Local govt stuggling with strategic HR

first_imgLocal govt stuggling with strategic HROn 25 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Local authorities are struggling with strategic HR, according to anunpublished government report. Quantitative research involving 100 local authorities – yet to be releasedby the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) – highlights areas in whichcouncils are struggling, with strategic HR being one of the major problems. Leadership, diversity and partnership working are also cited in the reportas problem areas for authorities. Geoffrey Tierney, divisional manager for local government capacity and modernisationat the ODPM, said the research does show HR is succeeding in other areas,including team training, secondments and leadership programmes. Tierney, commenting on the report, said it is critical that authorities getto grips with strategic HR. He is concerned that poor strategic HR could undermine the Government’s £27minvestment over the next financial year in building the capacity of the localgovernment workforce. “Capacity is about the skills, knowledge and attitude of anorganisation. We must resist the temptation to treat people as delivery units.Staff must be seen as the most valuable resource that is nurtured anddeveloped,” Tierney said. last_img read more

Mayor calls Cuomo’s office-to-resi plan “giveaway” to real estate

first_img Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty)Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday slammed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to allow office and hotel owners to convert their buildings to residential use — even though a committee he created had a similar idea.Testifying on the governor’s proposed 2022 budget, de Blasio said it includes provisions that “usurp the city’s local authority and silence community input.” He said he “strongly opposes” a measure that would override local zoning rules to allow the conversion of class B and C office buildings and hotels with fewer than 150 rooms.“This crisis is not an excuse to overturn the will of struggling communities and give away local control to wealthy real estate interests,” he said.The testimony is a reversal of sorts for the mayor. In December, a spokesperson for de Blasio told the New York Times that the administration favored the idea of converting vacant commercial properties into housing.At time, however, the concept — promoted by the Real Estate Board of New York — had not been hashed out. Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the particulars of his plan in late January, in one of his budget bills.The idea of converting older office buildings had come up earlier in meetings organized by the de Blasio administration. In a September email reviewed by The Real Deal, Deputy Mayor Vicki Been included it in recommendations from the mayor’s Construction and Real Estate Sector Advisory Council and its subcommittees.The rub may be whether approval for such conversions goes through the city or state officials.Under the budget proposal, hotels and offices can become residential if the owner sets aside at least 20 percent of the apartments as affordable, or if the property is used as supportive housing through an agreement with the state or city. Owners can also opt to contribute to a state-run fund that finances affordable housing — meaning income-restricted units would be built elsewhere, not in the converted building.A spokesperson for the de Blasio administration said that while the mayor is always looking for ways to create more affordable housing, he doesn’t support the avenue proposed by the governor.“There’s no time to wait in responding to the new reality created by the pandemic,” said Freeman Klopott, a spokesperson for the state’s budget office. “These proposals speed development through what would be years of bureaucratic processes by allowing for the conversion of unprecedented vacancies in commercial spaces to highly needed affordable and supportive housing.”The proposal would likely be useful only to large office and hotel landlords, as such conversions are costly and take time.The governor would limit such office conversions to Manhattan between Park and Ninth avenues and 14th and 60th streets. Hotels in the outer boroughs and within Manhattan between the Financial District and 110th Street would be covered by Cuomo’s plan.Jay Martin, executive director of the Community Housing Improvement Program, which represents the owners of more than 400,000 rent-stabilized apartments, supports the proposal, but said elected officials should also consider immediate relief for owners.On Thursday, de Blasio also called on the state to “tax the wealthy” rather than cut education and health spending. Cuomo has threatened to raise income taxes on high earners if the state doesn’t receive $15 billion in federal aid.The mayor also voiced opposition to a proposed workaround to Local Law 97, a city measure to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. Cuomo’s budget measure would let building owners buy renewable energy credits outside the city to offset their properties’ emissions. The real estate industry has long called for this change, calling it the only reasonable way for some buildings to meet the law’s targets.De Blasio also requested that the state budget add a tax rebate for owners of one- to three-family homes with “low and moderate market value.”Contact Kathryn Brenzel Email Address* Tagscenter_img Share via Shortlink Full Name* Andrew CuomoBill de Blasiolast_img read more

