Furthering the cause

first_img Comments are closed. Furthering the causeOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Business is missing a trick by not exploiting further education colleges fortheir e-learning prowess, says Maggie Roy of the LSCE-learning represents an important option among the plethora of trainingchoices available today. The internet plays an integral role in life, so it isgood news that learners can access training opportunities through this medium.With this in mind, further education (FE) colleges have developed an extensiverange of e-learning initiatives, tailored to the needs of the workplace. FE colleges can play a crucial role in enabling businesses to make the mostof opportunities offered by e-learning. Dedicated business units mean thesecolleges are finely attuned to the skills needed in the workplace. Vocationalcourses are created in response to these needs, thereby addressing skillsshortages and creating a more qualified workforce. Despite the training opportunities on offer from FE colleges, includinge-learning options, businesses have been slow to exploit this resource. A large number of organisations choose to spend precious resources buying incommercial training packages when there are quality-assured training programmesavailable from FE colleges. This includes the cost of e-learning initiatives. First and foremost, theyoffer flexibility in an era when demands are increasingly being made onemployees’ time. As e-learning packages can be accessed 24-hours a day,learners can choose when they want to learn and at what pace, rather thancomplying with a classroom schedule. In addition, this level of accessibilitymeans training does not have to occur during working hours. For this reason, itrepresents a viable option to staff who find it difficult to marry trainingobjectives with their work commitments. Perhaps the greatest benefit which FE colleges can bring via e-learning andother media is an upsurge in skills among the workforce. These range from problem-solving and improved literacy, to gaining theability to communicate effectively. Not least are the IT skills whiche-learning cultivates, again an essential tool in the workplace. It is clear therefore, that the advent of e-learning has created manypositive results with enormous potential for the future. It is equally clear,however, that employers need to utilise FE colleges to a greater extent ifthese results are to be fully exploited. Maggie Roy is workforce development manager of the Learning and SkillsCouncil www.lsc.gov.uk Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

LetMC reports management buyout

first_imgGlyn TrottOne of the industry’s few remaining independent software companies LetMC. com, has undergone a management buyout, led by Managing Director Glyn Trott and supported by Barclays with £500,000 to buy the firm from its Welsh letting agent owners, Pinnacle.“As the founder of LetMC. com, the management buyout seemed the natural evolution to ensure I could allocate further capital to the growth of the business,” he says.“Initially I felt the only option would be to give away equity to raise capital which would dilute my shareholding and ultimate control, so when Barclays offered to provide debt finance I was delighted as this allowed me to take the business in my chosen direction while maintaining full control.“With the rise in ‘prop tech’ and online estate agents, software development is playing a bigger and bigger role in the property sector.”LetMC is based in Cardiff and was set up in 2004 by Pinnacle as an in-house development project and initially run from a garage but now has offices including a bar for its 22 staff.“This was a complex transaction but demonstrates the bank’s commitment to supporting ambitious growth propositions,” says Barclays business manager Jason Coleman.Glyn trott management buyout software LetMC May 31, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » LetMC reports management buyout previous nextProptechLetMC reports management buyoutThe Negotiator31st May 20180571 Viewslast_img read more

In conversation with Jacob Williams, of ‘Open Oxford’ and ‘No Offence’

