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Invitation Sunday leads to hundreds of visitors across Texas

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I hope the Episcopal/Anglican churches continue this. I am new to the Episcopal Church and love it. I have been inviting family and friends to come give the Anglican Communion a chance. 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Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Brian Young says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem [Episcopal Diocese of Texas] As part of an initiative that began in the Church of England, congregations across the Diocese of Texas took a step out of their comfort zones on Sunday, Sept. 15, and invited friends, family and even strangers to church with them. The result was hundreds of visitors either returning to church or experiencing an Episcopal service for the first time.To kick off the initiative, the Diocese of Texas invited Michael Harvey to be the keynote speaker for the Diocesan Warden’s and Vestry Conferences as well as private meetings with clergy. Harvey is one of the founders of the Back to Church Sunday movement that has spread from the United Kingdom to Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France and Holland. Harvey authored the book, Unlocking the Growth, and gives seminars around the world about how to plant the seeds of growth in a church community.In the United States, “Back to Church Sunday” was already trademarked by another organization, so the Diocese of Texas chose “Invitation Sunday” as the theme, building off Harvey’s teaching that invitation is the most important aspect of growth. The Diocese of Texas promoted the events and created designs for postcards and fliers that individual churches could customize with their information. Harvey’s video with the LOGOS Project was also circulated to the congregations.After all the preparations and newfound focus on invitation, organizers weren’t sure what to expect, but the results were remarkable, especially for some of the smaller churches.St. James’, Taylor, a church with a normal attendance of around 30, reported 11 visitors on Invitation Sunday. Organizers ordered customized postcards and distributed them throughout the neighborhood and through the mail. They held a rummage sale and handed out invitations to all who came, and just before the event, they put an ad in the local newspaper. Additionally, church members extended personal invites to others. The excitement for the event overflowed into other projects, including repainting the parish hall and landscaping the gardens.“We are energized,” said St. James’ pastoral leader Terry Pierce, a student of the Iona School for Ministry. “The most important message was, ‘We don’t grow the church; all we have to do is plant the seeds!’ It freed us from the negative messages around invitation/welcome – that we’re not doing enough or doing it right.”In the small town of Liberty, the Rev. Ted Smith and deacon Glenda Hardin of St. Stephen’s worked with the local ministerial alliance to promote going back to church across all denominations. Together, they purchased yard signs, a newspaper ad and even radio advertising. The local radio station also interviewed Smith about the event on the Friday and Saturday prior to Invitation Sunday, and the newspaper ran a front-page story featuring interviews with Smith and Hardin.On Sunday, around a dozen visitors arrived at the church, a big number for a church an average of 70 folks. The congregation made a special effort to accommodate their expected guests. They held a breakfast and a luncheon, picked hymns that crossed denominational lines, and for the first time in recent memory, they printed a service booklet to help visitors navigate the service. St. Stephen’s newcomer ministry team greeted guests and reported the information back to Smith to follow up with them in a card. Additionally, the church plans to take out another newspaper ad to notify the community of an instructed Eucharist on September 29.“I’m hoping we get some return people that weren’t familiar with an Episcopal service, and want to learn why we do what we do,” Smith said. “I’m hopeful. For our size community, this is a success. Our congregation and vestry are tickled to death, and we hope to keep it going.”After months of preparation, St. Catherine of Sienna, Missouri City, formerly launched their invitation campaign on August 11. Though church members recently completed their journey from mission to parish status, the Rev. Mike Besson pushed them further to consider inviting their friends.“When I preached the sermon on August 11 to tell everyone what we were going to do, I sat down on a stool at the end and said, ‘Look, the idea of an Episcopal church being full of invited guests is an oxymoron.’ But that resonated with them. I told them we have an opportunity to do something that’s unusual and different, something that maybe another congregation would ask how we did it,” Besson explained. “When this congregation hears a challenge like that, they are all over it.”After several weeks of passing out customized business cards and postcards, and continuously pounding the message of invitation, St. Catherine’s welcomed 60 visitors to a church, which averages 200 people a week.“When I asked the invited visitors to raise their hand during the sermon, there was an audible gasp [from the rest of the congregation],” Besson said. But he cautioned that success isn’t just about numbers. Besson stressed the importance of framing the message about invitation. “We were very careful not to use the word evangelism or talk about growing the church. We don’t even say that any more. We just ask people to think about why they are here, and why it is important to them. Then think about someone else that this might be important to as well and send them a card.” Cathedral Dean Boise, ID last_img read more

