Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 General Convention 2012, Rector Collierville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Gay Jennings[Episcopal News Service – Indianápolis] La Rda. Gary Clark Jennings, de la Diócesis de Ohio, y quien ha sido ocho veces diputada a la Convención General, fue electa presidente de la Cámara de Diputados esta mañana en la primera votación. Ella comenzará su período de tres años al término de la Convención General el 12 de julio.Será la tercera mujer electa a ese cargo y la primera que sucede a otra mujer. Bonnie Anderson, de la Diócesis de Michigan, que está concluyendo su segundo período de tres años en esta convención, decidió no ir a la reelección por un tercer período.Jennings se dirigió a sus colegas diputados inmediatamente después que se anunciara el resultado de la votación y les agradeció la confianza que habían puesto en ella con estas palabras: “Haré lo mejor que pueda para servirles, a esta magnifica cámara y a la Iglesia que todos amamos”.Ella le dio especiales gracias a la diputada Martha Alexander de Carolina del Norte y al Rdo. Frank Logue, diputado de Georgia, que también habían sido nominados, y dijo que esperaba trabajar con ellos. Jennings obtuvo 426 votos, cinco más del número que necesitaba para salir electa. Logue obtuvo 266 y Alexander 140. Alexander luego pidió que Jennings fuera electa por aclamación.El esposo de Jennings, el Rdo. Albert Jennings, se le unió en el podio al tiempo que ella le pedía [a los diputados] que le compartieran sus ideas. “Por favor, háganme saber cómo puedo servirles mejor”, dijo.En una declaración por escrito que se divulgó poco después, Jennings expuso que se presentó a la elección porque “creo que Dios me está llamando a trabajar con los líderes de toda la Iglesia para cambiar, en el próximo trienio, la manera que tenemos de funcionar. Para que la Iglesia Episcopal importe en el siglo XXI, tenemos que encontrar formas de avanzar juntos”.En una conferencia de prensa, le preguntaron cómo el debate sobre la reestructuración de la Iglesia influiría en su labor como presidente. Jennings, que fue copresidenta del Comité sobre Estructura de la Convención, dijo que las deliberaciones del grupo la habían ayudado a ver que “esto es algo que tenemos que hacer”. Agregó que “obispos, diputados, funcionarios y toda clase de personas andan diciendo “debemos cambiar”. No estoy segura de haber oído muchas sugerencias concretas, pero existe el deseo de ahondar un proceso de exploración y de discernimiento”.Ella dijo también que espera trabajar con la Obispa Primada, Katharine Jefferts Schori, cuyo período [al frente de la Iglesia] termina dentro de tres años. “Haré todo lo que esté en mi poder para trabajar en colaboración y colegialidad” y agregó: “La Obispa Primada habla por toda la Iglesia. Yo hablo por la Cámara de Diputados”.La Cámara de Diputados es una de las dos cámaras de la Convención General, el organismo legislativo de la Iglesia Episcopal que se reúne cada tres años. Incluye hasta cuatro diputados laicos y cuatro clérigos de cada una de las 111 jurisdicciones de la Iglesia Episcopal representadas aquí. La Cámara de Obispos, compuesta de todos los obispos activos y jubilados, constituye la otra mitad. Cualquier legislación debe ser aprobada por ambas cámaras para entrar en vigor.Además de presidir [la Cámara de Diputados] durante la Convención General, Jennings también servirá ahora como vicepresidente del Consejo Ejecutivo y de la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera (la entidad corporativa de la Iglesia Episcopal). También nombrará a miembros clérigos y laicos de todas las comisiones permanentes y comités legislativos de la Convención.Jennings dejó en junio la plantilla de CREDO, un programa de bienestar social del Fondo de Pensiones de la Iglesia, luego de haber trabajado allí durante nueve años. Antes de eso había sido la canóniga del ordinario en la Diócesis de Ohio durante 17 años. Fue ordenada al diaconado en 1978 y al presbiterado en 1979, y prestó servicios en parroquias de Virginia y Ohio en los primeros años de su ministerio. Ella acaba de concluir un período de seis años en el Consejo Ejecutivo de la Iglesia Episcopal. También es uno de los miembros clericales de la delegación de la Iglesia Episcopal al Consejo Consultivo Anglicano, el principal organismo que diseña políticas en la Comunión Anglicana, cuya próxima reunión será este otoño en Auckland, Nueva Zelanda.– Melodie Woerman es miembro del equipo de Episcopal News Service en la Convención General. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. 