Is IT missing obvious solution to its crisis?

first_img Previous Article Next Article Is IT missing obvious solution to its crisis?On 20 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Lastweek IT employers launched a charter to tackle the crisis of IT skillsthroughout industry. Meanwhile PC manufacturer Compaq announced it was to cut5,000 jobs worldwide leading to speculation that 3,000 jobs in Scotland couldbe affected. It was the latest in a series of announcements of job losses orprofit warnings in the high-tech sector. If you take the two developmentstogether they appear to present a conundrum. Why lay off staff when you haveskills shortages?Anattempt by employers to tackle the IT skills crisis is obviously welcome and isnot before time. And there is nothing wrong with the aims of the IT skillscharter. However,there is something missing. Oddly, nowhere does it say that the IT industrywill invest in more training. Surely it is cheaper to train existing staff inIT skills than to recruit new people, especially in companies which are makingmass lay-offs? Any explanations would be welcome.    Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Housing charity opens UK’s first high street lettings agency for homeless

first_imgA housing charity in Surrey has launched the UK’s first lettings agency solely for homeless people and is hoping to find partners around the UK keen to replicate what it does.The first location is within a high street premises only recently vacated by Hampton International in the town of Walton-on-Thames.Rentstart, which helps homeless people in Surrey find accommodation with practical advice and support, has made the bold decision to open its own lettings agency on Walton-on-Thames’ high street.To most people who pass by, the branch with its smart entrance and funky furniture looks like any of the other lettings agencies in the area including, next door, a Martin & Co branch.“I thought ‘why don’t we seize the high street back for us? And why don’t we make our clients have the best experience? We’re making a stand about it, saying ‘come in’, removing the stigma and being proud of who we are,” Rentstart Chief Executive Helen Watson (left) told The Guardian.The charity has approximately 450 homeless people who approach it each year either directly or after being referred by local authority Elmbridge Borough Council.  It places approximately 150 tenants with the 30 local private landlords it works with.“The reason for the shopfront was not just about more people knowing about us. It is also about encouraging the whole community to come in, not just people who need support,” says Watson.“It makes us more attractive to local landlords and volunteers as well as clients.”Watson says her letting agency is looking for more landlords to help cope with expanding demand for its services. For more information visit its website.Read more about charity-focussed lettings agencies.rentstart helen watson homeless charity Surrey 2020-10-01Nigel LewisAny comments? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Housing charity opens UK’s first high street lettings agency for homeless Housing charity opens UK’s first high street lettings agency for homeless1st October 202001,704 Viewslast_img read more

‘Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album’ Exhibition Features Virtual Tours and…

first_img ×Ann Frank As an amateur photographer, Otto Frank had a single theme: his daughters, Anne and Margot. Mr. Frank used his Leica camera to snap his girls in familial settings at home, school, beachside, and more. Nothing in Mr. Frank’s photographs reveals the horrors the family would endure during the Holocaust. The exhibition includes more than 50 reproduced photographs, many of which are seldom publicly displayed. More information on the tours is available by emailing [email protected] will also celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the opening of the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST) with an evening of music and art on Thursday, October 1. Mexican American pianist, composer, and educator Angelica Sanchez will perform virtually beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Webex. Ms. Sanchez’s music has been nationally and internationally recognized. She holds a Master’s degree in Jazz Arranging from William Paterson University, is a lecturer at Princeton University, and adjunct professor at The New School. The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) is celebrating diversity, and the visual and performing arts this fall with new exhibitions and live virtual performances.The HCCC President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (PACDEI), in partnership with the Anne Frank Center USA, presents the nationally renowned exhibition, “Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album,” with free virtual gallery tours from October 1 – 22. The performance may be viewed at; access code 1328150234; password 1234.On Sunday, October 4 at 3:30 p.m. as part of JCAST, Hudson County Community College Department of Culture Affairs Director Michelle Vitale will lead an 18-minute tour of highlights of “Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album” exhibition with Morgan Bailey, Traveling Exhibits Manager for The Anne Frank Partnership. Topics of discussion will include the history of the Anne Frank Center, key themes in Otto Frank’s photographs, historical context, and more.center_img Ann Frank Ms. Bailey is an educator who has worked on international projects to address human rights issues. She holds a Master’s degree from Francis Marion University. The tour may be accessed by registering at PACDEI, in partnership with the Anne Frank Center USA, will also present a special Webex virtual performance of “Letters from Anne to Martin” on Thursday, October 22, at 12:30 p.m. Log-in, access code and password may be obtained by emailing [email protected]last_img read more

