Plummer Signs NLI to Join Runinn’ Utes Roster

first_imgPlummer, who originally hails from Fajardo, Puerto Rico, played two years at WACC where this past season he averaged 18.6 points and 3.5 rebounds. He helped guide the Matadors to a 25-9 overall record, a regional championship and a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament. He also managed to shoot .482 from the field overall on the year, .438 from three-point range and .888 from the three-point line. Tags: Alfonso Plummer/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball “Alfonso is a great young man who will fit into our culture and system very well,” said Krystkowiak. “He is a great shooter. He has had quite the journey so far, and we are happy to have him join our program.” The NJCAA Region I leader with 126 three-pointers made, Plummer would go onto earn NJCAA Division I All-American honors, while also being named ACCAC First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region. May 7, 2019 /Sports News – Local Plummer Signs NLI to Join Runinn’ Utes Roster As a freshman at WACC, Plummer led the Matadors in scoring (14.9 ppg), shooting percentage (.514) and three-point shooting (.458), all while just starting three of the 33 games he played in. He also totaled 2.3 rebounds per game, while draining 103 three-pointers.center_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY – Utah Runnin’ Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak has announced the addition of Alfonso Plummer to the 2019-20 roster. Plummer, a sophomore out of Arizona Western Community College, signed an NLI to join the program on Tuesday. Written by Plummer totaled 20-plus points in 10 games as a freshman and then posted 20-point efforts in 16 contests this past season as a sophomore. His career-high was a 36-point contest against Yuba College in the 2018-19 season. Robert Lovelllast_img

Gender pay gap widens as property pay rises

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Gender pay gap widens as property pay rises previous nextAgencies & PeopleGender pay gap widens as property pay risesOn average, males earn £11,000 more than females, as the gender pay gap grows.Sheila Manchester20th February 201701,297 Views Salaries for UK property professionals remained robust in 2017, according to the latest survey by RICS and Macdonald & Company, but the gender pay gap has increased from last year.  The key findings were:• Male property professionals earn on average £11000 more than female counterparts (£7000 in 2016)• Sector salary pay rises up 7.2% overall- above UK wage inflation*• Average salaries down, but largely explained by changing demographics of the surveyMale property professionals earn, on average, £11,113 more than their female colleagues (£54,931 versus £43,818). The gap is evident across the majority of age groups and is greatest for those aged between 46-55, where the difference in average salary is 25.7%. Encouragingly, the gender pay gap is now less evident in those starting out in property with females earning slightly more than males – which is a turnaround from last year where the pay gap was most evident in 18-22 year olds.The survey is also still indicating the attraction of property as a career.  Of those who received a pay rise in 2017 in the industry the average increase was 7.7% (up from 7.1% in 2016).  This is far above UK wage inflation which sits at 2.7%*.  Considering the sample as a whole, the industry experienced an increase of +7.2% (2016: 6.5%) with 32% also believing that their pay and benefits will be positively affected by market conditions over the next 12 months.Once again, the survey also shows the benefits being professionally qualified.  RICS professionals earn 40.6% more than those who are ‘not professionally qualified’. This has increased  by 29.5% since 2016. Those with an FRICS designation earn 83.3% more than those who are not professionally qualified.The survey recorded the average salary in 2017 to be £52,362. While this is a 4.5% decrease compared to 2016, this may be largely explained by changes in the demographics of the survey this time around. Respondents with 10 years experience or fewer rose by 9% (from 31% to 40%) while those with 16 years experience or more fell 10% (from 56% to 46%).Respondents working in Greater London continue to earn the highest average salary (£61,141) and command a premium of 15.5% over the South East and 41.0% over Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland. The majority of regions have seen a decrease but East Anglia (+3.4%), South West/Wales (+2.6%) and Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland (+1.4%) buck this trend with growth in average wages.More positively however, over half of respondents (53%) believe their organisation will increase headcount in 2017. 47% of respondents expect their organisation to modestly increase headcount, while 6% expect a significant increase in headcount in 2017.While it is encouraging that those entering the sector are now seeing pay equality, the fact that the pay gap has widened overall is disheartening.”Sarah Speirs, Director, RICSSarah Speirs, Director of Communications and External Affairs RICS, commented: “While it is encouraging that those entering the sector are now seeing pay equality, the fact that the pay gap has widened overall is disheartening. The industry has started to take action but must maintain this momentum to create a more balanced workforce that attracts the best talent if it wants to remain competitive.“As organisations look set to increase headcount in 2017 promoting the diversity of careers in surveying will help ensure that our profession is fit and relevant for the future. “RICS has invested in creating the RICS Diversity Hub, an online portal designed to encourage knowledge sharing and provide practical advice on how best to embed diversity and inclusion. In addition, the Hub will encourage members to sign up to the RICS Inclusive Employer Quality Mark (IEQM). This scheme aims to make the land, property and construction sector more inclusive and diverse, giving those who sign up a competitive advantage.”*https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghoursFor more information about the RICS Inclusive Employer Quality Mark – please visit http://www.rics.org/uk/about-rics/responsible-business/inclusive-employer/pay gender gap salaries in property sarah spiers RICS salaries estate agent salaries February 20, 2017Sheila ManchesterWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions read more

