24 Aug
2021

Sky CEO calls for action on gambling advertising online

first_img10th December 2018 | By contenteditor Sky CEO calls for action on gambling advertising online Topics: Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Stephen van Rooyen says regulators should focus on tackling prevalence of gambling ads online instead of TV Marketing & affiliates AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sky CEO Stephen van Rooyen has claimed the gambling industry’s plans for a ‘whistle to whistle’ ban on advertising during all sports broadcasts will do little to improve consumer protection standards. He said the move would simply shift advertising investment online, where there was less regulation and lower standards of customer protection.In an op ed for The Times newspaper, Van Rooyen (pictured) said the voluntary ban on advertising that is likely to be announced by Remote Gambling Association (RGA) members this week will have little impact on levels of gambling. He pointed out that the industry spends more than four times as much on online advertising as it does on TV ads.Last month a report by Regulus Partners revealed that TV advertising accounted for just 15% of the industry’s £1.56bn (€1.78bn/$1.99bn) ad spend in 2017, compared to the £747m invested online.Van Rooyen, formerly Sky’s chief marketing and digital officer, argued that the mooted ban would lead to further marketing spend simply switching from TV advertising, which is heavily regulated to protect minors, to online, where no such controls exist.“If the RGA and gambling companies are serious about protecting vulnerable gamblers, then they should start by looking at where they spend the most money, what has the least level of regulation and where there is most evidence of harm: the online world,” he writes.“If the RGA plan is implemented, then spend would simply shift even further online, with smartphones, tablets and computers targeted with even greater precision. This doesn’t feel like a good outcome for anyone except gambling firms and online tech platforms; the same platforms who by avoiding their tax commitments deny government the funds that society needs.”Van Rooyen called for politicians to look at advertising rules “in a more meaningful way and ensure that the same rules for advertising in the offline world apply online.”Sky has already committed to limiting the number of gambling ads to one per commercial break, from the start of the 2019-20 football season. The broadcaster will also roll out AdSmart technology to give customers the option to block gambling advertising from 2020.Online advertising is covered by the CAP Code, while TV advertising is regulated by the BCAP Code, both of which are administered by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).Both codes are designed primarily “to protect under-18s and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by advertising that features or promotes gambling” and have similar rules, such as a ban on people under 25 promoting gambling.The most significant difference between the two codes is that broadcast ads must be cleared in advance by Clearcast, the non-governmental organisation. Email Addresslast_img read more

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12 Jul
2021

Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) 2005 Annual Report

first_imgUnilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2005 annual report.For more information about Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL.gh)  2005 annual report.Company ProfileUnilever Ghana Limited manufactures and markets fast-moving consumer goods which includes food, home and personal care products. Its food range includes margarine, spreads, beverages, soups, bouillons, sauces, snacks, mayonnaise, salad dressing and olive oil and ice-cream and frozen foods. Beverages include tea, weight management products and nutritionally-enhanced staples. Its home care range includes laundry and household care products. Its personal care range includes skin cleansing, skin care, oral care and deodorant products. The company provides products for professional chefs and caterers through its global division, Unilever Foodsolutions. Unilever Ghana Limited also has interests in investment management and real estate development in Ghana. The company is a subsidiary of Unilever PLC and its head office is in Tema, Ghana. Unilever Ghana Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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12 Jul
2021

Learn Africa Plc (LEARNA.ng) 2013 Abridged Report

first_imgLearn Africa Plc (LEARNA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Printing & Publishing sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Learn Africa Plc (LEARNA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Learn Africa Plc (LEARNA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Learn Africa Plc (LEARNA.ng)  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileLearn Africa Plc publishes and distributes educational material for the pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors in Nigeria. The company markets reference material, professional material, and general reading material as well as provides teacher training, education development programmes, digital content and educational consultancy services. Established in 1961 and formerly known as Longman Nigeria, the company was wholly-owned by Longman Group UK Limited, now Pearson Education. Pearson and Longman Nigeria mutually agreed to become separate corporate entities in 2011. Learn Africa Plc is the largest educational publisher in Nigeria with the widest range of books and educational resources as well as an expansive distribution network. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Learn Africa Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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12 Jul
2021

