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first_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Press Release Service Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL January 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm I hope not. Abortion is murder and any support of a platform that supports murder is incompatible with Christian teaching. Faith & Politics Rector Washington, DC January 19, 2017 at 8:14 pm I don’t remember such a wonderful series o prayer events for President Obama or Bush or Clinton . Maybe Trump will really suceed. I give thanks for Tomorrow. Rector Bath, NC Doug Desper says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Dr. William A. Flint, MDiv, PhD says: Rector Albany, NY Episcopalians approach Donald Trump’s inauguration with prayer Dr. William A. Flint, MDiv, PhD says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel January 20, 2017 at 4:25 pm The church leaders are lemmings as they attempt through deceit to re-interpret the Bible to suit their own agendas; not God’s. They despise Trump. The lay folk who understand and do not try to re-interpret God’s word see the wisdom and leadership of Trump. The lay folk’s eyes are not blinded by the teachings of the church leaders. Ronald Davin says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Margaret Smist says: Dr. William A. Flint, MDiv, PhD says: Submit a Job Listing Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group January 20, 2017 at 8:43 am The Washington Post and New York Times reported that the New Wave Feminists were made to withdraw as a March sponsor because they are prolife and the other women’s groups didn’t want them. That shows the real purpose of the March. Seems that some women are more equal than others. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 January 19, 2017 at 4:31 pm is the Episcopal Church USA participating in the Women’s March on Washington this coming Saturday? Will anyone from the Episcopal Church be speaking or on the platform? How is our church supporting this event? Rector Knoxville, TN January 20, 2017 at 4:18 pm Good to see the Church is supporting such a great man. Through the Episcopalian Church, we thank God that Don John Trump is our 45th President. We as a country have truly been blessed by his election. Let’s make America Great Again! Yours in Christ, Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Rector Martinsville, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest January 20, 2017 at 10:05 pm As an Episcopalian Christian, I will pray for the new President. But I do not believe we can separate Donald Trump and his administration from his message. If there is going to be such notable Episcopalian involvement as he assumes power, then I must work all the harder to speak out against the things he says and does.https://aileenssite.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/prayers-yes-but-those-are-not-my-values/ Featured Jobs & Calls Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Donald Trump, Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 stephen sim says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZcenter_img Tags Aileen Chang-Matus says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA January 20, 2017 at 7:44 pm The Lord has delivered us ! Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Press Release Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS January 20, 2017 at 10:16 am I agree that the pro-life group should have been allowed to sponsor and walk — and I say that as a Pro-Choice woman. I know many of my own relatives who are Pro-Life, and although they would not see themselves as feminists (since they see it as a liberal label) I see them as feminists – strong women fighting for themselves and their rights. I offer up prayers today since I have real concerns for the next administration. I am hoping and praying all these prayers for God’s love, kindness, respect, dignity for all and compassion make their way into the hearts of Donald Trump and the future administration. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Donald Heacock says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Curate Diocese of Nebraska The sign outside Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hilltown, Pennsylvania, invites people to stop in for prayer on Inauguration Day. Photo: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal congregations are planning to mark with prayer the events surrounding Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration as the 45th president of the United States.Many congregations have announced that they will be open for prayer during the inauguration events. Some will also offer special services that day. Among the many are St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri; Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hilltown, Pennsylvania; St. John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington, West Virginia and Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri.“We welcome parishioners and community residents to drop in for any part of that time. There will be no service, just the opportunity to join with others to pray in the silence of God’s presence,” Good Shepherd said on its Facebook page. “We Episcopalians call ourselves people of common prayer, and that usually means worshiping together using the words of the Book of Common Prayer. But, shared silence can also be a form of common prayer, too. Please join us in lifting our hopes and fears to God in prayer, whether or not you can be with us at church.”Among other events around the Episcopal Church are these:Diocese of New Jersey plans weekend of prayer“With the beginning of a new Congress and the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, our nation enters a new chapter in its history,” New Jersey Bishop Williams “Chip” Stokes wrote to the diocese, calling for a weekend of prayer to begin at noon on Jan. 21.“Praying together, though in different locations, joins us as a diocese with the Episcopal Church and the wider community of faith as the 58th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral finishes,” Stokes wrote. “Collectively we remind ourselves that God is ultimately in charge and we appeal to him for the best for our nation.”A special Office of Noonday Prayer at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton is the formal start to the New Jersey effort. Stokes asked congregations to host similar services, and those unable to attend, he said, ought to pause at noon that day for a period of personal prayer. The bishop also urged congregations to “incorporate prayers for our nation in each of their liturgies during the weekend.”The diocese has posted a toolkit for those prayers and liturgies here.