Getting back on the right track after redundancy

first_imgWhen learning and technology consultant Sarah Burgess was made redundant,she had mixed feelings. Here she tells Personnel Today how she dealt with thesituation These days, most people have either experienced redundancy themselves orknow someone who has been made redundant. But until it happens, you have noidea of what it really means. The redundancy payment may seem great, but unless you plan meticulously, itcould soon be gone – maybe even before you find another job. Everything needscareful planning, and unless you commit to managing your new project, you areunlikely to get the results you want. Last year, I was made redundant from my position as a learning andtechnology consultant, and although it was what I wanted, I was unprepared forthe emotions that would follow, and for how much work I would need to put in tofind my next job. My initial reaction was ‘Great! When will my redundancy payment be calculated?’For me that was very important. I was 29, but would be 30 by the time Iactually left. If the calculations were made as at my leaving date, I would beentitled to an extra 12 weeks’ pay on top of the standard payment for the 12years I had been with the company. Once it was confirmed that I would get the extra money, the initial elationsubsided and I started to wonder why I hadn’t got a job – was I not as good asother people that had found employment? What about the 12 years of hard work,didn’t they mean anything? And I conveniently ‘forgot’ that I had ticked thebox to say I wanted to be considered for redundancy. My self-confidence took a battering and I started to think I would neverfind another job. I took ad-vantage of the outplacement service provided by myemployer. I attended a self-marketing workshop and had a one-to-one sessionwith an outplacement consultant to develop my CV. I seemed to have the knack ofwriting a CV, and the consultant told me I would have no trouble finding a job;I was soon helping colleagues work on their CVs. My next problem was finding a part-time job that paid similar money to theone I was leaving and, ideally, was as flexible. I was working two days in theoffice and two days at home, which fitted in well with family life. It seemedto be an impossible challenge: I wanted to stay in training and development,but I couldn’t find anyone who would consider me in a part-time role with thekind of salary I was accustomed to. During my last day of outplacement support, I decided I was going to set upmy own training and development consultancy. I was given a book onself-employment and walked out of the door for the last time. Soon afterwards, I met with an accountant and with the bank, and set up myown company. Now, I just needed some work. I started networking, and soon gotsix days’ facilitation work. I really enjoy facilitation, but found myselfthinking more about outplacement and how I could help other people in a similarsituation. I wrote to the outplacement company that my previous employer used, and wasinvited to its assessment centre. A couple of days later, I received a letterto say I had been successful and they would like me to be an associate, or an‘approved supplier’. I work through them now, helping people who are maderedundant. I am still marketing to get more associate work. The next stage is to continue marketing to bring in clients of my own. Ihave worked with a few people already, and have talked through options withthem, helped them plan their campaigns and coached them through developing awinning CV. And the best part? I love every minute of it. Previous Article Next Article Getting back on the right track after redundancyOn 9 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Aeronautics Adjunct Assistant Professor

