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Voluntary sector calls for leadership training funds

first_img Comments are closed. Most chief executives in the voluntary sector think the Government shouldfund leadership development in support of the sector’s role in providing publicservices, research reveals. The study, published by the Industrial Society and the Association of ChiefExecutives of Voluntary Organisations, finds seven out of 10 voluntary sectorCEOs want the Government to financially support leadership training. The research also shows that nearly 90 per cent of the 236 business leaderssurveyed believe there is a need for more leadership development in the sector.Almost two-thirds of voluntary sector organisations have not provided anyleadership initiatives and the average amount spent on training and developmentin this area is only £600 a year. ACEVO chief executive Stephen Bubb said: “The UK relies on the thirdsector to provide a large percentage of its public services – of the 1 millionsocial carers in the UK, 600,000 work in the third sector. “But unless the Government provides adequate funds, chief executiveswill continue to fail to receive the support they need to develop their skillsand their organisations, and this could threaten the UK’s publicservices.” Bryan Dutton, director general of care home provider Leonard Cheshire,called on the Government to provide training funds for voluntary sectororganisations that provide public services. “The current situation is not sustainable. All organisations,regardless of sector, must receive equal treatment for the public services theyprovide on behalf of the Government,” he said. “Without this funding, services will either deteriorate or voluntaryorganisations will be forced to draw on their limited resources to fund theprocess.” ACEVO has launched a three-day course on voluntary sector leadership, whichwill offer subsidised places to 20 CEOs of charity organisations. www.acevo.org.uk By Ben Willmott Previous Article Next Article Voluntary sector calls for leadership training fundsOn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Cryopeak begins construction on new LNG production facility in Canada

first_img Cryopeak LNG begins construction on new LNG production facility in Canada. (Credit: PRNewsfoto/Cryopeak LNG Solutions.) Canadian LNG distributor Cryopeak LNG Solutions has commenced construction on new liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facility in Canada.Located in Fort Nelson, British Columbia, the project is capable of producing approximately 90,000 gallons of LNG per day.Claimed to be the first fully funded and permitted LNG production facility in the Fort Nelson area, the plant will serve as the closest LNG production point to northern Canada and portions of Alaska.Cryopeak LNG said that the facility includes a new truck loading system which improves the loading of fleet of LNG Super-B tankers.The firm has selected CryoSys to supply the liquefaction equipment which are required to produce the LNG in the new facility.CryoSys president Neil Karr said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract to deliver the liquefaction package to Cryopeak’s LNG facility in Northern BC.“Our highly efficient optimized mixed refrigerant process and our ability to package the modular liquefaction plant in our workshop allows us to provide the lowest installation and operating costs for a small-scale LNG plant in the LNG marketplace.The equipment will be delivered to Cryopeak in early summer.”Cryopeak is partnering with Fort Nelson First NationsAccording to Cryopeak LNG, the project, which marks as an important breakthrough for energy supply to Northern Canada, is expected to allow the communities and remote industries to secure a low cost and a more environmentally sustainable fuel source.The project is expected to create opportunities for local construction workers, service companies, and operations personnel during the construction and for the distribution of LNG to Northern Canada from a new transportation hub which is situated within the municipality of Fort Nelson.To develop business opportunities that are associated with the project, Cryopeak is partnering with Fort Nelson First Nations.Recently, Cryopeak LNG has completed the North American delivery of LNG by truck to power the Silvertip mine on the Yukon/BC border owned by Coeur Silvertip. Located in Fort Nelson, British Columbia, the facility will be capable of producing approximately 90,000 gallons of LNG per daylast_img read more