first_imgHow do we reconcile freedom of speech in our universities with the desire to avoid causing offence?One of the most burning questions in uni­versities today is how to protect freedom of speech, without creating a platform for those who hold extreme and hateful viewpoints.With the advent of social media, the con­versation (in terms of free speech) has moved online.In light of this, groups such Open Oxford and latterly the Young Liberal Society have been set up, ostensibly as forum to discuss issues couched in the theme of ‘free speech’.The most prominent of these is Open Oxford. I couldn’t help wondering why Jacob Wil­liams, the group’s founder, took the decision to set up such a forum, especially since it has often become mired in controversy, including most recently with a UKIP leadership hopeful trading blows with students.I asked Jacob Williams why he set up the group in the first place: “At the time I set up Open Oxford,” Williams tells me, “the Univer­sity was dominated by a climate of extreme intolerance and ideological conformity. It served its purpose of bringing alternative positions within the pale of conceivability.”Clearly, the group was perceived as playing some role to advance the cause of ‘free speech’, however Williams is far less sanguine about its future: “I no longer think it’s particularly important. It’s been in decline for some time and is now basically irrelevant”.Williams later suggested how Oxford could preserve freedom of speech: “The University should oppose and condemn all attempts to restrict or punish people for the content of their speech. It should also make the pursuit of ‘viewpoint diversity’ in all areas of its aca­demic and political life a guiding principle”Jacob Williams spoke frequently about what he saw as a “ruling ideology” and the role played by free speech in subjecting “a ruling ideology” to “rational critique”.How the university can be subject to critique by an online forum is far from clear, although Williams seems optimistic about the function free speech serves in this respect.No Offence, the magazine founded by Wil­liams, is not short of its own controversy. Deemed ‘too offensive’ for the 2015 Fresher’s Fair by OUSU, 150 copies of it were confiscated by the Thames Valley Police, following a com­plaint from students.The magazine contained a graphic description of abortion and a defence of colonialism, and is now available online.last_img read more

Speech: PM statement on European Council: 25 March 2019

first_imgWith permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a Statement on last week’s European Council.Before the Council, I wrote to President Tusk to seek formal approval for the legally-binding assurances on the Northern Ireland backstop and Alternative Arrangements agreed in Strasbourg on 11th March. I reported your Statement, Mr Speaker, which made clear that for a further Meaningful Vote to take place, the deal would have to be “fundamentally different – not different in terms of wording, but different in terms of substance.”I explained that, as a result, some Honourable and Right Honourable Members were seeking further changes to the Withdrawal Agreement.And I requested a short extension to the Article 50 process to 30th June. I regret having to do so. I wanted to deliver Brexit on 29th March. But I am conscious of my duties as Prime Minister to all parts of our United Kingdom and of the damage to that Union leaving without a deal could do when one part of it is without devolved government and unable therefore to prepare properly.The Council formally endorsed the legal Instrument relating to the Withdrawal Agreement and the Joint Statement supplementing the Political Declaration.This should increase the confidence of the House that the backstop is unlikely ever to be used, and would only be temporary if it is.But the Council also reiterated, once again, its longstanding position that there could be no reopening of the Withdrawal Agreement.So however the House decides to proceed this week, everyone should be absolutely clear that changing the Withdrawal Agreement is simply not an option.Turning to extending Article 50, this has always required the unanimous agreement of the other 27 Member States.As I have made clear before, it was never guaranteed that the EU would agree to an extension – or the terms on which we requested it.And they did not.Instead the Council agreed that if the House approves the Withdrawal Agreement this week, our departure will be extended to 11pm on 22nd May.This will allow time for Parliament to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which is legally necessary for the deal to be ratified.But if the House does not approve the Withdrawal Agreement this week, our departure will instead be extended only to 11pm on 12th April.At this point we would either leave with No Deal, or we would “indicate a way forward before this date for consideration by the European Council”.If this involved a further extension, it would certainly mean participation in the European Parliamentary elections.The Council’s Conclusions were subsequently turned into a legal Decision, with which the UK agreed, and which came into force last Friday.So while the Government has today laid a Statutory Instrument, which will be debated later this week, to reflect this in our own domestic legislation, the date for our departure from the EU has now changed in international law.Were the House not to pass the Statutory Instrument, it would cause legal confusion and damaging uncertainty, but it would not have any effect on the date of our exit.Mr Speaker, I continue to believe that the right path forward is for the United Kingdom to leave the EU as soon as possible with a deal, now on 22nd May.But it is with great regret that I have had to conclude that as things stand, there is still not sufficient support in the House to bring back the deal for a third Meaningful Vote.I continue to have discussions with colleagues across the House to build support, so that we can bring the vote forward this week, and guarantee Brexit.If we cannot, the Government made a commitment that we would work across the House to find a majority on a way forward.The amendment in the name of my Right Honourable Friend the Member for West Dorset seeks to provide for this process by taking control of the Order Paper. I continue to believe doing so would be an unwelcome precedent to set, which would overturn the balance of our democratic institutions.So the Government will oppose this amendment this evening, but in order to fulfil our commitments to this House would seek to provide government time in order for this process to proceed.It would be for this House to put forward options for consideration, and to determine the procedure by which they wished to do so.I must confess that I am sceptical about such a process of indicative votes.When we have tried this kind of thing in the past, it has produced contradictory outcomes or no outcome at all. There is a further risk when it comes to Brexit, as the UK is only one half of the equation and the votes could lead to an outcome that is unnegotiable with the EU.No Government could give a blank cheque to commit to an outcome without knowing what it is.So I cannot commit the Government to delivering the outcome of any votes held by this house. But I do commit to engaging constructively with this process.There are many different views on the way forward, but I want to explain the options as I understand them.The default outcome continues to be to leave with No Deal.But this house has previously expressed its opposition to that path, and may very well do so again this week.The alternative is to pursue a different form of Brexit or a Second Referendum.But the bottom line remains, if the House does not approve the Withdrawal Agreement this week, and is not prepared to countenance leaving without a deal we will have to seek a longer extension. This would entail the UK having to hold European Elections. And it would mean that we will not have been able to guarantee Brexit.These are now choices the House will have the opportunity to express its view on.Mr Speaker, this is the first chance I have had to address the House since my remarks last Wednesday evening.I expressed my frustration with our collective failure to take a decision, but I know that many Members across this House are frustrated too.We all have difficult jobs to do.People on all sides of the debate hold passionate views and I respect those differences.I would also like to thank all of those colleagues that have supported the deal so far, and those that have taken the time to meet with me to discuss their concerns.I hope we can all agree, we are now at the moment of decision.And in doing so we must confront the reality of the hard choices before us.Unless this House agrees to it, No Deal will not happen.No Brexit must not happen.And a slow Brexit which extends Article 50 beyond 22nd May, forces the British people to take part in European Elections and gives up control of any of our borders, laws, money or trade is not a Brexit that will bring the British people together.I know that the Deal I have put forward is a compromise. It seeks to deliver on the referendum and retain trust in our democracy, while also respecting the concerns of those who voted to remain.But if this House can back it, we could be out of the European Union in less than two months.There would no further extensions, no threat to Brexit and no risk of a No Deal.That I believe is the way to deliver the Brexit the British people voted for.And I commend this Statement to the House.last_img read more

