Life After 50: Honoring Triple Digits…

first_imgToday is George Best day! he turns 100 today! This is the first round of morale boosting bags given this morning in George’s name go to Behive Homes in White Rock in honor of his birthday. Courtesy/LARSO George Best By BERNADETTE LAURITZENExecutive DirectorLARSOOne year ago, I was approached at the Betty Ehart Senior Center by Ruth Lier.“Someone is turning 99 tomorrow,” she said. She told me it was George Best, my first 99! I ran home baked some cookies and piped little 99’s on them. I asked the chef if I could serve lunch and he said yes. As George approached, I said, “A little bird tells me, that today is your birthday.” He smiled and said, “yes.” I asked if I may share the news with the group. He agreed, and I also requested permission to share the number.I got the attention of those gathered for lunch to share the good news, that George Best was not only celebrating his birthday, but his 99th. I said that I made cookies and hoped everyone would wish him a happy birthday. After that, a senior said, “You know, you set the bar very high for a birthday.” I said that I would be happy to bake cookies for any senior celebrating their 99th birthday!Today, Aug. 4, our birthday boy turns 100! I could not be more excited for the day. He has received 170 birthday cards of a goal set for 100, and his last mail call will take place today. I believe we may actually make 200! The cards have come from; New Mexico, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Arizona, Alabama, and in this batch I saw one from New ZealandAs a young radio personality, when I was 24, I had the joy of interviewing four seniors who were 100 or more. These senior citizens had crossed the United States in covered wagons. I heard stories of how if you needed to birth a baby, you pulled off to the side, took care of the task and got back on the trail. How amazing for me to spend time with living history.George has been in Los Alamos since 1949. He raised his family here and helped build a community. He spent time encouraging the many aspects of community, that make us what we are today. He assisted in faith, finance, family and fun. He has worked in the areas of history, science and culture. The County Council has even proclaimed today “George Best Day today”.The senior centers are collecting spare change, or the paper kind, and making goodie bags for every senior citizen in our assisted living facilities. Tuesday, BeeHive Homes of New Mexico in White Rock will receive the first delivery. Chris and his team are ready to spread the love of the community to their family members for whom they serve. Don’t worry, we have quarantined all of the items, prior to delivery. The change is used to purchase the items in each bag that today we will call George’s party bags.We thank George for his service to the nation (officer in the Navy), Los Alamos and her people. Happy Birthday George, thanks for being there, for us all. To celebrate Los Alamos County proclaiming today ‘George Best Day’ as he turns 100, the senior centers are collecting spare change to make morale boosting bags for every senior in local assisted living facilities. BeeHive Homes in White Rock gets the first delivery today. LARSO is working with Del Norte Credit Union to infuse coins back into the local economy. The centers will collect throughout the month of August, also celebrating the birthday of the White Rock Senior Center this month. Best was a DNCU volunteer for 34 years.last_img read more

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CARICOM Region sets Baseline, Targets for Human Resource Development

