The House Ways & Means Tax Reform Subcommittee has met three times in the past week and a half to discuss the Speaker’s GREAT Plan. The subcommittee has outlined issues with the bill that are going to be worked on over the next several weeks. We will continue to these track changes and participate in discussions on the plan.
Senate EMS Study Committee Report
The report is almost completed. Senate Research has been working hard on the report, and all of the legislators involved with the study committee have expressed how they are anxious to see the final report.
Meeting with new Senate Public Safety Chairman
This week we met with new Senate Public Safety Chairman Jack Murphy (R-Cumming). Senator Murphy was happy to see that we came to talk to him immediately at the beginning of the session. Our meeting with him went very well, and he already has knowledge of the EMS industry and is in touch with his local services. He is also very interested in seeing the EMS report once it published, and seems to be more than willing to hear the concerns of the EMS industry.
We have met with Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Hill (R-Reidsville), House Appropriations Chairman Ben Harbin (R-Evans) and Senator Greg Goggans (R-Douglas), who oversees the Department of Community Health’s budget in the Senate, about increasing Medicaid reimbursements for EMS. All have expressed an interest in our issue and are continuing to work with us on this issue as we go into the legislative budget hearings.
On Wednesday, the Governor gave his annual State of the State address and released the FY 2008 Amended Budget and the FY 2009 Budget. In his address, Governor Perdue introduced a one time appropriation of $53 million in the FY 2008 Amended Budget for the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission. He again stated his wish to see increased fines on super speeders to be a future funding source for trauma. This is exciting news for everyone involved in trauma, but it also means that efforts to secure permanent funding for the trauma commission will continue.
This past Thursday in Macon was the second meeting of the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission.
The commission went over the search for an executive director with the establishment of a job description and list of qualifications in order to begin a candidate search. The commission also began the process of establishing rules and regulations.
The Healthcare for Georgia Foundation will be conducting a statewide poll on the opinions of Georgia’s citizens and how they would like to see the trauma network funded.
Joe Bishop of the Bishop Group, an organization based in California that has previous experience in the development of other state’s trauma networks, will conduct a study to research the cost readiness and to make recommendations on funding formulas. The group’s previous experiences in other states are a good indicator that their assistance will greatly help the development of the trauma network here in Georgia.
Mr. Bishop also mentioned that EMS is one of the most valuable elements to putting together a functioning network, and he personally was happy to see EMS's heavy involvement in Georgia early on in the process.
The next meeting of the commission will be February 21st at the State Capitol. This happens to be EMS Day at the Capitol, thus providing us with a great opportunity to show the strength of EMS.
Beginning next week, Brock Clay will provide an updated and complete legislation tracking spreadsheets with the weekly report.
REVIEW PRESENTATIONS FROM THE GEORGIA SENATE STUDY COMMITTEE ON EMS
We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2007 GAEMS Star of Life Legislative Awards. All of the following legislators displayed an understanding of the issues that affect the EMS community, and each was willing to lend their support for EMS during the 2007 legislative session.
Each legislator was recognized at the annual GAEMS Awards Banquet on May 14th, 2007, with Senator Cecil Staton and Representative Jill Chambers in attendance.
GAEMS would sincerely like to thank each of the following legislators, and if any of these legislators are in your area, be sure to thank them for their support of EMS!
Michael is the Area Manager for TXU Electric Delivery and has been with the company for 23 years. Michael is a graduate of Leadership Rockwall and a member of Rockwall Rotary Club. He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma with a BS in Business Management. Michael as rasied in Temple Texas and he and his wife Karen have two children. Michael served on the Board of Directors for the Richardson Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of Leadership Richardson.
The International Relations Council served its millionth customer in 2002. Each year, approximately 20,000 students and 10,000 friends in the community benefit from IRC programs. The organization's long-standing popularity is proof that one person can make a difference. Founded in 1954 by Dr. Eliot S. Berkley, a graduate in international relations from Princeton University and advocate of citizen involvement in the foreign policy process, IRC grew from a small "kitchen table" gathering to more than 1500 individuals who share his commitment to world affairs education.
