Previous Article Next Article A list of useful online resources to help you in your professional researchand educational needsMind www.mind.org.ukGrant House, 15-19 Broadway, London E15 4QB Tel: 0208-519 2122 Mind is the UK’s leading mental health charity with over 220 local supportgroups. It is the largest provider of voluntary sector quality community careand offers a range of services including helplines, drop-in centres, shelteredhousing, befriending, counselling, employment and training schemes. It alsoproduces educational information and advises the Government, healthcareprofessionals and the public on all aspects of mental health. SANE www.sane.org.uk1st Floor, Cityside House, 40 Adler Street, London E1 1EE Tel: 0845 767 8000 A national helpline which offers information and support to anyone affectedby mental illness. Depression Alliance www.depressionalliance.org35 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB Tel: 0207-633 0557 A registered charity aiming to provide information, support, and advice on anational scale for sufferers of depression, their friends, relatives andcarers. Offers self-help groups, support, research and campaigns to reduce the stigmaattached to depression. Mental Health Foundation www.mentalhealth.org.uk20-21 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QL Tel: 0207-535 7400 UK charity dealing with mental health and learning difficulties. National Service Framework for Mental Health www.doh.gov.uk/nsf/mentalhealth.htmlBritish Confederation of Psychotherapists www.bcp.org.ukTel: 0208-830 5173 An advisory board made up of representatives of mental health professions toset standards for training and practice in the mental health field. British Association of Psychotherapists www.bap-psychotherapy.orgTel: 0208-452 9823 Life Lines Project www.life-lines.org.ukA self-help site written by and for people suffering from depression. The Samaritans www.samaritans.org.uk10 The Grove, Slough, Berkshire SL1 1QP Helpline: 01753 216500 Charity providing 24-hour, seven day a week emotional support for anyone whois suicidal or in despair. The Samaritans has over 200 branches throughout thecountry. Alzheimer’s Disease Society www.alzheimers.org.ukTel: 0207-306 0606 Helpline 0845 300 0336 Manic Depression Fellowship www.mdf.org.ukTel: 0207-793 2600 A national charity for people whose lives are affected by manic depression,also known as bipolar disorder. National Schizophrenia Fellowship www.nsf.org.ukTel: 020 8547 3937 Advice line: 0208-974 6814 Schizophrenia UK www.schizophrenia.co.ukThis site, produced by the Institute of Psychiatry, is a useful source ofinformation about this chronic mental illness. Social Anxiety Disorders Sufferers www.social-anxiety.co.ukEating Disorders Association www.gurney.co.uk/edaAdult Helpline: 01603 621 414 Youth Helpline: 01603 765 050 Recorded info line: 0906 861 5466 At Ease www.at-ease.nsf.org.ukNational advice line: 0208-974 6814 A site aimed at teenagers and young adults offering advice and support onall aspects of general mental health. Uzone www.uzone.org.ukSite focusing on mental health issues for 11-16 year- olds. Contact a Family www.cafamily.org.ukTel: 0207-383 3555 A registered charity offering help and support to parents of children withmental health problems. Compiled by Kate Rouy This listing is not exhaustive and the journal welcomes further additionsfrom readers as well as suggestions for further topics of interest to includein this series Resource Guide: Mental healthOn 1 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
The number of buyers in the market has fallen by just under a fifth over the past 12 months prompted by people’s worries over the economic uncertainties created by Brexit, NAEA Propertymark has claimed.Its figures show that 297 house hunters were registered per estate agent during January compared to 367 at the same time last year, a drop of 19%.“January is usually the time when we’d expect to see house hunters flood the market following the festive lull; however, this didn’t happen last month,” says Mark Hayward, Chief Executive of the NAEA.“It’s normal that during a period of uncertainty, buyers put their plans on hold, and until there’s further clarity on what Brexit will mean for the market, we expect the level of house buyers to remain stagnant.”First time buyersBut while the number of homes available for sale per branch remained constant at 36 properties year-on-year, demand from first time buyers ramped up as many took advantage of lower asking prices.“Although sellers are usually keen to hold off until they secure the ‘right price’, when the market is slow, they are typically more willing to negotiate,” says Hayward (left). “After all, when demand falls, and supply remains the same, it’s a buyers’ market.”Research by removals service AnyVan.com reveals there may be trouble ahead after Brexit. Its research among 2,000 young wannabe first time buyers shows that 75% believe Brexit and its economic consequences will stall their plans to buy their first home for two years. February 28, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » A fifth of buyers have been put off by Brexit worries, says NAEA previous nextHousing MarketA fifth of buyers have been put off by Brexit worries, says NAEAThe number of house hunters registered with estate agents per branch has dropped by 19% year-on-year, the latest market snapshot reveals.Nigel Lewis28th February 20190853 Views