Get Down To The Aquaducks’ Funky New Single, ‘Bill’s Toupee’ [Premiere]

first_imgNashville based Funk/R&B group The Aquaducks are releasing a new single today, entitled “Bill’s Toupee.” Inspired by James Brown, “Bill’s Toupee” is an uptempo funk tune with a comedic edge that features catchy guitar lines as well as a tongue-in-cheek perspective on what it means to be a poor musician.“The track really has a throwback vibe. I love the way old school funk artists didn’t take themselves too seriously, making the lyrics just as fun as the music.  I like to think that we captured that attitude with Bill’s Toupee,” said the band’s guitarist, Thomas Baxter. Drummer Andrew Fleming added “The process for writing and recording was an absolute blast. At the end of the day, it is just an all around fun song to perform.  There are lots of little puns and jokes in the lyrics that the listener may notice on the 2nd or 3rd listen.”The Aquaducks have delightfully shared a stream of “Bill’s Toupee,” so listen in below:In addition to the single, The Aquaducks will be recording a full length live album at The Basement East in Nashville on April 19th, as well as releasing a music video for “Bill’s Tupee” and another single later on in April. Be sure to catch The Aquaducks at a show near you this spring!The Aquaducks Tour Dates3/31 Barley’s Taproom – Knoxville, TN4/1 – The Rock Shop – Fayetteville, NC4/2 – The One Stop – Asheville, NC4/9 – Mayday Brewery – Murfreesboro, TN4/14 – Preservation Pub – Knoxville, TN4/15 – Clyde’s On Main – Chattanooga, TN4/16 – Nowhere Bar – Athens, GA4/19 – Basement East Live Album Recording – Nashville, TN4/29 – Newby’s – Memphis, TNlast_img read more

McLean launches coaching institute

first_imgWith a $2 million gift from the Harnisch Foundation, Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital recently launched the Institute of Coaching to support coaching-related research, practice, and education. The first of its kind, the center will look to advance excellence in research and practice within the field of coaching, a professional practice designed to optimize human potential and performance in diverse arenas including leadership, health care, and public service.“Coaching is a remarkable change process that has often been thought of as a self-help method without established best practices,” said Carol Kauffman, institute director and assistant clinical professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital. “The goal of the institute is to provide a solid scientific foundation of coaching based on good science, good research, and good practice. Evidence-based coaching will transform the field by giving coaches and clients more and better choices of best practices.”The institute will seek to advance the field of coaching through five centers of excellence including research, education, applied positive psychology, health coaching, and executive and leadership coaching. The Harnisch Fund for Coaching, established with the $2 million gift, will fuel coaching-related research by awarding grants for high-quality scientific coaching studies. The institute’s research center will also disseminate empirically supported best practices, which include peer-reviewed studies.Ruth Ann Harnisch, a philanthropist and certified professional coach, chose to fund coaching research at McLean after listening to the stories of researchers at the first-ever International Coaching Research Forum, organized by Kauffman in 2008.“They talked about the challenges they faced as serious academics attempting to do peer-reviewed, respected coaching research. It became clear to me that a respectable academic home for coaching would be a game-changer for the field,” Harnisch said.Known for its cutting-edge research and world-class professionals, McLean Hospital has studied and practiced coaching-related disciplines for years.“There is a growing interest in positive psychology, of which coaching is an integral part,” said Philip Levendusky, director of psychology at McLean and associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “Increasing evidence shows that coaching can have a positive impact on health care delivery in terms of lifestyle changes, medication compliance, and a host of other changes that reap big rewards for patients and the health care system.“In her gift to establish the Institute of Coaching, Ruth Ann Harnisch has made a significant commitment to the coaching profession and to improving the lives of individuals,” Levendusky said.last_img read more

