Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Saturday, November 24, 2018 Deaths Deaths in Laois – Saturday, November 24, 2018 By Alan Hartnett – 24th November 2018 Council Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Louise FitzgeraldClane, Kildare / Mountmellick, LaoisFitzgerald, Louise, Clane, Co. Kildare & late of The Rock, Mountmellick, Co. Laois, November 22nd 2018, peacefully at St. Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh, deeply regretted by her loving husband Patrick (Paddy), daughters Alianne & Phoebe, sisters Anne & Berna, brothers-in-law John, Liam & Billy, nephew Michael, close cousins Cathy & Claire, relatives & close friends. Reposing at Reilly’s Funeral Home, Woods House, Clane on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 9pm, with rosary on Sunday evening at 6.30pm. Removal on Monday at 10.30am to arrive at Clane Parish Church for 11am Funeral Mass, followed by burial in Mountmellick Cemetery, Co. Laois. (arriving at approx. 1.30pm). Family flowers and mass cards only please. Donations, if desired, to St. Vincent de Paul or Kildare Animal Foundation. Louise’s wishes are that people attending her celebration of life should wear cerise, purple or blue rather that black.Bridget (Della) GriffinStation Rd., Portlaoise, LaoisPeacefully surrounded by her loving family. Bridget (Della), beloved wife of the late Jim. Dearly loved mother to Jimmy, Gerald, Mary and John. Deeply regretted by her loving family, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephew, nieces, relatives and friends. Reposing at Keegan’s Funeral Home, Portlaoise from 7 pm on Friday evening with rosary at 8 pm. Removal on Saturday morning to arrive at SS Peter and Paul’s Church for 10 am Requiem Mass. Interment will follow in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise. Family flowers only, no Mass cards. donations, if desired, to The SMA fathers.Eddie KeoghThe Borness, Mountmellick, Laois / Multyfarnham, WestmeathEddie Keogh, The Borness, Mountmellick, Co. Laois (formerly of Lismady, Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath) died peacefully 21st November 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of the late Ann, predecesased by his daughter-in-law Dee. Deeply regretted by his loving family Yvonne, Valerie, Derek and Aidan, his ten grandchildren and great-grandchild Alana, sons-in-law Liam and Joe, daughter-in-law Carmel, brother Kevin (Multifarnham) sister Vera (UK), sisters-in-law Ann, Kitty and Rosalind (USA), brother-in-law Jimmy (UK), nieces, nephews, neighbours, relatives and many friends. Reposing in his home (R32T8PK) today (Thursday) from 5pm. Recital of The Rosary at 8pm. Reposing on Friday from 2pm until Removal at 6.15pm to St Joseph’s Church arriving at 7pm. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 11am. Cremation Service in Newlands Cross Crematorium at 1.15pm approx. No flowers by request. Donations, if desired, to Laois Palliative Care. The Donation Box will be in place during the Church Services.George DobsonPortlaoise, LaoisGeorge Patrick Dobson, “Tranquil” Mountrath Road, Portlaoise. Passed away unexpectedly at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise on 21st November 2018. Deeply regretted by his family Winston, Emily and Audrey, relatives, extended family, neighbours and friends. Removal from the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise at approx 6.30pm this Thursday (22nd) to arrive at Holy Trinity Church, The Rock for 7pm Reception Prayers. Funeral Service on Friday at 2.30 pm, followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard.Alan GrantCuan Bhride, Rathdowney, LaoisAlan Grant, Cuan Bhride, Rathdowney, Co. Laois, Nov. 19. 2018 (peacefully) at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by his loving wife Mary (nee Bergin), brother Alec, sister Ann, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposing at Guilfoyle’s Funeral Home, Castletown, Mountrath this Wednesday evening (Nov. 21st.) from 6 o’c with Rosary in the funeral home at 8 o’c. Removal on Thursday morning (Nov. 22nd.) at 10.15 o’c to Killasmeestia Church for Funeral Mass at 11 o’c with burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Autism Ireland. Donation box in place at church.Donal FlanaganBlackcastle, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Tipperary / Clonaslee, LaoisDonal (formerly of Tinnahinch, Clonaslee, Co. Laois) retired Regional Manager of Irish Life plc. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Sarah, stepdaughter Rebecca, son Val, brothers Paddy, Michael and Sean, sisters Kathleen and Bridie, relatives and friends. Reposing at Egan’s Funeral Home, Thurles Tuesday, 20th November 2018, from 4.30pm with removal at 6.30pm to The Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles arriving 6.50pm. Requiem Mass Wednesday at 11am and burial afterwards to Good Shepherd Cemetery, Gortnahoe.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Friday, November 23, 2018 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest TAGSDeaths in Laois Community Previous articleUPDATE: 60 lambs and dog Jess still missing after stolen jeep recoveredNext articleLaois social enterprises encouraged to apply for €1.6 million development fund Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. 