Should I move south of the border?

first_imgShould I move south of the border?On 10 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Icurrently work as a management development consultant in a public sectororganisation in Scotland, a position which I have held for nearly two years.I am a Graduate member of the CIPD and hold other T&D qualifications. Ifeel the need to broaden my experience level and move to a new organisation.However, most of the decent “next step” positions appear to bein England. I have a young family and would be reluctant to uproot them. Canyou advise me on a suitable solution? My current salary package is not at allbad. I would hate in five years time to be thinking “What if I had donethis or that …?”MargaretMalpas, joint managing director of Malpas Flexible Learning, writes:Thisis a predicament I have encountered quite frequentlyrecently when working with employees in the public sector who livein Scotland, Wales or the South West. Many of them tell me thatthey are compromising their pay to live in a beautiful and quietarea. However, I agree with you that this is a good packageand I don’t think you would better it unless you took a job in the City,with all that commuting entails, or a post of much more responsibility. So itis a question of quality of life versus depth of pay packet!  Idon’t think anyone can answer this for you as you need to decide what is reallyimportant to you. VicDaniels, director at Carr-Lyons, writes:Ifyou have really undertaken your research and feel that the job for you is inEngland, then you have no choice but to uproot. Life is full of opportunitiesand risks and only you know whether you are prepared to take the gamble. Justbe sure that you explore all opportunities north of the border prior to makingthis major life- altering decision. Good luck.LindaAitken, consultant at Chiumento Consulting Group, writes:Hereare some things you may wish to consider:*Complete any qualifications for which you are currently studying and will makeyou even more marketable to a future employer*Use your training and development experience to move into a commercialorganisation in training and development*Reposition your CV to demonstrate the transferable skills that you could bringto the private sector*Contact your local CIPD branch and make use of their network for exploringopportunities with locally based organisations*Use any leads or other networks that you have to the full*Networking and cold calling work equally as well in Scotland as in England. Relativelyfew vacancies are actually advertised, so don’t rely on them as an indicator ofthe opportunities that exist*Contact specialist HR recruitment consultantslast_img read more

Carey Stadium Becomes Mecca for Football Fans, Programs

first_imgPicturesque Carey Stadium hosts an array of athletic events through the year, including youth football camps. By TIM KELLYA modern invention, artificial turf, has given a whole new life to one of South Jersey’s oldest and most unique high school football venues.Carey Stadium, the century-old playground of the Ocean City Red Raiders, is evolving into a kind of summer football wonderland that attracts professional, college and other high school teams, coaches and fans.Located just off the beach and Boardwalk at Sixth Street and adjacent to another wonderland — Wonderland Pier — whose looming Ferris wheel is part of the scenery, Carey is usually buzzing with activities and attractions for locals and visitors alike.This summer alone, Carey hosted a six-team, NFL-sanctioned 7-on-7 competition, Philadelphia Eagles star Vinny Curry’s Youth Football Camp, a Youth Gridiron Academy flag football event for kids as young as 5, and an open practice of the Villanova University Wildcats.Of course, regular informal workouts take place at Carey by organized teams and individual fitness buffs.The marching band, another big part of football Fridays, practices on the field, too.“This place is beautiful,” Haddonfield High School head coach Frank DeLano said in July when he brought his Bulldawgs to Carey to compete against the Red Raiders and teams from Millville, Cedar Creek, Salem and Clearview.“I’m normally not a fan of 7-on-7, but this was a chance for our team to bond,” DeLano said. “(Afterward, the players) will be up on the boards eating pizza. These are the kinds of experiences that make a team.”Carey, of course, is also home to the summer activities of the Red Raiders’ gridders, including the currently ongoing preseason training camp.And that’s just football.During the high school football season, Carey Stadium epitomizes “Friday Night Lights.”Carey also is home to the Ocean City Nor’easters soccer team and its many guest youth soccer programs. It’s a staging area for charity walks and runs, site of city-hosted events and much more.The result is what city officials and the Ocean City Board of Education envisioned when the idea to install fake grass took root in 2014 and blossomed just prior to the 2016 football season.It’s safe to say the investment, reported to be $1.25 million at the time, is already bringing big returns.“I come here to work out all the time,” said Curry, an Eagles defensive end and member of the 2018 Super Bowl champs. “I always see kids out here playing football. This is where I wanted to bring my camp. (His contacts working with the school and city) were very helpful, very cooperative.”“Everyone has been extremely great. My thing is, football is supposed to be fun. Look around,” he said of the huge turnout of players, parents, fans and members of the media. “Looks like a lot of fun going on.”Nobody appreciates Carey, named for legendary Ocean City teacher and coach Fenton Carey, more than the Red Raiders’ current head coach Kevin Smith. At Curry’s camp, where many Raider coaches and players volunteered, he spoke in reverent tones.“You think about the fact that Ocean City has been playing football here for 100 years and its humbling,” he said. “And the setting here is one-of-a-kind. There’s no other place like it.”It’s not all about romance, however. Smith is first and foremost a football coach charged with maintaining the historic program. And with that in mind, Carey Stadium is a good fit for the school and the squad.“The thing I liked most about (the Red Raiders’ training camp) was we saw a lot of improvement from individuals and the team as a whole,” Smith said in an email.“We have a long way to go but we got better every day. That’s a good way to start.”Ocean City Head Coach Kevin Smith (left) with members of his staff at Vinny Curry’s youth football camp.last_img read more

