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South East finance sector staff feeling the strain

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first_img Comments are closed. Financialservices’ workers in the south east of England feel more stressed thancolleagues in other parts of the country, according to the finance union Unifi.Asurvey of union members in London and the South East showed 99 per centsometimes felt stressed at work, compared to 78 per cent nationally.Some85 per cent believed stress was having a negative impact on their home andfamily life, with 82 per cent arguing it was having a negative impact on theirworking lives.EdSweeney, Unifi general secretary, said: “Finance staff in London and theSouth East are skipping their lunch breaks, coming in early and staying late.The region is a stress hotspot and the pressure on staff is intense.”Unifiargued the main reason was that under-staffing is acute in the South East,while the widespread use of temporary workers caused an extra burden onfull-time staff, who were constantly having to train new colleagues. South East finance sector staff feeling the strainOn 1 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Students Sue To Avoid AP Test Retakes After Glitches

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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Alberto G. / CC BY 2.0 High school students who were blocked by technical issues from submitting their completed online Advanced Placement exams sued Wednesday demanding their work be counted. The executive who oversees the program said they likely would have to retake the tests instead.About 15,550 of the more than 3 million timed tests taken at home during the past two weeks resulted in errors, according to data provided by the College Board.Students have publicly shared their anger and frustration at watching the clock run out while they frantically tried to submit responses.Mika Newey got a series of increasingly upsetting texts from her daughter, Claire, as the 17-year-old tried seven or eight times to upload an AP English essay from their Hobbs, New Mexico home last week: “Mom, I finished the test. I thought I did real good. It won’t submit.”“It won’t submit. It won’t go through.”And finally, “I’m going to have to retake the test.”“I was freaking out. It was very stressful,” Claire Newey said by phone, adding she took AP government and calculus exams with no trouble on previous days.Students who score well enough on the College Board’s AP exams have a chance to earn college credit. The three-hour exams are typically taken on paper in school but were quickly redesigned as 45-minute online exams when the coronavirus shut down schools and put a halt to large gatherings.College Board President David Coleman said he understands the frustration of those who couldn’t submit their results but said no student has lost the chance at college credit.“The worst recourse is that they will have to retest,” he said by phone, noting security issues surrounding accepting work saved by students last week.“We are looking at everything we can do to see if there’s any submitted work that we can grade and score,” he said.“The only thing that would stop us is not some bureaucratic inflexibility or a cold heart. …. We just have to work within the limits of our secure procedures,” he said.The technical problems, Coleman said, appeared to arise from students working on older devices with outdated browsers or newer smartphones that made it difficult for them to upload photos of their written responses.The issues affected half of 1% of tests, the College Board said.Students testing this week have been given the backup option of submitting answers through email, and customer service and makeup requests have decreased.Mika Newey said that took the pressure off of her daughter this week but wondered why such a safety net was not available from the start.Despite the shift to computer testing, a slightly higher percentage of students completed the exams through the first seven days of testing than in a typical year, the College Board said.A class-action lawsuit demands the College Board accept the time-stamped answers of students who could not submit them last week instead of requiring re-testing in June. The suit also seeks more than $500 million in damages from the not-for-profit College Board and Educational Testing Service, which administers the tests, claiming, among other things, breach of contract, negligence and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.“The first week of the 2020 AP exams revealed the deep digital divide among AP test-takers, and it became clear how the revised exam format disproportionately impacted certain groups of students, including those who are underresourced, who lack access to technology or quiet workspaces, students with disabilities, and students testing in non-ideal time zones,” according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in California.Along with students and families, the suit was filed by the nonprofit National Center for Fair & Open Testing, known as FairTest, which targets the misuse of standardized tests. FairTest interim Executive Director Bob Schaeffer and the plaintiffs’ attorneys accused the College Board of rushing out the computerized exams to preserve revenue. Students or schools pay about $94 per test.“This is inexcusable in light of the unprecedented challenges faced by students and their families this year,” Los Angeles attorney Phillip Baker and attorney Marci Lerner Miller of Newport Beach, California, said in a written statement.The College Board’s general counsel, Peter Schwartz, said it would vigorously defend itself against the lawsuit, which he called factually wrong and legally baseless.“This lawsuit is a PR stunt masquerading as a legal complaint being manufactured by an opportunistic organization that prioritizes media coverage for itself,” Schwartz said in a statement.ETS did not immediately comment.last_img read more