first_imgThe Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time teachingassignments. These positions are filled on an as needed basis andare on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year-round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes.Position Salary Information:Initial maximum salary placement is based on academic degree,upper/graduate level units earned, and/or related professionaloccupational experience per the Los Rios College Federation ofTeachers ( LRCFT ) contract Article 2 (The initialmaximum placement is Class V, Step 8). Posting NumberF00024P Minimum Qualifications Job Posting TitleAeronautics Adjunct Assistant Professor General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. Posting Details Quicklinkhttps://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/2309 AboutThe Los Rios Community College District is the second largest,two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 6,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office complex. The District office iscentrally located between all four colleges and provides welcoming,inclusive, and equitable environments for Los Rios students,employees and our community partners. Our departments strive forthe highest quality in all programs, services, and activities, andare focused on advancing the learning of our diverse studentpopulation through improved academic and social outcomes.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associatesdegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsResume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocumentLetter of Recommendation 2 Special Requirements The Institution Work YearN/A How and where to apply SalaryPlease See LRCCD Salary Schedules Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note Physical Demands Assignment Responsibilities Total Hrs per Week/Day Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form -https://losrios.edu/docs/lrccd/employees/hr/forms/p-881.pdf – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College Districtadjunct faculty posting are required to complete fully andsubmit:1. Los Rios Community College District Faculty Application2. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work (indicatingcompleted or conferred date)3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae4. Two letters of recommendation (if using Interfolio, please sendattachments to [email protected])5. Letter of InterestNOTES :● Applications submitted without all required documents listedabove will be disqualified. Applicants indicating “see resume” onthe online application will be disqualified.● Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not beaccepted as unofficial transcripts.● Los Rios employees are also required to submit unofficial copiesof transcripts.● Individuals who have completed college or university course workat an institution in a country other than the United States mustobtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees andother relevant documents.● A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreigncourse work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salaryplacement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by acollege or university in the United States.● Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE(Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) orNACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services)agencies or evaluators.Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested.center_img Work Schedule Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Department Location Application Instructions Open ContinuouslyYes Conditions Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) 1. Have a bachelor’s degree AND two years of occupational and/orprofessional experience directly related to the assignment beingtaught; OR, an associate’s degree AND six years of occupationaland/or professional experience directly related to the assignmentbeing taught; OR, hold a California Community College Instructor’sCredential in the discipline area, OR, the equivalent. Alldegrees must be from an accredited institution.2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*NOTES:● Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision must attachdetails and explain how their academic preparation and/orprofessional experience is the equivalent of the degrees listedabove.● If your degree title differs from the minimum qualificationslisted above, you are requested to submit this equivalencystatement. Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed (Vitea.com)Community College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter Closing Date Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. If you needassistance with any phase of the application process, please call(916) 568-3112 during regular business hours Monday through Friday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.After hours inquiries should be emailed to [email protected] of applications are by 11:59 p.m. of the posting closingdate. Position Summary Posting Date12/14/2016 Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearancefrom a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, andproof of identity and eligibility to work in the United Statesprior to the first day of work. The District may select additionalqualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occurduring this recruitment/selection process. When education is arequirement for the position, official academic transcripts fromthe accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 daysof hire. Beginning and/or Ending Dates Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.)last_img read more