first_img Vice President of Operations at the Caribbean Development Bank, Diana Wilson-Patrick, in her greetings at the launch also spoke to the importance and value of the report in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  She said that loss of learning was a distinct reality and the digital divide exposed the vulnerable and compromised their constrained learning opportunities.  According to her, sustained action was needed to address some of the structural deficits affecting the Region’s HRD system. The report provides a snapshot of the region’s readiness to report on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Phase One of the Regional Action Plan (RAP) for implementation 2017-2021. It presents regional baselines and recommended targets for measuring access and participation, quality, equity, and relevance in Basic Education (BE), Skills for Life-Long Learning (SLL) and the Tertiary Education (TE) sectors. Targets for these indicators, including the cross-sectoral enablers that are envisaged as critical to successful strategy implementation, are also proposed. She challenged the team to work towards the development of a seamless education system and policy infrastructure needed to sustain the vision of the strategy. Speaking at the virtual launch, Assistant Secretary-General for Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Douglas Slater, said the Region was experiencing unusual times, but it was a moment in history that was ripe with an opportunity to actualise a vision for human development in the Caribbean. He said the CARICOM Secretariat was honoured to celebrate its collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank which resulted in the development of the CARICOM Baseline Report for the C-HRD 2030 Strategy. In her feature address, Grenada’s Minister for Education, Human Resource Development, Religious Affairs and Information, Hon. Emmalin Pierre, applauded the CARICOM Secretariat and the Caribbean Development Bank for what she referred to as an excellent partnership that has produced a much-needed HRD Strategy and signalled a paradigm shift in the region, as it relates to data-driven interventions for the education system.  The CARICOM Human Resource Development (C-HRD) 2030 Strategy, was presented and approved at the Thirty-Eighth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD), 2019.Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… “I must also take the time here to recognise the critical work of the Regional Network of Planning Officers. Our education planners are Caribbean assets, guiding our ability to transform data into information for action, strengthening our capacity to ensure educational continuity and importantly designing a transformed education system that is agile and responsive in the face of crisis. This publication would not have been possible without them,” Dr. Slater said.center_img “This crisis must never be an excuse for why we cannot achieve – why we cannot commit to our goals. We must still aim to achieve the goals of this strategy, as outlined. The crisis we face must therefore be the motivation to push ahead to quickly to fill the gaps, to quickly address the deficiencies in data and to find ways to maximise our output in education,” Minister Pierre emphasised. “This partnership will propel us, as policymakers, to support and implement more evidence-based approaches that result in greater benefits for the people of the region.  The emphasis that will be placed on monitoring and evaluation will no doubt lead to greater results, as we seek to take a united approach to address the many issues and challenges confronting us as a region,” Minister Pierre stated.  “We must correct the misalignment of education and training with labour market needs. We must chart a new direction away from the dogged persistence with traditional modes of teaching which are out of sync with a world defined by technology, innovation, creativity, networking and 21st Century competencies and skills,” she opined.  The CARICOM Region has officially established baselines and targets for human development across the Region. This, as the CARICOM Secretariat, in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank virtually launched the CARICOM Baseline Report for Phase 1 of the CARICOM Human Resource Development (C-HRD) 2030 Strategy on Tuesday. CARICOM, CDB to host first regional workshop for National Human Resource Development CoordinatorsThe CARICOM Secretariat and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are collaborating to host the first regional workshop aimed at strengthening national capacity to support the 2030 Human Resource Development Strategy (2030 HRDS). The workshop targets National Coordinators responsible for the coordination, monitoring and reporting associated with the implementation of the…May 19, 2018In “Anguilla”Development of Regional HRD Strategy moving ahead  The development of the Human Resource Development 2030 Strategy will continue to move forward with the hosting of a workshop this week. The forum, titled ‘HRD 2030 Strategy Regional Framework for Action Planning Workshop’, will be held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel in Georgetown on Tuesday May 30 –…May 25, 2017In “Anguilla”Progress made at Regional HRD WorkshopProgramme Manager for Human Resource Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Eduardo Ali said that he was very pleased with the outcomes of a recently held Regional Human Resource Development Workshop at the Guyana Marriott Hotel in Georgetown. The event was organised by the CARICOM Secretariat and HRD Commission. The HRD…June 2, 2017In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Lisle Corp. Announces The Passing Of Fred Lisle

first_imgLisle Corp. is saddened by the loss of Frederick Vernon Lisle, president of Lisle Corp., who passed while surrounded by his immediate family after a battle with pneumonia on Tuesday, March 27.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementAs part of the fourth generation of the Lisle family, he devoted his entire career of nearly 36 years to fostering the continued growth of Lisle Corp., which was founded in 1903. Fred Lisle was a friend to so many in the automotive aftermarket industry and far beyond. He was a caring and compassionate leader who enjoyed a good laugh and an occasional practical joke.Lisle first began working at the company in the assembly department during the summer while in college. In 1982, he joined the company full-time and worked in the time study department. From there, he moved into the sales department, became advertising manager, national accounts manager, and then vice president of sales and marketing. In 2009, he was named president of Lisle Corp. Under his leadership, the company experienced steady growth in sales and market share. He spearheaded the purchase and successful move from Connecticut to Iowa of the Dunham Tool Division in 2015.Lisle volunteered his time and expertise as an elected Trustee of Iowa Western Community College and put in extraordinary effort helping to build and promote the Iowa Western Center for Excellence in Manufacturing Program (CEAM) at the Clarinda campus. He was a former board member of the Automotive Sales Council and remained involved in the group as a longtime member.AdvertisementLisle is survived by his wife Brenda, and his sons Eddie and Andy, who, along with other members of the Lisle family, are involved in the business.Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 31 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda. An obituary, tribute wall and other information can be found at ritchiefuneralhome.com. Memorials will be used to create the Fred Lisle Scholarship at Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda.last_img read more

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New generation of mobile medical gas turnkey solutions from Rifair

