Reopening debate testing Biden’s ties with teachers unions

first_imgThe school reopening debate is presenting an early test of President Joe Biden’s allegiance with powerful teachers unions. As teachers unions in some areas demand vaccines before returning to in-person instruction, the CDC’s director on Wednesday said teachers do not need vaccines to reopen safely. Some believed the CDC’s position would drive a wedge between Biden and teachers unions, but unions say that’s not the case. Even those demanding vaccines say shots would not be required if schools were taking other steps to make buildings safe. But they say schools have failed to update ventilation systems and take other important steps, making vaccines critical.last_img read more

After the NFL decision, it’s time for credit unions to stop abusing the tax code

first_imgby: Frank KeatingLike any football fan and patriotic American, I’ve always been perplexed by why the National Football League and certain other big sports leagues are tax-exempt corporations, organized under a section of the tax code intended for trade associations, professional organizations and local chambers of commerce. The NFL has attracted a lot of criticism over the years for not paying taxes. A recent congressional report found that this tax exemption cost taxpayers $109 million over a decade.I must applaud the NFL for voluntarily deciding to reorganize in a way that will stop abusing the tax code, as the league knew its tax status was an unnecessary distraction from its goal of providing a high-quality football experience for fans.Now that the NFL has neutralized this issue, Congress should take a look at another outrageous tax exemption: the one that allows multibillion-dollar credit unions that function just like taxpaying banks to avoid paying any federal taxes whatsoever. This tax break for a trillion-dollar industry cost taxpayers $20 billion over 10 years.Congress originally gave credit unions a tax exemption because they were intended to serve people of “modest means” who share a meaningful common bond, such as working for the same employer or attending the same church. But for many big credit unions, those days are long past. There are now more than 200 credit unions with more than $1 billion in assets, and those very large credit unions account for nearly two-thirds of the credit union industry’s profits. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S ANNOUNCE ALL-IRELAND FINAL TICKET COLLECTION DETAILS

first_imgNotice: St Eunan’s GAA Club All-Ireland Final Ticket Collection:Adults who have applied for a ticket for this year’s All-Ireland Football Finals double-header in Croke Park tomorrow week, can call to the Clubhouse tomorrow, Sunday September 14th at 4pm to collect their ticket (upstairs).All Juveniles that were successful is acquiring a ticket will be notified by today and their tickets can also be collected as well. …….For those that have requested Hill 16 / Nally Stand tickets, your tickets will be available to collect DOWNSTAIRS in the Clubhouse.Please note that you must bring full payment with you for your ticket(s) to receive your ticket(s).We are also asking people that have not applied for a ticket NOT to show up at the Clubhouse as it is expected to be very busy and we already have a standby list for tickets. Advertisement  GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S ANNOUNCE ALL-IRELAND FINAL TICKET COLLECTION DETAILS was last modified: September 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen

first_img– Mogau Seshoene returns from Maco, China and the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards Ceremony – the Olympics of CookbooksMogau Seshoene has just returned from Macao, China, after attending the Gourmand International Awards ceremony for Best Cookbooks of the Year. Mogau’s book The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen, nominated in two categories namely Best First Book and Best Photography. Mogau became a recipient of the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in the category First Book, placing second in the world for 2019. Since its launch in October last year, it is still the number one cookbook in South Africa, and is now in its 5th print run.Mogau Seshoene’s cookbook has been, more often than not, ranked number one since launching in October. It is now in its 5th print run. It is a proudly South African moment that the book has proved to be more popular than both Jamie Oliver and Ottolenghi.“The entire experience was amazing!” says Mogau. “More than I could put into words. And Macau is absolutely breathtaking. Meeting industry peers who write so passionately about the food of their own countries inspired me a million times over. I’m so proud of the book we produced – the full cycle, from writing to shooting to launching it, for it to have become a bestseller in South Africa, and now to have this world recognition. I’m truly proud and grateful.”Key indicators set by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for what they consider a world-class cookbook include: the increasing influence of social media and television in expanding the food culture market; the importance of reflecting the wide diversity of world food culture; the significance of trying to save local food culture and the sharing of this knowledge; focusing on quick and easy comfort food; health and nutrition.The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen combines every one of these factors. In being an advocate of traditional South African heritage and culture, Mogau Seshoene has become an Instagram sensation, with over 100 000 followers. Her no-nonsense recipes, using simple unpretentious ingredients likely to be in everyone’s pantry or fridge, are quick and easy to make.“I wanted to take the intimidating aspect – those Instagram-perfect presentations delivered on TV by sophisticated chefs – out of cooking and create a cookbook for inexperienced people, one that is as visually appealing as it is USEFUL. Turn every makoti (daughter-inlaw) into a kitchen goddess,” says Mogau.Her book is user-friendly, from the kitchen basics to clever tips and fresh ideas. She shows beginners how to transform pantry staples or leftovers into simple but delicious meals but also takes them through show-stopper seven-colour Sunday lunches. Her chapter on traditional and township dishes reimagines African favourites, just like gogo would make them.Chef, food writer and cookery-book author Dorah Sithole concludes, “Mogau ensures that African food gets the respect and global exposure it deserves.”” From the dusty streets of Turfloop township to the world! It’s a great inspiration and motivation to know that regardless of where you begin, your dreams are valid.”— Matapa Maila Rikhotso, model and TV personality“Mogau came to us with a strong concept, one that is humorous and true to her heritage in a way that so many can relate to. She followed that up, as she does, with her own personal campaign that included making a round of the bookshops and shaking managers’ hands. Mogau has that star quality, with great charisma and authenticity. She is to be commended for her clever, hard work which has resulted in such incredible sales and a swift rise in social media. Congratulations, Mogau, we are so proud.”— Libby Doyle, Quivertreelast_img read more

Get a Handle on Google Apps with LTech’s Power Panel

first_imgsteven walling IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… LTech, an enterprise partner of Google, has released a new control panel for Google Apps to make managing the suite easier for IT. In addition to general cloud services LTech has a useful series of modules for enhancing Google Apps, such as a utility for backing up Google Docs. While Google has attempted to beef up its guides for Apps, LTech’s panel is a working solution for making large scale changes in an enterprise environment. The Problem of ScaleOne of the hallmarks of Google Apps is its simplicity for the business user. But end use simplicity and painless administration are two very different things. This goes double for enterprise-class deployments with thousands of users. Google doesn’t rely as heavily on a partner ecosystem as Microsoft and IBM do. But LTech has still been successful with providing services and tools for augmenting Apps. Thus far they’ve focused on secondary functions like importing and backups, but the Power Panel they released this week targets core functions in everyday management of Apps in the enterprise. Google is correct to pitch its cloud-based solution as easier to manage than traditional IT infrastructure. But a look at LTech’s control panel module makes it fairly obvious that enterprise-wide batch operations and user management could be a lot easier. Power to the (IT) PeopleEven simple additions, such as a Gmail widget with links to administration tools, show a lot of promise for speeding up common tasks. More substantial features in the panel include a framework for managing user permissions, mass group management, bulk importing and administration of shared contacts, extended field support for profiles, and global account management for jobs such as forcing password resets. The panel definitely puts more power in the hands of IT, but it’s the kind of flexibility that you want IT to have. As one example, LTech’s module lets administrators remotely update any user’s email settings, circumventing the need to talk users through the process or log in to their accounts. If you’ve got a small scale implementation of Apps, the power panel isn’t for you. The minimum purchasing requirements are 100 users at $3 per user. But for anyone wrangling an Apps instance with thousands of users, the LTech power panel might be just the thing.last_img read more