.5 trillion in revenue through the first nine months of fiscal 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014, through the end of June). That is more tax revenue than our country has seen before, but the Congressional Budget Office just warned that the country is not doing so great!”“It’s not?”“In its latest Long-Term Budget Outlook for 2015, the CBO reports that ‘The long-term outlook for the federal budget has worsened dramatically over the past several years, in the wake of the 2007-2009 recession and slow recovery.’”“That doesn’t sound so good.”“The numbers are sizable and can put a Harvard accountant to sleep, but the CBO makes clear that our long-term budget is unsustainable without drastic cost reductions or tax increases. Put simply, our spendthrift ways are continuing to rack up our debt.”“Sheesh, you sure are depressing.”“Sorry, but far too many voters don’t have any awareness of this issue. We have to get the dreary facts out there.”“I’ll try to be strong. Go on.”“Look, the CBO says the historical average level of publicly held debt over the last 50 years was 38 percent of America’s gross domestic product. But with all the money we borrowed and spent in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and all the money we keep borrowing and spending, our debt-to-GDP ratio has shot up to 74 percent. CBO estimates it will hit 103 percent in 2040.”“That sounds like a lot of debt.”“The last time government debt was higher than that was in 1945, when it hit 104 percent of GDP, and 1946, when it hit 106 percent.”“Well, we had to spend lots of dough to win the big one against Nazi Germany and Japan. But now what are we spending all of our money on?”“The rising growth in entitlement spending. According to CNS News, Keith Hall, the CBO director, said in written testimony that an aging population combined with rising health-care costs will result in government ‘revenues that fall well short of spending over the long term, producing a substantial imbalance in the federal budget.’”“That doesn’t sound very encouraging.”“It gets worse. All of the trillions our government has borrowed are being serviced at record-low interest rates. The Federal Reserve has kept them low since the last economic crisis. When those rates reset to historic norms, our debt-service costs will explode.”“Next time we talk, remind me to bring bourbon.”“These are not my opinions, but CBO findings I am sharing. The CBO says that to get back to historical debt levels of 38 percent of GDP, we’d have to increase revenue by 14 percent or cut spending by 13 percent.”“Well, the economic recovery continues to languish. I don’t see politicians cutting government goodies now that so many voters are enjoying them or raising taxes.”“Well, Hall said if we don’t resolve the challenge now, we will eventually face a crisis. He said that once government’s creditors begin to doubt our ability to repay our debt, interest rates on the debt will have to increase to entice them to buy it. That is the point at which a fiscal crisis will occur and it will ‘have a substantial negative impact on the country.’”“With your upbeat attitude, you ought to give motivational speeches at business conferences.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Jacksons targets sandwich market with £40m factory

first_imgYorkshire-based bakery Jacksons is investing £40m in a second factory to supply bread for sandwich manufacturers.The business, which says it already makes 70% of the bread used in UK prepared sandwiches, is part of the William Jackson Food Group that also owns Aunt Bessie’s, Abel & Cole, MyFresh and The Food Doctor.Jacksons already has planning permission for the facility, which will be built on a 10-acre site on the Willowbrook East Industrial Estate in Corby, which was purchased by the business in February this year.Describing the factory as a ‘state-of-the-art bakery’ that would initially create around 100 new jobs, Jacksons said it had been designed specifically to make bread for sandwich manufacturers. Work on the factory has already started and it is set to be fully operational by summer 2018.The business will continue to produce its branded bread – Jackson’s Yorkshire’s Champion – from its site in Hull, which opened in 1907. Sold in supermarkets, sales of the brand have grown in value every year since 2012 – bucking declines in the overall UK wrapped bread category.“The new bakery will help us grow as a business and allow us to build on the work we do in Hull,” said Jacksons MD Simon Ball.“We have a brilliant team working on the expansion project, and there’s a real buzz of excitement right across our business as we have the opportunity to create something really special, which will be at the forefront of bread-making in the UK.”William Jackson Food Group chief executive Norman Soutar added that the group and its family shareholders have invested significantly in the Hull bakery over recent years, and continue to invest in the Hull site.“We take a long-term approach to the individual businesses in the group, allowing them time to grow and develop and we’re very much looking forward to seeing how the next chapter of the bakery’s life unfolds,” he said.last_img read more

City of Jamestown To Extend COVID-19 State of Emergency

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) Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – The City of Jamestown will be extending its State of Emergency for another 30-days starting Saturday at 9 a.m.Mayor Eddie Sundquist made the announcement Friday afternoon.Sundquist says that City Hall remains closed to the public, public garages will remain closed and there will be no downtown parking enforcement through at least May 31.Although, monthly alternate parking regulations are still in effect. Playgrounds and basketball courts also remain closed, officials said.last_img

