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Albany to Witness Historic Protest of 15,000 Healthcare Workers Demanding Gov. Hochul Stop Cuts & Invest in Care

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 19:13 EDT

Thousands of caregivers, still reeling from three years of the pandemic, will descend on the Capitol to call on Gov. Hochul and legislative leadership to reverse healthcare cuts and Close the Medicaid Coverage Cap. WHO: - Thousands of 1199SEIU members from across New York State who work in nearly all job titles in hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, clinics, research labs, universities, homecare, and other healthcare settings. - Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Senate Health Committee Chair Gustavo Rivera, and other legislative leaders. WHAT: A series of marches around the Capitol Building to the MVP Arena as busloads of healthcare workers arrive throughout the morning, followed by a massive rally at the arena. WHERE: Outside the Capitol Building and inside MVP Arena. WHEN: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 10:30AM - Healthcare workers will begin arriving in buses, marching around the Capitol. 12:45PM - Massive rally begins at MVP Arena (51 S. Pearl St, Albany). 1:30PM - 1199SEIU President George Gresham and legislative leaders will speak. WHY: New York's healthcare system is facing an unprecedented crisis. Three years to the month that the first COVID case was confirmed in New York, patients and workers continue to face pandemic's aftershocks. Safety-net hospitals are on the brink of closure, emergency rooms are overflowing, nursing home residents face interminably long wait times for bedside care, and homecare services are becoming ever harder to come by. Gov. Hochul's proposed budget utterly fails to grasp the gravity of this crisis. Rather than making the necessary investments to stabilize healthcare services, the proposed 5% Medicaid rate increase is entirely offset by the elimination of savings from the 340b drug pricing program and the cut to the Indigent Care Pool. The budget includes cuts of $700 million from safety net hospitals, reverses course on a major victory last year raising the pay of homecare workers to $3 above the minimum wage, reduces wages for consumer-directed home health aides by $4.09/hr., and fails to provide adequate funding increases to nursing homes as they struggle to recruit and retain staff to comply with nursing home reform laws. With stagnating Medicaid funding and a depleted and burnt-out workforce, an austere healthcare budget would be devastating to New Yorkers, especially seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income families. 1199SEIU is calling on NY's elected leaders to invest $2.5 billion in healthcare in the FY2024 budget, including the following: (The one-house budget proposals recently released by Speaker Carl Heastie and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins make many of these commitments, and they must be fulfilled in the final budget.) - Increase Medicaid reimbursement rates by 10% for hospitals and 20% for nursing homes, with no offsets. - Restore the $700 million in safety-net funding, and increase it by an additional $600 million. - Address the disparity in reimbursement rates in upstate New York, which are approximately 20% lower than downstate. - Preserve the investment made last year in Fair Pay for Home Care to stabilize the homecare workforce and undo the drastic proposed cuts to wages for workers employed through the consumer-directed program. - Raise the minimum wage to $21.25 by 2027, followed by indexing. Contacts: Mindy Berman, mindyb@1199.org, 518 229-0486 Bryn Lloyd-Bollard, bryn.lloydbollard@1199.org, 732-606-5949 April Ezzell, april.ezzell@1199.org, (716) 449-1620 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in America. We represent over 450,000 nurses and caregivers throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Florida. Our mission is to achieve quality care and good jobs for all.

Nightingale College Receives Full Accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 16:38 EDT

Accreditation grant dated January 13, 2021 March 20, 2023 - (Salt Lake City) - Nightingale College, a national leader in blended and distance education for pre- and post-licensure nursing programs, today announced it has received full accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The College has been working on elevating toward this highly respected accreditation since 2013, undergone the initial Candidacy peer review site visit in 2020, and most recently hosted a follow-up on-site evaluation in October 2022. The College's NWCCU accreditation grant is retroactive to January 2021. "With the mission focused on diversifying the nursing profession to improve health outcomes toward achievement of health equity in the United States, we believe this is a major step forward in bringing the College's unique educational models to a wider geographic, demographic, and socioeconomic audience," noted Nightingale College President Dr. Jeffrey A. Olsen. "The full membership in NWCCU positions the College for closer collaboration with peer institutions in the aligned missions to close educational equity gaps on a national scale." NWCCU accreditation also means Nightingale College is publicly recognized by other higher education institutions for the quality of its academic programs. While the College does not control whether other universities and colleges may choose to accept Nightingale College degrees or credits for transfer, the NWCCU accreditation makes it significantly more likely. "This is something we've been diligently working toward for many years, and we are so excited to reach this important milestone," noted Nightingale Education Group's CEO Mikhail Shneyder. "While this accreditation is meaningful to those of us striving to create opportunity and access to nursing education, it also serves as yet another piece of evidence of educational quality for the College's learners and the community at-large." Since its inception in 2010, the College has graduated more than 1,800 learners from its educational programs, as of January 2023. Nightingale College focuses on improving health outcomes by providing nursing education to underserved and underrepresented communities. For more information about Nightingale College, please click here .