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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 May 2001 | News The Electoral Commission has begun publishing details of donations to political parties on its Web site. Gifts of £5,000 to headquarters or £1,000 from organisations and individuals must be declared under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.The Electoral Commission has begun publishing details of donations to political parties on its Web site. Gifts of £5,000 to headquarters or £1,000 from organisations and individuals must be declared under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.During the General Election, details are required to be submitted weekly. Advertisement The Web site is already proving indirectly a useful resource for fundraising researchers. Visit the Electoral Commission. UK political party donations published online 14 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 20 March 2013 | News Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy International Management Centre Research / statistics The price point at which a supporter becomes a major donor among national ‘top 10’ charities The size of the largest capital campaign run in the last three yearsThe Management Centre is inviting fundraisers around the world to contribute the relevant figures for their country. It has already been helped in this by almost 40 colleagues intenationally and by volunteers from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescents together with UNICEF International.The Index already has data from countries as including Austria, Argentina, Italy and India and the aim is to have 50 nations on the index at its launch next month.Management Centre Director Bernard Ross said: “The Index is a an experiment in crowdsourcing data. We launched the idea on a wiki and began to tweet. It’s fantastic the way that fundraisers globally have taken the idea to their hearts. We know the initial data will be challenging and provocative, and we’re not claiming it’s the perfect approach, but it does offer a different ‘real world’ insight. We plan to update the index annually.” How to take partFundraisers in any country can enter the data for their nation on the wiki. The Management Centre is keen to receive multiple entries for nations to help make the data more representative and robust.Contributors will also be told the results and will receive a full copy of the Index when published.The Index will be launched in San Diego on 8 April as part of the marketing for a new book by Bernard Ross and Penny Cagney titled Global Fundraising- how the world is changing the rules of philanthropy (Wiley 2013)https://globalfundraising.wikispaces.com/Big+Mac+philanthropy+indexPhoto: large hamburger by Vong Ho on Shutterstock.com The average monthly gift of a regular donor to a ‘major’ charity – a national cancer agency or the Red Cross/Crescent or UNICEF How do you measure and compare philanthropy in different countries, given their different economies, GDP’s, cultures and attitudes to charitable giving? London-based international management consultancy The Management Centre is attempting to do this by pegging some standard donation values against the local price of a Big Mac® in each country’s currency.In creating The Big Mac® Philanthropy Index, The Management Centre is emulating The Economist magazine’s Big Mac® index. By comparing wages and prices to the price of a Big Mac, the Index lets you more easily compare the relative price of a car, the wages of a dentist, or how many hours someone has to work to be able to earn enough to buy a Big Mac.The Economist has been publishing its index for over a decade, and, says The Management Centre, it has been used by international organisations to calculate the per diem for employees travelling to a foreign country. Advertisement The Management Centre seeks data for The Big Mac® Philanthropy Index There are other international philanthropy comparisons, of course, including CAF’s The World Giving Index and Johns Hopkins University’s Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project. What does the Big Mac® Philanthropy Index measure?Applied to philanthropy, The Management Centre’s index focuses on a number of standard measurements of giving: 32 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Howard Lake | 16 February 2016 | News Law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has committed £1 million of legal support for charities and social enterprises via its client tool, Get Legal.In partnership with NCVO and SEUK, the law firm, which specialises in charity and social enterprise law, is donating vouchers that will enable over 15,000 individuals and organisations to access and download bespoke legal documents, worth a total of £1 million.BWB Get Legal was created to give not-for-profit organisations access to high quality legal services. It has made bespoke legal documents “accessible and affordable for all charities and social enterprises”.Documents on the site are available for charities and social enterprises to purchase, “priced at about one-tenth of what it would cost to commission a solicitor to draft them”. Documents are kept up-to-date through regular reviews. The document-tailoring process is supplemented by detailed guidance and notes from BWB solicitors.Thea Longley, partner in BWB’s Charity and Social Enterprise team commented that the firm is well aware that many small charities cannot afford to take any legal advice. She added:“Our message to charities and social enterprises is that Get Legal is part of our commitment to the sector and has been designed to help you access more straightforward legal documents at a much lower cost. We encourage organisations to embrace this new, digital tool to ensure you’re up to date with duties and regulatory requirements on a range of issues from employment to governance and beyond.”BWB works with more charities than any other law firm in the country. Tagged with: Bates Wells & Braithwaite Law / policy social enterprise Bates Wells Braithwaite to donate £1m of legal support for charities Photo: legal advice online by Relief on Shutterstock.com Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 189 total views, 1 views today 190 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Deere & Company this week announced indefinite layoffs amid demand woes.Deere officials say more than 160 U.S. workers at agriculture machinery facilities in Illinois and Iowa will be laid off, after the company last week announced it would reduce production by 20 percent.Reuters says Deere, the world’s largest farm equipment maker, is reeling from the fallout of the U.S.