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Solar mini-grids offer economic option for Nigerian electrification plans

first_imgSolar mini-grids offer economic option for Nigerian electrification plans FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Quartz:Nigeria’s electricity problems mainly revolve around a power generating system that doesn’t produce enough to match demand and an ineffective tariff system that means power distributing companies can hardly make a profit.Just as crucial, there’s a significant infrastructure gap as more than half of Nigeria’s population lacks access to the national power grid. Across the country’s rural areas, the electrification rate is even lower.One way to solve the problem is to take on the expensive and difficult task of connecting tens of millions of homes to the struggling national grid. But independent solar mini-grids offer a more feasible alternative, according to analysis in a report by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Nigerian Renewable Energy Roundtable. With large-scale solar power projects likely to be delayed by high-level red tape, freeing developers to install mini-grids for local communities is a viable panacea.The mini-grids “fill an important gap between expensive grid extension projects and low-power solutions like solar home systems” the report says. Mini-grids already exist across Nigeria. Indeed, in making its analysis, the report audits ten existing mini-grids in Nigeria which serve 2,000 households. The success of existing mini-grids which have implemented “cost-reflective tariffs and generated customer demand,” the report states, is evidence of “the potential profitability of commercial mini-grid projects.” Crucially, the market is evolving from projects backed by the government grants to viable commercial models.There’s major upside for both customers and mini-grid developers if the local market is scaled. The report forecasts that deploying 10,000 sites with an output of 100 kilowatts (kW) by 2023 would power around 14% of the population. At that scale, tariff forecasts also show mini-grid developers can generate $3 billion in annual revenue.An added boon for local communities are lower power costs in the long-term. A majority of residents in the communities served by the mini-grids report spending less on power compared to the expense of alternatives like a diesel and petrol power generator, the report says. It also projects that tariffs, currently high relative to the national grid, will fall by 60% in the next two years as more development occurs.More: The solution to Nigeria’s big electricity problem lies in thinking smalllast_img read more