Breaking Tradition: Why More Couples Are Opting for Elopements Instead of Traditional Weddings

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 10:00 EDT

Elopements are becoming increasingly popular among couples who want to break away from the traditional wedding format. According to recent data from one specialist California-based company, the number of inquiries it has received has increased by 800% in the past two years, and by 60% in 2023 alone when compared with its figures from 2022. There are several reasons why couples are choosing to elope instead of having a traditional wedding, says Pacific Vows who crunched the numbers. One reason is the desire for a more intimate and personal experience, as couples can focus on each other and the experience of getting married without the distractions and pressures of a larger wedding. More and more couples are also thought to be choosing elopement as part of a growing trend towards weddings that are unique and reflect their individual values. This trend has also been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic as couples seek safer alternatives to larger, more traditional wedding celebrations. At the forefront of this elopement revolution is San Diego-based Pacific Vows, a husband and wife duo committed to helping couples embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Through their business, Lisa and Simon have combined their talents in photography and planning to create unforgettable and deeply personal elopement experiences for their clients. Their dedication to capturing the essence of each couple's love, against a backdrop of stunning landscapes, has earned them a stellar reputation within the growing elopement market. Lisa and Simon, Co-Founders of Pacific Vows, say: "Elopements today are more than just a simple exchange of vows. Couples are opting for unique, adventurous experiences that reflect their personalities and shared passions. From hiking to breathtaking mountaintops to intimate beach ceremonies, elopements are as diverse as the couples themselves. These tailor-made events have become increasingly popular, as they allow couples to create a memorable day that genuinely represents their love story." In this era of personalized experiences and meaningful connections, the elopement market has become a testament to the power of love and the beauty of celebrating it in a way that truly reflects the couple's unique journey. Pacific Vows is proud to be a part of this revolution, as they continue to help couples create and capture the best day of their lives through their one-of-a-kind elopement adventures. For more information, visit: www.pacificvows.com

The Rise of Genderless Beauty: Cosmetics Manufacturer Discusses Appeal of Unisex Products

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 09:44 EDT

Beauty has always been about self-expression and individuality, and with the rise of the genderless beauty trend, cosmetics companies are taking notice. Today, Adonis Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of beauty and personal care products, discusses the appeal of unisex products and the growing demand among consumers for gender-neutral options. The beauty industry has traditionally been divided into male and female categories, with products and packaging designed for specific genders. However, with the evolving cultural and social landscape, consumers are looking for more inclusive options that allow them to express their individuality regardless of their gender. As a result, the demand for gender- products has increased significantly in recent years. According to Adonis Manufacturing, the appeal of unisex products is multifaceted. Firstly, they offer greater flexibility and versatility, allowing consumers to use a single product for multiple purposes. This makes them more convenient and cost-effective for users. Secondly, they promote inclusivity and diversity, which is important to today's socially conscious consumers. Lastly, gender-neutral products provide a sense of freedom, allowing people to express themselves in a way that feels authentic and true to themselves. "We have seen a significant increase in the demand for gender-neutral and unisex products in recent years," said Ann Wilson, spokesperson for Adonis Manufacturing. "As a company, we recognize the importance of providing inclusive options that cater to the evolving needs of our consumers. Our goal is to continue to provide our partners with private-label or custom-formulated beauty products that are not limited by gender, and that promote individuality, self-expression, and inclusivity." The trend of genderless beauty is not just a passing fad, but a reflection of the changing social and cultural attitudes towards gender identity and expression. As more and more consumers seek out inclusive options, cosmetics companies must adapt to meet their needs. Adonis Manufacturing is leading the way in this regard, offering a wide range of unisex products that cater to all skin types and preferences. To find out more about Adonis Manufacturing, visit their website: https://adonismfg.com/

Multi Award-Winning Accessible Website Design Business Celebrates 20th Years At The Top

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 08:20 EDT

Jim Byrne, a pioneer of equal access to websites and digital content for disabled people, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his Accessible Website Design & Accessibility Auditing business - and remains as passionate about his mission today as he was on day one. Jim first realised the importance of digital access for disabled people in the 90s, and that realisation forever changed his career path. In 1996 he founded one of the UK's first web accessibility consultancies and was a founding member of the Guild of Accessible Web Designers (GAWDS). As the director of GAWDS, he gave feedback on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2) which are now used by governments around the world. "Equal access to websites and digital content for everyone is still my focus," Jim says. "Lack of accessibility is a form of discrimination against disabled people. It was unacceptable back when I started and, with so many services and resources almost exclusively available online, it is unacceptable now." The importance of digital accessibility has grown since Jim Byrne began his work and UK law has changed to reflect this. Under the Equality Act of 2010, website owners are obliged to ensure that their websites are accessible to all users. To help with this, Jim's business offers a WCAG 2 accessibility auditing service to check whether websites comply with the law. Additionally, he offers an accessible website design service and accessibility training for website designers. Ralph Mackenzie, Front-End Website Designer/Developer for the University of Strathclyde, said, "Jim provided us with auditing and training services to help the University's websites and applications meet new government regulations on digital accessibility. His reports were extremely thorough and have provided an excellent basis for the University to offer better services to students, staff and the public. "The training offered gave our staff an excellent insight into designing and developing for users with special requirements, and we look forward to providing an accessible digital experience to all users thanks to Jim's help and expertise." Through its two decades of activity, Jim Byrne Accessible Website Design & Accessibility Auditing has received several awards - including the Global Bangemann Award, presented by the King of Sweden himself. For more information, visit jimbyrne.co.uk

