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first_imgComputer Warehouse Group Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Computer Warehouse Group Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Computer Warehouse Group Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Computer Warehouse Group Plc (  2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileComputer Warehouse Group Plc is an information and communication technology company in Nigeria offering integrated ICT solutions to commercial enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa. The company operates through three divisions: CWL Systems, DCC Networks and Expert Edge Software. Cloud Services include OpenMall, a platform that aggregates all the stores hosted on an e-commerce platform; and SMERP, an Enterprise Resource Planning platform built to enable small and medium enterprises to manage their business operations efficiently. Software services includes software development and deployment, systems integration, software implementation, software support services and software enhancement and customization. Managed services simplify the management of a customer’s computing environment and optimises operations, reduces IT pressure and helps control costs while improving service levels. IT Infrastructure services is the flagship division of Computer Warehouse Group Plc, providing infrastructure and expertise in the supply, installation, integration and support of IT hardware for middleware systems, ATMs and servers and storage platforms. CWG Training offers training support for hardware and software installations. Computer Warehouse Group Plc has partnered with global IT companies the likes of Oracle, Infosys, Wincor, IBM and VMWare. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Computer Warehouse Group Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

General Convention wrap-up: Following the Way of Jesus

first_img Rector Bath, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR July 20, 2018 at 12:54 am Until the leadership can say the words, “Trump,” “state-sponsored kidnappings,” “Republican” and “complicity of the Church” their baby steps towards morality with gay marriage, while ignoring the raging powers of demonic darkness that engulf our Country — have little significance except to confirm their overall cowardice and impotence. Looking for moral guidance elsewhere thanks. Full access to trial-use marriage ritesConvention agreed in passing Resolution B012 on July 13 to give all Episcopalians the ability to be married by their priests in their home churches.Resolution B012 had gone from the House of Deputies to the bishops and back to the deputies on its road to approval. Deputies overwhelmingly approved a heavily amended version of the resolution on July 9, and the House of Bishops added a technical amendment two days later that does not change B012’s goal of giving full access to two trial-use marriage rites for same-sex and opposite-sex couples approved by the 2015 meeting of General Convention (via Resolution A054).Resolution B012 provides for:Giving rectors or clergy in charge of a congregation the ability to provide access to the trial use of the marriage rites for same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Resolution A054-2015 and the original version of B012 said that clergy could only use the rites under the direction of their bishop.Requiring that, if a bishop “holds a theological position that does not embrace marriage for same-sex couples,” he or she may invite another bishop, if necessary, to provide “pastoral support” to any couple desiring to use the rites, as well as to the clergy member and congregation involved. In any case, an outside bishop must be asked to take requests for remarriage if either member of the couple is divorced to fulfill a canonical requirement that applies to opposite-sex couples.Continuing trial use of the rites until the completion of the next comprehensive revision of the Book of Common Prayer.Full ENS coverage of marriage equality is available here. Jane R Cosby says: Challenging injustices in Israeli-Palestinian conflictGeneral Convention wrapped up its consideration of resolutions relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with mixed results due largely to the House of Bishops’ unwillingness to take many of the bolder steps urged by the House of Deputies.Of the 15 resolutions submitted on Israel-Palestine going into General Convention, only six passed both houses, though the successful resolutions still touch on the plight of Palestinian children, the status of Jerusalem, the disproportionate use of lethal force on both sides and ways the Episcopal Church can press for peace through its investment decisions.Bishops and deputies, even those arguing for a tougher stance against the conditions of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, took pains to affirm Israel’s right to exist and to defend itself, citing longstanding church policy toward the region. And while the bishops rejected the most controversial resolution, D019, saying it amounted to a dangerous “divestment” from Israel, they did join the deputies in passing Resolution B016, which echoes D019 in its use of the phrase “human rights investment screen.” Unlike D019 however, Resolution B016 includes no timeline for action by Executive Council or any reference to church complicity in the occupation, though it ultimately could result in the church pulling money out of companies that do business there.Full ENS coverage of Israel-Palestine issues is available here. [Episcopal News Service] Responding to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s call to “Follow the Way of Jesus,” deputies and bishops at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, meeting July 5-13 in Austin, Texas, acted on a record number of resolutions on key issues such as immigration, prayer book revision, Israel-Palestine, and readmitting the Episcopal Church of Cuba as a diocese. Convention also passed a $134 million budget that reflects for a further three years the presiding bishop’s priorities of evangelism, racial reconciliation and creation care. Meanwhile, the