Watch: You’ll never believe what’s on John Watson’s Valentine’s gift list!

first_imgJohn Watson of Watson Hire Letterkenny is feeling the love this Valentine’s Weekend.Many lovebirds struggle to find the perfect romantic gift, but there’s no shortage of inspiration at this local hardware store.John stocks a massive range of homeware, DIY tools and accessories… and with the right attitude, he believes anything can be an ideal gift for a special someone. Watch the gift guide here: John’s latest video suggests unique gifts for him and her including steamy irons, fashionable wellies, cosy teapots and other items for the more adventurous!Included at the end of the video is a special competition where viewers can win a romantic meal for two at Backstage Bar & Grill Letterkenny, just click here to enter:   Watch: You’ll never believe what’s on John Watson’s Valentine’s gift list! was last modified: February 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:competitionJOhn WatsonValentines DayWatson Hirelast_img read more

Mission Releases Statement About Hospital Sale; Foundation Monies

first_imgMission Health’s Board of Directors announced that if and when the Mission Health and HCA Healthcare (HCA) transaction is closed, each Entity Legacy Foundation* will receive a distribution of $15 million dollars to improve the health and wellbeing of their community.None of the existing Foundations within the Mission Health system are part of the contemplated transaction with HCA. They are independent and will remain so. However, as part of the contemplated transaction, each will be redefining its goals and purpose since their purpose will no longer be to give funds to their local hospital or care facility. The Member Legacy Foundations that will be created or converted are:Angel Medical Center Foundation*Blue Ridge Regional Hospital FoundationCarePartners FoundationHighlands-Cashiers Hospital FoundationMission Hospital McDowell FoundationTransylvania Regional Hospital Foundation*Angel Medical Center currently does not have a foundation and will create one. The proceeds from Mission Health will be distributed over a three year period beginning with $5 million upon closing of the contemplated transaction with HCA Healthcare.Those funds are intended to build infrastructure capacity for the future and to improve the health and wellbeing of their local community. The terms of the disbursement of funds in years two and three will be contingent upon each Foundation’s previous year’s progress and its commitment to continue to develop community capacity to improve the health and wellbeing of its citizens and a successful start to improving the health and well-being of their communities, including a focus on the local social determinants of health.Local impact capacity will prepare the Legacy Foundations to work in partnership with the Dogwood Health Trust to dramatically improve the health and well-being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina.last_img read more

Call for ‘gender-responsive’ budgeting

first_img3 August 2012Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana has called for “gender-responsive” budgeting to be used as a tool for reducing inequality and advancing women’s empowerment.“We are fully aware that budgets have been instrumental in perpetuating gender biases globally,” Xingwana said during the launch of South Africa’s Women’s Month in Pretoria on Wednesday. “We also know that budgets can be instrumental in transforming and redressing existing gender inequalities.”Earlier this year, the department launched the Women and Budgeting Initiative in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation. The aim was to reflect on the budgeting process and economic frameworks and how these could constrain or promote the development and implementation of policies aimed at empowering women and vulnerable groups.South Africans will commemorate Women’s Month under the theme “56 Years of Women United against Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment”.The government declared August Women’s Month as a tribute to the thousands of women who marched, on 9 August 1956, in protest against the extension of apartheid’s hated Pass Laws to women.Xingwana said South Africa had registered significant progress in women’s empowerment and gender equality.“An array of measures, introduced since 1994 to promote women empowerment and uphold gender equality, have drastically improved the position and conditions of women in our country. Women occupy influential positions in government and play an important role in decision-making processes.”Xingwana pointed out, however, that women still bore a disproportionate burden of the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.“Women continue to be marginalised and discriminated against in terms of economic opportunities, the labour market as well as access to land, credit and finance.”Xingwana said the process of developing the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill was at an advanced stage, and it would be tabled before Cabinet during the 2012/13 financial year.The Bill will help enforce compliance in both the government and the private sector.Source: read more

The two new bills in Congress that should be on every employer’s radar

first_imgYou say overtime; I say comp time.Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, when a non-exempt employee works more than 40 hours in a workweek, that employee gets paid overtime at time-and-a-half the regular rate of pay. Under the FLSA, a private-sector employer cannot provide that employee with comp time in lieu of overtime — even if the employee agrees.To the few of you who are now furiously clutching your pearls, I’m sorry. I didn’t make the rules. Indeed, a few years ago, House Republicans proposed and passed a bill that would have changed the rules and allowed private-sector employees to swap overtime for comp time. However, that never made it to President Obama for his signature.Well, guess what’s back, yo! It’s the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017. It just sounds so warm and fuzzy. I mean, the only thing that could top it would be to rename it the Working Families Warm and Fuzzy Flexibility Act of 2017.Actually, that just sounds creepy.But, the less creepy version that is now pending in both the House and Senate would permit a worker in the private sector to elect to receive compensatory time off at a rate not less than one and one-half hours for each hour of employment for which overtime compensation would otherwise be owed.SHRM supports it. Since it’s the employee who gets to say yay or nay to comp time in lieu of overtime, I like it too. I like it a lot.A federal Ban the Box law.Many states and cities, Philadelphia for example, have made it unlawful for employers to ask about criminal backgrounds during the job application process.Last week, a small bipartisan group in Washington introduced the Fair Chance Act, which would prohibit Federal agencies and Federal contractors from requesting that an applicant for employment disclose criminal history record information before the applicant has received a conditional offer, and for other purposes. There’s more in this press release from the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform.While the purpose of ban the box legislation is to reduce the barriers to employment for minorities, there is research that shows that these laws may have the reverse effect. For more on 2017 Employment Screening Trends, check out this SHRM article.Whatever screen policies you may have, make sure:They comply with FCRA;They comply with state and local law;You have good business reason for screening; andThey are applied consistently and evenly across the board.Originally published on Employer Handbook blog.last_img read more

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk Used for Fraudulent Activities

first_imgTags:#Features#Trends#web Amazon’s Mechanical Turk has fallen prey to social media spammers and it is now full of requests to spam bookmarking services for pennies per link. Although these HITs may stop short of being “fraud” in the legal sense of the word, they are certainly dishonest and unsavory. In addition to these spam bookmarking requests, we’re also seeing HITs for Diggs, Stumbles, Slashdots, etc. of spammers’ web pages and web sites.In case you’re unfamiliar, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a crowdsourced marketplace for tasks. A person needing work done can set up a HIT (human intelligence task) – the small job they need done. Others come along to perform the HITs, earning micro payments along the way. In this way, businesses, developers, and other individuals have access to an affordable, scalable workforceThe Dark Side to Mechanical TurkUnfortunately, it appears that the convenience of the Turk marketplace has some appeal to social media spammers, who are now using the site to earn Diggs, bookmarks, and other social recommendations they do not deserve. Here’s an example: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts sarah perez A search for “bookmark” on MT today displays 48 results (at the time of writing) where spammers are requesting social bookmarking of their web site. Search for “digg” and you’ll find people paying for Diggs. Of course, whenever there is a system in place (like social media) that can help drive traffic to a web site, there will be those people who use it to generate traffic for their spam sites. But why are they able to use Amazon Mechanical Turk to do so? Shouldn’t Amazon police the Turk to shut down these spam accounts? Mechanical Turk Still Has Promise, Despite SpammersHowever, this doesn’t mean that Mechanical Turk doesn’t hold any value – it’s still an innovative and useful tool for many. In fact, members of the HCI community (Human Computer Interaction) have begun to use Turk for userresearch studies with great success. This work has inspired others like open source advocate, Chris Messina, to do the same. He plans to use Turk for usability studies on OpenID and OAuth. Since the HITs are spread out among many, the cost of performing these studies is greatly reduced. Being able to crowdsource research is a great way that MT can be used today, and one that will have a big impact on the future, too. Thanks to Brynn Evans, a graduate student in the Department of Cognitive Science at University of California, San Diego for discovering this and thanks to open source advocate Chris Messina for sending it along to us.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Photo courtesy of Brynn EvansAnyone who uses Amazon’s Mechanical Turk has no doubt come across similar HITs posted by spammers. For example, this guy is requesting someone create 29 social bookmark accounts from 29 sites: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Grovo, a Better Way to Do Online Training

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#news Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… If you are looking for a way to do extensive online training on online topics, then consider what has to offer. There are dozens of topics ranging from email etiquette to setting up Facebook ads to using Yammer, Stumble Upon, Google Analytics, Twitter and LinkedIn. While I didn’t try out very many courses, it does seem well thought out. Many large Fortune 1000 companies are using the service, too. In this era where training budgets are being slashed and where keeping up with the latest online technology is difficult, this is worth a closer look. They claim there are more than a thousand individual lessons and there are more than 40 different social media courses, to give you an idea of how much content is available. The Twitter for Business collection alone has 22 different tutorial screencasts, all less than two minutes long, covering what is a hashtag, how to use the Twitter location services, and other details. This makes them easily digestible, although it can be tedious to consume a lot of this content in one sitting. Each lesson collection has a quiz, a list of key takeaways, and a glossary, so the courseware is fairly complete and thorough. I took the overall unit quiz and got a respectable 82% after watching one lesson, which given that I was doing this in a noisy airport I though was pretty good. But that is the point here: you can go get your training on your time, when you have a spare few minutes (or hours, given what air travel delays are these days). Every action is tracked on your own dashboard, so you can see at a glance which lessons you watched and any notes that you wanted to take as you go along (see screenshot below). Related Posts david strom Having done my own screencast tutorials, I think their collection is well done (apart from the background music), clear and easily understood, and packed with tons of insight and information about the various online services that they focus on. Starting tomorrow, they will offer their business customers some new features. They will be able to create a company wide group, ensure people sign up, assign courses to cover, track their progress and manage their activities. You can get started with a free personal account, which gives you access to non-premium content mostly centered on consumer technology. The premium accounts, appropriate for business-oriented content, start at $9 per month per user. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Sneak Peek of vPro Uber Geek’s IDF demo of KVM Remote Control

first_imgThe Intel Developer Forum is just around the corner! I went into the lab and found Jake Gauthier, our vPro Uber Geek, in the lab. Check out this sneak peek of his KVM demo for IDF. I hope that you don’t suffer from motion sickness – I shouldn’t have had that afternoon latte….last_img

How Companies are Gaining an Edge from the New Intel® Xeon® Processor E5 Family

first_imgCompanies everywhere are already learning how the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family can help make their IT more efficient, productive, and secure. Download these real-life business success stories to help you make your own IT Stands Out from the Crowd: boosts its online face recognition service with the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family and Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions.Philips Healthcare Sees Clear Patient Benefits: Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family supports diagnoses from 3D medical images.Visionsense Gets Sharper Sight: Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family helps surgeons see the light, increasing performance 4X with the Intel® Xeon®  E5 family.You can find more like these here. As always, you can find many more business success stories on the Business Success Stories for IT Managers page or the Business Success Stories for IT Managers channel on iTunes. And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.last_img read more