Expanded Tanzania Trade Facilitation Services from SGS

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 06:33 EDT

SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, announces expanded pre-verification of conformity (PVoC) services for Tanzania. Market opportunities in Tanzania have increased in response to the rapid growth of its economy in recent years. With advances in technology presenting new opportunities for speeding up trade, businesses keen to sell products in the country still need to ensure that regulatory requirements are met in a trusted and expedient way. SGS has been helping businesses in Tanzania since the 1950s, and since February 2012, has provided approved PVoC services. Appointed by the Tanzania Bureau of Standards to run the latest 24-month PVoC program from August 2022, there are now more zones than ever mandated to SGS. This greater geographical spread makes SGS the ideal partner for export and import businesses in the country , and was detailed in webinars held in December 2022 and February 2023. In addition to this, SGS has led the way in technological innovation, enabling clients to access state-of-the-art digital solutions which ease the passage of goods compliantly and securely. e-Trade is a cloud-based trade facilitation platform with many benefits, including full integration with the SGS exporter portal. Certification timelines can be much reduced, leading to improved productivity. Using standard Cloud Blocks and Microservices Architecture, security is ensured via the latest frameworks and aligned with Open Web Application Security Projects (OWASP) guidelines. For further protection, the latest Azure Active Directory with user authentication, is utilized. For more information, please contact: Craig Wilson Contract Manager Trade Facilitation Services, SGS e: cp.media@sgs.com

Introducing the SGS QiiQ® remote inspection system

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 06:21 EDT

SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, is proud to present the new QiiQ digital app, giving exporters an interactive and collaborative solution to remote inspections. Traditional ways of doing export business have been challenged in recent years, not simply by the rapid development of new technology, but by global events such as COVID-19. The upside of this has been the advent of new digital tools which have created new ways of saving resources whilst increasing and easing collaboration. QiiQ makes full use of technologies including the internet, smartphones, computers, cloud storage and others, creating a highly interactive application which performs remote visits, inspections and audits. It allows office-based inspection staff to connect with clients in real-time, recording activity to ensure transparency and integrity. Multi-connectivity capable and customizable, the app enables businesses to meet regulatory requirements in a highly controlled digital environment. Originally developed by SGS for use in the commercial and industrial sector, QiiQ is now used in many areas, including industrial, environmental, health and safety, and oil and gas - as well as being increasingly utilized by governments and the private sector. The benefits of QiiQ include increased productivity and efficiency. Remote inspections make supply chain logistics operations faster, safety is enhanced, and greater flexibility in scheduling inspections is possible. Backtracking evidence is provided and risks from corruption are minimized. Legacy documentation ensures the inspection process is fully accessible and transparent. Read more about SGS QiiQ . For further information about SGS QiiQ remote inspections, contact: Gerardo Panopio Global Product Conformity Assessment Technical Manager SGS e: cp.media@sgs.com

Uganda PVoC contract awarded for fourth consecutive year to SGS

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 05:58 EDT

SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, is pleased to announce it has, for the fourth consecutive year, been awarded the contract to provide pre-verification of conformity (PVoC) services for Uganda. Granted by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), the new contract starts on March 1, 2023. There is no change to the chargeable fees, which remain consistent with the previous contract and shall apply to all countries of export (net of taxes). Being awarded the contract for a fourth time is a testament to SGS's expertise in providing trusted product conformity assessment (PCA) services that facilitate trade while protecting the environment and safeguarding consumers from harmful, substandard products. The Ugandan PVoC program mandates that products with compulsory standards specification, as guided by the UNBS Act 1983, must be verified as complying with relevant technical regulations, standards and/or approved equivalents. Approved products are issued with a Certificate of Conformity (CoC), which helps facilitate clearance of the certified consignment and allows access to Ugandan markets. SGS has considerable experience in supporting the trade fraternity - exporters, importers and their appointed clearing and forwarding agents - with guidance and solutions that aid compliance with appliable Ugandan requirements. Learn more about Uganda - Pre-Export Verification of Conformity . For more information, please contact: Hellen Aching Regional Manager Trade Facilitation Services, SGS e: cp.media@sgs.com

SGS Offers New Combined Textiles PCA Services for Saudi Arabia

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 05:44 EDT

SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, is delighted to announce the enhancement of their product conformity assessment (PCA) services for textile businesses exporting to Saudi Arabian markets. Exporters to Saudi Arabia are regulated under the requirements of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) and must obtain certification under the SABER scheme. Expert interpretation is needed to ensure the challenges of product variety, and the geographical spread of production, supply chains and potentially hazardous raw materials, are interpreted and understood effectively. Without this knowledge, repeat testing, delays and additional costs can be incurred. In direct response to these challenges, SGS have developed their trade facilitation solutions for SABER certification. Testing parameters for textile, leather, footwear and accessory products under the regulations include pH value, color stability, and toxicity. Consolidation of existing services now allows for faster testing times and trusted verification. Information from the client's master list of products (including materials/styles and sources) is analyzed by SGS to assemble an optimized list of items that can then be tested against the SASO regulations. SGS expertise is available at all stages of SABER certification, and this strategic selection of products allows for a faster, and more assured conclusion to the process. Close collaboration with the client is key to this, and the benefits of this optimization include better risk management of the certification process, quicker testing times and resource savings. For more details about SGS's consolidated PCA services for Saudi Arabia, please contact: Gerardo Panopio Global Product Conformity Assessment Technical Manager SGS e: cp.media@sgs.com

How Improved Efficiency Can Help Alleviate Effects of Labour Shortages in Logistics, According to Industry Leader