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Investors prevail in $100-million BMO class action Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Best interest standard, Fiduciary dutyCompanies Investment Industry Association of Canada “Adjusting to changing client attitudes, changing regulations, changing client demographics and an ageing advisor force requires leadership at the top,” he says. “The most important change for firms to achieve is one of culture, including a commitment to putting the client first and an ability to convince clients of this.” Advisors must demonstrate their value to clients by ensuring they understand clients’ goals, develop credible plans to achieve those goals, and properly monitor their progress toward them, he suggests. “Advisors and firms must also be fully transparent regarding the services provided and their fees,” he says. Ensuring both transparency and client priority is a job that starts at the top of the industry, Russell suggests. “The firm’s values and culture are set at the top of the house — and the leadership must demonstrate commitment to its objectives to ensure they permeate the entire firm and reach its clients,” he says. While there has been some pressure from regulators to move in the direction of greater transparency and prioritizing clients’ interests, Russell notes that client expectations are trending in this direction as investors have been fundamentally transformed by the financial crisis, causing some to question the basic wisdom of investing, and undermining trust in the financial industry among others. A shift in investor psychology @[email protected] A shift in investor psychology This shift in investor psychology was highlighted at the annual SIFMA Private Client Conference in New York last month, Russell reports. “As markets have returned to greater normalcy, investors have not,” he observes, with clients remaining risk averse and insisting on holding greater quantities of cash than in the past. At the same time, baby boomer clients have become less focused on financial goals and more on life goals, he notes. And those goals themselves have changed. In the past, retirement planning “was about accumulating sufficient savings to have the income to fund the relatively short period between formal retirement and death,” he notes. Now, however, long life spans mean that retirement can last 30 years or more, and go through various different phases along the way that “have complex implications for adequate retirement savings,” Russell says. “This investor questioning of the fundamental tenets of investing, and the complexities of retirement decisions have forced advisors to adapt to the changing psychology and the related client demands and preferences,” he says. The resulting challenges include an information overload on both clients and advisors. “The importance of interpreting and explaining relevant information, particularly in the context of the financial strategy is critical,” he notes. Advisors also have to strive to stay relevant as clients focus less on financial performance and more on other non-financial life goals, he suggests. “Advisors must spend more time on client priorities, speak the language of the client to encourage effective dialogue, and maintain a constant focus on aligning with the client’s value proposition.” “Advisors must go beyond the pure financial equation, and recognize that delivering good advice is a key to making their clients’ lives better. If clients are convinced of this proposition, the advisor-client relationship will deepen,” he says. And, at the same time, Russell notes that firms must also be prepared to deal with the demands from future generations of prospective clients, the so-called GenXers and Millennials, that have been somewhat ignored by the industry to date. While they have already accumulated significant wealth, they are fundamentally different from the baby boomer generation, he notes. “They exhibit greater skepticism of the financial business, having experienced the recent financial crisis first-hand and the subsequent well-publicized scandals, a surprisingly conservative attitude to the markets (half the assets of the Millennials is in cash), higher expectations of service and different channels of communications,” he reports. Meeting all of these evolving demands is going to require that clients come first, better aligning advisor and dealer interests with clients’ interests, and improving transparency too. In other words, clients may yet push the industry in the direction that regulators have been contemplating. Related news James Langton A vigorous debate has raged over the past couple of years about whether regulators should require financial advisors to operate strictly in clients’ best interests — however, in his latest letter to the industry, Ian Russell, president and CEO of the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) suggests that clients are increasingly demanding this standard of care themselves. In general, the industry has resisted the