-China trade war that has slowed purchases from farmers.The layoffs include roughly 50 workers at the Harvester Works facility in East Moline, Illinois, and more than 100 workers at the Davenport Works facility in Davenport, Iowa.Deere also lowered its income forecast to $3.2 billion in August, from the previous forecast in February set at $3.6 billion.In an August earnings report, Deere explained market concerns forced farmers to postpone major equipment purchases.The Association of Equipment Manufacturers in its monthly equipment sales report for August reported that overall sales numbers are flat to positive for the year, but the industry “remains cautious about the overall ag economy.” Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Deere Announces Layoffs amid Demand Declines Deere Announces Layoffs amid Demand Declines By NAFB News Service – Oct 2, 2019 Previous articleCoBank: Volatility Continues to Roil Ag MarketsNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Farm Forecast for October 3, 2019 NAFB News Service SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE
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WhatsApp Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Police investigating suspected arson attack in Strabane Google+ Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Police are investigating a suspected arson attack in Strabane overnight.Emergency services were called to the scene of the blaze at portacabins in the Springhill Park area of the town overnight and the fire was eventually brought under control.The cabins were being used by a contractor undertaking work for the Housing Executive and it’s thought thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused as a result of the attack.Local Cllr Patsy Kelly has condemned the incident:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/patsyarsonfdgdfgdfgdfgdfg.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleDrivers urged to watch out for difficult road conditionsNext articleAlmost 600 people awaited admission to LUH in January News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – February 1, 2019 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
iStock/mrtom-ukBy: JON HAWORTH and MATT ZARRELL(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed over 203,000 people worldwide.More than 2.89 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 940,000 diagnosed cases and at least 54,001 deaths.Today’s biggest developments:US cases top 900,000Global deaths tops 200,000CDC adds six new symptoms of coronavirusUnemployment rate will be comparable to Great DepressionHere’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.10:30 a.m.: More ‘consistency’ in downward trend needed before reopening, NYC mayor saysNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that while there are many indicators that the number of current coronavirus patients are on a downward trend, more “consistency” is needed before the city will begin to consider taking steps towards reopening.The mayor at his daily press conference on Sunday noted the percentage of people who have tested positive, the number admitted to hospitals and those in the ICU have all gone down or stayed flat in recent days but cautioned against restarting too soon.“We restart when we have evidence. Look, we see some states around the country to restart their economies. I’m worried for them. I’m worried for their people. Some seem to be paying attention to health care indicators more than others,” de Blasio explained. “Anybody, any state, any city that doesn’t pay attention to those factual health care indicators that evidence is endangering themselves and their people and the whole idea of having a restart to have an economy again, recover, it could all backfire because the disease reasserts.”The mayor added that there are a number of outstanding questions that his administration is working to address before the city can reopen.“How do you reopen a restaurant and still do it in a way that protects the customers and protects the people that work there? What kind of protection will people need? What kind of PPE’s will people need to wear in different parts of the city, a lot of different work they do to make sure they are safe. When will they need more? When will they need less? We’ve got to start filling in those blanks,” de Blasio said.De Blasio said the recovery must address the “structural racism” and disparities that have been exposed during the pandemic, announcing the city would create a “Fair Recovery Task Force” to help New Yorkers recover from the crisis.“Recovery means to me getting back not just to a point where life feels more normal but getting back to a point of strength, additionally addressing the underlying issues we still need to address in the city,” de Blasio said.9:45 a.m.: Unemployment rate will be comparable to Great Depression, Trump adviser saysKevin Hassett, President Donald Trump’s economic adviser, said the U.S. is going to see a jobless rate comparable to what happened during the Great Depression as it recovers from the novel coronavirus pandemic.Appearing on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Hassett also measured up losses against the more recent Great Recession.