Investec Limited (INVEST.bw) 2016 Abridged Report

first_imgInvestec Limited (INVEST.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about Investec Limited (INVEST.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Investec Limited (INVEST.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Investec Limited (INVEST.bw)  2016 abridged results.Company ProfileInvestec (Botswana) Limited is a regional subsidiary of an international specialist banking and asset management group. Its financial service offering comprises six business divisions: asset management, wealth and investment, property, private banking, investment banking and capital markets. The Wealth and Investment division of Investec (Botswana) Limited specialises in wealth management, portfolio management, private office and stockbroking services for individuals, families, trusts and charities. The Specialist Banking division manages principle investments and property investments, as well as corporate and institutional banking which includes treasury and trading services, specialised lending, funds and debt capital markets, institutional research, sales and trading, and advisory and equity capital markets. The Private Banking division offers products and solutions for transactional banking, foreign exchange, lending, deposits and investments.last_img read more

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12 Jul
2021

Longhorn Publishers Limited (LKL.ke) HY2016 Interim Report

first_imgLonghorn Publishers Plc (LKL.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Longhorn Publishers Plc (LKL.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Longhorn Publishers Plc (LKL.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Longhorn Publishers Plc (LKL.ke)  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileLonghorn Publishers Plc publishes and sells educational and general books and distributes them through retail and ecommerce channels to customers in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Rwanda. Formerly known as Longhorn Kenya Limited, the company changed its name to Longhorn Publishers Limited in 2014. The company publishes reading material for all levels of education under five main brands; eLearning material, educational text books, fiction and nonfiction books and material for tertiary colleges and universities. Longhorn Publishers acquired the intellectual property of Sasa Sema Publications Limited and provides reference books, creative works, biographies and general knowledge books in either print or non-print (electronic) format. Longhorn Publishers is the only publisher with full approval by the Ministry of Education in Kenya and mandated to supply text books for 12 key subjects for secondary and primary schools. Longhorn eBooks store is a digital platform created by the publishing house and the largest eBook library in the Africa sub-region. The company head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Longhorn Publishers Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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17 Jun
2021

Casa Atrio / Biasol

first_imgSave this picture!© Derek Swalwell+ 29Curated by Paula Pintos Share “COPY” “COPY” Manufacturers: Cult, Dulux, Halcyon Lake, Made by Tait, Meizai, Signorino, Tongue n Groove, Grazia and Co, Meizai — Camerich Boston, Meizai — Pianca Abaco, Parthenon MarbleSave this picture!© Derek SwalwellRecommended ProductsDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingText description provided by the architects. A heavenly plant-filled atrium brings life, light and connection into the heart of this family home. From the outside, Casa Atrio has the character of an Italianate-style terrace, intertwining decorative classical architecture with a Victorian-era home. Ornate and picturesque, the style is unique to Melbourne when the city was fuelled by the prosperity and optimism of the gold rush late nineteenth-century. But step inside, and the light-filled home has the charm of a classic Parisian apartment with elegant detailing, custom furniture and spaces for family and friends to gather.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Derek SwalwellWe were engaged to create a light, spacious and inviting home for a young Melburnian family who enjoy the inner-city lifestyle and have a strong appreciation for history, architecture and design. Located in a heritage overlay area, Casa Atrio sits amongst a long row of picturesque Italianate-style terraces with decorative parapets and ornate cast-iron lacework. We restored the exterior to bring out the bygone beauty of the Italianate façade and designed the interior with timeless French charm.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellThe home is architecturally conceived in three sections to provide light and life throughout the day. Voids and skylights bring light into the house, overcoming the constraints of the long and narrow site, and open-plan living spaces connect with the outdoors to provide spaces for the family to interact and entertain.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellSave this picture!Section AThe hallway and master bedroom receive morning light and engage with the street. A plant-filled, glass-enclosed atrium opens up the centre of the house and allows for views between the kitchen and staircase to the children’s bedrooms upstairs. A large skylight bathes the lounge in sunlight and floor-to-ceiling glass doors connect the living space to the landscaped courtyard where a gabled roof protects the porch.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellThe material palette and detailing are warm and timeless. Parisian-style wall panelling creates depth in the narrow space, visually elongating the hallway and bringing dimension to the walls. Chevron timber floors add some French allure, and sheer curtains gently diffuse light and softly move in the breeze. The bathrooms elegantly blend chevron patterning and natural stone, and brass and black-metal detailing provides a crisp, clean finish through.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellWe custom designed interior elements as freestanding pieces, true to European style. The kitchen has the sense of being a furniture piece rather than built-in joinery, with cupboards framing the benchtop and appliances, the rangehood integrated into the bench to maximise storage and seamless surfaces.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellCustomised furniture also enhances the sophistication of Casa Atrio, including the nine-seater dining table with chamfer detailing, Biasol’s Tondo mirror resting against the panelled walls, and the velvet-finished bedhead with complementary side tables in the master bedroom.Casa Atrio is a light, spacious and inviting home for enjoying and celebrating the cherished moments of family life. Filled with charm and elegance, it pays tribute to the classical beauty of Italian architecture and the delightful romance of French design.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellProject gallerySee allShow less Casa Atrio / Biasol Projects Architects: Biasol Year Completion year of this architecture project Casa Atrio / BiasolSave this projectSaveCasa Atrio / Biasol 2018 Year:  CopyHouses•Carlton, Australiacenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/909995/casa-atrio-165 Clipboard Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/909995/casa-atrio-165 Clipboard Photographs:  Derek Swalwell Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Australia ArchDaily Share Photographs CopyAbout this officeBiasolOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCarltonAustraliaPublished on January 24, 2019Cite: “Casa Atrio / Biasol” 23 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsCabinetsFlorenseCabinet – FloAirWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagStair Railing – CELLON®LightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAHigh Speed Hand Dryers – Aerix+BoardsForestOneLaminate – EGGER laminatesAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Metal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightAccolade Wall Light at River Dental OfficeBricksStröherClinker Brick Slips – StiltreuMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! 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16 Jun
2021

