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Vietnam expels dissident blogger to France

Vietnam expels dissident blogger to France

first_img April 22, 2021 Find out more In an unprecedented move designed to silence a leading dissident, the Vietnamese authorities put Hoang, 62, on a flight to France, where he acquired French citizenship while studying and working there for 28 years before returning to Vietnam in 2000.In the run-up to his expulsion, he was stripped of his Vietnamese nationality on 17 May and then arrested at his home in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday.“I am still in state of shock and very sad,” Hoang said after landing yesterday morning in Paris, where he was met by relatives. He added that he would try to “live in order to continue the fight” that was his “reason for existing.”“Stripping a government opponent of his nationality in order to expel him and silence him is absolutely shocking,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “What has happened to Pham Minh Hoang, a well-known independent and courageous defender of free speech, is shameful, especially for Vietnam.”In a moving interview for RSF on 20 June, Hoang had appealed to France to try to prevent his expulsion by refusing to issue the necessary laissez-passer. He said he was totally opposed to being sent to France and wanted at all costs “to live and die in Vietnam” in order to stay with his family and to keep fighting for freedom of expression.Persecuted, subjected to an illegal procedureThis is the first time that Vietnam’s one-party state has stripped one of its dissidents of their nationality, which is prohibited by Vietnam’s own legislation for a person born in the country, as Hoang was. His lawyer had filed an appeal against the measure on the grounds that it was completely illegal.A respected lecturer in mathematics at the Ho Chi Minh City Polytechnic School and member of the pro-democracy party Viet Tan, Hoang had already been subjected to psychological and judicial harassment.His blog posts about education, the environment and the threats to Vietnamese sovereignty from China led to his being sentenced to 17 months in prison and three years of house arrest in 2011 – a sentence that was reduced thanks to pressure from the French government.Vietnam has one of the worst scores of any country in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, in which it is ranked 175th out of 180. Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison June 26, 2017 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Vietnam expels dissident blogger to France News April 7, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply shocked to learn that Pham Minh Hoang, a blogger and champion of the fight for free speech in Vietnam, was expelled from the country of his birth on Saturday night. Pham Minh Hoang (C) at his arrival in Paris on June 25. photo : Viet Tan Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam to go further Follow the news on Vietnam Receive email alertscenter_img News News VietnamAsia – Pacific Freedom of expressionInternet Help by sharing this information RSF_en RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang News VietnamAsia – Pacific Freedom of expressionInternet Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Michael Cacciotti Re-appointed to AQMD Board

Michael Cacciotti Re-appointed to AQMD Board

first_imgGovernment Michael Cacciotti Re-appointed to AQMD Board Published on Friday, February 19, 2016 | 4:18 pm Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuffcenter_img Community News Subscribe Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes South Pasadena Councilman Michael Cacciotti was re-appointed to AQMD’s Governing Board for the 4-year term 1/15/16 to 1/15/20 at the February 18 meeting of the cities of the Eastern Region of LA County by a 21-9 vote.Thirty of the region’s 34 cities were represented by mayors or members of the respective city councils. Absent were representatives from Bradbury, Burbank, La Puente, and Temple City.After introductory remarks by the mayor of Torrance, who is chair of the Cities Selection Committee of LA County, the representative from Diamond Bar nominated Rosemead Council Member Steven Ly; the mayor of South Pasadena nominated Michael Cacciotti.Candidate Steven Ly made a brief statement about his desire to serve local communities but provided no relevant information about his qualifications to address air quality issues or what he would do if elected. Michael made a strong statement detailing his extensive experience in helping the AQMD Board address the region’s serious air quality issues and highlighting his serve in aiding cities in the Eastern Region obtain funds in support of local clean air equipment and programs.About 10-12 members of the public, including several peole who identified themselves as members of the Sierra Club, spoke in support of Michael, and a letter in support from the Sierra Club’s Angeles Chapter Senior Director was read and distributed at the meeting. There were no speakers in support of Steven Ly.After public comment was concluded, Claremont Council Member Sam Pedroza and Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian spoke in strong support of Cacciotti. No member of the eastern cities spoke in support of Ly.The vote was then conducted in open session, and it was announced that Cacciotti had won a majority of the cities and a majority of the population of the cities present and voting: Cacciotti received the votes of cities containing in excess of 1 million residents, which Ly had the vote of cities with approximately 500,000 residents.The meeting was concluded at apprioximately 11:30 am. HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Celebrity Body Parts Insured For Ridiculous AmountsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Pacific Oaks Joins College and University Presidents’ Call to Uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