“Around 2008, we lost 8.7 million jobs and the whole thing. Right now, we’re losing that many jobs about every 10 days,” he said. “And so … the economic lift for policymakers is an extraordinary one.”9:05 a.m.: Michigan governor defends stay-at-home ordersMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer disagreed Sunday that her stay-at-home orders were too aggressive in combatting the novel coronavirus pandemic in her state.“It was hitting (Michigan) incredibly hard and that’s why we have a unique solution, even though it was more aggressive than other states. We have started to really push down that curve and we’ve saved lives in the process,” the Democrat told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos Sunday on ABC’s This Week.4:25 a.m.: 3 people arrested during ‘Freedom Rally’ protest at San Diego beachThree people were arrested Saturday during a “Freedom Rally” protest in Encinitas, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.The three individuals were among a group of several dozen people that gathered at Moonlight Beach to protest the county’s beach closures and stay-at-home orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The three people were cited for health order violations, said sheriff’s Lt. Amber Baggs. The maximum penalty of the health orders could be citation for a $1,000 fine or up to six months in jail, or both.Baggs also said deputies issued one traffic citation and seven parking citations during the protest.According to Baggs, there were 75-100 people at the “The Surf’s Up Shred the Tidal Wave of Tyranny” protest Saturday morning. The two-hour event was organized by Crista Anne Curtis, who led a similar protest last week.“Several protestors walked onto the beach and sat as deputies began speaking to them regarding the County Public Health Order,” said Baggs. “The people were given multiple opportunities to comply with the state and county orders. Three attendees refused and were arrested.”Another protest was planned for Sunday at the Pacific Beach lifeguard station at 700 Grand Ave. starting at 1 p.m.Dubbed “A Day of Liberty San Diego Freedom Rally,” the protest is being organized by Naomi Soria, according to social media posts announcing the rally. Soria organized last week’s downtown San Diego rally.2:49 a.m.: CDC updates list of coronavirus symptomsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six new possible symptoms of the novel coronavirus.People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:• Fever• Cough• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing• Chills• Repeated shaking with chills• Muscle pain• Headache• Sore throat• New loss of taste or smellIt had previously only noted fever, cough and shortness of breath as possible symptoms of COVID-19.1:17 a.m.: More than 100,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the United StatesAs of 8:30 p.m. ET, 100,104 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.9:33 p.m.: Hawaii extends quarantine for travelersHawaii Gov. David Ige announced he was extending the mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers into the state until May 31. He is also extending the stay-at-home order until the same date.He said he was continuing to keep the quarantine in place for travelers since 100 people were still arriving every day.Tim Sakahara, spokesperson for the Hawaii Department of Transportation, said passenger arrivals are down 99% from this time last year. The only flights coming in are from San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, Los Angeles and Guam.There have been 604 cases and 14 deaths, including two in the past day, in Hawaii. Wyoming, Montana and Alaska are the only states with fewer cases.ABC News’ Ahmad Hemingway, Jack Arnholz, Ashley Brown, Arielle Mitropoulos and Matt Foster contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article This week’s lettersPC take lacks literary virtue So we’re not allowed to quote from acknowledged works of literature, norfrom the OED or similar dictionary (Letters, 3 September)? The term ‘bastard’ has several meanings, only one of which relates to themarital status of a child’s parents. My edition of Webster’s defines bastard asfollows: Bastard n. 1. An illegitimate child. 2. Something of irregular orinferior origin, or form. 3. Slang. A mean or disagreeable person. My belief is that the usage in reference to ITV Digital probably fallswithin the range of the second meaning given above. As such, it is a valid andperfectly correct use of English and in no way derogative to a child or itsparents. The reporting of Pat Bottrill’s reference has been selective to the point ofit being next to impossible to know the full context of the comment withoutactually having been present and hearing the exchanges. I feel there is far too much concentration on what might be understood by afew about a particular statement. We should concentrate on the reasons for makingsuch statements in the first place. My view is that there is no place for political correctness in any form.Language evolves, slowly, but it should never be hijacked for