Top chefs and critics help raise over £35,000 for Action Against Hunger

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity Events TMC 08 post 3.pdf212.1 KB Howard Lake | 24 October 2008 | News 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. Top chefs and critics help raise over £35,000 for Action Against Hunger Too Many Critics 200821 October 2008On October 19th 2008, Too Many Critics saw a host of celebrities, including Raymond Blanc, Tom Parker Bowles and Deborah Meaden, come together for an exclusive charity feast that raised more than £35,000 for humanitarian charity Action Against Hunger.The highlight of Restaurants Against Hunger Month, Too Many Critics saw a brave band of food critics, including Charles Campion, Jay Rayner, Matthew Fort, and Tom Parker Bowles swap their keyboards for chopping boards in the kitchen of Royal Exchange Grand Café and Bar to prepare a sumptuous, five-course fundraising banquet.With discerning diners including celebrated chefs Raymond Blanc, Shane Osborn, Ed Baines and Oliver Prince, the critics welcomed the inter-course charity auction, providing relief from the culinary performance pressure. The biggest bid of the night was pitched in by Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden. After a heated bidding war, the TV dragon told the Christies’ auctioneer where she was at, successfully bidding £4,500 to secure a place on a field trip to Zambia. The prize will allow her a rare opportunity to witness first-hand the vital life-saving work of Action Against Hunger in its fight against malnutrition.Another stunning sale came in the shape of three plates, hand decorated by Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay and Fergus Henderson, the top three UK chefs in this year’s S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The hammer came down on these unique works at a fantastic £2,800, sold to Cardiff restaurateur Babak Arabestani.The evening also saw Action Against Hunger present three very special awards. Carluccio’s scooped the award for Most Charitable Restaurant Group – since signing up to the charity’s Restaurant Against Hunger campaign in August 2007, they have raised a staggering £177,000, simply by making a donation of 50p from each sale of penne giardiniera, their most popular dish. Babak Arabestani, owner of Bayside Brasserie, Bellini’s and Signor Valentino in Cardiff Bay was named Longest Supporter of Restaurants Against Hunger, whilst Al Duca was honoured as the restaurant that raised the most money during the Restaurants Against Hunger month in October 2007.Restaurants Against Hunger continues at these and over 550 other restaurants, cafés, bars and gastropubs until the end of October. For a full list of participating eateries in your area, please visit www.restaurantsagainsthunger.org.Action Against Hunger works in 40 of the world’s poorest countries including Burma, Darfur, Chad and Somalia. Its vocation is to save lives, especially those of severely malnourished children, working with vulnerable populations to restore and preserve their livelihoods with dignity. With the current world food crisis looking likely to worsen and 55 million people worldwide already suffering from acute malnutrition, the charity needs support more than ever.www.aahuk.orgwww.restaurantsagainsthunger.orgFor further information or photography, please contact: Kate Lester or Chris Young at Roche Communications on: 020 7436 1111 or [email protected] /[email protected] to editors:Critics in the Kitchen: Tom Parker Bowles (The Mail on Sunday), Charles Campion (The Evening Standard), Jay Rayner (The Observer), Matthew Fort (The Guardian), Lucas Hollweg (The Sunday Times), Nick Lander (FT), Tracey MacLeod (The Independent), Bill Knott (Yes Chef!) and Humayun Hussain (The GuardianGuide).The judging panel: Raymond Blanc OBE (Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons), Shane Osborn (Pied à Terre), Ed Baines (Randall & Aubin) and Oliver Prince (Royal Exchange Grand Café and Bar).Action Against Hunger would like to thank all sponsors for their generous contribution to the event.The winning bids in full:£4,500 Trip to see Action Against Hunger projects at work in Zambia.£3,500 Five night stay for two in an over-water villa at Six Senses Soneva-Gili, Maldives.£2,800 Unique plates, hand-decorated by Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay and Fergus Henderson.£2,200 Two Michelin Star Extravaganza: Dinner for two at Midsummer House in Cambridge; degustation menu and accompanying wine for two at Pied a Terre; and a night and lunch for two at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons.£2,000 Hand-signed original etching of “Y Tambien Su Padre” by Salvador Dali.£1,600 Collection of fine wines.£1,500 Gastronomic tasting menu for two at Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain.£1,300 Five course degustation menu for six with matched wine, cooked at the winner’s home by Chef Miguel Jessen of Pinxto People.£1,200 Three night stay for two in the 5* Hotel Atrium in Split.£800 Cartier Love Bracelet.£600 Dine your way around the world: Indian master class for two at La Porte des Indes; Thai brunch for two at Blue Elephant; Italian dinner for six at Carluccio’s; and a Mexican meal for four at Wahaca.£500 A one night stay for two at Sanctum Hotel, Soho, prior to its official opening in March 2009.£500 Limited edition print of Aeternum Gloriae by Sten & Lex.last_img read more

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2 Jun
2021

Global FTTx Optical Access Infrastructure Market 2021-2025 – Transition For an All-packet Next-generation Network…