suggestion that regulators impose a statutory duty on advisors to put clients’ interests first. Yet, Russell observes in his latest letter that firms will have to start ensuring that clients come first if they are to meet the evolving demands of investors who have been transformed by the experience of the financial crisis, the shifting experience of retirement, and changing demographics. FPSC proposes “duty of loyalty” for financial planners FAIR Canada seeks clarity on client-focused reforms Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Persons with disabilities will be able to travel in comfort when using the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre.This is the word coming from Manager of the Centre, Victor Green. In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Green said that the Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry had insisted that nutritionist Dr. Heather Little White, who is wheelchair bound, tour the Centre and make the requisite recommendations for the disabled community.“There were some suggestions on the table coming from Dr. Heather Little White that we will be implementing. Some may not be able to be implemented prior to the opening but whatever else we can implement from her recommendations we will,” Mr. Green assured. “We are very cognizant of the fact that the disabled will use the centre and we are going to facilitate them as much as we can,” he added.The Transport Centre is outfitted with disabled-friendly bathroom facilities and blind annunciators will also be installed at stop lights around the centre, Mr. Green said. These annunciators will emit a beeping sound to alert disabled commuters that they can cross the roads safely. Wheelchair ramps will also be at all the traffic lights around the Centre to allow the disabled to use the pedestrian crossing.In the meantime, Service Planning Manager at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), Kirk Finnikin said that there are specific routes for the disabled. “There are three routes that we have for the disabled. Those routes are 101, 102 and 103. Those buses are all parked on the lower platform and it is near the entrance,” he explained. These passengers will also be transported on special buses with lifts. Outlining the process, Mr. Finnikin said that “once the bus is parked, the doors will open and a lift will go down to the level of the platform, the wheelchair will then be rolled on the lift and that lift will be elevated and the driver will then take the passenger to a secure area where they will be securely fastened with a seatbelt,” he explained.He added that the Centre is fully equipped with ramps for the safe movement of disabled passengers. “There are ramps in the Centre that will allow wheelchairs ease of access to the actual platform,” he disclosed. “For those disabled passengers who wish to go upstairs, they will be able to use the elevator,” he added. Transport Centre Disabled Friendly UncategorizedJanuary 14, 2008 RelatedTransport Centre Disabled Friendly RelatedTransport Centre Disabled Friendly RelatedTransport Centre Disabled Friendly Advertisements
Published: Aug. 30, 2005 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The University of Colorado at Boulder will offer streamlined admission to qualifying college students who have been displaced by the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which has temporarily closed several universities in the Gulf Coast region leaving college students stranded without a campus. According to Kevin MacLennan, interim director of admissions for CU-Boulder, the university has been contacted by several students whose educations have been put on hold by the storm. The displaced students are asking to enroll late at CU-Boulder until their home campuses are able to reopen. “We have had at least a dozen calls today from both in-state and out-of-state students who were going to school in New Orleans and who want to be in school but can’t because their school is now closed,” said MacLennan. Students who are interested in attending CU-Boulder will be assisted through an accelerated admissions process. “As a campus we will do our best to advise these students and help them enroll in appropriate courses so they can continue their education at CU-Boulder or transfer their credits back to their home school in the spring semester or later, depending on when the schools are able to restore their operations,” said Phil DiStefano, interim chancellor at CU-Boulder. However, any student interested in making the transfer should contact the CU-Boulder admissions office soon because the campus is now in its second week of classes. For students who enter CU-Boulder from a storm-affected school, late admission fees will be waived, MacLennan said. Also, all of the campus deans’ offices and the housing and bursar’s offices have been notified to prepare for the possibility of late-arriving transfer students who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and may decide to enroll. Students displaced by the storm who want to talk to an admissions officer about enrolling should contact the CU-Boulder Office of Admissions at (303) 492-6301.