Brace’s sends taste of home to Welsh troops

first_imgBrace’s Bakery has sent more than 500 Welsh cakes to troops in Afghanistan for Christmas Day.Staff at the Crumlin-based bakery have been making and packing the baked goods, with Captain N Hinton explaining his regiment would prefer them over mince pies.Captain Hinton, said: “The officers and soldiers of the Queens Dragoon Guards (The Welsh Cavalry) will be overjoyed with a little taste of home at Christmas. Currently there are 300 members of the regiment deployed in Afghanistan and I’m looking forward to doing the Santa bit and ensuring all my soldiers get a Welsh cake in time for Christmas.“An enormous thanks to Brace’s for your support. You will certainly brighten up many distant faces with a little bit of Wales.”
Mark Brace, marketing director of Brace’s, said: “It must be very difficult for our troops to be away from home year-round, but particularly at Christmas time. Our brave Welsh troops are immensely proud of their roots and we were keen to give them a little taste of home in order to reassure them that they are very much in the thoughts of everyone at home in Wales.”last_img read more

Watch The New Grateful Dead Mini-Doc On The Legendary Cornell ’77 Show

first_imgLast Thursday, Deadheads took over movie theaters across the country during the special 4/20 screening of The Grateful Dead Movie for its 40th anniversary. In addition to movie, fans got a sneak peak at the highly anticipated, new Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip, directed by by Amir Bar-Lev and produced by Martin Scorsese and a viewing of a new mini-documentary titled The Grateful Dead: Cornell ’77. The mini-documentary runs a little under ten minutes and is focused on the legendary Dead show on May 8th, 1997 at Cornell University’s Barton Hall in Ithaca, New York.The mini-documentary has interviews with fans who share their experiences at the famed show and who describe what made the Cornell ’77 show so electric. You can check out the documentary below, which was shared on the Grateful Dead and Rhino Records, while you wait for Long Strange Trip to be released to the general public via Amazon streaming services later in the year.last_img read more

