first_img [Episcopal News Service — Salt Lake City] The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart served as a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., for 23 years. She is currently a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.As a retired police officer, she has the right to carry a gun in the United States, but chooses not to. Addressing the Claiming Common Ground Against Gun Violence march on the morning of June 28 in Salt Lake City, she explains why the United States needs fewer guns and calls for stronger action to combat gun violence. Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Former police officer Gayle Fisher-Stewart speaks at prayerful procession against gun violence July 3, 2015 at 2:53 pm Thank you, Rev. Gayle, for a relatively balanced presentation on this subject. Let me say up from that I am inclined to agree with your armed clergy friend. That is, I think that if somebody is capable of safely and legally carrying concealed, that it should be their choice (in public places — most states give private businesses and entities the right to exclude concealed carry, which is fine with me). I live in a state that vets concealed carry with testing, extensive background checks, and licensing, which is all fine with me.But here is the topic that I think is more relevant. Discussions about weapons belie a larger question about the morality of self defense, which is a euphemism for what Martin Luther King called “defensive violence”. Is defensive violence moral? Is it ever moral? We have a longstanding theory of just wars. I can think of situations where defending innocent third parties from harm could justify violence. We might, like Bonhoeffer, choose defensive violence and confess it later as the lesser of two evils. Many Episcopalians probably do not give this much thought, because we live relatively safe lives. The most we have likely thought about how to deal with danger or violence is to call law enforcement. So I will ask a follow-up question: Is is any more or less moral to call the police in response to a threat versus we defending ourselves/innocents? My view is that calling the police is merely defensive/deadly force by proxy, and I do not see a moral difference. I only see a practical trade-off: the police are better trained and equipped, while a legally armed citizen on the scene is, well, already on the scene. I have met some very strong pacifists who will argue that using force or deadly force to resist criminal violence is not justified, especially in church. (Do these strong pacifists object to calling the police?) I understand here is a tradition of not bringing weapons into a sanctuary, going back to medieval times. I even had one clergy tell me that the preferred way to deal with a hypothetical situation of an active shooter in church was to essentially tackle him — as long as the sanctity of the building wasn’t violated by the presence of weapons (my paraphrase). Is that morally superior to only use one’s fists or feet to stop someone from harming parishioners? Is it morally superior to give a slower and less effective disarmed defensive response to a deadly attack? To me that hearkens back to Jesus’ criticism of the Pharisees about failing to take care of a practical needs just because it was a sabbath day. If you accept the premise that defensive violence is sometimes warranted, then the only issue I have with concealed carry of firearms is the qualification of the person carrying (hopefully ensured with background checking and licensing).Thank you for letting me post this. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Comments (2) June 29, 2015 at 12:26 am I served as a police officer in Massachusetts. I was issued a handgun. It was the only one I ever had possession of. I never owned my own handgun and do not plan to. Most people who are victims of gun violence know their assailant. In Utah there has been a rise in the number of murder-suicides and the murderer has taken the lives of their own children. When will we wake up from this madness and require background checks, licensing and training and ban the sale of automatic and assault weapons? 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first_img Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | News [amzn_product_post]Today, the voluntary sector expects and is expected to deliver high quality services that match the standard of those provided by the statutory and commercial sectors.It is vital that people who work in the sector have the appropriate skills to meet this challenge. This book takes a practical and pragmatic approach and presents an easy-to-read yet thorough introduction to the art that is project management. It’s firmly targeted at the voluntary and charitable sectors, and based on the premise that “it’s not rocket science”. Readers are taken through a project from the moment the spark of an idea strikes until it is handed over, using a six stage model as the framework. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Running Successful Projects in the Voluntary Sector  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