The new findings were published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Oil and gas development — particularly the introduction of horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracking — has generated public concern in Colorado over potential groundwater contamination due to the possibility of leakage from oil and gas wells. When present, natural gas can turn drinking water flammable, a safety hazard observed in numerous historical cases.The researchers sifted through over 25 years of publically-available historical information in order to determine the sources and occurrence rate of methane and other gases in groundwater. All of the data were sourced exclusively from open records maintained by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), a regulatory division of the state’s Department of Natural Resources.The study was funded entirely by the National Science Foundation’s AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network, which is based in Boulder, Colorado. “The ability to do this kind of far-reaching impact study using public domain data is key,” said Owen Sherwood, a research associate with the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at CU Boulder and lead author of the new research. “This study highlights the immense value of a large, continuously updated and publically accessible geochemical database maintained by a regulatory agency.”In data dating back as far as 1988, dissolved methane was discovered in 523 of the 924 water wells sampled, a rate of about 64 percent. However, based on a geochemical analysis, the researchers determined that 95.5 percent of that methane was generated by naturally-occurring microbial processes, a result of proximity to shallow coal seams criss-crossing northeastern Colorado.Aside from the microbial methane, oil and gas wells have been found to leak methane and other natural gases such as propane and butane due to faulty or unsuitably shallow surface casings. Older gas wells built as far back as the 1970s were typically cased to a depth of approximately 300 feet, leaving the state’s deepest water aquifers unprotected from potential gas leaks. Updated regulatory standards have since required that new wells be cased far deeper and a number of older wells are currently being repaired. Between 2001 and 2014 (the last year of complete data), dissolved gas that could be directly linked to deep oil- and gas-bearing formations affected 42 water wells in 32 separate incident cases, a rate of about two cases per year. That rate did not change after the introduction of horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the state in 2010. Eleven of those cases could be linked to older, vertical wells drilled before 1993. The remaining 21 cases were either settled privately with the landowner, or remain unresolved due to lack of data.“This study incorporates a tremendous amount of hard data, but also considers individual case narratives so that we can see what happened in each particular instance of natural gas contamination,” said Joseph Ryan, a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at CU Boulder and a co-author of the new study. “It’s important to remember the human impact of this issue across the state.”The new research is believed to be the most comprehensive study to date on the prevalence and sources of groundwater methane in Colorado using only public data. Previous studies have sampled fewer oil and gas sites and/or relied on data provided by industry stakeholders. Published: July 11, 2016 The rate of groundwater contamination due to natural gas leakage from oil and gas wells has remained largely unchanged in northeastern Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg Basin since 2001, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study based on public records and historical data.The results also suggest that microbially-generated methane, rather than high-volume hydraulic fracturing, is the primary source of dissolved methane present in the area’s groundwater. Old and faulty oil and gas wells contribute a smaller percentage, with the risk of groundwater contamination due to a leak estimated to be between 0.12 percent of all the water wells in the region to 4.5 percent of the water wells that were tested. Downloads CU-Boulder study examines sources, occurrence rate of groundwater methane in Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg Basin Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:Science & TechnologyEnvironmentNews Headlines
Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:Financial FuturesStrategic InitiativesCampus Community Published: Dec. 14, 2018 Editor’s note: The original version of this story has been updated to more accurately reflect the process followed during the diagnostic phase of the initiative this fall.CU Boulder Senior Vice Chancellor Kelly Fox and Provost Russ Moore announced earlier this week that the Financial Futures initiative had completed its diagnostic phase of identifying opportunities for resource generation in support of Academic Futures and the campus’s other key strategic initiatives and is now forming workstreams to support them and the campus’s overall mission.The latest work builds on the diagnostic efforts throughout the fall semester—sponsored by Fox and Moore and led by Carla Ho-a, deputy chief financial officer, and Ann Schmiesing, interim senior vice provost and dean of the graduate school.The diagnostic phase was informed by benchmarks, historical performance data, and interviews with more than 100 campus stakeholders and leaders in areas such as procurement, IT, admissions, financial aid, human resources, shared governance, student affairs, auxiliaries and research.This work identified a series of workstreams—areas that provide opportunity for financial resource creation—to enhance revenue in support of the mission. Workstreams include procurement, gifts and executive and extended education, among many others. The campus is now moving into a solution design phase in which even more faculty, student and staff feedback will be sought.To learn more about Financial Futures and the work ahead, the campus earlier this week announced a series of townhalls, the first of which will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Dec. 17, at the Glenn Miller Ballroom in the University Memorial Center. The town halls continue when campus reconvenes after winter break with three town halls scheduled in January, and twice monthly throughout the spring semester.To prepare to participate in the town halls, campus community members can watch an informative Financial Futures overview video and/or view a presentation on the initiative.