Listen To JRAD’s Stunning “Terrapin Suite” > “Morning Dew” Combo From Madison [Full Audio]

first_imgToday, for the 71st edition of Taper Tuesday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has released the soundboard audio for their stunning Midwest winter tour closer. The show, performed on February 18th at Madison, Wisconsin’s Orpheum Theatre, was near flawless, chockful of the band’s innovative improvisations. Perhaps the high point of the night, however, was the band’s second set, where they laid out a truly stunning rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “Terrapin Suite”, ahead of the frame’s standout set-closing rendition of “Morning Dew”.As previously reported, “Unlike the three previous shows, the band didn’t warm up with a long jam. Instead, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead took the stage, and guitarist Tom Hamilton immediately started picking the instantly identifiable notes to ‘Althea’.” The band’s take on “Althea” led into “Gonesville”, a song off Bob Weir‘s 2016 solo effort, Cold Mountain, which JRAD debuted in April during their spectacular arena debut at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. From there, the band moved through “Cumberland Blues” and “Row Jimmy”, with each number housing a number of wild teases, before landing in the set-closing combination of “Jack Straw” and “Tennessee Jed”.After set break, the band returned with a dark, set-opening rendition of “Let It Grow”, followed by a gorgeous performance of “Crazy Fingers”. A seamless transition into “Estimated Prophet” came next, which was used as a springboard for an extended transition led by bassist Dave Dreiwitz. To the delight of the crowd, the band next laid out a triumphant rendition of the multi-song composition, “Terrapin Suite”. “Lady With A Fan” and the “Terrapin Station” segments were arguably the evening’s best moments, with the two parts executed flawlessly. However, “At A Siding’ was similarly wonderful, though the band used it as a vehicle for a more spacey jam.From there, the band moved out of the awe-worthy refrain of “Terrapin Suite”, landing in another fan-favorite,”Morning Dew”. As with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s goosebump-inducing take on the song during their rescheduled show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last August, guitarist Tom Hamilton sang the first verse a capella to an eerily quiet and truly captivated audience. The song also saw an ethereal duet between Hamilton and keyboardist Marco Benevento, which served as a perfect sendoff for the audience ahead of the band’s encore of “Drums” into “Samson & Delilah”.You can check out the setlist and stream Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s show at the Orpheum Theatre on February 18th, 2018, below, courtesy of Peter Costello and Eric McRoberts.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Orpheum Theatre | Madison, WI | 2/18/2018Set One (8:38PM – 9:56PM): Althea, Gonesville -> Cumberland Blues @, Row Jimmy -> St. Stephen Jam -> Jack Straw, Tennessee JedSet Two (10:26PM – 12:14AM?): Let It Grow -> Crazy Fingers -> Estimated Prophet -> Terrapin Station: Lady with a Fan -> Terrapin Station -> Terrapin -> Terrapin Transit -> At a Siding -> Terrapin Flyer -> Refrain > Morning DewEncore: Drums -> Samson & [email protected] – With Dark Star Teases (MB)# – With Playing in the Band Teases (TH)last_img read more

