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German conservatives dismiss Schulz public investment plan

first_imgBut Merkel said the problem with public investments was not the amount of money available — it was that planning procedures were too slow.“We cannot spend the money that we currently have,” she said in an interview with public broadcaster ARD broadcast on Sunday evening. “The main point is not about more money, rather it’s about speeding up planning procedures.”Markus Söder, Bavaria’s finance minister, said Monday that Schulz’s plans lacked seriousness.Speaking in Munich ahead of a meeting of leaders of the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democrats, Söder said that “anyone who believes we’ll be able to spend hundreds of billions of euros, just like that, in the coming decades, cannot make serious finance policy.”Schulz defended his proposals on Sunday evening and dismissed Merkel’s focus on planning problems.“If it’s raining through the roof in schools, or children cannot go to the toilet, then you don’t need a planning procedure, but construction workers,” he said in an interview with ZDF television, media reported. He said investment would be financed through budget surpluses. The left-wing Linkspartei (Lefty Party) welcomed Schulz’s proposals but questioned how they could be funded given that the Social Democrats have rejected a wealth tax.Some experts also raised questions about Schulz’s plan. Clemens Fuest, the president of the Munich-based ifo institute economic think tank, said the proposal was redundant.“We have often found ourselves at a point where we cannot spend the money since useful projects are lacking,” he told Handelsblatt’s Monday edition. Also On POLITICO Martin Schulz lays out 10-point plan for a modern Germany By Simon Marks Angela Merkel’s neighborly plan for Africa By Janosch Delcker Schulz tax plan under fire By Christian Krug BERLIN — German Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz came under fire from opponents, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, over plans to introduce a mandatory public investment rate.Schulz, who is challenging Merkel for the chancellorship in September’s parliamentary election, outlined the proposal Sunday as part of a 10-point plan for Germany’s future.Schulz argued that just as Germany had a mandatory debt ceiling, it should also have a compulsory minimum rate of public investment to renew infrastructure and boost research and development.last_img read more

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Why we need DECs

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Martial arts mix

first_imgEVOLUTION Taekwondo offers a unique approach to Taekwondo training for all ages. The professional martial arts centre comprises a comfortable,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Congratulations Luzene Hill Recipient Of The Ucross Fellowship For Native American Visual Artists

first_imgThe fall 2019  is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). Noted EBCI multi-media artist Luzene Hill received notice recently that she received the Fellowship which will include a one-month residency at Ucross, a 20,000-acre artist ranch in Wyoming; a stipend totaling $2,000; and she will be exhibiting in the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery next year.Hill said she was surprised, then super excited upon hearing the news.last_img

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Future looks bright for Marshfield boys track

first_imgAthletes on this year’s track team include a group of cross-country runners. Marshfield High School track photoBy Darren KiefferMARSHFIELD – The future looks bright for the Marshfield boys track team.Randy Hartwig is entering his fourth season as the Marshfield boys varsity coach, showing an immense amount of optimism for his squad. Coach Hartwig has been a part of many track athletes’ careers as he has been with Marshfield dating back to 1993, when he was the middle school boys track coach.State level talent can be hard to find, especially being a Division 1 track school, but Coach Hartwig expressed positive feelings when talking about potential back-to-back state qualifiers in Joey Goettl and Adam Maki.Joey Goettl competed in the triple jump for Marshfield at the state meet last year and positioned 18th with a best jump of 41 feet, 11.5 inches.Adam Maki qualified as a pole vaulter at last year’s state meet and positioned 13th with a vault of 13 feet. Coach Hartwig explained that Adam has taken over as a beneficial leader for the team. “He is a kid that leads by example. He’s there first and leaves last. He is definitely someone that you notice due to his big leadership role on the team,” Hartwig said.Athletes on this year’s track team include a group of cross-country runners. Joseph and Joshua McKee competed at the state cross country meet this year and will be key runners in both the one-mile and two-mile races. Carter Chojnacki will also be running in longer distance races. A youthful Henry Hornemann, who achieved all-conference honors as a freshman in cross country, rounds out that group.Sam Hinson, Caden Pierce, and Addison Hill are all short and mid-distance runners that could have a breakout year, and Dawson Tyseer is looking to make a run in pole vaulting behind leader Adam Maki. “We are really excited about our pole vault team, as we are looking to place one and two in big meets with Adam and Dawson,” Coach Hartwig added.last_img read more