Pacific Oaks Joins College and University Presidents’ Call to Uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

first_img Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Education Pacific Oaks Joins College and University Presidents’ Call to Uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program Article and Photo courtesy of PACIFIC OAKS COLLEGE Published on Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 11:25 am Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Patricia A. Breen, Ph.D. Photo courtesy Pacific Oaks CollegePatricia A. Breen, Ph.D., President of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (PO), has signed a nationwide statement in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and undocumented immigrant students. PO joins college and university presidents across the nation in its call to uphold and continue DACA.“Pacific Oaks is committed to supporting educational opportunities for all of our students, as well as others who want to strive and ‘dream’. Our university’s core values are deeply rooted in expanding social justice. PO strives to ensure and to teach the principles of equal opportunity and fairness for all. DACA supports these values and opens higher education for everyone. It is imperative that we continue this important program,” said President Breen.As leaders in higher education, the university presidents urge the business, civic, religious, and non-profit sectors to take part in the movement to protect DACA and undocumented immigrant students. As of December 8, 2016, over 500 public and private university presidents have signed the letter and offered to meet with U.S. leaders on the issue.In June 2012, President Obama announced the DACA program, which provides temporary relief from removal proceedings for eligible undocumented young adults, as well as renewable two-year work permits. Prior to DACA, undocumented students met significant hurdles in pursuing higher education due to a lack of legal status. Under DACA, the program has released many of the burdens undocumented immigrant students face in higher education – from gaining access to in-state tuition and financial aid, to being able to work for higher wage employment, and to receiving added job security after graduation.The statement follows below:Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant StudentsThe core mission of higher education is the advancement of knowledge, people, and society. As educational leaders, we are committed to upholding free inquiry and education in our colleges and universities, and to providing the opportunity for all our students to pursue their learning and life goals.Since the advent of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, we have seen the critical benefits of this program for our students, and the highly positive impacts on our institutions and communities. DACA beneficiaries on our campuses have been exemplary student scholars and student leaders, working across campus and in the community. With DACA, our students and alumni have been able to pursue opportunities in business, education, high tech, and the non-profit sector; they have gone to medical school, law school, and graduate schools in numerous disciplines. They are actively contributing to their local communities and economies.To our country’s leaders we say that DACA should be upheld, continued, and expanded. We are prepared to meet with you to present our case. This is both a moral imperative and a national necessity. America needs talent – and these students, who have been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders they are essential to the future.We call on our colleagues and other leaders across the business, civic, religious, and non-profit sectors to join with us in this urgent matter. For more information, contact [email protected] HerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCouples Who Stuck With Each Other Despite The Cheating ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News More Cool Stuff Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

Keep Texas Red Townhall

Keep Texas Red Townhall

first_imgLocal News Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Permian Playhouse 2015 new logo A Keep Texas Red Townhall has been scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Permian Playhouse, 310 W. 42nd St. The Keep Texas Red founder and editor will discuss effective strategies and resources available to prepare for the upcoming 2020 election. Speakers will be Joseph Vargas and Republican Party of Texas Vice-Chair, Alma Jackson. Twitter Pinterest TAGS  Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Keep Texas Red Townhall Previous article052719_Memorial_Day_Ride_10Next articleOUR VIEW: A little help can go a long wayThe point: The good folks at UTPB stepped up in major ways to help a student who was in need. Digital AIM Web Support Facebooklast_img read more

Butterfly Release

Butterfly Release

first_img Facebook Butterfly Release Twitter Local News WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 TAGS  Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter Karen Choate holds a butterfly she is releasing in remembrance of her brother Mike Choate, Teresa Sheppard, and Cindy Wallace during Home Hospices 13th annual Butterfly Release and Family Celebration Saturday at the Globe Theatre. Family and friends shared memories of loved ones during the public memorial service and butterflies were released in memory of them. Home Hospice West Texas has scheduled the 14th annual Butterfly Release and Family Celebration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the B&B Building, corner of S.W. 13th Street and Avenue E, Andrews. Names will be read during a memorial service, and butterflies will be released. There will be live music and refreshments will be provided. Admission and participation is free. Call 432-524-5139. Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleMore than Half of Americans are Unprepared for Natural Disasters: Are You?Next article8 consejos para aprovechar al máximo su siguiente visita al médico Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Dodd-Frank Reform and Tenant Protections in Foreclosure

