Florida school districts, parents seek sustained funding for online learning programs

first_img The Anatomy of Fear “We will have full parental choice,” Corcoran told the State Board of Education (BOE). “The governor will take nothing less than full parental choice.”Corcoran wouldn’t guarantee Wednesday whether full parental choice includes full funding for school districts’ virtual leaning programs, noting the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) is analyzing funding models “right now and working with the districts.”Corcoran’s order from July that mandated all schools reopen in August with “the full panoply” of in-person services expires next month.A revised order will be a “collaborative effort” and reflect “significant improvement based on our first 90, 100 days in school,” Corcoran told the BOE, suggesting it may be ready before Thanksgiving.Under the July order, the state fully funded online students at the same rate it does for those attending in-person classes, a temporary pandemic-induced policy change that some parents, educators and doctors feared would not be extended in Corcoran’s revised rules.Parents of about 40% of the state’s 2.8 million K-12 students have opted not to send their children into school, instead enrolling them in district-run online options in greater numbers than the FDOE’s Virtual School program.Nearly 22,000 COVID-19 cases related to Florida K-12 schools, colleges and universities since Sept. 6 were reported Saturday by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).The FDOH’s update from Nov. 8-14 reported 3,146 new COVID-19 cases in Florida schools – 2,397 K-12 students, 209 teachers, 109 staff and 314 “other” cases; and 749 cases among students, teachers and staff at colleges and universities.The growing caseload in schools reflects the pandemic’s statewide intensification, with FDOH reporting 7,925 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, topping 905,000 cases in Florida since March.The FDOH also reported 88 deaths Thursday, bringing the number of fatalities attributed to the disease in Florida since March to 17,949.Corcoran told the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) in October his revised order would give parents online options while offering incentives for districts that enroll more students in face-to-face classes.“We’ve got to get those kids in the classrooms,” Corcoran said, calling online lessons “a tier-two education.”During Wednesday’s BOE meeting, board member Michael Olenick pressed Corcoran to assure families they’ll not be expected to send their children to brick-and-mortar classrooms in January.“I know people who have died from COVID. I know people who are sick from COVID,” Olenick said. “I think there is a fear with many students, faculty, parents. That fear is warranted.”Olenick agreed “the brick-and-mortar experience” is ideally best, but amid a pandemic and in a state where “school choice is the mantra,” parents should have educational options for their children.“That decision should be a parent’s decision,” he said.Families will have “full parental choice,” Corcoran said. “I can assure you, Mike, from the top down, that absolutely will happen.”The FADSS, Florida PTA and Florida Education Association (FEA), the state’s largest teachers union, have appealed to Corcoran and Gov. Ron DeSantis to extend full funding for online programs.“School districts need to know they’ll have the funds to operate without severe cuts. Parents who want their children to learn at home need to know that they’ll still have that option after Jan. 8 – in their own districts, with teachers they know and trust,” FEA President Andrew Spar said in a written statement. Photo by Thomas Park on Unsplash LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSCOVID-19Florida Department of EducationFlorida Education Commissioner Richard CorcoranFundingNew CasesOnline LearningParental ChoiceThe Center Square Previous articleOrange Co. Animal Services seeks forever home for TonkaNext articleLong Before the Pilgrims Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The FDOH’s update from Nov. 8-14 reported 3,146 new COVID-19 cases in Florida schools – 2,397 K-12 students, 209 teachers, 109 staff and 314 “other” cases; and 749 cases among students, teachers and staff at colleges and universitiesBy John Haughey | The Center SquareFlorida will continue to fund school districts’ online learning programs for parents who opt not to send their children to brick-and-mortar classrooms next semester, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Ben Youngs’ 80m try vs Bath voted Aviva Premiership Try of the Week

first_imgWednesday Apr 24, 2013 Ben Youngs’ 80m try vs Bath voted Aviva Premiership Try of the Week Ben Youngs’ excellent solo effort  For Leicester Tigers against Bath at the weekend was voted Aviva Premiership Try of the Week for Round 21. Youngs, a solid contender for a Lions berth, will have impressed Warren Gatland with his pace and quick thinking as he caught Bath off guard with a quick-tap penalty, then sprinted 80m. It is the fifth time in the last six rounds that Try of the Week has gone to the Tigers.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Great Tries Related Articles 26 WEEKS AGO Incredible athleticism for sensational try… 26 WEEKS AGO ARCHIVE: Suntory score amazing try to upset… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: All 12 tries from EPIC Bristol-Clermont… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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This mass brawl in Welsh club rugby is a throwback to years gone by

