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Regions: Europe Nordics Norway Horse racing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Norwegian government will consider transferring the country’s horse racing betting monopoly from national tote Norsk Rikstoto to national lottery Norsk Tipping when the former’s rights to organise wagering on racing expire at the end of 2021. Tags: Race Track and Racino 11th November 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle The Norwegian government will consider transferring the country’s horse racing betting monopoly from national tote Norsk Rikstoto to national lottery Norsk Tipping when the former’s rights to organise wagering on racing expire at the end of 2021.The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food will jointly carry out the assessment.Currently, Norsk Risktoto operates pari-mutuel horse racing betting in the country. However, the body’s concession to run wagering, which started in 2016, expires on 31 December, 2021. The government will consider handing control solely to Norsk Tipping, or having both bodies organise the sport jointly.Minister of Culture and Gender Equality Trine Skei Grande said that, as the country considers potential gambling reforms, it should examine which organisation would be better suited to organising racing in the country.“The government will pursue a responsible gambling policy for the future. In connection with the ongoing work on a new gambling law, it is natural to look at whether a transfer of the horse games to Norsk Tipping can strengthen the exclusive rights model, or whether we should continue today’s solution.”Minister of Agriculture and Food Olaug Bollestad added that the main consideration for the two departments would be how well each body could ensure high standards of responsible gambling.“The government’s gambling policy must first and foremost take into account the social responsibility and consideration of gambling addicts,” Bollestad explained. “At the same time, it is important for the government to ensure that the future solution is for the best for Norwegian equestrian sport.”Under the conditions for North Rikstoto’s organisaton of horse racing games, the body is expected to establish a maximum wagering or loss limit on horse racing. This limit has not yet been introduced and its introduction will be postponed until it is determined which body will run the games.In related news, Norsk Tipping has said that its decision to introduce activity overviews when players log in has been well-received by customers.In the overview, Norsk Tipping customers see how much money they have spent on games over the previous seven, 30 and 365 days. The overview is shown weekly, but customers may change this to daily or monthly.In a survey conducted on the measure, in September, feedback towards the measure was overwhelmingly positive. A total of 94% of respondents think the information is easy to understand and 80% said it was a positive that Norsk Tipping introduced the measure and 78% said they think it is important that the overview was introduced.When asked if the overview helps to keep track and control of gambling, 66% said they agreed, while only 15% of respondents said they believed the overview was disruptive.“[Players] feel that the game accounts are relevant and that the view contributes to a good overview of how much money they spend,” Norsk Tipping said in a press release. Norsk Tipping may be granted Norwegian racing monopoly Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Horse racing Email Address
Live dealer software provider Evolution Gaming has posted a year-on-year rise in revenue and profit for 2019, as it was boosted by increased commission income from both new and existing customers 12th February 2020 | By contenteditor Email Address Casino & games Live dealer software provider Evolution Gaming has posted a year-on-year rise in revenue and profit for 2019, as it was boosted by increase commission income from both new and existing customers.Total revenue for the 12 months to 31 December 2019 amounted to €365.8m (£307.9m/$399.4m), up 49% from €245.4m in the previous year.Aside from increased commission income, Evolution said additional customers launching or extending their customised live casino environments also had a positive impact on revenue for the year.Focusing on geographical performance, Europe was by some margin Evolution’s main area of income, with revenue in the region amounting to €184.3m for the year. The UK was a distant second with €49.9m, while Asia followed just behind on €49.6m.Evolution also noted growth within its North American business, with revenue coming in at €22m for the year. Nordics revenue stood at €24.3m, while there was also revenue from other regions amounting to €35.5m.In terms of spending for the year, total operating expenses came in at €208.3m, up 33.6% from €155.9m in the previous year, Evolution put this increase mainly down to higher spending on staff, with personnel costs rising from €97.7m to €126.4m.There was also an increase in depreciation, amortisation and impairments costs, with this rising 40.1% to €25.5m, while other operating expenses climbed 40.7% to €56.4m.However, such was the impact of revenue growth in 2019 that higher operating costs did not prevent Evolution from posting an increase in profit, with operating profit up 76% year-on-year to €157.5m.Profit before tax jumped 76.2% from €89.3m to €157.3m, and after paying tax of €7.5m, profit after tax hit €149.7m, which was 79.3% higher than last year. In addition, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) was up 70% to €182.9m for the year.