Dodd-Frank Reform and Tenant Protections in Foreclosure

first_img May 24, 2018 10,158 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Dodd-Frank Reform and Tenant Protections in Foreclosure Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save Tagged with: Dodd-Frank Act Dodd-Frank reform Economic Growth Economic Growth Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act Eviction Foreclosure Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act PTFA Regulatory Relief s. 2155 in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Government, Journal, News About Author: David Wharton David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Dodd-Frank Act Dodd-Frank reform Economic Growth Economic Growth Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act Eviction Foreclosure Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act PTFA Regulatory Relief s. 2155 2018-05-24 David Wharton Dodd-Frank Reform and Tenant Protections in Foreclosurecenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Previous: Existing Home Sales vs. Housing Supply Next: A Look Ahead at the 2018/2019 Housing Market Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago On Thursday, President Trump signed Senate Bill 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, into law. The bill, designed evolve and streamline regulations put in place by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this week. The reform bill has many implications for the industry, most of which have been dissected at length over the past few months. One that has flown under the radar, however, is the resurrection of regulations related to the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA).Originally introduced in 2009, the PTFA “contained protections intended to ensure that tenants facing eviction from a foreclosed property would have adequate time to find alternative housing.” The PTFA expired on December 31, 2014. In the years since, some states have implemented their own versions of the law to continue those protections for tenants. However, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act resurrects the PTFA, something that will have implications for many servicers and financial services law firms.On Thursday, Legal League 100 member firm Reimer Law Co. sent out a news alert calling attention to the return of the PTFA provisions.“Title III, Section 304 of the new law repeals the sunset provisions of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act,” reads the statement. “This repeal restores the notification requirements and other protections related to the eviction of renters in foreclosure properties. The Act provides that the law and any regulations promulgated pursuant to the PTFA that were in effect on December 30, 2014, are restored and revived 30 days after the enactment of the Act.”“In a nutshell, the resurrection of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act will give certain tenants in foreclosed properties significant additional rights beyond those they may have been provided by state laws,” Richard M. Nielson, Managing Shareholder, Reimer Law Co. told DS News.Nielson cited Kentucky, one of the states in which Reimer Law operates, as an example. Unlike some other states, Kentucky has not introduced their own version of the PTFA in the intervening years since it expired at the Federal level. As such, Nielson explained that the return of the PTFA could significantly increase the amount of time it takes to complete a post-foreclosure eviction. If that range was between 10-30 days before, for example, the reintroduced law could now require as much as 90 days’ notice to “bona fide” tenants before they can be evicted.“Moreover, if there was a bona fide lease was created prior to the creation of foreclosure, it’s likely the mortgage servicer will have to abide by the terms of that lease, for whatever time is remaining on the lease,” Nielson continued. “It substantially increases the burden on mortgage servicers to comply with all the rules.”There are also questions surrounding exactly what constitutes the legal definition of “bona fide,” Nielson explained.“From a practical standpoint, the issue of ‘what is bona fide’ has always been very nebulous,” Nielson said. “As a result, there’s a lot of room for fraud in this area.”Nielson added that If servicers cannot prove tenants are not “bona fide,” mortgage servicers could wind up with tenants who are locked into substantially lower rents or a substantially longer period of time left on their lease before evictions could be undertaken.To read the full text of S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, click here. 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Hurricane Sally strengthens to Category 2 as it approaches Gulf Coast