reasons ofpolitical gain or expediency. Michael Perry Technical author, Zuken Ltd E-mail abuse is damaging firms Either intentionally, or just through a creeping acceptance, employees aretaking their bosses for the ride of their lives. In every single company, alarge percentage of e-mail use is non-work related (News, 3 September). The problem has now reached epidemic proportions, with e-mail abuseaffecting staff productivity and company profitability. Companies should notbelieve that they are protected just because they are using content filteringand blocking software to police e-mail usage. While these security controls area positive first step, they don’t go nearly far enough. This filtering and blocking software at an organisation’s perimeter can onlytrack e-mails as they enter and leave a company. Employees know, however, thattheir internal, non-work related e-mails go unchecked. Employees enjoy the challenge of trying to beat filtering and blocking toolsand it is far too easy for them to find ways around it. Smart users have nowstarted embedding inappropriate content into Word, PowerPoint and Exceldocuments, conning the perimeter software into believing they are sendingbusiness-related e-mails. What’s needed now is non-invasive management of all e-mails to trackemployee usage without compromising privacy. Employers must act to stem the flow of staff stealing time. Brendan Nolan Chief executive, Waterford Technology Cannabis use is breaking the law Cannabis use among staff is still an arrestable offence. The Home Officenever intended to make it non-arrestable when it reclassified the drug, as thearticle ‘Clear cannabis policies needed at work’ claims (News, 3 September). Possession of cannabis or any other similar drug is still illegal. There aremoves by some – not all – police forces to give verbal warnings initially,rather like a disciplinary procedure, which if ignored will lead to arrest. Derran Sewell HRD manager, Calderdale & Kirklees Careers Ltd Blended learning can be beneficial I agree with Martyn Sloman wholeheartedly that blended learning as a conceptis not new (Opinion, 20 August). But I applaud what I perceive as real blended learning for its renewed focuson learners and how they acquire knowledge and perfect skills. While technology has become a cure-all for the training challenges we faceover the past 10 years, we should not be using it for technology’s sake. It should be used, where appropriate, to enhance the blended or integratedlearning experience. Give learners a quality programme based on educationalexcellence, and both the individuals and their firms will rapidly realise thebenefits. Brian Sutton Chief educator, QA LettersOn 10 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
Keeping your shore house cool? Homeowners will feel the heat of the the Freon deadline this summer.Your air conditioner’s refrigerant may become obsolete by 2020.Freon, also known as R-22, is being officially phased out due to its ozone-depleting properties. Unfortunately, here at the South Jersey shore, the majority of the AC units we service use Freon. If your air conditioning unit was built before 2010, there’s a good chance yours does too.R-22 refrigerant costs will keep rising as coolant is officially phased outAbout 25 years ago, environmental concerns about R-22 refrigerant led to a nationally-mandated phase out plan from the Environmental Protection Agency. As of 2010, manufacturers ceased production on AC units charged with R-22. In 2020, production of this chemical will stop completely. So why should you care? Because decrease in supply leads to steep increase in price, and this ban will have a major effect on air-conditioning costs.Freon is now far from freeDoes this story sound familiar? Your air conditioner stopped blowing cold air, and you called to have it serviced. Your HVAC rep detected a small leak in the line and realized it needed more refrigerant. A simple Freon top-off at a very low service charge and you were back in business. Maybe you’ve extended the life of your AC unit for years this way. Well prepare yourself for some serous sticker shock.“This year the cost of R-22 will reach its highest point yet,” said Brian Broadley of Broadley’s Energy Solutions. “The minimum to charge a unit will be over $500, and that’s just for the gas alone. Homeowners trying to maintain a leaky R-22 air conditioner may end up paying more than it would cost to purchase an entirely new cooling system.”Now through June 1, 2017, Broadley’s will give you a $500 credit toward new AC unitFor homeowners with an older unit (2010 or prior), it may be more cost-effective to invest in a new AC system. Upgrading from your old R-22 unit not only reduces your impact on the environment, but a high-efficiency system will greatly reduce your energy costs, putting money back in your pocket. Even if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may see significant energy saving by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model. Longer warranty periods, quieter operation and unlimited supplies of coolant, will further add to your peace of mind.Extended financing plans are available and Broadley’s is offering you $500 off the cost of your replacement unit through June 1, 2017. This is a limited time offer, so act now by calling 609-390-3907 or visiting broadleys.net. Not sure if your unit uses Freon? We can find that out for you, too!