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 05:00 EDT

According to a report by the Financial Times, the surge in online shopping and the departure of foreign labourers, as a result of both Brexit and the pandemic, have dealt a severe blow to the logistics industry. In response, leading logistics firm Midland Pallet Trucks has said that improving efficiency with the increased use of high-quality materials handling equipment could help mitigate the effects of these labour shortages. As the industry struggles to attract new workers, Midland Pallet Trucks believes that enhancing efficiency is key to meeting growing demand for logistics services. With the increasing importance of e-commerce and rising consumer expectations for fast delivery times, the need for improved efficiency has never been greater. According to Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of Midland Pallet Trucks, one way to boost efficiency is through the use of pallet trucks. "Our trucks can reduce the need for manual handling, which can be time-consuming and laborious. By automating this process, logistics companies can save time and reduce the risk of workplace injuries, while also improving productivity and reducing costs". The provision of superior materials handling equipment to warehouses across the UK is a top priority for Midland Pallet Trucks. Their diverse range of products, such as hand pallet trucks, electric pallet trucks, and weighing scale trucks, assists their clients in improving their logistics and meeting the requirements of the supply chain. Midland Pallet Trucks is not alone in recognising the challenges facing the logistics industry. The report by the Financial Times highlights that four major companies - Amazon, Maersk, Asda, and Tesco - have each contributed £30,000 to a TikTok-based campaign aimed at promoting careers in the logistics sector. As UK industries urge the government to ease restrictions on foreign workers, beginning with relaxed regulations for the construction industry, it is evident that companies must also implement measures to tackle the shortage of labour. Phil adds: "As the logistics industry faces growing demand and a shrinking pool of workers, it is essential that we find ways to work smarter. By using technology like pallet trucks, we can streamline our operations and ensure that we are able to meet the needs of our customers". To find out more about the wide range of lift equipment available from Midland Pallet Trucks, visit https://www.midlandpallettrucks.com/

New Training Centre To Cater For The Shortfall Of Labour

Mon, Mar 20, 2023 04:54 EDT

BMS Services is proud to announce the opening of a new training centre, the first of its kind, aimed at addressing the shortage of skilled labour in the busbar installation niche market. With the construction industry booming since the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for skilled workers has never been higher. BMS Services is stepping in to bridge the gap and provide a new generation of skilled professionals to the industry. The training centre, located in Basingstoke, will offer a comprehensive 4-week course in Busbar installation, electrical safety, and hands-on training. The course is designed to guarantee employment with a starting salary of £30,000 upon successful completion of two theoretical and one practical exam. BMS Services has taken the initiative to provide opportunities for six young men, four of whom were previously on benefits, to attend the training program at a cost of £2800 per attendee. BMS work directly for leading manufacturers such as Schneider, Siemens, and Legrand, to provide the program. A spokesperson from Legrand, who delivered a presentation for the course, says, "The UK construction market is suffering from a huge skills shortage across all platforms, causing delays to projects and risks to business owners, who want to deliver a good reliable service to their customers. I was fortunate enough, to be invited to attend a Busbar training session with BMS, where they have taken the protective approach to start a busbar installation and commissioning training programme, investing in people from various backgrounds for the future of their business. This is a great programme, which more companies should embrace, to help close the skills shortage gap in the UK market." BMS Services is proud to announce the launch of its comprehensive new training course aimed at addressing the pressing labour shortage facing the industry. The course has been specifically designed for new engineers, providing them with a comprehensive A-Z training that covers all aspects of the installation process for busbar and switchgear. The course is a crucial step towards ensuring that installations meet the manufacturers' installation manual and the client's satisfaction. With many failed installs in the industry resulting from companies looking for the cheapest installations, BMS Services' new training course is a welcome development that guarantees quality and reliability. David Hookins Eta-com General Manger UK & Ireland said, "We had the pleasure of attending the course ourselves and were thoroughly impressed with the level of detail covered. From bare routes to installing anchors into concrete and identifying the required supports, the course equips engineers with the knowledge and skills required to tackle any installation project. "As a leading brand in the industry and the original IP68 Case Resin Busbar manufacturer, Eta-com is proud to support this proactive approach by BMS Services towards addressing the labour shortage in the industry. With no recognized industry standard for installing busbar and switchgear, BMS Services' training course is a critical step towards ensuring the future of quality installations that will last for years to come. "We wish BMS Services every success with this new initiative and offer our continued support towards this essential course." Carol Sullivan, HR and Finance Director, says, "It is BMS Services' goal to have this training program accredited by the Joint Industry Board and the Electrical Contractors' Association under the electrical industry. Currently, there is no recognised training program for Busbar and Switchgear installations in the UK, and the company is committed to filling this void and providing a much-needed service to the industry." The training centre will also have the capacity to offer bespoke training programs tailored to individual company needs, and with the support of the manufacturers, the potential to train people from all over the world. With many poor installations of Busbar systems, BMS Services is determined to provide high-quality training to ensure safety and prevent fatal incidents. The company is excited to offer this new opportunity to young people looking for a career in the electrical industry and is confident that this training centre will play a key role in addressing the labour shortage in the industry. For more information visit: https://bms-services.co.uk/the-1st-busbar-training-course/ For Bespoke training courses for companies visit: https://bitslimited.co.uk/busbar-training-for-contractors/ For individuals looking to enhance their career visit: https://bitslimited.co.uk/busbar-training-for-individuals/

SGS Publishes SafeGuardS on Updates to France's Decree 91-1292 on Childcare Articles