Hurricane Sally strengthens to Category 2 as it approaches Gulf Coast

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO and MELISSA GRIFFIN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Sally has strengthened into a Category 2 storm and is expected to strike the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, as four other storms rock the Atlantic.President Donald Trump approved emergency declarations for both Alabama and Mississippi Monday evening.Sally is the seventh hurricane to form this season and was moving west-northwest with wind gusts up to 100 mph, according to the latest forecast Monday evening. A “life threatening” storm surge up to 11 feet and rain up to 24 inches is expected to hit the Gulf Coast over the next 24 to 36 hours, according to the forecast.As of 5 pm ET, the hurricane was about 105 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.Sally is one of five tropical storms that are simultaneously moving through the Atlantic Ocean, an event that has not taken place in almost 50 years. A tropical wave is over the Gulf of Mexico, while Hurricane Paulette and Tropical Storms Rene, Teddy and Vicky are out further in the Atlantic Ocean.Sally is expected to continue to strengthen over the next 24 hours before it makes landfall Tuesday. The current forecast has the storm making landfall near or east of Biloxi on Tuesday evening as a Category 2 hurricane with 110 mph winds.Storm surge remains a big threat as Sally makes landfall. Because of its slow speed, more water could pile up in the bays and inlets along the Gulf Coast.Hurricane warnings have been issued across eastern Louisiana, coastal Mississippi and Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. New Orleans, Biloxi, and Mobile are included in these warnings.Flash flood watches extend as far north as Birmingham, Alabama as Sally is expected to move slowly across the state through Wednesday with heavy rain.Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a state of emergency, saying, “bad weather is nothing to take lightly.” President Trump approved the emergency declarations for both Alabama and Mississippi Monday evening.Storm surge warning is in effect for Port Fourchon, Louisiana, to the Florida panhandle, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and Lake Borgne, as well as Mobile Bay.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has deployed the Texas A&M Task Force 1 to Louisiana at the request of FEMA in preparation for Sally.Flooding from rainfall is another major threat with Sally because of its slow motion, and some areas could see 15 to 20 inches of rain in the next several days with locally some areas seeing more than 20 inches.Elsewhere, Hurricane Paulette hit Bermuda and is moving away from the island as of mid-morning Monday. Strong winds and torrential rain is still impacting the island.The hurricane is expected to head east and not make further landfall.Elsewhere in the tropics, there is a new tropical storm, Teddy.Teddy is forecast to become a major hurricane by this weekend as it moves in the general direction of Bermuda, but it is too early to say if Bermuda will get hit again.Additionally, Tropical Storm Vicky formed in the eastern Atlantic, becoming the 20th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season. That storm is currently in open ocean and not threatening any major landmass.Vicky is the earliest 20th named storm on record. The previous record for reaching 20 named storms in a hurricane season was in 2005 — on Oct. 5.ABC News’ Ivan Pereira contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Therapies on the house