first_img Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet CubaAmericas CubaAmericas Organisation Reporters Without Borders welcomed Oscar Espinosa Chepe’s release today after 20 months in prison and voiced the hope that the Cuban authorities will soon free other journalists including Raúl Rivero.”This is an enormous relief for his wife and mother who, ever since his arrest, have fought tirelessly for his release in the ‘Women in White’ group of wives of detained dissidents,” the press freedom organisation said.”We reiterate our call to the Cuban authorities to release all the imprisoned journalists and put an end to the state monopoly of news and information,” Reporters Without Borders said, urging the international community to maintain its campaign for their release.”We hope the recent transfer of six journalists, including Raúl Rivero, and about 10 other dissidents to Havana’s Combinado del Este prison is a sign they will be released soon,” the organisation added, noting that “Cuba, with 25 journalists still detained, is the world’s biggest prison for the press after China with 26 detained.”Espinosa Chepe was released under a special permission issued for health reasons in which he is allowed home but remains under a form of house arrest. Reached by Reporters Without Borders, he said he did not know he was to be freed until the last moment. He stressed that it was a conditional release and that he would be re-arrested if he started working as a journalist again.”Today I hope the other dissidents will be freed because they committed no crime, and I want to thank all those who campaigned for our release,” he said.His wife , Miriam Leiva, went this morning to the Combinado del Este prison hospital for a visit planned for his 64th birthday, which is today. “When I arrived, they told him to gather all his belongings. Then a doctor came and read us a list of all the illnesses he has had since his arrest. Then they told us he would be allowed home… for health reasons.” Both Espinosa Chepe and his wife thanked the European Union and the news media for campaigning for his release.Espinosa Chepe was arrested on 19 March 2003 and was sentenced the following month to 20 years in prison under law 99 on “protecting Cuba’s independence and economy.” For more about his arrest, trial and imprisonmentRaúl Rivero’s wife, Blanca Reyes, told Reporters Without Borders today she received a phone call from her husband three days ago shortly after his transfer to the Combinado del Este prison infirmary. He told her he had been given medical tests and was getting better treatment, including better food. Reyes was told she would be able to visit him by 1 December at the latest.Rivero is part of a group of at least 17 political prisoners – all arrested in March 2003 – who have been transferred to the Combinado del Este prison in the past few days for the declared purpose of undergoing medical tests. The group includes five other journalists: Jorge Olivera Castillo, José Ubaldo Izquierdo, Omar Ruiz Hernández, Pablo Pacheco Ávila and Pedro Argüelles Morán. Six of the 17 have already been released.A total of 27 journalists and some 50 other dissidents were rounded up in March 2003 and given summary trials in which they received sentences ranging from 14 to 27 years in prison for “actions against the state’s independence” or “against Cuba’s independence and economy.” The journalists were for the most part accused of playing into the hands of the United States by writing articles with a different viewpoint from that offered in the official press. Two were already allowed home under similar permits in June. News May 6, 2020 Find out more News November 29, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities let independent journalist Oscar Espinosa Chepe go home News RSF_en center_img Receive email alerts to go further October 15, 2020 Find out more News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Follow the news on Cuba Help by sharing this information RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily House Financial Services Committee Chair Calls for CRA Changes Home / Daily Dose / House Financial Services Committee Chair Calls for CRA Changes About Author: Seth Welborn Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: CRA FDIC OCCcenter_img 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. This week, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, led a letter to Joseph Otting, Comptroller of the Currency, and Jelena McWilliams, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, urging them to prioritize a strong response to the COVID-19 pandemic and suspend efforts to revise the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and any “unrelated rulemakings.”“At a time when regulators should be working together to appropriately respond to this growing pandemic and keep our banking system safe and sound, unrelated rulemaking should be put on hold for the time being,” the lawmakers wrote. “To that end, we urge you to delay any unrelated rulemakings, including the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to the CRA, during the ongoing crisis. After the crisis passes, we urge your agencies to work with the Federal Reserve to develop a new, joint NPRM that is consistent with the purpose of the Community Reinvestment Act.”According to the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), the proposed changes to the CRA regulations outlined in NPRM would weaken CRA and would decrease CRA-related lending, investing, and services to low- and moderate-income (LMI) households and communities.The NCRC agrees with FDIC board member Martin Gruenberg, who stated, “This is a deeply misconceived proposal that would fundamentally undermine and weaken the Community Reinvestment Act.”