first_img Global FTTx Optical Access Infrastructure Market 2021-2025 – Transition For an All-packet Next-generation Network – ResearchAndMarkets.com WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 Pinterest Twitter Twitter TAGS  Facebookcenter_img DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 16, 2021– The “5G Powering the Global FTTx Optical Access Infrastructure Market, Forecast to 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. This study highlights the market trends, drivers, challenges, and restraints for equipment vendors selling FTTx equipment to service providers. It also discusses many issues the service providers face in order to meet the demands of this market. A new generation of tech-savvy consumers is using many devices and services in their homes, including extensive web surfing, downloading and uploading videos and photos, messaging, and voice over IP. Current DSL bandwidths are not sufficient to handle these large applications. Beyond entertainment, there are a significant group of applications that can be used to make life better for consumers. For instance, many employees are working from home, which demands professional business communications and network access, with the required security that goes along with it. Research Scope The scope of the study is the fiber to the “X” (FTTx) market which comprises the various methods of connecting fiber optic cable and equipment between the central office and residential homes and apartment buildings. FTTx refers to that point in a network where the fiber stops and another technology, such as VDSL2+ (very digital subscriber line 2), with high-quality copper cable, takes over. There are methods currently used to place fiber in a network, and many technologies are being run over the network, such as passive optical networks (PON) and active optical networks (AON). Major Telco customers are choosing technology on the basis of available infrastructure and demand from residential customers. Research Highlights The study also explores growth opportunities for vendors in the FTTx global optical access infrastructure market and identifies potential business models. Wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) PON adds multiple wavelengths in the fiber to increase capacity in the access technology system. Although physically it is similar to time division multiplexing (TDM) based passive optical network (PON) technologies, logically it is a point-to-point scheme. Each optical network terminal (ONT) at the subscriber has a dedicated wavelength and there is no time sharing of bandwidth. The limit to the bandwidth that the user can receive depends on what the wavelength can carry. Fiber deep, 4G long-term evolution (LTE) plus, and FTTH fast are driving FTTx optical access infrastructure. A cornerstone of 5G, C-RAN, along with fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) and distributed antenna system (DAS) deployments is expected to grow at a parallel pace, driving front-haul deployments involving fiber. The three traffic profiles defined by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) for 5G services – high throughput, low energy, and low latency – are expected to put significant strain on the mobile front haul, generating a major fiber build-out to support the requirements from 5G services. This research sizes the market from the perspective of vendors (base year 2019) and forecast in terms of revenues from 2019 to 2025. The study also explores growth opportunities for vendors in the FTTx global optical access infrastructure market and identifies potential business models. Key Topics Covered: 1. Strategic ImperativesWhy Is It Increasingly Difficult to Grow?The Strategic ImperativeThe Impact of the Top Three Strategic Imperatives on the FTTX Optical Access Infrastructure MarketGrowth Opportunities Fuel the Growth Pipeline Engine 2. Growth Opportunity Analysis – FTTx Optical Access Infrastructure MarketKey Growth MetricsFTTx Optical Access Infrastructure Market OverviewTop 5 Growth Opportunities in the FTTx Optical Access Infrastructure MarketGrowth EnvironmentCritical Success Factors for GrowthGrowth Drivers in the FTTx Optical Access Infrastructure MarketGrowth Restraints in the FTTx Optical Access Infrastructure MarketForecast AssumptionsRevenue ForecastRevenue Forecast AnalysisRevenue Forecast by RegionRevenue Forecast Analysis by RegionCompetitive