first_imgFriday Jan 24, 2020 This mass brawl in Welsh club rugby is a throwback to years gone by Things got a little heated at the weekend between Treorchy and Cambrian in Welsh club rugby. It’s not clear to see what started it, but four players were reportedly sent off, and the Welsh Rugby Union are investigating the incident after the footage went viral.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Fjällhus Residence / PS Arkitektur

first_img “COPY” Area:  85 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/11585/fjallhus-residence-ps-arkitektur Clipboard Fjällhus Residence / PS Arkitektur Houses Fjällhus Residence / PS ArkitekturSave this projectSaveFjällhus Residence / PS Arkitektur “COPY” 2005 ArchDaily CopyHouses•Härjedalen, Swedencenter_img Sweden Projects Year:  Architects: PS Arkitektur Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/11585/fjallhus-residence-ps-arkitektur Clipboard Save this picture!+ 16 Share Text description provided by the architects. The Mountain Lodge is a modern take of a traditional barn of the region in Härjedalen, Sweden. The Lodge comes as prefabricated wooden units. It was originally designed in 2005 by architect Peter Sahlin for his own family, as a vacation retreat in the fells of Härjedalen. Five houses have since then been produced in the region. The typical clients are urban professionals who desire a simple, compact, yet comfortable and modern vacation retreat.Save this picture!Recommended ProductsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Prexury®WoodBruagBalcony BalustradesThe exterior’s reduced and stern architecture lends it´s appearance from the simple barn-like architecture traditional in the fells of Härjedalen. The interior is modern and white. Warmth is added with wooden plywood walls and ceilings. One side of the lodge consists of large panoramic windows towards the winter mountain landscape or the greens of the summer. The lodge has full amenities including kitchen, bathroom, a sauna, two bedrooms and a loft with a third bedroom. Ecological and rational concerns have been important when choosing materials and construction methods – the lodge is very energy efficient and is built with sustainable and natural materials.The construction consists of a wooden framework and prefabricated wall- and roof elements. The Lodge is designed in two different sizes (85sqm and 100sqm) the smaller sized cottage (85sqm), costs about 200.000 Euros in Sweden, complete with all interior fittings.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessArchDaily on Facebook (and Twitter, Flickr)ArticlesShell / ARTechnic architectsSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officePS ArkitekturOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesHärjedalenSwedenPublished on January 18, 2009Cite: “Fjällhus Residence / PS Arkitektur” 18 Jan 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HouseShower ColumnshansgroheOverhead ShowersWindowsKalwall®Kalwall® in Featherstone High SchoolLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxSealantsEffisusBi-adhesive Tape – 2BondDSConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsPlantersJakobGreen Walls – GreenKitUrban ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Benches and Litter Bins in Public Space ImprovementsPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsFreifrauArmchair High – MarlaAcousticBASWA acousticThermal-Acoustic System – BASWA CoreMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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Industry Leaders Discuss GSE Privatization

first_img Previous: New Challenges for Self-Employed Borrowers Next: Can America Stave Off ‘Wave of Homelessness’ The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 2020-12-04 Christina Hughes Babb Home / Daily Dose / Industry Leaders Discuss GSE Privatization Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago December 4, 2020 995 Views Industry Leaders Discuss GSE Privatization Related Articles The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters has been a staunch voice advocating on behalf of, in her words, “current homeowners, renters, potential owners, and more than 19 million prospective millennial homeowners.” To that end, Waters Friday in a public statement said it would be “entirely inappropriate” for the FHFA, with the assistance of an outgoing Treasury Secretary, to focus on removing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from the government conservatorship they have been under since 2008. She encouraged FHFA Director Mark Calabria to stop any attempts to release the GSEs from government oversight. She says that no move in that regard should occur until the new President is sworn in next January.”At the very least,” she added, “the Congress and the American public deserve transparency from you … I urge you to fully engage with Congress by testifying before our Committee and to immediately halt your efforts to raise the enterprises capital requirements and to release them from conservatorship. You should instead focus on ensuring that renters and homeowners are receiving the help they need during this pandemic.”The Wall Street Journal in November