“The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) laud CRA, stating that it has been responsible for trillions of dollars in lending and investing in LMI communities,” the NCRC states. “The agencies assert that their proposal would leverage billions of additional CRA dollars.However, the NPRM would halt if not reverse the progress made under CRA by introducing an overly simplistic and yet convoluted evaluation system that would divert CRA lending and investing away from LMI families and communities.” Related Articles  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago April 9, 2020 1,593 Views Previous: Property Taxes Increased to Over $306.4B Next: Mortgage Industry Braces for Spike in Delinquencies The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save CRA FDIC OCC 2020-04-09 Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

first_img Twitter Google+ Google+ Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter There are warnings of heavy winds overnight, with an orange warning in place for Donegal.A status yellow wind warning has been issued for the West of Ireland from 10pm tonight, with a specific orange warning covering Donegal and Mayo from 1am to 8am.Southwest winds will reach speeds of up to 110km/h with heavy rainfall. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Orange wind warning issued for Donegal and Mayo By News Highland – December 6, 2018 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Previous articleFive await beds at LUH as HSE winter planning is questionedNext articleMark Lynch retires from intercounty football News Highland Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgMyhealthguy/Instagram(LOS ANGELES) — Fueled by blustery winds and parched vegetation, two massive fires burning in California both grew overnight, leaving thousands of exhausted firefighter battling to stretch containment lines around the raging blazes that have killed at least 31 people and destroyed thousands of homes.Adding to the turmoil were two new fires that broke out within five minutes of each other Monday morning near the massive Woolsey Fire burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.Chief Mark Lorenzen of the Ventura County Fire Department said the first blaze started at 10 a.m. near the city of Thousand Oaks, quickly spread to 15 acres and was threatening homes. The second fire ignited about five minutes later in the Rocky Peak area near a densely populated area of Semi Valley on the Los Angles-Ventura County line, grew to 20 acres and prompted the closure of Highway 118 in both directions, Lorenzen said at a news conference.“It just hits home that we are still in significant fire weather and the existing fire is not our only concern,” Lorenzen said.Sgt. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office advised residents living near the new fires to be ready to evacuate if needed.Meanwhile, the Camp Fire ravaging Nothern California’s Butte County, now the most destructive and deadliest fire in the state’s history, grew by 4,000 acres between Sunday and Monday morning as firefighters struggled to get a handle on the flames spreading into rugged, hard-to-reach terrain in the Sierra foothills.The fire, which is just 25 percent contained, has now burned 113,000 acres and destroyed 6,713 homes and businesses, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.The blaze has killed 29 people, tying it with the 1933 Griffith Park Fire in Los Angeles as the state’s deadliest wildland inferno.The Woolsey Fire, one of two blazes wreaking havoc in Southern California, grew to 91,572 acres on Monday. That’s up 6,072 acres from Sunday, as it hopscotched through Los Angeles and Ventura countries, leveling homes in the celebrity enclaves of Malibu, West Lake Village, and Calabasas.The number of structures destroyed, which includes homes, grew to 370 on Monday, up for 177 on Sunday, according to Cal Fire.The Woolsey Fire, which killed two people in Malibu, was 20 percent contained on Monday, officials said.Neil Young loses homeSinger Neil Young, 73, confirmed Sunday that his Malibu home was among those destroyed in the fire.“We are up against something bigger than we have ever seen. It’s too big for some to see at all,” Young wrote on the Neil Young Archives page on Facebook. “Firefighters have never seen anything like this in their lives. I have heard that said countless times in the past two days, and I have lost my home before to a California fire, now another.”The monstrous fires were threatening to destroy up to 57,000 more homes in Southern California and another 15,500 in Northern California as blustery winds are expected to deal firefighters a menacing challenge throughout the state over the next two days, Cal Fire officials said.Officials remained concerned the death toll could rise as search and rescue crews reach areas previously unreachable because of fire danger. There were more than 100 people missing in the Butte County fire zones, though officials were working to track them down.At least 70 people reported missing were located on Saturday and are now safe, officials said.The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has activated a call center for the public to provide and receive