Environment 3. Growth Opportunity Universe – FTTx Optical Access Infrastructure MarketGrowth Opportunity 1: Transition For an All-packet Next-generation NetworkGrowth Opportunity 2: Engineering Assessment for QoSGrowth Opportunity 3: Self-diagnose for Service MaintenanceGrowth Opportunity 4: Management Features for Secure NetworkGrowth Opportunity 5: Anticipate Take Rate for Plan Developments Companies MentionedADVA Optical NetworkingCienaCiscoECIFiberhomeHuaweiInfineraNokiaZTE For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/5rbe3f View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210216005945/en/ CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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31 May
2021

Latest Real Wage Growth Could Spell Good News for Housing

first_img Latest Real Wage Growth Could Spell Good News for Housing Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Home / Daily Dose / Latest Real Wage Growth Could Spell Good News for Housing Many economists and analysts have said that strong wage growth is needed in order for facilitate a full recovery for the housing industry. The latest data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that real wages are on the rise, increasing by 22 cents year-over-year.In the real earnings report for February 2015 released Tuesday, the BLS reported that real average hourly earnings – hourly earnings adjusted for inflation – increased year-over-year from $10.32 to $10.54 year-over-year, an increase of 2.1 percent, despite a drop by one cent from January’s average of $10.55.Real average weekly earnings increased year-over-year in February by more than nine dollars, from $355.17 up to $364.56, while declining by 35 cents from January to February. The BLS cited the month-over-month decrease in real average hourly earnings combined with no change in the average workweek as the reasons for the slight month-over-month drop in real weekly earnings. The average work week remained unchanged at 34.6 hours from January to February while increasing by 0.6 percent year-over-year, from 34.4 hours reported in February 2014.The average hourly earnings increased by just three cents month-over-month in February from $24.75 to $24.78, while increasing by 48 cents year-0ver-year. Average weekly earnings ticked up by just $1.04 in February from $856.35 up to $857.39 while increasing by more than $21.00 year-over-year, from $835.92 reported last February. At the time the BLS February employment summary was released in early March, Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan stated that the slow wage gains were holding back the housing industry, but that he said he believed the strong hiring numbers (an average of 266,000 jobs added per month in the last 12 months).”We maintain our belief that once upbeat hiring translates into stronger income growth, which we believe it likely will, a stronger housing recovery will follow,” Duncan said.While Fannie Mae reported a slow start to the year economy-wise in its March 2015 Housing and Economic Outlook released earlier this week, recent improvements in the labor market suggest that the GSE’s prediction that the economy will rebound and “drag housing upward” in 2015 may still yet come true. The latest year-over-year increase in real earnings suggest that the wage growth analysts are hoping for to lift the housing market may be coming.”The economy is getting a boost from the strong employment numbers we’ve seen last year and at the start of 2015,” Duncan said in the report. “When this employment growth partners with income growth and consumers experience a rise in their personal household income, we should see a similar boost in the housing sector. Overall, we expect an improving 2015 with continued economic growth bringing housing above 2014 levels.” Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Housing Market Real Wage Earnings U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Cold Winter, Soft Economic Growth Cause Housing Market to Stumble Next: Fabrizio & Brook Announces New Hire; Managing Shareholder Appointed as Case Evaluatorcenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago March 25, 2015 1,200 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Housing Market Real Wage Earnings U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015-03-25 Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