Governor Taps Hanlon As Monmouth County Clerk

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first_imgBy John BurtonGov. Chris Christie has selected a long involved Republican activist to be the next county clerk. Now it’s up to the state Senate to offer its advice and consent.Christie has tapped Christine Giordano Hanlon, an attorney and vice chairwoman of the Monmouth County Republican Committee, to fill the vacancy when long-serving County Clerk M. Claire retires effective April 1.According to French, Hanlon’s nomination is contingent on the approval of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee. If approved, Hanlon would have to run this November for the clerk’s full five-year term.The judiciary committee was scheduled to convene this week but it was unlikely its members would take up Hanlon’s nomination this quickly, French suspected.“I’m hopeful we can get her nomination approved by the judiciary as soon as possible,” French said.Hanlon, an Ocean Township resident, has been a practicing lawyer for more than 20 years. She currently works for the Archer and Greiner law firm’s Red Bank office, where she focuses on municipal law and civil litigation.Hanlon is also a Republican state committeewoman representing Monmouth County and in 2009 she served on Christie’s transition team for the attorney general’s office.  She was the Monmouth County campaign coordinator for Christie on his first run for governor in 2009 and had been the county coordinator for the McCain-Palin GOP ticket in 2008. She has been on the Monmouth County Board of Elections for approximately five years.“She’s a very hard worker and a very capable person,” Thomas Szymanski, executive director for the county Republican committee, said of Hanlon this week.“I’m very honored to have been nominated for this position by Gov. Christie,” Hanlon said on Tuesday. “It’s a very exciting opportunity.”It was with her work with the board of elections that French said she has gotten to know Hanlon, calling her “an expert on election issues.”“And that is a great help in this job,” French maintained.That and her legal background has given Hanlon “a good amount of experience to fill the role,” Hanlon noted. “I can only hope to live up to the standard of excellence that Claire has set,” she added, tipping her hat to the current clerk.The county clerk’s office has responsibilities over recording all property records; oversees the county archives division, for the large collection of public documents, some of which date back to the 17th century; the county passport division, assisting county residents in obtaining their passports; and administering the elections division, requiring the office to prepare ballots, process vote-by-mail applications, tabulate vote totals and certify county results for the New Jersey Secretary of State.Hanlon, in 2012, had unsuccessfully challenged then county GOP chairman John O. Bennett, losing to the former state senator by a very narrow margin. When Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden won the chairmanship from Bennett in 2014, Golden named Hanlon as one of his four vice chairs, dividing the county into sections.French last month announced she would be retiring before finishing her fourth, five-year term, holding the position for 18 years.last_img read more

Canine Graduate Joins Sheriff Department

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first_img“It’s an honor to welcome this highly trained K-9 team to our unit,” Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said in a released statement. This team, Golden continued, “will prove to be a great asset to Monmouth County and local police departments when it comes to bolstering homeland security capabilities, by playing a vital role in protecting our country against criminal and terroristic threats.”The sheriff ’s office K-9 unit currently has seven handlers and eight K-9 members, making up the unit’s two explosives/patrol teams, three narcotics/patrol teams, one explosives team, one tracking team and one narcotics team, according to the office.The unit is called upon to assist local police departments with narcotics and explosive detection and criminal and missing persons searches. The unit in 2015 responded to 109 explosives calls, 212 tracking and 256 narcotics calls. In addition, the unit presented 147 K-9 demonstrations for last year. The State Police established its Canine Unit in 1987, as part of the department’s Investigation Section. In 2004 the unit was re-assigned to the State Police’s Special Operations Section within its Homeland Security Branch.The State Police’s Canine Unit presently has 24 teams. They’re regularly assigned to assist federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies on an as-needed basis.Along with those responsibilities, the state teams are responsible for enhancing the security at the Statehouse Complex, Trenton, and are assigned to the New Jersey Turnpike and Atlantic City Airport. During their time at the academy, the duo was among 22 teams to complete training and graduate, having met the state Office of Attorney General’s guidelines for the program.The teams participated in areas such as tracking scent and patrol, narcotics detection, explosives detection and fire patrol. As part of their training the teams were on State Police boats at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, and utilized vacant buildings and lots.The two-legged team members were instructed at the academy on criminal case law, crime scene preservation, basic canine obedience, agility and environmental training as well as working with their four-legged partners on socialization with crowds.center_img By John BurtonFREEHOLD – Another partnering of officer and man’s best friend recently arrived at the Monmouth County Sheriff ’s Office.Sheriff ’s Officer Ralph Irizzary and his K-9 team member, Fuze, a two-year-old German shepherd, in June graduated from the New Jersey State Police Canine Training Academy, Hamilton.Irizzary and Fuze completed the 33-week course that involved intensive training in such areas as explosive detection and patrol.Irizzary and Fuze will be part of the office’s explosives detection team, where they will specialize in response when dealing with potentially dangerous situations, according to the Sheriff ’s Office.“I’m grateful to the Monmouth County Sheriff ’s Office for providing Fuze and me with this great opportunity,” to be part of this team, said Irizzary in a released statement.last_img read more