WEST NEW YORK – After nearly a 12-hour stand-off, a 27-year-old West New York man surrendered to police, said Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.On Feb. 5, at approximately 2 a.m., the North Bergen Police Department received a report of a man with a gun on Kennedy Boulevard. North Bergen Police officers were dispatched and at approximately 2:20 a.m. a man matching his description was spotted in the area.As officers attempted to question the man, the man allegedly fled in a vehicle. In the process of fleeing, the man allegedly struck an officer and a police vehicle with his car.Additional officers pursued the man several blocks into West New York where he exited his vehicle in front of 608 57th St. The man allegedly fired a weapon at the pursuing officers and one officer returned fire. Neither the officer nor the alleged gunman was struck by the gunfire.The man then barricaded himself in the basement of the house at that location for several hours until he surrendered to police without incident at approximately 2:15 p.m. After he surrendered, officers recovered a handgun and a shotgun with a high capacity magazine during a search of his residence.Emmanuel Hernandez, 27, of West New York has been charged by the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor with two counts of Attempted Murder of Police Officers; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm; Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose; Eluding Police Officers; Resisting Arrest ; and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.Suarez praised the cumulative efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies that resulted in the peaceful surrender of Hernandez.“This was a spontaneous and extremely volatile situation that could have turned out differently but for the patience and hard work of law enforcement professionals,” said Suarez. “Given the scope and magnitude of the situation, I am thankful that the matter was resolved peacefully.”Credited with helping defuse the situation was Mayor Felix Roque, who along with the assistance of crisis intervention officers from Hudson and Bergen Counties talked the subject into surrendering.The prosecutor credited the North Bergen Police Department under the leadership of Police Chief Robert Dowd and the West New York Police Department under the leadership of Police Director Robert Antolos for their quick response. The Prosecutor also credited the Bergen County SWAT Team with methodically coordinating the negotiations with the barricaded suspect and its tactical decision making throughout the ordeal.Providing mutual aid and support: were the Union City Police Department, Guttenberg Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Hudson County Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management, North Hudson Fire & Regional Rescue, Office of Homeland Security Investigations, West New York Medical Services, Jersey City Medical Center Emergency Services, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.The Internal Affairs Unit and the Homicide Unit of the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the officer involved in the shooting, which is standard protocol. ×
I’m delighted that Donald Brydon will be leading this review, following the important work of Sir John Kingman and the CMA, and his work should help us improve and restore confidence in the quality and rigour of audit companies. Audit companies need to learn the recent lessons from high profile audit failures and reform to regain public confidence, or they will be forced to do it. This new review, building on the work of the FRC and CMA reviews, will now consider audits as a product and what the future, standards and requirements should be for audits in the future. To ensure the UK’s audit sector remains world leading by constantly looking to upgrade standards, the Brydon Review into UK Audit Standards will consider: The UK is rightly recognised internationally for our outstanding business environment and responsible business practices, both of which are fundamental reasons why we are one of the best places in the world to work, invest and do business. how far audit can and should evolve to meet the needs of investors and other stakeholders, putting the UK at the forefront; how auditors verify information they are signing off; how to manage any residual gap between what audit can and should deliver; and what are the public’s expectations from audit. high quality audit work is critical to financial markets and the economy – this review will consider standards being delivered by UK auditors and what more can be done to make them more effective and reputable review will look at what the standards and requirements should be for the UK audit profession in the future the Brydon Review into UK Audit Standards comes as the CMA publishes its interim findings on competition in the market and Sir John Kingman publishes his proposals for replacing the FRC with a strengthened watchdog The government will today (Tuesday 18 December) launch a new independent review into standards in the UK audit market, with the outgoing Chairman of the London Stock Exchange tasked with recommending what more can be done to ensure audits meet public, shareholder and investor expectations.The review will be led by Donald Brydon, chairman of the Sage Group, who has extensive experience within the finance and audit sector and will be supported by an advisory board which he will appoint.The Brydon Review into UK Audit Standards will build on the findings of two parallel reviews looking into: the independent review by Sir John Kingman of the industry’s scrutiny body – the Financial Reporting Council (FRC); and the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) market study looking at the effectiveness of competition in the audit market, both published today.The CMA paper identified serious competition concerns in the audit sector, as well as proposing changes to legislation to improve the audit sector for the benefit of companies and investors alike. It is now putting these proposals out for public consultation. Meanwhile Sir John Kingman’s independent review has recommended to government that the FRC be replaced with a new independent regulator with clear statutory powers and objectives.Business Secretary Greg Clark said: The new Review will also test the current model and ask whether it can be made more effective as well as looking at how audit should be developed to better serve the public interest in the future, taking account of changing business models and new technology.The review is part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy – a long term plan to build a Britain fit for the future through a stronger, fairer economy.It comes as part of a wider package of corporate governance reforms recently introduced by the government.A detailed Terms of Reference and project plan will be published in the New Year.