Over the years, IRC has welcomed world leaders, ambassadors, State Department officials, activists, military leaders, authors and journalists and those who shape public opinion around the world. IRC presenters have included: Ambassadors to the United States from: Belgium, Britain, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy Japan, Liberia and Viet Nam; former United States ambassadors to Denmark, Indonesia and Poland; U.S. State Department officials such as Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary of Defense, and former Under Secretary of State; U.S. Senators and Congresspersons, foreign journalists and many other experts in foreign policy.
In 1984, IRC began its annual Awards Banquet. Each year it awards the Distinguished Service Award for International Statesmanship to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in international commerce, diplomacy, education or understanding, and who has a connection to Missouri or Kansas. The recepients of the Distinguished Service Award for International Statemanship are:
2004: Senator Sam Brownback, U.S. Senator, Kansas
2003: Robert M. Gates, Ph.D., President of Texas A & M University adn former Director of Central Intelligence
2002: Dan Glickman, Head of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and former Secretary of Agriculture and former Congressman
2001: Alan N. Mulally, President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
2000: Kenton W. Keith, Senior Vice President and Director, Programming Division, Meridian International Center
1999: Stephen G. Butler, Chairman and CEO, KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP
1998: Marshall Loeb, Managing Editor, Fortune and Money
1997: James. B. Steele, Senior Writer-at-Large, Time, Inc.
1996: Byron Calame, Deputy Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal
1995: Delano E. Lewis, President and CEO, National Public Radio
1994: Roger Morris, Ph.D., Author, sydicated columnist, White House and National Security staff for Presidents Johnson and Nixon.
1993: Robert J. Eaton, Chairman and CEO, Chrysler Corporation
1992: Robert F. Ellsworth, Chairman of the Council for the International Institute for Strategic Studies and former Deputy Secretary of Defense
1991: Jason McManus, Edior-in-Chief, Time-Warner, Inc.
1990: Bill Kurtis, Executive Producer, The New Explorers and former co-anchor, CBS News
1989: Charles H. Price II, former ambassador to the Kingdom of Belguim and United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
1988: William Atkins McWhirter, Senior Correspondent, Time Magazine.
1987: Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum U.S. Senator, Kansas, and Senator Thomas F. Eagleton, former U.S. Senator, Missouri.
1986: Jim Lehrer, MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour
1985: U. Alexis Johnson, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs
1984: William G. Hyland, Editor, Foreign Affairs, former Deputy Assistant to the President for International Security Affairs.
IRC is a non-partisan educational organization. It is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an annual budget of approximately $175,000. It is funded almost entirely by memberships, both individual and corporate, donations, program fees and some small grants. IRC prides itself on returning nearly 90 cents of every dollar to the community.
In recent years, safe driving campaigns and state safety laws have educated parents about the importance of using car seats for their small children whenever and wherever they are driving. Most states require the use of car seats for children under the age of 4 and weighing less than 40 pounds. However, despite these safety rules, many child car seats are still used incorrectly - resulting in serious neck and spinal injuries or even death.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), its Council on Occupational Health and ACA member Dr. Michael Freeman, trauma epidemiologist and clinical assistant professor of public health and preventive medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine, have developed the following general guidelines and safety tips to ensure proper car seat safety.
Make sure the child safety seat is appropriate for the age and size of the child. A newborn infant requires a different seat than a 3-year-old toddler.
Car seats for infants should always be rear facing as the forces and impact of a crash will be spread more evenly along the back and shoulders, providing more protection for the neck.
Car seats should always be placed in the back seat of the car-ideally in the center. This is especially important in cars equipped with air bags. If an air bag becomes deployed, the force could seriously injure or kill a child or infant placed in the front seat.
Make sure the car seat is properly secured to the seat of the vehicle and is placed at a 45-degree angle to support the head of the infant or child.