published an article about the current administration’s plan to privatize Fannie and Freddie prior to President Donald Trump’s exit from the White House.According to the article, both Calabria and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have prioritized the conservatorship dissolution, but, the Journal’s Andrew Ackerman reported, “how that is done could affect the cost and availability of mortgages backed by the companies, which guarantee roughly half of the $11 trillion in existing home loans.”Former Freddie Mac CEO Don Layton, now a Senior Industry Fellow at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, has written several papers about the eventual privatization. He acknowledges the process in order to be done correctly will take time. He wrote that the release of Fannie and Freddie “requires the (FHFA), their regulator and conservator, and the US Treasury to both separately and together make decisions and take actions involving extremely large amounts of money in an incredibly complex, never-tried-before process with many political sensitivities.He continued, “To implement an unprecedented undertaking of this scale and scope, the FHFA and Treasury are, in reality, mostly figuring out how to do it as they go along. To date, even though the implementation of this ‘by administrative means’ plan began a little over a year ago, it has so far only scratched the surface—and so likely has years to go, with many tough and complex decisions still to be analyzed, made, and implemented.”Waters has held hearings previously to address the topic. In September she called a full Committee hearing entitled, “Prioritizing Fannie’s and Freddie’s Capital over America’s Homeowners and Renters? A Review of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” during which she called the FHFA’s pandemic response “inadequate.”At the time of publication, Calabria had not publicly responded to Waters’ most-recent statement. About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newslast_img read more

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Claudy bomb victim wants to meet with Martin McGuinness

first_imgNews Claudy bomb victim wants to meet with Martin McGuinness Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Google+ Facebook Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleExtent of Donegal raw sewage problem unique in EuropeNext articleSinn Fein Councillor says Donegal will face worst cuts to services in the country News Highland center_img By News Highland – August 1, 2012 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic A victim of the 1972 Claudy bombings has said she wants to meet Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness, to ask the former IRA leader for answers on the atrocity.Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the attacks which killed nine people.Marjorie Leslie, who survived the bombs, told the BBC she wanted a face-to-face meeting with the deputy first minister.Ms Leslie was one of dozens of people caught up in the three, no-warning car bombs which exploded in the County Derry village on the 31 July 1972.No group has ever claimed responsibility for the attack but the IRA have been consistently blamed for carrying it out.Mr McGuinness was a senior IRA leader in Derry at the time.Earlier yesterday, Mr McGuinness described the Claudy bombings as “indefensible and appalling” and said the attacks were wrong and should not have happened.However, East Derry MLA, John Dallat said Mr McGuinness ‘should tell the whole truth about what happened’. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Video shows partially detached engine cover on United jet

first_imgBobby Lewis(DENVER) — After their United Airlines plane departed from Denver headed to Orlando, Florida early Sunday morning, passengers aboard Flight 293 looked out their window to a frightening sight: an engine cover had broken loose and was flapping around, leaving the engine exposed. Half an hour after taking off, pilots asked air traffic controllers at the Denver International Airport to return to the airport, saying that, “an engine panel has become detached from the airplane.”Passengers said they were relieved and grateful for what they said was the pilots’ quick response.“The pilot really took some heroic action,” Kahlin Grant said. “He made a big decision to turn us around quickly, he essentially saved some lives.”In a statement, United said that the flight “returned to the airport due to a mechanical issue with one of the engines.” According to experts, the purpose of the engine cover is mostly aerodynamic and does not necessarily affect the operation of an engine.This is not the first time a flight has been diverted by a problem with an engine cover coming loose. Last November, a Frontier flight returned to the airport in a similar incident.In another incident last year involving a United jet, an entire engine cover was ripped off in mid-air on flight to Hawaii.Despite these incidents, it is still rare for planes to divert because of mechanical or other problems. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, from July 2018 until July 2019, less than one percent of flights were diverted.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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FBI arrests Filipino church leaders in immigrant trafficking scam