Digitizing Native American petitions

first_img Colonists’ 1767 petition uncovered in a Harvard library foreshadows the split with Britain Related The Council on Library and Information Resources, through its Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards program, has awarded a grant of $275,795 to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, in collaboration with the Yale Indian Papers Project, to create the Digital Archive of Native American Petitions in Massachusetts.With support from the Mellon Foundation, the project will digitize more than 4,500 petitions on Native American affairs that were sent to the Massachusetts legislature from 1640 to 1870. The petitions are housed at the Massachusetts Archives, which has collaborated with Harvard in digitizing them since 2012.More than a third of these petitions were sent from Native Americans themselves, including dozens of Native American nations, communities, and individuals. The project was planned in consultation with and with the support of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, the Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), and the Mohegan tribe, including consultation with representatives and governments of other Northeastern tribes and native communities. Revolutionary discovery Along with the Harvard University Native American Program, led by faculty director Dennis Norman and executive director Shelly Lowe, Radcliffe’s work on this digital archive represents an important moment of collaboration between Harvard and the Native American tribes in the Northeast.Because Massachusetts was an important trading and diplomatic space, the petitions come from the Great Lakes, contemporary Canada, Maine, and the Connecticut and Hudson River valleys. The petitions, already processed, will be cataloged with metadata information, and then digitized and rehoused.The digital repository will be created at Harvard’s Dataverse and replicated at Yale. This free, publicly accessible resource will enrich Native American studies, American history, anthropology, and other humanistic pursuits.The project is led by principal investigator Daniel Carpenter, Harvard’s Allie S. Freed Professor of Government and director of the social sciences program Academic Ventures at the Radcliffe Institute, with co-principal investigator Paul Grant-Costa, executive director of the Yale Indian Papers Project.The archive will build on the success of Harvard’s Digital Archive of Anti-Slavery and Anti-Segregation Petitions, a first-of-its-kind effort linking petition images (including signatory lists) to structural and contextual data, including an interactive map, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.last_img read more

