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A group of landscape professionals is forming a Georgia branch ofthe Professional Grounds Management Society, the nation’s oldestgroup for grounds professionals.Now in its 91st year, PGMS caters to the needs of green industryprofessionals, including grounds managers, turf specialists,horticulturists, landscape contractors, irrigation specialistsand chemical applicators.Its goal is to help develop management skills and enhanceprofessionalism. Among its benefits are an annual conference andtrade show, newsletter, directory, certification programs, freemanuals and many discounts.The society also offers a discounted student membership. Itsponsors annual scholarships, too, for high school and collegestudents. The local branch plans to offer seminars, field tripsand hands-on workshops.To learn more about PGMS and the Georgia branch being formed,contact Elizabeth Gray at (770) 393-3698 (extension 153) orAnthony Williams at (770) 945-1919.
After a successful season, the Lošinj-based Jadranka Group is further raising investments in salaries and employee education.Thus, eight percent more funds were allocated for salaries and other investments in permanent and seasonal employees than in 2018. Jadranka Group also invests multimillion amounts in additional education of its employees at all levels.The training program in the Jadranka Group includes in-house workshops, theoretical lectures and practical trainings. Among them, the Gastro Academy stands out, which directs employees to improve the skills needed for high service at the 5 * level. In addition to internal training, employees have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills and thus attend specialized programs in external institutions for highly specialized occupations, such as concierge, sommelier, bartender or butler.”We believe that the salary increase is a logical step in the development of the Group’s business and employee relations, which are a key factor for successful business. In the hotel and camping industry, we are continuously increasing our base from year to year, and thus, in addition to improving living and working conditions, we also give our employees a kind of recognition and gratitude for their collective success. Also, this year we increased the basic salaries for occupations in retail, wholesale and food production in trade.. “, Said Sanjin Šolić, President of the Management Board of Jadranka Group.Photo: Jadranka groupSpeaking about the increase in salaries and the improvement of employee conditions, Mr. Šolić pointed out that one of the Group’s priorities is to ensure the best possible conditions for the accommodation of seasonal employees. It is with this goal that the arrangement of capacities at the level of 4 * was approached, which will provide employees with adequate accommodation and provide more comfortable living conditions during their stay on Lošinj.Also, for all seasonal employees, the Jaddranka group offers the status of a permanent seasonal worker at the end of the season, which guarantees them a job for next year as well as the rights of permanent employees, an Easter card and a gift for children. By the way, Jadranka employs about 700 permanent employees, while during the tourist season the total number of employees is about 1.600 employees distributed in all subsidiaries.
CultureWatch 19 Feb 2012Myth One: DiscriminationOne complaint often made by homosexuals is that they are being discriminated against under current marriage laws, and they are being denied their rights. But these arguments are as fallacious as they are common. The truth is, no one has the kind of equality that the homosexual activists are clamouring for here. Indeed, homosexuals are no more (and no less) being discriminated against here than are all kinds of other people.Myth Two: HomophobiaOne of the most common objections is of course no objection at all; it is just a case of name calling. Instead of dealing with facts and evidence, and actually making a cogent argument, the homosexual activists will usually just resort to ad hominem attacks, verbal abuse, and mud-slinging.Myth Three: The race cardAnother way the activists seek to deceive the public is to use faulty analogies. For example, many advocates of SSM will raise the issue of racial segregation and policies which prevented people of different races from marrying (anti- miscegenation laws). They claim that just as we now have renounced such discriminatory laws regarding marriage between the races, so too we should stop the restriction on same-sex marriage. But there is simply no comparison between racist laws and defending heterosexual marriage. Even black activists have rejected such a disingenuous analogy. For example, Jesse Jackson told a group of Harvard Law School students in 2004 that “gays were never called three-fifths human in the Constitution, and they did not require the Voting Rights Act to have the right to vote.”Myth Four: EqualityFor all the talk about equality and the like, the truth is, there is no law anywhere preventing homosexuals from marrying. Anyone can marry, provided they meet the criteria for marriage. Those who do not meet these criteria are: minors, blood relatives, groups, those already married, and so on. To get married you must meet the qualifications of marriage. The primary qualification of course is to have two people, one from each gender. These restrictions apply equally to everyone, whether heterosexual or homosexual. Thus there is no discrimination here.Myth Five: Childless heterosexual couplesActivists will often raise the issue of heterosexual couples who do not have children, stating that marriage isn’t just about having children, so they should be included. But marriage is certainly always open to the possibility of children, even though for various reasons not all marriages will result in children. One commentator offers this insight on the relationship of marriage to reproduction: just turn the question around. That is, instead of asking “whether actual reproduction is essential to marriage, ask this: If marriage never had anything to do with reproduction, would there be any reason for the government to be involved in regulating or rewarding it?” Governments do not determine who your best friend should be. But when the possibility of children arises, then governments and societies are greatly concerned.ConclusionIf these are among the best objections that the activists can raise, then it seems their case for SSM is very weak indeed. None of their objections in any way make the case for destroying the institution of marriage by including homosexual couples. Excellent article – read it all – http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2012/02/19/dispelling-the-same-sex-marriage-myths/