Top of the tiers

first_imgMarket analysis Supermarket influence Prince Philip would probably be horrified, but Kate and William should take note. The old-fashioned British fruit cake has had its day when it comes to wedding celebrations, usurped by that all-conquering US import the cupcake.That’s the experience of Angie Townsend, owner of The Tiny Cake Company in North Yorkshire, who has been in business three years and has rarely had to reach for the dried fruit. “Nobody wants fruit cake for weddings any more, unless it’s using an old family recipe that has been passed down the generations. Generally, young brides want a small 4-6in cake topper on the top tier, with lots of cupcakes that are bespoke to their requirements in terms of colour and decoration,” she says. “We also have a lot of success with giant cupcakes. They’re something that are ’big’ in the US. We developed one called the Princess for a little girl’s birthday party and it looks so grand that we’re thinking of marketing it as a cake for Kate and Will’s wedding.” The new ideas of small celebration cake companies, such as Cupcakes to your Door and the Tiny Cake Co, are also starting to influence the kind of products seen on supermarket shelves, according to Hemming. “There has been a huge number of home-based cupcake and celebration cake companies setting up in recent years making quite elaborate celebration cakes, while people are baking more at home and becoming more ambitious thanks to TV programmes like the Great British Bake-off and Baking Made Easy. This is having an effect on the kinds of cakes you see in the supermarkets so there are more modelled figures being used to decorate stacked two-tier cake designs. You are even seeing companies such as Little Venice Cake Company launching more complex designs into the key retailers.”Angie Townsend says she is not worried by competition from the supermarkets. At Finsbury Foods, commercial development director Karen Smith says there has been an important shift towards more interesting cake shapes in the past year in an effort to add value to the category. Round cakes with printed sugar plaques of characters, such as Winnie the Pooh and Peppa Pig, have been redeveloped, so that the cakes are actually in the shape of the character.”Celebration value sales have suffered in the past couple of years [for several reasons].The average retail price has dropped, due to competitive price matching between the retailers. Value return on sales has declined on average by £2 over the last 18 months. There has also been an increase in promotional activity on own-label party lines and traybakes,” says Smith. “However, this decline is now slowing as more higher-value shaped cakes are entering the market. This will progress into the year ahead.” Cost concern Royal inspiration The cupcake role The dominance of cupcakes is backed up by Mike Wescomb, sales and marketing director at baking case supplier Chevler. “When it comes to the celebration cake market, cupcakes are increasingly playing a vital role. They are now used to help celebrate all sorts of special occasions, including weddings, christenings, birthdays, anniversaries and even important corporate events. For bakers to break into this market, which is currently dominated by small artisan and specialist producers, they should concentrate on the theme and decoration and then provide ’wow’ with a hidden extra. For example, adding fruit coulis to the centre of the cake.”Cupcakes are not the only small treats muscling into the wedding cake market. Towers of cake pops, macarons, whoopie pies and cake balls are also increasingly popular. The Tiny Cake Company recently created a tower of 200 sparkly cake pops for an exclusive Mayfair party during London Fashion Week. “There has been a huge shift to people wanting something small,” says Townsend. “Customers tend to have a budget and don’t want lots of wastage. Cake pops are great for putting into goody bags and they have an excellent shelf-life because they are coated in chocolate.”She adds: “Something else for the future are dessert tables. These are popular in Canada and the US where they decorate a table with a garden theme or all in pink with lots of little cakes. You see tiny cupcakes, cake pops and cheesecakes, so guests can have two or three rather than one big piece. Again, it’s about getting away from the single big cake.”The ’small is beautiful’ trend is also driving birthday cake sales at Great Yarmouth-based company Cupcakes To Your Door. “Customers are becoming increasingly aware of waste and cost, so our Cupcake Cake a six-inch cake surrounded by eight cupcakes is becoming the most favoured option,” says owner Gill Keeble. “This cake forms an impressive display and many customers have said it makes children’s parties much less messy, as each child can have their own individual cake. Party bags have become a very competitive area but my customers are cutting costs by putting the cupcakes into the party bags for the children to take home.”She adds the designs of homeware retailer Cath Kidston, such as polka dots, roses and clean, rich pastel colours, are becoming more popular in terms of decoration a style that has been picked up on by Chevler, which plans to launch a polka dot cupcake case range in early May.At icing and ingredients supplier Renshaw, Nicola Hemming, business development and technical sales manager, says jewels, feathers and deep colours are still big trends. “Cupcake towers for key celebrations are now a well established trend, not only do they help with portion control but they can also be easily personalised. In the US, there’s a similar trend for crispy cakes, made with chocolate or caramel blended with Rice Crispies to create stacked tiers of “crispie” mountains. It may take off in the UK.” The Royal wedding is just under two months away so interest in the cake is hotting up. The Times has launched a Royal Bake-off, encouraging readers to send in photos and recipes for a wedding cake “fit for a prince”, while the Wessex Salon Culinaire at the Hotel and Catering Show next month is hosting a competition for professionals to create a wedding cake suitable for the big day.Steve Howard, master confectioner at London’s largest independent cake-maker The Cake Store, has beaten them to it with a wedding cake ’suggestion’ on display in his shop window in Sydenham. Made up of five tiers, the cake has fine sugar piping and pure white sugar flowers. The couples’ initials are inscribed on sugar plaques. The Cake Store, has supplied the Queen’s garden parties and other Royal events with confectionery for 25 years. Value urgently needs to be added back to the category because cake makers are facing an almost ’perfect storm’ of rising sugar, flour and butter prices.”Continued high input costs for cake are still very real and dramatic,” says Smith. “To date we have managed input cost inflation by re-development of recipes, packaging and operating costs. We will continue to do everything sensible to manage this inflation but if we are not able to we will have to pass these costs on to the customer and therefore the consumer.”At ingredients company Puratos, marketing director Rupert Taylor says raw material prices are reaching such highs that larger manufacturers are starting to consider alternatives.”The big driver in the past year is people coming to us to see what we can do to help in terms of ingredients costs. For example, our Puraslim fat alternative has a better nutritional profile and makes a better standard of product. If you’re paying £1 a litre for oil, it will also bring down your raw material costs. A year ago that wouldn’t have been the case,” he says.Beyond costs, Taylor highlights clean label, reduced salt and single-origin chocolate as key trends in celebration cakes. “Many of the overall trends for the cake sector, such as making products with fewer ingredients or with sustainability in mind are also having an impact on the celebration cake market. Reduced salt is a common request, which is harder than you might think, because cakes require baking powder. Our Satin cake range has been redesigned to meet the FSA’s 2010 salt targets for example. I’m sure Fairtrade will also come in to celebration cakes soon.”A reduced-salt, Fairtrade wedding cake? Prince Philip would probably have something to say about that too. It’s a good job that smaller cake-makers are coming up with new ideas, because the celebration cake market is in need of inspiration, judging by the latest Kantar Worldpanel figures. Value sales of birthday cakes in the 52 weeks ending 24 January were down by 4.6% in the packaged cake aisle. Large licensed cakes fared even worse with sales down nearly 11%. This poor performance was offset slightly by an uplift in sales in the in-store bakery where value sales of whole cakes increased by 42%.The two largest players Greencore and Finsbury have reported a bounce-back in sales in recent months however. Greencore saw sales of ambient celebration cakes increase by 11.9% in 2010, while Finsbury said its cake division returned to growth last year following a decline in 2009, with growth of 2.5% year on year.last_img read more