Pop starlet Taylor Swift dropped her new single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” this week, proudly declaring in her new single that the old T. Swift was dead. Unfortunately, at the time, we didn’t know that she might take ticket sales as we know it down with her. While much of the mainstream culture has been fired up over her new song, its subsequent music video, and all the drama that came along with it, Taylor Swift’s announcement of her new ticketing system dubbed “Taylor Swift Tix powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan” flew more or less under the radar. However, regardless of your thoughts on Swift, this new system could create a reverberating effect across the music industry and affect pretty much all lovers of live music.While Swift and Ticketmaster claim that the system is designed to stop scalping and ensure bots don’t get their hands on tickets to her highly in-demand show, whether this plays out, in reality, is still up for debate. Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program was launched earlier in the year to more-or-less positive reviews—the Verified Fans program uses an algorithm to differentiate humans from bots, while also giving fans the ability to register before hand, become verified, and unlock a code that allows them to purchase tickets. However, Swift’s take on the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program with “Taylor Swift Tix” eschews this original model, instead asking fans to partake in “boosts,” such as buying merch or engaging with the singer on social media, to ensure their place in the virtual ticket line for a show and to increase their chances of getting tickets during a competitive on-sale.As the ticketing site notes, “Watch the latest music video, purchase the album (for the greatest boost), post photos and engage on social media. Check the Taylor Swift Tix portal for the newest boosts and activities you can do everyday.” Each action identified as a boost holds different weight. If you pre-order her CD for the largest boost, Consequence Of Sound points out that you must buy the CD from a big-box nationwide chain like Target or Wal-Mart instead of a local record store, and if you do pre-order, it comes to a grand total of $63.03 if you’d like to receive the album with “timely shipping” on the day it comes out. If you happen to not be willing to drop that absurd amount of money on a CD, generously, Taylor Swift offers her fans the opportunity to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and engage in lower-level boosts, such as watching her new music video or tagging the singer in social media posts (we are unsure at this time if the algorithm for Taylor Swift Tix will check to make sure the posts are positive, but, if not, I’m sure they’re working on that next).While this program notes that fans don’t *have* to buy anything or flood Taylor Swift’s Twitter with adoring 140-character love notes, they are open about the fact that engaging in those actions increasing fans’ chances of getting tickets. While this new system is supposed to prevent scalping, the reason fans hate scalping is because fans get boxed out of shows and the remaining tickets get sold at such a mark-up. While we’re clearly all about getting merch from the artists you love and supporting them as artists, suggesting that fans buy merch—with absurd shipping costs—as a means to increase the odds of getting tickets clearly stacks the system toward richer fans with immediate expendable income and defeats the purpose of trying to get tickets immediately into fans hands for face value. Hopefully, bands in our scene that sell out shows quickly, don’t pick up on this new system. To close this out, we’ll leave you with the first two lines of Taylor Swift’s new single: “I don’t like your little games / Don’t like your tilted stage.” Indeed, Taylor, indeed.