‘A Weekend of Prayer and Resistance’All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, plans to spend Jan. 20-22 working “with our interfaith allies and community partners to continue to be the change we want to see in our nation and our world,” according to an announcement on its website. Events include an “interfaith inauguration viewing” party Jan. 20, healing prayer all that day and a noon Eucharist (to be livestreamed here), and participation in the Jan. 21 Los Angeles Women’s March (one of many satellite marches planned around the country in conjunction with the main march in Washington, D.C.). The parish plans a forum on Jan. 22 titled “Intersectional Resistance: Part 1 – Reproductive Justice & LGBTQ Equality,” described as “a conversation focused on organizing to protect our rights, our safety, our health, and our families.” There will be additional liturgies at All Saints and participation in a Muslim prayer service and Shabbat services elsewhere.Open for prayerThe Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, New York, on Long Island will be open for prayer from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Inauguration Day. It will also offer its normal weekday Morning Prayer service at 8:45 a.m. and Eucharist at 12:15 p.m. The Very Rev. Michael Sniffen, cathedral dean, and the Rev. Michael F. Delany, canon pastor, plan to attend Ghostlight at Adelphi University in Garden City Jan. 19. Ghostlight is an inauguration eve vigil being held by the theater community at 728 theaters across the country. Sniffen and several parishioners are traveling with Trinity Wall Street to Washington, D.C., for the Women’s March.Pray in place prayer vigilWashington National Cathedral’s Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage is coordinating a Pray in Place Prayer Vigil from 6 a.m. Jan. 20 through midnight on Jan. 21.“No matter where you are or what you are doing, take time to add your voice to the voice of others as we pray throughout the days surrounding the inauguration,” the announcement said.  The center will offer prayers for “wisdom for our leaders, justice for our communities and peace for our world” at the top of every hour via the center’s Facebook page. Those prayers will also be available to those who follow the center on Twitter here.All faiths inauguration vigilTrinity Episcopal Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska, plans a morning vigil to coincide with the inauguration. Open to all faiths, the time will open with Morning Prayer and end with Eucharist at noon.“This is an opportunity to quiet ourselves and to offer our hearts and minds a chance to rest from the tension and noise of this uniquely difficult time in our nation’s history,” the Very Rev. Craig Loya, dean of the cathedral, told the Omaha World-Herald.‘The Inauguration of Hope’Actor, writer and director Ethan Hawke; actress and singer Karen Akers; musician Paul Winter; Cathedral of St. John the Divine poet-in-residence Marilyn Nelson and many other noteworthy musicians, performers, and poets will stage a gathering Jan. 23 at the cathedral in Manhattan to reaffirm “what we’re for, not what we’re against” and to “recommit to the values we hold in common.”  Cathedral friend and Episcopalian actor Anthony Newfield will be the master of ceremonies. More information is available here.Editor’s note: A previous version of this story included information about a peaceful prayer vigil planned for Jan. 21 outside Washington National Cathedral during the National Prayer Service. That service has been canceled due to Secret Service security restrictions around the building that day. Featured Events Rector Collierville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ernie Hammel says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Joseph Simpkins-Arganbright says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ January 21, 2017 at 12:14 pm The National Cathedral is not an abortion clinic, it is a House of Prayer. Remember, Jesus ran the money-changers out of the Temple. Beware, my friend. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Pam Hinojosa says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 lauren anderson says: Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Belleville, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET January 21, 2017 at 12:09 pm I think more old school Episcopalians are celebrating with joy that President Trump is now the leader of the free world. He is a sincere and faithful servant of the people of our country. I believe he will tell the truth and in that truth, we have the promise of Jesus that we will be set free. However, many parishes (including the one I attend) are split over this election. However, the good news is that these same parishes never really were all that united. The progressives in the church have taken us down a slippy road and only God knows the final chapter of that story. While our numbers dwindle, the church in other avenues is growing. Thanks be to God, the Gospel is still being preached and Jesus is still being lifted up. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Comments (14) By ENS staffPosted Jan 19, 2017 Ernie Hammel says: January 19, 2017 at 11:24 pm What is so awesome is so many people including Muslims are coming to Christ through this whole election. Maybe we really will have peace on earth .. January 20, 2017 at 8:20 am I am deeply saddened that the National Cathedral is participating in the inauguration of such a man as is coming to the office. To send children to sing will be interpreted by him as if the choir sings for him and all of his followers are already locally gloating that liberals are in support of Trump. Mor greatly saddened that the Cathedral has not announced prayers of protection and peace for the Women’s Marches all across our land. Many regional Episcopal churches are holding prayers for everyone involved. Regardless of what the Dean has said about the Cathedral’s participation; he forgets that those who support Trump are not readers but rely on news through hysteria filled antics of tv news. Certain of those will have a field day with what happens today regarding the Episcopal Church. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA January 20, 2017 at 2:53 am What does the Episcopal church think about Donald Trump being inaugurated for president? I am a life long Episcopalian and would like to know! ! My church in Lincoln, Nebraska, seems to be split! Rector Pittsburgh, PA last_img read more

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first_img The Neuro Foundation is targeting university students with the launch of Runderpants: a new student fun run.The Runderpants Mile event asks university students to raise funds for the The Neuro Foundation by running a mile in special Runderpants™ underwear, which they will receive when they sign up.The charity is currently collaborating with RAG teams from five universities across the country: Bangor University, University of Cambridge, Durham University, Falmouth University and Imperial College London. The teams are helping to organise and market the Runderpants Mile in their towns, with events expected to take place in each one during February and March.The Runderpants™ brand creation was a pro-bono project with branding agency, The Specialist Works, while Oddballs Ltd has produced the underwear and the event has received corporate sponsorship from Boohoo.com. The Neuro Foundation has also partnered with Blackbaud Inc.’s everydayhero platform to create a seamless fundraising experience for student participants.Brendan Rodgers, Operations and Marketing Manager, The Neuro Foundation, said:“For us, Runderpants™ isn’t just about creating a new income stream for the charity, it’s about promoting body positivity, and offering a gateway event to sports. We know most people can run a mile, so it’s just a case of seeing who’s prepared to give it a shot! We are also very excited to be getting to know the student fundraising community better. If you ever want to be inspired for the future of this world, chat to the RAG teams at any given university; their drive, aspiration and informed approach has confirmed what we suspected; students are shockingly underestimated by the charity sector.