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Leader of the Pack

first_imgThe Llama Wrangler on Mount LeConte In 1984 LeConte Lodge switched to llamas to reduce trail erosion. Before that, horses and mules had been used for 60 years. Through the lead rope, Householder could feel the rhythm and mood of the llama train. A coal-black llama named Jack was in the lead, followed by Cooper, Jimmy, Bruno, Rueben, Little Deer, and Andy. “They’re anxious to get back to the parking lot,” he said. On the job: Alan Householder leads llamas on Mount Leconte. Photo by Jessica Tezak Householder’s llama packing trip that October day was one of his last. On November 24, the lodge’s last day of the 2020 season, Householder retired as LeConte’s llama wrangler, a job that surpassed his wildest dreams from day one. Just beyond Grotto Falls, Householder placed nylon mesh masks over the llama’s muzzles—not to discourage them from spitting, but to prevent them from chomping on waxy-green plants like rhododendron and mountain laurel that could make them sick. Stream crossings gave the team a chance to drink, and there were several stops along the trail where the llamas took designated potty breaks. It was 5:15 a.m. and pitch dark when Alan Householder parked the livestock trailer at the Trillium Gap trailhead at the foot of Mount LeConte. The autumn leaf change was in full swing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and by mid-morning, the parking lot would be overflowing. “I took this job because I really like hiking,” he said. “I thought I’d last a couple of years and move on. There were days when it was raining, or I’d be really tired, and it felt like a job. But in the big picture, I always knew it was a great opportunity. I loved having the Trillium Gap Trail as my office.” From black bears sneaking up behind the llamas to having the entire team slide down the mountain after one member slips and falls, Householder has experienced his share of “llama drama.” Householder’s rapport with the llama team rose to a new level in 2014 when he married Chrissy Mann (now Chrissy Householder). They met as crew members at LeConte Lodge. In addition to working as a labor and delivery nurse, Chrissy tends to the llamas’ health needs and accompanies Householder up the mountain whenever she can. “I learned a lot of llama psychology from Chrissy,” Householder said. “Llamas don’t want affection; they want respect. At first I’d bark orders at them, but that was the wrong approach.” Householder and the llama team reached LeConte Lodge—elevation 6,400 feet—at noon. The lodge and kitchen were roped off due to COVID-19, but there were plenty of guests.  “I feel for these guys,” Householder said. “They’ve already made it to the top. For them, going back down is the final insult.”  “The hardest thing for the llamas is working in the summer,” Householder said. “They like it cold.”  Except for a year-long hiatus in 2011 to have knee surgery, Householder, who’s 65, has been leading llamas for LeConte Lodge nonstop since 2002. Three days a week he and the llamas haul perishable foods, clean linens, and mail to the top of Mount LeConte via the Trillium Gap Trail—a nearly 14-mile round-trip hike with an elevation gain of almost 3,400 feet. The trip down the mountain that afternoon posed more challenges than the climb up. The pack saddles were filled with dirty laundry and trash. At each rest stop, the llamas emitted a soft, low-frequency hum reminiscent of Buddhist monks chanting in deep meditation. Householder said this was not a sign of contentment, but of restlessness. A major ingredient in the llama wrangler’s job is the sheer amount of walking. During the lodge’s nine-month season, Householder hiked a total of 1,300 miles. Walking is in Householder’s DNA. He has completed the Appalachian Trail, as well as the Pacific Crest Trail. In 1997 he and guidebook author Allen DeHart became the first to hike the Mountains-to-Sea Trail from Clingmans Dome in the Smokies to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. “Jack is a leader because he doesn’t mind having a person in front of him,” explained Householder. “He’s as laid back as a llama can be.” After 1.3 miles, the llama team reached Grotto Falls, one of the most photographed waterfalls in the Smokies. Every llama hauled between 40 and 60 pounds. Only in muddy sections of the trail did their soft footpads leave any tracks, and the whole procession was eerily quiet as it climbed up the north face of Mount LeConte. And in the winter of 2005-2006 Householder became the first American to complete the 435-mile Australian Alps Walking Trail from Melbourne to Sydney. “Alan has gone above and beyond to see that the lodge gets what it needs, and the llamas get what they need,” says John Northrup, general manager of LeConte Lodge, about Householder. “People think it’s an easy job, just hiking all day with these fuzzy, cute animals. But it tests you in every way.” When dawn broke at 7:15 a.m., Householder and his seven llamas were on their way.  During the descent, Bruno, the third llama in line, kept stalling, which caused the line to bunch up. Patient as always, Householder dropped the lead rope and went up and down the line, feeding each llama a carrot and whispering in each left ear. After several minutes, the team was back underway, this time in perfect formation. “I will miss working with these guys,” he said. “They each have their own personality, and they don’t talk back.” But for now, Householder and his llama team were all alone. Working by headlamp, Householder brushed each llama and cinched their pack saddles. The cargo that day consisted of clean laundry and Styrofoam meal trays bound for LeConte Lodge, which is the highest overnight lodge east of the Mississippi River and only reachable by hiking one of five different trails.last_img read more

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New French PM to unveil reshuffled cabinet