NYC Flexes Its Entrepreneurial Spirit with Internet Week

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first_imgToday marks the beginning of Internet Week in New York City, an open event taking place all over the city that is “celebrating New York’s thriving Internet industry and community.” Started just two years ago, the festival is expected to draw more than 20,000 people to hundreds of official and unofficial events, a number of which are custom tailored to the startup community and should be on the top of the agenda for entrepreneurs in the Tri-State region.Whether you have an idea and are looking for a co-founder, want some feedback on your idea or are just looking to grab a drink with some other folks in the startup game, there’s a plethora of events this week in NYC that will cater to your entrepreneurial side. (You can even join us at our Real-Time Web Summit on Friday at the Metropolitan Pavilion.) And as if you haven’t heard it before, it’s not only about what you know, but who you know, and there will be lots of “who”s around to get to knowing. In previous years, the event has been completely decentralized, but Internet Week has a headquarters this time around. Passes to the expo center, which consists of 12,000 square feet of lounges, Wi-Fi and exhibitions, are available online for $10. If the headquarters isn’t your cup of tea, however, there are any number of other events throughout the city listed on the Internet Week website. The site has a full schedule posted with a special category for startups that we highly recommend checking out. Attendees can also make a customized schedule on the website and keep up to date with the Internet Week iPhone app.The event is yet another sign that New York is looking to flex its technology muscles and gain some ground on Silicon Valley in the startup field, as it follows last week’s announcement by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that the city-sponsored NYC Entrepreneurial Fund had made its first $300,000 investment in local startup MyCityWay. Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts mike melansonlast_img read more

Cisco Explains the 7 Deadly Weaknesses of Social Network Users and More in Security Report

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first_imgTags:#enterprise#networking klint finley Related Posts Java and PDF are both frequently exploited, but according to Cisco Java exploits rose last year and PDF exploits fell. Java surpassed PDF as the most commonly exploited technology.Cybercrime in the Post-PC EraAccording to the report, Windows has been so prevalent and so easy to exploit that there was no need for criminals to try to exploit other systems. However, the proliferation of other devices and OSes along with improved security in Windows 7 has changed that.However, this move is happening slowly. A report from Forrester on security in the post-PC era notes that mobile device OSes are inherently more secure than desktop OSes due to sandboxing. This means that even jailbroken iPhones and rooted Android phones will be harder to compromise than older Windows PCs. However, social engineers can prey on anyone, regardless of the device they are using.The Cloud: Friend or Foe?The report cites the cloud as having both benefits and drawbacks for security. The drawback is that data can be intercepted while traveling between a server and the devices that access it. The advantage is that having data stored off-device makes it hard to extract sensitive information from lost or stolen devices.Money MulesThe report has an interesting section on “money mules.” Once a criminal has stolen a victim’s bank account information, they need a way to get the money into their own accounts without getting caught. Money mules are people who transfer money from a victim’s bank account to a criminal. One way to do this is to transfer money into the mule’s account, then have the mule wire it via Western Union to the criminals overseas. The recipient of the wire from Western Union might not have to provide bank account information to receive the money, making them more difficult to trace.Some mules are low-level criminals who participate for the money. Others are duped by work at home job ads. Students and people with large debts are often targets.However, there’s a shortage of mules. “Currently, the ratio of stolen account credentials to available mule capacity could be as high as 10,000 to 1,” says the report.Winners of the Cybercrime ShowcaseCisco highlights two winners in this year’s “Cybercrime Showcase” – a “good” winner and an “evil” winner.The Good winner is Thorsten Holz of the security firm LastLine. Holz identified the top 30 servers that the botnet Pushdo/Cutwail used for sending spam. Holz got ISPs to shutdown those servers and, as a result, the rate of spam decreased from 350 billion messages per day to 300 billion per day.The Evil winner is Stuxnet, which we’ve covered frequently.What, No Malvertising?Surprisingly, there is no discussion of malvertising in the report. You can read our post “What You Need to Know About Malvertising” for more about this threat. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Social EngineeringCisco warns of the “seven deadly weaknesses” exploited by social engineers:Sex AppealGreedVanityTrustSlothCompassionUrgency Even the most savvy users can fall prey to social engineering. For example, Thomas Ryan of Provide Security created fake identity called “Robin Sage.” Ryan was able to get hundreds of government officials and security professionals to friend this imaginary person on social networking sites and, as a result, share personal information with Ryan.According to the report:Clickthrough rates for most malware or spam incidents consistently hover at around 3 percent, according to data from Cisco ScanSafe. While 3 percent may not seem high, imagine the impact of repeated waves of spam to which 3 percent of workers consistently respond to and click on. Even this small percentage is the equivalent of having a gaping hole in the network firewall that cannot be closed. Instead of trying to change human behavior, security researchers are exploring the possibility of changing the way we use software to reduce risks.Java: The New Number One Target Cisco released its 2010 Annual Security Report yesterday. The report covers criminals’ slow shift from targeting Windows PCs to targeting other operating systems and devices, the importance of exploiting users’ trust in their social network friends and the rise of Java exploits, and more.Social NetworksAccording to Cisco, criminals are targeting social network users more aggressively. In particular, criminals are spending more time and effort trying to steal users’ social networking credentials, since that makes it possible to exploit the trust of all that users’ friends.Although the exploitation of trust is crucial, Cisco predicts a decline in simple phishing and social networking scams. The company expects instead a rise exploits similar to the Zeus trojan, which steals banking credentials and propagates on social networks, mobile devices and more. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