Therapies on the house

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Therapies on the houseOn 20 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Fansof using alternative health therapies at work claim it limits the effect ofstress and has a proven benefit to the company. Wwhile medical insurance nowaccepts its value, Veronica Simpson learns that traditional businesses needconvincingWhileEmployee Assistance Programmes have their evangelists, complementary therapies,it seems, are the new weapons of choice in the battle against workplace stress.These are not just a 10-minute back rub for keyboard operators, but full-ontreatments of reflexology, acupuncture or even energy healing – often paid forby the companies themselves. And it is not just PR companies or new technologyentrepreneurs that are providing such holistic benefits,  blue chip banking and legal corporationssuch as Chase Manhattan and UBS Asset Management, retail giants like Marks& Spencer, The Body Shop and Arcadia have adopted them.Whilesome of these initiatives may be experimental, employers are fast realisingthat all benefits work in their favour. The estimated cost of stress andillness in the workplace is a compelling enough incentive – the CBI reckonsthat UK companies lost £10bn in 1999 due to absence caused by illness, stress,pressure of work and personal problems. Around 40 million working days a yearare lost in the UK due to stress-related illness, according to the Health &Safety Executive.Medicalinsurance companies have, guardedly, declared their support. Due to demand fromits clients, Bupa changed its policy two years ago to incorporate complementarytherapies. Currently it will,  pay forosteopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture treatments to the tune of £250 perperson, per year. Other therapies will be considered on a case-by-case basisbut only with a GP referral (which means that very few additional therapieswill be bankrolled by Bupa – GPs are notoriously wary of the wholecomplementary medicine field). Thepolicy is also flawed as it insists all therapists are medically trained andregistered, which means a medical doctor who has done a weekend’s acupuncturecourse could treat a patient with acupuncture, while an acupuncturist with 10years’ experience could not.Criticismsaside, the move has been popular: of its 1,500 corporate clients and 38,000company clients, Bupa reckons 80 per cent have taken the complementarytherapies cover as an added extra. And among employees there has been a take-uprate of about 20 per cent so far.Forits part, PPP Healthcare, the UK’s second-largest provider of private medicalinsurance, and sponsor of the CBI’s annual absenteeism surveys, has extendedits private medical insurance cover to include recognised osteopaths,chiropractors and medically qualified homeopaths. Dr Mark Simpson, medicaldirector of occupational health services at PPP, says he is willing to considerother therapies. “If people feel better for something, you shouldn’t let‘science’ hinder their progress.”However,he cautions against companies using therapy as a token gesture towardsoccupational health. He says, “Companies need to spend money on risk reductionprogrammes to ensure that lighting, heating, equipment, and working practicesare not causing ill-health. If you have any budget left, then you can look atwell-being activities.“Myperception is that it is common in small, proprietor-run businesses, especiallyin the entrepreneurial sectors like e-commerce, communications, PR orrecruitment, and also in the banking and legal worlds where people work veryhard for long hours within an autocratic management system. Often these lattercompanies don’t want to admit there’s any serious problems in the workplace soinstead of providing stress counselling, they’ll offer neck massage. When thereis a macho working culture in place, it’s OK to go to the homeopath or reflexologist,but not to a counsellor. It’s a kind of displacement activity.”Judgingby Personnel Today’s  anecdotal evidencethe range of companies using these therapies is much wider than  officially recognised. The organisation ofthe therapy is fairly haphazard, and often instigated on the back of a seniormanager’s positive personal experience, with appointments arranged bysecretaries or by simply pinning up a timetable on a noticeboard. Only rarelyhas it been absorbed as part of a company’s HR department activities, as thecase studies below reveal.Forthis reason, there appears to be little or no data gathered as to its actualimpact on the bottom line, either in reducing sickness and absenteeism orimproving performance. A major improvement in data gathering on employeeabsenteeism is required, according to PPP’s Dr Simpson, and the company iscurrently working on a new IT platform which will collect all of this data in amuch more sophisticated form. He says, “Every episode of absence will be coded,so that you will actually begin to develop a proper idea of what is happening –you will know if an absentee is absent rather than simply taking a day’sholiday.”Amore rigorous approach to finding the right therapy for the right ailment wouldbe even more beneficial, says Huw Griffiths, a registered acupuncturist anddirector of the Complete Health Care Centre in London’s EC1 area. By virtue oflocation, he gets to see a large number of stressed out senior banking andlegal executives, from vice-presidents to secretaries. CHCC provides severallarge financial and legal institutions with a wide range of on-site therapies,including acupuncture, osteopathy and reflexology. Sadly, none of theseorganisations are yet willing to broadcast this fact to the outside world. Realimprovements can be achieved in employees’ health with the right treatments,says Griffiths. “Structural musculo-skeletal problems need more than a20-minute massage. I’m seeing more gastro-intestinal problems in my clinic,most of them diet and stress-related, and 90 per cent of them women. A propernutritional consultation can be hugely beneficial in these cases, as canreflexology, acupuncture and aromatherapy.