first_imgdornoyega/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — The FBI arrested three administrators of a Filipino-based church Wednesday for allegedly trafficking in its members from Asia as part of a six-year fundraising scam.Guia Cabactulan, 59, Marissa Duenas, 41, and Amanda Estopare, 48, who are members of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Name Above Every Name (or KOJC), were picked up by agents in California and Virginia following raids of KOJC’s offices in Van Nuys, Glendale and Los Angeles, the FBI said.The three allegedly used a children’s foundation as a front to bring in its members from the Philippines and use them to beg for money on the street, the criminal complaint said.KOJC was created in 1985 in Davao, Philippines, by Apollo Quiboloy who claims to be “the Appointed Son of God.” It’s website claims there are 6 million members around the world.Investigators said as early as October 2013, the church would obtain visas for its members under the pretense that they would be performing in musical events in America, however once those members got to the country, they had their passports taken away and were forced to work as “volunteers,” to raise money. The workers were allegedly sent to various locations across the country and ask for money that they claimed went to aid Filipino children, according to the criminal complaint.The money, in reality, went to church operations, and between 2014 and mid-2019, KOJC collected close to $20 million from these donations, the FBI said. Workers were allegedly ordered to meet quotas that changed daily while they were collecting the donations, according to the complaint.KOJC administrators allegedly used several illicit tactics to keep workers in the country including sham marriages and phony enrollments in schools, and forced them to live in unsafe living conditions, according to the FBI.“KOJC workers often slept in their car overnight, parked at truck stops, or occasionally stayed in a small hotel room during their operations,” the complaint said.Several workers came forward to the FBI and gave them details accounts of their experiences as well as e-mails from their administrators that detailed their instructions in the alleged scam, the agency said.Cabactulan, who was the top U.S. KOJC administrator and had direct communications with leaders back in the Philippines, allegedly held on to the victims’ passports and oversaw the operations, according to the complaint. The FBI said Duenas was responsible for falsifying documents and information to immigration officials, while Estopare was allegedly in charge of the collections, according to the complaint.The three were expected to appear before a judge on immigration fraud charges on Wednesday afternoon. No attorney information was available. KOJC representatives could not be reached for comment.The church has come under scrutiny by federal investigators in the past. In September, a Hawaii manager of KOJC was charged with smuggling cash to the Philippines using Quiloboly’s private jet, according to the FBI. Quiboloy was briefly arrested in Hawaii in 2018 after federal agents found $350,000 in cash and parts to assemble a military rifle were found in his jet.The FBI has established a toll-free phone number for potential victims or anyone with information about KOJC activities to provide information,1-800-CALL FBI (1-800-225-5324). FBI operators fluent in English and Tagalog will staff the hotline. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Coronavirus live updates: CDC cites evidence of limited early spread in US in early 2020

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 361,000 people worldwide.Over 5.9 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States is the world’s worst-affected country, with over 1.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 101,706 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:2 p.m.: CDC: 115,000 US deaths by June 20Deaths in the U.S. likely will exceed 115,000 by June 20, even as the rate of increase in cumulative deaths declines, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The rate of new deaths is expected to vary from state to state, the CDC said, adding that “in some states, cumulative deaths will increase at roughly the same rate as they have in recent weeks, while other states are likely to experience only a small number of additional deaths from COVID-19.”1:30 p.m.: NYC on track to begin reopening June 8New York City is on track to begin its phase one of reopening on June 8, bringing back to work about 400,000 employees, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.