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25 May
2021

Accreditation council examining concerns at Finger Lakes School of Massage

first_img Your education news is made possible with support from: According to the ACCET commission letter sent to FLSM’s Ithaca Campus Director Jerry Barber on Dec. 18, the school needs to address 14 areas of concern to have its application for reaccreditation granted at the commission’s April meeting. Some concerns cited in the letter arose during an on-site visit at the Ithaca campus from Sept. 4 to 5. Others came from complaints submitted to ACCET, three of which are currently open and under investigation.While the issues outlined in the commission letter range from curriculum guidelines to financial policies, many center on disorganization and inadequate record keeping at the Ithaca campus.Several key administrative positions saw turnover in the past year, with a flurry of firings and resignations in the month surrounding the September ACCET site visit.“This staff turnover caused a significant negative impact to the operation, as evidenced by student comments in their end-of-program surveys and lost and/or incomplete record keeping,” the commission letter reads.Related: Your Letters: Finger Lakes School of Massage student concerned by staff walk-outsThe commission’s letter cites several examples of inadequate records: incomplete employee evaluations, missing minutes for mandatory meetings, a lack of documentation for tuition refunds to students, improperly certified classroom observations.While the school had a chance to respond to issues that were listed in a report following the September site visit, the December letter points to several items school directors said they addressed but did not adequately document.For example, in response to a concern that student job placements were below ACCET’s 70 percent benchmark, FLSM indicated 2017 graduates of the full-time therapeutic massage and hydrotherapy program had a 70.67 percent placement rate. The ACCET letter says of the provided information, “the institution provided no supporting documentation to substantiate these 2017 completion and placement rates.”In interviews with the Ithaca Voice in October, FLSM students and employees suggested some instructional and supervisory employees lacked proper certification. The ACCET letter calls into question the certification of one classroom instructor and further states, “all instructor performance evaluations and classroom observations were only signed by the director of education who was not qualified to complete such evaluations/observations, as she did not have a massage therapy license, as required by ACCET.”The letter further states that FLSM has not provided evidence that its curriculum, grading rubrics, review of student and employee feedback, and staff training meet accreditation standards.FLSM’s responseWhile representatives from FLSM did not respond to repeated requests for comment from the Ithaca Voice, ACCET’s letter includes summaries of the school’s initial responses to each of the commission’s 14 concerns.According to the commission letter, FLSM said several record-keeping issues are the result of migrating files to Google Drive, a collaborative work platform. For example, in response to ACCET’s concern that school directors did not take student satisfaction surveys, which “contained a number of critical comments related to staff turnover,” into consideration, the school responded that they would share results in a Google Drive folder in the future so administrators, instructors, executive management and owners can review responses. The same concern and response apply to employee satisfaction surveys.In both cases, ACCET asked that in addition to creating a shared folder, the school provide attestations that employees have reviewed the survey results, document analysis of survey responses, and provide evidence that feedback has been used to improve the school’s programs. ACCET similarly requested documentation that changes addressing several areas of concern have been implemented.