In the 1960s, the late epidemiologist Ralph Paffenbarger, Jr. launched a study of men matriculating as undergraduates at Harvard University that would be among the first to link physical activity to a longer, healthier life. While teaching at Stanford in the 1980s, Paffenbarger’s enthusiasm for the work rubbed off on graduate student I-Min Lee, now professor in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH, and led to a decades-long collaboration between the two researchers that has resulted in numerous studies.Lee took over the reins of Paffenbarger’s still-ongoing College Alumni Health Study in the 1990s. Since then, she has broadened the scope of the department’s work in physical activity research. While Paffenbarger’s pioneering study only looked at men performing vigorous exercise, Lee studies both genders and has worked to assess the benefits of more moderate physical activities such as walking. Now, her doctoral student Eric Shiroma is carrying on the legacy — with the help of a research award named after Paffenbarger.The Paffenbarger-Blair Fund for Epidemiological Research on Physical Activity, offered by the American College of Sports Medicine, awards $10,000 annually to a promising young researcher. Paffenbarger himself provided the seed funding, donating money he received as co-recipient of the first International Olympic Committee prize for sport science. Read Full Story
ALBANY – State Senator George Borrello is blasting the Senate’s Democrat Majority for what he says is the refusal to distribute an informational piece on the state budget from his office without revising or removing pieces of the information that they found “objectionable.”Borrello released the following statement to the media on Thursday:“It is the height of hypocrisy for a party that prides itself on tolerance and champions the freedom of speech protections in the First Amendment to exercise censorship over the mailings of Republican Senators.“After a two month delay, the Senate’s Democrat Majority notified my office that they would not print and mail an informational piece on the state budget unless we revised or removed sentences they found objectionable. Using political power to stifle the speech of an independently elected state legislator is unconscionable and runs counter to the values of openness and integrity that the Majority claims to revere. “The constituents in the 57th District work and pay taxes like New Yorkers across the state. They elected me as their representative and it is my responsibility to inform them of the Senate’s legislative actions, through my own perspective. Using its control of the Senate’s taxpayer-financed, in-house printing operation to censor my communication is reprehensible. The entire situation underscores the need for the Senate to contract out its printing operations to an independent firm to eliminate the possibility of political censorship and assure fair and impartial service to every Senate member.”This is a copy of the mailing document Borrello’s Office was trying to send:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
MGN ImageALBANY – Ohio, which was removed from New York’s COVID-19 travel advisory last month, has returned to the list on Tuesday.Governor Andrew Cuomo says in addition to Ohio, Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia now qualify to be on the list.There are now 35 states listed on his travel advisory for having a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.“Individuals coming from other states continue to be a problem, and today we’re adding four more states to New York’s travel advisory. We now have 35 high-risk states in this country, which is incredible,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “We’re entering a new, different post-Labor Day phase. After Labor Day, people start to get back to work, schools are opening, activity is increasing, colleges are opening, you see traffic starting to increase. So we have to keep that in mind as we move forward and we need to remain vigilant and smart so that we don’t backslide.” The advisory requires travelers to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days.Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands have been removed from the advisory.The full, updated travel advisory list is below:AlaskaAlabamaArkansasCaliforniaDelawareFloridaGeorgiaGuamHawaiiIowaIdahoIllinoisIndianaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMarylandMinnesotaMissouriMississippiMontanaNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaNebraskaNevadaOhioOklahomaSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVirginiaWisconsinWest Virginia Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
By Morgan RoanUniversity of GeorgiaPresident Bush honored some Georgia high school 4-H members April22 in Washington, D.C., for projects that helped educate theircommunity and preserve natural resources.”By working hard to preserve our natural surroundings, you’vemade important contributions to your communities and to ournation,” Bush said.Coweta County 4-H officers Phillip Kaufman, Cody Disque, RebeccaMiolen, Cameron Brinton and Dane Beatenbough traveled to theWhite House to meet the president. They accepted the President’sEnvironmental Youth Awards plaque on behalf of the other Coweta4-H members.”It was unbelievable to stand in front of the president and toknow that our projects are making a difference and impact on ourcommunity,” Disque said.How it startedDisque and Beatenbough developed the Adopt-A-Stream project fouryears ago to clean and nurture area waterways. They attendedGeorgia Department of Natural Resources Adopt-A-Stream seminars.They even became certified in biological and chemical monitoring.The 4-H’ers found many area streams in poor condition. They beganrecruiting others to help clean the polluted streams, writingnewspaper articles, speaking to civic groups, distributing fliers.”The teens’ main goals of this project are to educate youth (and)the public and form a plan and take action in the community tohelp our environment,” said Pat Miolen, a 4-H program assistantin Coweta County.Local businesses contributed to the project. Yamaha provided themonitoring equipment, too, and helped pay for the Washington trip.Broad effortWhile some 4-H’ers were testing the waters, others taught waterpollution classes to more than 1,500 fifth-graders in localschools.The 4-H’ers organized and carried out four annual Rivers Alivecleanup efforts and two Great American Cleanups. Both projectsinvolved more than 600 volunteers who donated more than 2,400hours of community service. Their