legislative processes were overseen by a resident roost of avian observers, one of which adopted a social media presence to bring a steady flow of light-feathered moments to convention amid the often-intense and passionate debates on the key issues before the church.Outside the legislative chambers, several events brought together bishops, deputies and visitors to mingle, socialize, pray, worship and advocate, with a public witness against gun violence and another outside an immigrant detention center challenging the actions of the U.S. government in its enforcement of immigration policies. A revival service at Austin’s Palmer Events Center on July 7 drew a crowd of more than 2,500 people who listened to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s rousing sermon about how “God is love and gives life.”In his opening sermon on July 5, Curry challenged every Episcopalian to embrace the “Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-centered life” as a way to help the church enter into a new era of spiritual growth.$134 million budget adoptedConvention adopted a $133.8 million 2019-2021 budget that reflects the presiding bishop’s priorities of evangelism, racial reconciliation and justice, and creation care. The priorities have been referred to as the “three pillars” of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.It also continues to be built on what Maine Bishop Stephen Lane, vice chair of the Joint Committee on Program, Budget and Finance, told the joint session is “the foundation of our continuing ministries as a church and our commitments to others both within and beyond our church.” In addition, it includes the foundation of the church’s “ongoing commitment to conciliar governance, and the legal, financial and other services of the Church Center [the denominational offices in New York].”Full ENS coverage of the budget process is available here. Responding to the voices and stories of womenThe voices and stories of women played a significant role in the workings of the 79th General Convention, from a liturgy where bishops offered laments and confession for the church’s role in sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse to Resolution D087 that allows deputies to bring infant children on the floor of the House of Deputies to feed them.Full ENS coverage of gender justice issues is available here. General Convention 2018 Jewels Wolf says: Impeccable pigeon captivates 79th General Convention with real, digital presenceImpeccable pigeon captivates 79th General Convention with real, digital presencePigeon confesses to avian hijinks, feathered fun, fluttering of the spirit. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Jewels Wolf says: By ENS staffPosted Jul 16, 2018 July 16, 2018 at 6:53 pm I contend that it is not enough just to go through the mechanics of confession contained within the liturgy, this should be but a reinforcement and reminder of what is already paramount for the Christian, that Christ died for our sins and that our lives were paid for with his blood. This is a matter, as I was trying to say, of perspective and emphasis. Personally the profound gift of Christ’s sacrifice was never imparted to me by repeating the words of confession in the liturgy, it was study of God’s word and the work of the Holy Spirit. It is not something Episcopalians are particularly comfortable with facing outside the confines of prayers on a page. It falls on the Leadership of the church to indicate what is of prime importance and what is not.Psalm 51:1-3Have mercy on me, O God,according to your unfailing love;according to your great compassionblot out my transgressions.Wash away all my iniquityand cleanse me from my sin.For I know my transgressions,and my sin is always before me. Acting on immigrationIf there was one issue that defied any expectation of controversy at the 79th General Convention, it was immigration.Bishops and deputies arrived in Austin last week on the heels of a national uproar over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward immigration, particularly the decision to separate children from parents in detention. And despite the administration’s reversal on family separations, immigration policies continued to be a hot-button issue, including in the border state that hosted the Episcopal Church’s triennial gathering.But if the country remains divided over what to do about immigration, the thousands of Episcopalians gathered at convention presented a unified front in support of families who have been separated, those facing deportation and immigrants in general – through prayer, testimony, action and the unobstructed passage of legislation.Convention passed three resolutions on immigration issues.Resolution C033 puts the church on record as respecting the dignity of immigrants and outlines how public policy should reflect that belief; A178 takes a forceful stand against family separations and treatment of immigrant parents and children; and C009, titled “Becoming a Sanctuary Church,” encourages Episcopalians and congregations to reach out to and support immigrants facing deportation, including by providing physical sanctuary if they choose.One of the defining moments of this General Convention was the prayer vigil held July 8 outside the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, an immigrant detention facility little more than a half-hour outside of Austin. A massive gathering of more than a thousand Episcopalians prayed and sang in support of immigrant parents and children who had been separated.ENS coverage of immigration issues is available here. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit an Event Listing July 16, 2018 at 6:28 pm My church frequently omits the confession from the Eucharist liturgy. Rector Tampa, FL July 17, 2018 at 9:21 am Following Jesus goes much deeper than we have lived. My understanding is that we are to look at ourselves, what was said and done and if we did not act/live by what Jesus taught, then we are to repent. Reading the repentance litany without recognizing/naming what it is we did is not my view of repentance. And it would be of great assistance to also understand why we did or did not do what Jesus taught. And our being a worshiping community provides the love and support to live in this manner. I totally agree with Jewels Wolf Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME July 16, 2018 at 5:23 pm Last time I attended the Eucharist, which was yesterday, we confessed our sins and repented of them before receiving the Body and Blood of our Lord. How does our weekly, or more frequent, common prayer/worship–which is the essence of being an Anglican–NOT fully support and reinforce our need for repentance? Every time Bishop Curry celebrates the Eucharist, he leads the Church in repentance. I guess I’m not understanding your point. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA July 27, 2018 at 1:02 pm My liturgics professor noted that some considered The Lord’s Day, our weekly feast of the Resurrection, as a suitable occasion for omitting the Confession of Sin. I omit it during the Great 50 Days of Easter (Christ is Alive this day!) and the 12 Days of Christmas (Jesus Christ is Born this day), use the Confession of Sin after the Prayers of the People in Lent, and use the Penitential Office during the seasons after Epiphany and after Pentecost.I remember when the (39-year old) “new” BCP came out, reading an excellent article by a liturgics professor from another seminary, where he suggested that the popularity of Morning Prayer over Eucharist on Sundays was because at MP we said our Confession of Sin at the beginning and then praised God thereafter, but in the 1928 Holy Communion we had at least 3 penitential sections (whether because we were busy sinning since the previous time, or because we didn’t really believe that the forgiveness was not real or true). Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Comments (18) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL General Convention, July 17, 2018 at 10:12 pm The woman who bled for 12 years did not ask for her sins to be forgiven. She was healed by her faith. My proof texting is no more effective than your proof texting. I agree that repentance is a key part of being a Christian and living a Christian life. I do not agree that our sins are a barrier to God’s love. I know I will not sway you from your theology and I seriously doubt you can sway me from mine. I respect you for yours, and also respectfully disagree. Fortunately, I believe the Episcopal Church, in fact all of Christianity, has room for both. Compensation for deputies’ presidentConvention agreed to a plan to pay the president of the House of Deputies for the work of the office.Resolution B014 passed with no dollar figure attached but agreed to pay the House of Deputies president director’s and officer’s fees “for specific services rendered in order to fulfill duties required by the church’s Constitution and Canons.”Full ENS coverage is here.And in lighter business… July 16, 2018 at 4:06 pm This is a response to the Bishop’s call to Follow the Way of Jesus. As I read the Gospels one thing makes itself very apparent the Way of Jesus is first of all the way of repentance “32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Luke 5:32) In every case where Jesus brings healing and restoration he does so first and foremost through the forgiveness of sins (see Matthew 9:2) The Way of Jesus is the way of salvation and that salvation begins with repentance. Sadly, this is not the emphasis of Bishop Curry; instead he skips to the good part without emphasizing how to get there. Throughout the entirety of the Gospels Jesus repeatedly stays focused on repentance from our sins. At one point Peter asks Jesus how many times must he forgive someone and the Lord replies seventy times seven (see Matthew 18:21-22). Our salvation is gained through repentance. In fact Jesus said that unless we repent of our sins there is no hope for us (see Luke 13:1-5). Ultimately Jesus gave his life for us so that we might be saved through him by repentance of sins and giving our lives to Christ. (see Matthew 26:28) I believe the church is in deep need of repentance and that it is the only Way to healing and restoration for us. This is not the emphasis of Bishop Curry and I believe it is very misleading. I believe it sets up a false notion that emphasizing repentance is only for Christians from a certain strata of the church. This is has become an increasing weakness of the Episcopal Church and it can lead to deep misunderstandings about what follow the way of Jesus really means. It is I think very easy to preach about love, it is much more challenging to preach about the need for repentance. To put succinctly it’s first things first, and the Gospel declares that’s repent Welcome back, CubaConvention voted to admit, or readmit, the Episcopal Church of Cuba as a diocese by passing Resolution A238. The Diocese of Cuba is set to join Province II, which includes dioceses from New York and New Jersey in the United States, Haiti and the Virgin Islands.Full ENS coverage of Cuba is available here and here. July 17, 2018 at 11:48 am Certainly, repentance was a factor in some of Jesus’ teachings, following up John the Baptist. However, Jesus could do no acts of power when there was no faith, such as in Nazareth. People were healed through their faith, not their repentance. The Way of Jesus is one of love. Jesus’ commandments were about love, not repentance. Granted when we don’t love, we need to repent. A theology focusing on repentance sidesteps the supreme act of love on the cross. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. Jesus did not require a worldwide mea culpa before the crucifixion. To focus on a theology of repentance is to denigrate Jesus’ salvific acts. M.E. Eccles says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab July 17, 2018 at 7:10 pm Your summary doesn’t include the good news that the transgender community received from this convention. At a time when many seek to withdraw civil rights from the non-binary community our church chose instead to affirmthem. Why aren’t we all rejoicing? Feeling marginalized, again. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group July 30, 2018 at 9:19 pm We rejoice for our Transgendered faithful. Hope you don’t feel Marginalized, feel, good, feel powerful, Feel Forgiveness. July 18, 2018 at 3:31 am The Greatest Commandments is the key why Jesus obeyed, for the Love of God the Heavenly Father and love of the people of the world, even in sufferings and to the cross and the rest of the gospel stories the living words. The Good Shepherd and the founder of the lost, as he cares the journey of the world into the right path. Straighten up the crooked path that marriage from the start is between for man and woman. As we remember the John 3:16 For God so loved the that he gave his only begotten whoever believes in him and obey may not perish but have eternal life. Jess jaffe says: July 17, 2018 at 2:40 am First of all I have made no claim to being an expert, although I am a life-long Episcopalian who began as a acolyte before the adoption of the 1979 prayer book. In addition to this I have served on Vestry, Worship committees and various other capacities as an active parishioner in a variety of churches, but I make no claim to be an expert. Nor do I see the issue I raised as restricted to a particular denomination. That in itself is part of the problem. The issue is not about kneeling or standing it’s about the Gospel of Christ and what is says does not say. I am called to be a Chrstian first, my denominational choice is secondary and should be for everyone. July 17, 2018 at 6:36 pm The Gospel begins “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” ( Matt 1:2, Luke 1:77) Then is how it ends “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matt 26:28) In my mind and my heart the story of Jesus, the Way of Jesus is about forgiveness without which there can be no love. I would also argue that forgiveness and healing are intimately related (see Matt 9:2, Luke 5:20) When Jesus healed he also at the same time pronounced forgiveness of sins. John the Baptist set the stage and his message was not one that Jesus tossed aside, it was one he amplified. (Luke 5:32) At the end of Luke Jesus declares“This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:46-47) In the New Testament the first letter of John succinctly defines our predicament “8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:1:8-9) All this is not to say God’s love is secondary on the contrary I believe forgiveness is what opens the door to it, that is way our salvation begins with repentance. It is in that moment of acknowledgement and surrender that are able to receive the healing gift of God’s love. In 2 Corinthians we are called to be reconciled to God and to pass on the ministry of reconciliation ( 2 Cor 5:20-21) This implies that our whole focus as people of God is to first ask for forgiveness from God and then pass it on. Christ died for our sins to save us from ourselves. This is the Gospel message. The Rev. Deacon Kay M. Drebert says: Stewart David Wigdor says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Jewels Wolf says: center_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Keith Gardner says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET July 18, 2018 at 12:38 am Very well said M.E. Thank you for your thoughtful response. Rector Albany, NY July 17, 2018 at 12:19 am So what makes you an expert in how Episcopalians pray to God each day, whether using the BCP or most often not? July 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm I completely agree, Craig. I wrote a response yesterday that was never posted, but basically said the same thing. None of the people Jesus healed were required to repent first – only have faith. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Craig Kuehn says: General Convention wrap-up: Following the Way of Jesus Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group John Hobart says: Submit a Press Release Submit a Job Listing M.E. Eccles says: Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ D. Gordon Braun, Jr. says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Mary Barrett says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Comments are closed. Angustia Hamasaki says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Jewels Wolf says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New plan for liturgical and prayer book revisionConvention adopted a plan for liturgical and prayer book revision that sets the stage for the creation of new liturgical texts to respond to the needs of Episcopalians across the church while continuing to use the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.Resolution A068 originally called for the start of a process that would lead to a fully revised prayer book in 2030. The bishops instead adopted a plan for “liturgical and prayer book revision for the future of God’s mission through the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.”The bishops’ amended resolution calls for bishops to engage worshipping communities in their dioceses in experimentation and creation of alternative liturgical texts that they will submit to a new Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision to be appointed by the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies.It also says that liturgical revision will utilize inclusive and expansive language and imagery for humanity and divinity, and will incorporate understanding, appreciation and care of God’s creation.Meanwhile, General Convention also adopted a resolution that allows all congregations in the Episcopal Church to use optional, expansive-language versions of three Rite II Eucharistic prayers in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.Resolution D078 provides alternative language for Prayer A, Prayer B and Prayer D. The changes are available for trial use until the completion of the next comprehensive revision of the Book of Common Prayer.Full ENS coverage of prayer book and liturgical revision is available here. The Rev’d Edwin Cox says: Featured Events Jewels Wolf says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 July 22, 2018 at 3:53 pm from what I read the convention sounded incredible. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Martinsville, VA Tags This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN last_img read more