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 Melanie May | 29 January 2018 | News Tagged with: fundraising events higher education  170 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 Advertisement  169 total views,  1 views today Neuro Foundation launches fun run to inspire student participation About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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first_imgThese social enterprises will receive grants awarded by a panel including individuals who have also faced life shocks, as well as financial inclusion experts, and representation from charity partner Turn2Us. Royal London will also provide insight and business support, with Year Here and SSE providing additional support in driving change through social innovation. “The pandemic has escalated society’s inequalities and we’re hoping the social entrepreneurs on this programme will have a huge impact on supporting vulnerable groups out of further financial hardship.” The Changemakers programme aims to develop solutions to life shocks by bringing Royal London together with experts in social innovation and people with personal experience of life shocks: major life events such as bereavement and the Covid-19 pandemic. Royal London will work with key partners Year Here and The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) to find and support 10 individuals and 10 social enterprises to develop and scale up potential solutions. Advertisement  1,154 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Recruitment for existing social enterprises began on 19 April through SSE, with the first cohort of changemakers to be announced in June. More information and details of how to apply can be found online. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Funding & support available for solutions building financial resilience to life shocks Tagged with: Finance Funding innovation Nadia Al Yafai, Royal London’s head of mutuality and impact, said: School for Social Entrepreneurs’ managing director Nicola Steuer, added: Mutual life and pensions company Royal London is looking for social enterprises to work with on a new social innovation programme dedicated to creating and investing in ways of building financial resilience to life shocks. “Life shocks can affect anyone at any time, and as a mutual we have to play a role in building long term solutions for both our customers and for wider society, to protect today and invest in tomorrow. That is why we are collaborating with our expert partners and changemakers over the coming months and working with them to drive social innovation based on lived experience and deep insight.” Melanie May | 23 April 2021 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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first_imgGiving Back Actor Robert Patrick and Fellow Motorcycle Riders Bring Cheer to Hillsides Children with Toy Run From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | 1:48 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Actor Robert Patrick of the CBS show “Scorpion” and some 125 fellow riders from the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club Chapter 101 and other local motorcycle clubs took part in a toy run this weekend for Hillsides, a foster care charity. The riders rode from Canyon Country to Hillsides main campus in Pasadena with a truck load of holiday gifts. Actors Mike Beach and Emilio Rivera from the FX show “Sons of Anarchy” were also among the riders. The toys were collected at the “Scorpion” set and through the Boozefighters motorcycle club.“This is the second year that Robert and his fellow riders have come onto campus bearing gifts, and it is a tremendous sight to see,” said Hillsides Chief Executive Officer Joseph M. Costa. “Not only did they collect hundreds of toys, the children who live at Hillsides get a huge kick out of talking to the riders and sitting on their motorcycles. This is a true highlight of the holidays for everyone.”Patrick, made famous for his role as T-1000 in the 1991 movie “Terminator 2,” said that he feels compelled to give back because as a child, he was surrounded by a loving family who supported his dreams. “I love that Hillsides is giving kids a chance for opportunity and to change their lives,” he said. “I know from personal experience how important it is to have someone believe in you.”Patrick learned about Hillsides through his local Episcopal church, St. Thomas the Apostle in Hollywood. Hillsides has its roots in the Episcopal Church, having been founded in 1913 by an Episcopal deaconess, Evelyn Wile. Besides helping Hillsides, Patrick is a devoted advocate for veterans and has traveled around the world with the United Service Organizations (USO) visiting troops.The Boozefighters Motorcycle Club is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for veterans and has participated in several toy runs over the years.The gifts collected through the toy run will be distributed to some of the 13,000 children and families Hillsides serves throughout Los Angeles County. There is still time to provide children and families with holiday gifts and winter outings to help those in need experience the magic of the season. To contribute, please visit here.About HillsidesHillsides provides high quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where children and youth can thrive. Headquartered in Pasadena, the agency and its affiliation with Bienvenidos serves 13,000 children and families in Los Angeles County throughout its 35 sites, including school-based mental health offices in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Baldwin Park. Foster care and adoptions services in approved resource family homes serve families in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. To learn more about both agencies, visit www.Hillsides.org and www.Bienvenidos.org. Visit Hillsides on Facebook @hillsideschildren, on Twitter @Hillsides, or on Instagram @HillsidesPasadena. 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. 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribecenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Business News More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