“Remember that reopening does not mean we’re going back … we go forward,” Cuomo stressed. “It is reopening to a new normal, a safer normal. People will be wearing masks, people will be socially distanced.”Meanwhile, in upstate New York, five regions — North Country, Finger Lakes, Central New York, Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier — are now entering phase two of reopening.That means retail curbside pickup will be open, and hair salons and barber shops can open with strict guidelines, he said.1 p.m.: CDC cites evidence of limited early spread in US in early 2020While the first cases of non-travel-related COVID-19 in the U.S. were confirmed Feb. 26 and Feb. 28, four pieces of evidence suggest that community transition transmission of the virus in the U.S. likely started in mid to late January or early February, according to a weekly report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The CDC’s findings included an RNA analysis that revealed a single lineage of the virus that was imported from China and began circulating in the U.S. between Jan. 18 and Feb. 9, followed by viruses of different lineages from Europe, and that three cases had been confirmed in California in early February.That means “community transmission began before the first two non-travel-related U.S. cases, most likely from a single importation from China in late January or early February, followed by several importations from Europe in February and March,” the CDC said.11:50 a.m.: North Carolina asks RNC questions on convention safetyNorth Carolina responded to the Republican National Committee in a new letter Friday, further pressing Republicans about their plans for the party’s convention.In a letter from Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina included a number of asks for GOP leaders to “further elaborate on its plans to protect convention participants and the people of Charlotte in accordance with the CDC guidance.”The letter included a list of questions: How many delegates, alternates, elected officials, guests and media are expected to attend and be inside the Spectrum Center? How will the RNC implement health screenings, social distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene and other cleaning protocols at all RNC-sanctioned events? Is the RNC is still following Trump’s desire to host a convention with “a crowd-like setting” without social distancing and face coverings? How will people be isolated if they do not pass thermal or health screenings?While the letter acknowledges that a large-scale event can occur during the pandemic, state health officials urge the GOP to plan for “several scenarios.”“The state continues to support the hosting of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte if it can be done safely,” Cohen wrote.The RNC sent a letter Thursday to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper outlining some safety protocols, signaling the party’s preference to keep the convention in Charlotte after President Donald Trump threatened to pull it.The letter, signed by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Marcia Lee Kelly, the president and chief executive officer of the Republican National Convention, comes as the national party and the Democratic governor found themselves in a stalemate, after Trump tweeted that he is considering moving the event outside of North Carolina.Absent from the RNC’s letter were mentions of social distancing and wearing masks.11:30 a.m.: First known cases of MIS-C in WisconsinWisconsin has become the latest state to report cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, aka MIS-C, a dangerous coronavirus-related illness that’s been reported in many states and countries.The hospital Children’s Wisconsin has identified an undisclosed number of cases and said most children have recovered, either in the hospital or at home, reported ABC Green Bay affiliate WBAY.The suspected cases have been reported to Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services, WBAY said.MIS-C, which has been reported in at least 28 states and Washington, D.C., has features similar to those of Kawasaki disease and Toxic-Shock Syndrome. Common symptoms include persistent fever, irritability or sluggishness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, conjunctivitis, enlarged lymph node on one side of the neck, red cracked lips or red tongue, swollen hands and feet.10:30 a.m.: NYC sees record-low number of residents testing positiveHard-hit New York City has reached a record-low of number of residents testing positive — of those tested across the city, just 5% were positive for the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday.New York City has 16,673 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and another 4,742 probable COVID-19 deaths.The mayor on Friday promised more coronavirus testing for the city’s non-profit workers, from those with the Department of Social Services to the Administration of Children’s Services.“We know that a lot of people who do this work” come from communities hit hardest by the coronavirus, de Blasio said. “They’ve been heroes throughout this crisis and we have to be there for them.”Beginning June 1, voluntary, weekly testing will be available for nearly 31,000 non-profit workers. Officials will be able to conduct 4,000 tests per day, he said.De Blasio also highlighted that the city is sending 100,000 internet-enabled tablets to isolated seniors at 100 different public housing sites.The tablets not only give seniors access to telemedicine, but also helps them fight isolation and stay in touch with loved ones.9:50 a.m.: San Francisco unveils reopening planSan Francisco Mayor London Breed on Thursday unveiled a multi-step reopening plan for the Northern California city.Before June 15, residents can use curbside retail and go to real estate appoints if they social distance and wear face coverings. Professional sports can practice if they have approved plan and residents can use fenced dog parks and outdoor museums.Beginning June 15, outdoor fitness can resume, like yoga, but with social distancing.Outdoor dining — including restaurants and bars with food — can resume, as well as