Janaushadhi Kendras achieve record sales turnover of Rs 52 crore in April 2020 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Share The initiative has led to total savings of approximately Rs 300 crore of common citizens as the medicines are cheaper by 50 to 90 per cent of the average market priceIn spite of problems in procurement and logistics due to COVID-19 lockdown, Pradhanmantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras –PMBJAK, achieved a record sales turnover of Rs 52 crore in the month of April 2020 compared to Rs 42 crore in March 2020. It was 17 crore in April 2019As the entire country is facing a big challenge due to COVID-19 Pandemic, demand for medicines and medical equipment are very high and to cater this demand Jan aushadhi Kendras delivered a record Rs 52 crore worth of affordable and quality medicines to the public during April 2020. This has led to total savings of approximately Rs 300 crore of common citizens as Jan Aushdhi Kendra’s medicines are cheaper by 50 to 90 per cent of the average market price.Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India, DV Sadananda Gowda and MoS Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya has congratulated the Janaushadhi store operators for achieving a record sales turnover and for working nonstop, tirelessly in the odd circumstances when the country needed it most.Gowda has ensured that his ministry through Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) is committed to ensure uninterrupted availability of affordable medicines to the people of the country.In its fight against COVID-19, Government of India is revolutionising the face of healthcare system through notable schemes like PMBJP that have been providing over 900 quality generic-medicines and 154 surgical equipment and consumable at affordable prices for every citizen of the nation.Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) CEO Sachin Kumar Singh has said BPPL developed ‘Jan aushadhi Sugam Mobile App’ to help people in a big way to locate their nearest Janaushadhi Kendras and availability of affordable generic medicine with its price. Over 325000 people are using this app. They can avail a host of user-friendly options like direction guided through Google Map for location of the Janaushadhi Kendra, search Janaushadhi generic medicines, analyse product comparison of generic and branded medicine in the form of MRP and overall savings, etc. with the help of this App.This App is available on both Android and I-phone platformsPresently, more than 6300 PMJAKs are functioning across the nation covering 726 districts of the country. In the lockdown period PMBJP is also generating awareness through informational posts on their social media platforms to help people protect themselves from coronavirus. MedicinePradhanmantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi PariyojanaSadananda Gowda News Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By Press Information Bureau on May 3, 2020 Read Article Comments (0) Add Comment
A new Development Order will soon be signed for the Negril/Green Island region of Westmoreland and Hanover.This was disclosed by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill at a consultation with stakeholders at the Negril Community Centre on Friday, January 30.Under the new Order, developers will be allowed to construct commercial buildings of up to four floors tall.Minister Pickersgill explained that he will be signing the new Development Order as outlined in section 7 of the Town and Country Planning Act.“I have before me for confirmation the Negril/Green Island Development Order. The process was very involved and started with consultations led by the National Environment and Planning Agency, (NEPA) many years ago on behalf of the Town and Country Planning Authority,” Mr. Pickersgill stated.Minister Pickersgill added that all the necessary stakeholders including land owners have been involved in the discussions and the Development Order has gone through sequential reviews by the relevant environmental bodies before it came to his desk for approval.“Having completed the consultations and the various stages of reviews, as the Minister responsible for planning, I propose to make a change to the allowable height of buildings in the Negril Green Island Local Planning Authority (NGIALPA) area,” he stated.