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first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Presidential Nom. Buttigieg Releases Housing Reform Plan Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Presidential Nom. Buttigieg Releases Housing Reform Plan Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Democratic Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg has released his plan for housing, including plans to increase homeownership and affordable housing access through investment programs. Buttigieg’s plan, titled “Coming Home: An Agenda for Housing Justice in America,” calls for increased homeownership among low-income Americans, and attempts to combat discrimination in housing.The plan includes reinstating the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule and the passing of the Community Homestead Act.”The vast majority of neighborhoods that were redlined nearly 100 years ago remain disproportionately poor and segregated to this day.8 From redlining to racist mortgage covenants, it will take decades of intentional policy to undo our past wrongs.”In an effort to increase access to affordable housing, Buttigieg proposes a $4 billion investment in matching funds toward low0income housing programs, and a plan with congress to put in place an affordable 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage”In a Buttigieg administration, families across the country will have greater access to affordable housing and communities will have the building blocks for inclusive revitalization,” Buttigieg’s campaign site said. “His administration will right the wrongs of the housing crisis, including by establishing strong consumer protections and implementing policies to rebalance our economy in favor of American families. And it will reverse the effects of many generations of policy that locked some Americans out of homeownership and a place to live in neighborhoods of economic opportunity.”Buttigieg’s plan follow fellow candidate Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. CNBC states that Bloomberg’s plan would bolster reforms either put in place or strengthened as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank act in response to the Great Recession.Tim Rood, Chairman and Founder of The Collingwood Group, a SitusAMC company, said the idea of merging the GSEs was discussed soon after they were taken into conservatorship. The plan, however, was quickly abandoned as lawmakers realized that “the only thing potentially worse than a duopoly in mortgage finance was a monopoly.””The rivalry between Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is critical for maintaining the competitive DNA of the two organizations to ensure innovation and disruption that serves lenders and borrowers alike,” Rood said. Tagged with: Democratic Candidate Pete Buttigieg reform Previous: Fed’s Plan for Economic Growth Next: Home Prices in Opportunity Zones Rising Quickly  Print This Post February 19, 2020 1,953 Views Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Democratic Candidate Pete Buttigieg reform 2020-02-19 Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles About Author: Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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first_img Children’s psychological services in Donegal are “deplorable” – Doherty Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Twitter Google+ Previous articleOrganisers already planning for next year’s Donegal marathonNext articleDerry City ease injury crisis with new signing admin Pinterest By admin – August 22, 2016 Homepage BannerNews Facebook Twitter Deputy Pearse Doherty has described children’s psychology services in Donegal as deplorable.This follows confirmation from the HSE that over 120 children are awaiting psychological assessment in the county.22 children have been on the waiting list since last year and another 5 children have been waiting to be seen since 2014.Figures released by the HSE shows that although there is a backlog, the number of appointments is down since last year.Deputy Doherty says that this is just another blow for children’s services in Donegal …Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/pearsechildpsych.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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first_imgNews UpdatesClarify Stand On Holding Remaining ICSE & ISC Board Exams; Bombay HC Tells State And Centre [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap22 Jun 2020 5:25 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Monday asked the Centre and State to clarify their stand on holding the remaining ICSE and ISC board exams for students of class X and XII. Court also directed the Centre to inform about any decision taken pursuant to the June 15 order passed by the Allahabad High Court in regard to the remaining subjects of the Class X and XII examinations, due to be conducted by CBSE…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Monday asked the Centre and State to clarify their stand on holding the remaining ICSE and ISC board exams for students of class X and XII. Court also directed the Centre to inform about any decision taken pursuant to the June 15 order passed by the Allahabad High Court in regard to the remaining subjects of the Class X and XII examinations, due to be conducted by CBSE as well as by CISCE in July, 2020. Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice SS Shinde was hearing via video conferencing a public interest litigation filed by Advocate Arvind Tiwari, who is also a father of a class X student. He sought directions for cancellation of the remaining ICSE and ISC board exams scheduled to be held from July 2 all over Maharashtra and declaration of results on the basis of gradation and past performance. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh appeared for the Union of India and assured the bench that he would obtain instructions and report by the next date if at all any decision is taken by the Central Government. Court expressed concern for the examinees in view of the prevailing situation, where the number of persons testing positive for Covid-19 in the State is on the rise together with the death toll. Advocate General AA Kumbhakoni also assured the Court that the stand of the State government will be clarified by the next date of hearing. In a previous hearing on June 18, Court had deferred hearing of the petition and the intervention applications till Monday with the expectation that the CISCE would finalise its grading plan for promoting students on the basis of past performance and grades. CISCE’s counsel Aditya Mehta submitted that for unavoidable reasons, the grading plan could not be finalised and sought an adjournment till Friday next. Moreover, a proceeding instituted before the Supreme Court in respect of the same issue is expected to be listed tomorrow for consideration, Mehta told the Court. The petitioner appearing in-person reiterated that the examinations scheduled in July, 2020 ought to be cancelled and the results completed on the basis of the pre-board examinations and internal assessment report. Senior Advocate Dr.Birendra Saraf, appeared for the intervener and contended that a number of examinees are willing to write the remaining papers of the examination physically, having put in hard work to prepare, and that any decision taken by the State or by the second respondent to cancel the examinations would be detrimental to their interest, hence, an option ought to be left open for such examinees to write the examinations physically. Finally, the bench observed- “The grading plan is expected to be finalised by the second respondent by Thursday next whereafter it could be circulated for the examinees to make an informed choice. The respective stands of the Central and the State Governments are required to be known. That apart, there is a pending proceeding before the Hon’ble Supreme Court on the selfsame issue. The order passed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, if any, on such proceeding may also be seen.” Thus, the hearing was deferred till June 24 at 10:45 am in order to enable the ASG and AG to apprise the Court of the stand taken by the Union and the State with regard to the said examinations.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