In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSWeek in Review Previous article8 Things You Should Be Buying at CostcoNext articleAre you born to sell? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Former Blue Darter going to the NFL headlines the Apopka week in newsApopka man dies in crash on State Road 50The silence in Apopka is deafening3,000 stories published… and we’re just getting warmed-upAnuvia to reconnect with Apopka wastewater facilityIs Apopka a sanctuary city?Former Apopka Blue Darter drafted into the NFLlast_img read more

New Emergency Environmental Control Rules for ALF’s and Nursing Homes

first_img Please enter your name here An Update on Florida’s Emergency Environmental Control Rules for Adult Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing HomesFrom Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson At the meeting of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners this week, the County’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) presented an update on the State’s recently passed legislation and subsequently adopted rules establishing new requirements for Adult Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) and nursing homes to maintain a safe environment for residents in the event of a loss of power. The new legislation requires these facilities to develop an Emergency Power Plan and to have the plan approved by the local emergency management agency. The presentation included details on which types of facilities in the county are affected by the new legislation, as well as how the process of attaining OEM approval for an Emergency Power Plan is accomplished.Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonIn September of last year, a tragic incident occurred at a nursing home in Broward County following Hurricane Irma; 14 patients died as a result of a failure of the nursing home’s air cooling system (climate control system) during the storm-related power outage. Temperatures in the facility rose to nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas for extended periods of time.    Ultimately, the facility was shut down by the State. Following this incident, Governor Rick Scott issued an Emergency Power Rule requiring all Assisted Living Facilitates (ALFs) and nursing homes to have an alternate power source available to run climate control systems during a loss of primary power.For emergency power plans, there are two rules that apply: Rule 58A-5.036-Emergency Environmental Control for Assisted Living Facilities; and Rule 59A-4.1265-Emergency Environmental Control for Nursing Homes. On March 26, 2018, the Governor signed legislation making the rules for emergency power plans official. This legislation applies to 115 ALFs and 34 nursing homes in Orange County. These rules require facilities to: Maintain an alternate power source; ensure that ambient temperatures can be kept at 81 degrees Fahrenheit or less for up to 96 hours after the loss of primary power; store enough fuel on-site to run the alternate source of power for specified time periods (varies by facility size); submit a plan to local Emergency Management for approval; and comply with the local zoning and Florida Building Codes for the location of an alternate power source.In terms of alternate power sources, the new regulations do not require the sources to be a fixed or installed generator in all cases.  Where deemed appropriate by a licensed engineer, electrician or climate control technician, portable generators may suffice. Although there may be variations in how facilities meet the emergency power requirements, one thing is essential – the alternate power source must be able to maintain the facility’s climate control system for at least 96 hours during a loss of primary power. The law sets April 26, 2018, as the deadline for all plans to be submitted to local emergency management for approval, and mandates that the plans be implemented by June 1, 2018.  Extensions to the June 1stimplementation date are granted by the State’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).To help standardize and facilitate plan review and approval, Orange County has established its own Emergency Power Plan Approval Process. Criteria for approving plans were developed in coordination with OEM, the County Attorney’s Office, Building Safety, Environmental Protection Division, the Orange County Fire Marshall’s Office and municipalities within the County. The plan approval process starts with the submission of the plan to OEM by April 26, 2018.  The plan will then be reviewed by OEM staff, with the goal being to complete the review within 30 days.  If the plan is approved, OEM issues a letter to the facility, which is then forwarded to the facility to AHCA.  This process flow assumes a best-case scenario.  If plan approval is not granted, OEM staff will work with the facility to clarify the changes that must be made before resubmission of the plan.In terms of regulatory authority, Orange County’s role in this important life-safety process currently is limited to review and approval of plans, ensuring that the plans are in compliance with local zoning and permitting regulations and enforcement of the Florida Fire Prevention Code as it pertains to fuel storage and concomitant fire hazards. Ensuring that emergency power plans have been implemented, to include conducting on-site inspections and issuing sanctions for non-compliance is the responsibility of the State’s Agency for Health Care Administration. Sanctions for non-compliance can include loss of a facility’s license to operate an ALF or nursing home in FloridaResidents who wish to view the full presentation from the Board Meeting may do so here: TAGSOrange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson Previous articleUpdating Breaking News: Orange County deputies arrest three suspects during standoffNext articleByrd receives endorsement from Central Florida PBA Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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Key child service at risk due to fall in donations