“This change would move the allowable height from 3 to 4 floors. This change is considered de minimis, meaning a minor adjustment and will set the policy guideline for NGIALPA and the Hanover and Westmoreland Parish Councils on how planning applications are to be considered,” he added.The public consultation was attended by a wide cross section of the Negril business community, including hoteliers, returning residents and the general citizenry. New Development Order for Negril/Green Island EnvironmentFebruary 1, 2015Written by: Marlon Tingling RelatedEarthquake Awareness Programme Underway In Westmoreland Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill addresses a public consultation with stakeholders held at the Negril Community Centre on Friday January 30. The Minister announced that he will shortly be signing a new development order for the Negril/Green Island area which will allow for the construction of buildings up to 4 floors high. Story HighlightsA new Development Order will soon be signed for the Negril/Green Island region of Westmoreland and Hanover.This was disclosed by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill at a consultation with stakeholders at the Negril Community Centre on Friday, January 30.Under the new Order, developers will be allowed to construct commercial buildings of up to four floors tall. New Development Order for Negril/Green IslandJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedClimate Change Policy and Action Plan to be Tabled this Month RelatedNLA Reports Significant Reduction in Complaints Advertisements
Story HighlightsThe HEART Trust/National Training Agency (HEART/NTA) has procured additional equipment, valued at over $20 million, which will serve to further expand the institution’s delivery of technical and vocational training islandwide.These acquisitions include two Toyota Coaster buses, which will serve as ‘Career Coaches’ and a 40-foot container that will be used as a mobile welding lab, which has been retrofitted for these engagements.The mobile service provisions, slated to be rolled out shortly, will also enable HEART to facilitate, as best as is possible, as many of the up to 150,000 youth across the society, who Dr. Wesley contends “are in need of some form of engagement,” with opportunities for skills training and education, and job placements. Advertisements The HEART Trust/National Training Agency (HEART/NTA) has procured additional equipment, valued at over $20 million, which will serve to further expand the institution’s delivery of technical and vocational training islandwide.These acquisitions include two Toyota Coaster buses, which will serve as ‘Career Coaches’ and a 40-foot container that will be used as a mobile welding lab, which has been retrofitted for these engagements.They will be pivotal in what Executive Director, Dr. Wayne Wesley, says is HEART’s undertaking to accommodate more of the approximately 40,000 applications received for admission to the institution’s academies annually, of which only some 13,000 can be accommodated each year.The mobile service provisions, slated to be rolled out shortly, will also enable HEART to facilitate, as best as is possible, as many of the up to 150,000 youth across the society, who Dr. Wesley contends “are in need of some form of engagement,” with opportunities for skills training and education, and job placements.This undertaking is consistent with the Government’s Strategic Human Capital Development and Job Creation and Economic Growth Priorities, focusing on education for and integrating youth into national development.To this end, the coaches will be used as mobile offices to deliver the full suite of services provided by HEART’s Employment and Career Service (ECS) Department. HEART TRUST to Expand Its Service Through ‘Career Coaches’ EducationNovember 10, 2015Written by: Douglas McIntosh RelatedNovember 8-14 Declared JISA Week RelatedSkills Training And Medical Centres Open In Montego Bay Free Zone RelatedGov’t Investing Big In Early Childhood Education These include: recruitment; applications processing; career services; employment services (employment facilitation), and on-the-job training through the School Leavers Training Opportunities Programmes (SL-TOPs); apprenticeship under the Registered Apprenticeship Programme (RAP); internship; and work experience.One of the coaches will be assigned to HEART’s South East and South West Regions, comprising: St. Thomas; Kingston and St. Andrew; St. Catherine; Clarendon; Manchester; and St. Elizabeth.Programme details provided by HEART indicate that the unit will provide services to targeted “remote and underserved communities within these parishes.”The second coach will be assigned to provide similar services in the North East and North West Regions, comprising Portland, St. Mary, St. Ann. Trelawny, and St. James, and Westmoreland.The container has been retrofitted with the requisite equipment and workstations by HEART’s College of Construction Services (HCCS), to facilitate its utilization as a welding lab.It is being managed by the Community Training Interventions and Special Projects Department, and has been dispatched to St. Thomas for initial programme delivery.HEART has indicated that the general principle underlying the delivery of mobile services is to increase accessibility.To this end, two additional mobile labs, one targeting untrained and uncertified workers within the hospitality sector, and the other for Industrial Electronics, are earmarked for roll-out by the end of current fiscal year, on March 31, 2016.This decision, according to the institution, is supported by labour market intelligence indicating where localised demand for services is required “from time to time.”Speaking at a stakeholders meeting at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, earlier this year, Dr. Wesley noted that while HEART cannot build facilities in “every single community” consequent on resource constraints, the provision of mobile services, as part of the institution’s “flexible response,” will enable it to “respond to more communities, going forward.”