Left on the ropes

first_imghe is now busy rebuilding his life and raking in the profits of a new autobiography, but Frank Bruno’s retirement from professional boxing came at a high price. Bruno had been battling manic depression since hanging up his gloves in 1996 and, in June 2003, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Many reasons have been suggested for his breakdown: his mother blamed acrimonious divorce proceedings and he himself cited reckless drug abuse, but these things are symptoms of a more powerful malady. Boxing, the very thing that made him popular and successful, was his downfall. Professional boxing makes such intense demands on mind and body that Bruno failed to see beyond his next fight and, like many of his opponents, never made provisions for his future livelihood. All boxers live in the moment, wrapped up in the rigours of a sport that flatters to deceive and offers the most fortunate only a fleeting fame. It’s hardly surprising then, that the vast majority lack any further education or training and, when retirement interrupts the ritual cycle of training and fighting, are left completely resourceless. Henry Ccooper said that retirement comes as a shock to most boxers: “One day you are a boxer and the next you wake up and you have retired.” Gone are the regimented training routines and familiar pre-fight preparations. Ssuddenly, all that pent-up aggression must be channelled away from the punchbag, in a new direction. And that is easier said than done.Boxers who have depended for years on their sport’s unique adrenaline rush often return to the ring. Sugar Rray Leonard came out of retirement three times, most memorably when he challenged Marvellous Marvin Hagler in 1987, and George Foreman returned ten years after losing to Muhammad Ali. Not every boxer has the sense of perspective shown by Lennox Lewis who, after retiring, was asked what he would do if he was offered “silly money” to return to the ring: “I’d look just as silly” he said. All well and good for a man who has amassed a personal fortune of more than £100 million, but what about the jobbing professionals who can’t see where their next pay-packet is coming from? This is where the real problem lies; it is clear that most boxers, to coin a phrase, cannot “think outside the ring” and return to boxing through fear of the unknown. In California, the Rretired Boxers’ Foundation offers financial, medical and psychological help to retired professionals and aims to provide them with the life skills needed in retirement. If the sport is to prosper in this country, a similar support network is sorely needed and it is up to the BoxingCcontrol to pick up the gauntlet. Hhelping retired boxers reacclimatiseBoard of to the wider world is one thing, but broadening the horizons of competing professionals is also important;encouraging them to think outside the ring will offer some lasting reward for boxers and reduce the suddenshock of retirement that has taken the likes of Bruno so long to control.What is more, his story demonstrates problems facing all fighters and suggests that more should be done to ease their transition to happy retirement.ARCHIVE: 6th week MT 2005last_img

Former Nuffield fellow denounced for “racist pseudoscience”