“Headachesand congestion are typical – generated by lung and sinus problems due to thepollution in the environment, and within offices. These can be helped and evencured by osteopathy and acupuncture. These are things that people who have beenon a weekend course to learn how to massage people’s shoulders won’t know.”Ultimately,until the right therapies are combined with effective absentee monitoring, itwill be hard to tell just how beneficial these new therapies are.Trulyhospitable treatment: Mayfair IntercontinentalLonghours, and the large number of staff who spend all day at computers, on theirfeet, lifting heavy bags or moving furniture around have made complementarytherapies a must for the hotel industry, says Christine Engel, general managerof the Mayfair Intercontinental in London.Upto £4,500 a year is spent on subsidising massage treatments, out of the hotel’sevents and staff benefits budget, with monthly chiropody bills added to thattotal. The Vital Touch massage therapy service comes to the hotel for one dayevery fortnight to provide 20-minute “on-site massage” treatments (a type ofcondensed Shiatsu massage, which works on acupressure points and focuses onneck, back and shoulders), plus 10-minutes posture and nutrition consultation.Two-thirdsof the cost is met by the hotel, and a third by the individual. With 225 staffand only 13 massage sessions per day offered, competition for the treatmentsare fierce. The schedule is managed by the personnel department on a first comefirst served basis.TheIntercontinental switched from offering more traditional, hands-on massage sixmonths ago. Engel says, “It was easier, as on-site massage doesn’t require theremoval of clothes. And it seems to be just as effective within a shorter timeperiod. I also like the fact the therapist gives advice on posture andnutrition.”Therewas no argument about continuing the practice when the Intercontinental chainwas taken over by Bass Hotels and Resorts three years ago. “It really does payits way,” says Engels. “A few of our staff have gone for a massage, to be toldthey are developing potentially serious back problems. I have always had backproblems, and the therapist recommended deep tissue massage and referred me toan osteopath. I’m much better now.“Inthis way, we are able to avert serious illness before it becomes chronic. It isalso motivational: everyone who has a treatment is very happy afterwards.”Thegiant and the gentle arts: Marks & SpencerRetailgiant M&S’ thoughtful treatment of staff is legendary – not only arefull-time doctors and nurses available within the occupational healthdepartment, but on-site chiropody and physiotherapy have long been offered asstandard. Keeping pace with the times, complementary therapies are newlyavailable within the workplace to all employees, across nearly 300 UK stores,within a new “personal health services” programme.Themove follows a successful pilot scheme, which has been running for the last 18months at head office, offering reflexology, aromatherapy, Indian head massage,neck and shoulder massage and the Alexander Technique (postural correction) tostaff on a demand-led basis.Theseparticular therapies were voted for by staff, following a “complementarytherapy exhibition”, held at HQ, where they were able to try a wide range oftreatments, which include Reiki Healing and Cosmetic Dentistry.Staffpay the full costs of the treatments, at about £15 per half hour (shortly to goup to £18.50).“Ithas to be cost-neutral” says David Sharp, M&S’ director of health services,who runs the programme. Having said that, M&S is devoting a lot ofresources to putting systems in place to allow therapies at work. This includesSharp’s time over the past two years in setting it up to receptionists’ time inrunning the treatment schedules, the work of individual stores’ occupationalhealth staff in finding rooms and equipment and sourcing appropriate therapistsin the areas.Therapiesare offered according to company guidelines – Sharp feels hypnotherapy isinappropriate for a workplace treatment, for example, due to the “uncertain natureof the client’s mindset after a treatment”. All therapists should be able toprove they are qualified, insured, and, where possible, have membership of theappropriate governing body.Sharpsays the company’s motivation “goes back to why we provided health services inthe first place. The concept was always that if you look after staff, they lookafter you”. Headds, “A lot of these therapies claim to reduce stress, which is always goodwhen you are presenting yourselves to the public. If they relieve or preventillness, even better. We’re not after miracle cures.”Certainly,having benefited from the service for the past 18 months, those at head office,including the qualified medical staff, are heartily supportive of the scheme.The most popular therapies there, Sharp says, have been the AlexanderTechnique, offered two days a week, and reflexology, on offer most weeks. Stressrelief is one thing, but the feel-good factor is a vital element of thisprogramme. Sharp points to the pressure M&S has been under due to itsfalling profits and constant media attacks, and the likely demotivating effecton staff. The company is trying to turn itself around, he says. “As a company,we are trying to be much more user friendly, human and modern.” Themedia gets the message: TBWAThecharismatic creative director of TBWA, Trevor Beattie, proved the catalyst forbringing Nik Janis’ healing arts into the agency. Beattie and Janis had workedtogether for years making commercials, when Janis offered to give Beattie ahealing treatment for stress. So impressed was Beattie with his talents that hebooked him to come into the offices and treat staff the following week. As hishealing client list grew, Janis gave up his film-making in favour of full-timetherapy. An office e-mail alerted staff to the offer and by the following weekhe was fully booked and has been every week in the three years since.Thisunlikely marriage – the gentle healing arts with the cut-and-thrust of globaladvertising – has lasted through a change of company and a merger. When Beattieswitched to GGT, he brought Janis with him. When GGT then merged with TBWA, theboard queried the allocation of some £13,000 of its annual staff benefitsbudget to weekly healing sessions. Beattiemade his point on the issue. E-mail the staff and see if they still want it, hesaid. That e-mail prompted a deluge of positive responses, demanding that thetherapy stay put. So it has. Beattiesays, “I don’t profess to understand Nik’s manipulation of the forces of energy,although he has painstakingly explained it to me on several occasions, but I doknow that a visit from him will change the atmosphere of our agency. Thebenefits are incalculable.”Forcontact details of suppliers visit www.personneltoday.com/directorylast_img read more