Vermont Chamber names Governor Douglas 2010 Citizen of the Year

first_imgFor nearly five decades, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has annually awarded an individual who has gone above and beyond his or her daily requirements to better the state of Vermont through self-sacrifice, service and volunteerism.  In the crowded field of awards given to Vermont community members, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious.  This year, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the Citizen of the Year Award to Governor James H. Douglas of Middlebury.  Governor Douglas has been serving the people of Vermont for nearly 40 years.  As Governor, he has focused on strengthening Vermont’s economy, reducing the cost of living in Vermont and protecting the state’s natural environment.  Making Vermont an affordable place to live, work and raise a family has been Douglas’s top priority.In 1980, Governor Douglas ignited his political career and was elected Secretary of State.  After serving as Secretary of State for thirteen years, Governor Douglas ran for and was elected as State Treasurer in 1994.  Finally, in 2002, Douglas was elected Governor of Vermont and held this position for an impressive eight years.  Beyond government, Douglas has been active in many community organizations including the State 4-H Foundation, Mary Johnson Day Care Center, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Counseling Service of Addison County.  Governor Douglas also continues to serve as Town Moderator for Middlebury, a position he has held for more than twenty years. “Governor Douglas has been a dedicated public servant to the state of Vermont and his success is directly related to his ability to connect with Vermonters and understand their needs,” said Betsy Bishop, President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. “Vermont has benefited under the leadership of Governor Douglas whose vision, dedication and proven results have built a strong foundation for Vermont’s future growth.”The Vermont Chamber of Commerce will honor Governor James H. Douglas on October 28, 2010, beginning at 5:30 pm at the Hilton Burlington Hotel.  Tickets are $65 per person and include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a plated dinner and an opportunity to toast Douglas for his many contributions to and accomplishments in the state of Vermont.Source: Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 9.6.2010last_img read more