first_img  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Key child service at risk due to fall in donations Tagged with: Individual giving Ireland The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children says its flagship service, Childline, is in danger of closing because of a continuing drop in donations.The charity says it receives no money from the government for Childline and it can no longer afford the €4 million cost. The announcement about Childline comes as the ISPCC launched a controversial advertisement which graphically illustrates the affects of child abuse.In 2007 the charity raised €5,047,458 which fell to €4,563,018 in 2009. The ISPCC told the Irish Times that it expects figures for 2010, which have yet to be finalised, will be down by 4%.The ISPCC is asking people to make a commitment of at least €2 a month to help boost its regular income base.The charity has had to defend the latest broadcast advertisement on the popular Pat Kenny RTE radio show. Some callers to the station felt that the advertisement will have a negative affect on survivors of child 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 Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 12 May 2011 | Newslast_img read more

New recruitment service for the North West

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New recruitment service for the North West About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Melanie May | 3 December 2015 | News Voluntary sector recruitment agency Bruce Tait Associates and fundraising consultancy Impact Fundraising have combined forces to launch a recruitment service to help charities in the North West of England.Based in Liverpool, Charity Careers North West is headed up by fundraisers Victoria Symes, director of Impact Fundraising, and Bruce Tait, chief executive of Bruce Tait Associates.As well as specialising in fundraiser recruitment, Charity Careers North West will also help charities fill all central posts, from finance to administration.Symes said:“Every region and charity has a different set of recruitment challenges, and the best people to meet these needs are those who know the region and the sector from the inside. Liverpool alone has over 8,000 voluntary organisations, employing nearly 25,000 people, and bringing an estimated value of £918 million to the region every year. These charities are entitled to a recruitment service that understands their needs.”The new service marks the further expansion of Charity Careers, which already has online recruitment services in Scotland and Ireland. Charity Careers Ireland launched last year led by Bruce Tait Associates and Irish fundraising consultancy O’Kennedy Consulting. Advertisement  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: North West Recruitment / peoplelast_img read more

Donegal creche prioritising children of essential workers this week

first_img Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – January 5, 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews A Donegal crèche Manager says while they’re happy to provide childcare throughout the lockdown, they still have grave concerns over the level of Covid-19 in the community. Wonder Years Childcare in Letterkenny is open but only operating with just over half of its usual staff due to a number of the team being deemed as close contacts.The crèche is currently prioritising the children of essential workers this week, accommodating parents who are unable to work from home.Manager Mary Crawford says childcare providers right across the county are doing their best to help everyone:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Twitter Donegal creche prioritising children of essential workers this weekcenter_img WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleEmergency services at scene of minor collision near TermonNext articleGAA confirm delay on Inter County return News Highland FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+last_img read more