efforts restored the streams byremoving beer cans, tires, furniture and other debris.The Coweta 4-H Adopt-A-Stream teens attend county fairs, too, toraise awareness on pollution and storm-water runoff.They’re working now with county engineers in a project to raisepeople’s awareness about the trash being washed through stormdrains into local streams.EPA programSince 1971, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hassponsored the President’s Environmental Youth Awards Program.Miolen nominated Coweta’s 4-H’ers. She submitted the projectsand resources they created to the EPA regional certificateprogram. The 10 regional winners get the chance to meet thepresident.”It was such a great experience and honor to be invited to theWhite House,” Brinton said. “The president encouraged everyonethere to keep up their good work.””You’ve cleaned parks, you’ve restored wetlands and you’veorganized conservation projects,” Bush said. “As volunteers,you’ve given your time and talents in many different ways. Andtogether you’re helping to achieve a great national goal: toprotect and pass along the great natural beauty of our country.”The 4-H’ers will compete in two other national programs, theYouth Symposium at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta and the Envirothon.In the latter, they compete in areas such as stream chemicaltests, forestry, wildlife and soil testing.”The teens find their work challenging. But they’re veryenthusiastic about these projects and are receiving greatexperience,” Miolen said. “They especially enjoy thecompetitions.”(Morgan Roan is a student writer with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
The University of Vermont Medical Center,Vermont Business Magazine The Offices of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont and the Vermont Attorney General jointly have stated that William V. Boettcher, 57, the former Chief Executive Officer of Fletcher Allen Health Care, Inc. (FAHC) in Burlington, Vermont pleaded guilty to the federal felony of conspiring to make false statements in a health care matter, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 371 and 1035, on charges arising from fraud in connection with the construction of the FAHC Renaissance Project.In United States District Court, before Chief Judge William K. Sessions, III, Boettcher admitted to conspiring with others to conceal and cover up the true costs of the Renaissance Project. Boettcher and others entered into a conspiracy to conceal and cover up the true costs of the Renaissance Project from both the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (“BISHCA”) and the FAHC Board of Trustees. Pursuant to this conspiracy, Boettcher and others misrepresented to BISHCA that the cost of the FAHC Renaissance Project was $173 Million, when the real capital costs to FAHC exceeded this amount by over $80 million. In addition, the conspirators also provided false information to the FAHC Board of Trustees relating to the cost of the project.According to court records, during Boettcher’s tenure as FAHC CEO, he and others participated in a variety of frauds regarding project costs. To begin with, the conspirators agreed to, and did, create two budgets for the Renaissance Project, one for presentation to BISHCA, and one for internal purposes reflecting the real costs of the project. The conspiracy also involved the submission of a false financial model to BISHCA as part of the application submitted by FAHC in 2000 for approval to build the Renaissance Project. This financial model falsely described the total cost of the project as $173 million.During 2000, the conspirators also failed to tell the FAHC Board of Trustees the full cost of the project. Furthermore, after obtaining the BISHCA approval that had been based upon false information, FAHC continued to misrepresent the costs of the project by, among other things, claiming in an implementation report filed with BISHCA in late 2001 that the costs of the project continued to be approximately $173 million.The conspirators also sought to prevent additional BISHCA review of the project by falsely claiming that FAHC had obtained a guaranteed maximum price construction agreement that would allow the project to be built for the amount approved in the CON, $173 million.During 2001 and early 2002, the conspirators also falsely maintained to the FAHC Board of Trustees that the project was on budget. Finally, the conspirators concealed from the FAHC Board of Trustees the full cost to FAHC of the agreement with the University of Vermont to develop the education center component of the project.As part of the plea agreement, Boettcher may be sentenced to up to two years in federal prison. Sentencing will be scheduled for April 18, 2005. Boettcher also agreed to pay FAHC $733,210.21 prior to his sentencing the same amount that FAHC paid him upon the termination of his employment in September 2002. If he abides by the terms and conditions of the agreement Boettcher will face no additional financial penalties. The plea agreement is subject to the approval of Chief Judge Sessions.Under the agreement, both federal and state authorities agree not to bring additional criminal or civil charges against Mr. Boettcher relating to the Renaissance project.In October 2003, FAHC entered into an agreement with the United States and the State of Vermont settling civil charges that the federal government brought against FAHC relating to the Renaissance Project. Pursuant to that agreement FAHC agreed to cooperate completely, candidly and truthfully with the investigation related to the Renaissance Project. FAHC has cooperated fully and continues to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.In October 2004, FAHCs former Chief Operating Officer, Thad Krupka, pleaded guilty in state court to three counts of making false statements to BISHCA in connection with the Renaissance Project, as well as agreeing to federal forfeiture of portions of his FAHC remuneration. Mr. Krupka also agreed to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.The investigation of the Renaissance Project remains ongoing. Paul Van de Graaf, Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office, Assistant United States Attorney Michael Drescher, and Assistant Attorney General John Treadwell, of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, have been handling the prosecution with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. Jerome ONeill, Esq. of Burlington, represents Mr. Boettcher.Source: Montpelier, January 18, 2005 — Offices of the United States Attorne