Fri, Mar 17, 2023 12:22 EDT

SGS, the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company, has published a SafeGuardS covering recent amendments to the standards that demonstrate presumption of conformity with France's Decree 91-1292 on childcare article. The updated list was published in the French Official Journal on February 2, 2023. The text states that articles conforming to the previous standards can still be produced and imported until December 1, 2023. It will also be possible to continue selling already constituted stocks of childcare products that comply with the previous standards, until they are exhausted. The updated list includes the latest versions of the following standards: NF EN 1888 + A1: 2022 - Childcare articles - Wheeled child conveyances - Part 1: Pushchairs and prams NF EN 716-1 + AC: 2019 - Furniture - Children's cots and folding cots for domestic use - Part 1: Safety requirements Stakeholders should also be aware that latest versions of European standards, when published in the Official Journal of the European Union, also demonstrate presumption of conformity with the French regulation SGS has published original SafeGuardS 021.23 to give stakeholders a better understanding of the impact of the new list of standards. This includes details of SGS solutions that are available to childcare product businesses wishing to operate in France. SGS Childcare Product Services SGS offers a wide range of services to ensure that products comply with relevant standards for childcare articles and children's equipment. They provide consulting, training, product development, testing, audit and inspection services to ensure that products comply with strict regulations worldwide, demonstrating the safety and quality of juvenile products being brought to the market. After all, it's only trusted because it's tested. Learn more about SGS's Childcare Product Services. SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full France Updates Standards for Presumption of Conformity with Decree 91-1292 on Childcare Articles SafeGuardS. Subscribe here to receive SGS SafeGuardS direct to your inbox. For further information contact: Catherine Follin-Arbelet Juvenile Products Global Experts Tel: (+852) 2774 7420 Email: crs.media@sgs.com Website: www.sgs.com/hardlines LinkedIn: sgs-consumer-goods-&-retail

National housing provider selected as finalist for two industry awards

Fri, Mar 17, 2023 10:19 EDT

A housing developer with a number of properties in Essex, London, Halifax, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire has been announced as a finalist in two categories at the prestigious Property Week RESI awards 2023. National Housing Group (NHG) has been shortlisted in the 'Landlord of the Year (Private and Social)' and 'Social Impact Initiative - Residential' categories for its work providing homes for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, despite only being in business for less than three years. Through its Green Homes Initiative, NHG is striving to provide more environmentally friendly social housing, which is cost effective for the tenant and gives them the best chance to lead a safe and happy life. Stephen Wasserman, CEO at National Housing Group, said: "While we work hard to deliver environmentally friendly and cost effective social housing and all-round good property management, the sole driver for us is better outcomes for vulnerable people. "Through our partnerships we have seen amazing results where people have improved their mental health and been able to spend money on nice things like transport to see family or healthier food through the money that we can save them on their bills. "We are constantly trying to better ourselves as landlords for the communities we work in, and so it means a great deal to us that our work has been acknowledged. "It's very exciting to be announced as finalists in two award categories and the whole NHG team is really looking forward to hearing the results. We hope we can bring it home for the local communities we're part of and the partners we work alongside." A resident in one of NHG's properties, who cannot be identified for their own protection, said: "I have everything I need here, I am actually very blessed that I have something, and I would give it five stars, in fact I would give the staff six if I could. "I can wash, cook, eat and somehow recover. I want to return to normal. To come back to the normal version of my own life." The winners will be announced on 10th May at an event at Grosvenor House Hotel in London which all finalists are invited to and will be judged by a panel of independent judges. National Housing Group was established in 2020 to help combat the housing crisis and homelessness in the UK. The group works collaboratively with local authorities, housing associations and charities throughout the UK to provide better outcomes for vulnerable adults in the community.

Leukaemia Care takes its #LeukaemiaLevy campaign to the doors of Downing Street

Fri, Mar 17, 2023 09:22 EDT

Leukaemia Care took its #LeukaemiaLevy campaign to the doors of Downing Street Leukaemia Care launched its #LeukaemiaLevy campaign earlier this month, urging the UK governments and energy companies for better financial support for leukaemia, MDS and MPN patients. On Tuesday 14th March, Leukaemia Care took its campaign to the doors of decision-makers: Downing Street. Hand-delivering a letter to the Prime Minister asking for more support. In Scotland, they sent a letter to the First Minister and met with Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) outside of Parliament at Holyrood. Since launching #LeukaemiaLevy, Leukaemia Care joined Martin Lewis and MoneySavingExpert's campaign calling for the energy price guarantee to extend beyond April 2023. Leukaemia Care is pleased to say that the Chancellor has since agreed to extend the energy price guarantee until the end of June, which was announced today as a part of the spring budget. Leukaemia Care is proud to have been a part of this campaign which has seen one of its campaign aims achieved. However, more still needs to be done. The increasing energy bills and food costs, with the added outgoing of hospital travel, are significant concerns. Leukaemia Care's CEO, Zack Pemberton-Whiteley, commented: " Many leukaemia patients are facing financial hardship as a result of their diagnosis, hardship which has been exacerbated by the cost-of-living crisis. As the UK's leading leukaemia charity, we are now taking our #LeukaemiaLevy campaign to Downing Street. We urge the Government to take action to provide greater support for patients and their families. This cannot wait, the economic situation in the UK may improve, but without further support from the Government those affected by a leukaemia diagnosis will continue to be impacted by financial challenges long after the cost of living crisis ends ." Leukaemia Care's campaign is just the beginning and hopes to continue advocating for leukaemia patients and their families beyond the cost of living crisis. Do you agree that more financial support is needed for leukaemia patients? Click the button below to sign Leukaemia Care's petition to improve financial support for leukaemia patients and the wider cancer community. Sign the petition: https://www.leukaemiacare.org.uk/our-campaigns/leukaemialevy/leukaemialevy-petition/ For more information about the campaign or to get involved, please email: campaigns@leukaemiacare.org.uk This campaign is just the beginning, and the hope is to continue advocating for leukaemia patients and their families beyond the cost of living crisis. Leukaemia Care also has a range of services which can support patients, from counselling to buddy services, which help leukaemia patients at various stages of their journey. Find out more here https://www.leukaemiacare.org.uk/ contact advocacy@leukaemiacare.org.uk or call 08088 010 444.