information about those thought to be missing.The bodies of most of those who perished were found in Paradise, the Sierra foothills community that was almost completely destroyed by the Camp Fire.149,000 evacuatedMore than 149,000 people throughout the Golden State have evacuated as a result of the fires, outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown told reporters Sunday afternoon.The threats from the Camp Fire and the Woolsey Fire aren’t expected to diminish anytime soon, as gusty weather ramped back up Sunday throughout the state. Red flag warnings signaling extreme fire danger have been issued from California’s border with Oregon to its border with Mexico.Batallion Chief Lucas Spellman said Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that fires were being fueled by an abundance of vegetation that grew during a spike in precipitation last year only to wither during a new dry spell that has hit the state.“So, it’s just a recipe for destruction,” Spellman said.Wind gusts could reach 50 mph across the eastern foothills and western slopes of the northern Sierra Nevada mountain range through Monday, as well as parts of the Sacramento Valley.Harrowing escapeNichole Jolly, a nurse at Feather River Hospital in Paradise, said she was nearly killed twice Thursday by the Camp Fire after helping to evacuate critically sick patients.“I called my husband and I just said, ‘I don’t think I’m gonna make it out of this. It’s coming in too fast, I don’t even know where to go,’” Jolly told ABC News.She said she tried to drive out of the harm’s way only to have her car fill up with smoke and get rear-ended by another panicked driver.“I knew I was gonna die if I stayed in my car,” she said, so she jumped out and ran.She said her pants were on fire by the time she was rescued by two firefighters.While firefighters struggled to get a handle on the Woolsey Fire, another blaze burning in the Southern California, the Hill Fire, was 75 percent contained Monday after it consumed 4,531 acres in Ventura County near Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people Wednesday night at a country bar before taking his own life.The infamous Santa Ana wind in Southern California began kicking up again on Sunday with gusts of up to 40 mph hitting the fire zones, officials said. The winds are not expected to calm down until Tuesday.Two people were found dead in Malibu from the Woolsey Fire, officials from Cal Fire said.Detectives believe that the victims, found in a vehicle off the Mulholland Highway, were killed after the driver became disoriented while evacuating and the car was overcome by fire, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Cmdr. Scott Gage said in a press conference Sunday afternoon.More than 3,200 firefighters are battling the Woolsey Fire, while another 4,500 are fighting the Camp Fire. Firefighters are also tending to at least another 12 smaller fires burning throughout the state.“We need to make sure that all citizens are diligent to making sure that they do nothing to start a new fire,” Chief Scott Jalbert of Cal Fire said at a news conference Sunday.Burning ice plantVentura County Fire Department Chief Mark Lorenzen implored people to leave evacuation zones. He said the fire was burning everything in its path, including ice plant.“Ice plant is not supposed to burn,” Lorenzen said Sunday. “So my message to the community today is maybe 10 to 20 years ago you stayed in your homes when there was a fire and you were able to protect them. Things are not the way they were 10 years ago. The rate of spread is exponentially more than what it used to be.”The governor-elect of California, Gavin Newsom, hs issued an emergency proclamation for Butte County due to the Camp Fire.On Sunday, Gov. Brown requested President Trump issue a Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the ongoing emergency response and aid residents in their recovery from devastating fires throughout the state.“We have the best firefighters and first responders in the country working in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable,” Brown said in a statement Sunday. “We’re putting everything we’ve got into the fight against these fires and this request ensures communities on the front lines get additional federal aid. To those who have lost friends and family members, homes and businesses, know that the entire state is with you. As Californians, we are strong and resilient, and together we will recover.”Late on Friday, President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for California, freeing up federal resources to supplement local response efforts. The declaration allows the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts to help alleviate the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, provide support for emergency measures and free up federal resources.But on Saturday morning, Trump threatened to pull federal funding for California wildfires if the state didn’t “remedy” its poor “forest management.”“Our focus is on the Californians impacted by these fires and the first responders and firefighters working around the clock to save lives and property — not on the president’s inane and uninformed tweets,” Brown’s press secretary, Evan Westrup, told ABC News on Sunday.Brian Rice, president of California Professional Firefighters, called Trump’s threat to slash funds for battling California wildfires “ill-informed, ill-timed, demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines.”Rice said Trump’s assertion that California’s forest management policies are to blame for the catastrophic wildfires is “dangerously wrong.”