first_imgFormer Nuffield College researcher Noah Carl has been denounced by hundreds of academics for what they describe as his “racist pseudoscience.” Carl is now a Fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge.Over 200 academics from across the country expressed concern that Carl’s association with the University of Cambridge would legitimise “discredited ‘race science’”.In an open letter, the group called on St. Edmund’s College to investigate how the Toby Jackman Newton Trust Research Fellowship was awarded to Carl.The letter read: “We are shocked that a body of work that includes vital errors in data analysis and interpretation appears to have been taken seriously for appointment to such a competitive research fellowship.”The academics noted that his “pseudoscientific” papers have “been used by extremist and far-right outlets with the aim of stoking xenophobic anti-immigrant rhetoric.”An article in which Carl argued that public prejudices against immigrants were “largely accurate” was re-posted on far-right outlets including The Daily Caller, InfoWars and Free West Media, despite one external reviewer writing that “it is never OK to publish research this bad.”Carl has written numerous articles for publications with links to the far-right. He is on the review team of Emil Kirkegaard’s OpenPsych and is the website’s most prolific contributor after Kirkegaard himself. Kirkegaard describes himself as a “self-taught” geneticist who has previously defended child rape, and appeared on the far-right webshow Reality Calls to discuss the “future of eugenics.”Among Carl’s OpenPsych papers is one arguing that an increased Muslim population leads to more terrorism in the country. The paper was subsequently reviewed by Kirkegaard and self-described “race realist” John Fuerst.Carl has also written for Mankind Quarterly, described as a white supremacist journal and published by the Pioneer Fund, a pro-eugenics fund which also bankrolls Jared Taylor’s white nationalist American Renaissance.The former Nuffield postdoctoral researcher attracted controversy earlier this year, when London Student revealed that he had repeatedly attended a secretive conference on eugenics at UCL. The London Conference on Intelligence is closely linked to the Pioneer Fund, and was organised by Emil Kirkegaard.The conference saw researchers argue that racial ‘admixture’ has a negative effect on population quality and that the number of Nobel Prizes won by different countries can be explained by racial differences in male hormone levels.The academic left Nuffield College at the end of his contract this summer.last_img

Owner change for Buxton Spa

first_imgBuxton Spa Bakery has seen control of the family-owned company pass to a third generation, following a management buyout.Chairman Peter Higgins retired and handed over full control of the £5 million turnover business to his son, the current MD, Mike Higgins, who said he plans to focus on developing the business’ range of luxury, premium products. “We are now implementing a strategy to target further growth in our own-label operations and will continue to secure opportunities for our Holmfield Bakery brand,” he added.Buxton Spa Bakery employs 120 people and produces over a million own-label cakes for supermarkets and convenience stores.including Morrisons, Co-op and Tesco. It also owns the Holmfield Bakery brand which supplies Aldi, Somerfield, Nisa and Kwik.The management buyout deal was led by Jeff Barber of McInnes Corporate Finance and was funded through Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance.last_img

Gavin Creel & Christopher John O’Neill Begin Performances in B’way’s Mormon

first_img View Comments Star Files Hello to the Eugene O’Neill Theatre! Gavin Creel and Christopher John O’Neill board the Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon on January 6. Creel will re-create his Olivier-winning performance as Elder Price, taking over from Nic Rouleau, while O’Neill is stepping in for Ben Platt as Elder Cunningham. Both Creel and O’Neill have been playing the roles in the Tony-winning musical’s national tour.Creel also created the role of Elder Price on the U.S. First National Tour, recently returning to lead the company in Toronto. He earned Tony nods for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Hair, additionally appearing in the latter in the West End. His other Broadway credits include Mary Poppins (which he also tread the boards in London in) and La Cage aux Folles. He was seen in the title role of the American Repertory Theater production of Prometheus Bound and starred alongside Julie Andrews in the television movies Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime.In addition to The Book of Mormon, O’Neill has toured internationally with The Chris and Paul Show. He made his professional theatrical debut in The Book of Mormon in December 2012, and the tuner will mark his first bow on the Great White Way.Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon earned nine 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical. The Book of Mormon Related Shows from $69.00 Gavin Creellast_img

New trustees, board chairman named at Saint Michael’s College

first_imgSaint Michael’s College,Over the last several months, Saint Michael’s College has named four new members to its governing board of trustees and has announced a new board chairman. William Gallagher, CEO of Atlantic Data Services of Quincy, MA, is the new board chair. Gallagher and his wife Penelope are the parents of 1999 Saint Michael’s College graduate, Becky, and her husband Thomas Fontana who is also a 1999 graduate. New members of the board are the following: Dr. Sultan Ahamed, president and chairman of the board of Connecticut Medical Insurance of Glastonbury, and senior attending surgeon of William Backus Hospital of Norwich, Conn. Rev. Michael Jacques, SSE, pastor St. Peter Claver Church, New Orleans, La. Rev. Richard Myhalyk, SSE, executive director of the Edmundite Southern Missions, Selma, Ala. Barry Roy, National Director of Tax Quality Assurance and Risk, Deloitte, Washington, DC, 1996-2009;Tax Partner, Deloitte, 1981-2009; Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC, 1974-80. Other current members of the Saint Michael’s College Board of Trustees are Sr. Peg Albert, OP, PhD; Sr. Lorraine Aucoin, P.M.; Mr. John J. Bergeron, Mr. Lawrence Blanford, Ms. Patricia Casey, Mr. Phil C. Ciulla Jr., Rev. David G. Cray, SSE; Very Rev. Michael Cronogue, SSE; Mr. Donald R. Dion Jr.; Mr. Mark Doran; Ms. Michele S. Gatto; Mr. Gerry Gould; Rev. Thomas F.X. Hoar, SSE; Mr. R. Alan Hunter Jr.; Ms. Noriko Kameda; Sr. Jacqueline Marie Kieslich, RSM; Rev. Msgr. John J. McDermott; Mr. Michael E. McGrath; Dr. John J. Neuhauser; Dr. Celine R. Paquette; Mr. Ernest A. Pomerleau; Rev. Marcel R. Rainville, SSE; Rev. David J. Theroux, SSE; Dr. Peggy R. Williams. Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external)  . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. Identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nations Best 376 Colleges, and included in the 2012 Fiske Guide to Colleges, Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  -30-last_img