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Coca-Cola partners with FareShare in on-pack promotion

first_imgCoca-Cola partners with FareShare in on-pack promotion 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. “Coca-Cola is synonymous with the Christmas season and it’s no secret that our much-loved Christmas Truck Tour marks the unofficial countdown to Christmas.  We can’t wait to reveal this year’s route and start spreading holiday cheer across the UK.” In the run-up to Christmas Coca-Cola is running an on-pack promotion to benefit food waste and hunger charity FareShare. Purchasers will be able to donate a meal to someone in need.The expanded partnership with FareShare is part of the brand’s Christmas campaign. This includes a nationwide Christmas truck tour, starting on 17 November. Visitors to the 44 truck stops will be able to explore a “winter wonderland” environment and receive a free can of Coke.A new TV advert will launch later this month, and will run with the long-standing “Holidays Are Coming” TV ad, voted Britain’s favourite Christmas ad of all time by consumers.Photo-based donationTo take part in the FareShare partnership, consumers just need to purchase a promotional pack of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Life or Coca-Cola Zero Sugar which features the FareShare logo, take a photo of the label and upload it to cocacola.co.uk/donate. Coca-Cola will then donate 25p for each photo uploaded to FareShare.Designated Driver campaignIn addition, for the ninth year in a row, Coca-Cola is running its Designated Driver campaign, in partnership with the Department for Transport’s THINK! Drink Drive campaign. The initiative rewards people who are driving to the pub over the festive period by offering a free second soft drink when they purchase a Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Appletiser or Schweppes at participating pubs and restaurants when they show their keys at the bar.Aedamar Howlett, marketing director for Coca-Cola Great Britain said: Advertisement Howard Lake | 9 November 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28  123 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28 Tagged with: Advertising christmas corporate  122 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

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DEC appeal for Cyclone Idai has raised £41m so far

first_imgDEC appeal for Cyclone Idai has raised £41m so far AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advert promoting the DEC Cyclone Idai appeal – photo: CARE/Josh Estey  187 total views,  1 views today Advertisement  188 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Disasters Emergency Committee’s fundraising appeal following Cyclone Idai’s destructive impact has raised £41 million in the four months since the cyclone swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, killing over 900 people and leaving around 3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. The damage was compounded just weeks later when Cyclone Kenneth followed.The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched its emergency appeal on 21 March 2019. Since then, the 14 member charities of the DEC have been working as part of a co-ordinated international response to deliver urgent aid such as food and shelter and to halt the spread of water-borne disease.  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.center_img Howard Lake | 1 August 2019 | News At the same time the response has achieved clear successes, not least in the fight against cholera. Following the cyclone there was a high risk of a cholera epidemic in Mozambique, with 6,768 cases and 8 deaths reported from 27 March, but no new cases have been reported since 30 May. The combination of an effective national vaccination programme and hygiene education mobilised by agencies including DEC member charities, has now reduced the risk of cholera to pre-cyclone levels.The DEC appeal total of £41 million includes £4m through the UK Aid Match.DEC-funded activities will continue until March 2021. Tagged with: DEC DfID UK Aid Match disaster Research / statistics Ongoing needsMore funding is needed, and the DEC appeal remains open for donations.The UN announced in its Response Plan that $441 million is required for Mozambique, of which $282 million is needed for the Cyclone Idai response. Only approximately 40% of the total has been funded, according to the DEC. The 14 charity members of the Disasters Emergency Committee.last_img read more

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Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Talent Agency Scam Prevention Bill Passes First Policy Committee

first_img Community News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Talent Agency Scam Prevention Bill, AB 2068, passed the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee with unanimous, bipartisan support. AB 2068 strengthens the Talent Scam Prevention Act by expanding the list of communication forms that can be regulated such as online and computer applications.With the unprecedented popularity of reality television and social media sites such as YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, and others, the quest for instant stardom has become prevalent among all ages, especially teens and young adults,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “Unfortunately, this creates a ripe situation for illegitimate talent agencies to scam young, aspiring artists.”There are nearly 500 talent agencies registered within Los Angeles County ranging from large powerhouses to smaller companies. Although most registered talent agencies are legitimate, it is often the smaller, unlicensed talent agencies that charge upfront fees or refuse to remove content at the request of a client.The Talent Scam Prevention Act outlawed such practices; however, the law passed in 2009 and did not regulate newer forms of technology. This bill updates the talent service laws to accommodate new technologies, such as mobile apps and online services that are not on the internet as websites. The bill applies the same 10-day deadline that currently applies to the removal of website content and photos to the removal of content and photos from mobile apps and online services. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Government Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Talent Agency Scam Prevention Bill Passes First Policy Committee Published on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 2:02 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Community News More Cool Stuff Herbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPriyanka Chopra’s 10 Year Challenge Pic Will Surprise YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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PerkinElmer Launches Industry-Leading Solus One E. coli O157 Pathogen Detection Assay for Beef &…