“Wildfires are sparked and spread not only in forested areas but in populated areas and open fields fueled by parched vegetation, high winds, low humidity and geography,” Rice said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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first_imgTheGovernment’s modernising agenda has brought extra benefits to the Borough ofLewisham, as senior management development adviser Mary Evans explains. ByLucie CarringtonInvestwisely in management competencies and you could find yourself slicing thousandsof pounds off your management training budget. That’s what Mary Evans, seniormanagement development adviser at the London Borough of Lewisham did.Evansand her HR colleagues invited 40 managers from the borough to help them trial aset of management competencies at a development centre. It was an intensivethree-day session that resulted in 40 individual training plans. “Oneof the criticisms of development centres is that they are just an expensivemeans of needs analysis. So we put aside some money to fund the training anddevelopment managers would need as a result of the centre. “Butinstead of coming up with a list of communication and time management courses,participants went away with a list of things they wanted to do differently orother ways of doing their jobs,” Evans said.Thedevelopment centre, which HR consultancy Fulcrum designed for Lewisham, was agood buy for other reasons too. “It cost between £1,000 and £2,000 a head – theequivalent of sending someone on a two- or three-day management course,” Evanssays. “Given the depth of learning, it was very cost effective.” Lewishamdid not design management competencies as a cost-cutting exercise. They cameout of the Government’s modernising agenda. For local authorities this includesinitiatives such as best value – aimed at improving the delivery of localservices – and structural changes to the make up of councils. This has seenLewisham piloting the idea of a directly elected mayor. “Wehave a very ambitious leadership in Lewisham – both the elected members andsenior managers want us to transform the organisation,” Evans says. Threeprongs to process“Thechief executive has identified three prongs to this process: modern systems,modern managers and modern approaches to personal effectiveness. Thecompetencies fit in by defining what the modern manager at Lewisham needs tobe.” Thekey is that Lewisham’s competencies are not about what managers do, but abouthow they do it. Theyare designed to back up a manager’s job description, not replace it. So thereis no vast competence map along the lines of that developed by the ManagementCharter Initiative, which some organisations have sought to customise.InsteadLewisham is focusing on four ideas: continuous improvement, working together,tackling service issues and delivering services. Withinthese are 12 competencies that set out the behaviour and action Lewishamexpects from its managers if they are to be successful.Becausethe competencies are behavioural, rather than task-oriented, they are fairlybroad, including problem-solving, customer focus and achieving results. “Theyare about changing the culture of the organisation, not ticking boxes,” shesays.Butthere is a danger that they could be too general and vague. To counter thisEvans and her team have produced a guidebook of do’s and don’ts for Lewishammanagers. This suggests, for example, that, if they are to be competent indecision taking, they take tough and difficult decisions, and so don’t deferthem to other people. Ifthey are to be competent at achieving results, Lewisham managers measure theirsuccess and achievements and don’t ignore how they are getting on. Andwhen it comes to communication, they listen to people without interrupting. Intotal there are 144 such recommendations or rules.Evanssays this approach to performance management is a big change for Lewisham.“Previously we have focused on helping staff develop themselves. Now we aremaking it clear what we expect from them.”Ittook Evans many months to develop and hone the competence framework. She beganby setting up a project team, made up of personnel colleagues and an outsideconsultant. Theylooked around at what other local authorities had done and produced an initialdraft. It was much longer than the final 12, and divided into operational andstrategic competencies.Extensiveconsultation with other managers and the mayor followed. This included devotingthe annual management conference to thrashing out the framework. Speakersfrom Fulcrum and the project team talked the scheme through with up to 100managers who tested themselves against the competencies. As a result of thesemeetings, the project team scrapped the idea of separate lists of operationaland strategic competencies.Asmaller group of managers then gave Evans and her colleagues more detailedfeedback. And that’s when Evans asked Fulcrum to run the development centre.