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Time to embrace back-office outsourcing

first_imgThe term ‘outsourcing’ is hardly new to the legal world: there has been much discussion over several years about legal process outsourcing (LPO) to lower cost locations. However, it has taken the profession a while to feel reassured that outsourcing is not a swear word, but in fact representative of a sensible and innovative approach to a firm’s business structure. So, what of the new kid on the block: back-office outsourcing (BOO)? By this I specifically mean the outsourcing of back-office functions such as the switchboard – a service increasingly used by firms large enough to have a separate switchboard and front of house, or smaller firms in need of an ‘overflow’ system to decrease the number of calls missed because of lack of resources. Sometimes alternatively referred to as a ‘virtual’ or ‘remote’ reception or switchboard. In our experience this is not a brand new development – in fact, for a number of years, CallCare has been handling out-of-hours calls for firms wishing to avoid a situation where the security guard picks up that all-important call from a client. Over more recent times, this picture has been evolving and a number of firms, having had the opportunity to ‘test drive’ outsourced call handling outside of core business hours, now outsource all call answering and see it as a financially attractive option that is aligned to the objective that is to become more strategic and forward-thinking in the approach to business structure. Despite this, BOO is still something that happens behind closed doors: even law firms with which we work are keen to avoid clients being aware calls are answered off-site by an external provider, as if this is an admission of some ‘weakness’. Far from wanting to ‘out’ CallCare’s clients, rather what I find interesting is the contradiction that exists here. The key question is: why are firms comfortable with talking about the outsourcing of legal processes – which sits at the heart of the service they offer to clients – yet are reluctant to make noise about the outsourcing of a basic function such as call handling? Call handling by an onshore outside organization offers the benefit of high-quality service delivered cost-effectively – of course I’m not without bias, but this seems to make good business sense to me. I appreciate it has taken a number of years for attitudes towards LPO to change, one would hope that the profession would learn from past experience and embrace BOO in the interests of cost efficiency and quality – benefits that can be passed on to firms’ clients. People have talked about the fact that LPO is all about improving processes. The same principle can be applied to back-office outsourcing: handing over your switchboard function is about putting the onus of improving the efficiency and quality of that function on to someone else’s shoulders: someone who is an expert in that particular field, leaving the firm’s management to focus on the business of providing legal services. In today’s global village, a law firm’s client base is increasingly widespread and, where necessary, firms are well practised in gearing up legal teams to handle work of an international nature. Yet apply that principle to other law firm departments and the same cannot be said. For example, hiring multilingual staff to fill a switchboard role can be difficult and expensive. Procuring an external provider who can supply a translation service for any international call that comes into the firm is one good solution. Similarly, for smaller firms a ‘virtual reception’ provides a hassle-free option – perhaps preferable to training and managing temporary staff. It’s clear that law firm clients want lower costs. While firms seem to be paying more and more attention to this, and well and truly embracing legal process outsourcing, it is important they do not overlook the option of outsourcing non-core elements of the business such as call handling. There was much negative press about LPO a number of years ago, now a firm is considered behind the times if they haven’t turned their attention to it. I feel confident that we will see the same change in attitudes towards back-office outsourcing, but I strongly suggest the profession as a whole makes it a priority call. Rasik Kotecha, is founder and managing director of CallCarelast_img read more

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Michael John Construction Ltd vs St Peter’s Rugby Football Club

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

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The Haill Six Incorporated Trades of Kirkcudbright Branch Out

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe ancient Haill Six Incorporated Trades of Kirkcudbright were established in 1425 and have been in continuous existence since that date. Their role in the town has changed dramatically over the years and has mainly been one of a ceremonial body.In the past two years the Trades felt that they had to be more visible in the community of Kirkcudbright. In addition to their ceremonial roles in the Kirkin’ of the Deacon Convener and the Kirkin’ of the Cornet, Riding of the Marches and Remembrance Sunday, the organisation has become more broadly involved in the community.They run a successful Burns Supper annually, enter a lorry in the summer parade and serve burgers at the Tattoo. More recently, they have started to provide support and sponsorship to community events. Sponsorship is provided for the Summer Festivities programme, Food Festival and the famous Buckland Burnup.The Trades are in the process of repairing and renovating the town signs from the three main road entrances to Kirkcudbright and recently participated in a beach clean at Abbeyburn Foot, Dundrennan. The latest ventures are the purchase of bricks for the renovation fund for the former Johnston School, each brick bearing the name of individual trades and the planting of six trees at Castledykes in the town.Deacon Peter Smith had a chance meeting with swimming pool manager Colin Wyper and learned that he was trying to improve the natural environment around the pool exterior. The Incorporated Trades recently planted three Rowan and three Birch trees close by in a semicircle. Again, each tree has been dedicated to individual trades. A formal handover ceremony was held on Friday night with the Deacons present in full ceremonial uniform.last_img read more