The lap harness should be fastened low, as close to the hips as possible; the harness should never be fastened around the waist.
Make certain the shoulder harness is fastened securely and the straps lay flat against the body. Twisted straps can cause additional injury and might prevent the seat from working properly.
Use a retention clip (if provided by the manufacturer) when securing a child safety seat with the shoulder harness. The retention or shoulder harness clip is an added safety feature and must be fastened close to the armpit of the infant or child.
Borrowing or purchasing a used car seat can be dangerous; there is the possibility of unknown or undetected damage. Car seats that have been in a serious accident should never be used again.
Be sure the seat meets federal motor vehicle safety seat standards. Consult the owner's manual or contact the manufacturer for that information. All car seats should have an owner's manual and instruction booklet.
Be sure the clip between the legs of the child is fastened snugly.
While car accidents can be dangerous for all passengers, small children are especially at risk, according to Dr. Scott Bautch, past president of ACA's Council on Occupational Health. "The weight of the head of a child makes the cervical spine much more vulnerable to injury," Dr. Bautch explained. "The infant has little control in the muscles of the neck, and the head can bounce from side to side and fall forward, which can cause serious spine and neck injuries. Children have more flexible upper bodies and shoulders. Make sure the harness comes up, way up, over the shoulders."
Underscoring the importance of proper car seat use, a recent article in Nation's Health reported the findings of a study conducted in Kentucky by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found a 37 percent drop in infant fatalities since the 1982 enactment of the state law mandating the use of child car seats. "To continue this decline, prevention efforts now must focus on the proper use of the seats to maximize their life-saving potential," the researchers said.
The key when traveling with small children is to be aware of and follow these rules and tips to ensure proper car seat safety. And remember everyone: Buckle up!
If you or one of your children have been involved in a serious automobile accident and have experienced neck and back discomfort, you should consider a visit to a chiropractor.
Voting By Mail Locating My Polling Location And Other Election Related Questions
For information on voting by mail, polling locations, etc. for County and Statewide Elections, please contact your County Recorder:
Maricopa County Elections..........(602) 506-1511 Pinal County Recorder..................(520) 866-7122 Yavapai County Recorder.............(928) 771-3238
For information on voting by mail, polling locations, etc in City/Town Elections, please contact your city or town clerk's office:
This grant application is made possible by the Construction Careers Foundation (CCF), a 501(c) 3 non-profit foundation dedicated to providing training opportunities and building the construction industry in Wyoming. The CCF Board of Trustees are committed to being a partner with Wyoming's educators by providing grant opportunities to help continue growth and development of construction related programs. Grant amounts will range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $2000, with CCF awarding up to $10,000 in grants.
This grant is open to instructors in a formal educational setting, of construction trades, or Wyoming Contractors Association members that would like to upgrade the skill level of individual trainers.
Applicants must submit a summary proposal of no more than 300 words, along with this application, outlining how the grant will enhance their ability to provide education or training, and the approximate number of people that will be impacted by the grant. Grant requests are to be submitted to the CCF no later than April 1, 2005. There will be no exceptions or extensions.
Grants will be determined by the Trustees of the Construction Careers Foundation and will be announced by May 15, 2005. Grants will be paid out on a reimbursement policy upon receipt of invoices and/or appropriate documentation submitted to the CCF.
If the instructor or trainer changes employers prior to payment of funds or the intent of the original grant changes, the application will be reviewed by the CCF and grant funds may be withheld or the CCF may require further information from the grantee about purposed changes.
Construction Careers Foundation Instructor Grant Evaluation Form
When evaluating CCF instructor grant applications we will use the following criteria and point system to rate each applicant. Keep in mind that the point values for the rating system are from the smallest number being least and the largest number being the largest. There is a total of 100 points possible. Any applicant receiving a grant should score at least 70 to be considered.