Sanders expects US to stay out of Vermont Yankee court fight

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) learned today that the U.S. Department of Justice has no plans to intervene in a legal fight over the fate of the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor at this time.  Sanders had urged Attorney General Eric Holder to stay out of a lawsuit filed in federal court in Vermont by Entergy Corp. The plant owner sued after the Vermont Senate last year voted 26-to-4 not to renew a state license for the 40-year-old, problem-plagued reactor.  ‘While I recognize that it is the responsibility of the Department of Justice to monitor developments in all ongoing litigation, I am pleased that they have no plans to intervene and I am confident that the Department will see no reason to intervene in the future,’ Sanders said. ‘I want to thank Sen. Harry Reid for his strong support for the state of Vermont,’ Sanders added. ‘The Majority Leader is clearly in our corner on this issue and he has agreed to do everything he can to help me in this effort.’ Sanders is a member of the U.S. Senate committee that oversees the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He criticized the NRC earlier this month after learning that commissioners secretly voted 3 to 2 to urge the Department of Justice to intervene in the Vermont case. The senator also spoke with the attorney general and other top officials at the Justice Department. ‘If Vermont chooses an energy future that does not include a 40-year-old, problem-ridden nuclear power plant and that emphasizes energy efficiency and sustainable energy, it is certainly our right and the federal government has no role to play in that decision,’ Sanders said.WASHINGTON, June 30, 2011 ‘ US Senator Bernie Sanderslast_img read more

U.S. Southern Command Leads Regional Emergency Response Exercise

first_imgBy Lorena Baires / Diálogo June 26, 2019 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) led and sponsored the combined exercise Humanitarian Allied Forces 2019 (FAHUM, in Spanish), which was conducted May 6-17 in the Dominican Republic. The event gathered Humanitarian Rescue Units (UHR, in Spanish) from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and the United States to reinforce civil-military emergency and disaster response mechanisms through simulations. “We are committed to improving and strengthening regional civil-military cooperation to respond to potential disaster scenarios,” said U.S. Army Brigadier General Irene Zoppi, SOUTHCOM representative and director of the Army Reserve Engagement Cell of U.S. Army South. “This commitment cannot stop; we must capture these experiences and turn them into normal educational and training procedures, applying them in the challenging situations that disasters will pose in the future.” The exercises projected capabilities to execute rapid response operations in a multidisciplinary and international environment with SOUTHCOM. “With the operations conducted onsite, they reviewed plans, protocols, procedures, and regional mechanism for cooperation and coordination,” said Army Lieutenant General Rubén Darío Paulino, Dominican minister of Defense. “We provide an efficient response, share information, and assign tasks and roles based on capabilities in each situation.” SOUTHCOM sponsors and organizes the exercise every year to update evacuation, rescue, and aid distribution procedures carried out through the military. “FAHUM embodies the solidarity among partner nations and citizens in natural disaster matters, to be prepared when reality exceeds our capabilities,” said Dominican Army Brigadier General Santo Domingo Guerrero, head of Planning and Operations for the Ministry of Defense’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. Capitalizing on experiences FAHUM 2019 focused on disasters such as hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, and large-scale earthquakes. The simulations were conducted at the Yuna River, Duarte province, and at Villa Escondida, home to the Dominican Republic Army 1st Infantry Brigade. Simulated floods and earthquakes helped evaluate mechanisms for mass casualty classification, victim care in shelters, aid reception, medical response capabilities, and transport procedures to hospitals. “Communication was lost for a while; this forced operational centers to seek alternative ways to communicate, get messages to communities, and assist the population,” said José Figueroa, FAHUM 2019 coordinator for SOUTHCOM. “So we evaluated procedures for search, rescue, evacuation, medical service, coordination, and verification of international humanitarian assistance.” Teams specialized in armed forces and civil organizations’ emergency response evaluated the results of the simulations. Upon conclusion of the exercise, the teams submitted a report detailing successful experiences and opportunities for improvement to increase regional operational capabilities. “It’s important that the population is involved to overcome the fear about these disasters; the best way is to learn to respond effectively,” said Army Brigadier General Juan Manuel Méndez, head of the Dominican Republic Emergency Operations Center. Disasters without borders FAHUM improves and strengthens civil-military hemispheric and regional cooperation to respond to different disaster situations. However, the challenges never end, and an emergency situation might involve more than one country. “We must inspire our communities to be ready through prevention, environment self-management, and knowledge of geographical location and associated risks, because a disaster has no borders; it can impact not only a country, but also an entire region,” Brig. Gen. Zoppi concluded. “This requires an effective response for the whole affected region, and it will only be efficient if planning and training are done in advance.”last_img read more