Pinpointing danger in hypertension

first_imgHigh blood pressure is the most common risk factor for heart disease and death worldwide, and yet the answers to some of the most basic questions about how to manage it — when to introduce new medications, intensify treatment, or re-evaluate a patient — remain unclear.In a study published this week in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), researchers from the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital examined the outcomes of 88,000 adults with hypertension to pinpoint the precise high blood pressure level and critical time when intervening was tied to a decrease in the risk of death.“Ours is the first study to look at these key metrics in a large database of primary care patients with hypertension,” said senior author Alexander Turchin, a physician and researcher in the Division of Endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s. “Our findings could help guide clinicians as they think about how their patients should be treated in the clinic.”Guidelines for managing care in the earliest stage of hypertension differ substantially. Patients with systolic blood pressure levels between 140 and 159 mm Hg are considered Stage 1. Recommendations regarding the best treatment path for these individuals differ among national measures such as the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC8) guidelines, mainly used in the United States, and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines, mainly used in European countries. Although some studies have analyzed how treating patients with a baseline systolic blood pressure between 150 and 159 influences outcomes, none have examined the impact of treatment on outcomes for patients between 140 and 149.Researchers identified three factors that were tied to greater risk of death or cardiovascular event such as heart attack or stroke: a systolic blood level above 150, delays in intensification of treatment, and delays in reassessment of patients.“The outcomes that we measured are ones that matter: death and cardiovascular events,” said Turchin, who is also director of clinical informatics at the Harvard Clinical Research Institute. “We wanted to gather more evidence to better understand how delays in treatment of elevated blood pressure influenced these outcomes.”In patients with a systolic blood pressure between 130 and 150, the research team did not detect an increase in risk, but above the 150 threshold, the team observed progressively greater risk of an acute cardiovascular event or death.They also found that delaying the intensification of treatment by more than 1.4 months was tied to increased risk of death or cardiovascular event. Current guidelines differ slightly, with some recommending intensifying treatment within two to four weeks and others recommending action within one month. However, the majority of patients in the retrospective study did not receive medication intensification within 1.4 months.“Hypertension is treatable ― the right medical treatment can mitigate a person’s risk. But we need to know the optimal blood pressure, the optimal time to intensify treatment, and the optimal time to reassess,” said Turchin. “Our research supports the importance of avoiding delays in treatment and having follow-up appointments for patients with hypertension.”last_img read more

Colombia Gives FARC One Year for Peace Deal

first_img Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos warned the country’s Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels on December 2 that they have until November 2013 to strike a peace deal under recently opened talks. “This has to be a process of months, rather than years. In other words, this should not last any longer than November next year at the latest,” the president said at an event in the Caribbean resort city of Cartagena. “But it is important to be patient, and not demand immediate results, because it is a negotiating table with some very complicated issues being discussed,” Santos stressed. The FARC formally started talks with Bogotá on October 18 in neutral Norway. The talks moved to Havana on November 19 and will resume this week. It is a conflict that has dragged on for almost a half century, with some 600,000 dead, 15,000 missing and four million people domestically displaced. Last November 29, Colombian government and rebel negotiators reported progress in the first peace talks in a decade to attempt bringing Latin America’s longest running guerrilla insurgency to an end. Talks resume on December 5, and continue to focus on land reform, the first point on the agenda, the parties said in a joint statement. Iván Márquez, the FARC’s number two negotiator, said that an agreement reached to hold a public forum in Bogotá next month on agrarian development —unequal land distribution is a longstanding problem at the root of the conflict— was the best sign the process is moving forward. Previous attempts at peace have failed. In the last effort, which lasted from 1999 to 2002, the government ended talks after concluding the FARC were using a vast demilitarized zone to regroup. The rebels have suffered a string of military defeats in recent years, and several of their top commanders have been captured or killed. FARC ranks have also been severely depleted from its peak in the 1990s. Aside from reaching a deal on land ownership, both sides must also agree on a mechanism to end hostilities, incorporating the FARC into political life, curbing drug trafficking, and compensating victims of the conflict. By Dialogo December 04, 2012last_img read more