You Are Being Poisoned

first_imgMoving Forward  “I hate to be the pessimist, but I don’t think anything will ever quantify what needs to be done,” Bailey said. “There’s no story that can be told, there’s nothing, no matter how big this is, no matter the hundreds of millions of dollars, there is still nothing compared to the profit that they have made and are still making. I think that the only thing that’s going to have an effect is shutting down this product and shutting down this company.” So far, the EPA has not set a national standard for the presence of PFAS chemicals in drinking water.  The story of C8 and the DuPont plant in Parkersburg, W. Va. is a complicated one. It’s a story of lies and deceit, livelihoods and lives lost. It’s the story of a chemical that has remained in the environment for decades and the people dealing with its very real effects today.  Although DuPont and other companies voluntarily discontinued their use of PFOA, replacements such as GenX have already been found in places like the Cape Fear River in North Carolina.  In 1951, DuPont started using C8, a perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), at their plant in Parkersburg for the production of Teflon. This water, grease, and stain repellent coating has been used in a variety of products, including cookware, apparel, and upholstery.  “All of them have very little health and safety data,” Andrews said. “The information we do have for some of those replacements is incredibly concerning. GenX is one of these replacement chemicals. Nearly a dozen studies indicated very similar health impacts as PFOA. I think some of those assumptions the EPA made over the last decade when allowing all these new chemicals on the market are really coming into question now in terms of the adequacy of that review. Our concern is that the bar was way too low.” “I love living up here in Northern Virginia, just far enough out of the city where I can walk outside of my house and not hear anything,” he said. Soon after Sue Bailey returned to work at the plant, DuPont transferred all female employees out of areas where they might come in contact with C8.  In 2018, The Devil We Know premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Although Bailey had seen pieces of the rough draft, it wasn’t until opening night that he saw the film in its entirety.  Since then, the film has premiered all over the world and is now available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon.  C8 is just one chemical under the family of chemicals known as per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). There are an estimated 4,800 chemicals in this family, although the Environmental Protection agency says that only 600 of those have been commercially active in the last ten years.  “I was having conversations with my mother that were real,” Bailey said. “Nothing was ever staged. Some of the camera shots were staged but that was about it. That was real conversation, real concerns that I had with my son being born, about my father not being here. Just being able to talk to my dad to know what he felt during this point. Or thinking about what my mom had to go through. It was raw.”  “The action plan seemed to be almost exactly the same as what the EPA said they were doing over a decade ago,” Andrews said. “Most of it was a plan to further study these chemicals, look into setting a drinking water limit. They laid out a lot of different options but really took no specific action on these chemicals. That’s the part that’s sorely needed here. Ultimately, we think that the companies and manufacturers that made and released these chemicals into the environment should be responsible for paying for the cleanup and clean drinking water.” One of those people, William “Bucky” Bailey, moved away from the Parkersburg community at a young age. He now lives on the border of Virginia and West Virginia, where the two state governments argue over who is responsible for maintaining the road.  The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit dedicated to researching and educating the public on environmental issues, published many of those documents online for the public to see. Some of the footage he had never seen before that night, including testimonies from several DuPont employees.  “My mom knew what was up,” Bailey said. “She knew what the links were. My grandpa had made notes of my blood level. She knew she had evidence. We went back to talk to some lawyers and pretty much had doors shut in our face. So, we kind of just let it go. At the point, I am seven, eight, nine years old and I’ve got half a nose. I’d probably already had 15 to 20 surgeries on my face.” As his children grow up, Bailey hopes to pass on the same resiliency that his parents taught him. Bailey is one of the lead figures in the documentary The Devil We Know, which tells the story of the contamination of the Parkersburg community and the subsequent DuPont cover up.   Studies done by the Centers for Disease Control under the Department of Health and Human Services found these “forever chemicals” in the blood of nearly every American.  While Bailey participated in the medical study, the panel determined there was not enough of a significant sample size to link his deformities with the chemical.  But each time a new article was released, or documentary premiered, nothing seemed to happen at the institutional level. “One of the reasons that we know a lot about the health effects of these chemicals are because of that original trial in Parkersburg, West Virginia,” said David Andrews, a senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group. “One of the unique agreements that came out of that trial was that DuPont paid for a scientific study, as well as monitoring of the surrounding community. Just over 70,000 people were studied. They measured the blood levels of PFOA and then they looked at health outcomes. These studies led to probable link reports where the higher concentrations were linked to a number of specific health outcomes.” From 2005 to 2013, the C8 Science Panel studied people in six water districts in the Mid-Ohio Valley for links between exposure to the PFOA chemical and a number of diseases. The panel determined that high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer, and pregnancy-induced hypertension could all be linked to exposure to C8. At several points after the class-action suit, he thought the story of Dupont and C8 would break big time on the national scene. He sat down for countless interviews with 20/20, The Intercept, The Huffington Post, and BBC News, as well as several mini documentaries.  “Carbon-fluorine bonds are incredibly sturdy, and they don’t break down under any normal environmental process,” Andrews said. “Once these chemicals are released into the environment, they are essentially there forever. When released into the ground, released into the water, it will be there for years, centuries, millennia. They will spread out over time, but because of how potent they are at incredibly low concentrations, that may actually make the problem much worse.” Without a concrete plan moving forward at the institutional level, individuals like Bailey are continuing to speak up about the harmful effects of these chemicals in our water. “Since the deformities were not found as part of the conclusion of that study, I waived my right to pursue any type of litigation against DuPont,” he said. “I’ve never expected to get a dime from DuPont. I don’t expect to get a dime from DuPont. That’s not what drives me. People have lost so much. I’m sitting here today. I’m healthy. I’ve got a healthy wife, a healthy kid. That’s more to me than anything.” Hitting the National News Unlike some of the smaller documentaries Bailey participated in, production for The Devil We Know lasted around three years. In that time, the Baileys welcomed a son.  “This was worth it, every long night of filming,” he said. “I look back over my life and it was even worth it going through the struggles that I did just to be able to share my story. I’m a Christian believer and this kind of affirmed my faith that we all go through things for a reason. We all have to be a testimony. We all have to understand that we don’t always have it the worst off. There’s always someone else. But we still need to speak up, be the light, and do what we can.” In February, the EPA released an action plan on fluorinated chemicals. “With where we’re at today with the EPA, I don’t have any hope,” Bailey said. “There is nothing being done. There are no federal standards against the chemicals unless it’s poison gas. If it can be consumed and not kill you, we’re going to allow it. It’s not going to change until we hold people to a higher standard. Unfortunately, the issue with that is one person doesn’t think that they can do it by themselves and it doesn’t matter. That’s where our mentality has to change. My single action, my individual actions will make a difference.” Sue Bailey worked at the Parkersburg plant with the C8 waste while she was pregnant with her third child. When Bucky Bailey was born in January 1981, he had similar birth defects to his nose and eye that were found in the rats. There are known carcinogens (C8) in your frying pan, dental floss, and favorite outdoor jacket. Documentary lead Bucky Bailey fights for his family’s health—and yours. In 2001, attorney Rob Bilott brought a class-action suit against DuPont on behalf of residents in the area. During the discovery phase of the trial, thousands of documents came out about what DuPont and 3M knew about the chemical.  However, Bailey continues to speak out about the issue. A few years later, the Bailey family moved away from the Parkersburg area. But Sue Bailey kept thinking about the link between working at the DuPont plant and her son. “There were times that I thought I was at my breaking point, but God had other plans,” he said. “There were times when I thought that my life wasn’t worth living, to be honest. I had so many battles, but my parents pushed and pulled me. They gave me the support that I need. I hope that’s what I’ve done for them. For them to be able to have a voice no matter what and to speak up for others.” Bailey was newly married when he learned about the investigation and suit. He remembered his mother talking about the link between C8 and his deformities, something he hadn’t focused on in his childhood.  “From ages 10 to 22, my concern was getting past these surgeries,” he said. “I had surgeries that were in excess of eight hours where 120 stitches were put in my face at one time. Rib cartilage was taken out. Balloons in my forehead to stretch my skin. So, at that point, I wasn’t really worried about DuPont. I was worried about questions like: Am I going to be able to go to school in the fall? Am I going to be able to be normal? Am I going to be able to have a girlfriend?” For more than 50 years, the company released the byproduct of Teflon into the air and water surrounding the plant, knowing the health impacts the chemical could have on the environment and people living in the area. A study done by 3M, the original manufacturers of C8, found the chemical caused a variety of health problems in rats, including some birth defects. For most of his childhood, Bailey didn’t think much about confronting DuPont. “The revenge doesn’t drive me,” Bailey said. “I don’t want to sound like I don’t want justice for people, because I do. There has to be some justice for these people. I’m fine with not taking another step towards DuPont for myself. I’m not okay with hearing about chemical dumping in my country. I’m not okay with hearing this chemical is in the water in the Cape Fear River. That’s not okay to me and that drives me more each day to spread the word. I’ve got a beautiful son and a daughter on the way. They’re going to have to live in this world and drink water and take showers. That’s what drives me to never give up. To not let it fall by the wayside as it tends to do so easily.”last_img read more