Vermont Housing Finance Agency breaks $3 billion mark

first_imgVermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) has passed a major milestone: The Agency has issued more than $3 billion in bonds to finance homeownership and rental opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters.Over its nearly-37-year history, VHFA has put that money to use helping approximately 27,000 Vermont households to buy a home and financing the development of approximately 8,400 affordable rental units.Like other non-profit housing finance agencies across the country, VHFA builds capital by selling tax-exempt bonds, then loans that money at slightly higher interest rates to income-eligible homebuyers and developers creating multifamily projects that offer affordable rents. This self-sustaining model means the agency does not rely on state funding.”We’re proud of all we’ve accomplished, but know the work is not finished,” said Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. “Access to the capital markets is very difficult right now. We stand ready to help moderate income and first time homebuyers. There are still barriers they face such as increasingly challenging down payment and mortgage insurance requirements. At the same time, Vermont’s stock of decent, affordable rental units continues to lag way behind demand.”Most challenged are those on the lower end of Vermont’s earning scale. VHFA is most committed to helping this population. In fiscal year 2010, more than half of VHFA homebuyers (52 percent) earned less than 80 percent of area median income. Eighty-one percent of Vermont renters living in VHFA-allocated Housing Tax Credit units had incomes less than half of the area median.”VHFA’s success rate is impressive, especially considering recent economic conditions,” according to Chief Financial Officer Tom Connors. “We respect that our mission is made possible by authority to issue tax-exempt bonds given to us by the State and Federal government, and we’re careful with our funds. Three billion dollars is a lot of money. We’re committed to get the most out of it for the people of Vermont.”VHFA’s low delinquency and foreclosure rates outshine the state and national rates. As of June 30, 2010, VHFA home loans delinquent by 90 or more days were just 0.94% of all the Agency’s outstanding loans. Vermont’s rate was more than twice as high: 2.05%. The national rate was 4.54%.The number of VHFA loans in the foreclosure process on June 30, 2010, was 1.37% of all VHFA loans, compared to Vermont’s overall foreclosure rate of 2.71% and the national rate of 4.57%.”VHFA’s numbers are substantially below others’ for a reason,” Carpenter adds. “We’re focused on responsible lending ‘ solid underwriting combined with homebuyer education. No one wins when a buyer ends up with a house they can’t truly afford.”That’s how we’ve worked to reach the $3 billion mark,” she adds, “and it’s how we’ll continue doing business in the future.”VHFA is a self-sustaining, non-profit agency created in 1974 by the Vermont Legislature to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the Agency has helped approximately 27,000 Vermont households with affordable mortgages and financed the development of approximately 8,400 affordable rental units.Download the 2010 VHFA Annual Report: is external)VHFA ONLINE: is external)last_img read more

Old Bethpage Man Killed by Driver while Walking Dog, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Old Bethpage man walking his dog was killed by a driver early Thursday morning, Nassau County police said.The victim, 42-year-old Robert Michaels, was walking his dog south on Round Swamp Road in his hometown when he was struck by a 2013 Dodge Avenger just before 12:30 a.m., police said.He was transported to Nassau University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 1:05 a.m., police said. Michaels’ dog was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver, 37-year-old Matthew Johnstone of North Massapequa, allegedly fled the scene after the accident but later returned. He was placed under arrest and charged with leaving the scene of an accident.Johnstone will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Releases ‘Trauma-Informed PA’ Plan with Recommendations and Steps for the Commonwealth and Providers to Become Trauma-Informed

first_img Press Release,  Public Health As a companion to Governor Tom Wolf’s multi-agency effort and anti-stigma initiative, Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters, the Office of Advocacy and Reform (OAR) is releasing the “Trauma-Informed PA” plan to guide the commonwealth and service providers statewide on what it means to be trauma-informed and healing-centered in PA.This plan is the result of four months of work from OAR and the Trauma-Informed PA Think Tank, formed in February. The think tank was made up of 25 experts chosen to participate from urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the commonwealth, and represents the fields of psychiatry, psychology, law enforcement, county government, clergy, social work, counseling, mindfulness, community development, education, sexual assault recovery, addiction recovery, domestic violence services, child maltreatment solutions, nursing, public health, pediatrics, prison re-entry and philanthropy.“Thanks to the Office of Advocacy and Reform and its think tank members for this innovative and vital plan on how to be trauma-informed, something many Pennsylvanians may not be familiar with, but that can be a guiding principle for our continuing efforts to support and protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians and everyone in our commonwealth,” Gov. Tom Wolf said.“When I first dove into this work in January and started to conceptualize the think tank and the process to build the plan, I thought this was the key to becoming a more prosperous state,” said Dan Jurman, the Executive Director of OAR. “But when COVID-19 hit, and then the George Floyd and subsequent police violence protests started, we knew that what we were working on would be crucial to healing a population in the midst of multiple traumas and chronic stress.”Healing and Preventing TraumaThe plan focuses on six key areas:1. Ensuring that PA state culture is trauma-informed through universal training2. Ensuring all state agencies’ policies and practices are trauma-informed and more focused on prevention and healing3. Mandating that all licensed and funded entities become trauma-informed4. Building and supporting grass roots / community-based efforts to become trauma-informed in every part of the commonwealth5. Recognizing and healing from the traumas of major crisis like COVID-196. Preventing and healing racial, communal and historical traumas, whether they be individual or systemicWithin these six areas there are 43 recommendations to be enacted starting this year. Those recommendations range from building a Pennsylvania network on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Connection web platform to connect all community-based movements focused on ACEs and trauma, to reforming regulations and policies that can retraumatize children and families receiving services from the state.Next Steps“Our think tank included experts and professionals who’ve been working toward these ends for years,” added Jurman. “We’re especially grateful to Attorney General Josh Shapiro and his office for their work to make PA a trauma-informed state and for their contributions to our law enforcement recommendations.”While the think tank has been thanked for its work and has disbanded, its members have been invited to join state agency representatives to form a new Trauma-Informed PA leadership team, which will guide action teams tasked with prioritizing the recommendations, setting short and long-term goals, and assigning accountabilities to make the recommendations a reality. In addition to the 25 think tank members, another 70-plus trauma experts from all over the commonwealth have also been invited to join these action teams. All of these teams will also be expected to continue to push the envelope to make sure Pennsylvania not only keeps up with the latest science and trends in trauma and ACEs healing and prevention, but starts to set the bar for the nation.“Brain science shows us that untreated trauma has negative and costly effects not only on a person’s physical and mental health, but also on their ability to learn, experience healthy relationships and reach their full potential,” Jurman said. “From healthcare to workforce development to law enforcement to human services to community and economic development, if we want to truly thrive as a commonwealth, then we have to heal what is at the core of our challenges and not just treat symptoms, respond to never-ending crisis, and incarcerate. Hurt people hurt people, and with 38 percent of all Pennsylvanians having experienced child abuse, there’s a lot of hurt out there. It’s time to break the cycle by setting people on the path to true healing.”View the complete “Trauma-Informed PA” plan, which includes photos, locations and affiliations of think tank members.Ver esta página en español. Wolf Administration Releases ‘Trauma-Informed PA’ Plan with Recommendations and Steps for the Commonwealth and Providers to Become Trauma-Informed SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img July 27, 2020last_img read more