Ivory Coast confirms avian flu in birds

first_imgMay 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Ivory Coast government this week confirmed the presence of H5N1 avian influenza in birds, making it at least the sixth African country confronting the virus, according to news services.Laboratory results from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) revealed that seven chickens, nine ducks, and a sparrow hawk found in Abidjan—the country’s largest city and its economic center—were infected with the H5N1 strain, according to a May 3 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.Officials identified three separate outbreaks in different parts of the city in late April. The government had been awaiting test results from an OIE reference lab in Padua, Italy, since then.Starting next week, officials plan to slaughter all poultry sold in Abidjan, a city of 5 million people, according to AFP.The Ivory Coast ministry for animal production said that $11.7 million has been earmarked to reimburse poultry vendors and to develop a system for identifying disease-free chickens. The government also plans to improve how it informs and advises the public about avian flu.Other African countries that have confirmed H5N1 avian flu since February are Nigeria, Egypt, Niger, Cameroon, and Burkina Faso. Sudan has reported an H5 virus in birds, but H5N1 has not yet been confirmed there, according to the OIE. Egypt is the only African country with human cases so far (13 cases with 5 deaths).In related news, experts warned European countries and the United States not to let their guard down against H5N1, even though the spring bird migration from Africa appears to be waning, according to a Reuters report today.Thus far there have been no recorded cases of avian flu transmitted by migrating birds from Africa, according to the story. France, for example, reported that none of its 60 wild bird cases has come from Africa.Some European countries have begun easing bans on keeping domestic poultry outdoors.Some conservation groups, according to the Reuters article, deny that bird migration plays the major role in the spread of avian flu, saying that the international trade in poultry is more to blame.Some animal-health experts, however, contend that migration is key. Christianne Bruschke, DVM, PhD, head of the OIE avian flu task force, said, “My firm belief is that the migration of birds carries the virus over big distances.”In Indonesia, which has been criticized for not responding aggressively enough to avian flu, officials announced this week a 3-year pilot project to fight the disease in Tangerang, a municipality outside Jakarta, according to a May 4 AFP report.The idea is to apply the national plan to a local area and measure results. The $5 million project in an area of 3 million people includes bolstering epidemiologic surveillance of animals and humans, increasing poultry vaccinations, and rapidly responding to outbreaks with quarantine and movement controls, AFP reported.The project would also enhance biosecurity by restructuring the traditional “wet markets” where live birds are sold, often under unhygienic conditions, the story said.Indonesia has reported the second most human H5N1 fatalities worldwide, after Vietnam, according to World Health Organization data.last_img read more

Omnibus bill on job creation weakens ulema’s role in certification: Indonesia Halal Watch

first_img“What the government can do instead is implement alternative streamlining measures that do not contradict existing substantive regulations, such as the MUI’s edicts on what passes as a halal product,” Ikhsan said, adding that religion was at the core of halal certification, rendering MUI’s role integral.He went on to say that, to prevent any confusion regarding differing fatwas on halal products should the new provisions pass into law, the government must give the final word on the matter to the MUI in accordance with prevailing laws.Read also: Omnibus bill allows President to scrap bylaws, weakens regional administrations“In our view, religious laws have been co-opted by the state. The government intends to grant power to the BPJPH [to issue halal certification]. It is something that will likely be met with resistance from Muslims,” he said. Amid the contentious public debate surrounding the recently submitted omnibus bill on job creation, nongovernmental organization Indonesia Halal Watch has raised concerns about several new stipulations in the bill, which it says will negatively impact the country’s halal certification regulations if they become law.Halal Watch executive director Ikhsan Abdullah said in a statement that several stipulations in the omnibus bill, while necessary to streamline redundancies in prevailing laws, could act as a detriment to the existing halal certification procedure, which mainly relied on fatwas (edicts) issued by the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).He said the new stipulations, including Articles 1 and 7 which would replace or add to Law No.33/2014 on halal product guarantees and Government Regulation No. 33/2018, would completely do away with the MUI’s role in the certification procedure, as they would shift the authority to handle the issuance of halal certifications to the Halal Certification Agency (BPJPH). Ikhsan said the organization objected to Article 7 of the bill, which he said would make it possible for private parties to declare independently that their products were halal without prior certification under the MUI’s supervision.“It will disrupt Muslims’ trust in the halal logo, which they have long regarded as the final word on the halal factor as they consume the products in question,” he said.Food and beverage producers have expressed difficulties complying with the mandatory halal certification regulation, specifically when it comes to fulfilling requirements related to product re-audits for adding new ingredients, halal storage, distribution and transportation.Indonesian Food and Beverage Producers Association (GAPMMI) committee head for public policy and inter-institutional relations Doni Wibisono said it was difficult for food and beverage producers to meet the certification requirements as it required a re-audit every time new ingredients were added.“Even if we have a change of flavor in one product, we have to re-audit it, whereas before, we just had to verify whether the new ingredients were safe,” Doni said last month. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