Great Value Storage files for bankruptcy to stop foreclosure

first_imgNate Paul of World Class Holdings (Facebook/GreatValueStorage, iStock)Nearly two years after the FBI raided the offices of Great Value Storage’s founder, the company has filed for bankruptcy.The firm, led by Austin-based developer Nate Paul, went the Chapter 11 route in Delaware last week. The filing comes just weeks after a New York judge ruled that a lender could proceed with a foreclosure sale tied to 64 of the company’s self-storage facilities.Paul and his upstart real estate empire made national news when the FBI raided the offices of his company World Class Holdings and his personal residence in 2019.That same year, one of Paul’s largest companies, Great Value Storage, defaulted on an $82 million mezzanine loan from Teachers Insurance Annuity Association of America. The company also allegedly failed to produce financial statements or provide a reason for its defaults, according to an affidavit from TIAA.ADVERTISEMENTThe lender tried to schedule a foreclosure sale for early September. But a judge ruled the sale commercially unreasonable because it was to be held on the Friday before Labor Day during a pandemic.TIAA then sought to schedule a foreclosure sale for March 10. Just two days before that date, however, TIAA sold the loan to RREF Storage. Great Value Storage attempted to stop the sale, but the judge ruled against the self-storage company in late March.The Austin Business Journal first reported news of the bankruptcy.The self-storage company reported having $100 million to $500 million in assets and between $50 million and $100 million in liabilities, according to bankruptcy filings.Last year, Paul lost four Austin properties to foreclosure. He is also the center of a whistleblower complaint brought against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Four former employees of Paxton claim they were fired for meeting with the FBI and telling the agency that Paxton abused his powers to help substantiate Paul’s claim that the FBI raid on his home was improper.The developer once claimed to have a real estate portfolio worth over $1 billion and in 2016 was a member of Forbes “30 Under 30.”World Class Holdings and Paul’s bankruptcy attorney in Delaware did not immediately return requests for comment.Contact Keith Larsen Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Tagscenter_img Full Name* Email Address* Commercial Real Estatereal estate crimesReal Estate Lawsuitsself storagelast_img read more

Bill secured to monitor noise of naval ops in Whidbey Island

first_img View post tag: Noise The US Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) has secured an amendment to provide for real-time monitoring of noise from all flights and training of EA-18G Growlers associated with Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.The amendment has been secured as part of the Senate’s final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).“Now the true facts about noise on Whidbey Island and in the region will be on the table. Once real time noise monitoring takes place, the public will have the information so better solutions can be put in place,” Senator Cantwell said.In March of this year, the US Navy announced the addition of 36 Growler aircraft to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, increasing annual airfield activity by up to 33%.The Cantwell amendment passed today requires real-time monitoring of noise from local flights of all EA-18G Growlers associated with the air station. This includes field carrier landing practice at Naval Outlying Field Coupeville and Ault Field, which now see about 112,100 Growler operations annually.“Real time data from reliable noise monitoring equipment is vital for local communities to be able to responsibly address impacts from increased military flight activity,” Helen Price Johnson, Island County Commissioner from District 1, explained.The legislation requires the Secretary of Defense to provide for real-time monitoring of noise from flights of EA-18G Growlers associated with Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.The results of monitoring must be made publicly available on a Department of Defense website. It authorizes $1 million for noise monitoring.The legislation also requires the Secretary of Defense to work with the Director of the National Park Service and the Chief of the Forest Service to come up with a plan within six months for real-time noise monitoring of Growlers above or adjacent to nearby public lands.The Senate bill will now go to a conference committee to be reconciled with the House bill before final consideration of the FY20 NDAA later this year. Share this article View post tag: US Navy Photo: Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Photo: US Navylast_img read more

Adjunct Instructor – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

first_imgAdjunct Instructors will be provided orientation and training onthe Canvas LMS and will be required to complete a self-paced onlinetraining course covering techniques for online facilitation andstudent engagement.An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completionof a background screening.Applicants requiring University sponsorship to obtain employmentauthorization will not be considered for this position.Maryville University is committed to a policy of equal opportunityand prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, disability,gender, genetic information, marital status, national origin,race/color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, orany other status protected by law. This extends to all aspects ofthe employment relationship, including recruiting, hiring,training, on-the-job treatment, promotion, layoff, andtermination. Preferred Qualifications Open Until Filled Special Instructions to Applicants • Currently Practicing as a Psychiatric-Mental Health NursePractitioner• Minimum of one year experience working as a licensed NP (graduateschool experience does not apply)• Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, unencumbered license• Demonstrated ability to coach and assist students in achievingtheir academic goals• Exceptional oral and written communication skills• Special consideration will be given to those with licenses in thefollowing states: AL, AZ, CA, ID, NE, NV, OK, PA, RI, SD ormulti-state licenses • Terminal degree from accredited institution in a relatedfield• Current State Licensure or willingness to obtain licensure in thefollowing states preferred: AL, AZ, CA, ID, NE, NV, OK, PA, RI, SDor multi-state licenses• Experience using Canvas or other relevant online course deliveryplatform Physical Demands Posting Details Yes Job Summary/Basic Function Minimum Qualifications Advertised: July 02, 2020Applications close: Maryville University is accepting applications for Online AdjunctInstructors to teach in the Nurse Practitioner Program.Responsibilities include but are not limited to instructing thecourse based on providing curriculum and assisting students in theachievement of course objectives; moderating and guiding studentinteraction in course-related workgroups and discussion forums;scheduling and hosting office hours through the use of conferencingtools, grading and providing feedback. Practicum courseresponsibilities include establishing contact with students’preceptors, verifying student hours, and assessing clinicaltracking notes.There is an immediate need for qualified candidates who haveboth teaching and industry experience as a Psychiatric-MentalHealth Nurse Practitioner instructor and are licensed to practicein the following states:• Alabama• Arizona• California• Idaho• Nebraska• Nevada• Oklahoma• Pennsylvania• Rhode Island• South Dakotalast_img read more