first_imgFrance’s new Prime Minister Jean Castex was on Monday expected to unveil a reshuffled government tasked with helping the economy brave its worst crisis since World War II and injecting fresh momentum into the presidency of Emmanuel Macron.Castex, a senior bureaucrat and provincial mayor almost completely unknown to the French before his appointment Friday, is seeking to move quickly and decisively to convince skeptics he is the right choice for the job.The 55-year old was appointed by Macron in place of Edouard Philippe as the president seeks a fresh start for the final two years of his mandate ahead of 2022 presidential elections. France’s economy has been battered into a historic recession by the coronavirus crisis while Macron’s Republic on the Move (LREM) party is reeling from its drubbing in local elections late last month.Macron wrote on Twitter Sunday that a “new path” was needed, listing the new government’s priorities as “reviving the economy, continuing an overhaul of our social protection and the environment, re-establishing a fair republican order and defending European sovereignty”.The failure of LREM — founded in the run-up to Macron’s presidential bid in 2017 — in local elections again showed up its lack of a grassroots base.Analysts have said that by appointing a low-profile figure in place of Philippe — whose popularity was outstripping Macron’s — the president wants to tighten his grip on the reins of government ahead of 2022. ‘New talent’ French parliament speaker Richard Ferrand said he expected the new government to be announced on Monday morning after an intense weekend of exchanges between Castex and Macron.An aide to Macron, who asked not to be named, said there would be “new talent” and “people who have come from different horizons”.However few details have leaked over what changes there will be to the government, which under the centrist Macron has always been a delicate balancing act between left and right.Castex, who drew up the plan for France to come out of its coronavirus lockdown, was himself a member of the right-wing The Republicans (LR) but confirmed he has now handed in his party card.One job on the line is that of interior minister Christophe Castaner, criticized both by Black Lives Matter protesters over alleged racism in the police force but also by officers for a perceived lack of support.But it is far from clear if those holding the key ministries of state — ex-rightwinger Bruno Le Maire at economy and former Socialists Jean-Yves Le Drian and Florence Parly at foreign affairs and defense — will be moved on. ‘Not an option’ Much attention is on the future of the environment ministry, a troubled domain for Macron after the sensational resignation from the post of popular campaigner Nicolas Hulot in 2018 on the grounds that it was impossible to get anything done.Castex, not so far known for his green credentials, has said “ecology is not an option but an obligation”, following a strong performance by the Greens in municipal polls.But Yannick Jadot, an MEP and key figure in the EELV green party, retorted that there was “perfect continuity between Jean Castex and Edouard Philippe”, saying neither “had ever shown any kind of interest in the climate or biodiversity”.Philippe meanwhile has returned to the relative peace of his old job as mayor of the Normandy port of Le Havre. Opinion divided over whether he will fade into the background or could one day pose a challenge to Macron. Topics :last_img read more

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FANS CAN ENTER TO WIN PRIZES, INCLUDING A 2016 MERCEDES-BENZ GLC & BREEDERS’ CUP SEATING AT SANTA ANITA ON FAN APPRECIATION DAY, MONDAY, JULY 4; FREE ADMISSION FOR VETS & ACTIVE MILITARY ALSO AVAILABLE ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

first_imgDOLLAR BEERS, SODAS & HOT DOGS OFFERED ALL DAY MONDAY FANS CAN ENTER TO WIN PRIZES, INCLUDING A 2016 MERCEDES-BENZ GLC & BREEDERS’ CUP SEATING AT SANTA ANITA ON FAN APPRECIATION DAY, MONDAY, JULY 4; FREE ADMISSION FOR VETS & ACTIVE MILITARY ALSO AVAILABLE ON INDEPENDENCE DAY Monday, July 4 is Fan Appreciation Day at Santa Anita Park.    Fans can enter to win a chance at a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC, presented by Rusnak/Arcadia, reserved seating for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 4 & 5, VIP packages good for the track’s Autumn Meet which begins Sept. 30, and $500 betting vouchers.Veterans and active duty military will receive free General Admission this Monday at Santa Anita as well.  With a nine-race card on tap, Monday is also Dollar Day at Santa Anita, with one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs available throughout the day.Details on Santa Anita’s Fan Appreciation Day offerings: Each fan (with paid admission) will receive a contest entry card as they enter Santa Anita on Monday. That card, once completed, can be placed in any number of designated contest locations or bins throughout the facility.All entries must be submitted by 3 p.m.The contest cards will be used to draw the winners, who will be announced throughout the day, from the Winner’s Circle.One lucky fan will become the final contestant entered into the drawing for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC presented by Rusnak/Arcadia. All 10 qualifiers will be on-track and will be assigned to a specific horse in a designated race on July 4. The contestants will watch their race from the Winner’s Circle and the winning horse will determine the winner of the Mercedes-Benz GLC.$500 betting vouchers will be given away. Four 2016 Autumn Meet “VIP Day at the Races” packages will be given away.Two Breeders’ Cup Reserved Seating Packages, including a Four-Pack for Friday, Nov. 4, and a Four-Pack for Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Saturday, Nov. 5, will be given away. PLEASE VISIT http://www.santaanita.com/events-and-tickets/ FOR CONTEST RULES PLUS ALL ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING GIVEAWAYS AND VIP PACKAGES.                First post time on Monday is at 1:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.  In addition to santaanita.com, additional information regarding Fan Appreciation Day on Monday, July 4, can be obtained by calling (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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