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Indians Pitcher Danny Salazar to Have Surgery

first_imgThe Indians have been waiting and waiting for pitcher Danny Salazar to get back to form of the All-Star season he had, but now will have to wait even longer to see if he makes it back.The team announced today Salazar will have exploratory surgery on his right shoulder, and for now there is no timetable for his return.It’s another huge setback for the 28-year-old, who will will have the procedure on Monday.Just two years ago Salazar was an All-Star, and it looked like one of the foundations of the teams’ rotation, but after a huge first half he had injury issues and last year went 5-6 with a 4.28 ERA.Now making it back with the Indians and having an impact seems further away than ever. Matt Loede Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img Related TopicsDanny Salazarlast_img read more

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Rose calls for patience with Windies

first_imgFormer Jamaica and Windies fast bowler Franklyn Rose said that while he is disappointed with the performance of the team at the ongoing ICC World Cup tournament in England and Wales, he is calling on the regional supporters to exercise patience. The Windies have had a poor showing at the World Cup, so far, which has resulted in their recording one win in eight matches and are now out of contention for a spot in the semi-finals. Rose told The Gleaner that the Windies team does not have the quality of players, compared to 1980s and early 1990s, when they dominated world cricket, so the regional spectators should support the players instead of tearing them down.“As a past player, I am very disappointed with their performance, because we had a very good start and we destroyed the Pakistan team, but things just went downhill for us from there,” Rose said. “As West Indians, we need to have patience with the team, because there are teams around the world that have invested billions (of dollars), that we don’t have, into their sport,” he said. “I remember in 1996 when Kenya beat the West Indies and we had that big star team, no one criticised them,” Rose said. The 47-year-old Rose, who represented the Windies in 19 Test matches, picked up 53 wickets at an average 30.88. He also participated in 27 one-day internationals, collecting 29 wickets at an average of 36.06. He said that people should rally around the regional side and ensure that they give the players all the support that they need to become world-beaters again. “I think that people just sit and wait for West Indies cricket to fail these days and then just criticise them. People need to give the guys a break,” he said. “We are not as good as before, and we don’t have the quality. Hopefully, before I die, I will see West Indies on top dominating world cricket again.”“Hopefully, Cricket West Indies is putting a programme in place to find the quality players to rebuild.”last_img read more

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Todd: Ferraris just aren’t united

first_imgJean Todt; photo: Michael PottsFIA President and former Ferrari sporting director Jean Todt explained why Sebastian Vettel did not win a Formula One title with the Scuderia. The German arrived in Maranello in 2015 with the idea of ​​repeating the success of his idol Michael Schumacher. However, this did not happen. According to Todd, who was head of the team in the years when Schumacher won, the main reason is the lack of unity today. The Frenchman believes that at the beginning of the century the team was united and cohesive in both good and bad days, and in the last ten years this has not been the case.“The result, good or bad, always has an explanation,” Todd said“Together with Michael – all together – we achieved such great success because we had a very close-knit, strong team and supported each other – more in difficult times than in good days,” he added in an interview with Sky Sports.Todd will probably never forget how Michael said he was leaving if the Frenchman was fired in late 1998, when the Italian media wanted his head.“It’s easy to be together when everything is going well, but the strong sailor is evident in the stormy sea. When we were in a storm, we were all in the boat together, and I think that’s the difference. “According to Todd, despite the separation from Sebastian, he has good options to stay in Formula 1 in 2021. He is only 32 years old and it is too early to give up the sport.“Sebastian Vettel is one of the greatest talents in motorsport,” Todd said. “It is now clear that he will not drive for his current team after 2020, but there are many other possibilities. We can only wish him the best and I really feel that whoever engages him will succeed. Seb is obviously among the drivers who can win races and championships with the right car! Michael won only three races when he arrived (at Ferrari) in 1996 – not because he wasn’t motivated, he just didn’t have the car to allow him to be a world champion. Then we slowly created the car and the team that made success possible. This is always a combination. Take Lewis Hamilton – if he didn’t have a winning car, he wouldn’t be able to be a world champion. We saw this with [Фернандо] Alonso, Vettel and I saw him. That’s the logic. “If you find a spelling mistake, please let us know by highlighting the text and clicking Ctrl + Enterlast_img read more

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