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness PerkinElmer Launches Industry-Leading Solus One E. coli O157 Pathogen Detection Assay for Beef & Beef Trim Testing Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp TAGS  Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 27, 2021 WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 27, 2021– PerkinElmer, Inc., a global leader committed to innovating for a healthier world, today launched the Solus One E. coli O157 Pathogen Detection Assay for raw ground beef and raw beef trim. This system is designed for customers who receive a high volume of food samples daily and need a highly sensitive, cost effective assay. The assay is compatible with the Dynex DS2 automated reader, offering industry-leading result sample volume. Escherichia coli ( E. coli ) is bacteria commonly found as part of normal gut flora of humans and animals. Most are harmless; however, some strains — including the most common E. coli O157 — produce toxins that can cause intestinal illness especially in people in higher risk categories such as pregnant women, immunosuppressed people and the elderly. Having robust and accurate E. coli testing capabilities enables food suppliers to take action faster if the pathogen is detected in their facilities. PerkinElmer’s Solus One E. coli O157 system features a single, 10-hour enrichment, one-step sample preparation and automated workflow to process up to 192 tests per run. The user-friendly instrument, kits and methods also require less training than traditional approaches for lab technicians, enabling them to “set it and forget it” for up to two hours, freeing their time to conduct other lab work such as running another automated protocol to maximize sample throughput. “ E. coli O157 is important and requires scientific expertise to provide solutions that food processors and contract labs can trust,” said Greg Sears, VP and GM of Food at PerkinElmer. “With our new high throughput offering, we can help food processors stay ahead of the constant E. coli testing cycle by streamlining their testing workflows and increasing productivity while helping to protect consumer safety in the global food chain.” PerkinElmer’s meat testing and analysis innovations are part of the Company’s broader safety and quality solutions for food, including grain, dairy, meats, produce, edible oils and seafood. For more information please visit https://www.perkinelmer.com/category/pathogens-in-food. About PerkinElmer PerkinElmer enables scientists, researchers and clinicians to address their most critical challenges across science and healthcare. With a mission focused on innovating for a healthier world, we deliver unique solutions to serve the diagnostics, life sciences, food and applied markets. We strategically partner with customers to enable earlier and more accurate insights supported by deep market knowledge and technical expertise. Our dedicated team of about 14,000 employees worldwide is passionate about helping customers work to create healthier families, improve the quality of life, and sustain the wellbeing and longevity of people globally. The Company reported revenue of approximately $2.9 billion in 2019, serves customers in 190 countries, and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Additional information is available through 1-877-PKI-NYSE, or at www.perkinelmer.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005144/en/ CONTACT: Adriana Howell +1 765 918 3070 [email protected] KEYWORD: MASSACHUSETTS UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BIOTECHNOLOGY PHARMACEUTICAL HEALTH MEDICAL DEVICES SOURCE: PerkinElmer, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/27/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 01/27/2021 09:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005144/en Pinterest Previous articleFlexco and MLT Minet Lacing Technology Establish Strategic Partnership in North AmericaNext articleeMoney Advisor Introduces Rebranded Digital Marketing Solution, Bamboo Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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Former Miss Kentucky admits she sent topless photos to young boy, officials say