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first_imgNews Updates”Not Sufficient Compliance Of A. 311(2)”: P & H HC Sets Aside Dismissal Order For Want Of Reasons For Dispensing With Inquiry [Read Order] Mehal Jain8 Sep 2020 7:17 AMShare This – xIn absence of sufficient reasons recorded in writing dispensing with the requirement of holding inquiry in the alleged misconduct of employee by the authority, order of dismissal/removal from service of employee, passed in exercise of the powers under Clause (b) of the 2nd Proviso to Article 311(2) is not sustainable, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held. Justice Anil Kshetrpal was…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn absence of sufficient reasons recorded in writing dispensing with the requirement of holding inquiry in the alleged misconduct of employee by the authority, order of dismissal/removal from service of employee, passed in exercise of the powers under Clause (b) of the 2nd Proviso to Article 311(2) is not sustainable, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has held. Justice Anil Kshetrpal was hearing a writ petition for quashing of order dated 04.03.2020 passed by the Commando Battalion, Mohali, dismissing the petitioner from service under Clause (b) of the 2nd Proviso to Article 311(2). The Single Judge appreciated the facts of the case: The petitioner, a Constable in the Punjab Police, has two FIRs registered against him. The first is under Sections 376, 417, 506 of the IPC, the allegations being that in the year 2010 i.e. before the petitioner joined service, he had an affair with the first informant (alleged victim). They also made physical relations. It is alleged that after getting job, the petitioner stopped talking to the first informant and when she pressurized, he threatened her that she will be killed or kidnapped or harmed by throwing acid. The petitioner also threatened that he also has their photographs which would be uploaded on Facebook and Whatsapp. Therefore, the first informant kept mum over period of 9 years.Second is a FIR under Sections 379B, 353, 186, 224, 225, 427, 148, 149 of the Indian Penal Code. This FIR has been registered by a Police Official with the allegation that when the police party went to arrest the petitioner, he after having been apprehended; ran away and various villagers named in the FIR scuffled with the members of the police party and snatched Rs.2200/- and Identity Card from the Wallet of the first informant. Another accused also gave a blow to a police official with some sharp edged weapon which hit on his little finger. The villagers also broke the wind screen of the Government Vehicle.On the basis of these allegations, the concerned Commando Battalion had chosen to invoke Clause (b) of the 2nd Proviso to Article 311(2) to remove/dismiss the petitioner from the service while dispensing with the requirement of holding departmental enquiry. “From careful reading of translation of the impugned order, it is apparent that no reason whatsoever has been recorded as to why holding of the inquiry is not reasonably practicable. What has been recorded is “it does not seem justified to conduct departmental inquiry at this stage”. In the considered view of this Court, this is not sufficient compliance of the mandate of Article 311 of the Constitution of India “, said the bench. The bench found that on a careful reading of Clause (b) of 2nd Proviso, it is apparent that the authority empowered to dismiss or remove a person or to reduce him in rank, has to record reasons in writing as to why it is not reasonably practicable to hold such inquiry. Such satisfaction has to be subjective satisfaction of the authority so empowered. “In the present case, careful reading of the impugned order shows that there is total absence of reasons in this regard. Mere observation that the departmental enquiry at this stage does not appear to be justified is not sufficient to invoke powers under Clause (b) of the 2ndProviso to Article 311(2) of the Constitution of India”, opined the bench. The bench noted that there are two FIRs against the petitioner. In the first one, the first informant/alleged victim has lodged the FIR after a period of 10 years. “It is not recorded that she feels terrorized or is refusing to appear in the departmental inquiry”, said the court. Second FIR, being by a police official, the bench said that the allegations made in the FIR are required to be proved by the members of the police party alongwith the independent witness, if any. “In the present case, neither the reasons in writing have been recorded by the authority nor they are born from the record”, concluded the bench. Accordingly, the impugned order was set aside, with the direction that the petitioner shall be entitled to be reinstated in service with consequential benefits. “However, it shall be open to the respondent to initiate departmental inquiry in the alleged misconduct, if any, of the petitioner”, allowed the bench.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

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first_imgNews UpdatesHigh Court Shall Apply Its Mind To The Entirety Of The Case While Deciding A Criminal Appeal, Reiterates Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 April 2021 11:26 PMShare This – xWhile deciding a criminal appeal on merits, the High Court is required to apply its mind to the entirety of the case including the evidence on the record before arriving at its conclusion, the Supreme Court reiterated.The bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah observed thus while allowing an appeal against an Allahabad High Court judgment which reversed the conviction of the accused by the Trial Court. In this case, the accused was convicted of an offence under Section 364A of the Penal Code and was sentenced to undergo imprisonment for life, to a fine of Rs 5,000 and, in default, to undergo imprisonment for a period of one year. The Trial Court judgment was set aside by the High Court by allowing the appeal. The state, therefore, approached the Apex Court.Perusing the judgment, the bench noted that there has been no independent evaluation by the High Court of the evidence or of the submissions which were recorded by the High Court. The court noted the following observations made in a recent decision in State of Gujarat vs Bhalchandra Laxmishankar Dave [LL 2021 SC 58]”So far as the appeal against the order of conviction is concerned, there are no such restrictions and the Court of appeal has wide powers of appreciation of evidence and the High Court has to re-appreciate the entire evidence on record being a First Appellate Court.”Left with no reasoning by the High Court to support the impugned judgment and order, we are of the view that it would be appropriate to allow the appeal and to remand the proceedings back to the High Court for a decision afresh, the bench said while allowing the appeal.Case: State of Uttar Pradesh vs. Ambarish [CrA 446 of 2021]Coram: Justices DY Chandrachud and MR ShahCitation : LL 2021 SC 238Click here to Download/Read OrderTagsCriminal Appeal Supreme Court Justice DY Chandrachud Justice MR Shah Next Storylast_img read more