The ice-cream man cometh

first_img Henry Inman is a remarkable champion of lifelong learning. His influence on Richmond Frozen Confectionery’s employees – and the prisoners on work placements there – has made continuous development a way of life. By Stephanie SparrowSophisticated technology and strict hygiene regulations fail to diminish the magic of touring Richmond Frozen Confectionery’s ice-cream factory.Although the ingredients are encased in external silos until computers trigger their journey into the building through gleaming steel pipe-work, the aromas escape, tantalising the visitor’s nose.Seeing the ice-cream hit the tubs is a child’s dream. Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ooze from a trio of pipes to form perfect boxes of soft scoop Neapolitan. In a separate area a sophisticated banoffee mixture is swirled into chic 500ml pots for the adult market.The factory fulfils all childhood expectations, but the workforce defies the stereotypes of a factory floor. From beneath their hygiene regulation headgear, the faces reveal a cross-section of society in terms of sex, race and age.The company is proud of its innovative employment practices and its subscription to New Deal, National Traineeship and Modern Apprenticeship programmes. Richmond Frozen Confectionery is the only provider in North Yorkshire for food and drink Modern Apprenticeships and National Traineeships and it is an award-winning provider of training and work placements for prisoners.The factory is in Leeming Bar, the North Yorkshire base of Richmond Frozen Confectionery, the UK’s largest independent manufacturer of ice-cream, dominating the supply of own-label products to major food retailers.Richmond also owns the Treats ice-lolly brand based in Crossgates, West Yorkshire, which it bought in a reverse takeover in 1998.Workforce numbers at Leeming Bar have grown from 20 in 1990 to a current 210. This expansion, matched by investment in sophisticated technology, has pushed the factory to be recognised as one of the most efficient in Europe.Solid training initiatives – there are 130 employees taking NVQs at the moment – and high-profile activities, have moved in parallel with this growth. The annual spend on training at Richmond – including funding from the Tecs and DfEE – is 1 per cent of turnover.Training evangelismAt the centre of this activity is training development and human resources manager Henry Inman, a determined Yorkshireman well-known throughout the region for his training evangelism and unofficial ambassadorship of IIP.He successfully project managed IIP at his previous employer WCF Foods before seeing it through to recognition at Richmond.He joined Richmond in 1998 to formalise its training function. The company has engineered a culture change from dependency on external training consultants with ad hoc activities to running its own educational institution, says Inman.Since he joined Richmond, he has put a lot of building blocks into place establishing the Leeming Bar site as an approved centre for City & Guilds, GNVQ and NEBS.”An educational institution makes sense for us,” he says. “It is a statement of intent and gives our employees transferable credit.”Progression to IIPHe is now advising and mentoring on progression to IIP at the Crossgates site, with Richmond’s suppliers and to other employers in the region.”We think of our suppliers as stakeholders and if they think that their business will support IIP, why not have a look at it? We run a one-day diagnostic for them,” he says. “IIP is like a coat-hanger, he says. “It provides a basis to hang quality initiatives on.”Here is someone who is not befuddled by the bureaucracies of NVQs but who gets excited about the discipline of “logical incrementalism” which they inspire.”Our process standards are written à la NVQ,” says Inman, referring to the standards written specifically at Richmond to ensure that operatives and team leaders understand the technical complexities of their job role, looking at not only how a machine works but how it is linked into cost leaders and maximum efficiency.NVQs are used as a benchmark for the company. “They are used as a point of reference for skills required in internal job advertisements,” says Inman.No one is forced to take NVQs but Richmond gives everybody the opportunity to take them and looks for alternative ways of developing people if they don’t want to participate.Learning for everybodyInman believes that training is for everybody. He embodies lifelong learning himself as he has progressed from a hard-working farmer’s son who rejected the idea of college until his early 20s in favour of work experience on the family farms, to someone with a crateful of academic and vocational qualifications who will start a doctorate at Durham University this autumn.He is passionate about other people’s development, frequently referring to the buzz he gets from the “self-actualisation” of others, such as an employee rejected by the education system who achieved NVQ Level 2 in middle age.The company was the “innovative practice award” winner at last year’s Investors in People ceremony for its use of work placements for prisoners.Inman sees no difference in the training needs and aspirations of the prisoners who travel 25 miles from Kirklevington Grange Prison in Cleveland. Neither does anyone else in the factory, he claims.”At first the situation was that nobody knew there were serving prisoners in the factory,” he says. “No one could see the difference because they weren’t treated differently and now we are totally upfront about it.” The prisoners are treated exactly the same as everyone else, he says.Equal opportunities”We have inductions for prisoners, New Dealers, Modern Apprenticeships, the whole lot, it doesn’t matter, it is totally equal opportunities. When we evaluate the induction it is great to see what some of prisoners write on the evaluation form. They feel that they are regaining their self-respect,” he says.The prisoners are category D which means that they are in the final stages of their sentence and considered to be of minimum risk to the general public if they escape en route to work.”They are paid the same rate as other employees and in terms of employment law we deal with them exactly as we would the others,” says Inman, who conducts job interviews at the prison. “The only caveat to that is that they remain under prison jurisdiction. We liaise with the prison over what time they should leave Kirklevington to travel to a shift, and take into account the journey times so that we can estimate what time they will arrive with us because they can use their own vehicles.”But there are checks. “Prison officers come here and do audits. If they step out of line the prison will come down here to collect them,” he says.The benefits to the prisoners, says Inman, are, “They get work experience, money and if they have worked well they will get a reference and could be offered a job. If they stay with us long enough they can create evidence towards NVQs. One Kirklevington lad who left us got his train the trainer and team leadership process standards and his food hygiene certificate, that’s a good portfolio of documents.”Of course altruism is not the only reason that Richmond employs the prisoners. The Leeming Bar site is in an affluent area of low unemployment, less than 2 per cent, competing with many other food factories, so imaginative recruitment and training go hand in hand to plug the gaps.Reputation for trainingBut because the company is building a reputation for training, with full support from the manufacturing director – Inman’s hotline to the board – and giving it a high profile in areas such as the annual report and accounts, potential employees are coming forwards all the time.”Sixth formers are seeing our Modern Apprenticeships scheme and asking what it is about. They now see it as an alternative to college and stay here for a three-year apprenticeship instead,” says Inman.Last year the company was in the top ten contenders for three national IIP award categories: outstanding practice award, the innovative practice award and the key champion award. It eventually won the innovative practice award but there were other surprises too. The high profile activities led to it winning The Yorkshire Award for Employment Creation and a National Training Award for the most outstanding newly recognised IIP company in the North Yorkshire Tec region.Inman’s next stage is to see through the benefits of IIP, which includes 22 employees studying for their Diploma in Business Excellence.”Richmond is a dynamic company which has traditionally placed an intense focus on operations in order to give customer satisfaction. We are now taking a more holistic approach as an Investor in People with a passionate belief in employee development and the achievement of business excellence,” he says.He is also going to complete an MBA, prepare for his studies with Durham University which will look at educational management of team leaders in a manufacturing environment, and continue to promote the benefits of IIP in the region. CV Henry Inman1971-1983 Working on family farms1979 Diploma in agriculture with distinction1983-1986 Set up a farm shop1986-1994 Various supervisory and management jobs, WCF Foods1994-1998 Production manager with whole site personnel and training responsibilities, WCF Foods1998 Training, development and human resources manager, Richmond Frozen ConfectioneryQualifications1982-1991 Various food hygiene and quality management qualifications1995 NVQ Level 5 in Management BTEC1997 BA in Business Administration1998 Advanced Diploma in Adult & Continuing Education1999 PGCE in Education, MA in Education The ice-cream man comethOn 1 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. 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Brazil carries out third test of MANSUP anti-ship missile