first_imgKanawha County Sheriff’s Office(CROSS LANES, W.Va.) — She impressed beauty pageant judges with her fiddle playing and tugged at hearts with her personal battle with multiple sclerosis, but now former Miss Kentucky Ramsey Bearse is back in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.The 28-year-old Bearse was arrested in West Virginia on suspicion of sending topless photos via Snapchat to a teenage boy, authorities said.“This is a very difficult day, and this is a shock to her, and to me, and to everyone else,” Bearse’s attorney, Al Emch, told reporters following her arraignment in Kanawha County, West Virginia, Magistrate Court.Bearse, an eighth-grade science teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, was charged with four felony counts of distribution or display of obscene matter to minors.She was arrested on Thursday after she admitted to investigators from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office that she sent the victim at least four topless images of herself between August and October, according to a criminal complaint. At the time, the victim was 14 or 15 years old, sheriff’s officials said.An investigation was launched on Dec. 5 when the victim’s mother contacted the sheriff’s office to complain that she discovered the nude photos of Bearse on her son’s cellphone, according to the criminal complaint.“The parent informed me that her son attended Andrew Jackson his sixth through eighth grade, during which Ramsey Bearse was a teacher during some of that time,” Detective S.D. Ferrell wrote in the criminal complaint.Officials at Andrew Jackson Middle School would only confirm that Bearse is a teacher at the school.“We cannot comment on personnel matters, but we will follow all applicable policies and procedures,” Kanawha County Schools officials said in a statement. “The safety and security of our students is our top priority.”Following her arraignment on Friday, Bearse, who has been married to a coal mining executive since 2016, told reporters, “I have no comment to make to you all at this time.”If convicted of the charges, Bearse faces up to 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.Emch’s request to have her released on her own recognizance was rejected by a magistrate, who told him during the arraignment, “I don’t think that would be proper at this stage.”Bearse was released from custody after posting a $10,000 property bond, officials said.She was crowned Miss Kentucky in June 2014 under her maiden name Ramsey Carpenter. She went on to compete in the 2015 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, placing among the top 12 semi-finalists and winning the preliminary talent competition for her bluegrass fiddle playing.The winner of the Miss America pageant the year Bearse competed was Miss New York Nina Davuluri.During her reign as Miss Kentucky, Bearse promoted the platform of multiple sclerosis awareness, speaking out in numerous interviews about being diagnosed in 2010 with the disabling disease of the central nervous system. She served as spokeswoman for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.Sgt. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office said Bearse’s case is a wake-up call to all parents of young children.“There are a lot of bad situations that can arise because of a naive understanding of how social media works,” Humphreys told ABC affiliate station WCHS-TV in Charleston, West Virginia, adding, “So it’s important as a parent to monitor those things, keep tabs on who your children are communicating with.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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The sorcerer’s apprentices

first_imgThe sorcerer’s apprenticesOn 4 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Anyone who applies for a job in one of B&Q’s DIY stores is in for ashock. Not for B&Q the terse little letter, asking promising candidates tocome in for interview, or informing the unsuccessful of their doom. Instead,candidates will receive a document with a graph on it plotting theirpersonality against population norms on such factors as conscientiousness,cleanliness and integrity, and a commentary explaining why they may or may notbe cut out for a life in customer service. Thanks to an ‘Automated Telephone Screening Interview’ – a telephone-basedpsychometric questionnaire – the store claims to be able to tell which of the200,000 applicants each year might be suitable for one of 15,000 jobs. Bypressing numbers on a phone, B&Q tests personalities to see if applicantsfit with the kind of ‘culture’ it wants in its shops. “I prefer to have myclosest relationships outside work rather than with a colleague,” thesystem asks, or “I believe most people will steal if they can get away withit.” You press five for ‘very like me’ or numbers down to one for ‘nothinglike me at all’. Brave new techniques Following the ‘interview’, the system works out a score and generates thedocument. The successful go on to a database so managers at one of the 320stores can pick from a shortlist. Only then will candidates be asked aboutdrill bits, paint finishes and pyracanthas. There is always a section of the HR community who become incontinent withexcitement about go-ahead psychological sorcery like this. Imagine, they say tothemselves, a whole shop of people sharing personality traits – everybodyyes-siring and can-doing and going the extra mile – but not swiping stock orimpregnating their colleagues. Fantastic! But isn’t it all a bit too Brave New World? Recruitment is becoming atool for breeding social stability in the workplace, a kind ofpseudo-scientific caste system. The next step might be hatching employees inincubators. It is with a certain cheek, that the company has ‘respect forpeople’ as one of its five ‘values’ adorning wall plaques in stores across theland. Prospective scoffers should not be too quick, though. B&Q has beenoutspokenly progressive on HR. It is in the vanguard of employers who havetaken up the cause of older workers (they know more about DIY), has verygenerous profit-share policies and has pioneered flexible working and elearning. Moreover, its automated recruitment scheme has the advantage ofconsistency and does not discriminate on race or gender. Store managerswhittling down a pile of applications by the time-honoured method of capriceand prejudice is not exactly ideal. The psychometric commentary is part of an effort to provide feedback toapplicants (part of psychometric best practice). Yet the most powerful argumentin its favour is a simple one: since the psychometric system was adopted in1999, staff turnover has fallen, from 35 per cent a year to 29 per cent. Psychometric tests, of course, remain controversial. To some they are wickedbecause they are darkly accurate, boiling down personalities to theiralchemical essence. To others they are wicked because they are inaccurate, withas much predictive veracity for employment as sorting by birth weight. But assuming the technical bona fides of B&Q’s test, it seems to methere are two good grounds for questioning if this sifting mechanism is, well,quite up to the job. Dubious wisdom First, it is very intrusive. Prying into the quirks and ticks of humanindividuality for the sake of an entry-level job does not seem proportionate,let alone wise. How would you like it if you went for a job selling paint, werequizzed about your relationships, and received an analysis of your personality?Second, it is dubious how this system fits with the guidelines of the BritishPsychological Society (BPS), the body that supposedly promotes responsible testuse. The BPS code of good practice says test users should “use tests only inconjunction with other assessment methods and only when their use can besupported by the available technical information”. In B&Q’s system, more than 150,000 applicants are being rejected on thebasis of a psychometric instrument alone. Fortunately for B&Q, the BPS is not clear what its own guideline means.Does it mean psychometric tests should not be the only tool used to accept orreject someone? Or does it mean a company should use interviews and referencesin addition to psychometrics in its overall recruitment armoury? David Bartram, chairman of the BPS steering committee on test standards andresearch director of SHL, says the latter: it’s a question of overallrecruitment and B&Q is safe. Yet Colin Selby, a member of the division ofoccupational psychology at the BPS and a consultant with Penna, says theformer: no-one should be rejected solely because of a psychometric test score. To have such a confused message is a fudge of real psychological genius onthe part of the BPS, leaving organisations to invent their own rules – ablyassisted by suppliers with an interest in marketing psychometric applications.The truth is neither efficient nor modern: there are significant ethicaldownsides to relying on psychometrics as an initial filter that never existedwith old-fashioned manual short-listing. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Scoreboard roundup — 10/27/20