“We needed to validate the competencies and start introducing them tomanagers,” she says.Participantsvolunteered or were chosen from across the borough so that a range of differentfunctions and levels of management was represented. Before attending the centrethey all filled in a self-assessment questionnaire matching them against thecompetencies.Thedevelopment centre itself was a mix of assessment exercises – includingsimulated in-trays, report writing and role play – and feedback. This came fromeach other and from personnel staff who had been trained as assessors. Bythe end of the three days, managers were expected to draw up development plansfor themselves based on filling in the gaps in their competencies.Therewas another issue at the heart of the competence framework that the developmentcentre also had to test – that of ethnic diversity. Afew years before Evans began drawing up management competencies, she wasinvolved in an action research project aimed at finding out why there were sofew black and ethnic minority managers in senior jobs. “One of the things thisthrew up was the need for more transparency around what we expect from ourmanagers,” she says.Asa result, Evans ran a positive action programme alongside the developmentcentre for ethnic minority participants. They met with a member of the HR teamto talk through some of the issues arising out of the development centre. MentorsTheywere also put in touch with a mentor to help follow up their development plansand they were encouraged to network with each other.  Feedbackfrom black managers suggests they found it a valuable support, but it is tooearly to say how the competencies will help with their career progression.Thedevelopment centre was a tremendous success in that it made clear Evans and herteam had got the framework right. Butit only touched 40 of Lewisham’s managers. The competencies are designed foreveryone who manages staff – about 1,200 people. There is still a lot of workto do. Evans knows this. “At the moment the competencies are still more astatement of our ambition,” she says. Nowthere are plans afoot to bring everyone on board. To start with, she is usingher budget savings to run a development centre for a further 12 managers. Moreimportantly, Lewisham is introducing a performance evaluation or appraisalsystem this month. This will build competencies into managers’ personaldevelopment plans and ultimately link them into the council’s service, orbusiness, plan. “Peoplewill be set work objectives and will have to indicate key competencies theyneed to achieve those objectives,” Evans says. “At the following review theirperformance will be evaluated against their objectives and their competencies.”Evansbelieves this will be the real test of the competencies. “If they are robust,they should work for the rest of organisation,” she says with confidence. Overthe next few months 1,200 managers will take part in one-day workshopsintroducing them to the performance evaluation system. Evanshopes to be able to carry out some worthwhile evaluation at the end of thisyear with a view to influencing the service plan next year. Onceperformance evaluation is up and running, the management learning team willhave to turn its attention to the recruitment process. “Weshould be able to move quite quickly in introducing competencies intorecruitment, although we might have to change our procedures a bit,” she says. Changinga culture is a long-term project. But Evans works in a political environmentwhere there is a tension between providing quick results and getting it right.With13 years’ training and development experience at Lewisham under her belt, sheunderstands the dilemma. “Residentsdon’t want to wait around years for the organisation to move itself. But as anHR professional I know it will take three or four years to bed in ourcompetencies,” she says. Evanshas to hope the council leadership will stick with it – she is confident thatthe competencies will help Lewisham managers to work smarter. “Managerswill waste less time and will get more out of the people they manage. “Andif they are more effective as people managers then people will be moreenergised and motivated to provide better services,” she says.Vision,values and competenciesWhatit means to be a manager in the London Borough of Lewisham VisionTogetherwe will make Lewisham the best place in London to live, work and learnValues– Put people first– Invest in employees– Value diversity– Promote openness and honestyCompetencies– Continuous improvement   Inspirational leadership   Thinking broadly   Change focus– Working together   Working in partnership   Influencing   Communication– Tackling service issues   Problem solving   Decision making– Delivering services  Planning and implementation  Customer focus  Self management  Achieving results Related posts:No related photos. 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first_img… in briefOn 18 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week’s news in briefToo busy for time offNearly half of Britishworkers say they are too busy to take full holiday entitlement, according toresearch by holiday agency Travel Choice. Almost one-fifth of employees do nottake all of their holiday and overwork is the reason for the trend.  