It should be remembered that the amount of this grant is substantial enough that an instructor should be willing to put some time and thought into the request. We are not asking for an excessive amount of information, just for a reasonable amount of thought and preparation. The grants can range from $250 to $2,000.
Summary of Evaluation Items
NCCER/Contren: Curriculum: In this category we are determining if the instructor uses the NCCER curriculum. This is the teaching curriculum that the WCA uses and supports and is used in almost all of the training that the WCA does.
NCCER Certified Instructor: Has the instructor gone through the NCCER Instructor Certification Training Program allowing them to have students placed on the National Registry and giving students' national recognition for classes taken.
Previous Construction Experience: Has the instructor had previous constructions experience of any kind during their career. This includes working for contractors, self-employment, a personal construction project, etc.
Summer Internships: This category can be used to determine if the instructor is dedicated to finding out from a first hand perspective what the industry is all about and increase their skills and knowledge by spending time in real world situations.
Completed Application Properly: Did the instructor send in a completed application?
Summary Proposal: In this category we are going to look at 1) how will the money be used, 2) how many students will benefit from the grant 3) will the money be used for equipment, materials or further instructor training and 4) did the instructor put some thought into the summary. Summary should be no longer than 300 words. A detailed itemization of cost items shall be included (this is the most important item because it allows the evaluator to understand the instructors intent).
Refractive Eye Surgery
What is refractive eye surgery?
Most people are aware that there are new developments in eye surgery intended to reduce the dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Refractive surgery includes several surgical techniques designed to improve problems in focusing the eyes, also known as refractive problems. Until recently only glasses or contact lenses could correct refractive problems.
What are refractive problems?
Light is focused, or refracted, by the cornea, the clear front "window" of the eye. Your vision is clear if the cornea and lens combine to focus an image precisely on the retina. The retina is the inner layer of the eye that senses light and helps you to see.
Your vision is blurred if the cornea, lens and eye length place the image in front of the retina. This is known as myopia, or nearsightedness. If the cornea is not round (like a basketball), but instead has unequal curves (like a football), the image is distorted. This is called astigmatism. An eye with astigmatism may have myopia as well.
Refractive problems such as myopia and astigmatism are solved by helping the eye to focus light using glasses, contacts or refractive surgery. Refractive surgery techniques aim to change the eye's focus by changing to shape of the cornea in various ways:
The surgeon makes an exact pattern of incisions in the cornea
The surgeon sculpts the cornea into a new shape by removing tissue with an automated blade (keratome) or laser
The surgeon inserts natural or man-made materials on or within the cornea to change its shape
Should you consider refractive surgery?
You might consider refractive surgery if you:
Wish to decrease your dependence upon glasses or contact lenses
Are free from eye disease
Can accept the inherent risks and side effects of the procedure
Have the appropriate refractive error
Refractive surgery offers an alternative to dependence upon glasses or contact lenses. But you may not be a good candidate for refractive surgery if you cannot accept the somewhat variable outcome of currently available procedures, and you are generally happy and comfortable with your glasses or contacts. After refractive surgery, some people still use glasses or contact lenses for some situations.
Surgery, contacts and glasses for the correction of refractive problems each have their benefits and drawbacks. The best method for correcting your vision should be decided after a thorough examination and discussion with your ophthalmologist.
Team Building Activity (Brainstorming Scavenger Hunt)
Who: AM 1300 The Zone
What:Bevo Boulevard - a huge tailgate/block party with food, beer, Bevo himself, and pre-game and post-game live broadcasts with The Zone. Admission is free for all ages. Photo opportunities with Bevo XIV available at first game.
When: Before every UT home football game
Where:18th Street and San Jacinto (200 Block of 18th between San Jacinto and Brazos)
Why: Benefiting the Silvers Spurs Bevo Endowment supportingthe University of Texas Neighborhood LonghornProgram,Ex-Students' Association Scholarships and the on-going care and expenses associated with BEVO.
Through the hard work and continued efforts of our executive committee, we am now proud to announce a new and exciting game day event activity for our alumni and all UT fans: BEVO BLVD.