Driving is more expensive than you think

first_img Tough days for MBTA Related Cheaper estimate for Boston rail link As president, Trump wants to rebuild America’s core; here are the likely smooth roads and potholes ahead Through the Bloomberg Harvard Initiative, student fellows help mayors to improve lives Storms revealed system’s problems, but also its import to area, analyst says; now comes the hunt for solutions Our crumbling infrastructure Faculty and staff save resources while setting an example for health and wellness A summer of service to cities The path to sustainable commuting If you think the cost of driving is borne only by individuals who own cars, you may want to think again.And you might be surprised just how pricey it is.A team of graduate students at the Harvard Kennedy School estimate that the annual price tag for maintaining Massachusetts’ car economy is roughly $64.1 billion, with more than half of that coming from public funds. While they didn’t perform an analysis for all the states, the group notes that the cost structure would be similar.“This is a huge number,” said the paper’s lead author, Stevie Olson, M.P.P. ’20. “It’s unexpected because the majority of drivers, citizens, consumers experience roads for free. You just drive out your parking lot, your driveway, and you’re on the road. No one’s charging you, but there’s all of these costs that are both public costs, indirect externalities that are also costs, and then private costs that people are incurring.”The paper, which the students wrote as part of an applied lab course, found that costs are diffused across a number of areas and involve things people don’t often consider. Beyond those for individual drivers, road maintenance, snow removal, and policing, there are less-obvious ones, such as those associated with added pollution, value of land set aside for parking lots, lost productivity from sitting in traffic, and various costs associated with injuries and deaths on the road.Using publicly available data, the authors put the annual public tab at $35.7 billion, which amounts to about $14,000 for every household in the state. Those that do own vehicles pony up an additional $12,000 on average in direct costs.The authors say their goal is to demonstrate the total costs of driving so that information can be used for comparison when held up against other types of transit investments, like bus, subway, and train systems.,“If you think about it as an equation, this is a variable that has not been in the conversation, and it’s something that should we be considering as we think about what is the best way to provide transportation options to the public,” said Linda Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School.“We’re not trying to say that cars are bad or that we don’t need roads,” said Bilmes, who oversaw the study. “We’re just trying to say that if we think about the overall cost/benefit analyses around transportation when it comes to this conversation, not only is there a cost to the vehicle economy, but the cost is actually larger than we may have realized.”For example, “When we think about the cost of investing in public transportation, we tend to think about it as if the alternative is free, as if we are spending several billion on the North-South Rail Link [a project connecting the Massachusetts’s largest railroad stations] as opposed to not spending any money,” Bilmes added.The study was written as part of Bilmes’ “Greater Boston Applied Field Lab,” which provides students experiential learning opportunities working with state and local government. The lab takes on external clients who pose real-world questions relating to finance and operations. Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton ’01, M.P.A./M.B.A. ’11, suggested the study and helped connect the graduate students to officials in his district.“I asked for this study because we lead the country in bad traffic, and the best solution to that problem is building a reliable, regional, electrified rail system,” Moulton said in an email. “But, a lot of people point to the cost of a rail system as the excuse not to do it. They advocate for wider roads and other short-sighted fixes, but the truth is we pay massive amounts to subsidize car travel and don’t even know it. Professor Bilmes and her students finally put a price tag on driving.”In the paper, the students broke down the total costs into three buckets: direct budgetary costs, indirect social and economic costs (which include many of the more intangible costs), and private costs. The first two buckets make up the $35.7 billion the public pays and the third bucket is the additional $28.4 billion car owners foot. It accounts for driver expenses like gas, regular maintenance and repair, depreciation, and financing.To get these figures students worked with the mayor’s office from the city of Lynn to average what the city spends on roads over five years. They then used that data to estimate what the state’s other 351 municipalities spend. The team also went through the overall state budget and those of various agencies like the Department of Conservation and Recreation to calculate all the money going to roads. Students also spoke to a number of scholars and experts in the vehicle economy to determine the most reliable statistics to use in their calculating model for figures not in the budgets they looked at.The authors, some of whom have graduated, hope their model will be recreated in other states.“While the $64 billion cost applies to Massachusetts, the costs of the vehicle economy are similar across states,” Olson said. “The price tag for this infrastructure is big in every state, and you can imagine collectively as a nation that the total is huge. We can use the study to think about urban travel, such as in a metropolitan area, but we can also use it to start thinking about interstate travel. The study illuminates tradeoffs that we make when investing in transportation infrastructure, and, rather than think of roads as free, we need to realize that significant resources go into the operation of the motor vehicle economy.”“We need leaders in our state who look beyond the cars in front of us to make smart decisions about our transportation future,” Moulton said. “This study will help us do it.”The Greater Boston Applied Field Lab (MLD-412) operates with support from the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, a University-wide entity housed at the Harvard Kennedy School that was founded and funded by the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation. Cost of tying together North and South stations could be under $4 billion, Kennedy School study says The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

SBA proposes change in size standards for real estate, education industries

first_imgProposed rules published today for comment in The Federal Register by the US Small Business Administration would adjust the size definition of small businesses in 29 industries in one sub-industry in two broad categories of businesses, ranging from real estate and property management to colleges, junior colleges and universities. The proposed adjustments to size standards in 20 industries and one sub-industry in Sector 53 of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), ‘Real Estate and Rental and Leasing,’ and in nine industries in Sector 61, ‘Educational Services,’ reflect changes in marketplace conditions in those sectors.   In both sectors, the proposed changes are based on annual gross revenues.  The standards delineate how large a business can be and still qualify as small for federal government programs. The dollar limits refer to annual revenues averaged over three years.  As part of the ongoing comprehensive review of all size standards as required under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, the SBA is evaluating all industries in these sectors that have revenue-based size standards to determine whether the existing size standards should be adjusted.  The last overall review of size standards occurred more than 25 years ago.The proposed changes take into account the structural characteristics within individual industries, including average firm size, degree of competition, and federal government contracting trends.  This ensures that size definitions reflect current economic conditions within those industries.  An SBA White Paper entitled ‘Size Standards Methodology’ (Oct. 21, 2009) explains how SBA establishes, reviews and modifies its receipts-based and employee-based small business size standards.  It is available for viewing at http://www.sba.gov/size(link is external). The upward revisions would allow some small businesses that are close to exceeding their current size standards to retain small business eligibility under the proposed higher size standards, and give federal agencies a larger selection of small businesses to choose from for small business procurement opportunities.  They also would allow more small businesses to qualify for SBA financial assistance.  SBA estimates that up to 13,000 more firms in Sector 53 and 1,500 more companies in Sector 61 will qualify for SBA assistance and other federal programs if the proposed revisions are adopted. Interested parties can submit comments on these proposed rules on or before January 17, 2012.  The SBA recommends that comments be submitted online at www.regulations.gov(link is external) or mailed to Khem R. Sharma, Chief, Size Standards Division, 409 3rd St., SW, Mail Code 6530, Washington, D.C.  20416.  The SBA will post all comments to www.regulations.gov(link is external) for public review.  The SBA does not accept comments submitted by email. For more information about SBA’s revisions to its small business size standards, click on ‘What’s New with Size Standards’ on SBA’s website at http://www.sba.gov/size(link is external).The proposed rule would affect the following industries in NAICS Sector 53: NAICScodes   NAICS Industry titles   Current size standard ($ million)       Proposed size standard ($ million)     531110  Lessors of Residential Buildings and Dwellings  $7.0    $25.5  531120  Lessors of Nonresidential Buildings (except Miniwarehouses)     $7.0    $25.5  531190  Lessors of Other Real Estate Property   $7.0    $25.5  Except, Leasing of Building Space to Federal Government by Owners       $20.5   $35.5  531210  Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers       $2.0    $7.0   531311  Residential Property Managers   $2.0    $7.0   531312  Nonresidential Property Managers        $2.0    $7.0   531320  Offices of Real Estate Appraisers       $2.0    $7.0   531390  Other Activities Related to Real Estate $2.0    $7.0   532111  Passenger Car Rental    $25.5   $35.5  532112  Passenger Car Leasing   $25.5   $35.5  532120  Truck, Utility Trailer, and RV (Recreational Vehicle) Rental and Leasing        $25.5   $35.5  532210  Consumer Electronics and Appliances Rental      $7.0    $35.5  532220  Formal Wear and Costume Rental  $7.0    $19.0  532230  Video Tape and Disc Rental      $7.0    $25.5  532291  Home Health Equipment and Rental        $7.0    $30.0  532411  Commercial, Air, Rail, and Water, Transportation Equipment and Rental   $7.0    $30.0  532412  Construction, Mining and Forestry Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing    $12.5   $30.0  532420  Office Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing       $25.5   $30.0  532490  Other Commercial, and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing     $7.0    $30.0  533110  Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)    $7.0    $35.5  The proposed rule would affect the following industries in NAICS Sector 61: NAICS code       NAICS industry title    Current size standard ($ million)       Proposed size standard ($ million)     611110  Elementary and Secondary Schools        $7.0    $10.0  611210  Junior Colleges        $7.0    $19.0  611310        Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools        $7.0    $25.5  611420        Computer Training        $7.0    $10.0  611430        Professional and Management Development Training        $7.0    $10.0  611519        Other Technical and Trade Schools        $7.0    $14.0  611630        Language Schools        $7.0    $10.0  611699        All Other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction        $7.0    $10.0  611710        Educational Support Services        $7.0    $14.0last_img read more

Electrified: Duke Energy is pissing off everyone in Asheville

first_imgDuke Energy isn’t feeling the love from the uber-health-conscious, eco-everything mountain town.Earlier this month, a study revealed that Duke energy’s coal-fired power plant in Asheville is releasing dangerous levels of pollution in some of the region’s most popular recreation areas. Duke has also been lobbying heavily against a new solar energy bill; Asheville is home to seven solar energy companies and a booming Solarize Asheville movement. And last night, over 100 parents and teachers packed a school cafeteria to voice concerns over Duke’s plans to build a substation right next to a new Asheville elementary school.Physicians at the school meeting expressed concerns about children’s safety near a high-voltage facility and their long-term exposure to electromagnetic fields, which have been associated with increased risks of leukemia and other cancers. Duke dismisses the concerns as scientifically inconclusive.Asheville’s outdoor enthusiasts are outraged by pollution plumes from Duke’s coal-fired power plant blanketing popular recreation destinations, including Bent Creek, Pisgah National Forest, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. These areas experience sulfur dioxide levels that are dangerous to human health on one of every four days. Duke Energy admits that it could easily reduce its sulfur dioxide pollution levels by using scrubbers already installed at the facility, but it has chosen not to use these emission controls to save money.And just about everyone in Asheville is unhappy about Duke lobbying against the Energy Freedom Act in North Carolina, which would allow residents to buy clean power directly from a renewable energy company, bypassing their utility. North Carolina is one of only five states that still prohibits residents from purchasing energy from anyone except utilities like Duke.Duke Energy is generating some seriously bad karma, and all that bad energy could ruin its vibe. Hundreds are expected to attend Duke’s air quality permit hearing next Wednesday, April 29 (6 p.m. at Erwin High School) to demand full use of pollution controls and stronger air quality requirements for the facility. More rallies are planned by Solarize Asheville and environmental groups to overcome Duke’s opposition to the Energy Freedom Act. And the parents, teachers—and even the students—at Isaac Dickson Elementary are mobilizing to stop the Duke substation planned beside their school.Duke may be a mighty energy utility, but people power can still bring the juice.In Asheville’s already charged atmosphere, Duke has a choice to make: it can fight dirty, or it can play nice: it can use the pollution controls on its smokestacks, support renewable energy, and find a safer site for its substation.last_img read more

Endicott Village Board to hold meeting on industrial zoning laws amid battery facility concerns

first_imgFeb. 26, 2020: DIGGING DEEPER: Endicott officials demand answers before battery recycling facility moves in ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Endicott Village Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Thursday about industrial zoning laws. A letter obtained by 12 News sent to Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson’s office by the Union-Endicott School District asks the Village Board to delay its decision over potential changes to zoning laws. On March 27, the New York State Department of Conservation approved a permit for the construction of the recycling facility. Thursday evening’s meeting notice says there will be no public comment period. April 1, 2020: DEC approves permit for Endicott battery recycling facility. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. and will be held over Zoom. The letter can be viewed below: Viewing on our news app? Click here! They say this is to “accommodate the Lithium Battery Recycling Project.” Mayor Jackson said this push for a change is not about any one facility. She told 12 News the zoning laws have no definition for recycling and they need to be changed. For previous coverage on this story, take a look at the following articles: Sungeel MCC Americas claims it would be the first facility of its kind in the United States to recycle lithium ion batteries. Union-Endicott School District Superintendent Nicole Wolfe and Board of Education President Dick Testa said they are concerned over the well being of their students. Jan. 9, 2020: Endicott residents charged up over battery recycling facility awaiting permitlast_img read more

The route to the loot

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