www.travelchoice.comFamily-friendly ArmyIn a bid to combatrecruitment shortages, the Army is discussing proposals to stop regimentsmoving to different army bases so frequently. Defence secretary Geoff Hoon isconsidering plans to restrict the movement of soldiers to a minimum of onceevery five years, allowing families to establish homes and provide continuityat school for children. www.mod.ukPensions rumpusStakeholder pensionshave been branded discriminatory, by the Retirement Income Reform Campaign. Itclaims that women could receive almost £1,000 a year less than men because theylive longer. Stakeholder pensions were introduced earlier this month.Other side of the coinFinancial servicesfirms have seen the biggest fall in business confidence for more than twoyears, despite rising business volumes. Joint research by the CBI andPricewaterhouseCoopers shows that 35 per cent of respondents claimed they wereless optimistic than three months ago. www.cbi.org.ukTribunal changesMeasures to strengthenthe employment tribunal system and reduce the number of spurious claims whichwere due to come into force today, 18 April, have been delayed until mid-July.A spokesman for the DTI said that tribunal users need more time to understandthe changes. www.dti.gov.uk Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgSean Mooney, shown in action for the St. John’s University Red Storm, was drafted on Tuesday by the Minnesota Twins. (Photo courtesy St. John’s University)  By Tim Kelly From the time pitcher Sean Mooney began dominating as a high school freshman, Ocean City baseball coach Andrew Bristol knew Mooney had the right stuff to make it all the way to the big leagues.“He was a kid who could throw a baseball through a five-inch hole. He could put the ball exactly where he wanted it. We (coaches) saw that kind of potential the very first day,” Bristol said. “He is also the kind of guy who sets a great example for his teammates and the younger kids coming up in the program,” Bristol added. “He’s probably the hardest worker I’ve been around. The other kids see how hard he works for what he’s achieved.”On Tuesday, Mooney took a huge step toward his goal of pitching in the majors when he was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the Major League Baseball draft.Mooney, 21, was taken in the 12th round by the Twins with the 359th overall pick. He was projected to go higher than that until his junior season at St. John’s University was cut short by Tommy John elbow surgery.  The April procedure on his right (throwing) elbow sidelined him after nine starts, a 2-1 record and 2.17 earned run average. He had been experiencing numbness in his fingers, which affected his pitching. He felt discomfort during his last start and decided to undergo the procedure.Last season, prior to his elbow flare-up, the 6-1, 200-pound Mooney went 11-3 with a 2.56 ERA. In 2017, he was 8-2 with a 1.72 ERA. Injury notwithstanding, Mooney said it was “unbelievable” to hear his name called in the draft.“I got a call from the Dodgers that I might go late (Monday in the draft’s earlier rounds) or early in the day today,” said Mooney, reached by telephone on Tuesday night. “This morning I got calls from a few other teams. I knew that I was going to be selected, but it was still an unbelievable feeling when it happened,” he continued. “To sit there and actually hear your name called and know that you are moving closer to (the majors), I really can’t even describe how great it feels.” Sean Mooney during his days pitching for Ocean City High School. (Photo courtesy ESPN Radio) He doesn’t know that much about Minneapolis or the Twins organization or history, he said, but that will change quickly. He indicated he would sign with Minnesota, report to the Twins practice facility in Florida as soon as possible and continue with his elbow rehab.“Growing up, you followed the Phillies and the Yankees and teams (with more local interest). That’s OK. My pitching coach at St. John’s (George Brown) told me the Twins have a coordinator he knows who is from Columbia University, so I already have a connection. I’m really excited to get going.” He attributes his years at OCHS as a major building block in his development. “Ocean City is a program that teaches you to respect the game and to play the right way,” he said. “The coaches understand and impress on the players the importance of working hard if you really want to improve and always playing hard, never letting up on an opponent.”A Marmora resident, Mooney helped Ocean City win a 2016 NJSIAA South Jersey championship and earned a baseball scholarship to St. Johns, located in the Queens borough of New York City.He was the Big East Pitcher of the Year in 2017 and a finalist for national Pitcher of the Year Honors with the Red Storm prior to his strong 2018 season. He also helped lead the Johnnies to a pair of post-season tournament berths.Mike Adams, owner of the Baseball Performance Center in Pleasantville, where Mooney and many other top local prospects work out, concurred with Bristol’s assessment of Sean’s work ethic.“He learned at an early age how to mix speeds, locate the ball and keep hitters off balance,” Adams said. “Then, as he grew and got stronger, he developed more velocity. He got there through hard work. He had the best understanding of any player I’ve seen of the importance of taking care of all the little things and doing them right.”For Sean, taking care of the little things ultimately led to the one big thing: a shot at a major league pitching career.“This is something that I’ve dreamed about since I was a little kid,” he said.  Sean Mooney delivers a pitch for the St. John Red Storm. (Photo courtesy St. John’s University)last_img read more