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first_img Comments are closed. Themost radical shake-up of training systems, the Learning and Skills Council andits supporting local network, launches this week. What impact is theGovernment’s vehicle for transforming skills likely to have in Britain?  Stephen Overell reportsThisweek marks a major milestone in adult learning. Now open for public scrutiny isthe Learning and Skills Council, the Government’s main vehicle for boostingskills in Britain, which came into being from the start of this month.Thisis the organisation that is going to spend £6bn a year on training anddevelopment – a sum which seems impressive set against the £1.4bn a year spentby the training and enterprise councils.Inthe esoteric world of training and development there has been talk about littleelse for the past year-and-a-half. The Department for Education and Employmenthas been preparing for this moment with a period of feverish activity. Newprogrammes, targets, initiatives, task groups and reports have tumbled out ofWhitehall at a staggering rate. Indeed, some underemployed policy specialistshave counted them and found they have totalled 1,600 since Labour came topower. And central to them all is the Learning and Skills Council.Forthose who don’t already know, the LSC, with its 47 local arms, will beresponsible for planning and funding all 16- to 19-year-old and adult andcommunity education, replacing both the Tecs and the Further Education FundingCouncil and taking over the funding of school sixth forms from localauthorities from 2003.Asan institution it represents the achievement of a long-held ideal – the placingof vocational and academic learning on an equal footing with funding for bothcoming from the same body. It also represents the first time that a governmentbody has had a duty to promote participation in learning. It will work withschools, colleges, employers and a multiplicity of other Labour quangos to setabout improving Britain’s skills performance.Likeparents speculating on the future of a child, education and training expertshave been musing on its future. There is no doubt that the advent of the LSChas received a generally warm welcome from a wide variety of interest groups.Whilethe Tecs tended to be appreciated by business organisations, they never enjoyedmuch sympathy from the public at large. Set up by the Conservatives in 1993 torefocus training on the needs of business – a widely understood reform at the time – they never quite shrugged offaccusations of chummy back-scratching and patronage among business people.Nordid skills development always appear to be a top priority. In one celebratedinstance from 1999, Solotec, based in Bromley, paid a £285,000 golden handshaketo its departing chief executive, John Howell – a payment that Education andEmployment Secretary David Blunkett said there was “no possible justificationfor”. The public purse remains the poorer to this day.Insetting up its new regime, the DfEE has been careful to avoid a whiff of anysuch scandal in the future. One of its key considerations has been to establisha structure that will be more likely to enjoy broad support, while stillprioritising the skills requirements of business. As a result it has pulled offa very delicate balancing act, mixing people with public and private sector backgrounds,trade unionists with small business people, councillors with members of theMonetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England. The term “partnership” isawash in DfEE documents.Thepolitics is in evidence right at the top of the LSC. Its chairman is BryanSanderson, former group managing director of BP Amoco and chief executive of BPAmoco Chemicals, who retired from the board last year and will devote about twodays a week to the LSC. The chief executive is John Harwood, former chiefexecutive of Oxfordshire County Council. And it is equally evident on thebody’s two main committees. John Monks, the TUC general secretary, will chairthe LSC’s adult learning committee and Chris Banks, the former managingdirector of Coca-Cola Great Britain (now with packing firm Histogram after amanagement buy-out) will chair the young people’s learning committee.Employersare to have the largest single input into the new bodies with 40 per centrepresentation on LSC councils, although business organisations, such as theCBI, have complained half-heartedly that the interpretation of “businessbackground” has been “a little elastic” on the national body.Concernabout the degree to which the new organisations will be business-led has beenone of the main criticisms of the new system. Both the Conservatives and theLiberal Democrats have had political fun pointing out that the LSC is abureaucratic creation of Whitehall, rather than a body that will be used tosupport local businesses. But that very point also has its upside. From thepoint of view of personnel professionals, at times the Tec system could be veryfrustrating – one Tec might give £3,000 per modern apprenticeship; another£10,000. A national tariff would be preferable.Whilemost business organisations have praised the Government’s aim of raisingstandards in education and training, they also have their individual quibbles.At the Engineering Employers’ Federation, Ann Bailey, head of education andtraining, says, “We are quite disappointed that a lot of the employers [onLSCs] are not hard-nosed business industrialists – not people at the chalkface. If you haven’t got a representative of your sector, how do you go aboutexpressing your views? There is a lot of uncertainty.”Sheis also concerned that the LSC is going to be over-focused on basic skills,following the well publicised discovery that one in five British people isfunctionally illiterate, meaning they cannot locate a plumber in the YellowPages. “The focus on basic skills is vital,” she says, “but it should not bethe total agenda. There are a lot of people in work who need upskilling. Thatis very costly for employers. If we could see the LSC working with employersthat would make a major difference to whether the LSC fulfils its full potential.”Meanwhile,John Stevens, head of policy at the CIPD, believes the aim of increasing thenumber of people on modern apprenticeships might reduce the amount of learningundertaken in the workplace – which is considerably more expensive thanclassroom learning. “Expanding the numbers going through at the rate theGovernment is doing does raise issues about the quality of learning that isbeing delivered.” (As of June last year, 439,800 young people were doing ModernApprenticeships, Foundation Modern Apprenticeships or Advanced ModernApprenticeships.)Butthe second major criticism has been the degree of centralisation inherent inthe system. True to Labour’s reputation, there is much in the LSC regime thatmarks a centralisation of training and development. David Blunkett, Educationand Employment Secretary, wields power of appointment over the LSC chairs,executive directors and council members. Thenational LSC, which is in principle a non-departmental public body, is obligedto publish an annual plan showing how “any objectives should be achieved in theyear in conformity with the directions of the Secretary of State”. Local LSCs,meanwhile, have a duty to “prepare annual plans