He said: “He has big potential. He is young and this is his first full season in the first team. We need to push him to try to improve his level because he has the potential to improve. “It’s a fantastic achievement and I congratulate him. He deserves this moment because he has worked a lot. It’s an historic thing. “He’s happy in the changing room and all his team-mates are happy, and I think all our supporters and the club are happy at his achievement.” If it was Kane who put the icing on the cake at St James’ Park, it was Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen who paved the way for his late contribution as the visitors condemned Newcastle to a sixth successive league defeat. Chadli fired them in front on the half-hour and after Jack Colback had levelled 20 seconds after the restart, Eriksen scored with a free-kick which evaded all the yellow shirts in the middle and defeated keeper Tim Krul. Kane killed off any hopes of a second fightback when he rounded off a 91st-minute break to leave Pochettino delighted. He said: “We fully deserved the victory and the three points. I think our performance was better than Newcastle’s and I am very pleased for our players. “I am happy to recover this feeling after the last two games – that wasn’t good and it’s important to feel victory again.” Kane became the first Spurs player since Gary Lineker to reach the 30-mark with a late strike in his side’s 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle on Sunday. However, Pochettino is convinced the 21-year-old England hitman can improve further as he continues to make his way in the game. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is convinced there is more to come from striker Harry Kane after seeing him plunder his 30th goal of the season. It proved a difficult day for opposite number John Carver, whose side had to contend not only with Tottenham, but a boycott by some of their own fans. Carver insisted that had little impact – the official attendance at the 52,000-capacity stadium was 47,427 – but admitted the Magpies, who are currently seven points clear of the drop zone, are engaged in a survival fight. He said: “Absolutely, we’re in amongst it, there’s no danger of that, because you have got sides – and I’ll use Leicester as an example – who are winning games. We aren’t. “But we have got to find a way of trying to find some points and put some points on the board. We have to come up with a solution, I have to come up with a solution. “I have to find a method of trying to play now that might not be pretty on the eye, but I need to find a way of getting some results, getting some points. People might not like what they see, but I’m going to have to do it.” Geordie Carver was installed as Alan Pardew’s replacement until the end of the season in January, and has found himself in the firing line virtually ever since, although he is refusing to throw in the towel. He said: “It’s probably the most difficult situation I have ever been in. But I’m a fighter and I’m not going to shirk anything. I’ll take the stick and I’ll take the responsibility because that’s the type of person I am. “But I’m not going to give up on it. Yes, I’m angry and I’m annoyed, and I’ve got my own thoughts in my head that will stay private. But I have just got to get on with it because nobody else is going to do it.” Press Association
Advocaat told SAFSEE: “We know that we have to get results – we need at least six points in the last six games, then we have a chance to stay up, and we have the feeling that we can do something. “We have still to learn if and when you go behind, that you can still change a game, and we forgot to do that against Crystal Palace. “But this is a different game, a new game. We know there are only six games to go, only five weeks. We can show that we want to stay up, and I have the feeling that the players are really up for it, so hopefully we can show something on Saturday.” A 4-1 home defeat by Palace last time out set the alarm bells ringing in earnest, and while Sunderland have a game in hand on several of their rivals, it is a trip to Arsenal four days before they travel to champions-elect Chelsea in an intensely difficult finish to the campaign. Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat has set his players a six-point target to preserve their Barclays Premier League status. The Black Cats sit just a point above the drop zone going into Saturday’s testing trip to Stoke and knowing their stay in the top flight is under serious threat with Leicester in particular making a late charge. However, he is convinced two wins or the equivalent from their remaining six games will be enough to prevent them slipping into the Sky Bet Championship. Press Association
Children from the surrounding neighborhood gathered in the Von Kleinsmid Center courtyard Saturday for Chalk the Block, an annual event in which local schoolchildren ages five to 13 participate in an art competition.The children were given artist’s paper taped to the sidewalk, different colored chalk and 45 minutes to draw their dreams. Live music, games and food were also present as the children drew while parents and volunteers supervised.“We noticed that a lot of kids in the surrounding area drop out of school as they get older, and it can be very hard for them to realize that they can chase their dreams, so what we’re trying to do is inspire them to believe in themselves and their dreams,” said junior Magdalini Vraila, a member of Chalk the Block’s planning and media team. “When we ask these kids what they want to do or who they want to become, they realize that their dreams are important.”At the awards ceremony, the children were divided into age brackets, and each student received one of four awards: the Visionary Award, for having a big dream and executing it well throughout the chalking period; the Color Wonder Award, given to a child for using many colors in his or her art piece; the Creativity Award, for showing innovation; or the Dedication Award, given to a child for refusing to give up even when the artwork got difficult, seeing his or her dreams through until the end.“My dream is to become a scientist and invent stuff,” fourth-grader and Visionary Award winner Karina Barbosa said. “I drew a scientist, which is me, putting a little drop into a potion to make a bunny ultra-sized.”Barbosa’s mother, Marina Ceja, discussed the importance of encouraging interaction between USC and the local community.“I think it’s very important to have an event like this because it encourages kids from communities that are not as privileged to go to college and follow their dreams,” Ceja said.Chalk the Block started three years ago when USC student Harleen Marwah noticed the great discrepancy between USC, an elite research university, and the poverty of nearby areas. She also noticed that whereas USC graduates nearly 90 percent of its senior class every year, 27,380 students dropped out of school during the 2010-2011 school year in the South LA community. By creating Chalk the Block, she hoped to bridge the gap between the resources the university offers and the help that neighborhood kids need.One of the most striking barriers between USC and the LA community are the gates surrounding campus that act as physical and symbolic barriers, according to Director of Chalk the Block Claire Chatinover.“The gates show the community around us that we don’t want them on our campus,” Chatinover said. “What is amazing about this campus is that it grows so much through interaction with the local community, and the local community grows so much from us. I think the important thing to know is that although these gates are up, we can still utilize the times they are open to show the community that we want to build lasting relationships.”Chalk the Block has been highlighted as the “activity of the month” by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls and has been implemented on other college campuses.According to Marwah’s essay on Chalk the Block’s website, “Chalk the Block encourages people to think beyond their boundaries. University students are asked to look beyond the perimeter of campus and share a common space to discover the ‘common ground’. Chalkateers are challenged to dream as big as they possibly can, looking past other obstacles in their lives.”