Research Assistant Professor (67165)

Research Assistant Professor (67165)

first_imgThe University of Florida College of Pharmacy, currently rankedamong the top 5 schools of pharmacy in the US, consists of twoclinical departments (Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy;Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research) and three basic sciencedepartments (Medicinal Chemistry; Pharmaceutics; andPharmacodynamics). Tremendous growth in the basic sciences includesthe addition of internationally recognized faculty in medicinalchemistry, neuropharmacology, and physiology with substantial NIHfunding. This environment offers unparalleled opportunities for anearly career investigator to build an independent career in ahighly collaborative environment centered on cancer biology anddrug discovery.Guangrong Zheng, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, islooking for a highly motivated early career investigator withresearch experience in drug design and discovery to join him as aResearch Assistant Professor. The candidate will be part of amultidisciplinary team of investigators with expertise inbioinformatics, computer-aided drug design, organic synthesis,assay development, proteomics, molecular and cellular biology, andbiophysics. Our goal is to develop innovative therapeutic agentsfor cancer and age-related diseases.The ideal candidate will have extensive experiences insmall-molecule drug discovery, chemical biology, and a keeninterest in using a research-track faculty position as a resourceto not only strengthen drug development and discovery at theUniversity of Florida, but also launch an independent researchcareer. Strong written and verbal communication skills, analyticalskills, and creativity are essential. Applicants interested inadvancing teaching skills will have that opportunity. In additionto substantial research infrastructure and financial support, thesalary for this position will be highly competitive according tothe applicant’s qualifications and experience.Minimum: PhD in Medicinal Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, or arelated discipline; 5 or more years of experience in a drugdiscovery and development environmentPreferred: Drug discovery experience in an industry setting; Strongwritten and verbal communication skills and analytical skills; ademonstrated record of research creativity in drug discovery; astrong desire and ability to work cooperatively with others in amultidisciplinary environmentThe Search Committee will accept applications until the position isfilled. For full consideration, applications should be received byDecember 18, 2020Interested applicants should apply online at https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu andsubmit: (1) a letter of interest; (2) complete curriculum vitae;and (3) contact information for at least threeprofessional/academic references. Three letters of recommendationwill be required for final candidates.E-mail inquiries to: [email protected] Yousong Ding,Ph.D.Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript tothe hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/ .The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff.The University of Florida is An Equal Employment OpportunityInstitution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed toapply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the FloridaRelay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent uponeligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordancewith Florida’s Sunshine Law.#Category=263The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