in conformity with guidancefrom the [national] LSC”. If the Adult Learning Inspectorate, which is toinspect places where learning is provided, comes across poor performance, theLearning and Skills Act grants the Secretary of State direct powers ofintervention – to remove governors from a further education college, for example.Also,much of the LSC’s budget is already earmarked for national projects. There isconcern that there might not be enough funds to finance local needs – a keyconcern for employers. An unconfirmed figure of 15 per cent of each LSC budgetis being touted as the total money available for local projects. John Hall,head of education law at solicitors Eversheds, has argued the new system“greatly enhances Whitehall’s powers of control”.TheLSC is a quango, a Non-Departmental Public Body. But one unknown factor in thenew system is the nature of the “partnership” it will have with a large numberof other Labour-created quangos – all of which have the purpose of raisingskills levels. Forexample, there are to be 6,000 UK Online centres; 100 geographical hubs ofUfI/Learndirect, each looking after about 10 Learning Centres; 47 LSCs, in turnserviced by 110 Learning Partnerships; and there are to be 47 ConnexionsPartnerships, subsuming 66 careers service companies, but run locally by150-odd local management committees based on local authority boundaries; thereis one national provider of Individual Learning Accounts and nine RegionalDevelopment Agencies. Thenew system may have slightly simplified the jungle of post-16 institutions, buteven the most generous might allow that the geography of learninginfrastructure is far from ideal and could make the labour marketintelligence-gathering role of the LSC a logistical atrocity. The relationshipbetween all these bodies is likely to confound the keenest of learners.Sowho is likely to do well from the LSC? The Association of Colleges predictsthat their members are going to receive three-quarters of the LSC’s budgetbecause they represent 70 per cent of the state-funded training market anddeliver 54 per cent of vocational qualifications. Some college principals,however, are concerned about smaller private providers undercutting what theyoffer. Private sector training providers will employ “instructors” and aimsolely at qualifications; colleges employ lecturers and will hedge what theyoffer with libraries, support services and refectories, all of which cost moremoney.Theprivate-sector learning providers, which currently represent only 6 per cent ofthe total share of the skills market, are confident, feeling that goodrelations with employers will secure their future. The Government hopes thoseproviders who offer value for money and meet local skill needs, will surviveand flourish, while those that do not will perish.TheLSC faces an uphill struggle. There is little doubt that on basic skills,Britain lags behind its competitors. Some 23 per cent of British people havelow literacy compared with 12 per cent in Germany and 17 per cent in Canada,according to the Basic Skills Agency. Afurther problem is that all too often, training goes to the people who arguablyneed it least. A total of 24 per cent of graduates received training in 1998,compared with only 4 per cent of the unqualified, according to the WorkforceEm- ployee Relations Survey. The highest-earning quartile received four timesmore training than the lowest-earning quartile.Althoughthe CBI has argued that, contrary to popular belief, Britain does not trainless than comparable nations, there have been frequent glimpses of what UKperformance could look like if Britain trained more. Thefinal report of the Skills Task Force, notes that if Britain raised thenumeracy skills of adults to the standards expected of 11-year-olds, thecountry’s gross domestic product would rise by £40bn. That, as ministers keepsaying, is what it’s all about.Leadingfigures express their hopes and fears for the new LSCChrisBanks Former managing director of Coca-Cola, now chief executive of Histogram, whosits on the national Learning and Skills Council“Iam very optimistic about the difference the LSC is going to make. My genuinesense is that around LSCs we have a great representation of business people – Ican already see the application of classic business skills in this area withbetter anticipation of the skills needs, planning for it and delivering againstit.“Itis very early days, but I am also convinced that the system will be muchsimpler. The previous arrangements were terribly complicated with lots ofdifferent ways of accessing funding.“TheLSC is a mandate for change. If we are going to achieve the sort of progressthe LSC has been established to achieve, we are going to have to do thingsdifferently. Skills are an absolutely critical area for business and in manyareas, we have not got them – not just new economy skills, but craft skills inconstruction and engineering. If as business people we have not got the flow oftalent, that is a real issue.“Itis critically important that each of the local LSCs have responsibility to feelthe local pulse of employers. I would encourage those business people who wantto have more influence to make contact with the chair or executive director ofthe LSC. But it is up to local LSCs to figure out the best way of buildingpartnerships – LSCs are the glue that holds employers and the education systemtogether. It goes without saying that local LSCs need discretion about fundinglocal projects, but they do also have a say over how money that isformula-driven is spent.“Igot involved in this originally through work I did on the London Employers’Coalition for the New Deal. I had seen the difference it had made in achievingemployment for people who lack basic employability skills. It was a naturalprogression to stay involved and to see things from the other end of thepipeline, as it were.”MargaretMurray Head of learning and skills at the CBI“Thejury is out on whether the changes will benefit employers. Many of our memberswere involved in TECs, which had established a strong network of relationshipswith employers. We would have preferred a more evolutionary approach than theone the Government has pursued, but the DfEE has been genuinely consultativeand wants to get it right. It deserves a fair wind.“Whatis not clear, but remains critically important to businesses, is that the localLSCs have discretion to respond to the circumstances in local labour markets.“Wewelcome the 40 per cent business representation on local LSCs – although itperhaps should be added that the interpretation of what is meant by “businessexperience” has been a little elastic in the example of the national LSC.“Ata strategic level, we believe the structure offers immense potential fordiversity of choice in post-16 learning, whether academic or vocational. As faras possible the system should respond to the informed demand of young peopleand the funding should be driven by that. We want a system where young peoplecan choose across the system“Equally,the variations in quality of training in different regions should now be ironedout, with large companies able to contract at a national level for training.