St Hugh’s settle court case over “selecting by wealth”

first_imgA joint statement by Shannon and St Hugh’s said, “St Hugh’s College and Damien Shannon are pleased to announce that they have resolved the dispute between them, and that the Court proceedings in Manchester County Court are at an end with immediate effect.”In the agreement announced tonight, Shannon will take up his place in Michaelmas. The university has also agreed to review the Financial Guarantee Policy, which ruled that Shannon did not have sufficient funds to live in Oxford, such that he could not study at the university.The St Hugh’s statement promised a university wide review into the fairness and practicality of graduate funding. “On completion of the review” it said, “recommendations will be put to the University’s Council and the Conference of Colleges for consideration. It is anticipated that the process will be completed by September 2013.”A source at St Hugh’s told Cherwell that Dame Elish Angiolini, Principal of St Hugh’s, had questioned the merits of the financial guarantee system and whether there should be other options when funding isn’t available.Shannon was unable to take up his offer last year after the university found he did not have £12,900 living costs. He was suing the college for “selecting students on the basis of wealth, and excluding those not in possession of it.”In an email to students, St Hugh’s College stated that, “St Hugh’s College and the History Faculty of the University of Oxford have jointly made available to Mr Shannon a place on the one year MSc in Economic and Social History, the course for which he originally applied. Both parties have agreed to pay their own costs and no moneys have changed hands.”David Messling, OUSU Vice-President for Access and Academic Affairs, told Cherwell, “This is a positive development, and it’s heartening that all involved have recognised the unjustifiable nature of the Financial Guarantee policy as it stands. OUSU, working with MCRs, are closely involved in the review of the Financial Guarantee to ensure that any future policy will not act as a disproportionate and unfair barrier to graduate study.”He continued, “This case has shone even more light on the issues of postgraduate access – some of the answers are to be found here in Oxford, but many are on a national level where there is mounting need for means-based postgraduate financial support.”last_img read more

Muncie mom, daughter battle over Donald Trump yard sign

first_img WhatsApp Twitter By Network Indiana – September 24, 2020 3 612 Pinterest Previous articleI.U. issues cease-and-desist letter to Alpha Epsilon PiNext articleIt’s Rail Safety Week in Indiana and across the U.S. Network Indiana Muncie mom, daughter battle over Donald Trump yard sign Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Google+ Twitter Facebook Google+ (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) A Muncie mother is accused of hitting her teenaged daughter during a fight over a Trump sign in the front yard.Police were called to Brandalynn Turner’s house by her daughter, who said her mother had hit her. She said her mom grabbed her by the hair and started fighting with her as they argued about a Trump sign in the yard. She accused Turner of also scratching her on the neck.Turner told police that her daughter got upset about the sign and began yelling and cussing. She said she did grab the girl by the hair and that she had put her in a headlock.She said her daughter was the one that hit her, but police say they did not see a mark on Turner. However, the girl had markings on her neck.The Muncie Star Press says that Turner was arrested, and accused of domestic battery. Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

Food spend is down, according to ONS

first_imgRetail food spend fell in April, according to the latest report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Sales volumes in the food sector decreased 3.8% – the lowest since June 2011 – while the amount spent fell by 0.2%, which is the largest contraction on record, said the ONS.It added that “the contraction in the quantity bought within the food sector leads to the level of goods bought in this sector falling to its lowest point since December 2003”.Feedback for larger retailers pointed the finger at the cold weather impacting sales, particularly with spring/summer ranges.Total retail sales increased by 0.5% compared to April last year, with spend also up. by 1.3%.last_img