Buyers chase high end product in Cornubia

first_img26 Penina Cct, CornubiaTHE Cornubia real estate market remains strong but stock levels are low, says a local real estate agent. Natalia Nicholson, of Ray White Shailer Park, said buyers looking for a higher-end product tended to concentrate their search on Cornubia. “You do get more million-dollar homes in Cornubia and it does have the reputation of being one of the better suburbs in the area,” she said. “Every now and then we get first homebuyers looking but most buyers generally are looking for their second or third home.“The majority of people looking to buy into Cornubia are owner-occupiers.” More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The property at 26 Penina Cct, Cornubia, sold after strong interest from buyers.Ms Nicholson said homes in the area tended to be tightly held and didn’t last once placed on the market. “We can’t satisfy all the buyers wanting to buy into Cornubia – stock levels are extremely low,” she said. According to CoreLogic, houses in the suburb sell in 31 days on average and the median house price has increase by 9.8 per cent in the 12 months to February to sit at $585,000. Ms Nicholson and Ray Nicholson recently sold a 26 Penina Cct, Cornubia, for $530,000.“There was quite a bit of interest in the property. The home is in a secured estate so that always attracts a bit more interest,” she said. Ms Nicholson said that the new owners of the home were looking for an investment property they could move into within the near future.last_img read more

Locals in Karalee are seeking room to move and natural serenity

first_imgJanet Freeman is the first resident to move into The Crossing estate at Karalee where she says she loves coming home.THE first residents are settling into their new homes at The Crossing, enjoying plenty of room to move on the banks of the Brisbane River.The small acreage community in Karalee has sold 60 lots since its release 12 months ago, with stage five just released offering 24 lots averaging 2,120sq m and starting from $255,000.Developed by Karalee Land Partners, the 72 hectare site features 153 residential lots over nine stages, with a total end value of $45.6 million.The first resident to move in and enjoy the serenity was Janet Freeman, she purchased a 2,010 sq m lot in the first release. The Crossing in Karalee.“Location was one of the main reasons why I purchased here, so I can be close to my family. They already know what a beautiful place Karalee is to live,” Ms Freeman said.“The Crossing offers acreage land which really appealed to me as it is very hard to find blocks of this size available so close to amenities … and with very easy access to the highway.“I love coming home. My property faces the bushland and I really enjoy the peaceful natural setting and the bird life. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“I can have all of my family here comfortably and the grandkids can play and kick a ball in the large backyard.”Colliers International associate director of residential Daniel Hirst, who is marketing the estate, said The Crossing was the only fully-serviced acreage land community in the region, and was attracting families who enjoyed open space and a close-knit community feel. The Crossing in Karalee.“The Crossing offers a very affordable acreage living option for families, with riverfront lot opportunities also available,” Mr Hirst said. “People continue to be amazed at the value of the offering, considering this is fully serviced acreage land, so close to shopping centres and within easy access to Brisbane.”Mr Hirst said most buyers were locals who wanted to build on larger blocks that were serviced and NBN ready.“There are not many opportunities in the area that offer serviced acreage blocks for sale,” he said.“We invite people to visit to see what The Crossing has to offer and how close it is to Brisbane. As an example, The Crossing is less than 1km from Karalee Shopping Centre and same driving distance to Brisbane CBD as North Lakes is on the north. “However at The Crossing you are getting half an acre for the same price as 400sq m at Northlakes.”Karalee is located 15 minutes from the Ipswich CBD and approximately 30km south west from Brisbane.last_img read more