“Employershave a vested interest in highly skilled, highly motivated people. As regardsyoung people, one of the problems with the apprenticeship system and the highattrition rates in modern apprenticeships is the attitudes of young peoplethemselves.”RuthSpellmanChief executive, Investors in People“Thereshould be a much clearer focus now in supporting learning than there was underthe old Tec regime. Tecs were set up as independent trading companies, whichmeant they had to think of profitability, while the LSCs have the aim ofbringing the education and employer communities closer together. “Employers,schools, local authorities and the voluntary sector all have an interest inlearning. Personnel professionals may think lifelong learning is just aboutsocial inclusion, but the truth is that it is in their interest to have peoplewith the right set of skills coming through the education system. It will be amuch more inclusive culture.“Therewill be no direct impact on us from the start-up of the LSC. We get 40 per centof our funding direct from the DfEE (IIP’s total budget is £6.5m), but the LSCwill be crucial in getting more employers to come on board with the standard.The LSC’s role in promoting lifelong learning as well as developing nationallearning targets means there will be continual dialogue between us.“Atthe moment, 23,000 organisations have been recognised for attaining IIP, whilea further 15,000 are in the pipeline. But there is a set of targets we arehoping to reach by the end of 2002. By then, we hope 10,000 organisations withless than 49 employees and half of all organisations with more than 50employees will have achieved it.”TimBoswellEducation spokesman of the Conservative Party“Insetting up the Learning and Skills Council, what the Government has done islump a whole lot of things together and the result is a very bureaucratic andcentralised system. It is very much a central body with local arms. It is earlydays yet, but I would not be surprised to see several years of administrativefoul-ups – it is an open secret that the national LSC’s IT systems are not inplace yet.“Thereis a deficiency of bus-iness leaderships in the LSCs. What- ever the criticismsof the Tecs, they were predominantly business-led organisations. The Governmenthas had a real problem finding business people to sit on LSCs and as a resultmany people involved in them are not exactly in the front-line in business.“Wefear the amount of money the LSCs have to spend locally will actually go downbecause only between 10 and 15 per cent of the budget will be for localdiscretion. So much is taken up by central schemes. It was noticeable that theremit letter sent out to the local LSCs had some 76 different directives towhich they had to conform – not exactly the best way of ensuring localdiscretion on funding learning that will benefit local employers.“Wewould be unlikely to scramble all the reforms the Government has put in placeif we were in power, but we would certainly be likely to freeze the transfer ofsixth form funding from 2003.”PhilWillisLiberal Democrat education spokesman“Whatthe Government has done is go through a massive bureaucratic overhaul that isnot likely to have much impact on the end users of the system. My greatcriticism is not that the Government lacks commitment, but that it lacks visionand has not thought through the reforms it is putting in place.“Ifyou ask John Harwood, chief executive of the LSC, where the vision is for fiveyears’ time, you will get blank looks. This is not the great leap forward theGovernment would like to pretend. We have not really seen the ambition that waspromised.“Thefinal report of the Skills Task Force gave a damning indictment of Britain’sskills training and talked about a national entitlement to level II skills. Allthe Government does is talk about targets.“Thereis an uneasy alliance between the Regional Development Agencies and the LSCs.The RDAs are ideally placed to be a skills intelligence unit for theprocurement arm – the LSC.“Butin fact the Government has decided to give the intelligence role to the LSCs aswell. We needed to have a single body to look after education and training, butagain the universities are outside the remit of the LSC and again this isreinforcing a mythical and highly damaging barrier between education andtraining.“TheLSC is certainly an improvement on the TECs. But it does seem to have inheritedone of the problems of the Tecs – you want the best business brains involved,not just those who are available.” AlanTuckett Director National Institute of Adults in Continuing Education“Weare very sympathetic to the broad aims of the Learning and Skills Council. Theduty on the LSC to promote participation in learning is a real achievement.“Wewould have like to see an entitlement to learning by adults. There is anentitlement for 16- to 19-year-olds, but beyond an entitlement to basic skillsthere is nothing for adults. The Skills Task Force said there should be anentitlement for 19-to 24-year-olds to Level III, but that has not appeared.“Weare a little concerned that only one out of five of the targets in the draftcorporate plan for the LSC concerns adults – a general one on raising theachievement of the adult population and focusing on the proportion reachingLevel III and lacking basic skills. But what we would really have liked to seeis a commitment to widening the participation of adults and that is not there.If the LSC does not measure participation, it is not likely to provide enoughof a stimulus to encourage people who have never done any learning before tostart to learn. There is perhaps a little too much of a labour market focus.”Who’swho on the LSC, and what it does–Chris Banks, former managing director of Coca-Cola Great Britain, now withHistogram.– Chris Humphries, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce– Imtiaz Farookhi, chief executive of the National House-Building Council– Dr Deanne Julius, member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank ofEngland– Sir Michael Lickiss, chairman of the south-west of England RegionalDevelopment Agency– Jane Drabble, formerly director of education at the BBC– John Monks, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress– Professor Robert Fryer, assistant vice-chancellor, lifelong learning,University of Southampton– Leisha Fullick, chief executive of Islington Council– John Merry, local councillor and deputy leader, Salford City Council– Sir George Sweeney, principal of Knowsley Community College, Merseyside– Helen Edwards, chief executive of Nacro– Alexandra Burslem, vice-chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University– Lynne Moris, principal of the Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College,BirminghamWhatis the purpose of the Learning and Skills Council?–To be responsive to the skills needs of individuals and employers– To promote employability for individuals by equipping them with skills indemand in the labour market– To help employers develop individual employees and their whole workforce toachieve world-class business performance– To ensure targeted support for the most disadvantaged– To ensure equality of opportunity– To secure the entitlement of all 16- to 19-year-olds to stay in learning– To promote excellence and quality of service– To maximise participation, retention and achievement, to make progresstowards the National Learning Targets for 2002 and beyond– To remove unnecessary bureaucracy and secure maximum effectiveness and valuefor money. 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