The state must be present to save people from crisis, says House Speaker Puan Maharani

first_imgPuan went on to say that the government should impose policies and programs to increase health sector capacity, expand social protections, implement large-scale social restrictions and accelerate economic recovery as the pandemic had impacted economic growth significantly.The government has been granted authority to impose fiscal, state financial and financial stability policies to overcome the pandemic and its impacts, she said, referring to the Law No.2/2020 on the COVID-19 response budget.”The government is expected to be able to carry out various effective measures, both through policies, cross-sector coordination, fiscal and monetary instruments, as well as consolidating all existing potentials and resources, to immediately restore the country’s social and economic health,” Puan added.The joint meeting among all branches of the government was held to commemorate Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day, which falls on Monday.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was also present to give his annual state of the nation address. The state must do everything it can to curb the impact of the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani said on Friday.The pandemic has posed a serious threat to people’s safety and welfare, she said while noting that all sectors and sources of income had been disrupted.”The state must be present to save the people from the threat of a health crisis, the threat of an economic crisis and the threat of a welfare crisis by doing all that it can,” the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician said in her speech at the annual joint meeting held at the House compound. Topics :last_img read more

Juventus preparing last-minute move for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi

first_imgJuventus preparing last-minute move for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi Advertisement The German could yet leave north London before the European window closes (Picture: Getty)Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi could make a late move away from the club after Juventus reportedly turned their attention to the defender following Giorgio Chiellini’s ACL injury.The German centre-back is surplus to requirements at the Emirates after a series of error-strewn seasons at the club following his £35million move from Valencia in 2016, having struggled to live up to that price tag.Mustafi has not made the matchday squad this season, with David Luiz’s arrival pushing him further down the pecking order, and he was again not involved in Sunday’s north London derby. Advertisement Commentcenter_img Mustafi would be keen to leave Arsenal if a deal with Juve can be agreed (Picture: Getty)Emery intimated last week that he was happy for Mustafi to go, saying: ‘For one circumstance or another, they [Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny] are going to have fewer chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us and the minutes they play.‘I think it is positive for them to leave and sign for another team where they can be protagonists and be happy and continue their careers.’Elneny has already joined Besiktas on a season-long loan and Nacho Monreal moved to Real Sociedad as Arsenal made use of the European window still being open to clear out deadwood, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan could join Roma on loan.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 2 Sep 2019 2:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.7kShares Chiellini will be out of action for some time and Juve want one more centre-back (Picture: Getty)He had been linked with a switch to Roma, though they signed Chris Smalling from Manchester United instead, but Sky Germany report that a move to Serie A could be back on.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe transfer window in Italy – as with most leagues around Europe – closes on Monday evening and Juventus want to bring in a new centre-back before the deadline, with Mustafi one of their top options.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityJuve skipper Chiellini requires surgery on an ACL injury on his right knee and is not expected to play again this year, with the Italian champions keen to bring in cover.They have contacted Mustafi about a potential move to Turin, while Medhi Benatia, Dejan Lovren and Jerome Boateng are also on their radar.last_img read more