10 things you can’t learn in school

first_imgSchool is great for learning basic math, events of historical importance, and what your favorite Little Debbie snack is. As crucial as those things are, some of the most important lessons come from living. Here are a few things you can’t learn in school.You need to forgiveWhether it be forgiving someone who hurt you or forgiving yourself, you need to stop holding on to that grudge. We all make mistakes and it’s time to move on and move forward. A grudge is part of you that can’t be happy. Let it go.Never give upSometimes life can get you down and make you stop trying. Refuse to lose and you will be happy with your results. If you need inspiration in this area, listen to the late, great, Coach Jim Valvano at the 1993 ESPY Awards.Make yourself happyHappiness is up to you. You’re the only one knows exactly what it is that makes you happy. If you don’t know what that is, take some time for yourself and figure it out. Make sure your relationships enrich your life, but don’t depend on them for your happiness.#FAILFailure happens. It can be a setback, but it’s not a reason to give up. Sometimes there are roadblocks, but it doesn’t mean you’re heading down the wrong path. The say you learn a lot more from failures than you do from successes. Don’t be afraid to find out for yourself.You worry too muchWe’ve all been guilty of this at one time or another. Worry is only damaging. It messes with your head, makes you anxious, and causes frustration. Instead of worrying, look for a solution. If there is nothing that can be done, get it out of your mind and be confident with the fact that it’s out of your hands.Money doesn’t fix everythingIt’s nice to have money. Money can be a great security and provide you with many “things”, but it can’t truly buy you happiness. If you think material possessions will make everything better, you’ll be sorely disappointed when you realize they’ll only bring you fleeting joy. Remember that people and relationships are more important than anything you can purchase.You can’t always get what you wantI’m sure Mick Jagger has been telling you this for years, and for good reason. We all have plans and dreams, and sometimes we achieve those things, and sometimes life has other ideas. Life can be a lot like an experiment. You may have to try a lot different things to find something that works.Its not always about youA lot of your attention is on your hectic schedule and the things you have to get done. But if we don’t take a few minutes to look around every once in a while, life will just pass us by. Sometimes we focus on little disappointments when we should be taking a look at the big picture. Often times those little disappointments are just setting us up for success. So next time you “sweat the small stuff,” remember the big picture and enjoy the ride.Don’t take anything for grantedAppreciate the people and experiences in your life. Time moves quickly and before you know it you’re not as young as you used to be. Make sure to tell those important people in your life know just how much they mean to you, while you still have the chance.Laughter is indeed the best medicineNothing will pick you up like laughing. Whenever you’re down, find some reasons to be happy and joke around when those who lift your spirits. Laughter is contagious and it should be something that you’re not afraid to pass on. 143SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Tyler Cameron Teases ‘Bachelor’ Appearance on Matt James’ Season