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Passenger rail gets a R16bn boost

first_img10 October 2007South Africa has committed over R16-billion to improve and expand the country’s passenger rail system over the next three years, in a bid to persuade commuters to forsake their private vehicles for public transportation.Transport Minister Jeff Radebe explained that a significant portion of this amount had already been spent by the South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) to upgrade 2 000 of their 4 600 coaches around the country.“The SARCC has used R7-billion as part of its Accelerated Rolling Stock Investment Programme,” he said at the Kwamashu Station outside Durban on Tuesday. “Rolling contracts of three to five years have been entered into with all the rolling stock suppliers, penalties put in place and delivery is already underway.”He further urged suppliers to meet their delivery and performance obligations under the programme, as they would be evaluated on an annual basis to make sure the Department of Transport met its targets. Further allocations made to suppliers would be dependent on their performance.The department said the service in Durban had already taken delivery of eight 10M5 train sets at a cost of about R345-million, while another six sets of the 10M5 are to be acquired over the current year at a cost of R259-million.“I am aware that the SARCC plans to build on current capacity another nine upgrades at a cost of R389-million. This delivery of coaches is aimed at improving train availability nationally to 96% of the current fleet by 2010,” Radebe said.SARCC chief executive Lucky Montana said they were putting more trains in their system for punctuality purposes and were busy fixing 200 coaches, 12 of which would be delivered to the KwaZulu-Natal province.“Over the next three years we will increase our trains in all the country’s stations,” he said. This, he said, was expected to improve the service’s punctuality and reliability, reduce journey cancellations and delays as well as reduce overcrowding.National Rail PlanRadebe said the passenger rail sector faced many challenges as the service had lost significant capacity as well as hundreds of thousands of train trips over the past eight or 10 years.“We need to reverse this trend and the damage caused by many decades of under-investment if we expect passenger rail to respond effectively to existing and future passenger demands,” he said.Radebe also revealed that the National Rail Plan, developed in partnership by national, provincial and local government and the SARCC, proposes in excess of 40 new railway extensions for the country.He said further work was under way between the transport department and the SARCC to ensure that additional rail corridors are identified in rural areas of South Africa, enhancing mobility for rural communities and thereby enabling them to participate more actively in the country’s economy.“I am confident that with the changes and turnaround strategy, underpinned by the huge investment in infrastructure, operations and skills, passenger rail will live to the challenges of our times,” Radebe said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Certification Benefits All AP Leaders

first_imgWhy did you decide to pursue certification? Was there something specific that influenced your decision? Most employers are looking for individuals who are doing more than just the job. I had known Gene Smith for twelve years at the time I went through certification, and he really sold me on the need to further educate myself.Was the course what you expected? Why or why not? – Sponsor – The course was not at all what I expected. I had heard from some people that many certification courses are just put out there for companies to make money. That’s not the case with the Loss Prevention Foundation, which is a not-for-profit organization. I assumed that the coursework would be basic things I already knew. I was quite surprised to find the curriculum was quite diverse and educational.Tell us more about the process of going through the course and taking the exam.One needs to be disciplined to do this course. Being out of any type of schooling for more than twenty years, it was an adjustment to learn how to study. Also having a family requires a specific way to get this accomplished. Taking this course helped me line up a way to study as one needs to continue education to obtain continuing education units (CEUs) year to year. Also, twenty years ago I learned to study in paper books. Moving to online learning was an adjustment. Going through the courses was very easy. Practice tests helped me prepare. Taking the exam was easy, and I got the results immediately after completion. Plus, Gene called me shortly afterward to congratulate me.What information within the course helped you the most or was most eye-opening?  The leadership section really helps anyone with personal development. The most eye-opening section for me personally was the shipping and receiving section. This was one area I really did not understand; terms like “deadheading” and “free astray” were foreign to me. This was just one of the many areas of knowledge that helped me understand the entire business.What benefits have you seen from taking the course? I truly believe that employers are looking for individuals who have done something more to enhance their careers. Currently, my supervisor is really invested in his people’s continuing education. I believe this is a growing trend. Those who do not want to invest in their futures will be left behind.If you could offer one key takeaway to someone currently considering getting certified, what would it be? Continue learning. Every major job class has some type of certification. The important thing about being certified means one must commit to continue their education to recertify yearly. This can be in any area you choose.How has going through the certification process influenced the way that you approach your job? I now continue to look for answers and educate myself to learn more about the business. Back in the day, one was doing their job if they caught shoplifters. That’s not true anymore. Loss prevention has evolved to more than catching thieves. To be successful in our business today, LP professionals need to be operators and good business partners, adding value to the organization well beyond traditional loss prevention.How would you compare certification to other educational courses that you’ve taken? This certification is very well-rounded. Many other courses focus only on one aspect or piece of the business. This certification looks at everything an existing or starting-out LP professional needs to be successful and advance their career.Do you think getting certified will help make someone a better LP professional?It will absolutely help both someone new to LP as well as someone like me who had a number of years’ experience in LP. If you are new to the profession, it will give you a great base knowledge in this field. If you are tenured in the business, it will allow you to continue growing by providing knowledge of areas of the business you may not have a complete understanding of. Plus, just because one is certified, additional learning is required each year. Anytime one becomes more educated, it enhances the professional life of that individual. This will make that person a much better, well-rounded candidate for advancing their career.Has certification changed your expectations of loss prevention as a career?Because yearly CEUs are required to maintain my certification, this requirement has brought me into other organizations, attending other conferences and training seminars. Continuing learning is very important today. The LPC certification enhances one’s knowledge base allowing them to succeed. I would highly recommend that all loss prevention professionals seek some type of certification to enhance their career.      Interview with Chris Scheutzow, LPCChris Scheutzow, LPC, is the area assets protection leader for Big Lots. He oversees daily asset protection functions for thirty-eight stores in Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Previously, he has held loss prevention leadership positions with Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, and Target. He graduated from Ashland University (Ohio) with a bachelor’s in criminal justice and received his LPC certification in 2013.           Newly CertifiedFollowing are individuals who recently earned their certifications.Recent LPC RecipientsDavid Abraham, LPC, Sears HoldingsJoseph Bingeman, LPC, Amazon.comRelana Brokmann, LPC, PayPalMichael Bruce, Sr., LPC, PETCO Animal SuppliesJoseph Carter, LPC, Amazon.comDavid Coffey, LPC, WalgreensJason Coren, LPC, Amazon.comMichael DeGrenier, Jr., LPC, Sears HoldingsKennard Dilworth, LPC, Publix Super MarketsWilliam Everett, LPC, CFI, Lowe’sNathan Hamblin, LPC, PetSmartDouglas Harwood, LPC, Walmart StoresBrian Horn, LPC, Amazon.comPablo Lafitte Iglesias, LPC, Sears HoldingsKeith Langley, LPC, Amazon.comAaron Leger, LPC, Amazon.comBrian Marcial, LPC, Amazon.comChristian McCarty, LPC, Walmart StoresCharles Moubray, II, LPC, Amazon.comGregory Nottingham, LPC, Amazon.comSteven Pace, LPC, Bloomingdale’sAgnieszka Pienio-Ganthier, LPC, Amazon.comJohn Pollard, LPC, PETCO Animal SuppliesDerick Rich, LPC, Sears HoldingsTyson Robertson, LPC, Amazon.comAaron Schiffelbein, LPC, Walmart StoresFrank Seo, LPC, Walmart StoresRobert Stark, LPC, Walmart StoresLeonard Talbert, LPC, Sears HoldingsAnthony Tomassi, LPC, DICK’S Sporting GoodsFess Whitaker, LPC, Goodwill Industries of KentuckyJohn White, LPC, Amazon.comRecent LPQ RecipientsBrad Abelt, LPQ, Johnson ControlsAlbert Bedard, LPQ, Federated Co-operatives Ltd.Jeremy Canova, LPQ, 7-ElevenIan Cherry, LPQ, Marine Corps Community ServicesDenise Coghiel, LPQ, Marsh CanadaBrian Fantom, LPQ, K&G Fashion SuperstoreWayne Frutchey, LPQ, Gordon Food ServiceEdgardo Gonzalez, LPQ, AT&TTroy Hayley, LPQ, SobeysBruce Herritt, LPQ, Walmart StoresJustin Hockman, LPQSteven Jensen, LPQ, Weis MarketsAnthony Johnson, LPQ, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM)Thomas Martinez, LPQ, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM)Keith Mitchell, LPQEric Mizner, LPQ, Vector Security ServicesMichael Pedersen, LPQ, Goodwill Industries of SeattleLewis Pyburn, LPQ, Inner Parish Security CorporationJamie Richardson, LPQ, Walmart StoresDebra Stanley, LPQ, 7-Eleven, Inc.Danielle Taseris, LPQ, GoodwillMichael Wolfrom, LPQ, TJX Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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IIT Bombay’s Mood Indigo festival goes global