What to Do in Ocean City, NJ: Week of July 26 to Aug. 2

What to Do in Ocean City, NJ: Week of July 26 to Aug. 2

first_imgEVERY SUNDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTCharacter Nights (6 p.m.)  On the Ocean City Boardwalk.  Boardwalk mascots will sign autographs in front of the Music Pier. Come join the fun and meet all the Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants’ Mascots. Sponsored by Manco and Manco’s Pizza and Gillian’s Wonderland Pier. WEDNESDAY, JULY 30The Ocean City Pops presents When HARRY and GLENN come to town!! 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. The best songs of Glenn Miller and Harry James in this BIG BAND Pop’s Extravaganza with Dave Martin and Larry Larson. Tickets $15/$10 at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or call (609) 525-9248.EVERY THURSDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTMarket Days (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.): On downtown Asbury Avenue (6th to 11th streets), entertainment, face painters and balloon sculptors.Family Nights (7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) On the Ocean City Boardwalk (6th to 14th streets), musical and family entertainment at different blocks on the boardwalk sponsored by: Old Salt, Playland Castaway Cove, Johnson’s Popcorn, Haunted Golf and Congo FallsInn to Inn Tours (2 p.m. to 4 p.m) Commencing at 7th Street and Central Avenue, an old-fashioned trolley winds its way through center city neighborhoods for an intimate visit to four or five bed and breakfasts. Afternoon refreshments are offered at the conclusion of the tours. EVERY TUESDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTFuntastic Tuesdays (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.): On downtown Asbury Avenue (6th to 11th streets), entertainment, face painters and balloon sculptors.Mummers Night  (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.): On the Ocean City Boardwalk (6th to 14th streets), sponsored by Shrivers, Surf Mall, Shirt Shack and Ocean Paradise.Beach Walks: Tickets may be purchased on-site, adults for $1 and children for 50 cents; South End at 9 a.m. at the 59th Street and Central Avenue entrance to Corson’s Island State Park; North End at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City-Longport Bridge Parking Lot (Gardens Parkway)‘Frozen’ Sing-Along: Join Queen Elsa and other characters in singing “Let It Go” and other favorites from the Disney movie. See more  SUNDAY, JULY 27Ocean City Pops Orchestra presents I GOT RHYTHM!  8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Singer Helen Welch makes these classics her own: Someone to Watch Over Me, Trolley Song, Strike Up the Band and more. Tickets $20/12 www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or call  (609) 525-9248 or at the Music Pier Box Office.MONDAY, JULY 28The BERENSTAIN BEARS presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. Guitar strumming Cowboy Joe introduces and comments on the play’s five stories which are based on five, classical Berenstain Bears Books. These stories come together in one fun, entertaining and heartwarming production that features everyone’s favorite family of bears. 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are $10, call (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.  Program is repeated on August 2nd at Moorlyn Family Theatre, 10:30 a.m., call (609) 399-0006.THE MACHINE – Pink Floyd Ultimate Tribute Band: America’s top Pink Floyd Show has forged a 20 year reputation of excellence extending the Pink Floyd legacy and selling out theaters, casinos and large clubs across North and Central America, Europe and Asia. Tickets are $35 on sale through TicketMaster 1-800-745-3000 at www.ticketmaster.com  (additional fees apply). For information, call (609) 525-9300 or stop at the Music Pier Box Office. EVERY WEDNESDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTFarmers Market (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 10) On the Ocean City Tabernacle Grounds (Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue) every Wednesday, produce vendors as well as crafters will also gather to display their goods.Beach Walks: Tickets may be purchased on-site, adults for $1 and children for 50 cents; South End at 6:30 p.m. at the 59th Street and Central Avenue entrance to Corson’s Island State Park; North End at 9 a.m. at the Ocean City-Longport Bridge Parking Lot (Gardens Parkway)center_img The Ocean City Night in Venice boat parade is scheduled for July 26, 2014.SATURDAY, JULY 26Night in Venice: The annual decorated boat parade starts at 7:30 p.m. on the bayside of Ocean City between the Ocean City-Longport Bridge and Tennessee Avenue (near 22nd Street). To reserve, a NIV viewing spot at the Bayside Center, 525 Bay Ave., and enjoy entertainment prior to the Parade, call 609-525-9300. Tickets are $7 and $3 for children under 12. The theme this year is “Night at the Oscars.” See our Guide to Night in Venice 2014 in Ocean City.“How I Became A PIRATE” presented by the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. Young Jeremy Jacob is digging in the sand on the North Beach when he is greeted by Pirates and recruited to find the perfect spot for their treasure. This is a story of adventure and finding one’s own heart- a path that can’t be found on a Treasure Map. 10:30 a.m. at the Moorlyn Family Theatre, 837 Moorlyn Terrace, across from the Music Pier. Tickets, $10. Call (609) 399-0006 or visit www.moorlynfamilytheatre.org.COUNTRY DIVAS starring Jackie Buckingham and the Jersey Shore Pops presenting the songs of the Great Ladies of Country Music, including Patsy Cline, Crystal Gayle, Tammy Wynette, Taylor Swift and the great Dolly Parton, 2 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Show time 2 p.m., tickets $22-$35, available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at www.jerseyshorepops.org. THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, JULY 31 to AUG. 2ART OF SURFING Festival 2014, at Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk; Hours Thurs. 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. noon to 10 p.m. A free, family event featuring original art from surfing’s biggest names, live music, and a chance to meet artists from across the country. Classic Boards and memorabilia, free board appraisals and more. Contact [email protected]  or facebook.com/artofsurfingfestival. FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, AUG. 1 TO 352nd Annual Boardwalk Art Show: leading artists from throughout the East Coast exhibit and sell their work. Traditionally an ideal place to buy fine artwork at reasonable prices. Founded by Dr. Marcia Smith, James F. Penland and Mayor B. Thomas Waldman. Hours: Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (609) 399-7628. Read more about the show.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more