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFSWORLD SERIESLA Dodgers 3, Tampa Bay 1 (LA wins series 4-2)MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERNashville 1, Montreal 0Seattle 2, Vancouver 0Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img October 28, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 10/27/20last_img

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Scoreboard roundup — 3/13/21

first_imgMarch 13, 2021 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/13/21 Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBY: ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s games:   ——   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final  New Orleans   116  Cleveland   82 Final  Denver        103  Memphis     102 Final  Philadelphia  127  Washington  101 Final  Miami         101  Chicago     90 Final  San Antonio   104  Orlando     77 Final  Utah          114  Houston     99 Final  L.A. Lakers   105  Indiana     100   ——   NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final  Minnesota   4  Arizona       0  Final OT  Vegas       5  St. Louis     4 Final  Edmonton    6  Ottawa        2 Final  Colorado    2  Los Angeles   0 Final  San Jose    6  Anaheim       0   ——   TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final  (12)Oklahoma St.   83  (2)Baylor         74 Final  (3)Illinois        90  Rutgers           68 Final  (4)Michigan        79  Maryland          66 Final  (5)Iowa            62  Wisconsin         57 Final  (6)Alabama         85  Mississippi St.   48 Final  (7)Houston         77  Tulane            52 Final  (8)Arkansas        70  Missouri          64 Final  (9)Ohio St.        87  (20)Purdue        78 Final  (15)Florida St.    69  North Carolina    66 Final  (17)Creighton      59  UConn             56 Final  (19)San Diego St.  77  Nevada            70 Final  (23)Colorado       72  (24)Southern Cal  70  (13)Texas     at  (11)Kansas    9:30 p.m.  (Canceled)  Georgia Tech  at  (16)Virginia  6:30 p.m.  (Canceled)Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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CARAT goes to Timor-Leste

first_img View post tag: US Navy Share this article U.S. Navy’s annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise will be working with Timor-Leste National Police and Forsa Defesa Timor-Leste with the arrival of U.S. Navy Task Group 75.5 in Dili, Timor-Leste, on July 31.CARAT Timor-Leste 2017 is part of a series of bilateral CARAT military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Thailand, Bangladesh, Brunei, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore.The focus of CARAT is developing maritime security capabilities and increasing interoperability among participants. Skill areas exercised during the CARAT include small boat maintenance, evidence collection, diving procedures, and antiterrorism security.CARAT is entering its 23rd year overall and its 5th year in Timor-Leste.While the exercise is designed to enhance maritime security skills and operations cohesiveness among participating forces, it also focuses on relationship building between military participants through sports and social events.U.S. Navy assets participating in CARAT Timor-Leste 2017 include Commander, Task Group 75.5, Coastal Riverine Group ONE, Underwater Construction Team TWO, and U.S. Marines with Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific. July 28, 2017 View post tag: CARAT View post tag: Timor-Leste Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy brings CARAT to Timor-Leste Authorities US Navy brings CARAT to Timor-Lestelast_img read more

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