first_img View post tag: MANSUP View post tag: Brazilian Navy Photo: Youtube screengrab Share this article The Brazilian Navy has carried out a third test launch of the MANSUP anti-ship missile on July 10, targeting the hull of the former tugboat Tridente.The missile was launched by Niterói-class frigate BNS Independência on July 10 and was supported by a number of naval and aerial assets.The test was deemed a success by the navy.“The results confirmed the progress of the project and the improvements made after the first tests in November 2018 and March of 2019,” the navy said.MANSUP is a locally-developed missile measuring 5.6 meters in length, weighing about a ton and reaching a speed of 1000 km/h.Brazil is also developing an air-launched version of the anti-ship missile called MANAER.last_img read more

Cinecism: Star Wars

first_imgStar Wars, in a sense, is an easy target. Sure, it’s a ‘classic’, credited with revolutionising cinema, one of the most loved films of all time, eminently quotable and filled with iconic scenes and characters. But still (and this is the crux of my argument), it’s a bit naff.This may seem a somewhat churlish reason to take offence at a film which is so honest about its low-budget TV-serial roots. It’s all part of the charm, right? Well, it seems that line of reasoning has made Star Wars impervious to rational criticism. There’s the awful dialogue – ‘Travelling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, boy!’ – which most critics are unusually happy to gloss over, attributing it to part of the film’s charm. The acting is similarly acknowledged to be weak, verging on atrocious, but guess what? It’s got charm! Like Prince Charming’s lucky charm at a charm convention!Consider the plot itself, so riddled with contrivances that one wonders if George Lucas started off with just the plot holes, and cleverly weaved a story around them. The most obvious hole is the most literal one, which is that if you’re going to build a planetsized machine of terror, you’re not going to leave a tiny gap on the outside which leads directly to the ‘reactor core’. Forget missiles: what about stray birds?On the subject of Imperial stupidity, how on earth do our heroes escape stormtroopers by jumping into a ‘trash compactor’? Sure, the Empire’s elite would be incapable of hitting a barn door with a cannon that actually fired barn doors, but does it not occur to them to look in the trash compactor or wait by its only exit? And how does C-3PO manage to hide by locking a door? There’s really only one response to the stormtrooper who actually says ‘It’s locked, let’s move on!’ and that’s for the entire audience to collectively bang their heads on the seats in front of them.The editing is similarly dodgy, but cunningly disguised by the masterful soundtrack. Take away the music and you’re left with numerous awkward pauses and endless shots of robots walking into deserts. Then there’s the ‘Special Edition’, which is roughly the same as the original, except it contains small computer-generated creatures falling off larger computer-generated creatures, undoubtedly thought up in a moment of ‘hilarious’ ‘genius’.Finally, there’s the blatant Wookie racism. As if it isn’t enough that Chewie doesn’t get a medal at the end, he’s continually treated like an amusing pet/ slave, despite being the only one with enough common sense to question the sanity of deliberately falling down a ‘garbage chute’. So there. Star Wars condones slavery. And that’s really the crux of my argument.By Jonathan Tanlast_img read more