first_imgFor the first time in its 41-year history, IIT Bombay will open its doors to four international folk dance groups to take part in the four-day Mood Indigo Worldfest-2011, opening in Mumbai on Sunday.Teams from Indonesia, Turkey, Spain and Poland will participate in this year’s Mood Indigo Worldfest, making Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay the only Indian campus to invite and host foreign groups to what is now seen as a world-class festival.Mood Indigo is the institute’s annual cultural festival, attracting over 75,000 students from approximately 500 colleges all over the country. It is touted as Asia’s largest college festival.It also attracts the biggest names in the world of arts, culture, dance, singing and music who perform at the various events slated for four action-packed days at its sprawling lake-side campus in Powai, central Mumbai suburbs.Poland’s student group Katowice with 12 boys and 13 girls from the University of Silesia arrived in Mumbai Tuesday. It has already performed in over 20 countries worldwide and presents songs and dances of Upper Silesia sporting traditional folk costumes.The remaining groups – Indonesia’s IOV Indonesia Youth Section (two boys, 15 girls), Turkey’s Kleurrijke Dans (nine boys, seven girls) and Spain’s Ara De Madrid (six boys, 22 girls), will arrive from Wednesday onwards.Describing the motto of the festival as ‘Today’s Friendship for Tomorrow’s Peace’, the festival’s artistic director Shubhra Bhardwaj said the Worldfest will bring the world to Mood Indigo in an attempt to present the festival on an international platform.”The idea of an international cultural festival is to create young minds that transcend borders and prejudices. Mood Indigo Worldfest 2011 will become a meeting point where hundreds of young talented individuals from many countries converge,” she added.The main objectives are to intermingle, have fun and exhibit each country’s unique culture and lifestyle, and the participants will become ambassadors of peace.- With inputs from IANSadvertisementlast_img read more

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