“I am proud of what we have achieved in 2019, which has been an outstanding year from both a financial and operational perspective,” chief executive Martin Carlesund said.“I am very impressed with what our employees achieve every day – we are now approximately 8,000 employees working together with our eternal mission; to increase the gap to the competitors by offering the market’s best solutions. 2020 has started well and I look forward to another exciting year.”Carlesund also paid tribute to Evolution’s performance in the fourth quarter, during which revenue increased 51% year-on-year to €106.0m. Profit for the period was also up 83% to €46.8m, while EBITDA hiked 77% to €55.8m.“At the end of the fourth quarter, Evolution had more than 700 tables serving over 200 customers,” he said. “During the quarter, we further strengthened our customer portfolio, including an agreement with Flutter Entertainment and its brands Paddy Power and Betfair.“Our presence in the United States was also strengthened in the quarter through agreements with new operators in Pennsylvania and the process to build a studio in Pennsylvania is ongoing.“We see good opportunities for continued positive development in the US. In the quarter we have made additional investments in the studio in New Jersey to expand its capacity, our game portfolio and to meet the demand.” Topics: Casino & games Finance Revenue and profit up at Evolution Gaming in 2019 Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter
Please enter your comment! From WRAL SmartShopperCelebrate mom and get a deal with these Mother’s Day freebies, discounts, and offers Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here As always, these offers are valid at participating locations. You may want to call ahead to verify if your local restaurant is honoring the offer.Freebies and DealsBoston Market: $5 off a Family Meal purchase on May 14, 2017 with printable coupon.Hooters: Moms get a free meal with drink purchase at Hooters on Mother’s Day! Mom can choose her favorite entrée from the special Mother’s Day Menu, including: 10-Piece Traditional Wings10-Piece Boneless Wings, Grilled or Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, Grilled or Buffalo Chicken Salad, Hooters Burger. The Mother’s Day deal includes a complimentary entrée from the Hooters Mother’s Day Menu, with any drink purchase. Many Hooters locations will also present moms with a coupon redeemable on their next visit. See more details on their website.Macaroni Grill: All Moms who dine at Macaroni Grill on Mother’s Day weekend will receive a coupon for a free appetizer with the purchase of an adult entrée to be used at their next visit to Macaroni Grill before May 31. They are also offering a $19.99 per person prix fixe menu Saturday, May 13 and Sunday May 14 that includes salad, choice of one entree and choice of one dessert. See more details on their website.Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Moms will receive a $25 dining card for eating there on 5/13/17 or 5/14/17. The card is valid 5/15/17 – 7/2/17 for dinner only (after 4pm). They are not valid on takeout and an entrée purchase is required. Limit 1 per table. Valid at participating locations. See additional information on their website.Shoney’s: Mom’s who eat at Shoney’s on Mother’s Day get a free slice of Strawberry Pie with purchase of a food bar or entrée. See more details on their website.Starbucks: Enjoy 1/2 price Frappuccinos through May 14 from 3 to 6 pm each afternoon.TCBY: Moms get a “free treat” on Mother’s Day, May 14 according to their Facebook page, although they do not specify exactly what they get. Last year, the freebie was a small cup of frozen yogurt. Valid at participating locations. See more details on their Facebook page.Tijuana Flats: Participating locations will be offering a free entree to moms on Mother’s Day according to a response I received from a Facebook message inquiry. Additional details will be posted to their Facebook page soon.American Greetings: Personalize and print free Mother’s Day cards at their website.American Greetings: Personalize and send free Mother’s Day e-cards from their website.Coloring Pages: Have the kids print and color some cute Mother’s Day coloring pages from coloringcastle.com. TAGSMother’s Day Previous articleApopka Police Department hires two new officersNext articleThe history of Mother’s Day Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Howard Lake | 22 November 2006 | News The boards are available in free-standing designs or for use with a variety of weighted bases. Cottier & Sidaway produce recyclable exhibition stand 17 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Made of 100% recycled materials, the system uses a honeycomb structure sandwiched between the display surfaces. The lightweight system folds into a honeycomb box for travel and storage and at the end of their useful life can be put into a recycling bin. Not-for-profit sector communications consultancy Cottier & Sidaway has produced an exhibition and display system that is “totally recyclable”. www.cottiersidawaydesign.co.uk The consultancy’s clients include the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Environment Agency and Friends of the Earth. Creative director Tim Sidaway said: “We are very excited about this eco-friendly way of communicating; it provides a real alternative to conventional systems currently in the market place. We hope all our clients will adopt the recyclable displays where practical and we expect our many conservation and environmental clients will be the first to ask us to design their next exhibition boards using the honeycomb system.”