religious services and professional sports games without spectators.Further steps will include reopening indoor dining, hair salons and barber shops. The current target date for that is July 13.The target date is mid-August to reopen gyms and bars without food.At least 2,437 people in San Francisco have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. At least 30 people have died.7:25 a.m.: RNC sends letter to North Carolina outlining safety protocols for conventionThe Republican National Committee sent a letter Thursday to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper outlining some safety protocols to move forward with the Republican convention during the coronavirus pandemic — signaling the party’s preference to keep the convention in Charlotte after President Donald Trump threatened to pull it.The letter, signed by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Marcia Lee Kelly, the president and CEO of the Republican National Convention, comes as the national party and the Democratic governor found themselves in a stalemate, after Trump tweeted that he is considering moving the event outside of North Carolina.In response to the RNC’s letter, a spokesperson for Gov. Roy Cooper said the governor’s office will share a response to the letter on Friday, after review from state health officials.“We are still waiting for a plan from the RNC, but our office will work with state health officials to review the letter and share a response tomorrow,” Sadie Weiner, a spokesperson for Cooper, said in a statement to ABC News.The RNC did not intend for the letter to be the plan, with a convention spokesperson telling ABC News the safety measures included in the letter are “a few suggested elements under consideration.”Absent from the RNC’s letter were mentions of social distancing and wearing masks.5:33 a.m.: California sheriff says officers won’t enforce coronavirus public health ordersSonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick penned a letter to residents saying he is directing his department to not enforce the public health order, saying the blanket order is crushing the community.In this letter, Essick said the many residents and business owners have told him that the county’s health orders are far more strict than neighboring communities and California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide orders. He also said that the county’s coronavirus cases continue to decline.“Over the last 10 weeks we have learned a lot and made significant progress. The curve has been flattened; hospitals were not overrun with patients; we have dramatically increased testing which verified the infection rate in Sonoma County is under control and decreasing. Yet we continue to see successive Public Health Orders that contain inconsistent restrictions on business and personal activities without explanation,” Essick wrote. “Based on what we have learned, now is the time to move to a risk-based system and move beyond blanket orders that are crushing our community.”He says he’s asked, and not heard from, public health officials about why the restrictive measures remain despite the community having favorable COVID-19 numbers. To continue to enforce these measures, he said, would be a disservice to the county’s residents.The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, he said, will stop enforcing local coronavirus regulations as of June 1.“As your elected Sheriff, I can no longer in good conscience continue to enforce Sonoma County Public Health Orders, without explanation, that criminalize otherwise lawful business and personal behavior,” Essick’s letter said.California has more than 103,000 diagnosed cases and at least 3,993 deaths. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

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Career focus: Yorkshire & the humberside

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. A region by region look at working in HR in the UK. This month we look atYorkshire & the humberside.  Editedby Ross Wigham e-mail: [email protected] of transformation blows across the NorthThe economy of Northern England has been in a period of change for severalyears and the region is a prime example of this transformation. The economy of Yorkshire and the Humber has consistently outstripped theEuropean growth average for the past five years and attracted significantforeign investment. Because of the cheaper costs associated with the region and a workforce of2.3 million, many large firms have moved north. The area’s10 universities and40 colleges now provide around 10 per cent of the UK’s graduates and theregional development fund has awarded £7.5m to skills development schemes. The latest Labour Force Survey shows that employment is stable in the regionat 71.4 per cent, up by 0.6 per cent in 12 months. The seasonally adjustedunemployment rate was down by 0.2 per cent to 5 per cent. The claimant countalso dropped. The survey reports that around 2.3 million people are employed inthe region and that there has been a rise in the number of self-employedpeople. Like other growth areas in the UK the region is pitching itself as aworld-class business location with cities such as Leeds, Sheffield and York atthe forefront of this investment drive. In the east of the region, Hull is one of the UK’s principle ports. One ofthe main areas of development within the local economy has been the