Campaign Launches To Create 'Support Your City' Icon For Aberdeen

Fri, Mar 17, 2023 06:19 EDT

To mark Global Recycling Day on March 18, people across the North East are being encouraged to get involved in a new campaign to create a sustainable 'support your city' icon for Aberdeen. The campaign is being led by Origin Directors and Gray's School of Art lecturers, Ben Durack and Dan Sutherland, who are working with Gray's creative unit, Look Again to deliver the project. The designers are running a digital campaign and asking members of the public to help design, develop and launch a 'support your city' badge that will be made from locally collected, recycled and produced waste. To launch the campaign, Origin is hosting a pop up stall as part of a climate change event called Growing Together , which takes place at the Barn in Banchory on Saturday 18 March from 10am - 2pm. This interactive event is open to everyone and will include a host of activities led by The Barn, Gray's School of Art Mobile Art School, One Seed Forward, Origin and DeesideCan. Origin Director, Ben Durack, explains more: "I'm sure we can all agree that Aberdeen city centre, like other cities across the UK, is facing many challenges. We're not interested in playing the blame game but are interested in being part of the solution. There are lots of people in the city working hard to make our city centre a vibrant, exciting place to visit. We want to see a city centre that's a melting pot of ideas - a place to be inspired and where there's always something happening. "Alongside our friends at Gray's Look Again, we want to work with people across the North East to design, develop and launch a "support your city" badge that we can all wear with pride and signal our collective will for change. "Over the next 2 weeks we want YOU to help us design and shape this. We'll make the badge from upcycled, locally sourced plastic waste, to ensure that we are not only contributing to the circular economy but also creating an icon to celebrate all our city has to offer." As part of the project, the Origin team is hoping to engage the public with a social media campaign via #Originthat and are inviting people to share comments to say what makes them proud to live in Aberdeen and what they'd like to see in the city centre. Origin Co-Director, Dan Sutherland, added: "We're looking forward to working with members of the public to create a new icon for the city. What's special about our project is that we are going to be making the badge in our workshop at RGU and will be recycling materials that are made from locally sourced plastic. "The project supports the University's drive to meet the Scottish Government's target to reduce its waste and increase recycling by 2025 and is part of our campaign to encourage everyone to recycle single-use plastics, so that they can be repurposed and made into high quality products." Interns from Gray's School of Art's Three Dimensional Design course will support the product design of the 'Support Your City' campaign, which will enhance their skills and work place experience. The 'Support Your City' campaign is supported by funding from Aberdeen City Council's Local Authority Covid Economic Recovery Fund and builds on the success of the Origin plastic recycling hub, that created a 'one stop shop' for plastic waste in the city centre before Christmas. To find out more visit: originthat.com Images can be downloaded at https://www.dropbox.com/t/Gw1g7OAqjlPGsM40 Origin 1 shows Ben Durack (left) and Dan Sutherland (right), Origin Founders and Gray's lecturers

Five Times the Distance: World's First Cable For Hanging Applications Suitable for SEW-EURODRIVE