Dopapod And The Motet Announce Joint Fall Tour

first_imgThis fall, Dopapod and The Motet will team up and hit the road together for a co-headlined tour spanning twelve dates across October and November. While members of the two acts have frequently sat in with one another, this fall marks the first time The Motet and Dopapod will tour together under a shared, extensive bill. Focused on the East Coast and the Midwest, the fall tour kicks off in Philadelphia on October 26th at the Theatre of Living Arts. From there, the group will hit New York City’s Irving Plaza, New Haven’s College Street Music Hall, and Burlington’s Higher Ground across the next three nights as they gear up for separate Halloween appearances.Pro-Shot Video And Full Audio From Dopapod’s Two-Night Baker’s Dozen Late Night Run In NYCDopapod and The Motet reconvene on November 8th with a performance at Minneapolis’ Skyway Theatre followed by a show at Turner Hall Ballroom on the 9th. On November 10th, the two groups hit Chicago with a performance at Park West ahead of their Cincinnati show at Bogarts the following night. To round out the tour, the acts have a four-night run scheduled across the South, with dates in Richmond, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina; Asheville, North Carolina; and Atlanta, Georgia falling across November 15th through 18th.Relive The Motet’s Red Rocks Performance With This Feel-Good Video Recap Set To “Supernova”As noted in a press release, both bands have been looking forward to a joint tour, with Dopapod’s Eli Winderman noting,  “This is a dream tour we’ve been wanting to make happen for years and it’s so exciting to finally have it come together. Not just because of the friendship between both bands over the years, but they’re all incredible players. It’s going to be a blast getting to hang and watch them kill it night to night.” Lyle Divinsky, lead singer for The Motet, agreed, stating, “This is going to be all out musical mayhem fueled by the backbeat of love. These incredible men have been great friends of ours for a long time, and we cannot wait to see what kind of magic comes alive at these shows!”Pre-sale tickets for Dopapod and The Motet’s joint tour are available now via Dopapod Fan Pre-Sale Tickets and The Motet Fan Pre-Sale Tickets pages. Tickets become available to the general public this Friday, August 11th, at 10 am local time. Dopapod & The Motet Fall Tour 201710/26 Philadelphia, PA: Theatre Of Living Arts10/27 New York, NY: Irving Plaza10/28 New Haven, CT: College Street Music Hall10/29 Burlington, VT Higher Ground11/08 Minneapolis, MN: Skyway Theatre11/09 Milwaukee, WI: Turner Hall Ballroom11/10 Chicago, IL: Park West11/11 Cincinnati, OH: Bogarts11/15 Richmond, VA: The National11/16 Raleigh, NC: Lincoln Theatre11/17 Asheville, NC: Salvage Station11/18 Atlanta, GA: Variety Playhouselast_img read more

Watch Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Daze & Amuse Suwannee Roots Revival

first_imgThe 2017 edition of the Suwannee Roots Revival hit the ground running with over a dozen bands, but it was a husband and wife duo that the stole the show. Banjo virtuosos and helplessly in love couple Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn previewed songs from their upcoming release Echo In The Valley, as well as songs from throughout their respect careers, on opening night of the Live Oak, FL festival. With Béla flowing from instrumentals to backing up Abigail’s incredible voice, the songs tumbled after each other with only the snappy patter between the two lovebirds to give fans a chance to catch their breath.It’s safe to say that Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are the ONLY banjo duo in the world capable of headlining a day of a music festival. Between her haunting voice and his seemingly unending range (Fleck has been nominated for Grammy’s in more categories than anyone in all of music), they have more than enough diversity to keep listeners guessing. The pair shared a lovely story about the influence their young son has had in their lives and the fun he had playing in the world famous Suwannee River earlier in the day. Becoming parents is at the heart of their forthcoming album and was at the core of one of the new tunes they shared, “If I Could Talk To A Younger Me,” which you can watch below.“If I Could Talk To A Younger Me”The husband and wife banjo team also took a few minutes of their set at the Suwannee Roots Revival to thank the exclusive online dating site BanjoMingle.com for pairing them. They hilariously walked the audience through the ins and out of the site, the lingo of love used by banjo players and they even perform an impromptu version of the company jingle! Check out the silliness below:“BanjoMingle.com Testimonial & Jingle”When Fleck felt the urge to revisit his nineties Flecktones roots, he managed to breathe fresh life into his classic “New South Africa” thanks to his bride’s counter point playing. As always, watching a master work their magic is spellbinding and the rendition they favored the crowd with was practically rapturous. Check out the beauty below:“New South Africa”There are still three days of family friendly performances from The Wood Brothers, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Mothers Milk and plenty more to come at the Suwannee Roots Revival. So if you’re looking for some fun this weekend, head on over to the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park for an unforgettable weekend of fun in the sun and stars.last_img read more