Reports blame Florida botulism cases on misused toxin

first_imgDec 15, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Four Floridians suffering from botulism were injected with massive doses of a botulinum toxin that was not approved for use on humans, according to news reports based on court documents filed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)A suspended physician working at a clinic in Oakland Park, Fla., injected himself and three other people with botulinum toxin that he had prepared as if it were Botox, a licensed drug, rather than the far more potent, raw toxin it was, according to reports by the Associated Press (AP) and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. Botox is used to smooth facial wrinkles and treat certain muscle disorders.The clinic, called Advanced Integrated Medical Center, had bought the toxin from List Biological Laboratories in Campbell, Calif., according to the reports. The FDA gave details of the case in an application to a federal court for a warrant to search List Biological.The FDA said the company’s botulinum toxin is not licensed or legally salable for human use, the AP reported. FDA agents searched the business Dec 9.Allergan Inc., manufacturer of Botox, estimated that the vial of toxin ordered by the Florida clinic might have contained as much as 10 million units, as compared with 100 units of botulinum toxin in a vial of Botox, the company said in a Dec 13 statement. One hundred units of the toxin amounts to only “billionths of a gram,” the company said.The four patients received injections to treat wrinkles at the Florida Clinic Nov 23 and 24 and fell ill a few days later, according to the latest reports. Early suspicions had fallen on Botox as a possible cause of the illnesses.Allergan’s executive vice president and general counsel, Douglas Ingram, said the FDA document confirmed the company’s conclusion that Botox played no role in the cases and is a safe product.Yesterday’s Sun-Sentinel report said the four patients were “virtually paralyzed in critical but stable condition.” The patients have been identified as Bach McComb and Alma “AJ” Hall, hospitalized in Bayonne, N.J.; and Eric and Bonnie Kaplan, hospitalized in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.McComb is an osteopathic physician whose Florida license was suspended in 2003 because of allegations that he prescribed excessive amounts of painkillers, according to the AP.As reported by the Sun-Sentinel, the FDA document said that McComb asked a clinic worker named Thomas M. Toia to order a vial of botulinum toxin from List. Toia told federal agents that List personnel who took his order asked only his name, address, and billing information.The toxin is shipped as a powder and is mixed with saline solution before use, the report said. Toia said that when the vial arrived Nov 23, McComb began mixing it with 10 milliliters of saline, as he would have done for a standard vial of Botox. Toia told agents he estimated that the vial was equal to 20,000 units of Botox and warned McComb to dilute it with much more saline.But McComb brushed off the warning, the report said. He injected himself and Hall with the preparation the same day and injected the Kaplans the next day.The Sun-Sentinel quoted “Botox experts” as saying a fatal dose of Botox would be 3,000 to 5,000 units.Federal and state agents had previously reported they were investigating whether the Florida clinic had bought unlicensed botulinum toxin products from Toxin Research International in Tucson, Ariz., which sells a toxin labeled for use only in animal research, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Agents said they found that the Tucson company buys its toxin from List, the newspaper said.The FDA investigators said in the court documents that they had found evidence that Toxin Research was promoting its toxin to cosmetic surgeons for use on people, the newspaper reported.Botulinum toxin is made by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, which is widespread in the environment. The bacteria themselves (and their spores) are harmless, but the toxin is considered the most lethal known poison. It binds to nerve endings where they join muscles, leading to weakness or paralysis. Recovery from botulism occurs when the nerves grow new endings, which can take months, according to the FDA.Botulism cases are commonly linked to contaminated food, especially improperly home-canned food. Babies can contract botulism by ingesting food containing C botulinum spores, which may germinate and grow in a baby’s colon because the intestinal bacteria in infants are not fully developed, according to the FDA.See also:CIDRAP overview of botulismFDA Consumer article on botulinum toxinhttp://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/095_bot.htmllast_img