The Big Lottery Fund is partnering with Comic Relief to provide £5.5 million in grants to improve the health of mothers, babies and children; and the lives of people living in urban slums.Big Lottery Fund is contributing £5 million and Comic Relief £500,000.The five-year funding partnership will also involve examining what wider benefits such collaboration can bring to the sector.Kevin Cahill, Chief Executive of Comic Relief, said:“By working together we hope to increase learning about good grant making, and share these findings with the sector. Of course, the ultimate aim is to ensure that funding gets to where it is most needed and is as effective as possible in making a true and lasting impact in people’s lives.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Howard Lake | 16 March 2015 | News Tagged with: Big Lottery Fund Comic Relief Funding 32 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Big Lottery Fund in £5.5m partnership with Comic Relief About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Limerick City Council accept proposal for County Limerick dog park on 6 month trial basis Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Advertisement Twitter Linkedin Facebook Drop in Garda numbers prompting bad behaviour Cllr James CollinsCllr James Collinsby Bernie English [email protected] councillors have called into question plans to spend €13,000 on a promotional video for Limerick when just €30,000 has been allocated for grass cutting is estates across the city.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A major row erupted in City Hall at a meeting of the Metropolitan council, when proposals for spending the cash which councillors voted to allocate to the General Municipal Allocation for various works were revealed.Members were told that grass cutting for the municipal area, which takes in all of the city and some suburbs, has been capped at €30,000.The members took issue with various aspects of the way in which projects were prioritised in the spending of the allocation for the area, which had been voted on in the large in the context of the local authority budget.And angry James Collins (FF)) called an adjournment to the meeting and demanded to know who had decided how to spend the allocation. Previous articleCycling – Limerick Cycling Club continue an active Spring CampaignNext articleOriginal jazz artist’s swing, rock and blues Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Fianna Fáil are looking for more Limerick TDs ‘Thinking out loud’ why Ed Sheeran didn’t play Limerick NewsGrass roots spending cutBy Bernie English – April 20, 2015 698 TAGSgrass cuttingJames CollinsMetropolitan council Disappearing buses and service unreliable WhatsApp Collins aims for the Dail and joins O’Dea on party ticket
Previous articleCATES: Colon cancer screening recommendation changeNext articleOdessa College hosting summer camps Ruth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Ruth Campbell – May 24, 2021 Twitter Twitter Odessa College photography professor Steve Goff poses for a photo with his L.F. Deardroff & Sons 8×10 large format film camera made the same year he was born, 1951, Monday in the college’s photo studio. Goff is retiring from full time teaching at the end of the 2021 summer semester after 42 years as a photography professor. Goff has been a professor with Odessa College for 37 years. In retirement, Goff plans to finish two photo books he has been working on as well as continue his work on the boards of the Texas Photographic Society and Odessa Arts. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American) TAGSFelipe OrtegaJicarilla ApacheLeonard Crow DogOdessa CollegeOwl Peak PotteryPhotographyretireSicangu LakotaSteve Goff WhatsApp Registration set for engineering camp With a total of 42 years of teaching under his belt, Odessa College Professor of Photography Steve Goff has probably taken more photos and impacted more students than most people could ever dream of.Goff has logged 37 years at Odessa College and five years in Ohio. He’ll retire at the end of the summer, but that doesn’t mean he’ll stop snapping photos or imparting his knowledge to others. He wants to stay around and teach part time and freelance.“I have a lot of things I want to do. I have two books in the works that I want to finish when I have more time,” Goff added.Both books are photography related. One will focus on Felipe Ortega and relates to the summer landscape class he has offered for the past 18 or 19 years at La Madera in Northern New Mexico.