growth ofthe service industries and retailing which now employ more people thanmanufacturing. Lesley Hayhurst, branch secretary of the South Yorkshire branch of theChartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which has around 2,000members, says: “There are a lot of organisations around the area and somegood opportunities for HR professionals. House prices are reasonable, andalthough there are plenty of towns and cities, you’re never too far away fromthe countryside.” Hayhurst said HR is a real growth area because a great deal of cultural workis being done as the region’s economy changes and develops. “There’s a real challenge around culture change and that presents someimportant roles for HR, and people coming into the profession.” Helen Thornton, chair of the 3,500 strong West Yorkshire branch of the CIPD,which includes Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Dewsbury, reports major growthacross the area. “There are lots of financial institutions now based in the region andthat sector has been growing in the past few years,” she said. “Thepublic sector is another major employer, but the economy as a whole has a goodmix.” There is also support for HR professionals from the Northern AreaPartnership – an informal network of seven CIPD branches. Sarah Attwell works as an HR assistant for Gamestation in York and iscurrently studying for her CIPD qualification. She believes the area is a greatplace to start a career in the profession because it’s so central in the UKwith good transport links. “I think it depends on the company you work for to a certain extent. Inmy experience training and support is available,” she says. Living in the regionEducation: The Region in Figuresreport by the Office for National Statistics shows that the pupil/teacher ratiois slightly above the national average at primary schools on 22.7 (UK average22.0) and secondary schools 16.9 (average 16.4) The Local Education Authorityspend per pupil and average class sizes are also around the national average.Some 40.2 per cent of boys and 51.3 per cent of girls leave school with five ormore grade A-C GCSEs, and 29.2 per cent of boys and 36.6 per cent of girls passtwo or more A levels.Transport: The area is connected to London and Scotland via theEast Coast railway which has a major station at York. There are also largetrain stations at Leeds and Sheffield as well as an extensive local network.Leeds/Bradford airport serves the area, but has limited routes. The M62, the M1and a recent link to the A1 are the main roads.Culture/lifestyle: Yorkshire is traditionally known for it’sbeautiful countryside and friendly people, but a new image of the area isemerging. Traditional tourist hotspots such as York are now being complementedby the vibrant, modern cities of Leeds, Sheffield and Hull. Housing: According to figures from the Land Registry, theaverage price of a house in the region is around £108,876. The average detachedproperty is £188,925 while a flat or maisonette will cost about £98,519. Anaverage semi will be £101, 639. York, North Yorkshire and East Riding are themost expensive areas.Company profileFirst directStaff: 2,600Based: LeedsFirst Direct, part of the HSBC banking group, has been based inLeeds since 1989. Jane Hanson, the organisational development manager said thegroup was based in Leeds from its inception because the area offered severalkey benefits.”Initially, there was an available workforce and we neededthat because it was 24-hour opening with customers using the phone and theinternet.”We felt the people here were suitable for the challengeand research suggested that the [Yorkshire] accent was perceived as verytrustworthy,” she said.Hanson went on to explain that there were lots of young peoplein the area and two very good universities to recruit from. Leeds was also seenas an up-and-coming city with superb transport links to the rest of the country.Hanson moved to the area four years ago and admits thelifestyle had a big part to play in her decision. “It’s a really excitingcity and there have been lots of changes in the past few years. It’s probably abit of a clich‚, but people are much more friendly here. That really helps whenyou’re trying to build a culture within an organisation,” she says.Move here for…RamblingThe area has three National Parks and its famous countrysidehas featured in countless TV shows, such as Last of the Summer Wine andHeartbeatConferenceGet the best seats at the annual CIPD conference in HarrogateSweet stuffYork is home to one of the UK’s largest confectionery factoriesBut beware of…FootballIf Leeds United are relegated, as looks increasingly likely,then there will be no Yorkshire representation in the Premier League The Grit The legendary hard-nosed Yorkshireman might scare’soft’SouthernersLancashireEven mentioning the place could start a second War of the RosesHR contacts and local informationRegional development agency www.yorkshire-forward.comRegional Assembly www.rayh.gov.uk/index.cfmNorth Yorkshire CIPD http://branchwebs.cipd.co.uk/nyork/West Yorkshire CIPD http://branchwebs.cipd.co.uk/wyork/South Yorkshire CIPD http://branchwebs.cipd.co.uk/syork/Humber CIPD http://branchwebs.cipd.co.uk/humber/www.hrdirectorsclub.comwww.ytb.org.ukwww.yorkshirenet.co.uk Career focus: Yorkshire & the humbersideOn 17 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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