first_imgThe Florida native revealed that he was “nervous” to see what James, 28, would be like as the Bachelor, because before he began filming he was “getting in sick shape” and trying to be the best version of himself.Tyler Cameron Teases Appearance on Matt James Bachelor Season Jokes About Pal’s EngagementMatt James and Tyler Cameron Rachel Wang/January Images/Shutterstock“You know he cares about how he’s going to be portrayed and how he’s gonna look [on TV] and so I was like, ‘Are we gonna get robot Matt? Or are we gonna get Matt Matt?’” Cameron said. “Cause I talked to some of the people, like, the stylists [and] just asking everyone about, like ‘How’s Matt?’ And they’re like, ‘Matt’s great. But all he does is eat salads and salmon.’ I’m like, that’s not the Matt I know!”The Bachelorette alum noted that he did see James recently and he “was great” when they reunited.- Advertisement – “We are going to get a full dose of Matt,” the reality star assured his fans. “He’s gonna have fun, he’s gonna be very vulnerable, he’s gonna open himself up. We’re gonna learn — I’m gonna learn so much about Matt. This is gonna be good, it’ll be good for him.”The Barkitecture cohost said that “hopefully Matt comes home happy with somebody” and that he is “in love” once the season ends.He also joked about what an engagement would mean for their friendship, since the men live together in New York City.- Advertisement – Friend approved? Tyler Cameron hinted at a possible Bachelor cameo during his best friend Matt James’ upcoming season of the dating series.“I saw him recently,” Cameron, 27, said on the Sunday, November 15, episode of the “Chicks in the Office” podcast, seemingly confirming that he will pop up on season 25 of The Bachelor. “No spoilers!”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I guess I’m gonna have a third roommate now so that’ll be an interesting dynamic you know?” he said. “Maybe he’ll kick me out. I could see me just getting pushed out [and him saying], ‘Screw you, Tyler. You need to get your s–t together before you come back.’”Cameron revealed that he thinks he will “have like a mom and a dad” that will “always [be] shunning me” if James proposes on the show.He then poked fun at his roommate, saying that he has only seen him kiss one girl and it was not a pretty sight.“The one time I saw him — he’s got these big hands, you know? And so his hand was, like, taking up [a lot] of her face kissing her, and I’m like, this just looks weird,” he said. “I’m hoping Matt moves his hand down a little bit.”Earlier this month, Cameron revealed that he is happy his pal didn’t end up competing for Clare Crawley’s heart on The Bachelorette.“That boy dodged a bullet,” the season 15 Bachelorette runner-up told E! News. “That boy is on his own. Just ‘cause it’s a mess. It’s just a disaster,” he added, referencing Crawley’s exit from the show after two weeks of filming. The hairstylist, 39, got engaged to contestant Dale Moss and left the show, resulting in Tayshia Adams stepping in as the second lead of the season.ABC initially announced the Wake Forest graduate as one of the suitors for season 16 of The Bachelorette in March. When production was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the network named James the lead for season 25.James’ journey for love began at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania last month.The Bachelor is set to premiere in January 2021. The Bachelorette airs on ABC Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestantslast_img read more