Congress slashes pandemic preparedness funding

first_imgDec 20, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The 2008 omnibus spending bill passed by Congress this week earmarks only $76 million for influenza pandemic preparedness funding, far below the Bush administration’s $870 million request.The President’s advisors have indicated he will sign the bill when it reaches his desk, according to several media reports.The reduction in pandemic preparedness funding appears to be the most significant cut to President Bush’s spending proposals, Government Executive reported yesterday.The House and Senate appropriations committees said their rationale for cutting the 2008 pandemic preparation budget was based on a $1.2 billion amount remaining from previous appropriations, according Government Executive.However, Rich Hamburg, director of governmental relations for Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, told CIDRAP News that the $1.2 billion represents one-time funding that is mostly intended for buying vaccines and antiviral medications.The 2008 omnibus bill contains no one-time spending items, he said. “The appropriations committees may have thought that this was a tough budget and that it was hard to make a case that all of the pandemic funding was needed right now,” Hamburg said.To maintain momentum on pandemic preparedness efforts, Congress could fold the funding into the 2009 budget or put budget requests into emergency supplements, Hamburg said.In the past, some public health officials have argued that emergency supplemental funding has a downside for local preparedness efforts, because reliable funding is needed to boost local public health capacity and provide more “boots on the ground” to respond to emergencies.Other cuts that affect pandemic preparedness include a $6 million reduction in the $53 million requested for the National Disaster Medical System, an office of the US Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) that helps state and local officials manage the medical impact of major disasters, Government Executive reported.The approved funding includes the administration’s $158 million request for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s pandemic preparations, but Hamburg said even that amount was subject to a 1.74% spending cut applied to all domestic programs.In its annual report on state and federal preparedness programs, released 2 days ago, TFAH said funding shortfalls at the federal level threaten to derail or reverse progress states have made in boosting the nation’s public health emergency preparedness.TFAH reported that even the Bush administration’s 2008 request for $870 million represented a 25% cut from 2005 public health preparedness funding levels.”Although the federal government has made a substantial investment in public health and pandemic preparedness, the funding has been inconsistent and unpredictable,” the group said.See also:Dec 18 TFAH press release, with links to complete reporthttp://healthyamericans.org/reports/bioterror07/HHS budget request briefing document (with emergency preparedness information on page 102)http://www.hhs.gov/budget/08budget/2008BudgetInBrief.pdflast_img

Airbnb begins verifying all of its ads and hosts for fraud

first_imgAt the New York Times DealBook conference, Chesky announced stronger measures and more details on how the company will re-establish public trust through regulations around fraud and home parties. It is not yet known how many new people the company will need to hire to deliver on the promises. Chesky called the measures “significant investment”. Also, the same day the news broke, five people were killed in a shooting at a Halloween party held at an accommodation available on the Airbnb platform in Orinda, California. The party was advertised on social networks, and more than 100 guests attended. The news comes after Vice Media revealed last week “a network of deception across the state“In which individuals or organizations have managed to exploit Airbnb’s policies through false reviews. Airbnb will begin checking all 7 million ads on its platform, with the goal of reviewing each accommodation and host by December 15, 2020. The verification process will require verification of the accuracy of the photos, addresses and details of the advertisement, as well as to establish quality standards such as cleanliness, safety and basic content of the accommodation. On the occasion of the shooting, Chesky announced on Twitter that the company would ban “party houses” and shared several measures it would take to combat “problematic hosts and guests”.center_img He also reiterated that the company will conduct additional audits of high-risk provisions. Chesky explained at the conference that this applies, for example, to a ten-bed room reservation by one person for one night. Source / photo: CNN; Airbnb Amid growing concerns about its private rental rental platform, Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, said the company would start checking all hosts using this online service. CNN. Chesky also stated that Airbnb will introduce a “guest guarantee” on December 15 this year, ie insurance for those whose rented accommodation does not match its description on the platform. It will also establish a telephone line from 0 to 24, which will be used for receiving and expressly resolving complaints.last_img