“We really love the man who had that place (Ortega). He passed away three years ago with cancer in ‘18 and we want to do a tribute to him because he’s such a special person to the instructors here and all the students that he met,” Goff said.The book will be a collection of photographs, either of Ortega, or in his home in La Madera. He honed his craft and taught at Owl Peak Pottery.On the internet, Goff said, it’s listed as a bed and breakfast.“It’s a little bit more like a hippie commune and people would come from all over to study pottery with him. He was Jicarilla Apache and he did these earth pots that were all functional, cooking pots and that type of thing. People would come from all around to study with him and cook with him. He is an incredible cook.”The second book is about Leonard Crow Dog, a Sicangu Lakota. He said his wife, Beckwith Thompson, a part-time photo instructor at OC and fellow photographer, introduced him to the Lakota Sun Dance and people that follow the path of the red road and all traditional native Lakota ceremonies.“… The big spiritual festival is called the Sundance. We’ve been going since the very first one and making photographs. Leonard Crow Dog, who’s like the chief of chiefs, comes down for this. We’ve been able, after a period of time, and it took a long time for them to either trust me or whatever, but I finally got to start making photos during the ceremonies,” Goff said.Goff said he and Mike Hall, also a photographer, have been gathering his photos of Leonard Crow Dog for the book.The photos are finished for both books, “It’s a matter of writing to complete those.”He is looking for a publisher for the Leonard Crow Dog book and the Ortega book will be self-published, he said.Goff said he’s not walking away from OC and teaching. He’s also planning to continue his work on the Texas Photographic Society and Odessa Arts.“Maybe it’s just a switch from full time to part time because … I want to continue teaching, if the new people will have me,” he added.“I still want to be connected. OC’s my family. I feel … a lot of close connections and I’ve been treated really well. I think I brought a lot of good publicity to the school through the years …,” Goff said.Through the years, Goff has taught many future photographers and instructors.“I think teaching is in my DNA and I really love it,” Goff said.Kate Mahoney, who has taken many classes from Goff, said his leaving is a huge loss for the college.“He’s a great teacher and mentor. He really encourages people. He allows a lot of experimentation,” Mahoney said.She added that Goff is always interested in his students’ work and is an inspiration.Mahoney said she’s not sure whether she’ll take more photo classes.“Some of it will depend on who takes over, what kind of policies they have, whether they offer some of the same classes. … I’m certainly hoping they continue to offer the alternative photography,” she added.Chris Stanley, associate professor of art at University of Texas Permian Basin, said Goff is a legendary teacher.“He, along with Beckwith Thompson, have been champions for art education in our region since his arrival at Odessa College. As a visionary educator, he helped plot a clear course for the inclusion of photography as an academic field in our region. His studio-classroom at Odessa College has always been a place of inspiration for me,” Stanley said in a text message.A native of Springfield, Ohio, Goff earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts photography from Ohio University in Athens. He taught in Cleveland for five years before coming to OC.Goff began taking photos in high school and has used all manner of cameras, including cell phones.“My mom always had a camera for me to use and play with,” he said.He added that his mother always had Look and Life magazine at home, which also led him to his profession.“I remember looking through that and thinking about the photos I was seeing and how they were made and how they communicated through the visual senses,” Goff said. “I was always pretty blown away by that.”He admires Walker Evans, a photographer who was active in the 1930s.“He was hired by Roy Stryker and … the Works Progress Administration. Then through that, there was another little group called the FSA, Farm Security Administration … and about the eight (other photographers) traveled across the South. They were charged with photographing the impact of the Depression on families and poverty at that time in the middle 30s. And so he has always been one of my favorite photographers. Because of that, I always loved how he had a sense of respect for people, even if they were really, really poor and had nothing.”A lot of Goff’s work is digital now instead of film, but he does like doing black and white photography and using big negatives and cameras.