“We want to be more responsive…to the needs…(of)…the workforce of Jamaica…(by determining) how…we…creatively respond with innovation and flexibility, to ensure that we are engaging these persons who are rightfully in need of engagement,” he added. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail
Tana Montana, a pudelpointer, yawns while hanging out in one of her “posts” in Todd Wirthlin’s office. Tana has been invited to attend this year’s National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic in February. – Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon Email The result was a unique specimen that could track, point and retrieve. Pudelpointers are hypoallergenic and have webbed feet and wooly brown hair that does not shed or smell.“Look at the BMW, Mercedes Benz; when the Germans get into something and they do something they always do it 110 percent,” Wirthlin said. “They wanted the dog to have courage, be able to take on water and weather. And then when you’re done hunting it will be right there by your side at the fire.”He took a chance and ordered Tana at three months old from Northern California. When she arrived in Kalispell she had no previous training, including the basics. Wirthlin figured he had a large task ahead of him, but Tana quickly proved otherwise.“She picked up everything so quickly. I was just totally shocked,” he said. “She can be anywhere within ear shot and I can blow the whistle and she’s dead back. No matter what she’s doing. I’ve never had a dog like that.”Wirthlin and Tana have had great success together in the field. He has ended up referring other hunters to breeders, even though tracking down a Pudelpointer can be difficult. Wirthlin estimates there are only about 3,800 in the U.S. He was fortunate to find one, especially one as special as Tana.“When I was able to get her I was totally amazed, and my wife is totally in love with the dog,” Wirthlin said. “She has turned into a family member, which of course they all are. But she’s the type of dog that is just cool to be around.” Being a celebrity living in Kalispell, Tana Montana is even recognized at the gas station. The 3-year-old brown-haired Pudelpointer has become well known in the local hunting community because of her rare breed and skillfulness as a bird dog. Tana has appeared in parades and at outdoors conventions and is a regular fan-favorite customer at Murdoch’s Ranch and Homes Supply.Just recently Tana’s owner, Todd Wirthlin, was at Town Pump when someone recognized him and asked about Tana. When the man heard Tana was sitting in Wirthlin’s truck, he ran to get his wife.“Honey, you got to see this dog!” the man exclaimed, according to Wirthlin.That’s just another day in the life of Tana Montana.“If I had a dollar for every time somebody asked me about her and what breed she is, I’d be a millionaire,” Wirthlin said.Tana’s celebrity status is about to be elevated even more. Wirthlin’s prized Pudelpointer was selected to represent her breed at the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic in Minneapolis next month. The trade show, which begins Feb. 15, brings outdoorsmen together for three days centered on wildlife conservation, upland game bird hunting, dog training and wildlife habitat management and restoration. The event, presented by Cabela’s, includes a “Bird Dog Parade” that features almost 40 different breeds of sporting dogs, which will include Tana this year.Wirthlin discovered last week that Tana had earned the exclusive honor after submitting her for consideration on a whim.It was a surprise, even though Wirthlin has known all along that Tana is a special breed. Wirthlin is a longtime hunter and has owned sporting dogs all his life. After his Labrador passed away years ago, he began searching for a new sidekick while his wife Lee made some strict requirements that the next dog could not smell poorly or shed. Wirthlin canvassed the Internet for a long time before stumbling across a breed he didn’t recognize three years ago.In the late 1800s the Germans wanted to engineer the “ultimate hunting dog,” as Wirthlin describes it. A group of breeders brought together an English Pointer, a breed known for its superior smell and stamina, and a standard poodle, spelled Pudel in Germany and a descendent from the Barbet, known for its intelligence. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.