Thu, Mar 16, 2023 13:20 EDT

igus chainflex CFSPECIAL.192 hybrid cable for hanging travels of up to 50 meters igus®, the leader in motion plastics and moving cable management systems, has introduced a new hybrid cable for SEW EURODRIVE's MOVILINK® DDI technology. A unique aramid support element gives the CFSPECIAL.192 500% more tensile strength than a standard MOVILINK DDI cable, enabling five times the distance in vertical hanging applications. Machines have to work reliably around the clock in such areas as material handling. Warehouses are getting bigger, and increasing mast heights mean high demands on the cables. To ensure trouble-free operation even in demanding hanging applications igus has developed the CFSPECIAL.192 hybrid cable. It is the only cable on the market specifically for hanging applications in e-chains, suitable for SEW-EURODRIVE's MOVILINK DDI. A high-tensile aramid support element in the cable jacket allows for the use of mast heights five times that of standard cables. With 1,354 cable types for data, bus and hybrid systems, control systems, and drives, igus offers an extensive range of cables for moving applications in a wide variety of industries. igus has developed the chainflex® CFSPECIAL cable series for application areas with special requirements. The CFSPECIAL.192 is new to the product range. It is the first chainflex hybrid cable for hanging applications, suitable for SEW-EURODRIVE's MOVILINK DDI drive technology. "Hybrid technology is becoming increasingly popular, so demand for new single-cable solutions is also growing," says Rainer Rössel, Head of Business Unit chainflex Cables at igus. "Especially in the material handling field, many companies use SEW-EURODRIVE's MOVILINK DDI digital motor interface, for which we already offer various cables. Hanging applications, however, such as stacker cranes, whose masts can be very high, place special demands on cables. The CFSPECIAL.192 is our newly developed cable solution for reach heights up to 164 feet." More than 4,200 newtons of tensile force "The challenge with hanging applications is that you need a cable that is suitable for chains and can absorb enough tensile force that it does not break even over great distances and stroke heights," explains Christian Strauch, Industry Manager of Material Handling at igus. According to the standard, the cable has to bear its own weight - 15 newtons per square millimeter of the main core. The cross-section can be enlarged, but that does not automatically mean more cable length because the coefficient of friction also increases. "To solve this problem, we have incorporated a high-tensile aramid braid into the CFSPECIAL.192's PUR outer jacket. Tests in our in-house laboratory show that the tensile strength is 500% higher than that of a standard cable for MOVILINK DDI," says Rössel. "Our new cable achieves a tensile force of over 4,200 newtons, making it ideal for vertical applications, such as storage and retrieval units." Lower costs and guaranteed longer service life The new igus hybrid cable reduces costs by eliminating the need for a second cable and time-consuming cable installation in the energy chain. At the same time, the single-cable solution requires less installation space and reduces the weight the system must bear. In addition to lower costs, users benefit from the much longer cable service life in hanging applications. All igus cables are subjected to numerous tests to calculate each cable's service life, and the online tool makes it very easy. "That is why we are the only supplier in the world to offer a 36-month guarantee on all our chainflex cables," says Rössel. "This way, users benefit from a durable solution that ensures reliable, trouble-free operation even at great heights and over long distances." Learn more about igus chainflex PUR-hybrid cable for hanging applications CFSPECIAL.192 here: https://www.igus.com/info/n22-cfspecial ABOUT IGUS: igus GmbH develops and produces motion plastics. These self-lubricating, high-performance polymers improve technology and reduce costs wherever things move. In energy supplies, highly flexible cables, plain and linear bearings, and lead screw technology made of tribo-polymers, igus is the worldwide market leader. The family-run company based in Cologne, Germany, is represented in 35 countries and employs 4,900 people across the globe. In 2021, igus generated a turnover of €961 million. Research in the industry's largest test laboratories constantly yields innovations and more user security. Two hundred thirty-four thousand articles are available from stock, and service life can be calculated online. In recent years, the company has expanded by creating internal startups, for example, ball bearings, robot drives, 3D printing, the RBTX platform for Lean Robotics, and intelligent "smart plastics" for Industry 4.0. Among the most significant environmental investments are the "chainge" program - recycling used e-chains and participating in an enterprise that produces oil from plastic waste.

Steptoe & Johnson Named One of Kentucky's Best Places to Work for Sixth Year in a Row

Thu, Mar 16, 2023 13:00 EDT

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC has been named to the 19th Annual " Best Places to Work in Kentucky " list by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management. Steptoe & Johnson is listed in the "large companies" category which includes employers with 500 or more U.S. employees. This marks the sixth year in a row that Steptoe & Johnson has been named to the list. The "Best Places to Work" are selected after an assessment done by Workforce Research Group of the company's employee policies and procedures and a survey of employee engagement and satisfaction. The final rankings of each company will be announced at an awards dinner in June.

The Legend Returns: Blackpool Pleasure Beach Confirms Valhalla Is Back For 2023 Season

Thu, Mar 16, 2023 07:41 EDT

Following a £4 million investment, Blackpool Pleasure Beach has officially announced the return of the world's best dark ride, Valhalla in time for the park's 2023 season After much anticipation, Blackpool Pleasure Beach has officially announced that Valhalla will return in 2023. Following a £4 million investment, the UK's wettest ride is set to reopen for technical rehearsals this April with some exciting new features. Blackpool Pleasure Beach has confirmed the ride is back for the 2023 season at today's (Wednesday 15th March) annual season launch. Featuring many of the exciting elements that made the ride so popular when it first opened in 2000, the team at Blackpool Pleasure Beach have hinted that there are some surprises in store now that the ride has been truly brought into the modern era. Riders can expect to be taken on a fantastical journey to Valhalla, boarding a longboat and journeying into a parallel world guided by a brave Viking named Ivàr. There, they will encounter the spirit of Odin and pass into the afterlife to try to make it to Valhalla. While on their journey, riders will get to experience the elements - fire, ice and lots of water. Amanda Thompson OBE, CEO of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, comments: "We know how long fans have been waiting for us to announce the reopening of Valhalla, and we're confident they won't be disappointed with our reimagining of one of the country's best-loved rides. "The team has been hard at work behind the scenes, and we can't wait to have the famous Valhalla waterfall back on in the park once more. Guests will be able to experience the ride through technical rehearsals this April. "Valhalla has well and truly been given the reimagining it deserves, now boasting some exciting new features and impressive sustainability credentials to help ensure the ride is more environmentally friendly - without compromising on the sense of adventure for which it's been known for many years." Adam Slevin, Director of Creative, Design & Experience at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, who has headed up the Valhalla project, said: "The reopening of the UK's most beloved water ride has been a tricky secret to keep, so it's fantastic to be able to confirm we will be bringing back Valhalla for the 2023 season. "We are initially opening Valhalla for technical rehearsals which means that the ride may operate intermittently throughout the day and some elements of the attraction may not be functioning." "We appreciate our guest's patience as we've carried out this huge project, working alongside countless industry experts to enhance ride experience and give guests a well-deserved surprise. The legend has returned to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and we couldn't be more excited." Valhalla will reopen for technical rehearsals this April. For more information, visit blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/valhalla For more information contact: For more information about this story, please contact bpb@nobraineragency.co.uk to get hold of the team or call 01925 635599. Alternatively, please contact Charlie Briegal on charlie@nobraineragency.co.uk or 07597917304.