“I still have a five by seven and eight by ten film camera that I want to hold on to …,” he said.He added that digital photography has been a benefit, especially for teaching.Something he likes to do as an instructor is get students out of the classroom.“For example, our architecture class … we go out and photograph in places around our community — the Wagner Noël (Performing Arts Center), the Ellen Noël (Art Museum). We went to the Petroleum Museum in Midland, UTPB. We tried to go to several churches in our area and make photos as well, and just have an experience outside of the classroom. So we’ll go out and photograph and then come back and then process the pictures for their portfolios,” Goff said.He added that he is very proud of trips to New Mexico with students that started about 20 years ago.“We do this five-day trip and we stop in Santa Fe for the day and we visit the photography galleries and have a nice meal and have some time on the plaza to photograph and then we go on up to La Madera and get situated in our rooms. Then each day, we’d go out and photograph and travel around Northern New Mexico because the light is so beautiful out there. It’s in the mountains and it’s really nice to be away from Odessa in July,” Goff said.They visit the home of Georgia O’Keeffe in Abiquiú and (her) studio. That’s always a big thrill for people,” he said.“There’s a mosque that we have gotten access to. We can always walk around and if there’s not a big convention or something going on, we get to go inside. That was a whole new experience for almost everybody,” Goff added.Goff was wearing a baseball-style hat that said “Be Kind” on it. He said he tries to share that sentiment in class to nudge students to be nice, open minded, kinder and gentler.Goff said his parents were always supportive of his vocation. But his dad did want him to be a plumber.“He said I’d never want for money if I was a plumber,” Goff said.“They knew I found something I really love doing and they were pleased with that,” he added.Goff also has spoken to high school students about the dark skies initiative and simple cell phone techniques to take photos at dusk.“I did two trips down to the tri-county area, Presidio, Terlingua, Marfa and Fort Davis,” Goff said.He noted that he was supposed to go present in Alpine, but that was the weekend of the prom.“We met about a half hour before it got dark and we talked about dusk and how to make pictures on the cell phone with that. So that was fun. That was just really recent. Some of those kids are going to be in the show at the Museum of the Big Bend next month,” Goff said.The exhibit is called “At Night” and it runs June 11 through Sept. 5.Goff said what drives him about photography is the beauty of the object itself and the communication that happens in a photo.“I really appreciate well-crafted photographs. … I get a real satisfaction from looking at something that’s made it really, really well. And then also, the ability of that of the photograph to communicate ideas, feelings,” he added.He remembered a photo from Life Magazine that went with a story on submarines with a captain at the periscope and the sub was hitting an enemy ship.“… It was starting to sink and I remember thinking, oh my God. What was the feeling like on that submarine for that crew. To have been able to do that and that that came across in the photos to me; made a really big impact. I see something that makes me feel the beauty of a person. The beauty of light striking something is so rich and powerful for me. I have a lot of respect for documentary style photography and journalism. Those two are kind of contained, I think. Those are the things that really satisfy my visual and aesthetic appetite,” he said. OCA top 2 were ESL students Facebook WhatsApp Local NewsEducation Longtime photo professor retiring Pinterest Noel earns award Home Local News Education Longtime photo professor retiring Facebook Pinterest Creamy Fruit SaladFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinVirgin Coco MojitoPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay
This week’s lettersIn praise of cuttingthe waiting time The RNID is right tocomment on the length of time taken to access funds under the Access to WorkScheme (News, 20 March). As part of anorganisation committed to increasing the number of disabled people it employs,the role of the disability employment adviser and access to funds to assistadjustments is crucial.We are aware of theincreasing workload on these services, but that is to be expected asorganisations become more aware of the benefits of employing disabled people. Our experience showsthat when the assessment for Access to Work funds is completed in advance ofappointment, it still takes a long time for the equipment to be provided or thefunds to be reimbursed.The recommendations bythe RNID that there be an agreed four-week timeframe would be very welcome. Ihope the Government will take heed and undertake a fundamental review of theAccess to Work Scheme. Jane GoodwinActing equalities adviser, Hampshire County CouncilRegulations just forthe sake of it? I have just read anarticle on the Recruitment and Employment Confederation website written by theREC chief executive Tim Nicholson, which was first published in PersonnelToday. I am dismayed at thelaidback attitude to the new regulations, which could prove disastrous tosmaller agencies and employment businesses. As it points out, the most noisewas made about the temp-to-perm question, which is not very relevant to small,specialised agencies dealing with highly paid consultants and project managers.The other rules will have much greater impact. Many agencies andsmall employment businesses dealing with contractors may be forced to pull outof the market. The regulations forbid an employment business (contract agency)to put a clause in contracts asking for a customer-signed timesheet beforepaying the contractor, even if the contractor is a limited company. Thecustomer can still insist on having one. This makes validation of contractorinvoices more difficult and will make it almost impossible to arrange factoringor discounting of invoices. Contractors beware.They will soon be in the same situation as farmers, dealing with a few bigcustomers who dictate prices. This is not the”nanny state” at work, this is regulation for the sake of it. I amgoing to start an employment agency supplying inspectors to the DTI. I think itwill need a lot of them! Perhaps I will apply for the job myself.Michael Organe Managing director, ProjectSearch Children let down onbasic literacy Regarding the articleby Malcolm Wicks MP on the Government’s crusade to ensure that all adults havethe chance to get basic literacy and numeracy skills, why don’t we concentrateon giving the children better basic skills and not wait until they becomeadults and unable to secure employment? I know of an11-year-old who has Attention Deficit Hyperactive Deficiency, and so is not aneasy pupil. He has moved from one part of the country to another and has notbeen able to go to school since July 2000 as there is no vacancy in his area.This is when basic skills should be given by home tutors. We have let ourchildren down and it is no wonder the Government now has to spend £10bn to putright what is lacking in our education system. Money should be spent ensuringpeople are taught basic skills from childhood.Elizabeth OliverRecruitment and trainingspecialistVia e-mailLetter of the WeekThe good, the bad and the squabblesRe Personnel Today(Features and Comment, 27 March):1 – High Jon Parsons’comment when asked the worst thing about working in personnel: “Theincessant angst of a section of the HR profession and its media over itscontribution and status.”2 – Low Bob Morton’semotional and largely subjective criticism of Paul Kearns’ emotional andlargely subjective criticism of the CIPD. He criticises Kearns for being”no fan of the CIPD”, then goes on to sing its praises. Hardly anobjective thought between them, and nothing new. Most of us left thistype of squabbling in the playground. Perhaps they should read 1 above andleave the self-publicity to Popstars.Michael Walshe Via e-mailDo all candidates meetsame grade? Bob Morton made thepoint that the CIPD qualification is popular among employers and CIPD-qualifiedpractitioners earn more. This however, raisesthe issue of how those qualifications are assessed, because there is adiscrepancy between educational institutions entering students for nationallyset exams and those accredited by the CIPD to assess students internally. National results arepublished, but those of accredited centres are not, and there has long beenconcern that students sitting national exams may be subject to more rigorousassessment than those doing internally assessed ones. With the charteredstatus, the absence of transparent qualification assessment procedure isuntenable, but the CIPD is reticent in responding to such concerns.Izabela RobinsonVia e-mail Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. LettersOn 10 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.