Our Alumni Association has teamed up with the Actives and KVET to create the ultimate tailgate environment. KVET will no longer be doing its pre-game show at Schultz's. Instead KVET is blocking of 18th Street near MLK looking to create a college "gameday" atmosphere around its game day broadcast and around BEVO.
The actives have re-vamped the old trailer and will be leading the tailgate charge. The actives will be featured on the broadcast to talk about BEVO and the Endowment.
In addition, BEVO will be at the "party" to take pictures with fans to support the Endowment. Additionally, he will lead the way to the stadium for gametime. More details of this exciting event can be found on her on the website soon!
Many home care agencies in MS and Louisiana have been completely destroyed. They have lost everything and are trying to continue to identify what they need to do to stay in business. The Home Care Association of Louisiana has established the Home Care Agency Relief Fund.
The Home Care Association would like to accept donations for this fund. The purpose of the fund is to help set up temporary offices so that agencies can try to provide care to patients. The monies will be use for things as simple as office supplies to more high demand items like computers.
If you would like to make a contribution via credit care please click the link below. Any amount is appreciated.
The home care community is a tight knit group. Through the relationships we have formed through our regional Gulf Coast Home Care Conference brings this tradegy even closer to home.
If similar funds are set up in Mississippi we will share the funds donated in both states.
CODE OF ETHICS
for ISTM Members
The recognition attached to being a Member of the Institute (ISTM) depends on the reputation of its Members. Each Member must maintain the high standard of ethical behaviour and professional conduct required by the Institute.
"Constitution” means the Constitution of ISTM
"Board” means all or any number of the directors of ISTM acting in accordance with the Constitution.
"Client” means individuals, firms, organizations, and owners corporations who utilise members’ services.
"Institute” means the Institute of Strata Title Management Ltd (ISTM)
"ISTM” means the Institute of Strata Title Management Ltd
"Logo” means any symbol approved by the Institute as an identifying mark of ISTM.
"Member” means a person or corporation admitted to Membership of ISTM, in any category as defined in the Constitution
"NCTI” means the National Community Titles Institute
"Owners Corporation” means a statutory body incorporated under the Strata Schemes (Freehold Development) Act 1973, Strata Schemes (Leasehold Development) Act,1986 or The Community Land Development Act, 1989
"Strata Manager” means a person (whether or not such person carries on any other business) or corporation who, for reward (whether monetary or otherwise), exercises any function of an owners corporation within the meaning of the Strata Schemes Management Act 1996 or Community Land Management Act 1989.
"Supplier” means any other person or corporation that provides services to an owners’ corporation or that exercise any function of an owners corporation within the meaning of the Strata Schemes Management Act 1996 or the Community Land Management Act 1989, but without holding a strata managing agents licence or strata managing agents certificate of registration.
Principle The Code is not intended to cover all aspects of ethical conduct and professional practice. Appropriate conduct requires observance of unwritten conventions. As a general guide, Members should at all times conduct themselves in a dignified and responsible manner consistent with the following principles:
Integrity – Members should be straightforward, honest and sincere
Objectivity – Members must be fair and must not allow prejudice or bias to override their objectivity Independence – Members should be and appear to be free of any interest, which might be regarded as being incompatible with integrity and objectivity, and should disclose any direct or indirect conflict of interest. Technical standards – Members should carry out their work in accordance with the technical and professional standards relevant to that work. Competence – Members should have a duty to maintain their level of competence and should only undertake work, which they can expect to complete competently and in a timely manner.
Discipline If the Board resolves to discipline a Member, the Board must implement the procedure provided in the Constitution.
Logo Members may display the ISTM logo, but must comply with the rules regarding display of the ISTM Logo advised from time to time by the Board.
Secret Commissions Members must not directly or indirectly pay or accept a secret commission.
Members must not engage in any conduct, which might bring discredit to the Institute, or its Members.