“The deferral of a final decision is intended to allow for an opportunity to clarify and/or resolve the issues of concern cited herein, specifically focused on the demonstration of systematic and effective implementation of revised policies and procedures in practice over time,” the letter concludes.FLSM has until Feb. 28 to submit responses to ACCET’s concerns for its reaccreditation to be reconsidered at the commission’s April meeting. ACCET’s follow-up campus visit is set to take place before April, though the exact dates will not be announced in advance. In the meantime, while FLSM is barred from making major institutional changes it will continue to operate as normal. Devon Magliozzi Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi ITHACA, N.Y. – The Finger Lakes School of Massage’s application for reaccreditation has been deferred by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, pending the school’s ability to demonstrate compliance with several of the accrediting council’s requirements.An on-site inspection by two ACCET staff members in September, along with multiple complaints submitted to ACCET by FLSM students and staff, have raised questions about the school’s record keeping, curriculum, human resources procedures and compliance with certification rules. Citing 14 areas of concern, ACCET’s review commission voted at its December meeting to defer FLSM’s reaccreditation pending a future unannounced follow-up site visit and satisfactory response from school directors.ACCET is an independent accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1978 as a “reliable authority as to the quality of education or training provided by the institution’s of higher education and the programs they accredit,” according to its website. It reviews compliance with educational standards at continuing education and training organizations, like trade schools and language institutes.Reaccreditation deferrals are fairly common for schools reviewed by ACCET: of 27 schools seeking reaccreditation at the December meeting of ACCET’s commission, 11 were reaccredited while decisions for 16 were deferred pending further information. A deferred reaccreditation is not an “adverse action” in the parlance of ACCET, and does not change a school’s formal accreditation status.Nevertheless, the ACCET commission’s findings make clear that several issues at FLSM need to be resolved, including concerns described by former FLSM staff and current students to the Ithaca Voice in October.In a letter obtained by The Ithaca Voice sent from the commission to recently appointed campus director Jerry Barber, ACCET acknowledges attempts by the school to address issues listed in a September site visit report but calls into question whether promised changes have been implemented. FLSM is one of just two schools issued a reaccreditation deferral that will be subject to a follow-up site visit before its application is reconsidered at the ACCET commission’s April meeting.Related: Former staff speak out about changing culture of Finger Lakes School of MassageFLSM’s main campus is in Ithaca, and the Ithaca campus is the site slated for a follow-up visit by ACCET staff. Issues at FLSM’s branch campuses in Mt. Kisco, New York and Frederick, Maryland – called the Central Maryland School of Massage – are also described in the commission letter. All three campuses part of the TruMantra Schools higher education portfolio, which also includes the Arizona School of Integrative Studies.What is accreditation?Vocational schools can seek accreditation voluntarily to verify that they provide quality education and to become eligible for certain federal benefits. Accreditation is required, for example, for students to apply for federal financial aid like Pell Grants and Stafford or Perkins Loans, according to ACCET.The government does not oversee accreditation directly, but the U.S. Department of Education regulates accrediting agencies like ACCET. The New York State Department of Education maintains its own list of licensed vocational programs, and accreditation is not a requirement to be on the list. Of the 18 licensed massage programs in the state, 17 are currently accredited.In addition, while accreditation is not required for a massage program to be licensed in New York, several of the concerns outlined by ACCET touch on state licensing requirements. To become licensed massage therapists, students must complete a minimum number of hours of class time on topics like kinesiology, hygiene, and neurology, along with a minimum number of supervised clinic hours. ACCET’s decision to defer reaccreditation cites issues with FLSM’s documentation of curriculum components and certification of classroom instructors, issues that could conflict with New York licensing standards.Schools reviewed by ACCET need to apply for reaccreditation every three to five years. After first receiving accreditation in 2009, FLSM’s reaccreditation application was deferred in 2013 before it was eventually approved. FLSM’s current reaccreditation application will be reconsidered in April, after ACCET receives a report from the school and conducts its follow-up visit.Why is FLSM’s reaccreditation deferred? Tagged: ACCET, Finger Lakes School of Massage, NYS Depart of Education, U.S. department of education Your Economy & Development news is made possible with support from: last_img read more

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