You Cannot Be a Trusted Advisor Without Trust. Or Advice.

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first_imgYou only need two things to be a trusted advisor: trust and advice. But you do need both of these attributes; one alone will not a trusted advisor make.Without AdviceTrust without advice doesn’t make you a trusted advisor. It just makes you trusted. This is better than not being trusted, but it limits you in your ability to help your dream clients produce better results. Without the advice portion of this equation, you can’t really help your dream client in such a way that they would consider you their advisor.Without the advice, you can’t explain the dissonance that your dream clients feel. You can’t help them develop a compelling case for change for a problem worth solving. Without the advice, you can’t get to the root cause of their issues, nor can you help them explore potential options for producing better results, and weigh the trade-offs.You cannot be an advisor without being able to advise. Advising requires business acumen, situational knowledge, and wisdom. The harder earned the wisdom, the better.You might be an order-taker. You might be a supplier or even a preferred supplier. But you can’t be a trusted advisor without advice.Without TrustYou also can’t be a trusted advisor without trust. In a lot of cases, advice without trust makes you appear self-oriented, as if you are proposing some new idea for your own benefit, not your prospective client’s advantage.Change doesn’t come easy. The recommendation to change without trust creates resistance. Even with the best advice, it can be hard to create a case for change and compel others to action when they don’t know your true motives. Your dream client may also be unduly skeptical, not because they don’t trust the advice, but because they don’t trust you.People will resist sharing the real root causes of their problems and challenges if they can’t trust you. They won’t share the internal politics that prevent change.You might be a smart person with interesting ideas. You might also be someone people will listen to. But you won’t be the person that people decide to do business with if they don’t believe they can trust you.Trust + Advice = Trusted AdvisorThere will always be people who suggest that relationships aren’t what’s important, that technology is going to revolutionize sales and eliminate jobs, that artificial intelligence and automation are going to be the future of sales—and business.All things being equal, relationships win. All things being unequal, relationships still win. Your job is to make all things unequal. To do that, you need trust, and you need advice. You need the relational value that comes from trust, and the economic value that comes from advice.Trust me.last_img read more

8 days agoMan Utd veteran Matic facing Inter Milan dilemma

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first_imgMan Utd veteran Matic facing Inter Milan dilemmaby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United veteran Nemanja Matic is wanted by Inter Milan ahead of the January market.The Serbian midfielder has fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season and has been an unused sub five times already.He is ready to quit Old Trafford but would like to stay until the end of the campaign to finish off the remainder of his contract, says The Sun.Inter chief Antonio Conte is desperate to add another midfielder to his squad after an impressive start to his reign.He has made the ex-Chelsea ace, who is seen as a cheaper option than others around Europe, his top transfer target.It is understood talks have already begun between Matic’s representatives and Inter over the possibility of a deal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Lucknow schedule for Pati Patni Aur Woh wrapped up

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first_imgLucknow: The Lucknow schedule of Kartik Aaryan-starrer Pati Patni Aur Woh was concluded on September 7. And, now the star cast has returned to Mumbai. Director Mudassar Aziz’s upcoming romantic-comedy Pati Patni Aur Woh, which is a remake of the famous filmmaker B R Chopra’s classic of the same name (1978), also stars Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday as female leads alongside Kartik. A lot of pictures are doing the rounds on the Internet lately, in which the whole cast and crew is seen celebrating the completion of the film’s schedule in Lucknow. While shooting in the city of Nawabs, Kartik had shared several photographs – from enjoying Lucknow’s cuisines to spending time in the streets. In one of the images, Kartik can be seen enjoying mouth-watering Lucknowi parathas and chhole sitting in an auto-rickshaw. The films will release on December 6.last_img read more

Haitian offender granted elder assisted parole hearing

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first_imgAPTN National NewsElder assisted parole hearings are normally reserved for Aboriginal inmates.But now one father wants to know why it’s possible for his daughter’s murderer to receive this special parole hearing despite the fact he is not Aboriginal.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.last_img