Members must not induce or attempt to induce a breach of contract between a Client and a Strata Manager
A Member must not criticise or defame another Member, nor any individual, company or profession in general.
Delivery of Books and Records
If a Member ceases to be a Strata managing agent for a client, they must, within 7 days after payment by the owners corporation to the agent of all outstanding amounts, make available at the agent's office for collection by the owners corporation all records, keys and other property of the owners corporation in the possession of the agent.
the Member must produce records upon request from an authorised representative of the Client, and must co-operate in the transfer of all types of records which are the property of the Client, including without limitation, electronic records.
Advertising Members must not advertise in a way which:
Creates false or unjustified expectations of favourable results; or
Consists of self-laudatory or misleading statements that are not based on verifiable facts;
Contains unidentified testimonials.
NCTI Code The Institute is an Affiliate Member of the National Community Titles Institute (NCTI) and it is intended that this Code be consistent with the Code of Conduct of the NCTI.
Search of Owners Corporations Records
A Member may inspect records in accordance with the Act. If they undertake this task they must do so without removing, damaging or disordering any of the records, and with as little disruption as possible.
A Member must facilitate a lawful search.
If suitable facilities exist, and upon production of the legislated fee, in the absence of reasons for not doing so and for the purpose of expediting an inspection, a Member should allow portions of Owners Corporation records to be photocopied at the searcher’s expense.
A Member must not utilise for the Member’s own benefit, information, which has come into the possession of the Member as a result of a search of the books and records of a strata manager.
Additional Requirements for Strata Manager members
Members must conform to the Rules of Conduct in the Property Stock and Business Agents Act 2002 as amended.
Members must ensure that before staff are employed that they conform to relative legislation regarding the qualifications required.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Members must comply with any mandatory CPD programme advised annually by the Office of Fair Trading.
Members must conform to any additional CPD training as may be required by the Board from time to time to retain Membership of the Institute or the appropriate chapter
Members must conform to any additional CPD training as may be required by their professional or trade association.
Contact details for ISTM For any queries relating to this Code, please contact the ISTM Secretariat
The Certified Environmental Professional (CEP) Program began in 1979. In that first year, ten environmental professionals were awarded the CEP designation. Since that time the CEP logo has been trademarked by the US Patent & Trademark Office, and the credential has achieved international recognition.
At its inception, the CEP Program operated under the auspices of the National Association of Environmental Professionals and the CEP credential could only be awarded to NAEP members. In 1993, after 14 years of operation, NAEP transferred the CEP program itself to a subsidiary body – The Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals (ABCEP) which continues to operate the program today.
In 1999, ABCEP was incorporated as a non-profit organization, independent of NAEP. Since then, the CEP designation has been made available to the broader environmental community. As a result, the number of CEPs has grown and several organizations, in addition to NAEP, endorse ABCEP as their recommended organization for certification.
For more information or to apply, visit the ABCEP website: www.abcep.org.
LeRoss Parker HR Scholarship
This award program recognizes SHRA members who are presently pursing development in the field of HR. Named after the scholarship founder LeRoss Parker, a leader in HR and a former SHRA president, the scholarship awards up to $500 to an HR professional either pursing certification and/or participating in an HR degree program.
Who is eligible?
All SHRA members are eligible to compete for this award. The SHRA member must be pursuing Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) or "Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certification OR obtaining an undergraduate or graduate degree in HR.
If you plan to OR have undertaken any of the above at some point during the year (either the Spring or the Fall testing windows or semesters), you are eligible for the scholarship.
One scholarship may be awarded during the calendar year.
What criteria will SHRA use to select scholarship award recipients?
SHRA will look for an individual who is visibly committed to ongoing personal and professional development. Specifically, a person who is striving for the highest standards of professional performance in HR through certification or formal education.
How can I apply for the scholarship?
If you would like to apply for the scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form (a link is located at the bottom of this page), and include a copy of your current resume AND a copy of your test/school registration form. Please and return all materials to: