first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Nearly one-third of adults have high LDL-cholesterol levels, which is also known as bad cholesterol, a key risk factor for heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, unfortunately, about 70 percent of adults with high LDL-cholesterol don’t have the condition under control.For the many people working to manage their cholesterol levels with the help of their diet, including corn oil may provide important heart-health benefits. Recent research in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology shows that a diet with corn oil, like Mazola, helps lower LDL-cholesterol and total cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil. Additionally, corn oil has four times more cholesterol-blocking plant sterols than olive oil and 40 percent more than canola oil. Plant sterols are plant-based compounds naturally present in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals, legumes and vegetable oils. When consumed as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, plant sterols can help reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the gut, which, in turn, can lower LDL-cholesterol.And, when it comes to heart health, the type of fat in the diet matters. In fact, in the newly released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the emphasis is no longer on eating a low-fat diet but instead choosing quality fats. This includes replacing saturated fats that are known to contribute to heart disease with unsaturated fats, including polyunsaturated fats, like those in Mazola Corn Oil. Corn oil has more than five times the amount of polyunsaturated fats compared to olive oil. Replacing saturated fat with heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats can reduce the risk of heart disease.What’s more, corn oil’s neutral taste complements the natural flavors of foods, making it perfect for stir-frying, sautéing, grilling and even baking. Get more delicious recipes at TOMATO & KALE PASTAYield: 8 servingsPrep Time: 25 minutesIngredients12 ounces uncooked whole grain rotini pastaWarm Tomato and Kale Pasta2 tablespoons Mazola Corn Oil1/3 cup chopped onion2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved2 cups chopped kale1/2 cup no-salt or reduced sodium vegetable broth1/4 cup lime juice2 teaspoons chili powder1 teaspoon garlic salt1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantroInstructions1. Cook and drain pasta according to package directions. Set aside.2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until hot. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, kale, vegetable broth, lime juice, chili powder, garlic salt and crushed red pepper. Cook 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.3. Combine hot pasta, tomato mixture, feta cheese and cilantro in a large serving bowl. Toss lightly and serve.QUINOA & SWEET POTATO CHILIYield: 3 quartsPrep Time: 20 minutesQuinoa and Sweet Potato ChiliCook Time: 40 minutesIngredients1 tablespoon Mazola Corn Oil1 cup chopped onions1/2 cup chopped bell pepper1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced3 tablespoons chili powder1 teaspoon ground cumin1/2 teaspoon black pepper1 quart unsalted chicken OR vegetable broth4 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed2 teaspoons minced garlic2 cans (15 ounces each) no salt added diced tomatoes1/2 cup quinoa1 can (15 ounces) no salt added OR reduced salt black beans, rinsed and drained2 cups frozen cornGarnish with green onions, chopped cilantro or sliced jalapeñosInstructions1. Heat Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat and add oil. Add onion, bell and jalapeño peppers and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until vegetables are softened. Add chili powder and cumin and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until spices are aromatic.2. Add chicken broth, sweet potatoes and garlic. Bring soup to a boil; reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook for 15 minutes. Add tomatoes, quinoa, black beans and corn and cook an additional 15 to 20 minutes until potatoes and quinoa are tender.3. Serve with fresh green onion, cilantro or jalapeños for garnish. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSHeart Healthy Recipes Previous articlePassover is a time for Christians and Jews to reconnectNext articleOCPS given a “Green Ribbon” by US Secretary of Education Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

first_imgMinneapolisSept. 16 — Cars honk and passersby raise their fists as over 250 people protest Islamophobia, racism and U.S. wars abroad in the Minneapolis neighborhood of West Bank. The crowd marches, chanting, “No more wars! No more fear! Our Muslim friends are welcome here!” and holding signs that read “Stop the war on Muslims at home and abroad” and “No U.S. military intervention in Syria.” The Minnesota Anti-War Committee and Minnesotans Against Islamophobia sponsored the march.Minnesota is home to more than 30,000 Somali immigrants, around one-third of the total living in the U.S. The majority live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. They are targeted by racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.Burhan Mohumad, who grew up in the West Bank neighborhood, decided to get involved after reading and dealing personally with the racism and poverty that afflict his community. “You start to realize that, you know, you’re not poor by the lack of hard work, you’re not poor because you’re irresponsible. So once I became conscious of that, that’s when I wanted to get involved.“I’m a first generation immigrant that grew up here. Muslim and Black, obviously. You do become really cautious. You start to look over your shoulder.”He may have good reason to do so. Minneapolis is one of the three major cities implementing “Countering Violent Extremism,” a federal program that locally targets Somali-Americans.When I reviewed terrorist attacks in the U.S. since the 1980s, I could not find one where a person of Somali descent was convicted. Since the implementation of the CVE program in 2014, at least ten young Somali men have been arrested after being entrapped by FBI informants.Three were convicted by an all-white jury in Minneapolis in June of this year; five pleaded guilty before their trials. With their sentencing in November, some face life imprisonment.The rally and march were called to raise awareness of Islamophobia, racism and xenophobia both in the West Bank neighborhood and more generally throughout Minneapolis.“CVE is essentially a program that says: how can we stop people from being radicalized, how do we stop them from leaving the country,” Burhan explains. “Basically, to sum it up, to say that Muslims are a problem. You don’t target a whole population of people and not see them as a problem.“You’re saying that we’re all potential terrorists, potential extremists,” says Burhan.The Minnesota Anti-War Committee says the CVE program “criminalizes and spies on the Somali community in Minnesota and is a classic divide-and-conquer tactic using ‘trusted’ individuals and organizations, infiltrators posing as friends, teachers in schools, and social service organizations.”“It’s concerning,” says Burhan, “because you come to this country believing in these freedoms and believing in those civil liberties, and when you come here you have a program like CVE targeting you because you’re Muslim and have this [Somali] background. It is racist. It is xenophobic. It’s anti-Muslim. It’s anti-Black.”Somali-Canadian rapper K’Naan is developing an HBO series about “jihadi recruitment” set in Minneapolis called “The Recruiter.” The executive director of the series, Kathryn Bigelow, directed the pro-militarist films “Zero Dark Thirty” a fictional account of the CIA hunt for Osama bin Laden and “The Hurt Locker,” which praised soldiers occupying Iraq.The Somali community and supporters protested K’Naan when he visited the Twin Cities area last week and were met with pepper spray and arrests from the police. While K’Naan met with protesters later to say the show would not demonize the Somali community, many remain unconvinced as long as Bigelow is attached to the project.“Obviously the relationship that Bigelow has to the show, the show being on HBO, him being such an inexperienced person in the industry, and the fact that he’s Black and the fact that he’s Muslim, I don’t think they will give him the full range,” says Burhan. “From his own mouth he says he has full control — he’s the creator, he’s the writer, he’s the director, he’s the producer. And it’s hard for me to believe that.”Islamophobia to continue post-electionThe crowd begins stopping traffic and ends up in front of the Republican Party’s office, chanting, “No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA!”Does Burhan think anything will get better for Muslims after the presidential election in November?“To be honest with you, I think that it won’t. You have Hillary — who has a proven record, has a proven history of her supporting policies and her saying very devastating and very problematic statements against people of color.”Her policies at the State Department didn’t bring a lot of hope to Muslims abroad or at home, he says.“You have Trump, who has literally … spilled out all his bad guts about his feelings about Muslims and about immigrants.“I am terrified. As a Black person, as a Muslim, I’m terrified. Because now, it’s like — what do you do? How do you protect yourself? How do you involve yourself in this country’s electoral process or in this democracy to raise your voice?“Honestly, come November, I’m gonna pray hard. I’m a Muslim and I’m a person of faith, and so I’ll just pray that the people of this country, that their consciousness is raised.”Does he think that this system will deliver justice to vulnerable people in the United States?“Me being exposed to the literature I’ve been exposed to, I think a socialist system, something that really includes the whole body of the people. … I think that’s the system that would help us. But capitalism? You know Trump’s a capitalist, Hillary is a capitalist.“People need to be aware of what’s going on in our country. And really protect the vulnerable.”Despite the steep incline of the fight ahead, Burhan finds hope in the turnout for the march today, which he says is larger than the previous rallies against Islamophobia in Minneapolis.“Today’s rally, today’s march … this is why I sort of breathe easy. Because I see there’s a collection of people that honestly do care about this country and do care about the future of this country. They care about the world, and they care about humanity. This is what I really take comfort in.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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first_img Previous articleRugby hero backs Special Olympics collectionNext articleSearch teams discover body of woman in Estuary Alan Jacques NewsLocal NewsLimerick councillor Jim Long hangs up on the 11811 serviceBy Alan Jacques – April 11, 2014 1003 WhatsApp Mayor’s driver will earn more than ‘underpaid’ councillors Facebook Cllr Jim LongFINE Gael city councillor Jim Long was so “horrified” at the cost of three directory enquiry calls on his mobile phone that he plans to contact Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte to ensure the issue of hidden charges are highlighted to the public.Cllr Long was heading into a meeting last Friday morning when he received an international call on his mobile phone. With no time to take the call, the councillor hung up and went about his normal business.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minutes later, however, he was left feeling totally flummoxed when he got a text message from O2 informing him that he had overspent by a sum of €10 over on his monthly phone plan.“I thought I was charged the €10 for the incoming call and I went totally ballistic. When I got home I contacted O2 online through their live chat and received the full details,” Cllr Long explains.“I was then even more horrified to learn that because I went through 11811 I had been charged €2.99 for a local call to my solicitor. In total it cost me €10 euro for three local calls. This in my opinion is a total rip-off,” he claimed.Cllr Long is now vowing never to use the 11811 directory enquiries service again.“If I had made the call at home on a landline it would have only cost 22 cent for three minutes. These hidden charges need to be highlighted and I’ll be contacting the Minister in relation to this,” Cllr Long concluded.An O2 spokesperson explained that calls to Eircom’s 11811 and other directory enquiry services are charged as premium rate services. He also advised customers to check the rates before using any of these services.“Calls to 11811 cost up to €2.30 per minute depending on which price plan the customer is on. Should the customer ask to be connected to a number there is an additional call set up charge of up to €2.30 as well as the per minute charge depending on how long the call lasts. The costs of premium rate services are available at,” said a spokesperson. Advertisement Advance sale of graves could lead to cemetery ‘apartheid’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGS11811Cllr Jim LongEircomFine GaelMinister Pat RabbitteMusic Limericko2 center_img Print Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge Email Homelessness is a real worry in Abbeyfeale Twitter Linkedin Living City review to focus on poor response in Georgian Limerick last_img read more

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like A search for answers On January 26, 1950, a young soldier held his 23-month-old son in his arms as he kissed his pregnant wife… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Sponsored Content By Jaine Treadwell Painting to the pick By The Penny Hoarder Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “I came through the art program at Alabama without having had art classes in high school,” she said. “I was new to art in the classroom and the instructors kept telling me to ‘do your own thing.’ I didn’t know what my own thing was. Abstract art and impressionism had emerged and I was challenged to find my mark.”Russell eventually found her mark. She found it in the bluegrass music and it was a jiggled-jaggled mark.She found her rhythm – her mark – in the high, lonesome sound of bluegrass music. Looking at the music through the eyes of an artist, Russell saw her marks in the gestures of the musicians – in what was happening when bluegrass was being played. As the music was played, she found the energy for her artwork.“Bluegrass and Southern gospel music have a special beat, not like any other music and the movements of the musicians are different – kind of jiggled, kind of jaggled,” Russell said. “I found that when they played, I could paint. There was a rhythm to their music and to my painting. But, when they stopped playing, I had to stop. The energy was gone. Margo Russell isn’t a musician but she “plays” bluegrass music with a pencil and paintbrush as her instruments.Russell began drawing and painting bluegrass pickers two decades ago. A couple of years later, she made bluegrass pickers her main motif.“I came to the bluegrass festival at Henderson about 17 years ago and fell in love with the whole process of the discipline of people playing music,” the Andalusia native said. “I had been out to the Southwest and realized that I was a Southerner. When I came back and saw friends, who were then middle-aged and involved in the bluegrass discipline, I began to respect it as an art form.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Russell draws and paints on site. She has to. That’s the way she makes her marks – her music.“The musicians give me permission to make my marks,” she said.She throws her drawing board on the ground, drops to her knees, first, drawing the gestures of the pickers who move – or don’t move – with the music.The pencil drawings are done on inexpensive brown paper and are done quickly and flush out the scene. Russell then moves the brown paper drawings to the side, puts a large sheet of expensive French watercolor paper on the board and lets the energy of the music guide her.First she draws and then comes the spontaneous spots of color, first here and then there.“My pencil marks are always in my paintings,” she said. “Like little rabbit tracks in the snow.” A Margo Russell signature.Then she begins to paint in quick, fluid motions and in broad strokes. The facial expressions of the musicians tell some of the story; their gestures tell it all.Russell also creates clay figures of the pickers and captures their gestures in three dimensions. She brings clay to life and gives it the energy of bluegrass music. It’s almost possible to hear the music. As if the clay absorbs it and then gives it back.Many of those who frequent the Henderson Bluegrass Festival have been “gesturized” by Russell.“I paint at many different bluegrass festivals but Rex’s Bluegrass Festival at Henderson makes up much of my artwork. It’s a very special place with very special people.”When Russell arrives at the Henderson Music Park, she immediately makes her way to Hippy Hollow, which is located behind the old Henderson schoolhouse that was once the hub of bluegrass pickin’ and grinnin’ but has seen its better days.“I like to hang out with Rex and the group at Hippy Hollow,” Russell said, laughing. “I take my drawing board and watercolors and, when the musicians start playing their instruments, I start playing mine. As long as bluegrass is played, I’ll paint.Russell has developed a unique style that can easily be identified. She attributes her style to being a pot of camp stew.“I have a Hispanic mother from the Rio Grand Valley and a country boy dad from Ramer so that makes me a pot of camp stew,” Russell said, laughing. “My artwork is a mixture of who I am and a whole lot of bluegrass.”Russell describes her paintings as a depiction of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.“And being a part of that is a beautiful experience,” she said. “I look forward to Rex’s bluegrass festivals every year. I can’t wait for the music to start and I can’t wait to start ‘playing’ my instruments along with all those strings.Together, the bluegrass pickers and Margo Russell are picture perfect.No one captures the essence of bluegrass music and its pickers like Margo Russell in her jiggled-jaggled paintings, said Wiley White, development director at the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy.Margo Russell’s art will be featured in the “String Notes and Bush Strokes” exhibition at the Johnson Center in June.But, those who enjoy bluegrass music can catch Russell making her marks as bluegrass pickers make their licks at Rex’s Bluegrass Festival at Henderson. The music will go on late into tonight and everyone is welcome. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 10:31 pm Friday, April 13, 2012 Latest Stories Email the author “Russell said that, although she’s not a musician, she can enjoy the music and be a part of it by doing the paintings.“The pickers’ music gives me permission to draw and then to paint,” she said. “When they stop playing, I stop painting. So, it’s an interchange. All art comes from the same place, whether it’s music, poetry, sculpture or dancing, it comes from the same place inside.Russell has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree from Florida State.last_img read more

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Latest Stories Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Published 11:00 pm Monday, June 25, 2012 The annual Campground Community Fourth of July Parade just might be a best-kept secret. But no longer.The parade will celebrate its ninth year on Saturday and everyone is invited to be a part of the festivities.Amy Russell, parade coordinator, said the community is making an effort to make this year’s parade the biggest and best ever. And, to do so, they hope to have more entries than ever before and more spectators than ever before.“Everyone is invited to enter the parade and the entry doesn’t have to be anything fancy,” Russell said. “In the past, we’ve had people ride everything from golf carts to convertibles. Last year, we had a ‘float’ that was a wading pool full of children on a trailer. We just have a lot of fun and invite everybody to join us.” Campground community to host ‘Fourth of July Parade’ Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Lions, tigers and God Written by Tyler Spivey St. Mark’s VBS studies took kids on a learning safari St. Mark’s Episcopal Church has enjoyed… read more The Campground United Methodist Church will be the gathering place following the parade and everyone will be invited to enjoy hotdogs and watermelon and the fellowship of friends and neighbors.“For the children, we’ll have two giant water slides,” Russell said. “And, there will be a wading pool for the toddlers. The adults can enjoy watching the kids play and also enjoy the live music played by the church band.”center_img By The Penny Hoarder Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The parade lineup will be a 9:30 a.m. and the parade will begin at 10 a.m.“You don’t have to register for the parade, just come and get in line,” Russell said. “This is a very informal and fun parade.”The parade route is along Turkey Creek Road, which is about 10 miles from Troy off U.S. Highway 29 South. Follow the signs, Russell said.“The parade will begin and end at Campground United Methodist Church,” Russell said. “We’ll go all the way to Highway 29 and turn around and go back. So, the spectators can see the parade twice, once going and once coming. We’ll be throwing candy and that’s always a lot of fun for the children. We want the Campground Community Fourth of July Parade to be fun for all ages.” By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

first_imgvmargineanu/iStock(HOUSTON) — Remains found in Arkansas are confirmed to belong to 4-year-old Maleah Davis, a Houston girl who had been missing for one month, officials with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Scientists said Monday.The cause and manner of her death are pending.Community activist Quanell X said Maleah’s mother’s ex-fiance, Derion Vence, confessed to dumping the 4-year-old’s body in Arkansas, ABC Houston station KTRK reported on Friday.Houston detectives then rushed to Arkansas, where remains were found in a garbage bag on Friday, said police.The remains could not be immediately identified, pending an autopsy.Maleah, whose disappearance captured the attention of the nation, was reported missing on May 4.Vence, who was caring for Maleah while her mother was away, had told police the little girl was abducted by three men, including one who knocked him out during a carjacking, but Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said that detectives didn’t believe the story.Investigators found the family’s car in Missouri City, Texas, and authorities said cadaver-sniffing dogs detected the scent of human remains inside.Vence was arrested on May 11 and charged with tampering with evidence, said police.“Maleah was everyone’s child … in this city,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Friday. “The sadness surrounding Maleah Davis’ disappearance has captured the hearts of our city and our nation.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img Previous Article Next Article Research has found that many staff are struggling to takethe first step on to the housing ladder. Employers are warned if they do notact now, the economy will suffer. By Karen HigginbottomSpiralling house prices are causing severe skills shortages in the SouthEast. A report by think-tank the Institute for Public Policy Research shows thatemployees on salaries of up to £25,000 per year are struggling to buy homes(News, 31 July). They are not eligible to apply for social housing and arefaced with either renting accommodation or moving away from the area – and manyare leaving. The IPPR report, Squeezed Out, warns that if employers continue to ignorethe problem then skills shortages will intensify and economic growth willsuffer. It is calling for employers to help their staff with the additional propertycosts through wage additions, imaginative work-based saving schemes andinterest-free loans for a home deposit. But some public and private-sector employers are already starting to tacklethe problem. One of the few private-sector employers that already runs an initiative tohelp its employees make their first step on the housing ladder is IT firmLogica. It contributes to a staff saving scheme to help employees build up adeposit to buy a house, or provide a six-year mortgage subsidy. Logica matchesstaff contributions over a two-year period. Glenn Connell, director of compensation and benefits at Logica, explainsthat 15 per cent of the firm’s 5,000 full-time staff have opted to participatein the scheme, which is offered as an alternative to the company pension. “We believe we are benefiting as it helps us attract and retain thebest people,” he said. “The scheme is mainly aimed at our younger members of staff to givethem more choice in terms of their lifestyle. It will help them get on theproperty ladder. I haven’t come across anything like our schemeelsewhere.” Public-sector employers are suffering the most severe skills shortages,however. The Government has recognised the problem and is launching a £250mscheme in September to boost public sector recruitment. It hopes to help 10,000 nurses, teachers and police to buy their own homes.Staff in areas experiencing the worst recruitment problems will be able toapply for subsidies of up to £25,000 to get on to the property ladder. The scheme will include grants that can be used as deposits, interest-freeloans and shared ownership deals, under which an employee might own half theproperty and pay rent to a local authority or housing association. It is not just a London problem, either. Skills shortages due to increasinghouse prices are hitting many towns in the South East. Another report, Counting the Cost of Housing, shows that house prices were30 per cent higher in the South East than the UK average last year. Author AlanHolmans, who was commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Housing and theNational Housing Federation, claims that earnings have only increased by 4 percent above the UK average. Surrey Police Force has already introduced a housing assistance scheme forits 2,000 police officers and 1,000 civilian staff. Initiated last year, the scheme lets staff participate in shared propertyownership, explained Martin West, head of training and development at SurreyPolice. West said, “The shared ownership scheme means that staff can identify ahouse on the open market and enter into the scheme with a housing association.They can get a larger mortgage from the mortgage provider which we haveidentified to assist us.” He admits that the force is limited in the amount of financial assistance itcan offer. “We are hidebound by statutory police regulations such asnational pay scales, which means that we can’t offer staff additionalwages.” He believes spiralling house prices affect retention rather thanrecruitment. “So far, we have not had huge difficulties in recruits comingforward,” said West. “The bigger problem is with staff joining us after two years’ probationwho want to start a family and get on to the property ladder. We then find theywant to transfer to other forces in the UK where property prices arelower.” Escalating property prices in the Thames Valley has prompted MPs to lobbythe Government over introducing a wage supplement similar to London weightingfor public-sector workers. Martin Salter, MP for Reading West, said, “It’s ridiculous thatpublic-sector workers can get London weighting in Walthamstow, but you can’tget wage supplements in Reading, which is just as expensive. “You get a qualified teacher on £22,000 a year who can’t afford to buya £70,000 property. These kind of workers need the ability to bridge the gapand access the housing market.” Salter suggests that employers should offer interest-free loans to employeesas a possible solution. He has been meeting with local private-sector employersto encourage them to act. “I advised them to buy up existing housing stocknow so that they can house key workers,” he said. The health sector is a particular area of concern. The Department of Healththis month set aside funds to set up three staff hotels in London, which willprovide cheap accommodation overnight or between shifts. The first one has beenestablished near Moorfields Eye Hospital. John Adsett, secretary of the Association of Healthcare Human Resource Management,believes that this scheme needs to be extended. He said, “The only problemso far is that it has been concentrated in London. It needs to be cascaded outto the South East and other cities in the UK experiencing staffshortages.” The IPPR is calling for employers to embrace the problem. Back-officefunctions should be located away from high housing demand areas, andhot-desking outposts could be created nearer to employees’ existing homes toavoid long-distance travel. It believes only a broad approach such as this willeffectively combat rising skills shortages. Skilled staff squeezed out of the South East by house pricesOn 21 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. 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first_imgShould County Taxes Be Increased To Renovate Jail?By Bryan FoxMost citizens, by and large, will oppose any kind of a tax imposed on them. However their are some  exceptions that benefit education, roads, law enforcement safety, etc.  Recently, a bill was quietly introduced in the Indiana State House that would give Vanderburgh County the option of raising the income tax on its residents by 1.25% This bill,  pushed by the County Commissioners, would bypass the Evansville City Council completely and give the County Council the final decision making authority to approve this increase if the bill was ever to become law.CCO attempted to reach out to all three County Commissioners. Of the three Commissioners, Cheryl Musgrave, Bruce Ungethem, and Ben Shoulders, only Shoulders responded to CCO directly.  Shoulders, the only democrat of the three Commissioners says, “Jail overcrowding is a serious issue, and we are working together as Commissioners, and as a community, to explore EVERY option possible in order to uncover the necessary funding.” Shoulders also went onto say he would “ask for the same opportunity given to previous administrations in order to carefully evaluate all options, discuss with my constituents and dive deep into any and all financial resources possible before committing to any type of local tax increase.” What Shoulders is essentially saying is raising the income tax wouldn’t be the first option but it would be an option.The other Commissioners, Musgrave and Ungethem, had a Indy Public Relations firm respond to CCO on their behalf. According to this firm, the County Commissioners are responsible for the upkeep of the county jail and basically reiterated what Commissioner Shoulders said about only having the tax increase as an option. We are puzzled why Ungetheim and Musgrave needed a Public Relations firm from Indy to answer our question about the jail and Mr. Shoulders didn’t.The one huge government entity left out of this equation is the Evansville City Council.  This bill was written by State Senator Veneta Becker and filed with the Indiana State Legislature Ways and Means committee by State Rep Hollie Sullivan.  When members of the Evansville City Council found out that a bill was written and filed without their knowledge they vehemently opposed it.Responding to CCO, 5th Ward Councilmen Justin Elpers says, “Any decisions to raising LIT should be shared between city/county reps not solely by county.” If there was any better argument to support city/county consolidation, which the county voted against in the 2012 election, that would be it. Considering that roughly 70% of county residents live within the city limits, having both city and county reps making tax decisions seems like a good option to CCO.Musgrave’s and Ungetheim’s Indy Public Relations firm did provide CCO with a list of 16 other Indiana counties that also has this option of raising the income tax to support jail funding. Of these 16 counties, with the exception of Elhart and Monroe, all of them are rural counties where the cost of living is cheaper. None of the 16 counties are even close to Vanderburgh County. population wise. Of course the overall crime rate in Vanderburgh County is by far larger then the other rural counties.With public employees Healthcare premiums on the rise, the Evansville sewer and water rates going up, increase in property because of the 2% reduction the Homestead Tax Credit passed by City Council, State of Indiana gas tax increasing this coming year and increases in City/County fees and permits will cause Vanderburgh County taxpayers to bulk at anymore taxes leveled on them.its time that Evansville City Council, County Commission and County Council stop playing political games concerning the possible funding for the renovation plans for the Vanderburgh County jail? …its time for members of all three elected bodies to sit down like reasonable adults and address the overcrowding and understaff issues concerning the jail and to come up with reasonable solutions to how to correct the problems? …if they agree that building an addition to the jail is the answer then they should build the jail for future needs and not for the current needs?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgWhat is your education agenda? Local control in choosing from among diverse tests (Indiana does not need a unique ever changing test). Local control over grading for rapid turnaround. Funding for remediation: immediately. State government rolls back multiple mandates, and as per the new Every Child Succeeds Federal Law, reduces mandated testing to one test. Approved School Choice and SGO tax credit schools must accept 30 percent low income or complex students. Report data for teacher and school assessment by tracking per student and not groups of students. Include complexity score in reporting test results.Are you prolife?Yes. As Roman Catholic Archbishop Wenski of Miami said at Nativity Church in Evansville last fall, “No man should be seen as being a problem.” Pope Francis has said that getting rid of a person cannot be a solution to any problem. I stand pastorally with the Roman Catholic Church and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.Do you support the Second Amendment?Yes. The Constitution secures the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It is an obvious and popular right. I advocate for better training for all Americans on gun safety, and tax credits for persons who buy gun security devices like owner recognition locks and safes.Do you support Freedom of Religion and RFRA?The First Amendment assures religious liberty, which for perceived good or ill, does gives religion a right to discriminate. For example, despite getting public money from vouchers, religious schools can refuse children whose parents are not married. The questions can be big: Can religious hospitals or a nurse of a particular faith refuse to treat an atheist or an adulterer? These are difficult questions. With the Catholic Church, I am for mercy and inclusion.Are you a “friend of coal?”Yes. My father drilled exploratory wells all over northern Vanderburgh and Gibson counties mapping coal seams. Coal is the least expensive source of energy we have. As a daughter of a drilling contractor, I will not turn my back on coal, oil, or miners and roughnecks. That said, the future of a coal miner’s 11-year-old is best served outside the mine and job growth is best served in new energy technologies. Questions Proposed To Ann Ennis By The CCOWhy did you decide to run for State Representative?For more than 10 years I have been a tireless advocate for open admission public education as the key to our American democracy. Our representative has voted time after time to stymie local control and over-rule parents by mandating big government rules on education: well beyond what federal law demanded. He supported five years of constantly changing assessments, standards and tests that have been flawed at best and a money-wasting fiasco in reality. He represents testing companies, out-of-state charters and Indianapolis rather than his district. After three years of no response to a call, email or letter, I said he did not deserve the role of representative.Our representative is weak on stopping meth production. Meth and now heroin are killing our nieces and nephews, children and grandchildren. Working against law enforcement in drug crimes is not SW Indiana leadership.Our local county officials want long-term solutions to road and bridge funding problems. Opposite of our current representative, I will listen to what the counties want and work to provide adequate and ongoing funds to care for our bridges and county roads .Why should I vote for you?I am tireless and steadfast in supporting local control. I say what I will do and do what I will say. My words are clear and in direct. (I will not write a blog or a speech one month and turn around the next with the opposite vote.) If you support local direction for your kids’ education and government letting our schools alone, then I am your representative. If you support community direction rather than taking orders from big government or out-side the state interests, then I am your representative.My commitment is to local decisions on schools and testing, to open up infrastructure funds so counties can make their decisions on infrastructure maintenance and improvement, and to listen to the local voices of everyday citizens when battling illegal drugs and their manufacture. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Do you support making pseudoephedrine a prescription medication?I support Indiana’s prosecutors and police. I support stopping substance abuse and making it hard for meth makers to exist. No one is half-way addicted to meth. There is no half-way solution to the problem of addiction. We will be judged if we take half- hearted measures for dubious reasons. If it inconveniences us to keep one young woman from becoming a meth-slave to an abuser, then we need to accept the inconvenience.Do you support higher taxes for roads and bridges?I support a long-term funding plan for our roads and bridges that are approaching 50 or more years of age. We cannot only repair bridges when we have a budget surplus. Cigarette and Gas taxes must be considered.Citations for my positions.Legislative agenda of the SW Indiana Chamber of Commerce: Support legislation that provides schools and teachers in Indiana communities with more freedom and flexibility to structure education to better fit the needs of students and employersInfrastructure agenda of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce: House Bill 1001 originally provided means to address Indiana’s $900 million+ annual transportation funding shortfall. We deserve and need a real plan rather than a stop-gap proposal. House Bill 1001 (was a) plan to best meet both immediate and future needs for federal, state and local roads and bridges. This included support for to increasing the amount of our seven-cent sales tax on gas used for transportation infrastructure. The Chamber also viewed HB 1001’s original increase in cigarette taxes as an option to fill hole left by increase in percent for roads from gas tax.FOOTNOTES:  You can reach Ann Ennis at 812 483-5671 or e-mail her at [email protected] FOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Wednesday ?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS”. Jobs posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the Evansville Brownfields Corp should provide the general public with annual audits and copies of their meeting agenda?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. 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