Markets Look to Continued Growth in 2023 - valantic FSA's Latest Sell-Side Fixed Income Expert Network Report

Thu, Mar 16, 2023 05:19 EDT

Participants in the Sell-Side Fixed Income Expert Network have a broadly positive outlook for 2023 after an era-changing year in fixed income markets, according to the latest report produced by Acuiti in association with valantic FSA. The volatility that hit markets in 2022 meant sell-side fixed income traders enjoyed a boost in revenues from their trading operations. Over half of the fixed income network, a group of senior sell-side fixed income executives from across the globe, said that last year had been exceptional for their fixed income business relative to an average year. The healthy revenues that sell-side fixed income traders booked in 2022 stand in contrast to the cost reviews and job cuts that are being implemented in other banking desks. Even with uncertainty about the path for inflation and interest rates this year, the majority of the network expect that their departments will increase headcount and investment in technology in 2023. Two thirds of the network expected technology spending to be higher than an average year, and 14% expected it to be significantly higher. "The largest investments are expected to be in Data and Analytics, Trading Technology and Risk Management," according to Andy Browning, Head of Electronic Trading, at valantic FSA. When considering trends within the electronification of fixed income, network members most expected portfolio trading to continue its growth. US fixed income has been a faster adopter of this trend, but the network expected that it will play an increasingly important role in European markets this year. "The increasingly sophisticated client demands for electronic offerings were reflected in the expectation that more would ask for increased cross-asset functionality this year," continued Browning, "This points to evolution of e-trading capabilities and the increasing confidence that market participants have in executing more complex trading strategies on platforms." The importance of technology spend was also highlighted in hiring intentions, with these the most budgeted for departments for hiring. "Trading and execution skills are in high demand" noted Will Mitting, Managing Director of Acuiti. " There was a recognition that a new generation needs to be brought through on these desks, with many senior staff starting to approach the end of their careers." The report also found that majority of the network (68%) still thinks that consolidated tape is needed in fixed income markets. However, most think that it will not be introduced in the EU until 2025 or beyond. For more insights and detail, the full report is available to download here https://www.valantic.com/fsa/insights/ . About valantic FSA valantic FSA has successfully digitized the workflow for over 100 firms in Capital Markets. We build robust and highly innovative workflow systems for trading and downstream transaction automation. Our mission is to digitize, augment and evolve the value streams within our clients. The resulting workflows create superior levels of efficiency, insight and business agility that enable these firms to position themselves strongly for the future. valantic FSA assembles complete systems from a broad range of battle tested components and next generation technologies covering Fixed Income and securitized instruments. Learn how valantic FSA can help set your firm on a pathway to strategic agility, competitive differentiation, and better monetization of your existing data assets. Visit: https://www.valantic.com/fsa/solution-electronic-trading About Acuiti Acuiti is a management intelligence platform designed to provide Senior Industry Professionals in the Derivatives Industry with high-value insight into industry-wide performance and business operations. Acuiti provides a platform through which our exclusive network of Senior Industry Executives can share and source information on day-to-day operational challenges, providing them and their management teams with increased transparency and in-depth analysis to make more informed decisions and benchmark company performance. Financial Institutions benefiting from our services include Banks, Non-bank FCMs, Brokers, Proprietary Trading Firms, Hedge Funds and Asset Managers.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Olsen Appointed President of Nightingale College

Wed, Mar 15, 2023 17:46 EDT

Previously served the College as Vice President, Learner Experience and Provost March 15, 2023 - (Salt Lake City) - Nightingale Education Group today announced Dr. Jeffrey A. Olsen, formerly vice president and provost, as the second President of Nightingale College, a national leader in distance learning for pre- and post-licensure nursing education programs, effective March 1, 2023. Dr. Olsen joined Nightingale College in December 2017, and has served as the College's Vice President, Learner Experience and Provost. With bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from Brigham Young University, Pacific Lutheran University, Western Illinois University and Utah State University, Dr. Olsen earned his doctorate in instructional technology and learning science. He continues to be an integral part of the evolution, success, and molding of the mission of Nightingale College. Prior to joining Nightingale, Dr. Olsen was the Instructional Design Manager in the College of Health Professions at Western Governors University where he oversaw the development of new health profession educational programs. "As I follow in the footsteps of Mikhail Shneyder, the College's first president, I look forward to carrying on his tireless work in improving health outcomes, creating access and opportunity for underserved communities, and elevating people, families, and communities," said Dr. Olsen. Dr. Olsen has been a strong advocate of helping people elevate themselves, their families, and their communities. He also has been a longstanding supporter, working toward closing education equity gaps in the United States. Recently named one of Utah Business Magazine's 'Forty Under 40,' Dr. Olsen believes that "education can be a catalyst for individuals to be the best versions of themselves however that looks to them." During his tenure at Nightingale College, Dr. Olsen has worked diligently to create outlets for opportunity and access for underserved and vulnerable populations. Dr. Olsen will succeed Mikhail Shneyder, MBA, RN, who will continue serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Nightingale Education Group. To learn more about Nightingale College, please click here .